EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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There's no early kick-off today so we'll have several 10am ET / 3pm GMT games coming at us in the Premier League which, after the abysmal Real Madrid versus Barcelona game mid-week, will be a welcome relief. With only three games left in the Premier...

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Chelsea Grab Equalizer Against Spurs After Referee Says Ball Crossed Line: Video

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Another controversial incident happened in the Premier League Saturday which shows yet again why video technology is needed in this sport. Late in the first half between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, with Spurs leading 1-0 after a Sandro...

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What The FA Cup Final Means to Stoke City

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I noticed on EPL Talk the other day somebody asking for an article on Stoke City's chances of winning the FA Cup, so I thought I'd have a crack at this blogging lark and give you the wisdom of this Stokie's insight and opinion of our form and...

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Dimitar Berbatov Impersonates Marlon Brando from The Godfather

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I'm not sure which is more bizarre. An Irishman trying to sound like an American rapper or Dimitar Berbatov giving his best impression of Marlon Brando from The Godfather. No, it's not a dream. It's for real in the above video from Adidas. What do...

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Special 1 TV: Match of the Century (Video)

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Special 1 TV is back with another episode. This time it's Wayne at Westminster for the "Match Of The Century", a Champions League special including discussion of Real Madrid versus Barcelona, Arsene Wenger's meltdown, SVEN FM and much more. Plus...

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Last Day to Vote for Best EPL Blog (Qualification Round)

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Today is the last day to vote for the Best EPL Blog (qualification round). Since there are so many good Premier League-related blogs to choose from, we decided to have a qualification round for many. Out of these, the top three winners (the polls...

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Arsenal vs Man United, 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final Replay: Friday Flashback Videos

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It's been a few weeks since we've had a new episode in our weekly series, Friday Flashback Videos. So since Arsenal will be playing Manchester United this Sunday in the Premier League, I thought it'd be worthwhile to go back in time and watch the...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips, Gameweek 35

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With the NFL Draft coming up this (Thursday) evening, I'm going to turn from issues specific to fantasy games to something that strikes at the core of the game. The NFL Draft is an important day on the US sporting calendar because it represents...

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EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 35

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Well, we were waiting all year for this weekend, only for Arsene's men to melt quickly over their last 10 matches. Â The only sides the Gunners beat in these last 10 were Blackpool and Leyton Orient! Â Now they can hold out some hope for 2nd and play...

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Arsenal Announce Lineup for 2011 Emirates Cup

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Arsenal have announced the three teams who will be competing in the 2011 Emirates Cup against Arsenal, the annual tournament that is played at Emirates Stadium in north London. This year's opponents will be New York Red Bulls, Paris Saint Germain...

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Negative Soccer Mars Real Madrid vs Barcelona Semi-Final

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Video: Brawls at the Bernabeu Thank goodness the embarrassing spectacle of Real Madrid against Barcelona in the Champions League was played out in the semi-final of the tournament instead of the finale. The first leg of the semi-final was an example...

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Everton Adds Philadelphia Union to 2011 Summer US Tour

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Everton today announced that it has scheduled a friendly against Major League Soccer team Philadelphia Union for July 20, 2011 at PPL Park. The preseason friendly against Philadelphia is the second match that has been announced for Everton's summer...

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Arsenal Announce Details of 125th Anniversary Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season

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Arsenal have announced details regarding the upcoming launch of its new home kit for the 2011-12 season. To commemorate next season's 125th anniversary of the club, the new Arsenal home shirt will be available from all official club stores on June...

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Fox Enhances its Coverage of the UEFA Champions League

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The woeful performances by both Schalke and Wolves Tuesday night were so poor that Manchester United and Stoke City steamrolled past both teams respectively with relative ease. Schalke now faces an exit from the Champions League while Wolverhampton...

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5 Key Decisions That Sunderland Need to Make This Summer

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There was an audible sense of relief on Wearside Saturday and for a change it was the home fans going away happy. The weekend saw a 4-2 win against relegation threatened Wigan Athletic for Sunderland. However like so often recently for Sunderland...

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Win Champions League Merchandise From Heineken

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Are you interested in trying to win some Champions League gear from stars such as Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and others? If you're like me, I thought so! Several different prizes are available such as signed shirts and...

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Mario Balotelli Stars In Surreal Nike TV Advert: Video

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Out of all of the characters in the Premier League, Mario Balotelli is one of the most interesting ones in the division. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that he's one-of-a-kind. Whether it's his wink that incensed Rio Ferdinand...

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Vote for the Best EPL Blog of 2010-11 Season (Qualification Round)

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Just as the Champions League has a qualification round to narrow down the field of teams that will compete in the Champions League proper, this year's EPL Awards has had to do the same in the ‘Best EPL Blog' category due to the sheer quantity of...

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Time For Man City to Stamp Out Munich Chants

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Editor's note: Back story: The Telegraph reported that after yesterday's one-nil win by Manchester City against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, some City supporters reportedly began chanting ‘Who put the ball in the Munichs' net' to Yaya Toure, who...

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Behind The Scenes At Opta, The Sports Data Company

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In the kindest way possible, Opta is a soccer geeks dream-come-true. The sports data company headquartered in London is the hub of statistical data that is provided to companies worldwide. It is the engine that drives so much of the data to Sky...

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Why Do Arsenal Fans Take Pride in the Financial Solvency of their Club?

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When the Forbes list of the richest clubs in international soccer was released last week it was no shock to ?nd Arsenal third on the list. Coincidentally on the same day Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger came out with the not so surprising comment...

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A Tale Of Two Forwards

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In scientific analysis, there is a relationship called inverse proportionality. You see this in the case of gas properties, for instance, where pressure inside a constant temperature container must rise as the volume of the container shrinks. In...

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Going, Going, Gone (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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Ian Darke summed up Arsenal's perilous status as Premier League title contenders Sunday by eloquently closing the Bolton vs Arsenal broadcast with the words "Going, going, gone." Just as those words crystalized what happened to Arsenal's Premier...

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Premier League Survival: The 6 Teams Battling To Avoid Relegation

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The relegation from and promotion to the Premier League is starting to shape up. Still room for decisions and intrigue but nowhere near as unclear as it was a few weeks ago. First, Premier League relegation. In my opinion the bottom six teams are...

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The History of European Soccer Teams Touring North America

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With all the excitement surrounding the recent announcement from Manchester United and other top European clubs regarding their summer plans to again tour North America, I decided it would be timely to share an interview with not only an incredibly...

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EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show, Open Thread

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Bolton Wanderers crushed Arsenal's title hopes Sunday after a late winner. Chelsea were on song against West Ham United. And Manchester United moved one big step closer to claiming the Premier League title. These are just a few of the stories from a...

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Bolton vs Arsenal, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

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When Sam Allardyce managed Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal used to hate to travel to the Reebok Stadium. While Owen Coyle has brought a lot more style to Bolton than Big Sam employed, the Reebok Stadium has been a much happier place for the Gunners...

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Manchester United 1-0 Everton: Analysis of Tactics and Formations (Video)

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Editor's note: We're trying out a new feature on EPL Talk that we want to get your feedback on. It's a new segment called Chalk Talk, which takes a close look at the tactics and formations featured in Premier League matches and brings them to you in...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

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Manchester United could nail down the Premier League title with a win today. Not mathematically, but if they do win, they'll open up a nine point gap at the top of the table. And I seriously doubt that Manchester United would drop that many points...

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ESPN2 Premier League Programming Note

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Immediately following tomorrow morning's early kick-off between Manchester United and Everton on ESPN2, the TV network in the United States will be airing a special episode of ESPNSoccernet Press Pass. The 15-minute episode will feature Shaka Hislop...

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Stoke City Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photos

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Stoke City have revealed their away shirt for the 2011-2012 Premier League season. The Potters have adopted an Inter Milan style shirt with blue and black stripes on the front. Designed and manufactured by Adidas, the new shirt will go on sale today...

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Do Arsenal Fans Have The Patience For Wenger’s Way?

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Love him or hate him, Arsene Wenger is a stubborn man. In the space of four days, Arsenal threw away a 1-0 lead against Liverpool after scoring in the 97th minute but committing a penalty in the 102nd minute, which was converted by Dirk Kuyt. Then,...

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Special 1 TV: Wayne’s Redemption (Video)

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In this week's episode of Special 1 TV, Wayne Rooney returns, there's an interview with The Nutty Professor, Sven goes on about the Panorama investigation, and we can finally reveal how the hole in the wall happened in the Manchester United changing...

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Liverpool Dumps Adidas for US Company Warrior Sports, Says Report

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Liverpool secured the biggest kit deal in English soccer history today after it was revealed that the Anfield club had signed a deal with Warrior Sports, according to The Daily Mail. The agreement will net Liverpool a staggering $41 million a year...

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Memories of Reading British Newspapers For Soccer News

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When I was a teenager, I was a voracious reader of newspapers. My parents used to have a morning and evening newspaper delivered to our home Monday through Saturday. And then Sunday, we would often pick up one or two British tabloid newspapers as...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips, Gameweek 34

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Only five more match weeks to go and we are firmly in "maximize points at all costs" territory. The time to hold on to players while they are injured or slumping is gone. If the first five weeks of the season are all about making strategic...

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Studs Up Football Club T-Shirt Collection: For Diehard Soccer Fans

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Several weeks ago we shared with you ten brilliant T-shirt designs from the Studs Up Football Club clothing line. If you're like me, I can never have enough soccer T-shirts. Whether it's wearing them around the house, at the gym or making a...

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United: BBC2 Film About Manchester United’s Busby Babes: Video

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BBC2 will be debuting a film on Sunday at 9pm GMT entitled "United." The film tells the true story of the 1950′s Manchester United side and the 1958 Munich Air Disaster in which 23 people died. The Guardian's Barney Ronay and camera crew recently...

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EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 34

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53 matches to go, with 12 this week. While the title seems to be in United's grasp, Everton have been playing well and will go for it with nothing to lose. The battle for fourth may end up the most exciting, but with the City – Spurs showdown...

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Is It Time For Arsene Wenger to Leave Arsenal?

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Success in football is difficult to sustain. Most clubs go through peaks and troughs. And typically, it's during the troughs that problems emerge. But there is an altogether different type of problem at Arsenal, a sense of stagnation and déjà vu...

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How Big Can The Premier League Get in America?

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The profile of the Premier League in the United States has never been larger. The TV ratings are at a record high with both ESPN2 and Fox Soccer Channel recording their highest ratings ever for EPL games this season. This summer, five Premier League...

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Tottenham v Arsenal Preview: Everything’s On The Line

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After Manchester United's 0-0 draw yesterday up at St James' Park in Newcastle, some Arsenal supporters are beginning to believe again that the Gunners can actually win the Premier League title. But instead of putting a title win in the hands of...

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Tottenham Hotspur Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Sneak Preview

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A sneak preview of Tottenham Hotspur's home shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season has been leaked. The photo of the new Spurs home shirt, which was sent to Tottenham season ticket holders, shows only the back of the jersey. It's clean, simple...

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Do Manchester United Supporters Know The Agony Of Defeat?

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Having supported Swansea City all my life, losing is something I'm very used to. But I wondered over the weekend what it must feel like to support a different team and how different that would be. Don't worry, I'm not thinking about changing my...

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Stoke City 5-0 Bolton, FA Cup Semi-Final: Video Highlights

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Some of you, like me, may have missed the goal highlights from the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday due to the Arsenal against Liverpool match being scheduled at the same time. If so, watch the above highlights to catch up on what you missed. As you'll...

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Where Does Ian Holloway’s Blackpool Go From Here?

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When he was interviewed on Saturday night Ian Holloway cut a desolate figure. The color drained from his face. You have to question whether it had dawned on him that his early season high flyers Blackpool are now very much entrenched in a relegation...

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Bolton Wanderers Announce 2011 US Summer Tour

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Bolton Wanderers are the fifth Premier League club to announce that they'll be playing in the United States on a preseason tour this summer. Bolton will play Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo in the 2011 Dynamo Charities Cup on July 20 at...

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Everton Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season Revealed: Photo

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A photo of what looks like Everton's new away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season has been leaked on the Internet. Everton are moving away from the salmon (or hot pink) color of their away shirt to a more classic feel, which appears to...

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What Statistics Say About Tottenham Hotspur’s Season

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There have been many reasons to cheer for Tottenham Hotspur this season. They have played competitive football in the Premier League and they made a deep run in the Champions League as well. But for all of the recognition Tottenham has received,...

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Everton Home Shirt for 2011-2012 Season: Leaked Photos

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Photos of Everton's home shirt for the 2011-12 season have been leaked on the Internet. The new design by Le Coq Sportif is very classy. My favorite part of the new kit design is the collar, which reminds me of something you'd except to see Everton...

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Is this Man United’s Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season? Photo

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Is this Manchester United's new away shirt for the 2011-12 season? It could very well be. The leaked photo features a blue shirt with hoops, designed by Nike. The inside top of the shirt has the words "Manchester United" printed on it. The new Man...

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PFA Premier League Team of the Season: Who Would You Have Picked?

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Congratulations to Gareth Bale and Jack Wilshere for being named PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year respectively. One story that was overlooked though was that The Professional Footballers' Association also named their Premier...

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Balotelli’s Wink (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer dissect the weekend that featured two FA Cup semi-finals and plenty of Premier League matches. The duo discuss Manchester City's surprise win against Manchester United, what it means for Stoke City to get past...

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Arsenal Need A New Free Kick Specialist Among Many Other Things

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Supporting a team can be an extremely frustrating experience. Midweek against Chelsea, Manchester United looked like world beaters. A team performance that would have given Barcelona a run for its money. Then Saturday against Manchester City they...

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Premier League Sunday and FA Cup Semi-Final, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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There are only two games featuring Premier League teams on the calendar today. Both of them are massive and both are played at the same time. The 11am ET/4pm GMT match between Arsenal and Liverpool will be a superb test to see what the sides are...

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Manchester City Knocks United Out of the FA Cup

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Manchester City scored a massive achievement Saturday by defeating Manchester United one-nil in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Could this be a turning point in City's history? We'll have to wait and see. But one thing is for sure, City will look...

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FA Cup Semi-Final Preview: Stoke City vs Bolton

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While Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Manchester City was tense filled with moments of creativity, many fans and pundits (myself included) predict that the semi-final match between Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers will be...

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How Liverpool Can Still Qualify for Europe

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Let me begin by being clear: This is a long shot. A REALLY long shot. A lot of stars have to align to make this happen. And as a Liverpool fan, I'm not especially anxious or worried about it. I actually subscribe to the argument that one season...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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Today's matches involving Premier League teams will be quite a lot different than usual. There's no early kick-off. And later today there's the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley. The heat is on during the...

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Which Premier League Clubs Will Be Relegated?

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After Saturday's woeful performances in the Premier League from Blackpool, West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland, there are now as many as nine teams at the bottom of the table who are in the relegation dogfight. What happens between now...

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Special 1 TV: Through The Keyhole (Video)

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Fernando Torres jokes, SVEN FM, Wenger discussing Stan Kroenke, Wayne Rooney tapped up and much more. Special 1 TV is back this week with plenty of laughs. Be champions! Related posts:Arsenal Agree to $1.2 Billion Takeover by Stan Kroenke Special 1...

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A Tale of Two Manchester Football Clubs

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As the Manchester clubs line up against each other this weekend, we shall be viewing two very different clubs. One aspirant, the other dominant. Whatever the result, City have a hell of a long journey to walk before they can even see the lofty peak...

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FA Cup 2011 Official Highlights and Classic Goals: Video

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If you need to watch something to get in the FA Cup mood this weekend, this video is it featuring highlights of some of the classic FA Cup goals scored over the years as well as highlights from the 2010-11 FA Cup season. Ricky Villa? It's in here....

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Arsenal Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photo

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There have been several versions of Arsenal's home shirt for the 2011-2012 season floating around. And now a new one has emerged, which is an artist's impression of what is supposedly the final version courtesy of ArsenalInsider.com The shirt...

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Arsenal Away Shirt For 2011-12 Season: Photo

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A photo of what appears to be Arsenal's away shirt for the 2011-12 season has been leaked on the Internet. The picture of the shirt is an artist's impression of what the shirt will look like according to trusted sources who provided the information...

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Manchester City Announce North American Summer Tour

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Manchester City have announced the first date of their 2011 North American summer tour. The club played several preseason friendlies in the United States last summer, and will be facing teams this summer too. The first date announced on their North...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips, Gameweek 33

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So what's to become of Chelsea? In my mind, their situation is to an extend unprecedented and will make for exceptional theatre over the next couple of seasons. The rumors are flying of a "clear out" over the summer which for me would be a huge...

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Why Chicharito Should Win PFA Young Player of Year Award

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Last week the nominees for the PFA Young Player of the Year were announced. That list includes such names as Jack Wilshere, Seamus Coleman, Joe Hart, and Gareth Bale. This list sparked quite a debate on the EPL Talk website as every fan has an...

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Arsenal Review USA Podcast: Interview With EPL Talk

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I first became aware of the Arsenal Review USA Podcast when Arsenal's official website ran a story and video interview with them after they visited the Emirates Stadium. Fast forward a few weeks later and the podcasts hosts (Joel and Kyle)...

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Manchester City vs Manchester United, A Football History: Gary James Interview

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When it comes to chronicling the history of Manchester City and Manchester United, the number one expert is Gary James, a football historian who is the author of several books regarding Manchester football clubs. In 2009, I interviewed Gary...

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EPL Weekly Viewing Guide, Gameweek 33

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And then there was one: Â only United survive in Europe. Â So the distractions from the league are dwindling. Â Obviously a humongous match on Sunday for Stoke and Bolton at the Reebok, with one heading to Europe next year and a May 14 final at...

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Liverpool Away Shirt 2011-12: Leaked Photo

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Two photographs of Liverpool's away shirt for the 2011-12 season have been leaked on the Internet. The new away kit is supposed to be launched by Liverpool on April 14. Designed and manufactured by Adidas, the new shirt is dark grey with silver trim...

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Chris Smalling Battles Micah Richards On Pro Evolution Soccer: Video

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This Saturday marks the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley. So The FA recently sat down with Micah Richards and Chris Smalling to ask them their thoughts about the upcoming semi-final. But they did it in a...

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FIFA 12 Screenshot: First Sneak Peek From EA Sports Game

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EA Sports has released the first screenshot of FIFA 12, which features a screenshot of Real Madrid soccer star Kaká. The next installment of FIFA, the video game series, will launch during the autumn of 2011. While it's hard to judge a book by its...

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7 Key Observations from Man United’s Victory Against Chelsea

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After 90 minutes of football between Manchester United against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final second leg, we're left with so many talking points. First, I thought Chelsea played much better than they have done recently, especially in...

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Recent Lessons In Clubhouse Chemistry

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Now that the English teams have pretty well fleshed themselves out in Europe, as well as the Premier League title race, I think it's time to take a look at some clubs who made personnel moves on the pitch. The January transfer window was as active...

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Predictions for Man United vs Chelsea Champions League Clash

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It all comes down to this. Considering that Real Madrid are the sure favorites to go through tomorrow unless Tottenham Hotspur can create a miracle, only one Premier League club is guaranteed a spot in the Champions League semi-final. But will it be...

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Why Soccer Is The Perfect Sport For The Internet Age

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The convergence of social media, broadband technology and HD transmissions means that soccer, more than any other sport, is perfect for this Internet age. It's a sport that's 24/7, 365 days of the year. It's unlike any other pastime. Due to soccer's...

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Chelsea Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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Leaked photos of Chelsea's home shirt for the 2011-12 season have been revealed on the Internet. Designed and manufactured by Adidas, the new Chelsea shirt features blue horizontal stripes on the shirt and a white trim. It's a similar Adidas...

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Top 5 Goals of Premier League Gameweek 32: Video

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Video: PL: Goals of the Week There were several glorious goals in the Premier League this weekend, but which ones were the best? The folks behind Premier League Productions, a joint venture with TWI, have assembled their five favorites from the...

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Why Can’t Liverpool Always Play That Well?

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Video: PL Highlights: Liverpool/Man City Most people who watched Liverpool's performance Monday night against Manchester City will have impressed by their display over the 90 minutes. Liverpool were dynamic, creative, energetic, imaginative,...

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I AM PLAYR: A New Chapter In Interactive Soccer Games

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Editor's note: Approximately three weeks ago, EPL Talk Pro subscribers received an invitation to join the beta version of a revolutionary new interactive soccer game entitled I AM PLAYR as well as this first look at the game (see below). If you'd...

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Stan Kroenke: From Stranger to Arsenal Custodian In 4 Years

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What a difference four years makes. In 2007, here's what Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood said about Stan Kroenke and the American's desire to take over Arsenal: "[The boardmembers have] no intention of selling to some stranger" and would be...

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FIFA 11 Simulation Predicts Liverpool v Man City Result

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The latest FIFA 11 simulation from EA Sports has predicted the result between Liverpool and Manchester City who are scheduled to play later today. Has EA Sports got the predicted scoreline correct? Check out the video above and then watch the real...

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Premier League Stars Coming To Disney Soccer Academy This Summer

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While several Premier League teams will be visiting the United States this summer on pre-season friendly tours, five footballers that are synonymous with the league will be coaching budding soccer stars this June in Florida. Midwest Soccer Academy...

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Arsenal Agree to $1.2 Billion Takeover by Stan Kroenke

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The American invasion of the Premier League is set to expand to include Arsenal as the latest team owned by a businessman from the United States. Currently, Liverpool, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Sunderland are owned by Americans. Arsenal...

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Get Kroenke In Here (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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Despite a top of the table that's providing little reason for conversation, myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna have plenty to discuss on this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast. In the hours before the show went to tape, Stan Kroenke's bid...

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Why Manchester United Deserve Some Praise This Season

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I keep hearing from media types that this version of Manchester United is not one of the "greats" of all time or even one of the best teams in Europe. There are those in the media that equate United's current record to some lucky breaks and matches...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Blackpool against Arsenal, and Aston Villa against Newcastle United. Four different teams each with their own mission. Trying to avoid relegation versus trying to win the league. Trying to avoid relegation versus trying to reach the safety points to...

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Why Chelsea Need A Creative Playmaker

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There's a beautiful phrase in Brazilian football that was applied to the national side a few years ago. "They have too many Piano carriers and not enough Piano players." When I first heard it I instantly integrated it into my vocabulary because I...

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Vote for the PFA Player Of The Year and Young Player of the Year Awards

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The Professional Footballers' Association has named the nominees for the PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards. For the PFA Player of the Year award, this is a competition where the best players of the season are picked by...

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Barcelona Against Manchester United Ticket Information

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Ticket details have been released for Barcelona against Manchester United as well as the match between New England Revolution and Man United. Both matches are part of Man United's US 2011 summer tour. Tickets for Barcelona against Manchester United...

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Special 1 TV: Wayne Rooney Banned

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This week's episode of Special 1 TV is quite a sentimental and reflective one as you'll see and hear in the above video. The show starts off with the scandal that Wayne Rooney has been banned from Special 1 TV for two weeks. Plus there's some banter...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Saturday is always my favorite day of the week. My day to watch as many Premier League games as I can. My day to watch my 7-year-old daughter play little-league soccer. And this particular Saturday is special for me because I get to watch my two...

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Newcastle United Finalize US 2011 Summer Tour Schedule

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Newcastle United has announced its third and final match of its 2011 summer tour of the United States. Previously Newcastle had announced friendlies against Sporting Kansas City (July 20) and Columbus Crew (July 26). Now the Northeast club has...

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Mark Stein, Stoke City Legend: Friday Flashback Videos

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This week's edition of Friday Flashback Videos features a collection of goal highlights starring Mark Stein. The goals, from the 1992-93 season, show how talented this Stoke City striker was. Stein scored an incredible 52 league goals in just 89...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips, Gameweek 32

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I don't know where you live. I don't know what the laws are or what is generally accepted versus what is not. I don't know if gambling is legal where you are, or at least overlooked if it is on a small scale. What I DO know is that the Premier...

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EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 32

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It still feels like the biggest matches are ahead of us, but should be some interesting ones, especially at the bottom of the table, presuming United doesn't look ahead too much to Tuesday night. It's a shame about Blackpool's form. Monday night...

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Lebron James Takes His Talents to Anfield; Promoting Liverpool to the Far East as Minority Owner

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America's most renowned, and often vilified, National Basketball Association (NBA) star is coming to Anfield – as a minority owner. In a first-of-its-kind sports marketing deal, Fenway Sports Management (formerly New England Sports Ventures), the...

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Crucial Referee Mistake Ruins Chelsea Against Man United Match

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Video: Referee turns his cheek Oh, what a joy it must be to have the job of a goal-line official. Free admission to Champions League matches. One of the best views of the game from alongside the goal. And an opportunity to watch some of the world's...

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How Spurs Are Like England

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As I was watching Spurs play Real Madrid, the missus wandered in the room and sat down. She knows little about football and could care less about it. But like all Geordies, she knows the basics having been weaned on Newcastle United's bitter tears...

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Newcastle United Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photo

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A photo of Newcastle United's home shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season has been leaked on the Internet. Designed and manufactured by Puma, the new home shirt is quite a diversion from a typical Newcastle United home shirt. The classic look...

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Stay On Your Feet Ray Wilkins

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There were several storylines that came out of the Bernabeu Tuesday night after Tottenham Hotspur sunk to a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Real Madrid. One of the most interesting to me was the annoying commentary by co-commentator Ray...

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Tottenham Crushed By Mourinho’s Real Madrid

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Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor bagged a brace as Real Madrid destroyed Spurs by four goals to nil Tuesday night, a result that surely sends them crashing out of the Champions League. The second leg at White Hart Lane next week could well be...

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FIFA 11 Simulation Predicts Real Madrid v Spurs and Chelsea v Man Utd Results

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EA Sports have fed all of the data into their FIFA 11 simulation machine to determine who will win the Champions League matches this week between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur as well as Chelsea against Manchester United. Watch the above video...

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New Liverpool Away Kit 2011-12 Revealed: Photo

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A new photograph purportedly of Liverpool's new away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League has been leaked on the Internet. The photograph, featuring Luis Suarez and a fellow Liverpool teammate, shows the Uruguayan striker modeling the dark grey...

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Fox Soccer Channel HD Coming to Verizon FiOS in April

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The long wait for Verizon FiOS customers to get Fox Soccer Channel HD appears to be almost finally over. "For all of the soccer fans out there, Fox Soccer Channel HD is coming in April," said Heather Wilner, manager of media relations for Verizon...

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Newcastle United to Play Columbus Crew on US Summer Tour

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Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew have announced that it'll play Newcastle United in a friendly this summer at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The preseason friendly for Newcastle United is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30pm. It's the...

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Official Nike Ball for 2011-12 Premier League Season: Leaked Photo

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A photograph has been leaked of the official ball for the 2011-12 Premier League season from Nike. The ball, which will also be used in La Liga and Serie A, is called Seitiro. According to Football Shirt Culture, "[Nike] features what looks to be...

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Win Champions League Gear From Giggs, Fabregas, Torres, Rooney and Gerrard

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Interested in trying to win some Champions League gear from stars such as Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and Steven Gerrard? I thought so! Several different prizes are available such as signed shirts...

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Poll: Predicting Tottenham Hotspur Against Real Madrid

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Tuesday night's Champions League game between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur will be an eyeopening event. Knowing Spurs, anything can happen. They could get thrashed. They could settle for a nil-nil draw or they could turn the match into a...

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Ticket Details for Seattle Sounders vs Manchester United Announced

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Tickets for Manchester United's July 20 game against Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field are now on sale through OneUnitedUSA.com, the Manchester United Membership and Supporters Club of America. OneUnitedUSA.com members had first access to buying the...

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F****ing What? (Weekend Review Show): EPL Talk Podcast

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In this week's show, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss the major headlines from this past Premier League weekend dissecting everything from Manchester United's comeback (and Wayne Rooney's torrent of swear words) to Arsenal and...

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Why Jack Wilshere Deserves the 2011 PFA Young Player Of The Year Award

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This season has seen many players turn out match winning performances week-in week-out. As a result, the PFA Player of the Year is harder to call than ever. The young Player of the Year Award may be easier to judge. Only two players stand out: Jack...

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Michael Jackson Statue Unveiled at Fulham’s Craven Cottage: Video

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szólj hozzá: Michael Jackson szobor The surreal scenes of a statue erected in tribute of Michael Jackson materialized at Fulham's Craven Cottage today before the match against Blackpool. Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed was a close friend of the pop...

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Empathy for Arsenal and Chelsea Supporters

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The cliche line is that football (i.e. soccer) is a funny old game. In truth though, it can be a sad and very cruel game. I'll explain why in a moment. If you're a Manchester United supporter today, you're probably feeling on top of the world. If...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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The torture of the international break is over. Even the term, "international break," is derogatory. It implies that the players went on holiday overseas for a couple of weeks, or took a break from Premier League action when in actual fact the...

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The Return of the Gentleman’s Game to English Football

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Photo by Leslie Millman-Manchesterunitedman1 Born in England, football has always been considered by purists as a gentleman's game. But lately the notion seems reserved for nostalgic old-timers, pining fuddy-duddies ignorant of the modern game's...

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Special 1 TV: Sven FM

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The April Fool's Day edition of Special 1 TV is live. The episode, entitled "Sven FM," features the usual cast of characters as well as laughs at the expense of some of the main story lines from this past week. Be champions! and shut up...

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Why The FA’s Respect Campaign Is A Waste Of Time

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The Respect campaign is five years old this season, so how's that going? Well, it depends on how you judge such things. The view of the players, as voiced by players union head Clarke Carlisle is that behaviour of players has improved and that there...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips, Gameweek 31

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There is frequent talk of fixture congestion in the Premier League and the troubles it causes later in the season. This is especially true of the top players and the top teams. There are lots of matches across a number of competitions for your club...

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