EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

How £40m Became the New £20m in the European Transfer Market

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Last decade, a price of around £20million could buy you a footballer who had incredible skill, a deadly finish or the vision of a hawk. In 2003, Barcelona paid Paris Saint-Germain €30million for Ronaldinho, who became an eventual Ballon d'Or winner....

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Best and Worst Premier League Shirts of 2011-12

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The unveiling of the new shirts for the Premier League clubs each summer is a ritual that many supporters enjoy. It gives us a chance to poke fun at some clubs, while it makes many of us wonder why our club can't have a design that's as good as that...

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Best and Worst Premier League Shirts of 2011-12

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The unveiling of the new shirts for the Premier League clubs each summer is a ritual that many supporters enjoy. It gives us a chance to poke fun at some clubs, while it makes many of us wonder why our club can't have a design that's as good as that...

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Sunderland Replace Jordan Henderson with Connor Wickham

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Sunderland lost a major facet to their attack recently when they decided to sell Jordan Henderson to Liverpool. Today, we learned that Sunderland won the Connor Wickham sweepstakes. Wickham, formerly of Ipswich Town, is three years younger than...

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Fulham Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet that reveals the design of Fulham's home shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. The above photo shows two pages from the Fulham magazine, where the design of the new Fulham shirt is featured. Designed...

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Manchester United Aren’t Messing Around In The Transfer Market This Summer

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In the summer following Manchester United's loss to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League Final, big changes took place. The Red Devils lost two key figures from their squad as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez left the club. Fast forward two...

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Top 10 Players to Replace Gael Clichy If He Leaves Arsenal

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Due to the constant speculation and rumors that Gael Clichy won't renew his contract and will leave this summer, I decided to make this list of 10 players who could possibly replace Clichy at Arsenal. These suggestions and possibilities are based on...

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Win a Piece of Memorabilia Signed By Kaka, Van Persie, Nani, Rodwell and Others

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Adidas have been kind enough to offer an exclusive item — a graffiti canvas — as a prize to one lucky EPL Talk reader. The canvas is autographed by Kaka, Nani, Robin Van Persie, Fernando Llorente, Riccardo Montolivo, Jack Rodwell and Jonjo Shelvey....

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West Bromwich Albion Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photo

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West Bromwich Albion have revealed their away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. Designed by Adidas, the new West Brom away shirt is cyan with a dark blue trim. The shirt design have subtle hoops across the chest that are a bright, shiny...

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West Bromwich Albion Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photo

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West Bromwich Albion have unveiled their home shirt for the 2011-12 season of the Premier League. The Baggies feature their famous dark blue and white stripes on their kit, which has been a prominent feature since the first time they wore dark blue...

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Thiago Alcantara Will Bring Barcelona Brilliance to Manchester United

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Reports this week have surfaced that Manchester United have tabled a £15million offer for Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara. If this rumour turns out to be true and the Spanish sensation does end up at Old Trafford, then it won't be long until Sir...

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The Dying Art Of A Footballer’s Loyalty To His Club

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Loyalty in sports is often a one sided affair. Fans seemingly will always remain loyal to their favorite club no matter how many losing seasons or failed signings occur. But loyalty on the part of the club and the players is not always evident.  ...

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How to Replace The Irreplaceable Paul Scholes

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"My toughest opponent? Scholes of Mancheseter. He is the complete midfielder" "Scholes is undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation". Zinedine Zidane "Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes- he is the best midfielder...

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How to Replace The Irreplaceable Paul Scholes

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"My toughest opponent? Scholes of Mancheseter. He is the complete midfielder" "Scholes is undoubtedly the best midfielder of his generation". Zinedine Zidane "Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes- he is the best midfielder...

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Blackburn Rovers Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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The away shirt for Blackburn Rovers next season will be yellow and black, according to a photo leaked on the Internet. The design of the shirt features a Y-neck, which is consistent with the design that Umbro created for the New York Cosmos. The...

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Four Things (Of Many) That Soccer Gets Right

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As the son of an Englishman, I've been exposed to English football my entire life. My interest peaked during World Cups especially the 2002 tournament when my dad and I traveled to Japan to follow England around during the Group Stage....

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Andre Villas-Boas Takes Managerial Role at Chelsea, But Who’s in Charge?

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Andre Villas-Boas has become Chelsea's seventh manager in eight years, after the club triggered the £13.2million release clause in his contract to Porto. It only took Villas-Boas one season to achieve fantastic success at the Portuguese club, which...

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Alexis Sanchez Could Fire Manchester City To Glory

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Since their high profile ownership transfer in 2008, Manchester City have risen up from relative footballing obscurity to become one of the most talked about club sides on the planet. Players of the quality of Robinho, Carlos Tevez and David Silva...

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A Preview of ESPN’s Coverage of the 2011 Women’s World Cup

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Today marks several firsts. It's the first day of competition in the 2011 Women's World Cup. And ESPN will be covering every match live from Germany with familiar commentators and presenters including Ian Darke, Rebecca Lowe, Adrian Healey and many...

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See How EA Sports Adapts FIFA 12 to Peter Crouch vs David Villa

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The names Peter Crouch and David Villa aren't mentioned in the same sentence very often. But in FIFA 12, scheduled for release this fall, the minds over at EA Sports have built the logic in the game so that the CPU works differently depending on who...

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Joey Barton to Arsenal?

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Arsene Wenger in recent years has often been criticized for not being aggressive enough during the transfer window. While the team has always showed the talent and the skill to win, they've repeatedly come up short in every competition for far too...

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A Tribute to Jonathan Woodgate’s Tottenham Hotspur Career

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Tottenham Hotspur released Jonathan Woodgate on June 16, 2011. His contract was due to expire on June 30. There were news reports of the club offering the injury-plagued player a pay-for-play contract. Most newspapers and sports news outlets were...

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Man United vs Man City, 1974 and 1981: Friday Flashback Videos

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A fascinating video on many levels. One, it shows how most of the pitch invaders during the 1973-74 match were kids, not adults. Two, you'll catch Manchester fans (United or City) singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" as Tommy Docherty left the pitch....

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52 Revealing Facts About the 20 Premier League Clubs of 2010-11

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Opta's stat boffins have uncovered some gems from this season. Some of which will make you go hmm. For example, did you know that West Bromwich Albion set a new Premier League record of 34 consecutive matches without keeping a clean sheet? Or that...

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Should Christopher Samba Follow Phil Jones Out Of Blackburn?

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In many sports the old adage is defense wins champions. Although Blackburn has struggled to be in the top half of the table recently, their defense was a key to avoiding relegation. With the departure of Phil Jones to Manchester United, can...

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Are England Simply Not Good Enough?

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The failure of the next generation of English talent in the recent Under 21 European Championships has again led for a need to discover the root of the problem, and just why it's still going wrong. On Sunday, Stuart Pearce's England side crashed out...

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Ashley Young Signs for Manchester United: Initial Impressions

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Ashley Young has signed a five-year contract with Manchester United on a fee believed to be around £15m to Aston Villa. I am sure that United fans everywhere are celebrating this development. The club has been tracking the pacey left winger for a...

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Fox Soccer Channel to Televise Seattle vs Man Utd And Other EPL Friendlies

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Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus and FOXSoccer.tv will be broadcasting several preseason friendlies featuring Premier League teams this summer. Most notably, Fox Soccer Channel will televise Chelsea's tour of Asia with new manager Andre...

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Could Barcelona Alienate Cesc Fabregas?

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One of the worst kept secrets in soccer is that Cesc Fabregas wants to play for Barcelona. The only question is how badly do the club want him? For the second straight summer, Barca's president has come out saying they won't pay a high fee for...

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Could Barcelona Alienate Cesc Fabregas?

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One of the worst kept secrets in soccer is that Cesc Fabregas wants to play for Barcelona. The only question is how badly do the club want him? For the second straight summer, Barca's president has come out saying they won't pay a high fee for...

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First Interview With Chelsea Manager Andre Villas-Boas: Video

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Chelsea TV got the honor of interviewing new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas for the first time. The Portugese manager was confirmed this morning as the new Chelsea gaffer. And, in doing so, became the world's most expensive manager. During this...

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Why the 2010-11 Premier League Was More Competitive Than Usual

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The short-list for 2010′s PFA Player Of The Year (Drogba, Rooney, Fabregas and Tevez) contained four of the Premier League's most talented and proven names. This year's short-list for the same award, however, highlighted the poor showing from many...

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Why Manchester United Should Keep Dimitar Berbatov

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During the transfer window, there are many players who become linked with Manchester United. And there are also some United players who are rumored to leave, which seems realistic considering the number of players who'll possibly come in. One well...

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Tottenham’s Quest for New Strikers: Who They Should Buy And Who Should Stay

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One of the pressing concerns for Tottenham Hotspur is the need for quality, reliable and consistent strikers. During the 2010-2011 season the forwards for Spurs were Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane, who collectively...

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Andre Villas-Boas Will Be the Key To Unlock Chelsea’s Champions League Glory

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Andre Villas-Boas is the new manager of Chelsea. The former FC Porto manager is one of the brightest young tacticians in Europe. Even though Carlo Ancelotti should have been given more time, Villas-Boas is the best available option for Chelsea...

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Aston Villa’s Alex McLeish Says No To Contract for Michael Bradley, Says Report

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One of Alex McLeish's first decisions as new manager of Aston Villa has been to pass on US international Michael Bradley, according to a report by Soccer By Ives. The American blog reports that Bradley's agent has confirmed that the US midfielder...

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Who Has The Best Accuracy? Rooney, Nani, Smalling or Chicharito?

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A few Manchester United footballers got together for an informal goal challenge during the tail end of the Premier League season to see who had the best goal accuracy. Wayne Rooney, Nani, Chris Smalling, Javier Hernandez and Edwin van der Sar...

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The Evolution of English Football Supporters And What It Means For Your Club

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Prawn Sandwiches, floppy jester hats, a brand new replica kit and a camera memory card being used to the point of melting. These are all increasingly common sights at Premiership grounds, particularly for the ‘Champions League clubs'. Depending who...

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Newcastle United Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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Newcastle United's away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season will be orange, as seen in the above leaked photo. Pictured in a shop window, there's no doubt that Newcastle's away shirt for the upcoming season is distinctly orange. The shirt...

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Newcastle United Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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Newcastle United's away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season will be orange, as seen in the above leaked photo. Pictured in a shop window, there's no doubt that Newcastle's away shirt for the upcoming season is distinctly orange. The shirt...

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Schedule of Preseason Friendlies Featuring Premier League Teams

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Between now and the kickoff of the 2011-12 Premier League season, there are more than 80 friendlies scheduled featuring Premier League teams playing their annual preseason matches around the world. As we get closer to July, more friendlies will be...

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Tottenham Hotspur Third Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo of Tottenham's third shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season has been leaked on the Internet. Designed by Puma, Spurs' third shirt is black with a yellow and white diagonal stripe across the left and right shoulders...

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Tottenham Hotspur Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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Tottenham's away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season will be purple, according to a photo which has been leaked on the Internet. The new away shirt from Tottenham features a purple shirt with white trim. The front of the shirt has...

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Tottenham Hotspur Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: New Photo

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A new photo of Tottenham Hotspur's home shirt for the 2011-12 season has been leaked on the Internet. The above photo is the best one yet that shows what Spurs will be playing in next season. The design by Puma is simple, clean and elegant. The...

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Super Mario Adventures: Is Mario Balotelli a Bad Boy or Misunderstood Prodigy?

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Love him or loathe him, there's no getting away from the fact that Mario Balotelli is one of those characters who divides opinion in the footballing world. The Manchester City striker, once dubbed "unmanageable" by his boss Jose Mourinho at Inter...

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The Transfer Rumor Game

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With all league competition complete, the summer months give way to the most important season, some say, which of course is the summer transfer season. This is a time when any team with money in their bank account has an opportunity to improve their...

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Andre Villas-Boas Accepts Offer To Become Chelsea Manager, Says Report

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Andre Villas-Boas has accepted an offer to become manager of Chelsea Football Club, according to reports in Portugal. Chelsea have reportedly agreed to pay the £13.2m release clause to get Villas-Boas out of his contract with Porto to head to west...

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Nolan May Live To Regret Leaving Newcastle United’s Revolution

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After relegation in 2009, it appeared that Newcastle United was on a downward spiral, they had just lost their Premier League status and problems were rife in the board room. Premonitions of gloom circled around St. James' Park, ones that were only...

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Nolan May Live To Regret Leaving Newcastle United’s Revolution

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After relegation in 2009, it appeared that Newcastle United was on a downward spiral, they had just lost their Premier League status and problems were rife in the board room. Premonitions of gloom circled around St. James' Park, ones that were only...

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Why Manchester City Are Best Poised to Challenge Manchester United for the Title

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Not too long ago, Manchester City hardly ever shared the same expectations as their Red counterparts. Then, in August 2008, the Abu Dhabi United Group bought the team and their impact has been immediately felt with an unprecedented number of...

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West Bromwich Albion Announce Friendly Against Ventura County Fusion

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West Bromwich Albion have announced their third preseason friendly of their 2011 US summer tour. On July 17, they'll play Ventura County Fusion at Oxnard College Stadium in California. Kick-off time is 3pm PT. "It's great to have an English Premier...

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Building A Dynasty: The New Liverpool FC

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In 1959, following a successful start to the decade, Liverpool found itself a club in decline – lying mid-table in the Second Division. But then a man by the name of Bill Shankly walked through the door. Shankly immediately set about plans to...

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Manchester United Away Shirt for 2011-2012 Season: New Photos Leaked

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Manchester United will be wearing black and blue as their away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season, thanks to new leaked photographs that show the shirt design in detail. The new away shirt from Manchester United and Nike features the words...

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Manchester City Home Shirt for 2011-2012 Season: Video and New Photos

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New photos have been leaked on the Internet showing Manchester City's home shirt for the 2011-12 season. The new photos are consistent with the one leaked over a week ago that show a white V-neck collar on the sky blue shirt. The design also...

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Arsenal Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: New Photos Leaked

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New photos have been leaked on the Internet showing Arsenal's away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. Designed by Nike, the photo reveals an Arsenal away shirt that is dark blue and cyan blue. With a diagonal design on the short, the upper...

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Why Luka Modric is a Perfect Fit For Chelsea

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Last summer was very different for Chelsea Football Club. The club had just won the double and Carlo Ancelotti appeared to be the man who would finally deliver stability to Abramovich's era. I remember posing with "The Double" mural outside Stamford...

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Farewell to My Beloved Newcastle United Squad

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Thursday saw the sale of Newcastle United captain, top goal scorer and fan favourite Kevin Nolan to West Ham United, a move that left the Toon Army shocked and hurt once again. Although Kevin Nolan wasn't a spectacular footballer, he was a player...

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Farewell to My Beloved Newcastle United Squad

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Thursday saw the sale of Newcastle United captain, top goal scorer and fan favourite Kevin Nolan to West Ham United, a move that left the Toon Army shocked and hurt once again. Although Kevin Nolan wasn't a spectacular footballer, he was a player...

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Swansea City Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Official Photos Revealed

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Swansea City, the first Welsh team in the Premier League, have officially revealed their new home shirt for the 2011-12 season. As revealed on EPL Talk earlier this week, the new Swansea home shirt is white with black trim. The sleeves feature the...

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Swansea City Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Official Photos Revealed

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Swansea City, the first Welsh team in the Premier League, have officially revealed their new home shirt for the 2011-12 season. As revealed on EPL Talk earlier this week, the new Swansea home shirt is white with black trim. The sleeves feature the...

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Why Luka Modric Could Decide Next Year’s Title Race

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The arms race that is the summer transfer window is usually around 40% hype and rumors, 40% actual transfers and 20% really weird transfers that make everyone question how things happen. So while people being interested in Luka Modric makes sense,...

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Aston Villa Appoint Alex McLeish As Manager

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Alex McLeish is the new manager of Aston Villa Football Club. This morning's appointment is a significant achievement for the Scot who previously managed a host of different Scottish clubs, most notably Rangers, and then headed south to Birmingham...

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Your Reaction to the 2011-12 Premier League Fixtures

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The schedule for the 2011-12 Premier League season was announced this morning in England. You can view the week-by-week fixtures or search by each club. After you've had a chance to review the fixtures, come back here to discuss! For the opening...

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QPR vs Manchester City, 1978-79: Friday Flashback Videos

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In this week's installment of Friday Flashback Videos, we take you back to the 1978-79 season in England as Queens Park Rangers (QPR) take on Manchester City at a much different looking Loftus Road in London. The match, played on December 16 (hence...

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EPL 2011-12: The games I’ve circled

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So the fixtures are out, not long after the completion of the 2011 season. Â Here are some of the matches I've circled and already entered on my calendar. Â In a month or so we'll find out which of the first few matches are moved to Sunday kickoffs,...

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EPL 2011-12: The games I’ve circled

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So the fixtures are out, not long after the completion of the 2011 season. Â Here are some of the matches I've circled and already entered on my calendar. Â In a month or so we'll find out which of the first few matches are moved to Sunday kickoffs,...

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Tottenham Hotspur Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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After all of the hullabaloo about Tottenham Hotspur's new home shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season, a photograph of it has been leaked on the Internet. The hullabaloo was regarding what it would look like. Tottenham even launched a Facebook...

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Which EPL Club Do You Want To Face on Opening Day of the 2011-12 Season?

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Only 25 days have passed since the 2010-11 Premier League season has passed, and already — tomorrow — the fixtures for the 2011-12 season will be announced tomorrow at 4am ET/9am UK time. For many soccer fans, it'll feel like Christmas morning as...

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FIFA Interactive World Cup Video Highlights: Kings of FIFA 11

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It's not only in international football that England can't cut the mustard. Even in the FIFA Interactive World Cup, which features the best FIFA 11 players from around the world competing in a tournament, the Iberian Peninsula once again reigns...

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FOX Soccer Announce Plans for New iPad and iPhone Apps and New Shows

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FOX Soccer will be launching an iPad app and a new iPhone app this summer in conjunction with the launch of the network's new name, new logo, improved graphics and new sets, which will debut on August 13 in conjunction with the kickoff of the...

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Swansea City Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet showing a blurred image of what Swansea City's home shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season will look like. The Swans, who are scheduled to officially reveal their shirt design on Saturday, are the first...

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Two Countries Separated By A Common Love of English Football

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We often hear how technology and globalization have brought the world closer together. The Premier League is a perfect example of this. Soccer fans can watch matches live and debate it with other fans around the world on Facebook, Twitter, blogs,...

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What Kevin Nolan Leaving Newcastle United Will Mean For The Toon

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So Kevin Nolan is on his way from Newcastle United to Upton Park. Surprisingly, the Newcastle skipper rejected a new contract at St James' Park in favour of a move down a division to the Hammers. At first glance, this is not good news for Newcastle....

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What Kevin Nolan Leaving Newcastle United Will Mean For The Toon

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So Kevin Nolan is on his way from Newcastle United to Upton Park. Surprisingly, the Newcastle skipper rejected a new contract at St James' Park in favour of a move down a division to the Hammers. At first glance, this is not good news for Newcastle....

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Liverpool Third Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Official Photos Revealed

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Liverpool and Adidas have officially unveiled Liverpool's third shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. Pictured above, Liverpool's third jersey is white with black and cyan blue trim. The sleeves of the shirt feature the iconic three stripes...

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3 EPL Managers Who Crossed The Line To Manage Their Rival Club

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In light of the recent McLeish-Villa-Birmingham saga, let's take a look at other managers who have crossed local lines to manage hated rivals. The king of this category has to be Ron Saunders. Not only did he manage Aston Villa and Birmingham City,...

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Champions League: The New Drug for the Mid-Table Premier League Footballer

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The place is foreign but familiar. Alien yet indigenous. He had been here before – in dreams and on TV – but this time it's different. As London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra blares over the speaker system, the gravity of the occasion materializes...

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Love and Chelsea: The Origins of My Troubled Relationship with The Blues

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My girlfriend and I split up a couple of weeks ago. I have a lot of time to think and I'm doing a bit of reflecting on my life and the past. I was on vacation and while we were apart, we both did some soul searching. We talked about it when I got...

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Harry Redknapp’s Dilemma With Tottenham’s Defense

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Harry Redknapp has promised more signings in order to strengthen and add more flexibility to the Tottenham squad as they attempt to reclaim their spot in the Champions League next season. In looking at the Tottenham squad they are truly blessed to...

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Aston Villa Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo has been leaked showing Aston Villa's away shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. The new design features a two-tone gray shirt with a checkerboard design on the front (and presumably on the back) as well as a claret collar. Designed...

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Bolton Wanderers Expand US Summer 2011 Tour To Include Tampa

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FC Tampa Bay today announced that it will host Bolton Wanderers on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Stadium. The friendly marks the first of a three-game preseason trip for the Trotters to the United States. FC Tampa Bay season ticket...

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FOX Soccer Enhancing Premier League Coverage for 2011-12 Season

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For soccer fans in the United States, it's the news that we've been waiting a long time to hear. And it's finally here. FOX Soccer will be enhancing its coverage of the Premier League beginning with the 2011-12 season kicking off on August 13 with a...

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When Was the Last Time You Saw a Stranger Wearing a Premier League Jersey?

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Depending where you live in this world, seeing a stranger wearing a jersey of a Premier League club could be a rare treat or an almost everyday occurrence. For me, living in a suburb in South Florida, I typically see a stranger wearing a soccer...

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FIFA 12 Wishlist: 5 New Features That The Game Needs

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The EA Sports FIFA series is one of the best selling games among the sports genre. For over a decade the game has brought the soccer playing experience to living rooms around the world. Each updated version introduces new aspects from playing...

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Why Aston Villa’s Pursuit of Alex McLeish Should Cause Villa Fans to Panic

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I find the situation at Villa Park in regards to who will be the next manager of Aston Villa particularly fascinating. Here you have an institution in English football, a club with a rich history, deciding to pass on the interest of experienced...

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Lee Dixon Interview: Arsenal Legend Answers EPL Talk Reader Questions

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Arsenal legend Lee Dixon was interviewed last week and sat down to answer questions that were written in by readers of EPL Talk. Questions were submitted by EPL Talk readers R2Dad, Jimbo, Carma and Gacanja. During the interview, Lee Dixon discusses...

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Carlos Tevez, A Gifted Enigma: But Is It Time For Him To Leave City?

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I remember when I was first getting into football back in the mid-2000s. I started watching Manchester United and didn't know whether I would take to the sport. In the first years of following United, there were three players that made me instantly...

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Shortsighted England Stumble to 1-1 Draw in European u21 Championship

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A barely populated stadium in Denmark played host to England's opening group game of the 2011 U21 European Championship Sunday night. A difficult test awaited the players, pitted against tournament favorites Spain who, like England, boasted an...

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California Dreaming: How I Became A Manchester United Supporter

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I grew up like most kids in coastal southern California; surfing, being outside, and playing sports. Soccer was something I played in elementary school with friends at lunch, along with 3 seasons of AYSO. Playing soccer was something fun but at...

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Fox Soccer Channel Morphs Into FOX Soccer

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Keen observers will have noticed a small but pivotal change by Fox Soccer Channel in recent months. They've been using the name FOX Soccer instead of Fox Soccer Channel. On the sets they've used for the 2011 Champions League Final and Soccer Night...

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Will This Transfer Window Be One to Remember for Tottenham Hotspur?

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The 2010/11 season was a mixed bag for Tottenham Hotspur fans. Some of the more memorable highlights of the season included beating Milan in San Siro, Gareth Bale's hat trick against inter, and coming back from 2-0 down at half-time at the Emirates...

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What Guus Hiddink Has to Deal With if He’s Rehired as Chelsea Manager

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Guus Hiddink may be on his way to returning once again as the manager of Chelsea after his short stay in the second half of 2009 saw him win the FA Cup and Premier League title. Hiddink has the distinction of being the only coach well-received for...

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Should Carlos Tevez and Cesc Fabregas Be Sold This Summer?

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Summer is the time when transfer speculation and analysis dominate the news. Almost all of the transfer speculation focus on the players going to new clubs. However, for managers, selling and releasing players is also important during off-season....

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Manchester City: The Poachers of the Transfer Market

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Let me start off by admitting that I am a die-hard Manchester United fan, but I will try and keep my analysis of our bitter cross-town rivals as objective as possible. Ever since Sheikh Mansour's takeover at Eastlands, money has been pumped into...

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Is it Time for a New Chelsea Blue Revolution?

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This was a season of disappointment for Chelsea. Since the dawn of the Abramovich era it isn't common for words like "dismal" and "depressing" to become synonymous with the teams exploits. However this year, bar an end of the season resurgence, was...

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Why Man Utd Bought Smalling, Jones and (Coming Soon) Ashley Young

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Perhaps the defining idea of this era of football, reflective of the rapidly growing interconnectedness of World society, is the multinational team. More or less since the beginning of football, there have been players plying their trade away from...

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An Introduction to Swansea City, the Premier League’s Newest Team

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Unless you're a keen follower of the Football League or you were watching top flight football back in the late 70's and early 80's, this may be the first time many of you readers are coming across Swansea City. Swansea (pronounced "Swonzee") is...

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Why Man Utd Getting Samir Nasri For £8m Would be the Steal of the Summer

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The transfer season is always known for its twists and turns. Rumors fall in and out and as a result, trying to follow it all can be just plain maddening. Manchester United is no exception and yesterday they offered potentially the biggest twist of...

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The Manchester United Legend I’d Love To Meet

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Many people, when asked who they would like to meet from any point in history, might pick someone like Leonardo Da Vinci or Alexander the Great. When I heard this question, I thought of Roy Keane, one of the greatest professional soccer players of...

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The Manchester United Legend I’d Love To Meet

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Many people, when asked who they would like to meet from any point in history, might pick someone like Leonardo Da Vinci or Alexander the Great. When I heard this question, I thought of Roy Keane, one of the greatest professional soccer players of...

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How I Fell In Love With the English Premier League

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Sports fandom is a peculiar portion of our existence. Being a sports fan is going to leave you heartbroken more often than not. No matter what league you follow or team you root for, odds are you may go your entire life without seeing your team win...

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Behind The Scenes With Tim Howard On an Everton Matchday: Video

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Have you ever wondered what a typical matchday experience in the Premier League? It's a home match, the above video is a good representation of what it's like thanks to Tim Howard who walks us through, in this case, a home match at Everton Football...

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Top 10 Players to Watch in UEFA’s U21 European Championship

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There may not be a World Cup or European Championship this summer, but for those missing the football bug during the off-season, cast your eyes on the Under-21 European Championship, which kicks off Saturday, June 11 (readers in the United States...

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Assessing Manchester United’s Transfer Needs This Summer

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With the Premier League season wrapped up for the summer and no big tournaments to speak of this summer (other than perhaps the Copa America) all football fans will be watching the transfer market with keen interest. This summer in particular will...

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Manchester City Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet revealing Manchester City's new shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. It's another simple but elegant design by Umbro. The sky blue shirt features a white v-neck collar, the sponsors name in black...

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Chelsea Close to Finalizing £20m deal with Teenage Striker Lukaku

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As reported by the Daily Mail, Chelsea delegates are due to meet with 18-year-old Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku to bring what many call "the next Didier Drogba" to the club next season. Lukaku, who's already been wooed by Real...

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My Experience as an Arsenal Fan: 2010-11 Season In Review

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I have been a dedicated Arsenal supporter since the move to the Emirates. Over the last few seasons, the Gunners have faded out of the title race as the campaign wore on. Disappointing seasons for sure, but none can compare to 2010-2011 season. As...

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How a NFL Lockout Could Give EPL Soccer A Boost In the USA

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We here in the States are occasionally subjected to one pundit or another proclaiming "This is the year soccer's popularity explodes in America" or "This is the year soccer in the U.S. finally makes it!" Putting aside the problem of defining "making...

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Manchester United Set to Sign Phil Jones in £16m Deal, Says Report

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Blackburn defender Phil Jones is at Manchester United for a medical today and is poised to make a £16 million transfer from Lancashire to Old Trafford, according to Sky Sports and The Guardian. Just like Jordan Henderson who signed for Liverpool...

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Chelsea and Man City: Why Buying the Best Team Money Can Buy Will Not Work

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‘Tis the summer transfer season and virtually every player is being linked to Manchester City and Chelsea. In order to win, a team obviously needs good players. Chelsea needs to address the age of their squad and their aging stars. Manchester City,...

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Norwich City Home Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photo

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Norwich City have revealed their home kit for the 2011-12 Premier League season. The Canaries, who have one of the most memorable kit designs in English football, will be back in the Premier League wearing a kit designed by Errea. As the above photo...

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Whatever Happened to Earning Success? Mark Hughes, Ashley Young And the Lure of the Established Order

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Brian Clough dragged Derby County from the depths of the second tier to Championship success in the early seventies and gifted Nottingham Forest a similar fate later that same decade. Blackburn Rovers were not a byword for silverware when Kenny...

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FIFA 12 Press Conference Video Reveals EA Sports Football Club And More

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EA Sports are in Los Angeles this week for the E3 Expo where they demoed the much anticipated FIFA 12 video game, which will be available for general release in the Fall. The main new features of FIFA 12 are a new (1) Player Impact Engine, (2)...

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FIFA 12 Press Conference Video Reveals EA Sports Football Club And More

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EA Sports are in Los Angeles this week for the E3 Expo where they demoed the much anticipated FIFA 12 video game, which will be available for general release in the Fall. The main new features of FIFA 12 are a new (1) Player Impact Engine, (2)...

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Liverpool Agree £20m Deal for Jordan Henderson, Says Report

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Liverpool have signed English midfielder Jordan Henderson for £20million with David N'Gog going to Sunderland as part of the deal, according to Sky Sports. The deal is contingent on Henderson passing his medical on Wednesday as well as agreeing...

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2012: Watch The Video Trailer

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Depending on which side of the fence you sit on, you either love or hate Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). But no matter what your favorite video game is, you definitely want to check out the latest trailer (see video above) showing you what Pro Evolution...

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Could the NFL Lockout Impact Aston Villa?

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The bloom may be off the rose for Randy Lerner at Aston Villa, and the ongoing NFL lockout could cause more problems for the Premier League squad. Lerner earned praise from Villa fans when he took over the team in 2006, but after three consecutive...

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Roy Hodgson Faces Critical Choice Regarding Peter Odemwingie

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For Premier League fans everywhere, last year there was only one name synonymous with West Bromich Albion: Peter Odemwingie. Upon arrival from Spartak Moscow, it was clear that the Nigerian was prepared to deliver the goods; the striker became an...

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Martin Jol Appointment As Fulham Manager Adds Character to Premier League

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Fulham announced this morning that Martin Jol has been appointed manager on a two-year deal. The prospect of seeing the always engaging Dutchman back in the Premier League is definitely something I'm looking forward to this upcoming season. During...

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Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas – Arsenal’s Difficult Decision

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In what becomes the brand new transfer drama story of the week, Samir Nasri looks to go all in and leave the confines of Arsenal for Manchester United after "agreeing in principal to a five year, £90,000 a week gig." It's all a bit of flirting...

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My Search For A Team…

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It's been a long...but fun, year. About 51 weeks and several hours ago, my football obsession began. As Robert Green spilled a Clint Dempsey shot over the goal line last June, my interest was stirred. At the time, I didn't know Robert Green from...

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Behind the Scenes Video With Stuart Holden At Bolton Wanderers

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Stuart Holden, the Bolton and United States midfielder, was having a stellar season until March when he collided with Manchester United's Jonny Evans. The injury damaged his knee, required 26 stitches and ruled him out of action for six months....

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Should the Premier League Adopt an Amateur Draft?

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I already know that some of you will read the headline and scoff with disdain at the thought of a draft. And that there are traditionalists out there that will consider this blasphemy. However, the point of this article is not to install a whole...

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Why Fans Need to Give Fabio Capello and Bob Bradley A Break

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With England's depressing draw and the United States' drubbing at the hands of Spain, the detractors for both managers have come out in full force once again. Fabio Capello has long been the target of the English media ever since the World Cup last...

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FIFA: Power, Corruption and Lies (Video)

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There's a new video that's beginning to circulate around the Internet. The music is uplifting, the evidence is scant but the message comes across loud and clear: FIFA is ruining the sanctity of the beautiful game. Whether it's through accusations of...

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The Toughest Challenge That Alex Ferguson Faces Of His Manchester United Tenure

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Parading the Premier League trophy around the streets of Manchester on Monday, there was a distinct and justified sense of achievement for Sir Alex Ferguson. In 25 years at Old Trafford, the Scot has won 12 Premier League titles, along with 24 other...

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England 2-2 Switzerland, Euro 2012 Qualifier: Video Highlights

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Video: Euro Qualifier: England/Switzerland Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier between England and Switzerland was a surprisingly entertaining game with plenty of end-to-end action, goals galore and several incidents. It was also the third match in one...

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Write for EPL Talk

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Do you consider yourself a massive soccer fan? Have you always wanted to write about the sport and share your ideas, opinions and knowledge with thousands of soccer fans around the world? If so, and if you can write well, we here at EPL Talk would...

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Fox Soccer Channel HD On Comcast: Help Speed Up The Rollout

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The New York Times reported last week that Fox Soccer Channel and Comcast had reached a deal to carry Fox Soccer Channel HD on select systems. I received several e-mails and tweets from readers asking why I hadn't reported the news. I was excited by...

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Manchester United Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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Just one week after Manchester United launched its new home shirt for the 2011-12 season, a photo has been leaked on the Internet showing Manchester United's away shirt. Man United's new away shirt features blue hoops and either dark blue or black...

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FIFA 12 Official Gameplay Trailer: See New Features In Action

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EA Sports have released their official gameplay trailer for the upcoming release of FIFA 12, the newest soccer video game which is scheduled for release this Fall. The FIFA 12 trailer features video of actual gameplay focusing on defending,...

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Confessions Of A Neutral Premier League Soccer Fan

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I tried. Really. For five years now I've been waiting for some team to strike me as my favorite. In the meantime I've gone with local "omens". I live on Chelsea Circle so at first I went with them for a while, but it just didn't click. I loved...

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Newcastle United Third Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photo

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Newcastle United have released a photo of what their third shirt for the 2011-12 season will look like. Surprisingly, the design is one of the most appealing third shirts I've seen from Newcastle United in quite some time. The black shirt with thin...

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Chelsea Away Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo has been leaked of what appears to be Chelsea's new away shirt for the 2011-12 season. Despite someone on another site joking that the shirt looked like it featured solar panels, I quite like it. The black shirt features the classic three...

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What Swansea City’s Promotion to the Premier League Means to Me

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I had a sudden realization the other morning that my life has changed. While driving my 7-year-old daughter to school, I said to her "Hey, that was pretty neat that my team, the white team – Swansea, won Monday, wasn't it?" Each weekend when she...

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Tottenham Hotspur Sign Goalkeeper Brad Friedel On a Free Transfer

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Brad Friedel will be playing for Tottenham Hotspur next season, according to Fox Soccer sources. The former Aston Villa goalkeeper is expected to be unveiled Friday at White Hart Lane as the newest Tottenham goalkeeper. The American goalkeeper will...

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Barcelona vs Man Utd Is Most Watched Champions League Final in U.S. History

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The 2011 Champions League Final between Manchester United and Barcelona on FOX TV in the United States was the most watched and highest-rated Champions League Final in U.S. history, according to national ratings figures released by Nielsen Media...

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Top 20 Football Manager Jobs in the Premier League

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What do Martin O'Neill, Alan Curbishley, Avram Grant, Roberto Di Matteo and Steve McClaren have in common? They're all football managers who are looking for a new team to manage. But as is often the case, their names are bandied about with several...

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What Are Your Expectations for Your Favorite Premier League Club?

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With the continuing separation between the have and the have nots in the Premier League, I think that it is curious to ask fans about what they expect from their clubs. Obviously, every fan wants their club to win and be successful, but in this...

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The “Democracy” Of FIFA: Photo Evidence

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Take a close look at the above photograph to see evidence of the "democracy" of FIFA. It's the ballot paper for the FIFA presidential election. Not surprisingly Joseph Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA President. I haven't written anything about...

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FIFA 12 Screenshots Released From EA Sports

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New screenshots have been released with previews of what FIFA 12 will look like. The new video game from EA Sports is scheduled for release later this year, but thanks to Soccerlens, they were able to get their hands on the above FIFA 12 screenshots...

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7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Cancel Your Soccer TV Channels This Summer

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The Premier League season is over, the champions of Europe have been crowned and the Championship Playoff Final has decided who will be the third team going up. Now what? Some of you may be wondering what you have to look forward to this summer, if...

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How I Survived Survival Sunday at Wolves; And Why I’m Worried About Next Season

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The date was Sunday, May 22nd 2011. The day and indeed the whole week prior to it was the closest, most intriguing Barclays Premier League survival battle in years – possibly ever. The publicity and anticipation spread worldwide. For one day, the...

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Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United: Tactical Analysis (Video)

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Some Manchester United supporters may want to erase the game from their minds, but many may want to watch to see where improvements can be made in future conquests. For fans of other fans and neutrals, the above video is an interesting analysis of...

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