EPL Talk Archives for January 2011

Premier League Gameweek 3: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week three of the Premier League. Cheers Michel Vorm: The Swansea keeper had several top-notch saves that kept the Welsh side in the match, with Swansea earning another point. Edin Dzeko:...

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Latest Premier League Transfer Developments: Daily Ticker, Aug. 30

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The clock is winding down and it is time for teams to start wheeling and dealing in the transfer market. Today's "Daily Ticker" includes all the latest transfer happenings, a continued fallout for Arsenal after their embarrassing loss at Old...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 3: City Surpasses United At the Top

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Goals? Did anyone order any goals? It seems that all the goals that have been missing from the six 0-0 draws so far this season have been claimed by the two Manchester sides who took Sunday afternoon as a chance to offer an ominous warning to the...

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Why Arsenal Will Be Back After The Dust Settles

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It's easy to kick a dog when it's down. And it's even easier when everyone else joins you in doing so. Arsenal Football Club is certainly going through a difficult period, but just how bad is the situation they find themselves in? Is it as bad as...

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6 Fantasy Premier League Observations from The First 3 Weeks

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Whether you play Fantasy Premier League, or any other Premier League fantasy game — and there are plenty of them out there, here are six interesting observations from the first three weeks of the season: Chelsea's stars fail to make fixtures count....

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When is Enough Enough For Arsenal Supporters?

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Never before in the history of the Premier League has there been such a emphatic changing of the guard on one day. On Sunday, Manchester City completely thrashed Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 at White Hart Lane. The way City dominated the game was...

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Get Stuck In: Six Things We Learned From Premier League Week Three

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Editor's Note: EPL Talk is excited to present a new weekly column to readers which will incorporate various opinions from different bloggers and podcasters each Monday after the Premier League. Get Stuck In will allow each writer the chance to...

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Latest News On Didier Drogba Injury and More: Daily Ticker, Aug. 29

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It was a simply sensational weekend in the Barclays Premier League as Manchester United stunned the Gunners, Liverpool gelled against Bolton, and Manchester City outclassed Tottenham Hotspur. In today's daily ticker, read all about the injury...

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FIFA 12 TV Ad Starring Wayne Rooney, Pique, Kaka and Benzema (Video)

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During half-time of Manchester United against Arsenal on Sunday, EA Sports premiered their new TV commercial for FIFA 12. The FIFA 12 TV ad stars Wayne Rooney, Gerard Pique, Kaka and Karim Benzema. The concept is "Love football, play football." Did...

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Premier League Weekend Review Show, Gameweek 3 (EPL Talk Podcast)

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On today's review of the Premier League Gameweek 3 weekend, there are plenty of hot topics to talk about including whether Manchester United against Arsenal is still a big rivalry or not, where the Gunners go from here, as well as a review of each...

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Fulham Third Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Photo

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Fulham wore their third shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season for the first time today against Newcastle United. Designed and manufactured by Kappa, the third shirt is gold colored with a traditional collar. What do you think of the shirt...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread

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There's no doubt about it. Today is the biggest day of the Premier League season so far with four matches, two of which can be considered huge. Newcastle against Fulham kicks things off at 8am. The Geordies will be hoping that their team can move on...

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Chelsea 3-1 Norwich City: Tactics Review

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While the result was in doubt deep into the second half, Chelsea rose to earn a 3-1 result at Stamford Bridge. The Torres-Drogba saga was revived in this match. Manager Andre Villas-Boas started both forwards up front. AVB settled on an attacking...

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Didier Drogba Injured In Serious Collision (Video)

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szólj hozzá: Chelsea 1-1 Norwich Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was seriously injured Saturday in a mid-air collision with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy. Drogba and Ruddy both went up for the fifty-fifty ball, but Ruddy's attempt to punch the ball...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 3: Open Thread

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Pay very close attention to this weekend's Premier League matches. After the final whistle blows tomorrow at the end of the Man United against Arsenal match, we'll have to wait 13 days until the Premier League returns "thanks" to the dreaded...

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Liverpool on the Verge of Signing Uruguayan Defender Sebastian Coates

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With big expectations this year, Liverpool has been busy as ever in the transfer market though most of their acquisitions have been to their midfield. Only recently did Liverpool start addressing their defensive concerns by signing left back Jose...

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Why It’s Time For Tottenham Hotspur to Sell Luka Modric

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Despite Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp saying that Luka Modric is not for sale and picking him for Sunday's squad against Manchester City, I still think Spurs should sell him. All summer we have endured the Luka Modric transfer saga. Modric has...

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PES 2012: New Trailer From Japan (Video)

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The Japanese version of the trailer for PES 2012 (still called Winning Eleven 2012 in Japan) has been released. The above video gives you good insight into what the game will look like when it's released in September. This is the Japanese version of...

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Tottenham Hotspur Dealt Big Hand in New Stadium Pursuit

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Tottenham Hotspur won legal clearance on Wednesday to challenge a decision to hand the 2012 Olympic stadium to rivals West Ham United after the Games. The Premier League club had sought a judicial review after the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC)...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 3

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I'm back again — this time with tips for the Fantasy Premier League instead of ESPN's Premier Fantasy — with some potential transfer targets that should be watched for Gameweek 3 and beyond. Michel Vorm (£4.0 million) When trying to buy quality...

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Ferguson Says The FA Treats Man Utd Like Sh*t: Daily Ticker, Aug. 26

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This has been, and continues to be the summer transfer market of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. The sides who finished 6th and 5th respectively last season don't go a day without making, or attempting to make a move. Coinciding with yesterday's...

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Are West Coast Soccer Fans More Hardcore Than East Coast Ones?

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Last Saturday's clash between Arsenal and Liverpool saw soccer fans on the west coast getting up as early as 4:30am PT to watch one of the biggest Premier League matches of the weekend. Meanwhile, on the east coast of the United States, fans had...

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Everton Third Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Official Photo

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Everton has unveiled their third shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. Based on the mood at Goodison Park this summer with no transfer signings and very little finances available, it's no surprise that Everton's third shirt is a gloomy grey....

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Adebayor Joins Tottenham Hotspur On Loan

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Tottenham Hotspur have signed Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City on a season-long loan. In a brief statement from Tottenham, they confirmed that the former Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid striker has joined the White Hart Lane side....

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Champions League Group Stage Draw: Live Blog

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The draw for the group stage of the 2011-12 Champions League tournament has begun. Here is the breakdown of which teams will be in which groups: GROUP A: Bayern Munich (Germany) TBD TBD TBD GROUP B: Inter Milan (Italy) TBD TBD TBD GROUP C:...

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What Should Manchester United Do With Dimitar Berbatov?

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As the summer transfer window begins to draw to a close, most of the big named transfers have already taken place. There is one exception, however, as Manchester United striker Demitar Berbatov sits on the bench unsure about his place with the...

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Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 25

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Nearly a year gone from the site, EPL Talk's ‘Premier League News, Daily Ticker' feature is back. As many days per week as possible, I will bring you the day's primary news, making this blog a one-stop destination for all things Premier League. The...

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Premier League Midweek Review Show (EPL Talk Podcast)

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In this week's episode of the Premier League Midweek Review Show on EPL Talk, Laurence and Kartik discuss Manchester United's win against Tottenham Hotspur as well as transfer news including Joe Cole, Samir Nasri, Luka Modric, Juan Mata, Joey Barton...

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FOX to Broadcast Premier League Live On Free-to-air TV in US: Exclusive

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Chelsea vs Man Utd Live On Super Bowl Sunday Plus 3 Premier League Matches on Tape-Delay During NFL Season FOX Broadcasting Company (NASDAQ:NWS), the national broadcasting network, will televise the first ever Premier League match on free-to-air...

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Samir Nasri Arrives At Manchester City to Agree £180,000-a-week Deal (Video)

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Watch the above video to see Samir Nasri arriving at Manchester City's offices to sign his new contract which is believed to be as much as £180,000-a-week, according to newspaper reports. The fascinating thing about the above video is that it looks...

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FOX Soccer Acquires Europa League US TV and Internet Rights For 2012-15

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FOX Soccer today announced that it has acquired the TV and Internet rights in the United States for coverage of UEFA's Europa League from 2012 to 2015. FOX Soccer will kick off its Europa League coverage beginning with the 2012-2013 season next...

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PES 2012 PC Demo Now Available: Beware of Man United Zombies

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Today marks the launch of the PES 2012 demo for PC. While we're excited about the launch of the demo, we did want to draw your attention to these screenshots of Manchester United players in the game who look more like zombies than poster boys...

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Tottenham Hotspur On Verge Of Signing Adebayor On Loan

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Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp are on the verge of finally completing a new signing (omitting the free transfer of Brad Friedel) for Tottenham. Granted it's only a loan signing but at least it represents some movement by the club to bring in new...

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Alternative Premier League Table, Gameweek 2

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Two weeks down and it seems as if the Premier League was never away, or at least that's how Manchester City must be feeling. After taking apart new boys Swansea at home, City followed that game up with an impressive and hard fought win over last...

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What is Manchester City’s Best Starting XI?

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Some Arsenal supporters may disagree, but today is the day that the Gunners passed the baton to Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title. The ease with which Manchester City was able to pinch Samir Nasri away from Arsenal was a clear...

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How Secure is Steve Bruce’s Position at Sunderland?

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After overseeing another defeat to their local rivals at the weekend, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has been the focus of some fairly angry rants from fans on forums and websites across the Internet. After the sizeable investment seen over the...

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Premier League Gameweek 2: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from week two of the Premier League. Cheers Ritchie De Laet: A wonderful glancing header gave Norwich City their first top-flight points since 2005. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Two weeks, two...

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Manchester City Signs Samir Nasri For a Transfer Fee Of Around £22million

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Manchester City has agreed a fee with Arsenal for the signing of Samir Nasri, the French midfielder. The transfer of Nasri from Arsenal to Manchester City will be completed after Nasri passes his medical. "Arsenal can confirm that they have agreed...

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What Would Fergie Do If He Was In Wenger’s Shoes?

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Sir Alex Ferguson has been through a lot in his 25 years as manager of Manchester United. Through a combination of man management, manipulating the press, psychology and outwitting opponents through his often surprising team selections, the Scot has...

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6 Encouraging Signs From Wolverhampton Wanderers So Far This Season

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With two games, two wins, six points and just about as many monkeys already off our backs, you'd forgive the Wolverhampton Wanderers faithful for getting a little carried away.?? Whilst the media have opted to play the illusionist and conjure...

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6 Encouraging Signs From Wolverhampton Wanderers So Far This Season

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With two games, two wins, six points and just about as many monkeys already off our backs, you'd forgive the Wolverhampton Wanderers faithful for getting a little carried away.?? Whilst the media have opted to play the illusionist and conjure...

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PES 2012 Cover Art Revealed Featuring Cristiano Ronaldo Looking Like An Old Man

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A photo of the European cover art for the upcoming release of PES 2012 has been released. In it, former Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo is featured on the front cover, wearing his white Real Madrid kit. But if you peer more closely at the...

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Most Popular Premier League Players and Clubs: Infographic

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Who is the most searched for player on Google? Which club is most popular on Facebook? And which transfer rumors have got Twitter talking? Find those answers and more in the following infographic entitled "Who's Premier League In Digital?" I'm not a...

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FourFourTwo Soccer Stats Zone: iPhone App Review

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On August 16, 2011 the way we can view the Barclays Premier League changed forever. From background interviews with Opta, the football stats company, we have seen the developments made in statistics technology. With the help of FourFourTwo and Opta,...

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FOXSoccer.tv Sucks

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Just as I was really excited about the launch of FOX Soccer's Premier League TV coverage this summer, I ended up being severely disappointed. The same can be said — if not worse — about the relaunch of FOXSoccer.tv, FOX's broadband channel which...

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Luka Modric Goes On Strike

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Papers are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder (and wandering soul) Luka Modric has "gone on strike" and told club manager Harry Redknapp that he has no intention of playing for the club again. He will not travel to Old Trafford for Sunday's...

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Premier League Weekend Review Show, Gameweek 2 (EPL Talk Podcast)

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After another exciting weekend in the Premier League, Laurence and Kartik are back to dissect all of the matches. Tons of topics are discussed including the Juan Mata transfer to Chelsea, the Tyne-Wear derby, the latest on Luke Modric – is he going...

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Remember the Name Paul Pogba, A Man United Star In The Making

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On August 5, Manchester United honored Paul Scholes with a testimonial match in celebration of his retirement after a distinguished 17 year career with the Red Devils. It was a fantastic night for Scholes who closed his career with a trademark...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 2: Open Thread

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There are three important matches on today. We travel to Carrow Road in East Anglia to watch Norwich at home against Stoke City at 8:30am ET, which is followed by Wolves against Fulham at 9am ET and then, last but not least, Bolton against...

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Poll: Share Your Opinion About What’s Happening at Arsenal

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Depending whether you're the type of person who sees the glass as half empty or half full, your opinion regarding Arsenal's state right now may vary compared to other supporters or neutral soccer fans out there. On the glass half full side, you have...

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PES 2012: A Dozen Gameplay Videos For Your Viewing Pleasure

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If you're curious about what PES 2012 has to offer, watch the following dozen videos that show what the gameplay looks like. Videotaped by soccer fans who attended last week's Gamescom video game trade show in Cologne, Germany, the Pro Evolution...

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Arsenal Is In A Shambles Right Now: Have Your Say

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Arsenal is a shambles right now and Arsene Wenger needs to get his wallet out. The side, only two games into the season, are decimated by suspensions, injuries and lack of depth. And now. after losing to Liverpool 2-0 at home for the first time in...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 2: Open Thread

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The best word to summarize today's matches in the Premier League is fascinating. Why? Because now that the first gameweek of the 2011-12 Premier League season is out of the way, we will learn a lot today from each of the six games — which all...

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7 Reasons To Watch Swansea City Against Wigan Athletic

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Even though it took 20 years of waiting to see my team Swansea City play its first game in the Premier League, it took only 90 minutes to bring home the realization that England's top league is really three divisions in one. There's the mega rich,...

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See What FIFA 12 Looks Like With These 11 Gameplay Videos

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FIFA 12, the much anticipated game from EA Sports, was all over Gamescom this week in Cologne, Germany. At the world's largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games and entertainment, there were plenty of people playing the upcoming...

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Scouting Report on Chelsea Transfer Target Juan Mata

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According to newspaper rumors, Chelsea have tabled a bid of £29 million for Valencia winger Juan Mata, while Arsenal is also supposedly interested despite Wenger claiming last week that he ruled out bringing him to Emirates Stadium. But who is Juan...

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Dynamo Magic of Football: Episode 1 Starring Nemanja Vidic (Video)

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British magician Dynamo took to the streets recently to meet with Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic as well as unsuspecting strangers throughout England. If you love card tricks, or sleight of hand, this is definitely a fun video to watch. If only...

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Premier League Midweek Review (EPL Talk Podcast)

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In the first Premier League mid-week review show of the season, hosts Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer discuss Monday's game between Manchester City and Swansea, as well as the mid-week matches involving English sides. Plus two EPL Talk...

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Talk Of The World: The Latest Rumors and Scandals from the Premier League

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In the first of a possible new series, EPL Talk offers the rash, abrasive and mostly ignorant views of a tabloid publication from the far-flung reaches of Rupert Murdoch's empire, Talk of the World. Rest assured, the views expressed below do not...

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ESPN Premier Fantasy: Tips On Who to Add to Your Team

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After months of anticipation, it is hard to believe that the first weekend of the Premier League has already come and gone. As we all look ahead to the second week, here are some additions that should be made to all fantasy squads on ESPN Premier...

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Why I’m Optimistic About Stoke City’s Chances This Season

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Now that the English Premier League season has begun, I have became interested in the movement around Stoke City, the club who often seem to be facing tough odds against top teams in the Premier League. I am not a Stoke City supporter but reading...

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Why Arsenal and Man City Are Heading In Two Different Directions

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This past weekend saw the next chapter in the tales of two of the most historic clubs in English football. Manchester City took to the Premier League as one of the favorites for the league title and saw their latest new signing Kun Aguero sparkle...

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PES 2012: Watch The Official Trailer (Video)

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The official trailer for PES 2012 (Pro Evolution Soccer 2012) has been released at Gamescom 2011, the video game tradeshow being held in Germany this week. The big announcement from Konami was that Cristiano Ronaldo will be on the cover of the game....

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What Arsenal Should Do With the Cash From Selling Cesc Fabregas

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Many are wondering how Arsenal should replace Cesc Fabregas, who has finally made his return to the Camp Nou where he won his first piece of silverware in six years after playing ten minutes for Barcelona. Arsene Wenger has a decision to make:...

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Paying Tribute to Robbie Keane’s Successful Career at Tottenham Hotspur

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Former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel was traded yesterday from LA Galaxy to Chivas-USA in Major League Soccer to make way for the Galaxy's new star signing Robbie Keane. As a result, the Tottenham striker has now joined LA Galaxy in a £3.5...

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We Serve Football Any Way You Like It: BBC Sport Promo Video

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New Season Football from Clive Norman on Vimeo. Trust the Beeb to do something artsy to promote their football coverage for the 2011-12 season. The BBC created this above video to promote the array of football coverage they have, from their...

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FIFA Street Is Back: Watch the First Look At The New Video Game

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FIFA Street is back. EA Sports announced the news this week at Gamescom 2011 in Germany. The new game will be launched in 2012, but you can watch the trailer for it now (see above video). The FIFA team at EA in Vancouver have been working on the...

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Liverpool 1:1 Sunderland – Tactics

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One of the tactical questions needing answered to start this new Premier League season is what to make of Liverpool's glut of midfielders. On Saturday, we got our first glimpse at Kenny Dalglish's early ideas for his plentiful midfield options;...

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Premier League Gameweek 1: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from gameweek one of the Premier League. Cheers: Gary Cahill. His wonderful strike in the opening half against QPR sent Bolton on its way to a 4-0 win. Wolverhampton. It's not always pretty, but...

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How the Premier League Has Changed In 20 Years: Must-See Infographic

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It's hard to believe that this season is the twentieth year of the English Premier League. A lot has changed — some better, some worse — which is beautifully captured in this infographic entitled "20 Years of the Premier League," created by Synergy,...

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FIFA 12 Trailer (Video): Is This Going To Be The Best FIFA Yet?

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Anticipation is building for the late September launch of FIFA 12, the new video game from EA Sports. And to coincide with Gamescom 2011, the huge video game event in Germany this week, EA Sports have released a new trailer for FIFA 12 which is...

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An Overview of Man City’s Expensive Strikers (From 2007 Onwards)

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Manchester City have money to blow. We know that. Constantly, huge figures are thrown about in relation to the price of their squad, players' wages, sponsorship deals, etc. Sometimes this is done in anger, with people taking a similar stance to...

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7 Reasons to Watch the Spanish Super Cup Between Barcelona and Real Madrid

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Watch Barcelona v Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup live on ESPN Deportes (4pm ET, August 17). For fans of Premier League clubs or the league itself, you might presume that today will be an unusually quiet day based on what...

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Alternative Premier League: How the Table Looks After Gameweek 1

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With one game postponed and more draws than a furniture shop, the opening week of Premier League football has perhaps been something of an anti-climax, unless you were a travelling Trotter at Loftus Road on Saturday. But never fear – there is still...

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An Overview of Man City’s Expensive Strikers (From 2007 Onwards)

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Manchester City have money to blow. We know that. Constantly, huge figures are thrown about in relation to the price of their squad, players' wages, sponsorship deals, etc. Sometimes this is done in anger, with people taking a similar stance to...

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FIFA 12 Trailer (Video): Is This Going To Be The Best FIFA Yet?

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Anticipation is building for the late September launch of FIFA 12, the new video game from EA Sports. And to coincide with Gamescom 2011, the huge video game event in Germany this week, EA Sports have released a new trailer for FIFA 12 which is...

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How the Premier League Has Changed In 20 Years: Must-See Infographic

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It's hard to believe that this season is the twentieth year of the English Premier League. A lot has changed — some better, some worse — which is beautifully captured in this infographic entitled "20 Years of the Premier League," created by Synergy,...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

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The first Sunday of the Premier League 2011-12 season is here and, not surprisingly, we see two heavyweights enter the ring. In the early kick-off we have Stoke City against Chelsea, live from the Britannia Stadium. You'll definitely know that the...

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Arsenal Anthem (Keep The Faith): Music Video (NSFW)

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To the background music of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2, UK rapper Danny Graft sings a song about his admiration for Arsenal Football Club. Entitled "Arsenal Anthem {Keep The Faith}," the song chronicles some of the history and players who have made...

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Premier League Opening Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna sit down to discuss the opening weekend of the 2011-12 Premier League. They go through each of the eight matches played through Sunday — and cover the numerous talking points from the weekend including...

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Man United’s Ferdinand, da Silva and Vidic Sidelined after Opening Weekend Win

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Manchester United defenders Rio Ferdinand and Rafael da Silva have each suffered injuries over the opening weekend of the Premier League and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that center back Nemanja Vidic could also miss games. The...

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Arsenal Agree £36m Deal to Send Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona

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Arsenal has agreed terms with Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Cesc Fabregas to the Spanish side, the club announced Sunday. The deal is set to be finalized by Barcelona on Monday. The deal has Barcelona paying £35 million for the...

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Why I Believe Swansea Will Prove the Critics Wrong and Stay Up This Season

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The thing about soccer, and sports in general, is that you never know. You never know who is going to win or score that equalizer in the last minute. You never know who is going to get yellow carded, or what decision a referee will make during a...

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Wenger Needs to Use Fabregas Money to Spend Aggressively in Transfer Market

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The inevitable departure of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona has finally happened. The former Arsenal captain, one of the greatest players to ever wear the Arsenal shirt, is in Barcelona today to sign a transfer deal that could end up being...

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Football Manager 2012: Photos and Videos And More Than 800 New Features

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Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe today unveiled the details regarding the upcoming launch of Football Manager 2012. Scheduled for release before Christmas 2011, the game includes over 800 new features including: Transfers & Contracts –...

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Liverpool 1:1 Sunderland – Tactics

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One of the tactical questions needing answered to start this new Premier League season is what to make of Liverpool's glut of midfielders. On Saturday, we got our first glimpse at Kenny Dalglish's early ideas for his plentiful midfield options;...

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Premier League Gameweek 1: Cheers and Jeers

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Here's a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from gameweek one of the Premier League. Cheers: Gary Cahill. His wonderful strike in the opening half against QPR sent Bolton on its way to a 4-0 win. Wolverhampton. It's not always pretty, but...

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Football Manager 2012: Photos and Videos And More Than 800 New Features

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Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe today unveiled the details regarding the upcoming launch of Football Manager 2012. Scheduled for release before Christmas 2011, the game includes over 800 new features including: Transfers & Contracts –...

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Wenger Needs to Use Fabregas Money to Spend Aggressively in Transfer Market

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The inevitable departure of Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal to Barcelona has finally happened. The former Arsenal captain, one of the greatest players to ever wear the Arsenal shirt, is in Barcelona today to sign a transfer deal that could end up being...

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Why I Believe Swansea Will Prove the Critics Wrong and Will Stay Up This Season

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The thing about soccer, and sports in general, is that you never know. You never know who is going to win or score that equalizer in the last minute. You never know who is going to get yellow carded, or what decision a referee will make during a...

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Man United’s Ferdinand, da Silva and Vidic Sidelined after Opening Weekend Win

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Manchester United defenders Rio Ferdinand and Rafael da Silva have each suffered injuries over the opening weekend of the Premier League and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that center back Nemanja Vidic could also miss games. The...

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Arsenal Agree £36m Deal to Send Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona

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Arsenal has agreed terms with Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Cesc Fabregas to the Spanish side, the club announced Sunday. The deal is set to be finalized by Barcelona on Monday. The deal has Barcelona paying £35 million for the...

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Premier League Opening Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

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Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna sit down to discuss the opening weekend of the 2011-12 Premier League. They go through each of the eight matches played through Sunday — and cover the numerous talking points from the weekend including...

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Arsenal Anthem (Keep The Faith): Music Video (NSFW)

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To the background music of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2, UK rapper Danny Graft sings a song about his admiration for Arsenal Football Club. Entitled "Arsenal Anthem {Keep The Faith}," the song chronicles some of the history and players who have made...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

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The first Sunday of the Premier League 2011-12 season is here and, not surprisingly, we see two heavyweights enter the ring. In the early kick-off we have Stoke City against Chelsea, live from the Britannia Stadium. You'll definitely know that the...

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ESPN Beats FOX Soccer In Opening Day of Premier League TV Coverage

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With no early kick-off on Saturday, the opening day of the 2011-12 Premier League season gave viewers in the United States a good chance to watch the 30-minute pre-game shows on FOX Soccer and ESPN2. FOX Soccer launched their new name, new branding...

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Steve McManaman Says Manchester Sh*tty On TV: Video

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It was an obvious slip of the tongue Saturday, but Steve McManaman referred to his former club Manchester City as ‘Manchester Sh*tty' on ESPN2 during the Fulham against Aston Villa broadcast. McManaman said in the above video that Manchester City...

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Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland: Suarez Penalty Miss Proves Costly

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It's the start of a new season, and for a soccer fan in America, it means setting the alarm extra early (or waking up on your own two hours early, shaking with excitement), putting on a pot of coffee, playing the appropriate tunes, and participating...

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Gervinho Sent Off For Arsenal After Slapping Joey Barton: Have Your Say

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newbartonincident by arsenalist Arsenal's new signing Gervinho was sent off against Newcastle United Saturday after slapping Joey Barton in the face. The incident happened late in the second half after Gervinho ran into the box but simulated a dive...

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FOXSoccer.tv Product Review: New Features for Premier League Fans

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Today was the first day I had a chance to sink my teeth into the new and redesigned FOXSoccer.tv to see what the experience is like watching live Premier League matches. Despite raising the price from $15/month to $20/month, I wanted to see what the...

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New Premier League Screenshot From FIFA 12: Photo

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A new screenshot previewing FIFA 12 has been released. And this one features Wayne Rooney barreling down on goal only Petr Cech to beat as John Terry attempts to defend The Boy. As you can see from the above photo, the quality of graphics looks much...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

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The time has finally arrived. A new Premier League season is upon us after a lengthy summer wait. With six Premier League matches to choose from today, five of which are played at 10am ET, and the Newcastle against Arsenal as the late kick-off,...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Steals and Busts

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As the Premier League commences this weekend, I can't wait for what promises to be a lively and exciting season ahead. With that, the joy of Fantasy Premier League has returned which promises to be an absorbing hobby for all football fans. On ESPN's...

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Spike Lee and Theo Walcott Share Their Passion For Arsenal FC: Video

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Forever Forward from Ladoja & Sons on Vimeo. Movie director and Arsenal starlet Theo Walcott appear in the above video and talk about their admiration for Arsenal Football Club. Lee, who has been a longtime Gunners supporter, waxes poetically...

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Nike Launches New Ball For 2011-12 Premier League Season: Video

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Nike have released a video to showcase their new ball for the 2011-12 Premier League season. The Nike T90 Seitiro ball is featured in the video along with brief interviews with Clint Dempsey, Jack Wilshere, James Milner and Ashley Cole — who were...

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Manchester United Official History 1878-2002: Friday Flashback Videos

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Friday Flashback Videos, EPL Talk's regular weekly feature, has returned for the new season. And kicking off the 2011-12 Premier League season is a special treat: the official history of Manchester United from 1878 to 2002 (part 1). The 83 minute...

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6 Things I Learned About ESPN’s Coverage of the 2011/12 EPL Season

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I caught up this week with an ESPN spokesperson to find out what their plans are for the 2011-12 Premier League season. Here are the six important updates I learned: The Saturday early kickoffs will continue to feature 15 minutes of pre-game review...

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Escaping the Boredom of Cricket to Immerse Myself in the Premier League

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Salvation is here! The English football season is back. I've been trying to fill the summer void by taking to cricket but it's been challenging. In the text commentary for the previous Test match against India, for example, several cricket fans...

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How Do I Love Thee Premier League? Let Me Count The Ways

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I'm not ready. The 20th Premier League season begins this weekend but I'll likely be at the beach rather than watching Liverpool battle Sunderland in the Europa League qualification derby.* While the season has begun in mid-August for decades, now...

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Carling Cup, Second Round Draw

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Millwall v Morecambe Blackburn v Sheffield Wednesday Bury v Leicester West Ham/Aldershot v Carlisle Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion Crystal Palace/Crawley v Wigan Peterborough v Middlesbrough Aston Villa v Hereford Bristol City/Swindon v...

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FOX Soccer Kicks Off Premier League Season With New Name, Branding and Shows

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Assuming that the remainder of the Premier League matches will kick off as scheduled this weekend, it's going to be a huge weekend for FOX Soccer and soccer fans throughout the United States. Saturday marks the rebranding of Fox Soccer Channel as...

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ESPN2 to Broadcast Fulham Against Aston Villa Live This Saturday

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God bless Ian Darke and ESPN2. After their best plans went to ruins when Tottenham Hotspur and Everton cancelled their opening match of the season Thursday, the game that ESPN2 was supposed to show live to viewers in the United States, ESPN will now...

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Poll: Will it be Norwich, QPR or Swansea to Survive the Drop?

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"Norwich, Q.P.R., Swansea! Come in, come in." "Well, this is rather nice." "It is, isn't it?" "May we take our coats off? And could we trouble you for some seats, we've come a long way." "Erm, I wouldn't get too comfortable." Norwich City, Queens...

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London’s Burning

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Talk about bad timing. Zippo, the American lighter brand, chose this week to unveil their lighters that feature the crests of four of the Premier League's biggest clubs. The irony is that in the same week that Zippo releases these, London was in...

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2011-12 Premier League Table Predictions

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It's time for our annual ritual. To put my head on the line, to take the abuse and guffaws and predict how I think the 2011-12 Premier League table will look at the end of the season. But I'm not doing it alone. I encourage each of you to share how...

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Tottenham Against Everton Match Postponed Due to Safety Concerns

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This Saturday's match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton has been postponed due to safety concerns stemming from the riots in London, England. "Following ongoing discussions with the necessary authorities regarding this weekend's Premier League...

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Fantasy Football 2011/12 – Who Will Make the Cut?

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In the absence of live football during the close-season, the avid football fan is kept entertained by the bi-annual transfer merry-go-round where rumours of unlikely moves and bargain buys are rife as each team looks to build on the past season....

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Fantasy Football 2011/12 – Who Will Make the Cut?

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In the absence of live football during the close-season, the avid football fan is kept entertained by the bi-annual transfer merry-go-round where rumours of unlikely moves and bargain buys are rife as each team looks to build on the past season....

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Is Romelu Lukaku the Sign of Changes to Come at Chelsea?

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Meet Chelsea's newest signing, Romelu Lukaku. Aged 18 years, the former star for Belgium club Anderlecht is often called "the new Didier Drogba," so it's fitting that he has signed for the club he called his favorite team to play on the same team as...

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Is Romelu Lukaku the Sign of Changes to Come at Chelsea?

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Meet Chelsea's newest signing, Romelu Lukaku. Aged 18 years, the former star for Belgium club Anderlecht is often called "the new Didier Drogba," so it's fitting that he has signed for the club he called his favorite team to play on the same team as...

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Chelsea Reveals Third Shirt for 2011-12 Season: Official Photo

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Chelsea and adidas have officially unveiled their new third shirt for the 2011-12 Premier League season. The new Chelsea third shirt is white with navy and yellow solid blocks on the upper chest. We first revealed what the shirt looked like on July...

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EA Sports Unveils North American Cover for FIFA 12 Game: Guess Who Is Featured

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EA Sports has unveiled the cover for FIFA 12 which will be distributed in the United States. Gracing the cover are Landon Donovan, Wayne Rooney and Rafa Marquez. That takes care of MLS/US soccer fans, eurosnobs and the hispanic market — which make...

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Why Capello And Ferguson Must Tread Carefully With Tom Cleverley

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According to a well researched article by The Telegraph's Rory Smith, Tom Cleverley is the heir apparent to Paul Scholes. Supposedly, the latest in the line of a number of English footballing messiahs has at last arrived, armed with wand and saber,...

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Who Will Be the Main Man at Manchester City?

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Every team has a player who the fans see as their knight in shining armor. Thousands call upon this player hoping to spark a response from the hero. Last season, Manchester City's hero was Carlos Tevez. However, if City's top scorer of last season...

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Sign Up For Your Free 7-Day Trial to FOXSoccer.tv Today

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FOXSoccer.tv has launched a free 7-day trial of their new and improved FOXSoccer.tv online service. The broadband soccer website is the only way you can be assured of having access to watch every live Premier League match (assuming you also have FOX...

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2011-12 Premier League Predictions: And The Winner Is . . .

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I always like to avoid cliché and the expected angle whenever I write. However I make an annual exception in the week leading up to the start of the Premier League season when I throw my hat into the predictions ring. If anything, it is a nice...

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2011-12 Premier League Predictions: And The Winner Is . . .

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I always like to avoid cliché and the expected angle whenever I write. However I make an annual exception in the week leading up to the start of the Premier League season when I throw my hat into the predictions ring. If anything, it is a nice...

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Dividing the Premier League Clubs Into 8 Different Categories

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Editor's note: In an interview with The Guardian's Barry Glendenning last week on Beyond The Pitch podcast, the Irish pundit explained how the Premier League is three divisions in one: The top six, the bottom six and everyone in between. EPL Talk's...

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Wayne Rooney’s Hair Transplant in FIFA 12: Before and After Photos

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FIFA 12 is all about authenticity, but they've taken it to a new level with the upcoming release of FIFA 12 by painstakingly upgrading Wayne Rooney's hairstyle so his new hair transplant is plain to see. In the above photograph (before, on the left,...

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England Cancels Holland Match Due to London Riots: Attention Turns to EPL

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England's international friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday has been cancelled due to civil unrest in England. In addition to that, four Carling Cup games have been postponed. And the fear now is that this weekend's opening fixtures in the...

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Welcome to the Alternative Premier League

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Have you ever watched the Premier League and felt a sense of injustice? Have you ever wondered what the league would look like if points were awarded on the basis of winning margins, away wins and strength of opponent? Do you think Manchester...

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What Impact Will Charles N’Zogbia Have At Aston Villa?

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It has been an eventful summer for Aston Villa as several key players have left the squad including most notably, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing. With the loss of the two key wingers, new manager Alex McLeish must have thought that signing a...

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Welcome to 2011/12: EPL Talk Podcast Season Preview

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The Premier League is back! Kicking off a new season, we see the return of Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna as they dissect the Community Shield and look forward to a brand new Premier League season. In this special 90 minute episode, the...

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Arsenal Sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: A One-Of-A-Kind Name (And Player)

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Only days after Sir Alex Ferguson expressed his surprise that rivals like Chelsea and Arsenal hadn't bought more players, Arsenal officially made their third signing of the summer in Championship starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The 17 year old from...

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Manchester United Reclaim Community Shield

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Video: Community Shield: Man City/Man Utd Football fans watching the Community Shield on Sunday witnessed a truly great spectacle. In what was "just another friendly" according to Sir Alex Ferguson, the match itself was fitting for a FA Cup Final....

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Five Characters I’d Like to See In and Out of the Premier League

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It's been a long summer in the transfer window, primarily involving transfer sagas between Charlie Adam and Carlos Tevez. On the rare occasion when I'm not catching a Premier League game on the weekend, or if I get to see a Champions League game...

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2011-12 Premier League Season Preview

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Watch the best of the 2011/2012 Premier League season with Sky Sports HD. One of the many reasons why I enjoy the Premier League is how well organized the league is. Take any weekend during the season and you'll know when to be sitting in front of...

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2011-12 Premier League Season Preview

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Watch the best of the 2011/2012 Premier League season with Sky Sports HD. One of the many reasons why I enjoy the Premier League is how well organized the league is. Take any weekend during the season and you'll know when to be sitting in front of...

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Man City vs Man United: Community Shield Open Thread

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Today marks the ceremonial start to the 2011-12 Premier League season with the annual Community Shield match played at Wembley between Manchester City and Manchester United. Viewers in the United States can watch the match live on FOX Soccer at...

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How Footballers Master The Transfer System: A Step-By-Step Guide

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So, you've made it. All those schoolboy daydreams have become a reality and you're a top class Premier League footballer. Fans adore your every touch of the ball, your manager gushes about your talents to the media, beautiful women scramble to get...

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Wigan Athletic Away and Third Shirts for 2011-12 Premier League Season: Photo

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Wigan Athletic is hardly the most fashionable club in the Premier League. But this upcoming season, more so than others, their selection of home, away and third shirts are aesthetically pleasing for once. Gone is the Dutch orange, and in comes a...

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Poll: Will Man City or Man Utd Win the Community Shield?

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I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb here by saying that one of the two clubs we'll see in the 2011 Community Shield will go on to win the 2011-12 Premier League title. Arsenal have had another lacklustre transfer window. Liverpool have...

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Who is Oriol Romeu? Meet Chelsea’s Newest Signing

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Heading into the summer, Chelsea have faced questions about whether their aging squad could still win the title. With new manager Andre Villas-Boas, Chelsea had been expected to make some noise during the transfer market for new players. However, up...

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Paul Scholes Ends Man Utd Career With a Trademark Scholesy Goal

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It was a fitting tribute to Paul Scholes's final game for Manchester United. The ginger haired midfielder scored a trademark goal from 20 yards in his testimonial against the New York Cosmos (see above video). "I hope I have left the fans with a few...

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Storelli Sports Review: Goalkeeper Gear to Improve Your Game

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I'm old enough to remember playing goalkeeper when there weren't gloves. My friends in the local park would smash a ball at me as hard as they could, and I often performed a diving mid-air save to block the shot. The repercussion was that my hand...

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Taking a Closer Look At Arsenal Target Juan Mata

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With the new season around the corner, it's surprising to see how Arsenal hasn't been busier in the transfer market. Besides striker Gervinho from Lille and the young defender Carl Jenkinson, Arsenal have been too occupied trying to keep hold of...

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Taking a Closer Look At Arsenal Target Juan Mata

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With the new season around the corner, it's surprising to see how Arsenal hasn't been busier in the transfer market. Besides striker Gervinho from Lille and the young defender Carl Jenkinson, Arsenal have been too occupied trying to keep hold of...

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10 Possible Replacements for Cesc Fabregas If He Leaves Arsenal

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This is one of the most difficult and challenging articles that I have written so far. Not only because I am a huge fan of Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, but because he's one of the most talented and best players in his position in the world. This...

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Why Tottenham Needs to Sign Newcastle’s Joey Barton

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Joey Barton, because of his Twitter comments and all the friction that has developed between Barton and the leadership of Newcastle United, has found himself on the transfer list and a free transfer as well. Despite stating his desire to stay at...

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Why Tottenham Needs to Sign Newcastle’s Joey Barton

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Joey Barton, because of his Twitter comments and all the friction that has developed between Barton and the leadership of Newcastle United, has found himself on the transfer list and a free transfer as well. Despite stating his desire to stay at...

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Helpful Advice For New Soccer Fans Getting Into the Sport

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First, a disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be the ultimate list for any new soccer fan (which is properly called ‘football' everywhere else in the world). This is enough to get your toes wet and hope that anything else you need you will...

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PES 2012 Gameplay Video: Manchester United vs Barcelona

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Tags: GameTrailers.com, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 – FC Barcelona vs Manchester United Gameplay, PC Games, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 A new gameplay video has been released for Pro Evolution Soccer 2012, also known as PES 2012. The gameplay video...

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Premier League Contemplates Using 3D Technology To Replace 39th Game Concept

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The Premier League has announced that it's in discussions with Sony to develop a unique immersion technology. The end result will be to allow soccer fans from around the world to put on headphones while watching a match and feel as if they're...

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Friedel, Gomes or Cudicini: Who Should Be Tottenham Hotspur’s Starting Goalkeeper

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With the upcoming season just around the corner, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp will have to decide who will be the starting goalkeeper for the Lilywhites. The current starting keeper Heurelho Gomes continues to have difficulty in goal,...

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Friedel, Gomes or Cudicini: Who Should Be Tottenham Hotspur’s Starting Goalkeeper

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With the upcoming season just around the corner, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp will have to decide who will be the starting goalkeeper for the Lilywhites. The current starting keeper Heurelho Gomes continues to have difficulty in goal,...

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adidas Blackout Football Boot: A Sneak Peek at a Revolutionary Concept

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If it's mystery that you want, then this time of the pre-season is perfect for it. Teams and trademarks are trying out their latest ideas and gadgets for the new season, and adidas are no exception. After attending an invitation-only event in...

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Joey Barton’s Twitter Outbursts Expose Bad Stench at Newcastle United

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Newcastle United's return to the top-flight last season was largely enjoyable for Toon fans. The Magpies humiliated their closest rivals Sunderland, produced a stunning comeback against Arsenal and, most importantly, stayed clear of the relegation...

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Sky Sports Promotional Video for 2011-12 Premier League Season

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Every summer Sky Sports releases a promotional video to get subscribers excited about the new season, and this pre-season is no different. Sky just released the above video which features their "all-star" line-up of pundits including Graeme Souness,...

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Opening Weekend Premier League TV Schedule for US Viewers

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The US TV schedule for the opening weekend of the 2011-12 Premier League season has been finalized, and all ten games will be shown live either on television and/or the Internet. With no early kick-off on the opening weekend, soccer fans in the...

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Watching Man United Against Barcelona From the Nosebleed Section

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Like most American fans, my joy of European football is mostly experienced via my television set. So when I heard that the poor person's version of the Champions League Final was coming to the U.S., I jumped at the chance (as did 81,806 other fans)...

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FIFA 12 Interview With Martin Tyler and Alan Smith: Video

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EA Sports have released a new video featuring an interview with football commentators Martin Tyler and Alan Smith. Both commentators will be the voices of FIFA 12. The video shows Tyler and Smith recording some of the lines that will be used in the...

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FOXSoccer 2Go for iPad: Exclusive Video Preview

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FOX Soccer will this week launch their iPad app entitled FOXSoccer 2GO. The iPad app will feature live and on-demand games from most of the top leagues in the world including the Premier League, Champions League, Championship, and more. EPL Talk was...

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Fox Soccer Channel in HD Coming Soon to AT&T U-verse

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Fox Soccer Channel in HD will be coming soon to AT&T U-verse. U-verse's programming guide shows that channel 1654 will be the home of Fox Soccer Channel in HD (soon to be rebranded as FOX Soccer HD). With the 2011-12 Premier League season...

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