EPL Talk Archives for January 2012

Roberto Mancini Needs to Channel His Inner Mourinho To Help City Win The Title

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After a flying start to the 2011-12 Premier League campaign, Manchester City has struggled since the December 12th loss at Stamford Bridge to Chelsea. In that match, the bad luck that has dogged the Citizens reared its ugly head. With ...

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Gary Speed May Have Accidentally Killed Himself, Inquest Hears

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A coroner's inquest into the death of Gary Speed has ruled that the Welsh manager may have killed himself accidentally. The cause of death was ruled a hanging, but the coroner said that "the evidence does not sufficiently determine whether this...

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5 Premier League Transfers to Watch for on Deadline Day

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Helicopters will be at the ready on Tuesday as some Premiership clubs are deep in negotiations to sign players whom they believe will propel them to new heights in the second half of the season. Unfortunately, due to his ongoing ...

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Exclusive Interview With Olivier Bernard On Topics Including Racism and Newcastle United

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When retirement approaches, many footballers begin their plans slightly prematurely. A significant number believe their natural progression is to begin a coaching career with one eye on management. Others view life in punditry and the media as their...

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The Grey Matters (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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When it comes to colours in football red and blue have to be the dominating shades. Especially this weekend, but grey is the subject this week as all of the grey areas in football seem to be expanding. To discuss ...

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FA Cup Fourth Round Sunday, Open Thread

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Two big FA Cup matches are on deck today. The 11am ET/4pm GMT kickoff between Arsenal and Aston Villa is the one that most will be interested in, but the 8.30am ET/1:30pm GMT match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough shouldn't be ...

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FA Cup Fourth Round Saturday, Open Thread

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The fourth round of the FA Cup today offers too very explosive matches for all of the wrong reasons. Let's hope the off-the-field drama involving QPR and Chelsea plus Liverpool and Manchester United doesn't spill over to the pitch. The ...

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Tell Us Your Stories of How You Converted Your Friends to Become Soccer Fans

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Have you ever converted a soccer hater to a soccer lover? Or how about converting a disinterested sports fan into a soccer nut? If you have, share your story in the comments section below. It took me 10 years but ...

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Cups, Cups, Cups (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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With so many cups in just one week, the EPL feels like it has been broken up. However, the FA Cup has become somewhat of a figure of fun in the English press, despite attempts to make it as nostalgic ...

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Tottenham Hotspur Planning 2012 U.S. Summer Tour, Says Report

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Tottenham Hotspur is planning a three-city US tour this summer, says a report in Sports Business Journal. Baltimore and Los Angeles are two of the cities poised to host the games, while the third city has not yet been determined. ...

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Why You Can’t Always Trust The Opinions Of Soccer Experts In England

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Early in the 1990′s, when we were deprived of being able to watch a lot of live Premier League matches on television in the United States, many of us (myself included) would look up to the journalists, football supporters and ...

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1.3 Million Viewers Watched Arsenal-Manchester United On FOX

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The first ever live Premier League match shown on free-to-air network television in the United States delivered 1.3 million viewers for the Sunday, January 22 match between Arsenal and Manchester United on FOX. The broadcast delivered a 0.8 rating...

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How Loyal Are You to Your Favorite Soccer TV and Internet Provider?

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You watch hours of top quality Premier League soccer each week on television, the Internet and sometimes mobile devices, but do you have an allegiance to any or all of the TV networks that provide the coverage to you? If ...

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Could You Afford a Season Ticket If You Lived Near Your Favorite Premier League Club?

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Imagine for a minute that you lived in England and that you finally had the chance to watch your favorite Premier League club in person. Like me, if you're such a die-hard supporter of your team, you would definitely look ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 22

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This weekend saw the top two reassert their dominance and pull even further away from the six teams below who all failed to record wins. Manchester City's late, late winner at Spurs kept a cushion between themselves and the chasers ...

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Was the Decision to Award the Penalty Correct or Harsh? Read This First

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Take any Premier League match and there will often be one or more crucial calls made in a game by the referee that will be incorrect and, sometimes, will sway the final score of the match. Whether it's the correct ...

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Why Mario Balotelli’s Four Match Ban Isn’t Enough

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Manchester City, Mario Balotelli and his agent are all angry that Balotelli has been slapped with a four match ban by the English FA for stomping on Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Scott Parker. Balotelli, his club and his agent would have ...

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Liverpool Through 3-2 On Aggregate To Carling Cup Final

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Manchester City's month of January continued to drop like a lead balloon. Craig Bellamy stuffed home the decisive goal at Anfield with just over 15 minutes remaining, and Liverpool set up a Wembley date with Cardiff City in the Carling ...

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FOX Renames FOXSoccer.tv to FOX Soccer 2Go

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FOX has renamed its FOXSoccer.tv broadband streaming service to FOX Soccer 2Go. The name change means that the iPhone app, iPad app and now web service all feature the same consistent name. The FOX Soccer 2Go features, benefits and pricing ...

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FOX Soccer to Air Everton vs Fulham FA Cup Match Live On US TV Featuring Donovan vs Dempsey

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FOX Soccer has made special arrangements to televise a live broadcast of Friday's FA Cup match between Everton and Fulham, which will possibly feature Clint Dempsey playing against Landon Donovan for the first time since 2006. The FA Cup match...

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Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish are Untouchable, For Better or for Worse

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The managerial merry-go-round is one of the unpleasant facets of Premier League football. Too often, the board members of clubs are quick to sack a manager due to a string of poor results or because of outside pressure. The objective ...

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Can Papiss Demba Cisse Help Newcastle United Qualify for the Europa League?

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In December 2010, Newcastle United was making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Chris Hughton was sacked, Mike Ashley was up to his typical tactics and a month later Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool for more than $50 million. ...

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Premier League News, and Editorial Singing Manchester City’s Praises

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Could it be at all possible that Manchester City could be at the center of more criticism? The answer to that is yes, of course, as the "Noisy Neighbors" have a Argentinean striker that seems to have trouble coming to ...

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Lower-Table Premier League Clubs Need to Believe In Themselves and Stop Fawning Opposition

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In this day and age it is somewhat accepted that the "big clubs" will dominate all across the board in English football. Somewhat stale air breathes on football as the stranglehold of money dictates all. Is it possible a manager ...

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Liverpool Faces Make Or Break Week With Manchester City and United On Deck

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"We've got to look at ourselves. If that's the level they expect this football club to play at, then they won't be here long." These were the words of Kenny Dalglish after a humiliating defeat to Bolton at the weekend. ...

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Latest Premier League News Plus Rant About Mario Balotelli

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After a day to let the occurrences #EpicSunday settle in, it is time for the renewal of the EPL Talk "Daily Ticker." This makes the site your one-stop-shop for all things Premier League. The day's news is all here, along ...

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Sunderland: A Club Transformed (Book Review)

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I was originally skeptical of diving into Sunderland, A Club Transformed, Jonathan Wilson's book about the 2006-2007 season for the Black Cats. As much as I respect Jonathan Wilson's intellect and analysis of topics related to football, there were...

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Newcastle United Home Shirt For 2012-13 Season: Leaked Photo

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A photo of Newcastle United's home shirt for the 2012-13 season has been leaked on the Internet. Newcastle United only just changed their sponsor a few weeks ago, so Puma obviously hasn't had time to update the sponsor's name on ...

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Aston Villa: McCarthy’s Men Grounded By Their Ex-Hero

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Way back somewhere in the annuls of time; before the awe inspiring stadiums and the anti-sweat kits, before the mega millions and the sponsorship deals, before television and radio and the world wide web – back when the beautiful game ...

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FOX’s Broadcast of Arsenal-Man Utd Delivers 0.9 Overnight Rating, Says Report

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FOX's live broadcast of Arsenal against Manchester United delivered a 0.9 overnight rating, according to Sports Business Journal. This compares to a 1.5 overnight rating from the record-breaking Chelsea against Liverpool match from November 20,...

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FOX Soccer or FOX: Where Should Select Super Sunday Premier League Matches Air In The U.S.?

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Premier League soccer on TV is at an important crossroads in the United States. The interest in the league is growing by such leap and bounds that several Premier League matches have graduated from FOX Soccer to the free-to-air FOX ...

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Fantasy Premier League Review From Gameweek 22

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1. The game is flawed-Â It's a point I've been meaning to make for a while and one that arose in a comment on last week's post. In that article I, perhaps harshly, described Modric's goal against Wolves as the first ...

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The Return Of The King: Robbie Keane Finds Gold For Aston Villa Against Wolves

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One day Robbie Keane will write/dictate his autobiography, and it will be filled with fantastic stories of playing football for some major clubs, living in Italy and the USA and full of scoring goals. Keane marked his full Aston Villa ...

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Fulham vs Newcastle United Preview: Magpies Eye Chance to Move Into Fifth

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There is most definitely a spring in the step of Newcastle United fans at present and rightly so. Tuesday's capture of Senegal international striker Papiss Cisse coupled with the Magpies occupying a top six spot is daring the Geordie faithful ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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 It's been a while since we've had a early kickoff on a Saturday, so I'm really looking forward to watching Norwich City against Chelsea on television from the always colorful Carrow Road ground. New signing Gary Cahill will probably ...

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Arsenal-Man Utd Premier League Game Won’t Be Shown Live On 6 FOX Stations

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Several of the top TV markets in the United States won't be showing the first Premier League match live on their local FOX affiliate due to a conflict with other programming scheduled for Sunday morning. UPDATE: The number of FOX ...

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How to Contact Your Local FOX Station If They’re Not Showing Arsenal-Man Utd

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If you live in one of the seven regions in the United States where your local FOX station is not showing the Arsenal against Manchester United game live tomorrow, you should be mad as hell — even if you don't support ...

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Arsenal vs Manchester United Preview: Gunners Look to Put Pressure Back on Rivals at the Emirates

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There was a time not so long ago, a Manchester United team travelling to North London only meant one thing, and that was to get one over arch rivals Arsenal for the title. Now, with Spurs knocking on everyone's doorstep, ...

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Man City vs Tottenham Match Preview: Spurs on the Hunt for Revenge in Manchester

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In a Premier League season that has thus far, for the most been dominated by both Manchester clubs, this upcoming Sunday presents the perfect opportunity for North London to stake back some title revenge. It starts with Harry Redknapp's men. ...

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Premier League Super Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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The whole week has been building up to this: the double-header featuring Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur followed by Arsenal and Manchester United. So much is on the line. Not just three points, but also pride and bragging rights. It's...

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EPL Talk Podcast Review, Super Sunday Edition: Have Your Say

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Another weekend of upsets and setups as the EPL rocketed towards two huge collisions. So how did your team do? It was London v Manchester as the potential top four make an effort to distinguish themselves from the rest. With ...

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Under-Qualified and Over-Exposed (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Manchester manage the double over London sides, but have they assured their place at the top of the tree with such assured performances? Both Spurs and Arsenal gave good accounts of themselves, but in very different ways. We assess the ...

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4 Things Learned from Man City vs Spurs and Arsenal vs Man United

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Two nil down to City, most teams would have bitten the dust and collapse, but Spurs showed an undying belief to fight back. This isn't the Spurs team of years ago; this is Redknapp's team, full of hard running and ...

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EPL Talk Is Going Dark To Protest SOPA and PIPA

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In protest against proposed legislation in the House and Senate that threatens to seriously damage the free and open Internet, EPL Talk will go dark tomorrow between 8am and 8pm ET. The same applies to our Twitter news stream. EPL ...

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1990 World Cup Panini Stickers Featuring Some Familiar Faces: Photos

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I went through a stack of Panini stickers from the 1990 World Cup today, and picked out eight different stickers that I thought you would be interested in. Click on the above photo for a larger photo. A lot can ...

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Premier League Gameweek 21: Cheers and Jeers

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Cheers and Jeers is a weekly column on EPL Talk, summing up the best and worst of the previous Premier League weekend. Regular columnist Matt Hackenmiller is on assignment right now attending to his newborn child, so I thought I'd ...

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Match-Fixing in Football: How Much Goes On That We Don’t Know About?

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"Money doesn't talk, it swears" – Bob Dylan The Italian Serie A started the season with newly promoted Atalanta at the foot of the table, after the club faced a points deduction due to match-fixing in Italian Serie B. I ...

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Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Déjà vu in North London

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Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to a big North London club with European ambitions; are given a snowballs chance in Hell of taking anything from the game, defend resolutely and defy their long odds and escape back up the M6 with a ...

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Swansea Accomplishing So Much With Small Budget, Few Resources And Players With Plenty To Prove

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Sunday's match between Swansea and Arsenal was an eyeopening account that laid bare the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, especially the gulf in talent and confidence between Swansea's Premier League footballers and the poor confidence and...

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Liverpool and Chelsea Planning 2012 Summer Preseason Friendlies In US, Says Report

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Liverpool and Chelsea are both planning summer tours to the United States to compete in preseason friendlies, which may include Liverpool playing AS Roma at Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park baseball stadium, says The Boston Globe. The newspaper reports...

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Football Stars Collector Cards From 1986 Featuring British Football Legends: Photos

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I'm nearing the end of looking through my box of English football collectibles that I found in my garage. I have one or two more items I'll be sharing with you in the next 48 hours, but in the meantime, ...

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Darron Gibson’s Arrival at Everton Will Lift The Toffees For Remainder Of Season

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If there was ever an award for a manager who can pick a bargain, look no further than a certain David Moyes. Having to overcome financial obligations in the transfer market year after year, Everton have always been widely seen ...

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Think Inside The Box (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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With the league throwing up more shocks/stumbling blocks this weekend it appears that there is no such thing as a normal season anymore, we can't get a consistent top side and we're all disappointed with a draw...what has the league ...

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From The Big Money Flops to Successful Deals: Examining Wigan Athletic’s Transfers

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For season after season Wigan Athletic has overcome the difficulties of remaining in top flight English football. The success of this fairytale story has heavily relied upon chairman Dave Whelan. The Wigan chairman has expressed an interest in...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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Today's two Premier League matches include high-flying Newcastle United and Arsenal, both against recently promoted sides — QPR and Swansea respectively. A win for Newcastle and they'll leapfrog over Liverpool into sixth position in the league. A...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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It's been a few weeks since we've had an open thread, but this weekend's Premier League fixtures offers plenty of opportunities for some of the underdogs in the league to register an upset. With no early and no late kick-offs ...

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Liverpool vs Stoke Match Preview: Reds Aim to Continue Good Form

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After two successive cup games, Liverpool return to league action this Saturday with a home fixture against Stoke City. The Reds have already met Tony Pulis` men on two occasions this season, suffering a contentious 1-0 defeat at the Britannia...

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English Football Cards From Early Nineties (Pro Set): Photos

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In the late 1980′s, football stickers were still the rage so when Pro Set launched a collectible card collection in England and the United States in the early 1990′s, they definitely turned heads. The quality of the photos were spectacular ...

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Win Gold adizero F50 Boots, 5 Pairs To Be Won

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Leo Messi's place at the pinnacle of world football was confirmed by his third consecutive Ballon d'Or, but he didn't do it alone. To celebrate his win, Leo has thanked everyone who has supported him in his career, from his ...

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Midweek Games ARE Good Fun (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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The Premier League shows no sign of slowing up in the coming weeks, even after a hectic holiday schedule. If anything it is getting more intense. So the pod is here to work out where it's all going right for ...

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England Card Collection From 1998 World Cup: Photos

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It's day four of cleaning out my garage (it's looking pretty tidy so far). Today I uncovered a pack of England cards that were issued by Upper Deck in 1998 under the title of "England: The England Card Collection." In ...

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Glen Johnson’s Tackle Was Worse Than Vincent Kompany’s: Animated GIF

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Glen Johnson committed a two-footed lunge against Manchester City in Wednesday night's first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final. However, the tackle (see above animation), which was far worse than the one that Vincent Kompany committed against Nani...

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Look At These English Football Clubs And Badges From 1962: Collector’s Card Photos

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On day three of cleaning out my garage, I found a pleasant surprise in a 1962 collection of 25 cards entitled "Football Clubs and Badges" from a company named Lamberts Of Norwich. The cards were included in packets of tea ...

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If Tottenham Beats Everton Tonight, Can Spurs Go All The Way?

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It may seem like a typical mid-week game, but Tottenham's match tonight against Everton is monumental. If Spurs win, they go joint second with Manchester United, and will be just three points away from Manchester City at the top of ...

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QPR Show Their Ambitions With Signing Of Mark Hughes As Manager

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The departure of Neil Warnock has shocked many QPR fans, who consider his dismissal to be an unjust, knee-jerk decision, based solely on their recent slump in form. Remember of course that it was Warnock who, within just over a ...

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A Trip Down Memory Lane With 1990 Panini Football Stickers: Photos

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Day two of cleaning up my garage unearthed some more gems. This time it's "Football '90," which is a small stack of Panini stickers from the 1990-91 season. There are about 50-75 stickers in all, nowhere near the entire collection. ...

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How Much Is Your Cable Or Satellite Bill?

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In the past few weeks, I've been reading several comments from readers who are complaining how expensive it is to watch soccer on television. Of course, it's all relative. Based on the quantity of games shown, it's probably the best ...

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Andrey Arshavin Couldn’t Hit a Barn Door; Thierry Henry Shows Him How

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It's only fitting that in a game where Arsenal monopolized the number of shots taken against Leeds United in Monday's FA Cup match that late substitute Thierry Henry would stride on to the pitch and show his fellow teammates how ...

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Why Kompany’s Tackle On Nani Shows How The System Is Broken

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Soccer has been one of the most important things for me almost my entire life, but if there is one thing I don't like about the sport, it's when questionable calls happen like the one on Sunday where Vincent Kompany ...

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FA Cup Footballers From 1988-89 Featured In Match Magazine: Photo

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While cleaning out my garage over the weekend, I came across an old box of football/soccer collectibles. I haven't peeked inside the box yet to see what's in there, but I thought I'd reach in and pick out the first ...

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Birmingham City 0-0 Wolves: Stalemate in the Second City

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Just eighteen miles separates Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City geographically. The West Midlands rivals are also separated by 18 places retrospectively between two divisions. On Saturday, they were separated by nothing but fresh air as...

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Return of the King…kladze FA Cup Weekend (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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In an extended podcast with 4 pundits, scattered around the world we discuss the return of Paul Scholes, Henry and the winning ways of Sir Alex. In a controversial and compelling game United ran out 3–2 winners. We pick over ...

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Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United: England’s Best Two Clubs Give Us A Battle to Savor

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Over the years there have been few events in sport that can rival the excitement of the FA Cup. This Manchester Derby was a perfect example of the magic that this tournament embodies. It was exciting for fans of both ...

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Paul Scholes Rejoins Manchester United; Red Devils Are Getting Desperate

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Paul Scholes has come out of retirement to rejoin Manchester United until the end of the season, and will be on the bench today for the FA Cup third round match against Manchester City. No, it's not an April fools ...

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Is Jordan Rhodes Ready for the Premier League?

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Sixty league goals in 105 league matches for Huddersfield Town would suggest a definitive yes, but hat-tricks against the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Preston and Exeter can't be compared to the opposition faced in England's top division. Being an...

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FA Cup Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United: Red Devils Look to Stake Revenge in Battle of Manchester

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Almost 3 months have past since the ‘noisy neighbours' and blue half of Manchester claimed the latest bragging rights of the city, as Roberto Mancini's City thumped United 6-1 in their own backyard back in October. A much anticipated FA ...

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If England Doesn’t Care About the FA Cup, Why Not Export Selected Matches Overseas?

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This morning I was listening to BBC Five Live commentator Alan Green complaining about poor attendances in this weekend's FA Cup matches. The two examples he gave were the crowd of less than 15,000 for a west Midlands derby between ...

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FA Cup Weekend (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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It's late, but the pod is finally here. This week we put four people into the conversation and discuss United vs. United; United vs. City; and Liverpool vs. The World. We also discuss the history of the FA Cup, what ...

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Wenger, Hodgson and Mancini Star In The Monsters Of Rock (Video)

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Who knew that Arsene Wenger, Roy Hodgson and Roberto Mancini were not only rock stars, but rock musicians? Enjoy the following videos. www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5DrdPrPpMU www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2mqZHSPw4E H/T 101 Great Goals.

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Newcastle’s Demba Ba Continues to Make Case for Player of the Season

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When Newcastle United signed Senegal international Demba Ba on a free transfer in the summer, it was naturally deemed an astute bit of business by the Magpies hierarchy. Following West Ham's relegation to the Championship last season, the...

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Where Is Liverpool Lacking On The Pitch?

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Torres was a name that struck fear into opposition hearts not long after joining Liverpool. With 33 goals in all competitions in his first season at Liverpool, no one could doubt his pedigree. By the time he left for Chelsea ...

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How High Can Newcastle United and Sunderland Climb This Season?

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 In a season that has been dominated by headlines pertaining mostly to the Big Four (along with Manchester City and Tottenham), one region of England's rich footballing world that has often been overlooked is the northeast. This season brought...

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What Happens to Christian Miles Now That Rob Stone Has Joined FOX Soccer?

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Reading the press release about the arrival of Rob Stone at FOX Sports this week, you would have presumed that Christian Miles was a goner. Without mentioning Miles's name, the press release described how Stone would be hosting Goals On ...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips Learned From Gameweeks 19 and 20

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1. Wingers in Wales- As Wayne Routledge wheeled away in celebration after scoring Swansea's second goal, Brendan Rodgers probably popped an Aspirin. For newly promoted sides selection dilemmas are few and far between, making each individual one all...

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Why It’s Time to Blame Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish

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While so much controversy has been swirling around Liverpool off the pitch, very few in the British media have directed criticism at Kenny Dalglish for the events on the pitch. He has signed two extremely disappointing, not to mention expensive,...

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Everton’s Scoring Problem

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I spent the last week watching Everton try to squeak out matches by the thinnest of margins. Everton's brand of football has nearly become dire to watch, and the situation brought itself to a head in today's 1-2 home loss ...

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5 Observations From Newcastle United v Manchester United

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After a devastating 3-0 loss to Newcastle United, Manchester United has suffered back-to-back defeats in the Barclays Premier League for the first time since March 2011 and now trails league leader Manchester City by three points at the top of...

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What Would Your Premier League TV, Radio and Podcast Wish List Look Like?

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We all know that Premier League football is far more than the 90 minutes our favorite team plays each weekend. Throughout the week there's plenty of programming, on television, the Internet and radio, to keep us informed and entertained about ...

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Soccer Men by Simon Kuper: Book Review

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Simon Kuper is the preeminent intellectual football author of our time. His works such as Football Against the Enemy, and Soccernomics (aka Why England Lose) need no introduction to many fans of the beautiful game. His columns in publications such...

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Apple Interested In Bidding For Premier League UK TV Rights, Says Report

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Apple is interested in bidding for the UK TV rights to the Premier League, says a report in The Daily Mail. The Premier League's live UK rights for 2010-13 raised £1.782bn when they were sold to Sky Sports and ESPN ...

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Win Xavi Signed Boots, Petr Cech Glove and Balls From Euro 2012 Group A Draw

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EPL Talk and adidas have teamed together to offer one very lucky reader the chance to win all three of the following: Goalkeeper glove autographed by Petr Cech (Chelsea and Czech Republic), adidas Predator boots/cleats autographed by Xavi (Barcelona...

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5 Observations From Manchester City v Liverpool

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Manchester City returned to their winning ways after thumping Liverpool by 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and James Milner sealed the victory for the Citizens in a rain soaked night in ...

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Rob Stone Moves From ESPN to FOX Soccer To Become New Lead Studio Host

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FOX Soccer has a new face. Rob Stone, who began at ESPN in 1992 and returned to the network in 1997, will be the new lead studio host for FOX Soccer, as well as the face for soccer coverage on ...

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Can Landon Donovan Do It Again For Everton?

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Landon Donovan has arrived in England and will begin his first training session at Everton tomorrow. He's eligible to play on Wednesday for the encounter between Everton and Bolton at Goodison Park. Whether he'll have a large part to play ...

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Rebuilding Anfield: Loss of Suarez and Lucas Opens Gateway to Liverpool’s Future

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The Football Association recently banned prized Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for eight matches on the grounds that he made derogatory comments toward Patrice Evra during the club's fixture against Manchester United. While the Anfield outfit may...

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5 New Reasons to Be Optimistic About Swansea’s Chances Of Staying Up

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Swansea City has finally gotten another monkey off its back with its first away win of the season. The first monkey of the season was waiting five games before the Swans got their first goal of the Premier League season (in a ...

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2 Important Questions About Chelsea’s Rollercoaster Ride Of A Season

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So how was your holiday season? I'm betting it has been better than Andre Villas-Boas's December despite Chelsea's late win against Wolves on Monday. Since the holidays have begun, a constant stream of events conspired to turn Chelsea from a ...

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Thierry Henry Transfer, A Step in the Wrong Direction?

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The excitement over the return of Thierry Henry, Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer, on a two-month loan is understandable, but the realistic impact Henry will have towards Arsenal's push for Champions League qualification is questionable. He'll be a...

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Fact or Fiction: With Manchester City’s Dip in Form, It’s Time for Citizens to Get Nervous

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"Fact Or Fiction" is a weekly segment on EPL Talk. In today's column, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed (and sometimes The Gaffer) each offer ...

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Happy New Year (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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On an extended pod we discuss Suarez, Sir Alex and Silva. With the ‘topsy-turvy' results which have presented themselves it is clear that this holiday period has been full of surprises, not least for the high-flyers of the EPL. Sir ...

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Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Fletch Lives!

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No this is not the rundown of a 1989 comedy crime caper featuring Chevy Chase, but a 2011/12 one man rescue mission starring a Scotsman on International exile to earn his side a third consecutive draw. As the final moments ...

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Time To Give The Other 14 Clubs in the Premier League Some Well-Deserved Respect

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What a difference a week makes. Since Christmas Day, the teams at the bottom and in the middle of the Premier League have performed spectacularly, picking up much-needed points. Consider that Blackburn beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and tied...

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Happy New Year From EPL Talk

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EPL Talk would like to wish you, all of our readers and listeners, a very Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy the time off and that you get to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Don't forget ...

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