EPL Talk Archives for January 2012

The New Kit Bag (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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A tiny international break is followed by some huge games in the league as it is north vs south again in the EPL. Liverpool host Arsenal whilst United travel to Spurs. Title influences mean that both matches have a say ...

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Buy England’s New Home Shirt For Euro 2012

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England's home shirt for Euro 2012 is beautifully designed by Umbro, featuring the red and white colors of the English flag. The England jersey is now available to order online, delivered directly to your door. The team of England stars ...

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FIFA Street Demo Available to Download For Xbox 360 and PS3

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If you've been excited by the different previews for FIFA Street, a demo of the game is now available for download on the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. Xbox Live members can download the game from the Game/Demos section on ...

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England-Holland TV Broadcast Implements Virtual Advertising Technology For Overseas Viewers

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Blink and you may have missed it. I certainly did. While watching today's entertaining match between England and Netherlands, The FA and a sports production company implemented virtual sideline advertising boards that displayed different ads around...

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FIFA Street Trailer Starring Premier League Footballers

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FIFA Street is scheduled for release in the United States on March 13, and in the UK on March 16. But if you've already watched the preview of FIFA Street, here's something else to feast your eyes on. A trailer ...

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Stuart Pearce Picks England Captain In His Own Image

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The FA announced this morning that caretaker manager Stuart Pearce has named Scott Parker as captain of England for tonight's friendly against Netherlands at Wembley (live on FOX Soccer at 3pm ET). It's fitting that Parker was named by Pearce....

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Who is Your Euro 2012 Dream Team of ESPN Commentators and Pundits?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daTxjzJBRjE I'll always remember World Cup 2010 for many different reasons. The goal that wasn't a goal by Frank Lampard against Germany, the incredible feeling when Landon Donovan scored against Algeria, and Spain's...

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Random Thoughts From Premier League Gameweek 26

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1. Arsenal fans can exhale and begin chanting, "All is well". Yes, the Gunners played much better Sunday, but this is still the same club that was routed at the San Siro recently so it is difficult to get a firm ...

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Newcastle United 2-2 Wolves: The Calm After The Storm

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At the back end of a turbulent and degrading fortnight where all things Wolverhampton Wanderers were concerned, a chink of light appeared through the widening cracks to lift the spirits that had previously hit rock bottom. Although the departure of...

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Liverpool’s Carling Cup Silverware Will Be A Catalyst For Greater Glories

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Following the long awaited end to their trophy drought, a sense of optimism surrounding Liverpool Football Club is inevitable, with fans predictably praying that the team can use the result as a springboard for the rest of the season. They ...

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Goals Galore And Plenty of Stamina (EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show)

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Who needs the Oscars? In this weekend's wrapup of the major stories from the Premier League, there's plenty to talk about including Liverpool winning their first piece of silverware in 6 years, Arsenal thrashing Tottenham, Ryan Giggs making his...

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EPL Talk Podcast Weekend Review Show: Open Thread

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Every single Premier League weekend there are always so many different talking points, and this one was certainly no different. From the Carling Cup Final to the thrilling north London derby and so many other incidents in gameweek 26 of ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

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Today features two massive games, and two other very important ones. The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could have big ramifications on the rest of the season for both clubs. Can Tottenham push for second place? Can ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 26: Open Thread

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The big matches in English football are tomorrow, but that doesn't mean that today's matches are meaningless. Chelsea, for example, take on Bolton at Stamford Bridge. Andre Villas-Boas is like a ticking time bomb, and today The Guardian reported...

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Last Chance to Sign Up For FOX Soccer 2Go Free Trial

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The race for the Premier League and the cup competitions is heating up. We're entering that time of the year where we're beginning to see the winners move ahead of the losers, while the supporters of the clubs near the ...

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Who Loves Ya’? (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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The cups come thick and fast at this point in the season. It's great to watch teams scramble for position as the knock out rounds make everything look very cut-throat. It's nice to prepare some people for the tragedy at ...

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How FOX Can Improve EPL TV Ratings: Get Rid of Piers Morgan & Show Games On Delay

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Now we know that the Manchester derby will be shown on ESPN2 in late April, there's very little chance that FOX will decide to squeeze a live Premier League game into its free-to-air programming between now and the end of ...

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ESPN2 To Broadcast Potential Premier League Title Decider Between Man United and Man City

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ESPN2 in the United States will broadcast the potential Premier League title decider between Manchester City and Manchester United on April 30, 2012. The match could decide who will become the champions of the 2011-12 Premier League season. City and...

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England Home Shirt for 2012 Unveiled: Official Photos

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England's home shirt for 2012 has been officially unveiled by Umbro, the shirt manufacturer. The new home England shirt for Euro 2012 will be white with red trim. It's a simple but elegant look that's inspired by the colors of ...

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Financial Situation in British Football Shows the Need for a New Way of Thinking

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The last few weeks have not been good for the financial side of the beautiful game. We have seen clubs going into administration, others nearly folding and no progress on controlling the wages of top players. Only today Wigan have ...

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Why Manchester City Is Treading On Thin Ice With Carlos Tevez

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On Tuesday, Carlos Tevez issued an apology to Manchester City Football Club. Despite this apparent show of remorse, Roberto Mancini should refrain from using the Argentinean striker regularly. Even though City are currently in need of a few more...

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Sipping Tea and Watching Premier League Football

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Sport is synonymous with beer. The pre-match and post-match pint. The six pack at a tailgate. But I've always preferred a cup of tea especially if I'm watching matches at home on television. There's something very comforting and relaxing about...

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Redknapp is Right for England, But is England Right for Redknapp?

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It's been almost two weeks since the Football Association accepted the resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager. Yet they seem no further forward in their attempts to appoint his successor. Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is still the...

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Mourinho and Guardiola Heading to England Would Take EPL to Next Level

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Two to three years, that's the time that both Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger seem to have given themselves before they end their respective managerial careers. Although we have heard the "I am quitting" spiel from Sir Fergie a million ...

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Cup mp3 (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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FA Cup weekends mean so much to the EPL Talk podcast. They give a great chance to look at the situation from a completely different angle. Conclusion? Yeh, playing lower division teams is harder than the TV says it is. ...

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Chelsea Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season, The Real One: New Leaked Photos

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New leaked photos of Chelsea's home shirt for the 2012-13 season have been revealed, and this time we believe it's the real deal. We found out that the one revealed yesterday is a fake, while the one pictured above and ...

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4 Managerial Candidates to Replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

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After a miserable week, Arsene Wenger's future at the club has never looked more unsecure. The tide is turning for the once untouchable Wenger with the rallying of fans, critics and players going against Arsenal's greatest manager. Fans have voiced...

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FA Cup Sunday, 5th Round: Open Thread

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After yesterday's shock results in the FA Cup with both Arsenal and Norwich being knocked out, we have a few potential upsets in the 5th Round of the FA Cup today. Plus we'll learn later today who will play whom ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 25: Manchester United Top Form Table

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Arsenal overcame the APL's form side away from home, Spurs and the Baggies shared the summit of the top-scorers podium and the bottom five sides are closer than ever. Sunderland slipped from the top of the form table after losing ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 25: Manchester United Top Form Table

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Arsenal overcame the APL's form side away from home, Spurs and the Baggies shared the summit of the top-scorers podium and the bottom five sides are closer than ever. Sunderland slipped from the top of the form table after losing ...

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Chelsea In Transition: Villas-Boas Struggling With Underperforming, Egotistical, Infighting, Aging Footballers

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 At what point during Chelsea's season did the difference between symptoms of discomfort and symptoms of illness become clear? For some time, they looked and felt the same. It was a bit like trying to figure out if you're ...

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Chelsea Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season Revealed: Leaked Photo

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A photo of Chelsea's home shirt for the 2012-13 season has been leaked on the Internet. If true, and it certainly looks like the real deal, I love it. Chelsea's famous blue shirt is enhanced by thin diagonal lines across ...

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FA Cup Saturday, 5th Round: Open Thread

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We have five matches on the cards in the 5th Round of the FA Cup today, the tournament that was founded in 1871. Chelsea are at home to Birmingham City in the early kick-off at 7:30am ET/12:30pm GMT, which is ...

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Umbro Prepares for Launch of England’s New Shirt, But Who’s Buying?

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England's new shirt, to be worn during this summer's European Championship, drops on February 29. The new shirt's arrival angers some supporters who feel compelled to replace their current shirt, worn by England for all of eight matches, while...

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FIFA Street 12: Video Previews of the New Game From EA Sports

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FIFA Street is scheduled for release in March, 2012. But we have several videos that provide a glimpse into what the video game will look like. The game, based on street soccer or street football, is also known as FIFA ...

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DirecTV Offers Soccer Fans Free Preview of FOX Soccer Plus February 20-26

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Mark your calendars! FOX Soccer Plus will be available as a free preview to DirecTV customers from February 20-26, 2012. The free preview coincides with the 7-day free trial of FOX Soccer 2Go that's available to US residents. On DirecTV, ...

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Arsenal’s Season Hangs In The Balance After Champions League Mauling

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Arsenal's 4-0 loss at the San Siro on Wednesday could have implications far beyond just elimination from the Champions League. In fact, the heavy defeat and disappointing performance could be the force that reduces Arsenal's season to ash. Before...

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Wolves and Whales (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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The Champions League is back! With a BANG! AC Milan demolished Arsenal 4 – 0. In the pod today? Well, is it really all that bad to be beaten by the Italian Champions? A new team against another rebuilding side. ...

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First Look At FIFA 12 On PS Vita Handheld Game Console: Video

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I purchased the new PlayStation Vita today. One of the launch titles is FIFA Soccer, so I wanted to share my first impression of the game with you. EA Sports has done an excellent job of porting this game over ...

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Arsenal Home Shirt For 2012-13 Season Revealed: New Leaked Photo

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A new photo of Arsenal's home shirt for the 2012-13 season has been leaked on the Internet. The iconic red shirt of Arsenal will again feature white sleeves. But this time, the sleeve design features red, white and black hoops. ...

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Manchester United Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season: New Leaked Photo

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A new photo of Manchester United's home shirt for the 2012-13 season has been leaked on the Internet. The iconic red shirt of Manchester United will again be centerpiece. But this time, the design features tartan print, which is most ...

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FIFA 12 Beginner’s Guide: Understanding The Different Game Modes

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The record breaking sales of FIFA 12 (3.2 million sold in its first week alone) illustrated that not only is it proving to be one of the most popular gaming franchises on the planet, it is also one of the ...

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Adventures In The Fantasy Premier League: Tips Gleaned From Gameweek 25

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1. Return Of The Pie – Steven Pienaar has returned to form, so it seems appropriate to mention his wonderfully appropriate name. It has got "pie" in it. And there is nothing more beautiful about football than its association with ...

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How to Watch FOX Soccer Live On Your Mobile Phone or Tablet With Slingbox

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By itself, FOX Soccer 2Go is a powerful service. On a typical weekend, FOX Soccer 2Go streams an average of six live Premier League matches. ESPN2/ESPN3.com shows one, while FOX Soccer — the flagship TV network — airs the other ...

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Sign Up For A 7-Day Free Trial to FOX Soccer 2Go

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Video: Get FOXSoccer2go Beginning today, FOX Soccer 2Go — the live soccer streaming service from FOX, available in the United States via computers, iPhone and iPad — is now available as a 7-day free trial. FOX Soccer 2Go, previously named ...

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Our Love Affair With Saturday Morning TV Cartoons and Premier League Football

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If you think back to your childhood, Saturday mornings were an idyllic time, watching cartoons and other children's programming on television. When I lived in the United Kingdom in the late 70s and early 80s as a child, my Saturday ...

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Why Wolves Should Not Have Sacked Mick McCarthy

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Having watched the gutless performance exhibited by the Wolverhampton Wanderers players yesterday, I was expecting a response but certainly not this. First off, Wolves is still in with a great chance of avoiding relegation and to get rid of the...

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Wolves Sack Mick McCarthy After Worst Black Country Derby Defeat Since 1964

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Wolverhampton Wanderers today announced that manager Mick McCarthy has been sacked by the club after a devastating 5-1 home defeat in the local derby against West Bromwich Albion. The last time Wolves lost so badly to West Brom was 1964 ...

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Shake-Up (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Editor's note: We're experiencing technical difficulties with our hosting provider since last night, so if the above player doesn't work, click on the ‘Listen Now' image or the ‘Listen Now' text link below. The latest episode hasn't been added to...

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Liverpool Apologizes After Manchester United Match, But Not to Patrice Evra

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Luis Suarez is sorry. Kenny Dalglish is apologetic. Managing director Ian Ayre has condemned Suarez's actions. All this for the handshake that never was? The Suarez-Evra case was big enough before Saturday's match between Manchester United and...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 25: Open Thread

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Manchester City has a chance to regain the top spot in the Premier League today when they travel to Villa Park to take on Alex McLeish's side. The Scot's job is rumored to be on a razor's edge as is ...

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Man United 2-1 Liverpool: The Day Class Left The Stadium

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I don't care which side you happen to support. If you're a Liverpool or Manchester United supporter, or just a neutral viewer, this is a dire day in the Barclay's Premier League. It's the day we saw petulance win out ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 25: Open Thread (Including Man Utd vs Liverpool)

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The biggest rivalry in the Premier League is, still, Manchester United against Liverpool. It's not your Manchester derby. Neither is it Chelsea against Manchester United. The Red Devils against the Reds remains at the top, featuring the two most...

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Spurs v Newcastle Preview: Premier League’s Top Two English Managers Meet At White Hart Lane

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In a week where Alan Pardew has been linked with managing England, the Newcastle boss takes his side to Tottenham Hotspur as they aim to continue their odds-defying season. Following Fabio Capello's resignation from the national set-up on Wednesday...

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Arsenal Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season Revealed: Photo

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The design of Arsenal's home shirt for the 2012-13 season has been revealed on the Internet. Arsenal's home shirt for the 2012-13 season will feature the classic red shirt with white sleeves. However, the design also features what appears to ...

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What the? (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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An incredible week in ‘Football News' means that not much has happened on the pitch. Liverpool and Spurs played out a 0 – 0 whilst a cat became the highlight of Twitter on the night. On the news: Fabio gone ...

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1.377 Million Viewers Tuned In to FOX to Watch Chelsea vs Man Utd On Super Bowl Sunday

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FOX's live airing of Chelsea against Manchester United on February 5, 2012 delivered an average 0.8 rating with 1.377 million viewers, which was approximately 119,000 viewers more than the viewing figures for the Arsenal versus Manchester United...

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Premier League Racism Scandal Has Made Everyone Look Bad

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One of the most depressing things to have emerged from the racism scandal that has threatened to overshadow large parts of the Premier League season is the loyalty blindness that has affected large amounts of fans throughout the league. The ...

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7 Reasons to Fall in Love With Swansea City This Season

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There are a lot of reasons to love Swansea City. Even if I hadn't been supporting them for 32 years, I still think I probably would be writing this article. During the past 10 days, Swansea picked up three points ...

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Is Aston Villa Ready to Tame Manchester City?

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This Sunday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester City certainly has the makings of a decisive game in the outcome of the title race. With City's stuttering away form over the last six weeks seeing them lose three ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 24: Sunderland Sits On Top Of The Form Table

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Despite big away wins for Wolves and Swansea, the weekend undoubtedly belonged to the Gunners, who ran out six goal winners over lowly Blackburn. Arsenal's seven goal mauling won them an impressive 7.67 points, easily the highest of the gameweek....

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 24: Sunderland Sits On Top Of The Form Table

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Despite big away wins for Wolves and Swansea, the weekend undoubtedly belonged to the Gunners, who ran out six goal winners over lowly Blackburn. Arsenal's seven goal mauling won them an impressive 7.67 points, easily the highest of the gameweek....

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How to Solve the Issue of Too Many London Teams in the Premier League

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I've spent too much of my 25 years in the States trying to convince Americans that there's more to England than the great city of London. However, it's quite likely there'll be 6 London-based teams in the EPL next season. ...

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How Martin O’Neill Has Turned Sunderland’s Season Around

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Sunderland fans would have been fearing the worst when the Wearside club had only amassed 11 points from 13 games in the Premier League and were sitting at a dismal 16th after a disappointing 2-1 loss at home to bottom ...

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Fabio Capello Resigns As England Manager

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Fabio Capello has resigned as England manager. The fallout from The FA's decision to remove John Terry's England captaincy must certainly have been a key issue in the decision by the Italian to resign. The decision by Capello to resign ...

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Two Years After Launch of FOX Soccer HD, Many Comcast Customers Are Still Waiting

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Two years ago this week, DISH Network became the first TV provider in the United States to offer FOX Soccer HD. Six months later, DirecTV added it. And slowly, but surely since, several cable companies nationwide have made the channel ...

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FOX’s Americanization of the English Premier League

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Most fans of the Premier League in the United States want the game to grow, and broadcasting games on a major network is a tremendous step forward. Unfortunately, this means soccer is jeopardizing one of the major areas where it ...

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Adventures in Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 24

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1. The Fantasy Cup-Â For the first time ever, my fantasy football team is on a cup run, beating some poor, helpless bloke to reach the Fantasy Cup eighth round. Just to put that in perspective, I still have to ...

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Adventures in Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 24

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1. The Fantasy Cup-Â For the first time ever, my fantasy football team is on a cup run, beating some poor, helpless bloke to reach the Fantasy Cup eighth round. Just to put that in perspective, I still have to ...

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Why Can’t Kenny Dalglish Drop It About the Luis Suarez Case?

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Monday evening's match at Anfield between Liverpool and Tottenham was a low-key affair. However, it did feature one standout moment: the return of Luis Suarez from his lengthy suspension for racially insulting Manchester United's Patrice Evra....

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What Is It That We Really Want From Our Soccer TV Coverage?

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As a daily reader of EPL Talk and sometimes contributor, I generally pay close attention to the comments about articles. It is, after all, a form of entertainment all to itself. One of the things I really enjoy about the ...

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Removing John Terry’s England Captaincy Causing Leadership Tensions for Capello & The FA

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Lightning, it appears, does strike twice. Two years to the day after Fabio Capello stripped John Terry of the England captaincy, the FA through its chairman, David Bernstein, made the same decision in far more controversial and emotive circumstances...

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FOX Delivers 1.0 Overnight Rating For Chelsea vs Manchester United on US TV

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FOX delivered a 1.0 overnight rating for its February 5, 2002 live broadcast of Chelsea against Manchester United. The rating is higher than the 0.9 that Arsenal against Manchester United generated, but lower than the 1.3 rating for the November...

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Why Man United Winning the Title This Season Would Be Sir Alex Ferguson’s Best Yet

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After watching Sunday's remarkable clash between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, I was left in awe at the fighting qualities United have in abundance. For a team minus ten first team regulars including Vidic, Fletcher, Jones, Nani...

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Super Bowl Soccer (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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It is Super Bowl weekend! So we respectfully nod at that and move on with the biggest game on US television this weekend. Chelsea faced United at Stamford Bridge, AVB lost out on all three points as United gained the ...

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Highs and Lows Of FOX’s Live Coverage of Chelsea Against Manchester United

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The much-hyped match between Chelsea and Manchester United is over, and it was definitely one of the best matches of the season. Six goals, plenty of talking points and an amazing comeback, this is a game that we won't forget ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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The latest news from Stamford Bridge is that Chelsea is saying that the snow is no major problem, and that the match today will go ahead as planned at 11am ET/4pm GMT. FOX must be breathing a huge sigh of ...

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Aston Villa Underachieving and Unattractive Under Alex McLeish and Randy Lerner

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For the past few season, Aston Villa has been a club on the fringes of crashing the "Sky Six" party. Coming into the 2011-2012 season, despite the appointment of Alex McLeish as manager, many supporters had hopes that Villa could challenge ...

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Premier League Adds Its Logo To Broadcasts In Fight Against UK Pubs

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Starting today, the Premier League added a watermark in the bottom right corner of many of its TV and Internet broadcasts (see above example). Adding the Premier League logo is certainly a move by the league to protect its copyright ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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We're back with another Premier League Saturday. I, for one, am glad that we can talk about English football again. I'm getting a bit sick of non-soccer related stories that are monopolizing the coverage of the Premier League. Yes, they're ...

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Poll: Who Should Be Manchester United’s Starting Goalkeeper?

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Manchester United recently lost to Liverpool in a very closely contested match at Anfield. The last goal by Kuyt, in my eyes, was easily stoppable if de Gea would have divede to smother the ball with confidence instead of whatever ...

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Wolves 0-3 Liverpool: Pressure Mounts On Wolves Boss Mick McCarthy

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 "Changing the manager does not affect the way the players play on the pitch" ... I begin fittingly with that quote from Wolves captain and £7million summer signing Roger Johnson. This was a quote given to journalists after the ...

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17 FOX Stations Won’t Be Showing Chelsea vs Man Utd Live

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Sunday's battle between Chelsea and Manchester United is being promoted in FOX TV commercials as the "Greatest live Premier League match in US television history." Unfortunately the advertising may irk some soccer fans in the United States who will...

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Celebrating David Moyes’ 150th Premier League Win

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Deserved congratulations to Everton manager David Moyes on his 150th league victory Wednesday, earned in emphatic fashion as brilliantly summarized here at EPLTalk. Moyes, 48, is the third-longest tenured head honcho in the prem, behind only Arsene...

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Wenger’s Reluctant Transfer Business Might Prove Costly for Arsenal this Season

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Arsene Wenger isn't known for dabbling in the winter transfer window. In fact he deems that it should be "scrapped". History though tells us another thing. Over the past couple of seasons, Arsenal has entered the winter transfer window needing...

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