EPL Talk Archives for January 2012

City vs United (EPL Talk Special Podcast)

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It's a Manchester Special. Need was say more? The pod looks through the wreckage and what-the-heckage of tonight's match. Mancini and his mind-games vs. Sir Alex and his team in flames. Or is it so bad? Let us know on ...

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Roberto Mancini and Alex Ferguson Square Off Against Each Other [VIDEO]

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The tensions between Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini came to a boil on Monday night when the two managers squared up against each other along the touchline. The incident that sparked the war of words was after Danny Welbeck ...

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Manchester City Defeats United to Blow the Title Race Wide Open: Who Will Win It Now?

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The Premier League title race was blown wide open Monday night after Manchester City deservedly beat Manchester one-nil at Etihad Stadium. With the three points, Manchester City now climbs into first place on goal difference. City's faces Newcastle...

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Manchester City vs Manchester United: Open Thread

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It all comes down to this. Or so we hope. A win for either club will have massive consequences on the race for the Premier League title. A win for Manchester City, and they'll go back into first place on ...

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What Are Your Favorite Soccer Leagues? Take Our Survey

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There are so many quality soccer leagues on television that we're spoilt for choice. Pick any major league in the world, and you're just a click of a remote control button away from it. But which ones do you watch ...

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Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview: Who’s Going to Win the Derby?

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"We're not really here" are some of the words emblazoned around the Etihad Stadium amongst other footnotes and references to Manchester City's history. These particular words are significant because of a chant started by the Blue Moon faithful in...

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FA Approach Roy Hodgson to Become England Manager

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In a shock move, The FA has announced that it has received permission from West Bromwich Albion to approach Roy Hodgson for discussions about becoming the next England manager. "Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain ...

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Build-Em-Up (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Without either Manchester side in the mix this weekend we see a peak in the exciting football as teams hone their side and make a push to be the most impressive in the league. Is it a question of too ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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Today, we have two matches kicking off in separate parts of London at different times. The early match is the London derby between Chelsea and QPR (8:30am ET/1:30pm BST). QPR will be hoping for a win to try to increase ...

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Nominate the Best Premier League Footballers and Managers for the 2012 EPL Awards

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We're getting ready to launch the fourth-annual EPL Awards next week, which recognizes the best of the 2011-12 EPL season, but we need your help. In the categories of best footballers and managers, we want to make sure we haven't ...

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Chelsea v QPR Preview: That Was Then, This Is Now

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When these two teams last met in the Premier League back in mid-October, Queens Park Rangers was sitting comfortably at mid-table with 9 points from eight matches while Chelsea held third place with 19 points, just three points off league ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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In today's Premier League Saturday Open Thread, I'm going to do things differently and have some of the astute EPL Talk readers who are on Twitter (who follow @epltalk) to tell you and I which matches they're most looking forward ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 35: Newcastle Continues to Sit On Top of Form Table

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Newcastle retained their strangle hold at the top of the form table and moved above Spurs into fourth place as week 35 also saw wins for the bottom teams and a slip-up for Manchester United. Newcastle's latest win over Stoke, ...

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UEFA Euro 2012 Video Game Trailer, England National Team [VIDEO]

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The England national team is such a polarizing topic. Either you love them or hate them. And that's just speaking for the people who live in England, nevermind the rest of the world. Some days, I wonder if the England ...

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Aston Villa: Too Big to Go Down Or Not Good Enough to Stay Up?

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As we continue to talk about the two wonderful Champions League Semi-Finals we've just witnessed this week, I can't help, as an Aston Villa fan, to reminisce. Thirty years ago, in Rotterdam, Dennis Mortimer of Aston Villa raised the European ...

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Reader Mailbag: Questions Answered About Guardiola, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea

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It's another installment of the EPL Talk Reader Mailbag, and this week we have several excellent questions. So, let's jump right in. Question from Ahmed: After the past couple of months Arsenal have been in a rich vain of form. ...

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Why the Era of Extravagant Transfer Signings In Soccer Is Over

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As the end of season looms across most of Europe, appearing over the mountain is this summer's transfer window travelling circus. Already the infamous ‘My dad owns a dog who knows the owner of Chelsea' and my personal favorite "I ...

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Play the EPL Draft! Which Players Would You Pick for Next Season?

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UPDATED: As some of you may or may not know, the NFL Draft has commenced here in America. All the teams in the National Football League descend upon New York and spend the next several days drafting the best college ...

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Are These Everton’s Home and Away Shirts From Nike for the 2012-13 Season?

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There's been a lot of anticipation to see what Everton's home and away shirts will look like for the 2012-13 season especially since Le Coq Sportif will no longer be the club's kit manufacturer, and they've been replaced by Nike. ...

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The Six Premier League Clubs Most Likely To Woo Pep Guardiola As Manager

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According to reports, Josep Guardiola will leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season. It is believed the he will likely take a year-long break from football before returning to manage at another club. Guardiola will be in ...

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Quiet Before a Storm (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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The pod is light this week. After the special edition, it is only right that we keep the happy note going. To summarise the thoughts and feelings around the EPL in mid-week are four people from different places in the ...

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4 Radical Suggestions to Improve England’s Euro 2012 Chances

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Frankly, England has a problem similar to that of mine when I play football. I'm a quality player, a rampaging right back in the mold of Dani Alves, since I'm still at that age where I have boundless energy from ...

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Al Jazeera Not Planning On Bidding for Premier League TV Rights In UK, Says Report

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Al Jazeera may not bid for Premier League TV rights in the United Kingdom and Europe after all, according to a report this week on the Football Economy website. The website quotes a source at Citigroup who revealed that: "The ...

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Manchester City Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo has been leaked on the Internet featuring what appears to be Manchester City's new home kit for the 2012-13 Premier League season. Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is pictured wearing the new Manchester City home shirt. As you...

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FOX Soccer to Produce and Air Liverpool Behind-The-Scenes Documentary, Due Fall 2012

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FOX Soccer will produce and air a six-episode original documentary, which will provide viewers with behind-the-scenes footage of Liverpool Football Club from the end of the 2011-12 Premier League season, and this season's FA Cup Final through to...

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Is This Manchester Derby The Biggest In Premier League History?

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"Fact Or Fiction" is an infrequent series on EPL Talk. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether ...

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Has Roberto Mancini Done a Good Enough Job at Manchester City?

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Since his arrival almost two and a half years ago, Manchester City has seen change unlike any other period in the club's history. The oil rich owners influence has come to the fore after a period of disappointment under Mark ...

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Chelsea Victory Against Barcelona Smashes Super Bowl Record For Twitter Activity Worldwide

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Tuesday night's historic win by Chelsea against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League smashed the 2012 Super Bowl's record number of tweets per second (TPS) on Twitter. The peak for the 2012 Super Bowl was 12,233 TPS. But immediately after ...

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FAIL: ITV Cuts Away From Live Champions League Coverage to Reveal News Presenter [VIDEO]

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What is it about Britain's ITV network and them cutting away from live soccer matches? Tonight, during the Real Madrid against Bayern Munich Champions League semi-final, ITV (Independent Television) broke into the live coverage of the match and cut...

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PES 2013 Trailer: Plus Konami Announces New Features in Pro Evolution Soccer [VIDEO]

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Konami this week launched a debut trailer for PES 2013 (see below). Plus they announced the new features that video gamers can expect to see in Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PES 2013), scheduled for release later this year. According to ...

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Liverpool Adds Toronto to their North American Summer Tour Schedule

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Liverpool will kick off its summer 2012 North American tour with a friendly against Toronto FC on July 21 at Rogers Centre, in Toronto. The Merseyside club officially announced the news yesterday. The match will be played at the 47,000 ...

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Overachievement Could Ultimately Lead to Alan Pardew’s Eventual Downfall at Newcastle

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With Chelsea distracted by the possibility of a first Champions League final victory, and Tottenham's continued slump in form, Newcastle United appears to be in a prime position to claim the final Champions League spot, a remarkable feat for a...

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FIFA 13 Wishlist: What’s Yours?

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Yesterday, EA Sports released UEFA Euro 2012 to FIFA 12 users on the major gaming systems, which means more gaming goodness to have over the summer. But as we wear out FIFA 12 and Euro 12, let's start looking forward ...

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Is Chelsea’s Triumph Against Barcelona A Victory for English Football Or A Sign Of Its Decline?

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Editor's note:Â Is Chelsea's victory against Barcelona a sign that English football is in a revival, or is it a false dawn? EPL Talk blogger Ahmed Yussuf takes one side of the argument, while I (The Gaffer) take another. Read both ...

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Gary Neville Lets Out An Orgasmic Howl After Fernando Torres Scores Against Barca [VIDEO]

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In injury time against Barcelona, Chelsea hoofed the ball down field. Gary Neville told TV viewers "He's in," and then a moment later, we saw Fernando Torres controlling the ball near the halfway line and penetrating through the Barcelona defense....

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Why the Premier League Should Embrace Officiating Technology

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Controversial calls have been a prominent feature of the Premier League this season. Barely a week goes by without claims of a diving incident, debatable red cards, or phantom goals. Of course this often irritates fans, particularly if your team...

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Clint Dempsey and Other Transfer Targets for Manchester United This Summer

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Being one of the biggest and most successful clubs in the world, Manchester United is usually very active in the summer transfer window. With several holes in this current Manchester United squad and their need to make improvements to improve ...

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El Chelsico (EPL Talk Special Podcast)

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What a night, late April back in 2012. What a finish, what a night. Chelsea triumph as Barcelona stumble. To pick over the bones of this ‘instant-classic': the pod. In an Emergency podcast we go to Spain and then Birmingham. ...

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ESPN Moves Manchester City vs Man United From ESPN2 to ESPN For US Soccer Fans

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The most anticipated match of the 2011-12 Premier League season featuring Manchester City against Manchester United has been moved on television in the United States from ESPN2 to ESPN. Moving the Manchester derby, in a match which may decide who...

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European Press Reaction to Chelsea’s Brave Victory Against Barcelona [PHOTOS]

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Chelsea recorded a historic victory Tuesday evening, beating Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate to qualify for the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final. The European media were quick to jump on the story with Marca, the Catalan newspaper, summing up the mood...

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Chelsea’s Heroes Defeat Barcelona 3-2 On Aggregate To Storm to UEFA Champions League Final

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Chelsea, against all odds, have defeated Barcelona and have qualified for the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final in an incredibly entertaining match that had everything. A red card, missed penalty, a shot that hit the post and — who would ...

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UCL: The Allianz Arena

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The Champions League tie in Barcelona is special for a number of reasons. Not only are the players representing their clubs, but on a more personal level they are fighting for the chance to step onto the pitch, in Munich, ...

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Barcelona vs Chelsea, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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It's the match that we've all been waiting for — the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final to determine who will be playing in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final. Will it be Barcelona or Chelsea? We will ...

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Congratulations to Barcelona, Victors Against Chelsea Today

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Congratulations to Barcelona for having won the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final before it's even started. Such is the confidence and expectancy among the Barcelona players and supporters. Almost everyone expects Barcelona to win...

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Barcelona vs Chelsea Preview: Roberto Di Matteo’s Mission Impossible?

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If a home win for Chelsea against Barcelona seemed improbable last week, getting a result at Camp Nou is surely impossible. Before that defeat to Real Madrid in their last game, Barcelona had won eleven consecutive games at home. With ...

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 35

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1. Chelsea are dull- The good old days have returned. After dispensing with the innovative AVB, Chelsea have reverted to their "Mourinho tactics". Who cares if the new style alienates Fernando Torres? It's effective, and that's all that matters....

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Analyzing Chelsea’s Success Against Barcelona

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Over the past few seasons we have seen Barcelona revolutionize the game in a way that nobody has before. Their ability to retain an incredible amount of possession and slice up opposing defenses has gone unmatched by most teams that ...

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Robin Van Persie, Tribute to PFA’s Player of the Season

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Well, its official: Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has been named the PFA (Players' Football Association) Player of the Season. The Dutchman received the award ahead of fellow stars Wayne Rooney, Scott Parker and the Manchester City trio of David...

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Are these Liverpool’s Home, Away and Third Shirts for the 2012-13 Season? [PHOTO]

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Mockups of what may be Liverpool's home, away and third shirts for the 2012-13 season have been posted on the Internet. Whether these are the actual designs or not, we're not sure right now, but it certainly will raise some ...

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1.1 Million Watch Chelsea Beat Barcelona On FX and FOX Deportes In United States

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More than 1.1 million in the United States watched the Chelsea against Barcelona semi-final first leg on FX and FOX Deportes combined, according to FOX Sports. The Wednesday, April 18 UEFA Champions League match garnered 592,000 viewers on FX (21%...

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Mario Balotelli, and the Difference Between Arrogance and Self-Confidence

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Mario Balotelli is one of the most enigmatic and reportedly difficult footballers in the Barclay's Premier League and like many sports stars, his name is as synonymous with descriptions of arrogance as it is with words of praise. So is ...

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The Reason For Tottenham’s Collapse, And Why Redknapp Wouldn’t Be Good for England

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After witnessing Tottenham's 3-1 loss to Manchester United last month, where a Tottenham side devoid of their defensive stalwarts succumbed to three short instances of United pressure, I came to the conclusion that this Spurs side that had been...

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England’s Future Looks Bright With the Next Generation of Footballers

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Whisper it quietly, but England's golden generation is coming of age. As we look towards this summer's European Championship in the eastern bloc, the England football team looks more disorganised and segmented than ever before. No manager in place,...

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The Heat Is On (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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How do you focus...? When it's this hot you just stumble around, so the pod follows the trend and staggers between Manchester and London in an attempt to cover all. So we split it up into bite size pieces. Manchester ...

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Wolves Relegated: The Rise and Demise of Wolverhampton Wanderers

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With the writing on the wall, the fat lady singing, the curtain falling and just about every other damning cliché being bandied about the Black Country club, Wolverhampton Wanderers has been officially relegated from the Premier League. Faced with a...

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Robin van Persie Named PFA Player of The Year; Kyle Walker Wins Young Player of the Year Award

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Robin van Persie has been named PFA Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season by the Professional Footballer's Association. The Dutch striker has scored 27 goals in the Premier League this season, playing a key role in keeping Arsenal ...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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Each of the final three matches of this Premier League weekend are highly anticipated. The early kick-off sees Manchester United take on Everton at home at 7:30am ET/12:30pm BST. It's Man United's chance to go eight points ahead at the ...

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Mars and Carlsberg Commercials For Euro 2012 [VIDEO]

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I have a soft spot for humorous soccer commercials. There are far too few of them on US television (most of the US ones are far too serious). But here are two new ones from Europe. One is pretty funny. ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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It's been a while since we've had two massive clubs play in the early kick-off on a Saturday, but we have one today with Arsenal at home against Chelsea. Didier Drogba is doubtful for Chelsea after picking up an injury ...

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What Happens When EPL Talk and Football Ramble Visit San Siro Stadium? [VIDEO]

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Laurence McKenna (EPL Talk) and Marcus Speller (The Football Ramble) recently headed to Milan for a weekend of Italian football, with adidas. Milan met Juventus at the top of the table, and Marcus took a tour of the city. Watch ...

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: London Rivals with Champions League Future at Stake

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London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea meet at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with the Premier League stakes as high as they have been of late. The Blues will be confident after beating European champions Barcelona in midweek, whilst the Gunners ...

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Why FOX’s Plans for Premier League Survival Sunday Make Me Nervous

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I should be giddy with delight about FOX's plans for Premier League Survival Sunday, but I'm nervous. And here's why. After Thursday's wonderful news that FOX Sports Media Group and ESPN will team together to show all ten Premier League ...

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Reader Mailbag: Evaluating the Chances of Suarez and Balotelli Staying in the Premier League

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Welcome back to another edition of the EPL Talk Mailbag. Before we get into the questions, I celebrated my birthday yesterday and after all the dinners with family and such was done, the best present I got by far was ...

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Chelseason Conclusion(EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Chelsea finally make some waves in April, not too little too late. In fact, they've hit form at the perfect time. Of course, form is temporary: just ask AVB. But it is important to find it at the right time. ...

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 34

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1.  Tevez- In fantasy football, you don't have to deal with uncooperative players. That's why it was difficult for managers like you and me to get our heads around Mancini's Tevez dilemma. But we certainly understand goals. Goals. Tevez. Three at...

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Norwich City Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season: Official Photos and Video

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One of the most inspiring stories in the 2011-12 Premier League season has been the incredible success of Norwich City in their return to the Premier League. Now, the Canaries are already planning for their 2012-13 season in the Premier ...

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FOX to Show 9 Live Premier League Games Across Networks On Final Day Of Season

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FOX Sports Media Group announced today that it will show nine of the ten Premier League matches on the final day of the season across its family of networks. The unprecedented move by FOX means that for the first time ...

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Paul Scholes Could Be England’s Messiah, Yet Again

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England's quest for the first major trophy since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup in 1966 suffered a late blow as Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was ruled out for rest of the season and the European Championship. "Wilshere will not ...

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Chelsea vs Barcelona, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final: Open Thread

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Before, during and after today's UEFA Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, post your rants, raves, questions and commentary in the comments section below. While yesterday's match between Bayern Munich and...

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Bayern Munich and Chelsea Plan On Wrecking Dreams of El Clasico Champions League Final

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The Champions League has entered the twilight zone of football. Bayern Munich, who's ground will host the final in May, are out to "wreck the dream final" and Chelsea are the underdogs—the filthy rich, billionaire fuelled vanity team of underdogs...

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Why I Would Love It If Chelsea Can Defeat the Frauds of Barcelona

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Today's much anticipated match between Chelsea and Barcelona is far more than a simple soccer game between twenty two people on the pitch at Stamford Bridge. It's much bigger than that. It represents England against Spain, the Premier League against...

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Why Mourinho Shouldn’t Be Chelsea’s Next Manager (And Who Should Be)

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In the brief period since Andre Villas-Boas's dismissal as Chelsea manager, there has already been an entertaining array of names floated in the press as potential replacements. First it was former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez. Then...

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Nominees for 2011-12 PFA Player of the Year Award; Evaluating Who Should Win

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Earlier this week, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) announced the six players nominated for their Player of the Year award. There are some surprises and there are some no-brainers. But who deserves to wear the crown for the best...

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Why I Don’t Blame Ashley Young For Diving

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Ashley Young has been earning himself quite the reputation the past few weeks, but it's a reputation that will ultimately come back to haunt both him and Manchester United in the future. There is a reason that he is allowed ...

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Where to Find Chelsea v Barcelona & Bayern Munich v Real Madrid On TV; Plus Previews

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The Champions League is down to the last four teams, with two mouth-watering semi-finals ready to delight onlookers. Firstly Real Madrid, who have won every game in this year's competition, take on German giants Bayern Munich in what should be...

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From Nepal With Love: Understanding the Global Impact of The Premier League

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One thing people cannot contest is the impact the Premier League has had all over the world. The Premier League is undoubtedly the most popular league in the world. It is estimated that the Premier League is broadcast to 600+ ...

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EPL Talk Podcast Hits 2 Million Downloads Milestone

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EPL Talk hit a new milestone today by logging 2 million downloads of its popular twice-weekly soccer podcast. Six years ago this month, the first episode of the EPL Talk Podcast launched featuring an interview with none other than Steven ...

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I Sold Sanctuary: How The Cult Kept My Love Affair With English Football Intact

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In the six years that I've published EPL Talk, I've shared a lot of details about my life, mostly from a soccer perspective. But one thing that I haven't mentioned before, because it wasn't really relevant, was another six year ...

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Liverpool vs Chelsea: FA Cup Final the Perfect Tonic to Below-Par League Form

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Two teams who have under-performed in the Premier League this season meet in the FA Cup final, as Liverpool and Chelsea will look to salvage their seasons on May 5th at Wembley. FA Cup final tickets will be snapped up ...

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Manchester United Back in Touching Distance of Winning the Premier League

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What difference a single game can make. Against Wigan just days earlier, the knives were immediately pulled out on Manchester United and their chances of taking home a record 20th Premier League title. The pressure of the run-in was finally ...

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My First 365 Days as a Follower of Premier League Soccer

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It's been a year since I showed my friends a Messi shirt I had bought in Istanbul that put me on this path to something I didn't think could be so enjoyable. In such a short time, I have gone ...

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Five Players Who Turned It Around For Manchester United

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Following the 6-1 humiliation at Old Trafford, a shock exit from the Champions League and defeats to Newcastle, Blackburn and Wigan, there were five players central in turning Manchester United's season around: 5) Michael Carrick He still remains...

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JFT96 (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The FA Cup final has two teams. It meant that thousands of people were left disappointed this weekend, as Chelsea and Liverpool progress to Wembley on the 5th of May. David Moyes and Harry Redknapp rue their missed chances, whilst ...

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Chelsea Scores Second Goal Against Spurs In FA Cup Semi-Final; Did It Cross The Line Or Not? [VIDEO]

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In the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Chelsea was awarded a second goal in controversial circumstances after referee Martin Atkinson ruled that the ball had crossed the line. However in the above video, you can...

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Man United vs Aston Villa, and Spurs vs Chelsea FA Cup Semi-Final: Open Thread

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The race is on. After Manchester City's sublime 6-1 victory (where have we heard that before?) against City on Saturday (Norwich City, that is), the pressure is on Manchester United to walk away with a victory at home against Aston ...

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Despite Their Flaws, Liverpool Earns FA Cup Final Date to Rescue Disappointing Season

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Liverpool's win against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final wasn't pretty nor convincing, but the Reds took their chances in front of goal — something they've been unable to do for so long — and now face the winner of Chelsea ...

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Watch Clint Dempsey’s 22 Goals From the 2011-12 Season [VIDEO]

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US international Clint Dempsey is having the season of his life in England, and has netted 16 goals in the Premier League this season. Plus, 22 in all competitions. One dutiful person has assembled them all into one video (watch ...

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Liverpool vs Everton FA Cup and Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

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Two massive matches kick off early on Saturday between Liverpool and Everton in the FA Cup semi-final, and Norwich against Manchester City in the Premier League. There's plenty on the line in both matches. The bragging rights of Merseyside and...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 33: Newcastle United At Top of the Form Table

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With the gap starting to widen between first and second place, Manchester City were going to have to start winning big to pull back some ground on United. After a nightmare gameweek 32 for the Citizens, gameweek 33 was somewhat ...

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 32 and 33

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Redemption- These were gameweeks of redemption, and not just for Wigan Athletic. Andy Carroll was absolutely shocking for 91 minutes of Liverpool's 3-2 win at Ewood Park, before springing into life for the final 120 seconds. Joey Barton, too, put...

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FA Cup Semi-Final Previews: Liverpool vs Everton, and Chelsea vs Tottenham

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It would be hard to wish for a bigger and better duo of FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley this year with the prospect of Everton meeting Liverpool in a Merseyside derby, and Chelsea meeting Tottenham, in a London derby. Here's ...

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Reader Mailbag: Clint Dempsey Transfer Speculation, and the Next Chelsea Manager

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Have you ever had a soccer-related question that you've always wondered, but have never asked? Now's your opportunity to put your questions to me, Morgan Green — and The Gaffer. Here are this week's questions and answers: Q: Dave asks ...

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Manchester City vs Birmingham City, 1956 FA Cup Final [VIDEO]

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Fifty six years ago, Manchester City played Birmingham City in the 1956 FA Cup Final at the old Wembley Stadium. The match will be forever remembered as the cup final where Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, a former Nazi paratrooper, ...

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Top 10 Premier League Transfer Targets for Sky Six Clubs

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In the most open Premier League campaign in recent times, the league has yet again proven why it's regarded as one of the most exciting leagues in the world. Surprise packages in the form of Norwich, Newcastle and Swansea have ...

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The Battle For Fourth Place in the Premier League

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The battle for fourth in the Premier League is a heated competition between four different clubs: Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Newcastle United and — the club that will probably finish third — Arsenal. The hotly contested fourth position will result...

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Will Aston Villa Escape Relegation Despite Alex McLeish In Charge As Manager?

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It wasn't so long ago that this blog featured a report detailing the loudest grounds in English football. Near the top of that list sat recognizable English giants Manchester United and Liverpool. At third on the list sat the proud ...

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Why I Agree With Alan Davies that Liverpool Should Play on April 15

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In this Internet-fueled world, we are led to believe that we have never been so free. Free to get our information from wherever we want and apparently free to voice our opinions in ways that simply were not possible before ...

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What Superstitions Do You Have When Supporting Your Premier League Club?

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Are you superstitious? Are there certain things you do in the support of your Premier League club? Are there certain articles of clothing that are more lucky than others? Do you perform certain routines or rituals to help your team? If ...

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The View From Wembley (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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With the FA Cup coming up this weekend and the title-race taking another turn, we're in for yet another frantic weekend of football, rivalries ablaze! United might have slipped, but what does that mean for them? Experience over all: if ...

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Chelsea Home Kit for 2012-13 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Chelsea and adidas have officially released photos of the new home kit for the 2012-13 season. The most prominent new feature of the Chelsea home shirt is that the trim is completely in gold — everything from the three stripes ...

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5 Premier League Star Players No-One Expected This Season

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The Premier League season has once again provided all the thrills and spills that we come to expect from the most exciting league in the world. One of the most refreshing things about this division is the fact that there ...

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FOX Soccer 2Go: The Definitive User’s Guide

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FOX Soccer 2Go is an online streaming service where sports fans can view not only Premier League matches live and on demand, but also view various matches from soccer and rugby leagues across the globe. While the online subscription site ...

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Help Keep Fox Soccer Report On The Air [PETITION]

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If you love Fox Soccer Report and you want the show to stay on the air, it's time to take some action. The future of the show is on the line, and it's time to voice your support for the ...

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Chelsea Adds Philadelphia to their US Summer Tour Schedule With MLS All-Star Game

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Chelsea FC will be the opponents in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game on July 25 at PPL Park in Chester, PA at the stadium of Philadelphia Union, as was first rumored three weeks ago on EPL Talk and confirmed by FOX ...

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Balotelli Decision Reveals Inefficiencies in FA Post-Match Disciplinary Process

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If you haven't heard or seen it by now, Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli kept his boot up and his studs exposed as he lunged at Arsenal's Alex Song in a 1-0 defeat for City against Arsenal on Sunday that ...

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FOX Soccer Needs to Improve Its Graphical Effects And Tactical Analysis

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FOX Soccer's TV coverage of the UEFA Champions League has continued to improve ever since it acquired the rights to show the competition in the 2009/10 season. The best example of their improvements is the pre-match, half-time and post-match shows....

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Mario Balotelli Faces Crossroads In His Career

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Mario Balotelli is back in the headlines again this week. In other news, the sun has risen in the east to reveal that the sky is in fact blue. These are things that should surprise no one. It's been written ...

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What It’s Like to Follow the Premier League From Ireland

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The allure of the multi-million pound dealings and media accessibility has seen the EPL remain the focus for the majority of Irish soccer fans. The national league in Ireland is predominately semi-professional, and it struggles to gain focus over...

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Dissent is for losers (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Games come thick and fast at this point in the season. The pressure can often be too much to take. It seems to be increasing and showing more as Man City begin to crumble under the pressure. Long term demise ...

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adidas: #takethestage

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MHhaMXrUk8 With just over 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games, adidas has revealed their biggest UK campaign ever entitled take the stage. An all-new 60 second TV ad kicks off the multi-channel...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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x Could the Premier League title race be effectively over after today's matches? With Manchester United playing the early match today against QPR at 8:30am ET/1:30pm GMT, a win for United will put the pressure on Manchester City who has ...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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We have seven Premier League matches in store on this, the seventh of April, today. Kicking off gameweek 32 is the early kick-off between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light. It's a match between two men who ...

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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 31

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With the rest of the league tightening up, the two teams who are beginning to look adrift are sitting at the top, and the bottom. Manchester United is now 11.93 points ahead of City, while Wolves are 11.68 points behind ...

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Newcastle United Within Grasping Distance of Champions League Qualification

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Newcastle United has come a long way over the past several seasons. Since relegation in 2009, the team has fought its way back to becoming a contender for Europa League qualification and an outside shot at a the fourth Champions ...

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Swansea 0-2 Newcastle United: Swans Come Undone By Toon Army

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Oh Swansea, my Swansea. Well, they're not my team, though they have been adopted as the favored squad of most Premier League neutrals. Silky smooth, yet flamboyantly frustrating, the Swans pass the ball around the park, only for it to ...

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Reader Mailbag: Where Liverpool Needs to Improve; Plus Mourinho to Man City?

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It's that time for the weekly Reader Mailbag. It's your chance to ask those questions that have always been on your mind, but you always forget to ask! Until now Q: Todd asks ... What does Liverpool do with this ...

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Will Barcelona Be Remembered As Champions Or Cheats?

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Barcelona in recent seasons has been lauded as potentially the greatest side in modern football. However, does this fluid and total football playing side have any flaws? One may argue the club showered with praise should act accordingly to their...

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Premier League Preview: Easter Edition

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With the majority of sides in the Premier League with only seven games left to play, a fixture-packed Easter schedule could well have decisive repercussions at the top and bottom of the division. With matches every day from Friday to ...

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E.P.L. Friday (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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So much can happen in so little time. Between the weekend and Thursday: United have put one hand on the title and Chelsea have secured a two-legged tie against their bitter UCL rivals Barcé. Both teams in a confident mood, ...

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If You Don’t Have FOX Soccer Plus, Are You Really Missing the Full BPL Season?

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If you've been watching a lot of the TV commercials on FOX Soccer recently, you will have noticed what seems to be an increase in the amount of adverts promoting its sister network, FOX Soccer Plus. During the promo ads ...

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Simon Kuper Interview: Author of Soccer Men

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I recently chatted with Soccernomics co-author Simon Kuper to discuss several topics regarding world soccer. Kuper, whose latest book Soccer Men is now available in stores, talked about what impact (if any) soccer has on politics, as well as how he...

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Chelsea Faces Mission Impossible Against Barcelona in Champions League Semi-Final

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Chelsea's win Wednesday night against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League was a victory for the club, Roberto Di Matteo, the Premier League and England. So much was riding on the line. It wasn't pretty. It wasn't impressive, but Chelsea ...

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How I Became a “Bandwagon” Chelsea Fan

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My name is Morgan Green and I am an American who has been a fan of soccer for the last 7 years. Throughout that time I've seen and heard a lot about my love of soccer and about the teams ...

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What Did Dimitar Berbatov Do Wrong?

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Dimitar Berbatov was joint top scorer in the Premier League last season, along with Carlos Tevez, scoring 20 goals in 32 matches. This season he's only managed just seven league goals for Manchester United, but has only appeared in 10 ...

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 31

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Squeaky Bum Time- As the clock ticks on this year's Premier League, fantasy managers everywhere are beginning to sweat. Whatever your motivation – pub bragging rights, office sweepstakes, England job – the importance of cashing in on opportunities...

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Arsenal Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season: Best Leaked Photo Yet [PHOTO]

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Arsenal's new home shirt for the 2012-13 season is this year's worst-kept secret. After the initial leak in February, followed by an image from an industry trade show a couple of weeks later, we now have a third (and probably ...

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Fernando Torres is Having an Undervalued Season for Chelsea

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Being a Chelsea supporter has brought its fair share of ups and downs over the past few seasons. No player has embodied this more than Fernando Torres. There is no question that the striker has not scored enough goals to ...

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Predicting the Final Premier League Table of The Season With 7 Games Remaining

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After spending some time going through the remaining fixture list, I have begun the process of projecting the final standings for the 2011-12 season of the Premier League. Now, obviously, with any type of projections, injuries and dips in form...

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What Now for Andy Carroll?

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"He was the best person we could have got in to play the number nine shirt." That's how Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish described the £35m capture of Andy Carroll shortly after the striker's move to Anfield last year. It was ...

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Wolves 2-3 Bolton: Going, Going, Gone!

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Owen Coyle's Bolton side enhanced the chances of at least one famous ‘Wanderers' side playing in the Premier League next season as the Fat Lady filled her lungs and bellowed out a damning chorus for the other on Saturday. Yet ...

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UEFA Euro 2012 Video Game Trailer [VIDEO]

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We're just weeks away from the launch of the UEFA Euro 2012 video game from EA Sports, which will be available to FIFA 12 customers at the end of April. And now a trailer has been released to promote the ...

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Now Newcastle United is a Better Side than Liverpool, Even On Paper

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If soccer was played on paper, Liverpool would be challenging for a place in next season's Champions League whilst Newcastle would be scrapping, trying to avoid relegation to the nPower Championship. That was the opinion of many pundits before this...

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The 7 Greatest Soccer Movies Of All Time

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Even though soccer is the world's most popular sports, there's a surprising lack of films about the beautiful game. In America, it seems that there are more movies about college football than the soccer variety. But we've combed the video ...

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Blackburn Rovers 0 – 2 Manchester United: Tactics

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In an instant, an impending stalemate at Ewood Park became another step to the title for Manchester United, as Antonio Valencia broke the deadlock in the final 10 minutes to spur the defending champions onto victory over Blackburn, 0-2. The ...

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James Perch and Pepe Reina Incident Demonstrates the Flaws in Modern Soccer

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Yesterday's Newcastle United against Liverpool match demonstrated the flaws in modern soccer. The simulation by James Perch after a clash of heads between him and Pepe Reina was a prime example of this. The blatant deception of officials seems to...

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Who Will Win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award?

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A few weeks ago I took a glance at the main contenders for the PFA Player of the Year Award 2011/2012. Robin van Persie aside, there was a definite lack of stand-out performers jockeying for position in the shortlist of ...

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Support Stan (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Title defining weekend? You can only connect the dots looking backwards, but it seems that the press have already placed United's hands on the Title. City might feel insulted by that, but they insulted themselves with some childish displays of...

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Tottenham Hotspur Home Shirt for 2012-13 Season From Under Armour: Leaked Photo

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The long awaited Tottenham Hotspur shirt for the 2012-13 season, designed by new kit manufacturers Under Armour, has been leaked on the Internet. Modeled by Tottenham star winger David Bentley (see above photo), Tottenham Hotspur will be sporting a...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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If Fernando Torres can do it, why can't Andy Carroll? Newcastle United host Liverpool in the early Sunday kickoff in a match that will see the return of Andy Carroll to the hallowed pitch at St. James' Park. It'll be ...

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