EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

Premier League Faces Government Crackdown in 12 Months Over Reforms: The Nightly EPL

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In the next 12 months, the Premier League needs to bring greater fan influence and sanity to the game's finances according to a scathing report from a British select committee.

According toThe Guardian, "Unless there was 'clear progress' in 12months on those measures, the government should legislate 'as soon as practicable', the committee says.

Mario Balotelli Will Sign 4.5 Year Deal with AC Milan Tomorrow Subject to Medical: The Daily EPL

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Mario Balotelli is on the verge of signing a deal with AC Milan tomorrow subject to a medical reports Sky Sports. The troubled but talented Italian striker looks set to return to Italy with a 4.5 year contract.

Here are today's Premier League news headlines:

  • Chelsea have made an approach for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland — Sky Sports
  • USA midfielder Brek Shea set for Stoke medical ahead of £2.

Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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If you had to pick one of the four matches to watch today in the Premier League, it has to be Aston Villa against Newcastle United. Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that this would be a relegation six-pointer? Hopefully the match won't be one of those tense relegation battles but will be an open-ended affair instead.

Do Americans Support Bottom Half Premier League Clubs?

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"Where were you when we were S***?" is a popular football chant sung out by the die hard supporters of any club that had, at one time, fallen onto harder times and lower leagues, and aimed at the morefair weather fans who seem to always turn up once their club has resurfaced into the light once more.

Playing Out the English Premier League In Mumbai, India

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Football as a religion transcends nations, economic boundaries and personal differences. India, a cricket crazy nation, often comes across as a country of billions of people worshipping Sachin Tendulkar, who burst crackers with a vengeance whenever India wins a cricket match. But behind this mask of cricket fanaticism, there exists another band of football rebels for whom no weekend night is ever complete without the English Premier League and no day is ever complete without a friendly sledging related to match days on social networking forums.

Christopher Samba in Talks With QPR Over £10m Move from Anzhi: The Daily EPL

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QPR have triggered a release clause in Christopher Samba's contract at Anzhi, which could see the former Blackburn Rovers defender heading back to England.

I, for one, would love to see Samba back in the top flight. He's a brilliant defender, a greater header of the ball and is one of those footballers who can make a massive difference for any club, most especially Queens Park Rangers.

NFL Fans Hate Soccer But We Don’t Care

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"It's too boring." "There's never any scoring." "They're all pansies." "They're always rolling around on the ground pretending to be hurt." These seem to be the standard arguments I get from my American football loving friends and acquaintances whenever soccer is brought up, or showing on TV.

I would say that these could be valid opinions if they were founded on actual observations.

Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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Who needs El Clasico when you have Arsenal against Liverpool? The match at the Emirates Stadium promises to feature lots of goals due to leaky defenses from both teams, as well as a race for fourth place in the Premier League.

On top of all that, you have Liverpool supporters who are planning on hoisting banners and handing out leaflets to protest the extravagant prices that football supporters are being charged for home and away matches.

Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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Who needs El Clasico when you have Arsenal against Liverpool? The match at the Emirates Stadium promises to feature lots of goals due to leaky defenses from both teams, as well as a race for fourth place in the Premier ... Continue reading...

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NFL Fans Hate Soccer But We Don’t Care

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"It's too boring." "There's never any scoring." "They're all pansies." "They're always rolling around on the ground pretending to be hurt." These seem to be the standard arguments I get from my American football loving friends and acquaintances...

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Do Americans Support Bottom Half Premier League Clubs?

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"Where were you when we were S***?" is a popular football chant sung out by the die hard supporters of any club that had, at one time, fallen onto harder times and lower leagues, and aimed at the morefair weather ... Continue...

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Playing Out the English Premier League In Mumbai, India

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Christopher Samba in Talks With QPR Over £10m Move from Anzhi: The Daily EPL

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QPR have triggered a release clause in Christopher Samba's contract at Anzhi, which could see the former Blackburn Rovers defender heading back to England. I, for one, would love to see Samba back in the top flight. He's a brilliant...

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Premier League Tuesday, Gameweek 24: Open Thread

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If you had to pick one of the four matches to watch today in the Premier League, it has to be Aston Villa against Newcastle United. Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that this would be ... Continue reading →

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Mario Balotelli Will Sign 4.5 Year Deal with AC Milan Tomorrow Subject to Medical: The Daily EPL

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Mario Balotelli is on the verge of signing a deal with AC Milan tomorrow subject to a medical reports Sky Sports. The troubled but talented Italian striker looks set to return to Italy with a 4.5 year contract. Here are ... Continue reading...

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Wilfried Zaha: The Latest in a Long Line of Expensive English Acquisitions

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In today's modern football world, we are all programmed to lap up anything mentioning minimum fee release clauses or grandiose match-highest earner contracts. Therefore the recent trend of young English footballers being involved in huge mega money...

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Premier League Faces Government Crackdown in 12 Months Over Reforms: The Nightly EPL

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In the next 12 months, the Premier League needs to bring greater fan influence and sanity to the game's finances according to a scathing report from a British select committee. According toThe Guardian, "Unless there was 'clear...

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An Open Letter to All Chelsea Fans

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Dear disgruntled fans of Chelsea Football Club, It's time to stop. It's time to stop this petty belittling of Rafa Benitez. Your point has been made to Roman Abramovich and the board that you disagreed with the sacking of Roberto ... Continue...

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How a Mansfield Town Scarf Caused a Stir in a Man United Home

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Given Oldham Athletic's triumph over the mighty Liverpool FC this past weekend, this story needs to be told. A few weeks ago, I enjoyed the 3rd round of the FA Cup. The highlight of the weekend was watching Mansfield Town ... Continue reading...

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Stoke’s Glenn Whelan to Escape Punishment After Reckless Tackle in FA Cup Against Manchester City: The Nightly EPL

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Stoke City footballer Glenn Whelan will escape retrospective punishment from the FA despite his reckless tackle against Manchester City's Javi Garcia in the FA Cup this past weekend. Referee Howard Webb saw the foul, which is a key...

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Weekend Cupset (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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It's the FA Cup back again with yet more shocks as prince meets pauper up and down the land. In section one we look at the slightly more even affair of Stoke hosting Manchester City. Did the Citizens showresilienceorattacking waste ......

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West Brom Reject New £2m QPR bid for Peter Odemwingie: The Daily EPL

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Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie is stuck in the middle at West Bromwich Albion where he wants to leave the club, but West Brom doesn't want any key players to leave in the window. As a result, both Odemwingie and QPR ... Continue reading...

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Why Danny Welbeck is Manchester United’s Weak Link

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Challenging on three fronts coming into February, Manchester United are beginning to draw comparisons with their 1999 treble winning team particularly in terms of their forward department. However, something is amiss. The continued presence of Danny...

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Southampton FC Bans Reporters From Talking to Fans Outside Ground: The Daily EPL

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There are several major stories breaking in England today including the confirmation that Manchester United have signed Wilfried Zaha, who will return to Crystal Palace on loan for the remainder of the season as well as the news that Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been arrested on the suspicion of rape.

FA Charges Eden Hazard With Violent Conduct For Kicking Swansea Ball Boy

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The Football Association has charged Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard with violent conduct based on his actions during the Chelsea-Swansea League Cup semi-final where he kicked a Swansea City ball boy.

"It is alleged that Hazard's behaviour in relation to a Swansea City ball boy, for which the player was dismissed in the 78th minute, constituted violent conduct whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient," said a statement by The FA.

Will Chelsea and Man City Regret Letting Daniel Sturridge Get Away?

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Do a Google search for ‘Daniel Sturridge Bad Attitude' and you'll find over 13,000 search results. Ever since Sturridge signed with Manchester City as a reserve he somehow was labeled as having a poor attitude.

In 2009 Sturridge left City after some reportedly very high wage demands. At the time the young striker had made just 3 league starts and was demanding wages making him the highest paid teen in the Premier League.

‘My Beautiful Game’ Review: FOX Soccer TV Series Debuts Saturday

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FOX Soccer launches a brand-new TV series Saturday featuring some of the greatest aspects of the beautiful game of soccer.

In its first episode, FOX Soccer's My Beautiful Gamefeatures interviews with several soccer stars including Clint Dempsey, Didier Drogba, David Beckham, Vinnie Jones, Tim Howard, Alexi Lalas, Gary Lineker and Landon Donovan.

Newcastle’s Nile Ranger Spelled His Name in Money Before Getting Arrested: The Nightly EPL

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Just hours before Nile Ranger was arrested on suspicion of rape, theNewcastle United striker posted a photo on his Instagram accountwriting his surname across his floor with a stack of £20 notes.

It makes you wonder why someone would have approximately £1,500 (approximately $2,300) just laying around.

FA Cup Saturday, Fourth Round: Open Thread

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After Millwall beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup yesterday, what shocks — if any — can we expect to see today?

Depending on weather conditions, we may have five FA Cup matches on TV/Internet today for viewers in the United States. View the schedule here.

Join in the conversation with soccer fans from around in the comments section below.

Only 6 Days Remain in EPL Talk’s Book Discussion of Soccernomics 2.0: Join The Discussion

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The month of January is flying by, and so too are the number of days before the end of EPL Talk's first book club discussion. This month's book is Soccernomics 2.0, the brilliant book by authors Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.

If you're participating in the book discussion, here are three things you need to do:

1) Finish reading the book by the end of this month,

2) Join in the book discussion in the comments section of this article; You can do this at any time between now and the end of month if there's a particular chapter you want to discuss.

Get Your Predictions In For Beat The Manager, Gameweek 24: Win an Apple iPad Mini

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Here we go! It's the final gameweek of the latest round ofBeat The Manager, for your chance to win an Apple iPad Mini.

We'll award the person in first place after gameweek 24 with an Apple iPad Mini (as long as you haven't won one already). Our database guy is on a permanent vacation so we still owe the winner after Gameweek 18 an iPad Mini.

Is A Fourth Place Finish Attainable For Everton FC This Season?

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My favorite matches of each Premier League season come down to the fight for European qualification. I find these matches have an even greater intensity than any final, including the World Cup. There is no holding back. Win and you'll have the chance to play in the exclusive Champions League. Lose and it's oftentimes a season that almost was.

Liverpool Agree £8.5 Fee for Internazionale Midfielder Philippe Coutinho: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool FC have agreed an £8.5 fee for Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The Reds have been chasing his signature for a few weeks now, and it looks like a deal is close to being signed with the midfielder scheduled to arrive at Anfield for a medical next week.

The 20-year-old Brazilian came through the youth system at Vasco da Gama in Brazil.

FA Cup Sunday, Fourth Round: Open Thread

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After yesterday's entertaining day in the FA Cup where we saw the first non-league team in 24 years to defeat a top flight English football side (Luton beating Norwich) as well as an entertaining match between Brighton and Arsenal, we have three FA Cup matches today televised for viewers in the US.

Why Danny Welbeck is Manchester United’s Weak Link

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Challenging on three fronts coming into February, Manchester United are beginning to draw comparisons with their 1999 treble winning team particularly in terms of their forward department. However, something is amiss. The continued presence of Danny Welbeck is baffling and something that has not been questioned enough as the season has evolved.

FA Cup Sunday, Fourth Round: Open Thread

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After yesterday's entertaining day in the FA Cup where we saw the first non-league team in 24 years to defeat a top flight English football side (Luton beating Norwich) as well as an entertaining match between Brighton and Arsenal, we ......

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Is A Fourth Place Finish Attainable For Everton FC This Season?

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My favorite matches of each Premier League season come down to the fight for European qualification. I find these matches have an even greater intensity than any final, including the World Cup. There is no holding back. Win and you'll ......

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Liverpool Agree £8.5 Fee for Internazionale Midfielder Philippe Coutinho: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool FC have agreed an £8.5 fee for Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The Reds have been chasing his signature for a few weeks now, and it looks like a deal is close to being signed with the midfielder scheduled ... Continue reading...

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Get Your Predictions In For Beat The Manager, Gameweek 24: Win an Apple iPad Mini

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Here we go! It's the final gameweek of the latest round ofBeat The Manager, for your chance to win an Apple iPad Mini. We'll award the person in first place after gameweek 24 with an Apple iPad Mini (as long ... Continue reading...

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Only 6 Days Remain in EPL Talk’s Book Discussion of Soccernomics 2.0: Join The Discussion

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The month of January is flying by, and so too are the number of days before the end of EPL Talk's first book club discussion. This month's book is Soccernomics 2.0, the brilliant book by authors Simon Kuper and Stefan ... Continue...

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FA Cup Saturday, Fourth Round: Open Thread

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After Millwall beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup yesterday, what shocks — if any — can we expect to see today? Depending on weather conditions, we may have five FA Cup matches on TV/Internet today for viewers in the ... Continue reading →

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Newcastle’s Nile Ranger Spelled His Name in Money Before Getting Arrested: The Nightly EPL

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Just hours before Nile Ranger was arrested on suspicion of rape, theNewcastle United striker posted a photo on his Instagram accountwriting his surname across his floor with a stack of £20 notes. It makes you wonder why someone would have ......

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‘My Beautiful Game’ Review: FOX Soccer TV Series Debuts Saturday

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FOX Soccer launches a brand-new TV series Saturday featuring some of the greatest aspects of the beautiful game of soccer. In its first episode, FOX Soccer's My Beautiful Gamefeatures interviews with several soccer stars including Clint...

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Will Chelsea and Man City Regret Letting Daniel Sturridge Get Away?

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Do a Google search for ‘Daniel Sturridge Bad Attitude' and you'll find over 13,000 search results. Ever since Sturridge signed with Manchester City as a reserve he somehow was labeled as having a poor attitude. In 2009 Sturridge left City...

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FA Charges Eden Hazard With Violent Conduct For Kicking Swansea Ball Boy

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The Football Association has charged Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard with violent conduct based on his actions during the Chelsea-Swansea League Cup semi-final where he kicked a Swansea City ball boy. "It is alleged that Hazard's behaviour in...

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Southampton FC Bans Reporters From Talking to Fans Outside Ground: The Daily EPL

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There are several major stories breaking in England today including the confirmation that Manchester United have signed Wilfried Zaha, who will return to Crystal Palace on loan for the remainder of the season as well as the news that Newcastle...

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Tottenham Aim to Tempt Mohamed Diamé From West Ham for £3.5m: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Tottenham aim to tempt Mohamed Diamé from West Ham for £3.5m — The Guardian West Ham defender Daniel Potts leaves hospital after head injury scare — The Guardian Norwich are eyeing an ambitious...

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So Who’s To Blame For Manchester United’s Horrendous Defensive Record?

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Most of the news surrounding Manchester United this week deals with Gary Neville and the comments he made questioning goalkeeper David De Gea's ability or lack thereof following the Spaniard's failed clearance that led to the decisive and...

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Hazard Perception (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Watch out for the Hazard! On Tonight's pod we discuss Eden and whether perhaps two wrongs just make two wrongs? We'd love to know what you think about 'ball-boygate' so let us know on Twitter or in the comments section....

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 23

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Harry Redknapp signed a player: Loic Remy (6.0) has scored his first Premier League goal, and QPR is undefeated in five games, which is exciting but also kind of disorienting in the way that Redknapp teams with their cavalier ......

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Gary Neville Has Hidden Agenda on Sky Sports, Claims Richard Keys: The Daily EPL

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Former Sky Sports king Richard Keys hit out at Gary Neville yesterday, claiming that the former Manchester United right back has a hidden agenda on Sky Sports. Keys claims that Neville is operating with a Manchester United agenda in his ......

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Fabricio Coloccini Heading Out of Newcastle United; Doesn’t Want to Play Another Game for Club: The Nightly EPL

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Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini appears to be on the verge of heading out of the club after reaffirming his desire to end his stay at St. James' Park. According to an exclusive in The Independent, Coloccini does not intend ......

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Judgment Day: Sir Alex Ferguson Faces Deadline to Answer FA Inquiry Following Comments About Official

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has never been shy about speaking his mind, but his recent comments about an official has prompted an inquiry by the Football Association. The inquiry revolves around comments that Sir Alex made after the...

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Eden Hazard Kicks Ball Boy In Stomach, Gets Red Carded But Can’t Stop Swansea From Reaching League Cup Final [GIF]

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Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was red carded during the League Cup semi-final today after he kicked a Swansea ball boy in the stomach. The incident happened before the 80th minute of the match, where a Swansea ball boy went to ... Continue...

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Swansea vs Chelsea (Carling Cup Semi-Final) and Arsenal vs West Ham (EPL): Open Thread

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Two big matches on this evening — both for completely different reasons. Arsenal plays West Ham United in the rescheduled game that was originally scheduled for Boxing Day. As manager Arsene Wenger said earlier this week, it's imperative that...

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beIN SPORT to Broadcast Swansea-Chelsea League Cup Semi Final Online Today

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Better late than never, beIN SPORT has decided to make today's League Cup semi-final second leg match between Swansea and Chelsea available to viewers in the United States. The match won't be shown live on television, but it will be...

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Michu Signs Extension to Swansea Contract That Ties Him to the Club Until 2016: The Daily EPL

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Swansea have slammed the door shut on any transfer speculation about signing of the season Michu leaving South Wales. The Welsh club and the Spanish attacking midfielder have signed a contract extension to keep him at the Liberty Stadium until...

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Aston Villa vs Bradford City, League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg: Open Thread

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Premier League side Aston Villa faces a monumental task today to help save their season and perhaps the job of Paul Lambert. The Villains are 3-1 down from the first leg, but have an opportunity to try to bounce back ... Continue reading →

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Arsenal and West Ham United Fans: Play Beat The Manager For Your Midweek Match

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In the free Beat The Manager game, you get who should start, who will start and what the final score will be. Since Arsenal plays West Ham United in the make-up game tomorrow, be sure to get your predictions in ... Continue reading →

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England New Home Shirt From Nike Leaked [PHOTO]

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Images of England's new home shirt from Nike have been leaked on the Internet. You have to wonder what the Nike executives were thinking when they gave the orders for this shirt. "Quick! Let's get the shirt made. Let's copy...

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Has Alan Pardew’s 8-Year Contract Extension Taken His Foot Off The Pedal at Newcastle?

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They say that things get better with age. Many football fans in Tyneside may doubt that applies to Alan Pardew's managerial career at Newcastle United. Ever since he signed an eight-year extension to his contract four months ago, his side ......

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Gary Neville Continues to Criticize David De Gea For Goalkeeping Errors: The Nightly EPL

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After Sunday's criticism of the Manchester United goalkeeper, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville continued to criticize the Spanish keeper on Sky's Monday Night Football program. In case you've missed any of the criticism of De Gea, as...

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Nancy Confirm Deal with Newcastle for Full-Back Massadio Haïdara: The Daily EPL

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Newcastle United are on the verge of signing a much-needed new defender. The deal for full back Massadio Haïdara is expected to be finalized today withHaïdara moving to Newcastle from French Ligue Un side Nancy. Meanwhile, Newcastle are also...

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Southampton vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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Get your white hankies out. Southampton supporters will show their support for former manager Nigel Adkins in today's home match against Everton by shaking their handkerchiefs for a worldwide TV audience. While Mauricio Pochettino steps in for...

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What are the Weaknesses of Your Favorite Premier League Team?

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From personal experience, we can all at times be too positive and not critical enough when we're talking about our favorite Premier League team. We immediately go on the defensive when a supporter of another club criticizes our team in ......

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 23 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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On a chilly day in England and Wales, there were plenty of goals and highlights worth watching in Premier League gameweek 23, the Saturday edition.

Here are the video highlights (US readers, only).

Manchester City vs Fulham


Video: Manchester City v Fulham Premier League Highlights 01/19/13

Liverpool vs Norwich City


Video: Liverpool v Norwich City Premier League Highlights 01/19/13

Newcastle United vs Reading


Video: Newcastle v Reading Premier League Highlights 01/19/13

West Ham United vs Queens Park Rangers


Video: West Ham v QPR Premier League Highlights 01/19/13

Wigan vs Sunderland


Video: Wigan v Sunderland Premier League Highlights 01/19/13

Swansea City vs Stoke City


Video: Swansea City v Stoke City Premier League Highlights 01/19/13

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa


Video: West Brom v Aston Villa Premier League Highlights 01/19/13

Ashley Cole Reaches an Agreement on a New Contract at Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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Chelsea have reached an agreement with Ashley Cole to convince one of the best left backs in the game to extend his contract at the Stamford Bridge club.

Cole is expected to complete the deal next week. It's believed to be a one-year extension.

It's an important step forward for Rafa Benitez and the Chelsea faithful.

Rafael Benitez Concedes That Chelsea Will Not Win this Season’s Premier League Title: The Daily EPL

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Here are today's Premier League news headlines:

  • Rafael Benitez concedes that Chelsea will not win this season's Premier League title — BBC Sport
  • QPR striker Djibril Cisse has joined Al Gharafa in a four-month loan deal — Sky Sports
  • Leaked: Arsenal's fines for 2012/13— 101 Great Goals
  • Sir Alex Ferguson asserts Manchester United's potential to lift treble — The Guardian
  • Gary Neville:Abramovich has run out of managers to sack & options to replace Benitez — The Mail
  • Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup among top targets for Chelsea FC — Wales Online
  • Stoke manager Pulis confirms Brek Shea coming to visit on trial — Pro Soccer Talk
  • Odemwingie scores from own half, split-second after final whistle — Who Ate All The Pies
  • Michael Owen scores 150th Premier League goal — The Mail
  • Alex Ferguson keeps fighting Tottenham over transfers — The Independent
  • Pepe Reina has operation for broken nose from clash with Kagawa — The Mail
  • The News of the World Football Annual 1983/84 — The Football Attic
  • Video: Richard Wright uses headcam in goalkeeper training — Manchester City FC

The Daily EPL is your morning guide to the latest Premier League news headlines, so you don't have to spend an hour or more scanning the Internet.

Chelsea vs Arsenal & Tottenham vs Man United: Open Thread

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Today's two matches are being advertised by FOX Soccer as "Epic Sunday." Let's hope they are epic, but I'm not a fan of exaggerating something. But maybe I'll be proven wrong and these matches will end up making this an epic day.

Starting line-ups:

Chelsea:Cech; Azpili, Ivan, Cahill, Cole; Ram, Lamps (c); Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Torres

Arsenal:Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Coquelin, Wilshere, Diaby, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud

Before, during or after today's matches, join in the conversation in the comments section below.

Arsène Wenger Warns that Arsenal Cannot Afford to Drop Any More Points: The Nightly EPL

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Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge in the London derby against Chelsea today has pushed the Gunners seven points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Although Arsenal has a game in hand against West Ham United, Arsene Wenger's side sits in sixth place, while North London neighbors Spurs are in fourth.

Moments of Quality (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Maybe snow makes everything look better, but this weekend of the EPL just looked nice. A genuine feeling that effort was put into these games wrapped and presented a beautiful weekend of football. Who deserved to come away from the weekend with a win? What will be the consequences? The pod dissect all the action at the top of the table.

Manchester United Agree £15million Deal For Wilfried Zaha: The Daily EPL

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The Mirror is reporting that Manchester United have agreed a £15 million deal to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha. According to the paper, Sir Alex Ferguson had secret talks with the 20-year-old talent in London yesterday after United's match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Here are today's Premier League news headlines:

  • Manchester United agree £15million deal for Wilfried Zaha — The Mirror
  • Moussa Sissoko wants to join Newcastle, set for talks with QPR today — 101 Great Goals
  • Newcastle have lodged a bid for Bordeaux forward Yoan Gouffran — Sky Sports
  • Fergie was right about the penalty but he should have blamed the ref instead — The Mail
  • Prem Notes: The weekend's most important stats — Four Four Two
  • Southampton fans plan handkerchief protest at Everton match — The Independent
  • Manchester United stars wear Bugs Bunny pyjamas on plane to Qatar — The Mail
  • Dempsey's goal epitomised Spurs' new found mental toughness — Sabotage Times
  • Newcastle put Loic Remy up in a London hotel the night before he joined QPR — Off The Post
  • Stuttgart ponder move for Manchester United's Federico Macheda — The Guardian
  • Jonathan De Guzman wants Swansea City to make his deal permanent — The Mail
  • Carlos Tevez to leave Manchester City in summer of 2014 — The Independent
  • Why ‘The Guardian' is forgoing paywalls — for now — Mashable
  • Steven Gerrard humbled to win Football Writers' Association award — The Mail
  • Pepe Reina to miss Oldham FA Cup fourth round clash — Liverpool Echo

The Daily EPL is your morning guide to the latest Premier League news headlines, so you don't have to spend an hour or more scanning the Internet.

Deja Vu at St. James’ Park as Pardew’s Newcastle Sink to All-Too-Familiar Depths

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All is not well at St. James' Park. After seeing his side slump to a 2-1 defeat, leaving them mired in 16th place in the Premier League, the Newcastle manager bemoaned the spate of injuries that had plagued his squad's key players. "We need some new faces" the concerned boss told the press, only echoing what the back pages had been screeching even before the transfer window opened at the start of the month.

Southampton vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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Get your white hankies out. Southampton supporters will show their support for former manager Nigel Adkins in today's home match against Everton by shaking their handkerchiefs for a worldwide TV audience.

While Mauricio Pochettino steps in for his first game in charge of the Saints, most of the attention will be focused on Southampton FC club chairman Nicola Cortese for his decision in removing Adkins despite the Saints being on a good run of form and sitting in the position of sixth-from-bottom.

What are the Weaknesses of Your Favorite Premier League Team?

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From personal experience, we can all at times be too positive and not critical enough when we're talking about our favorite Premier League team. We immediately go on the defensive when a supporter of another club criticizes our team in the comments sections, on the radio, TV or podcasts. It's a natural instinct.

Deja Vu at St. James’ Park as Pardew’s Newcastle Sink to All-Too-Familiar Depths

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Arsène Wenger Warns that Arsenal Cannot Afford to Drop Any More Points: The Nightly EPL

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Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge in the London derby against Chelsea today has pushed the Gunners seven points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Although Arsenal has a game in hand against West Ham United, Arsene Wenger's side sits...

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Moments of Quality (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Maybe snow makes everything look better, but this weekend of the EPL just looked nice. A genuine feeling that effort was put into these games wrapped and presented a beautiful weekend of football. Who deserved to come away from the ... Continue...

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Manchester United Agree £15million Deal For Wilfried Zaha: The Daily EPL

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The Mirror is reporting that Manchester United have agreed a £15 million deal to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha. According to the paper, Sir Alex Ferguson had secret talks with the 20-year-old talent in London yesterday after...

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Ashley Cole Reaches an Agreement on a New Contract at Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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Chelsea have reached an agreement with Ashley Cole to convince one of the best left backs in the game to extend his contract at the Stamford Bridge club. Cole is expected to complete the deal next week. It's believed to ... Continue...

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Rafael Benitez Concedes That Chelsea Will Not Win this Season’s Premier League Title: The Daily EPL

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Here are today's Premier League news headlines: Rafael Benitez concedes that Chelsea will not win this season's Premier League title — BBC Sport QPR striker Djibril Cisse has joined Al Gharafa in a four-month loan deal — Sky Sports...

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Chelsea vs Arsenal & Tottenham vs Man United: Open Thread

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Today's two matches are being advertised by FOX Soccer as "Epic Sunday." Let's hope they are epic, but I'm not a fan of exaggerating something. But maybe I'll be proven wrong and these matches will end up making...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 23 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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On a chilly day in England and Wales, there were plenty of goals and highlights worth watching in Premier League gameweek 23, the Saturday edition. Here are the video highlights (US readers, only). Manchester City vs Fulham Video: Manchester City...

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Have a Blast With This Manchester United-Liverpool 360 Fan Pic

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Manchester United's victory against Liverpool last week was memorable for a few different reasons — Daniel Sturridge's first league goal for Liverpool, the return of Fabio Borini from injury as well as Manchester United's...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 23: Open Thread

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If you think today is not a day for watching the Premier League, think again. I'll give you three reasons: 1) Despite tomorrow being penned "Epic Sunday" by FOX Soccer, today has plenty of great matchups. Harry Redknapp returns to...

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US International Brek Shea On Verge Of Signing Deal to Join Stoke City: The Nightly EPL

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US international winger Brek Shea is poised to sign a deal to join Stoke City in the English Premier League for a transfer fee of $3.5 million, according to ESPN pundit Taylor Twellman. The current FC Dallas footballer has been ... Continue...

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Swansea’s Angel Rangel Gives Food to the Homeless Following Snowfall Across Wales: The Daily EPL

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Today, we have a feel-good story for a change. While temperatures plummeted across Britain last night with heavy snowfall particularly in the west of the country, Swansea City fullback Angel Rangel put a call out on Twitter asking for the ......

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Luka Modric As Lady Edith From Downton Abbey [PHOTO]

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfield maestro (and current Real Madrid disappointment) Luka Modric bears a striking resemblance to the one-and-only Lady Edith of the PBS and ITV hit Downton Abbey. On a separate note, I had a very interesting...

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4 Changes that Rafa Benitez Needs to Make to Get Chelsea Winning At Home Again

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Chelsea have struggled of late at Stamford Bridge, having only recorded one win in the last 6 matches with an overall record of 1-4-1. The Blues were unable to defeat Southampton as they gave up a 2-0 halftime lead to ... Continue reading →

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Who is Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton’s New Manager?

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Who isMauricio Pochettino, the man who Southampton has chosen to replace Nigel Adkins as manager of the Premier League club? Coaching career: Former manager at Espanyol, where he was able to turn the team around with limited funds to finish ......

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Why Southampton’s Decision to Sack Nigel Adkins Is Ridiculous

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Today Southampton has a new manager. The owners of the club, for whatever reason, recentlydecided that Nigel Adkins is not the man to lead the Saints any further in their Premier League campaign despite the club sitting sixth from bottom. ......

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Get Your Predictions in for Beat The Manager, Gameweek 23

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Be sure to enter yourpredictions for Beat The Manager, gameweek 23. The deadline to get them in is this Saturday at 6:30am ET. We're giving one away after the end of gameweek 25 — and with all of the gameweeks ... Continue reading →

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Loic Remy Says Playing FIFA 12 With Tony Fernandes Convinced Him to Join QPR, Not Newcastle: The Nightly EPL

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French striker Loic Remy was convinced he should join Queens Park Rangers instead of Newcastle United because QPR owner Tony Fernandes took time to play a FIFA 12 game against him at the end of four hours of negotiations. ... Continue...

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Southampton Sack Nigel Adkins, While Theo Walcott Signs 3-Year Arsenal Deal: The Daily EPL

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Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins after 2.5 years in charge, and have appointed Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as his replacement. According to the BBC, Pochettino took charge of Espanyol at the age of 36 in January 2009, and managed a...

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EPL Talk Podcast Discussion: The Future of Youth Football in England

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For our New Year's Resolution, the EPL Talk Podcast crew have decided to bring you a new weekly feature, the EPL Talk Podcast Discussion. We want to get you all involved in the debate so each week we will ... Continue reading →

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Brazil, Netherlands and Portugal Shirts Leaked [PHOTOS]

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At EPL Talk, we hardly ever steer off course to focus on different leagues or nations outside of the Premier League and England. But in this case, we can be excused because we're really excited about the leaked photos of ... Continue...

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Bayern Munich’s Guardiola Coup Began After Their Defeat to Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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Congratulations to Bayern Munich for capturing the signature of one of the most sought after managers in world soccer. While some had thought that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola would be taking a long sabbatical from the game,The...

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Of Course He Did (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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So Pep picked Germany, yeah, Bundes-many. The league which no one in England watches at 2am on a Tuesday. Fortunately, this is a good thing. Remember when Pep was in La Liga and it gave other teams a chance too? ... Continue reading →

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Sunderland Makes Bid for Danny Graham, While Fraizer Campbell Is Heading to Wales: The Daily EPL

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It's not often that Sunderland is the main story in the news, but today it's been revealed that they've made a formal bid for Swansea City striker Danny Graham, while Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell looks set to join Cardiff...

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Man United vs West Ham, Arsenal vs Swansea & Chelsea vs Southampton: Open Thread

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After yesterday's FA Cup matches where Sunderland were knocked out of the competition by Championship side Bolton while other Premier League clubs advanced to the fourth round, today's FA Cup replay matches are a different matter...

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What a Waste of Money XI: Premier League’s Worst Buys for the Money

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What is the Premier League's Worst XI based on highest transfer fees and worst performances? If you could pick a starting eleven, what would it look like? In my opinion, here are my picks of the current Premier League footballers ......

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League

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Gameweek 22 is almost over. There's just one match to conclude the gameweek (today's Chelsea vs Southampton match), but here are my observations from my adventures in the Fantasy Premier League. Clint Hill's QPR keeps a clean sheet: Last...

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From USA With Love: How I Became A Queens Park Rangers Supporter

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Being born in the United States in the late 80′s and growing up through the 90′s, I was exposed to the great "resurgence" of "soccer" in America. With the World Cup here in 1994 and the US women's team...

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Loic Rémy Completes Club Record £8m Move to QPR: The Daily EPL

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French striker Loic Remy has officially joined Queens Park Rangers in a club record deal believed to be £8 million. QPR manager Harry Redknapp has long been an admirer of the former Marseille footballer's skills, and it's certainly a...

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Liverpool Are Years Away From Being a Top Team Again, But Are Moving in the Right Direction

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If Brendan Rodgers' dreams were to come true overnight, Liverpool would pass and move like Barcelona. His squad would most likely be small in stature and pass the ball around endlessly. Player movement off the ball would be automatic, and...

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Pep Guardiola Wants Premier League Job in England Like Jose Mourinho: The Nightly EPL

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Former Barcelona manager has been dropping hints that he's interested in managing in the Premier League. The Telegraph's Henry Winter quotes Pep Guardiola saying, "I hope in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach or a manager...

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Chelsea and Southampton Fans: Play Beat The Manager For Your Midweek Match

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Rafa Benitez and Nigel Adkins both have several decisions to make before the midweek Premier League match. Should Benitez play Ba or Torres? Should Adkins risk Luke Shaw after he picked up an injury last weekend? The list goes on ... Continue...

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FOX Soccer May Be Turned Into an Entertainment Network, Says Report

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News Corp. may convert FOX Soccer into an entertainment network, according to a report by the LA Times. Executives at News Corp., the parent company of FOX Soccer, are reportedly discussing the possibility of turning FOX Soccer into FX2 — ......

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3rd Round FA Cup Replays Featuring Fulham, QPR, Stoke, Wigan, WBA and Sunderland: Open Thread

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Six Premier League sides are in action today as each of them have another chance to qualify for the fourth round of the FA Cup. Each team has a FA Cup third round replay in their path. Today's FA Cup ... Continue reading →

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Why the Premier League in the US Will Continue to Grow in Popularity

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For better or worse, the days of afternoon NBA Finals are over. Long gone are the afternoons where I would rush home after school to catch Major League Baseball playoff games. The vast majority of important matches in the traditional ......

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FA Logo to Celebrate 150 Years of English Football Association [PHOTO]

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The FA have revealed a logo to celebrate their 150 years in existence. The English Football Association logo features a montage of several iconic faces from the rich 150 year anniversary including Stanley Matthews, Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, John...

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Linesman Who Urged Lescott to Applaud ‘£62′ City Fans Axed from FA Cup Duty: The Nightly EPL

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The assistant referee who urged Joleon Lescott to take his Manchester City teammates over to the away section at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to thank the City supporters who paid an exorbitant £62 for each ticket has been axed ... Continue...

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Chelsea Starlet Lucas Piazon Heading to Malaga on Loan: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon is heading to Malaga on loan according to his fellow Blues teammate Patrick Bamford. Piazon has been unable to break into the Chelsea side on a regular basis, so the move to Spain will be a ... Continue reading...

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Are Liverpool Really Closing the Gap to Manchester United?

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Liverpool would have gained many admirers with their gutsy and determined display against Manchester United despite a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford. Liverpool went into the match with a far inferior team in terms of age and quality but they ......

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Must-See Documentary About Chelsea’s Iconic East Stand [VIDEO]

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One of the most iconic stands in the Premier League is Chelsea's East Stand, which was opened for the 1974-75 season. Almost forty years on, the stand still looks modern from pitchside. I ran across a very interesting documentary on ......

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2 Alternative Viewpoints About Mike Dean’s Red Cards Awarded in Arsenal-Manchester City Game

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In the Arsenal against Manchester City match, what a way to spoil a perfectly good game of soccer, huh? Referee Mike Dean didn't have a whole lot of choice when Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny wrapped his arms around Manchester City ......

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Chamakh Acted as Samir Nasri’s Bodyguard as Arsenal Fans Pelted Them With Abuse: The Daily EPL

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Website 101 Great Goals has footage of Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh being abused by Arsenal fans on their way to yesterday's match at the Emirates. Both Nasri and Chamakh decided to travel to the stadium together to watch the ......

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The Rangel Bonus Round (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Super Sunday! It's the EPL Talk Podcast and some analysis. Try shouting "Super Sunday" as an exclamation, it sounds lovely. Sky shouted it enough and look how it caught on. Manchester came out tops in the weekend, the table...

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Premier League Super Sunday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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The world will be watching today as Manchester United takes on Liverpool, while Arsenal plays Manchester City. In today's matches, it's an opportunity to judge how far (or close) Arsenal and Liverpool are from the quality of Manchester...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 22 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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After several high scoring Saturdays of late, today was almost the opposite with some very hard fought nil-nil draws and low scoring matches. Having said that, there were some spectacular saves and defending today, which makes a change this season!...

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Alex Ferguson Admits He Doesn’t Bother Looking at Liverpool’s Results Anymore: The Nightly EPL

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On the verge of Super Sunday where Arsenal plays Manchester City and hated rivals Manchester United battle Liverpool, Sir Alex Ferguson has played his typical mind games by saying that he doesn't even bother to look for Liverpool's...

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Manchester United Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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Photos of what appears to be Manchester United's away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet. The blue and black tartan design features a black rounded collar and white team crest, sponsor logo and Nike swoosh. ......

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Arsene Wenger Says Ticket Prices Only Way Arsenal ‘Can Compete’: The Daily EPL

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Sometimes I wonder who Arsene Wenger is trying to please — the supporters of the club who give their hard-earned wages to watch his team play, or the money cats in the Arsenal boardroom who want to generate as much ... Continue reading →

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 22: Open Thread

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We have eight Premier League matches on deck today beginning with the London derby between QPR and Tottenham Hotspur from Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp returns to see his new side play against his old side. If QPR can win this ... Continue reading...

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QPR’s Short-Term Thinking Shows Promoted Teams Not What to Do

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Stability in football is an exceptionally unsexy, yet necessary topic. While fans and the media love big-money buys and managerial changes, the truth is that there is only one surefire way for teams without ridiculous money or talent to outperform...

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Arsenal Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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A leaked photo of Arsenal's away shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet. Arsenal's new deal with Adidas begins in the 2014-15 season means that this will be the final Arsenal away design from Nike. The ......

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Liverpool Agree Settlement With Former Owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett: The Daily EPL

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Liverpool has agreed a settlement with former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. How much the payoff is exactly, we don't know but Hicks and Gillett have dropped their case against the club as a result. Hicks and Gillett lost ......

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Newcastle in Turmoil as Captain Fabricio Coloccini Asks to Return Home: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Newcastle in turmoil as captain Coloccini asks to return home — The Independent Manchester United leading race to sign Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha — The Guardian Michu and Rangel close...

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FOX’s Coverage of West Ham-Man Utd FA Cup Match Nets 887k Viewers

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FOX's live coverage of the FA Cup third round match between West Ham United and Manchester United on Saturday, January 5 2013 posted a 0.6/1 household rating/share with a viewing audience of 887,000. The match was televised live on the ......

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DirecTV Moves FOX Soccer to Choice Xtra and Choice Ultimate, While ESPN3.com Adds 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations

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DirecTV has moved FOX Soccer from the sports pack to the more widely availableChoice Xtra and Choice Ultimate packs. The move means that customers wishing to subscribe to FOX Soccer on DirecTV could save money by not needing to subscribe ......

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Brilliant Illustration of Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez [PHOTO]

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Talented illustrator Dan Leydon has created a beautiful print of the much loved (and hated, in some circles) Liverpool footballer Luis Suarez. El Pistolero, as he's nicknamed, is captured in all his glory, bombing down the pitch. If...

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Marouane Fellaini and Vinnie Jones Star in Dark New Ad From Warrior [VIDEO]

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Everton's Marouane Fellaini stars in a new video alongside Vinnie Jones in a dark and creepy campaign for Warrior. The ad, entitled "Skreamer: What Lies Within," is set in England and, according to Warrior, "tells the story...

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Michu Looking Like the Striker Fernando Torres Might Have Become: The Nightly EPL

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The Guardian's Barney Ronay has penned a piece tonight about how Michu looks like the striker Fernando Torres might have become. The way the Swansea striker clinically finished his chance on Wednesday night is reminiscent of a Torres in his...

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Peep, Peep, Pep (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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January might be nearing the middle, but the pod have already forgotten the heady heights of the Transfer Window (understandable?) and moved on to where Pep will end up the summer. Arsenal? Chelsea? Man City? Kris and Morgan put the ... Continue...

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West Brom Turn Down QPR bid for Swedish defender Jonas Olsson: The Daily EPL

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West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson is close to sealing a deal to Queens Park Rangers, but the initial bid of £5 million has been turned down by Steve Clarke's club. The gifted Swedish footballer is supposedly keen on a ... Continue...

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Putting the Robin van Persie ‘One Man Team Argument’ to Rest

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Without Robin van Persie, Manchester United would be 16thin the table, right? The flaws in the ‘One Man Team' argument are numerous, but the biggest of these flaws is that when arguing United would be a lesser team without van ... Continue...

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Chelsea vs Swansea City, League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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After yesterday's spectacularly entertaining match between Bradford City and Aston Villa where the Bantams won the first leg 3-1, today's attention turns to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea plays Swansea City in the other semi-final first...

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Howard Webb to Referee Manchester United v Liverpool: The Nightly EPL

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The referee for Sunday's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool will be one Howard Webb, one of the better referees in the division. In such a high profile match, the referee is bound to come under some immense pressure. Hopefully Webb will be able to have one of his games where the focus is on the key moments instead of refereeing decisions.

Stoke City Footballers’ Private Fantasy Premier League Table Revealed: The Daily EPL

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You've got to love Stoke City football club. Eighteen of their players are playing Fantasy Premier League in their own private league.

Each of the teams reveal some interesting insights into each player. Peter Crouch has Begovic and Shawcross in the back with Robin van Persie up top. Crouchie scored a whopping 73 points last gameweek.

Manchester City Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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A leaked photo of Manchester City's new home shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

The photo (pictured above) shows the brand-new Nike design. It's the first from Nike, who are taking over from Umbro at the end of this season. The sky blue shirt features a white rounded collar with blue trim, while the cuffs on the shirt sleeves features the same white and dark blue combination.

Get Your Predictions in for Beat The Manager, Gameweek 22

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Be sure to enter yourpredictions for Beat The Manager, gameweek 22. The deadline to get them in is this Saturday at 6:30am ET.

We're giving one away after the end of gameweek 25 — and with all of the gameweeks happening thick and fast because of the mid-week matches, gameweek 25 is just around the corner.

Bradford City vs Aston Villa, League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Despite Aston Villa's disappointing Premier League season thus far, the club is just two games away from being in a Wembley final against the winner of Chelsea-Swansea. But first, Villa has to travel to Valley Parade where they play today in the first leg of the League Cup at 2:45pm ET (live on beIN SPORT).

Chelsea Should Think Carefully Before Letting Legend Frank Lampard Walk Away

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The direction that the Chelsea hierarchy are looking to steer the club in is very clear. The world's best young players are very much the agenda in the transfer market whilst the ‘old guard' look as though they will be allowed to see out their contracts and walk away. Its all about the future. This began when Abramovich brought in Andre Villas-Boas last campaign, looking to usher in a new era at Chelsea.

Theo Walcott Edging Towards New £25m Deal With Arsenal: The Nightly EPL

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Good news for Arsenal fans tonight as a deal to sign Theo Walcott to a new contract appears to be imminent, perhaps as early as next week.

Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Theo Walcott edging towards new £25m deal with Arsenal — The Guardian
  • Manchester City send almost third of ticket allocation back to Arsenal — The Guardian
  • Paul Lambert says Aston Villa can still reach the Capital One Cup final — BBC Sport
  • Chelsea's John Terry pencilled in for a role at Stoke on Saturday — The Guardian
  • Andy van der Meyde speaks on how his battle with alcohol affected his career — BBC Sport
  • Liverpool is always Manchester United's biggest game, says Paul Scholes — The Guardian
  • FA lodge appeals against Steven Caulker and Tom Ince bans — The Independent
  • Rafael Benítez tells Chelsea to embrace evolution as squad is renewed— The Guardian
  • Marouane Fellaini has a buyout clause in his contract which could see him leave the club — BBC Sport
  • AlfredN'Diaye arrives in Sunderland to complete move — The Guardian
  • QPR's Ryan Nelsen named as manager of Toronto FC but remains at Loftus Road — Telegraph
  • Yohan Cabaye still on Newcastle casualty list for Norwich game — The Guardian
  • Zoltan Gera has suffered a major knee setback and will miss rest of season — The Mail
  • Fifa statistics show 28% of transfer fees go to agents and third parties — The Guardian
  • Beckhamhas been offered a two-year deal to boost interest in run-up to 2022 World Cup — The Sun
  • Bradford confident of completing giantkilling act on Aston Villa — The Guardian
  • Manchester City recall Dedryck Boyata from FC Twente — The Independent
  • The 'different route' that lifted Swansea from doldrums to delirium — The Guardian

The Nightly EPL is tomorrow's news today.

Arsenal Home Tickets for Manchester City Priced Up to £126: The Daily EPL

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Arsenal is facing a lot of criticism and scorn today regarding their prices for this weekend's match against Manchester City with some home tickets priced up to £126. A third of away tickets available to Manchester City (priced at £62) have been sent back in a message of protest from City supporters.

The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Watch Chelsea-Swansea Today in the USA

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Chelsea plays at home against Swansea City today in the first leg of their League Cup game. For the Blues, it represents their first opportunity to move a giant step closer to winning their first piece of silverware this season. The match will give us another opportunity to see how Rafael Benitez will set up Demba Ba and Fernando Torres.

Chelsea vs Swansea City, League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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After yesterday's spectacularly entertaining match between Bradford City and Aston Villa where the Bantams won the first leg 3-1, today's attention turns to Stamford Bridge where Chelsea plays Swansea City in the other semi-final first leg.

In injury news, both John Terry and Petr Cech won't be playing for Chelsea today.

The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Watch Chelsea-Swansea Today in the USA

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Arsenal Home Tickets for Manchester City Priced Up to £126: The Daily EPL

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Theo Walcott Edging Towards New £25m Deal With Arsenal: The Nightly EPL

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Good news for Arsenal fans tonight as a deal to sign Theo Walcott to a new contract appears to be imminent, perhaps as early as next week. Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Theo Walcott edging towards new £25m ... Continue...

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Bradford City vs Aston Villa, League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Despite Aston Villa's disappointing Premier League season thus far, the club is just two games away from being in a Wembley final against the winner of Chelsea-Swansea. But first, Villa has to travel to Valley Parade where they play today...

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Chelsea Should Think Carefully Before Letting Legend Frank Lampard Walk Away

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Get Your Predictions in for Beat The Manager, Gameweek 22

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Be sure to enter yourpredictions for Beat The Manager, gameweek 22. The deadline to get them in is this Saturday at 6:30am ET. We're giving one away after the end of gameweek 25 — and with all of the gameweeks ... Continue reading →

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Manchester City Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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That Beautiful Moment In Soccer Games That Words Cannot Describe

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Outside of goals, near misses or wonderful saves, if I had to identify one aspect of soccer that I absolutely love it would be this: That moment in a game when a team gains a sudden sense of urgency and ... Continue reading →

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Howard Webb to Referee Manchester United v Liverpool: The Nightly EPL

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The referee for Sunday's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool will be one Howard Webb, one of the better referees in the division. In such a high profile match, the referee is bound to come under some immense ......

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Stoke City Footballers’ Private Fantasy Premier League Table Revealed: The Daily EPL

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You've got to love Stoke City football club. Eighteen of their players are playing Fantasy Premier League in their own private league. Each of the teams reveal some interesting insights into each player. Peter Crouch has Begovic and Shawcross...

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Cheltenham vs Everton, FA Cup Third Round: Open Thread

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League Two side Cheltenham Town face Everton tonight in the last FA Cup match of the weekend. The game will be beamed live on television across the world from Whaddon Road, the quaint ground on the edge of the Cotswolds ... Continue reading...

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Fantasy Premier League Tips: Adventures in the FPL

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Here are my adventures in the Fantasy Premier League for gameweeks 20 and 21, which includes some tips for gameweek 22. Ba to Chelsea: Demba Ba (8.5) has signed for Chelsea, which probably means that Newcastle will finish the season ... Continue...

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Chelsea is Close to Agreeing Deal to Sign Metalist Kharkiv Midfielder Taison: The Daily EPL

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It's been a busy morning for transfer news as Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea is close to signing a new midfielder named Taison from FC Metalist. Meanwhile, West Ham have signed a Brazilian on loan, while Sunderland has signed ......

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Why The Race For Fourth in the Premier League Means So Much More for Everton

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ESPN Makes Wrong Decision to Reprimand Jon Champion Over Luis Suarez Handball Incident

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When we watch our English football games, we want to hear qualified commentators and opinionated co-commentators who aren't too afraid to tell us what they think. Otherwise what we would end up with are sanitized broadcasts that are...

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Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers Stands by Luis Suárez After Mansfield Goal: The Nightly EPL

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FACUP (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The FA Cup often marks a watershed in the season. It means a rest from the usual EPL analysis and format in the UK but also some change in the feel of the matches. A good time to look at ... Continue reading →

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‘Soccernomics: Revised and Expanded Second Edition’ is This Month’s Book Club Selection, Join the Discussion!

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Luis Suarez Handles Ball to Help Liverpool Score Second Goal Against Mansfield in FA Cup [GIF]

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Luis Suarez has done it again. With the FA Cup match at 1-0 to Liverpool against Mansfield, and the Stags edging closer to causing a shock draw, the Uruguayan and Liverpool striker scored Liverpool's second goal Sunday. However,it was...

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FA Cup Sunday, Third Round: Open Thread

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After yesterday's shock wins for Macclesfield and Luton Town, there are still a couple of opportunities today for more shocks in the third round of the FA Cup. Swansea City plays Arsenal in the first game of the day (kick-off ... Continue...

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Mansfield Mark 96 Empty Seats With Names of Hillsborough Victims For Liverpool Match: The Nightly EPL

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Mansfield Town, a club in the fifth tier of English football, displayed a lot of class this weekend when they decided to take 96 seats at their ground in Nottinghamshire and set them aside as a tribute to the 96 ... Continue reading →

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Double Vision: Manchester United and Liverpool Footballers Star in Chevrolet Commercial [VIDEO]

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Footballers from Manchester United and Liverpool star in a new commercial from Chevrolet, the US car maker who is a sponsor of both American-owned football clubs. In the bizarre video, footballers such as Ryan Giggs, Jordan Henderson, Rio Ferdinand,...

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FA Cup Saturday, Third Round: Open Thread

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FOX’s FA Cup TV Coverage of West Ham-Manchester United: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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Deconstructing Chelsea’s Loss Against QPR: Will A Striker Fix Chelsea’s Long Term Problems?

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Two things are very clear about this year's Chelsea squad; they are very talented and very inconsistent.

At times watching Chelsea you think you are watching the best squad in the world and other times it's like watching the worst in the league. Last night was very evident of this as Chelsea shockingly lost to QPR, at Stamford Bridge.

Johan Cruyff Confirms Pep Guardiola Will Coach in England Next Season: The Nightly EPL

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After Johan Cruyff managed what was probably his last game for Catalonia in a friendly yesterday, the Dutch legend was asked whether former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola could be next in line for the Catalonia job.

In a surprising answer, Cruyff revealed, "Pep now looks set to coach in England, so he won't have the time to lead Catalonia [due to the lack of a winter break].

Wayne Rooney Ruled Out for Another 2 Weeks; Will Miss Liverpool Clash: The Daily EPL

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Bad news for Manchester United fans this morning, but it's good news for Javier Hernandez. Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of action for a further two weeks, which will mean he'll miss the match against Liverpool on January 13.

Rooney injured his knee during training on Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, Nani — who has been out injured — returned to training today so there is some good news for Manchester United supporters depending on your faith for the inconsistent winger.

What Kind of Soccer Supporter Are You? (And What Kind Annoys You The Most?)

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To the casual observer, soccer supporters might appear to constitute a kind of undifferentiated mass, a gathering of people (male, by and large) strangely mesmerized by a sport commonly featuring score lines as seemingly absent of drama as 2-1 and 1-0, or a crowd distinguished only by their local, tribal custom of donning jerseys colored red or blue or white.

Why the Lack of Defending is Good for the Premier League. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the EPL

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Pretty much every pundit of the Premier League has bemoaned the lack of defending inthe league this season. This may seem like a bad thing for the Premier League, but I'm going to make the case that it doesn't really matter and, if anything, it's a good thing.

Yes, defending is important, but it isn't what defines the sport.

Analyzing the Differences Between Moussa Dembélé and Luka Modrić

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Luka Modrić left Tottenham last summer for £33 million to Real Madrid. During the 2011/12 season, most avid Premier League watchers would agree that Modrić was one of the best, if not the best, passers in the game. His ability to spread the ball not only allowed him to pass the ball a total of 2,534 times, which is impressive enough, but also the fact that his completion rate was an astounding 87%.

Why this Weekend’s FA Cup Matches Will Separate the Casual Soccer Fans From the Hardcore

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I've lost count of the number of times that I've heard that the FA Cup deserves more respect from football supporters. In fact, I'd argue the opposite. It doesn't deserve more respect. If anything, it just deserves to be given a fair chance.

Let me explain.I've found that a FA Cup weekend often separates soccer fans from the fans who passionately support their club.

Sir Alex Ferguson Urges Inquiry Into Tottenham’s Signing of Zeki Fryers: The Nightly EPL

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson came out on the offensive Friday to criticize Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy over the Spurs signing of Zeki Fryers, a former Manchester United youth academy footballer.

Ferguson is incensed that Tottenham signed the player from Standard Liege in Belgium.

FA Cup Saturday, Third Round: Open Thread

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FA Cup fever is here. This is the Saturday of the season that, for many, is the one that we look forward to the most. And there are several potential shock results on the cards.

For readers in the United States, here's the TV and Internet schedule for today:

Saturday, January 5:

Brighton vs Newcastle (FA Cup), 7:30am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Southampton vs Chelsea (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer
Peterborough vs Norwich (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Macclesfield vs Cardiff (FA Cup),FOX Soccer 2Go
West Ham United vs Manchester United (FA Cup), 12:15pm, FOX network and FOX Deportes (Note: Some FOX affiliates will be showing this game delayed; check local listings)

Don't forget that these are just a portion of the matches being played today, so be sure to follow the games in the comments section below or listen to radio commentary via TalkSport.

FOX’s FA Cup TV Coverage of West Ham-Manchester United: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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FOX today made history by televising the first-ever FA Cup match to be shown live on free-to-air television in the United States. The match between West Ham United and Manchester United lived up to its billing and featured plenty of goals, but how did the people behind the scenes and in front of the cameras do at FOX?

Sir Alex Ferguson Urges Inquiry Into Tottenham’s Signing of Zeki Fryers: The Nightly EPL

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Analyzing the Differences Between Moussa Dembélé and Luka Modrić

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Why this Weekend’s FA Cup Matches Will Separate the Casual Soccer Fans From the Hardcore

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What Kind of Soccer Supporter Are You? (And What Kind Annoys You The Most?)

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Why the Lack of Defending is Good for the Premier League. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the EPL

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Johan Cruyff Confirms Pep Guardiola Will Coach in England Next Season: The Nightly EPL

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After Johan Cruyff managed what was probably his last game for Catalonia in a friendly yesterday, the Dutch legend was asked whether former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola could be next in line for the Catalonia job. In a surprising answer, ......

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Wayne Rooney Ruled Out for Another 2 Weeks; Will Miss Liverpool Clash: The Daily EPL

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Bad news for Manchester United fans this morning, but it's good news for Javier Hernandez. Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of action for a further two weeks, which will mean he'll miss the match against Liverpool on January 13. ......

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Deconstructing Chelsea’s Loss Against QPR: Will A Striker Fix Chelsea’s Long Term Problems?

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Why the Best is Yet to Come From Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa

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While he is a pure class striker at the peak of his powers, Robin van Persie is not Sir Alex Ferguson's best signing this past summer and not necessarily the one that Roberto Mancini should be ruing about. Mancini has ... Continue reading...

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Why Arsenal Shouldn’t Be Duped Into Paying Theo Walcott £100k per Week, And Why January Transfers Often Don’t Work

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As silly season descends upon the Premier League again and the transfer rumours start heating up, it becomes quite easy as fans to forget about things like budgets and stability and start dreaming of shiny new player acquisitions to help ......

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The Secret to Future Success at Liverpool Football Club: Patience

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As the year 2012 came to an end, the similarities between Liverpool's current campaign and that of Roy Hodgson's in 2010 are undeniable on paper. Sitting mid table – and a staggering 21 points behind bitter rivals Manchester United – ......

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Photos of Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini Bust-Up At Manchester City Training Ground

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and striker Mario Balotelli reportedly got into a bust-up on the training pitch this morning. The incident happened after Balotelli made a very aggressive tackle against Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair....

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Thierry Henry: Legend – Full Length TV Documentary [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a loan deal for Thierry Henry at the club, but some day in the future, the Frenchman will return to the club. It's inevitable. In the meantime, here's a TV documentary I unearthed. ......

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Liverpool’s Joe Cole to Return to West Ham With a £3m Payoff: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool is ready to cut their ties with Joe Cole so the attacking midfielder can join West Ham United. If the move goes through, Joe Cole will return to the club where he started his career in the youth academy ... Continue reading →

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Refresh Your Buttons (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Happy New Year from the podcast! It is gonna be a good one. And we'd love to hear how you want to move the podcast forward this year. Get involved, comment, tweet and have fun with it. Manchester look strong ... Continue reading →

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Yossi Benayoun Returns to Chelsea After Completing Loan Spell at West Ham: The Daily EPL

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Israeli attacking midfielder Yossi Benayoun has completed his loan deal at West Ham United, and today has returned to Chelsea. Unfortunately he's one of those talented players who has slipped off the radar despite playing for Liverpool,...

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FOX Elevates US Coverage of the FA Cup to Its Free-to-Air TV Network

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After FOX lost in their joint bid with ESPN to secure the US media rights to the Premier League for seasons 2013-16, one of the unlikely winners of the decision is the FA Cup. With FOX only having five months ... Continue reading →

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Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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Expect ESPN commentator Ian Darke to be frothing at the mouth during today's broadcast of Liverpool against Sunderland on US television. Darke will assuredly be very excited about all of the transfer activity today with Daniel Sturridge expected to be in the director's box to watch his new club play Sunderland, while Demba Ba will be en-route to London to finalize a deal with Chelsea.

FOX Elevates US Coverage of the FA Cup to Its Free-to-Air TV Network

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After FOX lost in their joint bid with ESPN to secure the US media rights to the Premier League for seasons 2013-16, one of the unlikely winners of the decision is the FA Cup. With FOX only having five months of the Premier League remaining before they "hand over the keys" to NBC Sports, FOX has decided to boost its coverage of the FA Cup by moving two of its matches to the free-to-air FOX network.

Premier League Wednesday, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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Expect ESPN commentator Ian Darke to be frothing at the mouth during today's broadcast of Liverpool against Sunderland on US television. Darke will assuredly be very excited about all of the transfer activity today with Daniel Sturridge...

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FIFA 96: Take A Walk Down Memory Lane to See Gameplay Of FIFA Video Game [VIDEO]

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Released in July 1995, the graphics and gameplay in FIFA 96 are certainly quite different than what we're used to in more modern-day FIFA video games. The game was the first to feature 3D graphics with FIFA's technology called...

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Liverpool Sign Chelsea Striker Daniel Sturridge for Undisclosed Fee: The Daily EPL

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A busy day in the January transfer today in England as Demba Ba appears to be on his way to Chelsea, while Liverpool has announced that they've signed Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge for an undisclosed fee.

Here are today's Premier League news headlines:

  • Liverpool sign Chelsea striker for undisclosed fee — BBC Sport
  • Why Fifa's war on diving is blighting referees and the game— The Guardian
  • Marouane Fellaini moves house to Manchester to avoid Liverpool women — The Mail
  • Wigan sign Manchester United talent Angelo Henriquez on loan — Premier League
  • Football Association tell referees to demand more respect — The Mail
  • Wenger rules out former striker Thierry Henry having a third spell at Arsenal — BBC Sport
  • Hillsborough families find new, stronger voices in their fight for justice — The Guardian
  • Sergio Aguero set for two weeks out for Manchester City — Manchester Evening News
  • 2012-13 FA Cup, Third Round Proper: location-map and attendances of the 64 clubs — Bill Sports Maps
  • Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won has completed a loan move to FC Augsburg — Sunderland FC
  • 7Cantonas.

Premier League New Years Day, Gameweek 21 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In case you missed any of the match highlights from the Premier League New Years Day gameweek 21 matches, here are all of the video highlights:

West Bromwich Albion vs Fulham


Video: West Brom v Fulham Premier League Highlights 01/01/13

Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United


Video: Wigan v Manchester United Premier League Highlights 01/01/13

Manchester City vs Stoke City


Video: Manchester City v Stoke City Premier League Highlights 01/01/13

Tottenham Hotspur vs Reading


Video: Tottenham v Reading Premier League Highlights 01/01/13

Swansea City vs Aston Villa


Video: Swansea City v Aston Villa Premier League Highlights 01/01/1

West Ham United vs Norwich City


Video: West Ham v Norwich City Premier League Highlights 01/01/13

Southampton vs Arsenal


Video: Southampton v Arsenal Premier League Highlights 01/01/13

FIFA 96: Take A Walk Down Memory Lane to See Gameplay Of FIFA Video Game [VIDEO]

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Released in July 1995, the graphics and gameplay in FIFA 96 are certainly quite different than what we're used to in more modern-day FIFA video games.

The game was the first to feature 3D graphics with FIFA's technology called "Virtual Stadium." As you can see in this 25 minute video which features voiceovers explaining the different features and differences, the game was revolutionary at the time.

Premier League New Years Day, Gameweek 21 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In case you missed any of the match highlights from the Premier League New Years Day gameweek 21 matches, here are all of the video highlights: West Bromwich Albion vs Fulham Video: West Brom v Fulham Premier League Highlights 01/01/13 ......

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Liverpool Sign Chelsea Striker Daniel Sturridge for Undisclosed Fee: The Daily EPL

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A busy day in the January transfer today in England as Demba Ba appears to be on his way to Chelsea, while Liverpool has announced that they've signed Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge for an undisclosed fee. Here are today's Premier...

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Newcastle United Striker Demba Ba Set to Sign With Chelsea After Triggering £7m Release Clause

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As the transfer window opens, the biggest signing so far looks to be Demba Ba. Chelsea has made a £7 million offer for Ba, which has triggered the £7 million release clause in Demba Ba's contract with Newcastle. The clubs ... Continue...

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Roberto Mancini Rues Manchester City’s Failure to Land Robin van Persie: The Nightly EPL

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Happy New Year folks!

Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Roberto Mancini rues Manchester City's failure to land Robin van Persie— The Guardian
  • Reading pay £600,000 for Sporting Lisbon's captain Daniel Carrico — The Guardian
  • Graphic: Gary Neville's team of the Premier League 2012/2013 so far — 101 GG
  • Newcastle's Demba Ba has the skill but is dodgy knee a gamble too far?

Manchester United’s Defense Is Worst In 11 Years

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The current Manchester United defense is the worst in 11 years. In the first 19 games of the 2012-13 Premier League season, Manchester United have conceded 28 goals, an average of 1.47 goals per match. The last time United had a worse defensive record was in 2001 when they conceded the same number of goals in their first 19 matches.

Premier League New Years Day, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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Ugh, hangover from a very Happy New Years Eve, so it'll be a shorter preamble than usual! I feel like the color of Fulham's away shirt today.

Here are today's matches:

Tuesday, January 1:

West Brom vs Fulham, 7:45am, FOX Soccer
Wigan vs Manchester United, 10am, FOX Soccer
Manchester City vs Stoke, 10am, ESPN Deportes/ESPN3.

Tottenham Hotspurs’ Transfer Opportunities in January Window

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André Villas-Boas has promised a quiet transfer window for Tottenham this January. Daniel Levy took charge of the transfer dealings during the summer rather than handing over the reins to the 35-year-old Villas-Boas. At Chelsea last year, Villas-Boas showed his understanding of the transfer market by bringing in talents such as Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku; these signings parallel Villas-Boas' philosophy of free flowing football.

Newcastle United Striker Demba Ba Set to Sign With Chelsea After Triggering £7m Release Clause

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As the transfer window opens, the biggest signing so far looks to be Demba Ba.

Chelsea has made a £7 million offer for Ba, which has triggered the £7 million release clause in Demba Ba's contract with Newcastle. The clubs are currently in discussions to finalize a deal, and Newcastle United has announced that Ba has been pulled out of tonight's squad to face Everton at St.

Tottenham Hotspurs’ Transfer Opportunities in January Window

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André Villas-Boas has promised a quiet transfer window for Tottenham this January. Daniel Levy took charge of the transfer dealings during the summer rather than handing over the reins to the 35-year-old Villas-Boas. At Chelsea last year,...

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Roberto Mancini Rues Manchester City’s Failure to Land Robin van Persie: The Nightly EPL

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Happy New Year folks! Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines: Roberto Mancini rues Manchester City's failure to land Robin van Persie— The Guardian Reading pay £600,000 for Sporting Lisbon's captain Daniel Carrico — The...

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Manchester United’s Defense Is Worst In 11 Years

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The current Manchester United defense is the worst in 11 years. In the first 19 games of the 2012-13 Premier League season, Manchester United have conceded 28 goals, an average of 1.47 goals per match. The last time United had ... Continue...

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Premier League New Years Day, Gameweek 21: Open Thread

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Ugh, hangover from a very Happy New Years Eve, so it'll be a shorter preamble than usual! I feel like the color of Fulham's away shirt today. Here are today's matches: Tuesday, January 1: West Brom vs Fulham, 7:45am, FOX ......

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