EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

Buy-Out Clause for Michael Laudrup Set at £10m to Scare Off All But Richest Suitors: The Nightly EPL

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Swansea City have set the buy-out clause to break Michael Laudrup's recently signed contract at a whopping £10 million, scaring off all but the richest suitors.

With Laudrup flying high in his first season in the Premier League, you can only imagine that a club such as Real Madrid or Chelsea would be able to afford the extravagant buy-out clause.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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Hallelujah! After a two week international break, Premier League football returns today with several must-watch matches.

Kicking things off with the early kick-off is Sunderland against Manchester United (8:45am ET). While United has the Premier League title pretty much sewn up, they'll want to exorcise the ghosts of last season by walloping Sunderland instead of the 1-0 victory on the final day of last season that wasn't enough to win the title.

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Sunderland Sack Martin O’Neill After Defeat to Manchester United

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Sunderland have sacked manager Martin O'Neill after the club lost to Manchester United today and dropped to 16th in the Premier League.

"Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O'Neill this evening," read a club statement. "The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future.

Manchester City to Play Chelsea in St. Louis 4 Days After Premier League Season Ends

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Manchester City will embark on its third US tour in four years when the club plays Chelsea in a friendly in St. Louis, just four days after the 2012-13 Premier League season ends.

The match between Chelsea and Manchester City is scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at 7:30pm CST and will be played at the home of the St.

FA Says it Has Not Yet Found Evidence of Racist Chanting at San Marino Game: The Daily EPL

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The Football Association is investigating allegations of racist chanting against Rio and Anton Ferdinand from the San Marino game last week, but have found no evidence as of yet.

The FA says it has no reason to doubt media reports of racist chanting, and will continue its investigation.

A FA statement read, "We have made significant progress following the hooliganism that blighted the national team in 1998 and 2000.

FFS: In-Play Betting, Overly-Respectful Footballer and Arsene Wenger’s Coat [VIDEO]

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FFS returns following an uninspiring week of international fixtures. Join host Barry Deane as he discusses the week's games and introduces the overly-respectful footballer and Ray Winstone's In-play betting. There's also a song about Arsene Wenger's most prized possession. His coat.

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What Will FOX Soccer’s Lasting Legacy Be?

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Depending on your allegiances, the last day for FOX Soccer as a network is either (a) May 19, when the 2012-13 Premier League season (and FOX Soccer's rights to show the EPL) come to an end, (b) August 17, when FOX Sports 1 launches or (c) September 2, when FOX Soccer becomes FXX.

Vincent Kompany Buys Belgian Third Division Team FC Bleid: The Nightly EPL

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Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has done something that many young children always dream of doing. He's bought his own football club.

Kompany has bought third division Belgian side FC Bleid, who currently sit 19th in the table. The Brussels side will be renamed, will have a new logo selected as well as new kits and a new slogan.

Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe Expected to Join NBC’s EPL Coverage

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe are expected to be announced in the next few weeks as the latest additions to the NBC Sports team that will bring the English Premier League into millions of homes beginning this summer.

Rebecca Lowe has already been revealed as the host/presenter of NBC's EPL coverage.

FOX Soccer’s Days Are Numbered With Upcoming Launch of FXX On Sept. 2

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It looks inevitable that FOX Soccer will shut down later this year.

At a presentation this morning, FX executives announced the launch of their new sister channel dubbed FXX, which will premiere on September 2. Despite contrary reports in some media outlets this morning, there has been no confirmation that FOX Soccer will become FXX even though it appears likely that it'll happen.

The Last Run (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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As the Premier League enters the final stretch of the season the podcast are feeling the burn too. Are you? International football only continued the intensity of the campaign, but heightened our taste for the final goal. So who rose to the occasion? In section one of the podcast there is a flight around the world, looking out of all windows and taking in the beautiful view.

Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole to Miss Rest of Sunderland’s Season: The Nightly EPL

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The season just keeps on getting worse and worse for Sunderland Football Club. Sitting precariously fifth from bottom in the Premier League, the Black Cats have now suffered a double injury blow with both Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole out for the rest of the season.

Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole to miss rest of Sunderland's season— The Mail
  • Roy Hodgson admits play-off route remains a possibility for England — The Guardian
  • Gary Lineker signs new BBC deal to continue as Match of the Day host — The Mail
  • Robin van Persie says he may decide to see out his career with Manchester United — BBC Sport
  • Newcastle United announce £1.

FA Stands to Lose Up to £26m if England Fail to Reach 2014 World Cup in Brazil: The Daily EPL

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England's destiny is in their own hands in World Cup qualifying. The majority of matches they have remaining are at home, but if the Three Lions do fall and end up in second place in their group, they face the prospect of having to go through the play-offs in order to reach the World Cup next summer.

Top 10 Favorite Soccer Video Games of All Time

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Soccer video games are a big part of a lot of people's lives nowadays and they definitely have been a big part of mine. I have been playing football video games since I was eight years old, so I thought I'd share with you my top 10 favorites of all time. Bear in mind these are purely the top 10 out of the ones I have played.

Pilot Episode of My Beautiful Game Soccer Documentary [VIDEO]

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You can probably count the number of hours before FOX Soccer or the Premier League asks for this video to be removed due to copyright infringements, so watch it while you can. It's the pilot episode of what eventually became My Beautiful Game.

The original name for the documentary was 'The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw.

Why International Soccer Needs a Revamp To Stay Relevant

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Theoretically, international soccer is the absolute pinnacle of any player's career — proudly representing your homeland, fighting tooth and nail to get a result against other teams with comparable national pride. The thought of representing your nation at a major finals should fill your very being with immense gratification, and give any individual excitement jitters of the like you would expect from a four year old visiting Santa's grotto.

Mexico vs United States, World Cup Qualifier: Open Thread

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One of the biggest clashes in world soccer happens tonight when the United States plays against Mexico in the fortress known as Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Mexico, who have drawn their first two matches of World Cup qualifying, will be desperate for a win tonight against their arch-enemy.

Luis Suárez Could Face FIFA Ban After Appearing to Punch Chile Defender: The Daily EPL

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The international break is over! Huzzah!

In today's news, Luis Suarez has gotten into trouble again. This time it's for punching an opposition footballer in the face during a World Cup qualifier match for Uruguay against Chile. The incident was captured on camera as Suarez punched Gonzalo Jara in the face.

Montenegro vs England, World Cup Qualifier: Open Thread

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England faces a tough match this evening with a World Cup qualifier match against Montenegro inPodgorica.

Roy Hodgson has made six changes to his England side. It's a strong lineup today for England, so they can't have any excuses against a tricky Montenegro side who will be buoyed by a vocal home support.

From Man Utd at £1bn to Wigan at £43m: What’s Your Club Really Worth?: The Nightly EPL

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Financial scholar Tom Markham has released a new academic report that zeros in on what each club's value is in the Premier League. Not surprisingly, Manchester United sit atop the Premier League club valuation chart. But there are several surprises that jump out such as Tottenham Hotspur having a greater value than Manchester City.

Rebecca Lowe Joins NBC Sports to Present Premier League Soccer to USA Beginning This August

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Rebecca Lowe will join NBC Sports this summer to present the Premier League to US viewers, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

Lowe is the first publicly announced member of the NBC Sports team that will bring the Premier League into the homes of soccer fans nationwide beginning August, 2013 when NBC takes over the US media rights from FOX Soccer.

Reading FC Appoint Nigel Adkins As New Manager: The Daily EPL

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Reading Football Club have announced that Nigel Adkins is their new manager. The former Southampton manager replaces Brian McDermott as the boss of The Royals. Adkins signed a three-year contract. His first match in charge of Reading is this Saturday against Arsenal. Talk about trial by fire!

What are your thoughts about Adkins becoming Reading manager?

Newcastle United May Tour United States This Summer

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Newcastle United may return to the United States this summer for another series of friendlies against American teams.

"We're looking at various scenarios," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. "Obviously, we had the disappointment of South Africa getting canceled on us last year.vThat's a process we don't want to repeat.

Come Fly With Us (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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International football means new things. Brazil is not far away now with just over 440 days to go. That means that the pod feel the urge to get excited about international football and look beyond their own borders. Where to start? Austria of course.

The pod also talk about the new FA Chairman; RVP calling names; and West Ham finding a new home.

USA Bound: Chelsea & Manchester City to Play 2 Friendlies Against Each Other in May: The Daily EPL

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Although not officially confirmed, it looks very likely that Chelsea and Manchester City will be heading to the United States in May to play two high-profile friendlies against each other. One will be in New York City, while the other one will be played in either St. Louis or Florida.

The two friendlies look set to happen after the Premier League season ends on May 19, and before England plays a friendly against the Republic Of Ireland on May 29 at Wembley.

New Close-Ups of England’s Away Shirt From Nike for 150 Year Anniversary [PHOTO]

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New close-ups of England's away shirt for 2013 have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed by Nike, for the first time, the close-up photos reveal a better glimpse of what the new England away shirts look like. The red polo shirt is simple and classy, and bolstered by the 150 year anniversary crest for England's Football Association.

Reading Ready to Make Fresh Approach to Former Southampton Manager Nigel Adkins: The Nightly EPL

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It's a quieter news day in the soccer world today, but the major story is that former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins may become the next manager of Reading Football Club.

This one seems like a desperate move to me after Gus Poyet turned down the opportunity to manage Reading. Adkins is a qualified manager, but he's comparable to Brian McDermott.

Craig Bellamy Dedicates Wales Victory Against Scotland To Tragic Gary Speed: The Daily EPL

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Welsh footballer Craig Bellamy has dedicated Wales's 2-1 victory against Scotland to Gary Speed. The comeback victory against the Scots at Hampden Park was vintage Gary Speed. Bellamy said, "That's how [Speed] educated us to play and the way we have to perform in every match."

Here are today's Premier League news headlines:

  • Wales star Craig Bellamy dedicates Scotland win to tragic Gary Speed — Wales Online
  • Aston Villa stats with and without Andrea Weimann — Reddit
  • Unknown Chelsea kid will earn £1.

Roy Hodgson Keeps His Counsel After England Fans Abuse Rio Ferdinand: The Daily EPL

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England manager Roy Hodgson took the high road yesterday after being asked what his opinion was regarding England fans singing abusive songs against Rio Ferdinand during the country's 8-0 victory against San Marino. Hodgson shrugged off the...

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USA Men’s National Team vs Costa Rica, World Cup Qualifier: Open Thread

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The US men's national team faces a must-win match tonight against Costa Rica in their path to try to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. After losing 2-1 to Honduras in February, it's imperative that the USA team gets three ... Continue...

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San Marino vs England, World Cup Qualifier: Open Thread

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While the US men's national team has the tricky match against Costa Rica later today (watch for the open thread on EPL Talk for that one), England faces a far easier opposition against European minnows San Marino. San Marino has ......

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FFS: World Cup Qualifiers, Tasty Tackles, Betting and Michael Owen

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With Uncle Roy Hodgson doing battle with the mighty San Marino, this week's FFS take a look at the international games ahead. Here's a quick preview of the Scotland and Wales game: Gareth Bale might start, as will 21 other ......

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West Ham United Set to Confirm 99-Year Lease Deal For Move to Olympic Stadium

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West Ham United have finally ironed out a deal to move into London's Olympic Stadium come the 2016-2017 season. The deal puts an end to a stop-start struggle that has lasted almost as long as construction on the Stratford ground ......

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West Ham Deal is ‘Biggest Mistake of Olympics’ Says Richard Caborn: The Daily EPL

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Today's news that West Ham United have signed a deal with the City of London to move into the Olympic Stadium in 2016 on a 99-year lease is a mammoth day in the history of the Premier League. The last ... Continue reading → West Ham...

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 30

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Before we dive into all of the international matches tomorrow, here are my adventures in Fantasy Premier League, gameweek 30 from last weekend. Fat but effective: Despite the post-Real Madrid transfer rumors, despite Robin van Persie's (13.7)...

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Top 10 Favorite Soccer Shirts of the Premier League Era

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In the two decades of the Premier League, there have been some cracking attempts at football kit designs. And also some shocking attempts. It's all a matter of opinion as to what kits you prefer and what kits you despise. ... Continue...

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New Close-Ups of England’s Home Shirt From Nike for 150 Year Anniversary [PHOTO]

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New close-ups of England's new home kit for 2013 designed by Nike have been leaked on the Internet. The new photos show more of the detail regarding the shirt and the Football Association's 150th year anniversary crest. The rounded...

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Gus Poyet Set for Reading Job as Brighton Take £2m Pay-Off: The Nightly EPL

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Reading are poised to announce Gus Poyet as their new manager to replace Brian McDermott who was sacked nine days ago. The Brighton and Hove Albion manager has steered the south coast club to seventh place in the Championship, just ... Continue...

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Qatar Kings (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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This international break is of decent length. It gives the pod some time to look around the world and see what's going on. As it happens, lies, sackings and misery – for some! For others there is nothing but opportunity. ... Continue...

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Rio Ferdinand to Travel to Qatar for England TV Gig Despite Pulling Out of Squad: The Daily EPL

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Despite Rio "in again, out again" Ferdinand pulling himself out of the England squad for the two key World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro due to fitness concerns, the Manchester United defender has decided to take a...

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Team GB Soccer Team Unlikely to Compete in 2016 Olympic Games, Says FA

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It will be unlikely that Team GB's soccer team will compete in the 2016 Olympic Games, according to FA secretary Alex Horne. Due to the popularity of the 2012 Olympic Games, people are now starting to look forward to the ... Continue...

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Reminder: Read ‘The Fix: Soccer And Organized Crime,’ This Month’s Book Discussion

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We're in an international break, so two things always happen. One, there's a lot less news as many footballers are training with their international teams in preparation for matches. And two, as a result, it often gets quite boring...

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Callum McManaman Incident Sets a Worrying Precedent For Future Over-The-Top Fouls: The Daily EPL

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I didn't get a chance to sound off on The FA's decision yesterday to not charge Callum McManaman for his horrific foul on Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara. The way I see it, The FA were going by the rules of ... Continue...

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How Would You Rate Harry Redknapp As a Football Manager?

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Depending on your school of thought, you may view Harry Redknapp as an expert football manager or a man who can only buy his way to success. On the positive side, Redknapp's man-management skills means that the whole club and ... Continue...

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England Away Shirt From Nike For 150 Year Anniversary: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of England's new red away kit has been leaked on the Internet. The shirt, designed by Nike, will be worn for the first time by England this Friday in the World Cup qualifier against San Marino. The shirt ... Continue reading...

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Clint Dempsey’s Season Of Discontent at Tottenham Hotspur

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Most Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been frustrated by Clint Dempsey's performances for the Lilywhites this season. On the popular Spurs Show podcast this week, Tottenham experts Barry Castagnola, Theo Delaney and Paul Hawksbee likened...

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Sir Alex Ferguson Shows His Influence Again Over Rio Ferdinand Saga: The Nightly EPL

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Either Rio Ferdinand is fit enough to play for England, or he isn't. And judging by Ferdinand's decision today to pull out of the England squad because he's unprepared for England's fitness and medical program, then what on...

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Michael Owen Announces He Is To Retire From Soccer At The End of the Season: The Daily EPL

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Michael Owen has announced that he plans on retiring from soccer at the end of this season, aged 33. The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and now Stoke City striker has decided to hang up his boots ... Continue...

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Why Rickie Lambert Deserves an England Call Up

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Rickie Lambert has scored in all four of England's top divisions, including 13 goals this season in the Premier League. The Scouser is currently the top English goalscorer in the top flight, and thus is deserving of a call-up to ......

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Watch Roy Hodgson’s England Press Conference Live At 10am ET

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England manager Roy Hodgson will be conducting a press conference today at 10am ET/2pm UK time, which will be streamed live on EPL Talk. Hodgson will be speaking to the media in preparation for Friday's World Cup qualifier against San ......

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3 of the Most Disappointing Professional Footballing Careers in Recent Memory

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It is a chain of events that happens all to often in soccer. A clubagrees a transferfor an attacking player, and fans flock to the Internet to check out the artistic video compilations made specifically by the countless unnamed. The ......

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5 Talking Points From Gameweek 30 of the Premier League

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With 10 matches being played over this weekend, we have plenty to talk about. 1. Despite an out of sorts number 20, Manchester United inch closer to title no. 20 What has happened to the talismanic Dutchman? Once considered as ... Continue...

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Roberto Martinez Defends Callum McManaman, ‘He’s Not That Type Of Player’: The Nightly EPL

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Roberto Martinez has defended Wigan footballer Callum McManaman for this tackle against Newcastle United'sMassadio Haidara. Here's what Martinez said in front of the BBC Sport cameras post match: "If you see a lot of [McManaman],...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 30 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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There were plenty of talking points in today's action in the Premier League. Plus, there were a couple of surprise results. If you missed any of today's four Premier League matches on gameweek 30, here are the highlights: Sunderland vs...

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Inertia Ultra (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Think of it this way: If they hadn't turned up then you wouldn't know that they could do so little and yet not achieve so much. Man City have truly handed the title to United this season. And whilst they ... Continue reading...

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Qatar Dream Football League: Full Text of The Times’ Article Admitting They Were Duped

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In today's edition ofThe Timesprint newspaper, Football Editor Tony Evans has written a column admitting that the paper made a mistake in publishing their article about the Dream Football League. One week ago, the exclusive articleby Oliver...

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Gary Neville Says Combining England Coaching & Doing Analysis For Sky Can’t Go On Forever: The Daily EPL

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Gary Neville, the gold standard for Premier League analysis, admits that he can't go on combining his expert analysis on Sky Sports at the same time as coaching the England national team. Say it isn't so, Gary! "The Sky job ......

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McManaman Commits Horror Tackle Against Newcastle And Doesn’t Even Get Carded [VIDEO]

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Wigan Athletic staged a late comeback against Newcastle United Sunday, but the 2-1 victory was marred by a horror tackle committed by Callum McManaman on Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara. Unbelievably, McManaman was not cautioned for the...

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West Ham Mortgage £60m of TV Money in Bid to Manage Debts: The Nightly EPL

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West Ham United are rolling the dice that they'll be in the Premier League next season by mortgaging the £60 million they expect to receive from TV revenue for the 2013-14 season to manage the club's debts. With Aston Villa ......

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 30 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Despite there being one nil-nil draw in the Premier League today, there were still 14 goals scored in the other five matches played for an average goals per game of 2.33. Compare that to 7 games in MLS today where ... Continue reading...

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

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Four matches are on deck todayin the Premier League — two of them are London derbies, and the other two are relegation battles. The early kick-off today is Sunderland against Norwich City. The Mackems sit just six points above the ... Continue...

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Manchester City Fan Invades Pitch and Pretends to be a City Footballer

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A Manchester City supporter invaded the pitch today during the pre-match warmup against Everton, and tried to pass himself off as one of the City footballers. The City supporter who was escorted off the field bears a striking resemblance to ......

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Martin O’Neill Says Sunderland Could Be Top 6 EPL Club If They Had Better Players: The Nightly EPL

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There's a British word that beautifully sums up a lot of the Premier League stories tonight — rubbish. Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill came out on Friday and said that his team could be a top six Premier League club if ... Continue...

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 29

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Gabriel Agbonlahor and the sad decline of Aston Villa Football Club: There's something awfully depressing about Aston Villa's recent slump – something that has everything to do with Gerard Houllier, Darren Bent (7.8) and even Emile "Really big in...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 30: Open Thread

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It's a big day in the Premier League today. Manchester City has an opportunity to close the gap near the top from 12 points to nine. Everton will be focused on bouncing back after their shocking 3-0 loss against Wigan ... Continue reading...

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Get Your Predictions In For Beat The Manager, Gameweek 30

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Here we are at gameweek 30 ofBeat The Manager,the online prediction game from EPL Talk. After gameweek 30 ends, we'll be giving away another Apple iPad Mini to one lucky person. If you haven't playedBeat The Managerbefore, start today. A ......

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Rio Ferdinand’s Recall Shows England Retirement is Not The Answer

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When Rio Ferdinand wasn't called up to Euro 2012 at the expense of John Terry, who at the time was on trial for the racist abuse of Rio's brother Anton, it seemed his England career was over. Ten months on, ... Continue reading → Rio...

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FFS: Majestic Messi, Red Nose Fergie and Reading Rudderless [VIDEO]

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There may not be a British side in the Champion's League, but who cares? It's not like the teams that got through could go toe-to-toe with the Prem teams week in and week out. Ahem. Well, we can dream. This ... Continue reading...

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Join the Live Google Hangout With Ian Wright and Soccer Bloggers Today at 4pm ET

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright will be participating in a live Google Hangout today alongside soccer bloggers from EPL Talk, Football Ramble, In Bed With Maradona, The 12th Man and A Football Report. Wrighty and the football bloggers — including EPL...

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Andre Villas-Boas Expects Inter Milan Punishment After ‘Racist Abuse’: The Nightly EPL

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Another night in Italy, and yet another night of racist abuse. Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas complained tonight about the racist abuse his players received at the hands of Inter Milan supporters in the San Siro. "It was very,...

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In oder aus? (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Out! Out! Out! Of the Champions League. Tragedy as Wenger claims that this is a wake-up call for English sides. In a podcast recorded before these comments were available the pod stab at the idea that going out of Europe ... Continue reading...

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Draw for Europa League Quarter-Finals: Newcastle-Benfica, Chelsea-Rubin & Spurs-Basel: The Daily EPL

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UPDATED: The draw for the quarter-final stage of the Europa League was made this morning, and the English clubs have three tough opponents to get through if they want to play in the semi-final stage of the tournament. Chelsea have ... Continue...

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Inter Milan vs Spurs, Chelsea vs Bucharest & Newcastle vs Anzhi, Europa League Round of 16, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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With Arsenal and Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League's hope for European glory this season rests on Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Newcastle United. Each of the three teams has a chance to make it into...

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Are Tottenham Hotspur Too Fragile to Remain in Third Place?

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I see a lot of promise in Tottenham Hotspur. I see a club inching its way to the top of the Premier League on the backs of four or five exciting young players, a club that is doing everything to ... Continue reading →

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Is it Too Soon For Paulo Di Canio To Manage Reading FC?

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Paulo Di Canio, fresh from his departure at Swindon Town, has stated that the time is right for him to govern a Premier League club. The maverick Italian has been linked to the vacant position at Reading — despite Reading ... Continue reading...

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Arsenal’s Champions League Exit a ‘Wake-up Call’ for English Football Says Wenger: The Nightly EPL

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Arsene Wenger has come out fighting after Arsenal's exit to Bayern Munich by saying that English football has received a wake-up call with no Premier League sides in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1996. Here's what he said...

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The Man Who Discovered David Beckham Dies, Age 76: The Daily EPL

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The man who discovered David Beckham has died at the age of 76. Stuart Underwood was Beckham's coach at his youth team Ridgeway Rovers in England. According to the Bournemouth Echo, Underwood coached Beckham for nine years after putting an...

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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal, Round of 16 2nd Leg UEFA Champions League: Open Thread

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No matter what Arsenal does today against Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League second leg match, the Gunners find themselves in an unwinnable situation. That is unless, of course, they perform a miracle and beat Bayern on aggregate. If...

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460,000 Fans Watch Manchester United-Chelsea FA Cup Match on FOX Soccer in US

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FOX Soccer recorded its most-watched FA Cup match ever when 460,000 viewers watched the FA Cup sixth round match between Manchester United and Chelsea on Sunday, March 10. The 2-2 result, which was commentated by Gus Johnson and Ian Wright, ......

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Who Would Be In Your Best Premier League XI Currently?

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This was a debate that came up recently, and I was keen to attempt to create my own current Premier League XI thinking that it would be a really easy task. It wasn't. I will endeavour to support my choices ... Continue reading →

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Chelsea Third Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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We've recently revealed what Chelsea's home and away shirts will be for the 2013-14 season, but now we have our hands on a leaked photo of Chelsea's third shirt for next season. Chelsea's third shirt for next season will be...

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Qatar to Release Plans For New Summer Tournament to Rival Champions League: The Nightly EPL

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The Qatari royal family are planning on releasing plans next month to launch a new soccer club tournament to be held every two years in Qatar and the neighboring Gulf states, according to an exclusive inThe Timesnewspaper. The tournament would...

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Qatari ‘Dream Football League’ a Hoax Say French Liars Who Began the Rumor: The Daily EPL

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The Times newspaper of London has egg on its face this morning after it's been revealed that their "exclusive" story about Qatar launching a 'Dream Football League' was a hoax. As was reported last night, the DFL was...

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Top 10 Goalkeepers in Premier League History

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The goalkeepers of the Premier League often get overlooked as people prefer to see goals scored rather than saved, but there have been some truly incredible goalkeepers who have graced our shores. H ere are my top 10 goalkeepers that ......

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Top 10 Mistakes That Gus Johnson Has Made Announcing Soccer

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Gus "Rise and fire" Johnson has made his name announcing American sports like college basketball, hockey and NFL, but now the king of the catchphrase has entered a new phase in his career announcing soccer games. Johnson has five games ......

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Chelsea Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Chelsea's new football shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet. Chelsea's home shirt for next season is designed and manufactured by Adidas, and sponsored by Samsung. The new design of Chelsea' home...

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Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere Ruled Out Until April: The Daily EPL

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The news continues to get worse for Arsenal. After last night when we revealed that Jack Wilshere would miss tomorrow's Champions League match against Bayern Munich, it's been confirmed by Arsenal today that he'll also miss this...

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Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere Out of Champions League Tie With Ankle Injury: The Nightly EPL

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Arsenal Football Club have been dealt a massive blow with the news that midfielder Jack Wilshere is a major doubt for Wednesday's Champions League match against Bayern Munich. The footballer is still recovering from an ankle injury, and will...

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Why Marouane Fellaini Needs to Leave Everton

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Marouane Fellaini's talent and immense potential are being wasted at Everton. The big Belgian midfielder has put himself on the radar of many huge clubs in Europe, most notably Manchester City, Chelsea, and Spurs. Everton is rumored to list...

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Reading Sack Manager Brian McDermott

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Reading Football Club have sacked manager Brian McDermott with immediate effect. McDermott's last match in charge of Reading was their 2-1 home loss against Aston Villa this past Saturday in the relegation battle. "Owner Anton...

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Why Romelu Lukaku Deserves His Chance at Chelsea This Summer

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It is fast becoming a familiar sight — the big man up top, barging a defender out of the way to score and haul his side level, this time against Swansea at the weekend, notching his fourth goal in five ... Continue reading →

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Chelsea’s Rafa Benitez Claims Sir Alex Ferguson Snubbed Handshake: The Nightly EPL

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Here we go again. The tension between managers Rafa Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson was increased today after Benitez claimed that Ferguson snubbed a handshake before today's FA Cup quarter-final match kicked off at Old Trafford. According to...

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Bale-Out (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Chelsea visited Manchester United and politics followed. Rafa didn't get a handshake from Sir Alex as the manager tried to hide his frustration at another collapse in Manchester. Frustration on Fergie's part is understandable. Rafa...

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British Soccer Commentator Tony Gubba Dies Aged 69

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Tony Gubba, one of the most recognizable voices of British football, died today of a short illness, aged 69. The Match Of The Day commentator joined BBC Sport in 1972 replacing David Coleman as the presenter of the Sportsnight program. ......

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Ian Wright’s Embarrassing Commentary Against Chelsea Fans On FOX Soccer Sours A Brilliant Game

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FOX Soccer's adventures in providing its own commentary for the most high profile European soccer matches of 2013 took another embarrassing turn Sunday afternoon. This time it was for the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester United and...

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Watch the Live Draw For the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup [VIDEO]

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Watch the live draw for the semi-finals of the FA Cup on EPL Talk today beginning at 2:30pm ET. Peter Schmeichel and Edgar Davids will be at Wembley Stadium to conduct the draw alongside presenter Mark Pougatch. Schmeichel and Davids ......

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Sir Alex Ferguson Says Wayne Rooney Will Be Offered a New Deal: The Daily EPL

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Sir Alex Ferguson has come out on the offensive today in defense of Wayne Rooney. According toThe Guardian, "Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a fierce defence of Wayne Rooney, stating his determination to keep the striker at Manchester United,...

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FA Cup 6th Round and Premier League Sunday Gameweek 29: Open Thread

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Other than world peace, one of my wishes is that there was a universal daylight savings time change instead of the United States and other countries changing it at different times of the year. While the clocks have gone ahead ... Continue...

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4 FA Cup Videos To Get You In The Mood for Manchester United-Chelsea [VIDEO]

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After today's FA Cup matches, the names of Wigan Athletic and Manchester City are in the hat for the semi-final draw tomorrow, which EPL Talk will be bringing you live at 2:30pm ET. Unless there are draws after the final ... Continue...

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4 Reasons to Be Optimistic After Manchester United’s Loss to Real Madrid

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For Manchester United, this past Tuesday night's Champions League second leg at Old Trafford was disappointing, to say the least. As the final whistle blew, United supporters and players alike felt cheated out of a tie which they looked set ......

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Everton Hit by Tim Howard Blow as Injured Keeper Faces 6 Weeks Out: The Daily EPL

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Here are today's Premier League news headlines: Everton hit by Tim Howard blow as injured keeper faces six weeks out — The Mail Swansea extend Michael Laudrup's contract until 2015 — The Telegraph Liverpool has announced a new 6-tier...

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FA Cup 6th Round and Premier League Saturday Gameweek 29: Open Thread

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There are six matches on deck today —two in the FA Cup and four from the Premier League. Kicking off the action is the early match between Everton and Wigan Athletic, two teams who are already dreaming of getting closer ... Continue reading...

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Get Your Predictions In For Beat The Manager, Gameweek 29

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Gameweek 29 is almost upon us, and there are six Premier League matches in store this weekend. We're getting closer to the next stage ofBeat The Manager,the online prediction game from EPL Talk. After gameweek 30 ends, we'll be giving ......

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FFS: A Real Madrid Win, How Chelsea Pick Managers And a Fergie Time Song

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The all new FFS Friday Football Special is published. In the week that Man United were toppled by a Turkish ref, FFS looks at the fall out of the game, gets exclusive insight into how Chelsea select their ... Continue reading...

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FOX Sports Still Deciding What To Do With FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer Plus, Says Spokesman

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After FOX's announcement of the forthcoming launch of FOX Sports 1, the future of FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go has yet to be decided according to a FOX Sports spokesperson. "We're still assessing how to best ......

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FOX Soccer Nets 520,000 Viewers for Live Broadcast of Man United-Real Madrid

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FOX Soccer's telecast of Manchester United against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League was viewed by 520,000 people in the United States on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The broadcast was the third most-watched game in FOX Soccer's...

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Queens Park Rangers’ Accounts Reveal Worrying Future If Relegated: The Nightly EPL

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Queens Park Rangers could be doomed financially if they are relegated at the end of this season revealsGuardianreporter David Conn. It was revealed earlier today that the club has debts of over £85 million — and that's even before their...

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Sir Alex Ferguson Insists Wayne Rooney Will Stay at Manchester United Next Season: The Daily EPL

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Shock! Horror! After two days of BS stories by most of the British press as well as ESPN FC, their reports about Wayne Rooney and Manchester United splitting ways were nonsense, conjured up by the media to sell newspapers and ... Continue...

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The Evolution Of British Soccer Fans From Neanderthals to Warriors of the Light

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Football journalist Gabriele Marcotti, a self-pronounced European football expert and intellectual, proudly considers himself to be part of an enlightened group he refers to as ‘Warriors of the Light'. This is in reference to any coaches, players or...

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Anzhi vs Newcastle, Bucharest vs Chelsea and Spurs vs Inter Milan, Europa League: Open Thread

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Unless Arsenal can pull off a miracle in Germany next week, England's best hopes of a European trophy this season comes down to either Chelsea, Tottenham or Newcastle United. All three sides are in action today in the Round of ... Continue...

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FOX Lowers The Bar On Televised Soccer Games With ‘American Voice’ Gus Johnson

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While soccer fans in the United States were glued to their TV sets and Internet on Tuesday afternoon to watch Manchester United against Real Madrid on FOX Soccer, a major announcement was happening at the same time in New York ... Continue...

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How Well Does Your Premier League Team Convert Chances?: The Daily EPL

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The folks over at EPL Index have shared some very revealing research that dissects how well, or not, Premier League sides are doing at converting their chances to score. Not surprisingly, Manchester United is in first place with a 21% ......

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Real-ly (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Multiple competitions can be cruel at any one time, oh how a season can change. Yet, United fans still have two competitions to look on favourably as they saw their team crash out of the Champions League unceremoniously, through a ... Continue...

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British Tabloids Conjure Up Tales Of Wayne Rooney Heading Out of Manchester United: The Nightly EPL

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The British tabloids have pounced on the story about Wayne Rooney's exclusion from the Manchester United side that started against Real Madrid, and now are jumping to conclusions that the star striker will be leaving the club this summer. This...

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Does Being Older Make Someone a Better Soccer Fan?

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It is an assumption made over and over again in soccer circles. "I've been supporting them for forty years, so I know what is right." Or it's "You didn't know what it was like, you weren't there." Does this really ......

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Classic Brian Clough Interview By TV Presenter David Frost, 1974 [VIDEO]

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Shortly after getting the sack from Leeds United, football manager Brian Clough sat down with TV presenter David Frost for an exclusive interview. I've never seen this one before today, but it's a must-see for anyone who has any respect...

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9 Premier League Transfers That Would Be Ideal For Both Player and Club

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Some teams struggle to find two fit attackers at a time while others have a surplus of strikers. Some players are over-qualified at bottom clubs while others hardly deserve to be in the Premier League. For a change of pace, ... Continue reading...

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Why Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck Is In A League Of His Own

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On the day after one of the most controversial Champions League matches in recent years, Danny Welbeck played instead of Wayne Rooney in one of the biggest games in his short but glittering career. The Salford born youngster has matured ......

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Manchester United vs Real Madrid, Champions League Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In case you missed it or if you want to watch it again, here are the highlights from Real Madrid against Manchester United, the UEFA Champions League game that was played on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. In this Round of ... Continue reading →

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UEFA Have ‘No Problem’ With Ref Cuneyt Cakir Following Red Card for Nani: The Daily EPL

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UEFA have come out and said that they have no problem with referee Cuneyt Cakir's performance yesterday at Old Trafford after he controversially sent off Nani for a dangerous foul. While many United fans will still cheated, I think it ......

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 28

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While we're still recovering from England's best hope of winning a Champions League trophy getting knocked out of the tournament yesterday, here are my notes and observations from gameweek 28 in the Fantasy Premier League: Kagawa scores...

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Rafael Should Have Been Sent Off After Nani Red Card Says Graham Poll: The Nightly EPL

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Former Premier League referee Graham Poll believes that Manchester United were lucky not to have Rafael da Silva sent off Tuesday night after Nani got red carded in the UEFA Champions League. A few minutes after Nani received his marching ......

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End Is Near for FOX Soccer With FOX Sports 1 to Begin Broadcasting Soccer In August

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FOX's announcement today that its Speed Channel will be rebranded as FOX Sports 1 this August means that FOX Soccer's days as a 24/7 soccer network are numbered. FOX Sports 1 will launch as a 24/7 sports network on August ......

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Nani Gets Sent Off For Dangerous Play [GIF] – What’s Your Opinion About the Decision?

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In very controversial circumstances, Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League Tuesday night by Real Madrid after the Spanish giants won 2-1 (and 3-2 on aggregate). Manchester United were the better side for the first half, and...

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Manchester United vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League 2nd Leg Round of 16: Open Thread

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Manchester United has been cruising through this Premier League season with a 12-point lead at the top of the table. But today will mark their greatest test since the 2012-13 season kicked off eight months ago. Today one of the ... Continue...

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Who’s Your Manchester Utd Starting XI vs Real Madrid?

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What starting lineup will Sir Alex Ferguson select today in the UEFA Champions League match against Real Nadrid? Post yours in the comments section below. Sir Alex Ferguson says that Ryan Giggs will play a part in the match, which ... Continue...

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Where Will You Be Watching Manchester Utd vs Real Madrid?

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In today's biggest soccer match of the 2012-13 season so far, Manchester United hosts Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League match that Jose Mourinho says the world will be watching. But where will you be watching it? Post your ......

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Gary Neville Dissects Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal With Yet More Brilliant Analysis: The Nightly EPL

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Gary Neville does it once again with brilliant analysis that you're not going to see anywhere else on television. In the pre-match for Aston Villa-Manchester City on Sky Sports, Neville dissected the defensive mistakes that both...

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Arsenal Plan £8m Summer Move for Swansea Defender Ashley Williams: The Daily EPL

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Arsenal is interested in signing Swansea City central defender Ashley Williams for £8 million this summer according to an exclusive inThe Guardianby reporter Daniel Taylor. Taylor's exclusive contains zero sources listed, no quotes (not even...

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Is the EPL Americanizing the UK or Is the League Anglicizing the USA?

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The Gaffer's food column last week got me to thinking. Are we Americanizing the UK or are they Anglicizing the US? For myself, I'm none too sure. I mean, I've just spent a Sunday morning making a breakfast out of ... Continue reading →

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Aston Villa vs Manchester City, Premier League Gameweek 28: Open Thread

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With so much of the media's attention focused on tomorrow's Champions League match between Manchester United and Real Madrid, it's easy to forget about today's important Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester...

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FOX Soccer Does The Harlem Shake [VIDEO]

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A tip of the hat to FOX Soccer for putting together their own version of The Harlem Shake featuring several of their production team having a blast in one of the meeting rooms at FOX's offices in Los Angeles. We've ... Continue...

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London Is Good? (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The league is not decided: on whether to let QPR stay or go. Whilst they might be halfway out the door anyway, it was a good weekend for London as they sat in the spotlight. Wenger might not have enjoyed ... Continue reading →

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Andre Villas-Boas Says Arsenal Are in ‘Negative Spiral’ After Defeat: The Nightly EPL

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In what could be the turning point of the season, Tottenham Hotspur defeated Arsenal today in the Premier League to forge a 7 point lead and to push Spurs into third place. Post match, Villas-Boas was in confident mood saying ... Continue...

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Phil Jones Ruled Out of Man Utd v Real Madrid by Sir Alex Ferguson: The Daily EPL

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Manchester United has been dealt a blow before tomorrow's match against Real Madrid with the news that Phil Jones has been ruled out of the match. The versatile footballer, who can play both defense and midfield, is injured and has ......

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Where the Trequartista Fits in With Premier League Sides

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Recently in England there's been an obsession with the playmaker. Every side has one or more, even teams fighting to avoid relegation like QPR and Southampton. The recent infatuation with creativity and technique is a classic case of sides copying...

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Are You For Or Against Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger?

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Following Arsenal's 2-1 loss in the north London derby, questions have to be asked about Arsene Wenger's grip on the club he has managed since 1996. Wenger has been regarded as one of the greatest managers in Europe. His revolution...

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The Piers Morgan Show On FOX Soccer: What’s Your Opinion?

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FOX Soccer is pulling out of the stops today by featuring opinionated Arsenal supporter and TV host Piers Morgan in its pre-match, half-time and post game analysis for the Tottenham Hotspur-Arsenal coverage. While I hope that the match itself will...

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 28: Open Thread

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Today's match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal is arguably one of the biggest Premier League matches for the next few weeks especially if you consider the race for the Premier League title to be over. Unusually, Tottenham is the clear...

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Kroenke Has ‘No Intention’ of Selling Arsenal Stake Despite Bid Reports: The Daily EPL

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Not surprisingly, Arsenal Football Club has come out and denied the reports that the club has received a bid from a Middle East consortium to buy out the club. Yesterday's story reported that the bid was a few weeks away, ... Continue...

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Premier League Saturday Gameweek 28 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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While most of the attention this weekend will be on tomorrow's north London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, there were still plenty of absorbing matches to watch this Saturday. In total, there were 22 goals today for an average...

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Arsenal Target of £1.5bn Takeover Bid from Middle East Consortium: The Nightly EPL

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Both the Sunday Telegraph and Sun newspapers are reporting in tomorrow's editions that Arsenal will be the subject of a £1.5 billion bid in the next few weeks from a Middle Eastern investment. The consortium — which has investors in ......

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‘The Fix: Soccer And Organized Crime’ is This Month’s Book Club Selection, Join the Discussion!

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You, the readers, have spoken. The book discussion selection for March is the very timely international bestseller entitled The Fix: Soccer And Organized Crime by author and investigative journalist Declan Hill. In a recent article by Declan Hill in...

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Arsene Wenger Hasn’t Made Tactical Plans to Stop Gareth Bale: The Nightly EPL

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The more that time passes, the more I wonder how out-of-touch Arsene Wenger is with modern day football management. He admitted in his press conference this morning that his team hasn't made any tactical plans to stop Gareth Bale. Instead,...

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Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 28: Open Thread

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Ryan Giggs will play his 1,000th senior appearance today (as long asSir Alex Ferguson doesn't spoil the plot). If he does play for the Red Devils, it'll be 22 years to the day when he made his debut for United ... Continue reading...

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5 Footballers I Would Have Loved Manchester United to Have Signed

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In the Premier League era, Manchester United like every other club have been linked with a lot of players in the build-up to and during transfer windows. Most of the time it is hard to establish which rumors are ... Continue reading...

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Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 27

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A little late this week, but here are my notes and observations from gameweek 27 in the Fantasy Premier League: Americans! In the Premier League! Brek Shea (5.0) made his Stoke debut in a game that I imagine most of ... Continue reading →

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Decide Which Book Should Be March’s EPL Talk Book Discussion Selection [POLL]

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EPL Talk has wrapped up two book discussions so far this year — Soccernomics 2.0, and The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw. But now it's time to pick a book to read for March, so I thought I'd ask you ... Continue reading →

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FFS: Rafa Benitez’s Rant, Ferguson Team Talk and Gareth Bale Force [VIDEO]

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In the week that Rafa ranted, FFS brings an alternative look at football. Barry Deane presents a packed show featuring an exclusive look at an Alex Ferguson team talk, an appeal for Sid Down and a song for the Welsh ... Continue reading →

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10 Controversial Premier League Moments

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Many consider the Premier League to be the best football league in the world. With teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, there has never been a shortage of talent on display in England's top...

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Get Your Predictions in for Beat The Manager Gameweek 28

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We're getting closer to the next stage ofBeat The Manager,the online prediction game from EPL Talk. After gameweek 30 ends, we'll be giving away another Apple iPad Mini to one lucky person. If you haven't playedBeat The...

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Ryan Giggs Signs New One-Year Contract Extension with Manchester United: The Daily EPL

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Manchester United's Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year extension to his contract at the Old Trafford club, which means incredibly we'll see him play his 23rd year season as a first team player at the club. Giggs is set to ... Continue...

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