EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund: Madrid’s Wasteful Shooting Cost Them

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Jose Mourinho made two changes from the first leg. Angel Di Maria replaced Luka Modric, with the latter dropping into midfield in place of the more industrious and defensive-minded Sami Khedira. Michael Essien replaced Pepe, with Sergio Ramos shifting across to centre-back.

Jurgen Klopp on the other hand, named the same side that trounced Los Blancos 4-1 last week.

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Match Highlights, Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg [VIDEO]

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Borussia Dortmund have booked a place in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Final after defeating Real Madrid on aggregate.

The Bundesliga side won the first leg 4-1 in German two weeks ago, so Real Madrid were chasing a three-nil victory. While it looked unlikely that Real Madrid could score in this match, the Spanish side began a late push that helped create an amazing end to the match.

Jose Mourinho Drops Another Hint He’ll Return To Manage in Premier League This Summer [VIDEO]

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In Jose Mourinho's post-match interview with ITV, the Real Madrid manager dropped another major hint that he'll be moving to England this summer to manage one of the top teams in the Premier League.

Speaking after Real Madrid got knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Borussia Dortmund, Mourinho was asked whether he would be with Real Madrid next season.

Stoke City to Face Houston Dynamo On US Tour This July

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Stoke City will face Houston Dynamo in their first match of their 2013 US summer tour, the club announced today.

The exhibition match between Stoke and Houston will be played on July 24, just two days after the Potters arrive Stateside from England. The match will be for the annualBBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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The front cover of today's Marca newspaper in Spain sums it up beautifully. A three-nil win today for Real Madrid is all the side needs to reach the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.

That's easier said than done. After Real Madrid lost 4-1 against Dortmund in Germany two weeks ago, Jose Mourinho's team has a massive hurdle in front of them if they want to play either Bayern Munich or Barcelona in the final.

How Mauricio Pochettino Can Take Southampton To The Next Level

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With Southampton all but safe in the Premier League for another season, the newly promoted club can now look towards the future and plan ahead for next season's expectations. Prior to the 3-0 loss against West Bromwich Albion, there were talks about possible qualification for Europe through the Fair Play league, but the two red cards shown to Danny Fox and Gaston Ramirez shattered those prospects.

Why Carlo Ancelloti Would Be a Perfect Replacement for Roberto Mancini As Manchester City Manager

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Roberto Mancini has had a fantastic run at Manchester City, which isn't surprising because Roberto Mancini is an accomplished manager. Four league titles in just under a decade of management at the top of European football will attest to that. But as of late, things have become fractious at the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool Star Philippe Coutinho Has Brightened Up Liverpool’s Second Half of Season

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Philippe Coutinho has taken to English soccer like a duck to water, having immediately adapted into Liverpool's playing style. The Brazilian signed for the Reds in January for a reported £8.5m fee and has already shown his worth in a Liverpool shirt as the 2012-13 season draws to a close.

There was a great expectation when Coutinho arrived at Anfield and he has excelled brilliantly since stepping onto the pitch.

Aston Villa vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 35 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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The battle near the bottom of the Premier League got even more interesting after tonight's surprising result between Aston Villa and Sunderland.

If you missed the match, or want to see the highlights again, here are the highlights from Aston Villa against Sunderland, which was played on April 29, 2013 in gameweek 35 of the Premier League:


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Gary Neville Explains What’s Gone Wrong at Newcastle United [VIDEO]

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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville sat down tonight and explained to viewers why he thinks Newcastle United have fallen apart this season, saying that "The soul and identity has been ripped out of the club."

In previous weeks when Neville has shared his wisdom, it's been by analyzing replays of matches and pointing out things that are often overlooked.

Arsène Wenger Poised to End Arsenal Reign And Move To Paris St-Germain, Says Report: The Nightly EPL

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French newspaper Le Parisien is reporting that Arsene Wenger is scheduled to meet with Paris Saint-Germain owners next week, while current PSG manager looks likely to replace Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

When Wenger was asked about the French rumors recently, here's what he said:

"First of all I don't know too much about what's been said about me.

Arsenal Planning Talks to Determine Arsene Wenger’s Future: The Daily EPL

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Arsenal are confident that Arsene Wenger will continue as the club's manager next season and will honor the rest of his contract, which expires at the end of the 2013-14 season.

It's understood that Wenger will meet with Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis in a few weeks to identify transfer targets.

The Real Oviedo Story, Trailer [VIDEO]

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Last November, The Guardian's Sid Lowe wrote an inspired piece about the remarkable story of Real Oviedo, a club that plays in the third tier of Spanish football.

The club were close to going out of existence, but thousands of people from around the world —including Michu and Santi Cazorla from the Premier League —pitched in and gave donations to save the club.

Arsenal Are Overachieving, And That’s Exactly Their Problem

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Another season is coming down the home stretch, and once again Arsenal are overachieving.

Yes, Arsenal are overachieving.

The Gunners are gunning for the Champions League places with a puncher's chance at third, and a realistic shot at fourth. Arsenal are favorites to play in Europe's top club competition for the 17thstraight year, a streak only eclipsed in English football by Manchester United.

Ale Bout Gareth (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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On Sunday's pod we discuss the fall out from the weekend's events.

In section one the pod discuss deadlock at the DW as Gareth Bale's out Spurs and Callum proves he might just be the McManaman for Wigan. We also look at Manchester City's Hart problems as Joe lets a clean sheet slip through his fingers.

Aston Villa vs Sunderland, Premier League Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has dubbed today's game against Aston Villa "their Champions League Final." Both clubs are incredibly desperate for a win to push them away from the dangers of the relegation zone in an important season for the league where next year's TV money kicks in to bring many more millions to Premier League sides.

Manchester City Inching Closer to Signing Manuel Pellegrini As New Manager, Says Report

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Manchester City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain met with Manuel Pellegrini's agent today suggesting that talks may be ongoing to bring Malaga manager Pellegrini to England to replace manager Roberto Mancini, according to a report in the Spanish media.

Two weeks ago,The Telegraphreported that Pellegrini's agent had talks with Chelsea about becoming their next manager.

DISH Network Agrees Deal With NBC Sports to Carry NBC Sports Live Extra: Great News For EPL Fans

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Great news for soccer fans in the US. DISH Network has agreed a deal with NBC Sports to provide its subscribers with access to NBC Sports Live Extra.

That means that when the next Premier League season begins on August 17, 2013, DISH Network subscribers who subscribe to NBC Sports Network will have also have access to every single Premier League match shown live on the web, mobile and tablet devices via the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

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

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A photo of what appears to be Manchester City's away shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

The black shirt with gold trim is designed and manufactured by Nike. The shirt features a black rounded collar and what appears to be black buttons on the front of the jersey. Overall, while basic, the shirt design in my opinion is clean, unique and classy — something that City supporters would proudly wear either at a match or out at night.

Why Manager David Moyes Needs to Sign a New Contract At Everton

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There has been much talk about the legacy David Moyes would leave at Everton if he was to walk away this summer. Some say Everton should be thankful for the manner in which he has established them in the Premier League. The more ambitious say he will leave Everton with an aging squad bereft of a winning mentality.

QPR Supporters Upset at Jose Bosingwa For Laughing After Club Is Relegated: The Daily EPL

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Queens Park Rangers supporters are upset at defender Jose Bosingwa who was caught laughing and smiling after the club were relegated after the end of yesterday's nil-nil draw against Reading.

Bosingwa was snapped laughing and smiling on his way down the tunnel. The timing of Bosingwa's good mood was incredibly inconsiderate to QPR supporters and the club.

Arsenal vs Manchester United Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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While both teams may have been disappointed with the final result, there were plenty of highlights in an entertaining but rough match between Arsenal and Manchester United. Plus, there was the guard of honor and the return of Robin van Persie to Arsenal's ground.

Here are the match highlights from Arsenal against Manchester United in the Premier League, gameweek 35 that was played on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Chelsea vs Swansea and Reading vs QPR Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In today's matches, Chelsea played Swansea City with the Blues wanting to get all three points in order to try to get closer to securing a top four finish and UEFA Champions League qualification. Against a Swansea City side that saw the return of left back Neil Taylor who had a near-season long injury, could Chelsea win at home?

Gareth Bale Becomes 3rd Man To Be Crowned PFA POTY & Young POTY In Same Season: The Nightly EPL

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Gareth Bale has become just the third man to be crowned PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year in the same season. Bale picked up the two trophies tonight in an awards ceremony, and joins Andy Gray and Cristiano Ronaldo on the proud achievement.

Meanwhile in London, the Professional Footballers' Association named their PFA Team of the Year, which was:

De Gea (Manchester United), Zabaleta (Manchester City), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Baines (Everton), Hazard (Chelsea), Carrick (Manchester United), Mata (Chelsea), Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Suarez (Liverpool), Van Persie (Manchester United)

What's your opinion about the PFA Team of the Year and whether there are any glaring omissions or players you feel that shouldn't have been selected?

Robin van Persie Scores For Manchester United Against Arsenal [VIDEO]

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You had to know it was going to happen.

On his return to the Emirates Stadium, Robin van Persie scored against his old club Arsenal on Sunday with a brilliantly-taken penalty kick to tie the game 1-1 at half-time between Arsenal and Manchester United.

Late in the first half, with van Persie storming into the Arsenal penalty area, defender Bacary Sagna attempted to tackle the ball away from the Dutch striker, but he ended up knocking van Persie to the ground before he touched the ball.

Reading vs QPR, Chelsea vs Swansea & Arsenal vs Manchester United: Open Thread

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Three matches, each with their own story lines. Reading against QPR is the battle of the soon-to-be relegated teams. Which one still has some fighting spirit left? Which one wants to try to avoid being the bottom club in the Premier League this season? Which manager is still able to motivate his players no matter what the predicament his team and players face?

Gareth Bale is PFA Player Of The Year for 2012-13, Says Report: The Nightly EPL

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Although the PFA Player of the Year Award won't be officially announced until Sunday night,The Sunnewspaper is reporting that Gareth Bale has won the award and has achieved the honor of winning it for the second time alongside other two-time winners Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ray Hudson Calls Messi’s Goal ‘Footballing Magic That Belongs In Another Galaxy’ [VIDEO]

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On a depressing day for Newcastle United supporters worldwide, one Geordie was grinning from ear to ear today after commentating on a simply sensational goal by Lionel Messi for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao.

beIN SPORT commentator, and Newcastle United fan and former United footballer, Ray Hudson was the co-commentator as Messi went on a dazzling run past four defenders to slot the ball into the back of the net.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 35 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Bloody hell! On a Saturday where I thought that most of the matches were dead rubbers, the Premier League came alive today with red cards, a thrashing, brilliant end-to-end football, a club escaping the relegation zone, a side moving closer to Europe and much more.

Here are the highlights from Premier League Saturday, gameweek 35 that were played on April 27, 2013.

Angry Wolves Fans Invade Pitch After Burnley Defeat [VIDEO]

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Staring in the face of two consecutive relegations, supporters of Wolverhampton Wanderers took to the pitch today after their team lost 2-1 at Molineux.

An angry mob of Wolves supporters invaded the pitch, kicked and pushed stewards and kicked down an advertising board. They gesticulated at the Wolves board, and displayed their anger at the team's dire position.

The Richest Footballers in the Premier League [GIF]

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The Sunday Timesnewspaper will publish their list of the richest Premier League players tomorrow, but here's a sneak peek.

Manchester United playmaker Wayne Rooney tops the list with an estimated wealth of £45 million in the year 2012. He's joined in the top 10 by fellow United teammates Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs.

Unbelievable Ending to Brentford-Doncaster Match [VIDEO]

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Don't be surprised if some of the Brentford fans had heart attacks today. In last week's match against Sheffield United, there were three red cards and four penalties awarded in their match. And then today, with Brentford needing a win to secure promotion, they were awarded a last minute penalty. If Brentford scored, they would have been promoted.

Gus Johnson to Make His Return To Commentating On Soccer With Barca-Bayern Match

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Gus Johnson has returned from the wilderness.

Controversial soccer announcer Gus Johnson will make his return to soccer commentating on Wednesday, May 1 for the return leg between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The game will be shown live on FX beginning at 2:45pm ET.

FOX Soccer 2Gowill be offering two streams of the commentary — one with Gus Johnson and one without (using the Sky Sports feed instead).

Liverpool Are Next In Line For Major Qatari Investment, Says Report

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Liverpool Football Club could be the next Premier League in line for major Qatari investment, according to a report published last night by Al Jazeera Sport.

The report states that Qatari telecommunications company Ooredoo is interested in investing significant amounts of money into the Anfield club in order to break into the Asian market.

Roberto Mancini Picks Luis Suarez As His Player Of The Year

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has picked Luis Suarez as his Player of the Year.

The winners of this year's PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year will be announced Sunday night, but Mancini believes Suarez should win it.

"I don't know Suarez as a man, I know him as a player and this year he was one of the best in the Premier League," said Mancini.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale Scores Bizarre Goal After Defensive Blunder By Wigan [VIDEO]

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Gareth Bale took advantage of a bizarre defensive blunder by Wigan Athletic today to open up the scoring at the DW Stadium.

Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa and goalkeeper Joel Robles were passing the ball back and forth in their own area until Bale capitalized on an opportunity to pressure Robles, and rushed down on the ball to rebound it into the back of the net.

Manchester City’s Joe Hart Has A Day Not To Remember With Blunder Against West Ham [GIF]

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Poor Joe Hart. The Manchester City goalkeeper had a day not to remember today when West Ham United striker Andy Carroll took a shot, only for the ball to embarrassingly go under Joe Hart's legs and into the back of the net.

Carroll brilliantly chested the ball down to create space and then unleashed a shot right at Joe Hart, but the ball crept between his legs.

Hartlepool Supporters Dressed As Penguins Storm Through London Underground [PHOTOS]

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Hartlepool United supporters dressed up as penguins stormed through the London Underground today on the way to their match against Crawley Town.

Even though the League One club will be relegated this season to League Two, their supporters are still in buoyant mood. Their fancy dress escapades typically happen when they visit the London area from the North East of England.

Gareth Bale Will Stay If Tottenham Finish Fourth, Says Villas-Boas: The Nightly EPL

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There's good news and bad news tonight for Tottenham Hotspur fans. According to manager Andre Villas-Boas, he's been told by the club that Gareth Bale will stay at the club next season if Spurs finish in the top four next month.

That's the good news. The bad news is that Bale's future will seriously be in doubt if Tottenham falter at the finish line and end up in fifth spot.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 35: Open Thread

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Now that we're just a few weeks from the end of the Premier League season and the title has already been wrapped up, the number of matches that have massive consequences has dwindled to a few.

Out of the six Premier League matches today, the two that have the most impact are Wigan versus Tottenham (the battle to avoid relegation versus the battle to get a UEFA Champions League slot) and Stoke versus Norwich, with the Potters needing a win that should be enough to guarantee Premier League safety for another season.

Clint Dempsey’s Tottenham Season Is Turning Around After Improved Performances

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A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about Clint Dempsey and his season at Tottenham being, well, not up to par. Since then, Deuce has seemingly woke up. He has scored 3 goals in the past 2 games, and he has figured out what he needs to do to improve his perceived ineffectiveness.

I was pretty hard on Dempsey because to me it looked like he wanted to earn his spot in the starting eleven his way, and didn't want to change his playing style to fit the system.

Don Garber Complains There’s Too Much Soccer On TV; Wants NFL Model Instead

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MLS Commissioner Don Garber has lost his marbles. In an interview yesterday with AP Sports Editors, Garber said:

"There's more soccer on [US] television than any other sport by far. You've got European soccer. You've got Mexican soccer. You've got Major League Soccer. There's way too much soccer on television.

Barcelona Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Up-Close Images [PHOTOS]

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New images of Barcelona's home shirt for the 2013-14 season have been released.

Love or hate the team, there's no denying that Barcelona's home shirt for next season is noticeably different. One of the most unique aspects is the bands near the bottom of the sleeve, which is something I haven't seen before.

Inter Milan Fined £37k By UEFA For Racist Abuse Against Tottenham Hotspur

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Inter Milan have been fined £37,862 by UEFA for the conduct of its fans during the Europa League game against Tottenham Hotspur from March 14.

Inter Milan fans were accused of racist abuseagainst Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

At the time of the incident, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said, "It was very, very easy to hear the chanting so I am sure that Uefa will act on it.

Premier League Predictions at Your Fingertips With SpoW Football App

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The English Premier League is breathtaking, unpredictable and as exciting as any football division on the planet, with drama at both the top and bottom of the table currently. Manchester United may have already clinched the title but there are still the European berths to be decided with only two points separating Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham at third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Friday Football Special: Premier League, Squeaky Bums and Biting Issues [VIDEO]

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Just as every gag about Luis Suarez biting into something has been exhausted, along comes the all new FFS with gags a-plenty about everything else in football. Watch Professor Stat offer analysis of Geordie match attire, Agent Bond given a Mission Impossible and a song about squeaky bum time.

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Swansea City Linked With Sevilla and Spain Striker Alvaro Negredo: The Daily EPL

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After Everton reportedly opened talks with Sevilla to try to sign Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo in the January transfer window, but the deal ultimately failed, Swansea are the latest club who have allegedly expressed an interest in signing the gifted centre-forward according to media in Spain.

With Spain's unemployment rate over 25% and Sevilla struggling financially, it looks very likely that Negredo will leave Spain this summer.

Arsenal In Talks With Fiorentina Over Montenegro Striker Stevan Jovetic: The Nightly EPL

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Arsenal are in talks with Fiorentina over £25 million-rated striker Stevan Jovetic, according to a newspaper report.

There's been rumors for a few weeks about Jovetic, the skillful Montenegro striker, being linked with Arsenal, but his £25 million price tag may be too much for Arsenal even if Arsene Wenger is being handed a larger-than-usual transfer kitty reportedly of £70 million this summer.

4 Reasons to Get Excited About FIFA 14

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Following up on last week's announcement of FIFA 14′s new features, I'm always excited when the next iteration of the FIFA video game series is being released. For video gamers in North America, the release date for FIFA 14 is reportedly September 24.

It's already been mentioned that most of the on-field changes focus on the build-up play in midfield, which should take away some of the 'arcadey' style play that has been one of the biggest criticisms that has plagued the game for years.

Liverpool Decide Against Appealing Luis Suarez 10-Match Ban; Player Sidelined Until Late September

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has decided not to appeal the 10-match suspension issued to him by an Independent Regulatory Committee commissioned by The FA.

There were concerns on late Thursday that Suarez may appeal, which would risk an even greater penalty. But Suarez decided not to appeal and now will serve a 10-match suspension with immediate effect that applies to Liverpool's domestic first-team fixtures.

FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea are in pole position to reach the final of the 2012-13 Europa League if they can keep FC Basel at bay in their match at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, May 2.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Chelsea still has a job to do against a difficult Swiss side.

If you missed any of the action or want to see the highlights again, watch the video highlights of FC Basel versus Chelsea (US readers only, due to rights restrictions).

Top 5 Best Soccer iPad Apps

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If you're an owner of an Apple iPad and you've been searching for great soccer apps to check out, here are five of my favorites:

Score!

Score! is one of the best soccer apps out there with a wide range of memorable goals to reenact on your iPad. From the 1980′s to the Euros, or even goals from legends, Score!

Caramel Falcao (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Europe is rocked, socked and...mocked? Spain 1 Germany 8 get your bets in now for who will be in the final. The great comebacks of all time or the most comprehensive Semis we'll witness in years? The pod discuss all European competitions in the pod, as Laurence is late. Who had a good game and who had a bad game?

NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies Against Nottingham Forest and Ipswich From 1980-82 #ThrowbackThursday

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It's always refreshing to see the tables turned. While English football clubs have been coming over to the United States to play pre-season friendlies for, off and on, a few decades, it's seldom that US teams conduct their own tours of England. One exception was in 1980 when NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies conducted a tour in the autumn of 1980.

FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Chelsea are England's last hope for a European trophy this season, with a tricky semi-final against FC Basel scheduled to kick off at 3pm ET today (live on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go).

Here's our preview of FC Basel versus Chelsea, which points out the main threats to look out for in the Swiss side FC Basel.

Stoke City Announces Summer 2013 US Tour; Will Play Friendly Against FC Dallas

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Stoke City announced today that the club will be embarking on a 10-day tour of the United States this summer.

The Stoke City players, including Americans Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea, will land in the United States on July 22. Stoke have lined up a friendly against FC Dallas on Saturday, July 27.

Here’s Another Reason Why Jurgen Klopp Needs to Manage in the Premier League [VIDEO]

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How much time will it take before Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp takes a job in the English Premier League?

The last time we had such a refreshing manager in the Premier League was when Jose Mourinho was at Chelsea. But The Special One, while gifted both on and off the pitch, is too manipulative for my liking.

Liverpool Set to Play in South Africa and Indonesia On 2013 Summer Tour

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Liverpool are set to play a friendly in South Africa just two days after their final game of the 2012-13 Premier League season.

The friendly between Liverpool and Ajax Cape Town has been penciled in for Tuesday, May 23 according to the Liverpool Echo.

Ajax Cape Town are currently in a relegation battle in the South Africa Premier League.

Exclusive Prints of Jamie Carragher Illustration By Dan Leydon Go On Sale Tomorrow [VIDEO]

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If you're a football memorabilia collector or Liverpool supporter, I want to bring your attention to a very exclusive sale that kicks off tomorrow where talented football illustrator Dan Leydon is selling 23 prints of a beautifully designed piece titled, simply, "Carra."

The exclusive prints recognize Jamie Carragher, the 35-year-old defender who has played at Liverpool for his entire career and will be hanging up his boots at the end of this season.

Manchester City Step Closer to Buying MLS Team In New York, Says Report

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Manchester City are inching closer to buying a new MLS franchise that would make them the owners of Major League Soccer's 20th franchise according to a report today.

In December, Bloomberg reported that Manchester City were interested in becoming the owner of a MLS team in Queens, New York.

Robert Lewandowski Agrees Deal With Another Club And Can Leave Borussia Dortmund This Summer: The Daily EPL

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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has agreed a deal with another club and is set to leave the German club this summer according to his agent who says, "We are in agreement with a club and have the right to change this summer. All the claims of Dortmund are met."

The big question is, which club?

Are Manchester United Planning On Unveiling a New Club Crest? [PHOTO]

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After last week's story that Everton are planning on unveiling a new club crest this summer, there are now reports that Manchester United may possibly be considering a new crest too.

Pictured above, the alleged new Manchester United team crest is far simpler, cleaner and more modern than the current Manchester United crest (pictured below) that features a lot of yellow even though yellow is a color that has little to no relevance to United.

All Of the League Tables For Every Single Season of English Football From 1889 to 2012

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Once in a while, I come across a site that's worth sharing. This is certainly one — an interactive webpage that features the historical English football league tables from 1889 to 2012. Every. Single. Season.

Click on a team name and see that club's positions highlighted throughout the history of the Football League and Premier League.

FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Preview

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Chelsea face stern opponents in the Europa League on Thursday against Swiss Super League current champions FC Basel. With an impressive resume against English clubs in recent years, having toppled Tottenham in the previous round and Manchester United in last year's UEFA Champions League, one thing is certain.

Leeds United Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season Revealed [PHOTOS]

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Leeds United have unveiled their new home kit for the 2013-14 season.

With new manager Brian McDermott now in charge of Leeds, the team will be wearing a new kit next season designed by Macron, an Italian company. The design is quite a different one for the Elland Road club, with a blue vertical line running down the front of the jersey.

Kolo Toure Looks Destined to Leave Manchester City This Summer: The Nightly EPL

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Manchester City defender Kolo Toure looks destined to leave the club this summer after failing to hear anything about a contract renewal for the past two months.

Here's what Kolo Toure said regarding the matter:

"I have been here for nearly four years, and two fantastic years when I have been playing a lot and I hear my songs with Yaya and I will miss those things.

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 32: Fabregas Late Show Sinks Levante

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Once again the top three in La Liga all registered wins at the weekend. Despite making hard work of beating Levante, Barcelona remain 13 points clear of Real Madrid with only 18 more points to play for.

With their impending Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich on his mind, Barca coach Tito Vilanova again rested key players and his depleted side struggled to break down a stubborn Levante at Camp Nou.

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 34

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Defoe scores, Tottenham wins: Before Sunday's match, Jermain Defoe (7.9) hadn't scored a Premier League goal in 2013, which is pretty embarrassing for someone whose sole function is goal-scoring, who regularly spends 90 minutes just toddling around the penalty area. But when Defoe's in form, boy, can he finish.

Robert Lewandowski Would Have Signed For Blackburn If It Wasn’t For a Volcanic Ash Cloud

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It's incredible to believe, but Robert Lewandowski would have signed for Blackburn Rovers in 2010 if it wasn't for an Icelandic volcanic ash cloud that ruined the plans.

Robert Lewandowski was playing for Polish side Lech Poznan in 2010. He was due to fly into the country to meet with Blackburn representatives to discuss a transfer, but due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, all flights were canceled.

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, Champions League Semi-Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Watch highlights of Borussia Dortmund versus Real Madrid from the UEFA Champions League semi-final, first leg.

Few would have expected such an eyeopening result as this one before the match kicked off. With all of the controversy heading into the game after it was revealed that Dortmund's Mario Gotze is joining Bayern Munich, the big question was how this would impact Borussia Dortmund's performance on the pitch.

Why NBC Wants You To Subscribe To Cable To Watch The Premier League

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Philip Badger's plea to NBC Sports Network to let Premier League fans pay for NBC Sports Live Extra separately covers a few of the reasons why the online service will be available only to cable subscribers, but it ignores some key facets of cable TV economics that play a role in NBC's decision.

As Philip mentioned, NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast, and Comcast is a cable company, and gee, why would Comcast ever want to give you a reason not to subscribe to cable?

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final: Open Thread

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For today's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, all eyes will be on poor Mario Gotze who — while still a Borussia Dortmund player — has signed a pre-agreement to join Bayern Munich this summer for a transfer fee believed to be £32 millon.

What Happened to the Last Major Club Soccer Tournament That Miami Announced?

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Last week, FOX Soccer and Relevent Ventures announced the launch of the International Champions Cup, a new club soccer tournament that will be played at venues across the globe each summer, with the finals to be played in Miami beginning this August.

The clubs who have agreed to participate thus far are Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and LA Galaxy, with four other clubs set to be revealed in the next two weeks.

Manchester City to Sign Christian Eriksen and Edinson Cavani: Transfer Rumors

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With Manchester City missing out on the Premier League title this season, expect a boatload of transfer rumors between now and the end of the transfer window with the club being linked with several major players worldwide.

Manchester City to sign Eriksen and Cavani—The Guardian

While there's no doubt that City need to strengthen their squad, most newspapers will be licking their chops at the prospect of running transfer gossip stories about so-and-so heading to the Etihad.

Rio Ferdinand Resists Offers From MLS To Sign New 1-Year Contract with Man United: The Nightly EPL

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Manchester United veteran defender Rio Ferdinand has resisted offers from the US and China to sign a new one-year contract at Old Trafford.

The Guardiannewspaper reports that Ferdinand received serious offers from the US and China, but decided to stay with United because of his young family as well as extending his career with the Red Devils beyond the eleven years he's been there.

Dear NBC: Take My Money For NBC Sports Live Extra, Please

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Like many other Americans who follow the Premier League closely, I've been reading the news about NBC's plans for their coverage next season with great interest. For the most part, it sounds like a great improvement over what FOX Soccer has been bringing us. But there's one aspect from their recent press releases I want to call attention to, and that's their online coverage options:

"NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: Every Barclays Premier League match will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets and, in most cases, on the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services.

Gary Neville Helps to Pay Wages of Bury Footballers: The Daily EPL

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Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United right back Gary Neville has helped pay part of the wages for the footballers of Bury Football Club. The League One club are in a massive financial crisis, and are on the brink of collapse unless someone comes in to save the club.

Neville has a lot of local ties to the club.

How the Premier League Table Would Look If the First Goal Scored Settled the Outcome of The Match

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What would the Premier League table look like if the first goal scored in the 2012-13 season matches settled the outcome of the games?

Thanks to Opta, they've created the alternative league table below, which reveals some interesting observations:

Chelsea would be top of the table if the first goal in their matches settled the score.

Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Banned For 10 Games For Biting Branislav Ivanovic

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Luis Suarez has been banned for 10 games by The FA for biting Branislav Ivanovic in the match between Liverpool and Chelsea last Sunday.

"Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total often matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct," said a statement by The FA.

Andres Cantor Named Telemundo’s Lead Commentator for Spanish-Language Network’s EPL Coverage

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EXCLUSIVE: Andres Cantor, one of the most recognizable soccer commentators on US television, will be the lead commentator for Telemundo's coverage of the English Premier League beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Cantor is best known for his signature "GOOOOLLLLLLLL" call. The commentator, who began his career in 1979, will commentate many of the top Premier League matches that will be televised on Telemundo/Mun2 over the course of the 2013-14 season.

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona, UEFA Champions League Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Watch match highlights of Bayern Munich against Barcelona from the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final between the champions of Germany against the current leaders in Spain.

The first leg was played in Munich with goals-a-plenty scored. One leg down, one to go in order to decide who will play in the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley this May.

Time is Running Out For Arsenal To Secure Champions League Place

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As the sun sets on another enthralling Premier League season, Arsenal are once again vying for Champions League football. Is this a surprise? No. Is this unacceptable? Yes.

Clearly, investment is a word often associated with Arsenal, but for many wrong reasons. Losing their best and only world class player to the eventual champions was a bitter pill to swallow and frankly their season has progressed in a manner that reflects the loss of their key man.

Luis Suarez Accepts FA Charge of Violent Conduct Against Branislav Ivanovic

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has accepted The FA's charge of violent conduct after Luis Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic in a game at Anfield this past Sunday.

According to a statement by The FA, Suarez accepted the charge but "Suarez has denied The FA's claim that the standard punishment of three matches is clearly insufficient for this offense.

Individual Tickets for Chelsea-Man City Friendly at Yankee Stadium Go On Sale On Thursday

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Individual tickets for Chelsea's friendly against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium, scheduled for May 25, will go on sale beginning this Thursday (April 25, 2013).

Previously, tickets were available as a package along with tickets to the Spain-Ireland friendly. But now, according to the Chelsea club website, "Tickets for the match will now be sold from 10am ET on Thursday atyankees.

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona, Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Today kicks off the first semi-final in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League season with a classic match-up between Bayern Munich and Barcelona, scheduled to kick off at 2:45pm ET, live from Munich.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on FOX Soccer (with pre-game coverage beginning at 2pm ET).

Everything You Need to Know About NBC’s Coverage of the Premier League

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In the past several weeks, many of the readers to EPL Talk have posted many detailed questions about all of the ins- and -outs of NBC's coverage plans for the Premier League, which will begin on August 17, 2013 when the new Premier League season begins.

I've answered all of your questions below (plus many more).

Top 7 Misconceptions About NBC’s Premier League Coverage

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The vast majority of soccer fans in the United States are excited about NBC Sports taking over the US media rights to the Premier League beginning this summer, but there are several misconceptions that are being bandied around on the Internet that I want to address, so that everyone has the information they need to ensure they'll have the optimal coverage before the season begins.

How to Demand Your TV Provider Gives You Access to 100% of Live EPL Games on NBC

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In order to make sure that you have access to 100% of the live Premier League matches that NBC Sports will show next season, it's time to take action right now!

The days of soccer fans having to pay for online streaming products such as FOX Soccer 2Goare almost over. Beginning this August, soccer fans in the United States will be able to stream, for free with authenticated sign-on, all Premier League matches via NBC's TV Anywhere product named NBC Sports Live Extra.

It’s Time to Give Racial Witch-Hunts the Red Card in English Football

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Mark Clattenburg will referee Chelsea against Swansea this Sunday.

Despite Clattenburg's magnanimous efforts to put the recent racial accusations against him to bed, we can learn some lessons, lest another hapless victim falls foul to indiscriminate accusations of racism.

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea's John Terry are two high-profile players who've been punished for racial abuse.

Sir Alex Ferguson Hails Robin van Persie’s ‘Goal of the Century’: The Nightly EPL

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Sir Alex Ferguson considers Robin van Persie's second goal for Manchester United tonight as a "goal of the Century."

Here's what Ferguson said about van Persie and the goal:

"It was goal of the century for me. It was marvellous – the technique with his head down, over the ball and just perfect timing.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was a match that both teams desperately wanted to win for completely different reasons, but there was only winner. And that person was Robin van Persie who stole the show and scored three well-taken chances —one of which will go down as a contender for goal of the season.

If you missed any of the highlights, or want to watch them again, here are the highlights of Manchester United against Aston Villa that was played on Monday, April 22, 2013 in gameweek 34 of the Premier League:


Video: Manchester United v Aston Villa Premier League Highlights 04/22/13

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John Terry Will Begin Talks Over New Chelsea Contract In Summer: The Daily EPL

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John Terry says he'll begin talks over a new deal in the summer.

The former England captain hopes to get a 12-month extension to his contract. Here's what the 32-year-old defender said:

"People have to realise that I've got a year left at Chelsea after this. People have spoken about no new contract and this kind of thing but it's not even on the agenda at the moment.

Chelsea Players Adorn Costumes for Fancy Dress Party, But There’s No Spanish Waiter [PHOTOS]

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Chelsea footballers celebrated the birthdays today of Marko Marin and John Obi Mikel by having a fancy dress party, where photos were tweeted of the footballers in all of their attire.

David Luiz dressed up as Chelsea Pensioner. Marko Marin was an elf. Paolo Fereira turned into Robin, while several other Chelsea footballers donned all sorts of costumes.

Manchester United Win 2012-13 Premier League, Reach The Dizzying Heights of 20 Titles [PHOTO]

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Manchester United are the winners of the 2012-13 Premier League after convincingly defeating Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford. The latest Premier League triumph is the twentieth English top flight title that the Red Devils have won.

Sitting on 84 points, Manchester United won the title with four matches remaining in the reason.

Robin van Persie Scores Two Quick Goals To Put Man United On Verge of 20th Title [VIDEO]

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Robin van Persie has put Manchester United on the verge of their twentieth top flight title by scoring two goals in quick succession against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

His first goal was scored after an assist from Ryan Giggs and a second assist from Rafael da Silva. That came within the second minute of the match.

Manchester United vs Aston Villa, Premier League Gameweek 34: Open Thread

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After Manchester City's shock loss against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, Manchester United will win the 2012-13 Premier League title today if they beat Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

Or, if Aston Villa wins today, it'll mean that Reading and Queens Park Rangers will officially be relegated.

No matter what happens today, you have two clubs facing each other — each with their own priorities.

Luis Suarez Charged By FA With Violent Conduct For Biting Branislav Ivanovic

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The Football Association has charged Luis Suarez with violent conduct after biting Branislav Ivanovic in yesterday's Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

"The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed," said a statement by The FA.

Mark Clattenburg to Referee First Chelsea Game In 6 Months This Sunday

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Mark Clattenburg will referee his first Chelsea match in six months this Sunday after being accused of using a racist slur in Chelsea's game against Manchester United from October, 2012.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel was the center of the storm after accusing Clattenburg of using inappropriate language in his team's match against United, where United won the match 3-2.

Nike and Warrior in Bidding War Over Kit Deal for Manchester United: The Daily EPL

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Nike and Warrior are in a bidding war over a new kit deal for Manchester United, according to a report inThe Daily Mailnewspaper.

Manchester United look likely to break through the £30 million per year barrier to receive a record kit deal either from current kit providers Nike or American company Warrior Sports, who recently jumped into the soccer world when they signed Liverpool to a deal.

Liverpool Striker Luis Suarez Bites Branislav Ivanovic [VIDEO]

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was again at the center of controversy today after it appeared that he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the 2-2 tie at Anfield.

Suarez should have been red carded for the incident. By escaping punishment, Suarez stayed on the pitch and was able to score an injury-time goal in the 97th minute to equalize.

Andre Schurrle May Be The Final Piece of the Puzzle For Chelsea

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Andre Schurrle's heavily speculated transfer to Chelsea may finally be concluded in the coming weeks as Leverkusen have confirmed negotiations have begun between the two clubs. As we have seen on numerous occasions during Roman Abramovich's reign at Chelsea, whoever Roman wants Roman gets.

So who is Andre Schurrle?

Luis Suarez Apologizes For Biting Chelsea Defender Branislav Ivanovic

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Liverpool Football Club have moved quickly to stamp out negative publicity regarding Luis Suarez biting Branislav Ivanovic.

"I am deeply sorry for my inexcusable behaviour earlier today during our match against Chelsea. I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanović to speak to him personally.

Tottenham vs Manchester City and Liverpool vs Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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After a dull day of matches in the Premier League yesterday, two matches exploded today in the Premier League for different reasons. Plenty of goals, end-to-end action, crucial calls and, believe it or not, a biting incident. Today had a little bit of everything.

Here are the highlights from today's two Premier League matches:

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City


Video: Tottenham v Manchester City Premier League Highlights 04/21/13

Liverpool vs Chelsea


Video: Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2

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Luis Suárez’s Liverpool Future in Doubt Despite Apology For Bite Attack: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that no Liverpool footballer is irreplaceable after Luis Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic during Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Sunday. Suarez later apologized for his actions.

Suarez not only faces a possible suspension from The FA after manager Kevin Friend missed the incident.

bon appétit (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Start in Liverpool and move on from there. That's where the pod start this week. For many reasons, not least #JFT96. Suarez seemed intent on making this a headline match with Chelsea, even if the headlines might have been elsewhere – Luis will be given them again. But that might be all that he wins this season, with a heavy ban and some criticism heading his way in the morning papers.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City, Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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What a brilliant advertisement for the Premier League today as Tottenham Hotspur battled Manchester City at White Hart Lane with so much on the line for both teams —Tottenham trying to stay in the race for the UEFA Champions League, and Manchester City hoping to cling on to their hopes of a Premier League title.

Liverpool Football Club Outline The Case For Being Cheap

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Brendan Rodgers' return to Reading last week with Liverpool was a frustrating 0-0 draw, in a game that made more headlines for the traveling supporters' admonishment of Margaret Thatcher than any action on the pitch.

With five games to go in the season, Liverpool sit in seventh place in the Premier League – one spot behind Everton, eight points out of the Champions League spots, and 27 points behind leaders Manchester United.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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On a rather disappointing day in the Premier League, there still were some interesting highlights including red cards, an attempted own goal from 40 yards, clubs heading closer to relegation, and fisting-pumping managers.

Here are the match highlights from Premier League Saturday, gameweek 34:

Fulham vs Arsenal


Video: Fulham v Arsenal Premier League Highlights 04/20/13

Queens Park Rangers vs Stoke City


Video: QPR v Stoke City Premier League Highlights 04/20/13

Swansea City vs Southampton


Video: Swansea City v Southampton Premier League Highlights 04/20/13

Sunderland vs Everton


Video: Sunderland v Everton Premier League Highlights 04/20/13

West Bromwich Albion vs Newcastle United


Video: West Brom v Newcastle Premier League Highlights 04/20/13

West Ham United vs Wigan Athletic


Video: West Ham v Wigan Premier League Highlights 04/20/13

Norwich City vs Reading


Video: Norwich City v Reading Premier League Highlights 04/20/13

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Luis Suarez Wants to Stay at Anfield Club ‘For Another Four Years’: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is under contract at the club until 2017, but the Uruguayan has reassured Reds supporters that he's not going anywhere in an interview with the Sunday Times.

I'll be here next season yes. Not only am I playing for Liverpool, I am playing in one of the best leagues in the world.

Tottenham vs Manchester City and Liverpool vs Chelsea: Open Thread

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Today we have a treat of two matches where the results could have big consequences for the race for fourth place as well as, at a longshot, the race for the Premier League title.

With Arsenal getting four points from their last two matches, the Gunners are leapfrogged into third place in the table and are five points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

Should Managers Face the Chop Before Their Newly Promoted Sides Get a Chance in the Premier League?

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In recent years, the Premier League has witnessed some of the harshest managerial sackings in soccer. The majority of dismissals in recent years have been at the expense of a manager who has just gained promotion with his side to the Premier League. Managers have been sacked (some unfairly) for their work in the top flight, whilst others have been replaced for reasons that are still unknown today.

Paul Pogba – The One That Got Away At Manchester United

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It isn't often that Sir Alex Ferguson makes a mistake but letting Paul Pogba go last summer looks to be a massive one. With United struggling for a regular and consistent partner for Michael Carrick in the centre of their midfield, people across Europe are wondering just why did they let French wonderkid Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford.

FOX Soccer Adds Marquee EPL Sunday Matches to FOX Soccer 2Go

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FOX Soccer has decided to add two marquee Premier League matches to its FOX Soccer 2Goplatform.

Historically, the Sunday 11am ET Premier League matches are reserved for FOX Soccer and are not available for viewing on FOX's FOX Soccer 2Goproduct until midnight that same time. However, FOX Soccer has decided to showcase two high profile matches on FOX Soccer andFOX Soccer 2Go over the next two weeks.

Sunil Gulati Elected to FIFA Executive Committee, Will Replace Chuck Blazer

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Sunil Gulati, the current president of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), has been elected to the FIFA Executive Committee after an extremely narrow margin. Gulati won the vote 18-17, defeating runner-up FMF PresidentJustino Compean, of Mexico.

Chuck Blazer previously held the CONCACAF seat on the FIFA Executive Committee, one in which he had for 17 years.

Arsenal Are Helping the English Game, Says Arsène Wenger: The Nightly EPL

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger responded to criticism today from England manager Roy Hodgson who complained earlier this week that there are far too few English football players plying their trade in the Premier League.

Here's what Wenger had to say regarding the matter:

"You have to find a good mixture.

Win an All-Expenses Paid Trip to Europa League Final in Amsterdam

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Now that Basel, Benfica, Chelsea and Fenerbahçe have all booked their places in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, UEFA is looking for its most dedicated fans to take part in ‘The Race'. Twofans will have the chance to vie with supporters of other UEFA Europa League clubs for a premium all-expenses-paid trip to the UEFA Europa League final at the Amsterdam ArenA on 15 May.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 34: Open Thread

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With no early or late kick-off, today's Premier League matches take on an unusual twist by having seven matches all played at once. It's a good day for multi-tasking, but a bad time for trying to savor every minute of the best matches.

The biggest match of the day is arguably Queens Park Rangers against Stoke City in a relegation battle at Loftus Road.

Are Everton Planning On Unveiling A New Club Crest? [PHOTOS]

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Everton are reportedly in the process of unveiling a new club crest.

Everton have filed a trademark with the Intellectual Property Office in the United Kingdom (case UK00002656323) for a new team crest.

The alleged new crest, pictured below on the right, features several differences: A bolder blue color, the removal of the club's motto (in Latin) and a simpler but more distinctive design.

How the Premier League Table Would Look With Only Goals by Englishmen

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Quality English footballers are a rarity in the Premier League, with more star foreign talent being signed by clubs who are looking for a bargain.

But if you were to re-do the Premier League table based on only goals scored by Englishmen, how would it look and who would be top?

Here's the alternative league table:

One of the major reasons why Southampton are top of the table is because of one player — Rickie Lambert, who has scored 14 goals in the top flight this season.

John Terry Refuses to Shake Hands With FA Chairman David Bernstein

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Chelsea's John Terry refused to shake hands with Football Association Chairman David Bernstein today in a ceremony in London to hand over the UEFA Champions League trophy to the FA.

"It's a difficult one for me he went and spoke about me in the court case," Terry told Sky Sports News, referring to the FA Chairman's role in Terry's court case last year where he was cleared of a racism offense but later banned for four matches by the FA.

Friday Football Special: Gareth Bale’s Pegs, Merson’s Brain and Geordie Horse Hitters [VIDEO]

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Morons, idiots and all the excuses to talk about the "dark days" of football are back in the news. For every ying you need a yang. Your yang for this week is a look into Paul Merson's mind, a Clive Tyldesly inner-monologue, a statistical analysis of Gareth Bale's pegs and a song about Michael Owen.

Ashley Young Ruled Out for Rest of Season With Ankle Injury: The Mid-Morning EPL

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It hasn't been the luckiest of season for Manchester United winger Ashley Young. The footballer has only made 19 league appearances this season, and was substituted off the pitch on April 4 against Manchester City after picking up an ankle injury. Today, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled the winger out for the rest of the season.

West Ham United’s Karren Brady Talks Through Architectural Plans For Olympic Stadium [VIDEO]

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West Ham United have published a video interview with Vice Chairman Karren Brady, where she goes into more detail regarding the architectural plans for the Olympic Stadium, which West Ham will be moving into for the start of the 2016 season.

Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient and West Ham United were all interested in moving to the 54,000-seat stadium, but West Ham United won in the end despite Leyton Orient's ground just being 750 yards away from the Olympic Park.

Gareth Bale Declared Fit and May Play Against Manchester City on Sunday: The Daily EPL

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Gareth Bale has been declared fit and may play against Manchester City on Sunday, according to manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Bale injured his ankle and was stretchered off the pitch on April 4 in an Europa League tie against Basel. Initial concerns were that Bale would be out for the season, but the Welsh winger recuperated quickly and may start or play a part in the key match on Sunday (8:30am ET kick-off).

Interview With Rebecca Lowe, the New Face of EPL Coverage on NBC Beginning August, 2013

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Beginning August 17, EPL soccer fans in the United States will be privileged to watch and listen to the new face of Premier League coverage in this country — presenter Rebecca Lowe, who along with lead commentator Arlo White will be the two most prominent figures among a team of experts on our TV sets each week.

The PFA’s Nominees for Premier League Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year Are In

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The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) have announced their nominations for 2012-13 Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.

They are as follows:

For Player of the Year, the nominees are:

  • Gareth Bale
  • Juan Mata
  • Michael Carrick
  • Eden Hazard
  • Luis Suarez
  • Robin van Persie

The nominations for 2012-13 PFA Young Player of the Year are:

  • Gareth Bale
  • Christian Benteke
  • Eden Hazard
  • Danny Welbeck
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Jack Wilshere

Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard are nominated in both categories.

Get Lucky (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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On the pod this week, review mixed with preview. Taking a look at the midweek games and the weekend of action still to come. The pod ranges across topics in the EPL, starting with Cardiff and their promotion: rebranding good or bad – not one or the other? Who will take their place in the Championship?

Interview With Jon Miller, NBC Sports President of Programming: Discussion of EPL Programming

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At Tuesday's press conference in New York City, to announce NBC's plans for its Premier League coverage, I sat down withJon Miller, who is the President of Programming at NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, and is responsible for all of the key programming decisions involved with the plans to broadcast 380 matches a season plus 600 plus hours of original Premier League programming.

A Preview of What the Premier League Will Look Like On NBC Sports: What We Can Expect From Production

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At the NBC Sports press conference in April to announce plans for the Premier League coverage beginning on August 17, 2013, I had an opportunity to interview NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network Executive Producer Sam Flood about the visual appearance of the Premier League on US television, and what we can expect to see from a production perspective.

Premier League Tournament Could Come to USA In Next Few Years, Says Richard Scudamore

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EXCLUSIVE: Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore is optimistic that a summer tournament, similar to the bi-annual Barclays Asia Trophy competition, could be held in the United States in the near future.

Scudamore was in New York City on Tuesday for the launch of NBC's ambitious plans to showcase the Premier League on US television for 2013-2016.

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 33

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We're inching closer to the end of the Premier League season with so much still to play for in the league and Fantasy Premier League. Here are my observations from my adventures from gameweek 33 of the Fantasy Premier League:

Theo Walcott returns from injury: On Saturday, Arsenal produced one of its worst performances of the season – misplaced passes, terrible defending, Thomas Vermaelen (6.

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 31: Barcelona’s Next Generation Seals Easy Win

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Barcelona left their big stars on the sidelines but still managed a comfortable 3-0 victory at Real Zaragoza while Real Madrid won at Athletic Bilbao by the same score.

Barcelona maintained their 13-point lead at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win at Real Zaragoza. With Lionel Messi among several stars rested by coach Tito Vilanova, the new wave of Barca talent took their opportunity to shine.

Chelsea: A Period Of ‘Auditioning’ For The Club, Players and Managers

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With Chelsea limping into the last four of the Europa league, becoming the only English side left in European competition this season, Chelsea fans will have their eyes trained on the future. Due to the fixture list, the Blues could amusingly be the holders of both the Champions League and the Europa League at the same time, albeit for ten days, if they reach and triumph in Europe's second tier cup final on the May 15.

Fulham’s 1904 Plans for Stevenage Road Stand [PHOTO] #ThrowbackThursday

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Fulham still has one of the quaintest football grounds in the top flight of England. A close runner-up is Goodison Park, but Fulham sets itself apart by having a much smaller ground with the Cottage nestled in the corner as well as the beautiful Johnny Haynes Stand that runs along the side of the pitch, with its gable — one of the few gables left at a football ground across Britain.

Vitesse Arnhem – A Small Dutch Club In Contention for the Eredivisie Title

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Vitesse Arnhem's rise to the summit of the Dutch Eredivisie this season confirms their position as one of the most surprising and impressive outsiders throughout Europe's major domestic football leagues. While the majority of the major leagues across the continent have been already decided by mid-April, or are currently led comprehensively by an established football powerhouse, in Holland the story reads somewhat differently.

Which 2 Clubs Would You Like to See Promoted to the Premier League Alongside Cardiff?

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Now that Cardiff City have been promoted to the Premier League, there are still two places remaining to join the Welsh club in the top flight next season.

But who would you like to see promoted alongside Cardiff? Post your opinions in the comments section below.

Currently, the Championship table reads as follows:

The team that finishes second in the table at the end of the season (after 46 games) will join Cardiff.

Chelsea Open Talks With Manuel Pellegrini Over Summer Switch to Stamford Bridge: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea representatives have had talks with Manuel Pellegrini's adviser about becoming the next manager of Chelsea Football Club, according to an exclusive inThe Telegraphnewspaper.

Pellegrini is currently the manager of Malaga, who got knocked out of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final in the last minute against Borussia Dortmund.

Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor May Miss Next Season After Injury Setback: The Nightly EPL

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A massive blow for Newcastle United and their supporters today after defender Ryan Taylor has been ruled out for the majority of next season due to a cruciate knee injury.

Twenty-eight year old Taylor suffered the injury after returning to training.

"Ryan has been a model patient and has given his all to ensure he could return to full training in the best condition possible," said manager Alan Pardew.

West Ham vs Man Utd, Fulham vs Chelsea & Man City vs Wigan Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In case you missed it, here are the highlights from Wednesday's Premier League matches featuring West Ham United and Manchester United, Fulham against Chelsea and, last but not least, Manchester City versus Wigan Athletic.

Here are the highlights:

West Ham United vs Manchester United


Video: West Ham v man United Premier League Highlights 04/17/13

Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic


Video: Man.

Chelsea Unveil Their Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTOS]

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After all of the hypeand leaked photos of what we thought were Chelsea's new home shirt for the 2013-14 season, Chelsea and adidas officially unveiled the new home kit today and it's different than anyone expected.

The new Chelsea home kit features a v-neck with white trim, the adidas three stripes running halfway down the sleeve and features the latest adidas technologies such as Climacool and TechFit.

5 Football League Managers Who Would Light Up the Premier League

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Most of us would love to see Jose Mourinho back in the Premier League again, as well as an assortment of other dream gaffers such as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, but here are five more realistic up-and-coming managers from the Football League who I'd love to see coaching in the Premier League.

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NBC Sports to Take the Premier League to the Next Level In the United States

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Fans of Premier League clubs in the United States reached the promised land yesterday with the announcementthat NBC Sports plans on showing every single game live, offering 600+ hours of original programming, hiring top talent such as Gary Lineker and having 20 matches shown live on free-to-air NBC in the first season.

Chelsea’s David Luiz Scores Against Fulham With Goal From 35 Yards [VIDEO]

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Chelsea defender David Luiz showed his prowess as a goalscorer tonight by scoring a 35-yard belter that opened up the scoring against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

How long will it be until Luiz gets a permanent slot in midfield for the Blues with goals and performances like this?

Here's the replay of the goal:


Video: Luiz puts Chelsea ahead with an incredible goal

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West Ham’s Mohammed Diame Scores A Beautiful Curling Shot Against Manchester United [VIDEO]

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Who said West Ham United can't play beautiful football?

In the second half between West Ham United and Manchester United, with the score at 1-1, West Ham United's Mohammed Diame pulled out a beautiful curling shot to beat David De Gea.

Silky skills near the corner flag, Kevin Nolan acting as a decoy, Big Sam smiling —is this West Ham United 2.

Brazilian Freestyle Footballer On His Way to Becoming YouTube Sensation With Dazzling Skills [VIDEO]

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A Brazilian freestyle footballer named Murilo Pitol posted a video on Sunday, and it has already been viewed more than 200,000 times. After watching the video, you'll understand why. Pitol combines several amazing soccer tricks in this 90 second video.

Pitol is a 22-year-old who has been uploading his soccer trick videos to YouTube for the past six years.

West Ham vs Man Utd, Fulham vs Chelsea & Man City vs Wigan: Open Thread

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After yesterday's nil-nil draw between Arsenal and Everton, we have three Premier League matches scheduled today to complete the mid-week fixtures.

At 2:45pm ET, West Ham United plays Manchester United at Upton Park. This will be a stern test for Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. While the Hammers should be safe enough to stay in the league this season, Big Sam will want his team to put in a good performance against a quality side in order to help his chances of getting a contract renewal.

FIFA 14 New Features Revealed; More Of a Focus On The Midfield [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

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Electronic Arts today unveiled the new features of its FIFA 14 video game, which will be released later this year.

New features include the ability to build play through midfield, dictate the tempo of a match and create rewarding opportunities.

Here's a video that goes into more detail:

Specifically, the new features in FIFA 14 are:

Pure Shot Players will alter their stride pattern/angle of approach to maximize their chances of hitting the back of the net.

Why Jose Mourinho Is The Only Manager to Save Fernando Torres

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Fernando Torres has, once again, found some form. So once again, the whispers start. Is he back? Has 2008 Fernando Torres, with flying hair, lightning pace, and deadly finishing ability, returned for good? We should know better. We've only played Torres Roulette thirteen or fourteen times since the mercurial striker came to Stamford Bridge in a deadline-day betrayal in 2010.

Cardiff City Promoted to Premier League: The Nightly EPL

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Cardiff City are promoted to the Premier League. The club needed a draw to clinch promotion from the nPower Championship tonight, and they got just that with a 0-0 draw, which is enough to mathematically move them up to the promised land of the Premiership.

Cardiff become only the second Welsh club ever to play in the Premier League.

Arsenal vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 33 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In case you missed today's Premier League match, here are the match highlights from the high scoring match (cough, cough) between Arsenal and Everton. Even though there were a lack of goals, there were still plenty of talking points.


Video: Arsenal v Everton Premier League Highlights 04/16/13

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Who’ll Avoid Premier League Relegation? Analyzing the 5 Teams In Peril

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The battle to beat the drop in the Premier League is heating up with just five games to go; five teams all fighting for survival and just one spot left to fight for. With Reading and QPR now as good as relegated, the battle to avoid relegation couldn't be more intense. Norwich City, Stoke City, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic are all in contention.

Stoke’s Geoff Cameron Speaks About His Fears in Moments Following Boston Bombing: The Daily EPL

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Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron was raised in Boston and still has family in the area. When he heard about the bombing in Boston on Monday, he shared what happened next:

"I got a text message from a good friend in the States saying: 'Have you heard about Boston? There's been two bombings at the marathon.

5 Talking Points from Premier League Gameweek 33: The Weekly EPL

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There were seven Premier League matches and the two FA Cup semi finals being played over this past weekend. We bring you the major talking points from this week's action.

1. The Tyne-Wear derby throws struggling Sunderland a lifeline

One of the biggest matches to be played over this weekend threw up the biggest surprise as Sunderland secured their biggest victory at St James' Park since 1979.

Arsenal vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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Arsenal plays Everton in a Premier League match that has important consequences for both teams. With Arsenal sitting in third place, the Gunners have a massive opportunity to close the gap with second place Manchester City as well as to forge ahead of fourth place Chelsea who are currently one point behind Arsenal.

Press Releases from NBC’s Announcement of Premier League Coverage on US TV and Internet

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I'm getting ready to fly back to Florida after meeting with NBC Sports and the Premier League today, so I'll be filling everyone in later on details as well as some interviews I conducted.

But in the meantime, here's all of the information from NBC Sports that they published today in press release format:

NBC SPORTS GROUP'S 2013-14 PREMIER LEAGUE PROGRAMMING PLANS

Live Multi-Platform Coverage of All 380 Matches

Matches to Air Live on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, Premier League Extra Time, NBC Sports Live Extra and Other NBCUniversal Channels

All 10 Matches on Championship Sunday – May 11, 2014 – Available Live on an NBCUniversal Television Channel

More than 600 Hours of Original and Weekly Studio Programming on NBC Sports Network

New York – April 16, 2013 – All 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season will be presented live on NBC Sports Group's television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels.

NBC Announces Details of Premier League Coverage Plans for 2013-14

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NBC was joined by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore in New York City today to reveal ambitious plans to bring the Premier League into more US homes than ever before.

NBC executives unveiled their plans for EPL coverage, which include:

— 20 Premier League matches to be televised live on NBC's free-to-air channel over the course of the 2013-14 season,

— Every single EPL match will be streamed for free via NBC Sports Live Extra, which is available online and on iPhone and Android devices with authenticated sign-on via participating TV providers (more on that later),

— Premier League matches will be shown live on television each gameweek with NBC Sports Network showing the Saturday 7:45am ET and 10am ET kickoffs as well as the Sunday early kickoff (typically 8:30am ET) and weekday matches.

Live From New York, It’s EPL Talk… Covering NBC’s Premier League TV Coverage Announcements

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I'm in New York City tonight preparing for tomorrow's press conference where NBC is expected to announce its Premier League coverage plans for the 2013-14 season.

The press conference begins Tuesday, April 16 at 10am ET. NBC executives plus Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore will be speaking to an audience of gathered journalists.

FOX Soccer Near Deal to Show New Soccer Tournament in US Beginning This Summer: The Nightly EPL

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FOX Soccer is reportedly working on a deal to televise a brand-new soccer tournament that will launch this summer featuring eight prominent teams playing exhibition matches around the United States, with the final to be played at Miami's Sun Life Stadium in early August, according to reports in Sports Illustrated and Sports Business Journal.

Did Newcastle’s Gamble On Ben Arfa Reveal a Wise Scouting Policy Or Common Sense?

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Despite their lowly league position, Newcastle United can boast some very talented players, most of whom were acquired through smart, at least in hindsight, business on the transfer market. While the quoted prices for player transactions can be confusing and misleading to most fans because of the intricacies often involved in structuring deals, the judgment shown by Newcastle purely on the calibre or quality of players they pursue has been noticeably astute.

Saint And Greavsie TV Episode From 1989 [VIDEO]

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Ian St. John and Jimmy Greaves teamed together to form a successful partnership off the pitch from 1985 to 1992 with their TV series 'Saint And Greavsie.'

Here's one episode from September 1989 (split into two parts) where the duo talk about several topics including British teams in Europe.

David Beckham’s Promise Remains Unfulfilled

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When you heard that David Beckham would donate his salary for his five-month stint with Paris Saint-German to various Parisian children's charities what did you think?

  • A) What a kind gesture!
  • B) Beckís has been researching the new French tax laws!
  • C) This is the Brand Beckham PR machine at itís finest!

Sergio Aguero Could Face Retrospective FA Action After Horror Tackle On David Luiz [VIDEO]

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Expect Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to receive a retrospective fine and possible suspension from The FA after referee Chris Foy and his match officials missed a two-footed horror tackle by Aguero on Luiz in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Chelsea defender David Luiz has called on Aguero to apologize for the tackle, which Luiz said "I never saw Agüero do bad tackles on other players.

Manchester City vs Chelsea, FA Cup Semi-Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Manchester City played Chelsea today in an incredibly entertaining FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley with both teams literally fighting for a chance to win a berth in the FA Cup Final.

Here are the highlights from Sunday, April 14, 2013:


Video: Chelsea v Manchester City FA Cup Highlights 04/14/13

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Newcastle United vs Sunderland & Stoke City vs Manchester United Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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There were two Premier League matches in action today, both of which had massive implications for the winning and losing sides.

Here are the highlights of Newcastle against Sunderland and Stoke City versus Manchester United from April 14, 2013:

Newcastle United vs Sunderland


Video: Newcastle v Sunderland Premier League Highlights 04/14/13

Stoke City vs Manchester United


Video: Stoke City v Manchester United Premier League Highlights 04/14/13

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QPR Likely To Be Stuck With Their Overpaid Failures If They Are Relegated: The Nightly EPL

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Ifthey're relegated? They mean when they're relegated, right?

Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • QPR likely to be stuck with their overpaid failures if they are relegated— The Guardian
  • Millwall fans' Wembley riot fuelled by cocaine — The Mirror
  • Dave Whelan not manager Roberto Martinez could lead out Wigan at the FA Cup final — The Independent
  • Vincent Kompany denies late penalty claims in Manchester City's FA Cup victory over Chelsea — The Mail
  • Andy Carroll open to West Ham offer as he ponders uncertain future — The Guardian
  • BT and Sky kick off pub sports price war — Financial Times
  • Manchester City's fluidity proves key against Chelsea in semi-final | Michael Cox — The Guardian
  • FA Cup: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez irked as 'clear penalty' not given— BBC Sport
  • Tony Pulis says Stoke face 'five-game season' to stay in Premier League — The Guardian
  • VIDEO: Stoke are in a dogfight, admits manager Tony Pulis —BBC Sport
  • Linesmen must be allowed to turn professional — The Daily Mail
  • Mancini says his Manchester City side will not be complacent in the FA Cup final — BBC Sport
  • Hillsborough victims' families demand swift justice for people behind cover-up — The Guardian
  • Stoke fans Munich taunts to Manchester United — The Mail
  • Paolo Di Canio invokes mother's memory after Sunderland's derby win — The Guardian
  • Brendan Rodgers hopes to convince Jamie Carragher to play on at Liverpool — The Mail
  • FA reviews Wembley policing with late start blamed for Millwall violence — The Guardian
  • Cardiff can reach the Premier League against Charlton on Tuesday — BBC Sport
  • Dave Whelan says Premier League survival remains Wigan's priority — Sky Sports
  • Referee Mark Clattenburg forgot his cards for second half of Reading–Liverpool — 101GG
  • Sir Alex Ferguson denies Man Utd are set to sign Falcao — Pro Soccer Talk
  • Rumour Mill: Sky Sports want to showcase The Neville Bros — ToffeeWeb

The Nightly EPL is tomorrow's news today.

Marking the 24th Year Anniversary Of The Hillsborough Disaster: Justice for the 96

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Today is a day to remember the 96 men, women and children who died as a result of the Hillsborough Disaster that occurred 24 years ago today on April 15, 1989.

If you live in the United States, you may want to observe a minute's silence at 10:06am ET, which is 3:06pm BST in the UK, which is the same time 24 years ago when the tragedy began.

Blue! With White Bits! (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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So this cup competition brings things into focus doesn't it? Violence, goals and a predictable final? Does this serve the Premier League well? Roman might think now. Robertos might think so.

Elsewhere in the EPL, Manchester United pull further ahead and LFC fall behind in the race for Europe.

Two Fans Shot Dead as 2014 World Cup Stadium is Put to Test in Brazil: The Daily EPL

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Brazil's problems continue south of the equator in their preparedness for this summer's Confederations Cup and next summer's World Cup. After the recent revelation that only 3 of the 6 stadiums are ready for this summer's tournament, more bad news has come out of Brazil where two fans were shot dead near one of the stadiums which will be used for the Confederations Cup.

Newcastle United Supporters Clash With Police; 29 Arrested, 4 Police Officers Injured [VIDEO]

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Twenty nine football supporters have been arrested and four police officers have been injured following hooliganism during and after today's Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Bottles were thrown and garbage cans were set ablaze after police officers tried to escort the Newcastle supporters back to the city center.

Demba Ba Scores a Sensational Goal Against Manchester City in FA Cup Semi-Final [GIF]

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Demba Ba scored a sensational goal against Manchester City today in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley Stadium.

The goal helped bring Chelsea back into the match to make it 2-1 to Manchester City after earlier goals from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero.

Demba Ba has a knack for scoring incredible goals.

What FOX Soccer 2Go Could Have Been: Looking at MLB.TV

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A topic that seems to crop up a few times every season is the technical issues that FOX Soccer 2Gosubscribers experience. I am a former subscriber, and one of the many problems I have had with the site is their conduct and accessibility when these issues occurred. The lack of any sort of response from FOX Soccer 2Goconcerned me.

Chelsea vs Manchester City, FA Cup Semi-Final: Open Thread

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Will it be Chelsea or Manchester City that will book a place in the FA Cup Final against Wigan Athletic?

Chelsea takes on Manchester City today at Wembley in a match where David Silva is out injured, which could have a devastating impact on Manchester City's chances of making it through to the final.

Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio’s 3 Brilliant Goal Celebrations Against Newcastle [VIDEO]

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Who would have expected three brilliant goals by Sunderland and three brilliant goal celebrations by manager Paolo Di Canio, which trumped the meager goal celebrations by the players who scored the goal?

Despite a goal by Newcastle United that should have counted but was incorrectly called off because of offside, Sunderland completely dominated Newcastle United at St.

Newcastle vs Sunderland & Stoke vs Manchester United: Open Thread

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Two Premier League matches are in store today before the FA Cup semi-final later today between Chelsea and Manchester City.

Early risers will be able to catch the Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland, which kicks off (hopefully on the pitch, that is, not in the stands) at 7am ET on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.

Dave Whelan Says Wigan Being On Brink of Europe is Another Step in Their History: The Nightly EPL

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Congratulations to Wigan Athletic Football Club on reaching the FA Cup Final, their first major final in the history of the club. Hats off go to Wigan owner Dave Whelan as well as manager Roberto Martinez and his players. The achievement of going this far in the tournament should not be overlooked.

Wigan Athletic vs Millwall, FA Cup Semi-Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It's a shame that the match was tarnished by Millwall hooligans fighting at Wembley, but Wigan Athletic put on an impressive display against a Millwall side that had their chances to make it to the 2012-13 FA Cup semi-final.

If you missed any of the action or you want to see it again, here are the FA Cup semi-final highlights from Wigan Athletic vs Millwall played on April 13, 2013.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was a low-scoring day in the Premier League today, but as usual there were plenty of talking points including a controversial penalty kick, a shot that did or didn't cross the line, as well as clubs reaching safety in the league on a very rain-soaked day in England.

Here are all of the match highlights from today's five Premier League matches played on Saturday, April 13, 2013:

Arsenal vs Norwich City


Video: Arsenal v Norwich City Premier League Highlights 04/13/13

Reading vs Liverpool


Video: Reading v Liverpool Premier League Highlights 04/13/13

Southampton vs West Ham United


Video: Southampton v West Ham Premier League Highlights 04/13/13

Aston Villa vs Fulham


Video: Aston Villa v Fulham Premier League Highlights 04/13/13

Everton vs Queens Park Rangers


Video: Everton v QPR Premier League Highlights 04/13/13

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The All-Time League Table for Soccer Clubs in England and Wales

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Manchester United leads the all-time table of most successful league clubs in England and Wales, according to the boffins over at Statto.com.

The all-time league table includes all Football League and Premier League clubs from the beginning of time. The all-time table also takes into consideration points deductions.

AFC Ajax – The Youth System Every Club Should Aspire to Have

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"You need both quality and results. Results without quality is boring; quality without results is meaningless." – Johan Cruyff

Ajax's fine youth academy is called ‘Die Toekomst' or ‘The Future'. Founded in1900, the club plays the so-called ‘Total Football' approach in a 4-3-3 system invented by the great Dutch manager Rinus Michels.

Millwall Hooligans Clash With Fans and Police at Wembley FA Cup Semi-Final [PHOTO]

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Skirmishes between Millwall supporters erupted at Wembley today in the latter stages of the FA Cup semi-final between Wigan and Millwall.

TV footage and photographs showed small groups of Millwall supporters fighting between themselves near a corner of the ground. There were scenes of policemen trying to push fans back, while it appeared that some Millwall supporters jeered their own fans who were causing the hooliganism.

Liverpool Supporters Unfurl Anti-Margaret Thatcher Banners at Premier League Match [PHOTO]

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A small group of Liverpool supporters unfurled anti-Margaret Thatcher banners at today's Premier League at Reading's Madejski Stadium in England.

The banners included "Ding dong, the witch is dead," "We're gonna have a party," "You picked on the wrong city," and "You didn't care when you lied, we don't care that you died.

Arsenal vs Norwich City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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One moment in this match between Arsenal and Norwich City was the turning point in this game. Up until then, it was a very close encounter between Arsenal and Norwich.

Watch the highlights from Arsenal against Norwich City, played on April 13, 2013 at Emirates Stadium in gameweek 33 of the Premier League:


szólj hozzá: Arsenal vs Norwich 3:1 GOALS HIGHLIGHTS

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Wigan Athletic vs Millwall, FA Cup Semi-Final Open Thread

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Millwall plays Wigan Athletic today in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley (kick-off time is 12:15pm ET). The victor will play the winner of tomorrow's semi-final between Manchester City and Chelsea. Plus, either Millwall or Wigan will potentially book a place in next season's Europa League if/when City and Chelsea finish in the top four in the Premier League.

Roberto Mancini Says City’s USA Tour Is Not For Him, But For Club: The Nightly EPL

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is not amused by the club's decision to go on tour to the United States this May just days after the 2012-13 Premier League season ends.

"Usually I don't like this because when we finish the season it is finished. The players need to go home for one week because afterwards they should go with national team.

Guide to talkSPORT’s Commentators for Live Premier League Matches

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For listeners outside Europe, one of the greatest benefits of talkSPORT is their audio coverage of every single Premier League match online via talkSPORT.com or via their talkSPORT app. talkSPORT has the audio rights until the end of the 2015-16 season, so whether you've had a chance to listen to their commentaries or not, here's a helpful guide to the voices that you'll hear during a typical Premier League season.

Watch Psy’s New Video – Gentleman; His Follow-Up to Gangnam Style [VIDEO]

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Psy has released his newest music video as a follow-up to his worldwide hit, Gangnam Style. The new music video is for the single "Gentleman."

You may be wondering why Psy's new video, "Gentleman," is being shown on a soccer blog. If you skip to minute 1:08, you can see Psy showing us his soccer skills on a pitch with several children.

FOX Soccer Interrupts Arsenal-Norwich Match With beIN Sport Broadcast [PHOTO]

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During today's match between Arsenal and Norwich City that is being televised live on FOX Soccer, FOX accidentally interrupted the broadcast in the 28th minute to show 30 seconds of beIN Sport's live coverage of Nottingham Forest against Cardiff City.

The 30 second interruption showed Cardiff City scoring a goal to take the lead.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 33: Open Thread

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With no early match today, all five Premier League games kick off at 10am ET/3pm BST featuring some interesting matchups between clubs near the top versus clubs near the bottom.

For viewers in the United States, all of the matches are televised live on television and/or the Internet. View our TV and Internet guide to find out who'll be showing which games.

Adventures in Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 32

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With just six matches to go in the 2012-13 Premier League season, it's going to be over before you know it. But before we call the season a day, here's a recap of my adventures in Fantasy Premier League from last weekend.

Kevin Mirallas and the rest of Everton's forward line: Last week, I recommended a few Belgian players.

Get Your Predictions in for Beat The Manager, Gameweek 33

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Don't forget to get your predictions in for the free prediction gameBeat The Managerbefore Saturday at 6:30am ET.

After gameweek 38 finishes, we'll be awarding the winner an Apple iPad Mini (plus we still owe you the leaderboard after gameweek 24 and 30).

If you haven't playedBeat The Managerbefore, start today.

Will the Real Robin van Persie Please Stand Up?

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Will the real Robin van Persie please stand up? Actually, will the real Robin van Persie please score a goal? The usually prolific striker has been in a bit of a funk lately, not having scored in 10 league matches.

Looking at his goal tally in the league this season (19 goals) and his assists (8 assists), you would think he's having a strong season — maybe not as great as last season's monstrous season, but a strong one nonetheless.

Michael Laudrup, A Magician and Genius On The Pitch From 1981-98

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It has been an amazing first season for the new Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, who created history by winning the League Cup, Swansea's first major trophy. However the genius Dane has had a lot of history of his own as a player.

Let's turn the clock back to June 15 1964, where a young Michael was born in the suburbs of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.

Didier Drogba Makes a Welcome Return to the UEFA Champions League

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His current side may have just this week dropped out of Europe's premier club competition. However personally it has been a pleasure to witness the return of Didier Drogba to the Champions League in the colors of Galatasaray. Albeit his absence was short-lived, having departed Stamford Bridge for China last summer only to return to Europe in January to join the Turkish side, his return has been a welcome reminder that the Ivorian striker still has something to offer at this elite level.

Friday Football Special: David Moyes at Home, AVB’s Throat and a Rafa Benitez Song [VIDEO]

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In a week where goal-line technology has finally been embraced, Friday Football Special takes a peek at David Moyes' home life and inside Everton's dressing room, they analyse more footballer's tweets, plus Ray Winstone makes another appearance, and FFS finds a cure for AVB's throat problems.

Watch this week's Friday Football Special today:

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How Mauricio Pochettino’s Changes Made An Immediate Impact On Southampton

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When Nigel Adkins was sacked in January, it seemed like a cruel decision after he had led them from League 1 to the Premier League in two seasons and Southampton were not having all too bad a season with it being their first since promotion. Whilst it is true that the decision was harsh, it is obvious since former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino took over at the club, their performances have moved on to another level.

Ferguson Hits Back at Hodgson, Says His Players Are Fed Up With Meaningless Friendlies: The Daily EPL

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at England manager Roy Hodgson who yesterday complained that Premier League clubs don't take international breaks seriously.

In today's press conference, Ferguson said "I have no issue with competitive games. Players should always be available for those. I do have an issue with friendlies.

Rubin Kazan vs Chelsea, Basel vs Spurs & Newcastle vs Benfica Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was a frustrating night for English teams in the Europa League today with a set of mixed results. Watch the videos below to find out which teams will be in the draw tomorrow for the semi-finals of the 2012-13 Europa League.

The match highlights include Rubin Kazan vs Chelsea, FC Basel vs Spurs and Newcastle vs Benfica —in the second leg of the quarter-finals from April 11, 2013.

Roy Hodgson Attacks Clubs for Treating International Breaks as Holiday: The Nightly EPL

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Roy Hodgson came out Thursday on the attack, saying that too many Premier League clubs treat internationals as a vacation. Hmm, maybe everyone should stop calling it the international break, for starters?!

"These breaks are being seen as the 10-day break that you don't always get during the season.

Chelsea Faces Basel in Europa League Semi-Final; Barcelona to Play Munich in Champions League

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The draws for the Europa League and UEFA Champions League semi-finals have been made.

In the Europa League, Chelsea will face FC Basel — the team that knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the tournament. In the other semi-final, Fenerbahce will play Benfica. The matches will be played on April 25 and May 2, with the winners playing in the Europa League Final in Amsterdam on May 15.

Arlo White Expected To Be Announced As EPL Announcer for NBC Sports

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EXCLUSIVE: Arlo White, the voice of MLS on NBC, is expected to be announced next week as the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of the English Premier League, according to an EPL Talk source.

White moved from England to the United States in 2010 where he became the voice of MLS team Seattle Sounders.

Rubin Kazan vs Chelsea, Basel vs Spurs & Newcastle vs Benfica: Europa League Open Thread

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Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United compete against European opposition today in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-finals. Each team has an opportunity to guarantee a berth in the semi-final, but which of the three clubs will make it through?

Chelsea kicks off the action today with a tricky away match in Moscow against Rubin Kazan.

The Story of Spain’s Forgotten Academy – Real Madrid

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Everyone in the world has heard about ‘La Masia,' Barcelona's youth academy which year after year produces exceptional talent and has housed superstars such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta (just to name three). Almost every game they have many youth products in their starting eleven and the publicity their academy gets is understandable and justified.

Chelsea Chairman Admits Blues are Open to Jose Mourinho Return: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says that the Blues would be open to Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge.

"I am completely open-minded about it," said Buck. The Independent reports that when Buck was pressed further about how far they have got into the process of picking a new coach, he claimed: "We really haven't started that yet.

Premier League Approve HawkEye to be Used As Goal-Line Technology for 2013-14 Season

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Today, the Premier League approved the use of HawkEye goal-line technology, which will be used by all 20 Premier League sides beginning with the 2013-14 season that'll kick off in August.

A competing technology, GoalControl, will be used at this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup. And, if successful in Brazil, will be used next summer at the 2014 World Cup.

Premier League Clubs Ratify Rules Governing Financial Fair Play

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The Premier League clubs today ratified rules governing financial fair play.

The rules that were ratified included:

1) Losses restricted to maximum of £105m over three-year period

2) Clubs whose total wage bill is more than £52 million will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4 million per season for the next three years (i.

Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain & Juventus vs Bayern Munich Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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After today's matches, we now know the final two teams that have made it through to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. In two intriguing matches in the Champions League today, Paris Saint-Germain attempted to get a solitary goal that would be enough to sneak them through to the next round.

Manchester United Have 33 Sponsors; How Many Can You Name? – The Nightly EPL

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Manchester United's commercial department has been one of the busiest areas of the club in recent years, signing deals with so many sponsors that it's hard to remember them all. United have sold advertising rights to their training ground and training gear, as well as naming their official partners for automotive, gambling, logistics, travel, watches, airlines, wine and practically anything else you can think of.

search the gif (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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The FA Cup comes at an interesting time in the league. Split the teams up and some may take their opportunity to pull ahead. How much of a psychological shift will that cause as points become the focus?

On the flip side: Wigan and Millwall have a chance to make history for themselves. Swansea set the cup agenda, but then their league status looked very secure.

Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain & Juventus vs Bayern Munich, Champions League Open Thread

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We'll find out today what two teams will be in Friday's draw for the semi-finals of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League tournament alongside Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

As we saw in yesterday's matches, anything is possible so there's still a chance that Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus could cause a shock today.

Are We Not Men? The IT Crowd Nerds Pretend to be Football Supporters [VIDEO]

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One of my favorite television shows is The IT Crowd, a irreverent British program that lampoons a team of computer technicians who work in the basement of a typical modern company.

If you haven't seen the series, do check it out. In this particular segment, characters Moss and Roy try to fit in with other football supporters at a local pub to hilarious consequences.

English Comedian Impersonates Andre Villas-Boas In Amusing Post Match Interview [VIDEO]

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English actor and comedian Phil Cornwell recently impersonated Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on the popular podcast named The Spurs Show.

Little did he know that keen listener Steve Irwin captured the audio and synced it up against a video of the Spurs manager to hilarious effect as you can see below.

FA Sets Up Neutral Zone At Wembley for FA Cup Semi-Final After Wigan Fail to Sell Ticket Allocation

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The FA has taken the unprecedented step to open up a neutral zone at Wembley for this weekend's FA Cup semi-final between Wigan Athletic and Millwall after Wigan were not able to sell their ticket allocation for the match.

Both clubs were allocated 31,000 tickets. Wigan Athletic still have at least 10,000 tickets remaining from their allocation, so The FA has decided to sell a maximum of 6,000 tickets from Wigan's section and to open up the area to neutral supporters.

Manchester United In Advanced Negotiations to Sign Radamel Falcao: Transfer Rumors

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Manchester United are in advanced negotiations to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, according to Spanish newspaperMarca.

The reported transfer fee for the Colombian is€55 million.Marcaadds that Manchester United are willing to make a down payment to ensure they're able to sign Falcao this summer.

Only 3 of 6 Stadiums Ready for This Summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil

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Only three of six stadiums are ready for the 2013 Confederations Cup, scheduled for Brazil this summer.

"Not all operational arrangements will be 100 percent" for the Confederations Cup, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke wrote on FIFA's website. "The deadline for the FIFA World Cup stadiums delivery stands firm as December 2013.

UEFA Proposes New Minimum 10-Game Ban for Racist Abuse: The Daily EPL

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UEFA has proposed a new minimum 10-game ban for racist abuse.

UEFA General SecretaryGianni Infantino outlined the plans at this week's SoccerEx conference. "We have to have sanctions and they must have a deterrent effect," said Infantino. "What we are proposing is if a player or official is convicted of racism they should receive a 10-match suspension at least.

Right or Wrong? UK Football Organizations Rule Out Minute’s Silence for Margaret Thatcher: The Nightly EPL

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The FA and Premier League have both ruled out any possibility of a minute's silence as a tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who died yesterday, aged 87.

That means there will be no minute's silence for Thatcher at this weekend's Premier League and FA Cup matches. However, it remains a possibility that individual clubs may request one with Wigan and Reading chairmen Dave Whelan and John Madejski respectively both in favor of a tribute to Thatcher.

Borussia Dortmund Supporters Unveil Incredible Tifo Display in Champions League [VIDEO]

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Borussia Dortmund supporters won even more respect tonight in the UEFA Champions League with an incredible tifo that was displayed before kick-off in their match against Malaga.

The creative tifo can be seen in the video below.

In the meantime, Dortmund supporters also deserve respect tonight for their yellow wall (pictured above) in the South Stand of their stadium where 24,000 fans cram into the end of the ground to form a human wall filled with supporters wearing yellow shirts and scarves.

Chelsea Face Fitness Worries Ahead of Rubin Kazan Match With Bertrand and Cahill Ruled Out

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Chelsea face a potential defensive crisis this week with no first-team left back available after Ryan Bertrand has been struck down with a virus. Ashley Cole is still injured, so it may mean that Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez will give 18-year-old Nathan Ake a start against Rubin Kazan on Thursday in the Europa League quarter-final.

Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga & Galatasaray vs Real Madrid Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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After the results from the first leg of these matches, who would have thought that the second leg of the matches between Borussia Dortmund-Malaga and Galatasaray-Real Madrid would have so exhilarating? And I'm not even a supporter of any of the four clubs.

If you missed the matches, or if you want to watch the highlights, here they are for readers/viewers in the United States (due to rights restrictions).

Galatasaray vs Real Madrid & Borussia Dortmund vs Malaga, UEFA Champions League Open Thread

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While there aren't any Premier League clubs remaining in the UEFA Champions League, there's still plenty of good football to watch today with the second legs of the quarter-finals set for later today.

If you live in the United States, both matches can be watched live on television and the Internet.

Time Is Running Out For Stoke City to Escape Relegation

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Stoke City have enjoyed relative success as a football club over the past few years. Under Tony Pulis they have become an established Premier League team, and in doing so have come to rely on an often criticized, but largely effective style of play.

The Britannia Stadium has become something of a fortress during their time in the top flight with the home fans generating a raucous, often gladiatorial-style atmosphere, and each of the league's elite sides have come to view their visit as one of the toughest away fixtures of a league season.

5 Talking Points From Premier League Gameweek 32: The Weekly EPL

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With a packed roster of matches being played out over the weekend, we have plenty to talk about regarding this gameweek.

1. Manchester City get a glimpse of an alternate reality

Still 12 points clear of their noisy neighbors, United possibly just can't throw it away from here.

BBC, talkSPORT and Absolute Radio Retain Premier League Radio Rights in UK Until 2016

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BBC, talkSPORT and Absolute Radio have retained their audio rights to broadcast Premier League matches on UK radio through until the end of the 2015-16 season.

According to SportsPro, the BBC has retained its four current packages, including Saturday lunchtime, the first pick of Saturday afternoon's 3pm BST kick-offs, Sunday late afternoon games and Monday evening fixtures.

Arsenal Forward Andrey Arshavin Ready to Quit Soccer At End Of Season: The Daily EPL

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Andrey Arshavin is ready to quit soccer at the end of this season, aged 32. According to The Evening Standard, the footballer has become so disillusioned with the sport as well as the lack of viable alternatives away from Arsenal that he is considering hanging up his boots when his contract ends this summer.

QPR’s Relegation Would Expose Loïc Rémy to Premier League Vultures: The Nightly EPL

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French striker Loic Remy has only played eight matches so far this season for Queens Park Rangers, but while he hasn't been able to turn around the club's form, he has achieved an impressive five goals in eight league appearances.

Remy's prowess in front of goal is something to marvel, similar to Demba Ba's clinical scoring when he played with West Ham United even though he wasn't able to help them stay up two seasons ago.

Warp Wrap (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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What a weekend of quality in the Premier League. The pod had to wait for the United City game though: normal scheduling will return this week. United looked confident whilst City looked defiant. Who wins overall in Manchester? The pod take a look.

Two students, of different kinds faced off as the new boy took on the class swat: Di Canio v Benitez.

Everton Captain Phil Neville Will Leave Club At End of Season

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Everton skipper Phil Neville has announced that he will be leaving the club at the end of this season.

Neville, who has been at Everton since 2005, will take some time to weigh up his options. It's quite possible that Neville may be interested in a career as a pundit, where his brother Gary Neville has achieved rave reviews.

Premier League Clubs Expected to Approve Goal-Line Technology to Begin Use Next Season

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The Football Association expect the Premier League clubs to approve goal-line technology, with the technology set to be launched in the Premier League beginning with the 2013-14 season.

The Premier League clubs meet on Thursday to discuss several agenda items including Financial Fair Play.

If approved, there's no guarantee that the Premier League will use the GoalControl goal-line technology that FIFA approved last week.

Manchester United vs Manchester City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In the battle for local pride, Manchester United played Manchester City today in the English Premier League.

Manchester United were hoping to take a giant step closer to winning the Premier League title, while City wanted to win the bragging rights.

The game didn't disappoint. Here are the match highlights from April 8, 2013:


Video: Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Highlights 04/08/13

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero Scores Sensational Goal Against Manchester United [GIF]

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Sergio Aguero scored a sensational solo goal for Manchester City today against Manchester United.

Before the match, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said that Aguero wasn't 100% fit to play the full match, so the Argentine started on the bench. But in the 79th minute, Aguero dribbled past three Manchester United footballers and managed to stay on his feet to release a lethal shot into the top of the net.

Manchester United vs Manchester City, Premier League Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Local pride is on the line tonight when Manchester United battles Manchester City at Old Trafford.

In the last league match between the two sides, Manchester United beat Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium with a stoppage-time goal from Robin van Persie. While that one victory did a lot to unsettle City's confidence, Manchester City supporters will be hoping for revenge tonight by being able to beat their cross-town rivals on the hallowed turf at Old Trafford.

Where to Find Manchester United vs Manchester City On US TV

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Today's game between Manchester United and Manchester City will be shown live on US television, Internet and available as live audio.

Here's where you'll be able to find it on TV, Internet and online today:

  • ESPN — The network will begin coverage at 2:30pm ET, while the game will kick off at 3pm ET.

FA Have Found No Evidence Of Racist Chanting By England Fans Aimed at Ferdinand Brothers

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The FA will tell FIFA that they have found no evidence of racist chanting by England fans in San Marino.

"We haven't been able to actually find or identify any individuals chanting," said Director of Communications for the FAAdrian Bevington. The spokesperson added that The FA is not disputing that the chanting happened, but they have been unable to find evidence.

Sky Refuses to Air BT’s Ads for its Premier League Coverage: The Daily EPL

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Despite the way that Sky has helped the Premier League become so popular, there is a lot to despise about the way the Rupert Murdoch company does business. They're incredibly self-serving. If there's a sporting event or news story that they don't either have the rights to or they didn't get the scoop, they'll often ignore it or will certainly pay far less attention to it compared to one of their own Sky Sports exclusives.

Manchester City to Play Chelsea in Friendly at Yankee Stadium in New York City On May 25

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Manchester City and Chelsea officially announced today that they will face each other in an exhibition match to be played at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 25.

The friendly between Manchester City and Chelsea is the second match between both teams scheduled to be played in the US this summer.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Today's matches in the Premier League had a little bit of everything —last minute goals, players jumping into crowds, karate kicks and much more.

If you missed any of the highlights, or if you want to see them again, here are the highlights for gameweek 32 of the Premier League, Sunday edition from April 7, 2013.

Manchester City to Review Mancini’s Position at End of Season; Mancini Says Too Many Teams Roll Over for United: The Nightly EPL

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On the eve of the Manchester derby,The Guardiannewspaper has published two very revealing articles about City. The first reveals that Manchester City will review Roberto Mancini's position at the end of the season, and that sources are unable to confirm whether Mancini will be at the club.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies Aged 87

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Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, died today at the age of 87.

Nicknamed The Iron Lady, Thatcher was an icon in British politics. She was the first-ever female British Prime Minister when she was voted into office in 1979. She'll be forever remembered for her tough stance against the unions as well as standing up for the British citizens on the Falklands, a set of remote islands in the south Atlantic Ocean that she went to war with Argentina over.

Bobby Zamora’s Kick Against Wigan: Everyone Was Kung-Fu Fighting [GIF]

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In case you missed it, Bobby Zamora auditioned for the upcoming remake of the "Everyone Was Kung-Fu Fighting" music video today in his match for Queens Park Rangers against Wigan Athletic. The problem was that Wigan's Jordi Gomez was in his way.

Zamora kicked Gomez in the head and was subsequently given a red card, leaving the R's down to ten men.

The Importance of Michael Carrick to Manchester United

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Michael Carrick has excelled in the centre of Manchester United's midfield this season, becoming a key figure in their title charge. He has been praised heavily across the country in recent weeks but that is definitely not how it has always been. He was somewhat of a ridiculed character in the past particularly after the Champions League final of 2009 where he was dominated by Barcelona's midfield with Carrick himself calling it the worst night of his career.

Manchester City Must Not Think That Spending Another £150m Will Catch United, Says Gary Neville: The Nightly EPL

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Gary Neville has some tough words for Manchester City supporters to swallow tonight, saying that the current Premier League title-holders have a long way to go to catch up with the Manchester United juggernaut — not just in the league this season, but in the long-term.

"I think the feeling among the [City] players last May may have been: ‘Thank goodness!

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Five matches are on deck today in the Premier Leaguewith plenty to choose from depending whether you like to watch the race for UEFA Champions League qualification, the escape from relegation or both.

The only shame is that all of the games today overlap, so either you'll miss a lot of the action in the other games, or you'll be doing a lot of flipping channels.

Brian Clough Television Interview From 1969-70: Cocky And Confident As Always [VIDEO]

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I came across a new TV documentary this evening that I hadn't seen before about Brian Clough.

It's from 1969-70. Uniquely, the TV documentary starts off by asking then Derby County manager Brian Clough what his expectations are for the season. He goes through his entire squad and offers his critique of each player, what they can contribute and how he thinks his just-promoted side will do.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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While there were only four matches in the Premier League today, there were 13 goals for an average of 3.25 goals per game. One team was doomed to probable relegation, while another one looks like they may escape the drop. At the same time, one club's run of form pushes them down into the relegation battle.

Olivier Giroud is Having a Solid Season For Arsenal Despite the Naysayers

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It's no secret Olivier Giroud has had anything but a warm reception this season at Arsenal.

After his summer move from Montpellier where he led the French side to a league title and a Champions League spot while finishing the league the top scorer, many considered his relatively low transfer fee to be a steal for Arsenal.

The History of Manchester United vs Manchester City: Gary James Interview [VIDEO]

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I had the pleasure of interviewing football historian and author Gary James earlier yesterday regarding the upcoming Manchester United-Manchester City derby. Not only that, but Gary and I discussed the very first Manchester derby, as well as his latest discoveries regarding the history of Manchester City Football Club, and much more.

Watch ‘Hillsborough: Never Forgotten’ – The Full-Length TV Documentary [VIDEO]

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Earlier this week, BBC2 in Britain premiered a brand-new television documentary that revisits the Hillsborough tragedy in light of the recent findings.

The 90-minute documentary is a haunting and sobering documentary that has a magnetism that pulls you in closer to the subject matter. It's expertly filmed and edited, and I urge you to watch it if you want to not only learn about some of the new findings regarding the Hillsborough tragedy, but also to better understand the terrible fear and horror that the family members had to go through for 23 long years.

Controversial Former Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie Dropped from The Telegraph: The Nightly EPL

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Controversial former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has been dropped fromThe Telegraphnewspaper after only writing one column.

MacKenzie had his column published on Thursday in a role thatThe Telegraphbilled as a regular gig. However,The Telegraph's football writer Henry Winter said it was a "one-off and won't be repeated.

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 31

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Before we dive into gameweek 32 tomorrow, here are my adventures in Fantasy Premier League, gameweek 31 from last weekend.

Ricardo Lambert (pronounced Lam-bear): My father sometimes "Europeanizes" Rickie Lambert's (7.1) name, probably in an effort to sound funny. After all, Lambert has spent most of his career in the Football League, and there's nothing more English than the three divisions that buttress the Premiership.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 32: Open Thread

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Due to the Europa League matches on Thursday, today ends up being an unusual day in the Premier League with only four matches being played today, while five are kicking off tomorrow, and the big one happens on Monday.

Regardless, there's still plenty of good matches to watch today beginning with the remarkable match-up between Reading and Southampton (7:45am ET on ESPN2 for viewers in the United States).

Leaked Photo of Chelsea’s New Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTO]

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A new leaked photo has emerged tonight that reveals a brand-new design of what could be Chelsea's new home shirt for the 2013-14 season.

Different than the previous leaked photo, the new photo reveals a more simplistic design that looks like a typical adidas template that the kit manufacturer has used before.

Get Your Predictions in for Beat The Manager, Gameweek 32

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Don't forget to get your predictions in for the free prediction game Beat The Manager before Saturday at 6:30am ET.

Pictured above is EPL Talk reader Andrew Pagano, who won an Apple iPad Mini after having the highest score when Gameweek 18 ended. He's pictured alongside his beautiful dog Cypres.

‘Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You’ is This Month’s Book Club Selection, Join the Discussion!

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We're going to do things a little differently for April's book discussion. This month we're going with a book that I strongly recommend. It's one of the best soccer books I've read in years. And even months after reading it, it still sticks with me.

The book discussion selection for April is Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You.

Chelsea Footballers Paint Themselves Blue To Promote New Chelsea Home Kit [PHOTOS]

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In a cross between Blue Man Group and Avatar, the bodies of nine Chelsea footballers have been completely painted blue to promote the club's new home shirt that will be unveiled next month.

The new advertising campaign from adidas features Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Petr Cech, John Terry, Demba Ba, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Gary Cahill.

Which Premier League Clubs Have the Best Attacking Efficiency and Defensive Resiliency? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Which clubs have the best attacking efficiency and best defensive resiliency in the Premier League for the 2012-13 season-to-date?

On the basis of attacking efficiency, the research is measured based on the number of shots taken per goal scored.

For defensive resiliency, it's measured on the numbers of shots faced per goal conceded.

The Day When Middlesbrough Wore Manchester United Kits Against Man City [VIDEO]

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On January 17, 1981, Middlesbrough traveled to Manchester to play against City at Maine Road. Bizarrely, Boro wore Manchester United's home red kit that day.

Here's how and why it happened.

"It was in game played in 1981, when we took [Middlesbrough's] Datsun Cleveland sponsored shirts for a game at Maine Road versus Manchester City," according to the official Middlesbrough website.

Injury Report: Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas Out For Up to Two Weeks

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Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and William Gallas are out injured and are expected to return to training within two weeks, according to a club statement from Tottenham Hotspur.

"The Club can confirm that Gareth Bale (sprained ankle ligaments), William Gallas (calf strain) and Aaron Lennon (soft tissue contusion below the knee) all underwent scans today (Friday) after being forced off with injuries during our Europa League Quarter Final First Leg draw with Basel last night," said the club statement.

Jan Vertonghen and David Moyes Named Player and Manager of Month for March

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David Moyes and Jan Vertonghen have been named Manager and Player of the Month for March by the Barclays Premier League.

After managers and players are awarded the honors, they often experience a dip in form. Previous winners include managers Martin O'Neill and Brian McDermott, while footballers Steven Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini and Adam Le Fondre have picked up the players award.

Manchester United Appoint Specialist to Improve Old Trafford Atmosphere: The Daily EPL

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Manchester United have appointed an acoustic engineer to help improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

The move comes after many Manchester United supporters complained that even though supporters in the Stretford End make a tremendous amount of noise, very few fans at the other end of the ground can hear them.

Alex Ferguson Refuses to Discuss Man United’s 6-1 Old Trafford Defeat to Man City: The Nightly EPL

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After Sir Alex Ferguson retires, he should consider being a professor in England or the United States, teaching a class on manipulating the media. He isthatgood.

During today's press conference with Ferguson, the Manchester United manager was asked about the 6-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

Chelsea vs Rubin Kazan, Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Guess who's back? Back again! The one and only Fernando Torres who featured prominently in Chelsea's match today at Stamford Bridge against the club based in the city of Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan.

Here are the highlights of Chelsea against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League quarter-final, first leg:


Video: Chelsea v Rubin Kazan UEFA Europa League Highlights 04/04/13

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Basel, Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Tottenham Hotspur played against FC "Are you Barcelona in disguise?" Basel this evening on a cold night at White Hart Lane.

The match was played at a blazing pace with plenty of goals scored, and a hatful of incidents. Here are the match highlights from the Europa League quarter-final, first leg, between Spurs and Basel.

Benfica vs Newcastle United, Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If you missed any of the highlights from Newcastle United's match against Benfica today in the Europa League, here you go.

Newcastle was the only Premier League team to play away today in the Europa League. Plus, arguably, they faced the toughest opposition out of all three English sides.

Here are the highlights from Benfica versus Newcastle United, in the Europa League quarter-final, first leg:


Video: Benfica v Newcastle UEFA Europa League Highlights 04/04/13

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FFS: Right Wingers, Banner Protests and Match of the Day

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In the week that Sunderland appoint a tin-pot manager FFS brings you the last Anton Ferdinand Turkish lesson, more In Play Betting with Ray Winstone, an over-respectful footballer, a banner protest and a song about Newcastle being more French than Gerard Depardieu. Look up and use the channels. Get in.

Di Canio Believe It? (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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We open tonight's pod with our usual dissection of the Champions League. Did Thiago Silva prove why Joey Barton will never be a credible pundit? Did Zlatan Ibrahimovic struggle mentally? Have Juventus got a chance against Bayern Munich? All will attempt to be revealed.

On tonight's pod we also become somewhat reflective.

The Clubs That Are The Best Crossers in the Premier League for 2012-13 To Date

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The interesting thing about most statistics is that they often reveal remarkable facts that you otherwise wouldn't know. At least the ones that are published do.

This week, we've looked at the footballers who have the best win percentages for their Premier League club as well as which Premier League clubs have the squads with the youngest average age.

Gareth Bale Injured in Europa League Match; Stretchered Off The Pitch [VIDEO]

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Gareth Bale was stretchered off the pitch tonight after suffering an ankle injury in the 92nd minute of Tottenham's match against Basel in the Europa League quarter-final.

The collision with the Basel player looked like a harmless 50-50 ball as both players tried to gain possession. But as can be seen from the video and photo below, Bale's ankle twisted at a 90 degree angle.

Emmanuel Adebayor And Other High-Profile Players that Stoke City Missed Out On Signing

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Stoke City's chief scout recently said that the club had a chance to sign Emmanuel Adebayor for £3 million.

"I remember one of the first names I gave to Tony [Pulis] at Stoke was a lightning-quick, 6ft 4in striker called Adebayor. But we were in the Championship and we were told the fee of £3m was too much," said Stoke City's Chief ScoutLindsay Parsons.

Scott Parker Misses Open Goal for Tottenham Against Basel in Europa League [GIF]

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Poor Scott Parker.

The Tottenham midfielder had a golden opportunity to score for Tottenham Hotspur against Basel today in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but somehow he managed to completely miss the net.

Oh Scottie, what were you thinking?!

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Chelsea vs Rubin Kazan, Spurs vs Basel & Benfica vs Newcastle, Europa League: Open Thread

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Three Premier League sides are in action today in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. All three first leg matches are being shown live on US television and/or Internet.

Here's the schedule for today:

Chelsea vs Rubin Kazan, 3pm, FOX Soccer, ESPN Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Spurs vs Basel, 3pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Benfica vs Newcastle, 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

Follow along with the matches by joining the conversation in the comments section below.

Lionel Messi, Fabregas, Henry, Song and 32 Other Stars of World Soccer to Play in Chicago This Summer

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Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry and Alex Song will be playing in a friendly game this summer in Chicago to raise money for charity.

Dubbed "Messi & Friends," the exhibition match is being organized by Messi and will feature 36 world stars.

"This event will feature the world's greatest players in a festival of soccer, the most popular sport on the planet," said Sergio Codino, vice president of Numero 5 LLC, the match's organiser.

The Footballers With the Best Win Percentage In Premier League History: 1992 to 2013

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Which player has the best win percentage at every Premier League club that has played in the top flight of England from 1992-2013?

Some of the findings may surprise you. Out of the 45 teams who have played in the Premier League since it was founded, there are memorable names from the history of British football with greats such as Alan Shearer.

Yaya Toure Signs New Contract at Manchester City to Keep Him At Club Until 2017

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Yaya Toure has signed a new contract at Manchester City to keep him at the club until 2017.

The new contract is worth approximately £11 million a year according to The Sun.The new deal was signed today after his agent warned a fortnight ago that Toure would leave Manchester City if no agreement was reached.

Everton Will Have to Break 60-Point Barrier to Secure European Qualification, Says Moyes: The Daily EPL

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Everton manager David Moyes has set a target of reaching 60 points to secure European qualification.

Everton currently has eight matches remaining this Premier League season for an opportunity to win 24 points. Everton sit in sixth position with 51 points, so nine points from their next eight games seem very do-able.

Manchester United Strikers’ Attacking Stats for 2012-13 Season To Date [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Look who has the best conversion rate among strikers at Manchester United.

While Chicharito has played far fewer matches than Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, it still shows how clinical Javier Hernandez is in front of goal for Manchester United. And if Petr Cech hadn't been two spectacular saves in the FA Cup replay earlier this week, Hernandez would have two more goals under his belt.

Rafael Benitez Sets his Sights on Summer Move to ‘Top’ English Side: The Nightly EPL

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Where will Rafa Benitez end up this summer? As a manager on the continent, or — as he thinks — managing a top club in the Premier League? I don't foresee any managerial changes this summer at any of the top 5 Premier League teams, so which team does he have his eyes on?

Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Rafael Benitez sets his sights on summer move to 'top' English side — The Telegraph
  • Newcastle United create prayer room for Muslim players to worship before games — The Mirror
  • Vincent Kompany on Barcelona's radar after row with Roberto Mancini — Telegraph
  • How can football be a beautiful game and justify Paolo Di Canio's Nazi salute?

Manchester United vs Manchester City to Be Shown Live on ESPN On US Television

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Monday's derby between Manchester United and Manchester City will be shown live on ESPN in the United States.

The match kicks off at 3pm ET and will be shown on the flagship ESPN network instead of ESPN2. Plus, the game will be televised live on ESPN Deportes and via the WatchESPN app.

Ian Darke and Steve McManaman will be the commentators for a game between two of the biggest teams in the Premier League.

The Teams With the Average Youngest Age in the Premier League

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Which club has the youngest average age in the Premier League? And vice-versa, which club has the oldest average age? The answers may surprise you.

First, the club with the oldest average is the one that sits at the very bottom of the league — Queens Park Rangers, where the average age is 28.

New Leaked Photo of England’s 2013 Home Shirt Is Clearest Yet [PHOTO]

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A new photo of England's new home shirt for 2013 has been leaked on the Internet, and this one is the clearest yet.

This new photo — which is by far the best photo yet, more so than the previous leaked photos we saw here and here — shows the new England home shirt in all its splendor.

The Man That Time Forgot – Florent Malouda

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Three years ago, Florent Malouda was voted Chelsea's player of the season in their 2009-10 Premier League title winning season. Now he finds himself seeing out the last month of his contract, having trained all season with the under-21's. But will he have the chance for a second coming in the Premiership next season or will his time in England dwindle to nothingness?

Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio Says He Does Not Support the Ideology of Fascism

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio says he does not support the ideology of fascism.

In a statement released on the club website, Di Canio finally set the record straight on his political beliefs.

"I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism.

All of Abou Diaby’s 35 Injuries For Arsenal From 2006-2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Since signing with Arsenal, Abou Diaby has made just 92 league appearances for the club and has, by talkSport's estimations, suffered 35 injuries.

The frustration with Diaby's injury-prone history at Arsenal is that he's an amazingly gifted central midfielder who often makes a profound difference to the team when he's in the side.

Charlton Manager Refuses to be Drawn On Issue of Whether Paolo Di Canio is a Fascist: The Daily EPL

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During Paolo Di Canio's press conference yesterday in Sunderland, the Italian manager was asked by BBC journalist Dan Roan whether he is a fascist or not. Di Canio refused to answer the question and, instead, said to ask Trevor Sinclair or Chris Powell about his character. Di Canio said the same thing in his Monday official club statement.

Didier Drogba Is Open to Return to Chelsea; Wants to Bring Mourinho Back With Him

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Didier Drogba is open to returning to Chelsea, and would like to bring Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge with him.

Here's what Drogba said in the lead-up to tomorrow's UEFA Champions League match between his new side Galatasaray and Real Madrid:

"Let me finish at Galatasaray first and then we will talk about [the possibility of moving to Chelsea].

‘Outstanding’ José Reina is Staying at Liverpool, Says Brendan Rodgers: The Nightly EPL

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Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to remain at the club after this summer, according to an article inThe Guardiannewspaper.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who has had his toughest season to date at Anfield,

"[Reina]'s never been unsettled and our relationship is very strong.

Can Wigan Athletic Avoid Relegation For Yet Another Season?

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Since their promotion in 2005, Wigan Athletic have survived in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth on a regular basis. From the days of Paul Jewell, through the era of Steve Bruce to the current day manager Roberto Martinez they always find a way to move away from the drop zone at the right time.

Arsenal Confirm Preseason Tour to Indonesia and Japan

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Arsenal today confirmed that the club will play against the Indonesian national team in a pre-season friendly on Sunday, July 14.

The match will be played at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, which has a capacity of 88,000.

Arsenal's visit to Indonesia is the club's first trip to Indonesia since 1983.

Close-Ups of Liverpool’s New Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTOS]

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New close-ups have been leaked on the Internet of Liverpool's new home shirt for the 2013-14 season.

The close-ups of Liverpool shirt are consistent with the shirt design we revealed in December. Plus, the new photos definitely lend some credibility to the shirt that appears to be the official one that will be revealed in the late spring or early summer.

Liverpool Under Brendan Rodgers Are Playing Best Attacking Soccer Since 1980s, Says John Aldridge

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Liverpool legend striker John Aldridge says that the current Liverpool side under Brendan Rodgers are playing the club's best attacking soccer since the 1980′s.

"That's not to say the team is as good, of course, but their commitment to passing football, the variety in their play and the way in which they attack teams is a joy to watch at times," said Aldridge, in his Liverpool Echo column.

Tickets for Manchester City vs Chelsea Friendly in St Louis Sell Out In 20 Minutes

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Tickets for the Manchester City against Chelsea friendly to be played in St Louis on May 23 sold out within minutes of going on sale today, reports the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I think if we had a 100,000-seat stadium, we could have sold it out," said Vicki Bryant, vice president of event services and merchandising for the Cardinals.

Referee Mark Halsey Dropped From Premier League Matches For Second Week In A Row

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Referee Mark Halsey has been dropped from refereeing matches in the Premier League for the second week in a row.

Halsey was the referee who missed Callum McManaman's horror tackle on Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara. After Halsey missed the controversial tackle in the Premier League match in March, the referee was dropped from last weekend's Premier League matches in England and Wales.

FIFA Names GoalControl As Preferred Goal-Line Technology Ahead of World Cup 2014

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FIFA has selected GoalControl as the official goal-line technology company it'll use for this summer's Confederations Cup.

If the GoalControl technology is successful this summer, then it'll be used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

GoalControl uses 14 high-speed cameras that are located around the pitch and directed at both goals.

Where Borussia Dortmund’s Trio of Star Polish Players Could Be Heading in the Premier League

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Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski, and Lukasz Piszczek are three of Borussia Dortmund's deadliest players. "Polonia Dortmund," as they are called in Germany, were major parts in Dortmund's league and cup double last term, and seem to be replicating that scintillating form for the second year running.

Ray Wilkins Blames Ashley Cole Injury On Rafa Benitez’s Rotation Policy: The Daily EPL

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins says that Rafa Benitez is to blame for Ashley Cole's injury, which will keep the left back out of action for two weeks.

Here's what Wilkins said to talkSport during his interview with the radio station:

"[Ashley Cole] never played on Saturday at Southampton on Saturday, he plays 15 minutes against United and Danny Welbeck takes him on a run and he pulls his hamstring.

Fulham vs Queens Park Rangers, Premier League Gameweek 31 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was yet another one of those matches where it was a game of two halves. Fulham dominated the first half. Queens Park Rangers dominated the second 45 minutes.

But there was only one winner, while the loser walked off the pitch extremely disappointed.

Here are tonight's highlights from Fulham versus QPR:


Video: Fulham v QPR Premier League Highlights 04/01/13

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Manchester City’s Samir Nasri Says Stan Kroenke Forced Arsenal to Sell: The Nightly EPL

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is stirring up some controversy today, saying that Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke forced Gunners manager Arsene Wenger to sell Nasri to City in 2011.

In an interview with beIN SPORT, Nasri said "Wenger told me that, if Cesc [Fbregas] left, I would stay but Kroenke wanted the money.

Beautiful Simplicity (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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There was a lovely clarity to the football this weekend. Things, made sense as teams looked to balance themselves out or clear up issues that they'd been having. That played out between United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as they both danced around an issue before realising what needed to be done: nice to finish a weekend with two "cup finals" in a row.

Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio Refuses to Deny That He’s a Fascist

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In Paolo Di Canio's press conference this morning in Sunderland, the new manager was asked several times by BBC reporter Dan Roan to clarify whether he remains a fascist or not.

Di Canio refused to do so, instead referring each time to yesterday's official statement.

The Sunderland manager then added:

"I spoke many times more on this.

Liverpool Football Club Announces Summer Tour to Australia and Thailand

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Liverpool will visit Australia for the first time in their history for a summer pre-season tour, as well as announcing that the club will play in Thailand.

On July 24, Liverpool will play A-League side Melbourne Victory at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of 100,018.

Chelsea vs Manchester United, FA Cup 6th Round Replay Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Chelsea overcame the odds today to knock Manchester United out of the FA Cup. It was against all odds because they were dead and buried in the first half of the match at Old Trafford, only for the Blues to come back and almost win it in Manchester.

But today, at Stamford Bridge, in a very close and entertaining match, Chelsea held on for victory, setting up a semi-final match against Manchester City at Wembley later this month.

Ashley Cole or Leighton Baines. Who Should Start for England at Left Back?

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There aren't many nations in the world who are blessed with two left backs with the quality of Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines. Both of these left backs have credible cases to be England's first choice.

Chelsea stalwart Cole has been first choice now for almost a decade and having now passed the 100 cap mark looks to still be the number one option at left back having started against Montenegro but he is by no means still an automatic pick.

Fulham vs Queens Park Rangers, Premier League Gameweek 31: Open Thread

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Stadium:Craven Cottage
Kick-off time:3pm ET/8pm UK time
US TV:Live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com
UK TV:Live on Sky Sports 1
Radio: Live on Talksport.com

Fulham starting XI: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland (c), Riise; Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff; Ruiz, Berbatov

QPR starting XI: Cesar; Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore; Townsend, Jenas, Mbia, Taarabt; Remy, Zamora

With eight matches to go in the Premier League this season, Queens Park Rangers will desperately need to get all three points today to have any hope of staying in the league next season.

5 Talking Points From Premier League Gameweek 31: The Weekly EPL

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With nine Premier League games being played over the weekend, we bring you the points that made headlines this gameweek.

1. The Managerial Merry-go-round keeps on spinning

Roberto Di Matteo, Mark Hughes, Nigel Adkins, Brian McDermott. Martin O'Neill joins the list of managers who got the sack after a lacklustre showing versus Manchester United.

Paolo Di Canio and Sunderland Attempt to Diffuse Fascist Allegations, But Open Up a Can of Worms Instead

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Sunderland Football Club released an official statement today attempting to diffuse the controversy regarding the appointment of new manager Paolo Di Canio, who — as some believe — is a self-proclaimed fascist. The club has also moved quickly to stamp out allegations of racist beliefs.

But by doing so, Sunderland have opened up a can of worms.

Watch Demba Ba’s Over-The-Shoulder Goal for Newcastle United vs Man United From 2012 [VIDEO]

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After Chelsea defeated Manchester United today in the 6th Round replay of the FA Cup, Demba Ba reminded TV viewers that he's used to scoring over-the-shoulder goals like the sensational one he did today.

In his post-match interview on ITV Sport, Ba mentioned the goal he scored for Newcastle United against Manchester United on January 4, 2012 when he got the first goal to give the Toon Army the lead.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool, Premier League Gameweek 31 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was a see-saw of a match that showed us many things, but most importantly the impact that Brazilian footballer Philippe Coutinho can have on Liverpool.

If you missed the highlights from Aston Villa against Liverpool, or if you want to watch them again, here they are.


Video: Aston Villa v Liverpool Premier League Highlights 03/31/13

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Rio Ferdinand Offered New One-Year Deal at Manchester United: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Rio Ferdinand offered new one-year deal at Manchester United — The Mail
  • Roberto Mancini frustrated with Samir Nasri after Manchester City win — The Guardian
  • Walter Winterbottom: The great guru born 100 years ago today — The Independent
  • Liverpool put the squeeze on Villa with pressing performance says Michael Cox — The Guardian
  • Reality hits the Premier League's American dream — The Independent
  • Paul Lambert backs Aston Villa to avoid drop despite Liverpool defeat — The Guardian
  • West Ham's new Olympic Stadium home could cost extra £130m to convert — The Mail
  • Martin O'Neill's sacking a 'spoilt brat' reaction, says Steve Coppell — The Guardian
  • Gary Neville: It's time we stood up to protect the soul of the British game — The Mail

The Nightly EPL is tomorrow's news today.

Chelsea vs Manchester United, FA Cup 6th Round Replay: Open Thread

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It's Chelsea against Manchester United, the FA Cup 6th round replay where the winner gets to play Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final.

As far as team news, Manchester United has Robin van Persie sitting on the bench, ready to step on to the pitch if and when needed.

During or after today's match, post your rants, raves, question or observations in the comments section below.

Demba Ba Opens Scoring For Chelsea Against Manchester United in FA Cup [GIF]

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Chelsea striker Demba Ba scored a sublime goal in the 49th minute of the FA Cup 6th Round replay match against Manchester United to make it 1-0 to the Blues with 40 minutes to go in the match.

Juan Mata floated the inch-perfect cross into Manchester United's penalty area, over Rio Ferdinand and over the shoulder of Ba, who turned his body and hit the ball with his right foot to send the ball into the corner of the net.