EPL Talk Archives for January 2013

England Friendly Against Brazil At Maracana Suspended, Says Report

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The mess that is Brazil 2014 and FIFA continues as a newspaper report in Brazil claims that this Sunday's friendly between Brazil and England at the redeveloped Maracana Stadium has been suspended due to public safety issues.

According to reliable Brazilian journalist Fernando Duarte, the Brazilian newspaper Estado de S.

Picking A Champions League Team of the Season: Who Makes Your XI?

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So, at the conclusion of another season, time to reflect on who the standout performers have been in this campaign.

After the first all German final in Champions League history, I decided to pick a best XI based on performances from this seasons competition.

Disagree? I'm sure you do!

Cardiff City Ask Season Ticket Holders to Pick Color of Shorts For Home Kit [PHOTO]

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Cardiff City have yet to play a game in the Premier League, but they're already becoming the laughing stock of the league. Last season it was Cardiff changing their home kit colors from blue to red. For the upcoming season, it's their laughable home kit that featured an ordinary design that looked liked a children's kit, and a different shade of red for their shorts.

FOX Sports Wins US Media Rights to European Qualifiers For Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup

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FOX Sports has acquired the US media rights to the European qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018.

FOX will have exclusive rights in the USA to all of the qualifying matches.

The qualifying matches for Euro 2016 begins in September, 2014 and runs through November, 2015 to determine the 23 qualifying teams (France, as host automatically qualifies for the tournament).

Watch the PES 2014 Teaser Trailer [VIDEO]

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Konami has released a teaser trailer for PES 2014, their brand-new video game that's scheduled for release later this year.

More details about Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 will be revealed next week, but in the meantime, enjoy the trailer, which is quite a tease. Indeed.

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Swansea Must Keep Michael Laudrup Content For As Long As Possible

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After last year's success under the direction of Brendan Rodgers, Swansea City were celebrated for having one of the finest debut seasons out of any newly promoted side since the inception of the Barclays Premier League. Unlike other beginners making their first tenuous steps in what is arguably the strongest division in world football, Swansea approached the opportunity without fear, bravely playing out the philosophy that had served them well in the Championship.

Southampton and Wales Legend Ron Davies Dies, Aged 70: Our Rare Interview With Him From 2009

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It's with great sadness to report that Ron Davies, the Southampton and Wales legend, has died aged 70.

Described by Matt Busby as the best centre-forward in Europe, Davies had an incredible career in Britain where he's best remembered for his time at Southampton. But the tall number nine also played for Manchester United, Wales, Norwich City, Portsmouth and other teams.

New NBC Sports Video Promotes EPL Coverage [VIDEO]

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NBC Sports has released a new 30 second spot to promote its coverage of the Premier League on US television beginning this August.

This is the third promo spot NBC Sports has released thus far. The other two being "Every," featuring the song "Vindaloo" by Fat Les. The second was entitled "The Real English Drama," which featured the opera song "El Nessum Dorma" by the 3 Tenors.

Robbie Rogers Interviewed By Dan Patrick [VIDEO]

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LA Galaxy footballer Robbie Rogers was interviewed today on The Dan Patrick Show.

During the candid 10-minute interview, Rogers discussed a variety of topics including why other athletes don't come out as well as the differences between soccer fans in England compared to the United States.

"There's a reason athletes don't come out.

Jose Mourinho Has Sealed a Spectacular £40 Million Four-Year Deal at Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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Lots of news out of England today on a busy day with international friendlies-a-go-go being played around the world. The lead story tonight is thatThe Sunnewspaper is reporting that Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea adding up to a cool £40 million salary for The Special One.

La Liga Roundup: Four Battling to Avoid The Drop in Spain

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With matters at the top of La Liga done and dusted, attention turns to the foot of the table. Any three from four teams could be going down to La Segunda, with just one round of games left to play.

Mallorca remain in last place after holding Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon, but the islanders are only a point adrift of Celta Vigo and Zaragoza after Sunday's penultimate round.

Season Review Two (EPL Talk Special Podcast)

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It looks as it the thing which separates the top from the bottom half is squad management and luck in the league. The pod keep this in mind as they shuttle from ten to one in the second part of the season review podcast.

In this pod they cover the champions, top four and the almost was' of the campaign.

Stoke City Appoint Mark Hughes As Manager to Replace Tony Pulis

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Stoke City have confirmed that Mark Hughes is the club's new manager. Hughes replaces Tony Pulis on a three-year deal

"I am an ambitious manager and this is an ambitious Club. We want to become a consistent top ten Premier League Club, and I firmly believe that with an incredible amount of hard work we have a great chance of achieving that.

Gareth Bale ‘Born’ to Play For Real Madrid, Says Florentino Pérez: The Daily EPL

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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is trying to unsettle Gareth Bale by saying that the Welsh footballer was"born to play in Madrid."

Perez was quoted in Spanish newspaper Marca. And the quote comes hot on the heels of Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett saying that "If Florentino Perez is interested in Gareth Bale it would be an honor and we would listen, but his contract is with Tottenham.

Beckham Needs to Focus On South Florida Not Miami For MLS Expansion

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Former England captain David Beckham is in Miami today for exploratory meetings regarding the possibility of a MLS team coming to the city. While a lot of noise has been made recently about the potential MLS expansion to Miami, what has been often lost in this discussion is that southeast Florida already has a professional team with over 35 years of history and a strong supporter base that values supporting a local club with history over a random manufactured one.

USA vs Belgium, International Friendly: Open Thread

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Live from Cleveland, it's the United States Men's National Team against Belgium in an international friendly. For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live on ESPN and ESPN3.com at 8pm ET.

USA starting XI:Howard, D. Beasley, Gonzalez, Goodson, Cameron, Jones, Kljestan, Davis, Dempsey, Zusi, Altidore.

Why Roberto Martinez Is The Right Man To Build On The Moyes Legacy At Everton

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So it looks as though Roberto Martinez is set to be the man to take over at Everton. After a bittersweet season, in an FA Cup victory was immediately followed by relegation, the Spaniard has called time on his Wigan career, telling Dave Whelan this week that he will be leaving the club. If Everton are to snap up Martinez, then it will be a smart move on their part.

Rene Meulensteen Favorite to Succeed Roberto Martinez As Wigan Manager

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Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has emerged as a surprise favorite to replace Roberto Martinez as the manager of Wigan Athletic, according to the Manchester Evening News.

David Moyes recently decided to let Meulensteen leave Old Traffordafter the Dutch coach rejected an opportunity to coach the youth team.

Man Utd & Liverpool Sell 82k and 93k Tickets Down Under In 18 & 26 Mins Respectively

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Soccer fans in Australia have gone on a buying spree for friendlies this summer featuring Manchester United and Liverpool.

The ticket allocation of 82,000 for Manchester United's friendly against A-League All Stars in Sydney sold out in 18 minutes. The game, scheduled for July 20, will be played at the ANZ Stadium.

Liverpool Agree Deal to Sign Spanish Striker Iago Aspas

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Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Spanish striker Iago Aspas for £9 million from Celta Vigo.

The signature for the highly-rated forward was being chased by several clubs including Manchester City and Swansea City, but it appears that Liverpool have landed the deal.

Aspas, who can play as a striker or on either wing, will travel to Merseyside next week for his medical before agreeing personal terms at the club.

England vs Ireland, International Friendly: Open Thread

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England plays the Republic of Ireland today in an international friendly at Wembley, the first time these countries have played each other since 1995.

Here are the starting lineups:

England starting XI: Joe Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole, Lampard, Carrick, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rooney, Sturridge.

Cardiff City Unveil Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Come On You Reds [PHOTO]

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Cardiff City have unveiled their home shirt for their very first season in the Premier League. The new Cardiff home kit for the 2013-14 season is designed by Puma, and features an all red kit with white trim.

To be completely honest with you, I've seen better kits worn by kid soccer teams. The red shirt is very ordinary and features no redeeming qualities other than a small racing stripe on the front collar.

Arsenal Can Celebrate Topping Spurs, But Nothing More, Says Thierry Henry: The Daily EPL

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has questioned Arsenal footballers for celebrating their fourth place finish, and says that the only thing they should be celebrating is topping Spurs and nothing more.

The New York Red Bulls striker said this week:

"I know people have a go at them for the pictures of their celebrations but I can tell you I think it was more the fact that for any Arsenal player, when you really feel the shirt and really play for that club, putting Tottenham out of the top four – and I do hope that's what they were celebrating because that's the only thing you can celebrate if you are an Arsenal man through and through – that is like winning something.

Gareth Bale Ready To Listen To Real Madrid Offer, Says Agent

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Ten days ago, the Evening Standard newspaper reported that Gareth Bale was on the verge of signing a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur worth £130,000 a week. However, Bale's agent has revealed that Bale is not close to signing a new deal at White Hart Lane and that the player is ready to listen to offers from Real Madrid.

International Champions Cup Schedule Revealed Featuring Chelsea, Everton & 6 Other Giants

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UPDATED: This summer's International Champions Cup will feature classic match-ups including Everton against Juventus in San Francisco, Chelsea against Inter Milan in Indianapolis, Real Madrid versus LA Galaxy in Phoenix and many more matches in six US cities and one game in Europe.

International Champions Cup Schedule Revealed Featuring Chelsea, Everton & 6 Other Giants

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This summer's International Champions Cup will feature classic match-ups including Everton against Juventus in San Francisco, Chelsea against Inter Milan in Indianapolis, Real Madrid versus LA Galaxy in Phoenix and many more matches in six US cities and one game in Europe.

As part of the bracketed tournament, AC Milan and Valencia are also participating in addition to the teams mentioned above.

Mark Hughes Could Be Confirmed As Stoke Manager By End of Week: The Nightly EPL

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For some Stoke City supporters, appointing Mark Hughes as the manager of their club could be their worst nightmare. Talks between Hughes and Stoke City are progressing to the point where the former QPR manager could be appointed by the club as early as the end of the week.

While the negativity about the possible appointment of Hughes is palatable, I believe the bloke deserves another chance.

How the Average Tenure of a Premier League Manager Compares to Other Leagues

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Until now, the presence of tenured managers in the Premier League like Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger loomed large and were viewed as signs of success, stability and ultimately, pride. With Ferguson's retirement, he has not only ended his 26 years in charge, but Moyes' 11 years at Everton, making Wenger the longest serving manager in the Premier League by a mile.

‘Venky’s – The Fall of Blackburn Rovers’: Full-Length Documentary [VIDEO]

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Given their current situation, it's hard to believe that Blackburn Rovers were once Premier League champions in 1995 and founding members of the Football League in 1888.

On December 13, 2010, the Venky's, the new owners of Blackburn Rovers, decided to sack manager Sam Allardyce. At the time, the club sat in 13th place in the Premier League.

Everton Makes a U-Turn On Their New Club Crest: How Not to Launch A New Crest

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In an embarrassing U-turn, Everton Football Club have reacted to public anger against their new club crest by deciding to ditch it only days after officially unveiling it.

Last week, Everton officially revealed their new club crest, which was much simpler, cleaner and more dynamic than the previous one.

Liverpool Agrees Deal to Sign Defender Kolo Toure

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Liverpool have announced they've agreed a deal in principle to sign defender Kolo Toure as soon as his contract expires with Manchester City on June 30.

Toure's contract is set to expire, and Manchester City had no intention of extending the Ivory Coast international's contract. In swooped Liverpool to sign a veteran defender who has had an impressive career at both Manchester City and Arsenal.

Ashley Cole to Captain England for Friendly Against Republic Of Ireland

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will captain England for tomorrow's friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

England manager Roy Hodgson announced the news today alongside England midfielder Frank Lampard. Hodgson explained that he spoke to Lampard and that the both of them agreed to give Ashley Cole the captain's armband as a way of commemorating Cole's recent milestone of reaching 100 caps for England.

Mourinho Will Be Box Office, But His Chelsea Return Should Be Greeted With Caution

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There will have been few heavy hearts in the Spanish capital when Jose Mourinho's exit was confirmed by Real Madrid last week. For in the past few months he has cut a frustrated, petulant and desperate figure to regular viewers of La Liga.

He has slammed officials, declined to take part in press conferences and alienated his players on a recurring basis throughout the course of a turbulent campaign.

Roberto Martinez Resigns As Wigan Athletic Manager

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Roberto Martinez has resigned from Wigan Athletic.

Martinez, who has been at Wigan for five years, helped the club achieve their biggest accomplishment in their club history when Wigan beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup, but his side couldn't stay up in the Premier League and were relegated to the Championship.

Martin Skrtel Admits He May Move On After ‘Worst Liverpool Season’: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool central defender Martin Skrtel has admitted that he may leave the club after his "worst season" of his career, according to reports tonight inThe Guardian.

"I have not had any specific offers but if some should come and they interest me, I would probably consider it seriously.

Season Review One (EPL Talk Special Podcast)

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The season ends with a wonderful playoff at Wembley, which is where the EPL Talk podcast begins as they look back at the 2012-13 season with glistening eyes and remind themselves that there have been some great highlights to the season!

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Manchester City Fans Buy Ad in Italian Newspaper to Thank Mancini [PHOTO]: The Daily EPL

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Manchester City supporters have returned the favor after Roberto Mancini bought an ad in a local newspaper to thank his supporters. The City fans spent $10,500 to buy an ad, written in Italian, in the newspaperLa Gazzetta Dello Sport, that reads "Thank you Mancini; Once a blue, always a blue; Manchester City Supporters.

Moyes Set to Appoint Phil Neville As Man United Assistant Manager to Replace Rene Meulensteen

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to appoint Phil Neville as his assistant manager to replace ReneMeulensteen, according to a report inThe Guardian.

It's a risky move by Moyes who will be placing Neville in a position where he has very little coaching experience (at the England u-21 level) compared to Sir Alex Ferguson's right-hand man Meulensteen who has been the first team coach at Manchester United for seven years.

Impressions of Manchester City vs Chelsea at Yankee Stadium

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Yankee Stadium was the venue for a game that seemed somewhat anti-climactic after the epic Champions League Final and long Premier League season. Manchester City defeated Chelsea 5-3 in the match, but the result was overshadowed by last week's announcement of Manchester City's investment in MLS. MCFC's investment in the US domestic game served to heighten excitement around the ground and interest in this match around the country.

Crystal Palace Promoted to Premier League: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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After a thrilling end to the match in extra time, Crystal Palace are promoted to the Premier League thanks to a Kevin Phillips penalty kick.

Manager Ian Holloway has done it again. The manager who brought Blackpool into the Premier League has done it with Crystal Palace.

Congratulations to Palace, who won the game 1-0 in extra time.

Championship Playoff Final: Crystal Palace vs Watford: Open Thread

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Today sees the richest match in soccer kicking off at 10am ET between Crystal Palace and Watford, to decide which team will be promoted to the Premier League. For the winner, they'll generate a total increase in revenue of £60 million next year. Combined with parachute payments, the revenue increases to £120 million.

Fernando Torres Says Rafael Benitez Made Chelsea A Better Team: The Nightly EPL

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Back from my mini-vacation to central Florida, normal service will resume tomorrow. But first things first, one of the most interesting headlines from today's stories is that Fernando Torres says that Rafael Benitez made Chelsea a better team this season.

Benitez has managed his last Chelsea match in charge for the club, and looks set to be headed to Napoli.

Andre Santos Will Return to Arsenal as Gremio Cannot Afford Permanent Deal: The Daily EPL

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Depending on your outlook, it's either good news or bad news today for Arsenal as defender Andre Santos is heading back to the Gunners.

Santos has been playing for Gremio in Brazil since February on a short-term loan, but his stint in the southern hemisphere is scheduled to end in July, and a Gremio official have admitted that they can't afford Santos on a permanent deal.

Preview: Championship Playoff Final Between Watford and Crystal Palace

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The revamped Wembley Stadium is once again flourishing as the hub of major football occasions. On Monday, the home of football will turn its attention to the most lucrative football match on the planet. It's not the just-played Champions League Final. It's the Championship playoff to decide which club will be promoted to the Premier League.

Everton and Chelsea Announce Plans to Head Back to US On Another Summer Tour: The Nightly EPL

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In the 365 days a year/24 hours a day soccer business, there's never a good time to take a vacation. But sometimes you have to go. But even when you go, it's hard to keep yourself away from the games. So while walking around Legoland Florida with my wife and kids, today, and enjoying a great relaxing day, I had my iPhone tuned in to the BBC World Service commentary (thanks to the tips from the EPL Talk readers), and was reading the EPL Talk comment threads throughout the afternoon to stay updated on what I was missing.

Champions League Final Match Highlights, Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund [VIDEO]

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In one of the most memorable and exciting Champions League Finals in recent memory, Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund on the pitch at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

In case you missed it, or if you want to watch it again, here are the match highlights from the UEFA Champions League Final.

England Away Shirt By Nike For 2013 Unveiled [PHOTOS]

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England's new away by Nike for 2013 has been unveiled.

After last week's disappointing launch of England's new home shirt for 2013, the England away shirt looks better even though it's underwhelming.

As we revealed in March, England's away shirt features a buttoned-down collar that looks more like a polo shirt than an England jersey.

Manchester City vs Chelsea Exhibition Game in New York City: Open Thread

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After Thursday night's pulsating 4-3 comeback win for Manchester City against Chelsea in St Louis, the anticipation is building for tonight's match between the two clubs, which will be played at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

For viewers in the United States, the kick-off time is tentatively scheduled for 5:30pm ET on FOX Soccer.

Champions League Final, Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund: Open Thread

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WHO: Borussia Dortmund versus Bayern Munich
WHAT: Champions League Final
WHEN: Kick-off is scheduled for 2:45pm ET
WHERE: Live from Wembley Stadium in London
HOW: Viewers in the USA can watch the game live on FOX (the free-to-air network) andFOX Soccer 2Go

Bayern Munich faces Borussia Dortmund in all-German match at this year's Champions League final to find out who will be crowned the best team in Europe.

Report Card for Premier League Managers, 2012-2013 Season

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Now that the 2012-13 Premier League season is over, it's time to grade the performances this season by the Premier League managers. Like a regular school report card, if a manager receives a grade worse than a C-, then that manager should be sacked.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United: Alex Ferguson's last campaign was a resounding success.

Watch the Premier League 2012-13 Season Montage From BBC’s Match Of The Day [VIDEO]

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Earlier this week, we shared with you the Sky Sports montage of the 2012-13 Premier League season, which included some of the highlights of another glorious nine months. Not to be outdone, BBC's Match Of The Day program also produced their montage, which is included below.

Plus, here are the Goals of the Season according to BBC's Match of The Day.

Stoke City Begin Search for New Manager By Contacting Mark Hughes: The Nightly EPL

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Although Mark Hughes is not believed to be the number one candidate, Stoke City have contacted Hughes to schedule an interview with the former QPR, Blackburn, Manchester City and Wales manager. Stoke are also believed to be considering Gus Poyet, Roberto Martinez and Malky Mackay as candidates for the position.

Win Keeps Barcelona On Course For Century

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Barcelona remained on course to register 100 points as champions, but with the title race settled, the interest in La Liga has shifted to the battle for European qualification.

Last weekend, an early Pedro Rodriguez strike and a Marc Valiente own goal set Barcelona on the way to a routine win over Real Valladolid at Camp Nou.

Michael Laudrup Demands Top Signings If He’s To Stay At Swansea: The Daily EPL

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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has warned club chairman Huw Jenkins that he could leave the club unless Swansea deliver the players he wants to sign this summer.

At the top of the list for Laudrup is a new striker — either Romelu Lukaku, St Etienne's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wigan striker Arouna Kone or Celta Vigo frontman Iago Aspas.

Rejected Concepts for England’s New Home Shirt [PHOTOS]

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E pluribus unum. It's not only the inspiration behind a totally cool country, it's also Nike's design process ethos. Many designs were crafted and considered before being culled down to the one chosen to be England's new 150th anniversary kit. Nike's meticulous selection system ensures that players and fans alike only put the finest shirt on their backs.

Why Martin Jol Needs to Stay At Fulham And Follow Everton Blueprint

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After Fulham survived a tough season in the Barclay's Premier League, slipping to 12th in the league, the speculation continued about the future of Fulham manager Martin Jol. Sacking a manager happens often, but when is the right time for a change? How long should Fulham stick with Jol?

Fulham have been a mid-table club for a long time, so how do they progress forward and be a club that is fighting for a Europa League spot each and every year?

Why Kolo Toure Is A Worthwhile Gamble For Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers

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Kolo Toure, who has been linked with Liverpool in recent days, has completed a remarkable comeback season. The central defender's recent seasons were characterized by drug suspensions, alleged salacious affairs and uneven play. However in the 2012-13 season, Toure proved a lifesaver for a City side that was struggling with injuries and consistency at the back.

Friday Football Special: Wayne Rooney Tries To Get A New Nan(ny) And More Laughs [VIDEO]

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As an all-German Champions League final approaches, Agent Bond drives another hard bargain with his devastating charm, we take a look at how managers look at each other, a football remains respectful and there's a song about the prospect of a summer without the beautiful game.

Plus there's Wayne Rooney who's trying to get a new nan(ny).

Napoli to Appoint Rafa Benitez As Their New Manager Says Club President

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Napoli PresidentAurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Rafael Benitez is on the verge of becoming the club's new manager.

According to report in the Italian media, De Laurentiis told reporters, "I've given myself a birthday gift, I've signed Benitez. I'll make it official in the next few days as Benitez needs to end things with Chelsea.

Bad Day For Spurs: Joao Moutinho Joins Monaco, While Andros Townsend Charged With Betting

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It's been a bad day for Tottenham Hotspur. FC Porto have announced that they've sold striker Joao Moutinho to Monaco for a transfer fee of £21 million. The White Hart Lane club were reportedly within minutes of signing Moutinho last summer, but failed to beat the deadline to bring the highly-sought after footballer to England.

Will He Or Won’t He? The Special1 TV Press Conference [VIDEO]

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The latest episode of Special 1 TV is now ready for viewing. This week, Special 1 TV hosts a press conference to try to put an end to the rumors regarding some of the biggest names in Europe.

The mystery continues!

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Manchester United Confirm Departure of Backroom Staff; Mike Phelan and Eric Steele Gone

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Manchester United have today confirmed the departure of assistant manager Mike Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

"I would like to put on record the club's thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done," said Manchester United manager David Moyes. "I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future, however, I'd like to take this opportunity to give them both our best wishes for their future careers.

Manchester City Tell Pellegrini To ‘Win Five Trophies in Five Years’: The Nightly EPL

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No matter how good Manuel Pellegrini is as a manager, Manchester City are setting him up for failure before he's even been hired as the new boss. Today while on tour in the United States, Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano said this:

"I think that next season is going to be much better.

Gibraltar Have Been Confirmed As 54th Member Nation of UEFA: The Daily EPL

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Against the wishes of Spain, Gibraltar today have been confirmed as the 54th member nation of UEFA.

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the tip of Spain. The population of 30,000 residents have twice rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty, and remain closely tied with Great Britain.

Enter to Win A Contest To Have Your Own Soccer T-Shirt Featured On Who Are Ya Designs

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Few things go better with soccer than a cleverly designed T-shirt. That's why EPL Talk has partnered up with Who Are Ya Designs to offer three fabulous prizes to EPL Talk readers. In this one-of-a-kind contest, you — the soccer fan — are tasked with coming up with an idea for a fun and creative T-shirt design.

Chelsea vs Manchester City Exhibition Game in St Louis: Open Thread

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Tonight marks the first of many Premier League matches on US soil this summer. Chelsea plays Manchester City in St Louis tonight with the game kicking off at 8:30pm ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com (for viewers in the United States). If you live in the United Kingdom, the game will be shown live on ESPN.

Fernando Torres Focused On Winning Premier League Next Season

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Fernando Torres has played down the negative perception of Chelsea, adding that the club are now striving for a Premier League title.

The Spanish striker was speaking ahead of Chelsea's games this week against Manchester City, when he told reporters, "At least since I'm here it always looks a bit worse than it is really.

Marouane Fellaini Pines For Manchester United But Is He Up To The Task?

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On Monday morning, David Moyes arrived at Manchester United's Carrington training complex to start work, a whole 42 days ahead of schedule. In another line of work, Moyes would be commended for his professionalism, or, on the flip side, he might be encouraged to enjoy his time off by his flabbergasted employers.

Chelsea vs Manchester City in St Louis: Roll Call For Tonight’s Match

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The excitement is building for tonight's post-season exhibition game between Chelsea and Manchester City, which will be played in St Louis. Players from both teams have been training in the States this week, with the Europa League champions Chelsea ready to play against Manchester City, the team that has been stealing all the headlines this week after their announcement of their MLS sister club, New York City FC.

Post-Season-Podding (EPL Talk Special Podcast)

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The games may have finished, but the action off the pitch continues.

Manchester City announced their plans to own the 20th MLS franchise this week, and in section one we discuss the implications for the Citizens and MLS. What do you think? Are billionaires what the league needs to progress?

Rio Ferdinand Signs One-Year Contract Extension at Manchester United: The Daily EPL

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Rio Ferdinand has signed a one-year deal at Manchester United to keep him at the club through until the end of the 2013-14 season.

The 34-year-old defender, who announced his retirement from the England national team last week, said"It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue.

Manchester United Footballer Brian Greenhoff Dies, Aged 60 [VIDEO]

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Manchester United and England footballer Brian Greenhoff died today, aged 60.

Greenhoff made 221 appearances for Manchester United from 1970-79 as a midfielder and centre-back. He was capped 18 times for England, and helped United win the 1977 FA Cup. After leaving United, Greenhoff played for Leeds United from 1979-82.

Tottenham Target Leandro Damião and Roberto Soldado For Next Season: The Nightly EPL

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On the eve of Tottenham Hotspur's post-season friendly against Jamaica in The Bahamas, Spurs hope to renew their efforts to sign Brazil's Leandro Damiao as well as Spanish international Roberto Soldado.

At the same time, Tottenham are expected to lose William Gallas (on a free transfer), Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Emmanuel Adebayor according to the report mentioned below inThe Guardiannewspaper.

Paris Saint-Germain Offer to Match Wayne Rooney’s Wages

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Paris Saint-Germain have offered to meet Wayne Rooney's wages in an effort to convince Manchester United to part with the striker.

It's understood that PSG are willing to pay Rooney's £300,000 per week wages. The French club are interested in pairing Rooney with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Rooney is still reportedly disgruntled at the club, and the promise of a club matching his salary should push him closer to the edge of leaving the Old Trafford side.

‘I Want My EPL’: How to Make Sure You Don’t Miss Any EPL Matches On NBC

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With less than 90 days to go before NBC Sports begins televising the Premier League on US television, the number of TV providers who will providing access to every single Premier League match next season still only numbers five. They are Comcast xFinity TV, DISH Network, Verizon FIOS, Suddenlink and Cablevision — all of whom will be providing access to NBC Sports Live Extra as well as NBC Sports Network, etc.

Dortmund Must Seize Their Champions League Chance; They May Not Get Another

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In the modern game, success is often bought just as much as it is earned. To challenge on all fronts, the common view is that you need massive financial backing. As unromantic a viewpoint as this is, in the past decade or so, it has been very much the case.

But, every now and then, a team will buck the trend and triumph against the odds.

Fourth Place Is Not Enough For Arsenal

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In the 52nd minute at St. James' Park, the inevitable happened. Arsenal scored. Not many would have banked on the rejuvenated Laurent Koscielny to break the deadlock in such a fine fashion, putting his team firmly in the driving seat after a well taken half-volley, but it was no surprise to see another Wenger team heading for the Champions League (with the qualification round in their path) for the umpteenth time in a row (16 to be exact).

Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill to Miss Chelsea Game Against City in New York: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea and England footballers Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill will miss this Saturday's exhibition game between Chelsea and Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in order to return to London to meet up with the England squad for their upcoming friendlies against Ireland and Brazil.

However, Lampard, Cole and Cahill will be available for Thursday's match in St Louis between Chelsea and Manchester City.

New York Yankees Could Play MLB Game At Etihad Stadium As Part Of Deal: The Nightly EPL

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As part of the deal where the New York Yankees are part owner of the New York City Football Club with Manchester City, the Yankees could play a Major League Baseball game at City's Etihad Stadium, reportsThe Telegraph newspaper tonight.

Here's what Yankees President Randy Levine said today:

"The idea has come up through Major League Baseball about us maybe coming over to play.

Sunderland Manager Paolo Di Canio Is Walking A Tightrope

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Since he burst controversially into the Stadium of Light dugout, Paolo di Canio has been box office. His knee sliding, air punching celebrations have endeared him to the Sunderland faithful but his latest press conference has placed him on a narrow, treacherous path as we head into the summer transfer window.

Manchester City Officially Unveil Their Home Kit for the 2013-14 Season [PHOTOS]

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Manchester City have officially unveiled their new home kit for the 2013-14 season.

City, who just bought a MLS franchise today to become the majority owner of New York City FC, today launched their new kit to coincide with their tour of the United States where they'll wear the new kit on Thursday in St.

EA Sports Previews FIFA 14 For Xbox One and PS4 [VIDEO]

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EA Sports today announced their IGNITE game engine, which will power FIFA 14 (and other games) on the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

Xbox One is scheduled to be released later this year. FIFA 14 is due out in September, 2013. With the timing, FIFA 14 will be one of the first games available to show off the new games engine in the game and what the Xbox One is capable of.

New Close-Up Photos of England’s Home Shirt for 2013: Plus [VIDEO]

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The English Football Association and Nike have released more photos of the new England home shirt for 2013, to commemorate 150 years of the FA.

The new photos and accompanying video show more detail regarding the England shirt, and it's not as bad as we first saw after Jack Wilshere tweeted out an image (why Nike thought it'd be best to launch the kit with a schoolboy wearing the shirt, I do not know).

EPL Transfer Rumors: Your Guide to Deciphering Fact From Fiction

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Well the season is over and to be completely honest, life sucks. After the Champions League final we as a people are going to be deprived of a steady source of meaningful football until August. What am I supposed to do with all this free time I'll have on the weekends now? I guess I could do some work around the house (fat chance), spend time with my family (HA!

West Ham United Agree £15 Million Fee To Sign Andy Carroll From Liverpool

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West Ham United have agreed a fee of around £15 million to sign striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

The England striker had been on loan at West Ham from Liverpool during the 2012-13 season. And despite his injury-prone season, the footballer still managed to score 7 goals in 22 league appearances for the Hammers.

2012-13 EPL Awards Winners Revealed: The Best of the Premier League Season

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Voting for the best of the 2012-13 Premier League season has closed, and the winners of the 5th EPL Awards can now be revealed.

In one of the most competitive awards since its creation in 2009, more than 36,000 votes were cast by soccer fans worldwide in the awards to recognize the best that the Premier League has to offer including everything from blogs, footballers, books and video networks to podcasts, commentators, forums and more.

Tony Pulis Sacked: Stoke City Fans, Be Careful What You Wish For

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Critics of Tony Pulis are seemingly found at every corner in the British press. Yet his accomplishments with Stoke City have gone underappreciated. He came back to Stoke in 2006 after boardroom intrigue had forced him out of the job previously. That first season back as the manager of the Championship side, Pulis took a team that many felt before the season could have been relegated and just missed the promotion playoffs.

Manchester City Are The Majority Owners of New York City FC, MLS’s 20th Team: Official

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Major League Soccer has announced that Manchester City and New York Yankees have partnered together to launch New York City Football Club, MLS's 20th team that is expected to begin play in 2015.

Manchester City will be the majority owner of the new Club. As an investor, the Yankees will be an active member of the ownership group.

‘Hillsborough: How They Buried The Truth’: BBC Panorama Episode [VIDEO]

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Tonight BBC One aired the latest Panorama episode, this one entitledHillsborough: How They Buried The Truth.

The episode reveals previously unbroadcast footage that proves that the coroner's ruling that no spectators could have been saved after the 3:15pm time was untrue.

Liverpool Are Lining Up A Move For Manchester City Defender Kolo Toure: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool are understood to be lining up a move for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure, who is currently in New York City after arriving for the club's US post-season tour.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for replacements to fill in the gap left by retired centre-back Jamie Carragher. Toure is out of contract at City this summer, and is unlikely to be offered a new deal, so it offers Liverpool a unique opportunity to step in for an experienced 32-year old defender who could provide cover for Liverpool at the back.

Edinson Cavani Could Be Part Of Swap Deal With Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko: The Daily EPL

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Napoli's president has sent his sporting director to Manchester City to discuss a swap deal that would send Edin Dzeko to Napoli in return for Edinson Cavani heading to Manchester City.

Napoli's president told his sporting director, "'Go to City and take the chance to negotiate over Dzeko and see what they are willing to do for Cavani'.

Manager Tony Pulis Leaves Stoke City By Mutual Consent

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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is set to leave the club, according to a report byThe Telegraph.

Pulis has been manager at Stoke City since 2006, but the club's supporters have become very disillusioned with the manager after a below-par season where the team seems stuck in their ways.

Memorable Moments from the 2012-13 Premier League Season

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Now that the Premier League season has come to a close, it's time for a retrospective look at events from the 2012-13 season. In my opinion, it hasn't been an exhilarating season by any means, with the title race a breeze for Manchester United.

But this season is something else: It will be the last time that Sir Alex Ferguson will be at the helm of Manchester United.

Queens Park Rangers Unveil New Kits For Next Season [PHOTO]

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If there's one reason why Queens Park Rangers should be in the Premier League next season, it's that their kits look like Premier League quality.

Based on form on the pitch, the London club is deservedly in the Championship next season. It's just a shame that Lotto couldn't have produced better kits during the club's brief return to the top division in England.

NBC’s New Ad For Its EPL Coverage: Forget Downton Abbey, This Is Real English Drama [VIDEO]

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NBC debuted a brand-new 30-second spot this past weekend to promote its coverage of the English Premier League that kicks off August 17, 2013.

For those of you who know me, you'll know that I don't swear very often. But this video is f***ing brilliant!

"Forget Downton Abbey, this is real English drama" teases the video, which perfectly sums up the real-life drama both on and off the pitch in the Premier League.

Best Starting XI of the Premier League 2012-13 Season [INFOGRAPHIC]

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WhoScored has calculated the best Premier League XI from the 2012-13 season based on their average ratings through the course of the nine month campaign.

Surprisingly, title winning side Manchester United only have two players in the best team, while fourth place Arsenal had the same number.

ESPN’s Premier League Coverage On US TV Will Be Missed

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The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson last week and the subsequent extensive coverage reminded me just how far soccer has come here in the States. Since I began following soccer as a teenager some eight years ago, the sport wasn't anywhere near the consciousness of the typical sports fan. Other than myself, there were only a few kids who played FIFA or even knew who someone like Alex Ferguson was.

Premier League 2012-13 Most Ineffective Team [INFOGRAPHIC]

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WhoScored has calculated the most ineffective Premier League XI of 2012-13, and there are a few surprises.

While names such as Charlie Adam, Clint Hill and Carlton Cole are no surprise inclusions, there are shocks including footballers from Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Some of the statistics included in the above infographic are very revealing — Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck having a conversion rate of just 3%, while Victor Moses's crossing ability is embarrassingly poor.

West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce Once Again Has Proven His Critics Wrong

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"Playing the right way" is a commentary that has become more and more prevalent among the media and fans in recent years. Style is everything to many, and merely playing for results is considered by some a crisis of morality. The desire of many elites to put personal preferences as far as playing style and aesthetics on the football pitch ahead of results and practical tactical play has become an alarming trend from where I sit over the past five years.

Gareth Bale Ready to Sign New £130k Per Week Contract With £50 Million Exit Clause

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Tottenham Hotspur are set to announce that Gareth Bale has agreed a new £130,000 per week contract that will allow him to leave White Hart Lane next summer if a club comes in with a bid in excess of £50 million, according to a report in the Evening Standardnewspaper.

The newspaper reports that Bale has committed his future to Tottenham, and that he'll remain at White Hart Lane until next summer at the earliest.

Final Day to Vote For The Best of the 2012-13 Premier League Season In 5th Annual EPL Awards

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Today is the final day of voting for the 5th Annual EPL Awards, to to recognize the best of the 2012-13 Premier League season including everything from footballers, managers, podcasts, books, websites, video networks and much more.

Polls close tonight (Monday, May 20) at midnight ET (5am BST).

Nike’s England Home Shirt for 2013 Revealed; Looks Like USMNT Jersey From 2010

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England's new shirt for the FA's 150th Anniversary Year has been revealed. It's the first England shirt from Nike after taking over from Umbro. And in typical Nike style when it comes to soccer shirts, it's underwhelming to say the least.

While Umbro added a long legacy of classy shirt to the history of England, the new jersey from Nike is an abomination.

The Premier League Prize Money Table: See How Many Millions Your Club Made

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Now that the 2012-13 Premier League season is over and the final places in the division have been decided, we now know how much each club made this season based on their final league position, how much money they made from live TV appearances (based on UK television, where not all games are televised) and the £33 million that each club receives equally (based on £13.

Watch the Premier League 2012-13 Season Montage From Sky Sports [VIDEO]

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As is tradition at the end of every Premier League season, Sky Sports puts together a montage that captures many of the memorable sights and sounds from the season that just ended.

But hurry! Since the video below contains footage protected by rights holders, watch it now before Sky Sports or the Premier League remove it from YouTube.

Touching The Void (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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It's not a void at the end of the season. There is a new beginning in what comes next, the possibility of what is to come and the chance that things can change so much that a new season is a fresh for you. Yet, that element of belief and relief are not quite upon us as the season isn't quite over.

Unbroadcast Film Shows Hillsborough Witness Was Right: The Daily EPL

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BBC's TV programPanoramahas viewed never before broadcast footage of the Hillsborough Disaster, and has shown that despite the coroner's ruling that all those who died that day had been beyond help by 3:15pm crucial evidence has been found that an off-duty police officer tried to revive a dying boy who was still alive after 3:30pm.

Sunderland’s Paolo Di Canio Slams ‘Arrogant, Ignorant’ Players: The Nightly EPL

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio was back on the warpath again after today's 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Di Canio says that the levels of "arrogance" and "ignorance" are worse than those he encountered at Swindon Town. The Sunderland boss didn't mince his words as he complained about the poor discipline at the club.

Match Highlights of Final 10 Premier League Matches Of 2012-13 Season [VIDEO]

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While Wigan spoiled the opportunity to make this a Survival Sunday, the Premier League clubs made up for it with a cascade of goals —36 in all for an average of 3.6 per match.

Here are the match highlights for all of the games on the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League season. Due to rights restrictions, the videos are only playable in the United States.

Ian Darke & Steve McManaman Bid Farewell to ESPN’s EPL Coverage With Outtakes [VIDEO]

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In addition to FOX Soccer bidding us goodbye today after 15 years of Premier League coverage, it was the final day for ESPN's Ian Darke and Steve McManaman bringing us their Premier League matches.

Here's a video they did to say goodbye, which includes funny outtakes.

Darke and Macca will continue on at ESPN but will also work for BT Sport.

Thank You FOX Soccer For 15 Years Of Coverage

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After 15 years of soccer coverage, today marked the final day of FOX Soccer's coverage of the English Premier League on US television.

I'd personally like to thank everyone at FOX who's been involved in bringing us the world's best soccer league to us through all of these years. For years, the talent and the crew at FOX Soccer have been waking up at ungodly hours in the morning (west coast time) to bring us an incredible amount of live Premier League matches.

Falcao Nearing Move to Man City; Chelsea Still Interested in Rooney: The Nightly EPL

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It's a Saturday night in the United States, which means we get to scour all of the British Sunday tabloids for Premier League news. And boy there are a lot of BS stories tonight!

First up isThe Sunday Peoplewho say that Manchester City have agreed a record £54 million transfer fee for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.

Tears for David Beckham In The Last Game Of His Career [VIDEO]

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David Beckham played his last game of his professional career yesterday.

When the Englishman was substituted in the match for Paris Saint-Germain, he came off the pitch with a flood of tears after a 20-year history in the game of soccer.

Here's the video of the final farewell to David Beckham:

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Wayne Rooney to Miss Sir Alex Ferguson’s Final Game In Charge Of Man United: The Daily EPL

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Wayne Rooney will not play in today's match against West Bromwich Albion, the final game of Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial career.

While Rooney was benched for last week's game against Swansea, today he has been excused from traveling with United because his wife is in labor. Colleen is due to give birth to their second child.

Arsenal vs Newcastle, Spurs vs Sunderland, Chelsea vs Everton & 7 Other EPL Matches: Open Thread

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It's a day of goodbyes today on the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League season. Farewell to Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher, Wigan Athletic, Reading and Queens Park Rangers.

It's also a goodbye to FOX Soccer, who'll be televising their final Premier League games today on US television before they shut down in late July or early August.

England Manager Roy Hodgson Criticizes Chelsea, Man City and Spurs for Post-Season Tours

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England manager Roy Hodgson says that Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have "scotched" England's friendlies by scheduling post-season friendlies in the United States and, in Tottenham's case, The Bahamas.

Here's what Hodgson said:

"My thinking, which is based a lot on having been a club manager, is that they'll probably want a few days after the season ends, they won't want to go straight from the end of the season to us, so let them have a week and then we'll keep them a week and then they're free.

Is The Premier League Ready For A Gay Professional Footballer To Come Out?

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Soccer world, meet Jason Collins. On April 29 2013, the 34-year old professional basketball player became the first openly gay active athlete in the four major sports in the United States. Collins took the leap by writing his own article in Sports Illustrated, giving him a chance to tell his story.

Winners Announced for Tickets to Chelsea-Manchester City Game at Yankee Stadium

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Earlier this week, we ran a contest to give away two pairs of free tickets to next weekend's friendly between Chelsea and Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

We received a ton of entries, and last night we went ahead and selected two of the contestants at random who correctly answered the two questions.

Sir Alex Ferguson Ready For His 1,500th And Last Game In Charge

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What's next for Manchester United as the Red Devils try to predict a future without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm? The managerial mastermind jumped with joy as Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic stepped aside and allowed the living legend to hoist the Barclays Premier League for United's record 20th time.

As the Premier League Season Closes, An Even Better One Beckons Next Season

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And so the end has come once again, the moment every ardent soccer fan dreads; the final kick of the ball, the last high-pitched call of the whistle, and the customary sign-off from FOX Soccer and ESPN (in the States) and Gary Lineker and the boys (in the UK).

It has been a long and eventful season in the Barclays Premier League, a mixed bag of triumphs and tumult, and once again the red side of Manchester is caught up in jubilant victory songs.

Best Premier League Goals of the 2012-13 Season [VIDEO]

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It was another memorable Premier League season for sensational goals. Cisse, Lowton, Baines, Van Persie, Bale and so many other incredible goalscorers.

Here are ten of the best, but there are also some glaring ones missed (Oscar for Chelsea, and Bale's against Swansea, just to name two).


Video: Best Premier League goals from 2012-13 season

Which one is your favorite?

Who Do You Want to Finish In Fourth Place: Arsenal or Tottenham? [POLL]

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No matter whether you support Arsenal, Tottenham or any other club, here's a poll we can all participate in... who do we want to see finish in fourth place?

We're not asking who you think will finish in fourth. Arsenal have their destiny in their own hands, and all they need is a win to guarantee fourth.

Here’s Everything That’s Wrong With FOX Sports In 30 Seconds [VIDEO]

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In 30 seconds, this is everything that's wrong with FOX Sports. Even though the TV commercial below is focused on college football, it underlines what's broken with FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer. The sport should be the main focal point, not the announcer.

Titled"The Gus Johnson Effect: Everything's more exciting," the more appropriate title should be "The Gus Johnson Experiment: Everything that's wrong with FOX Sports.

The Real Oviedo Story: A Must See Short Film Featuring Michu and Sid Lowe [VIDEO]

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Two weeks ago, we teased you with the trailer to a new short film by Copa90 entitled The Real Oviedo Story. As we mentioned, the Spanish club were close to going out of business, but thousands of people from around the world —including Premier League stars Michu and Santi Cazorla from the Premier League —pitched in and raised money to help save the club.

Roberto Mancini Buys Full Page Advert to Thank Manchester City Fans: The Daily EPL

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Roberto Mancini has said goodbye to Manchester City supporters with a full-page ad he bought in the localManchester Evening Newsnewspaper.

Most City supporters have a soft spot in their heart for Mancini, and feel disappointed that he's left the club. "Manchester City supporters, 3 unforgettable years.

Arsenal Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photographs of Arsenal's away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet.

The new set of photos look to be professional ones from Nike (watermark excluded, of course). The images of Arsenal's new away shirt reveal a clean and classy design with a yellow shirt complemented by a blue trim.

Manchester United Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New images of Manchester United's home shirt for next season have been leaked on the Internet.

As was reported in December, Manchester United's new home jersey for the 2013-14 season will be plain red with black trim, and will feature a buttoned-down collar.

The design of the collar is the most unique aspect of the shirt.

Villa Park Named As Premier League Third-Place Playoff Venue, If Needed

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Aston Villa's Villa Park has been selected as the venue for the Premier League third-place playoff match, if the game will be necessary after Sunday to determine which team will finish third in the league this season.

If after Sunday's Premier League matches Chelsea and Arsenal find themselves level on points, goal difference and goals scored in the Premier League table, a third-place playoff match – the first time in the history of the Premier League will be necessary.

Rafael Benitez Will Manage Chelsea For 2 Friendlies Against Manchester City in USA Next Week

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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez will accompany his team immediately after the season ends on Sunday on the club's United States post-season tour where they'll play Manchester City in two friendlies — in St Louis and New York City.

Benitez's contract with Chelsea expires at the end of May, so he'll be managing Chelsea for their matches against Manchester City in St Louis on May 23 and in New York City on May 25.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, Copa Del Rey Final: Open Thread

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Today's Copa Del Rey Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid could have a lot of implications for the Premier League.

The match will be Jose Mourinho's final legacy at Real Madrid, where he has a chance to help the club win their 19th Copa Del Rey trophy. While Real Madrid have two league games remaining after this, the title has already been won by Barcelona, so he'll want to leave Real Madrid with another piece of silverware.

Hijinx At Stoke City As Pig’s Head Is Left In Locker Provokes Footballer to Smash Up Car [PHOTO]

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It's never a boring day in the Premier League as a practical joke backfired horribly today at Stoke City.

US midfielder Brek Shea posted an image on social media of a bloody pig's head that had been placed in the locker of Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones. The Trinidad and Tobago international didn't see the funny side of the joke, and then in retaliation threw a brick through Glenn Whelan's car window.

Friday Football Special: Rafa is King, John Terry is a Dick And a Song of the Season [VIDEO]

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On the day that Rafa Benitez suggests an unusual bare-bottomed salute for the Chelsea fans from the Europa League open-top bus celebration, Friday Football Special (FFS) brings you the Football Dictionary, more from Ray Winstone and a song from the legendary Jim Daly. Have it.

And don't forget to vote for the Best Video Show of 2012-13 in the EPL Awards at http://epltalk.

Fulham Announce New Shirt Deal With Adidas

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Fulham have signed a deal with adidas to be their official kit supplier beginning with the 2013-14 season.

The Cottagers are switching from Kappa to adidas. Fulham have worn adidas shirts throughout their history between 1977 and 1981, and 1997 and 2003, with many of them being memorable kits.

Jamie Carragher’s First-Ever TV Interview [VIDEO]

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Jamie Carragher's final match for Liverpool will be this Sunday against Queens Park Rangers.

Since joining Liverpool's youth team in 1990, Carragher has made 507 appearances for the club. In modern-day football, it's so rare to see a footballer be a one-club man.

Now we have a clip of Jamie Carragher's first TV interview when he was 18-years old and playing for Liverpool reserves.

Arsenal Close to Signing French u-21 Striker Yaya Sanogo On Free Transfer [VIDEO]

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club are close to signing striker Yaya Sanogo. Looking at Wenger's checklist... is he French? Check. Is he young? Check (he's 20). Is he a cheap signing? Yes. He's coming in on a free transfer. He meets all the criteria of a trademark Wenger signing.

Yaya Sanogo currently plays for Auxerre where he's scored 10 goals in 19 league appearances.

‘The ‘Special1′ on London Sports FM’ – Special 1 TV [VIDEO]

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Special 1 TV is back again this week with a new episode. This one's entitled 'The Special1 on London Sports FM,' and it's just what the doctor ordered.

In this week's episode, the cast of characters are back as they call in to speak with Jose Mourinho on one of London's leading radio phone-in shows.

Arsenal, This Is How Sunderland’s Phil Bardsley Is Preparing For Spurs On Sunday [PHOTOS]

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With just days to go before a match on Sunday, Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley went out on the town this week to disastrous consequences — only days before their final match of the season against Tottenham Hotspur where Arsenal will be hoping that Bardsley and his colleagues will put up a good fight.

If Ever A 34-Year-Old Deserved a One-Year Contract Extension, Frank Lampard Is It

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On Wednesday, Chelsea won the Europa League Final, beating Benfica in the Amsterdam Arena for a second European crown in two years. In itself, that feat is outstanding, and the final was thrilling, but when you consider that Chelsea had to go through Sparta Prague, Steaua Bucharesti, Rubin Kazan, and FC Basel to reach the final, the sizzle of the achievement lessens considerably.

Hull City Manager Steve Bruce is Ready to Make Move for Peter Odemwingie: The Nightly EPL

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Watch out England. There are reports inThe Mailtonight that Hull City are very interested in making a move for out-of-sorts West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, so don't be too surprised if you see the Nigerian jumping into his land rover and heading up the motorway to Kingston-Upon-Hull.

Swansea City Exceed Expectations For Second Season In A Row

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Well before Swansea City secured a first major trophy in their 101-year history with a League Cup demolition of Bradford City, probing questions were raised about life after Brendan Rodgers.

Why people chose to fear the worst is curious when you consider the replacement's football philosophy.

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 36 and 37

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Frank Lampard breaks Bobby Tambling's goal record: Frank Lampard (8.4) is easy to mock. He's English and therefore lacks the sparkle of players like Mata (10.2), Oscar (8.0) and Hazard (9.6); he's pathologically incapable of playing alongside Steven Gerrard (9.2), though Gerrard's tactical indiscipline hasn't helped matters; and he once yelled at a radio host who had gotten a little too interested in Mrs.

Random Access Goodbyes (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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We know that it's late. The final preview podcast of the season sees a series of goodbyes to managers, clubs and formats. So join the podcast in paying respect to the guys who slogged to out so that they would ultimately have to move on.

The podcast also take a look at the championship playoffs, manager rotation and the weekend's games.

Beat The Manager Race Down to the Wire

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Not only is this Sunday the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League season, but it's also the last round ofBeat The Managerthis season.

For those of you who have been playing, I want to apologize for not sharing the leaderboards with you for each week. We hit a few snags along the way, but have no fear, we've been collecting all of the results so anyone who played had their results counted.

Chelsea’s Players Want Fans to Call a Truce With Rafael Benitez: The Daily EPL

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Despite being the victim of a lot of hate from Chelsea supporters during his seven months in charge as manager of Chelsea, Rafa Benitez has overcome adversities from his own supporters to lift the Europa League trophy and end Chelsea's season on a high with the club's home game against Everton on Sunday, where the club needs just a draw to finish in third place.

Newcastle United Launch Their New Away Shirt [VIDEO] & [PHOTOS]

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Newcastle United have officially unveiled their new away shirt for the 2012-13 season, and the Toon have gone blue.

The Newcastle away shirt for next season, as we leaked in April, is navy blue with a light blue trim.

The design of the shirt looks quite futuristic. According to the club website, the shirt "provides a comfortable fit thanks to a lightweight breathable polyester construction with DryCell moisture wicking technology and perforated side panels to the body for ventilation.

All 65 of David Beckham’s Free Kick Goals From His 20-Year Career [VIDEO]

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David Beckham announced his retirement from soccer today. While he still has two matches remaining in his final chapter at Paris Saint Germain, he will long be remembered for some memorable goals scored from free kicks throughout his career.

In the video below, the free kick revolution started when Manchester United sent him on loan to Preston North End.

Is This Manchester City’s Third Shirt for the 2013-14 Season? [PHOTO]

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Is this Manchester City's third shirt for the 2013-14 season?

Or perhaps is it their away shirt, or none of them? It's difficult to say, but the newly leaked photo could either be the real deal or a fake. The uniquely designed shirt certainly incorporates colors that Manchester City have worn before.

Brighton Suspend Manager Gus Poyet; Could Everton or Fulham Be His Next Destination?

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Either Everton or Fulham could be the next destination for Brighton manager Gus Poyet after the Uruguayan was today suspended by the south coast club.

On Monday, Brighton were knocked out of the Championship playoff semi-final after losing at home to Crystal Palace 2-0. There were immediate rumors following the match that Poyet could be leaving the club, which were not dispelled by the manager.

Former NASL Star Brian Kidd Is Ideal Candidate To Lead Manchester City On US Tour

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When Brian Kidd was named caretaker manager of Manchester City on Monday, it brought me down memory lane. As a young Fort Lauderdale Strikers ball boy, Kidd had been one of the goal scoring heroes of mine. In 1982, when the Strikers signed Kidd, it was such a big deal that my family and I set out on the road for a five hour drive north to Jacksonville to see the legendary attacking player's first game in the bumblebee Strikers kit.

Europa League Final Tactical Review: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica

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With Eden Hazard missing through injury and Victor Moses not fit to start, Chelsea began this one with Ramires on the right hand side and Oscar on the left. Frank Lampard and David Luiz took up the central midfield positions, with Juan Mata operating as the advanced midfielder.

Benfica left Pablo Aimar on the bench, but began with a very dangerous looking front three of Oscar Cardozo, Salvio and Nico Gaitan.

David Beckham Retires; Why He’ll Be Remembered More For His Brand Than His Soccer Career

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Not to be outdone by Sir Alex Ferguson or Paul Scholes, David Beckham announced his retirement from soccertoday — the third Manchester United legend to "hang up his boots" in just one week.

David Beckham was the first modern-day footballer, a man who was gifted enough on the pitch to hit the heights of the international and world stage.

Southampton Manager Mauricio Pochettino May Leave If Chairman Departs: The Daily EPL

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has threatened to quit the club if chairman Nicola Cortese leaves the south-coast club.

Asked if he would stay if Cortese left the club, Pochettino said:

"Of course not, because the person that has put his faith in me in this club and as a manager is Nicola Cortese.

Chelsea vs Benfica, Europa League Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was another historic night for Chelsea Football Club as they became the first English team since Liverpool in 2000-01 to win the Europa League (then UEFA Cup). The Blues now join the ranks of Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich as the only European clubs to win all three European trophies —the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and European Cup Winners' Cup.

Be One Of The First To Get Chelsea’s Home Shirt for the 2013-14 Season

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Chelsea's home shirt for next season is available for pre-order. You can order it now and be one of the first to get it. The shirts are scheduled to ship in late May.

If you order your Chelsea shirt through World Soccer Shop (an EPL Talk partner), you'll receive the safe shopping guarantee and great customer service that World Soccer Shop are renowned for.

John Terry Wears Chelsea Kit And Steals Limelight In Europa League Win: The Nightly EPL

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Despite all of the credit that Chelsea — their footballersandmanager — deserve after Wednesday night's triumphant win in the UEFA Europa League, John Terry stole many of the headlines by lifting the trophy alongside Frank Lampard.

That Terry decided to lift the trophy with Lampard wasn't the main issue.

Why Rising Star Callum McManaman Deserves The Plaudits

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The date May 11, 2013 will long remain in the memories of Wigan Athletic supporters. A tactical masterstroke by Roberto Martinez accompanied by a fitting late winner saw the underdogs pull off a shocking upset, one which could possibly be the best in their history. While Ben Watson will be the name to go down in Wigan's history, Callum McManaman is the one who really deserves the plaudits.

Chelsea Win UEFA Europa League Final After Stoppage Time Header By Branislav Ivanovic [VIDEO]

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Chelsea were crowned Champions of Europe once again, this time as winners of the 2012-13 Europa League.

The Blues defeated Benfica 2-1 in regulation time after a stoppage-time header by Branislav Ivanovic that sailed into the back of the net.

Chelsea now have the distinct honor of currently holding the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League trophies at the same time.

Chelsea vs Benfica, Europa League Final: Open Thread

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Chelsea today are just win away from joining an elite group of teams who have won all three European trophies — the UEFA Champions League, European Cup Winner's Cup and UEFA Cup/Europa League.

With the kick-off at 2:45pm ET, the match will be shown live on US television via FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go.

Where to Find Today’s UEFA Europa League Final Between Chelsea vs Benfica On US TV [VIDEO]

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For viewers in the United States, today's Europa League Final between Chelsea and Benfica will be shown live on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go. The kick-off time is 2:45pm ET.

Whether you're a Chelsea, Benfica or supporter of any other club, here's a 36 second video to get you in the mood for today's must-see Europa League Final between Chelsea and Benfica, live from Amsterdam.

Newcastle United Prepare Shock Bid for Wayne Rooney: The Daily EPL

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Newcastle United are preparing a shock bid for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, according to a report on the website of Newcastle's owner, Sports Direct.

Here's what a source close to the negotiations has said:

"Newcastle see Wayne as their ideal player. He's a strong centre-forward, would relate to the fans and would be a massive boost to the club's brand name.

Manuel Pellegrini Looks Set to Join Manchester City On Two-Year Deal Beginning July 1

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Manuel Pellegrini is free to leave Malaga on July 1 and to become Manchester City manager without having to pay the Spanish side a penalty clause, according to a report in the Spanish media today.

For cash-strapped Malaga, Pellegrini's departure on July 1 means that the club won't have to pay his hefty salary.

Ryan Giggs Set to be Offered Coaching Role at Manchester United

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Ryan Giggs is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Manchester United that will see him stay on at the club for one more season in a coaching role as well as being available for the first-team.

The 39-year-old midfielder has already signed a one-year extension at Manchester United but isn't expected to get much playing time next season.

Frank Lampard Agrees One-Year Deal to Remain at Chelsea: The Nightly EPL

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On the eve of captaining Chelsea in a major European final, Frank Lampard is understood to have agreed a one-year deal to remain at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2013-14 season.

The news will be music to the ears of Chelsea supporters and neutral fans who admire the work ethic and professionalism that Lampard displays.

Arsenal vs Wigan and Reading vs Manchester City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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In case you missed them, here are the highlights from yesterday's matches between Arsenal and Wigan Athletic and Reading versus Manchester City.

These two matches were the final mid-week games of the 2012-13 Premier League season, and both of them had plenty of goals that were worth watching.

QPR Striker Loic Remy Arrested On Suspicion of Rape

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As if it couldn't get any worse for Queens Park Rangers, the club's star striker Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape. The French international was arrested along with two other men, one being his cousin, after a woman allegedly was gang-raped by the three men in London last week.

Reportedly, the woman visited Remy in his apartment in Fulham, where Remy's cousin and friend were also present.

Arsenal’s Game Against Newcastle Will Be Televised Live On ESPN2: The Race For Fourth

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With Arsenal's impressive 4-1 home victory against Wigan Athletic today, the Gunners are just one match away from guaranteeing a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season. For viewers in the United States, the match between Newcastle and Arsenal will be shown live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

While Arsenal will need to win on Sunday to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, a draw will be enough if Spurs draw their game.

Arsenal vs Wigan and Reading vs Manchester City: Open Thread

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For Wigan Athletic, it's win or bust today. A draw won't be good enough since the Latics would have to overcome Sunderland's 11 goal difference on Sunday, so if Roberto Martinez's side fail to beat Arsenal, we shall be saying goodbye to Wigan after eight consecutive seasons in the Premier League.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will be desperate for a win today to take the pressure off them and to put them in control of their own destiny when they face Newcastle on the final day of the season.

Can Wilfried Zaha Be An Instant Hit at Manchester United?

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As Manchester United supporters were paying homage to the team's twentieth domestic title, at the other end of the country, a glimpse of their future was on show. Wilfried Zaha, Sir Alex Ferguson's last ever signing for the club, struck a brace to send Crystal Palace into the playoff final.

Zaha was signed by the Red Devils in the January window for circa £15m before being loaned back to Palace to continue their promotion bid.

Wigan’s Callum McManaman Called Up By England For u21 European Championships [VIDEO]

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Wigan Athletic right winger Callum McManaman has been called up to England's u-21 squad for the first time, for next month's u-21 European Championship in Israel.

The FA Cup winner will be available for England's three matches in the first round against Italy (June 5), Norway (June 8) and Israel (June 11).

Manchester City Hierarchy Sold Roberto Mancini Down The River

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To outsiders, it may appear that those who support Manchester City have overreacted in the past few days. If you feel that way, you simply don't understand the culture that surrounds supporting Manchester City.

You can debate the merits of the Roberto Mancini sacking all day long. His record as a manager speaks for itself.

ESPN to Launch Daily Soccer Show ‘ESPN FC’ On ESPN2 in August

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ESPN is launching its own daily 30-minute news and highlights soccer show beginning August 11 entitled ESPN FC. The program will air Sunday through Friday, primarily on ESPN2, beginning August 11.

"Soccer's popularity is at an all-time high in the United States as fans are now more familiar with the world's top players, marquee clubs and national teams," said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN senior vice president for programming.

Norwich City Unveil New Home Kit For 2013-14 Season: [PHOTO] & [VIDEO]

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Norwich City have unveiled their new home kit for next season, designed and manufactured by Errea.

The familiar canary yellow shirt color is accented with green sleeves and green sides to the shirt, as well as a green v-neck collar. The kit is matched with green shorts and yellow socks.

Overall, it's a very clean looking design that is simple yet effective.

Since Arsenal Last Won Silverware: 23 Ex-Gunners Win 56 Major Trophies: The Nightly EPL

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On the eve of Arsenal's must-win match with Wigan Athletic at Emirates Stadium,Sporting Intelligencehave released new research that reveals since Arsenal last won silverware eight years ago, 23 ex-Gunners have won 56 major trophies.

Read the article below for the complete research data.

Barcelona Seal La Liga Title Win

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Barcelona were crowned Spanish champions for the fourth time in five years after Real Madrid could only draw 1-1 with Espanyol on Sunday. The Catalans celebrated their success with a 2-1 win at third placed Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Atletico threatened to spoil Barca's party at the Vicente Calderon when they fell behind to Radamel Falcao's 28th goal of the season early in the second half.

Roberto Mancini ‘Arrogant and Vain’ Says Former Manchester City Kitman: The Daily EPL

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Sacked Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been labeled as "arrogant, vain, self-centered, [having] no manners [and] ignorant" by the club's ex-kitman.

Stephen Aziz, who is now the kitman at Sunderland, added "Not my style to come in here and start to bad mouth someone but this guy was really a piece of work!

Stoke City, Are You Columbus Crew In Disguise? New Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTO]

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Don't be surprised if you hear MLS fans chanting, "Stoke City, are you Columbus Crew in disguise?" if the Potters wear their new away jerseys at Stoke's pre-season friendlies in the United States this summer.

Photos have been leaked on the Internet of Stoke's new away shirt. The black jersey with yellow and white trim look very similar to a Columbus Crew home shirt from the past.

Newcastle United Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season: New [PHOTOS]

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New photos of Newcastle United's away shirt for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet.

Newcastle's away shirt for next season is expected to be officially revealed this week, but in the leaked photos (above and below), we've learned that the navy blue or charcoal-colored shirt (depending on how sensitive the camera flash is in the aforementioned photos) is actually the Newcastle away shirt, not the third shirt as we speculated last month.

More Incredible Footage From Watford’s 98th Minute Goal Against Leicester [VIDEO]

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Yesterday we shared with you video footage of Watford's incredible 98th minute goal against Leicester, which sent the Hornets to the Championship Playoff Final. They were incredible scenes because just seconds earlier, Leicester missed a penalty that would have sent them to Wembley. However, The Football League — in their "infinite" wisdom — decided to take down the videos from YouTube, although the one from Sky Sports remains.

Roberto Mancini Sacked By Manchester City: Official Statement

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Manchester City Football Club have sacked manager Roberto Mancini.

In an official statement by the club, it reads:

"It is with regret that Manchester City Football Club announces that Roberto Mancini has been relieved of his duties as Manchester City Manager.

"This has been a difficult decision for the owner, Chairman and Board to make and it is the outcome of a planned end of season review process that has been brought forward in light of recent speculation and out of respect for Roberto and his extensive contributions to the Football Club.

Wilfried Zaha Scores 2 Goals to Send Crystal Palace to Championship Playoff Final [GIF]

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Wilfried Zaha, the man with the £15 million price tag who will join Manchester United this summer, scored two priceless goals for Crystal Palace to knock Brighton and Hove Albion out of the Championship playoffs, and to book a Championship Playoff Final appearance against Watford next week.

Despite Brighton being the better team on the night with more possession, Gus Poyet's side failed to capitalize on their chances.

Win Tickets to Chelsea vs Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in NYC

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Chelsea and Manchester City face each other on Saturday, May 25 in an exhibition match at Yankee Stadium in New York City, and two lucky EPL Talk readers will win a pair of tickets.

The first EPL Talk reader will win a pair of tickets to the Chelsea-Manchester City match for seats in the $100+ field level.

Brighton vs Crystal Palace, Championship Playoff Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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It's going to be an almost impossible task for today's Brighton against Crystal Palace match to come anywhere close to the incredible ending of the Watford-Leicester game, but even if it can be half as thrilling as yesterday's match, it'll be a must-see to determine who will play in the Championship Playoff Final against Watford next week.

Everton Have Much to Be Positive About Despite David Moyes Departure

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As an Everton supporter, it's a peculiar feeling knowing that the next time David Moyes sets foot in Goodison Park, he will make his way to the opposition dugout.

Even then, despite the fact he will sporting a red tie, Moyes will be welcomed back to Goodison Park. For his reign will certainly be looked back upon fondly.

You Say Goodbye, I Say… (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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The noise you can hear is probably squeaky bum time approaching in the Premier League. With so few games to go, the life rafts are dwindling as three teams face a nervy few days in the battle to avoid relegation.

For Wigan it could be a case of say hello FA Cup, say goodbye Premier League. No side has ever won the cup and been relegated, giving the Latics the opportunity to be the worst kind of record holders.

Champions League Trivia: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich [INFOGRAPHIC]

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This year's UEFA Champions League Final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich features two of the most entertaining and attack-minded sides in Europe.

After Bayern's devastation with losing last year's final in their home ground against Chelsea, Jupp Heynckes will be focused on making sure that Munich capitalize on their chances against a Dortmund side that are backed by a brilliant manager (Jurgen Klopp), star striker Robert Lewandowski and brilliant supporters (as Bayern are, too).

Premier League Gameweek 37 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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What an incredible weekend of matches in the Premier League for many different reasons. It's certainly one of the most memorable in a long time, for me at least.

Here are the match highlights from gameweek 37 of the Premier League:

Aston Villa vs Chelsea


Video: Aston Villa v Chelsea Premier League Highlights 05/11/13

Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur


Video: Stoke City v Tottenham Premier League Highlights 05/12/13

Everton vs West Ham United


Video: Everton v West Ham Premier League Highlights 05/12/13

Fulham vs Liverpool


Video: Fulham v Liverpool Premier League Highlights 05/12/13

Norwich vs West Bromwich Albion


Video: Norwich City v West Brom Premier League Highlights 05/12/13

Queens Park Rangers vs Newcastle United


Video: QPR v Newcastle Premier League Highlights 05/12/13

Sunderland vs Southampton


Video: Sunderland v Southampton Premier League Highlights 05/12/13

Manchester United vs Swansea City


Video: Manchester United v Swansea City Premier League Highlights 05/12/13

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Manuel Pellegrini is Next Best Thing for Manchester City After Pep Guardiola: The Nightly EPL

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Well-respected journalist Sid Lowe ofThe Guardianwrites in his column tonight that Manuel Pellegrini would be the next best thing for Manchester City after Pep Guardiola.

With Guardiola taking over at Bayern Munich this summer, and Malaga manager Pellegrini looking to leave the Spanish side, everything is coming together nicely for Manchester City's hierarchy who remain silent regarding manager Roberto Mancini's future.

Manchester United Make Shock Move For Former Arsenal Captain Cesc Fabregas: The Daily EPL

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Manchester United are prepared to make a huge signal of intent by signing Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas as David Moyes's first new player of the season, according to the Evening Standardnewspaper.

United have reportedly been in contact with Barcelona regarding the fee for Fabregas. The Spanish midfielder joined Barcelona two years ago for £35 million, but Barcelona still owe Arsenal £5 million, and want to recoup at least £20 million for the talented former Arsenal captain.

Anticipation Building for Manchester City-Chelsea Friendly In New York

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The suspense for the two Manchester City-Chelsea friendlies, where the Premier League clubs will play each other twice in the United States after this season ends, is increasing substantiallyespecially since the games may feature a brand-new City manager (if reports of Roberto Mancini getting sacked this week are true).

Watford Beat Leicester In Another Incredible Championship Match To Reach Final [VIDEO]

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It was another incredible day in the Championship today as Watford beat Leicester City to reach the Championship Playoff final.

Just two weeks ago, there was an unbelievable ending to the final day of the 2012-13 Championship season when Hull City failed to beat Cardiff, with the Tigers thinking they had lost their chance of automatic promotion.

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s Farewell Speech [VIDEO]

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Sir Alex Ferguson lifted the Premier League trophy today, the 20th title for Manchester United.

It was a sentimental and emotional day for Ferguson, the United staff, players, supporters at Old Trafford and many soccer fans worldwide.

Before Ferguson and the team lifted the trophy, Ferguson gave a farewell speech in the center circle of Old Trafford.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 37: Open Thread

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If you're up early today, there's a Championship semi-final playoff on telly today — before the seven Premier League matches get under way. It's between Watford and Leicester at 7:30am ET on beIN SPORT. Leicester won the first leg one-nil. The winner goes through to the playoff final to play either Brighton or Crystal Palace.

Roberto Mancini Dismisses Sacking Rumors But Is Angry With Man City Hierarchy: The Nightly EPL

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It's not easy being Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, but he's made life harder on himself after his team were defeated today against Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup Final. Post-match, Mancini dismissed rumors that he was getting the sack in the near future, but he was angry at the lack of support he's received from the Manchester City hierarchy.

Wigan Players Celebrate FA Cup Final Victory; Plus Behind-The-Scenes Player Tunnel Footage [VIDEO]

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Many people thought that Roberto Martinez was mad last summer when he reportedly passed up the opportunity to manage Liverpool or Aston Villa, but decided to stay with Wigan Athletic instead. But the sacrifice by him certainly paid off today.

Here's the last video of the day from Wigan Athletic's triumphant FA Cup Final victory against Manchester City.

Post-Match Interviews With FA Cup Final Winners Martinez, Watson, McManaman & Others

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Congratulations to Wigan Athletic, the club, players and supporters on a historic FA Cup Final victory against Manchester City.

Here are several post match interviews with Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, goal-scorer Ben Watson, Callum McManaman and others.

Post-match interview with Roberto Martinez:

Interview with goal-scorer Ben Watson:

Next up is Callum McManaman, who was my man of the match:

Shaun Maloney interview after Wigan's FA Cup Final win vs Manchester City:

Paul Scharner interview after Wigan's FA Cup Final win vs Manchester City

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Manchester United’s Paul Scholes Announces His Retirement From Football

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has announced that he will retire from football at the end of this season.

"Paul is a truly unbelievable player," said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "He has always been fully committed to this club and it has been a real privilege to work with him for so many years.

A Tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United Manager From 1986-2013 [VIDEO]

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Manchester United supporters and soccer fans worldwide are still dealing with the shock that Sir Alex Ferguson announced he's retiring from the game. Whether you love or hate him, every soccer fan has a memory of Ferguson from 27 years of triumph after triumph.

Watch this 3-minute video tribute featuring some golden memories of Ferguson.

Wigan 1-0 Manchester City; Ben Watson Scores Gamewinner: Highlights [VIDEO]

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In one of the greatest upsets in FA Cup Final history, Wigan Athletic's Ben Watson will go down in the history books as the goalscorer who headed the ball into the back of the net to beat Manchester City one-nil at London's Wembley Stadium on May 11, 2013.

Here's a video highlight of Ben Watson's brilliant header:


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Wigan Athletic Win FA Cup Final After Stunning Victory Against Manchester City

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In one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup Final history, Wigan Athletic defeated Manchester City 1-0 today at London's Wembley Stadium.

With minutes to go before the full-time whistle blew, Wigan substitute Ben Watson came up for a corner kick and brilliantly headed the ball into the back of the net over the arms of City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic, 2013 FA Cup Final: Open Thread

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The 2012-13 FA Cup Final, one of the most prestigious days on the English football calendar, kicks off today live from Wembley Stadium in London.

The match features David versus Goliath. Wigan Athletic are in their first major final against a Manchester City side aiming to win a piece of silverware at the end of the season.

Gus Johnson Hosts Champions League Final Preview Alongside Alan Shearer

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Controversial announcer Gus Johnson will host a 30-minute show after today's FA Cup Final alongside Alan Shearer. "The Road to Wembley," a special UEFA Champions League Final preview that relives the journey of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund's path to the final, will be televised on the free-to-air FOX network at 2:30pm ET.

FA Cup Final Preview: Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic [VIDEO]

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In today's FA Cup Final between Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic (Noon ET on FOX network), it's a clash between two clubs desperate to win the trophy for completely different reasons.

Building up to the suspense of this year's final, here are two videos to watch. The first is a preview of Manchester City's chances in the final as well as the road to the cup final.

Manuel Pellegrini Set to Replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, Claim Reports: The Nightly EPL

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The timing is unfortunate. On the eve of Manchester City's FA Cup Final match against Wigan, there are reports in the Spanish media that Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is to replace Roberto Mancini. This follows up on the news from two weeks ago when Pellegrini's representative reportedly met with Manchester City's director of football.

Gianluca Vialli Believes Frank Lampard Should Leave Chelsea At End Of Season: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea great Gianluca Vialli believes that Frank Lampard should leave the club at the end of the season.

Here's what Vialli said:

"In my opinion it's probably the right time for them to say goodbye to each other and leave on good terms.

"Frank has a fantastic opportunity to try something new, perhaps in Los Angeles or somewhere else in America, have fun for the next three or four years and make some money.

Aston Villa vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

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Due to the FA Cup Final today, the Premier League matches have been moved to tomorrow except for Chelsea's match against Aston Villa this morning (US time). Aston Villa versus Chelsea is being played today because the Blues play in the Europa League final in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

For viewers in the United States, the match kicks off at 7:45am ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Frank Lampard Breaks Chelsea All-Time Scoring Record With 203 Goals [GIF]

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Frank Lampard today set a new record for Chelsea, scoring 203 goals — the most number of goals ever scored by a Chelsea player in the history of the club.

Lampard scored a left-footed shot against Aston Villa in the 61st minute to equal the record set by Bobby Tambling. Then late in the game at Villa Park, Lampard slotted in a winner for Chelsea and his record-breaking goal.

The FA Cup Final’s Greatest Goals [VIDEO]

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Watch some of the best FA Cup Final goals from over the years—everything from Charlie George's goal for Arsenal in 1971, Denis Law for Manchester United in 1963, Stuart Pearce for Nottingham Forest in 1991, Ricky Villa for Tottenham in 1981 and many many more.

Which one is your favorite?

John Motson Relives His Favorite FA Cup Finals at Wembley [VIDEO]

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Famous BBC commentator John Motson walks through his memories of his favorite FA Cup Finals at Wembley Stadium.

During the four minute video, Motson discusses the 1981 FA Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, and that goal by Ricardo Villa. Next, Motson tackles the 1987 FA Cup Final between Coventry City and Tottenham Hotspur, which featured a shock result on the day but interestingly, Motson pointed something out about the game that I never knew before.

If You Live in Indianapolis or Hartford and Want to Watch the FA Cup Final Live, You’re Screwed

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The FA Cup Final is being shown nationwide throughout the United States for the first-time ever on free-to-air national television. Except if you live in Indianapolis or Hartford.

The TV coverage begins tomorrow at Noon ET on FOX. However, two FOX affiliates — WXIN in Indianapolis and WTIC Hartford — have decided to show the game on delay at 2pm instead, after the game has already ended.

Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion, Championship Playoff Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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After yesterday's 1-0 victory for Leicester City against Watford, the second set of Championship playoff semi-finals kicks off today with Crystal Palace hosting Brighton & Hove Albion. For viewers in the United States, the game kicks off at 2:45pm ET on beIN SPORT.

As discussed earlier this week on the EPL Talk Podcast, this match between Palace and Brighton will be a fierce one since it's a huge southern rivalry, and both clubs fancy their chances of going all the way to getting promoted to the Premier League.

Friday Football Special: Fergie Calls, Cantona Imparts Wisdom And A Paolo Di Canio Song [VIDEO]

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In this week's episode of Friday Football Special, Barry chats to Sir Alex Ferguson after announcing he is to step down as Man United manager, plus we see the moment David Moyes gets that phone call. Agent Bond demonstrates the gift of the gab as he attempts to sell the qualities of the British footballer, Eric Cantona is back with more smooth philosophy, and we have a song about the dry cleaner's favourite, Paolo Di Canio.

‘The ‘Special One’ Keeps Us All Guessing’: New Episode of Special 1 TV [VIDEO]

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Guess who's back, back again?

After releasing last week's video teaser entitled What's next for the Special One?, the folks at Special 1 TV have brought us another episode courtesy of their sponsor Betfair.

The 2-minute video features all of the famous faces we know and love. Did the creators of Special 1 TV pick the best characters or what for this show?

Is This Arsenal’s New Away Shirt for the 2013-14 Season From Nike? New Leaked [PHOTO]

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Is this Arsenal's new away shirt for the 2013-14 season?

The new season will be Nike's last as Arsenal's kit supplier after Arsenal signed a £170m deal with Puma. So, if this is Arsenal's away shirt, it'll be the last one that Nike makes for them.

The yellow away shirt features what appears to be navy trim, featuring a navy collar.

David Moyes Must First Confront The Wayne Rooney Conundrum: The Daily EPL

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Should he stay or should he go? The first major conundrum that David Moyes will face as Manchester United will be what to do with Wayne Rooney. The United striker reportedly put in a transfer request two weeks ago, and United have come out and said that the striker is not for sale. However, Rooney is believed to want out — even before Moyes was appointed.

Vote for the Best of the 2012-13 Premier League Season in the 5th Annual EPL Awards

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The professional organizations and pundits have spoken, but now it's your turn to have your say on the best of the Premier League 2012-13 season in the fifth annual EPL Awards. The award competition includes everything from your favorite footballers, blogs, podcasts, commentators and much more.

2013 Confederations Cup TV and Internet Schedule For USA: June 15-30

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If you live in the United States, here's the TV and Internet schedule for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup to be staged in Brazil from June 15-30, 2013.

MORE — ESPN Announces Coverage Plans For 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup On US Television and Internet

All times eastern

Saturday, June 15
Brazil vs Japan, 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Sunday, June 16
Mexico vs Italy, 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN
Spain vs Uruguay, 5:45pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Monday, June 17
Tahiti vs Nigeria, 2:45pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Wednesday, June 19
Brazil vs Mexico, 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs Japan, 5:45pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Thursday, June 20
Spain vs Tahiti, 2:45pm, ESPN/WatchESPN
Nigeria vs Uruguay, 5:45pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Saturday, June 22
Japan vs Mexico, 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN
Italy vs Brazil, 2:30pm, ESPNEWS/WatchESPN

Sunday, June 23
Nigeria vs Spain, 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN
Uruguay vs Tahiti, 2:30pm, ESPN2/WatchESPN

Wednesday, June 26
Semi-final A1 vs B2, 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Thursday, June 27
Semi-final B1 vs A2, 2:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Sunday, June 30
Third place game, 11:45am, ESPN2/WatchESPN
Final, 5:30pm, ESPN/WatchESPN

Post your questions about the schedule in the comments section below!

ESPN Announces Coverage Plans For 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup On US Television and Internet

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ESPN has announced that all 16 matches from this summer's FIFA Confederations Cup will be shown live on US television and Internet. The tournament, which will be held June 15-30 in six cities in Brazil, will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, WatchESPN and ESPN3.com.

Live match coverage will begin on Saturday, June 15, on ESPN and WatchESPN with the tournament's opening match – host country Brazil vs.

Leicester City vs Watford, Championship Playoff Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

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The first match of the 2012-13 Championship playoffs kicks off today with Leicester City hosting Watford in the first leg. The Hornets, managed by Gianfranco Zola, will want to forget about their horrific day against Leeds United last Saturday where they threw away a golden opportunity to be promoted to the Premier League.

FOX Soccer and ESPN to Televise Chelsea vs Manchester City Post-Season Friendlies On US TV

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The two highly-anticipated friendlies between Chelsea and Manchester City, to be played on US soil after the 2012-13 season ends, will be televised live on US television by FOX Soccer and ESPN.

Both Premier League sides are heading to the United States immediately after their season ends to prepare for two friendlies.

Ian Darke & Steve McManaman Join BT Sport’s EPL Coverage Beginning With 2013-14 Season

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Ian Darke and Steve McManaman were announced this morning as two of the talents that BT Sport has hired to bring its Premier League coverage to viewers in the United Kingdom beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Darke and Darren Fletcher will commentate matches for BT Sport with co-commentator Michael Owen.

Everton Confirm Moyes Leaving Everton, Confirms Desire to Move to Man Utd

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Everton have released an official statement on its club website to confirm that David Moyes will leave the club at the end of the season.

Here's what the club statement said:

"The Manager met Chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening (Wednesday 8th May) and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United.

Manchester United Confirm David Moyes Will Take Over From Sir Alex Ferguson In 6 Year Deal

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Manchester United announced today that David Moyes will be the next manager of the club, to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson after the end of this season. Moyes will officially start as the new boss on July 1 under a six-year contract.

Sir Alex Ferguson announced yesterday that he'll retire at the end of this season after 27 years at the club, and an incredible 49 trophies in his management career.

With David Moyes In Charge, Manchester United Are Carrying On In Sir Alex Ferguson’s Image

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I'd like to be one of many, many people to thank Sir Alex Ferguson today.

When I first started following the Premier League five years ago, it was Ferguson more than any other man who hooked me. The man was a legend – indomitable, scary, mythical, and yet down-to-earth, old-fashioned and charitable.

Rooney Wanted By Chelsea & Bayern Munich, Ronaldo May Return to Man United: The Nightly EPL

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'Tis the season for ridiculous transfer rumors. After we reported last night thatThe Mirrorrevealed that Bayern Munich are interested in signing Wayne Rooney,The Mirrorcame out tonight and said that Chelsea is interested, too, and that according to a reporter forThe Independent,Rooney has asked Manchester United to let him leave.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was the final score that neither club wanted, but it was a perfect example of a fast-paced Premier League match with end-to-end action that kept us pinned to our seats throughout the 90 minutes, which sped by.

If you missed it, you missed a barnstormer. Here are the highlights from Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur from Premier League Gameweek 36, played on Wednesday, May 8, 2013:


Video: Chelsea v Tottenham Premier League Highlights 05/08/13

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FA Cup Final Gives Roberto Martinez A Chance to Shine For Everton And Other Suitors

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On Saturday, Wigan will contest their first ever FA Cup Final at Wembley. The game will provide a pleasant distraction from the club's increasingly dire fight against relegation – a fight which Wigan has won the last three years by placing the club's Premier League life into the flames, then pulling it out at the last moment.

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 34: Barcelona One Win From Glory

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Barcelona and Real Madrid both won and both scored four times, leaving the Catalans needing one more win to secure the Primera title. Barca's 4-2 win over Real Betis keeps them 11 points clear of second-placed Real Madrid with four games remaining, and means they will almost certainly clinch the championship at Atletico Madrid next Sunday.

Ajax Away Shirt For 2013-14 Season: Black And Hot Pink [PHOTO]

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Photos have been published on the Internet that reveal Ajax's new away shirt for the 2013-14 season.

The away shirt for the current Eredivisie Champions next season is designed by Adidas, and features a black jersey with hot-pink trim.

The Ajax away jersey features a v-neck collar. The front of the shirt features a black and charcoal-colored hoop design.

Sir Alex Ferguson (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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There is only one place and person to begin this podcast with. Manchester is the setting, but the world is taking notice as a Sir steps down from one of the most influential jobs in football. History. Pod discuss Sir Alex and his legacy in part one.

Don't worry, there is also insight on the weekend games and midweek review.

Bayern Munich Home Shirt For 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTO]

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

Adidas has designed and manufactured Bayern's home jersey for next season, which features the familiar red and white colors of the Bundesliga champions. The shirt features a white v-neck collar.

Aston Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov Retires From Football: The Daily EPL

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Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov announced his retirement from football today following his battle against acute leukaemia. Petrov was diagnosed with the condition last year, but is currently in remission.

Here's what Petrov said today in a statement:

"It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from the game.

Manchester United Facebook Page Lets Slip That David Moyes Is The New Manager [PHOTO]

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Someone behind the scenes working on Manchester United's official Facebook app was trigger happy this morning when he or she uploaded this page (pictured above) that welcomes David Moyes as the new manager of Manchester United.

In addition to that, the official FIFA Twitter account posted a tweet to announce that David Moyes has officially been announced as the new manager of Manchester United.

Wigan Need to Prioritize Premier League Survival Over FA Cup Final Trophy

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The Premier League season just wouldn't feel right if Wigan Athletic weren't in a relegation scrap with just two games remaining. Last season, Roberto Martinez's men turned up the heat towards the final month or so, steering the Latics up to fifteenth to confirm survival once again, but this season is different.

Manchester United Could Announce David Moyes As New Manager Tomorrow, Says BBC

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David Moyes could officially be announced as the new manager of Manchester United tomorrow, to replace Sir Alex Ferguson who today announced his retirement.

Moyes met with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright today in London, where the Scottish manager was rumored to have expressed his desire to leave the Merseyside club.

Championship Playoffs Preview: Brighton, Leicester, Watford and Crystal Palace Battle It Out

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The first set of playoffs to determine who will be the third team promoted from the Championship to the Premier League kick off tomorrow with Leicester, Watford, Brighton and Crystal Palace all in contention.

We have one northern team, one team who have never graced the Premier League and one team to have featured in the end of season competition on four previous occasions.

Kartik Krishnaiyer Rejoins EPL Talk In More Prominent Role

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Mike Summerbee (l) and Kartik Krishnaiyer (r)

NASL Director of Communications and Public Relations Kartik Krishnaiyer will be leaving his position with the American soccer league this month to take a more active role in several exciting developments from EPL Talk, which will be revealed in more detail this summer.

Is David Moyes The Right Man For Manchester United? [VIDEO]

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Is David Moyes the right man for Manchester United?

Moyes, who's the favorite to replacement Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager of United after the end of this season, has been at Everton at 2002. On Wednesday afternoon, I had a conversation with Everton supporter (and EPL Talk writer) Matt Jones to ask him about several topics including —what the pros and cons are of David Moyes, whether Moyes will be able to patch up his relationship with Wayne Rooney, his concerns about losing Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United, and where Everton goes from here.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur, The Battle For Europe: Open Thread

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On a day when this game should be the biggest news, it's a shame that Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur been dwarfed by the news that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring. Trust Fergie to pick a day to out-do Rafael Benitez.

This is a match where everything is on the line. A win for Chelsea will guarantee them a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Brad Guzan Wins Dual Aston Villa Player Of The Year Awards: The Daily EPL

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Believe it or not, but there's been plenty of other Premier League news today that doesn't involve Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson or David Moyes!

American goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been named Player of the Year by Aston Villa, by both the club and supporters. The awards are thoroughly deserved in a season where he had so many brilliant saves, and where he pushed out Shay Given to the bench.

A Lesson For Manchester United From American Sports: How Not To Replace A Legend

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The news that Sir Alex Ferguson is retiring as manager of Manchester United at the end of the 2012-13 season brings a medley of emotions. Of course, as a United fan, I am sad to see him go. SAF has been about as successful as any coach/manager of any professional sport ever.

Naturally, everyone's attention has already shifted to the big question: "Who will replace the legend as manager of Manchester United?

Are The British Media Going On A Wild Goose Chase With David Moyes As Next United Manager?

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While the media are reporting that David Moyes is in pole position to become the next Manchester United manager after Sir Alex Ferguson announced he will retire at the end of this season, that seems to be only based on the fact that bookmakers slashed the odds Sunday night on Moyes becoming an understudy to Ferguson, based on rumors.

The Legacy That David Moyes Will Leave Behind At Everton

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So many column inches will be filled in the coming days debating what kind of legacy Sir Alex Ferguson will leave in his wake following his shock announcement he will be retiring at the end of the season. We shouldn't forget another certain long-serving Scotsman plying his trade in the Premier League, who saw his odds of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson slashed recently to become one of the hot contenders to replace the outgoing United living legend.

Wayne Rooney Says He Wants to Leave Man United For Bayern Munich, Says Report: The Nightly EPL

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On the list of the most trustworthy British tabloid sources,The Mirrorranks near the bottom, only beaten out by the dredge ofThe Daily ExpressandThe Daily Star, so whenThe Mirrorruns a story saying that Wayne Rooney has confided with teammates that he wants to leave Manchester United for Bayern Munich, I don't have much confidence that the article is correct.

Sir Alex Ferguson Retires From Manchester United: His Statement In Full

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Ater 27 years in charge of the club, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that he will retire at the end of this season.

Here's what the most successful manager in English football history said in his statement:

"The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly.

7 Ways That Sir Alex Ferguson’s Retirement Changes Everything

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The soccer world this morning is still recovering from the shock of Sir Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement. While the history of what Ferguson has achieved is incredible, his departure from Manchester United will changeeverything.

Here are the 7 ways that Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement changes everything:

1.

Crystal Palace Unveil New Club Crest For Next Season

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Crystal Palace Football Club have unveiled a new club crest that the London-based side will wear beginning next season.

Managed by Ian Holloway, Crystal Palace are in the Championship play-offs and are just three possible matches away from gaining promotion to the Premier League.

The new club crest the club has chosen, after input from their supporters, is a far more modern and visually appealing crest that features a fiercer-looking eagle.

Puma Signs Deal to Become Arsenal’s New Kit Supplier In £170 Million Deal, Says Report

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Puma have signed a deal to become Arsenal's new kit supplier beginning with the 2014-15 season, according to a report.

The Mirroris reporting that the five-year deal is worth £30+ million a year to Arsenal, which will become one of the largest kit deals in English football. The newspaper reports that the official news won't be revealed for some time, but it's understood that adidas — who were long expected to take over from Nike — had pulled out of the negotiations.

Future Of Sir Alex Ferguson At Manchester United In Doubt As Report Says He May Retire This Week

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The future of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford is in major doubt today after a report reveals that the Manchester United manager may end his 26-year history at the club this week.

According to an article in The Telegraph,reporter Mark Ogden reveals that senior figures at the club have refused to confirm or deny the story that Ferguson may make an announcement ahead of Sunday's game at Old Trafford that he may retire.

Wigan Athletic vs Swansea City & Manchester City vs West Brom: Open Thread

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Who would have thought that a game between Wigan Athletic and Swansea City will create so much interest? If Wigan beats Swansea today, then there will be eight Premier League sides scrambling to try to get out of the relegation zone. Not only will supporters for Wigan and Swansea be paying close attention to the result of this game, but so will neutral fans as well as supporters of Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Norwich, Stoke, Fulham and Southampton.

Adidas Sign Deal With West Ham United To Become Club’s New Kit Manufacturer

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West Ham United will wear kits designed by adidas after a gap of 26 years since the club last wore the famous brand with the three stripes.

The Hammers deal with adidas goes into effect on June 1. The agreement will see the German sport manufacturer designing their kits, training wear and equipment for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Watch ‘Manchester United – The Religion,’ A 13-Minute Film About United Supporters [VIDEO]

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Manchester United The Religion has been released and the 13-minute short film is now ready for you to watch.

As we mentioned last week when the trailer was launched. Video-makers Copa90 have created a video documentary entitled ‘Manchester United – The Religion.' In the short film, Manchester United supporters share what the club means to them and what place it has in their lives.

Sunderland vs Stoke City Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Sunderland played absolutely dreadfully in the first half, went down a goal, got a player sent off and failed to spark any real emotion from the crowd. Then the tide turned in the second half where Stoke City showed why they still haven't escaped the battle to avoid relegation.

Anfield: The Victims, The Anger And Liverpool’s Shameful Truth: The Nightly EPL

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In an article that is near and dear to my heart,The Guardian'sDavid Conn has written a follow-up piece to an article he wrote five years agoabout the status of the derelict houses that form a "ghost town" next to Liverpool's Anfield Stadium.

On a visit to Liverpool 7 years ago, I spent a morning walking around Anfield and was absolutely shocked at the state of the homes that were literally in the dark shadow of Liverpool Football Club.

NBC Sports Releases First Video to Promote Its Premier League Coverage [VIDEO]

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NBC Sports has released their first video to promote its coverage of the Premier League.

The 30-second spot gets the message across that NBC Sports will be broadcasting every game live — either on their TV networks or via the free app NBC Sports Live Extra.

To me, the best part of the video is the selection of the song, which was originally recorded by Fat Les for England's 1998 World Cup campaign.

Bookmakers Slash Odds On David Moyes Becoming Manchester United Assistant Manager: The Daily EPL

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Rumors are circling that David Moyes is to spend a season at Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson's understudy, which has resulted in bookmakers slashing the odds on Moyes replacing the Manchester United manager.

Moyes's contract expires this summer, and there's been little sign of a contract renewal.

Must-See Montage Of Premier League Memorable Moments From 2012-13 Season [VIDEO]

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Watch this must-see video montage of some of the most memorable moments from the 2012-13 Premier League season.

The BBC created this 3 minute video that includes a lot of familiar faces from all of the clubs in the EPL. You've got Luis Suarez, Michu, Robin van Persie, Paolo Di Canio and so many more.

Liverpool’s Third Shirt For 2013-14 Season: New Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photograph of Liverpool's third shirt for the 2013-14 season has been leaked on the Internet.

A few months ago, we didn't publish a photograph of Liverpool's rumored third shirt for the 2013-14 season because, after seeing the jersey, we thought it was a joke. However, a new video has been found that shows Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho walking past the camera wearing the new Liverpool third shirt in question.

Sunderland vs Stoke City, Premier League Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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For the second week in a row, Monday features a battle to avoid relegation. Last Monday, it was the 6-1 thrashing by Aston Villa against Sunderland. Today, it's Sunderland at home against Stoke City.

A win for Stoke and they'll be safe in knowing that they'll be in the Premier League next season.

Gus Johnson and Ian Wright’s Commentary Has Turned FOX Soccer Into a Joke

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If Gus Johnson and FOX Sports have paid any attention at all to the commentary on Gus's play-by-play match calling on Twitter and EPL Talk, they should be deeply concerned. From initial outbursts of outrage, much of the commentary has shifted to mockery and humor. This is not a good sign.

It is one thing to be considered controversial (witness Stephen A.

Jose Mourinho Caught Buying £200 Worth Of Boxes From Ikea; Chelsea Bound?: The Daily EPL

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Spanish media and public reported this morning that Jose Mourinho was spotted in an Ikea store spending approximately £200 on boxes and packing tape, presumably in preparation for his big move from Madrid back to London this summer.

Come on Chelsea and Real Madrid, let's get this whole thing over and done with so it doesn't drag on from now until late June.

Why The New Manchester City-Backed MLS Franchise Shouldn’t Be in New York City

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As much good work as MLS Commissioner Don Garber has done for MLS in the United States, he occasionally makes American soccer fans scratch their collective heads, like with his recent comment that there's way too much soccer on television. Another confounding example in recent months is his effort to land a second MLS team in the New York area.

Poll: Which Premier League Club Will Be Relegated Alongside Reading and QPR?

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With Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa winning over the weekend, there are now an incredible eight teams who are still in danger of being relegated as the 18th place team in the league this season. And there are only 2-3 matches remaining this season.

Forty points this season may not be enough to guarantee safety.

Uncertain Times At Fulham Puts EPL Survival In Their Own Hands

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As a Fulham supporter, I've experienced several up and down seasons, but the performance on Saturday againstReadingatCraven Cottagewas disgraceful.Fulhamhave reached forty points, and should be safe from relegation, but the door is still open, and the club unfortunately did not close it in their 4-2 loss to Reading.

Liverpool vs Everton & Manchester United vs Chelsea Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Today's two matches in the Premier League weren't the most entertaining games, but both of the results have big consequences for most of the teams involved. Every game matters, and while there was no winner in the Merseyside derby, you would have to give the edge to Everton for securing a point to move them closer to finishing above Liverpool this season, as well as giving credit to Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez for doing one over Sir Alex Ferguson yet again.

Congratulations to Juventus and Ajax For Clinching Serie A and Eredivisie Titles Today [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to Juventus and Ajax for clinching the Serie A and Eredivisie titles respectively.

Juventus beat Palermo 1-0 for their second consecutive Serie A title. The victory gives the Turin side their 29th Serie A title in the club's history. However, Juve fans unfurled a banner after the game that had the number 31 painted on it.

Liverpool to Move for Brazilian Defender Douglas to Replace Jamie Carragher: The Nightly EPL

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Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Liverpool to move for Brazilian defender Douglas to replace Jamie Carragher— The Mail
  • David Luiz 'rolled about like a dying swan', says Sir Alex Ferguson— The Telegraph
  • We've taken foot off the pedal, there's no edge, says Sir Alex Ferguson — The Independent
  • Sir Alex Ferguson blasts David Luiz for reaction after Rafael kick — The Mail
  • Ferguson admits 'We didn't play well enough' as Chelsea defeat champions — The Independent
  • Juan Mata's shift to the left sets up the crucial goalscoring opportunity — The Guardian
  • Swansea City linked with QPR winger Junior Hoilett — This Is South Wales
  • Newcastle need reminding that one win may not be enough to stay up — The Guardian
  • Nigel Adkins believes Reading can return to Premier League at first go — The Guardian
  • Kei Kamara will return to MLS from Norwich City— The Mail
  • Oldest-known FA Cup final programme expected to fetch £25,000 at auction — The Guardian
  • Man City manager Mancini to stick with Pantilimon for cup final — The Mail

The Nightly EPL is tomorrow's news today.

The Great Gabsby (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

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Team heroes come in all shapes and sizes. So many of them in the league have been foreign this season, but in some cases it can be important to have a core who can help the others understand what it means to be a player for a local side.This weekend the Premier League might have shown why that can be important for us to have, see and hold.

David Luiz Gives Sheepish Grin After Getting Whacked By Rafael da Silva [VIDEO]

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In the last few minutes of Manchester United's game against Chelsea today, Chelsea defender David Luiz got into a tussle with Manchester United right back Rafael da Silva. The end result was Da Silva whacking out at Luiz's legs, which sent the Chelsea player to the ground, clutching his knees.

While Da Silva thoroughly deserved to receive the red card from referee Howard Webb, Luiz will have won very few fans by his sheepish grin and smile he gave while laying on the Old Trafford pitch.

Manchester United vs Chelsea, Premier League Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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Fergie against Rafa. North versus South. Glazers against Abramovich. Gus Johnson and Ian Wright against the soccer world.

There are plenty of rivalries on the line today as Manchester United take on Chelsea at Old Trafford in a match that means much more for Chelsea than it does for United, but don't let that take anything away from United who will be ecstatic to win today as revenge for losing to the Blues in the FA Cup.

Germany Are In Fashion But England Must Not Forget Its Football Identity, Says Gary Neville: The Nightly EPL

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Opinionated pundit Gary Neville is back with his weekly column inThe Sunday Mail.Today he writes about how England must not forget is football identity. If you're a football supporter, it's an informative read.

For example, Neville discusses how Bayern Munich's formation that beat Barcelona on Wednesday was straight out of an old school English coaching manual.

Liverpool vs Everton, Merseyside Derby: Open Thread

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Jamie Carragher should play a role in his last ever Merseyside Derby before he hangs up his boots at the end of the season to become a pundit on Sky Sports.

The veteran Liverpool defender will be just one of the story lines today. Another one will be the mosaic that the Liverpool supporters in the Kop will lift up before the match kicks off to thank Everton supporters for their support regarding the Hillsborough Disaster.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36 Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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If you missed any of the seven matches in the Premier League today, watch the match highlights below. While the games weren't as exciting as the final day of the Championship season, for good reason, there was still plenty to enjoy.

There was one match, in particular, that was my match of the day that opened up the entire battle to avoid relegation.

Bizarre Ending to Huddersfield vs Barnsley Match Where Goalkeeper Plays With Ball For Final 90 Secs [VIDEO]

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Today's finale to the Championship had a little bit of everything. In addition to the unbelievable endings in the Hull-Cardiff and Watford-Leeds matches, there was the relegation battle to avoid the drop to League One. With Bristol City already relegated and Wolves quickly going two-nil down, it was a race to avoid the final third relegation spot.

Poll: Which Championship Team Do You Want to See Promoted Alongside Cardiff and Hull City?

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Now that Cardiff City and Hull City have been promoted from the Championship to the Premier League, which of the remaining four teams in the Championship do you want to see win their play-off matches and go all the way to Wembley to win the Championship play-off final, to reach the promised land?

Sponsored Video: Interactive Soccer Jerseys That Flash, Vibrate and Inflate

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Hankook Tire have made a football shirt to commemorate their sponsorship of the Europa League.

They'll be taking their Performance Jerseys to Chelsea and Benfica supporters pubs to show them off during the game. The shirt has LED lights, and vibration and pressure pads that react to the live game in real-time.

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Does His Best Basil Fawlty Impersonation Against QPR [VIDEO]

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It's almost as if Arsene Wenger forgets that there's TV cameras at matches nowadays.

The Arsenal manager would have been pleased with the final result against Queens Park Rangers today with the one-nil victory, but he might be a tad embarrassed by his bizarre stretching exercise near the dug-out at Loftus Road.

Gareth Bale Scores Late Winner To Boost Champions League Aspirations [VIDEO]

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With the game between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton locked in a nil-nil stalemate, there could only be one person this season to open up the scoring for Tottenham. Gareth Bale who scored in the 85th minute to secure all three points for Spurs, and to move the side into fourth place in the Premier League, leapfrogging Arsenal who play later today.

Hull City Promoted to Premier League In One Of The Craziest Endings Ever to a Soccer Season: [VIDEO] Highlights

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Hull City have secured automatic promotion to the English Premier League alongside Cardiff City in one of the most incredible finishes ever to a final day of the nPower Championship.

Before today's matches kicked off, both Watford and Hull City were hoping to secure automatic promotion. Hull needed a win against Watford to guarantee promotion.

Premier League Saturday, Gameweek 36: Open Thread

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Out of the seven Premier League matches today, six of them could have huge implications on the race for Europe and/or relegation. The only dead rubber is Fulham against Reading, where the fate of both clubs is already sealed.

Depending on your persuasions, the biggest matches of the day could either be the battle to avoid relegation (West Ham vs Newcastle, West Brom vs Wigan and Norwich vs Aston Villa) or the race to finish in the top four in order to qualify for the Champions League (Spurs vs Southampton, Swansea vs Manchester City, QPR vs Arsenal).

Brendan Rodgers Happy For Liverpool to Embrace Fair Play Route to Europe: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is such a joker. The other day, he said Liverpool didn't want a place in the Europa League via the UEFA Fair Play league. Now it seems he said he was just joking, and that he would welcome Liverpool playing in the Europa League next season by any means necessary.

Hull City vs Cardiff, Watford vs Leeds & Championship Finale: Open Thread

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There's no early kick-off in the Premier League today (first match is at 10am ET), so if you're up early and want to see some quality soccer coverage and you have beIN SPORT, you're in for a treat.

Kicking off at 7:45am ET are three matches of monumental consequences:

  • Hull City vs Cardiff City — a win for Hull will be enough to see them promoted to the Premier League; Cardiff are already promoted,
  • Watford vs Leeds United — if Hull slip up against Cardiff, Watford has a golden opportunity to get promoted instead with a win; a draw also could be good enough depending on the score of the Hull game,
  • Crystal Palace vs Peterborough — Peterborough need to get points to avoid relegation, while Palace are hoping to cement a play-off place.

How Jose Mourinho Will Revolutionize His Chelsea Team If And When He Joins As Manager

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With reports flooding in that Jose Mourinho will make his return to English football and to Chelsea this summer, many are speculating big changes to the squad. With reports from the Evening Standard that Mourinho will have a big budget for the transfer window, it's almost certain we will see big names coming to the club.

Chelsea Will Hand Mourinho The Funds To Go On A Huge Spending Spree in Summer: The Daily EPL

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Watch out Fergie! Mourinho is back, and he'll be going on a huge spending spree this summer at Stamford Bridge to bring in some of the biggest names in the sport, according to a story in theEvening Standard.

The players on Mourinho's shopping list include Robert Lewandowski and Radamel Falcao, as well as several current Real Madrid stars.

Friday Football Special: Relegation, Cantona and a Barca Song [VIDEO]

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The world of football is upside down. Barca are thumped, the German's are all the Champion's League and we lose Harry while possibly gaining Steve Bruce. Doesn't make sense.

FFS brings you footballing funnies and comment about the English Premier League. Pull your own pint, sink it and get a round in for your pals.

Jose Mourinho Agrees July 1 Return To Chelsea, Says Report

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Jose Mourinho has agreed a return to Chelsea and will likely join the club on July 1, according to a report inThe Sunnewspaper tonight.

Mourinho is still under contract at Real Madrid, but unless there are any unexpected hitches, The Special One will rejoin the Stamford Bridge club on a £10 million-a-year package.

Manchester United: No Need For Lots of Signings Says New Chief: The Nightly EPL

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Incoming Manchester United chief Edward Woodward says that there's no need for lots of new signings and that the club has incredible depth.

"We have a young squad, each now a year older. We're very comfortable with the make-up of team and squad.

"There's incredible depth.

Special 1 TV Releases a Video Teaser; Is The Show Coming Back?! [VIDEO]

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It's quite cryptic, but it appears that Special 1 TV may be coming back.

The insanely popular TV/web show with a cast of characters including Sven, The Special One, Sir Alex, Wayne Rooney and others looks like it may return. Special 1 TV released a special episode this morning to tease their fans.

Chelsea Stewards Prevent FC Basel From Taking A Corner [VIDEO]

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It was a brief but amusing moment in the Europa League semi-final between Chelsea and Basel at Stamford Bridge. In the second half between the two sides, Basel prepared to take a corner near The Shed End. Everything seemed quite normal.

Except that the stewards got in the way. Marcelo Diaz patiently waited a second or two to let a couple of stewards pass, but then when he was preparing to take the kick again, even more stewards streamed past him.

Chelsea vs FC Basel Match Highlights, UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 2nd Leg [VIDEO]

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Chelsea reached another European final tonight with a convincing performance against a resolute FC Basel side.

With Chelsea having the 2-1 lead from the first leg, the last thing the Blues needed was to concede the first goal of the match, and that's exactly what happened. But Rafa Benitez's side was able to bounce back in style.

#FourWordSeasonReview (EPL Talk Preview Podcast)

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Lovely to have one final worked out in Europe. Time to look back and enjoy it. So start by giving us your Four Word Season Reviews. Then there are some huge games in the Premier League this which the pod take a look forward at. A Merseyside Derby; United take on another London side, but this time they don't have to clap them out.

When Mourinho Returns to Chelsea, So Will The Power Struggle

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Jose Mourinho was easing into the philosophical, waxing about "being where people love him" until he was rudely cut off by ITV's unfortunate interviewer. Mourinho is not often cut off in press conferences – especially when it's the English media asking the questions – but was there any real suspense in what Mourinho was going to say if his interview hadn't been bushwhacked by beckoning commercials?

Chelsea’s David Luiz Scores A Scorcher Against Basel in Europa League Semi-Final [GIF]

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Chelsea have reached their twelfth major final during Roman Abramovich's reign after Brazilian David Luiz scored a scorcher of a goal to put the game out of FC Basel's reach in the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg.

With a goal that looked like it was going to be teed up for Frank Lampard, David Luiz decided to have a crack at goal instead, which he took beautifully and curled the ball into the corner of the net.

‘Manchester United – The Religion’: Trailer For New United Documentary [VIDEO]

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Soccer and religion are often compared for many different reasons. But if you had to pick one team that is perhaps the best example of a near religious devotion, Manchester United would be top of the list.

Not surprisingly then, video-makers Copa90 have created a video documentary entitled 'Manchester United The Religion.

Chelsea vs Basel and Benfica vs Fenerbahce, Europa League Semi-Finals: Open Thread

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Chelsea are one step away from reaching the 2012-13 Europa League Final if they can overcome Basel today at Stamford Bridge.

With a 2-1 aggregate lead thanks to a last gasp goal from David Luiz, Chelsea will want to improve defensively to prevent the Swiss side from getting a crucial away goal (or more) against the Blues.

Gareth Bale Will Stay At Tottenham Hotspur Next Season, Says Andre Villas-Boas

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas says that Gareth Bale will be at the club next season no matter where Spurs finish in the league this season. This contradicts what Villas-Boas said last week when he claimed that Tottenham would have to finish in top four to keep Bale.

In Tottenham's press conference today, Villas-Boas said:

"The information I have from the club, that was mistakenly written about last week, is that the player is here to remain at the club independent of the objectives of Champions League qualification being met, or not.

Norwich City Are Coming to America This Summer On Pre-Season Tour

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Norwich City will play three friendlies in the United States this summer as part of their pre-season tour.

The Canaries will be joining Chelsea, Manchester City and Stoke City who have already announced pre-season matches in the United States this summer.

Chris Hughton's side will fly to California on July 15.

After Final Nail In Coffin From Gus Johnson, FOX Soccer Will Not Be Missed

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With NBC Sports Network announcing their Premier League coverage plans for next season, the end is near for FOX Soccer.

Next season will see the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, CONCACAF Champion's League and the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments shown on the new FOX Sports 1.

What Ever Happened to The Dell, Southampton FC’s Former Home?

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Southampton Football Club are often complimented for their state-of-the-art facilities, including the 32,000 seater St Mary's stadium, but what ever happened to The Dell, the Saints' former home between 1898 to 2001?

The mid-1990s was when the people of Southampton knew The Dell wouldn't be around for much longer, the club chairman at the time, Rupert Lowe, announced plans to move to St Mary's on the banks of the River Itchen.

Is This Liverpool’s Away Shirt for the 2013-14 Season? [PHOTO]

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After Liverpool unveiled their new home shirt for the 2013-14 season yesterday, a lot of anticipation has been building for the upcoming launch of their away shirt.

While we don't know for sure whether the above photo is in fact the design for Liverpool's away shirt for 2013-14, it's plausible that it could be.

The Green Machine Defeats Portland Timbers 10-9, Star Player Atticus Lane-Dupre Scores 4 Goals [VIDEO]

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PORTLAND, OR — May 1st, 2013 — The Green Machine soccer team defeated MLS side Portland Timbers yesterday with star player Atticus Lane-Dupre scoring four goals to send the crowd of more than 3,000 into a frenzy.

Eight year-old Atticus was the man of the match with an incredible performance in front of a packed crowd at theJELD-WEN Field.

Liverpool Don’t Want Europa League Place Via UEFA Fair Play League: The Nightly EPL

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he doesn't want his side to play in the Europa League as a result of the UEFA Fair Play League; Instead, the Northern Irishman wants Liverpool to qualify the old-fashioned way by earning it through their league position.

Here are tonight's Premier League news headlines:

  • Liverpool do not want Europa League place via Uefa Fair Play League — The Guardian
  • 8-year-old boy with cancer plays against the Portland Timbers in front of 3,000 fans — Dirty Tackle
  • Newcastle interested in recruiting Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing — The Guardian
  • Roy Hodgson considers Miami as possible base prior to World Cup 2014 in Brazil — Telegraph
  • Swansea stars vaccinated against measles after outbreak in Wales — The Mail
  • Roberto Martinez heaps praise on Wigan defender Paul Scharner — The Independent
  • Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy to take coaching badges — The Mail
  • José Mourinho's return would invigorate Chelsea and the Premier League — The Guardian
  • StephaneSessegnon ban upheld after red card appeal — Sunderland FC
  • Interview withTom Barnes: Introducing the new IMG Sport Video Archive — SportsPro
  • Would Hatem Ben Arfa have a place in AVB's Spurs side?

Gareth Bale Named Player of the Year By Football Writers’ Association: The Daily EPL

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Gareth Bale has been named Player of the Year by the Football Writers' Association, beating Robin van Persie and Juan Mata to the award. It's Bale's third award this season after recently winning the PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards.

There were also a wide range of votes for the likes of Everton defender Leighton Baines, Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City, Swansea forward Michu, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick and Southampton frontman Rickie Lambert," said a report.

Liverpool Unveil Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season: Official [PHOTOS]

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Liverpool have unveiled their new home shirt for the 2013-14 season.

The kit was launched at midnight UK time and is designed and manufactured by American apparel company Warrior. The new kit features a simple but attractive red shirt with white trim.

The Liverpool home kit is a modern take on the 1984 version, worn during the Club's fourth European Cup win.

Newcastle United Threaten to Ban The Telegraph From Club Due to Negative Publicity

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Following up on what has been an awful two weeks for Newcastle United after getting thrashed by Sunderland and Liverpool, the Tyneside club is now getting bad press off the pitch as well as on it.

According to a fellow colleague of his, Telegraphreporter Luke Edwards hasbeen banned by Newcastle United because Edwards revealed that the Newcastle dressing room is split.

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Match Highlights, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg

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Barcelona had a herculean task ahead of them to overturn a 4-0 deficit from the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich, and the cards were stacked against them before kick-off when it was announced that Lionel Messi would be benched for the match.

Without Messi, this was a tired and uninspired performance by Barcelona who lacked a cutting edge up front.

69% Of Tweets About Gus Johnson’s Barca-Bayern Commentary Were Negative

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How well did Gus Johnson commentate on the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg between Barcelona and Bayern Munich that was shown live on FX today?

According to Tweetfeel, a sentiment analysis tool that measures positive and negative messages on Twitter, 69% of the tweets posted about Gus Johnson were negative.

Is This Tottenham Hotspur’s Home Shirt For The 2013-14 Season? [PHOTO]

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Is this Tottenham's home shirt for the 2013-14 season?

A photo has been leaked on the Internet that shows a Tottenham home shirt that's designed by Under Armour. The new Spurs home shirt shows a navy blue and gold trim, but the most prominent feature of the shirt is the navy blue sash that's on the front of the jersey.

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

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Barcelona enter their home cauldron of Camp Nou today on a mission impossible, to try to overturn a 4-0 deficit to advance to the final of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League Final.

If Barcelona wins on aggregate today, it'll be one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Champions League against a team that is firing on all cylinders and ready to take the crown as the best team in the world.

Final Weekend of Championship Season Beckons: Who’s Going Up And Who’ll Be Relegated?

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This year's nPower Championship season has been one of the closest of all time, and Saturday's action will be intense as we go into the final game of the 2012/13 campaign with promotion and play-off places still up for grabs and any two of six teams still facing the drop into League One.

Promotion Candidates

First of all a big congratulations must go to Cardiff City.

15 A-League Players To Watch Down Under Against Liverpool and Man United This Summer

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The two biggest clubs in British soccer history are on their way to Australia this summer. Make no mistake about it; this is a huge scalp for Australian football.

Manchester United announced the pre-season tour mid-December with great effect. Tickets went on sale and where sold out in less than an hour.

Liverpool Home Shirt for 2013-14 Season Revealed: Leaked [PHOTO]

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Liverpool's official unveiling of their new home kit for the 2013-14 season isn't scheduled until tomorrow, but a photograph of the new shirt has been leaked on the Internet.

Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are pictured wearing the new shirt from Warrior. The red home shirt features a white trim, and red and white v-neck collar.

Chelsea and José Mourinho Have Yet to Strike an Agreement Over Return: The Daily EPL

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Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have yet to strike an agreement that would see the return of The Special One to Stamford Bridge. Even though major hints were dropped last night that Mourinho wants to return to the Premier League, stating that "I want to be where I love to be, where people love me to be," no deal is yet in place, which opens the door for clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City to try to entice Mourinho to join their club instead.

Newcastle United Home, Away and Third Shirts for 2013-14 Season: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photographs of Newcastle United's home, away and third shirts for the 2013-14 season have been leaked on the Internet.

Designed by Puma, the new shirts will be sponsored by Wongabeginning with the 2013-14 season in August. The home shirt features the classic black and white stripes of Newcastle United.

Manchester City Want MLS Franchise to Develop Future Stars After Academy Failure: The Nightly EPL

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One of the reasons why Manchester City wants to buy the latest MLS franchise is because the club wants to develop future stars after the failure of their academy in England, according to an article tonight inThe Independentnewspaper.

The speculation is that Manchester City and Major League Soccer will make a joint announcement on May 25 with the news that Major League Soccer's 20th team will be New York City FC, based in New York City.

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 33: Bilbao Comeback Puts Barca Champagne On Ice

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Lionel Messi came off the bench to transform a sluggish Barcelona, but could only draw with Athletic Bilbao, whileReal Madrid came from behind to win the derby against Atletico.

Behind at half-time to Markel Susaeta's 20th-minute opener at San Mames, Barca introduced Messi just before the hour and the substitute equalised with fine solo effort, jinking past three Athletic players before stroking the ball into the bottom-left corner.

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 35

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United is taking things seriously: Manchester United has won the Premier League title, but Sir Alex Ferguson is still chewing gum, still yelling at officials, and still twisting his face into new and exciting expressions of disgust. United isn't taking it easy. On Sunday, Robin van Persie (13.