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Hot Air: Roy Keane Thinks Diego Costa Is A ‘Balloon’ And Chelsea Should Get Rid Of Him ASAP

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Roy Keane has bestowed us with his definitive assessment of Diego Costa as the impasse between the striker and his current employers, Chelsea, continues to rumble on into a third month.

Costa is currently refusing to return to the club after being informed (via text message) that he was surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte after finishing as top goalscorer in the Blues' title-winning 2016/17 season.

EX-Chelsea star Andy Townsend axed from ITV after 15 years

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Former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend has been axed by ITV after 15 years in the job. The often derided co-commentator has reportedly had offers...

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Videos

Bradford City: Remembering The Victims Of The Valley Parade Fire, 32 Years On From That Dreadful Day (Photos & Video)

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Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the tragic day, 11th May 1985, on which a fire gutted the Main Stand and Valley Parade mid-way through Bradford City's final game of the Division Three season.

56 people 54 Bradford fans and two Lincoln City supporters lost their lives and over 250 were injured as the flames swept through the wooden structure after debris underneath the terracing caught light.

Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Seven – Below The First Division

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As a part of their contract with the Football League at a time during which the upper hand in terms of the governance of football was held by the game's authorities rather than the broadcasters, both the BBC and ITV were compelled to cover matches from outside the top division throughout the course of the season.

The VHS Vault: 101 Great Goals

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Back in the day, of course, we weren't spoiled for football coverage in the way that we are today. Each ITV region would show between one and three matches per week, and the BBC would send its cameras to two matches per week, and that was, broadly speaking your lot every weekend. Perhaps this is the reason why so many of the great goals of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s have become revered in the way that they have this and the fact that great goals that were scored were so many pearls amongst swine.

VIDEO: Rooney angry ITV interview

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Wayne Rooney Interview After Leverkusen Win!

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Rooney retorts at Gabriel Clarke asking the questions for ITV the same man who famously 'lost the news' just as Jose Mourinho was about to confirm his return as Chelsea manager and who would have been instructed to press at all costs with Rooney.

Champions League

‘When You See Gibbs With The Armband, You Know You’re In Trouble’ – Roy Keane Sums Up Arsenal’s Champions League Shortcomings In Brilliantly Blunt Fashion

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In case you're wondering what all the screamingis about, Arsenal lost a football match last night. It was quite an important match and they lost fairlyheavily.

Some have taken Bayern Munich's 5-1 nobbling of the Gunners to be a sure signofthe impending apocalypse, some are viewingit as a harbinger of the Ozymandian demise of Arsene Wenger's empire and some, perhaps naively, are simply taking it as a thoroughly embarrassing football result.

ITV Confirm Adrian Chiles Has Left Their Football Coverage Team ‘With Immediate Effect’

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By Chris Wright

What a day to be alive! ITV have confirmed this morning that Adrian Chiles has been removed from his role as their main lead football anchor "with immediate effect".

Chiles is to be replaced by BBC Radio 5 Live stalwart Mark Pougatch, who will make his first on-screen appearance on 17th February, presenting ITV's live coverage of Chelsea's Champions League last 16 tie against PSG.

Football On The Box – From The North: Granada

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The news that ITV will be losing live coverage of the Champions League from the start of the 2015/16 season is a bitter blow to a company that was once the great innovator in terms of the development of football as a medium of entertainment in this country. Coming, as it does, on top of the end of FA Cup coverage on the channel in the near future, only a handful of England matches per year and the possibility of a Champions League highlights package, perhaps now is approriate time to look back at the frankly odd musical history of one of the former network's biggest and most powerful regions.

Oh No! ITV Could Lose UEFA Champions League Rights

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ITV could lose the right to show Champions League matches due to bidding and money issues with UEFA. Last season in France UEFA awarded exclusive Champions League rights coverage to subscription only network BEIN Sport, owned by Qatar-based TV broadcast giants Al Jazeera, thus removing European football's showpiece competition from terrestrial French television.

Jose Mourinho talks about leaving Real Madrid for ‘where people love me to be,’ gets cut off

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At the very end of ITV's interview with Jose Mourinho following Real Madrid's attempt to come back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund, Mourinho started to open up about where he'll be next season. Speculation has been heavy for months now that Mourinho would return to Chelsea since his time in Madrid has turned sour with infighting and less than absolute support from the fans.

Video: Was Jose Mourinho about to confirm Chelsea return when ITV cut him off?

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ITV thwarted Jose Mourinho's attempts to give them an exclusive on his future by cutting short an interview with him to make sure they went to advert break on time ahead of the News at Ten. Mourinho said he would "maybe not" be at Real Madrid next season. He added: "I love to be where [...]

BBC

BBC and ITV’s coverage of Euro 2016 fails to impress viewers

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Soccer viewers are short changed by the quality of analysis and punditry they are forced to experience, of this there can be no doubt. The sport has a variety of excellent play-by-play men such as Martin Tyler, who does a great job calling the action and informing viewers about who is doing what. But there's a lack of decent color commentators who add to the action and offer insights that the viewers wouldn't notice otherwise.

BBC and ITV’s coverage of Euro 2016 fails to impress viewers

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Soccer viewers are short changed by the quality of analysis and punditry they are forced to experience, of this there can be no doubt. The sport has a variety of excellent play-by-play men such as Martin Tyler, who does a great job calling the action and informing viewers about who is doing what. But there's a lack of decent color commentators who add to the action and offer insights that the viewers wouldn't notice otherwise.

How to watch the BBC, ITV and other TV channels from around the world

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No matter where you live across the USA (or anywhere in the world), you can watch the BBC, ITV and other UK networks by signing up for a free 7-day trial to Unblockus, which is a smart DNS service that allows you to change your computer settings so the BBC and ITV websites think you're visiting from the UK.

How to watch the BBC, ITV and other TV channels from around the world

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No matter where you live across the USA (or anywhere in the world), you can watch the BBC, ITV and other UK networks by signing up for a free 7-day trial to Unblockus, which is a smart DNS service that allows you to change your computer settings so the BBC and ITV websites think you're visiting from the UK.

WATCH World Cup 2014 Closing Montages From ESPN, BBC, ITV, CBC and RTE [VIDEO]

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After the final whistle was blown and Germany was declared World Cup Champions, the major sports networks started to wrap up their coverage of the 2014 World Cup, and many of them closed their broadcasts with a montage of some of the special moments of the World Cup tournament.

The amount of attention to the World Cup in Brazil was unprecedented due to the large role social media played, where records for the most tweets per minute were broken during the final the game that also was most talked about event on Facebook ever.

Review of UK World Cup TV Coverage: BBC’s Effortless And Insightful Coverage Is Leaving ITV In The Dust

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In the UK, the World Cup matches are shared between two television stations: BBC and ITV. So as you might expect,comparisons between the duo arerife, aseach channelstrives to provide the best World Cup package for terrestrial viewers.

Both broadcasters have extremely impressive studios on the Copacabana beach.

BBC and ITV Will Win UK Broadcast Rights to World Cup 2018 and 2022, Says Report

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The BBC and ITV will split broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in the UK per a report in the Telegraph. The other contenders, including Sky Sports and BT Sport, have dropped out of the running.

For ITV, which recently lost rights to the UEFA Champions League but has shown every World Cup since 1966, the news will come as a relief helping to keep the broadcaster in the football business.

UK World Cup TV Schedule For BBC and ITV Subscribers

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Got your wall chart pinned up? Sticker book nearly finished? Sweepstake sorted?

The start of the 2014 World Cup is creeping ever closer. So if you've yet to sort out any of the aforementioned pre-World Cup rituals, here at World Soccer Talk we've made things a little easier for you, by providing a full schedule on where all of our UK readers can catch the games.

media

ITV Announce They Will Not Renew Andy Townsend’s Contract – REJOICE FOR WE ARE FREE AT LAST!

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By Chris Wright

"Listen. I just think he should be doing better with that, Clive"

It's takenover a decade (15 long, gruelling, mind-mulchingly monotonous years to be precise) and the loss of their rights to screenFA Cup, Champions League and Europa League games as of 2015/16, but ITV have finally - finally!

Clive Tyldesley Explains Why He Won’t Be Pronouncing James Rodriguez’s Name Properly In The Foreseeable Future

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By Chris Wright

As part of his World Cup blog over on the Kick It Out website, ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley has explained the reasoning behind his huge decision to not pronounce James Rodriguez's name properly throughout the tournament so far.

Despite the world and his dog now knowing that Rodriguez's first nameshould be pronounced "Hamez", Cliveain't playin' ball for fear of confusing us simple Brits.

Manchester United

Paul Scholes Signs Up As Pundit For Both BT Sport And ITV For 2014/15 Season

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By Chris Wright

"I'll be in my trailer, bitches"

Despite steadfastly refusing to say a word throughout his playing days, Paul Scholes can't keep from spouting off with a Paddy Power blog, a cameo pundit stint with Sky Sports toward the tail-end of last season and now two count 'em!

Video: Man Utd legend Roy Keane slates Michael Carrick for ‘flat’ interview

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has hit out at midfielder Michael Carrick for a "flat" post-match interview after tonight's defeat to Olympiakos. ITV pundit Keane said: "That just reflected United's performance tonight flat, no urgency." Here's the mumbling interview to which Keane took exception.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Bleacher Report about how United may line up against Stoke.

Scott writes for The Metro on what United need by the end of today.

The Mirror reports on claims that six clubs are chasing Hernandez.

ITV reports on today's claims that Januzaj wants to represent England.

Photo: ITV news confuses Man Utd signing Juan Mata with Sir Paul McCartney

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There was some element of Beatlemania about Manchester United waiting for Juan Mata to arrive from Chelsea by helicopter last week. Perhaps that explains why ITV News mistakenly captioned the Spain international as Sir Paul McCartney.

Paul Lambert, ITV and the Magic of the FA Cup

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[W]hat football reporting needs most is a narrative; most of the time at least. For there to be a story, there has to be an issue, which can be resolved either on the field or off it. Take Paul Lambert, for example. He said, quite honestly, that for some premier league managers the FA Cup could be a distraction.

Watch ‘Keane & Vieira: The Best Of Enemies’ TV Documentary, In Full [VIDEO]

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ITV last night debuted the brand-new documentary entitled Keane & Vieira: The Best Of Enemies, which features interviews and footage of Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.

The TV documentary has gotten a lot of publicity this week, namely due to Keane spouting off a lot of criticism and opinions about Sir Alex Ferguson.

Keane responds to Fergie

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Sir Alex Ferguson's biography won't be released for another two days but less than 12 hours since the book was unveiled at a packed press conference in London, the first murmurs of discontent and that's putting it mildly have begun to emerge.

Earlier tonight, Roy Keane told ITV that Sir Alex Ferguson ignores the meaning of the word "loyal" and that he won't lose any sleep over the chapter Fergie dedicated to Keane's departure from Manchester United

"I remember having conversations with Ferguson about loyalty.

Man Utd boss David Moyes says it’s a plus that Wayne Rooney is playing for England

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says it is a plus for him that Wayne Rooney is playing for England against Scotland this evening. Rooney has not featured in any of United's official pre-season matches, but Moyes claims it is good for him that his wantaway striker can build his match fitness while playing for his [.

Coleen Rooney shocked by husband Wayne’s omission from Manchester United’s team

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Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen took to Twitter to express her surprise that her hubby didn't start last night's match against Real Madrid. Rooney was left on the bench for the Champions League match, with Coleen tweeting: "Can't believe @WayneRooney isn't starting tonight!!!" Some of today's newspapers are pondering whether the selection decision spells the end [.

English Premier League

Cardiff Away | Mad Ol’ Wayne | Ozil the Quiet: its the Untold Preview

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D-Sanchez Cabello

So after a painless Tuesday night in which ITV wasted no chance to talk nonsense, we return to the Premier League to play Cardiff.

As you may have seen: a Cardiff player had the nerve to be kicked by Ol' Wayne last week! He escaped punishment, but I must implore, as an [.

Watch ‘The Laurie Cunningham Story’: ITV TV Documentary [VIDEO]

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In March 2013, British television channel ITV aired a documentary entitled "The Laurie Cunningham Story" about one of the pioneers of English football.

He was the first black soccer player ever to be capped by England, which opened the door for other black professional footballers to gain international experience for their country (including Viv Anderson who became the first black athlete to play for the England national team, as well as Paul Ince who became England's first black captain in 1993).

The Rest

Euro 2016 Fixtures: Dates, Venues & TV Schedule

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Euro 2016 Fixtures: Dates, Venues & TV Schedule - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The much anticipated Euro 2016 will kick off atthe Stade de France on June 10, 2016.England will play their opening match against Russia before Roy Hodgson's face Wales in Lens on 16th June.

WATCH ITV’s World Cup 2014 Opening Title Sequence [VIDEO]

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One of the traditions of World Cup coverage on British television is a memorable and lengthy opening title sequence. It's often a competition between the BBC and ITV to see who can create the better one.

For this year's World Cup, ITV's opening title sequence is certainly Brazilian. I'm still trying to determine whether I like it or not, but it's certainly worth watching.

Watch ‘Cristiano Ronaldo – Footballing Superstar,’ The Full-Length ITV Documentary [VIDEO]

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British television station ITV launched a brand-new documentary about Cristiano Ronaldo last week entitled "Cristiano Ronaldo Footballing Superstar."

ITV described the documentary as "mining ITV's brilliant archive, combined with the best of his action from Spain, along with a host of eyewitness accounts from players, coaches, pundits and fans.

Watch ‘Being Paul Gascoigne,’ the ITV Documentary On Gazza [VIDEO]

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This week, ITV in Britain aired a brand-new documentary about Paul Gascoigne, one of the most gifted British footballers of the past 25 years.

It's a very personal, up front documentary about his battle against alcoholism. It also includes heartfelt words from Gascoigne, his family and friends about the ups and downs of his life in the last few years.

Corruption At The Heart Of English Football? Joey Barton & QPR-Sheffield Wednesday Brings Fresh Refereeing Controversy

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It was the first day of The Championship yesterday and already we have our first major refereeing controversy of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday Manager Dave Jones ranted for 17 minutes such was his indignation at having TWO penalties turned down. Risking an almost certain £10K fine by The FA, he told ITV Sport:

"I think it is an embarrassment for the official to miss the two clear-cut penalties.

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher confirms his next move

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Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher will join Sky Sports from the start of next season. The veteran defender had previously announced that he would retire at the end of the current campaign, although the rumour mill had suggested he was thinking of performing a U-turn and staying on for one more season.