Former Newcastle and West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop believes that Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe
would be the perfect strike-partner for Luis Suarez, but expects Liverpool to have a tough time
convincing Harry Redknapp to let him go. Analysing Liverpool's goalscoring problems on ESPN
yesterday, Hislop enthused:"I think Jermain Defoe would make a fantastic partner for Suarez when he
Former Newcastle and West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has 'a lot of sympathy' for Luis Suarez, but
he he believes that the Uruguayan only has himself to blame for the Fulham 'finger' incident.
Earlier in the season, Hislop incited the ire of Liverpool fans by arguing that the club had 'no
chance' of making the top four, and was similarly blunt when discussing Suarez on ESPN recently:"I
have a lot
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I was away all weekend for a quick getaway to Orlando, so I didn't get a chance to post some
news regarding interesting developments over the long weekend. First, I'd like to wish you and your
loved ones a Happy New Year. Let's hope 2011 is your best one yet (and for your favorite club
Shaka Hislop currently works as an analyst for ESPN, but before that he was a goalkeeper for
Newcastle United, West Ham United, Reading, and Portsmouth. On this edition of the EPL Talk
podcast, the Trinidand and Tobago international who represented that country at the 2006 World Cup
joins The Gaffer during ESPN's Super Bowl at Sea cruise.
Dwight Yorke is best known for his days playing for Manchester United and Aston Villa. On this
edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, the Trinidad and Tobago international, who represented his country
at the 2006 World Cup, joined the Gaffer as part of ESPN's Super Bowl at Sea cruise.
Yorke, who partnered with Andrew Cole (Cole interview) in attack for Manchester United in the
late 1990s, made his First Division debut in 1990 and would go on to play for Villa, United,
Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sunderland, with a brief sojourn in Australia before his
final days at the Stadium of Light.
This week on EPL Talk we'll bring you exclusive interviews from some of the biggest
names in English football such as Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke, as well as an interview with ESPN
pundit Shaka Hislop. Our coverage began last Friday with an exclusive interview with ESPN analyst
ESPN's fledgling new sports channel is beginning to pull things together rather nicely since it
won the rights that Setanta lost last month. Capturing those 46 games is certainly a coup for them
but the work really begins when they add the front row staff to present the output and act as a
front for the channel itself.
Shaka Hislop, Adrian Healy and Middlesbrough legend (if such a thing really exists) Robbie Mustoe
on the current Shaq and Kobe-esque issues between Goldenballs and Lando. To be honest (and a jerk)
I can't say I didn't see it coming. Shaka seems to think alot of it is down to cultural differences
This Wednesday's Champions League Final will be a mix of emotions both on and off the pitch.
Reason being is that it'll be ESPN's last coverage of the Champions League before they hand the
"keys" over to Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports for next season. After broadcasting the
Champions League for 15 years, I for one will definitely miss ESPN's coverage.
The U.S. beat a clearly out of their depth Trinidad & Tobago Wednesday night, taking advantage
of their opponents' obvious inexperience (and lack of leadership as ESPN commentator and former T&T
goalkeeper Shaka Hislop pointed out numerous times) to comfortably win 3-0 in Chicago.
*Neither Brian Ching nor Eddie Johnson were particularly convincing (again) at forward.
Here's a semi-shocking stat: according to Kasey Keller 1/5th of all EPL teams will have a US
keeper. Never thought about it but it's fairly rad. That and other revelations are, erm, revealed
in this marathon interview with Soccernet's Shaka Hislop. And unlike his interview with Jozy
Altidore, Hislop doesn't look in need of No Dose this time.
Well, David James' afro and full beard are still going strong -- in fact, they look better than
Portsmouth's goalkeeper was the best at his position in the Premiership last year, and as he was
voted as such by the players in their Team of the Year, it obviously isn't just me who thinks very
highly of James.
Chivas USA is preparing to lose Brad Guzan -- at the LATimes, Grahame Jones all but names his
replacement. SI's Luis Bueno and ESPN's Ives Galarcep have more detail on the transfer itself, both
naming Aston Villa as his destination.
Liverpool's Craig Bellamy sustained a nasty cut to the eye last night after a 'challenge' from
Fabricio Coloccini, and Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has slammed the Argentinean
stopper for what he describes as an 'intentional' elbow. Hislop was incensed by the Coloccini's
challenge, and argued that he should've been sent off:"I think without a shadow of a doubt,
Colloccini could've and
A few days ago, Liverpool legend Steve Nicol criticised Daniel Agger for publicly suggesting that
some of his team-mates did not care enough about the club's poor performance against Swansea.
Former Newcastle and West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has backed up Nicol's stance on the issue,
arguing that it wasn't Agger's place to question the commitment of his colleagues in public.
Poor old Mark Crossley, pictured in the 1993-94, 1995-97 (home) and 1995-97 (away)
There was a time in the late 1980s/early '90s when all the various factions of kit designers got
together and forged a gentleman's agreement that they, upon realising things were spiralling
dangerously out of control, would all endeavour to strip football shirt design back to it's bare
minimum once again.
On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast we are joined by Andrew Cole. Cole is an iconic player
of the Premier League era, coming to prominence in 1993-94 when he scored 34 league goals for
Newcastle United. He later joined Manchester United where he collected three consecutive 20-goal
seasons from 1997-98 through 1999-2000, playing an integral part in United's treble winning season
It seems that as the actual quality of Shaka Hislop's columns on MLS improves (more informative,
interesting opinions, solid points, less inaccurate info) the comments on his blog become more
snarky about why he is even writing about the U.S. league.
In the past few weeks, the EPL Talk Podcast has undergone some major changes. Kartik Krishnaiyer
was replaced by Richard Farley. We've since increased the quality and quantity of episodes. And
we've published interviews with some of the biggest names in soccer including Dwight Yorke, Andrew
Cole, Martin Tyler, Barney Ronay, Jonathan Wilson, Claudio Reyna, Paul Dempsey, Guy Mowbray, Tim
Vickery, David Goldblatt, Shaka Hislop, Tommy Smyth, Andy Brassell, Gary O'Reilly, Oliver Kay,
Stewart Robson and Simon Hill, just to name a few.
If you've ever had a question you've always wanted to ask Andrew Cole, Dwight Yorke or Shaka
Hislop, here's your opportunity.
Later this week, I'll be sitting down separately with each of the three football legends for
one-on-one interviews to discuss their careers, their work in broadcasting and some of the
highlights of their life such as, for Yorke and Cole, winning the treble in 1999 (including the
Champions League) with Manchester United, and, for Hislop, playing in the 2006 World Cup.
On Friday UMB Bank, n.a., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation announced that the company is partnering with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. Per the presser, "UMB Bank is a "First Team Partner," Sporting KC's most elite level of sponsorship, and is the soccer club's official commercial banking sponsor.
ESPN cheerleaders aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas for ESPN Caribbean's Super Bowl At
Sea cruise. Photo by The Gaffer.
There's something surreal about cruising through the Gulf Of Mexico with the mountains of
western Cuba visible on the horizon to the east while deep inside the bowels of the ship there are
a few thousand passengers watching the 2011 Super Bowl beamed live via satellite to a giant-sized
screen inside the main theatre.
Dave Kitson would be up there with Michael Gilkes and Shaka Hislop as one of my all time favourite
players. I first took note of the Ginger Ninja in a 2-2 draw between Cambridge United and Reading
at the Abbey Stadium back in 2002. The former shelf stacker was everywhere that day and it was with
huge excitement that I greeted his arrival at Madejski Stadium a year later.
The Guardian's anti-Americanism often troubles me, but I find its coverage of the game in England
and on the Continent to be quite good. (The less that is said about Shaka Hislop's sorry MLS blog
the better.) And this morning's bevy of interesting articles is a case in point.
On Russia and its surprising run to the Euro 2008 semifinals:
"Moscow flyers signal arrival of new superpower" by Simon Hattenstone
"Russia revels in the flair that has wowed Europe" by Jonathan Wilson
On tonight's Germany-Turkey semifinal:
"Adrenaline-fuelled Turks sense greatness in their grasp" by Richard Williams
"Turkey's miracle worker sets his sights on toppling a Goliath" by David Hytner
"Ballack looking to add new experience to his growing maturity -- victory" by David
And intriguingly, on Cristiano Ronaldo's potential move to Real Madrid, particularly the role that
new Chelsea coach (and former Portugal boss) Luiz Felipe Scolari has played in the affair:
"Scolari risks makign enemies with his advice to Ronaldo" by Richard Williams