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FA Cup Final Frustrations

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I tried listening to the FA Cup Final via the internet today, but didn’t have too much luck. First BBC Five Live had the pre-match build up but they broke in with their “We’re sorry, but due to contractual obligations, we’re unable to bring today’s event to you” message. Damn!

I switched to the BBC World Service over the internet and managed to listen to the first ten minutes of the match before they switched mid-sentence to a boring radio documentary.

So I resorted to enduring the BBC text commentary from their web site, which is an agonizing way to follow the match but better than nothing indeed.

During the second half, I decided to listen to the BBC Scotland radio commentary and watch the BBC text commentary at the same time. BBC Scotland were broadcasting the Scottish Cup final live between Hearts and Gretna, which was equally as exciting as the Liverpool match. And the Scots broke in a couple of times with the scoreline from the Liverpool and West Ham final.

When the FA Cup Final went to penalty kicks, I went back to BBC Five Live and decided to try my luck. Thankfully the live broadcast was on and I was able to hear Jose Reina saving the Anton Ferdinand penalty kick which clinched the Cup final win for the Reds!

Commiserations to both West Ham and Gretna who both came so close to stunning the world and almost beating the favorites. Both finals seemed to be full of excitement.

Looking ahead, if Arsenal can beat Barcelona, this’ll mean that the top four teams in England will have each won a trophy (Chelsea: Premiership trophy; Man United: Carling Cup; Liverpool, FA Cup; and Arsenal: Possible Champions League trophy winners).


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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