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Bull Durham

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I’m on vacation this week in North Carolina, so the quantity of blog postings will dwindle, but I’ll try and write when I get the opportunity. It’s actually a great week to visit the EPL Talk Community where you can read blogs from six EPL Talk readers and participate in the message boards.

While in Durham (North Carolina) last night, I got the opportunity to watch the second half of the Copa America final. Brazil, despite not playing their typical brand of football, outclassed Argentina all over the pitch. In fact, Brazil appeared to play more like Italy at times and it seemed impossible for the Argentinians to crack their defense. The team in yellow packed their penalty box and gave Argentina little time on the ball.

I missed Baptista’s thunderstrike but I witnessed Daniel Alves’s beautiful shot into the corner of the net. Will Alves still be playing in La Liga when the new season begins or will he be England bound? My bet is on the latter.

When you think about it, Brazil began the tournament in disastrous style by losing against Mexico. The Brazilians looked awful in that match but turned things around to go on to win the tournament. I’m curious, though, how many Brazilians are pleased with the style of their play on the pitch. Despite winning the tournament, has the team lost their golden touch?

Speaking of the golden touch, be sure to listen to this week’s episode of the EPL Talk Podcast which was just released. It includes some interesting stories of “golden showers” during football matches (listen to the discussion between myself and EPL Talk Correspondent Kevin Jones for more details). But the feature interview is with none other than Howard Rogers, the co-host of the World Soccer Daily radio show. Listen to the interview via iTunes or here today.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, it’s perfect timing to catch up on the latest in U.S. soccer and MLS by visiting our sister site, Major League Soccer Talk. Be sure to listen to the latest episodes of the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast via iTunes or here for interviews with Phil McThomas from Soccer Shout plus interviews with GolTV personalities such as Kelly O’Donnell, Lindsey Dean, Phil Schoen and Hollywood actor Andrew Shue.

Also, don’t forget to check out the other EPL Talk sister sites: Championship Talk, La Liga Talk and Champions League Talk.

I may have the fortune of missing Posh Spice’s show tonight. I’m in Raleigh today and will be driving to the Outer Banks in the next day or so.

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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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One Response to Bull Durham

  1. Kartik says:

    Much like the Gold Cup, the team that controversially got thru the semifinals won the title. But unlike the Gold Cup where despite the US win, Mexico played well, Argentina didn’t even belong on the same pitch as Brazil yesterday. What a great player Vagner Love is going to be. I was so impressed by him yesterday. Speaking of Howard Rogers, I know he is really high on Love and I would be surprised if he isn’t leaving CSKA Moscow for a bigger club really soon.

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