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Author Archives: Aram Gyan

Swedish Newspapers’ Hubris in Predicting Big Swedish Win Over England

Posted on by Aram Gyan

How boring would sports be without hubris and schadenfreude? In advance of Friday’s match with England, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet gazed deep into its crystal ball and predicted England’s riotous tabloids, including the Sun, the Daily Mirror, and the Daily Mail, … Continue reading

Older Players Still Getting It Done at Euro 2012

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More than ever, football is a young man’s game. Today’s footballer plays more competitive matches than his forebears; league seasons have stayed the same length, but tournaments have bloated in size. Consider that it took Liverpool only nine games to … Continue reading

Michael Ballack Makes ESPN’s Analysis Must-See TV

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As debates go, it wasn’t quite Lincoln versus Douglas, or even Frank the Tank versus James Carville, but Michael Ballack and Alexei Lalas went at it after England drew France on Monday. Like the match itself, it was a contrast of … Continue reading

Chelsea Loses Battersea Bid: It’s Not Easy Finding A New Home for Premier League Clubs

Posted on by Aram Gyan

First, it was imposing the colour red on 103-year old Cardiff City’s home strip, then it was trumping Chelsea for the right to re-develop London’s iconic Battersea Power Station – – – Malaysian money gets what it wants. Chelsea’s current … Continue reading

Why Roberto Di Matteo Should Walk Away From Chelsea Football Club

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Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, fresh off a club-unprecedented FA Cup and Champions League double, will soon take a well-deserved vacation with his family in the Caribbean. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has yet to offer the man who has … Continue reading

Which of the Following Champions League Final Triumphs Was The Best Yet?

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When Manchester United strode out onto the Camp Nou pitch on May 26, 1999 to contest the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, it was the first appearance by an English club in the competition’s final since the Heysel tragedy … Continue reading

Will non-Chelsea Fans Put Aside Partisanship and Choose an English Club over Bayern Munich?

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In American college football, the Southeastern Conference has some of the fiercest and most legendary rivalries in the land;  fueled by factors familiar to the Premier League – proximity, history, regional pride, high stakes, top talent, and, above all, passionate … Continue reading

8 Must-See Soccer Matches On TV To Keep You Entertained Until Euro 2012 Arrives

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Millions of viewers around the world tuned into the final moments of the Premier League season last Sunday, resulting in ecstasy for some, agony for others and astonishment from all. But whether you’re a lifelong supporter or newly hooked to … Continue reading

US Overreacts to U-23 USMNT Olympic Qualification Defeat

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The dust has settled, the bitter acrimony has crested and now it is time for perspective. The United States will not be going to the London Summer Olympics. Neither will France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Australia, the … Continue reading

What if the Team GB Olympic Football Shirt Actually Looked Like the Union Jack?

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There hasn’t been much that has been “united” about the United Kingdom’s Olympic football team effort. The football associations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been vociferously against the idea of a squad uniting the four home nations ever … Continue reading

What March Madness Can Teach Euro Fans About Watching MLS

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MLS fans put up with a lot in America. The soccer ignorant and the soccerphobic. Flipping through offseason NFL news, spring training news, NASCAR news, NBA trade rumors, hockey news, and golf news in their local papers before getting to … Continue reading

256 Days With Chelsea: Was Andre Villas-Boas Given Enough Time At Chelsea?

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Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea in 2004 fresh from an European conquest with Porto. His protege, Andre Villas-Boas, came to Chelsea in 2011 fresh from European conquest with Porto. Mourinho won two league titles, two League Cups and an F.A. … Continue reading

Umbro Prepares for Launch of England’s New Shirt, But Who’s Buying?

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England’s new shirt, to be worn during this summer’s European Championship, drops on February 29. The new shirt’s arrival angers some supporters who feel compelled to replace their current shirt, worn by England for all of eight matches, while outraged … Continue reading

Celebrating David Moyes’ 150th Premier League Win

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Deserved congratulations to Everton manager David Moyes on his 150th league victory Wednesday, earned in emphatic fashion as brilliantly summarized here at EPLTalk. Moyes, 48, is the third-longest tenured head honcho in the prem, behind only Arsene and Sir Alex; … Continue reading

LA Times Take Cheap Shots At David Beckham While Circulation Numbers Plummet

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In the waning days of print media, an old sports columnist for a major metropolitan daily shakes his fist limply at soccer to remind readers exactly why they left newspapers behind in the first place. The Los Angeles Times is … Continue reading

It’s Always St. James’ Park To Me

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As discussed here at EPL Talk last week, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has decided to rechristen St. James’ Park, the club’s venerable home since 1892, as Sports Direct Arena. Predictably, the move has gone over as well as an episode of “Geordie … Continue reading

How a Proposed UK Law Will Impact TV Viewing Habits Of Soccer Fans In the USA

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Early this past Saturday I woke with a bewildered start to answer the phone. Confusion swiftly became anger; who was calling me at this inhuman hour? Anger turned to realization. It was my alarm. I lay there for a few … Continue reading

Download the Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City Wallpaper

Posted on by Aram Gyan

The frenetic pace of the season sometimes robs supporters of the chance to properly bask in the afterglow of a famous victory. Since their 6-1 evisceration of Manchester United on Sunday, Manchester City have already put down Wolverhampton Wanderers in … Continue reading