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Author Archives: Aram Gyan

Poll: Would You Prefer Your Club to Win the Title or England to Win Euro 2012?

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Some greeted this past weekend’s international break, which saw England brutalize Bulgaria but wiggle past Wales, as an unwelcome intrusion on the new Premier League season. We’ve often read about the tension players feel in prioritizing club or country duty, but, as evidenced … Continue reading

England vs Wales Euro 2012 Qualifier: Preview

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Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G, England v. Wales, Wembley Stadium, ITV1/Fox Soccer (19:45 BST/2:45 EST/11:45 PST) Today, the Welsh can either win at Wembley or wait for 2014 World Cup Qualifying to play their next meaningful game. Gary Speed’s changes did England … Continue reading

Bulgaria vs England Preview: Euro 2012 Qualifying Match

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Euro 2012 Qualifying-Group G, England v. Bulgaria, Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia. Sky Sports 1/Espn3.com; 19:15 BST/2:15 EST/11:15 PST, “Always leave ‘em wanting more.” After a madcap first two weeks, the Premier League steps aside for an international break that’s … Continue reading

MLS: You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

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The North American Soccer Almanac, an impressive introspective on MLS history, continues to drop fascinating content chronicling the game’s growth in America and America’s hat. The year 1996 may seem like eons ago, but Major League Soccer has since scaled heights thought impossible … Continue reading

Talk Of The World: The Latest Rumors and Scandals from the Premier League

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In the first of a possible new series, EPL Talk offers the rash, abrasive and mostly ignorant views of a tabloid publication from the far-flung reaches of Rupert Murdoch’s empire, Talk of the World. Rest assured, the views expressed below do … Continue reading

How Do I Love Thee Premier League? Let Me Count The Ways

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I’m not ready. The 20th Premier League season begins this weekend but I’ll likely be at the beach rather than watching Liverpool battle Sunderland in the Europa League qualification derby.* While the season has begun in mid-August for decades, now … Continue reading

Poll: Will it be Norwich, QPR or Swansea to Survive the Drop?

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“Norwich, Q.P.R., Swansea! Come in, come in.” “Well, this is rather nice.” “It is, isn’t it?” “May we take our coats off? And could we trouble you for some seats, we’ve come a long way.” “Erm, I wouldn’t get too … Continue reading

AFC Wimbledon and the Superiority of the Pyramid System of Promotion and Relegation

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The Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Braves, Montreal Expos, Baltimore Colts, St. Louis Football Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques, Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver … Continue reading

What Are Your Thoughts On West Ham’s Move to the Olympic Stadium?

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While Tottenham Hotspur readies for the resumption of European nights, West Ham United drowns deep in the relegation zone. But West Ham have at least trumped Tottenham’s bid for London’s Olympic Stadium after the Olympic Park Legacy Company’sunanimous decision Friday. The Hammers’ bid, … Continue reading

Denmark vs England Friendly: Preview

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“I don’t want to change the world, I’m not looking for a new England” – Billy Bragg, A New England England travel to Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium today to battle Denmark for their first international of 2011. The side and its supporters will be … Continue reading

Does England Have What It Takes to Win the 2018 World Cup Bid?

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Last week, the United States dropped out of contention to host the 2018 World Cup, deciding instead to concentrate its efforts on beating out Australia, Qatar, Japan and South Korea for 2022. This ensures that Europe will host in 2018 and … Continue reading

Can You Name 6 Sets of Famous Brothers Who Play English Football?

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The United Kingdom’s Labour Party held their annual conference recently. Top of the agenda was selecting a new leader to take charge of the party as it begins to rebuild in the shadow of the ruling Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition government. Intriguingly, the race … Continue reading

Latest Developments in Liverpool FC Ownership Saga

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Here are the latest developments regarding the Liverpool ownership saga: -The Premier League has blessed New England Sports Venture’s (NESV) attempted purchase by stating that NESV meets the criteria of the league’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test. Read the statement here. -More worrisome … Continue reading

Who Was the Last Player to Score A Hat Trick in a Man Utd v Liverpool Match?

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Dimitar Berbatov’s hat-trick against Liverpool on Sunday, which included an audacious overhead kick, sealed a crucial win for Manchester United. Moreover, it was the first hat-trick by a United player in this fixture since Stan Pearson scored three for United in a 5-0 trot … Continue reading

Euro 2012 Qualification Begins: Where to Watch The Games

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It hasn’t even been two months since Andres Iniesta’s golaso in Johannesburg yet meaningful international football returns with Friday’s slate of Euro 2012 qualifiers. No doubt Spanish supporters are looking forward to the defence of their 2008 title but can English … Continue reading

When Will Soccer Officiating Get With the Times?

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Sunday’s refereeing blunders, following the many glaring group stage errors, have reignited a debate over changing the sport’s rules. Some favor video replay, some favor an additional referee who would only monitor each goal area, while others would prefer a sensor-system for goals similar … Continue reading

Premier League to Use Special Nike Ball This Weekend

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All Premier League games this weekend will feature a special red-coloured version of the usual official Nike T90 Ascente ball. It’s all part of the Red charity campaign to fight AIDS in Africa. Serie A and La Liga will be … Continue reading

Manchester Utd 3-0 West Ham: Business As Usual For United

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The race to the top narrowed Tuesday night as Manchester United swept aside West Ham United at Old Trafford. Shades of 1966 early on as Man United’s Ben Foster dropped Alessandro Diamanti’s dipping shot onto the goal-line. Did it cross? … Continue reading