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Author Archives: Ethan Armstrong

Waiting For Aquilani

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

How did it come to this? I’m resting my hopes for Liverpool’s season on an injured Italian midfielder who remains unproven in the Premier League. Alberto Aquilani, bought this summer for £20m to replace Xabi Alonso (if that’s possible) came … Continue reading

How Old Is Too Old For A Footballer?

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I find myself asking it all the time: how old is that player? My last such quandary was over Arshavin (older than I would have guessed). Before that it was over Jovetic (younger than I would have guessed). When I’ … Continue reading

Fan Diary #11: Chelsea v. Liverpool

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Facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is never easy. But with Petr Cech suspended and with Liverpool’s knack for playing well against the London giants, I felt optimistic going into yesterday’s match. And with Liverpool dominating the first stretch of play, … Continue reading

How To Buy A Football Club (A Form Letter)

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Dear Sir/Lord/Baron/Chairman/Sheik/The Donald: Thank you for your interest in our beloved club: ______ City/Town/Wandering Athletic Rovers/United/FC. If you should chose to purchase us, we believe this will be an invaluable experience for all parties involved. To be honest, our club has … Continue reading

Fan Diary #10: Hitting The Champions League Wall

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After Liverpool comfortably dispatched Hull this past weekend, I went into the Fiorentina match with soaring expectations. I tucked all of Liverpool’s defensive and  central midfield problems under the carpet of Torres’ hat trick adorned with Gerrard, Babel and Riera’s … Continue reading

Accepting City; Watching West Ham

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My distaste for Manchester City’s business model has been well-documented on EPL Talk, but watching City host West Ham United yesterday, I am starting to begrudgingly accept it: City have arrived. Last season, poor away results and hit-or-miss form proved … Continue reading

Fan Diary #9: Torres, Gerrard, Babel, Riera – The Goal Fest!

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Or the title I prefer: Fan Diary #9: The Goal Fest; Torres Leaves Me Speechless; Poor Defending, An Infant Scouse-American; Was It A Cross Or A Shot?; Niall’s Wife; Meryl Streep; Has Ryan Babel Finally Embraced Being Super-Sub; And Are … Continue reading

Should The Old Firm Join The English Premier League?

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

I work with a man from Edinburgh. He’s a Hearts supporter. More importantly to me: he’s the one guy at work who will talk football. He’ll talk about any aspect any match any controversy any player you like. He keeps … Continue reading

Rafa Benitez’s £20m Buying Cap – Fact, Fiction, Irrelevant?

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

The Independent reported today that  documents have been revealed “which suggest Liverpool’s net summer spending will be locked at £20m until 2014″. This is slated to include player pay raises and not just transfer fees. This story has also appeared … Continue reading

Where Does Sporting Hatred Come From?

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

I don’t really hate anybody in my immediate world (except, of course, my old landlord, Dick Dumont – yeah: he knows what he did). But it’s easy enough to drop the word hate into conversation. “Oh, I hate that” and … Continue reading

Fan Diary #8: Fernando Torres…

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Going into the West Ham match I asked for a brace (minimum) from Fernando Torres and boy did he deliver. This calls for some pondifercating on The Football Genius. Well, maybe Torres isn’t at Genius Status yet. But of all … Continue reading

Fan Diary #7: Liverpool v Debrecen

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Before yesterday I knew about as much about Debreceni VSC as I know about the Faint Object Spectograph on the Hubble Telescope. They are among the “new kids” in the Champions League and not knowing anything about their club (or … Continue reading

All Credit To Burnley

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Before the season started, I knew little about this Burnley side. I like to see former top-flight stalwarts come up and Burnley – one of the orginal 12 sides in the Football League – haven’t been up in 33 years. … Continue reading

My Big Problem With Liverpool’s New Sponsorship Deal…

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I have a big problem with Liverpool’s new sponsor. While I’m glad to see a deal that will provide the club with £80m over the next four years, and while the hope that new stadium plans and healthier transfer budgets … Continue reading

Fan Diary #6: Yossi Benayoun And My Football Ulcer

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

I was a little concerned coming into the last fixture. It wasn’t because Burnley has already beaten United and Everton. It wasn’t because Burnley aren’t afraid to attack. I saw these things as healthy signs for Liverpool.  Liverpool usually do … Continue reading

International Football: Please Don’t Injure My League Heroes…

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

Lennon’s cross arcs over the box. It hones in on Steven Gerrard who waits just outside the crowd. He jumps, coils his neck and smashes the ball toward goal. His header flies down into the net. 2-0 to England. I’m … Continue reading

Liverpool Supporter Pardoned After Four Years In Prison

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In 2005, Michael Shields was convicted by a Bulgarian court for the attempted murder of a barman after Liverpool’s Champions League victory in Istanbul. Between a jail in Bulgaria and Thorn Cross prison in Chesire, England, Shields, now 22, has … Continue reading

Everton, United, England: What’s With The Star Trek Kits?

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

Admiral Capello strides onto the bridge. “Status report, Lieutenant Rooney!” he shouts. Rooney is grim. “The Croatians have boarded the ship, Sir,” he says. “They’ve already scored two goals.” “I see,” says Capello. He turns to his chief defensive officer. … Continue reading