Is the EPL Americanizing the UK or Is the League Anglicizing the USA?
Is the EPL Americanizing the UK or Is the League Anglicizing the USA?

The Gaffer’s food column last week got me to thinking. Are we Americanizing the UK or are they Anglicizing the US? For myself, I’m none too sure. I mean, I’ve just spent a Sunday morning making a breakfast out of lovely Staffordshire oatcakes that I whipped up from scratch. What […]

Does January Window Transfer Spending Help Premier League Clubs?
Does January Window Transfer Spending Help Premier League Clubs?

With the transfer window coming up, we can all count on one thing for certain. There will be non-stop chatter about what teams must do if they are going to “push for the top” or “avoid relegation”. Rumors and arguments will be rampant. The blogosphere will be on full hype […]

What’s the Solution To Kick Out Diving From the Premier League?
What’s the Solution To Kick Out Diving From the Premier League?

To simulate or not to simulate, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler to stay on one’s feet or hit the ground and try to gain an advantage (sorry, Billy). Yesterday’s incident with Fernando Torres once again throws one of soccer’s worst aspects up for inspection. Diving/simulation, call it what […]

Why I’m Enjoying the Euros More than the World Cup
Why I’m Enjoying the Euros More than the World Cup

Did you ever have one of those nights where you wake up with a thought in your head that just won’t go away? Welcome to 4:00 AM: “Why am I enjoying the Euros more than the World Cup?” I think it comes down to two words. Size and geography. With […]

Raise Your Glass to the Underdogs of the Premier League
Raise Your Glass to the Underdogs of the Premier League

Last June, I wrote about my coming to grips with the fact that I was just never going to have a team in the Premier League. Not like many of you do. No team ever reached out and grabbed me. No team’s fate made me nervous, joyous or miserable. So […]

What Is It That We Really Want From Our Soccer TV Coverage?
What Is It That We Really Want From Our Soccer TV Coverage?

As a daily reader of EPL Talk and sometimes contributor, I generally pay close attention to the comments about articles. It is, after all, a form of entertainment all to itself. One of the things I really enjoy about the commentary is that it is usually of a caliber beyond […]

An American Tale: Experiencing the Scottish Premier League In Person
An American Tale: Experiencing the Scottish Premier League In Person

What a trip! My family’s second visit to the UK — and everything went perfectly. Live football in a stadium with thousands of vocal fans. A thrilling come-from-behind draw after going down 3-1. Satisfaction and smiling faces walking out of the stadium and down crowded streets with the locals on their […]

Confessions Of A Neutral Premier League Soccer Fan
Confessions Of A Neutral Premier League Soccer Fan

I tried. Really. For five years now I’ve been waiting for some team to strike me as my favorite. In the meantime I’ve gone with local “omens”. I live on Chelsea Circle so at first I went with them for a while, but it just didn’t click. I loved Drogba’s […]

Does Any Premier League Club Really Want To Win The Title?
Does Any Premier League Club Really Want To Win The Title?

Now that the Gameweek 22 matches have ended in the Premier League, it makes you wonder. I don’t see anyone playing outstanding football or even close to it. Just when one of the top clubs seems to have the chance to kick some dirt in their rivals’ collective faces they […]

The England Dilemma: How to Fix What Is Broken
The England Dilemma: How to Fix What Is Broken

John Nicholson’s interesting article on “England’s Problem” raises more than one perplexing question. If England’s difficulties on the world stage are indeed a result of the historic, endemic mindset of the English game, what can or should be done about it? Do England just keep on doing their thing and […]

Who Are The Top Players in the Premier League?
Who Are The Top Players in the Premier League?

I read yesterday that Nani has declared, “Now I can say I am one of the top players in the world.” After picking myself up off the floor I thought, “You idiot. You’re not even one of the top players in the Prem, let alone el mundo.” That of course, […]

Everton and Liverpool In Relegation Battle: Has The World Gone Mad?
Everton and Liverpool In Relegation Battle: Has The World Gone Mad?

I know. I know. It’s only seven games into the season, but I guarantee there wasn’t anyone predicting that after seven matches Liverpool and Everton would be desperately trying to keep their noses ahead of Wolves and West Ham. At some point you have to the stop the “It’s only […]

The Evolution of a Sports Fan: What Are Your Favorite Sports?
The Evolution of a Sports Fan: What Are Your Favorite Sports?

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a sports fan….both active and passive. Growing up outside of Philadelphia I had plenty to follow even in those days: the Eagles, the Phillies, the A’s, the Warriors. Yeah, I know, I’ve been around a while. Those other teams, the Sixers and […]

Which Younger Players Should Replace England's Golden Generation?
Which Younger Players Should Replace England's Golden Generation?

I don’t think Lampard is done anymore than I think that about Terry or Gerrard, but EPL Talk blogger Jesse Chula raised an interesting point about how long England can stick with the “Golden Generation” and realistically expect success. The same question might just as easily be asked about their […]

Are You a Fantasy Premier League Junkie?
Are You a Fantasy Premier League Junkie?

Hi. My name is Guy and I’m a Fantasy Premier League junkie. I haven’t looked at a form chart in 14 days (polite applause). How did it all start, my falling into the dementia of Fantasy Premier League? I was minding my own business….really. I had a subscription to ITVN […]

Manchester City's Roberto Mancini Must Go!
Manchester City's Roberto Mancini Must Go!

No. I am NOT serious, but how long will it be before someone takes up that chant for real? This has nothing to do with Saturday’s match. It’s about a comment I made about Mark Hughes before last season began. I said I felt sorry for him because it was […]