Author Archives: Michael James

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 5

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Ghana put themselves in a very strong position to win Group A and qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2008 African Cup of Nations with their 1-0 win over Namibia yesterday. The Black Stars aren’t exactly winning with style right … Continue reading

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 4

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I’ll tell you what, this year’s edition of the African Cup of Nations is getting better and better. The quality of some of the goals scored has been absolutely fantastic and yesterday we saw more of the same. The 2010 … Continue reading

Arrivederci, Rolando Bianchi

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You all know my feelings towards Rolando Bianchi. After he came out in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport back in late December and criticized all things English soccer, I wrote here about how selfish Bianchi is … Continue reading

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 3

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Yesterday’s action in the African Cup of Nations involved Group C, and Egypt’s 4-2 victory over Cameroon put the defending champions in a great position while Cameroon will now have to battle out of a hole to advance to the … Continue reading

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 2

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The first important game of the 2008 African Cup of Nations took place yesterday and once again, a player who earns his paycheck in the Premiership took center stage. Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou capped a beautiful solo run by coolly … Continue reading

Changes Must be Made at Liverpool

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If you had just walked into the room and didn’t know the score of today’s game between Aston Villa and Liverpool and saw the way Peter Crouch wheeled off to the corner after scoring an 88th minute goal, you’d probably … Continue reading

African Cup of Nations Recap–Day 1

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As I said before in my previous post about the 2008 African Cup of Nations, I’m very disappointed that I’m not going to be able to watch the games on TV. I’m going to try and do my best to … Continue reading

A Weekend to Forget? Not So Fast, My Friend

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If you’re a neutral observer like me, this weekend’s slate of games really doesn’t have any compelling storylines or reasons to get excited, at least from the outside. None of the big teams are playing each other and there are … Continue reading

More Thoughts on Kevin Keegan's Hiring

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The hiring of Kevin Keegan today to become Newcastle’s manager (again) demonstrates why the Tyneside club have become one of the laughingstocks of the Premier League: Instead of looking to the future, they’ve fallen back into the deadly trap that … Continue reading

Al Bangura Will Remain in the UK

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Finally, after a protracted, drawn out saga that stretched over the past couple of months, I’m glad to see that justice has been served and Watford midfielder Al Bangura will be allowed to remain in the UK permanently. Bangura won … Continue reading

England's Competition in World Cup Qualifying

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I’ve done some research on the other countries in England’s World Cup qualifying group and even though the beginning of qualifying is months away, I wanted to come out with a guide/primer/preview of sorts of England’s competition in Group 6 … Continue reading

England's World Cup 2010 Qualifying Schedule

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The England national team’s fixture list for World Cup 2010 qualifying has just been released, and I think it sets up pretty nicely for new manager Fabio Capello. The meeting to hash out the exact details of the schedule took … Continue reading

Who's Going to Finish 4th?

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We’ve been getting a lot of comments here on EPL Talk recently and it’s great to hear from the readers. So let’s keep it going. Who do you think is going to end the season in fourth place and snatch … Continue reading

Following Premiership Players in the African Cup of Nations

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I have to tell you all how unbelievably disappointed I am that this year’s 26th edition of the African Cup of Nations, set to kick off in Ghana on January 20, isn’t being televised on any major station here in … Continue reading

Football Manager 2008

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 Frustrated by Rafa’s rotation policy at Liverpool and think the Reds should be better? Angry that Valencia is falling apart as we speak under Ronald Koeman? Think you could lead Manchester United to another treble? Then Football Manager 2008 is … Continue reading

Premiership Teams' New Year's Resolutions

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I figured that before the Christmas and New Year’s hype ends and becomes irrelevant, I’d try to milk it for all it’s worth and relate it back to the Premiership.Twenty teams compete in the most entertaining domestic league in the … Continue reading

Premiership Midseason Awards

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 Phew. After a jampacked holiday schedule that came fast and furious, fans and players alike  now get a chance to catch their breath as the next round of games doesn’t come until the 12th. The Carling Cup semifinals and the … Continue reading

Best Week of the Year

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I know this sounds corny but in the holiday season of giving, that’s exactly what the Premiership did as this was the most exciting week of soccer, at least that I can remember, in 2007 as far as England’s top league goes.As we all … Continue reading