Pele’s Thoughts On World Football
Pele’s Thoughts On World Football

Yes, international football is off the agenda for the time being as we dig in for the weekly grind of club football over the winter. I thought however,  EplTalk readers would be interested in what Brazil’s finest had to say about the current state of football. Pele was in Dublin on […]

The Hand Of Henry: An Irish Perspective
The Hand Of Henry: An Irish Perspective

I thought I should jump in on this issue while the water is still warm and explain an Irish view of Wednesday’s larceny. In Ireland we do not do football dramas in small measures, Roy Keane’s walkout at the 2002 World Cup practically sparked a civil war and now the […]

Top 5 Premiership Flops That Shone Elsewhere
Top 5 Premiership Flops That Shone Elsewhere

Working as a freelance journalist has its perks but one of the drawbacks is having free time when the rest of the world is out there earning a crust. This time must be filled somehow and today I found myself perusing the BBC website checking the scores from the early […]

Will The Real Tottenham Hotspur Please Stand Up?
Will The Real Tottenham Hotspur Please Stand Up?

What on earth is going on at White Hart Lane? Two games into the new Premier League season and Spurs have put together two convincing performances on the trot and have two wins secured. Liverpool were put to the sword on the opening weekend, despite Rafa’s bleating about penalties, Spurs […]

Birmingham’s Fahey Looks Set To Claim His Chance
Birmingham’s Fahey Looks Set To Claim His Chance

As Manchester United and Birmingham City took to the Old Trafford turf on Sunday afternoon few eyes would have settled on the figure of Keith Fahey, Birmingham’s Irish midfielder. It has been a long journey for the former Arsenal and Aston Villa trainee but on Sunday Fahey finally arrived on […]

New Season But Arsenal’s Problems Persist
New Season But Arsenal’s Problems Persist

This season promises to be a pivotal one in the reign of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Wenger has been one of the most influential managers in Arsenal’s history but for the first time last year there were rumblings of discontent from the fans. In the build up to the new Premier […]

5 Youngsters To Watch This Season
5 Youngsters To Watch This Season

The start of the new season brings with it hope and expectation for everyone, fans, managers and players alike. It does not matter what happened last season or in the summer, the slate is wiped clean come August and we are all allowed to dream. For the precocious teenagers at […]

Premier League All Time: English XI vs Foreign XI
Premier League All Time: English XI vs Foreign XI

There is nothing football supporters enjoy more than a talking point, something to stir debate, boil the blood and argue about. In honour of this noble pursuit I decided to compile two teams made up from the best English players ever to grace the Premier League and pit them against […]

Iconic Premiership Stands
Iconic Premiership Stands

Since the outlaw of standing areas English stadia have undergone huge changes. From the crumbling relics of the 1980s the Premier League now boasts some of the finest stadiums in the world. The names Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge all roll off the tongue but within these fine stadiums […]

Karim Benzema Transfer A Blow To Manchester United’s Summer Plans
Karim Benzema Transfer A Blow To Manchester United’s Summer Plans

Just when you thought Real Madrid had sated their appetite for extravagant attacking ability in the transfer market, with the signings of Ronaldo and Kaka, they swoop for one of French football’s most prized assets in a deal reported to be worth up to 41 million euro. The signing of Karim Benzema […]

Howard Webb In The Eye Of The Storm At Confederations Cup
Howard Webb In The Eye Of The Storm At Confederations Cup

The life of a top level referee is a tough one. Before the age of blanket coverage of the beautiful game referees could go about their job and to a certain extent slip into the background when the work was done. Such an existence is no longer possible as a bad day […]

What Does The Future Hold For Dimitar Berbatov?
What Does The Future Hold For Dimitar Berbatov?

I think it is safe to assume that Alex Ferguson is a keen follower of all things football, to remain at the top for as long as he has you need to keep your finger on the footballing pulse. I wonder then if he took the time out during his […]

The Great Escape: 5 Relegation Escapes To Remember
The Great Escape: 5 Relegation Escapes To Remember

  For most of the season in the Premiership all the attention is focussed on the major issues at the top of the league. The race for the title and the battle for the big prizes grab the majority of the headlines and the lesser lights of the league are […]

Benitez’s United Comments Wide Of The Mark
Benitez’s United Comments Wide Of The Mark

So the race is run and we football enthusiasts are left to pick the bones out of a season that had many twists and turns but concluded with a very familiar outcome. Yes, once again, for the the third time in a row Manchester United have won the Premier League title, […]

Manchester United v Arsenal: Five To Remember
Manchester United v Arsenal: Five To Remember

After Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Wigan last night Alex Ferguson’s men require just one more point from their last two games to retain their Premier League title. On Saturday they take on Arsenal at Old Trafford and will be eager to put one over their rivals and wrap the league […]

Young English Players Need Time To Mature
Young English Players Need Time To Mature

The life of Theo Walcott must be a peculiar one, thrust into the limelight in 2006 as a 17 year-old when picked for the England World Cup squad, the glare has been on him ever since. When he scored a hat-trick against Croatia for the national team last September he […]

Technology In Football: Common Sense Must Prevail
Technology In Football: Common Sense Must Prevail

The fall out from Chelsea v. Barcelona on Wednesday night continues unabated today as PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has called for the use of technology in football to assist referees. Speaking to the BBC, he said: “We are putting referee’s in too vulnerable a situation with the conspiracy theories […]

Top 10 Dramatic European Encounters
Top 10 Dramatic European Encounters

Following last night’s drama between Chelsea and Barcelona in the Champions League I felt it was an appropriate occasion to dwell on memorable European encounters involving English teams in the past. The Champions League/European Cup has at different times proved a hugely rewarding hunting ground for English teams. In triumph or defeat […]