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Author Archives: Christopher Harris

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.

What Will FOX Sports’ World Cup Coverage Look Like?

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On Sunday night, ESPN wrapped up its World Cup coverage — it’s eighth World Cup since 1982 — with a beautiful closing montage before presenter Mike Tirico said that ESPN was handing off future World Cup coverage to a network … Continue reading

NBC Sports Announces Premier League Schedule For First 3 Months of Season

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NBC Sports has announced its Premier League schedule for the first 3 months of the 2014/15 season. Premier League action returns one month from today when the first match of the 2014/15 season kicks off featuring Manchester United against Swansea … Continue reading

US TV Schedule for Preseason Friendlies Featuring Premier League Teams

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The start of the 2014/15 Premier League season is just weeks away (see TV schedule here). But between now and the beginning of August, there are plenty of preseason friendlies featuring Premier League teams to help give you a fix … Continue reading

Join 2014-15 Fantasy Premier League, World Soccer Talk Private League

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Registration is now open for the 2014-15 Fantasy Premier League season. The game is free to play. And, if you like, you can join the World Soccer Talk private league. Last season, especially earlier in the season, we were ranked in … Continue reading

World Soccer Talk Hits 6 Million Monthly Pageviews

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For the month of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, World Soccer Talk had 2.5 million unique visitors, and generated 6.1 million pageviews for its best month ever. Compared to World Soccer Talk’s metrics for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, pageviews … Continue reading

Schedule of Premier League Games On US TV Revealed For August Through September

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The return of the soccer season is just weeks away with the Premier League scheduled to return to action on Saturday, August 10. Now that Sky Sports and BT Sport have carved out which games the UK broadcasters will show … Continue reading

Manchester United Secure $1.2 Billion Shirt Deal With Adidas

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Manchester United have secured a new shirt deal with adidas, where the Old Trafford club will net $1.2 billion over the next 10 years. The £75million-a-year deal begins with the 2015/16 season when Manchester United will wear adidas shirts instead … Continue reading

Dave O’Brien Says He’s Envious Of What FOX is Doing For Gus Johnson

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Dave O’Brien, ESPN’s lead soccer commentator for World Cup 2006, says that the USA games in the 2014 World Cup should have been announced by an American voice, and that he’s envious of what FOX Sports is doing with Gus … Continue reading

Highs and Lows of ESPN’s World Cup 2014 Coverage

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In 2005, ABC/ESPN paid just $100 million for the English-language rights to the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups (as well as 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cups). That fee was dwarfed in 2011 when FOX paid $425 million to win … Continue reading

WATCH Argentina 0-0 Germany World Cup Final: 1st Half Highlights [VIDEO]

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World Cup finals are often cagey events, with teams too nervous to make mistakes in case it costs them the game. But in the first half between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana, this was a joy to watch with … Continue reading

WATCH ‘We Are The Germans’ Music Video; Fantastiche Unofficial World Cup Song [VIDEO]

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“We Are The Germans” has been my guilty pleasure this weekend. The hilarious music video features the unofficial World Cup song “We Are The Germans,” which is the perfect rallying cry ahead of Germany’s World Cup Final match against Argentina. … Continue reading

Univision’s 12 Hours of Live World Cup Coverage Including Closing Ceremony Begins at 11am ET

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Univision is planning 12 hours of live World Cup Final coverage today beginning at 11am ET/8am PT. The coverage includes the Closing Ceremony, which will feature performances by musical stars Shakira, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Alexandre Pires, Carlinhos Brown, and … Continue reading

ESPN Sets Its Sights On Euro 2016 After Raising Bar On World Cup Coverage

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So much of the discussion regarding ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been centered around what a magnificent job the network has done, but the fear of what’s going to happen after ESPN hands over the rights … Continue reading

Third Place World Cup Game Between Netherlands-Brazil is Completely Meaningless

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I hate to burst the bubble of Brazil fans and South Americans looking forward to watching Saturday’s Third Place Final between Netherlands and Brazil, but most of the world couldn’t care about the game. The game is a glorified friendly, … Continue reading

Germany Midfielder Toni Kroos Will Join Real Madrid After World Cup Ends

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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will join Real Madrid after the World Cup is over, ending speculation regarding whether the player will remain with Bayern Munich or not. Bayern Munich Honorary President Franz Beckenbauer let the “cat out of the bag” … Continue reading

Barcelona Complete £63.4 Million Deal to Sign Luis Suarez

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Barcelona have officially announced that they’ve reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Luis Suarez on a five-year deal. Suarez will fly to Barcelona next week to complete his medical and to sign the deal, the Spanish club announced. According … Continue reading

12.4 Million Watched Brazil vs Germany World Cup Semifinal On US TV

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More than 12 million people watched the World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Germany on Tuesday, proving that Americans are continuing to watch the tournament in record numbers. An average of 6.6 million people watched Brazil-Germany on ESPN, while 5.8 … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why We’re Glad Brazil is Out of the World Cup

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Not everyone will admit it publicly, but there are a lot of smiles and happy faces this morning with the realization that Brazil is out of the World Cup tournament. Those grins are even greater given the way Brazil were … Continue reading