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.

Interview with Reading's Marcus Hahnemann

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The latest episode of the EPL Talk Podcast is now available, which features an exclusive interview with Reading and U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. Hahnemann is arguably the top U.S. keeper in the world right now with Friedel faltering a little … Continue reading

Why Thierry Henry Must Go Now

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By John Nicholson It’s a given in football that you don’t sell your best player. To sell your best player usually indicates that the club is going down the toilet, is desperate for cash or the player concerned has been … Continue reading

Fox Soccer Channel Acquires Rights to UEFA Cup

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Fox Soccer Channel may have lost TV rights to a portion of their Premiership matches and the entire Bundesliga this season, but the network came out strong by announcing today it has won the rights to show the final rounds … Continue reading

ITVN Drops Setanta On Demand Service

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ITVN today announced it has dropped its Setanta On Demand service because Setanta doesn’t currently have rights to broadcast the programming on an ‘on demand’ basis. “We are hoping to offer a video on demand service in the new season,” … Continue reading

Alan Pardew Sacking Exposes Relegation Candidates

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After this past weekend’s goalfest in the EPL, Alan Pardew is suffering from a hangover as he was sacked by West Ham United this morning. Thinking back to Saturday’s four matches that were shown live on Setanta and Fox Soccer … Continue reading

Is the Premiership Race Over for Jose Mourinho?

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In the five Premiership matches shown on live TV in the U.S. on Saturday, an incredible 20 goals were scored — averaging four goals per match. Who said the EPL was boring? Of course, the Chelsea versus Arsenal match was … Continue reading

Update on EPL Talk Podcast

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Instead of being released yesterday (Sunday), Episode 44 of the EPL Talk Podcast will be delayed and scheduled for release either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. I plan on publishing a joint episode. The lead interview will be with … Continue reading

Sky Sports Anticipating Exodus of Commentators to Setanta?

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According to Vic Wakeling, Managing Director of Sky Sports, in an email to EPL Talk reader Tokyo Toffeeman, Wakeling expects “at least one other broadcaster to make a raid on [Sky Sports's] talent at some stage next year.” You can … Continue reading

The Truth About the Hillsborough Disaster

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It’s been 6,447 days since the Hillsborough Disaster occurred on what many believe was the darkest day in the history of football. On that fateful day in April 1989, 96 innocent football fans tragically died when many of them were … Continue reading

Man Utd & Chelsea Reportedly Battle Each Other With Online Video Games

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After Cristiano Ronaldo scored Man United’s third goal in the Manchester derby today, you may have noticed that he got into a pose with Rio Ferdinand and pretended to hold rocket launchers. This isn’t the first time it’s happened either. … Continue reading

ESPN & ABC to Televise Euro 2008 Matches in US

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Excellent news for football fans in America. The Associated Press is reporting that ESPN and ABC have won the TV rights to Euro 2008 and will be broadcasting each game live. Read the article in Forbes Magazine here. While the … Continue reading

Stage Is Set for Champions League & Prem Matches

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It’s been a busy few days in football with plenty of Premiership matches in addition to the final Champions League matches of the round. The highlight for me was seeing Marcos Nelson’s goal for Benfica against Man United. Supreme quality.Jose … Continue reading

Next U.S. TV Contract for Premiership: "$20 Million"

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Oliver Tse, the creator of SoccerTV.com, wrote a revealing response to the Paul Gardner article I commented on the other day. In Tse’s article, he mentions many of the same thoughts I had (in that it’s unfair to evaluate the … Continue reading

The Modern Football Shirt: Fashion Faux Pas

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By John Nicholson There are few more unpleasant fashion creations than a modern football shirt. Comprised of those melt-into-the-skin-in-a-fire polymers which feel like a cross between your grannies old nylon stockings and liquid plastic, they’re cheap and nasty and yet … Continue reading

Catching Up With EPL Talk

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There have been lots of developments at EPL Talk the past couple weeks. So much, in fact, that I need to catch up and tell you. First, EPL Talk will be interviewing Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann hopefully this week. If … Continue reading

Which Premiership Teams Will Be Relegated?

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Despite the criticism of the Premiership so far this season, it’s refreshing to see that all of the teams in the league have double digits after Charlton’s last minute win last night against Blackburn. Last year, if you remember, it … Continue reading

Join England's Steve McClaren in an Online Chat

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Steve McClaren will be answering questions tomorrow (Thursday, December 7th) via an online chat from The Football Association’s web site beginning at 11:15am GMT (6:15am ET). The chat is free to join. All you have to do is register beforehand … Continue reading

Premiership Referees Are In A No-Win Situation

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I feel sorry for Premiership referees. Never before has their jobs been so scrutinized or have they felt a much pressure as they do now. The issues are compounded by the speed of the game and the advanced skills of … Continue reading