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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.

How Rupert Murdoch Changed Football: For Better or Worse

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Here’s an interesting article you may have missed: How Rupert Murdoch Changed Football. The tycoon launched Sky Sports and changed the history of English football forever. The question is: Did he change it for better or worse?Meanwhile, at EPL Talk … Continue reading

Damn The Torpedoes: Two New Soccer Blogs

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The quality of soccer blogs throughout the blogosphere is continuing to increase. The difficult part is finding them.Two new ones I uncovered and highly recommend are: Pitch Invasion: It’s not just the pretty pictures at Pitch Invasion which make the … Continue reading

List of Pundits at Setanta Continues to Grow

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Pat Dolan (pictured) has decided to continue as a Setanta Sports pundit instead of becoming manager of Derry City, according to BBC Sport. That means that the Setanta Sports crew for next season will feature Dolan, Paul Dempsey, Steve McManaman, … Continue reading

New English Premier League Theme for EPL

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The English Premier League will debut a new anthem to be played before matches and during the “English Premier League Preview” and “English Premier League Review” shows.That means that the ever-popular track remixed by DJ Judge Jules will be gone, … Continue reading

Interview with Peter Hargitay

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The interview with Peter Hargitay, special adviser to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is now live on the EPL Talk Podcast (episode 71). Hargitay responds to some of the allegations that Andrew Jennings recently made on an earlier EPL Talk Podcast … Continue reading

Alexi Lalas Criticizes Premier League

Posted on by Christopher Harris

A funny thing happened tonight. I read an article about LA Galaxy President Alexi Lalas’s criticism of the Premier League and I started writing a blog post ripping him apart. Then I re-read the same Guardian article and found that … Continue reading

Fox Soccer Channel Bringing Premier League Matches Live to the Internet

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Beginning this August, Fox Soccer Channel will begin broadcasting some Premier League matches live via the Internet at FoxSoccer.com According to a source at Fox Soccer Channel, the 24/7 soccer network will show a combination of some live matches not … Continue reading

Real Madrid Lift La Liga Trophy & Bid Beckham Adios

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Real Madrid’s 3-1 win tonight against Real Mallorca was a fairy tale ending to David Beckham’s career for the Spanish giants tonight. In what must be described as a simply spectacular match, Real yet again came back from one goal … Continue reading

Taking a Break on Father's Day

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Just a quick note to let you know that this week’s EPL Talk Podcast interview with Peter Hargitay, special adviser to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, will be delayed slightly. Instead of its release tonight (Sunday), it should be released Monday … Continue reading

Rumor: Everton v Monterrey Friendly on July 29

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EPL Talk has received the following rumor about Everton’s second friendly in the U.S. this summer: The unconfirmed friendly for Everton is against Monterrey (a Mexican team) on the 29th of July in Santa Barbara, California. If true, the match … Continue reading

Diamonds In The Rough

Posted on by Christopher Harris

It’s been a hectic week getting interviews done for the upcoming EPL Talk Podcast. This Sunday, it’s an interview with Peter Hargitay (special adviser to FIFA President Sepp Blatter) who has some very interesting things to say about Andrew Jennings. … Continue reading

Frustration With License Rights to Football Commentaries

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The football authorities need to re-evaluate the way that license rights are managed for football matches. Case in point, I was listening to BBC Radio Five Live this week and wanted to hear the live commentary of the England v … Continue reading

U-21 Tactics Expose Weaknesses of English Football

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By John Nicholson Those of us who are still clinging to the wreckage of the 2006/07 season in Europe are all watching the Under21 European tournament in Holland and fascinating watching it’s proving to be, especially for England fans. England … Continue reading

Are Brits Shortsighted In Their Disgust for U.S. Soccer Fans?

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Thanks to Brucio from the Du Nord blog for tipping me off about this one. It’s a revealing article by Steven Wells from The Guardian who, believe it or not, defends American soccer fans. The title of the article? “Americans … Continue reading

Everton Announces Preseason Tour of America

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The Toffees are coming to America! Everton is the third Premier League club to announce preseason friendlies in America. The Merseyside club will play Real Salt Lake on Saturday, July 21, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper. Everton also plans … Continue reading

Breaking News: Five Premier League Clubs Named in Bungs Investigation

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This just in: Chelsea, Newcastle, Bolton, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth have been named in the bungs investigation for breaching transfer regulations. More news here. The case now goes to the Football Association (FA) for further investigation (expect this case to drag … Continue reading

U.S. Soccer Fans Become Center of Attention

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It’s one of the rare times in the year when U.S. soccer takes a front seat. Major League Soccer is in full swing. The U.S. men’s national team is battling in the Gold Cup and looking ahead to Copa America, … Continue reading

Premier League Risks Losing Brand Recognition

Posted on by Christopher Harris

A football story that was overlooked by many in mid-May is how the Premier League officially dropped the usage of the ‘Premiership’ name and changed the official title of the league to the Barclays Premier League (BPL). To me, it’s … Continue reading