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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.

Differences Explored Between BBC and Sky Sports

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I had the fortune of watching the FA Cup tie between Manchester United against Portsmouth yesterday, not on pay-per-view but on BBC1. While the match was very entertaining, especially the first half, with United’s attack after attack descending on Portsmouth’s … Continue reading

Power To The People: Football Fans Vote With Their Feet at Premiership Matches

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By John NicholsonWe don’t know always realise what power we have as consumers. Collectively we could bring massive institutions down with a few days. It just takes concerted action. For example, Google makes a fortune from its AdWords programme. You … Continue reading

The Growing Popularity of Premiership Outside UK

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Earlier this week, The Independent newspaper in England announced that the Premiership has grown so much in popularity that it now has 160 million viewers in 202 countries. Just for the Arsenal against Man United match, the UK TV audience … Continue reading

Arsenal and Liverpool Gives Premiership A Much Needed Shot in the Arm

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Sunday’s win by Arsenal over Manchester United was the best thing that could have happened to the Premiership. You can hear it in the podosphere and read it in the blogs and message forums. People are actually getting really excited … Continue reading

Future of Successful English Footballers Appears Dire

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In another example of excellent investigative journalism from The Times newspaper, their chief sports reporter Owen Slot recently wrote a series of articles about the state of the football academy system in England.While some of may not care about academies, … Continue reading

Chelsea's Premiership Title Dream Hangs In The Balance

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Well folks, we now have a four horse race instead of a two horse race. After Liverpool and Arsenal both upset Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, the Premiership title race has gotten a lot more interesting all of a sudden.Looking … Continue reading

Help Improve the EPL Talk Podcast

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There’s always room for improvement (just ask Keith Gillespie), so we’d like to ask for two minutes of your time to respond to a quick-and-easy survey on the topic of the EPL Talk Podcast.Please take the survey.The results will help … Continue reading

All Eyes Point to Emirates As Reds Beat Chelsea

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Congratulations to Rafa Benitez and the Liverpool squad for getting the victory they deserved today. Rafa got his formation right by sticking with a 4-4-2 instead of his usual 4-5-1 against Chelsea, and the combination of Peter Crouch and Dirk … Continue reading

This Weekend Marks the 80th Anniversary of Football Commentary

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To mark the 80 year anniversary of the first football commentary, BBC Five Live Sports Extra this weekend will be conducting the commentary in the style of 1927 instead of 2007.They’ll be using four commentators. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson … Continue reading

Premiership Gets Richer & The Poor Get The Picture

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The Premiership announced yesterday record breaking TV rights deals around the world for the 2007/2008 through 2009/2010 seasons worth 2.7 billion GBP, which is $5.3 billion. This means more money will be spread amongst all of the teams next season … Continue reading

Preview of Liverpool v Chelsea Clash

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If you remember back to the last time Chelsea played Liverpool, the goal that separated the two sides was a wonderful twist and volley by Didier Drogba back on September 17th. Liverpool dominated most of the first half and hit … Continue reading

Premiership Season Virtually Over As a Competition

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By John NicholsonI am an optimist by nature. To me the glass is always half full, and even if it’s half empty, I will have enjoyed drinking it. I don’t buy into the pervading culture of cynicism that is so … Continue reading

Preview of Arsenal v Manchester United Clash

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Without a doubt, this weekend’s matches between the top four are mouthwatering. Sure, big clashes like Liverpool against Chelsea, and Arsenal versus Manchester United usually don’t live up to expectations, but with so much to play for, I have a … Continue reading

Which Team Will Destroy Chelsea's Immaculate Home League Record?

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I alluded to it during this week’s EPL Talk Podcast interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Henry Winter, but I believe Chelsea’s record of unbeaten home matches in the league is about to end. The question, is, who will manage to … Continue reading

A Visit to Blackburn's Ewood Park

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Visiting Blackburn for their recent match against Spurs, I was intent on stepping back into history. Rovers, after all, was one of the founding members of the football league in 1888 (along with nearby clubs Accrington, Burnley and Preston).Even on … Continue reading

First Impressions of Liverpool's Anfield Ground

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In the continuing series of articles about my recent trip to England’s football stadia, today I reminisce about my trip to Liverpool’s Anfield ground.Unable to get a ticket to the recent Champions League match between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven (it … Continue reading

Join the EPL Talk Prediction League

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I’ve started up an EPL Talk Prediction League in conjunction with the Premier League’s I Know The Score game at http://iknowthescore.premierleague.com/Even if you’ve signed up with the Premier League Fantasy League, you still have to register.Then enter the following private … Continue reading

The Time Has Come For Beckham To Join L.A.

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In the topsy-turvy world of transfer dealings, sometimes you don’t know if you’re coming or going. But one thing is for sure and that’s the end of David Beckham’s career at Real Madrid. After not being named to the squad … Continue reading