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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.

Thoughts on England v Belarus match

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england-team

A slow week for good posts, largely because I’ve been spending most nights writing article after article for the next issue of the EPL Talk Magazine. Thankfully I’ve been able to continue writing with one eye on my laptop, and … Continue reading

New Technology for EPL Refs

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referee-mike-jones

Starting next season, Premiership referees and assistant referees will be wearing new head-set technology. To me, this is an excellent step in the right direction. The technology won’t interfere with the game. Plus, if anything, it’s going to speed up … Continue reading

Leeds Fall at Last Hurdle

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watford-leicester

After watching them clobber Crystal Palace in the Championship play-off match a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Watford would be a welcome addition to the Premiership. Now, after yesterday’s fantastic Championship play-off final win against Leeds, the Hornets … Continue reading

Barcelona Crowned European Champions

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barcelona

Alas, it wasn’t Arsenal or England’s night tonight as Barcelona won the Champions League Final 2-1 with two late goals. Highlights of the match included Henry’s dazzling run down the left wing which left Puyol and Marquez looking like amateurs. … Continue reading

Champions League Final Will Answer Many Questions

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uefa-champions-league-trophy

In just a few hours, the answers will be revealed to these very interesting questions: (1) Can the Premiership or La Liga claim to being the best club league in the world? If Arsenal wins, surely the Premier League is … Continue reading

Can Arsenal Stop Barcelona?

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Arsenal v Burnley - Emirates Stadium

I had an interesting conversation with GolTV commentator Phil Schoen this past week (available as episode 7 on the EPL Talk Podcast). We discussed whether it was better for Arsenal to employ the tactics they did in their second leg … Continue reading

GOAL: The Movie Nets $2 Million

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newcastle-united

According to Box Office Mojo, Goal! The Dream Begins ended its first weekend with an estimated $2 million at 1,007 venues. “Soccer movies have never been particularly successful in America, and this one will go down as the least popular … Continue reading

GOAL Opens to a Disappointing Friday Gross

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newcastle-united

GOAL: The Movie brought in an estimated $675,000 on its opening day in the United States. The Buena Vista movie tells the story of a Mexican immigrant who’s spotted by a football scout in Los Angeles and makes the journey … Continue reading

FA Cup Final Frustrations

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fa-cup-trophy

I tried listening to the FA Cup Final via the internet today, but didn’t have too much luck. First BBC Five Live had the pre-match build up but they broke in with their “We’re sorry, but due to contractual obligations, … Continue reading

Good Week For Newcastle Fans

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newcastle-manchester-united

Today’s guest blog posting is from South Florida resident and Newcastle United fan Bruce Gottesman. While Newcastle will be burned on the retinas of anyone watching “GOAL: The Movie” that debuts across the US on Friday May 12, Bruce has … Continue reading

Watford Returning to Premier League?

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crystal-palace-watford

  With no Premiership games on TV this past Saturday, I had the pleasure of watching the first leg of the Championship semi-final playoff between Crystal Palace and Watford. As is often the case in football, it was a tale … Continue reading

Shake Your Money Maker

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euros

While much of the focus last week was on Setanta winning rights to two of the six UK Premiership TV packages (and Sky securing the remaining four), now is a good time to consider how much money the Premiership will … Continue reading

Top Class Premiership Finale

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arsenal-fans

  What a day. What a season! The magnificent open match between Arsenal and Wigan was a beautiful 90 minutes to watch. Arsenal were top class, both on and off the pitch. From the red, white and blue “I Was … Continue reading

A Ruud Farewell

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ruud-van-nistelrooy

  Guest blog entry from The Scout: Van Nistelrooy Exits by The Scout Ruud van Nistelrooy drove away from Manchester United’s final game of the season against Charlton Athletic when he learned that he would be once again left out … Continue reading

"The Times They Are Changin’"

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soccer-on-tv

There’s an interesting article on This Is Anfield about how the SkySports and Setanta deals with the Premiership will change the traditional 3pm kickoff in England (10am ET). Even though the overseas rights to the Premiership have yet to be … Continue reading

Setanta Breaks Sky Premiership Monopoly

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setanta-sports

In breaking news, Setanta has won the bids for two of the six Premiership TV rights packages, with Sky picking up the remaining four. This means that from 2007-2010, Sky will show 92 live matches while Setanta will show 46. … Continue reading

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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qpr-home-shirt-2014-15-season

Today, we have a guest blog entry from Canadian Lonnie Smetana about London team Queens Park Rangers — currently in the Championship. This one is a classic (thanks Lonnie): QPR boardroom scene like gangster movie, court told LONDON, May 4 … Continue reading

Crunch time for Thierry Henry

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Soccer - Barclays Premiership - West Ham v Arsenal - Upton Park

The next two weeks will have a crucial impact on whether Arsenal’s prolific striker will be staying at Arsenal. Today, the Gunners face Manchester City away at 2:45pm ET (live on Fox Soccer Channel). If Arsenal can win today’s match, … Continue reading