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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.

England Unconvincing In Win Against TNT

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England made it through to the second round of the World Cup by their skin of their teeth, after a tense win against Trinidad and Tobago. The addition of Aaron Lennon and Wayne Rooney was the difference for England, after … Continue reading

World Cup Player to Watch: Part Eight

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By The Scout Spain – Carles Puyol The 28 year-old defender is the captain and inspirational leader for his club team FC Barcelona. For the Spanish national team, Puyol also plays a big leadership role. Having come up through the … Continue reading

World Cup Player to Watch: Part Seven

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By The Scout Brazil – Lucio As the focus is always on the ultra-skilled attacking players of the Brazilian side, their defense rarely gets talked about. Lucio (his full name is Lucimar Ferreira da Silva) is Brazil’s best defender and … Continue reading

World Cup Player to Watch: Part Six

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  By The Scout Czech Republic – Tomas Rosicky My pick from Group E will seem opportunistic but I had selected him prior to the 3-0 victory over the US. Tomas made headlines prior to the World Cup with a … Continue reading

28 down, 4 to go…

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By this time tomorrow, we’ll have seen all 32 teams play their opening match. Right now, the only teams we haven’t seen play yet are tomorrow’s Spain versus Ukraine, and Tunisia versus Saudi Arabia. What’s interesting is that there hasn’t … Continue reading

World Cup Coverage in America, Day 5

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ABC/ESPN’s coverage was better today, probably because Dave O’Brien and Marcelo Balboa took the day off. JP Dellacamera did a fine job, as did the team of Adrian Healey and Tommy Smyth. Some points regarding today’s coverage: ESPN’s World Cup … Continue reading

World Cup Player to Watch: Part Five

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By The Scout France – Franck Ribéry In the 23 year-old, we are featuring another attacking midfielder player. My next profile will be a defender, I havent forgotten about that side of the game, I promise! Ribery currently plays for … Continue reading

Soccer America Drinks ABC/ESPN Kool-Aid

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This World Cup is exposing two different camps in the US. On one side, you have the those broadcasters and media who are “in bed” with US Soccer, such as ABC, ESPN and Soccer America. On the other side, you … Continue reading

For Your Reading Pleasure

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If you’ve caught the World Cup fever and want to take up a few more notches, be sure to download issue two of the EPL Talk Magazine, the free soccer magazine that’s available for you. Read interesting articles about experiencing … Continue reading

GolTV: Analysis From The Heart

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If you’re sick of the sugar-coated World Cup Live show by ESPN and want some real analysis by soccer experts, give GolTV from Germany 2006 a try — every night at 8pm ET on GolTV. The show features honest analysis … Continue reading

Relief for Depressed U.S. Fans

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The new episode of the EPL Talk Podcast is out, and it features a great interview with Max Bretos, the lead play-by-play commentator at Fox Soccer Channel. During the interview, Bretos discusses his first memory of a World Cup, what … Continue reading

ABC/ESPN Coverage Does US No Favors

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It hasn’t been a good few days for the United States. While many die-hard soccer fans have had to wince at the weekend’s World Cup coverage from ABC, the situation was made worse today by ESPN’s sycophant World Cup Live … Continue reading

World Cup Player to Watch: Part Four

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Ronaldo Key

By The Scout Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo I’ve had the opportunity to watch this player in action quite a lot over the last couple of season, both with his club Manchester United and for country as they made it to … Continue reading

ABC: Another Big Co*k-Up

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ABC’s Day 2 World Cup coverage, I believe, was appalling. Sure, Marcelo Balboa misspoke and said “Michael Beckham” during the England match, but that was an unfortunate slip. But what I was more pissed off at was lead commentator Dave … Continue reading

Day Two of The World Cup Experience

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Day two is over, and it’s been a long day. More than 126 miles in the car, tooling around South Florida watching World Cup matches in different locales rather than at home. Here are some of my experiences and observations. … Continue reading

World Cup Player to Watch: Part Three

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By The Scout Serbia and Montenegro – Nikola Zigic While no one is a lock to advance, there are two groups that will prove more difficult to emerge from than the others. Group E with Italy, USA, Ghana and Czech … Continue reading

For Those About To Skip Work, We Salute You

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Tried listening to the BBC Five Live live broadcast from work a few minutes ago to listen to the Germany v Costa Rica match, but alas — for those souls outside of the UK, like me — the Beeb doesn’t … Continue reading

Required Reading for World Cup Fans

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There’s no better time to be a football fan than right now. On the eve of the World Cup, the choices of what to watch and read are almost endless. For example, you’ have to read this one about the … Continue reading