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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.

Setanta Breaks Sky Premiership Monopoly

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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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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

Will Reading Be The Next Wigan?

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Yesterday, thousands of fans lined the streets of Reading to cheer their blue and white hooped stars. The team broke the remarkable record of achieving the most number of points in the Championship ever (106). Plus, their goal difference was … Continue reading

Fox Soccer Channel’s Premiership Finale

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FOX SOCCER

The stage is set for the final day of the Premiership season. Out of the 10 EPL matches that all kick off at 10am on Sunday, Fox Soccer Channel has announced that it’ll be televising three of the matches, all … Continue reading

Controversy Erupts Around Premier League TV Rights Deal

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After the first round of bidding closed this past Thursday for the TV rights to the English Premier League (2007-2013 season), the Premier League announced that SkySports (to no surprise) has won three of the six packages available. Experts predict … Continue reading

Exclusive Interview with The Treble

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The latest episode of the EPL Talk Podcast went live this afternoon. During the interview with Jenny, Diana and Nikki from The Treble soccer radio show, the women discuss how their show started, how they came up with the name … Continue reading

Experience the EPL in Real-Time

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Today, the biggest day of the Premiership season, sums up my biggest criticism of Fox Soccer Channel. Yes, I love the channel just as much as you do, but it doesn’t cater to the soccer fan who wants to experience … Continue reading

Chelsea Crowned Premiership Champions

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  Congratulations to Chelsea for winning the 2005-2006 Premiership trophy. The Blues cruised to victory in a 3-0 home win against a very disappointing Manchester United side. Class goals from Gallas, Cole and Carvalho sealed the victory.

Scolari Pulls Out of England Race

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Portuguese national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has just made the shocking announcement that he does not want to become the manager of the England national team due to the pressure from the English media. Read the full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/4955490.stm

The Premiership Finale

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Manchester United's Ji-Sung Park challenges Chelsea's  Lampard during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester

  The biggest weekend of the English Premier League season is here. By Saturday at Noon ET, the Premiership champions and two remaining relegation positions may be decided, or not. So much is riding on each game. Here’s your essential … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: Scolari Accepts England Job

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  The London Evening Standard newspaper today is reporting that Luiz Felipe Scolari has accepted the offer for him to become the next England national team manager. Read the following article (see bulletpoint near bottom of the page) to learn … Continue reading

The Most Interactive World Cup Ever

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The BBC announced today more information about it’s World Cup coverage. Read the full article to learn what theme song the BBC will be using, what experts will be analyzing the games on the BBC Five Live broadcasts, and more. … Continue reading

ESPN Interested in Bidding for Premiership TV Rights

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  Today is the deadline for the first round of bidding for the rights to the 2007-2013 Premiership TV season, and The Guardian newspaper reports that ESPN is interested in purchasing the overseas rights. In North America, ESPN already owns … Continue reading

What If?

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Suspend your disbelief for a minute, and go along with the following scenario for the end to the Premiership season: Chelsea, dented by their FA Cup Semi-Final loss against Liverpool, succumb to Manchester United this Saturday and lose their first … Continue reading

If Barcelona play Arsenal in the final…

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FOOTBALL/CHAMPIONS LEAGUE/FC BARCELONA v INTER MILAN

Last night’s match was similar to a chess game, with Arsenal making very few calculated moves and playing very conservatively waiting to capitalize on a mistake from Villarreal, which never materialized. Even though it wasn’t pretty, it was very effective. … Continue reading

Liverpool Put Pressure On Man United

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Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win against Chelsea yesterday was good news for the Premiership. For the past decade, the Premiership has been a two horse race with Arsenal and Manchester United dominating the league. Now, looking at next season, … Continue reading

ITV and BBC Unlikely To Bid On EPL TV Packages

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ITV

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper from the UK is reporting that it’s unlikely that Britain’s ITV and BBC will bid on the Premiership TV packages available for the 2007-2013 seasons. Instead, it looks like it’ll be a three horse race between … Continue reading