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What we Learned from the Friendlies

This past week the United States became the epicenter of the club football world with numerous friendlies involving large clubs from all over the world, as well as the unveiling of David Beckham as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy. Now that the lights have faded and most MLS […]

A Must Read

Great read by our friend Bill E Shears. (Not the one of Sgt Pepper fame!) http://epltalk.communityserver.com/blogs/billeshears/archive/2007/07/13/Fulfilling-It_2700_s-Own-Prophecy_3A00_-How-the-American-Media-is-Setting-Up-Beckham-for-Failure.aspx

Beckham Hype Avoids Reality

The hype around David Beckham’s arrival in Los Angeles is far greater than I anticipated in the mainstream American media. It seems the celebrity of Beckham is trumping the actual analysis of what this does for the football on the MLS pitch. In its simplicity and ignorance, the American media […]

Can Real Madrid Lift La Liga Trophy?

In a weekend when matches in England disappointed (the flat showings by Manchester United, Chelsea, and Charlton), the sweet football of Spain shone this weekend especially in the spectacular Real Madrid 2-1 win against Valencia. And welcome back David Beckham who earned a free kick and then delivered the free […]

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How to Pick an English Premier League Team

It’s often said that supporting a soccer team is a bit like a marriage. I could trot out the old cliches about “ups and downs” and “twists and turns.” But to be honest, some marriages don’t last, some people have two or three marriages in a lifetime. You can only […]

Memories Of Football Ground Spotting In The UK

After viewing photographs in The Guardian last week about the greatest number of league grounds that can be seen on a single train trip in Great Britain, the feature got me thinking about my life growing up in Wales. From as far back as I can remember, I always loved […]

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Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial passed fit for Manchester United’s visit from PSV Eindhoven

Manchester United strikers Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have been passed fit for Wednesday’s Champions League home game with PSV Eindhoven, manager Louis van Gaal revealed on Tuesday. The two players missed United’s 2-1 win at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, captain Rooney due to illness and Martial […]

Traveling through Bali in search of soccer

Editor’s note: World Soccer Talk writer Oliver Huddlestone is currently traveling throughout Asia and is sharing travelogues with us from the countries he visits. So far, he’s shared his observations regarding trying to watch or play soccer from Hong Kong and Malaysia. Today’s post is on Bali. Bali quickly found its […]

More than 1.8 million soccer fans in US watched El Clasico across beIN SPORTS networks

Saturday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona delivered an average of 1.8 total viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, according to Nielsen. A total of 1,106,137 watched the game on beIN SPORTS en Español, while 768,445 watched the game on the English-language beIN SPORTS network. “We […]