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Setanta Wins Irish TV Rights For Premier League

Breaking news. Setanta Sports has won the last remaining package of TV rights to show the Premier League in the Republic of Ireland. The company, whose U.K. unit shut down after losing rights to show EPL matches in England, Scotland and Wales, will show 33 games on Saturday afternoons, the […]

Roll Out The Red Carpet: Chelsea Are Heading Stateside

This Saturday, Chelsea kicks off its preseason tour of the United States with a friendly against Seattle Sounders. Its the first of four matches the Blues will play across America this July. But before the first game kicks off in a front of a Seattle crowd that’s expected to exceed […]

First XI Mania

Yesterday, we learned the First XI for the MLS All Star Game versus Everton on July 29th. Everton has lost its two most recent matches against MLS sides in Chicago last year and Salt Lake the year before. (I bet you never read that in the British press). David Moyes […]

Manchester City Home Jersey For 09/10 Season Revealed

There have been plenty of unofficial leaks of Manchester City’s new home jersey for the 2009-2010 season. And there have been glimpses of the shirt unveiled through official channels too. But with the transfer signing of Carlos Tevez, who was unveiled to the media and public today, we can now […]

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 2

Yesterday I covered the Perfect Drama Classic. Today, I’ll look at the You Were Right I Was Wrong Classic… 2.) Portsmouth v. Liverpool – 7 Feb 2009 I try to be the biggest proponent of Rafa Knows Best whenever I can. Though I am at times puzzled by some of his decisions and […]

Stoke City Home Jersey For 09/10 Season Revealed

Photographs of the new Stoke City home jersey for the 2009-2010 season have been revealed on the club’a web site featuring the familiar red and white stripe design of one of the most historic clubs in English football. Designed and manufactured by Le Coq Sportif, the new design is the […]

Premier League All Time: English XI vs Foreign XI

There is nothing football supporters enjoy more than a talking point, something to stir debate, boil the blood and argue about. In honour of this noble pursuit I decided to compile two teams made up from the best English players ever to grace the Premier League and pit them against […]

What Makes A Classic Football Match? Part 1

In Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby tells us what a match requires to be “really, truly memorable.” He wants as many of the following as possible (and I paraphrase): goals, bad refereeing decisions, a noisy Crowd, rain etc, opposition misses a penalty, opposition receives a red card, a disgraceful incident. I’m with him […]

Grant Wahl’s The Beckham Experiment: A Review

Excellent sports’ writing is not simply about analyzing players, teams or organizations. It’s largely about painting a picture that fits into society’s perceptions of the surrounding world. It’s about writing a narrative and properly explaining the parts. It’s about playing historian and social critic while discussing competitions and complex organizations. […]

Blackburn v Burnley – Friends reunited?

Unless you are familiar with both towns it would be easy to confuse an image of  Burnley for its near neighbour Blackburn. Both share the marauding rows of tight Victorian terraced housing, offering a window to England’s past and evoking images of men in cloth caps and the bustling noise […]

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