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Howard Webb Inconsistent With Sunderland v Stoke City

American Premier League fans welcomed ESPN’s Monday broadcast of Stoke City v Sunderland as we all wait out the HD debacle that is FSC, Comcast, DirecTV and others. The match was broadcast in beautiful HD and I quite enjoyed getting the English feed that included a short halftime analysis with […]

Is It Time Refereeing Became A Full-Time Job For Every Official?

   The criticism directed at referees and their assistants these days is becoming more of  a talking point than many games themselves. Howard Webb made an incorrect judgement and awarded Manchester United a penalty against Tottenham last week, a decision that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp clearly felt changed the game. Now there is […]

Kevin Nolan Should Be Suspended Further

So Kevin Nolan will now face a three match ban for violent conduct, after his dreadful tackle on Victor Anichebe in today’s match, but I don’t think it’s sufficient punishment for such a bad challenge. It’s about time that the Premier League and the F.A. clamped down on such challenges […]

Guide To 2008/2009 Premier League Referees

They’re the men in black that you love to hate, but someone has to do the job. Here’s EPL Talk’s guide to the Premier League referees for the 2008/2009 season (click on the referee’s name to view his photograph): Martin Atkinson. Premier League ref since 2005. Age 37. On August […]

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Florentino Perez has not uttered a single truth in years, says Casillas’ agent

Santos Marquez, a FIFA agent and representative of Iker Casillas, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has not uttered one single truth in years. One week ago, Casillas completed a long rumored move away from his boyhood club and completed a transfer to FC Porto. It has been well documented that […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 15

The Week 15 numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   Week 15 117 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2006   15,853     12   14,761     14,721     100   2007   14,650   -7.59%   6   14,948   1.26%   15,143   2.87%   103   2008   18,529   26.48%   6   16,629   11.25%  […]

EPL Weekend Viewing Guide, Gameweek 17

In American college football they call it Rivalry Week.  Well, we don’t get all of the traditional rivals this weekend, but we sure do get many.  My stars are flying out like Christmas gifts.  The 4 Birmingham/West Midlands teams square off on Saturday and Sunday, Bolton face neighboring Blackburn, there’s […]

How Much Are You Looking Forward to England Against France?

The England national team is on life support. Not the actual team itself, but the amount of enthusiasm and excitement that the team generates. Sometimes it’s like watching paint dry as English footballers who dazzle us on weekends put in a hum-drum performance in a meaningless mid-week match for their […]

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MLS conference finals: Top seeds Dallas, New York hope for turnarounds at home

FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls seek home triumphs Sunday in second-leg semifinal matches for a chance to launch themselves into next week’s Major League Soccer Cup final. The Portland Timbers beat Dallas 3-1 in last Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal opening leg while the Red Bulls fell 2-0 […]