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Azzurri: Cesare Prandelli Picks Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli announced his 23 man squad for the friendly against the Ivory Coast which will take place on Tuesday in England. Many of the names chosen by Marcello Lippi were dropped. Prandelli made some expected changes following the World Cup disappointment with Fabio Quagliarella the only striker […]

English Football Is Not Dead, But It's On The Critical List

There is a current malaise effecting almost everyone in England that follows the national side, from fans, retailers, journalists and TV executives. The finger of blame is being pointed fairly equally between Fabio Capello and the highly paid, highly hyped and self important members of the squad. Ashley Cole, despite […]

Rating Italy’s players in South Africa 2010

The Azzurri performed poorly throughout the World Cup and waited till the 80th minute of the match against Slovakia to start playing when it was too late to make a reaction to compensate for the failures in the previous 260 minutes of football. What is most troubling is the fact […]

Ballacks Pain Of Missing The World Cup

  You have to feel for a player of the calibre of Michael Ballack and for fans of Germany. Things haven’t always gone swimmingly for Ballack at Stamford Bridge since he joined in 2006, but there is no doubt he is Germany’s most accomplished player of his generation. Be it […]

What Next For Milan?

Milan defeated fallen giants Juventus 3-0 in a match with no consequence to the Serie A title race yet it served as the proper farewell for coach Leonardo who managed to do well despite the lack of depth in the squad and the limited resources. The Rossoneri only spent on […]

Italian National team Provisional Squad

The 2010 World Cup is coming fast, and the time has come where provisional squads are being announced from countries in the tournament. The FIGC (Federazione Italiana Giouco Calcio) or the Italian FA has revealed the 30-man provisional squad chosen by Marcello Lippi. Here are all 30 players in their positions […]

My Guilty World Cup Secret

Don’t panic, I’m not going to go all Oprah on you all, but I’ve got a confession to make that a man of my age can’t hide. Every 4 years, the World Cup comes around and over here in Europe we’ve a company called Panini who make sticker books for […]

Starting In May On EPL Talk: World Cup Legends

Last year, I was lucky enough to do a fabulous series on English football legends, which saw me delve back through history to cover 11 players that perhaps never get the credit they deserve. Football is such a fickle sport that these days, people forget just how many great players […]

Juventus & Roma Hurt By Giampaolo Pazzini Double

Giampaolo Pazzini scored a double against Roma to lift Sampdoria to a precious 2-1 win and more significantly the Azzurri hopeful handed the title advantage to Inter while confirming his club’s European credentials ahead of Palermo and Juventus. With Inter now in the lead, the only match which could see […]

The England Outsiders #3. The Centre Halves

Well it’s not been the best season for either of England’s first choice centre halves so far. Enough has been written about John Terry’s problems and Rio Ferdinand’s chronic back injury to have caused meltdown on Google through searching for both issues. Thankfully, Terry’s form seems to be picking up […]

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Germany v Ghana: Post-Match Analysis

A wonderful half-volley from Mesut Ozil ensured victory for Germany, and secured a place in the round of 16 where they will face England. Despite Germany’s win, they were carved open on a number of occasions by the Black Stars, but the quality of finishing was poor throughout from both […]

Simon Hill Interview: EPL Talk Podcast

Simon Hill is a broadcaster for Fox Sports in Australia, where he covers the Premier League was well as the A-League and major competitions throughout Asia. This weekend, he joined Kartik Krishnaiyer to talk about the Premiership and broadcasting the league in Australia. Don’t forget that the EPL Talk Podcast […]

UEFA Champions League Tuesday, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

The UEFA Champions League has returned, and there are eight matches to choose from — all of which are kicking off at the same time. It’s time to enjoy the lovely, familiar tune of the UEFA Champions League theme song: For viewers in the United States, here’s today’s TV and […]

UEFA Cup Map

Bill Turianski of billsportsmaps.com has created a map for all of the clubs involved in the UEFA Cup group stage. With that competition starting up today, I thought it was a good time to post this resource. Click the thumbnail below to view a larger version.

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Qatar says six more workers hurt building World Cup venues

Qatar’s World Cup organizers said on Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities. Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers. Critics have estimated that several thousand workers could die in […]

Chelsea and PSG owners eye Beckham MLS Miami buy-in, says report

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported. Citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the newspaper said Beckham has been around the world […]

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside dies aged 63

Long-serving Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63 after a short battle with cancer, the English second-tier club announced on Wednesday. Gartside joined the Bolton board in 1988 and had served as chairman since 1999, overseeing the club’s 11-year stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, […]

FA Cup betting preview

  The magic for which the FA Cup is famous around the world is that small town teams get a chance to prove themselves against the big boys, and often reach the latter stages of the competition. When it comes to winning the cup though, small clubs often fail in […]