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In Defense of the 2010 World Cup

It’s only five days into the 2010 World Cup and the critics are already taking digs at the tournament. And most of those criticizing the World Cup are soccer lovers, not haters. I’ve had the good fortune to watch each game live on TV and while I agree that the […]

Watch "The Two Escobars," June 22 on ESPN

Next week on ESPN, the sports TV network, will debut its brand new documentary entitled “The Two Escobars,” the story of Andres Escobar, the talented Colombian soccer player who was tragically murdered after he scored an own goal in the 1994 World Cup. The film investigates the surprising relationship between […]

Barney Ronay Interview: The World Cup

Laurence McKenna, co-host of the EPL Talk and World Cup Buzz Podcasts, recently had a golden opportunity to sit down with one of the most remarkable English football writers and authors, Barney Ronay of The Guardian and When Saturday Comes. In this second part of the interview series (part one […]

Mesut Özil: Birth of a Star

When Germany lost Michael Ballack coming into this world cup, some commentators were writing them off, or at the very least not touting them as tournament favourites. Despite an excellent qualification campaign in a less than forgiving group Germany emerged without a loss and played with a freedom that went […]

FIFA's TV Coverage of World Cup Underwhelms

FIFA, what are you doing? With a global population that is so used to the quality of the Premier League coverage on television, it’s ridiculous that FIFA’s TV replays are so poor. How many times in this tournament have we already been frustrated with the lack of TV replays after […]

Germany v Australia, 2010 World Cup: Open Thread

This afternoon marks the opening game of the 2010 World Cup for Germany as they face a physically strong Australia side. Before, during or after the match, feel free to share your opinions and observations about the big match here. Starting line-ups are: Germany: Neuer – Lahm, Mertesacker, Friedrich, Badstuber […]

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Are Madrid now the Real deal?

It has been the talk of the summer as the Galacticos 2.0 era burst into life and threatened to smash every transfer record in sight. We all expected some sort of fireworks when Florentino Perez returned to the Bernabeu with lavish promises of a return to an era when the […]

Congratulations David Moyes

No no I am not jumping the gun about the result of FA Cup Final. But even if Everton lose on Saturday David Moyes can have the consolation of collecting  a personal piece of silverware this season – The LMA Manager Of The Year Award. It is the first time […]

Basel must improve record against Portuguese sides to get past Porto

FC Basel must improve its record against Portuguese sides in order to get past FC Porto in their UEFA Champions League last 16 return leg on Tuesday night (3:45pm ET on FOX Sports 2 in the US). The 1-1 first leg draw means Porto are still unbeaten in this season’s competition […]

Pre-Season Preview: Mainz

Manager Thomas Tuchel heads into Mainz’s second consecutive season in the Bundesliga knowing that it will be a struggle to keep the side in the top-flight for another term. Tuchel, who was appointed head coach in August 2009 after Jurgen Klopp led the side to promotion in the 2008-2009 season, […]

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Fan zones maintained for Euro 2016 despite security fears

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (above) confirmed Tuesday that fan zones will be maintained but with increased security during Euro 2016 despite recent terrorist attacks which left 130 dead in France. The attacks included three large explosions caused by suicide bombers outside the Stade de France — where the Euro […]

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 […]