Apple, Google battle it out for EPL rights

Apple and Premier League

As mouth-watering and far-fetched as it may sound, but the world’s most successful tech company Apple has finally decided it is time to have a bite in the multi-million pound Premier League pie.

With the iTunes subscription infrastructure already in place, Apple deems it the right time to make a move to acquire the TV rights for the English/Barclays Premier League and make a successful start to 2012 in the United Kingdom.

The Premier League is obviously seen as the type of premium content that will help establish Apple TV in the UK and boost iPad sales, considering there wasn’t much on offer till now for Apple TV subscribers in the UK, with only limited streaming apps offered within the country. These include subscription packages to NBA Basketball, Major League Baseball, and National Hockey League apps. Therefore, a Premier League app would compliment the available selection considerably.

Also, as has been the case pretty much lately, when Apple decides to venture into something, how can Google stay behind? But then, it is only good for the competition, right? And as The Daily Mail reports, the involvement of both Apple and Google would give the PL a hugely competitive market at a time when the price of other TV sports rights are in decline.

As for us football (soccer) fans, it couldn’t really get better.

Barclays Premier League: October 16 — Results Roundup

Following on from where we left on Saturday, today’s footballing action in the premier league was exciting too with some good matches played today. Arsenal left it late to win a thrilling encounter with Sunderland 2-1 at the Emirates while Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur shared the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw. In another match, West Bromwich Albion beat Wolverhampton Wanderers comfortably at home with the scoreline 2-0.

Sunday, 16 October 2011


Arsenal

Van Persie (1, 82)

2-1
(HT 1-1)
Sunderland

Larsson (31)

Bookings:

Song (57)
Koscielny (63)
Van Persie (83)

Bookings:

Vaughan (52)
Larsson (55)
Brown (61)


Newcastle

Ba (48)
Sh Ameobi (86)

2-2
(HT 0-1)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (pen 40)
Defoe (68)

Bookings:

Tiote (79)

Bookings:

Parker (75)
Modric (90+1)


West Brom

Brunt (8)
Odemwingie (75)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Wolverhampton

 

Bookings:

Berra (25)

Here’s how the table looks now after this round of matches:

Premier League table
Sunday, 16 October 2011 17:56 UK

P GD PTS
1 Man City 8 21 22
2 Man Utd 8 19 20
3 Chelsea 8 11 19
4 Newcastle 8 5 16

5 Liverpool 8 2 14

6 Tottenham 7 1 13
7 Stoke 8 -2 12
8 Aston Villa 8 1 11
9 Norwich 8 -1 11
10 Arsenal 8 -5 10
11 QPR 8 -8 9
12 West Brom 8 -3 8
13 Swansea 8 -5 8
14 Fulham 8 1 7
15 Everton 7 -4 7
16 Wolves 8 -6 7
17 Sunderland 8 0 6

18 Bolton 8 -10 6
19 Wigan 8 -8 5
20 Blackburn 8 -9 5

As always, via BBC!

Barclays Premier League: 15th October — Results Roundup

The Barclays/English Premier League (BPL/EPL) action is back after a 2 week gap (international break) and what better way to kick start the weekend than a showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United – arguably the biggest rivalry in the premier league. Both the Reds have a tremendous history behind and are managed by two legendary managers – King Kenny (Kenny Dalglish) and Emperor Ferguson (Sir Alex Ferguson).

The game was a tight affair in the first half but opened up completely in the second. Liverpool opened the scoring through a Steven Gerrard free kick – Gerrard of course returning from a long time out on the sidelines through a groin injury – and for United it was the little Mexican Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who equalized with a nicely executed header. The match ended 1-1.

Other notable fixtures included Aston Villa’s visit to Manchester City, where a win for the hosts could take them top of the table thanks to United’s stalemate at Anfield, and Bolton’s clash with Wigan.

Here are all the results from the day’s action:

Saturday, 15 October 2011


Liverpool

Gerrard (68)

1-1
(HT 0-0)
Man Utd

Hernandez (81)

Bookings:

Lucas (28)

Bookings:

Young (43)
Ferdinand (54)
Evra (65)


Man City

Balotelli (28)
Johnson (47)
Kompany (52)
Milner (71)

4-1
(HT 1-0)
Aston Villa

Warnock (65)

Bookings:

Barry (59)

Bookings:

Bannan (80)


Norwich

Pilkington (1, 63)
R Martin (10)

3-1
(HT 2-1)
Swansea

Graham (12)

Bookings:

Monk (4)


QPR

Helguson (16)

1-1
(HT 1-1)
Blackburn

Samba (24)

Bookings:

Hall (23)
Wright-Phillips (62)
Traore (64)

Bookings:

Nzonzi (52)
Lowe (77)


Stoke

Walters (80)
Delap (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

 

Bookings:

Delap (56)
Pennant (71)
Whelan (76)
Upson (77)

Bookings:

Duff (66)
Murphy (77)
Zamora (79)
Baird (87)


Wigan

Diame (40)

1-3
(HT 1-2)
Bolton

Reo-Coker (4)
Ngog (45+3)
Eagles (90+2)

Bookings:

Di Santo (45+1)
Figueroa (71)
Caldwell (73)
Alcaraz (79)

Bookings:

Pratley (23)
Robinson (63)
Boyata (67)
Petrov (82)

Chelsea is currently leading Everton by 2 goals to nil in the last fixture of the day.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Arsenal v Sunderland, 13:30
Newcastle v Tottenham, 16:00

Via BBC

Barclays Premier League: 2nd October — Results Roundup

Continuing from where we left yesterday, today too saw a lot of goals being scored in the Barclays Premier League along with an entertaining North London derby that ended in the home team’s favor. So who won against whom and who scored those goals? Lets find out.. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League: 2nd October — Results Roundup”

Barclays Premier League: 1st October — Results Roundup

It was a fantastic start to an entertaining weekend of BPL action, featuring a comfortable win for Liverpool over 10-men Everton in the Merseyside derby, a lackluster win for Manchester United and a thrashing for Blackburn Rovers at the hands of Manchester City. Here are all the results from today’s action:

Saturday, 1 October 2011


Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (36)
Bent (62)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Wigan

 

Bookings:

Caldwell (19)


Blackburn

 

0-4
(HT 0-0)
Man City

Johnson (56)
Balotelli (59)
Nasri (73)
Savic (87)

Bookings:

Givet (59)

Bookings:

Zabaleta (69)


Everton

 

0-2
(HT 0-0)
Liverpool

Carroll (71)
Suarez (82)

Bookings:

Cahill (27)

Bookings:

Lucas (50)

Sent off:

Rodwell (23)


Man Utd

Anderson (68)
Welbeck (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Norwich

 

Bookings:

Welbeck (71)


Sunderland

Bendtner (24)
Elmohamady (26)

2-2
(HT 2-2)
West Brom

Morrison (4)
Long (5)

Bookings:

Larsson (19)
Cattermole (36)


Wolverhampton

Fletcher (88)

1-2
(HT 0-2)
Newcastle

Ba (17)
Gutierrez (38)

Bookings:

Henry (39)

Bookings:

Gutierrez (53)
Krul (90+2)

This paves the way for an exciting Super Sunday tomorrow, with the North London derby the standout fixture.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Bolton v Chelsea, 13:30
Fulham v QPR, 15:00
Swansea v Stoke, 15:00
Tottenham v Arsenal, 16:00

Manchester United is still top of league, ahead on goal difference from neighbors Man City.

Barclays Premier League: 24th September — Results Roundup

There were 8 matches played today in the Barclays Premier League (BPL/EPL), with the last match of the day, played between Stoke City and Manchester United, just concluding. It was an exciting, end-to-end match with both sides have their moments. In the end they both cancelled each other out as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Nani scored for the Reds and Crouch scored for the Potters. This was Stoke’s first ever point against MU as the champions dropped their first point of the season.

Here are the other results from the day’s action:

Saturday, 24 September 2011


Arsenal

Van Persie (46, 71)
Song (89)

3-0
(HT 0-0)
Bolton

 

Bookings:

Steinsson (58)

Sent off:

Wheater (55)


Chelsea

Torres (29)
Ramires (36, 76)
Drogba (90+4)

4-1
(HT 2-0)
Swansea

Williams (86)

Bookings:

Mata (33)
Cole (86)
Mikel (90+4)

Bookings:

Dyer (54)
Monk (76)
Taylor (89)

Sent off:

Torres (39)


Liverpool

Johnson (og 11)
Suarez (38)

2-1
(HT 2-0)
Wolverhampton

Fletcher (49)

Bookings:

Lucas (34)
Carroll (57)
Kelly (67)

Bookings:

O’Hara (4)
Henry (32)
Ward (39)
Hunt (42)


Man City

Balotelli (68)
Milner (89)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Everton

 

Bookings:

Y Toure (31)

Bookings:

Rodwell (20)
Neville (25)
Osman (30)
Cahill (63)
Jagielka (87)


Newcastle

Ba (27, 30, 54)

3-1
(HT 2-1)
Blackburn

Hoilett (37)

Bookings:

Lowe (57)
Nzonzi (59)
Olsson (55)
Salgado (90+5)

Sent off:

Olsson (69)


West Brom

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

 

Bookings:

Hangeland (50)
Grygera (60)
Baird (66)


Wigan

Diame (50)

1-2
(HT 0-2)
Tottenham

Van der Vaart (3)
Bale (23)

Bookings:

Gohouri (26)
McCarthy (71)
Sammon (76)

Bookings:

Adebayor (90+3)

Sent off:

Gohouri (63)

There are 2 more fixtures to be played this game-week. They are:

Sunday, 25 September 2011

QPR v Aston Villa, 16:00

Monday, 26 September 2011
Norwich v Sunderland, 20:00

Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011

There were four games played today, with Manchester United vs Chelsea the pick of the lot followed by Liverpool’s visit to White Hart Lane. So who did what in this double header super Sunday? Lets find out. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011”

Barclays Premier League 2011-12: Opening Day Results

Ah Football’s back, life’s back. The world’s most entertaining and popular league – the Barclays (English) Premier League (BPL/EPL) is back and with a bang. The opening round of fixtures has just concluded with a host of unexpected results. This season is sure to be one of the most close fought ones. Here are all the results of today’s games:

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Blackburn

Formica (20)

1-2
(HT 1-1)
Wolverhampton

Fletcher (22)
Ward (47)

Bookings:Dunn (36)
Emerton (38)
Roberts (60)
Nzonzi (89)
Bookings:Johnson (19)
Stearman (21)

Fulham

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Aston Villa

 

Bookings:Murphy (21)
Dembele (82)
Bookings:Agbonlahor (45+2)
Heskey (58)
Petrov (82)
Dunne (84)

Liverpool

Suarez (12)

1-1
(HT 1-0)
Sunderland

Larsson (57)

Bookings:Carragher (45)
Henderson (60)
Adam (65)
Kuyt (72)
Bookings:Richardson (6)
Cattermole (27)
Bardsley (45+1)
Larsson (78)

Newcastle

 

0-0
(HT 0-0)
Arsenal

 

Bookings:Coloccini (45+1)
Tiote (67)
Barton (76)
Bookings:A Song (29)
Gibbs (48)
Rosicky (52)
Szczesny (78)
Vermaelen (90+1)
Sent off:Gervinho (76)

QPR

 

0-4
(HT 0-1)
Bolton

Cahill (45+2)
Gabbidon (og 67)
Klasnic (70)
Muamba (79)

Bookings:Hill (52) Bookings:Reo-Coker (31)
Cahill (76)
Sent off:Hill (90+4)

Wigan

Watson (pen 21)

1-1
(HT 1-1)
Norwich

Hoolahan (45)

Bookings:Diame (84)
Watson (85)
Bookings:Fox (1)
Morison (72)

The only fixture from today to get postponed due to the ongoing riots in England was Tottenham vs Everton.

Tomorrow’s fixtures include:

Sunday, 14 August 2011
Stoke v Chelsea, 13:30
West Brom v Man Utd, 16:00

Monday, 15 August 2011
Man City v Swansea, 20:00

EPL Season Preview 2011-12 Tottenham Hotspur: Can they get back into the top 4?

Spurs’ season couldn’t have had a worse start as their opening fixture against Everton has been postponed due to the ongoing riots in London. After a long wait they will have to wait for another 9 days for their premier league campaign to kick start. But what can we expect from them next season?

 

Previous season review:

A fantastic season or a poor one? Some might say it was a wonderful season for them due to their brilliant run in the Champions league and some might say it was a poor one because they couldn’t be succesful in back to back champions league qualifications. Spurs could just finish 5th last term after their dip in form at the end of season. Tottenham at one stage were looking firm on 3rd place in the premier league but perished. They were also knocked out by Fulham in the FA Cup in 4th round, and by Arsenal in the Carling Cup in 4th round as well. All Spurs had last season was a fantastic Champions league run, beating both AC Milan and Inter Milan over the two legs, before missing out against Real Madrid in the Quarters. To sum up, in my opinion they had a fair season.

Pre-season review:

Tottenham Hotspur has had a good Pre-season. They went to South Africa and played 3 games over there, drawing one, losing one and winning one. They played one of their friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion coming out to be winners there. Spurs also beat Atletico Bilbao by 2 goals to 1 in their first home game over 2 and a half months. They have played some good football in pre-season and they look up and ready for the start of the coming season.

Transfers:

INS:

Brad Fridel: Spurs had to look for a keeper as Huerelho Gomes was their 1st choice goalkeeper. Gomes had made huge blunders last season and Harry Redknapp just cannot carry on with him anymore. Brad Fridel was bought for free from Aston Villa

Souleymane Coulibaly: An U-17 WC star, Coulibaly was signed from Siena for a reported 2mn. Coulibaly is a striker who is already been dubbed as the “next Drogba”. He scored 9 goals in just 4 games for Ivory Coast in the recent U-17 WC.

Cristain Ceballos: Ceballos was bought from Barcelona’s youth for free. He is a wonderful attacking midfielder full of skills. He can pop in as a striker as well.

OUTS:

Tottenham Hotspur have a lot of deadwood in their squad. They have been able to sell Jamie O’hara for 5mn to Wolves. They let Jonathan Woodgate go for free as he joined Stoke City soon. They have send  Kyle Naughton (Norwich), Steven Caulker (Swansea), Bongani Khumalo (Reading), Ryan Mason (Doncaster), Jonathan Obika (Yeovil) all on loan

Spurs have found it difficult to buy in new players as Luka Modric was heavily linked with Chelsea almost throughout the transfer window. They need a good 20-goal season striker but due to some poor financial circumstances the club has made a statement that they will have to sell first before buying.

How can they shape up?

Tottenham Hotspur have got a fantastic squad with a lot of depth in it. They can play a 4-4-1-1 formation with Huddlestone as their Centre defensive midfielder and Modric as attacking midfielder. Bale and Lennon will provide lots of pace from the wings and Van Der vaart can play as supporting striker to either Defoe, Pavlyuchenko or Crouch.

They can also play a 4-4-2 formation. Playing 2 strikers and playing either Modric or van Der Vaart as an attacking midfielder. Same wingers and defensive midfielder.

There defense looks quite strong. Kyle walker the young England Right back with Vedran Corluka as his back up and Alan Hutton. They can play Benoit Assou-Ekkoto as their Left back with Danny Rose as a back up. They have got fantastic Center Backs. Ledley King the club-captain, Micheal dawson, Willian Gallas,Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Bassong.

Most Important Player:

After a fantastic hat-trick against Inter Milan he’s won many hearts at Tottenham and around the world. He’s got fantastic speed and skill. He won the PFA player of the year recently and i would rate him as the most important player of Spurs’ team. He’s capable of scoring goals and also creating goals. He has got the potential to be one of the best player on the planet in about a years time. He’s Gareth Bale.

What Should be their Ambition?

Simply their ambition should be to get back into top 4 in the premier league. They should be eyeing a trophy as well, like a Carling Cup or the FA Cup. But finishing in  the top 4 and getting back into the champions league should be their main target.

BUT i expect them to finish 3rd in the table above their Champions league-place rivals Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. What do you expect from Spurs this season?!?!?