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Nottingham Forest Sets Premier League Record For Most Transfers In A Single Window

Transfer deadline day is traditionally known for last-minute deals and panic buys as clubs scramble to sign players for the long campaign. Something a little different happened this summer in England's East Midlands.

Nottingham Forest — which had signed an astounding 18 players up to this point — brought in three more players before the end of transfer deadline day, bringing its total to 21 signings for the summer transfer window. Two deals — for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and free agent right back Serge Aurier — fell through at the final hurdle.

Early-Season EPL Sackings: Do the Numbers Justify Managerial Moves?

We are less than a month into the Premier League season but we already have our first managerial firing, as Bournemouth manager Scott Parker received his pink slip on Tuesday after just four league matches.

The season started promisingly for the team with an opening day win against Aston Villa, then went downhill with three massive defeats against Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool (by a combined score of 16-0). Even with the poor results against the trio of title contenders, the Cherries are in 17th place, one point above the relegation zone. 

Dean Henderson's Early-Season Heroics Show Why He's The Most Underrated EPL Keeper

As with most conversations early in the season, the focus in the Premier League right now is on how top players are performing at new clubs. There is significant buzz around Erling Haaland (six goals) and Gabriel Jesus (five goal contributions), and rightly so.

Yet the best new signing — scratch that — the best player in the EPL so far this season has not been a prolific attacker. He's a loanee goalkeeper for one of the worst teams in the division, but Nottingham Forest's Dean Henderson has been doing all he can to keep the newly promoted club in the first tier.

Are Virgil Van Dijk's Poor Performances At The Core Of Liverpool's Struggles?

Liverpool is off to a miserable start — its worst in 10 years if you crave that sort of exactness — with two draws and a defeat in its first three EPL matches. It's not all bad for the Reds, as the Merseyside club should be seventh based on expected goal difference, but The most evident source of Liverpool's struggles has come from the back.

Is Crystal Palace Named After A Crystal Palace? Explaining The EPL's Most Unusual Club Name

English football is known for oddly named teams: Nottingham Forest, Accrington Stanley, Leyton Orient. Yet even with these curious labels, there is one commonality between these clubs — they are named after neighborhoods or towns. 

In fact, only one EFL side is not named after a place — League One side Port Vale, whose title represents the valley of ports on the Trent and Mersey Canal.

But one club seems to reject all logic with its name: Crystal Palace. London has a region known as Crystal Palace, but the title is only as old as the football club itself. 

Remembering The Raging Rhinos: A History Of Non-MLS Clubs In U.S. Open Cup Finals

After a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Open Cup returned in 2022 with renewed enthusiasm from American soccer fans — and they were rewarded with an abundance of entertaining fixtures. Eight matches featured lower league sides upsetting MLS clubs, as teams like Detroit City and Union Omaha had a chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage.

ESPN The Ocho Returns With All Your Favorites (Corgi Races) And Some Love For Teqball

On Friday, Aug. 5, you'll be doing yourself a favor by turning your TV to ESPN2 and casually checking in from time to time to see what sort of madness is being broadcast now as "ESPN8: The Ocho" takes over for 24 hours of continuous programming — "If it's almost a sport, we've got it here." 

How Does The World Cup Affect EPL Schedule? The Answer Isn't More Midweek Games

As with migratory birds and other animals, soccer fans have an inherent internal clock that signals when vital matters are imminent. This natural sense has been thrown off this summer as the brutal Qatari weather forced the FIFA World Cup to be pushed back until the winter.

In a normal year, the World Cup final would be happening right about now. Instead, we have a little more than four months to wait until the 2022 version of the beloved competition begins.