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Saturday, 07 December 2013

World Cup 2014: Will England make it out of the group stage?

Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica – the draw for England could have been worse but it could have been a whole lot better. Group D is arguably the toughest of the lot – although the teams in Group B and Group G may beg to differ – but can England make it through. You can’t really get a much tougher ope...

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Friday, 06 December 2013

Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

It may be feeling bitterly cold out there, but football fans around the world are already feeling warm inside ahead of next years World Cup in Brazil. The draw for the greatest competition in the world takes place in radiant Rio today about 5pm (GMT) and everyone is waiting to see who and where the...

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Best and worst case scenarios for England in today's World Cup draw

The first thing to think about with next summer’s World Cup is the geography of Brazil, this not a country, it’s like a continent. The distances that have to be travelled are not like London to Dublin to Glasgow; it’s going to be more like London to Warsaw to Rome. The second thing to remember is t...

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World Cup draw: Please can England get a crap group this time?

Im not a bitter Scot or anything, I would really love to see England win the World Cup - but as it is frankly not going to happen can we at least go into a group that we have no expectation of getting out of. Its not that I dont want Roy Hodgson to succeed; I think that he seems an honest and honou...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Sunderland: Poyet, Pulis, McLeish or McClaren - who will replace Di Canio at the Stadium of Light?

Well, Paolo Di Canio didnt last long did he! The appointment of the controversial Italian was always going to be an inspired move or a crazy one. Unfortunately for the Black Cats it turned out to be the latter. The former West Ham United and Celtic striker may have got away with publicly harranging...

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Is this the worst football kit ever?

Players and fans are supposed to wear their shirts with pride, but sometimes the tops are so hideous they make you utterly ashamed. Arsenal fans have complained about their Dennis the Menace away kit, Manchester United supporters have hit out over their new tartan home kit and some Liverpool fans a...

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Fantasy Football 2012/13 is here

Do you think you can do a better job than the professor Arsene Wenger? Could you out-muscle Mancini at defending title winners Manchester City? Then this is your chance to prove it! Squarefootballs Fantasy Football is back for another season and we want as many participants as possible. Last season...

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

AC Milan: Is Andy Carroll The New Mark Hateley?

Heres the scenario - young English centre-forward, great in the air but still learning the game scores a goal during a summer international that makes clubs around the world sit up and take notice. Result? Fast track to one of Europes elite club. That was the story for Portsmouths Mark Hateley in 1...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Strange World Of FIFA: England Ranked Fourth In The World

It will come as something of a surprise to most fans who watched Euro 2012 that England came out of the tournament going up in the FIFA world rankings - not bad for two wins in four matches, one of which came against a Ukraine team who lie at 46th in the table. Ranking tables are always an untrustw...

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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Euro 2012 - Team Of The Tournament

With just the final to go its time to decide which players made the most impact in Poland and Ukraine. In recent years FIFAand UEFA have picked a squad of the top performers at tournaments but wheres the fun in that? Very few fans come up with the same eleven and thats when it gets interesting, so h...

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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Keane, Ferguson, Mackay or Souness: Who is football's No1 hard man?

These are the men that put the fear factor into football. The men that gave their opponents nightmares. Here we celebrate the top 10 tough-tackling hard men that we all hate to love. 1. Roy Keane Born and raised on a tough estate in Cork, Roy Maurice Keane is the undisputed king of hard men...

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Euro 2012 Semi-final: Can Germany End Their Italy Hoodoo?

So you think England have a complex about facing Germany? Thats nothing compared to the way that the Germans feel when Azzuri blue shirts come into view. Bear in mind that Germany (and West Germany) expect to win matches. They are serial winners and finalists at international level - but only when t...

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Lawro plays the Twit as BBC confidence turns to England despair

It’s easy afterwards, in the hazy mist of reflection that hangs mournfully across the country each time the England team are wrenched from a major tournament, to neatly nestle back into the default self-loathing English mind-set and pretend we were always doomed to fail, fated to forever chase the...

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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Euro 2012: England v Italy - The History

Since the first meeting between England and Italy back in 1933 the Azzuri just have the edge in the head-to head, winning nine of their 22 encounters to Englands seven. But both sides have enjoyed periods of ascendancy in a rivalry that has rarely included matches at major tournament finals. Sunday...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: England make it hard to watch, while Sky’s legend makes the game look easy

Another week, another panic-inducing evening spent watching the England team then. This whole edge-of-our-seat, fine line between death and glory shtick that England have peddled out for years is now growing quite tiresome. Just for once, couldn’t we be like Germany and be ruthlessly efficient and...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Euro 2012: Italy's Prandelli takes over as the Tinkerman

Theres an awful lot of things that make international football tournaments such compulsive viewing - far too many to list here. But for the committed football fan (aka tactics nerd) theres nothing to match the compulsive tinkering by coaches. Claudio Ranieri hasnt coached at international level, wh...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Euro Vision begins as ITV and the BBC vie for Championship glory

Ok, so it might not feel too much like summer right now. It’s about 10°C outside, caravan parks are under water and the only suntans in sight are painted on the vacuous plebs of Geordie Shore. But I promise you, we are there and that of course means only one thing: the European Championships have ...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2012

Euro 2012 Fantasy Football invitation

Calling all fantasy football fans. Have we got a treat for you. If you think you are a better manager than Englands Roy Hodgson or that you could leave Germanys Joachim Low feeling really down in the dumps then why dont you prove it? Weve set up our own Euro 2012 mini-league with the Sun and youve...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Euro 2012: Can England win Euro 2012?

Despite having won nothing since 1966 England always start major tournaments as one of the favourites. Their passionate fans are full of optimism, having been brainwashed by the Press that their players are world beaters, only for their hopes to be ripped apart as their flaws are exposed by tactical...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Euro 2012: Gomez, RVP or Ronaldo: Who will win the Golden Boot?

Arsenals Robin Van Persie scored 37 goals in all competitions last season. Bayern Munichs Mario Gomez bagged 41 while Cristiano Ronaldo found the bag of the net an astonishing 60 times, but who will lift the coveted Golden Boot at Euro 2012? Germany are one of the favourites to win the competition ...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The top 10 dives in football history

Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Chelsea’s Didier Drogba have caused controversy over the past fortnight by diving to win penalties and going down quicker than your average High Street hooker. Ashley Young started it all off by winning a cheap penalty against QPR’s Shaun Derry, when the tough m...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Beckham, Best, Henry or Cantona: Who were the coolest footballers to ever live?

We would all like to be footballers, right? The money, the women, the cars. Oh, and the playing of football. That’s pretty good. But some are cooler than others. Too cool, even. So cool they make everyone else look like silly, awkward, emasculated chumps. So who were the 10 coolest footballers to e...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Pirlo Leads Juventus Back To The Serie A Summit

Theres something familiar about the Serie A table just before the Christmas break - Juventus are unbeaten (with this weeks match at Udinese to go) and leading the way. Before the traumas of the Calciopoli betting scandal this was the norm in Serie A. Like it or not (and many wont) Juve are back at t...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: The rise and fall of the sprightly Savage is far from a waltz in the park

Do you remember the first time you ever saw Star Wars? That intoxicating and bedazzling rush of pure unadulterated excitement as you sat slack-jawed, unable to wrench your eyes away from all the bright lights, whizzing space ships and questionable acting? And perhaps you also remember the desolate f...

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Can any player, including Messi, be considered 'the greatest'?

Ah, the Champions League. Bringer of drama, stopper of dreamers, platform for Ray Wilkins to say ‘my word’ 50 hundred thousand times. And there are other things that are nearly always discussed, certainly when seeing the two dominant Spanish sides play. The great debate has moved from trying to ...

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Wednesday, 07 September 2011

Top 10 bizarre injuries to footballers

Swansea City’s vice-captain Alan Tate is set to miss most of the Swans’ debut season in Premier League after breaking his leg in a freak golfing accident. The versatile defender was a passenger in a golf buggy that lost control and Tate will have to watch the majority of the club’s rollercoaster adv...

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Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Who's Going To Be At Euro 2012?

The qualifying groups for Euro 2012 are reaching the business end and its becoming a little clearer which players will be in Poland and Ukraine and which ones will be spending extra time on the beach. Places Booked As usual Germany have headed the way in qualification. Aside from a sticky period a...

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Tuesday, 09 August 2011

Arsenal: 10 Handy Facts About Udinese

Arsenal are getting to be old hands at the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and so far, though Gunners fans would like to avoid the necessity, Arsene Wengers squad have always negotiated a way to the group phase. Michel Platinis reformed system has made the play-off route more difficult, b...

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Sunday, 07 August 2011

Will the new season throw up any shocks across Europe's top leagues?

Here we go again ... Its that time of year again. Your club has had some embarrassing/great results in pre-season friendlies and the anticipation builds up as the new season approaches, but what can we expect from the big leagues around Europe? Some countries, of course, have already kicked off, su...

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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Squarefootball's Fantasy football invitation

There is less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2011/12 Premier League season and time is running out for you to enter the Squarefootball fantasy football competition. Last season more than 100 teams competed for the Squarefootball title, which was won by P Oxenby and his team FC Poxo. He...

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Manchester City: Tevez, Telephones and Tedium

Im not sure whats been worse over the last week or so, the phone hacking scandal or the Tevez transfer saga?Maybe if the News Of The World was still in existence it could report, with its tele-pathic powers, where Tevez will be moving to? If I were a Manchester City fan I would just like to see th...

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Sunday, 24 July 2011

What five things would you do before the season starts?

Isn’t it normally New Years Eve when you get a top 100 favourite moments of the year or top 500 best movie credits or some other poor excuse for a programme? Well I thought I would also use it as a poor excuse for an article, but rather than boring you all with a list consisting of 100 or more items...

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Football in 3D - A new risk to average attendances?

The world has evolved and developed a lot since the 1950s with the invention, evolution and development of everything from bladeless fans to electric cars and high definition broadcasts and beyond, but what have the boffins responsible for 3D been doing for 60 years since its inception? 3D today i...

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Would you like to write for Squarefootball?

Do you live, breathe and sleep football? Do you have a passion for writing and want your views to be read by a potential audience of millions? Then we at Squarefootball Towers would love to hear from you. Whether you follow Aberdeen or Accrington Stanley, West Ham United or Wolfsburg, we can offer ...

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The morning after 'Pool

The morning after. Usually for me the worst come down after a night like that. Being a Liverpool fan Ive not had THAT many disastrous nights, so have to take it on the chin and let the other minnows have their day-like every dog. So all the good deeds that I carried out before the match went to wast...

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Monday, 13 July 2009

Villain's Role For Zenga

As press conferences go, Walter Zengas first as Palermo manager was surely entertaining, in a ha-ha funny sort of way: if his initial I have a squad brimming with important players and Im aiming for the league title made you smile then his follow-up Im convinced that between myself and Maurizio Zamp...

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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Donadoni Looking for A Repreive

by Paul Grech Win or bust. That is what is facing Italy tonight, putting aside that it could be win AND bust if results elsewhere don’t go their way. That too is the reality for Roberto Donadoni: contract or not, if Italy go out then so too would the national coach. For many, that would be the pre...

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Friday, 13 June 2008

Bookies Back Italy To Get Back On Track

Despite their three goal defeat to Holland, Ladbrokes firmly believe the World Champions will stay in the hunt for qualification today. Romania face a dilemma in their match with Italy because at some point the outsiders have to win a match to get through from Group C. Their dour effort against Fra...

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Monday, 09 June 2008

Euro 2008 Diary; Flagging French Foiled; Dutch Devour Donadoni's Dummies

Squarefootball Euro 2008 Diary - Monday June 9 2008 The much vaunted Group of Death gets under way, and there are plenty of horrors on show for Italy and France. First up it’s the French, who toil through 90 goalless minutes of tedium with Romania in Zurich. The underdogs lack ambition throughout,...

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Euro 2008 Preview; Italy v Holland

Sparks are set to fly in the biggest clash of Euro 2008 so far as world champions Italy face off with Holland Berne on Monday night (June 9). The general consensus is that it has been a slow start to the tournament in Austria and Switzerland, so the introduction of two of it’s bigger names could pr...

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Life as A Substitute Suits Del Piero Fine

Paul Grech If Alessandro Del Piero was looking for closure then there could have barely hoped for a better stage for the European Championships: it was here that his career first went into a freefall. It is the 2nd of July, 2000 and Italy are taking on World Champions France in the final of the Eu...

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Friday, 06 June 2008

What We Really Think About Euro 2008

We've written our previews, told you all about the teams and tried to put as much information out there as possible. But what are the real views of the Squarefootball team? Read on to find out. Paul Grech WinnersThe injury to Fabio Cannavaro will hurt them but I still think that Italy will win it....

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Saturday, 31 May 2008

Euro 2008 Team Profiles; Italy

Crowned World Champions for a fourth time two years ago, it is remarkable to think that Italy have only captured the European title once. That success came 40 years ago, since when the Azzuri have only made the final once, losing out to David Trezeguet’s golden goal for France in 2000. Prior to tha...

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

Euro 2008; Group C Overview

Lazy hacks everywhere (including this one) are calling Group C the Group Of Death. And well they might. With World Champions Italy, beaten World Cup finalists France and regular will-they-won’t-they contenders Holland pitched in together there’ll be little room for easing into the tournament gently....

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Friday, 07 March 2008

5440 Serie B: Castillo Finally in t

by : Paul Grech For a few glorious days in 1990, Pisa was at the centre of Italian football. Under the guidance of the charismatic and intense president Romeo Anconetani, the newly promoted side stormed to the top of the Serie A thanks to the goals of local hero Lamberto Piovanelli. The side incl...

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Monday, 17 July 2006

3404: Why Italy were worthy winners

by : Jamie Mangan Italy's victory over France in Berlin on Sunday, which secured their fourth World Cup triumph, has sparked a wave of criticism against what has been a supposedly disappointing tournament. Many have echoed the cries of television pundits that there was no outstanding team, the big...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2006

3386: World Cup 2006; Italy And The

by : Stephen Orford Italy’s fourth world title was achieved on Sunday (July 9) when the Azzuri edged out France 5-3 in a fingernail-shredding penalty shoot-out in Berlin. It was an achievement which was very much carried off in time-honoured traditions, with echoes of their 1982 triumph in Spain p...

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Sunday, 09 July 2006

3379: World Cup Final 2006: Player r

by : Antony Melvin Italy won the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out, despite being second best for much of the match. A good first half lead to the expectation that Italy would dominate the second and win the match – but France rallied and until Zidane’s dismissal looked more likely to win it. G ...

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3376: Italy: Bring back the Gazetta!

by : Sam Cullen As Italy prepare to take to the field tonight in the World Cup final, it makes me all dewy eyed and nostaglia for a piece of classic football TV action. Channel 4’s Football Italia. When it launched in the 1992, it was quickly apparent it was the classiest football show on TV. On...

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Friday, 30 June 2006

3339: World Cup 2006: Italy should h

by : Chris Sherrard On paper, it’s a mismatch. The three-time winners, runners-up in 1994, semi-finalists in 1990, against the first-time qualifiers reliant on one star man. But football, particularly modern day World Cups, are not fought on paper but on the pitch when upsets are increasingly com...

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