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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Gareth Bale: Will he be booked for diving on Real Madrid debut?

Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in the world when Real Madrid shelled out Tottenham Hotspur £86 million for his services, but will the Welshman cap his debut in glory by getting on the scoresheet or in shame by getting booked for diving? The bookies in England have gone Bale mad and ha...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bale can’t save Wales as Coleman struggles to inspire his squad

So after an endless summer of wrangling, deception and false promises Gareth Bale finally rocked up in Madrid, clad in his metrosexual pink beanie last week as the world’s most tedious transfer saga dragged itself finally over the line. The final sum paid for the Welsh starlet was a reported ...

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Will England ever be able to match Spain's trophy haul?

In the past seven years there have been a total number of 44 tournaments organised by both FIFA and UEFA. Teams from La Liga together with their national side have largely dominated the landscape and claimed 25 of these football competitions. As to whether this year’s Confederations Cup beco...

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Champions League: Barcelona, Bayern, Dortmund or Real - Who will win the trophy?

Wembley is set to host its second Champions League final inside three years next month and theres every chance that UEFA get their dream all-Spanish final of Barcelona against Real Madrid as the pair were kept apart in the semi-finals. However, its by far a foregone conclusion as Barca must first se...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013

Man United: Would you sacrifice Rooney to have Ronaldo back?

Manchester United will come face-to-face with their former hero Ronaldo in the last 16 of the Champions League in February, but could the former United number 7 be ready for a sensational return to Old Trafford in the summer? Everything coming out of Spain suggests that Ronaldo is not happy with ...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Real Madrid: Who will replace Mourinho?

Despite ending Barcelonas dominance in La Liga it looks as though Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid will be parting company next summer. Madrid are currently 11 points behind Barca and even if Real claw that back and go on to win the Champions League all the indications are that the Special One will be ...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Love or hate him, 'Mourinho' shows Jose really is the Special One

There are times in this cruel cruel world of ours when desperate sad acts like myself look up to the heavens mournfully, unleash a shriek of despair before dropping our heads to the ground and mumbling incoherently about life being terribly unfair. In my case, it’s usually something to do wi...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: The headline acts of El Clasico put on one hell of a show

Here’s one for you. On the eve of each new football campaign, which match whets the appetite most? Liverpool vs United? Spurs against Arsenal? The Steel City derby? Personally for me, it’s the prospect of any match in which Mario Balotelli will come up against anybody as deranged as he; Craig Bell...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Manchester City's record against Spanish sides

Manchester City are in the Spanish capital for easily the most eagerly awaited clash in the opening games of this seasons Champions League. This is what being in the Champions League is all about . . . lining up against the very best Europe has to offer, and they dont come much better than Jose Mou...

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Real Madrid's record against English sides

Real Madrid host English champions Manchester City tonight and Roberto Mancini will be hoping to achieve something that only two English sides have managed in European competitions . . . beat Madrid at the Bernabeu. Arsenal were the first English side to beat Real Madrid at home in 2006 thanks to a...

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Tuesday, 03 July 2012

Is it really so wrong to like Cristiano Ronaldo?

If there is a more opinion dividing player than Cristiano Ronaldo – the man with the five mile thighs – then I will eat my hat with some fine wine and one of those little sticks with pineapple and cheese stuck through the middle. Arriving on these shores, swiftly slipping into the illustrious nu...

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Sunday, 01 July 2012

Barcelona: Why Xavi, not Messi, is Barcelona’s most important player

The 2011-2012 season in Spain saw Real Madrid finish nine points above Barcelona and subsequently wrestle the La Liga crown from the Catalan giants grip, ending a four-year wait for los Blancos. Whilst Real themselves possess a wonderfully, star-studded squad packed full of skill and flair, sp...

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Is the Premier League really the best league in the world?

The Premier League is a carefully tuned beast. It is not only a fine example of football (and I do genuinely believe that), but it is also a mass-money producing behemoth that attracts billions of viewers around the four corners of the world. Especially since ‘the day when football began’ back ...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

El Clasico: My recipe for the perfect football feast

Woodstock 69’: love, freedom and prosperity. Wimbledon: elegance and tradition. For me, El Clasico is up there with these occasions as the greatest spectacles on earth. The two most successful sides in the history of Spanish football ripping chunks out of each other. And I love it. I love every...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A football overkill but Fabregas’ Barcelona adventure keeps us watching

At the top of this article you will see, if you can get past the crass, self-congratulatory overuse of my own name, that the tagline for this column mentions that there isn’t enough football on the TV. Obviously this pithy line is actually nonsense as there is in fact far too much football clogging ...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A love-in for O’Neill as marvel Martin ruins Rovers’ day

It was clear at 1pm on Sunday what the overriding theme of the day was going to be on Sky Sports’ Live Super Sunday. Ed Chamberlain, growing more and more comfortably into the role of football anchorman, opened the afternoon’s football coverage by loudly proclaiming, “Sunderland’s new era begins tod...

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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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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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Friday, 21 May 2010

Get on side and sport your colours for Shelter this World Cup

In celebration of this years FIFA World Cup, housing and homelessness charity Shelter are teaming up with Nationwide Building Society, Official England Team sponsor, to launch their fantastic footy fundraiser, Strip4Shelter. Shelter is asking people across the country to replace their regular work ...

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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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Friday, 19 June 2009

Real Madrid: A case for defence?

Barcelona won La Liga in May this year by scoring 105 goals, conceding 35, and losing only five games. Real Madrid, meanwhile, won only two games less than Barcelona, but lost twice as many. Third-placed Sevilla notched a very similar win-draw-lose ratio to that of runners-up Real Madrid, but Manolo...

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Friday, 12 June 2009

Ronaldo: Will United or The Premiership miss him?

It seems extraordinary that the two players, who were integral to a majority of last summers transfer talk, will both have new clubs as soon as the end of June. Gareth Barry is already a Manchester City player and the wheels are in motion for Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to the Spanish capital.Real Madr...

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Tuesday, 09 November 2004

1234: La Liga: Valencia exit looming

by : David Hulott With his position as coach of Valencia coming under increasing pressure, it probably comes as little comfort to Claudio Ranieri that Jose Mourinho took his beloved Chelsea to the top of the Premiership over the weekend. Ranieri returned to Valencia over the summer as successor to...

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Wednesday, 01 September 2004

1005: LA LIGA: Title race is wide op

by : Julio Smith The new Spanish season kicks off last weekend, with the outcome looking far from predictable. Last season’s extraordinary events, coupled with some interesting summer transfer activity, makes the forthcoming campaign an intriguing prospect. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Depo...

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Tuesday, 29 June 2004

886: LA LIGA: Ranieri will get a ro

by : David Hulott Such was the long, drawn-out manner of Claudio Ranieri's dismissal from Stamford Bridge, it was beginning to look as though he would see out the remaining three years of his contract almost by default. Eventually one of Roman Abramovich's lap dogs worked up the courage to inform ...

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