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Monday, 06 January 2014

Arsenal: Could Jackson Martinez be the man to shoot Gunners to glory?

The transfer window is wide open and a gale is blowing right through the Premier League. Every man and his dog are being linked with a move to England and Arsenal are one of the biggest draws for speculation. With only two recognised strikers at the club in Giroud and Bendtner - who looks like h...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Has the time come for a European Super League?

The Champions League is the biggest prize in football. Locking horns with the finest clubs the Continent has to offer, not to mention the greatest players in the world. If you win the Champions League you can die a very happy man. However, Galatasaray chairman Unal Aysal believes a change to the gr...

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Champions League: Team of the Week - Week One

The battle to win the 2013/14 Champions League got under way this week and there were big wins for some big teams including Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Champions League holders Bayern Munich, PSG, AC Milan and Basel among others. There were also some outstan...

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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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Jose Mourinho: Will the Special One end up at Arsenal, Chelsea, City or United?

Its the worst kept secret in football but it looks as though the Special One Jose Mourinho and the Spanish giants Real Madrid will be parting company in the summer, but where will the former Chelsea boss end up? Mourinho has always said he wanted to manage in England again and most English clubs wo...

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Who will win the Champions League?

The group stages for this years Champions League competition will be drawn this afternoon, but who will win the biggest prize in European football? Chelsea became the first team from the capital of England to win the trophy in May, beating the German giants Bayern Munich on penalties in their own b...

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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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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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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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Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Tevez, Mourinho and Zidane: Why football loves those shocking moments

When sitting down, reclining and watching the football on the TV, there are a few annoying things that one can expect. The first is that we will be subjected to some truly awful punditry and the second is we’ll probably be listening to the brilliant atmosphere – thousands upon thousands of footb...

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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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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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Friday, 29 July 2011

Who is your club’s greatest signing?

It is time to dust out the sheepskin coat and training gear with matching initials. Yes we will soon be picking our fantasy football teams. The right signings will determine your chances of becoming the next Ferguson, Mourinho or Hiddnk. The chequebook has certainly assisted those who play for real....

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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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Saturday, 01 August 2009

Squarefootball's fantasy football challenge

Do you see yourself as the next Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger? Do you think you can pick a better team than Harry Redknapp or Rafa Benitez? Brilliant, then why don’t you join us in competing for the coveted Squarefootball fantasy league crown? For the past few years we at Squarefootball towers...

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Sir Bobby Robson - A tribute to a true gentleman

The world of football lost one of its most famous sons yesterday. Sir Bobby Robson, the former Ipswich Town, Newcastle United, Barcelona and England manager, passed away aged 76 following a long battle with lung cancer. Fans, players, pundits and managers have been paying their respect to Robson wit...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Porto vs Manchester United: United look to Liverpool for inspiration

There must be a feeling of 'after the lord mayors show' about tonight's fixtures; after the pomp and ceremony of that ding-dong 4-4 at Stamford Bridge come two kinfe-edge games. But therein also lies Manchester United's main hope; if it can attack Porto like Liverpool did last night then there is n...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2009

Manchester United Can Come Back From Their 2-2 Result

Its doom and gloom suddenly about Manchester Uniteds Champions League prospects. Admittedly a 2-2 home draw isnt ideal but there are precedents that Sir Alex Ferguson can take positives from. Generally a 2-2 home draw means that the home side will only win the two leg tie about 20% of the time, whi...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Manchester United vs Porto: United keen to emphasise Sunday as a catalyst

Manchester United fans were happy to be drawn with Porto last month and tonight we may see what reaction, if any, United manage to achieve after Sunday's close call and glorious finale. United is on an unprecendented unbeaten run in this competition; unbeaten for 21 games in total and unbeaten at h...

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Friday, 20 March 2009

Manchester United v Porto - The History

As two of the most regular participants in the Champions League its really a surprise that these two clubs havent crossed swords more often. Porto are one of the few teams with the edge over United in European meetings. In the Champions League the pair have never met in the group stages butthere ha...

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Champions League Draw Reaction - Man United vs Liverpool final?

The Champions' League draw for the remaining games in the competition was again dominated by thoughts of how to avoid the English steamroller - even for the English clubs. And unfortunately the draw has thrown up yet another bout of deja vu. The tie of the round for me is Barcelona vs Bayern Munic...

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Please can the English clubs avoid each other in The Champions' League?

One of the traditional delights of European football is to see players on English grounds that would ordinarily only be viewed at the major international tournaments like the World Cup. These days when so many of the games best players are now concentrated in England this is less of a problem. How...

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Thursday, 12 March 2009

Liverpool look best Champions' League value

After the last sixteen round whittled down the competition to four English teams and four others who now offers the best value? For me Liverpool is set up so well for European games that a run to the final (where anything could happen) seems very possible. Of the eight contenders; Villarreal and P...

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Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Champions League Preview: Last 16, Atletico Madrid vs Porto

Atletico Madrid and Porto are two of the outsiders for the competition now that we have reached the business end of things - and both will be grateful for having been offered a match that they will feel confident of qualifying from. Atletico is the 28/1 twelfth favourite for competition and warmed ...

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Thursday, 24 January 2008

5272 Whatever happened to Mario Jar

by : Cody Strunk When it comes to compiling a list of the most prolific strikers in world football over the past decade or so, the name of Mario Jardel is one that has to come near the very top, with his exploits, particularly at Porto but also in shorter spells with Galatasaray and Sporting Lisbon...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

4824: Champions League Preview; FC

by : Stephen Orford Liverpool set their sights on a third Champions League final in four seasons when they begin their Group A campaign against FC Porto in Portugal on Tuesday night (September 18). Rafa Benitez’s side have made a solid start in their bid to challenge for the Premier League title, ...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2007

4193: Champions League Preview; FC

by : Stephen Orford Chelsea continue their quest for European glory when they visit FC Porto in a Champions League second round, first leg tie on Wednesday (February 21). The meeting sees Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho returning to the club with whom he achieved an unlikely Champions League triumph in...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2006

3965: Champions League Preview; FC

by : Stephen Orford Arsenal travel to Portugal to face FC Porto on Wednesday night (December 6) in search of the point which will take them into the knock-out stages of the Champions League. In a mixed bag of a season for the Gunners so far, they have toiled at times during their Group G campaign....

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