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Friday, 17 January 2014

Arsenal: Could Nani be back on Wenger's radar?

In the summer it was rumoured that Arsene Wenger was interested in bringing Manchester United winger Nani to the Emirates. The move never came off, but with talk that David Moyes may now be willing to let the Portuguese international leave, could Wenger return with an official bid? The season-en...

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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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Friday, 25 October 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic: Who would you rather see at the World Cup in Brazil?

Playing in the World up for your country is the pinnacle of every players career. The whole world tunes in to see the greatest players on the grandest stage of them all. Unfortunately, Brazil 2014 will be deprived of one of Europes best talent as Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal and Zlaten Ibrahimov...

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

Manchester United: How do you solve a problem like Nani?

He has been brilliantly inconsistent since his arrival, but should United sell the Portuguese winger? Lets look at some reasons to sell Nani as well as reasons to keep the winger. Well start with reasons to sell. The obvious reason is his inconsistency. Nani has always had the potential a...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Monday, 11 June 2012

Euro 2012: Can England or Portugal reach the final?

The tournament finally kicked off on Friday with a lot of fanfare and the usual fervor. For the next three weeks, Poland and Ukraine will be where pundits and fans have their eyes glued on. Since the close of the club football calendar, speculations have been rife as to which team will conquer...

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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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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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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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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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Friday, 16 October 2009

Ireland hope for Greeks bearing gifts

Fifa has updated its National Team Rankings this morning (Uefa should update at some time today, but is currently showing slightly different rankings) and Ireland has moved up the rankings to 20th - but not enough to avoid the big guns in the World Cup play-offs. Looking at the seeded teams, Greece...

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Saturday, 01 August 2009

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, 08 July 2009

Championship: Is QPR's loss going to be Swansea's gain?

The managerial merry-go-round in the Championship this summer has seen two interesting appointments made, one at Queens Park Rangers and one at Swansea City. Just weeks after being relieved from his duties at Ipswich Town, Jim Magilton became the latest man to take on the challenge of making QPR a ...

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Monday, 08 June 2009

Denmark should top group, but Portugal not quite eliminated: WC 2010 Qualifiers

Past the half-way stage in Group One in the European Qualifiers for World Cup 2010 and Denmark looks ready to seal qualification well ahead of the much vaunted Portuguese team. After a series of 0-0 draws (against Sweden home and away and Albania) Portugal will do well to hold off Sweden and overta...

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Thursday, 19 June 2008

Portugal vs Germany: Ballack to help grind out a narrow German win

Germany have remained in the tournament partly as a result of a very favourable draw and with some inspired moments - like Michael Ballack's free-kick against the Austrians - making a huge difference. Scorelines of 2-0 (Poland), 1-2 (Croatia) and 1-0 (Austria) show that the Germans are not making th...

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Monday, 09 June 2008

He Should Do Well: Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea)

Paul Grech As far as summers go, few have started off as chaotically as this one for Chelsea. Ever since the announcement that they had decided against keeping Avram Grant as manager, it has been a free-for-all among the papers with everyone linking them to a new manager every day. The apparent re...

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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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Monday, 02 June 2008

Who will replace Sven at City?

After weeks of specualtion, football's worst kept secret is finally out - Sven-Goran Eriksson has left Manchester City. Despite leading City to their most successful season in the top flight in years, Dr Thaksin Shinawatra has shown the former England boss the door after just one year at the helm....

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Friday, 07 July 2006

3367: World Cup 2006; Portugal - No

by : Stephen Orford Back to the positives, and after an unconvincing start Podolski provided a genuine attacking threat, while strike partner Miroslav Klose is already closing in on Ronaldo’s recently set record for goals scored in World Cup finals. The Werder Bremen hit-man’s equaliser against Ar...

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Saturday, 01 July 2006

3352: England vs Portugal: Portugal

by : Antony Melvin Portugal eventually prevailed in the shoot-out despite showing a lack of a killer instinct considering they had an man extra for a full hour. Once you saw Ricardo perform in the shoot-out you can see why they were happy to leave it until then! Brazil or France next. These are ...

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Friday, 09 June 2006

3262: World Cup History; Portugal

by : Stephen Orford The list of contenders to be crowned world champions in Germany in 2006 is, in the opinion of some, longer than might be expected. With Greece having carried off European honours in 2004 and both South Korea and Turkey having reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2002 the...

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Friday, 26 May 2006

3196: World Cup Group D preview: Por

by : Alex Wolstenholme By the time the Argentines began the defence of their title in Spain in 1982 the exciting talents of Diego Maradona had emerged. The breathtaking ability of the diminutive rehab regular convinced many that Argentina were in a good position to succeed on the world stage once ...

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