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Saturday, 22 March 2014

The Champions League last eight: Top quality or same old, same old?

When Manchester United struggled through to the last eight of this years quarter-finals it ensured that the last eightshowed a striking resemblanceto the Forbes and Deloittes lists of the wealthiest clubs in the world. The last eight come from the English, Spanish, German and French leagues. With t...

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Do Chelsea or Manchester United have a chance of winning the Champions League?

Premier League leaders Chelsea and current champions Manchester United this week booked their place in to the quarter-final draw for the Champions League, but can they actually go on and lift the most sought-after prize in club football? Well if you look at the latest odds from SkyBet the answer is...

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Will Arsenal, Chelsea, City or United bring the Champions League trophy back to England?

The draw for the last 16 in the Champions League takes place on Monday with most of the favourites firmly through as group winners, but who will be triumphant come May? Holders Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been the bookies best bet from day one - and nothing has happened to change ...

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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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Thursday, 03 October 2013

Champions League Team of the Week - Week Two

Arsenal top their Champions League group following their excellent display at home to Napoli and Chelsea bounced back from their opening day disappointment to put four past Steaua Bucharest away. It wasnt such a good time for Manchester City though as they were given a football lesson by the Champio...

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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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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Could Arsenal's Giroud beat Messi and Ronaldo to win the Champions League golden boot?

Arsenal kick off their Champions League campaign tonight away at Marseille and the Gunners main goal threat will come from their own Frenchman, Olivier Giroud. The former Montpellier marksman has made a great start to the Premier League season, netting four in four games and five in six overall, ...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Can Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City or United win the Champions League?

The race to land the biggest prize in European club football kicks off tonight and teams from across the continent are already dreaming of walking out at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on a sun-drenched evening in May. But who will win this years competition? Bayern Munich are the current holders an...

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Debut watch: Ozil, Bale, Barry, Eriksen, Eto'o, Fellaini

Arsenals record signing Mesut Ozil made his debut this weekend in the Premier League and former Spurs star Gareth Bale made his bow for Real Madrid as the most expensive player in the world, but did they repay a slice of their huge transfer fees? Ozil and Bale werent the only new boys desperate to ...

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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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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Champions League draw: Best and worst case scenarios

This evening marks an important moment in Europe’s premier club competition. Yes, its that time already: the draw for this season’s UEFA Champion’s League! As football giants from across the continent line up to discover their fate in the first round proper, lets take a look at who is in which pot...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Dave Blackburn's predictions 2013/14

The return of the most action-packed and exciting league in the world is only three days away, but what will the Premier League produce this season? For a start there will be no Sir Alex Ferguson. The Manchester United boss has retired, leaving David Moyes to deal with the mess that is Wayne Ro...

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

Dave Disciascio's predictions for 2013/14

The Premier League season is just days away and we at Squarefootball are getting ready by staring into our crystal balls and predicting our winners and losers for the season ahead. Weve already had Mitch Waddon predict title glory for Manchester City while Jim Barry has plumped for Jose Mourinh...

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Jim Barry's predictions 2013/14

There are only days remaining until the most exciting league in the world kicks off for another action-packed season of goals, controversy and talking points. The action is already under way in the Football League and Scotland, but who will be the biggest winners and losers during 2013/14 campaign?...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Mitch Waddon's predictions for the 2013/14 season

The Football League got under way at the weekend and theres less than a fortnight before the Premier League boys kick off, but who will be the biggest winners and losers in the 2013/14 campaign? Yes, its that time of the season again when we all become Mystic Megs and put our football knowledge...

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Tottenham must use Real Madrid partnership – if Gareth Bale goes or not

Tottenham and Real Madrid are once more locked in a struggle for a White Hart Lane player that has ambitions of switching to the Spanish giants. When Luka Modric made the move to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer, the two sides struck up a working partnership, which to date Spurs have not used to an...

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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, 25 June 2013

What will the Champions League bring us in 2013/14?

Bayern Munichs late winner from Arjen Robben against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley last month brought the curtain down on another pulsating and engrossing tournament. From the dramas of the group stage, the returning greats and the shocking results of the semi-finals, ...

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Monday, 03 June 2013

Tottenham Hotspur: How much would you sell Gareth Bale for?

Tottenham Hotspur have lived in the shadows of their north London rivals Arsenal for many a year, but with Real Madrids relentless pursuit of Gareth Bale showing no sign of ending Spurs fans are now experiencing what it has been like for the Gooners almost every summer over the past eight years....

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Forget showbiz beautification of Beckham, he was simply remarkable

Perhaps it is just too easy to align oneself with the glossy beautification of David Beckham led by certain corners of the English media, or perhaps I’m just going soft in my old age (I’ll be a pipe and slippers man by the time I turn 19 in June, it’s all downhill from here). Or perhaps, just perha...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Manchester United: Bale or Ronaldo - who would you rather have at Old Trafford?

It has been reported that Sir Alex Ferguson has been given permission to sign one marquee player this summer and it looks as though that may mean the return of Ronaldo or the arrival of the new star on the block Gareth Bale. But who would you rather see at Old Trafford? Both Bale and Ronald...

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Thursday, 02 May 2013

Arsenal: Would you swap Wenger for Mourinho?

So Real Madrid have been knocked out of the Champions League and Jose Mourinho, yet again, hints at a return to England. After the match the Special One said: I know in England I am loved. I am loved by the fans, I am loved by the media, they treat me in a fair way, criticising me and giving me c...

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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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Friday, 29 March 2013

Should Michael Owen be hailed as a football great?

Michael Owen burst on the scene as a fresh-faced 17 year old and took the Premier League by storm. He scored on his Liverpool debut against Wimbledon and hit 18 in his first full season in the first team. His lightening pace and accuracy in front of goal gave opposition defences nightmares. However,...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Munich is top of United’s problems but Nani ain’t one

Last week saw a big few days for Manchester United. Prodigal son and spray tan admirer Cristiano Ronaldo sauntered back into town with the same cocksure swagger and over-preened sense of self-worth he left with four years ago, and along with his slightly misfiring team broke the hearts of his...

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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Arsenal: Could Xabi Alonso be on his way to the Emirates?

Reports in the media over the weekend suggest that the Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso is stalling over a contract at Real Madrid and that Liverpool may be interested in bringing him back to these shores, but could Arsenal convince him that his future rests with them in the capital? Theres no doubt ...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2013

Will Man United finish off Real Madrid at Old Trafford?

Manchester United scored an all-important away goal at the Bernabeu in their first leg Champions League clash with Real Madrid but can they stop Ronaldo and co from doing the same this evening at Old Trafford? Sir Alex Fergusons game plan at Madrid was excellent with Danny Welbeck, Jonny Evans and ...

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Man Utd v Real Madrid - Free Bet Offer with bet365

bet365 has a fantastic free bet offer to add to the excitement as Man Utd welcome Real Madrid to Old Trafford this evening with their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie in the balance. Place a pre-match bet on this much anticipated fixture today and you will receive a free In-Play bet to the s...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Schmeichel talks us through United’s trip to Madrid while Piers talks down to Owen

For me this past weekend’s football was filled to the brim with acute annoyances and irksome irritations. To start with it was FA Cup Fifth Round and all the best games were on ESPN, and as I’m still too cheap to upgrade it means I had to go without. On top of that, my beloved Leicester didn’...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Can Manchester United beat Real Madrid?

Premier League leaders Manchester United take on La Liga champions Real Madrid tonight in the glamour tie of the Champions Leagues last 16, but can Sir Alex Fergusons men keep flying the flag for England? The two sides havent met since the Brazilian Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the visitors and w...

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Man United: Fergie's game plan for Real Madrid

With such a big game this evening, the anxiety of all fans involved is rising faster and faster. So lets take a look at what Manchester United need to do to make the second leg so much easier. It may seem obvious but everything will start at the back. It sounds like a cliche b...

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Monday, 28 January 2013

Arsenal: Would you be happy to see Wenger join Real Madrid?

Over the past few seasons Arsenal fans have watched their best players leave the club one by one. Patrick Vieira went to Juventus, Thierry Henry, Alex Hleb and Cesc Fabregas all signed for Barcelona, while Adebayor, Clichy, Nasri, Toure, Nasri and Van Persie all left for the sunnier climes of Manc...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Will Arsenal, Chelsea or City bring Edinson Cavani to England?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his admiration for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. When asked about speculation linking the Gunners with the Napoli striker, who has scored 16 Serie A goals this season, Wenger said: Cavani is a player that I like. Will he cost a lot of money? T...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: A boring birthday for the FA as the stars fail to shine

For most people, an evening out at the local pub will be a largely stress-free excursion filled with raucous banter, sorrowful introspection and a touch of casual xenophobia. Nights out in this great country have followed that tight format for hundreds of years, never wavering in the face of adver...

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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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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Can Arsenal or Man United win the Champions League?

The Champions League draw for the knockout stages is made next Thursday (December 20) but can either Arsenal or Manchester United keep the coveted trophy on these shores? Only the two Premier League sides represent England in the final 16 following the premature of Premier League champions Man City...

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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, 27 November 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Michael Owen ensures we’ll remember, remember the fright of Movember

When the wise Jedi minds of future generations look back at the metrosexual, iPad-obsessed, self-serving era we currently reside in, they will quite rightly grimace and ask just what the hell we accomplished. We allowed Piers Morgan to prosper when he really shouldn’t have; we created and fo...

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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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Monday, 17 September 2012

Who is your money on winning the Champions League?

Chelsea start their defence of the Champions League trophy this week but with giants such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United and AC Milan all desperate to be champions of Europe again, can the Blues hold on to the greatest prize in European trophy? A few weeks ago we ran an article on...

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Messi or Ronaldo: Who would you love to have in the Premier League?

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two biggest names in world football right now. Unfortunately they are both plying their trade in La Liga for the Spanish giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. But if you had the choice of seeing either Messi or Ronaldo in the Premier League who ...

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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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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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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, 22 May 2012

Ten of the biggest cup final defeats ever

Heart of Midlothian clinched their eighth Scottish Cup on Saturday with an emphatic 5-1 win over their Edinburgh rivals Hibernian. It was a terrible afternoon for the boys from Leith, but Pat Fenlons men are not alone in being humiliated on their big day. Here are the 10 of the biggest cup final de...

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