Wales

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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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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Friday, 08 February 2013

Why Royal Mail's Dream Team fails to deliver the goods

Royal Mail has assembled its Home Nations dream team to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Football Association. Legends of the game like Bobby Moore, George Best and Denis Law all feature in the special stamp collection, but eyebrows have been raised at some of the names who have missed out. H...

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Friday, 18 January 2013

Liverpool: What to do with the off-form Joe Allen

Liverpool and Manchester United battled each other this past weekend in the blockbuster fixture of two most accomplished English clubs. The fierce rivalry has been lopsided as of late, with Manchester United dominating silverware in the Premier League era, but the fixture hasn’t lost any ...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bad luck stories abound as the Scots take on Wales in a clash of the misfiring

It’s a universal truth that some people are just plain unlucky. These desperate souls, through no real fault of their own, just get a rough deal in this bad ol’ world and spend their days enduring an avalanche of ungodly misfortune and rudimentary shite. And don’t suffer the misapprehension that t...

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Friday, 03 August 2012

Team GB: Four positives but one big negative

Stuart Pearces scratch squad made it through to the group stages of the Olympic football tournament by beating Uruguay on Wednesday night. Its not quite the same as watching England or Wales, but the crowds have turned out in their droves and there are certainly some positives to be taken from the e...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Team GB and the BBC could do with heroes like Neymar and the incredible Hulk

I don’t know about you, but even though the Olympics are yet to actually begin, I’m pretty sick of them already. I’m fed up of seeing clowns from the Government on Sky News demanding that the underclass should stop complaining that they can’t afford a pint of milk and just swoon in admiration at t...

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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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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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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, 01 May 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A bad week for some as United falter and the Olympics fail to inspire

It ended with Liam Gallagher bopping along to his own record at the Etihad last night in the her-uge title showdown between the Manchester giants on Live Ford Monday Night Football. Basking in his own genius is probably a nightly ritual for Gallagher junior but what certainly hasn’t been a regular o...

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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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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Youth vs. experience at Wembley as Sky take on the BBC in a battle of broadcasters

So, it was a giddily exciting weekend as the competition that ranks just above the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in most clubs’ priorities came down to its final two contenders; the mighty Merseysiders from Liverpool and the Championship underdogs of Cardiff. As is customary in these circumstances, th...

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A hair-raising spectacle on Saturday turns to sombre reflection on Sunday

Take a look around you. Chances are that if you are reading this in a public place; a library, at your office while you should be working or perhaps even on the Tube, then someone close by is displaying some facial hair that seems to be a little out of place. These moustachioed menfolk are either un...

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Monday, 28 November 2011

Team of the Week and Weekend Wonders: Week 13

In a weekend full of exciting Premier League action, we all recieved the worst of reminders that there are more important things in life than football. The tragic loss of Gary Speed on Sunday morning has brought the footballing world together in mourning for the Welshman. The actual football seems t...

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Farewell Gary Speed...But Certainly Not Goodbye

What were you doing on Sunday morning? I was anticipating a great game of football in Swansea taking on an Aston Villa side who have looked particularly woeful in the last few weeks under Big man McLeish. Football. Roll it around your mouth – football. How pathetic does it seem now that we k...

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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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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, 10 September 2010

Wales: Who will replace Toshack in the Welsh dugout?

The Welsh public were full of hope and optimism ahead of their opening Euro 2012 qualifying match with Montenegro. With the likes of Craig Bellamy, Gareth Bale and James Collins in their squad, Wales were expected to breeze past the former Yugoslav republic. Unfortunately it was the same old story f...

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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Squarefootball fantasy football invitation 2010/11

I saw more action and excitement this summer down at the mortuary than I did at the World Cup in South Africa. There was also a better atmosphere between me and my ex-girlfriend than there was inside the grounds, thanks to the constant drone of those awful vuvuzelas. And as for entertainment, I th...

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Beckham bows, Bale wows

OK, so the nation’s red-top readers might not be unified in touching an x-ray of his broken Achilles tendon this summer, but David Beckham’s injury and subsequent absence from this year’s World Cup rightfully dominated Mondays papers. Sure, his prospective absence isn’t anywhere near as pressing...

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Saturday, 28 March 2009

Saturday Yankee - Home internationals

The five British and Irish international teams are all in action today; with England playing Slovakia in a friendly but Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and Scotland all in competitive action trying to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Lets see Group 4 - Wales vs Finland (3pm) With Germ...

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Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Why avoid the easy answer to Team GB at the 2012 Olympics?

There are reports that FIFA is to allow a British team to compete at the Olympics without affecting the beaurocratic meetings that the home nations consider so important to belong to. This of course being the real reason that the Scottish FA so vociferously object to an Olympic team. Part of the a...

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Monday, 06 October 2008

Players we love to hate: Robbie Savage

Before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived on the scene, Robbie Savage was undoubtedly the most universally hated player in the Premiership. He made Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney look like choirboys with his constant moaning to referees, he wound up everyone with his gamesmanship and in-your-face style of play, ...

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

Squarefootball Diary; Easy For England; Cheeky Ched Wows Welsh; Baggies Get Moore

Squarefootball Diary - Wednesday May 28 2008 With many of Europe’s top footballing nations preparing for the start of Euro 2008 next weekend England warm up for their summer holidays with a 2-0 friendly victory over the USA at Wembley. John Terry’s 38th minute headed opener hardly makes up for his...

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Thursday, 03 February 2005

1629: Wales: New era begins for Tosh

by : Alex Wolstenholme John Toshack ends the long wait for his first game as Wales boss next Wednesday with a friendly against Hungary and the make up of his first squad reveals some of the problems that the new manager will face. Two of Wales’s big-name players of course have been involved in tra...

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Wednesday, 22 December 2004

1443: Home Nations Review 2004: A ba

by : Alex Wolstenholme After the anti-climax that was Wales’s performance in the Euro 2004 play-off against Russia and the doomed bid to overturn the result on account of a failed drugs test by one of the Russian players, 2004 actually got off to a bright start for the national team. A thumping wi...

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Thursday, 14 October 2004

1144: WALES: Tough times ahead for n

by : Alex Wolstenholme With Mark Hughes in charge of Wales for the last time on Wednesday night, speculation about a successor is rife among fans and media in the Principality. Welsh bookmakers stopped taking bets on John Toshack last week after a flood of money for the former Real Madrid boss alt...

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Sunday, 10 October 2004

1136: WALES: Player ratings against

by : Antony Melvin Wales went down 2-0 but many of their players played above themselves in what proved to be a mismatch. The defence and goalkeeper clearly look like they could play in the Premiership. Whereas the much-lauded attack proved soft-centred. Jones 9 Kept Wales in the game at 1-0 for...

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Saturday, 09 October 2004

1132: WALES: Has the Welsh threat be

by : David Hulott There seems to be a general acceptance that Wales owe a great debt to Mark Hughes for having turned a fairly hapless bunch of players into a squad capable of competing with and, occasionally, beating the best in the world. It can’t be doubted that Hughes has certainly improved th...

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Sunday, 16 May 2004

781: WALES: Wales make a Titov them

by : Stephen Orford After much to-ing and fro-ing, wailing and gnashing of teeth the Welsh FA have finally admitted defeat in their bid to have the national team re-instated into Euro 2004 in Portugal, due to start next month. Their case was finally and absolutely rejected by the Court of Arbitra...

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