Wales emergence from the nightmare Novi Sad scene to a Euro 2016 dream

Wales reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time as they recovered from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 at Euro 2016. After falling behind to Radja Nainggolan’s superb 25-yard strike, Welsh captain Ashley Williams powerfully headed in from a corner to equalise during an exhilarating first half. The game continued to swing from end-to-end in the second half, ten minutes into which Wales took the lead through Hal Robson-Kanu’s sublime finish after an exquisitely executed Cryuff turn. Following that Belgium intensively tried to engineer an equaliser. However…

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Wales vs Belgium – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

Wales will be intent on taking their epic journey through Euro 2016 all the way into the semi-finals when they head to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to meet Belgium, who have now begun to spread their wings and look capable of fulfilling their considerable potential. It is a clash that carries great significance for both sides, and one that sees the renewal of a rivalry that developed during qualifying for this tournament. Belgium emerged as group winners, but could not find a way past Chris Coleman’s side home or away, with…

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Euro 2016 Hazard lies in wait for Wales

Belgium’s golden generation produced an extremely polished performance to beat Hungary 4-0 and breeze into the quarter finals of Euro 2016, where they will play Wales. Inspired by the brilliance of Eden Hazard who set-up one goal and scored another in the space of two second half minutes, Belgium delivered their most impressive display of the tournament, despite being wasteful in front of goal. After Toby Alderweireld headed Belgium ahead from Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick, the game swung from end-to-end and remained evenly poised until the 78th minute when…

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Bale joins elite European Championship goal scoring group

By scoring in Wales’ 3-0 win over Slovakia, Gareth Bale became only the seventh player to score in every group stage game at a European Championship finals. Group stages have not always been a feature of the competition however, with it changing format several times during its 56-year history. Summary of European Championship Format Staged every four years since 1960, and formerly called the European Cup of Nations until 1968 when it changed name, the European Championships is one of the most prestigious tournaments in world football. The first five…

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Liverpool flop and Gareth Bale smash England

England didn’t start Euro 2016 on a high note due to a late Russian goal, meaning the Three Lions had to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw in Marseille. England were hugely impressive in the first half in particular, when their supporters inside the stadium roared their approval as Russia were pressed into submission and made to look pedestrian. It made that cruel conclusion, Vasili Berezutski’s header, even more painful. Next up for Roy Hodgson’s squad is Wales, who beat Slovakia 2-1 during ther first game in France. England can’t afford another drop of…

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Manchester United could break transfer record twice in the transfer window

Manchester United have been linked with two major transfer targets in the media recently. If the latest reports are to be believed, United could break all sort of transfer records in the ongoing transfer window. The Guardian claims that United are now leading the pursuit to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba following Manchester City’s decision to drop out of the race. United manager Jose Mourinho is said to be a long-term admirer of the France international. The Portuguese manager tried to sign the 23-year-old when he was in charge of…

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Manchester City starlet enters top 10 most lethal strikers in Europe

Manchester City got eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday, as the Citizens lost 1-0 at the hands of Real Madrid in their return encounter in the semi-finals at the Santiago Bernabeu. It’s been an up and down season for City, as they lacked the necessary consistency to contend for the Premier League title, despite reaching all-time heights on Europe’s biggest stage. Still, with Pep Guardiola coming in as their new manager and an exciting core of talented players already in place, there’s no need for City fans to doubt…

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Manchester clubs battle for Gareth Bale, Chelsea star could replace him

Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale has been a subject of interest from various Premier League clubs for quite some time now. The likes of Manchester United and Manchester City have previously expressed their interest in the player, but nothing came out of it. Now, according to the latest report from Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, via the Sun, the Welsh star has refused to sign a new contract with Real Madrid and is aiming for a move to either of the Manchester clubs. The 26-year-old is unhappy about the fact that Real…

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Top 10 transfer profits in football history

In essence, a football club works like a business. Making profits is almost as important as winning trophies, because profits are often the first lead to success. Profits can be made in a bunch of ways: ticket sales, apparel sales, stadium revenue, TV rights… But the most simple way to put money in a club’s pocket is selling a player with a profit. Therefore, we took a look at Transfermarkt in order to rank the top ten transfer profits in football history. Remarkably, Real Madrid occupy the first five spots as…

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Former Tottenham star has been most prolific striker in 2016, Liverpool player leads Premier League

He might not stay at Real Madrid beyond this season, but Los Blancos have seen the best of Gareth Bale in 2016. The Welshman joined the Primera Division giants during the summer of 2013 from Tottenham for an amazing £75.75 million transfer fee, but has seen a load of criticism from the typically harsh Real fans. Bale has missed seven league games in 2016 due to a disrupted calf muscle, but the 26-year-old has proven to be the most prolific player in Europe this year, according to the statistics from…

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This is why Gareth Bale played with a hole in his sock

Real Madrid crushed Celta de Vigo during the weekend, winning 7-1 at the Bernabeu on matchday 28 in the Primera Division. Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals for Los Blancos, while Gareth Bale hit the seventh goal of the match. It was a welcome goal for the Welshman and former Tottenham star, as he returned from a seven-game La Liga absence due to another calf injury. Bale has now scored 14 goals in just 16 league matches for Real, while also providing eight assists. But most of all, the 26-year-old looked healthy…

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Top five crazy transfer rumours from the January transfer window

The January transfer window is almost in its final stage and the media outlets are churning out transfer rumours frantically every day. Now, some of these rumours are so ludicrous that you can’t do anything but laugh at them. Take a look at five crazy transfer rumours from the January window. 5) Aaron Ramsey to Barcelona Ask any Arsenal fan and he will tell you that this is not going to happen in a thousand years. Arsene Wenger has stopped selling his star players and Barcelona don’t really need Ramsey, do they? Not…

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Zidane blocks Real stars moves to United

Manchester United are looking to spend big during the winter transfer window. But getting Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Gareth Bale seems more and more unlikely, according to The Daily Mirror. Ronaldo and Bale looked to be available with Rafa Benitez managing Real Madrid. Rumours were aplenty, with The Red Devils as a possible destination for both superstars. The Spanish coach, however, is gone and replaced by Real legend Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman has a different view on his teams and its players. Zidane said: “It’s not just that (Ronaldo) isn’t for sale, instead…

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Bosnia & H vs Wales – Match preview and team news

Only a point away to Bosnia & Herzegovina will be enough for Wales to ensure their place at a first ever European Championship in what promises to be a monumental evening in Sarajevo. This is their second chance to book a ticket to France, having been held by Israel last month when a win was required. That was a very frustrating afternoon which emphasised their status as one of the most progressive nations in world football, with Israel paying them the respect of sitting back throughout and restricting them to very…

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Man United expect to break revenue records before going after Gareth Bale

Manchester United expect to become the first English club to surpass the half-billion pound mark for revenue, before using their financial muscle to land some of the best players in the world, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Red Devils’ predict that they will make between £500m and £510m in revenue, which would take them above Real Madrid in football’s money table (via MEN). And to celebrate, they are hoping to lure one of Los Blancos’ key men away from the Bernabeu. According to the Manchester Evening News, the…

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Arsenal’s Theo Walcott officially named as FIFA 16′ FASTEST player

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been revealed to be the fastest player on FIFA 16. Gooners will be pleased to learn the the winger-cum-striker has a sizzling speed rating of 96 on the latest incarnation of the world’s most beloved football game, which hits the shelves on September 22. However, Walcott has been made to share the top spot with relative unknown Matthis Bolly of Fortuna Dusseldorf, who actually beat Walcott for pace on FIFA 15. The bad news is, though, is that right-back Hector Bellerin doesn’t even make the…

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Man United gossip: Bale’s agent speaks about rumours, and de Gea set for crunch talks

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Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Gareth Bale’s agent has quashed speculation linking his client with a move to Old Trafford, by suggesting that he was never close to leaving during the summer, the Daily Express report. Jonathan Barnett also stated that the Welshman wanted to spend the rest of his career with Real Madrid. “He has come nowhere near being transferred in the past few months,” he said. “He is very happy at Real Madrid and hopefully he will stay there for the rest of his…

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Gareth Bale’s agent quashes Man United rumours and states Welshman wants to stay at Real Madrid for entire career

Gareth Bale’s agent has quashed speculation linking his client with a summer move to Manchester United, by suggesting that he was never close to leaving Real Madrid and wants to spend the rest of his career at the Bernabeu, according to the Daily Express. Los Blancos’ president Florentino Perez confirmed that the Red Devils had approached the Spanish giants about a move, having made the Welshman one of their top transfer targets, alongside Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller (via Express). But Jonathan Barnett revealed that it was never in the 26-year-old’s…

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Man United news: Reus swap-deal lined up, while strained relationship with Real Madrid is unlikely to prevent Bale bid

Here is Sunday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: The Red Devils are willing to let Adnan Januzaj join Borussia Dortmund permanently if it means that it helps bring Marco Reus to Old Trafford, according to the Sunday People. Louis van Gaal is a huge fan of the 26-year-old, and will allow the Belgian to leave to ensure a move happens. United have told David de Gea that he will not be joining Real Madrid during the January window, according to the Daily Star. The Premier League side are hoping…

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Man United still confident of Gareth Bale deal despite David de Gea saga

Manchester United are still confident that they can agree a potential deal for Gareth Bale next summer, despite the ugly saga surrounding David de Gea, according to The Sun. The goalkeeper appeared to be on the verge of moving to Real Madrid in the final hours of the window, only for the deal to collapse when some of the paperwork was filed late (via The Sun). And with both clubs pointing the finger of blame at each other, and with United insisting that they will not be letting the 24-year-old…

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Wales vs Israel – Match preview and team news

It is a simple equation for Wales: Victory over Israel on Sunday will guarantee them a place at Euro 2016 and their first major tournament appearance for well over half a century. The Cardiff City Stadium will be a cauldron of noise, with the majority of those generating it having never experienced such an occasion. Form certainly suggests Chris Coleman’s side can earn their place in France here, as they come into it off the back of three consecutive wins in Group B, a run which began with a convincing 3-0 win…

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Manchester United attempted summer swoop for Real Madrid TRIO, including Arsenal target and Gareth Bale

Florentino Perez has reportedly claimed that Manchester United were interested in a stunning summer swoop for Real Madrid trio Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane, according to the Metro. Despite doing a lot of early business during this window, Louis van Gaal appeared keen to bolster both his attacking ranks while also adding an extra centre-back, which explains why those three were targeted. The Red Devils were heavily linked with Varane’s defensive partner Sergio Ramos until the Spaniard signed a new contract at the Bernabeu, and perhaps they felt…

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Man United gossip: LVG to FORCE De Gea to pen extended deal but Bale chances DESTROYED

Thursday’s biggest Manchester United news and gossip. Manchester United will make one last attempt to persuade David De Gea to commit his long-term future to the club by offering the 24-year-old Spain goalkeeper a new deal in October, the Daily Mirror reports. Spain keeper De Gea has been left in limbo after his dream move to Real Madrid broke down on deadline day amid war between the two clubs. United’s fall-out with Real Madrid over the De Gea deal has ended their chances of signing Real’s Wales forward Gareth Bale,…

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FIFA 16 player rankings 30-21: Man United target tops Arsenal and Chelsea superstars

This week has seen the release of FIFA 16s player rankings for the upcoming release of the new title. We’ve already brought you the faces from 50 to 31, and now we’re getting down to the good stuff – here’s 30-21. 30. Diego Costa – Chelsea Rating: 86 He may have made an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge last term, but that’s still not been enough to propel him into the top 20. 29. Sergio Busquets – Barcelona Rating: 86 An industrious ranking for an industrious player, though he may…

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Man United’s De Gea stance has ruined their chances of signing Gareth Bale

Manchester United’s hardline stance over David De Gea’s future this summer has reportedly ruined their chances of ever prizing Gareth Bale away from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Star. United and Real have been locked in a bitter tug-of-war over the goalkeeper’s failed deadline day move to the Santiago Bernabeu this week. The Star reports that Real had agreed a fee of £29m for the Spanish international, as well as being willing to allow Costa Rican international stopper Keylor Navas move in the opposite direction. Both clubs have been left…

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