Wenger deserves credit for Ramsey, claims Coleman

Wales national coach Chris Coleman has hailed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for experimenting with the playing style and the formation of his team. Coleman has been involved in several clashes with Wenger over the availability of midfielder Aaron Ramsey for international duty, but he admits that Wenger deserves huge credit for changing his set ways. The Wales boss was particularly impressed with the Gunners’ performance in the goalless draw at Chelsea in September. He said: “I have to take my hat off to Arsene Wenger. Arsene was always known to be…

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La Liga clubs fight over unlikely Euro 2016 hero for Wales

Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu is a man-in-demand following his exploits for the Wales national team at Euro 2016. The 27-year-old shot to fame after scoring a goal following a Cruyff turn in the quarter-final victory over Belgium in the summer’s tournament. Robson-Kanu, who is a free agent after his contract with Championship club Reading City expired this summer, has reportedly attracted interests from some of the major clubs in Europe. Sky Sports (via Wales Online) reports that La Liga clubs Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are involved in the pursuit to secure…

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Portugal vs Wales – Euro 2016 Semi-Final Preview

Portugal have failed to win a game in 90 minutes en route to reaching the last four of Euro 2016, and now only they stand in the way of a Wales side that is on the cusp on sensationally sealing a place in the final. This will be a lot more than just a battle between the world’s two most expensive footballers, Real Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but a meeting of two sides intent on defying the odds and becoming kings of Europe. And it has to…

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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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Two staggering Euro 2016 stats about Norwich City and Joe Hart

The Brexit at Euro 2016 is almost complete, as England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland were all eliminated in the round of 16. That means only Wales remain in the tournament, but Gareth Bale and his fellow Welshmen are facing a strong Belgium side in the quarter-finals on Friday July 1. 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 the Inspired by the brilliance of Eden Hazard who set-up one goal and scored another…

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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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Euro 2016 – Croatia favourites to topple Ronaldo and Portugal

Although not exactly full of goals, the group stage of Euro 2016 provided its fair share of entertainment and did not produce any of the heavy winning margins that many would have expected. All of the heavyweights made it through whether in convincing or inauspicious fashion, but there were some surprises as some of the competitions least fancied nations advanced to the last 16. The knockout drama begins on Saturday, where the standout fixture comes in the evening as a very impressive Croatia side come up against Portugal, who laboured…

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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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A date with destiny for Wales

Rather than dwelling on and becoming dispirited by losing 2-1 to England due to conceding an injury time goal, the Welsh management team and players have chosen instead to focus upon galvanising themselves for their final Group C game against Russia. Anguish, hurt and pain was etched across the face of every Welshman, and woman, inside the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, after Daniel Sturridge scored for England in the 92nd minute to consign Wales to a cruel defeat. Nevertheless since leaving the field in Lens, despite being extremely disappointed by the…

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Euro 2016 Group B – England in pole position to finish top

Whatever happened, there was always going to be a hefty list of talking points following the game between England and Wales. It did not disappoint, as Roy Hodgson’s bold decision to bring on two strikers from the bench at half-time paid off as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge both scored to turn around a worrying deficit brought about by goalkeeper Joe Hart’s inability to field a long range free-kick from Gareth Bale. The last-gasp nature of Sturridge’s dramatic winner could be the catalyst for England to go a reasonable distance…

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Watch Wales and England fans go crazy during the Battle of Britain at Euro 2016

England were able to come away with a 2-1 win against Wales at Euro 2016. The Three Lions came back from a 1-0 deficit to pull off a victory with a late Daniel Sturridge goal. Not surprisingly, fans from both countries went crazy in the Lille fan zone when their respective teams scored during this “Battle of Britain”. Watch the footage down low and enjoy! Bale’s 0-1: In Lille fan zone, #WAL fans celebrate #EURO2016 goal from @GarethBale11 and get a beer shower from #ENG fans https://t.co/GIaq6IozMo — John Leicester…

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Roy Hodgson rules the day with super substitutions in win against Wales

England manager Roy Hodgson proved his mettle today after masterminding the Three Lions’ 2-1 win over Wales in the group game at Euro 2016. The Three Lions struggled to impress in the first half of the game with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling failing to impose themselves in the game. Every England fan feared the worst when Gareth Bale gave the 1-0 lead to Wales in the first half. However, Hodgson rose up to the occasion and made two half-time substitutions in the form of Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge replacing…

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Vardy to help England to 1-0 win over Wales

We all know that Football Manager pushes Leicester City close to the title of best scouting team in world football, and the realism of results on the computer game is impressive. Therefore when Football Manager tells you the likely result of England vs Wales in Euro 2016, you listen (and maybe put a fiver on it!). Rather than go through the newspapers to check form, the guys at Super Betting Tips simulated the match on Football Manager 2016 a full 1000 times in order to see what average result the game…

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Euro 2016 Group B – Pressure on England for battle of Lens

It is a great shame that events on the field during the opening round of Group B matches were overshadowed by the behaviour of so-called supporters of England and Russia both in the port of Marseille and in the stadium itself, after the two sides had drawn one apiece. It was so severe to the extent that Russia have been given a suspended disqualification from UEFA, and the manager and captain of England have had to record messages urging fans to stay out of trouble. There were no such problems…

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Euro 2016 Group B – The Wait is Over for Wales

The biggest headline when the draw was made for Euro 2016 in December was that England had been drawn in the same group as Wales in the latter’s first appearance at a major tournament since all the way back in 1958. There is pressure on both sides as they take to the field for their opening matches on Saturday, with England especially under the spotlight in their bid to make a long-awaited impression on the big stage. As soon as they qualified amid joyous scenes by beating Andorra eight months…

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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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Ranking the kits of the FIFA top 20: Do Wales still rate above England?

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The latest round of FIFA world rankings caused another stir of controversy, with Wales rising above England for the first time ever and France dropping 17 places below Romania, it’s easy to see why it’s got people’s backs up. However, just because a country has better individual players, it by no means ensures them a higher ranking. Though FIFA’s system is flawed, and confusing, we’ve come up with a much better way of working out FIFA’s top 20, and that’s by judging them on their kits. See how we’ve ranked…

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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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Cyprus vs Wales – Match preview and team news: Gareth Bale hoping to lead Dragons to historic qualification

Wales can all but guarantee a place at the Euro 2016 finals in France if they return from Cyprus with all three points and claim their fifth win in seven qualifiers. The win over Belgium in June was confirmation that Chris Coleman’s men are establishing themselves as a force in international football, lifting them miraculously into the top 10 of the world rankings. Talisman Gareth Bale seized on a defensive mistake to grab the only goal against the group’s seeded team, and he has more than enough quality to propel the…

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Wales vs Belgium – Match preview and team news

Wales will be almost on the brink of securing qualification for Euro 2016 if they can get the better of Belgium in a top of the table clash in Group A. The visitors lead the table by virtue of goal difference, with both sides having won three and drawn two of their five games so far, a sequence that includes the goalless draw between the pair back in November. On that day Wales defended heroically and cancelled out the World Cup quarter-finalists, who badly misfired. A similar performance as well…

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