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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Where will former Chelsea and West Ham striker Carlton Cole end up?

The arrival of Andy Carroll at West Ham United on loan last season saw Carlton Cole fall down the pecking order at Upton Park and it came as no surprise to see the former Chelsea man walk away from the Hammers when Big Sam finally secured the former Liverpool and Newcastle hitman permanently. Many ...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Celtic: The 10 teams Celtic fans love to see getting beat

Celtics main rivals are, and always will be, their city rivals Rangers. However, there are plenty of other teams across Europe who Celtic fans are quite happy about seeing getting beat. Here are the top 10 sides that Celtic fans love to see on the losing end, according to Squarefootballs Jim Ba...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2013

Celtic: Should they let Wanyama, Hooper and Forster leave Celtic Park?

Transfer news used to give Celtic fans an adrenaline rush. Big names used to walk through the door like Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and John Hartson. Even players who had much less impact at the club like Roy Keane, Thomas Gravesen and Juninho generated frenzied excitement among the fans. Sinc...

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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, 25 January 2013

Arsenal: Will Wenger beat Fergie to Wanyama's signature?

Arsenals roller coaster season continues to frustrate the Gunners. Arsene Wengers men were in majestic form in the 5-1 home win over West Ham, but does the win paper over the cracks? The Hammers victory followed successive defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea. The serial Champions Leagu...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Celtic: Ten out of ten for Neil Lennon's Bhoys?

Coming up to the half way point of Celtic’s 125th season in football how are the club performing across the board? League Cup and SFA Cup Competitions Celtic are still alive in both cups which is as much as can be asked for at this stage of the season. The cups are important for Celtic over...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Celtic: Who do you want in the last 16 of the Champions League?

The Champions League draw takes place this Thursday for the last 16 clubs and Scottish giants Celtic are in the hat for only the third time in their history. Celtic have never progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League since the format of the European Cup changed in 1992/93, so w...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Celtic: Why Lennon must ignore the morons

So you buy your ticket for the big match; what does this entitle you to? Your ticket means that you pass through the turnstile and in most modern stadiums it entitles you to a seat to watch the game, after this point you are entitled to do what you like as you have paid your money; isn’t t...

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Monday, 05 November 2012

Celtic: Lennon's plan to thwart Messi and co

Celtic play Barcelona in Glasgow on Wednesday in the Champions League. When Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan managed the club there was an incredible expectation that Celtic would win every home they played in this competition while at the same time an equally incredible expectation that Cel...

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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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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Celtic: It's all looking good for the Bhoys at Parkhead

Let’s travel back in time, back to 12 months ago and compare where Celtic were then to where they are now. On October 2, 2011, Celtic were beaten 2-0 at Tynecastle by Hearts, Kris Commons got his marching orders and the Bhoys sat third in the league a full 10 points behind Rangers. Surely th...

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Friday, 31 August 2012

Champions League Draw: Man City face Ronaldo and Celtic take on Messi

Its become one of the big rituals of the modern football season - the draw for the Champions League group stage. Yesterday five British clubs were in the hat (glass bowls really, but it doesnt soundright). Three clubs - Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United- were seeded to the first pot. Ironical...

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Celtic: The Ki to success in the transfer market

It’s humbling for Celtic fans to see it but the day has come. Swansea City are now able to blow Celtic out of the water in the transfer market, indeed there are some clubs in The Championship that can out muscle Celtic but this appears to be the financial reality of football in 2012. C...

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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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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Scotland’s five best teams in the past decade

When you think of Spanish football only two names come to mind, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Scottish football is exactly the same, with the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers known around the world. The famous Old Firm derby looks like it will be off the calendar for at least four years following th...

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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Celtic: Bhoys should show no fear in Europe

I have to admit to being slightly worried about Celtic’s sense of self-belief. The club has recently beaten HJK Helsinki 4-1 on aggregate to reach the play-off round of the Champions League and there is an atmosphere of celebration about the place at Parkhead. Of course winning the tie is very i...

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

The 10 worst opening day defeats in the modern game

The new football season in England kicks off on Saturday and everyone will be going into the first game full of optimism and hope for a successful season. Unfortunately, some fans may be left crying in their beer come Saturday night. You see, football can be a cruel, cruel game. It can take that op...

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Monday, 06 August 2012

Squarefootball Fantasy Football 2012/13

The new Premier League season kicks off in less than two weeks which means time is running out to select your fantasy football teams. Do you think you can do a better job than the professor Arsene Wenger? Could you topple Mancini at Manchester City? Really?! Then this is your chance to prov...

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Thursday, 02 August 2012

Celtic: Who will be the next star at Celtic Park?

Almost every year a star is born at Celtic. A player who nobody has hardly heard of before in August is suddenly finding his name printed on the back of all the Celtic shirts placed under the Christmas tree in December. In the past 10 years names like Aidan McGeady, Charlie Mulgrew, James Forres...

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Monday, 30 July 2012

Celtic: Do you want to write for Squarefootball?

Glasgow Celtic are one of the biggest names in world football. They were the first British team to get their hands on the European Cup, their fanbase is global and they are the most successful living club in Scottish football. Neil Lennons men are strong favourites to complete a clean sweep of h...

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Scottish football: Can anyone other than Celtic win the SPL?

The SPL gets under way this Saturday and following the demise of Glasgow Rangers nobody can see past Glasgow Celtic for the title. Neil Lennons men finished 20 points ahead of their fierce rivals last season and a whopping 31 points ahead of third placed Motherwell. The gulf in class is obvious, but...

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Squarefootball's Fantasy Football 2012/13 invitation

Do you think you can do a better job than the professor Arsene Wenger? Could you topple Mancini at Manchester City? Really?! 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 we had more ...

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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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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Keane, Ferguson, Mackay or Souness: Who is football's No1 hard man?

These are the men that put the fear factor into football. The men that gave their opponents nightmares. Here we celebrate the top 10 tough-tackling hard men that we all hate to love. 1. Roy Keane Born and raised on a tough estate in Cork, Roy Maurice Keane is the undisputed king of hard men...

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Special report: Following football from the disabled area

On August18, 2012, Charlton Athletic visit St Andrews in the Championship. Personally speaking the fixture is a trip down memory lane. You see Birmingham City v Charlton Athletic was the first game I saw in the flesh. The date was September 15 1979 and the Blues won 1-0. Immediately I was hooke...

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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, 22 May 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Chelsea win, but there were plenty of losers in the final day of football

There are some days that it simply doesn’t pay to be a non-football fan. We have a tendency in this country to lurch en masse into things and render them inescapable to the more indifferent among us. We latch on to an event, a past time, even a television talent show and let it consume us until we...

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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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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A final day fanfare for Sky and the Blues

It all came down to this then. It’s been a gruelling journey, epic in its fluctuating fortunes as the favourites for the crown jostled back and forth. Each weekend millions looked on, eagerly cheering their chosen heroes, willing them to put in the performance that would clinch the prize they so ...

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A long time ago in a Stadium far far away, ITV began their FA Cup Final coverage

The 2011-12 football season will probably be looked back upon with a real intrigue in future decades. It has been a long, incident-strewn expedition encompassing an abundance of controversy, drama and despair. It is hard to remember another campaign with more extraordinary talking points. The Luis S...

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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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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Time is running out for the Football League Show but Reading and the Saints defy the odds

Back in the hazy midsummer days of August 2011, while hoards of frenzied teenagers were marauding their way through the streets of London setting fire to police cars, looting Poundland and generally ruining Boris Johnson’s holiday; I was indulging in a regular pre-season pursuit. Like every footba...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Tevez, title races and titillation in a terrific week of football TV

Well, it was a helluva’ few days in the Premier League title race last week wasn’t it? The fortunes of the twin Manchester clubs are weaving increasingly erratic patterns as the burden of the top trophy begins to heap its weight on their slumping shoulders. The last seven days or so have seen a numb...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A tough week of watching tough men taking tough action; and then there was Gary Neville on Super Sunday

There are many boulevards open to footballers when the time finally comes for them to hang up their boots, delete Sir Alex’s number from their Blackberry and say goodbye to the pantomime-drudgery of the Premier League. Obviously, the twin favourites for many pros are either a cushy job coaching the ...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: One year on from Keys and Gray but is Sky burning any brighter?

It’s been around fourteen months since the corridors and offices of Sky Sports were rocked irrevocably by the now-infamous sexism scandal surrounding part-man, part-ape Richard Keys and his bosom buddy Andy Gray – the worthy winner of Nuts magazine’s 2006 ‘TV Personality That Most Resembles a Baby...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A tough week for the ‘football family’ but the future’s looking bright, and looking orange for the Toon Army

It has certainly been a difficult old week in football. Quite rightly, the grave events surrounding Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba dominated all stratums of the game over the past seven days, and by extension all of the football coverage too. This resulted in a strange ambivalence amongst the week’s acti...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Failure, hope and horror – just another weekend in the lives of Leicester City and ESPN

Despite the fact it has reached the ‘business end’ of the competition, I have so far abstained from reviewing ESPN’s FA Cup coverage; this is for two purely righteous reasons. Firstly, I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to watch England’s foremost domestic cup competition and I a...

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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, 21 February 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: An evening of Eurotrash as United make their Channel 5 debut

European football returned to our screens last week as our plucky English clubs once more ventured to the four corners of Europe to mix it up with some of the mightiest names in continental football; goliaths such as Barcelona, Inter and FC Metalist Kharkiv could all be on the horizon. As the week b...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: No handshake for Evra and no love lost between the partisan pundits at Sky

Think about this for a second. How many times do you think you have seen Luis Suarez’s hand this weekend? Ten times? Twenty? A hundred? I’m sure I’ve seen his wandering hand more than I’ve seen my own two in the past 48 hours, such has been the swirling media-frenzy since he refused to settle his di...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Serious lessons to learn from Fashanu’s footballing family

I’m fairly certain we can all agree that football has its fair share of problems. If it is not the shady transfer dealings of murky agent types skulking around the bins at Tottenham’s training ground, it is the ignorant grunts of ill-informed morons as they boo a man purely for being the brother of ...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A prosperous week for Liverpool in the cups but off the field is a different story

The days leading up to the weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Round ties were not particularly pleasant for many football fans, a week in which the unseemly and murky face of football was glaringly apparent. Many column inches were devoted to the tax-evasion trial of Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, as well as th...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Confusion reigns at City as Coleman fluffs his lines

Have you played Football Manager 2012? You may wonder how a game brimming with data, facts and incalculable statistics comes to contain such a dearth of information. Well, in the early stages of the games development, some spotty oik is charged with the task of finding someone close to each of the 7...

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: An incident-packed week at the BBC leaves Savage short of support and Lineker lost for words

They say a week in football is a long time and it can certainly be said that there was enough controversy, incident and wonder crammed into the last seven days of football to keep Joey Barton’s Twitter account going for years. The fallout from the Manchester derby, the return of Scholes and Henry, t...

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Manchester disunited but the magic of the FA Cup is alive and well

The much talked about magic of the FA Cup was present in abundance this Sunday during the huge third round Manchester showdown, in fact there was more magic contained in the 90 minutes than during a Paul Daniels swingers party. Chris Foy’s card tricks, a disappearing City captain and most mystifying...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A football overkill but Fabregas’ Barcelona adventure keeps us watching

At the top of this article you will see, if you can get past the crass, self-congratulatory overuse of my own name, that the tagline for this column mentions that there isn’t enough football on the TV. Obviously this pithy line is actually nonsense as there is in fact far too much football clogging ...

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Stelling and his merry mates bring festive cheer and genuine fear in the absence of any football

If we boil it down, there are two distinct ways to spend the festive period. You either endure the holiday wallowing in a pit of desperate desolation, alone with no hope of joviality, good tidings or communal kinship. Sat crestfallen in front of Eastenders on Christmas night, nursing a bottle of gin...

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A battle of wits ends in defeat for Worthy’s warhorses, but football marches on

Let’s face it. Our footballing heroes don’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to brainpower and academia do they? A cautionary glance at the post-match interviews every week on Match Of The Day show us superstars struggling to grasp the complexity of questions such as, “How do you feel the ...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A love-in for O’Neill as marvel Martin ruins Rovers’ day

It was clear at 1pm on Sunday what the overriding theme of the day was going to be on Sky Sports’ Live Super Sunday. Ed Chamberlain, growing more and more comfortably into the role of football anchorman, opened the afternoon’s football coverage by loudly proclaiming, “Sunderland’s new era begins tod...

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