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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Four

Arsenal saw off Sunderland as record signing Mesut Ozil made his debut but the German international was upstaged by the Gunners man of the moment Aaron Ramsey. Elsewhere we had wins for Manchester United and a return to form for Wayne Rooney, Everton got their first three points of the season aga...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

10 things we've learned over the past seven days

The past seven days have seen Arsenal give a debut to their club-record signing Mesut Ozil, the issue of diving return, referees getting pelters and England edging ever closer to the World Cup in 2014. But what have we actually learned from watching the beautiful game over the past seven days? Her...

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Outside the Box – Football on TV: With Vinnie and Fash around, watching TV footy doesn’t get tougher than this!

I think we can probably all agree that football isn’t really… let’s say the toughest of sporting activities. An ever-softening underbelly in our national game has rendered some of its most prized exponents meek overripe children that wilt at the merest of touches. Anti-gladiatorial windsocks ...

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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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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, 09 September 2013

Who will be the first Premier League manager to be axed?

Arsene Wenger came in from 50/1 to 12/1 following Arsenals shock opening day defeat of the season to Aston Villa. However, the longest serving manager in England has put some clear distance between himself and the dole queue thanks to league victories over Fulham and rivals Spurs, qualifying for the...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week: Week Three

Arsenal regained local bragging rights with a 1-0 victory over North London rivals Spurs on Sunday while Liverpools Daniel Sturridge was on target for the third game in a row as Liverpool moved to the top of the table with victory over their old foes Manchester United. In a weekend that only produc...

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Monday, 02 September 2013

Transfer Deadline Day - Summer 2013

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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Seven things we learned this week

The past week has seen Arsenal return to winning ways in the Premier League, goals, shocks and drama in the Capital One Cup and draws for the Champions League and Europa League, not forgetting Tottenhams domination of the transfer market by breaking their club record transfer fee three times. But w...

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Two

Arsenal bounced back from their shocking opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa to see off Fulham on a rain-soaked afternoon in the capital on Saturday, but the major story this week came in Cardiff as Malky Mackays newly promoted side came from behind to send the billionaires of Manchester City ...

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Premier League: Walcott, Sturridge, Rooney or Lampard - Who will be the top English marksman?

Liverpools Daniel Sturridge notched his second goal of the season on Saturday to give Liverpool their second 1-0 win of the season. Not only have his goals given Liverpool a 100 per cent start to the new season it has also moved him to within nine of his total haul for the previous campaign. But, ...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: It’s serious stuff in Moyes’ Monday match up, but there are plenty of laughs elsewhere

“The Chosen One vs The Special One” was the rather grandiose proclamation, uttered with no hint of levity or jest by the stony-faced Ed Chamberlain last evening as Jose Mourinho brought his Chelsea team to Old Trafford in David Moyes’ home debut as United boss. Understandably there was a he...

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

10 things we learned from the Premier League's opening weekend

The Premier League returned at the weekend with one mighty bang. The most exciting league in the world gave us goals, red cards and controversial decisions . . . and that was just from the Arsenal v Aston Villa game! Numerous stars from around the world made their first professional appearance on E...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week

The new 2013/14 Premier League season kicked off with a bang on Saturday with Arsenal sensationally losing at home to Aston Villa while their main rivals for silverware - Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs - all got their campaign off to a winning start. Game week one provided u...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: No surprises on opening day but at least the future’s looking bright at the BBC

You know when you think about it, I mean really think about it, a game of football is a very curious thing. Twenty-two pre-pubescent chimps, wrenched from their pre-ordained life path of birth school bully Aldi shelf-stacker Aldi till supervisor death, are organised militarily on a fiel...

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Could Wenger be the first manager to be axed in 2013/14?

Arsenals embarrassing 3-1 home opening day defeat to Aston Villa has piled the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger. The longest serving boss in the top flight was safe as houses back in June and July as bookies offered odds of around 50/1 for the Frenchman to be the first managerial casualty of the se...

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Aguero, RVP, Giroud, Suarez or Benteke: Who will be the Premier League's top scorer?

Arsenals Thierry Henry is the only player in Premier League history to have won the Golden Boot three seasons in a row. Last season former Arsenal star Robin van Persie managed his second back-to-back - joining England greats Alan Shearer and Michael Owen - as he helped Manchester United to the titl...

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Friday, 16 August 2013

Going down: Who will drop out of the Premier League in 2013/14?

The battle to stay in the Premier League is probably more hotly contested than those trying to win it. While only Chelsea, City, United or possibly Arsenal can realistically lift the league this season, almost half of the teams in the division are at risk of falling through the Premier League trap d...

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Squarefootball Fantasy Football invitation 2013/14

We are now less than 48 hours away from the start of the new 2013/14 Premier League season and time is running out to take part in our Squarefootball Fantasy Football competition. You have £100 million to spend on a squad of 15 players in your bid to win the Squarefootball title, but do you have wh...

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Who will win the Premier League and who will make up the top four?

Only five teams have won the Premier League title since its inception in 1992/1993. Manchester United, the leagues most dominate force, are the reigning champions but former winners Chelsea and Manchester City are determined to win it back, while Arsenal look like facing another season battling to f...

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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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Outside the Box – Football on TV: Seconds out for round 1, but Neville vs. Carragher fails to excite

…and we’re back. After an ageless summer packed with inexplicable blistering sunshine, Great Britain somehow conspiring to become sporting world-beaters and Luis Suarez cutting ties with his remaining few friends in this country, we’ve finally got our beloved football back. With no major sum...

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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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Sunday, 04 August 2013

Who will win the 2013/14 League Cup?

Swansea City stunned everyone last season by clinching the League Cup in Michael Laudrups first season at the Liberty Stadium, earning the Swans a long-awaited return into Europe. But who will be victorious at Wembley this time? The competition kicks off on Monday with Preston, who drew with Wolves...

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Squarefootball's Fantasy Football invitation 2013/14

The new 2013/14 Premier League season is fast approaching and clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United are busy trying to secure deals to bring some talented fresh faces to their clubs. However, its time for you to enter the transfer market yourself and show Arsene Wenger and David Moyes how it shou...

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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, 19 June 2013

Who will be the next Premier League manager to leave his post?

Alan Pardew looked to be on to a good thing at Newcastle United after signing his eight-year contract. Unfortunately the arrival of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football at St James Park, preceeded by a nightmare season, has seen punters up and down the country lumping money on him to be the next Prem...

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Who will win the Premier League 2013/14?

The 2013/14 Premier League season looks like being one of the most interesting campaigns in recent years. For one there will be no Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugout at Manchester United. He has been replaced by fellow Scot David Moyes. Secondly, the Special One Jose Mourinho is back and, thirdly, Manc...

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Football's five biggest traitors

In the wake of the current Luis Suarez controversy, lets take a look at some other high profile footballers who went through with transfers that broke their fans’ hearts. 1. Luis Figo In 2000, Figo made a surprising 60m euro move to Barcelonas bitter rivals Real Madrid. Many Barcelona fans felt ...

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Monday, 03 June 2013

Lisa De Vanna, Rooney, Ibrahimovich or Sinclair - Who has scored the best overhead kick?

Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovich are huge names in the world of football and have left their mark by scoring some fabulous goals, none more so than their famous overhead kicks against Manchester City and England respectively. But has Australian womens striker Lisa De Vanna scored the best overhe...

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

The shortest reigns in football management

With Mark Hughes on the verge of becoming Stoke Citys next boss, Jose Mourinho set to return to Chelsea and Manchester City having agreed a verbal deal for Malagas Manuel Pellegrini, all three of them will be hoping for a long stay in English football. However, Hughes has already had his first Hugh...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Bruce goes through Hull as the Championship season ends in drama

There are not many days in the course of the long football season that the glitzy farce of the Premier League is shuffled into the background like an ugly sister at a wedding. Usually, as the weekend rolls around every pundit, fan and newscaster is eagerly sharing their thoughts on Van Persie...

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Sunday, 05 May 2013

The View Outside The Premier League: Hull City enjoy the rollercoaster but Peterborough lose out in musical chairs

To call it high drama doesnt even do justice to the last day of the Championship. All three major issues - promotion, play-offs and relegation went to the last minute. At the KC Stadium Hull City made sure they did it the hardest of hard ways before finding a way back to the Premier League. Going...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Championship: Who's going up and who's going down?

The Championship is arguably the toughest football league in the world. Anyone can beat anyone on their day and a couple of wins can take you from relegation fodder to play-off material. There are only eight more games of this madness left before the crazy world of the play-offs get under way, so le...

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Sunday, 03 February 2013

Manchester United: What can Wilfried Zaha bring to Old Trafford?

Looking at what Wilfried Zaha brought to the Theatre of Deams the last time he was here in 2011, Sir Alex Ferguson has acquired an absolute star in the making. Zaha has energy, pace, quick feet, trickery and confidence. Everything you need to succeed at Old Trafford. When Crystal Palace cam...

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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Arsenal, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle: The top 10 FA Cup giant killings of all-time

Luton Town became the first non-league club in 24 years to beat a top flight side on Saturday as the Hatters beat Premier League Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road. Paul Buckles men rode their luck against the Canaries, but super sub Scott Rendell wrote his name in FA Cup folklore with a winner 10 mi...

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Saturday, 05 January 2013

Whose name is on the FA Cup? Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United?

The FA Cup Third Round gets under way this weekend and everyone is dreaming of Wembley. Even the big boys, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs will all be looking forward to a sunny day under the arch in May. But who will win the FA Cup this season? Chelsea are the current ...

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Monday, 26 November 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Leeds impress the new owners and Doncaster find some home form

Leeds United marked the clubs sale to new owners by ending the excellent run of high-flying Crystal Palace. It was a much-needed boost for boss Neil Warnock who knows well enough that new men in charge often want to make changes. He will be only too aware that the club are no further on than wh...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Ollie gets a Palace welcome and it could be Dons v Dons in the cup

Its a truism of football that managers usually take over teams when they are in trouble and the last incumbent has resigned or been sacked. Thats certainly not the case at Crystal Palace though, where Ian Holloway has inherited a bunch of players full of confidence and fairly fizzing on the park...

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Monday, 29 October 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Palace Show Resilience and the Gills Are On A Roll

It proved to be a weekend of quiet satisfaction for Crystal Palace fans. Despite Dougie Freedmans decision to join Bolton the Eagles produced the performance of the day to end Leicester Citys unbeaten home record. And for good measure, Bolton lost at Middlesbrough. Because of his past service t...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A more civilised way to talk about football perhaps, but it all comes down to Rooney’s gash in the end

Any long time readers of this column will be acutely aware of my ill feelings towards the current football malaise we reside in: the international break. A fortnight long forced abstinence of domestic football with only a scattered group of international fixtures to keep us going. Mercifully...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Harry has a new game as Redknapp makes his Match Of The Day bow

All in all, it’s fair to say that the summer of 2012 will be looked back on with a great deal of fondness by the vast majority. Sure the weather failed to resemble anything remotely “summery”, and we may of had to put up with the usual bunch of sycophantic ne’er-do-wells in the Big Brother h...

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Monday, 03 September 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Mackail-Smith double sinks Burnley

Craig Mackail-Smith is an unusual name for a Scotland striker but the Brighton player showed his international pedigree at Turf Moor on Saturday with two quality strikes, one of which would grace a goal of the season compilation. The striker made the difference in a 3-1 win which didnt flatter th...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Mischievous Murray makes Match Of The Day 2 anything but the Muppet Show

It already feels like the 2012-13 season has been going for months. Arsenal and Tottenham have had about three different periods of crisis already; Sir Alex claims Wayne Rooney isn’t pulling his weight, despite only having played one and half games; and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is al...

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Monday, 27 August 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Wycombe washed out but its raining goals in Blackpool

Saturdays games saw the rare occurrence of amatch being abandoned due to health and safety reasons. With thunderous clouds overhead and lightning flashing, Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol Rovers were called off well into the second half of their League Two contest. Rovers were the most aggrieved by...

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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Leeds, Forest, Wednesday or Blackburn: Who will win promotion from the Championship?

Ian Holloway’s Blackpool have made an unbeaten start to the new campaign. The Tangerines have scored 10 goals in three games against Millwall, Leeds and Ipswich Town, conceding just one in the process, and are looking good for a promotion place. However, trying to predict the Championship i...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Neville looking sharp as Sky’s fantasy football begins

The beginning of a football season is always a curious period. Our much-cherished teams turn up at 3pm on opening day looking ever so slightly different from the last time we saw them. New kits, new colours if you live in Cardiff, new players and sometimes even new managers. Whatever misty remnant...

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Monday, 20 August 2012

The View Outside The Premier League: Fleetwood fire blanks and Pompey players get to know each other

A new football season always throws up some unusual stories on day one but there can have been few beginnings to a campaign quite like Portsmouths. Amazingly Pompey came away with a point from their first League One encounter despite sending out a whole team of debutants. Before he joined the sou...

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