Scotland

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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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Fergie calls time, but Sky ensure we’ll see plenty of him before he goes

So, I’m not sure if you’ve heard but Sir Alex Ferguson announced to the world last week that he intends to quietly walk away from football at the end of the season. In mass hysterical scenes usually only seen when a monarch dies or a Twilight film comes out, the entire country seemed to let o...

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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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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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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Manchester United: Celebrating Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is now in his 27th year as manager of Manchester United and has guided this great club to glory and so much more. Ferguson’s numerous titles both in England and Europe for Manchester United are evidence of his greatness. His ability to rebuild a team over the years and be able ...

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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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Friday, 16 November 2012

Jordan, Strachan or Stark - Who should be the next Scotland boss?

Its been more than a week since the Scottish Football Association decided to relieve national boss Craig Levein of his duties but we are nowhere nearer to discovering who they will turn to next. Former Scotland greats Gordon Strachan and Joe Jordan have been strongly tipped with the vacant post ...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Scottish football: How a 16-team league revamp can benefit all clubs

The notion of returning to a 16-team top tier in Scotland has been mooted for the past few seasons and with Rangers dropping out of the top tier it has never looked more likely that the 16-team division will come to pass. There are two major issues at stake with such a proposal. The ...

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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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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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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

QPR: Is Jamie Mackie's popularity stopping QPR from accepting a very good deal?

Despite all of the new, more established signings made by QPR over the past year, you will be hard pressed to find a more popular figure at Loftus Road than Jamie Mackie. The now Scottish international’s all action displays, and key contributions at pivotal moments last season (the 93rd mi...

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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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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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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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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Scottish Cup Final: Hearts v Hibs - betting special

The whole of Edinburgh will be heading to Glasgow this afternoon as Hibs and Hearts roll up at Hampden for their first Scottish Cup Final clash for 116 years. Its been more than a century since Hibs last got their hands on the cup. That has been a subject of great hilarity for those from Tynecastle,...

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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

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, 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, 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, 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, 01 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: A bad week for JT just gets worse and worse as the news hacks attack!

It’s been a bad old week for Chelsea and England captain John Terry hasn’t it? The on-going racism row between Terry and his accuser Anton Ferdinand has been front and back page news since the incident occurred a week ago and the story shows no signs of halting. Like most I have seen the footage...

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

St Johnstone: Who will replace McInnes as Saints' manager?

Following the success he achieved at McDairmid Park, Derek McInnes was always going to be poached by a club in England. Not only had he guided St Johnstone to the SPL, he did so playing some damn fine football. After leading the Saints to the top half of the table, he has decided now is the right ti...

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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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Monday, 10 October 2011

Scotland: Can Levein’s men shock the world champions Spain?

Scotland’s narrow win over Liechtenstein, combined with Spain’s 2-0 win over the Czech Republic, has given Craig Levein’s men a glimmer of hope of qualifying for their first major tournament since France 98. All they need to do is better what the Czechs do against Lithunia. Unfortunately their oppon...

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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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Monday, 05 September 2011

Scots Corner: Is summer football the future for the SPL?

As the nights begin to draw in, getting shorter and shorter, and the weather quickly deteriorating, the age-old prospect of summer football has reared its head again. With the football season only a few weeks old and already the Scottish winter setting in, why not? Last season saw a record number o...

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Monday, 22 August 2011

Scots Corner: Is The SPL Really That Bad?

Scottish football suffered a shock to the system on Thursday night, with all three Europa League representatives posting disappointing results in the first legs of their respective ties. It was the most damning evidence that Scottish football has declined considerably in recent years, as Hearts and ...

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Monday, 08 August 2011

Scots Corner: Hearts broken by Jefferies' shock dismissal

The SPL has had a hectic week, with domestic, European and friendly action, as well as the first managerial casualty of the season. Following Hearts 1-0 home defeat to Dundee United last Sunday, extending their winless streak even further, manager Jim Jefferies and assistant Billy Brown were sacked...

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Sunday, 07 August 2011

Will the new season throw up any shocks across Europe's top leagues?

Here we go again ... Its that time of year again. Your club has had some embarrassing/great results in pre-season friendlies and the anticipation builds up as the new season approaches, but what can we expect from the big leagues around Europe? Some countries, of course, have already kicked off, su...

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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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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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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, 01 April 2009

Scotland: Burley faces axe as Keegan approached

Square football sources understand that George Burley will be sacked tonight by Scotland if they fail to beat Iceland and it’s claimed that officials have already opened talks with former England managers Kevin Keegan and Steve McClaren as possible replacements.George Burley’s tenure as Scotland bos...

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Monday, 30 March 2009

Scotland v Iceland - The History

ScotlandsWorld Cupqualifierwith Iceland at Hampden has become a critical test for George Burleys squad now that Holland are running away with Group Nine. The under pressure Scottish boss will be hoping his side can maintain a 100% record against the visitors. The Icelanders were part of Scotlands W...

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Gemmill or Gazza: Who scored the better goal? You decide

We’re currently in the middle of an international break so what better time to look back at two of the best goals scored in international football by England and Scotland and ask: Which was better, Archie Gemmill for Scotland against Holland or Paul Gascoigne for England against Scotland? Both goal...

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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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