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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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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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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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Saturday, 19 November 2011

Reduce the size of the Premier League? You gotta be kidding me

Sometimes you have to wonder whether football is football anymore. Money has become part of our game for a long time now but the fear of how possessive riches will become, and how their grip will most probably tighten even further to strangle out every last penny from our game, is always in th...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: ITV begin to repay their debt with a feast of Man City delights

It’s the 12th June 2010. Seven thirty-four on a warm summer’s evening. My friends and I are huddled around my television, just as a million more expectant eyes are doing at the same moment up and down the nation. Then pffft … nothing. A moment’s darkness was followed by some guff about Hyundai cars ...

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

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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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Who will win the Champions League 2011/12?

Spanish giants Barcelona are attempting to make history this season. In May they destroyed Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United to win the Champions League, but no team has managed to keep hold of the famous trophy since it was renamed 20 years ago. However, the bookies firmly believe Pep Guardiola...

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Wednesday, 07 September 2011

Top 10 bizarre injuries to footballers

Swansea City’s vice-captain Alan Tate is set to miss most of the Swans’ debut season in Premier League after breaking his leg in a freak golfing accident. The versatile defender was a passenger in a golf buggy that lost control and Tate will have to watch the majority of the club’s rollercoaster adv...

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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Champions League: Easy group for United, tricky start for City

The draw for the Champions League group stages produced one very easy group for the Manchester pair and one tough one. Manchester Citywill have to work the hardest, but their squad strength should carry them through to the knockout phase at the first attempt, while Manchester United should coast it....

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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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Friday, 29 July 2011

Who is your club’s greatest signing?

It is time to dust out the sheepskin coat and training gear with matching initials. Yes we will soon be picking our fantasy football teams. The right signings will determine your chances of becoming the next Ferguson, Mourinho or Hiddnk. The chequebook has certainly assisted those who play for real....

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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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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Tevez, Modric, Nasri and co - Quit your moaning!

One of the lessons that I had drilled into me as a youngster is the old adage “asking never gets”. Maybe you too can recall a time when you asked your mum for a Penguin or something and she trotted out some half-cocked lecture about it being polite to wait to be offered blah, blah, blah. Well clearl...

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Football in 3D - A new risk to average attendances?

The world has evolved and developed a lot since the 1950s with the invention, evolution and development of everything from bladeless fans to electric cars and high definition broadcasts and beyond, but what have the boffins responsible for 3D been doing for 60 years since its inception? 3D today i...

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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, 01 August 2009

Squarefootball's fantasy football challenge

Do you see yourself as the next Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger? Do you think you can pick a better team than Harry Redknapp or Rafa Benitez? Brilliant, then why don’t you join us in competing for the coveted Squarefootball fantasy league crown? For the past few years we at Squarefootball towers...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Arsenal (1) vs Villarreal (1): Arsenal probably need to win

Arsenal goes into the second leg already ahead via the away goals rule, but Villarreal showed enough in Spain to suggest that it is more than capable of scoring at The Emirates. Arsenal has some desperate defensive worries tonight, missing Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Gael Clichy, Johan Djourou an...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2009

Villarreal vs Arsenal: Arsenal surge makes them favourites

The winners of the Manchester United / Porto clash will meet the winners of this tie between Villarreal and Arsenal. And both of these teams will be confident of progression in a close tie. Villarreal is in many ways an old fashioned European team, happy to compete at this level without lavishing ...

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Friday, 20 March 2009

Villarreal v Arsenal- The History

Villarreal are relative newcomers to Europes top table so there is a short history between these two clubs- but its certainly a significant one. In 2005/06 Villarreal battled their way through the Champions League qualifiers after their best ever finish in La Liga gave them their chance. The Yellow...

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Champions League Draw Reaction - Man United vs Liverpool final?

The Champions' League draw for the remaining games in the competition was again dominated by thoughts of how to avoid the English steamroller - even for the English clubs. And unfortunately the draw has thrown up yet another bout of deja vu. The tie of the round for me is Barcelona vs Bayern Munic...

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Please can the English clubs avoid each other in The Champions' League?

One of the traditional delights of European football is to see players on English grounds that would ordinarily only be viewed at the major international tournaments like the World Cup. These days when so many of the games best players are now concentrated in England this is less of a problem. How...

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Thursday, 12 March 2009

Liverpool look best Champions' League value

After the last sixteen round whittled down the competition to four English teams and four others who now offers the best value? For me Liverpool is set up so well for European games that a run to the final (where anything could happen) seems very possible. Of the eight contenders; Villarreal and P...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Panathinaikos vs Villarreal: Pana shutout will sink yellow submarine

The Panathinaikos vs Villarreal features another ex-Chelsea coach, with the 19-times Greek champions being lead by Henk Ten Cate who left the club at the end of last season when Avram Grant was sacked. Along with Claudio Ranieri at Juve and Jose Mourinho at Inter there are four Chelsea managers/coa...

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Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Champions League Preview: Villarreal v Panathinaikos

This tie brings together two sides who will be glad to have missed the heavyweights in the draw. Both will feel they have adecent chance of progress to the last eight. Villarreal should have been finalists in 2006. A missed penalty cost them dearly against Arsenal in a campaign where they could eas...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2006

3028: European Cup Semi-Final - Arse

by : Antony Melvin Villarreal bossed possession in a match that they never really looked like winning. Riquelme was not his normal authoritative self – but nevertheless Villarreal restricted Arsenal sufficiently to set up an intriguing second leg. Overall Toure’s conversion of one of the few real...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2006

3016: Beware Villarreal's Midfield M

by : Paul Grech Not everyone can have the same mesmerising effect on a game that Barcelona’s Ronaldinho or Arsenal’s Thierry Henry can through their trickery and skills. Then again not everyone needs to in order to play an equally influential role. Juan Roman Riquelme is currently one of the worl...

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Monday, 10 April 2006

2986: Villarreal: The Club From Nowh

by : Kieran McHugh Although they couldn’t have known it at the time, the two goalscorers on the day, Moises and Serban, did slightly more than earn their side 3 points in their bid to regain their place in the top flight in Spain. Villareal’s 2-0 win over promotion rivals Salamanca on January 23, ...

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