9
Sep

Gareth Bale saves Wales with free-kick goal, stops pitch invaders

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Wales struggled mightily against international powerhouse Andorra in their EURO 2016 qualifier on Tuesday, even trailing at one point after a sixth-minute penalty goal from Ildefons Lima (who?).

Luckily, Wales have one of the best players in the world on their squad, a certain “Gareth Bale.”

The Real Madrid ace headed home the equalizer later in the first half and then saved his best for last, scoring a perfect free kick in the 81st minute for the 2-1 victory.

Upon scoring the winner, Bale first copied his club teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s now famous “Hey, look at me!” celebration…

… and then stopped a wave of Welsh pitch invaders from running wild all over the pitch:

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"Calm down, people. It’s Andorra we’re talking about here."

Image provided by Reuters

28
Dec

Did Cardiff owner Vincent Tan boo his club after draw vs. Sunderland?

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Needless to say, Vincent Tan is not a popular figure in Cardiff, Wales at the moment.

Ever since the Malaysian self-made billionaire purchased a controlling share of the Welsh club in 2010, Tan has become a lighting-rod of controversy from the start; most-notably when he announced the club would be changing its club colors from blue to red, followed by his recent decision to relieve beloved manager Malky Mackay of his duties after a much-publicized ultimatum via email.

Fast forward to Saturday when Tan was caught by cameras appearing to boo his own players after Jack Colback scored a dramatic equalizer to help Sunderland draw Cardiff 2-2 in their Premier League clash. The Dragons’ owner gesture went viral on social media:

Tan’s latest act will surely not endear him to Cardiff CIty fans anytime soon. Earlier in the week, a group of 200 Cardiff supporters gathered outside Cardiff City Stadium before the Boxing Day 3-0 defeat against Southampton to protest against Tan.

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Images courtesy of Action Images / Thomson Reuters.

H/T 101GG and USA Today.

21
Nov

#TBT: Vinnie Jones visits FOX Soccer Daily

Former Welsh international Vinnie Jones joined FOX Soccer Daily on Thursday, so what better than to take a trip down memory lane with the Wimbledon legend?

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Jones after winning the FA Cup final with Wimbledon in 1988.image

Jones, seen here celebrating a save, was forced into action in the goal after Wimbledon’s keeper was sent off against Newcastle.

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(Images: Getty)

More than just a footballer, Jones made his acting debut in Guy Ritchie’s classic “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.”image

(Image: The Monecito Picture Company)

And then, of course, who could forget Jones’ role as a Manchester United hooligan in “Euro Trip”?

16
Oct

Grandpa hits jackpot after betting on grandson’s international debut

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Image courtesy of Reuters

How’s this for a wager?

In the 87th minute of Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belgium, 16-year-old Harry Wilson entered the match to became his country’s youngest-ever senior player. As great of a moment as it was for Wilson, it was perhaps even better for his grandfather, who fifteen years ago wagered £50 that Harry would suit up for Wales’ senior team one day:

Wilson’s grandfather, Peter Edwards, was given 2,500/1 odds by a bookmaker in 2000 for the bet, when Wilson was just 18 months old. He’s now £125,000 richer, and, at age 62, is set to retire a year earlier than he planned.

Edwards told the BBC:

"I was shattered because I had to wait for 85, 86 minutes before he came on and I was panicking because they’d already substituted twice, so I thought he wasn’t going to make it.

But when he came on I had another glass of wine. (I was) a proud granddad first for sure.”

If Wilson doesn’t receive the best Christmas present of his life from his grandpa this year, something is seriously wrong.

H/T BBC

4
Sep

After whirlwind weekend, Gareth Bale gets some quiet time

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Gareth Bale will always remember Sept. 2, 2013. That day marks the actualization of a boyhood dream, being presented as a Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Bernabeu was packed with upward of 85,000 fans reportedly clamoring to catch a glimpse of the world’s most expensive player. It stands to reason that thousands of fans were turned away, unable to see the $132 million man.

Fast forward just one day, and look at the raucous crowd gathered to see Bale in action during training for the Wales national team:

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Absolute bedlam!

We’re surprised the fire marshal wasn’t called to help scatter the throng of supporters. In all seriousness, though, maybe this is a good thing for Bale. He has a heap of expectations on his shoulders in Spain, so a little peace and quiet might be a welcomed change of pace.

(Images courtesy of Reuters).