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Paul Merson, 49, To Come Out Of Retirement And Sign For Welsh Fourth-Tier Side Caerau FC (Pending International Clearance)

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Next up in 'unexpected turn of events' news, it's been announced that Paul Merson is waiting on international clearance to sign for a team who play in the fourth-tier of the Welsh football league.

Now 49, Merson retired from professional football in 2006, but is now on the cusp of reversing that decision to turn out for Caerau FC, who are based in the town of Maestag, near Port Talbot.

‘I Was So Insecure’ – Robbie Savage Admits He Created Online Aliases To Praise Himself On Derby County Fan Forums

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Robbie Savage has admitted that back during his playing days, he created phoney online aliases which he used to shower himself with praise on fan forums.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the former Wales international revealed that, shortly after signing for Derby in 2008, he became so insecure about his performances that he created fake accountsand then infiltrated message boards to talk himself up.

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Arsenal to drop Ramsey for Wilshere after Wales World Cup woe?

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We Arsenal fans can only guess at what must be going through the mind of the Arsenal and Wales international star Aaron Ramsey at the moment, but you can bet it will not be good. Whether or not the failure of the Wales national team to qualify or even make the play-offs for next summer's [...]

Wales v Serbia Preview: Aaron Ramsey will be keen to impress

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The Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey may have only played a couple of half games for the Gunners since returning from his hamstring injury sustained in our opening match against Liverpool, but he is certain to start tonight for Wales against Serbia in the crucial World Cup Qualifying game. Ramsey was brilliant for his country in [.

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World Cup Qualifying: Solitary James McClean Goal Sees Rep. Of Ireland Reach Play-Offs At Wales’ Expense (Photos & Video)

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Republic of Ireland went barnstorming into the World Cup play-offs by beating Wales in Cardiff on Monday evening to thereby quash their opponents' thin hopes of making it to Russia.

The evening kicked-off with a stirringa capella rendition of the Welsh national anthem, Land of Our Fathers, which the home contingent bellowed out in bristling unison.

Where to find Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Ireland World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A playoff position is on the cards for either Wales or Ireland in a huge match for both countries. Playing at home in Cardiff, Wales needs a win and a Serbia defeat to finish in first place in the group.

[Photo]: Everton star suffers horrifying leg injury; will miss the rest of the season

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Everton defender, Seamus Coleman, suffered a broken leg in a horrific tackle from Neil Taylor during Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Wales in a World Cup qualifier.

Coleman was taken off the pitch on a stretcher, and was taken to hospital. The right-back is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Coleman horror injury mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right foot was left flopping at an unnatural angle by a crude lunge from Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

Coleman horror injury mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right foot was left flopping at an unnatural angle by a crude lunge from Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

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McClean breaks Welsh hearts as Ireland reach play-offs

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup play-off spot at Wales’ expense after James McClean’s crisp second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 victory in Cardiff on Monday.

The West Bromwich Albion winger’s goal moved Ireland above Wales into second place in Group D below Serbia, meaning Martin O’Neill’s men will be one of the eight teams in the European play-off draw on October 17.

McClean breaks Welsh hearts as Ireland reach play-offs

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Republic of Ireland claimed a World Cup play-off spot at Wales’ expense after James McClean’s crisp second-half strike earned his side a 1-0 victory in Cardiff on Monday.

The West Bromwich Albion winger’s goal moved Ireland above Wales into second place in Group D below Serbia, meaning Martin O’Neill’s men will be one of the eight teams in the European play-off draw on October 17.

Injured Bale out of Wales World Cup qualifiers

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London (AFP) – Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’s final two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland, the Football Association of Wales said on Tuesday.

Bale’s fitness has been a source of concern for the national side since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.

Injured Bale out of Wales World Cup qualifiers

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London (AFP) – Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Wales’s final two crucial World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland, the Football Association of Wales said on Tuesday.

Bale’s fitness has been a source of concern for the national side since he suffered a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week.

New Gareth Bale injury a concern for Wales

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale looks set to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Espanyol on Sunday, sparking fears he could also miss out on two crucial World Cup qualifiers for Wales next week.

Bale limped off with a calf strain after scoring and providing an assist for Cristiano Ronaldo as Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Rush always knew Woodburn would stick with Wales

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London (AFP) – Former Liverpool and Wales striker Ian Rush has said he never had any doubts that Anfield prodigy Ben Woodburn would resist the lure of playing for England.

The 17-year-old came off the bench to score a superb winner for Wales in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Austria in Cardiff on Saturday just four minutes into his senior international debut.

Woodburn, 17, revives Wales World Cup bid

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Teenager Ben Woodburn enjoyed a dream international debut as he fired Wales to a 1-0 victory over Austria in Cardiff on Saturday to bolster their chances of reaching next year’s World Cup.

The 17-year-old Liverpool striker drilled home the winner just four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to keep Wales unbeaten in qualifying and four points adrift of Group D leaders Serbia.

Wales draw as Spain, Italy stay neck and neck in World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) – Aaron Ramsey’s penalty helped Wales to a precious 1-1 draw in Serbia in World Cup qualifying on Sunday as they kept their hopes of a place at the finals in Russia alive.

Chris Coleman’s side were missing star man Gareth Bale due to suspension in Belgrade but Arsenal midfielder Ramsey inspired the visitors into a half-time lead when he floated in a 35th-minute penalty, sending goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic the wrong way.

Coleman broken leg horror mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a sickening injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right leg was broken by a crude lunge from Wales left-back Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

Coleman broken leg horror mars Ireland-Wales World Cup qualifying draw

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Dublin (AFP) – Wales were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland on Friday in a World Cup qualifier overshadowed by a sickening injury to Irish captain Seamus Coleman.

The Everton right-back was given oxygen and stretchered off in the 71st minute after his right leg was broken by a crude lunge from Wales left-back Neil Taylor, who was sent off.

Wales coach Coleman delighted to have Aaron Ramse back in squad

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey being fully fit for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin on Friday is a real filip for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists, manager Chris Coleman said.

Ramsey, instrumental in Wales’s fairytale run to the last four in France last year, has only been involved in one of their four qualifiers so far.

Wales coach Coleman delighted to have Aaron Ramse back in squad

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey being fully fit for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin on Friday is a real filip for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists, manager Chris Coleman said.

Ramsey, instrumental in Wales’s fairytale run to the last four in France last year, has only been involved in one of their four qualifiers so far.

Wales appeal FIFA poppy mosaic fine

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London (AFP) – The Football Association of Wales will appeal against the fine imposed by FIFA over the displaying of commemorative symbols during a Wales game, the organisation announced on Friday.

The FAW was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,960, 18,750 euros) after a wreath and poppy mosaic were displayed in memory of Britain’s war dead during a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff last November.

Wales, N. Ireland FAs charged over poppy tributes

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London (AFP) FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Wales and Northern Ireland over the display of commemorative poppy symbols in their recent matches, the world governing body announced on Wednesday.

Both countries' football associations opted against allowing their players to wear black armbands with poppy symbols, but they have been charged anyway.

Spain, Italy cruise as Wales held again

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Paris (AFP) Wales conceded an agonising late equaliser as Serbia battled to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday as forner champions Italy and Spain both won 4-0.

Earlier Saturday, the Republic of Ireland had stunned Austria 1-0 in Vienna and are top of Group D on 10 points, with Serbia second on eight and Wales third on six.

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World Cup Qualifying: Tom Lawrence Fires Wales To Precious Win In Georgia (Video)

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Wales remain on track for an automatic qualifying berth ahead of next summer's World Cup finals after a nervy 1-0 win over Georgia in Tbilisi.

Without the injured Gareth Bale, the onus was on Aaron Ramsey to provide the experience and creativity in the Welsh side and the Arsenal man impressed throughout.

Where to find Georgia vs. Wales World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Georgia vs. Wales World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Wales’s fate is in their own hands with the final two games of World Cup qualifying. The Welsh team, without Gareth Bale, need to get a win against Georgia in Tblisi as well as a win against Ireland on Tuesday.

Wales’ Unplanned 2017 adidas Third Kit

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The Football Association of Walesand adidas quickly issued a previously unplanned Wales 2017 third kit ahead of the team'sFIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier at Moldova on Tuesday. The new Dragons strip was worn in order to avoid a potential kit clash between the Welsh 2016/17 home and away shirts and the Moldovans red primary jersey.

‘Are You Actually Gareth Bale?’ – Young Fan Curtis Meets His Absolute Idol At Wales Training Session (Video)

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With a couple of World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Moldova in the offing, the Wales squad spent Tuesday limbering up at their training centre in Cardiff.

The Welsh FA also invited a select group of young fans down to the session to interact with their idols, including Curtis, who couldn't quite get his head around the fact that he was stood next to the real Gareth Bale!

Cardiff's big night of the Champions League final

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I am delighted Cardiff, the first city I made my home, is hosting next month's UEFA Champions League Final, but I am also keen it puts on a good show to the continent and increasingly the world.

Whilst no-one can deny the impressive 74,500 Millennium Stadium is a fine venue for any soccer showpiece, eyebrows everywhere have been raised at the realisation that Cardiff is a little on the small size as a city (population 340,000) and does not have a major airport nearby.

‘Don’t Take Me Home’ – The Story Of Wales’ Giddy Run To Euro 2016 Semi-Finals Is Getting Big Screen Treatment

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As was surely inevitable at some stage, Wales' phantasmagorical waltz through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 is getting the big screen treatment.

'Don't Take Me Home' named after *that* sodding chant will document the astoundingrun Chris Coleman's side enjoyed at the tournament in France: Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu, all that.

Gareth Bale at Real Madrid: Top 10 moments that define Bale’s Madrid career so far

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Following Barcelona's recent announcement that Neymar had signed a new five-year deal, rivals Real Madrid have also decided to tie down one of their own to a new long-term contract, announcingthat...

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Penley 5 Porthmadoc U18s 2 ht: 2-1 att: 11 (plus 1 horse)

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The prologue to my season began on Thursday at Hanley Town, for their narrow defeat to Nantwich. This was my first new ground of the season, though.

Cymu Alliance Guide 2017-18

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This is an unofficial guide to the Cymru Alliance. All photos are my own (of which some are a few years old and may not reflect the ground now). Please let me know of any inaccuracies or missing details.

The Cymru Alliance has been going 27 seasons. It is the northern section of second tier football in Wales.

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Shane Long Used Pregnancy Breathing Techniques To Help Calm Seamus Coleman After Gruesome Double Leg Break

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Itwas quite possibly the tenderest scene Pies have ever witnessed on a football pitch the sight of Shane Long rushing to cradle teammate Seamus Coleman after the latter suffered a grim double leg break in the Republic of Ireland's recent 0-0 draw against Wales.

It's since been revealed that, in an attempt to keep Coleman as relaxedas possible in the immediate aftermath, Long actually implemented soothingbreathing techniques he'd learned while assisting his wife Kayleah with her pregnancy.

Seamus Coleman Suffers Double Leg Break, Expected To Be Out For At Least Six Months

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It has been reportedtoday that poor Seamus Coleman suffered a double leg break in Republic of Ireland's goalless draw against Wales on Friday evening.

Colemanwas nobbled by a dreadful reckless lunge from Neil Taylor that left the Irish defender writhing in agony on the turf and his Welsh counterpart on the receiving end of a straight red card.

FIFA Bring Disciplinary Charges Against Wales For Allowing Fans To Wear Poppies In Crowd

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After launching probes into the various instances of rule-defying poppy display over the course of the international break, FIFA have today brought charges against the Football Associations of both Wales and Northern Ireland.

FIFA have specifically begun disciplinary proceedings against Wales pertaining to their 1-1 draw against Serbia on 12th November.

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Gary Speed, Steven Gerrard And Frank Lampard To Be Inducted Into National Football Museum Hall Of Fame

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The National Football Museum have announced that Gary Speed will be one of nine 2017 inductees into their esteemed Hall of Fame as a tribute to the late Welshman's exemplary career.

One of the most serially underrated players of the modern era, Speed made 841 appearances for five clubs, 535 of them coming in the Premier League, attaining bona fide fan favourite status at Leeds, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton in the meanwhile.

Woolly Bullies: Marauding Sheep Interrupt Play During Welsh Alliance League Match (Video)

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Resisting the urge to resort to national stereotypes, the recent Welsh lower-league tie between CPD Llanberis and Llandudno Junction FC was momentarily interrupted by a pair of woolly hooligans wooligans, if you will.

Indeed, play was brought to a halt when the marauding pair came gallivanting onto the pitch midway through the Alliance League Division One fixture.

The Interview: Meet Rhyl FC’s Niall McGuinness, the youngest manager in Europe

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You would think football management, with its unending pressure, would be an older man's game. The need for sober analysis and clear-headed thinking means that stout, sturdy men who have seen...

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