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Soccer Break Thursday


SOCCER-CHAMPIONSGareth Bale. The dashing Welsh winger primed to scare the living daylights out of England on Saturday. Injured. Did anyone else hear that collective sigh of relief from England fans today?

But what about Tottenham Hotspur fans. Are you worried your star man’s recent struggles with injury could hamper your club’s Champions League quarter-final chances against Real Madrid?

There are of course plenty of qualifiers this weekend so read our preview for all the latest.

Anna on the Italian Soccer Serie A has picked what she reckons might be Italy’s team to play Slovenia in Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier having spied on Cesare Prandelli’s training sessions. Read more here.

Football comes together to remember Hillsborough


There are lots of poignant pieces out there commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Steve Wilson’s blog on the BBC is very moving. I too had a school friend who was luckily pulled out of the Leppings Lane end.