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Nightclub bouncer, actor, Fantasy Premier League master – Where are Liverpool’s league title winners from 1990 now?

Nightclub bouncer, actor, Fantasy Premier League master – Where are Liverpool’s league title winners from 1990 now?
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Nations League Fixtures 2020-2021…

England will play world number one team Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in League A of the 2020-21 Nations League.

Wales will face the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Bulgaria in League B, while Northern Ireland are grouped with Austria, Norway and Romania.

Scotland, also in League B, will play the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Euro 2020 play-off opponents Israel.

The first group games take place in September this year, with the finals scheduled for the summer.

Groups in full:

League A
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Netherlands England Portugal Switzerland
Italy Belgium France Spain
Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark Sweden Ukraine
Poland Iceland Croatia Germany
League B
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Romania Israel Hungary Bulgaria
Northern Ireland Slovakia Turkey Republic of Ireland
Norway Scotland Serbia Finland
Austria Czech Republic Russia Wales
League C
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Azerbaijan Armenia Moldova Kazakhstan
Luxembourg Estonia Slovenia Lithuania
Cyprus North Macedonia Kosovo Belarus
Montenegro Georgia Greece Albania
League D
Group one Group two
Malta San Marino
Andorra Liechtenstein
Latvia Gibraltar
Faroe Islands

England lost twice to Belgium at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, going down 1-0 in the group stage before losing 2-0 in the third-place play-off.

Iceland famously beat the Three Lions in the last 16 of Euro 2016, while Daniel Sturridge earned Roy Hodgson’s side a 1-0 win in their last meeting with Denmark.

“All of the groups are quite tough and it’s a really good fixture with Belgium as well – a team we haven’t played as much in the last couple of years,” England manager Gareth Southgate told Sky Sports.

“The best way to improve is to play the best teams. We got very proficient in the European qualifiers at beating teams who defended deep, and managed to score a lot of goals. But you are only developing one part of your game in those tests.

“These matches will be a greater test of our all-round game.”

Elsewhere, Wales are grouped with the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League for the second time in a row. Ryan Giggs’ side won 4-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium in September 2018 before securing a 1-0 victory in Dublin the following month.

Scotland, who are due to play Israel in a one-off Euro 2020 play-off semi-final at Hampden Park later this month, also face the Israelis in the Nations League once again.

Alex McLeish’s team lost 2-1 away in the inaugural edition of the tournament, before winning 3-2 at home to top League C Group One last season.

Northern Ireland lost twice to Austria, being beaten 1-0 away before a 2-1 defeat at Windsor Park.

What has changed in 2020-21?

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Nations League 2020-21

Image captionTuesday’s 2020-21 Nations League draw was held in Amsterdam

Uefa has increased the size of the top three tiers to 16 countries – meaning each group will have four teams – and decreased the size of the bottom tier to seven.

The teams who win each group in the top division – as England did last time – will go into the finals tournament in June 2021. The teams who finish bottom will be relegated to League B.

Unlike the previous campaign, when everybody was qualifying for the Euro 2020 play-offs, only two World Cup play-off spots are on offer to the 55 countries.

The best two Nations League group winners who do not qualify for the World Cup or play-offs through normal qualifying, will go into the 12-team World Cup play-offs in March 2022.

When are the games?

Matchday 1: 3-5 September 2020

Matchday 2: 6-8 September 2020

Matchday 3: 8-10 October 2020

Matchday 4: 11-13 October 2020

Matchday 5: 12-14 November 2020

Matchday 6: 15-17 November 2020

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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan looking to concentrate more on the bluebirds…

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has reportedly sold half of his stake in MLS club Los Angeles FC – and plans to sell off the other half as well.

The shares already sold, purported to be worth around $70m, are said to have been bought by a group of individuals within the club, who are already planning to buy the rest of his stake, too.

Tan owned 20 percent of LAFC but his shareholding is now said to have been reduced to just 10 percent, according to the LA Times  

It all points to a streamlining of Tan’s footballing portfolio, helping him to narrow his focus on Cardiff City and their bid to get back into the Premier League.

Sources close to Tan say that is very much his priority.

News of the American scaleback comes after impeccable sources at Cardiff City told WalesOnline that reports Tan was planning a takeover of Spanish club Malaga were wide of the mark . 

We reported back in the summer that Tan was planning to sell all of his shares in the LA FC and while it has not as yet been made official, this alleged sale appears to be the first big step towards that. 

As well as Cardiff and LA FC, Tan currently owns Belgian First Division side KV Kortrijk and Bosnian club FK Sarajevo.

Bluebirds fans will be hoping much of the money Tan is getting from the sale will be ploughed into Cardiff, as Neil Harris seeks to strengthen the squad further in the summer transfer window.

The sale, according to the American outlet, values the club, which formed only in 2018, at more than $700m, making it the most valuable franchise in MLS history.

It looks as though Tan is slowly exiting surely the most glamorous board in world football with minority owners including Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, actor Will Ferrell, Magic Johnson, former football star Mia Hamm and her husband, former baseball player Nomar Garciaparra.

LA FC’s first game of the 2020 season saw them take on David Beckham’s newly-formed MLS franchise Inter Miami on Sunday, game the Los Angeles side won 1-0 thanks to a goal from former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela.

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Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest

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Cardiff
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4Morrison
16Nelson
3Bennett
6Vaulks
15Pack
33Hoilett
13Paterson
11Murphy
9Glatzel
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5Flint
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Nottm Forest
30Samba
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22Yates
23Lolley
28Silva
19Ameobi
7Grabban
Substitutes
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16Jenkinson
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Cardiff City will be without midfielder Lee Tomlin when they welcome Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Tuesday.

Tomlin missed their defeat by Stoke City on Saturday due to a knee injury that he picked up in training and is now out for at least six weeks.

Nottingham Forest have fitness concerns over top scorer Lewis Grabban and midfielders Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi.

Grabban and Sow have knee injuries and Ameobi has a hip problem, while striker Nuna Da Costa (groin) is out.

Match facts

Cardiff City have won nine of their previous 10 league matches against Nottingham Forest, drawing the other in December 2015.
Nottingham Forest have won one of their past 11 away league visits to Cardiff (W1 D3 L7), a 2-0 victory in November 2010.
Despite drawing five of their previous six home matches (W1), Cardiff have lost fewer home games than any other Championship side on home soil this season (W8 D7 L1), a 0-1 defeat by Bristol City in November.
In the 13 Championship games this season when Nottingham Forest have had the larger share of possession, they have managed just one victory (7.7% – D5 L7), compared to winning 14 of the other 21 matches in which the Reds have surrendered the higher share to their opponents (66.7% – D6 L1).
Nottingham Forest have lost on seven on their previous 10 trips to Welsh sides in all competitions (W1 D2), though following their victory at Swansea in September, the Reds are looking to win back-to-back games in Wales for the first time since November 2010 (1-0 v Swansea, 2-0 v Cardiff).
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Real Madrid chief blasts fans for ‘harsh’ treatment of Gareth Bale and says Tottenham transfer would be ‘good for everyone’

Real Madrid chief blasts fans for ‘harsh’ treatment of Gareth Bale and says Tottenham transfer would be ‘good for everyone’

Real Madrid chief blasts fans for ‘harsh’ treatment of Gareth Bale and says Tottenham transfer would be ‘good for everyone’


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Wales win 2-0 and finish in an automatic Euro 2020 slot…

Wales qualify for Euro 2020 with a superb 2-0 win against Hungary! https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/wales-qualify-for-euro-2020-with-a-superb-2-0-win-against-hungary/
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Wales 2-0 Hungary: Aaron Ramsey double sends Wales to Euros

Wales 2-0 Hungary: Aaron Ramsey double sends Wales to Euros

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One More Test for Wales

One More Test for Wales

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UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Hungary

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Hungary

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Hungary


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Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid and sign for Red Devils in January

Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid and sign for Red Devils in January

Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid and sign for Red Devils in January


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Wales win 2-0 away against Azerbaijan to keep their qualification hopes alive…

They now have to win a home tie against Hungary on Tuesday night to qualify for the Euro 2020 Championships.

The 2-0 victory away at Azerbaijan was a comfortable and well controlled match with a great early goal from new Welsh sensation Keith Moore, scoring his second goal in his first 4 games.

The second goal which really killed the game off as a competition, was scored by another new Welsh sensation Harry Wilson on the 34 minute.

Manager Ryan Giggs made some big calls whilst picking the team and will feel that these were good calls and will also be happy with a clean sheet away from home.

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/wales-win-2-0-away-against-azerbaijan-to-keep-their-qualification-hopes-alive/

Man Utd starlet James following in Ronaldo’s footsteps, says club legend Giggs

Man Utd starlet James following in Ronaldo’s footsteps, says club legend Giggs

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10314086/man-utd-james-following-ronaldo-says-giggs/
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2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 16 – Sunday

2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 16 – Sunday

2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 16 – Sunday


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Aaron Ramsey apologises to Cristiano Ronaldo for stealing his goal after fans joke he’ll never play for Juventus again

Aaron Ramsey apologises to Cristiano Ronaldo for stealing his goal after fans joke he’ll never play for Juventus again

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10296082/aaron-ramsey-apologises-cristiano-ronaldo-stealing-goal-juventus/
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Real Madrid to offer Gareth Bale plus £70m for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling!

Real Madrid to offer Gareth Bale plus £70m for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling!

http://maconsultancycardiff.com/cardiff/real-madrid-to-offer-gareth-bale-plus-70m-for-manchester-city-star-raheem-sterling-reports/
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Ryan Giggs urges Man Utd to make SIX new transfers to find creative player and ‘see a real difference’

Ryan Giggs urges Man Utd to make SIX new transfers to find creative player and ‘see a real difference’

https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/4714766/ryan-giggs-urges-man-utd-to-make-six-new-transfers-to-find-creative-player-and-see-a-real-difference/
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Ex-Celtic ace Craig Bellamy says sorry in wake of Cardiff bullying probe findings

Ex-Celtic ace Craig Bellamy says sorry in wake of Cardiff bullying probe findings

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/4879293/celtic-craig-bellamy-cardiff-bullying-investigation/
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Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer

Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer

Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer


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Ben Davies: Wales a ‘proper team’ again, says Spurs defender – BBC Sport

Ben Davies: Wales a ‘proper team’ again, says Spurs defender – Ben Davies says Wales have proved they are a “proper team” again during the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender set up Gareth Bale’s equaliser in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Croatia.

That followed a draw in Slovakia, those games ensuring Ryan Giggs’ side can still qualify for the tournament.

“We looked really solid, we looked like a proper team out there (against Croatia). The boys performed. We’ve been hard to beat,” said Davies.

“And that’s where we want to get to.

“We have been brave in the past and played out from the back a lot.

“But sometimes you just need to slow it down, get organised and get back to what we are good at.

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Aaron Ramsey’s Fitness is being assessed ahead of the Euro Qualifiers…

Wales are to assess Aaron Ramsey’s fitness ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers versus Slovakia and Croatia

The 28-year-old is travelling to Cardiff today having sat out Juventus’ win over Inter Milan on Sunday.

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said the midfielder, who was on the bench, felt a twinge in his abductor muscle while warming up at half-time.

Ramsey is yet to feature in Euro 2020 qualifying due to injury and last played for Wales in November 2018.

But boss Ryan Giggs hopes the former Arsenal midfielder will be involved in key fixtures against Slovakia on Thursday and at home to Croatia on 13 October.

— Read more on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/49960357

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Aaron Ramsey: Wales to assess midfielder’s fitness for Euro qualifiers…

Wales are to assess Aaron Ramsey’s fitness ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers versus Slovakia and Croatia

The 28-year-old is travelling to Cardiff today having sat out Juventus’ win over Inter Milan on Sunday.

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said the midfielder, who was on the bench, felt a twinge in his abductor muscle while warming up at half-time.

Ramsey is yet to feature in Euro 2020 qualifying due to injury and last played for Wales in November 2018.

But boss Ryan Giggs hopes the former Arsenal midfielder will be involved in key fixtures against Slovakia on Thursday and at home to Croatia on 13 October.

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Rugby World Cup 2019: From Tokyo to Otsu, Wales’ change of pace for Fiji – BBC Sport

Rugby World Cup 2019: From Tokyo to Otsu, Wales’ change of pace for Fiji – BBC Sport
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Emiliano Sala: Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman explains decision to challenge FIFA ruling ordering Bluebirds to pay Nantes £5.3m

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman explains decision to challenge FIFA ruling ordering Bluebirds to pay Nantes £5.3m

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman explains decision to challenge FIFA ruling ordering Bluebirds to pay Nantes £5.3m


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Watch Gareth Bale REFUSE to hold Real Madrid pennant before Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain

Watch Gareth Bale REFUSE to hold Real Madrid pennant before Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain

Watch Gareth Bale REFUSE to hold Real Madrid pennant before Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain


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