28th Apr 2016 Aston Villa: European nights to relegation dogfights

Aston Villa: European nights to relegation dogfights

Football is a funny old game. Take you back seven years and Aston Villa were rubbing shoulders in the UEFA Cup with Ajax and Hamburg among the visiting fans to a sell-out Villa Park. However, Come next season, the likes of Rotherham United and Brentford could be their midweek visitors as the boys in claret and blue look to stem the toxic tide that passes through the club as they are relegated for the first time in their history.

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28th Apr 2016 Euro 2016: Lens city guide

Euro 2016: Lens city guide

The small northern city of Lens will host England’s second Group Stage match versus Wales at this summer’s Euro 2016 along with two other Group Stage matches and Last 16 tie.

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27th Apr 2016 Euro 2016: Lille city guide

Euro 2016: Lille city guide

Lille is well renowned for its friendliness and strong cultural and architectural links. Located in northern France, Lille has a large university population and is a city based on Flemish influences due to its close proximity to the Belgian border. The city bases itself on its 17th century architecture which can be seen across the city, especially in the city centre and Grand Place which homes the iconic war memorial in a square surrounded by its historic buildings. The city also boasts fantastic transport networks, particularly its railways which make the city somewhat of an international hub. The city is set to host six games throughout Euro 2016 which will include four group matches, followed by a Round of 16 fixture and one of the Quarter Finals.

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27th Apr 2016 Hillsborough: 96 fans 'unlawfully killed'

Hillsborough: 96 fans 'unlawfully killed'

An inquest into the Hillsborough disaster has found that the 96 fans who were crushed to death were unlawfully killed. The jury at Warrington Crown Court yesterday concluded that failures by the police are what caused the disaster and that the Liverpool fans were not to blame in any way. The families of the victims were finally able to get justice after a 27 year battle since the tragedy at Hillsborough stadium in 1989.

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27th Apr 2016 10 Premier League stars life after football

10 Premier League stars life after football

As another season draws to a close, it is the time when many footballers call time on their careers. Some go into coaching, others into management and a handful into punditry. However, for every Alan Hansen there is a Arjan De Zeeuw, and for every Gary Neville there is a Faustino Asprilla. Football Ticket Pad have compiled a list of the Top 10 Ex-Premier League stars who’s careers took an unexpected turn once they hung up their boots.

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26th Apr 2016 Champions League: How Manchester City can dump out Real Madrid

Champions League: How Manchester City can dump out Real Madrid

Manchester City welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium tonight for their UEFA Champions League semi final first leg. The fixture is undoubtedly one of the biggest games in City’s recent history as they look to reach their first ever European final by gaining an advantage in their home leg tonight. When the draw was made many would think that drawing the ten time Champions League winners would be a fan’s worst nightmare. However, Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side have shown more than enough vulnerability to suggest they can be toppled.

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26th Apr 2016 Euro 2016: Nice city guide

Euro 2016: Nice city guide

Nice, the capital of the Cote d’Azur is a very popular tourist destination for many Europeans, especially among the British. Nice is the second most popular French destination after Paris and it is understandable to see why. The city has year-round sunshine and the beaches look set to make it a popular choice for travelling supporters this summer. The city is to host four games throughout the tournament which will see the holders, Spain visit the city, along with Northern Ireland, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden and Robert Lewandowski’s Poland sides.

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25th Apr 2016 Euro 2016: Bordeaux city guide

Euro 2016: Bordeaux city guide

A beautiful city with its world-renowned wine and stunning architecture which has pretty much remained unchanged for the last 200 years, boasting the second largest number of listed buildings outside of Paris. Wine is very much part of the city’s culture and heritage which has become the city’s main source of wealth and fame. Bordeaux is also famous for its trading links, shipbuilding and biotechnology and has a number of attractions for any visitor looking to travel to Bordeaux this summer for the European Championships.

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25th Apr 2016 The rise of Riyad Mahrez

The rise of Riyad Mahrez

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been named PFA Player of the Year. The playmaker has been a shining light in the Premier League this campaign and has tilted Leicester City towards a fairytale Premier League title. The Algerian has scored 17 goals and 11 assists, beating off competition from his team-mates and Premier League rivals in what has been a breathtaking season...Not bad for a player who wasn't picked up by an academy until the age of nineteen.

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22nd Apr 2016 Euro 2016: Toulouse city guide

Euro 2016: Toulouse city guide

Toulouse, labelled by many as ‘The Pink city’ after the cities terracotta brickwork, is hosting some of Europe’s biggest teams this summer for Euro 2016. Toulouse will welcome the holders Spain, Italy, Wales, Russia, Sweden and Czech Republic during the month long tournament. Located in South-West France, Toulouse is the European capital of aeronautics and innovation and has embraced the technological age in recent years - boasting Europe’s largest space centre. The city has a vibrant university population and is a city steeped in history, as well as being voted the most desirable place to live in France with plenty of bars, pubs and nightclubs to celebrate if your team wins.

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