Swansea City are still in search for a capable replacement for Ashley Williams since allowing the transfer of the Wales international to Everton.
The summer window is set to close on Wednesday, yet the spot is yet to be filled. Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin is willing to add a centre back, with prospects likely to be from the Serie A. After the loss to new entrants Hull City, the need to fill the position would be more imminent.
Udinese defender Thomas Heurtaux has been linked to be the replacement but his fractured jaw could have affected the transfer process. Back up goalkeeper, Kristoffer Nordfeldt has signed a new four year deal with the club.
In the other division, Cardiff City are trying to force out Federico Macheda, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Adam Le Fondre before the window closes. The players have been told they are free to leave the club by the management of the Bluebirds.
Cardiff are willing to add a wing-back after the departure of Fabio this summer. The club was been linked to Red Devils Tyler Blackett who is a centre back, but can play as a left back. There was also Leicester City’s Richie De Laet on their radar. However, they lost out on both as De Laet joined Aston Villa and Blackett moved to Reading. Coach Paul Trollope discussed it, saying: “With Fabio gone, I’ll admit looking for a full back or wing back, with a bit of versatility to cover positions. Fabs was ideal because he could play right and left, so we will be looking.”
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Fridays in Cardiff are a big deal but the city erupted when Wales shocked Europe by defeating a higher ranked Belgium side in the quarter finals of Euro 2016 in France. The Welsh capital didn’t know peace all through the night of the historic victory.
This year’s participation in the European tournament is the first after 58 years for Wales. They were not even given a chance at topping the group since they had England, Slovakia and Russia as group mates. They provided the first shock by topping the group to advance to the next stage. They defeated their Round of 16 opponents Northern Ireland to advance without any hiccups. The quarter final stage was when many felt they would turn back home and the tournament would have still been a good one for them. However, Wales had more shock in stock.
Wales fought back from a 1-0 lead from Belgium to send the star-studded team back home as the game ended 3-1. The victory means they will meet Portugal in the Semi Finals of the tournament, a meeting nobody could have guessed when the games begun. Huge roars were heard from anywhere in Cardiff in the night of the victory.
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Cardiff City will take a very short trip to England where they will face local rivals Bristol Rovers in the first round of the EFL Cup.
The Bluebirds boss was the former boss at Bristol Rovers. Paul Trollope who is currently on national duty for Wales at the Euro 2016 in France will lead the campaign against is former team.
Cardiff will face the rovers in the opening round of the newly-branded League Cup in the forthcoming season, based on the draws. The EFL Cup draw was shown live on Facebook for the first time ever. Cardiff City were able to draw either Bristol Rovers or Newport County, amongst the other teams. The fixture means Cardiff City will return to the Memorial Stadium, where current manager Trollope spent three years a s a player before his five-year reign as manager.
Both sides have not met since 2009 when the Bluebirds knocked Rovers out of the League Cup in the second round with a 3-1 score line at the end of the day. Cardiff have not lost to Rovers in 21 years and the most recent defeat was the 1-0 loss at Ninian Park in 95 at the division two. The tie is set to hold on the week commencing August 8. The fans of both teams are excited, based on their social media posts, about the meeting.
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Fans of English Championship side, Cardiff City have begun a social networking clamour for home-town ace Craig Bellamy.
After losing out on the playoffs, the fans seek a replacement for Russell Slade as Bluebirds’ manager.
Current coach, Slade, has admitted that he is in the dark over his future, with his current deal due to lapse after their game against Birmingham on Saturday. Fans, even popular ones, asked City’s owner Vincent Tan to be bold and ask Bellamy to “re-ignite the fire in the team and the club” for upcoming campaign. Even Slade knows it’s up to Tan to decide his future especially after fans voted him out 84 percent in a fans’ poll
Abraham, who has been a Bluebirds season-ticket holder for 43 consecutive seasons and who runs the messageboard where the poll was decided said:
“To be honest, there has been quite a bit of talk about Bellamy since October. But after the manner of the weekend defeat at Hillsborough, the clamour has got louder and louder.
“The fans, it seems, want someone to explode this football club, re-ignite their fire and passion. And as a local man, they believe Bellamy is the person to do it.
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“They are becoming more and more vocal about Bellamy after it was made public that Slade’s contract is coming to an end. Many want a new manager brought in and they name Bellamy as that man.”
Abraham admitted Slade did a lot for the club but the fans just want more and prefers Bellamy to lead the team. Read more »
Cardiff raises their hopes of making it to the play-off by beating Derby 2-1 on Saturday. This victory put Cardiff only two points behind Derby.
The game was held before an energetic crowd with Cardiff recording a record attendance for this game overtaking the previous record which was against Liverpool in the Premier League.
The host makes the best possible start by leading 1-0 after a difficult first half. The goal came courtesy of aEcuele Manga, who jumped higher that everybody else on a corner. His powerful head met an equally good corner by Peter Whittingham to open the scoring for Cardiff.
Derby for all their possession did not manage to create a whole lot of goal scoring opportunities and ended the first half trailing 1-0.
After the break, Derby improved and recorded their first shot just after 4 minutes to equalize thanks to Martin. The Cardiff’s goalkeeper saved the latter’s first shot, but Martin was prompt on the rebound to equalize for Derby.
Following the goal, Cardiff regrouped and tried to gain control of the game again. They will manage to get chances after chances only to be denied by the Derby’s goalkeeper Scott Carson. First, it was Craig Noone who was denied by the goalkeeper when his powerful shot was saved. A few minutes later, it was Scott Malone’s shot which was stopped by Scott Carson as the keeper keeps producing fantastic saves one after the other. Read more »