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 »
Supporters of Cardiff City don’t want to see Russell Slade in the club anymore and they have made it very clear with social media overflowing with negative comments involving the 55 year old manager who seems to have lost the love and support from the fans of Cardiff City who are simply waiting and hoping to see him being removed from the managerial position of the club.
Not only are the fans of Cardiff City utilizing social media to voice their disapproval of Russell Slade but it can also be seen and experienced in the actual matches of the English League Championship club as they are booing the manager and the team in itself. This was clearly evident during Cardiff City’s 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest which was played back in December 29 of 2015.
The disappointing performances that the players of Cardiff City have been displaying not only can be seen from their matches in the English League Championship but it also extends to different competitions as they also suffered a 0-1 defeat against Shrewsbury as the time of Russell Slade appears to be running out.
Vincent Tan is the owner of Cardiff City and he is receiving requests from all over the world of sacking Russell Slade as soon as possible. Slade currently has a contract with Cardiff City which expires in the summer but the disapproval that the fans have in relation to the manager is so big that his time in the club might end sooner than what his contract has stated as just about everyone has lost their faith in Slade after all these negative results that Cardiff City has been picking up. Read more »