Gareth Bale – 5 Lesser known Facts About the Welshman

Gareth Bale - 5 Lesser known Facts About the Welshman

Gareth Bale has had a little bit of a Roller Coaster Career with a significant number of Ups and Downs. But the sheer talent the Welshman possesses is admirable, and it’s safe to say that Bale is now Real Madrid’s talisman.

But there isn’t much we know about the Welsh Record scorer so without further ado, here are five lesser-known facts about Gareth Bale.


1. Made his International Debut at the age of 16

Gareth Bale like most typical prodigal players made a mark in his teens and made his International Debut for Wales at the age of 16 against Trinidad and Tobago. Though he started early, Bale was a player who sadly didn’t have as much clarity regarding his position, and as he entered his 20s, he failed to make an instant impact until he had his breakthrough 2012-13 Season with Tottenham Hotspur. Now Bale is a Crucial part of the Wales National Team and is also the Top Scorer for his Country.


2. The unlucky Spurs start

We won’t say the Start to his Tottenham Career was jinxed, but you can’t deny that it was the mother of all coincidences. Bale went on to make 25 appearances at the start of his Career with Spurs, and the London Club went on to lose each of those first 25 Games. Bizarre fact considering that just two years later Gareth Bale would be carrying the weight of the Team on his shoulders. 


3. Alcohol and Bale just don’t Mix

Something a lot of people don’t know is that Gareth Bale is a teetotaller and refrains from drinking any kind of Alcoholic beverage. He has confessed why he chooses to do so, “I just don’t like to drink, to be honest. It’s not the fact that I choose not to drink alcohol. I just don’t like the taste of it. I’ve obviously tasted it, but I just don’t like it, so it doesn’t do anything for me to be honest.” Bale’s favourite drink is a Glass of Coldwater. An ideal Sportsperson isn’t he?


4. Holds quite an impressive individual honours record in England

Gareth Bale holds a record that is only held by two other players, Former Real Madrid Teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Gray. All three of these Players went on to win The PFA Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the same year. Bale won it in 2013, Gray won it 1977, and Ronaldo won it in 2007. Not bad company to be part of eh?


5. The story behind the Heart shaped celebration

Every Player has his iconic Celebration and it’s a well-known fact that Gareth Bale makes a heart with his fingers to celebrate the Goals he scores. But what’s the story behind it? Bale incorporated the Celebration to dedicate his Goals to his High School sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones and like most cheesy stories in football, obviously, the Couple is engaged to be married and have a third Child on the way. 

Ethan Ampadu extends Contract with Chelsea

Ethan Ampadu extends Contract with Chelsea

Chelsea Youngster and Welsh International Ethan Ampadu has signed a Five-Year Contract extension with the West London Club. The Versatile Welshman just turned 18 this month but surprisingly has the composure and Maturity of a seasoned player. Ampadu will be a key player for Chelsea in the future and it’s good to see the Club tying their Youth down to new contracts rather than selling them to rivaling Premier League Clubs like in the case of Dominic Solanke to Liverpool or Nathaniel Chalobah to Watford.

Ampadu signed from Exeter City in July 2017 and quickly rose through the Youth ranks at West London. Ampadu’s versatility is what makes him special as he’s comfortable playing at both Centre-Back and Central Midfield. He made his Senior Club debut in a League Cup game against Nottingham Forrest when he came on as a Substitute for Cesc Fabregas in the Second half. The then 17-Year-Old became the first Chelsea player to be born in the 21st Century and the Welsh National went on to even make his Premier League debut against Huddersfield in December.

Ampadu was delighted upon signing a Contract extension with Chelsea, “I’m really proud and happy, I’m looking forward to the next five years and all I have got to do now is continue to work hard, and hopefully good things will happen.” 

Good things seem to happen already for Ampadu as he was selected ahead of Premier League winning Midfielder and 30 Million Pound signing, Danny Drinkwater for Chelsea’s Europa League trip to Greece. Though Ampadu didn’t make the Bench for the win against PAOK, he’s still held in high regard by Manager Maurizio Sarri.

Ethan Ampadu is already a full-fledged International Player for the Welsh team and has made 4 appearances for his Country. The Youngster was particularly impressive in a 4-1 win against the Republic of Ireland, finishing with 2 assists. Ampadu is definitely a player to watch out for and Hopefully Chelsea can groom him into the great player we all know he can be.

Arsenal vs Newcastle – Match Prediction | Premier League

Arsenal vs Newcastle - Match Prediction | Premier League

Arsenal vs Newcastle, Kick-Off: 14th September 07:30 PM (IST)

Arsenal travel to St James’ Park on Saturday to face Newcastle United with the purpose of achieving their third consecutive Premier League win of the season. The Gunners started out with two defeats to former champions Chelsea and defending champions Manchester City, but have bounced back to beat West Ham and Cardiff

Newcastle, on the other hand, are yet to secure their first win in the league this season. The Magpies lost to Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, and drew with Cardiff.

Team News

Alexandre Lacazette is set to keep his place in Arsenal’s starting line up after putting up a man of the match performance against Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Lucas Torreira will be available for selection after shrugging off a minor calf injury during the international break. 

Jonjo Shelvey is set to return to the side against Arsenal after returning to training this week. But, Matt Ritchie is still not sure to be match fit.

Predicted Line-ups

Arsenal: Petr Cech | Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopolous, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal | Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang | Alexandre Lacazette

Newcastle: Martin Dubravka, DeAndre Yedlin, Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett | Kenedy, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Ayoze Perez | Salomon Rondon

Key Players

Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey was impressive in the international break and also found the net with Wales. One of the few players who are shaping up as the key figures for Unai Emery’s side.

Newcastle: Salomon Rondon returns to the side after scoring a brace in the international break with Venezuela. The strong target-man will hope he can replicate his form in the Premier League.

Score Prediction

Arsenal 4 – 2 Newcastle: The Gunners have conceded 8 goals in 4 matches, showing their defensive woes. On the other hand, They have also scored 8 goals, establishing themselves as a very prolific side. This game is bound to be a high-scoring one, with Arsenal seeming the likely team to come out as the winners.

Denmark 2 – 0 Wales | UEFA Nations League

Denmark 2 - 0 Wales | UEFA Nations League

Denmark grab their first 3 points in the UEFA Nations League B after a 2-0 victory over Wales.

Wales suffered a poor defeat against Denmark yesterday. Christian Eriksen’s brace guaranteed a comfortable win against Wales in Denmark’s UEFA Nations League opener.

Denmark were back to their full squad after their senior players boycotted Wednesday’s 3-0 friendly disappointment against Slovakia over a commercial rights argument.

The Danes started the match sluggishly with the Welsh proving to be the better team in the initial periods. Ryan Giggs‘ men seemed to bring their previous game’s momentum with them as they started on the front foot. Gareth Bale unleashed a shot just wide of the post in the 29th minute. However, their fresh start was undone as they went behind in the 32nd minute. Lasse Schone found Henrik Dalsgaard with a long pass and he then assisted Christian Eriksen, whose low driven strike went in off the post.

Matters got worse for Wales when the referee pointed to spot after he concluded Viktor Fischer‘s shot to have hit Ethan Ampadu on the arm. Eriksen then scored his second from the spot with a confidently struck penalty past Hennessey in the 63rd minute.

Wales still put up a fight for the rest of the match, but Denmark’s dynamic display was eventually enough to give them a triumphant start to their UEFA Nations League campaign.

For a budding Wales side, this was a match that snapped the Welsh back to reality after their 4-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland just 3 days prior, in what was Ryan Giggs’ first competitive match in charge. While the Irish side gave a little fight, Denmark was a considerably more challenging test for Wales. It was a harsh lesson for them but one which was essential for the further development of the side.

The result leaves both the teams level on 3 points while the Republic of Ireland stay at the bottom with 0 points.

Ireland face Denmark first on 14th October and then Wales on 17th October in their next UEFA Nations League B fixtures.

Wales 4 – 1 Republic of Ireland | UEFA Nations League

Wales 4 - 1 Republic of Ireland | UEFA Nations League

Wales Managed to secure 3 points in UEFA Nations League match after a 4-1 victory against Ireland.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs experienced an extraordinary victory in his first home match in charge as they secured a 4-1 win over Ireland in their opening UEFA Nations League match at Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday.

Wales had not beaten Ireland for 26 years, never in a competitive match and had scored only 2 times in their last seven meetings but ended that jinx during a spectacular opening 45 minutes in which Tom Lawrence scored at the 6th minute, Gareth Bale at the 18th minute taking a Ben Davies pass on his chest and curling a left-footed beauty beyond Randolph, and Aaron Ramsey at the 37th minute to finish inside the near post. Connor Roberts made it 4-0 soon after the break at the 55th minute.

Ireland managed to score a goal in the 66th minute by Shaun Williams. He was drowned out by a chorus of Welsh anthems echoing around the stadium. Wales are said to go there in high spirits as Giggs has thoughtfully and quickly put his powerful stamp on his team blending experience with exciting young talents such as Chelsea center-back Ethan Ampadu.

In Giggs’s first two matches as coach, resurgent Wales have scored 10 times after he began his work with a 6-0 victory. Playing with the kind of pace and energy Giggs was perceived for his illustrious Manchester United playing career. 

Robson – Kanu retires from International Football

Robson - Kanu retires from International Football

Wales international striker Hal Robson-Kanu has decided to retire from International football with immediate effect. Robson-Kanu and defender Neil Taylor were notable absentees in the Wales squad that was named to face Denmark and the Republic of Ireland and he made the announcement of his retirement immediately after the squad was announced. Newcastle defender Paul Dummett, who previously asked not to be selected for international football, is recalled. Giggs said he was pleased to be able to recall Dummett, who asked not to be selected for a qualifier in Serbia in 2017. “It is a boost. I spoke to Paul when I took over and he wanted to focus on Newcastle at the time. But I’ve had a chat with Paul and he’s in a good place now. He’s playing regularly and captained his boyhood club on the weekend. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Robson-Kanu retires having made 44 appearances for Wales, scoring five goals, including two at the Euro 2016. Most famously, he scored Wales’ second goal in their stunning 3-1 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals of that tournament.

“I have made the decision to retire from international football. Long thought, but a decision made; commitments to my family and dedicating what time I have available to them and choosing to focus on my club career within sport and time needed away from the game,” Robson-Kanu wrote. ” I wish Ryan Giggs and the team continued success in the years to come, and appreciate his understanding and support, a new generation to continue building on what Gary Speed and Chris Coleman have set in place.” Giggs says that the 29 year old West Brom forward is completely understandable and believes that he has already secured the status of a Welsh footballing icon. 

I spoke to him yesterday and it was a difficult decision for him,” Giggs said. ” He’s had a difficult six months, with the birth of his baby, and he wants to focus on his family and his club career. He’s an icon in Welsh football with the goal he scored against Belgium and I wish him all the best.”

Ashley Williams – Everton defender joins Stoke City

Ashley Williams - Everton defender joins Stoke City

Stoke City have completed the signing of Wales skipper Ashley Williams on loan from Premier League side Everton.

The former Swansea defender, who has more than 600 first team matches and 79 international appearances to his name, has signed a contract with the Potters on a season-long loan from Everton.

Stoke City boss Gary Rowett revealed his plans, earlier this week, to sign more defensive players before the summer window closes. Speaking about Ashley Williams, he said that the defender would bring the much-needed competition to the club.

Gary Rowett said: “We have two very good senior central defenders in Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi but I felt it was important we brought in another experienced player to add to the competition for places.

“Having spoken to Ashley he feels like he has a point to prove and has a real hunger. He knows many of our players, knows what we’re all about as a club and will fit straight into our culture.

“He has gone for big money in the past and had a fantastic a career so far and experience in that position can be key because it can help you read the game.”

Williams cost Everton £12m when he came from Swansea after a great Euro 2016 campaign with Wales. The former Stockport County defender has made 73 appearances for Everton during his couple of seasons at Goodison Park.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “Ashley’s pedigree and experience speaks for itself and I have no doubts that he will be a fantastic addition to our squad in the Championship.”

Everton are also in discussions with Stoke over a deal to sign midfielder Badou N’Diaye as part of an exchange for Williams. The Senegal international scored 2 goals in 13 games for Stoke last season after joining from Turkish club Galatasaray in January. 

He becomes club’s 6th signing of the summer transfer window after the arrivals of Benik Afobe, Peter Etebo, James McClean, Tom Ince and Adam Federici. 

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