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FRIENDLY: Wales 0 Costa Rica 1

Gary Speed: photo linked from bbc.co.ukWALES 0 COSTA RICA 1
GOALS: Joel Campbell 7.

Defeat for Wales against Costa Rica in the Gary Speed Memorial International. On an emotional night in Cardiff, a goal after 7 minutes from Joel Campbell earned the visitors the win.

Att: 23,193.

Wales line up:
Lewis Price, Chris Gunter, Adam Matthews, Andrew Crofts, Darcy Blake, Ashley Williams, David Vaughan, Craig Bellamy (CAPT), Steve Morison, Joe Allen, Hal Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Jason Brown, Sam Vokes, Neil Taylor, Sam Ricketts, Danny Gabbidon, Joe Ledley, Rob Earnshaw, Jack Collison.



TEAM NEWS:
Jason Brown (Aberdeen) has been called up with Wayne Hennessey out as well, he has a sore ankle.

Craig Bellamy will captain Wales in the absence of Aaron Ramsey. "For obvious reasons Craig will lead the side. He knew Gary better than anybody, he is a close friend of the Speed family and it seems only right that he should lead Wales on the night" - Osian Roberts.

The squad will train at the CCS on Tuesday 28th February at 4pm. Osian Roberts will hold a press conference earlier at 1:30pm, this at a different venue.



Wales captain Aaron Ramsey, will miss the match with Costa Rica. Aaron was injured for his club Arsenal against Stoke City and will not be available for selection. Boaz Myhill is a doubt, he has an achilles injury.

- Charities that will benefit

MEDIA NEWS:
- Earnshaw says we must maintain the winning habit [27 Feb 12]


earlier:
Chris Coleman has announced the Wales squad to face Costa Rica.

Whilst this will be the first match for new manager Chris Coleman to be involved-in, he intends to ask coaches Osian Roberts and Reymond Verheijen to take charge of the team on the night.


David Vaughan is back in training after an ankle problem.  [25 Feb 12]

There are currently slight injury doubts over Aaron Ramsey, David Vaughan and Joe Allen. [20 Feb 12]

MEDIA NEWS:
Ramsey doubtful - bbc sport [21 Feb 12]

Wales squad:
Goalkeepers:
Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (WBA) (loan Birmingham City), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace).

Defenders:
Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), James Collins (Aston Villa), Danny Gabbidon (QPR), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

Midfielders:
Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), David Edwards (Wolves), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland).

Forwards:
Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Sam Vokes (Wolves (Brighton & Hove Albion).

Stand by players:
Jason Brown (Aberdeen), Danny Collins (Stoke City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Barnsley), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace) (loan Bristol Rovers), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Ched Evans (Sheffield United).



The Football Association of Wales has announced the staging of the Gary Speed Memorial match on Wednesday, February 29th 2012, kick off 7:45 pm.

- Super Furry Animals and Bryn Terfel among performers


Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto has named a 19 man squad.

COSTA RICA SQUAD:
Goalkeepers:

Keilor Navas (Levante), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)

Defenders:
Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Michael Umaaa (Chivas) (USA), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls) (USA), Heiner Mora (Honefoss) (NOR), Junior Diaz (Wisla Krakow) (POL), Bryan Oviedo (FC Copenhagen) (DEN)

Midfielders:
Randall Azofeifa (Genclerbirligi (TUR),Michael Barrantes (Aalesund) (NOR), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Pablo Antonio Gabas (Alajuelense). Kenny Cunningham (Gainare Tottori (JPN)

Forwards:
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) (ENG), Joel Campbell (FC Lorient) (FRA), Randall Brenes (Khazar Lankaran) (AZE), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers) (USA), Jonathan McDonald (Kalmar) (SWE)



The opponents will be Costa Rica. Gary made his international debut for Wales against Costa Rica back in May 1990 at Ninian Park in Cardiff, and Wales won by a goal to nil.

Cardiff City Stadium will host the game . Tickets will be priced at ten pounds for adults and five pounds for juniors and senior citizens.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, January 11th and are available from the Cardiff City Ticket Office on 0845 345 1400 and online at www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk.

Ten per cent of all profits will go to charities.

This will be an opportunity to celebrate the life and achievements of a great servant to Welsh football both as a player and as a manager.

Ticket sales update: 19.3k sold - 28/02/2012 [source FAW]
Ticket sales update: 15.5k sold - 15/02/2012 [source FAW]
Ticket sales update: 3k sold - 12/01/2012 [source FAW]

 

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other information:
FRIENDLY: Costa Rica v Wales.
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.
Date: Wednesday 29 Feb 2012.
Kick off: 7:45pm.
Referee: Howard Webb (England).
Other: 
LIVE: Live on SKY Sports 2.

 

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POSTED: 8:01am Wednesday 29th February 2012

FAW: Wales v Costa Rica - Ticket update

Gary Speed: photo linked from bbc.co.ukWALES v COSTA RICA
One last push for the Gary Speed Memorial Match tomorrow night at Cardiff City Stadium. Kick off at 7.45pm, entertainment from 6.30pm.

STADIUM BARS OPEN!

19.3k tickets have been sold as of Tuesday morning (28th), Capacity is just over 26k.


Tickets £10 adults and £5 juniors/seniors - on sale tomorrow night subject to availability.

Book early to avoid disappointment. Tel. 0845 345 1400

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Tickets will be on sale at the ticket office and at cash booths outside the ticket office tomorrow evening.

Tel. 0845 345 1400
The FAW is advising fans to either phone up to book tickets and collect in the evening, or call into the ticket office at stadium earlier in the day to avoid queues later on.

info from FAW Ticket office.
posted: Tue 28, Feb 2012, 18:42 UK


 
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POSTED: 6:37pm Tuesday 28th February 2012

NEWS: May and August matches

ChrisWALES FRIENDLY
Wales are set to play only two other friendly internationals ahead of the first 2014 World Cup qualifier against Belgium in September.

Wales face Mexico in May and Bosnia Herzegovina in August, and at the moment have no other friendly matches planned.
May.

posted: Tue 28, Feb 2012, 14:51 UK

 
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POSTED: 2:49pm Tuesday 28th February 2012

FAW: Gary Speed memorial international - Charities

Gary Speed: photo linked from bbc.co.ukCHARITIES THAT WILL BENEFIT
Several charities will benefit from the Wales v Costa Rica Gary Speed Memorial International on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at Cardiff City Stadium.




List of charities are as follows:

MacMillan (Cancer support charity)

C.A.L.M. (Campaign Against Living Miserably - a charity involved with helping to reduce suicides amongst men under 35)

The Craig Bellamy Foundation (Receiving kit and equipment for Craig's Foundation in Sierra Leone)

The Daisy Garland (A charity involved with lives touched by epilepsy)

Wrexham FC Under 15 Boys Academy (Gary's son, Ed, is a member of this academy)

All the above have been nominated by Gary's family and will receive a financial benefit from the match, other than the Craig Bellamy Foundation who have asked for a donation of playing kit and equipment.

In addition, former Wales international, Matthew Jones, will be completing a half marathon at the stadium and collection funds for the Spinal Injuries Association. He will be competing in full marathons in the future having originally been encouraged to do so by Gary Speed.

posted: Mon 27, Feb 2012, 22:58 UK


 
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POSTED: 10:56pm Monday 27th February 2012

EX-PLAYERS: Southall autobiography

Neville SouthallNeville Southall to publish autobiography [24 Feb 12]


updated: Fri, 24 Feb, 2012 21:15 UK.
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POSTED: 9:19pm Friday 24th February 2012

FAW: Statment - Raymond Verheijen

FAWFAW STATEMENT
The Football Association of Wales (FAW) wishes to announce that it has today received the resignation of Raymond Verheijen.

Raymond was the assistant manager to Gary Speed with the Wales national team.

The FAW accepts the resignation with regret, as Raymond was due to assist the Wales squad this week with the match against Costa Rica, a game being staged in honour of the Wales manager who tragically left us in November of last year.

In light of the forthcoming match, and the sensitivities of it, the FAW has no further comment to make at this time.

The FAW would like to take the opportunity to thank Raymond for his work over the last twelve months and wishes him well for the future.

info from the FAW
posted: Fri 24, Feb 2012, 20:35 UK


 
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POSTED: 8:51pm Friday 24th February 2012

FAW: Assistant manager Kit Symons

FAWFAW CONFIRM KIT
The FAW has confirmed that former international Kit Symons will become the assistant manager to Chris Coleman.

Kit is currently working with Fulham.

The Club can confirm that Fulham FC Academy Manager, Kit Symons, will be joining the backroom staff of the Wales national team on a part-time basis. Symons’ role with Wales will not impact upon his duties at Fulham FC.

Kit will not be officially involved with the team for the Gary Speed Memorial match against Costa Rica, and will link up with Wales’ for their friendly against Mexico in May.

“The Club has been fantastic and given me their blessing to go,” Symons told fulhamfc.com. “It was very important to me that the Chairman and Chief Executive, Alistair Mackintosh, were happy with the situation. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me and one that I can’t wait to take on and I’m delighted that I can continue my role at Fulham.”
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info from the FAW
posted: Fri 24, Feb 2012, 20:35 UK


 
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POSTED: 8:46pm Friday 24th February 2012

FAW: World Cup tickets, Supporters club

FAWWales Supporters Club.

The 1876 Wales Supporters Club is now open.

Please note information has been posted to Members from the last qualifying campaign on Monday 27th February 2012.

click here for more information. - [faw.org.uk]




The FAW are releasing the membership information early next week and sending details out to last campaign’s members by post.

Ticket info will be confirmed probably a month or two later.


info from the FAW
posted: Fri 24, Feb 2012, 15:30 UK


 
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POSTED: 3:31pm Friday 24th February 2012

NEWS: Former players introduced to the crowd

Gary Speed: photo linked from bbc.co.uk

FORMER PLAYERS.

For the Gary Speed Memorial match with Costa Rica at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday 29th February, we will be joined by more than 50 former international colleagues of Gary's.

The FAW has contacted more than 80 players who appeared alongside Gary from 1990 to 2004 and many will be at the match. They will be introduced to the crowd at half time.

The players, who can boast more than 1,000 caps between them include legends Mark Hughes, Neville Southall, Dean Saunders, Kevin Ratcliffe, Nathan Blake, Mark Pembridge and Mark Bowen.

Tickets are still available from Cardiff City FC, priced at ten pounds for adults, five pounds for juveniles and seniors.

Kick off is at 7.45pm.

Be part of the celebration of the life of a remarkable man.


info from faw.org.uk


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POSTED: 9:19am Wednesday 22nd February 2012

FAW: Stars come out for Speed

Gary Speed: photo linked from bbc.co.uk

THE STARS COME OUT FOR GARY.

Wednesday 29th February 2012 will be a very special night at the Cardiff City Stadium as the whole of Wales will pay tribute to the memory of one of its most famous sons: Gary Speed MBE.


Former Wales international footballer and manager Gary left us in tragic circumstances last November. The match with Costa Rica will be part of a larger tribute to a man who was part of Welsh Football for more than twenty years and was guiding his young team to greater things.


However, the football match is only part of the celebrations. The Football Association of Wales is delighted to be able to announce a star-studded line-up of Welsh musical talent who will be performing before the game and at half time.


All areas of Welsh music are coming-together for the occasion.

From the world of rock and pop, needing no introduction, we welcome ‘Super Furry Animals’.


Mike Peters, formerly of ‘The Alarm’, now with ‘Big Country’, will be playing a set.


The incomparable Bryn Terfel will be singing, accompanied by the Risca Male Voice Choir.


Former Miss Wales, Courtenay Hamilton, will once again sing the anthem.

‘Only Men Aloud’ will be featured before the match and at half time, performing in their unique style that has won them a legion of fans.


The footballing greats of Wales have not been forgotten either. Invitations have been sent to some eighty former internationals that played alongside Gary during his career and many of them will be at the ground to pay their tribute at half time. Former clubs of Gary’s are also sending representatives, plus some of his former club team-mates and managers will be in attendance, including Alan Shearer and Howard Wilkinson. All of Gary’s family will be present.

Fans are urged to be at the stadium from 6.15pm onwards as the entertainment will start straight away with presentations on the big screen. The live entertainment will start towards 7pm. Full refreshments will be available at the concourse bars and snack bars, so why not get-in early, enjoy a drink and listen to the top-line artists who will be helping to make it a special night for all concerned.

Tickets can be purchased from Cardiff City FC. Tel: 0845 345 1400.

Further information from:

www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk

Prices are: £10 adults, £5 juniors and senior citizens.

 


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POSTED: 9:24pm Sunday 19th February 2012

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