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UNDER 21: 2013 UEFA matches Wales in Group 3

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UNDER 21 2013
Wales has been drawn in Group 3 for the 2013 UEFA Under 21 Qualifiers.

Group 3 nations:

Czech Republic, Armenia, Montenegro, Andorra and Wales.

Group matches can start in March 2011.

"It is a very tough group, but I am sure that we can stand a good chance of qualifying. I am pleased that we did not have a six team group, and we have experience of playing in some of these countries recently at different age levels.

Always an exciting time, we now need to show that the next generation of Wales players can go that extra step to a finals."
- Wales Intermediate teams manager, Brian Flynn.

Wales fixtures:
Tuesday 29.03.2011. Andorra v Wales
Tuesday 06.09.2011. Montenegro v Wales
Saturday 08.10.2011. Wales v Montenegro
Tuesday 11.10.2011. Wales v Czech Republic
Tuesday 15.11.2011. Armenia v Wales
Wednesday 29.02.2012. Wales v Andorra
Wednesday 15.08.2012. Wales v Armenia
Monday 10.09.2012. Czech Republic v Wales.

Competition structure
With Israel automatically qualifying for the finals in June 2013 as hosts, the remaining 52 teams were drawn into ten groups, eight with five sides and two with six, with the nations allocated to five draw pots in accordance with their coefficient ranking.

Group stage matches will be played according to a standard, home and away, league system, kicking off on 25 March this year and concluding with the final games on 10 September 2012. The ten group winners and four best runners-up will move on to the following month's play-offs, with the winners of those seven two-legged ties joining Israel in the final tournament. - []

Players are eligible to play in the 2011-2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship if they were born on or after 1 January 1990

posted: Thu, 3 February, 2011 17:06 UK.






Thursday 3rd February 2011

FAW: Cardiff roadshow


The FAW will be continuing its programme of road shows with an event on Monday evening, 31st January 2011 at the Gol Centre, Lawrenny Avenue, Cardiff. Jonathan Ford and Gary Speed will be holding a questioning and answer session will start at 7.30 p.m

posted: Fri, 28 January, 2010 15:26 UK.







Friday 28th January 2011

FAW: UEFA UNDER 21 2013 Bid, Israel to host

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Israel will host the 2013 European under-21 soccer championships, UEFA announced on Thursday. The draw for the 2011/13 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying competition will take place on Thursday 3 February.

posted:Thu, 27 January, 2011 19:24 UK.

UEFA are set to announce who will host the 2013 Under 21 championship at the end of this week (Thursday 27th - Friday 28th).

posted: Sun, 23 January, 2011 20:40 UK.

The FAW today (Thursday 13/01/2011)launched their bid to host the 2013 UEFA Under 21 Finals Tournament.

The other countries also looking to stage the tournament are: England, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Israel.

UEFA has not determined the format of the U21 tournament in 2015. However, if the format remains the same and Wales is unsuccessful in their bid to host the 2013 U21 finals, it is the intention of the FAW to bid for the 2015 finals.

For more news on the bid click the link to the FAW web site.

posted: Thu, 13 January, 2011 19:23 UK.

 Israel to Host Under 21 Finals

 Israel to host 2013

 Under 21 bid - Story so far

 UEFA U21 2013 appointment


Thursday 27th January 2011

UNDER 19: UEFA Elite round fixtures

Wales Under 19: photo linked from ELITE ROUND
The fixtures have been confirmed for the Elite round:

Fixtures list: (local time)
Serbia v Wales : Match date: Thursday 28 April 2011. Kick off 2pm, The Stadium, Sarpsborg, Norway.

Norway v Wales : Match date: Saturday 30 April 2011. Kick-off: 4:30pm, The Stadium, Sarpsborg, Norway.

Moldova v Wales : Match date: Tuesday 3 May 2011. Kick-off: 2pm, The Stadium, Sarpsborg, Norway.

updated: Thu, 27 January, 2011 20:19 UK.

The draw has been made for the Elite Round mathes of the 2010-2011 UEFA Under 19 Championships.

Wales have been drawn in Group 6 along with Serbia, Norway and Moldova. Norway will host the mini-tournament with matches to be played on 28th, 30th April & 3rd May 2011.

Wales qualified for the Elite round as runner's up to Turkey in the first round.

posted: Tue, 30 November, 2010 18:45 UK.








Thursday 27th January 2011

FAW: Aberystwyth roadshow


The Football Association of Wales will be holding a Roadshow at Aberystwyth Town Football Club on Thursday,January 20th at 7-30. A warm welcome for everyone.

posted: Sat, 15 January, 2010 08:56 UK.







Saturday 15th January 2011

FAW: New FAW sponsor Vauxhall


The FAW have confirmed Vauxhall as a new lead partner. Vauxhall, one of Britain's leading automotive brands with a history of car manufacturing cars in the UK for 107 years, has signed a three-and-a-half year agreement with the FAW.

updated: Wed, 12 January, 2011 14:16 UK.

The FAW are set to announce the Association’s new title sponsor.

A press conference will be at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday January 12. Manager Gary Speed, Chief Executive Jonathan Ford and other leading FAW executives will all be in attendance.

The new sponsor has many exciting new initiatives, and the FAW has said this is an extremely prestigious and exciting announcement. Vauxhall are rumoured to be the new FAW sponsor, part of the deal will see the return of the Home Internationals. Also involved with the FAW as a title sponsor are Macesport.

Thu, 6 January, 2010 21:55 UK.

 Vauxhall lead partner





Wednesday 12th January 2011

UNDER 21: 2013 European Under 21 Championship Finals

FAW: photo linked from

UNDER 21 2013 BID
The Football Association of Wales will hold a press conference at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on Thursday, January 13th at 2-30pm.

Details will be revealed about the bid to host the 2013 UEFA Under 21 Championship Finals.

updated: Wed, 12 January, 2011 14:13 UK.

Unfortunately the Football Association of Wales has had to cancel tomorrow’s press conference regarding the launch of the Uefa Under 21 Championship Finals bid for 2013. This will now be re- arranged for next week.

updated: Wed, 8 December, 2010 17:14 UK.

The Football Association of Wales will hold a press conference at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea at 2pm on Thursday December 9th to officially launch the bid for the 2O13 European Under 21 Championship Finals.

posted: Sun, 5 December, 2010 17:40 UK.

 Under 21 decision in January





Wednesday 12th January 2011

FAW: Llanelli roadshow


The Football Association of Wales will be holding the first of 3 Roadshows this month at Stebonheath,the home of Llanelli Football Club on Thursday, January 13th at 7:30pm.

In attendance will be the newly appointed manager Gary Speed and the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, Jonathan Ford.

A warm welcome to everyone who wishes to attend.

posted: Mon, 10 January, 2010 18:47 UK.







Monday 10th January 2011

TICKETS: Republic of Ireland v Wales

Wales v England tickets : photo linked from

Wales Supporters: Republic of Ireland v Wales.

Match to be played at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin Tuesday 8th February 2011 Kick off 7.45pm.

Tickets for Wales supporters cost £30.00. Application forms will be sent to Gold and Silver members of the Wales Supporters Club early next week.

Closing date for applications Friday 28th January 2011.

information taken from 

posted:  Thu, 6 January, 2011 14:54 UK.



Thursday 6th January 2011

Archive: 22 Dec - 1 Feb


Speed by name -1 Feb 11 20:47
Ashley a contender to captain -1 Feb 11 10:05
Gabbs delight at return -1 Feb 11 08:23

- Savage to quit in the summer -31 Jan 11 22:08 
Bale will win 100 caps -31 Jan 11 21:25
Giggs on backroom staff? -31 Jan 11 20:23
It's top secret: Jack Collison -31 Jan 11 20:23
- Edwards over injury niggles -25 Jan 11 16:07

- Williams ignores speculation -31 Jan 11 20:23
Old firm battle for Gabbidon -30 Jan 11 20:58
- Flair of the dog as Ched justifies fee -29 Jan 11 10:38 
N Ireland fans cut price tickets -28 Jan 11 19:31
Edwards wants the hard role -28 Jan 11 19:31
Morison set for talks -28 Jan 11 19:31
Tudur Jones hoping -28 Jan 11 19:31
Speed under pressure from Spurs -26 Jan 11 22:23
Swansea reject approach for Williams -26 Jan 11 22:23
- Inter to table £40m for Bale -26 Jan 11 19:50
Speed set to name Bale -26 Jan 11 10:30
Myhill reflects on break -25 Jan 11 13:35
- Robinson struggling to come to terms -25 Jan 11 13:35
Savage turns down Vancouver -23 Jan 11 20:06
UEFA U21 2013 appointment -23 Jan 11 20:06
Lambert praises Crofts -23 Jan 11 20:06
Bale out of action -22 Jan 11 20:44
Myhill hopeful about future -22 Jan 11 08:34
Cardiff confirm Ramsey loan -21 Jan 11 19:26
Giggs: I'll play on -21 Jan 11 12:30
Tudur Jones Brentford loan -21 Jan 11 12:30
Speed wants Premier League -20 Jan 11 08:42
Morison in Lions talks -19 Jan 11 17:48
Head of Carling defends Nations Cup -19 Jan 11 17:48
Brown eyes regular football -19 Jan 11 17:48
Bale new Spurs contract -23 Dec 10 20:06

- Speed set for Ramsey talks -17 Jan 11 20:24
- Easter hoping to call Palace home -19 Jan 11 17:48
Robinson tipped for coaching role -19 Jan 11 17:48
Speed links with Vauxhall -19 Jan 11 11:00
Bale could sue over Olympic row -18 Jan 11 19:43
Collison back early -10 Dec 10 09:40
- Wales bid for FIFA finals -17 Jan 11 20:24
Easter Palace move -14 Jan 11 14:18
- Myhill to keep his place -14 Jan 11 14:18
- Chiefs confident about U21 bid -13 Jan 11 19:46
- Eager for Ramsey loan -13 Jan 11 18:41
- Edwards fitness fight -13 Jan 11 18:41
- Nations Cup faces uncertain future -13 Jan 11 18:41
- Speed Allen role -13 Jan 11 08:34
- FAW stand firm in Olympic row -12 Jan 11 20:19
- Savage Headed to Vancouver? -12 Jan 11 19:14
- Bellamy arrested over assault claim -12 Jan 11 18:20 
- Morison Prem dream -12 Jan 11 14:33
- Vokes makes comeback -11 Jan 11 17:23
- Bellamy hurt in brawl -11 Jan 11 14:53
- Arsenal deny Forest to extend loan -31 Dec 10 12:19
Speed considers Jones call -10 Jan 11 14:43
- FAW latest to be linked with Vauxhall -10 Jan 11 14:43
- FAW - Helping Children In Africa -10 Jan 11 14:43
- Battle of Britain to return -9 Jan 11 18:06
- Wolves interest in Morison -7 Jan 11 15:37
- Shawcross for Wales -7 Jan 11 15:05
- Bale back blow -6 Jan 11 10:53 
- Battle for Collins -6 Jan 11 08:34
- Blackburn swap for Collins -5 Jan 11 23:36
- Williams staying put -5 Jan 11 18:07
- Stock new deal -5 Jan 11 18:07
- Vokes back at Wolves -5 Jan 11 11:55
- Clubs chase Davies -5 Jan 11 10:24
- GB team keen on Bale -4 Jan 11 20:51
- Cottagers eye Morison -3 Jan 11 10:22
- Wigan leading Williams hunt -2 Jan 11 12:21
- Savage eyes coaching role -31 Dec 10 16:52
- Church happy to stay at Reading -31 Dec 10 12:00
- Ask Speed and Rush -31 Dec 10 12:00 
- Easter targets deal -29 Dec 10 16:10
- Edwards happy to bid farewell to 2010 -29 Dec 10 16:10
- Church will get better and better -29 Dec 10 10:57
- Collins backed to succeed -28 Dec 10 11:15
- Pleased Evans is reaping reward -28 Dec 10 11:15
- Bellamy hands on captaincy -27 Dec 10 11:35
- King happy at Leicester -27 Dec 10 11:35
Speed plans Bellamy talks -15 Dec 10 08:32
- Hoping Stock will stay -22 Dec 10 12:12
- Bale faces Olympics ban -22 Dec 10 10:40
- Davies urges Earnie stay -22 Dec 10 10:24
- Taylor targeting more Wales caps -22 Dec 10 10:24


Sunday 2nd January 2011

NATIONS CUP: Television details and revised fixtures

Carling Nations Cup

The Football Association of Ireland has announced that it has secured a television deal with Sky Sports to show all six Carling Nations Cup matches in February and May 2011 in Ireland and the UK. All of the matches will be shown on Sky Sports in 3D, a first for three of the participating teams and the first time Sky Sports will cover a whole international tournament in 3D.

The agreement will also include simultaneous live broadcast of the Welsh matches in the Welsh language on S4C.

The opening matches of the Carling Nations Cup will take place in Aviva Stadium on February 8 (Republic of Ireland v Wales) and February 9 (Northern Ireland v Scotland). The final dates of the May matches of the Carling Nations Cup have also been revised under a new schedule agreed between the four competing Associations and the broadcast partners as follows:

Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland Tue, May 24 2011 Aviva Stadium KO 7.45pm.

Scotland v Wales Wed, May 25 2011 Aviva Stadium KO 7.45pm.

Wales v Northern Ireland Fri, May 27 2011 Aviva Stadium KO 7.45pm.

Republic of Ireland v Scotland Sun, May 29 2011 Aviva Stadium KO 6.30pm.

Welcoming the announcement, Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports said:

“Live 3D coverage of the Carling Nations Cup further strengthens our portfolio of international football that already includes crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers for the home nations and the Republic of Ireland. We’re also delighted that the tournament provides us with another first; as we pioneer international football in 3D for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The Aviva Stadium will provide the perfect backdrop for what should be some fantastic matches.”

NB: Alongside 3D coverage all conventional Sky Sports channels will also be showing the competition.

updated: Sat, 18 December, 2010 10:12 UK.






Saturday 18th December 2010

FAW: Flynn to continue?

Brian Flynn: photo linked from

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford says he expects Brian Flynn to continue in his role of bringing youth through the Wales ranks.

"Brian is of course disappointed and gutted not to be appointed the national team manager, That said Brian is an existing employee of the Association, he is the manager of the intermediate squads and ultimately I'm sure Brian will be looking to take those guys forward as he's been doing in the past." - said Ford. - [SOURCE BBC.CO.UK].

updated: Tue, 14 December, 2010 14:58 UK.






Tuesday 14th December 2010

FAW: Speed named as new boss

Gary Speed: photo linked from evans

The FAW have confirmed the appointment of Gary Speed as the new Wales National Team Manager. "It's something that's very difficult to turn down when your country comes calling, I am a very proud man at this moment to be asked to be manager of Wales." - said Speed.

Gary Speed becomes the eleventh manager of the Wales International football team.

Gary played eighty-five times for Wales a record for an outfield player. In addition, he captained the side on forty-four occasions.  In an illustrious league career, he made 677 club Appearances, scoring 103 goals, either as a midfielder or defender.

Born in Mancot, Flintshire on 8th September 1969, he started his career with Leeds United in 1988, making his debut as a 19 year old. In 1992 he helped them win the First Division Championship and he was to make almost 250 league appearances for the Elland Road club. He also appeared in the 1996 League Cup Final.

In 1996 he joined Everton for a fee of £3.5m. His next move was to Newcastle United in 1998 for £5.5m He appeared in the club’s two FA Cup Final defeats in 1998 and 1999, as well as playing Champion’s League football.

His fourth club was Bolton Wanderers, who he joined in 2004 for a fee of £750,000. During his time at the club, he notched his 500th Premiership appearance. He was to go-on to make a then record 535 Premiership appearances. In 2007, he became First Team Coach at Bolton Wanderers for a short while, before reverting to a player-only role.

His final move was to Sheffield United in 2008, initially on loan. After making the decision to finish his playing career at 41, he concentrated on coaching at the club and was then promoted to manager early in the 2010-2011 season. He was awarded the MBE in 2010 in recognition of his services to Football. - statement from

Speed has yet to appoint an assistant or a backroom team.

updated: Tue, 14 December, 2010 14:10 UK.

The Football Association of Wales will hold a Media Conference at the Vale of Glamorgan Resort, Hensol at 2pm on Tuesday December 14th
. Gary Speed is expected to be become the next Wales manager.

more news to follow.

The FAW are expected to announce further news from Tuesday (14/12) onwards when the FAW council meet to discuss the applicants for the Wales job.

According to reports Gary Speed will be named new Wales manager and will have his appointment confirmed imminently. [source dailymail 12/12/10]

Gary Speed will hold talks with the FAW within the next 24 hours. [source 13/12/10]

The FAW are set to appoint a new manager by mid-December. A committee, chaired by president Phil Pritchard, will begin interviewing with the aim of appointing a successor next month. According to reports the FAW have drawn up a shortlist.

Interviews for the job are set to take place over a two-day period over the next couple of weeks. The list includes four Welshmen in Brian Flynn, John Hartson, Dean Saunders and Chris Coleman, as well as Lars Lagerback, who has managed Sweden and Nigeria at international level, and Lawrie Sanchez, who impressed while in charge of Northern Ireland. With Ian Rush being ruled out. [source 22/11/10]

Reports are suggesting that Ian Rush is actually in the frame for the Wales job.  [source 23/11/10]

The bookies' favourite Lars Lagerback has said: "I had a chat with the CEO of Wales, Jonathan Ford. Now I am waiting for something concrete. I don't have the job yet. I don't know if I will get it, and I don't know if I will accept it if I get it. I think it's too early to start talking."   [source eurosport 02/12/10]

Football Association of Wales have made Gary Speed their No.1 choice in their search for a new manager. [source skysports 09/12/10]. Chris Coleman was interviewed on Tuesday. [source dailymail 09/12/10],
Chris Coleman looks like he has now agreed a deal to be the new boss of Greek side Larissa. [source coventry telegraph 10/12/10].

“We are down to a strong shortlist and I’m happy with the level of candidates because I believe they are all capable of doing the job. It has been important to keep the process tight, but we want the best possible person. We’re looking to schedule the next stage which will be a presentation interview and then make the decision. After that, hopefully we have a short negotiation stage as we want to appoint someone by mid-December.” - FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford. [source]

Over the next few weeks the Football Association of Wales will be looking to appoint a National Team manager. The process of looking for a manager will begin immediately and applications from Pro-Licence coaches are invited between now and the end f the first week of November.

This will be an ongoing process but the FAW would hope to have a new National Team manager in place by December 2010.

The priority obviously is to qualify for the major finals but the manager will be expected to play a significant role in the overall development of Welsh football.

The Football Association of Wales will hold a press conference on Friday, October 15th to answer media questions regarding the process.

posted: Thu, 14 October, 2010 16:05 UK.

 POLL: Gary Speed the right man?

 FAW - Appointing a new Manager - 15 Oct 2010




Tuesday 14th December 2010

FANS: Signed Ebay items

Aaron Ramsey: photo linked from

Official Nottingham Forest Auction 2010.

All proceeds gained from this auction will go towards the Nottingham Forest 2010/11 Toy appeal.

Click on the link (on the right) to bid for items such as Ramsey and Gunter's signed boots as well as a Robert Earnshaw signed shirt!

posted: Tue, 7 December, 2010 19:32 UK.

 Signed Ramsey boots -ebay





Tuesday 7th December 2010

SCHOOLBOY: France friendly matches

Wales Under 16: photo linked from MATCHES
In view of the icy and freezing temperatures that the whole country is experiencing this week, the two Under 16 matches against France this week have been moved. They match will be played at the University of Glamorgan 3G playing facility at Treforest. - info from

Revised fixtures: 
Tuesday 7th December: Wales v France: kick off 4pm 
Thursday 9th December: Wales v France kick off 4pm.
Both matches are free to supporters to attend.

updated: Mon, 6 December, 2010 20:40 UK.

The Under 16s will take on France in two friendly matches in early December.

The matches will be played on Tuesday 7th at The Gnoll, Neath, kick off 7pm. Wales will then face France again on Thursday 9th at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli, kick off 7pm.

The side has just completed three matches in the Victory Shield, that included an historic 4-0 win over England. Squad will be announced shortly.

posted: Tue, 23 November, 2010 20:26 UK.







Monday 6th December 2010

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