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Euro 2012 kicked off this evening however the football has once again been put on the back burner as the officiating in the Poland vs Greece match dominated half time conversations as Greece were unfairly reduced to 10 men after Sokratis’ soft red card. By this point the Greek team were already working with a one goal deficit and later had a strong appeal penalty denied. Greece however fought hard to fight back and half time substitute Salpingidis poached a 51st minute strike following a mistake from Wojciech Szczesny. The goal saw yet another ‘keeper error following Chalkias’ 17th Minute…

The 5th of May was a blue day at Wembley Stadium as Chelsea left the F.A Cup final with the trophy in their hands. The game began with 85million pounds worth of goal scoring talent on the bench as both Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres failed to make the starting line ups. The latter was not missed. With just 11 minutes on the clock, Jay Spearing’s inability to control the ball led to Juan Mata seizing possession. With Liverpool on the back-foot he swept a ball through to the galloping Ramires who outpaced Jose Enrique to fire the ball past…

The Spanish Grand Prix marked a bittersweet day for the Williams team, with the end of the race looming #ABV – anything but Vettel was trending on Twitter. The Williams driver Pastor Maldonado picked up his first Grand Prix win and William’s first win in eight years. However the joyous occasion was overseen by tragic events inside the William’s pit crew. A pit fire broke out injuring a total of 7 people; 4 of which were from William’s own team. The other injured persons were made up of four Caterham mechanics and a Force India crewmember that suffered from smoke…

The Allianz Arena is set to host the Champions League final on Saturday in what is sure to be another magnificent European night. For both Chelsea and Bayern difficult domestic seasons have added extra significance to the game that is always the pinnacle of the football calendar. Bayern Munich head into the game on the back of a 5-2 defeat to Borrusia Dortmund in the German Cup final, hardly the kind of preparation manager Jupp Heynckes would have been hoping for. Bayern’s league campaign brought equally as little joy as they were forced to settle for a runners-up spot again…

With the whole country in an olympic uproar its easy to forget that they aren’t the only major sporting events taking place this year. Two years after 2010’s World Cup championships in South Africa, its time for the UEFA European Championships. This year’s European Championships will be the fourteenth organised for international teams by UEFA and will take place between 8th June and 1st July with the championships hosted by both Poland and Ukraine, the first time either nation has hosted the tournament. The two host nations automatically qualified for the finals championships in which they will be joined by…

When Alan Pardew was announced as Newcastle United’s new manager, just three days after the sacking of Chris Hughton, in December 2010 it was to mixed reactions from the fans. The Newcastle fans have long been known for their sheer dedication and love for their team, despite the fact that their team has little to offer in terms of silverware, and so it was an important decision on who should manage the historic Magpies. A poll, by Sky Sports, revealed that only 5.5% of the 40,000 voters backed Alan Pardew to become the Magpies’ new manager, a figure that would…

Andy Murray struggled his way into the third round of the Rome masters following a fairly one sided first set that eventually turned into a colossal struggle against David Nalbandian. In the end a lucky break in a decisive third set was what finally saw Murray through on his 25th birthday. Murray looked stronger initially capitalizing on a series of errors from his opponent and sailed his way into a convincing 4-0 lead. Nalbandian pulled back but following a massive 15-minute game Andy Murray paved the way to seal the four game cushion. Nalbandian however looked a lot stronger in…

The Bangor University rugby teams welcomed back some old faces last week as the Old Boys and Old Girls from previous years returned to Bangor to prepare for their annual rugby match, though this year it was held in memory of Old Girl Sam Hurst who died earlier this year of leukemic cancer. The two matches, held on the Treborth pitches on Sunday 6th May, saw the Old Girls and Boys face the current Bangor University rugby teams while the crowd standing on the sidelines stood watching and cheering. The women’s match kicked off at 12.30pm, where the Bangor Women’s…

Martin Johnson has resigned as Coach of the English Rugby team after three-and-a-half years in the role. He had no coaching experience yet Johnson was appointed team manager of the national England Rugby Union side in April 2008 which may lead to some questions of why Johnson was picked to coach when he had no experience in that field and others had. Johnson’s decision follows a miserable World Cup which ended in quarter-final defeat by France and also featured a series of off-field controversies which marred his career and will add to the idea that there will be no Johnson…

Gary Speed was a Welsh professional footballer, a midfielder who played for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton, Sheffield United and also captained his country at international level. He later went on to manage Sheffield United, before moving to the position he held at the time of his death, as manager of Wales. He was found hanged on the morning of 27th November at his home in Cheshire. The outpouring of grief and emotion over Gary Speed’s death tells us more about the man than anything ever could. With some of the most commonly used words being ‘legend’ and ‘model…

Join Storm FM’s Harry Bradford and Seren Sports Editor Tom Knott for the AU Review every Sunday from 6-7pm on Storm FM. Over the course of the hour we will be discussing both AU and national sports news as well as talking with a guest captain from one of Bangor Athletic Union’s many clubs and playing some music. Tune in on 87.7fm or listen online at  www.stormfm.com.

International Football’s worst team, American Samoa, recorded their first ever Fifa sanctioned win last with a 2-1 victory against neighbours Tonga. Like their 31-0 demolition by Australia in 2001’s record setting goal fest, American Samoa coach Thomas Rongen believes that this victory is going to be a part of football history. Having never scored a goal in World Cup qualifying, Ramin Ott and Kaneti Falela put that record to rest with two fantastic goals by way of a 40 yard strike a neatly taken lob. Although Tonga did create a scare with two minutes remaining, as Unaloto Faeo reduced the…

On the 10th November 2011 a footballing era came to an end, after 28 years with league two side Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi stepped down to focus more on youth development. Few people amongst the football world won’t recognise the achievements of Dario and the calibre of player that has come through his ranks. In 2004 he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame being the 11th manager to be so, this achievement along with his MBE show how much impact Gradi has had during his managerial stint at Crewe. Dario Gradi built Crewe Alexandra during his…

I’ve been a Newcastle United fan ever since I was old enough to realise that my Dad’s club preference (Sheffield Wednesday) wasn’t the only choice. For my ninth birthday my parents took me to St James’ Park for a stadium tour, my Grandparent’s had even tried to get me to be one of the mascots but unfortunately there wasn’t a home game that day. I remember my Mum sitting in Alan Shearer’s spot in the dressing rooms; I vowed never to forgive her. I did. Somewhat. That was the first and last time I visited St James’ Park. On November…

The year of 2011 has been a phenomenal year for men’s tennis. The season is at now at an end and has been a year dominated by one man: Novak Djokovic. It saw him lift three of the four grand slams, so launching him into even greater stardom, and has been hailed by many as one of the greatest individual seasons in the history of the sport. In January the Serbian triumphed over Britain’s Andy Murray to lift the Australian Open for the second time; remaining unbeaten until the semi-finals of the French Open, in which he was defeated by…

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