Cardiff City has defeated Leeds United by 2-1 at Cardiff City stadium. It was a pretty close encounter and could have gone either way. But, the Cardiff players made some brilliant moves in the second half and took the game away from Leeds.

The Wales international, Craig Bellamy, performed phenomenally for Cardiff in the match. He came to play as substitute in the second half of the match and looked in fine form. Both the teams started the match pretty well and gave each other a tough fight in the first half. Neither of the two teams was able to find the net in the first half.

Bellamy made a mark immediately after his arrival on the field. The Cardiff team earned a free kick in the 67th minute of the match and Bellamy made no mistake in latching on that free kick. He beat the Leeds goalkeeper, Paddy Kenny, with a powerful shot. The ball went into the far corner of the goal post and Cardiff got ahead in the match.

After scoring the first goal, the Cardiff team started playing with more aggression. It took Cardiff players just 5 minutes to double the lead of their team. Cardiff got a penalty in the 72nd minute and Mark Hudson didn’t have any problem in converting that penalty into goal.

After being down by 2-0, the Leeds players got a bit nervous and there were some poor shots played by them. However, the Leeds team succeeded in finding the net in the 75th minute when Austin used the free kick perfectly to bring his team back into the match.

Austin was on the verge of scoring the leveller just a few minutes later, but, his shot went over the bar of the goal post. The Cardiff defenders prevented the Leeds United players to find the net for the second time in the match. The Cardiff team maintained the lead till the 90th minute and won the match. Cardiff City will play its next match against Millwall on 18th of September at The Den.

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Team GB striker Craig Bellamy has said that he expects to be fit for the second match for the team when they take on UAE on Sunday. Team GB will be playing UAE at the Wembley, but the former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy is a major fitness doubt. He scored in the 1-1 draw with a cynical strike against Senegal in the opening match, but was left injured after being clattered by a challenge from Saliou Ciss. Craig Bellamy has a history of fitness problems and it was initially thought that he would be a major doubt for the match against UAE.

The 1-1 draw with Senegal means that Team GB should aim for a victory against UAE in order to realistically remain with the hopes of winning the Olympic gold medal. Craig Bellamy is one of the three overage players taken by the manager Stuart Pearce. Bellamy has said that he is extremely happy to have represented Team GB at Old Trafford, which he claims to be a magnificent stadium. The match against UAE will be played at the new Wembley, which is also a special day out for the fans and indeed the players according to the former Manchester City striker.

"I just tweaked my [knee] medial ligament but it should be alright... I felt physically quite good. I do have to realise that I am two weeks into pre-season [training], as much as this is a competitive international. I think you could see [in] the last 20 minutes, half-an-hour, that it just caught us a little bit, but the great thing about football and the great thing about us is we've got another game coming up soon," said Craig Bellamy ahead of the match with United Arab Emirates on Sunday. Despite being almost 40 years of age, Ryan Giggs is expected to play in this match.

Liverpool face long journey

Liverpool have discovered their fate in the draw for the the Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round, in which they will face either FK Renova of Macedonia or FC Gomel of Belarus.

The latter currently looks more likely following Gomel’s 2-0 victory away from home in the first leg of their 2nd Round clash.

The prospect of a journey deep into Eastern Europe for the away leg on the 2nd August will leave players and fans alike envious of Tottenham’s good luck in the draw for their Europa League Playoff last year. Spurs were handed an away tie in Edinburgh against Heart of Midlothian, a stone’s throw away compared to the potential 2800 mile round trip Liverpool face if the Belarusians can maintain their advantage in the second leg, to be played on Thursday.

Whichever side they face, a Liverpool victory will be considered a formality, with the top players of either potential opponent earning weekly wages in the hundreds of pounds rather than hundreds of thousands of pounds, but new manager Brendan Rodgers will be eager not to let complacency become an issue in his first competitive games in charge.

Should they progress, Liverpool will be desperate for a more geographically favourable draw for the final Qualification Playoff, the second leg of which is scheduled to be played on the 23rd August, just three days before Liverpool’s first home Premier League game of the season against champions Manchester City.

Rodgers has urged his side not to “moan and groan” about the draw they have been given, and to remain focussed on progressing to the Europa League proper.

However, should Liverpool reach the Group Stage, the headaches caused by the weekly inconvenience of Thursday trips to the furthest reaches of the continent could outweigh any pride taken from competing in European competition, with Rodgers’ priority undoubtedly to improve upon the league form that last year saw Liverpool finish in 8th place- their lowest position in 18 years.


Liverpool have suffered a number of setbacks in recent weeks after a number of high-profile managers have turned around the opportunity to take charge at Anfield. However, they have certainly been boosted by the interviews given by former England manager Fabio Capello, who has clearly indicated that he would welcome any approach by Liverpool.

Fabio Capello is out of work having risen from his position as the England manager a few months ago. Liverpool remain without a manager until now after sacking Kenny Dalglish following a very poor season in the league, in which they have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second successive season.

The new owners at Liverpool have made it a priority for them to qualify for the Champions League due to the finances involved. Despite Kenny Dalglish winning a trophy this season in the form of the Carling cup, he had to pay the penalty for not qualifying for the Champions League with his job. Liverpool have been given permission to talk with Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, while they are also identifying other possible candidates to interview. Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has also emerged as a strong candidate, but the name Fabio Capello is the latest to be linked with the job.

“I am honoured by the request [from Liverpool] but I have only just started with Ajax. In Amsterdam, we are on a new path and I, along with Wim Jonk and Dennis Bergkamp – my colleagues on the technical side – want to bring success. That’s why I will stay loyal to Ajax in the coming years,” said the Ajax manager Frank de Boer in an interview to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has already turned down the opportunity to join Liverpool in the summer.


Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy looks also to prolong his international career after being named in the Welsh squad that will be facing Mexico in a friendly match this month. Craig Bellamy's international career looked all but over after the death of manager Gary Speed.

Craig Bellamy was especially close to the former Bolton player and his loss almost made the former Blackburn striker announce his retirement from international football. However, it seems that time has healed the wounds of the loss of Gary. He has now been named in the squad that will face Mexico this month by manager Chris Coleman.

Craig Bellamy made an appearance for the national team in the Memorial match for Gary Speed. It was the 68th international match of his career. Many thought that it was also the last that we got to see Craig Bellamy at the international stage, but it now seems that he will now be part of the Welsh set of ahead of the World Cup 2014 qualifications. However, Chris Coleman has not included Aston Villa defender James Collins the squad. The Aston Villa defender has been in a poor form this season, while it got even worse when he was found guilty of a nightclub brawl recently.

Chris Coleman recently said that he wanted no player to pull out from the squad citing injuries because he sees the friendly as the ideal preparation for the World Cup qualifying matches. "If guys are genuinely injured, if they physically or mentally shattered then that is a conversation, but I don't expect pull-outs. I've picked a strong squad. We are not going there as an end of season game with a smile on our face. We are going there to get a result and a performance that is going to put us in a good way building up to the Bosnia then the Belgium game," said Coleman.


Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has praised Craig Bellamy by saying that he has been extremely important for the club this season and also in the match against Chelsea. Craig Bellamy was inspirational in the 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Carling cup quarter finals. He played the match despite the grief over the death of his idol Gary Speed. His outstanding performances helped Liverpool to get into the semifinals of a cup competition. Now that they are in the semifinals, Liverpool will surely be looking at winning the competition.

Craig Bellamy was a major doubt for the match against Chelsea, as it was just 48 hours after the death of Wales manager Gary Speed. The former Bolton midfielder had decided to end his life and it had brought a major grief throughout the football world. Due to the fact that Gary Speed played a great role in mentoring Craig Bellamy, many expected that the Cardiff man will not be involved in the match against Chelsea. However, not only did Craig Bellamy play in the match, but he was also one of the best players on the pitch as well. He provided the assists for both the Liverpool goals, which were scored by Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly.

"We know he's a fantastic footballer and he had a hugely disappointing day on Sunday, when Speedy, who he regarded as a mentor, passed away. For someone to come back and play like that – for any of the players who played at the weekend – it speaks volumes for him," Dalglish said.

Liverpool's opportunity to play in the final will certainly push them towards victory in the semifinals. This will be the first opportunity for Kenny Dalglish to lift the trophy after his return to Anfield, although he would rather be lifting the Premier League trophy.