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The 20 best Welsh players of the Premier League era

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Wales has produced some of the very finest players to have graced the Premier League over the years.

A number of Welsh stars have gone on to earn legendary status during their time in the Premier League, whether it be because of their goalscoring exploits, their leadership qualities, or their robust, tough tackling in the centre of the park.

Whatever the case, England’s top flight would not have been the same without them. So here at 90min, we have decided to rank the 20 best Welsh players of the Premier League era…

Chris Coleman was a fine player, as well as a decent manager
Chris Coleman was a fine player, as well as a decent manager | Stu Forster/Getty Images

A slightly controversial inclusion, considering the number of Premier League appearances Chris Coleman made, but his talent and love his country is impossible to overlook.

Coleman was eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland, but this was never an option for him as he wanted to thrive for the Welsh side. Indeed, he earned 32 Wales caps and even went on to coach the national side.

His playing days were cut short through injury, but the centre-back (most of the time) showed during his time in England’s top flight why he was so widely tipped for a bright future from such a young age.

Paul Jones is best remembered for his time at Southampton
Paul Jones is best remembered for his time at Southampton | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Celebrated winning 50 caps for his country by shaving his head, Paul Jones also made 209 Premier League appearances.

191 of these came for Southampton, but Jones also featured for Wolves, while he also made two appearances for Liverpool during a loan spell.

King lifted the Premier League with Leicester
King lifted the Premier League with Leicester | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Alright, there may be better and far more experienced players that could be included, but you can’t beat a bit of Andy King.

Yes, he’s not exactly a dazzling footballer, but he was a crucial part of the Leicester squad that produced one of the most iconic moments in sporting history. When we will see another moment quite like that again? We don’t know.

What we do know is that although he may not have started every game in 2015/16, he was a valuable squad member that made 25 appearances.

Mark Pembridge of Fulham
Mark Pembridge of Fulham | Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Mark Pembridge’s style of play wasn’t for everyone, but the versatile midfielder was a key squad member at each club he turned out for. Pembridge went on to make 228 appearances in England’s top flight, most notably for Everton and Fulham, but injuries impacted much of his playing time.

Pembridge, who has won 54 caps for Wales, is now coaching at Fulham.

Dean Saunders during his Nottingham Forest days
Dean Saunders during his Nottingham Forest days | Getty Images/Getty Images

Forgettable managerial career aside, Swansea born Dean Saunders was one of the Premier League’s sharpest shooters during the early years of the competition.

Most notably, Saunders chipped in with 12 goals in the Premier League’s first season as Aston Villa pushed Manchester United all the way in the title race. Though Man Utd went on to claim the crown, Saunders would help Villa get revenge on United two years later as he bagged a brace in the 1994 League Cup final – helping his side pick up their first piece of silverware for 12 years.

Overall, Saunders netted 45 times in the Premier League in just under 200 appearances.

Hartson has turned to punditry
Hartson has turned to punditry | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

Hartson enjoyed the best spell of his career during his time with Celtic, grabbing 41 goals in 85 appearances. But the Welshman did also chip in with a few goals in the Premier League, too.

Hartson made 154 appearances in England’s top flight, scoring 54 goals in spells with Arsenal, West Ham, whom he saved from relegation alongside Paul Kitson during 1996/97, Wimbledon and Coventry City.

James Collins is affectionately known as Ginge
James Collins is affectionately known as Ginge | Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Believe it or not, James Collins played in the Premier League for 13 seasons in a row between 2005 and 2018.

He joined West Ham in 2005, but after struggling to nail down a starting spot, departed for Aston Villa four years later. Collins would later return to the capital and would feature more regularly for the Hammers, eventually ending his top flight career with 279 appearances.

Not bad going, James.

Allen earned a surprise move to Liverpool early in his career
Allen earned a surprise move to Liverpool early in his career | Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Joe Allen’s sparking performances for Swansea earned a surprise move to Liverpool in the summer of 2012, though he’d later admit that the nickname the ‘Welsh Xavi’ did him no favours in his attempt to succeed at Anfield.

Though his time on Merseyside didn’t really work out, Allen’s always been a hugely influential for the Welsh national team. To date, he has made just under 200 appearances in the Premier League.

Williams is now retired after a length career
Williams is now retired after a length career | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Tough, no-nonsense tackling, Ashley Williams was a nightmare defender to play against at his peak.

After joining Swansea City in 2008, Williams guided the club to Premier League promotion for the first time in 2011 – with his reliability and leadership qualities leading to many calls for interest from the ‘big six’.

Eventually, it was Everton that secured his services in 2016, but he was a little past his best by the time he rocked up at Goodison Park.

Ben Davies joined Spurs from Swansea
Ben Davies joined Spurs from Swansea | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Ben Davies may not be the most glamorous left-back in the world, but he’s built his career on being a model of consistency.

It was his performances for Swansea that took him into the limelight, and it wasn’t long before Tottenham opted to bring him to the capital. A regular since then, Davies has plenty more left in his Premier League tank.

Ian Rush is a Liverpool legend
Ian Rush is a Liverpool legend | Anton Want/Getty Images

Though his most successful years were arguably behind him, Wales legend Ian Rush proved he could still cut the mustard when the Premier League was formed in 1992.

Rush had led Liverpool to many glories during the 1980s, but he bagged 45 Premier League goals for the Reds before winding down his career with short, rather forgettable stints at Leeds and Newcastle.

Simon Davies whipping in a corner at Craven Cottage
Simon Davies whipping in a corner at Craven Cottage | Warren Little/Getty Images

Simon Davies’ consistency at the highest level went largely under the radar, even though he made
303 Premier League appearances during his time with Tottenham, Everton and Fulham.

He’s best remembered for his time at Fulham, and played a pivotal role in the west London club’s famous run to the Europa League final during 2009/10.

Savage is now a well-known pundit
Savage is now a well-known pundit | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

A real pain to play against, Wales icon Robbie Savage was an all-action, never let your opponent gain a yard on you kind of player.

Was he elegant? No, not really.

Was he effective? Yes.

Was he world class? He thinks so.

Whatever the case may be, Savage was given his chance to shine in the Premier League with Leicester in 1997, and it was an opportunity he seized with both hands. He went on to feature in England’s top flight for the next 11 years, making 346 appearances.

Craig Bellamy was a nomadic striker
Craig Bellamy was a nomadic striker | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

If you were asked to describe Craig Bellamy, 99.9% of people would say ‘pain in the f*cking arse’.

And guess what, he was a complete pain in the arse. But that – along with some god given talent – is what allowed him to go on and make just under 300 Premier League appearances.

Bellamy may only have reached double figures in the Premier League twice during his career, but it was his tireless work ethic, versatility and determination that made him a crucial asset for all of the seven clubs he played for at the highest level.

Hughes celebrating a goal for Manchester United
Hughes celebrating a goal for Manchester United | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Mark Hughes was one of the key players for Manchester United in the early years of the Premier League, finishing the inaugural season as their top scorer.

Hughes would win two Premier League titles with the Red Devils before departing for Chelsea, where he enjoyed domestic cup and European success. He would down his top flight career with Southampton, Everton and Blackburn, finishing on 297 appearances and 64 goals.

Aaron Ramsey was a household name at Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey was a household name at Arsenal | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Were it not for injuries, Aaron Ramsey could easily have become one of the Premier League’s greatest ever midfielders.

Intelligent, creative, and a good reader of the game, Ramsey had all the tools to succeed apart from one thing – a body that wouldn’t let him down. That said, the Welshman still managed to make 262 Premier League appearances for Arsenal before departing for Juventus on a free transfer, so he must have been doing something right.

Plenty of time for him to come back and add to that figure, too.

Gary Speed, pictured during his time as Wales manager
Gary Speed, pictured during his time as Wales manager | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Taken from us far too soon, Gary Speed is gone but he will never be forgotten.

The ultimate professional, Speed was versatile, born leader who always set the best possible example for his teammates and those watching on. He was one of the most respected players in the Premier League, and spent 16 years in the top flight between 1992 and 2008.

Speed had – and will continue to have – a hugely positive impact on Welsh football.

Neville Southall of Everton makes a point
Neville Southall of Everton makes a point | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Everton and Wales’ greatest ever goalkeeper, Neville Southall represented the Toffees at the highest level for 17 years. His best years may have been past him by the time the Premier League was formed, but he still tucked 208 appearances away under his belt – becoming the first player to break the double century barrier.

To this day, he remains his country’s finest ever goalkeeper.

Bale's first spell at Tottenham was out of this world good
Bale’s first spell at Tottenham was out of this world good | Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Full of speed, flair, and ruthlessness, not one Premier League defender knew how to deal with peak Gareth Bale.

A winner of two PFA Player of the Year awards. Bale was electrifying for Tottenham after his defensive minded reins were let off, and there was little surprise when Real Madrid eventually came calling. When the time to return to England came, it was only fitting that the Welshman went back to the club who helped him become world class.

Giggs is one of the Premier League's best ever
Giggs is one of the Premier League’s best ever | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Barring an absolute miracle, no player will ever come close to matching Ryan Giggs’ bulging trophy cabinet from his two decades at Manchester United.

A winner of 13 Premier League titles, Giggs also won four FA Cups and two Champions League crowns, and played at the highest level into his 40s.

A scorer in each of the first 21 seasons of the Premier League, there was nothing the Welshman couldn’t do – and he’ll forever be remembered for his exceptional pace and breathtaking dribbling ability. Truly, one of the best natural wingers to ever play the game.

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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Men – News – Déjà vu as Honduras and Mexico lock in Tokyo spots

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Men’s Olympic Football Tournament

Players of Mexico celebrate after winning the 2020 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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  • Mexico win Concacaf Olympic qualifying competition for third consecutive time
  • El Tri will look to replicate London 2012 triumph in Tokyo
  • Men’s Olympic Football Tournament to take place from 22 July to 7 August

For the third consecutive time Honduras and Mexico will represent the North, Central America and Caribbean region at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. And just like London 2012 and Rio 2016 Mexico will be competing on the global stage as the kings of Concacaf.

Mexico will be looking to repeat their 2012 triumph when the likes of Oribe Peralta, Marco Fabian, Raul Jimenez, Hector Herrera and Javier Aquino led El Tri to the gold medal at Wembley, the region’s first top-of-the-podium finish.

Honduras qualified by defeating the USA 2-1 in the qualifying competition’s semi-finals, and while the Stars & Stripes rue a third consecutive failure to make the Olympics, Los Catrachos cement their status as perennial competitors at this level. Mexico beat Canada 2-0 in the other semi-final.

Final

Mexico 1-1 (5-4 pens) Honduras

How they punched their tickets

Mexico in cruise control

El Tri set the tone early in the competition. Sebastian Cordova scored a hat-trick in their opening 4-1 win over tournament debutants Dominican Republic.

Jaime Lozano’s side followed that up by keeping a clean sheet and putting in a stylish 3-0 victory against Costa Rica. Their determination to succeed was highlighted by a 1-0 triumph over rivals USA in the group closer with a place in the semi-final already confirmed before the whistle. Finally, they won when the pressure was ramped up and when it mattered most, scoring two second-half goals against a strong Canada side.

  • The stat: Mexico are record winners in Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament history with eight championships to their name.
Carlos Obregon of Honduras celebrates with his teammates after scoring the first goal 

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Honduras make it four on the trot

Not even Mexico can say they’ve been to four consecutive Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments. Honduras have now represented the region at Beijing 2008, when they were regional champions en route to China PR, London 2012, when they finished as quarter-finalists and at Rio 2016, where they went all the way to the semi-finals. Will we see Los Catrachos in the Tokyo 2020 decider at International Stadium Yokohama on 7 August?

  • The stat: Having failed to qualify at all until Sydney 2000, Honduras have now only missed out on the final Olympic competition once since then, at Athens 2004.

Tournament awards

  • Best player: Alexis Vega (Mexico)
  • Top goalscorer: Sebastian Cordova – 4 goals (Mexico)
  • Best goalkeeper: Alex Barrios (Honduras)

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«Law»: fecha de estreno, trama, reparto y todo lo que necesitas saber sobre el drama centrado en mujeres con un reparto exclusivamente femenino

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«Law»: fecha de estreno, trama, reparto y todo lo que necesitas saber sobre el drama centrado en mujeres con un reparto exclusivamente femenino

Una joven estudiante de derecho libra sus propias batallas legales en esta versión de Amazon Prime

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El próximo drama criminal y thriller de Amazon Prime, «Law», muestra la conmovedora lucha de una estudiante de derecho que lucha por su propio caso para poner a un criminal tras las rejas. La trama evalúa además si realmente ha recibido justicia al recibir el castigo del criminal. Rebosante de giros, el lanzamiento de junio ya está alcanzando la suficiente expectación como para ser una película centrada en mujeres con un elenco exclusivamente femenino. Aquí está todo lo que necesita saber sobre la «Ley».

Fecha de lanzamiento:

A finales de junio de 2020, la película Kannada (lengua vernácula india) estará disponible en Prime Video a partir de la medianoche del 26 de junio.

Para realizar un seguimiento:

La historia gira en torno a una protagonista femenina. Cuenta el viaje de «una licenciada en derecho involucrada en su caso por motivos personales», dijo el director Raghu Samarth en una reunión con la prensa.

Creadores:

Samarth es un famoso director indio que saltó a la fama con su debut en 2017, «Smile Please». Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar y M. Govinda coprodujeron la película.

Elenco:

Ragini Chandran debuta en el cine a través de este thriller de detectives que ve a su personaje luchando por la justicia. La aclamada estrella de la industria, Mukyamanthri Chandru interpreta el papel de un juez en el thriller policial. La película se encuentra actualmente en postproducción y también está protagonizada por Siri Prahlad.

Remolque:

Desafortunadamente, todavía no se ha publicado ningún tráiler oficial de «Law». Mire este espacio para actualizaciones.

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«Rosa», «Thappad», «Ponmagal Vandhal», «Mardaani» y «Chhapaak».

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‘Birthmothers Betrayal’: fecha de lanzamiento, trama, reparto, tráiler y todo lo que necesitas saber sobre el próximo thriller de Lifetime

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‘Birthmothers Betrayal’: fecha de lanzamiento, trama, reparto, tráiler y todo lo que necesitas saber sobre el próximo thriller de Lifetime

‘Birthmother’s Betrayal’ se estrenará en Lifetime el 20 de junio a las 8 p.m. ET


                            
                            
                            
                            'Birthmothers Betrayal': fecha de lanzamiento, trama, reparto, tráiler y todo lo que necesitas saber sobre el próximo thriller de Lifetime

‘Traición de la madre biológica’ (de por vida)

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«Birthmother’s Betrayal» es la próxima película de suspenso de Lifetime que está lista para presentarte la historia de una madre biológica separada, Tara, que está tratando desesperadamente de deshacerse de la madre adoptiva de su hija Amy. ¿Tara está impulsada por los celos o hay otras intenciones ocultas? Aquí está todo lo que necesita saber sobre «La traición de la madre biológica» antes de su lanzamiento.

Fecha de lanzamiento

‘Birthmother’s Betrayal’ se estrenará en Lifetime el 20 de junio a las 8 p.m. ET.

Para realizar un seguimiento

La sinopsis oficial dice: «Después de que Tara, de 16 años, encuentra a su madre biológica Grace en un sitio web de ADN, su devota madre adoptiva Amy lucha por proteger a su hija mientras la salvajemente impredecible madre natural se estrella contra sus vidas con un amor errático. Por Tara y un odio tóxico. hacia Amy. ¿Pero es Grace realmente quien dice ser? Cuando Tara se acerca a Grace fría y caliente, Amy comienza a preguntarse si Grace tiene un trastorno mental grave o si hay otro secreto enterrado, ya que Grace parece decidida a eliminar Amy y recuperar a Tara «.

Elenco

Clarke preguntó

La actriz Tanya Clarke asiste al estreno de la temporada 4 de Banshee de Cinemax en UTA el 31 de marzo de 2016 en Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Tanya Clarke es una actriz estadounidense cuya carrera está dominada por los espectáculos de Broadway. Se mudó a Nueva York a la edad de veinte años y pasó años actuando en Broadway. Debutó con «I’m Not Rappaport» junto a Judd Hirsch y Ben Vereen. Sus créditos cinematográficos incluyen «The Director», «A Beautiful Mind» y «Tenderness». Ha aparecido en muchas series de televisión como «Banshee», «Marvel’s Inhumans» y «Grey’s Anatomy».

Entrenador de aire

Aria Pullman es una cantante, actriz y modelo estadounidense. Firmó para Ford Models después de ser descubierta por un fotógrafo local en su adolescencia. Modeló para marcas como Carolina Herrera, Black Label, Ralph Lauren, Roots Canada y Tahari. Es conocida por haber trabajado en programas de televisión como «Lucifer», «Rescue Me», «Once Upon A Time», «Life», «Jane The Virgin», «Revenge, CSI: Miami» y «All My Children». Su notable trabajo en las películas incluye «Jersey Boys», «One Last Thing», «The Hoax» y «HellRide».

Creadores

Lifetime aún no ha anunciado detalles sobre los creadores de «Birthmother’s Betrayal». Mire el espacio para una actualización del mismo.

remolque

El tráiler oficial de «Birthmother’s Betrayal» aún no se ha publicado. Siga mirando este espacio para obtener actualizaciones.

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