Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Giggs wary of Cardiff crowd for crucial match
Reuters, July 30th, 2012 4:58PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Team captain Ryan Giggs, who has declined to sing "God Save the Queen" prior to Britain's two matches so far, is hopeful fans do not boo the anthem when the team faces Uruguay Wednesday in Wales. Some Welsh players, including Giggs, did not sing "God Save The Queen" before Sunday's game or the opening match on Thursday. Britain will advance to the quarterfinals with a victory or a tie.

Cardiff-born Giggs, who scored the opening goal in Britain's 3-1 win over United Arab Emirates on Sunday, gave an explanation for his decision.

"It's a personal thing," said Giggs, who declined to play for England despite being eligible through his English father. "The British anthem is the same for a Welshman, Scotsman or an Englishman. It's difficult but it's not an issue for us. It might be for other people but, once the game starts, we're all pulling in the same direction and I think that's the main thing. I hope it won't get booed and I hope the fans will get behind us as they have in our first two games. ... It will mean a lot to all of the Welsh lads to play in our own stadium, our own back yard, so it will be a great occasion," Giggs said. "I'm still disappointed not to play in a World Cup, a Euros or a major tournament and now this is something I'm relishing."

A crowd of 72,000 saw Britain's opener against Senegal while 85,000 were at Wembley on Sunday. A turnout of 74,000 is expected in Cardiff for the do-or-die game. The Football Association of Wales' opposes a British team, as do the soccer federations of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Many Welsh, Irish and Scottish fans feel the same way. The four parts of the United Kingdom, including England, compete as individual teams in non-Olympic international soccer.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Spurs Signs Vorm, Davies; Swans Sign Sigurdsson    
Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday signed Dutch international goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Wales defender Ben Davies from ...
Stoke Signs Krkic From Barcelona    
Stoke City on Tuesday completed the signing of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona. Krkic, 23, became the ...
Report: Lampard Completes NYCFC Move     
Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has completed a move to new MLS franchise New York City ...
Barca Signs Mathieu from Valencia     
Barcelona on Wednesday signed central defender Jeremy Mathieu on a four-year contract from Valencia for 20 ...
Johnson Ready for 'Gladbach Challenge     
During his press unveiling on Wednesday, USA defender Fabian Johnson, who moved to Borussia Monchengladbach from ...
Van Gaal Bemoans Man United's Preseason USA Tour    
Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United's preseason tour in the U.S. could jeopardize the club's success ...
German Politicians Question 2018 Russia World Cup     
Several senior politicians in Germany on Wednesday raised the possibility of stripping Russia of its right ...
Atleti Re-signs Tiago     
Atletico Madrid on Tuesday re-signed Tiago Mendes on a two-year deal, despite interest from Premier League ...
Koeman: Dani Osvaldo for Sale    
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Daniel Osvaldo is for sale, but reports in Italy ...
BVB: Hummels, Reus Not for Sale    
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday poured cold water over the transfer speculation swirling around ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives