Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale completes journey from Spurs misfit to Madrid superstar

Gareth Bale. Photo: AFP

It was only four years ago that Gareth Bale was being labelled a jinx and a flop, and faced being offloaded on the cheap by Tottenham. Now he is the most expensive player in the history of football, with a price tag of €100 million (HK$1 billion) hanging heavy on his shoulders.

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013, 11:59am

Bale confident he can handle the weight of expectations at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale shows off his skills at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, where 20,000 fans turned up to welcome him to his new team. Photo: AP

Bale's prolonged transfer from Tottenham Hotspur was finally completed on Sunday evening with contrasting reports over whether he had become the most expensive player in the history of the game.

3 Sep 2013 - 1:49am

Spotlight on Bale again as Spurs resume training

Gareth Bale

The 24-year-old Wales winger, voted player of the year and young player of the year last season by his English Premier League peers, was seen arriving at the club's Enfield training ground, north of London, in a black Mercedes sportscar, television pictures on Sky Sports News showed.

1 Aug 2013 - 3:56am

Wigan boost survival hopes, Gareth Bale helps Spurs to fourth

Wigan's Callum McManaman vies with West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell for the ball. Photo: AFP

Wigan Athletic boosted their hopes of survival with a resilient 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion, while Gareth Bale fired Tottenham Hotspur up to fourth place in the Premier League with a spectacular late winner against former club Southampton.

5 May 2013 - 4:00am

Bale bags awards treble with writers' honour

Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale completed a notable treble after being voted the 2013 Footballer of the Year by England's Football Writers' Association.

The 23-year-old Wales international topped the journalists' poll by a narrow margin with Manchester United's Robin van Persie, last season's winner when at Arsenal, the runner-up.

3 May 2013 - 4:48am

Spurs face Everton test without Bale

Gareth Bale injured during the Europa League quarter-final football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Basel. Photo: AFP

Wales winger Bale, who has scored 22 goals for Andre Villas-Boas' side this season, suffered an ankle injury towards the end of the 2-2 draw against Basel in the Europa League on Thursday.

7 Apr 2013 - 4:18am

Become a legend at Spurs, Jol tells Bale

Martin Jol

Fulham manager Martin Jol was in charge at Spurs when Gareth Bale joined from Southampton and will be reunited with the player when he takes his Fulham side to face Andre Villas-Boas' team in north London tonight.

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Gareth Bale ban a blessing in disguise for Spurs, says Andre Villas-Boas

Spurs' Gareth Bale is all smiles despite earning a suspension in their Europa Cup match against Inter Milan at White Hart Lane. Photo: Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas said Gareth Bale's suspension-incurring booking in the 3-0 win over Inter Milan merely capped a perfect evening for the Premier League side.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:09am

Gareth Bale ready to inflict more pain on Inter Milan

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale. Photo: EPA

The Welshman rose to global prominence in October 2010 when he scored a stunning second-half hat-trick as Spurs rallied from 4-0 down in a 4-3 loss to Inter at San Siro in the Champions League group phase.

7 Mar 2013 - 3:42am

Arsenal handed warning over Bale's firepower ahead of Spurs clash

Andre Villas-Boas and Gareth Bale

Bale will be in the spotlight when Arsenal arrive at White Hart Lane for a potentially decisive moment in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.

3 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Gareth Bale a victim of UK media hyperbole

Gareth Bale. Photo: Xinhua

Spare a thought for Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna this weekend.

If fit, the Frenchman faces the task of restraining Gareth Bale in the crucial north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at White Hart Lane.

Sagna will be in direct opposition to Bale … "The Beast" "Brute" "Predator", etc … who, should you have been holidaying on Mars, is the player of the moment.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:23am

Tottenham banking on Bale for derby clash

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Xinhua.

Unbeaten in 11 Premier League matches and with man-of-the-moment Gareth Bale scoring at will, Tottenham Hotspur start as favourites against Arsenal on Sunday in a north London derby crucial to both sides’ hopes of Champions League qualification.

28 Feb 2013 - 1:37pm

Gareth Bale stunner rescues a point for Spurs

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after equalising against Norwich City. Photo: Reuters

Gareth Bale scored one of the goals of the season as the Tottenham Hotspur winger’s stunning individual effort salvaged a 1-1 draw against Norwich City on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am