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    INTERVIEW: I’d like to play in the World Cup again, says Ramon Azeez

INTERVIEW: I’d like to play in the World Cup again, says Ramon Azeez

When the Super Eagles list for the 2014 FIFA World Cup was made public, many Nigerians were surprised by the inclusion of Ramon Azeez, because prior to that time, he was largely unknown. Many did not know that Azeez was playing regularly for Almeria in the La Liga before the World Cup but during the tournament, he made a decent appearance in [...]

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    2014 evaluation report for Keshi, Eagles

2014 evaluation report for Keshi, Eagles

In the 80s and 90s, it was common to hear teachers berate some “big boys” in class with words best expressed in Yoruba Language. “Ko pass, ko fail, ko kuro ni class.” The Big Boss, Stephen Keshi, didn't leave “class” by holding on to his Super Eagles coaching job. But did he pass or fail? Below is the list of all the games the [...]

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    Platini says retired Ribery must play for France or risk ban

Platini says retired Ribery must play for France or risk ban

France winger Franck Ribery's decision to retire from international football could lead to a suspension from club football, UEFA president Michel Platini has said. The Bayern Munich player, who missed the 2014 World Cup in Brazil despite intensive treatment for a lower back injury, announced last month he would not play for France any longer to focus on club football with the [...]

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    Enyeama out of Congo, SA games

Enyeama out of Congo, SA games

Super Eagles number one goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, will miss the team’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo DR and South Africa to attend to “pressing family issues”. The goalkeeper, who considered quitting the national team after the 2-0 loss to France in Brazil 2014 World Cup, has now withdrawn from the squad for family reasons “I spoke to the coach [...]

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    Lampard ends 15-year international career

Lampard ends 15-year international career

Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football. The 36-year-old, who joined Manchester City on loan from New York City this summer, made his last appearance for the Three Lions in the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Lampard’s England career spanned 15 years and earned him 106 caps with 29 goals. But he has now [...]

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    Keshi to handle Congo, SA matches ‘without a contract’

Keshi to handle Congo, SA matches ‘without a contract’

Stephen Keshi will be in charge of the Super Eagles in their forthcoming 2015 AFCON qualifiers against Congo and South Africa in September, despite not reaching an agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on a new contract. Keshi’s contract ended on June 30 during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and talks with the federation over a new deal are [...]

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Minister tells fans to ‘be proud’ of Eagles

The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, has told Nigerians to see the positives in Super Eagles’ exploit at the 2014 World Cup despite not going beyond the second round in Brazil. His Special Assistant on Media, Patrick Omorodion, in a statement quoted him as saying that the injuries suffered by some players limited the team’s chances of qualifying for the quarter [...]

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    Colombia make first ever World Cup quarterfinal

Colombia make first ever World Cup quarterfinal

Colombia have reached the quarter finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history after comfortably beating Uruguay 2-0 at the Maracana Stadium on Saturday. The team of the tournament so far set up a mouth-watering tie with hosts Brazil in Fortaleza on Friday, after James Rodriguez stole the headlines once again for Jose Peckerman’s men. Rodriguez, 22, scored [...]

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    Bosnia victory sends Odemwingie ‘crinkum crankum’

Bosnia victory sends Odemwingie ‘crinkum crankum’

Osaze Odemwingie appears to have had a go at political satire with a pair of cryptic Tweets mimicking a jargon-happy Patrick Obahiagbon. Odemwingie, fresh from becoming the first player to score at the 2014 World Cup for Nigeria, caused confusion when he told his 219,000 followers on Twitter about "crinkum crankum" and "odoriferous saga". He announced @OdemwingieP: "The draw against Iran was the [...]

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    ‘Van-less’ Netherlands cruise to knockout stage

‘Van-less’ Netherlands cruise to knockout stage

Netherlands coach, Louis van Gaal fielded, a team without players whose names contain “Van”  in their last group game with Chile, yet the Dutch won 2-0. This is the first time since 1996 that a Dutch lineup has been 'Van-less'. This situation is partially the result of Robin van Persie's suspension due to yellow-card accumulation. Were the Man United striker, who is currently [...]

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    THE PANEL: Nigeria or Bosnia to win 2-1

THE PANEL: Nigeria or Bosnia to win 2-1

One day, the Super Eagles will be a subject in secondary school curriculum and a typical JAMB question could go: Which expression depicted the team’s situation prior to a 2014 World Cup game with Bosnia? a) Do-or-die b) Win-or-bust c) Make-or-mar d) All of the above The answer is a no-brainer, but the team are unpredictable as ever; the Super Eagles may fly or may not even get [...]

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    Keshi blames ‘nervous and unsettled’ players for Iran draw

Keshi blames ‘nervous and unsettled’ players for Iran draw

Stephen Keshi feels his players would have won against Iran on Monday had his players not being "nervous and unsettled". In stark contrast to the attacking nature of the tournament where a total of 41 goals had been scored prior to this game, Nigeria and Iran showed little creativity and the final whistle was met by a cacophony of boos from the fans, [...]

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    Nigeria vs. Iran: Drab draw, stinging reactions

Nigeria vs. Iran: Drab draw, stinging reactions

A pillow and mat would have come in handy as it was snooze time at the Arena de Baixada during Monday night's listless draw between Nigeria and Iran. It was the first drawn match of the 2014 World Cup; it was also the first drab match. The Super Eagles were expected to cruise past Carlos Quieroz’s side, and win their first World [...]

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Muller displaces Ronaldo, as Portugal crashes

Not too good a start for Portugal at the ongoing 2014 World Cup, as they lost 4-0 to Germany. The game started on a high note for Portugal until an opening goal by 24-year-old Thomas Muller, who won the Golden Boot in South Africa 2010, dispossessed the Portuguese side. The Bayern Munich forward dispatched an early penalty, drilled home Germany's third [...]

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    JLo, Pitbull, Claudia now one again!

JLo, Pitbull, Claudia now one again!

Good news! JLo will be performing at Thursday's World cup opening. This is coming just two days after Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) announced that award-winning music star, Jeniffer Lopez, will not be performing We Are One any longer with fellow artistes, Pittbull and Claudia Leitte. FIFA earlier sited "unspecified production issues" as the reason behind JLo's pullout. Apparently, those issues got resolved and [...]

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    Amiesimaka: Eagles’ problem psychological

Amiesimaka: Eagles’ problem psychological

The technical crew of the Super Eagles must work on the psyche of the players to instill a winning mentality in them ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, former Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka, said on Monday. The 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner said that the players should be positively disposed to their chances of a successful campaign at the tournament. “What I [...]

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