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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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    ‘Nigeria will win the World Cup’ – and other Brazil 2014 predictions and palavers

‘Nigeria will win the World Cup’ – and other Brazil 2014 predictions and palavers

The World Cup, unlike Christmas, is every four years. That, though, should not limit my altruistic behaviour of caring about the needs and happiness of other people to the festive period only. Here are gifts, in form of predictions (based on history and humour), for football pundits, fans, non-fans, comedians and their clients, and NairaBet faithful! No new name on the [...]

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    THE JURY: The biggest moments of the World Cup

THE JURY: The biggest moments of the World Cup

Thirty-two teams, 64 games, 31 days, but one prize — the World Cup! Now, it is here. The tournament gets under way in Sao Paulo today with hosts Brazil facing Croatia, while Nigeria get their campaign up and running against Iran on Monday. TheCable’s team of analysts, dubbed The Three Wise Men — comprising a journalist, Bless Ekene (Editor, i-Soccer magazine), a soccer aficionado, Sunday [...]

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    Uninspiring friendlies, Echiejile’s injury, and the World Cup

Uninspiring friendlies, Echiejile’s injury, and the World Cup

It is barely four days away from the start of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014™ and the injuries keep on robbing nations of their big names. Radamel Falcao, Rafael van der Vaart and recently, Franck Ribery and Marco Reus are already ruled out. Meanwhile, Portugal point man and Balon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, is flirting dangerously with this list. Nigeria [...]

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    Ghanaian witch doctor says Ronaldo injury ‘spiritual’

Ghanaian witch doctor says Ronaldo injury ‘spiritual’

“Every team is stronger with Ronaldo,” Portugal’s coach Bento said of his recuperating captain; and a  Ghanaian witch doctor who believes every word of it claims to have "provoked" the Portugal star to be spiritually wounded before the World Cup to  prevent him from facing the Black Stars. The two-time Ballon d’Or winner is suffering from tendonitis and is set to miss [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 15: Enigmatic Suarez to lead Uruguay’s assault in familiar territory

COUNTDOWN 15: Enigmatic Suarez to lead Uruguay’s assault in familiar territory

Mercurial Suarez or Cannibal Suarez? Love him or hate him, he delivers on all fronts. Be it catching a shot like a goalkeeper, falling like a pack of cards without being touched, instigating racial abuses, biting off an opponent’s hand, scoring unbelievable goals or tapping them in with ease, this enigmatic Uruguayan will turn heads in Brazil. Luis Suarez’s bad-boy status precedes [...]

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    Making a case for Iker Casillas, a true leader

Making a case for Iker Casillas, a true leader

It is a scene we have gotten used to in recent years: Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper, captain, and spiritual leader, Iker Casillas yelling while lifting trophy after trophy. Be it the Copa Del Rey, the La Liga title, the European Championship Cup, the Confederations Cup or the 6.1 kg 18-karat gold World Cup trophy, he sure knows how to [...]

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    Why Madrid’s La Decima dream will not happen on Saturday

Why Madrid’s La Decima dream will not happen on Saturday

Real Madrid will not win their much-coveted tenth UEFA Champions League trophy because they knocked out the title holders. If statistics from previous games in the competition are to be believed, Real Madrid’s 5-0 aggregate score line win over last season’s winner, Bayern Munich will be their undoing. The 2013-14 UEFA Champions League is the 59th season of Europe’s premier club football [...]

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    Lis-BURN! Real, Atletico set Portugal on fire

Lis-BURN! Real, Atletico set Portugal on fire

The last and arguably most prestigious trophy in European competition is up for grabs, as Real Madrid play Atletico Madrid – their nearest but far-from-dearest rival – in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final at the Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal. In a special preview of the game, TheCable spoke to Mutiu Adepoju (from his base in Spain) and Dimeji Lawal – [...]

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    Countdown 28: Portugal’s hopes hanging on Cristiano Ronaldo

Countdown 28: Portugal’s hopes hanging on Cristiano Ronaldo

It is almost 50 years and five World Cup participations since Portugal had a player of this magnitude, the last being the late Eusebio, who almost took England to the cleaners in the 1966 World Cup, as Portugal reached the semi-finals. This time around, the Siberian nation have rested their hopes on the mercurial strength and brutal magic of the [...]

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    Countdown 29: Can Kompany’s Belgium emulate ’86 golden generation?

Countdown 29: Can Kompany’s Belgium emulate ’86 golden generation?

The biggest stage is where he loves to be; and with the World Cup up in a month’s time and fresh from lifting the English Premiership title with Manchester City, Vincent Kompany is ready for the challenge to lead arguably the tournament’s most star-studded side. At 28 years, the Manchester City captain is at his peak; and as often seen at [...]

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    Charitable in defeat: Will we have more of the new Mou?

Charitable in defeat: Will we have more of the new Mou?

Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid was Jose Mourinho’s fourth semifinal defeat in a row. The Portuguese gaffer holds the record for most Champions League semifinal appearances (eight), but also the record for the most uncharitable in defeat. Mourinho is a bad loser, to say the least. So, it was quite refreshing to hear him say something pleasant about Atletico [...]

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    Guardiola: I made a mistake

Guardiola: I made a mistake

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola feels he is partly to blame for his side’s 4-0 humbling at the hands of Real Madrid in Tuesday's second-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final encounter. Madrid were leading 1-0 from the first leg, and a brace from both Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo completed the rout, as the Spanish giants blew the Bundesliga champions away with a [...]

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    Ronaldo makes Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

Ronaldo makes Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

Cristiano Ronaldo, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner and one of the most recognisable faces in international sports, has been selected as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Ronaldo, 29, is one of five athletes to make the list, joining the NBA’s Jason Collins, NFL’s Richard Sherman, tennis player Serena Williams and 17-year-old female golf phenom, Lydia Ko. Writing [...]

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