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    Cape Verde in shock win over Portugal

Cape Verde in shock win over Portugal

It’s no hoax, but Cape Verde have beaten a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal on the eve of April Fool’s day. Portugal top their Euro 2016 qualifying group and decided to rest their captain against the African side but finished with 10 men in the 2-0 defeat. Odair Junior Lopes Fortes gave Cape Verde – once a colony of Portugal – the lead in [...]

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    Luis Figo to run for FIFA presidency

Luis Figo to run for FIFA presidency

Former Portugal international, Luis Figo, has announced he is going to stand for FIFA presidency. The 42-year-old former Barcelona and Real Madrid player said his mission is to clean up the organisation after a series of high-profile scandals. “I care about football, so what I’m seeing regarding the image of FIFA – not only now but in the past years – [...]

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    Ronaldo voted Europe’s best

Ronaldo voted Europe’s best

  Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded another personal accolade to add to his growing collection, having been voted the best player in Europe by UEFA – his fourth year among the finalists for the prize. Ronaldo, who already holds the Ballon d’Or award for the best player in the world, beat Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Dutch [...]

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    Five players who should follow Drogba into retirement

Five players who should follow Drogba into retirement

Before fans start getting creative and inserting their names in nursery rhymes, certain players who, based on their performance at the last World Cup, should toe the honourable line of Didier Drogba in bidding international football bye. We will understand your reasons for taking the bold step. In fact, any reason would do. “…make space for the youngsters…” Good. “…concentrate on [...]

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    After World Cup, Nigeria rise 10 places in FIFA ranking

After World Cup, Nigeria rise 10 places in FIFA ranking

Nigeria now occupy the 34th position in latest FIFA ranking released Thursday. The Super Eagles' qualification for the round-of-16 at the just-concluded World Cup in Brazil has reflected on the July FIFA ranking, as the country now occupies the 34th position. In the rankings table released by the world football governing body, Nigeria garnered 660 points to move up 10 spots as [...]

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    Why it is important to win your World Cup group

Why it is important to win your World Cup group

The Netherlands wanted to top their group at all costs in order to avoid a ‘strong’ Brazil in the next round. Their coach, Louis van Gaal, fielded a strong team against Chile in a game that was to decide the group's winner. Holland won 2-0 and will now meet a ‘weak’ Mexico in the second round. So, how important is it to [...]

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Nigeria cancel training over appearance fee row

The Super Eagles skipped a scheduled training session on Thursday after a meeting to demand World Cup appearance bonuses could not be concluded on time according to KickOffNigeria.com. The team were due to train in Campinas at 6pm on Thursday, but with their bus ready to leave, the squad failed to turn up but the team’s  media officer, Ben Alaiya explained [...]

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    Portugal defeat Ghana, but both crash out of World Cup

Portugal defeat Ghana, but both crash out of World Cup

Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 and finished level on four points with the United States in Group G, but it was the Americans who advanced to the last 16 courtesy of a better goal difference despite their 1-0 loss to group winners Germany in Recife. An own goal by John Boye and a late strike by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 [...]

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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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    Keshi: ‘We don’t know Iran, but we’ll see them on Monday’

Keshi: ‘We don’t know Iran, but we’ll see them on Monday’

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has acknowledged that Monday’s opponents Iran are something of an unknown quantity. Nigeria meet Iran in their Group F opener, and with red-hot favourites Argentina in same group, the most realistic aim for both is likely a second-place finish behind the-two World Cup champions. Picking the maximum points against Carlos Queiroz's men could prove vital in avoiding [...]

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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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    Five most shocking African World Cup victories

Five most shocking African World Cup victories

The whole of Africa will be behind Cameroon, as it kick-starts the continent's participation at the Brazil 2014 World Cup in a few hours with a potentially pulsating clash against  North American power house, Mexico. But Cameroon can put aside their seesaw qualification process and draw inspiration from some of the most momentous victories by African sides at the global showpiece.   Algeria vs West Germany, [...]

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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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    Portugal and England for WC final – Mourinho

Portugal and England for WC final – Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has predicted a World Cup final between Portugal and England. Source: 101greatgoals [...]

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Eagles rated 19th richest team

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been valued at £47m and in 19th place of the 32 teams participating at the World Cup in Brazil. The ratings were based on the last transfers of each of the 736 players travelling to Brazil. Unsurprisingly, Argentina are the top-dog in Group F. The two-time champions are in 5th and valued at £199.1m. Bosnia, [...]

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    FIFA ‘World Cup’ ranking: Nigeria rooted to 44th

FIFA ‘World Cup’ ranking: Nigeria rooted to 44th

Nigeria’s position remains unchanged in the latest FIFA World Rankings. The Super Eagles are 44th in the world, and 6th in Africa, following recent draws against Scotland and Greece. It was a different ball game for their World Cup Group F opponents, two of which ascended the log. Argentina moved up to fifth, Bosnia moved four places up from 25th to 21st [...]

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