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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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    Keshi, here are the strengths and weaknesses of your oponents

Keshi, here are the strengths and weaknesses of your oponents

World Cup debutantes, Bosnia-Herzegovina, play Ivory Coast on Friday in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States. But Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, who is also in the US with his team, need not bother traveling or sending his assistant, Daniel Amokachi, to the venue to get first-hand information on Edin Dzeko and co. There are 811.48 miles (by air) from Saint Louis and [...]

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Dosu: Expect a better Eagles after Team USA friendly

Former U-23 goalkeeper, Dosu Joseph has said the Super Eagles would put up a better performance against U.S. compared to their 2-2 draw with Scotland on Wednesday. Joseph said the friendly against Scotland was not 100 per cent but the team should be assessed after the two remaining pre-World Cup games against Greece and Team USA. “By the time we play U.S., [...]

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NFF release World Cup itinerary

The Nigeria Football Federation has perfected all arrangements that have to do with the Super Eagles’ run-in to the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, according to Nigeria football spokesman Ademola Olajire. Olajire said in London on Wednesday that logistics for all friendly matches, hotel accommodation, international flights, local flights, movements to and from airports and hotels, feeding and conducive environments have [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 22: Iran Looks to Nekounam, but can they avoid first-round exit?

COUNTDOWN 22: Iran Looks to Nekounam, but can they avoid first-round exit?

Iran are back on the world stage after an eight-year absence, and they have their longest-serving active player and maverick captain, Javad Nekounam, to thank for that. Nekounam, who spent six years in Spain at Osasuna before returning to his home continent in 2012, has been the driving force of the nation. A gifted midfield orchestrator, the 33-year-old veteran instils confidence [...]

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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 27: Can USA profit from Donovan’s last hurrah?

COUNTDOWN 27: Can USA profit from Donovan’s last hurrah?

If ever there was one American looking to put the country on the map as one of the best in the game of football (or soccer as it is known to Americans), it has to be Landon Donovan. The Los Angeles Galaxy striker and legend has striven to improve the country’s league, snubbing the allure of Europe. Three World Cup appearances [...]

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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 DAY 31: Russia’s hopes resting on Dzagoev

COUNTDOWN DAY 31: Russia’s hopes resting on Dzagoev

When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) split into independent nations at the end 1991, the nation of Russia had already a stable government to take over affairs of the nation. However, one thing they could not transfer from the USSR was their strong football record on the World Cup stage. Russia emerged from the USSR rubbles in 1994 for [...]

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    Van Gaal to be take over at United after World Cup

Van Gaal to be take over at United after World Cup

Louis van Gaal and Manchester United have agreed that the Dutch coach should become the club's manager next season, once he has completed the World Cup in Brazil with the Netherlands. According to Dutch daily,  De Telegraaf, first talks between the parties began a fortnight ago, before the sack of David Moyes, and an agreement was reached on Friday night after talks [...]

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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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