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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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    Webb, perceived ‘Man U ref’, retires

Webb, perceived ‘Man U ref’, retires

Howard Webb has retired from professional refereeing to become technical director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited. The 43-year-old former policeman, widely regarded as the best English official of his generation, confirmed his retirement barely a week before the start of the new Premier League season. Webb will now be responsible for overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field [...]

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    Mikel: I’ve seen the good and bad times in Chelsea

Mikel: I’ve seen the good and bad times in Chelsea

John Mikel Obi may have lost his automatic shirt in Chelsea’s first team with the arrival of Nemanja Matic in January, but the Super Eagles midfielder says he has seen the good and the bad times at Stamford Bridge to know there’s always a probable turnaround.    Mikel has now become an elder’s statesman at Chelsea, as only just John Terry and [...]

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    Goal 50 Award: Ronaldo wins, Enyeama 27th

Goal 50 Award: Ronaldo wins, Enyeama 27th

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has won the Goal 50 award for the world’s best footballer after scoring 51 goals in all competitions for both club and country. The Portuguese, who won the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, claims the trophy from digital football brand, Goal.com for the third time. Nigeria goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, was also named [...]

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    King Drogba returns to Chelsea

King Drogba returns to Chelsea

Chelsea have announced the re-signing of legendary striker, Didier Drogba, on a one-year contract. Drogba left Chelsea on a dramatic high in 2012, scoring the winning penalty in the shootout that clinched the UEFA Champions League title against Bayern Munich – the crowning moment of an eight-year stay with the Blues. The 36-year-old joined Shanghai and then Galatasaray, but once his contract with [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 1: Neymar the protagonist, Brazil the favourites

COUNTDOWN 1: Neymar the protagonist, Brazil the favourites

Every World Cup throws up a hero for Brazilians on the world stage. From the likes of Pele to Ronaldo de Lima, there is always that player who fans look unto for the magical and decisive moments and this summer won’t be any different with the recent emergence of Neymar da Silva Santos as the new face of Brazilian soccer. Simply [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 3: Modric looking to emulate France ’98 feat

COUNTDOWN 3: Modric looking to emulate France ’98 feat

If the ever-demanding Croatian fans are to see their country replicate the dizzying height of third place earned at France 1998 — their maiden World Cup appearance — the man to direct the orchestra will be Real Madrid playmaker, Luka Modric. The 28-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has different sets of skills. A technically-gifted player, he is a creative playmaker with [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 12: How will Mitroglou answer Greece’s call to duty?

COUNTDOWN 12: How will Mitroglou answer Greece’s call to duty?

It’s been a decade since Greece stunned the giants of Europe to claim the Euro 2004 crown with legendary Otto Rehhagel at the helm. The Greeks are still to ever come close, but in steps Kostantinos ‘Kostas’ Mitroglou. The former Olympiakos striker had enjoyed a wonderful 2013/14 season until his move to now-relegated Fulham in England. This season with Olympiakos, he [...]

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    Who says football is about the trophy? It’s the money!

Who says football is about the trophy? It’s the money!

Football, it is said, is all about winning trophies. But is it really the trophy that drives the determination or the money? Findings have shown that winners rake in funds in millions from football competitions. Here is a compilation of monetary prizes attached to some football competitions. World Cup The 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled [...]

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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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    Finally, United name Van Gaal manager

Finally, United name Van Gaal manager

It is now official! Louis van Gaal will take over as Manager of Manchester United from the 2014/15 season, after signing a three-year contract. Van Gall, 62, has managed at the top level of European football for more than 20 years; and in that time, he has won domestic titles and in three countries, as well as the UEFA Champions League, [...]

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    Westerhof is a fan of Mourinho’s tactics

Westerhof is a fan of Mourinho’s tactics

Former Super Eagles manager, Clemens Westerhof, has backed Jose Mourinho’s tactics, which have come under the spotlight in recent days. The Chelsea boss was roundly criticised for his ultra-defensive tactics after his team's 3-1 aggregate loss to Spanish club, Atletico Madrid in last week’s UEFA Champions League semifinal. Morten Olsen, Denmark’s head coach, was the most vociferous, declaring on Monday that Mourinho’s [...]

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    Why Madrid’s La Decima dream may not happen this May

Why Madrid’s La Decima dream may not happen this May

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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    Madrid romp into UCL final with shock 4-0 bashing of Bayern

Madrid romp into UCL final with shock 4-0 bashing of Bayern

Real Madrid are now 90 minutes away from clinching their desperately-sought La Decima, after mauling defending champions, Bayern Munich, 4-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena. Wednesday evening’s four unanswered goals mean that Madrid qualify for the final 5-nil on aggregate, while Bayern flunk the chance to break the jinx of the failure [...]

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