Germany Pips Falconets

By Akinwale Kasali The Falconets of Nigeria were humbled ny their German counterpart 1-0 at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 World Cup in France. The Danjuma led Falconets succumbed to the firing power and the attacking prowess of the Germans by conceding the only goal of the match in the 63rd minute of the encounter, courtesy of Stefanie Saunders. The defeat means that the Falconets need to beat the Haitians in their second Group D encounter on Thursday to have any hope of advancing into the knockout stages of the competition.…

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Sergio Ramos Preparing For Qatar 2022

Spain captain Sergio Ramos said the pain of exiting the World Cup to Russia will motivate him to stay with the national team up until the 2022 tournament in Qatar – even if at 36 by that stage he is sporting a white beard. Andres Iniesta, 34, and Gerard Pique, 31 – who won the World Cup alongside Ramos in 2010 — have already confirmed that they are leaving the national setup following a third straight disappointment at an international tournament, with other members of Spain’s golden generation including David…

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Ighalo Apologises To Nigerians

By Akinwale Kasali Super Eagles striker, Odion Jude Ighalo, has taken responsibilities for the ouster of the Super Eagles from the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia. Just like Yakubu Aiyegbeni eight years ago in South Africa when he missed a begging opportunity against South Korea to send the Super Eagles out of the mundial, so was the case of Changyang Yatai forward, Ighalo, who lost a sitter against the Argentine team, which could have changed the dynamics of the game and send the Nigerians into the round of 16.…

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Psychic Pig Tips Nigeria For Semi-Finals Place

In a case reminiscent of the psychic octopus named Paul, which made accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup, another magical animal, this time, a pig named Mystic Marcus, has predicted that Nigeria, alongside Belgium, Uruguay and Argentina, will progress to the Semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on Thursday in Russia. Mystic Marcus has a 100 per cent track record of predicting sports results according to his owner, Juliette Stevens, reports Daily Mail on Wednesday. And the eight-year-old prophet even predicted Brexit and that Donald Trump would win the…

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Breaking: Fernando Hierro Named As Spain Coach

By Akinwale Kasali Spain on Wednesday named federation sporting director Fernando Hierro as its World Cup coach to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sensationally sacked after his appointment as Real Madrid manager. “Fernando Hierro will assume coaching responsibilities at the World Cup in Russia,” the Spanish football federation announced. The 50-year-old Hierro’s only real coaching experience came when he was in charge of second division Spanish outfit Oviedo for one season. Hierro is a Spanish retired footballer and coach who is currently the manager of the Spain national team after…

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Spain Sacks Coach Lopetegui On Eve Of World Cup Opener

Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement. At a severely delayed press conference at Spain’s World Cup base in Krasnodar, Rubiales appeared to say he felt Lopetegui’s decision to join Madrid so close…

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Rohr Optimistic Of Victory Against Croatia

By Akinwale Kasali With few days to the opening match of the Super Eagles against Croatia at the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is optimistic that the national team will do the nation proud by defeating their European opponent in the first match of their group D encounter. Rohr insists the Super Eagles will be arriving in Russia for the 2018 World Cup to make a bold statement, not as frightened rabbits. The three-time African champions, who are scheduled to hit Russia on Monday…

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Rohr Names His Final Squad, As Team Move To Austria

Vy Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernor Rohr, has named his final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup. Rohr has dropped Ola Aina and Mikel Agu, from the players that travelled to London to play the Three Lions yesterday. “It’s Ola Aina and Mikel Agu. They will be on standby. We go with 23 players to Austria; if there is another problem or injury like happened four years ago when Elderson was injured, they will be on standby for that,” Rohr told KweséESPN on Sunday. Nigeria will face…

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Rohr May Likely Drop Agbo, Akpeyi, Echiejile, Awaziem

By Akinwale Kasali As Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is set to name a 25-man team that will jet out of Abuja to London, England today after the team’s meeting president Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa later today before traveling to London to face the three lions of England, insinuations is rife that the Super Eagles gaffer is likely to drop Elderson Echiejile, Chidozie Awaziem, Stephen Eze, Uche Agbo and Daniel Akpeyi. The magazine can authoritatively disclose that the French-German tactician, Rohr, was visibly annoyed with his left backs,…

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2018 World Cup: Ndidi Recuperating Faster

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has recovered “faster than expected” from a hamstring injury and will soon join Nigeria’s full World Cup training, an official said Thursday. Ndidi has been training on his own in the southern city of Uyo, where the squad have their training camp, since the World Cup camp opened officially on Tuesday. Super Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said Ndidi’s recovery has been ahead of schedule and he will soon join the squad’s full training. “In a couple of days, he will join the full training,” Ibitoye…

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