Friday, 31 October 2014

Drogba, Pirlo And The 8 Players In Their Mid-30s Who Are Still Very Awesome!


1) Francesco Totti (AS Roma)

38 years old – a true legend of the game, one-club man Francesco Totti is still going strong for AS Roma this season as he gets close to 40. The Italian playmaker is showing no sign of slowing down and is still one of the best in the business on his day.

2) Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)


37 years old – a player who seems to get better with age, Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale is a simply phenomenal goalscorer and has an incredible record of 140 goals in the last six seasons.

3) Didier Drogba (Chelsea)


36 years old – back at Chelsea after a few years away, Didier Drogba is still showing his quality for the Blues this season, and is currently on a fine run of form with three goals in his last three games.

4) Frank Lampard (Manchester City)


36 years old – released by Chelsea in the summer, Frank Lampard is still doing the business in the Premier League after being snapped up on loan by Manchester City from their MLS franchise New York City FC.

5) Miroslav Klose (Lazio)


36 years old – the instinct for goals hasn’t gone with age, Miroslav Klose remains a big player for Serie A side Lazio, and made history for Germany as they won the World Cup this summer, becoming the all-time leading scorer in the history of the tournament.

6) Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)


35 years old – one of the finest midfield playmakers of his generation, Andrea Pirlo remains a hugely important player at the top level for both Juventus and the Italian national team.

7) Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

34 years old – Liverpool’s inspirational captain, Steven Gerrard remains one of the Premier League’s top midfielders despite his advancing years, with his quality and tremendous energy still serving him well.

8) Xavi (Barcelona)


34 years old – still a key player for Barcelona in the twilight of his career, Xavi is a legend of the game and still going strong as he pulls the strings for the Catalan giants.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

LOL! See Drogba's Funny Reaction After Diego Costa Returns To Training! [PHOTO]


Didier Drogba looked particularly surprised to see Chelsea striker Diego Costa back in training after the £32million signing's injury lay-off.

The 36-year-old has been deputising for Costa, who spent one night in hospital after a virus hampered his recovery from hamstring and groin injuries, with Loic Remy also sidelined.



Costa has been absent from Chelsea's squad since representing Spain against Slovakia and Luxembourg earlier this month, which led Jose Mourinho to blame manager Vicente del Bosque.


But the Chelsea squad looked giddy enough to have their main striker back ahead of the visit of Queens Park Rangers to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and even tried their hand at basketball.

Read What Keshi Had To Say About A Sensational Return As Eagles' Boss


I posted earlier a news regarding a possible return of Stephen Keshi as theEagles’ coach. Well it seems there’s truth in the report as the boss himself has openly declared he won’t turn down the opportunity. BBC’s African reporter Oluwashina tweeted about it. Hmmmm let’s see what happens?
Do you buy the idea of him returning? Comment and lets talk

REPORT: Keshi To Be Reinstated As Super Eagles Boss


Confusion reigns over the Nigeria national football team as reports suggest Stephen Keshi has been reinstated as the Super Eagles boss.

Oluwashina Okeleji of BBC World Service reported an alleged change of heart from the nation's FA:U-turn:
Former captain Stephen Keshi will be reinstated as #Nigeria coach, two weeks after he was removed as caretaker coach.— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) October 30, 2014
Keshi was sacked in mid-October after the team won just twice during his last 11 matches in charge, per Soccerway.Martin Meissner/Associated PressDespite leading the side to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup, poor form and public spats with important players such as Emmanuel Emenike, Peter Odemwingie and Ikechukwu Uche saw Keshi fall heavily out of favour.Since his sacking, Keshi admitted he would like to manage Ghana, who recently parted ways with Kwesi Appiah.

"Of course, yes I will like to manage the team," said Keshi, per Accra-based Happy FM and via Muftawu Abdulai Nabila of Goal.com. "Ghana is going to be like my baby."Reports of Keshi's alleged reinstatement to the Nigeria hot seat changes this and is unlikely to help many of the side's players feel like they have been afforded a fresh start.

Capital One Cup Review: Newcastle Dump City As Pelle Rescues Saints


Newcastle won 2-0 to dump holders Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup, while Southampton and Stoke also reached the last eight. Rolando Aarons and substitute Moussa Sissoko struck as Newcastle dumped holders Manchester City out at the Etihad Stadium.


 To compound City's woes, as manager Manuel Pellegrini's decision to field a strong side just four days before a Manchester derby backfired, key playmaker David Silva limped off injured early on. But after a dismal start to the season, Newcastle and Alan Pardew are suddenly enjoying a mini-revival with three successive wins all competitions easing the pressure on the under-fire manager.


Aarons stunned City when he capitalised on poor defending early on and the hosts, despite controlling possession and creating some chances, never truly convinced.

Newcastle were denied what seemed a clear-cut penalty in the second half but Sissoko finished the job 15 minutes from time, loosening City's grip on the trophy with a fine finish. Southampton beat Stoke for the second time in four days to reach the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

 This game was much more eventful than Saturday's 1-0 Premier League victory, with Graziano Pelle netting his second to make it 3-2 two minutes from time at the Britannia Stadium. Saints looked in control at half-time at two up through Pelle and Shane Long's first for the club but Stoke levelled through Steven Nzonzi and Mame Biram Diouf.

However, moments after substitute Peter Crouch was sent off, Pelle grabbed his second to earn Southampton their ninth win in 10 games. Tottenham secured safe passage into the last eight of the Capital One Cup with an unconvincing 2-0 victory against out-of-form Brighton on largely uninspiring night at White Hart Lane.

This was just a fourth win in all competitions since August for Mauricio Pochettino's side but they made heavy weather of progressing into the quarter-finals as substitute Erik Lamela and top goalscorer Harry Kane struck in the second half to see off their Sky Bet Championship opponents.

Player Focus: Meet Terkaa Melai, Nigerian Premier League Goalscoring Goalkeeper


Mfon Udoh of Enyimba FC and Emem Eduok of Dolphins have been hitting the headlines after both equaled the goal record held by Jude Aneke of the highest ever goals scored in a single Nigeria Premier League season on 20 goals.

Despite this duo's milestone, a goal keeper is also breaking records as he not only tend his goal post but also goes forward to get goals for his side in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Here is a profile on Lobi Stars goal keeper, Terkaa Melai who is also busy scoring goals for his club in the current league season.

Terkaa Melai hails from Benue State where he had lived his life. He was born and brought up by his parents in Wannune Tarka LGA Benue State and attended his Primary and Secondary education there too. He also took up goal keeping because he felt he was talented in it.

At 19, Terkaa Melai has now become one of the revelations of the NPFL season for Lobi Stars, a club he came from the youth ranks.

Terka Melai has now set a new goal record in the Nigeria Premier League after he became the first goalkeeper to score seven goals in a single league season. Dele Aiyenugba, who scored thrice from the penalty spot for Enyimba in the 2004/2005 season, held the previous record.

Terkaa Melai scored his sixth goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Enugu Rangers in a Week 32 game. Then added his seventh just last weekend when they defeated Akwa United 1-0 in a week 36 league game that puts Lobi Stars 5th on the log with 56 points, 6 behind league leaders Kano Pillars with just two games to go.

The goalkeeper has scored all his seven goals from the penalty spot. The first of which he scored in a Week 3 home 2-0 win over Gombe United. He then was on target in a 1-0 win over Kaduna United in Week 5 and was the match winner in a 1-0 win over Nembe City in a Week 7 game. 

He also added another in a Week 16 game, which Lobi won 2-0, before he again emerged match winner against Enyimba in a Week 28 game.

Sharks goalkeeper Danladi Isah has scored four goals so far this season, with a brace in the week 9 2-0 win over El Kanemi Warriors, becoming the first keeper to score a brace in the history of the League.

"I feel just normal like any other player or goal keeper in the league, because that is the dream of every player in the league to always do the best and leave the rest to God." Terkaa Melai said after one of his goals in the current league season with Lobi Stars.

Lobi Stars come up next against Bayelsa United away from home in the Week 37 round of matches, and if things turn out well for Melai, he might be adding to his current goal tally.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Jose Mourinho And The Top 5 Highest Paid Premier League Players In 2014




1. Jose Mourinho- £8.37m
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho tops to list of earners in the league. The Special One (or is it the Happy One) did not return to Stamford Bridge for cheap. Mourinho earns a staggering £8.37million to sit at the top of the managers earnings table in England.


 Quite fittingly, his team currently sits at the top of the EPL table as well.
 
2. Louis van Gaal- £7m
Manchester United’s quest to return to the zenith of English football hasn’t come cheap. The Old Trafford side sacked David Moyes last season and in his place brought in an experience hand in the person of Louis van Gaal. 


However, luring such a renowned tactician doesn’t is always expensive and Van Gaal is second on the top earners table with a yearly Salary of £7million. 

3. Arsene Wenger-£6.89m
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger recently celebrated his 18th year in charge of the side. 


Such dedicated service to a club certainly has its rewards and the Frenchman signed a new three-year contract with the north London side after winning the FA Cup last season, he is third on the managers earning table with a salary of £6.89million a year. 

4. Manuel Pellegrini- £3.47m


When you are the manager of a club with a deep pocket like Manchester City, it is assumed that your bank account will reflect the financial muscle of your employers, however, City manager, Manuel Pellegrini sits a lowly fourth on the managers earning table with an annual income of £3.47million. 

5. Brendan Rodgers- £3.25m
Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers completes the list of top five earing gaffers in the EPL.


 The former Swansea boss is in his third year as Liverpool handler and he nearly help the Anfield side secure the EPL title last season. Rodgers’ £3.25million put him a distant fifth on the managers earning log.

Source: FcNaija

Cool Or Not? FIFA Unveils 2018 World Cup Logo [PHOTO]



FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia - with the help of a crew of astronauts.
The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colors from the Russian flag, with gold trim.

Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV talk show, Blatter said the logo would show Russia's 'heart and spirit.' It was then presented over video link by a crew of three Russian astronauts on the International Space Station.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Capital One Cup Review: Liverpool And Chelsea Scrap Through To 5th Round


Liverpool took advantage of a late red card for Swansea City to prevail 2-1 at Anfield and reach the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

Marvin Emnes fired the visitors in front on Merseyside, before Mario Balotelli stepped off the bench to haul the hosts back into the tie. The real drama was saved for stoppage-time, though, with Federico Fernandez sent off for Swansea and Dejan Lovren benefitting from some sloppy defending to nod home a dramatic


A late own goal earned Chelsea a narrow 2-1 win over a determined Sky Bet League Two side Shrewsbury Town in the Capital One Cup fourth round.


The hosts were first to everything in the first half, and the gulf between the pair looked non-existent as the Shrews more than held their own.

Micky Mellon’s men restricted their illustrious guests to half chances and long range shots, with Shrews’ stopper Jayson Leutwiler untroubled.

However, immediately after the interval, the Premier League leaders showed their class, with an incisive move leading to the opener for Didier Drogba.


The hosts toiled in awful conditions, but for all their endeavour, the Shropshire side could not find a way through a resolute Chelsea rearguard.

Other results to follow

VIDEO: Watch As Chelsea Stars Play Against Other In Exciting FIFA '15 Challenge


Chelsea’s great team spirit is part of the reason for their excellent league form, but friends became enemies as the Blues stars faced off against each other in a FIFA tournament.


See what happened for yourself, and which players controversially played as Bayern Munich, in the video below…

                     

Update: Latest On The FIFA and Nigerian Football Federation Saga


The world football ruling body, FIFA has given Nigeria a fresh deadline to resolve the crisis plaguing its football administration or risk finally been suspended from the comity of football nations by the end of this month.

In a fresh letter sent to Nigeria on Tuesday, FIFA who had previously threatened to ban Nigeria on Monday October 27 gave the country few days of grace as the new deadline to sort issues is now Friday October 31st while also insisting that it only recognizes the Amaju Pinnick-led executives that emerged at the September 30 NFF elective congress held in Warri.


“Under these circumstances and in order to give Nigeria football a last opportunity to avoid a lengthy suspension, we inform you that if by midday October 31 Nigerian time we have not received proof that the case has definitively being withdrawn from court and that the board elected on September 30 2014 is able to carry out its activities without any hindrance, we will refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Committee for the implementation of suspension” part of the FIFA letter from Zurich read

The world football governing body stated that they are abreast of issues that has transpired in the past weeks and warned of the dire consequences that await Nigeria in the event the country choses to shun this latest warning.


“We would like to underline the dire effects that a suspension will have on Nigeria football. It will for instance mean that no team from Nigeria of any sort (including club teams) can have any international sporting contact” FIFA warned.

La Liga Awards: Ronaldo Bags Player And Goal Of The Season Awards. SEE FULL LIST



Spanish champions Atletico Madrid were largely ignored at the Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) Gala Awards for the 2013-14 season on Monday as Real Madrid dominated proceedings, with Cristiano Ronaldo claiming three gongs.

The Portuguese superstar picked up the awards for best player, best forward and best goal in La Liga at the ceremony in Madrid, per AS. Ronaldo's wins were largely unsurprising considering his 31 goals from 30 matches last termwith his volleyed backheel against Valencia seen as the best of the lot


However, the lack of Atletico players picking up awards on the night was a surprise considering their league win and six nominees—Thibaut Courtois, Felipe Luis, Miranda, Gabi, Koke and Diego Costa.

BEST GOALKEEPER - KEYLOR NAVAS

BEST DEFENDER - SERGIO RAMOS

Ramos completed more passes than any other defender in La Liga last season(1757)!
FAIR PLAY PLAYER - IVAN RAKITIC

FAIR PLAY CLUB - REAL SOCIEDAD

BEST BREAKTHROUGH – RAFINHA

Rafinha completed more dribbles than any other Celta player in La Liga 2013/14(77)!
BEST MIDFIELDER - LUKA MODRIC

Modric was the only player for Real Madrid who completed over a thousand passes in the attacking half in La Liga 2013/14(1146)!

BEST ATTACKING MIDFIELDER – INIESTA

Iniesta was the player who played the most minutes without a yellow card last season(2478)
SPECIAL MENTION - ATLETICO MADRID

BEST COACH - SIMEONE

BEST GOAL - RONALDO
 Ronaldo scored more winning goals than any other play last season(12)!

BEST AMERICAN PLAYER - CARLOS BACCA

BEST AFRICAN PLAYER – BRAHIMI

BEST FORWARD - RONALDO

PLAYER OF THE SEASON - RONALDO