Friday, 27 February 2015

#WhatColourIsTheDress: See Yaya Toure's Funny Answer To The Much Talked About Dress


It’s the debate that has somehow managed to confound the entire internet – is the dress below blue and black or gold and white?

In truth, we’re still not sure, but Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is – and that’s good enough for us.

The African Player of the Year was quizzed about his take on what colour the dress was when leaving City’s training ground on Friday morning, with the midfielder initially being puzzled by the question.

‘What!?’ was Toure’s answer, before stating: ‘It’s blue and black. White and gold? It’s not possible.’

We’re not quite sure as to why the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have felt the need to weigh in on the ‘debate’ but we’re glad Toure did.

The City star simply shot down any notion that the dress may be white and gold, and if Toure says the garment is blue and black, then we’re inclined to believe him.


But actually the dress is blue and black if you must know


Liverpool Vs City, Monaco Vs PSG And The Top 5 Matches You Mustn't Miss This Weekend!


 Its all a collection of first class games all around Europe,as we move from England, to France, to Italy, to Spain, as we preview this weekend games.

 LIVERPOOL VS MANCHESTER CITY
Last time Manchester City visited Anfield the premier league title was on the line, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this time. As Manchester City are only allowed the priviledge of closing the gap on League leaders Chelsea to 2 points.

While Liverpool have the option of increasing their chances of making the top 4 . both teams are on the back of negative results with City losing to Barca and the Reds losing to Besiktas on penalties.

Manchester City have the luxery of having a completely fit squad, thereby giving a host of talent for Pellegrini to select from, while Rodgers has himself has publicly stated the fact that Manchester City have the advantage going into this fixture.

Liverpool will once again be without Lucas, Gerrard and Johnson, but should have the services of Sakho as well as Henderson who both missed the Europa League match against Besiktas.

INTER MILAN VS FIORENTINA
San Siro is the venue for this cracker, as the milan fans will be buzzing, as it seems finally like life might just be finding its way back to the team. Mancini and his boys find themselves 4 points behind their opponents Fiorentina who are in the Fifth spot.
Defenders Jonathan and Nagatomo are still out for this fixture while Montella will still be without the services of Basenta and Fernandez, but Mario Gomez, Podolski and Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

SEVILLA VS ATLETICO MADRID
Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan is the venue for this cracker, but that still doesn’t seem to but the cracker in the favour of Sevilla. Recent bad results such as 4 losses from their last 6 league games, has seem them slip to fifth in the League ranking, but they were still able to make it to the last 16 of the Europa League.

Atletico will be rearing to go after their undeserved loss to Bayer Leverkusen in the UCL. While both teams will have their eyes on mid-week action coming up, the proper utilization of players comes into consideration.

Sevilla will be without Iago Aspas as well as goalkeeper Beto and Atletico will be without promising midfielder Saul, Koke  and left-back Siqueira.

MONACO VS PARIS SAINT GERMAN
This seems to as big as it gets in France, but one team will likely be more comfortable than the other. With Monaco’s alarming victory Arsenal at the Emirates, will fill the team with an unusual confidence,when the team go up against second place  PSG.
 Though PSG have only lost two games this season, but with the recent anouncement of the injury to Lucas Moura likely to come as a big blow, PSG will be looking for the easy way out of this one. They will also be without the services of Swedish Giant Ibrahimovic.

Monaco on the other side will also be without their Hero against Arsenal in Aymen Abdennou, as well as Carvalho and striker Lacina Traore. Besides PSG have not won at the Stade Louis J.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS SCHALKE 04
Back to Life Dortmund will test their new league form against fourth placed Schalke 04, with ten points the difference between both sides.

Dortmund are still without star players such as Subotic, Piszczek, Sokratisand Gortkreutz, but will fill like they can take it all against Schalke 04, since 04 have an injury list that include important players such as Obasi, Draxler, Farfan, Kirchhoff, Uchida just to name a few, but once again will be able to call on the services of Huntelar who will be returning from suspension.


Check Out The Amazing Photo Shoot As We Gear Up For The Capital One Cup Final This Sunday!


Chelsea take on Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday as the two sides go head-to-head for the Capital One Cup trophy.

The Blues fell to a surprise 5-3 defeat against Spurs on New Year's Day as Tottenham striker Harry Kane helped his side earn all three points at White Hart Lane.


Jose Mourinho's side will be hoping to exact revenge against Tottenham after losing to their London rivals in the League Cup final in 2008. 

What are your predictions for the match?


[SPONSORED] Check Out The Updates On The GT Bank Principals Cup Quarter Finals Day 2


Great weather and greater football was the theme of the day as we witnessed Day 2 of the Quarter Finals of  GTBank Lagos State Principals Cup. Government Senior College, Agege and Oriwu Senior Model College picked up the 2 remaining tickets for the semifinals girls category with convincing wins.
In the boys category, Birrel Avenue, Sabo continued their fairy tale run as they made    semifinals while defending s Dairy Farms could not confirm their pedigree and were defeated by Ifako Comprehensive Senior Secondary School, Ifako who secured the last slot with the help of their captain Joshua Akpudje.


Follow the matches on www.gtbank.com/football and #GTBankPrincipalsCup

Female Team
Govt. Snr. College, Agege   6-0  Ilado Comm. High School, Ikoyi
Queens College, Yaba   0-4   Oriwu Senior Model Coll., Ikorodu

Male Team
Isolo Snr High Sch., Isolo   0-2    Birrel Avenue Snr. High Sch., Sabo
Ifako Comp Snr. Sec Sch., Ifako    2-1 Dairy Farm Snr. Sec Sch., Agege         

Check Out The Top 5 In Form Nigerian Born Players That Should Be Invited To The Super Eagles


JORDAN IBE

Jordon Ashley Femi ibe has played a starring role since emerging at Liverpool, having flourished during a loan spell at Derby County. 

Since returning to Anfield in January, Ibe has established himself in the first team, preferred to £20 million signing Lazar Markovic in the right wing- back role.
His emergence over the past month, which has featured exciting displays against Everton, Tottenham and Besiktas. He has been as swift as one of those rapid bursts down the right flank he can produce and the hopes Brendan Rodgers has for this confident 19-year old are understandably high.

In which he firmly believed he could influence their aggressive pursuit of a top four spot. He earned himself a man of the match award after his scintillating display in the Merseyside derby, he won the penalty Balotelli controversially converted that gave Liverpool a slim victory over Besiktas in the Europa League a fortnight ago and continued brilliantly with his Amazing performance against Southampton.
He is blessed with abundance of skills and step over’s and he has shown maturity over time in his approach with just 19 years of age. No wonder is in international tug-of-war with Nigeria and England. However, he could still switch allegiances and Nigeria officials plan to offer him a full international cap for the Super Eagles.

SAMMY AMEOBI

Samuel Oluwaseyi “Sammy"  Ameobi  is a footballer who plays for Newscastle United as a winger. He wears jersey number 28 and ever since his emergence as a fringe player for Newcastle last year, he has grown into a player full of confidence, drive, great physique and powerful left foot.

Having been integrated into the first team by the former manager Alan pardew, he has been in scintillating form ever since.

He scored his first senior league goal for Newcastle on 26 October 2014,within seven seconds of the second half against Tottenham and he was pivotal to ending Chelsea’s unbeaten premier league run earlier in the season with an assist during the match which ended 2-1 .

This season, Ameobi has appeared 17 times in the Premier league, scoring two goals and contributing two assists. He is a natural left winger with great vision that will help reshape and bring in a new dimension into the National team attack formation, something that has been missing in the Super Eagles for a very long time ever since the great Emmanuel Amuneke retired.

ODION IGHALO

Nigerian’s odion ighalo continued with his brilliant goal scoring run by scoring a brace in Watford’s 2-1 defeat of Brentford in an English Championship game played on Tuesday. The Nigeria- born striker has been earning the plaudits of his team-mates, gradually becoming fan’s favourite at English Championship side Watford.

The 25-year old has netted 15 times for the club this season, which has taken them to fifth spot on the standing to play-off position and in contention for the Premier League. 

He is in a rich vein form, where everything he touches ends up in the net. Ighalo qualities are quite enormous; he is strong, skilful and also has a very good finish. The former Flying Eagles skipper has now scored eleven goals  in his last seven games.

BARTHOLOMEW OGBECHE

He has been in superb form since the turn of the year, the Nigeria international has so far played 21 times scoring eleven goals and contributing one assist. 
The former Super Eagles striker is now the leading African scorer in the Dutch top Flight after he netted his 11th goal of the season on Friday.

He is sixth overall on the goals’ chart, four goals behind top scorer Memphis Depay. Incidentally, Ogbeche only returned to action for his Dutch Eredivise team, Cambuur, on Friday after he served a a match ban. His 11th goal in the League was in Cambuur’s 1-2 defeat at NAC Brada.

CHUBA AKPOM

The talented striker Chuba was an integral part of the Arsenal Fc youth set-up last season, scoring 15 times in his 23 appearances for the Academy sides. The England youth international also completed short loan spells at Brentford and Coventry City in the d second half of the campaign.

Chuba made two appearances for the first team last season and scored a penalty in the shoot-out win against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup.

He produced impressive showings in the UEFA Youth League and the FA youth Cup with a combined tally of nine goals in the two cup competitions.

He recently signed an improved contract with the gunners during January transfer window and he has been enterprising with his display ever since he has been integrated first team. 

He came in as a second half substitute in a recent premier league match against Aston Villa and waste no time in winning a penalty which Carzorla converted  to make the scoreline 4-0 at that time.

Chuba is indeed a player to watch out for in years to come and having shown interest in playing for Nigeria, i strongly believe this is the right time to snap him up before it’s too late.

Written By: Gbanks

Wayne Rooney Goes On A Dinner Date With His Lovely WAG Colleen


Wayne Rooney has been starving for goals in 2015, but the Manchester United captain showed a hunger of a different kind on Thursday night.

The 29-year-old was seen out on a dinner date with his wife Coleen as they ate out at their favourite restaurant Wing's Chinese.

Wing's Restaurant is a popular haunt for Rooney, who has held his last two birthday celebrations there, and over the past few weeks has been helping the venue get some publicity after starring in an educational video in the build up to Chinese New Year earlier this month.


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Messi Celebrates His WAG's Birthday With Lovely Family Selfie


Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been enjoying his downtime by celebrating the birthday of his long-time girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo.

The 27-year-old forward took to Instagram to upload a family selfie, featuring the couple and their son Thiago. And it was all smiles in the Messi household from the three of them on Thursday, as he captioned the snap: 'Feliz cumple mi vida', or 'Happy birthday my life'.

England And Nigeria Battle For The Custody Of Young Premier League Star


England are set to fast-track Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe in to the senior set-up to keep him from Nigeria's clutches.

The 19-year-old has burst onto scene in recent weeks following a string of impressive displays for the Merseysiders since returning from a loan spell at Derby.

Ibe has represented England for the Under 18s, Under 19s and Under 20s and is now set for a call up into Gareth Southgate's Under 21 set-up.

However, Ibe is eligible to play for Nigeria through his father and the Super Eagles have begun the process of trying to convince the teenager to turn his back on England.

Despite playing for England at junior level, Ibe is eligible to play for Nigeria until he plays a competitive international for the senior side. Nigeria's interest has not gone unnoticed by the England set-up, who are eager not to lose Ibe.

Wednesday Champions League Review: Monaco Gun Down Arsenal As Leverkusen Edge Out Atletico


Arsenal’s Champions League hopes took a massive dent as Dimitar Berbatov scored against his old rivals in a 3-1 win for Monaco in the first leg of their last-16 clash.

Geoffrey Kondogbia’s deflected effort put the visitors in front, before former Tottenham striker Berbatov smashed Monaco further ahead in the second half as Arsenal failed to put away their chances Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck missed glorious opportunities to bring the hosts back in it before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled one back in stoppage time, but Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco restored Monaco's two-goal cushion.

It’s the first victory for a French side at the Emirates Stadium and leaves Arsene Wenger's side on the brink of an exit at the last-16 stage for the fifth season in a row.

Bayer Leverkusen beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their last-16 UEFA Champions League clash at the BayArena on Wednesday night.

The Bundesliga side took a 57th-minute lead through midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu’s fiercely struck effort. And despite Atletico substitute Fernando Torres having a second-half equaliser controversially ruled out, the visitors’ hopes of returning home to Madrid with a crucial away goal ended when midfielder Tiago Mendes was sent off 14 minutes from the end.

Leverkusen, despite their poor recent league form, took the game to the La Liga champions right from the off in the knowledge that if they are to progress to the last eight, then victory in this first leg would be crucial.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Arsenal Vs Monaco Preview: 5 Key Battles To Watch Out For


Wenger is sure to put his emotions aside when he meets his former employers, in what could be Arsenal’s first time of qualifying for the quarter-final since 2010- 2011 campaing.

While Leverkusen is sure to be in buzzing at the opportunity of playing last years Champions League Finalist Atleico Madrid.

So we look at the top 5 battle in reference to this two fixtures.

SANCHEZ VS FABINHO

This may seem like as easy as it gets for Alexis, but trust me, that won’t be the true story.

Fabio Henrique Tavarez is a 21 year old Brasilian full back, with impressive pace and terrific dribbling ability, having bagged himself a goal in Monaco’s previous Champions League encounter against Zenit, his confidence is sure to be on the high.

He has to be considered one of the best right backs to be comng up the ranks. Sanchez will be wise not to underrate his fellow South American both defensive and attacking wise.

MERTESACKER VS BERBATOV

This is where it gets complicated,when 30 year old Per, goes up against 34 year old Dimitar. The Bulgarian looks like he never lost it, with his ever precise control and his ability to hammer a ball with his head into the net.

While Mertesacker will be considered as having an average season. The way this two fare, and their urge to be solid may well determine the outcome of this game.

MOUTINHO VS COQUELIN

Arsenal fans cant just seem to get enough of Francis Coquelin, the defensive midfielder seem like everything Arsenal has always lacked. His ability to position himself, as well as his hard tackling and his obvious commitment to the cause has quickly made him a afan favourite.

But he better bring his “A” game when he goes up against Portugese international in the name of Joao Moutinho. His sure to have his fair share of fun against the Gunners, but it will be Coquelin’s duty try and neutralise the ex-porto player.

The second fixture of the day takes us to the Bayarena.

MANDZUKIC VS SPAHIC

These are two teams that enjoy playing long-balls, swinging it in the air from left to right, trying to fight their target men.

Atletico will be trying all they can to find Mandzukic and it will be the duty of Spahic to stop the

SON VS JUAFRAN

The South korean vs the Spaniand . The very talented player will be the link between the midfield and the attack, as his dashing runs and time less dribbles but the only stubbling block will be the ever solid Juafran.

As Atletico have had a season filled with ups and down, players such as Juafran have been the hope the club desperately holds unto.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday UCL Review: Suarez Stars In Etihad Thriller As Hart Keeps Hope Alive


Luis Suarez scored twice but Sergio Aguero and Joe Hart kept Manchester City's Champions League hopes alive as Barcelona won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Liverpool striker fired in two first-half goals as the visitors completely dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes, before Aguero pulled one back in a much-improved display from City after the break, while Lionel Messi had a penalty saved in the dying moments.

The hosts’ comeback was halted when Gael Clichy was sent off for a second yellow card, and Barcelona saw out the victory to take a lead back to Camp Nou.

The result is a slight improvement on the sides’ last meeting in Manchester 12 months ago, when Barcelona ran out 2-0 winners on their way to a 4-1 aggregate victory, but Pellegrini’s men know they face an uphill struggle in the second leg of this last-16 tie on March 18.

Juventus will take a slender lead to Borussia Dortmund for their Champions League last-16 second leg after a 2-1 win in Turin. Carlos Tevez put the Italian side ahead early on before a defensive mix-up gifted Dortmund an away goal through Marco Reus in the 18th minute.
Alvaro Morata scored against the run of play two minutes before half-time to regain Juve's lead, but despite having the better of the chances in the second period, the hosts could only take a one-goal lead to Germany.

[SPONSORED] Check Out The GT Bank Principal Cup Quarter Finals Review [DAY 1]


The Agege stadium hosted the first day of the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup quarter final matches today, it was a trilling experience despite the heavy rains as students danced to hip hop tunes during the rain interlude.

On the pitch CMS Girls Senior Secondary School, Bariga and Ikotun Senior High School, Ikotun became the first girls schools to proceed to the semis. One of the high points of the day was the huge turnout of students adding color and ambience to the overall spectacle.

In the boys segment, Ikorodu booked the first semifinal slot quite easily while the 2nd slot was won by Keke High School, Ijaiye on penalties.

(See scores for other matches below). It will be a week of thrilling encounters and we expect more exciting games tomorrow. Visit www.gtbank.com/football and #GTBankPrincipalsCup for updates.

Day 1 (Mon 23rd Feb)

Female Team

CMS Girls Snr. Sec Sch., Bariga  2-0 Girls Snr. High Sch., Agege

AlakotoSnr. High Sch., Ajegunle  0-1 IkotunSnr. High Sch., Ikotun

Male Team

Ikorodu Snr. Gram. Sch., Ikorodu 3-0 Iju Senior Gram Sch., Iju. 

Dr. Lucas Memorial Coll., Kirikiri  2-2 Keke High School, Ijaye
(Keke High school won 1-4 on penalties)

Look Away United Fans! This Stat About Van Gaal Can Make U Cry


Louis van Gaal was supposed to be Manchester United’s saviour, but it’s not all going according to plan.

Despite spending huge sums of money, the Red Devils are enduring another mixed campaign – and the stats don’t look good. Under the Dutchman, United’s away record in the Premier League is much worse than it was when David Moyes was in charge.

Moyes picked up 33 out of a possible 54 points while Van Gaal has managed 16 from 39; with goals scored a real problem. Not good.

REVEALED! The Two Players Behind Liverpool’s Impressive Form

Liverpool chalked up their fifth consecutive away clean sheet in the Premier League on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Southampton.

The run of clean sheets is the first time the Reds have achieved this since 1985. It is quite a turnaround after Brendan Rodgers’ was criticised in the early part of the season for losing too many goals.

Rodgers’ decision to resort to a three-man-defence has been inspirational with Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho being the regulars named in defence but Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren have also contributed to the improved defensive record.
But two players in Liverpool’s defence that deserve more recognition than most are goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Martin Skrtel.

Mignolet has been outstanding the last few months after being severely criticised earlier in the season which led to him being dropped for Brad Jones, but his return to the team has seen a more commanding keeper that comes off his line to take the pressure off his defence by dealing with cross balls.

The shot-stopper has pulled of a number of superb saves too and he has now racked up nine clean sheets, better than Manchester United’s David de Gea and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, two keepers that get so much praise aimed at them.

Skrtel is another who never gets the credit he deserves yet is one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers playing in the middle of the three-man-defence.

The defender rarely lets his team down and he is dominant in the air and a good tackler and has cut-out a lot of the silly fouls that he used to be guilty for and he was deservedly named man-of-the-match in the win over Southampton on Sunday.
It is quite a record Liverpool’s defence has achieved considering the great players that have played during that 30-year-spell – and hopefully now Mignolet and Skrtel get the credit they deserve for Liverpool’s improved defensive record

SEE Ronaldo's Former WAG Irina Shayk Provocative Dress To The Oscars


Irina Shayk recently confirmed that she was on the lookout for a new beau, following her split from football ace Cristiano Ronaldo.

And the stunner, 29, left no doubt about why she's one of the world's most coveted models when she arrived at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in a very revealing floor-length black dress on Sunday.

The Russian beauty made her way to the glamorous Beverly Hills soiree in an Atelier Versace gown boasted a cutaway feature down one entire side, with the missing material replaced by a sheer mesh catsuit.



5 Key Battles To Watch Out For In Tonight's Champions League Matches


Etihad stadium is the venue for this fixture as Manchester City will be full of confidence after a five nil trumping of Newcastle, while their counterpart are at their lowest low as possible.

While the second fixture for Tuesday sees table toping Juve welcome a revived and renewed Klopp side in the name of Borussia Dortmund.

Lets take a look at the top five key battles for this fixture:

SUAREZ VS KOMPANY

This will be the first time that the South American will be in England since his move to the Catalans. As he will be up against familiar foes, and most especially a defensive opponent in the name of City’s own Vincent Kompany.

This two know all about eachother and expect no hold back from the duo once the fixture kicks off.

FERNANDO VS INIESTA

These are two sides that have all the quality that will be neccessary to win such a hot headed fixture, and it could all come down to who is able to nolify the other.
If need be for one man to be made silent it will have to be Andres Iniesta and such a duty should be given to the sharp and rugged Fernando. With his first class aggression and perfect positioning the Brasilian should do the job with ease.

SILVA VS BUSQUETS

The battle of the Spaniands i like to call this. Silva is no doubt the true defination of a creative genius, while Busquets is one of the few men that has been able to strike the balance between defensive duties and sive contributing to attack.


Wouldn't be the normal battle where physicality might settle it, as it will be down to brains and the player with the best composure among the two.

The second fixture of the day  see Juventus welcome rejuvenated Borussia Dortmund.

LICHTSTEINER VS REUS

Jurgen Klopp must be buzzing to have Marco Reus fully fit for this round of 16 fixture notorious Old Lady. While Reus will be buzzing to go, he will have to be cool headed as he will be up against the super experienced Lichtsteiner.
This will be a joy to watch, as viewers will want to see what happens when technically gifted Lichtsteiner goes up against super talented Reus.

PIRLO VS SAHIN 

When the attention moves to the middle of the park, you know it its fully business, and its the Turkisk vs the Italian, in the form of Pirlo and Sahin. Both are central midfielders and will have to be really aware of their surrounding to counter the threats in which thier opponents will bring at them.

From long passes, to through balls, to free-kicks, any one of this duo could well be the difference