Monday, 24 November 2014

Yaya Toure Picks His All Time World XI Without Ronaldo And Other Stars.[PHOTO]


Yaya Toure has revealed his ultimate dream team - and there is no place for any of his fellow Manchester City stars.

Having won the title twice alongside some of the Premier League's best players, including Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany, the Ivory Coast midfielder could have been expected to include one or two of his current colleagues.


Instead, Toure's team has a very retro feel, with a number of stars from the Nineties.


Balotelli's Ex-Fiancee Shows Striker What He Is Missing In This Sexy Photo


The ex-girlfriend of out-of-sorts Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli struck again on social media site Instagram last night, posting this stunning picture as she enjoyed a night out with friends.

Check out the latest snap of Fanny Neguesha below


Report: Some Super Eagles Players Didn't Want Nigeria To Qualify For AFCON 2015. [Read Why]


An official of the Nigeria Football Federation has revealed that it came to their knowledge that some players were not comfortable with the idea of participating at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in January due to fears over the Ebola virus.

The official, who pleaded for anonymity, added that he strongly believes the unwillingness to take part in the championship contributed to the lacklustre display by some of the players who showed no hunger and desire in the qualification matches.

“It did come to our knowledge that some of them had fears of contracting the virus in the Africa Nations Cup, in fact some of them came out publicly to say they wish CAF would go ahead and postpone the events because they won’t be comfortable taking part in the Championship due to Ebola virus.

That is why I believe some of them were not being serious intentionally because how can reigning champions play the way they did, it’s terrible,” he concluded.


Meanwhile, Eagles manager,Stephen Keshi who was brought back on the insistence of President Goodluck Jonathan to oversee the remaining two qualifiers is yet leave his post, despite hinting that he would support and pray for whoever is his successor after the 2-2 draw with South Africa in Akwa Ibom, which  ended Nigeria’s dreams of retaining their crown in Equatorial Guinea.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Enyimba Defeat Dolphins To Win Second Consecutive Federation Cup In Lagos


Enyimba International have successfully defended their Federation Cup title having piped Dolphins FC 2-1 in the finals played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday.

Second half goals from rave of the moment Mfon Udoh in the 52nd minute and a 73rd minute strike from Okonkwo Chinonzo was enough for the Peoples Elephant to end their season on a high having narrowly missed out on a seventh League title to Kano Pillars.

While Emem Uduok did score a goal for Dolphins it was not enough to save the day for the Port Hacourt who before today have never lost in the finals of the Federation Cup in their history.

The 13 Incredible Records Messi Has Broken In His Career [PHOTO]


The scary thing is that Lionel Messi still has years to go. At just 27 years old, he became the all-time top scorer in Spanish football history, scoring a brilliant hat-trick to cement his place in the record books above Telmo Zarra.

Messi began the game on 250 goals, one behind the former Athletic Bilbao striker. He ended it on 253, putting paid to the last few weeks of wondering just how and when he would eventually become, inarguably, the greatest goalscorer La Liga has ever known.

Other records he has broken include....



Sunday Transfer Gist (23/11): Latest On Khedira, Herrera-Shaqiri Swap, Messi Plus More!

  • Chelsea and Arsenal will still try and lure Sami Khedira from Real Madrid in January but both clubs face losing out to Bayern Munich. Both the Blues and the Gunners were willing to pay a fee of around £7million to lure the German international before he became a free agent when the mid-term window opens.
  • Liverpool could also challenge Arsenal for the services of goalkeeper Petr Cech. It is understood Chelsea will sell Cech in January for a fee in the region of £7m.
  • Arsenal centre half Per Mertesacker is trying to help broker a deal to bring German international Mats Hummels, his former national team defensive partner, to the Emirates. But the bottom line is matching the fee that Borussia Dortmund want - which could be as much as £47m.
  • It also seems that United will pip Arsenal to the signature of Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman from Roma.
  • Manchester United have agreed a deal with Bayern Munich which would see Spanish summer signing Ander Herrera, 25, depart for Germany in exchange for £7m and another midfielder - Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri, 23. (Express)
  • Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are willing to accept a £20m offer from Manchester United for 30-year-old Brazil centre-back Miranda. (Daily Star Sunday)
  • Chelsea are lining up a £20m summer move for Everton's 26-year-old Republic of Ireland right-back Seamus Coleman. (Mail on Sunday)
  • Liverpool's 32-year-old England striker Rickie Lambert, a £4m signing in the summer, could return to his old club Southampton on a six-month loan deal in January. (Express)
  • And the Reds are preparing a £10m bid to sign England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond, 20, from Norwich in January. (Daily Star Sunday)
  • Tottenham and Aston Villa are working on a swap deal involving midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, going to White Hart Lane with Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby, 24, making the move in the opposite direction. (Sun - subscription required)
  • The Manchester City hierarchy are working out the feasibility of signing Lionel Messi next summer. The £200m transfer fee to Barcelona and all inclusive personal terms approaching £500,000-a-week for the Argentine are not the main problem.
  • The announcement by Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp that if he manages outside of Germany he wants it to be in England has been registered on the radar of the Liverpool and Arsenal boardrooms.
  • Frank Lampard has told pals that he is ready to stay with Manchester City until the end of the season before linking up with New York City mid-way through the MLS season which starts in March.
Source: Dailymail

Saturday EPL Review: Blues Remain On Top, Rooney Sink Gunners Plus More!


Jose Mourinho's side prevailed 2-0, with first-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
Costa, who was not called up for Spain's last two games so he could rest, netted his 11th goal in 10 matches in the 11th minute.
Oscar passed to Costa and the former Atletico Madrid striker hit a right-footed shot from middle of the box into the left corner of the goal.
The second goal came after a Chelsea corner.
Cesc Fabregas, who started despite being an uncertainty for the game because of a hamstring problem, set up Hazard and he drove a left-footed shot from the six-yard box into the left corner of the goal for the Blues' second.

Just four minutes later and West Brom's challenge became more difficult when Claudio Yacob was shown a red card.
The victory put Chelsea on 35 points - 10 clear of
Southampton, who play at Aston Villa on Monday.

Manchester City climbed into second place on 27 points after coming from behind to defeat Swansea at the Etihad Stadium.
Wilfried Bony gave the visitors a 1-0 lead just nine minutes into the contest.

He scored from the centre of the box after chesting down Nathan Dyer's pass before finishing neatly.
The goal was the first ever scored by Swansea at the Etihad.
The Blues needed just five minutes to pull level with a goal from Stevan Jovetic.

Jesus Navas set up Jovetic, who drilled a right-footed shot from close range past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.


After Gael Clichy hit the bar for the home side, Fernandinho back-heeled the ball into the path of Yaya Toure in the 62nd minute and he smashed it in for the winner.

The victory was just what Manuel Pellegrini's squad needed ahead of their Champion League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Newcastle won for the fifth straight game and leapfrogged Swansea and West Ham into fourth place in the Premier League table after getting a 78th minute goal from Moussa Sissoko against QPR.

The Magpies, in the lower echelons of the standings in the first couple of months, are now flying high while QPR are now at the bottom of the table with just eight points from 12 games.

Manchester United hit Arsenal on the break at the Emirates to earn a 2-1 win - their first away victory of the season. 

Arsenal dominated for the majority of the game but fell behind in the second half thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Kieran Gibbs.

 Wayne Rooney seemed to have put the game beyond the hosts when he capped off a swift breakaway to score late on.


Substitute Olivier Giroud set up a tense few moments when he pulled a goal back in stoppage time but United held out to claim a second successive Premier League win.


Full Results 

Chelsea 2 West Brom 0
 Everton 2 West Ham 1 
Leicester 0 Sunderland 0
Manchester City 2 Swansea 1 
Newcastle 1 QPR 0 
Stoke 1 Burnley 2

Saturday, 22 November 2014

5 Things To Expect From The EPL This Weekend [Week 12]



CANNON BALLS ALL SET: 

The game between Arsenal and Man Utd is definitely the talk of the weekend and the Gunners currently lead the incoming visitors with one point, defeat for them and it sees the Red Devils climb above them into a possible fourth position. But the Gunners cannot afford to lose.


Man Utd at the moment can barely put out a formidable first eleven with a popular bench with the amount of players they have on the treatment table.


The last time Arsenal had a similar scenario, they were on the end of an 8-2 drubbing at Old Trafford, is revenge a dish best served cold?

'HURT PARK:

Pain, sorrow, and everything synonymous with a heavy chest could be perfect to describe last season's capitulation of Liverpool here at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool are leaky at the back and have conceded 18 goals in their last nine Premier League matches away from home, and while the goals are being conceded, scoring has also been a problem for the Reds.

While Liverpool might be favorites to win the game against Crystal Palace, you cannot bet against the Eagles snatching a win given the Merseysiders' current form.

TAME FOXES:

Everything that has a beginning and an end...an end...an end...another end especially if you support Leicester City. The Foxes have gone six games without a victory, five of which in those games, they were unable to find the net.

Nigel Pearson knows this Sunderland side would be the only right team for him to be able to get back on track and a further loss would only bring unrest and distraught to a dressing room already wobbling on that line like an intoxicated person doing a DUI test, hope they don't fall off comically soon.

GRIT GAME:

Stoke City vs Burnley is certain to be more of a traditional game than your refined dynamic football you currently see on TV.

Both teams would certainly being going for each other and the chance to take away maximum points from the other. Set pieces, long ball play and target men usage should be the proper features of the game.

Bojan Krkic is beginning to adjust properly to the tune of the Premier League and the Potters currently sit in 9th position. It would not be full of goals but passion would certainly be on the display- isn't passion your major reason for watching the round leather game in the first place?

EAST OR WEST, KC STADIUM FIRST:

Tottenham players would be jumping on the bus given that they don't get to play infront of their home fans this weekend. The Spurs have been dismal at home and seem to get going away from home.

Rumors have it that Steve Bruce is willing to axe players from his first eleven who were responsible for the loss to Burnley and how best for the "Big-time Charlies" like Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore to prove their worth once again against their former clubs.

As for Mauricio Pochettino his prayers can only be that, just like games this season, there should be a way away.

Friday, 21 November 2014

EPL Week 12 Fixtures And Time


SATURDAY
Chelsea vs West Brom (3pm)
Everton vs West Ham (3pm)
Leicester vs Sunderland (3pm)
Manchester City vs Swansea (3pm)
Newcastle vs QPR (3pm)
Stoke vs Burnley (3pm)
Arsenal vs Manchester United (5.30pm)

SUNDAY
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (1.30pm)
Hull vs Tottenham (4pm)

MONDAY

Aston Villa vs Southampton (8pm) 

Wolexis EPL Predictions For Week 12: Chelsea, Reds To Win, United To Draw Plus More!


Chelsea v West Brom
I agree with Jose Mourinho that Chelsea will get beaten eventually - but it won't be by West Brom at Stamford Bridge this weekend. 2-0

Everton v West Ham
Mark: Even though Everton have struggled to find their best form this season, this is a real test of West Ham's credentials. For me, the Toffees are still a step above. 2-1


Leicester City v Sunderland
There doesn't look to be too much between these teams but home advantage should be enough for Leicester to edge this one. 1-0


Manchester City v Swansea City
Mark: Swansea beat Arsenal before the international break but, even though Manchester City haven't been great this season, I can't see Garry Monk's men causing another shock. It won't be a rout, though. 3-1


Newcastle v QPR
QPR have impressed me in recent weeks but Newcastle will be full of confidence and should have enough to make it five Premier League wins in a row. 2-1


Stoke City v Burnley
Stoke may have won at Tottenham last time out but they've also lost at home to Aston Villa and Leicester this season.


 Burnley's tails will be up after the win over Hull and if they score first, Stoke could be in trouble. However, I'm backing Bojan to be the difference - just. 2-1

Arsenal v Manchester United
Everyone has said it, but it really is hard to see anything other than an end-to-end game full of goals and defensive mistakes. 2-2


Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Liverpool might be without Daniel Sturridge but they should be able to pull through. 0-1


Hull City v Tottenham
Emmanuel Adebayor has suggested Spurs enjoy playing away from home more than they do at White Hart Lane. 


After losing to Stoke, they need a result here, and with Hull not playing well they might just get it. 0-1

Aston Villa v Southampton
Although they only took one point, I thought Villa were vastly improved in their last two games. 


Southampton are clearly on a different level nowadays, but they're also not so good that this is a foregone conclusion. 1-1

Christmas In The Air! Cristiano Ronaldo And His Son In Festive Mood [PHOTO]


It might still be November but Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is already in the Christmas spirit.

The 29-year-old took to Instagram on Friday to share a picture of himself and son Cristiano Junior posing in front of a Christmas tree, despite the big day being over a month away.


Ronaldo, who will line up for Carlo Ancelotti's side against Eibar on Saturday, is clearly a big fan of the festive period, declaring: 'Christmas time has arrived.'

Adebayor Reportedly Kicks His Mum Out Cos He Thought She Was A Witch. [DETAILS]

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has rubbished claims suggesting he kicked his mum out of his house in Africa because he thought she was a witch and has told people to 'stop doing Juju' on him.

Adebayor's sister Maggie stated on Ghanaian radio station Peace FM that the Premier League striker is refusing to give his own mother money and has not seen her in over a year.
His mother is reportedly having to sell 'polythene bags, padlocks and other things' in order to provide for her family

However the £101,000-a-week star has refuted suggestions he has decided to abandon his own mother.Adebayor, speaking to Peace FM, said: 'I never sacked my mum from the house. She decided to leave the house.

'How am I going to be in touch with my mum if my mum is the one telling everyone that my work will not go forward, so I will just be on my side and do my thing.

'They should stop talking, they should stop doing Juju on me, they should leave me alone.'I bought a $1.2m house in East Legon for the one talking and calling herself my sister.

Can you imagine that sister went to rent the house without my knowledge?'It remains unclear who he was directing his request for people to 'stop doing Juju on him' at.

 Source: Dailymail

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Big Blow: Super Eagles Midfielder Ruled Out Of Action Till New Year


Nigeria and Reading FC midfielder Hope Akpan will be side-lined for three months with a dislocated shoulder.

Akpan sustained the injury while playing for the Super Eagles in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire last Saturday.

Nigeria emerged victorious against the Red devils, but won’t be defending their AFCON title in Equatorial Guinea next year, after failing to qualify from Group A following a demoralizing 2-2 draw with South Africa on Wednesday.


Akpan’s injury was not thought to have been too serious initially, but he’s now slated to undergo an operation on Monday which will rule him out of action until Febr