Thursday, 18 December 2014
According to Supersport, Dolphins star Emem Eduok has agreed a deal in principle to join Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08 in January.
The deal for the 20-year-old is yet to be finalised between both clubs but the reports says that the player left the shores of the country to sort out personal terms.
"I hope that we can give Sarpsborg football audience a real Christmas present. We are in contact with a player, but there are still details left before the player can be ready.
I do not want to confirm the name or nationality of this player," said ThomasBerntsen ,Sarpsborg sports director.
The fee mentioned for the 3-year-old is $150,000 (around N28 million) as transfer fee for Eduok, and part of the agreement includes a 50-percent sell-on clause to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in future transfer of the player.
"Emem has agreed a three-year deal with Sarpsborg 08 of Norway. He has agreed personal terms and the club have also talked to us (Dolphins).
He (Eduok) will go for a transfer fee of $150,000. But it is from the sell-on clause that we will benefit from as it is around 50 to 60 percent of future transfer," a source close to the player told supersport.com on Wednesday.
Eduok emerged the second highest goalscorer of the Nigerian Professional football league (NPFL) and was outstanding in Dolphins 6-0 drubbing of Nembe City in one of the games as he scored all the goals in that match.
The Super Eagles dropped one step to 43rd position in the last FIFA rankings for the year released on Thursday by the world football governing body.
Still ruing her absence from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, the Eagles are now ranked 9th on the continent even as they await being dethrone at the next AFCON tournament which kicks off next month in the oil-rich Malabo Capital city.
With little or no activity in the period under review, the Desert Foxes of Algeria remains the highest ranked African team in 18th place and are followed by fellow North Africans, Tunisia who are currently occupying the 22nd spot in the world.
Ivory Coast, Senegal, Ghana, Guinea, Cape Verde Islands, Cameroon, Nigeria and Zambia complete the list of the top ten teams in Africa.
Also there was no change in the top 20 teams in the world thus meaning reigning world champions Germany are still the highest ranked country in the world.
As announced, the next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking the first for the New Year will be published on 8 January 2015
Manchester United's Angel di Maria has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists, beating Lionel Messi to the award.
Di Maria, who joined Louis van Gaal's side for a club record £60million fee this summer, won the Olimpia de Plata (Silver Olimpia award) at a ceremony on Tuesday after pipping Messi to the prize.
Di Maria helped former club Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup in May and Argentina reach the World Cup final, which he missed through injury, in Brazil and has made an impressive start to his career in England.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his girlfriend Irina Shayk has a crazy obsession with his CR7 boxers and takes them all the time.
The former Manchester United forward was asked, 'What item in your wardrobe does your girlfriend steal' by Vogue. He replied: 'She steals my boxers all the time.
She wasn't in the house and I opened her wardrobe and there were many CR7 boxers. It is funny.'
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Bayern Munich reject Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to snub Liverpool when he leaves the German giants next year.
The Switzerland midfielder has made only three league starts for Bayern this season, and has long been angling for a move away from the club.
Liverpool have led the race to sign Shaqiri for over a year - and the player looked set for a move to Anfield in the summer before the Bundesliga champions blocked the move - but new reports suggest that the player is set to join Wolfsburg.
Defender Glen Johnson is likely to be out for about a month after picking up a groin injury against Manchester United on Sunday.
Javier Manquillo could be set for an extended run if manager Brendan Rodgers reverts to a flat back four having experimented with three centre-backs against United.
Johnson will now miss the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Bournemouth, along with Mario Balotelli.
The Italy international was a second-half substitute in the defeat at Old Trafford, where he made his comeback after more than a month on the sidelines with a groin problem.
But he has stayed behind to receive further treatment on the injury at the club's Melwood training ground with a view to him being fit for Sunday's visit of Arsenal.
Johnson and Balotelli join the likes of Daniel Sturridge on the injury list.
Kurt Zouma left the field on a stretcher after he was involved in a nasty collision with Petr Cech during Chelsea's Capital One Cup tie at Derby.
The defender was knocked to the floor from a Derby corner and received treatment for seven minutes as the first half drew to a close.
Paramedics were hurried on to the pitch whilst Chelsea's medical team tended to the player as concerned team-mates Cesc Fabregas and Cezar Azpilicueta each grabbed the front of the stretcher.
Zouma was said to have had bleeding around his mouth and his neck was in a protective brace as he left the field. Branislav Ivanovic was sent on by Jose Mourinho to replace the defender as the first half concluded.
The young centre back, who did not need to go hospital, will be available for Monday's trip to Stoke and Mourinho said after the game: ‘He was just a bit dizzy.
Real Madrid eased into the final of the Club World Cup after a 4-0 win over Cruz Azul at the Le Grand Stade de Marrakech in Morocco.
Goals came from Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema in the first half before Gareth Bale and Isco added to their tally in the second.
Real dominated possession and after Benzema hit the post, Ramos gave Los Blancos a 15th minute lead.
Toni Kroos' cross found Ramos who headed past Corona, who would have been disappointed with his contribution.
Seven minutes before the break Real went two up after Daniel Carvajal did well down the right before playing in Benzema who powered home.
A minute later Azul missed a golden chance to get one back after Ramos brought down Mariano Pavone in the box, but Gerardo Torrado's penalty was well saved by Iker Casillas, who dived to his right to push the ball to safety.
Bale made the game safe just five minutes into the second half after heading home Cristiano Ronaldo's cross.
Pablo Barrera smashed an effort onto the post from just outside the area for Cruz Azul, but Real were cruising and a jinking run from Isco ended with the forward smashing a shot into the corner of the net after 72 minutes.
Real will face the winner of San Lorenzo versus Auckland City FC and have now won 21 consecutive matches in a row.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Thierry Henry has brought an end to his illustrious playing career by announcing his retirement from professional football.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been named Belgian Sportsman of the Year.The 22-year-old became the first footballer to win the award, which has been running since 1967, after claiming the La Liga title during his loan spell with Atletico Madrid last season.
The Blues keeper returned to Stamford Bridge this season and has kept five clean sheets in 14 Premier League games to leave Chelsea three points clear at the top of the table ahead of the festive fixtures.
The most telling fact about Liverpool this season is they have completely lost their identity as a footballing team.
Compare this with the back end of 2012/2013 season and most of the 2013/2014 season, it is completely dire and it can only be attributed to players losing confidence in the manager.
Buying players that don't fit the system, buying players that are distinctly average at exorbitant fees, not addressing the defence in the form of a Steve Bould type coach.
He didn't get Sanchez, fine, there were many others that can do a similar effort and style to Suarez, maybe not the class.
Shame, just reminds me of that season after we finished second and then sold Alonso. Replace Alonso with Suarez and worse football = sacking on its way.
Who do you replace him with, the only answer is Simeone, we need that aggressiveness to be transmitted by someone like Simeone to the team, that fight and that doggedness to not lie down. We are completely spineless at the moment.
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Monday, 15 December 2014
I was preparing to have to go have a bath on Sunday evening when i got this twitter notification. See what i saw:
I immediately realized that yet another Manchester united fan was being caught in the euphoria of another “good” David De Gea performance and was beginning to say things.
I was annoyed!
No doubt, the Spaniard is one of the best shot-stoppers in the game and yes!!! He is world class. But then some goalkeepers are more world class than others. Manuel Neuer for example.
De Gea has been one of the reasons the red devils has being able to climb into the Epl’s top 4 and time and again, he is being exposed, thanks to the inconsistent defence in front of him. But of a truth, he has held his own.
This season, he has been superb.
That however is not enough reason for people to forget that there is a Courtois who is 2 years younger, who is a clearly better goalkeeper than him.
People are often being clouded by sentiment and of course the gentleman who tweeted the above is a United fan. But then, we are fans not fanatics and thank god we can read. At the end of this, I believe and hope you will see where I am coming from
Name: David De Gea
Clubs Played For: Atletico Madrid B (08- 09), Atletico Madrid (09-11), Manchester United (11 - Till Date)
Name: Thibaut Courtois
Clubs Played For: Genk (09-11), Atletico Madrid (11- 14, Loan From Chelsea), Chelsea (14* - Till Date)
Now let’s start our comparison of these two great goalkeepers, the first area we will be looking at will be the ‘technical abilities’. Those attributes that make you a great shot stopper
To be honest, I can’t really separate these two when it comes to who has better reflexes. These two young goalies are equally matched here.
Courtois is just as excellent at keeping out shots and making seemingly impossible saves as De Gea.
Reflexes? Let’s say they are equally matched.
We all know how important a goalkeeper’s height is as this directly influences how much of the goal the goalkeeper covers. Thibaut stands at 1.99m while David stands at 1.92m.
Thibaut courtois ! 1-0
The spainard has a far better footwork than his Belgian counterpart. Courtois’ distribution is often questionable while distribution is one of De Gea’s strong points.
So De Gea! 1-1
Again in this category, we can’t separate these two. Courtois with his giant frame knows how to get his body in the way and use his long arms and legs to make crucial saves. He is a striker’s nightmare.
De Gea as well as found himself saving Louis Van Gaal’s side every now and then. David is also very, very good in 1-on-1 situations.
Full marks to both of them in this category
5) Aerial Ability
Collecting crosses, set-piece situations, punches? It is hard to separate them but by a very slight margin, Courtois edges out again in this category.
The Chelsea stopper very rarely fluffs his lines; De Gea on the other hand isn’t totally invulnerable. Often, we have seen the United keeper making mistakes when rushing out to punch a ball or collect a cross.
Courtois is better at collecting and punching away high balls.
Thibaut Courtois ! 2-1
Now that we are done with that, can we take a look at Atletico Madrid please?
Atletico Madrid And La-Liga
It is a very joyous thing to know that both Thibaut and David have played in the La Liga at one point in their career and coincidentally, they played for the same club.
From ‘09-‘11 , De Gea handed the reins, sorry the gloves, to Thibaut Courtois who was on loan from Chelsea. Courtois played from ‘11 to ’14.
How did they fare?
De Gea had a wonderful time at Atletico. Having joined them as early as 10, he made his way up through the youth ranks at the club.
When the club’s first choice goalie Sergio Asento was off on international duty (U-19s) he was brought in as a cover.
He then went on to make his debut at the age of 18. He however put up several impressive performances during his stay beating Asenjo to the no 1 spot.
Courtois joined Atletico on loan in ‘11 and became first choice over Asenjo, keeping 4 clean sheets in his 1st 6 games.
He also put off a very impressive performance against parent club Chelsea as atletico thrashed the blues 4-1 in the 2012 Uefa super cup. Atletico at the end of some vey stellar Courtois performances reached the finals of the Champions League.
Honors At Atletico Madrid (Team & Individual):
David De Gea
Europa league (09/10), Uefa super cup in 2010.
Courtois: la liga (13/14), Copa Del Rey (12/13), europa league (11/12 season), uefa super cup (2012) La Liga goalkeeper of the year 2013, Champions league team of season (13/14)
Oh yes! It is this serious. Minus one or two eyebrow raisers here and there, we all know how credible EA sports FIFA rankings can be. Let’s see how the two gentlemen fare on FIFA 15.
I'll leave you to make the final verdict! Comment and let me know who you think is better
Written by: @lordd_skillz