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Luis… 500? If only Figo knew he’s a Naira note in Nigeria

From Luis Figo as N500 to Cristiano Ronaldo as groundnut oil, here are five players re-christened by Nigerians
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AFCON 2019 International Watch

AFCON 2019: Rough Guide – Group A

From hosts Egypt, to minnows Zimbabwe, here's the first group in our rough guide for AFCON 2019
Algeria v Senegal

Algeria v Senegal: A final of two sides looking up again

In a tournament in which the hosts were changed late on, it’s perhaps fitting that it will be settled by two sides who seem to have enjoyed a reversal in fortune from their recent past

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Algeria 2-1 Nigeria

Super Eagles fall short against Algeria, but will know they could have done more

Nigeria got away with unconvincing displays for most of the tournament, but it wouldn’t suffice against the Desert Foxes

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Nigeria 3-2 Cameroon

Eagles yet to convince in Egypt, but who really has?

This topsy turvy game doesn’t mask Nigeria’s continued uncertainty in this competition, but no side has really looked convincing

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Nigeria 1-0 Guinea

Enough might be more than enough: No real fluidity yet but Eagles show improvement in Guinea win

Nigeria’s performance wasn’t the most convincing, but this was an improvement and a win on the back of the bonus stand-off

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Nigeria 1-0 Burundi

Less Godspeed more stagger, as Nigeria get off to laboured – but victorious – start against Burundi

The men’s senior team have only won their opening game of any major tournament once since 2006, and struggled against the AFCON debutants in Alexandria

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Ghana v Cameroon - AFCON 2019 Group F

AFCON 2019 Rough Guide – Group F

Ghana and Cameroon come into this tournament amidst upheaval, but both sides seem to go far despite the chaos

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AFCON 2019 Group E

AFCON 2019 Rough Guide – Group E

Tunisia have Youssef Msakni, but haven’t reached the last four in 15 years, while Mali have gone out in the first round of the last two tournaments

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AFCON 2019 Group D

AFCON 2019 Rough Guide: Group D

If any group will be called the overused ‘group of death’, it would be Group D, which contains three previous winners

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AFCON 2019 Group C

AFCON 2019 Rough Guide – Group C

Group C of our Nations Cup preview sees us talk Senegal, Algeria, Kenya and Tanzania

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France 1-0 Nigeria

France-Nigeria Controversy shows once again how we miss the point about rules

Referee Melissa Borjas did nothing wrong by ordering Renard’s penalty re-take, but these rules were meant to prevent unfair advantages

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Jay Jay Okocha - AFCON goal scorers

Yekini, Okocha, Odegbami…. Nigeria’s top scorers in the history of the African Cup of Nations

Ahead of the 2019 Nations Cup, here’s the Super Eagles’ top scorers in AFCON history

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AFCON 2019 Group B

AFCON 2019: Rough Guide – Group B

Group B, featuring the Super Eagles, Guinea, and debuting duo Madagascar and Burundi

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Mikel

Mikel: Going to Rio Olympics, reason I left Chelsea

Conte never spoke to me when I got back from the Olympics – Mikel The Super Eagles captain has revealed that he fell out with the then Chelsea boss for…

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AFCON Group A

AFCON 2019: Rough Guide – Group A

From hosts Egypt, to minnows Zimbabwe, here’s the first group in our rough guide for AFCON 2019

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Luis Figo

Luis… 500? If only Figo knew he’s a Naira note in Nigeria

From Luis Figo as N500 to Cristiano Ronaldo as groundnut oil, here are five players re-christened by Nigerians

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Sarri is a stubborn coach says Fabregas

Fabregas: Superstitious Sarri is a stubborn character

Cesc Fabregas has branded his former manager a stubborn character The Spaniard left Chelsea in the winter transfer for Monaco, and he has branded the manager he worked with last…

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Semi Ajayi gutted to be dropped

Disappointed Semi Ajayi backs Eagles to win AFCON

I will be supporting Nigeria – gutted Semi Ajayi says. Semi Ajayi and Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho were the two players omitted from the Super Eagles squad for the…

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John Ogu

John Ogu: We are not in Egypt to read Bible

Super Eagles will be in Egypt for football, says Ogu. The 31-year-old made the Super Eagles final AFCON squad, but while anticipating seeing some historical places in Egypt, he maintained…

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Chelsea rejects bid for Omeruo

Chelsea rejects Leganes €2.5m bid for Omeruo

Chelsea values Omeruo around €5m turns down €2.5m bid The Spanish side has had their offer for the Super Eagles defender turned down by his parent club – Chelsea. Kenneth…

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De Ligt

Man U target De Ligt should join Man City or Barca

Louis Van Gaal has advised Matthijs de Ligt to join Man City or Barca if he is to leave Ajax this summer The Ajax captain, who at age 19, captained…

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Frenkie De Jong

De Jong was wrong joining Barcelona – Van Gaal

LVG questions De Jong’s move to Barcelona The 21-year-old, in January, agreed a five-year deal with the Blaugrana, but a former coach at the club has questioned the rationality behind…

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Jose Antonio Reyes

Former Arsenal forward Antonio Reyes dies at 35

Sevilla announced that the player died in a car accident Former Arsenal and Sevilla forward Jose Antonio Reyes has been announced dead aftermath a traffic collision. Sevilla, a club, the…

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Asisat Oshoala

Official: Barcelona sign Asisat Oshoala on permanent deal

Asisat Oshoala signs for Barca on a three-year deal Barça and Dalian Quanjian have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Nigerian forward In January of this year, Asisat…

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Francis Uzoho

Babayaro: Local coach won’t survive keeping Uzoho

Uzoho is undeserving of a starting spot in the national team, Babayaro questions Rohr Emmanuel Babayaro has hit out at Gernot Rohr’s choice of Francis Uzoho as Super Eagles first…

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Arsenal

All Arsenal defenders must go, says former striker

Charlie Nicolas: “I would let all Arsenal defenders go for whatever it takes.” Charlie Nicholas, a former Arsenal striker has said that none of the defenders at the club should…

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NPFL super six

Agege Stadium to host NPFL Super six

NPFL Super Six: League organiser picks Lagos as host over Kwara The organiser of the Nigeria Professional League (NPFL), League Management Company (LMC), have confirmed the Agege Township Stadium as…

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Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez to replace Valverde at Barcelona.

Barcelona to appoint the former Everton manager should Valverde step down. Roberto Martinez has emerged as a shock frontrunner should Ernesto Valverde decides to step down from his position at…

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Raphael Varane

Man U target Varane to stay at Real Madrid

Varane also blames his poor fun on fatigue Raphael Varane has declared his intention to continue his career at Real Madrid amidst links away from the club. As the entirety…

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Pogba and Hazard

Varane: Pogba and Hazard good for Real Madrid

Pogba and Hazard could play for Madrid, says Varane. Raphael Varane has talked the possibility of the duo of Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba joining Real Madrid next season. The…

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PSG line up summer swoop for Onyekuru, Bayern sign Onyekuru

Bayern agree deal with Everton for Onyekuru

The deal, however, could be upstaged by some unnamed Spanish clubs The Bundesliga giant have reportedly agree deal in principles to sign the 21-year-old Nigerian. Bayern Munich are expected to…

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Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen named club’s player of the season

Osimhen ‘s 17 goals earned him player of the season for his club. The Super Eagles forward has been named RC Sporting Chaleroi ’s player of the season for the…

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Luka Jovic

Real Madrid sign Luka Jovic from Frankfurt

Real Madrid re-building process starts with the acquisition of Jovic The Los Blancos have agreed a deal in the region of £52.4m for the Serbian international. Luka Jovic has completed…

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Europa final

Arsenal blasts UEFA over Europa final logistics

Arsenal disappointed with UEFA for treatment of fans The North London club will square up against Premier League rival Chelsea in the Europa League final on the 29th of this…

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Mikel Musa AFCON

Rohr names Mikel, Musa, 23 others for AFCON

Gernot Rohr releases a 25-man provisional list and another six-man standby list for AFCON John Mikel Obi, who last featured for Nigeria at their World Cup group stage exit has…

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Mikel Obi Nations Cup

I will be at the Nations Cup, Mikel confirms

Mikel confirms his readiness for Nations Cup John Mikel -Obi has been unavailable for the Super Eagles since the group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup. But with the…

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yaya toure denies retirement

Yaya Toure denies retirement claims

‘When time comes, I will announce my retirement myself, says Yaya Toure The Ivorian legend has refuted retirement claims made by his agent – as he claimed he had no…

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Brighton 1-4 Manchester City - Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez finds Retribution as City party in Sussex Sun

Eyebrows were raised by Pep Guardiola’s decision to start the Algerian at Brighton, but the call was justified celebrated back-to-back titles

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April

Spotkick’s Alternative Awards of the Month: April

Our award winners in April include Glenn Murray, Marcelo Bielsa, Dimitar Evtimov, Atalanta, and Kayode Julius among others

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Kanu lauds Ajax players

We are proud of you boys’ – Kanu to Ajax players’

Kanu lauds Ajax players for their feat in Champions League Nwankwo Kanu has heaped praises on Ajax players for their feat in this year’s UEFA Champions League aftermath of their…

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Klopp and Pochettino

Mourinho: Klopp and Pochettino deserve Champions League

I will be in trouble in the UCL final, Mourinho The former Manchester United manager admits he is in a state of dilemma, as to who to support between Jurgen…

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Liverpool - Spurs - comeback

Seun Aleshinloye – Never Give Up: The Black Shirt Message from Anfield to Johan Cruyff Arena

Both English sides looked down and out after the first leg, but pulled off comebacks in a remarkable week

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Alex Iwobi

With the right amount, Arsenal should sell Iwobi

Iwobi should be sold in the summer – Charlie Nicolas Charlie Nicolas, a former Arsenal forward believes the Nigerian midfielder should be among the players the North London club will…

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Alexander-Arnold - Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

Trent Alexander-Arnold: the boy denying Klopp and Liverpool their honourable elimination

Alexander-Arnold didn’t appear in the first leg at the Nou Camp, but his awareness and forward-thinking was pivotal in the comeback at Anfield

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Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

Liverpool embody their resilient season, to give us what football is really about

As they’ve shown time and again this season, when the walls close in and there’s no way out, Liverpool find a way out

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I should have won the CAF Player of the year Award, Okocha

Okocha: I did enough to win CAF Best Award

Okocha: No regret over my career, but I could have achieved more Jay-Jay Okocha believes he did well enough to have won the most revered award on the African continent….

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Okocha vs Kanu

Okocha: ‘Maybe Kanu had a greater career than me’

Stubbornness ‘cost’ me a bit in my career – Okocha Both Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu are considered amongst the greatest to have donned the Nigerian colours, but according to…

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pinnick

Court orders NFF to produce charge against Pinnick

$9.5m FIFA grant: Court orders NFF to produce charge against President of the body. An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Tuesday ordered the Nigeria Football Federation to produce a copy…

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Tottenham 0-1 Ajax

Underdog Ajax bite hard and earn right to be favourites next week

The Dutch side weren’t at their best at White Hart Lane, but still grabbed a deserved win in the semi-final first leg

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Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling: The footballer of the season in all ramifications

The Manchester City man merits awards for his on-pitch actions alone, but is a beacon of light off it too

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Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

Initiative in top-four race continues to dangle as quartet stumble again

Since the start of April, the teams challenging for the top four have picked up a combined 27 points from 21 games

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Team of the Season

Sterling, Mane… Doherty: My Premier League Team of the Season

From Lukasz Fabianski to Sergio Aguero, here’s my XI of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign

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Premier League - Game of Thrones

(10km Offside) What happens if Premier League managers lead the Defence of Winterfell?

***The following could have spoilers for Game of Thrones (Something probably no football website has ever said, and should ever say)

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Chelsea 2-3 Burnley

King slaying Clarets come for the Champions again

The Clarets have beaten the champions in every Premier League season they’ve played in, and host title-chasing Manchester City this weekend

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Pogba

Gary Neville: Pogba does not want to be at United

Pogba is free to leave – Gary Neville The former United Captain said the United youth product who returned to Old Trafford was desperate for another move away from the…

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Osimhen

Aiyegbeni: Osimhen can fill Ighalo’s void

Ighalo, Eagles best striker, but Osimhen is also a good fit – Aiyegbeni The former Super Eagles striker has tipped the young striker to be a suitable replacement for Odion…

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Eagles target is the semis, Gernot Rohr.

No new players will be invited for AFCON – Gernot Rohr

Gernot Rohr closes door on new players for AFCON The Super Eagles coach has slammed the door on inviting unfamiliar faces for the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) The…

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Alisson

Premier League: How have the new signings fared thus far? (Part Two)

From Youri Tielemans at Leicester City, to Raul Jimenez at Wolves, the second part of our Premier League new signings watch

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Bernd Leno

Premier League: How have the new signings fared thus far? (Part 1)

From Bernd Leno at Arsenal to Jason Puncheon at Huddersfield, part one of our new signings watch in the Premier League this season

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Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United

Optimism Fading from United as they Approach Decisive Week

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have lost five of their last seven games in all competitions, and approach three daunting tests

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Mane

Mane more important than Salah – Carragher

Mane the genesis of Liverpool’s success, says Carragher The Liverpool great said he would rather lose the Egyptian over the Senegalese in the club’s run in for a league title….

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Juventus 1-2 Ajax

Unfazed Ajax continue to not give a toss about team’s Status, as Juve find out

Erik Ten Hag’s side are thrilling, brave, adventurous, and likeable, as they continue to disregard the might of the rest

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Lateef Omidiji

Exclusive: Lateef Omidiji not dumping Nigeria for USA

No disappointment over Lateef Omidiji ‘s drop – Sophia Omidiji Lateef Omidiji Jnr. was unable to make the final Golden Eaglet squad to Tanzania for the U-17 African Cup of…

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Eagles must treat AFCON opponents with respect - Rohr

AFCON: Eagles could play Ghana, Senegal friendly – Rohr

The coach also warned that his team has to treat their AFCON group opponents with respect. The 2013 African champions, who have been drawn in Group B for the upcoming…

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AFCON 2019 draws

AFCON 2019: Nigeria draws Burundi, Guinea…..

The three-time African champions will face Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi and AFCON 2019 The three-time African champions have been drawn alongside Burundi, who are making their first appearance at the…

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Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Welcome to the past: Chelsea visit title-chasing Liverpool; Sound Familiar

Just like April 2014, Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield as other title challengers Manchester City visit Crystal Palace

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Amuneke

Tanzania not afraid of drawing Super Eagles, Amuneke

Amuneke: “We are there (at the AFCON) to face any team that comes our way.” With the draw for the 2019 African Cup of Nations billed to hold this Friday,…

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Emmanuel Amuneke

Emmanuel Amuneke opens to Super Eagles’ job

Emmanuel Amuneke: “If it pleases God, one day we will coach Nigeria The heroics of Emmanuel Amuneke with Tanzania – qualifying the country for her first AFCON in 39 years,…

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Michael Essien, Nigeria favourite to win AFCON

Michael Essien: Nigeria amongst favourites to win AFCON

The former Black Stars Captain has tipped the three-time African Champions to be amongst the favourites to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations billed for Egypt later this year….

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March

Spotkick’s Alternative Awards of the Month: March

From Neil Warnock, and Huub Stevens, all through to Paul Scholes and Genki Haraguchi, here are our award winners from March

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Man Utd 3-2 Bayern Munich

UEFA Champions League: Five Classic Quarter-finals from the past Decade

Ahead of this midweek’s quarter-final first legs, we take a look at five memorable last-eight ties in the past decade

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iwobi key to Nigeria's AFCON success, Oliseh

Oliseh: Iwobi key to Nigeria’s AFCON success

Nigeria needs Iwobi to operate at full potential in Egypt – Oliseh The Super Eagles, who missed out on the last two editions of the tournament, will stage a return…

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Etebo {Image Credit: Stoke City}

Etebo laments playing in the English Championship

The number in the championship is ‘crazy’, but it’s not a big deal – Etebo The energetic midfielder, who joined English championship side Stoke City in the summer has moaned…

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Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool’s Knack for the Nick of time Fortifies belief that it just might happen this time

St. Mary’s was the latest place where Liverpool found a way at the right time, to continue their title push

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Osaze retires

Stoke, West Brom heaps praise as Osaze retires

The two English sides paid tributes to the forward who announced his retirement from active football English Championship sides Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion, both paid tribute to Osaze…

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Leon Balogun

Leon Balogun is Nigeria’s best defender, Taribo West

‘Leon Balogun adds something extra to the national team,’ Taribo The ex-Super Eagles defence marshal has backed Gernot Rohr choice of selecting the defender, despite lack of playing time at…

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Dammam Miracle: a nostalgic relive of one of Nigeria’s greatest football matches.

The stadium erupted into bedlam. Noise took the air as the arena shook in fitting response to what it had just witnessed. A miracle.

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Cagliari 0-2 Juventus - Leonardo Bonucci Moise Kean

Bonucci’s Kean comments Emphasises point that those who haven’t Experienced Racism don’t understand it

The defender claimed his teammate was partly at fault for being abused in Cagliari, emphasising the issue of experiencing and understanding racism

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Charles Okafor

Charles Okafor: Rohr’s comments and actions aren’t encouraging to home-based players (Interview)

The Ifeanyi Ubah defender talks to Shehu Idris about Gernot Rohr’s comments about NPFL players, his Super Eagles aspirations, and his club’s defensive prowess this season

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Ndidi deserves captaincy

Most consistent Ndidi should be a Super Eagles’ Captain

Celestine Babayaro: Ndidi deserves captain in Musa’s absence Wilfred Ndidi should be the Super Eagles captain in the absence of Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa, says 27-capped Nigeria international Celestine…

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Manchester City quadruple

City’s Quadruple Challenge gets less Credit than it merits, though it takes one slip for it to fail

City visit Fulham this weekend in their first of nine games in 30 days, as they continue their push for an unprecedented quadruple

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Super Eagles, AFCON

Eagles favourite to win AFCON, former Madrid defender

Salgado: Nigeria, one of the strongest teams on the continent Michel Salgado, an assistant coach of the Egyptian national team has tipped the Super Eagles of Nigeria to win the…

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Rodgers defends Iheanacho against Rohr’s criticism

Iheanacho is showing wonderful appetite to improve – Rodgers Kelechi Iheanacho’s national team coach gave scathing remarks about the lad, but according to his coach at Leicester City, the 22-year-old…

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Racism in Football

How Long will Institutionalised Hypocrisy be the Conduit to solving Racism?

Stadium bans for racist chants simply mean ‘behave well to people of other race for one match day and you can continue to hurl the monkey chants after’

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Pique is better than me, Puyol

Gerard Pique is a better defender than me, says Puyol

Pique is ahead other defenders – Puyol Carles Puyol has tipped his former teammate as the best defender in the world, and according to former Blaugrana defender, ‘Pique is a…

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United not a football club, Van Gaal

Man U is a commercial, not football club, says Van Gaal

Van Gaal: Ferguson also had problems with the United structure Louis Van Gaal, former Manchester United manager has questioned the footballing structure at his former club. Aftermath the retirement of…

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United still park the bus under Solksjaer, says Van Gaal

Van Gaal: Solksjaer parks the bus like Mourinho

Man u are still not playing the Fergie way under Solksjaer – Van Gaal Louis Van Gaal, though admits that the atmosphere at the club is different under Ole Gunnar…

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Ander Herrera sets for PSG move

Ander Herrera sets for summer PSG move

A tempting offer from PSG could lead to Herrera depart for France. Ander Herrera has been in contract stand-off at Manchester United, and according to The Sun, he could join…

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Spurs 2-4 Barcelona - Lionel Messi, Lionel Messi could be cloned

Scientist: Lionel Messi could be cloned

Modern techniques could get the world a cloned Messi With the aid of modern techniques, Lionel Messi could be cloned, according to Arcadi Navarro. Navarro, a genetic specialist and the head of the…

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Nigeria 3-1 Seychelles: Late Simon Goal adds Gloss to Underwhelming Encounter

Moses Simon added to goals from Odion Ighalo and Henry Onyekuru to seal victory over Seychelles in an unexciting game

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AFCON 2019 qualifiers

Hindsight may prove otherwise, but putting final AFCON Qualifiers in March makes little sense

With the final qualifying games this weekend, and the tournament draw set for April, there seems to be little room for adequate preparation

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West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield

(10km Offside) Huddersfield glad to Avoid Winning at West Ham

The Terriers spoke of their relief at getting a dramatic defeat at the London stadium

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Everton 2-0 Chelsea

Lack of Backbone threatens to overshadow any progress by Chelsea this season

Since November, Chelsea have lost eight of the nine games in which they’ve conceded first

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UEFA Champions League

Owen: An English club will win the Champions League

This is the year of English clubs in the Champions League – Michael Owen Four English sides are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League – first time in a…

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UEFA Champions League - Power rankings

UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals: Rankings

Juventus top our power rankings, ahead of the quarter-final draw of the Champions League

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Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid - Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Footballing Galactus that Feeds on the Weight of the Occasion

Ronaldo came to Turin with Real last season and left with all the applause. This time he dragged the city’s footballing pride to the last eight

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Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid

Zidane: PR when the Bernabeu dynasty is about to Crumble?

Winning any competition is out of sight and the remaining 11 league games are hardly important. So, appointing a new coach seems less about changing results’ but more of redeeming the club’s public image

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Real Madrid players objected Mourinho 's return

Calderon: Madrid players objected Mourinho ’s return

Unwanted Mourinho would be a step backward for Real Madrid – Calderon Ramon Calderon, Real Madrid President from 2006-09 revealed that top Madrid players protested the return of the Jose…

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Kelechi Iheanacho

There is danger for players like Iheanacho, Rohr warns

Rohr explains Mikel, Iheanacho omission from upcoming games The 22-year-old former Nigeria youth international has struggled for regular playing time this season and was recently omitted from the Super Eagles…

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PSG line up summer swoop for Onyekuru, Bayern sign Onyekuru

PSG line up £20m summer swoop for Onyekuru

Dortmund, Sevilla and some top clubs in France are also thinking of signing the Onyekuru French giants Paris Saint-German are hopeful of snatching Henry Onyekuru from English side Everton in…

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Eagles target is the semis, Gernot Rohr.

2019 AFCON: Super Eagles not favourites, Rohr

Rohr: Semi-finals is the target for Super Eagles The Franco-German has ruled out the 2013 African Champions from winning the 2019 editions billed to hold in Egypt. With a qualifying…

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Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid

10km Offside: Real Madrid Inexplicably back in the Champions League after Zidane re-appointment

The European champions, were knocked out of this season’s competition by Ajax, but have been reinstated following Zizou’s return

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It was a culture shock in China, says Mikel

China will struggle to have a top league, Mikel

Professionalism, culture, language make the Chinese Super league far from being a top one The former Chelsea midfielder said he witnessed ‘culture shock’ during his two years stint in the…

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Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Upbeat Arsenal have Momentum in Exciting Top Four Race

Arsenal may in charge of the top four race, but they have every right to feel in charge in it

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Mikel warns players going to Chinese league

Mikel: Players in their 30s should stay away from China

Do not be tempted by the size of the cheque, Mikel to players going to China in their prime John Mikel-Obi warns that players in their prime should desist from…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Blessing and Curse of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Things have been going swimmingly since the Norwegian took temporary charge, but that shouldn’t overshadow structural flaws at the club

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PSG 1-3 Man Utd - VAR penalty

180 Minutes of Football Overshadowed by the Machine; The Future is Here

This flawed system was designed to alleviate errors and debate, but instead only continues to make the debate to be about it.

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Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax

Ajax’s Flair and Fun Confounds Real and Dazzles Bernabeu, even though we Know What this Means for their Future

The foundations for this Ajax side had been set since that wonderful run to the Europa League final in 2017, and at the Bernabeu, they bore fruit

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Depay has an unfinished Premier League business

Chelsea and United target Depay wants EPL return

Proud Depay might join United rival to prove a point – Pires Memphis Depay wants a Premier League return after an unfinished business at Manchester United, says Robert Pires. Depay…

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Real Madrid an attractive option for Hazrd, Pires

Premier league best Hazard what Real Madrid need

Hazard’s talent deserves a better club than Chelsea, and Real madrid is an attractive option – Robert Pires The Belgium captain has been mooted for a summer move away from…

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Kante should be restored to his favourite position, says Pires

Pires: Sarri making mistake with world best Kante

You don’t play best players out of their positions, Pires criticised Sarri for playing Kante out of position The former Arsenal midfielder is highly critical of Chelsea’s manager usage of…

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Alternative Awards - February

Spotkick’s Alternative Awards of the Month: February

Morata, Fiorentina, and Kepa get gongs this month, as this gobbledygook rears its head again

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Pique is the greatest defender of all-time.

Robert Fernandez: Pique is the greatest centre-back of all-time

The former Barcelona sporting director considers the 32 year-old the greatest centre-back of all time

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Neymar is a a spoiled man

Neymar is not a footballer, he is a spoiled man

Neto is the latest of the many ex-Brazil internationals to criticise and question Neymar ‘s talent. Former Brazil midfielder Jose Ferreira Neto has lashed out at Neymar describing him as…

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Ronaldo and Modric

Modric: Ronaldo is nearly irreplaceable

Luka Modric, thus, said in the absence of their ex talisman other team members must step up. The World Best Player maintained that his former teammate would be nearly irreplaceable…

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IFAB introduce new football rules

New Football rules for 2019-20 season

While football laws were tweaked, the progress of VAR was also assessed. The International Federation Association Board (IFAB) has confirmed tweaks in football rules ahead of the 2019-20 season. IFAB…

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Super Eagles: Rohr omits Iheanacho from Seychelles and Egypt games, Mikel still not called up

Leicester forward Iheanacho is, still to score in 2019, and has been excluded from the Eagles latest squad list, while Mikel won’t appear in any AFCON qualifying game

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Everton - Merseyside Derby

Anfield Scars still Remain for Everton, Who’d give a Fair bit to Derail Liverpool Title Chances

Things haven’t gone well for Everton since their Anfield setback in December, and this weekend lies a chance for revenge

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Ranieri

Breaking: Fulham sacks Claudio Ranieri

With the Fulham lying 19th in the league, they have sacked Claudio Raineri, who arrived at the club in November Claudi Ranieri has parted ways with Fulham after less than…

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My goal against Nigeria the best, Robero Baggio

Roberto Baggio: My goal against Nigeria the best

Roberto Baggio, the man of many beautiful goals described his goal against Nigeria as the best of his career. At the mention of the name ‘Roberto Baggio,’ there you have…

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Ahmed Musa celebrates Buhari

Ahmed Musa congratulates President Buhari

Ahmed Musa has taken to social media to celebrate Buhari, who won the February 23 Presidential poll The Super Eagles Vice Captain has congratulated the Septuagenarian on his re-election as…

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Claude Puel Leicester

So, Leicester City, What Happens Now?

Puel won no games since New Year’s day, but the conundrum has been the team’s failure to transition since their title-winning season

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Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool

Underwhelming Old Trafford Affair Means It’s Very Much All to Play for at the Top

It was a weekend in which little changed at the top, but everything seemed to, and the battle for the title and top four continues

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Sarri under pressure

Redknapp: I feel sorry for under fire Sarri

Sarri is in a tough position, according to the former England international Jamie Redknapp was astounded seeing Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga defied orders to be subbed off his manager Maurizio…

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Kepa was disrespectful

Kepa was disrespectful, says John Terry

A minute of disrespect from Kepa overshadowed Chelsea’s outstanding performance, says John Terry The former Chelsea captain accused the 19-year-old of lacking respect after he ignored Maurizio Sarri’s order of…

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Diego Simeone grabbing crotch

Diego Simeone: I never taught him balls-grabbing, father

Diego Simeone ‘s father reacted after seeing his son grabbing his balls. Carlos Simeone, the father of Diego Simeone revealed he was stunned seeing his son grabbing his balls in…

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Sarri, Chelsea better than Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas, Sarri is a stubborn coach

Sarri: Chelsea is better than Arsenal

Chelsea is in a final, and that makes them better than Arsenal, says Maurizio Sarri The Italian, who is under pressure at Chelsea will see his side face Man City…

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Man Utd v Liverpool

Incentives Aplenty for United this Weekend, but Liverpool Have Dreams of Their Own

United have top four aspirations to uphold, and can also put a spanner in Liverpool’s title works on Sunday

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Real Madrid only need to sell Marcelo

Not only Marcelo, Real Madrid need squad Overhaul

John Toshack, Madrid need complete squad overhaul Real Madrid’s problem is bigger than the issue with the Brazilian left-back, as half the squad should be overhauled, says former Los Blancos…

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Wenger good for Chelsea

Arsene Wenger should replace Sarri at Chelsea

Wenger still has points to prove, and he could do that by joining Chelsea, says David Seaman Seaman has said his former boss should consider taking the Chelsea job, should…

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Lyon 0-0 Barcelona

Lyon’s Defensive Steel against Barcelona Hints at Development for Youthful Side

If Lyon had been saving up their show of defensive steel, they used it to good effect against the Spanish champions

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Rabiot will succeed at Barcelona

Technically gifted Rabiot will succeed at Barcelona

Barcelona bound Rabiot has all ingredients needed to succeed at the club The midfielder, who is runnnig down his contract has been banned from PSG’s first team over contract dispute…

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Arsenal will will Ramsey, Wenger

Wenger: Ramsey departure, a great loss for Arsenal

Ramsey ‘s Juventus move, Arsenal’s loss, says Arsene Wenger The Welsh, last week, confirmed he would be ending his 11-year-association with the North London club when his contract runs out at the end of the season. Aaron Ramsey…

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Chelsea not a priority for Omeruo

Kenneth Omeruo: Chelsea return, not a priority

“Play a lot of games, improve, and ensuring Leganes finish in a comfortable position top the Chelsea loanee’s priority.” While it will be a “dream come true” to don the…

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Wimbledon 4-2 West Ham

Having Few Premier League Teams Left in the FA Cup Can’t be a Bad Thing

As the world’s oldest competition reaches the fifth round stage of its current season, Football League teams make up nine of the 16 teams left

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VAR Referee

For Us Cynics, Dread for the Premier League: VAR Really is Coming

Kunle Ajao talks his trepidation over VAR coming to the Premier League next season

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Ighalo moves to Shanghai

Ighalo joins Shanghai Shenhua from Yatai

Ighalo joins Shanghai Shenhua from fellow Chinese side Odion Ighalo has completed a move to Shanghai Shenhua from fellow Chinese side Changchun Yatai. The Super Eagles forward was earlier linked…

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Chelsea FC

(10km Offside) Chelsea Confirm Players Have Just Left Etihad Dressing Room

The Italian manager had apparently locked the squad in the away dressing room in Manchester for three days

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Wenger PSG are better than Man U

Wenger: PSG are miles better than United

Arsene Wenger said Paris Saint-German were miles better than Manchester United. Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe respectively, both set up by former player Angel di Maria, condemned the…

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Pogba saw red card, Pogba

Pogba should hang his head in shame

Paul Pogba had a turbulent start to the season, but he is witnessing a resurgence in form under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. The Frenchman has scored seven goals in…

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Dybala will stay at Juventus

Dybala: Messi and Neymar not enough to replace him

Signing Lionel Messi and former teammate Neymar might not be enough to replace Paulo Dybala, according to Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici. Amidst the ire between the attacker and Juventus…

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UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League Last 16: Spotkick’s Predictions

Spotkick’s finest predict who’ll go through from the Champions League last 16

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Maurizio Sarri has to adjust his style

Kluivert: Rigid Sarri must adjust to suit players

Patrick Kluivert has advised the Chelsea manager, who is a subject of criticism to be more flexible in his tactical approach. The 6-0 humiliation at Etihad on Sunday, was Chelsea…

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Real Madrid Club World Cup 2018

Real Madrid named World’s Biggest Club over Barça and Man U

Real Madrid have been named the World’s Biggest Club by French Football, and were followed closely by rival Barcelona. According to February Publication of the French magazine, Manchester United were…

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Zidane ’s departure has greater impact than that of King Ronaldo

Clarence Seedorf played for the Los Blancos from1996-2000, before moving to Italy – spending two years with Inter Milan, another 10 with rival AC Milan, and eventually ending his playing…

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Liverpool - Champions League

Liverpool, top favourite to win the Champions League – Seedorf

Though the Merseyside Red were a finalist last season, but have been unconvincing in the group stage this season, the former AC Milan midfielder has tipped them to be one of…

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Football in Nigeria

Hail Nigeria!! The Football-loving Nation that Never Acts the Part

Despite this nation’s acclaimed love for the sport, or any sport, obstacles at the early stages means we hardly give sport a lick

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Chelsea FC

Mikel on Chelsea struggle: Fantastic players but zero leader

John Mikel -Obi has attributed the struggle of his former club under Maurizio Sarri to the club missing their old-guards – as the current squad is missing true leaders. According…

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Cavani out of Manchester United clash

Paris Saint-German has confirmed the unavailability of the Uruguayan ahead of their Champions League Round 16 tie against Manchester United on Tuesday. PSG, who already will be without the service…

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Sarri, Chelsea better than Arsenal, Cesc Fabregas, Sarri is a stubborn coach

Sarri is turning Chelsea to Arsenal – Carragher

The Liverpool legend has claimed he could see a reminiscent of the Arsenal team towards the tail-end of erstwhile manager Arsene Wenger in the Maurizio Sarri Chelsea team. In surmising…

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Brighton 1-3 Burnley

Burnley Turn Back Clock and Serve Up Typical Stat-Shaming Victory at Brighton

This was 2017/18 Burnley in 2018/19, as they grabbed a result that almost made a mockery of the stats

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Inexperience cost Nigeria the 2008 Olympics, Nsofor

The 31-year-old was part of the Nigerian football team that won silver in 2008 at the summer Olympics in Beijing. Obinna Nsofor has claimed the majority of the players that…

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Stubborn and arrogant Mourinho is the best

Victor Obinna Nsofor has described the Portuguese as the best manager he ever worked with. Although Jose Mourinho and Nsofor only worked together for a season, with the 48 capped…

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UEFA Champions League

Spotkick’s Alternative Awards of the Month: January

Who were the real winners from January?

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Emiliano Sala: I’m in despair – father

With the help of a privately funded search led by marine scientist David Mearns, the plane carrying the missing player and pilot was found yesterday morning. The where about of…

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Kelechi Iheanacho

When Do We Start to Worry About Iheanacho?

Since the end of September 2016, the Nigerian has managed 13 club goals, and he has the look of a man lost.

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Alex Iwobi

Denis Suarez might take over Iwobi’s position – Carragher

The former Liverpool defender suggested the arrival of the Barcelona loanee might be a threat to the Nigerian position at the North London club Giving his verdict on the winter…

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Emiliano Sala missing plane found

The plane that was carrying the missing Cardiff City striker, Emiliano Sala, and pilot David Ibbotson has been found. A search boat located the wreckage on the seabed of the…

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Spurs 1-0 Newcastle

Amidst Fuss over Supposed Disaster, Plucky Son and Spurs Continue to Plug Away

Spurs have been showing resilience and dogged of late, and no one epitomises that like their South Korean forward

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Trip to London Stadium may show whether Liverpool’s fever is a one-off or symptom of something big

Whether that draw at Leicester stands in isolation or Liverpool are starting to feel the pressure of being leaders remains to be seen as they visit East London

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Two Nigerians who have previously played for FC Barcelona

The smile on Asisat Oshoala’s face could fill the length of Lagos-Ibadan expressway and still spread beyond as she poses with the blue and red stripes of FC Barcelona. Oshoala…

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Breaking: Barcelona sign Asisat Oshoala

The three-time African Women’s player of the Year has left China for a loan move to the Barcelona female team. Barcelona have completed the loan signing of Asisat Oshoala from…

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Fulham discover overdue backbone as hope of survival rekindles

Call it a cliché, but this is the sort of performance that can galvanise a team in such a position

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Benitez to get a medal should Liverpool win the league

Once a red, always a red? Benitez showed his redness, as he defied all odds – guiding his struggling Newcastle side to a 2-1 victory over Manchester City yesterday night….

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Marouane Fellaini agrees move to China

A move to end his 5-year association with Manchester United is on the desk for the Belgian, as reports have it that he has agreed a move to China. Marouane…

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FA Cup fifth round: Chelsea to host United

United, who saw off Arsenal at the previous stage have been drawn with another London club, Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. Holders Chelsea will play host to 12-time…

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Arsenal could sign two players, Emery

While the Arsenal coach was silent on names, he has predicted imminent arrivals at the club. Unai Emery has said Arsenal could sign two players before the end of the…

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I’m a striker with the heart of a midfielder, Bemzema

Karim Benzema has described himself as a No. 9 with the heart of a No. 10, following Real Madrid’s 4 – 2 win over Espanyol Amidst criticisms and calls for…

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AFCON 2019 draws

Winning AFCON is the big deal for the year – Pinnick

Various Nigerian football national teams will be at the front of either qualifications or tournament finals, but winning the 2019 African Cup of Nations has been set as the priority….

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Provocative Neymar is Fragile

1998 World Cup winner Bixente Lizzarazu suggested the former Barcelona forward must adopt a simpler method of playing. The Brazilian suffered an injury to his ankle in PSG 2 –…

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Sala ‘s search: Mbappe donates €30,000

A GoFundMe page was set up with other players including Adrien Rabiot and Dimitri Payet contributing Some of Europe’s top footballers including Kylian Mbappe have donated thousands of euros to…

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Official: Chelsea announce Higuain signing

The London club have announced the arrival of the 31-year-old from Italian side AC Milan. Chelsea have completed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain – on loan at AC Milan from…

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Victor Moses agrees Fenarbache move

The Chelsea outcast is on the verge of a loan move away from Chelsea to the Turkish side. According to reports in Turkey, Victor Moses is set for a medical…

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Balotelli joins Marseille

The Italian has agreed to move to the Stade Velodrome stadium on a free from fellow French side Nice. Mario Balotelli joins Marseille on a six-month deal until the end…

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Sarri is tarnishing Chelsea players’ image

Maurizio Sarri resigned to a collective criticisms of his players aftermath Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday. Sarri is putting his players’ images on the line with the collective…

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Mikel warns players going to Chinese league

Mikel sets for a shock move to England

The Super Eagles captain is on the brink of joining Tony Pulis side in the championship. John Mikel Obi has been linked with a shock move to Middlesbrough, who sit…

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Signs of jitters emerge at Liverpool, but that’s a bit secondary at the moment

You could tell by Jurgen Klopp’s celebrations after full-time, not just that they were so passionate and roaring, but also because those roaring acts of passion came not immediately the…

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Player power: Power lies with players, Ex-Super Eagles defender replies Mourinho

Former Super Eagles Ifeanyi Udeze has said the dynamism of the clause in players’ contract has vested some levels of powers in the players’ hands Responding to an assertion from…

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The Premier League is too robust for ageing Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain is a step closer to securing a move to Chelsea, but Seyi Olofinjana casts doubts over the Argentine being a success at Stamford Bridge. The 31-year-old, on loan…

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Olofinjana: Egypt are tactically superior toSuper Eagles

The erstwhile Super Eagles midfielder believes The Pharaohs are tactically better than the Super Eagles of Nigeria Tactically, Egypt are better than us {Nigeria}, but the Super Eagles are not…

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Real Madrid players objected Mourinho 's return

Spygate: I once hid in a laundry basket, Mourinho

Following the ‘spygate’ scandal at Leeds, Mourinho confirmed he hid in a laundry basket for Chelsea Champions League quarter-final tie with Bayern Munich in 2005. The Portuguese was punished with…

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I select my team based on Penis length, says female coach

Imke Wuebbenhorst, appointment as the coach of the men’s team at BV Cloppenburg – a club in the fifth tier of the German league, made her the first female coach…

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Neville: Winning Spurs not enough for Ole to get United job

It was an extended six wins in six games after Manchester United defeated Tottenham by 1-0 on Sunday, but Gary Neville has said that his former teammate should not get…

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Mata does not fit the United players’ profile – Neville

The former Manchester United captain argues that the Spaniard’s signing from Chelsea ridiculed his former side’s philosophy. Juan Mata was signed from Chelsea in the winter of 2013-14 season for…

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NPFL super six

Spotkick’s Alternative Awards of the Month: December

Episode Four: NPFL is back, baby! Even though no one will really care. It’s very fair to say Spotkick’s Alternative Awards train (let’s call it SAA) is a little late…

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Deschamp: Benzema had crossed the line

The France coach remains resolute over his decision that the Real Madrid striker won’t be back to the Les Blues squad under his helm. Didier Deschamps said Karim Benzema had…

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It was difficult under Mou, but I enjoy Freedom under Solskjaer, Pogba

The midfielder revealed he was relishing the freedom under his caretaker manager. Paul Pogba admitted that the system under former boss Jose Mourinho was difficult, and he was an admirer…

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Arsenal will will Ramsey, Wenger

Ramsey agrees Juve move

Olatosimi Fadahunsi The Welsh and Arsenal midfielder has agreed to join the Italian giant, according to Sky Italia. Aaron Ramsey will join Juventus upon the expiration of his contract at…

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Xavi: Messi is more important in Barcelona’s history than Ronaldo in Madrid’s

The Barcelona legend believes the Messi’s era is still on Deemed as the two greatest footballers of the modern era – sharing ten of the last eleven Ballon d’Or, with…

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Alexis Sanchez offers himself to Real madrid

The Chilean, who has found game time limited at Manchester United has been reported to have offered himself to the Los Blancos Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in…

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Messi like Federer, Ronaldo like Nadal – Cassano

Antonio Cassano likens Messi and Ronaldo to Tennis greats The 36-year old Italian striker has drawn comparison likened the talents of the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to that of…

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Turkish side signs Ghanian player with a gallon of olive oil

The football world has seen some crazy deals take place – but there has been one transfer in Turkey that had dominated the headlines for very different reasons. With multi-million…

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Messi has unique talent, he is better than Ronaldo – Aruna Quadri

The duo of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have shared the last ten Balon D’or awards between each other – winning five each, but the Ping Pong star believes Messi is…

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Pele: Neymar is more technically gifted than CR7 and Messi

Edson Arantes do Narscimento, popularly known as Pele has said that Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were the only superstars of football but the later was more technically gifted…

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Sarri sets his team to play well, but not always, Xavi

Pep Guardiola is the number one, but other coaches like Sarri play well as well   According to the former Barcelona midfielder, who listed the Chelsea coach amongst the few…

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Money talks, but how loud? Premier League table based on net spend in the summer

Funds. Funds. Funds. That’s almost always where the fingers are pointed these days in the game. The manager needs to be backed in the transfer window, this squad needs some…

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Real Madrid players objected Mourinho 's return

Mourinho looks to have sunk so low that any club willing to take a punt on him would appear absurd

And then he was gone. After Manchester United’s defeat at Liverpool, another instalment in their hall of insipid displays, the club finally decided the risk was no longer worth taking,…

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It Started in a Beer Parlour – Everything You Need to Know About the Legendary 99-1, India-Nigeria Fairytale Encounter

By Olatosimi Fadahunsi Famous football writer, Solace Chukwu, on the day of the draws for the FIFA 2017 U-17 World Cup, which India will be hosting from October 6-28 2017,…

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FIFA World Cup

Remembering Nigeria’s 2026 World Cup Triumph (10km Offside)

Spotkick goes to the future and takes a look at how will triumph in North America in 2026

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