Olatosimi Fadahunsi

Olatosimi Fadahunsi

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has said Arteta’s inexperience at the highest level would count against him if he should be appointed as the Arsenal manager.

Arteta, who captained Arsenal from 2013 until his retirement in 2016 has been mooted to replace the long serving former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who announced he would be stepping down at the helm of affairs at the club towards the end of last season.

Since his retirement in 2016, Arteta has been serving as one of Guardiola’s back room staff members in Man City.

With Arteta said to be the favourite of landing the Arsenal managerial, Campbell, who represented Arsenal from 1988 to 1995 said the Spaniard international would be a gamble for the club.

“He is a gamble obviously considering he’s not managed a club, in the club of the stature of Arsenal,” Campbell told Sky Sports.

Campbell adds that he does not see Arteta been saddled with the off field activities, as the board would rather prefer charging him only with on pitch activities.

“… I don’t think he will conduct all the managerial duties. He will conduct the football duties.” Campbell said.

 

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Former PSG and Sevilla manager, Unai Emery today, as emerged as a frontrunner to emerge as the new Arsenal manager.

Reports have it that the Spaniard will meet the Arsenal board today over the possibility of becoming the new Arsenal manager.

With Arteta said to have been bemused by the type of new structure at Arsenal – with the board said to be in total control of Arsenal’s transfers, Emery, who had work under same structure has been reported to be a frontrunner for the vacant  job.


The Erstwhile goalkeeper of the Super Eagles as compared playing at the World Cup with going to the Holy Pilgrimage of Mecca.

Ike Shorunmu, who was behind the sticks for Nigeria at the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup said players got an unprecedented treatment playing at the World Cup

Describing the feeling of playing at the World Cup in an interview with Punch, Shorunmu said: It’s the Mecca of football. When you appear at the World Cup, it’s like a president visiting another man’s country with the kind of treatment you are given by the hosts.

“It’s very interesting. Believe me, you can’t compare it to any other competition; it’s a special tournament. From the airport, you get a welcome party to your hotel, the security and atmosphere are amazing.”

The 35 capped international, who missed out on making the Eagles’ squad to the 1994 and 1998 World Cup described missing out at the latter as the worst memories of the World Cup.

He added that keeping Super Eagles’ first game at the 2002 World Cup, a game Nigeria lost 1-0 to Argentina was his best World Cup moment.

”I missed the 1998 World Cup and it remains my worst because there was a lot of noise that I would be there,” Shorunmu said.

“There was advertisement and even a shooting session ahead of the competition but it was like I was destined not to appear at that World Cup.”

He added, “My best moment was playing our first game against Argentina at Korea/Japan 2002. The pressure on the team was on me, that “Ike, you are the one we are hoping on.

“But I couldn’t do it alone, it’s a team work. But I achieved something at the World Cup with my performances against the Argentines.”


Bellerin too expensive for Barcelona - Balague says

Hector Bellerin is too expensive for Barcelona, says Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.

The 23-year-old La Masia product has been mooted for a return to Barca after he left the club for Arsenal in 2011.

But all hopes of bringing Bellerin back to the club in 2016 as long term replacement for former right back Dani Alves was dashed after the Spaniard signed a six-and-a-half-year contract with Arsenal in same year

Discussing Bellerin’s future and Barca’s summer plans, in a question and answer session tagged #AskGuillem on Twitter, though outlined that the La Liga champions needs a right back, Balague said Bellerin would be too expensive to bring in for the club in the summer.

“No, Hector Bellerin is too expensive.” Balague said. “As I said they {Barca} want a left-back and also a right back but the Arsenal star is too expensive.”

On Ousmane Dembele’s future at Barca, Balague added, “As for Dembele, as I said earlier, surprisingly enough Barca are considering loaning him out. First they thought he’s advancing well but now they realise he needs to get minutes and he won if Antoine Griezman arrives.

“They are waiting to see if Griezman arrives. They are to see if Griezman gets confirmed and if that’s the case they are looking at the possibility of letting him go out on loan.”

  

 


 

The Super Eagles were the first African side to qualify for the World Cup – going through the qualifying series unbeaten, but Garba Lawal claims the players don’t play like they want to leave a legacy behind.

 

The 44-year-old was part of the team that represented Nigeria at the 1998 edition of the World Cup in France. He scored one and provided another one in the historic 3-2 win comeback against Spain.

 

The Former Nigerian international talking to completesports about the Eagles’ chances going into the World Cup said the current Eagles’ team are short of quality compared to the 1998 set that quality in abundance.

 

“The 1994 and 1998 squads never depended on any player to get going when it got tough, Garba said.”

 

“But now when a player is out of the team due to one reason or the other, there’s problem, Nigeria start panicking. Then we had two quality players in every position and you can call on any player to fill in the void, but now, we will start thinking. Same cannot be said of this current squad.

 

“It baffles me most times - I wonder if the current crop of players ask themselves why many people still rate the 1994, 1996 and 1998 squad as the best Super Eagles team ever?

 

“They don’t show in their game that they want to leave a legacy behind with the way they play. There’s a problem already and they are comfortable dropping it at the feet of the coach.”

 

The Super Eagles will kick-start their World Cup campaign in Russia on June 16 against Croatia, before facing Iceland and Argentina on June 22 and 26 respectively.

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Garba Lawal warned that Nigeria would find the group very difficult.

 

The 57 capped international believes Nigeria being clinical and winning the opening game against Croatia is expedient if the team is to stand a chance of making it pass the group stage in Russia.

 

It’s not going to be easy for the Super Eagles, but we must be clinical.

 

“We must win games to go far in the tournament which is important. Our opening game against Croatia is a must win if we are to stand a chance of making it to the next round, Garba Lawal added.

 

 

 

 


Hachim Mastour has made himself name off the field for posting free style videos on YouTube, but Gennaro Gattuso said he had warned the 19-year-old to desist from the act.

Mastour, who has not made a Serie A appearance for AC Milan yet, in the past have had unsuccessful loan spell with the duo of Malaga and Pec Zwolle in the past.

Gattuso claimed Mastour, who according to Daily Mail had done freestyle with the likes of Neymar before, was more famous for his videos than playing.

The no nonsense coach said Mastour had improved after he had threatened to knock his teeth out.

 “We’ve talked a lot lately,” Gattuso, as quoted by football Italia. “I even threatened him because he became more famous for making videos than playing, but he doesn’t do that anymore because I told him I’d knock his teeth out!

“In recent months he’s improved some things in training and we decided to let him play in the Primavera.

“The train has passed but he’s not 50-years-old, he’s 20-years-old [in June] and I think he has to take stock of his mistakes.”

“He needs to play consistently, because we can see he’s lost some match sharpness. I’ve noticed a few improvements though.”

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Gattuso is a well-known name when it comes to some of his funny off-field football comments.

Spotkick reported that the coach had once told Cutrone, another Milan youngster, who bust into limelight this season to look for a girlfriend, who he will be having fun with


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 a better footballer than the Portuguese star.

Aruna Quadri has said Messi was a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo, describing the Argentine captain as a man with unique talent.

Barcelona icon and former Messi teammate, Xavi Hernandez, describing Messi last year said, Lebron James was the only sportsman that comes close to Messi in terms of talent

Speaking to UNILAG SUN (an annual publication by students of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos), the African No. 2 table tennis player said Messi stands out amongst other fooballers.

On the Messi and Ronaldo debate Aruna said, “Messi is the best because is talent is unique.”

The Nigerian International also chose Victor Moses, who he beats to win the 2017 Nigeria Sportsman Award as his favourite Nigerian football player.

Aruna Quadri, who is Nigeria’s No.1 table tennis player, is ranked as World No.22.

Last year, the 29-year-old defied all odds when he won the ITTF Polish Open - becoming the first African player to win an ITTF Open outside the shores of the continent.

 


FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed staging a new tournament, featuring eight international teams, every two years.

The tournament, known as the 'Final 8', would be the climax of a global Nations League competition, which is part of an ambitious plan to reform international football which FIFA believes could be worth $25billion in a 12-year cycle.

Infantino, according to Reuters, said an unidentified group of investors had proposed spending $25billion to secure the rights to the tournament, which would take place every October and/or November of every odd year starting from 2021.

The Confederations Cup, currently staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.

The letter did not clearly indicate how many slots would be allocated to each region.

The plans were sent by Infantino to the members of FIFA's decision-making Council which still has to approve them.

UEFA and its counterpart for North and Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF, have already set up Nations League contests in their own continents.

In both cases, the competitions involve all the national teams in their respective regions who are divided into divisions based on their rankings.

There is promotion and relegation between the divisions, as in conventional domestic club leagues. UEFA's inaugural competition will begin in September this year.

Other continents would have to set up similar competitions for the tournament to be viable.

 

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‘I don’t think of Andres Iniesta as a Barcelona player but a football player,’ said Zinedine Zidane.

Iniesta, today announced that he would be drawing the curtain on his 16 years association with the Barcelona at the end of the season

The current Barcelona longest serving player joined Barcelona as at the age of 12 – winning 31 major trophies with the Blaugrana.

In his word of admiration for the outgoing Barcelona captain, Zidane said he loved Iniesta because the Spanish international could do anything with the ball.

The Los Blancos gaffer also adds that he believes that the 33-year-old Iniesta should have won the Ballon d’Or award.

"It is difficult because if you like football, seeing a player like him leave is tough," Zidane as quoted by marca."I don't think of him as a Barcelona player. I see him simply as a football player.

"I've come across him two or three times and he is a charming, very reserved man and I like players who can do everything on the field but are that calm off it.

"I only have good words for him, admiration for his football and I wish him the best as a player for the future but above all, as a person.”

He added, "We're talking about someone who made everyone dream and he deserved to win the Ballon d'Or, especially in the year he won the World Cup."It was clear then that he deserved it."

I won’t be playing in Europe – Iniesta

Iniesta has been rumoured to be interested in a move to England – with a move to either Arsenal or Man City said to be on the desk for the 33-year-old.

The 2010 World Cup winner clear the air on such move, saying he does not see himself in any European club.

"When the season ends, there are things to close and to talk," Iniesta said.

"I have always said that I would never compete against my club, so all scenarios that are not Europe are in play."

Chinese side Chongqing Dangdai Lifan has been touted as the favourite to secure the services of Iniesta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The former Nigerian international believes Nigeria will need the service of Brown Ideye at the World Cup.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni has said that Malaga of Spain forward Brown Ideye will be needed to do dirty works for the Eagles in Russia.

According to the former Everton striker, ‘hardworking Brown Ideye should be the one to pair Odion Ighalo in Russia.

“I strongly believe (Odion)Ighalo is a good striker but he needs support from top strikers like Brown Ideye,” Aiyegbeni told Completesports.

“The strength of any good side is its ability to convert scoring chances, but we would need a good and hardworking supporting striker like Ideye to play behind Ighalo.

“Ideye is strong and can do the dirty work well. This will pave way for Ighalo to bang in the goals.”

The third highest scoring Nigerian international also advised Nigerians not to put pressure on Gernot Rohr and his team going into the World Cup.

He added, “I don’t think Nigerians need to pile pressure on this team because the World Cup is no child’s play.

“They should just support the team and let the players express themselves.

“They do not need the pressure now, let’s not set any target for the team if really we want to get the best from them.”

Nigeria has been drawn in the Group D of the 2018 World Cup alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

 

 

 

 

 


The 21-year-old centre back talks up some of the habits in the Real Madrid first team squad – picking Dani Carvajal as the most superstitious, the most active in the WhatsApp groups and the keenest videogamer.

Jesus Vallejo revealed also that talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as the best impersonator of the squad.

Has written on the Marca website, Vallejo named Marcos Llorente as the healthiest, Marco Asensio as the main nutmegger, Cristiano Ronaldo as the best impersonator, Isco as the biggest fan of a siesta, Sergio Ramos as the squad DJ, Nacho as the one who provides the best recommendations for Madrid and as the one who acts the most like a coach, Marcelo as the one who sings the most in the shower and Toni Kroos as the biggest techie.

He chose Kiko Casillas and Marco Asensio as the two who love their TV series and who recommend shows to young defender.

Vallejo also revealed that he was the one with the best collection of swapped shirts because he appreciated those he had collected.

Jesus Vallejo, who joined Real Madrid in 2007 at the age of 10 has made a total of 10 appearances for the Los Blancos’ first team this season.


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