Football

Champions League

UEFA Champions League: How the past 20 Defending Champions have started and how they ended

How did every Champions League holder of the past two decades start off?

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EndSars: Beyond hashtags, Eagles must boycott Tunisia game.

Nigerian youths are on the streets, demanding unfrustrated existence. The barest need of any human being. The Super Eagles are gearing up to play a friendly match against Tunisia on…

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Troost-Ekong joins Watford

Troost-Ekong signs five-year contract with Watford

English Championship side Watford have completed the signing of the Super Eagles defender from Udinese William Troost-Ekong, having spent two years with Udinese, yesterday, sent a farewell message to the…

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Efe Ambrose lands coaching job

Scottish side Livingston appoints Efe Ambrose as coach

There’s plenty of experience to tap from Efe Ambrose — Livingston FC. Livingston Football Club has appointed Efe Ambrose as an assistant coach of its reserve team. The former Super…

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Manchester City

City’s Vulnerabilities Exposed Again in Archetypal Defeat

You could say City are like a well-stocked knight, with great armour but a horribly exposed jaw

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Arsenal Anfield

Eerie Anfield presents ample opportunity for Arsenal to end Liverpool run

Facing Liverpool at a Kop-less Anfield on Monday night might give the Gunners the best chance to end the champions’ home run

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Oliseh on AFCON 2000 final

Nigerians can make the noise, Cameroon deserve 2000 AFCON – Oliseh

It would have been a wonderful gift for Nigerians, but the Indomitable Lions deserved to be crowned champions of Africa in 2000, says Sunday Oliseh. Nigeria succumbed on penalties to…

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2020/21 Questions

2020/21 Preview: Questions for the new Season

Will Inter combust with Conte or explode? How will Valencia’s season turn out? That and more questions for the new season

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NPFL, CAF ranks NPFL

League Ranking: CAF reveals NPFL’s position in Africa

Africa’s football governing body has released its annual rankings ahead of football league resumption on the continent. Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been ranked the eighth-best on the African…

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2020/21 Predictions

10 Bold Predictions for the 2020/21 Season

Wolves for top four, Schalke and Newcaste to go down, Napoli to win Serie A? Kunle Ajao sticks his neck on the line ahead of the new season

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Cash and Carry: Nigerian footballers transferred or about to move this past week.

This column is a quick summary of the big transfer moves and links involving Nigerian footballers from around the world. The most coveted Nigerian talents and their suitors get under…

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Super Falcons new coach

Super Falcons set to get a new coach

Super Falcons new coach: A new coach will be announced for the Super Falcons soon, says the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Since erstwhile manager Thomas Dennerby resigned last October, the…

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EAGLES WILL CONQUER THE WORLD - ENYEAMA, Super Eagles friendly

Super Eagles to face I’Coast, Tunisia, in October.

Super Eagles friendly: Nigeria to battle the two African powerhouses in a friendly match in Austria. Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has announced that the Super Eagles would face…

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Mido on Messi

Messi’s departure the best thing for Koeman.

Messi’s potential departure will aid Ronald Koeman to build his empire at Barcelona, says Ahmed Hossam Mido The Egyptian who played under Koeman at Ajax revealed that the Netherland gaffer…

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Darren Bent slams Iwobi

Iwobi not good enough for Everton – Darren Bent

Bent considers Alex Iwobi’s end product appalling. Urges Everton to get Wilfred Zaha, who he considers an upgrade on the Super Eagles player. Iwobi had an underwhelming first campaign with…

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UEFA Champions League winners

UEFA Champions League: First Eight Winners since ’93 and what Happened 20 Years Later

The first eight winners of the Champions League since 1993; how did they look like 20 years after their titles?

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Osimhen & Vardy, they chase everything in sight

Celestine Babayaro believes Kelechi Iheanacho is more clinical than Victor Osimhen but says the latter is more deadly. Likens the new Napoli acquisition to Leicester City’s forward Jamie Vardy. Former…

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Mikel, Mikel-Obi

Mikel-Obi distance self from Biafra agitation

I’m only focused on football, says John Mikel-Obi Says never at a time he had any discussion with anyone over Biafra agitation. A new move ahead of the 2020-21 season…

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Mikel

Mikel Obi joins Stoke City

The Former Super Eagles captain returns to the English championship Becomes the Potters’ fourth signing of the season. English Championship side Stoke City have announced the signing of John Mikel-Obi…

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Willian joins Arsenal

I joined Arsenal to win trophies – Willian

The Brazilian left Chelsea after his contract expired but will remain in London after penning a three-year deal with Arsenal. Arsenal have confirmed that Willian has signed a three-year deal…

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Atalanta PSG

Atalanta’s Death at the Last sees Modern Football Rip one from us Again

For most of this game, Atalanta had won. But when the nerves set in, and legs went, the dream followed.

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Premier League

Premier League 2019/20 Grades – Part Two

From the dethroned champions, to two of the best coached teams in the league, here’s part two of our grades

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Premier League Grade

Premier League 2019/20 Grades – Part One (Arsenal – Liverpool)

From Arsenal looking promising, to the champions, here’s Part One of our Premier League 2019/20 grades

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NBC's new amendment

NBC ‘s new Amendment: The end of football viewership in Nigeria?

Are you a football fan in Nigeria? If no, you can still be here. If yes, this is for you: the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), with its barrel of the…

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Victor Osimhen

Pinnick: Victor Osimhen will break Maradona Napoli’s records

Victor Osimhen is on the verge of becoming the most expensive Nigerian footballer ever, and a proud Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)President has boasted that the youngster would smash the legendary…

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Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka: I’m proud of my Nigerian heritage

Bukayo Saka has admitted that picking between Nigeria and England will be a tough choice. The Arsenal starlet, deemed as one of the more interesting lads in world football has…

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho nominated for Award

Kelechi Iheanacho will be vying for Leicester City’s goal of season at the club’s End Of Season awards. The Nigerian international’s strike was the lone goal that helped the Foxes…

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“He’s African he must have killed somebody for the owner.” Emenalo reveals the level of racism he suffered at Chelsea

Former Nigerian international, Michael Emenalo recalls the contempt his heritage brought him during his stint as Director of Football at Chelsea. In an interview with The Guardian, the 55-year-old reflects…

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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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Osimhen transfer

Serie A racism stalling Osimhen’s Napoli move – Agent

Osimhen ‘s transfer: The young forward is being lined up for a move to Naples, but his agent has revealed racism in Italy is a big concern. Osita Okolo, Osimhen’s…

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Timo Werner turns blue

Timo Werner turns ‘Blue’

Werner transfer agreed with RB Leipzig, says Chelsea Chelsea football club have agreed to an agreement with German Bundesliga side to sign Timo Werner The German forward has agreed a…

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Leon Balogun joins Wigan

Official: Leon Balogun signs permanent deal with Wigan

Leon Balogun joins Wigan on a permanent short-term deal The English Championship side has announced that the Nigerian would ply his trade with the club until the end of the…

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Arsenal extend players contracts

Arsenal extend four players’ contract.

Four players extend stay at Arsenal, says the club. Arsenal have confirmed contract extension for the quartet of David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, and Dani Ceballos. The duo of…

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Yakubu miss

Ten Years on from Nigeria 2-2 South Korea and that miss in Durban

It was the 66th minute, when Youssuf Ayila drove that low cross and Yakubu side-footed the ball wide from about four yards out.

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Paul Pogba

Pogba’s cameo offers Reminder of his Brilliance and Importance to United

Over the past four years, Pogba has had to do many things at United. But against Spurs, he had one task; get United looking up again

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Moses Simon joins Nantes permanently

Moses Simon makes Nantes move permanent

The French Ligue 1 side has triggered the option to sign Moses Simon on a permanent deal. Moses Simon has agreed to a four-year deal with French side Nantes, after…

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Football return

Football’s Grand Return equals Goodbye having Football to look forward to

Sit back and salivate as the beautiful game makes its return in many parts of the world. Then watch the sparkle wear off

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Wilfred Ndidi on replacing Kante

Wilfred Ndidi: replacing Kante was scary

I felt intimidated with the expectation of replacing Ngolo Kante at Leicester City – Wilfred Ndidi Says his success to fulfill such expectation has been down to him conceding that…

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Eagles target is the semis, 0Gernot Rohr., Rohr struggles African oppositions, World Cup draw, Rohr recalls Iheanacho, Gernot Rohr extends contract

Pinnick confirms Gernot Rohr ‘s contract extension

I never lost confidence in Gernot Rohr’s ability, says the Nigeria Football Federation President. Says the targets for Franco-German is to win the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and qualify…

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Brown Ideye

AFCON 2013: NFF bought our return tickets before I’Coast clash – Brown Ideye

The Nigeria Football Federation gave the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning team zero chance, says Brown Ideye Revealed that the NFF already bought return tickets for the team ahead…

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May 10 2000

20 Years on From Final Day of PL 1999-2000

In 2000 Bradford pipped Wimbledon to Premier League survival as Leeds finished third ahead of Liverpool. The domino effect was big

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Taye Taiwo

Keshi’s ‘dodgy deals’ forced me out of Super Eagles – Taye Taiwo

I left the Super Eagles because I don’t want to be associated with dirty glory, says Taye Taiwo. In the wake of the bribery allegations that have been rocking the…

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Yakubu missed goal

Yakubu: Nigerians still message me over missed goal

The 57-capped Nigeria international revealed he still got lampooned by Nigerians but said he had no regret representing the country. Yakubu Aiyegebeni is Nigeria’s third all-time goal scorer; however, the…

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Kanu my best January signing, says Wenger

Kanu my best January signing – Arsene Wenger

The former Arsenal boss, who spoke of his disdain for the mid-season transfer chose Nwankwo Kanu as his best January transfer signing. Two years after joining Arsenal, Arsene Wenger signed…

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Victor Moses

Not Messi or Hazard, Victor Moses my toughest opponent – Luke Shaw

‘I’m not joking – Victor Moses was the toughest I ever faced – albeit I was young when i squared up against him’ – Luke Shaw. The Manchester United left-back…

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Emmanuel Amuneke on Guardiola

Amuneke on playing with Pep Guardiola

As a player he showed the capacity of being a manager, Emmanuel Amuneke on Pep Guardiola The ex-Nigeria international played alongside the Manchester City manager at Barcelona from 1996-2001. While…

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Alex Iwobi

Iwobi is inconsistent, Nigeria needs a proper No. 10 – Yobo

Magical Iwobi unpredictable and inconsistent. Jay-Jay Okocha and Wilson Oruma the last set of proper No. 10 the Super Eagles had, according to Joseph Yobo Not many people’s opinion could…

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Enyeama: reason i turned down Arsenal

Enyeama: Reason I turned down Arsenal twice

Vincent Enyeama: reason I turned down Arsenal, as he revealed he turned down North London club duo of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs Said he was also close to joining Portuguese…

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Babayaro on Joseph Yobo

Yobo slams French doctors over racism, pats Drogba & Eto’o

Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo fumes at racism comments from French doctors Joseph Yobo has branded comments by two French doctors that Africa should be used as a Corona…

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Covid-19 Football

Football hiatus might be ample time to Refuel and Rethink

It’s naïve to think a return of football will come with level-headedness, but if this is not a time to have a think about the state of the game, when is?

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COVID 19: NFF suspends football

Covid 19: NFF suspends football activities in Nigeria

NFF suspends football: Football activities in Nigeria shut down for four weeks The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the suspension of all football-related activities in the country for four…

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Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid

Atleti find Paradise in Anfield on Manic Night

Atletico needed paradise, and it was probably fitting that Anfield was the ground where they’d find it.

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Leipzig 3-0 Spurs

Well-oiled Leipzig leave Spurs in the Dust

Leipzig seemed two steps ahead, like they’d played this exact game before or rehearsed the whole thing to pan out as anticipated.

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Ike Shorunmu question Rohr

Shorunmu questions Rohr’s squad for Sierra Leone clash

Ike Shorunmu bemoans the inclusion of just a single home-based player for the clash against the Lone Stars. Says the under-representation of the Nigerian Professional League in Rohr’s 24-man squad…

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EAGLES WILL CONQUER THE WORLD - ENYEAMA, Super Eagles friendly

This generation of Eagles will conquer everyone – Enyeama

Vincent Enyeama hails the 24-man squad released by Rohr for Sierra Leone clash Enyeama has tipped the current crop of players in the Nigerian team to conquer the world. Gernot…

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Eagles must treat AFCON opponents with respect - Rohr, Desperate Nigerian coaches want Rohr sacked - Pinnick, Nwankwo Kanu on Rohr, Rohr recalls Iheanacho

Rohr recalls Iheanacho, invites 23 others for Sierra Leone

2021 AFCON qualifiers: Rohr recalls Iheanacho for the clash against Sierra Leone As the Franco-German hands, the duo of Kingsley Ehizibue, who plies his trade as a defender with FC…

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Ndidi injury update

We don’t want to lose him again – Rodgers update on Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi has not recuperated fully on an injury he picked up late January, but Leicester City manager has confirmed that the Nigeria international is nearing a return. The combative…

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Celestine Babayaro on Yobo

Good appointment done in wrong way – Babayaro slams Yobo’s appointment

I don’t care if it’s an ex (player) or whoever, make sure you appoint the right person that knows the job.

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I want to help India surprise the world - Precious Dede

Precious Dede: I want to help India surprise the world

The Nigerian legend said she always had his eyes on coaching Revealed she took up coaching in India to help the country shocked the world at the upcoming FIFA U-17…

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Bukayo Saka

Football started with my brother Yomi – in the words of Saka

The Arsenal youngster revealed he started learning how to play football from a tender age but never thought of making it to the first team Bukayo Saka ‘s blistering form…

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Jose Mourinho Spurs

Spurs and Mourinho seem Cuffed together, and Failure is no Option

Spurs and Jose are stuck with each other, like two prisoners handcuffed together, and failure is not an option

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Solksjaer on Ighalo

Solksjaer: Ighalo offers United different value

The United boss played down the Nigerian striker was a makeshift for injured striker Marcus Rashford. Solksjaer on Ighalo: He offers different value from Rashford. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer says Odion Ighalo offers different value to his team, as compared to Rashford, describing the Nigerian as…

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Dick biting player

D*ck biting player banned for 5 years

D*ck biting player: A Player in France has been banned for five years for biting opponent’s d*ck An amateur footballer in France has been banned for five years after biting an opponent’s…

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Atletico Madrid 1-0 Liverpool

Atleti don Old Cholismo costume and grab Archetypal Win

There were no qualms about style against Liverpool. This was a chance for Atletico to be Atletico again

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Joseph Yobo can be the new Keshi - Pinnick

Pinnick: Joseph Yobo can be the new Keshi

Amaju Pinnick backs the appointment of Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles assistant coach The Nigeria Football Federation President says the idea is to nurture the former Captain of the team…

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UCL man of the match award

UEFA introduce Champions League MOM awards

Official: UEFA Champions League Man of the Match award introduced UCL Man of the Match Award: The European governing body has announced introducing Man of the Match award to its…

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UEFA Champions League Last 16

UEFA Champions League Last 16: Spotkick Predicts

With the knockout ties set to kick off this mid-week, spotkick’s finest embark try – and fail – to get it right as regards to who makes the quarter-finals

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Joseph Yobo, Babayaro on Yobo

NFF appoints Yobo as assistant coach

Joseph Yobo will replace Imama Akpakabo as the assistant coach of the Super Eagles The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed the Super Eagles joint most-capped player as the assistant coach…

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AFCON 2000 Final: The day Nigeria suffers daylight robbery

It seemed victory was here. It looked like this was theirs to lose. The nearly 60,000 roaring Nigerian crowd could feel the warm glow of the much-needed, pride-restoring revenge against…

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Wilfred Ndidi, Oliseh on Ndidi

Best DM Ndidi would fit at Man City – Oliseh

Wilfred Ndidi has is the best defensive midfielder, according to Sunday Oliseh. The former Super Eagles coach and captain tipped Wilfred Ndidi to fit in at Manchester City. Since making…

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Gernot Rohr: Eagles no longer have superstars, AFCON qualifiers injury update

AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr provides Eagles injury updates

Gernot Rohr allays injury worries ahead of next months African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers Nigeria sits aloft the Group L of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers after a 2-1 win…

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Austin Ejide

Austin Ejide wants a Super Eagles recall

Ejide says he can be Nigeria’s Essam El-Hadary The Veteran goalkeeper posits that the uncertainty surrounding Nigeria’s goalkeeping department could pave the way for him Six years after he was…

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Super Eagles, Odion Ighalo

Rohr bent on a Super Eagles recall for Ighalo

We would like to have Odion Ighalo in the Super Eagles – Rohr Odion Ighalo, who joined Manchester United on a six-month loan deal on the closing day of the…

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Sanchez Flores on Ighalo

Ighalo not ready to play for United – Sanchez Flores

It might take over a month before Odion Ighalo hits full gear at Manchester United, says Quique Sanchez Flores The coach believes the Nigerian frontman isn’t ready for first-team action…

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Eagles must treat AFCON opponents with respect - Rohr, Desperate Nigerian coaches want Rohr sacked - Pinnick, Nwankwo Kanu on Rohr, Rohr recalls Iheanacho

Rohr should stay or go? Nwankwo Kanu gives his takes

Gernot Rohr is not doing bad, says the former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu: Nigeria shouldn’t go for another coach, but Rohr must improve his team. Nigeria has the capacity…

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

Messi owns football, he’ll play till the age he likes

‘Complete Messi’ owns football, according to Javier Mascherano Javier Mascherano spoke in awe of his erstwhile teammate at both international and club level, describing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner understanding…

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Arsenal sign Pabl Mari

Arsenal confirm signing of Flamengo defender

Pablo Mari of Flamengo joins Arsenal on loan. Pablo Mari will be Arteta’s first signing as the Spanish defender on-loan signing from Brazilian side Flamengo has been confirmed by Arsenal….

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Nigeria v Tunisia 2004

Classic Match: Nigeria 1-1 Tunisia (February 11, 2004)

Four of the first five penalties went away from the ‘keeper, to his right; the only one that didn’t was Odemwingie’s, the one that was saved

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Arsenal

Signing in January is 50:50 – Arteta gives update on transfer

Arsenal transfer update: Arteta says signing a player in January is 50:50 Mikel Arteta held the transfer news card to his chest when quizzed on Arsenal transfer update. The Spaniard,…

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Chelsea

Chelsea set to end 5-year shirt association with Yokohama

Yokohama would stop being Chelsea official shirt sponsor from July, the club announced. Chelsea agreed to the Japanese company being her Official Global Tyre Partner. Chelsea Football Club announced that…

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Gabriel Martinelli

I would always dream of being Ronaldo – Martinelli

Gabriel Martinelli says Ronaldo Delima is his idol. Gabriel Martinelli has picked his countryman and a Brazilian legend as his idol, saying “I would always dream of being Ronaldo.” Signed…

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Odriozola signs for Bayern

Madrid’s Odriozola joins Bayern Munich

Alvaro Odriozola joins Bayern Munich till the season ends. The Spanish right-back joined the Los Blancos in the summer of 2018, but lack of game time at the Spain capital…

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Eagles target is the semis, 0Gernot Rohr., Rohr struggles African oppositions, World Cup draw, Rohr recalls Iheanacho, Gernot Rohr extends contract

World Cup draw: Our opponents are tricky, says Rohr

World Cup draw: Gernot Rohr warns his side must be at their best to for Qatar 2022 According to the Franco-German, Nigeria was handed a tricky World Cup draw. Wilfred…

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Moses sets to rejoin Conte at Inter

Former Super Eagles winger Victor Moses is set to join his former coach Antonio Conte at Internationale Milan on loan with an initial €10 million option to buy embedded in…

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Liverpool Thanos

Like Thanos in Infinity War, Liverpool are made of Pure Will

Like Thanos in Infinity War, The Reds are just too strong. Just too willed. They don’t look like they can be touched

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Barcelona Quique Setien

Does Setien’s appointment make this Season a free run for Barcelona? Surely not…

Barcelona will have to have patience in the new man but does that make the rest of this season a given?

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Zidane

I accept being a lucky coach – Zidane

I’ve been lucky all my life, Zidane response to being seen as a “lucky manager.” Zinedine Zidane won nine major titles – which include three straight UEFA Champions League trophies,…

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Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid, Zidane on Valverde

Zidane reacts to Barca’s Valverde sacking

“I’m sorry for him,” Zidane on Valverde. Zidane on Valverde sacking, “I’m sorry for him,” but that’s the standard at Barcelona and Real Madrid, the Real Madrid boss said ahead of Real Madrid’s game against Sevilla…

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Xavi on why he rejects coaching Barcelona

Xavi: Reason I turned down Barcelona

It was too soon, the Barcelona icon explains why he chose not to replace Ernesto Valverde Why Xavi Hernadez hopes he could one day be in the Barcelona dugout, he…

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Ndidi an upgrade on Torreira, Agbonlahor

Agbonlahor: Ndidi an upgrade on Torreira

Gabriel Agbonlahor urges Arsenal to sign the Leicester City midfield. The former Aston Villa frontman sees Ndidi as an upgrade on Torreira, who currently holds the midfield for the north…

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Ighalo: Reason I left Watford for China

Odion Ighalo has revealed the utmost reason why he left Watford and journey into the Far East for greener pastures. He confessed money was the wheel of the drastic action….

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Onazi

Ogenyi Onazi joins new club in Turkey

Trabzonspor terminates the contract of Ogenyi Onazi The Nigerian joins a new club in the Turkish league The Nigerian, who was released by Trabzonspor earlier on Wednesday has now joined…

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Puyol praises Valverde

Puyol full of praise for sacked Valverde

The former Blaugrana captain heaped praise on Ernesto Valverde with the way he conducted himself while his future was unclear at the club. Valverde, on Sunday evening, was sacked as…

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Ndidi injury update

Rodgers provides Ndidi injury update

Wilfred Ndidi injury update: surgery successful says, Brendan Rodgers. The Nigerian is expected to be on the sideline for up to four weeks Wilfred Ndidi picked up an injury in…

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Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City

For how long will United and Ole hide behind ‘Building a Future’?

These displays have been more than common for Manchester United, and how long will the club and manager keep hiding behind building a future?

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Super Eagles

Super Eagles in the Decade: Our Writers have their Say

Our Writers pick their bits and pieces about the Super Eagles over the concluding decade

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Arsenal

Signs of Progress should bring Arteta optimism, but Arsenal-ness will be hard to wipe Off

Arteta might want to take the positives from this game, but the most Arsenal thing to happen did happen.

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Mikel Arteta

Ruthless Arteta: 5 major talking points from first interview

Mikel Arteta, on Saturday, watched from the Goodison Park’s stand his new side 0-0 apathetic draw with Everton. Less than 24 hours earlier, addressing journalists for the first time as…

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Taribo

Taribo: Corrupt NFF sinking football that unites Nigerians

Football is the only thing that unites Nigeria, but corrupt officials are killing the game, says Taribo West Fighting the officials is unrealistic because they’ve paid everyone. Ex-players are tired seeing what they’ve worked for go the drain A crusade…

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Gernot Rohr: Eagles no longer have superstars, AFCON qualifiers injury update

No Okocha & Kanu, Eagles no longer have superstars – Rohr

The Franco-German coach says the Super Eagles have less big names unlike in the past Says the present team relies on team spirit Hopes Nigeria can get back to the days of…

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Nigeria latest FIFA ranking

FIFA ranking: Nigeria end 2019 as 31st best

Nigeria latest FIFA ranking: Super Eagles end the year as 31st in the world, 3rd in Africa. The Super Eagles of Nigeria last month moved in the FIFA ranking from…

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Precious Dede

Why Precious Dede was recruited to coach India’s aspiring GKs

Thomas Dennerby has revealed why he chose Precious Dede as part of his backroom staff for India’s Women U-17 team. Dennerby, a veteran female coach with appearances at the women’s…

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Osimhen hospitalized during game

Super Eagles’ striker Victor Osimhen was rushed to the hospital during Tuesday’s French Cup game between his team, Lille and AS Monaco. The 20-year-old had pull the The Great Danes…

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Gattuso

Gattuso: Napoli will face Barca without fears

The newly appointed Napoli manager is charged up for the Round 16 meetings with the Blaugrana. Napoli head coach Gennaro Gattuso says his team isn’t afraid to take on the…

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Chukwueze, Maja on Chelsea’s transfer list

Chelsea FC have reportedly listed Super Eagles’ duo of Samuel Chukwueze and Josh Maja amongst the attacking options up for January recruitment, as Frank Lampard intends splash £150 million on…

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Kennedy Boboye, new Akwa United coach

I’ll discuss contract after first game – new Akwa United coach

Talks on my contract will commence after first game, reveals new Akwa United coach Kennedy Boboye Following the resignation of erstwhile manager John Obuh, Akwa United, yesterday, announced the appointment…

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NPFL players won't be forced on me, says Rohr

No campaign will force NPFL players on me – Rohr

NPFL players need to show they’re good enough to compete with foreign pros, says Rohr The Super Eagles coach has maintained his stance that he won’t be pressured into including…

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Chukwueze Arsenal move

Chukuwueze rues missing out on Arsenal move

Samuel Chukwueze – Arsenal, Porto and Salzburg failed moves have made me stronger. The Villareal winger starred at the 2015 U-17 World Cup, where he emerged as the Bronze ball…

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Premier League Grade

Louis Saha: Alex Iwobi needs to be more clinical

Only when Iwobi is more clinical and consistent that we’ll see his true quality – Saha Alex Iwobi moved to Everton on the last day of the last summer transfer…

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William Troost Ekong

Troost-Ekong should have played for Holland

Ekong could have been part of the Dutch team, says Raphael van der Vaart The former Real Madrid and Netherland midfielder revealed he told the Super Eagles centre-back to opt…

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Arsenal sack Emery

Arsenal sack Emery, announce interim manager

Arsenal sack Emery: The London club part company with Unai Emery after 18 months Arsenal sack Emery over poor results and performances, according to the board. The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-German manager…

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FIFA ranking Nigeria

Nigeria moves up 4-spot in FIFA ranking

FIFA ranking: Nigeria now 31st in the world and 3rd in Africa Nigeria FIFA ranking soars, as the team moves 4-spots from 35 to 31 in November ranking. Super Eagles…

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Galatasaray 1-1 Club Brugge - UCL Group Stage

Club Brugge’s celebrations highlight Pointlessness of Group Stages

Club Brugge’s celebrations were because they were on the cusp demotion to the the Europa League, but does it really mean anything?

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Sunday Oliseh speaks on Mou, Pep, and Klopp

Nearly impossible for Mourinho to match Pep & Klopp

Dethroning Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp is a “Kilimanjaro” task for Mourinho, says Sunday Oliseh Sunday Oliseh describes the Liverpool and Manchester City manager as the two best coaches in…

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Oliseh on Mourinho

Oliseh: Spurs’ job final straw for almost forgotten Mourinho

Oliseh on Mourinho: Failure at Tottenham could force him into early retirement. Mourinho was appointed Tottenham Hotspurs manager on Wednesday following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino. The Portuguese has been…

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yakubu Aiyegbeni miss

Yakubu Aiyegbeni: A proof one mistake can define a footballer

Yakubu Aiyegbeni ‘s miss: How one mistake shapes a view of a footballer On a cold Durban night in June 2010, on the well-manicured lush green lawn of the massive…

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Rohr contract extension

Sports Minister to Rohr: local coaches need your experience

Rohr contract extension: support for domestic football cog, says Sunday Dare. Nigeria’s Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has charged the Super Eagles gaffer to show more support…

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Gareth Bale

The Big Reason why Bale and Real haven’t parted ways is Pointless

The relationship between Bale and Real Madrid has very much died, yet leaving seems to be the problem

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Jose Mourinho

Welcome Back to the Jose Mourinho Show

The people are already getting dumbfounded and befuddled. It hasn’t even really begun, but The Jose Mourinho Show is already garnering viewers and anticipation

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Nigeria 2009

Nigeria 2009: A Decade on from Hosting the U-17 World Cup

10 years ago today, the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria came to an end. What was it like, and what did it do for our football?

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Wenger joins FIFA

Wenger joins FIFA as chief of Global Football Development

Wenger joins FIFA: FIFA announces the Frenchman as their Chief of Global Football Development Arsene Wenger joins FIFA has the organisation new Chief of Global Football Development The Frenchman, who…

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Pep vs Oliver

Michael Oliver’s wrist broken after Pep’s handshake

Pep vs Oliver: No sinner should go unpunished – bald fraud’s camp says on Oliver’s broken wrist Pep vs Oliver: A spotkick source close to the English Premier League referee…

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Unai Emery

It Remains Difficult to Make Out what Arsenal are under Emery

It’s not that Arsenal’s tactics are not working, or that they’re tactically predictable. It’s that no one has a clue what Emery and Arsenal are doing.

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Messi free-kick record

Messi free-kick record stunning, but is he the GOAT?

Two free-kick goals for Messi against Celta Vigo, but where does he rank amongst free-kick GOATs? For a fluffing Barcelona side which ran out 4-1 winner against Celta Vigo, Lionel…

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Samuel Eto'o slams Ballon d'Or award

African players not respected – Eto’o slams Ballon d’Or

Samuel Eto’o slams Ballon d’Or award says Western media influence vote The Cameroonian legend has bemoaned the chances of African players winning the award. Samuel Eto’o slams Ballon d’Or award,…

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Levante 3-1 Barcelona

Somehow, Barcelona look Worse Off after Positive Summer

Barcelona’s funk can’t be denied, and players have come out to say something has to change. Maybe the manager?

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Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Next Three Crucial for Watford to get Up and Running

11 games have been played, and evidently Watford have a lot more work to do to arrest the slide

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NPFL, CAF ranks NPFL

Drama. Independence. Violence. Tosh; The Best League in the World is Back (10km Offside)

Step forward, the NPFL; A league so intriguing that by the time you read this, the kick-off date might have been pushed back again

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Christian Pulisic

Maybe Now we Might get Some Level-headedness towards Pulisic

His mates may have reminded him of what to do after the match, but Pulisic sure did refresh our memory of what he does during matches

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Stephen Odey: From the Obscurity of Agege to the Spot-light of UEFA Champions League

From lining up against chain-smoking louts of Agege to scoring against Ballon D’Or nominees Alisson and Van Dijk, Stephen Odey is indeed the embodiment of the expensive ghetto to greatness dream

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Super Eagles FIFA ranking

Super Eagles drop again in FIFA ranking

Super Eagles FIFA ranking: Nigeria drops in October ranking Super Eagles of Nigeria FIFA ranking have further nosedived – as the team witnessed a second consecutive dropdown. Last month 2-2…

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Emile Heskey on Chelsea and Lampard

Top-six finish is a great season for Chelsea – Heskey

Top-six more realistic for a young Chelsea team says Emile Heskey A fan of the youthful Chelsea set up under Frank Lampard, Heskey sees a top-six finish for the west…

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Aubameyang defenders nightmare

Heskey: Aubameyang is a defender nightmare

‘He only needs a chance’ – Emile Heskey heaps praise on Aubameyang Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed from Borussia Dortmund in the winter of 2018, and he arrived at Arsenal as one…

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Eagles target is the semis, 0Gernot Rohr., Rohr struggles African oppositions, World Cup draw, Rohr recalls Iheanacho, Gernot Rohr extends contract

Rohr: Why we struggle against African oppositions

Poor pitches and physical African oppositions – Rohr explains the struggle against African oppositions The Super Eagles had in their last two friendly matches displayed convincing performance. The three-time African…

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Spurs 1-1 Watford VAR

Premier League, VAR, and what’s ‘Clear and Obvious’

You do wonder how clear and obvious the term ‘clear and obvious’ would have to be in the Premier League

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Super Eagles

Super Eagles: XI of the Decade

From Vincent Enyeama and Joseph Yobo, to John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, who have been the best players for the Super Eagles this decade?

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Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho the architect of his woes

Ekpo believes Kelechi Iheancho places money above his future Former Super Eagles midfielder Friday Ekpo has warned Kelechi Iheanacho to prioritise money when making the shot over his next move….

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Nigeria 4-3 Brazil

Classic Match: Nigeria 4-3 Brazil (July 31, 1996)

Brazil were seen as the benchmark for football, so beating them, 1996, was a monumental achievement that sparked mass delirium

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I never wanted to represent Nigeria - Tammy Abraham

I never wanted to represent Nigeria – Tammy Abraham

I never wanted Nigeria -Tammy Abraham The forward reveals his dream has always been to represent the Three Lions A former England youth international, Tammy Abraham is eligible to represent…

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Super Eagles

Super Eagles: Brazil coach names Nigeria’s most feared player

Alex Iwobi is Super Eagles danger man, according to Brazil’s assistant coach Cleber Xavier The five-time world champions will face Senegal today before locking horns with the Super Eagles on…

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Ceballos

I never enjoyed football in Madrid – Ceballos

Leaving Real Madrid was a ‘success’ – Dani Ceballos opens up on his future Dani Ceballos, a Los Blancos loanee to Arsenal says he’s now where he enjoys football again….

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Kanu says Eagles match vs Brazil beyond friendly

Eagles match against Brazil beyond friendly – Kanu

Nigerians won’t accept anything short of A-game, Nwankwo Kanu warns Super Eagles players The two-time African Footballer of the year winner says there’s pressure on the Nigerian players to perform…

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Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori: Why I chose England over Nigeria

I chose England because they sent an invite first, says Tomori Fikayo Tomori born in Canada to parents of Nigerian heritage, last week chose to represent England, who he has…

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Newcastle 1-0 Manchester United Longstaff

United Continue to be Clueless as they get done in Tyneside

It’s not that United are pedestrian, chaotic, or inconsistent. It’s that United are clueless, and there is no visible plan

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Liverpool Manchester City

Top Two Pushed at the Weekend, but remain a Cut Above the Rest

In the past 12 months, City and Liverpool have managed to create a sense that eventually they’ll find a way

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Kevin Kilbane Man U can't play expansive football

United don’t have a team to play expansive football – Kevin Kilbane

Manchester United lacks the team to play possession football, according to Kevin Kilbane. Upon appointing Ole Gunnar Solksjaer on interim basis last December followed a run of 8 games winning…

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Kevin Kilbane blasts man U's midfield

Players outside top six will stroll into United’s midfield

Midfield, not attack Manchester United’s weakest link – Kevin Kilbane Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane has described Man United’s midfield set-up as the worst ever. 42-year-old Kilbane represented several English…

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Troost-Ekong

Taribo: Troost-Ekong could be a victim of extortion from NFF officials

Taribo West backs Troost-Ekong after allegation of being disrespectful by top NFF officials The Super Eagles defender has been branded as arrogant and disrespectful by top NFF officials, according to…

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Ramon Azeez gets invite for Brazil friendly

Ramon Azeez, Olayinka in, Musa out of Brazil friendly

Rohr invites Ramon Azzez, 22 others for Brazil friendly Peter Olayinka and Denis Emmanuel have been handed a call-up, while Ramon Azeez will be making a return to the national…

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West Ham 2-0 Manchester United

Are Manchester United any Good?

There’s no model, plan, or sign of optimism with United right now, and every performance since the start of the season has seen depreciating levels of quality

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Neymar

Is Neymar Back at Year Zero?

It seems like Neymar is facing a battle to not become the kid in football that never grew up, or at least wasn’t allowed to grow up

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Brazil name squad for Nigeria friendly

Brazil name Neymar, Coutinho for Super Eagles friendly

Brazil name squad for Nigeria friendly. Paris Saint-German forward Neymar leads the Brazilian contingent for next month’s friendly matches against Senegal and Nigeria. The Brazil Football Confederation had on Tuesday…

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Nigeria 1-0 Burundi, Nigeria drop in FIFA ranking

Super Eagles drop in latest FIFA ranking

September FIFA ranking: Nigeria drops to 34th The Super Eagles of Nigeria have dropped one spot in the September FIFA ranking, released earlier today. The three-time African champions, who drew…

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Garba lawal Nigeria vs Brazil friendly

Garba Lawal: Brazil still angry over ’96 Olympic defeat

‘They are still hurt and it’ll be an exciting friendly,’ Garba Lawal on Nigeria vs Brazil friendly Brazil will lock horns with Nigeria in a friendly match next month, and…

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Tammy Abraham

Victor Ikpeba: I don’t see Tammy Abraham represent Nigeria

Inform Tammy Abraham wouldn’t dump England for Nigeria – Ikpeba The ex-Super Eagles forward believes the English-Nigerian forward might consider representing the Three Lions over Nigeria. Tammy Abraham, a former…

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Ronaldo best goal not good as sex

Ronaldo rates sex over best goal of his career

‘Sex better than the feeling of my best ever goal,’ Ronaldo The 34-year-old has described his overhead kick for Real Madrid against current side Juventus two seasons again as the…

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Ronaldo boring

“Being me is boring,” says Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo “boring”: I want to be free again The Portuguese forward has lamented that his stardom has taken away his private life. Cristiano Ronaldo deems his fame as being boring…

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UEFA Champions League 2019/20

UEFA Champions: The Obsession, Salvation, and Vindication, as Group Stage Comes Around

Because domestic domination has become quite routine, Europe seems like the only place where the success can still feel refreshing

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Nigeria vs Brazil friendly

Super Eagles to face Brazil in October friendly

Nigeria Vs Brazil friendly comes up October 13. The Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) has announced a friendly between the Brazilian national team and the three-time African Champions. According to the…

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UEFA Champions League winners

UEFA Champions League: How the eventual winners have begun their campaigns since 1999/00

A new Champions League season is here. So, here’s how the winners of the competition since the turn of the century began their campaigns.

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Premier League

Uncompromising Norwich and disproving the theory of ‘stepping up’

It wasn’t just that Norwich beat the champions at Carrow Road. It was that they didn’t compromise their style in a thoroughly deserved victory

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Wolves v Chelsea

Wolves are still to get going, but Chelsea might be there for the taking

Wolves’ should get back on their domestic horse soon, and this may well be the weekend to do it, against a Chelsea side there for the taking

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Enyeama return to Super Eagles

I’ll honour a call-up – Enyeama opens to Eagles return

If Nigeria needs me today, I can’t say no – Enyeama Vincent Enyeama, who last played for the Super Eagles in 2015 has rejected talks he snubbed for a return…

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Emmanuel Amuneke on Guardiola

Nigeria can win Qatar 2022 World Cup – Amunike

Winning U-17 World Cup an indication that we can win the senior World Cup, Amunike The former Nigeria international has tipped the Super Eagles to conquer the world at Qatar…

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Gary Neville management

I was unqualified – Gary Neville vows not to return to management

Going into management was a nonsense decision, admits Gary Neville Gary Neville has branded his decision to go into management as “nonsense” and vowed not to return to the dugout….

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Roy Keane

I’m surprised his wife was not a staff at Man U – Roy Keane blasts Ferguson

Roy Keane says he doesn’t rate Alex Ferguson’s man-management ability The former Manchester United captain has played down the man-management skill of his former boss. Roy Keane, a former captain…

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Afelokhai

No belief in home-based professionals, Afelokhai laments

I need to move abroad to improve my chances in the Super Eagles – Theophilus Afelokhai. The Enyimba goalkeeper bemoans the lack of opportunities being given to the Nigeria Professional…

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UEFA Champions League: Why do we Really need Seedings?

The use of seedings in group stage draws is little more than a scheme to prevent big guns from meeting early and setting the minnows up for elimination

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IBRAHIMOVIC OPES TO MAN U RETURN

Ibrahimovic opens to Manchester United return

The Sweedish striker believes he could star in the English Premier League. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his first season at Manchester United, but a knee injury made his…

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Eagles target is the semis, 0Gernot Rohr., Rohr struggles African oppositions, World Cup draw, Rohr recalls Iheanacho, Gernot Rohr extends contract

Gernot Rohr: It’s hard to leave Nigeria

‘I feel Nigerians’ love everywhere,’ says Gernot Rohr The Franco-German has says he feels loved by Nigerians, citing it as a major reason he’s attached to his job as the…

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NPFL super six, Segun Odegbami NPFL most corrupt

Nigeria League the most Corrupt – Odegbami

No true winner has ever emerged in the Nigerian League, Odegbami claims. The Nigerian football icon has branded the league he played in for 14 years as the most corrupt….

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Chukwueze

Carzola: Chukwueze has the capacity to be the best

Chukwueze is special, says Cazorla The Spanish midfielder has tipped the Nigerian for greatness but warned that he had to keep working. Santiago Carzola has heaped praises on Samuel Chukwueze…

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Arsenal 2-1 Burnley

Arsenal and a Sense of Goodwill, however Embryonic the season may be

For a side like Arsenal who have become known for optimism dissipating at the earliest parts of a season, two wins to open the campaign shouldn’t be discredited

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FIFA bans Samson Siasia

FIFA slams Samson Siasia with life ban.

FIFA bans Siasia for life over match-fixing The former Flying Eagles and Dream iv coach has been handed a life ban from all football-related activities Federation of International Football Association…

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Premier League foreign managers

Premier League: The Foreigner’s Guide to being the Enemy

Don’t wear suits. Rest players in cups. Play out from the back. You’re the enemy, Johnny Foreigner

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Nigerian Women's Football

Equal pay, U-20 World Cup: Matters arising from ‘Awa’ Female football

Irrespective of what the Falcons bring to the table the state of their welfare needs to be upgraded, but are they deserving of equal pay?

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Iwobi: Why i left Arsenal

Iwobi: why I left Arsenal

The need to make a name for myself why I moved to Everton – Alex Iwobi The Nigerian jump ship from Arsenal to Everton on the last day of the…

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Rohr invites Okoye, Iheanacho, others for Ukraine friendly

Eagles-Ukraine friendly: Two new faces invited, Iheanacho, Ajayi, and Ebuehu recalled German-born and Fortuna Dusseldorf ii goalkeeper and Scotland-based midfielder Joe Aribo are Gernot Rohr’s new invitees for the Super…

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Henry Onyekuru

Official: AS Monaco announce Onyekuru signing

The 2017 French Ligue champions confirmed the signing of Henry Onyekuru The French Ligue 1 side have announced the signing of the Nigeria international, who put to pen on a…

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Real Madrid 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Real Madrid

It’s been a while since Los Blancos went on a spending spree, and that has never left the man in the hot-seat with extra comfort

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PSG 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Paris St. Germain

There was the sense of something building under Tuchel last term and this could be the time PSG sort themselves out and look very elite

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Napoli 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Napoli

Catching Juve is still a hard ask, but surely they’re due to make a better fist of things on the continent. Nearly might no longer be enough.

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Manchester United 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Manchester United

Pogba apparently has to do everything, or at least the brunt of it, at United, which may well explain why he looks impeccable for France while being seen as inadequate at Old Trafford

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Kanu my best January signing, says Wenger

Top 5 Highest Scoring Nigerians in the EPL

‘Feed the Yak,’ and he scores King Kanu, or who? Top 5 highest scoring Nigerians in the EPL The much-awaited return of a new football season kick-starts this week in…

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Premier League 2019/20

Spotkick’s Pseudo-guide to the 2019/20 Premier League – Part 2 (10km Offside)

From the champions who will score a lot of tap-ins, to a team in gold managed by Nathan Redmond 2.0, here’s Part Two of our Premier League guide

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Manchester City 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has said he wouldn’t swap a domestic treble for the Champions League, but European glory would be the icing on City’s cake

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Liverpool 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Liverpool

A rise in expectation will also result in every ‘setback’ being psycho-analysed – just check out some of the social media comments over pre-season defeats.

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Premier League 2019/20

Spotkick’s Pseudo-guide to the 2019/20 Premier League: Part 1 (10km Offside)

From Arsenal’s manager who may be a vampire, to Liverpool who will get knocked out early in a cup, here’s Part One of our Premier League season guide

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Antonio Conte - Inter 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Internazionale

Inter have a master motivator in Antonio Conte, but have ground to make up on Juventus, as well as striker isssues

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Juventus 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Juventus

Juve fans have never warmed to an ‘outsider’ taking charge, and for a rigid manager like Sarri, who’ll manage a few egos, getting them onside will be quite the ask

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Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Chelsea

The Blues have a manager who is only in the second season of his managerial career, and have lost Eden Hazard

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Bayern Munich 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Bayern Munich

Die Roten have what seems to be a stale, if not necessarily aging, squad. Little wonder they’re chasing Leroy Sane

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Lionel Messi - Barcelona 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Barcelona

A hankering for the Champions League at the Nou Camp has seemingly become an obsession and the quest for European triumph may overshadow their league dominance

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Nicolas Pepe

Pepe finally at the Emirate: Arsenal confirm record signing

Nicolas Pepe becomes Arsenal fourth signing of the season Arsenal have confirmed the signing of the Ivorian who arrives from Ligue 1 side Lille for a record fee of £72m….

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Diego Simeone - Atletico Madrid 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Atletico Madrid

A number of key players have left and a number have joined, and that has begged the question of whether a change in style is impending

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Arsenal 2019/20

2019/20 Countdown: Arsenal

Arsenal still have holes to be plugged in defence, and Emery may well be under pressure going into the new season

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Nicolas Pepe

We are not closed to signing Pepe – Unai Emery

Nothing on Pepe is official yet, Emery says. Whilst admitting that Nicolas Pepe is an Arsenal target, the Arsenal coach played down talks of the Lille winger arriving at Arsenal…

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Desire Oparanozie

Oparanozie: Falcons deserve same pay as Super Eagles

Oparanozie demands a change in the payment structure between the Super Falcons and Super Eagles The former youth international and now Super Falcons Captain believes the Nigerian Women’s team have…

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Eagles must treat AFCON opponents with respect - Rohr, Desperate Nigerian coaches want Rohr sacked - Pinnick, Nwankwo Kanu on Rohr, Rohr recalls Iheanacho

Pinnick: Desperate Nigerian coaches leading ‘Rohr out’ campaign

I want Nigerians to remember where we are coming from before Rohr took over – Pinnick The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President has claimed those, leading the charge for the…

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Odion Ighalo

I don’t think Ighalo is finished yet with the Super Eagles, says Rohr

Gernot Rohr plans to talk with Odion Ighalo over decision to quit international football The Franco-German coach has revealed plans to bring back the 30-year-old striker, who announced his international…

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Dani Ceballos joins Arsenal

Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos joins Arsenal on loan

Arsenal complete second signing of the season, as Ceballos joins from Real Madrid A suspected long term injury to fellow Spaniard Marco Asensio wouldn’t hamper the movement of the Real…

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Ademola Lookma

Ademola Lookman joins RB Leipzig on a permanent deal

Ademola Lookman will join the leagues of young English internationals, who have seen the Bundesliga as the perfect place for development. Everton have announced the permanent movement of the young…

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Wilfred Zaha

Arsenal bid for Zaha disrespectful, says former striker

‘It’s difficult to understand where money goes at Arsenal’ – Aliadiere. Jeremie Aliadiere bemoans the fee made available at his former club to sign players this season, and term the…

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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, Nigeria drop in FIFA ranking

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-Obi

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, Segun Odegbami NPFL most corrupt

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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Manchester City 2019/20

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 (Benni Mccarthy)

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, 0Gernot Rohr., Rohr struggles African oppositions, World Cup draw, Rohr recalls Iheanacho, Gernot Rohr extends contract

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, Desperate Nigerian coaches want Rohr sacked - Pinnick, Nwankwo Kanu on Rohr, Rohr recalls Iheanacho

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, Nigeria drops in FIFA ranking

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 on Guardiola

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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Liverpool 2019/20

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

Dammam Miracle: reliving one of Nigeria’s greatest 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, Mascherano on Messi

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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