Published in Foreign Written by July 17 2018 0

 

Spanish football club, FC Barcelona, had reported record revenue of nine hundred and fourteen million Euros in the 2017-2018 season.

 

Part of the proceeds came from Barcelona’s world record transfer fee of two hundred point six million pounds from French side, Paris Saint Germain for Brazilian Neymar in 2017.

 

Barcelona has since then broken its transfer record twice with the signings of Ousmane Dembele for ninety-six point eight million pounds and Philippe Coutinho for one hundred and six point four million pounds.

 

The 2018 La Liga winner has now said it was on track to achieve revenues in excess of one billion Euros by 2021.

Published in Foreign Written by July 15 2018 0

France's superstars came out to shine as Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe fired them to World Cup glory with an emphatic 4-2 win over Croatia

 

Following a tournament packed with thrills and drama, the final at  the Luzhniki Stadium lived up to what preceded it from the moment Les Bleus hit the front through an 18th-minute own goal by Mario Mandzukic – a cruel role reversal for Croatia's extra-time hero in the semi-final win over England.

 

Dalic's side had started the stronger and levelled through a fine Ivan Perisic strike before the Inter player was harshly adjudged to have handled in the box, as VAR made its first impact upon a World Cup final.

 

Griezmann converted his fourth of the tournament from 12 yards before Croatia pursued their opponents furiously once more at the start of the second half.

 

A pitch invasion from punk protest group Pussy Riot in the 52nd minute seemed a fitting precursor to the anarchy that followed, with Pogba and Mbappe arrowing in majestic strikes from outside the box.

 

An absent-minded error from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris allowed Mandzukic to put his name on the other side of the scoreboard, but Didier Deschamps was not to be denied his piece of history as the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach. Deschamps was captain of the Les Bleus' side that previously lifted the trophy back in 1998.

Published in local Written by July 12 2018 0

With the debate between Nigerians hitting up as to who is the legitimate president of the NFF Zazi Bariza clears the air on the issue

 

 

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Published in local Written by July 10 2018 0

Attention has returned to the Federal High Court in Jos where the Amaju Pinnick group has taken the case asking that the order which for Chris Giwa to take office should be vacated.

 

Our man Bello Zech went to the streets to sample the thoughts of football fans on who they think should be the President of the NFF. Let’s take a listen.

 

Published in Foreign Written by July 05 2018 0

Egyptian tennis player, Karim Hossam, has been banned from the sports for life after being convicted of multiple match-fixing offences.

 

Twenty-four-year-old Hossam was also ordered to pay a fine of fifteen thousand dollars after he was found guilty of sixteen counts of corruption.

 

In addition to match-fixing and betting, HOSSAM was also alleged to have provided inside information and failed to report corrupt approaches between 2013 and 2017.

Published in Foreign Written by June 29 2018 0

 

 All five African teams have crashed out of the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

 

The last to leave the tournament are Senegal, who lost against Colombia one-nil in their last Group H match played yesterday.

 

However; Senegal finished with equal points and goal tally with Japan, but were eliminate based on FIFA’s fair play rule, having picked up more Yellow cards than Japan.

 

The President of Egypt Football Association, Hany Abo Rida, says the Ramadan fasting affected the Pharaoh's preparations for the World Cup in Russia.

 

Rida said his squad chose to fast during the Muslim holy month that ended the day before Egypt's opening game against Uruguay, as well as the subsequent ties with the hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Published in Foreign Written by June 21 2018 0

A newly published book has claimed that Osama Bin Laden drew up plans to take out the England national team in a terror attack at the 1998 World Cup.

 

Middle East-based journalist Adam Robinson and former US terror chief Yossef Bodansky believe that the al-Qaeda warlord plotted to kill members of the Three Lions squad during a group match against Tunisia.

 

In their book Terror on the Pitch, the authors claim that Bin Laden devised the attack with Algerian Islamist terrorist organisation the Armed Islamic Group.

 

The plan is said to have involved taking down goalkeeper David Seaman via a suicide bomber, shooting Alan Shearer dead on the pitch and tossing a grenade at the bench where then-manager Glen Hoddle would have been sitting, according to The Mirror.

 

David Beckham and Michael Owen are also said to have been earmarked for execution.

 

Bin Laden, who was killed by US Special Forces in May 2011, allegedly spent time in London on a fact-finding mission while plotting the attack and developed "an affinity" for Arsenal during his time there.

Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr has said the team’s two nil loss to Croatia in their opening match of Russia 2018 was due to many mistakes.

 

Rohr, while speaking at the post-match conference of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D fixture, said he and his players were aware they made some important mistakes during the game.

 

He said the entire team was disappointed at the result, adding that they needed to work on being professional with the set-pieces.

 

Rohr, however, assured that he and his assistants would go on to ensure the team was improved upon before their June 22 date with Iceland in Volgograd.

Published in local Written by June 17 2018 0

 

Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has admitted that it is difficult to play as the only striker upfront in the Super Eagles team.

 

Ighalo in his reaction to the loss against Croatia said there is more pressure from the defenders if a striker plays alone.

 

He however believed the Eagles will correct mistakes made and agreed that Croatia deserve the win against Nigeria.

 

In the match played in Kalinin-grad, the Eagles lost through an own goal by Nigeria’s mid-field sensation, Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modrić.

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