Friday, December 12, 2008
He has improved in so many ways and i shouldn't fail to mention that, he has also droped the habit of picking up yellow and red cards. I have been one of Mikel's greatest critics and i think i have been vindicated. I have always known that Jose Mourinho was killing Mikels carreer.
He now does what mid fielders do, create chances, and tackle and create free kicks putting the opposition under constant pressure.
One of such days wen Mikel won accorlates from the fans was in the last Champions League group matches against FC Cluj. Mikel has now gone more 12 games without a card.
Chelsea fans have voted the Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi as their best player in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League victory over Romania Champions FC Cluj.
Mikel was in impressive form in the encounter, was responsible for keeping the score line in favour of chelsea by clearing off the line to prevent Cluj in the 17th minute and also started the move that lead to Didier Drogba’s 71st minute winner.
Fans of the club voted the Nigerian international their Most Valuable Player in the game . Mikel won with 40% of total votes, Closely followed by Drogba abd Solomon Kalou and Peter Cech.
Mikel, who has been consistent for the Blues under Brazillian manager Luic Felipe Scolari, is now ranked second with 27 points behind England midfielder Frank Lampard in the club’s best player standing so far this season.
Cech is third with 22 points in the total ranking by the fans, a poll that will be used to decide the club’s best player at the end of the season.
What all this mean for us is that we now see a more effective Mikel transfering his current fine form and technical improvement into the super Eagles. I can not forget the Mikel of Holland 2005. Welcome Back Mikel!
Friday, November 28, 2008
The Gunners are 10 points behind Scolari's Premier League leaders, and are down in fifth place.
But scolari thinks they still have a chance. Hear him, "Even if you're 15 points clear with five games to go, you're not champions. You're only champions at the end of the last game.
"This is a big game. Wenger's team play football, so it's difficult to win."
"This is the first time I'll have played against Wenger," said the Brazilian, who was appointed as Chelsea boss in June but who used to coach in Japan alongside the Frenchman in the 1990s.
"I met him for the first time in Japan - he's been my friend for 10 or 12 years now.
"I like him as a coach. If I chose five coaches in the world as the best, he'd be one of the five.
"I watched their game against Manchester United and it was one of the best games in the Premier League. This game against Chelsea will be like that as well."
Chelsea will be without their point man Didier Drogba, who is serving a three-match ban for throwing a coin at Burnley fans during Chelsea's shock Carling Cup defeat. He is however, being properly replaced by Anelka.
Drogba is back in the news and his touted to be planning to move to Inter Milan come the summer transfer window.
But Scolari, thinks Drogba is still very much in his plans.
"Every minute in the day, I think he's happy," he added.
"He has my support every day - injured or not injured. I'm sure he's 100% committed to the club.
"All I know is that he can't play against Arsenal. I have to be thinking about the Arsenal game, not what might happen in 2010 or 2011."
On the other end, Manchester City is still waxing in the Euphoria. AC Milan superstar Kaka has opened the door for a move to Manchester City and a link-up with his Brazilian team-mate Robinho.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Earlier today, news came filtering that Cesc Fabregas has been named the new Arsenal Captain. Many people including myself believe it is long overdue but that is suprising especially when you consider his age.
Many people say he is young, but forget that he is the best player Arsenal has, at his aged he seems to have seen it all.
Winner of the golden both in U-17 world cup, has played in the champions league final, 2008 Euro Cup winner and many other first including becoming the youngest player to play for arsenal in the league.
His dedication is not in doubt and his elevation is one event Arsenal fans all over the world has been waiting for.
Ever since i started watching watching, i have never known a captain more hated by the Fans than William Gallas.
Well he had it coming.
Cesc Fabregas has described his elevation to the Arsenal captaincy as “a great honour”.
The Spaniard was handed the armband on Monday as a replacement for William Gallas.
At 21, Fabregas is one of the youngest captains in the Club’s long history and he admits it will be emotional experience to lead the side out for the first time against FC Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday night.
"It is a great honour for me to captain one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Fabregas. “It is a proud moment. I know it's a big responsibility but together with my team-mates, I know we have the spirit and commitment to get back to winning ways and fulfil our potential."
Let;s wish him well and hope he lifts the team to greater heights.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Within 24 hours Nigeria's football teams, male and female put out an uninspiring display in Cali, Columbia and Malabo, Equitorial Guinea respectively. Well the Falcons are in danger of not qualifying from the tournament's group stages for the first time. For the falcons, commentators across the country have given several reasons why the Falcons have played two games against Ghana and Tunisia and garnered just 2 points. They now must win against a well poised South African team who defeated Ghana 2-1. Whether that is possible is yet to be seen.
In Far away Cali, Columbia, a more appalling situation occurred, though it was a friendly match, it was enough to show that as usual we are set for failure to qualify for the world cup, and if we do qualify,it may be just another charade of just showing up to be counted in the world cup without any genuine intentions to create an impact. That will be true if we continue the way it is currently. Yes, we missed some players but when i saw the line up, it was actually a 'strong' team that set out to play in Cali. With the likes of Austin Ejide, Onyekachi Apam, Danni Shittu, Taye Taiwo, Christian Obodo, Sanni Keita, Solomon Okoronkwo, Chinedu Ogbuche, Ikechukwu Uche, Uche Kalu, Kanu Nwankwo, Obina Nsofor, Yakubu Ayegbeni all featuring, the technical crew probably has no excuse as far as availability of players is concerned. Nigeria is such a big football nation that, the absence of John Mikel Obi, Joseph Yobo, Obafemi Martins, Osaze and Vincent Enyeama alone should be insignificant.
For the entire duration of 90 minutes i think the super Eagles was at the receiving end. If anyone has a contrary opinion, it could be that i was watching a different game. I set the alarm on my Nokia E61 phone to wake me up at exactly 3.00 am and as expected it didn't fail me(i was sure its traditional 70s ring tone will wake me up). The reason i was so determined to watch this game was so i can have a fair idea and opportunity to give the players and technical crew an unbiased judgement. The team's performance this morning was far below average. They played with no aggression to win and sparingly troubled the Columbian goalie. Whereas Austin Ejide was called to action from the start to finish and i must say that he made some silly mistakes but who wouldn't under that amount of consistent pressure from an obviously superior Columbians.The fact that the score line stayed that low was mostly due to his heroics at goal; I think the players did all they could especially in defence where Danny Shittu and Nwaneri were never allowed a moment of rest as Camilla kept probing centrally.
For some reasons the midfield just didn't click and even when Nsofor tries to make a run along the lines, such runs always ended abruptly probably due to lack of ideas as none seems to be coming off the bench. Nwankwo Kanu was thoroughly marked and kept quiet for 90 minutes.
A more disgraceful event was Sanni Keita's sending off as the team and the entire bench protested what i think was a beautiful goal scored by the Columbians- a well deserved one- it was just a matter of time. I was really surprised! They all protested so vehemently i started doubting what i saw despite watching four replays of that goal. AIT wasn't very clear on my TV so I hope to have a fifth look at that goal. They just might be right but even if they were and the game ended goalless, we have seen enough already to know that the technical crew has nothing to offer Nigerians
We have been celebrating wins against teams like Uganda, south Africa and Equitorial Guinea and for me, this was Amodu's first real test. Who isn't doing something right, Amodu, NFF or the Players? Definitely not the players!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
In the latest fashion statement out of Italy, soccer players are dropping their shorts to score goals.
Catania, a team in the country’s top division, unveiled the new look while taking a free kick. The players lined up in a wall and dropped their shorts in an effort to block the goalkeeper’s vision.
The Sicilian team carried out the maneuver to perfection Sunday. Three players dropped their shorts practically to their knees so Torino goalie Matteo Sereni couldn’t see the kick by Giuseppe Mascara, who scored during Catania’s 3-2 victory.
Catania is coached by Walter Zenga, a former goalkeper on Italy’s national team.
“This is a strategy that Zenga tries continually in training,” Pietro Lo Monaco, the club’s chief executive, told RAI state radio Monday.
Former referees coordinator Paolo Casarin called the move “unsportsmanlike and in bad taste.”
“It’s a trick that should not be tolerated anymore by the referees,” he said.
Lo Monaco replied: “A trick? I wouldn’t say so. It’s up to the referee to decide if it should be penalized, otherwise I don’t see where the problem is. … Good taste is relative.”
The crisis of administration is in Nigerian Football Federation is about to bring us another national disgrace. There is the tendency to want to blame players when they refuse to honour National Call-ups for games especially when we are playing friendly matches. Then you wonder if John Terry or Lampard will give excuses just because England has a friendly game with Estonia or Belarus.
In all of this i still choose to blame the football officials in this country for failure to do what they need to do to instill discipline in the team. Amodu Shuabi is one coach in this country that has been recycled as Super Eagles coach more than any other and in all of these occasions has failed to show adequate grasp and control of his players. The choice of Amodu is wrong and will always be wrong. I have said that before on this blog and I am saying it again. Soon the honey moon period of playing teams below FIFA's Top 50 ranking will be over and we will begin to see the true team Amodu claims to be preparing to take us to 2010. He has failed many times in the past nothing so far shows he has improved.
Any discerning coach will make his players understand one thing, that football is a team game and if you do not work as a team on and off the pitch, there would be no place for such players in the team come the next qualifying game. But our quick fix attitude will never give way for proper planning and implementation of policies. It was due to refusal to honour national call-ups for friendlies like this that Nigeria lost for the first time in history to South Africa.
If we have a rule book, it should be adhered to. To this extent, nobody has to complain when players refuse to honour invitation for matches but punish offenders according to the rules. Where no exceptions are allowed, players will fall in line. Amodu does not have the guts to do that, neither does the NFF and so we will continue like this for a long time.
We should be ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to build a strong. I said this when we still had 4 years before 2010. But right, we have less that 2 years left. Do we really want to have an impact in 2010?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The management committee of Kano Pillars Football Club has sacked the club’s goalkeeper traineer, Ali Muhammad Zoff and redeployed Coach Abdu Ahmad Pele to the State Sports Council for what it described as part of re-organization in the team.
According to the source close to the club management, the decision took place on Monday after Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima presided over the meeting between the Continental Committee and the club management as part of the plan to repositioning the team both in the Nigerian League and CAF Champions League.
Daily Triumph Sports gathered that the former Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Alhaji Galadima was not happy with the way and manner things are going in the club and directed the club management to seriously warn the players and the technical crew to change their attitude as the state government will not condone indiscipline and fake injury among players.
It could be recalled that with this approval, the present management of Kano Pillars Football Club led by Alhaji Tukur Babangida was said to have received almost N400million from the state government to run the affairs of the club.
Pillars received N70 million out of N100 million approved by the state government as take-off grant three months back.
Oje Sweet Gives further Insight on the U-17 Bruhaha
Barely a week after it announced Nigeria’s inability to host next year’s Federation of International Football Association’s (FIFA) World Cup due to cash crunch, the Federal Government did a rethink and accepted to go ahead with hosting the world youth soccer championship. This was after the initial budget of N37 billion was drastically scaled down to N9 billion.
The government, through former Sports Minister, had earlier written to the global soccer governing body, FIFA that the country lacked the capacity to deliver a world-class event as it was faced with a myriad of challenges including a deficit budget and the effects of the global financial meltdown. The letter informed FIFA that “Government efforts are now being channelled towards pruning down on expenditure and in the light of challenges confronting Nigeria, it regrets its inability to host the U-17 World Cup as earlier undertaken”.
Government’s earlier repudiation of the hosting agreement it entered into with FIFA two years ago could be traced to the scary N37 billion budget submitted to it by the event’s Local Organising Committee (LOC). Not even the hurried review of the budget to N35 billion could persuade the government of the feasibility of the project. And so, it initially appeared as if the Yar’Adua administration had made up its mind not to have anything to do with the 2009 junior world football championship, which it said was not on its priority list, until a sudden u-turn about a week later.
Several reasons have been given for the policy reversal. They include the fear of FIFA’s sanctions and possible damage the breach of agreement could do the country’s external image and the development of its youth soccer in particular.
But now that the country has managed to avoid these untoward repercussions by agreeing to host the championship as planned, we are still worried about what the international community would think about our leaders. Why, for instance, would the government take such precipitate, spur-of-the-moment decision when it was clear that all remedial avenues had not been exhausted? This apparent indiscretion has brought a lot of embarrassment not only to the government but also to the country. It would appear that the Presidency over reacted on theN37 billion-budget proposal and that shouldn’t have been the sole basis for foreclosing the hosting of the championship. If the government thought the budget was unrealistic, as it surely was, it could have called for its downward review rather than resorting to throwing the baby away with the bath water.
Although some Nigerians have said the revised budget may be too low to host a global event of that magnitude, we want to believe that the Local Organising Committee showed lack of sincerity and concern for the country’s financial position. This definitely cannot continue. What Nigeria needs now as we finally prepare to host the U-17 World Cup next year is a body of genuine patriots to organise a tournament that would be economically rewarding to the country and ultimately beneficial for the development of its game of soccer. The LOC should be spared selfish people who think more of what would accrue to their individual pockets from the “spoils” of tournament hosting. Every effort must be made to ensure that the country maximises the gains of hosting the games, which must include brilliant performance of our team at the tournament as well as a boost to the nation’s economy. The nation’s dilapidated sports infrastructure are also expected to benefit a great deal from hosting the tournament, as they must be enduringly rehabilitated. It is only an efficient LOC that can achieve these lofty goals
CHIMAOBI UCHENDU write in the Sun News on an allege plot to desolve the NFF board.
Former chairman of Gombe State Football Association and founder of the infamous Stakeholders Forum which ousted the Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima-led Nigeria Football Association (NFA) board, Shaibu Ahmed Gara Gombe, says Nigerian football will soon experience turbulent times from tyrants, who are bent on realising their dreams from a disunited football house.
He said a plot to dissolve the present Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Board, led by Sani Lulu was in the offing and he puts the time set for the plot to hatch between now and April next year.
Speaking to Daily Sunsport last weekend, Gombe said the Congress, which was made up of state FAs and clubs had already been penetrated into and warned the NFF and the Nigeria Premier League Board to guard their loins because the crisis is targeted to start there.
“Nigerian football will soon experience earthquake,” Gombe started. “I have it on good authority that Dr. Amos Adamu has recruited men to cause problems that will lead to the dissolution of NFF.
He is bent on reconstituting the NFF board to include himself, this is because of the ambition he is nursing at CAF. Remember that one cannot aim to become the CAF president without being a member of a national football federation.
“Already, I am aware of moves by his foot soldiers at recruiting state FAs and some clubs who make up the Congress to impeach the board when the crisis starts.
“The grand plan also include causing an artificial crisis between NFF and NFL, which will result into inviting stakeholders for mediation.
“At this point, the Congress would be invited to settle, the impasse and immediately this happens, the hatchet men will move for a dissolution of the board.
“I know they are playing to realize this dream before the commencement of the World Youth Championship (WYC) scheduled for Nigeria next year. Read Full Story SUN News
Finally Kenya and mosambique are both threatening to stop Nigeria from 2010 as reported by Taiwo Adelu by PM NEWS
President of Kenya Football Federation (KFF), Mohammed Hatimy, has boasted that the Harambee Stars will stop the Super Eagles of Nigeria from playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in South Africa.
Hatimy is confident his country will feature in the World Cup finals after they must have scaled the hurdles of Nigeria, Tunisia and Mozambique, who are their group opponents in the qualifying series for the 2010 World Cup.
“I believe Kenya can stand on the way of Nigeria to the World Cup,” said Hatimy, in a live interview on Brila F.M., early today. “We want to qualify for the 2010 World Cup at all cost, we are expecting a tough opposition from Nigeria, but Kenya will be there.
“Stopping Nigeria is possible and I believe we can as well celebrate our qualification just as we celebrated the victory of Barack Obama in the just concluded American election,” he boasted.
Hatimy noted that since he took over as the President of Kenya Football Federation, there have been notable achievements to his credit. He said Kenya, in the FIFA ranking, used to be below 100, but he can proudly say that Kenya was last ranked Number 79 in the world.
Harry Mangulenje, AfricaNews reporter in Blantyre, Malawi
Mozambique has served notice to their Nigerian opponents in the World Cup zone qualifiers to be vigilant or risk being pushed out of contention. Despite miraculously squeezing through to the current stage, Mozambique team is raising hopes of going further to Africa Nations Cup in Angola 2010.
The Black Mambas say they are not taking a challenge in their tough group and are ready to make it to the Nations Cup for the first time since 1998. Coach Mart Nooij has said he is aware that other members of the group Kenya, and Tunisia are working at turning tables when the games kick off in March next year.
But the coach said he has troops that can beat any team in the World given same conditions. The Mambas passed the first round tests by a miracle after they ended as best runners-up in their group which comprised teams like Ivory Coast.
“We will not change our offensive attacking football, all Africa should know is that Mozambicans can play and they play their own game in their own way but at the end of the day they win and usually win impressively,” he said. “There are so many good things now in our country, Mozambique and I as coach and my players on the other end, we are motivated,” he said.
Nooij, a former Burkina Faso coach said he targets Nigeria for their first win. He however said the worst they want to do is to end third in the group and not slip through.
“Nigeria is the same as Ivory Coast, they play same football, have similar trend of players, we drew with them in Maputo and we nearly drew with them again at their own backyard in Abidjan, what can distract us from pushing them out,” he said.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
The Wanderers keeper made some sensational saves to deny the rampant Tigers, who threw everything at the visitors. Ever since they lost at Chelsea, this is their third defeat in a row.
But it simply was not enough as Matt Taylor's 51st minute strike separated the sides.
Hull boss Phil Brown hailed Jaaskelainen's performance. He said: "He's had a blinder
"He pulled off a couple of great saves, with the one from the Geovanni header the turning point.
"But he had one of those days, although he is a world-class 'keeper anyway, and I've nothing but admiration for him.
"He is certainly one of the best in the Premier League, and that's the standard we have to attain.
"He has been around for 10 or 11 years now, and I remember a number of sterling performances like that when I was at the club."
Bolton manager Gary Megson also singled out Jaaskelainen.
He said: "Jussi will get the headlines, and rightly so because his performance was unbelievable, as good as you are ever going to see.
"Some of his saves, like the one from the free kick - which was bad defending from ourselves - at point-blank range was good enough.
"But to then spring onto his feet and palm it away from the other forward coming in was top-class goalkeeping.
"There are some good goalkeepers throughout the world, and we certainly wouldn't swap him for anybody.
"He is not just a terrific goalkeeper, but a good lad, a good pro, and everything that comes his way he deserves because he works his socks off in training."
Hull had fielded all their lethal attackers including the dangerous Geovanni supporting strikers Marlon King and Daniel Cousin.
It was the Brazilian who had the first chance with a low 25-yard shot that Jaaskelainen smothered. As usual, when Bolton does something extr ordinary away from Reebok, Kudos always goes to Jaaskelainen. Hull was so dominant everyone gave them the game especially considering their form and wonders they created so far in the league.
Despite Hull's domination, it was Bolton who took the lead on 51 minutes. Bolton Carried the day and all Kudos to their goalie who worked so hard.
Earlier on, Manchester United full of confidence visited and injury ravaged Arsenal side with confidence at an all time low.
Arsene Wenger admitted his team's bid would have been dead in the water if they had failed to win at the Emirates against United on Saturday after.
That was on an all time low of confidence having lost a 2 goal advantage to spurs, lost to stoke and held to a goalless draw against Fernabache all within 10 days would have found it difficult if they didn't win.
Nasri got the opener on 22 minutes thanks to a deflection off United skipper Gary Neville.
He made it two after a sublime passing move found him on the edge of the box where he hammered home.
Brazilian youngster Rafael Da Silva grabbed a late consolation for United.
United's Michael Carrick fired wide from the edge of the area before Dimitar Berbatov had a goal ruled out for offside.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner headed over from Gael Clichy's cross and Abou Diaby had a clear sight of goal but his effort was blocked by Carrick. In my opinion Arsenal should have scored at least 5 goals with Rio's poor defending if Nicholas Brendtner was worth the confidence reposed on hi my Arsene. He wasn't just there. They game should have ended 5-2.
Wayne Rooney wasted Cristiano Ronaldo's intelligent cut-back when he smashed over on 17 minutes.
And he was made to pay when Nasri netted the opener just minutes later.
Patrice Evra fouled Bacary Sagna on the right wing and Cesc Fabregas' set-piece was only cleared to Nasri on the edge of the box.
The France star's powerful drive took a wicked deflection off Gary Neville and flew past Edwin Van der Sar in the United goal.
Ronaldo almost replied when his free-kick was nearly clipped in off Clichy. But unitl Rafeal came on to do what Ronney Berbatov and Tevez couldn't do, the game was heading to 2-0 especially with 6 minutes of added time that followed ALumnia's prolonged treatment time on the pitch. Can Arsenal Start getting consistent and take the battle to Aston Villa and Chelsea?
Friday, November 07, 2008
When Kaffu achieved the rare fit in Dancing to get her name into the world record register, no one expected it. Such records have a way of making people strive for excellence.
Kaffu's feat has inspired a lot of women in Nigeria and Africa as a whole to the effect that truely, what a man can do, even a woman can surpass.
Here comes another record in the making. Uduak Akpabio, a photographer and web developer in another daring attempt to go all the way. Though i know Uduak in person as he also graduated from University of Calabar like me, i heard about his bravity for the first time on facebook.
He plans to go round Nigeria in 100 days to taking photographs of her beautiful people and heritage and he plans to take a whooping 1000,000 of such photographs. The photographs will also be made into video format for distribution.
He has applied to the world record body and has claimed the right to this epoch making attempt. The problem now is finances and will do with whatever help you Nigerians can give him.
“I want to set a World Record for the Largest Amount of Portraits Pictures Taken by a Single Photographer, I will have a minimum target of One Million(1,000,000) Portrait Pictures, to be taken in several states of Nigeria, and these will span about 100 days. I will be working with a Digital Camera, and will be using this as an avenue to showcase the richness of culture and beauty that spans the country (Nigeria). And to also educate people on the need to support street kids, while also asking everyone of the One Million people to make a comment on the issue.”
Let join hands together with Uduak Akpabio to once again put Nigeria's name on the world map boldly. Please comment on this article and indicate here if you wish to assist him. So i can forward his phone number. Or visit the project home page at Wazup Nigeria.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Super Eagles’ assistant coach, Fatai Amoo, is feeling up beat about the scoring form of Newcastle of England’s Obafemi Martins and Hoffenheim of Germany’s Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi in their club football and the fact that they have now won a place in the hearts of their respective coaches.
Both players have only scored four goals each for their clubs and i don't think that is enough for us all to start jubilating. We have seen it before when Obafemi in particular came out blazing and then the expectations rise, but he suddenly went under. Amoo, an ex-international, said he is very impressed with their performances. That is expected from a coach any way, but we all know the truth. Not that i am being a pessimist.
We will be able to know if it is time for huhuru when they perform against credible opposition if the rumoured friendly games ever come to be.
Amoo said he is happy that the players have hit form for their clubs, and if they can maintain their present form when the final round of the 2010 World/Nations Cup qualifying series kicks off it will be good for the country. That's what i mean-transferring that form to country
“I’m excited seeing the players scoring for their clubs,” Amoo said. “This is a good development for the boys and the country, if they keep this present form intact,” he said.
On whether Martins, a former Inter Milan of Italy forward, can still reclaim the top striker's spot in the super Eagles from Getafe of Spain’s Ikechukwu Uche, he declined to comments.
“Martins is one of the Super Eagles’ players invited for the international friendly match against Colombia, the question of him getting back the number 9 jersey will depend on his performance during training.”
In Europe the scare and poor performances of English teams continued yesterday after Liverpool secured a scrappy win against Athletico Madrid and Chelsea lost incredibly to Roma. Yesterday saw Arsenal once again failed to deliver despite having most of the possession dropping two valuable points in a goalless draw at the Emirates against Fernanache. Manchester United secured a late goal away to celtic with a Ryan Giggs header to saved them from an Ugly draw. Are teams finally finding an answer to England's Euro dominanation?
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Every year fans of this beautiful club are disappointed by Arsene Wenger or is it David Hill Wood? I have stopped to believe that the board always makes cash available for Wenger who will rather prefer not to buy.
The board keeps telling the world, there is money to spend, but no one is using it, instead Wenger keeps buying crumps from other clubs like William Gallas, Amaury Bischoff and now Mikael Silverter.
After the exits of Flamini, Gilberto, it was widely expected that Arsene Wenger will bring in capable replacements. Gareth Barry and Xavi Alonso were all hitching to leave their respective clubs but wenger won't move in, instead whiel everyone was told the team was doing fine, we all saw Nasri, Silverter and Bischoff brought in. Silverter a total waste while Bischoff is yet to be dressed 10 games on.
So is it really true that Arsene wenger's team needs no fortification? If the defeat to Hull was because they were underated and the 4-4 draw to spurs was due to lose of concentration, the 2-1 defeat at stokes surely tells the truth. Arsene Wenger must review his transfer policy. It is not too late yet to do something come the January transfer window.
I have watched with rapt attention and absolute dismay these past few weeks, the theatrics, as they play out in Nigerian football. What has happened recently only goes to show that, as a Nation we are yet to really understand and accept the fact that the most important office in the country is that of the citizen.
In the last two weeks or so, lovers of football in this country have been made the pawns in a game of chess. In 2003 Nigeria was the host of the All African Games; that tournament till date has remained an issue of controversy after huge amounts of tax payers’ money was expended without recourse to the tenets of accountability to citizens who are supposed to be the most revered in any civilized clime.
Mr. Amos Adamu who was in-charge has continued to act like he owes no one an explanation. It is however, understandable Mr. President’s (Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua) hesitation about going ahead with hosting the U-17 world cup, the right of which Nigeria fought for and won, yet with tax payer’s money, after the LOC, constituting the same shylocks who run the country aground during the hosting of the All African Games, presented a budget of a whooping N37 billion for the event.
It pains me to note that in the year 2008, when other countries are working tirelessly to improve the lot of the youth, we still have people whose major interest in sports development is self aggrandizement. The importance of sports in a society can not be over emphasized and sometimes I really get bored with the monotony of having to talk about the same thing everyday, week, month and year. By the year 2009, we will continue to talk about these same issues to no avail. These scavengers are shamelessly the same people who go on TV to criticize and question Nigerians’ dedication to foreign leagues attributing it to lack of patriotism. They really think Nigerians are fools. Even if we were, I think we know the difference between good and bad-even a five year old does.
Sports development has little to do with the fans. If those appointed, elected or selected to run our football are inept and bereft of ideas or bent on grabbing as much money as they can within the period he/she is in office, I don’t think there is anything a fan can do about that. I challenge our sports administrators today to develop our league and see if the fans wouldn’t come running down to watch matches. Back to the U-17 world cup billed for Nigeria in 2009. Agreed that the LOC over killed it with that budget, the president’s attitude is what I wish to analyze here.
Let’s take it one by one. Haba! Mr. President, are you so insensitive to the plight of Nigerian football fans? Do you know how much money a country makes hosting international sports events? I am particularly surprised (despite the fact the decision has since been rescinded) that though this administration’s lethargy has failed to provide employment for the youth of this country, it was about to throw away the only opportunity it has to achieve that to some extent. I am not about to talk about how much money cooperate Nigeria can make from the influx of visitors, what the hospitality industry stand to gain, the TV and radio stations on commercials, the aviation industry considering the influx of foreigners coming in and those who may have to shuffle from one venue to another and all those big wigs in circulation. Let’s take a look at what a simple sector that affects the common man on the street stands to loose.
Millions of Nigerians have chosen to take their own destinies into their hands and have adopted a means of livelihood that has not just been enough to feed them, but clothe and even pay school fees and other basic needs- the ‘pure water’ sellers! President Yar’Adua does not need an adviser to know that sellers of pure water can change their lives for the better in just this one swop as this is neither rocket science nor brain surgery. While I do not want to sound like I am in support of reckless spending in government, it is worthy to note that no amount of money is too much to spend on a venture that promises to better the lives of Nigerians. Apart from the fact that these resources belong 100% to the people, government officials should understand that we are the only reason they should be in office at all. So what’s my point? The president did well to have pointed out that amount earmarked was outrageous but it shows total disregard to have to make Nigerians beg him to dialogue with the LOC in order to come to a common ground.
The president should be presidential enough to know that negotiations can achieve everything. He should have for the sake of Nigerians who have already spent millions to expand their businesses in preparation for the event, which in the process will employ more hands to help them out during this period, done us the favour of negotiating on our behalf. If a president gets so irritated that the plight of Nigerians becomes secondary, let me say here that such attitude is unacceptable by Nigerians.
The government owes Nigerians the obligation to provide jobs, good roads, clean water, housing and education. So far, I do not think this government has shown any desire to achieve any of this and that first decision not to host the U-17 world Cup was an affront on the youth of this country. Government should note that N37 billion or N9 billion makes no economic sense to the ‘pure water’ seller whose major concern is to stay alive with the N10 profit from sales of one bag of sachet water.
Friday, October 31, 2008
After yesterday's signing, Fabia Capello rained praises on Beckham but David Beckham's unlikely return to front-line football was sealed yesterday when he signed a three-month loan deal with AC Milan. The England boss Fabio Capello immediately commended the move that many felt he helped orchestrate in the hope of extending Beckham's England career. With beckham looking to make history as one of the most caped wingers in England, it now seems his dream will come to pass. The 34-year-old Beckham will join the San Siro club in January ostensibly to keep his fitness up during the US close season and will return to Los Angeles Galaxy in March. The MLS season finished for the Galaxy this week as they failed to make the play-offs.
While Ac Milan and is flexing muscles with cash, especially with news making the rounds they are offering $35 million for Fabregas, Chelsea does seem to be real deep in the credit crunch thing as it has hit home in the most unlikely place in football - Stamford Bridge. According to the Times, Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has been told that he must sell players before he is allowed to buy any new personnel. "Scolari had expected to be given some of the £28m that was set aside to sign Robinho in the summer before the club were gazumped by Manchester City on transfer deadline day," reports the newspaper, "but, with Chelsea looking to cut costs across all areas of their business, the money will no longer be forthcoming. This is making it look like Solomon Kalou will still move to Arsenal afterall. The Brazilian had shrugged off comments from Peter Kenyon that Chelsea would not be “active” in January, but since the chief executive's remarks at last week's NFL Global Sports Summit the message has been relayed to him internally."
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Professional footballers across the world voted Ronaldo who scored 42 goals for United last season to help them take an unprecendented brace.
Ronaldo and his team mate Rio Ferdinand were both named in the Fitpro team. Though Ronaldo was not surprised he was voted as the best by players, he said,
"To be recognised by my fellow players is amazing," said the 23-year-old.
"I would like to thank my team-mates and coaches and everyone involved at United and the national team, as well as my family and friends for their support."
Other players in the English Premier League who made the team include Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and Chelsea and England captain John Terry also made the team.
AC Milan midfielder Kaka and Barcelona star Lionel Messi were also there representing the seria A and La Liga and Christiano Ronaldo beat them all to the award..
Ronaldo, who was the driving force behind United's Premier League and Champions League double last season, is also a strong contender to win the Fifa World Player of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or.
"Sir Alex has been a big inspiration to me," he said. "He believed in me enough to buy me. I have learned so many things from him and I am continuing to learn because he is a great manager.
"Of course, he was the main factor in keeping me here. But what happened in the summer is finished. Now my head is on the club. My focus is solely on playing well for Manchester United and winning the Premier League and Champions League again."
So far this season, Christiano Ronaldo has scored three goals after missing the start of the campaign through injury, but Ferguson believes the player will come good.
"I still think he will beat 25," said Ferguson. "It is going to be difficult because he has had a stop-start beginning to the season.
"He had the operation on his ankle so he has missed a few games and he is just getting his rhythm back.
"The number of goals he scored last year was absolutely phenomenal. But I hope he can be equally as good this year in terms of his contribution to the team."
The original 55-man FifPro shortlist included Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas. I am however surprised that neither Fabregas nor Adebayor (30 goals for Arsenal) both of Arsenal made the final Eleven.
Pro World XI:
Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Spain/Real Madrid)
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid); John Terry (England/Chelsea); Carles Puyol (Spain/ Barcelona); Rio Ferdinand (England/Manchester United)
Midfielders: Steven Gerrard (England/Liverpool); Xavi (Spain/Barcelona); Kaka (Brazil/AC Milan).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona); Fernando Torres (Spain/Liverpool); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Manchester United)
This list again emphasizes the Premier Leagues's dominance over other leagues in the world. At last it seems a player based in England will clinch the FIFA player of the year award.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Didier Drogba is currently having his recently released autobiography probed by the English FA and the FA is promising stiff sanctions if they have reason to. Drogba wrote in his book that he shouldn't have been sent out during the last seasons champions League Final against Chelsea and after watching the Video, he now wished he should have punched Vidic.
His former boss Jose Mourinho was recently interviewed and Mourinho angrily defended Drogba against accusations of going to ground too easily during his time as Chelsea boss. The English press was full with claims that Didier was a diver during Mourinho's reign as Chelsea coach and Mourinho has always defended his forward. Well it seems Mourinho is now ready to come out clean on that matter this time.
The Inter Milan chief has blasted Blues hitman Drog a year after leaving the club.
“I am no longer Chelsea coach and I do not have to defend them any more, but I think it is correct if I say Drogba is a diver.
“Drogba, Ronaldo, Torres and Van Persie are the divers. Who dives more? Who has won more penalties in recent years?”
I'm sure this will mean, Jose stops being in Drogba's good book and his probable January move to Inter Milan and now less likely.
ARSENAL recorded their best away victory in Europe for five years as they placed one impressive-sized foot in the knockout stages on a goal-crazy night in Turkey.
We have not seen this kind of victory from the gunners since that night that can not be forgotten in a hurry at the San Siro in 2003, when a Thierry Henry-inspired side fired five past Inter Milan have the Gunners been this rampant on their travels.
Arsenal took a stranglehold of this match and on Group G, with manager Arsene Wenger believing three points from their remaining three matches should be enough to reach the next stage.
Two goals inside 70 first-half seconds, from Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott, as Cesc Fabregas sliced Fenerbahce apart, made the difference.
Abou Diaby’s third in the 21st minute, after the Turks had pulled one back, meant four goals had been scored in 11 crazy minutes, while Alex Song’s 47th-minute goal rubber-stamped an amazing victory.
Still Arsenal were not happy, claiming a fifth goal in the closing seconds.
The Gunners, minus injured regulars Kolo Toure, William Gallas and Bacary Sagna, opted for a solid line-up, with Adebayor as a lone striker were outstanding with Ramsey coming in to add a fifth after Guiza had scored a consolation.
Meanwhile, Manchester United at home to Celtic,
Berbatov scored once in each half to stretch the European champions’ unbeaten home run to 16 before the rejuvenated Wayne Rooney continued his scoring spree with yet another 14 minutes from the end.
Both of Berbatov's goals were later adjudged from video replays to be offside.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thing is i am not a big fan of international football. I guess i should get someone to join me on this blog to atleast cover that end. That's strictly for international football buffs.
Alot has been happening arround the world and we of course are not immune to its effects. The US presidential elections is less than 3 weeks today and we are all so excited, even more than when we have our own elections in Nigeria. Before i forget, Lagos had a Local Govt. council election last weekend and it all showed why we are more excited by the US elections than ours. The AC contested their elections alone and won alone. No be me talk am oh!
talk about the US elections, i am bringing that up. Today the washington post endorses Barack Obama Over senator John Macain for president.
It is now almost certain Obama will be president as the last debate has done little or nothing to change the positions. Obama still leads with 5 points.
A black man is soon to lead the worlds most powerful country. This shows that a lot about to change about this world and soon, Color wouldn't matter anymore we hope.
Below is a full text of the washington post Endorsement.
THE NOMINATING process this year produced two unusually talented and
qualified presidential candidates. There are few public figures we have
respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain. Yet it is without
ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.
The choice is
made easy in part by Mr. McCain's disappointing campaign, above all his
irresponsible selection of a running mate who is not ready to be president. It
is made easy in larger part, though, because of our admiration for Mr. Obama and
the impressive qualities he has shown during this long race. Yes, we have
reservations and concerns, almost inevitably, given Mr. Obama's relatively brief
experience in national politics. But we also have enormous hopes.
is a man of supple intelligence, with a nuanced grasp of complex issues and
evident skill at conciliation and consensus-building. At home, we believe, he
would respond to the economic crisis with a healthy respect for markets tempered
by justified dismay over rising inequality and an understanding of the need for
focused regulation. Abroad, the best evidence suggests that he would seek to
maintain U.S. leadership and engagement, continue the fight against terrorists,
and wage vigorous diplomacy on behalf of U.S. values and interests. Mr. Obama
has the potential to become a great president. Given the enormous problems he
would confront from his first day in office, and the damage wrought over the
past eight years, we would settle for very good.
The first question, in
fact, might be why either man wants the job. Start with two ongoing wars, both
far from being won; an unstable, nuclear-armed Pakistan; a resurgent Russia
menacing its neighbors; a terrorist-supporting Iran racing toward nuclear
status; a roiling Middle East; a rising China seeking its place in the world.
Stir in the threat of nuclear or biological terrorism, the burdens of global
poverty and disease, and accelerating climate change. Domestically, wages have
stagnated while public education is failing a generation of urban, mostly
minority children. Now add the possibility of the deepest economic trough since
the Great Depression.
Not even his fiercest critics would blame President
Bush for all of these problems, and we are far from being his fiercest critic.
But for the past eight years, his administration, while pursuing some worthy
policies (accountability in education, homeland security, the promotion of
freedom abroad), has also championed some stunningly wrongheaded ones (fiscal
recklessness, torture, utter disregard for the planet's ecological health) and
has acted too often with incompetence, arrogance or both. A McCain presidency
would not equal four more years, but outside of his inner circle, Mr. McCain
would draw on many of the same policymakers who have brought us to our current
state. We believe they have richly earned, and might even benefit from, some
years in the political wilderness.
OF COURSE, Mr. Obama offers a great deal
more than being not a Republican. There are two sets of issues that matter most
in judging these candidacies. The first has to do with restoring and promoting
prosperity and sharing its fruits more evenly in a globalizing era that has
suppressed wages and heightened inequality. Here the choice is not a close call.
Mr. McCain has little interest in economics and no apparent feel for the topic.
His principal proposal, doubling down on the Bush tax cuts, would exacerbate the
fiscal wreckage and the inequality simultaneously. Mr. Obama's economic plan
contains its share of unaffordable promises, but it pushes more in the direction
of fairness and fiscal health. Both men have pledged to tackle climate change.
Mr. Obama also understands that the most important single counter to
inequality, and the best way to maintain American competitiveness, is improved
education, another subject of only modest interest to Mr. McCain. Mr. Obama
would focus attention on early education and on helping families so that another
generation of poor children doesn't lose out. His budgets would be less likely
to squeeze out important programs such as Head Start and Pell grants. Though he
has been less definitive than we would like, he supports accountability measures
for public schools and providing parents choices by means of charter schools.
A better health-care system also is crucial to bolstering U.S.
competitiveness and relieving worker insecurity. Mr. McCain is right to advocate
an end to the tax favoritism showed to employer plans. This system works against
lower-income people, and Mr. Obama has disparaged the McCain proposal in
deceptive ways. But Mr. McCain's health plan doesn't do enough to protect those
who cannot afford health insurance. Mr. Obama hopes to steer the country toward
universal coverage by charting a course between government mandates and
individual choice, though we question whether his plan is affordable or does
enough to contain costs.
The next president is apt to have the chance to
nominate one or more Supreme Court justices. Given the court's current
precarious balance, we think Obama appointees could have a positive impact on
issues from detention policy and executive power to privacy protections and
Overshadowing all of these policy choices may be the financial
crisis and the recession it is likely to spawn. It is almost impossible to
predict what policies will be called for by January, but certainly the country
will want in its president a combination of nimbleness and steadfastness --
precisely the qualities Mr. Obama has displayed during the past few weeks. When
he might have been scoring political points against the incumbent, he instead
responsibly urged fellow Democrats in Congress to back Mr. Bush's financial
rescue plan. He has surrounded himself with top-notch, experienced, centrist
economic advisers -- perhaps the best warranty that, unlike some past presidents
of modest experience, Mr. Obama will not ride into town determined to reinvent
every policy wheel. Some have disparaged Mr. Obama as too cool, but his
unflappability over the past few weeks -- indeed, over two years of campaigning
-- strikes us as exactly what Americans might want in their president at a time
of great uncertainty.
ON THE SECOND set of issues, having to do with keeping
America safe in a dangerous world, it is a closer call. Mr. McCain has deep
knowledge and a longstanding commitment to promoting U.S. leadership and values.
But Mr. Obama, as anyone who reads his books can tell, also has a
sophisticated understanding of the world and America's place in it. He, too, is
committed to maintaining U.S. leadership and sticking up for democratic values,
as his recent defense of tiny Georgia makes clear. We hope he would navigate
between the amoral realism of some in his party and the counterproductive
cocksureness of the current administration, especially in its first term. On
most policies, such as the need to go after al-Qaeda, check Iran's nuclear
ambitions and fight HIV/AIDS abroad, he differs little from Mr. Bush or Mr.
McCain. But he promises defter diplomacy and greater commitment to allies. His
team overstates the likelihood that either of those can produce dramatically
better results, but both are certainly worth trying.
Mr. Obama's greatest
deviation from current policy is also our biggest worry: his insistence on
withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Iraq on a fixed timeline. Thanks to the
surge that Mr. Obama opposed, it may be feasible to withdraw many troops during
his first two years in office. But if it isn't -- and U.S. generals have warned
that the hard-won gains of the past 18 months could be lost by a precipitous
withdrawal -- we can only hope and assume that Mr. Obama would recognize the
strategic importance of success in Iraq and adjust his plans.
We also can
only hope that the alarming anti-trade rhetoric we have heard from Mr. Obama
during the campaign would give way to the understanding of the benefits of trade
reflected in his writings. A silver lining of the financial crisis may be the
flexibility it gives Mr. Obama to override some of the interest groups and
members of Congress in his own party who oppose open trade, as well as to pursue
the entitlement reform that he surely understands is needed.
IT GIVES US no
pleasure to oppose Mr. McCain. Over the years, he has been a force for principle
and bipartisanship. He fought to recognize Vietnam, though some of his fellow
ex-POWs vilified him for it. He stood up for humane immigration reform, though
he knew Republican primary voters would punish him for it. He opposed torture
and promoted campaign finance reform, a cause that Mr. Obama injured when he
broke his promise to accept public financing in the general election campaign.
Mr. McCain staked his career on finding a strategy for success in Iraq when just
about everyone else in Washington was ready to give up. We think that he, too,
might make a pretty good president.
But the stress of a campaign can reveal
some essential truths, and the picture of Mr. McCain that emerged this year is
far from reassuring. To pass his party's tax-cut litmus test, he jettisoned his
commitment to balanced budgets. He hasn't come up with a coherent agenda, and at
times he has seemed rash and impulsive. And we find no way to square his
professed passion for America's national security with his choice of a running
mate who, no matter what her other strengths, is not prepared to be commander in
ANY PRESIDENTIAL vote is a gamble, and Mr. Obama's résumé is
undoubtedly thin. We had hoped, throughout this long campaign, to see more
evidence that Mr. Obama might stand up to Democratic orthodoxy and end, as he
said in his announcement speech, "our chronic avoidance of tough decisions."
But Mr. Obama's temperament is unlike anything we've seen on the national
stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master
of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing
points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no
small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right
man for a perilous moment.
Meanwhile just like I said at the beginning, i need people who can join me keep this blog good and diversed. You must love football though. If you own your own blog, that will better so you can add your signature at the bottom of your entries to get some traffick as back to your side as pay back. I don't have money to pay. The site is monitized but is non profit. See you tomorrow.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Well since i won't be talking about that, i will use this opportunity to tell you about two of our new blogs.
Weight Loss and Fitness
This blog is newly lunched but i was waiting for it to get index first. It gives you all the tips you need to get fit and loss weight. We are also recruiting writers, so i won't be the only one here. That means you will get more new stuffs daily.
The second blog i will like to let you know about is our Doctor for Free online that a health blog that discusses but conventional medicine and alternative health care practices. These two have never come so close. Well, its not just that. The blog is actually run by a real medical doctor. So the advice you will get will be informed. Well, that's if you ask.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo has unveiled new clothes boutiques in Lisbon and Madeira. The CR7 stores are part of his plans for a future after football, and the Portugal international also revealed he fancies acting in movies, saying: "As for Hollywood - maybe in 10 years' time."
Meanwhile, LEADING Premier League clubs could be thrown out of Europe, unless they sort out their finances, warned UEFA today.
It is reported that West Ham became the first major victims of the credit crunch when their chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson saw his major stockholding in Landsbanki wiped out when the troubled Icelandic bank was nationalised.
Seems lie the problem in wall street is catching up with Europe.
And now UEFA general secretary David Taylor has warned Europe's biggest clubs - like debt-ridden Chelsea and Manchester United - that they risk being kicked out of the Champions League if they fail to put their finances right. A few weeks ago they had been indications the UEFA planned to probe club finances which was welcome by Arsene Wenger despite the face-off between the Arsenal Gaffer and Mitchel Platini the UEFA president.
He said: "There would be forms of communication, even warnings, even reprimands before one would ever get to a situation of exclusion but it's absolutely possible. That is the ultimate sanction.”
Leading UEFA officials will meet on Monday to come up with fresh ways to put the squeeze on clubs who are succeeding on borrowed money.
Taylor's remarks came 24 hours after Football Association chairman Lord Triesman revealed English football clubs had amassed a debt of £3billion, and that last season's top four Premier League teams accounted for a third of that.
Monday, September 29, 2008
A lot happened on the international scene last weekend. It was a weekend of controversial penalties with Manchester United as one of the beneficiaries with the other city rival suffering on the other side.
Bolton are set to receive an apology from referee Rob Styles for his astonishing penalty mistake at Old Trafford. The official will say sorry for awarding United a spot-kick when Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly tackled fairly by Jlloyd Samuel.Well pity the Reebok boys. The harm has already been done. 'Rob Styles Again'!Why is it always Rob Styles? Maybe we leave that for future discussion.
Chelsea and Liverpool as well as the Old Trafford team all won their games with 2-0 each.
However, the exception was Arsenal whose lackluster performance against hull city saw them lose to Hull City. I heard the last time Arsenal Lost to Hull was in 1915. Waoh! No wonder the manager says this was his biggest win in his Career.
Hull City was seen taking the game to the gunners on Saturday right there at the Emirates. At the end of the first half, the Hull City gaffer claims he was angry with his wards for not going all out for a win.
Well the gunners will have to stop underrating teams if they hope to have a go at the League title this term.
Back home, i heard in the news a name i have always wished never again find its way into our football circles. ONIGBINDE! What the heck is anyone expecting from this man? This is a man that only knows how to get on the pages of newspapers and he does this better than putting up a trophy-winning team.
Embattled Dike seems on the verge of being booted out after the dismal display of losing to a team we all can't believe. The NFF thinks recycling this same coaches who have failed in the past is the solution.
The former Super Eagles chief coach Adegboye Onigbinde has emerged the number one candidate to replace the embattled Golden Eaglets chief coach Alphonsus Dike in the national U-17 team.
and the coach has been invited for discussions on the new task.
with the one time African Football Of The Year, Emmanuel Amuneke as his likely assistant.
I sincerely hope this is not another decision of the NFF we all will regret in future.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas reckons it will not be long before he has to fight for a place in the midlle of the field with upcoming gunners so hot.
And he admits he will have to raise his game in the wake of sensational midfield displays by Jack Wilshere, 16, Aaron Ramsey, 17, and Fran Merida 18.
“I cannot go to sleep as one day or other they will want to play more and more and the manager will want them to play more.
“I will have to be better and better. Wilshere, Ramsey, Merida — they all play in my position. This is great for me. I love competition.
“If the players are so young you can feel your place is too secure.
“So it’s fantastic to have competition — to wake you up and make you a better player.”
Fabregas thinks this vindicates the manager for not bowing to pressure to buy during the summer.
“I was really excited on Tuesday — it was sensational. You can see all the players have ambition, they want to show how good they are.
“It’s not easy in front of 56,000 people when they are playing regular reserve games.
“The manager is the best at giving youngsters a chance. No one comes near to him for that. He’s not scared to play everyone.
“He doesn’t care how old they are. It’s amazing. It’s why we have so many good young players. It’s the club’s policy.
“The loyalty is there when you see that the manager trusts you since you were 15, 16.
“When you see all the teams buying big stars, who knows where the stars of the future are going to come from.
“Maybe they don’t all make it at Arsenal but another team will see them play and they get another chance straight away in the Premier League instead of going to the Second Division.”
Fabregas further aclaim that for bringing up young players, no one can compare with Arsene Wenger. He himself being a product and beneficiary of such policy that saw him replace Patrick Viera at a very tender age with all the responsibilities that follows.
“Great managers like him and Alex Ferguson are special.
“But for what he does with young players, no one compares with Wenger.
“He never shows nerves before a game, he doesn’t put us under any pressure.
“Even if you’re 14 or 15 he always looks relaxed to you and instils confidence in you.”
On not winning a trophy for about four seasons. This is what he had to say.
“People can say ‘They will never win’ but it’s not in my mind. I’ll never think we won’t win anything.
“But sometimes when you feel so good during the game and play the game you enjoy so much, even if you haven’t won anything in the last three seasons, I have felt so good, so free. I enjoy it so much.
“Of course you want to win but when you have this recompense inside that you are playing so well maybe it’s much better than to be in another team that wins trophies but you don’t enjoy it so much.”
Steven Gerrard was denied his 100th goal by the linesman's flag against Stoke last weekend so he will hope that this weekend help him achieve a century of goals as to meet Everton at the Meryerside.
He has aslways done well against Everton and in the past has scored three times against Everton.
From his first strike in Liverpool colours as a 19-year-old, here are the 99 goals in his collection so far...
Can he round up the count soon?
Sir Alex Ferguson is set to introduce a rotation policy following the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov to Old Trafford. This has become increasing necessary following the lack lustre perfomance of the squad in the final third recently.
Yesterday Ferguson said all his strikers will have equal opportunity and with Rooney, yet to score in seven appearances for United this season, is no less or more secure than Berbatov, Carlos Tévez or Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to team selection. But with Tévez unfortunate to be the odd man out against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Rooney is likely to be more anxious as to who starts the match against Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford today.
“When you have got a squad and everyone is fit, you have a problem,” Ferguson said at United's training ground yesterday. “You have to make sure you pick the right 11 and even the subs. Players understand it [rotation], but it doesn't mean they accept it.
“Some players maybe three days before or three days later understand the mechanics of it and know it has to be done, but when it's their turn to be sitting out, they don't like it. That's OK with me. It tells you that they want to play and I would rather that than have some players thinking, I don't fancy it today. It's a tough game.' You don't want players who are happy sitting on the bench.”
Rooney, is known to hate sitting on the bench. Every player does, but it is just the way it has to be if the Red devils strike force must wake up and start shooting. It could be against Bolton this afternoon, the trip to Aalborg in the Champions League on Tuesday or Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park next weekend.
Ferguson himself has suggested that Rooney's inability to find the back of the net may be as a result of failure of the team to create the needed opportunities as very little is coming through these days.
“Wayne is maybe not getting a lot of chances at the moment,” Ferguson said. “We've just been to Liverpool and Chelsea, which aren't the easiest places to go to. If you look at our record in Anfield in the last few years, we've only scored one goal there in each game. It's a difficult place to go and the fans are on top of you. They gave Wayne a real hard time. But it's difficult to judge goalscoring performance from any player when you get two away games like that at the start of the season, when some players are still trying to get their fitness.”
Manchester United must get their Premier League campaign up and running this afternoon by coming out with the desired 3-points against bolton,
Alex Ferguson has also condemned Gary megson for defending Davies now known as the 'Dirtiest' Player in The top Flight . Asked whether he has “a problem” with Davies, who clashed with Patrice Evra, the full back, when the teams met last season, considering his last week's tackle against Arsenal's Clichy, Ferguson said: “Gary Megson [the Bolton manager] has come out and defended Davies, but it's hard to defend him when he makes challenges like he did last week [on Gaël Clichy, the Arsenal left back]. That's all I have to say about it.”
Friday, September 26, 2008
The Blues have gone worse haven crashed out of the League cup competition further looking like they are now relagation bound. A team that was looking at doing better than last season especially after qualifying for Europe.
Kanu Now expects rednap to make useful changes that will see his team challenging for silverwares on all fronts.
‘We’ve conceded four goals and we have to stop conceding.
‘We have to start keeping clean sheets.‘It’s a worry for all the players and the gaffer.
‘But he knows what we have to do. We are not happy.‘The only thing we have to think of is finding a solution.
‘Sometimes you have to make mistakes and you have to correct them.’ Said the Lanky Nigerian Captain.Kanu got a 21-minute cameo in the game against Chelseawhen he replaced Peter Crouch but could not remedy the situation as they still went down 4-0.
That followed his return late on against Vitoria Guimaraes in the UEFA Cup last week.
Kanu is however optimistic Portsmouth will take out their anger on Tottenham this SundayHe said: “The coach has told us what he wants and it’s down to us to implement it.
“The spirit in the dressing-room is good and we’re talking to each other, wanting to find a solution. “We want to give the fans something back. We don’t want them to lose confidence in us.
“But I believe on Sunday it’s going to be a good show and we’re going to win. I believe that because everyone is fed up with what is going on.
“It will be a difficult game for us because Spurs are trying to find their feet this season.
“The gaffer is pushing everyone to give their best, and I believe we’ll respond on Sunday – not just for ourselves, but for the supporters, because they have been supporting us with their whole hearts.
“I hope I’ll be involved against Tottenham. As an ex-Arsenal player, I love playing against them!”
Kanu might just be what Redknapp needs right now.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
It is no longer news the fact that Yoga can keep us alive and free from incessant hospital visits. This is one area of alternative care that orthodox medicine agrees with. While the regular fitness exercises is as beneficial as advertised by increasing blood flow, Yoga achieves same but in a less anaerobic state. The specificity of Yoga makes it a far better way to stay healthy. The twist, conscious breathing, relaxation, and inversions all combine to confer the kind of health non yoga practioners can only hope for.
Let’s take a look at the effects of yoga inversions. These include all forms of yoga practice that involves turning the down-side-up. Examples include shoulder stand (salamba sarvangasana), half shoulder stand (viparita karani), and headstand (salamba shirshasana). While this practice indisputably has a lot of benefits so is the downside of it, details of which we shall take a look into in this expose`.
Yoga Inversions and the Immunes System
There is a network of tubular vessels that runs along with the neurovascular bundles throughout the length and breadth of our body. Its major duty is fluid regulation as it works along with blood vessels. Edema (fluid accumulation) that presents as swelling in the respective part of the body is as a result of fluid accumulation in the lymphatic’s of that part of the body. Veins and arteries possess smooth muscles (longitudinal and circular) responsible for peristaltic movement that helps to propel blood aside from the pumping activity of the heart. None of these mechanisms is available in lymphatics.
The lymphatics are very rich in white blood cells responsible in fighting bacteria and other disease causing micro organisms but they lack the mechanism of peristalses. This prevents adequate circulation of its content- the reason our legs become swollen when we sit down for long periods. It therefore means that proper lymphatic circulation is dependent upon how much we move around. Movement causes skeletal muscles contraction and tightening of the muscles fasciae (the sheet-like covering of skeletal muscles) which in turn help circulate the lymphatic fluids. Regular exercises can achieve this but not between the body extremes. Yoga inversions are the only known effective practice that can ensure that lymphatic fluids circulate adequately from head to toe to equitably distribute the large amount of WBCs for healthy living.
Bacteria infections are prone where there is stasis of body fluids as there provide a good medium for their growth. Proper circulation of lymphatic fluid prevents this.
Improvement of Mental Alertness and Focus with Yoga Inversions
The increased circulation resulting from this practice also increases blood circulation to the brain, delivering higher amount of oxygen needed for combustion. The steady and adequate energy supply to the brain, which results from this, increases our level of concentration and mental sharpness. There are very few effective practices that can keep the brain this healthy.
Inversions improve stamina and the strength of the upper body
Expectedly the regular practice of Yoga inversions builds the muscles of the upper limbs. Following continuous bearing of the weight from the upper body, the muscles of the arm strengthen and overall increases stamina.
Effects of Inversions on Hormones
Inversions upset gravity and the pituitary and pineal gland become activated and synergize to balance hormone levels in the body. This revitalizes and rejuvenates the entire body and ensures adequate growth. Particular usefulness of the practice is found in would-be mothers.
As beneficial as it may be, there are also contraindications of yoga inversions. There are a series of health condition in which if existing, yoga inversions should be entirely avoided or modified. They include pregnancy, neck pain, high or low blood pressure, neck injuries, or in menstruation.
Yoga Inversions and High Blood Pressure
The sudden lower blood pressure after an inversion exercise in the upper body is detected by the baroreceptors (Blood pressure regulators) around the neck and usually attempt to increase the blood pressure to higher levels under normal circumstances. In people with high blood pressure, this adds to an existing high blood pressure and worsens hypertension and may lead to stroke. So it is advisable that people with high blood pressure avoid inversions and instead should adopt other forms of yoga practice or consult an instructor for proper advice.
In low blood pressure, the reverse is possible. During inversions, there is increase blood pressure in the upper body. This is sensed as abnormal by the baroreceptors that subsequently try to reduce same and may result in extremely low blood pressure afterwards leading to dizziness, fainting or cardiogenic shock.
Effect on Pregnancy and Menstruation
The effect on pregnancy is similar as above. Normally, blood pressure increases are recorded during pregnancy and involving in yoga inversions during this period is not advisable. The common problems associated with this are preeclampsia, premature labour, and aggravation of Pregnancy Induced Hypertension especially in first time pregnancies (primi gravidae).
So women should suspend inversions once pregnancy sets in and may resume about four to eight weeks after delivery when progesterone levels would have reduced towards pre-pregnancy levels.
In Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, B.K.S. Iyengar inversions are advocated during menstruation based on the claims it helps overflow. There are also some schools of thought that are entirely against Yoga Inversions during menstruation. However, none of these claims seems substantiated as many other authors also contradict one another. So women should be left alone to make their individual decisions on inversions during menstruation. Individuals should however observe how they respond to inversions during menstruation and decide for themselves what works.
Neck Injuries and Inversions
It is dangerous for persons with neck injuries to practice inversions. In an event of a slip or further trauma to the neck, the outcome could be disastrous. Same with those with injuries at the back along the vertebra column. This group should avoid inversions until it is all clear from the doctor.
The entire benefits one can derive from yoga inversions far out-weight the disadvantages as long as it is properly done, as well as know when it must be avoided or modified taking into consideration the various contra indications.
Ever since Oprah endorsed the Acai Berry calling it the number one 'super fruit', its popularity in the United States has been going like wild fire.
Acai Berry is a small dark-colored (purple) fruit that grows in clusters and tastes like berries and chocolate mixed together. This wonder fruit grown in the Amazon area of Brazil has been in use by the locals for various benefits until the recent craze for it in the United States following discoveries made by various researchers on its benefits and testimonies from users. The fruit is highly perishable, the reason you will hardly see it in fresh form but frozen or as fruits and in yogurt for they do not last the transit period from Brazil. It has been featured in the Oprah show, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated for Women.
Recent reports in the states have demonstrated the wonders of this ‘Super Food’ which has also help the popularity of the best known acai berry product in the market; Monavie products.
Help Prevent Cancer
The high fiber content in acai berries causes bulky stools. The advantage of this is that, bulky stools in the large intestine is a natural way of cleaning up the walls of the bowels as it is being passed out unlike stools formed by ingestion of refined non fibrous foods that sticks to the bowel walls. Fibrous diet is known to prevent the incidence of cancer of the colon which is a very common occurrence in the United States and other developed countries where the practice of refined fast foods is the norm.
Still on cancer prevention, acai berries ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity) level, which measures content of anthocyanins, an anti-oxidant — is the highest among berries in the world. Anti-oxidants help the body fight free radicals. This ability to mob up free radicals has been said to prevent cancer. In cancer patients, prevent its spread.
A laboratory study conducted the University of Florida in February says the acai berry has been killing cancer cells in laboratory tests.
Acai Berry is a Strong Energizer
Niacin is substrate for ATP (Adenosine Triphospate) which is the body’s own form of energy, said to be the body’s fuel, is found is high amounts in acai berries and so less energy is used up by the body to produce ATP by making use of Niacin straight up. So used in energy drinks, it will be different from other forms that makes use of glucose and so starting the process of ATP formation from scratch and in the process using up more energy.
Acai Berry’s Anti-Aging Activities
The ORAC assay done to determine how much anti-oxidants a food substance contain is said to have scored acai berry way above 1000 making it anti-oxidant content the highest and most potent in any form of natural food in the world. Anthocyanins the anti-oxidant acai berry helps prevent the destructive effects of free radicals on the cells keeping our body organs like the skin looking fresh and younger.
Regenerates Your Muscles
Acai berries contain high vitamin B levels and amino acids. The high levels of these nutrients help to keep the muscle healthy as well as build them. So it is highly recommended for those interested in muscles regeneration and hypertrophy. It is one of the highest amino acid containing plants known to man. Essential amino acids are needed in large amounts in the process of wound healing and muscles building for strength. Acai Berry provides a natural alternative to the use of amino acid tablets which is very common among body builders across the country.
Acai Berries as an Immune system booster
By destroying harmful entities in the body through its natural pool of anti-oxidants, acai berries help to keep us healthy and free of illnesses by keeping our immune system free and strong. Free radicals destroy the cell membranes of our white blood cells and immunoglobulin credited with the major function of fighting diseases but in the presence of high anthocyanins content provided by acai berries the white blood cells and immunoglobulin are mopped off of free these radicals helping them perform optimally.
Prevention of Heart Diseases
Acai Berries contains a lot of essential fatty acids like the Omega-6, Omega-3 and Omega-9, and phytosterols. Studies have shown that this ingredients help prevent heart diseases and among those who have suffered heart attack, the constituents in acai have help achieve a positive result during treatment.
Acai Berry Help Digestion
The fibrous nature of acai berry assist in digestion of food in the stomach by helping get rid of toxic entities within the alimentary canal through the bulk stools making way for proper digestive processes. You can only imagine the dangers of lack of proper digestion.
Weight Loss Advantage of Acai Berry
The simple reason that acai berry is fibrous, produces the feeling of easy satiety and makes you eat less of other forms of food helping you loss weight while you stay healthy considering every other nutrient present in acai.
Maintenance of General Body Fitness and wellness
It is rather amazing to note that just one fruit could have so much benefit. However when a full list of the ingredients of the super fruit is obtained it is easy to understand. Acai Berry also contain carbohydrates, iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, protein and calcium
So to start living healthy today, include acai berry products in your diet. Amazon Thunder, Fruit Vida International and Monavie are some of the companies selling acai berry products. Acai Juice is now sold on the internet, gyms, wellness centers, sports and fitness clubs etc. A life with acai berry keeps you away from the doctors and saves you medical insurance cost which is continuously on the high these days. Why shouldn’t you, after all, there is now a flavor called Brazilian Acai Berry Sorbet that takes acai berry products to a different level entirely. Produced by Haagen-Dazs for ice creams, promises to bring a whole new chapter in the consumption of acai berry products worldwide.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Many more surprises still from St. James' Park
Since the beginning of this season, Newcastle united, Nigeria's Obafemi Martins premiership Club has not been having it smooth at all. Trouble all began during the summer transfer when manager Kevin Keegan become furious about transfer dealings done without him being consulted and is said to have totally disagreed with management on many transfer deals and threatened to leave.
Just a few days after Owner Mike Ashley began to face the heat from fans for being spotted at the stands in Emirates Stadium gulping down a pint while Newcastle was down 3-0 to Arsenal, he announced his plans to sell the club. Then Keegan left and crisis deepens as key players like Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Shay Given, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Mark Viduka, Obafemi Martins, Charles N'Zogbia and Shola Ameobi all want away from the club.
The latest rumour from the mills have it that a Nigerian businessman says he is leading a bid to buy Newcastle United. "The consortium has raised £350m," said the chief executive of NVA Management Chris Nathaniel according to a report in the Times Newspaper.
Whether this will bring lasting solution to the crisis is yet to be seen. But i am just intrigue by the prospects of a fellow Nigerian owning a high profile team like Newcastle United in a high profile league like Newcastle United.
Friday, September 19, 2008
John Terry was adjudged to have tackled to dangerously on city Player the other day and as a result received an outright red.
But Chelsea appealed successfully and Terry will now be available for the clash against Manchester United. This has made Sir Alex Ferguson very angry as he claimed, the decision will open the flood gate for dangerous tackles.
Vidic will miss the encounter following a similar decision.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Theo Walcott finally got a second start from Fabio Capello yesterday against their traditional rival and nemesis, Croatiaand while many thought England's lack of conidence will see them fall again against the crots as usual, Theo walcot choosed the game to show that he's now ready to live up to what everyone in England expects of him.
With three Clinical finishes said to be unprecedented in English national team as it is not everyday we see No. 7 score an hatrick.