Mikel Obi Insists Messi Was Worthy FIFA Winner Over Haaland

Mikel Obi Insists Messi Was Worthy FIFA Winner Over Haaland

Despite the surprise of Lionel Messi being crowned the 2023 FIFA Best Player of the Year, former Nigerian national team captain Mikel Obi believes the 36-year-old Argentine deserved the award over favourite Erling Haaland. Daily Stand Nigeria recalls Messi claimed the trophy for a third time even though Manchester City phenom Haaland was expected to…

What is a Fullback in Football? Duties of a Soccer Number 2 Explained

What is a Fullback in Football? Duties of a Soccer Number 2 Explained

The number 2 shirt holds an important place in soccer. While other numbers like 10 are usually reserved for creative attacking players, the number 2 is often worn by fullbacks – dependable defensive players who support both attack and defense up and down the flanks of the pitch. Though not glory positions, good number 2s…

What is Number 10 in Soccer? Duties of a Soccer Number 10 Explained

What is Number 10 in Soccer? Duties of a Soccer Number 10 Explained

The number 10 is an iconic jersey number in soccer that is usually worn by the team’s main playmaker – the creative attacking midfielder who is responsible for setting up goals with killer passes, orchestrating the attack, and unlocking defenses with incisive through balls. This article will examine the critical role of number 10 in…

AS Roma relieves Jose Mourinho of his position as head coach

AS Roma relieves Jose Mourinho of his position as head coach

The AS Roma football club announced today that they have parted ways with manager Jose Mourinho, ending his tenure as the head coach of the Serie A side. Mourinho was appointed as Roma’s coach in May 2021, becoming the 60th person to take charge of the club. Over the past seasons, he guided Roma to…

AFCON 2023: Jose Peseiro admits only divine intervention can help Nigeria against Ivory Coast

AFCON 2023: Jose Peseiro admits only divine intervention can help Nigeria against Ivory Coast

Nigerian national team manager Jose Peseiro has admitted that only divine help can aid Nigeria’s chances against 2023 Africa Cup of Nations host Ivory Coast in their upcoming match. Peseiro is worried after Nigeria only managed a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. Nigeria faces an extremely tough task against the star-studded host side…

Victor Boniface denies cultist linking, explains ‘bird’ AFCON post

Victor Boniface denies cultist linking, explains ‘bird’ AFCON post

Nigerian striker Victor Boniface is trending on social media again. The 23-year-old is back with his club Bayern Leverkusen in Germany after suffering an injury that ruled him out of the Africa Cup of Nations. In Sunday’s AFCON Group A match between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, the teams played to a 1-1 draw despite Victor…

Boxing Match: MMA star Francis Ngannou to face Boxer Anthony Joshua In Riyadh

Boxing Match: MMA star Francis Ngannou to face Boxer Anthony Joshua In Riyadh

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has been confirmed as the next opponent for Boxer Anthony Joshua. The two heavyweights are set to face off in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March, though an exact date has not yet been announced. More details about the highly anticipated boxing match between Ngannou and Joshua, arranged by Matchroom…

Who is Alhassan Yusuf? All to know about Kano-born midfielder replacing injured Wilfred Ndidi for AFCON

Who is Alhassan Yusuf? All to know about Kano-born midfielder replacing injured Wilfred Ndidi for AFCON

Alhassan Yusuf, who was born on July 20, 2000, in Kano, Nigeria, started his football career at FC Hearts. He has been called up to Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, to replace the injured midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi. However, the Tiki Taka Development Group, a Swedish-based academy with operations in Nigeria, recognized his talent and…

If I wish you good luck, it would be a lie – Klopp to Salah as he leaves Liverpool for AFCON

If I wish you good luck, it would be a lie – Klopp to Salah as he leaves Liverpool for AFCON

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to wish his star player Mohamed Salah good luck ahead of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Salah recently left Liverpool squad after their match against Newcastle on Monday night to link up with his national teammates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on January…

Osimhen Snubbed As Ronaldo, Benzema Get FIFPRO World XI Nominations

Osimhen Snubbed As Ronaldo, Benzema Get FIFPRO World XI Nominations

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has surprisingly not been nominated for the 2023 FIFPRO XI team of the year. Despite an excellent 2022–2023 campaign at both the club and international level, Osimhen did not receive enough votes from fellow professionals to earn a spot among the top forwards. According to FIFPRO, the FIFPRO World XI is…

AFCON 2023: 17 Players Arrive at Super Eagles camp in Abu Dhabi

AFCON 2023: 17 Players Arrive at Super Eagles camp in Abu Dhabi

Seventeen players of Nigeria’s Super Eagles team have arrived at camp in Abu Dhabi for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The team, eager to win after ten years, saw early arrivals, including captain Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo, as mentioned in a tweet from the Super Eagles. The camp in Abu Dhabi came to…

AFCON: NFF grants AC Milan’s request for Chukwueze to arrive at Super Eagles camp late

AFCON: NFF grants AC Milan’s request for Chukwueze to arrive at Super Eagles camp late

According to the information gathered, the reason was due to AC Milan’s request for the Eagles winger to participate in the Coppa Italia match against Cagliari on January 2, which the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) granted. The changes allow Chukwueze to take part in AC Milan’s game before reporting to the Super Eagles camp in…

Wolves vs Chelsea Analysis: Prediction and Betting Tips for Sunday, December 24, 2023

Wolves vs Chelsea Analysis: Prediction and Betting Tips for Sunday, December 24, 2023

The hectic festive football schedule in England has thrown up a real Christmas cracker here, as Wolves and Chelsea are set to battle it out in what is only the second Premier League (PL) fixture ever to be held on December 24th, and the first since 1995! Wolves vs Chelsea Analysis With just three points separating Wolves from Chelsea,…

Solanke hat-trick denies Espírito Santo winning start

Solanke hat-trick denies Espírito Santo winning start

Dominic Solanke netted a 94th-minute winner to seal a 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest, denying the 10-man Reds a point as the Cherries win four consecutive Premier League (PL) away matches for the first time ever. Espírito Santo would have been pleased to see a solid opening showing from his new Forest side in front…

Luis Suarez reunites with Lionel Messi as he signs for Inter Miami

Luis Suarez reunites with Lionel Messi as he signs for Inter Miami

Suarez recently joined the South Florida scene, joining former Barcelona teammates Messi, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets in Major League Soccer. ‘Nothing more beautiful than with friends,’ Inter Miami shared on Instagram, with a picture of children holding the names of the team’s four stars. The team expressed on X, previously known as Twitter: ‘Embracing…

Al Nassr FC secures victory with 3-1 Win over Al-Ettifaq FC as Ronaldo nets 51st goal of 2023

Al Nassr FC secures victory with 3-1 Win over Al-Ettifaq FC as Ronaldo nets 51st goal of 2023

Al Nassr FC secured a convincing 3-1 victory against Al-Ettifaq FC. The game kicked off with high anticipation at the 0′ mark. In the 14th minute, Mane’s shot narrowly missed the target, keeping the score level. Controversy arose in the 26th minute as Telles went down in the box, but the referee waved off penalty…

Arsenal tops 2023 Premier League fair play table with 29 points, Tottenham at bottom with 60 points

Arsenal tops 2023 Premier League fair play table with 29 points, Tottenham at bottom with 60 points

Mikel Arteta has frequently made appearances in the referee’s notebook this season, yet his Arsenal team currently leads the Premier League’s Fair Play table, while North London counterparts Tottenham find themselves at the bottom. Yellow cards contribute a single point in the Fair Play standings, and a red card from two bookable offenses adds three…

Aston Villa eyeing Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward

Aston Villa eyeing Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward

Aston Villa is reportedly considering the signing of Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho. According to various online media, the Premier League team is contemplating a move to secure the services of the in-form Nigerian international in the upcoming January transfer window. The forward, part of the Super Eagles, is approaching the end of his…

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria’s Super Eagles end 2023 as 6th in Africa and 42nd globally

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria’s Super Eagles end 2023 as 6th in Africa and 42nd globally

The Super Eagles of Nigeria concluded 2023 as Africa’s sixth-best team and ranked 42nd globally in the latest FIFA monthly standings. The Nigeria national team had just one loss but achieved four victories and three draws throughout 2023. Morocco maintained their top position in Africa and was 13th globally, while Senegal, holding onto 20th place…

Mourinho Reveals Why He Turned Mikel Obi into a Midfielder at Chelsea

Mourinho Reveals Why He Turned Mikel Obi into a Midfielder at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho recently revealed why he changed John Mikel Obi from an attacker to a defender during their time at Chelsea. Before Mourinho came in 2006, Obi was a top young playmaker. Mourinho explained his choice, emphasizing the need for physical strength and simplicity for defensive midfielders, except for rare cases like Claude Makelele. Mourinho…

Liverpool and Manchester United Play to Goalless Draw at Anfield

Liverpool and Manchester United Play to Goalless Draw at Anfield

Liverpool and Manchester United battled it out in a high-stakes game at Anfield, ending in a 0-0 draw that left fans wanting more. Even though Liverpool dominated possession and took a whopping 34 shots, they couldn’t break through Manchester United’s solid defense. Despite the visitors coming from a recent Champions League exit, they showed strong…

Exciting Debut for Nathan Tella with Super Eagles

Exciting Debut for Nathan Tella with Super Eagles

Nathan Tella, the talented 24-year-old winger from Bayer Leverkusen, couldn’t contain his excitement as he made his debut for the Super Eagles during Nigeria’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe. In the clash with the Likuena of Lesotho, Tella, a former Arsenal star, started on the bench. However, in the game against…

Sporting Lagos Coach Urges Fans to Exhibit Sportsmanship

Sporting Lagos Coach Urges Fans to Exhibit Sportsmanship

Sporting Lagos head coach, Paul Offor, has called on the club’s supporters to display sportsmanship consistently. Offor emphasized the importance of standing behind the team in both challenging and successful moments. The coach’s plea comes in the aftermath of a security breach during the ninth matchday encounter against Heartland. During the game at the Mobolaji…