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Sports / Major 2022 January Transfer Signings by jumxie(f): 1:59pm On Feb 05, 2022
Who has your team signed? Who has left your team in the January Transfer window?

Whilst the summer window is the perfect time for clubs to revamp and beef up their squad, the January transfer window presents an opportunity for teams to address issues their team might be facing in terms of performance through the recruitment of new players.

Major 2022 January Transfer Signings
Philippe Coutinho & Lucas Digne – (Aston Villa)

Major 2022 January Transfer Signings

Following Digne’s fallout with Everton’s former gaffer Rafael Benitez, he told the club he wanted to leave Goodison Park with his contract still remaining three and a half years.

With Villa in need of a proven left-back, they went for the Frenchman who is not ready to continue playing for Everton and they eventually signed him for a whopping £25m.



Whilst for the Brazilian Coutinho, his time at Barcelona was further looking more like a waste of time having joined the Blaugrana from Liverpool in 2019.



Thankfully, his former captain and now the coach of Aston Villa showed interest and trust in him and decided to bring him on loan to England.

READ ALSO: 5 Youngsters Who Are Real Madrid’s Potential Target

Kieran Trippier & Bruno Guimaraes – (Newcastle United)

Major 2022 January Transfer Signings

Trippier has been a regular starter for Los Rojiblancos since his arrival in 2019, but things went south for the England international after an injury-ravaged year for him, and lost his place in Diego Simeone’s team.

With the Magpies looking to revamp and stock their team they went out strong for the right-back having seen him as the perfect option for the position, and they coughed out £15m to bring him back to England from Atletico Madrid.



Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has been on Newcastle’s radar for a while, but finally, they’ve been able to complete the signing of their man.



Though the signing is yet to be announced officially, with reports from both camp it is gathered that Newcastle paid Lyon a fee worth €40 plus €8m add-ons.

Ferran Torres – (Barcelona)

Major 2022 January Transfer Signings

Following Barcelona’s appointment of Xavi Hernandez, it was evident that they’re in need of top players that will help them keep up to pace with the likes of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

With that in mind, they signed Manchester City’s forward Ferran Torres on a five-year contract worth around €55m plus add-on.

Since the Spaniard sustained an injury that halted his momentum he’s not been featuring consistently for City, as such Xavi targeted him as the ideal replacement for Sergio Aguero who retired prematurely due to a health issues.

Anthony Martial – (Sevilla)

Major 2022 January Transfer Signings

Following Martial making it clear he wants to leave Old Trafford to secure regular playing time elsewhere, the name of Spanish side Sevilla popped up as the favorite team to sign him on loan.

The 26-year-old arrived in Seville on Tuesday and underwent his medical before signing his contract, which will see him play for Lopetegui’s side until June.



Sevilla signed him on loan and all they will have to do is to pay part of his wages until June when his loan deal will expire before they would now consider signing him permanently if he impressed the board.

Daniel Wass – (Atletico Madrid)

Major 2022 January Transfer Signings

Daniel Wass is the newly recruited player by Los Rojiblancos following the departure of Kieran Trippier who left for Newcastle for £15m.

The Denmark international signed a contract with Atletico Madrid until 2023 having joined from league rival Valencia, and he will be used primarily on the right of the defense providing depth beyond what Vrsaljko brings to the table.

The deal is reported to be worth €2.7m plus add-on following a week of negotiations, with Wass out of contract at Valencia in the summer.

Dusan Vlahovic – (Juventus)

Major 2022 January Transfer Signings

Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic has been prolific in front of goal in Serie A this season and has been one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers.

With his contract set to expire in 2023, it makes business sense for Fiorentina to offload the prolific Serbian for a lucrative fee in the transfer market.



According to the report, Vlahovic is said to be undergoing his medical in Torino as the Old Lady set to complete

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/major-2022-january-transfer-signings-2/

Sports / Re: Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype by jumxie(f): 12:56pm On Jan 22, 2022
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Sports / Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype by jumxie(f): 5:59pm On Jan 21, 2022
Every sports athlete is often faced with massive pressure in living up to expectations, while some embrace both the pressure and attention and ended up living up to their potential some simply fade away into mediocrity.

Many youngsters have had to deal with injuries or psychological issues which causes their career to take a nosedive, while sometimes they fail to handle the pressure from both the media and fans who overestimated their abilities.

But with the names we have on this list about the much talked about youngsters who have truly lived up to their potentials and still growing at a level expected of them, we can unanimously say they're living up to the fans and media expectations.

Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Ansu Fati - (Barcelona)

Electric pace, supreme killer instinct in front of goal, and the skills to influence play for his team are some of the qualities that stand the young Fati out amongst his fellow youngsters in world football.

Before Fati was marked out as the obvious star to replace club legend Lionel Messi, the Spaniard has already been showing the qualities of a superstar in the making with his brilliant and commendable performances for the Calatan club even with Messi on the pitch.

An injury to his knee suffered in November hindered his progressive form, but before he was sidelined he was largely Barcelona's best play with the baton of responsibility seemingly on his shoulder.

Though he's not got to the level of Messi, Ronaldo, Mbappe, or even Haaland the young Barcelona star is gradually building a name for himself and living up to the fan's expectations.

READ ALSO: Jarrod Bowen: Premier League’s Man Of The Moment

Eduardo Camavinga - (Real Madrid)

In 2018 Camavinga became Renne's youngest ever professional footballer for the club at the age of 16, and since then he went on to lay claim to a starting eleven in the team playing regularly in Ligue 1.

With his impressive and commendable performance for the French club, Real Madrid continue to be reported as his likeliest destination though there is a lot of clubs showing interest in signing the talented midfielder dubbed the next Makelele.

In 2021, Real Madrid announced Camavinga had signed a contract until 2027 from Rennes having been on their radar for a while.

With life at the Santiago, Bernabeu Camavinga is learning from the trio of Kross, Modric, and Casemiro who had been the club's most consistent midfield partners in the last decade and has fitted into the team pretty well.

Gonzalez Pedri - (Barcelona)

Barcelona only needed to see Pedri play just three games of senior football before making move to sign the youngster who was told by Real Madrid he was not good enough to make it at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It came as a huge surprise for every Barcelona with the way the youngster Pedri dubbed the new 'Iniesta' has taken to life in Camp Nou, following his €5m move from Las Palmas in the Segunda Division.

Pedri seemingly started his Barcelona career with impressive performances, and he further up the ante at the Euro 2020 for Spain where he shone like a million stars against some of the finest football stars in world football.

With his career on the upward trajectory at Barcelona, there's a lot of hope at Camp Nou that the young Pedri will go on to build a great reputation for himself.

READ MORE: Football's Top 8 Youngsters Living Up To Their Hype

Sports / Jarrod Bowen: Premier League’s Man Of The Moment by jumxie(f): 5:00pm On Jan 20, 2022
Excitement has been building at West Ham around Jarrod Bowen since joining from Hull City in 2020, with the new Arjen Robben excelling beyond imagination under the tutelage of David Moyes.

The winger has taken big strides into the West Ham squad especially under Moyes with consistent and commendable performances week in, week out for the Hammers.



He is regarded as one of the best, who has contributed to west ham’s great performance this season.

Jarrod Bowen: Premier League’s Man Of The Moment
Jarrod Bowen’s Making At Hereford Academy

Jarrod Bowen: Premier League's Man Of The Moment



Jarrod Bowen began playing football at Hereford’s academy following an unsuccessful trial at Aston Villa and Cardiff City, and he went on to helped his local club to a fourth round of the FA Youth Cup which they lost to Manchester City.

Following his brilliant performance for the academy team, he was rewarded with a senior debut as a 16-year old and in his maiden campaign in 2013-14 he scored and made an assist.

READ ALSO: 2021 AFCON Group Stage Worst Eleven

Life In The Premier League & Championship

After Hereford was expelled from the Football Conference in 2014, Bowen joined Premier League side Hull City in July and went on to played over 124 games and scored a total of 52 goals, and assisted 68 times for the Tigers.



Jarrod Bowen: Premier League's Man Of The Moment

After Hull City got relegated to the Championship in 2017, Jarrod Bowen grew into a more mature player with brilliant consistency in the final third for the Tigers.

In his breakout season in 2017-18, the Leominster born scored in his sides first game of the campaign against Aston Villa and never looked back, finishing the season with 15 goals in all competitions and winning the ‘Players’ Player of the Year Award at Hull City.



The following season he followed that up with a remarkable campaign for Hull scoring 22 times with four assists in the league and threw doubters’ opinions concerning his form and consistency to the bin.



Move To The Premier League In 2020 & Upward Trajectory



Jarrod Bowen: Premier League's Man Of The Moment

Following his consistent form and commendable performances for the Tigers, it was evident that it’s just a matter of time before the top side comes knocking on Hull City’s door for Bowen’s signature.

Bowen’s brilliance in the Championship has seen his name be mentioned as a potential target for some of the topflight sides in the transfer market.



Before signing for West Ham United, Tottenham and Crystal Palace scouts were believed to have been monitoring the winger’s progress at Hull City, but an offer never arrived for the versatile winger who ended up signing for the Hammers for a fee believed to be worth £20m.

After teaming up with West Ham United Bowen’s brilliant ability to cut inside from the right and strike from distance with his left foot, seen him been likened to former Bayern Munich great Robben who is well renowned for his left foot and cutting.

Though the Leominster born didn’t hit the ground running immediately he joined, it was evident in his play that he’s one player for the future at West Ham United.

READ MORE:https://sportyleagues.com/jarrod-bowen-premier-leagues-man-of-the-moment/

Sports / 2021 AFCON Group Stage Worst Eleven by jumxie(f): 4:04pm On Jan 19, 2022
The 2021 AFCON in Cameroon has shown it's no respecter of records and reputation, with the recent shocking upset caused by minnows teams and the determinations shown so far by teams like Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, and Comoros.

There have been some dazzling performers at this year's Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, while some have also failed to hit the ground running so far in the group stages.

2021 AFCON Group Stage Worst Eleven

Mohamed El-Shennawy - (Egypt)

The Pharaoh's goalkeeper El-Shennawy is regarded as one of the best goalies on the continent, having won quite a number of titles for the most successful club on the continent Al Ahly.

His performance against the Super Eagles of Nigeria didn't come close to the kind of display we've seen him show while playing for Al Ahly either in the Egyptian league or the CAF Champions League.

Daniel Amartey - (Ghana)

The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is no doubt the kind of competition the Black Stars will want to forget in a hurry, following their disastrous performances and defeat to Comoros Island yesterday night which dumped them out of the tournament with the star player like Daniel Amartey not able to help his team qualify to the next round.

Amartey, is one of Leicester City's most trusted players when it comes to displaying top-notch performance for his club, but unfortunately for him he couldn't bring that to the fore for the Black Stars.

READ ALSO: African Top 5 Defenders In 2021

Mohamed Camara - (Guinea)

Camara one of the Young Boys of Switzerland's best defenders came into the Africa Cup of Nations with a lot of expectations, having shown his quality against top-level opponents like Manchester United in the Champions League.

Though Guinea has been decent in terms of their performance, surprisingly Camara's performance isn't the kind of display the Guinea or Young Boys fans would have wished for.

Andy Yiadom - (Ghana)

Every Ghanaian fan predicted that the Reading star Yiadom will be a huge threat defensively on the pitch for his team, but unfortunately his performance totally fell flat plus the fact that the team underperformed.

The Black Stars struggled defensively and attacking-wise in the tournament, and surprisingly some of the team stars expected to bail the team out failed to live up to expectations, and as such Yiadom falls in the worst eleven of the AFCON team.

Abdoulkader Thiam - (Mauritania)

Debutant Mauritania is obviously not expected to go on and win the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, but their fans will have hope to see them showcase some level of decent performance against their opponents.

They are yet to record a point at the tournament and surprisingly some of the top players expected to lead the team have all failed to do their bit in flying colors, and one of the players that fall in our worst eleven is the US Boulogne of France Thiam.

Idrissa Gana Gueye - (Senegal)

2019 runners up Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations are one of the top teams expected to hit the ground running in Cameroon, due to the level of talents they will parade in the tournament but surprisingly they've not been able to showcase all of that in the group stage.

Gana Gueye one of the most experienced and talented players in the team plies his trade in Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain and looking at how he performed for his club a lot is expected of him in Cameroon but the midfielder has disappointed so far in the tournament.

Omar Marmoush - (Egypt)



READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/2021-afcon-group-stage-worst-eleven/

Sports / The Most Expensive Coach Transfer In Football History by jumxie(f): 12:52pm On Jan 19, 2022
The most expensive coach transfer in the world as of 2020 comprises managers who were lured from their club to another after paying a huge or small amount of money. Furthermore, the money paid by a club to another club in order to hire their coach is called Compensation.

In addition, the two teams will agree on a compensation fee before any transfer will proceed. In the case that the manager’s contract expires the summer he is in need, he can leave for the other club without any compensation fee.



As revealed by transfermarkt, BBC Sport, and other trusted sites, the beneath listed managers are the most expensive in history. The most expensive coach transfer in the history of football will be mentioned below. Finally, read on to know the managers who have been signed for a huge amount.

The Most Expensive Coach Transfer In Football History.
10. Julian Nagelsmann, 2019 (1899 Hoffenheim – RB Leipzig) –4.4 million pounds (€5 million).
The Most Expensive Coach Transfer In Football History.

Julian Nagelsmann is not only the youngest coach in history to win a UEFA Champions League knockout tie but also the youngest coach to manage 100 matches in the Bundesliga. After his success at Hoffenheim in his second season, he was signed by RB Leipzig on a four-year contract deal. The German club paid a sum of 5 million euros to their rivals in order to make Nagelsmann their new manager ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Furthermore, this is the tenth most expensive coach transfer.

9. Peter Bosz, 2017 (Ajax Amsterdam – Borussia Dortmund) – £4.3 million (€5 million).


Peter Bosz’s transfer from Ajax to Dortmund is the record buy-out of a coach for a German club. In addition, Dortmund paid five million euros to Ajax as a compensation fee to buy out the Dutch manager’s remaining contract. However, he was later sacked for not progressing in the UEFA Champions League, but the transfer is still the ninth most expensive coach transfer in the history of football.

Read also: Ten European Clubs With The Highest Squad Value.

8. Maurizio Sarri, 2019 (Chelsea – Juventus) – 5 million pounds (€5.55 million).


Mauricio Sarri helped Chelsea to win their second UEFA Europa League title in his first and only season as their manager. Eventually, he was approached by Italian giants Juventus to come and manage them ahead of the 2019/20 season. Due to his remaining contract with the Blues, the Old Lady paid a sum of five million pounds as compensation fee and to buy out the remaining of the Italian boss’ contract. Currently, Sarri has no job after he was sacked by Juventus after the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

7. Ronald Koeman, 2015 (Southampton – Everton) – £5 million (€6 million).


Ronald Koeman’s success rate at Southampton is what attracted the Toffees to him. After helping Southampton qualify for the Europa League, finishing sixth in the league table which was the Saints highest-ever finish. Furthermore, the toffees paid a sum of five million pounds as compensation fees to Southampton in order to appoint the Dutch manager as their new coach. Along with this, he is currently the head coach of Barcelona.

Read also: The Best Team In The Italian Serie A In The Past Decade [2010 – 2020].

6. Brendan Rodgers, 2012 (Swansea City – Liverpool) – 5 million pounds (€6.2 million).


Liverpool signed Brendan Rodgers after a successful stint with Swansea City. Before he accepted to become the head coach of the Reds, he signed a contract extension with Swansea. Nevertheless, the Reds paid a compensation fee of five million pounds to Swansea in order to buy out his recently signed contract with them. Finally, this transfer is the sixth most expensive coach transfer in football’s history.

5. Mark Hughes, 2008 (Blackburn Rovers – Manchester City) – £5 million (€6.2 million).


READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/the-most-expensive-coach-transfer-in-football-history/

Sports / Formula 1 Top 5 Highest Earners In 2022 by jumxie(f): 5:00pm On Jan 18, 2022
A salary cap will be introduced in Formula 1 in 2023, when introduced teams will only spend $30m on their two drivers and one reserve driver.

However, before then, as a Formula 1 enthusiast ever wondered who are the most highest-paid drivers in F1?



Formula 1 is one of the most lucrative and expensive sports that gives its athletes mouthwatering salaries when it comes to paying them handsomely for their impressive driving on the track.

Formula 1 Top 5 Highest Earners In 2022
Lewis Hamilton – (Mercedes Driver)
With Formula 1 heading into a new era in 2022 with new car regulations set to make the season one of the most interesting throughout the field, rather than just at the top and with the big teams alone.

Sir Lewis Hamilton arguably the ‘GOAT’ in F1 couldn’t win the Championship last year having lost it to Max Verstappen in a controversial manner, however, that doesn’t stop the Briton from racking in a lot of money.



Should Hamilton decides to keep racing and not retire even though his career isn’t clear yet, he will remain the highest-paid driver in 2022 with a base salary worth €35m.



READ ALSO: Current African Best Midfielders In Footba

Max Versteppen – (Red Bull)

Formula 1 Top 5 Highest Earners In 2022

The Dutchman is no doubt one of the best F1 drivers right now, having won the Championship last year despite it ending in a controversial manner.

Verstappen earns around €22m with Red Bull after his title-winning incurred a lot of bonus payments, which could take his final earnings to around €35m.



With Max Verstappen still in a huge frenzy for his title-winning performances last year, without doubt, his fans would obviously be expecting more success from the Dutchman this year.

Fernando Alonso – (Alpine)

Formula 1 Top 5 Highest Earners In 2022

Alonso one of the Formula 1 veterans is third on the list with €17.5m. The Spaniard may not have won the Championship for Alpine, but his experience will definitely come in handy for them especially with the new regulations in 2022.

The Spaniard has won 32 Grand Prix, 22 Pole Positions, and 1,899 points from 311 starts. He is currently the only Spanish F1 driver to have won either a Grand Prix or the World Championship.

He was so good that he won the 2001 Race of Champions Nations Cup with the rally driver Jesus Puras and the motorcyclist Ruben Xaus for team Spain.

Sebastian Vettel – (Aston Martin)

Formula 1 Top 5 Highest Earners In 2022
The year 2020 and 2021 was no doubt a tough year for the German who struggled with form and was axed by Ferrari in 2020 plus the fact that his 2021 campaign wasn’t anything to write home about.

However, with the new season very much upon us, Vettel will be hoping to hit the ground running once the season commences.



Despite not having a brilliant 2021, that didn’t affect the four-time F1 world champions earnings, and as such he is placed in fourth on this list with €13m.



Vettel and Aston Martin will hope this new season comes good for them on the track, despite his downward spiral in terms of form in recent years.

Daniel Ricciardo – (McLaren)

Formula 1 Top 5 Highest Earners In 2022

If there’s any driver that knows the meaning of perseverance, then it’s Daniel Ricciardo arguably one of the fast-rising F1 drivers now.

Ricciardo stunned the F1 world by ditching Red Bull after five years for a fresh start and a lucrative two-year deal at Renault which he sees as a difficult decision for him in an interview.

His move to McLaren one of the household names in F1 looks less of a risk with many thinking, that might aid him in fulfilling his dream as a professional driver but with that dream not yet a reality, Ricciardo is one of the highest-paid drivers in F1 with €13m.

Conclusion:

Formula 1 is a very lucrative and expensive sport with great and talented drivers running things on the track.

The above drivers may have been included in the list as the top five highest earners in the sport, however, for those who didn’t make the top five they can make the top 10.

Charles Leclerc – (Ferrari, €10.5m)

Carlos Sainz – (Ferrari, €8.5m)

Valteri Bottas – (Alfa Romeo, €8.5m)

Lance Stroll – (Aston Martin, €8.5m)

Sergio Perez – (Red Bull, €7m)

READ MORE : www.sportyleagues.com

Sports / Current African Best Midfielders In Football by jumxie(f): 10:20am On Jan 18, 2022
Ever wondered who the current best midfielders are in Africa?

Midfielder in a game of football are literally the alpha and omega of a team that strengthen both the midfield and the linking up the attack and defence of the team.

Defensive and offensive responsibilities are no doubt the prerequisite of a brilliant midfielder, which means as a midfielder you should be able to pass the ball with grit and support the team defensively with great intelligence.

Current African Best Midfielders In Football
Wilfred Ndidi – (Leicester City/Nigeria)

In the last two or three seasons Ndidi has continue to prove to the world that he’s one of the best defensive midfielders in world and most importantly the Premier League.

The former Genk midfielder reading of the game is second to non and with the current stats of the best midfielders in the world, he’s rated as an excellent tackler who is also very good in the air.

With an average of 3.62 tackles per 90 minutes it’s suggest the Nigeria international his obviously a brilliant midfielder in terms of his work rate and how well he gets the ball off the oppositions.

The AFCON is currently on in Cameroon, if you haven’t seen him go about his business in the midfielder protecting his team and the defence watch him closely on Saturday against Sudan.

Franck Kessie – (AC Milan/Ivory Coast)

Kessie has no doubt established himself as one of the best African midfielders plying his trade in Europe top-flight league with AC Milan.

The Ivorian is known for his excellent ability to win and keep the ball rolling in midfield especially when his team are attacking. Kessie played an important role in the Rossoneri’s midfield last season before injury kept him out of the team for awhile, but he thereafter came back stronger for the Italian giant.

The midfielder his currently part of the Ivory Coast squad at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon, and has been decent enough for the Elephants since the commencement of the tournament.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/current-african-best-midfielders-in-football/

Sports / 4 Players Who Could Benefit From Rohr’s Dismissal by jumxie(f): 5:18pm On Dec 14, 2021
he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday 13, December 2021 relieved Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr off his job, despite qualifying the team for World Cup playoff slated for March 2022.

With Rohr now sacked as Super Eagles coach, quite a number of Nigeria players will be hoping for a better opportunity with the team, having been frozen out of the Eagles fold for a longtime.



With Augustine Eguavoen, former Eagles captain and two time manager back in the dugout in an interim capacity, while the NFF are still in talks with Rohr’s successor it won’t be bad if Nigerian fans see players who have not been given enough chance get invited to the team.

4 Players Who Could Benefit From Rohr’s Dismissal
Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin
4 Players Who Could Benefit From Rohr's Dismissal

Awoniyi consistency in front of goal has been quite evident in recent time but the Union Berlin striker has not been lucky enough to get an invite from the sacked German.

The Union Berlin forward is undoubtedly one of the best goal-scorer in Europe’s top-flight leagues presently having scored nine goals this season for the German side.



However, despite his impressive form for Berlin Rohr continuously ignored him and restricted him to just one appearance for the Super Eagles, when he came off the bench against Central African Republic in October.



With Augustine Eguavoen now back in the dugout for Super Eagles, the Union Berlin goal poacher may be fortunate enough to earn a rear invite as we edge closer to the African Cup of Nations slated for January in Cameroon.

READ ALSO: Brasilieiro Serie A Most Valuable Players 2021

Emmanuel Dennis – Watford
4 Players Who Could Benefit From Rohr's Dismissal

For a player who has turn himself to an important figure in the Watford’s team, it sound bizarre that such player can’t get consistent invite to come represent his national team.

The former Club Brugge forward has scored seven goals and assisted five in the Premier League this season, a commendable form which makes him one of the most in-form Africans plying his trade in Europe.



Despite his mouthwatering contributions in front of goal for Claudio Ranieri led team this season, Rohr didn’t dim it right to invite him into the national team.



However, with the new fresh of air in the Eagles dugout Dennis fortune could turn from a player who couldn’t get invite to the one that get invited by Eguavoen, and should the coach opt for such decision the Watford forward is a versatile player who can play across the attack.

Sadiq Umar – Almeria
4 Players Who Could Benefit From Rohr's Dismissal

Sadiq Umar is another brilliant player who is doing impressive well for his Spanish side this season, and having rediscovered his scoring form against Zaragoza last weekend the lanky forward would be hoping to get an invite from the new boss of Super Eagles.

The former Partizan Belgrade forward registered a goal against Real Zaragoza in Saturday’s LaLiga Smartbank tie, which helped his team pick all three point.

With his goal on Saturday Umar now boast of eight goals in the 2021-22 campaign, and would hope his performance earns him a place in the Nigeria team.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/4-players-who-could-benefit-from-rohrs-dismissal/

Sports / Sport & Steroid: 7 Top Athletes Who Uses Substances by jumxie(f): 4:03pm On Dec 14, 2021
As a professional athlete to excel in sporting events is admirable without any form of performance enhancing substances but when the intake of steroid crept in the commendable performance becomes cheating. In sport the dream of every athlete is to play to their potential and go on to excel in their respective field irrespective of those competing with them which gives them joy and satisfaction that comes with conquering their peers involved.

What is steroid and how did it crept into sport? Steroid are powerful substances taken to enhance sporting performance and they’re man made substances that is related to the male sex hormone testosterone. Testosterone basically was first synthesized in Germany in 1935 for the treatment of depression, however, in 1954 professional athletes began misusing it for performances enhancement.



In the 80’s the uses of steroid extend in sports as the usage of substances becomes a norm amongst both female and male athletes in other to enhance their performances.

Sport & Steroid: Top Athletes Who Uses Substances
1. Marion Jones
Sport & Steroid: 7 Top Athletes Who Uses Substances

American athlete Jones is no doubt a very popular household name in the athletic world decades ago before substances intake affected her career which also led to her losing some of her medals having been found guilty of cheating.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Jones achieved the unthinkable by winning five medals and with such feat she became extremely popular throughout the globe as the fastest sprinter the world of athletic has ever seen.



After sometime she was accused of using performance enhancing drugs which she denied the accusation, but she eventually admitted to using the drugs which cumulated into her medals been withdrawn by (IOC) the ‘International Olympic Committee’.

2. Diego Maradona
Sport & Steroid: 7 Top Athletes Who Uses Substances

One of the most prominent substances cases the world of football ever heard off is that of legendary Argentine player Diego Armando Maradona in 1994 at the World Cup in the United States.

The late Maradona tested positive to five variants of ephedrine a banned stimulant as at then after just two matches at the world cup which led to his dismissal from the tournament leaving La Albiceleste to forge on in the competition without his services of electrifying movement and breathtaking trickery on the ball.



Maradona denied taking illegal substances before he was tested but he later claimed that his personal trainer gave him a power drink which distorted the results of his test sample.



However, during his iconic celebration against Greece eyebrows were been raised concerning how distorted his face and eyes looked when viewed from the cameras which led to him been tested to confirm if he took performance enhancing drugs.

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3. Lance Armstrong
Sport & Steroid: 7 Top Athletes Who Uses Substances

Armstrong’s fall from grace to grass as the king of cycling for years dominating and winning the Tour de France for seven times consecutively was actually triggered by his intake of performance enhancing drugs.

After conquering his cancer diagnosis in 1996 he came back stronger and he went on to revolutionalised the sport with a gigantic support from the fans and the neutrals. However, having consistently won everything in cycling he was accused of doping which he denied claiming he didn’t dope.

As time goes by Armstrong came out clean in an interview on one of the world famous personality Oprah Winfrey show where he admitted he uses drug as an athlete a serious issue in sport that dented his reputation and what he’s been able to achieve in cycling.

4. Anderson Silva
Sport & Steroid: 7 Top Athletes Who Uses Substances

Silva is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist and boxer that dominated the sport for a long time winning the UFC middleweight title and holding the record for the longest title reign in UFC history.

The former UFC champion dominance was so evident that he had a UFC total record of 16 consecutive wins from 2006 to 2013. His great martial artist fighting style and career suffered a great damage when he was banned from the sport for one year with a hefty fine for his involvement in taking performance enhancing drugs.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/sport-steroid-top-athletes-who-uses-substances/

Sports / 100+ UEFA Champions League Appearances Yet These Players Have Not Won It by jumxie(f): 7:10pm On Aug 16, 2021
The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious of all the football club competitions in the world.

Almost, if not all footballers wish to play the competition and win it, but like the popular saying, “many are called but only few are chosen.”



Call it luck or lack of quality on the side of the player or the team they play in, this write reveals that some players have managed to rack up to 100+ appearances in the competition but yet have been quite unlucky.



To make over 100 appearances in the competition you have to play in the knockout stages or even further in the final, as the group stage is just but 6 games.

Players who have managed the incredible feat of 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League but still do not have a winners medal.
100+ UEFA Champions League Appearances Yet These Players Have Not Won The Competition Before

Gianluigi Buffon
Teams: Juventus and PSG
Position: Goalkeeper

Of all the players on this, Buffon is the most unlucky and the one who is most likely to get the trophy through the goodwill of the fans. Buffon tried everything possible, including joining PSG for a short period and returning to Juventus when Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by the old ladies.

He also played for three teams in the competition, Parma who he had 6 appearances for, but it was for Juventus he had 113 appearances with three of those coming in the final of the competition while he also had five appearances for PSG.



The finals where Juventus and Buffon lost were in 2003, 2015 and 2017.



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100+ UEFA Champions League Appearances Yet These Players Have Not Won The Competition Before

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Teams: Ajax, AZ, Ac Milan, Inter Milan and Barcelona.
Position: Striker

For a player of Zlatan’s caliber, you would expect a Champions League medal to be among his numerous winners medal from the numerous leagues he has played in.

He had 19 Champions League appearances for Ajax and Juventus, 22 for Inter Milan 16 for AC Milan and 10 for Barcelona, 33 for PSG and 1 for Manchester United.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/100-uefa-champions-league-appearances-yet-these-players-have-not-won-the-competition-before/

Sports / Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club by jumxie(f): 4:24pm On Jun 17, 2021
While managerial job in football is about hiring and firing, some top managers get sacked while some get a new a job. So who are Europe’s top managers who switch club as we edge closer to the 2021-22 campaign?

Every season in practically every major leagues in Europe, clubs tend to change their respective managers either because of poor run of results or a playing pattern that seems not to go down well with the owner or chairman.



Some of the biggest clubs around Europe has been hitting the headlines with the appointment of new manager.

Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club
Massimiliano Allegri – (Juventus)
Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club

Following Andrea Pirlo single season with the Old Lady with only the Italian Cup, Super Cup, and finishing fourth place in the league under his tutelage Juventus decided to go back to their vomit with the appointment of their former gaffer Maxi Allegri who was sacked in 2019.

Allegri won four Seria A titles, cup doubles and reached two Champions League during his stint with the Old Lady before he was sacked. With the Italian looking to go back to the submit of Seria A next season Allegri would be the trusted hands to lead that troops having sign a three year contract with Juventus.

Julien Nagelsmann – (Bayern Munich)
Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club

Hansi Flick’s departure from Bayern Munich means the Bavarian giant are the ideal team to appoint Julien Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig. Nagelsmann would join Die Roten on a five year contract next season following his departure from RB Leipzig.

With his move to Bayern Munich the 33 year old gaffer would earn €25m as he look forward to steer the German giant to a new height following Hansi Flick’s phenomenon campaign with the Bavarian side.

Jesse Marsch – (RB Leipzig)
Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club

Die Roten Bullen announced the appointment of sister club manager Jesse Marsch of RB Salzburg following the departure of Nagalsmann. Marsch would commence his managerial job with the German side next season having sign a two year contract with them.

The American gaffer won the league and cup double with the Austrian side before departing for RB Leipzig where he would hope to also achieve same feat with the side. He’s been part of the Red Bulls family before been the assistant manager in the 2018-19 season, so heading back to Leipzig is about going to his familiar terrain.



READ MORE: Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season

Carlo Ancelotti – (Real Madrid)
Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club

Ancelotti has officially return to his familiar terrain at Madrid where he had stint between 2013 and 2015 winning the UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and the Club World Cup against San Lorenzo. During his first stint with Los Merengues, the Italian manager accumulated a massive 22 winning streak for the Spanish giant that made him achieved success in Spain.

Following his three year contract with Los Merengues worth close to €12m per year, the former Everton manager would be charged to rebuild the ageing squad Zinedine Zidane left over having fail to win a single title this season.

Simone Inzaghi – (Inter Milan)
Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club

Simone Inzaghi would be the manager in the dugout for the Nerazzurri next season following the departure of Conte, who guilded the former Champions League winner to their first Scudetto in 11 years.

Inzaghi join the Black and Blue side of Milan from Lazio on a two year contract, having done impressively well with the Biancocelesti including a run to the Champions League last 16 in the 2020-21 season. In his five years stay with Lazio he also won the Coppa Italia in 2019, as well as two Super Cup.

Mauricio Sarri – (S.S Lazio)
Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club

Former Chelsea and Juventus manager his another top manager that would be in dugout of another new team following his exit from Juventus in 2020. Sarri sign a two year deal with the Rome side worth around £2.6m per season.

Following Sarri’s failure in leading the Old Lady pass the quarter finals in the Champions League the former Chelsea man was shown the exit. With Sarri now back in the dugout with SS Lazio after Inzaghi left for Inter Milan, it would be interesting to see how the former Napoli tactician lead the Lazio team next season.

Jose Mourinho – (A.S Roma)
Europe : 8 Top Managers Who Change Club

A new adventure it would for Jose Mourinho next season with the Giallorossi, despite the Seria A been a familiar terrain for the Portuguese having managed Inter Milan in 2010 winning the Champions League and the Scudetto for the Nerazzurri.

Mourinho agreed a three year contract with the Rome based side that would run until 2024 following his exit from his managerial post at Tottenham Hotspur.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/europe-8-top-managers-who-change-club/

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Sports / Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season by jumxie(f): 2:46pm On Jun 15, 2021
The 2021-22 Season has been completed in all leagues and there are great transfers that has been done and dusted. Football is global marketplace and top players switch clubs constantly every summer with enormous amounts of dollars changing hands in the transfer market, as top clubs across Europe prepare for the new season.

The UEFA Champions final between Manchester City and Chelsea brought down the curtain for European club football, while the UEFA European Championship across 11 cities in Europe set us up for what to expect next season in the top-flight leagues.



With the 2020-21 season done and dusted, it is that time again where clubs focuses on reinforcements in the transfer market in preparation for the upcoming season. As such, although all attention is presently on the Euro 2020 but the summer market is still very much open.

Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season
David Alaba – (Bayern Munich – Real Madrid)
Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season



Alaba’s move to Real Madrid is one of the transfer deal that got many football enthusiast talking, following the official announcement of the Austrian from the Los Blancos camp. The 28 year old join Los Blancos on a free transfer from Bayern Munich following the expiration of his contract.

While the Austrian has penned a five year deal with the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu side, he would be looking forward to meet his new teammates and manager once the Euro 2020 Championship comes to an end.



The signing of Alaba means Los Merengues are getting set for the new campaign, while the versatile left back comes with lot of positives for the Spanish giant in terms of what he offers on the pitch.



While at Bayern Munich he managed an impressive total of 35 goals for Die Roten with the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League to show for.

It would be interesting to see David Alaba in Real Madrid’s color with a lot of positives attached to his signature ahead of the new season.



Sergio Kun Aguero – (Manchester City – Barcelona)
Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season
Following Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Final, Sergio Aguero left the Sky Blue side to team up with the Blaugrana on a free transfer after his contract expires.

Barcelona officially announced the Argentine forward as one of the new recruit ahead of next season by offering him a two year contract until 2023 and the deal includes a release clause of €100m.



During his time at City since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011, the 33 year old won 15 trophies for the Sky Blue with five Premier League titles, six Carabao Cups, one FA Cup and three Community Shields. He also became the club’s all time goal-scorer netting 260 goals in 390 games for City.

The Blaugrana would certainly depend on his goals and experience come next season for a brilliant outing in the league compare to what they had in the just concluded campaign finishing third on the log.



Eric Garcia – (Manchester City – Barcelona)
Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season

With Gerard Pique gradually nearing the twilight of his career Barcelona have reacted smartly by signing one of the La Masia product on a five year deal, becoming the first signing of the new campaign for the Camp Nou side.

The career path of the youngster is similar to that of the club captain Pique who also played for the red side of Manchester before he left for Barcelona in 2008. While Garcia is more experienced and already a Spanish international, it would be interesting to see how the former City defender fit into Ronald Koeman’s team next season.

To say the Blaugrana struggles in defence last season it’s an understatement, but with the recruitment of Garcia perhaps the former City man could add more bite defensively to the Barcelona team with experience of Pique, Leglet, and the youthful energy of Mingueza and Araujo.



Dayot Upamecano – (RB Leipzig – Bayern Munich)
Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season

Following the imminent transfer of David Alaba to Real Madrid, Die Roten acted swiftly in approaching RB Leipzig for the signature of France centre back Dayot Upamecano to replace Alaba.

The Bavarian club activated the defenders release clause by parting with €42.5m to sign the Frenchman on a five year deal. According to the Bayern board member Hassan Salihamidzic who said in a that “we’re convinced that Dayot will be a very important member of ZoZur team in coming years”.



With such statement from a well respected member of Die Roten, a lot would be expected from the Frenchman following his impressive campaign with “Die Roten Bullen” last season with a total of 2332 minutes played and 12 clean sheets kept in 29 matches.



Ibrahim Konate – (RB Leipzig – Liverpool)
Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season

Another Die Roten Bullen player that would be playing his club football elsewhere in the English Premier League next season is Konate. After four seasons in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig where he made 95 appearances and scored four goals, come next season he would be wearing the shirt of Liverpool.

Prior to signing the France’s U21 defender Liverpool has suffered a lot of injury crisis to their centre backs like Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip. But with the Frenchman now in the mix the Jurgen Klopp side could bank on his skill set in the defensive third next season.

The Kop indicated Konate has sign a long term contract after finalizing terms and passing his medical, following his €42m move from Leipzig to Liverpool which means that Ozan Kabak won’t get his loan deal been made permanent.



Florian Thauvin – (Marseille – Tigres)
Done Deal: Transfers For The 2021-22 Season

Mexican side Tigres are also not on the back foot in the transfer market with the signing of Marseille’s winger Florian Thauvin on a free transfer. The 28 year old moves to Mexico on a five year deal following the expiration of his contract with “Les Phoceens”.

With his move to the Liga MX he will reunite with former teammate Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also left Marseille in 2015. Thauvin did achieved plenty of success with Les Phoceens having joined them in 2013 even though his stint with the Magpie wasn’t a success.



Thauvin’s move to the North America side further brings to the fore how financially buoyant Tigres are in terms of bringing in experienced players from top Europe’s club side. Interestingly Thauvin’s won’t be the first time, having seen the likes of Guido Pizzaro, Carlos Salcedo, and Diego Reyes joined from top sides in recent seasons.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/done-deal-transfers-for-the-2021-22-season/

Sports / Euro 2020 : 5 Underdogs Who Could Spring A Surprise by jumxie(f): 8:04pm On Jun 10, 2021
Just 24 hours before Euro 2020 Championship gets underway and the excitement levels are immensely growing across the continent.

With 24 countries ready to give out all their might in the pursuit of becoming European champions. The likes of France, Germany, Belgium and Italy are considered as the ultimate favorites.

Some countries are ranked as the tournament’s underdogs. But, as previous edition have shown football fans, no team can be completely written off. That said, it won’t be out of place to also look at the chances of other teams regarded as the “Dark Horses” of the tournament.

5 Euro 2020 Underdogs Who Could Spring A Surprise

Turkey
Euro 2020 : 5 Underdogs Who Could Spring A Surprise

Turkey has always been one of the underdog team to always watch out for since their impressive outing at the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002, giving the way they gave the Samba Boys of Brazil a run for their money at the group stage and finishing the tournament as the third best team.

They boast the second youngest team going into the tournament couple with the blend of experience just like they had the likes of Hakan Sukur, Yildrim Basturk, and Hasan Sas who led them to a third place finish at the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002.



At this year European Championship, the “Crescent-Stars” would bank on the experiences of Lille title winning striker Burak Yilmaz, AC Milan midfield maestro Hakan Calhanoglu, and the solidity of Leicester’s centre back Caglar Soyuncu and Ozan Kabak.

Been in Group A alongside Italy one of the tournament favorite, Switzerland, and Wales means they also have an equal chance of qualifying to the next round against the other teams with the decent quality in the squad.
READ ALSO: Star Players Who Will Miss Euro 2020

Denmark
Euro 2020 : 5 Underdogs Who Could Spring A Surprise

The Danish are no doubt one of the side to look out for at Euro 2020, been that they’ve won it before despite not qualifying for Championship initially when they won it back in 1992. Denmark are unbeaten in their last five matches which is a big pointer to how inform the Dane are going into this tournament.

The former European Champions may not boast the qualities they possesses when they won it with the likes of Sand, the Laudrup brothers, and others.



Yet they’ve got themselves amazing players who are doing well for themselves in top European clubs like Inter Milan’s Christian Eriksen, Leicester’s number one goalie Kasper Schmeichel, Tottenham Hotspur’s defensive midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg, Yousef Poulsen, and Kasper Dolberg.

The Dane are in Group B alongside Finland, Russia, and Belgium one of the best side in the tournament brimming with plethora of talent. However, irrespective of the teams they would face Denmark has enough quality in their ranks to upset the darlings of the competition.

READ ALSO: Star Players Who Will Miss Euro 2020

Russia
Euro 2020 : 5 Underdogs Who Could Spring A Surprise

While Russia best performances at the European Championship till date was their impressive outing in 2008, reaching the semi finals unexpectedly despite football enthusiast not tipping them as one of the tournament’s surprise team.

Away from the European Championship, another competition which the Russian had fared impressively was the phenomenon outing they had at the 2018 World Cup, where they got to quarter finals for the first time since the post Soviet history as the host nation.



That said, their other European Championship outings has been very porous compared to their 2008 and 2018 World Cup performances that got the fans stayed glued to their seat. However, the Russian fans would like to see a decent performances from their team at this year competition considering the decent players they’ve got in the team like AS Monaco’s forward Golovin et al.

Though they would miss the leadership and experience of their retired goalie Igor Akinfeev, but they’ve got the experiences of Golovin, Mario Fernandes, Denis Cheryshev and Yuri Zhirkov to bank on.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/euro-2020-5-underdogs-who-could-spring-a-surprise/

Sports / Most Assists – Europe’s Top 5 Players 2020-21 by jumxie(f): 2:29pm On Jun 07, 2021
Ever wondered who are Europe’s Most Assists provider in the just concluded 2020-21 campaign?

While goal-scorer are more revered in football and the assist providers don’t really get more accolades on the kind of hard work they put in place in making sure the forwards in their respective teams get all of the goals.

As much as assisting a goal is just as significant as putting the ball at the back of the net, so it is important to also praise those that has done impressively well to provide the assists for their colleagues on the pitch.

Most Assists – Europe’s Top 5 Players 2020-21
Most Assists - Europe's Top 5 Players 2020-21

Thomas Muller – (Bayern Munich, 18)

Number on our list his Bayern Munich veteran cum versatile midfielder Muller, he has 18 assists after 34 match days in the just concluded Bundesliga 2020-21 campaign. The Die Mannschfte midfielder obviously had a brilliant campaign for Die Roten, and with this statistics he ranks as number one as the player with the most assists provided in the Bundesliga which cumulated into Bayern winning the league.

The Germany international isn’t the kind of player that would guarantee you 50 plus goal every season, but his an efficient and very versatile player that would contribute to the success of the team either with his goals or assists. All through his career he’s play as either a midfielder, striker, or winger and he’s never disappointed in delivering the goods when play in any of the positions mention.



Muller’s influence on Die Roten team was so good that all through the campaign he has a total of 47 chances created which ranks him number 8 among other players in the Bundesliga. That said, with Euro Championship set to commence in few days Muller would definitely want to take his club form to the German team for them to have a brilliant outing.

READ ALSO : Star Players Who Will Miss Euro 2020

Most Assists - Europe's Top 5 Players 2020-21

Harry Kane – (Tottenham Hotspur, 14)

With the 2020-21 Premier League campaign finally over with each team knowing where they belong in terms of Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League spot. While some team won’t have the opportunity to participate in all of the above competitions.

For the team and player that would take part in any of the above competitions is Tottenham’s Harry Kane, the forward did had a wonderful campaign with the North London side scoring 24 goals and providing 14 assists. With that achievement he underlined his status as one of the Premier League’s most complete forwards by winning both the Golden Boot and Player maker awards.



As far as the English Premier League is concern, Kane is the first player for 22 seasons and the third ever to finished top of both rankings in the league ahead of Manchester City’s man Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes of United. It would be interesting to see Kane with the same energy in which he ended the campaign for Tottenham at the European Championship.

Most Assists - Europe's Top 5 Players 2020-21

Iago Aspas – (Celta Vigo, 13)

When you mention Celta Vigo, the name that comes to mind is no other than ‘El Turco’ Iago Aspas. In his six seasons since returning to La Liga, Aspas has scored more than 114 goals for Celta and as such no other player in Celta has ever scored more goals than him.

El Turco was so good that he played a pivotal role in helping Celta finished eight on the league standings in the just concluded LaLiga Santander campaign.
Aspas wasn’t just instrumental for Los Celestes in terms of his goals contributions, he also contributed immensely with 13 massive assists.



Aspas stint with Liverpool may not have ended well, but in the four walls of the Balaidos the Spaniard his nothing but a legend among the fans and a pure leader in the dressing room for his colleagues in terms of his consistent performances for Los Celeste especially this season.

Most Assists - Europe's Top 5 Players 2020-21

Ruslan Malinovskyi – (Atalanta, 12)

When pointing at some of the key players in Gian Piero Gasperini’s team the Ukraine midfielder would obviously be listed in the top five best, based on his impressive performances this season for the Bergamo side in the Seria A.

When Malinovskyi arrived from Belgian club KRC Genk in July 2019 for €13.7m, he was only expected to provide additional depth to the Bergamo side with the likes of Papu Gomez and Josip llicic still dictating the pace in the squad. However following the exit of Gomez to Sevilla Gasparini needed someone to come into the team and fit in perfectly, as such Malinovskyi was called upon and he ended up paying the manager’s trust with impressive performances.



In the 2020-21 campaign the former Genk midfielder has 12 assists in total after 38 matches played for ‘La Dea’. According to statistics his all round performances for the Bergamo side ranks him number 5 in the Seria A, plus a total number of 37 chances created all through the campaign.

Without mincing word, the Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko would definitely be banking on his eyes for goal and assist just like he did for Atalanta when the Euro Championship commences proper.

Most Assists - Europe's Top 5 Players 2020-21

Memphis Depay – (Lyon, 10)

Memphis Depay’s failed Manchester United stint would certainly be one of the darkest moment in his football career, despite joining the Red Devils with a lot of expectations from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in 2015 for £25m on a four year contract with the option to extend for a further year.

After failing to light up the Premier League when he joined, Depay moved elsewhere to the French Ligue 1 with Lyon one of the best side in the league in January 2017 and since then he’s been their best player every season having rediscover his form with the former Champions.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/most-assists-europes-top-5-players-2020-21/

Sports / N’golo Kante : Unknown Things About The Latest UCL Winner by jumxie(f): 8:35am On Jun 04, 2021
N’golo Kante is arguably the best defensive midfielder in the world currently and probably the nicest who comes from a humble beginning.

But aside the aforementioned, did you know that the World Cup and UEFA Champions League Winner used to wander the streets of Paris cleaning up dirt and looking for valuable waste with his dad?

Here are the hidden but interesting part about Chelsea’s midfield dynamo, N’golo Kante.
His Idols

N'golo Kante: Unknown Things About The Latest UCL Winner

Given his position, you’d think Kante’s childhood idols were some defensive midfield generals, central Midfielders with long of steels and high football IQ. Guys like Claude Makelele or Lassana Diara.

Basically, players he often has been compared to. But even though he loves Diara, Kante is a huge fan of Ronaldo, the Brazilian.



“Ronaldo, the Brazilian. I would put on DVDs of his goals on the computer and watch that”



“We would watch the videos of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho and we tried to reproduce the same thing on the pitch.”

“They’re players who I really like; along with Maradona.” – N’golo Kante, 2021.

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Marseille

N'golo Kante: Unknown Things About The Latest UCL Winner

Having won the world cup title, Two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one Europa League and now the UEFA Champions League, it’s obvious that Kante’s career has been glorious.

That’s a massive accomplishment for a player who didn’t play topflight football until 2014. But in another dimension, he could be said to be playing in France.



Because back in 2015 while playing for Caen, he already had more than a few offers on the table and he was able to consider one of the eventually.



“Among the club who wanted to recruit me were Leicester and Marseille. I thought I had to go through a stage in France.”

“I remember the generations of Frank Ribery, Samir Nasri and Mamadou Niang and it was a team I liked, especially in the Champions League.” – N’golo Kante, TheSun, 2017.

Thomas Tuchel also wanted to sign him for PSG but Kante wasn’t interested.

“I knew in the past that there was some offers from Paris Saint-Germain when he (Tuchel) was the manager, but I was not interested.”

“It didn’t happen and I was happy at Chelsea and I stayed there.” – N’golo Kante, chelseafc.com, 2021.

He’s working wonders for Tuchel at the Bridge after all.

Kante Is Malian Too



N’golo Kante may have won the world cup for the French national team but he never thought he’d even play for them.

During his one and only season with Leicester, Kante had serious doubt about his ability to suit up for Les Blues.

So he confided in his assistant coach Steve Walsh.

“I want to play for Mali because my parents are from Mali.” – The SundayTimes, 2017.

But he forgot about it and decided to play for France instead. The decision he took having consulted Steve Walsh who told Kante he’d get into any team even if there’s a World XI.



And rightly so, two years after, Kante made the FIFPro XI and won the World Cup.

He Escaped Tax Evasion

N'golo Kante: Unknown Things About The Latest UCL Winner
N’golo Kante: Unknown Things About The Latest UCL Winner
A list players like Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and more have been accused of tax evasion but only one name would have to be excluded from that list, N’golo Kante.

When he signed for Chelsea, the club wanted to pay 10% of his salary to an offshore account which would help lower the amount of income taxpay.

Well, given the juicy manner in which it appeared, almost every footballer would’ve simply said yes. But Kante said “No, thank you.”

Kante in his inflexible self outrightly rejected the offer and noted that the setup proposed to him could be questioned by the tax authorities.

When the story later broke, Journalists asked his French teammate Blaise Matuidi what he felt about Kante’s position and he gave a swift response.


“I’m not surprised. He just being N’golo. Everything’s perfect, he’s not a cheater, except a little in card games.” Matuidi said.

Meanwhile, Kante responded in an epic manner. “I’m not a cheat at card games. I’m a competitor and those who lose like to give others a bad rap.”

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/ngolo-kante-unknown-things-about-the-latest-ucl-winner/

Sports / Star Players Who Will Miss Euro 2020 by jumxie(f): 1:39pm On May 20, 2021
The Euro 2020 will return after being postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Slated for June 11 till July 11 in eleven different European venues (Check the home page for the profiling of the stadiums), the 2021 date for the competition has come too early and also too late for some of the biggest football stars for the competitions.

Star Players Who Will Miss Euro 2020
Due to covid-19 situations and the huge number of games played by players since the return of football last year has made UEFA increase the number of players allowed in the final man squad to 26.

However, we take a look those who will couldn’t be accommodated even with the increase in the number as well as those who have been ruled out by fitness and not to forget those whose countries are absent all together.

Erling Halaand & Martin Odeegard (Norwegian)Halaand and Odegaard didn’t offend anybody, Norway wasn’t just good enough for Euro qualification after losing to Serbia in the Playoffs after extra time.


The hottest youngster and one of the best young player in world Football will miss the Euros. Robert Lewandowski will be glad he won’t have to compete with Borrusia Dortmund’s striker for the highest goal scorer gong.

Martin Odeegard is one for the future at Real Madrid and having posted decent performances during his loan spell at the Emirates Stadium, it would have been lovely to see how mature the midfielder has become since his transfer to Real Madrid as a teenager.

However, the Norwegian national team has a potentially interesting future with this duo being the core of the team and with Halaand scoring 11 goals in his first FIFA World Cup competition at the U20 in 2018, football fans will miss the goal scoring machine.

Marc Andre Ter-Stegen
Goalkeeper
Germany.

Barcelona goalkeeper and Germany’s second choice in between the sticks has been ruled out after opting for a knee surgery after Barcelona dropped from the La Liga title race last weekend having lost 2-1 to Celta Vigo.

The goalkeeper wants to have the surgery and regain full fitness before the start of the new season and missing the Euros is a sacrifice he is ready to make.

Virgil Van Dijk
Defender
Netherlands

Liverpool defender missed a bigger chunk of the 2020/2021 after suffering a torn ACL injury on his knee in a 2-2 draw with Everton in October.

Definitely the Euros have come to early to be a part of the Oranjes team to the tourney. Liverpool missed him, u believe the Netherlands will miss him as well, and will it cost the 2018 Nations League finalists, we will have to wait to see.

Star Players Who Will Miss Euro 2020

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
Sweden

Initially, retirement from international football would have ruled Zlatan out of the competition but after posting impressive performances on his return AC Milan in December 2019.

His form has seen him score 25 goals in 37 games for the Milan team which earned him a recall out of retirement into the Swedish national team.

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https://sportyleagues.com/star-players-who-will-miss-euro-2020/

Sports / Athletes Who Wrote Nigeria's 25-medal Story At The Olympics Games by jumxie(f): 3:11pm On May 19, 2021
Nigeria Athletes has been a part of the Olympic games since 1952 when the West African nation made its debut in Helsinki Finland even though the country wasn't independent then.

As expected the country failed to win a single medal at its debut where it paraded just nine and it was not until 1964 in Tokyo (three editions later) when Nigeria registered a solitary Bronze medal.

Boxing would continue to be one of the sports where Nigeria has been successful sports at the Olympics but the next medal didn't come until the Munich Olympics in 1972 where another single bronze medal was recorded.

Athletes Who Wrote Nigeria's 25-Medal story At the Olympics Games




Nigeria punched to the bronze medal in the boxing event through Nojim Maiyegun in the light middleweight event, despite having 12 athletes.

The Boxer went on to have a bronze medal at the 1966 commonwealth games and also had 12 wins and 4 losses in 16 bouts in his pro-boxing career.

Again it was in boxing and this time it was Isaac Ikhouria who won a bronze medal and a year later he won a gold medal at the 1973 All-Africa Games.

Nigeria missed the Montreal Olympics in 1976, recorded no medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow but won more than a single medal at the Olympics for the first time at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics with a silver and bronze medals.

Again Boxing brought in silver medal through Peter Konyegwachie at the Men's Featherweight (– 57 kg) while the quartet of Innocent Egbunike, Rotimi Peters, Moses Ugbusien, and Sunday Uti won bronze in Athletics, Men's 4 × 400 m Relay.


Four years later in Seoul, Nigeria brought naught in terms of medals but in Barcelona, Spain 1992, four medals came from two sports, you guessed right, Boxing and Athletics.

Beatrice Utondu, Faith Idehen, Mary Onyali and Christy Opara Thompson won bronze in Women's 4 × 100 m Relay while their male counterpart Oluyemi Kayode, Olapade Adeniken, Davidson Ezinwa, Chidi Imoh, and Osmond Ezinwa won silver Men's 4 × 100 m Relay.

Boxing delivered two silver medals David Izonritei in Boxing, Men's Heavyweight and Richard Igbineghu in Boxing, Men's Super Heavyweight.

Atlanta 1996 remains Nigeria's most successful outing at an Olympic event with six medals won. Two gold medals and one silver and three bronze medals.

The country's male football team won its first ever gold medal at the Olympics event beating the duo of Argentina and Brazil to the gold medal.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/athletes-who-wrote-nigerias-25-medal-story-at-the-olympics-games/

Sports / Euro 2021: Know The Venues by jumxie(f): 3:08pm On May 18, 2021
With less than a month to the Euro 2020 teams have started releasing squad names for the players who will execute the games for their respective countries at the event.

However, while the gladiators are just getting revealed by the coaches of the various national teams are participating at the event, the venues where the matches will take place have long been identified.

Unlike several other European championship that were previously held in one nation or co-hosted by two countries, the Euro 2020 will be the first of its kind that will be held in 11 different European countries.

Euro 2021: Know The Venues

According to Wikipedia, each city will host three group stage matches and one match in the round of 16 or quarter-finals, with the exception of Saint Petersburg, which will host six group stage matches, and London, which will host two matches in the round of 16.

From Azerbaijan to Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Scotland and Spain, the Euro 2020 isn't limited to a location and we take a look at the game venues.




Wembley Stadium
England, London
Capacity: 90,000

The iconic London city will be one of the centers for games in the unique Euro 2020. The venue for matches is of course the Wembley Stadium.

Group stage matches in Group D, two round of sixteen matches, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final match on July 11th.

England, Croatia, Scotland and Czech republic will all play their group stage at the stadium.

13 June 2021 -15:00 England v Croatia
18 June 2021 - 21:00 England v Scotland
22 June 2021 - 21:00 Czech Republic v England

Stadio Olimpico
Italy, Rome
Capacity: 70,000

The home to the Rome rivals of Lazio and AS Roma will host Group A games and quarter final matches. Italy, Turkey, Switzerland and Wales will play their group stage games at the stadium.

Group Stage Games.
11 June 2021 - 21:00 Turkey v Italy
16 June 2021 - 21:00 Italy v Switzerland
20 June 2021 - 18:00 Italy v Wales




Allianz Arena
Germany, Munich
Capacity: 70,000

Bayern Munich home ground is Germany's venue for the euros and it is going to be the venue for group stage games in group F where Hungary, Portugal, France and Germany.

Group Stage Games
5 June 2021 - 21:00 France v Germany
19 June 2021 - 18:00 Portugal v Germany
23 June 2021 - 21:00 Germany v Hungary

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/euro-2021-know-the-venues/

Sports / Re: The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored A Premier League Goal by jumxie(f): 2:23pm On May 18, 2021
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Sports / The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored A Premier League Goal by jumxie(f): 6:37pm On May 17, 2021
Goalkeepers are meant to keep the ball out of the net, save the team by not out-conceding the opponents. Most of the time, they are deprived the praise and adulations worthy of their heroics in between the sticks, especially in a striker centric fanbase.

The goal scorers are the most recognized and adored for their performances in front of goals and the Midfielders in the middle of the park. However, recently, Goalkeepers have earned accolades for their abilities and performances especially with their style evolving into more of use their legs.



With that been said, there has been instances of net-minders becoming net-busters as Goalkeepers move up the pitch in a last ditch attempt to help the team in another dimension.

The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored a Premier League Goal
One of the few who have easily developed and adapted into the demands of modern Goalkeepers to use their feet more and be sweeper-keepers is Alisson Becker who is in the same league of Manuel Neuer.

The Brazilian and Liverpool goalkeeper Allison Becker became just the sixth goalkeeper who have been a hero at both ends of the pitch, saving and scoring goals in the Premier League with his late winner against West Brom at the weekend.

However, asides Allison, Five other goalkeepers have scored in the history of the Premier League, today we take a look at the Net-busting Net-minders in the Premier League.

The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored a Premier League Goal

◎ Peter Schmeichel
Aston Villa (vs Everton)
Date: October 2001
Result: 2-3

The Manchester United legend was a beast of a goalkeeper during his days and he managed to add one of the best goals scored by a goalkeeper in the Premier League to his CV.



Villa were trailing at the Villa park against Everton 3-1 when Peter Schmeichel went far into the opposition box for a corner kick and a smashed in a volley which came off the post in a 3-2 loss against Everton at the villa park in October 2001.

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The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored a Premier League Goal



◎ Brad Friedel
Blackburn (vs Charlton)
Date: February 2004
Result: 2-3

Here is a goalkeeper who did not score from long range but took the courage to go as far as the opposition box and poking the ball from a scrambled shot from a corner kick.

Brad Friedel is known for his brilliance with his goalkeeping skills, however he also showed that he can be a good fox-in-the-box striker with his goal in Blackburn’s 3-2 loss to Charlton in February 2004.

he thought he had snatched a point for Blackburn Rovers with his 89th minute goal but maybe if he had been more concerned about his goalkeeping duties other than scoring, the Rovers wouldn’t have conceded three.

The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored a Premier League Goal

◎ Paul Robinson
Spurs (vs Watford)
Date: March 2007

Goalkeepers can score from a free kick but this is no Jose Chilavert but Paul Robinson did score from a long-range free-kick against Watford in Tottenham’s 3-1 win in 2007.



The intention of the English goalkeeper was not to score a direct free-kick from just close to his own box but as luck would have it the ball hit the surface of the pitch once in the opposition box and flew over the Watford goalkeeper to give Paul Robinson is one and only goal in the Premier League.



The Six Goalkeepers To Have Scored a Premier League Goal

◎ Tim Howard
Everton (vs Bolton)
Date: January 2012
Result: 1-2

Sometimes you need not just only energy and talent to score a goal or even win a football game, mother luck and mother nature can also be very crucial in getting a goal.

Tim Howard is a testament to this fact after he was truly fortunate to have scored in a Premier League game at the Goodison Park against Bolton in 2012.



The goalkeeper hit a back pass very long and it bounced on the pitch just once before going past the Bolton goalkeeper into the back of the net in the defense of the Bolton’s goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, it was windy on the match day and so maybe Tim Howard got a bit of help from the wind.

Sadly, luck was not on Everton’s side as they lost 1-2 to the visitors.

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/the-six-goalkeepers-to-have-scored-a-premier-league-goal/

Sports / NBA Stars And Their Religions by jumxie(f): 10:37pm On Mar 25, 2021
It’s a known fact that there is an existence of several religions in the world; as such, every occupant on the face of the earth is expected to have their respective religions.

Meanwhile, due to the glamour and fame that’s showered on sports superstars, lovers and followers of these sportsmen and women tend to be oblivious of the fact that there’s a place for religion even in the sporting space.



For example, in 2020, when Orlando Magic’s forward (Jonathan Isaac) refused to kneel for the national anthem or wear a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over his jersey during an NBA seeding match against Brooklyn Nets, he was thrown into the global spotlight.

He became popular afterwards, stating that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt isn’t the answer. His words: “I don’t think that kneeling or putting on a T-shirt for me, personally, is the answer, I feel like for me black lives are supported through the Gospel. All lives are supported through the Gospel.”

As expected, criticisms followed his stance in the match against Brooklyn Nets and the interview he granted after the match, but majority members of the NBA fraternity applauded and stood with the American. But little did Isaac know that he had set an example worthy of emulation through his faith.

NBA Stars And Their Religions
Hakeem Olajuwon – Retired (Muslim)
NBA Stars And Their Religions
Retired Nigerian-American NBA legend was a famous undisciplined trash-talker in his days as a player. He had numerous brawls with players and officials as well as picking up several fouls in his colorful 18 year career.
But later in his career, The 12-time NBA All-Star developed a strong interest in spirituality and became a devoted Muslim. Olajuwon changed the spelling of his name from Akeem to the more conventional spelling of Hakeem, saying that he corrected it.

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Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors (Christian)

NBA Stars And Their Religions
Probably “Chef” is the most outspoken and grounded believer of Christ in this list. There have been instances where Curry would point to Christ in heaven when granting interviews and also does it when on the basketball court.

Curry once stated that “Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ. When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent, who I believe in.”



NBA Stars And Their Religions
The 33 year old who shares the word of God with his teammates revealed that he points to God to remind himself that he plays for him and that he hits his chest to represent that his heart belongs to God.

Kenneth Faried – Zhejiang Lions (Muslim)

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/nba-stars-and-their-religions/

Sports / English Premier League: Highest Earning Defenders by jumxie(f): 4:48pm On Mar 08, 2021
Obviously, the majority highest earners in the Premier League are from the top six clubs because the League has a viable structure and huge sponsorship deals that makes their players earn some insane weekly wages even without considering what these players have to offer their clubsides.

This is why other clubs playing in other leagues find it extremely difficult to match the Premier League clubs in terms of payment of salaries.
We know that Spurs’ Gareth Bale is the highest paid player in the league, City’s Kevin De Bruyne happens to be the best paid midfielder while Manchester United’s David De Gea is the highest earner of all the goaltenders in the league. But, what about the defenders?
Let’s find out which defender(s) earns the highest in the Premier League.

Yerry Mina (£120,000) – Everton

The Colombian centreback joined the Toffees from Barcelona in 2018 in a deal worth €30 million. Since then, he’s become a household name in the Premier League.

Even in the ongoing season, Mina has steered the ship of the defense for the Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side.
Alongside Mina, Manchester United’s duo of Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelöf as well as Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte also pockets a sum of £120,000 pounds per-week. Not a meagre amount!

One would understand why Arsenal fans mostly come hard on Luiz whenever he puts up amateurish displays. It’s simply because of his huge weekly wages; a player cannot be earning an enormous wage and be contributing less to the team – especially a team like Arsenal that’s not known to be paying huge wages.

At Chelsea, the Brazilian defender was earning £117,612. But at Arsenal, an addition of £8,061 pounds have been added. Which implicate that the club would rely on his wealth of experience to help add balance to every defensive problem they may have.
By and large, the 33 year-old hasn’t been awful in his two years spell at Arsenal but he needs to be doing more – Much is expected from whom much is given.

Cesar Azpilicueta (£145,000) – Chelsea

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/english-premier-league-highest-earning-defenders/

Sports / Europa League: Top 5 Prospective Teams That Could Win The Title by jumxie(f): 11:05pm On Mar 05, 2021
UEFA club competition second tier 'Europa League', with the Friday's draw saw teams whittled down to 16, as the competition edges closer and closer to the last two teams.

Now that the group stages are finally over, and each teams has been drawn with their next opponent in the competition. Let's chronicle the five prospective teams that could win this season Europa League, having shown with their impressive form and consistency in the competition that they could win it.

So, without wasting time, let's go on the journey as we chronicle the five prospective teams that could go on to win the Europa League this season.

Europa League: Top 5 Prospective Teams That Could Win The Title

AC Milan - (Italy)

Seven time UEFA Champions League winner AC Milan, are fast becoming a genuine force in Europe and Seria A again after along time away from UEFA competitions and been competitive in the Seria A. The Rossonerri managed to skipped through the hurdle of former European Champions FK Crvena Zvezda, in a match that produced six goals in both legs with the Italian giant Milan qualifying to the round of 16 with away goals rules.

With the Rossonerri's next opponent been high flying Manchester United away from home, in the round of 16 it would be quite difficult to upstage the Red Devils just like they did with FK Crvena Zvezda. However, with the impressive form of their old war horse Zlantan Ibrahimovic, and the support cast of Ante Rebic and Hakan Calhanoglu Milan has enough quality to triumph in both legs and go as far to win the trophy they've never won in Europe.

On the other hand, we also cannot over look United, they may not have a potent forward that could deliver the goals like Milan has in Ibra. However, Ole's led side are also well experience and capable enough to curtail the attacks of Milan, and most importantly with the high flying Bruno Fernandez still in the team United also has something working for them.

The tie would be decided based on the team that could score more goals, and if we're to go by that Milan seem more like the team with no disrespect to Ole and his team.

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Arsenal - (England)

A familiar opponent it is for the Gunners once again in this year Europa League's round of 16, having been drawn against their last season enemy Olympiacos. The Gunners managed to get through their opponent, after a dramatic 3-2 triumph over Portuguese Champions Benfica in Athens to qualify for the round of 16 through a 4-3 aggregate.

After escaping the firepower of Benfica, surprisingly for the Gunners they were drawn with their last season tormentor who are also in brilliant form this season. In the round of 32 clash between Arsenal and their visitor, Olympiacos it was the goal of Pape Abou Cisse last gasp goal in 53rd minutes that levelled the tie and force extra time which got to the Gunners eliminated.

With that painful scenario playing on in the mind of Mikel Arteta and his boys, they wouldn't want to take on their next opponent with soft hands knowing full well what they're capable of. So with the team captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang back to his scoring, and the ever reliable Bukayo Saka dishing out top performances for the Gunners, then we could say Arsenal are one of five prospective teams to win the title.

Ajax - (Netherlands)

READ MORE : https://sportyleagues.com/europa-league-top-5-prospective-teams-that-could-win-the-title/

Sports / Sporting Events Involving Nigeria In 2021 by jumxie(f): 6:43am On Feb 24, 2021
There are lots of sporting events involving Nigeria in year 2020. No doubt, the arrival of Covid-19 has necessitated the postponement of numerous sporting competitions across the world.

In Europe, the UEFA Euro Championship slated for 2020 was postponed to this year due to the presence of the contagion.

Another postponed sporting event is the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that involves nations of the world, participating in different kinds of sporting activities.

The African continent was not left out, as 2020 CHAN, AFCON Qualifiers and AWCON also suffered postponements.

Even in Nigeria, the National Sports Festival has been postponed several times since last year, this can also be traced to the availability of Coronavirus.

Therefore, the effect of the dreaded disease on sports cannot be overemphasized. As a result of these postponements, 2021 has come with a handful sporting competitions, not in Africa alone, but in the world even as the second wave of the disease lurks around in some countries.

Having witnessed the WAFU U-17 Competition which involved Nigeria, as well as the Champion of Champions Wrestling Championship (Bayelsa) in January, there are more sporting events that involves Nigeria that would shape the country’s achievement in sports, come December 2021.

Sporting Events Involving Nigeria In 2021

Football – AFCON Qualifiers

Having emerged as the third best placed team at the 2019 edition in Egypt, the Nigerian National Football Team (Super Eagles) would join other African countries to conclude their qualifications for the 2022 African Cup Of Nations in Cameroon.

Before the qualifiers were postponed, the Super Eagles after four matches sit on the first position in Group L with eight points (one point above Benin republic who sit second).

While Sierra Leone and Lesotho occupy the third and fourth positions respectively with three and two points each.

The next international break comes up in march. Benin Republic will host the Super Eagles on March 22 to battle for the top spot in the group, and Nigeria’s last game will be at home against The Crocodiles of Lesotho.

Tokyo Olympics

Sporting Events Involving Nigeria In 2021

Nigeria is expected to take part at the Summer Olympics in different games. Several athletes from different categories have qualified for their respective sports.

So far, we have qualifiers for Wrestling, Basketball, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Rowing and Sprint in the male and female categories.

National Sports Festival

READ MORE: https://sportyleagues.com/sporting-events-involving-nigeria-in-2021-2/

Sports / Bundesliga Derbies: 5 Most Fierce & Biggest Rivalry by jumxie(f): 5:08pm On Feb 23, 2021
Nothing stirs football fans emotions quite like a fierce derbies, as we know every Football game all over the globe is about securing three point, or a draw. However, when it comes to derbies, it’s goes beyond the three point, it’s all about pride, honor, and perhaps the political implications.

Undoubtedly, fierce local derbies in football makes the game so interesting even despite not having the fans in the stands for now due to the virus, the fans still come to term with their darling teams when the derbies comes to town.

In a local or crosstown derbies, location is one of most common reasons that makes such game a fierce local derby or rivalry between the club’s involve. What is that thing that makes the fans anticipate a derby? They anticipate a derby because it’s usually that tense period where opposing fans get the better off their neighbors.

5 fierce and biggest Bundesliga Derbies

Schalke 04 – Borussia Dortmund (Revierderby)

The Revierderby is undoubtedly the most intense and followed Bundesliga Derby, ironically this derby came to life yesterday night where Dortmund triumphed over their rival Schalke 04 in a match that produced four goals in favor of Dortmund against the struggling and woefully Schalke 04 side this season.

Over the years, the encounter between the two biggest teams from the ‘Ruhr Area’ Gelsenkirchen region have always produced tense encounter. Unfortunately for both teams they’ve not been fortunate enough to have the full compliment of their fans in the stadium due to the virus that has wracked havoc to many things in the world of sports.

The Revierderby was born in 1925 where the first match between Schalke and Dortmund was first played, and since then the derby has produced a total of 158 meetings with Die Knappen ‘Schalke 04’ leading their meetings with 60 wins, 43 draws, and 55 wins for Die Schwarz-Gelben ‘Borussia Dortmund’.

The Revierderby produced the biggest win in 1940 in favor of Die Knappen, where they went on to win 10-0 against Die Schwarz-Gelben. However with the sorry state Schalke are currently in, the Signal Iduna Park side have been more precise and dominant in their play against their arch rival from the Ruhr Area, and as a matter of fact yesterday’s result brought to fore the recent dominant of Dortmund in the Revierderby.

FC Koln – Borussia Monchengladbach (Rhine Derby)

There are four clubs from the ‘Rhine River’ region in Germany, and the four teams include Borussia Monchengladbach, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bayer Leverkusen, and Koln. However, amongst all of these four clubs mention FC Koln and Borussia Monchengladbach encounter is the biggest Bundesliga Derby from that region, as both clubs share a tense hatred for each other.

The Rhine derby was first played in 1962 with Koln edging Gladbach with four goals to one, however the ‘Die Geibocke’ couldn’t build on their first derby win and since then Die Fohlen has been the king of the derby dominating the encounter that involves the two teams from the Rhine river region.

The Derby has produced over 96 encounter in between the two teams, with the side from Borussia Park leading in terms of their winnings. Before now the rivalry between these two teams wasn’t as heated as what we have now, however once lit it has since produced a very hot derby.

The biggest fight between the two clubs was produced back in the 1977-78 season, where Koln and Borussia Monchengladbach were number one and two respectively on the league table with same point and huge goal difference separating both teams. However, Koln went on to win the title following the massacre of St.Pauli to break their rivals title streak who also annihilated Die Schwarz-Gelben ‘Borussia Dortmund’ but lost the title to Koln.

SV Werder Bremen – Hamburger SV (Nordderby)

Bundesliga Derbies: 5 Most Fierce & Biggest Rivalry

The matches that involves Hannover 96, Hertha Berlin, SV Werder Bremen and Hamburger are all often called the Northern sides derby (Nordderby). However, with the four fantastic clubs from the Northern side of Germany, the most fierce and original derby of all is between Bremen and Hamburg.

The Nordderby was birthed in 1927 with ‘Die Rothoson’ Hamburg registering their first derby win. Since then the derby has seen a total 154 meetings between the two teams, with Bremen leading with 58 wins, 43 draws and Hamburger with 53 wins.

The pinnacle of the rivalry between the two clubs from the Northern side of Germany came in 2009, when they met four times in 18 days. Two of the four matches was first played in the European competition at the semi finals stage with Bremen escaping the hurdles of Hamburg to qualify to final while the other two encounter came in the league.

Die Rothoson and Die Werderaner may not have won as much silverware in recent seasons as they have won in the past, however whenever these two sides meet it’s always so intense and full hatred for each other. As a matter of fact, beyond football rivalry there is also the part of both side claiming to be the biggest metropolises in the country.

READ ALSO: https://sportyleagues.com/bundesliga-derbies-5-most-fierce-biggest-rivalry/

Business / Re: If You Are Uber Partner In Lagos, Please Share Your Experience Here by jumxie(f): 8:14am On Jan 13, 2021
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Business / Re: If You Are Uber Partner In Lagos, Please Share Your Experience Here by jumxie(f): 7:20am On Jan 13, 2021
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