Monday, July 21, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 11:04 AM
England's captain Steven Gerrad has announced his international retirement after making 114 appearances in his 14 year career. The 34-year-old who captained the national side in the 2014 World Cup which they crashed out after two matches admits that his decision to leave the national team is a “a very difficult decision”
Speaking in an interview with FATV the Liverpool midfielder and captain said: “This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I've had to make in my career. I have agonized over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to family, friends and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.
“Most importantly, Brendan ( Rodgers, his manager at Liverpool) has been fantastic and obviously I have to look after my body as much as possible to ensure I can give everything when I take to the field.
“To ensure I can keep playing to a high level and giving everything to Liverpool FC I believe this is the right decision, and having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision
Gerrad made his debut appearance in 2000 in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley and went on to play in 6 major tournaments for England scoring 21 goals over the course of his career. He has captained the national team 38 time and he retired as the third most capped England player of all time behind Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115).
Appreciation: “I'd like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey. I'd also like to thank everyone who has been part of my international career, from the England mangers I've played under to the staff at the FA and, of course, all the players I've been fortunate to play alongside. In particular, the supporters have been amazing, not least in Brazil when they got behind the team despite the disappointing results.”
He also added: “ I'd especially like to thank Roy (Hodgson), firstly for giving me the captaincy permanently when he took the job, making me the proudest man in the country and allowing me to fulfill my childhood dream. He has been very understanding over the past few weeks and is a man I will always hold in the highest regard”
Posted by wasaafrica at 10:40 AM
AC Milan's boss Adriano Galliani has confirmed that the club is yet to receive a bid for Italian player Mario Balotelli.
Revealing more on Balotelli's future with the Italian side, Galliani said: “There's no offer from Arsenal”
He also made a clever comment stating: "But would €20million (£15.8m) be enough? Well without an offer there is no point talking about hypotheses."
It is true that Arsene Wenger met with the striker's agent in June, Mino Raiola in Brazil for talks over a potential 25 million pounds transfer, they however did not make any bid to towards the move.
Posted by wasaafrica at 1:51 AM
FIFA's World ranking for the month of July was recently released following the completion of the World Cup and this month's ranking includes very major shifts and drops .
One of the main changes in July's ranking includes Germany obvious number 1 position, following their World Cup victory, the current world cup champions are number 1 in FIFA's World ranking for the first time in almost 20 years while Argentina claimed the number 2 spot and The Netherlands jumped to the 3rd position in the world after beating host nation Brazil for the third place in the World Cup.
2010 World Cup champions, Spain who occupied the number 1 spot for a while have dropped to number 8 spot after they crashed out in the first round of the just completed World Cup. Host nations Brazil moved down 4 spots and are now number 7 in the World while Portugal are currently number 11 in the World.
African sides: Nigeria moved up to become the highest African team in FIFA's ranking for July. The Super Eagles of Nigeria now occupy the third spot in the Confederation of African Football region; they also moved up 10 spots in the global list as they are now up to 34th in the World. The Super Eagles of Nigeria did quite well in the just concluded world tournament as they made it to the last 16 before losing 2-0 to France. Along with Nigeria, north African nation Algeria performed well in Brazil and their number 1 spot remains unchanged in Africa.
Worst drops in Africa-Cape Verde suffered a 273 point drop, the biggest by any team in the World and obviously moved down from their fifth position in Africa to 15 and 75th place in the World.
Here's the top 10 African nations (World Ranking in parenthesis)
Labels: Transfer news
Posted by wasaafrica at 12:57 AM
25-year-old Super Eagles player Brown Ideye recently became the fifth signing of the summer for the English side West Brom. Ideye has signed a 3-year contract which is said to be worth around 10 million pounds, the contract comes with an additional 1 year option.
West Brom's new head coach Alan Irvine said: “Brown is a quality striker and I'm looking forward to working with him”
“He's a strong, quick, and powerful player who likes to get in behind defences and has plenty of champions League and international experience”
The 25-year-old forward will arrive Hawthorn with an impressive record after scoring 74 goals in 182 league appearances.
For the Nigeria who FIFA recently lifted their ban from international football, Brown has scored 5 goals in 24 appearances and was part of the 2010 World Cup squad.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 3:32 PM
FIFA has lifted the suspension that was imposed on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on 9 July 2014 on account of external interference.
The World football governing body ordered ban after a court sacked the Aminu Maigari-led NFF Executive Committee and barred them from overseeing the affairs of Nigerian football.
In a statement released on Friday, the NFF stated that: “FIFA has noted that the court proceedings and order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension was withdrawn.
“As statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension as of today, Friday, 18, 2014
The liftin of the suspension means that all rights of the NFF as FIFA members as defined in Article 12 of the FIFA Statues are reinstated.
Posted by wasaafrica at 3:21 PM
Drake and Chris Brown let bygone be bygones as they made fun of their 2012 bar brawl in a funny video skit which was shown live at the 2014 ESPYS held on Wednesday July 16 at the Nokia Theater in L.A live.
L.A Clippers's Blake Griffin joined in the as the stars referred to the incident in the clip-they first battled it out with the 2014 ESPYS host whether their segment should be called “Blake and Drake or Drake and Blake”
In the skit, both Drake and Blake end up in a dentist's office, with the NBA player hovering over his rival, as the the horrified rapper asks Griffin, “ Are you really going to do this?
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 6:17 PM
Olympian, Oscar Pistrius who is currently on trial for the murder of his girlfriend was involved in an argument at a trendy Sandton nightclub in South Africa. The incident took place at the VIP Room on Saturday night, a venue known for its high-end clientell and A-list guests.
Pistorius' media representative Anneliese Burgess confirmed that there was indeed an altercation, they however denied it was a case of a “bar brawl” as reported by various media.
In a statement released Burgess said: “We can confirm that Oscar was at the said venue with one of his cousins. They sat in a quiet booth in the VIP section when they were approached by an individual who has now been indentified as a Mr Mortimer.”
“The individual in question, according to our client, started to aggressively engage him on matter relating to the trial. An argument ensued during which our client asked to be left alone. Oscar left soon thereafter with his cousin. Our client regrets the decision to go into a public place there inviting unwelcome attention” she added.
His family in a statement said today that going to a nightclub where he got into an altercation in the middle of his murder trial was "unwise" and worried that the paralymian known as the Blade Runner was increasingly involved in "self-harming behavior."
Following the news of the club altercation, Pistorius' uncle, Leo Pistorius issued a statement regarding the nightclub incident, the uncle suggested that the family disapproved of Pistorius' trip to the club, saying that going there “whilst his court case is still underway was unwise”
He also added that: “Those of us closest to him have been witness to his escalating sense of loneliness and alienation. This we believe is underlying some of his self-harming behavior”
“As a family we are counseling Oscar to find ways of dealing with his feelings of isolation” the uncle wrote.
Leo Pistroius wrote that he believes: “ that Oscar is grappling with an extreme level of emotional pain that is manifesting itself in some of his recent unwise actions and choices.
Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, early in the morning of Valentine's Day last year. The double amputee sprinter insists he shot her through a closed bathroom door thinking she was an intruder.
The 27-year-old is facing up to at least 25 years behind bars if convicted of the crime.
Posted by wasaafrica at 7:40 AM
Some San Jose Sharks fans recently formed the group “Say Not To Shark Ice Girls” in response to the team's proposed uniform change for its co-ed ice team.
Members of the Shark Ice team wore full outfits that did not expose any skin, however, this year's uniform “May be form fitting with some skin exposure.”
About 1108 persons and counting are against the new uniform change adding that this is offensive and sexist and “reinforces a negative double-standard where men are taken seriously but women are sexualized and objectified.Source: Foxsports
I totally agree with this petition, women in sports should be taken seriously, not for what they look like, but because of their talent. It is unfair the ways in which women are represented, from the cheerleaders, to w omen’s football. Women have more to offer in than their looks.
Posted by wasaafrica at 1:32 AM
Former Argentine legend and star Diego Maradona believes Colombia' s James Rodriguez deserves the Golden Ball Award, Maradona feels Lionel Messi did not deserve to win the award following his World Cup performance. Deigo claims the 27-year-old won the award for commercial reasons.
Messi beat the likes of Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez to win the very prestigious award after the Barcelona star scored 4 goals in 7 appearance at this summer's tournament .
During the final edition of his World Cup program, De Zurda, the former coach and manager of the national team suggested that Colombia's James Rodriuez who was the Golden Boot winner as top scorer in the tournament should have won the Golden Ball award.
Messi is a prominent ambassador for sportswear manufactures Adidas, he is also an official FIFA partner.
Mardona won the Golden Ball during the 1986 World Cup, Argentina were the World Champions in the World Cup. Speaking further he said: “I would give him heaven if possible, but its not right when someone wins something that he shouldn't have won just because of some marketing plan”
Maradona also said: “I could see that he didn't want to go up and collect it/ (award)”
Monday, July 14, 2014
Posted by wasaafrica at 1:01 PM
A late game goal, after 90 minutes of play, 15 minutes of extra time and in the second half of the extra time, Germany's Mario became a hero after scoring the winning goal for The Team. In what can be described as one of the most physical match of all-time; with head injuries and concussions, both sides failed to score in the whole 90+minutes of the game, Germany won over Argentina in extra time taking home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday July 13, 2014 with a 1-0 win.
Two early opportunities from Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain failed to secure a win for the South American team; one sailed wide, and the other found the back of the net only for Higuain's celebration was cut short after he was called off-sides.
Germany gave their all in the game and then some but failed to produce a goal in regular time. A header from Benedikt Howedes bounced off the post towards the end of the first half and although they were persistent in attacks in the second half, they were unable to secure a goal. In extra time, after playing out the first 15 minutes, the second half of extra time seemed fruitless until German substitute Mario Gotze in the 113th minute connected with a cross which went past Argentine keeper Sergio Romero whose performance throughout the tournament remains unmatched.
Germany won their 4th world cup for the first time as a unified nation, and it was the first time any European country will lift the cup on South American soil.
Posted by wasaafrica at 12:43 PM
The Nigerian high jumper became the very first Black African to win a gold medal, his remarkable story has however become tragic.
According to The Guardian The Guardian :