Real Madrid win Club World Cup
Spain's Real Madrid yesterday won the Club World Cup for a third consecutive year, and record fourth in total, by beating Abu Dhabi side Al Ain in the final. Luka Modric curled home the opening goal from the edge of the area after Karim Benzema’s lay-off. Marcos Llorente hit a stunning 25-yard half-volley - his…
Russia 2018 is best watched World Cup – FIFA
A record audience of more than 3.5 billion people watched this year’s World Cup in Russia, with the final between France and Croatia attracting 1.12 billion viewers, world soccer’s governing body said on Friday.
Hat-trick hero Bale fires Real Madrid into Club World Cup final
Gareth Bale hit an 11-minute hat-trick on Wednesday as Real Madrid strolled into the Club World Cup final by beating Kashima Antlers 3-1 in Abu Dhabi. Bale scored in the 44th, 53rd and 55th minutes at the Zayed Sports City Stadium to put Madrid within touching distance of a record fourth success in this competition,…
Falcons ex-coach Okon wants home-based players ahead of World Cup
Former Coach of the Super Falcons, Edwin Okon, wants more home-based players to be added to the current squad for the team to achieve better result at France 2019 Women’s World Cup. Nigeria was on Saturday drawn in Group A of the 2019 Women’s World Cup alongside, hosts, France, South Korea and Norway. However, the…
Could the rise of online sports betting in Nigeria help a future World Cup bid?
The only African country ever to host a World Cup was South Africa in 2010, and for a continent with so many great footballing nations, this does not seem fair. The ultimate footballing contest has been held in Europe on eleven occasions, South America five times, North America four times (after 2026), and Asia twice…
Euro 2020 draw offers unique incentive for 12 host nations
The eyes of European football on Sunday turn to Dublin for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw with 12 nations handed the extra incentive of home advantage should they make it to the 24-team tournament in two years time for the first time. Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint…
Rohr satisfied with Eagles’ form since World Cup, set for vacation
Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr believes Nigeria has grown tremendously since its early exit at the Russia 2018 World Cup, adding, however, that there are still room for improvement.
Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers
Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years' time.
Hong Kong get World Cup hopes back on track
Hong Kong rekindled hopes of joining the big guns of international rugby at next year's World Cup with a comprehensive 42-17 win over Kenya in the second round of repechage on Saturday. Hong Kong, who lost their opening match of the campaign to Germany, came back from 14-0 down after 23 minutes to run in…
Did France or Africa win the World Cup?
Sir: The storm that erupted after France recently won the football world cup with a team dominated by African immigrants, needs to be revisited for historical context.
Giroud gets winner as France celebrate World Cup homecoming
France finally celebrated winning the World Cup with their home fans on Sunday after Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud both scored in a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in Paris.
Gernot Rohr must earn back Nigeria’s respect after World Cup disappointment
The second phase of Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles rebuilding project will officially kick off when Nigeria takes on Seychelles in Victoria next weekend. The stakes are quite high for the three-time African champions. To miss out on an Africa Cup of Nations would once have been considered unthinkable, but the last two editions have gone…