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Champions League returns with new format

The year 2020 for football fans would be unforgettable due to the delays and cancellations of leagues and competitions across the world. UEFA champions league was not left out of the affected tourney due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that has affected every aspect of life. Now that the competition is back, it comes with some new changes …

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How African players took Liverpool to League Glory

After 30 years of hurt, Liverpool Football Club are – to use a phrase coined by former Manchester United Manager, Alex Ferguson – “back on their perch”. Last week they were crowned English Premier League champions basically with their legs on the sofa. They were confirmed winners after Chelsea Football pipped Manchester City 2-1 which ensured Liverpool had an unassailable …

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How COVID-19 will affect the chances of African footballers coming to Europe

The dream of every African footballer is often to reach Europe and play, particularly, in one of its major championships such as the Premier League (England), Liga (Spain), Bundesliga (Germany), Serie A (Italy) and Ligue 1 (France). Berlin-based Lolade Adewuyi* writes on the likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the prospects of African players securing contracts in Europe in …

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Corona Crisis and Sports in 2020

Our world right now is not as normal as we are used to. Words like self-isolation, quarantine and social distancing are now in our everyday vocabulary. Sporting activities have not been left out. Major sporting events that garner the world’s attention have either been cancelled or postponed. The 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics which were supposed to hold this year …

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UEFA postpones Euro 2020 to 2021 because of corona crisis

Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 because of the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak. UEFA, European football’s governing body, made the decision at an emergency meeting on Tuesday. The football tournament had been due to kick off in Rome, Italy, on June 12 and was to be played in 12 different host cities across the continent. The 24-team European Championship, …

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Anthony Joshua presents heavyweight titles to Nigerian president in London

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has presented his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO titles to President Muhammadu Buhari. The 30-year-old celebrated his recent victory with President Buhari on Saturday in London when the Nigerian leader met with some Nigerians living in the United Kingdom. Excited Joshua, a British-Nigerian, could not hide his feelings as he prostrated to pay homage to …

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Russia banned from 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia from global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after accusing Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory. “The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted,” said WADA spokesman James Fitzgerald, speaking at a meeting of the body’s executive committee in Lausanne. “WADA’s executive …

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Anthony Joshua on what his come-back victory means

While his fans worldwide rejoice over his thrashing of Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday to reclaim his three championship belts, Anthony Joshua has tweeted what his victory’s lesson is. “My hope is that someone sees my page and decides not to give up. Clean hearts win,” the British-Nigerian boxer tweeted on Sunday. AJ, as he’s fondly called by his fans, …

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Anthony Joshua: Why I will not celebrate when I regain my belts

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia will host what is regarded as one of the biggest sporting events to ever be staged in the Middle East, the highly-anticipated Heavyweight World Championship fight dubbed ‘Clash on the Dunes’. The hype before the bout has reached crescendo level. Anthony Joshua said at a joint pre-fight press conference on Wednesday he would not celebrate if …

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15,000 to watch Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz bout

The purpose-built venue for Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is ready the biggest boxing fight of the year. Work on the 15,000-seat Diriyah Arena only began two months before the fight, which holds on 7 December. Briton Joshua is seeking to regain the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles after June’s shocking defeat by …

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Runners aim for world’s marathon records in Berlin

Enthusiasts are hoping that it will be a history-making event as the fastest marathoners on earth line up to race the 45th BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday, 29 September. Last year, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won  the Men’s race in two hours, one minute and 39 seconds,  smashing the world record in the process by a staggering 78 seconds, while his …

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Here are the winners of FIFA Awards 2019!

This year’s The Best FIFA Football Awards™ ceremony took centre stage at Milan’s historic Teatro alla Scala on Monday’s evening and crowned two household names as the players of the season: Megan Rapinoe and Lionel Messi. The Argentina and FC Barcelona star was recognised by FIFA as the Player of the Year for the sixth time in his career − …

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Algeria – new champions of African football!

Algeria scored early to beat Senegal to lift their second African Cup of Nations at the grand final of the continental football festival. Baghdad Bounedjah’s early goal propelled Algeria to a first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years after a fiery 1-0 victory over Sadio Mane’s Senegal in Friday’s (July 20) final in Cairo. Bounedjah gave Algeria a …

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Germany: African teams to battle for glory in Bremen

All roads lead to the city of Bremen on 7 July when the 13th African Football Cup 2019 kicks off. A total of 16 national teams representing their countries of origin in Africa will lock horns for the prestigious trophy over five Sundays. The participants in the tournament, organised by the Pan-Afrikanischer Kulturverein e.V. (Pan-African Cultural Association), represent members of …

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