After the signing of Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly at Manchester United, The Hard Tackle looks at 5 Ivorians who have graced the Premier League and made a long-lasting impact.
Kenyan police fired tear gas to disperse protesting spectators after a stunning 1-0 home defeat by minnows Guinea-Bissau Sunday in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Former South African anti-apartheid campaigner Tokyo Sexwale, who was once jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, officially entered the running Saturday to become president of FIFA, an aide told AFP.
Yaya Toure, one of the talisman for Manchester City, is currently weighing up his option of retiring from international football to prolong his club career at Manchester City.
Lionel Messi has allegedly received £2.4 million to lay the foundation stone at the Port-Gentil stadium in Gabon as a guest of President Ali Bongo.
Nigeria on Wednesday appointed former Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam player Sunday Oliseh as coach on a three-year contract.
According to DiMarzio Roma have agreed to sell Gervinho Yao Kouassi to UAE Club Al Jazira for a reported fee of €14 million, plus additional bonuses. The Ivorian winger is set to joining former Juventus and Roma frontman, Mirko Vucinic, and set up the attacking line for a Emirate club. Despite an impressive debut campaign at Roma, under former Lille boss Rudi Garcia, Gervinho’s performances for the Giallorossi have been far from perfect. According to whoscored.com the Ivorian winger netted in just 7 goals, and provided only 5 assists in 37 games for club and country. Added to this, has been his dismal showing throughout most of this past seasons’ Serie-A campaign. Roma’s 11 match streak without a win, was also reflective of Gervinho’s profligacy in front of goal. More often than not, his erratic play style seems to have been found out, as many Italian defenders have founf his movements easier to predict. The prospective move to the Gulf club, would be […]
Real Madrid dropped two vital points against Valencia CF as they salvaged a 2-2 yesterday. The away side surprisingly took a convincing two-goal lead in the first half itself. Paco Alcacer scored the opening goal of the match in the 19th minute and Javi Fuego increased the lead after 5 minutes. Pepe reduced the margin in the 56th minute and Isco came to rescue for Madrid as he scored the equaliser in the 84th minute. Carlo Ancelotti fielded his team in a 4-3-3 formation so that they could pick up early goals. Javier Hernandez started as the front striker. Real Madrid looked dominant from the very beginning. They were unlucky not to go ahead in two occasions when Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale’s shot hit the crossbar and came back. Paco Alcacer broke the deadlock from a swift counter-attack. Jose Gaya ran down the left flank and curled a cross inside the penalty box. Paco received it and took a […]
Recent verdict of FIFA to fine West Ham United £ 71,000 has revived an old debate. Club or Country. Ever heard of players avoiding club matches in order to play for their nation? Seems like an odd situation, however the opposite is acceptable and quite common in football. Since when did Club football become more important than playing for your country? In the age old days of bows and arrows, counties with small armies often hired paid men to bolster their forces to fight for their side. These special breed of men neither had a country they called home nor did they pledge loyalty to one, their only driving force was money. Mercenary, a name given to a breed of warriors who would fight for the side that paid them with no remorse. Today in the world of football, a list of players can be named for their undying loyalty to their colors. However, many have been shown to look […]
The expansion of Africa Cup Of Nations' qualification process may lead to an increased unavailability of some African players for their clubs.