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Arsenal cancel Nigeria tour

Arsenal have announced they have postponed their proposed pre-season trip to Nigeria.

The Gunners were set to play a match in Abuja on August 5, but have now decided against fulfilling the fixture as “a result of complexities linked to the planned game.”

Arsenal marketing director Angus Kinnear said in a statement: “Bringing a top-level club to an international market is always complicated and logistically challenging.

“With the proposed match in Nigeria planned for early August, we could not get comfortable on everything needed to satisfy our requirements, so we have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the team’s visit.”

Kinnear continued: “We have a huge and loyal following in Africa, and we are sorry that the team will not be visiting this summer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Sports

 

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Home-based players can make the difference if – Cooreman

*Home based Eagles in one of their matches

 

Chief coach of Warri Wolves Football Club, Maurice Cooreman has said that the new Super Eagles Stephen Keshi is building would improve with time if  he  continues to blend the home-based players, who are hungry for honours, with their foreign-based compatriots.

The former Kaduna United coach who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the local players who have featured in  both the 2013 Nations Cup and 2014 World qualifiers said Keshi has done well but needs to include more players from the local league, stressing that there are many more home-based players who need such opportunities to prove their worth.

 

“My experience with the local league shows that Nigeria is blessed with a rich pool of talented players that are determined and focused when given the chance,”Cooreman said.

He said that “so far, Keshi has shown that he is committed and capable for the job and has also shown  that there are good players in  the Nigerian Premier League who  were  neglected by his predecessors.

“Building a new team with new players is a very big task for any coach  who wants the best for his team, therefore it requires time and patience. Here in Nigeria, it is a different ball game as  everybody  wants the team to win all the time without minding what is at stake.

It is a difficult thing for any national team coach but people don’t want to know, all they  want is winning and getting results which is good,” he stressed.

He however,  affirmed that Keshi would qualify the country for the Nations Cup in South Africa, if all hands are on deck.
“Nigerians need to be  patient and support Keshi to achieve this. I believe at the end of the Nations Cup  qualifier, he would come out with better results, “ he added.

By Kate Obodo

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Sports

 

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David Beckham Fails to Make England’s Olympic Squad

David Beckham Fails to Make England's Olympic Squad

David Beckham won’t be going for gold when the Olympics hit his home country this summer.

Though he made manager Stuart Pearce’s shortlist of 35 players being considered for Great Britain’s team, the soccer star, 37, failed to make the squad’s final cut. (Only three players over the age of 23 are allowed to compete per team at the London Olympics — Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards, all over 23, fulfilled the U.K.’s quota, a source explained to the Associated Press.)

“Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me, so I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad,” Beckham told the AP in a statement Thursday. “Naturally, I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold.”

Beckham first made a name for himself as a young midfielder on Manchester United in the early ’90s. He played for Real Madrid for four seasons before announcing he would begin playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

The former English team captain was a part of Britain’s national team from 1996 to 2009, but didn’t make the 2010 FIFA World Cup selection after an Achilles tendon injury rendered him ineligible.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: David Beckham Fails to Make England’s Olympic Squad

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Sports

 

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Euro 2012 results and fixtures

The results so far and upcoming fixtures for the Euro 2012 tournament co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

Group A

 Played  Won  Draw  Lost  GF  GA  Points
 Czech Republic 3  2  0  1  4  5  6
 Greece 3  1  1  1  3  3  4
 Russia 3  1  1  1  5  3  4
 Poland 3  0  2  1  2  3  2

Group B

Played   Won  Draw  Lost  GF  GA  Points
 Germany  3  3  0  0  5  2  9
 Portugal  3  2  0  1  5  4  6
 Denmark  3  1  0  2  4  5  3
 Netherlands  3  0  0  3  2  5  0

Group C

Played   Won  Draw  Lost  GF  GA  Points
 Spain 3  2  1  0 6  1 7
 Italy 3  1  2  0 4  2 5
 Croatia 3  1  1  1 4  3 4
 R. of Ireland 3  0  0  3 1  9 0

Group D

Played   Won  Draw  Lost  GF  GA  Points
 England  3  2  1 0  5  3  7
 France  3  1  1 1  3  3  4
 Ukraine  3  1  0 2  2  4  3
 Sweden  3  0  0 2  5  5  3

Knockout stages

Quarter finals

Thursday 21 June

Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal

Friday 22 June

Germany 4-2 Greece

Saturday 23 June

Spain 2-0 France

Sunday 24 June

England 2-4 Italy (after penalties)

Semi-finals

Wednesday 27 June

1. Portugal 2-4 Spain (after penalties)

Thursday 28 June

2. Germany v Italy

Sunday 1 July

Final

Sunday 1st July 

Winner of sf 1 v Winner of sf 2 

Group rounds

Group A

Friday 8 June

Poland 1-1 Greece
Russia 4-1 Czech Republic

Tuesday 12 June

Greece 1-2 Czech Republic
Poland 1-1 Russia

Saturday 16 June

Czech Republic 1-0 Poland
Greece 1-0 Russia

Group B

Saturday 9 June

Netherlands 0-1 Denmark
Germany 1-0 Portugal

Wednesday 13 June

Denmark 2-3 Portugal
Netherlands 1-2 Germany

Sunday 17 June

Denmark 1-2 Germany
Portugal 2-1 Netherlands

Group C

Sunday 10 June

Spain 1-1 Italy
R. of Ireland 1-3 Croatia

Thursday 14 June

Italy 1-1 Croatia
Spain 4-0 R. of Ireland

Monday 18 June

Croatia 0-1 Spain
Italy 2-0 R. Of Ireland

Group D

Monday 11 June

France 1-1 England
Ukraine 2-1 Sweden

Friday 15 June

Ukraine 0-2 France
Sweden 2-3 England

Tuesday 19 June

England 1-0 Ukraine
Sweden 2-0 France

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Sports

 

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