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4 reasons Mikel’s China move is bad for football

The football universe woke up Friday morning to the news that Chelsea stalwart, John Mikel Obi, has joined the chariots of superstars making the move to the Chinese Super League. Just when the whole of the African continent was busy keeping tabs on the 2016 Glo/CAF awards, the 29-year-old was busy sealing a three-year deal with Tianjin TEDA. Read More »

Will insane money talk for the Chinese Super League, or will top players continue to walk?

After sitting on the bench for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, Oscar had to be feeling pretty good about himself when Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG’s £60 million bid for him was accepted by the Blues shortly before this winter transfer window opened. He became wanted again, and in a big way. Unfortunately, if Borussia Dortmund accepts his new club’s £150 million bid for ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo snubs mega move to China

Jorge Mendes, the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, has come out today and revealed that his client turned down the opportunity to earn over $105m/year from an unnamed Chinese Super League club. It’s reported that the club made the offer whilst Ronaldo was negotiating his new contract with Real Madrid back in November. Read More »

AFCON 2017: Just how much will Dortmund miss Aubameyang?

One of the few African players you just can’t help but admire is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the Gabonese striker has been prolific for Dortmund since joining them. Sadly for the Yellow Submarine, national team duty will be the priority for Aubameyang as the AFCON begins in January – how much will Dortmund miss the Neymar look-alike? Read More »

What’s behind the juxtaposition of Canadian football?

Look at the MLS conference finals, there’s never been a better time for Canadian football, right? Two of three Canadian teams are involved, and the structure of the post-season ensures at least one of the teams will be in the grand final. Yet the Canadian national football team are already eliminated from contention of playing in the next World Cup… ... Read More »

Tite’s effect all over Brazil, fun Belgium is back and four other lessons from the World Cup qualifiers

The November international break, which happens to be the last for the year was very special – particularly because it was all about the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Teams from across the five Confederations took part in this campaign which will eventually produce the 31 teams to join hosts, Russia, at the Mundial in less than two years time. Read More »

Emperor’s Cup Preview

Japan’s standard league in J1 has now ended, only the Championship phase remains where the best three teams compete to see who will be crowned the champions of Japan’s top tier. Although the season isn’t over, the Emperor’s Cup; Japan’s oldest footballing competition’s has yet to conclude. Read More »

All you need to know about the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

 The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is here again. For the Europeans, it’s obviously a big distraction considering many clubs are likely to lose star players during this period. However, it’s certainly the biggest African football fiesta where the very best of players from the continent will be on parade. Read More »

Interview with Peter Utaka

We’ve managed to sit down with the J1 League top goal scorer and Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker, Peter Utaka. Read More »

David and Goliath: The 2016 J.League Cup Final

The Japanese domestic season is down to the business end and this years’ first trophy is going to be awarded in just a matter of hours. The Saitama Stadium 2002 will be rocking as Urawa Red Diamonds take on last year’s finalists, Gamba Osaka. Read More »

October Asian World Cup qualifying highlights

As October’s international break is upon us, it’s all systems go in Asia’s World Cup qualification campaign. There’re several clashes between the top teams; as one of the world’s emerging hotbeds of football showcases its talents; as all participating nations try to qualify for Russia 2018. Read More »

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