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Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan


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Premier League
Raul Sanllehi: The genius behind Arsenal summer signings
19:01 Monday 19th August 2019

Arsenal's failure to finish in the Premier League's top four last season had many questioning the team's credentials. Things were crumbling after a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in May's Europe League final. The start of…

Premier League
Does Phil Jagielka boost Sheffield United's Premier League survival hopes?
08:00 Saturday 20th July 2019

A newly-promoted team has one target in the Premier League. Survival. That's no different for Sheffield United next season.  After finishing second in the Championship to earn automatic promotion, the Blades are preparing for…

Afcon
AFCON 2019: Big stars come, big stars go
12:01 Thursday 11th July 2019

The African Cup of Nations is like any major international tournament. The bigger nations with known stars are expected to pull their weight and reach the latter stages of the knockout rounds. For the most part, that has been the case. There…

Premier League
Does financial stability equate to competitiveness in the Premier League?
15:31 Monday 7th January 2019

In its 25th season, the English Premier League has come a long way to achieve its status as the world's richest football competition. With all the hype and razzmatazz surrounding the league, it feels like the league should be more entertaining…

Opinion
Eden Hazard's legend is draped in Chelsea blue
09:00 Sunday 30th December 2018

It is fair to say that Chelsea fans love their legends. The likes of Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba embody this passion. Supporters continue to chant their names years after they stopped playing at Stamford Bridge. Now, the Blues…

Opinion
Should Chelsea move for Isco?
09:00 Thursday 6th December 2018

Isco Alcaron moves with the ball like a ballerina. The ball is always glued to the Real Madrid midfielder's feet. He has been an undeniable success at the Santiago Bernabeu following a big-money move from Malaga in 2013. He has been a crucial…

Opinion
Social media in football: A curse and a blessing
17:00 Wednesday 5th December 2018

Modern footballers pale in comparison to players of old when it comes to application, discipline and mental toughness. Gone are the days when Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane couldn't stand the other's presence. Was it because they hated…

Premier League
Why is the Bundesliga a new home for young English stars?
15:00 Friday 23rd November 2018

The Premier League is a very competitive league that demands every inch of performance from its players. This is why many see the league as the most competitive league in the world. On the other hand, that high standard leaves little room for…

Italy
Is Serie A on the rise again?
09:00 Monday 19th November 2018

Serie-A used to be the biggest league in the ‘90s. The best of the best played there, including the original Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Juan Sebastian Veron, Hernan Crespo, Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Marco van Basten and Gabriel Batistuta.…

Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur stretching beyond zenith this season
15:00 Tuesday 6th November 2018

It has not been a bad start to the season for Tottenham Hotspur. After 11 Premier League games, Spurs sit in fifth place, five points off leaders Manchester City. Considering their rocky patch in September, things could be worse.  …

Opinion
Aaron Ramsey contract situation pushing Arsenal to the extreme
09:00 Wednesday 31st October 2018

Arsenal has played their last three games with Aaron Ramsey sitting on the bench. This is something that became uncommon at the season's start. Many suggested that the stall in his contract negotiations is affecting the club as a whole.…

France
What to expect from Thierry Henry as a manager?
12:00 Wednesday 24th October 2018

Thierry Henry officially began as a first-team manager when taking charge of Monaco away at Strasbourg on Saturday. It's the Frenchman's responsibility to guide his new side away from the relegation zone. Les Monegasques currently sit…

Premier League
The importance of English clubs giving good performance in Europe
17:00 Friday 19th October 2018

Considered the most competitive, exciting league in the world, many big names ply their trade in England's top flight. Manchester City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur rule the roost. The teams below this top six…

World Cup
Why Anthony Martial will not be going to Russia
12:00 Tuesday 29th May 2018

Anthony Martial's season at Manchester United has been entirely forgettable. The week after the season ended proved to be the hardest for the tricky winger. He was excluded from Didier Deschamps World Cup squad then his side…

Premier League
Sacking Sam Allardyce was the right move
08:00 Thursday 24th May 2018

Sam Allardyce’s time at Goodison Park has come to an end and Marco Silva is the forerunner in the race to replace the Englishman. The news was met with heavy criticism from those watching from the outside. Allardyce joined Everton…