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Emmanuel Odey

Emmanuel is a freelance journalist who lives and breathes the round leather game. He is a contributor on several platforms. You can follow him on Twitter for more.


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International
CAF comes to its senses after initially ignoring coronavirus
09:01 Saturday 14th March 2020

The latest news of the suspension of all 2021 AFCON qualifiers that were billed to take place between 25 to 31 March 2020 by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was already expected. But the continent's football governing body was…

Spain
Can Reinier help Zinedine Zidane in La Liga title race?
19:00 Thursday 12th March 2020

Real Madrid continued their hunt for the next Brazilian superstar with the capture of Reinier Jesus in January. The 18-year-old joined Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes who moved to the Santiago Bernabeu last summer. The latter duo has since…

Champions League
Can Anfield's 12th man propel Liverpool to Champions League quarters?
13:01 Wednesday 11th March 2020

The power of Anfield! Many European top teams have bowed to it. Some have fallen down flat before it. There's a long history of that, but the scariest part is, it's getting even more powerful. Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real…

Premier League
Could Willian leave Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal?
19:01 Tuesday 10th March 2020

As Frank Lampard carries out a rebuilding job at Chelsea, many players have been the subject of transfer speculation. Olivier Giroud's name is cropping up in the news pretty frequently, but the likes of Marcos Alonso, Willy Caballero,…

Premier League
Is Jose Mourinho's criticism of Tanguy Ndombele justified?
17:02 Monday 9th March 2020

Tanguy Ndombele turned heads with his performances for Lyon last season. The 23-year-old was a mainstay in the club’s midfield, putting forth strong outings in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League. Naturally, that led to links in…

Spain
Why Zinedine Zidane won't drop Karim Benzema
15:01 Sunday 8th March 2020

Karim Benzema has not scored a goal for Real Madrid in his last 12 appearances in all competitions. That's a damning statistic for a striker expected to be the focal point of attack in one of the best club's in the world. Although his…

Premier League
Can Manchester City win a treble this season?
12:00 Sunday 8th March 2020

All hopes of a third straight Premier League title may have evaporated at the Etihad Stadium, but Manchester City are still chasing a treble this season. The FA Cup and the Champions League are still within reach and could be added to the League…

Transfers
Is Erling Haaland’s exit proving too costly for RB Salzburg?
17:00 Thursday 5th March 2020

RB Salzburg had little or no chance of holding on to Erling Braut-Haaland after the teenager's exploits this season. But the club may be regretting letting him go in the middle of the campaign. The reigning Austrian champions were on course…

Transfers
Will new acquisition Yan Couto fulfil potential at Manchester City?
17:00 Wednesday 4th March 2020

Manchester City announced the acquisition of young Brazilian full-back Yan Couto, as the team prepared to take on Aston Villa in the League Cup last Sunday. The highly-rated 17-year-old, who has been compared to Dani Alves, is expected to be…

Premier League
Has Dejan Lovren become a liability for Liverpool?
09:01 Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Liverpool's loss to Watford over the weekend has drawn enormous reaction from the sports world. Invincibles no more. End of the streak. Embarrassed. Finally stopped. These were amongst the captured headlines. But the defeat was…

Scotland
Is pressure getting the better of Steven Gerrard at Rangers?
10:30 Monday 2nd March 2020

Steven Gerrard could have transitioned into football management straight after ending his playing career in November 2016. The Liverpool legend had an interview for the vacant managerial post at League One club Milton Keynes Dons, but later…

Germany
Is Achraf Hakimi giving Trent Alexander-Arnold a run for his money?
12:00 Sunday 1st March 2020

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been widely praised for his output for the soon-to-be-crowned Premier League champions, and rightly so. The 21-year-old is seen by many as the best right-back in the world at the moment. His contributions have been…

Champions League
Can Manchester City use troubles as motivation against Real Madrid?
17:00 Wednesday 26th February 2020

Manchester City have responded rather well on the pitch to their troubles off it. The soon-to-be-dethroned Premier League champions have won the two games since their Champions League ban without conceding a goal. A watertight defence…

Spain
Is Nabil Fekir wasting time at Real Betis?
17:01 Monday 24th February 2020

Barcelona's new signing Martin Braithwaite joked that he would not wash his jersey after embracing Lionel Messi. Not used to playing with the best, it's understandable that the former Middlesbrough man feels that way. But Messi, exceptional…

Champions League
Are Mbappe and Haaland the new Messi and Ronaldo?
09:01 Saturday 22nd February 2020

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo held the football universe spellbound with scintillating displays in the last decade. The duo shares 11 of the 12 Ballon d'Ors since 2008. Only Luka Modric broke the hegemony in 2018. During…