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Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.


Total articles: 536

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Italy
Are goals beginning to dry up for Cristiano Ronaldo?
09:00 Wednesday 27th November 2019

At the writing, Cristiano Ronaldo owns 706 career goals in meaningful first-team matches for club and country. His haul of 607 goals for four different clubs topples the combined career total of many decent teams in Europe. It would’ve…

International
Can Victor Osimhen be better than Rashidi Yekini for Nigeria?
15:00 Sunday 24th November 2019

Victor Osimhen is a man on fire at the moment. For club and country, the young man bangs in goals like they're going out of fashion. But this isn’t the first time a Nigerian striker burst onto the scene, guns blazing, only…

Premier League
Is Fred coming good at Manchester United?
09:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

The Ukrainian Premier League can't hold a candle to its English namesake. The time needed for erstwhile Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred to adjust to life at Manchester United proves the point. At the same time, Premier League fans aren't…

Managerial News
Equal Time: Arsenal must sack Unai, hire Mourinho
08:01 Saturday 9th November 2019

Jose Mourinho is divisive to the core. His managerial style is reactive rather than proactive. If you need a storm in a teacup, don't hire Mourinho. He'll give you a tsunami in a teaspoon. Nevertheless, he’s not just what Arsenal…

Premier League
Is Ross Barkley obscured in Mason Mount’s shadow?
17:00 Wednesday 6th November 2019

There was once a time when people just couldn’t stop comparing Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes. As you’d expect, Manchester United fans favoured the ginger playmaker while Chelsea fans couldn’t stop singing Super Frank's praises.…

Premier League
Is Ryan Sessegnon the best replacement for a distraught Son Heung-min?
12:00 Tuesday 5th November 2019

In 2018/19, Tottenham Hotspur went the full campaign without signing a new player, drawing harsh criticism from all quarters. Spurs headed into the 2019/20 transfer market willing and ready to spend. They lavished over a £100 million…

Premier League
Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli must get more Premier League minutes
09:00 Saturday 2nd November 2019

If a striker can consistently score goals, a lot can be overlooked to ensure he gets on the field regularly. Fans won’t care if he’s too tall, too short or cost a thousand quid. They won’t mind if he can’t dribble opponents…

Premier League
Are Leicester legit title contenders?
08:00 Thursday 31st October 2019

On 24 October 2015, Leicester City laboured to a one-nil victory over Crystal Palace. It was Matchday 10 in the Premier League and the Foxes were seated fifth. The bookmakers had them 5000-1 to win the league. That was a profitable bet to make.…

Premier League
How the Longstaff brothers reinstalled vigour and belief at Newcastle United
12:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Unless you’re the biblical Abel, you’d rather have your brother watching your back at work than someone else. Unfortunately, not many enjoy the privilege, particularly in the Premier League. Sean Longstaff is among the…

Italy
What is behind Paulo Dybala's resurgence at Juventus?
12:01 Saturday 26th October 2019

If you’re Paulo Dybala, playing and scoring regularly should come naturally to you. Problem is, you’re more like a well in a desert, and a temporal draught can prove devastating, not just for you but for everyone depending…

Premier League
Who are the most durable Premier Leaguers?
09:01 Friday 18th October 2019

Forget racism and limited playing time, the scariest part of playing topflight football is injury. We’ve seen immensely talented players retire in their twenties due to incessant knocks. A sensational player like Marco van Basten comes…

Football
How injuries could destroy Neymar’s fine career
17:00 Tuesday 15th October 2019

Think about this, Paris Saint-Germain pays taxes for Neymar before they pay him his weekly wages. Investopedia ranks the Brazilian as the third highest-paid football player in the world. But the Brazilian's career is beginning…

International
Can young Super Eagles find their wings against Brazil?
09:00 Sunday 13th October 2019

On 31st July 1996, a lanky 20-year-old Nigerian striker with a touch like pure silk announced himself to world football. It was a performance that sent shockwaves across the African conrtinent. The occasion was an Olympic Games semi-final…

Football
Who are Famalicao?
12:00 Wednesday 9th October 2019

A small team from Northern Portugal is tearing up the Portuguese Primera Liga. They go by the name Famalicao. Heard of them before this season? Most likely not. And you shouldn’t be faulted. Famalicao does not play in Europe’s big…

Premier League
Did Newcastle United waste money on their £40 million man?
14:00 Sunday 6th October 2019

“He’s got everything a modern-day player wants.”  Those were Steve Bruce's words following Joelinton's unveiling as Newcastle United’s new number nine. Two months on, Newcastle is in a mire and the Brazilian doesn’t…