Author Archives: Gary Al-Smith

Kwadwo Asamoah makes 2013/14 Serie A team of year


– Kwadwo Asamoah has been named in the best XI for the 2013-2014 Italian Serie A campaign. Clutching his crutches, the Ghanaian took the accolade awarded to him in Milan following votes from coaches and journalists. [contextly_sidebar id=”cJOSnlS69DGmFyWAp6ufDlU8dqBQQMEd”] The 26-year-old scored only two goals last season but his overall impact for Juventus was key in the retention of their crown. “Thanks ...

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Jozy Altidore heading to the Bundesliga in January?


– Following his horror miss for Sunderland in their 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday, Jozy Altidore’s career in the Premier League hit a new all-time low. Now, according to reports from the Sunderland Echo, Altidore’s adventure in England could be over. Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are apparently interested in taking Altidore on loan in January with a view ...

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Afcon-bound stars warm up with goals in Europe


– A number of Afcon-bound stars were on target for their clubs in Europe over the weekend and here we bring you those in the top leagues. ENGLAND Wilfried Bony scored his eighth goal of the campaign for Welsh side Swansea City, but it was not enough to stop them losing 1:2 to Tottenham in the English Premier League. FRANCE Ghana striker Jordan Ayew continued his fine scoring form to ...

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Ivory Coast want Black Stars, Super Eagles friendlies


– Ivory Coast seeking pre-Afcon friendlies with the Black Stars and Nigeria’s Super Eagles. The Ivorians, Cameroon, Mali and Guinea have been put together in Group D an all-West African affair and so, are seeking to prep themselves up for the Afcon Group D battles with friendlies against these two strong neighbouring countries. [contextly_sidebar id=”Bmir1sfzRttxNGKKILFg8vc2RhDiTaA3″] Nigeria, who won the last Afcon ...

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Balogun chooses Nigeria over France and Holland


– Boluwatife Balogun of Barcelona has chosen to play for Nigeria ahead of France and Holland. The teenager was born in Nigeria, but has a French mother and a Dutch passport. Now 18, he is training at Barcelona’s La Masia Academy. Balogun explains that the decision was heavily influenced by his father. “I have been called up once for Nigeria’s ...

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Thierry Henry: Arsenal legend and France striker retires


– Former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football after a trophy-laden 20-year career to take up a media role. The 1998 World Cup winner, 37, left New York Red Bulls this month but there was speculation he might choose to play on at another club. “It has been an incredible journey,” he said. Henry ...

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AFCON 2015: Brahimi, Feghouli headline Algeria squad

Algeria's Yacine Brahimi

Reigning BBC African Footballer of The Year Yacine Brahimi and Valencia attacker Sofiane Feghouli have been named in Algeria’s AFCON 2015 squad by coach Christian Gourcuff. Brahimi has been one of FC Porto’s top players since the start of the season while Feghouli has helped Valencia to their current 5th place on the Spanish La Liga. The two players will ...

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Europa League RD of 32: Wakaso’s Celtic to face Inter Milan


Black Stars winger Mubarak Wakaso and his Celtic side will face Italian giants Inter Milan in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League after the draw was done in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday. Celtic qualified from Group D behind Red Bull Salzburd while Inter Milan topped Group F ahead of Ukraine’s Dnipro. Wakaso will get the chance to ...

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Ivory Coast gov’t angers FA after 90% slash of proposed Afcon budget


– Ivory Coast’s participation at the 2015 Afcon is under threat as their government and FA head on a warpath. For starters, the government say they could not afford a budget presented by the football federation. The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), this week in deliberations over its Afcon participation told the government it requires 3.5 billion CFA francs (US$ 6.65 ...

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Aviation outdoor aerobics marathon on Friday


The Outdoor Aerobics Marathon is a cocktail of aerobic sessions usually held on the last Friday of every quarter. Though admittance is granted to the general public, Aerobics Marathon is designed as a unique and effective workout session for workers. The class is intended to improve their mental alertness and fitness thus improving productivity. The session would also offer those ...

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