Football as a sport, that is been watched by millions of enthusiast and bettor all over the globe has actually gone beyond just seeing it on the field of play, viewing it on the screen from the comfort of your home, or reading the reports on the daily newspapers when it comes to getting information about statistics and the rest.
It has actually grown to a level where the fans, bettor, the analyst could get more up to date information about football events both present and past from top football website that major on dishing out fresh information. So as a sports aficionados, most especially football, it’s very essential to be up to date, that is to have genuine information about all footballing events, statistics on all the major events that have happened or still happening, be it on or off the field at your fingers tips.
As such, there are football events that do happen daily, and despite the avalanche of football websites that major in providing content, there are a lot of them who don’t provide football content efficiently. Football fans have their own preferences, and they tend to revert to their tried and tested websites rather than risk wasting time checking out new ones. However, there are still some who do well in dishing out informative and educative content to help inform the fans and keep them abreast of all football events.
So today in our piece, the question is how do you get yours? Perhaps through radio, television, or the daily newspapers? Good one of course, but then I still feel there are other places you could get hot, juicy information.
Here are a few top Sports Websites that you might find interesting or useful for your footballing needs.
Goal.com is one football website an average football enthusiast could have access to any time, any day, because of its easy accessibility, and it’s no doubt one of the renown football incline website in the world, and perfect for anyone most especially football incline person who is looking for fresh football news.
The site is also the leading football news site in Nigeria, it’s your sure football source for whichever club or country you are, and the website is arguably one of the biggest sports sites in Nigeria and Africa, with close to 530 reporters or thereabout on the ground reporting for them in over 50 countries to get closer to the action of football events.
This website is also football oriented website that the fans could rely on, in terms of providing fresh news from on and off the field including transfer news both rumors and the done deal, opinion articles and many more, likewise at Goal.com be rest assured to get up to date leagues standings, results of matches played and many more. As a fan, you would want to explore, as such if you’re looking for a website that could keep you abreast of sporting events, football news and more Goal.com is the site for you to visit.
It’s a subordinate to one of Nigeria’s foremost and one of the best sports radio presenter, sportswriter, and analyst, Dr. Larry Izamoje the CEO of Brila FM which is an all-round sports station, likewise, the site also serves the latest sports news, sport betting tips to its visitors across its platform.
The website provides topnotch and trending football news to its visitors, and it’s has grown into a strong establishment with an active online presence with the Brila App which allows it’s visitors to have more access to sport and football news anytime and anywhere they are, and as such that has always made them outstanding.
Completesport was first published in 1995, by Complete Communications Limited, (CCL) since then it’s has been one of Nigeria’s top sports newspaper, it’s also a pioneer sports publishing group in Nigeria, and as a matter of fact, Completesport is one of the most widely read sports newspaper in Nigeria based on its daily publications, according to All Media and Product Survey (AMPS) research, 2008 and 2009.
It’s was established in 1984 but was incorporated in 1987, and am quite sure some of the football enthusiasts still have fond memories of when the newspaper was been sold 20naira per copy, ask me as a young football enthusiast growing up back in secondary school days, I did spend a whole on getting a copy every day, which is a testament to how widely accepted Completesport is, up till date.
Owngoalnigeria was established in 2016 with only three writers, but since then they have expanded to as many as ten writers contributing to the objectives of the site which are to provide daily basis sports content for its visitors. More so their reporting style is mainly focused on breaking Nigeria news, as such they’ve done well to endeared the site to the heart of all football enthusiasts in Nigeria.
This website is also one of the most followed sites in Nigeria, and it’s aimed at providing top-notch football content to all enthusiast who loves to follow the latest news about the Nigerian domestic leagues and Nigeria football as a whole.
For a fact, Soccernet is one the best and most followed Sports blogs in Nigeria, and as a matter of fact, the site won the 2014 Sports Blogs Award, that was made possible not because of anything, but because of the works they’ve put in day and night in writing and reporting trending football stories from Nigeria and beyond to keep their audience abreast of trending football events.
Another thing that makes Soccernet different is that they focus more on Nigerian football news, as such they receive visitors from different countries including the USA, and many who surf the site for Nigeria football content, Soccernet also pride itself as Nigeria number 1 football website that delivers fresh content to its followers daily.
Cheapgoals is one of the fast-rising football websites that guarantee it’s audience top-notch football content. It has detailed and engaging articles, which talk about anything that has to do with football. The site focus on simple access to the latest football articles that would interest you as a football enthusiast
Over the years, Cheapgoals have been consistently providing informative and educative football content to its audience. Meanwhile, one thing that makes Cheapgoals unique is, it helps improve your knowledge about football with highly interesting articles that cover fascinating events and occurrences in the history of football, courtesy of its seasoned and dedicated writers. This is a website you should have bookmarked due to the immense amount of available information it provides.
This Sports website started publication in 2010, and it’s has broken quite a number transfer stories regarding Nigerian players, they also bring to the notice of the fans the best of Nigeria news about the Nigerian players based in Europe and Nigeria.
The website is also regarded as one of the few African publications regularly cited by some leading European Sports Media, including Marca, and Sports Express.
Fcnaija specializes in covering anything that has happened or will happen in the football world. Adding to match previews and reviews, the website offers transfer news, rumors, articles about football culture, opinion articles.
Goalballlive is everything you will need in a football news-driven website, which will keep you up to date with football events in Premier League and other major football leagues
Soccernigeria pride itself as bold, fearless, and factual, they also provide the best of Nigerian football news, gossips news, celebrity lifestyle, and behind the scenes-gist of top football stars.
The site is controlled by Sam Audu, a mass communication graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and it remains one of the best and most followed sports websites in Nigeria.
The sports website covers local, national, and international sporting events and serves all trending sports stories to its visitors, and it is powered by Vintage Press Limited.
Sporting life is one of the top sports sites in Nigeria devoted to reporting sports in a revitalizing style, and it prides itself on a team of experienced journalists and is the first choice for informative, educative, and analytical sports news.
For your latest sports news, take your time to visit the website to keep yourself informed and abreast of sporting events across Nigeria.
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.