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Top African Players Who Won The Euros With European Nations

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What many football lovers of this generation may not know is that in times past, some African citizens found their way into European nations. Some made it to Europe through the slave trade, trafficking, and many other indirect ways. As a result, making them citizens of different European nations.

Like some folks had made a quip of Africans sometimes ago, that if the African players that play for different European countries had remained in Africa, an African nation would’ve won the World Cup – But realistically, considering the numbers of African born players who play in Europe, the best an African nation can do with them is reaching the semi-final.

However, it must be made clear that some players of African descent have at one point or the other contributed to the success of some European nations. This is why Cheapgoals in this feature piece takes a look at some players to have well represented some European nations at international tournaments.

Zinedine Zidane (Algeria)

Top African Born Players Who Won The Euros With European Nations

Zizou definitely is one of the greatest football players to have played the round leather game. He was born to a Muslim family and emigrants from the village of Aguemoune in the Berber-speaking region of Kabylie in northern Algeria in 1953 before the start of the Algerian War.

He is the youngest of five siblings. Apart from Mozambique’s Eusebio and Moroccan, Larbi Benbarek, Zizou is another Player of African origin who never represented a nation from Africa.

He has rather become not just a player, but a legend and may in years to come to manage the French national team has bagged the FIFA World Cup and the European Championship during his days as a player for Real Madrid and Juventus.

He’s a Ballon d’Or winner in 1998 after scoring twice in the final of the World Cup and has also been a successful manager with the unprecedented records of three UEFA Champions League as a manager of Real Madrid.

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha Nani (Cape Verde)

Top African Born Players Who Won The Euros With European Nations

The 33-year-old former Manchester United winger who’s currently with Orlando City won the Champions League and Premier League during his stint in England and subsequently represented Sporting Lisbon, Fenerbahce, etc…
He is of Cape Verdean descent but has won over a century of Portugal caps.

The EURO 2016 in France is one tournament every citizen of Portugal will not forget in a hurry. Fernando Santos and his Selecao das Quinas didn’t start the competition in a manner many expected but redeemed their image beginning from the knockout stages and made it to the final.

Apart from Nani, William Carvalho and match-winner Eder were one of several players of African origin to have won the European Championships in 2016 when Portugal defeated France after 120 minutes of play in Paris.

Portugal became Ronaldo-less in the 16th minute of the game due to the injury he sustained in the early minutes. Nani became the captain of the side when Ronaldo was escorted off the pitch and played the entirety of the final as the injured Ronaldo gingered them up to conjure one of the football’s most unforgettable moments of the 2010 – 2019.

READ ALSO: 10 African-Born Football Stars Who Fail To Represent Their Country

Marcel Desailly (Ghana)

Top African Born Players Who Won The Euros With European Nations

Another European Championship winner is the Ghanian born defender Marcel Desailly who has never hidden his love for
Ghana, but happens to be a legend for Les Bleus going by his exploits in the 2000s.

The former Chelsea was a European Champion as well as a World Cup winner (1998). Also, he bagged the UEFA Champions League with AC Millan and Olympique De Marseille. His total appearance for the French national team is 116 appearances.

Patrick Vieira (Senegal)

Top African Born Players Who Won The Euros With European Nations

Patrick Vieira is an Arsenal football club legend who will be remembered especially for his heroics in the season Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side achieved The Incivibles in England. Vieira won three league titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal.

For France, amassed 107 caps but also had the chance to represent the country of his birth, Senegal. And could also have represented Cape Verde, the land of his mother.

In all of his 107 appearances for Les Bleus, he won the European Championship in 2000, after winning the World Cup two years earlier. He definitely must be considered one of the greatest African born players of his generation.

William Carvalho (Angola)

Top African Born Players Who Won The Euros With European Nations

Born in Luanda, Carvalho moved to Portugal when he was just a few years old. His grandfather Praia and his uncle Afonso were also footballers, and played for Angolan club Progresso Associação do Sambizanga.

He spent most of his career with Sporting CP since making his debut with the first team at the age of 18, going on to appear in 192 competitive games and win the 2015 Portuguese Cup.

A full international for Portugal since 2013, Carvalho represented the nation in two World Cups and Euro 2016, winning the latter tournament.

Amadou Jean Tigana (Mali)

Top African Born Players Who Won The Euros With European Nations

Born in Bamako, to a Malian father, Tigana moved to France as a youngster. One of the great midfield foursomes of all time and one of France’s stars during the 1980s, Tigana was one-quarter of Les Bleus’ ‘Magic Square’ in midfield with his partners Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Luis Fernandez.

They reached the semi-finals of the 1986 World Cup, having won the European Championships two years previously. Tigana was a world-class box-to-box midfielder noted for his great movement, teamwork, pace, and tireless stamina. Although Tigana was mainly responsible for his team’s defensive duties, he also often ventured forward to create scoring opportunities for his teammates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

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Council assigns FIFA Women’s World Cup™ hosting decision to the football governing body’s Congress; also approves financial statements for 2020 and budget for 2022.

Meeting by video conference, the Council conferred to the Congress the decision to award Women’s World Cup™ hosting rights.

Until now, the decision has been taken by the FIFA Council, most recently in June 2020 when the hosting rights for the 2023 edition were awarded to Australia and New Zealand.

As the football governing body seeks to raise the profile of the women’s game, this represents a significant step to bring the Women’s World Cup in line with the flagship men’s competition.

The proposal will be put forward for a final decision by the 71st FIFA Congress, which will meet virtually (for the second time) on 21 May.

FIFA Congress To Decide Future Host Of FIFA Women’s World Cup™

International match calendar and release of players.

The FIFA Council received a report on the international football situation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bureau of the Council had extended to April 2021 the temporary amendments to the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players regarding the release of players for international duty, and FIFA, the confederations, and its member associations remain in dialogue with national authorities about exemptions from quarantine rules for national team players.

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The FIFA Council recognized that the highest priority in football is the health of the players, and therefore the discussion around the release of players for international duty must maintain this perspective, especially as the public health situation develops around the world.

2020 financials and 2022 budget

The Council also approved the organization’s Annual Report, which contains the financial statements for 2020 and the budget for 2022.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 focuses on the role played by world football’s governing body in the fight against COVID-19, primarily through the unprecedented COVID-19 Relief Plan, which has made available USD 1.5 billion to support FIFA’s 211 member associations and the confederations through times of financial uncertainty.

The FIFA Annual Report 2020 is available on the official site.

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™

The Council approved the competition regulations for the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, confirming the match schedule and draw procedure for the competition taking place in Qatar from 1 to 18 December this year.

 

 

 

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

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Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Ever wondered why Genk forward Paul Onuachu has always been a prolific figure for his club and find it hard to replicate that form with the Super Eagles when invited?

The Nigeria international has been in awesome form for the Blue-White, scoring 26 goals in the Jupiler League this season for Genk, while his scoring prowess at his club has been a contrast to his form with the national team under Gernot Rohr scoring just once in 9 games despite being a top performer at club level.

Ahead of the AFCON qualifier doubleheader against Lesotho and the Benin Republic, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr named his 23 man list with the inform former Midtjylland forward listed as one of the standby players.

Onuachu’s struggles with the Super Eagles in previous games he featured is quite baffling, considering the excitement that greeted his first appearance with the national team plus the impressive form he’s currently in.

The job of every manager is to find a suitable position or fashion out tactics that would be suitable for their players in other to blend with the team approaches to every match. In Onuachu’s case, he hasn’t been fortunate enough to blend in with Rohr’s tactics. While at club level, Midtjylland plays to his strength.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

However, due to Napoli’s players been restricted from traveling, the Genk forward made it through the backdoor to replace Gernot Rohr’s number one forward Victor Osimhen who hasn’t really hit the ground running with the ‘Partenopei‘, but when with the Eagles, he never fails to deliver.

It’s no doubt that the lanky striker has failed to deliver in his previous games, disappointing the ever-demanding Nigerian football enthusiasts with unforgiving backlashes from the fans. However, his prolific prowess with his club suggests otherwise and consistently makes a case for him to be integrated into the team with a different tactical approach that suits his style.

The era of a target man may have been long gone in football due to the advent of new tactics that have brought about a series of changes in the game. With managers preferring to go with a fast, skillful, or makeshift winger- kind of striker, instead of a target man.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles: 9 Players Who Netted On Debut

Looking at how Paul Onuachu plays with Genk upfront shows he’s one of the best target men in football, despite been perceived by many as a slow and old-fashioned kind of forward. However, John van den Bromm has been able to carve out a tactic that suits him which has been evident with his prolific form irrespective of his style of play.

Onuachu’s Super Eagle future might be on the knife-edge with Gernot Rohr not finding the right tactics that suit the Genk forward, especially with him not been consider as the go-to man despite his blistering runs of form in Belgium.

In recent times Rohr’s philosophy of vibrant attacking football with an emphasis on passing in the final third which requires the expertise of brilliant players to implement such tactics hasn’t really favored him.

Paul Onuachu: A Victim Of Tactical Deficiency

Having a player in the mold of Onuachu gives Rohr another tactical option and an alternative style of play should the initial approach fails to work as expected, but the German tactician hasn’t really taken advantage of what the man could offer with a different opponent.

Onuachu’s presence in the Super Eagles team should be an added advantage in terms of variety when the normal approach of the manager fails. With an in-form striker on the bench, it could prove valuable, but in the former Midtjylland’s case, Gernot Rohr doesn’t seem to see him as a player that has a future with the national team.

Players in the mold of the Nigerian are quite physically imposing as the point man, though they may not offer the team excellent off-the-ball movement in some cases. However, they often find a way to provide an opportunity which the team could utilize when attacking or defending.

Onuachu’s inability to show a good turn of pace and smart footwork may have been one of the deficiencies that are affecting his chances of blending perfectly into the team.

However, the job of a manager is to help players blend in perfectly, and that’s exactly what Gernot Rohr should be doing. Not only for Onuachu but for every other player who are always finding it hard to replicate club form with the National Team.

 

 

 

 

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