The transfer season is certainly a period that is very vital for clubs all across the world, and as much as the signing of players from one club to the other is very paramount for the male football clubs, the same also applies to the women football clubs.
As such, few clubs across Europe complete their business during the January transfer window, either to bring in their targeted players or let go of the players who are struggling with their current team at the moment and will be desperate for a change of scene in order to ignite their stalling careers.
Cheapgoals in this piece will X-ray some of the Super Falcon stars that moved from one club to another either on a permanent or loan deal in January.
Name: Rita Chikwelu
Club: Kristianstad – Madrid CFF
The journey to Europe started in 2006 for Rita when she joined Finnish outfit FC United, she played with the Jacobstad from 2006 to 2009, and she was named Finnish women league ‘Naisten Liiga‘ highest goal scorer in 2009 with 22 goals to her name, a brilliant performance that got her the move to Kristianstads DFF.
Just like we know that switching clubs is synonymous with footballers, as such Chikwelu moved down to Umea IK in 2010 and she spent seven seasons with Umeå IK from 2010 to 2016, but left upon the club’s relegation and joined Kristianstads DFF on a two-year contract.
In 2017, Chikwelu left Umea IK for Kristianstads DFF, doing brilliantly well for Umea IK, but unfortunately, the team got relegated, Rita played over 64 matches for Kristianstads and scored 12 goals in total during her stint with the Swedish outfit.
Chikwelu joined Spanish Primera Iberdrola club Madrid CFF from Kristianstads for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, and since she joined she’s been fantastic for the Oscar Fernandez led side, she opened her account for Madrid against Bilbao scoring one goal, and against Espanyol she a bagged a brace for the Madrid ladies.
Name: Uchenna Kanu
Club: Pensacola FC – Sevilla
Kanu represented Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she made her senior debut for Nigeria in 2019 in a friendly match against Canada which Nigeria loss 2-1, her career has been on a steady growth, from the cadet to the national team.
Uchenna Kanu began her club football career as a college player with an American side Southeastern Fire, with an impressive 55 appearances and scoring 115 goals for the college side, and in 2018 she began her senior career with Pensacola FC, and she has played a total of 12 games and scored 17 goals.
Her stint with Pensacola FC was a marriage that produced many goals for the American side, the brilliant stint got her the move to Sevilla in the January transfer window for the remainder of the season to become the first African player for the Nervion outfit.
Name: Chiamaka Nnadozie
Club: Rivers Angel – Paris FC
For many who saw Nnadozie played at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will understand why the French outfit went for the young lady, her performance at the tournament was top notch and she went all the way to win the player of the match award for her outstanding contribution to the team.
Not much after the U-20 tournament she was also selected for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, where she stayed on the bench for all five matches, then at the 2019 Women WAFU Cup she was in goal for the Super Falcons and her spectacular performance got her the nod to be selected as one of the three goalkeepers to represent the Super Falcons of Nigeria at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France which was her debut tournament.
The young goalkeeper confidence kept growing stronger as she went all the way to help the Falconets win a gold medal at the All African Games in Morocco saving three penalties against Cameroon.
Nnadozie signed for Rivers Angels at the start of the 2016 season, and since her arrival at the club she has been instrumental for the Angels, she was part of Rivers 2019 NWPL triumph which was a testament to her brilliance, and certainly, her performance at the world cup and winning the league with the angels got her the move to Paris FC on an 18-month deal.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
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.