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The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on Wednesday embarrassingly crashed out of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil after losing to one of the best-placed third-place teams in the competition.

Manu Garba led boys lost by 3-1 to the Netherlands on the same date the team won their last two competitions in 2015 in Chile and in UAE in 2013. The team showed it’s defensive deficiency conceding three goals, a total of 9 goals in just 4 games and scoring 9 as well.

A typical statistic from a Manu Garba team although this time he failed to find a balance in the defense which ultimately led to the team’s failure to qualify for the next round of the competition it has won five times and two out of the competition’s last three editions.

Nevertheless, it was unsurprising when news emanated of the sack of the team’s coach Manu Garba just hours after the elimination on Wednesday morning and although the NFF has been debunked by the Nigeria Football Federation it must be said that while the team’s selection was shrouded in controversies, beheading is not the cure to a headache.

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The FIFA U17 World Cup is a developmental competition, designed to churn out talents however due to the country’s successes at this level, expectations are usually high from Nigerians and anything short of at least the final match is considered a failure.

Manu Garba has been involved in two out of Nigeria’s Five FIFA U17 World Cup wins, he certainly didn’t just lose his charm. Nevertheless, it isn’t to say he was flawless as his team lacked cohesion and coordinated play and clear cut pattern.

Meanwhile, it’s pertinent to move onto the next level of action in turning the potentials in the team to world beaters, using a cadet team’s success or otherwise at the FIFA U17 World Cup is an erroneous act which further scuppers the development and progress to the national team

Records and history have shown that a team winning the FIFA U17 World Cup doesn’t guarantee a big number of graduates into the national team in the future, likewise, it doesn’t mean the team was a success or failure. This is determined by how many players the team can get into the national team and excel.

In 2001, Femi Opabunmi shone in the tournament but the team lost to France in the final but none of the set of players made it to the Super Eagles.

A lot of teams have played as Nigeria’s U17 team, in 2007 one of the prominent of all the teams led by Yemi Tella to the glory in 2007 failed to produce a long-lasting player for the Super Eagles, Lukman Haruna only sparkles for a short while before age caught up with him. The tournament’s highest goal scorer, Macauley Chrisantus did little to nothing in the Super Eagles shirt, the less said about the rest the better.

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In 2009, John Obuh led another set to the final in Abuja before losing to Switzerland in the final, four years later, Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo were part of the Super Eagles team that won the AFCON in South Africa, a year later Ramon Azeez was part of the team to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and his still relevant in the national team.

While the Manu Garba’s 2013 team was exceptional in UAE majority of the players in that team have gone under the radar. Even one time Golden boy Kelechi Iheanacho struggles for game time at Leicester while Isaac Success has hardly done anything tangible.

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The Nwakali brothers were tipped to be a big member of the Super Eagles very fast but years after both brothers’ triumph at the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2013 and 2015, their club careers have hardly started talkless of the national team.

One of Nigeria’s worst U17 team at the World Cup produced the nation’s best player in the last 15 years. In Finland 2003, the Golden Eaglets failed to qualify out of the group stage unluckily due to fair play rule but in that team was John Obi Mikel who go on top and excel at club level and national team, playing in all World cups at all levels and winning the Champions League and EPL as well as the AFCON.

Many factors contribute to the delay or inability, making the wrong career move due to greedy agents, lack of enlightenment on contracts and lack of hunger to excel and the feeling of all-done after signing for a foreign club, just the biggest of a lot of them. At this point, it is left to the country’s football federation (NFF) to play its part in ensuring that, players are more enlightened as regards contracts, follow clubs that would afford development for their careers.

Ibrahim Said, Ibrahim Jabaar, Wisdom Ubani, Samson Tijani, Olakunle Olusugen and the rest of the team may not have excelled in Brazil but their potentials are there for all to see, it is now turned for not to fail on their own part by guiding the youngster through a successful progress from youth football to the national team.

It is left for NFF to perfect what they started when the majority of the Golden Eaglets through the Nigeria U13 and U15 teams and the NPFL U15 Promises competition in 2017, and not just the 2019 team but their predecessors and successors.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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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

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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.

READ ALSO: 10 Premier League Players With Most Own Goals

  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

 

 

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Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time

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The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.

A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.

There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.

10. Roberto Rivelino

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Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.

He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.

9. Pelé

Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.

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8. George Best

Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.

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7. Ronaldo

De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.

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6. Johan Cruyff

One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.

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5. Garrincha

Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.

Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time

4. Diego Maradona

Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.

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Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.

3. Okocha

Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.

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2. Ronaldinho

The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.

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Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was  ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.

1.Lionel Messi

Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.

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Honourable Mentions

Mathias Sindelar, Zinedine Zidane, Micheal Laudrup, Adama Toure, Magico Gonzalez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Ariel Ortega, Eden Hazard,Dennis Bergkamp.

 

This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…

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