Just Football's World XI Team of 2012 is a post from: Just Football
As announced on via our Twitter page on New Year's Eve, we asked you to select a World XI of 2012 with a twist you could only select one player from each league, meaning 11 different leagues from anywhere in the world had to be selected.
South Africa's premier soccer league (PSL) have stopped one of their clubs from playing a prestige friendly against Liverpool this month saying it would take publicity away from the country's cup final. Ajax Cape Town has been refused permission by the league to play a friendly against the English club in Cape Town on May 21 in a move that was immediately criticized.
We've already had a butcher's at the very finest club logos that South American football (and Central/Northern America for all those geography pedants out there!) has to offer, and now we're shifting continents to bring you our 25 favourite badges from the realms of Africa's various domestic football leagues.
The Western-most tip of Africa seemed like as good a place as any to watch the Mali vs. South Africa quarter-final in the African Cup of Nations. On Saturday, I was at the Pointe des Almadies in Dakar, a tourist stop and hang-out with a beach carpeted with black stones and grilled fish, crepes, Bob Marley, and t-shirts all on offer.
Cape Verde made history by qualifying for the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals after beating Angola 2-1 on Sunday. They are also the the smallest country to ever compete at the tournament with half a million inhabitants back home, so victory was especially sweet. Coach Lucio Antunes, who took time off his 'day job' as an air traffic controller to coach the team, dedicated the qualification to "the wonderful people of Cape Verde.
On the eve of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, former Leeds United and South Africa captain, Lucas Radebe, told a national newspaper about his fears for the tournament after another low turnout from Premier League players. The tournament, which kicked off in South Africa on Saturday, is Africa's major international football event and is widely anticipated to be an exciting contest this winter.
With the Africa Cup of Nations a fading memory and the European leagues back in full swing I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Africans represented in five of Europe's top leagues: Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.
Despite their non qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013, Senegal have the most players playing in the five European leagues mentioned in the introduction.
Bloody hell eh. Malaga nine away games contain nine goals, and then when I get involved they go and win 3-2 at Mallorca. Goals, goals goals. Still, both of the other bets came in, including Matej Vydra's first goal against Nottingham Forest. Our Coventry money was returned as they lost a lead but held on [.
The draw for next summer's Confederations Cup was made in Sao Paulo today and it set up some interesting matches.
The Confederations Cup takes place in Brazil on 15-30 June 2013 when hosts Brazil line up in Group A with Japan, Mexico and Italy. While Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti will be joined in Group B by the champions of Africa, whose identity will be revealed after next February's CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.
Expect more deaths on March 9 in Egypt—both from judicial death sentences and the inevitable post-verdict riot—in the continuing fallout from the demise of the Mubarak regime in January 2011 and the soccer stadium massacre an anniversary-perfect year later.
After a February 2012 match in Port Said, Egypt, between Cairo's most successful club Al-Ahly and its portside rival, Al-Masry, fans set upon one another with rocks, fireworks, broken bottles, knives and reportedly even swords.
Al Ahly vs Corinthians Club World Cup 2012 Highlights 0-1 Jose Guerrero Goal Video Semifinal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Al Ahly vs Corinthians Club World Cup 2012 Highlights 0-1 Jose Guerrero Goal Video Semifinal is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Al Ahly vs Corinthians 2012 ( Ahly Corinthians VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Al Ahly vs Corinthians 0-1 ( Jose Paolo Guerrero) Toyota, Japan- Club World Cup 2012 [.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Al Ahly 2012 Highlights 1-2 Club World Cup Sato Hamdy Aboutrika Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Al Ahly 2012 Highlights 1-2 Club World Cup Sato Hamdy Aboutrika Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Al Ahly 2012 ( Sanfrecce Ahly VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Al Ahly 1-2 ( Sato/ Hamdy, Aboutrika) Toyota Stadium, Japan- [.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finished last weekend. All of the players are back with their respective clubs, their focus now on club glory rather than on the international arena. It's a good time to take a short look back at some of the statistics that came out of this enthralling tournament. Perhaps the biggest story of this years Africa Cup of Nations was the failure of Ivory Coast's "golden" generation to lift the trophy that had almost seemed their birthright.
Over the past couple of weeks Africa has transformed into the centre stage of world football, where South Africa hosted the 29th edition of the African Cup of Nations. Like all tournaments, twists and turns unfolded on such a vibrant place where the beautiful game is played: title-holders Zambia crashed out early, Cabo Verde made a name for themselves and Drogba once again failed to take the trophy home for Les Éléphants.
Winning a major international tournament should always be a cause of celebration. But Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama did his best to get himself in trouble in the aftermath of his side's African Cup of Nations win by trying to pick up the referee. Perhaps he was struggling to contain his excitement at the prospect of [.
The curtain closed on the 2013 African Cup of Nations with a match that neatly encapsulated the prevailing plot of the tournament: Disjointed, uneven stretches of play punctuated by decisive flashes of brilliance.
Burkina Faso and Nigeria are scheduled to meet tonight in the finals of the African Cup of Nations! Jonathan Pitroipa, Burkina Faso's squad's star striker, who has unfortunately been suspended from the game, has been speaking about the exciting final.
As we posted to the tumblr yesterday morning, there were at least 10 international matches of interest yesterday, ranging from the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals in the morning, to a bunch of international friendlies in mid-afternoon, and capped off by the 1st three Hex matches.
Here's a roundup of various match notes and observations from the CultFootball crew:
The twoAfrica Cup of Nations semifinals: I put on the first semifinal, Mali vs Nigeria, midway thru the 1st half, and quickly saw Nigeria go up 3-0 within the span of 20 minutes.
Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations squad will be offered a week of free sex if they bring the trophy home. An organisation representing the country's sex workers says Chelsea star Victor Moses and his team-mates will be entitled to freebies for a week providing they win the tournament. Jessica Elvis, national secretary of the [.
Comienza en Sudáfrica la 29na edición de la Copa Africana de Naciones . La competencia se disputará del 19 de enero al 10 de febrero Johannesburgo, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit y Rustenburg. En este torneo resaltaran las ausencias de Egipto, Camerún y Senegal. La Copa Africana de Naciones se juega desde 1957 con una periodicidad de 2 años.
With the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 almost here I thought I'd take a look at the players who make up the sixteen squads taking part in the competition. Some of the graphics are interactive, so feel free to have a click around.
The above graphic was made with infogr.am and the data came from the ever reliable wikipedia.
Catalonia vs Nigeria 2013 Friendly Highlights 1-1 Sergio Gonzalez penalty Bright Dike Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Catalonia vs Nigeria 2013 Friendly Highlights 1-1 Sergio Gonzalez penalty Bright Dike Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Catalonia vs Nigeria 2013 ( Catalunya Super Eagles VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Catalonia vs Nigeria 1-1 ( Sergio Gonzalez pen/ Bright Dike) Estadio Cornella-El Prat, Espanyol- January 2, [.
Soka Afrika Directed by Suridh Hassan, Masnomis Limited, 2011, £10.99 This is something of a golden age for the documentary with films such as The Imposter and Nostalgia for the Light appearing in many critics' top tens for 2012, jostling for recognition alongside big Hollywood fictionals and European art house offerings.
It isn't quite up there with Ali Dia's substitute appearance for Southampton back in the day, but radio station Talksport were duped impressively on Friday night by a fake Twitter account for the former Nigeria, Derby and West Ham defender Taribo West. West was something of a cult hero with his green and white hair [.
Pfft. Who needs to catch the ball? The ball will stop itself.
Egyptian keeper Amir Tawfik figured out a sure-fire way to go viral. It's probably under less ideal circumstances, but given the ways in which some people seek fame these days, it's pretty damn tame. Passivity just works sometimes.
Along with two Premier League games we focus on the quarter-final stage of the 2013 African Cup of Nations, with hosts South Africa hoping to reach the semi-finals, while outsiders Togo are in their first ever last eight match.
The African Cup of Nations is pretty good for a fairytale story, and this year the Cape Verde Islands may well be the perfect example of this. After knocking out Cameroon in qualification, the tiny islands are playing in their first ever competitive tournament, and amazingly qualified from their group at the expense of Morocco.
Whilst everyone loves a scoring goalkeeper, this one is cheating somewhat. And that's because Kennedy Mweene is the new Jose Luis Chilvert or Rogerio Ceni, in that he takes a mean penalty. Mweene showed off his skill at a very opportune moment for his Zambian side as they gained a spot kick after 84 minutes [.
The African Cup of Nations is a brilliant tournament. Part of this is because it unites a continent, many of the countries in which conflict has affected of is affecting, and demonstrates the positive effect that football can have. It's also amazing because ridiculous things seem to happen. Whether it's crazy fans, alternative goalkeeping styles [.
The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off this weekend and Cameroon Football Federation President Mohammed Iya has already ignited some fireworks saying that Africa deserves more than its current five places at the World Cup.
According to Iya, half of the European teams that earn a spot at the World Cup are no better than many African teams and that Ghana's run to the quarterfinals of the last World Cup "enhanced the reputation of African teams.
Samuel Eto'o is being paid silly money for playing out in Russia, and it appears that he has a great deal of time on his hands. Because the Cameroon international striker has created a comic book which tells the story of Eto'o's life during his early years as he worked hard to become a football [...]
Lekhwiya vs PSG 1-5 Highlights Friendly 2013 Lavezzi Gameiro Nene Menez Nilmar Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Lekhwiya vs PSG 1-5 Highlights Friendly 2013 Lavezzi Gameiro Nene Menez Nilmar Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Lekhwiya vs PSG 2012 ( Lekhwiya Paris-SG VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Lekhwiya vs Paris Saint-Germain 1-5 ( Nilmar/ Lavezzi*2, Gameiro, Nene, Menez) Club Friendly- 2 January, 2013- Doha, [.
Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs 2012 Score 1-1 Highlights Mbesuma Majoro Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs 2012 Score 1-1 Highlights Mbesuma Majoro Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs 2012 ( Pirates Chiefs VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 ( Mbesuma/ Majoro) FNB Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg, 8 December, 2012- [.