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Liverpool’s Klopp baffled by Cameroon’s claim on Joel Matip

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London (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday he could not understand why "retired" Cameroon defender Joel Matip was currently unavailable to the Reds because of the African Nations Cup.Klopp had to pull Matip out of Sunday's Premier League draw with Manchester United because of confusion over the player's international status.

Liverpool’s Klopp baffled by Cameroon’s claim on Joel Matip

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London (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Tuesday he could not understand why "retired" Cameroon defender Joel Matip was currently unavailable to the Reds because of the African Nations Cup.Klopp had to pull Matip out of Sunday's Premier League draw with Manchester United because of confusion over the player's international status.

2012 Africa Cup Of Nations: Semi-Finals Review – Wham, Bam, Thank You Zam…bia!

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By Greg Evans

So, here we stand. Just one game away from finding out who will win the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations a tournament which stampeded out of the blocks with a thrilling start, but has since turned into something of a pale imitation of itself with a few drab games starting to crop up as the stakes get higher.

2012 Africa Cup Of Nations: The Intoxicatingly Ebullient Story So Far…

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By Greg Evans

Earlier in the week the group stages of this year's Africa Cup of Nations concluded and, before we go any further and the sadly unavoidable 'why cover this pointless tournament?/the quality's terrible' mentality begins to set in, let me just go on record as saying that some of the performances and matches I have seen in the past two weeks have eclipsed anything I have seen in our beloved Premier League for a very long time.

Possibly The Worst Play-Acting You’ll Ever See: Narcisse Ekanga Fakes Injury vs Senegal (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Hands up. We've been a bit lapse with our coverage of the African Nations so far. That's going to change as soon as the group stages are over but, for now, you'll have to make do with dribs and drabs including this startling piece of cheatery spotted during co-host nation Equatorial Guinea's dramatic late win to send much-fancied Senegal tumbling out of the tournament yesterday.

African Nations Championships 2011

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The African Nations Championship (or CHAN) is unique amongst international football tournaments in that nations are restricted to selecting only domestic players in their squads. The 2011 edition of this tournament begins this week in Sudan with the hosts taking on Gabon in Khartoum.

As the competition only allows the selection of domestically based players the standards of each respective international side is a little different to "full internationals".

Angola

DR Congo stun Ethiopia, Cameroon pip Angola in African Nations Championship

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Democratic Republic of Congo made a blazing start to the 2016 African Nations championships when they shocked Ethiopia 3-0 in their Group B opener at Butare's Huye stadium on Sunday.

Midfielder Heritier Luvumbu was the hero, scoring one and creating two goals to give the 2009 champions an impressive start.

DR Congo stun Ethiopia, Cameroon pip Angola in African Nations Championship

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Democratic Republic of Congo made a blazing start to the 2016 African Nations championships when they shocked Ethiopia 3-0 in their Group B opener at Butare's Huye stadium on Sunday.

Midfielder Heritier Luvumbu was the hero, scoring one and creating two goals to give the 2009 champions an impressive start.

CAF Champions League

Ghana and Congo to gain extra places in CAF continental competitions?

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With the 2012 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions almost over I decided to have crack at calculating which African nations are rising through the co-efficient to gain that all important top 12 continental spot. Let me explain...

Each nation in Africa is given two spots in continental competition.

CAF club co-efficients for 2014

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With the 2012 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions almost over I decided to have crack at calculating which African nations are rising through the co-efficient to gain that all important top 12 continental spot. Let me explain...

Each nation in Africa is given two spots in continental competition.

CECAFA/Kagame Cup 2011: East African club football

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African club football gets very little coverage in Europe so I thought it would be interesting to delve into this little known world for another blogpost.

On Saturday the East African club cup begins in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Twelve clubs from ten African nations compete for the coveted trophy.

International

Brilliant Papisse Cisse Long-Range Header v Ivory Coast

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Newcastle striker Papisse Cisse score a brilliant header from outside the box which flies past the bewildered Ivory Coast keeper, however it wasn't enough to see off the Ivory Coast who won 4-2.

Algeria and Libya Dust Up

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Libya players take unkindly to their injury-time defeat to Algeria in Casablanca in their African Nations qualifying first leg, should be an interesting return leg in October.

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Internationals, defenders and summer travels

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Right then, stupid pointless, irritating internationals are out of the way, now we can get back to the real thing.

So far there have been no reports of maimings, snappings, twistings or any other ings which might prove damaging to an Arsenal player's chances of playing on Saturday. Robin van Persie played 45 minutes against England, Bert van Marwijk saying that he'd spoken with the skipper and because he'd had a bit of a groin problem he agreed to only play him for a half.

Algeria PUMA 2012/13 Away Jersey

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PUMA launched the Algeria 2012/13 home kit in November along with those of the other African nations soccer programs it sponsors. As Les Fennecs prepare for the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup African zone qualifiers next year, the Algeria PUMA 2012/13 away jersey has also been launched. Here is a detailed look [.

England End Their ‘Annus Horribilis’

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Only a couple of weeks until Christmas: then we'll be celebrating the arrival of 2011 and hoping that in football terms at least England's performances will be better than they were in 2010. Guest blogger Richard Smith looks back at 2010 a memorable year for all the wrong reasons.

Female striker fights back rival African nations’ claims she is a man

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BERLIN, Germany A women's soccer player has hit back at accusations she is a man amid claims her country fielded non-female players during the recent African Women's Championship final. Equatorial Guinea striker Genoveva Anonma's gender was questioned by Nigerian opponents after her country's 4-2 defeat last week, claims she completely rejected.

Congo pull out of African Nations Cup bidding race

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CAIRO, Egypt The Democratic Republic of Congo have withdrawn their bid to host the 2015 or 2017 African Nations Cups, leaving just Morocco and South Africa in the running, the Confederation of African Football said on Tuesday. African football's governing body will decide in January on the outcome of the bids but with just [.

African Cup of Nations

Football as Humanity: Zambia 2012

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I think all of those who watched yesterday's African Cup of Nations Final match between Ivory Coast and Zambia share my feeling: we were privileged to be allowed to participate in one of the more remarkable moments in modern sporting history. It was one, of course, that went largely under the radar in the U.

African Cup of Nations quarterfinals set

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After winning their respective groups, Ivory Coast and Ghana are on a crash course for a high-profile final at the African Cup of Nations, but there is still work to be done before the top two African nations do battle for the continent's top prize.

The Elephants, one of two sides to secure all nine points during the group stage, might have to go through both host countries to reach the final.

Group B: African Cup of Nations 2012 Preview (Angola, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Sudan)

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Group B: African Cup of Nations 2012 Preview (Angola, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Sudan) is a post from: Just Football

Just Football's team-by-team African Cup of Nations 2012 group previews continues now with a look at Group B. Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to Just Football to get all the latest news from Just Football at the African Cup of Nations and beyond.

The Africa Artist Series. Created for the African Cup of...

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The Africa Artist Series. Created for the African Cup of Nations.

In an effort to truly harness the identity of different African nations participating in the upcoming 2012 African Cup of Nations (co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea), PUMA called upon local African artists to symbolically represent their nation's essence by designing respective football shirts for the tournament.

Puma Unveil Nine New African Nations 2012 Kits – Namibia’s Is Particularly Snazzy (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Puma held a bit of a bash at the Design Museum in London last night to formally unveil their latest nine creations for next January's African Cup of Nations there were originally supposed to be ten on display, though Algeria's kit was omitted after they failed to qualify for the competition.

Final AFCON Slots Sealed

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The stage is set for next year's Africa Cup of Nations which will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea after the final round of fixtures played this weekend confirmed the 16 nations that will grace the 28th edition of the continent's ultimate footballing tournament.

The 16 nations are: Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Morocco, Libya, Ghana, Angola, Botswana, Tunisia, Sudan, Zambia and Niger.

The King of Kampala and Uganda’s quest to reach Gabon/Equatorial Guinea 2012.

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In 1978 the president of Uganda (or to give him his full title His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor)Â was Idi Amin, the country was embroiled in a war with neighbours Tanzania and Idi Amin was still twelve months from relinquishing power. It was also the last time that Uganda's national football team (The Cranes) had qualified for an African Cup of Nations.

An introduction to the CECAFA Cup

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Whilst the great and the good of FIFA were gathered in Zurich to select World Cup hosts of the future in East Africa one of the oldest international tournaments in the world was kicking off in Dar Es Salaam.

First played in 1926 as the Gossage Cup (due to sponsorship from soap manufacturer Gossage), the CECAFA Cup it is the oldest international tournament in Africa, yet probably one of the least pretigious.

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Barcelona Named Laureus Team Of The Year

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The accolades keep coming for Pep Guardiola's Barcelona as they were yesterday named the Laureus team of the year. Here is what Barcelona President Sandro Rosell had to say after the award ceremony:

"The nominations of Abidal, Messi and the club are an honour, and it will help us keep on working and thinking about how to keep up this level in the future.

Villas Boas- What can we expect?

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Villas Boas- What can we expect? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yet another season gone by, and the post-season review brings back moments from the seasons long gone. Arsenal, living up to their tag of chokers, relinquishing yet another strong position in the league inspite of showing flashes of absolute ingenuity, Chelsea losing steam in the December period, (not because of the Cup of African Nations though) and then firing their manager for avoidable and trivial errors and then the Big 4 similar to the 2009-2010 season, were given a real run for their money by hugely improved sides like Tottenham and Manchester City.

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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: ‘Two Bit’ Wenger Refuses Hand-Shake, ‘Disgusting’ Adebayor Chants Sung With Gusto (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Yesterday's North London derby itself was a largely good-natured, entertaining affair (save for Bacary Sagna's unfortunate, inadvertent leg-break), with Kyle Walker scoring the victory for Tottenham sweeping a 25-yard winner past Wojciech Szzczccsczczzccesny with 17-minutes left to play.

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: ‘Two Bit’ Wenger Refuses Hand-Shake, ‘Disgusting’ Adebayor Chants Sung With Gusto (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Yesterday's North London derby itself was a largely good-natured, entertaining affair (save for Bacary Sagna's unfortunate, inadvertent leg-break), with Kyle Walker scoring the victory for Tottenham sweeping a 25-yard winner past Wojciech Szzczccsczczzccesny with 17-minutes left to play.

Crikey! Arsenal Have Actually Signed Someone – Wenger Confirms That Gervinho Has Landed

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By Chris Wright

Fair to say it's been on the cards for a good while now, but it still sounds a little strange to say out loud Arsenal have actually signed a real, walking-talking, senior professional footballer!

According to Arsene Wenger, Gervinho actually landed last Thursday after completing a medical but was then sent home again to spend a few days with his wife and young children before returning to England to train with those remaining members of the Gunners' squad that haven't flown out on for a pre-season tour of Malaysia.

The Rest

FIFA punish Africans for World Cup offences

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Johannesburg (AFP) – FIFA have punished numerous African nations for offences during 2018 World Cup qualifiers last month, the world football body said Tuesday.

Gabon forfeited by a mandatory 3-0 scoreline a match against Ivory Coast in Libreville for fielding suspended midfielder Merlin Tandjigora.

Qatar Aspire Academy: Humanitarian Effort or Cause for Concern

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After reading African Soccerscapes,I was reminded of Qatar's Aspire Academy: a footballing academy based in Doha, Qatar that takes children from Africa, South America, and Asia and brings them into Qatar to develop their football skills. When most people think of Qatar and soccer, they think of the 2022 World Cup or perhaps Paris Saint Germain, which the Qatar Investment Authority owns and sponsors.

Pardew Remains Coy On The Prospect Of A Loan Deal For Carroll

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he is still an admirer of Andy Carroll but refused to say whether or not he would approach Liverpool over a possible loan deal.
The Magpies sold the England international to Liverpool in January 2011 for £35 million, after the Newcastle board felt the offer was too good to refuse.

OTP Podcast: Episode 23 – Deadline Daze

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Ep.23 Deadline Daze by Off The Post on Mixcloud The Pod lived the ultimate football punditry dream last night – recording whilst all the frenetic bedlam of Deadline Day played out. With producer Stu alerting us of live developments throughout, the Pod's narrative zig-zagged back and forth like Bellamy's rubber band dance in the FA [.

TORRES: FOR SALE FOR £20M?? WOULD YOU SELL HIM?

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Last night news broke that Chelsea will be willing to listen for offers of around £20m for Fernando Torres in January as long as someone can match his reported £150K per week wages. The story continued that Chelsea had already put the feelers out around Europe amongst the elite to see if anyone wanted to take him.

Money Changes Everything - part two

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So as the 1970's came to a close, ending one of the most politically turbulent decades in the history of sports, the world behld with horror the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, which....

...wait a minute. I'm forgetting something. There was a World Cup in 1978. And everybody came.

Factfile: New Aston Villa signing Jean Makoun

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Jean Makoun from Lyon for a fee thought to be in the region of €6m* possibly rising by a further €3m depending on performances. The 27 year old brings a wealth of experience with almost 250 Ligue 1 appearance, more than 50 European appearances and 56 caps for Cameroon including four African Nations Championships and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.