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Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Although Burkina Faso may have something to say about the alleged fielding of an ineligible player, as it stands, the same five countries who qualified from CAF for the 2010 World Cup have qualified for Brazil next summer. Quite a rare occurrence, particularly in recent World Cup campaigns, with it being a very long and drawn out qualification process, with two phases which result in five two-legged play-off matches, where the winner books their place in the finals. Here is a look at the prospects for each of the five nations …

Argentina kicked of their World Cup with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Nigeria, courtesy of Gabriel Heinze’s sixth minute diving header. Always in control of the game La Albiceleste’s performance has gone some way to answering their pre-tournament critics. Yet Maradona will be concerned with his sides impotence in front of goal, as the scoreline could and should have been far greater.

The starting eleven was more or less as expected, with Jonas Guttierrez selected at right back and Carlos Tevez partnering Gonzalo Higuian in attack.  Guttierez’s lack of defensive nous was almost exposed in the second …

                                                                     
The waiting is finally over, this Saturday, Argentina’s campaign to capture a third World Cup trophy begins against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.  With Diego Maradona in charge preparations have naturally been controversial, his 23 man squad proving the subject of much debate.  However such discussions are now irrelevant, as all eyes turn to the Elis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, where eleven men in blue and white stripes will carry the hopes of a nation.
History
When it comes to their opening game, Argentina have a relatively strong record of nine wins …

NIGERIA 1-3 EGYPT
Nigeria’s 2010 African Cup of Nations campaign didn’t get off to a perfect start, as defending champions Egypt edged an exciting tie at the Complexo da Sr. da Graca stadium.
It was Nigeria who found themselves in front after 12 minutes, as Chinedu Obasi curled in a sublime effort from twenty yards.
Egypt equalised after a mix up between the Nigeria defence, and their goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama led to the goal, as Egypt striker Emad Moteab rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home into an empty net. Egypt found themselves ahead …

Nigeria is all set to kick off the Group C fixtures, with a predominately tough match against Egypt tomorrow. On Nigeria’s behalf it will be a relief to get this Egypt match over and done with, as they then face the easier opponents in Group C which are Benin and Mozambique.
Nigeria
On paper Nigeria should easily qualify from this group, however Shaibu Amodu team have been really unconvincing over the qualifying rounds. They were put to the test against Mozambique in the CAF Round Three, and as I have said above, the Super …

The above picture shows you the new Nigeria Home shirt, Shaibu Amodu’s squad will be wearing the Twilight Green and White shirt, for the 2010 World Cup and for the 2010 African Cup of Nations. As you can see Nigeria has the country’s name just below the collar. Aswell as the adidas sign in the middle of the shirt, just like the Chelsea and Liverpool football jerseys. Yet again it’s another new Nigeria shirt which is sponsored by Adidas, as most African teams opt for Puma. Also their have been …

Since Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu named his 24 man squad for January’s African Cup of Nations, there were many doubts with some of his selection picks, as Amodu has decided to name a very inexperienced defensive line up. However the attacking side of Nigeria’s squad looks like it could well terrorise opponent’s defences later this month. I will take a look at three key players, who could well guide Nigeria to African Cup of Nations victory…
Captain Fantastic – Nwankwo Kanu
Former Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu is currently the captain of the Nigeria …

As we start the New Year, Nigeria’s national football side have qualified for the two most prestigious events that the squad could have qualified for, the World Cup and the African Cup Of Nations.
Nigeria’s Tournament History
Nigeria started to establish themselves as a dominate force in African Football at the start of the 1980’s. That year the African outfit were able to bag their first of two African Cup of Nations trophies, the team were able to win the tournament on home soil, as they defeated Algeria 3-0 in the final. The Super …

FIFA World Cup 2010 qualification doesn’t resume for France until mid-August, so as the more geographically able of you will have worked out from the title (hint: Nigeria isn’t in Europe), France take part in an exhibition match tonight. 

Will the French team do their country proud tonight?

Under fire French manager Raymond Domenech is likely to be grateful for tonight’s friendly, even if the fatigued players are not. Domenech has come in for some criticism regarding his recent squad selection, and the game tonight will provide the perfect opportunity for him to maybe experiment with a …