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Meet one of the Premier League’s dirtiest footballers, who played with Jay-Jay Okocha

The Premier League has produced some of the most elegant and graceful players to ever grace the game, names like Jay-Jay Okocha, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard come to mind. The League has also produced some of the dirtiest, scrappiest, and roughest footballers who are uncompromising when it comes to getting the ball.

The player being profiled is a former teammate of the aforementioned Okocha and most definitely epitomises the phrase ‘at all costs’, with his bullish style of play leading him to bagging more than a basket-full of cautions in his career. This player is not a ‘no nonsense’ defender or a battle-hardened midfielder, but a Centre Forward. The man is none other than Bolton Wanderers Legend, Kevin Davies.

The one-time England International was a brutish target-man, who frequently committed fouls by elbowing opposition defenders and lunging into mistimed tackles, often leading to bookings on each occasion. In summer 2003, he joined Bolton having been released by Southampton. In a season where he rediscovered his best form, he scored ten times and started every league match.

In his Bolton career, Davies committed over 1,000 fouls, more than any other Premier League player in the competition’s history to date. On 11 February 2012, he became the joint holder of the record for most yellow cards in Premier League history, alongside former Leeds United star, Lee Bowyer; not the kind of record you would associate with an experienced striker. To put his record into context, Davies had more bookings (99) than Premier League goals (88).

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Davies hung up his boots in 2015, after a brief spell at Preston North End in the English 3rd tier after 22 years in the professional game and most older fans of the English Premier League will surely remember the bulky Englishman for his aggressive style of play.

Which other Premier League old boys do you remember? Let me know in the comments.

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Rabiu Ibrahim on target for Slovan Bratislava in season opener

Super Eagles midfielder, Ibrahim Rabiu made a flying start to the 2020/2021 season as he netted twice for Slovan Bratislava in their [0-5] season-opening win against FC Nitra.

Ibrahim Rabiu celebrates his goal for SK Slovan Bratislava
Ibrahim Rabiu celebrates his goal for SK Slovan Bratislava

Slovan Bratislava are the current Slovakian Superliga champions.


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Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure features as Club Brugge lose season opener

22-year old forward, Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure played 84 mins as reigning Belgium Juipler Pro League champions, Club Brugge, kicked off their 2020/2021 campaign with a narrow [0-1] home defeat vs Sporting Charleroi.

Fellow Nigerian, David Okereke was an unused sub for Club Brugge.


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Bryan Idowu impresses in debut defeat for FC Khimkhi

28-year old Super Eagles defender, Bryan Idowu was the best player on the pitch for newly-promoted Russian Premier League side, FC Khimhki as he made his debut in their [0-2] defeat vs CSKA Moscow.

Bryan Idowu Stats vs CSKA Moscow

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Toronto FC Rookie, Ifunanyachi Achara suffers torn left ACL

by Ayotunde Ogala (1 min read)

22-year old Toronto FC rookie, Ifunanyachi Achara has unfortunately been dealt a major blow only a few days before the start of the MLS is Back tournament. He will undergo surgery next week.

The Enugu-born striker earned himself a professional contract with the Canadian side in February 2020, after being selected 25th overall in the MLS SuperDraft and impressing in preseason.

Ifunanyachi had already started winning over fans in Toronto after scoring the winning goal in his professional debut against New York City FC in March, before the coronavirus pandemic.

The young forward was plagued with injuries throughout his college career with Georgetown University, where he won the NCAA title in 2019 and will be hoping that he can one day put the issues behind him and focus on doing what he does best, score goals.

Toronto FC opens the MLS is Back Tournament on July 10 against D.C. United before facing Orji Okwonkwo’s Montreal Impact on July 15.

What do you think ? Leave a comment or reaction below.


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CLUB BRUGGE SET TO BE CROWNED PRO LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

(by Ayotunde Ogala – 2 min read)

The Belgian Pro League is set to become the first major European league to cancel the 2019/2020 season due to the novel coronavirus global outbreak.

Club Brugge are set to handed the titles, which means that Nigerian duo, Dennis Bonaventure & David Okereke are set to be crowned as the Champions despite not completing the season.

They currently sit top of the league, 15 points clear of second-placed KAA Gent, with one game left to play in the regular season, however the Belgian League features a playoff round, used to determine the eventual Champion as well as the teams promoted. The current season will see none of the sixteen teams relegated, and the 2020/2021 season will now feature 18 teams, with the top two teams from the second division granted automatic promotion.

This decision was made following a board of directors’ meeting on Thursday, and awaits official confirmation by representatives of all 24 clubs in the top two tiers of Belgian football by April 15. Seventeen clubs called for cancellation last week.

What do you think of the decision to cancel the season & crown Club Brugge as champions ? Leave a comment or reaction below.


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SERIE A, LIGUE 1 & LA LIGA ALL AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

All Sports events in Italy have been suspended until April 3rd, 2020 due to the growing spread of coronavirus.

The entire country has now been placed on a mandatory lockdown.


The next 2 weeks of the Spanish La Liga are set to be played behind closed doors due to the growing spread of coronavirus in the country.



French Ligue 1 & Ligue 2 matches also to be played behind closed doors due to growing coronavirus concerns.

DENNIS BONAVENTURE RULED OUT OF MANCHESTER UNITED CLASH

Club Brugge have been dealt a big blow in their hopes to advance to the Round of 16 of the 2019/2020 UEFA Europa League season.

The Belgian side announced their 22-man squad that has traveled to Manchester for Thursday’s match against English giants & Odion Ighalo’s new club, Manchester United and It is without a notable name in Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure.

The forward who scored twice in the Champions League against Real Madrid earlier this season, and also scored for Club Brugge in their [1-1] first leg draw last Thursday in Brugge, has been ruled out with a leg injury he sustained during their [1-0] victory vs Sporting Charleroi on Sunday, in the Belgian Pro League.

A huge blow to Club Brugge’s chances of earning a very impressive result in Manchester.

Club Brugge take on Manchester United in the second leg of the Europa LEague Round of 32 on Thursday 27, 2020. Kick Off is at 9pm (WAT). Live from Old Trafford, Manchester, England.

Can Club Brugge win without their talisman ? Leave a comment or reaction below.


by Ayotunde Ogala

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NIGERIA LOSE BID TO HOST FIFA U20 WOMENS WORLD CUP 2020

Earlier this year, a group of FIFA inspectors had visited Nigeria, to take a look at the facilities available for use during the tournament and the Nigerian Sports ministry had high expectations for a successful bid.

Nigeria have been overlooked by FIFA as the country selected to host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 with South American nations, Costa Rica and Panama preferred.

FIFA announced their decision today via a statement on their official website which reads:

“Following on from a FIFA inspection visit to Costa Rica and Panama as well as further discussions with the two relevant member associations, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has today confirmed that the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 will be played in August in Costa Rica and Panama.”


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NIGERIA 2-12 BRAZIL: SAND EAGLES HEAD BACK HOME AFTER 3 DEFEATS

The Sand Eagles of Nigeria lost their final game of the 2019 Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay.

They fell 2-12 to defending champions, Brazil in an encounter that was more for pride than anything else. Watch the highlights.

Their elimination had already been confirmed two days earlier, after they lost their second straight game of the tournament, vs Oman.

They had also lost their opening fixture 10-1, vs Portugal

It was a poor outing overall for the Sand Eagles, and another addition to the underwhelming year it has been for Nigerian football and its fans.

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