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Big Dan

Dan Ogunshakin is a sports writer and blog contributor who's been writing for his many fans dispersed all over the world.

As well as being the original "sports fan" his travel writing is also widely distributed and covers topics as far and wide as marine biology, crashing motorbikes and cross dressing.

 

 

Kester Ezuma

Kester Ezuma is a FIFA Registered- Licensed Players Agent based in Switzerland with a passion for Afrcan football.

He is actively invoved with an impressively large number of footballing associations, includng: World Interuniversity Games IFIUS), Players Globe Limited, Sports Travel Tour Organiser in partnership with S.In.T Travel Sports, Infinite United FC, Nigeria All-Stars Football Association, Nigeria Professional Players Association, Nigeria FIFA Licensed Agents Association and Football Festival Denmark.

 

Brazil 2014: the gift that kept on giving

After 31 days of glorious football action, the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil has come to an end and as we look back over a tournament that began on June 12 in Sao Paulo as the hosts came from behind to beat Croatia and ended with Mario Goetze's winning goal at the Maracana in Rio, it is safe to that Brazil 2014 played an absolute blinder.

Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at 18:20pm

Lionel Messi: Little Argentine Starting to Make a Mark at the World Cup

Lionel Messi once again proved that he remains the best player in the world after going joint top of the FIFA World Cup 2014 goalscoring charts.

Thursday, 26th June 2014 at 09:32am

Hodgson faces Rooney conundrum in key Uruguay match

After defeat to Italy in their opening match, England must avoid defeat against Uruguay and arguably win if they are to have any chance of progressing to the round of 16.

Monday, 16th June 2014 at 11:22am

Brazil 2014: the story so far

Still reeling after a whirlwind weekend of World Cup qualifying exploits, there are more questions than answers as to where the trophy is destined to go.

Monday, 16th June 2014 at 09:26am

Brazil aim to silence echoes of the past

From the sun-soaked coastal regions that boast beautiful bays, reefs and islands - to the Amazonian rainforests, or the urban jungle with its sprawling cities; Brazil is a land of contrasts.

Friday, 13th June 2014 at 12:18pm

Brazil 2014: The wait is almost over

It's been seven years since Fifa announced that Brazil would host the 2014 World Cup and now the wait is almost over.

Wednesday, 11th June 2014 at 10:53am

Where did all the love go?

After the latest round of international fixtures England sit top of their World Cup qualifying group; their Brazil destiny still very much in their own hands. Sounds decent enough, right? In terms of the position the Three Lions are in, very much so, but the manner in which this has been achieved has the majority of England fans despairing and being turned off watching supposedly the pride of the nation. It wasn't always this way; so where did all the love go?

Friday, 13th September 2013 at 10:36am

Brazil Sweep to Confederations Cup Win

Brazil hit three goals past Spain to sweep to Confederations Cup glory and with it lay down a marker ahead of next year's World Cup finals.

Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 at 01:40am

Brazil with work to do ahead of 2014 finals

With less than 18 months to go until the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil, the host nation have some work to do if they are to lift a record sixth title and their first on home soil.

Saturday, 9th February 2013 at 17:30pm

Brazil slump to first England defeat in 23 years

Goals either side of halftime by Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard were enough to give England a first victory over Brazil since 1990 as the Selecao's preparations for the 2014 Fifa World Cup suffered a setback.

Saturday, 9th February 2013 at 08:29am

Hodgson: a surprise choice?

This week the FA named Roy Hodgson as England manager to the surprise of all but looking deeper should we have been that shocked? On the outside it appears that way but dig a little deeper and it becomes less of a move out of left field.

Friday, 4th May 2012 at 06:57am

Will Brazil be ready? It'll be close but they'll get there

As the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil draws ever closer fears are growing from a number of quarters about whether or not the host nation will be ready on time.

Friday, 16th March 2012 at 10:04am

Capello: to applaud or not?

The dust is still settling from Fabio Capello's decision to quit from his post as England manager.

Tuesday, 21st February 2012 at 09:44am

Fifa forgetting the fans again

Fifa's decision to make teams play their group stage matches in different cities was based upon them not wanting to hand teams the advantage of playing in the cooler south.

Friday, 21st October 2011 at 17:50pm

Phuket man launches bid to save the 'beautiful game'

The etymology of the term the 'beautiful game' used to describe football is unclear. Famous eccentric English commentator Stuart Hall claims he coined the phrase back in 1958 when watching Peter Doherty play for his beloved Manchester City, although Valdir Pereira, a Brazilian footballer, is thought to be the man responsible, labeling football the 'jogo bonito' Portuguese for the beautiful game.

Monday, 3rd October 2011 at 11:34am

End of the road for Rio?

After a long and distinguished career at the very top of the game it seems that age and injury are beginning to catch up with Rio Ferdinand as the 32-year-old former England captain was left out of coach Fabio Capello's England squad for this evening's key clash against Montenegro.

Monday, 3rd October 2011 at 11:31am

Enough is enough

I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that we've heard enough about Fifa's dodgy dealings, their refusal to do anything about it and that it's time for change.

Tuesday, 31st May 2011 at 17:29pm

United must grind merry-go-round to a halt

The last time that Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United and Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team went head-to-head was in the 2009 Champions League final and the former described the mesmerising way Barcelona played as akin to taking a ride on a merry-go-round.

Wednesday, 25th May 2011 at 04:25am

Super Saturday Confirms Premier League As Football's True Entertainer

The English Premier League is often feted as the world's finest and while that might not necessarily be true, you'd struggle to find a league where you will find more excitement and entertainment on a consistent basis.

Monday, 7th February 2011 at 13:05pm

Do Football Fans Care Too Much For Their Own Good?

At the end of the day, despite what Bill Shankly famously said about football being more than a matter of life and death, there are many more important things in life than football. The terrible troubles in Egypt where more than 100 people have been killed in protests against the incumbent President Hosni Mubarak or the difficulties facing so many in Queensland, Australia are testimony to the real struggles that people face in life but for many the transfer sagas involving Fernando Torres, Andy Carroll, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle United were of far greater concern, prompting the question, "Do football fans care too much for their own good?"

Tuesday, 1st February 2011 at 09:14am

Piquionne Red Shows Fifa Removing Passion From Football

Following his headed goal which gave West Ham a deserved 2-1 lead against Everton with just six minutes remaining, Frederic Piquionne raced towards the travelling West Ham supporters to celebrate.

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 at 09:52am

Sky Suspend Keys And Gray But Was It Enough?

Following the fallout about the chauvinistic comments made by Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray, both men were suspended for Sky's Monday Night Football program.

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 at 09:06am

Qatar Vote Shows Lack Of Love For The Game

The decision by the Fifa Executive Committee (ExCo) to award the 2018 finals to Russia and the 2022 Fifa World Cup to the tiny but cash-rich Middle Eastern country of Qatar shows how far down the list of priorities the game of football is to the sport's governing body.

Friday, 3rd December 2010 at 12:10pm

Is Beckham England's Trump Card?

It would seem that the fallout from the BBC's Panorama documentary which accused a number of high ranking Fifa officials of corruption wasn't as bad as first feared and, although the program is bound to have upset some of Fifa's bigwigs, the comments from the two Davids - Cameron and Beckham - have been largely positive following meetings with none other than Sepp Blatter and Jack Warner among others.

Wednesday, 1st December 2010 at 07:53am

Change Of Fifa's Tune Is Welcoming

Just a few weeks after it was feared that the revelations in the Sunday Times about two Fifa Executive Committee members had hit England's chances of hosting the 2018 Fifa World Cup, as an Englishman it was relieving to hear Sepp Blatter announce to the world that this wasn't the case.

Saturday, 20th November 2010 at 09:04am

Uefa Smacks of Hypocrisy

Despite being the authority of all matters football in Europe, Uefa seems happy to overlook many of the game's problems when it comes down to supporter behaviour. Violence and racism are still commonly encountered problems on the continent, yet Michel Platini and co seem almost blas� about it all.

Monday, 25th October 2010 at 09:44am

Liverpool Too Big For Hodgson

After eight games of the 2010/11 Premier League season, it's becoming clear that current boss Roy Hodgson simply isn't the man to revive Liverpool's fortunes.

Monday, 25th October 2010 at 08:28am

Capello Right To Look To The Future

Yes, the manner in which it was done was wrong and lacking in class, but the decision made by England manager Fabio Capello not to select 35-year-old ex-skipper David Beckham for future competitive England fixtures, in the opinion of this writer, the correct one.

Saturday, 14th August 2010 at 07:40am

South Africa 2010: A Bold Move Paid Dividends

If the standard of football played during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa wasn't of a similar standard to recent finals, the atmosphere and the enthusiasm for the tournament shown by the locals more than made up for it.

Tuesday, 20th July 2010 at 08:47am

Where Does English Football And The National Team Go From Here?

After vanquishing virtually all before them in qualifying, the England football team were installed as third favourites to lift the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Tuesday, 29th June 2010 at 13:54pm

England Fans Turned Green By Goalkeeping Error

In the build up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, one of Fabio Capello's biggest concerns has been who to select in goal for England: David James who has yet to convince the coaching staff of his fitness; Robert Green, solid and unspectacular; or Joe Hart who enjoyed the best season of the three but is inexperienced at international level.

Monday, 14th June 2010 at 10:36am

Chile v Spain

By the time the Chile v Spain Group H fixture is played out on June 25, it is likely that both teams will have qualified for the round of 16 and all that will be left will be to determine who finishes top of the group.

Friday, 4th June 2010 at 10:12am

Brazil vs Portugal 2010

Group G's Brazil vs Portugal fixture is the biggest game of the first round. The two footballing powerhouses have been drawn in what many are calling the 'group of death' due to the presence of arguably Africa's strongest side, the Ivory Coast despite its poor showing at the African Cup of Nations earlier in the year.

Wednesday, 2nd June 2010 at 12:10pm

Italy vs Paraguay 2010

Italy vs Paraguay has the makings of a tricky opening fixture for the defending World Cup champions when the two teams come face to face on June 14.

Tuesday, 1st June 2010 at 12:10pm

Cameroon vs Netherlands 2010

The Cameroon v Netherlands match in Group E promises to be one of the most colourful matches of the tournament in the stands, given the respective national kits of the two countries.

Friday, 28th May 2010 at 12:10pm

Germany vs Ghana 2010

When the World Cup draw produced the Germany v Ghana fixture, it threw up the potential for a match up that could divide family loyalties and pit two brothers against one another; one in the colours of Germany, the other playing for Ghana.

Wednesday, 26th May 2010 at 12:10pm

Argentina vs Nigeria 2010

Argentina v Nigeria in the group stage has featured in the fixture list of three of the past five World Cup finals, dating back to USA 1994 when the Super Eagles of Africa made their finals debut.

Tuesday, 25th May 2010 at 12:10pm

Uruguay v France 2010

The opening day fixture of Uruguay vs France on June 11 will pit two former winners of the tournament against each other in a match that is likely to have a big impact on who progresses to the round of 16.

Monday, 24th May 2010 at 12:10pm

England vs USA

Group C will get underway on June 12 with England v USA, and Fabio Capello's men hoping to erase 44 years of hurt by making the perfect start to their campaign.

Friday, 21st May 2010 at 12:10pm

New IFAB Rule Beggars Belief.

Football's International Football Association Board yesterday announced that from the World Cup any player who 'feints' before taking a penalty will be issued a yellow card and forced to retake his penalty.

Wednesday, 19th May 2010 at 12:10pm

Capello Names Squad Against Backdrop of Website Drama

England manager Fabio Capello selected his preliminary squad for the World Cup finals next month yesterday as he also postponed the launch of his controversial new website 'Capello Index' which ranks the performances of players over a season.

Wednesday, 12th May 2010 at 12:10pm

Just How 'Special' is Jose Mourinho?

Following Inter Milan's dramatic semi final victory over Pep Guardiola's seemingly invincible Barcelona side, the plaudits for Jose Mourinho have been flowing from all corners of the media.

Wednesday, 28th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Remaining World Cup Tickets to be Sold Over the Counter

The 500,000 remaining tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa will go on general sale over the counter in shopping malls and supermarkets from today as football's governing body acted to ensure that all the world cup fixtures would be played in front of capacity crowds.

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Never Write Off Manchester United

As the clock at Eastlands showed 92 minutes, it appeared that Manchester United's dream of becoming the first team to win four successive titles was about to be snatched from their grasp.

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Swiss Based FIFA-Agent Bash Nigeria Clubs Owners

It is very unfortunate that Nigeria Football clubs and FIFA Agents could prefer to transfer top professional Nigerian players to poor rated Sudan clubs.

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Four-goal Lampard helps Chelsea Thrash Hapless Villa

Frank Lampard moved to third on Chelsea's all time top scorers list after netting four times against Aston Villa on Saturday to take his tally to 151.

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Blatter Reassures Public That South Africa Will Be Ready.

With less than 100 days until the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicks off in South Africa, Sepp Blatter, president of football's world governing body, has moved to quell concerns about the upcoming tournament, the first to be staged in Africa, saying there is "no doubt" that South Africa will be ready.

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Last-Gasp Scholes Winner Blows Title Race Wide Open

A 93rd minute header from Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes gave Sir Alex Ferguson's side a much needed win over their local rivals, just as it looked as though the defending champions were about to concede further ground to rivals Chelsea.

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Battle for Fourth Place Looks Set to Go Down to the Wire

With just a handful of fixtures remaining in the 2009/2010 Premier League season, the race for fourth place is still wide open, with four teams still fighting it out for the final lucrative Champions League spot.

Tuesday, 27th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Chelsea in Seventh Heaven, but United Still Lie in Wait

A Solomon Kalou hat trick, coupled with strikes from Frank Lampard (two), Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda saw Chelsea, league leaders before the weekend, return to the summit of the Premier League with just two games remaining.

Saturday, 10th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Ray Clemence: What We've Missed is Luck.

As part of the England national football team over the past 13 years and currently in the employ of head coach Fabio Capello, few people are more qualified to talk about the Three Lions of England than former Liverpool, Tottenham and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence.

Thursday, 8th April 2010 at 12:10pm

Beckham Deserves to End England Career on a High

David Beckham knows what it is like to be injured on the eve of a World Cup, suffering, as he did, a broken metatarsal - the curse of England internationals - in his foot before the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea.

Wednesday, 17th March 2010 at 12:10pm

Injured Beckham to Miss World Cup

David Beckham's dream of becoming the first Englishman to appear in four World Cup tournaments suffered a fatal blow yesterday when he suffered a long-term injury playing in AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo.

Monday, 15th March 2010 at 12:10pm

Weekend Football Roundup.

The FA Cup proved it still has some romance to it over the weekend as two goals from on-loan striker Frederic Piquionne put relegation threatened Portsmouth into the semi finals at Wembley next month for the second time in three seasons and put a smile back on the supporters' faces after their club was placed into administration last month.

Monday, 8th March 2010 at 12:10pm

Terry Turns Jeers to Cheers with Solid Performance at Wembley

Former England captain John Terry was on the receiving end of some initial hostility from sections of the England supporters at Wembley Stadium last night, but turned the jeers into cheers with an assured defensive performance helping England come back from a goal down to beat Egypt 3-1 with goals from Peter Crouch (2) and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Friday, 5th March 2010 at 12:10pm

Capello Hoping for Injury - Free Rooney

With just 10 games to go in the 2009/10 Premier League Season, both Sir Alex Ferguson and England coach Fabio Capello must fear the same thing: a serious injury to Wayne Rooney.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2010 at 12:10pm

Bryan Robson: Qualification is a Realistic Expectation

In the past 11 years, the Thailand national football team has been managed by three former England internationals.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2010 at 12:10pm

2010 SA World Cup Draw

The draw for the group stages of the 2010 World Cup produced some interesting match ups; none more so than in group G where five-times winners Brazil face 2006 semi finalists Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo

Monday, 22nd February 2010 at 12:10pm

Nigerian Football is in Total Shamble!

Most Nigerians want the Super Eagles to fly to the sky at South Africa 2010 and are deluding themselves that a top class coach would put the dream to reality.

Monday, 22nd February 2010 at 12:10pm

World Cup Update

Following the final round of World Cup qualifiers that took place in Europe, South America and Africa last night, the final six places at next year's World Cup finals in South Africa have been filled.

Monday, 23rd November 2009 at 12:10pm

Recent Problems Force Fifa to Meet

In response to the recent spate of problems that dogged the recent World Cup play-off matches, football's governing body Fifa has announced that it will hold an extraordinary general meeting next month to discuss recent difficulties.

Monday, 23rd November 2009 at 12:10pm

Robson off to Winning Start With Thailand in Phuket

Former England captain Bryan Robson made a victorious start to his spell as Thailand manager courtesy a 2-0 win over Burmese side Yadanarbon FC in the Red Bull Phuket Kata Group Cup at a drenched Surakul Stadium in Phuket City, Thailand last night.

Thursday, 29th October 2009 at 12:10pm

Thailand National Team to Play in Phuket

New Thailand manager Bryan Robson will bring his national side to Phuket next week to take part in the Phuket Kata Group Cup.

Monday, 26th October 2009 at 12:10pm

Premier League

The current Premier League season is now well underway and it is already showing signs that it could be the most exciting season that we have seen for a long time.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

My Thoughts of the Season Thus Far Part II

England didn't expect four World Cup qualifiers played with four victories, fourteen goals scored and only three conceded.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

Fabio Capello

So in the end, 'The Special One' didn't want the job.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

My Thoughts of the Season Thus Far Part I

There have been a number of big surprises already in the 2008/09 season, in what can be described as world sport's biggest rollercoaster ride.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

Jose Mourinho

After the least surprising result in recent England International footballing history, The Football Association did the very least that they could and relieved Steve McLaren of his position as England head coach.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

England Squad

I'm certain that when the Football Association appointed Steve McLaren as the next England manager, I wasn't alone in thinking that a major mistake had been made.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

England Fans

With the 2007 Rugby World Cup now upon us it has invoked memories of almost 4 years ago, when 15 heroes in white did what so many England international teams have failed to do.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

David Beckham

One of the biggest stories of the week has been the loan transfer of David Beckham to AC Milan.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

Dan's Latest Thoughts on the Season

Something must be wrong at Arsenal. My brother is a Gooner through and through and yet this season he has become completely disillusioned with events happening at the Emirates Stadium to the point where he no longer watches the matches and has even begun to call for the head of Arsene Wenger, something, until recently, unthinkable to him.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

Crisis at Liverpool

After the recent Liverpool v Manchester United game, which Utd won one nil to send themselves temporarily to the top of the league, ESPN studio pundit Paul Masefield was asked "Are Liverpool out of the title race?"

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

Brazil World Cup

With the 2014 World Cup being awarded to Brazil, it could be easily argued that football is going home.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

Storm clouds gathering Over Anfield

Any fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United is an occasion to be savoured, but for the red half of Merseyside, this upcoming fixture on Sunday October 25 is particularly significant.

Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 12:10pm

Squeaky Bum Time

It's getting to the stage of the season the Sir Alex Ferguson famously once described as, "squeaky bum time".

Tuesday, 20th October 2009 at 12:10pm

Review of the Season Part 1

So the 2008-09 season has drawn to a close and the absence of a major international tournament means that football fans across Europe can sit back and mull over what has happened over the past nine exciting and tumultuous months.

Wednesday, 10th June 2009 at 12:10pm

Phuket Hosts ESPN Charity Football Clinic

The ESPN STAR Sports broadcast team concluded its hectic weekend in Phuket with a footballing day at the British International School (BIS) on Sunday March 29.

Monday, 30th March 2009 at 12:10pm

Ronaldo Wins European Crown

As widely expected, Cristiano Ronaldo became the 4th United player after George Best, Dennis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton to be crowned European Footballer of the year.

Wednesday, 3rd December 2008 at 12:10pm

 

 

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