Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking

first_imgRelatedPosts FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Omeruo welcomes second child Former African champions, Super Eagles, have moved two places to the 29th spot in the latest World football governing body, FIFA, monthly ranking.The Nigerian side, who are also ranked as third best African team behind Senegal and Tunisia, sealed her placing on the log with a total of 1493 points. Nigeria, however, will be hoping to improve her placement on the log in their friendlies next month against Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Sierra Lone in Austria.Meanwhile, the 54 UEFA Nations League games that took place across Europe at the beginning of September had an immediate impact on the FIFA World Ranking, which had remained unchanged since April 9.While there has been no movement among the leading quartet – in descending order: Belgium, France, Brazil and England – Portugal (5th, +2) have moved into the top five thanks to victories over Croatia (8th, -2) and Sweden (18th, -1).Other countries moving in the right direction are Spain (7th, +1), Italy (12th, +1), the Netherlands (13th, +1), and Germany (14th, +1), with each gaining one place in the global classification.Wales (21st, + 2) climbed two rungs but remain just outside the top 20. Russia, hosts of the last FIFA World Cup, are further back in 32nd, but had the biggest gain in this edition, ascending six places courtesy of wins over Serbia (31st, – 2) and Hungary (52nd, unchanged).The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on October 22, 2020.Tags: FIFAPlacementSuper EaglesWorld Rankingslast_img read more

Sterling taking things step by step

first_imgRaheem Sterling insists Liverpool will not allow themselves to be distracted by any mind games aimed at derailing their Barclays Premier League bid ahead of next weekend’s crunch showdown with Chelsea at Anfield. “I knew there was a lot more to come from me with confidence, and the confidence right now is sky high, so we just need to keep building,” Sterling said. “The manager has had belief in me, played me in different positions and had faith in me during a big chance (for us) in the season. “I am just glad I could get a goal for him and the team.” The Reds took full advantage of a shock home defeat for Jose Mourinho’s side by Sunderland on Saturday when they battled to a 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Norwich on Easter Sunday. Liverpool are now five points clear and are odds-on to claim a first championship since 1990 as they now prepare to host Chelsea. Press Association Blues assistant coach Rui Faria was sent to the stands for trying to confront the officials following the award of a controversial late Sunderland penalty in the unexpected weekend loss at Stamford Bridge, and afterwards Mourinho sarcastically hailed referee Mike Dean and referees’ boss Mike Riley for “unbelievable” performances. England forward Sterling – who scored a brace at Carrow Road, including a fine 25-yard strike to set the Reds on their way inside four minutes – says everyone at the Merseyside club will just focus on what is happening there rather than allow any outside influence to destabilise the group. “We are just taking it step by step. We know what a big part of the season it is for us now, but we will just go into the Chelsea game as we have done at Norwich and look to build on what we have done (before). We will go again next week,” he said. “We will just take it as another game. We won’t be concentrating too much on what is going on in the outside. We are just trying to take care of what is going on (for us) out on the pitch and will be trying to do our best to get three points.” Sterling added: “The way we have been playing this season, we don’t need to get excited. We just need to go again, so that is all we will keep doing right until the end and hopefully we can do the business.” The England World Cup hopeful helped lead the Liverpool attack, which was without injured forward Daniel Sturridge, in impressive fashion right from kick-off. Sterling set up Luis Suarez on 10 minutes as the Uruguay hitman swept home the 30th goal of his superb season, before later restoring Liverpool’s two-goal advantage with a determined run and deflected finish. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed the 19-year-old as “arguably the best young player in European football at the moment”, with the forward last week shortlisted for the upcoming PFA awards. last_img read more

N Ireland draw amid fan protests

first_img The scene in Crewe might have lacked the drama of dawn raids in Zurich but the Green and White Army’s repeated chants against Blatter and the Gulf state’s status as tournament hosts suggested the football family has not yet moved on from the controversy. The game itself was little to excite emotion, a low-key 1-1 draw featuring a maiden international goal for Stuart Dallas and a fine equaliser from Qatari substitute Karim Boudiaf. Opposition to Sepp Blatter’s FIFA presidency and the 2022 World Cup reared its head in the unlikely venue of Gresty Road as Northern Ireland fans used their side’s friendly with Qatar to make a stand. As a result Northern Ireland’s embarrassing run in friendlies continued – they last won a non-competitive match against Georgia in 2008 and Michael O’Neill is now without success in 10 attempts. That will hardly be a major concern for him, with a handful of key men rested from the fixture and qualification for Euro 2016 still looking good. Instead, this game is likely to be remembered predominantly for the songs from the one populated stand – some funny, some profane, all in opposition to Blatter’s continued employment and Qatar’s 2022 bid. Blatter was called on to do a variety of biologically unlikely acts, while the Qatari side were asked “how much did you pay for the FIFA World Cup?” On the field, the opening exchanges took place at near walking pace, with Dallas the first man to break a sweat when intercepting Abdelaziz Hatem’s loose pass in the eighth minute. The Brentford winger charged towards goal but his shot bobbled harmlessly wide. Northern Ireland should have scored on the quarter-hour when Dallas’ hanging cross was fumbled by Amine Lecomite, but although Niall McGinn was quickly on to the second ball his shot was blocked by a defender. The rest of the half appeared to be little more than an elaborate training exercise to put Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair through his paces in a deep lying midfield role. He was the first-half’s standout player by a clear margin, demanding the ball in his deep lying role and alternating between long-range passes and driving runs through the middle. Although used as a centre-half by United, he has also played further forward in youth football and looked entirely at ease in possession. At one stage he sauntered through a sparsely populated Qatar midfield and made almost 40 yards before laying off to Will Grigg, who could not fashion a shooting chance. Oliver Norwood’s set-pieces appeared the best chance of a breakthrough, with the Reading man’s free-kick drawing an unconvincing save from Lecomte before a flighted delivery for Grigg was glanced just wide. Having been shut out for 45 minutes it took just 52 seconds of the second half for Northern Ireland to break the deadlock. A brisk attack saw McGinn cross from the right, allowing Grigg to flick the ball towards the back post where Dallas steadied himself and rifled home from close range. The FIFA chants increased in volume and frequency once the lead had been taken, and it took the introduction of Jonny Evans and Jamie Ward from the bench to attract eyes back to the pitch. Ward almost set up a second goal shortly after his arrival, picked out by Dallas after a sharp breakaway and drilling low across the six-yard box. Norwood was ready to tap home but Mohamed Musa slid bravely and scooped the ball over his own bar from point-blank range. The failure to add to their tally eventually cost Northern Ireland victory, keeping the seven-year friendly hoodoo firmly in place. Qatar substitute Karim Boudiaf was the man to make them suffer, catching Roy Carroll cold with a snap shot from 25 yards that sailed into the top corner. Liam Boyce and Paddy McCourt were summoned from the bench to change matters but neither they, nor late addition Josh Magennis, could get into the game. Press Associationlast_img read more

Brathwaite keen on Windies pulling things back on 2nd day

first_img… says morning session crucial for touristsBy Clifton RossWEST Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite says getting early wickets in the first session is the key to securing the driver’s seat heading into day 2 of the third and final Test at Old Trafford.England piled on the runs after being reduced to 92-3 at one point. Opener Rory Burns (57), Olli Pope (91*) and Jos Buttler (56), were the primary run-getters.Speaking to the media via Zoom conference post-match conference, at the end of play on the first day, the opener believed that day 2 will be an important day for the tourists.“I thought we started well but they had a good partnership between Buttler and Pope who batted really well. So in the end we have a lot of hard work to do tomorrow. We had a plan to bowl first, it was a pretty even day but we have to start back well and limit them” to the least possible runs”, Braithwaite pointed out.West Indies brought in spinning all-rounder Rakeem Cornwall, who bowled 21 overs for 71 runs without capturing a wicket. Despite going wicket-less in the first day, Braithwaite hailed the burly off-spinner for stemming the flow of runs.“I thought it was good for him, (Cornwall) the pitch was spinning and I think he controlled the runs. He didn’t get any wickets but I thought he did well.”Although Pope and Buttler’s century partnership helped dig England out their hole, the right-hander was adamant that a disciplined approach today will help the Windies pull things back.“We don’t have to rush; we just have to build pressure once we limit boundary balls. Once we could keep it tight in the morning session, I think that pressure will bring wickets,” he believed.In all when day 2 resumes, Windies will need to break the partnership and take a few wickets. Brathwaite was firm on the Caribbean side keeping their cool and maintaining composure throughout the day.“We started well. Tomorrow, early wickets will be crucial but if we don’t get early we have to stay in it. We also have to be very disciplined when we start out in the first session today,” Brathwaite ended.last_img read more

Formula for success: 3 keys to Syracuse’s season

first_img Published on August 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Run the ballFormer offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is gone, but Syracuse would be wise to heed his advice: “It’s real simple: We’re going to give him the ball until he throws up.” Hackett was speaking about Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, but it’s an approach SU should take with Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley.Smith and Gulley are far-off the Orange’s two most valuable assets on offense. They’re listed as co-owners of the top spot on the Orange’s depth chart released on Monday, and will be the safety valves for SU’s inexperienced quarterbacks.This year’s Syracuse team isn’t going to win by throwing the ball 36 times a game like last year’s team did. But what it does have is a stable of capable running backs so deep that two quality backs have been relegated to kick return duty.Smith, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last year, will likely get the bulk of the carries. Gulley probably won’t be too far behind, and George Morris II and Devante McFarlane, the Orange’s ball-carrying stars of the spring and summer, respectively, will see some as well, while also handling kick returns.With uncertainty at the quarterback position, it’s not hard to imagine both Smith and Gulley topping the 1,000-yard mark.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse is going to see plenty of eight-man fronts, but without any established quarterbacks the Orange isn’t going to have any choice — it’s just going to have to try to run through them. And then try again.Pressuring the passerThe success of the Syracuse defense hinges almost solely on getting to the quarterback. Defensive tackle Jay Bromley said when the Orange brings at least five players on the rush they should get into the backfield within three seconds. If not, SU’s questionable secondary will get burned.The Orange ranked 62nd out of 120 Division-I teams in passing defense last season, allowing more than 3,000 yards through the air. Now without star safety Shamarko Thomas, starters Durell Eskridge and Jeremi Wilkes are Syracuse’s last line of defense. It is possible defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough uses heavy doses of three-cornerback sets to keep Keon Lyn, Ri’Shard Anderson and Brandon Reddish on the field.Regardless, SU’s blitz packages will have a lot of pressure on them this season.Most of that onus falls on the front four. Considering linebackers Dyshawn Davis, Marquis Spruill and Cameron Lynch are just about as complete a linebacking corps as there is in the Atlantic Coast Conference, it will be up to Bromley and three new starters to create opportunities for the backers to get into the backfield.Junior defensive ends Micah Robinson and Robert Welsh, and junior defensive tackle Eric Crume have a combined one-start between the three of them. None of them stepped up as a secondary threat in training camp. While Bromley said the group looked solid throughout training camp, solid might not be enough against ACC competition.Smart quarterback playRyan Nassib ain’t walking through that door. He’s gone, and so is Syracuse’s high-octane, pass-first offense. This year, the offense will be all about the run, and that means the quarterback should not be taking any risks.Sure, throw the deep ball every once in a while to keep the defense honest. Maybe run a trick play here and there. But for the most part, keep it simple. Short passes to Jarrod West and Beckett Wales should do the trick.If Syracuse is going to win games, it will be because of its running backs and defense. The passing attack just needs to be solid and mistake free. Head coach Scott Shafer said Drew Allen can throw the ball 70 yards in the air. That may be true, and Allen may be a reliable option, but his No. 1 priority should still be to play it safe and not make mistakes.During training camp, Allen threw a couple ill-advised passes in an 11-on-11 scrimmage. It was the preseason, but Allen has a better chance of being the yearlong starter if he doesn’t force throws that aren’t there.Last season Nassib threw 471 passes. That’s about 36 per game. This year, whether it’s Allen or Terrel Hunt calling the shots, that number should dip to around 25 or 30.This year, the number of rushes should always be more than the number of passes. If Syracuse can do that, while keeping the defense on its toes at the same time, it should have a chance to finish around .500.—Compiled by David Wilson, sports editor,, Stephen Bailey, asst. sports editor,, Trevor Hass, asst. sports editor, Commentslast_img read more

Falana Regains BOA Lawyers’ Football League Trophy

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aficionados of the football tournament held annually in memory of the late lawyer, Bankole Olumide Aluko, a founding partner in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode, who died 17 years ago, were on the look out for an upset. ALP/SPA Ajibade had shown uncommon skill to reach the final.However, that was not to be as Falana & Falana was determined to set a record that will be hard to erase, winning another title.To reach the final, Falana & Falana defeated LSMJ 4-3 in a penalty shoot out after regular period had ended goalless.ALP/SPA Ajibade, on the other hand, defeated Advocaat 2-0 with Tosan Wiltshire and Tayo Erelu accounting for both goals.Before the final, Lagos State Ministry of Justice (LSMJ) lost to Advocaat 1-2 in penalty shoot out after a goalless regular time. It was a deserving bronze for Advocaat who knocked out OAL in the quarter-final. *Advocaat wins bronze medalTayo Fashesin’s hat-trick against Africa Law Practice/SPA Ajibade was all former champions, Falana & Falana needed last Sunday to regain the BOA Lawyers’ Football Tournament trophy it lost to Olisa Agbakoba Legal last year.Fashesin scored the opening goal in the 9th minute before adding two quick goals in the 18th and 19th minutes of thrilling final played at the AstroTurf 2000 facility in Ikoyi, Lagos.last_img read more

How much money BH Clubs earned Last Season?

first_imgUEFA has announced the amount that was distributed to all participants of European football competitions last season (2015/16.). When it comes to BH representatives, the most profit made Zeljeznicar, who dropped out in the third qualifying round of qualifications for the European division from Standard Liege. Zeljo earned 630,000 EUR.Last season, in European competitions  participated a total of 236 clubs. This includes 156 clubs which have not played the group stage of the Champions League and Europa League, then 32 clubs which played the group stage of the Champions League and 48 clubs which played the group stage of the Europa League.A total of 1,345 billion EUR was divided on 42 clubs who played the group stage of the Champions League and play offs of that competition last season , which is 315 million EUR more in comparison to last season, while a total of 411.1 million EUR was divided on 56 clubs that played group stage and (or) the knockout phase of the Europa League, and that is 170 million EUR more than in the last season…The figure of 77.4 million EUR was aimed at clubs who played in the first three qualifying rounds of qualifications for the Champions League and Europa League, as well as those who lost in the play-offs of the league, and that is 29 million EUR more in comparison to last season. This group includes four BH clubs: Zeljeznicar (630,000), Sarajevo (550,000), Velez (200,000) and Olimpic (200,000) which were set to get 1,580.000 EUR.Manchester City earned most of the money from all the clubs who have played European competitions last season, and they earned  a total of 83.8 million EUR.Behind City are Real Madrid (80 million), Juventus (76.2 million), Paris Saint-Germain (70.8 million), Atletico Madrid (63 million), Chelsea (62 million), Roma (62 million) Bayern Munich (58 million), Barcelona (51 million) etc…(Source: O. T./ read more

Inside Conditions…New blood

first_imgWell, well, well boys’ and girls’ the NFL 2012 draft is in the books and all is well in the land of the pigskin. The bloodthirsty AFC North seems to have done “good.” The “mechanics” of the Steelers again went shopping for spare parts for their “Lombardi” machine. The Steelers snatched offensive linemen in David DeCastro and Mike Adams. I have been preaching O-line and D-line since the awful 1-2 punch of Mendenhall and Sweed. Someone seems to be finally listening. Do I get any dough? On the defensive side Sean Spence, (inside linebacker) and Alameda Ta’amu (defensive tackle) will give the defense a boost helping to remove some of the cobwebs on “D.”The Cincy Bengals, originally nicknamed “the Bungles” look as if they’re loaded for “Bear” and appear to be getting ready for a rumble in the “jungle” otherwise known as the AFC North. Coach Marvin Lewis seems to be drafting players that may not only survive but thrive in the brutal DMZ. The unforgiving “North” boasted not one, not two, but three 2011 playoff teams. Folks are whispering that Lewis may be Al Davis incarnate (former Oakland Raiders owner); drafting players who excel on the field but have a few moral and character issues hanging around their neck. The Bengals snatched up (cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, defensive tackle Devon Still and tight end Orson Charles in light of our concerns about their “character.” Their alleged violations are minute when compared to their collective talent and the Bengals’ as a whole drafted football players, not “Little Bo Peeps.” When you add receivers Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones plus OG Kevin Zeitler the Bengals appear to be getting ready to get busy.Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome is like “Cyclops” when it comes to identifying players drafted in any round and this draft was no different. Linebacker Courtney Upshaw, tackle Kelechi Osemele and running back Bernard Pierce appear to be able to capably blend well into the Ravens’ playbook. The Ravens also landed receiver Tommy Streeter and guard Gino Gradkowski, who are both capable of having an immediate impact on offense.Entering a critical year in the Mike Holmgren era, the Cleveland Browns were under pressure to immediately boost an offense that was questionable in all phases of the game. The wanted running back Trent Richardson, all along but did they give up too much? Making quarterback Brandon Weeden their second pick in the first round received some scrutiny because of his age (28) and considering that Colt McCoy is still firmly in the mix. They also chose to strengthen their offensive line with tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The Browns did pretty darned good job of upgrading considering that they have to play the Steelers, the Ravens and the Bengals, twice a year!As far as I am concerned the 2012 draft as a whole was successful but whether the players that were selected will fail or succeed will always depend on what they do on the field in an actual game; not what they do on Pro-day or at the combines in “Indy.” I must say this because if I do not I will bust wide open. There are athletes who are classified as freshmen and sophomores who should have been on the draft board last weekend; poised to get paid. But ya know what? Okay, okay you say; this is mixing apples and oranges. However, not so quick, ‘keemosabe’ Tonto see rain clouds gathering. When I see all of the parents and families giddy and filled with glee in regard to their sons’ being chosen to compete as professional football players I become both happy and sad, simultaneously. How many of our sons have been expendable after their college careers were over? How many of their degrees, if they even received one was valid? How many times have you, I and the ‘Pope’ strolled into a McDonalds, Wendy’s or Burger King, looked into the face of the young man waiting on us realizing only after we have exited the establishment that the young man that took our order was a former blue chip high school or college player?We must insist on a pay for play format to insure that the system is equitable for everyone. If a college player does not have the stuff to make it as a pro at least they will have a stipend to help them make the transition back into society. They will not have to sell drugs or fast food. Almost everyone that is part of the NCAA game gets paid; from the ticket takers to the grounds keepers, the broadcasters, the printers of the game programs, the concessionaires, the ushers; you digg….For every athlete that is chosen to compete in the NFL, a thousand are stranded and abandoned in an economic desert with not a camel in sight to transport them to the illusionary oasis of fame fortune and glory.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: read more

Local Youth Choir Takes First Place in Regional Festival, Receives Invitation…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0April 28, 2011The Olympia Youth Chorus’ Coro Voce choir took first place in the junior high division at the Seattle Heritage Festival in April. The group also received a gold level rating at the festival which included choirs from throughout the region as well as California, Maryland and Canada.Garnering attention with their quality performance, Coro Voce was one of only two choirs invited to participate in the New York City Heritage Festival and perform at Carnegie Hall.“We were thrilled with our performance and the honor of being invited to participate in the national festival at Carnegie Hall,” said Olympia Youth Chorus (OYC) Coro Voce Director Amy Holcombe. “Unfortunately due to the cost, the choir is not going to be able go. However the invitation speaks volumes to the quality of this choir and to the singers’ abilities to learn.”OYC’s Coro Voce is an intermediate level treble choir for SSA singers, ages 11-18. The group is made up of primarily girls, as well as boys with unchanged voices. Participants are selected through auditions and educational emphasis is placed on vocal fundamentals, sight-reading and performance. Director Holcombe holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Education from Portland State University and is a certified teacher in K-12 Music.Coro Voce is one of four OYC choirs. To hear all choirs perform attend OYC’s spring concert, “Disney Dazzle,” on Sunday, May 22, at SPSCC’s Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts starting at 4 p.m. The concert will showcase popular songs from classic Disney movies to contemporary renditions. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. For tickets call 360.753.8585 or order online at Youth Chorus is a 16-year-old, nonprofit, vocal music program. It serves singers in K-12 throughout the greater South Sound community, including Thurston, Gray Harbor and Lewis counties.Auditions are currently underway for students wishing to participate in any of the Olympia Youth Chorus choirs. To receive more information about the OYC program or schedule an audition appointment, visit # # # #FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONValerie Fluetsch, Executive DirectorOlympia Youth Choruswww.OlympiaYouthChorus.orgvafluetsch@comcast.netlast_img read more