The Lionel Messi Show: Thoughts From The UEFA Champions League Second Round

The intriguing second round of the UEFA Champions league was concluded on Wednesday night and eight teams scaled the hurdle for a place in the quarter- finals of the competition. For the second time in three seasons, no English team made it…

An Emotional Encounter!

I had feared the worst the day the draws for the FA Cup quarterfinals between Manchester United and Arsenal was made. While the literature on manutd.com had referred to the game as a “mouth-watering” fixture, I didn’t see anything mouthwateringin…

Why Always Football? The Idea Behind My New Book

I woke up last Friday with a brutal determination to complete the book I’ve been scandalously reading for six weeks: Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer by David Winner. I’ve been reading like five other books simultaneously…

Lessons From The Africa Cup Of Nations Final

It was a cagey and drab performance yesterday as Ivory Coast clinched the African Cup of Nations 2015 after edging out Ghana 9-8 on penalties, thus ending and breaking a 23 years spell that has seen many of the players in their golden generation…

Who Wants It More? Lessons From The FA Cup

Last weekend there were some surprising results that got tongues wagging in the FA Cup matches played across England. The British FA Cup is the oldest football cup in the world and has always had things like this: surprise packages which many…

The Killer Instinct!

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life…

Who The Cap Fits … Vincent Enyeama!

I grew up hero-worshiping former glovesman of the Super Eagles, Peter Rufai, a.k.a. Dodo Manyana. The finesse he adds to his craft is something that is difficult to come by these days. Rufai was instrumental to the success of the Super Eagles…

Diego Costa and the Power of Talent

After the international break, the leagues in Europe resumed last weekend and as a Manchester United fan, I was looking forward to the new outlook of the Red Devils. The thoughts of having world class stars in the league of Radamel Falcao, Ángel…

What Football Transfers Teaches About Change

Yesterday was Deadline Day for the European football transfer market and it was interesting to follow up all the melodrama that ensued all day which eventually climaxed by 11.00pm. There were many interesting transfers, and for the umpteenth…