Cristiano Ronaldo, (born 5 February 1985), won the world best footballer award in 2014. He is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for the Portugal national team and Real Madrid (Spanish Club). He is a striker and captains the Portuguese national team.
Barcelona FC is the winner of the UEFA Champions League 2015
2014 World Cup Winners
The Super Falcons of Nigeria had met the Lionesses of Cameroun twice in the finals of the African Women Cup of Nation and had triumphed on both occasions. With Florence Omagbemi leading a pack of talented and highly mobile young women to the finals of the AWCN; the expectation is simply a tenth triumph!
However, the lackluster and laboured win over the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the semifinals on Tuesday has kicked up not a few dust of doubt in the minds of keen lovers of the game!
The unfortunate vibes that emanated from the saga of Vincent Enyeama’s ‘retirement’ from the Super Eagles and the rebuttal of the Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh had left a lot of unwholesome dust in the air of our national football. Some had even mischievously argued that the appointment of Ahmed Musa as the new Captain was myopic and belittling to the ‘senior’ members of the team. The appointment was also credited as the reason for Emmanuel Emenike quitting the team declaring that ‘I’ve given my best by winning the Nations Cup’.
Other issues that called for attention included the lackluster performance of the team since the change in manpower at playing and management levels. While they managed to put some wins together; notably in the friendly against Cameroun in Belgium, majority of fans were left wondering what the direction for the Super Eagles really is for the foreseeable future.
“I couldn’t believe the maturity of the players in the final against Mali; they were so composed and professional”. That was the statement from one of my colleagues at work on the successful outing of Nigeria’s under 17 team at the just concluded FIFA age grade competition in Chile.
True to the prediction of many, Nigeria defended the title she last won two years ago in the United Arab Emirates and thus became the most successful nation in that cadre of FIFA organized competition with five titles in the kitty. Year-in-year-out, we have produced some excellent footballers through this competition and the focus on it seems to be paying off big time with our dominance in the competition over the past eight years.
The pairing of this year’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists threw up again the potential of an El’ Classico Finale between Barcelona and Real Madrid come June 6, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany. However, the fact of the matter is that football is never straight forward!
In 2012, this same scenario almost played out until Chelsea and Bayern Munich ‘connived’ to deny both Barcelona and Real Madrid the dream final that the whole world ordinarily would have wanted. Even the final played in Germany was to be a big disappointment to Bayern Munich who were touted to be the favourites for the title when a last gasp header from Didier Drogba took the game to extra time and eventual penalties led to Chelsea’s triumph.
The on going FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil has thrown up a lot of surprises that made even the most optimistic of fans to wonder. From the game between defending champions, Spain and Holland to the amazing and almost unbelievable exploits of Costa Rica to the humiliating defeat of hosts Brazil by Germany in the semi-final; this has been a world cup like no order.
Many believed that the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Neyma and perhaps; Arjen Roben would be the stand out players of the tournament. I know that few (if any) analysts looked at a young 22-year-old Colombian named James Rodriguez to be the star of the world cup. Apart from practically shinning like a million stars, it was his dedication to his team and capacity to take responsibility at such a young age that amazes many. His goals are also something Hollywood movies are made of!