Deolu Akingbade

STORIES BY Deolu Akingbade

2022/23 UEFA Champions League brings several 'Groups of Death'

The beginning of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League signals the return of Europe, and the World's premier club competition. Last year’s competition brought a slate of comebacks with dramatic finishes. Some clubs went on miracle runs, unseating the giants of the game. Individual players put out Herculean goal-scoring performances. This season, expect more of the […]


/ 354 days ago

England host Women's Euro 2022 looking to bring football home

England are the hosts of the Women's Euro 2022, and it has a chance for history. Look no further than the side's recent results in World Cup qualifying to see the power of the Lionesses. Four hat-tricks. Twenty goals. One team? It was a historic day in Doncaster as England’s national women’s team took the […]

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/ 416 days ago

Surprise semifinalists of the German Cup fight for European spot

Neither Bayern nor Dortmund will play in the DfB-Pokal finals for the first time since 2011. The two German heavyweights, boasting 25 titles combined, exited the competition even before the quarterfinals. With small margins for error and wildly varying Bundesliga standings, this season's DfB-Pokal holds more significance. A guaranteed Europa League spot is up for […]

Underdogs and the greatness of the Europa Conference League

Bodø/Glimt walked off of Aspmyra Stadium, fervent chanting surrounding them. Glimt did not just pull off a stunner by beating Italian Giants Roma. The Norwegian side pounded the three-time Serie A champions, 6-1. Hailing from Bodø, which has a population of less than 50,000, is the shining example of the greatness of the Europa Conference […]


/ 448 days ago

FIFA and esports: A new age of competition

FIFA and esports represent a growing industry surrounding professional video game players. The potential of video games is seemingly boundless. Accredit much of that to the fact that it is relatively new, but it also opens a variety of doors for potential. For example, take what the FIFA video game series provides fans of the […]
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/ 483 days ago

North Africa's dominance entering the CAF Champions League

North Africa's dominance in the CAF Champions League is especially prominent over recent years. Egyptian side Al Ahly's back-to-back titles is just the beginning. From Cameroonian club dominance to Al Ahly’s impressive successes, the CAF Champions League produces remarkable moments. Africa’s premier club soccer tournament developed numerous soccer stars like Vincent Enyeama and Hossam Hassan. […]
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David de Gea

/ 533 days ago

David de Gea's renewed dominance key for Manchester United

Manchester United depended on goalkeeper David de Gea's dominance for several years. He won a slate of titles individually and for the team while garnering great aplomb for his efforts. Furthermore, de Gea racked up an astonishing 45 caps for the Spanish national team. But, for a year or two, it looked like de Gea […]

Canada National Team

/ 570 days ago

Canada's World Cup Qualification no longer a fantasy

Canada's World Cup qualification ahead of the 2022 World Cup is long overdue. At the halfway point in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying cycle, the Canadians sit at third, just one point behind the United States and Mexico. The last time Canada earned qualification to the World Cup, just one person on the nation's World […]
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/ 575 days ago

Breaking down Brazil's dominance in world soccer

Brazil's dominance in the soccer world is one of historic and current significance. Of course, we all know how the nation leads all countries in World Cup Championships. The country consistently produces world-class players that dominate the club scene. Now, Brazil is expanding their domestic output to match the game's global development. Twelve games into […]
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Leagues: Bundesliga

/ 584 days ago

Nkunku developing into one of Europe’s most talented midfielders

“Christopher Nkunku is keeping Leipzig in with an opportunity of a surprise result here!” Traditionally, any player wildly celebrates a hat trick playing in the stadium of one of the world's best teams. Nkunku acted reserved in his celebrations. Despite scoring his third goal of the game, Red Bull Leipzig still trailed Manchester City. Rather, […]


/ 605 days ago

African soccer players sitting on the verge of greatness

African soccer players now frequently become household names in soccer fans' lives. For example, Mo Salah and Riyadh Mahrez recently earned recognition on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist. Sadio Mane is one of England's most prolific and talented attackers. Kalidou Koulibaly is one of Europe's best center-backs with Napoli. The one thing these players have […]

Why Champions League Group G could be the most interesting

Group G does not have the big names many consider when thinking of great UEFA Champions League teams. There is no Paris Saint Germain, no Real Madrid, no Bayern Munich, no Manchester City. Instead, there are four teams that clawed their way to the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League. The group contains the French league champions, […]


/ 639 days ago

What to make of Hearts and their strong start to 2021/22

Hearts, officially known as Heart of Midlothian, is statistically better than Celtic and Rangers. Unsurprisingly, that is a bold statement. Celtic and Rangers dominate Scottish soccer. But, let's break it down. Hearts roared out of the gates to start the season. Moreover, this early success comes after promotion from the Scottish Championship in 2020/21. If […]