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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 […]
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France

/ 213 days ago

Kylian Mbappé can shock the world again at World Cup 2022

Kylian Mbappé, one of the world’s brightest talents, has a major test coming in the form of the 2022 World Cup. At league play, he dominates the French club scene and leads a stacked frontline against Europe's elite. Internationally, he is the catalyst for France's impressive recent results. However, mediocre performances in the Nations League […]

England

/ 226 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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Barcelona

/ 281 days ago

Barcelona's resurgence under Xavi still strong despite struggles

Barcelona's resurgence under Xavi seemed to reach a head in early April. Barcelona defeated second-place Sevilla courtesy of a magnificent Pedri strike in the 72nd minute. The squad trotted around the field applauding fans. At the time, Barcelona shot itself into second in the LaLiga table, a far cry from where it was just six […]

German Cup

/ 288 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 […]
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Atletico Madrid

/ 304 days ago

Atletico Madrid's lost identity in an inconsistent season

Atletico Madrid is a team built that is built and coached to frustrate the opposition. Diego Simeone's low block to counter attacks allowed the side to go to two Champions League finals in a three year span. It saw off Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 in the 2019/20 season, despite Liverpool entering […]

eSports

/ 320 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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Freiburg

/ 353 days ago

Mark Flekken stands out for Freiburg in top-four chase

Mark Flekken plays an integral role in the success of SC Freiburg this season. After 21 games, Freiburg sits just outside of the Champions League positions at fifth with 33 points. Qualification for Europe's biggest club competition would be a first for the Breisgau-Brasilianer. In 2018, Freiburg finished their season at fifteenth in the Bundesliga. […]
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CAF

/ 355 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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Leagues: Ligue Un

/ 369 days ago

Saint-Etienne's struggles put club on brink of relegation

Despite a midweek win, Saint-Etienne's struggles still mean the club is in a historically poor position. As things stand, Les Verts average a paltry .68 points per game in Ligue 1. That number actually jumped following the club's most recent result. A 1-0 win over Angers ended an eight-game losing skid in the league. Currently, […]

Non-League Day

/ 396 days ago

The joy of watching non-league soccer and cup upsets

An epic goalkeeping performance quiets the crowd. Smooth finishes for both teams ignite the scoring at one-all. A thrilling match leaves spectators on the edge of their seats. Fans of the game see performances like these and their mind runs to El Clásico, a North London Derby, the Derby della Madonnina or any fixture between […]
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David de Gea

/ 405 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 […]
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Leagues: Ligue Un

/ 437 days ago

Amine Gouiri dominating Ligue 1 for Nice as a 21-year-old

Scrolling through the 2021-22 Ligue 1 standings, you might find some notable surprises. Previously one of the best teams in France, Saint-Etienne has become the dregs of France’s premier league. Lens's performances set the club above its expectations. Remarkably, with 24 points, the club is on track to finish in a Champions League spot. Then, there […]

Canada National Team

/ 441 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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Brazil

/ 446 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

/ 456 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, […]
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Africa

/ 477 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, […]

Hearts

/ 511 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 […]