Deolu Akingbade - World Soccer Talk

Deolu Akingbade

I’m an African football analyst who loves cheering for Atletico Madrid and Nigeria. 14-years-old, WorldSoccerTalk contributor.

STORIES BY Deolu Akingbade


/ 43 days ago

Africa Cup of Nations games to watch in group stage

Finally, the Africa Cup of Nations is here. After a tumultuous two-year period that saw the first African nation make the World Cup semifinals, multiple scandals inside CAF, an African "Super League," and over $118 million allocated to improving soccer infrastructure in Africa, the 34th AFCON has arrived. Read on to find out the best […]

PSV's domination of the Netherlands reaches new heights

PSV has been unstoppable in the Eredivisie this season. Not only have they conceded just six goals and scored a whopping 56 this season, but they've won all 16 of their league games, putting them ten points ahead of second-placed Feyenoord. Not only are they the most successful team in the Netherlands this year, but […]

Jurgen Klopp

/ 59 days ago

Why you should know all about Jarell Quansah

Jarell Quansah has burst onto the scene and shocked the world. Before this season, only scouts familiar with the youth scouting scene and the Merseyside faithful knew his name. With 2024 on the horizon, Quansah has exceeded expectations and proven himself to be a mainstay in Liverpool's defense, if not one of the team's stars. […]

Getting to know Serhou Guirassy, one of Europe's hottest strikers

Serhou Guirassy's rise to the top of the Bundesliga goalscoring charts is something no one had expected. After a journeyman career that took him across France and Germany, Guirassy landed in Stuttgart in 2022 at the age of 26. His $10 million transfer tag at the time of the transfer has almost quadrupled due to […]


/ 194 days ago

DIRECTV donates to charity as Soccer Champions Tour ends

DIRECTV, the presenting sponsor of the preseason Soccer Champions Tour, recently donated $27,000 to charity as it capped off an excellent series of matches. The Soccer Champions Tour was a preseason showcase of contending European clubs that played across the United States. Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Milan, and Real Madrid traveled from Orlando to […]

Atletico Madrid

/ 195 days ago

How pitch size affects soccer playing styles

All pitch sizes in soccer are not equal. In fact, there is not a universally agreed upon set pitch size that all stadiums use. There are limits on the length, width, and size that the field can be. The two bylines of a soccer field must be equal on both sides and between 49 and […]


/ 200 days ago

7 players to watch in Women's World Cup

Now that the tournament has entered the Round of 16 stage, here are 7 players to watch in the Women's World Cup: 1. Teresa Abelleira (Spain) Never mind the fact that Spain is struggling more than ever with its embarrassing 4-0 loss to Japan. Real Madrid's Teresa Abelleira is tearing up New Zealand with her […]


/ 208 days ago

Nigeria's win over Australia brings hope all over Africa

When the three whistles finally sounded at the jam-packed Brisbane Park and a fierce, intense 90 minutes of soccer finally concluded, the world was shocked. Nigeria, a team that hadn't won two games in a single Women's World Cup since 1999, shocked Australia, one of the tournament's favorites and the World Cup's co-hosts. It was […]

Brasileiro League

/ 226 days ago

Top 5 most competitive soccer leagues in the world

It can get tiring watching predictable leagues. For instance, it can get boring seeing Bayern Munich dominate the German Bundesliga time and time again. Winning the Meisterschale eleven times in a row takes away some of the intrigue for neutrals. Meanwhile, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and occasionally Atletico Madrid all vie for the title in LaLiga. […]

Why these 6 are the hottest up-and-coming players in soccer

Some young players are already on top of the world, like Erling Haaland, Vinicius Junior, Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka, Pedri and more, this column was designed to shine a light on the players inches away from breaking into the front stage of world soccer. It would be easy to pick from the numerous Brazilians close […]


/ 249 days ago

Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers matchday five preview

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is nearing the end of its qualifiers. So far, qualifying has been brutal. If anything, it has shown the challenges of performing in Africa compared to other regions and those major tournaments. Games left in AFCON qualifiers Multiple packed games bring high stakes with several star players and […]


/ 262 days ago

Funk carioca music leaks into the soccer culture of Brazil

Brazil loves to dance, and it's only natural that their representatives at the World Cup would dance as well. Richarlison's signature Dança do Pombo, Paqueta's fancy footwork, and Vinicius' hip shakes have all gone viral over social media, so it makes sense that Brazilian songs have risen in popularity thanks to the Brazilian national team. […]

Leagues: Serie A

/ 296 days ago

Romelu Lukaku thriving under Inzaghi system at Inter Milan

When Romelu Lukaku arrived at Chelsea from Inter for $125 million, he was expected to produce goals and lots of them. Yet, despite his massive price tag and Chelsea's Champions League victory the season before, Lukaku was like a ghost. He scored just eight goals in 26 Premier League games and struggled to get involved […]


/ 296 days ago

Premier League wrap-up: Man City go top

Manchester City beat Fulham 2-1 to finally pull ahead of Arsenal in the title race by one point with a game to spare. The action started early in the 2nd minute when Tim Ream clattered into Julian Alvarez in the penalty box. Erling Haaland took and scored the following penalty, giving City an early lead […]

Bayern Munich

/ 296 days ago

Bayern Munich beat Hertha Berlin to go top of Bundesliga

Bayern Munich defeated Hertha Berlin 2-0 thanks to a pair of second-half goals from Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry. Bayern climbs back to the top of the Bundesliga, leading second-placed Dortmund by a single point with four league games left. Hertha Berlin themselves sink to the bottom of the Bundesliga and are six points away […]


/ 296 days ago

Tim Ream injured for season, could miss Nations League in June

Fulham defender and key United States player Tim Ream is out for the season with an apparent right elbow injury. The Fulham physio helped him off the pitch with his right elbow in a sling. The injury could be concerning for Anthony Hudson and the United States ahead of the Nations League semifinals, where they […]

AC Milan

/ 297 days ago

Roma denied by late chaos in 1-1 draw with AC Milan

Roma were left wondering just what had happened as their 1-1 draw with AC Milan finished with a bang. Both Tammy Abraham and Alexis Saelemakers scored injury-time goals to ensure the two teams shared crucial points in the battle for Champions League qualification. Roma, missing Chris Smalling through a thigh injury and Georginio Wijnaldum with […]


/ 297 days ago

Nottingham Forest suffer blow in 2-1 defeat to Brentford

Nottingham Forest thought they were on for yet another bright result away to Brentford. They took the lead through Danilo's opener but ultimately collapsed to a 2-1 defeat. Forest, though, are still just one point in front of 18th place with one extra game played. Although Saturday's weather at Brentford was mild, Brentford's duel with […]


/ 302 days ago

Unrivaled dominance of the Barcelona women's team

Throughout most of women's soccer history, and through today, many teams are not professional. Players earned less money, had worse facilities, and it was harder to grow their division without huge financial backing. England, the Netherlands and France are all examples of leagues that professionalized early. Consequently, these three countries are bearing national team success. […]

Huddersfield Town

/ 317 days ago

Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart is an avid Huddersfield Town fan

When actors are not giving chairmen managerial advice or being the face of a popular FX TV show, they sometimes enjoy sports in their free time. Will Ferrell is a Chelsea fan, Brad Pitt loves Liverpool, and Jackie Chan likes Manchester City. So it's not surprising that Star Trek and X-Men actor Patrick Stewart is […]