Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Time Right To Transfer From Barcelona - Fabregas

Spain international Cesc Fabregas says the time was right for him to leave Barcelona - when he returned to the Premier League with Chelsea this summer. 
Fabregas, who stayed three years with Barca, left the Catalan club for Stamford Bridge in June - although former club Arsenal had an option to re-sign their former captain, but didn't grab it.

However, the scrupulous midfielder made the switch to the west London club, where the chance of working for Jose Mourinho also proved to be a significant draw.

Ideye Would Need Time And Patience To Excel - Anichebe

West Brom striker, Victor Anichebe, has made a passionate appeal to fans of the West Midland team to be patient with the club record signing and fellow compatriot, Brown Ideye, as the latter adapts to the English style of play.

Ideye, 25, who is believed to be West Brom's record signing, overtook Stephane Sessegnon's 5.5 million pounds record transfer from Sunderland last year.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Israel warns Gaza Residents to Evacuate or Suffer Disaster

Palestinian boy holds up a leaflet in Gaza City (16 July 2014)
A leaflet air-dropped by Israeli forces warning residents to evacuate
According to BBC News, Israel has urged thousands of Palestinians in eastern and northern Gaza to leave their homes as the Israeli Army will continue air strikes - despite Egypt's intervention.

Reports claim there was an Egyptian truce initiative on Tuesday - but it has failed to halt rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas militants and other groups.
And Israel, which had its first fatality on Tuesday, said senior Hamas militants had died in strikes on Gaza overnight.

TRANSFER MARKET: Visuals Brings You Top Summer Done Deals

The Premier League gets hotter as top teams continue to do business in the summer transfer market. Visuals Blog brings to you all of the top Premier League deals done in the summer transfer window since the end of last season.

Manchester City
Bacary Sagna              Arsenal - Manchester City                          (Free)
Willy Caballero            Malaga - Manchester City                          (£6m)
Fernando                     FC Porto - Manchester City                         (£12m)  Continue...

Chelsea Open Talks With Drogba Over Sensational Return

Return? Drogba was Chelsea's hero in the 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich 

Chelsea Football Club have reportedly opened discussions with Didier drogba about bringing their former talisman back to Stamford Bridge, Daily Mail reports.

Jose Mourinho, who signed Drogba from Marseille during his first spell at Chelsea in 2004, wants to resign the  36-year-old Ivorian as a player coach - making his one of the strikers and giving him coaching responsibilities to develop his role at the club. 

The Portuguese manager needs an extra forward to support newly signed Diego Costa and the struggling Fernando Torres - who is keen to stay at Stamford Bridge despite interest from Inter Milan.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Lionel Messi not happy with Golden Ball award

After losing the World Cup to Germany, Argentina captain Lionel Messi is indifferent about the Golden Ball award as he insisted winning the collective prize for his people was more valuable.

Despite Mario Goetze's late strike giving Germany the win, the Barcelona star was still crowned the 'player of the tournament' for his outstanding performance.

However, Messi admitted it was hard to take consolation from carrying his country to the final for the first time in 24 years in the immediate aftermath of the defeat.

Germany Emerge 2014 FIFA World Cup Winners

Coach Joachim Leow was vindicated on Sunday, July 13, as the German football machines were crowned champions of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

No doubt, the best team of the tournament won the trophy; but a more appealing truth is that the Germans deserved this term's trophy more than any other country, judging by their effective team work and level of success in the last three FIFA World Cups outings -  where they were runner ups once and two times bronze winners.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

‘First Half’ German Lessons Every Employee Should Learn

Their game started 16 years ago when they faced a Croatian side. They lost! An added four years pitched them in the finals against Brazil and the German side went down with only two missiles. The Italians gave additional two knocks after four more years. The Germans were undeterred. They came back again, this time in Africa and Spain sent them packing with just a single goal! Today, after another four good years, they are still fighting and you’ll agree with that the 7 -1 victory against Brazil is a good indication that this time they’re determined to win and lift the trophy in days to come. But there are several ‘First Half’ lessons employees have to learn from this Game of Thrones (as I’d like to call it). Continue...

Brazil Semi Final Humiliation: The Missing Ingredient and Lessons to Learn

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                                                R ------------------ 2

                                                A ------------------ 3

                                                S ------------------ 4

                                                I ------------------- 5

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                                                ! ------------------- 7 

It was a screamer!!! Eventually the Selecao, via Oscar, were able to cancel the expression mark which makes it seven. This is the first time Brazil were this humiliated since losing 6-0 to Uruguay in 1920.

The Brazilians were stunned as Germany got a sweet revenge of the 2-0 loss in the final match of the 2002 World Cup tournament in Korea/Japan.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Israel launches major military offensive against Hamas


The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday - striking at least 50 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

According to sources, the military said "Operation Protective Edge" aims at striking the Islamic Hamas group and ending the intensified rocket fire that has reached deeper into Israel in recent weeks, adding to the tensions over the killing of three Israeli teenagers and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager.

Semi Final: Captain David Luiz Urges Team Mates

Ahead of the Semi Final clash between Germany and Brazil, interim captain David Luiz believes the Selecao face the "game of our lives" when they take on Germany in the World Cup semifinal in Bela Horizonte on Tuesday.

Brazil will face the German machines without star man Neymar after an injury suffered against Colombia in the last eight put him out of the tournament, and captain Thiago Silva, who was suspended.

The Germans Lack a 'Poacher' - Raul

Former Spain international, Raul Gonzalez, believes Joachim Leow's Germany lack the Jurgen Klinsmann type of approach and killer instinct - which could help fire them to glory.

Low's side have been functional rather than flamboyant in the tournament, defending efficiently and producing effective goal-scoring results; with attacking midfielder, Thomas Muller, leading the line and the 36-year-old Miroslav Klose operating as an impact substitute.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Pele backs Luis Suarez sanction


Footballing legend Pele has backed FIFA's stance on its decision to ban Luis Suarez from all football-related activity for four month, following his biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on June 24.

The ruling, which also saw Suarez banned from nine international matches and fined 65,000 pounds, has been described as "too harsh", including Argentina legend Diego Maradona questioning the severity of the punishment.

But with an appeal in process, Pele believes the governing body was well within its rights to make an example of Suarez - in order to prevent a repetition of such

Gaza Launches a Dozen Rockets, Hits House in Southern Israel


According to recent reports, a rocket launched from Gaza slammed into a house in southern Israel on Thursday, the military said, causing no injuries but adding to the mounting tensions surrounding the suspected revenge killing of an Arab teen in Jerusalem.

Israeli media showed footage of a large hole in the house, in the southern border town of Sderot, where earlier another house was struck, causing heavy damage to the structure and a nearby road and knocking out electricity throughout the town. No one was wounded in that strike.

CONFAB: Ozekhome wants Nigeria renamed ‘AIREGIN’

Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Federal Government delegate at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja, has proposed that the name Nigeria should be changed to ‘Airegin’.

He made the proposal on Wednesday, while contributing to the debate on the report of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government, co-chaired by retired General Ike Nwachukwu and Honourable Umaru Kumaila.

Ozekhome  argued that it was imperative to wash Nigeria of the colonial legacy saying that it was a colonial imposed name which should be changed to reflect originality, suggesting that the old National anthem, written by Mr Taiwo Akinwumi, and the old flag, which was designed with the rising sun on it should be reintroduced, as it is peculiar with all parts of the country.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Mikel Obi heaps praise on Pogba


Following the second round clash of the Fifa World Cup between Nigeria and France on Monday which ended 2-0, Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi has heaped praise on Les Blues and Juventus star Paul Pogba.
The Chelsea man has owned up that apart from the midfield duel with Pogba being "incredible", the Frenchman also deserved top marks.

World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi 'very alone' - Maradona

Lionel Messi celebrates putting Argentina ahead in the 3rd minute of their final group game with Nigeria
Napoli great Diego Armando Maradona has hinted on Argentina's poor form, saying than Lionel Messi is "alone" and singlehandedly dragging the Albiceleste through this World Cup.

The 27-year-old Barcelona ace has been named man of the match in every of Argentina's four matches at the tournament so far. He netted four goals in their first three games and laid on the 118th minute winner for Angel Di Maria in Tuesday's 1-0 last-16 win over Switzerland. 

And Maradona believes the team must raise their game if they must beat a highly spirited Belgium side in the quarter-final match, and progress to the semis.

Keshi's Exit Would Be Too Risky - Okocha

Stephen Kesh

Former Nigeria captain Austine 'JayJay' Okocha believes the resignation of Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles head coach would be detrimental to the growth of the country's football.

The former Bolton Wanderer play-maker described Keshi, 52, as the "best indigenous coach Nigeria ever had" since the reign of football in the country.

Hence, Okocha stressed continuity, stating that the Delta-born coach deserves a long term job with the national team.

Israel's Army Razes Gaza After Bodies of Israeli Teens Were Found

PHOTO: A Palestinian sits outside a home damaged by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, July 1, 2014.
A home damaged by the Israeli Army on July 1, 2014
The Israeli Air Force carried out what it called "precision strikes" on 34 "terror targets" in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night and a Palestinian from the group Hamas was shot dead when he threw a grenade at the forces carrying out the arrest raid.
Tensions soared after Israel discovered the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier in June; and the Palestinian, who was killed on Tuesday, was the first casualty since the bodies were found. Continue...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Jonathan cuts short AU engagement to visit Emab bomb site

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday, visited Emab Plaza in central Abuja where a bomb blast killed at least 21 people on Wednesday - with the attack blamed on Boko Haram.

Jonathan, who reportedly cut short an African Union engagement to meet victims, later went to a hospital where victims were being treated.

Keshi: Musa, Emenike ‘ll knock out France


As the Super Eagles of Nigeria face a highly spirited France side in the World Cup round of 16, coach Stephen Keshi believes his side should not be regarded as underdogs - as all teams are good.

France top talisman, Karim Benzema, has been touted as the portent striker that would cause trouble for the Super Eagles who rattled Argentina before going down 3 -2.

When asked what he thought about the probability of Nigeria facing the Real Madrid ace, Keshi replied quick as a flash: “And France will be facing Musa, Emenike … ”  Continue...

Six dead in ghastly motor accident along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

A ghastly motor accident occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on Friday morning - leaving at least 6 individuals dead and several others injured.

According to eye witnesses present at the scene, the accident was caused by a collision between a moving truck and a faulty truck, parked on the expressway. Vehicles involved in the accident were seriously damaged.
 Berger accident

One of the vehicles involved was a “mini-truck carrying labour hands who were going to a building site”. A female survivor rushed to a hospital near 7up, and then to the Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos for further treatment.

Luis Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months

Luis Suárez and Giorgio Chiellini

FIFA has banned Luis Suárez from all “football-related activities” for four months - after the Liverpool striker bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup group stage play offs between the Azzurris and Uruguay.

This biting incident, the third in which Suárez has been involved, has led Fifa’s disciplinary committee to prevent the player from entering any football stadium during the ban.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

3 Top Reasons Young Employees Stay Longer in a Firm

Are you an entrepreneur, a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a HR/Talent Manager or you’re looking forward to being any of these? Well, its safe to let you know that its not only in parties or colleges you have lots of young people congregating for a purpose or reason. And if you happen to see lots of young persons staying quite long in a firm, there are different reasons for it and it has been proven by research as well. Here are the reasons: Continue...