Accolades

FULL STATS IN RUSSIA 18

Total mactches= 64

⚽⚽TOTAL GOALS SCORED – 169 (2.64 per match)

OWN GOALS SCORED – 12

PENALTIES TAKEN – 29

PENALTIES SCORED – 22

PENALTIES MISSED – 7

FREE-KICK SCORED – 7

TOTAL RED CARDS – 4

TOTAL YELLOW CARDS – 219

*TOP SCORERS:⚽⚽⚽

1. H. Kane (England) – 6

2. K. Mbappé (France) – 4

3. Griezmann (France) – 4

4. C. Ronaldo (Portugal) – 4

5. R. Lukaku (Belgium) – 4

6. D. Cheryshev (Russia) – 4

7. Ivan Perišić (Croatia) – 3

8. M. Mandžukić (Croatia) – 3

9. E. Hazard (Belgium) – 3

10. D. Costa (Spain) – 3

11. E. Cavani (Uruguay) – 3

12. A. Dzyuba (Russia) – 3

13. Y. Mina (Colombia) – 3

14. P. Coutinho (Brazil) – 2

15. J. Stones (England) – 2

16. M. Salah (Egypt) – 2

17. L. Suárez (Uruguay) – 2

18. A. Granqvist (Sweden) – 2

19. L. Modric (Croatia) – 2

20. D. Neymar Jr. (Brazil) – 2

21. S. Agüero (Argentina) – 2

22. A. Musa (Nigeria) – 2

23. M. Jedinak (Australia) – 2

24. S. Heung-min (South Korea) – 2

25. W. Khazri (Tunisia) – 2

26. T. Inui (Japan) – 2

27. 1 GOAL – 84 players

* AWARDS:

BEST PLAYER: Luka Modric (Croatia)

BEST YOUNG PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé (France)

TOP SCORER: Harry Kane (England)

BEST GOALKEEPER: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)

BEST FAIR PLAY TEAM: Spain

* WORLD CUP RANKINGS:

1. France

2. Croatia

3. Belgium

4. England

5. Russia

6. Sweden

7. Brazil

8. Uruguay

9. Colombia

10. Switzerland

11. Japan

12. Mexico

13. Denmark

14. Spain

15. Portugal

16. Argentina

17. Senegal

18. Poland

19. Tunisia

20. Panama

21. Korea Republic

22. Germany

23. Serbia

24. Costa Rica

25. Nigeria

26. Iceland

27. Peru

28. Australia

29. Iran

30. Morocco

31. Saudi Arabia

32. Egypt

* PRIZE MONEY DISTRIBUTION

1ST <CHAMPIONS> – $38m

2ND – $28m

3RD PLACE – $24m

4TH PLACE – $22m

5TH–8TH PLACE (QUARTER-FINALS) – $16m

9TH–16TH PLACE (ROUND OF 16) – $12m

17TH–32ND PLACE (GROUP STAGE) – $8M

* WORLD CUP WINNERS:

1930 – Uruguay 🇺🇾

1934 – Italy 🇮🇹

1938 – Italy 🇮🇹

1950 – Uruguay 🇺🇾

1954 – Germany 🇩🇪

1958 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1962 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1966 – England 🏴

1970 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1974 – Germany 🇩🇪

1978 – Argentina 🇦🇷

1982 – Italy 🇮🇹

1986 – Argentina 🇦🇷

1990 – Germany 🇩🇪

1994 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1998 – France 🇫🇷

2002 – Brazil 🇧🇷

2006 – Italy 🇮🇹

2010 – Spain 🇪🇸

2014 – Germany 🇩🇪

2018 – France 🇫🇷

SUMMARY

Brazil 🇧🇷 – 5

Germany 🇩🇪 – 4

Italy 🇮🇹 – 4

Argentina 🇦🇷 – 2

France 🇫🇷 – 2

Uruguay 🇺🇾 – 2

England 🏴 – 1

Spain 🇪🇸 – 1

* Only three managers have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager:

1958 & 1970: 🇧🇷 Mario Zagallo

1974 & 1990: 🇩🇪 Franz Beckenbauer

1998 & 2018: 🇫🇷 Didier Deschamps

* GOALKEEPING ERRORS THAT LED TO GOALS AT THE 2018 WORLD CUP:

🇵🇱 Wojciech Szczesny

🇩🇪 Manuel Neuer

🇦🇷 Willy Caballero

🇺🇾 Fernando Muslera

🇭🇷 Danijel Subasic

🇸🇦 Mohammed Al Owais

🇪🇸 David De Gea

🇦🇷 Franco Armani

🇯🇵 Eiji Kawashima

🇫🇷 Hugo Llloris

* Most MAN OF THE MATCHES WON:

Griezmann (3)

Modric (3)

Hazard (3)

Kane (3)

Ronaldo (2)

Cheryshev (2)

Coutinho (2)

Mbappé (2)

Suárez (2)

* GOALS SCORED FROM OUTSIDE THE 18yard

🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo (Freekick)

🇧🇷 Philippe Coutinho

🇪🇸 Nacho

🇭🇷 Luka Modrić

🇷🇺 Aleksandr Golovin (Freekick)

🇷🇸 Aleksandar Kolarov (Freekick)

🇨🇴 Juan Quintero (Freekick)

🇨🇭 Granit Xhaka

🇰🇷 Son Heung-min

🇩🇪 Toni Kroos (Freekick)

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jesse Lingard

🇺🇾 Luis Suárez (Freekick)

🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah

🇵🇹 Ricardo Quaresma

🇦🇷 Angel Di Maria

🇫🇷 Benjamin Pavard

🇷🇺 Denis Cheryshev

🏴 Kieran Trippier (Freekick)

🇫🇷 Paul Pogba

🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé

* OWN GOALS

Aziz Behich (against France)

Fernandinho (against Belgium)

Ahmed Fathy (against Russia)

Edson Álvarez (against Sweden)

Aziz Bouhaddouz (against Iran)

Oghenekaro Etebo (against Croatia)

Thiago Cionek (against Senegal)

Denis Cheryshev (against Uruguay)

Sergei Ignashevich (against Spain)

Yann Sommer (against Costa Rica)

Yassine Meriah (against Panama)

Mario Mandžukić (against France)

* PENALTIES BREAKDOWN

☑️ Griezmann (3)

☑️Kane (3)

☑️ Jedinak (2)

☑️ Granqvist (2)

☑️ Hazard

☑️ Kagawa

☑️ Modric

☑️ Salah

☑️ Sassi

☑️ Ronaldo

☑️ Vela

☑️ Al-Faraj

☑️ Ansarifard

☑️ Sigurdsson

☑️ Moses

☑️ Dzyuba

✖️ Ronaldo

✖️ Sigurdsson

✖️ Cueva

✖️ Messi

✖️ Al-Muwallad

✖️ Modrić

✖️ Ruiz

SCORED – 22

MISSED – 7

* FREEKICKS SCORED

🇷🇺 Aleksandr Golovin

🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo

🇷🇸 Aleksandar Kolarov

🇨🇴 Juan Quintero

🇩🇪 Toni Kroos

🇺🇾 Luis Suárez

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Kieran Trippier

* PLAYETS ON RETIREMENT FROM INTERNATIONAL DUTIES AFTER RUSSIA

Javier Mascherano (Argentina)

Lucas Biglia (Argentina)

Andres Iniesta (Spain)

Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Sardar Azmoun (Iran)

Sergei Ignashevich (Russia)

*(only confirmed ones)*

* MOST WORLD CUP APPEARANCES BY COUNTRIES:

🇧🇷 Brazil – 21

🇩🇪 Germany – 19

🇮🇹 Italy – 17

🇦🇷 Argentina – 17

🇲🇽 Mexico – 16

🇫🇷 France – 15

🇪🇸 Spain – 15

🏴 England – 15

🇧🇪 Belgium – 13

🇺🇾 Uruguay – 13

🇷🇸 Serbia – 12

🇸🇪 Sweden – 12

🇨🇭 Switzerland – 11

🇷🇺 Russia – 11

🇺🇸 USA – 10

🇳🇱 Netherlands – 10

🇰🇷 South Korea – 11

🇭🇺 Hungary – 10

🇨🇿 Czech Republic – 9

🇨🇱 Chile – 9

🏴 Scotland – 9

🇵🇱 Poland – 8

🇵🇾 Paraguay – 8

🇵🇹 Portugal – 7

🇧🇬 Bulgaria – 7

🇨🇲 Cameroon – 7

🇷🇴 Romania – 7

🇦🇹 Austria – 7

🇯🇵 Japan – 6

🇳🇬 Nigeria – 6

🇨🇴 Colombia – 5

🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia – 5

🇳🇿 Australia – 5

🇭🇷 Croatia – 5

🇹🇳 Tunisia – 5

🇮🇷 Iran – 5

🇨🇷 Costa Rica – 5

🇵🇪 Peru – 5

🇲🇦 Morocco – 5

🇩🇰 Denmark – 5

🇩🇿 Algeria – 4

🇬🇭 Ghana – 3

🇮🇪 Ivory Coast – 3

* FIFA WORLD CUP ALL-TIME TOP SCORERS:

1. M. Klose 🇩🇪 (16)

2. Ronaldo 🇧🇷 (15)

3. G. Muller 🇩🇪 (14)

4. J. Fontaine 🇫🇷 (13)

5. Pele 🇧🇷 (12)

6. S. Kocsis (11)

7. J. Klinsman 🇩🇪 (11)

8. T. Muller 🇩🇪 (10)

9. H. Rahn 🇩🇪 (10)

10. G. Batistuta 🇦🇷 (10)

11.G. Lineker 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (10)

* WORLD CUP GOALS BY CLUBS:

PSG – 12

Barcelona – 11

Tottenham – 11

Real Madrid – 10

Manchester United – 8

Atletico Madrid – 8

Manchester City – 5

Chelsea – 4

Liverpool – 4

Dortmund – 3

Inter Milan – 3

Juventus – 3

West Brom – 2

#I_Have_Love_For_Sports

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Top five Nigerian goalkeepers of all time

By Ajibade Olusesan March 17, 2018

Nigeria has produced some great goalkeepers, with most of them so good that it is almost impossible to come up with the best among them. From Sam Ibiam, Carl O’Dwyer , Eyo Essien, Emmanuel Ominunu, Olu Onagoruwa, Joe Erico to the likes of Amusa Adisa, Alloy Agwu, Willy Okpara, David Ngodigha, to Wilfred Agbonavbare Nigeria’s history is replete with great shot stoppers.

The five below are arguably the best the country has ever produced.

Peter Fregene:

He’s regarded as the longest serving goalkeeper in the history of Nigeria as he played across three decades from the 1960s up till the 1980s.

Fregene broke into national consciousness in the 60’s with stellar showing for ECN FC and got rewarded with a slot in the team to the 1968 Olympics; he was best remembered for his heroics in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw with Brazil at the Games. He was the first choice until 1971 when he lost his place in the then Green Eagles.

His international career in seemed over for more than a decade until he resurfaced to the lead the line for the then defending champions in the 1982 African Cup of Nations in Libya, although it was a calamitous campaign for Nigeria in Libya as the team that had won the AFCON trophy two years earlier terribly capitulated.

Emmanuel Okala

He was larger than life during his time; a goalkeeper with a frightening height. Whether he featured for Enugu Rangers, his club side, or the national team, he was the most feared last man standing. He had a long reach that complemented his reflexes; his goal kicks were as vicious as a rocket; Okala was the master.

The former Onitsha Red Devils goalie spent less than a decade in the national team but made a lasting impression with his remarkable achievement which included victory at the African Cup of Nations in 1980. His exploits with Rangers were more pronounced; he was the most outstanding player as the Flying Antelopes won the 1977 African Cup Winners tournament. He was even named the African Player of the Year in 1978 by African Sports Journalists Union.

Sadly, Okala left the national team in acrimonious circumstances after he was overlooked in Nigeria’s triumph at AFCON in 1980 but he had done enough to etch his name in history.

Best Ogedegbe

Segun Odegbami was arguably the most popular figure as Nigeria won her maiden AFCON title in 1980 on home soil, but Ogedegbe was one of the top performers held in high esteem by jubilant fans. He had helped his club side IICC of Ibadan to victory in the African Cup Winners title in 1976, the first by a Nigerian outfit, but was constantly behind Enugu Rangers’ Okala in pecking order in the national team. Surprisingly, Coach Otto Gloria dropped the more illustrious Okala for Best who kept the goal throughout the tournament. He was arguably the most skillful goalkeeper the country had ever had; as a goalie he scored many penalties for his club IICC and frightened many opponents into losing theirs with his usual psychological tricks. He would go into a game boasting no one would get a ball past him and most times it turned out that way, he was a master trickster.

Inua Lawal Rigogo:

So much folklore about the former ECN shot stopper; he reigned in the 60’s and many old generation of football fans who are still alive today regard him as the most flamboyant goalie. He was a showman, his usual acrobatic displays made many people believed he was not ordinary. He was so good at the tricks that even revered Ghana President Kwame Nkurmah was so enamored he nicknamed the Nigerian as ‘the Flying Cat’ when the Eagles played against the Black Stars.

He possesses the record as the goalkeeper that conceded the least number of goals for the national team having conceded just four despite playing for more than eight years for the country.

Peter Rufai:

He might not have the flamboyance of Ogedegbe, Rigogo or the frightening reputation of Okala, to the new generation of Nigerian football fans, Rufai is the best the country has ever produced. He was the first man to be in goal for the country at the FIFA World Cup in 1994 and one of the longest serving shot stoppers in the country. He became so popular through his efforts at Stationery Stores in the late 80s and even took his career to Europe where he featured for Lokeren, Beveren, GoAhead Eagles and Deportivo la Coruna. There were good goalkeepers during his time with the national team but anytime he was around he would still be picked ahead of the likes of Agu, Ngodigha, Okpara and even Agbonvbare.

Anytime Nigeria ran into trouble, he was always the man the country turned to just like in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup.

Culled from https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/03/top-five-nigerian-goalkeepers-time/ By Ike Onwubuya

Rangers retain Enugu State Federation Cup

Source: http://theeagleonline.com.ng/rangers-retain-enugu-state-federation-cup/

Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United

Rangers FC of Enugu on Sunday beat Coal City Youths 1-0 to retain the Enugu State Federation Cup.
Kelvin Itoya scored Rangers’ lone goal in the 20th minute from a defensive error.
Coal City Youths came back more determined in the second half, but wasted several scoring chances in front Rangers goal post.
Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United.
Agbo said: “It is good that we retained the Enugu State Federation Cup we won last year because the trophy is always a motivator to players to keep doing well.”
He also hailed his players and expressed the hope that they would replicate their commitment in the NPFL in the second stanza.
His Coal City Youths counterpart, Godwin Onumonu, hailed his players saying that poor finishing in front of the goal robbed them the trophy.
Onumonu said: “You can see that we gave Rangers a run for our money but we needed maturity to outwit them but it was not found during the match.
“I wish Federation Cup is a two legged match so that we will have another opportunity but so be it.”
He said that his team would have battled Rangers to a standstill if not for the defensive errors that gave them the only goal of the match.

 

Festus Onu rewards Enugu Rangers players

Festus Onu rewards Enugu Rangers players
The Flying Antelopes’ board chairman has handed the cash gift he promised the players for winning the league.
 

Board chairman of Enugu Rangers, Festus Onu has redeemed the two million naira he pledged to give the Flying Antelopes’ players for emerging as the last season’s league champions.

Onu redeemed the promised cash on Sunday through the acting Board Chairman, Steve Oruruo at the victory dinner organized for the players and officials of the club meant to thank them for the league title won last season and to urge the team to repeat the feat in the coming season.

The Board Chairman charged the players to remain focused, disciplined and committed in sustaining the winning mentality ahead of the new season while expressing that the players and the technical crew must justify the financial and moral motivation of the Enugu Government on the team with good performances in the coming season.

He also pointed out that Rangers have no excuse not to beat FC Ifeanyiubah in the Charity Cup contest on Wednesday so as to open the way for another trophy laden season.

Enugu Rangers receive Governor Ugwuanyi’s financial largesse

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/01/02/31025002/enugu-rangers-receive-governor-ugwuanyis-financial-largesse

The Flying Antelopes players and officials have been paid by the state’s supremo for winning the Nigeria league title

 Enugu Rangers players and officials have received the monetary reward pledged to them by the state government for winning the league title last season.

The Flying Antelopes lifted the league diadem after they defeated El Kanemi Warriors 4-0 on the final day of the season to end their 32 years wait for a title.

Enugu Rangers’ Director of Media and Publicity, Foster Chime and the skipper of the team, Okey Odita revealed that the cash reward was received almost immediately and that all the players and officials have got their monies by Friday.

“I want to confirm that the players and officials of Enugu Rangers have received the financial reward of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and we are delighted and grateful for his benevolence act,” Chime told Goal.

“We never expected it to be paid immediately but the governor surprised us and we pray that God will continue to empower him.”

Odita on his part disclosed that the good gesture of the Enugu Governor would only spur the Flying Antelopes to attain greater heights in the domestic league and in Africa next season.

“We are delighted with the largesse from governor Ugwuanyi and we are promising him that we are going to go extra length in the coming season. We are going to do our best to excel in all the competitions we are going to take part in,” Odita told Goal.

Ex-Rangers embark on N500m Hall Of Fame Project

Source: http://m.guardian.ng/sport/ex-rangers-embark-on-n500m-hall-of-fame-project/

Former players of Rangers International football Club, Enugu are planning to establish a hall of fame project for soccer icons at the cost of N500 million.
The complex will house sporting facilities, shopping mall, event centre, clinic, restaurant, guest house among others, according to former members of the club.
Disclosing this in Enugu yesterday, former Green Eagles goalkeeper, who is also Vice Chairman, Ex-Rangers International board of Trustee, Chief Emmanuel Okala, stated that the main objective of the project was to use the proceeds to cater for the welfare of the ex-players and their families.

Rangers can’t locate plots of land donated by governor

Source:http://thenationonlineng.net/rangers-cant-locate-plots-land-donated-governor/

Players and officials of champions, Enugu Rangers have cried out that they are yet to know exactly where the plots of land donated to them by the state governor are located.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi donated a plot of land at “Rangers Estate” each as well as cash to Rangers after they won the league in October.
The players and officials have now come out to say they are yet to receive the cash, neither do they know where the land is located.
“My brother you are talking about documents of land at the moment, we don’t know anything about the land talk less of the location of the land,” one of players lamented
Another player added: “I am not from Enugu State, it’s football that brought me here, so I don’t know much about this area. Anyway, we are yet to be communicated where the land is.”
It is also understood the cash gift from the governor has yet to be withdrawn from Zenith Bank.