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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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NPFL: Enugu Rangers make charity donations

The officials, coaches and players of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu have made donations of foodstuffs and toiletries to two motherless babies’ homes within the Enugu metropolis.

Rangers FC’s Media Officer, Norbert Okolie, in a statement on Sunday in Enugu listed the homes as Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home at Emene and Enugu Cheshire Home at Uwani.

He said the donations by the former Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions were made at about 6 p.m. on Saturday after the team’s evening training session.

“It is with great joy that we, as a team, make these little donations for the upkeep of the homes.

“We feel obliged to make this with the consent of the club’s General Manager, Davidson Owumi, who is unavoidably absent.

“We hope to make this (visit) more regular,’’ the club’s Technical Adviser, Olugbenga Ogunbote, was quoted as saying by Okolie.

The Rangers spokesman said Sister Martins-Agnes Ibewuike, matron of Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home, spoke words of appreciation after receiving the gifts.

“We (the children and the Home in its entirety) pray the good Lord to continue to prosper you in your chosen endeavour.’’

Okolie also revealed that the matron of Enugu Cheshire Home, Beatrice Onaga, welcomed the team with joy and thanked the team for the gifts.

“Our prayer is for better performance from you people when you take on other opponents,’’ Okolie quoted Onaga as saying.

Culled from http://www.fcnaija.com/npfl-enugu-rangers-make-charity-donations- By Ike Onwubuya

Rangers’ high morale excites Ogunbote

Technical Adviser of seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers International FC, Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote, has said he is highly impressed with the positive attitude exhibited by players of the club after resuming training in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, AOIFootball.com reports.

The former Enyimba of Aba coach, while addressing the players at the main bowl of Dipo Dina International Stadium, praised their show of dedication and determination to the training regimes whilst calling on them to maintain the level they have been able attain.

“I must say that you have really impressed me with your output since we started this camping exercise. The level you are now is good and I believe that before we end the camping exercise, we would be at our best,” stated the vastly experienced gaffer.

It would be recalled that twenty players and seven officials left the players camp of the club at Nkponkiti road, Enugu, Thursday, for a scheduled two weeks close camping program in Ijebu-Ode to strategise for the fast approaching 2017/2018 NPFL season.

The team of thirty three players, twelve officials are currently quartered at the cozy Pebbles Suites and train twice daily at the Dipo Dina Stadium.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Source: http://aoifootball.com/2017/12/30/rangers-high-morale-excites-ogunbote/

Reasons why Chisom Egbuchulam is not welcomed at Rangers.

Two reasons why Chisom Egbuchulam is not welcomed at Rangers after Sweden loan

The 2015-16 Nigeria Professional Football League player of the season and the rave of that year, Chisom Egbuchulam might not feature for Rangers in 2017/18 season reports sportlineng.com.

Chisom Egbuchulam whose goals fired Enugu Rangers to their first Nigerian league title in 32 years spent the 2016-17 on a season long loan at Swedish club BK Hacken.

Back in Nigeria after the Swedish club decided not to sign him on a permanent basis, Chisom Egbuchulam may have to join another club but Rangers if he must play football in the 2017-18 season.

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Two major reasons have been highlighted as to why Chisom Egbuchulam might have to find a club elsewhere.

His decision to leave Rangers for Sweden despite promising the Governor he won’t be going is a factor against the “German Juice” as he his fondly called.

“At a meeting with players of Rangers prior to the start last season, Enugu State Governor had a heart-to-heart talk with Egbuchulam at which the striker promised his availability for ‘The Flying Antelopes’ campaign.

“The governor even gave out some cash which the players shared, including Egbuchulam but few days after, the forward boarded the next available flight for Sweden.

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“The governor was embittered over that action and now that he is back, Rangers officials are reluctant to sign him for fear of possible backlash from the Governor”, a close confidant of the player said to Scorenigeria.com.ng.

Another factor is the players attitude, according to an official of Rangers who spoke to Scorenigeria, Chisom Egbuchulam’s attitude has not helped matters.

“I will say it was not as if Rangers do not want to sign Egbuchulam,” he opened up.

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“Truth is, Egbuchulam has not helped his case.

“He has been evasive since his return, not committed to attending training sessions.

“Yes, BK Hacken have returned his transfer papers by way of ITC, making him a bonafide player of Rangers.

“This means that no matter what, he is a player of Rangers.

“You would recall that even Ejike Uzoenyi makes himself available for Rangers training any time he is around but such is not the case with Chisom”, the Rangers official stressed.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Source: https://www.sportlineng.com/2017/12/10/two-reasons-chisom-egbuchulam-not-welcomed-rangers-sweden-loan/

Enugu Rangers’ Godwin Aguda rejects N6 million-a-year pay from Rivers United

Enugu Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda has sensationally turned down an incredible six million Naira–a-year salary at Rivers United.

Aguda, the only remaining member of the dreaded Rangers’ quartet of Clement, Aguda, Nwobodo, Egbuchulam with the sobriquet of CANE, had held talks with Rivers United official and was offered a N6m annual salary.

Bobby Clement, Obinna Nwobodo and Egbuchulam have moved to Europe after helping Rangers win the 2015 NPFL title, their first silverware haul in 32 years.

The amount, it was further scooped, excluded other add-ons, meaning the dimunitive midfielder would receive at least N500, 000 as monthly salary.

“He (Aguda) showed interest in the offer, but he later backed out, preferring to remain at Rangers”, one of the player’s teammates said.

“Rivers United were even expecting him to join them at their Rojenny Stadium, Oba, training camp before the start of the South East/South South Preseason Tournament.

This was corroborated by an official of ‘The Pride of Rivers’ who confirmed the player and club discussed a transfer.

“Yes, there was such move to bring him to our club and we felt he would accept our offer”, the official said.

“But we won’t force any player, the career is his and as well the decision to move or not lies with him.

“Truth is, he is a good midfielder we believe could fit well into our philosophy, but we have to respect his decision”.

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Source: https://www.today.ng/sport/football/40189/enugu-rangers-godwin-aguda-rejects-year-pay-rivers-united

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Swedish club release Ugonna Anyora to Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers have completed the signing of Ugonna Anyora from Swedish club, Assyriska FF, Scorenigeia.com.ng reports.

Ugonna Anyora is of one six players whose transfers to the Coal City Flying Antelopes have been completed in line with FIFA, CAF, NFF and LMC procedures.

“We are making progress in the area of clearing our newly recruited players,” Rangers team manager, Amaobi Ezeaku told SCORENigeria

“So far, we have cleared about six, including Ugonna Anyora.

“His club in Sweden, (Assyriska FF), have released his ITC.

“And this is in line with the FIFA, CAF, NFF and LMC transfer guideline.”

By Sab Osuji

Source: http://scorenigeria.com.ng/2017/12/06/swedish-club-release-ugonna-anyora-to-enugu-rangers/

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Nigerians who distinguished themselves coaching foreign teams

Today, a lot of Nigerian coaches are testing their mettle handling foreign clubs. In the past such jobs were centred in the African continent, but these days, we have seen Nigerians coaching club sides in Europe. The number is growing by the day, from Mike Emenalo, to Sunday Oliseh, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke and Maureen Mmadu, the list is growing as more ex-internationals are delving into coaching and acquiring CAF and FIFA coaching badges DAPO SOTUMINU reports

Adegboye Onigbinde (Trinidad & Tobago 2000-2001):

Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, one of the most successful Nigerian football managers in history was in Trinidad and Tobago from 2000 to 2001 where he helped transformed the country’s football from the most important stage of development, the national Under-17 team. He spread his tentacles to the grassroots where he fished out quality youth players who became top stars in the country’s football years after their discovery. After coaching at the club level at Water Corporateion of Ibadan and Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Onigbinde coached Nigeria national team at the 1984 Nations Cup where he helped the country to win silver. Majority of the players discovered for the 1984 Nations Cup played for Nigeria in the next 10 years. He returned to coach the Eagles at the FIFA World Cup 2002 emerging as the first Nigerian to handle a team at the World Cup finals.

Harrison Okagbue (Uganda 1999-2001):

One of the few Nigerians to have handled a foreign team in the late 90s. Harrison became the coach of the Cranes of Uganda in 1999 and his time there spanned 3 years till 2001. The ex-Eagles defender played in the Nigerian league in the 70’s with the now-defunct Sharks and Rangers before retiring in 1980. He moved to Uganda in 1999 and was appointed the coach of the Ugandan National team, however after a 3-0 loss to Togo at home in an African Nations Cup qualifier he was sacked. Since then he hasn’t coached another National team and has retired from active sporting activities.

Christian Chukwu (Kenya 1998):

As a player, Chairman Christian Chukwu was the first Nigerian to lift the African Nations Cup trophy, he is also ex-captain of Rangers International. He started his coaching career in Lebanon in the mid-90s and was appointed as coach of the Kenyan national team in 1998 where he spent a year and failed to qualify them for any tournament.

Maureen Mmadu (Avaldsens & Avaldsens 2012- present):

After playing for various teams in Europe and Norway especially, Maureen became the first Female Nigerian coach to handle a European team. She boasts of a UEFA C coaching license and since 2012 she has been the assistant coach of Avaldsnes Women Football Club in Norwegian top flight, while she doubles as the main coach of Avaldsens 2, the junior team of Avaldsnes, in Division 2 of the Norwegian female league football. The Anambra-born midfielder is also a Coach Developer and has stated her interest in the Super Falcons’ job. As a player she is the first Nigerian footballer, male and female to reach 100 caps in the history of the national team, playing for the Super Falcons.

Micheal Emenalo (Chelsea 2010):

Barely three weeks ago, the ex-Enugu Rangers and Super Eagles World Cup defender left his role as the Technical Director of Chelsea Fc after serving for upmost of 10 years in that role. Before his appointment as Technical Director of Chelsea, the Nigerian star had served as an Assistant coach of the English champions. He was promoted from the post of Chief Scout to an assistant coach of the first team in November 2010. However less than a year later he was appointed as the Technical Director of the team, a role he left early November. He has since been linked with a move to AS Monaco of France.

Shuaibu Amodu (Orlando Pirates 1996-1997):

The late tactician had handled a few Nigerian club sides in the late 80s and early 90s but in 1996 he was appointed the chief coach of South African side, Orlando Pirates. He helped them to a third place finish in the PSL league. Amodu could be listed among Nigerian football’s unsung hero after he managed the National team five times qualifying the Super Eagles for the World Cup on two occasions (but was never allowed to handle the team at the World Cup proper). He also led the Nigerian national team to the 3rd place finish at the African Cup of Nations. He died on the 10th of June 2016 just days after the death of Stephen Keshi.

Culled from New Telegraph by Ike Onwubuya

Source: NewTelegrahOnline