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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Did Cameroon’s police interrogate Samuel Eto’o and take away his passport over the World Cup? Who knows

Did Cameroon’s police really quiz national soccer team captain Samuel Eto’o and seize his passport in connection with a government investigation into the terrible performance of the Indomitable Lions at the World Cup? After brouhaha of claims and denials in recent days, the answer seems to be another question: who knows? But Far less ambiguous

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

A Very Short History of the Africa Cup of Nations

The big kick-off is nearly upon us. Just 11 months after that extraordinary Zambian triumph in Libreville, starting Saturday we have another month of football ahead as Africa’s top teams (and South Africa, there as hosts) fight...

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The 10 Greatest Sporting Moments of 2012

Next year we hope Nigerian super-pastor T.B. Joshua will let us know what 2013′s top 10 sporting moments will be well ahead of time (we’ll be starting our dedicated sports page “Football is a Country” in the...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

10 things we learned from the African Cup of Nations qualifiers

1. This high-stakes knockout format might not be so bad after all. Qualifying groups are long, turgid affairs, especially the European ones, international football’s equivalent of the snoozetastic-but-moneyspinning Champions League group stages. Knockout football puts the big...

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Football: The 11 Commandments of Rigobert Song

When the good Lord handed down the Decalogue to Moses atop Mount Sinai, he limited himself to just the ten commandments. The new boss of Cameroon’s national football team, Rigobert Song, is obviously more demanding.

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Africa’s best soccer football players are West African

On January 10 next year FIFA will announce its World XI 2011. The result, they remind us, will be based on voting by over 50,000 professional soccer players from around the world. “Every voting player selects one goalkeeper,...

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Nike Chiefs

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Golden Ball

Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) and Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) made this year’s shortlist for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Award. Of course Gyan won’t win the prize. Eto’o has a better chance as he won the Serie...

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Monkey Business

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, history was made in the Italian serie A: a match was stopped due to fans’ racist chants. It happened at the Sant’Elia stadium in Cagliari (on the island of Sardinia). Just two...

Friday, June 4th, 2010

On Va Samizé

Everyone needs some coupé décalé in their life, especially on Fridays. Today it comes in the form of an ode to Samuel Eto’o (la fierté de l’Afrique!) from Cameroonian DJs Polio and Kitoko. It also seems like...

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Represent

If the choice of which team to root for in May 22nd’s  European Champions League final was based on how many African players they fielded, then apparently you should root for Inter Milan. Milan has three players...

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Vanity Fair’s World Cup Cover Story

Blog post on the magazine’s June cover story (written predictably by a Brit) including the Annie Leibovitz cover photograph for which some of the world’s recognizable players wore nothing else but their underwear. Via Austin Merril

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Puma does the World Cup

The best of the pre-World Cup commercials that I have seen thus far. It’s unashamedly about football. If you go out and buy some Puma kit, I won’t blame you. (BTW, Puma has a great site chronicling...

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The Special One

Cameroon’s football captain Samuel Eto’o scores for his club Internazionale Milano against Livorno in Italy’s Serie A.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Africans Prefer English Soccer

These scenes of Angolan football fans at the recent African Nations Cup captured by Al Jazeera may give the impression that Africans still value the continental game. Actually they prefer English football, argues sports writer Simon Kuper...

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

“Barça is in my blood, Under my skin”

Dani Alves broke the hearts of Bafana Bafana fans in the Confederations Cup, so I should not having his picture up here.  But if you’re a football fan, then you’ll appreciate the photography of the team of...

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

THE INDOMINABLE LION

CNN just published a list of the eleven players who dominated and defined football in the 2000s. Samuel Eto’o of Inter Milan and Cameroon and probably the best footballer out of Africa, is the only continental player...

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

AFRICA’S WORLD CUP?

Tomorrow is the draw for the 2010 World Cup in Cape Town. Apparently Charlize Theron, the South African actress with the fake American accent will also be there. Can anyone explain that to me?