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Odegbami joins race to succeed Blatter as FIFA President

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Patrick Olusegun Odegbami is set to announce that he will stand in next year’s election to replace Joseph Sepp Blatter as President of World soccer-governing body, FIFA.

Odegbami better known as ‘Mathematical’, a name given to him in his active days by late ace sports commentator, Ernest Okonkwo because of his zig-zag, deceptive, extraordinary dribbling skills and mastery in outwitting defenders is one of the best players to have played football in Nigeria and by his decision to join the race for the FIFA presidency stands out as the first authentic African to aspire to the position since Blatter agreed to step down as President.

Liberian football chief Musa Bility remains the other African who showed interest in the Zurich office but his interest was smothered by Confederation of African Football, CAF, which distanced itself from his interest.

Chief Segun Odegbami, our source assured yesterday ‘’has all the credentials required for the office of the FIFA Presidency’’, He therefore is among a shortlist of declared and likely candidates that includes the likes of UEFA president Michelle Platini and Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan.

Candidates have until October 26  to come forward to signify interest. They must have the confirmed backing of at least five of Fifa’s 209 member nations, and be cleared by the world governing body’s ethics committee, to be able to stand.

Our source who urged Nigerians to support the great ambition of Odegbami added yesterday that his entrance into the race would be a good omen for Africa noting that many Confederations will queue behind the Nigerian soccer idol.

‘’This is a good thing for all Nigerians. Odegbami, beyond playing football is articulate and has been in football since he retired. He has an academy and satisfies section one of article 13 of the FIFA Statutes on such election’’, our source said.

The section spells out conditions a candidate for the office of FIFA President must meet. The article puts it this way:

The candidate shall have played an active role in association football (as a board member, committee member, referee and assistant referee, coach, trainer and any other person responsible for technical, medical or administrative matters in FIFA, a Confederation, Association, League or Club or as a player) for two of the last five years before being proposed as a candidate (cf. art. 24 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes

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UEFA Super Cup final: Ancelotti names strong squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt [Full list]

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Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has named a strong squad that includes the likes of Karim Benzema and Luka Modric to face Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final.

Ancelotti released the squad in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Tuesday.

Ancelotti’s side won the Champions League last season, while Frankfurt won the Europa League.

The UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Frankfurt will take place at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium and the kick-off time is 8 pm.

Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Frankfurt:

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Luis López.
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rüdiger, F. Mendy.

Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Tchouameni, D. Ceballos, Camavinga.
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo, Mariano.

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Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival

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Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival

Isco has joined Sevilla as a free agent, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The midfielder has been without a club since his contract with Real Madrid expired in June.

Isco has now put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Sevilla.

He becomes the LaLiga side’s third summer signing after Brazilian defender, Marcao came from Galatasaray and Brazil left-back Alex Telles on loan from Manchester United.

Isco will be reunited with former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.

The 30-year-old made 17 appearances for Real last season, only starting three matches.

Sevilla finished fourth in LaLiga last season and will play in the Champions League this campaign.

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Guardiola reacts as Haaland fumes over not scoring hat-trick against West Ham

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Erling Haaland’s anger at not scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, reminded him of Lionel Messi.

Haaland grabbed both goals as the Premier League champions began defence of their title with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.

The Norway striker converted a first-half penalty, before running onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to complete a brace on his City debut.

In a post-match interview, Haaland said it was “a bit s***’” that he was unable to score one more, before being substituted in the closing stages.”

But Guardiola said the player’s reaction was what he would expect from a top player.

“I was fortunate to be with [Lionel] Messi.

“When he scores two, he wants three, when he scores three, he wants four. All the top players are the same.

“They are never satisfied, always hungry, starving for goals, and want more, but at same time, I have to use other players,” Guardiola said.

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