Monthly Archives: December 2013

Africa lacks creative playmakers to ignite the World Cup

Jay Jay Okocha displays his talents on stage at the 2008 MTV Music Awards

Jay Jay Okocha displays his talents on stage at the 2008 MTV Music Awards

He was so good they named him twice. That was the myth that normally accompanied the story behind the name of Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha. The Nigerian playmaker was a footballer blessed with such elegant poise. His touch and control of the ball was so delightfully slick. His pass sliced defences with surgical precision and majestic incision. Sometimes, it seemed as if he had eyes at the back of his head, or that his line of sight could see round corners. Whenever Okocha had the ball at his feet, magic was expected and magic Read the rest of this entry

Great International Teams that Never Won: Yugoslavia 1960-1968

Yugoslav goalkeeper Blagoje Vidinic attempts to save the ball during the 1960 European Championship final

Yugoslav goalkeeper Blagoje Vidinic attempts to save the ball during the 1960 European Championship final

Predominantly isolated from the rest of the world due to political circumstances after the Second World War, it was rare for an Eastern-European nation to dominate world football. As such, it formed the controversy that surrounded the football tournament at the Olympic Games.

Whereas the Olympic community called for amateur footballers at the Games, Eastern Europe’s sly definition led to professionals competing at the Games. Thus between 1952 and 1980, only Eastern European nations won Olympic Gold at the football tournament.

While this did not reflect on their position on the international scene, it did Read the rest of this entry

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