jalaka

Former footballer, passionate football enthusiast and analyst and a proud Nigerian.

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Arsenal Coach, Arsene Wenger[Photo Credit: Carlow Nationalist]

Four matches to watch | More misery for Pillars as Wenger seeks redemption

FC Ifeanyi Ubah v Kano Pillars @ FCIU International Stadium @4pm on May 28 There could be no greater contrast in the form of these two teams than to compare their last five matches. Whilst Ifeanyi Ubah have been in splendid form with four wins and a draw, all that Pillars can muster…

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford shoots to score his side’s first goal. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Europa Final | Shootout between two 19-year-old strikers

While all the talks about Jose Mourinho and Manchester United focus on the team winning the only trophy absent from their cabinet, many have forgotten that the final against Ajax FC would see both teams led in attack by 19-year-olds. Ajax have Kasper Dolberg to thank for reaching the finals…

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Score and Reaction from 2016 El Clasico | (Credit: Bleacher Report)

Winners, losers in top 5 European leagues

The top five leagues have decided the winners and the losers. There were no surprises in Germany and Italy, but in France, England, there were upheavals, while in Spain, it took until the last day to determine the league winner. We also saw new talent coming through and the old…

The Real Madrid players celebrate in front of their fans. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Four matches to watch | Real can’t afford Malaga slip; MFM seek revenge

MFM FC v Akwa United @Agege Stadium @4pm on May 21 Towards the end of the first stanza, MFM FC actually lost some momentum as they lost three away matches consecutively, which is why they are second on the table with 33 points, two off the league leaders, Plateau United.…

Rafael Nadal

Nadal suffers first clay loss in Rome

Dominic Thiem made a statement on Friday as he beat Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 in the quarter-final of the Rome Masters. Thiem, whom Nadal defeated last Sunday to win a fifth Madrid title had supposedly learned his lesson, as he became the first man to beat Nadal on clay in…

FILE PHOTO: Rafael Nadal
Photo credit: International Business Times

Nadal beats Djokovic to make Madrid Open final

For almost three years, Rafael Nadal suffered at the hands of Novak Djokovic, but on Saturday, the Spaniard got the better of the Serb in two straight sets of 6-2 6-4 to qualify for the Madrid Open final – which he has won four times. Nadal began the opening set…

Victor Moses and Antonio Conte

Moses reaches Chelsea promised land, but has challenges

Finally, on Friday, Victor Moses became champion of the English Premier League – with Chelsea. And he was not just part of the team, but an important member. When Chelsea won the 2014/15 EPL title, Moses was on loan at Stoke City. How he would have loved to be part…

epa03671120 Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain pose before their final match at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France, 21 April 2013  EPA/SEBASTIEN NOGIER

Can Djokovic stop Nadal on Madrid clay?

Rafael Nadal has won 13 straight matches in the clay season – 10th titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona - as he chases another 10th at the French Open, which starts next week. At the ongoing Madrid Masters, the king of clay will have to battle past World No.2, Novak…

Rivers United Football Club [Photo Credit: Africasports24]

Four matches to watch | Rivers face rocky Tunisian voyage; Juve need a point against Roma

Club Africain v Rivers Utd @Stade Olympique @6pm on May 14 The only Nigerian side left in African competitions, Rivers United, need to start scoring more goals to stand any chance against crack sides like Tunisia’s Club Africain. Both sides have a mirror image in current form, but while Club Africain are…

Buffon

UEFA Champions League | Benvenuti a Cardiff finale, Juve!

There can be no stopping the Grand “Old Lady” of Italian football to the final of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final. So we say in Italian, Benvenuto a Cardiff finale, meaning Welcome to Cardiff final. Gianluigi Buffon and his Juventus team mates are just 90 minutes away from making…

Tottenham in their game against Arsenal

Four matches to watch | Juventus can win Serie A derby, Tottenham can cut Chelsea lead

West Ham v Tottenham @London Stadium @8pm on May 5 Tottenham can cut the lead to Chelsea to just one point on Friday night as they face another London derby. Their hosts, West Ham, just want this current season to end, though the bad results could sweep away current manager,…

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scrong one of his goals

Five things we saw from Champions League semi-final matches

We are just about 180 minutes away from confirming the finalists of this season’s UEFA Champions League. But barring any monumental collapses, we are almost sure the two teams that would qualify. Real Madrid threw down the gauntlet at Atletico Madrid as Juventus exploited the naivety of Monaco. These are…

Victor Ikpeba

Champions League: I hope this Monaco side will exact revenge for us – Victor Ikpeba

A former Monaco striker, Victor Ikpeba, has told PREMIUM TIMES that he will be rooting for his former side tonight on a revenge mission after his set were 'robbed' 19 years ago. “The first half ended 1-1 but in the second half, two dubious penalty calls for the likes of…

Monaco [Photo: mancity.com]

Monaco v Juventus: Will youthfulness trump experience?

The average age of Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus is 28, although the expected back five of Giorgio Chiellini, Dani Alves, Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Alex Sandro, have a combined age of 160. For Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco with an average age of 25, this semi-final encounter is a new experience. The…

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid [Photo: www.mirror.co.uk]

UCL Semifinal | A Madrid derby too close to call

When the balls were rolled in Nyon last month for the quarterfinal draw, most people were already looking to another Madrid derby final but the balls failed to produce that scenario. The Madrid neighbours have a two-legged semifinal to traverse. In the two matches in the league this season, Real…

FILE PHOTO: Rafael Nadal
Photo credit: International Business Times

Nadal wins 10th Barcelona title

After winning a 10th title at Monte Carlo last Sunday, Rafael Nadal followed it with a 10th title at the Barcelona Open where he beat Andy Murray’s conqueror, Pablo Thiem, 6-4 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. Nadal has been excellent on clay, his favourite surface, this season and he is yet…

Ifeanyi Ubah FC

Four matches to watch | London neighbours can’t afford to falter as Totti marks 25th Roma anniversary

MFM FC V Ifeanyi Uba FC @Agege Stadium @4pm on Apr.30 This should be an interesting match-up. Ifeanyi Uba have been accused of getting penalties for free in Nnewi but they are unbeaten in their last five league games. On 28 points, the Nnewi side is just six points off…

Victor Moses of Chelsea [Photo: Chelsea FC]

Victor Moses: I never doubted my ability

Victor Moses has been a near-constant fixture in Antonio Conte’s table-topping Chelsea team this season; but that was not the case in the last three seasons. The Nigerian was always very efficient in previous pre-seasons but Jose Mourinho always had someone better for the team. “It's frustrating when you know…

mopep

A Manchester derby of great consequences

Jose Mourinho is chomping at the bits with the opportunity to get one over Pep Guardiola. Where Manchester United have two avenues to qualify for the Champions League, Guardiola’s City have just one – the EPL. The first meeting of these two teams in the league this season, last September,…

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a return shot to Ukraine???s Alexandr Dolgopolov during their men's singles tennis match at Queen's tennis championship in London, Tuesday June 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Nadal wins record 10th Monte Carlo Masters title

Rafael Nadal took all of 80 minutes to become a record setter in Monte Carlo on Sunday. The World No. 7 beat Albert Ramos-Vilonas 6-1 6-3 to claim a record 10th title in Monte Carlo. His first was in 2005. Sunday’s title means that the Spaniard claimed his 50th clay…

Bomb explosion forces postponement of Dortmund, Monaco clash [Photo: sun.co.uk]

Dortmund bomber is a shareholder

The police in Germany have arrested the alleged mastermind behind the bombing of the Borussia Dortmund bus last week Tuesday on their way to Signal-Iduna-Park for the first leg quarterfinal UEFA Champions League clash with Monaco. German newspaper, Bild, reported on Friday that a 28-year-old Russian, Sergei W., lodged at…

FC Barcelona [Photo: Goal.com]

Four matches to watch: Barcelona must win Clasico, Spurs have London edge

MFM v Akwa United @Agege Stadium @3pm on Apr.23 The second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League kicks off this weekend and MFM have the chance to take on Akwa United. Akwa United are the league’s most in-form team and won their last away encounter, against Kano Pillars at…

FC Barcelona [Photo: Goal.com]

UCL: It can be another Barcelona miracle

How hard can it be to score four goals against Juventus without conceding? Barcelona’s manager, Luis Enrique, would answer like this, “We scored three in seven minutes against PSG in the last round when everyone had apparently given up.” Barcelona on Wednesday at the Camp Nou would be in search…

Leicester City are through to the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League [Photo Credit: espnfc.us]

Champions League: Can Leicester continue the fairytale?

When Leicester City file out unto the King Power Stadium pitch on Tuesday evening, they will be battling odds greater than the 5000-1, which they surmounted to win the English Premier League last season. To win the Champions League would be at 20000-1 odds. But first, they have to overhaul…

Rangers

Seven things we saw last week: Rangers crash, Ronaldo sets record

Rangers bicker, lose out to Zesco It was predictable, it was expected and no one was really surprised that Enugu Rangers crashed out of the CAF Confederations Cup 5-2 on aggregate to Zesco United of Zambia. The players insisted on collecting their estacode before travelling to Ndola and they got…