Ozil- “Ronaldo a genius” | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Ozil- Ronaldo a genius

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 21, 2014

Ozil

Mesut Ozil has praised the genius of PortugalsCristiano Ronaldo, claiming that Germany showed their defensive ability by stopping him.

Die Nationalelf enjoyed a successful opening to their World Cup with Thomas Muller grabbing a hat-trick and Mats Hummels also scoring as they brushed aside Portugal 4-0.

However, despite Ronaldo enduring a frustrating start to the tournament in Brazil, Ozil insists that he remains an exceptional player and Germany should be given credit for containing him.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given his all for Real Madrid, the 25-year-old said in an interview with the Times of India.

From my experiences in training sessions with him I know he is truly a genius. To be able to contain him the way we did was commendable for our defence.

Germany have always played well in the World Cup. History proved that, since we were the first nation to play 100 matches at the World Cup.

And it was the perfect start to the cup, beating Portugal 4-0. To be able to win against them with such a convincing margin proved we are ready. But there is a long way to go.

We are confident and that reflected in our performance. We know we have trained hard, [and] we have tried to strengthen ourselves a little bit more because its a World Cup and we shall continue to do the same.

Ozil, who has 17 goals in 57 caps, has come under scrutiny for some of his displays in Joachim Lows side but was vociferous in his defence of his performances for the national side.

Thats their view, he said of his critics.

What I know for certain is I have the confidence of our coach. So far, hes been satisfied with me and that gives me immense pleasure, to be able to earn the faith of the coach.When the team starts so strongly, what can you ask from an individual? It was a team effort and we played our roles perfectly. We need to continue to do so in our remaining matches. But we have to be careful since it does not go that way in every match, especially in a World Cup.

Germany now face Ghana on Saturday in their second Group G game.{GOAL}

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Susic- Dzeko is to Bosnia What Messi is to Argentina | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Susic- Dzeko is to Bosnia What Messi is to Argentina

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 21, 2014

Bosnia coach Safet Susic banks on Edin Dzeko to pull the strings in their crucial Group F game against Nigeria in Cuiaba on Saturday.

The Manchester City striker, whose ten strikes- second best in Europe after Hollands Robin van Persie- in the qualification games helped the European nation to their debut World Cup appearance, is tipped as an important member of the Golden Lillies squad.

The legendary Paris St-Germain (PSG) midfielder and ex-Yugoslavia international has therefore likened the 28-year-olds role for Bosnia to what Lionel Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar does for Argentina, Portugal and Brazil respectively.

“Dzeko is equally important to us as Ronaldo is for Portugal, as Neymar is to Brazil and as Messi is to Argentina, Susic, 58, said.

Susic Believes Dzeko is Bosnias Response to Emenike in Group Crucial Clash With Nigeria. Getty Image.

The World Cup debutantes tournament in Brazil will almost certainly be over if they lose against the African champions in their first ever meeting at the Arena Pantanal.

Having lost their opening group game to Argentina, Susic will rather prefer his team to get at their opponents right from the blast of the whistle.

Bosnia attempted more shots on goal (11) than their opponents Argentina (9) in the opening loss at the Maracana Stadium in Rio and Susic insists they are second best to the two-time champions.

We are in the most uncomfortable of positions, he admitted.

But we havent come here to learn, we have players in top class European clubs, players who have acquired a great deal of experience. We have self-imposed ambitions to make it out of the group, and so not come here for people to see us, we have ambitions to progress out of the group, it wont be easy, but Im convinced we havent said our last words.

After Argentina we are the best team in the group.

(Opta Stats was used in this report.)

Kick-off time: 11:00pm (Nigerian time)

Emenike: I Play for Nigerians Back Home Watching On TV Sets | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Emenike: I Play for Nigerians Back Home Watching On TV Sets

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 21, 2014

Emmanuel Emenike believes Nigeria can withstand the pressure ahead of Saturdays must-win clash with Bosnia-Hercegovina.

“You cant hide from pressure. Football is a game of pressure. Everyone expects big things from you.” Emeenike, Afcon 2013 joint-top scorer, told Fifa.com on the usual expectations saddled on the Super Eagles to prove a point in Brazil.

Nigeria dominated possession and tried more shots at goal but were cut short on several attempts to get off to a winning start against Iran on Monday. The goalless draw in Curitiba- the first of the 2014 World Cup- disgusted many fans back home- in-terms of choices made by the players during the dour stalemate.

Emmanuel Emenike Celebrates Scoring Against Mali During Afcon 2013 in South Africa.

Moreover, tonights crucial game against Bosnia, who finished Europes qualifying series with the best attack (having scored 30 goals in ten matches), has always been regarded as the deciding moment of Group F since Decembers draw. The European debutantes, just like the African champions, will look to keep qualification hopes withing grasp, after losing 2-1 to favourites Argentina in Sundays opening game.

Back home, over 170 million Nigerians will be counting on the team to get the job done and progress for the first time in 16 years to the knock-out phase of the tournament.

“I always try to prove myself and to be there, to play for Nigeria because I play for the badge. I play for the people back home, who are watching us on the screen. That is all I can say,” Emenike added.

Torrents of criticisms were laboured upon the three-time Afcon winners following their display against Team Melli at the Arena da Baixada, where they appeared to be sapping themselves into the final third before shooting blunt. Coach Stephen Keshi, who is expected to be planning for tonights clash with a heightened level of expectations in search of his first win against Uefa region teams, took a huge share of the blames.

Emenike admits the teams disappointment for not hitting the South American amazon running, but feels they must fight for a win against Safet Susics side.

Emenike said: “When things dont go well, everyone speaks, everyone talks the way they like.

“But what can you do? You just have to carry on working hard, thats all you can do. The pressure has to be there. The match didnt go the way we wanted, we just have to carry on and win the Bosnia and Herzegovina game and see what happens. The game against Iran was disappointing.”

Emmanuel Emenike Expects Nigeria to Put Paid to Qualification Assignment Against Bosnia. Image Credit: Getty Image.

Nigeria, more-or-less need a match-winning performance from several of its world renowned attackers overnight and the Fenerbahce man, who is making his first World Cup appearance, knows the average football-loving citizen wouldnt forgive the team for depriving them their attachment to bed and the solemn melodies of sleep for the slightest form of disappointment after 90 minutes of the 11:00pm kick-off at the Arena Pantanal.

“Even the people on the street go in to watch Nigeria play, so we always want to try our best to make the country happy, because everyone always wants to watch Nigeria play and always wants us to do well,” Emenike explained.

Centre-back Godfrey Obaobona injured his ankle against Iran and is likely to be replaced by experienced skipper Joseph Yobo, who is two matches shy of his century.

Yobo, alongside Lille Metropole of France shot-stopper and assistant captain, Vincent Enyeama, have brought unparalleled level of leadership to the squad, according to the 27-year-old striker.

“[Yobo] is always trying to speak to the players, [letting us know the Iran result] was not the end of the world. Because we could go out there and beat Bosnia and still go through.”

Stoke City forward Osaze Odemwingie could start against the Golden Lillies as Keshi searches for more firepower up-front.

Coach Susic could opt to start scorer of Bosnias maiden World Cup goal Vedad Ibisevic from the bench, but captain Emir Spahic is expected to be included in the team sheet, after recovering from knee injury, while Sejad Salihovic is doubtful.

Referee: Peter O’Leary from New Zealand.

Azeez, Moses Chopped Off Eagles Starters Against Bosnia | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Azeez, Moses Chopped Off Eagles Starters Against Bosnia

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 21, 2014

Coach Stephen Keshi is not expected to enlist Ramon Azeez for Saturdays crucial Group F game against Bosnia-Hercegovina.

The Almeria of Spain midfielder is reportedly not favoured for a starting role by a section of the team, which one of the top officials refers to as the big boys.

Ramon is highly-rated by coach Stephen Keshi, but some of the senior players in the team were shouting on him during the match against Iran, an anonymous top official is quoted as saying on AfricanFootball.com. This unsettled the boy

Victor Moses Set to Start from the Bench Against Bosnia-Herz.

Meanwhile Osaze Odemwingie is looks likely to be named in coach Stephen Keshis start list for the decisive match.

The coach had to choose between Osaze and Shola Ameobi for the same role for the Bosnia match, he added.

Chelsea winger Victor Moses will also start the match from the bench, as Ukraine-based Babatunde Michael prepares to earn his 6th Nigeria cap.

Joseph Yobo will edge just a game short of his century, standing in for the injured Godfrey Obaobona.

Nigeria Starting 11 vs. Bosnia-Herz:

Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Juwon Oshaniwa, Keneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo; Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, Ahmed Musa, Babatunde Michael; Emmanuel Emenike.

Messi’s Late Strike Downs Hard-Fighting Iran | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Messis Late Strike Downs Hard-Fighting Iran

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 21, 2014

Lionel Messi scored a superb curling effort in injury time to send Argentina through to the last-16 of the World Cup against a disciplined and well coordinated Iran team.

The two-time champions have now recorded six points from their two matches in Brazil and will be looking ahead to Wednesdays dead rubber match against perennial foes Nigeria, with at least little or no pressure.

Coach Alejandro Sabellas men came into Saturdays clash with the Persian team knowing of their defensive capabilities, after they forced African champions Nigeria to a stalemate earlier in the week.

Lionel Messi Leaves It Late to Send Argentina Into the Second Round of the World Cup.

As expected Argentina were frustrated for long period by Iran, who even looked to be keen on staging the surprise of the tournament at some point, with Sergio Romero having to deny Ashkan Dejagahs header.

Gonazalo Higuain and Sergio Agueros efforts were thwarted by a great Alireza Haghighis save.

But Messi shows some sublime skill to finally break the deadlock on 91 minutes with a fabulous strike.

Nigeria and Bosnia-Hercegovina are up next in the group, with the winner of the match set to join La Selecste in the second round. A draw will blow the struggle for a second-place finish wide open.

It is however not yet over for the impressive Team Melli as a Bosnia win over Nigeria or draw places them back into the race.

Atletico Madrid ready to launch €31m Negredo bid | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Atletico Madrid ready to launch €31m Negredo bid

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 22, 2014

Negredo

Atletico Madrid are ready to launch a €31 million [£25m] bid for wantaway Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo, Goal understands.

The Spanish champions, who have already lost David Villa to MLS franchise New York City, have identified Negredo as a potential replacement for Chelsea-bound Diego Costa.

City paid Sevilla €20m [£16m] last summer to acquire the strikers services, as well as an extra €5m [£4m] in add-ons, and are hopeful of making a small profit on a player who earns €95,000 [£75,000] per week at Etihad Stadium.

Negredo hit the ground running last season and formed a fearsome partnership with Sergio Aguero, scoring 23 goals by the end of January before a shoulder injury prevented him from making a telling impact during the run-in.

Indeed, the 28-year-old failed to score in his final 16 appearances of the season and was omitted from Vicente Del Bosque’s 23-man World Cup squad as a result.

Negredo has struggled to acclimatise in Manchester despite the presence of Spain international colleagues David Silva and Javi Garcia and would favour a move back to his homeland, especially with first team opportunities likely to be even harder to come by next season.

City are adamant that Sergio Aguero will not be allowed to leave in the wake of reported interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, while Edin Dzeko is firmly back in favour under Manuel Pellegrini and is expected to sign a new contract after the World Cup.

The Premier League champions are also expecting an improved return from Stevan Jovetic after the Montenegrin forward spent much of last season out injured, while Yaya Toure is likely to feature in a more advanced role next term.{GOAL}

Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina: Odemwingie Gives Eagles A Great Chance | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina: Odemwingie Gives Eagles A Great Chance

Posted by: Deolu on June 22, 2014

The Super Eagles’ second game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil against Bosnia Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal Cuiaba ended in a dramatic 1 – 0 victory.

Game stats (FULL TIME) and key moments of the game are given below:

Nigeria – Bosnia-Herzegovina

Possession 40% – 60%

Tackle success 88% – 80%

20 – Shots – 20

9 – (On Goal) – 7

4 – Corners – 4

7 – Saves – 8

3 – Offsides – 2

9 – Fouls – 7

1 – Yellows – 1

93` FULL Time. The Super Eagles win 1 – 0!!!!

92` OFF THE POST! Dzeko received the ball with a touch off his chest, puts it onto his left foot and fires at goal. Enyeama saves and it’s off the woodwork and away.

91` Dzeko rises highest with a standing jump but it’s a simple save for Enyeama.

90` Three minutes added.

89` BH pressurises, the Super Eagles defend well.

83` Besic (BH) has been excellent in penetrating Nigeria’s defense. His attempt is blocked by Omeruo

81` Yellow card for John Obi Mikel

75` Substitution # 2, the Super Eagles: Ejike Uzoenyi – IN, Michel Babatunde – OUT

68` Ibišević makes an attempt, Yobo blocks it.

65` Stephen Keshi replies with Nigeria’s first substitution: Shola Ameobi – IN, Ahmed Musa – OUT

64` Substitution # 3, BH: Sušić – IN, Medunjanin – OUT

61` Dangerous moment. Shot by Emenike got blocked by Begović. Musa to swing the corner.

58` BH attack gets a boost. Substitution # 2: Salihović – IN, Lulić – OUT

57` Substitution # 1, BH: Ibišević – IN, Hajrović – OUT

48` Quiet start by both of the teams. The only notable attepmt was made by Dzeko, but off target.

46` The second half kicks off!

IT’S Half-Time! See the game stats below:

Nigeria – Bosnia-Herzegovina

Possession 42% – 57%

Tackle success 83% – 75%

10 – Shots – 9

4 – (On Goal) – 4

2 – Corners – 2

4 – Saves – 3

2 – Offsides – 2

3 – Fouls – 2

0 – Yellows – 1

45` Musa is ruled offside. BH rushes forward. The team wants to equalise before the break.

40` Medunjanin (Bosnia and Herzegovina) shot flies well over the bar.

39` Musa shoots, but Begovic blocks the attempt.

34` Another threat. The actors are the same: Dzeko shots, Enyeama saves.

29` GOOOOOAL Nigeria! It’s Peter Odemwingie! It is his 11th goal for the national team.