Tag Archives: Nigeria

World Cup Top Tin; #5 Worst Kits

9 Jul

International football kit design is not an area in which it is easy to make mistakes. The basic colours and styles have long been traditionally established, often to the point of also being the team’s nickname, and you don’t have any fiddly or awkwardly coloured sponsors logos to factor in. And yet some countries continue to get it all wrong, all very, very wrong. Here Twinty Tin looks at those who have taken to the field with all the sartorial style of Dame Edna Everage Continue reading

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Match Report: Argentina 2-0 Greece / Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

22 Jun

In the tunnel the mascots stare up at the Argentinean players in wonderment, like they’re watching a high-wire act. The atmosphere during the Argentine anthem is raucous to say the least, as the players stand resolutely, banners, umbrellas and drums can be seen bouncing around in the background. On the sideline Diego Maradona stands chest out, with a crowd of photographers huddled at his feet.  Just before kick-off the ‘bat-shit crazy’ manager spots himself on the big screen and gives a grin and a thumb up to the camera. Continue reading

Match Preview 35: Nigeria vs South Korea (Group B)

22 Jun

Nigerian hopes dissipated with Sani Kaita’s moment of madness against Greece. 1-0 up and coasting, his juvenile sending off cost the Super Eagles the match, and a genuine chance at qualification from Group B. Despite being dismantled by a clinical Argentina, South Korea will hope to secure their place in the second round today. Continue reading

Match Report: Nigeria 1-2 Greece

17 Jun

Has Danny Shittu always been that big? He’s huge. There’s a moment early in this game where he carries the ball out of the Nigerian defence and for the retreating Greek players it must feel like Indiana Jones being chased by that big boulder. Anyway, the fact that this is my most pressing concern will tell you that as expected the game has not begun too eventfully. In front of large Greek support, albeit in a sparsely populated Free State Stadium, Greece have begun positively, well by their standards at least, pushing towards the Nigerian goal, but it has come to nothing. Continue reading

Match Preview 19: Greece vs Nigeria (Group B)

17 Jun

Despite opinion to the contrary, the Greece side which claimed the Euro 2004 crown were not the antithesis of the beauty seeking purist.  Organised yes, but with the capacity for neatly constructed and highly technical play. Without that aptitude, they would not have had the ability to take leads which they so resolutely defended. Continue reading

Match Report: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

12 Jun

As Jonathan Pearce goes through his pre-rehearsed sound-bites the camera picks out a suited Diego Maradona in the tunnel looking every bit the South American drug lord. The Argentine anthem is the loudest and most vociferously sung of the tournament thus far, and similarly their squad are visibly pumped up for the game. In the dugout Lars Lagerback looks pensive, Maradona decidedly more at ease chewing gum and gurning for the camera. Continue reading

Match Preview 04: Argentina vs Nigeria (Group B)

12 Jun

Diego Maradona celebrated Argentina’s qualification for this summer’s World Cup by declaring to a host of gathered journalists, “you lot take it up the arse”. He then decided to select Colon centre-back, Ariel Garce, for his final 23 man squad on the basis of a dream he had where La Albiceleste won the World Cup.  Truly bat-shit crazy… Continue reading

Player Profile: Lukman Haruna (Nigeria)

8 Jun

Cameroon shocked the world with their brand of swashbuckling, aggressive football in  Italia ’90. They defeated the then World Cup holders Argentina, plus Romania and Colombia on the way to a 3-2 Extra Time defeat to England in the Quarter Finals. The Cameroon team seemingly came out of nowhere and it’s very likely that the opposition coaches of Argentina didn’t even possess a coaching report for the side, that is despite ten of the Cameroon squad playing at a decent level in France at the time. Continue reading