The FIFA World Cup is coming to an end this weekend with two last games: the final between France and Argentina, and the game for the symbolical third rank and a seat on the podium for either Morocco or Croatia. Two days before the closing ceremony and everybody leaving to spend some Christmas time, what kind of assessment is it possible to draw for the … Continue reading Football World Cup: what assessment for Africa?
Morocco’s football world cup in Qatar is already a genuine success, even though the Lions of Atlas will not stop on such a good way : the team coached by Walid Regragui kicked out Spain in round of sixteen of the tournament (0-0, 3-0 on penalty kicks) and is going to meet Portugal next Saturday in quarter finals, which looks like a real achievement for all … Continue reading World Cup 2022 : Morocco in quarter finals !
This is it: the FIFA World Cup is beginning next week with the host country, Qatar, challenging Ecuador in the A group on Sunday 20. The football tournament, which is maybe the most subject to controversy over the last few years because of Qatar’s issues regarding human rights and global warming, will be the opportunity to see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo one last time … Continue reading Sadio Mané, injured, goes to Qatar with the Lions
Football is much more than a sport or even a business: it is the opportunity to give away for those who became successful thanks to the black and white ball (which tends to be everything but black and white now by the way, but this is another marketing issue). Last night in Paris, Châtelet Theater, the most prestigious individual award for a football player, Ballon … Continue reading Bambali Ballon d’Or
This is something which has been told and retold, and perhaps the best way to sum it up will be those lyrics from Christopher Wallace (aka Notorious B.I.G): “Mo Money, Mo Problems”. The Pogba case, two months’ time from the football world cup in Qatar, is perfectly illustrating money issues destroying families and relationships. And this is only one case among many others. Highly mediatized … Continue reading When money drives you to hell
A fourteenth Champions’ League for Real Madrid. A couple of weeks ago in Paris, the Spanish football club won the prestigious European trophy over Liverpool FC of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané by the shortest score (1-0). While Real is ending up the season beautifully with a title of Spanish champion and this Champions’ League, Liverpool can feel unrewarded after a tremendous season as well: … Continue reading Real European king Liverpool not rewarded.
The drawing lots for the FIFA World Cup 2022 was expected with a lot of impatience by football fans all around the planet. Achieved in Doha, Qatar, where the tournament will take place in upcoming November/December, it finally gave us a mix between brand new oppositions and confrontations that already happened in the past. For Africa, some teams will have fierce competitors to face up … Continue reading World Cup 2022, we know the groups !
Senegal made it! The Lions of coach Aliou Cissé won their first Africa Cup of Nations in history last night over Egypt (0-0, 4-2 at penalty kicks) and are thus putting an end to an oddness that is no longer existing today. Since 1957 and the creation of the competition, Senegal had never won a single continental trophy. This belongs to the past now. Facing … Continue reading Senegal at last !
The question deserves to be asked for the one who ended up seventh of the 2021 Ballon d’Or ranking won by Lionel Messi this week. Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian striker of Liverpool, keeps on achieving great performances with the Reds, and England is starting to wonder whether he is not the best football player in the world right now. Always difficult to compare and decide who is … Continue reading Moh Salah, best (African) player?
All over the world, teams are struggling to get the precious ticket to go to the upcoming World Cup of football in Qatar, that will take place in one year from now on. If many squads are already sure of participating to the final tournament, some others are still waiting for the ultimate decision that will be given in March 2022 with the playoffs. In … Continue reading World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: one last step before Qatar