Professional football as a competitive sport has had its unfair share of tragedies over the years. It is both entertaining and dangerous especially on the field of play. The Nigerian sporting family witnessed one of the most horrific football tragedies on the 23rd of December 2008, when nine female amateur footballers and two coaches were burnt beyond recognition in an auto crash on their way from Jos, Plateau state.
The tears of sorrow had hardly dried up, when 15 members of an amateur side, F.C Jimeta from Adamawa state, Nigeria, died in another auto crash on the 26th of January 2009. Twelve of the dead were players, while the remaining three were trainers.
The tragedy that took place on the 26th of January 2009 had hardly subsided when another devastating incident occurred on the 21st of February 2009. In a single swoop, 13 Football supporters of Nigeria Premier League side Ocean Boys F.C of Yenegoa were killed by persons suspected to be cultist, on their way to attending a premier league match involving their team and Bayelsa United at the Ughelli Township Stadium in Delta State, Nigeria.
Nigerian footballers have also had their fair share of tragedies on and off the field of play. Below is a list of some of the players who have braved all odds to bring joy to football loving Nigerians but later succumbed to the cold hand of death.
Nigeria enterprising midfielder Samuel Tochukwuma Okwaraji slumped and died on August 12, 1989 during a World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Angola. He died of a heart related ailment.
Amir Angwe died on the field of play while starring for Julius Berger F.C on October 29th 1995. It was later discovered that he died of a heart attack.
The younger brother to Nigerian former international- George Finidi was slain by the bullet of rival supporters during an F.A Cup match involving his club- Rangers F.C and Stationary Stores of Lagos in 1995.
He was a member of the Flying Eagles team that participated in the 1989 U-20 World Championship held in Saudi Arabia. He died of a head injury sustained in the playing field while featuring for Bendel Insurance F.C in a league match in 1997.
This Plateau united player died on August 12, 2006 after he slumped and was confirmed dead 13 minutes into the second half of his team tie with city rival JUTH of Jos at Nassarawa stadium, Keffi.
He was the first choice goalkeeper of Warri Wolves F.C of Warri Delta State. Slumped and died on May 26th 2009 during training as a result of injury sustained when he was attacked by thugs of Rangers international of Enugu.
Manchester is wonderful riverside town and till date it has preserved itself as historically and culturally. Merrimack River is exploited for abundant water power, which is used for operating Amoskeag mills. Since ancient times, manufacturing still plays a vital part in the Manchester’s economy. This city is buzzed up by the activities of low taxes and diverse work force. There are several Manchester hotels, which are well equipped in catering the huge population pouring in the city for different activities.
Each one of us is greatly concerned about the stay, as it is major part of the tour. Compare hotel rates after bit of research before you embark to Manchester to have stress free vacations. Also, it is best way to acquire desired hotel suiting your budget.
Below mentioned are affordable resorts in Manchester offering cutting edge facilities and thus can be considered for accommodation in the town.
The Britannia Manchester
One of the architecturally renowned hotels in Manchester; The Britannia Manchester is amazingly designed and located in the heart of city. The accommodation is located with in easy reach of business, recreational and cultural attractions. Moreover, visitors can mark their presence at the places ideal for leisure and business activities. There are 363 smoke free rooms and suites equipped with comfortable furnishings and modern amenities. Guests can walk down to relish in famous Chinatown and The Village, with their myriad of bars and restaurants. Stay at Britannia Manchester hotel is laced with all the comfort of the world.
Arora International Manchester
Arora International is located 0.4 km away fromManchester center. Accommodation in this four star hotel will be highly convenient, as you will be in easy reach of city’s attractions and famous venues. Shopping freaks can suffice their senses by visiting Manchester’s Arndale Center, Exchange Square or short drive to Old Trafford stadium. This Manchester hotel incorporates 141 bedrooms, which are integrated with contemporary styling and pleasant interiors. The stay in this resort will integrate you with high end services including cloud 9 beds, broadband access and mini fridges. The hotel highlights well known Obsidian Restaurant and Bar. You can explore Manchester nightlife by visiting 50 ft animated bar serving excellent cocktails.
The Palace Hotel is wonderfully constructed and listed as Grade II building. It is known as a landmark of Manchester. Guests can make their comfortable stay in 275 bedrooms, which integrated with several original and traditional features. You can keep your work on move with high speed internet access. Hotel’s magnificent teracotta building was completely renovated in 2008 to ensure that vast public area and illuminating Tempus bar should charm everyone with its contemporary style. The Palace Hotel is well known in North of England for offering grandest banqueting facilities. There are 19 fantastic meeting / function rooms to meet needs of the guests.
Accommodation is vital part for touring purposes and it covers major part of the budget. In order to save your hard earned money, it is suggested to make use of hotel price comparison websites to acquire best deals.
En la tienda online de Camisetas de fútbol tenemos todas las camisetas de tus equipos y selecciones favoritas en tallas para adulto y niño. by Amit Kothiyaal
Last night saw yet another epic El Classico where Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo continued their ongoing battle for World supremacy. Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a spectacular 2-2 draw with Ronaldo and his arch nemesis Messi scoring all of the goals. These two players are taking the art of a footballer to whole new levels, but whilst there is no denying that they are the stand-out talents of their generation, and perhaps of all-time, the ongoing question is' who of the two is the greatest? ' Whilst there is no definitive correct answer to this, the widely held view over recent years has been that Messi is the King and Ronaldo the very talented Prince. However, the gap between the magical Argentinean and the Portuguese adonis appears to be closing, with some feeling that Ronaldo now deserves the crown of 'World's Best Player'.
Despite often playing just behind the main striker, Messi seems to be able to score from anywhere and everywhere. Last season, at the age of only 24, he became Barcelona's all-time leading scorer. In addition to that he also broke the 39 year old record which was set my German super striker Gerd Muller for most goals in a single European season. Amazingly, Ronaldo has managed a similar record to Messi and their overall 'goals to games' ratio since 2009 is almost identical. Despite starting his career as a winger, Ronaldo's 'eye for goal' became apparent under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. His trademark 'dipping' free-kicks and solo goals prompted Real Madrid to break the World transfer record to bring the Old Trafford hero to the Bernabeu. Just as Messi can often be found collecting the ball in his own half, Ronaldo often drifts back in search of possession, and is also found in wide positions tormenting the opposing left and right backs. Given the fact that neither player is what is referred to as a 'goal poacher' makes their records even more unbelievable.
With regard to awards, both team based and personal, Messi is the clear winner at present. He has won the Ballon d'Or three years running (much to the obvious dismay of Ronaldo!), And his La Liga and Champions League silverware outweigh Ronaldo's.
In conclusion it is evident that both Lionel Messi and Cristano Ronaldo are head and shoulders above any other current players in World football and there are no signs of this changing any time soon. Given their relatively young ages there is every possibility that they will go down as the two greatest players in the history of the sport. For all the achievements of Pele, Maradona, Eusebio etc, there is already a case to be made that Messi and Ronaldo have matched and surpassed them all. The fact that two such players are present in the same era, playing in the same league and at almost the same ages makes the comparison slightly easier, so here goes …
Lionel Messi is currently the 'World Greatest Footballer' with Cristano Ronaldo an extremely close second. The fact that Lionel Messi has been officially awarded this title three years running with the Ballon d'Or adds weight to the argument. That along with minor points such as his superior assists record, the fact that he has consistently made more appearances than Ronaldo and that his all-round team-play is slightly better just edges it for the Argentinean genius at present. In Ronaldo's defense he is the faster / stronger physical specimen, has better heading ability and does not have a Xavi or Iniesta to link up with, but this just doesn't quite level it – for now !!!
En la tienda online de Camisetas de fútbol tenemos todas las camisetas de tus equipos y selecciones favoritas en tallas para adulto y niño. by Ian Worthington