We present to your attention the progress of the Nigerian team including on the world cup 2018. Nigeria team is a three-time winner of the African Nations Cup.
Nigerian team in world cup 2018
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Enzenwa Ikechukwu, Daniel Akpei.
Defenders: Brian Idovu, Leon Balogun, Abdullahi Shehu, William Troost-Ekong, Chidozie Awaziem, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, Tyronne Ebuehi;
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi, Ogony Onazi, Joel Obi, Oghenekaro Atobe, John Ogu.
Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Simeon Nwankwo.
The Nigerians, like other African countries, went through the two-round stage of the road to the final. In the qualifiers, they overtook a tiny Swaziland (2: 0, 0: 0). At the group stage, they were opposed by the national teams of Zambia, Algeria, and Cameroon.
World Cup 2018 teams against Nigeria
At first glance, a very strong group by world standards. Cameroonians are the last winners of the African Nations Cup; Algeria is a star team, with Riyad Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani and many others performing; Zambia - the opening of the tournament.
It seemed that it would be difficult for Nigerians to go through such a quartet, but Gernot Rohr's wards showed meaningful football and never lost, there were only two draws. As a result, 14 points scored and the first place in the group. The best scorer of 'Super Eagles' in the qualifying tournament was Victor Moses - 3 goals scored.
World cup results of Nigerian team
- FIFA rank: 47
- Nickname: Super Eagles, African Brazilians
- Participation in world championships: 6
- The best result: 1/8 finals 1994, 1998, 2014
If we talk about the world championships, the debut of the Nigerian team happened in 1994. Then the 'Super Eagles' in many ways sensationally passed in the 1/8 finals, having passed not only Bulgaria but also Argentina with Gabriel Batistuta and Diego Maradona in the composition.
In the first round of the playoffs, Nigeria's team fought well against Italy but lost in extra time. Since then, Nigeria has missed only one world cup - 2006.
Nigeria dream team is one of the most stable representatives of the African continent. Over the past 25 years, the 'African Brazilians' have made such a leap that almost all the continental teams envy it.
Five times Nigeria won the world football in the U-17 age category, which is a record. Only in the past five years, 'Super Eagles' became triumphant in the youth championships twice - in 2013 and 2015.
The problem of Nigeria is that many young players at some point stop progressing. We have already said that the 'Super Eagles' won five world championships in the U-17 category. If you take the age category of U-20, the Nigerian team did not win even once and only reached the final twice - in 1989 and 2005.
Nigeria dream team
The national team of Nigeria is estimated at just over 130 million euros. This is the twentieth indicator among all participants of the World Cup 2018. The most expensive is the midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (25 million euros). It is followed by Victor Moses (20 million), as well as the trio of Alex Ayubi - Kelechi Iheanacho - Ahmed Musa (all - 15 million).
The composition of Nigerian team is almost entirely composed of players playing in other countries - Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Moses, Mikel Obi, Leon Balogun and others.
As part of the 'Super Eagles', Moses plays at the position of the attacking striker, in his club his main position is closer to protection. In both teams, his main function is to create attacks. The midfielder has always been the key link between defense and attack, but Gernot Rohr (coach) moved the player a little forward, making him the right-handed hitter. Moses brought very important victories for the team. It is worth noting that Victor was recognized as the best player of the Nigerian national team in 2017.
If you take all the participants of the World Cup, the national team of Nigeria is one of the youngest teams. The average age is 25.9 years. There are a lot of young footballers in the 'Super Eagles', but they are really experienced players. For example, the famous captain of the Nigerians John Obi Mikel.
The World Cup in Russia has come to an end, which has already given football fans a lot of records and interesting events.
So it turned out that no African country went to the playoff round of the tournament. This has not happened since 1982. The struggle in the tournament was already halted at the group stage by Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia, and Senegal.
The departure of Senegal turned out to be the most dramatic. The team scored an equal number of points from the team of Japan, both teams scored and conceded 4 goals each. At the same time, the Asian team took the second place, as it received fewer yellow cards. Our team wasn't so lucky, however, Nigeria managed to show a really good game. The whole African continent should be proud of the team!
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