The first round of the Champions League group stage is now finished and there are first results. Some of them were fairly predictable, but in almost every match there were surprises. Here are 8 the most interesting facts about it.
The name of former Nigeria international Kanu Nwankwo was on all the major newspapers in the country in 1996 when the ex Arsenal was diagnosed with a life threatening heart disease. He had an open heart surgery and survived.
Real Madrid defender Theo Hernandez has slammed the referee's decision to send off Cristiano Ronaldo against Valencia as shameful. Following the incident, Theo Hernandez, who is currently on loan with La Liga side Real Sociedad.
Arsenal went into the 1998/1999 Premier League season as champions after winning the trophy the previous season. However, they were dethroned by a resilient Man United side in 1999 who went on to win a treble that same season.
Chelsea captain Tim Cahill has been linked with a move to Championship side Aston Villa but face competition from Watford, according to reports. The ex-England international has failed to make Maurizio Sarri's starting XI.
Every year, African players are rewarded for their impressive performances at their various club and countries. Match officials are also honoured for upholding the laws of the game and discharging their duties every time.
The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. It was the first world’s global football fiesta hosted by an Eastern European nation. NAIJ.com reveals the Man of the Match winners.
Founded in the year 1955, the UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious tournaments and also the most watched annual sporting event worldwide. Spanish giants Real Madrid are the current champions of UEFA.
There is a growing trend in athletics where athletes of different nationalities represent their adopted nations in competitions. The Olympic Charter has now made a statement in a bid to curb the trend to reduce how athletes cross.
19-year-old German professional footballer Arne Maier has emerged as a January 2019 transfer target for Premier League campaigners Arsenal and Manchester United. The defensive midfielder could be on his way to EPL next year.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reportedly concluded plans to land Sevilla midfield star Ever Banega in January. The Argentine midfielder joined the Spanish League giants in the summer of 2017 and his deal expires in 2020.
Nigerian international Ahmed Musa was on fire in the Saudi Professional League as he bagged a hat-trick in Al-Nassr's 3-0 victory over Al Quadisiya. The Super Eagles winger went on rampage in the 21st minute after making it 1-0.
Manchester United began their UEFA Champions League campaign in Group H on a high note thrashing BSC Young Boys 3-0 on Wednesday, September 19. Young Boys did look the better side at the start of the encounter and tested United.
EPL champions Manchester City on Wednesday, September 19 kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign on a disappointing note after suffering a 2-1 humiliating defeat to French side, Lyon at the Etihad stadium
European Champions Real Madrid began the defence of their Champions League title as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 over Roma. Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos all missed their chances in the opening 26 minutes.
Italian League champions Juventus kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign on a winning note following their 2-0 victory over Valentia at the Estadio Mestalla on Wednesday night. Ronaldo was sent off in the game.
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates were victims of an attack in the early hours of Wednesday ahead of their UEFA Champions League showdown against Valencia. The attack was linked to a local group.
Ex-Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed that Gunners players played a key role in retiring former manager Arsene Wenger. The German insists the Frenchman who spent 22 years at the EPL club was disappointed by his players.
Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot traveled with Manchester United team to Switzerland and he is now expected to make his debut for the Red Devils against Young Boys in the Champions League. He will replace Antonio Valencia.
Mesut Ozil's agent has reportedly lashed out at Germany trio of Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller after the Arsenal star decided to quit international football. He retired from national team football after Russia 2018
Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea has described the criticisms he got during the World Cup as needless. The Spain international conceded a cheap goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in La Roja's 3-3 draw with Portugal.
Belgium international Eden Hazard has been left at home by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri for their Europa League encounter against Greece side PAOK Salonika. Eden Hazard scored three goals in the Blues's last Premier League tie.