The stage was all set up for Argentina, until now (and probably still) the single biggest frauds in a tournament defined by fraudhood, to succumb to their misery and die the death they seemed destined for. Somehow, they fought to live another day.
One of the World Cup’s underrated appeals is watching players who are jammed into limited roles at club level let their hair down and run around without restraint on the international stage. For example a defensive midfielder, normally tasked with little more than standing in front of the center backs while his…
Three women representing Nigeria became the first-ever African bobsled team to qualify for the Olympics, and the country’s first-ever representatives at the Winter Olympics, when they finished their required fifth qualifying race in Calgary today.
There’s no reason to believe that success in a sport should correlate with aesthetic appeal. You don’t always win by being the Warriors with Steph breezily trotting the other way before ball touches net; sometimes you get the grit-and-grind Grizzlies with Tony Allen smacking the hardwood and shouting “First team…
On one of 1017 Thug’s standout tracks “Nigeria,” Young Thug taunts his enemies, “You nah wet me, I dare ya!” This was apparently the mindset this Nigerian team took to the World Cup, because boy, did they just bust Sweden’s ass in this match. Just look at this goal, and especially that pass!
Listen: No one is saying Nigeria are definitely going to descend into the Group of Death, do battle with three of the top 10 teams in the world, emerge on the other side unscathedish, demolish whatever knockout-stage horrors await them, and take a real shot at this thing. No one is saying that. But, they might.
Nigeria are giving France everything they can handle, but it looked like les Bleus would finally take the lead with this partially-saved Karim Benzema shot, until Victor Moses came storming back to clear it off the line.
For the first time since 1986, the World Cup and Ramadan will overlap. Ramadan's a month in the Islamic calendar—a lunar calendar—in which Muslims, among other things, abstain from food and water during the day, breaking fast at sundown. The fasting will start Saturday. There's a substantial number of Muslim athletes…
So, Argentina and Nigeria are off to a good start. They're tied at one goal apiece, and have already made history. This is the first time two World Cup teams have scored within the first five minutes of any match in the tournament.
Sure, Messi's goal sounded great in Argentina. But how did Ghana's two miracles come across in West Africa? Here's those goals, and the rest yesterday as aired on TV or radio in their home countries.
Here are your links for streaming today's second World Cup match, Iran vs. Nigeria:
Nigeria come into Brazil with as much international tournament experience in the last few years as any team in the world, having won the 2013 African Cup of Nations and subsequently playing in the 2013 Confederations Cup. These experiences gave manager Stephen Keshi, a former Super Eagle himself, more opportunity to…
Two amateur teams, seeking promotion to the third and lowest tier of Nigerian professional soccer, were tied on points heading into the deciding matches. They would need to win on goal differential to move up. They won their matches by a combined 146 goals.
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The final was 156-73, and as we watched the end of it here in the Deadspin office, we kept marveling at how Andre Iguodala, James Harden, Deron Williams, and Kevin Love kept chucking three-pointers in the final minutes. It was as if the U.S. would lose if it didn't win by 70.