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Karagounis Ends His Career With Greece Team | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Karagounis Ends His Career With Greece Team

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 30, 2014

Greece captain Giorgios Karagounis and coach Fernando Santos were two people bidding the 2004 European champions farewells on Sunday, following the sides elimination from the Fifa World Cup.

This was my last game for Greece, said Karagounis after Greece lost on penalties to Costa Rica.

We wanted to stay in Brazil another week or even longer but you cant change it now.

Sokratis Papastathopouloss injury-time equaliser for Greece forced the last-16 tie into extra-time after leveling Costa Rica Bryan Ruizs opener at 1-1.

Giorgios Karagounis and Orestis Karnezis of Greece. Fifa via Getty Image.

But goalkeeper Keylor Navas emerged the hero of the shootout, saving Theofanis Gekas penalty before Michael Umana slotted home from 12 yards to help Los Ticos triumph 5-3 on spot-kicks.

The 37-year-old midfielder and Kostas Katsouranis were the only two survivors from the triumphant squad of 2004 to take part in Brazil.

Karagounis ends his international career with 139 caps and ten goals to his name. He says he is calling time on his journey with Greeces national team to allow the younger generation grow.

These games and experiences are a great launching pad for the future, he said. They will help keep the team on this level, something not always easy. We are Greece after all, we dont have many means.

The national team has grown up, younger players have won invaluable experiences. This is no small thing and as we helped the team come of age we hope it will continue to be as successful in the future.

Coach Santos contract expired on Monday, after guiding them to their first knockout stage appearance at the World Cup.

Santos watched the shootout on television, having being sent to the stands.

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Keshi Resigns After Super Eagles World Cup Ouster | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Keshi Resigns After Super Eagles World Cup Ouster

Posted by: niyi on June 30, 2014

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has resigned his appointment after the Nigerian national team was knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup by France.

Keshi spoke to journalists after the Eagles were eliminated in the round of 16 match in Brasilia, Monday, stating that it was time to move on.

“I have to go back to my family and face fresh challenges,” said Keshi.

Also, Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo has also call it quits with the national team after winning 100 caps.

I think I should give the younger ones the opportunity to forge ahead. I have nothing new to offer, the Norwich City defender said.

Vincent Enyeama also hinted that the game against France may be his last.

Nigeria was beaten 2 0 by France in their round of 16 match at the ongoing as the quarter final qualification continues to elude the African champions. Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal have all made it to the quarter final stage in World Cup history (Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010). Although the stats did not favour Nigeria going into the game, having won only one of their last 11 World Cup matches, Nigerian fans were hopeful following the display of the team against Argentina. France however made sure Nigeria has to wait another four years to try again.

Although the South African Football Association (SAFA) has denied lining up Keshi for the national teams coaching job, the Big Boss is expected to get back to coaching as soon as he is ready to be back. He may not be the best tactically, but he has shown ability to grind out results when most needed.

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France 2-0 Nigeria: Loss of Concentration Cost Eagles Again | INFORMATION NIGERIA

France 2-0 Nigeria: Loss of Concentration Cost Eagles Again

Posted by: Omaku Cephas on June 30, 2014

Two goals from set-pieces had Nigeria concede another second round exit, this time against France in the Fifa World Cup.

The Super Eagles have now failed for the third time to go beyond the last 16 as Paul Pogbas header and Joseph Yobos unfortunate own-goal knocked the African champions out in Brasilia.

Emmanuel Emenike thought he had opened scoring for the Super Eagles in the first-half but his effort was ruled for an offside.

Paul Pogba Celebrates Goal Against Nigeria.

Nigeria were left hanging at the mercy of a superb Vincent Enyeamas save from a Paul Pogba volley, as both sides went into the half-time break without a goal.

Victor Moses cleared Karim Benzemas shot off the line after the break before Yohan Cabayes volley came off the crossbar.

Pogba headed home after Enyeama misjudged a floating corner and flapped it on to the Juventus midfielder.

Vincent Enyeama Flaps Away Valbuernas Corner For Pogbas Goal. Fifa via Getty Image.

Yobo spilled Mathieu Valbuenas cross into his own net on his 100th Nigeria caps.

Having made their third progress into the second round of the World Cup- becoming the African side with the most appearance at this stage of the competition- Nigeria were hoping to become only the fourth African team to reach the quarter-finals after Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana.

Super Eagles Ends Their World Cup 2014 Campaign With a 2-0 Second Round Loss to France. Fifa via Getty Image.

But several errors in the closing ten minutes of the encounter rubbed the fifth-timers of their ambition, which they must now wait until Russia 2018 to realise.

Joseph Yobo Scores An Own Goal on the Day He Made His 100th International Appearance. Fifa via getty Image.

With Moses and Ahmed Musa threatening the French defense for most part of the game, Nigeria lacked the final touch to seal the tie.

Emenike tapped home a powerful cross from Musa cross but the referees flag beat the Fenerbahce man to his celebration.

Emenike Tapped Home from Musas Cross Only To Be Ruled Offside. Fifa via Getty Image.

It took Enyeamas alertness to divert Pogbas close-range volley in a first-half period which both sides employed a rather too cautious approach.

Nigeria maintained more of the possession before the interval and they got the second-half underway in similar fashion.

But Hugo Lloris was quick to stop Osaze Odemwingies low shot soon after the restart.

Real Madrids Karim Benzema then combined brilliantly with substitute Antoine Griezmann but saw his shot bounce underneath Enyeamas body on towards goal, before Moses cleared it off the line.

Karim Benzemas Shot Partially Blocked By Enyeama.

Paul Pogba headed into an empty net after Enyeama came off his lines to clear Valbuenas corner.

Nigeria pushed for a leveler but were stabbed again when Yobo flicked Valbuenas low cross into his own net.

France progresses to the last-8 and will meet winners of the match between Germany and Algeria.

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Manchester United could stop Chelsea signing Paul Pogba | INFORMATION NIGERIA

Manchester United could stop Chelsea signing Paul Pogba

Posted by: @femi4arsenal on June 30, 2014

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Manchester United or Arsenal could stopChelsea signing £60 million-rated Juventus star Paul Pogba this summer if either of the Premier League clubs secure the signature of the France internationals club teammate Arturo Vidal.

The Express explain that Juve are reluctant to sell 21-year-old Pogba due to the strong interest in Vidal.

If the Chile international leaves the Serie A giants, the Blues hopes of signing the former Manchester United youngster this summer will be left in tatters.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte wants to keep both Vidal and Pogba in Turin ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, but that will be easier said than done. It seems, though, that Juventus are more willing to let 27-year-old Vidal leave the club over Pogba, who is widely regarded as the best young central midfielder on the planet.

Juventus are reportedly willing to sell Vidal if they receive an offer in the region of £44 million, which both Arsenal and Manchester United might be prepared to pay in order to significantly bolster their respective midfields.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently hailed the Chilean, telling reporters: Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world.

He has everything. Incredible stamina, perfect timing. Hes a marathon athlete who plays football. But Italian website Tuttosport claim Vidal, given the choice, would prefer a move to Manchester United.

The Red Devils are the team currently interesting the South American the most, but will United boss Louis van Gaal agree to splash out £44 million on another central midfielder after forking out £29 million for Ander Herrera?

As well as being prepared to pay Juventus a British record £60 million fee for Pogba, Chelsea are also willing to make the player one of the highest-paidstars at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are offering the young Frenchman a significant pay rise, with a contract worth £180,000-a-week ready and waitingto be signed.

Manchester United also want Pogba, who would be classed as a home-grown player if he returned to the Premier League, but the midfielder might bereluctant to go back to Old Trafford after failing to cement a first-team place during his first spell with the Premier League giants.{GMS}