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The 10 greatest African players in history (Part 1)

Africa is known as one of the continents producing many good players in the history of world football. Due to various external factors the football background of the Black Continent is much more affected in the development process compared to other continents.

Image result for drogba vs eto’o However, in recent decades, African football has made remarkable strides. The proof is that they were the first FIFA to host a World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. In addition, they also provide the world’s top leagues with quality players, not inferior to the talents from South America or Europe. Here, we take a look at 10 faces considered to be the best in the history of this Black Continental football.

10. Nwankwo Kanu – Nigeria

Nwankwo Kanu is one of the players who have won the most titles in African football history with the Netherlands Championship, Champions League, European Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, Super Cup of Water. England and Olympic Gold Medal. In his personal achievements, he also won the “Africa Player of the Year” twice in 1996 and 1999.

Kanu started to emerge from his Ajax career with excellent technical play and scoring ability. After leaving the Netherlands, the player born in 1976 moved to Inter Milan and then Arsenal. Kanu has 87 caps for Nigeria but could not help the national team to win the Cup of Africa nations.

9. Riyad Mahrez -Algeria

Born in a poor family from Algeria to France, Mahrez came to football in a very noisy way, until dawn with Leicester City last season. 17 goals and 11 assists of this 26-year-old midfielder is the main inspiration to help “Foxes” to the championship in the English Premier League, even if they only placed the odds of 5000/1 before the starting line.

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3. Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)

Nwankwo Kanu is a retired Nigerian footballer and  is a member of the Nigeria national team. Kanu is originally from Abia, southeastern Nigeria, and is a member of the sub-group Aro of the Igbo ethnic group. Nwankwo by his name means “Children born on Nkwo” in the Igbo language.

Kanu has played for Nigeria’s Iwuanyanwu Nationale, the traditional Dutch team Ajax, Italy’s Inter Milan, and the English clubs, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.

Kanu has won one UEFA Champions League medal, one UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup medals and two African Player of the Year awards among others. He is one of the few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and Olympic gold medal. He has the third most substitute match in Premier League history, appearing on the bench 118 times, and is considered one of the best players in African football history.

He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an African brand ambassador for digital television operator StarTimes.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor 

He is a Togolese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir. He has previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, as well as the French, Metz, and Monégasque Monaco teams and the Spanish Real Madrid team. He was voted Asian Footballer of the Year in 2008 playing at Arsenal.

In the Emirates team shirt, he plays like a classic striker. He scored 46 goals in 104 games for the club. Became one of the top scorers with the best goalscoring performance in the 2006-2009 Premier League.

Adebayor represented the Togo national team at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, his only and Togo’s debut at a world-class playground, and so far, only in the World Cup. In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team bus arrived when a riot group fired a gun on their way to play in the group stage match of the 2010 African Football Cup in Angola, then he retired from the national team. 

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The secret of the East African amazing running (Part 2)

The presence of managers such as Van de Veen helps African athletes focus on competition, thereby achieving better results and improving income without having to worry about commercial and sponsorship factors.

The 66-year-old manager and his team are not just negotiating contracts for runner. They also make sure they can comfortably focus on jogging. They arrange flights, hotels, visas, venues and guides to practice and promote the brand.

In return, Volare Sports will take a share of the income, usually 15%. To be effective, competition allocations must be carefully planned. “We only do it with the agreement of the players,” Van de Veen assured.

In Africa, Volare Sport has an extensive recruiting and training network, but Van de Veen still prefers to find talent himself. “You have to recognize that talent. I saw Geoffrey Mutai in a youth race in Kenya.

He came second. I was advised to sign a winner, but I just wanted Mutai. He had a way.” run unique. Mutai then won all three Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon and Berlin Marathon, “the manager recounted.

The list of successful runner managed by Van de Veen is very long. For many people, jogging is enough for them to live, but not enough to have a carefree future. Van de Veen finds it risky if they encounter mentors or doctors who take advantage of the runner’s situation. “We’re in Europe. Runner is in Africa. We can’t track them 24 hours a day.”

Mentors often commit to spending extra money, and doctors promise better results.

How long will the ‘African Empire’ last? The combination of evolution and habit has helped the East African runner dominate the marathon.

In other parts of the world, BMI is growing, meaning that it is very difficult for them to overthrow the “African empire” in the marathon. However, the “black continent” also brings a lot of knowledge to the runner in the world to eat, train better, break a personal record.

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The secret of the East African amazing running (Part 1)

Endurance can be the secret weapon of East African runners. To win a marathon, athletes need the energy to beat the remaining opponents before the finish line, usually the last few kilometers – the deciding distance to success. Typically, the first place is always in the runner group to take the lead at the 30th kilometer mark.

At the last kilometers, their bodies switched to “self-driving” mode. All, from exercise efforts, nutrition to gene traits, will show. East African Runner often have thin ankles and thinner calves. They live at high altitudes, ideal conditions to help improve endurance.

Besides, they also have motivation to strive. ccan bring about a better life, faster runners will be economically better. Along with centuries of evolution, these factors have created athletes with extremely high endurance.

In most areas of East Africa, jogging training begins very early. Children typically walk an average of 8 kilometers per day. BMI – body mass index is calculated by your weight (kg) divided by the square of the height (m or cm) – the average of children only about 15.5 – will be considered abused if in America.

But they have the highest anaerobic threshold and Vo2 Max (the highest indicator of the body’s ability to transfer and use oxygen during exercise, ml/kg/min). same age in the world.

Light body but tall, long legs are also advantages of these “seeds”

Players are like pieces to help a tournament More attractive match. This is a common strategy and also benefits runner. “Berlin is an opportunity for me. If I run well here, the result will affect the future races,” Legese said. The value of a contestant is calculated by time and rank. The better the performance, the more likely the manager and the athlete are to request increased funding.

Through Volare Sports, he manages many elite athletes such as the Berlin Marathon champions Geoffrey Mutai (2012), Wilson Kipsang (2013) and Dennis Kimetto (2014).

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African runners are dominating the marathon tournaments of the world

Five of the first six places in the men’s and women’s events at the prestigious Berlin Marathon last week were athletes from Ethiopia.

Kenenisa Bekele, Birhanu Legese, Leul Gebrselassie and Sisay Lemma are described as Ethiopia’s strongest runners ahead of the Berlin Marathon in the German capital.

As a result, Bekele, 37, finished first in the men’s marathon with a time of 2 hours 1 minute 41 seconds. This is only two seconds behind the current world record set by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge last year. Kipchoge is absent to prepare for the 2-hour marathon challenge in Vienna, Austria on October 12.

The next two positions belong to Legese and Lemma respectively. “I’m sorry, I’m not lucky. But I can still surpass the current record. I don’t give up,” Bekele said.

Bekele finished first at the Berlin Marathon 2019

Ethiopia also dominates the women’s marathon with champion Ashete Bekere, 2 hours 20 minutes 14 seconds and runner-up Mare Dibaba (slower than 7 seconds). Kenyan runner, Sally Chepyego ranked third.

Business problems. “There is a strategic reason for prioritizing Ethiopian athletes,” explained Berlin Marathon Director Mark Milde. Unlike previous years, the organizers this year do not expect a world record. In 2018, Eliud Kipchoge completed the marathon in 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds, raising the world record by more than a minute.

In order to attract more fans, the Berlin Marathon focuses on the excitement of the leading group, ideally until the finish. “To do so, we look for runners who can finish the marathon between 2 hours and 3 minutes and 2 hours and 5 minutes. This year, that means more Ethiopian runner,” Milde added.

African runners, especially Kenya and Ethiopia in East Africa, have won nearly every marathon in the world in the last five decades, since the 1969 Mexico City Olympic Games. otherwise, they can also sprint amazingly fast.

The Berlin Marathon is one of the six most prestigious marathons in the world, part of the World Marathon Majors (WMM), alongside the Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon, London Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. Each season lasts for two years and the next begins when the previous season is half the way.

Eleven seasons have occurred since the first season of 2006 – 2007. Of these, Kenya topped ten seasons, and Ethiopia topped VII (2012 – 2013).