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Obiwon Echi

Obiwon Echi
Obiwon is a graduate of the International Academy of Medicine and Ecology, Kyiv, Ukraine where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He is a passionate football fan and likes to work as a columnist as a part time job. As an editor in Footballwood.com, he covers news, match previews, reviews and much more from major leagues round the globe.

September, 2018

  • 12 September

    Bundesliga Intros 2014-2018

    Bundesliga Intros 2014-2018

    Bayern Munich came into the season as defending champions, winning the League again earlier in March 2014 against Hertha BSC. Best game: Eintracht Frankfurt 4–5 VfB Stuttgart was a Bundesliga classic that produced the highest scoring game of the season Player of the year: Kevin de Bruyne was voted the best player after scoring 10 goals with 21 assists for Wolfsburg The team of the season: Bayern Munich The Bavarians secured the title in style once again by going on a 17 match unbeaten run alongside an 8 match winning streak, scoring goals for fun in the process   Bayern …

  • 2 September

    Mancini include Balotelli, Chiellini in Italy squad

    Mancini include Balotelli, Chiellini in Italy squad

    Roberto Mancini has included Mario Balotelli and Giorgio Chiellini in his recent national team squad, according to ESPN. The Juventus defender is set to make his first competitive outing since their disappointing World Cup qualifying playoff loss over two legs to Sweden back in 2017. Alongside Chiellini, Balotelli was equally included in the recent team selection as Mancini prepares his team for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Poland and Portugal. Monaco young forward Pietro Pellegri, 17, was among five players receiving their first call-ups by coach Roberto Mancini on Saturday. The others were Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno, defenders Manuel Lazzari …

  • 2 September

    Jankovic disappointed with Fulham stalemate

    Jankovic disappointed with Fulham stalemate

    Slavisa Jokanovic has described Fulham’s 2-2 draw with Brighton as a case of “mixed feelings” after his team gave up a two-goal lead. Goals from Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the Cottagers a two-goal lead, only for the advantage to be wiped out by a Glenn Murray brace to level the scores. Jokanovic was happy to get Fulham’s first away point in the Premier League, but he was disappointed that they didn’t win the game. “We have mixed opinion about the game. We must be disappointed after playing professionally for one hour, offering a really solid performance at 2-0 up.” Jokanovic Sky Sports. …

  • 1 September

    Pep Guardiola in rare defence of Jose Mourinho

    Pep Guardiola in rare defence of Jose Mourinho

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has jumped to the defence of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after he received criticism recently. The Red Devils manager has struggled to perform in recent weeks after poor results against Brighton and Tottenham. Mourinho has been at the forefront of a media showdown following his rant in the post-match interview against Spurs So much so that a bad result against Burnley on Sunday could even spell the end of his Manchester United career. However, Pep explained that managers always bear the brunt when their teams are not playing well but still praised the quality of his …

  • 1 September

    Cutrone ecstatic after winning it late for AC Milan

    Cutrone ecstatic after winning it late for AC Milan

    Super substitute Patrick Cutrone broke Roma’s heart as he scored late in the game to seal AC Milan’s first win of the season on Friday evening. Franck Kessie broke the deadlock for the hosts five minutes before the break, but their lead only lasted 15 minutes into the second half when Federico Fazio equalised with half an hour left. Gonzalo Higuain thought he took regained the lead for Milan only for his goal to be ruled out by VAR. Roma were then the victims of VAR when Steven N’Zonzi’s header was scratched off for a handball in the build-up. Patrick …

August, 2018

  • 31 August

    Carabao Cup draw: Chelsea set for Anfield clash

    Carabao Cup draw: Chelsea set for Anfield clash

    Eight-time League Cup winners Liverpool have been drawn at home against Chelsea in the pick of the Carabao Cup third round ties. All ties will be played on the week commencing September 24, with Liverpool and Chelsea’s meeting coming days before their Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on September 29. The last time both sides met in a League Cup clash was in the semi-finals of the competition back in 2015, where Chelsea triumphed 2-1 on aggregate. Elsewhere, reigning champions Manchester City head to Oxford United of Sky Bet League One. Frank Lampard will confront one of his former managers …

  • 31 August

    We need to take teams seriously: Txiki Begiristain

    We need to take teams seriously: Txiki Begiristain

    Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain believes their biggest threat in Group F is German Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim The Premier League champions were placed in Group F of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League season alongside Shakhtar Donetsk and Olympique Lyon. And to the Citizen’s director of football, his team has to take all rivals very seriously. “They’ve done lovely work as a football club,” he told Sky Sports News. “We need to take all the teams, but especially Hoffenheim very, very seriously.” “We have Pep, all of his staff have been in Germany, so they know how strong …

  • 31 August

    “It’s amazing to be with the best” – David Beckham

    “It’s amazing to be with the best” – David Beckham

    David Beckham has revealed he was proud to be honoured with the 2018 UEFA President’s Award ahead of the Champions League group stage draw. The award was presented to him ahead of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco for his work with children around the world. “It’s amazing to be up there with some of the best,” Beckham told the UEFA’s official website. “So I’m very honored, honored to be here, to be part of such a special event.” “I’ve been lucky to have played with some of the biggest clubs with some of the best …

  • 31 August

    Klopp bracing up for PSG challenge

    Klopp bracing up for PSG challenge

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits facing Paris Saint-Germain is one of the toughest teams to play in the Champions League and he is bracing up for the challenge. After the results of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw were known, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes the most difficult team to face is PSG. “PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches,” he told Sky Sports. “I am looking forward to watching PSG a bit more often, which is …

  • 30 August

    Champions League draw: Ronaldo set for United return, Liverpool face PSG

    Champions League draw: Ronaldo set for United return, Liverpool face PSG

    Cristiano Ronaldo is set to reunite with Manchester United after Juventus were paired alongside the Old Trafford outfit in the Champions League group stage. Completing the group are Valencia and Swiss side Young Boys in what many tagged as a tight group for Mourinho’s men. Another difficult draw was handed to Mauricio Pochettino’s men who will take on La Liga champions Barcelona, as well as Inter Milan and PSV, in Group B. The official result of the #UCLdraw! ? Toughest group? ? pic.twitter.com/G6rPKtQuU8 — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 30, 2018 Last season’s runners-up Liverpool, in Pot Three for the draw, come up …

  • 30 August

    Sven-Goran Erikson is a life-long liverpool fan

    Sven-Goran Erikson is a life-long liverpool fan

    Former Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has opened up on his love for Liverpool ever since he was young, just like his father. Eriksson, 70, revealed he has a secret love for the Reds, but couldn’t allow it to be public knowledge during his stint as the England boss. The Swede managed the Three Lions between 2001 and 2006 and claims he still watches the Premier League. “I’ve always been a Liverpool fan,’ Eriksson said, according to Sky Sports. ‘I can say that now, I couldn’t say that when I was in England but I was always since I was …

  • 30 August

    England name 23-man squad for UEFA Nations League

    England name 23-man squad for UEFA Nations League

    England manager Gareth Southgate has named his 23-man squad for their games against Spain and Switzerland The Three Lions will begin their UEFA Nations League campaign at Wembley when they play Spain on September 8 before a showdown with Switzerland in Leicester three days later. The surprise inclusion to the squad is Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who has been recalled by Southgate after being left out of the World Cup selection in favour of club teammate Ashley Young – who misses out this time around. Three other new faces have been included in Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Southampton goalkeeper Alex …

  • 30 August

    Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

    Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp uses a completely different tactical system to that of Pep Guardiola, says Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Pique returned to the Camp Nou in 2008 during Guardiola’s reign following a four-year spell at Manchester United. The Spanish defender emerged as one of the most sought-after defenders in European football under Guardiola’s tutelage and has since been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad. But even the 31-year-old reckoned that his former boss would find it tougher this season due to the football Liverpool produce. Klopp’s style of a high-octane counter-attack defeated City thrice last season, and they are expected to …

  • 29 August

    FIFA may not be in favour of La Liga US matches

    FIFA may not be in favour of La Liga US matches

    President Gianni Infantino has voiced his opinion of La Liga taking some official matches to the United States The Spanish FA has decided to take at least an official match to the United States for the next 15 years. And the news was not welcome by the tournament’s fans in Spain, the players, and other football stars. And those who oppose the idea might have a bigger partner against it. On his visit to the United States, FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed displeasure with the announcement. “I think I would prefer much more a great MLS game in the U.S. …

  • 29 August

    Azpilicueta: Chelsea must improve in certain areas

    Azpilicueta: Chelsea must improve in certain areas

    Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta believes that they must improve in the finishing part of their game. New head coach Maurizio Sarri has begun his reign with three successive victories in the Premier League. The Blues have also netted eight goals so far, but Azpilicueta feels that the team can still improve in the attack. “Creating more chances from open play is something we will work on, I’m sure,” said the Spaniard, according to the Express. “We want to control the game and have the ball, and we want to be dangerous in front of the goal. As a team we know we can improve …

  • 29 August

    Thomas Lemar tips Griezmann for Ballon d’Or success

    Thomas Lemar tips Griezmann for Ballon d’Or success

    For Atletico Madrid’s new signing Thomas Lemar, his France national team colleague Antoine Griezmann should win the next Ballon d’Or. The Caribbean-born player said to Spanish newspaper Marca he hopes Griezmann can win. “In any case, this is what I’m expecting, and what I desire with all my heart,” he told the media outlet. For Lemar, his decision to go to Atletico Madrid was a personal choice, but he knows Griezmann had something to do with it. “It’s clear that the talks with Antoine and with Lucas Hernandez were decisive. They talked to me about the club, telling me that …