African footballers in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

African footballers in the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

With the Africa Cup of Nations a fading memory and the European leagues back in full swing I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Africans represented in five of Europe’s top leagues: Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. Despite their non qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013, Senegal have the most players playing in the five European leagues mentioned […]

Youthful exuberance proves key to African success

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finished last weekend. All of the players are back with their respective clubs, their focus now on club glory rather than on the international arena. It’s a good time to take a short look back at some of the statistics that came out of this enthralling tournament. Perhaps the biggest story of this years Africa Cup of Nations was the failure of Ivory Coast’s […]

Africa Cup of Nations 2013: The players

With the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 almost here I thought I’d take a look at the players who make up the sixteen squads taking part in the competition. Some of the graphics are interactive, so feel free to have a click around. The above graphic was made with infogr.am and the data came from the ever reliable wikipedia.

World Cup 1978: Tunisia

World Cup 1978: Tunisia

In 1990 Cameroon were rightly lauded for their swashbuckling run to the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup. Their flair, power and pace impressed and surprised in equal measure. Many regard Cameroon’s excellent World Cup in Italy as the breakthrough moment for African football. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story as in the late 1970s Tunisia, one of the best teams in Africa, played some wonderful football in Argentina’s […]

Ghana and Congo to gain extra places in CAF continental competitions?

Ghana and Congo to gain extra places in CAF continental competitions?

With the 2012 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions almost over I decided to have crack at calculating which African nations are rising through the co-efficient to gain that all important top 12 continental spot. Let me explain… Each nation in Africa is given two spots in continental competition. One for the premier competition, the CAF Champions League and another for the CAF Confederation Cup (the continent’s version […]

Africa Cup of Nations 2013 preview

Africa Cup of Nations 2013 preview

The draw for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 took place in Durban on Wednesday. Sixteen teams from across Africa, from Algeria in the north to South Africa in the south, Ghana in the west and Ethiopia in the east were placed in four groups of four. The tournament kicks off on the 19th January 2013, the first game will be between hosts South Africa and debutants to continental competition […]

BOBBY CHARLTON VERSUS THE ZAMBIANS

BOBBY CHARLTON VERSUS THE ZAMBIANS

In October 1978 the Zambian national side undertook a tour of England. They played five matches in a fifteen day period against Shrewsbury Town (9/10/78), Wigan Athletic (11/10/78), Workington (16/10/1978), Marine (17/10/78) and Bristol Rovers (24/10/78). It’s likely that the tour was arranged by Englishman, and then Zambian manager, Brian Tiler (a former Wigan Athletic player). The match at Gay Meadow against Shrewsbury Town is probably the most interesting of the […]

African football weekly review 21st February – 27th February 2012

Herve Renard’s cheeky grin, bright white shirts and furious bawls at perenially offside strikers are now a distant memory. Nevertheless, the wheels of African football continue to grind along, domestic leagues are in full swing from Lubumbashi to Nairobi, and the heroes (and villains) of the Cup of Nations are back with their respective European, Asian and African clubs. So, here we are, Spirit of Mirko’s second weekly African football […]

African Football weekly review 13th February – 20th February 2012

Welcome to Spirit of Mirko’s first ever weekly review of African football. It’s likely to be skewed somewhat towards the more obscure, it’ll be an interesting experiment nonetheless. I hope you enjoy it. Team of the Week In goal we have Joslain Mayebi who plays for Wrexham of the Conference National (fifth-tier in England). Despite his relatively lowly position in the pyramid he’s hoping for a Cameroon call-up. His side […]