The 10 greatest African football players in history (Part 2)

8. Riyad Mahrez -Algeria

Coming from a poor family from Algeria who immigrated to France, Mahrez came to football in a very low-pitched manner, until it lit up with Leicester City last season.

17 goals and 11 assists of the 26-year-old midfielder is the main inspiration to help “Fox” go to the Premier League championship, even though the odds are only 5000/1 before the starting line.

7. Yaya Toure – Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure is one of the best central midfielders of African football. He has helped his club, Manchester City, win two Premier League titles in the last three years.

Yaya Toure is one of the best central midfielders of African football

Previously, in the Barcelona shirt, Toure also played extremely well, and together with the Catalan giants won La Liga, the King’s Cup, the Champions League, and the World Cup clubs.

In early 2015, Toure helped Ivory Coast win the Cup of African Nations after beating Nigeria in the Final. In terms of individual titles, Toure won the title “Best African Player” for 4 consecutive years from 2011 to 2014.

6. Jay-Jay Okocha – Nigeria

Jay-Jay Okocha is one of Africa’s most technically skilled players with extreme dexterity and speed. During his career, Okocha did not play for many major European clubs except Paris Saint-Germain, but he was still known and loved by many fans.

The 1973 midfielder stormed the Premier League in the Bolton Wanderers shirt between 2002-2006. Okocha helped Nigeria win the Cup of African Nations in 1994 and every 7 years was voted Nigeria’s best player.

5. Roger Milla – Cameroon

It would be a big mistake without Roger Milla on this list. He is simply a legend of African football. The striker has great merit in helping the continent to make strides on the world football map. At the 1990 World Cup, even at the age of 38, Milla excelled at making Cameroon the first African team to participate in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Four years later, he went on to set another record. Roger Milla became the oldest player to play at the World Cup at the age of 42. In the year 2007, Milla was voted Africa’s Best Footballer for 50 years.

Top the best football coaches from Africa (Part 2)

In this article, we continue to share top the best football coaches from Africa for your reference.

As far as you know, Africa has special style in footbal performance which brings more interest for football. So, the African head coaches also make some impressive in football history.

3, Lucio Antunes

In the continental competitions, Lucio Antunes has ever reached many successes althouth his titles are not clear for the Champions. He still is admired and respected from the Afcon when he creates the finest fairy for the Afcon about winning dreams.

In the Africa cup, the Afcon under management of Verde became stronger and perfect than ever before. They were excellent to overcome the qualifiers to have an official ticket in the premier competition of continent.

Someone surprised when the Afcon could do the miracle when they could overcome Cameroon and make a tie with South Africa who was the host team as well the most potential team for the Championship.

He is nicknamed as “The African Mourinho” when he contributed to build up the young team of the Afcon to become one of top the best team. He has also several achievements during his career at the Africa continent.

4, Clive Barker

Although career of Clive had some changes but fan of Africa football should remember about his golden days at Bafana in 1990s.

In the Cup of nations in 1996, this was the first time to Bafana to pick up victory happily. His nickname was “the dog” as a strong man to manage and lead his student to thrive pressure of one weak team to reach good achievements which had never happened in history of Bafana.

Then he helped the South Aficans to go the first World Cup in 1998. This event was historic event for Africa football in general.

Learn about the history of the African Cup of Nations (Part 1)

CAN’s birth situation dates back to June 1956 when the formation of the African Football Confederation (CAF) was proposed during the 3rd FIFA meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

By early February 1957, CAF was officially born and the first tournament took place in Khartoum, Sudan with the participation of founding members Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, and South Africa. However, South Africa withdrew due to calling a white player during the apartheid regime.

CAN 1957 only had 2 matches, Egypt was the champion after beating host Sudan in the semi-finals and Ethiopia in the final. In the third CAN tournament in 1962, the tournament was held for the first time.

The legend of Abedi Pele

From the 1963 tournament, Ghana started its dominance cycle with 4 consecutive CAN finals from 1963 to 1970. During this period they won 2 CAN championships in 1963 and 1965. CAN 1970 in Sudan was the league. The first match was broadcast on television.

During the 1970s, CAN saw six different champions Sudan, Congo, Zaire, Morocco, Ghana, and Nigeria. Zaire won the championship in 1974 when he defeated Zambia in the final. This is also the only CAN period where a champion is determined by a replay. Ghana was the first team to win 3 CAN championships when taking the throne in the 1978 tournament.

Cameroon dominated and the return of South Africa (1980-2000)

In the 1980s and 1990s, Cameroon entered the CAN final three times in a row and won two in 1984 and 1988. championships Before Cameroon’s domination period, Ghana was crowned champion for the fourth time. In 1982, this was also the latest CAN championship title of “Black Stars”.

South Africa champions of CAN 1994

South Africa champions of CAN 1994

In CAN 1994, Zambia made a surprise when reaching the final with a patchwork squad after 18 members of the country died in a plane crash in 1993. In the CAN 1994 final, Zambia failed 1-2 against Nigeria despite being the team that scored first. Two years later, CAN expand the total number of teams to 16. However, the then-defending champion Nigeria withdrew due to political reasons and that tournament only had 15 teams participating.

The 10 greatest African football players in history (Part 1)

Africa is known as one of the continents that produce many good players in the history of world football. Due to many different external factors, the football background of the Black Continent has been affected a lot in the development process compared to other continents.

However, over the past few decades, African football has made remarkable strides. Also, they provide the world’s top leagues with quality players, not inferior to the talent from South America or Europe. Below, we take a look at the 10 best faces in the history of Black Continent football.

10. Nwankwo Kanu – Nigeria

Nwankwo Kanu is one of the players to win the most trophies in African football history with the Dutch Championship, Champions League, European Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, Water Super Cup UK, and Olympic Gold Medal. In individual achievements, he also won the title of “Best Footballer in Africa” ​​twice in 1996 and 1999.

Nwankwo Kanu is one of the players to win the most trophies in African football history

Kanu began to emerge from the time he wore Ajax with a technical style and excellent scoring ability. Kanu has 87 caps for Nigeria but could not help the country’s national team win the championship cup of Africa.

9. Michael Essien – Ghana

Essien was once known as one of the best African football players. The striker spent his best years playing for Chelsea. Chelsea bought the 33-year-old midfielder in 2005 for £ 24.4 million. After eight seasons on the payroll of Chelsea, Essien moved to AC Milan in 2013 and is now on the other side of the slope of his career.

Essien was once known as one of the top central midfielders in the world

During his playing career, Essien has won many titles such as 2 League 1, 2 Premier League, 4 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 Champions League. Besides, he was also voted by BBC as “Best Player of Africa” ​​in 2006, “Best Player of Ghana” in 2008, “Best Player of Chelsea” in 2007.

CAF officially postpone the African Football Championship (CAN) to 2022

The African Football Federation (CAF) announced that it would move CAN 2021 in Cameroon to 2022.

Algeria has to wait another year to defend the championship CAN title

The health crisis caused by Covid-19 has suspended football activities across most of Africa since March and there is little time left to complete the qualifying match. CAN is scheduled to be held from January 9 to February 6, 2021. However, it is rescheduled for January 2022.

Before CAN 2021, many major tournaments like Euro 2020, Copa America 2020, and Olympic 2020… all had to go back a year due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

On this occasion, the CAF Executive Committee decided Cameroon would be the host of the CAF Champions League 2020 semi-finals and final, and the matches would take place in a single venue in Douala.

The African Cup (CAN) is also considered a football tournament at the continental level. It is of great interest to football fans in the black continent. Blogsoccer.net will help you learn about the tournament through this article.

What is the African Football Championship (CAN)?

The African Football Cup (CAN) or AFCON is the largest soccer tournament available to the African men’s soccer teams. The tournament is run by the African Football Federation (CAF). It was first held in 1957 and took place on a two-year cycle.

The first CAN football tournament took place in 1957 with the participation of 3 teams including Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia. South Africa was also included but was disqualified due to apartheid. The development of the tournament helps the tournament to regularly organize the qualifiers.

By 1998, the number of teams participating in the CAN finals was 16 teams and the format existed until 2017. Since the 2019 tournament, the number of teams has been increased to 24 teams. Besides, the time spent in the tournament is shifting from winter to season summer.

Egypt is the most successful football team with 7 championships. Since the 2013 tournament, CAN has been held on odd years to avoid conflicts with the year of the World Cup.

Top the best football coaches from Africa (Part 1)

Africa is not really outstanding for football, however their performance styles always are impressive and unique. They have several stars at footballers and head coaches who are successful at the international tournaments.

In this article, we will refer to top the best head coaches in football from this continent.

1, Hassan Shehata

Hassan Shehata is from Egypt who is one of few the best coaches at this nation. He contributed to remark important events for football of Egypt to new era.

During his career, he got three big victories for the winning Cup of Nations in 3 seasons: 2006, 2008 and 2010. Although someone said that he was a little lucky when owning talented players like Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ghaly or Mohamed Zidan, actually he had enough skills and knowledge to train them to become a strong team.

The fact, Shehata only had success at the continent area. He couldn’t lead his student to the bigger football events like World Cup. But the hat trick for triumphs were memorable.

2, Gordon Igesund

Gordon Igesund was an old player in Austria. Then he came back his homeland- South Africa to manage the national team. Before Gordon led this team, they didn’t have high ranking at any football event in the continent.

Since he joined this team, something new and successful has come to them. He had more than 15 years to manage and be close with the South Africa. Many times he won the continental leagues.

He was highly appreciated by his knowledge and skills like an expertist.

Not only stopping success at the continental area, he also led the national South African team to go the playoff of World Cup. This was amazing achievements for any national football team, especially one team has developing economy like the South Africa.

The most famous African football teams in football history

African football ranks middle in world football. And the teams from this continent have always been bright candidates for professional football leagues. In which, the following African football teams are the most famous in history.

Ivory Coast

As of 2005, their biggest achievement was 1992. Africa Cup championship. Then in 2015, they once again beat Ghana on penalties.

Ivory Coast has many brightest football stars playing in Europe such as Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Wilfried Zaha, Salomon Kalou, and Kolo Touré.

The team that won the famous African football tournament in 2015. And the holder of the highest-scoring record for this team is Didier Drogba with a total of 65 goals.

Ghana

Ghana is one of the football teams in Africa with the oldest and most famous history of this continent. Ghana’s national football team represents Ghana’s international soccer association since the 1950s. This team won the United Nations Africa Cup four times, that was in the years 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010, and 2015.

Ghana is an African team with a long history

After an unbeaten streak in 2005, this team went on to win FIFA’s Best African Team of the Year award and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In South Africa, Ghana is the third black continent team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. 2014 is the third consecutive year this team has participated in the World Cup.

Ghana impressed with its top 4 achievements in the 2010 World Cup and four Can championships.

Senegal

Senegal is an African team in a very developed stage. This team was founded in the early 1960s, used to be a regular competitor at the United Nations Africa Cup as Runners-up in 2002. That same year the team attended the FIFA World Cup for the first time and reached into the quarterfinals.

Senegal is one of the African football teams playing in three World Cups

After 16 years, this team had a memorable tournament with Nigeria, becoming the third African team in the history of African teams to play in three consecutive World Cups.

The best lineup of African football that is not inferior to Europe’s

African football has risen strongly in recent years with the appearance of many world-class stars such as Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, or Kalidou Koulibaly.

Andre Onana

Andre Onana is one of the few African-born goalkeepers to play professionally and successfully in Europe. The Cameroonian star is fortunate to be well trained and is the mainstay to help Ajax win many titles. Meanwhile, Jan Oblak with stable performance over many seasons is considered by experts as the world’s top goalkeeper today.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold is currently the best right-back in the world today with an impressive display in the Liverpool shirt. Serge Aurier has not yet reached the level of his British colleague but is also a name trusted by coach Jose Mourinho at the Tottenham club.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk is the best midfielder in the Premier League, Kalidou Koulibaly is not inferior to the title of a best defensive player in Serie A season 2018/19. These two stars all have strengths in their ability to dispute and direct defense.

Joel Matip

Joel Matip emerged as one of the top defenders under the direction of coach Juergen Klopp. Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos has long been the name that makes many good strikers silent every time they confront.

Achraf Hakimi and Andrew Robertson

Achraf Hakimi and Andrew Robertson are two of the most-watched full-backs today with a comprehensive defensive and attacking ability. This season, Hakimi has 7 goals, 10 assists, while Robertson has 2 goals, 7 assists.

Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey is an indispensable position in Atletico Madrid’s famous counter-attacking style under coach Diego Simeone. While Milinkovic-Savic is playing one of the best seasons of his career and with Lazio fair competition for the championship with Juventus.

Wilfred Ndidi and Kevin de Bruyne

Wilfred Ndidi and Kevin de Bruyne are the two top Premier League midfielders today with a classy performance in Leicester and Man City.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez’s level has been confirmed through years of playing in the Premier League. Bruno Fernandes is showing a very good integration in England and is expected to help MU return to the position of one of the top clubs in the country soon.

Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe

Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe are the top “table hunting machines” today. Salah has 20 goals, 8 assists this season. Mbappe was even more impressive when he scored 30 goals and created 9 times in all competitions for PSG.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the best strikers in the Premier League with 17 goals. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski has no rival in the race to win the Bundesliga top scorer title with 25 goals in just 23 appearances.

Above is the best lineup of African football that is not inferior to Europe’s.

Africa’s most expensive football star scored a hat-trick

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen got off to an impressive start at Napoli. He added his shoe prints to four goals for the team being coached by former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso. Ket through a soccer match in a friendly match with the fourth-ranked opponent – L’Aquila, Napoli played jubilantly and destroyed the Serie D team with 11 goals without equalizer.

Africa’s most expensive striker (so far) is expected to play the No. 9 role for Napoli next season. Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso admitted he was very pleased with Osimhen’s performance. The coach believes that the 22-year-old striker can make a big contribution to the Serie A team on his journey to realize his dream of winning the Scudetto title next season.

Koeman decided to keep 3 important pillars

A turbulent summer is happening for Barcelona as the Spanish football results have just ended. After a humiliating 2-8 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, the Nou Camp team fell into a bad situation when superstar Lionel Messi expressed his wish to leave.

According to Metro, president Josep Bartomeu has planned to sell 7 other players. This is in addition to Suarez, in the summer of 2020. Also according to Metro, coach Koeman will retain 3 backbones for the former La Liga king. This includes Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets.

Midfielder Pique received a lot of criticism after Barcelona’s humiliating defeat to the Gray Lobster. Previously, the Spaniard announced he was ready to leave this summer.

Harry Maguire appealed to a suspended prison sentence

The court in Syros Island, Greece, sentenced Harry Maguire on October 21. However, he was given a suspended sentence for 3 years. Captain MU was convicted of assault, swearing in public, and trying to bribe a police officer. Two accomplices with the most expensive defender in the world, brother Joe and friend Christopher Sharman, also had a suspended sentence.

Maguire had scuffled with the police, cursed, and then softened her voice when “introduced” to the police that I was the captain of Manchester United with lots of money, I gave the money and released me.

What are the best African football players of all time? (Part 2)

3. Michael Essien

In 2005, Essien signed for Chelsea in the Premier League for a fee of £ 24.4 million and at the time of signing he was the most expensive African football player in history. He won the UEFA Champions League in 2012, and was also runner-up in the 2008 UEFA Champions League. He won the Chelsea Goal of the Season twice in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons.

Essien is an international Ghanaian. At a young level, he represented his country at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Football Championship and the 2001 World Youth Championship, with the second team finishing in second place. Essien also represented Ghana at the 2006 and 2014 World Cups.

4. Asamoah Gfyan

Gyan began his career in 2003 with Liberty Premier Club scoring ten goals in sixteen matches then spending three seasons with Udinese Serie A club on two loan spells at Modena with 15 times. in 53 matches and Udinese in 39 matches.

In 2008, Gyan joined the Rennes 1 Rennes, having made 14 appearances in forty-eight matches in two seasons. In 2010, Gyan joined Sunderland Premier League club, breaking the club’s transfer record and net ten times in thirty-four Premier League matches in two seasons.

In 2011, Gyan joined Al Ain of the UAE Pro-League and became the top scorer of the tournament, scoring 24 goals in 27 matches. In the 2013–14 season, Gyan scored 44 times in 40 matches against Al Ain.

Gyan is Ghana’s top scorer, with 51 goals. He represented Ghana at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups. With 6 goals, he is Africa’s top scorer in World Cup history.

5. Samuel Eto

Based on the awards ever achieved in a career. There are very few people in the world who can touch on the success Eto’o has been. He has won the Africa Player of the Year award four times, on par with Yaya Toure. While Drogba and Diouf have only won this award twice.

During the main battle years, the Black Panther has won a series of noble titles. Includes 4 Champions League, 3 La Liga, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Serie A, 1 Coppa Italia and FIFA Club World Cup. At the team level, he played in 118 matches and scored 56 goals. He recorded his name in four World Cups, winning the 2000 Olympic gold medal and two African Cup trophies.