AFRICAN NATIONS CUP 2008

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Still the most batshit of the major international tournaments. Four weeks of television pundits trying not to be condescending to everyone except the Ivory Coast, who will be tipped as winners throughout and inevitably not win.

So anyway, if its anything like last time, which nation will neglect to tell a key player that a family member has died until they get knocked out of the tournament? Which star striker will get into a physical fight with his own manager on the eve of the final? What new fannydangle have Cameroon's kit designers been working on?

Talk amongst yourselves.

Matt DC, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:31 (thirteen years ago) link

'MON THE NAMIBIA

Dom Passantino, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Lololol Berti Vogts is coaching Nigeria!

Matt DC, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:36 (thirteen years ago) link

SALIFOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

That mong guy that's shit, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:36 (thirteen years ago) link

is not playing in this tournament because Togo did not qualify

That mong guy that's shit, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I suppose I'm supposed to cheer Nigeria but I gotta go with plucky Benin here.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:38 (thirteen years ago) link

I intended to breathe every time the commentators say "naive"

Dom Passantino, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:38 (thirteen years ago) link

You gotta love a team nicknamed "The Squirrels".

Noodle Vague, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Assuming that's real and not Wiki vandalism.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh I feel a plan coming on.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:41 (thirteen years ago) link

"Mali, known to their fans as the 'Poppage Squad'"

Dom Passantino, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Our college is permanently banned from editing articles :(

Noodle Vague, Friday, 18 January 2008 14:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I intended to breathe every time the commentators say "naive"

In for "naive", out for "athletic"

onimo, Friday, 18 January 2008 15:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I got Mali in the office sweep. All their players are called Traore.

Pete W, Friday, 18 January 2008 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

will eurosport be showing this?

Michael B, Friday, 18 January 2008 15:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Eurosport and BBC Interactive.

http://www.livesportontv.com/sportindex.php?id=1

onimo, Friday, 18 January 2008 15:28 (thirteen years ago) link

nigeria vs Ivory coast in the 1st round? it's going to be disappointingly average when it should be amazing isn't it.

Porkpie, Friday, 18 January 2008 22:32 (thirteen years ago) link

or it'll be 3-3 awes and then they'll meet again the final for drawn out shootout

blueski, Friday, 18 January 2008 22:34 (thirteen years ago) link

The grass is very long. It clashes with Ski Sunday.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 20 January 2008 18:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Muntari's goal was a thing of wonder.

Matt DC, Sunday, 20 January 2008 19:42 (thirteen years ago) link

African Nations > MLS?

Mr. Goodman, Sunday, 20 January 2008 19:44 (thirteen years ago) link

wtf, why am I at work and not watching this game?

aldo, Monday, 21 January 2008 15:44 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah 4-1 at half time, sounds like fun. may have to endure BBC Three for the highlights later.

blueski, Monday, 21 January 2008 16:03 (thirteen years ago) link

It was 2-0 after 5 minutes.

aldo, Monday, 21 January 2008 16:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Add "natural rhythm" to "naive" and "athletic".

Ronan, Monday, 21 January 2008 18:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Oops! Power failure at stadium when Eagles vs Squirrels was supposed to have started.

anatol_merklich, Monday, 21 January 2008 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.clarkstanton.com/images/goldeneaglewebpost.jpg

Matt DC, Monday, 21 January 2008 20:43 (thirteen years ago) link

nightmare start for Cameroon

blueski, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 17:23 (thirteen years ago) link

African Nations > MLS?

lol srsly?!?

It's not being televised in the US, not even on FSC or GolTV. This really pisses me off, since they continue to show shitty shitty MISL.

dan m, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 17:25 (thirteen years ago) link

There are at least four of the best players in the world playing in the African Nations Cup, there are none in MSL. Player for player the African Nations would wipe the floor with MSL as well.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 17:35 (thirteen years ago) link

(Okay that was maybe overrating John Obi Mikel ever so slightly)

Matt DC, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

i'll be interested to see the various African Nations XIs at the end of the tournament. so many strikers getting the most attention that Essien aside it might be tough for anyone playing further back to get more praise.

haven't seen a second of match footage so far bah

blueski, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 18:01 (thirteen years ago) link

(I didn't think it was even a question that the ANC would trump MLS)

dan m, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 18:16 (thirteen years ago) link

4-2 Egypt in the end. really want to see some highlights.

blueski, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 19:07 (thirteen years ago) link

Is it on BBC iPlayer thing? (That is me trying to be helpful, not asking for my own benefit.)

So far I have found it to be pleasingly exotic and glamorous in a Jeux Sans Frontieres kind of way.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 20:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Hahaha

Leroy Rosenior has just said "Jimmy Chimbanda. They all have funny names. It makes me laugh."

That's whole bags of wtf, right there.

aldo, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 20:25 (thirteen years ago) link

(I have watched most matches so far via the red button btw and found them all to be entertaining. In the 'for every 30 seconds of genius football there is 20 minutes of studs up arsehole challenges and centre halves slicing into their own box' way.)

aldo, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 20:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Sudan are like the Liverpool of the Cup here, having lots of the ball while creating nothing and 2-0 down to Reading, while standing round blaming each other saying "We get paid more than them, this isn't fair."

aldo, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 20:40 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, Sudan are totally Liverpool:

Play in red
Attacking midfielder goes down in the box in a starfish shape under no contact and whole team stops because it must be a penalty
Out of position defender hits speculative balls from 30 yds, most of which cross the goal-line by 30 yds
Keeper beyond suspect

aldo, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 20:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I am the only one watching this tournament, aren't I.

aldo, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:30 (thirteen years ago) link

no, i have been watching, a bit.

ailsa, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:31 (thirteen years ago) link

No! :D xpost

www.myp2p.eu and dodgy Chinese webtv software here.

Quite a few early goals in this thing, isn't there?

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:32 (thirteen years ago) link

there is a "real" (i.e. involving English teams) game on Sky just now though, which may be cornering the market in yr usual football-watching ILE crowd.

(lol @ Arsenal, obv)

ailsa, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:34 (thirteen years ago) link

One thing I've noticed, it's often quite...muscular, isn't it? Not much of your falling down, rolling over and complaining to the ref from simple shoulder-to-shoulder fites etc.

anatol_merklich, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, I have noticed that early goals are quite often they key (as Spurs seem to have tonight).

I think of all the penalties giuven thus far, as many have been for handball as tackles. Averaging 5 bookings a game too.

aldo, Tuesday, 22 January 2008 21:37 (thirteen years ago) link

stunning goal by kalou against nigeria. ref in the tunisia v senegal game booked 2 tunisian strikers for diving in the box, fair dues to him.

Michael B, Thursday, 24 January 2008 00:53 (thirteen years ago) link

The poll on F0x F00tbal F0ne-in last night was "should (the dates of) the African Cup be moved?" since so many big-money EPL and other Euro teams are missing players because of it. The results were about even, tilted slightly to the "no" category. A lot of expat Africans living in the US called in, and it was refreshing to hear them call out the various clubs, leagues, and fans for pissing and moaning about losing players for so long and not planning adequately for the tournament.

Unfortunately, no one complained that FSC wasn't showing any games.

dan m, Thursday, 24 January 2008 01:48 (thirteen years ago) link

i wish there would be a late night highlights show on BBC2 like there was four years ago.

blueski, Thursday, 24 January 2008 17:56 (thirteen years ago) link

haha bye bye berti

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 February 2008 18:56 (thirteen years ago) link

tremendous game on right now.

Porkpie, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I thought Eto'o was off there, looked like a headbutt

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Euro 2008 is going to be nowhere near as fun as this I guess

blueski, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:51 (thirteen years ago) link

No England or Scotland to ruin it for everyone at least I suppose

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:53 (thirteen years ago) link

All the QFs have been great games.

Cameroon/Ghana could be a violence lolfest, Eto'o got away with a headbutt tonight, last night one of the Ghana players had a go at Jon Obi Mikel who then chased him 10 yards to hack him down. The Ghanaian got up from the challenge, poked him in the eye, then theatrically dived looking for a free kick.

aldo, Monday, 4 February 2008 22:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Who else is there? Egypt vs Ivory Coast, right?

Michael White, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's the other semi. Both on Thursday.

Ivory Coast were immense last night, but they were playing probably the weakest side in the QFs. Egypt looked well in control against Angola, but didn't really have the mentality to kill the game off. I reckon IC will win by two goals, maybe 3-1. I suspect Ghana will roll over Cameroon, dominating the game but only winning by the odd goal.

aldo, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Egypt won this last time, right? On penalties as I recall.

Michael White, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I couldn't believe he got away with poking him in the eye.

Herman G. Neuname, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:21 (thirteen years ago) link

you forgot 'cheating bastard' :)

onimo, Monday, 4 February 2008 23:44 (thirteen years ago) link

In for "naive", out for "athletic"

-- onimo, Friday, 18 January 2008 15:07 (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Link

Jose's got us covered!

"I think the Africans are wild talents, the sort of talent you have to work with and keep under control. You have the diamond in your hands; but you need to keep working it."

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 12:54 (thirteen years ago) link

not many clean sheets in this tournament - but only Jose and Alan Hansen think this is a bad thing.

blueski, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 13:26 (thirteen years ago) link

An 82-year-old Ghanaian fan pitched up at the team hotel and promised his "very beautiful granddaughter" to the player by way of thanks for his goals.

Agogo, 28, netted the winner in 10-men Ghana's 2-1 win over Nigeria to send them into the last four of the tournament.

Next day, the old man, who gave his name only as Nana, told the startled striker: "I came here last night with my very beautiful granddaughter to introduce her to you.

"She is not here with me now because she wanted to pick something up from town. Son, when she comes, she is all yours."

Agogo, who also scored the only goal when Ghana beat Namibia in the group stages, laughed out loud at the offer in amazement.

He told the grandfather: "Thank you. I am waiting to see her."

Agogo, who left Ghana at 15 to move to London and only began playing for the country when at Bristol Rovers a few years ago, will be in the Ghana team which faces Cameroon tonight for a place in Sunday's final.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 7 February 2008 10:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Drogba just got elbowed in the face and the ref was stood next to it and didn't even show a card.

Herman G. Neuname, Thursday, 7 February 2008 20:38 (thirteen years ago) link

And the guy who elbowed Drogba just scored!

Herman G. Neuname, Thursday, 7 February 2008 20:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Cameroon defender Andre Bikey was sent off in the 90th minute for pushing a medical official to the ground.
!!!!

mizzell, Thursday, 7 February 2008 20:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw that. It was very weird. The numerous replays offered no explanation for why he did it, except as a really original timewasting device or something?

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 7 February 2008 21:58 (thirteen years ago) link

3-1 to Eygypt now

Herman G. Neuname, Thursday, 7 February 2008 22:09 (thirteen years ago) link

hot damn

blueski, Thursday, 7 February 2008 22:10 (thirteen years ago) link

4-1

Herman G. Neuname, Thursday, 7 February 2008 22:21 (thirteen years ago) link

were there IC dressing room bust-ups before the game?

blueski, Thursday, 7 February 2008 22:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Well plaaaayed. The Ivorians' single goal was quite the SHOT though!

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 7 February 2008 22:23 (thirteen years ago) link

fuck, i was excited to watch a ivory-ghana final

mizzell, Thursday, 7 February 2008 22:44 (thirteen years ago) link

fair play to egypt, i mean there isnt any top flight european players on that team.

Michael B, Thursday, 7 February 2008 22:50 (thirteen years ago) link


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