Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Africa Spreads its Influence Across Europe's Big Leagues
Reuters, April 30th, 2007 4:01PM

MOST READ


In his roundup of results across Europe, Reuters' Timothy Collings says that this past weekend in particular underscores Africa's spreading influence across the continent's biggest leagues. The biggest goal of them all came from Barcelona's Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o, whose goal against Levante, a team featuring several African players, carried La Liga's laboring champions to a crucial 1-0 victory on a day when title chasers Sevilla and Real Madrid won with ease. Sevilla's Malian striker, Frederic Kanoute, this year's favorite for the Pachichi scoring title, did not play once again due to a groin injury.

In England, Ivorian Soloman Kalou netted both goals for Chelsea, though his contribution wasn't enough to keep the English champion from dropping two points at home to Bolton. Chelsea regularly features several African players, including Kalou, fellow Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba, who finished second in PFA voting for Player of the Year this season, Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel, Lassana Diarra, born in Paris to parents from Mali, Cameroon's Geremi, and the unflappable Michael Essien of Ghana. Elsewhere in England, Arsenal's Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored a late game-winner against relegation-threatened Fulham in a game that eventually ended 3-1. Arsenal also features several African players, including the Ivorians Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure. Meanwhile, Portsmouth's Zimbabwean striker, Benjani Mwaruwari, scored the first goal in Pompey's 2-1 home win against Liverpool.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Guardiola: I Would Leave Bayern if Asked    
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said he would be happy to leave the German giant after ...
Hazard a 'Major Doubt' for UCL Semi    
Chelsea on Friday confirmed that playmaker Eden Hazard is "major doubt" for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League ...
Neymar to Miss at Least Four Weeks     
Barcelona starlet Neymar looks set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an injury ...
Klinsmann on Altidore's Situation    
In the latest edition of Road to the Roster, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann ...
Liverpool Players Lead PFA Awards Lists     
Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard were nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's ...
Cruyff: Barca Needs to Restore Laporta, Guardiola     
Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff thinks the best way to turn the Catalan giant's fortunes around is ...
Ronaldo Could Miss First Game vs. Bayern     
Cristiano Ronaldo watched from the stands as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Copa del ...
Report: Moyes Must Qualify for Europa League    
Manchester United coach David Moyes is understood to be under pressure from the Glazer family, the ...
Bayern Eases into German Cup Final     
Bayern Munich on Wednesday remained on course for a record 17th German Cup by crushing second ...
Pellegrini: 'Mentally Tired' City Not Out of Title Race    
Manuel Pellegrini admitted that Manchester City is mentally tired after his team could only manage a ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives