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African players in Europe

I thought there was a thread about it but apparently there isn't, so here it is:


African players in Europe
by Timothy Collings in London
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21.08.2006


Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu struck twice after coming on as a second-half substitute for his new club Portsmouth as African strikers made a goal-scoring impact in Europe at the weekend.

Kanu, formerly with West Bromwich Albion, Arsenal and Inter Milan, made headlines in England just 24 hours after signing for Portsmouth, who beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 on the opening day of the English Premier League on Saturday.

He was not the only Nigerian or African player in form as Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Didier Drogba proved by scoring for Middlesbrough and Chelsea respectively in England while Ivorian Boubacar Sanogo shone for Hamburg SV in Germany.

Nigerian Yakubu's goal at newly promoted Reading on Saturday put Middlesbrough 2-0 ahead before they lost 3-2 while Ivory Coast captain Drogba scored with a superb diving header to seal the champions' 3-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday.

Sanogo opened the scoring for Hamburg at Energie Cottbus, but after a bright start his team drew 2-2.

It was Kanu's 30-minute cameo at Fratton Park that most caught the eye as he scored with his first touch, a header at the far post and added a second soon afterwards with another rare header.

He then wasted a perfect chance to complete a hat-trick by failing to score from a last-minute penalty.

After being brought down, he took the spot-kick only to have his shot saved by American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who was playing against his former club.

"He had only been here long enough to say hello and he had done no training, just a few runs in the park," said Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp. "But he proved he has still got all of his skill."

South African striker Benni McCarthy, a new arrival in England, made his competitive debut for Blackburn but was unable to make any impact on the Portsmouth defence.

Drogba's goal was the highlight of Chelsea's win, but Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien was also influential as the champions dominated proceedings.

In France, Olympique Marseille beat Auxerre 3-0 after Ivory Coast striker Kanga Akale was dismissed for elbowing Marseille defender Ronald Zubar. That left Auxerre, already two goals down, with no real hope.

Champions Lyon left Mali international midfielder Mahamadou Diarra out of the team for their 2-1 win at Bordeaux after it was announced that he is due to join Real Madrid in a 26 million Euros transfer deal.

In Spain, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o helped Barcelona win the Spanish Super Cup by a 4-0 aggregate against city rivals Espanyol. Barcelona were 1-0 up from the first leg.

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African players in Europe
by Timothy Collings in London
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28.08.2006


Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba came on as a substitute to seal victory for English Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.

Drogba showed his strength and power to notch the second goal in a 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers after a clever pass from Ghana midfielder Michael Essien.

It was a less happy day for Nigerian Obafemi Martins, who made his debut for Newcastle United in their 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

The 21-year-old striker, signed from Italian champions Inter Milan on Thursday in a deal worth 16.5 million euros ($21.14 million), was carried off on a stretcher.

But manager Glenn Roeder said it was only a bad 'dead leg' and that Martins would be back in action in around two weeks.

Senegal's former African Player of the Year El Hadji Diouf missed a penalty as Bolton Wanderers lost 2-0 at Charlton Athletic.

Diouf's compatriot Amady Faye had reason to celebrate as he was on the winning team along with Mali defender Djimi Traore.

Diarra debut

Another Mali international, Mahamadou Diarra, made his league debut for Real Madrid on Sunday following his 26 million euros transfer from Lyon.

Real were held to a 0-0 draw by Villarreal on the opening day of the Spanish season.

In France, Peter Odemwingie scored the third goal as Lille beat Girondins Bordeaux to climb to third in the table, making it four goals in five appearances for the Nigerian forward this season.

Algerian Karim Ziani claimed two goals as Sochaux defeated Paris St Germain 3-2 to maintain their unbeaten start.

Senegal's Badara Sene was also on target for Sochaux.

Algerian Yassine Bezzaz netted for Valenciennes, who defeated Stade Rennes 3-1, while Senegal's Mamadou Niang converted a late penalty in Olympique Marseille's 2-0 win over Le Mans.

Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana hit the winner as Toulouse won 2-1 at Troyes and Sierra Leone forward Mohammed Kallon scored in Monaco's 2-1 victory over Sedan.

In Germany, Moroccan defender Ahmed Reda Madouni scored an own goal as Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 with VfL Wolfsburg.

In Netherlands, Sierra Leone defender Ibrahim Kargbo and his Willem II Tilburg side were crushed 5-0 by Heerenveen.

Mali international Freddie Kanoute scored when Sevilla, the UEFA Cup winners, beat European champions Barcelona 3-0 in the European Super Cup on Friday.

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Perhaps you could add ALL the questions re African players into this thread. THere are always questions about obscure African players, and putting those in a thread would be good.

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Perhaps you could add ALL the questions re African players into this thread. THere are always questions about obscure African players, and putting those in a thread would be good.

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I agree...but that's a job for the moderators of this forum, not me.

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African players in Europe
by Timothy Collings
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11.09.2006



African strikers were back on target in the European leagues when they returned to action after a break for international fixtures.

Ivorian striker Aruna Dindane led the way as he scored twice in Racing Lens 3-0 victory over Valenciennes in France. A goal in the seventh minute was followed up by a second midway through the first half. This victory enabled his team to climb to 11th in the Ligue 1 table.

Compatriots Didier Drogba and Boubacar Sanogo were also on the mark in England and Germany respectively for their clubs Chelsea and Hamburg SV.

Drogba opened the scoring for English champions Chelsea as they beat London rivals Charlton Athletic 2-1. Charlton had given a debut to their new Senegal international signing Souleymane Diawara. He was substituted in the 64th minute.

Sanogo's Hamburg SV team were eliminated from the German Cup by third division side Stuttgart Kickers despite the Ivorian striker beginning the comeback after his side had allowed in two goals. They eventually lost 4-3 in extra time.

Zimbabwe striker Benjani Mwaruwari struck early in the second half to take Portsmouth to second in the Premier League, the south coast side continued their unbeaten start with a 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

On the opening weekend of Serie A, Nigerian Stephen Makinwa scored for Lazio but it was not enough to prevent his side losing at AC Milan 2-1.

In Spain, Mali international striker Frederic Kanoute scored the second goal as Sevilla secured an impressive 3-1 victory at Real Sociedad to go top.

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring in the first minute as Barcelona comfortably beat Osasuna 3-0 to go second. Eto'o scored his second in the 26th minute after cleverly hooking the ball over goalkeeper Ricardo. He then set up team-mate Lionel Messi for the third goal.

In other action in France, Peter Odemwingie opened the scoring for Lille in the 10th minute at Nantes, but they lost ground on Olympique Marseille when Nantes equalised midway through the second half. The Nigerian has now scored five goals in five games this season and heads the scoring charts.

Senegal's Mamadou Niang struck home a seventh-minute penalty on Sunday as Olympique Marseille were impressive 3-1 victors at Paris St Germain. The result takes Marseille to the top of Ligue 1 on goal difference from defending champions Olympique Lyon.

Guinea striker Pascal Feindouno converted a 70th-minute penalty to rescue a point for St Etienne away to Sedan.

In Turkey, Guinea striker Kaba Diawara scored twice but it was not enough to claim all three points as his side Gaziantepspor were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Ankaragucu.

In the Netherlands, Moroccan Ali Boussaboun completed the scoring for Feyenoord as they won easily away to city rivals Sparta Rotterdam. Boussaboun scored with only two minutes remaining in a 4-1 victory.

Sierra Leone's Ibrahim Kargbo received a red card for handling the ball as his team Willem II Tilburg surrendered a one-goal lead at home to PSV Eindhoven and lost 3-1.

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African players in Europe
by Timothy Collings in London
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18.09.2006


African strikers scored the decisive goals in the top three fixtures in the English Premier League at the weekend and played leading roles in big league clashes in France, Spain and Germany.

In England, the most dramatic goal was the 85th minute winner struck by Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor at Old Trafford, where Arsenal beat Manchester United by the only goal on Sunday.

It was the lanky striker's first goal this season, and it confirmed Arsenal's first league win and sentenced United to their first defeat.

But the most spectacular goal was the one scored by Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba for defending champions Chelsea against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, also on Sunday.

Drogba struck with a perfectly-executed left-foot half-volley on the turn three minutes before the interval for his fourth goal of the season and maintain Chelsea's rise to the top.

The team at the top, surprisingly, are Portsmouth, who secured their spot after Congolese forward Lomana Lua-Lua scored after coming on as a substitute to give them a 1-0 at Charlton Athletic.

Lua-Lua came scored 16 minutes from time to give Pompey 13 points from a possible 15 from five games and have yet to concede a goal.

Also in England, Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins scored his first goal for Newcastle United in their 2-0 victory at West Ham United on Sunday. Martins was previously with Internazionale in Italy.

South African Benni McCarthy was also a scorer as Blackburn Rovers defeated Manchester City 4-2 at Ewood Park to record their first win of the season.

KANOUTE DOUBLE

In Spain, two goals from Mali's Frederic Kanoute helped the UEFA Cup holders Sevilla to a memorable 3-2 victory against city rivals Real Betis.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United striker struck in the 26th and 58th minutes to preserve his team's 100 per cent record in La Liga.

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was also on target as he helped Barcelona maintain a similar start to the season with three wins from three games.

He scored in the 18th minute of Barcelona's 3-0 victory at Racing Santander to lift the European champions to joint top, on points, with Sevilla and Valencia. Sevilla lead on goal difference.

The fastest goal scored in Spain on Sunday was by Cameroon's Pierre Webo.

He took less than a minute to break through the Gimnastic Tarragona defence and put Osasuna ahead and on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win.

In Germany, Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan's goal put Werder Bremen 2-0 ahead at home to VfB Stuttgart, but Zidan's team then unexpectedly collapsed and lost 3-2.

Similarly, Moroccan defender Ahmed Reda Madouni gave Bayern Leverkusen a 52nd minute lead, when he swept home from close range following a corner, at Eintracht Frankfurt.

But his goal was also not enough to claim a victory and the home team fought back to win 3-1.

OPENING GOAL

In France, Sierra Leone striker Mohammed Kallon scored the opening goal for Monaco against Paris St Germain with a close-range finish after 34 minutes. But it was not enough to halt his team's poor recent run and the visitors hit back to win 2-1 and claim their first victory in the principality for 22 years.

At Sochaux, Ivorian Aruna Dindane and Mali's Seydou Keita scored one apiece as Racing Lens ran out 3-0 winners while Kanga Akale equalised for Auxerre against St Etienne.

Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh converted from the penalty spot for Bordeaux at Olympique Marseille, but it was mere consolation as the home team won 2-1 to move into second place. Nigerian Taye Taiwo struck the second for the home side.

Achille Emana of Cameroon scored Toulouse's second as they earned a 3-1 victory at Lille.

Algerian Nadir Belhadj's 79th minute goal for Sedan was not enough to overturn a 2-0 deficit at home to Le Mans for whom Guinea international Ismael Bangoura opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

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by Timothy Collings in London
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02.10.2006


Tottenham Hotspur's Ivorian midfielder Didier Zokora was accused of cheating by Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp after earning a controversial penalty on Sunday.

African players played prominent roles again for their clubs in Europe's soccer leagues but none more than Zokora, whose dive won Tottenham a penalty kick against Portsmouth in the 2-1 home win.

Striker Jermaine Defoe struck the 35th minute spot-kick to put Tottenham into a two-goal lead but video replays show that Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes had made no contact with Zokora when he went in for the challenge.

Nigerian striker Nwankwo Kanu struck for Portsmouth, but he was unable to save a point as they slipped down the table.

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba scored his eighth goal of the season for champions Chelsea but it was not enough to secure victory against Aston Villa.

As his strike partner Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko continued to struggle following his transfer from AC Milan, Drogba struck after three minutes but the visitors hit back with a goal from Gabriel Agbonlahor to secure a 1-1 draw.

The dropped points meant Chelsea, who also fielded Soloman Kalou of the Ivory Coast, Geremi of Cameroon and Michael Essien of Ghana, were replaced at the top of the English league by Manchester United after Alex Ferguson's side defeated Newcastle 2-0 on Sunday.

Arsenal maintained their improved form with a third win in succession thanks to solid defensive work of two more Ivory Coast internationals Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure as they beat Charlton Athletic 2-1.

That win lifted Arsenal up to eighth and helped to prove that African defenders are as valuable to the leading clubs as African strikers.

This was endorsed by the efforts of two more Africans, Senegalese defender Abdoulaye Faye and Abdoulaye Meite of the Ivory Coast, who played major roles for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-0 win against Liverpool.

Another African on the scoresheet was South African striker Benni McCarthy who hit an 81st minute winner as Blackburn Rovers beat local rivals Wigan Athletic 2-1. The Blackburn team also included his compatriot Aaron Makoena.

In Spain, Mali international Mahamadou Diarra, who scored his first goal for his new club Real Madrid the previous weekend, endured a frustrating evening as they were held 1-1 by city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona demonstrated that they will not miss long-term injury victim and frequent match-winning striker Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon by winning 3-1 at Bilbao.

Barcelona lost Eto'o, their top scorer, last Wednesday during a drawn UEFA Champions League group game at Werder Bremen. He is expected to be out for five months with a knee injury.

Barcelona are top of the Primera Liga with 13 points, level with Valencia. Sevilla, who beat Getafe 1-0, are third, a point behind the top two.

Sevilla's victorious team included Mali striker Frederic Kanoute, who played despite carrying an injury.

Elsewhere in Spain, Espanyol's Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni shut out Osasuna in a 0-0 draw.

In Germany, Nuremberg had their Tunisian defender Jawher Mnari sent off in the first half during a 1-1 draw with Mainz. Nuremberg lie second in the Bundesliga, one of five teams on 10 points.

ZUMA RETURNS

South Africa international Sibusiso Zuma returned after five months out with injury to score for Arminia Bielefeld against Energie Cottbus in a 3-1 win while Ivory Coast striker Boubacar Sanogo hit Hamburg's equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. Hamburg are still without a win.

In France, Olympique Marseille beat Toulouse 3-0 to stay in second place in Ligue 1, three points behind leader Olympique Lyon.

Their first goal was scored by Nigerian defender Taye Taiwo. Mamadou Niang and Habib Beye, both of Senegal, and Cameroon midfielder Modeste M'Bami, also played for Marseille.

Senegalese defender Pape Malikou Diakhate played in Nancy's 2-1 win over Racing Lens. This win moved the side into third.

In Italy, Livorno's Ivory Coast player Ibrahima Bakayoko was in the team that won only their second game of the season after a 1-0 success over Messina.

Bakayoko put in a low cross on 76 minutes that was scored by Tomas Danilevicius.

Lazio midfielder Christian Manfredini, of the Ivory Coast, played in his side's 4-0 win at Torino.

Lazio stay near the foot of the Serie A table, on minus two points, following their eight-point penalty for match-fixing.

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16.10.2006


Former African Player of the Year El Hadji Diouf of Senegal scored two goals in two minutes as African players made a striking impact in European club action at the weekend.

ENGLAND

Diouf struck twice in the second half for Bolton Wanderers who came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Newcastle on Sunday and climb to third in the English Premier League.

Several other African strikers were among the goals - and also among the red cards.

Nwankwo Kanu struck his sixth goal of the season in England as Portsmouth beat struggling West Ham 2-0, the Nigerian striker deftly heading in the opening goal after 24 minutes. Kanu is now the league's joint leading goal-scorer.

There were two controversial red cards for African players in an explosive match at Reading where champions Chelsea won 1-0, but had both of their top goalkeepers carried off with head injuries.

On his league debut for Chelsea, Nigerian teenager Jon Obi Mikel was sent off in the 62nd minute for two cautionable offences. He was followed down the tunnel in the 83rd minute by Cameroon defender Andre Bikey of Reading.

Arsenal enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Watford in which Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor produced a man-of-the-match performance and scored the third goal.

South African Benni McCarthy scored his fourth goal of the season for Blackburn Rovers as they drew 1-1 at Liverpool while Nigerian Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored and missed a penalty for Middlesborough as they beat Everton 2-1.

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SPAIN

Former West Ham and Tottenham striker Frederic Kanoute of Mali scored with a clinical first-half header for Sevilla at Barcelona, but ended up on the losing side as the European champions romped to a 3-1 victory.

The win lifted Barcelona, without injured Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto'o, three points clear of their rivals.

Congo's Ariza Makukula scored for strugglers Gimnastic Tarragona but it was not enough to prevent his side from losing 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao.

- - -

FRANCE

Senegalese striker Mamadou Niang gave Olympique Marseille the lead at Racing Lens with a 63rd minute penalty, but Ivorian Aruna Dindane converted a penalty with only 10 minutes remaining to earn Lens a draw.

Marseille lost ground behind leaders Olympique Lyon who beat local rivals St Étienne 2-1.

Another Ivorian to rescue a draw for his team away from home in France was Abdul Kader Keita whose second-half goal earned Lille with a well-earned draw at Troyes.

Guinea's Fode Mansare scored the second goal for Toulouse in a 3-0 home win over Valenciennes as they rose to fourth while Nigerian Rabiu Afolabi opened the scoring for Sochaux as they beat bottom of the table Nantes 2-0.

Ivorian Bakary Kone completed the scoring as Nice earned only their second win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Lorient.

Stade Rennes were another side to record only their second win of the season thanks to two goals from Nigerian John Utaka in a 3-1 home win over Auxerre.

Algerian Mansour Boutabout scored a late consolation goal for CS Sedan Ardennes as they lost 4-2 at Paris St Germain.

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23.10.2006


Frédéric Kanouté of Mali led the way as African players scored some spectacular and match-winning goals in a busy weekend of action in the European club soccer leagues.

SPAIN
In Spain, international striker Kanouté continued his impressive run of goals with two more in Sevilla's 2-1 home win over Gimnastic in the Spanish Primera Liga.

His first came in the 22nd minute. It was a spectacular volley from a Jesus Navas cross and the same player set up Kanouté for his second just five minutes later.

The result left Gimnastic just one place off the bottom of the table and Sevilla third.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United striker Kanouté now has seven goals this season.

Also in Spain, Mali international midfielder Mahamadou Diarra played in his side Real Madrid's win over bitter rivals Barcelona.

Madrid's win lifted them to fourth in the Primera Liga, two points behind Barcelona, who are top with 16 points.

ENGLAND
Egyptian forward Mido scored a stunning goal to continue the revival at one of Kanouté's former clubs Tottenham who condemmed another of his former clubs West Ham United to a seventh successive defeat in all competitions.

Mido struck in injury time at the end of the first half to give Spurs a 1-0 win over their London rivals.

Collecting a pass from former Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids, Mido flicked the ball into the air, then turned and volleyed a low shot powerfully in off the far post from an acute angle.

He was then shown a yellow card for taking off his shirt during his goal celebration.

Nigerian international Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored with a late header to give Middlesbrough a 1-0 win in their derby match with Newcastle United.

The game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw, but with five minutes remaining Yakubu converted a cross from England international Stewart Downing.

It could have been a different result had Newcastle's own Nigerian international striker Obafemi Martins fired against the bar with a shot when the scores were level.

In other games in England, a 69th minute goal from Zimbabwean Benjamin Mwaruwari proved to be only a consolation as his side Portsmouth lost at the home of premier league champions and leaders Chelsea.

Senegalese forward Henri Camara scored Wigan Athletic's third goal as they beat Manchester City 4-0 on Saturday but South African Benni McCarthy was one of two Blackburn Rovers players to miss penalties as his team lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers.

FRANCE
Nigerian international defender Taye Taiwo was sent off on a bad day for his side Olympique Marseille who lost 4-1 at home to rivals Olympique Lyon.

The result lifted in-form Lyon eight points clear of Marseille at the top of the Ligue One table.

Cameroon forward Achille Emana scored Toulouse's third goal in injury time in their away victory at Monaco.

The 3-1 victory lifted Toulouse up to fourth and left Monaco in the relegation zone just one place off the bottom.

Ivorian Aruna Dindane opened the scoring for Racing Lens in their match at CS Sedan Ardennes. Mali international midfielder Seydou Keita then made it 2-0 before half-time.

But CS Sedan fought back to earn a 2-2 draw to leave Lens seventh in the table.

GERMANY
In Germany, Cameroon international Pierre Womé scored the second goal for Werder Bremen in an impressive 3-1 win over defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Womé struck with a 34th minute free-kick to make it 2-0 and it was his cross that deflected wickedly off luckless Brazilian defender Lúcio which completed the scoring and kept Bremen at the top of the table on goal difference.

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by Timothy Collings in London
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30.10.2006


It was another impressive goal-scoring weekend for African players who featured heavily in the action in Europe's soccer leagues.

ENGLAND

Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu continued his impressive scoring exploits for his side Portsmouth, netting the second goal in their 3-1 victory over Reading.

The former Arsenal, Inter Milan and Ajax forward scored with a neat header from a Sol Campbell cross seven minutes into the second half. It was his seventh goal of the season and took Portsmouth up to fourth.

Senegalese forward Henri Camara scored the winning goal seven minutes from the end as Wigan Athletic beat Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage. It was Camara's third goal of the season.

Camara thought he had given his side the lead earlier in the game with a 50th minute header which was parried by Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi with Wigan players claiming the ball had crossed the line.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was grateful to team mate Hilário for saving a first-half penalty after the Ivory Coast captain had conceded the spot-kick at Sheffield United by fouling Claude Davis. Chelsea won 2-0 but worryingly for the in-form Drogba, he failed to emerge for the second half due to a foot injury.

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FRANCE

Olympique Marseille slipped further behind leaders Olympique Lyon after a 2-1 defeat by Nice, the winner coming after Senegalese Habib Beye fouled Ivorian Bakary Kone in the penalty area with the game in stoppage time.

Brazilian Ederson scored the resulting spot-kick to give Nice the win and inflict defeat on Albert Emon's side.

Algerian Rafih Saifi struck the winning goal as FC Lorient overcame Valenciennes 1-0 while fellow countryman Gharib Amzine scored the second goal as Troyes beat St Etienne. The 3-1 win moved Troyes up to 16th in the standings.

Another Algerian, Nadir Belhadj, opened the scoring for his side CS Sedan Ardennes against Girondins Bordeaux. Belhadj scored in the 17th minute but his side lost 3-1.

Lille are in fourth after a 1-1 draw with Le Mans, Ivorian Abdul Kader Keita netting an early goal for the northern side.

Also in France, Paris St Germain beat Stade Rennes 1-0 with Ivory Coast forward Amara Diane scoring the only goal of the game two minutes before halftime.

- - -

NETHERLANDS

Moroccan Adil Ramzi opened the scoring for Roda JC Kerkrade at home to Feyenoord. They could not hold their lead and lost 2-1 to the Rotterdam side.

- - -

ITALY

Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari was sent off as Udinese slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to AS Roma for whom Matteo Ferrari scored the winner.

Udinese dropped to fifth in the Serie A standings.

- - -

GERMANY

Nigerian Solomon Okoronkwo was sent off for his side Hertha Berlin as they were defeated 2-0 at Energie Cottbus.

Tunisian midfielder Jawher Mnari converted a 59th minute penalty that looked to have earned Nuremberg their first victory since August.

An equaliser from Borussia Dortmund forward Tinga with just three minutes remaining meant they had to settle for their seventh consecutive draw.

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Cameroonian Stephane M'Bia's goal gave Stade Rennes a shock 1-0 win over league leaders Olympique Lyon in France as African players played central roles in European leagues over the weekend.

Rennes ended Lyon's 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions, although the Ligue 1 champions, who had Brazilian playmaker Juninho sent off, remained top with 31 points in 12 games. Rennes moved up to 13th.

AS Nancy went second in the standings with a 2-1 win over Girondins Bordeaux, thanks to a penalty from Moroccan midfielder Monsef Zerka.

Two goals from Daniel Cousin, of the Gabon, helped Racing Lens come from behind for a 3-1 victory at Paris St Germain.

Olivier Thomert added the third goal for Racing Lens, who moved up to fourth in the standings with their fifth consecutive win.

Guinea forward Ismael Bangoura scored a hat-trick to give Le Mans a 3-2 victory over Auxerre.

Le Mans were 2-1 down with only nine minutes remaining when Bangoura converted a penalty. He struck his third goal in injury time to send Le Mans up to 10th.

Ivory Coast forward Kanga Akale had earlier scored Auxerre's first goal.

A goal from Senegal midfielder Guirane N'Daw gave Sochaux victory over Troyes and lifted the side to fifth.

In Spain, Mali international Frederic Kanouté scored his eighth goal of the season with a second-half penalty to help Sevilla to a 2-0 win over Osasuna.

Former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur forward Kanouté also set up Brazilian midfielder Adriano for the second goal.

The result took UEFA Cup holders Sevilla to the top of the Primera Liga, a point ahead of Barcelona who drew 1-1 with Deportivo La Coruńa.

In the English premier league, African players had a quiet weekend.

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba could not add to his impressive tally as champions Chelsea lost 2-1 at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Drogba, who signed a new four-year deal last Friday, had a goal disallowed in the second half. Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien also played for Chelsea.

Chelsea are second in the table, three points behind Manchester United.

In Italy, Ivory Coast forward Ibrahima Bakayoko scored the only goal as his side Livorno beat Udinese.

The result moved Livorno up to sixth in the Serie A standings.

In the German Bundesliga, leaders Werder Bremen drew 1-1 at home to Energie Cottbus after falling behind to a long-range shot from Cameroon striker Francis Kioyo.

A goal from Ivan Klasnic on 76 minutes rescued a point for the leaders.

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Drogba hits hat-trick for Chelsea as Africans shine

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13.11.2006
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Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba's stunning hat-trick for English champions Chelsea put him top of the Premier League goalscoring list with eight this season.

There were also goals for Arsenal defender Kolo Touré and his younger brother Yaya, who plays for Monaco, on a weekend when African players shone in Europe.

Striker Drogba's all-round performance prompted manager José Mourinho to say he was unstoppable, as Chelsea thrashed strugglers Watford 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Drogba has scored 14 goals in all competitions.

His first came after 27 minutes, following a cross by Cameroonian Geremi.

Drogba struck again after 36 minutes and then set-up strike-partner Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko for Chelsea's third before completing his hat-trick following another pass by Geremi.

Ghanaian Michael Essien also played impressively in midfield for Chelsea.

Ivorian Kolo Touré scored a rare goal as Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The victory lifted Arsenal to third in the Premier League, 10 points behind leaders Manchester United and seven adrift of champions Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand.

Emanuel Eboué, of the Ivory Coast, and Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor were part of Arsenal's winning team.

Wigan Athletic's Henri Camara scored his team's second goal in a 3-2 victory over struggling Charlton Athletic to put them eighth in the table.

In France, striker Yaya Toure scored Monaco's third goal to help the team climb off the bottom of the Ligue 1 table with a 4-0 win at Troyes.

Lille beat Marseille 1-0 thanks to Mathieu Bodmer's goal, which was set up by Ivorian, Kader Keita.

Cameroonian Achille Emana played in Toulouse's 3-1 win at home to struggling Sedan and Guinean Pascal Feindouno scored the first for Saint Etienne in their 2-2 draw at Nantes. Herita Ilunga, of the Congo, also played for Saint Etienne, who are sixth in the league.

Malian striker Frederic Kanoute failed to find the net as Sevilla dropped to second in the Primera Liga behind Barcelona with a 0-0 draw at Racing Santander.

His compatriot, midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, played well in Real Madrid's impressive 4-1 win at Osasuna where Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy scored all Real's goals.

Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche scored for Recreativo Huelva as they won 2-1 at Celta Vigo.

Arthur Boka, of the Ivory Coast, was part of the VfB Stuttgart side that went to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time in more than two years after they came from behind to beat Hanover 96 2-1.

In Italy, Nigerian Ayodele Makinwa played in Lazio's 5-0 win over Udinese.

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Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu joined Ivorian Didier Drogba as top scorers in England as African players shone in the European soccer leagues at the weekend.

Kanu scored his eighth goal of the season from close range as his side Portsmouth came from behind to beat Watford 2-1.

Portsmouth are third in the premier league after Democratic Republic of Congo captain Lomana LuaLua scored the winner from a late penalty.

Drogba, who scored three goals the previous weekend, was part of the Chelsea team that beat London rivals West Ham United 1-0.

Cameroonian right back Geremi scored a 25-yard free-kick for his first goal in 13 months as Chelsea kept the pressure on leaders Manchester United.

Chelsea, with Ghanaian Michael Essien and Nigerian John Obi Mikel also playing, stayed second after their 51st game at home without defeat.

Ivory Coast's Emanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure and Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor all played for Arsenal in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are fourth.

Newcastle's line-up included Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins, who set up English midfielder Kieron Dyer for Newcastle's goal.

Blackburn Rovers drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in an ill-tempered game at Ewood Park. Tottenham's Hossam Ghaly, of Egypt, was sent-off for elbowing an opponent late on.

In France, Racing Lens moved up to third place after a 2-0 win at home to Nantes. Adama Coulibaly and Seydou Keita, both of Mali, scored the goals.

Olympique Marseille ended a four-game losing streak by beating Valenciennes 1-0. Cameroonians Salomon Olembe and Modeste M'Bami, Nigerians Wilson Oruma and Taye Taiwo and Senegal's Habib Beye played for Marseille.

In Spain, Barcelona stayed top of the Primera Liga with a 4-1 win at Real Mallorca. The Catalans are still without injured Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o.

Sevilla stayed second with a 3-0 win over Valencia, with Mali striker Frederic Kanoute scoring one of the goals.

Real Madrid beat Racing Santander 3-1 at the Bernabeu Stadium. Mahamadou Diarra, of Mali, scored the second for Madrid.

Also in Spain, Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche scored the second for Recreativo Huelva as they beat Osasuna 2-0 at home. He had been on the pitch for only 10 minutes.

Cameroon's Carlos Kameni was in goal for Espanyol in their 3-2 win over Athletic Bilbao. That win ended a run of six successive draws, moving Espanyol to 13th in the table.

In Germany, VfB Stuttgart lost 2-1 at Bayern Munich and dropped to third in the Bundesliga. Ivory Coast's Arthur Boka played for Stuttgart, who had been leading the standings.

Werder Bremen, with Cameroonian Pierre Wome, are second after a 2-2 draw at Alemannia Aachen.

Moroccan Ahmed Madouni scored both goals for Bayer Leverkusen but they still lost 3-2 at Nuremberg.

In Italy, Nigerian Stephen Makinwa scored in Lazio's 4-1 win at Messina that moved them up to 10th in Serie A.

Ghanaian Sulley Muntari played for Udinese, who beat Siena 3-0 at home.

Ghanaian defender Samuel Kuffour and Ivory Coast striker Ibrahima Bakayoko played for fourth placed Livorno as they beat Parma.

In the Netherlands, PSV Eindhoven stayed top and three points clear of Ajax Amsterdam after winning 4-0 at home to Excelsior. Arouna Kone, of the Ivory Coast, scored the opener.

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Moroccan Ahmed Madouni scored both goals for Bayer Leverkusen but they still lost 3-2 at Nuremberg.
You would think that a news agency would actually look through its own archives once in a while ... he's Algerian and not Moroccan and these same newspapers reported when Madouni decided he was going to play for Algeria (instead of wait for France). :frustrat:
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04.12.2006


Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor led the way as African players struck important goals across Europe at the weekend.

ENGLAND

Adebayor, playing for Arsenal in their north-London derby clash with Tottenham Hotspur, scored the opening goal in the first half of Saturday's 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

The 22-year-old centre-forward latched on to a lofted forward pass from fellow-African Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure and planted a low right-foot shot beyond England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

It was his fourth goal of the season. Two controversial penalties converted by Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva completed the scoring.

The fixture saw several top African players in action including Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue for Arsenal and compatriot Didier Zokora and Cameroonian defender Benoit Assou-Ekoto for Spurs.

Elsewhere, Blackburn Rovers' all-African strike force of South African Benni McCarthy and DR Congo's Shabandi Nonda scored in their 2-0 victory over Fulham.

Nonda struck after six minutes to put Blackburn in command and McCarthy scored with a deflected shot for his fifth goal of the season.

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ITALY

Nigerian teenager Victor Obinna once again delivered an eye-catching performance as he scored twice for the second successive weekend as Chievo beat Livorno 2-0.

The 19-year-old striker scored his first when a burst of pace carried him clear to strike with an angled drive. His second followed a defensive mix-up only six minutes later to end Livorno's unbeaten home record.

Livorno's defence included the vastly-experienced Ghanaian international stopper Samuel Kuffour while Ivory Coast's Ibrahima Bakayoko played in their attack.

The result lifted previously struggling Chievo to 16th in Serie A.

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SPAIN

Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham striker Frederic Kanoute continued his prolific goal-scoring streak for Sevilla as they went down 2-1 at Espanyol in Barcelona.

The Mali international forward scored with a penalty, struck past Espanyol's Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, but the UEFA Cup holders missed a chance to go joint top of La Liga.

It was his 10th goal of the season and made him joint top scorer in Spain with Ronaldinho and Diego Milito.

Leaders Barcelona drew at Levante and Real Madrid beat Bilbao 2-1 in a clash that saw the hosts' robust Mali international midfielder Mahamadou Diarra cautioned.

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FRANCE

Racing Lens' all-African strike-force of Tunisia's Issam Jomaa and Daniel Cousin of Gabon were both on target in their 3-0 triumph over Girondins Bordeaux. This kept them in second place behind Olympique Lyon in Ligue 1.

Nigerian defender Rabiu Afolabi scored a late winner to secure FC Sochaux's 1-0 victory over Olympique Marseille which lifted them level on 29 points with Lens.

Lille, also on 29 points, are third after beating Nancy 3-1.

Guinea striker Souleymane Youla scored Nancy's third, but Senegal goalkeeper Tony Sylva fractured a finger after 74 minutes and will miss Wednesday's Champions League clash with AC Milan.

Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure scored with a thunderous 20-metre shot as Monaco beat Valenciennes 3-0, a win that lifted Monaco up to 16th.

In the relegation zone, Ivory Coast midfielder Georges Ba scored for Troyes in a 2-1 win at Sedan.

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NETHERLANDS

Nigerian Pius Ikedia scored for RKC Waalwijk in their 2-1 victory over Sparta Rotterdam. It was the 26-year-old forward's second goal of the season and lifted his team off the bottom.

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Dec 11, 2006



Ghanaian Michael Essien scored a spectacular swerving 30-metre goal for Chelsea on Sunday as African players hit the headlines in Europe's leading leagues.

ENGLAND

Midfielder Michael Essien was in outstanding form as champions Chelsea fought back to draw 1-1 with London rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

He scored in the closing minutes when he ran on to a pass from England midfielder Frank Lampard and struck a powerful shot with the outside of his right foot that appeared to be going wide until it arced inside a post.

Essien had earlier had a shot cleared off the line and then hit the bar in the closing seconds during a frantic finale.

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba was cautioned in the match following an altercation with Arsenal's German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.

Elsewhere, Nigeria's Obafemi Martins scored two superb goals for Newcastle United in their 3-1 victory at Blackburn Rovers.

His first was shot powerfully into the top corner from the edge of the area. For the second, the 22-year-old former Inter Milan striker beat two defenders before shooting into an unguarded net, Blackburn's American goalkeeper Brad Friedel having ventured into the Newcastle penalty area for a corner.

Senegal's El-Hadji Diouf scored a delightful solo effort for Bolton Wanderers in their 4-0 victory over West Ham United. The 25-year-old collected the ball on the left wing and ran through the West Ham defence before shooting past goalkeeper Robert Green. It was his fifth goal of the season.

Tunisian Hatem Trabelsi scored his first ever goal for Manchester City as they lost 3-1 at Manchester United. The ex-Ajax player scored with a majestic left-foot curling shot from the edge of the area.

Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic was decided by the sides' respective African strikers. Nigeria's Ayegbeni Yakubu scored for Middlesbrough after Senegal's Henri Camara had put Wigan ahead with a penalty.

Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu was at the centre of Portsmouth's 2-0 win over Everton, scoring an exquisite left foot volley after assisting for team-mate Matthew Taylor's spectacular 40-metres volleyed goal. Kanu is top scorer in the Premier League with nine goals.


SPAIN

Mali's Frederic Kanoute scored his 11th goal of the season as Sevilla beat Real Madrid 2-1 in a hard fought top-of-the-table match.

Former England captain David Beckham put Real ahead with a trademark free kick, but Kanoute equalised and Ernesto Chevanton secured the win.

Nigeria's Ikechukwu Uche came on as a substitute to score his fourth of the season for Recreativo Huelva as they lost 4-2 away to Athletic Bilbao.


FRANCE

Tunisia's Issam Jomaa scored in the final minute to secure Racing Lens a 1-0 victory away to Toulouse. The result keeps Lens second, but moves them two points clear of Lille.

Ivory Coast forward Abdul Kader Keita scored as Lille drew 2-2 with St Etienne.

Ivory Coast's Kanga Akale scored to earn a draw for Auxerre in their 3-3 encounter with Troyes while Senegal's Mamadou Niang netted his fifth of the season in Olympique Marseille's 2-1 victory over AS Monaco.

Bottom club Sedan Ardennes slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Lorient with Algeria's Rafik Saifi scoring for Lorient.


NETHERLANDS

Ivory Coast's Aruna Kone and Moroccan midfielder Ibrahim Affelay hit the goals for leaders PSV Eindhoven in their 2-0 win away to FC Groningen. The win was their tenth consecutive league victory and leaves them seven points clear.

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Although of Moroccan origin Ibrahim Affelay has repeatedly turned down his country and has always represented Holland.
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He hasn't made his final decision yet if I am not mistaken. Although a pearl for Moroccan football, it'd be also good step to integration of minorities in Holland.

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Dec 18 2006


Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba led the way as African footballers continued to display rich form with match-winning goals and excellent displays for their clubs in the European soccer leagues at the weekend.

ENGLAND

Didier Drogba was in superb form for champions Chelsea in their 3-2 away win at Everton.

He not only scored a spectacular winning goal with three minutes reaming, but he also hit a post with another fine effort and gave the Everton defence a torrid time.

In a spectacular all-action contest, Mikel Arteta opened the scoring for Everton and then Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo headed their second to put them 2-1 up, but it was not enough to subdue a determined Chelsea.

They fought back to level each time Everton scored with long-range strikes from Germany's Michael Ballack, from a swerving free-kick, and fellow-midfielder Frank Lampard before Drogba struck.

Collecting a headed pass from Andriy Shevchenko, Drogba swivelled and drove a dipping volley over goalkeeper Tim Howard.

The Ivorian's goal lifted him back on top of the goal-scoring standings with 10 goals ahead of Portsmouth's Nigerian striker Kanu on nine.

Everton gave 18-year-old Nigerian Victor Anichebe his Premier League debut in the match.

Chelsea are now only two points behind Manchester United, the leaders having lost 1-0 at West Ham in their first game under new manager Alan Curbishley.

Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor came on as a substitute to rescue a draw for Arsenal at home to Portsmouth.

Arsenal were trailing 2-0 when Adebayor was introduced and he scored within three minutes when he converted a cross from Theo Walcott.

The Togo international striker then set up Brazilian midfielder Gilberto Silva for the equaliser two minutes later to complete the Arsenal comeback.

Nigerian Obafemi Martins scored twice, for the second Saturday in succession, to give Newcastle United a 2-1 victory over struggling Watford.

His first goal was a neat header four minutes into the second half and his second, the winner, came five minutes from the end when he converted a cross from Irish international winger Damien Duff.

South Africa's Benni McCarthy opened the scoring with a diving header in Blackburn Rovers' 2-1 victory away to Reading.

The former Porto and Celta Vigo striker inspired a second-half revival after Reading had taken the lead.

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ITALY

Nigerian midfielder Christian Obodo scored again in Udinese's 3-1 victory over Cagliari. However, his team mate, Ghanaian winger Sulley Muntari was sent off for the third time this season.

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SPAIN

Mali international striker Frederic Kanoute scored his 12th goal of the season to put Sevilla top of the Primera Liga.

He scored the second in a 3-1 victory over Recreativo Huelva. With Barcelona taking part in the Club World Cup in Japan, where they lost 1-0 in the final to Brazil's Internacional, Sevilla took full advantage.

Real Madrid stayed third with a 1-0 win at Espanyol. Mali's midfielder Mahamadou Diarra featured as a second-half substitute for Real.

Cameroon striker Pierre Webo scored to help Osasuna defeat Villarreal 4-1. It was their sixth consecutive league win.

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NETHERLANDS

Sierra Leone's Ibrahim Kragbo scored for Willem II but his side lost 2-1 to Ado Den Haag while Ivory Coast's Sekou Cisse was on target for Roda JC in their loss 4-2 at home to Vitesse Arnhem.

PSV Eindhoven remained top of the division with a 3-1 win over Heracles.

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FRANCE

Ivory Coast's Kanga Akale scored for Auxerre in a 2-1 victory over Lorient. Olympique Lyon stretched their lead at the top of the division with a 4-0 demolition of second placed Racing Lens.

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Three Africans have been selected in the L'Equipe 'Ligue 1 Team' for the first half of the season, which selects the top player in every position in the French top division. The three players are Lille's Ivorian forward Abdelkader Keita, Bordeaux's Tunisian defender David Jemmali and Sedan's Algerian defender Nadir Belhadj.

The 25-year old Keita has scored 4 goals and 3 assists in 18 appearances for Lille. He's helped lead his club to 5th place in the French leaugue and also second place in their European Champions League group behind AC Milan.

The 32-year old Jemmali has started 16 of 17 games for Bordeaux in the French league as well as 5 games in the European Champions League. Bordeaux are 8th in the French league tables.

The 24-year old Belhadj has scored 2 goals and has 2 assists in 19 appearances for bottom place Sedan. He's been the only satisfaction for the club in the first half of the season and will probably leave the club in the winter break with PSV, Lille, St Etienne and Sochaux all looking to sign him.
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