Manchester United fans have enough reasons not to like ex-Arsenal and Manchester City attacker Emmanuel Adebayor, who’s a free agent after leaving Olimpia, a top club in the South American nation of Paraguay. Emmanuel Adebayor had to leave Olimpia in July 2020 after the outbreak of Covid-19 across the world. The Togolese football icon had featured for some matches before leaving the club. Manchester United fans already have some sort of dislike for Emmanuel Adebayor as a former player of city rivals Manchester City. He’s also an ex-player of Arsenal.
Arsenal and Manchester United enjoyed an intense rivalry for many years. Until the current Premier League season, Arsenal had not won at the home of Manchester United since Emmanuel Adebayor scored the winning goal of the game at the start of the 2006/07 Premier League campaign. Emmanuel Adebayor scored the only goal of the match as Arsenal beat the Red Devils 1-0 at the Theatre of Dreams. Arsenal were able to do the double over Manchester United that season after they came from a goal down to beat the Red Devils 2-1 in their home leg. (more…)
Nigerian-born Togolese football legend Emmanuel Adebayor began his football career at the age of 11 at a previously popular football training school known as Sporting Club de Lome or CDS (Centre de Developpement Sportive). His move to European football was facilitated by then Metz coach Francis De Taddeo who spotted Emmanuel Adebayor during a youth tournament in the European country of Sweden in 1991. He thereafter moved from Togo to France to play for Metz. Emmanuel Adebayor was with the Metz youth team before he rose through the ranks to play for the first team.
Emmanuel Adebayor made his debut in French Ligue 1 in the colours of Metz in November 2001. His first game in the French top flight came against Sochaux. During his time at Metz, Emmanuel Adebayor scored 13 goals in 34 matches in the second division also known as Ligue II and was named the best player in the same season (2001/02). His form for Metz prompted French Ligue 1 giants Monaco to sign him in the summer of 2003 but he didn’t enjoy regular playing time like what was obtainable during his time at Metz.
Togolese football icon Emmanuel Adebayor has enjoyed a very good career that took him to clubs from his native Togo to France to England to Turkey and finally Paraguay. Emmanuel Adebayor has played professionally for eleven clubs in his football career till date.
His career started at Togolese first division team OC Agaza but he didn’t turn to a professional footballer until he was poached by French club Metz in 1999. Two years later, he made his professional debut during the league game between Metz and Sochaux in November 2001. He spent two years at Metz before signing for AS Monaco in the summer of 2003.
His move came after Metz had suffered relegation to the second tier of French football in 2002. Emmanuel Adebayor scored 13 goals in 34 outings in the league in the second tier shortly before his transfer to Monaco. Adebayor was part of the AS Monaco that reached the 2004 UEFA Champions League final before they were thrashed 3-0 by Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto. During that Champions League run, the Togolese footballer played nine games for Monaco and was an unused substitute in the final. (more…)
Premier League side Arsenal was quite busy this summer in the transfer market, relatively busier than previous summer markets actually. The Gunners landed Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, and Willian. While the Brazilian joined on a free transfer from Chelsea, Dani Ceballos joined on another loan spell from Real Madrid. Gabriel Magalhaes joined from Lille to boost the defence. Iceland international Runar Alex Runarsson joined the goalkeepers after Emiliano Martinez left. Other small signings joined but the key addition was former Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
Partey joined amid a deadline day drama as Arsenal had paid the release clause directly to the La Liga after failed talks with Atletico. The Ghanaian has featured in the narrow loss to Manchester City, making his debut before partnering with M Elneny and youngster Bukayo Saka against Rapid Wien in the Europa League.
Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor believes Manchester City should win their Champions League round of 16 tie against Real Madrid. The Cityzens won 2-1 during the first leg at the Bernabeu in February and they are now in the driving seat to make the last eight of the competition, considering Los Blancos need at least two goals to stay alive in the contest.
Speaking to AS, Adebayor said that Los Blancos would have been able to turnaround the tie with Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad, but without his presence, they face a stiff challenge of overcoming the deficit at the Etihad Stadium, he told the Spanish publication: “If you had asked me that question two years ago, I would have said yes.
Newcastle United favourite Lee Clarke has said that the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Wilfried Zaha are realistic targets for the Magpies in the next transfer window. The Tyneside outfit are currently on the verge of a takeover from a Saudi-based consortium and that is expected to witness a change in the transfer policy at the club.
The prospective new owners are said to have the plan to take the club right to the top and a number of high-profile players have already been linked with moves to St James’ Park. Among those, Coutinho and Zaha have been regularly mentioned in the media and Clark believes the duo are realistic targets when compared to the Kylian Mbappe.
Tim Sherwood has opened up on his decision to bring back Emmanuel Adebayor to the first-team action after being previously sacked by Andre Villas-Boas’ regime.Adebayor has played for Tottenham from 2012 to 2015. During this three year period, the striker went through a load of ups and downs. Now 36,Adebayor is playing for a Paraguayan clubOlimpia after having joined them in 2020. The striker’s best known for his time with Arsenal, who he represented for three years from 2006 to 2009. During this period, he also had the maximum number of games for any club in his career as he represented the Gunners in 104 games. This was almost twice the tally he managed at Tottenham, as White Hart Lane fans were able to see him for 59 matches.
A significant factor behind the less number of games was the problems between Andre Villas-Boas and Adebayor. The Togo international found himself being relegated from the first-team as a result of his fight with the manager. However, he was brought back to the first-team by Tim Sherwood, who came in as a replacement. Looking back now, Sherwood says that it was important to treat Adebayor in a different way, as it would help him become more expressive in an expansive style of play.
Brighton & Hove Albion legend Kerry Mayo has said that Wilfried Zaha is one of the top 10 players in the country. The Ivory Coast international has played a key role in the Eagles’ stability as a Premier League outfit and Mayo has described the winger as a ‘great player’, who can create something out of nothing.
He told: “There’s so many players potentially close to being that Wilfried Zaha, but not quite there. I don’t think there’s anybody there that you could honestly say could take the game, with a moment of magic, and take it by the scruff of the neck. Wilf Zaha is something else, it pains for me to say it as a Crystal Palace player but he’s a great player. I think he’s a top 10 player in the country and Palace you know, they’ve done a great job keeping him.”
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has said that his season starts now with Crystal Palace. The Ivorian was the subject of transfer interest from both Arsenal and Everton during the summer but he was ultimately left disappointed with the Eagles opting against his sale to the latter. The 26-year-old made an indifferent start to the season as he struggled to score goals but of late, he has found his touch by netting in back-to-back games.
One of those came in the 2-0 triumph over Burnley and speaking after that game, Zaha stated that he is getting back to his best, he told the club’s website: “Let me be honest, the only thing I’ve changed is just let me worry about myself, that’s it. I used to get annoyed about everything: the referee, the other team and my own team-mates at times. My season starts now, from (last) Saturday, I’ll just worry about myself and do what I do.” (more…)
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said that he has the ambition of guiding the Eagles to European football following mid-table finishes in the past few seasons. The south London side have managed to stay clear of the drop zone under the guidance of Hodgson and he is now keen to take the next step and push for European football.
Speaking in a press conference, Hodgson acknowledged that he has the dream of propelling the Eagles to the European places but that remains a challenge at the moment with the team in need of more investment, he told: “I think everyone aspires to it, you start the season always dreaming that this season will be better than the previous one and that you will finish higher up the league.”