The attack-minded defender also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with leading the Super Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013. He played a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at senior level. A thoroughbred and dedicated professional, who played his club football in five countries, including sterling appearances for Olympique Marseille in the French top flight, Fenerbahce in Turkey and Everton FC in the English Premiership, Joseph Yobo scored several crucial goals for the Super Eagles in important qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. He was also among the scorers when the Eagles thrashed South Africa’s Bafana Bafana 4-0 in a group phase match in Tunisia 16 years ago. Read Also:Ahmed Musa 10 caps away from equaling Yobo, Enyeama’s records Born Joseph Michael Yobo on September 6, 1980, the flamboyant stopper also played club football in Belgium with Standard Liege, Tenerife in Spain and Norwich City in England, having started out with Michellin-Harcourt in Rivers State in 1996. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three –time African champions’ technical crew. Yobo, who played for the Nigeria U20 boys – Flying Eagles – during the FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in 1999, won his first cap for the senior team in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001, and played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.Advertisement Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team. Promoted ContentThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”We’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHere Are The Secret Origins Of Famous Foods
Brentford 0 Tranmere 2Having made such an encouraging start to the season, Brentford were brought down to earth by a surprise home defeat.Uwe Rosler’s side had much of the possession, but Tranmere took their chances and condemned the German to his first loss at Griffin Park, with goals from Robbie Weir and Andy Robinson.AdChoices广告Weir struck first, heading home the impressive Robinson’s 29th-minute cross.Rovers’ lead was preserved when goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams denied Clayton Donaldson after a mistake by defender Mark McChrystal had left the Bees striker through on goal.Gary Alexander came desperately close to equalising with a volley that struck the bar, and had that gone in Brentford may well have gone on to win the game.But they were unable to find that all-important goal and were hit with a sucker punch when Robinson’s superb 25-yarder flew past keeper Richard Lee.It was a killer blow for Brentford, who were thwarted again by a late double-save from Fon Williams, who did brilliantly to stop Donaldson’s shot and then kept out Alexander’s follow-up.
Before we get into the real business of the column today, I figured I would make a few comments on the Super Bowl. I was working and had no real burning desire to watch the game. But since it was on in the office, I monitored it somewhat.First, I watched just about every commercial during the third quarter because some chump was supposedly going to propose to his wife during one of them. Never happened. Even more disappointing were the commercials themselves. From all accounts, they stunk this year. Companies ran spots that had been out for a couple months, and there were not any real innovative ones that really stood out.Second, Rex Grossman sucks. I tried to think of a gentler way to put it, but there really is none. Personally, I would have voted “Sexy Rexy” Super Bowl MVP for what he did to help the Colts win. But that is neither here nor there. On a scale of one to 10, how much do Bears fans wish they had a more accomplished quarterback like, say, Brett Favre starting for them? Probably about 3,837 or more, but while we’re here…There are three different types of good news. There is the type that elicits a smile when you hear it, like “Congratulations, you got an A on the paper.” Then there is the good news that deserves a high five with a friend: “We just won the basketball ticket lottery.” The third variety of good news prompts Tiger Woods-esque fist-pumping response, seemingly forgetting you are in public as you nearly skip all the way down Charter Street.Not surprisingly, this sort of good news is always unexpected and doesn’t come around too often.Last Friday, like many of you, I received some certifiable Stage-Three good news.Answering the phone having just left class, I heard my roommate John, “Coming back for his 17th season, Brett Favre.”There may very well never have been eight words that I have been happier to hear.Brett coming back instantly improved the Packers’ chances of being a playoff contending team next season, given they have any sort of productive offseason. General manager Ted Thompson has more salary cap space than most teams in the league and also the 16th overall pick in the draft. Rumors circulating that Randy Moss may be on the move to Green Bay — as good or bad as you believe such a move to be — are a sign this will not be a quiet offseason in Titletown.Aside from offseason acquisitions, the Packers are without a doubt a better team with him under center than if Aaron Rodgers was. The offensive line improved as last season went on, as did the defense.Undoubtedly there are some — my colleague Mr. McGrath, Bears and Vikings fans, and people who enjoy kicking kittens, to name a few — for whom the announcement was not welcome. Those types of people are cynical of his return, saying Brett’s just doing it for fame or fortune.While he will make a boatload of money (an estimated $11 million) and set many records (keep in mind not all of which will be positive, as Favre is only four interceptions away from setting that all-time mark), I firmly believe neither of those reasons are what convinced him to come back. Call me naive (as many people probably will), but I really believe all Brett cares about is going out there, playing football and having fun. Watch him play 230-some odd times and tell me otherwise.Which brings us to the consecutive games streak. For those sports fans who live under a rock, Brett has started 238 consecutive games dating back to 1992. That streak is at the core of the bond fans feel toward Favre. The bond that outside observers find difficult to understand. How fans’ feelings toward him ebb and flow with every throw, yet still always feel so attached to a football player who — at this point in his career — is not as good as he once was. After all, he is just a football player, right?Not as far as I am concerned.Maybe my cousin — who by her own admission follows football about as closely as I follow opera — explained it best.”It’s almost like he’s a part of the family,” she said. “He was that one family member who was never able to make it to the family functions, but he was always a part of them because everyone still talked about him.”As lame and ridiculous as that sounds, it is true. And I don’t think my family and I are the only ones with that sort of experience.Chew on this: Brett has started every game for the Packers since I was five. Out of all those games (237 in the regular season) I may have missed a handful or so. Packer fans of my age and I grew up with Brett as he grew off the field from a crazy young kid to a graying father. He still tends to play like a big kid, which is part of what endears him to fans. I have seen Brett play more often than I have my own brother, as sad as that may sound. In that sense he has been something of a long-lost relative.But it is not the streak alone that endears Brett to Packer fans. Moreover it is the fact that he is a real, genuine person. In an era of sports where athletes try to hide as much of their private lives as possible from the public, Brett’s has, for the most part, unfolded before the state of Wisconsin.Some critics bring up Favre’s previous addiction to painkillers as some sort of slam against him, as proof he is not a good person. In reality, almost everyone knows someone who has battled an addiction of some sort. But Brett stood up and admitted his fault like a man, admitted he had a problem before an entire state. He cleaned up his life for the betterment of his own family and his career.Then, in 2003, Brett played his signature game, the game by which I will forever remember him. Playing the day after his father died, Brett played a magical game, throwing for 300 yards and completing every pass he threw in the first half on Monday Night Football against Oakland. The nation saw a vulnerable iron man. And what I will always remember most about that game is that I watched it with my own dad.Over the next few years, Brett has suffered through a myriad of other personal hardships. His wife, Deanna, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. His brother-in-law was killed in an ATV accident that same year. His Mississippi home was damaged during Hurricane Katrina.All those events with which people can identify, all those events make him human in ways most athletes aren’t. Over the years, Packers’ fans have seen enough of those moments to make Brett seem like part of the family.That’s why there will always be a seat for him at my family’s big kid table.Ben is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Journalism. Share your thoughts about Brett with him at email@example.com
Drake Game Notes Live Stats The Drake University men’s basketball team begins Missouri Valley Conference competition on Thursday, Dec. 29, when it hosts Loyola in the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the contest broadcast on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3.Thursday evening’s game will also be ‘Dollar Day’ in the Knapp Center with $1 general admission tickets available through Dec. 28 at DrakeTix.com as well as $1 specials on concessions at the Knapp Center.The Bulldogs open MVC action following a brief holiday break after the team’s impressive 101-69 win over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 22. That win saw the Bulldogs match a school record with 17 three-pointers as sophomore Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) scored a career-high 27 points on eight three-pointers.Wampler has scored 20 or more points in three of his last four games and is shooting 19-of-34 from the three-point arc during that span.Loyola travels to Des Moines with a 10-3 record on the year and was ranked 18th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.Newcomer Aundre Jackson leads the Ramblers with a team-high 16.8 points per game along with 4.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Loyola is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 51.5 percent.Following Thursday’s MVC opener, the Bulldogs take to the road for the first time in more than a month with a Jan. 1 game at SIU.Print Friendly Version Story Links Live Video Live Audio Loyola Game Notes Buy Tickets $1
Relais & Châteaux is inviting VIP clients to a dining event, which will feature two of its Australian properties. On 23 November 2017, Spicers Peak Lodge will team up with Hentley Farm Restaurant to deliver a culinary experience with overnight accommodation. Guests will enjoy:Light lunch on arrivalAfternoon meet and greet with Keith Hentschke, Founder of Hentley FarmFive-Course Degustation Dinner – created by Spicers Peak Lodge Head Chef, Minh Le and Hentley Farm Head Chef, Lachlan Colwill.Dinner will be hosted by Keith Hentschke, who will take guests through a masterclass of Hentley Farm Winery and the paired wines.Packaged from $1199 for two people in a Loft Suite, price includes overnight all-inclusive accommodation at Spicers Peak Lodge.Can’t make the dinner?Guests also have the opportunity to join Relais & Châteaux at Hentley Farm for the Spicers Peak Lodge Long Table Lunch on 24 November 2017. Experience destination dining in the remote high country with a fireside three-course lunch hosted by Keith Hentschke and paired with Hentley Farm wines. The menu is a collaboration between Hentley Farm ‘Chef Lachlan’ and Spicers Peak Lodge ‘Chef Minh’.Time: 12:00pm.Cost: $125 per person, including matching wine.About Hentley FarmThe stables at Hentley Farm, originally built in the 1880s, have been restored and converted into a contemporary dining room, with a more recent extension offering vineyard views. Head chef Lachlan Colwill has created two set tasting menu offerings, with a strong focus on utilising produce from the micro-climate on the banks of Greenock Creek. About Spicers Peak LodgeSituated on a mountaintop in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, Spicers Peak Lodge showcases “the best of Australia on a plate and in a glass”. Bordering onto and within the World Heritage Listed Main Range National Park, Spicers Peak Lodge also provides habitats to many rare and threatened Australian species.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter