5 Most Heartbreaking Losses In Nigeria Soccer History

There’s a tendency to focus on the winners in sport. With good reason. Winners bask in the glory and adulation of fans and media. But in sport, there are always two sides. With winners, there are losers. Every team has lost a big game at some point. Sometimes it’s a matter of the opponent being better. But there are some losses that are so painful, they crush the soul of the players, coaches and supporters. This series of articles focuses on the deep pain of sport. Bring tissues if your team is featured.

African football has come a long way. The first time an African team qualified for the World Cup was 1970. In 1978, Tunisia were the first African side to win a match, defeating Mexico 3-1. By the 1990s, African football was on the rise. No country exuded that promise quite like Nigeria. The Super Eagles played with skill, passion and flair that was capturing the globe’s attention. Yet, they have been on the wrong end of some of the most bitter defeats in football history. Here are the 5 most heartbreaking losses in Nigerian soccer history. Continue reading

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Top 10 ESPN 30 For 30 Documentaries

When ESPN announced they were moving into the documentary world to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2009, some were skeptical that it would work. After all, ESPN was dedicated to sports and their specialties were live events, their nightly highlight show SportsCentre, or debate shows such as Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn and First Take.

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5 Most Heartbreaking Losses In German Soccer History

There’s a tendency to focus on the winners in sport. With good reason. Winners bask in the glory and adulation of fans and media. But in sport, there are always two sides. With winners, there are losers. Every team has lost a big game at some point. Sometimes it’s a matter of the opponent being better. But there are some losses that are so painful, they crush the soul of the players, coaches and supporters. This series of articles focuses on the deep pain of sport. Bring tissues if your team is featured.

Germany are one of the most successful countries in international football. Four World Cups and three European championships is an impressive trophy case that makes other countries envious. But there is no shortage of painful, agonizing defeats as well. Here are the top five most heartbreaking losses in German soccer history. Oh, der schmerz! (Note: Some of these fixtures will feature West Germany as the country was divided for 40 years. Just to clarify.) Continue reading

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