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Benitez Has to Stop Going to the Right Places at the Wrong Time.



Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez

Being at the helm of affairs in a big club is every manager’s dream, especially when the club’s history and financial track- record are solid. Sometimes the lure is the cash incentive. Some coaches do it to prove a point. Club management is a herculean task when decisions go wrong, but a paradise when you have a good run.

Rafael Benitez resumed the managerial job of a club at a brink of a Champions League exit in November 2012 amidst tension over the dismissal of his predecessor. Thus far, the Spaniard may be considering a ‘pay back’ kind of treatment at the end of the season.
After Chelsea FC won the Champions League last season, many had touted Roberto Di Matteo- who got on the job in similar circumstances as Rafa- to be the long time manager of a club that had been troubled with many managerial reshuffles over the years. But that was not to be, as the success hungry owner was quick to hand him his sack notice very early in the new football season. Such scenario opened up the door for a ‘right opportunity’ for the Spaniard who had been out of the coaching job for two years.
The tension with which Benitez met his new job must have triggered goose bumps and mixed feelings, but the prospect of savaging five trophies (as at November 2012), was worth the challenge. It took the Spaniard four fixtures to register his first victory at Chelsea- a 6- 1 Champions League drubbing of Nordsjaelland- but the victory wasn’t enough to savage a knock- out stage appearance for the London Club. Less than two weeks from winning his first match, the Blues lost the final game of the Club World Cup to Corinthians in Japan. Benitez went on to end the year on a high, most notably was the 8- 0 thrashing of Aston Villa in the English Premier League on December 23rd. Coming into the new year resumed a different run of poor form as Chelsea FC bowed out of the Capital One Cup, losing to Swansea over two legs in the semifinal.
Finishing the Premier League among the top four will be worth an achievement for the interim manager, but not without a fair challenge from Tottenham Hotspur; probably Arsenal and Everton. A semifinal clash with Swiss side, Basel could help Benitez redeem his managerial experience at Chelsea, but not without making it to the final of the Europa League. With the rumour of Jose Mourinho’s possible return to Stamford Bridge, it’s time we spear Rafa the sentiment and let him enjoy his time while it last; now that he may have been enjoying a better run of form (apart from the FA Cup semifinal loss to Manchester City.)
At Inter Milan and Chelsea, Rafael Benitez had always been criticised for failing to start the season well, this I attributed to the climate he inherited in both clubs. The Spaniard resumed the coaching job of Inter Milan the season after Jose Mourinho had guided them to a champions league trophy and took over at Chelsea at the edge of a Champions League group stage exit (the first time a defending champion will fail to qualify for the knock- out stage). For me, there is nothing compared to taking on the most difficult task but not when your career need a big boost. At times, managing a club such as Southampton may have been the big boost for Rafa’s impressive career, for the fact that you have what it takes to guide them to Europe.
Benitez is one coach with an astounding managerial record. He became the third coach to win UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League in succession after the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool. He is tactically excellent and as committed to the cause as you could be and with a host of experience to draw upon. Among the things he should be looking forward to change is his inability to turn things around very early into a new job. He is very single- minded when he thinks he is right, a weakness that could become his strength if applied properly.


Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack



BREAKING: Football Legend, Diego Maradona Dies At 60 Following Heart Attack

Diego Maradona

Argentina and Napoli legend, Diego Maradona has passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack.

The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.

Recall that some weeks ago, it was reported that the football legend had a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully.

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Two weeks after being discharged from the hospital and recovering at home, he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning.

The Argentine national team’s official Twitter account confirmed the news on Wednesday.



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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria



Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Betting – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!



For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches. offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV) provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on!

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