The Panenka

A blog dedicated to European Football, World Soccer, and the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Month: September 2016

Nigeria’s Future In 5 Promising Premier League Stars

Nigeria failed to qualify for February’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, meaning these promising Premier League stars will remain with their clubs during the international tournament this February.
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Nicklas Bendtner In Quotes And Pictures

Nottingham Forest have signed former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, these are his finest moments in quotes and pictures.

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El Salvador Captain Reveals Match Fixing Approach At Press Conference

The El Salvador Football Association has confirmed the national team’s players were offered financial incentives before Tuesday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Canada.

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The Disgrace of Gijon: German and Austrian Anschluss Annexes Algeria

In order for both teams to progress to the knockout stages, one of the most blatant examples of match fixing went unpunished at the 1982 World Cup when Germany met Austria in their final group game.

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Guatemala’s Ruiz Breaks World Cup Qualifying Scoring Record

Guatemala’s Carlos Ruiz has become the highest scorer in World Cup qualifying history after netting five goals in his final international appearance.
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San Marino Keeper Still Relishing International Role

Aldo Junior Simoncini has spent the majority of his career in the lower reaches of the Italian football system. At international level however the goalkeeper has amassed 52 caps for his country, San Marino where he has come up against some of the biggest names in the world. Continue reading

Ali Daei: The Greatest International Goalscorer Of All Time

The only man to have scored a century of international goals, Ali Daei’s record eclipses even the greatest players to have played the game making him the most prolific goalscorer ever.

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Celtic’s European Success To Boost Scottish Football

Celtic’s progress to the Champions League group stages earned each of their Scottish Premiership rivals a windfall of over £100,000. Furthermore, Scottish football is likely to experience an improvement in competition for places after UEFA announced changes to the qualification process set to take place in 2018.

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Unai Emery Plays Down PSG’s Champions League Objective

The Paris Saint-Germain owners seem so desperate secure the club’s first ever UEFA Champions League they appointed a cup specialist in the summer with the hope that their new boss can deliver what they crave.

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