When Peter Ndlovu and Bruce Grobbelaar made Zimbabwe dare to dream

The following is an extract from Ian Hawkey’s article from Issue Nine of the Blizzard, published in June 2013. The Blizzard is a quarterly football journal available from www.theblizzard.co.uk on a pay-what-you-like basis in print and digital formats.

Okocha Ranked 33rd In Top 100 Best Foreign EPL Players

Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, is 33rd on the list of top 100 best foreign players to feature in the English Premier League, according to the ranking by the celebrated football magazine, FourFourTwo.

Mustafa EL HADJI - The Moroccan LEGEND

Seven years ago the South African Football Association announced the names of the four players it had chosen as ambassadors for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Joining George Weah, Abedi Pele and Roger Milla in the esteemed quartet was Mustapha Hadji, the former Morocco playmaker and the scorer of one of the most memorable goals of the tournament at France 1998.


There is a great deal of creativity and meaning amongst the many nicknames used on the continent, with fans developing a love for the brand created by their side's moniker

Jay-Jay Okocha: So good they named him twice

It's January 2004 and Bolton Wanderers are playing Aston Villa in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final. In the 80th minute, Bolton are awarded a free-kick about 20-yards from Villa’s goal outside the top right corner of the box. Aston Villa, down 4-2 in the game, set a two-man wall while Bolton deploy three runners to the left of the penalty spot with five Villa defenders forming a line even with the wall. The whistle blows and up steps Bolton’s Nigerian catalyst, Jay-Jay Okocha. Everyone freezes.

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