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FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico favorites as Greece, Paraguay and Mali complete Group D

Saturday June 22 2013,
Tags: Greece, Paraguay, Mali, Mexico
Mexico will try to prove once again that they have the mental ability required to win major tournaments. They have been presented with a relatively easy group.
Greece is going to come into the tournament with a team made up of entirely home grown players. Paraguay has only one player who plies his trade outside of the country in Antonio Sanabria of Barcelona. Whether Mali will be strong enough to present a challenge at all remains a big question in itself. Mexico is poised to take this group.

The question, as so often with Mexico, is whether El Tri can really head all the way. Their two best runs came in the first edition and in the 2011 edition. In 1977, in Tunisia, Mexico finished runners up. In 2011, they finished third. Mali made waves when they finished third in 1999. Including this time, Paraguay has qualified for this tournament nine times. They finished fourth in 2001.
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Where to watch the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations matches live on TV and online

Africa’s biggest football festival is finally upon us. Have you thought about where to watch all the 32 AFCON 2013 matches live between January 19 and February 10?

Africa Cup of Nations 2013UK viewers can tune in to British EuroSport / HD and ITV4 to follow their favourite English Premier League stars of African origins such as Chelsea’s Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel fight to carry the ultimate trophy to Nigeria.

Thanks to ESPN3 and Watch ESPN, soccer fans in the United States of America have been able to watch all matches thus far. The last two fixtures of a total of 32 AFCON 2013 battles will take place this weekend. The huge event kicked off on Saturday, January 19, 2013 with hosts South Africa drawing goalless against Cape Verde. A lot happened since that opening match.

In the knockout stages, the Bafana Bafana lost to semi-finalists Mali on penalties. Cape Verde's dream came to an abrupt end against Ghana, Nigeria stunned Ivory Coast and so did Burkina Faso against Emmanuel Adebayor's Togo.

The semi-final stage provided plenty goals and thrills as the Black Stars suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Stallions while the Super Eagles brushed Mali aside. Watch the Third-place final between Ghana and Mali live at 13:00 EST / 18:00 GMT on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Catch the big final, Nigeria vs Burkina Faso, live on Sunday, February 10 at 13:00 EST / 18:00 GMT. Which country will end up winning the precious trophy? 

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AFCON 2013 live: ESPN to air Mali vs Ghana, Nigeria vs Burkina Faso final matches

ESPN3, ESPN 3D and Watch ESPN ready to air the AFCON 2013 final live; ESPN3 includes third-place final in its live listings; ESPN Deportes to provide Nigeria vs Burkina Faso final on delay
Miami Beach, Florida (February 8, 2013) – Three weeks of pure football made in Africa finally comes to a close this weekend. Live Soccer TV gives followers of ESPN’s network information on the live broadcast of the Third-place final, Mali vs Ghana, and the ultimate final, Nigeria vs Burkina Faso.

Tune in to ESPN3 this Saturday at 13:00 EST to watch beaten semi-finalists Mali and Ghana fight for bronze in Port Elizabeth. Ex-Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita will be looking to seal an emotional AFCON 2013 adventure on a high against Kwesi Appiah’s young Black Stars team.
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Mali vs Ghana Preview

Friday February 8 2013,
Tags: AFCON 2013, Ghana, Mali
Ghana and Mali will face off in the AFCON 2013 Third-place final on Saturday, a few days after suffering heart-breaking semi-final defeats against Burkina Faso and Nigeria respectively.

Seydou Keita could decide the AFCON 2013 Third-place final between Mali and Ghana on Saturday, February 9, 2013Analysis

Bronze is not what these two contenders from Group B – especially Ghana – aimed to play for. Before traveling to Nelspruit to play Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium in the semis, the high-flying Black Stars had vowed not to return to Port Elizabeth where they were based for their first four matches. 

The mission was to go from Port Elizabeth, to Nelspruit and then ultimately to Johannesburg for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final. The reality turned out differently to what the Ghanaian team and its millions of fans wished for. Despite falling on the favoured side of appalling officiating by Tunisia referee Slim Jedidi against Burkina Faso, the Black Stars lost 3-2 on penalties to the Stallions after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes. 

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Mali vs Nigeria Preview

Monday February 4 2013,
Tags: AFCON 2013, Mali, Nigeria
The semi-final stage at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations begins with Mali up against Nigeria at 15:00 GMT on Wednesday. One of these two teams will be the first to make the AFCON 2013 final.

Nigeria are fired up to reach the final of the AFCON 2013 at last.Analysis

Stories of unrest due to the current war in Mali have fully powered the country’s national football team to succeed in South Africa. The players, led by iconic captain Seydou Keita, carry the hopes of millions of fans back home who anxiously seek relief from their on-going sufferings marked by lack of freedom and a destroyed economic system. Clinching glory in football may not end the war but it will certainly put joy in the hearts of the people of Mali. 

At the 2013 AFCON, the Malians seem to have lost the attacking instinct that saw them book a place in the tournament through a 7-1 aggregate victory over Botswana. In each of their matches, they have scored nothing more than a goal but this has proven to be enough to put them in the semi-finals. Once again, they will need to call on a high level of concentration and maintain a tight defence to avoid defeat against Nigeria. 

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Ghana vs Mali Preview

Wednesday January 23 2013,
Tags: AFCON 2013, Ghana, Mali, Asamoah Gyan
While Mali hope to book a place in the AFCON 2013 quarter-finals, four-time champions Ghana aim to kick-start their campaign with victory number one.

Malian hero Seydou Keita will be targeted by Ghana's Black Stars team on Thursday. Analysis

History was made last Sunday as Mali became the first side to win a match at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. An 84th minute goal from national hero Seydou Keita settled things at the disappointment of Niger. What motivates the current Group B leaders is the war back home. The Malians will be confident of beating Ghana for the second time in 13 months.

The pressure on the Black Stars to deliver is intense after their opening match against Congo DR produced an unconvincing outcome. The Ghanaians squandered a 2-0 advantage as the match ended all square.

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2013 AFCON - Group B: Eyes set on Ghana as Mali, Congo DR and Niger dream too

Saturday January 12 2013,
Tags: 2013 AFCON, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Congo DR, Group B
Group B favourites Ghana are poised to cruise into the Last 8 of the 2013 AFCON but CAN 2012 bronze medallists Mali, two-time champions Congo DR and underdogs Niger are eager to succeed as well.

Ghana and Mali are the two big guns in Group B - 2013 AFCONGhana

It is believed that the Ghanaian national team has suffered from clashes of egos for too long and bad results always cause divisions within the FA, the squad, the media and the fans. 

This time, suspense surrounds the camp of the Black Stars ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Cup. This is because of the composition of Kwesi Appiah’s squad. The coach made a very bold move by choosing to leave out the influential Ayew brothers – Andre and Jordan. 

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Ghana vs Mali: Black Stars pressured to win bronze and cool down ungrateful fans

Friday February 10 2012,
Tags: Asamoah Gyan, Dede Ayew, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations has entered its very last stage. Ghana and Mali will fight for bronze on Saturday before Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia will vie for the golden trophy on Sunday.
The road to reach the Last 4 for the teams involved has been long. Mali will be content with a third-place finish considering the caliber of their opponents in each knock-out fixture.

Ousting Aubameyang’s Gabon on penalties against the odds was a remarkable achievement to do in the quarter-finals. Falling to Cote d’Ivoire on a 1-0 score line in the semi-finals was heartbreaking but not humiliating. The Elephants are arguably Africa’s team to beat currently so it would have required fire from heaven to destroy them and put Mali into the final.

In a rematch of Group D’s Ghana vs Mali encounter, the Eagles will strive for revenge. They have a genuine chance of punishing the Black Stars. Confusion and pressure has put pre-tournament favorites Ghana in an awkward position ahead of Saturday’s third-place final battle.
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2012 AFCON semis kick off with Ghana vs Cote d’Ivoire final in prospect

Zambia vs Ghana and Mali vs Cote d’Ivoire are two fixtures you cannot miss this Wednesday. Lovers of the game are anticipating a Ghana vs Cote d’Ivoire 2012 AFCON final. Will it really come on?

It's the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. Don't miss Zambia vs Ghana and Mali vs Cote d'Ivoire.A quick recap of what happened in the 2012 AFCON's Last 8

The lineup for the semi-final stage at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations is mouthwatering. Mali earned a spot in the semis after a dramatic penalty shootout saw them oust co-hosts Gabon in the quarter-finals.

Cote d’Ivoire also kicked out co-hosts Equatorial Guinea. The Elephants’ victory was straightforward, though: two powerful goals from Didier Drogba and an outrageous free-kick by Yaya Toure did the trick.

Like Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia recorded a 3-0 win in the quarter-finals. Christopher Katongo was the star man as the Chipolopolo dismantled the brave Sudanese.

Ghana joined Zambia in the semis thanks to a hard-fought triumph over Tunisia. Dede Ayew scored the winning goal in extra-time to force the Tunisians to a 2-1 defeat.

Re-live the quarter-finals matches through video highlights from our 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Fixtures and Results page.

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Ghana, Gabon & Cote d’Ivoire’s presence electrifies 2012 AFCON quarter-finals

Watch out for more thrills in Gabon-Equatorial Guinea this weekend. See where to watch the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final matches live.

CAN 2012: It's electric!Zambia vs Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire vs Equatorial Guinea, Gabon vs Mali and Ghana vs Tunisia complete the quarter-final phase’s fixtures list. The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations doesn’t need the weight of continental giants Nigeria, Egypt and Cameroon to be fantastic!

So-called minnows like co-hosts Equatorial Guinea have performed against the odds to give the tournament a special electrifying touch. Sudan have also provided a shock by reaching the quarter-final stage at the expense of Angola. Meanwhile, Seydou Keita’s Mali had to wait until the very last minute to know their fate.

Ghana haven’t hit top form yet and this is why curiosity comes in. How will the Black Stars fare in the knock-out stage against the struggling Tunisians? Do the Ghanaians possess enough fire in their belly to reach the final at the expectations of the public?

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2012 Africa Cup of Nations: Watch out for more live action on Matchday 2

You won’t get enough of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations until it ends on February 12. In the meantime, get ready for more action as Matchday 2 begins on Thursday, January 25, 2012.

2012 AFCON Followers of the competition got served with 8 great matches on Matchday 1. Equatorial Guinea opened the show in great fashion. They recorded a vital 1-0 victory against Libya thanks to a late goal from Balboa.

Zambia sealed the wonderful night with a 2-1 triumph over Senegal. The Chipolopolo will have the chance to step closer to qualification at the Estadio de Bata.

Libya vs Zambia will open Matchday 2 of the 2012 AFCON. Equatorial Guinea vs Senegal will provide thrills as the co-hosts would want to test their power against the Teranga Lions. If the Senegalese don’t improve from their poor form against the Zambians, Equatorial Guinea may clinch their second victory on the trot.

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2012 Africa Cup of Nations: Focus on Group D

Friday January 20 2012,
Tags: Ghana, Botswana, Mali, Guinea
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations’ Group D contains Ghana, Botswana, Mali and Guinea.

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan will be dangerous against Botswana in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.Key match-ups

Ghana vs Botswana

With their attainments in the last few years, Ghana’s young side have proved that they are not a side to underestimate. It will be interesting to see them battling Botswana, who are just making their first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. But that surely does not mean that they are simply minnows. An impressive qualification run that saw them top Group K is just enough to send the Black Stars a strong warning.

Ghana vs Guinea

The two countries met in the opening match of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, when Ghana were then hosting the tournament. A 2-1 victory for the Black Stars threw the Guineans on the back foot after Day 1, but the story is likely to be different this time around. “Revenge” is not necessarily the keyword in this game; but in any case, the National Elephants have a realistic idea of how dangerous the Ghanaians can be. Thus, we could be in for a game of strategy and techniques.

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2012 Africa Cup of Nations team profiles: Focus on Mali’s 2012 AFCON history

Thursday January 12 2012,
Tags: Mali, Guinea, Ghana, Zambia, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations
We go to Mali to find out why the country’s national team deserves to be feared at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mali's pride at the 2012 Africa Cup of NationsThey are called the Eagles (les Aigles in French). They are led by the experience of ex-Olympic Lyonnais and Real Madrid star Mahamadou Diarra and their coach is former Toulouse, PSG and Gabon manager Alain Giresse. The Eagles are 67th in the world and 15th in Africa. What should the Malians expect of their…

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2012 Africa Cup of Nations team profiles: Focus on Guinea’s AFCON history

Monday January 9 2012,
Tags: Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Tunisia, 2012 Africa Cup of Na
Our trip around the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations’ participating countries continues. Guinea is the next destination on the list.

Guinea's pride at the 2012 AFCONThey are 18th in Africa and 80th overall according to the FIFA Rankings, they are not considered as one of the continent’s main forces and they don’t even have World Cup memories to boast about. However, the National Elephants have a bigger Nations Cup history than many may recall. In this recap, we bring to mind the various highlights and lowlights of the Guinean national team—controlled by the Fédération Guinéenne de Football and currently managed by Michel Dussuyer.

Guinea’s eventful past

Let’s go way back to the year 1970. That’s when the National Elephants finally experienced African up of Nations football. Seven years before, they got disqualified from Ghana 1963 for failing to provide neutral officials in the second leg of their 3-2 aggregate tie against Nigeria in the qualifiers.

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Lionel Messi’s Injury-Maker Ujfalusi Is Not Malicious – Atletico Madrid’s Cerezo

Thursday September 23 2010,
Tags: Tomas Ujfalusi, Atletico Madrid, Lionel Messi, Enrique Cerezo
Atletico Madrid defender Ujfalusi has received harsh criticism from the public following his dreadful tackle on Lionel Messi. The picture tells it all...
However, club President Enrique Cerezo has appealed for a better treatment of the guilty defender. Although it appears to be terrible on the picture, Atletico Madrid’s president Enrique Cerezo has insisted that guilty defender Tomas Ujfalusi didn’t injure Lionel Messi with intent.

As he tried to calm things down, Cerezo explained while speaking to Spanish media Marca:

“It was a normal input in the box, and we all threw our hands to our heads when we saw the red card because we didn’t think the tackle was that bad. Replays show that you could think more about decision, though.
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2010 Africa Cup of Nations – Day 3 Preview – Group A

Friday January 15 2010,
Tags: Angola, Algeria, Mali, Malawi, 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
The last day of the group stages opens on Monday, January 18th. Both of Group A’s games will be staged at the same time.

Angola 2010 - Africa Cup of Nations Logo.Angola and Algeria will clash at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda whereas Mali and Malawi will lock horns at the Estadio Chimandela in Cabinda.

In Group A, nothing is settled yet. Angola top the table with 4 points followed by Malawi and Algeria who both have 3 points. 

Mali are the most vulnerable with a single point and a negative goal difference but they still have the mathematical chance of reaching the quarter-finals at the expense of one of Group A’s top three teams at the moment.

LiveSoccerTV.com starts by previewing Angola vs Algeria before looking ahead to the Mali vs Malawi game.

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2010 Africa Cup of Nations – Day 2 Preview – Group A

Wednesday January 13 2010,
Tags: Mali, Algeria, Angola, Malawi, 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
Match-day 2 of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola starts on Thursday, January 14th. It will see the four teams in Group A battling it out as qualification into the quarter-finals edges closer.

Mali pulling one goal back against Angola after having conceded a fourth goal through Manucho's penalty kick. Angola 2010The Estadio 11 de Novembro will in Luanda will host Mali and Algeria at 16:00 GMT before welcoming Angola and Malawi at 18:30.

Mali vs Algeria – 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Match Preview

This clash will undoubtedly receive much attention due to the mental battles that will definitely be involved in the encounter.

Mali

On match-day one of the campaign, Mali unbelievably recovered from 4-0 down against the Angolans to draw level, thanks to four late goals that were scored in the last 11 minutes of the match.

The Eagles consequently earned at least a point and can now enter Thursday’s game with a boost of confidence after achieving the ‘unthinkable’ on the opening day of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Angola vs Mali 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Match Preview

Friday January 8 2010,
Tags: Angola, Mali, 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations will finally kick off this Sunday. The tournament’s hosts Angola will welcome Mali in Luanda for a crunch opener.

Angola's Manucho celebrates his goal during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations. Flavio assists him in celebrationAngola – time to back up and shine

Like every host nation’s dream, Angola’s wish will be to kick start the competition with three points in their bag at the end of proceedings.

However, how likely are they to defeat the Malians and therefore clinch a victory on Sunday?

Quick recent statistics and comparisons

Since coach Manuel Jose’s appointment back in May 2009, Angola have played ten matches and won only twice. The Black Antelopes’ average of goals per match doesn’t even hit one as they’ve netted only 8 times in as much as ten encounters.

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Mali Team Profile - 2010 Africa Cup of Nations

Thursday December 3 2009,
Tags: Mali, 2010 Africa Cup of Nations
As Live Soccer TV’s in-dept look at each of the 16 nations that will participate in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations continues, Mali is our next destination…

Mali - BamakoMali – The country, the football

Landlocked in the middle of other territories such as Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, and Mauritinia, Mali counts as one of the largest countries on the African continent.

It is actually ranked seventh with a size of around 1,240,000 km² populated by an estimated 13,000,000 habitants.

The former French colony which gained its independence in 1959 has a motto that spreads the message of unity and team effort:

“One people, one goal, one faith” is the saying that powered the national football team to create an impact at the continental level.

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