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Sports: The rise of Antoine Griezmann

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 France’s Antoine Griezmann has been the star of Euro 2016. Ahead of Sunday’s final against Portugal, we look at his unlikely rise to the top.
He was deemed too small by French clubs as a youngster. He was deemed too expensive by Fulham just two years ago. But Antoine Griezmann has stood head and shoulders above the rest at Euro 2016.
The 25-year-old scored his fifth and sixth goals of the tournament with his match-winning double against Germany on Thursday night. It followed a goal and two assists against Iceland in the quarter-finals, another double against the Republic of Ireland in the last 16, and a crucial late header against Albania during the group stage.

His stunning performances have lit up Euro 2016. He has scored twice as many goals as any other player, and it’s no wonder L’Equipe are calling this France team Génération Griezmann . The Atletico Madrid forward has achieved national hero status and put his country on the brink of glory on their own soil.
Euro 2016 top scorers
Player
Country
Goals
Antoine Griezmann
France
6
Alvaro Morata
Spain
3
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal
3
Dimitri Payet
France
3
Gareth Bale
Wales
3
Nani
Portugal
3
Olivier Giroud
France
3
His achievements are historic. Griezmann has already scored more European Championship goals than Zinedine Zidane, and with one more against Portugal on Sunday he will surpass Thierry Henry’s total. “He is a great player and he proved that tonight,” said Didier Deschamps on Thursday. Only Michel Platini has scored more goals in the competition.
Griezmann’s starring performances in France have come on the back of a dazzling campaign with Atletico. He missed a penalty in their heartbreaking Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid at the end of May, but a total of 32 goals in 54 appearances represented the best season of his career. Diego Simeone described him as one of the top three players in the world.
Griezmann has scored twice as many goals as any other player at Euro 2016
Griezmann is certainly justifying his manager’s faith, but his route to the top is no straight-forward success story. While the vast majority of elite footballers spent their formative years in professional academy systems, Griezmann spent his playing for an amateur side in his hometown of Mâcon in the French region of Bergundy.
France’s top clubs were put off by his diminutive size and slight frame, and it wasn’t until the age of 13 that he got his break. Griezmann was spotted by a Real Sociedad scout named Eric Olhats while he was playing at a youth tournament in Paris, and soon enough the Basque club had convinced him to join them – 500 miles away in the north of Spain.

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  1. Anonymous

    July 9, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Zidane's heir, great player

  2. Anonymous

    July 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I just hope chelsea can sign him

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Covid-19: 6 Ways To Overcome Boredom During Stay-home Period

Due to the spread of covid-19 accross the world, most states in Nigeria are presently observing lockdown. Therefore, here are some ways to overcome boredom during stay-home period. 6 Ways Overcome Boredom Stay-home

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Considering the fact that everyone has no option than to stay at home to avoid the spread of covid-19 in our respective states or countries, boredom has been the order of the day which most people has been complaining about.

And to solve the problem of boredom you have to understand that you can’t go out, you can’t mingle neither can you gist with friends in crowded places, and you have to maintain social distancing — these are some of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

So you ask yourself, I am being quarantined, how will I scale through boredom? You ask yourself, I am always alone, how will I prevent being bored? How will I overcome this boredom that is already drowning me?However, to be able to enjoy your stay home period, the following are ways you could actually prevent yourself from dull moments:

  1. Watch interesting movies: This is the time you have to increase your interest in film watching. You need to know the latest movies in town and make as well watch them when you’re bored.
  2. Listen to music: music is life, music bring you peace and happiness. Good music minister to the soul. This quarantine period is a time you need to listen to good music, ensure you learn their lyrics and sing them along. If you’re a type that knows how to dance, you could dance to the music alone in your room. Now te me, are you not overcoming boredom like that?
  3. Start reasonable argument with roommates or siblings: If you’re living with a friend or you’re probably in your family house, you have to start some reasonable argument with your friends or siblings in order to make the atmosphere lively. You could argue about celebrities, politics, football and also on academics line.Play interesting games: I know so many people have been doing this but they still have to keep playing games so as to prevent themselves from dull moments.
  4. Follow trends on social media: This is another way to overcome dull moments, you have follow what is trendy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  5. Watch comedy clips: Of course to there are lot of comedy clips out there you could watch, follow comedian on Instagram and YouTube. Watch their clips and get over boredom.
  6. Read books and interesting novels: Of course, this is the time you have to develop interest in reading. There are lots of interesting story books that could bring life to your dull moments. You could Google interesting stories or download book apps to get yourself busy and lively reading books.
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Nigeria To Unveil Her First Home-Made Ventilator,Today

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National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has manufactured the first made in Nigeria ventilators to fight COVID – 19 pandemic in Nigeria.
This is a gesture made in order to aid COVID-19 patients in breathing.
In a notice made by NASENI spokesman , Segun Ayeoyenikan , on Monday , revealed that Minister of Science and Technology , Dr Ogbonnaya Onu , would unveil the respirators, Tuesday ( today ) .
Recall that, Nigeria government, begged for respirators from American billionaire,through the Federal Ministry of Finance before it was withdrew as it was seen as national embarrassment,not long ago.
However,with this Nigeria ,too can make used of her home-made ventilators for her COVID-19 patients.

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Is Nigeria Worth Dying For?

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I have not been privileged to travel outside the shores of the Nigerian nation and the African continent. However, friends of mine who have been opportuned to travel out for study, work and holidays often say it to my hearing of how governments of other nations treat their citizens with care. The reverse seems to be case in Nigeria. It seems there is no sanctity and dignity of the human life. No wonder, citizens of other nations treat us with contempts.

Going down the memory lane, there have been several cases of the government failing to act as the custodian of the human person. Even in legal cases involving citizens of Nigeria and other countries, both within and outside the continent, citizens of other countries seem to gain the upper hand. This is because their government provides several facilities that make the legal process smooth sailing.

I remembered in 2014, when the nation was battling with the deadly Ebola Virus. Dr. Adadevoh Ameyo who in a bid to cure the virus lost her life wasn’t given any tangible award to honour her.

Also in another dimension, when cases of casualty involving military personnel is recorded, the way they are treated is horrifying. The whole situation is as though they have only followed the dictates of their heart. The families that are left behind are not given any special treatment. This was what dissuaded me from joining the military.

Whereas, governments of other nation states organise comprehensive welfare programmes for their citizens (old, young, literate and illiterate), we are ridiculed and made to suffer in the midst of plenty “. Unemployed youths are used as political instruments of thuggery during elections, while children of the rich feed of large budgets, this making things turn from bad to worse.

Before elections, political candidates suddenly turn the friends of the poor promising Heaven on earth. After suddenly wielding the sword of power to themselves, they turn enemies making ignorant ones believe it isn’t their duty to make things better. We are forced to accept the fact that travelling abroad won’t make things better and that Nigeria has a lot opportunities. On the contrary, dying in the face of war, doesn’t call for a heroic celebration.

Dying for one’s country is the highest level of patriotism. However, with the current realities, I cannot die for Nigeria. Dear reader, my question to you is this: Can You Die For Nigeria? Do share your thoughts in the comments section.

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