Monthly Archives: April 2010

The One Game, One World Interview: Rohit Chand

For those watching the matches in Nepal’s Martyrs League this season, one of the top players thus far has been G’Five Machhindra FC defender Rohit Chand. The defender has put in a series of sparkling performances and has shown why he was the youngest player ever to represent the Nepali national team.

Chand’s play has brought him four Man of the Match awards during the league campaign and his play at the back has been one of the highlights of Machhindra’s season. The young stopper has led a defense that doesn’t leak too many goals, but he also can be a threat moving up the pitch.

Rohit Chand has been in fine form this season for Machhindra FC

This is the last of our three-part focus on Machhindra FC, an innovative club in Nepal that is growing all the time and appears to be on the cusp of challenging for the league title in the next year or two. Read on for our interview with Rohit Chand. Chand’s dreams, views on the game, and description of the sport in Nepal are worthwhile reading as we get a glimpse into the life of a footballer in Nepal and his aspirations for the future.

So enjoy our interview with Rohit Chand, a player who captains his club side at the tender age of 19. Chand is a player who represents the future of football in Nepal and many tip him as a sure bet to make a career abroad in the years to come. Continue reading

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Monday Morning Kick-Off

Hello all, welcome to the Monday Morning Kick-Off. A couple bits of business to tend to first before we dive into some hopefully interesting football tidbits.

For starters, One Game, One World will go all World Cup starting in mid-May. We are planning previews of the teams, along with news, interviews, and stories ahead of the 2010 World Cup which begins on June 11th. This is a historic tournament, the first in Africa, and it means that here at OGOW we are excited to bring you coverage of the competition before, during, and after the competition.

Of course, there will be a million media outlets to receive coverage from, but we hope you will check out our mix of traditional and non-traditional coverage for perhaps something a bit different ahead of the world’s greatest sporting event.

Ok, well off we go for today’s Kick-Off.

Business End

Yes, we have reached what is commonly known as the business end of the season in many leagues, mostly Europe. In most leagues it is a two-horse race as Barcelona and Real Madrid contest La Liga, while Chelsea is attempting to hold of Manchester United in the English Premier League. Continue reading

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The One Game, One World Interview: Eze Collins

Eze Collins’ road to football stardom may not be your typical footballer story, however the Nigeria-born striker has made a name for himself across Asia, turning out for clubs in India, Bhutan, and now Nepal.

Eze Collins

Collins is a talented frontman who has banged in the goals in virtually every place he has played. Now at Macchindra FC in Nepal, Collins is hoping to lead his current team to the top of the Martyrs League.

How long Collins stays in Nepal remains to be seen, though he doesn’t hide his affection for Machhindra FC. A move to Europe represents the player’s ultimate dream along with playing for Mozambique, the national team he selected to play for thanks to his mother’s citizenship. Collins ability can be detected while watching him in action and it’s no surprise that he was a former Nigerian U-17 National Team member.

One Game, One World was delighted that Collins was interested in answering a couple of questions and we became even more excited about the responses he gave us. How does a foreigner fit in Nepal? How did it feel being the first black man to play the sport in Bhutan? And how does he feel about the World Cup coming to Africa?

What follows are the views of a player who has grown up around the game, motivated by his parents and family. Read on for the inspiring tale of a footballer who has taken the road less travelled and, who at only 22, has most of his career ahead of him. Continue reading

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Thank You For Your Visits

We are in the midst of a series of interviews lately here at One Game, One World. In the next week we will be giving you a state of the game round-up of Iceland and Liechtenstein and get back to some stories about the game that aren’t usually told in the big football sites. We do like our interviews however in case you hadn’t noticed as we feel we can relay first-hand accounts of what it’s like to play in a certain place.

Today, we present an interview with Eze Collins. This is the second of a three-part series we have put together on Nepali club Macchindra FC (now known as G’Five Macchindra FC). We hope that through the first piece which can be found here, today’s piece on Eze Collins and an upcoming profile of young defender Rohit Chand that visitors will gain an insight into football in a place not normally covered in the mainstream press.

Let us know what you think about Macchindra FC, football in Nepal and Asia, and also any other stories and items you want us to cover. So, drop us a line in the Comments section or check out the CONTACT US section of the site. 

At OGOW, no story is too small if it’s about football. Every nation, club, and player is a story worth telling. We just wanted to send out this quick message to all of you and extend our heartfelt thanks for your visits!

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The One Game, One World Interview: Jason Culina

 Jason Culina’s 14-year career at the highest level is a portrait of the consummate professional. After getting his start with Sydney United in Australia, Culina was snapped up by Ajax so impressed were the Dutch giants with the young Australian player. He spent four seasons in Amsterdam before making the move to FC Twente where his career in Europe really took off.

Jason Culina will feature for Australia during the 2010 World Cup

One superb campaign at Twente was all the convincing that powerhouse PSV Eindhoven needed and Culina’s time in Eindhoven coincided with the club having one of the most successful periods in their history. Culina has over 300 professional matches under his belt, including 45 caps with the national side. Recently, Culina was given the captain’s armband for his country.

Culina now stars in the Australian A-League for Gold Coast United. Currently, he is back in Eindhoven training with PSV so that he can keep sharp for Australia ahead of their World Cup participation in June.

One Game, One World was able to catch up with Jason Culina and get his views on his career and football in general. Check out what this versatile footballer has to say about his start in the game, his time in Europe, and what it feels like to wear the Australian shirt. You’ll be seeing him on the fields in South Africa this summer wearing the green and gold for Australia and we are thankful he took the time to answer our questions. Continue reading

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The Big Match: Real Madrid-Barcelona

It was one of the most important El Clasico matches one could remember. The winner would undoubtedly hold a major advantage in claiming the title with only 7 matches remaining. So when Real Madrid and Barcelona battled at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening it was all set up for another classic confrontation.

 

In the end what we saw probably wouldn’t reach classic status yet it was an enthralling fixture complete with some back and forth football and no shortage of intensity and desire from the combatants in question.

Xavi's Brilliance Led Barcelona To Victory

 

Real came out of the blocks quickly perhaps to no surprise. After last season’s 6-2 embarrassment at home to Pep Guardiola’s side, the Madridistas surely wanted to exact some revenge especially in a match of such importance. And let’s be honest, in the opening exchanges it was Manuel Pellegrini’s side who looked a bit more composed and dangerous in and around goal. Continue reading

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Friday Morning Kick-Off

Morning everyone! Thanks to all who have visited the site in the last couple days. We have received some wonderful feedback on the Fabio Lopez Interview. If you haven’t seen it check it out below. Some exciting stuff is in the works as well for next week. Australian National Team captain Jason Culina was kind enough to give us an interview and we will also look at the state of football in Liechtenstein as well and in true One Game, One World style probably throw in a surprise to the mix.

Anyway enough of that, let’s go to today’s Morning Kick-Off.

 

Pohnpei Soccer

You are probably asking yourself what the heck does that mean. Well, I came across this fantastic story about a couple of English guys who were looking to do a football documentary on a place unspoiled by the greed and riches of the English Premier League. They ended up in Pohnpei, one of the four islands in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Gorgeous Scenery From Pohnpei

To make a long story short, the two men in question, Journalist Paul Watson and filmmaker Matthew Conrad became coach and assistant coach respectively of the Pohnpei national side, a team that is not affiliated with FIFA at the moment and that has never won a competitive fixture.

The work that is being done by these two is absolutely fantastic and refreshing in this day and age where some players make hundreds of thousands of dollars, pounds, and euros a week. This is a super story right up our ally at OGOW and we will be giving you an exclusive scoop on it sometime this month. Continue reading

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