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Nigerian National Football Team

Nigeria is one of the major African footballing nations, having reached the World Cup finals on three occasions, and won the African Nations twice, in 1980 and 1994. 

History

Nigeria played their first official international game in 1949, but it wasn't until 1994 that they reached their first World Cup finals. They performed beyond expectations, topping their group and only narrowly going out in the second round, losing in extra time to eventual finalists Italy. They qualified again in 1998, where they pulled off a major upset in the group stages by defeating Spain, only to once again go out in the second round, losing 4-1 to Denmark. In 2002 they qualified once more, but were drawn in an exceptionally difficult group and went out without winning a match. Following that World Cup they hit a rough patch, failing to qualify in 2006.

Current Team

Nigeria are currently the third ranked African team, behind Cameroon and Eygpt. They have a squad of decent mid level players but lack the few world class players that would make them a force to be reckoned with. They finished third place in the most recent Africans Nation Cup.

2010 World Cup

Nigeria were drawn in Group B, facing Argentina, Korea Republic and Greece. With Argentina expected to finish first, their main competition within the group will be from Greece, traditionally viewed as one of the weaker teams by one with the capacity to surprise, as they famously did in the 2004 European Championships.

Famous Nigerian Football Players

Jay-Jay Okocha

Making his name at Eintracht Frankfurt and Turkish side Fenerbache, Okocha became the most expensive African player of all time when Paris St. Germain paid 24 million for him in 1998. 

Mikel John Obi

The Chelsea midfielder has overcame controversy surrounding his transfer to the club and early struggles to become one of the club's best young players. 

Nwankwo Kanu

The former Arsenal super-sub was known for his spectacular goals and was a fan favourite despite never fully establishing himself as a fixture on the first team. He now plays for Portsmouth FC and is the current captain of Nigeria.

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