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  • The Black Stars Show Us How to Sing

    The Black Stars Show Us How to Sing

    May 26, 2010

    The last two days have been a bit cold, but they say that the weather in South Africa is going to be quite similar to this. After all, it's winter there and by cold we're still talking about 20-ish degrees Celsius.

    Sulley Muntari arrived worthy of a newly crowned Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League Champion in his dark sports car at the training ground.

  • Black Stars Amp it Up

    Black Stars Amp it Up

    May 25, 2010

    Morning training in the blistering sun and despite the early hour, PUMAFootball only spotted smiles. However, smiles that are more and more alert.

  • To Paris with Football

    May 24, 2010

    Oui! PUMAFootball have arrived in Paris. With this as a first huge French greeting, we're beyond psyched as we await the mighty Black Stars of Ghana to arrive for their last training camp before they head off to South Africa.

  • Black Stars are Quite Cool

    Black Stars are Quite Cool

    May 24, 2010

    The mighty Black Stars have arrived. Cruising in with their bus surrounded by big, big dudes in black suits we observed from the comfort of a safe distance.

  • The Pharaohs Rule Africa. Again.

    The Pharaohs Rule Africa. Again.

    February 01, 2010

    The result was never really in doubt but it was a lot of fun getting here. Egypt beat Ghana 1-0 in the final to secure a record-breaking third Africa Cup of Nations trophy in a row.

    Although the Black Stars raised more than a few eyebrows with their dominating performance tonight, the Pharaohs always had another gear and wily manager Shehata another trick up his sleeve. It was his timely decision to bring on substitute Mohame Gedo that won him the game.

  • Zidan Sings (And Swims) When He's Winning

    Zidan Sings (And Swims) When He's Winning

    January 29, 2010

    He may be a natural on the pitch but when it comes to singing in the pool, Egypt's star striker Mohamed Zidan definitely hasn't got talent.

    When PUMAFootball arrived at the team hotel at 1:30 am following the Pharaohs 4-0 demolition of Algeria in the quarterfinals, we were greeted by a terrible racket. Was a cat being strangled somewhere? No, it's just the sound of Zizou crooning along to his favorite traditional national tunes while splashing about in the water.

  • A Chat with Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Inter Milan

    A Chat with Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Inter Milan

    January 26, 2010

    PUMAFootball: You've played in Spain, now Italy, what does it mean to come back to Africa and hear the fans cheer for you?

    ETO'O: It is an honor for me to play all the time in African stadia. I believe that my dearest - dearest dream is always to return. Every time I go away, I tell myself Samuel, when will you come back?? And every time I come back, I really enjoy it. Yesterday, despite the fact we lost, you can see that, here, where I live in Africa, people are proud to see me again. I can use the occasion to tell the spectators that I have to thank them for their welcome yesterday in the stadium. And, yesterday, I couldn't score, I tried to do my best but that depends on how you see it; I hope we will be luckier on Sunday. I hope I'll score and I hope that I'll be able to put my teammates in better positions so that they can score.

  • Black Stars Lose the Pot

    Black Stars Lose the Pot

    January 25, 2010

    "I do not have juju! Only God has juju!"

    Ghana superfan Samuel Aggrey is not happy. He claims the Angolan police smashed his ceremonial pot following the Black Stars' victory over Burkina Faso because they suspected him of being a witch doctor. PUMA Football arranged to meet the man Ghanaians call "Obuor" or "Stone" to find out the truth.

  • The African Football Food Chain

    The African Football Food Chain

    January 22, 2010

    "Come to Portugal," says the fat man, and I'll get you the best of everything. Sitting in the bar of the Ghana team's luxurious hotel in Luanda, the injured Michael Essien looks up, listens and smiles politely. He hears this kind of offer from complete strangers a hundred times a day. After all, this is what it means to be a superstar footballer today: the fame, the fortune, the free stuff. And right now in Angola everyone is chasing those shiny baubles.