PUMA Football News Archive

January 2010

  • 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.

  • Q&A With The Stars Of Africa

    Q&A With The Stars Of Africa

    January 20, 2010

    Didier Drogba

    I don't know if we can win the Africa Cup of Nations - I hope so but there are a lot of good teams who will try to stop us.

    We had a lot of work to qualify. We were frustrated after the Burkina Faso game as they didn't attack a lot and tactically they stayed compact. We needed to score one and we didn't, which forced us to win against Ghana to go through.

  • Inside The Footballers Fish Bowl

    Inside The Footballers Fish Bowl

    January 20, 2010

    There are few things in life quite as terrifying as your first day at school. So when PUMA Football got the chance to ride on the Angola team bus after the Black Antelopes drew 0-0 with Algeria and qualified for the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, all those childhood memories of sweaty-palmed angst came flooding back.

  • Cursed By A Ghanaian Witch Doctor

    Cursed By A Ghanaian Witch Doctor

    January 19, 2010

    PUMA Football thinks it may have been hexed by a very scary looking Ghanaian witch doctor. Admittedly, it wasn't a good time to take his picture. His team had just been trounced 3-1 by an Ivory Coast side that looked like they'd finally decided to win this tournament. If that wasn't reason enough for his grumpiness, he was being dive-bombed by giant moths and a torrential post match downpour was in grave danger of ruining his red face paint. If there's one thing that winds up an African shaman it's having his makeup run.

  • Hi, I'm Sammy Eto'o. How are you doing??

    Hi, I'm Sammy Eto'o. How are you doing??

    January 15, 2010

    Over the past few days, PUMAFootball may have developed a bit of a man crush on Cameroon's legendary No.9. It's not just that the ever smiling striker bounded over to us at the Indomitable Lions training ground in Lubango to say hello, it's that he introduced himself by name. As if we wouldn't know who he was! But this charming man hasn't got just us under his spell; the whole of Africa seems to adore him.

  • ANGOLA! ANGOLA! ANGOLA!

    ANGOLA! ANGOLA! ANGOLA!

    January 15, 2010

    "MA-LA-WA-SA-LAM! MA-LA-WA-SA-LAM! MA-LA-WA-SA-LAM!" That was the chant PUMAFootball was yelling at the top of its voice last night as we jumped around in the back of a packed pickup truck. Don't ask us what it means or whether we've got it right, but it made perfect sense yesterday after Angola beat Malawi 2-0 and Lubango exploded into a frenzied and impromptu street party.

  • There's Zombies on the Pitch

    There's Zombies on the Pitch

    January 14, 2010

    After Angola vs Mali when the host nation miraculously managed to throw away a 4-0 lead PUMAFootball thought the African Cup of Nations couldn't get any more unpredictable. Then it did. Michael Jackson moonwalked on to the pitch during Ivory Coast vs Burkina Faso.

  • The Elephants And the Black Stars Get Ready to Rumble

    The Elephants And the Black Stars Get Ready to Rumble

    January 14, 2010

    Didier Drogba is not afraid of much and that includes Emmanuel Eboué trying to stab him with a fork. Still that doesn't deter the mischievous full-back from trying to perforate his significantly bigger team-mate. Despite a sticky start to their Africa Cup of Nations thanks to a 0-0 draw with Burkina Faso, spirits are high in the Côte d'lvoire camp.

  • PUMA FOOTBALL PROMOTION - Terms & Conditions

    January 01, 2010

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING.