With a month to go before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, things are getting exciting for Ghana’s Black Stars. Who will play for Ghana? Can Otto Addo continue to improve his team?
Otto Addo is now an expert for Genealogy
In the last few months, Otto Addo has found a new passion besides his work as Ghana’s national coach and youth coach of Borussia Dortmund: genealogy. And so he has found many players whose parents, parents or grandparents are from Ghana. Bilbao’s star striker Inaki Williams, for example, was one of the new arrivals at the Black Stars.
Talented Callum Hudson-Odoi on the list
Now Callum Hudson-Odum is another prominent name on the provisional 55-man list submitted to Fifa by Ghana on Friday 21 October FA
For many years, Callum Hudson-Odum was considered a beacon of hope and talent for England. But at Chelsea, the attacking player could not assert himself. He currently plays on loan for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, who are also in the Champions League. Leverkusen since recently is coached by Spain’s 2010 World Cup winner, Xabi Alonso
Besides Hudson-Odoi, Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) is also back in the line-up, as is Salia Abdul Samed from RC Lens.
Otto Addo soon back in Germany
Meanwhile, Otto Addo confirmed that he intends to retire after the World Cup. He will concentrate fully on his work at Dortmund. Much to the displeasure of his namesake Joe Addo. The former Ghana International sees little point in relying on a coach who will soon no longer be on board
But a look at the many names of players Otto Addo has been able to inspire for Ghana shows that in his short time as coach, he has set the course for the future of the Black Stars, no matter how the World Cup turns out.
Even as a child, I used to bet on the results of the Bundesliga with my friends at school. Back then, the stakes were still modest: Lunch, a few marbles or maybe even a milk jug. When I was 9 years old, I once played the German "Elferwette" (1x2 tips in 11 German games) - and got 10 right the first time.
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Even as a child, I started typing the results of the Bundesliga with my friends at school. The stakes were modest back then: The lunch, a few marbles or maybe a milk slice. Then, at the age of 9, I played the penalty bet once - and immediately got 10 right. The previous week I had won 500 DM and in my childish imagination I was already imagining how many football pictures I could buy at the kiosk on the corner. Unfortunately, it was one of those match days when everything turned out as expected and I only won DM 8.10. Nevertheless, I followed the game with great interest.
Nevertheless, the passion to correctly predict the outcome of sporting events haunted me for the rest of my life. I would have loved to own the sports almanac that Marty McFly bought in Back to the Future II.
Much later, when I was already working as a journalist for newspapers and as a writer for television, I came across an international betting forum with over 100,000 members - and found out that a lot of people there were giving their tips on German football, but nobody seemed to have a real clue, so I wrote a few English-language preliminary reports with a few tips - and was right about everything. After that, an avalanche started. I got offers from bookmakers, sports papers and even betting syndicates to work for them - and I accepted a few of them too, experiencing the ups & downs of sports betting and travelling halfway around the world in the years that followed. There I met Chinese multimillionaires betting five to six figures, amateur players in Serbia or Turkey supporting their families with small stakes, South Africans gambling away half their fortune, Brazilians who could only leave their favelha and become rich by making the right tips. At one point my life was similar to Matthew McCaughaney's in the film Two For The Money - and far too much stress.
I subsequently moved to another continent and ran an English-language football epaper about the Bundesliga from there. After the birth of my son, I devoted myself for many years only to artistic projects in the field of photography and literature. However, I am happy to share my knowledge and passion with the readers of bettingtipsafrica.
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