Goal.com Ghana’s Umar-Farouk Atipaga takes a look at 11 Ghanaian players in Europe who could return home with titles this season
By Umar-Farouk Atipaga
It is another football season which promises a lot of excitement in each of the European leagues.
There are so many Ghanaian players dotted in the various leagues, but only a few have chances of winning titles with their various clubs in their respective leagues this term. Goal.com Ghana takes a look at the Ghanian players who could end the year decorated with a diadem.
|MICHAEL ESSIEN - REAL MADRID (SPAIN)|
The ‘Bison’ joined Real Madrid on loan on the transfer deadline day from Chelsea. The 29-year-old had a torrid time at the Stamford Bridge ever since coach Roberto Di Matteo took over, but he has been handed a new challenge by his former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos are as usual favourites for the La Liga title alongside arch rivals, Barcelona. The Spanish champions have not started the La Liga campaign very well after amassing just eight points out of a possible 16. They are trailing Barcelona but with 33 more matches to go, it will be very dangerous to write off the chances of the Merengues. Essien could end his loan stint smiling back to London with the La Liga title.
|KWADWO ASAMOAH - JUVENTUS (ITALY)|
The 23-year-old just joined Juventus from Udinese this summer and has walked straight into the star-studded team. The Old Lady completed their Serie A campaign last season unbeaten as they won their 28th title. The Turin-based club have started the current season well as they sit on top of the Serie A table after the first four matches. They will obviously face competition from AC Milan and Inter Milan. Juventus are still hot favourites for the Serie A title and the former Udinese midfielder is in line to win a Serie A title this season, something the Bianconeri were unable to offer him.
|SULLEY MUNTARI & KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG – AC MILAN (ITALY)|
The two Ghanaian midfielders will be hoping to help their team to pass the test against the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan. Both players have won the title before with Muntari winning it back at Inter Milan while Boateng won it with the Rossoneri last two seasons. But Milan will need to step up their game after a win in three games. There is still a lot of miles to cover in this journey and the duo will be hoping to topple Juve for the crown.
|JOSEPH ALFRED DUNCAN- INTER MILAN (ITALY)|
The 19-year-old was just promoted to the Inter Milan senior team after several years with the junior side. He has already played one out of the four games played in the Serie A. Inter had a poor campaign last season. The Nerazzurri have started this season with one win and two defeats but with the journey clearly been a long one, the former champions are in contention for the Scudetto and Duncan will be a proud boy to wear that medal.
|AYEW BROTHERS - OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE (FRANCE)|
Marseille have won all five matches in the French Ligue 1 with the players bent on making amends for a poor campaign last term. The 1993 Uefa Champions League winners ended the 2011-2012 season in 10th place and new coach Elie Baup wants to make his mark at the Stade Velodrome in his first year. Marseille are favouites for the title alongside massive spenders, PSG, Lille, Lyon and defending champions, Montpellier. Andre and Jordan are expected to play huge roles in Marseille’s pursuit for the league crown.
|CHRISTIAN ATSU- FC PORTO (PORTUGAL)|
Porto have always been hot favourites in the Portuguese Premeira Liga and Christian Atsu could be on his way for his first silverware in Europe after spending the last two years on loan. With the 20-year-old now a key player at Porto, finishing the season with the league title will be a major achievement for him.
|ENOCH ADU KOFI AND KAMAL ISSAH - NORDSJAELLAND (DENMARK)|
Nordsjaelland won their first title in the Danish last season and will be hoping to mark another season defending the title. It certainly would not be an easy task with FC Copenhagen bent on snatching the title. But after Nordsjaelland maintained almost the same squad, they look strong in their ambitions to defend the title.
|ISAAC VORSAH - RED BULLS SALZBURG (AUSTRIA)|
The former TSG Hoffenhiem defender just joined the Austrian champions and will be hoping to wrap up his first year with a medal around his neck. Vorsah made his debut last weekend and picked up a red card in the fifth minute. Salzburg are currently third on the 10-team table and are still the number one favourite for the crown.
These are some of the players we believe could win titles this season in Europe. Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comment section below.