03 February 2023

Relocated club match and more of them to be staged on a team level

With one club and two team news that was announced on 25 January practically the European football organization has switched the system of play for two qualifying tournaments.
Even birds on trees know that in Russia will not going to be played any competition (soon), thus Kazan (automatically) lost the rights to stage the Super Cup event. Now the annual match was moved to the Greek capital Athens. Georgios Karaiskakis stadium would host this game who is scheduled to kick-off on Wednesday 16 August at 22.00 local time between the winners from Champions and Europa (old name Uefa Cup) league (from this year) for the forty eighth time.
In the future eliminations for the European championship is going to alter its format, and this rule would be in effect after the 2024 edition. Out of 12 groups, 4 or 5 teams are going to be in them where only the champions would automatically participate for the main tournament or the World Cup. Some second placed team/s either will also qualify directly or would have to torment a little bit more by playing play off games with teams from Nations league.
And at the end, the just mentioned Nations league event is being also subject to change. Beginning from its new season (2024-25) more duels are going to be staged and those are going to be known as quarter finals. Usually group phases are finishing in November with finals in June next year, and to fill the (big) gap (between these months) play off matches are going to be played in each of the four leagues. Just to have its continuity, these additional home and away games would be completed in March.

02 February 2023

Was anxious to leave before the final whistle

Club World Cup 2022 (2023) - Morocco, phase 1, night 1, match 1:

Al ahly - Auckland city 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 45+1 (46.11) Hussein Ali Elshahat
               2:0 56 (55.33) Mohamed Sherif
               3:0 86 (85.39) Percy Tau

- For the first time in football the main referee of the game had to explained to the public (his final decision) that the foul was done outside the penalty area (so that the 11-metre punishment was modified into free kick), and at the same time the Auckland city defender Adam Mitchell received a direct red card (for the mentioned foul) on 90+7 (96.22).

01 February 2023

Known schedule for final four games

On 25 January it was performed the draw of the last four games for the European version of Nations league 2022-23 season. Four teams are participating in the final tournament, and although the first two pairs are known, the last two remained a mystery, but thanks to the layout now everything is revealed.
Netherlands is the host for the whole event which would be played between 14 and 18 of June. Two cities are going to welcome group A winners, and out of this quartet one Balkan country will make its debut to the final-four system.
At Rotterdam on Wednesday, 14 June the home team is going to clash with Croatia, while 24 hours later Spain and Italy in Enschede would complete the semi-final line-up. Both of this matches will kick-off at 20.45 CET. In Enschede from 15.00 CET the loosing semi-finalists would play the classification duel for third-fourth place, while again from 20.45 CET is the big final that will feature meeting of the winners in Rotterdam, and each of them are scheduled to be staged on Sunday, 18 June.

31 January 2023

Confederations that joined forces with each other

Three days ago the two America confederations together with the Caribbean part have signed a collaboration agreement in order to strengthen and develop football throughout the region. According to the partnership at the older international tournament would participate teams from both regions plus new club event is going to be formed.
In summer of 2024 is scheduled to begin Copa America for the forty eighth time. Each of the 10 teams of the South American continent are going to appear together with the 6 best ones from their Northern neighbour, and these sextet of countries would have to come from the Nations league 2023-24 season. Both confederations will share responsibility to organize this event where will be played entirely in United States of America.
An unnamed club competition in a system of final four have to start from 2024 onwards. Couple of them by each region are expected to enter competing from the already existing international tournaments (much probably Champions league).

30 January 2023

Seven participants chase one trophy

On night number 32 of 2023 the first international club tournament is going to start in Morocco. At the beginning of next month five continental winners, and by one each nominated together with the host are going to compete on the Club World Cup 2022 competition.
South America together with its North, Central neighbour and Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Oceania confederations are sending the actual Champions league winners from last year. Because the 2022 season of their Asian counterpart is currently still playing and is not going to be finished on time, this continent is sending its old winner from the previous year (2021). Finally from the very start one confederation will have two participants. Rabat and Tangier are going to be welcome cities for the nineteenth edition of this competition where Seattle sounders is marked as the only debutant of all seven clubs.
In the following seven nights five of them are going to be introduced to the public, and one would have to appear twice in a space of 71.5 hours. As the tradition says, the host club is opening the event.

First phase
Wednesday, 01 February at 20.00 CET: Al ahly (home team from Africa) - Auckland city (champions of Oceania).

Second round
Saturday, 04 February at 15.30 CET: Wydad athletic club (African Champions league winner) - Al hilal (Asian selected club).
Saturday, 04 February at 18.30 CET: Seattle sounders (champion of North, Central America and Caribbean) - winning representative from phase one.