30 September 2017

French international experienced car accident

Escaping unhurt, Real Madrid star Karim Benzema was in a car accident last Friday. Seven days ago, his Audi RS6 vehicle was hit from behind by Nissan Note near Barajas airport in Madrid. The two drivers were fine after the accident, but their cars were damaged pretty good. Breathalyzer tests for both of them were negative.

29 September 2017

One duel got an unexpected break

Astana - Slavia Prague 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 17 Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui
              1:1 42 Marin Tomasov

Viktoria Plzen - Hapoel Beer Sheva 3:1

Scorers: 1:0 29 Milan Petrzela
              1:1 69 Anthony Nwakaeme
              2:1 75 Jan Kopic
              3:1 89 Marek Bakos

BATE Borisov - Arsenal 2:4

Scorers: 0:1 09 Theo Walcott
              0:2 22 Theo Walcott
              0:3 25 Rob Holding
              1:3 27 Mirko Ivanic
              1:4 49-pen Olivier Giroud
              2:4 67 Mikhail Gordeichuk

Konyaspor - Vitoria de Guimaraes 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 24 Musa Araz
              2:0 47 Deni Milosevic
              2:1 74 Paolo Hurtado

Koln - Crvena Zvezda 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 30 Richmond Boakye

Red Bull Salzburg - Olympique Marseille 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 73 Munas Dabbur

Ostersunds - Hertha 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 22-pen Brwa Nouri

Zenit Saint Petersburg - Real Sociedad 3:1

Scorers: 1:0 05 Emiliano Rigoni
              2:0 23 Aleksandr Kokorin
              2:1 41 Diego Llorente
              3:1 60 Aleksandr Kokorin

Athletic Bilbao - Zorya Luhansk 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 26 Igor Kharatin

Lugano - Steaua 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 13 Mattia Bottani
              1:1 57 Constantin Budescu
              1:2 63 Junior Maranhao

Lazio - Zulte-Waregem 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 18 Felipe Caicedo
              2:0 89 Ciro Immobile

Nice - Vitesse 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 16 Alessane Plea
              2:0 45 Allan Saint-Maximin
              3:0 82 Alessane Plea

Lokomotiv Moscow - Zlin 3:0

Scorer: 1:0 02-pen Manuel Fernandes
             2:0 06 Manuel Fernandes
             3:0 17 Manuel Fernandes

Skenderbeu - Young Boys Bern 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 65 Ali Sowe
              1:1 72 Roger Assale

AEK - Austria Vienna 2:2

Scorers: 1:0 28 Marko Livaja
              1:1 43 Christoph Monschein
              2:1 49 Ismael Tajouri
              2:2 90 Marko Livaja

Ludogorets Razgrad - Hoffenheim 2:1

Scorers: 0:1 02 Pavel Kaderabek
              1:1 46 Svetoslav Dyakov
              2:1 71 Jody Lukoki

Maccabi Tel Aviv - Villarreal 0:0

Everton - Apollon Limassol 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 12 Sardinero Adrian
              1:1 21 Wayne Rooney
              2:1 66 Nikola Vlasic
              2:2 88 Hector Juste

Sheriff Tiraspol - FC Copenhagen 0:0

Partizan - Dynamo Kyiv 2:3

Scorers: 1:0 34 Ognjen Ozegovic
              2:0 41 Leandre Tawamba Kana
              2:1 54-pen Junior Moraes
              2:2 67 Vitaliy Buyalskyi
              2:3 84 Junior Moraes

Braga - Basaksehir 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 25 Ahmed Hassan
              1:1 27 Emre Belozoglu
              2:1 89 Fransergio Fransergio

Additional information: Minutes into the second half suddenly the power went off in Allianz riviera in Nice. Footballers resumed again after 19 minutes.

28 September 2017

English champion took away the first international victory at Wanda Metropolitano in last seconds

Qarabag - Roma 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 07 Konstantinos Manolas
              0:2 14 Edin Dzeko
              1:2 28 Pedro Henrique

Atletico Madrid - Chelsea 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 40-pen Antoine Griezmann
              1:1 60 Alvaro Morata
              1:2 90+3 Michy Batshuayi

Anderlecht - Celtic 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 38 Leigh Griffiths
              0:2 50 Patrick Roberts
              0:3 90+2 Scott Sinclair

CSKA Moscow - Manchester United 1:4

Scorers: 0:1 04 Romelu Lukaku
              0:2 19-pen Anthony Martial
              0:3 26 Romelu Lukaku
              0:4 57 Henrikh Mkhitaryan
              1:4 89 Konstantin Kuchaev

Basel - Benfica 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 02 Michael Lang
              2:0 20 Dimitri Oberlin
              3:0 59-pen Ricky van Wolfswinkel
              4:0 68 Dimitri Oberlin
              5:0 76 Blas Miguel Riveros Galeano

Sporting Clube de Portugal - Barcelona 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 48-own goal Sebastian Coates

27 September 2017

Bad night for both German representatives, while Spanish with three goals got maximum points

Napoli - Feyenoord 3:1

Scorers: 1:0 07 Lorenzo Insigne
              2:0 49 Dries Mertens
              3:0 70 Jose Maria Callejon
              3:1 90+2 Sofyan Amrabat

Sevilla - Maribor 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 27 Wissam ben Yedder
              2:0 37 Wissam ben Yedder
              3:0 83-pen Wissam ben Yedder

Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid 1:3

Scorers: 0:1 17 Gareth Bale
              0:2 49 Cristiano Ronaldo
              1:2 54 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 
              1:3 79 Cristiano Ronaldo

Besiktas - RasenBallsport Leipzig 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 11 Ryan Babel
              2:0 43 Anderson Talisca

APOEL Nicosia - Tottenham 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 38 Harry Kane
              0:2 62 Harry Kane
              0:3 67 Harry Kane

Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 48 Kevin de Bruyne
              2:0 89 Raheem Sterling

Spartak Moscow - Liverpool 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 22 Fernando
              1:1 31 Philippe Coutinho

Monaco - Porto 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 30 Vincent Aboubakar
              0:2 69 Vincent Aboubakar
              0:3 89 Miguel Layun

Additional information: In the second half (from fifty-ninth minute) lights went out at Vodafone arena. The unexpected break in Istanbul lasted 10 minutes.

26 September 2017

Back to his old love

A Czech legend is back on the pitch. Unfortunately, we will not see him in any major tournament, but instead he will help his old club back to go to a higher division. Despite that is good to be back.
Forty years ago, Pavel Nedved started his youth career at an amateur club in Czech Republic called FK Skalna. Nowadays the football master is re-joining the team where he will play together with his 18 year old son Pavel Junior. 'After hard, long and challenging negotiations between the bosses of Skalna and Juventus, they have managed to sign Pavel Nedved' said the club in a statement, who with pictures and signed contract is shown on their Facebook page.
Because the 45 year old is very busy as vice-president of Juventus, his new / old team does not even know when he will debut for them.

25 September 2017

Five different time slots

For the last week in September European Cups (leagues) are back with leg two. In total, there will be five different time slots, first time this season. Two awaits us in the 'strongest' tournament, while on the last day of games are scheduled three time slots.

As every group phase is starting every year Champions league duels are divided always equally in two days. However on the last day, one pair will start earlier than the others.

Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: APOEL Nicosia - Tottenham.
Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: Besiktas - RasenBallsport Leipzig.
Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid.
Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: Manchester City - Shakhtar Donetsk.
Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: Monaco - Porto.
Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: Napoli - Feyenoord.
Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: Sevilla - Maribor.
Tuesday, 26 September at 20.45 CET: Spartak Moscow - Liverpool.

Wednesday, 27 September at 18.00 CET: Qarabag - Roma.

Wednesday, 27 September at 20.45 CET: Anderlecht - Celtic.
Wednesday, 27 September at 20.45 CET: Atletico Madrid - Chelsea.
Wednesday, 27 September at 20.45 CET: Basel - Benfica.
Wednesday, 27 September at 20.45 CET: CSKA Moscow - Manchester United.
Wednesday, 27 September at 20.45 CET: Juventus - Olympiacos.
Wednesday, 27 September at 20.45 CET: PSG - Bayern Munich.
Wednesday, 27 September at 20.45 CET: Sporting Clube de Portugal - Barcelona.

In the next competition 24 games are expected to be played, but this time with triple fun. Three fixed time slots for the second leg of the Europa league basically means that we will have non-stop football from afternoon until evening - all live.

Thursday, 28 September at 17.00 CET: Astana - Slavia Prague.

Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Athletic Bilbao - Zorya Luhansk.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: BATE Borisov - Arsenal.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Koln - Crvena Zvezda.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Konyaspor - Vitoria de Guimaraes.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Lazio - Zulte-Waregem.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Lugano - Steaua.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Nice - Vitesse.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Ostersunds - Hertha.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Red Bull Salzburg - Olympique Marseille.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Rosenborg - Vardar.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Viktoria Plzen - Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Thursday, 28 September at 19.00 CET: Zenit Saint Petersburg - Real Sociedad.

Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: AEK - Austria Vienna.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Braga - Basaksehir.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Everton - Apollon Limassol.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Lokomotiv Moscow - Zlin.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Ludogorets Razgrad - Hoffenheim.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Maccabi Tel Aviv - Villarreal.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Milan - Rijeka.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Olympique Lyon - Atalanta.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Partizan - Dynamo Kyiv.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Sheriff Tiraspol - FC Copenhagen.
Thursday, 28 September at 21.05 CET: Skenderbeu - Young Boys Bern.

24 September 2017

If you are on break it means that you have to pay

This week the European Cup (league) competitions have a deserved break, but for some clubs this rest is turning out to be a nightmare. By the word nightmare we mean that they have to 'donate' certain amount of money to UEFA cash box mainly because of their 'naughty' supporters. Before second leg resume next Tuesday, last and this week the European football organization speed up the proceedings to punish 3 teams, one individual, whilst 4 cases will be determined next month. Among those, 2 are being delayed.
We begin with the 'strongest' competition in Slovenia with  the game between Maribor and Spartak Moscow. Russian champions were fined 60.000 euros plus the club is forbidden to sell tickets to its supporters for the next away match. This was due to (plenty of) fireworks from their fans and they fired one rocket near the center which almost hit referee of the match Deniz Aytekin.
In Liverpool - Sevilla game both supporters watched calmly their duel, but visiting trainer went 'too far'. Sevilla coach, Eduardo Berizzo, got a red card in the sixtieth minute because he kicked a ball twice onto the pitch and thus caused disruption of the match. Therefore we will not be seeing the Argentine on the bench next Tuesday against Maribor.
Over at the Europa league one pair was in danger of being even postponed and be not played. The kick-off was delayed for more than an hour in Arsenal and Koln, as the reason was obvious: more than 20.000 German fans, fighting with police, stormed the gates in a protest where 'the kind hosts' has given them only 3.000 tickets for a 60.430 seats capacity. Many of them managed to enter the stadium where a new scuffle was started with security. Hence, UEFA has opened investigation for both clubs and postponed the punishments. Four charges were brought up against the visitors, whilst there was 'only' one for the hosts.
In the qualifying for the this tournament, also 'only' one charge was for Everton as well in a game versus Hajduk. Very poor organization for the hosts was the cause that the club has to pay 'miserable' 10.000 euros. Thirty thousand euros more have to deliver Croatian visitors as their fans damaged Goodison park, invaded the pitch and threw various objects on it.
Cases in Manchester United - Basel, Celtic - PSG and Shakhtar Donetsk - Napoli from Champions league, as well as Olympique Marseille - Konyaspor from the second competition will be determined 19 October.

23 September 2017

Three finalists are battling for 'The Best' seven times

Who will be 'The Best' player of the year? The world football organization has presented 7 categories and in them there are 3 finalists who will take this award.

For the main prizes this year, according to FIFA: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Neymar (PSG), are new / old best 3 players. One of them will walk away with an award from the men side. From the women there are Deyna Castellanos (Santa Clarita Blue Heat), Carli Lloyd (Manchester City) or Lieke Martens (Barcelona).
Six names are also battling to be best coaches, but only two will be recognized. On the men part are Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid). Nils Nielsen (Denmark national team), Gerard Precheur (Olympique Lyon) or Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands national team) are fighting to be the best in women category.
We can agree that 10 players on the pitch are nothing without a goalkeeper. For this reward nominees are: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) and Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich).
One of the point going into a game is also to see lots and lots of gorgeous goals. Ten names are in contest for the beautiful goal ever, called the Puskas award: Kevin-Prince Boateng (Eintracht Frankfurt), Alejandro Camargo (Universidad de Conception), Deyna Castellanos (Santa Clarita Blue Heat), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Aviles Hurtado (Monterrey), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Oscarine Masuluke (Baroka FC), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Jordi Mboula (Monaco). Note: all players in this list are given where they are playing at the moment.
The last reward are for the precious fans from which this sport cannot exist. Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and FC Copenhagen are competing in this category.

You can still vote for the Puskas and fan awards on FIFA website, while the winners will be known 23 October.

22 September 2017

Boosting finances into lower English leagues

If you are not interested in watching lower leagues, other than the primary one, Sky will (probably) change your mind.
Last Tuesday the British company has announced that it will promote them on their channels by paying 670 million euros. An five year deal starts from 2019, and under the current agreement that is a raise of 36 percent. After the TV deal is signed between the league leaders and Sky, this amount will be divided by clubs from the championship, league one, league two as well as two Cup competitions.

21 September 2017

Atletico Madrid stadium immediately took the honours

Not long ago after the host played their first match on a new stadium, shortly after came the recognition from UEFA. Wanda Metropolitano was opened last weekend, and today the European football organization awarded that on this 240 million euros beauty to be played Champions league final for 2018/19 season. Final game will be played on 01 June 2019.
Three days earlier (29 May) Azerbaijan will host the Europa league final at the Olympic stadium in Baku. Besiktas stadium in Istanbul, Turkey is going to welcome the winners of both European leagues in the Super Cup final on 14 August 2019.

20 September 2017

Switching sports

Some players cannot live without sports. After ending their career, out of challenges or to remain fit, some want to continue playing even if its a totally different game.
Whether he was bored in life or not, Rio Ferdinand decided to turn a new leaf and to join boxing. Two years after retiring from football, the 38 year old will experiment into this new sport after he receives boxing licence with the help of betting house Betfair.

19 September 2017

Twenty four months without a car

Hundred hours of unpaid work (which he has to accomplish that in a period of 12 months), 193 euros of tax expenses and two (long) years without a driving license. This is the verdict of the Stockport court which imposes on drunken driver Wayne Rooney. He was caught up by police speeding nearly three times over the limit under the influence of alcohol at the beginning of September. What is more worse, the striker was partying with a single mother Laura Simpson, while his wife await their fourth child.
After the sentence, the 31 year old apologized to all, but the damage has already been done. Therefore, if you are a good friends with the player, this is a perfect opportunity for you to offer him a ride in the next couple of years.

18 September 2017

Historic night on a new stadium

On Saturday Atletico Madrid played their first match in a completely new stadium. A minimal 1:0 result over Malaga was very important knowing the fact that it was on Wanda Metropolitano. This beauty project worth 240 million euros can receive 67.700 spectators. On the opening night and for the first win of the home team one of the guests was the Spanish king Felipe VI.

17 September 2017

Latest driving incident

Recently Wayne Rooney has done a very stupid thing after driving under the influence of alcohol and because of that he was being caught by police. However, now we have a totally different situation.
A teacher (coach) of the whole national team followed his 'good example' as he did the same mistake. Last weekend (Sunday), trainer of Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill was stopped how he was driving in alcoholic state near Edinburgh (Scotland).
The 48 year old needs to appear in the Scottish capital court on 10 October, two days after his team is playing a World Cup qualifying match against Norway.

16 September 2017

Referee lady in German top football league

Last weekend the German top football league wrote a little history. On Sunday 10 September, in a game between Hertha and Werder, Bibiana Steinhaus entered the books as a first female referee in Bundesliga. This 38 year old police woman started refereeing 18 years ago, and up until now she officiated more than 80 games in the second division.

15 September 2017

Copied games from Vienna and Waregem until every detail

Villarreal - Astana 3:1

Scorers: 1:0 16 Nicola Sansone
              1:1 67 Yuri Logvinenko
              2:1 74 Cedric Bakambu
              3:1 77 Denis Cheryshev

Hoffenheim - Braga 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 24 Sandro Wagner
              1:1 45+1 Joao Carlos Teixeira
              1:2 50 Dyego Sousa

Basaksehir - Ludogorets Razgrad 0:0

Zlin - Sheriff Tiraspol 0:0

Slavia Prague - Maccabi Tel Aviv 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 12 Tomas Necid

Copenhagen - Lokomotiv Moscow 0:0

Apollon Limassol - Olympique Lyon 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 53-pen Memphis Depay
              1:1 90+3 Sardinero Adrian

Austria Vienna - Milan 1:5

Scorers: 0:1 07 Hakan Calhanoglou
              0:2 10 Andre Silva
              0:3 20 Andre Silva
              1:3 47 Alexander Borkovic
              1:4 56 Andre Silva
              1:5 63 Suso

Dynamo Kyiv - Skenderbeu 3:1

Scorers: 0:1 38 Gjergji Muzaka
              1:1 47 Sergiy Sydorchuk
              2:1 49 Junior Moraes
              3:1 65-pen Dieumerci Mbokani

Young Boys Bern - Partizan 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 10 Marko Jankovic
              1:1 13 Christian Fassnacht

Olympique Marseille - Konyaspor 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 48 Adil Rami

Steaua - Viktoria Plzen 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 21-pen Constantin Budescu
              2:0 44 Constantin Budescu
              3:0 72 Denis Alibec

Vitesse - Lazio 2:3

Scorers: 1:0 33 Tim Matavz
              1:1 50 Marco Parolo
              2:1 57 Brian Linssen
              2:2 66 Ciro Immoile
              2:3 75 Alessandro Murgia

Zorya Luhansk - Ostersunds 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 50 Saman Ghoddos
              0:2 90+4 Alhaji Gero

Real Sociedad - Rosenborg 4:0

Scorers: 1:0 08 Diego Llorente
              2:0 10 David Zurutuza
              3:0 41-own goal Jorgen Skjelvik
              4:0 77 Diego Llorente

Hapoel Beer Sheva - Lugano 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 02 Dan Einbinder
              2:0 59-pen Shir Tzedek
              2:1 67-own goal Shir Tzedek

Zulte-Waregem - Nice 1:5

Scorers: 0:1 16 Alessane Plea
              0:2 20 Alessane Plea
              0:3 28 Dante
              1:3 46 Aaron Iseka Leya
              1:4 69 Allan Saint-Maximin
              1:5 73 Mario Baloteli

Hertha - Athletic Bilbao 0:0

Crvena Zvezda - BATE Borisov 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 53 Nemanja Radonjic
              1:1 72 Nikolai Signevich

Vitoria de Guimaraes - Red Bull Salzburg 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 24 Pedrao
              1:1 45 Valon Berisha

14 September 2017

Four goals in a match where Turkish champions scored all of them

Real Madrid - APOEL Nicosia 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 12 Cristiano Ronaldo
              2:0 50-pen Cristiano Ronaldo
              3:0 61 Sergio Ramos

Maribor - Spartak Moscow 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 59 Aleksandr Samedov
              1:1 84 Damjan Bohar

Porto - Besiktas 1:3

Scorers: 0:1 13 Anderson Talisca
              1:1 20-own goal Dusko Tosic
              1:2 28 Cenk Tosun
              1:3 85 Ryan Babel

Liverpool - Sevilla 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 05 Wissam ben Yedder
              1:1 21 Roberto Firmino
              2:1 36 Mohamed Salah
              2:2 72 Joaquin Correa

Feyenoord - Manchester City 0:4

Scorers: 0:1 02 John Stones
              0:2 10 Sergio Aguero
              0:3 24 Gabriel Jesus
              0:4 63 John Stones

Shakhtar Donetsk - Napoli 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 15 Taison
              2:0 58 Facundo Ferreyra
              2:1 72-pen Arkadiusz Milik

13 September 2017

Ivorian Seydou Doumbia with the quickest goal on 68 seconds opened group phase this season

Benfica - CSKA Moscow 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 50 Haris Seferovic
              1:1 63-pen Vitinho
              1:2 71 Timur Zhamaletdinov

Bayern Munich - Anderlecht 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 12-pen Robert Lewandowski
              2:0 64 Thiago Alcantara
              3:0 90 Joshua Kimmich

Olympiacos - Sporting Clube de Portugal 2:3

Scorers: 0:1 01 Seydou Doumbia
              0:2 13 Gelson Martins
              0:3 42 Bruno Fernandes
              1:3 89 Felipe Pardo
              2:3 90+2 Felipe Pardo

Chelsea - Qarabag 6:0

Scorers: 1:0 06 Pedro Rodriguez
              2:0 29 Davide Zappacosta
              3:0 55 Cesar Azpilicueta
              4:0 71 Tiemoue Bakayoko
              5:0 75 Michy Batshuayi
              6:0 81-own goal Maksim Medvedev

Celtic - PSG 0:5

Scorers: 0:1 19 Neymar
              0:2 33 Kylian Mbappe
              0:3 40-pen Edinson Cavami
              0:4 83-own goal Mikael Lustig
              0:5 85 Edinson Cavani

Manchester United - Basel 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 35 Marouane Fellaini
              2:0 52 Romelu Lukaku
              3:0 84 Marcus Rashford

Barcelona - Juventus 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 45 Lionel Messi
              2:0 56 Ivan Rakitic
              3:0 68 Lionel Messi

Roma - Atletico Madrid 0:0

12 September 2017

Violating fair play

Last week La Liga leaders asked UEFA to conduct an investigation of possible breach of fair play for PSG and Manchester City. Primera division president Javier Tebas believes that these two clubs are using state help 'which brings irreversible damage to the football industry'. The English team is owned by a consortium from Abu Dhabi, while French club are possessed by conglomerate from Qatar.
Media are already guessing that Paris team is breaking the rules of FFP (financial fair play) because first it bought Neymar for 222 million euros and then Kylian Mbappe for 180 million. But, in order to stay inside FFP the Monaco transfer (for Mbappe) was first shown as a loan. It seems that this was the cause UEFA to investigate PSG after all. Manchester City for now has not come in line to be explored.
Under the rules of FFP, the team cannot spend more money than it earned.

11 September 2017

Premiere group openings of new 2017/18 season

For the last three months we saw plenty of qualifying matches and for the next three month we are going to see (probably) the best matches European leagues has to offer. Next week the European Cups are back into action with new official 2017/18 season with 3 fixed times. In total we are going to have 20 groups (8 in the first plus 12 at the second tournament).

The 'strongest' competition is always staring first. Over two days, 8 matches are starting at the same time.

Tuesday, 12 September at 20.45 CET: Barcelona - Juventus, Bayern Munich - Anderlecht, Benfica - CSKA Moscow, Celtic - PSG, Chelsea - Qarabag, Manchester United - Basel, Olympiacos - Sporting, Roma - Atletico Madrid.

Wednesday, 13 September at 20.45 CET: Feyenoord - Manchester City, Leipzig - Monaco, Liverpool - Sevilla, Maribor - Spartak Moscow, Real Madrid - APOEL Nicosia, Porto - Besiktas, Shakhtar Donetsk - Napoli, Tottenham - Borussia Dortmund.

Europa league has 4 more groups, which means plenty of matches with double fun. Twelve games each will start in two fixed times.

Thursday, 14 September at 19.00 CET: Apollon Limassol - Olympique Lyon, Atalanta - Everton, Austria Vienna - Milan, Basaksehir - Ludogorets Razgrad, Copenhagen - Lokomotiv Moscow, Dynamo Kyiv - Skenderbeu, Hoffenheim - Braga, Rijeka - AEK, Slavia Prague - Maccabi Tel Aviv, Villarreal - Astana, Zlin - Sheriff Tiraspol.

Thursday, 14 September at 21.05 CET: Arsenal - Koln, Crvena Zvezda - BATE Borisov, Hapoel Beer Sheva - Lugano, Hertha - Athletic Bilbao, Olympique Marseille - Konyaspor, Real Sociedad - Rosenborg, Steaua - Viktoria Plzen, Vardar - Zenit Saint Petersburg, Vitesse - Lazio, Vitoria Guimaraes - Red Bull Salzburg, Zorya Luhansk - Ostersunds, Zulte Waregem - Nice.

10 September 2017

Drunk driver

Last Friday morning Wayne Rooney was caught how he was speeding with black Volkswagen Beetle. The Cheshire police have stopped a drunk driver little after 04.00 CET and arrest him. He was partying with a single mother Laura Simpson, dancing on tables all night long singing Oasis songs, and drinking for 10 hours. At the end was detained by driving her car. Now, the 31 year old striker is obliged to appear to court on 18 September.

Multi-EURO is a problem

Two counties hosting the best 24 European teams can be a smooth process, but more than than could be a real trouble. To that topic answered Slovenian lawyer Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, at the sport magazine Kicker last Monday. "Although that is a wonderful idea which symbolizes unique Europe, that is not a model for the future. For us at the organization playing EURO 2020 throughout the continent present very big problems."
To this 'original' idea came his predecessor Michel Platini, when he proposed that the European championship could be played in 13 different countries. The proposal was accepted in December 2012.

09 September 2017

Awaiting for punishments

One match each from last and this week, both of them from World Cup qualifiers - Europe region, are under FIFA investigation due to forbidden gestures. One of that case is referred to the whole team, while the other to a individual.
We begin with a game which happened at the very first day of this month. In Prague, against Czech Republic, visiting fans did too many troubles which could cost a lot for their team Germany. Among many things the spectators first insulted their own player Timo Werner, did plenty of fireworks and disrupt national anthems. However, the worst part was that they shouted 'Sieg Heil' during the whole game. Soon after came an alibi from the German FA, by saying that the hooligans did not purchase tickets through official channels.
A 'professional' player humiliate himself very well in the game versus Slovakia this Monday night. It was caught how the 21 year old English footballer showed his middle finger towards French referee Clement Turpin because in 77 minute the man in yellow did not award penalty for the hosts. And this alibi is quite different: this 'joke' was intended to his teammate Kyle Walker.

08 September 2017

Because of an awful 'mistake' whole match needs to be re-played

Sending of players in a match is almost everyday in football, but removal of game official from this sport is a really rare thing. But, the rarest case is that many of them are losing their job permanently.
In an afternoon game (14.00 CET), on 12 November 2016 in the group stage from the African region for the World Cup qualifiers in Russia, South Africa and Senegal played their game from the second leg. It was just a ordinary match up until 43 minute when referee Joseph Lamptey out of the blue gave a fictional penalty for the home team. Even aliens from the nearby galaxies wondered what is going on, if this really is happening because Kalidou Koulibaly did not touch the ball with his hand, but instead he played with his knee in the penalty box. At that point the referee from Ghana was very close and it looked very suspicious when that 'incident' happened as it was clearly visible even from the Moon. Up until that point the result was goalless, however South Africa won at the end 2:1.
Today FIFA has annulled the match and ordered to be played a new one, which is more likely to be in November (coincidence or not the original was same month last year). As for the culprit (who messed this whole thing up) the decision is justifiable: the official is banned from football for life.

07 September 2017

Two identical results

Honduras - United States of America 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 27 Romell Quioto
              1:1 85 Bobby Shou Wood

Costa Rica - Mexico 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 42-own goal Christian Gamboa
              1:1 82 Marcos Urena

Panama - Trinidad and Tobago 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 39 Gabriel Torres
              2:0 57 Carlyle Deon Mitchell
              3:0 85 Abdiel Arroyo

Each home team managed to score at least a goal

Bolivia - Chile 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 59-pen Juan Carlos Arce

Colombia - Brazil 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 45+2 Willian
              1:1 55 Radamel Falcao

Ecuador - Peru 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 73 Edison Flores
              0:2 76 Paolo Hurtado
              1:2 80-pen Enner Valencia

Argentina - Venezuela 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 50 Jhon Murillo
             1:1 54-own goal Rolf Feltscher

Paraguay - Uruguay 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 76 Federico Valverde
              0:2 80-own goal Gustavo Gomez
              1:2 88 Angel Romero

Only three countries have passing marks until half time, while majority has failed class

Austria - Georgia 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 07 Valeriane Gvilia
              1:1 43 Louis Schaub

Iceland - Ukraine 2:0

Scorer: 1:0 46 Gylfi Sigurdsson
            2:0 65 Gylfi Sigurdsson

Italy - Israel 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 53 Ciro Immobile

Kosovo - Finland 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 83 Teemu Pukki

Liechtenstein - Spain 0:8

Scorers: 0:1 02 Sergio Ramos
              0:2 15 Alvaro Morata
              0:3 16 Isco
              0:4 39 David Silva
              0:5 50 Iago Aspas
              0:6 53 Alvaro Morata
              0:7 62 Iago Aspas
              0:8 89-own goal Maximilian Goppel

Moldova - Wales 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 80 Hal Robson-Kanu
              0:2 90+3 Aaron Ramsey

Republic of Ireland - Serbia 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 54 Aleksandar Kolarov

Turkey - Croatia 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 75 Cenk Tosun

Ghana is showing no mercy

Congo - Ghana 1:5

Scorers: 0:1 22 Richmond Boakye
              0:2 26 Thomas Partey
              1:2 43 Lloyd Ayet
              1:3 45+2 Thomas Partey
              1:4 68 Thomas Partey
              1:5 84 Richmond Boakye

South Africa - Cape Verde 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 51 Garry Rodrigues
              0:2 66 Garry Rodrigues
              1:2 89 Andile Jali

Democratic Republic of Congo - Tunisia 2:2

Scorers: 1:0 09 Chancel Mbemba
              2:0 47 Paul-Jose M'Poku
              2:1 77-own goal Wilfred Moke
              2:2 78 Anice Badri

Ivory Coast - Gabon 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 18 Axel Meye Me Ndong
              0:2 29 Mario Lemina
              1:2 57 Maxwell Cornet

Burkina Faso - Senegal 2:2

Scorers: 1:0 09 Bertrand Traore
              1:1 26 Ismaila Sarr
              1:2 75 Sadio Mane
              2:2 89-own goal Pape Seydou N'Diaye

Egypt - Uganda 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 06 Mohamed Salah

Mali - Morocco 0:0

Algeria - Zambia 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 66 Patson Daka

All Asian travelers are known

Australia - Thailand 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 69 Tomi Juric
              1:1 81 Pokkhao Anan
              2:1 86 Matthew Leckie

Iraq - United Arab Emirates 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 28 Ayman Hussein

IR Iran - Syria 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 12 Tamer Haj Mohamad
             1:1 45 Sardar Azmoun
             2:1 64 Sardar Azmoun
             2:2 90+2 Omar al Somah

Qatar - PR China 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 46 Akram Afif
              1:1 74 Zhi Xiao
              1:2 83 Lei Wu

Uzbekistan - South Korea 0:0

Saudi Arabia - Japan 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 62 Fahad al Muwallad

Additional information: IR Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia have booked their tickets to Russia next year. In the beginning of October a crucial double match will resolve in a space of 5 days. Either Syria or Australia have a chance to join the big four and at least one of these two have secured 360 minutes of football (or more). The tricky thing is consisting of 2 parts: at first they have to compete each other, while at the second the lucky overall winner will have to travel to the other side of the world.

Low coefficient countries surely know how to entertain in their own way

North Korea - Lebanon 2:2

Scorers: 1:0 22 Kim Yu-Song
              1:1 46 Nour Mansour
              2:1 86 Rik Ri Jong
              2:2 90+3 Hassan Maatouk

Nepal - Tajikistan 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 25 Manuchehr Dzhalilov
              0:2 29 Dilsod Vasiev
              1:2 61 Bimal Magar

Cambodia - Vietnam 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 03 Nguyen van Quyet
              1:1 10 Chan Vathanaka
              1:2 Nguyen Quang Hai

Macau - India 0:2

Scorer: 0:1 56 Balwant Singh
            0:2 82 Balwant Singh

Philippines - Yemen 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 26 Mudir Abdurabu Ali al Radaei
              1:1 29 Philip Younghusband
              1:2 55 Abdulwasea al Matari
              2:2 71 James Younghusband

Singapore - Turkmenistan 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 63 Shakhir bin Hamzah
              1:1 82 Altymyrat Annadurdyyev

Bhutan - Palestine 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 50 Yaser Islame
              0:2 90+5 Abdallatif al Bahdari

Malaysia - Hong Kong 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 53 Alessandro Ferreira Leonardo (aka Sandro)
              1:1 56 Mohd Syazwan bin Zainon

Kyrgyzstan - Myanmar POSTPONED

Oman - Maldives 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 04 Mohsin al Khaldi
              2:0 58 Khalid Khalifa al-Hajri
              3:0 69 Salaah al-Yahyaei
              4:0 85 Jameel al Yahmadi
              5:0 87 Sami al-Hasani

Bahrain - Chinese Taipei 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 10 Komail al Aswad
              2:0 45+4 Mohamed Ali Jaafar Madan
              3:0 55 Mahdi Abduljabbar
              4:0 74 Abulla Yusuf
              5:0 89 Mahdi Abduljabbar

Jordan - Afghanistan 4:1

Scorers: 1:0 24 Saeed al Murjan
              2:0 33 Odai al Saify
              3:0 44-pen Yaseen al Bakhit
              3:1 73-pen Zubair Amiri
              4:1 88 Hamza al Daradreh

05 September 2017

Two more games for New Zealand

Solomon Islands - New Zealand 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 14 Myer Bevan
              0:2 21-own goal Haddis Aengari
              1:2 28-pen Micah Lea'alafa
              2:2 78-pen Henry Fa'arodo

Additional information: With overall score of 3:8, the 'All Whites' has won the first part of Oceania World Cup qualifiers. Second and hardest will come this November where New Zealand will play two more intercontinental playoff matches against a fifth team from CONMEBOL region.

Troubled Asia

After North Korea - Malaysia at the beginning of Asian Cup qualifiers at the end of March, the Asian confederation today has postponed another game. Due to a 'potential terror act' the duel between Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar is cancelled. The decision to cancel the duel was announced by prime minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov. Earlier, talking in social media, people in Kyrgyzstan were planned to stage a peaceful protest before the match because of a growing deadly violent clashes in Rakhine state, in western Myanmar.
Kyrgyzstan FF president Semetei Sultanov, have said it is more likely that the match will be transferred and be played in another country.