28 February 2021

Judgements were being way too soft

Eleven days ago the Switzerland accusers have appealed the sentence at the Federal criminal court against three people: for one former and present officials, together with a corrupt businessman, that was issued on 30 October 2020.
On that date an ex-secretary general in the world football organization Jerome Valcke received a suspended sentence of three months and had to deliver 1.35 million Swiss francs (1.26 million euros) to the same affiliation that he worked for and where later was fired from it in 2016. At 2013 he became a (proud) owner of an luxury villa on a Italian island that was bought with the help of Nasser al-Khelaifi. Together they developed a scheme of how to deceive the public concerning World Cup broadcasting rights by falsifying documents for Italy and Greece. Cheating could not be completed without Dinos Deris executive at a Greek marketing agency.
For the above criminal activity prosecutors wants all three to be locked up, while the last two names have been cleared of any charges.

27 February 2021

Known eight pairs that were drawn for second knockout stage

After the excitement on Thursday night today was performed the draw for the second knockout stage. The best 16 clubs of Europa league found out who will play who over two matches, and the whole thing from this phase is going to be over next month. Schedule for the eight pairs who will kick off on 11 and 18 March in two equal times is the following:

Ajax - Young boys Bern.
Dynamo Kyiv - Villarreal.
Roma - Shakhtar Donetsk.
Olympiacos - Arsenal.
Dinamo Zagreb - Tottenham.
Manchester united - Milan.
Slavia Praha - Glasgow rangers.
Granada - Molde.

26 February 2021

Seven goals with two punishments on one duel

Europa league, first knockout stage, last 32, leg 2 (night 2 out of 2):

Arsenal - Benfica 3:2 (neutral venue)

Scorers: 1:0 20 (20.09) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
               1:1 42 (42.20) Diogo Goncalves
               1:2 61 (60.44) Rafael Silva
               2:2 67 (66.33) Kieran Tierney
               3:2 87 (86.44) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Hoffenheim - Molde 0:2

Scorer: 0:1 19 (18.59) Eirik Ulland Andersen
             0:2 90+4 (93.58) Eirik Ulland Andersen

Villarreal - Red bull Salzburg 2:1

Scorers: 0:1 17 (16.30) Mergim Berisha
               1:1 39 (39.17) Gerard Moreno
               2:1 89-pen (88.54) Gerard Moreno

Ajax - Lille 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 15 (14.30) Davy Klaassen
               1:1 77-pen (77.10) Yusuf Yazici
               2:1 88 (87.25) David Neres

Glasgow rangers - Antwerp 5:2

Scorers: 1:0 08 (08.17) Alfredo Morelos
               1:1 31 (30.56) Lior Refaelov
               2:1 45 (45.16) Nathan Patterson
               3:1 55 (54.23) Ryan Kent
               3:2 57 (56.39) Didier Lamkel Ze
               4:2 79-pen (78.50) Borna Barisic
               5:2 90+2-pen (91.33) Cedric Itten

Shakhtar Donetsk - Maccabi Tel Aviv 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 67-pen (66.53) Junior Moraes

Napoli - Granada 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 03 (02.23) Piotr Zielinski
               1:1 25 (24.32) Angel Montoro
               2:1 58 (58.08) Fabian Ruiz Pena

Bayer Leverkusen - Young boys Bern 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 47 (46.56) Jordan Siebatcheu
               0:2 85 (85.19) Christian Fassnacht

Club Brugge - Dynamo Kyiv 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 82 (82.15) Vitaliy Buyalskyi

Roma - Braga 3:1

Scorers: 1:0 23 (22.50) Edin Dzeko
               2:0 74 (73.54) Carles Perez
               2:1 87-own goal (87.00) Bryan Cristante
               3:1 90+1 (90.24) Borja Mayoral

- The home team had a punishment at 72 (71.40), but Lorenzo Pellegrini failed to convert it as he missed the whole goal.

Dinamo Zagreb - Krasnodar 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 30 (30.09) Mislav Orsic

Leicester - Slavia Praha 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 49 (48.22) Lukas Provod
               0:2 79 (78.36) Abdallah Sima

Milan - Crvena zvezda 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 08-pen (08.05) Franck Kessie
               1:1 24 (23.37) El Fardou Mohamed Ben Nabouhane

- Crvena zvezda ended this game with 10 men, because Marko Gobeljic was sent-off at 69 (69.19) for two yellow cards.

Manchester united - Real Sociedad 0:0

- Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) missed an 11 metre punishment on 13 (12.37).

PSV - Olympiacos 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 22 (22.15) Eran Zahavi
               2:0 44 (43.42) Eran Zahavi
               2:1 88 (87.31) Ahmed Mahgoub (better known as Kouka)

Additional information: Arsenal, Molde, Villarreal, Ajax, Glasgow rangers, Shakhtar Donetsk, Granada, Young boys Bern, Dynamo Kyiv, Roma, Dinamo Zagreb, Slavia Praha, Milan, Manchester united and Olympiacos qualified for the next knock out stage.

25 February 2021

First traveler into last 16

Europa league, first knockout stage, last 32, leg 2 (night 1 out of 2):

Tottenham - Wolfsberger 4:0

Scorers: 1:0 10 (09.56) Dele Alli
               2:0 50 (49.36) Carlos Vinicius
               3:0 73 (72.44) Gareth Bale
               4:0 83 (82.22) Carlos Vinicius

Additional information: with an impressive result in both matches of 8:1 Tottenham is the first club who qualified for last 16.

First knockout phase of Champions league, round of 16, leg 1 (part 4 of 4):

Atalanta - Real Madrid 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 86 (85.39) Ferland Mendy

- At 17 (16.57) the home midfielder Remo Freuler said goodbye to his teammates, receiving a direct red card.

24 February 2021

Neutral ground brought more luck to the visiting side

First knockout phase of Champions league, round of 16, leg 1 (part 3 of 4):

Atletico Madrid - Chelsea 0:1 (neutral venue)

Scorer: 0:1 68 (67.57) Olivier Giroud

23 February 2021

Limited number of plays

At the end of March has to start various qualifying matches for the World Cup 2022 event. However, from 19 February it is announced that many of them from the Asian continent are cancelled, and the reason is much more obvious of why this is happening. These are together with elimination duels for the Asian Cup 2023 as well, which after this notice it is more clear that the schedule is way behind. Everyone is trying to find a solution to this problem, thus new gaming calendar have to come up from the range of 31 May and up until 15 June, and one of the suggestions is (again) gathering and playing at one location (like the international club tournaments).
Because travel restrictions in some parts between the countries are still in place, games for next month and June will be more than halved. From 88 expected duels (22 taken from each match nights), four of them got the green light to go ahead, or divided: three are going to be played from seventh, while one will be from the eighth match night. The mini table with local kick offs, duels and places from groups B, D and F can be found on the confederation website from the above mentioned date.

22 February 2021

Different phases and meaning of games

On the last week of this month European Cups tournaments are back and for the first time both of them will begin on two nights. Because of the well known health problem on the continent, three hosts are forced to shift their matches onto a foreign country. For the following 20 pairs 3 kick off times are expected to start.

The last four duels have to be played of the round 16 from the Champions league event with the first 90 minutes. Equally divided, each one of them will be staged over two nights.

Tuesday, 23 February at 21.00 CET: Atletico Madrid - Chelsea (playing in Bucharest, Romania).
Tuesday, 23 February at 21.00 CET: Lazio - Bayern Munich.

Wednesday, 24 February at 21.00 CET: Atalanta - Real Madrid.
Wednesday, 24 February at 21.00 CET: Borussia Monchengladbach - Manchester city (playing at Budapest, Hungary).

Since knockout stage has started, Europa league is commencing with a debut time and night of the second leg for the last 32. As this tournament is full of goals (not always), many pairs are in 'danger' of having additional times or even penalties, which means that travelers for the next round may be prolonged.

Wednesday, 24 February at 18.00 CET: Tottenham - Wolfsberger.

Thursday, 25 February at 18.55 CET: Ajax - Lille.
Thursday, 25 February at 18.55 CET: Arsenal - Benfica (playing in Athens, Greece).
Thursday, 25 February at 18.55 CET: Glasgow rangers - Antwerp.
Thursday, 25 February at 18.55 CET: Hoffenheim - Molde.
Thursday, 25 February at 18.55 CET: Napoli - Granada.
Thursday, 25 February at 18.55 CET: Shakhtar Donetsk - Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Thursday, 25 February at 18.55 CET: Villarreal - Red bull Salzburg.

Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: Bayer Leverkusen - Young boys Bern.
Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: Club Brugge - Dynamo Kyiv.
Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: Dinamo Zagreb - Krasnodar.
Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: Leicester - Slavia Praha.
Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: Manchester united - Real Sociedad.
Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: Milan - Crvena zvezda.
Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: PSV - Olympiacos.
Thursday, 25 February at 21.00 CET: Roma - Braga.

21 February 2021

Remembering group phase matches that were played last year

Last week the European football confederation has opened a formal investigation into a suspended duel that happened two months ago, and financially punished two clubs where one of them has participated on another tournament last year. All of the above three cases have being occurred at the group stage of both events.
On 11 February the case was (finally) opened on a mysterious incident that happened 09 December 2020 at an empty stadium. That night PSG and Basaksehir have entertained each other at their last game from the Champions league where nor 13 minutes have passed when the visiting assistant coach have heard a forbidden racist word. As not a single spectator was present at the arena, the strangest thing is that that expression came from the fourth official. Hence Sebastian Constantin Coltescu will be thoroughly 'investigated' due to lack of respect couple of months after the match.
Day later, the affiliation has extracted money from the cashbox of two Russian teams who are now competing at Europa league. Because on 08 December 2020 Krasnodar arrived very late to the Champions league duel against Chelsea, the club had to pay 15.000 euros fine. Five thousand euros less had to deliver CSKA Moscow for the reason that their fans were provoking and insulting the Feyenoord players from a game that occurred 26 November 2020.

20 February 2021

Italian club have foreign investor

At 2008 Gabriele Volpi bought Spezia when it was competing in Serie D, under his guidance at 2019-20 season came the first ever appearance in Serie A after 114 years of its history, while from 11 February 2021 the club is in new hands. Majority of shares and for an undisclosed amount, Robert Platek became the fresh investor who together with Philip will assist his brother as vice president of the team. Local media speculates with the number of 22 million euros which also are saying that the price may be even lower if the American owners fails to keep the top division status and be relegated in lower league.

19 February 2021

Ten players equalized at stoppage time

Europa league, first knockout stage, last 32, leg 1:

Dynamo Kyiv - Club Brugge 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 62 (61.27) Vitaliy Buyalskyi
               1:1 67 (66.22) Brandon Mechele

Crvena zvezda - Milan 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 42-own goal (41.31) Radovan Pankov
               1:1 52-pen (51.36) Guelor Kanga
               1:2 60-pen (60.18) Theo Hernandez
               2:2 90+3 (92.28) Milan Pavkov

- On 76 (76.08) Milan Rodic (Crvena zvezda) had to leave the pitch because of two yellow cards.

Wolfsberger - Tottenham 1:4 (neutral venue)

Scorers: 0:1 13 (12.34) Son Heung-min
               0:2 28 (27.55) Gareth Bale
               0:3 34 (33.50) Lucas Moura
               1:3 55-pen (54.27) Michael Liendl
               1:4 87 (87.18) Carlos Vinicius

Olympiacos - PSV 4:2

Scorers: 1:0 08 (08.15) Andreas Bouchalakis
               1:1 14 (13.31) Eran Zahavi
               2:1 36 (36.15) Yann M'Vila
               2:2 36 (38.59) Eran Zahavi
               3:2 45+2 (46.29) Youssef el Arabi
               4:2 82 (82.06) Giorgos Masouras

Krasnodar - Dinamo Zagreb 2:3

Scorers: 0:1 14 (14.07) Bruno Petkovic
               1:1 28 (27.38) Marcus Berg
               1:2 54 (53.21) Bruno Petkovic
               2:2 69 (68.51) Viktor Claesson
               2:3 75 (74.37) Iyayi Believe Atiemwen

Young boys Bern - Bayer Leverkusen 4:3

Scorers: 1:0 03 (02.51) Christian Fassnacht
               2:0 19 (18.38) Jordan Siebatcheu
               3:0 44 (43.52) Meschack Elia
               3:1 48 (48.06) Patrik Schick
               3:2 51 (51.03) Patrik Schick
               3:3 68 (67.24) Moussa Diaby
               4:3 88 (88.06) Jordan Siebatcheu

Slavia Praha - Leicester 0:0

Braga - Roma 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 04 (04.05) Edin Dzeko
               0:2 86 (85.51) Borja Mayoral

- Naughty boy in this duel was Ricardo Esgaio (Braga) who had to depart due to two yellow cards at 54 (53.48).

Real Sociedad - Manchester united 0:4 (neutral venue)

Scorers: 0:1 26 (26.04) Bruno Fernandes
               0:2 56 (56.05) Bruno Fernandes
               0:3 64 (63.59) Marcus Rashford
               0:4 90 (89.36) Daniel James

Antwerp - Glasgow rangers 3:4

Scorers: 0:1 38 (37.56) Joe Aribo
               1:1 45 (44.33) Felipe Avenatti
               2:1 45+8-pen (52.24) Lior Refaelov
               2:2 59-pen (58.22) Borna Barisic
               3:2 66 (65.48) Martin Hongla
               3:3 83 (82.52) Ryan Kent
               3:4 90-pen (89.47) Borna Barisic

- Two yellow cards belonged to Abdoulaye Seck (Antwerp) on 87.

Maccabi Tel Aviv - Shakhtar Donetsk 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 30 (30.16) Alan Patrick
               0:2 90+2 (91.58) Mateus Cardozo Lemos Martins (known as Tete)

Red bull Salzburg - Villarreal 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 41 (40.37) Francisco Alcacer
               0:2 70 (70.06) Fernando Nino

- An 11 metre shot was perfectly saved from Francisco Alcacer at 28 (28.22).

Lille - Ajax 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 72 (71.53) Timothy Weah
               1:1 87-pen (86.48) Dusan Tadic
               1:2 89 (88.39) Brian Brobbey

Benfica - Arsenal 1:1 (neutral venue)

Scorers: 1:0 54-pen (54.09) Luis Miguel Afonso Fernandes (or just Pizzi)
               1:1 57 (56.40) Bukayo Saka

Molde - Hoffenheim 3:3 (neutral venue)

Scorers: 0:1 07 Munas Dabbur
               0:2 28 Munas Dabbur
               1:2 40 Martin Ellingsen
               1:3 45+2 Christoph Baumgartner
               2:3 69 Eirik Andersen
               3:3 74 David Datro Fofana

- Visiting team had a penalty at 63, but the strike from Munas Dabbur was miraculously saved.

Granada - Napoli 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 19 (18.38) Yangel Herrera
               2:0 21 (20.52) Robert Kenedy

18 February 2021

Same team received early targets in each halves

First knockout phase of Champions league, round of 16, leg 1 (part 2 of 4):

Porto - Juventus 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 01 (01.01) Mehdi Taremi
               2:0 45 (45.19) Moussa Marega
               2:1 82 (81.54) Federico Chiesa

Sevilla - Borussia Dortmund 2:3

Scorers: 1:0 07 (06.33) Jesus Joaquin Fernandez Saenz de la Torre (known as Suso)
               1:1 19 (18.52) Mahmoud Dahoud
               1:2 27 (26.42) Erling Braut Haaland
               1:3 43 (42.55) Erling Braut Haaland
               2:3 84 (83.49) Luuk de Jong

17 February 2021

Hat-trick achieved away from home

First knockout phase of Champions league, round of 16, leg 1 (part 1 of 4):

Barcelona - PSG 1:4

Scorers: 1:0 27-pen (26.57) Lionel Messi
               1:1 32 (31.30) Kylian Mbappe
               1:2 64 (64.11) Kylian Mbappe
               1:3 69 (69.18) Moise Kean
               1:4 85 (84.54) Kylian Mbappe

16 February 2021

Masters of getting and signing new deals

An highly great success of Football marketing Asia just continues, where basically every week is bringing new deals on behalf of its confederation. Club and team competitions from Asia are very popular on the continent and beyond who from now on are going to be widen and closely watched on three fresh markets, and what is more interesting all the following couple of agreements came in a space of only 24 hours.
On 08 February, a first ever, and non-stop sport channel owned by Bashundhara group in Bangladesh snatched the rights to show top and main football from the continent. Started at November 2020, the mostly young domestic and satellite channel T sports (Titas sports) has enriched its program which is going to present its audience with a debut content in the nation.
Just one day later, the television platform C more grabbed the rights to show all the major games in Scandinavia. This deal is not for every country in that region, but for Sweden and Finland.
Viewers, who will definitely be increased, in each of the three states are going to watch team and club tournaments from the same period: beginning from 2021 and ending in 2024.

15 February 2021

Part three to commence

After qualifying and group stages, knock out phases are going to start next week from the European Cups (leagues) events keeping us company until the end of May. Because the epidemic and health situation is not yet improved on the continent, some clubs are forced to play outside its borders, and here primarily have to be mentioned the English ones where a new virus strain was found in the country, thus their opponents have to find neutral place (although exception is being made for one pair).

Round of 16 from the Champions league is going to be a real suffering. This phase will completely finish in March, therefore for less than 30 nights we will be agonized with the first knockout round. All duels are going to kick-off at one time.

Tuesday, 16 February at 21.00 CET: Barcelona - PSG.
Tuesday, 16 February at 21.00 CET: RasenBallsport Leipzig - Liverpool (playing in Budapest, Hungary).

Wednesday, 17 February at 21.00 CET: Porto - Juventus.
Wednesday, 17 February at 21.00 CET: Sevilla - Borussia Dortmund.

As usual, Europa league event starts on the last night. Sixteen pairs of the round of 32 are divided on 9 on the first time slot, plus 7 on the late one.

Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Braga - Roma.
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Crvena zvezda - Milan.
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Dynamo Kyiv - Club Brugge.
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Krasnodar - Dinamo Zagreb.
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Olympiacos - PSV.
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Real Sociedad - Manchester united (playing in Turin, Italy).
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Slavia Praha - Leicester.
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Wolfsberger - Tottenham (playing at Budapest, Hungary).
Thursday, 18 February at 18.55 CET: Young boys Bern - Bayer Leverkusen.

Thursday, 18 February at 21.00 CET: Antwerp - Glasgow rangers.
Thursday, 18 February at 21.00 CET: Benfica - Arsenal (playing in Rome, Italy).
Thursday, 18 February at 21.00 CET: Granada - Napoli.
Thursday, 18 February at 21.00 CET: Lille - Ajax.
Thursday, 18 February at 21.00 CET: Maccabi Tel Aviv - Shakhtar Donetsk.
Thursday, 18 February at 21.00 CET: Molde - Hoffenheim (playing at Villarreal, Spain because Norway has closed its borders for foreigners).
Thursday, 18 February at 21.00 CET: Red bull Salzburg - Villarreal.

14 February 2021

Vehicles as a good marketing tool for partners

MG SAIC Motor, particularly its subsidiary Sudamerica, has signed an official agreement supporting the South American confederation. From 02 February 2021 and up until 31 December 2022 the automotive company basically have free hands to advertise its products on any club and team competitions that also can be seen beyond the continent (through television broadcasting worldwide). Located in Chile, the business firm was already a sponsor in the football sector to the domestic club Colo colo, while currently is present at Sporting cristal (Peru) and (in Asia) Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia).

13 February 2021

Details about a just completed competition

From the 2020 edition of the Club World Cup that finished yesterday in Qatar have to be mentioned few numbers. On a tournament which lasted 7 nights, 7 matches were staged, where in total the 6 clubs had given 12 goals or 6 in each halves which means were scored 1.71 per game. Single target was received on stoppage time at the end of first half, while in the second there were 2 penalties that got successfully converted.
Yellow cards were issued in all duels, but we did not see: 2 of them paired together, nor direct red ones, saved punishments, own goals nor additional times of 30 minutes.

12 February 2021

Winner with one target raised its second world club title

Club World Cup Qatar 2020 (2021), classification game for third / fourth place, night 4, match 6:

Al Ahly - Palmeiras 0:0, on penalties 3-2

Stoppage time for both halves: 2.06 and 3.02.

Club World Cup Qatar 2020 (2021), final, night 4, match 7:

Bayern Munich - Tigres 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 59 (58.29) Benjamin Pavard

Stoppage time for both halves: 2.01 and 4.02.

11 February 2021

Internationally expanded club league

In two years from now a restructuring process awaits the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions league. Six days ago the North, Central American and Caribbean confederation has unveiled a plan of extending and refreshing the competition, where also new elimination ones are commencing that will benefit the whole region.
At the group stage 20 clubs each from North and Central America are going to participate divided in five groups of four, and to this are added 10 more teams from the Caribbean part which are going to be equally distributed in two groups. The fresh format schedule is saying that group games have to finish playing at every fall while the knock out stages (that are going to qualify first 2 clubs) will begin in the spring of the following year, and all this has to kick-off from 2023-24 season.
But before these above games are even played two football events are going to be born on the continent that will pose as qualifiers for the mentioned tournament: Central American Cup and Caribbean Cup.

10 February 2021

Continental selection

On 30 January the Copa Libertadores final was played, while four days later the technical group of the South American confederation has picked the ideal 11 from this tournament. After 155 watched matches it has been decided that the 4-3-3 formation is the supreme format. Brazilian clubs are represented with seven players, and the Argentine have four: from Boca juniors comes one, River plate together with finalists Santos have three, plus champions Palmeiras who has four. Weverton Pereira da Silva (Palmeiras) - Gonzalo Montiel (River plate), Lucas Verissimo (Santos), Gustavo Gomez, Matias Vina (both from Palmeiras) - Yeferson Soteldo (Santos), Enzo Perez (River plate), Gabriel Menino (Palmeiras) - Carlos Tevez (Boca juniors), Rafael Santos Borre (River plate), Mario Santos (known as Marinho, Santos) are the best choice for 2020.

09 February 2021

Goal in each halves enough for final

Club World Cup Qatar 2020 (2021), semifinal 2, night 3, match 5:

Al Ahly - Bayern Munich (Germany) 0:2

Scorer: 0:1 17 (16.52) Robert Lewandowski
             0:2 85 (85.00) Robert Lewandowski

Stoppage time for both halves: 1.01 and 4.03.

08 February 2021

Last three matches to be played

We have come towards the end of the Club World Cup 2020 (2021) event when on the fourth night of next week new champions will be born but until then the remaining three duels have to happen. Pairings for one of them is already known, while the rest are classification matches where only two opponents are missing. Also one club is going to appear to the public for the first time.

Semifinal 2:
Monday, 08 February at 19.00 CET: Al Ahly - Bayern Munich (Germany).

Classification game for third / fourth place:
Thursday, 11 February at 16.00 CET: loser of the second semi final - Palmeiras.

Thursday, 11 February at 19.00 CET: winner from the second semi final - Tigres.

Always the same: lower duel more fun than upper one

Club World Cup Qatar 2020 (2021), classification game for fifth / sixth place, night 2, match 3:

Ulsan Hyundai - Al-Duhail 1:3

Scorers: 0:1 21 (20.51) Edmilson Junior
               1:1 62 (61.56) Yoon Bit-garam
               1:2 65 (65.10) Mohammed Muntari
               1:3 82 (81.38) Al Moaaz Ali Abdullah

Stoppage time for both halves: 2.19 and 4.13.

Club World Cup Qatar 2020 (2021), semifinal 1, night 2, match 4:

Palmeiras (Brazil) - Tigres 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 53-pen (53.03) Andre-Pierre Gignac

Stoppage time for both halves: 1.07 and 7.02.

07 February 2021

Subsidiary company has just prolonged its contract

Big firm from Japan plus the Asian football confederation equals great success.
From last Monday of January, the Konami digital entertainment company limited (part of the Konami group) only signed an extension to the already old agreement for another four years. As exclusive partners with the mentioned affiliation, the licensing deal would only continue to appear in their gaming and amusement business portfolio from 2021 until 2024 on the major club and team competitions. One of the better way to do it of promoting its own products, strengthening their job and advertise itself further more on the market is through ticketing rights and branding.

06 February 2021

Returning to his old job

Last weekend Ahmad Ahmad resumed to lead the African football confederation. Because the Madagascar official is accused that he abused power of office for personal gains from the world football organization, seven days ago the Court of arbitration for sport has temporarily cleared him of any wrongdoings. Doing this, the tribunal got more time to review the case thoroughly, and their final decision is expected before 12 March. The 61-year-old is vying and hoping to win another four years of presidency and for that to happen it needs to be proved that he is not corruptive.
Which football functionary is going to guide this continent as chairman until 2025, will be known in the congress at Morocco on the mentioned date.

05 February 2021

Very bad night for both Asian clubs

Club World Cup 2020 (2021), round 2, night 1, match 1:

Tigres - Ulsan Hyndai 2:1

Scorers: 0:1 24 (23.51) Kim Kee-hee 
               1:1 37 (37.13) Andre-Pierre Gignac
               2:1 45+4-pen (49.12) Andre-Pierre Gignac

Stoppage time for both halves: 4.29 and 4.55.

Club World Cup 2020 (2021), round 2, night 1, match 2:

Al-Duhail - Al Ahly 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 30 (29.41) Hussein el Shahat

Stoppage time for both halves: 1.15 and 6.04.

04 February 2021

Joint World Cup countries waits for hospitality cities to be announced

After the World Cup at 2022, next in line to welcome the best teams of the globe is the North American continent in five years from now. For the first time three countries will host it: Canada, United States of America and Mexico, and increased number of participating nations as well - 48.
Twenty three towns have expressed their desire to host them, where only 16 will succeed it at the end to be chosen. Journey around all of them is going to begin in July together with the stadia where the twenty third edition will be played. Final decision on that of who is going to be written in the closing list can be expected towards the completion of 2021 according to the plan of the world football organization from 26 January.

03 February 2021

Perfect team voted by fans, part two

After announcing best clubs from divisional parts of the continent, individual footballers for each positions, at the end was the question of who were the best overall in 2020 so that they could fit in one team. Thus seven days ago the Asian football confederation has released 11 names voted by spectators on their website.
Of course, every player comes from the Champions league of the continent, while six of them are from the famous club of Islamic Republic of Iran Persepolis that produced amazing games by reaching the final of the 2020 edition. The formation of the team is 4-3-3, and inside are: Hamed Lak (Persepolis) - Sultan al Ghannam (Al-Nassr), Hossein Kanaanizadegan, Shoja' Khalilzadeh, Saeid Aghaei - Bashar Resan (all 4 from Persepolis), Teruhito Nakagawa, Takuya Kida (both teammates at Yokohama F Marinos) - Mehdi Abdi Qara (Persepolis), Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Nassr), Gleidionor Figueiredo Pinto junior (known as Junior Negrao, Ulsan Hyundai).

02 February 2021

News about an intercontinental club tournament

From this Thursday night the attention of this sport is going to be focused at Qatar, as the first official club intercontinental competition is going to kick off in 2021. Since 19 January (when it was the draw for the second round), three main things have happened about the Club World Cup event. Here will be written all those with few sentences.
On 23 January the organizers of the tournament has decided to let spectators into stadia. In two of them (which are situated in Al Rayyan) people may enter and fill it of up to 30 percent on its capacity. Because epidemiological rules are going to be very strict, those international fans upon arrival in the country have to give papers to authorities that they are not infected with the virus, although will be tested again at the airport.
Couple of days later came Ooredoo. The telecommunications company is going to be a proud sponsor at the edition number 17 on an event that is happening right in its own nation.
And finally, today was disclosed the last piece of the puzzle when the 138 players have been revealed to the public. Unfortunately, not all are going to participate on the field, but surely it is a great feeling to be a part of a tournament of whom (soon) will be completely destroyed. Each of the six clubs had to report 23 names, where can be seen or even download for personal use at the website of the world football organization.

01 February 2021

First five clubs ready to be introduced

On the thirty fifth night in 2021 will kick off the first official inter-continental club tournament. Switched to this year because of the well known health problem, Qatar is going to host the seventeenth edition of the Club World Cup event where we will see six clubs (instead of seven).
In the first full week of the new month five of them are going to appear. Divided further, four are already title winners at their own confederation from the Champions league: North American, Asian and African representatives together with the South American club (which is going to play in the tournament on the weekend) plus the winner of the home championship. All these are going to complete four duels in three phases over two nights.

Second round:
Thursday, 04 February at 15.00 CET: Tigres (Mexico) - Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea).
Thursday, 04 February at 18.30 CET: Al-Duhail (Qatar) - Al Ahly (Egypt).

Classification game for fifth / sixth place:
Sunday, 07 February at 16.00 CET: clubs which lost at the second phase.

Semifinal 1:
Sunday, 07 February at 19.00 CET: Palmeiras (Brazil) - winner from the first match of the second stage.