23 April 2024

Unusual purchase that happened on stands

Once they were competing with the best clubs in LaLiga, but nowadays are located at Primera federacion (which is equivalent to third tier of the football league system in Spain).
For 17 seasons Malaga have enjoyed top football, while now currently they play at the professional and semi-professional league(s). Because everyone was talking about it in the town, the main story has evolved around its midfielder Daniel Lorenzo who was involved in a rather comical situation. After the match with Atletico Madrid B the 21-year-old player was caught on camera of how from the fan is taking 50 euros in exchange for his shirt.
Last Monday at a television show in connection of this news he explained that "the club charges us for the jerseys, and it seemed natural to keep the money they offered me. I should not have done it, and I hope people understand. I am not a millionaire, but I would like to be".

22 April 2024

Stepped down because of serious accusations

Kleiton Lima will not be trainer to female club Santos after he offered his resignation which immediately was accepted this Monday. The 49-year-old manager has left the same club in September of 2023 because it has emerged 19 anonymous letters that accuse him of sexual harassment and abusive behaviour towards the players. Many protests from other women teams had prompt the Brazilian to forcefully leave this post after he was rehired on the same position where even death threats were received. In a statement it was said that evidence could not be found against the coach who considered to be most successful in the history of the club.

21 April 2024

Points that were deducted means automatically going one step lower

Yesterday the Dutch football association have taken away a certain amount of points to the club that was playing with the best for full 35 years.
After that long period Vitesse will not participate anymore in Eredivisie (first division) from next season. The licensing committee took away from them a massive 18 points because their financial position can not be solved anymore or (in other words) "several times has repeatedly failed to comply with player licensing regulations over a long period of time". Mathematically, the club from Arnhem now has definitely lost the top championship status, so from 2024-25 it will be entertained with competitors from Eerste divisie (second division).

20 April 2024

Natural disaster have postponed a duel for 24 hours

The first semi final from the Asian version of the Champions league competition had to start on Tuesday. However, due to an unusual reason this delay have surprised everyone.
Days earlier floods and stormy weather has hit the United Arab Emirates, while across the region this was a really rare occurrence where even loss of lives have been recorded in neighbouring Oman. Because safety comes first, football authorities have therefore postponed every events this Tuesday, so Al Ain and Al Hilal had to reschedule their meeting onto the following night.

19 April 2024

On a surprising win for visitors there was a double name who shake the net

Conference league 2023-24 season, knockout round 3 - last 8, leg 2, single night:

Fiorentina - Viktoria 0:0, 2:0 after 30 additional minutes

Scorers: 1:0 91 (91.09) Nicolas Gonzalez
               2:0 107 (107.12) Cristiano Biraghi

- From 66 (66.17) the visiting midfielder Carlos Eduardo received a direct red card.

Fenerbahche - Olympiacos 1:0, on penalties: 2-3

Scorer: 1:0 11 (11.00) Irfan Can Kahveci

- Olympiacos had to finish this match with 10 players because on 120+3 (122.53) Andreas Ntoi saw his second yellow card.

PAOK - Club Brugge 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 33 (32.30) Ferran Jutgla
               0:2 45 (44.46) Ferran Jutgla

Supplemental information: into the next stage we are going to see again Fiorentina, Olympiacos, Club Brugge.

Europa league 2023-24 season, elimination phase 3 - round of 8, leg 2, single night:

Olympique de Marseille - Benfica 1:0, on penalties: 4-2

Scorer: 1:0 79 (78.40) Faris Moumbagna

Additional informationOlympique de Marseille have qualified for the penultimate hurdle of the competition.

18 April 2024

Title defenders was thrown out after luckless lottery

Champions league 2023-24 season, knockout round 2 - last 8, leg 2 (night 2 of 2):

Manchester city - Real Madrid 1:1, on penalties: 3-4

Scorers: 0:1 12 (11.44) Rodrygo de Goes
               1:1 75 (75.16) Kevin de Bruyne

Additional information: the above two clubs have scored goals in each halves, and after it was all equal the time has come for the use of the penalty roulette - where the ending result sounded that the calm guests have progressed to the next stage by eliminating the defending champions.

17 April 2024

Eleven goals given and ten scorers written to start second leg

Champions league 2023-24 season, knockout round 2 - last 8, leg 2 (night 1 of 2):

Borussia Dortmund - Atletico Madrid 4:2

Scorers: 1:0 33 (33.20) Julian Brandt
               2:0 39 (38.35) Ian Maatsen
               2:1 49-own goal (48.36) Mats Humels
               2:2 64 (63.56) Angel Correa
               3:2 71 (70.44) Niclas Fullkrug
               4:2 73 (73.08) Marcel Sabitzer

Barcelona - PSG 1:4

Scorers: 1:0 12 (11.43) Raphael Belloli
               1:1 39 (39.05) Ousmane Dembele
               1:2 54 (53.52) Vitor Ferreira
               1:3 60-pen (60.16) Kylian Mbappe
               1:4 89 (88.32) Kylian Mbappe

- Home defender Ronald Araujo received a direct red card on 29 (28.47).

Additional informationBorussia Dortmund and PSG have qualified for the semi final phase.

16 April 2024

Collapsing during game

Not always spectators are the cause of interrupting official games.
Yesterday night, at minute 72 between Udinese and Roma from Serie A championship Evan Ndicka worried everyone who was present on stadium. With hard pain the visiting 24-year-old just fell down on the pitch. At first it was thought that the Ivory coast player suffered a heart attack, however the analysis have shown that it was trauma to the chest that prompted the defender to collapse, and who today was released from hospital.
Because this game was immediately suspended as soon as this incident took place, the remaining minutes have to be played at a later date, and the organizers need to confirm that by the end of this week.

15 April 2024

Fight for entering into penultimate phase

At part number 2 of this month we will learn which 6 clubs would reach the semi final stage of the 3 European international leagues. Because the following 12 pairs are labeled as second matches there is always a possibility for some to be prolonged even longer than others. Schedule of the equal games to be played at 3 consecutive nights looks like this, and which is divided in:

Champions league...
Tuesday, 16 April at 21.00 CEt: Barcelona - PSG.
Tuesday, 16 April at 21.00 CEt: Borussia Dortmund - Atletico Madrid.

Wednesday, 17 April at 21.00 CEt: Bayern - Arsenal.
Wednesday, 17 April at 21.00 CEt: Manchester city - Real Madrid.

... Conference league...
Thursday, 18 April at 18.45 CEt: Fiorentina - Viktoria.
Thursday, 18 April at 18.45 CEtLille - Aston villa.

Thursday, 18 April at 21.00 CEtFenerbahche - Olympiacos.
Thursday, 18 April at 21.00 CEt: PAOK - Club Brugge.

... and Europa league.
Thursday, 18 April at 21.00 CEt: Atalanta - Liverpool.
Thursday, 18 April at 21.00 CEtOlympique de Marseille - Benfica.
Thursday, 18 April at 21.00 CEt: Roma - Milan.
Thursday, 18 April at 21.00 CEt: West ham - Bayer.

14 April 2024

Appeal denied

Everybody knows what Daniel Alves did in the morning of 31 December 2022 in a nightclub at Barcelona. After that the 40-year-old went to prison, many requests for freedom was denied, so at the end a alternative was found: giving up the passports (in order not to escape from Spain) plus pay bail of a certain amount.
That money, and why the former defender was even released, was the subject of the lawyer from the victim where they objected this case, but on Wednesday that was completely thrown out from the court. Simply, a rejection of the appeal was pronounced as the ex-player is not in danger of fleeing because he handed Brazilian and Spanish travel documents to the officials.

13 April 2024

Was dismissed forcefully just 18 days after his appointment

In a very unusual news, the chief executive officer of Ajax did not last to hold even a month on that position because of something he bought earlier concerning the club itself.
This story begins on 02 August 2023 where Alex Kroes had been proposed, and then officially was chosen to be a director of the Dutch club on 15 March 2024. However, this celebration did not last long because it was determined that the entrepreneur had purchased over 17,000 shares just one week from the day he was suggested last year. Seeing no other option, the Supervisory Board of Ajax, who has learned about this activity, last Tuesday has fired the 49-year-old accusing him of insider trading (which is a criminal offence).

12 April 2024

Did not had strength to equalize from minus three goals

Conference league 2023-24 season, knockout round 3 - last 8, leg 1, single night:

Olympiacos - Fenerbahche 3:2

Scorers: 1:0 08 (07.54) Kostas Firtounis
               2:0 31 (31.13) Stevan Jovetic
               3:0 57 (56.37) Francisco Machado
               3:1 68-pen (67.32) Dushan Tadic
               3:2 74 (73.25) Irfan Can Kahveci

Viktoria - Fiorentina 0:0

Club Brugge - PAOK 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 06 (05.57) Hugo Vetlesen

- Home striker Igor Thiago could have double the score at 78 (77.49), but his 11 metre shot was beautifully saved.

Europa league 2023-24 season, elimination phase 3 - round of 8, leg 1, single night:

Benfica - Olympique de Marseille 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 16 (15.33) Rafael Silva
               2:0 52 (51.46) Angel di Maria
               2:1 66 (66.06) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

11 April 2024

Spanish successes

Champions league 2023-24 season, knockout round 2 - last 8, leg 1 (night 2 of 2):

PSG - Barcelona 2:3

Scorers: 1:0 36 (36.10) Raphael Belloli
               1:1 47 (47.07) Ousmane Dembele
               2:1 50 (50.01) Vitor Ferreira
               2:2 62 (61.27) Raphael Belloli
               2:3 76 (76.14) Andreas Christensen

Atletico Madrid - Borussia Dortmund 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 04 (03.59) Rodrigo de Paul
               2:0 32 (31.39) Samuel Lino
               2:1 81 (80.56) Sebastien Haller

10 April 2024

Both clubs had led in each halves, but no one won at the end

Champions league 2023-24 season, knockout round 2 - last 8, leg 1 (night 1 of 2):

Real Madrid - Manchester city 3:3

Scorers: 0:1 02 (01.50) Bernardo Silva
               1:1 12-own goal (11.49) Ruben Dias
               2:1 14 (13.43) Rodrygo de Goes
               2:2 66 (65.34) Philip Foden
               2:3 70 (70.07) Joshko Gvardiol
               3:3 78 (78.06) Federico Valverde

09 April 2024

Match that lasted only 50 seconds

The two fierce rivals in Turkiye have met yesterday night, but instead of a spectacle, this duel finished in rather bizarre and unexpected way.
First the Super Cup game was moved to another country, in December 2023 at Saudi Arabia for the first time had to play Galatasaray and Fenerbahche, and this happened to be a terrible mistake: the new 'home' officials (without an explanation why) did not allow the two clubs to wear and play in jerseys of the local icon - the creator of modern Turkiye Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. After this scandalous decision it was difficult to find a date when this duel would be played where finally got rescheduled for 07 April.
Because of international duties (and to prepare better for the Conference league quarter final) Fenerbahche wanted from its federation to postpone the match which they denied the request together with their rivals who also did not agree. In response, the club has threatened to play with its youth players and walk off from the final. What was said - that was done: deliberately or not, and literally after the first attack of their opponents, they have received a goal in 50 seconds and its players have left the terrain.

08 April 2024

Time for quarter finals

This month is fully dedicated to the last 8 duels from the 3 European international leagues. As the first 2 competitions by significance has one kick-off time, the last still have 2. In the first 90 minutes and over 3 consecutive nights the following 12 matches are scheduled to be played at:

Champions league...
Tuesday, 09 April at 21.00 CEt: Arsenal - Bayern.
Tuesday, 09 April at 21.00 CEt: Real Madrid - Manchester city.

Wednesday, 10 April at 21.00 CEt: Atletico Madrid - Borussia Dortmund.
Wednesday, 10 April at 21.00 CEt: PSG - Barcelona.

... Conference league...
Thursday, 11 April at 18.45 CEtOlympiacos - Fenerbahche.
Thursday, 11 April at 18.45 CEt: Viktoria - Fiorentina.

Thursday, 11 April at 21.00 CEt: Aston villa - Lille.
Thursday, 11 April at 21.00 CEt: Club Brugge - PAOK.

... and Europa league.
Thursday, 11 April at 21.00 CEt: Bayer - West ham.
Thursday, 11 April at 21.00 CEt: Benfica - Olympique de Marseille.
Thursday, 11 April at 21.00 CEt: Liverpool - Atalanta.
Thursday, 11 April at 21.00 CEt: Milan - Roma.

07 April 2024

Great prizes to be won

On the first night of June it will be revealed who is playing the best football on the European continent at a club level. From 21.00 CEt the Champions league will conclude for the 2023-24 season, and three weeks ago someone has prepared lot of surprises for fans in order to celebrate this special occasion.
Under the name "Dream final" everyone is invited to register on the website of the European football organization where each one can hope of getting prizes for the mentioned tournament. What are the rewards can be seen at that place, the deadline of entering is 08 May, while middle of next month is expecting to be announced the winners.

06 April 2024

Incidents and racist words punished

A total chaos has occurred after the match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahche that was staged on 17 March at the Super lig of Turkiye. The home fans have stormed the terrain, fought with security officials and attacked the guests, and who some of the players have returned back. These incidents has prompt the disciplinary committee this Wednesday to award plenty of punishments.
Egemen Korkmaz, who is assistant trainer of Trabzonspor, cannot perform its function for one game. Six home duels have to play his club behind close doors, and also had to deliver 3 million Turkish Lira (86,717 euros) as fine. Visiting goalkeeper Irfan Can Egribayat and defender Jayden Oosterwolde have been suspended for one match and would receive less payment because of fighting, while their teammate Bright Osayi-Samuel that was seen to have excellent boxing skills and exchange blows with spectators was not even sanctioned.
"Gypsy" was named the coach of Sevilla Enrique Sanchez Flores who together with the defender Marcos Acuna was called "monkey" on plenty of occasions by the Getafe fans when this two clubs have met on 30 March. Because of this slurs, the Spanish LaLiga has ordered for the home club to close part of their arena in the next duel where at the empty stand have to show clearly a message against xenophobic behaviour. Also Getafe is relieved by 27,000 euros.

05 April 2024

Volunteers have been picked

For the seventeenth time the European championship is going to appear on the old continent, and from 20 March are known the helpers that would make all guests comfortable throughout Germany this summer. Visitors awaits 16,000 volunteers which are coming from 124 countries. Out of this number the organizers have calculated that 52.8 percent are males, 47.1 are females together with 0.1 percent who are nonbinary. Most of those have had experience with this labour before (67.8 percent) and 32.2 percent are debutants.
Their job would be to accommodate people in stadia and fan zones, to give information, ticketing, driving, and most importantly - smile.

04 April 2024

Announced two finals

Dates for the two major club tournaments on the African continent has been revealed last Thursday from its football organization. Everything would be known on the fifth month, the two clubs are going to meet twice, and in order for the audience / viewership to be increased both events would be staged on a weekend.
First starts the Confederations Cup with the first leg on 12 May, while the champion would be known 7 nights later also on Sunday.
Champions league event will also finish in a space of one week. At Saturday, 18 May is scheduled the first 90 minutes, and the winner is going to lift the trophy on 25 of next month.

03 April 2024

Kiss with a smell of jail

Everybody know what Luis Rubiales did before a live television audience and everyone who were present at the title ceremony in August of 2023. From that point on that kiss has raised a lot of dust, suspensions were handed, and further more it can be a lot worse for the ex official.
Because it was not mutual but coercive, the 46-year-old football official now may get 30 months in prison and that is divided like this: prosecutors wants one year behind bars for kissing Jennifer Hermoso together with 18 months with an accusation of being coerced. Spanish law clearly indicates that any forced kiss can be treated as sexual assault, and this is very much equal to sexual violence.
Also 50,000 euros is demanded to be paid as compensation to the 33-year-old player.

02 April 2024

Best paid club in the world

This November the Copa Libertadores 2024 edition is going to finish, and from 19 March it was revealed how much money the champion would receive.
Already giving the title the best paid club on one continental tournament, the future winner will earn 23 million dollars (21,1 million euros). Every win in the group phase the clubs would get the reward raised by 10 percent. On a comparison against the victory club from last year, this season the champion is going to receive 5 million dollars (4,6 million euros) more. Viewership for the event is also high for 48 percent.
Rewards at the Copa Sudamericana is also on the rise: from 100,000 to 115,000 dollars (91,863 to 105,643 euros) are the three points worth in the group phase of this competition. This tournament has an incredible number of 450 percent rise in terms of audience.
Since Alejandro Dominguez took the presidency of the South American organization in 2016, the awards from 70 million dollars (66,5 million euros) have grow to a record of 316 million dollars (290,3 million euros) which will be divided in this cycle at both competitions.

01 April 2024

Temporarily freedom

After being denied many times to be released on bail, on 20 March the Barcelona court has finally granted that Daniel Alves had to pay in order to get out from prison. In exchange for freedom the convicted rapist gave 1 million euros, so that five days later the Brazilian was free. But from now on the defender has to show up in court every week and has a restraining order not to get close to the victim. For this to happen there was one more (and probably the most) important condition of all: to hand over the Spanish and Brazilian passports just to be assure that he will remain in Spain and not escape outside the country.
This "scandalous" decision has commented the lawyer of the 23-year-old victim, who is appalled, would lodge an appeal, and that there is only "a justice system for the rich".

31 March 2024

Ex official who had highest function convicted

Starting at 2010 and continued to do that when was elected president of Chinese football association from August 2019 up until October 2023, Chen Xuyuan was taking bribes and for this serious crime got life sentence in prison. By using the position during those 13 (long) years the 67-year-old has arranged project contracts, investment operations and fixing matches receiving various gifts and money of over 81 million yuan (over 11.1 million euros). The property was confiscated, while the amount is transferred to state treasury.
Admitting the guilt and feeling remorse of what he did, this Tuesday the Hubei court has stated that the former official did a "tremendous damage" to Chinese football.

30 March 2024

Must go to prison after all

Eleven years ago six Brazilian men have met a woman, treated her alcohol in an Italian nightclub, and soon after that the whole group have assaulted her. Four years later the court in Milan have convicted the sextet of gang rape of the 22-year-old victim from Albania, while the Appeal court in 2020 and Italian Supreme court at 2022 have only confirm that verdict.
One of those cowards was Robson de Souza who at that time has played on the Apennine Peninsula but nowadays lives back home. Because it is wide known that Brazil does not extradite its citizens to other countries, everyone thought that this serious crime would go unpunished. However, last Wednesday this saga has ended the Brazilian Supreme court who just validate the sentence of its judging colleagues from the other side of the world: that the 40-year-old have to serve 9 years in prison at one of the local facilities.

29 March 2024

Foreign money that have made a very big trouble

Eight days ago the Spanish police officers have stormed its own football federation in which they arrested seven people of suspicion of financial malversation, and the officials are accused of dividing the fresh received money among themselves.
Since 2019 the Spanish Super Cup event was (suddenly) transferred to be staged in Saudi Arabia and ever since then this partnership was suspicious, while five years later concrete actions were made. During the raid, the home of the former president of the federation at that time, was also searched in Granada. Luis Rubiales was not in the country, but nevertheless it was stated that the 46-year-old would have been detained as well. The company of the ex national player Gerard Pique was intermediary for negotiations of this work signing a six-year deal worth 213,7 million euros with the largest Middle East country where at the end Kosmos has earned 24 million euros from mediation.

28 March 2024

Schedule is now familiar

The whole schedule of where and when the summer duels are taking place together with every kick off is available on the website of the European football organization for it major team championship of the continent. Yesterday the final three participants have emerged, but the layout for the Euro has been revealed 06 March.
For the players there are 22 working days / nights together with 9 days of rest, which makes exactly one month of the competition where is divided on 2 parts: on 3 group phase nights and 4 knockout stages (last 16, quarter final, semi final and final play), while spectators and television viewers awaits 51 matches who have to make their schedule for 3 starting times throughout the event.
This layout can be seen or even download in pdf format from their website on the mentioned day of release.

27 March 2024

Lower league for some - upper for others

Nations league - European version, play - out: duel about promotion to league C or relegation to league D for 2024-25 season, leg 2:

Lithuania - Gibraltar 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 50 (49.57) Fedor Chernych

Additional information: beginning from this season Lithuania will compete at league C, while participant for league D is Gibraltar for this event.

Zero efficiency

Play - off matches for the European championship - Germany 2024, finals, single night:

Georgia - Greece 0:0, on penalties: 4-2

Ukraine - Iceland 2:1

Scorers: 0:1 30 Albert Gudmundsson
               1:1 54 Viktor Tsyhankov
               2:1 84 Mykhailo Mudryk

Wales - Poland 0:0, on penalties: 4-5 

- On 120 the home defender Christopher Mepham received his second yellow card.

Supplemental information: the European championship does not look to be very promising for playing / entertaining after a really awful football of the final qualifiers has been presented as last teams who have entered are Georgia, Ukraine and Poland onto the tournament which is going to be staged this summer. You cannot go against tradition: once again the semi final matches proved to be very productive and fun (to watch) unlike the upper trio.

Double lead got easily melted without any consequence

Preliminary duels for Africa Cup of nations - Morocco 2025, leg 2, single night:

Eswatini - Somalia 2:2 (neutral place)

Scorers: 1:0 46 Sabelo Ndzinisa
               2:0 49 Bongwa Matsebula
               2:1 76 Mohammed Awad
               2:2 84 Yusuf Ahmed

Mauritius - Chad 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 45+1 Jeremy Villeneuve
               1:1 74 Charles Tchouplaou
               1:2 90+9 Ousmane Hissein Hassan

Liberia - Djibouti 0:0

South Sudan - Sao Tome e Principe 0:0 (neutral arena)

Additional information: into the main qualifying round will also participate Eswatini, Chad, Liberia together with South Sudan as last four entrants.

Hat tricks have been scored among so many goals

Joint qualifiers for Asian Cup 2027 plus World Cup 2026 - region Asia, stage 2 out of 4, match 4:

North Korea - Japan suspended

Lebanon - Australia 0:5 (neutral arena)

Scorers: 0:1 02 (01.54) Kusini Yengi
               0:2 46-own goal (46.07) Bassel Zakaria Jradi
               0:3 48 (47.59) Craig Goodwin
               0:4 67 (67.18) John Iredale
               0:5 80 (80.20) Craig Goodwin

Bangladesh - Palestine 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 90+4 (93.41) Michael Termanini

- Amid Mahajna has left Palestine on 90+2 because he got his second yellow card.

Philippines - Iraq 0:5

Scorers: 0:1 14-pen (13.39) Aymen Hussein
               0:2 30 (30.05) Amir al Ammari
               0:3 36 (36.06) Aymen Hussein
               0:4 62 (61.39) Zidane Iqbal
               0:5 77 (76.42) Zaid Tahseen

People's Republic of China - Singapore 4:1

Scorers: 1:0 20 Lei Wu
               1:1 22 Faris Ramli
               2:1 64-pen Fernando Conceicao or Fei Nanduo
               3:1 84 Lei Wu
               4:1 89 Shihao Wei

- From 79 the home team finished this match with 10 players due to the direct red card of Yuanyi Li.

Vietnam - Indonesia 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 09 Jay Idzes
               0:2 24 Ragnar Oratmangoen
               0:3 90+8 Ramadhan Sananta

Thailand - South Korea 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 19 Lee Jae-sung
               0:2 54 Son Heung-min
               0:3 82 Park Jin-seob

India - Afghanistan 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 38-pen Sunil Chhetri
               1:1 69 Rahmat Akbari
               1:2 88-pen Muhammad Sharif

Uzbekistan - Hong Kong 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 19 Eldor Shomurodov
               2:0 63 Khojimat Erkinov
               3:0 70 Oston Urunov

Kyrgyzstan - Chinese Taipei 5:1

Scorers: 1:0 10 Joel Kojo
               2:0 38 Joel Kojo
               3:0 44 Joel Kojo
               4:0 79 Khristiyan Brauzman
               4:1 87-pen Wu Yen-shu
               5:1 90+5 Kimi Merk

Malaysia - Oman 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 45+4-pen (49.15) Omer al Malki
               0:2 90+4 (93.57) Mohammed al Ghafri

Tajikistan - Saudi Arabia 1:1

Scorers: 0:1 46 Firas al Buraikan
               1:1 79 Rustam Soirov

Turkmenistan - Islamic Republic of Iran 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 45+5 Mehdi Ghayedi

Bahrain - Nepal 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 07 Sayed Mahdi Baqer
               2:0 18-pen Abdulla Yusuf Helal
               3:0 35 Komail al Aswad

Kuwait - Qatar 1:2

Scorers: 0:1 77 Almoez Ali
               1:1 78 Mohammad Daham
               1:2 80 Almoez Ali

Syria - Myanmar 7:0 (neutral stadium)

Scorers: 1:0 29 (29.18) Omar Khribin
               2:0 47 (46.22) Ibrahim Hesar
               3:0 50 (50.15) Mouaiad Ajjan Al
               4:0 54 (53.22) Omar Khribin
               5:0 62-pen (62.04) Omar Khribin
               6:0 68 (67.45) Mouaiad Ajjan Al
               7:0 80 (79.52) Alaa al Dali

- Hein Phyo Win (Myanmar) received his second yellow card on 45+3 (47.21).

Jordan - Pakistan 7:0

Scorers: 1:0 15 Mousa al Tamari
               2:0 28-pen Yazan al Naimat
               3:0 52 Saed al Rosan
               4:0 62 Mousa al Tamari
               5:0 74 Ali Alwan
               6:0 79 Mousa al Tamari
               7:0 82 Mohammad Sharara

Yemen - United Arab Emirates 1:2 (neutral terrain)

Scorers: 0:1 14 Fabio Lima
               0:2 22 Fabio LIma
               1:2 34 Sultan Adil

26 March 2024

Called off at last minute

Pyongyang on Tuesday had to organize a joint elimination duel for World Cup 2026 and Asian Cup 2027 competitions between North Korea and Japan, but now we know that that will not happen.
Immediately after the third game this Thursday officials from the visiting team have notified Japan that they are not going to be able to stage the duel on home soil, thus various alternatives were searched. Because in a very short time is impossible to find a neutral arena, three days ago the world football organization has decided to suspend the match who "neither shall be played nor rescheduled" as the calendar is way too booked (for postponements to happen).
The disciplinary committee would now resolve this case that only tells that Japan will be awarded with a 3:0 victory.

25 March 2024

Everything points to number two

The lowest four teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region concludes this (quick) first qualifying phase for the World Cup 2026, and soon would be reduced to half. It is the second region that is playing these duels this month, the 2 pairs would play its second leg just to determine which 2 teams will advance to the second round with the following schedule:

26 March, Tuesday at 20.00 CEt: British Virgin islands - United states Virgin islands.

27 March, Wednesday at 00.00 CEt: Turks and Caicos islands - Anguilla.

Just one more match and everything will be excellent, well...for some teams

The first part is over, while now comes the toughest one for all. Just 90 minutes (or more) the following sextet is away for participating at the main championship this summer: and the prize is to be seen at the European team competition for exactly one month. In other words, one half is going to progress through, whilst the other will watch it from its home seats. No mistakes is allowed, lots of sweat is expected, and (hopefully) plenty of targets have to be scored (if the mysterious trio wants to made travel arrangements).

26 March, Tuesday at 18.00 CEt: Georgia - Greece.
26 March, Tuesday at 20.45 CEt: Ukraine - Iceland (playing in Wroclaw, Poland).
26 March, Tuesday at 20.45 CEt: Wales - Poland.

Staying on the same continent, but in the Nations league event, it is time to find out which team will be promoted in the upper or relegated in one of the lower league at the second 90 minutes of play. The result from first game is minimal, so anything can happen.

26 March, Tuesday at 18.00 CEt: Lithuania - Gibraltar.

Unknown quartet wants prolongation of qualifiers

In under 6 hours (or more) it will be familiar which four teams would enter into the main elimination round for the African Cup of nations 2025. Two teams are forced to play their second (and important) leg outside its borders. If the below information indeed starts like this (because it is very difficult to find an accurate kick-off) then the schedule is going to look like the following:

26 March, Tuesday at 14.00 CEt: Eswatini - Somalia (playing at Mbombela, South Africa).
26 March, Tuesday at 16.00 CEt: Mauritius - Chad.
26 March, Tuesday at 17.00 CEt: Liberia - Djibouti.
26 March, Tuesday at 18.00 CEt: South Sudan - Sao Tome e Principe (playing at Berkane, Morocco).

Old opponents meet again

It is time to find out which teams will be the best when the old rivals would meet again in a space of 5 days...but in reverse order. Games number 4 will be staged throughout the largest continent of our planet where from the following 18 pairs 17 would have to finish from round 2 of the joint qualifiers from Asian Cup 2027 and World Cup 2026.

26 March, Tuesday at 09.00 CEt: North Korea - Japan (suspended, will not be played at all).
26 March, Tuesday at 09.45 CEt: Lebanon - Australia (playing in Canberra, Australia).
26 March, Tuesday at 10.30 CEt: Bangladesh - Palestine.
26 March, Tuesday at 12.00 CEt: Philippines - Iraq.
26 March, Tuesday at 13.00 CEt: People's Republic of China - Singapore.
26 March, Tuesday at 13.00 CEt: Vietnam - Indonesia.
26 March, Tuesday at 13.00 CEt: Thailand - South Korea.
26 March, Tuesday at 14.30 CEt: India - Afghanistan.
26 March, Tuesday at 15.00 CEt: Kyrgyzstan - Chinese Taipei.
26 March, Tuesday at 15.00 CEt: Malaysia - Oman.
26 March, Tuesday at 15.30 CEt: Uzbekistan - Hong Kong.
26 March, Tuesday at 16.00 CEt: Tajikistan - Saudi Arabia.
26 March, Tuesday at 16.00 CEt: Turkmenistan - Islamic Republic of Iran.
26 March, Tuesday at 20.00 CEt: Bahrain - Nepal.
26 March, Tuesday at 20.00 CEt: Jordan - Saudi Arabia.
26 March, Tuesday at 20.00 CEt: Kuwait - Qatar.
26 March, Tuesday at 20.00 CEt: Syria - Myanmar (playing in Dammam, Saudi Arabia).
26 March, Tuesday at 20.00 CEt: Yemen - United Arab Emirates (playing in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia).

Goals scored in each halves for third consecutive title

North, Central American and Caribbean edition of Nations league 2023-24, classification game for place 3 and 4 - bronze medal match:

Jamaica - Panama 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 41 (40.40) Dexter Lembikisa

North, Central American and Caribbean edition of Nations league, last ever duel of the 2023-24 season - final:

United states of America - Mexico 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 45 (44.41) Tyler Adams
               2:0 63 (62.54) Giovanni Reyna

24 March 2024

Wins for participating at a prestigious tournament

Play - off matches for Copa America 2024 or losing teams from quarter finals of the North, Central American and Caribbean version of Nations league 2023-24 season, single night:

Canada - Trinidad and Tobago 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 61 (60.39) Cyle Larin
               2:0 90+1 (90.52) Jacob Shaffelburg

Costa Rica - Honduras 3:1

Scorers: 0:1 09 (09.09) Michaell Chirinos
               1:1 12 (11.39) Orlando Galo
               2:1 56 (55.58) Warren Madrigal
               3:1 62 (61.48) Jefferson Brenes

Supplemental information: for the first time Canada together with Costa Rica will appear to the Copa America event that will begin this summer.

23 March 2024

First 90 minutes completed

Preliminary duels for Africa Cup of nations - Morocco 2025, leg 1, night 2 of 2:

Chad - Mauritius 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 90+3 Mahamat Thiam

Sao Tome e Principe - South Sudan 1:1

- There is no information anywhere about the scorers of this match.

22 March 2024

Known finalists for third edition

Nations league - European version, play - out: promotion to league C / relegation to league D for 2024-25 season, leg 1:

Gibraltar - Lithuania 0:1

Scorer: 0:1 59 (59.12) Armandas Kuchys

- From 26 (25.42) the goalkeeper of Gibraltar Dayle Coleing had to go to the dressing room as he received a direct red card, while Edvinas Girdvainis (Lithuania) saw his second yellow card on 71 (70.37).

North, Central American and Caribbean edition of Nations league 2023-24, semi - finals 1 and 2:

United states of America - Jamaica 1:1, 3:1 after 30 additional minutes

Scorers: 0:1 01 (31 seconds) Gregory Leigh
               1:1 90+6-own goal (95.25) Cory Burke
               2:1 96 (96.00) Haji Wright
               3:1 109 (108.49) Haji Wright

Panama - Mexico 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 40 (39.35) Edson Alvarez
               0:2 43 (42.29) Julian Quinones
               0:3 67 (66.27) Orbelin Pineda

One step away from travelling to the main event

Play - off matches for the European championship - Germany 2024, semi - finals, single night:

Georgia - Luxembourg 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 40 (39.59) Budu Zivzivadze
               2:0 63 (62.54) Budu Zivzivadze

- Luxembourg remained with 10 players as Maxime Chanot saw a direct red card at 56 (55.58).

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Ukraine 1:2

Scorers: 1:0 56-own goal (55.58) Mykola Matviyenko
               1:1 85 (84.26) Roman Yaremchuk
               1:2 88 (87.25) Artem Dovbyk

Israel - Iceland 1:4 (neutral place)

Scorers: 1:0 30-pen (30.16) Eran Zahavi
               1:1 39 (38.38) Albert Gudmundsson
               1:2 41 (41.18) Arnor Ingvi Traustason
               1:3 82 (82.11) Albert Gudmundsson
               1:4 86 (86.09) Albert Gudmundsson

- Roy Revivo has left Israel on 73 (72.30) because of a direct red card.
- Israel had a chance to equalize at 79 (79.14), however Eran Zahavi missed the whole goal from 11 metres.

Poland - Estonia 5:1

Scorers: 1:0 22 Przemyslaw Frankowski
               2:0 49 Piotr Zielinski
               3:0 70 Jakub Piotrowski
               4:0 73-own goal Karol Mets
               5:0 76 Sebastian Szymanski
               5:1 78 Martin Vetkal

- Estonia from 27 played with 10 players, as defender Maksim Paskotshi received his second yellow card.

Wales - Finland 4:1

Scorers: 1:0 02 (02.18) David Brooks
               2:0 38 (37.28) Neco Williams
               2:1 44 (44.16) Teemu Pukki
               3:1 46 (46.14) Brennan Johnson
               4:1 86 (85.55) Daniel James

Greece - Kazakhstan 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 09-pen Anastasios Bakasetas
               2:0 14 Dimitrios Pelkas
               3:0 37 Fotis Ioannidis
               4:0 39 Dimitrios Kourbelis
               5:0 85-own goal Yerkin Tapalov

Eleven players have lost from ten opposing colleagues

Joint qualifiers for Asian Cup 2027 plus World Cup 2026 - region Asia, stage 2 out of 4, match 3:

Chinese Taipei - Kyrgyzstan 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 54-pen Valeriy Kichin
               0:2 79 Kai Merk

- From 24 the visitors played with 10 footballers because defender Said Datsiev was booked for the second time.

Pakistan - Jordan 0:3

Scorers: 0:1 02 (01.34) Mousa al Tamari
               0:2 08-pen (08.21) Ali Olwan
               0:3 86 (85.30) Mousa al Tamari

- The penalty from Mousa al Tamari at 82 (81.55) was beautifully saved.

Australia - Lebanon 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 04 Keanu Baccus
               2:0 54 Kye Rowles

Japan - North Korea 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 02 Ao Tanaka

South Korea - Thailand 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 42 Son Heung-min
               1:1 60 Suphanat Mueanta

Myanmar - Syria 1:1

Scorers: 1:0 34 Kyaw Soe Moe
               1:1 70 Alla al Dali

Hong Kong - Uzbekistan 0:2

Scorers: 0:1 49 Eldor Shomurodov
               0:2 65 Rustamjon Ashurmatov

Singapore - People's Republic of China 2:2

Scorers: 0:1 09 Lei Wu
               0:2 45+2 Lei Wu
               1:2 53 Faris Ramli
               2:2 80 Jacob Mahler

- Lei Wu (People's Republic of China) did not convert an 11 metre punishment on 30.

Indonesia - Vietnam 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 52 Egy Maulana Vikri

Islamic Republic of Iran - Turkmenistan 5:0

Scorers: 1:0 09 Hossein Kanaanizadegan
               2:0 13 Sardar Azmoun
               3:0 48 Hossein Kanaanizadegan
               4:0 55 Mohammad Mohebi
               5:0 90+1 Omid Noorafkan

Oman - Malaysia 2:0

Scorers: 1:0 58 (58.00) Issam al Sabhi
               2:0 88 (87.52) Muhsen al Ghassani

United Arab Emirates - Yemen 2:1

Scorers: 1:0 24-pen Ali Saleh
               1:1 69-own goal Abdulla Idrees
               2:1 72 Sultan Adil

Qatar - Kuwait 3:0

Scorers: 1:0 47 Akram Afif
               2:0 50 Ahmed al Rawi
               3:0 68 Akram Afif

Palestine - Bangladesh 5:0 (neutral place)

Scorers: 1:0 43 Oday Dabbagh
               2:0 45 Shihab Qumbor
               3:0 49 Shihab Qumbor
               4:0 53 Oday Dabbagh
               5:0 77 Oday Dabbagh

Afghanistan - India 0:0 (neutral stadium)

Saudi Arabia - Tajikistan 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 22 (22.19) Salem al Dawsari

Iraq - Philippines 1:0

Scorer: 1:0 84 Mohanad Ali

Nepal - Bahrain 0:5 (neutral terrain)

Scorers: 0:1 02 Mahdi al Humaidan
               0:2 09 Sayed Mahdy Baqer
               0:3 45+4 Ali Madan
               0:4 87 Ibrahim al Khatal
               0:5 90+6-pen Ismail Abdullatif