Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mysteries, Legends and Conspiracy Theories, Part Ten


1- Daniel Passarella, not playing in the 1986 World Cup
There has been much speculation over the years why Daniel Passarella did not play for Argentina in the 1986 World Cup. The official reason was that he was suffering from intestinal problems (infernal diarrhea) that resulted in him losing 14 kilos.
Some have speculated that Bilardo had sidelined him because he was along with Ubaldo Fillol a holdover from Luis Cesar Menotti’s era.
A few years ago Fillol went as far as to suggest that Bilardo had given Passarella a laxative that made his condition even worse.
Passarella himself has does not believe that he was sabotaged but did say that he had not received proper medical care.
Passarella believes that he had eaten or drank something contaminated.



Photo From: Mondial, old series, issue 26, January 1979
(Daniel Passarella)



Photo From: World Soccer, October 1990
(Carlos Bilardo)


 
Photo From: Mondial, old series, issue 23, October 1978

(Ubaldo Fillol)

2- Ian Rush, saying playing in Italy was like playing in a Foreign country
Welshman Ian Rush’s spell at Juventus (1987/88) is routinely referenced as a case of a foreign player flop in Italy.
He has often mockingly been quoted as saying that playing in Italy was like playing in a foreign country.
The player has always denied making this quote and has laid the blame of this quote on then-Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish who signed him back for the club in 1988. According to Rush, when a journalist asked him why he had returned, Dalglish jumped in and responded that “he said it was like playing in a foreign country.”


Photo From: The Game, Issue 3, June 1995
(Ian Rush)

Photo From: Goal, Issue 20, May 1997
(Kenny Dalglish)


3- Roberto Rivellino’s 1978 World Cup-Injury or exclusion
Much has been speculated on Roberto Rivellino’s absence from the Brazilian lineup during the 1978 World Cup. After the first match in the World Cup vs. Sweden, he was reportedly dropped due to injury. However, some believe that the Brazilian Technical hierarchy chose to sideline him and the injury was just a cover. He did return for Brazil in the latter stages of the Tournament.

Photo From: World Cup 78, by Phil Soar
 (Roberto Rivellino)


4- Pele’s 1974 World Cup exclusion
There has been some mystery over the years on why Pele refused to participate in the 1974 World Cup. He had retired from the National Team but could have potentially still participated. Some suggested that he had fallen out with Joao Havelange over his image rights. A number of years later Pele cleared up the mystery by saying that Brazil’s Military Junta wanted him to participate but he refused after learning about their tortures. 

Photo From: Onze, Issue 11, November 1976
(Pele)


5- Basile Boli-doubts about real age
When Ivory Coast-born French defender Basile Boli broke through as a teenager at Auxerre in the early 80s, most observers marveled at his maturity and drive for such a young player.
However a few years later another Ivory Coast player cast doubt on Boli’s real age. Joseph Gadji-Celli who joined lower division French side Sete in 1986 claimed that he had played against Boli in Ivory Coast at youth level and was the same age as him. Celi was born in 1961 while Boli’s official birth year given was 1967. As a result many started doubting his real age from then on.


Photo From: Onze, Issue 130, October 1986
(Basile Boli)

Photo From: Onze, Hors serie 29, 1986
(Joseph Gadji-Celli)




Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 35 (Week of December 4-December 10, 2018)


Note:
The purpose of this section is to summarize the week in question, it is not meant to give a full statistical analysis of the matches.
We live in a viral age and all that information can be accessed.
I welcome all contributions from anyone, even for the Leagues that I did not cover.

I.  England

Diary:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018:

-Jose Mourinho attacked MUTV for asking intrusive questios about Manchester United’s injury crisis. Mourinho told them that Arsenal TV would not have asked such type of questions from its Manager. (Source Extra.ie online)

-Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has accepted the FA misconduct charge for running into the pitch vs. Everton as the £8,000 fine. (Source Daily Mail Online)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-Ralph Hasenhuttl was officially named as the new Southampton Manager.  (Source BBC Football Online)

-Former England Captain David Platt is part of the take-over group of Italian club Palermo. (Source Sky Sports Online)

Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will be out injured for a number of weeks. (Source voetbalzone online)
Friday, December 7, 2018:

-Arsenal’s Rob Holding will be out injurd for nine months after an anterior cruciate ligament injury. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Manchester United Jose Mourinho stated that his Brazilian signing Fred will play more only after the team’s defense improves. (Source Reuters UK online)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:

-Mohamed Salah refused the man of the match award for his display vs. Bournemouth and instead offered it to teammate James Milner who was making his 500th appearance in the Premier League. (Source Voetbalzone online)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:

-Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, subject of racial abuse from fans in their match vs. Chelsea on Saturday, stated that Newspapers are “fueling racism” in the manner that they report on young black footballers.   (Source BBC Football Online)

Monday, December 10, 2018:

-Chelsea have suspended the four fans who racially abused Manchester city’s Raheem Sterling. (Source Sky Sports online)



Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
December 4, 2018
Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain)
Defender
Chelsea
2022
BBC Football
December 10, 2018
Joe Gomez
Defender
Liverpool
2024
BBC Football
December 10, 2018
Kyle Walker-Peters
Defender
Tottenham
2024
Sky Sports
December 10, 2018
Phil Foden
Midfielder
Manchester City
2024
L’Equipe


English Premier League Matchday (December 4-December 5, 2018):

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
Bournemouth 2-Huddersfield 1 (Callum Wilsob 5, Ryan Fraser 22 / Terence Kongolo 38)
Brighton 3-Crystal Palace 1 (Glenn Murray 24 pen, Leon Balogun 31, Florin Andone 45 / Luka Milivojevic 81 pen)
West Ham 3-Cardiff 1 (Lucas Perez 49, 54, Michail Antonio 61 / Josh Murphy 90)
Watford 1-Manchester City 2 (Abdoulaye Doucoure 85 / Leroy Sane 40, Riyad Mahrez 51)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
Burnley 1-Liverpool 3 (Jack Cork 54 / James Milner 62, Roberto Firmino 69, Xherdan Shaqiri 90)
Everton 1-Newcastle 1 (Richarlison 38 / Salomon Rondon 19)
Fulham 1-Leicester 1 (Aboubakar Kamara 42 / James Maddison 74)
Wolves 2-Chelsea 1 (Raul Jimenez 59, Diogo Jota 63 / Ruben Loftus-Cheek 18)
Manchester United 2-Arsenal 2 (Anthony Martial 30, Jesse Lingard 69 / Shkodran Mustafi 26, Alexandre Lacazette 68)
Tottenham 3-Southampton 1 (Harry Kane 9, Lucas Moura 51, Son Heung-min 55 / Charlie Austin 90)


Top Goalscorer:
Pierre-Erick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 10 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Manchester City
15
13
2
0
45
7
38
41
2
Liverpool
15
12
3
0
30
6
24
39
3
Tottenham
15
11
0
4
28
16
12
33
4
Chelsea
15
9
4
2
31
13
18
31
5
Arsenal
15
9
4
2
34
20
14
31
6
Everton
15
6
5
4
  21
17
4
23

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

English Premier League Matchday (December 8-December 10, 2018):

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Bournemouth 0-Liverpool 4 (Mohamed Salah 25, 48, 77, Steve Cook (own goal) 68)
Arsenal 1-Huddersfield 0 (Lucas Torreira 83)
Burnley 1-Brighton 0 (James Tarkowski 40)
Cardiff 1-Southampton 0 (Callum Paterson 74)
Manchester United 4-Fulham 1 (Ashley Young 13, Juan Mata 28, Romelu Lukaku 42,Marcus Rashford 82 / Aboubakar Kamara 67 pen)
West Ham 3-Crystal Palace 2 (Robert Snodgrass 48, Javier Hernandez 62, Felipe Anderson 65 / James McArthur 6, Jeffrey Schlupp 76)
Chelsea 2-Manchester City 0 (N’Golo Kante 45, David Luiz 78)
Leicester 0-Tottenham 2 (Son Heung-min 45, Dele Alli 58)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Newcastle 1-Wolves 2 (Ayoze Perez 23 / Diogo Jota 17, Matt Doherty 90)

Monday, December 10, 2018:
Everton 2-Watford 2  (Richarlison 15, Lucas Digne 90 / Seamus Coleman (own goal) 63, Abdoulaye Doucoure 65)

Top Goalscorer:
Pierre-Erick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 10 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Liverpool
16
13
3
0
34
6
28
42
2
Manchester City
16
13
2
1
45
9
36
41
3
Tottenham
16
12
0
4
30
16
14
36
4
Chelsea
16
10
4
2
33
13
20
34
5
Arsenal
16
10
4
2
35
20
15
34
6
Manchester United
16
7
5
4
  28
26
2
26

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
II.  Italy
Diary:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
-Brazilian striker Gaigol confirmed that he will return to Inter in January and then his future with the club afterwards. (Source Football Italia online)

-Juventsu defender Andrea Barzagli will be out injured for two months. (Source Football Italia online)

-Former AC Milan Sports Director Massimiliano Mirabelli revealed that AC Milan were close in signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. (Source Calciomercato online)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-Former Arsenal Official Ivan Gazidis was appointed as AC Milan CEO. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Emil Hallfredsson (Frosinone) will be out injured for at least three months. (Source Football Italia online)

-Italian Referee Piero Ceccarini discussed the controversial 1998 Juventus-Inter match where he did not award a penalty kick fir a foul by Mark Iuliano on Ronaldo. He stated that even with the benefit of VAR he would not have awarded a penalty kick. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

-The Italian Super Cup between Juventus and AC Milan is to take place on January 16th, 2019 at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Source Tuttosport online)


Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-Mario Balotelli ruled out a possible return to AC Milan by citing the disrespectful nature of some of the fans. (Source Goal.com online)

-Ivan Juric was sacked as Genoa Manager following their Coppa Italia loss vs. Virtus Entella. He is to be replaced with Cesare Prandelli. (Source Football Italia online)

Friday, December 7, 2018:

-Gigi Radice, former AC Milan player, from the 1950s and 60s passed awaya aged 83. He earned 5 caps for Italy in 1962 and most famously managed Torino to the Scudetto in 1976. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

-Juventus have now equaled the best ever start to a season in a top five league with 43 points after 15 matches (tying with PSG). (Source Football Italia online)
Saturday, December 8, 2018:

-The former Barzilian striker Ronaldo was asked to compare his play to Cristiano Ronaldo. One of his replies was that while he trained because he had to, CR 7 does does because he loves it.. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:

-Brazilian Lucas Paquet has arrived in iytaly to complete his transfer to AC Milan. (Source Calciomercato online)
      
-Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Lionel Messi to sign for an Italian cliub like he has. He also stated that he deserved the Ballon d’Or. (Source BBC Football online)

-AC Milan Technical Director, Leonardo, stated that Zlatan Ibrahimovic woild not join the club. (Source RTBF.be online)

Monday, December 10, 2018:

-An investigation has opened charging two doctors of involuntary homicide for providing certificates that declared the late Davide Astori was fit to play. (Source L’Équipe online)

-Cristiano Ronaldo took a subtle jab at Real Madrid by saying that Juventus are more of a family.. (Source Football Italia online)



Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
December 7, 2018
Alex Sandro (Brazil)
Defender
Juventus
2023
Calciomercato.com



Coppa Italia (December 4-December 13, 2018):

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
Benevento 1-Cittadella 0 (Filippo Bandinelli 77)
Bologna 3-Crotone 0 (Riccardo Orsolini 40, 67, Diego Falcinelli 56)
Sampdoria 2-SPAL 1 (Gregoire Defrel 45, Dawid Kownacki 82 / Sergio Floccari 34)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
Novara 3-Pisa 2 (Diego Perlata 22, Davide Bove 53, Jacopo Manconi 90 / Michele Marconi 16, Francesco Lisi 72)
Sassuolo 2-Catania 1 (Alessandro Matri 14, Manuel Locatelli 80 / Fran Brodic 41)
Chievo 1-Cagliari 2 (Mehdi Leris 18 / Alberto Cerri 8, Fabio Pisacane 68)

Thursday, December 13, 2018:
Genoa 3-Virtus Entella 3 (Krzysztof Piatek 27 pen, 86 pen, Gianluca Lapdula 110 pen / Simone Icardi 20, 83, Krisztian Adorjan 120) (Virtus Entella won on apenalty kick shoot-out)
Torino 2-Sudtirol 0 (Roberto Soriano 24, Simone Edera 81)


Italian Serie A Matchday (December 7-December 9, 2018):

Friday, December 7, 2018:
Juventus 1-Inter 0 (Mario Mandzukic 66)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Napoli 4-Frosinone 0 (Piotr Zielinski 7, Adam Ounas 40, Arek Milik 68, 84)
Cagliari 2-Roma 2 (Artur Ionita 84, Marco Sau 90 / Bryan Cristante 14, Aleksandar Kolarov 41)
Lazio 2-Sampdoria 2 (Frabcesco Acerbi 79, Ciro Immobile 90 pen / Faio Quagliarella 21, Riccardo Saponara 90+)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Sassuolo 3-Fiorentina 3 (Alfred Duncan 62, Khouma Babacar 67, Stefano Sensi 80 / Giovanni Simeone 70, Marco Benassi 89, Kevin Mirallas 90)
Empoli 2-Bologna 1 (Francesco Caputo 10, Antonio La Gumina 80 / Andrea Poli 41)
Parma 1-Chievo 1 (Bruno Alves 53 / Mariusz Stepinski 46)
Udinese 1-Atalanta 3 (Kevin Lasagna 12 / Duvan Zapata 2, 62, 80)
Genoa 1-SPAL 1 (Krzysztof Piatek 38 pen / Andrea Petagna 15)
AC Milan 0-Torino 0 (-)

Top Goalscorer:
Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa) 11 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 10 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Juventus
15
14
1
0
32
8
24
43
2
Napoli
15
11
2
2
32
14
18
35
3
Inter
15
9
2
4
27
13
14
29
4
AC Milan
15
7
5
3
24
  18
6
26
5
Lazio
15
7
4
4
22
18
4
25
6
Torino
15
5
7
3
19
   16
3
22


P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

III.  Spain

Diary:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
-Eduardo Berizzo has been sacked as Athletic Bilbao Manager. Youth Team Manager Gaizka Garitano will act in the interim. (Source BBC Football online)

-Gerard Pique denied reports that he is to purchase lower League club Reus. (Source Football Espana online)

-Adidas have opened a lawsuit against Rafinha (Barcelona) for breach of contract. They are demanding 90,000 GBP for every day that he refuse to wear their boots. (Source mirror.co.uk online)

-Garett Bale stated that he he should have won the Puskas Award for the goal of the year instead of Mohamed Salah. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

-Former Atletico Madrid star, the Portuguese Paulo Futre sent a message of support to Antoine Griezmann following the Ballon d’Or vote. In the message, Furtre hinted of bias due to the club colors (hinting Modric and CR 7 played for Real Madrid). He stated that sometimes even winning the UCL is not enough (referencing his 1987 triumph and secod place in the 1987 voting). (Source As.com online)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-Rafinha (Barcelona) will be out injured six months. (Source BBC Football online)

-Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde stated that Lionel Messi’s fifth place finish in the Ballon d’Or was ‘absurd’. (Source BBC Football online)

Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-

Friday, December 7, 2018:

-
 Saturday, December 8, 2018:

-

Sunday, December 9, 2018:

-Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele was once again late to training (by two hours) and asked to train alone.   (Source AS.com Online)

Monday, December 10, 2018:

-Zlatan Ibrahimovic was asked to comment on Luka Modric’s Ballon d’Or He hinted that Real Madrid President swayed influence by saying Messi was competing againt Florentino Perez and not Cristiano Ronaldo.  (Source AS.com online)

-Villareal have appointed Luis Garcia Plaza as their new Manager. (Source A Bola online)

-Barcelona and the Spanish League announced that they have given up in the plans to stage a league match in Miami. (Source L’Équipe online)


Photo From: L’Equipe, December 9, 2018
(Lionel Messi, December 8, 2018, Espanyol 0-Barcelona 4)




Cop Del Rey  (December 4-December 13, 2018):

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
Getafe 5-Cordoba 1 (Francisco Portillo 18, Angel Rodriguez 42 pen, 78, 80, Robert Ibanez 49 / Aythami Artiles 70)
Valencia 1-Ebro 0 (Michy Batshuayi 59)
Rayo Vallecano 0-Leganes 1 (Emiliano Velazquez (own goal) 17)
Espanyol 1-Cadiz 0 (Hernan Perez 76)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
Atletico Madrid 4-Sant Andreu 0 (Thomas Lemar 48, Nikola Kalinic 53, Angel Correa 55, Vitolo 81)
Girona 2-Alaves 1 (Alex Granell 74, Cristian Portu 79 / Pedro Alcala (own goal) 62)
Sociedad 2-Celta 0 (Mikel Oyarzabal 10, Adnan Januzaj 27)
Sevilla 1-Villanovense 0 (Andre Silva 49)
Villareal 8-Almeria 0 (Karl Toko Ekambi 23, 30, 36,47, Carlos Bacca 45, 83 pen, Gerard Moreno 67, Daniel Raba 89)
Barcelona 4-Leonesa 1 (Munir El Haddadi 18, Denis Suarez 26, 70, Malcolm 44 / Josep Sene 54)
Valladolid 2-Mallorca 1 (Oscar Plano 49, Daniele Verde 88 / Abdon Prats 48)

Thursday, December 13, 2018:
Levante 2-Lugo 0 (Coke 80, Raphael Dwamena 90)
Real Madrid 6-Melilla 1 (Marco Asensio 33, 35, Javier Sanchez 39, Isco 48, 83, Vinicius Junior 75 / Yacine Qasmi 80 pen)
Eibar 2-Gijon 2 (Marc Cucurella 53, Charles 87 / Alvaro Jimenez 13, Pablo Perez 39)
Huesca 0-Bilbao 4 (Aritz Aduriz 37, 58, Inaki Williams 80,90)
Betis 4-Santander 0 (Antonio Barragan 32, Antonio Sanabria 58 pen, Sergio Leon 69, Giovani Lo Celso 89)


Spanish La Liga Matchday (December 7-December 10, 2018):

Friday, December 7, 2018:
Leganes 1-Getafe 1 (Allan Nyom 64 / Leandro Cabrera 39)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Atletico Madrid 3-Alaves 0 (Nikola Kalinic 25, Antoine Griezmann 82, Rodri 87)
Valencia 1-Sevilla 1 (Mouctar Diakhaby 90 / Pablo Sarabia 55)
Villareal 2-Celta 3 (Carlos Bacca 83, 87 / Brais Mendez 44, Okay Yokuslu 49, Maxi Gomez 51)
Espanyol 0-Barcelona 4 (Lionel Messi 17, 65, Ousmane Dembele 26, Luis Suarez 45)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Eibar 4-Levante 4 (Sergi Enrich 8, Gomzalo Escalante 57, Charles 61 pen, 65 / Jose Luis Morlaes 10, Roberto Pier 26, Tono 75, Borja Mayoral 90)
Huesca 0-Real Madrid 1 (Gareth Bale 8)
Sociedad 1-Valladolid 2 (Mikel Oyarzabal 62 / Toni Villa 16, Antonito 54)
Betis 2-Vallecano 0 (Giovani Lo Celso 59 pen, Sidnei 76)

Monday, December 10, 2018:
Bilbao 1-Girona 0 (Aritz Aduriz 90 pen)

Top Goalscorer:
Cristhian Stuani (Girona) 11 goals
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 11 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Barcelona
15
9
4
2
41
19
22
31
2
Sevilla
15
8
4
3
27
16
11
28
3
Atletico Madrid
15
  7
7
1
21
10
11
28
4
Real Madrid
15
8
4
3
23
19
4
26
5
Alaves
15
7
3
5
18
17
1
24
6
Levante
15
6
4
5
27
25
2
22

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


IV.  Germany
Diary:


Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
-National Team Manager Joachim Low stated that he has currently no plans to reach out and recall Mesut Ozil. (Source Bulinews online)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-Bayern Munich Presidnet Uli Hoeness stated that his club would never spent 112 Million Euros on a ‘senior’ player like Cristiano Ronaldo. (Source Football Italia online)

Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-Former Leverkusen player Stefan Kiessling revelaed that his wife used to pass some of the fitness tets assigned to him by the club. (Source AS.com online)

Friday, December 7, 2018:

-

Saturday, December 8, 2018:

-

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
-


Monday, December 10, 2018:
-Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) has been injured and will not play until the new year 2019.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-Lutz Pfannenstiel has left Hoffenheim to become the Sports Director at Fortuna Dusseldorf. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Bayern Munich’s French player Kingsley Conan states that he might be forced to retire if he needs to do another ankle surgery.(Source Football Italia online)

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
December 4, 2018
Stefan Posch (Austria)
-
Hoffenheim
2022
Kicker.de


German Bundesliga Matchday (December 7-December 9, 2018):

Friday, December 7, 2018:
Werder Bremen 3-Dusseldorf 1 (Kevin Mohwald 20, Martin Harnik 71, Josh Sargent 78 / Dodi Lukebakio 43 pen)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Leverkusen 1-Augsburg 0 (Lucas Alario 75)
Bayern Munich 3-Nuremberg 0 (Robert Lewandowski 9, 27, Franck Ribery 56)
Schalke 1-Dortmund 2 (Daniel Caligiuri 61 pen / Thomas Delaney 7, Jadon Sancho 74)
Freiburg 3-RB Leipzig 0 (Nils Petersen 12, Luca Waldschmidt 45 pen, Mike Frantz 52)
Wolfsburg 2-Hoffenheim 2 (Ermin Bicakcic (own goal) 28, Daniel Ginczek 31 / Ishak Belfodil 4, Andrej Kramaric 71)
Hertha Berlin 1-Frankfurt 0 (Marko Grujic 40)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Mainz 1-Hannover 1 (Daniel Brosinski 89 pen / Hendrik Weydandt 12)
Moenchengladbach 3 –Stuttgart 0 (Raffael 69, Florian Neuhaus 77, Benjamin Pavard (own goal) 84)


Top Goalscorer:
Luka Jovic (Frankfurt) 10 goals
Paco Alcacer (Dortmund) 10 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Dortmund
14
11
3
0
39
14
25
36
2
M’Gladbach
14
9
2
3
33
16
17
29
3
Bayern Munich
14
8
3
3
28
18
10
27
3
RB Leipzig
14
7
4
3
24
13
11
25
5
Frankfurt
14
7
2
5
30
17
13
23
6
Hoertha Berlin
14
6
5
3
22
20
2
23

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
V.  France
Diary:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018:

-PSG’s home match vs. Montpellier this Saturday has been postponed after a request by the Police due to security concerns related to the recent Political demonstrations. (Source AFP online)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-France Manager Didier Deschamps, once again dismissed the Belgian criticism over the semifinal WC win, to disappointment over losing an important match. He said France were efficient as Belgium were against Brazil. (Source RTBF.be online)
Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-Monaco-Nice, St  Etienne-OM and Toulouse-Lyon matches this Friday-Saturday have also been postponed  due to security concerns related to the recent Political demonstrations. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Mario Balotelli is to leave OGC Nice at the end of the season. (Source L’Équipe online)
Friday, December 7, 2018:

-Some doubts are being raised about the validity of the 2018 Ballon d’Or. Apparently one journalist listed does not exist, while another claimed his order of voting was reversed. Abdou Boina is being listed as voted for Comoros, however, local news sources claim that he does not exist and the website he is linked to was closed in 2012. (Source Walfoot.be/Marca.com online)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:

-France Manager Didier Deschamps comented on the Adrien Rabiot situation. He said he does not close the door on him but hinted that the player had not performed well for France in his matches. (Source RTBF.be online)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:

-
Monday, December 10, 2018:

-Yoan Gourcuff (Dijon) has been injured and will not play until the new year 2019.  (Source L’Equipe online)


French Ligue 1 Matchday (December 4-December 5, 2018):

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
Nice 0-Angers 0 (-)
Amiens 0-Monaco 2 (Radamel Falcao 43 pen, 90 pen)
Montpellier 0-Lille 1 (Nicolas Pepe 6)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
Dijon 2-Guingamp 1 (Benjamin Jeannot 14, Oussama Haddadi 86 / Marcus Coco 79)
Bordeaux 3-St Etienne 2 (Jimmy Briand 22, Francois Kamano 57 pen, Pablo Castro 90 / Lois Diony 16, Wahbi Khazri 67)
Nantes 3-OM 2 (Emiliano Sala 30, Abdoulaye Toure 45, Gabriel Boschilia 63 / Morgan Sanson 28, Florian Thuavin 36 pen)
Lyon 0-Rennes 2 (Hatem Ben Arfa 41, Jordan Siebatecheu 43)
Caen 1-Nimes 2 (Prince Oniangue 90 / Unut Bozok 18, Loick Landre 90)
Reims 0-Toulouse 1 (Issiaga Sylla 45)
Strasbourg 1-PSG 1 (Kenney Lala 41 pen / edinson Cavani 71 pen)


Top Goalscorer:
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 12 goals
Emiliano Sala (Nantes) 12 goals
Neymar (PSG) 11 goals
Florian Thauvin (OM) 11 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
16
14
2
0
49
10
39
44
2
Lille
16
8
4
4
23
14
9
30
3
Montpellier
16
8
5
3
24
12
12
29
3
Lyon
16
8
4
4
26
20
6
28
5
Marseille
16
8
2
6
29
25
4
26
6
St Etienne
16
7
5
4
24
21
3
26


P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

French Ligue 1 Matchday (December 7-December 9, 2018):

Friday, December 7, 2018:
Monaco -Nice  (Postponed)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
PSG -Montpellier  (Postponed)
Angers-Bordeaux  (Postponed)
Guingamp 1-Amiens 2 (Etienne Didot 70 / Eddy Gnahore 63, Stiven Mendoza 81)
Rennes 2-Dijon 0 (B.Bourigeaud 69, Hatem Ben Arfa 90)
Toulouse -Lyon  (Postponed)
Nimes-Nantes  (Postponed)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Strasbourg 2-Caen 2 (Pablo Martinez 5, Lebo Mothiba 23 / Faycal Fajr 22, Saif-Eddine Khaoui 80)
Lille 1-Reims 1 (Nicolas Pepe 90 pen / Remi Oudin 46 )
St Etienne -OM  (Postponed)

Top Goalscorer:
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 12 goals
Emiliano Sala (Nantes) 12 goals
Neymar (PSG) 11 goals
Florian Thauvin (OM) 11 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
16
14
2
0
49
10
39
44
2
Lille
17
8
5
4
24
15
9
31
3
Montpellier
16
8
5
3
24
12
12
29
3
Lyon
16
8
4
4
26
20
6
28
5
Marseille
16
8
2
6
29
25
4
26
6
St Etienne
16
7
5
4
24
21
3
26


P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
VI.  Holland
Diary:


Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
-

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-
Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-
Friday, December 7, 2018:

-Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong has been linked with a transfer to PSG for next season. (Source vi.nl online)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
-Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong has denied that he is certain to leave fpor PSG next seaosn. (Source vi.nl online)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
-

Monday, December 10, 2018:
-AZ Alkmaar have confirmed that Manager John van den Brom will leave at the end of the season and replaced with assistant Arne Slot. (Source vi.nl online)

Profesional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
December 10, 2018 
Sergino Denst 
-
Ajax
vi.nl


Dutch Eredivisie Matchday (December 13, 2018):

Thursday, December 13, 2018:
Feyenoord 4-VVV 1 (Tonny Vilhena 28, Robin van Persie 33, Sam Larsson 55, 75 / Tino-Sven Susic 58)

Top Goalscorer:
Fran Sol (Willem II) 13 goals
Luuk De Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 12 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSV Eindhoven
14
13
0
1
47
7
40
39
2
Ajax
14
12
1
1
46
7
39
37
3
Feyenoord
14
10
2
2
29
15
14
32
4
Heracles
14
7
2
5
29
28
1
23
5
Utrecht
14
6
4
4
23
17
6
22
6
Vitesse
14
6
4
4
22
16
6
22

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

Dutch Eredivisie Matchday (December 7-December 9, 2018):

Friday, December 7, 2018:
Fortuna Sittard 0-AZ 3 (Mats Seuntjens 12, Oussama Idrissi 63, Guss Til 80)
PSV Eindhoven 6-Excelsior 0 (Luuk De Jong 17, 90, Robin van der Meer (own goal) 34, Jurgen Mattheij (own goal) 62, Donyell Malen 80, Steven Bergwijn 89)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Willem II 1-Heerenveen 5 (Atakan Akkaynak 17 / Nemanja Mihajlovic 15, Ben Rienstar 41 pen, Michel Vlap 53, Mitchell van Bergen 58, 65 )
PEC 1-Ajax 4  (Lase Schone (own goal) 44 / Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 22, Frenkie De Jong 32, Lasse Schone 69, Dusan Tadic 89)
Den Haag 0-De Graafschap 0 (-)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Utrecht 3-Heracles 1 (Simon Gustafson 4 pen, Gyrano Kerk 19, Urby Emanuelson 20 / M.Rossmann 75)
Emmen 1-Feyenoord 4 (Anco Jansen 71  / J. Van der Heijden 62, Steven Berghuis 70, Orkun Kokcu 77, Tonny Vilhena 89 pen)
VVV 0-Groningen 0 (-)
NAC 2-Vitesse 1 (Mitchell Te Vrede 45, Arno Verschueren 84 / Bryan Linssen 72)

Top Goalscorer:
Luuk De Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 14 goals
Fran Sol (Willem II) 13 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSV Eindhoven
15
14
0
1
53
7
46
42
2
Ajax
15
13
1
1
50
8
42
40
3
Feyenoord
15
11
2
2
33
16
17
35
4
Utrecht
15
7
4
4
26
18
8
25
5
Heracles
15
7
2
6
30
31
-1
23
6
AZ
15
6
4
5
27
22
5
22

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


VII.  Scotland
Diary:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
-

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

- St Johnstone Manager Tommy Wright was named as the Manager of the month for November. (Source BBC Football online)
Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-Ryan Christie (Celtic) was named as the Player of the Month of November. (Source BBC Football online)
Friday, December 7, 2018:

-

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
-


Sunday, December 9, 2018:

-

Monday, December 10, 2018:
-

Scottish Premier League Matchday (December 5, 2018):
Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
Dundee 4-Hamilton 0 (Kenny Miller 27, 51, 81, Jesse Curran 69)
Hibernian 2-St Mirren 2 (Oliver Shaw 56, Ryan Porteous 73 / Adam Hammill 7, Paul McGinn 67)
Kilmarnock 2-Livingston 0 (Greg Stewart 3, 20)
Motherwell 1-Celtic 1 (Danny Johnson 88 / Ryan Christie 13)
Ramgers 0-Aberdeen 1 (Scott McKenna 7)
St Johnstone 2-Hearts 2 (Blair Alston 20, Matthew Kennedy 69 pen / A. Sutchuin Djoum 6, Oliver Bozanic 41)

Top Goalscorer:
Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) 9 goals
Steven Naismith (Hearts) 7 goals
Odsonne Edourad (Celtic) 7 goals
Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Kilmarnock
16
9
4
3
24
12
12
31
2
Rangers
15
9
3
3
37
13
24
30
3
Celtic
14
9
3
2
31
7
24
30
4
Hearts
16
8
3
5
22
19
3
27
5
St Johnstone
15
7
4
4
18
20
-2
25
6
Aberdeen
14
7
3
4
17
13
4
24
P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


Scottish Premier League Matchday (December 8, 2018):
Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Aberdeen 0-St Johnstone 2 (Joe Shaughnessy 71, Blair Alston 74)
Celtic 5-Kilmarnock 1 (James Forrest 5, 67, Odsonne Edouard 25, Mikael Lustig 35, Ryan Christie 45 / Eamonn Brophy 52 pen)
Hamilton 0-Hibernian 1 (Oliver Shaw 65)
Hearts 1-Motherwell 0 (Peter Haring 14)
Livingston 3-St Mirren 1 (Scott Pittman 50, Ryan Hardie 64, Craig Sibbald 88/ Alfie Jones 36)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Dundee 1-Rangers 1 (Kenny Miller 9 / Andrew Halliday 21)
 Top Goalscorer:
Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) 9 goals
James Forrest (Celtic) 8 goals



Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Celtic
15
10
3
2
36
8
28
33
2
Rangers
16
9
4
3
38
14
24
31
3
Kilmarnock
17
9
4
4
25
16
8
31
4
Hearts
17
9
3
5
23
19
4
30
5
St Johnstone
16
8
4
4
20
20
0
28
6
Livingston
16
7
4
5
17
13
2
25
P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


VIII.  Portugal

Diary:


Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
-Petit has been appointed as the new Manager of Maritimo. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
-

Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-

Friday, December 7, 2018:

-

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
-

Sunday, December 9, 2018:

-

Monday, December 10, 2018:
-Chaves have dismissed Manager Daniel Ramos. (Source A Bola online)


Portugal League Cup-Group A (December 5, 2018):

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
Benfica 2-Pacos Ferreira 0 (Haris Seferovic 12, Joao Felix 45)


Portugal Primeira Liga League Matchday (December 7-December 9, 2018):
Friday, December 7, 2018:
Porto 4-Portimonense 1 (Moussa Marega 23, 65, Soares 57, Yacine Brahimi 59 / Vitor Tormena 9)
Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Belenensses 1-Chaves 0 (Lica 40)
Tondela 0-Braga 1 (Wilson Eduardo 31)
Setubal 0-Benfica 1 (Jomas 17)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Nacional 0-Boavista 0 (-)
Moreirense 0-Santa Clara 1 (Ze Manuel 52)
Guimaraes 3-Rio Ave 2 (Andre Andre 17 pen, 43 pen, Pedrao 87 / Vinicius 22 pen, Gabrielzinho 53)
Sporting CP 4-Aves 1 (Bas Dost 40 pen, 48, Nani 45, Abdoulaye Diaby 59 / Rodrigo Defendi 17)

Monday, December 10, 2018:
Feirense 1-Maritimo 1 (Tiago Silva 70 pen / Ricardo Valente 90)

Top Goalscorer:
Dyego Sousa (Braga) 7 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Porto
12
10
0
2
26
7
19
30
2
Sporting CP
12
9
1
2
25
12
13
28
3
Braga
12
8
3
1
22
10
12
27
4
Benfica
12
8
2
2
24
11
13
26
5
Guimaraes
12
6
3
3
19
14
5
21
6
Rio Ave
12
5
3
4
20
19
1
18

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point

IX.  Belgium
Diary:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
- As part of ‘Footgate’ aftermath, The Belgian Federation of Football Agents (BFFA) has been established to group all the agents in Belgium. (Source RTBF.be online)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-
Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-

Friday, December 7, 2018:
-Dries Mertens was awarded the ‘Big Belgian’ award for the month of November by Play Sports. (Source RTBF.be online)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:

-Benjamin Lambot (Cercle Brugge) will be out injured for four months. (Source Jupiler League App online)

Sunday, December 9, 2018:
-


Monday, December 10, 2018:

-
Profesional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 December 7, 2018
Amine El Taibi 
Defender/Midfielder
Genk 
Jupiler League App

Beker Van Belgie (December 4-December 13, 2018):

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:
Kortrijk 1-Zulte-Waregem 0 (-)
Gent 3-Beerschot-Wilrijk 0 (-)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018:
Mouscron 3-Ostend 3 (-) (Ostend won on a penalty kick shoot-out)
Deinze 1-Eupen 3 (-)
St Truiden 3-Mandel United 2 (-)
Mechelen 2-Lokeren 0 (-)
Charleroi 1-Genk 3 (-)

Thursday, December 13, 2018:
Union St Gilloise 3- Knokke 2 (-)


First Division A League Matchday (December 7-December 9, 2018):

Friday, December 7, 2018:
Waaland-Beveren 2-Club Brugge 1 (Franceco Forte 78 pen, Saulo Decarli (own goal) 85 / Ruud Vormer 48)

Saturday, December 8, 2018:
Genk 1-Kortrijk 1 (Mbwana Samatta 20 / Julien De Sart 45)
Ostend 1-Lokeren 0 (Fernando Canesin 72)
Mouscron 0-Zulte-Waregem 0 (-)
St Truiden 1-Standard Liege 1 (Diachi Kamada 45 / Obbi Oulare 59)
Sunday, December 9, 2018:
Cercle Brugge 0-Antwerp 3 (Lior Refaelov 12 pen, 53, Willaim Owusu 40)
Anderlecht 1-Charleroi 1 (-Francis Amuzu 47 / Cristian Benavente 89 pen)
Gent 2-Eupen 0 (Sigurd Rosted 12, Dylan Bronn 79)
Top Goalscorer:
Ivan Santini (Anderlecht) 11 goals
Ally Samatta (Genk) 10 goals
Nany Dimata (Anderlecht) 10 goals
Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Genk
18
11
6
1
42
18
24
39
2
Antwerp
18
10
5
3
27
16
11
35
3
Club Brugge
18
10
4
4
42
21
21
34
4
Anderlecht
18
9
4
5
32
22
10
31
5
St Truiden
18
8
7
3
31
21
10
31
6
Gent
18
8
4
6
33
30
3
28

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point



Diary (extra):

Tuesday, December 4, 2018:

-Brazilian Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari revealed that he had received an offer to manage the Colombian National Team. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Razvan Marin (Standard Liege) was named as Romania’s player of the year. (Source Walfoot.be online)


Wednesday, December 5, 2018:

-Former FIFA executive, Rafael Salguero of Guatemala, stated that he was offered a bribe for 2018 World Cup vote. (Source The Guardian online)

-Russian players Pavel Mamaev and Aleksandr Kokorin are to remain in jail until at least February 8th, 2019 as the investigation is still ongoing . (Source Russian Football News online)

Thursday, December 13, 2018:

-Former Soviet International Aleksandr Minayev from the 1970s passed away aged 64. (Source Wikipedia online)

-Pele dismissed suggestions that Lionel Messi was the greatest player in History. He said that Maradona was much better than Messi and had more skills such as in heading ability. (Source Daily Mail online)

-The charitable Organization US Soccer Foundation is suing the US soccer Federation to be able to own its name and related trademarks. According to the Foundation, the US Soccer Federation seeks to sever ties and has asked the Foundation to abandon its name and logo. (Source Sports Illustrated online)


Friday, December 7, 2018:

-

Saturday, December 8, 2018:

-The CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) has rejected Boca Juniors’ appeal to suspend the Copa Libertadores Final and award trophy to them due to the misbevaior of River Plate fans.  (Source Reuters UK / Sky Sports Online)

-The Peruvian Federation President Edwin Oviedo has been been remanded for 18 months for the suspected murder of two syndicatsts. He was already arrested the day before for financial corruption charges.   (Source L’Equipe Online)

-In only their second season of existence, Atlanta United were the victors of the MLS Cup defeating Portland Timbers (2-0).   (Source BBC FootballOnline)


Sunday, December 9, 2018:
-FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated that a decision on having 48 teams at the 2022 World Cup will be made in March 2019. (Source RTBF.be online)

-River Plate defeated Boca Juniors (3-1) in Madrid to win the Copa Libertadores.

-The Australian government has asked for the release of Hakeem Al-Araibi. He is Bahraini with refugee status in Melboune and was detained two weeks ago in Bangkok. (Source AS.com online)

Monday, December 10, 2018:

-Former Iceland Manager Heimir Hallgrimsson has been appointed as Manager of Qatari side Al-Arabi. (Source voetbalzone.nl online)