Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 53 (Week of April 9-April 15, 2019)




Photo From: L'Equipe, April 14, 2019
(Jadon Sancho, Paul Pgba and Todibo)



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, April 9, 2019:

-Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) has been charge formdrunk driving . (Source BC Football online)

-Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Harry Kane (Tottenham) was injured in the UCL clash vs. Manchester City. According to Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pocchettino he could potentially miss the rest of the season. (Source BBC Football online)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-Leicester have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players in their match vs. Huddersfield. The players were disorderly during a penalty kick decision. (Source Sky Sports online)

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-Former Arsenal Defender Martin Keown reacted angrily and physically threatened BT Sport host Jake Humphrey who had made a sarcastic remark to him during their commentary of Arsenal-Napoli Europa League match. (Source Daily Mail online)

Friday, April 12, 2019:

-Cardiff Manager Neil Warnock has been charged by the FA for comments made about match officials after their match vs. Chelsea. (Source BBC Football online)

-Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) was named as UCL Player of the week. (Source L’Equipe online)    

-Southampton Chairman Ralph Krueger has left the club. (Source Reuters UK online)

-Liverpool Manager Jurgem Klopp was named as Premier League Manager of the Month for March. (Source Liverpool FC online)

-Sadio Mane (Liverpool) was named as the Premier League Player of the month of March. (Source Bleacher Report online)

-Anthony Knockaert (Brighton) was awarded with Premier League Goal of the month of March for his gola vs. Crystal Palace. (Source Onefootball online)

-James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Former Liverpool Defender from the 60s and 70s, Tommy Smith passed away aged 74. (Source BBC Football online)

-Cesc Fabregas blamed his former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri of showing favoritism to Jorginho and treating him like his son. (Source Metro.co.uk online)

-Former English forward from the 40s and 50s, Ivor Broadis passed away aged 96. He was England’s oldest living International at the time of his death. (Source The Sun online)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:

-The Police are investigating a possible assault by Fleetwood Town Manager Joey Barton on his Barnsley counterpart Daniel Stendel.  (Source Reuters UK online)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:

-Former AS Roma President (1991 to 1993) Giuseppe Ciarrapico passed away aged 85. (Source Coriere dello Sport online)    

-Slaven Bilic revealed that during his time as West Ham Manager he had advised Dmitri Payet not to rejoin OM but join teams like Manchester United and Juventus.  (Source Onze-Mondial online)


Monday, April 15, 2019:

-Kevin De Bruyne revealed that during his time at Chelsea he had spoken to Jose Mourinho only twice. (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Andre Gomes (Everton) has been charged by the FA for violent conduct in an incident after the match vs. Fulham. (Source Sky Sports online)

English Premier League Matchday (April 12-April 15, 2019):

Friday, April 12, 2019:
Leicetser 0-Newcastle 1 (Ayoze Perez 32)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
Tottenham 4-Huddersfield 0 (Victor Wanyama 24, Lucas Moura 27, 87, 90)
Brighton 0-Bournemouth 5 (Dan Gosling 33, Ryan Fraser 55, David Brooks 74, Callum Wilson 82, Junior Stanislas 90)
Burnely 2-Cardiff 0 (Chris Wood 31, 90)
Fulham 1-Everton 0 (Tom Cairney 46, Ryan Babel 69)
Southampton 3-Wolves 1 (Nathan Redmond 2, 30, Shane Long 71 / Willy Boly 28)
Manchester United 1-West Ham 1 (Paul Pogba 19 pen, 80 pen / Felipe Anderson 49)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Crystal Palace 1-Manchester City 3 (Luka Milivojevic 81 / Raheem Sterling 15, 63, Gabriel Jesus 90)
Liverpool 2-Chelsea 0 (Sadio Mane 51, Mohamed Salah 53)

Monday, April 15, 2019:
Watford 0-Arsenal 1 (Pierre-Erick Aubameyang 10)

Top Goalscorer:
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 19 goals
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) 19 goals
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 18 goals
Pierre-Erick Aubameyang (Arsenal) 18 goals
Harry Kane (Tottenham) 17 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Liverpool
34
26
7
1
77
20
57
85
2
Manchester City
33
27
2
4
86
22
64
83
3
Tottenham
33
22
1
10
64
34
30
67
4
Arsenal
33
20
6
7
66
40
26
66
5
Chelsea
34
20
6
8
57
36
21
66
6
Manchester United
33
19
7
7
  63
44
19
64

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


II.  Italy
Diary:
Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
-Antonio Conte is being linked as a possible Inter Manager for next season. According to a report, one of his demands is the removal and transfer of Mauro Icardi. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

-Stefano Pioli has resigned as Fiorentina Manager. He wrote an open letter to the fans, saying his “human capabilities” had been questioned. He is likely to be replaced by Vincenzo Montella. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-Vincenzo Montella was named as the new Fiorentina Manager. (Source Corriere dello sport online)

-Fiorentina responded to Stefano Pioli’s comments by stating that they found his attitude “incomprehensible and unjustifiable”. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport online)

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-Brazilian Teenager Wesley (Flamengo) has confirmed his move to Juventus. (Source Football Italia online)

-Lorenzo de Silvestri (Torino) earned his doctorate in Business Economy in Rome. (Source Football Italia online)

Friday, April 12, 2019:

-
Saturday, April 13, 2019:

-Andrea Barzagli announced that he would retire at the end of the season.  (Source Daily Mail online)

-The AC Milan-Lazio match ended in controversy as Milan’s Franck Kessie and Bakayoko celebrated and paraded with Francesco Acerbi’s exchanged jersey (he had exchanged with Bakayoko at the end of the match). Acerbi accused the pair of ‘fomenting hatred.’
The shirt exchange was as part of a peace offering as the two had locked horns in social media in the days leading up. Milan Manager Gattuso stated that Milan must apologize. Lazio’s Immobile described the Milan duo as “little men”. Giuseppe Pecoraro, the head of FIGC federal prosecutor’s office, is to send the video to a judge for a TV test. Italy’s Under-secretary of Council of Ministers Giancarlo Giorgetti described the gesture as “unworthy of the values of sport”.  Kessie and Bakayoko later apologized for their action.  (Source Calciomercato / BBC Football online)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:

-Radja Nainggolan (Inter) gave the reason why he had not joined Juventus last summer. He stated that he preferred to win a trophy by playing in every match and not just 10 matches per season.  (Source Footnews.be online)

-Chievo have been relegated to the Serie B following their loss vs. Napoli.  (Source Corriere dello Sport online)


Monday, April 15, 2019:

-Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma) has been linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich.  (Source Corriere dello Sport online)

-The likes of Antonio Cassano and Sinisa Mihajlovic have criticized Juventus for showing a lack of respect by fielding an under-strength side vs. SPAL. However, SPAL Manager Leonardo Simplici countered by saying he saw ‘Nine International players’ that day.  (Source Corriere dello Sport online)

-AS Roma players have been instructed not to take selfies with the entertainer Drake until the end of the season. This is due to the ‘Curse’ where players who have recently taken photos with him have ended up losing matches.  (Source Sport Bible online)

-Atalanta were held scoreless by Empoli despite taking 47 shots on goal. Empoli goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski made a record 17 saves.  (Source Football Italia online)






Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 12, 2019 
Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica)
-
Bologna
LA Galaxy
-
Football Italia

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 11, 2019
Milan Skriniar
Defender
Inter
2023
Football Italia



Italian Serie A Matchday (April 13-April 15, 2019):

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
SPAL 2-Juventus 1 (Kevin Bonifazi 49, Sergio Floccari 74 / Moise Kean 30)
Roma 1-Udinese 0 (Edin Dzeko 67)
AC Milan 1-Lazio 0 (Franck Kessie 79 pen)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Torino 1-Cagliari 1 (Simone Zaza 52 / Leoardo Pavoletti 75)
Fiorentina 0-Bologna 0 (-)
Sampdoria 2-Genoa 0 (Gregoire Defrel 3, Fabio Quagliarella 53 pen)
Sassuolo 0-Parma 0 (-)
Chievo 1-Napoli 3 (Bostjan Cesar 90 / Kalidou Koulibaly 15, 81, Arek Milik 64)
Frosinone 1-Inter 3 (Francesco Cassata 61 / Radja Nainggolan 19, Ivan Perisic 37 pen, Matias Vecino 90)

Monday, April 15, 2019:
Atalanta 0-Empoli 0 (-)

Top Goalscorer:
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) 22 goals
Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa and AC Milan) 22 goals
Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) 20 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 19 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Juventus
32
27
3
2
65
22
43
84
2
Napoli
32
20
7
5
61
28
33
67
3
Inter
32
18
6
8
50
26
24
60
4
AC Milan
32
15
10
7
46
30
16
55
5
Roma
32
15
9
8
57
45
12
54
6
Atalanta
32
15
8
9
64
41
23
53

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

Diary:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
-A court in Dortmund has sentenced Ousmane Dembele (now at Barcelona) to 10,000 Euros for leaving his property full of garbage. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) was banned for eight matches for insulting the referee in the Barcelona-Atletico Madrid match. (Source BBC Football online)

-Raul will manage Real Madrid nursery side Castilla next season. (Source Football Espana online)

Friday, April 12, 2019:

-Iago Aspas (Celta) stated that he is likely to stay with the club. He was also asked to comment on Real Madrid, while he praised the potential signing of Eden Hazard, he was more doubtful of Pogba and Kante, saying they are “not Real Madrid players”. (Source Marca online)

-Toni Kroos denied reports that he is set to leave Real Madrid this summer. (Source L’Équipe online)
 Saturday, April 13, 2019:

-Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde rested his entire outfield 10 starters in the match vs. Huesca as the Manchester United UCL march is on the horizon. Only goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen started.  (Source Marca online)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:

-

Monday, April 15, 2019:

-

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 10, 2019
Ilaix Moriba Kourouma
Midfielder
Barcelona
-
Football espana


Spanish La Liga Matchday (April 13-April 15, 2019):

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
Espanyol 2-Alaves 1 (Adria Pedrosa 19, Victor Laguardia (own goal) 47 / Jonathan Calleri 56)
Huesca 0-Barcelona 0 (-)
Atletico Madrid 2-Celta 0 (Antoine Griezmann 42, Alvaro Morata 74)
Sevilla 3-Betis 2 (Munir El Haddadi 26, Pablo Sarabia 59, Franco Vazquez 64 / Giovani Lo Celso 55, Cristian Tello 82)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Valladolid 2-Getafe 2 (Sergi Guardiola 30, Enes Unal 69 pen / Mauro Arambarri 14, Jorge Molina 90 pen)
Bilbao 3-Vallecano 2 (Inaki Williams 2, 50,Raul Garcia 72 / Alex Moreno 45, Raul De Tomas 85)
Sociedad 1-Eibar 1 (Juanmi 1 / Joan Jordan 85)
Girona 0-Villareal 1 (Samuel Chukwueze 7)
Valencia 3-Levante 1 (Santi Mina 2, 63, Goncalo Guedes 57 / carlos Soler (own goal) 56)

Monday, April 15, 2019:
Leganes 1-Real Madrid 1 (Jonathan Silva 45 / Karim Benzema 51)

Top Goalscorer:
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 33 goals
Luis Suarez (Barcelona) 20 goals
Cristhian Stuani (Girona) 18 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Barcelona
32
22
8
2
81
31
50
74
2
Atletico Madrid
32
 19
8
5
47
21
26
65
3
Real Madrid
32
19
6
7
56
38
18
61
4
Sevilla
32
15
7
10
54
39
15
52
5
Getafe
32
13
12
7
40
29
11
51
6
Valencia
32
11
16
5
36
27
9
49

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


Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
- Augsburg have dismissed Manager Manuel Baum and his Assistant Jens Lehmann, along with Technical Director Stephan Schwarz. Baum has been replaced with Martin Schmidt. (Source Sport Bild / Kicker Online)

-Hannover have dismissed Sporting Director Horst Heldt. (Source Fox Sports online)

-Rudi Voeller and Oliver Bierhoff have both publicly denied any interest in the DfB Presidency. (Source Sport Bild online)


Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-Nike have signed Dortmund’s 14-year-old player Youssoufa Moukoko. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Moenchengladbach officially announced that Marco Rose would be their Manager for next season. (Source Kicker.de online)

-Former DfB President Reinhard Grindel has also stepped down from his positions at UEFA and FIFA. (Source Reuters UK online)

-Former Schalke Player Naldo warned the club to learn the lessons from the demise of SV Hamburg and not end up like them. (Source Bulinews online)

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) stated that he may never play again after still struggling with injuries. (Source AFP online)

-Sven Mislintat was named as Sporting Director of Stuttgart. (Source Kicker.de online)

-It was reported that Bayern Munich players Robert Lewnadowski and Kingsley Coman were involved in a physical altercation with one another during training. (Source the 42 / Sport Bild online)

Friday, April 12, 2019:

-Bayern Munich Manager Niko Kovac commented on the bust-up between Lewandowski and Coman. He said the players are sorry and apologized and would not be fined. (Source Bulinews online)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:

-Lars Stindl (Moenchengladbach) will be out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg in the match vs. Hannover.  (Source AS.com online)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
-RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff confirmed that Timo Werner would not renew his contract with the club. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Moenchengladbach Sporting Director Max Eberl stated that Max Kruse (currently at Werder Bremen) would not return to the club.  (Source Kicker.de online)

Monday, April 15, 2019:
-Franck Ribery has been linked with a transfer to Qatari side Al-Sadd at the end of the season. (Source 90min online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 10, 2019 
Jann-Fiete Arp
-
SV Hamburg
Bayern Munich
Next Season
Bavarian Football Works
April 10, 2019 
Thomas Pledl
Midfielder
Ingolstadt
Dusselforf
Next Season
Kicker.de


German Bundesliga Matchday (April 12-April 14, 2019):

Friday, April 12, 2019:
Nuremberg 1-Schalke 1 (Yuya Kubo 82 / Matija Nastasic 84)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
Hannover 0-Moenchengladbach 1 (Raffael 53)
RB Leipzig 2-Wolfsburg 0 (Kevin Kampl 16, Timo Werner 28)
Stuttgart 0-Leverkusen 1 (Kai Havertz 64 pen)
Werder Bremen 2-Freiburg 1 (Davy Klaassen 76, Theo Gabre Selassie 84 / Luca Waldschmidt 90)
Dortmund 2-Mainz 1 (Jadon Sanco 17, 24 / Robin Quaison 83)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Hoffenheim 2-Hertha Berlin 0 (Nadiem Amiri 29, Reiss Nelson 76)
Dusseldorf 1-Bayern Munich 4 (Dodi Lukebakio 89 pen / Kingsley Coman 15, 41, Serge Gnabry 55, Leon Goretzka 90)
Frankfurt 1-Augsburg 3 (Goncalo Paciencia 14 / Marco Richter 31, 45, Michael Gregoritsch 84)

Top Goalscorer:
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) 21 goals
Luka Jovic (Frankfurt) 17 goals
Paco Alcacer (Dortmund) 16 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Bayern Munich
29
21
4
4
78
29
49
67
2
Dortmund
29
20
6
3
68
36
32
66
3
RB Leipzig
29
17
7
5
55
22
33
58
4
Frankfurt
29
15
7
7
57
34
23
52
5
M’Gladbach
29
15
6
8
48
35
13
51
6
Hoffenheim
29
12
11
6
60
39
21
47

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


V.  France
Diary:
Tuesday, April 9, 2019:

-Former Bordeaux and Lens Manager Francis Gillot will start working at the DTN (Direction Technique Nationale) starting July 1st. (Source L’Équipe online)

-Andreas Corneluis (Bordeaux) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Kylian Mbappe’s 13 year-old brother Ethan has enrolled at the center of excellence course at Clairefontaine.  (Source AS.com online)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-Andrei Girotto (Nantes) was suspended for four matches (one suspended) for his sending off vs. Toulouse, while Pablo (Bordeaux) was suspended for two matches for his red card vs. OM. (Source L’Equipe online)

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-Former French International Florent Malouda was dismissed as coach of FC Zurich by ‘mutual consent’, though he was unaware of this until the news posted on the club’s social media. (Source BBC Football online)

-Neymar has resumed training with PSG three months after his injury. (Source Sport Bild online)
Friday, April 12, 2019:

-Neymar’s father has assured that his son will remain in PSG this coming season. (Source calciomercato online)

-Dijon-Amiens match was interrupted for five minutes when Amiens defender Prince Gouano complained of being racially abused. (Source BBC Football online)

-Lyon Manager Bruno Genesio confirmed that he would leave his post at the end of the season. (Source L’Équipe online)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:

-

Sunday, April 14, 2019:

-
Monday, April 15, 2019:

-Stevan Jovetic (Monaco) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source vi.nl online)

-Mario Balotelli (OM) was voted as the L1’s Player of the month for March. (Source L’Equipe online)


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 12, 2019
Issiaga Sylla (Guinea)
Defender
Toulouse
2023
L’Equipe


French Ligue 1 Matchday (April 9, 2019): (Postponed Matches)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
Nimes 3-Rennes 1 (Renaud Ripart 24, Denis Bouanga 55, Antonin Bobichon 72 / Herve Lybohy (own goal) 40)


French Ligue 1 Matchday (April 12-April 14, 2019):

Friday, April 12, 2019:
Dijon 0-Amiens 0 (-)
Nantes 2-Lyon 1 (Kalifa Coulibaly 11, Anthony Limbombe 83 / Martin Terrier 41)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
OM 2-Nimes 1 (Valere Germain 72, Luiz Gustavo 73 / Teji Savanier 82 pen)
Monaco 0-Reims 0 (-)
Strasbourg 3-Guingamp 3 (Ludovic Ajorque 39, 73, Sanjin Prcic 69 / Marcus Thuram 37, Lucas Deaux 63, Jeremy Sorbon 86)
Caen 0-Angers 1 (Jeff Reine-Adelaide 61)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Rennes 0-Nice 0 (-)
Montpellier 2-Toulouse 1 (Ellyes Skhiri 54, Souleymane Camara 77 / Kalidou Sidibe 67)
St Etienne 3-Bordeaux 0 (Wahbi Khazri 56 pen, Mathieu Debuchy 74, 90)
Lille 5-PSG 1 (Thomas Meunier (own goal) 7, Nicolas Pepe 51, Jonathan Bamba 65, Gabriel Magalhaes 71, Jose Fonte 84 / Juan Bernat 11)

Top Goalscorer:
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 27 goals
Edinson Cavani (PSG) 17 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
31
26
3
2
90
23
67
81
2
Lille
32
19
7
6
54
28
26
64
3
Lyon
32
16
8
9
53
40
13
56
4
St Etienne
32
15
8
9
49
38
11
53
5
OM
32
15
6
11
50
43
7
51
6
Montpellier
32
12
12
8
44
36
8
48


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



VI.  Holland
Diary:


Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
-

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

- Vitesse Manager Leonid Slutsky will be suspended for two matches after his altercation with Referee Gozubuyukin their match vs. PSV Eindhoven. (Source voetbalzone.nl online)
Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-
Friday, April 12, 2019:

-


Saturday, April 13, 2019:
-Johnny Jansen was appointed as Interim Manager at Heerenveen.   (Source vi.nl online)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:

-

Monday, April 15, 2019:
-Feyenoord have accepted Nicolai Jorgensen’s three-match suspension (for his red card vs. Heracles). The club also fined him. Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) has also been fined.   (Source voetbalzone.nl online)


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 9, 2019
Joel Piroe
Striker
PSV Eindhoven
2022
vi.nl
April 9, 2019
Elber Evora
Goalkeeper
Feyenoord
2020
vi.nl
April 11, 2019
Thijmen Nijhuis
Goalkeeper
Utrecht
2022
vi.nl
April 12, 2019
Fons Groenendijk
Manager
Den Haag
2021
vi.nl



Dutch Eredivisie Matchday (April 12-April 14, 2019):

Friday, April 12, 2019:
NAC 1-Emmen 1 (Erik Palmer-Brown 88 / Luciano S;agveer 15)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
AZ 2-Den Haag 3 (A.Gudmundsson 85, 90 / Erik Falkenburg 32, 47, Sheraldo Becker 90+)
Ajax 6-Excelsior 2 (Klaas Jan Huntelaar 10, 40, 65, Dusan Tadic 37, 60 pen, Kasper Dolberg 75 / Mounir El Hamdaoui 42, Jeffrey Fortes 89)
Feyenoord 2-Heracles 1 (Steven Berghuis 33, 82 pen / Jesper Drost 47)
Fortuna Sittard 1-VVV 1 (Andrija Novakovic 11 / Jay-Roy Jornell Grot 81)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
PSV 2-De Graafschap 1 (Steven Bergwikjn 65 pen, Luuk De Jong 73 / Delano Burgzorg 26)
Heerenveen 1-Groningen 1 (P.Van Amersfoort 38 / Paul Gladon 61)
Willem II 2-PEC 0 (Damil Dankerlui 38, Alexander Isak 60)
Utrecht 0-Vitesse 0 (-)

Top Goalscorer:
Luuk De Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 26 goals
Dusan Tadic (Ajax) 22 goals
Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) 17 goals
Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) 15 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Ajax
30
24
3
4
107
29
78
74
2
PSV Eindhoven
30
23
5
2
89
23
66
74
3
Feyenoord
30
17
5
8
65
37
28
56
4
AZ
30
15
7
8
58
36
22
52
5
Utrecht
30
13
8
9
54
43
11
47
6
Heracles
30
14
 3
13
53
57
-4
45

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


VII.  Scotland
Diary:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
-

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-

Friday, April 12, 2019:

-
Saturday, April 13, 2019:
-

Sunday, April 14, 2019:

-
  
Monday, April 15, 2019:
-



Scottish FA Cup Matchday (April 13-April 14, 2019):
Saturday, April 13, 2019:
Hearts 3-Inverness 0 (Uche Ikpeazu 49, John Souttar 66, Sean Clare 74 pen)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Aberdeen 0-Celtic 3 (James Forrest 45, Odsonne Edouard 61 pen, Tom Rogic 69)


VIII.  Portugal

Diary:


Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
-

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:
-

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-19-year-old Joao Felix became the youngest hat-trick scorer in Europa League in Benfica’s (4-2) win over Frankfurt. (Source BBC Football online)

Friday, April 12, 2019:

-Joao Felix (Benfica) was named as Europa League Player of the week. (Source L’Équipe online)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
-

Sunday, April 14, 2019:

-

Monday, April 15, 2019:
-Former Angolan and Porto player from the 90s, Joaquim Alberto Silva, Quinzinho passed away aged 45.  (Source dn.pt online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 12, 2019 
Declan Gallagher
Defender
Livingston
Motherwell
Next Season
BBC Football

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 11, 2019
Augusto Inacio
Manager
Aves
2022
A Bola




Portugal Primeira Liga League Matchday (April 12-April 14, 2019):

Friday, April 12, 2019:
Chaves 2-Beleneneses 2 (Gaston Campi 4, 76 / Vincent Sasso 37, Lica 52)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
Santa Clara 1-Moreirense 1 (Guilherme Schettine 45 / Pedro Nuno 12)
Portimonense 0-Porto 3 (Yacine Brahimi 15, Moussa Marega 73, Hector Herrera 90)
Aves 1-Sporting CP 3 (Claudio Falcao 33 pen / Luiz Phellype 24, Jeremy Mathieu 44, Bruno Fernandes 84)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Maritimo 2-Feirense 0 (Joel Tagueu 40, Edgar Costa 43)
Rio Ave 2-Guimaraes 1 (Filipe Augusto 31 pen, Nuno Santos 48 / Toze 88 pen)
Boavista 1-Nacional 0 (Fabio Espinho 16)
Braga 3-Tondela 0 (Wilson Eduardo 1, Claudio Ramos (own goal) 65, Fransergio 90)
Benfica 4-Setubal 2 (Rafa Silva 2, 36, Joao Felix 56, Haris Seferovic 77 / Nuno Valente 39, Jhonder Cadiz 88 pen)

Top Goalscorer:
Haris Seferovic (Benfica) 19 goals
Bruno Fernnades (Sporting CP) 16 goals
Dyego Sousa (Braga) 14 goals
Bas Dost (Sporting CP) 14 goals



Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Benfica
29
23
3
3
81
26
55
72
2
Porto
29
23
3
3
61
17
44
72
3
Sporting CP
29
20
4
5
59
29
30
64
4
Braga
29
19
4
6
49
28
21
61
5
Moreirense
29
15
4
10
35
35
0
49
6
Guimaraes
29
13
6
10
36
26
10
45

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

IX.  Belgium
Diary:
Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
-Former OM President Bernard Tapie stated that Anderlecht had made an error in not hiring Luciano D’Onofrio (now Technical Director and Vice-President at Antwerp). (Source Footnews.be online)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-
Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-The Malawi Federation will not renew the contract of Belgian Manager Ronny Van Gneugden. (Source RTBF.be online)

Friday, April 12, 2019:
-Standard were declared winners over Anderlecht by forfeit as the match had to abandoned due to disruptions from Anderlecht fans who threw objects on the pitch. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Ruslan Malinkovskiy (Genk) has been acquitted and will not serve the proposed seven-match suspension and 7,000 Euros fine. (Source RTBF.be online)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:

-

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
-

Monday, April 15, 2019:

-Zakaria Bakkali (Anderlecht) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source L’Equipe online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 9, 2019 
Keith Groeneveld
Defender
Standard Liege
Free Agent
Contract Rescinded
Footnews.be



First Division A- Championship Play-offs-League Matchday (April 12-April 14, 2019):
Friday, April 12, 2019:
Standard 2-Anderlecht 0 (Razvan Marin 22, Paul-Jose Mpoku 30 pen) (Abandoned)

Saturday, April 13, 2019:
Gent 1-Antwerp 2  (Giorgi Chakvetadze 77 / Amara Baby 21, Lior Refaelov 82)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Genk 3-Club Brugge 1 (Leandro Trossard 13, Ruslan Malinkovskyi 55 pen, Mbwana Samatta 81 / Hans Vanaken 36 pen)

Top Goalscorer:
Mbwana Samatta (Genk) 20 goals / 1 goal playoffs
Hamdi Harbaoui (Zulte-Waregem) 18 goals / 4 goals playoffs


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Genk
4
3
0
1
8
3
5
41
2
Club Brugge
4
3
0
1
11
5
6
37
3
Antwerp
4
3
0
1
6
5
1
34
4
Standard Liege
3
2
0
1
5
6
-1
33
5
Anderlecht
3
0
0
3
3
8
-6
26
6
Gent
4
0
0
4
3
9
-6
25

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


Diary (extra):

Tuesday, April 9, 2019:

-The city of Budapest will erect a statue in tribute to Sandor Kocsis. (Source Hungarytoday.hu online)

-Argentina Manager Lionel Scaloni was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Mallorca. He was later released by a Hospital. (Source Sky Sports online)

-The legal process for Russian Internationals Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin has started. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Pele has been released from the Hospital in Paris. (Source footnews.be online)

-Sport Ireland have suspended and are to withhold future funding to the Irish Federation (FAI). (Source extra.ie online)

-Argentina and Colombia are to co-host the 2020 Copa America. A new format will be used, the teams will be divided in two groups of six and will be separated based on geography and north/south region. (Source Fox Sports online)

-Rogerio Cabocio is set to take office as Brazil Federation President. (Source Fox Sports online)

-Mixu Paatelainen was named as Hong Kong Manager. (Source The Herald online)

-The Brazil Federation unveiled the National Team’s White Third kit that will be used in the upcoming Copa America. The Federation also presented its new logo that will go into effect by 2020. (Source AS.com online)


Wednesday, April 10, 2019:

-Samuel Eto’o recalled his time at Barcelona with Guardiola and Messi and claimed that he was in fact the man who “made Barcelona win”. (Source Mirror Football online)

-Diego Maradona added support to the recently hospitalized Pele by posting an old photograph of the pair showing Pele playing guitar. (Source AS.com online)

-Lisandro Lopez, 36 years old, has declined to be part of Argentina’s U-23 squad for the Pan-American Games as one of three over-age players. Given his age, he preferred not to interrupt the pre-season with his club Racing Club.  (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Former Chief Executive of FAI, John Delaney insisted that his 100,000 Euros loan to the organization was in the best interests of the game. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Brazil are to wear their new white kit in the Copa America opener this summer. (Source Fox Sports online)

-Niall Quinn and Brian Kerr attacked the FAI for their recent actions in the Oireachtas committee meeting. (Source extra.ie online)

Thursday, April 11, 2019:

-Former Israeli International Yossi Benayoun announced his retirement from the game. He has taken a role at Beitar Jerusalem. (Source onefootball online)

-1986 World Cup winner Hector Enrique stated that Lionel Messi would never be as good as Diego Maradona. (Source Marca online)

-Australian Carl Valeri announced his retirement at the end of the season. (Source FTBL online)


Friday, April 12, 2019:

-A Special Counsel in Switzerland has cleared Rinaldo Arnold of passive corruption due to his friendship with Gianni Infantino. (Source Fox Sports online)

-Azaz Guliyevv (Spartak Moscow) apologized after being accused of hitting a pedestrian with his car as well as beating him afterwards. He has reportedly paid the pedestrian medical expenses. (Source Fox Sports online)


Saturday, April 13, 2019:

-49-year-old goalkeeper Martin Smith has earned a call-up for the National Team of British Virgin Islands. (Source BBC Football online)

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
-

Monday, April 15, 2019:

-John Delaney has offered to leave the FAI while an independent investigation takes place.  (Source extra.ie online)

-FIFA have banned former Brazil Confederation President Jose Maria Marin for life form all Football activities. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Former Bulgarian and Levski Sofia Forward from the 50’s and 60s, Aleksandar Dimitrov Kostov passed away aged 81. (Source Wikipedia online)


I. UEFA Champions League:


UEFA Champions League-Quarterfinals, First Leg:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019:
Liverpool 2-Porto 0 (Naby Keita 5, Roberto Firmino 26)
Tottenham 1-Manchester City 0 (Heung-Min Son 78)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:
Ajax 1-Juventus 1 (David Neres 46 / Cristiano Ronaldo 45)
Manchester United 0-Barcelona 1 (Luke Shaw (own goal) 12)


II. Europa League:


Europa League- Quarterfinals, First Leg:

Thursday, April 11, 2019:
Arsenal 2-Napoli 0 (Aaron Ramsey 15, Kalidou Koulibaly (own goal) 25)
Benfica 4-Frankfurt 2 (Joao Felix 21 pen, 43, 54, Ruben Dias 50 / Luka Jovic 40, Goncalo Paciencia 72) 
Slavia Prague 0-Chelsea 1 (Marcos Alosnso 86)
Villareal 1-Valencia 3 (Santo Cazorla 36 pen / Goncalo Guedes 6, 90+, Daniel Waas 90)