Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Events and Consequences, Part Twenty-one


1- Event:
Romario’s refusal to participate in the 2001 Copa America.

Consequence:
After his appointment as Brazil Manager in the summer of 2001, Luiz Felipe Scolari was intent on including Romario in his plans and in fact selected him in his very first match (July 1, 2001, WC Qualifier, Uruguay 1-Brazil 0).
However, Scolari saw Romario’s refusal to participate in the 2001 Copa America in Colombia in the same month as an act of betrayal and he was out of his plans and the 2002 World Cup for good.




                                     Photo From: World Soccer, May 2002
(Romario)




                                      Photo From:  World Soccer, May 2002
(Luiz Felipe Scolari)






2- Event:
Eike Immel refusing a National Team call-up in the Fall of 1988.

Consequence:
Eike Immel was West Germany’s starting goalkeeper in the post 1986 World Cup era into the 1988 Euros on home soil. However, after the Tournament, West Germany Manager Franz Beckenbauer sought to impose the younger Bodo Illgner as his number one. He still wanted to retain Immel in the set-up. However, Immel’s refusal for a call-up in a friendly vs. USSR in September 1988 effectively ended his International career.


                       Photo From:  Fussball Magazin, Issue 8, August 1986
(Eike Immel)




3- Event:
Luc Nilis’ injury early in the 2000/01 season.

Consequence:
Belgian forward Luc Nilis had joined Aston Villa in the summer of 2000. However, in just his third League match (September 9, 2000, Ipswich 1-Aston Villa 2), he was injured in a collision with Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright.
Nilis suffered a double compound fracture of his right shin. His career was over and he was forced to retire.



                               Photo From:  Calcio 2000, Issue 39, March 2001
(Luc Nilis’ injury)


                                        Photo From:  Wold Soccer, May 1996
(Luc Nilis)



4- Event:
Marcio Santos’ performance in a friendly loss vs. Norway in 1997.

Consequence:
Brazilian defender Marcio Santos was a World Cup winner in 1994. In the summer of 1997, Brazil were touring Europe as part of their World Cup preparations and had a friendly vs. Norway at Oslo on May 30th, 1997.  Marcio Santos’ poor performance in the (2-4) loss would seal his fate and end his Brazil career and he never played again for the National Team. Brazil Manager Mario Zagallo would state that he should not have picked for that match as he was clearly out of form at the time.

 
                                     Photo From:  World Soccer, September 1995

(Marcio Santos)


5- Event:
David O’Leary refusal to skip his vacation  and join the Ireland squad in 1986.

Consequence:
In late May 1986, Republic of Ireland were to tour Iceland in for a series of friendlies. The newly appointed Manager Jackie Charlton saw this as a vital test for his players. Arsenal’s David O’Leary had already booked his holidays in advance and refused to alter his plans. Charlton would punish him and he was out of the National Team set-up for the next few years and missed the 1988 Euros. They would eventually make peace in the Fall of 1988 and O’Leary would be back in the squad.


Photo From:  Panini, England 87/88
(David O’Leary)

Photo From:  Soccer International, Volume 1, Issue 5, May 1990 (
(Jackie Charlton)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 23 (Week of September 11-September 17, 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, September 11, 2018:
-Harry Kane was rested for today England friendly vs. Switzerland and Manager Gareth Southgate made other changes as well. Eric Dier will captain in his absence. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Alan Shearer stated that Marcus Rashford will never be the main striker at his club Manchester United. He is deployed in a wide forward role though he prefers to be in the center. (Source AS.com Online)

-Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has been linked with Fenerbahce.  (Source Daily Mail online)

-Welsh International Ethan Ampadu’s father revealed that the player was rejected by England selectors when he was 14 because he took ‘few touches’. (Source Daily Mail online)

-Welsby winning against Switzerland (1-0), England ended a run of three straight defeats. (Source Daily Mail online)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has plead guilty to drunk driving. He was fined and banned from driving for 20 months.  (Source BBC Football online)

-Tottenham’s Lucas Moura has bene under scrutiny back at home in Brazil for his support of Populist politician Jair Bolsonaro.  (Source L’Equipe online)

-Pundit Jamie Carragher has advised Marcus Rashford to leave Manchester United and join Everton to see more action. According to Carragher, he does not seen Rashford displace Lukaku at Manchester United. (Source daily Mail online)

-Sunderland have ended the contract of Papy Djilobodji who had been missing and not reported to the club at the scheduled date . (Source Sky Sports online)

- John Terry rejected a move to Spartak Moscow for family reasons. (Source La Sky Sports Online)


Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochetiino has confirmed that Hugo Lloris will remain as club captain despite his Drunk Driving plea.  (Source BBC Football online)

-Tottenham Manager goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is injured and will miss a number of matches. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola stated that he would like to finish as a Manager by managing Barcelona’s youth squads.. (Source AS.com online)
Friday, September 14, 2018:

-The Premier League has set up an inquiry into Everton’s approach and recruitment of Manager Marco Silva from Watford. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Manchetser United’s Romelu Lukaku has defended Jose Mourinho. He said he deserved respect for being real and not hiding his true feelings. (Source Reuters UK online)

-In a press conference Jose Mourinho attacked pundits and cllaed them ‘compulsiev liars’. He also defended his use of Marcus Rashford by compating the minutes played by him with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dominic Solanke and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. (Source Daily Mail online)

- Pep Guardiola stated that Kevin De Bruyne’s buy-out clause was in the region of 250 Million Euros. (Source Sky Sports Online)

-Chelsea Manager Maurizio Sarri stated that he would welcome back John Terry back to Chelsea as part of his coaching staff. (Source Four Four Two online)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:

-

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

-Former Ipswich and England defender Kevin Beattie passed away aged 64. (Source Daily Mirrot online)

Monday, September 17, 2018:

-Derby Manager Frank Lampard was charged with improper conduct following his sending off in Derby’s match over the weekend vs. Rotherham. (Source Reuters UK online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 14, 2018
Kai McKenzie-Lyle (Guyana)
Goalkeeepr
Barnet
Liverpool
Purchase
L’Equipe
 September 15, 2018
Steven Defour (Belgium)
Midfielder
-
Burnley
Permannet basis
RTBF.be

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 17, 2018
James McArthur
-
Crystal Palace
2021
Sky Sports


English Premier League Matchday (September 14-September 17, 2018):

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Tottneham 1-Liverpool 2 (Erik Lamela 90 / Georginio Wijnaldum 39, Roberto Firmino 54)
Bournemouth 4-Leicester 2 (Ryan Fraser 19, 37, Joshua King 41 pen, Adam Smith 81 / James Maddiosn 88 pen, Marc Albrighton 89)
Chelsea 4-Cardiff 1 (Eden Hazard 37, 44, 80 pen, Willian 83 / Sol Ba,ba 16)
Huddersfield 0-Crysta Palace 1 (Wilfried Zaha 38)
Manchester City 3-Fulham 0 (-Leroy Sane 2, David Silva 21, Raheem Sterling 47)
Newcastle 1-Arsenal 2 (Ciaran Clark 90 / Granit Xhaka 49, Mesut Ozil 58)
Watford 1-Manchester United 2 (Andre Gray 65 / Romelu Lukaku 35, Chris Smalling 38)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
Wolves 1-Burnley 0 (Raul Jimenez 61)
Everton 1-West Ham 3 (Gylfi Sigurdsson 45 / Andriy Yarmolenko 11, 31, Marko Arnautovic 61)

Monday, September 17, 2018:
Southampton 2-Brighton 2 (Pierre Hojbjerg 35, Danny Ings 65 pen / Shane Duffy 67, Glenn Murray 90 pen)

Top Goalscorer:
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 5 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Chelsea
5
5
0
0
14
4
10
15
2
Liverpool
5
5
0
0
11
2
9
15
3
Manchester City
5
4
1
0
14
3
11
13
4
Watford
5
4
0
1
10
5
5
12
5
Bournemouth
5
3
1
1
10
7
3
10
6
Tottenham
5
3
0
2
10
6
4
9

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
II.  Italy
Diary:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
-Napoli turned down the chance to sign Nicola Burdisso (free agent after leaving Torino) as a replacement for long term injury victim Vlad Chiriches. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Lazio Manager Simone Inzaghi announced given Jordan Lukaku’s injury  it would have been illogical to include him in the list for the Serie A and the Europa League. (Source Footews.be online)

-Federico Bernardeschi has asked for patience from Italy’s critics and believes that Roberto Mancini is the right man for the job. (Source Football Italia online)

-In his ongoing quarrel with the Napoli City Council, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis threatened that Napoli would play its home matches in the Champions League in Bari. (Source L’Equipe online)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-Andrea Pirlo has rejected an offer to come out of retirement to play for Australian side Avondale FC. (Source Football Italia online)

-Arrigo Sacchi struck back at Mino Raiola by saying “I’ve never heard of this person”. (Source Football Italia online)

-Chievo are in danger being deducted 15 points for alleged false accounting (Source Football Italia online)

- The Italian League has made an exception and authorized Fiorentina to play with Captain’s armbands honoring the late captain Davide Astori. (Source La Gazzetta dello Sport Online)

- According to palermo President, Maurizio Zamparini, Paulo Dybala will leave Juventus and go to Spain in the January transfer window. (Source La Corriere Dello Sport Online)

Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-Chievo have been penalized three points for false accounting. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has expressed an interest to acquire Hajduk Split. (Source L’Equipe online)

Friday, September 14, 2018:

-The Italian National team have gone one full calendar year without a competitive win for the first tiem since 1959. Their last won was a WC qualifier va. Albania on Ocotber 9, 2017. (Source Football Italia online)

-The  term ‘Sarrismo’ (referring to Maurizio Sarri) has now officially entered the Italian Treccani Encyclopedia.. (Source Football Italia online)

-Andrea Pirlo has urged Juventus’ Paulo Dybala to train like Cristiano Ronaldo to get back into the team. (Source Maisfutebol online)
Saturday, September 15, 2018:

-

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

There have been reports of a possible Cash + Paulo Dybala bid by Juventus to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United. (Source Football Italia online)

-Cristiano Rnaldo finally scored for Juventus (a double) in their win over Sassuolo. In the same match, Juventus’ Douglas Costa was sent off for spitting on Sassuolo’s Di Francesco. He will likely face a suspension. (Source Football Italia online)

-Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Douglas Costa will be fined for his actions. (Source AS.com online)

-Gonzalo Higuain scored for the first time for AC Milan in their tie vs. Caglairi.

Monday, September 17, 2018:

-Juventus’ Douglas Costa has apologized for his spitting incident from the match vs. Sassuolo. (Source Sky Sports online)

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 13, 2018
Valerio Di Cesare 
Defender
Parma
Free Agent
Contract Rescinded
Football Italia


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 12, 2018
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
Juventus
2021
BBC Football
September 13, 2018
Samir (Brazil)
Defender
Udinese
2023
Football Italia

Italian Serie A Matchday (September 15-September 17, 2018):

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Inter 0-Parma 1 (Federico Dimarco 79)
Napoli 1-Fiorentina 0 (Lorenzo Insigne 79)
Frosinone 0-Sampdoria 5 (Fabio Quagliarella 10, Gianluca Caprari 47, Gregoire Defrel 54, 86, Dawid Kownacki 83 pen)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
Roma 2-Chievo 2 (Stephan El Shaarawy 10, Bryan Cristante 30 / Valter Birsa 52, Mariusz Stepinski 83)
Genoa 1-Bologna 0 (Krzysztof Piatek 69)
Juventus 2-Sassuolo 1 (Cristiano Ronaldo 50, 65 / Khouma Babacar 90)
Udinese 1-Torino 1 (Rodrigo De Paul 28 / Soualiho Meite 49)
Empoli 0-Lazio 1 (Marco Parolo 47)
Cagliari 1-AC Milan 1 (Joao Pedro 4 / Gonzalo Higuain 55)

Monday, September 17, 2018:
SPAL 2-Atalanta 0 (Andrea Petagna 50,56)

Top Goalscorer:
Gregoire Defrel (Sampdoria) 4 goals
Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa) 4 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Juventus
4
4
0
0
9
4
5
12
2
SPAL
4
3
0
1
4
1
3
9
3
Napoli
4
3
0
1
6
6
0
9
4
Sassuolo
4
2
1
1
9
7
1
7
5
Sampdoria
3
2
0
1
8
1
7
6
6
Fiorentina
3
2
0
1
7
2
5
6


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

III.  Spain

Diary:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
-Barcelona and Girona have formally asked the Spanish Federation permission to play a League match in USA (set at Miami on January 26, 2019). (Source BBC Football online)

-Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone stated that it is ‘inexplicable’ that Antoine Griezmann was missing from the shortlist of the FIFA player of the year. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone confirmed his desire to one day manage Inter. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo has reached an agreement with the Spanish Tax Authorities. He has been fined 753,000 Euros Million and suspended four-months prison sentence. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Ivan Rakitic stated that Luka Modric deserves the Player of the Year w=award for this year, but Lionel Messi is the greatest ever. (Source Maisfutebol online)

-Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone stated that at this stage Thibaut Courtois would not be a starter at Atletico Madrid as Jan Oblak is better. (Source L’Equipe online)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-Montenegro and Atletico Madrid efender Stefan Savic has returned to his club with an injury suffered while on International duty. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Barcelona have revealed that the first team have agreed in principle to play a La Liga match in USA vs. Girona . (Source AS.com online)

-Spain are in the process of placing forward a proposal to host the 2028 Euros . (Source AS.com online)


Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-Barcelona have the right of first option for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez. (Source AS.com online)

-Russia’s Dmitri Cheryshev has been cleared of any doping violations from the Spanish Authorities. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Nimes Administrators Jean-Marc Conrad and Serge Kasparian have beeen given prison sentences for match fixing concerning Nimes matches from 2014. (Source L’Equipe online)


Friday, September 14, 2018:

-Luka Modric reportedly owes the Spanish Tax Authorities 1.2 Million Euros. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui has denounced the plans for teams to play in USA. He believes the competition will be distorted. (Source AS.com online)
 Saturday, September 15, 2018:

-

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

-Gareth Bale stated that Real Madrid now plays like more of a team without Cristiano Ronaldo and “its abit more relaxed.”. (Source Goal.com online)

Monday, September 17, 2018:

-


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 12, 2018
Alex Moreno
Defender
Rayo Vallecano
2021
L’Equipe



Spanish La Liga Matchday (September 14-September 17, 2018):

Friday, September 14, 2018:
Huesca 0-Rayo Vallecano 1 (Giannelli Imbulla 29)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
 Atletico Madrid 1-Eibar 1 (Garces Moreno 90 / Sergi Enrich 87)
Sociedad 1-Barcelona 2 (Artiz Elustondo 12 / Luis Suarez 63, Ousmane Dembele 66)
Valencia 0-Betis 0 (-)
Bilbao 1-Real Madrid 1 (Iker Muniain 32 / Isco 63)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
Leganes 0-Villareal 1 (Carlos Bacca 65)
Espanyol 1-Levante 0 (Sergio Garcia 52)
Valladolid 0-Alaves 1 (Ibai Gomez 90)
Sevilla 0-Getafe 2 (Angel Rodriguez 3, 38)

Monday, September 17, 2018:
Girona 3-Celta 2 (Cristhian Stuani 22, 56, Pedro Alcala 37 / Iago Aspas 34, Sofiane Boufal 87)


Top Goalscorer:
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 4 goals
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 4 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Barcelona
4
4
0
0
14
3
11
12
2
Real Madrid
4
3
1
0
11
3
8
10
3
Celta
4
2
1
1
7
5
2
7
4
Espanyol
4
2
1
1
5
3
2
7
5
Getafe
4
2
1
1
4
2
2
7
6
Girona
4
2
1
1
5
6
-1
7

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


IV.  Germany
Diary:


Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
- In his weekly column, Lothar Matthaus asked Manager Joachim Low to find the right position for Thomas Muller, as he believes Muller is inadequate on the right wing. (Source Sport Bild Online)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-Jerome Boateng has revelaed that in the summer , he personally phoned Jose Mourinho at Manchester to let him know that he could not leave a club like Bayern Munich.  (Source A Bola online)

Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-Thousands of boxes of cornflakes have been sent to the offices of the German Federation. This is part of a protest in support of Kaiserslautern’s suspended player Jan  Lohmannsroben. (Source L’Equipe online)

-Willi Orban will remain as RB Leipzig Captain. (Source Sport Bild online)

Friday, September 14, 2018:

-The three match supension of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Jetro Willems has been maintained. (Source Sport Bild online)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:

-As a precaution against sanctions, RB Leipzig dropped Frecnh player Jean-Kevin Augustin from today’s league match. He is expecte to be sanctioned for his call-up refusal to the France U-21 side. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Corentin Tolisso was injured in Bayern Munich’s match vs. Leverkusen and will be out for months. Bayern’s Rafinha was also injured in the macth by Bellarabi. Uli Hoeness called Bellarabi’s foul an ‘assault’ and recommded a three month ban . (Source Sky Sports online)


Sunday, September 16, 2018:
-

Monday, September 17, 2018:
-




Profesional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 September 14, 2018
Louis Jordan 
-
Moenchengladbach
Sport Bild


German Bundesliga Matchday (September 14-September 16, 2018):

Friday, September 14, 2018:
Dortmund 3-Frankfurt 1 (Abdou Diallo 36, Marius Wolf 72, Paco Alcacer 88 / Sebastian Haller 68)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Mainz 2-Augsburg 1 (Anthony Ujah 87, Alexandru Maxim 90 / Ji Dong Won 82)
Bayern Munich 3-Leverkusen 1 (Corentin Tolisso 10, Arjen Robben 19, James Rodriguez 89 / Wendell 5 pen)
Dusseldorf 2-Hoffenheim 1 (Alfedo Morales 45, Dodi Lukebakio 88 pen / Reiss Nelson 86)
RB Leipzig 3-Hannover 2 (Yussuf Poulsen 9, Timo Werner 40, 63 / Niclas Fulkrug 13, Miiko Albornoz 65)
Wolfsburg 2-Hertha Berlin 2  (Yunus Malli 87 pen, Admie Mehmedi 90 / Javairo Dilrosun 61, Ondrej Duda 90)
Moenchengladbach 2-Schalke 1  (Matthias Ginter 3, Patrick Herrmann 76 / Breel Embolo 90)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
Werder Bremen 1-Nuremberg 1 (M.Eggestein 26 / Vura 90)
Freiburg 3-Stuttgart 3 (Jerome Gondorf 1, 52, Luca Waldschmidt 81 / Emiliano Insua 44, Mario Gomez 48, 56)

Top Goalscorer:
Adam Szalai (Hoffenheim) 3 goals
Ondrej Buda (Hertha Berlin) 3 goals
Sebastien Haller (Frankfurt) 3 goals



Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Bayern Munich
3
3
0
0
9
2
7
9
2
Dortmund
3
2
1
0
7
2
5
7
3
Wolfsburg
3
2
1
0
7
4
3
7
4
M’Gladbach
3
2
1
0
5
2
3
7
5
Hertha Berlin
3
2
1
0
5
2
3
7
6
Mainz
3
2
1
0
4
2
2
7

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
V.  France
Diary:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

-PSG Manager Thomas Tuchel stated that Alphonse Areola is set to become the starting goalkeeper ahead of Gianluigi Buffon. (Source Daily Mail online)

-Gustavo Poyet attacked the Bordeaux Mangement by calling them ‘amateurs.. (Source vi.nl online)

-Former PSG player Grzegorz Krychowiak has attacked the club for the lack of respect shown to him. (Source Footmercato.net online)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-France have lodged a complaint to FIFA about Jean-Kevin Augustin who refused a U-21 selection call-up. (Source Sport Bild online)
Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-Nantes will have to pay former Danish defender Michael Gravgaard damages. He was sacked six months before the end of his contract for ‘physical ineptitude’. Nates are to appeal the decision.  (Source L’Equipe online)
Friday, September 14, 2018:

-French striker Bafetembi Gomis has been named as Turkey Legaue player of the year for the 2017/18 season, when he played for Galatasaray. (Source L’Equipe online)

-PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa will be out until after the new year after his Hernia operation. (Source Footnews.be online)

-OGC Nice have left Mario Balotelli off the squad for today’s match after he came back from Italian National Team seemingly overweight. There are also reports that he has been fined as a result. (Source Football Italia online)

- PSG have become the first club in the world to create their own cryptocurrency after their agreemnt with socios.com. (Source AS.com online)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:

- Mario Balotelli has denied being fined by OGC Nice for being overweight. (Source Football Italia online)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

-
Monday, September 17, 2018:

-Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Bayern Munich had approached him last season, but the offer came too late and he had already made his decision to sign for PSG. (Source A Bola online)



Photo From: L'Equipe, September 17, 2018
(September 16, 2018, France 2-Holland 1)



Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 14, 2018
Rio Mavuba
Midfielder
Retired
Merignac-Arlac (National 3)
Purchase
L’Equipe

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 13, 2018
Tanguy Ndombele
-
Lyon
2023
L’Equipe


Profesional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 September 17, 2018
Stanley Nsoki 
Defender
PSG
L’Equipe


French Ligue 1 Matchday (September 14-September 16, 2018):

Friday, September 14, 2018:
Nice 2-Rennes 1 (Allan Saint-Maximin 77, Pierre Lees Melou 89 / Malang Sarr (won goal) 58)
PSG 4-St Etienne 0 (Julian Draxler 22, Ednson Cavani 51 pen, Angel Di Maria 76, Moussa Diaby 84)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Caen 2-Lyon 2 (Claudio Beavue 53 pen, Prince Oniangue 73 / Nabil Fekir 45, Ferland Mendy 89)
Dijon 1-Angers 3 (Wesley Said 13 / Stephane Bahoken 20, Flavien Tait 29, Baptiste Santamaria 38)
Montpellier 1-Strasbourg 1 (Damien Le Tallec 60 / Lebo Mothiba 90)
Amiens 2-Lille 3 (Rafal Kurzawa 79, Saman Ghoddos 90 / Nicolas Pepe 45 pen, 56 pen, 76)
Toulouse 1-Monaco 1 (Aaron Leya Iseka 79 / Youri Tielemans 56)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
Nantes 0-Reims 0 (-)
Bordeaux 3-Nimes 3 (Jimmy Briand 26, 56, Samuel Kalu 57 / Baptiste Guillaume 31, Antonin Bobichin 45, Umut Bozok 77)
Marseille 4-Guingamp 0 (Florian Thauvin 57, 80, Dimitri Payet 73. Kostas Mitroglou 83)

Top Goalscorer:
Florian Thauvin (OM) 5 goals
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 4 goals
Neymar (PSG) 4 goals
Nicolas Pepe (Lille) 4 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
5
5
0
0
17
4
13
15
2
Marseille
5
3
1
1
14
7
7
10
3
Lille
5
2
2
1
8
4
4
10
4
Toulouse
5
3
1
1
6
7
-1
10
5
Dijon
5
3
0
2
8
5
3
9
6
Montpellier
5
2
2
1
5
4
1
8


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


VI.  Holland
Diary:


Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
-

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-Dick Advocaat has been named as the new Manager of Utrecht with Zeljko Petrovic as an Assistant. (Source vi.nl online)

-Wesley Sneijder has received a Dutch Jersey that contains every kit design he wore during his Holland career. (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Feyenoord’s Robin van Persie was named as Eredivise’s player of the month (Source vi.nl Online)

Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-

Friday, September 14, 2018:

-

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
-

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
-

Monday, September 17, 2018:
-


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 11, 2018
Miek Tresor Ndayishimiye
-
Anderlecht
NEC
Purchase
Footnews,be
 September 12, 2018
Adam Maher
-
Free Agent
AZ
Purchase
vi.nl


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 14, 2018
Maarten Pouwels
Striker
Go Ahead Eagles
2020
vi.nl
September 15, 2018
Danny Post
-
VVV
2020
vi.nl


Dutch Eredivisie Matchday (September 15-September 16, 2018):

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Den Haag 0-PSV Eindhoven 7  (Hirving Lozano 19, 73, Luuk De Jong 45, Gaston Pereiro 54 pen, 90 pen, Erick Gutierrez 75, Steven Bergwijn 90)
De Graafschap 1-VVV 2  (Delano Burgzorg 89 / Tino-Sven Susic 6, Danny Post 30)
Ajax 3-Groningen 0 (Klaas Jan Huntelaar 18 pen, 66, Dusan Tadic 77)
Willem II 2-Excelsior 2  (Fran Sol 86, K. Ingi Kristinsson 88 / Luigi Bruins 31, Denis Mahmudov 82)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
AZ 1-Feyenoord 1 (A.Gudmundsson 5 / Steven Berghuis 40)
Utrecht 1-Emmen 2 (S. Van de Streek 13 / Luciano Slagveer 51, Glenn Bijl 78)
NAC 2-Fortuna Sittard 3 (Mitchell Te Vrede 4, Gervane Kastaneer 72 / Ag=hmed El Messaoudi 41, 53, Branislav Ninaj 81)
Heerenveen 3-Heracles 5 (Sam Lammers 45, 53 pen, Morten Thorsby 67 / Adrian Dalmau 13, Lerin Duarte 49, Kristoffer Peterson 63, 72, Mohammed Osman 88)
PEC 0-Vitesse 2 (Tim Matavz 26, 44)

Top Goalscorer:
Nasser El Khayati (Den Haag) 6 goals
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) 6 goals
Fran Sol (Willem II) 5 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSV Eindhoven
5
5
0
0
21
3
18
15
2
Ajax
5
4
1
0
15
2
13
13
3
Feyenoord
5
3
1
1
13
8
5
10
4
Heracles
5
3
1
1
13
13
0
10
5
AZ
5
2
2
1
12
5
7
8
6
Vitesse
5
2
2
1
8
6
2
8

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


VII.  Scotland
Diary:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
-Hampden Park will remain Scottish National team’s home venue after SFA agreed to buy the stadium from Queen’s Park. (Source Daily Mail online)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-Former Scotland Captain Scott Brown has criticzed SFA’s decision to maintain Hampden Park as its main International venue. According to Brown, it is “the worst stadium for atmosphere”. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Former Scotland striker Ally McCoist responded to Scott Brown by defending the atmosphere of Hampden Park. (Source Scottishsun.co.uk online)
Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-
Friday, September 14, 2018:

-Kilmarcok Manager Steve Clarke has labeld the SFA as ‘unprofessional’ after they spelt his name wrongly (‘Stephen’) in his disciplinary charge. (Source Sky Sports online)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
-

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

-Dundee Manager Neil McCann will appeal Kenny Miller’s red card (received during the 0-4 defdeat by Rangers in the previous day). (Source Sky Sports online)

Monday, September 17, 2018:
-

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 15, 2018
Anton Ferdinand (England)
Defender
Free Agent (Formerly Southend United)
St Miren
Purchase
St Mirren Official Twitter


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 14, 2018
Leigh Griffiths
-
Celtic
2022
L’Equipe


Scottish Premier League Matchday (September 14-September 15, 2018):
Friday, September 14, 2018:
St Mirren 0-Celtic 0  (-)
Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Hibernian 3-Kilmarnock 2  (Stephen Mallan 12, David Gray 23, Florian Kamberi 78 pen / Eamonn Brophy 26, Greg Stewart 44)
Livingston 1-Hamilton 0 (Steven Lawless 3)
Motherwell 0-Hearts 1 (Steven Naismith 28)
Rangers 4-Dundee 0 (Lassana Coulibaly 4, Ryan Kent 14, James Tavernier 45 pen, Glenn Middleton 83)
St Johnstone 1-Aberdeen 1 (David McMillan 13 / Niall McGinn 69)
Top Goalscorer:
Steven Naismith (Hearts) 5 goals
Kyle Lafferty (Rangers, Hearts) 3 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Hearts
5
5
0
0
11
2
9
15
2
Celtic
5
3
1
1
5
2
3
10
3
Livingston
5
3
1
1
6
4
2
10
4
Rangers
5
2
2
1
10
5
5
8
5
Hibernian
5
2
2
1
9
6
3
8
6
St Johnstone
5
2
2
1
5
5
0
8
P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point
VIII.  Portugal

Diary:


Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
-

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:
-Former Guimaraes President (1976 to 1980), Gil Mesquita Vieira de Andrade has passed away aged 89. (Source A Bola online)

Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-

Friday, September 14, 2018:

-

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
-

Sunday, September 16, 2018:

-

Monday, September 17, 2018:
-Benfica’s Pizzi was named Portugal League’s best player for the month of August (Source A Bola online)

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 12, 2018
Emerson
Midfielder
Porto
Fafe
Loan
A Bola
 September 12, 2018
Kiki (Togo)
Defender
Feirense
Felgueiras 1932
Loan
A Bola


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 13, 2018
Sergio Oliveira
Midfielder
Porto
2021
L’Equipe
September 14, 2018
Franco Cervi (Argentina)
Winger
Benfica
2023
L’Equipe
September 14, 2018
Celton Biai
Goalkeeper
Benfica
2023
A Bola


Portugal League Cup (September 14-September 17 2018):
Friday, September 14, 2018:
Group C
 Porto 1-GD Chaves 1 (Hernani 74 / Stephen Eustaquio 83)
Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Group A
Pacos Ferreira 0-Aves 0  (-)
Benfica 2-Rio Ave 1 (Eduardo Salvio 21 pen, Rafa Silva 50 / Vinicius 60)
Group B
Braga 2-Tondela 1 (Dyego Sousa 57 pen, Fabio Martins 77 / Xavier 8)
Sunday, September 16, 2018:
Group B
Nacional 3-Setubal 3 (Witi 11, 15, Okacha Hamzaoui 34 / Frederic Mendy 40, Hildeberto Pereira 48, Allef Rodrigues 82)
Group C
Varzim 2-Belenenses 1  (Jonathan Rubio 68, Estrela 90 / Jonatan Lucca 30)

Group D
Sporting CP 3-Maritimo 1 (Raphinha 26, Bruno Fernandes 54 pen, 63 / Jorge Correa 61)


Monday, September 17, 2018:

Group D
Estoril Praia 1-Feirense 2 (Kleber 10 pen / Philipe Sampaio 22, Antonio Briseno 45)


IX.  Belgium
Diary:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
-

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-Union St Gilloise will not appeal against the fine and match suspensions of Serge Tabekou and Assistant Manager Abder Ramdane. (Source RTBF.be online)

-Mechelen will not appeal against the fine and match suspensions of Lucas Bijker and Assistant Manager Fred Vanderbiest. (Source RTBF.be online)
Thursday, September 13, 2018:

-

Friday, September 14, 2018:
-
Saturday, September 15, 2018:

-

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
-
Monday, September 17, 2018:

-Antwerp have bene fined 11,500 Euros for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its fans. (Source Jupiter League App online)



Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 14, 2018
Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
-
Free Agent (formerly Kayserispor)
Lokeren
Purchase
RTBF.be
 September 14, 2018
Vladimir Gabulov (Russia)
Goalkeeper
Club Brugge
Free Agent
Contract Rescinced
Footnews.be


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
September 12, 2018
Hans Vanaken
-
Club Brugge
2023
Walfoot.be
September 15, 2018
Faris Haroun
-
Antwerp
2020
Jupiter League App


First Division A League Matchday (September 14-September 16, 2018):

Friday, September 14, 2018:
Club Brugge 2-Lokeren 1 (Benoit Poulain 61, Jelle Vosen 90 pen / Djordje Jovanovic 8)

Saturday, September 15, 2018:
Standard Liege 0-Charleroi 0 (-)
Ostend 1-Cercle Brugge 1 (K. Vandendriessche 88 / Banjamin Lambot 67)
Waasland-Beveren 0-Eupen 0 (-)
Genk 1-Anderlecht 0 (Sebastien Dewaest 49)
Sunday, September 16, 2018:
Mouscron 1-Kortrijk 0 (Dimitri Mohamed 42 pen)
Antwerp 5-Zulte-Waregem 1 (Lior Refaelov 7, Dino Arslanagic 10, William Owusu 27 pen, 62, Faris Haroun 90 / Davy De Fauw 53)
Gent 1-St Truiden 2 (Dylan Bronn 51 / Alexis De Sart 21, Daichi Kamada 80)
Top Goalscorer:
Ivan Santini (Anderlecht) 7 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Club Brugge
7
6
1
0
19
7
12
19
2
Genk
7
5
2
0
17
7
10
17
3
Antwerp
7
4
3
0
10
3
7
15
3
Anderlecht
7
4
1
2
15
8
7
13
4
Gent
7
4
1
2
16
10
6
13
6
Standard Liege
7
3
3
1
10
6
4
12
P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


Diary (extra):

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

- The leaked audio clip of Roy Keane arguing with Republic of Ireland players (Arter, Walters) is purported to be from Stephen Ward. (Source Sky Sports online)
- Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill stated that Roy Keane is to have a reconciliation with Harry Arter. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Karel Jarolim has left his post as Czech republic Manager by mutual consent following losses against Ukraine (1-2) and Russia (1-5) yesterday. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Interim Argentina Manager Lionel Scaloni stated that the number 10 jersey has been exclusicely reserved for Lionel Messi. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Juventus’ Andrea Agnelli announced plans for a third European club competition are underway for Europe’s less hyped teams. (Source L’Equipe online)

-According to Carlos Tevez discussed about the differences between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. According to Tevez, Messi is just born with the talent he never went to the Gym to perfect his talent, unlike Ronaldo who spent a lot of time and effort in the Gym to improve himself. (Source Footnews.be online)

-Nicklas Bendtner has offered his excuses for striking a Copenhagen Taxi driver.  (Source France Football online)

-Amazon Prime will produce a biopic of Diego Maradona and the three actors portraying Maradona in different stages of his life were presented . (Source France Football Online)

-Liberia President George Weah, aged 51,  played in Liberia’s friendly vs, Nigeria (2-1). (Source BBC Football online)

-Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic earned his 100th cap in the match vs. Spain. (Source L’Equipe online)


Wednesday, September 12, 2018:

-The contract of Jose Antonio Camacho, the Spanish manager of Gabon will not be extended when it expires in November. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Brother of Paulo Dybala tweeted a criticism of Interim Argentina National Team Manager Lionel Sacloni for dropping his brother. (Source Football Italia Online)

- Argentina National Team Manager Lionel Sacloni dispelled any doubts surrounding Dybala by calling him over in a TV interview and presenting a united front. (Source Maisfutebol Online)

- During the USA-Mexico match, at one point USA’s Matt Miazga mocked Mexico’s Diego Lainez for his short height.  (Source Daily Mail Online)

-Neymar was booked in Brazil’s match vs. El Salvador. He complained and feels it was due to his reputation from the World Cup. He called it a lack of respect. (Source A Bola Online)

Thursday, September 13, 2018:
-Piotr Verzilov, a member of Russian band ‘Pussy Riot’ who stormed on the field during the World Cup Final has been poisoned per some reports. (Source L’Equipe online)

-According to former Nigeria star Nwakwo Kanu, his Heart Foundation has saved ‘542 lives’. (Source Football Italia online)

Friday, September 14, 2018:

-


Saturday, September 15, 2018:

-The Argentina squad have been accused of smuggling after custom officers seized undeclared items. The team were returning from their recent trip that included frinedlies vs. Guatemala and Colombia. The undeclared items included toys, electronics and musical instruments. (Source AS.com online)

Sunday, September 16, 2018:
-

Monday, September 17, 2018:

-Former USA International Oguchi Onyewu has announced his retirement from the game. (Source L’Equipe online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
 September 11, 2018
Chris Ikonomidis (Australia)
-
Lazio
Perth Glory
Purchase
Football Italia
September 13, 2018
Alexandre Coeff (France)
Defender
Free Agent (formerly Udinese)
AE Larissa
Purchase
L’Equipe
September 14, 2018
Ritchie De Laet (Belgium)
Defender
Aston Villa
Melbourne City Fc
Loan
Footnews.be



Friendly matches:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
Indonesia 1-Mauritius 0 (-)
Japan 3-Costa Rica 0 (Sho Sasaki 16, Takumi Minamino 66, Junya Ito 90)
South Korea 0-Chile 0 (-)
Singapore 2-Fiji 0 (-)
Kenya 1-Malawi 0 (-)
Uzbekistan 0-Iran 1 (Mehdi Torabi 67)
Gabon 0-Zambia 1 (-)
Jordan 0-Oman 0 (-)
Qatar 3-Palestine 0 (-)
United Arab Emirates 3-Laos 0 (-)
Northern Ireland 3-Israel 0 (Steven Davis 13, Stuart Dallas 41, Gavin Whyte 67)
Poland 1-Republic of Ireland 1 (Mateusz Klich 87 / Aiden O’Brien 54)
England 1-Switzerland 0 (Marcus Rashford 54)
Colombia 0-Argentina 0 (-)
El Salvador 0-Brazil 5 (Neymar 3 pen, Richarlison 16, 50, Phillipe Coutinho 30, Marquinhos 90)
Ecuador 2-Guatemala 0 (Enner Valencia 82, Romario Ibarra 84)
USA 1-Mexico 0 (Tyler Adams 72)
Panama 0-Venezuela 2 (J.Salomon Rondon 67, 90)



UEFA Nations League:


UEFA Nations League-League A-Group 2:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
Iceland 0-Belgium 3 (Eden Hazard 29 pen, Romelu Lukaku 31, 81)


UEFA Nations League-League A-Group 4:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
Spain 6-Croatia 0 Saul Niguez 24, Marco Asencio 33, Lovre Kalinic (own goal) 35, Rodrigo 49, Sergio ramos 57, Isco 70)


UEFA Nations League-League B-Group 3:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-Austria 0 (Edin Dzeko 78)


UEFA Nations League-League C-Group 2:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
Finland 1-Estonia 0 (Teemu Pukki 12)
Hungary 2-Greece 1 (Roland Sallai 15, Laszlo Kleinheisler 43 / K. Manolas 18)

UEFA Nations League-League D-Group 2:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018:
Moldova 0-Belarus 0 (-)
San Marino 0-Luxembourg 3 (Maxime Chanot 9, Aurelien Joachim 45, Danel Sinani 52)