Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Week that was (in Football (Soccer)): Review of the top Leagues in Europe-part 54 (Week of April 16-April 22, 2019)




Photo From: L'Equipe, April 21, 2019
(Cristiano Ronaldo)



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 16, 2019:

-Barnsley have formally lodged a complaint to the English Football League over the Joey Barton alleged assault on Daniel Stendel . (Source BC Football online)

-Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has been charged for misconduct for allegedly breaking FA’s betting rules. He has allegedly placed 140 bets between August 2015 and January 2019. (Source BBC Football online)

-Andre Gomes (Everton) has been suspended for three matches after accepting a violent misconduc charge. (Source BBC Football online)

-Robert Snodgrass (West Ham) was given a one-match ban for insulting an anti-doping official. (Source Mail Online online)
Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) was named in Time Magaizne’s 100 most influential people in the world list. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini has agreed to buy Bolton Wanderers pending League approval. (Source Reuters UK online)

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham) was initially unaware that Manchester City’s last goal had been ruled out as he had departed in the players’ tunnel dejected. A Staff member later informed him of the win. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Fleetwood Town Manager Joey Barton has “emphatically” denied assault allegations against Barnsley Manager Daniel Stendel. (Source BBC Football online)

-Liverpool unveiled their new kit for next season with a design similar to their 1982/83 kit. This is to honor former Manager Bob Paisley’s 100th birth date (Source Sky Sports online)

-Olivier Giroud has threatened to leave Chelsea unless he is guaranteed more playing time. (Source The Guardian online)


Friday, April 19, 2019:

-Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that some of his players need a ‘reality check’ following a run of poor results. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Chelsea have triggered Olivier Giroud’s contract one-year extension. (Source Daily Mail online)    

-Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) was injured in the League match vs. Tottenham. He may miss the rest of the season. (Source AS.com online)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

-

Sunday, April 21, 2019:

-Former Arsenal Player Edu is set to become Arsenal’s Technical Director. (Source Daily Mail online)

-Former Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal has criticized the current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He stated that Solskjaer is ‘parking the bus’ and his tactics are more defensive than believed.  (Source A Bola online)

- Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologized to the fans after the team’s heavy loss (0-4) to Everton. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Monday, April 22, 2019:

-Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is set to become Manager of Brisbane Roar in Australia. (Source Sky Sports online) 

-Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source L’Equipe online)


English Premier League Matchday (April 16, 2019): (Postponed matches)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
Brighton 0-Cardiff 2 (N.Mendez-Laing 22, Sean Morrison 50)


English Premier League Matchday (April 20-April 22, 2019):

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Manchester City 1-Tottenham 0 (Phil Foden 5)
Bournemouth 0-Fulham 1 (Aleksandar Mitrovic 53 pen)
Huddersfield 1-Watford 2 (K.Ahearne-Grant 90 / Gerard Deulofeu 5, 80)
West Ham 2-Leicester 2 (Michail Antonio 37, Lucas Perez 82 / Jamie Vardy 67, Harvey Barnes 90)
Wolves 0-Brighton 0 (-)
Newcastle 3-Southampton 1 (Ayoze Perez 27, 31, 86 / Mario Lemina 59)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
Everton 4-Manchester United 0 (Richarlison 13, Gylfi Sigurdsson 28, Lucas Digne 56, Theo Walcott 64)
Arsenal 2-Crystal Palace 3 (Mesut Ozil 47, Pierre-Erick Aubameyang 77 / Christian Benteke 17, Wilfried Zaha 61, James McArthur 69)
Cardiff 0-Liverpool 2 (Georginio Wijnaldum 56, James Milner 81 pen)

Monday, April 22, 2019:
Chelsea 2-Burnley 2 (N’Golo Kante 12, Gonzalo Higuain 14 / Jeff Hendrick 8, Ashley Barnes 24)

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


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Liverpool
35
27
7
1
79
20
59
88
2
Manchester City
34
28
2
4
87
22
65
86
3
Tottenham
34
22
1
11
64
35
29
67
4
Chelsea
35
20
7
8
59
38
21
67
5
Arsenal
34
20
6
8
68
43
25
66
6
Manchester United
34
19
7
8
  63
48
15
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 16, 2019:
-AC Milan have been fined 10,000 Euros after a fan spit on Lazio Manager Simone Inzaghi. Kessie and Bakayoko have also been referred to the Federal Prosecutor following the controversy of parading Francesco Acerbi’s jersey. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Lucas Leivia (Lazio) has denied reports that he insulted a disabled Milan employee over the weekend’s match. (Source Football Italia online)

-The Italian Police have ejected over 50 Ajax hooligans from the country ahead of the Juventus-Ajax match . (Source Football Italia online)

-Juventus’ elimination in the UCL meant that this was the first season since 2009-10 that Cristiano Ronaldo had failed to reach at least the semifinals of the competition. (Source BBC Football online)

-Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri indicated that he would stay with the club for next season. (Source Sky Sports online)
Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin will be out injured for the rest of the season as he is to have surgery. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Fabio Capello stated that he felt no malice was involved in the ongoing Kessie-Bakayoko shirt controversy. (Source Calciomercato online)

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Antonio Conte has held preliminary talks with Juventus in case Massimiliano Allegri departs. (Source Sky Sports online)

-Sami Khedira (Juventus) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source Football Italia online)

Friday, April 19, 2019:

-Paulo Dybala (Juventus) is opposed to the idea of a swap deal with Inter’s Mauro Icardi. (Source Football Italia online)

-Edin Dzeko (Roma) has reportedly rejected an offer to join West Ham. (Source Football Italia online)

-AC Milan duo Kessie and Bakayoko have accepted the fine imposed on them (33,000 Euros to each player and 20,000 Euros for the club) for the shirt controversy regarding Lazio’s Acerbi. (Source Calciomercato online)

-Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is part of the future of the club to dispel rumors that he is leaving the club. (Source walfoot.be online)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

-The Juventus-Torino match originally scheduled for May 4th has been forward one day to avoid the 70th Anniversary of the Superga Air Disaster.  (Source Reuters UK online)

-Juventus became Scudetto winners for the eighth straight season. They became the first team in the major Leagues to achieve this record. Cristiano Ronaldo also became the first player to win League titles in England, Spain and Italy.

-Cristiano Ronaldo stated that he will stay with Juventus “1,000%”. (Source BBC Football online)

-Massimiliano Allegri became the first Manager to win five straight Scudetti. This is his 6th personal (AC Milan title in 2011). He is now only behind Trappatoni as the Manager with most Scudetti (seven for Trappatoni). (Source BBC Football online)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:

-Sampdoria Technical Director Walter Sabatini confirmed he had resigned following a dispute with Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero. The pair were reportedly separated by players and staff following a heated exchange following their loss vs. Bologna on Saturday. (Source Football Italia online)

Monday, April 22, 2019:

-




Italian Serie A Matchday (April 17, 2019): (Postponed)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
Lazio 2-Udinese 0 (Felipe Caicedo 21, Sandro (own goal) 24)


Italian Serie A Matchday (April 20-22, 2019):

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Parma 1-AC Milan 1 (Bruno Alves 87 / Samu Castillejo 69)
Bologna 3-Sampdoria 0 (Lorenzo Tonelli (own goal) 54, Erick Pulgar 69, Riccardo Orsolini 83)
Cagliari 1-Frosinone 0 (Joao Pedro 27 pen)
Empoli 2-SPAL 4 (Francesco Caputo 22, H.Junior Traore 47 / Andrea Petagna 38 pen, 61, Sergio Floccari 44, Mirco Antenucci 88)
Genoa 0-Torino 1 (Cristian Ansaldi 58)
Lazio 1-Chievo 2 (Felipe Caicedo 67 / Emanuel Vignato 49, Perparim Hetemaj 51)
Udinese 1-Sassuolo 1 (Pol Lirola (own goal) 80 / Stefano Sensi 31)
Juventus 2-Fiorentina 1 (Alex Sandro 37, German Pezzella (own goal) 53 / Nikola Milenkovic 6)
Inter 1-Roma 1 (Ivan Perisisc 61 / Stephan El Shaarway 14)

Monday, April 22, 2019:
Napoli 1-Atalanta 2  (Drie Mertens 28 / Duvan Zapata 69, Mario Pasalic 80)


Top Goalscorer:
Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) 22 goals
Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa and AC Milan) 22 goals
Duvan Zapata (Atalanta) 21 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) 19 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Juventus
33
28
3
2
67
23
44
87
2
Napoli
33
20
7
6
62
30
32
67
3
Inter
33
18
7
8
51
27
24
61
4
AC Milan
33
15
11
7
47
  31
16
56
5
Atalanta
33
16
8
9
66
42
24
56
6
Roma
33
15
10
8
58
46
12
55

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

Diary:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
-Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu denied reports of Neymar re-joining the side, saying Ousmane Dembele is “much better”. He also stated that Phillipe Coutinho would remain at Barcelona for next season. He also stated the club had no intentions to sign Antoine Griezmann. (Source AS.com / Maisfutebol / vi.nl online)

-Former Celtic Great Billy McNeill has been awarded the ‘one club man’ award by Athletic Bilbao. He spent his 19-year-career at Celtic starting 1957. (Source BBC Football online)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-Rivaldo has criticized Philippe Coutinho’s gesture towards Barcelona fans after scoring against Manchester United yesterday. Coutinho had covered his ears in response to the continuous criticism he has received for the fans.  (Source Marca online)

-Spanish Tax Authorities have filed a complaint against Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), accusing him of tax fraud.  (Source Marca online)

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) refused to train with the club, as he is furious that he could face disciplinary action for his sending off and lengthy playing ban. (Source AS.com online)

-Former Real Madrid delegate Agustin Herrerin has passed away aged 86. (Source AS.com online)

Friday, April 19, 2019:

-Alvaro Odriozola (Real Madrid) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source AS.com online)

-Lionel Messi (Barcelona) was named as UCL Player of the week. (Source A Bola online)    
 Saturday, April 20, 2019:

-Real Madrid have signed a new kit deal with Adidas and extended their partnership until 2031. The deal is estimated to be 1.6 Billion Euros.  (Source Marca online)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:

-Rayo Vallecano are to ask Real Madrid to allow their on-loan striker Raul De Tomas to play against his parent club next weekend. (Source Football Espana online)

Monday, April 22, 2019:

-


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 16, 2019 
Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina)
Midfielder
PSG
Betis
Permanent signing (previously on loan)
Walfoot.be


Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 17, 2019
Jan Oblak (Slovenia)
Goalkeeper
Atletico Madrid
2023
BBC Football
April 17, 2019
Iago Aspas
Striker
Celta
2023
L;Equipe
April 17, 2019
David Zurutuza
Midfielder
Sociedad
2020
L;Equipe


Spanish La Liga Matchday (April 19-April 21, 2019):

Friday, April 19, 2019:
Alaves 2-Valladolid 2 (John Guidetti 4, Jony 24 / Joaquin Fernandez 38, Ernes Unal 76 pen)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Celta 2-Girona 1 (Iago Aspas 34, Sofiane Boufal 69 / Portu 48)
Eibar 0-Atletico Madrid 1 (Thomas Lemar 85)
Vallecano 0-Huesca 0 (-)
Barcelona 2-Sociedad 1 (Clement Lenglet 45, Jordi Alba 64 / Juanmi 62)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
Levante 2-Espanyol 2 (Ruben Vezo 62, Ruben Rochina 72 / Borja Iglesias 16, Marc Roca 65)
Getafe 3-Sevilla 0 (Jaime Mata 35 pen, Jorge Molina 45 pen, 53)
Real Madrid 3-Bilbao 0 (Karim Benzema 47, 76, 90)
Villareal 2-Leganes 1 (Carlos Bacca 64, Karl Toko Ekambi 80 / Nabil El Zhar 87 pen)
Betis 1-Valencia 2 (Giovani Lo Celso 78 pen / Goncalo Guedes 45, 49)

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
33
23
8
2
83
32
51
77
2
Atletico Madrid
33
 20
8
5
48
21
27
68
3
Real Madrid
33
20
6
7
59
38
21
64
4
Getafe
33
14
12
7
43
29
14
54
5
Valencia
33
12
16
5
38
28
10
52
6
Sevilla
33
15
7
10
54
39
15
52

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


Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
- Hertha Berlin Manager Pal Dardai is set to leave the club at the end of the season. (Source L’Equipe Online)

-Santiago Ascacibar (Stuttgart) has been suspended for six matches for spitting on Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz in their recent match. (Source Bulinews online)

-Thomas Rottgermann is to be the new CEO of Fortuna Dusseldorf replacing Robert Schafer. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Italian Manager Antonio Conte has been linked as a possible Bayern Munich Manager for next season.   (Source Corriere dello Sport online)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Augsburg duo Sergio Cordova ad Felix Goetze Sami will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Former East German and Dynamo Dresden defender from the 60s and 70s, Siegmar Watzlich passed away aged 71. (Source T-Online.de online)

Friday, April 19, 2019:

-

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

-Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source Sport Bild online)

-Markus Weinzierl was dismissed as Stuttgart Manager following their (0-6) loss at Augsburg. Nico Willig (Stuttgart’s U-19 Manager) will act in the interim. (Source Bulinews online)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
-Jurgen Klinsmann stated that he has no interest to manage in the Bundesliga. (Source Kicker.de online)

Monday, April 22, 2019:
-Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) stated that Bayern Munich have signed him because he is one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga. (Source Bulinews online)


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 17, 2019 
Luka Jovic (Croatia)
Striker
Benfica
Frankfurt
Permanent signing (previously on loan)
Onefootball
April 23, 2019 
Gio Reyna (USA) (16 years old)
-
New York City FC
Dortmund
Next Season
AS.com

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 16, 2019
Jonas Hofmann
Midfielder
Moechengladbach
2023
Bulinews
April 17, 2019
Thomas Kraft
Goalkeeper
Hertha Berlin
2020
Sport Bild
April 17, 2019
Devante Parker
-
Mainz
2020
Kicker.de


Professional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 April 16, 2019
Ilia Gruev (18 years old)
Midfielder
Werder Bremen
Kicker.de


German Bundesliga Matchday (April 20-April 22, 2019):

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Mainz 3-Dusseldorf 1 (J.Philippe Mateta 1, 87, Karim Onisiwo 67 / Dodi Lukebakio 19)
Leverkusen 2-Nuremberg 0 (Lucas Alario 61, Kevin Volland 86)
Augsburg 6-Stuttgart 0 (Rani Khedira 11, Andre Hahn 18, Philipp Max 29, 58, Marco Richter 53, 68)
Bayern Munich 1-Werder Bremen 0 (Niklas Sule 75)
Moenchengladbach 1-RB Leipzig 2 (Alassane Plea 61 / Marcel Halstenberg 17 pen, 53)
Schalke 2-Hoffenheim 5 (Daniel Caligiuri 60 pen, Guido Burgstaller 90 / Ishak Belfodil 25, 80, Andrej Kramaric 45, Adam Szalai 65, Nadiem Amiri 73)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
Freiburg 0-Dortmund 4 (Jadon Sancho 12, Marco Reus 54, Mario Goetze 79, Paco Alcacer 87 pen)
Hertha Berlin 0-Hannover 0 (-)

Monday, April 22, 2019:
Wolfsburg 1-Frankfurt 1 (John Brooks 90 / J.De Guzman 78)


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

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Bayern Munich
30
22
4
4
79
29
50
70
2
Dortmund
30
21
6
3
72
36
36
69
3
RB Leipzig
30
18
7
5
57
23
34
61
4
Frankfurt
30
15
8
7
58
35
23
53
5
M’Gladbach
30
15
6
9
49
37
12
51
6
Hoffenheim
30
13
11
6
65
41
24
50

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


V.  France
Diary:
Tuesday, April 16, 2019:

-PSG Manager Thomas Tuchel is set to drop Kylian Mbappe from PSG’s match vs. Nantes after the player criticized his teammates after the recent loss to Lille. (Source Daily Mail online)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-PSG Manager Thomas Tuchel stated that he could not defend his players after their performance and loss vs. Nantes. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Christophe Dugarry stated that Dimitri Payet had made a mistake when he re-joined OM in 2017. He believed his decision to re-join was based on family reasons and not a sporting choice. (Source Inside Futbol online)
Friday, April 19, 2019:

-Xeka (Lille) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source L’Equipe online)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

-

Sunday, April 21, 2019:

-Kylian Mbappe (PSG) denied reports linking him to Real Madrid and that he would watch Real Madrid matches as a spectator. (Source Kicker.de online)

-PSG became Champions without taking the field as Lille drew scoreless with Toulouse to make their gap unreachable. Neymar returned to action after a three-months injury lay-off. (Source Maisfutebol / Reuters UK online)

-Kylian Mbappe (PSG) became the first under-21 player to score 30 goals in a League season since Ronaldo in 1996/97. (Source Bleacher Report online)
Monday, April 22, 2019:

-

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 17, 2019 
Jayson Papeau
Midfielder
Saint Genevieve
Amiens
Next Season
L’Equipe


French Ligue 1 Matchday (April 17, 2019): (Postponed Matches)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
Nantes 3-PSG 2 (Diego carlos 22, Majeed Waris 44, Dani Alves (own goal) 52 / Dani Alves 19, Metehan Guclu 89)


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

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
32
26
3
3
92
26
66
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

French Ligue 1 Matchday (April 19-April 21, 2019):

Friday, April 19, 2019:
Dijon 3-Rennes 2 (Nayef Aguerd 20, Benjamin Jeannot 55, Wesley Said 83 / Adrien Hunou 52, Mbaye Niang 61)
Lyon 2-Angers 1 (Memphis Depay 14, Martin Terrier 39 / Lucas Tousart (own goal) 89)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Guingamp 1-OM 3 (Yeni N’Gbakoto 56 / Luiz Gustavo 4, Lucas Ocampos 40, Valere Germain 90)
Nice 0-Caen 1 (Alexander Dijku 74)
Nimes 2-Bordeaux 1 (Teji Savanier 16 pen, Renaud Ripart 63 / Josh Maja 13)
Strabourg 1-Montpellier 3 (Pablo Martinez 34 / Andy Delort 22, 86, Glorent Mollet 28)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
Nantes 3-Amiens 2 (Kalifa Coulibaly 49, 56, Valentin Rongier 59 / Juan Otero 62, Cheick Timite 77)
Toulouse 0-Lille 0 (-)
Reims 0-St Etienne 2 (Remy Cabella 24, Bjorn Engels (own goal) 51)
PSG 3-Monaco 1 (Kylian Mbappe 15, 38, 55 / Aleksandr Golovin 80)

Top Goalscorer:
Kylian Mbappe (PSG) 30 goals
Edinson Cavani (PSG) 17 goals

Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
PSG
33
27
3
3
95
27
68
84
2
Lille
33
19
8
6
54
28
26
65
3
Lyon
33
17
8
9
55
41
14
59
4
St Etienne
33
16
8
9
51
38
13
56
5
OM
33
16
6
11
53
44
9
54
6
Montpellier
33
13
12
8
47
37
10
51


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



VI.  Holland
Diary:


Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
-Thomas Lam (PEC Zwolle) will be out injured for the rest of the season. (Source vi.nl online)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-Stijn Schaars (Heerenveen) announced that he would retire at the end of the season. (Source voetbalzone.nl online)

- Rafael van der Vaart is set to make his debut in dart championships in BDO Denmark Open in Esbjerg. (Source BBC Football online)
Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-
Friday, April 19, 2019:

- The Dutch Federation are to cancel Dutch League fixtures scheduled for April 26-28, to give Ajax extra time to prepare for their UCL match vs. Tottenham. (Source BBC Football online)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
-Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was sent off just minutes after scoring the winner for Ajax in their match vs. Groningen. (Source BBC Football online)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:

-

Monday, April 22, 2019:
-Twente Enschede were promoted back to the Eredivisie. (Source L’Equipe online)

-17 year old Maxim Gullit, son of Ruud Gullit and nephew of Johann Cruyff, made his debut for AZ reserves in their vs. Twente. (Source Daily Mail online)

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 17, 2019 
Kik Pierie
Defender
Heerenveen
Ajax
Next Season
Football-Oranje


Professional Contract
Date
Player
Position
Club
Online Source
 April 18, 2019
Christopher Mamegi (18 years old)
Defender
Utrecht
vi.nl


Dutch Eredivisie Matchday (April 19-April 21, 2019):

Friday, April 19, 2019:
Heracles 2-Heerenveen 1 (Brabdley Kuwas 27 pen, Adrian Dalmau 73 / Sam Lammers 41 pen)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Emmen 2-Utrecht 0 (Michael De Leeuw 30, Keziah Veendrp 40)
Groningen 0-Ajax 1 (Klaas Jan Huntelaar 78)
Vitesse 4-PEC 1 (Bryan Linssen 9, 47, 77, Dauda Mohammed 73 / Lennart Thy 23)
Feyenoord 2-AZ 1 (Tyrell Malacia 51, Robin Van Persie 68 / Mats Seuntjens 36)
VVV 4-De Graafschap 1 (Ralf Seuntjens 38, Peniel Mlapa 55, Jay-Roy Jornell Grot 58, Moreno Rutten 85 / Furdjel Narsingh 2)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
Excelsior 1-Willem II 1 (Mounir El Hamdaoui 90 / Renato Tapia 16)
Fortuna Sittard 2-NAC 1 (Mark Diemers 39 pen, 80 / Mitchell Te Vrede 90)
PSV 3-Den Haag 1 (Denzel Dumfries 20, Luuk De Jong 83, Donyell Malen 90 / Tomas Necid 88)

Top Goalscorer:
Luuk De Jong (PSV Eindhoven) 27 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
31
25
3
4
108
29
79
77
2
PSV Eindhoven
31
24
5
2
92
24
68
77
3
Feyenoord
31
18
5
8
67
38
29
59
4
AZ
31
15
7
9
59
38
21
52
5
Heracles
31
15
 3
13
55
58
-3
48
6
Vitesse
31
12
11
8
59
45
14
47

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


VII.  Scotland
Diary:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
-

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Alex McLeisch was dismissed as Scotland Manager. (Source BBC Football online)

Friday, April 19, 2019:

-Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes along with his assistant Tony Docherty have been charged with misconduct by the Scottish FA following their sending off vs. Celtic last week. (Source BBC Football online)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
-

Sunday, April 21, 2019:

-
  
Monday, April 22, 2019:
-Former Celtic Glasgow legend Billy McNeill passed away aged 79. (Source BBC Football online)

Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 18, 2019 
Liam Polworth
Midfielder
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Motherwell
Next Season
BBC Football
April 19, 2019 
Markus Fjortoft (Norway)
Defender
Southern United (New Zealand)
Hamilton
Next Season
BBC Football
April 22, 2019 
Jake Hastie
-
Motherwell
Rangers
Next Season
Daily Record

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 22, 2019
David Gray
-
Hibernian
2023
BBC Football
April 22, 2019
Darren McGregor
Defender
Hibernian
2023
BBC Football


Scottish Premier League Matchday (April 20-April 21, 2019):
Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Hearts 1-Rangers 3 (Steven MacLean 74 / Jermain Defoe 15, Ryan Jack 36, Nikola Katic 48)
Hamilton 1-Motherwell 1 (Marios Ogboe 84 / David Turnbull 30)
Kilmarnock 0-Aberdeen 1 (Scott McKenna 66)
Livingston 1-St Mirren 3 (Scott Robinson 20 / Paul McGinn 26, Daniel Mullen 78, Simeon Jackson 80)
St Johnstone 2-Dundee 0 (Scott Tanser 54, Callum Hendry 68)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
Hibernian 0-Celtic 0 (-)

Top Goalscorer:
Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) 17 goals


Table
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Celtic
34
24
6
4
71
17
54
78
2
Rangers
34
20
9
5
76
25
51
69
3
Aberdeen
34
18
7
9
53
37
16
61
4
Kilmarnock
34
16
10
87
46
29
17
58
5
Hibernian
34
14
11
9
49
34
15
53
6
Hearts
34
15
5
14
39
44
-5
50
P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Point


VIII.  Portugal

Diary:


Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
-

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
-Carlos Queiroz has filed a complaint with FIFA claiming that Iran Federation owes him salary from his time as National Team Manager.  (Source Fox Sports online)

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Benfica Manager Bruno Lage was voted as the League’s Manager of the month of March. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Friday, April 19, 2019:

-

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
-

Sunday, April 21, 2019:

-

Monday, April 22, 2019:
-


Transfers
Date
Player
Position
From
To
Type
Online Source
April 16, 2019 
Jhonathan Siqueira (Brazil)
Goalkeeper
Moreirense
Guimaraes
Next Season
Maisfutebol

Contract Extensions
Date
Player
Position
Club
Expiration Year
Online Source
April 18, 2019
Mor Ndiaye (Senegal)
Midfielder
Porto
2022
Maisfutebol
April 22, 2019
Wakaso (Ghana)
Midfielder
Guimaraes
2021
Maisfutebol




Portugal Primeira Liga League Matchday (April 19-April 22, 2019):

Friday, April 19, 2019:
Tondela 1-Boavista 0 (Stephane Sparagna (own goal) 17)
Setubal 1-Portimonense 1 (Jose Semedo 63 / Ruster 87)
Nacional 0-Sporting CP 1 (Luiz Phellype 63)
Guimaraes 0-Aves 2 (Derley 9, Mama Balde 66)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:
Belenenses 1-Rio Ave 3 (Vincent Sasso 73 / Bruno Moreira 20, 35, Toni Borekovic 48)
Moreirense 0-Chaves 1 (Nikola Maras 72)
Feirense 0-Braga 2 (Fransergio 46, Rocardo Horta 76)
Porto 1-Santa Clara 0 (Moussa Marega 18)

Monday, April 22, 2019:
Benfica 6-Maritimo 0 (Joao Felix 3, 64, Pizzi 49, Fraco Cervi 71, 88, Eduardo Salvio 90)

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
30
24
3
3
87
26
61
75
2
Porto
30
24
3
3
62
17
45
75
3
Sporting CP
30
21
4
5
60
29
31
67
4
Braga
30
20
4
6
51
28
23
64
5
Moreirense
30
15
4
11
35
36
-1
49
6
Guimaraes
30
13
6
11
36
28
8
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 16, 2019:
-Fred Rutten has left his post as Anderlecht Manager. Karim Belhocine will act in the interim. (Source Sky Sports / Walfoot.be online)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-
Thursday,  April 18, 2019:

-Eupen Captain, the 38-year-old Spanish Luis Garcia, will play his last match for the club this weekend. (Source Walfoot.be online)

Friday, April 19, 2019:
-

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

-

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
-

Monday, April 22, 2019:

-



First Division A- Championship Play-offs-League Matchday (April 19-April 22, 2019):
Friday, April 19, 2019:
Standard 1-Genk 3 (Razvan Marin 81 / Bryan Heymen 41, Mbwana Samatta 52, Leandro Trossard 79) 

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
Anderlecht 0-Gent 0 (-)

Monday, April 22, 2019:
Antwerp 0-Club Brugge 0 (-)

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
5
4
0
1
11
4
7
44
2
Club Brugge
5
3
1
1
11
5
6
38
3
Antwerp
5
3
1
1
6
5
1
35
4
Standard Liege
4
2
0
2
6
9
-3
33
5
Anderlecht
4
0
1
3
3
8
-6
27
6
Gent
5
0
1
4
3
9
-6
26

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


Diary (extra):

Tuesday, April 16, 2019:

-


Wednesday, April 17, 2019:

-Albania have named Edoardo ‘Edy’ Reja as the new National Team manager.  (Source Fox Sports online)

Thursday, April 18, 2019:

-Asif Kapadia’s documentary on Diego Maradona will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival. (Source L’Equipe online)

-UCL Team of the week was announced: Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Van Dijk (Liverpool), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), De Bruyne (Manchester City), Sterling (Manchester City), Mane (Liverpool), Son (Tottenham), Salah (Liverpool), Aguero (Manchester City), Messi (Barcelona). (Source L’Equipe online)

Friday, April 19, 2019:

-Cameroon National Team will have Le Coq Sportif as its new kit manufacturers. (Source L’Equipe online)

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

-The USA National Team players Association have opposed playing Venezuela at Cincinatti’s Nippert Stadium on June 9th. The players believe the surface of the stadium is dangerous. Temporary grass is to be installed on the artificial turf and this could injure players. (Source AS.com online)

-MLS announced that the League is set to be expanded from 24 to 30 teams. (Source AS.com online)

-Former Czech Republic star Karel Poborsky revealed that he was in a coma and nearly died in 2016 due to an infection. (Source The Guardian online)

-Former Brazilian player Valdiram Caetano de Morais (formerly of Belenenses and Vasco Da Gama) was found dead in the streets of Sao Paulo after a suspected beating. (Source Maisfutebol online)

Sunday, April 21, 2019:
-PAOK have become Greece Champions for the first time in 34 years. Their last title was in 1985. (Source BBC Football  online)

Monday, April 22, 2019:

-Former Argentinean midfielder and Manager Julio Cesar Toresani passed away aged 51.  (Source Wikipedia online)

-Former Bulgarian defender Krasimir Bezinski passed away aged 57.  (Source Wikipedia online)


I. UEFA Champions League:


UEFA Champions League-Quarterfinals, Second Leg:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019:
Barcelona 3-Manchester United 0 (Lionel Messi 16, 20, Philippe Coutinho 61)
Juventus 1- Ajax 2 (Cristiano Ronaldo 28 / Donny van de Beek 34, Matthijs de Ligt 67)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019:
Porto 1-Liverpool 4 (Eder Militao 69 / Sadio Mane 26, Mohamed Salah 65, Roberto Firmino 77, Virgil Van Dijk 84)
Manchetser City 4- Tottenham 3 (Raheem Sterling 4, 21, Bernardo Silva 11, Sergio Aguero 59 / Heung-Min Son 7, 10, Fernnado Llorente 73)


II. Europa League:


Europa League- Quarterfinals, Second Leg:

Thursday, April 18, 2019:
Chelsea 4- Slavia Prague 3 (Pedro 5, 27, Simon Deli (own goal) 9, Olivier Giroud 17 / Tomas Soucek 26, Petr Sevcik 51, 54)
Frankfurt 2- Benfica 0 (Filip Kostic 36, Sebastian Rode 67) 
Napoli 0- Arsenal 1 (Alexandre Lacazette 36)
Valencia 2- Villareal 0 (Toni Lato 3, Daniel Parejo 54)

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