Previous Week’s stories
The AFC Champions League final will see Jeonbuk Motors play Al Sadd after yesterday’s semi-final 2nd legs saw the side playing at home progress.
NEYMARWATCH: Scored the opener in Santos 1-1 draw with Flamengo last weekend.
This week’s stories
Farfan celebrates century in style
Peruvian international Jefferson Farfan capped his 100th Schalke appearance with a lung busting run and finish, the only goal of the game. It is the second time he has reached 100 games at a club having also surpassed three figures at previous club PSV Eindhoven. He began his career in his native city of Lima with Alianza Lima.
San Lorenzo fans attack player
In Argentina the relegation-threatened San Lorenzo have seen things go bad to worse this week. What was meant to be a clear-the-air talk between three players with members of the barrabrava (the organised fans or hooligans depending on your point of view) turned into a confrontation. Midfielder Bottinelli was kicked by an angry ‘fan’ amid allegations he had verbally abused a fan after the weekend defeat. In light of Wednesday’s incident the team’s home game has been postponed this week due to concerns over the player’s safety.
Ariel Ortega set for River Plate return
No, he hasn’t had a revival in his playing career but the ex-Argentina star is still playing in the Primero Metro B with Defensores del Belgrano. The third tier club have been drawn with River Plate in the re-born Copa Argentina having beaten Almargo in the previous round.
Runaway dog in Colombia
During the Copa Sudamericana game between Santa Fe and Botafogo, play was held up for a few minutes when a Colombian canine entered the field of play. Despite player’s and officials best attempts to stop the mischievous mutt it took a while to coax him into leaving so the game could continue.
Bust-up in Bucharest Derby
Monday night saw Steaua and Rapid clash in the Bucharest derby with the latter looking to win to within a victory of league leaders Dinamo Bucharest. The game finished in a goalless draw but was not without incident as three players saw red as a brawl broke out midway through the second half. The result means Steaua only have one win in eight derbies compared to three for Rapid.
In India the I-league kicked off last week and it was a good weekend for Nigeria’s Odafa Okolie who scored all three goals for Mohun Bagan as they beat Pailan Arrows, he then added one more this week. There was a defeat for the defending champions, Salgaocar, while Mumbai FC won their derby against Air India, 4-1. But in the second round this week, Salgaocar bounced back with a 4-0 win while Mumbai FC lost by the same score to Dempo who are now joint top with Mohun Bagan.
Refereeing standards in Paraguay have been highly criticised in recent weeks and last Sunday saw some interesting scenes across the games. In the General Caballero vs Nacional fixture the heavy-handed referee pushed a home player to allow the Apertura champions the chance to take a quick free kick. In the Tacuary vs Libertad game the referee, Ulises Mereles, was also accused of pushing a player before booking him twice and not sending him off. It was the second time he had done so because in 2010 the same thing occurred and he was suspended for 3 months. Mereles was accused earlier this year of showing his middle finger to a member of coaching staff who disputed one of his decisions.
Pyunik finally finish second
In a previous blog we discovered that Pyunik Yerevan were on the joint best run in Europe in terms of consecutive championships. That streak came to an end this week as their city rivals Ulysses grabbed the trophy for the first time. It leaves Pyunik five short of the record for most consecutive titles held by Tafea FC in Vanuatu (1994-2009).
Stat of the Week
7 – the number of Copa Sudamericana Quarter finalists who played their second leg at home in the last 16, LDU Quito the odd ones out. In 2010 it was six while in 2009 it was only two.
Goal of the Week
We return to Romania and this great turn and shot from a tight angle by Alexandru Buhusi – it was the only goal of the game as Petrolu Ploiesti defeated Astra in the Cup.
Top Ten of the Week
Jonathan Wilson has been looking at competitiveness in recent weeks and the mention of the number of clubs to win the English top division in a decade seemed the perfect basis for a Top Ten. So here it is.
10. 1980-89 – 4 different winners
=6. 1990-99 – 5
=6. 1890-99 – 5
=6. 1910-19 – 5
=6. 1930-39 – 5
=3. 1900-09 6
=3. 1950-59 6
=3. 1970-79 6
2. 1920-29 – 7
1. 1960-69 – 8
So there it is, the swinging sixties saw eight different clubs win the league (Burnley, Spurs, Ipswich, Everton, Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Leeds) which is a far cry from the last decade when just three clubs won it (the least ever). One point to note about the 1910-19 decade is that only six seasons were played due to the First World War so five winners is the same ratio as the sixties.
By Ralph Hannah