The 2019-20 German Bundesliga and Spanish LaLiga football seasons kick off this weekend with mouthwatering clashes at the Allianz Arena and the Cathedral in San Mames…….
The wait is almost over; the 2019-20 Spanish LaLiga season kicks off this Friday at the Cathedral in Basque city of Bilbao between Athletic club and defending champions Barcelona. The three LaLiga giants have accounted for approximately 80% of the €1bn-plus spending in Spain this summer; it’s once again difficult to see anything other than the now traditional three-horse race…..
The 2019 UEFA Super Cup brings together another all English final between Champions League holders Liverpool and Europa League winners Chelsea at Beşiktaş Park in Istanbul. Female French referee Stéphanie Frappart will referee the game. This will be the first time that a female official takes charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event and it is the first all-English UEFA Super Cup……
Bayern Munich pipped Borussia Dortmund by two points on the final day for a seventh consecutive Meisterschale, but that doesn’t even tell half the story over 34 Matchdays. The only two teams to win the Bundesliga in the last decade are the heavy favorites; they have already renewed their rivalry in 2019-20 with the season-opening DFL Supercup…….
The 2019-20 French Ligue 1 and English Premier League Football seasons kick off this weekend with mouthwatering clashes at Stade Louis II and Old Trafford. Frank Lampard takes charge as Chelsea manager at the Theatre of Dreams against an old adversary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer starting his first full season as Red Devils manager……
The Premier League title race last season went down to the wire; the excitement provided only served as a reminder on why the Premier League is the numero uno in Europe. City beat Liverpool to the title by a point but the point difference between the Reds and third place Chelsea was a jaw dropping 25 points…….
Will Paris Saint Germain make it three league titles on the spin or can Lyon do the unthinkable and claim the Ligue 1 title for the first time in over ten years? The bookmakers have Paris Saint-Germain as the overwhelming favorites to dominate French football once again……..
The 2019-20 European Football Season kicks off this weekend with the curtain raiser – Supercup in France, Germany and England. Trophée des Champions will be played in Shenzhen, China while the German DFL Supercup is at Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund and the FA Community Shield is traditionally played in Wembley, London…….
Lucien Favre first season in Dortmund revealed the coach’s playing philosophy and his team responded with exciting attacking display combined with midfield control and strong defensive cover. The 2018-19 season Herbstmeister – (the team leading the Bundesliga table at half way point when the winter break commences) looked well positioned to consolidate on an excellent Hinrunde when the league resumed in late January. Die Borussen had taken the league by surprise losing once to close out 2018 on a high with a six point advantage over Bayern.
As we have been accustomed to with the Championship, nothing is straight forward, and last season proved this again, with surprises left and right. The English championship kicks off on Friday at Kenilworth Road between newcomers – Luton Town and Middlesbrough. The Hatters achieved successive promotion in two seasons from League Two to the Championship and can dream of a third this term. Will Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town make an immediate return to the Premier League?
What has happened to the once touted midfield general? It has been an up and down three years for the French World Cup winner. From winning two titles in his first season to being singled out for criticism by some fans at the end of last season…….
Nothing ever stays the same; Gareth Bale was a part of Real Madrid’s famous BBC that was regarded as untouchable when fit. At the start of Zidane’s first reign, he confirmed his plan was to build the team around the BBC and bolster their status. “I’m going to play with all three…..
“Attack wins you games, but defence wins you titles.” He is only going to be 20 next month but Matthijs de Ligt has become a household name in Europe over the last 12 months. Since he debuted with Ajax in 2016, his rapid rise to the top of European football has been well recognized.The Oranje 3 looked at home during his presentation; both parties (club and player) look like a perfect…….
It is a battle of the jungle between the Terranga Lions from Senegal and the Desert Foxes of Algeria. There would be a historic milestone on the sidelines; a local coach would be crowned champion whatever the result is. 11 local coaches have won 15 AFCON titles in the previous 31 editions. Nigerian Stephen Keshi was the latest to achieve this feat in 2013. Either Belmadi or Cisse will join this prestigious list come Friday night…….
In search of continental dominance, the acquisition of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé in 2017 was PSG’s statement of intent and part of QSI pledge to build a team capable of winning the UEFA Champions League and making the club France’s biggest name. Neymar has lost faith in the project and wants to play no part anymore leaving the PSG current project success hanging by a thread…..