Monthly Archive: April 2019
It is late April and the football season is drawing to a close in almost every country. Disappointment time is up on many teams, some of which spent or over spent to stay in the top division.
Here’s the status of the relegation fights across some of Europe’s top leagues.
In the English Premier League Huddersfield are going back down after spending two seasons in the premiership. Jan Siewert was unable to keep them up after taking over mid season. Fulham spent around 100 million after getting promoted but can be called one of the expensive flops of the season
The Champions League quarter finals produced more drama of the VAR variety. The introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the Champions League for the first time was bound to create questions as it has done at various leagues like the Serie A it hasn’t failed in doing so. A separate long read is required to point out the faults and the good of VAR but alas the results were surprising in themselves.
Liverpool might have been expected to over come Porto and Manchester United’s somewhat declining form might have given enough cause to make Barcelona favorites for the tie but
Julian Nagelsmann is 31 and has been coaching 1899 Hoffenheim since 2016
Coaches (or managers) seem to be getting earlier starts as many former and not former players get to coach teams at highest levels inside their thirties. The following is a list of some of the youngest coaches in Europe’s biggest leagues.
In the English Premier League Jan Siewert at Huddersfield is the youngest at 36, he took over after David Wagner (47) left earlier in 2019. Scott Parker is currently the second youngest at 38. The former Fulham, Tottenham, etc. player is only a caretaker after Claudio Ranieri
The FIFA under 20 World Cup takes place every two years. The 2019 edition is the 22nd and will take place in Poland – who beat India’s bid – between May 23rd and 15th June. England are the defending champions. The English beat Venezuela 1-0 in South Korea two years ago but failed to qualify for Poland. Six venues have been chosen for the 2019 tournament with capacities ranging between approximately 15,000 to 20,000.
Twenty three teams from six confederation have qualified and with the hosts’ automatic qualification will play in six groups of four. The qualification process is via
The 2018-2019 Champions League quarter finals are set for April 9 and April 10 with the return legs one week later. The first leg match up are as follows:
April 9April 10Liverpool – FC PortoTottenham Hotspur – Manchester City Ajax – JuventusManchester United – Barcelona
In the round of 16 Ronaldo and Juventus overcame Atletico Madrid. Manchester City destroyed Schalke to do the same and Barcelona did the same to Lyon. Liverpool piled pressure on Nico Kovac and Bayern Munich to get here and so did Manchester United on Thomas Tuchel and PSG. Porto did enough to eliminate an out
The Canadian Premier League will start its inaugural season on April 27 2019. The first season will feature seven teams spanning almost the full width of the country. The founding teams span Pacific FC on west coast’s Vancouver Island to Halifax as HFX Wanderers FC on the easy coast with York 9 FC, Forge FC, Valour FC, Cavalry FC, FC Edmonton in between.
The aim is to expand over time and unlike the MLS have a relegation/promotion league system. Many cities have shown some interest and this first season will be an important test for the league in its initial
The 2019 edition of the Women’s World Cup is the eighth of its kind. It will be held in France between June 7th and July 7th in nine cities around France with the smallest venue being Grenoble’s Stade des Alpes and the biggest Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The stadium capacities range from just above 20,000 to 59,000.
One hundred and forty three countries started the qualification tournament and the teams are now whittled down to 24 including France as hosts. Asia has five slots, Africa three, Oceania one, Europe eight plus France and South America 2.5 which became three when