Thursday, 25 February 2021

BELARUSIAN PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY GAME RESULTS PAGE

Don't forget there is an up to date list of pre-season friendly results from Belarus on the link to the page of results - CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

FROM CUMBRIA TO COLOMBIA - AROUND THE WORLD IN FOUR CLUBS

It's not been a great first season back in the football league for BARROW AFC. Ian Evatt who had taken The Bluebirds to the Vanarama National League title in 2019/20 left in July to join Bolton Wanderers and was replaced by former Blackburn Rover's player and Oldham Athletic boss David Dunn. He lasted until December winning 2 games in 22 played and was replaced by Michael Jolley who was last in charge of Grimsby Town in 2019 - He lasted only 7 games where the team won just one game. Former Leicester City boss Rob Kelly is now in temporary charge starting with their game at Oldham Athletic tonight - He took charge of three games in December of which he won two. The club have lost their last four league games - Following their trip to Boundary Park tonight they travel to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. They are currently second bottom in SkyBet League Two but do have games in hand over the teams above them. 

AJAX currently lead the way in the Dutch top tier - they are six points ahead of second placed PSV Eindhoven with a game in hand. They have only lost 2 league games of their 22 played which came away at FC Groningen and at home to FC Twente. They have scored an incredible amount of 72 goals which amounts to 3.27 per game - this is helped by their 0-13 victory at VVV Venlo in October. Their next Eredivisie game is on Sunday at PSV Eindhoven which is an all important top of the table clash. Since 2000 only AZ Alkmaar (08/09), FC Twente (09/10) and Feyenoord (2016/17) have won the title aside from Ajax or PSV. 

It's been a season to forget for CLUB DEPORTIVO MARINO who play in the Spanish Segunda B Division Group 4A which is the third tier of the game in Spain. CD Marino are based in Los Cristianos in Tenerife - How we'd all love to be soaking up the Sun there at this time! They have only won one league game so far which was away at San Fernando CD which ended 2-3. Kiko De Diego is the man in charge at the moment who previously was in charge of UD Las Zocas who are also from Tenerife and played in the Tercera Divison (fourth tier) up to 2019. Marino have found goals hard to come by with Senegalese striker Ahmed and midfielder Samuel Arbelo top scorers on two goals each. Arbelo started his career with CD Tenerife playing for their reserve team in the Tercera Division. 

Boca Juniors de Cali are named after the famous Argentinian Club Atletico Boca Juniors club. CBJ currently played in the Colombian Catergoria Primera B which is the second tier of football in Colombia. The club were formed in 1937 but disbanded in 1958 due to financial problems. In the early 1950s the club had been runner's up in the top division. In 1987 the club was reformed as an amateur club and football academy with many players moving on to play in professional football. The club was owned by the owner of Universitario Popayan who moved to Cali for the second half of the 2019 season and was rebranded as Boca Juniors to see a return for the club to professional football after a 61 year absence. 

Boca Juniors next league game is away to Tigres (9th) on Sunday. They are currently in 10th place of 16 teams.

Monday, 22 February 2021

HOW THINGS STAND IN THE SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP

POS TEAM  GD  PTS  PP FORM 
1.   RANGERS   30  +64  82  106 WWWDWW
2.  CELTIC   30 +41 64  88 WWWWWL
3.   HIBERNIAN   29 +15  52 79 WLWWWW
4.   ABERDEEN   30 +3 48  72 DLLDLW
5.   LIVINGSTON  29 +1 40 67 WDWLLD
6.   ST MIRREN   29  -6  35  62 LWLDDD
7.DUNDEE UNITED  30 -15 34 58 LLLWWL
8.  ST JOHNSTONE  30 -8  33 57 DWLWLW
9.   MOTHERWELL  29  -20  28  55 WWLWLL
10.   ROSS COUNTY  29  -31  26  53 LLLLLW
11.  KILMARNOCK 30 -16 24 48 LLLLLL
12.  HAMILTON ACADEMICAL 29 -28 24 51 LLDWDL
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AFTER 33 MATCHES THE LEAGUE SPLITS INTO TWO SECTIONS (TOP SIX AND BOTTOM SIX) WITH THE TEAMS PLAYING EACH OTHER ONCE. 

Rangers are very close to being confirmed title winners - If they win their next two games against Livingston and St Mirren it will put them on 88 points going into the game at Celtic on Sunday 21st March. If Celtic win their two games against Aberdeen and Dundee United it will put them on 70 points being able to get to a maximum of 88 points therefore there is a chance Rangers could officially win the title at Celtic Park. 

With an eight point gap between Abderdeen in fourth and Livingston in fifth it now looks like The Dons and Hibs will finish in the Europa Conference League places. 

At the bottom of the table Ross County's amazing 1-0 win at home to Celtic has given their survival hopes a real boost. 

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES 

Wednesday 24th February 
St Mirren v Motherwell

Saturday 27th February
Celtic v Aberdeen 
Hibernian v Motherwell 
Kilmarnock v Dundee United 
St Mirren v Ross County

Wednesday 3rd March 
Hamilton Academical v St Johnstone 
Livingston v Rangers

Saturday 6th March 
Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical
Motherwell v Livingston 
Rangers v St Mirren 
Ross County v Kilmarnock 
St Johnstone v Hibernian 

Sunday 7th March
Dundee United v Celtic 

Saturday 13th March 
Livingston v Hamilton Academical 
Ross County v Hibernian 

Saturday 20th March
Dundee United v Aberdeen 
Hamilton Academical v St Mirren 
Kilmarnock v Motherwell
Livingston v Hibernian 
St Johnstone v Ross County 

Sunday 21st March 
Celtic v Rangers

BELARUSIAN FOOTBALL FIXTURES INCLUDING FIRST FOUR WEEKS OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE

BELARUSIAN SUPER CUP 2021 
Tuesday 2nd March 
Shakhtyor Soligorsk v BATE Borisov 

BELARUSIAN CUP 2020/21 QUARTER-FINALS FIRST-LEG 
Saturday 6th March (KO UK time)
FC Minsk v Isloch - 11.30am 
Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino v Arsenal Dzerzhinsk - 1.30pm
Sunday 7th March
BATE Borisov v Vitesbsk - 11.30am 
Shakhtyor Soligorsk v Neman Grodno -1.30pm 

Second Legs due to be played on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April

PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK ONE 
to be played March 12th-14th
Isloch v Slavia Mozyr 
Smorgon v Energetyk-BGU
Shakhtyor Soligorsk v FC Minsk
Rukh Brest v FC Gomel
Sputnik Rechitsa v Dynamo Brest
BATE Borisov v Slutsk
Neman Grodno v Vitebsk
Dynamo Minsk v Torpedo-BelAZ

The game of the opening weekend has to be Dynamo Minsk v Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino. Both teams who finished 6th and 3rd last season are expected to do well this season. 

First League champion's Sputnik Rechitsa have a home game against what will be a new look Dynamo Brest team. FC Gomel mark their return to the top tier with a trip to Rukh Brest who with all their signings (mostly from Dynamo Brest) are one of the teams people are predicting to be challenging for the title in 2021. 

An indication as to how strong Smorgon (sixth in the first league last season) will be could be formed from their result against Energetyk-BGU who I think may be in and around 10th to 14th place in the table this season. 

PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK TWO
March 19th-21st
Slavia Mozyr v Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino
Vitebsk v Dynamo Minsk
Slutsk v Neman Grodno
Dynamo Brest v BATE
Gomel v Sputnik Rechitsa
FC Minsk v Rukh Brest 
Energetik-BGU v Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Isloch v Smorgon

PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK THREE 
April 2nd -4th
Smorgon v Slavia Mozyr
Shakhtyor Soligorsk v Isloch
Rukh Brest v Energetyk-BGU
Sputnik Rechitsa v FC Minsk
BATE v FC Gomel
Neman Grodno v Dynamo Brest
Dynamo Minsk v Slutsk
Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino v Vitebsk

PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK FOUR 
April 9th-11th 
Slavia Mozye v Vitebsk
Slutsk v Torpedo-Belaz Zhodino 
Dynamo Brest v Dynamo Minsk
FC Gomel v Neman Grodno
FC Minsk v BATE Borisov 
Energetyk-BGU v Sputnik Rechitsa 
Isloch v Rukh Brest 
Smorgon v Shakhytor Soligorsk 

Friday, 19 February 2021

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP AND CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND FIXTURES

ALL 3pm kick offs unless stated
Saturday 20th February

Premiership 
Aberdeen v Kilmarnock 
Hibernian v Hamilton Academical 
Motherwell v St Johnstone 
St Mirren v Livingston 

Championship 
Arbroath v Raith Rovers 
Ayr United v Inverness Caledonian Thistle 
Dundee v Queen of the South 
Dunfermline Athletic v Alloa Athletic 
Heart of Midlothian v Greenock Morton

Sunday 21st February

Premiership
Rangers v Dundee United 
Ross County v Celtic - 7.30pm 

Thursday, 18 February 2021

BATE BORISOV DRAW 1-1 AGAINST FC NOAH OF LATVIA - LINE UP DETAILS


Former Isloch manager Vitaly Zhukovsky's reign with BATE Borisov is under way with their most recent friendly game in Turkey against Latvian side FC Noah ending 1-1 with thei goal coming from Anton Saroka. The following players were all involved in the game played earlier today - 


Anton Chichkan (GK)- 16 league appearances last season -25 year old 
Andrey Kudravets (GK) - 17 year old goalkeeper who is yet to make a league appearance. 
Alexander Filipovich - 27 league appearances last season - 26 year old 
Danila Nechaev - 19 league appearances last season for Belshina Bobrusik - 21 year old 
Boris Kopitovich - 26 year old who rejoined BATE from Serbian side Čukarički in July 2019 - He made 6 league appearance last season. 
Nikita Supranovich - 19 year old who is yet to make a league appearance.
Semen Lazarchik - 20 year old defender who joins from Isloch where he made 2 league appearances last season. 
Pavel Ryback - 37 year old experienced defender who also joins from Isloch - He played 14 times in the league for The Wolves last season. 
Jakov Filipovic - 28 year old who made 20 appearances for BATE in the league last season. 
Vladislav Malkevich - 21 year old who made 17 league appearances for Slavia Mozyr last season. 
Sergey Volkov - 22 year old signing from Vitebsk where he played 26 times in the league last season. 
Evgeni Yablonskiy - 25 year old midfielder who has been with BATE for a number of years - 27 league appearances last season. 
Shahboz Umarov - 21 year old midfielder who was one of Energetyk's best players last season - made 30 apperances for The Students scoring 4 goals. 
Nikolay Signevich - 28 year old who made 4 league appearances for BATE last season - Recently with FC Khimiki in the Russian Premier League. 
Maksim Volodko - 28 year old recently signed from Russian side FC Tambov. 
Pavel Nekhaichik - 28 league games and 13 goals for BATE last season - Aged 32.
Aleksey Nosko - 28 league games for Energetyk last season. Aged 24. 
Anton Saroka - 28 year old attacker - He made 6 first team league apperances for BATE last season. 
Nemanja Milic - Serbian forward who netted 8 goals in 24 league games for BATE last season - Aged 30.
Grigoriy Martyanov - 18 year old who has yet to make a first team appearance for BATE. 
Pavel Pashevich - 19 year old who played on loan for Gorodeya last season - yet to make the break through for BATE.
Nuradeen Idris - 19 year old forward who played with the reserve team last season. 
Aleksey Shalashnikov - 18 year old defender yet to make a first team appearance for BATE. 
Dmitry Bessmertny - 24 year old midfielder who made 20 league apperances for BATE last season. 


Tuesday, 16 February 2021

EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 32 FIXTURES THIS THURSDAY

5.55pm kick off
Dynamo Kiev v Club Brugge
FK Krasnodar v Dinamo Zagreb
Olympiakos v PSV Eindhoven
Real Sociedad v Manchester United
Red Star Belgrade v AC Milan 
RZ Pellets WAC v Tottenham Hotspur
Slavia Prague v Leicester City 
Sporting Braga v Roma
Young Boys v Bayer 04 Leverkusen 

8pm kick off
Benfica v Arsenal  
Granada v Napoli
Lille v Ajax
Maccabi Tel-Aviv v Shakhtar Donetsk 
Molde v 1899 Hoffenheim 
Royal Antwerp v Rangers 
SV Red Bull Salzburg v Villarreal 

These is lots of British interest in the Europa League this Thursday evening as Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Manchester United, Rangers and Arsenal are in action. 

Rangers play Royal Antwerp who are currently second in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. Arsenal play Benfica who are fourth in the Portuguese Primeira League.
The Foxes opponents Slavia Prague are ten points clear from their city rival's Sparta at the top of Czech Fortuna Liga.

RZ Pellets WAC (aka Wolfsberger AC) are currently 6th in the Tipco Austrian Bundesliga. Spurs have lost their last three away games - 0-1 at Brighton, 4-5 at Everton in the FA Cup and 0-3 at Manchester City at the weekend.

It'll be a tough game for Manchester United as well as Real Sociedad are in fifth place of La Liga.