The weather is not a factor at the Weekend Guide, as we have some great matches from all over the globe in order to keep you warm - a relegation battle in Brazil; interesting names in Georgia; and historical issues in Iraq.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this goal)
What? Coritiba – Vasco da Gama (Campeonato Brasileirão)
When? Sunday, 2000
Where? Estádio Couto Pereira, Curitiba
Why? Vasco de Gama spent some time at the second division during the last seasons and they are trying to avoid their relegation once again. They are ranked 18th with 40 points, the same as the 17th place and a single point from the safe 16th place. Coritiba are in the 15th place with 43 points and only a crazy closure of multiples Goleadas can sink them down to the Serie B.
Key Players: Coritiba’ star is Henrique, who won the U-20 World Cup with Brazil alongside the Golden Boot and Golden Shoe. Vasco da Gama’s dominant player is Nenê, former Monaco and PSG player, who played for 12 years abroad.
Part of the History: Everyone knows that Pelé's 1,000th goal was an historical moment, but not many people know it was scored against Vasco. Edgardo Andrada was Vasco's goalkeeper in that match.
Professional (like this goal)
What? Dinamo Tbilisi – Sioni Bolnisi (Georgian Umaglesi Liga)
When? Sunday, 1100
Where? Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Why? The most glorious team in Georgian football history, Dinamo Tbilisi, didn't won a title in the last 4 seasons. Now they are in the top of the ladder with 34 points. Sioni Bolnisi is well-known team that can make troubles to any opponent and they are at the 3rd spot with 29 points.
Key Players: Sioni Bolnisi will try to stop Dinamo's players with Davit Svanidze, 36 years old defender that plays in the club since 2005. Dinamo Tbilisi's Giorgi Kvilitaia is one of the Georgian future prospects and the current top scorer of the league, with 10 goals.
Yes, Prime Minister: Kakha Kaladze is well remembered as AC Milan player, but in recent years he is a politician. Nowadays he is the Minister of Energy and the Prime Minister’s Deputy of Georgia.
World Class (like this goal)
What? Naft Al-Wasat – Al-Zawraa (Iraqi Premier League)
When? Monday, 1230
Where? An-Najaf Stadium, Najaf
Why? Naft Al-Wasat, the reigning Iraqi title holders, is in 2nd place of group A with 19 points, just one point behind Al-Zawraa. Al-Zawraa had few bad seasons in the past years, but still is the most crowned team in the league, with 12 championships.
Key Players: You can't talk about Naft Al-Wasat without saying the name of Noor Sabri, the veteran goalkeeper that was part from the legendary 2007 Iraqi Asian Cup winning squad. Alaa Abdul-Zahra, known as Iraqi Kaká, had long journey in Jordan, Iran, Qatar and Sudan, and now he is leading Al-Zawraa.
Perfect Debutants: Naft Al-Wasat won the title in their first ever season in the league. They are the second team to do so, after Al-Zawraa done the same in 1976.