In few parts of the world, it’s almost the end of the season. So, this weekend we have some special finals for you from all over the place. The Mexican League is ready to declare a champion, the U23 teams of Africa will crown a new titleholder, and we will have a special visit to the Cambodian league.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this goal)
What? Pumas UNAM – Tigres UANL (Liga MX)
When? Monday, 0330
Where? Estadio Olímpico Universitario, Mexico City
Why? Mexico will crown its first champion of the season, with the Apertura final. The first match on Thursday ended with win to Tigres, 3:0. Pumas wish to complete their perfect run after their finished in the 1st place in the regular season. Tigres finished 5th, but after their great victory they are close to win the title.
Key Players: At Pumas, it’s Javier Cortés, who won the Olympic gold medal with Mexico in 2012, and plays for the club since 2008. Tigres’s biggest name is former French international, André-Pierre Gignac, the team’s leading scorer with 13 goals.
Road to Glory: Bora Milutinović, one of the most fascinating managers in the world, played for Pumas, and after his retirement he got his first job as a manager in the club. He managed the team for 6 years before moving to his next mission, Mexico national team.
Professional (like this match)
What? Nigeria – Algeria (U23 Africa Cup of Nations)
When? Saturday, 2000
Where? Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar, Senegal
Why? Seven months before the Olympic tournament in Rio, Africa will see which U23 team is the best in the continent. Nigeria, the 1996 Olympic gold medalists, qualified for their 7thOlympic tournament. Algeria qualified to their 2nd tournament, and the first since 1980.
Key Players: The Nigerian leading player is Etebo Oghenekaro, 20 years old player from Warri Wolves, who leads the championship's scorers list with 3 goals. The Algerian midfielder Zinedine Ferhat is dominating his national team, and has an important role at USM Alger, Algeria’s league leaders.
African Power: African teams always produce great performances in the Olympic Games, but one of the historical matches was in 1988. Zambia thrashed Italy 4:0, with an amazing hat-trick of Kalusha Bwalya.
World Class (like this goal)
What? Phnom Penh Crown – Nagaworld (Cambodian C-League)
When? Saturday, 1200
Where? Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Why? The Cambodian League had an intensive season and now it’s the final' 2nd leg. In the first leg, Phnom Penh Crown won 2:0. Phnom Penh Crown finished the regular season in 2nd place and Nagaworld finished 4th.
Key Players: Phnom Penh Crown’s George Bisan, is a 23 years old Nigerian and one of the best scorers in the league with 24 goals in 24 matches. Don't miss Nagaworld's striker, Kouch Sokumpheak, who has 43 caps for the national team and played at Phnom Penh Crown for 5 seasons in.
Coalition's League: Back in the 80's most of the teams' sponsors were government ministries, so among the previous champions you can find teams like Ministry of Transports FC and Ministry of Commerce FC.