Caribbean

Weekend Guide 8.1.2016

We hope you had great holidays, but it's time to get back to the business.

The Weekend Guide is once again here, and this time we have a double header from the Caribbean with the Copa América Centenario playoffs and the league of Bermuda, and a short visit to the Far East and the league of Hong Kong.

(All the hours are in CET local time)

Amateur (Like these guys)

What? Trinidad and Tobago – Haiti (Copa América Centenario playoffs)

When? Friday, 2330

Where? Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City

Why? The centennial tournament of the Copa América will take place in the USA next summer and the last two CONCACAF spots are left to be decided. On Friday night, in Panama, Trinidad Tobago and Haiti will play for the qualification.

Key Players: Khaleem Hyland will be the top Soca Warrior for this match, with 8 years of experience in the Belgian league and 53 international caps. Meanwhile, Haiti leading player is the promising 21 years old attacker, Duckens Nazon, who plays for the French second tier club Laval and scored 4 goals in the Gold Cup.

Panamanian Heritage: Until 1993, the stadium was named "Estadio Revolución". Now it is named after Rommel Fernández, a Panamanian footballer who died in car accident. He died at the age of 27.

Professional (like this guy)

What? Eastern – South China (Hong Kong Premier League)

When? Sunday, 1030

Where? Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong

Why?After both teams played 6 matches, just one point is the difference between the leaders Eastern and the second place South China. Eastern haven't lost yet and they wish to win their first title since 1995. South

Key Players: Eastern's Australian Andrew Barisic is one of the league top scorers with 4 goals, and except from playing in Hong Kong he previously played in India, Indonesia and German amateur leagues. South China's main player is goalkeeper Cristian Mora, 36 years old Ecuadorian who played for the national during their World Cup campaign in 2006.

The O Team: In the 1992/3 season, Eastern started the season with 9 wins in 9 matches, and had an impressive balance of 30 goals for and no goals conceded.

World Class (like this goal)

What? Dandy Town Hornets – Robin Hood (Bermuda Premier League)

When? Sunday, 2000

Where? St. John's Field, Pembroke Parish

Why? Dandy Town is on first place with 25 points, while Robin Hood is 9 points behind in the second place. If Dandy Town will win it, they’ll get closer for their eighth title. If they lose, the race will open up.

Key Players: The two leading scorers of the league will be on the same field, so it's a showtime! Dandy Town’s Tomiko Goater is 18 years old, who scored 7 goals in his debut season. Robin Hood’s Lejuan Simmons scored 9 goals this season, after playing for Ilkeston, a non-league English club, at the 8th division.

National Player: Former Bermudian footballer Kyle Lightbourne had 40 international caps and played for over a decade in England. Except from being international footballer, Lightbourne made 5 caps for Bermuda national cricket team in 1990.

Weekend Guide 13.11.2015

2018 World Cup kick-off is less than 1000 days away, and our Weekend Recap is all about the qualifiers. Three games, on the road to Russia, with love!

(All the hours are in CET local time)

Amateur (Like these guys)

What? Colombia – Argentina

When? Tuesday, 2130

Where? Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Baranquilla

Why? Two of the most talented team in South America will play each other in a passionate match. Colombia will try to qualify again, while Argentina hopes to avoid a huge failure, as they gained only 1 point and didn’t score in their first 2 matches.

Key Players: Let's forget for a bit from Higuaín and James, and let's take a look at some other great players. Edwin Cardona is just 22 years old and already scored for Colombia in this campaign. At the Argentine squad, there is one young player that one day may lead the team, Tottenham's Érik Lamela.

Never Forget: The 1994 qualifying campaign was a bitter one for Argentina, and Colombia is the responsible for that. Argentina had to win the last match in order qualify, but they were thrashed at home by Colombia 5:0, what sent them to play the playoffs.

Professional (like this guy)

What? Jamaica – Panama

When? Saturday, 0300

Where? Independence Park, Kingstong

Why? The two surprises of the last two Gold Cups, Jamaica and Panamá, will face each other in their opening match of the qualifying campaign.

Key Players: Jamaican Darren Mattocks, who scored at the Gold Cup semifinals against the USA and plays regularly for Vancouver Whitecaps will look to shine. Veteran Panamanian Luis Tejada, who plays for the Peruvian club Juan Aurich, will lead his team on their way to Russia.

CONCAGOL: In two out of the last three qualifying campaigns, the top scorer came from the CONCACAF tournament. Mexican Jared Borgetti was the leader of the 2006 scorers with 14 goals. In 2014 Deon McCaulay from Belize scored 11 goals.

World Class (like this guy)

What? Equatorial Guinea – Morocco

When? Sunday, 1600

Where? Estadio do Bata, Bata

Why? It takes one golden generation to enter the main stage of the Worldwide football. Morocco had it during the 90's, when qualified to the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Now they have another aspiring generation that wants to end the 20 years absence from the tournament. Equatorial Guinea also have a golden generation, but it based on naturalized players and not local talents.

Key Players: Equatorial Guinea is all about Emilio Nsue, the captain from Middlesbrough who is one of the Spanish naturalized players. Don’t skip on Napoli’s Omar El Kaddouri, who scored 4 goals in 11 international caps.

If you won’t, I will: The real conflict between the team happened before the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year. Morocco was the original host of the tournament, but they decided to withdraw due to the Ebola crisis. In a doubtful decision, Equatorial Guinea, which eliminated in the first qualifying round, hosted it instead.