After a short break the Weekend Guide is back. This time we're with the North American super cup, an independent league of a disputed area, and the historical moments of a new nation in the Africa's World Cup qualifiers.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this guy)
What? United States – Mexico (CONCACAF Cup)
When? Sunday, 0300
Where? Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Why? It's going to be some kind of a North American super cup. The winner of the 2013 Gold Cup and the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup will face each other in order to decide which team is the best at the region. There is special prize for the winners – place in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
Key Players: As we know the big stars of the teams, let's take a look on the next generation youngsters. Sunderland’s DeAndre Yedlin is just 23 years old and already has 25 international caps for the USA. In Mexico, we have another talented Latino youngster, Jesús Corona, known as Tecatito, who already scored 4 goals in 4 matches as a Porto player this season.
This is our guy: The referee in the match will be the Salvadoran Joel Aguilar, who officiated at the last 3 Gold Cups, including the 4:2 win of Mexico against USA in 2011.
Professional (like this guy)
What? Simferopol – Sevastopol (Crimea Premier League)
When? Saturday, 1700
Where? Lokomotiv Stadium, Simferopol
Why? Since Crimea is still a disputed area, the local clubs decided neither play in Ukraine, nor register to the Russian leagues. They decided to run its own independent league. Simferopol is the league leaders, Sevastopol are in 2nd place, with only 7 points between them.
Key Players: Yevhen Odyntsov is the guy to watch in Simferopol, as he is the league top scorer with 5 goals. Sevastopol's leader is Aleksandr Danishevsky, a local born veteran striker who previously won the Russian title with Spartak Moscow.
Back in the the days: As a Ukrainian club, Tavriya Simferopol was the only club to win the championship except of Dynamo Kiyv and Shakhtar Donetsk. They won the title in 1992, after a 1:0 victory against Dynamo at the final.
World Class (like this guy)
What? Mauritania – South Sudan (2018 World Cup qualifiers)
When? Tuesday, 1900
Where? Stade Olympique, Nouakchott
Why? South Sudan made a history last week when they played their first ever World Cup qualifier match. This match started in Wednesday, abandoned after 15 minutes and resumed in the next day. The sensational result, 1:1, give South Sudan hopes for the future, but playing in Mauritania would be extremely difficult.
Key Players: The leading player in Mauritania is Oumar N'Diaye, who left France after 6 years and now plays in the Algerian side of MO Béjaïa. The best of player of South Sudan is Athir Thomas, who even played twice for the Sudan national team before the independence. He still plays for Al-Ahli Khartoum, in the Sudanese league.
History in the making: In the last month, after 2 draws and 10 loses, South Sudan achieved their first ever win. It was a 1:0 against Equatorial Guinea in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.