ISL

Weekend Guide 19.12.2015

After last week, I decided to give you more finals in our Weekend Guide. An Arab-Latino final from Chile, the Indian Super League finish line, and a tight race in Trinidad and Tobago.

(All the hours are in CET local time)

Amateur (Like these guys)

What? Universidad Católica – Palestino (Chilean Primera División)

When? Sunday, 2330

Where? Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago

Why? Colo Colo is the champions, and both teams playing for Libertadores tickets. It’s the second leg of the Apertura final, afer Palestino won the 1st leg 2:1. This match is a decisive one.

Key Players: Cristopher Toselli, one of the best Chilean goalkeepers, is the guy to keep your eyes on in Universidad Católica. Palestino striker, Marcos Riquelme, is the league top scorer with 10 goals.

First Time: While Palestino didn't won the league since 1978, the women team made a great history this season, with their first title ever. At the final they won 2:1 against Colo Colo, who won the last 10 national titles.

Professional (like these goals)

What? FC Goa – Chennaiyin FC (Indian Super League)

When? Sunday, 1430

Where? Fatorda Stadium, Goa

Why? The 2nd edition of the ISL is coming to its end, and we will have new champions – Goa or Chennai. Goa finished at top spot in the regular season, so they have the home advantage. Chennaiyin, last year’s runner-ups, eliminated former champions Atlético de Kolkata in the semifinals, and will hope to finish one place higher than last year.

Key Players: Forget about the old famous foreigners. Don't miss FC Goa's Jonatan Lucca, 21 years old Brazilian midfielder, that previously failed to play in AS Roma senior team and today shines in India. On the other side we have Chennaiyin's Stiven Mendoza, 23 years old Colombian striker and the league top scorer with 12 goals.

Indian World Champions: Each of the teams has a crew of owners which include businessmen, Bollywood stars and cricket players.  Virat Kohli of FC Goa and M.S Dhoni of Chennaiyin were both part of the Indian cricket team who won the2011 World Cup.

World Class (like this goal)

What? Defence Force – North East Stars (TT Pro League)

When? Saturday, 2100

Where? Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain

Why? After 7 weeks, the league of Trinidad and Tobago is extremely tight. Just 4 points separates the 1stand the 7th place and it seems that the season will stay close all the way to the finish. Defence Force are in on 1st place with 14 points, lost only once this season, while North East Stars, are behind on 3rd with 13 points.

Key Players:  Devorn Jorsling, Defence Force striker, is one of the veteran players of the club, playing at the club for 11 seasons. In North East Stars you can find Neveal Hackshaw, a 20 years old midfielder that already played several times for the senior national team.

To the Reserves: Ross Russell was a player and a manager at Defence Force for 26 years, winning 10 league titles. In January 2014 he had to retire due to the end of his military service.