Ivory Coast

Weekend Guide 20.2.2016

Every week we try to surprise you and bring you the best matches, which you never would thought about. This week we will be in Croatia, we’ll take a short visit to Côte d'Ivoire and finally, a chill out at Aruba.

(All the hours are in CET local time)

Amateur (Like this referee)

What? Dinamo Zagreb – Rijeka (Croatian Prva HNL)

When? Sunday, 1700

Where? Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb

Why? After years of one club domination, we finally have great competition in the Croatian league. Dinamo Zagreb won the domestic championship for 17 times and last season they completed their 10th consecutive title. After two years as runner-ups, Rijeka will try to win the title this year, as they are just 2 points behind Dinamo.

Key Players: Dinamo Zagreb have talented player named Marko Pjaca, 20 years old striker that had 6 caps for Croatia national team. Rijeka surprised everyone in January with the signing of Mario Gavranović, a Swiss international who left Zürich and scored on his debut last week.

The Italian Guys: Until the World War II, the city of Rijeka was part of Italy and named Fiume. Back then, the local club named Fiumana played in the Serie C and even reached the Serie B for one season. During the World War II, the club dissolved and established few years later as nowadays Rijeka.

Professional (like this goal)

What? Moossou – Stade d'Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1)

When? Saturday, 1630

Where? Stade de Bassam, Grand-Bassam

Why? We have a tremendous opening for the Ivorian league, when four teams are tied at the first place after 7 matches. Among them you can find Stade d'Abidjan, one of the biggest clubs in Ivorian football history, and Moossou - the league’s sensation in their first ever top tier season.

Key Players: Moossou is having a great season thanks to Dominique Anderson, which even got the call-up for the national team African Nations Championship fixture last month. In Stade d'Abidjan you should focus on Soualiho Coulibaly, a veteran player that arrived from Séwé Sport, after winning 3 domestic titles.

The First Title: Stade d'Abidjan is the first Ivorian club ever to win a continental title. In 1966 they won the African Cup of Champions Clubs after defeating Real Bamako from Mali.

World Class (like this goal)

What? RCA – Dakota (Aruba Division di Honor)

When? Sunday, 0130

Where? Trinidad Stadium, Oranjestad

Why? The league in Aruba is at the midpoint and the race for the title is getting closer from match to match. The current champions, Racing Club Aruba, known as RCA, are in the 1st place with 27 points. Dakota are in the 3rdplace, but just two points behind.

Key Players: Don't miss Steve Melchor, RCA striker and one of the best scorers in the league with 13 goals. Dakota's young defender Nickenson Paul is the biggest hope of the Aruban football and led the U-20 team to their debut U-20 CONCACAF Championship in 2015.

The Colony: As a former Dutch colony, many players from Aruba play for the Netherlands national team, among them you can find Hedwiges Maduro and Demy de Zeeuw.

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