After two days of matches, the last day will conclude the round of 16 stage. Which two teams will complete the list for the quarter finals?
Here we go with another Weekend Guide. We’re off for the semifinals in Mexico, a decisive match in Paraguay and the newly reborn league in Indonesia.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this defender)
What? Monterrey – América (Liga MX)
When? Sunday, 0330
Where? Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey
Why? Even though Monterrey finished 1st at the end of the regular season, they feel the pressure of an elimination. They lost to the 4th ranked América 0:1 in the first leg of the semifinals, and now need to win in order to remain in the title picture.
Key Players: Both teams have tremendous strikers who’ll have chance to score more. Rogelio Funes Mori of Monterrey (19 goals) and Oribe Peralta of América (17 goals) are the top scorers of their teams.
Who's the Boss: In the other semifinal, it’s Pachuca vs León. The interesting fact is that both have the same owners – two companies named Grupo Pachuca and Grupo Carso.
Professional (like that kick)
What? Libertad – Guaraní (Paraguayan Primera División)
When? Sunday, 0000
Where? Estadio Dr. Nicolás Léoz, Asunción
Why? Club Libertad are only one draw away from winning the title. Libertad are in 1st place, 3 points more than the reigning champions, Olimpia. Guaraní are in the 4th place and don't want any team celebrates against them. By the way, if Libertad will lose and Olimpia will win, the tie breaker will be a playoff match for the title.
Key Players: Every team needs veteran players, so we have two 36 years old players as the players to watch. In Libertad it’s Sergio Aquino, who plays for the club since 2006 and won 8 Paraguayan titles with the team. Julio César Cáceres of Guaraní is remembered from his periods in River Plate and Boca Juniors, as well his international career with Paraguay national team.
Coincidence: 61 international caps for Paraguay and being part of the squad in 2002 World Cup. You can say it about Julio César Cáceres, but you can say it also about his manager in Guaraní, Francisco Arce.
World Class (like this goal)
What? Perseru Serui – Persija Jakarta (Indonesia Super League)
When? Sunday, 0900
Where? Marora Stadium, Serui
Why? Political intervention prevented any Indonesian football last year, but now football is coming back to the country, with a great opening for the season. Persipura Jayapura, one of the biggest teams in Indonesia, tied for the 2nd place with 7 out of 9 points. They will travel to Perseru Serui, who’s ranked in the 8th place with 5 points.
Key Players: Amadou Gakou came as an anonymous striker from Mali, but until now he is on fire for Perseru Serui attack. Persija have their faith with Andritany Ardhiyasa, a 24 years old goalkeeper who plays for the team since 2010.
And nicknames for all: Perseru and Persija, alongside with names like Persipura or Persib have no meaning. It's actually a way to nickname the word Persatuan, which means unity or association in Indoensian.
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Amateur (like this goal)
What? Steaua București – Dinamo București (Romanian Liga I)
When? Sunday, 20:00
Where? Arena Națională, Bucharest
Why? The biggest match in Romanian football has 3 names - The Eternal Derby (Eternul Derbi), The Romanian Derby (Derbiul României) or The Great Derby (Marele Derbi). After 4 league’s matchdays, Steaua are on 2nd place and Dinamo are in the 3rd, both with 8 points and are equaled to the leaders, Târgu Mureș.
Good to Know: Two interesting facts about the teams’ logos. The Supreme Court of Romania stripped Steaua old logo in 2004, after the Romanian Army didn't allow them to use it anymore. Dinamo have two red dogs in the logo, in memory of the two stars of the team during the 60's and the 70's, Radu and Ion Nunweiller.
Key Players: If you are looking for the hottest summer transfer of Steaua, it will be Grégory Tadé, last season's Golden Boot winner who came from CFR Cluj. On the other side it will be Dorin Rotariu, one of the greatest young talents of Romanian football.
Professional (like this goal)
What? Olimpia – Cerro Porteño (Paraguayan Primera División)
When? Saturday, 22:00
Where? Estadio Manuel Ferreira, Asunción
Why? El Clásico Paraguáyo. Cerro Porteño is recognized with the lower class people, while Olimpia is familiar with the upper class. After 5 games in the Clausura, Olimpia leads with 11 points and Cerro Porteño are on 2nd place with only 1 point behind.
Good to Know: Last May, Cerro Porteño's Sergio Díaz has broken the record of the youngest scorer in the history of this clash. He was 17 years old, 1 month and 28 days. The previous record has been set in 1998 by the legendary Roque Santa Cruz.
Historic Moment: 1999 League Final. Olimpia tried to win their third consecutive title, and won the first leg at home 1:0. On the second leg, Cerro Porteño led in the 30th minute 2:0, but Olimpia managed to score three times, won 3:2 and snatched the title.
Key Players: It will be a dual of two Paraguayan top guns. Olimpia with Cristian Riveros, a 32 years old midfielder who made 90 international caps, scored 15 international goals and played in England and Turkey. Cerro Porteño's 37 years old defender, Carlos Bonet, has 73 caps and 3 World Cup tournaments.
World Class (like this goal)
What? Muangthong United – Bangkok Glass (Thai Premier League)
When? Saturday, 14:00
Where? SCG Stadium, Pak Kret
Why? In the middle of the season we have three-team race for the title, as all are tied with 38 points. Last week, Muang Thong United made a draw with the leaders Buriram. Now they are facing the third team in the race, Bangkok Glass.
Good to Know: Both teams have interesting nicknames. Muangthong United known as the Twin Qilin, as qilin is a mythical character in East Asian cultures. Their opponents, Bangkok Glass, have one of the weirdest nicknames I've ever heard for a football team -The Glass Rabbits. Say what?
Key Players: Meet two of the top footballers of Thai football. Muangthong United's Teerasil Dangda is one of the biggest stars in Thailand and was the first Thai player to play in Spain, for Almería. Bangkok Glass' Thanasit Siriphala, is a 19 years old midfielder who looks like Ronaldinho. Bola!