The Weekend Recap is here with Assyrian refugees, the surprising teams of Peru and the league that can be played in two different continents.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this guy)
What? Assyriska – Syrianska (Swedish Superettan)
When? Sunday, 1400
Where? Södertälje Fotbollsarena, Södertälje
Why? It's not that common we visit Western Europe, but the Assyrian derby of Sweden is an event you don’t want to miss. The Assyrian people are originally from a wide region in West Asia, each team is recognized with different origin – Assyriska formed by refugees from Turkey and Syrianska formed by mixture of immigrants from Syria and Iraq.
Key Players: As both teams are Assyrians, the key players hold the same ethnicity. In Assyriska it’s David Durmaz, the veteran defender who started his 11th season in the club. In Syrianska, you cannot miss Saman Ghoddos, the team’s top scorer at the moment, with 7 goals.
Everything for the national team: In 2014, a team of Assyrian players won the bronze medal in the ConIFA World Cup.
Professional (like this guy)
What? Universidad San Martín – Juan Aurich (Peruvian Primera División)
When? Tuesday, 0300
Where? Estadio Alberto Gallardo, Lima
Why? After the bad performance in the Aperutra, Universidad San Martín is now the most surprising team, as they are on the 3rd place with 7 points after 4 games. Meanwhile, Juan Aurich wants to qualify once again to the league finals, and they are in 2nd place with a perfect record of 9 points in 3 games.
Key Players: Universidad San Martín will base on their midfielder Joel Sánchez, who was part of the Peruvian national team that reached the 2015 Copa América third place. Juan Aurich wish to see some goals from Luis Tejada, one of the heroes of the club's sensational title in 2011.
Yes, sir: You probably ask yourselve who is Juan Aurich? Well, the answer is strange – the team was founded by workers from hacienda Batán Grande, which Don Juan Aurich used to own and manage.
World Class (like this guy)
What? Saint-Pauloise – AS Excelsior (Championnat de La Réunion)
When? Saturday, 1800
Where? Stade Paul-Julius-Bénard, Saint-Paul
Why? The French overseas territory of Réunion have very interesting league with a close race for the title. After 14 rounds, there are only 5 points between the 1st and the 5th place.
Key Players: Last summer the Réunion national team won the luxurious gold medal in the Indian Ocean Games, with few of these clubs key players. Alexandre Loricourt, Saint-Pauloise midfielder, was the scorer of the decisive goal in the semifinals, and Gaël Payet, AS Excelsior defender, helped his team to keep a clean sheet.
Between Europe and Africa: If one of the teams in in Réunion will win the double, it can theoretically play in two continental competitions from different continents; As champions at the African CAF Champions League, and as the cup winners, they will qualify for the French Cup and the Europa League. Last remains of colonialism, someone?