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The new season is starting, and we have a new format for our exclusive Weekend Guide.
The 'W' format - What? When? Where? Why? and much more. Yosport brings you the three matches you must follow this weekend, from all around the world. Enjoy!
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!