Get your seats back, this is the BabaGol weekend recap, and we have three tremendous matched for you: A Mexican Clásico match, a top clash in Israel, and a visit to an African superpower scenario, at Nigeria. Enjoy!
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this guy)
What? Cruz Azul – América (Liga MX)
When? Sunday, 0000
Where? Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Why? Two of the biggest teams in Mexico City will play in El Clásico Joven, The Juvenile Classic. After two defeats in the opening of the season, América won their last four matches and now they are in the 3rd place. Cruz Azul are far behind in the 14th place, but in this league the top 8 will qualify to the Liguilla, the tournament’s playoffs, so everything is possible.
Key Players: Marc Crosas is one of the biggest names of Cruz Azul. The former Barcelona's hot prospect successes Mexico way more than in the European football. In América you should look for the Argentine forward Darío Benedetto, a real goals-machine, with 6 goals in his first 5 league games.
Professional (like this guy)
What? Hapoel Be'er Sheva – Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israeli Ligat Ha'al)
When? Sunday, 1945
Where? Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem
Why? Two teams with big aspirations for title will play in the 2nd matchday of the league. Both of the teams won their first match, but Maccabi Tel Aviv made another great achievement as they qualified to UEFA Champions’ League group stage. Maccabi Tel Aviv also want to win their fourth consecutive title, while Hapoel Be'er Sheva want to win their first title in 40 years.
Key Players: It's impossible to speak about Maccabi Tel Aviv without mentioning Eran Zahavi, the captain and the league top scorer in the last two seasons. One of the main players in Hapoel Be'er Sheva is Ovidiu Hoban, the Romanian national team midfielder, that except from passing, he also knows to score from long-distance range.
World Class (like this guy)
What? Wikki Tourists – Sunshine Stars (Nigeria Premier League)
When? Sunday, 1700
Where? Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi
Why? The race for the Nigerian title is still close as only 5 games left. Enyimba, maybe the best team in Nigeria, lead the league, but these two teams still dream on a title. Wikki Tourists are at the 4th place, 7 points from the top spot, while Sunshine Stars are in 2nd place, with a gap of just 2 points.
Key Players: Wikki Tourists good season is all about Mubarak Umar. As the team’s forward, Umar is one of the top scorers in the Nigerian league. At Sunshine Stars you can find Tunde Adeniji, 19 years old Nigerian youngster, who has the potential to star in Europe one day.