It's football time! This weekend we will visit the newly born derby of Sydney, a 'Good Old Times' clash in Iran and a match between the two rising clubs of the Balkans.
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Amateur (Like this guys)
What? Sydney FC – Western Sydney Wanderers (Australian A-League)
When? Saturday, 1030
Where? Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Why? It's only the 10th ever Sydney derby in the A-League era, but and it's already one of the best rivalries in this league. When Sydney FC is the host side, the stadium is full with 40,000 fans that make an extraordinary atmosphere in Australian terms.
Key Players: In Sydney FC we should focus on the captain, Alex Brosque, who led the team for the A-League final last season. Western Sydney Wanderers have Nikolai Topor-Stanley, who play for the club since its establishment, and led the team to its greatest moment - winning the AFC Champions League in 2014.
A-Legend: In order to have legendary match, you need legendary players. Sydney FC won the first ever derby in October 2012 and the first ever scorer was Alessandro Del Piero. The Italian Prince went for it. Just watch the madness.
Professional (like this guy)
What? Sepahan – Esteghlal (Iran Pro League)
When? Monday, 1430
Where? Fooladshahr Stadium, Isfahan
Why? A clash between the two league leaders, as Esteghlal leading the ladder and Sepahan are two points behind in 2nd. Historically it's more than another match. It's a match between two of the largest cities, Tehran and Isfahan, and two of the biggest clubs of Iranian football.
Key Players: Sepahan have one of the Iranian hot prospects for the future, Ali Karimi. He is not the former Bayern Munich player, but a promising young fella, just 21 years old. Esteghlal's main figure is Omid Ebrahimi, who scored 5 goals in his first 8 matches, and was part of Iran squad for the last Asian Cup.
Continental Luxury: In 2012, the teams faced for an historical match in the AFC Champions League, round of 16. Sepahan defeated Esteghlal 2:0 and qualified for the next stage. Sepahan was eliminated in the quarter finals after losing to the eventual runner-ups, the Saudi Al-Ahli.
World Class (like this guy)
What? Feronikeli – Trepça'89 (Kosovo Superliga)
When? Saturday, 1330
Where? Rexhep Rexhepi Stadium, Drenas
Why? Feronikeli made a sensational season last year, winning the club’s first ever title. The club is in 3rd place with 19 points at the moment, trying to defend the title. Meanwhile, Trepça'89, the smaller club of Mitrovicë, leading the table with 21 points. It is going to be another Classy Balkan clash.
Key Players: Feronikeli is based on Behar Maliqi, one of the heroes of last season’s heroic title, who made also 3 caps for Kosovo national team. In Trepça'89 you can't miss Blerand Kurtishaj, one of the young top guns of the domestic league.
All around the World: The war in Kosovo led many families to immigrate from the area. Today there are over than 80 players, 46 out of them in Switzerland, which plays for different European youth and senior national teams.