Weekend time! The battle for the title in Montenegro, the clubs who try to be big in Japan, and the next generation of Latin American youngsters. Vamos!
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this goalkeeper)
What? Mladost Podgorica – Rudar Pljevlja (Montenegrin Prva Liga)
When? Saturday, 1430
Where? Stadion FK Mladost, Podgorica
Why? It's the first match of the season between the two leaders, fighting for the national title. Mladost are currently in 1st place, dreaming about their first title ever, and the reigning champions Rudar are in 2nd, just 1 point behind.
Key Players: Marko Šćepanović is the main player of Mladost, scored 6 goals in 6 matches. Rudar will thank their goalkeeper Miloš Radanović, who had 5 clean sheets while the team has the best defending record in the league.
National revival: The Montenegrin football wasn't dominant before the independence. Budućnost, the leading club in Montenegro reached the Yugoslav cup final twice and defeated by Croatian sides, Dinamo Zagreb in 1965 and Hajduk Split in 1977.
Professional (like this guy)
What? Sanfrecce Hiroshima – Kawasaki Frontale (Japanese J1 League)
When? Saturday, 0700
Where? Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima
Why? The Japanese league has a new system this year. There are two stages, while the champions of each stage qualify for the playoffs alongside the two best teams. In the second stage, Sanfrecce Hiroshima is leading with 28 points and Kawasaki Frontale are on the 5th place with 23 points, so each game can be decisive for the first place.
Key Players: The two best scorers of this stage will be fielded, and both of them will try to show us some lightings. Hiroshima's Douglas scored 16 goals and Kawasaki's Yoshito Ōkubo scored 21 goals. Both of them are the second stage top scorers with 10 goals each.
Don't Stop Me Now: Kazuyoshi Miura, holds the Japanese records for the oldest player and the oldest scorer. Miura is 48 years old, plays at a second division club Yokohama FC since 2005.
World Class (like this guy)
What? Mexico – Argentina (U-17 World Cup)
When? Monday, 0000
Where? Estadio Municipal Nelson Oyarzún Arenas, Chillán
Why? After the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, Chile will host the U-17 World Cup to watch some more next generation superstars. Group C will be the group of death, Australia and Germany drawn with another two teams that have plenty of talent. These two are Mexico and Argentina, two teams with a great history in the competition.
Key Players: When Mexico won the CONCACAF U-17 title, Pablo López of Pachuca was one of the team leaders and even was the tournament MVP. In Argentina everyone will look on San Lorenzo's Tomás Conechny, who led Argentina to the second place in the South American championship.
I Believe I Can Fly: Well, except from being our key player, Tomás Conechny have some more stories. During the South American championship, Conechny played FIFA video game with his friends. He was so excited, that he fell off the window. Thankfully, the 10 feet crush ended with broken leg only.