Soccer Insights – September Vol. 1

Deadline transfers, UEFA Europa League group stage draw and all the action from the most important soccer leagues. A new edition of Soccer Insights for you:


UEFA Europa League

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UEFA held a draw for the Europa league Group Stage early on Friday, revealing some exciting matchups that you could easily mistake by Champions League games. Group A looks really interesting, with former historical clubs such as Ajax, Celtic and Fenerbahçe taking on the modest Molde. We’ll also keep an eye on Borussia Dortmund, a club we had seen in the Champions League during the past few years, but will compete in the Europa League due to an awful first semester in the most recent Bundesliga season.

Deadline tranfers

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The transfer period gets wild during the last hours, as last minute signings occur at any time. Some interesting movements did occur, being Chicharito Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen the most notorious of them all. The Mexican star will play for the German side until 2018, with hopes of getting more minutes than with Manchester United and Real Madrid. It has also been widely reported that Real Madrid couldn’t sign Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea due to Manchester United sending the required documentations two minutes after the transfer window had closed for La Liga, a quite curious situation having in mind that everyone took the deal for granted. Here are the most relevant transfers from the last few days:

Player From To
Javier Hernández Manchester United Bayer Leverkusen
Jesús Corona FC Twente FC Porto
Miguel Layún Watford FC FC Porto
Adnan Januzaj Manchester United Borussia Dortmund
Julian Draxler Schalke 04 VFL Wolfsburg
Kevin De Bruyne VFL Wolfsburg Manchester City
Anthony Martial AS Monaco Manchester United
DeAndre Yedlin Tottenham Sunderland
Ramiro Funes Mori River Plate Everton
Victor Ibarbo AS Roma Watford FC

Premier League
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Results

Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal
Swansea 2-1 Manchester United
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
Southampton 3-0 Norwich
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City
Tottenham 0-0 Everton
Stoke City 0-1 West Brom

Table

1 Manchester City 12pts
2 Crystal Palace 9pts
3 Leicester 8pts
4 Swansea 8pts
5 Manchester United 76pts

Talking points

  • Manchester City continue to be unstoppable. Watford was their most recent victim in a game where Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal with the Citizens.
  • Three big upsets took place: Manchester United lost to Swansea, Liverpool was overwhelmed by West Ham and Crystal Palace shocked current champions Chelsea.
  • Arsenal still has scoring problems, they defeated Newcastle, but thanks to an own-goal by Fabricio Coloccini. The Gunners have scored 3 goals in four games, none of them at home.

La Liga
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Results 

Real Madrid 5-0 Real Betis
Barcelona 1-0 Málaga
Sevilla 0-3 Atlético de Madrid
Eibar 2-0 Athletic Club
Valencia 1-1 Deportivo de La Coruña
Getafe 1-2 Granada CF
Las Palmas 0-0 Levante
Real Sociedad 0-0 Sporting de Gijón
Villarreal 3-1 Espanyol
Celta de Vigo 3-0 Rayo Vallecano

Table

1 Celta de Vigo 6pts
2 Eibar 6pts
3 Atlético de Madrid 6pts
4 Barcelona 6pts
5 Real Madrid 4pts

Talking points

  • Real Madrid achieved their first victory under Rafael Benitez’ command. Colombian star James Rodríguez had a great game, scoring two ‘golazos’ for them.
  • Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Messi have scored so far in La Liga.
  • Eibar has defeated Athletic Club for the first time in their history.

Bundesliga
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Results

B. Dortmund 3-1 Hertha BSC
Bayern Munich 3-0 B. Leverkusen
VFL Wolfsburg 3-0 Schalke 04
Werder Bremen 2-1 B. Mönchengladbach
FC Köln 2-1 Hamburger SV
Mainz 05 3-0 Hannover 96
FC Augsburg 0-1 Ingolstadt 04
Stuttgart 1-4 Frankfurt
SV Darmstadt 98 0-0 Hoffenheim

Table

1 Borussia Dortmund 9pts
2 Bayern Munich 9pts
3 VFL Wolfsburg 7pts
4 FC Köln 7pts
5 Mainz 05 6pts

Talking points

  • Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich have not dropped any points yet. It seems that the two of them will fight for the title again, being closely followed by Wolfsburg.
  • Stuttgart and Mönchengladbach have lost all of their three games. The situation could get worse if the don’t manage to win any of their upcoming games, and relegation could become a real threat later in the season.
  • Thomas Müller leads the goalscoring table with 5 goals. He scored a brace against Bayer Leverkusen.

Serie A
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Results 

Roma 2-1 Juventus
Carpi 1-2 Inter Milan
AC Milan 2-1 Empoli
Chievo Verona 4-0 Lazio
Atalanta 2-0 Frosinone
Genoa 2-0 Hellas Verona
Napoli 2-2 Sampdoria
Torino 3-1 Fiorentina
Udinese 0-1 Palermo
Bologna 0-1 Sassuolo

Table

1 Chievo Verona 6pts
2 Torino 6pts
3 Inter Milan 6pts
4 Sassuolo 6pts
5 Palermo 6pts

Talking points

  • AS Roma defeated Juventus, who had never lost the first two games since the establishment of Serie A as the top league of Italy.
  • Chievo Verona shocked Lazio with a 4-0 score, they sit at the top of the table, along with other four clubs.
  • The newly promoted clubs – Empoli, Frosinone and Carpi – have yet to get any points in this season. I’t too early to make any judgements, but it’s not a good sign of what’s to come.

Ligue 1
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Results

Monaco 0-3 PSG
Caen 0-4 Lyon
Guingamp 2-0 Marseille
St. Etienne 2-1 Bastia
Bourdeaux 2-0 Nantes
Angers 1-1 Nice
Lille 1-0 Ajaccio
Reims 4-0 Lorient
Rennes 3-1 Toulouse
Troyes 0-0 Montpellier

Table

1 PSG 12pts
2 Reims 9pts
3 Rennes 9pts
4 Angers 8pts
5 Lyon 7pts

Talking points

  • Angel Di María finally made his PSG debut. He entered when they were already winning 2-0 at Monaco, and only needed 17 minutes to make a perfect pass to Edinson Cavani for the third goal.
  • Nabil Fekir, a young and promising player, has scored four goals in four games with Lyon. He recently signed a extension with the French side, and some say Manchester United is closely following his steps.
  • Reims, Rennes and Angers have shown pretty good performances in the beginning of the season, and it would be an interesting development if they manage to keep up with the top teams.

MLS
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Results 

New York Red Bulls 3-0 D.C. United
Philadelphia Union 0-1 New England Revolution
Orlando City SC 1-1 Chicago Fire
Colorado Rapids 2-1 Sporting Kansas City
FC Dallas 2-0 Real Salt Lake
Houston Dynamo 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 Portland Timbers
San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 LA Galaxy
New York City FC 1-2 Columbus Crew SC
Toronto FC 2-1 Montreal Impact


Tables

Eastern Conference

1 DC United 44pts
2 NY Red Bulls 42pts
3 Columbus Crew 41pts

Western Conference

1 LA Galaxy 46pts
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 45pts
3 FC Dallas 41pts

Talking points

  • Seattle Sounders got the victory in an intense game against Portland Timbers. Three goals and five yellow cards were part of the final balance.
  • Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco got sidelined due to injury, and will miss the two next games with Italy. The Canadian team claims he will be ready to play again next week.
  • LA Galaxy fantasy month came to an end. They had won all their three August games, but couldn’t keep the pace against San Jose Earthquakes.

Liga MX
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Results:

Cruz Azul 0-2 América
Veracruz 2-1 Monterrey
Santos 3-4 Pumas UNAM
Tigres 5-1 Querétaro
Pachuca 1-1 Atlas
Morelia 1-2 Tijuana
Dorados 1-0 Puebla
Toluca 1-2 León
Chivas 4-1 Chiapas

Table

1 León 18pts
2 UNAM 15pts
3 América 15pts
4 Veracruz 13pts
5 Puebla 12pts
6 Toluca 12pts
7 Tigres 10pts
8 Monterrey 10pts

Talking points

  • Cruz Azul’s awful form continued, the lost to América in a new edition of the “Clásico Joven”. Despite all the criticism from both fans and press, the club decided to back coach Sergio Bueno.
  • León, UNAM and América continue to be unstoppable. They’re slowly getting close to secure a place in the playoffs.
  • Chivas finally managed to win again, having a great game against Chiapas at home. Relegation is still dangerously close, so they¡ll have to up their play.

 

What to look out for this weekend

International break – The top leagues will not see action this weekend, as most players have reported for duty with their national teams. These are some games worth watching:

  • USMNT vs Peru – Friday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports/Univisión
  • Portugal vs France – Friday, September 4 at 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2/FOX Deportes
  • Mexico vs Trinidad and Tobago – Friday, September 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3/Univisión
  • Brazil vs Costa Rica – Saturday, September 5 at 4:00 p.m. ET on beIN SPORTS Connect
  • Colombia vs Peru – Tuesday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET (no TV in the U.S.)
  • USA vs Brazil – Tuesday, September 8 at 8:40 p.m. ET on ESPN2/Univisión
  • Argentina vs Mexico – Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Univisión
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