The A-Z of the Weekends EE Football.

Posted on November 19, 2012

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Yes, Slovenia, you are in Eastern Europe in my head.

Not much happened in Albania this weekend, with reigning champions Skenderbeu winning 2-1 away at Kastrioti to extend their lead to 4 points with a game in hand. Skenderbeu are unbeaten after 10 games, and I hereby predict they will win the league by at least 15 points. Done. Shakhtyor Salihorsk cut BATE’s lead at the top in Belarus to 4 points after a 3-1 win against relegation threatened Belshina. BATE, champions for the last 6 seasons, could only draw 0-0 at Slavia, who are in the middle of a miserable run of 1 win in 11. The Sarajevo stronghold continued in Bosnia, with both FK Sarajevo and Zeljeznicar winning to stay way clear at the top. My beloved Velez suffered a miserable 3-0 home defeat a Vrapcici against another Sarajevo side, Slavija. Not good boys. There was a big top of the table clash in Bulgariaand it was won by last seasons fairy tale club Ludogorets against one of the big boys of Bulgarian football, Levski Sofia. Ludogorets moved a point clear at the top after the victory. In Croatia, Dinamo Zagreb got back to winning ways, demolishing Zadar 5-0 to take their lead to an unbelievable 10 points. A 4th straight win for Viktoria Plzen kept them top of the league in the Czech Republic, with Sparta and Jablonec keeping the pressure on with wins of their own.

2 early goals were enough to give Gyori the win and a 6 point lead in Hungary, although they have new nearest challengers in MTK after they won 2-0 away at Debrecen. The reigning champions have now lost 4 on the bounce, and find themselves 9 points behind Gyori. We have new leaders at the top in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (Hey Anastasija!), as Turnovo could only manage a draw away at Metallurg. Vardar from the capital replace them at the top. In Moldova, Dacia (who  I famously led to the Champions League [yes in the real world] a year ago), could only draw at 3rd place Triaspol, so the lead of Sheriff grows. This league is not very competitive at all. Rudar were surprisingly hammered 4-0 away at Grbalj and as such drop to 3rd in Montenegro, with Buducnost and Sutjeska jumping above them. In Poland, one of the most intense games in all of Europe was surprisingly one sided as Legia Warsaw came away from Lech Poznan with all 3 points, to create a bit of daylight at the top of the table between them, their vanquished foes and Polonia, who could only muster a disappointing draw at home to Gornik Zabrze, ruining my accumulator in the process. Stuff happened in Romania, but all the team names are too long and I can’t be bothered to type them out. Steaua are still top, by a long way.

As well as the aforementioned vagina firecracker incident in Moscow, Russia had a fairly uneventful weekend. With Anzhi drawing at home to Rostov, CSKA were able to move 5 clear with a dominant win at home to Amkar. Rubin continued their wonderful run, 16 games without a draw, and find themselves up to 4th. Nothing could be more different for Mordovia however, who suffered a 5th straight defeat and find themselves rooted the to the bottom. The Eternal Derby, which provided one of the best travel memories of my entire life, ended dramatically again, with Red Star coming from behind twice to win 3-2 against Partizan. They have now closed the gap in Serbia to 5 points. Red Star’s record against Partizan in 2012 has been fantastic, but silly dropped points against lesser sides continues to hinder them.

Capital club Slovan Bratislava needed only an early goal at Senica to stay top in Slovakia, and in Slovenia Maribor (who I recently won the Yugoslav league with [yes in the real world]) demolished Gorica 6-1 to continue their dominance at the top. They are 6 points clear with 2 games in hand. Stop betting on them. Marcos Tavares, my title winning captain, grabbed a hat trick in the abbatoir. Finally, a shock in Ukraine as Shakhtar’s perfect start to the season was ruined by Arsenal Kiev. with the Cannoneers running out 2-0 winners. Shakhtar’s record now reads ‘P16 W15 D0 L1’. They stay 11 points clear with a goal difference of plus 37. PLUS 37.

Dobro, hajde, ciao.

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