1. Guincamp vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Ligue 1
The Neymar debut is at hand! His former team it sounds like had been fumbling around related paper work on purpose. It’s been as if Barcelona is sending him off with “que te la pique on pollo”.
A visual explanation, courtesy of President Dubya, will follow at end of list.
B. Manchester United vs. West Ham United – English Premiere League
I know I could just refer to it as “EPL” or “the Premiere League”. Noob feels this is a little too informal so soon in our relationship. English Premiere League, let’s get to know each other a little first.
3. Santos vs. Veracruz – Liga MX
Veracruz only won one game and achieved no draws during the Apertura (last half-season).
4. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – Spanish Super Cup
This is the first Super Cup I’ve run across that isn’t a one-off. It is also the first time these two teams have met – known as “el Clasico” when they play – in the Super Cup since 2012.
5. Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – United Soccer League
If there were pro-rel (oooooh, Noob is fancypants) with a third division in U.S. Soccer, these two teams would be vying to stay up. But at least it’s a regional rivalry. Go, Canadia.
6. Kawasaki Frontale vs. Kashima Antlers – Japanese J-League
Hey, The Management, we actually have a game to offer you here as other than a sop! #4 vs. #1.
7. Seattle Reign vs. North Carolina Courage – National Women’s Soccer League
#4 vs. #1. And Seattle has Orlando Pride and (New Jersey’s) Sky Blue FC breathing down their necks for that final playoff spot.
8. Limon vs. Saprissa Costa Rican Premier
Last season’s #3 at #1. Noob understands Saprissa to be North America’s best clubs.
9. Plateau United vs. MFM FC Nigerian Professional League
#1 hosts #2. Noob was unable to quickly track down on the interblag if this league as a postseason tournament. If not, this may well be MFM’s last best chance to make up Plateau’s three-point lead in standings.
Go back a few posts to see the desperately weird and interesting bit about Mountain of Fire and Miracles. And know that Noob’s first thought had been they were sending out African Jeremy Renners to knock off J.K. Rowling, et al.
I just read there’s going to be a “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” sequel. So let me have my fun, Jeremy.
10. Juventus vs. Lazio Italian Super Cup
This match should be higher on the list, but Noob missed it off his notes initially. That said, this match may only be competitive because it’s actually on Lazio’s home pitch. Juventus won last season’s Coppa and League titles, so Lazio sneaks in by being that Coppa’s runner-up
Hail to the Chief…