TGIGF! “The ten most important matches for us – the newish American fans of the global game – to follow.” Noob hopes the advent if the World Cup has brought many new patrons so that you can learn some fun stuff about the game, its leagues and such.
There are three World Cup matches today, and it goes without saying that all are “more important” than anything else going on in the football-world. Noob plans on just previewing one each day early on, with priority given to CONCACAF, top-ranked Euro, South American, and other world teams, in that order.
Noob will continue to spend much of this space on top matches from other domestic leagues and cup tournaments, if for no other reason than to be different from the myriad of other soccer coverage out there.
Portugal vs Spain – FIFA World Cup
#4 versus #10 FIFA-ranked teams in the world face off here. These two are expected to advance as the top finishers in this Group, and easily. The question will be who actually wins the Group, which will matter for Knockout Round seeding.
Ronaldo for Portugal and Silva for Spain are the two biggest stars playing today in a match bursting with them. Also, and strangely – Spain fired their undefeated head coach two days ago. What the fruit?
There. Just enough to get you through water cooler-level chat. Noob knows more in-depth coverage is out there. I’ll be checking it out and learning myself!
RESULT: 3-3 A match for the ages! Ronaldo with all three goals for Spain and Diego Costa with a pair for Portugal.
B. Castle Rolf vs. Suddery – Isle of Sodor Premier Cup
Three matches today in the IOS Cup. This is the best one, as two Group E teams from the Premier League clash. Castle Rolf finished 5th in the last PL table. Suddery has an uncharacteristically poor year, sliding to 9th.
Castle Rolf have the closest thing to a good defense on Sodor. They gave up just 1.1 goals per match last season. Suddery seemed to be victims of bad luck, leading the league in shots that hit woodwork by a wide margin (39!)
At least Noob assumes so. Sodor is an odd place…
3. Cobresal vs. CD Everton – Copa Chile
It’s the Second Round in Chile’s FA Cup and 32 teams remain. This match should be a doozie. Cobresal are the top performer this year in the country’s second division. C.D. Everton are in dead last in the Primera Division.
The first match of this two-legged tie at C.D.E. ended in a scoreless draw. Noob still thinks Cobresal will be over-performing if they keep this one a draw again and force penalty kicks. They’re in different leagues for a reason, plain and simple.
Fun Fact: El Salvador, Actama, Chile is more mining camp than anything else, where Cobresal are from.
RESULT: Cobresal 1-1 / 4-5 pk
Ventsplis vs. Spartaks – Latvian Higher League
Welcome to the 41st-ranked league (of 54) in Europe. Impressive? Perhaps not. But as Noob is taking to saying this time of year – hey, they’re playing!
These two are #B and #3 in this eight-team league. They’re pretty even statistically. RFS is the class and goal-scoring machine of this league.
RESULT: Spartaks 1-2
Ventsplis’ crest is solid enough, yet would look even better as a key chain.
Plavinas DM vs. Auda – Latvia Cup
Let’s double dip in Lativia! Second Round action, 32 teams remain. Unlike in Chile, this tournament is Knockout – one match and done.
Noob doesn’t have a lot to add for this one; just know that it’s happening. Plavinas DM are a third-tier team, but I have no idea of what quality. Auda are a second-division side, 8th place.
Fun Fact: On Mythbusters, the idea that double-dipping a chip into dip spread as much bacteria as just sticking one’s whole mouth in the dip was debunked.
RESULT: Auda 1-9 not a typo
Brittons Hill vs. Weymouth Wales – Barbados Premier
This league is divided into what they label “zones”, as opposed to divisions. These two are 1st and 3rd in one of them.
Each zone this year has one team absolutely laying waste to the rest. Weymouth Wales is one of those. They’ve outscored teams this year by a ridiculous 36-5 margin. They’ll be playing Barbados Defence Force from the other zone for the league title eventually.
The best players in Barbados can shoot Spidey-webs..
APR vs. Rayon Sports – Rwanda National League
Rwandan top-flight teams have done just enough to move into the CAF rankings for next year, moving into a tie for 26th. Hey, they’re playing!
APR are #B and part of a two-team race for this league’s title and CAF Champions League berth. Rayon Sports are just a spot back, but seven points behind them and the season is over two dozen matches in. Apr are better on both sides of the ball, if not by leaps and bounds. This is a key home match to not blow if they want to keep pace with AS Kigali.
Fun Fact: APR stands for Armée Patriotique Rwandaise (FC)
RESULT: APR 2-1
Sporting de Cabinda vs. Kabuscorp – Angola Girabola
Angola’s top league climbed to #13 in this year’s continental rankings – just one spot shy of earning themselves a second CAF Champions League berth.
Kabuscorp are in a three-way tie for 1st place. Noob read somewhere that this club had been penalized table points for financial naughtinesses, but such is not reflected in the table out there Noob most trusts.
Kabuscorp is the offensive terror of the league. This is a bad matchup for mid-table SdC, as they have trouble scoring.
RESULT: now slated for tomorrow
That shaded area is the exclave province of Cabinda, separated from the country by DR Congo territory.
Cheng Fung vs. Alfandega – Macao Premier
This is the 33rd-ranked league in Asia, of 46 associations. The real battle in this one will be between #B and 3rd place. Cheng Fung is in 4th. Today is a day they can start to make a move on placing, Alfandega are last place with just one win and no draws in 15 matches.
Noob handicaps this match at +5 goals. Alfandega have only scored 5 all year while allowing a staggering 79.
Fun Fact: That’s a really, really bad goal differential.
RESULT: Cheng Fung 1-0 Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Cheng Fung.
Guarani vs. Sao Bento – Brazil Serie B
10th versus 6th doesn’t sound like much, but the top four get promoted to Serie A at season’s end. Sao Bento haven’t shown yet that they have offense to compete with the top contenders here. These need to pick up evenly-matched road games like these to hope to make the climb.
Fun Fact: Sao Bento’s club was founded by horse tack manufacture employees.
So long from Cateye-witness News newscat and me. Sorocaba, Sao Bento, Brazil. Signing off.