Welcome to the launching of the new blog in which I will try to bring you the latest from the top European leagues. The main focus will be on the Spanish, German, French and Dutch leagues, but as a huge football fan, I am always open for suggestions to expand to other leagues of interest. Enjoy!
Spanish Primera Division (Liga BBVA)
Round 3 in Spain brought us the first big derby of the season (no, it wasn’t Clasico) between the top two teams from last season and Champions League finalists, the teams of Real and Atletico Madrid. La Liga title defenders won at Santiago Bernabeu thus proving Carlo Ancelotti’s side that they won’t give up the title without a fight. On the other side, the Galactico team which spent enormous amount of money to strengthen their squad, mainly the forward didn’t manage to create many chances to beat Moya on the goal of Atletico and scored the only goal from the white spot. Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao with Neymar’s brace in the last 10 minutes of the game, Sevilla didn’t have many problems with Getafe, while Valencia beat the team of Espanyol. A total of 23 goals were scored in this round which is 2.3 goals per game. The highest scoring game was between Rayo and Elche in which the away team won 2:3, while the games between Granada CF-Villareal and Malaga-Levante ended up with the unpopular 0:0.
After three rounds in the new season, familiar look at the top of the table as Barcelona leads the way with 3 out of 3 wins followed closely by Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid with 7 points from possible 9. At the bottom of the table we have Espanyol and Levante with only one point, while Rayo Vallecano, Almeria and Cordoba are still looking for their first win of the season.
The Germans also played the third round of this year’s championship. The game that was attracting everyone’s attention was Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg, not because it was expected to be a tight clash, but because of the return of Shinji Kagawa after the infamous spell in Manchester United. And the Japanese wizard answered the critics in a best possible way scoring a goal to give his team a solid 2:0 lead (the match ended with a 3:1 win for the team from Signal Iduna Arena). However, there was another match that stole the show this round and it was the clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen played on Friday and ended in an exciting 3:3 draw. Bayern Munich didn’t have any problems with VfB Stuttgart winning with the goals of Götze and Ribery. Mainz and Augsburg won away from home, Borussia Moenchengladbach surprised Schalke 04, while Hannover managed to beat Hamburger after which the coach of the away team Mirko Slomka „was shown a red card“ by the management. A total of 26 goals were scored in the 9 games which is almost 2.9 goals per game.
Bayer Leverkusen spoiled their 100% score with the draw but remained at the top of the table with 7 points, same as Bayern Munich and Hannover. At the end of the table some surprising names as Hamburger stuck at the bottom with only one point and 0:5 goal difference after three games. With only one goal scored above them is the team of VfB Stuttgart, while Schalke, Hertha and Freiburg complete the circle of teams with only a single point from the first 270 minutes of the new season.
French Ligue 1
In France we could witness the fifth round in which the home teams used their advantage winning 7 out of 10 games (only Marseille won away from home). The match to watch was between the former Ligue 1 title holders Lyon and Monaco in which the home team won with 2:1 thanks to the goals from Fekir and Tolisso, while Ocampos’s goal wasn’t enough for the team from Monte Carlo to bring any points from Stade de Gerland. The title defenders Paris SG also slipped on the tough away game against Rennes brining only a point home, Lille beat Nantes in a match in which the new Belgium star Divock Origi starred with a goal and assist. A total of 21 goals were scored in the 10 matches played this weekend. One encouraging fact is that there was at least one goal scored on every game.
After 5 rounds Lille and Paris SG are the only ones who haven’t tasted defeat and the former are leading the table with 11 points closely followed by Marseille, Bordeaux and St Etienne with 10 and PSG and Montpellier with 9. At the other end of the table Evian TG are almost hopeless with only one point, while the failed project team of Monaco is 19th together with Reims with just 4 points in 5 games.
The fifth round of Dutch Eredivisie saw the end of PSV’s four game winning streak and at the same time the end of the two game losing streak of Ajax. Zwolle are definitely the surprise after the first month winning 4 out of 5 games and with the win over PSV they will certainly be taken more serious in future. Ajax beat Heracles to get back on the winning tracks, Twente were better than G.A. Eagles, while Heerenveen surprised the former champions AZ Alkmaar with the goal of Sinkgraven. A total of 22 goals were scored on the 9 games played for an average of 2.4 goals per game.
The team of PSV remained at the top of the table, but they share the first place with Zwolle. Cambuur is third with 11 points, being the only team with Twente yet to be defeated this season. At the bottom of the table Heracles is still without points, Vitesse, Dordrecht and G.A. Eagles also in the relegation zone with 4 points.