Friday, February 26, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Happy FIFA Election Day

Today's Matches
Europa League- Round of 32 Second Leg
Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 Fenerbahce (1-3 on aggregate)
(Samedov 45')-(Topal 83')

Lazio 3-1 Galatasaray (4-2 on aggregate)
(Parolo 59', Anderson 61', Klose 72')-(Oztekin 62')

Rapid Vienna 0-4 Valencia (0-10 on aggregate)
(Rodrigo 59', Feghouli 63', Piatti 72', Vezo 88')

Liverpool 1-0 Augsburg (1-0 on aggregate)
(Milner PK 5')

Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Sporting CP (3-1 on aggregate)
(Bellarabi 29', 65', Calhanoglu 87')-9Mario 38')

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Olympique Marseille (2-1 on aggregate)
(Merino 81')-(Batshuayi 40')

Schalke 04 0-3 Shakhtar Donetsk (0-3 on aggregate)
(Marios 26', Ferreyra 63', Kovalenko 77')

Krasnodar 0-3 Sparta Prague (0-4 on aggregate)
(Marecek 51', Frydek 57', Fatai 70')

FC Basel 2-1 St. Etienne (4-4 on aggregate, FC Basel wins on away goals)
(Zuffi 15', 90+1')-(Bayal Sall 89')

Tottenham 3-0 Fiorentina (4-1 on aggregate)
(Mason 25', Lamela 63', Rodriguez OG 81')

Molde 1-0 Sevilla (1-3 on aggregate)
(Hestad 43')

Olympiakos 1-2 Anderlecht (1-3 on aggregate)
(Fortounis PK 29')-(Acheampong 103', 111')

FC Porto 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (0-3 on aggregate)
(Aubameyang 23')

Manchester United 5-1 FC Midtjylland (6-3 on aggregate)
(Bodurov OG 32', Rashford 63', 75', Herrera PK 87', Depay 90')-(Sisto 27')

Napoli 1-1 Villarreal (1-2 on aggregate)
(Hamsik 17')-(Pina 59')

The FIFA presidential election goes down all day today. The whole process begins bright and early this morning, with the first round of voting having begun at 7am. If one of the five candidates has more than two thirds of the vote, we will have a new global soccer czar. In the likely event that none of them garner that much, rounds of voting will continue until one candidate has a majority of the votes, with the lowest voted for candidate dropping off after each round.

The favorite is Sheikh Salman of Bahrain with Gianni Infantino, acting UEFA president as the universal second choice. Sheikh Salman has the backing of Africa and most of Asia, while Infantino has Europe secured.

The USA is choosing to vote for Prince Ali of Jordan, who will likely not win. They will seemingly go for Infantino once Ali is officially eliminated.

Given the choice, Price Ali would be my pick due to his standing up to Sepp Blatter in the last sham of an election and his rather defined calls for transparency and reform. However, since he is likely to lose pretty quickly, I'd have to back Infantino over the Sheikh, who has been linked to various human rights violations, although those allegations are unproven.

All signs point to Salman winning, however, so I guess get ready for our new Bahrani overlord to take office soon enough.

In other news, Antonio Conte to Chelsea is starting to develop legs. The Guardian, among other sources, is reporting that he is nearing a three year deal to become Jose Mourinho's successor as the club's manager.

Anthony Martial, who injured his hamstring last week warming up before Manchester United's defeat at Midtjylland, will not be out for long. Louis van Gaal says the injury is not serious and that he could return soon. This is good news for the battered Manchester United, who are without starting goalkeeper David de Ge, team captain Wayne Rooney, and plenty of other players at the moment. Marcus Rashford stepped in admirably in the second leg of their Europa League tie, scoring twice in their 5-1 victory to see them through to the round of 16.

Today's Matches
FC Koln v. Hertha Berlin- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Eibar v. Las Palmas- 2:30pm

Ligue 1
Nice v. Bastia- 2:30pm

Liga MX
Veracruz v. Pumas UNAM- 10:30pm- Univision Deportes

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