Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Iniesta out for Barca in uncertain times for the club and Catalonia

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga
Mainz 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Serdar 71')-(Bell OG 37')

Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Nice
(Cavani 3', 21', Dante OG 52')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Puebla 3-0 Pumas UNAM
(Escoboza 17', Torres PK 61', Acuna 70')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Andres Iniesta will be out for Barcelona this afternoon when his club travels to Basque Country to face Athletic Bilbao thanks to a thigh. While this match faces a possibly sympathetic opposing fan base, Barcelona is likely not get get much love from the majority of Spain for the time being. Their close alignment with the Catalonian independence movement hasn't exactly endeared them to supporters of keeping a united country together.

The region faces a large degree of uncertainty after yesterday's declaration of independence and the Spanish government's swift denial of said declaration. Let's hope they all can find a peaceful resolution to this situation, however long it takes. The last thing this world needs is another civil war.

Barcelona, meanwhile, face just as much uncertainly. They don't know if La Liga will allow them to remain in their league if Catalonia independence wins out. As unimaginable as that may be, politics may get in the way and they may end up a giant club without a home. Not that such a fate will keep them from supporting their fans. Their "Mes que un club" motto has always aligned them with the Catalonian people, and they aren't going to back down from that now.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Manchester United v. Tottenham- 7:30am- NBCSN
Arsenal v. Swansea City- 10am
Crystal Palace v. West Ham- 10am- NBC Universo
Liverpool v. Huddersfield Town- 10am- CNBC
Watford v. Stoke City- 10am
West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester City- 10am- NBCSN
AFC Bournemouth v. Chelsea- 12:30pm- NBC

Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen v. FC Köln- 9:30am
Hannover 96 v. Borussia Dortmund- 9:30am
Hertha Berlin v. Hamburg SV- 9:30am
Schalke 04 v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am- Univision Deportes
TSG Hoffenheim v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 9:30am
Bayern Munich v. RB Leipzig- 12:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Alaves v. Valencia- 7am
Atletico Madrid v. Villarreal- 12:30pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Barcelona- 2:45pm- beIN
Sevilla v. Leganes- 4:30pm

Serie A
AC Milan v. Juventus- 12pm- beIN
AS Roma v. Bologna- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Bordeaux v. AS Monaco- 11am
Caen v. Troyes- 2pm
Dijon v. Nantes- 2pm
Guingamp v. SC Amiens- 2pm
Montpellier v. Stade Rennes- 2pm
Strasbourg v. Angers- 2pm

Liga MX
Cruz Azul v. Tigres UANL- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Queretaro v. Atlas- 6pm- ESPN Deportes
Monterrey v. Club America- 9pm- Univision Deportes
Leon v. Veracruz- 9:06pm
Necaxa v. Lobos BUAP- 10pm- ESPN Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara v. Club Tijuana- 10:06pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
Puerto Rico FC v. New York Cosmos- 7pm
Miami FC v. FC Edmonton- 7:30pm- ESPN3
San Francisco Deltas v. Jacksonville Armada- 9pm- NASL.com

USL Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals
Swope Park Rangers v. Sacramento Republic- 5pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Rochester Rhinos- 7:30pm- YouTube
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. New York Red Bulls II- 7:30pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Oklahoma City Energy- 9:30pm- YouTube

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