Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Bale back in training... again

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Ham 1-1 Leicester City
(Kouyate 45')-(Albrighton 8')

Hannover 96 1-1 VfB Stuttgart
(Fullkrug PK 76')-(Asano 24')

La Liga
Celta Vigo 1-0 Leganes
(Aspas PK 27')

Ligue 1
St. Etienne 2-2 Strasbourg
(Hernani 41', Monnet-Paquet 56')-(Aholou 44', Martin PK 63')

European League Tables

After a series on injuries and setbacks, Gareth Bale is once again training with Real Madrid. The Welshman has been out since the October international break with a calf injury. When he resumed practice after that, he injured his hamstring. Now, he's back again and hoping to get back to game action as soon as he can.

Kaka recently left Orlando City and is still considering returning to play somewhere. In the meantime, he is mulling over a chance to join the AC Milan front office, something he would love to do someday. Kaka is impressed with the direction of the club, especially their showing in the Europa League, though he feels they should be higher in Serie A. He may join the club as a director one day, but he needs to officially retire from playing first.

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick revealed he has a heart condition that's been keeping him out since September. He says he is cleared to practice after the irregular heartbeat subsided and he is hoping to get back in the game soon.

This was quite widely reported on Turkey Day, but the San Jose Earthquakes officially hired Mikael Stahre as their new head coach. The Swede has spent plenty of time coaching in various top flights, most recently leading BK Hacken to their first top four finish since 2012. He's also coached in Greece and China, but he's had the most success in his native land, winning Allsvenskan titles with AIK Fotboll  in 2009.

Two more teams made their departure from the NASL official. San Francisco Deltas announced their end as a franchise after one title winning season. This isn't unexpected and it's only announcing what we've known to be coming for some time. Everyone involved with the organization will get paid for their 2017 commitments at least. Also, FC Edmonton say they are withdrawing from the league and discontinuing professional franchise operations effective immediately. This vague statement means they aren't folding or anything. They are going to keep operating their academy and may still return as a pro team. It also means they aren't making a jump to the soon to debut Canadian Premier League, which is what they were expected to do.

This brings the NASL down to seven confirmed teams for next year, if they exist. North Carolina FC bolted for the USL, making three teams departing, while Cal United and San Diego 1904 are coming along, meaning only only two are replacing them so far. They reportedly have letters of intent from half a dozen or more NPSL teams to join up, but they are waiting for the results of their preliminary injunction appeal to make those official.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Crystal Palace v. Stoke City- 10am
Manchester United v. Brighton & Hove Albion- 10am- NBCSN
Newcastle United v. Watford - 10am
Swansea City v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Tottenham v. West Bromwich Albion- 10am- CNBC
Liverpool v. Chelsea- 12:30pm- NBC

Borussia Dortmund v. Schalke 04- 9:30am- FS1
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Bayer Leverkusen- 9:30am
FC Augsburg v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
RB Leipzig v. Werder Bremen- 9:30am- FS2
SC Freiburg v. Mainz- 9:30am
Borussia Moenchengladbach v. Bayern Munich - 12:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Alaves v. Eibar- 7am
Real Madrid v. Malaga- 10:15am- beIN
Real Betis v. Girona- 12:30pm
Levante v. Atletico Madrid- 2:45pm

Serie A
Bologna v. Sampdoria- 9am
Chievo Verona v. SPAL- 12pm
Sassuolo v. Hellas Verona- 12pm
Cagliari v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Stade Rennes v. Nantes- 11am
Caen v. Bordeaux- 2pm
Dijon v. Toulouse- 2pm
Metz v. SC Amiens- 2pm
Montpellier v. Lille- 2pm
Troyes v. Angers- 2pm

Liga MX Playoffs- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Tigres UANL v. Leon- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Morelia v. Toluca- 10pm- Univision Deportes

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