• Friday, 1 June 2012

    Marking your card #11

    But the football's all finished, right? WRONG! Football never ever stops. You just need to be a bit more creative to get your fix. Here's what we'll be keeping an eye out for this weekend.

    Promotion to Spain's Primera Division is up for grabs for either Celta Vigo or Real Valladolid. Celta play fifth-placed Cordoba and a point would do both - Celta for promotion and Cordoba to seal a play-off place. Valladolid play Guadalajara who need a win to stand a chance of staying up. Alcorcon and Hercules are in the play-off places at the moment, but only Almeria from outside can possibly make it in. They must beat relegated Alcoyano to stand a chance.

    It's the semi-finals of the Copa Argentina. After coming through a penalty shoot-out last Wednesday against Rosario Central, Boca Juniors face Deportivo Merlo in one game while River Plate take on Racing Club in the other. Since River's relegation, we've been denied superclasico action. Maybe the cup final? Fingers crossed.

    It's an international frenzy - meaning pretty much every domestic league still running is on hiatus - with World Cup qualifiers Africa, Oceania, Asia and South America. Pick of the African games is Tunisia v Equatorial Guinea while New Zealand's trip to Fiji is the only show iin town in Oceania. In South America, Uruguay, Venezuela and Argentina top the standings on seven points. It's Uruguay v Venezuela on Saturday with Argentina at home to Ecuador. With Brazil being the hosts, there's only nine sides in the competition and it's Paraguay who sit out this round.
    The Toulon tournament comes to a close with Mexico playing Turkey in Friday's final. It's France v Holland in the 3rd-place game.

    Finally, there's a Central Asian derby as Kyrgyzstan go to Kazakhstan for what is termed a friendly. USA v Canada should be fun too.

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