Hello football lovers, pundits and watchers…welcome to the League Football Roundup. This is where I bring you all the highlights of the past week in the football world.
As expected, I’ll be giving you updates from Europe’s remaining top league i.e the Italian Serie A which ended yesterday; transfer market news, awarding the best and worst player(s) of the past week and imparting general football knowledge.
In addition, I’ll be giving my best and worst XI of the season across Europe’s top 5 leagues along with substitutes. Without further ado, here’s the breakdown.
The Italian Serie A played its two finals matchdays this week with Ciro Immobile of Lazio leaving Cristiano Ronaldo in the dust in the race for the League’s golden shoe and consequently Europe’s Golden Boot.
League leaders Juventus lifted their 9th Scudetto in a row on Saturday despite the losses in the week to Cagliari and Roma respectively bringing their total points tally to 83 and second placed Inter’s to 82. Thus rounding up the Top 7 for UCL and UEL glory next season as follows: Juventus, Inter Milan, Atalanta, Lazio, Roma, AC Milan and Napoli; with Lecce, Brescia and Spal relegated to Serie B. Here are the fixtures…
TUESDAY, JULY 28TH 2020
Parma 1-2 Atalanta (Kulusevski for Parma. Malinovskiy and Gomez for Atalanta).
Inter 2-0 Napoli (D’ambrosio and Martinez).
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH 2020
Lazio 2-0 Brescia (Correa and Immobile).
Sampdoria 1-4 Milan (Askildsen for Sampdoria. Brace from Ibrahimovic, goals from Calhanoglu and Leao for Milan).
Sassuolo 5-0 Genoa (brace from Caputo, goals from Traore, Berardi, Raspadori).
Udinese 1-2 Lecce (Samir for Udinese. Mancosu and Lapadula for Lecce).
Verona 3-0 Spal (brace from DiCarmine and goal from Faraoni).
Cagliari 2-0 Juventus (Gagliano and Simeone).
Fiorentina 4-0 Bologna (hattrick from Chiesa and goal from Milenkovic).
Torino 2-3 Roma (Berenguer and Singo for Torino. Dzeko, Smalling and Diawara for Roma).
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1ST 2020
Brescia 1-1 Sampdoria (Torregrosa for Brescia. Leris for Sampdoria).
Milan 3-0 Cagliari ( Klavan o.g and Ibrahimovic and Castillejo for Milan).
Atalanta 0-2 Inter (D’ambrosio and Young).
Juventus 1-3 Roma (Higuain for Juventus. brace from Perroti, goal from Kalinic for Roma).
Napoli 3-1 Lazio (Fabian, Insigne and Politano for Napoli. Immobile for Lazio).
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND 2020
Spal 1-3 Fiorentina (D’alessandro for Spal. Duncan, Kouame and Pulgar for Fiorentina).
Bologna 1-1 Torino (Svanberg for Bologna. Zaza for Torino).
Genoa 3-0 Verona (brace from Sanabria and goal from Romero).
Lecce 3-4 Parma (Barak, Meccariello, Lapadula for Lecce. Lucioni, Caprari, Cornelius and Inglese for Parma).
Sassuolo 0-1 Udinese (Okaka for Udinese)
The English FA Cup Final was played on Saturday, August 1st at Wembley where Arsenal defeated London rivals Chelsea 2-1 (brace from Aubameyang for the gunners and goal from Pulisic for the blues). This win marked Arsenal’s 14th FA Cup title cementing them as the most successful club in FA Cup tournament history and ensuring a place in the Europa League after their 8th place EPL finish.
The best player of the week goes to Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Milan for his hattrick scored this past week and his stellar performance on the pitch. There are no worst players of the week but Juventus was dreadful, their defence lacks a certain quality.
In transfer news, Newly promoted Laliga side Cadiz have completed the signing of Alvaro Negredo on free transfer until 2022.
Former Watford boss Javi Garcia has been appointed as the new manager of Valencia.
Brighton have completed the signing of ajax an Netherlands defender Joel Veltman. Man city have bid €27m on Spanish wonder kid Ferran Torres.
Celta Vigo have unveiled Renato Tapia as their new player after joining from Feyenoord on free transfer. Birmingham city have appointed Aitor Karanka as their new manager.
Spanish club, Levante have completed the signing of winger Jorge de Frutos and striker, Dani Gomez from Real Madrid with both players signing a five year deal. Villarreal has appointed former Arsenal coach Unai Emery as manager of club.
Special mention to PSG who won the coupe de la Ligue trophy after beating Lyon 7-5 on penalties after a goalless FT match. Shout out to Porto who defeated rivals Benefica 2-1 to lift the Portuguese Cup on Saturday.
Congratulations to Ciro Immobile of Lazio for being the Serie A top goalscorer and winning the European Golden Boot (36goals to Robert Lewandowski’s 34) and also equaling Higuain’s record for most goals in a Serie A season. Congratulations to Papu Gomez of Atalanta for winning the player maker award (16 assists) and for having the most key passes this season (105). Congratulations to Samir Handanovic of Inter Milan and Juan Musso of Udinese for most clean sheets in the league (14 each).
My best and worst starting XI across Europe are as follows:
Europa League is set to kick off this Wednesday and Champions League on Friday… I’ll be back to discuss the fixtures ahead of the game and our favorites to win as well. Until next time guys…. Stay Safe!