Monday, 23 April 2018

Zambia - 2018 Premier League


The Zambian Premier League is the top division of the Football Association of Zambia. It was created in 1962.


In 2015, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has moved to restructure the Zambian league and will move to enact the new FAZ Premier League structure into law next month.
The Premier League transformed its structure into four (4) streams of the First Division 
Each first division stream will have 16 teams and has Zone One (Luapula, Copperbelt and North Western Provinces). Division 1 Zone Two (Lusaka and Eastern Provinces); Division One Zone Three (Northern, Central and Muchinga Provinces) and Division One Zone Four has Southern and Western provinces.
The Super League was expanded to 18 teams with two teams being relegated from the Super League.





The 2018 Zambian Premier League is the 57th season of the Zambian top-tier football league. The season began on 17 March 2018.






ZESCO United was the last champion

Source: http://fazfootball.com
             http://zambianfootball.co.zm
             https://www.themastonline.com

France - 2017/18 Ligue 2

Ligue 2 ( also known as Domino's Ligue 2 due to sponsorship by Domino's Pizza, is a French professional football league. The league serves as the second division of French football and is one of two divisions making up the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), the other being Ligue 1, the country's top football division. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with both Ligue 1 and the third division Championnat National. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 games each totaling 380 games in the season. Most games are played on Fridays and Mondays, with a few games played during weekday and weekend evenings. Play is regularly suspended the last weekend before Christmas for two weeks before returning in the second week of January.

The 2017–18 Ligue 2 season is the 79th season since its establishment. There are 20 clubs in the league, with three promoted teams from Championnat National replacing the three teams that were relegated from Ligue 2 following the 2016–17 season. All clubs that secured Ligue 2 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.

A relegation play-off will be held at the end of the season between the 18th-placed Ligue 2 team and the 3rd-placed team of Championnat National

You can find the fixture here



In the 2016-2017 season, Paris FC made the playoff/relegation final against US Orleans but lost over the two legged game on aggregate. Paris FC were then administratively promoted to Ligue 2 after SC Bastia were demoted to the third division for financial irregularities.

Quevilly-Rouen promoted to Ligue 2

Table


Stade de Reims have promoted to Ligue 1




Source: http://www.ligue1.com
             https://www.lequipe.fr
             https://www.facebook.com/DominosLigue2/
             http://www.paris-normandie.fr
             https://www.futbolfrances.com

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Gozo - 2017/18 Melita Second Division


The Gozitan Second Division, known as Melita Second Division for sponsorship reasons with Melita is the second and lowest level in the Gozo Football League. The league was first competed in 1948.
The Melita Second Division is played in the same manner as the First Division. It is based on three rounds, each team play each other three times, thus the teams in the Second Division play 18 games each in total. The season is usually held between September and April. At the end of the season, the champion is promoted to the First Division and the team finishing in the bottom of the First Division is relegated to the Second Division. A promotion/relegation playoff game takes place between the team placing second in the Second Division and the 6th placed team in the First Division.




The majority of matches of the second division are played at the Sannat Ground, however occasionally they are played at the Gozo Stadium.


Source: https://www.facebook.com/footballingozo/
             http://gozofa.com/

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

India - 2017/18 Super League


The fourth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) is slated to kickstart on November 17. The opening match will take place between two-time champions Atletico de Kolkata and two-time runners-up Kerala Blasters.

ISL is now the top-most tier in Indian football.

Changes:
  • A restructured format this year will see 10 instead of 8 teams participate in the league stages. The Tata-owned Jamshedpur FC and Federation Cup Champions FC Bengaluru are the new entrants. The ISL 2017 schedule, too, has been extended to last up to 5 months instead of the 3 (as in the last three editions). It will run from November to March.
  • The first three seasons had 61 matches each. ISL 2017 will have a total of 95 matches.
  • There is no marquee player system this season. The maximum number of foreign players in the playing 11 has been capped from six to five.
  • Each team can sign up to 17 Indian players now, up from the usual 14. Only two Indians above the age of 21 could be retained from last season.
  • The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has granted official status to the ISL, which means that the teams have more to play for than just silverware. They stand to gain a spot in the AFC Cup.

Facts:
  • Atletico de Kolkata has won two out of the three editions of ISL so far. In each winning tournament, they have only won 5 out of their 17 games. They have drawn more games (17) than any other side and thrive on defense. They won 2016 final against Blasters on penalties.
  • Irish legend and all-time top scorer Robbie Keane is the biggest signing of ISL 2017. He will most likely captain champions Atletico de Kolkata. The 37-year-old is an English Premier League veteran and has played 349 top-flight matches.
  • Five-time EPL winner and two-time Champions League winner Wes Brownis Kerala Blasters’ main signing this year. Brown was a permanent fixture in the back line under Alex Ferguson; he played more than 230 games for Manchester United.
  • There will be seven new coaches in ISL 2017. Steve Coppell has left Kerala Blasters to join new club Jamshedpur FC. The most significant change is that of champions Kolkata, who have hired United legend Teddy Sheringhamas their new coach, replacing title-winning Spaniard Jose Francisco Molina.
  • Indian captain and star striker Sunil Chhetri is the captain of FC Bengaluru. Chhetri scored 49 goals in 4 seasons of the I-League, twice of which his team finished as champions.
  • Kerala Blasters’ Iain Hume is the ISL all-time top scorer so far, with 23 goals in his three seasons. But he has never topped in any of the three, finishing third, second and second. Chennaiyin FC’s Jeje Lalpekhlua is the Indian top scorer with 14 goals to his name. Hume has also played the maximum amount of matches: 46.
  • Mumbai City FC goalie Amrinder Singh is the ISL’s most expensive goalkeeper this year. He won the Golden Glove Award in ISL 2016, with five clean sheets to his name in just six appearances, as his team reached the semifinals.
  • ATK is the only team to finish in the top 4 in the group stages of all three seasons. But they are yet to finish first – finishing fourth, second and fourth in ISL 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Each of the 10 teams will play 18 matches in the home-and-away league format. The semifinals will be two-legged, between the top four teams.
  • The opening ceremony on November 17 will feature superstars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Rivalries:
  • Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters have faced each other in two out of three finals, with Kolkata winning both. With new coaches for both consistent teams, this rivalry, which starts with the opening game, could just be the talking point of another season.
  • FC Goa, who finished last in ISL 2016 after topping the group stage in the season before that, will extend their rivalry against Chennaiyin FC, another team that underwhelmed last season after becoming champions in 2015. The two teams will look to take off from two seasons ago – both with new coaches that might take forward the fire between Zico and Marco Materazzi’s stint in 2015.
  • Another major rivalry in the offing is the Jamshedpur vs Kerala contest. Successful ex-Blasters coach Steve Coppell has been roped in by the newcomers, while many ex-Blasters players including Kervens Belfordhave signed on for the Tata-owned team.
  • The Blasters again can be in the midst of a searing new rivalry, as newcomers elite-league Bengaluru FC look to have their own little South Indian derby with their promotion to the first tier.






Source: https://twitter.com/indsuperleague
             https://in.bookmyshow.com
             https://www.indiansuperleague.com/

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Croatia - 2017/18 Druga HNL


The Croatian Second Football League  commonly Druga HNL or 2.HNL) is the second highest football league in Croatia. The league was formed in 1991 with the dissolution of the Yugoslav Second League and it is operated by the Croatian Football Federation.
Between the 2001–02 season and 2005–06 season, the league was split in two divisions, one being the Northern Croatian Second League and the other being the Southern Croatian Second League. Each of these two leagues comprised twelve teams playing under a system pretty much identical to the one in the Prva HNL. However, since the start of the 2006–07 season, the united Croatian Second League comprises twelve teams from the entire country. Relegation from this division is into one of the regional divisions of the Treća HNL.

The 2017–18 Croatian Second Football League (officially FavBet Druga liga for sponsorship reasons) is the 27th season of the Croatian Second Football League, the second level football competition for men's association football teams in Croatia, The season started on 18 August 2017 and is scheduled to end on 23 May 2018.
The league is contested by twelve teams and played in a triple round robin format, with each team playing every other team three times over 33 rounds.




Sibenik


Source: http://hns-cff.hr
             http://www.druga-hnl.com/
             https://www.facebook.com/HNLDruga/

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Morocco - 2017/18 Botola 2


GNF 2 (Groupement National de Football 2, also known as the Botola 2), is the second division of the Moroccan football league, behind the Botola, the highest football league in Morocco. It features 19 teams across the country that compete for the top two positions in the competition which at the end of the season allows them promotion to the Botola. Each season as well, the 3 bottom teams are all relegated to the third-level, GNFA 1.


The Moroccan Football Championship D2 2017-2018 is the 62nd edition of the Morocco D2 football championship. It opposes 16 clubs grouped in a single pool where teams meet twice, at home and away. At the end of the season, the last two are relegated and replaced by the first two clubs of the National Division, the equivalent of the D3 in Morocco. The first two places are qualifying for the Botola Pro 2018-2019.

Teams






Maghreb de Fès 




Source: http://sport-maroc.com
             http://www.frmf.ma

Friday, 23 February 2018

Moldova - 2017 Divizia Națională


The Moldovan National Division  is the top association football division of the Moldovan football league system. The competition was established in 1992, when the country became independent from the Soviet Union.
There are currently 10 teams in the competition. At the end of the season, the bottom club is relegated to the "A" Division and replaced by the lower league's champion.
Sheriff Tiraspol is the most successful league club with 16 titles, followed by Zimbru Chișinău with 8 wins. Dacia Chișinău, FC Tiraspol and Milsami Orhei also conquered the title on one occasion each.



The 2017 Moldovan National Division (RomanianDivizia Națională) is the 27th season of top-tier football in Moldova. This season would be a transitional one and would be played as a double round-robin tournament. This transitional season is a result of the Moldovan Football Federation's decision to change the Divizia Națională season from an Autumn–Spring schedule to a Spring–Autumn one. Sheriff Tiraspol are the defending champions. The competition began on 8 July 2017.






Sheriff Tiraspol 


Source: http://fmf.md

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia - 2017/18 Saudi Professional League ( دوري المحترفين السعودي‎)


The Saudi Professional League (Arabicدوري المحترفين السعودي‎), is the top division of Association football league in Saudi Arabia.The Saudi Professional League (Arabicدوري المحترفين السعودي‎), is the top division of Association football league in Saudi Arabia.
The 2017–18 Saudi Professional League (also known formerly as a Jameel League for sponsorship reasons), will be the 42nd season of the Saudi Professional League, the top Saudi professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1976. The season is scheduled to start on 10 August 2017 and finish on May 2018.


Fourteen teams will compete in the league – the top eleven teams from the previous season, the playoff winner and two teams promoted from the First Division.


Al-Hilal are the defending champions. Al-Fayha and Ohod have entered as the promoted teams from the 2016–17 Saudi First Division.


The number of foreign players was increased from 4 players to 6 players, and for the first time in the history of the Pro League foreign goalkeepers are allowed. On January 11 2018 the Saudi FF increased the number of foreign players from 6 players to 7 players

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Ireland - 2018 First Division


The League of Ireland First Division also known as the SSE Airtricity League First Division, is the second level division in both the League of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland football league system. The division was formed in 1985. It replaced the League of Ireland B Division as the League of Ireland's second level division. Since 2003 the First Division has operated as a summer league.

The 2018 League of Ireland First Division season is the 34th season of the League of Ireland First Division. The league will begin on 23 February 2018 and concludes on 7 October 2018.


The First Division has 10 teams. Each team played each other three times for a total of 27 matches in the season












Source: http://www.sseairtricityleague.ie
             https://twitter.com/league_ireland
             https://twitter.com/Cabinteely_FC

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Cameroon - 2018 Elite One


The Championnat du Cameroun de football (also known as MTN Elite One since 2007 for sponsorship reasons) is the top division of association football in Cameroon, governed by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football since its establishment in 1961.



The 2018 Elite One is the 58th season of the Cameroon Top League. The season began on 25 February 2017. Edim Sport are the defending champions league title.


Elite One consists of 18 teams for the 2018 season with three clubs relegated to Elite Two and three promoted.




APEJES

Young Sport Academy


Coton Sport of Garoua


 Feutcheu

Unisport Bafang


Source: http://cameroonnewsagency.com
             https://www.facebook.com/lfpcameroun/
             https://sports24cameroon.com/mtn-elite-1/
             http://totalfoot24.com/
             https://www.journalducameroun.com

Friday, 16 February 2018

Greece - 2017/18 Football League


The Football League, known for sponsorship reasons as the Stoiximan.gr Football League (after gambling website Stoiximan.gr), is the second highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the top-level Superleague Greece.

The 2017–18 Football League is the second division of the Greek professional football league system and the seventh season under the name Football League after previously being known as Beta Ethniki. It will start at 28 October.

The Greek Football League standings are calculated based off a points system used across the soccer world. Three points are awarded for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. The team with the most points at the conclusion of the Football League (34 fixtures) is considered the Football League Champion. The 2nd place team, along with the champion, are promoted to the Greek SuperLeague for the following season. The 4 last placed teams are relegated to the Gamma Ethniki (3rd Division) whereas the 4 group winners from the Gamma Ethniki are promoted to the Football League.




Agrotikos Asteras withdrew from the league. As a result of this they will participate in 2017–18 Gamma Ethniki. A.E. Karaiskakis were promoted from the Gamma Ethniki in their place.
Iraklis Thessaloniki withdrew from the league because of Financial Problems. The Founding Club (Athlitiki Enosis Pontion Katerini) stopped to exist too. The Original Gymnastikos Syllogos Iraklis will decide if a new Football Team will start from The Third Category of the Local Championship Macedonia Football Clubs Association, or if The Football Team Of G.S. Iraklis will be merged with 1st category (A1) Macedonia Football Clubs Association club Iraklis Ampelokipi, as it happened before 5 years with Athlitiki Enosis Pontion Katerinis F.C.. Doxa Dramas were promoted from the Gamma Ethniki in their place.

AE Karaiskakkis win Gamma Ethniki Cup

Aris Salonica

             http://www.onsports.gr
             http://athleticlarissa.gr/
             http://www.agonasport.com