English in action: 7th December

Belgium: Club Brugge 2-1 Zulte-Waregem (Pro League)
Zulte-Waregem suffered a narrow defeat against top of the league Club Brugge yesterday.

English midfielder Chuks Aneke started for the away side, fresh from his goal midweek in the cup.

However, despite playing the full 90 minutes, the former Arsenal player was not able to secure a win for his side as he picked up a booking the 2-1 loss. His side remain in 14th place in the league.

Belgium: Visé 1-6 Tienen (Third Division)
Tienen thrashed Visé to move up to 12th in the Belgian Third Division.

English defender Amardeep Singh played the entire match for Tienen, as they fired four second half goals to record a comfortable victory.

Germany: Meuselwitz 2-0 Auerbach (Regionalliga)
Two Englishmen started for Auerbach as they took on Meuselwitz in a battle between two of the Regionalliga Nordost’s bottom three.

Defender Korede Aiyegbusi and midfielder Moses Makinde lined up for Auerbach as they looked for the three points which would take them out of the bottom three.

However, they would have left the match very disappointed as they fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Aiyegbusi played the whole game but Makinde was substituted after 55 minutes, with his side already one goal down.

Greece: Asteras Tripolis 1-1 Panathinaikos (Super League)
Englishman Luke Steele started in goal for Panathinaikos as fourth hosted third.

The game started badly for Steele and his team-mates as they found themselves a goal down after 30 minutes.

However, six minutes later, his side equalised to secure a 1-1 draw. The result means Panathinaikos remain in 3rd place in the Greek Super League.

Greece: Acharnaikos 0-0 AOT Alimos (Football League)
English midfielder Jamie Moore was on the bench for AOT Alimos as they headed to Acharnaikos for a Greek Football League match, the country’s second tier.

The slight attacking midfielder joined Cypriot side Ethnikos Achna in July this summer but just two months later, joined AOT Alimos, where he has since made six appearances in all competitions.

With the game still goalless after 64 minutes, Moore was introduced as AOT looked for the win.

However, 25 minutes later, the English substitute was substituted as they game ended goalless.

Netherlands: Vitesse 2-2 Twente (Eredivisie)
Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran was on the bench again for Vitesse as they hosted Twente.

The English midfielder has not seen as much first team football as he would have liked so far this season out on loan, having started just one game all season in the cup.

The match was tied at 2-2 when McEachran was brought on in the 56th minute for his first appearance since early October.

The change failed to alter the match, as they game ended all square.

Netherlands: VVV Venlo 1-1 Roda JC (Eerste Divisie)
When English winger Medy Elito was brought on in the 73rd minute for VVV Venlo, the game was goalless.

Just five minutes later though, his side took the lead and thought they had secured the victory until Roda JC hit back with an equaliser in the 89th minute.

New Zealand: Hawke’s Bay United 2-5 Wellington Phoenix Reserves (ASB Premiership)
English midfielder Ryan Tinsley started as his side Hawke’s Bay United hosted Wellington Phoenix Reserves in New Zealand’s top division.

The former Nottingham Forest man made it two goals in two games when he fired home a penalty kick in the 31st minute.

However, Wellington, already two goals up at the moment, would go on to fire a further three goals in the second half to win 5-2.

Portugal: Beira-Mer 1-2 Feirense (Segunda Liga)
English defender Peter Gregory started for Beira-Mer as they hosted Feirense in a mid-table battle in Portugal’s second tier.

Gregory’s side had a great start, taking the lead after just four minutes but Feirense hit back with two first half goals of their own to win 2-1.

The former Portsmouth defender played the whole match.

 

 

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English in action: 30th November

Five more expatriates took to the field this Sunday.

Belgium: Union Saint-Gilloise 3-0 Tienen (Third Division)
English defender Amardeep Singh was on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat in the Belgian Third Division yesterday.

He started as his side Tienen travelled to 7th place Union Saint-Gilloise, looking to end a streak of two consecutive losses.

However, after just 14 minutes Tienen were a goal down and despite Singh playing the full ninety minutes, he could no prevent a three goal loss.

Greece: Panathinaikos 2-1 Veria (Super League)

Luke Steele in action earlier in the season.

Luke Steele was back in goal as Panathinkaikos hosted Veria, in a match between two top eight sides.

The hosts took a two-goal lead inside the first fifty minutes of the game and despite Veria pulling a goal back midway through the second half, Steele and his team-mates held on for the three points. The win sees Panathinaikos move up to fourth in the Greek Super League.

India: Kerala Blasters 0-1 Chennaiyin (Indian Super League)
Player/manager David James started between the sticks as his side Kerala Blasters hosted Chennaiyin in the Indian Super League.

However, the former England international lasted just two minutes before being forced off with injury.

James was off the pitch as his side conceded a late 87th goal to lose 1-0. Fellow Englishman, Michael Chopra, was an unused sub.

Poland: Śląsk Wrocław 1-1 Pogoń Szczecin (Ekstraklasa)

Tom Hateley on the ball.

To Poland now, and Śląsk Wrocław were looking to secure a first win in four as they hosted Pogoń Szczecin in the country’s top division.

Starting in midfielder for the hosts was Englishman Tom Hateley, who was making his 14th appearance of the season.

He played the full ninety minutes as the home side struggled to a 1-1 draw, having to come from a goal behind to secure a point.

Spain: Saint Andreu 0-0 Mallorca B (Segunda B)
English midfielder Connor Ruane started for Mallorca’s second team as they travelled to Saint Andreu for a Segunda B match, Spain’s third tier.

The 21-year-old was making just his third start of the season for Mallorca B, having joined the island side from fellow Segunda B side Constància in the summer.

Despite four bookings for each side, including Ruane who also picked up a caution, the teams could only manage a goalless draw. The result leaves Mallorca B just three points off the top of the table, despite being in 7th place.

On the bench
In Italy, both Roma’s Ashley Cole and Fiorentina’s Micah Richards were unused substitutes as their respective sides both cruised to victory.

In Portugal’s Segunda Liga, English midfielder Peter Gregory remained on the bench as his side Beira-Mer fell to a 4-2 home defeat by UD Oliveirense.

English in action: 23rd November

It was a busy Sunday for English players abroad, with fourteen players being involved across the globe.

Belgium: Kortrijk 3-1 Zulte-Waregem (Pro League)

A crazy nine minute spell saw Zulte-Waregem go from leading by a goal to playing with ten men and losing 3-1.

The away side took the lead after just six minutes and were leading by a goal when English midfielder Chuks Aneke came on for the visitors in the 62nd minute.

However, just six minutes later, Kortrijk equalised. This then lead to a disastrous spell for Zulte-Waregem as they conceded another two goals and had a man sent off in the next nine minutes.

Former Arsenal man Aneke and his team-mates will be hoping to put this match behind them, after they suffered an eighth loss of the season.

Belgium: Tienen 1-2 Union La Calamine (Third Division)
Another Englishman in Belgium also suffered defeat yesterday. Amardeep Singh made his fifteenth start of the season as he lined up for Tienen against Union La Calamine in a game between two mid-table sides in the Belgian Third Division.

However, despite playing the full ninety minutes, Singh was unable to prevent his side from losing as they fell to a 79th minute winner from defender Dylan Biersard to lose 2-1.

Malta: Valletta 5-0 Mosta FC (Premier League)

English forward Lateef Elford-Alliyu was on the scoresheet as his side Valletta thrashed Mosta FC 5-0.

The 22-year-old former West Brom youngster scored his side’s third goal in the 37th minute as the victory moved Valletta up to second in the Malta Premier League. It was Elford-Alliyu’s third league goal of the season, having made the move to Malta from Tamworth in November last year.

New Zealand: Wellington Phoenix Reserves 1-2 Waitakere United (ASB Premiership)
Waitakere United started with two English forwards as they defeated Wellington Phoenix Reserves 2-1 with two late goals.

The visitors lined up with Adam Dickinson and Derice Richards up top as they looked to bounce back from two losses in a row. However after just twelve minutes, Dickinson was forced off through injury.

Richards remained on the field for the full ninety though, and was involved as his team scored twice in the final three minutes of the game to secure a 2-1 away win.

New Zealand: Canterbury United 2-2 Team Wellington (ASB Premiership)
Two more Englishmen started as Canterbury United lined up with Tom Schwarz and Mark Peers in another match with late drama.

The pair played the full ninety minutes and were joined by compatriot Danny Schwarz on the field by the time Aaron Spain scored his 89th minute equaliser to secure a point for Canterbury United.

USA: New York Red Bulls 1-2  New England Revolution (MLS Playoffs)

Wright-Phillips in action yesterday.

The New York Red Bulls topped the bill yesterday for the number of Englishmen starting as they fielded three in their MLS Eastern Conference Playoff final against New England Revolution. Richard Eckersley, Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips were the men tasked with securing a win for the Red Bulls in the first leg.

The visitors went one-nil up early on but the hosts soon hit back through an unsurprising source. Bradley Wright-Phillips was the man who headed home an equaliser for New York in the 27th minute, his 31st goal in a record-breaking season.

However, the Revolution were to have the last laugh as they scored four minutes from time to take a 2-1 lead back home to New England going into next week’s second leg.

On the bench
Micah Richards was an unused sub as Fiorentina won 2-1 away at Hellas Verona in Italy. Goalkeeper Corin Brooks was not required by his side Nea Salamis as they lost 1-0 at home to Ermis in the Cyprus 1. Division. Finally, Osayaman Osawe watched his side Hallescher FC win 1-0 against Mainz II in Germany’s 3. Liga from the bench.

 

 

 

English in action: 15th November

There were several English players who featured overseas yesterday, taking centre stage with many leagues having a rest week due to the international break.

Belgium: Woluwe-Zaventem 0-3 OH Leuven (Belgian Second Division)

John Bostock was once one of the most highly rated English players on the scene when he made his debut for Crystal Palace at the age of 15.

Now seven years on, the midfielder is playing for second division Belgian side OH Leuven and is slowly, but surely, rebuilding his reputation. After being a regular for Antwerp in the same division last year, Bostock made the move to Leuven for the 2014/15 season.

It would seem a smart career move with his new club currently sitting in 6th place, with his old Antwerp languishing in 12th.

Yesterday, Bostock played the full ninety as his side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over bottom-of-the-table side Woluwe Zaventem. The only surprise was that the former Tottenham player didn’t score. He has five goals already this season, having only managed one all last season.

Belgium: Bocholter VV 3-1 KVK Tienen (Belgian Third Division)
Staying in Belgium, but a division lower in the pyramid, English defender Amardeep Singh started for KVK Tienen as they travelled to Bocholter VV for a Belgian Third Division match.

Singh has been at Tienen since 2008 but his appearances have been sporadic. After his debut in 2008, the defender waited three years before featuring for the side again, who at the time where in the Second Division.

The 2012/13 saw him become a regular at the back for Tienen and he has returned to the side again this season, where he has missed just one game this year.

Yesterday though, was not a good match for Singh and his team-mates. Having taken the lead early on, Bocholter hit back with three second half goals to secure a 3-1 victory. Singh played the full game though, with his side now 12th in the league.

India: Northeast United 0-0 Pune City (Indian Super League)

Pennant on the ball

After watching two matches from the bench, Jermaine Pennant finally got to make his long awaited debut for Indian Super League franchise Pune City.

In the end, 31-year-old failed to have the impact he would have hoped as he was substituted in the 79th minute with the game heading for a dull goalless draw.

The winger will be hoping his side can improve their form so that they can make the playoffs, with Pune currently sitting in 5th, one spot out side the playoffs.

New Zealand: Southern United 2-1  Waitakere United (ASB Premiership)
18-year-old Derice Richards‘ first ever senior goal was not enough to secure victory for Waitakere United as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat away to Southern United.

The young striker was making just his second appearance for Waitakere since joining the side from Stoke City this summer. The English forward made 10 appearances for Stoke’s under 21 side last term, scoring two goals.

Richards’ goal in the 59th minute equalised for Waitakere but Southern hit back with a goal seven minutes later to secure victory and condemn the away side to a second consecutive loss.

English forward Adam Dickinson also featured for Waitakere in the loss.

Spain: Mallorca 1-1 Alcorcón (Segunda Division)
Alcorcón recorded a solid draw away to Mallorca, in a match which included three red cards and one English defender.

Charlie I’Anson played the full 90 minutes in defence as he guided his team to a draw, despite his side playing with just 9 men for the last seven minutes.

I’Anson is on loan at second-tier side Alcorcón from Elche, having made two appearances in La Liga last year for his parent club – and over 30 for Elche’s second team in the third tier.

Yesterday was his seventh start of the season but he saw his side goal 1-0 down after just four minutes. However, they hit back through Verdés on the stroke of half time to secure a 1-1 draw.

I’Anson also avoided being caught up in the ill-tempered affair as he did not receive any cautions in a match which saw seven players booked, two straight red cards and another player sent off for receiving two yellow cards.

Spain: Marino 0-0 Tenerife B (Tercera Division)

Dropping down two divisions in Spain, Jordan McCourt started for Tenerife B as they travelled to top-of-the-table Marino in the Tercera Division.

Jordan, the single name he is known by in Spain, joined Segunda Division side Tenerife from Marino in the summer but was featuring for the club’s second team in the fourth tier yesterday.

He lined up against his former team in an important clash in the Tercera Division Group 12 as it was first against third.

In the end, the two sides cancelled each other out as they battled out a goalless draw, with 22-year-old midfielder Jordan securing a vital point for his side.

Germany: Regionalliga round-up
Three Englishmen were involved in Regionalliga match day squads, with two of the players featuring in matches.

Kris Thackray

The one player to start was Kris Thackray. The Newcastle-born defender is in his second year of German football, having also enjoyed spells in Malta and Italy. He played for the full ninety, keeping a clean sheet, for second place Alemannia Aachen in a 0-0 away draw to Verl.

Francis Williams was another expatriate to feature. The 30-year-old forward came on as a substitute at half time with his Rödinghausen 2-0 down at home to Bochum II. However, he was unable to help his team come back, as they fell to a an eventual 2-1 loss.

Finally, English defener Rhys Tyler, who is in his fifth year of German football, was an unused substitute as his side Rot-Weiss Oberhausen defeated Viktoria Koln 2-1.

Tomorrow’s update has the chance of including updates from Germany, Italy and Portugal, depending on whether players feature or not.