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: 24-26 November

The past three days have seen four Englishmen involved worldwide, but only one started in their respective match.

24th November
India: NorthEast United 1-2 Delhi Dynamos (Indian Super League)

James Keene in action earlier this season.

The two bottoms clubs in the Indian Super faced each other on Monday. English forward James Keene was introduced to the match after 60 minutes, with his side NorthEast United already 2-0 down.

Keene has been an Englishman abroad since he left his first professional club, Portsmouth, in 2007. The bulk of his time since has been spent at Swedish club Elfsborg but he has also had spells in Norway and Israel.

The 28-year-old seemed to have an impact, as NorthEast pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go. However, that was all they could manage, as they slipped to the bottom of the table.

Keene was also booked in the ill-tempered affair, which also saw two players sent off.

25th November
Russia: CSKA Moscow 1-1 Roma (Champions League)
In Europe’s most prestigious competition, CSKA Moscow secured a late draw with a 93rd minute equaliser to cancel out Roma legend Francesco Totti’s opener.

English defender Ashley Cole was not required as he watched the game from the bench.

26th November
India: FC Goa 3-0 Kerala Blasters (Indian Super League)
Having gone five games unbeaten, in spell which included conceding just one goal, David James’ Kerala Blasters came crashing back down to earth as they were defeated by three second half FC Goa goals.

The match saw 4th place host 3rd palce and Kerala had beaten Goa 1-0 only three weeks ago. This time though, it would be different.

The game remained tight for the opening hour. English forward Michael Chopra joined his compatriot James on the field in the 61st minute. However, this was when Goa stepped their game up. They fired three goals in 16 minutes to leave James no chance in goal.

The result means Kerala slip to fourth place with three games left to play before the playoffs.

English in action: 21st November

It has been a while since the last English in action update. Although there have been a couple of overseas Englishmen in action recently, most have been for Auckland City in the OFC President’s Cup. A separate update on that tournament will be on the blog following its completion.

Meanwhile, seven expatriates were involved in games yesterday.

France: Strasbourg 0-0 Dunkerque (Championnat National)

Seventh played sixth as Strasbourg hosted Dunkerque in France’s third tier. A bumper crowd of 9,461 packed into the Stade de la Meinau saw English defender Edwin Pindi come on as an 81st minute substitute for Dunkerque.

Pindi, now in his fourth season with the French side, made sure his side kept a clean sheet as the game ended goalless. The match was the defender’s sixth appearance of the season.

Germany: Auerbach 0-2 Plauen (Regionalliga Nordost)
From France’s third tier to Germany’s, Auerbach hosted Plauen in the Regionalliga Nordost. Starting for the home side was English defender Olukorede ‘Korede’ Aiyegbusi. The 26-year-old is in his first season in Germany, having previously had spells in America, Finland and Switzerland.

Aiyegbusi has been a regular for Auerbach this season, missing just two games but he was unable to prevent his side losing 2-0 as they conceded a goal in both halves to Plauen, who now move above them in the table.

Fellow Englishman Moses Makinde was an unused sub for Auerbach.

India: Kerala Blasters 2-1 Atlético de Kolkata (Indian Super League)
Kerala Blasters’ player/manager David James was in action again as his side hosted top of the table Atlético de Kolkata. The 44-year-old goalkeeper is currently leading the Golden Glove standings in the Indian Super League, having kept four clean sheets in a row.

Although in this match the former England international conceded, he managed to guide the Blasters to a 2-1 win, to put them just a point off the top of the table.

Former Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra was also involved, coming on as a 75th minute substitute for the Blasters. Both Englishmen were booked in the match.

Netherlands: VVV Venlo 4-2 FC Volendam (Eerste Divisie)

English winger Medy Elito was one of only two non-Dutch players to start as VVV Venlo hosted FC Voldendam in the Netherlands’ second tier.

Elito joined VVV in the summer, making the move overseas after six consecutive in England’s Football League.

The Englishman’s side got off to a brilliant start, with forward Randy Wolters scoring a hat-trick in the first 18 minutes to race Venlo into an early 3-0 lead.

In the end, the home side secured a 4-2 victory, with Elito playing 76 minutes before being substituted. VVV are now eighth in the Eerste Divisie.

Poland: Ruch Chorzów 1-0  Śląsk Wrocław (Ekstraklasa)
Second in the league Śląsk Wrocław travelled to second bottom Ruch Chorzów in what looked like would be a routine win for the away side.

Defender Tom Hateley, son of former England international Mark, started the match on the bench for Śląsk as they looked to put pressure on top of the table Legia Warsaw.

However, after a tense 90 minutes, Ruch Chorzów shocked their supposedly superior visitors with a goal in stoppage time to secure a 1-0 win. Hateley was an unused substitute.

English in action: 16th November

Whilst most Englishmen were waking on Sunday satisfied from England’s 3-1 win over Slovenia the night before, three players took to the field.

Italy: Pro Patria 1-2 Arezzo (Lega Pro Girone A)
Westminster-born defender Myles Anderson made the bench once for Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League and now, via spells at Exeter, Aldershot and Monza, he plays his football for Pro Patria.

The 24-year-old defender moved to the continent last season when he joined Italian fourth-tier side Monza. After eight appearances for them last season, he joined third-tier side Pro Patria this summer.

Yesterday, Anderson was making his ninth start of the season as his side hosted Arezzo, who sat eight places in the table in 10th place. The match turned out to be a disappointing one for Anderson, who played the full ninety minutes as his team lost 2-1. The defender also picked up a booking to cap a disappointing day at the office.

India: Delhi Dynamos 0-1 Kerala Blasters (Indian Super League)
44-year-old player/manager David James has defied his age this year in the Indian Super League and kept up his good form yesterday as he recorded a fourth consecutive clean sheet as his side Kerala Blasters defeated Delhi Dynamos 1-0.

The former England international goalkeeper remained solid in goal once again and yesterday’s victory saw the Blasters move into third place in the Indian Super League.

The only goal of the game came in the 61st minute when Nigerian substitute Penn Orji scored following an assist from former Preston North End forward Iain Hume.

USA: San Antonio Scorpions 2-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL Soccer Bowl)

Mark Anderson (left).

The 2014 season in America is reaching its climax and the NASL (USA’s second tier) is no different as the San Antonio Scorpions took on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the 2014 Soccer Bowl, the NASL playoff final.

The NASL season is split into a Spring and Fall championship. The winner of each makes the playoffs, as well as the two teams with the best combined records over the two championships. San Antonio qualified as the winners of the Fall championship, Fort Lauderdale qualified with one of the best combined records.

The two teams successfully negotiated their way through the playoff semi-finals to make the playoff final, known as the Soccer Bowl.

The Englishmen involved in the final was Mark Anderson, who is enjoying his third season at the Strikers. The 25-year-old midfielder from Durham, made the move to the States in 2005 to study and joined the Strikers in 2012. He started in centre midfield in the eagerly anticipated Soccer Bowl.

Unfortunately, although Anderson contributed on a personal level, he was unable to guide the Strikers to the title as San Antonio secured a 2-1 win to secure their first ever Soccer Bowl.

The Scorpions scored twice midway through the second half and despite the Strikers pulling one back through Walter Ramirez, a goal set up by Anderson, they could not score a second and fell to a loss at the final hurdle.



English in action: 12th November

There were three games yesterday, in three different continents, which featured Englishmen.

New Zealand: Auckland City 3-0 Wanderers SC (ASB Premiership)

Irving (right) in action for Auckland last year in the Club World Cup.

Top played bottom in New Zealand as high-flying Auckland City hosted the struggling Wanderers SC in New Zealand’s top tier.

Auckland made it four wins from four in the league with a comfortable 3-0 win, which condemned Wanderers to a third straight defeat. They were helped to victory with the aid of two English expats, John Irving and Sam Burfoot.

Former Everton academy defender Irving and 20-year-old midfielder Burfoot both played the full ninety minutes as their side continues to dominate in New Zealand. The pair are both into their second seasons at Auckland and enjoyed league and continental success last season.

India: Kerala Blasters 0-0 Mumbai City (Indian Super League)

James in action yesterday
James in action yesterday

Another day, another match in the Indian Super League. This time it was Kerala Blasters’ turn as they hosted Peter Reid’s Mumbai City.

Kerala are managed by David James, who is also registered to play for the Blasters, and has missed just one game in the tournament so far. The 44-year-old rolled back the years to keep a clean sheet, no mean feat considering Mumbai’s star striker, Nicolas Anelka, was playing.

It was a second consecutive goalless draw for the Blasters and a third consecutive clean sheet, something the former England international can certainly be proud of. They remain 6th in the league table.

Slovakia: Zlaté Moravce 1-3 Trenčín (Slovak Cup)

Lawrence (right) in action earlier this year
Lawrence (right) in action earlier this year

In one of the more unusual career paths, English midfielder James Lawrence currently plays for Slovakian Super Liga side FK AS Trenčín, having joined them this summer after five years in Holland with Ajax, Sparta Rotterdam and RKC Waalwijk.

A fairly regular starter in his first season of senior football, Lawrence was in the starting line-up as 2nd place Trenčín travelled to 10th place Zlaté Moravce for a Slovak Cup last 16 match.

The 22-year-old played the entire match as his side eased to a 3-1 win over Zlaté to book their place in the quarter finals.

At the moment, it looks like tomorrow’s update will be fairly short, with it looking likely that no there are expatriates who have a match today.