English in action: 6th December

Belgium: Dessel Sport 1-1 OH Leuven (Second Division)

John Bostock.

John Bostock‘s first goal in four games ensured OH Leuven secured a point as they drew 1-1 with Dessel Sport.

The hosts were in the bottom two before the match and took the lead in the seventh minute. The equaliser came half an hour later, when Bostock fired home his sixth of the season. The six goals scored by the English midfielder this season by far ranks as his best for the number of goals in a single season, with his previous best being just two.

The visitors had a man sent off in the second half but managed to hold on for the draw.

Cyprus: AEL 1-1 Nea Salamis (1. Division)
English goalkeeper Corrin Brooks-Meade started in goal for Nea Salamis in Cyprus’ top division, as his side travelled to AEL for a match which saw just three domestically-born players start.

In a match with a high proportion of foreigners, it was two Africans who got themselves on the score-sheet.

First, Brooks-Meade’s side took the lead through Nigerian forward Eze Vincent Okeuhie but in the second half, AEL hit back through Mauritanian midfielder Diallo Guidilèye.

The former Fulham goalkeeper picked up a booking in the match, as his side remain 8th in the league.

Germany: Chemnitzer 0-2 Hallescher (3. Liga)
5,603 people watched on as Chemnitzer took on Hallescher in Germany’s third tier.

English forward Osayaman Osawe was on the bench for the visitors and his side had victory wrapped up when he was introduced to match in the 91st minute.

Two first half goals from Hallescher meant Osawe’s 13th substitute appearance of the season ended in a 2-0 win.

Germany: Alemannia Aachen 3-0 Wattenscheid (Regionalliga)
English defender Kris Thackray played the whole match as his side Alemannia Aachen cruised to a 3-0 home win over Wattenscheid in Germany’s fourth tier.

Thackray helped his side keep a clean sheet as they win took them top of the Regionalliga West.

Germany: Kray 0-0 Rödinghausen (Regionalliga)
Also in the Regionalliga West, English forward Francis Williams played the full ninety for Rödinghausen as they drew 0-0 away to Kray.

The result leaves the two sides 13th and 12th respectively.

Greece: Veria 2-0 Platanias (Super League)
Having come on as a substitute on Wednesday evening, English forward Walter Figueira was given his first league start of the season as his Platanias side headed to Veria.

It turned out to be a match to forget for the former Chelsea player as he was replaced after 50 minutes with his side already one goal down.

Veria went on to score once more as they ran out 2-0 winners and moved up to 4th in the table. Platanias slip to 13th, in a league which contains 18 teams.

India: Pune City 0-1 Delhi Dynamos (Indian Super League)
Pune City suffered a late defeat against Delhi Dynamos, as the visitors scored an 88th minute winner to take all three points in the Indian Super League.

English winger Jermaine Pennant continues to have a less than exciting time in India, as he played the whole match for Pune City.

Pune have won just one match that the former Stoke winger has featured in.

Italy: Pro Patria 1-1 Renate (Lega Pro)
English defender Myles Anderson was the only non-Italian player to start as his side Pro Patria hosted Renate in the country’s third tier.

Anderson’s side took the lead in the first half but had to settle for a draw after Renate equalised in the second half.

The draw means Pro Patria remain in the league’s bottom three.

Malta: Valletta 4-1 Floriana (Premier League)

Lateef Elford-Alliyu in action earlier in the season.

English forward Lateef Elford-Alliyu was the hero as his grabbed a hat-trick to help Valletta to a 4-1 win over Floriana.

The former West Brom man scored after just two minutes to give his side an early lead and followed that up with two more strikes, wrapping up his hat-trick was a penalty in the 60th minute.

The hat-trick means Elford-Alliyu has five goals in his last matches, and eight overall in the league this season.

Portugal: Benfica 3-0 Belenenses (Primeira Liga)
English goalkeeper Matt Jones faced the unenviable task of starting between the sticks for Belenenses as they took on top-of-the-league Benfica in front of 46,000 spectators.

Jones was one of only two non-domestic players to start for the away side, whereas Benfica lined-up with just one Portuguese player.

Jones and his Belenenses team-mates remained solid for over a hour, before three goals in final half an hour from Benfica consigned the visitors to just their third loss of the season.

On the bench
Ashley Cole was an unused sub as his Roma side drew 2-2 at home to Sassuolo.

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English in action: 28th November

Friday night football action saw Englishmen feature in five different countries across two continents.

Austria: St. Polten 2-2 Kapfenberger (1. Liga)
English forward Gary Noel has been in and out of St. Polten’s first team this season. However, having scored five goals in four starts for the club’s second team, he had earned a place on the bench as St. Polten took on Kapfenberger in Austria’s second tier.

Noel watched an action packed first 80 minutes from the bench as the visitors twice cancelled out St. Polten goals. The English forward was then introduced for the final ten minutes of the match but could not score a winner for his side as the game ended 2-2.

Belgium: Zulte-Waregem 2-1 Gent (Pro League)
To Belgium’s top tier now where 14th place Zulte-Wargem hosted a Gent side which could go top with a victory.

English midfielder Chuks Aneke was one of seven foreigners to start for Waregem as they looked to upset their higher-ranked visitors.

After just 17 minutes though, it looked like the favourites were going to win as Gent took the lead.

However, the hosts hit back, and after dominating the second half, they scored two goals to turn the game around a secure a surprise 2-1 win.

Aneke played the full ninety minutes, having missed just one match all season.

Colombia: Unión Magdalena 1-1 Deportivo Pereira (Primera B)
To Colombia for the first time on this blog now, as English midfielder George Saunders was on the bench for Unión Magdalena as they hosted Deportivo Pereira.

25-year-old Saunders is now in his second year in Colombia, having already played for América de Cali and Fortaleza as well as current side Unión Magdalena in the South American country. Earlier in the year, he made seven appearances for Fortaleza in the country’s top tier, but a mid-season switch now sees him play for Unión in the second tier.

Yesterday’s match was part of the ‘Torneo Finalización’ semi-finals. An unusual league format is used in Colombia’s second tier, which means Unión, who finished fifth in the ‘Torneo Finalización’, are playing in the semi-finals, in which the top eight teams were split into the two groups of four, with the winner of each going into the final.

Saunders entered the match after 73 minutes with his side one-nil down. His appearance seemed to make an instant impact though, as just two minutes after coming on, his side equalised through a penalty to secure a 1-1 draw.

Germany: Alemannia Aachen 2-1 Sportfreunde Sigen (Regionalliga)

Thackray in action earlier in the season

English centre-back Kris Thackray started for table-toppers Alemannia Aachen as they hosted Sportfreunde Sigen in Germany’s fourth tier.

The match turned out to be a brilliant game for the defender, who has had spells in Italy and Malta. In the 41st minute, he gave his side the lead with his first league goal since April 2013.

The visitors later equalised but Alemannia scored an 85th minute winner, to keep them at the top of the league.

Netherlands: VVV Venlo 1-0 Telstar (Eerste Divisie)
English winger Medy Elito was in the starting line-up for VVV Venlo as they looked to make it back-to-back wins with a game against Telstar.

VVV would have been expecting a win against a side several places below them in the table but the visitors frustrated their hosts for large periods of the game.

The breakthrough eventually came though, as an 80th minute goal from Moroccan substitute Abdelaziz Khalouta gave VVV the three points.

Elito played the full ninety minutes.

 

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.