As in France, the top players of the future, the main coaches of tomorrow can sometimes be found not in the elite championship but at a lower level. This Monday. MyLeague2 offers you a little Tour of Europe of the second divisions, with their past glories and their little surprises.
Official – Guingamp secure Loïc Mbe Soh’s loan
Germany: Finally the return for Hamburg?
Just like the Bundesliga, the “ 2.Bundesliga came at the end of a massive truce, which began before the World Cup in mid-November. in Germany, the first two places are synonymous with direct promotion, third will play a play-off against 16th in the Bundesliga at the end of the season. At the end of the first legs, it is Darmstadt which occupies first place, two points ahead of a football giant from across the Rhine: the Hamburg SV. Relegated for the first time in its history in 2018-2019, the 1983 Champions Cup winner has not returned since, failing three times in a row to finish fourth. Proof of the difficulty of this championship, another former regular in the elite, Hanover, also struggled to make a comeback in three seasons. The Lower Saxon club is currently 5th.
England: one “ Baby Guardiola » flying in the Championship
A 46-day marathon (not counting play-offs!) The Championship is both a sprint and a marathon. English L2 have played 28 league days since July 29, with the added bonus of several FA Cup (England Cup) and EFL Cup (League Cup) rounds. In this showdown, it is Burnley who stopped the game with 62 points, five units ahead of Sheffield and 18 in 3rd, Watford. Barring relegation, the Clarets headed straight for a direct return to the Premier League under the command of Vincent Kompany, the former Belgium and Manchester City central defender. The former Red Devil is another one of those “ followers by Pep Guardiola: “ He triggered my desire to become a coach. He was instrumental in changing the way I look at the game, as he has been for many players and coaches. “, he told the BBC, a few months ago. With the best attack in the championship and an average of 62.5% possession of the ball, the Catalan technician will not deny Kompany’s team.
A Fußball Club soon in Serie A?
The Italian second division shares its title sponsor with Ligue 2: Serie BKT, better known as Serie B. A gap seems to separate the first two levels of Italian football. The regularly promoted struggle in Serie A, with regular brutal comebacks and seasons with 20 points or less. This is also the path that Cremone seem to be taking, currently 20th in the top flight with seven points and not the slightest success since the start of the season. As for the present time, Frosinoneseems very well set to go up, followed by Reggina of Jeremy Menez (4 goals, two assists) directed by Filippo Inzaghi, a club that has not seen the first division since 2009, with a move to the fourth division in 2015-2016. Among the climbing competitors, we also saw… the Fußball Club Südtirol which is actually an Italian club, located in Bolzano, very close to the Swiss and Austrian borders. In this northern province of the country 69% of the population, although bilingual, use German as their main language according to a 2011 census (only 26% for Italian). We see especially in the championship Florian Aye (Brescia), former Auxerre and Clermont player (18 goals in Ligue 2 2018-2019), author of five goals this season.
League 2: Zidane launched towards the rise!
With a 22-team championship, the Spanish Liga 2 has the particularity to accept the participation of Liga reserve teams. However, only one is present this season: Villarreal B. Real Madrid’s reserve was relegated to the third tier in 2014, Barcelona in 2018. Currently Eibar and Las Palmas occupy two places equivalent to direct ascension. Levante, Alaves, Burgos and Granada have already qualified for the play-offs after 24 of the 42 match days and have stolen the number one spot from Yoel since the end of October. Since then, the former French U20 international has suffered just one defeat in thirteen appearances for seven clean sheets.
Netherlands, Portugal talent to spare!
As in Spain, the Dutch and Portuguese second divisions are open to reserve teams. But other clubs in these championships are also brimming with talent and potential success in the transfer window. In Portugal, a definite Andrew Clovis, the 25-year-old Brazilian striker has panicked the counters with 14 goals in 17 appearances with Academico Viseu. In the Netherlands, a 24-year-old Swede, Emil Hanson is hovering in the Eerste Divisie with 13 goals and eight assists in 20 games played. This Feyenoord-trained midfielder failed to break through in Rotterdam but could quickly return to the front of the stage at this rate!
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