Posted: 5/19/2017


            On the final day of LIGUE 2 in French football there were 6 clubs in with a chance of reaching LIGUE 1 on an exciting Friday evening of football. The name is actually DOMINO'S LEAGUE 2, named after the pizza company.  I have been to Strasbourg in Alsace on the River Rhine border with Germany many, many times and THE VERY LAST place I would think of eating in this gourmet foodie paradise would be at Domino's.      

            At the end of the evening Strasbourg finished top with a home win at their historic Stade de la Meinau in front of 27,500 fans against FBBP 2-1, while a dramatic 90+6 minute winner gave SC Amiens the second automatic spot with a winning goal from Emmanuel Bourgauel at Stade de Reims 2-1.  It had looked as if Troyes would come second until then when they had just won 3-2 at Sochaux. Troyes will likely play 3rd from bottom in Ligue 1, (Lorient at preseent) with that division's last matches played today, Saturday. AC Monaco are champions of Ligue 1.

     Final standings:   Strasbourg 67 points, Amiens 66, Troyes 66,  Lens 65,  Brest 65, Nimes 64.

           Even more drama in Varazdin, Croatia at the UEFA u17 chmpionships as two time champions England were leading Spain 2-1 with 6 minutes of added time on the clock. Up comes Nacho Diaz of CD Roda to head in a very, very late equaliser.  The final went straight to penalties, and Spain had beaten Germany that way in the semi-final.  They are using the new ABBA method where team A takes a pk then team B takes the next two and then team A takes the next 2 etc...  England scored first then Spain scored twice before England missed twice. 4-1 to the Spaniards in the end.

           Much better news for The Three Lions from the FIFA u20 World Cup in South Korea. England have just beaten Argentina 3-0, while Mexico only overcame little Vanuatu 3-2. Last night Germany lost 2-0 to Venezuela.

          The news from Bundesliga is that the DFB has appointed 38 year old female Bibiana Steinhaus from Bad Lauterberg to referee in Bundesliga 1 next season after 80 middles in B2 over the last six seasons. She had played fussball for SV Bad Lauterberg.  She will referee the UEFA Women's Champions League final at Cardiff City Stadium on June 01 between PSG and Olympique Lyonnaise. One very pleased fellow official is Howard Webb who refereed the FIFA World Cup Final in 2010 between Spain and Netherlands. He is a retired police officer from South Yorkshire and is working upstairs in the MLS office in USA but is the partner of Bibi Steinhaus who is still serving as a police officer.

        In 2011 she refereed the FIFA Womens World Cup between USA and Japan in Frankfurt and in 2012 the Olympic Games women's final in London between the same two nations.

       In 201 Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder Kerem Demirbay was banned for 5 matches for saying " women should have no place in men's football"  after she had sent him off for a second bookable offence. He later apologised but his club ordered him to referee a girls fussball match !!!! Not sure how the girls received him.