The Big Wide World Of Football, September 9 - 16 2012

Ok, so the "big wide world of football" might be slightly narrowly focused on Europe -- but that's mostly because I can't find decent sources for interesting things happening in the truly wider world. Feel free to leave me your suggestions, though.

First, here's your quick round-up of the Big Five:

Premier League

Aston Villa win! Aston Villa win! Well, this is a Villa blog, what did you expect?
Away from Villa Park, Tottenham Hotspur got their first win of the season, meaning perhaps we can be free of articles and tweets musing on the question, "When Will Andre Villas-Boas Be Fired?" for at least a week. Chelsea stay top, but their draw with Queens Park Rangers means that Manchester United, who easily beat Wigan, move within a point. And poor Southampton has yet to find a point, languishing down at the bottom.

La Liga

So, Real Madrid lost again, this time 1-0 to Sevilla. Los Merengues have just one win from four matches and sit 11th in the table. Perhaps they should try starting Luka Modric?
On the other side of town, Atlético did their best to throw away a 4-0 lead over Rayo Vallecano, who came back and scored three goals in the final ten minutes. Los Colchoneros (the Mattress Makers!) managed to hold on for a 4-3 win, however.
Barcelona are top, of course, beating Getafe 4-1 to maintain their perfect record thus far.

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich remain at the top of the table, a 3-1 win over Mainz giving them nine points from three matches. They share the top spot with Frankfurt, slightly surprisingly as the Eagles just returned to the top flight of German football.

Serie A

It was quite the weekend in Serie A, where Lazio, Juventus and Napoli all continue to share the top (and who, oddly enough, all won by a score of 3-1). Udinese still struggle, going up 2-0 only to allow bottom-dwellers Siena to come back for a draw. But the real whoopsie goes to AS Roma, who managed to take a 2-0 lead only to see Bologna grab two goals in less than a minute, and then win with a goal in extra time. What's that they say about 2-0 being the most dangerous scoreline in football?

Ligue 1

Marseille remain at the top in France, with five wins in five games, having conceded just once in the process. Paris Saint-Germain are back in the mix, alas, having won their last two matches. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on his way to being crowned king of Frace, with five goals already this season. Lorient, in third, put on an interesting display against Rennes -- Alain Traore bagged a brace, but two Lorient players were sent off. They managed to preserve a 2-1 lead and even got Cheick Mady Diarra of Rennes kicked off as well.

Elsewhere

In Holland, Twente have taken a commanding position at the top of the Eredivisie, maintaining their perfect record through five games.

In a Turkish Super Lig super shocker, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray share the lead with two wins and a draw each. Four sides had four goals this weekend, so if you're seeking balls in the back of the net, watch Turkey.

Over in Serbia, Vojvodina sacked Zlatomir Zagorčić...for winning. Three straight 1-0 wins were just too boring for the club, who look to challenge Red Star and Partizan for the title. After his dismissal, Zagorčić was heard to mutter, "I was just emulating my idol, Alex McLeish." They then bustled him off for reprogramming.

I wish I could tell you more about MLS, but if you don't follow the league closely, it's difficult to tell what's going on, as they're pretty much the only league that throws in a playoffs for the championship. There's well over a month until that happens, so as the race heats up, I'll try to fill you in.

Boca Juniors had to overcome a spectacular own-goal that gave near-bottom Independiente the lead, but they came back and won to stay top of the Argentine Apertura.

Anything else you're looking for? Put it in the comments! We live to serve.

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