Daily Diary: Saturday 26th April 2014


SATURDAY 26 APRIL 2014: Frank de Boer has resigned as manager of Ajax to take the vacant managerial position at Hamburg. He leaves the Amsterdam-based club in second place in Eredivisie with just one game to play.

They sit just three points behind leaders FC Twente, but significantly behind on goal difference. De Boer won the league in 2011 and 2012, with Dutch cup success last season after finishing a disappointing 4th.

Hamburg are currently 9th in the German Bundesliga, two points from a Europa League qualifying spot. Their three remaining matches are trips to Nürnberg and Köln sandwiching the visit of Schalke.

Manuel Pellegrini (unemployed), Laurent Blanc (Genoa), and Ernesto Valverde (Granada) are all linked with the Ajax vacancy, but the bookies have installed former Werder Bremen manager Thomas Schaaf as the favourite to take over at the Amsterdam ArenA.


FRANCE: Lyon drew 1-1 at Nancy today, edging themselves closer to their first Ligue Un title since 2008. If Paris Saint-Germain drop points at Troyes tomorrow, then Lyon will be champions. If PSG win then Lyon can confirm the title with a win next Saturday at home to Bordeaux.

ITALY: Juventus and AC Milan both drew 1-1 today, meaning that the three-way title race is going to go down to the wire. Those sides were joined by Roma at the top, all on 63 points with three matches to go. The title may go down to goal difference as the three remaining matches for each side are all against bottom-half sides.

PORTUGAL: An Oscar Cardozo second-half hat-trick fired Benfica to a 4-0 win over Académica that sealed the title for the club, with two matches to play. After three years of finishing runners-up to Porto, Benfica have won their first title since 2010, and their 32nd overall. Despite Porto winning 20 of the last 34 seasons, Benfica remain the most successful side in the country.