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Postby Siovanija and Teusland » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:10 pm

Republikaliga Season IV: Preview


1828 POMEN
Colours: Black and white
Manager: Noel Senefelder
Nickname: The Owls
Stadium: Pomen-Gemeindepark (22,000)
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Niklas Lamar (31)
LB -- Julian Waltz (23)
CB -- Adam Puchner (28)
CB -- Marvin Baeder (33)
RB -- Liam Wallner (25)
CM -- Tom Fessler (30)
CM -- Michael Ebner (19)
AML -- Emil Goss (26)
AMC -- Clemens Faymann (24)
AMR -- Leon Fiser (23)
CF -- Rafael Mesmer (20)


Season Preview: Pomen were second place in the second division last year, earning them their first crack at the Republikaliga. Pomen claim to be the oldest club in the nation, as represented through the club’s name. Humble beginnings have contributed to a humble lifetime, however, and the club has never won a top division title or a Cup. The Owls this season are a team that have the potential to be very exciting. There are some interesting prospects on the team that led the way for them last year, such as Julian Waltz, Michael Ebner and Rafael Mesmer. Mesmer in particular received some interest from other Republikaliga clubs this offseason, but chose to remain at least one more year at his boyhood club. The goal for Pomen is to avoid relegation, and to do it through fast, attacking football.

The Club: Pomen is a small town just north of St. Jakob that is both modern and traditional at the same time. The town is now mainly populated by commuters heading into the big city for work, but its older downtown core and spectacular Cathedral retain its charm. Pomen the club resembles the city, with the claim to fame of being the oldest club in the nation matched with its modern brand of football. The Owls have become a neutral’s dream; the small club coming up against the big boys and often coming out on top. A friendly rivalry exists with FC St. Jakob, but beyond that, there are no real derby days. Everyone will be hoping for Pomen to make some noise in the division this year, except when it is their club at risk of an upset.

1912 STELBURG
Colours: Blue and white
Manager: Sebastien Hengsbach
Nickname: The Bluebirds
Stadium: 1912-Stadion (31,000)
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Samuel Hartstein (27)
LB -- Hugo Waldow (29)
CB -- Josh Meckler (25)
CB -- Raphael Klopfer (27)
RB -- Lutz Daschner (30)
MC -- Adrian Tremblay-Fillon (KEL) (22)
MC -- Ludwig Plessner (27)
AML -- Stefan Hoffmann (27)
AMC -- Jasno Odonelec (MYT/PRH) (22)
AMR -- Sascha Backer (28)
CF -- Elias Eicke (23)


Season Preview: There’s a lot of excitement around the 1912-Stadion these days, as perhaps the best 1912 team ever assembled (on paper, at least) looks to get on with the season. Starting at the back, defence has always been a strength of this club and it continues now. Raphael Klopfer is the best centre back in the division, and his leadership and skill have always been a major asset. Lutz Daschner, another national team player, is a powerful, pacy wing back that contributes so much to the team. The midfield got two major upgrades this summer from the transfer window. First, the club shocked many by signing Kelssek international Adrian Tremblay-Fillon, a hard-working, technically skilled central midfielder. He’s a very bright talent, and 1912 fans are hoping he will shine this year. Then, the club made another huge splash by signing Jasno Odonelec to play in the number 10 role. ‘Le fantome,’ as he was nicknamed at former club Clichy, is technically strong, physically confident and a great playmaker. 1912 Stelburg will be a force to be reckoned with in the division this season. If a weak spot remains, it would be at the forward position. Elias Eicke is a quality forward, but is not on the same level as the forwards present at other title challenging clubs such as Krasimir Kynev or Michael Ribbeck. There’s a very, very strong possibility that it could be time for celebration, finally, at the 1912-Stadion at the end of this season.

The Club: 1912 Stelburg have always been one of the most community-driven clubs in the Republikaliga. They are based in the old East End of the city, once home to the Sansoussi palace that is displayed on their badge. Now, however, East Stelburg is often made up of lower-class neighbourhoods. 1912 are heavily involved in community development projects, and supporting local causes. The Bluebirds have many supporters across the city of Stelburg as well, but are still outnumbered by rivals Teussen. The club’s nickname comes from its colours, light blue and white, that reminded supporters of a type of bird that is often seen in Stelburg. The main derby match is, of course, against FC Teussen Stelburg, and the Stelburg Derby is a great spectacle.

ENERGIJA CHERNOVETS
Colours: Green and yellow
Manager: Apostol Manevski
Nickname: The Canaries, The Atoms
Stadium: Energija-Arena (34,000)
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Teodor Sotirov (34)
CB -- Daniel Vasev (28)
CB -- Stoyan Cristov (26)
CB -- Demitar Tsvetkov (30)
ML -- Miroslav Venev (27)
MC -- Evgeni Antonov (26)
MC -- Vsevolod Hristov (19)
MR -- Dragomir Nikolov (27)
AMC -- Viktor Dimitrov (26)
AMC -- Petar Ivanov (29)
CF -- Miroslav Dinev (31)


Season Preview: The Chernovets boys are hoping for consistency this season. Energija are arguably one of the most talented, strong teams in the Republikaliga, but ever since the inaugural season’s title campaign, they haven’t kept it all together. A horrible second half of the second season and first half of the third saw them nearly miss out on UICA football twice, after being the first Republikaliga club to reach the UICA Globe Cup group stage. They’re back in that Globe Cup tournament this year as well, and are hoping to match their previous strong performance. Key players like Miro Dinev and Viktor Dimitrov are still the heart of this team, but the main question that will be asked about this team is its age. Do Chernovets still have what it takes to challenge for the title, or is it time to move on? They were not active in the summer transfer window, other than the failed pursuit of Cosumarite winger Richard Pearce, and the only major change expected to the team is the breakthrough of midfielder Vsevolod Hristov. Hristov is a strong, powerful midfielder who will hopefully serve to strengthen the midfield.

The Club: Chernovets isn’t exactly our nation’s most beautiful city. Best known for the nuclear energy facilities in its immediate vicinity, it is commonly stereotyped as a city with grey buildings and grey skies. There isn’t much to do in a town mainly populated by those employed in military and science fields at the nuclear sites, and thus the football club has become the biggest show in town. Fans flock to the Energija-Arena each weekend to see their heroes, who have become one of the nation’s proudest and strongest clubs. The club’s nickname is commonly the Canaries, due to the green and yellow colours of their shirts. Another nickname is the Atoms, taken from the nuclear connection. Chernovets’ closest rivals are the Bukovets clubs who were each relegated last year, but they have also built a fierce competitive rivalry with Olympia Borograd in recent years.

FC EINHEIT MARNAU
Colours: Red and white
Manager: Alexander Waldgren
Stadium: Marnaustadion (28,000)
Nickname: The Roses
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Patrik Dreyfuss (29)
LB -- Roland Plessner (22)
CB -- Florentin Simmel (28)
CB -- Laurin Taussig (27)
RB -- Oskar Hulsen (29)
LM -- Linus Segert (20)
CM -- Artur Preisner (27)
CM -- Niclas Tetzlaff (25)
RM -- Banquo Chrysler (NPH) (21)
CF -- Arno Heller (25)
CF -- Manfried Seydel (26)


Season Preview: FC Einheit Marnau had a memorable first season in the Republikaliga last year, and are hoping to build on that this season. Youngsters Linus Segert and Banquo Chrysler both had strong years of their own, and that combined with a good scoring record from the forwards allowed them to finish in 18th place and reach the relegation play-off. A 4-1 aggregate win over TSV Georg-Blocher ensured their survival, and now Marnau will hope to avoid a sophomore slump. They have the potential to consolidate themselves in the division this year, and will be relying on Segert and Chrysler to continue to perform to do so. The Roses are hoping that they will confirm their place in the Republikaliga again this season.

The Club: Marnau is a small town located on the outskirts of metropolis St. Jakob, and has a strong sense of community. That sense is on display even in the football club’s name, with ‘einheit’ meaning unity. Marnau had, however, traditionally been a lower-level club before their surprise promotion to the Republikaliga. Historically a favoured underdog, that all changed last year, and the club is hoping the culture has changed permanently. The club’s nickname, the Roses, comes from the rose red colours of their uniform. Marnau’s local rival would be FC St. Jakob, but derby matches are not as fierce as many in this country.

FC FELSENKIRCHEN 1879
Colours: Navy and white
Manager: Ralph Kislinger
Stadium: Felsenkirchen-Arena (35,000)
Nickname: The Blues, The Cogs
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Wilfried Romberg (23)
LB -- Richard Beutler (26)
CB -- Reiner Kreisinger (25)
CB -- Simon Heinecke (29)
RB -- Thorsten Helmke (25)
CM -- Ferenc Kubala (25) (NPH)
CM -- Johann Bronstein (27)
AML -- Bruno Katzmann (26)
AMC -- Rolf Seyfried (25)
AMR -- Mario Pfitzner (27)
CF -- Johannes Mandl (25)


Season Preview: For Felsenkirchen, it’s another season of cautious optimism from fans. Will they finally get back to the glory they experienced for the first, well, 15 games of the inaugural season? What is the real Felsenkirchen team? Fans of the Blues will be relying on Thorsten Helmke, national team right back, Ferenc Kubala, who had a strong debut season last year and attackers Rolf Seyfried and Mario Pfitzner to get the job done. The areas of concern for Felsenkirchen remain, however, and if Johannes Mandl cannot find the back of the net, goals will likely dry up. Wilfried Romberg is also still a young keeper prone to some errors, and will need to be at his best for Felsenkirchen to do as well as they are hoping. Overall, a mid-table finish is likely for the Blues.

The Club: Felsenkirchen is the largest city in northern Teusland, and is located on the coast of the Nordsee. It has become an important commercial and naval port for the nation, and is in fact the fourth largest city in the nation. FC Felsenkirchen 1879 have become the main club in the city, with many in both the metro area and northern Teusland as a whole throwing their support behind the club. Felsenkirchen supporters are considered some of the best away fans in the league, with their fans loud and proud wherever they go. The club’s main nickname is the Blues, coming from their dark blue shirts, but also sometimes the Cogs, a reference to the naval ship once seen so often in the city’s port. The club’s biggest rival by far is FC Rotmunde 1932, with whom they compete the Northeastern Derby, and this is perhaps one of the fiercest in the nation. Rotmunde is an hour’s drive away, and the fact that the clubs have often been at the same level has contributed to the rivalry. Another rival is 1884 Felsenkirchen, but this derby is not near the same level as the Rotmunde match.

FC KAISERHAVEN
Colours: Blue and yellow
Manager: Thomas Wietars
Stadium: Kaiserhaven-Stadion (40,000)
Nickname: The Admirals
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Rainer Schwerin (32)
LB -- Patrik Werdin (27)
CB -- August Sulzburger (29)
CB -- Florentin Redlich (28)
RB -- Karl Mummert (27)
CM -- Nicolas Riegal (32)
CM -- Herman Nieuwland (AUD) (18)
AML -- Paulus Leistner (28)
AMC -- Jean-Alain Huot (31) (MAR)
AMR -- Ingolf Rosen (25)
CF -- Kabir Jobateh (25) (BNJ)


Season Preview: It’s time for Kaiserhaven to finally overcome their identity of underachieving this season, according to manager Thomas Wietars. The club is perfectly capable of challenging for a UICA position, with national team star Paulus Leistner, strong playmaker Jean-Alain Huot and pacy winger Ingolf Rosen leading an attacking midfield trio that is among the best in the division. Banijan forward Kabir Jobateh joins the club as well, a player who once finished third at the Di Bradini Cup with his national team, and it is hoped that he will be very capable of leading the line.Herman Nieuwland, the Audioslavian youngster, also makes his break into the first team this year which should give some rejuvenation to a midfield that was aging. One area of concern is the defence, which has somehow always seemed to let down the Admirals in the end. If a more disciplined performance can remain throughout all 38 matches, however, Kaiserhaven could have a season to remember.

The Club: Kaiserhaven is the nation’s southern port, located where the River Edlin meets the Wilhelmsee. It’s the nation’s 6th largest city, and is an area of the country that is still developing. Southern Teusland came into the old Empire much later, and thus is not as built up as most of the country is. Thus, Kaiserhaven doesn’t really have any local competition for support, and the club are the biggest of the south coast. Kaiserhaven have always been joked about, however, by other clubs for their tendency to underachieve, and also as a result of regionalism in Teusland. This has created a fanbase that is resilient and strong, taking defeat in its stride. They also have some of the nation’s best away supporters. The club’s nickname, the Admirals, come from the city’s status as a major naval base. The club have no real local rival, but matches with FC Teussen Stelburg are always interesting; as they are for any Teus club.

FC ROTMUNDE 1932
Colours: Red and black
Manager: Timo Felder
Stadium: Rotmunde-Stadion (37,000)
Nickname: The Islanders
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Gregor Lehmann (31)
LB -- Heiner Hertner (28)
CB -- Goetxea Shimizu (22) (HIN)
CB -- Erich Thierse (24)
RB -- Jakob Hesse (29)
DM -- Lucas Behrmann (31)
ML -- Nwabudike Ugonna (20) (BNJ)
MC -- Vinzenz Spies (29)
MR -- Raimund Noffke (27)
CF -- Max Koehler (23)
CF -- Theodor Aberbach (34)


Season Preview: Rotmunde’s season last year ended with them just missing out on UICA football, and this season it is hoped that they can get one step closer to that dream. That hope starts from the back, where Erich Thierse and Goetxea Shimizu have formed a formidable centre back pairing throughout their career together so far. Thierse has been capped 9 times by the national team in response to his great development. In the midfield, club legend Marius Starker moved on from the club, so Banijan young winger Nwabudike Ugonna was brought in to replace him. Raimund Noffke and Vinzenz Spies are capable players beside him who will also help in any success for Rotmunde. Up front, Theodor Aberbach proved he was certainly still capable of playing at the highest level last year, and the target man is hoping that he will stay on form this year. Slightly behind him is Max Koehler, a true poacher who managed 16 goals last season. If all goes well, Rotmunde have a strong squad that should easily be able to challenge for UICA qualification.

The Club: Rotmunde is the largest city on the island of the same name, which is located just off the northeastern coast of the country. The city itself is perched high up on the cliffs, and views at the Rotmunde-Stadion often overlook the Nordsee. Rotmunde as a city is often viewed as more working-class, and its supporters often fit that description. The club’s nickname, the Islanders, comes from their identity as the club from Rotmunde Island. The biggest rivalry is, of course, the Northeastern Derby with Felsenkirchen. These two clubs do not like each other at all, and tensions run high on matchday. While Felsenkirchen were generally the more historically successful club, in the modern era Rotmunde are currently better, and their fans are loving every minute of it.

FC ST. JAKOB
Colours: Red and white
Manager: Hermann Frenz
Stadium: Draistadion (60,000)
Nickname: The Saints
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Bernd Falkenberg (24)
LB -- Finngarðr Sigurðrsson (20) (HFD)
CB -- Stefan Licht (27)
CB -- Dino Racic (18) (MYT)
RB -- Matthaus Thiel (29)
CM -- Simon Heinig (26)
CM -- Ronald Wenz (18)
AML -- Jannick Koepen (24)
AMC -- Giorgos Dimitriou (21) (STB)
AMR -- Leo Heiden (22)
CF -- Erwin Bahnsen (21)


Season Preview: The slogan of FC St. Jakob has been, for a few years now, ‘watch the future.’ This is a reference to the transitional phase the club has been in as they develop new young players to lead the team forward. Leo Heiden, Erwin Bahnsen and now Ronald Wenz, Starblaydi midfielder Giorgos Dimitriou and Mytanar young centre back Dino Racic, bought this summer, have been part of this process. Some fans are asking, however, when does it end? When will St. Jakob be challenging for the title again? The new Draistadion was completed this summer in time for the season start, and now seats 60,000 fans. Supporters were hoping that this would be the year they return to the very top of things, however, it seems that another year of the process is on the horizon. This FCSJ team are still developing, but when they reach their potential they will be a force in the division. If the spark comes this year, other teams will need to be prepared.

The Club: St Jakob is the largest city in Siovanija and Teusland, yet FCSJ is the city’s only major club. Historically, there were clubs representing each of the districts of the metropolis, but eventually they all came together under the single banner of FC St. Jakob. As to be expected of a club in the nation’s largest city, it has a tradition of success, but in recent years have been redeveloping the club’s image. A new stadium was just completed, the most modern in the Republikaliga and tied for largest with the Olimpski-Stadion in Borograd. It’s likely that the new Draistadion will be used for national team games in the future. FC St. Jakob, like their city, are seeking to define themselves as a modern, cosmopolitan football club, and are poised for a strong future in the Republikaliga. The club’s nickname, the Saints, comes from the name of the city and club, St. Jakob. There are no other major teams in the city that can be called rivals, but FC Einheit Marnau and VfB Reinbronn are each located near the city. The closest thing St. Jakob have to a derby is with FC Teussen Stelburg, pitting the more modern, bigger St. Jakob against the older, more imperial city of Stelburg.

FC TEUSSEN STELBURG
Colours: Gold and black
Manager: Kaspar Knauer
Stadium: Teussens-Arena (44,000)
Nickname: The Nationals, Teussen
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Julian Fehr (31)
LB -- Dietmar Kleinmann (27)
CB -- Karl-Heinz Jager (19)
CB -- Niels Kronthaler (24)
RB -- Albert Weidemann (29)
CM -- Karl Eicher (27)
CM -- Thorsten Kramer (21)
AML --Alexander Geschke (29)
AMC -- Ernst Schoff (25)
AMR -- Rupert Holz (32)
CF -- Manuel Horn (32)


Season Preview: It’s rare that Teussen fans are worried about an upcoming season, but this is one of those cases. The squad that was left far behind by Olympia Borograd last season has been nearly unchanged, while rivals such as 1912 Stelburg and SW Stahlberg have strengthened. Manuel Horn remains a question mark at centre forward, and for a second straight summer the club failed to acquire top target Ludwig Reichwein. Thorsten Kramer is obviously still a major difference maker for the club, and perhaps now that Ivo Romanov is gone the undisputed best player in the league. Another thing Teussen fans are optimistic about is the debut of Karl-Heinz Jager. The young centre back has been massively hyped for the last several years as the future of both Teussen and the national team’s defence, and led Teussen’s youth team to the best defensive record in the J. Republikaliga last year. He is calm and confident on the ball, and at 19 years old already is capable of leading a backline. He was an integral part of Siovanija and Teusland’s Quarterfinal run at the AOCAF. It’s an interesting year for Teussen, as many people seem to be counting them out of the title race. Maybe that is just what they need to push on and win it again, or perhaps the doubters will be proven right.

The Club: If any team could be described as the ‘biggest’ in this nation, that honour would likely fall to FC Teussen Stelburg. Winners over and over again, the boys in gold and black were the most feared team in the nation for a very long time. Nowadays, Teussen are still giants, and have finished no lower than 3rd in the new Republikaliga. The club’s traditional support base was western and central Stelburg, but really, Teussen fans can be found almost anywhere in Teusland. No Siovanijan would dare support them, however. Teussen are a club with strong heritage roots in Teusland alone, and as club policy do not sign players from Siovanija or abroad. This has been criticized by other clubs and even some of the team’s own supporters, and in the new modern age of the Republikaliga it remains to be seen how long it will last. The club are mainly nicknamed and referred to in everyday speech as ‘Teussen’, but another nickname is the Nationals, taken from their gold-black colours (national colours of Teusland) and those strong patriotic roots. In terms of rivalries, there are so many it is difficult to list. 1912 Stelburg are the main historic rivals, with the clubs contesting the Stelburg Derby. FC St. Jakob are another rival, a clash between differing cities each representing different values in the new Republic. Almost any team from Teusland considers a match with Teussen to be incredibly important due to the club’s history of excellence. But most Teussen fans consider their biggest rivals to be Olympia Borograd, in what is referred to as the National Derby. Olympia are Teussen’s equivalent in Siovanija, the biggest club with a rich history. Thus, the clubs compete to be the nation’s #1, and in addition old animosity between Siovanija and Teusland often comes through on derby day. It is not a game for the faint of heart, and in recent years has seen some great matches.

FK METROPOLA BOROGRAD
Colours: Purple and white
Manager: Sretan Ivanov
Stadium: Metropola-Stadion (49,000)
NIckname: The Mets
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Viktor Venev (32)
LB -- Lyubomir Dimitrov (24)
CB -- Todor Bachev (29)
CB -- Krum Kynev (28)
RB -- Radko Rusev (28)
DM -- Jerat-Jonto Jan (22) (QUS)
ML -- Boris Bachev (25)
MC -- George t’son d’Haxli (23) (MRA)
MR -- Bogdan Nakov (30)
CF -- Anton Dimitrov (24)
CF -- Stanimir Ilev (23)


Season Preview: The Sretan Ivanov era is officially underway at the Metropola-Stadion, and Metropola fans are hopeful their club can finally reach the heights they have been promised so often. A team with the likes of Viktor Venev, Lyubomir Dimitrov and Anton Dimitrov should be able to finish higher than 8th as they did last season, and Ivanov agrees. He’s changed the formation up, with the team now looking to use a diamond 4-4-2 formation. George t’son d’Haxli, who had a solid debut year last year, is going to be relied upon as an important playmaker this season as well. The Mets also bought Qusmi defensive midfielder Jerat-Jonto Jan. The player, who has already been nicknamed ‘JJJ’ by supporters, is a physical force in midfield, and they are willing to step up to any challenge presented. That’s just the edge Metropola needs, after years of perhaps crumbling under adversity. There’s hope around Borograd that this year, finally, Metropola has what it takes to return to UICA football and perhaps even challenge for the title.

The Club: FK Metropola Borograd are located in the capital city of our nation, and largely draw their support in the downtown core of central Borograd, also extending into some of the western suburbs. The boys in purple are very similar to 1912 Stelburg in terms of community involvement, as they come from a very similar background. Thus, Metropola and 1912 have become quite friendly with each other, each set of fans often enjoying away day trips. Metropola have been a major force in community revitalization projects on Borograd’s downtown East Side, which was once a rundown area transforming now to a new life. Metropola have a reputation of lower-class origins in the city of Borograd, but have still developed into one of the most popular, healthiest clubs in the nation. The club are usually called the Mets by their fans, but another nickname is the Violets, coming from the purple colour of their shirts. There is no match more important to Metropola supporters than the Borograd Derby, the contest with Olympia Borograd. It’s a game that has seen its fair share of violence in the past, and much to the disappointment of Metropola fans, their club has not performed all too well in recent years. These groups of supporters are not friendly whatsoever, and the match has been described as the second fiercest in the nation, behind only the Pomorie/Marzig Derby.

FK POMORIE
Colours: Red and black
Manager: Demitar Zherkov
Stadium: Pomorie-Arena (32,000)
Nickname: The Guards
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Anatoli Svetikov (25)
LB -- Ventseslav Tanev (28)
CB -- Gavril Kirilov (29)
CB -- Anton Petkov (25)
RB -- Yanko Georgiev (29)
CM -- Martin Vasev (28)
CM -- Pavel Lipev (23)
AML -- Lubomir Ivanov (24)
AMC -- Gregor Strashilov (28)
AMR -- Ivo Ilev (25)
CF -- Bozhidar Dimitrov (29)


Season Preview: The last transfer window was a real question mark for FK Pomorie fans, and they seem to have made it through untouched. Despite plenty of interest from foreign clubs, Anatoli Sveteikov decided to spend at least one more year at his hometown club. Rumoured interest from Olympia Borograd in Ivo Ilev never developed, and thus both star men stay at the club. Pomorie are hoping again to avoid relegation, and consolidate a position in the Republikaliga. Another major aim is to win the Pomorie-Marzig Derby, perhaps the most important part of any season. Pomorie fans will be hoping that the one season they spent in the 2. Republikaliga was a complete anomaly, and that they will be in the top division for good.

The Club: Founded at a time when ethnic conflict dominated the city of Pomorie, the football club quickly came to symbolize the Siovanijan community of the city. The city of Pomorie (also known as Marzig) is split 50% Siovanijan and 50% Teus, and dispute over which nation should rule the city helped sparked the Great Civil War (1890-95) between Siovanija and Teusland. The club remains at the forefront of the Siovanijan community in the city, and many of its supporters are drawn from the west side. The club’s nickname, the Guards, comes from a famed infantry regiment in the Siovanijan Army during the Civil War that was given the name the ‘Guards of Pomorie.’ There is only one rival that can be named here, as every other match is insignificant. The match with TSV Marzig, the cross-town neighbours, is the most violent, intense and important derby match in the nation. Police have ensured that the game is not as filled with hooligans as it once was, and tickets for the match come at extremely high prices. A seat in the away end in modern times requires a police background check, and if anything political has happened in the city in recent days, away fans may be banned. This tension means that the football on display is some of the highest quality in the nation, however, as both sides are absolutely desperate to win.

FK VLAIKOGRAD 1896
Manager: Veslin Patanov
Stadium: Jezera-Stadion (34,000)
Nickname: The Lakers, The Royals
Colours: Purple and yellow
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Velizar Bachev (34)
LB -- Dobrin Dinev (32)
CB -- Gavril Ivanov (29)
CB -- Boyko Rysniov (25)
RB -- Atanas Velikov (28)
CM -- Miladin Kochanov (20)
CM -- Fidan Kostov (31)
AML -- Bogdan Tonchev (25)
AMC -- Liben Kochanov (30)
AMR -- Bendegúz Kádár (18) (PAS)
CF -- Tihomir Delikov (25)


Season Preview: Problems could be on the horizon here for FK Vlaikograd 1896 this year. Last season the team’s offence dried up, as they only scored 58 goals while conceding 80. Then, in the offseason, the team’s talisman Varban Spasov was sold to Turoki United of the Vilitan league. That certainly caused worry in the minds of Vlaikograd fans, and moves were swiftly made to replace him. Miladin Kochanov, who made a few appearances last season and looked up to par, will come into the first team squad. In addition, the Pasargan youngster Bendegúz Kádár was acquired on a free transfer, and will start at right wing. Kadar is a tall, powerful winger who seems to have a playstyle matching the league well. Kelssek young international goalkeeper Cathal Gallagher was also purchased this offseason, and can expect to earn starts in some league and most cup matches this year. The plan, according to manager Patanov, is for him to be the starting goalkeeper at the club by next season. A lot of pressure is on the squad to maintain Vlaikograd’s status in the Republikaliga, and that is a goal they should certainly be able to achieve this year.

The Club: Vlaikograd is a city located in northwestern Siovanija, in the Great Lakes region of that Republic. It was once the primary hub of Siovanija, home of both commerce and government. After the Great Civil War, however, it lost its place to Borograd, which eventually became capital of the United Republics. Vlaikograd is a city similar to Stelburg in feel, both accepting modernity while still seeming like a relic of a long-gone past. FK Vlaikograd 1896 are the biggest club in both Vlaikograd and the Great Lakes region, and despite usually being a midtable club draw wide support from across Siovanija. The club’s main nickname is the Lakers, coming from the city’s location in the Lake Country, and are also sometimes referred to as the Royals due to their purple colour scheme. Vlaikograd’s biggest rivals would be second division neighbours Zvezda Vlaikograd, but games with both Borograd teams, Metropola and Olympia, are always of particular interest for Vlaikograd supporters.

MARLESEE 97
Colours: Blue and white
Manager: Magnus Herschlag
Stadium: Marlebucht-Energie Arena (30,000)
Nickname: The Blues, The Sea Lions
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Lucas Dorn (31)
LB -- Rainer Schaudinger (29)
CB -- Richard Mallwitz (30)
CB -- Jochen Gebauer (28)
RB -- Andreas Achenbach (29)
CM -- Volkhardt Romberg (23)
CM -- Ole Jost (28)
AML -- Ingolf Kruger (23)
AMC -- Yannik Lehrer (30)
AMR -- Yannick Lange (25)
CF --Werner Schott (29)


Season Preview: Marlesee 97 will be a team to watch in the Republikaliga this year. The squad remains unchanged from the team that finished 17th in the division last year, yet are also the team that finished 8th just two seasons ago. Exactly which version of Marlesee we get is unknown. If Ingolf Kruger and Yannick Lange, unquestionably the two talisman of attack for the Blues, can get going it will see them return to what is generally regarded as their traditional territory of mid-table, or perhaps even higher. Areas of question remain, up front. Marlesee scored only 36 goals last year, 2nd worst in the league. That is a stat that will have to change if Marlesee are to finish higher up the table, and Werner Schott will be counted on to hopefully return to form this year.

The Club: Located along the Nordsee coast of Teusland just 50km from the frontier with Siovanija, Marlesee 97 are a club with a great support base in their own city. The town most known for its cold temperatures rather than anything else is electric on matchday, with the whole town seeming to be draped in blue and white. They’ve never seemed to have luck on their side, however, and misfortunes come one after another. Marlesee fans are hoping that that will finally be over soon. The club’s main nickname is the Blues, coming from the colour of their shirts, but they are also commonly referred to as the Sea Lions, that being an animal frequently seen in the harbour of the city. The club’s closest rival would be the other club in town, VfB Marlesee, but this is a relationship more between brothers than enemies. A small rivalry exists with FC Felsenkirchen 1879, who also are nicknamed the Blues and are also from the north coast, but this is quite one-sided, mostly from Marlesee supporters. The club also has a small rivalry with TSV Marzig, with Marzig being the closest Republikaliga club. Again, however, it is mostly one-sided as Marzig are much more concerned with enemies Pomorie. Thus, Marlesee have no true rivals, and thus are often a favourite ‘underdog’ team in the league.

OLYMPIA BOROGRAD
Colours: Green and white
Manager: Ludmil Strashilov
Stadium: Olympski-Stadion (60,000)
Nicknames: The Greens
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Yanko Zhelyaskov (22)
LB -- Samuil Karalevov (29)
CB -- Nikola Karapetrov (26)
CB -- Yasen Kynev (29)
RB -- Noë Rénault (31) (MRA)
CM -- Vladimir Kostov (31)
CM -- Icarus Darsten (24) (QAD)
AML -- Georgi Lukonov (29)
AMC -- Valko Tinchev (24)
AMR -- Aleksander Lukonov (23)
CF -- Krasimir Kynev (23)


Season Preview: Olympia Borograd enter season 4 of the Republikaliga as defending Champions, with the highest point total ever earned by any club in the league’s history. It was the perfect farewell to club legend Ivo Romanov, who became the most well-known player from our nation to transfer overseas, joining Brenecian league champions Rozelle. That meant that Olympia would enter the transfer market to replace him, and all indications show they’ve done a good job so far. Qasden national team captain Icarus Darsten decided to join the club, a major statement of intent from the Borograd boys. Darsten adds to a midfield already containing national team destroyer Vladimir Kostov, a duo that could be the best in the Republikaliga. Aleksander Lukonov, who put up 12 goals last season for relegated FK Raketa Bukovets, was also bought by the club, slotting in at Romanov’s old number 11 position. Olympia still have a very, very good squad, and are hoping to challenge for the title again. It’s unlikely they can reach 82 points again in what will be perhaps the most competitive title race yet, but look for Olympia to be in the running right till the end. The club will also be participating the UICA Champion’s Cup, and hope to have success on that massive international stage as well.

The Club: Olympia Borograd have always been Siovanija’s number one club. Champions or challengers nearly every year in the old separate Republic leagues, Olympia built a legendary legacy of success. In the Republikaliga too, they’ve been eager to continue that legend. Other than a down year in the first season, they have finished 2nd and 1st. That title win was done with the most points in like history, a remarkable 82. Right now, Olympia can boast national team stars Krasimir Kynev, Yanko Zhelyaskov and Vladimir Kostov among their ranks, as well as the captain of Qasden’s national team Icarus Darsten. This is a squad used to success, and their fans expect it of them. They draw support everywhere inside the boundaries of Siovanija, but are of course concentrated at home in the suburbs of Borograd. The club’s nickname are the Greens, coming from the dark green shirts and shorts the club have worn throughout their history. The club has two main rivalries, which are the Borograd Derby match with cross-town enemies FK Metropola Borograd. This game has a history of fan troubles, as seen at the end of last season when Olympia defeated their rival 5-1. There is nothing Olympia supporters like better than beating Metropola, and the reverse is true. The National Derby contests with FC Teussen Stelburg are another heated match-up, as the historic big clubs from each Republic go head-to-head in a match that often heats up due to nationalist sentiment. Last season, the teams traded blow-outs, with Olympia defeating Teussen 5-0 in the first match-up, and Teussen returning the favour with the exact same scoreline later on in the season. This year’s clashes should be interesting, and are always eagerly awaited. A competitive rivalry has also been brewing in recent years with SW Stahlberg, after a tension-filled match between the teams ended in a 3-3 draw, 14 arrests and a suspension to Stahlberg’s Paul Schorner after punches were thrown in the tunnel following the game. Matches with Energija Chernovets are also usually fun, with Chernovets in recent years having challenged Olympia for the title of Siovanija’s team.

RUDAR TRKEV
Colours: Grey and red
Manager: Veselin Bachev
Stadium: Trkev-Arena (25,000)
Nickname: The Greys
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Miroslav Tonchev (28)
LB -- Iliya Karapetrov (24)
CB -- Todor Pingov (28)
CB -- Aleksander Popov (25)
RB -- Miro Valiereva (30)
CM -- Dimitar Botev (28)
CM -- Konstantin Kochanov (29)
AML -- Cezary Helmuth (21) (NPH)
AMC -- Evgeni Bakalov (22)
AMR -- Gavril Bukharov (28)
CF -- Radko Boichev (25)


Season Preview: Rudar Trkev were once the surprise team of the Republikaliga, finishing 5th and seeing Veselin Bachev named Manager of the Year. That was some time ago now, however, and the club managed to avoid the drop last season by only 5 points. Rudar are a side that play quick football, and are one of the lower-table teams that retain an offensive style matching that of much of the league. That’s centred around Evgeni Bakalov, who was an offensive key for the team during that 5th place finish season, and is really the only reason Trkev managed to stay up last year. Iliya Karapetrov had a disappointing year last year, the widely praised young left back just a bit off the pace. This year, Trkev will be hoping for a bounce back season from him and much of the team. Joining the attack also is young Nepharim winger Cezary Helmuth, described as a dynamic and pacy winger that can cause problems for defences. He’s still a raw talent, but Trkev believe he can contribute immediately. This team are better than last year’s finish would suggest, but at the same time aren’t likely to come 5th again. Look for a midtable finish from the Greys this year.

The Club: Trkev is a town on the southern coast of Siovanija with a mine, a port and not much else. It’s often a target of mockery by other towns in the Republic for its boring reputation, and if we must be honest, they often come quite close to the target. Rudar Trkev are thus one of the main forms of entertainment in town, along with a somewhat successful professional hockey team. Rudar fill the 25,000 seat Trkev-Arena whenever they play at home, and are often praised for bringing a small-town feel to the league. Rudar are nicknamed the Greys as a result of their grey coloured kits. The club’s biggest rivals are FK Orlovska Bistrica, a competitive rivalry between clubs that are usually around the same level. Orlovska Bistrica are currently languishing in the 2. Republikaliga, however, and will thus need to earn promotion if this rivalry is to return. The closest local team are Vrnovo Mesto, somewhat of a Southern derby, but there is not much history between the teams to create a fierce atmosphere.

SV PREISFELD
Colours: Black and yellow
Manager: Walter Kippel
Stadium: SV-Arena (31,000)
Nicknames: The Bees
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Ferdinard Goldblum (34)
LB -- Olaf Heinz (27)
CB -- Albert Bohmer (30)
CB -- Janik Blocher (29)
RB -- Moritz Neumayer (30)
CM -- Wilhelm Hartmann (31)
CM -- Patrik Palme (28)
AML -- Mario Kogler (22)
AMC -- Leonard Kuhn (24)
AMR -- Matheo Reiter (21)
CF -- Louis Brunner (24)


Season Preview: Preisfeld make their return to the Republikaliga after a season away, having been champions of the 2. Republikaliga last season with 73 points. Walter Kippel’s boys are back, and they have the same backline as they did last time out. The hope is obviously that a more experienced defence corp, which shipped 32 goals in the admittedly lower scoring second division, will be able to hold on in the Republikaliga. Further up, Preisfeld should bring some excitement to the league with several fast, young talents. Mario Kogler is perhaps the best of these, a strong and fast winger who dominated the 2. Republikaliga last year. The goal for the Bees will be to avoid relegation, a task they should be capable of achieving.

The Club: Preisfeld is best known as the midway point between Stelburg and St. Jakob along the main highway and railway systems through Teusland. Still a decently sized city, Preisfeld is a bit bigger than several other cities in its region, and is a hub of commerce for the area. The city is rapidly growing, and the hope is that the football club will match its pace. Back into the top division this year, SV Preisfeld certainly has a chance of staying there. On the pitch, the club have traditionally been back and forth between the divisions, and are hoping the stay in the Republikaliga this time will be longer. The club are affectionately known as the Bees due to the colours of their kit, black and yellow. The club’s nearest rival are VfL Reinbronn, and while the two clubs don’t like each other very much, it is not as intense as some other rivalries in the nation.

SW STAHLBERG
Colours: Grey and black
Manager: Gerd Hennig
Stadium: Stahlarbeiter-Union Arena (35,000)
Nickname: The Miners
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- David Beck (31)
LB -- Paul Schorner (27)
CB -- Karsten Lichtwark (30)
CB -- Jonas Breukelen (19) (AUD)
RB -- Ernst Felder (27)
LM -- Lutz von Bergen (26)
CM -- John Ferry (29) (SCO)
RM -- Andreas Wentzel (27)
LF -- Wulf Lemberger (32)
CF -- Michael Ribbeck (20)
RF -- Rainer Klebs (28)


Season Preview: This is a scary, scary SW Stahlberg team. For the last few years, the team have been competing right at the top of the Republikaliga, led by young phenom Michael Ribbeck. Questions were asked, however, if the supporting cast at the back and in midfield would be enough to to win a league title. Those questions look so strange now, looking down this Stahlberg squad. In midfield, Lutz von Bergen has become a key player for the national team, while Andreas Wentzel came alive during last year’s President’s Cup championship run. In between those two, Stahlberg boast John Ferry. The Schottic midfielder won the Pasargan league title and was once listed amongst the ‘Galacticos’ rankings as one of the top players in the world. He will be one of the best players in the league this season. At the back, Paul Schorner has himself earned a few national team caps, while Karsten Lichtwark remains the calm, collected captain of the team. Beside him, Jonas Breukelen broke into the Audioslavia squad for World Cup 81, and is set to be a mainstay in the first team this season. This is a great Stahlberg squad that are if not title favourites, certainly going to be in contention. Fresh off a President’s Cup win last season, there’s no reason why Stahlberg cannot go all the way and become league champions.

The Club: Stahlberg is a city perched high up in the Mittelgebirge that separate the west and eastern halves of the country, and thus the republics of Siovanija and Teusland. The number one industry in the town by far is the mines, which almost everyone living in the town are related to in some way. Even the club, SW (Stahlwerke) Stahlberg are owned by the Miner’s Union in town. There is thus a great relationship between club and community, and the attractive attacking football played by the team under manager Gerd Hennig has lead them to become one of the Republikaliga’s finest. The club’s nickname are the Miners, quite obviously given based around the culture of the city they call home. There are no real local rivals, but competitive rivalries have developed with Olympia Borograd and FC Teussen Stelburg. The Olympia rivalry dates back to a fiery 3-3 draw 2 seasons ago, while the President’s Cup Final of last season between Stahlberg and Teussen should set the stage for future fireworks when they face off.

TSV MARZIG
Colours: White and blue
Manager: Max Schillinger
Stadium: Vest-Marlebucht-Stadion (29,000)
Nickname: The Knights, The Gulls
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Heinz Schutz (31)
LB -- Henry Loffler (27)
CB -- Reiner Lilienthal (29)
CB -- Konrad Hertzberg (28)
RB -- Benedikt Tetzlaff (30)
ML -- Fritz Kolbluhm (29)
MC -- Kurt Hochberg (25)
MC -- Kurt Witzel (19)
MR -- Yannick Merz (30)
CF -- Ludwig Reichwein (24)
CF -- Takashi Matsumoto (20) (STB)


Season Preview: It’s going to be a fun season at the Vest-Marlebucht-Stadion. The club have top forward Ludwig Reichwein ready to fire up front, with him vowing this offseason to win a trophy with his hometown club. He’s being joined by a new strike partner up front, Takashi Matsumoto being promoted from the youth squad. The young Starblaydi is a strong target man, who can expect quality service from the wide players. Waiting patiently behind them for his chance is 18-year old Horst Hackl, who led the J. Republikaliga in scoring last year and is expected to lead the line for the national team at the Di Bradini Cup. Young Kurt Witzel has also been promoted to the first team squad, as many players from the team that won the J. Republikaliga can expect to do in the coming years. Witzel has the ability to launch beautiful passes cutting open defences, and is going to be relied on heavily this year. The backline is perhaps Marzig’s weakest point, but Heinz Schutz is a capable keeper who can make up for that. Marzig will be a fun team to watch, and while they may not always get a result, will be worth the price of admission.

The Club: Marzig are a club located in what is officially known as the city of Pomorie, in the Republic of Siovanija. However, make no mistake, this is not a Siovanijan club. TSV Marzig is the club for those Teus speakers who live in the city of Pomorie/Marzig, who make up about 47% of the population. TSV Marzig are most known for their physical playstyle, making them a tough away trip for every team in the division. This has won them the respect, however, of many teams and fanbases in the league. They are also known for top quality youth facilities, and several of the nation’s top players got their starts in Marzig’s academy. The club have two common nicknames, the Knights and the Gulls. The Knights nickname comes from the fact that the original settlement of Marzig was founded by the Knights of the Order of St. Gustaf, a religious/military order that was tasked with expanding into Siovanija and converting the populace. Marzig was the main fortification/settlement of the Order, and its legacy remains to this day. A knight of this Order is even pictured on the club’s badge, and thus the nickname Knights. The Gulls nickname comes from the fact that the birds are often seen over the harbour, and their white colour matches the colour of Marzig’s home kit. TSV Marzig’s main rivals are cross-town neighbours FK Pomorie, who they take on in the Pomorie/Marzig Derby. We’ve covered the historical origins of the conflict in our description of Pomorie, so here we’ll look at some recent results. TSV Marzig have frankly dominated the rivalry in the Republikaliga era, not losing once against the foe. That run includes 5-2 and 4-0 wins that sent their fans into raptures. TSV Marzig are a team very much on the up in the league, and they will be hoping to continue their dominance in the derby in the future.

VFB LAUNITZ
Colours: Black and white
Manager: Gunter Aust
Stadium: Launitz-Hauptstadion (29,000)
Nickname: The Zebras
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Ole Sauer (37)
LB -- Lorenz Heuberger (25)
CB -- Gunter Hering (29)
CB -- Lukas Keilberth (30)
RB -- Rupert Brahms (28)
DM -- Hannes Brunner (27)
CM -- Ruud Winsemius (19) (AUD)
CM -- Viktor Ehlers (24)
AML -- Torben Blocher (24)
AMR -- Dietrich Scheck (29)
CF -- Andreas Lauer (27)


Season Preview: No one at the Launitz-Hauptstadion is quite too sure what to expect from this team. They did manage a 9th placed finish last season, but that doesn’t tell the full story. Launitz scored only 46 goals, of course having a solid defensive record of only 51 goals against. It’s unlikely, however, that that can be sustained this year and the team will need goals if they want a solid position in the table. One addition was made to the squad, with Audioslavian youngster Ruud Winsemius joining in the centre of the park. Winsemius and Viktor Ehlers are expected to form a partnership that will hopefully help with getting the ball into forward positions so that Andreas Lauer in particular, a strong poacher, can get on the end of it. At the back, Ole Sauer is still the number one choice in goal, but this may be the legendary keeper’s final season after all. Ulf Havardsson, the keeper from Halfdansodal, will likely see some starts in the league and cup as well.

The Club: Launitz are a club that have traditionally hovered around the lower midtable in the league, with two 17th placed finishes in recent years in the Republikaliga. Last year, the Zebras managed to outperform all expectations and finish 9th in the league. Launitz is a city located roughly equidistant between Stelburg and Kaiserhaven, but has no real attractions or reasons to stop in. It is home to several universities, however, and is famous in the nation as a student city. Launitz don’t have a major natural rival, the closest neighbours being FC Giesenau in the 2. Republikaliga.

VRNOVO MESTO
Colours: Orange and blue
Manager: Lyoben Zhalikov
Stadium: Ostrovi-Arena (26,000)
Nicknames: The Islanders
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Stanimir Antonov (31)
LWB -- Noboru (25) (DAI)
CB -- Daniel Pingov (28)
CB -- Radko Dinev (27)
CB -- Andon Vakev (25)
RWB -- Damyan Karalevov (30)
DM -- Radoslav Dimitrov (30)
CM -- Ivan Paskalev (28)
CM -- Krasimir Pramatarov (29)
CF -- Stanimir Varbanov (28)
CF -- Ilian Strashilov (31)


Season Preview: There are some nerves at the Ostrovi-Arena this year, and some Vrnovo Mesto fans are worried this could be the year their team goes down. Vrnovo have managed to keep themselves in the Republikaliga the last few seasons thanks to their strong efforts on defence, but the worry is that this year, in a league more skilled and more attacking than ever, it could all be for naught. Vrnovo Mesto simply lack what’s needed up front to push forwards from their current position, and they may be in trouble come crunch time. Of course, we’ve said that for the past 3 seasons as well, and they proved us wrong each time. There’s a different mood in Vrnovo this time, however, and survival would be well-received by the club’s supporters.

The Club: Siovanija’s southern islands are known for a warmer climate compared to much of the nation, and a much different lifestyle. The capital city of this region is Vrnovo, the town that started as a naval base and is now an economic and cultural hub of the region. It is also home to two football clubs, Vrnovo Mesto and lower division NK Vrnovo. There isn’t much of a crosstown rivalry, however, and Mesto and NK fans have been known to support the other. Vrnovo Mesto are well known for their strong travelling contingent of supporters, who support the team through anything. They are also known for their extremely pragmatic football, which has made them a disliked yet also respected team in the Republikaliga. They are known as the Islanders for their status as the representative club of the Siovanijan southern islands in the top division.

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Republikaliga Season IV: Part I


The Republikaliga returns for its 4th season, and this year of football began with international matches for several teams.

UICA First Preliminary Round
Globe Cup
Energija Chernovets 3-1 River Ghee (MRL)
River Ghee (MRL) 1-2 Energija Chernovets


Dalfspor (ZNY) 0-1 SW Stahlberg
SW Stahlberg 1-1 Dalfspor (ZNY)


Both Energija Chernovets and SW Stahlberg survived early challenges in the Globe Cup. Miro Dinev’s brace at home helped the Canaries to a 3-1 win, while it was a Viktor Dimitrov free kick goal in the second leg that gave Chernovets the winner away from home in a 2-1 victory that secured the overall 5-2 aggregate win. John Ferry opened his Stahlberg account in the first leg against Dalfspor, but it was Wulf Lemberger’s 24th minute strike at home that was the overall winner in the tie, as Stahlberg defeat Dalfspor 2-1 on aggregate.

AOCL Preliminary Round
St Warren City (CBP) 1-2 Olympia Borograd
Olympia Borograd 2-1 St Warren City (CBP)


Olympia Borograd become the first Republikaliga club to advance to the group stage of the AO Champion’s League, thanks to the 4-2 aggregate win over Baker Park’s St Warren City. Each match was closely contested, with Olympia new man Aleksander Lukonov providing the winner in the 87th minute of the first leg. Back at the Olimpski-Stadion, Krasimir Kynev would manage a brace to give the Greens safe passage in the tie.

UICA Second Preliminary Round
Champion’s Cup
Olympia Borograd 1-1 Bourlain (MRL)
Bourlain (MRL) 1-2 Olympia Borograd


A character result in this tie from Olympia Borograd. Icarus Darsten grabbed his first goal for the club in the home leg, but it was cancelled out by a late equalizer from Bourlain. Away from home for the second leg, Bourlain managed an early goal and were 1-0 up at half-time. Aleksander Lukonov brought Olympia level in the 64th minute, before Krasimir Kynev grabbed the winner at the death for Olympia to give them the 3-2 win on aggregate.

Globe Cup
Energija Chernovets 4-0 Latrobe AFC (KSK)
Latrobe AFC (KSK) 1-1 Energija Chernovets


SW Stahlberg 2-0 Mallox (COS)
Mallox (COS) 0-0 SW Stahlberg


FC Teussen Stelburg 2-0 Ballina FC (NWK)
Ballina FC (NWK) 1-3 FC Teussen Stelburg


Wins all around for Republikaliga clubs in the Globe Cup this round. Energija Chernovets were dominant in the first leg against Latrobe, with Miro Dinev grabbing two goals, and Viktor Dimitrov and Evgeni Antonov adding to the parade. The 4-0 win gave Energija a lot of comfort going into the away leg, and an early Vsevolod Hristov goal away all but killed the tie. Latrobe would manage an equalizer in that match, seeing it end 1-1, but was not near overturning the deficit and Chernovets win 5-1 on aggregate. SW Stahlberg managed to pull off a major upset over Cosumarite club Mallox. It was a fast, attacking Stahlberg side that did the damage in the first leg, with Michael Ribbeck and John Ferry each grabbing goals. In the second leg, a disciplined, mentally resilient Stahlberg side held firm despite a storm from Mallox, and saw out a 0-0 draw that heralded Stahlberg’s victory in the tie. For FC Teussen Stelburg, Ballina FC offered little challenge, with a 5-1 aggregate win seeing Manuel Horn grab a brace at home, before an early Thorsten Kramer goal in the second leg put the tie to bed.

Cup Winners’ Cup Preliminary Round
SW Stahlberg 2-0 Clayton City SC (CBP)
Clayton City SC (CBP) 1-0 SW Stahlberg


Ribbeck grabbed both goals for Stahlberg in the first leg against Clayton City, and while Clayton put a lot of pressure on Stahlberg in the second leg, only managed one goal which was not enough. Stahlberg advance to the first round of the Cygnus Cup.

UICA Third Preliminary Round
Champion’s Cup
Vidial Alchemists (MRN) 0-5 Olympia Borograd
Olympia Borograd 1-0 Vidial Alchemists (MRN)


A glory, glory night under the lights for Olympia Borograd in the opening leg of their Champion’s Cup tie with Vidial Alchemists. Krasimir Kynev scored two early goals and Aleksander Lukonov added another before half-time to make the score 3-0. In the second half, Kynev scored another to earn himself the match ball, while Vladimir Kostov scored a final fifth goal. Back at home, Icarus Darsten scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win for the Greens. Two nights that won’t soon be forgotten by the Olympia support, and their club advance to within two matches of the Champion’s Cup group stage.

Globe Cup
FC Teussen Stelburg 3-1 Rybalty (SOU)
Rybalty (SOU) 1-1 FC Teussen Stelburg


Arsenal de Relenthi (AFT) 3-0 SW Stahlberg
SW Stahlberg 1-1 Arsenal de Relenthi (AFT)


Crvena Zvezda (MYT) 3-0 Energija Chernovets
Energija Chernovets 1-4 Crvena Zvezda (MYT)


Other preliminary round results, however, were not as rosy for Republikaliga clubs. A strong home first leg from FC Teussen Stelburg saw them past Rybalty, Karl-Heinz Jager nodding home the third goal of the match to ensure the advantage. The away leg passed without much concern for them. SW Stahlberg, however, were battered away from home by Arsenal de Relenthi, and could only managed a Lutz von Bergen free kick in the second leg as their sole consolation. Mytanar champions Crvena Zvezda made quick work of Energija Chernovets as well, a 3-0 win at home for them followed by a 4-1 domination of Chernovets. So, two Republikaliga clubs remain in UICA competition, Olympia Borograd and FC Teussen Stelburg.

UICA Play-Off Round
Champion’s Cup

Sterling City United (DAR) 1-1 Olympia Borograd
Olympia Borograd 3-1 Sterling City United (DAR)


Olympia Borograd are going to the Champion’s Cup group stage! Krasimir Kynev scored the crucial away goal in the first leg, and added a brace in the home leg to put Olympia Borograd past Sterling City United 4-2 on aggregate. The national champions are the lowest seed in the entire Champion’s Cup group stage, but hey, they’re still out there! A huge achievement for Borograd and the entire Republikaliga, especially after having lost Ivo Romanov this summer. With the Borograd hero’s new club Rozelle in pot 3, wouldn’t it be something to have Romanov’s return take place in the Champion’s Cup?

Globe Cup

Cactus City SC (NFK) 1-0 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Teussen Stelburg 2-0 Cactus City SC (A.E.T)


FC Teussen Stelburg also win their play-off round tie against Cactus City SC, showing character in a strong second leg victory. Manuel Horn’s penalty in the 78th minute evened the tie for the home team, and it was Thorsten Kramer in the 112th minute that scored the winner for Teussen. 2 more games stand between them and the Globe Cup group stage; they’ll have to go through Real Azuris from Cosumar to do it.

UICA Qualifying Round
Globe Cup

Real Azuris (COS) 1-1 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Teussen Stelburg 1-3 Real Azuris (COS)


And so Teussen’s run in international competition comes to an end. There was some optimism after the first leg, which saw an Ernst Schoff second half goal give Teussen an away goal and a 1-1 draw heading back home. However, Azuris put any doubt away with 2 early first half goals. Thorsten Kramer could only score when already down 3-1, and the pre-season run of UICA fixtures comes to an end.

Cygnus Cup First Round

Newrook City (NPH) 2-0 SW Stahlberg
SW Stahlberg 1-0 Newrook City


Stahlberg go out of the Cup Winner’s Cup at the hands of Nepharim side Newrook. The first leg saw a strong defensive showing from the home side, and goals coming to give them a solid advantage heading into the game at the home of the Miners. Back home, John Ferry scored a drive from outside the box and Stahlberg earned the win on the day, but it wasn’t enough to advance in the cup.

With the early international competitions out of the way, it’s time for the start of the Republikaliga season!

Matchday 1

Vrnovo Mesto 5–3 Energija Chernovets
TSV Marzig 4–1 SV Preisfeld
1912 Stelburg 3–0 VfB Launitz
SW Stahlberg 0–0 FK Pomorie
Olympia Borograd 3–1 FC Einheit Marnau
Marlesee 97 3–2 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 3–1 1828 Pomen
FC Kaiserhaven 1–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC St. Jakob 2–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Teussen Stelburg 4–2 Rudar Trkev


Here we go! Vrnovo Mesto exploded for a 5-goal stunning win at home over Energija Chernovets. Stanimir Varbanov had 2 goals in the first half to put the hosts up 4-1 at the half. Miroslav Dinev would score in the second, and Vsevolod Hristov would get his first Republikaliga goal, but it was overall one to forget for Chernovets. Speaking of first goals, Marzig forward Takashi Matsumoto has one of his own as well, heading in off a corner to put his side 3-0 ahead at Preisfeld. Marzig would take the win 4-1. 1912 Stelburg’s season also got off to a good start, with Elias Eicke scoring from the spot in a 3-0 home win over Launitz. SW Stahlberg were held by a tricky Pomorie side, and Olympia Borograd’ Aleksander Lukonov made a huge impression on his debut, a brace for the new man in the 3-1 win over Marnau. 1828 Pomen’s Republikaliga journey got off to a difficult start, having a 1-0 lead at halftime before eventually falling 3-1. Paulus Leistner scored for Kaiserhaven, but it was Theodor Aberbach that rescued a point for Rotmunde in the match. FC St. Jakob had little trouble with Vlaikograd in the first match at the new Draistadion, winning 2-0. Leo Heiden had the first goal in the new stadium for the club. Elsewhere, it was a strong 4-2 win for FC Teussen Stelburg over Rudar Trkev, Manuel Horn having a brace for Teussen.

Matchday 2

Energija Chernovets 4–4 Rudar Trkev
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–0 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Rotmunde 1932 1–0 FC St. Jakob
1828 Pomen 0–2 FC Kaiserhaven
FK Metropola Borograd 5–3 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC Einheit Marnau 2–4 Marlesee 97
FK Pomorie 1–1 Olympia Borograd
VfB Launitz 3–3 SW Stahlberg
SV Preisfeld 3–5 1912 Stelburg
Vrnovo Mesto 0–1 TSV Marzig


Energija Chernovets have been slow coming out of the gate this season, and they came away with only a draw at home against Rudar Trkev. Down 4-2 with 15 on the clock, it was Dragomir Nikolov and Miroslav Dinev to the rescue for the Atoms, they take a point. Vlaikograd defeat Teussen at home, Atanas Velikov scoring in only the 3rd minute to get things underway for the hosts. Nwabudike Ogbonna opened his Republikaliga account, a great strike from inside the box enough to give Rotmunde the win over St. Jakob. Jean-Alain Huot was the best player on the pitch by far in Kaiserhaven’s win over 1828 Pomen, and has 2 assists to show for it. Anton Dimitrov managed the first hat-trick of the season in Metropola’s victory over Felsenkirchen, the host side leading at one point 5-1 before conceding two late goals. Ingolf Kruger had two goals for Marlesee in a home win over Marnau, while FK Pomorie again proved difficult to beat: holding the champions to only one goal from Kynev, and managing a point. SW Stahlberg were rather flat against Launitz, Lemberger, Ferry and Ribbeck having the goals for the visitors. In the end, Launitz equalized in the 90+6 minute, coming off the head of legendary goalkeeper Ole Sauer. Jasno Odonelec’s first and second goals in the Republikaliga came in handy for 1912 Stelburg, who make it past Preisfeld 5-3, while Horst Hackl came off the bench to bag the winner for TSV Marzig against Vrnovo Mesto.

Matchday 3

TSV Marzig 1–0 Energija Chernovets
1912 Stelburg 1–1 Vrnovo Mesto
SW Stahlberg 3–1 SV Preisfeld
Olympia Borograd 4–3 VfB Launitz
Marlesee 97 0–0 FK Pomorie
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 6–3 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Kaiserhaven 3–3 FK Metropola Borograd
FC St. Jakob 3–3 1828 Pomen
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
Rudar Trkev 0–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896


Ludwig Reichwein scored a beautiful goal in the 41st minute, and there was nothing Energija Chernovets could do about it as they fell to another defeat. TSV Marzig have been, on the other hand, quite impressive early in this season. David Jouary had a goal off the bench for 1912 Stelburg, but it wasn’t enough for them to defeat Vrnovo Mesto: a 1-1 draw at the 1912-Stadion. SW Stahlberg, on the other hand, got their season truly underway with a 3-1 win over Preisfeld, Rainer Klebs having the winner. Olympia Borograd had to fight the whole way, but eventually came out on top over VfB Launitz. Krasimir Kynev had a brace in the match including the winner. Felsenkirchen exploded for 6 goals against Marnau, with Johannes Mandl having 2 of those, Mario Pfitzner 2 and one apiece for Ferenc Kubala and Richard Beutler. A good game between Kaiserhaven and Metropola, Anton Dimitrov having a late equalizer for the Borograd side to give them a point. FC St. Jakob’s Giorgio Dimitriou scored a free kick in second half stoppage time to earn his side a point against 1828 Pomen, while Thorsten Kramer’s brace was enough for Teussen to beat Rotmunde.

Matchday 4

Energija Chernovets 1–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Rotmunde 1932 2–2 Rudar Trkev
1828 Pomen 3–4 FC Teussen Stelburg
FK Metropola Borograd 3–0 FC St. Jakob
FC Einheit Marnau 2–1 FC Kaiserhaven
FK Pomorie 0–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
VfB Launitz 1–1 Marlesee 97
SV Preisfeld 1–2 Olympia Borograd
Vrnovo Mesto 2–3 SW Stahlberg
TSV Marzig 2–4 1912 Stelburg


It’s a big sigh of relief for Energija Chernovets, with Miroslav Dinev converting a penalty in the 62nd minute of the match against Vlaikograd to give them their first win of the season. Max Koehler had both goals for Rotmunde in their 2-2 draw with Rudar Trkev, it was Evgeni Bakalov and Cezary Helmuth on the board for the visitors. Goals from Kramer, Geschke (2) and Schoff gave Teussen a 4-3 win away to 1828 Pomen, the hosts putting up a good fight but falling in the end. Anton Dimitrov had a brace in Metropola’s win over St. Jakob, while it was Banquo Chrystler getting the winner for Marnau over Kaiserhaven. Pomorie have proven to be the trickiest team in the division so far, holding Felsenkirchen who scored 6 last week to 0 this time out. Alex Lukonov had the winner for Olympia Borograd, while John Ferry had that role for SW Stahlberg. The best game of the season so far saw 1912 Stelburg get second-half goals from Odonelec and Eicke to defeat TSV Marzig 4-2 away.

Matchday 5

1912 Stelburg 4–2 Energija Chernovets
SW Stahlberg 3–2 TSV Marzig
Olympia Borograd 5–2 Vrnovo Mesto
Marlesee 97 1–0 SV Preisfeld
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–1 VfB Launitz
FC Kaiserhaven 5–4 FK Pomorie
FC St. Jakob 2–2 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–2 FK Metropola Borograd
Rudar Trkev 5–2 1828 Pomen
FK Vlaikograd 1896 3–3 FC Rotmunde 1932


The second 4-2 win in a row for 1912 Stelburg sees them defeat Energija Chernovets in a very important match. Jasno Odonelec scored a free kick goal in the early minutes of the second half to give Chernovets the lead, and it was Raphael Klopfer later on heading in from a corner that secured the win. SW Stahlberg came from 2-0 behind at home to TSV Marzig to win, Jonas Breukelen heading home the winner in the 83rd minute. Krasimir Kynev had a hat-trick as Olympia Borograd had no trouble breaking down Vrnovo Mesto’s defence, while it was Werner Schott getting the winner for Marlesee 97 over Preisfeld. A great game between Kaiserhaven and Pomorie, the winning goal came off the boot of Nicolas Riegel for Kaiserhaven to take the 5-4 win. Dino Rasic got his first goal for St. Jakob, nodding on the opener in a 2-2 draw with Marnau. Teussen and Metropola also drew 2-2, Stanimir Ilev and Manuel Horn doing all the scoring for their teams. Radko Boichev had the pick of goals for Rudar Trkev as they beat Pomen 5-2, while it was Theodor Aberbach scoring twice for Rotmunde in a 3-3 draw with Vlaikograd.

President’s Cup First Round
TSV Marzig 2–1 1888 Runsen
NK Piran 0–0 FC Kischfeld (1–0 AET)
NK Kraljgrad 1–2 NK Siovanska Gora
FC Kaiserhaven 2–0 NK Krakovo
NK Vrnovo 0–1 VfL Bamerntal
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 TSV Georg-Blocher (2–1 AET)
SVG Bainitz 0–1 Rudar Trkev
VfB Launitz 4–3 FK Raketa Bukovets
FK Venkovets 1–1 Vrnovo Mesto (1–2 AET)
VfB Marlesee 2–2 TSV Prattsee (2–2 AET) (4–3 pen.)
FC Teussen Stelburg 4–1 TSV Konsford
Zvezda Vlaikograd 0–2 TSV Lahnnenbruck
VfL Prutseren 1–3 FK Orlovska Bistrica
SV Preisfeld 3–6 SW Stahlberg
FC Einheit Marnau 3–1 FC St. Jakob
FC Giesenau 2–0 FK Kostinbrod
FK Metropola Borograd 5–3 FC Ternau 05
FC Lahnnebruck 98 1–2 1912 Stelburg
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 4–1 Admiral Severno Pristajanje
1828 Pomen 2–0 NK Prevala
VfL Magesbach 1–3 FC Truiselwald
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–0 Teufelsberg 97
Rudar Draijagrad 1–1 FC Teufelsberg (2–1 AET)
VfB Truiselwald 1–3 FK Pomorie
NK Kaskada 2–2 FC Magesbach (2–2 AET) (2–3 pen.)
Marlesee 97 3–0 Arsenal Bukovets
Energija Chernovets 4–3 TSV Tarnitz
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–3 TSV Posenford (3–3 AET) (3-1 pen.)
VfL Reinbronn 0–0 Oststahlberg 08 (1–0 AET)
NK Vojnik 3–1 VfL Truhnscheid
VfB Giesenau 1–2 Olympia Borograd
NK Karjaska Gora 0–2 SK Republika Borograd


Looking at results from some of the bigger clubs here, FC Teussen Stelburg eased past TSV Konsford 4-1, while SW Stahlberg beat up on SV Preisfeld 6-3. FC St. Jakob lost out to FC Einheit Marnau who were urged on by a brace from Banquo Chrysler. Metropola Borograd beat FC Ternau 05 5-3. 1912 Stelburg scored two late goals to sneak past FC Lahnebruck 98, while Energija Chernovets got by TSV Tarnitz in an exciting 4-3 win. Rotmunde needed penalties to defeat TSV Posenford, while Olympia Borograd got past VfB Giesenau 2-1. No massive upsets here, and 18 Republikaliga clubs advanced in total. The second round will see interesting ties such as an unorthodox Borograd derby: SK Republika Borograd vs FK Metropola Borograd, while previous winners Olympia Borograd travel to other previous winners VfL Bamerntal. 1912 Stelburg will play SW Stahlberg in a battle of two very good clubs.

Matchday 6

Energija Chernovets 4–2 FC Rotmunde 1932
1828 Pomen 0–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FK Metropola Borograd 3–0 Rudar Trkev
FC Einheit Marnau 3–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
FK Pomorie 2–2 FC St. Jakob
VfB Launitz 2–0 FC Kaiserhaven
SV Preisfeld 3–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Vrnovo Mesto 2–2 Marlesee 97
TSV Marzig 3–1 Olympia Borograd
1912 Stelburg 2–1 SW Stahlberg


Energija Chernovets recover from last weeks loss to 1912 with a big 4-2 win over Rotmunde, with Viktor Dimitrov’s free kick goal opening up the scoring. Chernovets never looked back after that, leading for the rest of the game. Jerat-Jonto Jan had his first goal in purple as Metropola Borograd defeated Rudar Trkev, while it was a big game from Linus Segert, he scored two as Einheit Marnau got the upset win over Teussen. FC St. Jakob scored two in the second half to rescue a draw against FK Pomorie, while it was Ruud Winsemius scoring the opener in VfB Launitz’ 2-0 win over Kaiserhaven, who are again looking below average out of the game. SV Preisfeld got their first win of the season thanks to Louis Brunner’s brace, Mario Kogler had the other goal. TSV Marzig got a huge win over Olympia Borograd, running out 3-1 winners. Takashi Matsumoto and Ludwig Reichwein each scored in the win for the Gulls. The biggest tie of the round for sure was 1912 Stelburg vs SW Stahlberg. Michael Ribbeck opened the scoring for the visitors, but Jasno Odonelec equalized before the end of the first half. Later in the game, it was Adrian Tremblay-Fillon heading in a free kick to give 1912 Stelburg a massive win in the title race.

Matchday 7

SW Stahlberg 1–1 Energija Chernovets
Olympia Borograd 3–1 1912 Stelburg
Marlesee 97 2–2 TSV Marzig
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–0 Vrnovo Mesto
FC Kaiserhaven 4–1 SV Preisfeld
FC St. Jakob 2–2 VfB Launitz
FC Teussen Stelburg 4–0 FK Pomorie
Rudar Trkev 4–2 FC Einheit Marnau
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–1 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Rotmunde 1932 2–2 1828 Pomen


It was a tight match between SW Stahlberg and Energija Chernovets, and each side can come away glad to have taken a point. Evgeni Antonov scored first for the visitors before Wulf Lemberger got on the board for the home team to secure the draw. Later on, the champions flew past 1912 Stelburg after hitting them quickly in the first half, 2 goals in 6 minutes from Krasimir Kynev and Alex Lukonov getting things started for the hosts who eventually won 3-1. TSV Marzig and Marlesee 97 went back and forth in a 2-2 draw, Ingolf Kruger having the final equalizer for the home side. FC Kaiserhaven defeated SV Preisfeld handily, with the forward Kabir Jobateh scoring twice in the win. Erwin Bahnsen had a brace for St. Jakob, but they allowed VfB Launitz back into the game late and the final score was 2-2. FC Teussen Stelburg had no trouble with FK Pomorie, Thorsten Kramer scoring two. Cezary Helmuth had two as well for Rudar Trkev in the 4-2 win over Marnau, while Bogdan Tonchev had the winning goal for Vlaikograd in an upset win over Metropola Borograd. In Rotmunde, it was Rafael Mesmer who scored late to secure a vital point for the visiting 1828 Pomen in a 2-2 draw.

Matchday 8

Energija Chernovets 4–1 1828 Pomen
FK Metropola Borograd 3–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC Einheit Marnau 1–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FK Pomorie 0–2 Rudar Trkev
VfB Launitz 1–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
SV Preisfeld 3–4 FC St. Jakob
Vrnovo Mesto 0–2 FC Kaiserhaven
TSV Marzig 1–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
1912 Stelburg 5–2 Marlesee 97
SW Stahlberg 2–1 Olympia Borograd


Energija Chernovets opened up the weekend with a big win at home over 1828 Pomen, Miro Dinev scoring two goals in the first half to secure it for the Atoms. Stanimir Ilev had a brace for Metropola, and Anton Dimitrov added another, but it was Nwabudike Ogbonna, Max Koehler and Theodor Aberbach matching that up for Rotmunde as the sides played to a 3-3 draw. Linus Segert had the winner for Marnau over Vlaikograd 1-0. FC Teussen Stelburg got two from Alex Geschke and one from Rupert Holz as they beat Launitz 3-1, while it was Giorgios Dimitriou scoring the winner for St. Jakob over Preisfeld. A goal from Thorsten Helmke, a rare sight, was the eventual winner as Felsenkirchen beat Marzig. 2 goals from Elias Eicke were key for 1912 Stelburg, who had 5 total in a win over Marlesee. SW Stahlberg concludes a tricky stretch of games by beating Olympia Borograd at home 2-1. It’s always a fiery game between these two, and Vladimir Kostov was sent off late for a bad challenge. It was Michael Ribbeck who had the winner for the home team.

Matchday 9

Olympia Borograd 4–4 Energija Chernovets
Marlesee 97 3–2 SW Stahlberg
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 0–2 1912 Stelburg
FC Kaiserhaven 0–1 TSV Marzig
FC St. Jakob 6–3 Vrnovo Mesto
FC Teussen Stelburg 0–1 SV Preisfeld
Rudar Trkev 2–2 VfB Launitz
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–2 FK Pomorie
FC Rotmunde 1932 2–5 FC Einheit Marnau
1828 Pomen 1–0 FK Metropola Borograd

A crazy match between Olympia Borograd and Energija Chernovets. Miro Dinev opened up the scoring, and Vsevolod Hristov added to send the Atoms 2-0 up. Krasimir Kynev and Noe Renault pegged them back, however, before Alex Lukonov put Olympia up 3-2 at the break. Dinev scored again just moments into the second half, and Viktor Dimitrov scored again to put Chernovets 4-3 up. At the death, however, it was Icarus Darsten firing a rocket into the top right corner that evened things up and gave closure to a classic match. Marlesee 97 had a big win over SW Stahlberg, with Yannick Lange having the winner for Marlesee. Sascha Backer and Ludwig Plessner had the goals for 1912 Stelburg in a win over Felsenkirchen, while it was Ludwig Reichwein scoring the winner for Marzig over Kaiserhaven. FC St. Jakob dominated Vrnovo Mesto, Giorgios Dimitriou the best player on the park as he managed 4 assists in the win. Mario Kogler had the winning goal as SV Preisfeld shocked Teussen; Teussen had 15 shots compared to Preisfeld’s 1, but that was all it took for the visitors to do their damage. Manfred Seydel had two goals in Einheit Marnau’s win over Rotmunde, Banquo Chrysler also having a brace for the winners. It was another upset at the end of the weekend, with Emil Goss scoring a late winner for 1828 Pomen at home against Metropola Borograd.

Matchday 10

Energija Chernovets 4–3 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Einheit Marnau 1–1 1828 Pomen
FK Pomorie 3–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
VfB Launitz 3–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
SV Preisfeld 0–0 Rudar Trkev
Vrnovo Mesto 1–0 FC Teussen Stelburg
TSV Marzig 3–4 FC St. Jakob
1912 Stelburg 5–2 FC Kaiserhaven
SW Stahlberg 2–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Olympia Borograd 1–1 Marlesee 97


Chernovets play another high-octane contest this week against Metropola Borograd, this time the Canaries come away with the victory, however. Dragomir Nikolov was the hero of the day for Chernovets as his goal in the 84th minute was good enough to secure the 4-3 win. FK Pomorie defeated FC Rotmunde 1932, with Ivo Ilev having two goals in the win. Ilev is having another good season for Pomorie, and it has certainly been to the benefit of his club. FC Teussen Stelburg were outfought again, this time away from home against Vrnovo Mesto. Mesto’s Noboru scored after a flurry around the goal saw the ball fall to him in great position, and Teussen could not claw back, losing another 1-0 game. TSV Marzig led 2-0, but eventually lost to FC St. Jakob at home 4-3. 1912 Stelburg scored 5 against Kaiserhaven, the goals coming from Odonelec, Tremblay-Fillon, Klopfer, and Eicke twice. Lutz von Bergen and John Ferry had the goals as Stahlberg beat Felsenkirchen 2-0, while a late Ingolf Kruger goal earned a point for Marlesee 97 away to Olympia Borograd.

Matchday 11

Marlesee 97 0–1 Energija Chernovets
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 5–5 Olympia Borograd
FC Kaiserhaven 3–2 SW Stahlberg
FC St. Jakob 3–3 1912 Stelburg
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–2 TSV Marzig
Rudar Trkev 1–0 Vrnovo Mesto
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 SV Preisfeld
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–4 VfB Launitz
1828 Pomen 1–1 FK Pomorie
FK Metropola Borograd 3–4 FC Einheit Marnau


Energija Chernovets seem to have found their legs now after a slow start, with Zlatan Karavelov coming off the bench to earn the winning goal over Marlesee 97. It was a great show in Felsenkirchen, as the two teams combined for 10 goals. Felsenkirchen led 5-2, but two goals from Alex Lukonov, who’s having a brilliant debut season for Olympia, brought them within one before Valko Tinchev added the equalizer late. It’s been a poor run of late for Olympia, seeing them 7 points back. Only 11 games in, mind, but the champions will need to pick up the pace if they want to defend. FC Kaiserhaven defeated SW Stahlberg, with Jean-Alain Huot’s free kick goal adding to Kabir Jobateh’s brace to secure the win. It was a draw also at the Draistadion as St. Jakob and 1912 cancelled each other out, while the same story was played in Stelburg where Teussen and Marzig played a 2-2 draw. Elsewhere, VfB Launitz won an important three points away over Rotmunde, while Artur Preisner’s winner for Marnau saw them past Metropola Borograd.

Matchday 12

Energija Chernovets 2–1 FC Einheit Marnau
FK Pomorie 2–2 FK Metropola Borograd
VfB Launitz 2–2 1828 Pomen
SV Preisfeld 0–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
Vrnovo Mesto 1–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
TSV Marzig 3–2 Rudar Trkev
1912 Stelburg 2–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
SW Stahlberg 5–3 FC St. Jakob
Olympia Borograd 3–3 FC Kaiserhaven
Marlesee 97 2–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879


Chernovets managed another win, this time beating Marnau 2-1 thanks to a Miroslav Dinev goal in the 57th minute. Metropola Borograd were held by FK Pomorie 2-2, while the same score saw VfB Launitz and 1828 Pomen split points. Nwabudike Ugonna had two goals in Rotmunde’s win over Preisfeld, while TSV Marzig won 3-2 over Rudar Trkev thanks to a brace from Takashi Matsumoto and another from Ludwig Reichwein. The Stelburg Derby was billed as a contest to decide the current best club in Stelburg, but Teussen weren’t ready to let go just yet: a Thorsten Kramer late equalizer brought the sides level, and so the question remains up in the air. Elsewhere, SW Stahlberg powered past FC St. Jakob courtesy of Michael Ribbeck, who had a hattrick in the match. Olympia Borograd went down 3-0 to FC Kaiserhaven, but were able to come back and level things up by the end of the match. It was another draw in Marlesee, as the two rivals Marlesee and Felsenkirchen could not be separated, 2-2 the final score.

Matchday 13

FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–3 Energija Chernovets
FC Kaiserhaven 3–2 Marlesee 97
FC St. Jakob 2–2 Olympia Borograd
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–2 SW Stahlberg
Rudar Trkev 3–2 1912 Stelburg
FK Vlaikograd 1896 3–1 TSV Marzig
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–0 Vrnovo Mesto
1828 Pomen 2–0 SV Preisfeld
FK Metropola Borograd 1–1 VfB Launitz
FC Einheit Marnau 2–3 FK Pomorie


Chernovets win again, they come from 2-1 down in the 80th minute to win on the road in Felsenkirchen. It was Andrey Yanev that had the equalizer and Zlatan Karavelov with the winning goal, the young forward has been doing well in appearances off the bench and in cups so far this season. He’ll be a solid replacement for Miro Dinev when the time comes. A goal from Paulus Leistner was the winner for Kaiserhaven as they defeat Marlesee at home, while FC St. Jakob get a late equalizer from Ronald Wenz to draw level with Olympia Borograd, who have now drawn 5 in a row. FC Teussen Stelburg held off a late comeback from SW Stahlberg, who scored both their goals in the final 15 minutes, to win 3-2, while Rudar Trkev’s Evgeni Bakalov scored twice in the victory over top of the league 1912 Stelburg. TSV Marzig lost and seem to be regressing back to the mean this season, while Rotmunde flew past Vrnovo. 1828 Pomen got a valuable win in the relegation race, it was Clemens Faymann with the opening goal and Rafael Mesmer converting from the spot to secure the win. Metropola Borograd drew with VfB Launitz, the host’s goal coming off the boot of Jerat-Jonto Jan, while Ivo Ilev had the winner as FK Pomorie beat Marnau 3-2 on the road.

Matchday 14

Energija Chernovets 4–2 FK Pomorie
VfB Launitz 2–5 FC Einheit Marnau
SV Preisfeld 3–3 FK Metropola Borograd
Vrnovo Mesto 2–0 1828 Pomen
TSV Marzig 2–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
1912 Stelburg 3–5 FK Vlaikograd 1896
SW Stahlberg 3–0 Rudar Trkev
Olympia Borograd 3–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
Marlesee 97 0–2 FC St. Jakob
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–0 FC Kaiserhaven


5 in a row for Energija Chernovets now, and they have pulled themselves firmly into the title conversation once again. Miro Dinev had a brace in the first 20 minutes, and the rest came quite simply as Chernovets led 4-0 at the half; Pomorie pulled two back in the second half. Banquo Chrysler and Linus Segert showed their skills in Marnau’s big 5-2 win over Launitz, both players having a goal and 2 assists to their name. SV Preisfeld’s Louis Brunner was the star of the day for his club, scoring a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Metropola Borograd. Metropola have had a slow start, but things are still positive at the club and it is expected that the results will soon match the performance levels. In a relegation battle, Vrnovo Mesto picked up a valuable 3 points with a win over 1828 Pomen, it was Damian Karavelov who scored the all-important opener for the host side. FC Rotmunde 1932, who have also had a bit of a stutter-start overall in the league, came from 2 down away to Marzig to win thanks to a late Theodor Aberbach header. 1912 Stelburg were beaten at home by Vlaikograd, who exploded for 4 second half goals to win the day, 2 of those coming from Tihomir Delikov. SW Stahlberg made quick work of Rudar Trkev, a great hit by John Ferry from outside the box in the 7th minute was pretty much all that needed to be done for the hosts. St. Jakob showed more of their great potential with a 2-0 win over Marlesee, while Felsenkirchen beat Kaiserhaven by the same score. The first National Derby of the season also took place this weekend, with Olympia Borograd hosting their forever rivals FC Teussen Stelburg. Krasimir Kynev scored first, before Manuel Horn equalized and Dietmar Kleinmann sent Teussen ahead at half-time. In the second half, however, two goals in three minutes from Darsten and Georgi Lukonov for the winner gave Olympia the sweet, sweet feeling of a derby day win.

President’s Cup Second Round

SK Republika Borograd 0–2 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Truiselwald 1–0 VfL Reinbronn
1828 Pomen 0–2 1884 Felsenkirchen
FC Teussen Stelburg 0–0 FC Giesenau (1–0 AET)
FC Magesbach 0–1 Vrnovo Mesto
FC Kaiserhaven 1–1 FK Pomorie (1–1 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Rudar Draijagrad 2–2 Marlesee 97 (2–3 AET)
NK Vojnik 1–2 FC Rotmunde 1932
Energija Chernovets 3–0 VfB Launitz
NK Siovanska Gora 1–1 NK Piran (2–1 AET)
Rudar Trkev 0–0 TSV Lahnnenbruck (1–0 AET)
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–2 FK Orlovska Bistrica
VfL Bamerntal 0–4 Olympia Borograd
FC Einheit Marnau 2–3 TSV Marzig
1912 Stelburg 1–0 SW Stahlberg
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–0 VfB Marlesee


FK Metropola Borograd ran out winners in the Borograd Derby-lite, 2-0, while FC Truiselwald put out Reinbronn by a 1-0 score. Second-tier 1884 Felsenkirchen put in a strong display on the road to knock out Republikaliga side Pomen, while Teussen needed extra time to dispatch FC Giesenau. Vrnovo Mesto and FC Magesbach didn’t play the most thrilling game you’ll ever see, but in the end it is Vrnovo moving on thanks to a 1-0 result. Kaiserhaven and Pomorie went all the way to penalties before Anatoli Sveteikov made a save on Ingolf Rosen, bringing the proceedings to an end and sending Pomorie through. Marlesee 97 beat Rudar Draijagrad in extra time, a sign of the steady improvement at Draijagrad, while Rotmunde’s prospect Jens Tholler scored both goals in a 2-1 win over NK Vojnik. Energija Chernovets carried their great run of form in the league over to the cup, beating Launitz 3-0, while NK Siovanska Gora beat NK Piran 2-1 after extra time. Rudar Trkev got past TSV Lahnnenbruck only thanks to a Cezary Helmuth goal in the 118th minute, and FK Orlovska Bistrica kicked Felsenkirchen out of the cup. No magic from VfL Bamerntal this year, as Olympia Borograd’s young striker Dimitar Karatov scored twice in a 4-0 win. TSV Marzig came from 2-1 down at half-time to beat Marnau 3-2, it was Matsumoto and Hackl combining for the second half goals for the visitors. David Jouary had the winning goal from the spot for 1912 Stelburg in what was really a let-down of a match, neither the Bluebirds or the Miners could get anything going. Finally, Vlaikograd avoided extra time with a stoppage time goal from Miladin Kochanov to advance. The third round will see ties such as Teussen travelling to face Metropola Borograd, a northeastern derby (and relegation play-off rematch) between Rotmunde and 1884 Felsenkirchen, and 1912 Stelburg travelling to TSV Marzig. Last year’s winners are out, and the President’s Cup is certainly up for grabs.

Matchday 15

FC Kaiserhaven 2–2 Energija Chernovets
FC St. Jakob 0–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–1 Marlesee 97
Rudar Trkev 0–1 Olympia Borograd
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–2 SW Stahlberg
FC Rotmunde 1932 5–3 1912 Stelburg
1828 Pomen 3–2 TSV Marzig
FK Metropola Borograd 6–2 Vrnovo Mesto
FC Einheit Marnau 1–1 SV Preisfeld
FK Pomorie 3–0 VfB Launitz


All good things must come to an end, and so it was that Energija’s run of 6 straight wins in all competitions was ended by a 74th minute penalty from Kabir Jobateh. 2-2 the final, but thanks to other results it was still enough to put Chernovets top of the league. FC Teussen Stelburg were back in the wins column with two goals from Kramer and Horn in the first half putting them clear. Olympia Borograd finally win, with Krasimir Kynev breaking the spell in the 83rd minute with a goal. SW Stahlberg came from behind to win 2-1 away to Vlaikograd, while it seems Rotmunde are back up to speed: they led 1912 Stelburg 5-1, with Odonelec and Daschner easing some of the Bluebirds’ pain late on to make the final 5-3. Massive result for 1828 Pomen, as they score in the seventh minute of second half stoppage time to defeat TSV Marzig at home. Their rivals for relegation, Vrnovo Mesto, were caught asleep at the wheel by Metropola Borograd, who turned a 2-0 deficit into a 6-2 win, Anton Dimitrov with a hat-trick. Arno Heller was the hero for Marnau as they rescued a draw late at home to Preisfeld. Finally, it was Lubomir Ivanov with two for Pomorie as they won 3-0 over Launitz.

With 15 matches in the books, let’s take a look at the table.

   Republikaliga             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 Energija Chernovets 15 8 4 3 39 32 +7 28
2 1912 Stelburg 15 8 3 4 45 34 +11 27
3 SW Stahlberg 15 8 3 4 34 25 +9 27
4 Olympia Borograd 15 7 6 2 39 31 +8 27
5 FC Teussen Stelburg 15 7 3 5 33 26 +7 24
6 FC St. Jakob 15 5 7 3 35 32 +3 22
7 FC Kaiserhaven 15 6 4 5 31 30 +1 22
8 FC Einheit Marnau 15 6 3 6 35 36 −1 21
9 FK Vlaikograd 1896 15 5 5 5 23 21 +2 20
10 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 15 5 5 5 29 28 +1 20
11 FC Rotmunde 1932 15 5 5 5 35 35 0 20
12 TSV Marzig 15 6 2 7 30 30 0 20
13 Rudar Trkev 15 5 5 5 27 28 −1 20
14 FK Metropola Borograd 15 4 6 5 40 33 +7 18
15 Marlesee 97 15 4 6 5 24 27 −3 18
16 FK Pomorie 15 3 8 4 23 26 −3 17
17 VfB Launitz 15 2 8 5 27 36 −9 14
18 1828 Pomen 15 3 5 7 22 32 −10 14
19 Vrnovo Mesto 15 4 2 9 21 34 −13 14
20 SV Preisfeld 15 2 4 9 19 35 −16 10


Energija Chernovets are topping the table on 28 points, it has been a great season for the Atoms now despite getting off to a slow start. The midfield has been excellent, as has the goalscoring service from Miroslav Dinev. One area that may need to see some improvement if Chernovets are to go on and win the league is at the back; Energija have the worst goal difference in the top 4. Energija certainly look strong, but the chase does as well. 1912 Stelburg are second, a really hot start was followed by them cooling off a bit in the last few games. 1912 have been firing from all guns early, with 45 goals so far, but have also conceded more than they’d like: 34. Jasno Odonelec has been the main man so far, but Elias Eicke has performed above and beyond all expectations. Adrian Tremblay-Fillon has filled in well, and at the back the Klopfer-Meckler partnership has been decent. It’s time to see if 1912 will push on and take home the title. It wasn’t the expectation placed on the new-look Bluebirds, but if all goes well they could be celebrating perhaps a season or two earlier than even the most optimistic fans would believe. SW Stahlberg sit third, also on 27 points, and perhaps the biggest talking point is the performance of the defence: the Lichtwark-Breukelen partnership has been the best in the league, and fullbacks Paul Schorner and Ernst Felder have been immense as well. Any of those could be the team’s most valuable player so far; but that would of course be ignoring the prolific Michael Ribbeck and the stellar play of John Ferry. This is the best team SW Stahlberg has ever fielded, and they are going to be a major player in the title race for sure. Fourth sit the defending champions Olympia Borograd, a poor run of 5 straight draws has kept them from having an advantage in the division. They also sit on 27 points. Alex Lukonov has fit in very well in place of Ivo Romanov, while other stars Kynev, Kostov and Georgi Lukonov (no relation between the two) have also been great. Icarus Darsten has also been a revelation for the team, contributing in all areas of the pitch and has been a strong leader on the team as well. FC Teussen Stelburg are fifth, the defence, led by Karl-Heinz Jager, has been decent but they simply aren’t getting the scoring touch they need from Manuel Horn up front. It’s FC St. Jakob in sixth, a great start to the year for the young team, with Kaiserhaven pulling up closer to the top recently in seventh.

Marnau, Vlaikograd and Felsenkirchen round out the top 10, while Rotmunde sit 11th. That’s likely to change soon, however, as Rotmunde have picked up the pace in recent weeks. TSV Marzig have fallen off from their early-season strength, but are still strong in 12th. Ludwig Reichwein and Takashi Matsumoto have been prolific up top, but secondary scoring and defending have let them down a bit. Rudar Trkev are next, followed by two teams who won’t be this low for long: Metropola Borograd seem to have put the puzzle together as of late, and the same is true for Marlesee 97. Metropola in particular seem poised to rise up the table, Anton Dimitrov having another of his great seasons. Other key performers for the club include Stanimir Ilev and Jerat-Jonto Jan, whose physicality has added a new dimension to the team so far. FK Pomorie sit 16th, and they seem to be picking themselves up and out of the relegation fight with wins in recent weeks.

In potential trouble this year are VfB Launitz, 1828 Pomen, Vrnovo Mesto and SV Preisfeld. Launitz’ offence has been the best of the group, but the defensive work hasn’t been up to it. 1828 Pomen, on the other hand, have the best goals against record of the four threatened teams, but haven’t scored enough to put distance between themselves and the others. Vrnovo Mesto are in real trouble, they aren’t defending near well enough to fit their game plan. Although they have scored a bit more this year, they need to ask serious questions of themselves going forwards. Finally, Preisfeld are bottom and seem sure to be down. The young core up front has had bright moments but hasn’t fully adapted to the top level, and the defence hasn’t been able to bail them out.

We’ll be back as the Republikaliga season continues on. Who will march towards the title and President’s Cup? There’s still much to play for.
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Republikaliga Season IV: Part II


Matchday 16

Energija Chernovets 3–2 VfB Launitz
SV Preisfeld 4–2 FK Pomorie
Vrnovo Mesto 0–2 FC Einheit Marnau
TSV Marzig 2–3 FK Metropola Borograd
1912 Stelburg 4–1 1828 Pomen
SW Stahlberg 4–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
Olympia Borograd 7–2 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Marlesee 97 3–1 Rudar Trkev
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Kaiserhaven 2–2 FC St. Jakob


When Launitz’ Dietrich Scheck scored in the 88th minute to tie the score at 2 all, Launitz’ travelling supporters in Chernovets seemed confident their team had earned a point. Mere seconds after kicking off again, however, Miro Dinev would break their hearts with a great goal to give Chernovets the win. SV Preisfeld looked really good in a 4-2 win over FK Pomorie, with Brunner on target twice for the Bees in the win. Marnau scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of their clash with Vrnovo Mesto and hung on the rest of the way to pick up three points, while Metropola Borograd outfought TSV Marzig away from home, Stanimir Ilev scoring the winner with 80 minutes on the clock to get the win. 1912 Stelburg made a big statement against 1828 Pomen, scoring 3 first half goals and never showing any signs of weakness in the eventual 4-1 victory. SW Stahlberg and Rotmunde had 7 goals between them, Theodor Aberbach equalizing for Rotmunde before Michael Ribbeck headed home from a corner to give Stahlberg the victory. Olympia Borograd smashed through Vlaikograd, scoring 7 goals including 3 for Krasimir Kynev and 2 each for Alex Lukonov and Valko Tinchev. Felsenkirchen grabbed a great win over Teussen, down 1-0 at the half before Ferenc Kubala equalized and Johannes Mandl scored from the spot to earn the win. Kaiserhaven and St. Jakob fought out a 2-2 draw, two goals from Kabir Jobateh were evened out by an Erwin Bahnsen header and a Giorgios Dimitriou free kick.

Matchday 17

FC St. Jakob 2–3 Energija Chernovets
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–1 FC Kaiserhaven
Rudar Trkev 5–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–3 Marlesee 97
FC Rotmunde 1932 1–4 Olympia Borograd
1828 Pomen 1–2 SW Stahlberg
FK Metropola Borograd 2–1 1912 Stelburg
FC Einheit Marnau 0–3 TSV Marzig
FK Pomorie 1–0 Vrnovo Mesto
VfB Launitz 3–4 SV Preisfeld


Energija Chernovets get a win at the Draistadion, going 2-0 up thanks to Dinev and Dimitrov in the first half. St. Jakob scored just before the halftime whistle, Leo Heiden with the goal, before Dinev added his second of the game to make it 3-1. Stefan Licht’s header would cut the lead to 3-2, but the three points went to the Canaries. Teussen got goals from Horn, Kramer and Geschke in a 3-1 victory over Kaiserhaven, while Rudar Trkev came out flying to beat Felsenkirchen 5-2. Radko Boichev had a hat-trick for the home side in that game, the first of his career. Marlesee’s Ingolf Kruger had a brace for his side in a win over Vlaikograd, while Olympia Borograd’s Krasimir Kynev was the star of the day against Rotmunde, a hat-trick for him in a 4-1 win. Stahlberg beat a tricky Pomen side away from home, coming back from 1-0 down after a red card to Pomen’s Tom Fessler. Ribbeck scored the penalty after, and it was Lutz von Bergen scoring right after. Anton Dimitrov’s two goals were good enough for Metropola Borograd to get past 1912 Stelburg, despite a late charge from the visitors including a goal from Sascha Backer. Ludwig Reichwein scored two for Marzig as they beat Marnau 2-0, while Ivo Ilev had a goal for Pomorie in a win over Vrnovo Mesto. Finally, it was a shootout in Launitz, 7 goals between the sides. Mario Kogler had the winner for SV Preisfeld, and it could be a vital moment for them in the relegation battle.

Champion’s Cup Group Stages

Group D                          Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts   Fal  CAP  XSC  OBg
1 Falourr EUR 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 16 — 1–0 4–1 2–0
2 CA Paulinthal PAS 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 1–1 — 2–0 2–1

3 X SC NFX 6 1 1 4 3 9 −6 4* 1–2 0–1 — 1–0
4 Olympia Borograd STL 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5 4* 0–2 2–1 0–0 —
* X SC ahead of Olympia Borograd on head-to-head points


Olympia Borograd wind up fourth in their Champion’s Cup group stage, behind X SC of 95X only on head-to-head difference. The tournament was rough for the most part for Olympia, as expected, but a bright spot came in their 2-1 victory over CA Paulinthal. Alex Lukonov scored in the first half for Olympia before Paulinthal were able to equalize early in the second half. Krasimir Kynev bagged the winner for Olympia in the 86th minute, giving them a memorable Champion’s Cup victory. The most important loss, however, came away to X SC, where Olympia simply failed to convert their first half chances and were then outfought in the second half, X SC coming away with a 1-0 win. It was that loss that kept Borograd from moving down to the Globe Cup Round of 32. So, all Republikaliga clubs are out of the UICA competitions now, but it was certainly a very successful season for them.


Matchday 18

Energija Chernovets 3–2 SV Preisfeld
Vrnovo Mesto 1–0 VfB Launitz
TSV Marzig 2–0 FK Pomorie
1912 Stelburg 4–0 FC Einheit Marnau
SW Stahlberg 3–2 FK Metropola Borograd
Olympia Borograd 3–0 1828 Pomen
Marlesee 97 2–4 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 0–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Kaiserhaven 1–0 Rudar Trkev
FC St. Jakob 3–6 FC Teussen Stelburg


Chernovets win again, they are going on a real nice run here and Zlatan Karavelov’s goal put them 3-2 up and ensured that they would remain first in the league. Vrnovo Mesto got the win 1-0 over VfB Launitz, who have now dropped two straight contests against relegation rivals. 1912 Stelburg blew out FC Einheit Marnau, it was an unlikely hero for the Bluebirds on the day as well, with Stefan Hoffmann having two goals in the victory. It was always going to be fun when two of the best forwards in the division faced off, Michael Ribbeck scoring 2 for Stahlberg and Anton Dimitrov having two of his own for Metropola, but it was left back Paul Schorner with the winner for the Miners. Olympia Borograd had no problems against 1828 Pomen, and the same was true for Rotmunde against Marlesee, the away side leading 4-0 at one point. Tihomir Delikov had the winner for Vlaikograd in only the 3rd minute over Felsenkirchen, while Jean-Alain Huot filled that role for Kaiserhaven at home to Trkev, albeit in the 40th minute. A match between Teussen and St. Jakob is always fun, and today was no different. Teussen led 3-1 before goals from Erwin Bahnsen and Leo Heiden evened up the score. That was all St. Jakob could do, however, and Alex Geschke struck twice and Manuel Horn added insurance to make the final 6-3 for Teussen. The Pomorie-Marzig Derby also took place this weekend, and was as energetic as ever. Pomorie appeared to be the better side in the first half, coming oh-so-close thanks to Ivo Ilev, but his effort was off the bar. Marzig came out flying in the second half, though, and Takashi Matsumoto headed home from a corner to put them 1-0 up. It was celebration time for sure later on, after Anton Petkov was sent off for a brutal tackle in the box. Ludwig Reichwein scored the penalty, putting Marzig 2-0 clear in the 74th minute. There was no coming back for Pomorie after that, and credit to Marzig for recovering after a flat first half. Credit also to the officers of the Pomorie/Marzig Constabulary, who worked hard to ensure this was one of the least-violent derby clashes in recent memory.

Matchday 19

FC Teussen Stelburg 3–2 Energija Chernovets
Rudar Trkev 1–1 FC St. Jakob
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–4 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Rotmunde 1932 4–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
1828 Pomen 2–2 Marlesee 97
FK Metropola Borograd 1–0 Olympia Borograd
FC Einheit Marnau 3–2 SW Stahlberg
FK Pomorie 0–2 1912 Stelburg
VfB Launitz 1–3 TSV Marzig
SV Preisfeld 0–0 Vrnovo Mesto


The first half of the season comes to a close, and there are some interesting results here. Teussen managed to defeat Energija Chernovets, it was Manuel Horn that scored the winner late on at the Teussens-Arena. Radko Boichev scored from the spot in Trkev’s 1-1 draw with St. Jakob, while Paulus Leistner had both of Kaiserhaven’s second-half goals in a 4-2 win over Vlaikograd. Pomen and Marlesee played to a 2-2 draw, Rafael Mesmer scoring both of the home team’s goals. Marnau shocked SW Stahlberg by coming back from 2-0 down at the half, Linus Segert scoring the winner after the home side equalized through Arno Heller and Manfred Seidal. A brace from Elias Eicke saw 1912 Stelburg defeat FK Pomorie, while Ludwig Reichwein also had two goals in Marzig’s victory over Launitz 3-1. Preisfeld and Vrnovo Mesto played out a boring 0-0 draw. It was also derby day in the Republikaliga, with 2 of the biggest matches on display. Theodor Aberbach scored just 49 seconds into the Northeast Derby for Rotmunde, but was pegged back 6 minutes later by Rolf Seyfried. Felsenkirchen would go ahead thanks to Johannes Mandl in the 38th minute, but a header from Goetxea Shimizu would even the score for Rotmunde right on the cusp of halftime. In the second half, Raimund Noffke gave the home side the advantage, and Nwabudike Ugonna’s 85th minute strike extended their lead to 4-2 and secured the three points. In Borograd, the colour of the day was purple, as George t’son d’Haxli’s strike in the 78th minute secured victory for Metropola, defeating their hated rivals Olympia in the derby.

Matchday 20

Energija Chernovets 1–0 Vrnovo Mesto
SV Preisfeld 2–5 TSV Marzig
VfB Launitz 1–0 1912 Stelburg
FK Pomorie 3–4 SW Stahlberg
FC Einheit Marnau 1–1 Olympia Borograd
FK Metropola Borograd 1–3 Marlesee 97
1828 Pomen 2–3 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC Rotmunde 1932 2–0 FC Kaiserhaven
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–1 FC St. Jakob
Rudar Trkev 2–1 FC Teussen Stelburg


A free kick goal from Viktor Dimitrov was all that could separate Chernovets and Vrnovo, as Energija hold onto their lead atop the league table. Ludwig Reichwein had two in TSV Marzig’s win over SV Preisfeld, 5-2 was the final there as Marzig are picking up their form in recent weeks. VfB Launitz got a surprising win over 1912 Stelburg, the visiting Bluebirds just could not find the net and in the end it was Viktor Ehlers who did for Launitz. SW Stahlberg came from 3-2 behind away to FK Pomorie to end up winning, John Ferry equalized before Jonas Breukelen scored the winner. A late goal from Marnau’s Linus Segert held Olympia Borograd to a draw, while Marlesee 97 were on form in their 3-1 win over Metropola. Ingolf Kruger, Werner Schott and Ole Jost got on the scoresheet for the Blues in an important win. Johannes Mandl had two goals for Felsenkirchen in their win over 1828 Pomen, while it was Max Koehler and Theodor Aberbach each scoring in Rotmunde’s victory over Kaiserhaven. A goal from Tihomir Delikov gave Vlaikograd victory at the death over St. Jakob, while Cezary Helmuth and Radko Boichev each scored for Rudar Trkev in a big win over Teussen.

President’s Cup Third Round

FK Orlovska Bistrica 2–3 Olympia Borograd
FK Metropola Borograd 6–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–1 FC Rotmunde 1932 (2–1 AET)
Rudar Trkev 0–1 Marlesee 97
FC Truiselwald 1–2 Vrnovo Mesto
Energija Chernovets 3–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
TSV Marzig 1–0 1912 Stelburg
NK Siovanska Gora 1–1 FK Pomorie (1-2 AET)


The President’s Cup returned to action, opening up with Olympia Borograd travelling to face FK Orlovska Bistrica. The 2. Republikaliga side put in a good effort, but it was a goal from Valko Tinchev that gave the visiting Greens victory. Metropola Borograd had a huge first half and led 4-1 over Teussen, eventually taking the match 6-2. Anton Dimitrov had 4 goals in the massive win. 1884 Felsenkirchen managed to get an upset over northeastern rivals Rotmunde, scoring the winning goal in the 115th minute of extra time. Ingolf Kruger scored for Marlesee in their win over Trkev, while Vrnovo Mesto came back from 1-0 behind at Truiselwald to advance to the Quarterfinal. Zlatan Karavelov had a brace for Energija Chernovets as they defeated Vlaikograd 3-1, while Horst Hackl had the goal that won the match for TSV Marzig over 1912 Stelburg. Pavel Lipev was the man of the hour for FK Pomorie, scoring both goals in their 2-1 AET victory over NK Siovanska Gora. The Quarterfinal will see matches such as Energija Chernovets hosting Vrnovo Mesto, Marlesee 97 hosting 1884 Felsenkirchen, and two massive derby match-ups: a Borograd Derby between Metropola and Olympia hosted by the green side of the city, and a Pomorie/Marzig Derby hosted by Marzig. What an opportunity for these four clubs in the Cup Quarterfinal.

Matchday 21

Rudar Trkev 0–3 Energija Chernovets
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–5 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC St. Jakob 3–0 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC Kaiserhaven 2–0 1828 Pomen
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–1 FK Metropola Borograd
Marlesee 97 4–3 FC Einheit Marnau
Olympia Borograd 4–3 FK Pomorie
SW Stahlberg 2–1 VfB Launitz
1912 Stelburg 4–2 SV Preisfeld
TSV Marzig 1–0 Vrnovo Mesto


Nice win for Energija Chernovets in this match with a tricky Trkev side, Miro Dinev got things going from the spot in the first half and he was joined by goals from Hristov and Dimitrov in the second half. Teussen went 2-0 up 20 minutes in and seemed well clear at home against Vlaikograd, but a Tihomir Delikov hat-trick plus goals from Bendeguz Kadar and Fidan Kostov gave Vlaikograd a famous 5-2 win over Teussen. Two from Erwin Bahnsen plus another from Leo Heiden were enough for St. Jakob to beat Rotmunde, while Huot and Leistner combined for Kaiserhaven to beat Pomen. Stanimir Ilev’s early goal was cancelled out by Johannes Mandl as Felsenkirchen drew with Metropola. Werner Schott had two goals for Marlesee 97, Ingolf Kruger and Yannik Lehrer also scored in a 4-3 win over Marnau. Olympia Borograd showed real spirit and came from 3-0 down to defeat FK Pomorie at home, Krasimir Kynev put away the winner after the equalizer was knocked in by Icarus Darsten. Michael Ribbeck had both goals in SW Stahlberg’s win over Launitz, while Jasno Odonelec scored twice in 1912 Stelburg’s win over SV Preisfeld. Ludwig Reichwein broke the tie between Marzig and Vrnovo, the Knights have now won 6 in a row and sit 5th in the league.

Matchday 22

Energija Chernovets 2–0 TSV Marzig
Vrnovo Mesto 3–3 1912 Stelburg
SV Preisfeld 3–3 SW Stahlberg
VfB Launitz 3–2 Olympia Borograd
FK Pomorie 2–3 Marlesee 97
FC Einheit Marnau 3–3 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FK Metropola Borograd 2–1 FC Kaiserhaven
1828 Pomen 2–1 FC St. Jakob
FC Rotmunde 1932 4–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
FK Vlaikograd 1896 3–3 Rudar Trkev


Maybe we shouldn’t have said anything about it last week, because Energija Chernovets put TSV Marzig’s great run to an end with a 2-0 win. Miroslav Dinev had both goals in the win. Thanks to other results, Chernovets are now 3 points clear at the top of the table. Those other results would, of course, be 1912 Stelburg rescuing a draw late away to Vrnovo Mesto, Stefan Hoffmann scoring the 87th minute goal to secure a point. SW Stahlberg would also draw 3-3 with SV Preisfeld, it was Andreas Wentzel scoring twice for Stahlberg to put them 3-1 up before Louis Brunner and Mario Kogler brought Preisfeld back in it. Ruud Winsemius was the hero for VfB Launitz as he scored in the 65th minute to put them ahead of Olympia Borograd, that result would hold and Launitz get the big three points. Ingolf Kruger had Marlesee’s winner over Pomorie, while Felsenkirchen and Marnau went back and forth in a 3-3 draw. George t’son d’Haxli scored the winner for Metropola Borograd over Kaiserhaven, while Rafael Mesmer had both goals for Pomen in a win over St. Jakob. Theodor Aberbach scored a brace on his old club Teussen, including the winner in a 4-3 win. Elsewhere, Evgeni Bakalov had two goals in the last 15 minutes of the match to secure a draw for Rudar Trkev.

Matchday 23

FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–1 Energija Chernovets
Rudar Trkev 4–0 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC Teussen Stelburg 6–2 1828 Pomen
FC St. Jakob 0–0 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Kaiserhaven 3–4 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 0–1 FK Pomorie
Marlesee 97 1–2 VfB Launitz
Olympia Borograd 0–0 SV Preisfeld
SW Stahlberg 1–0 Vrnovo Mesto
1912 Stelburg 3–3 TSV Marzig


Tihomir Delikov scored from the spot for Vlaikograd, and it would be the winning goal for them against Chernovets. Energija are still top of the league, but it is now only on goal difference. Rudar Trkev hammered Rotmunde 4-0, scoring 3 in the first half to secure their victory. Another big win was delivered for FC Teussen Stelburg, who triumphed over Pomen 6-2. Thorsten Kramer had two goals in that one, and Pomen had no reply for Teussen’s superiority on the day. FC St. Jakob and FK Metropola Borograd played out a boring 0-0 draw, while Roland Plessner was the hero for FC Einheit Marnau against Kaiserhaven, scoring a 90th minute winner. Ivo Ilev was the winner of the day for FK Pomorie, who beat Felsenkirchen 1-0, while Dietrich Scheck had the winning goal for VfB Launitz. SV Preisfeld shut up shop away to Olympia Borograd, and it worked out for them as they held the defending champions to a 0-0 draw. Vrnovo Mesto’s similar tactics against SW Stahlberg would be all for naught when Karsten Lichtwark got a head to John Ferry’s free kick ball and turned it in. TSV Marzig’s Reichwein scored twice and Horst Hackl joined him with another, but the Stelburg trio of Eicke, Odonelec and Backer balanced them out.

Matchday 24

Energija Chernovets 3–4 1912 Stelburg
TSV Marzig 0–2 SW Stahlberg
Vrnovo Mesto 2–1 Olympia Borograd
SV Preisfeld 3–3 Marlesee 97
VfB Launitz 3–5 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FK Pomorie 2–1 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Einheit Marnau 0–2 FC St. Jakob
FK Metropola Borograd 5–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
1828 Pomen 1–0 Rudar Trkev
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896


A match with huge title implications between Chernovets and 1912 Stelburg. 1912 Stelburg went ahead early, with Stefan Hoffmann scoring for the Bluebirds, but Chernovets pulled back soon after. Miro Dinev tied the score before Viktor Dimitrov put the Canaries 2-1 up. In the second half, Elias Eicke scored to make the score 2-2, before Josh Meckler brought down Dinev in the box. Miroslav Dinev missed the penalty, however, and the score remained 2-2. When Stoyan Cristov tripped Jasno Odonelec, it was now 1912’s turn at the penalty spot. Elias Eicke converted his second of the game, and when Odonelec scored 4 minutes later to make it 4-2, it seemed as if the match was over. Zlatan Karavelov would score late on to make it 4-3, but 1912 Stelburg pick up a massive victory on the road to Energija Chernovets. SW Stahlberg then defeated TSV Marzig 2-0 with goals from Lemberger and von Bergen to send themselves top of the league. Vrnovo Mesto hit Olympia Borograd on the counter late to earn a surprising 2-1 victory, while Louis Brunner scored in second half stoppage time to hold Marlesee and Preisfeld to a 3-3 draw. It seemed as if Felsenkirchen and Launitz would have the same result, but goals from Johannes Mandl and Thorsten Helmke in the 81’ and 84’ would give Felsenkirchen the three points. Erwin Bahnsen was on the mark twice for St. Jakob in their win over rivals Marnau, while Stanimir Ilev had the first hat-trick of his career for Metropola Borograd as they beat Teussen 5-2. Teussen had led that match 2-0 in the first half before throwing it away, and the perennial powerhouse sit in 5th, 13 points off the pace. Rafa Mesmer’s goal in the 78th minute won the game for 1828 Pomen, while a trio of Ugbonna, Bahrmann and Aberbach did all the scoring for Rotmunde in a 3-0 win over Vlaikograd.

Matchday 25

FC Rotmunde 1932 3–1 Energija Chernovets
FK Vlaikograd 1896 0–0 1828 Pomen
Rudar Trkev 3–4 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–0 FC Einheit Marnau
FC St. Jakob 3–1 FK Pomorie
FC Kaiserhaven 0–1 VfB Launitz
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 3–2 SV Preisfeld
Marlesee 97 2–0 Vrnovo Mesto
Olympia Borograd 1–2 TSV Marzig
SW Stahlberg 1–1 1912 Stelburg


FC Rotmunde 1932 played a blinder of a match against Energija Chernovets, they flew around the pitch all day and really looked up for this one. Nwabudike Ugbonna got them started in the 12th minute, and a brace from Max Koehler secured the win for the Islanders. Metropola Borograd found themselves down 3-1 at half-time against Rudar Trkev, but were able to fight back well and two from Anton Dimitrov plus a strong hit from Jerat-Jonto Jan gave the visitors a 4-3 win. Teussen recovered from their big loss last weekend and goals from Geschke and Kramer gave them the win over Marnau. Ivo Ilev had scored just 24 seconds into the match for Pomorie against St. Jakob, but later goals from Heiden (x2) and Dimitriou gave the home side a win. Andreas Lauer played the role of spoiler for VfB Launitz away to FC Kaiserhaven, while Ferenc Kubala scored the winner for Felsenkirchen in a tricky match for them against Preisfeld. Werner Schott had both of Marlesee’s first half goals in a 2-0 win over Vrnovo Mesto. TSV Marzig travelled to the Olimpski-Stadion this weekend, and came away with a famous victory. Takashi Matsumoto headed home from a corner in the 38th minute, and Marzig withstood heavy pressure from Olympia for much of the second half. Ludwig Reichwein would hit on the counter to make it 2-0, and despite Alex Lukonov scoring late on there was no coming back for Olympia. The final matchup of the weekend saw 1912 Stelburg travel to SW Stahlberg in a very important match. Neither side could be separated, however, and goals from Karsten Lichtwark and Sascha Backer cancelled each other out as the match ended 1-1.

Matchday 26

Energija Chernovets 1–3 SW Stahlberg
1912 Stelburg 4–2 Olympia Borograd
TSV Marzig 2–3 Marlesee 97
Vrnovo Mesto 1–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
SV Preisfeld 1–0 FC Kaiserhaven
VfB Launitz 1–1 FC St. Jakob
FK Pomorie 4–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Einheit Marnau 2–0 Rudar Trkev
FK Metropola Borograd 5–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
1828 Pomen 0–1 FC Rotmunde 1932


Lots of action here, we get things started with two potentially title-deciding matches: Energija Chernovets vs SW Stahlberg, and 1912 Stelburg vs Olympia Borograd. Michael Ribbeck scored twice for SW Stahlberg before the Canaries could even blink, and Andreas Wentzel added another in the second half before Miro Dinev could make it 3-1. Stahlberg win and go 5 points clear at the top of the table. Krasimir Kynev scored first for Olympia, but 1912 Stelburg weren’t going to sit back for long. Elias Eicke tied the match, Ludwig Plessner scored to put Stelburg in front, and it was ‘das Phantom’ Jasno Odonelec who scored to put them 3-1 up just before halftime. In the second half, Plessner would get his second of the game to put the Bluebirds 4-1 up, and while Georgi Lukonov would score for Olympia late, it was all over. Marlesee 97 came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 away to TSV Marzig, while a late goal from Johannes Mandl saved Felsenkirchen a draw against Vrnovo Mesto. Mario Kogler had the winning goal for Preisfeld in a surprise win over FC Kaiserhaven, and later on it was Jannick Koepen scoring for FC St. Jakob to equalize an early Viktor Ehlers strike and hold Launitz to a 1-1 draw. FK Pomorie surprised the whole league as well with their 4-1 win over Teussen Stelburg. Gregor Strashilov scored twice in the first half, his total being expanded on by Pavel Lipev and Bozhidar Dimitrov in the second half. Arno Heller had both goals for Einheit Marnau’s win over Rudar Trkev, while Max Koehler scored the winner for Rotmunde over Pomen. Metropola Borograd demolished Vlaikograd, 3 goals coming in the last 10 minutes of the game, and Anton Dimitrov had a hat-trick in the win.

President’s Cup Quarterfinal

Olympia Borograd 1–2 FK Metropola Borograd
Energija Chernovets 1–1 Vrnovo Mesto (2–1 AET)
TSV Marzig 1–1 FK Pomorie (2–2 AET) (4–2 pen.)
Marlesee 97 2-0 1884 Felsenkirchen


The Borograd Derby kicked off the Quarterfinal action, and what a match it was. Stanimir Ilev scored first for Metropola 27 minutes into the match, and Metropola led for much of the game despite Olympia applying strong pressure. Finally, the home side broke through off the boot of Noe Renault in the 65th minute, and it seemed the Greens would surely break through again. Metropola got a counter attack going late on though, and Anton Dimitrov fired the ball past Yanko Zhelyaskov into the bottom right corner to give Metropola the lead. That would hold, and Metropola take their second straight Borograd Derby and move on to the Semifinal. Next up was Energija Chernovets and Vrnovo Mesto. Zlatan Karavelov scored early for Chernovets, but Vrnovo Mesto came to play in the second half and Ilian Strashilov was able to tie the score. That sent the match to extra time, and it was Vsevolod Hristov that scored what would be the winning goal for Chernovets in the 103rd minute. Next up was the most anticipated of all the matches this round, another Pomorie/Marzig Derby. The atmosphere was incredible all game within the stadium. The match itself saw Ivo Ilev score to give Pomorie an early lead, before Ludwig Reichwein scored right at the death to tie the match and send it to extra time. In the extra period, it was Takashi Matsumoto that turned in a Benedikt Tetzlaff cross to give Marzig the lead. It was Pomorie’s turn to grab a late equalizer, however, with Bozhidar Dimitrov scoring a dramatic goal in the 119th minute to send the match to penalties. The atmosphere in the Vest-Marlebucht-Stadion was louder than ever as supporters of both sides prepared themselves for the finish to probably the best derby match in recent memory. Matsumoto scored first for Marzig, followed by Dimitrov for Pomorie. Yannick Merz scored for Marzig, then Ivo Ilev for Pomorie. Ludwig Reichwein scored for Marzig, and then Heinz Schutz got a glove on Pavel Lipev’s effort. Kurt Witzel then scored again for Marzig, meaning Pomorie’s Lubomir Ivanov had to score. Ivanov’s penalty, however, hit the post, and the Marzig fans stormed the pitch in triumph. It was an incredible moment for the club, and celebrations on one half of the city extended long into the night. The aftermath of the match was marred, however, as violence and riots took place on the Milan-Dimitrov-Square as Pomorie fans expressed their anger at the result. Dozens of arrests were made, and full details of the amount of property damage done has not been released. In the later match, Ingolf Kruger scored both of Marlesee 97’s goals as they knocked out 1884 Felsenkirchen. The semifinal draw will see FK Metropola Borograd host Energija Chernovets, while Marlesee 97 will host TSV Marzig with spots in the President’s Cup Final on the line.

Matchday 27

1828 Pomen 1–1 Energija Chernovets
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–2 FK Metropola Borograd
FK Vlaikograd 1896 0–0 FC Einheit Marnau
Rudar Trkev 4–2 FK Pomorie
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–2 VfB Launitz
FC St. Jakob 4–1 SV Preisfeld
FC Kaiserhaven 1–0 Vrnovo Mesto
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 6–3 TSV Marzig
Marlesee 97 3–3 1912 Stelburg
Olympia Borograd 5–4 SW Stahlberg


Energija Chernovets’ slide continues as of late in the league, and they only manage to get a point away at 1828 Pomen. Pomen will certainly take that result, which moves them onto 23 points, tied with Vrnovo Mesto and SV Preisfeld. Pomen still sit bottom, however, on goal difference. Rotmunde’s Raimund Noffke had the winning goal for them in a 3-2 victory over Metropola Borograd, it’s a big three points to pick up for Rotmunde. Vlaikograd and Marnau had a boring 0-0 draw, while Rudar Trkev racked up a big win over FK Pomorie, 4-2. A goal from Thorsten Kramer late on was a saving grace for Teussen to avoid a draw with Launitz, they instead get a much-needed win after a few weeks of mediocrity from the black and gold. St. Jakob hammered Preisfeld 4-1, while Paulus Leistner’s goal was the only separation between Kaiserhaven and Vrnovo Mesto. FC Felsenkirchen 1879 ran rampant at home against TSV Marzig, scoring 6 goals, 3 from Mandl, as they win 6-3. 1912 Stelburg led 3-1 late, but it was Werner Schott and Yannik Lange bring Marlesee back into the game to secure a 3-3 draw. Finally, it was another all-time classic match between Olympia Borograd and SW Stahlberg. Michael Ribbeck scored two early goals for Stahlberg, but Olympia did not quit and Alex Lukonov and Krasimir Kynev scored to even things out. Then, just before halftime, tensions boiled over: Lutz von Bergen was tripped by Samuel Karalevov, who immediately claimed the Stahlberg man had taken a dive. Players on both sides got involved in some pushing and shoving, and 4 yellow cards were given. Play resumed for the second half, and Olympia Borograd went 4-2 up thanks to Icarus Darsten and another strike from Krasimir Kynev. In the 80th minute, however, Nikola Karapetrov committed a bad foul on John Ferry, and received his second yellow, reducing Olympia to 10 men. Ribbeck converted the penalty to earn his hat-trick. Momentum lay with Stahlberg, but then Lutz von Bergen was also sent off on a second yellow due to a tackle on Valko Tinchev. Andreas Wentzel would equalize for Stahlberg in the 10 on 10 match, but with just minutes to play, Vladimir Kostov fired home the winner for Olympia. All in all, 13 yellow cards were shared between the teams, and each received fines for failure to control their players. It was yet another chapter in the increasingly tense Olympia Borograd-SW Stahlberg rivalry.

Matchday 28

Energija Chernovets 1–0 Olympia Borograd
SW Stahlberg 0–2 Marlesee 97
1912 Stelburg 2–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
TSV Marzig 4–5 FC Kaiserhaven
Vrnovo Mesto 0–1 FC St. Jakob
SV Preisfeld 3–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
VfB Launitz 0–2 Rudar Trkev
FK Pomorie 2–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Einheit Marnau 0–2 FC Rotmunde 1932
FK Metropola Borograd 1–1 1828 Pomen


All the excitement of last week’s fiery match seemed to take it out of Olympia Borograd and SW Stahlberg this week. Olympia didn’t have much about them in a 1-0 loss to Energija Chernovets, who put themselves back into the title conversation after a recent poor run of form. SW Stahlberg as well looked a little flat against Marlesee, who had goals from Yannik Lehrer and Jochen Gebauer in a 2-0 win. That gave 1912 Stelburg some extra inspiration going into their match against Felsenkirchen, and goals from Backer and Plessner secured the win. TSV Marzig’s Ludwig Reichwein had two goals in 4 minutes in the second half, but Marzig’s defending let them down on the day as Kaiserhaven hit them for 5 goals and won the match 5-4. Dino Racic glanced in a header late for FC St. Jakob to defeat Vrnovo Mesto, while it was again Thorsten Kramer to the rescue for Teussen, the star midfielder grabbing two assists before scoring at the death to ensure his team managed a draw with relegation fodder SV Preisfeld. Teussen’s season has certainly not gone as planned, and they find themselves 10 points off the pace. Cezary Helmuth scored the opener for Rudar Trkev as they defeated Launitz 2-0, while Bozhidar Dimitrov had both goals for Pomorie in a 2-0 win over Vlaikograd. Ugonna and Aberbach scored for Rotmunde in a 2-0 win over Marnau, while a late goal from Rafael Mesmer, who is certainly having a season to remember for 1828 Pomen, gave them a well-earned draw with Metropola Borograd.

Matchday 29

FK Metropola Borograd 5–4 Energija Chernovets
1828 Pomen 2–2 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Rotmunde 1932 0–0 FK Pomorie
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–2 VfB Launitz
Rudar Trkev 3–2 SV Preisfeld
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–0 Vrnovo Mesto
FC St. Jakob 3–2 TSV Marzig
FC Kaiserhaven 2–1 1912 Stelburg
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–2 SW Stahlberg
Marlesee 97 0–2 Olympia Borograd


It was an exciting match to kick off round 29 of the Republikaliga, with Metropola Borograd playing host to Energija Chernovets. Metropola’s Stanimir Ilev scored the opening goal on 21 minutes, before Miroslav Dinev scored two of his own in the first half to make the score 2-1. Metropola would roar back on the backs of Anton Dimitrov, who scored 2 quickly, and his goals were expanded on by Boris Bachev and George t’son d’Haxli, making the score 5-2. Energija showed signs of perhaps making a late comeback, Viktor Dimitrov and Dragomir Nikolaev scoring for them, but the score would end at 5-4. Leon Fiser had both goals for 1828 Pomen as they managed a draw with Marnau 2-2, while Rotmunde and Pomorie would also draw, 0-0. Ruud Winsemius had the winner for VfB Launitz as they defeated Vlaikograd 2-1, while Radko Boichev was the hero for Rudar Trkev with a brace in their 3-2 win over SV Preisfeld. Manuel Horn broke a stretch of matches without a goal, he was on target twice for Teussen as they defeated Vrnovo Mesto 3-0. Giorgios Dimitriou had the winner for St. Jakob as they defeated TSV Marzig, but the real talk was the beautiful ball played up for him by Dino Radic at the back. Kaiserhaven’s Kabir Jobateh scored from the spot to give Kaiserhaven a 2-1 win over 1912 Stelburg, while it was Johannes Mandl also converting a penalty opportunity for Felsenkirchen to draw 2-2 with Stahlberg. Olympia Borograd had goals from Krasimir Kynev and Valko Tinchev in the first half to secure their victory over Marlesee 97.

Matchday 30

Energija Chernovets 3–0 Marlesee 97
Olympia Borograd 0–3 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
SW Stahlberg 2–2 FC Kaiserhaven
1912 Stelburg 4–2 FC St. Jakob
TSV Marzig 0–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
Vrnovo Mesto 0–0 Rudar Trkev
SV Preisfeld 4–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
VfB Launitz 4–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
FK Pomorie 4–3 1828 Pomen
FC Einheit Marnau 2–4 FK Metropola Borograd


Another big win for Energija Chernovets as they dispatch Marlesee 97 with relative ease, it was actually big centre back Demitar Tsvetikov heading home twice in the first half to earn his first goals of the season. Miro Dinev capped off for the home side in the second half, and they now sit only 2 points off the top. Olympia Borograd were stunned at home by a visiting Felsenkirchen side that are having a wonderful season so far, Kubala, Mandl and Seyfried all scoring in the 3-0 win. Kabir Jobateh continued to be a thorne in the title contender’s sides this week, scoring again against SW Stahlberg to hold them to a draw. 1912 Stelburg welcomed St. Jakob to the 1912-Stadion, and things went very well for the home team as Elias Eicke had two goals, Odonelec and Backer added their own marks on the game later on and the Bluebirds went top of the league thanks to a 4-2 win. Teussen Stelburg have appeared to be in better form as of late, they also won 3-0 over TSV Marzig. Preisfeld’s Mario Kogler had two goals in his side’s 4-3 win over Vlaikograd, while Andreas Lauer was the man of the match for Launitz, earning the match ball with 3 in the 4-3 win over Rotmunde. Another 4-3 win was the story in Pomorie, this time Ivo Ilev had the matchwinner for the home side. Bogdan Nakov had 2 goals for Metropola Borograd, Anton Dimitrov and Krum Kynev added to his total to deliver a 4-2 win for the Mets.

So, with 30 games completed, it’s time to take a look at how the race for the title, UICA football, and to avoid relegation stacks up with only 8 matchdays left.

   Republikaliga             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 1912 Stelburg 30 16 7 7 85 59 +26 55
2 SW Stahlberg 30 16 7 7 69 54 +15 55
3 Energija Chernovets 30 16 5 9 71 59 +12 53
4 FC Teussen Stelburg 30 15 4 11 75 61 +14 49
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5 FK Metropola Borograd 30 13 9 8 78 59 +19 48
6 FC Rotmunde 1932 30 14 6 10 68 64 +4 48
7 Olympia Borograd 30 13 8 9 71 58 +13 47
8 Marlesee 97 30 12 9 9 58 56 +2 45
9 FC St. Jakob 30 11 11 8 64 57 +7 44
10 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 30 11 9 10 62 59 +3 42
11 FC Kaiserhaven 30 12 6 12 56 56 0 42
12 Rudar Trkev 30 11 8 11 55 53 +2 41
13 TSV Marzig 30 12 3 15 62 64 −2 39
14 FC Einheit Marnau 30 10 7 13 57 68 −11 37
15 FK Pomorie 30 9 9 12 50 57 −7 36
16 FK Vlaikograd 1896 30 9 8 13 45 58 −13 35
17 VfB Launitz 30 8 9 13 53 67 −14 33
18 SV Preisfeld 30 6 9 15 52 74 −22 27 Relegation Play-off
19 1828 Pomen 30 5 10 15 40 64 −24 25 Relegation
20 Vrnovo Mesto 30 6 6 18 28 52 −24 24


1912 Stelburg are top of the league on goal difference as we head into the final stretch. All aspects of the Bluebirds’ game this season have been working well, and they have currently the most goals in the league and the best differential. You could pick one of a few players for season MVP, the top candidates would have to Jasno Odonelec, Elias Eicke and Raphael Klopfer. 1912’s run-in, however, is tricky, with the derby against Teussen coming up next, and games against Metropola Borograd, Rotmunde, and potential for a difficult game against an 1828 Pomen side who are desperate to avoid relegation. SW Stahlberg sit second with an identical record, only behind on goal difference. They’ve been on a different level defensively, but scoring from sources besides the main man Ribbeck has been lacking at times. They can certainly push on and win the title, and have, besides Teussen and Metropola Borograd, a not so punishing run-in. The third horse in the race would be Energija Chernovets, who have pulled themselves back closer to the top lately. Only two points off the top, they also have certainly the easiest run-in: only a home match with Teussen appears to have the potential to trip them up. The main contenders in the title race have much to play for, but besides Chernovets, little experience of going this far: will they slip up in the final 8, or push on and earn the victory?

The chasing pack features Teussen, Metropola, Rotmunde and Olympia Borograd racing for the international qualification spots. Teussen have put in much better performances as of late, and seem to be the favourites, but Metropola are always a threat. Rotmunde have a strong team but with some difficult matches on the horizon probably won’t be able to come fourth. Then, it’s Olympia Borograd, who ever since defeating SW Stahlberg have been going through a rough patch of form. If they can turn it around, they’ll certainly be a contender, but there’s also the chance the slide will continue and they remain in seventh.

Heading to the bottom now, the relegation race is between three clubs: Vrnovo Mesto, 1828 Pomen and SV Preisfeld. Only one of these clubs will reach the Relegation Play-off, and currently the favourites would have to be SV Preisfeld. Vrnovo Mesto don’t seem to have much about them this year, and their goal difference is tied for worst in the league. So, it’ll be between Pomen and Preisfeld, and what a race it should be: two young teams hoping to extend their stay in the Republikaliga.

The final 8 matches of the Republikaliga season lay ahead. 8 more chapters to write, 8 more stories to tell, and it should be one of the most exciting finishes in league history.
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Republikaliga Season IV: Part III


Matchday 31

FC Einheit Marnau 3–1 Energija Chernovets
FK Metropola Borograd 4–2 FK Pomorie
1828 Pomen 2–0 VfB Launitz
FC Rotmunde 1932 2–1 SV Preisfeld
FK Vlaikograd 1896 0–1 Vrnovo Mesto
Rudar Trkev 2–0 TSV Marzig
FC Teussen Stelburg 1–1 1912 Stelburg
FC St. Jakob 3–4 SW Stahlberg
FC Kaiserhaven 0–1 Olympia Borograd
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–2 Marlesee 97


And the plot thickens. Energija Chernovets take a step back in the title race with a loss away to Einheit Marnau. Banquo Chrysler scored the goal that put Marnau 2-1 up, and it was Arno Heller giving them security for a 3-1 win on the day. Metropola Borograd had no trouble beating FK Pomorie, 4-2 the win for them with Stanimir Ilev, who is putting together a very strong season, leading the way for them with 2. Rafael Mesmer had both goals for Pomen as they got a huge win over Launitz, while Max Koehler had the winner for Rotmunde over Preisfeld. That was a big help for Vrnovo Mesto, who capitalized on a great opportunity in the relegation race and beat Vlaikograd 1-0 to pick up a valuable 3 points. Rudar Trkev did well to break through and beat TSV Marizg 2-0, while Olympia Borograd’s Krasimir Kynev picked up another goal in the win over Kaiserhaven. Felsenkirchen and Marlesee played to a 2-2 draw, with Rolf Seyfried scoring the equalizing goal for the home side. SW Stahlberg came from 3-1 down to defeat FC St. Jakob 4-3, it was Andreas Wentzel who scored the winning goal in the 81st minute for the Miners and sent them top of the league. The Stelburg Derby was also contested this round, again with each club competing to see which is the best right now. 1912 and Teussen could not be separated on the day, goals from Manuel Horn and an own goal from Albert Weidemann making the final 1-1. In the table, however, 1912 sit 6 clear of their rivals, and one wonders if there is a power shift regardless.

Matchday 32

Energija Chernovets 2–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Marlesee 97 0–1 FC Kaiserhaven
Olympia Borograd 2–0 FC St. Jakob
SW Stahlberg 2–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
1912 Stelburg 2–1 Rudar Trkev
TSV Marzig 3–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Vrnovo Mesto 1–0 FC Rotmunde 1932
SV Preisfeld 5–3 1828 Pomen
VfB Launitz 3–1 FK Metropola Borograd
FK Pomorie 1–2 FC Einheit Marnau


Energija Chernovets brought themselves back into the mix this week with a win coming for them over Felsenkirchen. Miroslav Dinev had the winning goal to give them a vital 3 points, putting them only 3 points back of the new leaders, 1912 Stelburg. Paulus Leistner scored for Kaiserhaven amidst rumours of his future at the club being in question, it was enough for them to defeat Marlesee 1-0. Olympia Borograd have gone on a great run of late and now sit 4th in the league, one wonders if perhaps they have taken the advantage in the race for UICA football. Kynev and Alex Lukonov had their goals in the win over St. Jakob. SW Stahlberg led 2-0 at half-time at home to Teussen, but the Stelburg side were able to turn it around. Kramer, Horn and Geschke all scored for the visitors and inadvertently helped their cross city rivals: Stahlberg’s loss combined with goals for Odonelec and Eicke puts 1912 Stelburg top of the league with 6 matches left. Marzig and Vlaikograd played to an exciting 3-3 draw, while Vrnovo Mesto pulled off a classic win over Rotmunde. SV Preisfeld’s Matheo Reiter had the winner for them over 1828 Pomen, which pulled his club out of the automatic relegation places. Launitz’ 3-1 win over Metropola Borograd may have derailed the capital club’s bid for UICA football next season, while a late Linus Segert goal gave Marnau the victory over Pomorie 2-1.

Matchday 33

FK Pomorie 3–3 Energija Chernovets
FC Einheit Marnau 2–1 VfB Launitz
FK Metropola Borograd 0–0 SV Preisfeld
1828 Pomen 1–1 Vrnovo Mesto
FC Rotmunde 1932 5–1 TSV Marzig
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 1912 Stelburg
Rudar Trkev 0–0 SW Stahlberg
FC Teussen Stelburg 0–0 Olympia Borograd
FC St. Jakob 2–3 Marlesee 97
FC Kaiserhaven 3–3 FC Felsenkirchen 1879


Two Ivo Ilev goals in twenty-three minutes. That was what it took to erase Energija Chernovets’ 3-1 lead, and the Canaries miss out on a huge chance to get an advantage in the title race. Then again, on this day it seemed as if every club in a race for something didn’t manage to take advantage. FK Metropola Borograd and SV Preisfeld played to a 0-0 draw, 1828 Pomen and Vrnovo Mesto managed a 1-1 draw. Vlaikograd held 1912 Stelburg to a 1-1 draw, and then Rudar Trkev did Stelburg a favour by holding SW Stahlberg to a 0-0 draw. After seasons of exciting results in the National Derby, there was always going to be one letdown, and that came today. Teussen and Olympia played out a 0-0 draw. Kaiserhaven and Felsenkirchen drew as well, meaning only 3 matches this week didn’t end in a draw: Rotmunde smashed Marzig, Marnau beat Launitz and Marlesee defeated St. Jakob. So, everything is as it was last week, except now there is one fewer match remaining.

Matchday 34

Energija Chernovets 3–2 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 3–1 FC St. Jakob
Marlesee 97 0–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
Olympia Borograd 2–1 Rudar Trkev
SW Stahlberg 2–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
1912 Stelburg 1–2 FC Rotmunde 1932
TSV Marzig 1–3 1828 Pomen
Vrnovo Mesto 0–1 FK Metropola Borograd
SV Preisfeld 0–1 FC Einheit Marnau
VfB Launitz 2–0 FK Pomorie


This time, Energija holds off the late charge of Kaiserhaven and picks up 3 points, putting them only 2 back of current leaders SW Stahlberg. Felsenkirchen got a win over St. Jakob to bring themselves into the top 10, it was Johannes Mandl scoring again as part of a great season he’s been having in the win. Thorsten Kramer slotted home a late winner for Teussen over Marlesee 97, while Icarus Darsten scored a very similar goal - bottom right corner -, for Olympia to win against Rudar Trkev. A brace for Michael Ribbeck gave Stahlberg a 2-0 win over Vlaikograd, and thanks to Theodor Aberbach’s goal for Rotmunde to beat 1912 Stelburg 2-1, sent the Miners top of the league. So, a former Teussen man put a dent in 1912’s title challenge, and the home defeat was perhaps the turning point of this title race. Stahlberg are now on top, but will have to capitalize on that in the next few weeks if they are to win their first title. 1828 Pomen lifted themselves out of automatic relegation places with a win over TSV Marzig 3-1, helped out by Metropola beating Vrnovo 1-0 and Marnau beating Preisfeld by that same score. Andreas Lauer and Torben Blocher had the goals for VfB Launitz as they took care of FK Pomorie 2-0.

President’s Cup Semifinal

FK Metropola Borograd 0–0 Energija Chernovets (0–0 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Marlesee 97 0–1 TSV Marzig


The four President’s Cup semifinalists took it a bit more cautiously, and for some of them it paid off. Metropola Borograd and Energija Chernovets played a quite frankly dreadful 120 minutes of football, nothing separating them after all that. Anton Dimitrov hit the post, which was the closest effort for either side, in extra time. The match then headed to penalties, where it was Radko Rusev that missed the crucial penalty for Metropola. Evgeni Antonov then hit his own penalty clean past Viktor Venev to send Energija Chernovets to the final. Marlesee and TSV Marzig played a similarly boring match, until the visitors broke through in the 64th minute. A corner ball was swung in by Yannick Merz, and after Takashi Matsumoto’s initial header was stopped by Lucas Dorn, the ball fell to Kurt Witzel. The youngster made no mistake and put the Gulls 1-0 up. Marlesee tried desperately to fight back, but couldn’t put the ball past Heinz Schutz. So, the final will be TSV Marzig against Energija Chernovets at the Nationalstadion. The favourites will surely be Chernovets, but don’t count out TSV Marzig. There’s every possibility it could be club hero Ludwig Reichwein’s last game for the club, and he’ll surely want it to be special.

Matchday 35

VfB Launitz 6–4 Energija Chernovets
FK Pomorie 1–1 SV Preisfeld
FC Einheit Marnau 0–1 Vrnovo Mesto
FK Metropola Borograd 5–3 TSV Marzig
1828 Pomen 3–3 1912 Stelburg
FC Rotmunde 1932 1–3 SW Stahlberg
FK Vlaikograd 1896 4–4 Olympia Borograd
Rudar Trkev 5–3 Marlesee 97
FC Teussen Stelburg 0–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC St. Jakob 4–0 FC Kaiserhaven


Another great weekend of Republikaliga action. VfB Launitz had a day to remember against Chernovets, as they went 3-0 up in the first 25 minute before eventually taking the match 6-4. It’s a very, very, bad result for Energija, who now sit 5 points off the top with only 3 matches left. The relegation-threatened sides all picked up points this week, with Vrnovo Mesto’s Ilian Strashilov scoring to give them the max 3 against FC Einheit Marnau, while SV Preisfeld would manage a 1-1 draw with FK Pomorie. 1828 Pomen also picked up a point, this time at the expense of 1912 Stelburg, who almost lost and only a late Sascha Backer goal kept them in second. SW Stahlberg built on their lead at the top with a 3-1 win over Rotmunde, while Vlaikograd fought back from 4-2 down to Olympia Borograd to tie the match 4-4. Cezary Helmuth had two goals in the second half of Rudar Trkev’s 5-3 win over Marlesee 97, while it was his countryman Ferenc Kubala scoring the winner for Felsenkirchen over FC Teussen Stelburg. FC Kaiserhaven were crushed by St. Jakob, Bahnsen, Heiden, Licht and Dimitriou sharing the goals for the Saints at the Draistadion.

Matchday 36

Energija Chernovets 2–4 FC St. Jakob
FC Kaiserhaven 3–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 5–3 Rudar Trkev
Marlesee 97 1–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Olympia Borograd 2–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
SW Stahlberg 0–1 1828 Pomen
1912 Stelburg 4–1 FK Metropola Borograd
TSV Marzig 4–3 FC Einheit Marnau
Vrnovo Mesto 3–3 FK Pomorie
SV Preisfeld 3–5 VfB Launitz


Energija Chernovets were again not at their best against FC St. Jakob, and it was a Leo Heiden double in the second half that may have twisted the dagger on Chernovets’ title hopes. Kaiserhaven recovered from last week’s blow-out loss to defeat Teussen 3-1, and Felsenkirchen continued a strong run to beat Trkev 5-3 and hold onto 8th place in the league. Marlese and Vlaikograd drew 1-1, goals coming from Ingolf Kruger and Bendeguz Kadar. A late winner from Krasimir Kynev gave Olympia Borograd the win 2-1 over Rotmunde. That’s 5 unbeaten for Olympia, who are making a stunning late charge and are now only 4 points off the top. Can Olympia at the death defend their title? It certainly became much more possible when 1828 Pomen continued their run of taking points from title contenders. Rafa Mesmer’s goal gave 1828 Pomen an incredible away win over Stahlberg, and tightened things further. Who, you ask, do 1828 play next week? Why, Olympia Borograd. The Greens have put themselves back into the title talk here, and with 1912 Stelburg’s rampant win over Metropola Borograd 4-1, it’s all coming down to the wire. 4 teams could still win the title, and each of the top 7 are in the running for UICA football. Elsewhere, Ludwig Reichwein’s goal gave Marzig a win over Marnau, while Vrnovo Mesto and FK Pomorie fought to a 3-3 draw. VfB Launitz have now scored 11 goals in their last 2, including 5 here as they beat Preisfeld. It’s interesting at the bottom as well: SV Preisfeld appear to be down, but any of Pomen, Vrnovo Mesto, and theoretically even Vlaikograd and Pomorie could find themselves in danger depending on how the results of the last two matchdays play out.

Matchday 37

SV Preisfeld 1–2 Energija Chernovets
VfB Launitz 2–0 Vrnovo Mesto
FK Pomorie 2–4 TSV Marzig
FC Einheit Marnau 2–2 1912 Stelburg
FK Metropola Borograd 5–2 SW Stahlberg
1828 Pomen 2–5 Olympia Borograd
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–4 Marlesee 97
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–3 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Rudar Trkev 4–0 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–3 FC St. Jakob


A very interesting finish awaits us. Energija Chernovets fans wildly celebrated Zlatan Karavelov’s 78th minute goal which gave them some faint hopes in the title race, while that same moment was cursed by Preisfeld supporters as it confirmed their relegation. Vrnovo Mesto also lost, to Launitz, but there is still some hope for the Islanders. 1828 Pomen were smashed by Olympia Borograd 5-2, putting the Greens only one point back of first place. They needed hated rivals Metropola Borograd to do them a favour, and they got it as by the same 5-2 scoreline, Metropola thrashed Stahlberg. It’s actually 1912 Stelburg tops going into the final day thanks to goal difference, as a Jasno Odonelec brace gave them a draw against FC Einheit Marnau. Marlesee defeated Rotmunde 4-3, while Felsenkirchen, after a 3-1 win over Vlaikograd, sit only 1 point behind Rotmunde in 8th. The Northeastern Derby on the final day will determine which side holds all the bragging rights. Rudar Trkev smashed Kaiserhaven 4-0, and Teussen and St. Jakob fought out a 3-3 draw. So, the final day. None of the title contenders have a particularly easy match: Energija Chernovets are hosting FC Teussen Stelburg, while it is a Borograd Derby between Olympia and Metropola. SW Stahlberg take on a tricky FC Einheit Marnau side who just held up 1912 Stelburg, while the Bluebirds host FK Pomorie, who have been a thorn in the side of the top teams all season long. All of Stahlberg, 1912, Olympia and Energija can still win the league, while Metropola still holds hopes of a fourth place finish and UICA football. At the bottom, 1828 Pomen are visiting Marlesee, while Vrnovo Mesto host SV Preisfeld. Mesto sit 1 point behind Pomen, and will have to better their result to pull out of the automatic relegation zone. Between all that excitement, there was one more point of interest on matchday 37: the Pomorie/Marzig Derby. The match itself was played in an empty stadium, as part of STFA punishment to FK Pomorie due to the riots after the President’s Cup Quarterfinal match. Instead, streets were blocked off on each side of town for fans to gather in under the watchful eye of the police. There was still some violence seen, however, although the police overall did an excellent job. The match itself was great as usual, with Ludwig Reichwein scoring twice in the first half to put Marzig 2-0 up. Pomorie fought back early in the second, with Ivo Ilev and Bozhidar Dimitrov each scoring to put things back on level terms. Takashi Matsumoto scored a header to put Marzig 3-2 up, before Reichwein completed a famous derby day hat-trick in the 87th minute to secure a 4-2 win for TSV Marzig over FK Pomorie.

Matchday 38

Energija Chernovets 2–4 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC St. Jakob 2–3 Rudar Trkev
FC Kaiserhaven 3–2 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–0 FC Rotmunde 1932
Marlesee 97 0–0 1828 Pomen
Olympia Borograd 4–3 FK Metropola Borograd
SW Stahlberg 1–0 FC Einheit Marnau
1912 Stelburg 2–2 FK Pomorie
TSV Marzig 3–1 VfB Launitz
Vrnovo Mesto 0–1 SV Preisfeld


It was a long and very, very bumpy road, but SW Stahlberg are Champions of the Republic! Teussen Stelburg got an important final-day win over Energija Chernovets, but it was a moral victory more than anything: Teussen finish a disappointing 6th, the worst finish for the club in the Republikaliga era and fail to qualify for UICA football. Chernovets, on the other hand, end up in fourth place and manage to return to the UICA Globe Cup. Rudar Trkev beat St. Jakob 3-2, and Kaiserhaven got a 3-2 win over Vlaikograd. Paulus Leistner scored the winning goal, but will it be his last for Kaiserhaven? The Northeastern Derby saw goals from Johannes Mandl and Rolf Seyfried as Felsenkirchen defeated Rotmunde 2-0, securing a 7th place finish for the Blues. TSV Marzig beat Launitz 3-1, a successful match for them one week before the President’s Cup Final. In the relegation race, an early goal from Louis Brunner gave SV Preisfeld a win over Vrnovo Mesto, and as 1828 Pomen held on to a 0-0 draw with Marlesee, relegates both Preisfeld and Vrnovo. 1828 Pomen will instead play in the relegation play-off with the 3rd placed team from the 2. Republikaliga. Now, to the title race. First it was the Borograd Derby, a back-and-forth contest that was eventually won by Olympia Borograd thanks to a Nikola Karapetrov header; Krasimir Kynev also had a goal putting him on 28 for the season. SW Stahlberg saw Michael Ribbeck score on the 35th minute to give them the win over FC Einheit Marnau. FK Pomorie shocked 1912 Stelburg in the first half, with Ivo Ilev scoring twice to put the visitors 2-0 up. 1912 Stelburg regrouped in the second half and fought back hard, Elias Eicke and Jasno Odonelec each having goals to even things up. Only 1 point wouldn’t do, however, and even though the Bluebirds pushed incredibly hard late on could not come up with the win. Let’s take a look at the final table.

   Republikaliga             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 SW Stahlberg 38 20 8 10 83 67 +16 68 Champions/UICA Champion's Cup
2 Olympia Borograd 38 19 10 9 91 69 +22 67
3 1912 Stelburg 38 18 12 8 101 72 +29 66
4 Energija Chernovets 38 19 6 13 90 83 +7 63 UICA Globe Cup

5 FK Metropola Borograd 38 17 10 11 98 77 +21 61
6 FC Teussen Stelburg 38 18 7 13 88 73 +15 61
7 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 38 16 11 11 82 71 +11 59
8 FC Rotmunde 1932 38 17 6 15 82 79 +3 57
9 Rudar Trkev 38 15 9 14 74 67 +7 54
10 Marlesee 97 38 14 12 12 71 71 0 54
11 FC Kaiserhaven 38 15 7 16 68 74 −6 52
12 FC St. Jakob 38 13 12 13 83 77 +6 51
13 FC Einheit Marnau 38 14 8 16 70 79 −9 50
14 TSV Marzig 38 15 4 19 81 88 −7 49
15 VfB Launitz 38 13 9 16 73 82 −9 48
16 FK Pomorie 38 9 13 16 64 78 −14 40
17 FK Vlaikograd 1896 38 9 12 17 57 76 −19 39
18 1828 Pomen 38 8 13 17 55 79 −24 37 Relegation Play-off
19 SV Preisfeld 38 8 11 19 64 88 −24 35 Relegated
20 Vrnovo Mesto 38 9 8 21 35 60 −25 35


So, Stahlberg are champions. Probably the best team Stahlberg has ever assembled, and it’s a deserved title for the Miners. Michael Ribbeck gets his championship, John Ferry has another league title medal for his collection, Karsten Lichtwark and Jonas Breukelen will go down long in Stahlberg history as perhaps the best centre back partnership in the club’s history, and overall these 11 will be immortalized forever. Just behind them are Olympia Borograd, who can be proud of the late charge they put up to come back in the title race and secure UICA football for another season. They’ll be less proud, however, of the mid-season collapse that had they avoided would have given them the title. In third are 1912 Stelburg. It was obviously a disappointing turn of events to go into the final matchday atop the league and finish third. Overall, however, Stelburg can be happy with their season, and the final day despair will only be a massive motivation for a Bluebirds squad that will unquestionably be stronger next season for it. In fourth are Energija Chernovets, who quite frankly collapsed in the final weeks. They will still be happy to have reached UICA football again, and Apostol Manevski has pledged that the club will be much more active in the transfer market. Fifth were Metropola Borograd, who recovered from a shaky start to have a strong season. They’ve got some decisions to make this offseason, and many have argued that the club needs another defender for them to reach the next level. FC Teussen Stelburg came a disastrous sixth, and reports are that the club will be making major changes in the offseason. Another move for Ludwig Reichwein is expected, and several strong youth players from the academy could be promoted. Felsenkirchen, Rotmunde, Trkev and Marlesee rounded out the top 10.

The Republikaliga season is in the books, but much remains: the President’s Cup Final, lower league results, and awards season all await.
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Republikaliga Season IV: Review


Now that SW Stahlberg are coronated as champions, let’s take a look at some of the awards handed out this season:

Golden Boot

Michael Ribbeck, 30 goals (SW Stahlberg)
Krasimir Kynev, 28 goals (Olympia Borograd)
Anton Dimitrov, 28 goals (FK Metropola Borograd)
Ludwig Reichwein, 25 goals (TSV Marzig)
Miroslav Dinev, 24 goals (Energija Chernovets)

Ribbeck takes the Golden Boot in a wonderful season for him. Krasimir Kynev is second, ranked above Anton Dimitrov due to having less minutes played.

Golden Ball

The 40 captains and managers of the Republikaliga vote on the Golden Ball award. This year, 7 players total received votes in the first round. These were Michael Ribbeck, John Ferry (SW Stahlberg), Krasimir Kynev (Olympia Borograd), Thorsten Kramer (FC Teussen Stelburg), Jasno Odonelec (1912 Stelburg), Anton Dimitrov (FK Metropola Borograd) and Miroslav Dinev (Energija Chernovets). Kramer, Dimitrov and Dinev were eliminated after the first round. Kynev was eliminated after the second round, and Odonelec was eliminated after the second round. The final round total, between Ribbeck and Ferry, were as follows:

Michael Ribbeck, SW Stahlberg - 23 votes
John Ferry, SW Stahlberg - 17 votes

So, Michael Ribbeck picks up another award and is the Golden Ball winner!

Positional Bests

Best Forward: Krasimir Kynev, Olympia Borograd
Best Midfield: John Ferry, SW Stahlberg
Best Defender: Karsten Lichtwark, SW Stahlberg
Best Keeper: Yanko Zhelyaskov, Olympia Borograd

Manager of the Year

Gerd Hennig, SW Stahlberg

Hennig takes the Manager of the Year award for the second season in a row after a title-winning season.

Young Player of the Year

Jasno Odonelec, 1912 Stelburg

Odonelec wins Young Player of the Year, he’s quickly becoming a star in this league and was a key part of 1912’s title challenge.

Best XI

GK -- Yanko Zhelyaskov, Olympia Borograd
LB -- Paul Schorner, SW Stahlberg
CB -- Karsten Lichtwark, SW Stahlberg
CB -- Raphael Klopfer, 1912 Stelburg
RB -- Lutz Daschner, 1912 Stelburg
CM -- Thorsten Kramer, FC Teussen Stelburg
CM -- John Ferry, SW Stahlberg
AML -- Ingolf Kruger, Marlesee 97
AMC -- Jasno Odonelec, 1912 Stelburg
AMR -- Aleksander Lukonov, Olympia Borograd
CF -- Michael Ribbeck, SW Stahlberg


Lower Divisions + Youth Leagues

   2. Republikaliga         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 1884 Felsenkirchen 38 22 9 7 74 46 +28 75 Champions/Promoted
2 Arsenal Bukovets 38 22 8 8 80 54 +26 74 Promoted

3 NK Siovanska Gora 38 19 9 10 77 53 +24 66
4 TSV Georg-Blocher 38 18 7 13 69 50 +19 61
5 FK Orlovska Bistrica 38 17 9 12 56 55 +1 60
6 Zvezda Vlaikograd 38 16 11 11 55 40 +15 59
7 Rudar Draijagrad 38 16 11 11 66 65 +1 59
8 FK Venkovets 38 18 4 16 58 41 +17 58
9 VfB Marlesee 38 17 5 16 71 58 +13 56
10 SVG Bainitz 38 15 8 15 64 55 +9 53
11 FC Truiselwald 38 15 8 15 31 37 −6 53
12 FK Raketa Bukovets 38 13 13 12 57 69 −12 52
13 FC Magesbach 38 14 8 16 53 61 −8 50
14 NK Vrnovo 38 14 7 17 54 64 −10 49
15 FC Ternau 05 38 12 10 16 72 73 −1 46
16 VfL Reinbronn 38 12 9 17 66 66 0 45
17 FC Giesenau 38 12 8 18 63 82 −19 44
18 VfL Prutseren 38 11 6 21 49 88 −39 39
19 TSV Prattsee 38 7 13 18 50 68 −18 34 Relegated
20 VfL Bamerntal 38 5 7 26 43 83 −40 22


Relegation Play-off

NK Siovanska Gora 1-1 1828 Pomen
1828 Pomen 2-0 NK Siovanska Gora


So, Pomen remain in the Republikaliga! NK Siovanska Gora scored first in the first leg, but Rafael Mesmer equalized quickly after. Mesmer added another in the second leg, as did Michael Ebner. That result secures a place in the top league for the oldest club in the nation. Coming up are 1884 Felsenkirchen and Arsenal Bukovets, with Vrnovo Mesto and SV Preisfeld going down.

   3. Republikaliga                Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 NK Karjaska Gora 46 31 4 11 78 42 +36 97 Champions/Promoted
2 VfB Truiselwald 46 24 12 10 47 26 +21 84 Promoted

3 TSV Posenford 46 24 11 11 64 38 +26 83
4 Oststahlberg 08 46 21 15 10 62 45 +17 78
5 Teufelsberg 97 46 19 14 13 50 39 +11 71
6 TSV Lahnnenbruck 46 19 14 13 48 43 +5 71
7 VfL Magesbach 46 20 10 16 46 43 +3 70
8 NK Vojnik 46 20 6 20 53 44 +9 66
9 TSV Tarnitz 46 16 16 14 33 39 −6 64
10 FC Lahnnenbruck 98 46 17 11 18 48 54 −6 62
11 SK Republika Borograd 46 16 13 17 56 61 −5 61
12 NK Krakovo 46 16 12 18 46 53 −7 60
13 VfB Giesenau 46 14 17 15 52 48 +4 59
14 1888 Runsen 46 15 14 17 50 57 −7 59
15 NK Kaskada 46 15 12 19 36 40 −4 57
16 TSV Konsford 46 13 17 16 39 41 −2 56
17 FK Kostinbrod 46 13 16 17 49 50 −1 55
18 NK Prevala 46 13 14 19 36 42 −6 53
19 FC Teufelsberg 46 13 14 19 34 42 −8 53
20 NK Piran 46 11 17 18 46 56 −10 50
21 NK Kraljgrad 46 11 16 19 33 46 −13 49
22 Admiral Severno Pristajanje 46 11 15 20 33 44 −11 48
23 FC Kischfeld 46 11 14 21 36 62 −26 47
24 VfL Truhnscheid 46 11 12 23 35 55 −20 45


   J. Republikaliga          Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 FK Metropola Borograd 38 22 8 8 51 32 +19 74 Champions, UICA Youth Cup
2 FC St. Jakob 38 18 14 6 47 35 +12 68
3 FC Teussen Stelburg 38 19 10 9 49 31 +18 67
4 TSV Marzig 38 20 7 11 42 25 +17 67
5 Olympia Borograd 38 17 10 11 52 40 +12 61
6 FC Kaiserhaven 38 16 10 12 46 39 +7 58
7 Rudar Trkev 38 17 6 15 46 49 −3 57
8 Energija Chernovets 38 14 12 12 36 33 +3 54
9 Marlesee 97 38 15 8 15 34 29 +5 53
10 FC Rotmunde 1932 38 15 6 17 34 32 +2 51
11 SV Preisfeld 38 14 9 15 39 46 −7 51
12 Vrnovo Mesto 38 14 8 16 40 43 −3 50
13 SW Stahlberg 38 14 8 16 41 45 −4 50
14 FK Vlaikograd 1896 38 13 9 16 41 44 −3 48
15 VfB Launitz 38 13 8 17 34 39 −5 47
16 FC Einheit Marnau 38 10 12 16 31 43 −12 42
17 1912 Stelburg 38 8 14 16 37 48 −11 38
18 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 38 11 5 22 37 52 −15 38
19 FK Pomorie 38 8 13 17 40 56 −16 37
20 1828 Pomen 38 8 11 19 25 41 −16 35


New in football this year was the U-Liga, a competition for university teams. There are three divisions, the Milan Dimitrov Division for Siovanijan schools, the Karl VII Division for Teus schools and the General von Schaaf Division for military institutions. At the end of the season, the three champions and a host team will compete for the Alumni Cup and IUCC qualification.

   Milan Dimitrov Division               Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 University of Borograd 30 16 6 8 53 32 +21 54 Champions/Alumni Cup
2 Ivan-Penchev-Akademija 30 15 5 10 52 47 +5 50
3 Vlaikograd University 30 12 3 15 49 50 −1 39
4 Chernovets Teknologichen-Institut 30 11 6 13 44 45 −1 39
5 Borograd Metropolitan University 30 12 3 15 47 62 −15 39
6 Agricultural University of Trkev 30 11 3 16 29 38 −9 36


   Karl VII Division                     Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 Universitat-Stelburg 30 13 8 9 45 38 +7 47 Champions/Alumni Cup
2 St. Jakob University 30 13 7 10 39 29 +10 46 Host of Alumni Cup
3 Universitat-Rotmunde 30 13 7 10 52 47 +5 46
4 TU Stelburg 30 11 7 12 44 47 −3 40
5 Heinrich-Vogel-Universitat 30 11 6 13 46 41 +5 39
6 Freie-Universitat Felsenkirchen 30 9 5 16 37 61 −24 32


   von Schaaf Division                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 Luftwaffenakademie 30 16 5 9 45 31 +14 53 Champions/Alumni Cup
2 Marineakademie Kaiserhaven 30 14 5 11 40 29 +11 47
3 National Military Academy 30 14 4 12 53 46 +7 46
4 OA Stavropol 30 12 7 11 39 37 +2 43
5 WA Stahlberg 30 12 4 14 21 26 −5 40
6 VA Vrnovo 30 8 3 19 31 60 −29 27


Alumni Cup

So, the St. Jakob University Otters, the Universitat-Stelburg Eagles, the University of Borograd Bears, and the Luftwaffenakademie Flyers will contest the Alumni Cup. The random draw pits St. Jakob against Stelburg, and Borograd against the Luftwaffenakademie.

Universitat-Stelburg 0-3 St. Jakob University
Luftwaffenakademie 1-0 University of Borograd

Third Place Match: Universitat-Stelburg 0-0 University of Borograd (0-0 AET, 4-2 pen.)

Alumni Cup Final: Luftwaffenakademie 2-2 St. Jakob University (4-2 AET)

So, the Luftwaffenakademie wins the first Alumni Cup! Joining them at the IUCC will be runners-up St. Jakob University and third place finisher Universitat-Stelburg.


President's Cup Final

TSV Marzig 3-1 Energija Chernovets


TSV Marzig lifted a famous President’s Cup trophy on a night that will be remembered forever by their fans.

“It’s going to be a special night. Obviously, this has been a bit of a storybook run for us to the final: beating 1912, winning the Derby, and this is our chance to take this moment forever,” commented Marzig captain Ludwig Reichwein before the match. Energija Chernovets captain Miro Dinev spoke similarly: “We’ve come a long way to get here, and for sure we are going to do whatever it takes to win.”

The game started at a frantic pace, each side wanting to take the early advantage. Marzig had an early chance, with Teodor Sotirov being forced to make a huge save on Ludwig Reichwein early. Vsevolod Hristov was a creative force for Energija Chernovets, but his forwards couldn’t get anything going: Dinev missed a solid opportunity on the 15th minute, and Dragomir Nikolaev had perhaps the best chance of the early proceedings, his shot ended up just inches wide of the left post, having beat Heinz Schutz.

TSV Marzig took advantage of a great opportunity, however, shortly after. Kurt Witzel brought the ball forwards with attacking intent, before laying it off for Benedikt Tetzlaff. Tetzlaff ran down the wing before whipping in a cross originally intended for target man Takashi Matsumoto. It was just a bit out of Matsumoto’s range, however, and instead was controlled off the chest of Ludwig Reichwein. Reichwein took another touch to stabilize himself before smashing the ball into the goal. 1-0 for Marzig in the Cup Final.

Before the half was over, however, Energija Chernovets would be back on level terms. Viktor Dimitrov had been quiet early on, but a quick flash of brilliance brought him into the game. He showed great skill to get past Kurt Hochberg, and drew a few Marzig defenders out of position. This enabled him to send a forward pass into the run of Miroslav Dinev. Dinev fired a shot into the top right corner, beating the jump of Heinz Schutz. 1-1 as the teams headed down the tunnel for half-time.

45 minutes, and possibly even more than that, remained for the two teams to find a way through and take the Cup. That moment came in the 61st minute. Kurt Witzel received a pass coming in close to the box, but he was marked by Evgeni Antonov. Antonov tripped Witzel, and Marzig were awarded a free kick. Witzel was the one standing over the ball, and he knocked in a cross that met the diving head of Takashi Matsumoto. A big goal for him, and Marzig now led 2-1.

Energija had a few opportunities to come back in the match, mostly off the boot of Miro Dinev. The captain had a great headed opportunity stopped by Heinz Schutz, and another opportunity called just offside by the linesman. Viktor Dimitrov’s shot went just too left of the goal. Energija were putting pressure on, but Marzig weathered the storm well. Chernovets brought on Zlatan Karavelov with 15 minutes to play and went even more aggressive in their attacking style. That led to problems for them, however, at the back, and in the 87th minute after Miroslav Venev made a poor pass, Marzig broke forward again. Reichwein, Witzel and the substitute Hackl came in, eventually the ball falling to Reichwein, who blasted it home to make it 3-1 and end hopes of a Chernovets comeback.

The local boy and hero Reichwein finally achieved his boyhood dream: lifting a trophy for TSV Marzig. He looked to be on top of the world as he held the trophy high into the sunny Nationalstadion evening sky, and his teammates were no different. Back home in Marzig, there were great celebrations in the Teusland-Platz, and at the parade the next morning. A fitting end to what was a strong season for them, and the club will be looking to build on that success in the future.

International Qualification

Next season, several teams will represent Siovanija and Teusland in international play. SW Stahlberg will enter the Champion’s Cup, 1912 Stelburg, Olympia Borograd and Energija Chernovets will enter the Globe Cup, TSV Marzig, due to their President’s Cup victory, will enter the Cup Winner’s Cup. SW Stahlberg will also enter the Atlantian Oceania Champion’s League. FK Metropola Borograd qualified for the Vilitan Cove Invitational by means of having the best goal differential of teams outside the UICA qualification places. At the youth level, FK Metropola Borograd’s youth team won the J. Republikaliga and thus will play in the UICA Youth Cup. Representing the nation for the first time at the IUCC will be

Siovanija and Teusland (STL) Qualifiers:
UICA Champion’s Cup: SW Stahlberg
UICA Globe Cup: Olympia Borograd, 1912 Stelburg, Energija Chernovets
UICA Youth Cup: FK Metropola Borograd
Cygnus Cup/Cup Winner’s Cup: TSV Marzig
AOCL: SW Stahlberg
VCIAPP: FK Metropola Borograd
IUCC: Luftwaffenakademie, St. Jakob University, Universitat-Stelburg


With that, the football season comes to a close.
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Kricketliga Season 1

Thanks to the success of the Teusland cricket team in both international test and T20 competitions, the TKV has decided to introduce a professional T20 league to increase the domestic profile of the game, and allow our club teams to compete abroad. The professional teams will be linked to the cricket clubs in their area. 8 teams will compete in the first season of the Kricketliga, which will consist of a regular season with the top 4 teams qualifying for a playoff to determine a champion. The two finalists will also compete in the Champion's League T20 international competition.

Kricketliga                Pld    W   D   L    PF   PA   PD   Pts
1 Nordkuste Narwhals 14 10 0 4 1845 1891 −46 20
2 Kaiserhaven Midshipmen 14 9 0 5 2060 2066 −6 18
3 Felsenkirchen Monks 14 8 1 5 2217 2036 +181 17
4 Kaiserliche 14 7 0 7 2116 1996 +120 14 Playoffs

5 Marzig Wolves 14 7 0 7 2039 2014 +25 14
6 St. Jakob Mets 14 6 0 8 2160 2224 −64 12
7 Traunsee Icebergs 14 4 1 9 1991 2059 −68 9
8 Stelburg Knights 14 4 0 10 2066 2208 −142 8


Regular Season Awards

Most Valuable Player: Silvester Basch (Kaiserhaven Midshipmen)
Top Batsman: Richard Reider (Kaiserliche)
Top Bowler: Arthur Elsner (Nordkuste Narwhals)

So, the Narwhals take home the regular season title. That was mainly due to their excellent bowling attack, with Arthur Elsner and Klaus Traube leading the way for them. A question mark heading into the post-season, however, would be their offense. The Narwhals had the fewest runs of any team in the division, and despite placing first had a negative point differential. They will take on Kaiserliche, the historic club full of talent, that features the Kricketliga's top batsman in Richard Reider. Kaiserliche are perhaps the only team that can match the Narwhals' bowling, while having a better offense. This could be the perfect recipe for, standings wise, an upset. Of course, it will be tough for Kaiserliche to get a result at the Sankt Kunigunde Oval, a difficult place to play beside the sea. The other playoff match will see the Kaiserhaven Midshipmen and league MVP Silvester Basch taking on the Felsenkirchen Monks. The Monks were overall the best batting team in the league, but the Midshipmen were not too far behind and boast heavy-hitting Basch in their lineup.

Playoffs

Nordkuste Narwhals 162/6 (18.5 overs)
Kaiserliche 161/7 (20 overs)

Kaiserhaven Midshipmen 155/2 (20 overs)
Felsenkirchen Monks 123 (18.2 overs)

For all the talk about the Narwhals perhaps struggling offensively against Kaiserliche, they managed to put it together and successfully chased Kaiserliche's total of 161. A 6 from Jens Lauter put the Narwhals over the top and sends them to the inaugural All-Teusland T20 Cricket Championship game. In the other semifinal, Silvester Basch's total of 76 showed why he was league MVP, and the Monks simply could not match up, totaling at 123 runs all out after 18.2 overs. So, the final will see the Narwhals against the Midshipmen from the Imperial Oval in Stelburg.

All-Teusland T20 Cricket Championship

Nordkuste Narwhals 167 (18.3 overs)
Kaiserhaven Midshipmen 182/6 (20 overs)

And the Kaiserhaven Midshipmen are champions! Silvester Basch had another half-century, ending up on 63, as part of an explosion from the Midshipmen's batsman in their innings. Then, the bowling attack came through for them as they held the Narwhals to 167 runs before they were all-out. It was the Midshipmen's day in almost every way, and they have earned the right to celebrate the victory. Both teams will qualify for the Champion's League T20 and represent Teusland in international competition.

Teusland (TEU) Qualifiers:
Champions: Kaiserhaven Midshipmen
Non-Champion: Nordkuste Narwhals
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Teuslands Kricket-Verband: Official Communication


PRESS BRIEFING - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Teuslands Kricket-Verband (TKV) is pleased to announce a new era of domestic cricket in Teusland. Viewing numbers of the first season of the Kricketliga were larger than anticipated, as were attendance and merchandise sales. Teusland’s participation at the Veergati Cup, and run to the final of that tournament, was also well-received by the national audience. The national team’s participation at the recent World Twenty20 Championships competed with historic runs from the national football team in the AOCAF and Di Bradini Cup at the same time, but still performed well. As a result of these achievements, we are pleased to announce partnerships with major sponsors and investors for the league, including TeusBank, Blaukard, Seebrauerei and the Stelburger Zeitung. Investment will go to, of course, the infrastructure of the game at youth levels to ensure Teusland rises as a world cricket power, and also significant investment into the former Kricketliga to make it one of the best domestic Twenty20 (Zwanzig-Zwanzig) cricket leagues in the world. The first step of this is the re-branding of the league itself, which will now be known as the TeusBank ZZ-Meisterschaft (ZZM). New television partnerships with TSN (Teus Sports Network) and Sportbild will see the matches available across Teusland, while a limited number of games will also be broadcast on RepublikSport, the first time cricket will be televised in the Siovanijan market. Also, as part of the new TV deal the TBC (Teus Broadcasting Corporation), a national channel, will have rights to the ZZM Grand Final as well as all Teusland international matches. These changes will not affect the domestic First Class championship or domestic List A championships, which will continue to be contested by individual cricket clubs.

The new league will, for the most part, look the same in its upcoming season. The only organizational change will be the Felsenkirchen Monks, who have changed their name to the Felsenkirchen Jets. Clubs will continue to have partnerships with local cricket clubs to provide new talent, and the development of Teus cricketing talent will be a priority. To this effect, each team will be required to have 2 under 20 domestic players on the roster, of which one must be in the starting XI. This is one of two roster rules. Teams will be allowed a maximum of 2 foreign players in the starting XI. Foreign players will have the opportunity to declare for the ZZM Foreigner Draft. The Draft will have 2 rounds allowing each team 2 selections, which can be passed on by a club if desired. If a player goes through the draft without being selected, they are free to sign with any club in the ZZM. The draft order will be determined as follows: the first 4 picks will be a draft lottery system between teams that missed the playoffs the previous year. The final four picks in the first round will be determined through playoff finish. In the second round, picks will be in reverse order of regular season standing. In addition to all of this, the TKV is pleased to announce that the Imperial Oval in Stelburg will host the ZZM Grand Final this season.

The TKV and ZZM are also pleased to reveal the kits for each of the 8 teams taking part in the league this upcoming season. They can be seen below.

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The TKV is proud to present the TeusBank ZZ-Meisterschaft, and knows it will be a league fans of the game in Teusland and around the world can enjoy.

(OOC: Anyone who wants to have cricketers playing in my league, feel free to send me a TG or a message on Discord. Thanks.)
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Republikaliga Season V: Preview


Time for Season 5 of Siovanija and Teusland's premier football competition. With many teams becoming stronger and stronger, youth products turning into gems, and great foreign content entering the league, this will likely be one of the most competitive seasons yet! Let's meet the 20 teams that will contest this season's championship.

1828 POMEN
Colours: Black and white
Manager: Noel Senefelder
Nickname: The Owls
Stadium: Pomen-Gemeindepark (22,000)
Last Season: 18th, 37 points (Won Relegation Playoff)
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Niklas Lamar (32)
LB -- Julian Waltz (24)
CB -- Adam Puchner (29)
CB -- Marvin Baeder (34)
RB -- Liam Wallner (26)
CM -- Tom Fessler (31)
CM -- Michael Ebner (20)
AML -- Emil Goss (27)
AMC -- Clemens Faymann (25)
AMR -- Leon Fiser (24)
CF -- Rafael Mesmer (21)


Season Preview: Pomen’s survival last season came right down to the wire, as they managed to defeat NK Siovanska Gora in the Relegation Playoff 3-1 on aggregate, thanks to 2 goals from Rafael Mesmer. Mesmer, who had 18 overall in the Republikaliga last season, was a target for several Republikaliga clubs this summer, with FC Kaiserhaven notably interested in his services. Mesmer, however, elected to remain with Pomen for at least one more season. Luckily for the Owls, so did hot prospects Michael Ebner and Julian Waltz. There have been murmurs of a future with the national team for Waltz, and he was arguably overall one of the biggest reasons Noel Senefelder’s boys stayed up last season. Pomen are hoping to consolidate themselves in the top division this year, and on talent alone they certainly have the capability to do so. Pomen will be wanting to open up a bit more offensively this season, the trio behind Mesmer needing to contribute more as the club ended on 55 goals for last season.

The Club: Pomen is a small town just north of St. Jakob that is both modern and traditional at the same time. The town is now mainly populated by commuters heading into the big city for work, but its older downtown core and spectacular Cathedral retain its charm. Pomen the club resembles the city, with the claim to fame of being the oldest club in the nation matched with its modern brand of football. The Owls have become a neutral’s dream; the small club coming up against the big boys and often coming out on top. A friendly rivalry exists with FC St. Jakob, but beyond that, there are no real derby days. Everyone will be hoping for Pomen to make some noise in the division this year, except when it is their club at risk of an upset.

1884 FELSENKIRCHEN
Colours: Green and white
Manager: Johan Mitzl
Nickname: The Pirates
Stadium: 44 Kieselringstrasse (22,000)
Last Season: Champions, 75 points (2. Republikaliga)
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Luca Brunner (31)
LB -- Thomas Weismann (26)
CB -- Arno Trimme (24)
CB -- Samuel Kaspar (27)
RB -- Adam Wolf (20)
LM -- Raphael Ressel (25)
CM -- Bastian Salz (NPH) (29)
CM -- Daniel Haas (26)
RM -- Rupert Holz (33)
CF -- Elias Wimmer (24)
CF -- Louis Lammer (28)


Season Preview: Of the three teams that have been promoted to the Republikaliga as champions, 2 remain in the top division. 1884 Felsenkirchen are hoping to join FK Vlaikograd 1896 and FC Einheit Marnau in this column, rather than group together with the relegated SV Preisfeld. The Pirates certainly look like a team capable of staying up. The 2. Republikaliga champions featured Elias Wimmer, who led the second tier in goals, and Luca Brunner, who kept the most clean sheets in the division. They had the fourth best defensive record in the second tier, and the third best attacking record, showing their strength as a well-balanced team. They’ve added to that as well this offseason with 2 free transfer pick-ups that could prove critical. Former FC Teussen Stelburg man Rupert Holz was available, and though he isn’t getting any younger, Holz has 48 Republikaliga goals to his name as well as 8 caps for the national team. He’ll bring strong experience to the right wing. From the international market, Nepharim midfield destroyer Bastian Salz was also added. Salz will add a physical ferocity to the midfield, a true demolisher. He’ll surely become a cult hero at the club. Like any promoted club, the goal for 1884 Felsenkirchen is to stay up. This team should be able to manage that task, with Brunner, Wimmer, Holz and Salz leading the way. Youth academy product Adam Wolf has been talked about for a few years, he gets a baptism of fire being promoted into the first team now.

The Club: 1884 Felsenkirchen find themselves at home in the northeast corner of Teusland, in the United Republics’ fourth largest city and one of the most important port cities in the country. They are also, however, frankly overshadowed by much bigger neighbours FC Felsenkirchen 1879. The Blues have been in and around the top of the league for much of their existence, while the Pirates...haven’t. While the neighbours have become maybe the biggest club in northern Teusland, 1884 Felsenkirchen retain a smaller, devoted fanbase within the city of Felsenkirchen itself. Many of the people working in the port itself are fans of the green and white, and the inner city itself is at least a 50/50 split of fans. The district of Kiesel, in the eastern part of the city is in particular a strong area of 1884 support, and is home to the club’s stadium, named simply for its address: 44 Kieselringstrasse. The club are known as the Pirates as part of the maritime tradition of the city, sometimes also called simply the Greens due to their home shirt colour. The main rival are obviously FC Felsenkirchen 1879, but this is much more of a friendly rivalry as the clubs have never really been competitive on the same level. In addition, FC Felsenkirchen 1879 see their Northeastern Derby rivals Rotmunde as a bigger opponent. 1884 Felsenkirchen also see Rotmunde as rivals, which was on display when the clubs faced each other in the Relegation Playoff a few seasons ago. Rotmunde were the winners on that occasion.

1912 STELBURG
Colours: Blue and white
Manager: Sebastien Hengsbach
Nickname: The Bluebirds
Stadium: 1912-Stadion (31,000)
Last Season: 3rd, 66 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Samuel Hartstein (28)
LB -- Edgar Steimle (21)
CB -- Josh Meckler (26)
CB -- Raphael Klopfer (28)
RB -- Lutz Daschner (31)
MC -- Adrian Tremblay-Fillon (KEL) (23)
MC -- Ludwig Plessner (28)
AML -- Stefan Hoffmann (28)
AMC -- Jasno Odonelec (MYT/PRH) (23)
AMR -- Sascha Backer (29)
CF -- Elias Eicke (24)


Season Preview: Last season was the best in modern club history. So why does it sting so much for 1912 Stelburg? The final day draw at home to FK Pomorie secured a 3rd place finish, but a win on the day would have made the Bluebirds champions. “I know the lads have some regrets over the ending of last season, and our drive this year is to put that right for ourselves and the fans, said the manager Sebastien Hengsbach. 1912 are back and ready for another title challenge this season. The key players of last year’s campaign were Elias Eicke, who outperformed pretty much all expectation of him to score 22 for the Bluebirds, while Jasno Odonelec showed his quality in his first season in the league, also having 22 markers alongside Young Player of the Year honours. The defence core of Klopfer and Daschner were solid as well, as 1912 finished with the league’s 5th best defensive record. They’ll get an addition to that this year as Edgar Steimle is promoted from the reserves, he’s a quick wing back who will surely have a big contribution for the Bluebirds. Eicke and Odonelec are hoping to continue their rich form into this new season and avenge the final-day failure last year. This might just be the year for 1912 Stelburg.

The Club: 1912 Stelburg have always been one of the most community-driven clubs in the Republikaliga. They are based in the old East End of the city, once home to the Sansoussi palace that is displayed on their badge. Now, however, East Stelburg is often made up of lower-class neighbourhoods. 1912 are heavily involved in community development projects, and supporting local causes. The Bluebirds have many supporters across the city of Stelburg as well, but are still outnumbered by rivals Teussen. The club’s nickname comes from its colours, light blue and white, that reminded supporters of a type of bird that is often seen in Stelburg. The main derby match is, of course, against FC Teussen Stelburg, and the Stelburg Derby is a great spectacle.

ARSENAL BUKOVETS
Colours: Black and red
Manager: Stefan Sretanov
Nickname: The Riflemen
Stadium: Bukovets-Stadion (32,000)
Last Season: 2nd, 74 points (2. Republikaliga)
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Desislav Velikov (28)
LB -- Iskren Stoev (32)
CB -- Tzako Mihailov (31)
CB -- Anton Alexandrov (22)
RB -- Hvalomir Markov (21)
LM -- Martin Ivankov (28)
CM -- Petar Ivanov (30)
CM -- Zvezdalin Lividanov (29)
RM -- Ruslan Sergov (26)
CF -- Prodan Savov (30)
CF -- Emil Romanov (24)


Season Preview: Arsenal Bukovets have been up and down between the top tier and second level in the last few years, promoted now for their second time in the modern era, and hoping to avoid being relegated for the second time. That is the goal for the Riflemen, who have a bit of a different look to them since the last time we saw them in the top division. Anton Alexandrov and Hvalomir Markov are both youth products that helped Arsenal’s defence greatly in the 2. Republikaliga, Markov in particular received attention from top-tier clubs but once Arsenal confirmed their promotion, Markov confirmed he would remain with them. Petar Ivanov, who was surplus to requirements for Energija Chernovets, joins on a free transfer, that’s a big signing for the club and they will be hoping he can come up big. Emil Romanov is a dominant forward at the 2. Republikaliga level, leading the scoring charts last season with 25. He’s not proven himself, however, at the top level. The time to change that is now, and he’ll have to be firing at his best if the Riflemen are to stay up.

The Club: Bukovets is a small city located in eastern Siovanija with quite an interesting backstory. Similar to how nearby Chernovets is mainly based around its nuclear industry, Bukovets is the home of the rocketry facilities for the armed forces as well as one of its largest military bases. For many years, in fact, it was one of several ‘closed cities’ in the country: access was restricted for domestic travellers, who required specific permission from the Defence Ministry to access it. Due to this, the Bukovets football clubs very rarely had away fans at matches and often matches were moved to neutral venues all together, especially in the President’s Cup. The city was eventually opened, however, as many state secrets were moved to, well, other cities that may or may not exist. The military industry is still lively, however, and defines the town. Arsenal Bukovets are the ‘red’ half of the city, and compete with hated rival FK Raketa Bukovets in the Bukovets Derby. Raketa are the more successful team historically, while Arsenal seem to have gotten the edge on them lately. This is a fierce derby, added to by the fact that the clubs have often found themselves competing closely year after year. There’s also somewhat of a rivalry with nearby Energija Chernovets, but the clubs haven’t played enough in recent years for it to be a true derby match. Arsenal are nicknamed the Riflemen, as the original founders of the club worked in the Bukovets Manufacturing Plant 4, making weapons for the military.

ENERGIJA CHERNOVETS
Colours: Green and yellow
Manager: Apostol Manevski
Nickname: The Canaries, The Atoms
Stadium: Energija-Arena (34,000)
Last Season: 4th, 63 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Teodor Sotirov (35)
CB -- Daniel Vasev (29)
CB -- Stoyan Cristov (27)
CB -- Demitar Tsvetkov (31)
ML -- Miroslav Venev (28)
MC -- Evgeni Antonov (27)
MC -- Vsevolod Hristov (20)
MR -- Dragomir Nikolov (28)
AMC -- Viktor Dimitrov (27)
AMC -- Maks Shishkin (MYT) (18)
CF -- Miroslav Dinev (32)


Season Preview: The last few weeks of Energija Chernovets’ season last year were the equivalent of driving a car hundreds of kilometers to reach your destination, running out of gas right before you’ve finally made it, and then the car explodes. Losing 3 of the last 4 matches took Energija from title contenders to hanging onto a Globe Cup spot, and that was followed a week later by a loss in the President’s Cup Final. What went wrong for Energija? Well, giving up 15 goals over those final 4 matches was a start: that played a major role in Chernovets having the worst goal differential of the top 6 (+7) and also the third-worst defensive record in the entire league. In addition, Chernovets drew 6 matches, while losing 13. 4 of those losses saw the deciding goal come in the final 15 minutes of a match, and thus Chernovets threw away some valuable points here. The main offseason change sees Petar Ivanov depart the club after years of service, he’s replaced by Mytanar youngster Maks Shishkin. Shishkin is a smart, quick midfielder good with the ball, and under the tutelage of club hero and national team star Viktor Dimitrov has a great chance to develop into a top talent. Miroslav Dinev is always good at hitting the target, he’s hungry for another title and will lead the line again for Energija Chernovets as they charge on once again for title number 2.

The Club: Chernovets isn’t exactly our nation’s most beautiful city. Best known for the nuclear energy facilities in its immediate vicinity, it is commonly stereotyped as a city with grey buildings and grey skies. There isn’t much to do in a town mainly populated by those employed in military and science fields at the nuclear sites, and thus the football club has become the biggest show in town. Fans flock to the Energija-Arena each weekend to see their heroes, who have become one of the nation’s proudest and strongest clubs. The club’s nickname is commonly the Canaries, due to the green and yellow colours of their shirts. Another nickname is the Atoms, taken from the nuclear connection. Chernovets’ closest rivals are the Bukovets clubs, which could develop further as Arsenal Bukovets return to the Republikaliga, but they have also built a fierce competitive rivalry with Olympia Borograd in recent years.

FC EINHEIT MARNAU
Manager: Alexander Waldgren
Stadium: Marnaustadion (28,000)
Nickname: The Roses
Last Season: 13th, 50 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Patrik Dreyfuss (30)
LB -- Roland Plessner (23)
CB -- Florentin Simmel (29)
CB -- Laurin Taussig (28)
RB -- Matthaus Thiel (30)
LM -- Linus Segert (22)
CM -- Artur Preisner (28)
CM -- Niclas Tetzlaff (26)
RM -- Banquo Chrysler (NPH) (22)
CF -- Arno Heller (26)
CF -- Manfried Seydel (27)


Season Preview: Last year was quite successful for FC Einheit Marnau. The Roses consolidated their position in the Republikaliga, finishing a very respectable 13th position thanks in part to very strong performance from wingers Linus Segert and Banquo Chrysler. Marnau are very happy to have both still in their ranks, with Linus Segert being considered by FC Teussen Stelburg earlier on in the summer, while Chrysler has become one of the most valuable pieces of the team. The two were involved in many of Marnau’s goals last season, and always seemed to come up big when needed. Matthaus Thiel joined the team in the transfer window, bought from FC St. Jakob, and he’ll be expected to contribute right away. Thiel was a solid choice at the back for St. Jakob throughout his service and brings physicality to the backline. Up front, Arno Heller and Manfried Seydel have been decent for Marnau, but if they are to really push on and challenge for a spot in the top 10 of the league, the Roses will require more.

The Club: Marnau is a small town located on the outskirts of metropolis St. Jakob, and has a strong sense of community. That sense is on display even in the football club’s name, with Einheit meaning unity. Marnau had however, traditionally been a lower-level club before their surprise promotion to the Republikaliga. Historically a favoured underdog, that all changed upon promotion, and the club is hoping the culture has changed permanently. The club’s nickname, the Roses, comes from the rose red colours of their uniform. Marnau’s local rival would be FC St. Jakob, but derby matches are not as fierce as many in this country.

FC FELSENKIRCHEN 1879
Colours: Navy and white
Manager: Ralph Kislinger
Stadium: Felsenkirchen-Arena (35,000)
Nickname: The Blues, The Cogs
Last Season: 7th, 59 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Wilfried Romberg (24)
LB -- Richard Beutler (27)
CB -- Reiner Kreisinger (26)
CB -- Simon Heinecke (30)
RB -- Thorsten Helmke (26)
CM -- Ferenc Kubala (26) (NPH)
CM -- Johann Bronstein (28)
AML -- Bruno Katzmann (27)
AMC -- Rolf Seyfried (26)
AMR -- Mario Pfitzner (28)
CF -- Johannes Mandl (26)


Season Preview: Consistency at last for FC Felsenkirchen 1879? That is the question that will be answered this year. The consistently-inconsistent Blues have finished 6th, 13th, 11th and 7th in the Republikaliga previously, but they are hoping that this is the year that they will consolidate themselves in the top half and perhaps even challenge for the UICA places. Do they have the squad to do it? Felsenkirchen made no additions to their group, but they didn’t lose anyone either. The question always with the Blues is where will the goals come from? Last year Johannes Mandl and Mario Pfitzner carried the weight, but much like his club, Mandl has been an inconsistent performer in the Republikaliga. Which player will we see this year? If he doesn’t perform, Felsenkirchen will struggle to finish in the top half. National team right back Thorsten Helmke and Reiner Hardinger bring quality to the backline alongside a great midfield duo of Bronstein and Kubala, while the trio of Katzmann-Seyfried-Pfitzner is one of the best in the league. There’s no reason not to think that if everything goes right for the Blues, that they can see their name in blue on the final table at the end of the season.

The Club: Felsenkirchen is the largest city in northern Teusland, and is located on the coast of the Nordsee. It has become an important commercial and naval port for the nation, and is in fact the fourth largest city in the nation. FC Felsenkirchen 1879 have become the main club in the city, with many in both the metro area and northern Teusland as a whole throwing their support behind the club. Felsenkirchen supporters are considered some of the best away fans in the league, with their fans loud and proud wherever they go. The club’s main nickname is the Blues, coming from their dark blue shirts, but also sometimes the Cogs, a reference to the naval ship once seen so often in the city’s port. The club’s biggest rival by far is FC Rotmunde 1932, with whom they compete the Northeastern Derby, and this is perhaps one of the fiercest in the nation. Rotmunde is an hour’s drive away, and the fact that the clubs have often been at the same level has contributed to the rivalry. Another rival is 1884 Felsenkirchen, but this derby is not near the same level as the Rotmunde match.

FC KAISERHAVEN
Colours: Blue and yellow
Manager: Thomas Wietars
Stadium: Kaiserhaven-Stadion (40,000)
Nickname: The Admirals
Last Season: 11th, 52 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Rainer Schwerin (33)
LB -- Patrik Werdin (28)
CB -- August Sulzburger (30)
CB -- Florentin Redlich (29)
RB -- Karl Mummert (28)
CM -- Nicolas Riegal (33)
CM -- Herman Nieuwland (AUD) (20)
AML -- Wolfgang Rieder (19)
AMC -- Jean-Alain Huot (32) (MAR)
AMR -- Ingolf Rosen (26)
CF -- Kabir Jobateh (26) (BNJ)


Season Preview: It was always going to happen at some point. The tearful farewell at the Kaiserhaven-Stadion, as Paulus Leistner bid tschuss to his boyhood club. You could see it in his eyes when he scored the winning goal on the last day of last season at home. He’d bowed to the home crowd, and almost broke down during the post-match lap of honour. Weeks later, it was made official: Leistner joins Ethane’s Letson Town for $4 million tolars. So, what next for Kaiserhaven? Rosen, Huot, Jobateh and Sulzburger are still here, while Herman Nieuwland is developing into a strong midfield talent. The man chosen for the task of replacing the prolific Leistner is Wolfgang Rieder, another academy product who dominated for Kaiserhaven at the J. Republikaliga level before a loan with TSV Georg-Blocher in the second tier last season. What should we expect from Kaiserhaven this season? They are one of the hardest teams to predict, having lost a big piece of the club identity in the summer. Expect them to be somewhere in the mid-table.

The Club: Kaiserhaven is the nation’s southern port, located where the River Edlin meets the Wilhelmsee. It’s the nation’s 6th largest city, and is an area of the country that is still developing. Southern Teusland came into the old Empire much later, and thus is not as built up as most of the country is. Thus, Kaiserhaven doesn’t really have any local competition for support, and the club are the biggest of the south coast. Kaiserhaven have always been joked about, however, by other clubs for their tendency to underachieve, and also as a result of regionalism in Teusland. This has created a fanbase that is resilient and strong, taking defeat in its stride. They also have some of the nation’s best away supporters. The club’s nickname, the Admirals, come from the city’s status as a major naval base. The club have no real local rival, but matches with FC Teussen Stelburg are always interesting; as they are for any Teus club.

FC ROTMUNDE 1932
Colours: Red and black
Manager: Timo Felder
Stadium: Veisel (37,000)
Nickname: The Islanders
Last Season: 8th, 57 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Gregor Lehmann (32)
LB -- Jaylon Ijalana (21) (OSR)
CB -- Goetxea Shimizu (23) (HIN)
CB -- Erich Thierse (25)
RB -- Jakob Hesse (30)
ML -- Nwabudike Ugonna (21) (BNJ)
MC -- Julian Werner (18)
MC -- Vinzenz Spies (30)
MR -- Raimund Noffke (28)
CF -- Max Koehler (24)
CF -- Theodor Aberbach (35)


Season Preview: There’s been some change at the newly-christened ‘Veisel’, named for the district of Rotmunde the stadium is present in. First, Jaylon Ijalana was brought in from Osarius for a fee of $3 million tolars, coming in to play left back for the club. In addition, Julian Werner was promoted from the youth side to the big club. What to expect from the new boys? Ijalana brings great pace, but is still developing in some areas. Werner is quite similar, a smart player who needs to perhaps spend some more time in the weight room before reaching his full potential. Rotmunde are in an interesting position, with a contrast between young and old throughout the club: Ugonna and Werner bringing youth to the midfield contrasted with the aging Spies and Noffke, while Theodor Aberbach can’t have too many years left at the top level. He’s going to try to make them all count, however, and if the partnership of he and Max Koehler is firing again things could be good in the northeast. Goetxea Shimizu and Erich Thierse form a solid CB pairing, and that can be expected to continue. One area Rotmunde can improve this year is discipline; last season they led the league in bookings.

The Club: Rotmunde is the largest city on the island of the same name, which is located just off the northeastern coast of the country. The city itself is perched high up on the cliffs, and views at the Rotmunde-Stadion often overlook the Nordsee. Rotmunde as a city is often viewed as more working-class, and its supporters often fit that description. The club’s nickname, the Islanders, comes from their identity as the club from Rotmunde Island. The biggest rivalry is, of course, the Northeastern Derby with Felsenkirchen. These two clubs do not like each other at all, and tensions run high on matchday. While Felsenkirchen were generally the more historically successful club, in the modern era Rotmunde are currently better, and their fans are loving every minute of it.

FC ST. JAKOB
Colours: Red and white
Manager: Hermann Frenz
Stadium: Draistadion (60,000)
Nickname: The Saints
Last Season: 12th, 51 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Bernd Falkenberg (25)
LB -- Finngarðr Sigurðrsson (21) (HFD)
CB -- Stefan Licht (28)
CB -- Dino Racic (19) (MYT)
RB -- Francisco Jorge (20) (DRP)
CM -- Simon Heinig (27)
CM -- Ronald Wenz (19)
AML -- Jannick Koepen (25)
AMC -- Giorgos Dimitriou (23) (STB)
AMR -- Leo Heiden (23)
CF -- Erwin Bahnsen (22)


Season Preview: The transition is over, and the time to compete is now for FC St. Jakob. But what will the competition this season be for? The championship is a lofty goal, top 4 achievable, and a race to break into the top 6 clubs more likely. Either way, Saints supporters should prepare themselves for an eventful season. Up top, Erwin Bahnsen is getting better each year and put up 18 goals last season. Overall, the offence was in sync last year and Giorgos Dimitriou has been a creative force in the middle of the park, it seems as if something dangerous will come whenever he is on the ball. Ronald Wenz had a strong debut season, as did Dino Racic. The Saints were the only team in the bottom half of the table last year with a positive goal differential. The main thing that cost them a shot at a higher position was their propensity to draw matches. 12 draws isn’t exactly an inspiring number, and the Saints will want to be more clinical in matches to ensure they earn more points. One major change in the lineup, as Matthaus Thiel leaves the club after being surplus to requirements thanks to the addition of the Dreamplanet international, right back Franciso Jorge. Jorge brings pace to the right back position, and will be a welcome addition at the Draistadion. St. Jakob’s best strength is their balance; they are solid in all positions, and they’ll look to capitalize on that this season.

The Club: St Jakob is the largest city in Siovanija and Teusland, yet FCSJ is the city’s only major club. Historically, there were clubs representing each of the districts of the metropolis, but eventually they all came together under the single banner of FC St. Jakob. As to be expected of a club in the nation’s largest city, it has a tradition of success, but in recent years have been redeveloping the club’s image. A new stadium was just completed, the most modern in the Republikaliga and tied for largest with the Olimpski-Stadion in Borograd. It’s likely that the new Draistadion will be used for national team games in the future. FC St. Jakob, like their city, are seeking to define themselves as a modern, cosmopolitan football club, and are poised for a strong future in the Republikaliga. The club’s nickname, the Saints, comes from the name of the city and club, St. Jakob. There are no other major teams in the city that can be called rivals, but FC Einheit Marnau and VfB Reinbronn are each located near the city. The closest thing St. Jakob have to a derby is with FC Teussen Stelburg, pitting the more modern, bigger St. Jakob against the older, more imperial city of Stelburg.

FC TEUSSEN STELBURG
Colours: Gold and black
Manager: Kaspar Knauer
Stadium: Teussens-Arena (44,000)
Nickname: The Nationals, Teussen
Last Season: 6th, 61 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Julian Fehr (32)
LB -- Dietmar Kleinmann (28)
CB -- Karl-Heinz Jager (20)
CB -- Niels Kronthaler (25)
RB -- Albert Weidemann (30)
CM -- Karl Eicher (28)
CM -- Heinrich Bahr (19)
AML -- Mario Kogler (23)
AMC -- Ernst Schoff (26)
AMR -- Lukas Tauscher (20)
CF -- Ludwig Reichwein (25)


Season Preview: No other club in the Republikaliga saw more action this summer than FC Teussen Stelburg. After a disastrous 6th place finish last year, manager Kasper Knauer was desperate to make whatever changes necessary to bring Teussen, who before last season had never finished below 2nd, back to the top. The first big move was the tearful goodbye of a true club legend, Thorsten Kramer. A bid of $15 million tolars came in from Audioslav giants 1830 Cathair, and Teussen simply could not turn it down. The transfer sets the highest fee for a player from the Republikaliga, and sends Kramer off to one of the biggest leagues in the world. A farewell party was held for Kramer at the Teussens-Arena, with fans and teammates in attendance, at which he was honoured. In a speech, Kramer pledged that Teussen would always be in his heart, and that he would return one day to lead the team again. But in football, you must live in the now, and that’s exactly what Teussen did, spending the money they received wisely. $5 million to TSV Marzig for forward Ludwig Reichwein, who’d been pursued by the Nationals for the last 2 windows and is one of the best forwards in the league. Another $2.5 million was given to SV Preisfeld in exchange for winger Mario Kogler, who was one of the brightest young talents in the league last season. Heinrich Bahr, a wonderkid from second division VfB Marlesee, was also bought and will have the task of replacing Kramer in midfield. Lukas Tauscher was promoted from the reserves as well, replacing the departing Rupert Holz. So, it’s a new-look Teussen side, with 4 new pieces coming into play. While it may take time to find their way, this Teussen squad looks quite fearsome, and are certainly a force to be reckoned with this year.

The Club: If any team could be described as the ‘biggest’ in this nation, that honour would likely fall to FC Teussen Stelburg. Winners over and over again, the boys in gold and black were the most feared team in the nation for a very long time. Nowadays, Teussen are still giants, and have finished no lower than 3rd in the new Republikaliga. The club’s traditional support base was western and central Stelburg, but really, Teussen fans can be found almost anywhere in Teusland. No Siovanijan would dare support them, however. Teussen are a club with strong heritage roots in Teusland alone, and as club policy do not sign players from Siovanija or abroad. This has been criticized by other clubs and even some of the team’s own supporters, and in the new modern age of the Republikaliga it remains to be seen how long it will last. The club are mainly nicknamed and referred to in everyday speech as ‘Teussen’, but another nickname is the Nationals, taken from their gold-black colours (national colours of Teusland) and those strong patriotic roots. In terms of rivalries, there are so many it is difficult to list. 1912 Stelburg are the main historic rivals, with the clubs contesting the Stelburg Derby. FC St. Jakob are another rival, a clash between differing cities each representing different values in the new Republic. Almost any team from Teusland considers a match with Teussen to be incredibly important due to the club’s history of excellence. But most Teussen fans consider their biggest rivals to be Olympia Borograd, in what is referred to as the National Derby. Olympia are Teussen’s equivalent in Siovanija, the biggest club with a rich history. Thus, the clubs compete to be the nation’s #1, and in addition old animosity between Siovanija and Teusland often comes through on derby day. It is not a game for the faint of heart, and in recent years has seen some great matches.

FK METROPOLA BOROGRAD
Colours: Purple and white
Manager: Sretan Ivanov
Stadium: Metropola-Stadion (49,000)
Nickname: The Mets
Last Season: 5th, 61 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Viktor Venev (33)
LB -- Lyubomir Dimitrov (25)
CB -- Todor Bachev (30)
CB -- Krum Kynev (29)
RB -- Luka Ambroz (20)
DM -- Jerat-Jonto Jan (23) (QUS)
ML -- Boris Bachev (26)
MC -- George t’son d’Haxli (24) (MRA)
MR -- Bogdan Nakov (31)
CF -- Anton Dimitrov (25)
CF -- Stanimir Ilev (24)


Season Preview: The Mets can look back on last season and take both positives and negatives from it. Metropola Borograd got off to a difficult start in the league, before turning it around to make a big push for UICA football. While the push fell short, and Metropola finished 2 points behind Energija Chernovets in fourth, it was all-around a strong season for Metropola. Having the top goal differential outside of the top four also ensured international football for the Mets, as they qualified for the Vilitan Cove Invitational. Metropola lines up mostly the same as they did last year, with Anton Dimitrov obviously being the big star of the team. Stanimir Ilev has also been a key part of this Mets side for a while now. In the midfield, Jerat-Jonto Jan quickly became a fan favourite thanks to his quick adaptation to the Republikaliga, while George t’son d’Haxli remains a key figure in the team. Luka Ambroz steps in at right back, he was a dominant force at the youth level. Metropola made some interesting moves this summer, mainly adding younger prospects for the future. Metropola’s youth team is currently one of the best in the nation, and they added Pasargan right winger Nandor Szots and Mrii centre back Edriik Hansen. The 19-year-old Hansen could see some starts this season, while 16-year-old Szots will be a major part of the youth squad. Metropola will once again challenge for the top four this season, and with consistency could certainly achieve that goal.

The Club: FK Metropola Borograd are located in the capital city of our nation, and largely draw their support in the downtown core of central Borograd, also extending into some of the western suburbs. The boys in purple are very similar to 1912 Stelburg in terms of community involvement, as they come from a very similar background. Thus, Metropola and 1912 have become quite friendly with each other, each set of fans often enjoying away day trips. Metropola have been a major force in community revitalization projects on Borograd’s downtown East Side, which was once a rundown area transforming now to a new life. Metropola have a reputation of lower-class origins in the city of Borograd, but have still developed into one of the most popular, healthiest clubs in the nation. The club are usually called the Mets by their fans, but another nickname is the Violets, coming from the purple colour of their shirts. There is no match more important to Metropola supporters than the Borograd Derby, the contest with Olympia Borograd. It’s a game that has seen its fair share of violence in the past, and much to the disappointment of Metropola fans, their club has not performed all too well in recent years. These groups of supporters are not friendly whatsoever, and the match has been described as the second fiercest in the nation, behind only the Pomorie/Marzig Derby.

FK POMORIE
Manager: Demitar Zherkov
Colours: Red and black
Stadium: Pomorie-Arena (32,000)
Nickname: The Guards
Last Season: 16th, 40 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Emil Radulov (23)
LB -- Ventseslav Tanev (29)
CB -- Andrei Keyes (34) (NPH)
CB -- Anton Petkov (26)
RB -- Yanko Georgiev (30)
CM -- Martin Vasev (29)
CM -- Pavel Lipev (24)
AML -- Lubomir Ivanov (25)
AMC -- Gregor Strashilov (29)
AMR -- Ivo Ilev (26)
CF -- Bozhidar Dimitrov (30)


Season Preview: 40 points was good enough to see Pomorie stay up last season, and that’s the target for this team again. The task isn’t any easier, however, especially because goalkeeper Anatoli Sveteikov has finally left the club. The departure of Yanko Zhelyaskov from Olympia Borograd left the prestigous club’s #1 shirt open, and with Sveteikov the first choice to fill the hole, Pomorie had to look elsewhere. They sign up Emil Radulov, who spent time with Zvezda Vlaikograd in the 2. Republikaliga last season. The other signing for the Guards, on a free transfer, was Nepharim centre-back Andrei Keyes. The veteren Keyes is expected to add composure and power to a Pomorie backline that was soft at times in previous seasons. Up front, the task will fall again to Ivo Ilev to do much of the work for this team. He scored 12 times last season and is the perennial MVP for the club. What he does this year likely determines if they stay or go.

The Club: Founded at a time when ethnic conflict dominated the city of Pomorie, the football club quickly came to symbolize the Siovanijan community of the city. The city of Pomorie (also known as Marzig) is split 50% Siovanijan and 50% Teus, and dispute over which nation should rule the city helped sparked the Great Civil War (1890-95) between Siovanija and Teusland. The club remains at the forefront of the Siovanijan community in the city, and many of its supporters are drawn from the west side. The club’s nickname, the Guards, comes from a famed infantry regiment in the Siovanijan Army during the Civil War that was given the name the ‘Guards of Pomorie.’ There is only one rival that can be named here, as every other match is insignificant. The match with TSV Marzig, the cross-town neighbours, is the most violent, intense and important derby match in the nation. Police have ensured that the game is not as filled with hooligans as it once was, and tickets for the match come at extremely high prices. A seat in the away end in modern times requires a police background check, and if anything political has happened in the city in recent days, away fans may be banned. This tension means that the football on display is some of the highest quality in the nation, however, as both sides are absolutely desperate to win.

FK VLAIKOGRAD 1896
Manager: Veslin Patanov
Stadium: Jezera-Stadion (34,000)
Nickname: The Lakers, The Royals
Colours: Purple and yellow
Last Season: 17th, 39 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Cathal Gallagher (KSK) (23)
LB -- Dobrin Dinev (33)
CB -- Gavril Ivanov (30)
CB -- Boyko Rysniov (26)
RB -- Atanas Velikov (29)
CM -- Miladin Kochanov (21)
CM -- Fidan Kostov (33)
AML -- Bogdan Tonchev (26)
AMC -- Liben Kochanov (31)
AMR -- Bendegúz Kádár (19) (PAS)
CF -- Tihomir Delikov (26)


Season Preview: We predicted problems for the Lakers last season, and they came to fruition as the club sputtered to a 17th place finish, only 2 points clear of the relegation zone. It was again goalscoring that was a major issue, with only 57 markers in total for the team. That was enough for the 3rd-worst offence in the league. The defence was above average for a relegation contender, but they needed help up front and just could not find it. This year, there’s only 1 personnel change at the club, with 23-year-old Cathal Gallagher stepping into the number 1 shirt for the club. The Kelssek international had game time in cups last season and looked on the ball. Up front, Bendeguz Kadar and Bogdan Tonchev were the best spots of Vlaikograd’s attack last year, but the man who needs to get involved in the game is Tihomir Delikov. Delikov’s 15 goals last year were the second-lowest of any starting centre forward in the Republikaliga, and he looked, frankly, lost at stretches. Kadar and Tonchev will help getting him involved more, as will midfielder Miladin Kochanov, who had a solid debut season last year. In one of the most competitive Republikaliga seasons yet, the guns will need to firing if Vlaikograd want to make any noise.

The Club: Vlaikograd is a city located in northwestern Siovanija, in the Great Lakes region of that Republic. It was once the primary hub of Siovanija, home of both commerce and government. After the Great Civil War, however, it lost its place to Borograd, which eventually became capital of the United Republics. Vlaikograd is a city similar to Stelburg in feel, both accepting modernity while still seeming like a relic of a long-gone past. FK Vlaikograd 1896 are the biggest club in both Vlaikograd and the Great Lakes region, and despite usually being a midtable club draw wide support from across Siovanija. The club’s main nickname is the Lakers, coming from the city’s location in the Lake Country, and are also sometimes referred to as the Royals due to their purple colour scheme. Vlaikograd’s biggest rivals would be second division neighbours Zvezda Vlaikograd, but games with both Borograd teams, Metropola and Olympia, are always of particular interest for Vlaikograd supporters.

MARLESEE 97
Colours: Blue and white
Manager: Magnus Herschlag
Stadium: Marlebucht-Energie Arena (30,000)
Nickname: The Blues, The Sea Lions
Last Season: 10th, 54 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Lucas Dorn (32)
LB -- Rainer Schaudinger (30)
CB -- Richard Mallwitz (31)
CB -- Jochen Gebauer (29)
RB -- Andreas Achenbach (30)
CM -- Volkhardt Romberg (24)
CM -- Ole Jost (29)
AML -- Ingolf Kruger (24)
AMC -- Yannik Lehrer (31)
AMR -- Yannick Lange (26)
CF --Werner Schott (30)


Season Preview: Marlesee have held confident in their main squad again this year, refusing to make any changes from the team that finished 10th last year. Will the stubbornness of manager Herschlag pay off, or will the team fall back down the table? Herschlag’s head will be on the line if things don’t go well, with fans somewhat concerned at the lack of forward direction at the club. The board, for their part, have promised that they will stick with the manager’s vision. Realistically, a team with a front line of Kruger-Lehrer-Lange should have no challenge finishing in and around the top 10, and on a good day push the very best teams. The Sea Lions were also solid at the back last season, tied with Felsenkirchen for the 3rd-best defensive record in the division. Mallwitz and Gebauer have a strong partnership, and serve as strong leaders for the club. Marlesee should kick on this season, but they have been inconsistent in the past. They are certainly a team to pay attention to.

The Club: Located along the Nordsee coast of Teusland just 50km from the frontier with Siovanija, Marlesee 97 are a club with a great support base in their own city. The town most known for its cold temperatures rather than anything else is electric on matchday, with the whole town seeming to be draped in blue and white. They’ve never seemed to have luck on their side, however, and misfortunes come one after another. Marlesee fans are hoping that that will finally be over soon. The club’s main nickname is the Blues, coming from the colour of their shirts, but they are also commonly referred to as the Sea Lions, that being an animal frequently seen in the harbour of the city. The club’s closest rival would be the other club in town, VfB Marlesee, but this is a relationship more between brothers than enemies. A small rivalry exists with FC Felsenkirchen 1879, who also are nicknamed the Blues and are also from the north coast, but this is quite one-sided, mostly from Marlesee supporters. The club also has a small rivalry with TSV Marzig, with Marzig being the closest Republikaliga club. Again, however, it is mostly one-sided as Marzig are much more concerned with enemies Pomorie. Thus, Marlesee have no true rivals, and thus are often a favourite ‘underdog’ team in the league.

OLYMPIA BOROGRAD
Colours: Green and white
Manager: Ludmil Strashilov
Stadium: Olympski-Stadion (60,000)
Nicknames: The Greens
Last Season: 2nd, 67 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Anatoli Sveteikov (26)
LB -- Samuil Karalevov (30)
CB -- Nikola Karapetrov (27)
CB -- Yasen Kynev (30)
RB -- Noë Rénault (32) (MRA)
CM -- Vladimir Kostov (32)
CM -- Icarus Darsten (25) (QAD)
AML -- Georgi Lukonov (30)
AMC -- Valko Tinchev (25)
AMR -- Aleksander Lukonov (24)
CF -- Krasimir Kynev (24)


Season Preview: Last season for Borograd was an interesting one. The club struggled to find the form from two season’s prior which saw them dominate the league, winning the league by 14 points, and although they pulled it back together near the end of the year to finish a respectable second on 67 points. Borograd also became the first Republikaliga club to reach the UICA Champion’s Cup group stage, a very strong accomplishment. So, the Greens will be back at it this year going for a second title with one major change in the squad. Goalkeeper Yanko Zhelyaskov is out, having been sold to Euran club Ulsa Rovers for $5 million tolars. Replacing him is Anatoli Sveteikov, who Borograd had always had interest in as Zhelyaskov’s replacement and now give the number 1 shirt. Krasimir Kynev scored 28 league goals last season, and can be expected to continue to reach those heights. Alex Lukonov was a good replacement for Ivo Romanov last year, while the midfield duo of Darsten and Kostov was a strong point again. Olympia can always be expected to challenge for silverware, and this year is no different. Expect them to be up there in the title race.

The Club: Olympia Borograd have always been Siovanija’s number one club. Champions or challengers nearly every year in the old separate Republic leagues, Olympia built a legendary legacy of success. In the Republikaliga too, they’ve been eager to continue that legend. Other than a down year in the first season, they have finished 2nd, 1st and 2nd. That title win was done with the most points in like history, a remarkable 82. Right now, Olympia can boast national team stars Krasimir Kynev and Vladimir Kostov among their ranks, as well as the captain of Qasden’s national team Icarus Darsten. This is a squad used to success, and their fans expect it of them. They draw support everywhere inside the boundaries of Siovanija, but are of course concentrated at home in the suburbs of Borograd. The club’s nickname are the Greens, coming from the dark green shirts and shorts the club have worn throughout their history. The club has two main rivalries, which are the Borograd Derby match with cross-town enemies FK Metropola Borograd. This game has a history of fan troubles, as seen a few seasons before when Olympia defeated their rival 5-1. There is nothing Olympia supporters like better than beating Metropola, and the reverse is true. The National Derby contests with FC Teussen Stelburg are another heated match-up, as the historic big clubs from each Republic go head-to-head in a match that often heats up due to nationalist sentiment. Last season, the teams traded blow-outs, with Olympia defeating Teussen 5-0 in the first match-up, and Teussen returning the favour with the exact same scoreline later on in the season. This year’s clashes should be interesting, and are always eagerly awaited. A competitive rivalry has also been brewing in recent years with SW Stahlberg, after a tension-filled match between the teams ended in a 3-3 draw, 14 arrests and a suspension to Stahlberg’s Paul Schorner after punches were thrown in the tunnel following the game. Matches with Energija Chernovets are also usually fun, with Chernovets in recent years having challenged Olympia for the title of Siovanija’s team.

RUDAR TRKEV
Colours: Grey and red
Manager: Veselin Bachev
Stadium: Trkev-Arena (25,000)
Nickname: The Greys
Last Season: 9th, 54 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Miroslav Tonchev (29)
LB -- Iliya Karapetrov (25)
CB -- Todor Pingov (29)
CB -- Aleksander Popov (26)
RB -- Miro Valiereva (31)
CM -- Dimitar Botev (29)
CM -- Konstantin Kochanov (30)
AML -- Cezary Helmuth (22) (NPH)
AMC -- Evgeni Bakalov (23)
AMR -- Gavril Bukharov (29)
CF -- Radko Boichev (26)


Season Preview: Rudar Trkev had an interesting go of things in the Republikaliga last season. The club finished 8th, putting them around the top of the upper midtable sides, and did that while only giving up 67 goals, tied for best in the Republikaliga. Aleksander Popov was the key man in the backline, while Iliya Karapetrov also was a name sung on high by the Trkev supporters. With another good season, he could put himself in the running for a spot on the national team. Up front, Helmuth-Bakalov-Bukarov was a formidable trio, and Radko Boichev was the main beneficiary of that as he put up 20 goals for the club. With their best players still on the rise, Rudar will hope to get better this year. It will be a tough task to move up, however, as this is stacking up to be one of the most competitive league seasons yet.

The Club: Trkev is a town on the southern coast of Siovanija with a mine, a port and not much else. It’s often a target of mockery by other towns in the Republic for its boring reputation, and if we must be honest, they often come quite close to the target. Rudar Trkev are thus one of the main forms of entertainment in town, along with a somewhat successful professional hockey team. Rudar fill the 25,000 seat Trkev-Arena whenever they play at home, and are often praised for bringing a small-town feel to the league. Rudar are nicknamed the Greys as a result of their grey coloured kits. The club’s biggest rivals are FK Orlovska Bistrica, a competitive rivalry between clubs that are usually around the same level. Orlovska Bistrica are currently languishing in the 2. Republikaliga, however, and will thus need to earn promotion if this rivalry is to return. The closest local team are Vrnovo Mesto, somewhat of a Southern derby, but there is not much history between the teams to create a fierce atmosphere.


SW STAHLBERG
Colours: Grey and black
Manager: Gerd Hennig
Stadium: Stahlarbeiter-Union Arena (35,000)
Nickname: The Miners
Last Season: Champions, 68 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- David Beck (33)
LB -- Paul Schorner (28)
CB -- Karsten Lichtwark (31)
CB -- Jonas Breukelen (21) (AUD)
RB -- Ernst Felder (28)
LM -- Lutz von Bergen (27)
CM -- John Ferry (31) (SCO)
RM -- Andreas Wentzel (28)
LF -- Wulf Lemberger (33)
CF -- Michael Ribbeck (21)
RF -- Rainer Klebs (29)


Season Preview: Defending champions SW Stahlberg come into the season with an unchanged squad, and that makes them perhaps even more dangerous. The backline, Schorner-Lichtwark-Breukelen-Felder, who gave up the fewest goals in the division and saw Schorner and Lichtwark both name in the season Best XI. von Bergen-Ferry-Wentzel, arguably the best midfield in the league: John Ferry was named Best Midfielder and was arguably the difference maker that allowed the Miners to push on and take the title. Von Bergen and Wentzel both had career seasons as well, and von Bergen’s pace was a major factor in all 20 of Stahlberg’s league wins last season. Then up front, you have Wulf Lemberger and Rainer Klebs, both great forwards in their own right, with Golden Boot winner Michael Ribbeck. The 30-goal man is also Siovanija and Teusland’s highest all-time international scorer with 26 goals across 35 caps. They’re strong, no question. Stahlberg are well-equipped to fight for the title again, and we hope, carry on Olympia Borograd’s banner in UICA competition. That could be the downfall of the team this season, if they struggle to balance those glory glory nights with Sunday afternoons away from home.

The Club: Stahlberg is a city perched high up in the Mittelgebirge that separate the west and eastern halves of the country, and thus the republics of Siovanija and Teusland. The number one industry in the town by far is the mines, which almost everyone living in the town are related to in some way. Even the club, SW (Stahlwerke) Stahlberg are owned by the Miner’s Union in town. There is thus a great relationship between club and community, and the attractive attacking football played by the team under manager Gerd Hennig has lead them to become one of the Republikaliga’s finest. The club’s nickname are the Miners, quite obviously given based around the culture of the city they call home. There are no real local rivals, but competitive rivalries have developed with Olympia Borograd and FC Teussen Stelburg. The Olympia rivalry dates back to a fiery 3-3 draw 2 seasons ago, while the President’s Cup Final of last season between Stahlberg and Teussen should set the stage for future fireworks when they face off.

TSV MARZIG
Colours: White and blue
Manager: Max Schillinger
Stadium: Vest-Marlebucht-Stadion (29,000)
Nickname: The Knights, The Gulls
Last Season: 14th, 49 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Heinz Schutz (32)
LB -- Henry Loffler (28)
CB -- Tarek Edgeli (36) (TUR)
CB -- Kasper Martz (21)
RB -- Benedikt Tetzlaff (31)
ML -- Fritz Kolbluhm (30)
MC -- Kurt Hochberg (26)
MC -- Kurt Witzel (20)
MR -- Yannick Merz (31)
CF -- Horst Hackl (20)
CF -- Takashi Matsumoto (22) (STB)


Season Preview: It turned out that the President’s Cup Final last season, in which Marzig defeated Energija Chernovets 3-1 thanks to 2 goals from Ludwig Reichwein, would be the last for a true Marzig hero, Reichwein, for the Knights. A perfect way to end his Marzig career, as he moves on to FC Teussen Stelburg, and a perfect way to begin the next era. The leaders of that era will be Horst Hackl, Takashi Matsumoto, Kurt Witzel and Kasper Martz, young talents at the club. Matsumoto has been partnered with Reichwein for the past few seasons, while Hackl has been developed in cup ties and in guest appearances off the bench. Witzel has already been capped for the senior national team, making 8 appearances for the Goldhorns. Kasper Martz, meanwhile, will have one of the best mentors possible beside him: Tarek Edgeli, the Turori centre back who captained his country to the World Cup 81 Semifinal, and also played a key part in the Turori squad who lost in the World Cup 82 Final. Marzig have a true legend playing for them here, and Martz will only be a better player for it. Edgeli isn’t only here to mentor, however, and will also play a big role in helping Marzig’s backline, who gave up the most goals in the division last season. It should be another in-between year for Marzig: they shouldn’t be in any danger of relegation, but aren’t really ready to challenge for anything much bigger. That will change soon, and the steps they take this season will be a major part in that.

The Club: Marzig are a club located in what is officially known as the city of Pomorie, in the Republic of Siovanija. However, make no mistake, this is not a Siovanijan club. TSV Marzig is the club for those Teus speakers who live in the city of Pomorie/Marzig, who make up about 47% of the population. TSV Marzig are most known for their physical playstyle, making them a tough away trip for every team in the division. This has won them the respect, however, of many teams and fanbases in the league. They are also known for top quality youth facilities, and several of the nation’s top players got their starts in Marzig’s academy. The club have two common nicknames, the Knights and the Gulls. The Knights nickname comes from the fact that the original settlement of Marzig was founded by the Knights of the Order of St. Gustaf, a religious/military order that was tasked with expanding into Siovanija and converting the populace. Marzig was the main fortification/settlement of the Order, and its legacy remains to this day. A knight of this Order is even pictured on the club’s badge, and thus the nickname Knights. The Gulls nickname comes from the fact that the birds are often seen over the harbour, and their white colour matches the colour of Marzig’s home kit. TSV Marzig’s main rivals are cross-town neighbours FK Pomorie, who they take on in the Pomorie/Marzig Derby. We’ve covered the historical origins of the conflict in our description of Pomorie, so here we’ll look at some recent results. TSV Marzig have frankly dominated the rivalry in the Republikaliga era, not losing once against the foe. That run includes 5-2 and 4-0 wins that sent their fans into raptures. The most famous win of all, of course, was the win on penalties in last season’s President’s Cup Quarterfinal, a trophy Marzig would eventually go on and win. TSV Marzig are a team very much on the up in the league, and they will be hoping to continue their dominance in the derby in the future.

VFB LAUNITZ
Colours: Black and white
Manager: Gunter Aust
Stadium: Launitz-Hauptstadion (29,000)
Nickname: The Zebras
Last Season: 15th, 48 points
Pos -- Name -- Age
GK -- Ole Sauer (38)
LB -- Lorenz Heuberger (26)
CB -- Gunter Hering (30)
CB -- Lukas Keilberth (31)
RB -- Rupert Brahms (29)
DM -- Hannes Brunner (28)
CM -- Ruud Winsemius (21) (AUD)
CM -- Viktor Ehlers (25)
AML -- Torben Blocher (25)
AMR -- Dietrich Scheck (30)
CF -- Andreas Lauer (28)


Season Preview: 48 points was enough to keep Launitz up last season, the Zebras ending up 15th in the division. The club’s attack improved from the year before, as they found the back of the net 73 times, but also shipped 82 goals. That porous defence was the main thing keeping Launitz from finding their way up the table. Hannes Brunner and Rupert Brahms were particularly criticized for their contributions last year, but they’ll have a chance at redemption here. Ole Sauer has announced also that this will be his final season, the legendary keeper likely to receive a rousing reception on all away days, especially at his former club FC St. Jakob’s home Draistadion. The key strength of Launitz is the midfield, where Audioslavian Ruud Winsemius and Viktor Ehlers have formed a great duo. Up front, Andreas Lauer has always been able to score when needed, and Launitz have likely never needed him more than they will this season. Relegation contenders, but should have enough quality to avoid the drop.

The Club: Launitz are a club that have traditionally hovered around the lower midtable in the league, with two 17th placed finishes in recent years in the Republikaliga. In their best season, the Zebras managed to outperform all expectations and finish 9th in the league. Launitz is a city located roughly equidistant between Stelburg and Kaiserhaven, but has no real attractions or reasons to stop in. It is home to several universities, however, and is famous in the nation as a student city. Launitz don’t have a major natural rival, the closest neighbours being FC Giesenau in the 2. Republikaliga.

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Republikaliga Season V: Part I/III


The fifth season of Republikaliga action kicks off with early rounds of international competition.

UICA Second Preliminary Round

Globe Cup

Energija Chernovets 0-0 FC Barciddia (OSR)
FC Barciddia 0-1 Energija Chernovets (AET)

1912 Stelburg 1-2 Ponyville United (EQS)
Ponyville United 2-1 1912 Stelburg

Sorial Suns (ACH) 1-1 Olympia Borograd
Olympia Borograd 2-0 Sorial Suns


Thanks to a higher standing in the UICA coefficient rankings, Republikaliga teams began their Globe Cup campaign in the 2nd Preliminary Round. Energija Chernovets and FC Barciddia were almost entirely even across 210 minutes, the only separation being a Viktor Dimitrov free kick for the Canaries that sees them move on to the next round. A pair of 2-1 defeats for 1912 Stelburg against Equestria’s Ponyville United sees the Bluebirds knocked out, while a brace from Krasimir Kynev in the second leg of Olympia Borograd’s tie with the Sorial Suns sees them advance alongside Chernovets.

UICA Third Preliminary Round

Champion’s Cup

Pascal Mashu (HIN) 3-2 SW Stahlberg
SW Stahlberg 2-1 Pascal Mashu
(Stahlberg advance on away goals)


This tie had everything you can ask for neutral fans: goals, goals and drama. Pascal Mashu led the first leg 2-0 before Andreas Wentzel and Michael Ribbeck brought things even, before a last-minute winner for the host side saw the Hinodejin side travel to the Stahlarbeiter-Union Arena with the advantage in the tie. Two goals in the first 25 minutes cancelled each other out, and it was only a Michael Ribbeck goal in second half stoppage time that saw Stahlberg advance.

Globe Cup

Olympia Borograd 1-2 Liria (MYT)
Liria 2-3 Olympia Borograd
(Olympia Borograd advance on away goals)

Energija Chernovets 1-1 Cazadores Cathair (AUD)
Cazadores Cathair 0-1 Energija Chernovets


Two massive results as well in the Globe Cup. Olympia Borograd wouldn’t be outdone by Stahlberg’s tie, and perhaps provided even more drama: down 2-0 at home and 4-1 in the tie with only 45 minutes to play, it was a hat-trick from Aleksander Lukonov that gave them the win in the match and tie overall. A glory, glory night for the Greens. Elsewhere, Energija Chernovets took on Cazadores Cathair (one of 2 Cathair sides without Thorsten Kramer). The sides played to a bore 1-1 draw in Chernovets, before Miroslav Dinev smashed home a memorable goal to send Chernovets through in Audioslavia.

AOCL Preliminary Round

SW Stahlberg 2-1 Pasargad Manitogoro (OOZ)
Pasargad Manitogoro 0-0 SW Stahlberg


Stahlberg into the group stages of the Atlantian Oceania Champion’s League, a good performance at home followed by a defensive masterclass on the road sees them become the second Republikaliga side to advance to the AOCL Group Stage, after Olympia Borograd achieved the feat last season.

UICA Playoff Round

Champion’s Cup

Mierton Manatees (TAE) 1-4 SW Stahlberg
SW Stahlberg 3-1 Mierton Manatees


It was champagne football from SW Stahlberg as they blitzed past the Mierton Manatees over two legs. Wulf Lemberger had two goals in the first leg before von Bergen and Ribbeck scored late on to make it 4-1, and Ribbeck’s hat-trick in the second leg put the tie completely to bed. A 7-2 win on aggregate, and Stahlberg advance to the Champion’s Cup Group Stage.

Globe Cup

Energija Chernovets 2-2 Marianne (PRH)
Marianne 1-2 Energija Chernovets

Olympia Borograd 0-1 Alissar Phoenix (OSR)
Alissar Phoenix 1-2 Olympia Borograd
(Olympia Borograd win on away goals)


Another pair of victories for the Republikaliga sides in Globe Cup contention. Viktor Dimitrov and Zlatan Karavelov both scored for Chernovets in a first leg draw to Prahecqois side Marianne, while it was also the boot of Dimitrov that delivered the winning blow in the away leg as Chernovets win 4-3 on aggregate. Olympia Borograd looked done and dusted after losing the first leg at home 1-0 and going 1-0 down within 5 minutes away, but Krasimir Kynev continued a great campaign and his brace was enough to send them on.

UICA Qualifying Round

Globe Cup

Kionao Locals (TUR) 3-2 Energija Chernovets
Energija Chernovets 1-4 Kionao Locals


Olympia Borograd 1-2 Westhold Royals (MRN)
Westhold Royals 1-1 Olympia Borograd


And the Globe Cup dreams of Olympia Borograd and Energija Chernovets come to an end. Energija fought hard against the Kionao Locals in the first leg, but it all fell apart at home and the loss is a devastating 7-3 on aggregate. Mriin’s Westhold Royals defeated Olympia Borograd at the Olimpski-Stadion 2-1 before finding a 1-1 draw at home that sends the Greens out of UICA football as well.

TSV Marzig were pulverized 6-0 by the Metropolis Alligators as well in the Cup Winner’s Cup preliminary round. That’s not the end to the national story in that competition, however, as later this season the Draistadion in St. Jakob will become the first stadium in Siovanija and Teusland to host the final of a major international competition when it hosts the 48th Cup Winner’s Cup Final. Only 1 Republikaliga side remains in international competition, with SW Stahlberg in the group stages of both the Champion’s Cup and the AOCL. With these early results out of the way, the Republikaliga season begins!

Matchday 1

Olympia Borograd 3–2 FK Pomorie
FC Kaiserhaven 2–4 FK Metropola Borograd
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–0 Energija Chernovets
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–1 FC Einheit Marnau
TSV Marzig 2–1 Arsenal Bukovets
Rudar Trkev 4–0 1828 Pomen
FC Rotmunde 1932 1–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 0–0 FC St. Jakob
Marlesee 97 5–2 VfB Launitz
1912 Stelburg 3–3 SW Stahlberg


And we’re off! Olympia Borograd survive a late charge from FK Pomorie that saw Ivo Ilev score twice in the final 15 minutes, but 2 goals from Valko Tinchev and a penalty finish from Krasimir Kynev see the Greens win on day 1. Their cross-town rivals Metropola also got out to a great start, with goals from Anton Dimitrov, George t’son d’Haxli and two from Stanimir Ilev helping them to a 4-2 win over FC Kaiserhaven. 1884 Felsenkirchen showed off the kind of football they’ll be playing this season: rough. A hard tackle from Bastian Salz sent Viktor Dimitrov off with an injury, while big man Louis Lammer knocked in a header off a corner late in the second half to give the Pirates a debut victory. The post-Thorsten Kramer era began for FC Teussen Stelburg, and it was a great game for new boy Ludwig Reichwein as he scored twice in a 3-1 win over Marnau. Marzig beat Arsenal Bukovets, while Rudar Trkev scorched 1828 Pomen 4-0. Nwabudike Ugonna got his first goal of the year as FC Rotmunde 1932 defeated FK Vlaikograd 1896 1-0, while nothing could separate FC Felsenkirchen 1874 and FC St. Jakob in a 0-0 draw. Marlesee 97 came from 2-0 down to smash VfB Launitz 5-2, while an excellent clash between 1912 Stelburg and SW Stahlberg rounded out the day. Jasno Odonelec opened the scoring, before Michael Ribbeck put Stahlberg 2-1 up at halftime. Elias Eicke evened it up, while Lutz von Bergen and Stefan Hoffmann traded goals in the last 10 minutes for a 3-3 draw.

Matchday 2

FK Pomorie 3–3 SW Stahlberg
VfB Launitz 4–3 1912 Stelburg
FC St. Jakob 2–1 Marlesee 97
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
1828 Pomen 2–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
Arsenal Bukovets 0–0 Rudar Trkev
FC Einheit Marnau 3–1 TSV Marzig
Energija Chernovets 1–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
FK Metropola Borograd 2–1 1884 Felsenkirchen
Olympia Borograd 5–2 FC Kaiserhaven


SW Stahlberg follow up last week’s 3-3 draw with….another 3-3 draw. This time, though, it’s a bit more disappointing, coming against relegation contenders FK Pomorie. Ivo Ilev continued a great start to the season with another brace, while John Ferry knocked in a free kick at the death to ensure Stahlberg took a point from the match. 1912 Stelburg, meanwhile, fell behind 4-0 to VfB Launitz before making a somewhat-inspired charge at the end of the game, falling just short in a 4-3 defeat. Leo Heiden and Giorgos Dimitriou scored for St. Jakob as they beat Marlesee 2-1, while FK Vlaikograd 1896 defeat Felsenkirchen 1-0. Rafa Mesmer scored twice in Pomen’s 2-1 win over Rotmunde, while Arsenal Bukovets and Rudar Trkev finished in a 0-0 deadlock. Marnau’s Banquo Chrysler had two goals in a 3-1 win over Marzig. Goals from Lukas Tauscher and Vsevolod Hristov saw Chernovets and FC Teussen Stelburg draw 1-1. A late winner from Krum Kynev’s head gave Metropola a win over 1884 Felsenkirchen, while Olympia Borograd torched Kaiserhaven’s defence in a 5-2 win, Krasimir Kynev with 3 on the day.

Matchday 3

FC Kaiserhaven 0–1 FK Pomorie
1884 Felsenkirchen 0–1 Olympia Borograd
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–4 FK Metropola Borograd
TSV Marzig 1–1 Energija Chernovets
Rudar Trkev 5–1 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Rotmunde 1932 1–4 Arsenal Bukovets
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 4–0 1828 Pomen
Marlesee 97 2–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
1912 Stelburg 0–1 FC St. Jakob
SW Stahlberg 3–0 VfB Launitz


Pavel Lipev had the only goal for FK Pomorie as they defeated FC Kaiserhaven 1-0. Kaiserhaven have struggled out of the gate, shipping 10 goals in their first 3 matches, and couldn’t find a way past Pomorie’s backline on the day. 1884 Felsenkirchen and Olympia Borograd’s match descended into a sea of yellow cards, and Olympia’s Vladimir Kostov even saw red. However, Icarus Darsten was there to save the day, and the Qasden captain sent a great shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area. 1-0 the final. Teussen and Metropola traded goals, but in the end it was Metropola’s day: Anton Dimitrov’s brace a crucial part of a big away win for the Mets. Marzig’s Horst Hackl got his first goal of the season from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw with Energija Chernovets, while Rudar Trkev erupted for a 5-1 win over FC Einheit Marnau, Boichev (2), Bakalov, Helmuth and Maksimov with the goals in that one. There were other big wins on the day as well, Arsenal Bukovets showing style in a 4-1 win over Rotmunde, while Felsenkirchen’s Johannes Mandl and Mario Pfitzner had a brace each in a 4-0 win over a struggling 1828 Pomen side. Vlaikograd and Marlesee went back and forth, Bendeguz Kadar getting the eventual winner as Vlaikograd take the 3 points. 1912 Stelburg are another side that have sputtered out of the gate, losing 1-0 away to FC St. Jakob and a Francisco Jorge shot, his first goal for the club coming off a volley. Stahlberg took care of Launitz quite easily, John Ferry, Andreas Wentzel and Wulf Lemberger having the goals in the win.

Matchday 4

FK Pomorie 1–1 VfB Launitz
FC St. Jakob 1–6 SW Stahlberg
FK Vlaikograd 1896 3–2 1912 Stelburg
1828 Pomen 2–2 Marlesee 97
Arsenal Bukovets 0–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC Einheit Marnau 5–4 FC Rotmunde 1932
Energija Chernovets 2–3 Rudar Trkev
FK Metropola Borograd 5–4 TSV Marzig
Olympia Borograd 2–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Kaiserhaven 2–1 1884 Felsenkirchen


Goals from Torben Blocher and Bozhidar Dimitrov saw Pomorie and Launitz draw 1-1, while Stahlberg achieve a big result at the Draistadion: 6-1 over FC St. Jakob. Erwin Bahnsen actually opened scoring for the Saints, but Michael Ribbeck had 4 goals on a brilliant day for the Miners. 1912 Stelburg’s troubles continued, and despite goals from Tremblay-Fillon and Eicke they lost 3-2 to Vlaikograd. The Bluebirds sit bottom of the table, and though we’re only 4 matches in, there’s cause for concern. A players-only meeting will be held at the next training session, and manager Sebastien Hensbach’s head could be on the line. Rafa Mesmer had two, as did Ingolf Kruger as Pomen and Marlesee drew, while Rolf Seyfried and Ferenc Kubala had wins in Felsenkirchen’s win over Arsenal Bukovets. FC Einheit Marnau and FC Rotmunde 1932 traded goals, Aberbach (2), Ugbonna and Werner scoring for the Islanders while Linus Segert’s hat-trick was complemented by Banquo Chrysler and Arno Heller in a 5-4 win. Rudar Trkev’s strong start to the season continued as they defeated Energija Chernovets 3-2. Energija have struggled in Viktor Dimitrov’s absence, the midfielder still out due to an ankle issue from the first game of the season. Metropola and Marzig had another fun match, and another 5-4 result: Stanimir Ilev had the winner in the 87th minute after Marzig came from 4-2 down to tie it. Kabir Jobateh will be hoping his brace can inspire Kaiserhaven to pull themselves up the table, his second goal a penalty that came after Daniel Haas was sent off. Finally, it was the National Derby on display at the Olimpski-Stadion. It was a raucous atmosphere, and the stadium shook when Krasimir Kynev scored to put the hosts up 2-0. By the end of the night, however, it was the visitors in full voice as Reichwein and Kogler scored to give Teussen a point, and the derby finished 2-2.

Matchday 5

1884 Felsenkirchen 3–1 FK Pomorie
FC Teussen Stelburg 4–0 FC Kaiserhaven
TSV Marzig 1–2 Olympia Borograd
Rudar Trkev 2–2 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Rotmunde 1932 0–2 Energija Chernovets
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–2 FC Einheit Marnau
Marlesee 97 2–0 Arsenal Bukovets
1912 Stelburg 4–2 1828 Pomen
SW Stahlberg 3–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
VfB Launitz 4–2 FC St. Jakob


1884 Felsenkirchen prove they can score, too, and they put up 3 goals against FK Pomorie: Rupert Holz, Bastian Salz and Adam Wolf all getting the goals in the win. Ludwig Reichwein scored twice and Lukas Tauscher and Heinrich Baar joined him on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win over Kaiserhaven, while a goal from Noe Renault late on saw Olympia Borograd defeat Marzig 2-1 away from home. Rudar Trkev and Metropola Borograd couldn’t be separated in a 2-2 draw, while Miroslav Dinev scored both goals in Energija’s win over Rotmunde. Felsenkirchen and Marnau played out another 2-2 draw, while Werner Schott and Volkhardt Romberg had the goals in Marlesee’s win over Arsenal Bukovets. 1912 Stelburg put themselves back on the right track against 1828 Pomen, with goals from Odonelec, Eicke, Klopfer and Tremblay-Fillon. The match also saw a Republikaliga debut for highly-touted youngster Pierre-Louis Lotbiniere. Michael Ribbeck had two and John Ferry added insurance as Stahlberg defeated Vlaikograd, while Launitz played St. Jakob off the pitch in a 4-2 win at the Hauptstadion.

President’s Cup First Round

NK Prevala 2–1 NK Kraljgrad
FC Teufelsberg 0–1 FK Raketa Bukovets
VfL Bamerntal 3–3 FC Lahnnenbruck 98 (3–3 AET) (2–4 pen.)
SW Stahlberg 2–0 FC Truiselwald
VfB Launitz 4–1 SVG Bainitz
FK Venkovets 0–1 NK Vrnovo
FC Kaiserhaven 4–0 NK Siovanska Gora
TSV Posenford 1–3 Marlesee 97
NK Karjaska Gora 2–4 1884 Felsenkirchen
VfB Truiselwald 2–2 Rudar Draijagrad (3–2 AET)
SV Preisfeld 1–0 TSV Tarnitz
FC Kischfeld 0–1 FK Pomorie
FK Orlovska Bistrica 1–1 FC Teussen Stelburg (1–2 AET)
VfL Prutseren 0–1 TSV Lahnnenbruck
SK Republika Borograd 2–2 1912 Stelburg (2–2 AET) (2–4 pen.)
Arsenal Bukovets 1–1 Vrnovo Mesto (1–1 AET) (3–4 pen.)
TSV Prattsee 1–0 Rudar Trkev
VfB Marlesee 0–1 Energija Chernovets
FK Metropola Borograd 2–2 Zvezda Vlaikograd (3–2 AET)
NK Krakovo 0–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 (0–0 AET) (3–1 pen.)
Oststahlberg 08 2–1 Admiral Severno Pristajanje
1828 Pomen 4–3 VfL Reinbronn
1888 Runsen 1–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
TSV Marzig 2-0 FC Magesbach
NK Kaskada 1–0 VfL Magesbach
TSV Georg-Blocher 1–1 Teufelsberg 97 (1–1 AET) (4–5 pen.)
FK Vlaikograd 1896 3–0 NK Piran
FC Giesenau 0–0 FC Einheit Marnau (0–0 AET) (4–3 pen.)
NK Vojnik 1-2 FC Ternau 05
VfL Truhnscheid 0–0 FK Kostinbrod (0–1 AET)
VfB Giesenau 3–3 Olympia Borograd (3–4 AET)
FC St. Jakob 4–1 TSV Konsford


15 Republikaliga sides advance to the second round of the Cup. Stahlberg and Kaiserhaven each made quick work of their lower-tier sides, while on the other hand, Olympia Borograd required extra time to defeat VfB Giesenau. FK Orlovska Bistrica also took Teussen to extra time before defeat. 1912 Stelburg required penalties to defeat Republika Borograd, while FC Felsenkirchen 1879 lost on penalties to NK Krakovo. Last year’s winners TSV Marzig defeated FC Magesbach 2-0, while other prior winners VfL Bamerntal were defeated on penalties by Lahnnenbruck 98. Of the 32 sides remaining, 15 are from the Republikaliga, 10 from the 2. Republikaliga and 7 remain from the 3. Republikaliga. Krakovo’s win over Felsenkirchen stands as the biggest upset of the round, the sides separated by 45 places in last year’s table.

Matchday 6

FK Pomorie 1–3 FC St. Jakob
FK Vlaikograd 1896 4–2 VfB Launitz
1828 Pomen 1–2 SW Stahlberg
Arsenal Bukovets 1–2 1912 Stelburg
FC Einheit Marnau 3–3 Marlesee 97
Energija Chernovets 3–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FK Metropola Borograd 0–0 FC Rotmunde 1932
Olympia Borograd 2–1 Rudar Trkev
FC Kaiserhaven 2–2 TSV Marzig
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–1 FC Teussen Stelburg


After the break for Cup action, Republikaliga action resumed with goals from Dino Racic, Leo Heiden and Erwin Bahnsen in St. Jakob’s 3-1 away win over FK Pomorie. Vlaikograd had a strong 4-2 win over Launitz, while Jonas Breukelen headed home the winner in Stahlberg’s victory over 1828 Pomen. 1912 Stelburg came from behind to defeat Arsenal Bukovets away, Odonelec with both goals in the win. Marnau and Marlesee played the most exciting match of the weekend action, with Linus Segert’s goal bringing the match to a 3-3 ending. Viktor Dimitrov returned after 5 weeks on the sideline, and his help was pivotal for Energija Chernovets as they defeated Felsenkirchen at home. Metropola and Rotmunde couldn’t find a way past each other in a 0-0 draw, while Evgeni Bakalov scored a wonderful free-kick goal that wasn’t enough for Rudar Trkev in a 2-1 loss at the Olimpski-Stadion to the Greens. Kaiserhaven and Marzig scored all 4 of their goals in the first 25 minutes of the match, the rest of the match seeing quality defending from each side. 1884 Felsenkirchen went 1-0 up early through Bastian Salz, but when the goal-scorer was sent off later for a particularly rough challenge on Ernst Schoff, Teussen pushed through and Karl-Heinz Jager eventually scored the equalizer.

Matchday 7

FC Teussen Stelburg 4–0 FK Pomorie
TSV Marzig 2–3 1884 Felsenkirchen
Rudar Trkev 1–4 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–2 Olympia Borograd
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–1 FK Metropola Borograd
Marlesee 97 4–2 Energija Chernovets
1912 Stelburg 1–0 FC Einheit Marnau
SW Stahlberg 4–0 Arsenal Bukovets
VfB Launitz 7–2 1828 Pomen
FC St. Jakob 1–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896


Tauscher, Reichwein, Tauscher, Reichwein read the scoresheet in Teussen’s 4-0 win over FK Pomorie, while 1884 Felsenkirchen came from 2-1 down in the final 10 minutes of the match to win 3-2 over TSV Marzig. Kaiserhaven’s Jean-Alain Huot scored twice, while Jobateh and Rieder added to his markers in the 4-1 win away to Rudar Trkev. Olympia Borograd were handed their first loss of the season, with Theodor Aberbach’s powerful shot late in the match standing as the eventual winner. Johannes Mandl and Stanimir Ilev each scored in the 1-1 draw between Metropola and the Blues, while Marlesee 97’s Ingolf Kruger scored twice in the 4-2 win over Energija Chernovets. Lutz Daschner banged in the winner for 1912 Stelburg off a corner against Einheit Marnau, while Michael Ribbeck’s two plus two from John Ferry gave Stahlberg a 4-0 win over Arsenal. Stahlberg sit top, unbeaten after 7 rounds. Launitz exploded for 7 against 1828 Pomen, who have the worst defensive record in the division and sit bottom of the table. Andreas Lauer scoring 4 in the win. Finally, a great cross from Francisco Jorge was met by the head of Erwin Bahnsen to give FC St. Jakob the lead, while Tihomir Delikov also found the back of the net in a 1-1 draw between St. Jakob and Vlaikograd.

Matchday 8

FK Pomorie 3–4 FK Vlaikograd 1896
1828 Pomen 0–1 FC St. Jakob
Arsenal Bukovets 4–2 VfB Launitz
FC Einheit Marnau 6–2 SW Stahlberg
Energija Chernovets 5–2 1912 Stelburg
FK Metropola Borograd 2–0 Marlesee 97
Olympia Borograd 0–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC Kaiserhaven 3–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–2 Rudar Trkev
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–2 TSV Marzig


A wild week in the Republikaliga. Vlaikograd started things off, coming from 3-1 down to defeat Pomorie 4-3 away from home, before Giorgos Dimitriou scored the winner for St. Jakob against 1828 Pomen. 4 goals for Arsenal Bukovets in a win over Launitz, before Einheit Marnau ended Stahlberg’s unbeaten run with a massive 6-2 win. It was a day that will be long remembered by supporters of the Roses, as Stahlberg’s supporters left the ground with shocked faces. Marnau were simply stronger and quicker on the day. Miroslav Dinev showed age hasn’t slowed him too much in Energija’s match with 1912, with Dinev scoring thrice in the 5-2 win. Anton Dimitrov scored twice for Metropola as they beat Marlesee and now sit atop the table. Olympia Borograd and Felsenkirchen couldn’t buy a goal between them in a 0-0 draw, while Kaiserhaven eased past Rotmunde at home. Rudar Trkev’s Evgeni Bakalov and Cezary Helmuth had the goals in a 2-1 win over 1884 Felsenkirchen, while Tarek Edgeli headed home a late equalizer for Marzig in a 2-2 draw with FC Teussen Stelburg.

Matchday 9

TSV Marzig 2–2 FK Pomorie
Rudar Trkev 2–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–1 1884 Felsenkirchen
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 4–2 FC Kaiserhaven
Marlesee 97 2–3 Olympia Borograd
1912 Stelburg 2–0 FK Metropola Borograd
SW Stahlberg 3–1 Energija Chernovets
VfB Launitz 0–1 FC Einheit Marnau
FC St. Jakob 1–0 Arsenal Bukovets
FK Vlaikograd 1896 6–4 1828 Pomen


Ludwig Reichwein continues a strong start to the campaign for Teussen, scoring the winner in a 3-2 away win over Rudar Trkev. Rotmunde played 1884 Felsenkirchen in a mini-Northeastern Derby of sorts, Louis Lammer scored early for the visitors but Rotmunde’s quality was too much for the visitors and they win 3-1. The other side from Felsenkirchen cruised past Kaiserhaven 4-2, a Kaiserhaven side that are languishing 16th in the table and manager Thomas Wietars’ head possibly on the chopping block. Olympia Borograd pulled themselves together down 2-0 to win 3-2 on the road over Marlesee, while the last unbeaten team in the league, Metropola, were beaten down by 1912 Stelburg, Elias Eicke with the goals in a 2-0 win. Energija Chernovets travelled to SW Stahlberg and couldn’t get anything going, Lutz von Bergen had 2 goals and assisted John Ferry as the Miners win 3-1. Tristan Niedermeyer headed home for Marnau in a 1-0 win over Launitz, while Leo Heiden scored the winner for St. Jakob against Arsenal. 10 goals were in the Vlaikograd-Pomen match, the hosts on the end of 6 of them with Bendeguz Kadar winning player of the match honours, 2 goals and 3 helpers for the Pasargan youngster. Then it was the Pomorie-Marzig Derby, the first since the instant-classic matchup in last year’s President’s Cup that saw Marzig win on penalties. Pomorie’s supporters were riled up for the occasion, and with metro police on high alert, the match kicked off. Pomorie went 1-0 up through Ivo Ilev, before Takashi Matsumoto equalized for the Gulls. Matsumoto’s second put Marzig up 2-1, but Bozhidar Dimitrov equalized in the final moments for Pomorie. As predicted, there were high levels of crowd troubles within the stadium, but the police ensured a safer environment in the rest of the city. No bragging rights today, and so they’ll meet again in a few months.

Matchday 10

FK Pomorie 4–3 1828 Pomen
Arsenal Bukovets 3–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Einheit Marnau 2–3 FC St. Jakob
Energija Chernovets 1–0 VfB Launitz
FK Metropola Borograd 2–2 SW Stahlberg
Olympia Borograd 5–3 1912 Stelburg
FC Kaiserhaven 2–2 Marlesee 97
1884 Felsenkirchen 0–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
TSV Marzig 1–2 Rudar Trkev


Rafael Mesmer’s brace wasn’t enough for 1828 Pomen, who fall 4-3 away from home against FK Pomorie. Arsenal Bukovets and FK Vlaikograd 1896 gave us a good game, scoring twice each in the final 15 minutes to take a point each. In somewhat of a local derby, Erwin Bahnsen’s goal separated FC St. Jakob from FC Einheit Marnau, while it was a Dragomir Nikolaev strike for Energija Chernovets that saw them past Launitz. Stanimir Ilev scored both goals for Metropola Borograd against SW Stahlberg, but it would not be enough as Paul Schorner and Rainer Klebs had goals of their own to see the clash of two of the league’s best so far end in a draw. Krasimir Kynev scored three in Olympia Borograd’s important 5-3 home win over 1912 Stelburg, a 2-goal outing from Stefan Hoffmann couldn’t save his Bluebirds side from defeat. Wolfgang Rieder was the hero at home for Kaiserhaven with a goal in the late stages to save a draw with Marlesee, while the Felsenkirchen Derby saw virtually nothing occur, other than the customary yellows for 1884 Felsenkirchen. Teussen had a penalty shout late on denied by the referee, and have to settle for a 3-3 draw with Rotmunde. Ludwig Reichwein will be disappointed it wasn’t given; it would’ve given him a chance for a hat-trick. Evgeni Bakalov scored the winner in Rudar Trkev’s 2-1 away win over TSV Marzig.

President’s Cup Second Round

1884 Felsenkirchen 1–0 Teufelsberg 97
NK Vrnovo 0–3 1828 Pomen
FC Teussen Stelburg 0–0 FC Rotmunde 1932 (1–0 AET)
NK Prevala 1–2 FC Giesenau
FK Kostinbrod 0–0 TSV Marzig (0–1 AET)
FC Kaiserhaven 1–1 Oststahlberg 08 (2–1 AET)
NK Krakovo 0–1 FC St. Jakob
Olympia Borograd 2–0 FC Ternau 05
VfB Truiselwald 0–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FK Pomorie 3–1 FK Metropola Borograd
NK Kaskada 1–2 TSV Prattsee
Marlesee 97 0–1 SV Preisfeld
FK Raketa Bukovets 1-2 Energija Chernovets
Vrnovo Mesto 0–1 VfB Launitz
SW Stahlberg 2–1 TSV Lahnnenbruck
1912 Stelburg 1–1 FC Lahnnenbruck 98 (1–1 AET) (4–3 pen.)


And of the final 16 teams remaining in the President’s Cup, 13 are from the Republikaliga. 1884 Felsenkirchen kicked off the round with a well-played win over Teufelsberg 97, while Teussen and Rotmunde met again after their clash in the league the weekend prior. Oskar Vogel’s goal in extra time was enough for Teussen to advance. TSV Marzig also needed extra time to get past FK Kostinbrod, Kurt Witzel scoring the winner in that one. FK Pomorie pulled off a strong win over FK Metropola Borograd, Ivo Ilev having a goal as well as Radko Azimov scoring twice in his senior debut for the club; one for the future for sure. SV Preisfeld, who sit atop the 2. Republikaliga at this stage of the season knock out Marlesee 97, while VfB Launitz take out Vrnovo Mesto. Michael Ribbeck had two in Stahlberg’s 2-1 win over TSV Lahnnenbruck. The next round, to be played after league Matchday 20, sees interesting ties such as last year’s winner TSV Marzig taking on Olympia Borograd, while there will also be a Stelburg Derby as Teussen hosts 1912.

Matchday 11

Rudar Trkev 3–1 FK Pomorie
FC Rotmunde 1932 2–1 TSV Marzig
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 3–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
Marlesee 97 0–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
1912 Stelburg 1–3 FC Kaiserhaven
SW Stahlberg 2–4 Olympia Borograd
VfB Launitz 2–3 FK Metropola Borograd
FC St. Jakob 3–5 Energija Chernovets
FK Vlaikograd 1896 4–5 FC Einheit Marnau
1828 Pomen 2–1 Arsenal Bukovets


Rudar Trkev are having quite a nice season, and they continue a strong run with a 3-1 win at home over FK Pomorie. Evgeni Bakalov has earned many plaudits so far, and they’ll keep coming as he assists on all three goals. Theodor Aberbach bagged a brace for Rotmunde in a win over TSV Marzig, while FC Felsenkirchen 1879 defeat Teussen at home. Johannes Mandl and Mario Pfitzner can take credit for that one, they were brilliant the whole match. Marlesee and 1884 Felsenkirchen play out a 0-0 draw, while 1912 Stelburg slip up at home to FC Kaiserhaven. Heavy rain on the pitch was problematic, but cannot be used as an excuse for the Bluebirds: Kaiserhaven were simply better. Up in the mountains, Olympia Borograd blew past Stahlberg with ease, up 3-0 in the first half of an eventual 4-2 win. This is a Stahlberg side that has played 5 matches in the last 14 days across 4 competitions, and manager Gerd Hennig directly cited fixture congestion in his post-match interview. Olympia supporters won’t care much for that, however, and they’ll enjoy the win for all it’s worth: putting them top of the table. A late goal from Jerat-Jonto Jan gave Metropola Borograd the win over VfB Launitz, while it was Viktor Dimitrov’s free kick goal that sent Chernovets on their way against FC St. Jakob, 5-3 winners at the end of the day. Marnau and Vlaikograd put on a great show as well, with each side up 2 goals at one point before Linus Segert’s eventual winner for Marnau. Leon Fiser had the winner for 1828 Pomen, as they get back on track in a 2-1 win over Arsenal Bukovets.

Matchday 12

FK Pomorie 3–3 Arsenal Bukovets
FC Einheit Marnau 0–1 1828 Pomen
Energija Chernovets 2–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FK Metropola Borograd 1–1 FC St. Jakob
Olympia Borograd 1–0 VfB Launitz
FC Kaiserhaven 1–2 SW Stahlberg
1884 Felsenkirchen 2–6 1912 Stelburg
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–1 Marlesee 97
TSV Marzig 1–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Rudar Trkev 0–1 FC Rotmunde 1932


3-3 as the scoreline for Pomorie and Bukovets doesn’t do enough justice to how bad the defending in this one really was: if it had finished 8-8 we would not have been shocked, and each goalkeeper put on a great show. Leon Fiser scored his second game-winning goal in as many weeks with a nice finish into the right corner to defeat Marnau away from home, while Miro Dinev’s finish into the left corner saw Energija defeat Vlaikograd. FC St. Jakob got a goal from Leo Heiden as they held Metropola Borograd away from home, and Valko Tinchev’s goal gave Olympia Borograd the win over Launitz. FC Kaiserhaven went 1-0 up early through Ingolf Rosen, but the upset win was not to be as SW Stahlberg had too much quality, Ribbeck and Lemberger getting the goals in the win. 1912 Stelburg became the first side to really expose 1884 Felsenkirchen’s game plan this season; letting out pent-up frustration in a 6-2 victory. This was the Bluebirds side we expected to see this year, and the match could serve as a turning point for them: they sit 12th, which is certainly nowhere near where they want to be. Odonelec was the man of the match for sure, with 2 goals and a few more helpers. Karl-Heinz Jager knocked in the winner for Teussen over Marlesee, while Horst Hackl evened things up for Marzig at home against Felsenkirchen. Jaylon Ijalana’s goal gave Rotmunde the win over Rudar Trkev, his first in an Islanders shirt looking quite nice indeed.

Matchday 13

FC Rotmunde 1932 2–3 FK Pomorie
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 5–4 Rudar Trkev
Marlesee 97 3–3 TSV Marzig
1912 Stelburg 1–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
SW Stahlberg 1–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
VfB Launitz 0–2 FC Kaiserhaven
FC St. Jakob 1–2 Olympia Borograd
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–2 FK Metropola Borograd
1828 Pomen 3–1 Energija Chernovets
Arsenal Bukovets 6–3 FC Einheit Marnau


Rotmunde were 2-0 up when suddenly things started to go wrong at home: Erich Thierse sent off, Aberbach off with an injury, and Pomorie pushing hard. Pomorie’s push would work out for them in the end, Ivo Ilev getting the winner in that one as they move up to 15th in the table. Felsenkirchen and Trkev gave us a great match, one that saw a long shot from Ferenc Kubala beat Miroslav Tonchev off his line to open the scoring, Taras Maksimov grabbing a brace, and Rolf Seyfried getting the eventual winner. Marlesee and Marzig drew, TSV Marzig really struggling this season to hold onto results late: they led 3-2 in this one before throwing it away in injury time. Michael Ribbeck gave Stahlberg the goal they needed to beat 1884 Felsenkirchen, while Kaiserhaven, Olympia and Metropola were all winners on the day. 1828 Pomen rocked the boat a bit with a 3-1 win over Energija Chernovets, Rafael Mesmer again showing why he’s one of the top young forwards in the league. Arsenal Bukovets smashed Einheit Marnau, 6 goals for them in that one. Then it was the Stelburg Derby, a clash that was this season supposed to represent a potential power shift in the city: 1912 chasing a title, Teussen finding a new identity post-Kramer. This season has been different, however, and the derby the same: it was 1912 chasing the game while Teussen’s identity seemed clear: fast, fluid football, and a great goal from Ludwig Reichwein to close out the proceedings. It’s understood that the board at 1912 is running out of patience with manager Sebastien Hengsbach, and in a league that sees relatively few managerial changes, a job opening might come up soon. Jasno Odonelec and Elias Eicke both expressed frustration with the current state of the team, but also promised the fans that there’s a belief in the room that things will change. Let’s hope that change is soon.

Matchday 14

FK Pomorie 2–3 FC Einheit Marnau
Energija Chernovets 3–1 Arsenal Bukovets
FK Metropola Borograd 5–5 1828 Pomen
Olympia Borograd 2–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Kaiserhaven 0–0 FC St. Jakob
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–0 VfB Launitz
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–0 SW Stahlberg
TSV Marzig 2–3 1912 Stelburg
Rudar Trkev 1–1 Marlesee 97
FC Rotmunde 1932 0–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879


FC Einheit Marnau showed great character on the road and in the storm against FK Pomorie, coming from 2-1 behind in the second half to take all three points in the match. Tristan Niedermeyer, the impressive young centre back really coming through this season, headed home the winner. Kazimir Kuznetsov made his Republikaliga debut for Energija Chernovets, and he did it in style by scoring twice in the win over Arsenal Bukovets. Metropola and Pomen exploded for goals in their match, 5 each in a draw. Anton Dimitrov scored the pick of the lot, a well-placed finish from outside the penalty area. Adam Wolf scored for 1884 Felsenkirchen in a 1-0 win over Launitz, while Rudar Trkev and Marlesee 97 found themselves in a 1-1 draw. TSV Marzig and 1912 Stelburg played in the same harsh weather that affected the Marnau-Pomorie match earlier in the weekend, and it was 1912 who came through with the win. A big step on the road to the right track for the Bluebirds this season. Finally, it was the Northeastern Derby between Rotmunde and Felsenkirchen. Compared to other derby matches so far this season, it was a bit like watching paint dry: cautious football from each side and little offensive inspiration. Felsenkirchen’s winner would come late off the boot of Rolf Seyfried, and the Blues take home the bragging rights this time.

Matchday 15

FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–1 FK Pomorie
Marlesee 97 0–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
1912 Stelburg 4–1 Rudar Trkev
SW Stahlberg 1–3 TSV Marzig
VfB Launitz 0–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC St. Jakob 1–2 1884 Felsenkirchen
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–2 FC Kaiserhaven
1828 Pomen 1–2 Olympia Borograd
Arsenal Bukovets 0–1 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Einheit Marnau 3–6 Energija Chernovets


Felsenkirchen pick up 3 points at home to FK Pomorie, last week’s derby win clearly giving the team a boost of confidence. Rotmunde, who lost in the derby, seemed inspired to set things right for their fans in a 1-0 win over Marlesee 97, it was Max Koehler with the winning goal there. 1912 Stelburg finally showed hints of what they’re supposed to be this season in a high-octane 4-1 win over Rudar Trkev. 1912 were 3-0 up at the half, with Jasno Odonelec’s well-placed free kick being the best on the day. SW Stahlberg were shocked by TSV Marzig, who have picked themselves off the ground of late and look a much better side now: Kurt Witzel had the opening goal before Hackl and Matsumoto finished the scoring for the Gulls. Teussen’s good year continues, Lukas Tauscher being man of the match in a 3-0 win over Launitz. 1884 Felsenkirchen survived a late charge from FC St. Jakob to win 2-1, while Vlaikograd and Kaiserhaven couldn’t be separated in a 2-2 draw. Rafael Mesmer got the scoring started for Pomen, but Krasimir Kynev and Georgi Lukonov wouldn’t be held back for long in Olympia’s win, while Metropola Borograd also got past Arsenal Bukovets. Kazimir Kuznetsov and Miroslav Dinev have formed an excellent strike partnership for Energija, and that continued as both men had 2 goals in the win over Einheit Marnau.

So, 15 matches into the season, let’s take a look at the table!

Republikaliga             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Olympia Borograd 15 12 2 1 36 21 +15 38
2 FK Metropola Borograd 15 8 6 1 34 26 +8 30
3 FC Teussen Stelburg 15 8 5 2 37 21 +16 29
4 SW Stahlberg 15 8 3 4 37 28 +9 27
5 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 15 7 6 2 26 17 +9 27
6 Energija Chernovets 15 8 2 5 35 27 +8 26
7 1912 Stelburg 15 7 1 7 37 34 +3 22
8 FC St. Jakob 15 6 4 5 21 25 −4 22
9 Rudar Trkev 15 6 3 6 31 28 +3 21
10 FK Vlaikograd 1896 15 6 3 6 35 34 +1 21
11 FC Rotmunde 1932 15 6 2 7 23 27 −4 20
12 FC Einheit Marnau 15 6 2 7 38 43 −5 20
13 FC Kaiserhaven 15 5 4 6 27 30 −3 19
14 1884 Felsenkirchen 15 5 3 7 17 22 −5 18
15 Marlesee 97 15 3 6 6 28 28 0 15
16 1828 Pomen 15 4 2 9 28 44 −16 14
17 FK Pomorie 15 3 4 8 28 39 −11 13
18 TSV Marzig 15 2 6 7 28 33 −5 12
19 Arsenal Bukovets 15 3 3 9 24 31 −7 12
20 VfB Launitz 15 3 1 11 24 36 −12 10


Olympia Borograd sit top of the league by 8 points, and have won 12 of their 15 opening games. That’s a brilliant start for the Greens, and they can thank Krasimir Kynev for that: he’s been in magnificent form this year, as have the trio behind him of A. Lukonov-Tinchev-G. Lukonov. The midfield duo of Kostov-Darsten has been probably the best in the division so far, and young Goran Ivancic has done well when called upon to step in. Behind Olympia are their rivals FK Metropola Borograd, who were unbeaten through 8 games. Stanimir Ilev has been the key man for them this season, but an improvement is needed for them at the back end. Results like the 5-5 draw with 1828 Pomen are exciting, but won’t win you league titles. Teussen are third, doing very well for themselves indeed in a year many thought was a write-off. Ludwig Reichwein has done what he does best, scoring goals of course, and younger players like Lukas Tauscher, Heinrich Baar and Karl-Heinz Jager have been some of the best performers not just for Teussen, but in the entire league. Jager in particular has become a real leader on the team, and at just 21 years old his future is extremely bright. SW Stahlberg are fourth; they’ve struggled to balance the league/AOCL/Champion’s Cup/President’s Cup at times, such as the recent 3-1 home loss to TSV Marzig. Fixture congestion is a reality of modern football, however, and Stahlberg need to find that balance if they want to win the league again. FC Felsenkirchen 1879 have the best defensive record in the league in 5th position, they’ll be hoping to challenge for a top 4 place this season. Behind them are Energija Chernovets, who have found great chemistry of late between young Kazimir Kuznetsov and old Miroslav Dinev and will surely rise from their current position, and 1912 Stelburg. The Bluebirds, as we know, didn’t get off to a good start this season but are 2 for 2 since the derby day loss to Teussen and there has been a visible improvement. They aren’t out of the title race just yet, but they do sit 16 back of Olympia Borograd. They’ll need to play lights-out football the rest of the way to lift the trophy at the end of the season. Rotmunde and Marlesee, 11th and 15th respectively, are sides that will be disappointed with their starts to the year as well, while 9th placed Rudar Trkev are quite pleased with how their season has gone so far. At the bottom end of things, Pomen, Pomorie, Marzig, Arsenal Bukovets and Launitz appear to be our relegation contenders this season. Launitz and Bukovets have lacked quality so far this season, and while Marzig have only 2 wins this year they’ve been better over the last few matches. Pomorie and Pomen have been up and down all season, and it’ll be hard to predict where they finish up.

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Republikaliga Season V: Part II/III


Matchday 16

FK Pomorie 3–3 Energija Chernovets
FK Metropola Borograd 3–1 FC Einheit Marnau
Olympia Borograd 2–1 Arsenal Bukovets
FC Kaiserhaven 1–1 1828 Pomen
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Teussen Stelburg 4–3 FC St. Jakob
TSV Marzig 1–1 VfB Launitz
Rudar Trkev 1–0 SW Stahlberg
FC Rotmunde 1932 0–1 1912 Stelburg
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 0–0 Marlesee 97


FK Pomorie earn an important point at home against Energija Chernovets, with Ivo Ilev’s goal being the key in that one. Stanimir Ilev scored twice in a win for Metropola Borograd over Marnau, while it was Georgi Lukonov scoring twice for Olympia in their win over Arsenal Bukovets. Kaiserhaven and Pomen split a goal each, as did 1884 Felsenkirchen and Vlaikograd. More excitement came at the Teussens-Arena as Ludwig Reichwein gave his side the lift they needed late to come from 3-2 down and win the match 4-3. Marzig and Launitz drew 1-1, while Rudar Trkev pulled off a massive result in a 1-0 win over Stahlberg. Cezary Helmuth had the winning goal in that match. Jasno Odonelec scored for 1912 Stelburg in an important away win to Rotmunde, while Felsenkirchen and Marlesee had nothing between them in a 0-0 draw.

Matchday 17

Marlesee 97 5–3 FK Pomorie
1912 Stelburg 5–4 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
SW Stahlberg 2–2 FC Rotmunde 1932
VfB Launitz 1–0 Rudar Trkev
FC St. Jakob 1–1 TSV Marzig
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
1828 Pomen 3–3 1884 Felsenkirchen
Arsenal Bukovets 0–1 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Einheit Marnau 3–1 Olympia Borograd
Energija Chernovets 3–3 FK Metropola Borograd


A great day for Marlesee 97, who scored early and often in their win over Pomorie. Werner Schott had three while Yannik Lehrer and Ingolf Kruger added the others in the 5-3 victory. Elias Eicke had the winner at the end of a back-and-forth match between 1912 Stelburg and Felsenkirchen, neither side was deserving of the loss on the day but 1912 will be happy with their points. Rotmunde’s Nwabudike Ugbonna scored a smart finish in stoppage time to level things between Stahlberg and Rotmunde, 2-2 the score there. Rudar Trkev couldn’t build on last week’s win and seemed to run out of gas late, allowing Launitz’ Ruud Winsemius to score the winning goal. St. Jakob and Marzig drew 1-1, while goals from Bendeguz Kadar and Miladin Kochanov brought Vlaikograd level with Teussen Stelburg, 2-2 the final there in lake country. Rafael Mesmer scored twice in Pomen’s 3-3 draw with Felsenkirchen, while Kabir Jobateh scored for Kaiserhaven in the win over Arsenal Bukovets. FC Einheit Marnau pulled off an upset in their 3-1 win over Olympia Borograd, with Niedermeyer, Helmuth and Heller scoring in the win. Finally, an important match between Energija Chernovets and FK Metropola Borograd ended all square, 3-3 as Stanimir Ilev found the net twice from the penalty spot.

Champion’s Cup Group Stage
Group D                          Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts   Yub  SfM  Ewd  SWS
1 Yuba United COM 6 4 2 0 10 3 +7 14 — 2–1 0–0 3–0
2 Sabrefell Moths NPH 6 4 1 1 8 4 +4 13 1–1 — 1–0 2–0
3 Eastweald COS 6 1 1 4 3 5 −2 4 0–1 1–2 — 2–0
4 SW Stahlberg STL 6 1 0 5 2 11 −9 3 1–3 0–1 1–0 —


SW Stahlberg never quite found their form in the Champion’s Cup group stage this season, and they bow out of UICA football. The best result was a 1-0 win at home against Eastweald of Cosumar, in which John Ferry scored the winner. The Miners managed only one other goal in the entire campaign, Michael Ribbeck scoring in the 3-1 defeat to Yuba United. Stahlberg could not score a single goal on the road, and it obviously cost them. The usually high-flying offence could not get anything going, and defensively the Miners were no better: they were tied for the worst goal differential across the 32 group stage teams. While not much was expected of them in a difficult group, it is still a disappointing end to the UICA season for them.

Matchday 18

FK Pomorie 3–4 FK Metropola Borograd
Olympia Borograd 3–3 Energija Chernovets
FC Kaiserhaven 2–0 FC Einheit Marnau
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–0 Arsenal Bukovets
FC Teussen Stelburg 1–0 1828 Pomen
TSV Marzig 4–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Rudar Trkev 1–0 FC St. Jakob
FC Rotmunde 1932 1–1 VfB Launitz
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–0 SW Stahlberg
Marlesee 97 3–7 1912 Stelburg


One to forget for FK Pomorie. They went 2-0 up early on, but Metropola Borograd were too much to handle and goals from Ilev, Jan, and two from Anton Dimitrov ensured that the Mets walked away with all three points. It was another major clash involving Energija Chernovets as they took on Olympia Borograd, it was a tense affair that ended in a 3-3 draw. Kaiserhaven defeated Marnau, and 1884 Felsenkirchen beat Arsenal Bukovets with relative ease. Lukas Tauscher scored for Teussen to beat Pomen, the young winger is having an excellent season so far. TSV Marzig’s Horst Hackl had a game to remember, scoring 4 against Vlaikograd in a major 4-3 win. The result takes the Gulls a little further from the relegation zone, and is another solid result for them to build upon. Radko Boichev had the goal for Rudar Trkev in a win over St. Jakob, while Rotmunde and Launitz drew 1-1. Johannes Mandl and Rolf Seyfried scored for Felsenkirchen in a 2-0 win over SW Stahlberg, who are winless in 5 now. They sit 14 points back of Olympia Borograd atop the table, and frustration is growing at the Stahlarbeiter-Union Arena. 1912 Stelburg exploded for 7 goals against Marlesee 97, with Jasno Odonelec managing a hat-trick in that one. Adrian Tremblay-Fillon, Elias Eicke, Edgar Steimle and Josh Meckler were the other goalscorers in that one.

AOCL Group Stage

P Group B                   Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts                     
1 AC Izotz Zubia 6 4 1 1 14 2 +12 13 — 3–1 6–0 3–0
2 SW Stahlberg 6 2 3 1 6 4 +2 9 0–0 — 1–1 3–0
3 Crawford City FC 6 2 3 1 5 8 −3 9 1–0 0–0 — 1–1
4 Alissar Phoenix 6 0 1 5 1 12 −11 1 0–2 0–1 0–2 —


Things are going much better for SW Stahlberg in the AOCL. They finished second place in Group B, qualifying them for the Quarterfinal stage of the tournament. 3-0 and 2-0 wins over Alissar Phoenix were key in that, as well as a massive 0-0 draw with Audioslavian giants AC Izotz Zubia. While Zozi would win the away leg 3-1, Stahlberg managed 1-1 and 0-0 draws with Crawford City FC to advance to the next stage of the competition.

Matchday 19

1912 Stelburg 4–2 FK Pomorie
SW Stahlberg 1–2 Marlesee 97
VfB Launitz 2–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC St. Jakob 5–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
FK Vlaikograd 1896 4–2 Rudar Trkev
1828 Pomen 4–5 TSV Marzig
Arsenal Bukovets 1–4 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Einheit Marnau 1–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
Energija Chernovets 1–0 FC Kaiserhaven
FK Metropola Borograd 2–2 Olympia Borograd


1912 Stelburg have won 7 games in a row since losing the Stelburg Derby to Teussen. That’s the improvement everyone at the club was calling for, and some nerves have certainly been calmed now. Today, it was Elias Eicke that put them 3-1 up and out of sight of FK Pomorie. The Bluebirds are now 9 back of Olympia Borograd. SW Stahlberg lost again, and fall further behind in the title picture: 7th place. VfB Launitz grab a massive win over Felsenkirchen, while FC St. Jakob’s win over Rotmunde could signal a midseason push for them up the table. Vlaikograd defeat Trkev, 4-2 the score in that one, while Pomen and Marzig each threw caution to the wind in a 5-4 result. Takashi Matsumoto had the winner in that one, with Kurt Witzel being the player of the day. Teussen smashed Arsenal Bukovets 4-1, that one never in any doubt, while Banquo Chrysler’s goal just 24 seconds into the match with 1884 Felsenkirchen was good enough to win the match for Marnau. Kazimir Kuznetsov had the winner later in the day for Energija Chernovets against Kaiserhaven, while the Monday afternoon fixture saw the Borograd Derby kick off. Stanimir Ilev put the Mets 1-0 up, before a header from Nikita Karapetrov levelled things up. Vladimir Kostov was sent off in the 65th minute, and Anton Dimitrov scored the ensuing penalty, but Olympia were not down and out: Krasimir Kynev would score in the 80th minute to ensure a point for his side.

Matchday 20

FK Pomorie 2–3 Olympia Borograd
FK Metropola Borograd 1–2 FC Kaiserhaven
Energija Chernovets 2–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
FC Einheit Marnau 1–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
Arsenal Bukovets 3–1 TSV Marzig
1828 Pomen 2–3 Rudar Trkev
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC St. Jakob 3–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
VfB Launitz 1–2 Marlesee 97
SW Stahlberg 1–4 1912 Stelburg


A big day in the Republikaliga. Olympia Borograd got back on track with a 3-2 win over Pomorie. Pomorie have been competitive in games often this year, but haven’t found a way to get the win and it has cost them: they sit bottom after 20 matches. Kaiserhaven defeated Metropola, while Energija Chernovets’ Miro Dinev scored twice to beat 1884 Felsenkirchen. Teussen Stelburg looked great in a 3-1 win over Marnau, while Arsenal Bukovets did themselves a huge favour in the relegation battle with a 3-1 win over TSV Marzig. Rudar Trkev’s Evgeni Bakalov had two in his side’s win over 1828 Pomen, while 1-1 was the score between Vlaikograd and Rotmunde. St. Jakob picked up a key win over Felsenkirchen, while Werner Schott scored the winner for Marlesee against Launitz. The final match of the day saw SW Stahlberg and 1912 Stelburg face off, and it was not pretty for the hosts. 1912 were 2-0 up only 10 minutes in thanks to Hoffmann and Klopfer, before Jasno Odonelec added two later on to make it 4-0. A Michael Ribbeck goal avoided complete embarrassment for the Miners, but things need to turn around for them and it has to happen quickly.

President’s Cup Third Round

SW Stahlberg 1–0 1828 Pomen
FC Giesenau 2–3 Energija Chernovets
TSV Marzig 2–2 Olympia Borograd (3–2 AET)
SV Preisfeld 3–1 FC Kaiserhaven
FC St. Jakob 1–1 1884 Felsenkirchen (1–1 AET) (3–2 pen.)
TSV Prattsee 0-1 FK Pomorie
FK Vlaikograd 1896 0–1 VfB Launitz
FC Teussen Stelburg 1–1 1912 Stelburg (2–2 AET) (13–12 pen.)


Stahlberg stay in the cup, at least, thanks to a 1-0 win over 1828 Pomen. Kazimir Kuznetsov continued his fine rookie season at the senior level with a hat-trick for Energija Chernovets in the win over FC Giesenau, while TSV Marzig’s Kurt Witzel scored a winning goal in the 117th minute as the holders of the President’s Cup upset Olympia Borograd to advance. The 2. Republikaliga is being dominated by SV Preisfeld this season so far, and they showed more of that quality in a 3-1 win over Kaiserhaven. Ronald Wenz slotted home the winning penalty for St. Jakob as they knock out 1884 Felsenkirchen, and Ivo Ilev’s goal gets Pomorie past TSV Prattsee. VfB Launitz get a 1-0 win on the road to FK Vlaikograd 1896, also advancing them to the Quarterfinal. Then it was the second Stelburg Derby of the year, and what a match it was. Oskar Vogel opened the scoring for FC Teussen Stelburg, before Pierre-Louis Lotbiniere evened things up off a free kick for 1912. The match went to extra time, where Lukas Tauscher and Elias Eicke added their names to the scoresheet. Thus, we headed to penalties. The sides were perfect through 5 each, and they continued an excellent display of penalty-taking all the way to the 13th (thirteenth) round. Finally, Lukas Tauscher scored on his second penalty of the shootout, before Sascha Backer missed his for 1912. A wonderful evening of entertainment at the Teussens-Arena, and Teussen are on to the next round. The Quarterfinal draw sees Teussen take on FK Pomorie, while Energija Chernovets face TSV Marzig. SW Stahlberg are at home to SV Preisfeld, while the final tie of the round sees FC St. Jakob against VfB Launitz.

Matchday 21

SW Stahlberg 3–1 FK Pomorie
1912 Stelburg 3–3 VfB Launitz
Marlesee 97 2–2 FC St. Jakob
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–2 FK Vlaikograd 1896
FC Rotmunde 1932 0–1 1828 Pomen
Rudar Trkev 1–0 Arsenal Bukovets
TSV Marzig 2–1 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–0 Energija Chernovets
1884 Felsenkirchen 0–1 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Kaiserhaven 1–0 Olympia Borograd


SW Stahlberg finally return to winning ways in the league, with Lutz von Bergen scoring what would end up as the winner. 1912 Stelburg were held to a draw with VfB Launitz, 3-3 in a match that saw Launitz punch well above their weight class and find some success. Marlesee and St. Jakob also drew, 2-2, while Vlaikograd and Pomen each travelled to the Northeast of the country and ran out winners, 2-1 and 1-0 respectively over Felsenkirchen and Rotmunde. Rudar Trkev’s Cezary Helmuth scored in the 1-0 win over Arsenal Bukovets, while it was a header from Tarek Edgeli that gave Marzig the win over Marnau. Heinrich Baar, Lukas Tauscher and Ernst Schoff were the goalscorers in Teussen’s impressive 3-0 win over Energija Chernovets. Metropola Borograd also travelled to face 1884 Felsenkirchen. It was a rough game, with 7 yellow cards between the sides and Jerat-Jonto Jan sent off. Before he left the proceedings, however, he played a great assist for Anton Dimitrov, whose goal was the winner for the Mets. Finally, FC Kaiserhaven rocked the boat a bit with a 1-0 win over Olympia Borograd, Wolfgang Rieder with the winner there.

Matchday 22

FK Pomorie 4–4 FC Kaiserhaven
Olympia Borograd 2–2 1884 Felsenkirchen
FK Metropola Borograd 2–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
Energija Chernovets 3–3 TSV Marzig
FC Einheit Marnau 3–3 Rudar Trkev
Arsenal Bukovets 3–2 FC Rotmunde 1932
1828 Pomen 3–6 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 Marlesee 97
FC St. Jakob 1–1 1912 Stelburg
VfB Launitz 1–4 SW Stahlberg


FK Pomorie and FC Kaiserhaven treated us to an exciting 4-4 draw, Jean-Alain Huot scoring in the later stages to save a point for the visiting Admirals. 1884 Felsenkirchen managed an excellent result and drew 2-2 with Olympia Borograd. Tempers flared, as usual in 1884 matches, especially between Olympia hard man Vladimir Kostov and 1884’s Daniel Haas, Bastian Salz and Arno Trimme. Heinrich Baar scored an early goal for FC Teussen Stelburg, and though the host Metropola Borograd would lead 2-1 for much of the match Teussen stole the three points on the road. 3-3 between Energija Chernovets and TSV Marzig, three apiece also being the score between Marnau and Trkev. Arsenal Bukovets defeated Rotmunde 3-2, while Felsenkirchen smashed 1828 Pomen 6-3, 5 of those goals coming in a dominant first half. Ingolf Kruger scored from the spot for Marlesee in a 1-1 draw with Vlaikograd, while it was a goal from Francisco Jorge that rescued a draw for FC St. Jakob against 1912 Stelburg. Finally, SW Stahlberg took out their frustrations from this season on VfB Launitz, 4-1 the final there and Ferry, Wentzel, Klebs and Ribbeck on the scoresheet.

Matchday 23

VfB Launitz 4–2 FK Pomorie
SW Stahlberg 3–0 FC St. Jakob
1912 Stelburg 4–2 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Marlesee 97 2–1 1828 Pomen
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 0–2 Arsenal Bukovets
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–0 FC Einheit Marnau
Rudar Trkev 0–0 Energija Chernovets
TSV Marzig 1–0 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–5 Olympia Borograd
1884 Felsenkirchen 2–1 FC Kaiserhaven


VfB Launitz win in a relegation dogfight against FK Pomorie, Andreas Lautner scoring three times in a 4-2 win. SW Stahlberg welcomed FC St. Jakob to the mountains, and 2 goals from Michael Ribbeck later St. Jakob were struggling to breathe. A late goal from Jonas Breukelen finished off the scoring in that one. Elias Eicke scored two goals in 1912 Stelburg’s 4-2 win over Vlaikograd, one of those coming from the spot. Marlesee defeated Pomen 2-1, while Arsenal Bukovets travelled to Felsenkirchen and came away with a 2-0 win. Rotmunde’s win over Marnau saw goals come from Aberbach, Ugbonna and Thierse, while Rudar Trkev and Energija Chernovets held each other to a 0-0 draw. Horst Hackl scored for TSV Marzig as the Gulls grabbed a massive home win over Metropola Borograd, before a late goal from Louis Lammer gave 1884 Felsenkirchen the win over FC Kaiserhaven. Finally, it was the replay of the National Derby from Stelburg. The matchup earlier in the year had ended 2-2, but on this day bragging rights went to Olympia Borograd. Krasimir Kynev put the visitors 1-0 up early, but Ludwig Reichwein scored to level things out. After Alex Lukonov scored twice more in the first half, it was 3-1 for Olympia, and Icarus Darsten found the net early in the second half to make it 4. Karl-Heinz Jager would score a header before Reichwein got a second, cutting the deficit to 1, but it was not to be: Darsten scored again and the final was 5-3. A big day for Olympia Borograd as they take a memorable win over their hated rivals.

Matchday 24

FK Pomorie 0–1 1884 Felsenkirchen
FC Kaiserhaven 4–4 FC Teussen Stelburg
Olympia Borograd 2–3 TSV Marzig
FK Metropola Borograd 4–0 Rudar Trkev
Energija Chernovets 3–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC Einheit Marnau 2–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Arsenal Bukovets 2–0 Marlesee 97
1828 Pomen 2–2 1912 Stelburg
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–0 SW Stahlberg
FC St. Jakob 2–1 VfB Launitz


Bastian Salz scored the all-important winning goal for 1884 Felsenkirchen, the Pirates win taking them up to 14th in the table. Certainly a strong season so far, and they’ll be hoping for even more in the final stretch of the season. Kaiserhaven and Teussen put on a show for the fans at the Kaiserhaven Stadion, it was a Dietmar Kleinmann goal that pulled things level at 4, saving a point for the visitors. TSV Marzig picked up a great upset win over league leaders Olympia Borograd. Matsumoto and Hackl scored to make it 2-0, before Tinchev and Kynev scored for Olympia to even things up. Marzig looked better the whole match, however, and Kurt Witzel’s goal gave them a famous win at the Olimpski-Stadion. Metropola exploded to a 4-0 win over Rudar Trkev, while Energija Chernovets draw 3-3 with Rotmunde. Manuel Seyfried and Linus Segert had the goals for Marnau in a win over Felsenkirchen 2-0, Arsenal Bukovets beat Marlesee by the same score. 1912 Stelburg led Pomen 2-0 for much of the match, but late strikes from Clemens Faymann and Rafa Mesmer ensured a 2-2 final. Tihomir Delikov had the goal for Vlaikograd in a surprise 1-0 win over Stahlberg, while Erwin Bahnsen had both goals for St. Jakob in the win over Launitz.

AOCL Quarterfinal First Leg

SW Stahlberg 3-1 Turoki Tide (VIL)

SW Stahlberg were handed a very tough matchup in the AOCL Quarterfinal, against Vilitan champions Turoki, but handled themselves very well at the Stahlarbeiter-Union Arena in the first leg of the match. John Ferry scored the first goal before the visitors knotted things at 1 heading into the half. In the second half, Andreas Wentzel scored a brilliant effort from outside the box before Michael Ribbeck added one more from the spot. 3-1 the first leg final; and Stahlberg will head to Turoki with an advantage in the tie. There’s still much to play for, however, and the Tide picked up a crucial away goal.

Matchday 25

FC St. Jakob 3–3 FK Pomorie
VfB Launitz 0–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
SW Stahlberg 3–4 1828 Pomen
1912 Stelburg 2–0 Arsenal Bukovets
Marlesee 97 4–2 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 4–4 Energija Chernovets
FC Rotmunde 1932 6–2 FK Metropola Borograd
Rudar Trkev 2–1 Olympia Borograd
TSV Marzig 0–1 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Teussen Stelburg 3–0 1884 Felsenkirchen


This week gives us yet another example of FK Pomorie playing a good overall match that is ruined for them by a few mistakes. They put 3 past FC St. Jakob on the road, but defensive collapse in the second half sees St. Jakob put 3 past them as well and end the match in a draw. Bendeguz Kadar scored for Vlaikograd in a 1-0 win over Launitz, while Rafael Mesmer continued his great season with 2 goals including the winner as 1828 Pomen get an upset win over SW Stahlberg. Odonelec and Eicke teamed up for the goals in 1912 Stelburg’s win over Arsenal Bukovets, while Ingolf Kruger scored twice in Marlesee’s win over Einheit Marnau. Felsenkirchen and Chernovets played a seesaw match, going back and forth before eventually ending at 4-4. Rotmunde cruised to a 6-2 win over Metropola Borograd, Theodor Aberbach having a hat-trick in the victory. Rudar Trkev meanwhile got a massive win over Olympia Borograd, 2-1 the final there with Radko Boichev having the winning goal there. Kabir Jobateh scored from the spot as Kaiserhaven defeated Marzig, while FC Teussen Stelburg go top of the league thanks to goals from Reichwein, Tauscher and Jager.

AOCL Quarterfinal Second Leg

Turoki Tide (VIL) 3-4 SW Stahlberg

What a result! SW Stahlberg pull off the upset away to Turoki Tide, and they advance to the AOCL Semifinals. Michael Ribbeck opened the scoring for Stahlberg, but the tide turned quickly in favour of the hosts. They were up 2-1 at halftime. John Ferry scored minutes after the sides returned from the break, and Andreas Wentzel scored as well to make it 3-2 for Stahlberg. Turoki would tie it, but Michael Ribbeck’s second goal of the game was the winner. SW Stahlberg will face Banija’s Herzegovina City FC in the next round. Herzegovina, which features a face familiar to Republikaliga fans in former FC St. Jakob midfielder Dennis Brotzmann, will surely be favourites in the tie, but the AOCL has been upset-heavy so far and Stahlberg are hoping to make at least one more.

President’s Cup Quarterfinal

FC Teussen Stelburg 1–0 FK Pomorie
Energija Chernovets 2–1 TSV Marzig
SW Stahlberg 0–1 SV Preisfeld
FC St. Jakob 3–3 VfB Launitz (5–3 AET)


Lukas Tauscher has been one of many brilliant performers for Teussen Stelburg this season, and his goal sends them through to the semifinal of the President’s Cup after a 1-0 win over FK Pomorie. The holders Marzig are out, falling 2-1 on the road to Energija Chernovets who had goals from Kuznetsov and Dinev. SV Preisfeld of the 2. Republikaliga grabbed a win over a Stahlberg side that were perhaps still tired from celebrating their midweek win in the AOCL. Finally, Leo Heiden’s two goals in extra time got FC St. Jakob past VfB Launitz 5-3 and into the semifinal. The Semifinal fixtures will see Energija Chernovets host FC Teussen Stelburg and FC St. Jakob welcome SV Preisfeld to the Draistadion.

Matchday 26

FK Pomorie 2–0 FC Teussen Stelburg
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–3 TSV Marzig
FC Kaiserhaven 2–2 Rudar Trkev
Olympia Borograd 4–2 FC Rotmunde 1932
FK Metropola Borograd 4–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Energija Chernovets 1–1 Marlesee 97
FC Einheit Marnau 4–6 1912 Stelburg
Arsenal Bukovets 1–3 SW Stahlberg
1828 Pomen 0–0 VfB Launitz
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–2 FC St. Jakob


FK Pomorie get a massive, massive win with implications at both ends of the table with their 2-0 performance at home against Teussen. Andrei Keyes and Ivo Ilev had the goals in that one. Cross-town rivals TSV Marzig also had a win, 3-1 over 1884 Felsenkirchen. Kaiserhaven and Trkev draw 2-2, as do Vlaikograd and FC St. Jakob. Other draws saw Pomen and Launitz end up 0-0 and Energija Chernovets and Marlesee 97 end 1-1. The Northeastern clubs Felsenkirchen and Rotmunde travelled to our nation’s capital, and were thrashed on both sides of the city, Olympia taking down the Islanders 4-2 and the Mets beating the Blues 4-1. 1912 Stelburg came up with 6 goals against FC Einheit Marnau, including 2 from young left back Edgar Steimle. Steimle has been excellent in his debut season, and is already attracting national team attention. Finally, Michael Ribbeck had two goals in Stahlberg’s 3-1 win over Arsenal Bukovets.

Matchday 27

FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 FK Pomorie
FC St. Jakob 1–1 1828 Pomen
VfB Launitz 3–2 Arsenal Bukovets
SW Stahlberg 2–1 FC Einheit Marnau
1912 Stelburg 2–3 Energija Chernovets
Marlesee 97 2–1 FK Metropola Borograd
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–4 Olympia Borograd
FC Rotmunde 1932 3–1 FC Kaiserhaven
Rudar Trkev 1–1 1884 Felsenkirchen
TSV Marzig 1–3 FC Teussen Stelburg


FK Vlaikograd’s Tihomir Delikov is on the scoresheet again in his club’s 1-1 draw with FK Pomorie, 1-1 was also the score as FC St. Jakob and 1828 Pomen clashed at the Draistadion. A relegation battle saw VfB Launitz win 3-2, the winner coming from the left boot of Ruud Winsemius as they defeat Arsenal Bukovets. SW Stahlberg won for the second week in a row, goals from Wentzel and von Bergen good enough for a 2-1 win over FC Einheit Marnau. Energija Chernovets travelled to 1912 Stelburg and came away with all 3 points. It was an exciting contest that finished 3-2 to the visitors, a goal from Miroslav Dinev being good for the win. Marlesee 97 played host to FK Metropola Borograd and goals from Kruger and Schott were enough to win the match, while Olympia Borograd travelled to Felsenkirchen and smashed the host Blues 4-1. Felsenkirchen’s rivals Rotmunde were much more efficient, however, and they defeated the travelling FC Kaiserhaven 3-1. Rudar Trkev and 1884 Felsenkirchen clashed as well, the result being a 1-1 draw. Finally, Teussen travelled to Marzig and took a 3-1 win back across the Mittelgebirge, Reichwein scoring twice and Tauscher adding insurance in the win.

Matchday 28

FK Pomorie 3–1 TSV Marzig
FC Teussen Stelburg 4–0 Rudar Trkev
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–4 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC Kaiserhaven 3–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
Olympia Borograd 2–1 Marlesee 97
FK Metropola Borograd 1–2 1912 Stelburg
Energija Chernovets 2–3 SW Stahlberg
FC Einheit Marnau 2–1 VfB Launitz
Arsenal Bukovets 0–3 FC St. Jakob
1828 Pomen 2–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896


FC Teussen Stelburg were off to the races against Rudar Trkev, and gave the fans at the Teussens-Arena a great day out as they smashed the visitors 4-0. FC Rotmunde 1932 smashed up on 1884 Felsenkirchen as well, 4-1 the final in a match that was highlighted by the individual effort of Julian Werner, the young midfielder pulling all the strings for his club. Kaiserhaven beat the other Felsenkirchen side 3-2, while Olympia Borograd’s Krasimir Kynev scored at the death in a win over Marlesee 97. Elias Eicke also had a late goal in 1912 Stelburg’s win away to Metropola Borograd, while it was Lutz von Bergen that scored the winner for SW Stahlberg over Energija Chernovets. That one came a little earlier in the match, however, as the Miners led 3-1 before Energija made a late surge. Arno Heller scored twice for Marnau in a win over Launitz, while FC St. Jakob took down Arsenal Bukovets 3-0. FK Vlaikograd 1896 came from 2-0 down on the road to 1828 Pomen to win 3-2, Kadar, Konchev and Delikov with the goals there. The return leg of the Pomorie-Marzig Derby also took place this round. The city was on high alert after tensions boiled over at the previous clash earlier in the year, and the trouble in Milan-Dimitrov-Square started even hours before the match kicked off. When it did kick off, however, it was long-awaited glory for the home side: Ivo Ilev scored a hat-trick of goals in the first half, and though Takashi Matsumoto would score for the Gulls in the later stages of the match it was not to be. FK Pomorie get their first derby victory in the Republikaliga era, 3-1 the final as they defeat TSV Marzig.

Matchday 29

1828 Pomen 2–4 FK Pomorie
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 Arsenal Bukovets
FC St. Jakob 0–2 FC Einheit Marnau
VfB Launitz 2–4 Energija Chernovets
SW Stahlberg 2–0 FK Metropola Borograd
1912 Stelburg 2–2 Olympia Borograd
Marlesee 97 3–1 FC Kaiserhaven
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 1–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
FC Rotmunde 1932 1–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
Rudar Trkev 0–1 TSV Marzig


3 wins in 4 for FK Pomorie now, they’ve done themselves a great service in their efforts to avoid the drop and get an important win over fellow relegation rival 1828 Pomen. Meanwhile, other relegation fighter Arsenal Bukovets manage a 1-1 draw with Vlaikograd. In a local eastern Teusland derby, FC Einheit Marnau grabbed a big win over FC St. Jakob 2-0, although this rivalry is much more friendly than others seen in the Republikaliga. Energija Chernovets defeated VfB Launitz, 4-2, while SW Stahlberg knocked off fellow top-tier side FK Metropola Borograd 2-0 at home. The big ticket match of the weekend saw 1912 Stelburg host Olympia Borograd. The Greens went 1-0 up through Kynev, but goals from Odonelec and Daschner put the Bluebirds up 2-1. They wouldn’t hold onto that for long, however, and Goran Ivancic’s goal made the score 2-2. That was all from the 1912-Stadion, and these two heavy hitters now sit 1st (Olympia) and 3rd (1912) in the table. Marlesee defeated Kaiserhaven, 3-1, while Rotmunde and Teussen didn’t have much going for themselves in a 1-1 draw. Kurt Witzel’s goal allowed TSV Marzig a big boost in the midtable as they beat Rudar Trkev. Finally, it was the Felsenkirchen Derby this round, as FC Felsenkirchen 1879 do the double over their younger rivals 1884 Felsenkirchen in a 1-0 win, courtesy of Rolf Seyfried.

Matchday 30

FK Pomorie 2–5 Rudar Trkev
TSV Marzig 3–4 FC Rotmunde 1932
FC Teussen Stelburg 1–1 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
1884 Felsenkirchen 3–2 Marlesee 97
FC Kaiserhaven 0–1 1912 Stelburg
Olympia Borograd 1–1 SW Stahlberg
FK Metropola Borograd 4–3 VfB Launitz
Energija Chernovets 4–1 FC St. Jakob
FC Einheit Marnau 1–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Arsenal Bukovets 3–4 1828 Pomen


Rudar Trkev come up big in a win on the Nordsee coast, scoring 5 on FK Pomorie. Rudar are now 8th in the table, and the play of Evgeni Bakalov, Taras Maksimov, Cezary Helmuth and Iliya Karapetrov have specifically been praised. Rotmunde defeated Marzig, 4-3 in that one with Max Koehler nabbing the winning goal. FC Teussen Stelburg, meanwhile, could only draw with Felsenkirchen, 1-1 the final at the Teussens-Arena. 1884 Felsenkirchen, on the other hand, pulled out a 3-2 win over Marlesee 97 that puts 8 points between them and the relegation zone, a nice cushion for sure with 8 matches left. In a game that 1912 Stelburg looked creatively void, it was Jasno Odonelec that pulled a beautiful goal out of his hat in the final minutes as the Bluebirds beat Kaiserhaven 1-0, while Metropola Borograd survived a late VfB Launitz charge to win their match 4-3. It was the Maks Shishkin show in Chernovets as he had 2 goals and a further 2 helpers in a 4-1 win over FC St. Jakob, while Tihomir Delikov’s hat-trick saw Vlaikograd rise past Marnau. Rafael Mesmer had 2 for 1828 Pomen, including the winner as they got a massive 3 points on the road to Arsenal Bukovets. Finally, it was a clash between competitive rivals as Olympia Borograd took on SW Stahlberg. Something always happens in this fixture, and today it was Olympia being denied a penalty shout in the late stages. Lichtwark had brought down Kynev in the box, and Olympia’s appeals were ignored. After fierce arguing between the players and refs, play eventually continued and 1-1 would be the final.

So, with 30 games in the books and 8 more rounds left in the Republikaliga season, let’s check in with the league table.

Republikaliga             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 Olympia Borograd 30 18 7 5 70 50 +20 61
2 FC Teussen Stelburg 30 17 9 4 76 44 +32 60
3 1912 Stelburg 30 17 5 8 83 62 +21 56
4 SW Stahlberg 30 15 5 10 65 51 +14 50
5 FK Metropola Borograd 30 14 8 8 66 57 +9 50
6 Energija Chernovets 30 13 10 7 71 58 +13 49
7 FK Vlaikograd 1896 30 12 10 8 63 57 +6 46
8 Rudar Trkev 30 12 7 11 52 53 −1 43
9 FC Kaiserhaven 30 11 8 11 51 54 −3 41
10 FC Rotmunde 1932 30 11 7 12 58 56 +2 40
11 Marlesee 97 30 10 10 10 58 56 +2 40
12 FC St. Jakob 30 10 10 10 48 54 −6 40
13 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 30 10 9 11 50 52 −2 39
14 TSV Marzig 30 9 9 12 58 63 −5 36
15 FC Einheit Marnau 30 11 3 16 62 76 −14 36
16 1884 Felsenkirchen 30 9 7 14 33 47 −14 34
17 1828 Pomen 30 7 7 16 58 81 −23 28
18 VfB Launitz 30 7 5 18 48 64 −16 26
19 FK Pomorie 30 6 8 16 63 82 −19 26
20 Arsenal Bukovets 30 7 4 19 43 59 −16 25


The title contenders shape up now with 8 rounds left. Olympia Borograd sit top of the table with 61 points, while FC Teussen Stelburg are right on their tail with 60. 1912 Stelburg are next with 56 points. SW Stahlberg and Metropola Borograd sit 4th and 5th on 50 points. Of these teams, Olympia are surely in the best position to win the title. They’ve got a relatively easier schedule to go, and have been in decent form of late. The biggest roadblock for them, of course, is a last-day Borograd Derby. Metropola will be desperate to stop them if they have any shot at the title. Teussen and 1912 each have a decent shot as well, and the upcoming Stelburg Derby will have massive, massive implications in the title fight. If one of Stahlberg, Metropola or Energija Chernovets puts together a run late in the season they could push for the championship, but it’s more likely they will be fighting it out for 4th place. In the midtable, Vlaikograd and Rudar Trkev will be quite happy campers in 7th and 8th and will want to maintain those positions, while Rotmunde and Marlesee are potential gainers in the final few weeks. FC Felsenkirchen 1879 fell off a proverbial cliff in this section of the season, sitting in 13th. It’s a disappointing end to what started as a promising campaign for the Blues, but that seems to be the story each and every year. Something has to change in the Northeast. At the bottom, relegation seems to be between FK Pomorie, VfB Launitz, Arsenal Bukovets and 1828 Pomen. Arsenal are bottom as it stands, and they haven’t inspired much confidence that they will pull off a great escape. Pomorie and Launitz are level on 26 points, and they’ll be fighting to get above 1828 Pomen. Pomen’s greatest advantage in the fight is forward Rafael Mesmer, but the team around him has been weak at times and Pomen have the second-worst defensive record in the division.

There is much to decide as the Republikaliga season draws closer and closer to conclusion, with the title up for grabs, UICA places on the line, and survival at stake. In addition, there’s the President’s Cup to conclude and SW Stahlberg’s campaign in the AOCL. RepublikSport.st will have all the Republikaliga action.
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Republikaliga Season V: Part III/III


Matchday 31

Arsenal Bukovets 0–1 FK Pomorie
1828 Pomen 3–3 FC Einheit Marnau
FK Vlaikograd 1896 4–1 Energija Chernovets
FC St. Jakob 4–2 FK Metropola Borograd
VfB Launitz 1–2 Olympia Borograd
SW Stahlberg 3–1 FC Kaiserhaven
1912 Stelburg 3–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
Marlesee 97 3–3 FC Teussen Stelburg
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 3–1 TSV Marzig
FC Rotmunde 1932 5–2 Rudar Trkev


FK Pomorie gets a big leg up in the relegation fight, as they travel to Arsenal Bukovets and come away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. Rafa Mesmer’s brace saved a point at home for 1828 Pomen against Marnau in a 3-3 draw, while Vlaikograd grabbed a big win over Energija Chernovets. Tihomir Delikov had the best goal of the day in that win. Leo Heiden scored twice for FC St. Jakob as they defeat Metropola Borograd 4-2, while Krasimir Kynev scored the winning goal as Olympia Borograd got an important win on the road at VfB Launitz. SW Stahlberg nabbed a key win over FC Kaiserhaven, taking that one in a 3-1 result. 1912 Stelburg similarly played well at home and defeated 1884 Felsenkirchen 3-0. Teussen slipped up a bit against Marlesee 97, only Ernst Schoff’s late free kick goal saving a 3-3 draw. Mandl, Kubala and Pfitzner had the goals for Felsenkirchen in a 3-1 win over TSV Marzig, while Rotmunde’s win over Rudar Trkev was capped off with a brace by Theodor Aberbach.

AOCL Semifinal First Leg

Herzegovina City FC (BNJ) 5-0 SW Stahlberg

...not much to say here, is there? The Banijan side were simply on a different level than SW Stahlberg tonight, and the Miners couldn’t get anything going. Barring an incredibly miraculous turn of events, this match signalled the curtain closing on Stahlberg’s AOCL run.

Matchday 32

FK Pomorie 1–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
Rudar Trkev 3–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
TSV Marzig 5–4 Marlesee 97
FC Teussen Stelburg 2–4 1912 Stelburg
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–1 SW Stahlberg
FC Kaiserhaven 1–2 VfB Launitz
Olympia Borograd 3–4 FC St. Jakob
FK Metropola Borograd 4–4 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Energija Chernovets 2–2 1828 Pomen
FC Einheit Marnau 3–0 Arsenal Bukovets


Pomorie get another key point, Ivo Ilev scoring the tying goal in the second half in a 1-1 draw with Rotmunde. Rudar Trkev cruised past Felsenkirchen, 3-0, with Evgeni Bakalov scoring twice in the win. TSV Marzig and Marlesee 97 went back and forth all game, and in the end it was a goal from the unlikely source of Marzig right back Benedikt Tetzlaff that gave the Gulls the win. SW Stahlberg couldn’t break down 1884 Felsenkirchen’s backline more than once, and a goal from Louis Lammer ensured a 1-1 draw. VfB Launitz came from behind to beat Kaiserhaven, while FC St. Jakob excited their travelling supporters at the Olimpski-Stadion in a 4-3 victory over the league leaders. Metropola and Vlaikograd were even all match, finishing 4-4, while 1828 Pomen threw away a 2-0 lead on the road to Energija Chernovets in a match that ended 2-2. Manuel Seyfried scored twice and Banquo Chrysler added another as Einheit Marnau beat Arsenal Bukovets 3-0. Finally, it was also the return leg of the Stelburg Derby in a match that held massive title implications. Earlier in the year, FC Teussen Stelburg took a 2-1 win at the 1912-Stadion, but today would be for the Bluebirds. Adrian Tremblay-Fillon opened the scoring 12 minutes in for the visitors, and Elias Eicke would put them 2-0 up on the half-hour mark. Teussen clawed back, however, Reichwein and Tauscher each scoring to make for a 2-2 score at the half. In the final 45, however, 1912 Stelburg showed their quality, and goals from Jasno Odonelec and Eicke again gave them a 4-2 victory. The famous derby day win sees 1912 Stelburg climb to second in the table, sitting just 2 points behind Olympia.

AOCL Semifinal Second Leg

SW Stahlberg 0-1 Herzegovina City FC (BNJ)

A better performance from SW Stahlberg, and really after the massacre that was their trip over the Westsee to Star Field in Banija, that’s all the fans really wanted at home. Herzegovina are a better side, and their quality came through on the day with the 1-0 win. SW Stahlberg have made their fans proud, however, by making it all the way to the semifinal stage of a major international competition. While it’s unlikely they’ll return to the AOCL next season, as they sit 10 points back of the top of the table, all future Republikaliga clubs competing internationally will have this season from Stahlberg to take inspiration from.

Matchday 33

FC Einheit Marnau 3–3 FK Pomorie
Arsenal Bukovets 3–3 Energija Chernovets
1828 Pomen 1–4 FK Metropola Borograd
FK Vlaikograd 1896 2–3 Olympia Borograd
FC St. Jakob 1–1 FC Kaiserhaven
VfB Launitz 3–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
SW Stahlberg 2–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
1912 Stelburg 3–2 TSV Marzig
Marlesee 97 4–1 Rudar Trkev
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 4–4 FC Rotmunde 1932


Two 6-goal thrillers opened up the weekend, with Marnau and Pomorie drawing 3-3 before Arsenal Bukovets and Energija Chernovets repeated the trick. FK Metropola Borograd smashed 1828 Pomen on the road, Stanimir Ilev and Anton Dimitrov each scoring twice in the 4-1 win. Olympia Borograd came from 2-0 down against Vlaikograd to win 3-2 in the end, Krasimir Kynev with the winner that came from the penalty spot. St. Jakob and Kaiserhaven drew 1-1, while VfB Launitz carved open 1884 Felsenkirchen’s backline in a 3-0 win, Ruud Winsemius having three assists in that one. One of the bigger matches of the weekend saw SW Stahlberg recover from the disappointment of being dumped out of the AOCL as they defeated Teussen, 2-1 the result in the mountains. The other half of Stelburg was celebrating, however, as Jasno Odonelec’s goal lifted 1912 to a 3-2 win over TSV Marzig. Marlesee 97 smashed Rudar Trkev 4-1, Ingolf Kruger with a beautiful goal in that one. The final fixture of the weekend saw the Northeastern Derby between FC Felsenkirchen 1879 and FC Rotmunde 1932, and it was perhaps the best match in the history of that derby. The sides went back and forth, with Rotmunde 2-0 up at one point and Felsenkirchen up 4-2 later on in the match. A goal with 5 minutes left by Nwabudike Ugbonna, however, evened things at 4-4 and that was how it ended. No bragging rights on the day for either side, but it was an exciting match that will live long in the memory.

Matchday 34

FK Pomorie 1–4 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
FC Rotmunde 1932 2–4 Marlesee 97
Rudar Trkev 3–3 1912 Stelburg
TSV Marzig 5–6 SW Stahlberg
FC Teussen Stelburg 5–4 VfB Launitz
1884 Felsenkirchen 0–1 FC St. Jakob
FC Kaiserhaven 1–0 FK Vlaikograd 1896
Olympia Borograd 5–3 1828 Pomen
FK Metropola Borograd 5–3 Arsenal Bukovets
Energija Chernovets 4–3 FC Einheit Marnau


Felsenkirchen travelled to Pomorie and grabbed a big win on the road, 4-1 over Pomorie as Johannes Mandl had a brace in the win. Marlesee 97 had goals from Ingolf Kruger, Werner Schott and two from Yannik Lehrer as they beat Rotmunde on the road. 1912 Stelburg pulled from 3-1 down away to Trkev to come back and level things at 3 all, that would be the final there. TSV Marzig and SW Stahlberg didn’t do much defending on the Nordsee coast, 11 goals total in that one. Michael Ribbeck’s hat-trick saw him score the winner for the visiting Miners, however. Teussen were also involved in a 9 goal match-up with VfB launitz. The black and gold ended up with the 3 points on the day, however, Karl-Heinz Jager’s header being enough to save the day. The young defender’s performances this season have been exceptional, and he’s been talked about as a possible winner of the league Golden Ball award. Erwin Bahnsen’s goal for St. Jakob allowed them to beat 1884 Felsenkirchen, while Kaiserhaven defeated Vlaikograd. Both Borograd sides nabbed 5-3 wins, Olympia beating 1828 Pomen and Metropola over Arsenal Bukovets. Finally, Energija Chernovets went 4-0 up in the first half against Marnau, and despite a late charge from the Roses, Maks Shishkin’s two goals were enough for the Canaries to keep the win.

Matchday 35

Energija Chernovets 4–2 FK Pomorie
FC Einheit Marnau 3–1 FK Metropola Borograd
Arsenal Bukovets 1–4 Olympia Borograd
1828 Pomen 2–3 FC Kaiserhaven
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–2 1884 Felsenkirchen
FC St. Jakob 0–1 FC Teussen Stelburg
VfB Launitz 1–1 TSV Marzig
SW Stahlberg 4–2 Rudar Trkev
1912 Stelburg 2–1 FC Rotmunde 1932
Marlesee 97 2–0 FC Felsenkirchen 1879


The top and bottom of the table are still very much in play as we draw closer to the end of the season. Energija Chernovets’ win over FK Pomorie brings them up to 5th, 6 points behind SW Stahlberg in the pivotal 4th spot, while FK Pomorie sit 18th. Marnau’s win over Metropola Borograd leaves the Mets also 6 back of SW Stahlberg in 6th, while Olympia Borograd beat up on Arsenal Bukovets in a 4-1 win. That leaves Olympia first with a 4-point cushion, while Arsenal Bukovets are last. Arsenal, 5 points out of even a relegation playoff spot, seem to be all but relegated. FC Kaiserhaven defeat 1828 Pomen, while 1884 Felsenkirchen pull off a win over Vlaikograd. Ludwig Reichwein’s late goal keeps Teussen 3rd, 6 back of Olympia thanks to a 1-0 win over FC St. Jakob. Launitz and Marzig draw 1-1, while SW Stahlberg defeat Rudar Trkev 4-2 at home. 1912 Stelburg and FC Rotmunde 1932 were tied for much of the match at 1-1, but a late goal from Stefan Hoffmann sees the Bluebirds hang onto 2nd spot in the division. Marlesee’s win over Felsenkirchen puts them up to 7th place. 3 weeks to go in the Republikaliga, and there’s still everything to play for.

President’s Cup Semifinal

Energija Chernovets 1–1 FC Teussen Stelburg (1–1 AET) (2–4 pen.)
FC St. Jakob 2–0 SV Preisfeld


The semifinal action kicked off at the Nationalstadion this weekend with Energija Chernovets taking on FC Teussen Stelburg, a match that brought great action. Chernovets went 1-0 up through Kazimir Kuznetsov in the first half, but Heinrich Baar brought things level with just 15 minutes to play. That sent the teams to extra time, in which nothing could be solved. This shootout wouldn’t be as long as Teussen’s 13-round thriller in the Stelburg Derby earlier in the competition, however. Misses from Chernovets’ Nikolaev and Dimitrov gave Lukas Tauscher the match on his boot, and a well-hit penalty sends Teussen to the final. The other semifinal was much less dramatic, as FC St. Jakob were better across 90 minutes and goals from Dimitriou and Wenz send them to the final. So, FC Teussen Stelburg against FC St. Jakob in the final, each side seeking their first President’s Cup triumph in the Republikaliga era.

Matchday 36

FK Pomorie 0–1 Marlesee 97
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 2–5 1912 Stelburg
FC Rotmunde 1932 4–4 SW Stahlberg
Rudar Trkev 3–4 VfB Launitz
TSV Marzig 2–2 FC St. Jakob
FC Teussen Stelburg 5–3 FK Vlaikograd 1896
1884 Felsenkirchen 1–2 1828 Pomen
FC Kaiserhaven 3–0 Arsenal Bukovets
Olympia Borograd 1–2 FC Einheit Marnau
FK Metropola Borograd 2–3 Energija Chernovets


This all-important matchday began with Werner Schott’s goal guiding Marlesee 97 over FK Pomorie, who really needed that one as they sit in 19th spot in the table. 1912 Stelburg cruised to a 5-2 win in the northeast as they beat Felsenkirchen, while down the road in Rotmunde, SW Stahlberg and the hosts scored 4 times each. Neither could find a way to win, however, and the result all but confirms that Stahlberg will not repeat as Republikaliga champions. VfB Launitz’ win over Rudar Trkev is vital in their quest to avoid relegation, as they now sit 3 points above the playoff zone in 17th. Marzig and St. Jakob drew 2-2, while Ludwig Reichwein scored two goals in the last 25 minutes of Teussen’s match with Vlaikograd to give them a 5-3 win and keep them in the title hunt. 1828 Pomen did themselves a huge favour by beating 1884 Felsenkirchen 2-1, while FC Kaiserhaven’s win over Arsenal Bukovets confirms Arsenal’s relegation to the 2. Republikaliga. Scoring only 50 goals in the season isn’t the way to stay up, especially when you’ve shipped 78 up to this point. The biggest fireworks, however, were in Borograd, where Energija Chernovets all but knocked Metropola out of the top four race in a 3-2 win while FC Einheit Marnau kept things open at the top with a 2-1 win over Olympia Borograd. With 2 matches left, Olympia sit on 73 points, 1912 have 72 and Teussen are right there with 70 of their own.

Matchday 37

FK Metropola Borograd 3–0 FK Pomorie
Energija Chernovets 4–1 Olympia Borograd
FC Einheit Marnau 3–1 FC Kaiserhaven
Arsenal Bukovets 1–0 1884 Felsenkirchen
1828 Pomen 2–2 FC Teussen Stelburg
FK Vlaikograd 1896 1–1 TSV Marzig
FC St. Jakob 5–2 Rudar Trkev
VfB Launitz 1–3 FC Rotmunde 1932
SW Stahlberg 2–2 FC Felsenkirchen 1879
1912 Stelburg 0–1 Marlesee 97


It’s as if no-one wants to win the Republikaliga! The pressure gets to all 3 title contenders on the penultimate matchday of the season, with Energija Chernovets dismantling Olympia Borograd 4-1. Viktor Dimitrov and Maks Shishkin have done well all year, and they were dominant in the midfield on the day. 1828 Pomen were desperately fighting in the relegation battle against FC Teussen Stelburg, and they came away with a 2-2 draw. Finally, 1912 Stelburg had 15 shots but couldn’t find the back of the net, and Ingolf Kruger’s late goal struck a blow to their title hopes. Nothing is decided here, come back on matchday 38. In other action across the league, Metropola Borograd defeat Pomorie 3-0, while Einheit Marnau beat Kaiserhaven 3-1. Arsenal Bukovets gave their fans a thank-you for their support all year long with a home win over 1884 Felsenkirchen, but it won’t ease the pain of the club’s 2nd relegation in 3 years. Vlaikograd and Marzig draw 1-1, while FC St. Jakob beat Rudar Trkev 5-2 at the Draistadion. Rotmunde also picked up a win on the road to Launitz, while SW Stahlberg and FC Felsenkirchen 1879 drew 2-2. So, the final day picture shapes up as follows: at the top, Olympia on 73, 1912 on 72 and Teussen on 71. SW Stahlberg and Energija Chernovets, on 65 and 63 points respectively, will be competing for the final spot in the top 4 and UICA football. At the bottom, Arsenal are down while FK Pomorie and 1828 Pomen will be hoping to crawl out of the relegation places. Those sides could be automatically relegated, or manage to reach the relegation playoff. VfB Launitz, 2 ahead of Pomen in 17th, will be hoping to avoid being dragged into a playoff matchup. On the final day, 1912 Stelburg will travel to FK Pomorie. It’s a rematch of last season’s final matchday that saw 1912 Stelburg lose the title thanks to a 2-2 draw at home to Pomorie. This year, they’ll have a chance to both relegate Pomorie in revenge and also win the title. Marlesee 97 host SW Stahlberg, while FC Felsenkirchen 1879 welcome VfB Launitz to the north. FC Rotmunde 1932 host FC St. Jakob, and Rudar Trkev take on FK Vlaikograd 1896. TSV Marzig could actually help out their hated rivals Pomorie, as they take on 1828 Pomen at home. FC Teussen Stelburg have the easiest fixture of all the title rivals, as they host Arsenal Bukovets, while 1884 Felsenkirchen hosts FC Einheit Marnau. Energija Chernovets will have to beat Kaiserhaven away and hope Stahlberg lose if they are to qualify for the Globe Cup, while the biggest match of the day by far sees Olympia Borograd host FK Metropola Borograd in the Borograd Derby. Metropola have nothing to play for other than stopping their most hated rivals from winning the league, so it should be a grand affair. Who will take home the nation’s most sought-after football prize? Let’s find out.

Matchday 38

FK Pomorie 1–3 1912 Stelburg
Marlesee 97 4–3 SW Stahlberg
FC Felsenkirchen 1879 0–0 VfB Launitz
FC Rotmunde 1932 4–0 FC St. Jakob
Rudar Trkev 2–1 FK Vlaikograd 1896
TSV Marzig 2–1 1828 Pomen
FC Teussen Stelburg 1–0 Arsenal Bukovets
1884 Felsenkirchen 0–1 FC Einheit Marnau
FC Kaiserhaven 0–1 Energija Chernovets
Olympia Borograd 0–2 FK Metropola Borograd


Fireworks lit up the Stelburg sky long into the night, but for the first time in history they were blue and white! 1912 Stelburg take home the Republikaliga title and are Champions of the Republic for the first time. There was drama all-over on the final day in the title race. Teussen took an early 1-0 lead over Arsenal Bukovets, and they would hold onto that all the way. When Stanimir Ilev’s goal put Metropola up 1-0 over Olympia Borograd, you could sense that the title was up for grabs. Jasno Odonelec scored the opener for 1912, and at half-time each match sat 1-0 with 1912 in pole position for the title. Ilev’s second of the game saw a pitch invasion after it from Metropola fans, mocking their cross-town rivals for having potentially blown the league. But when Ivo Ilev equalized for FK Pomorie, the title looked to be falling to 1912’s very own cross town rival, FC Teussen Stelburg. Pomorie played a strong match, and after receiving a helping hand from TSV Marzig, were desperate to find a winning goal and avoid relegation. 1912 were just as desperate to win the league title, however, and what followed was back-and-forth action at a breakneck pace. No-one could find the net, however. Then, in the 88th minute, Tremblay-Fillon’s pass found Eicke, who was brought down just outside the area. Jasno Odonelec stepped up to take the free kick, and in the biggest moment of his 1912 career so far, banged in a beautiful shot just underneath the cross-bar. The moment seemed to last a lifetime, as 1912 fans rushed the playing area and the team celebrated wildly. Play wouldn’t resume for another few minutes, and in the extended stoppage time Elias Eicke would add a goal of his own to make it 3-1. That was all the action in that one, as the celebrations began instantly for the 3200 1912 Stelburg supporters that made the trip to Pomorie. The home fans, however, instead mourned their relegation from the Republikaliga. Energija Chernovets also managed to sneak into the top 4 thanks to a win over Kaiserhaven while Marlesee defeat SW Stahlberg 4-3. Let’s take a look at the final table.

#  Republikaliga             Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 1912 Stelburg 38 23 6 9 106 74 +32 75 Champions/UICA Champion's Cup
2 FC Teussen Stelburg 38 21 11 6 96 62 +34 74
3 Olympia Borograd 38 22 7 9 89 69 +20 73
4 Energija Chernovets 38 18 12 8 93 75 +18 66 UICA Globe Cup

5 SW Stahlberg 38 19 8 11 90 71 +19 65
6 FK Metropola Borograd 38 18 9 11 89 75 +14 63
7 Marlesee 97 38 16 11 11 81 70 +11 59
8 FC St. Jakob 38 14 12 12 65 69 −4 54
9 FC Einheit Marnau 38 16 5 17 83 89 −6 53
10 FC Rotmunde 1932 38 14 10 14 82 74 +8 52
11 FK Vlaikograd 1896 38 13 12 13 79 76 +3 51
12 FC Kaiserhaven 38 14 9 15 62 66 −4 51
13 Rudar Trkev 38 14 8 16 70 79 −9 50
14 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 38 12 12 14 65 70 −5 48
15 TSV Marzig 38 11 12 15 77 84 −7 45
16 1884 Felsenkirchen 38 10 8 20 37 60 −23 38
17 VfB Launitz 38 10 7 21 64 79 −15 37
18 1828 Pomen 38 8 10 20 74 103 −29 34 Relegation Playoff
19 FK Pomorie 38 7 10 21 72 101 −29 31
20 Arsenal Bukovets 38 8 5 25 51 79 −28 29 Relegated


As mentioned, 1912 Stelburg take home the title. Their campaign was spearheaded by a strong backline of Edgar Steimle, Josh Meckler, Raphael Klopfer and Lutz Daschner. Steimle made a case for being one of the best young players in the division, while it was the usual expected quality from Meckler, Klopfer and Daschner. Further up the lineup, Adrian Tremblay-Fillon was one of the best midfielders in the league while Jasno Odonelec will certainly be up there in voting for the Golden Ball. He put this team on his back at points, and the free-kick goal to win the title will be the greatest moment in 1912 Stelburg history. Elias Eicke was a key contributer up top as well; not really thought of as an elite forward like the likes of Ribbeck, Kynev or Reichwein but he’s done his job well. 1912 overcame the adversity of a slow start to the year and the trauma of last season’s final day to capture a historic Republikaliga title. FC Teussen Stelburg finish up 2nd, the team was led by new boy Ludwig Reichwein’s goalscoring effort this year, but young players like Lukas Tauscher, Mario Kogler, Heinrich Baar and of course Karl-Heinz Jager also led the way. The kids are alright, and Jager could be talked about as a Golden Ball winner. Not one Republikaliga player managed to dribble past him all season. Olympia Borograd crumbled in the final 3 matches and finish a somewhat disappointing 3rd place. It was a good season overall, however, and there’s much to build on for the Greens with strong players like Kynev, Kostov, Darsten and Karapetrov at the club. The league’s top goalkeeper, Anatoli Sveteikov, also plies his trade for the club. There are rumours abound that the club wants to make a transfer splash this summer, and it would likely be in one of the attacking midfield positions. Energija Chernovets sneak into 4th again, they’ve got a strong mix of young and old coming through their squad. The partnerships between Dinev and Kuznetsov and Dimitrov and Shishkin will prove beneficial to each player and the club as a whole, and with a few stronger additions that manager Apostol Manevski has been asking for for a while, there’s a bright future in Chernovets and a hope that they will again sit top of the country. SW Stahlberg struggled all year to balance 4 competitions, but they gave their fans a good showing in both the Champion’s Cup and AOCL. While they won’t have to worry about international football next season, they’ll need to be back if they want to hold onto their star-studded squad. FK Metropola Borograd started the year well but fell behind the pack, there’s rumours that manager Sretan Ivanov wants to overhaul the squad and that may call for one of Anton Dimitrov or Stanimir Ilev, the two brilliant forwards at the club, leaving. Marlesee 97, FC St. Jakob, FC Einheit Marnau and FC Rotmunde 1932 round out the top 10. At the bottom, Arsenal Bukovets and FK Pomorie are relegated while 1828 Pomen will play in the relegation playoff.

There is still much to cover in terms of the Republikaliga season, with lower league results, youth league results, season awards and the President’s Cup final still on the table. RepublikSport.st will have it all.
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Postby Siovanija and Teusland » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:31 pm

Republikaliga Season V Awards/Review


With the fifth season of Republikaliga action in the books, and 1912 Stelburg crowned champions, let’s take a look back at some of the best performances of the season.

Golden Boot

Michael Ribbeck, 30 goals (SW Stahlberg)
Krasimir Kynev, 28 goals (Olympia Borograd)
Ludwig Reichwein, 27 goals (FC Teussen Stelburg)
Rafael Mesmer, 27 goals (1828 Pomen)
Johannes Mandl, 26 goals (FC Felsenkirchen 1879)
Miroslav Dinev, 26 goals (Energija Chernovets)
Jasno Odonelec, 26 goals (1912 Stelburg)

Michael Ribbeck captures his second straight Golden Boot award after another 30 goal season for SW Stahlberg. Ribbeck has become the top striker in this league, and is a star for club and country. Fans of SW Stahlberg and of the national football team will be hoping that continues for a long, long time.

Golden Ball

This award has always been the subject of debate amongst fans and observers, but this year’s race for the most valuable player was a hotter topic than ever. Most of the conversation centred around 2 figures, 1912 Stelburg’s Jasno Odonelec and FC Teussen Stelburg’s Karl-Heinz Jager. Odonelec was a dominant force for 1912 Stelburg, and ‘Das Phantom’ often put the team on his back en route to a league title. His league-winning free kick goal will be one of the most iconic Republikaliga moments. Jager, on the other hand, was far and away the best defender in the league and helped his Teussen side put up the best defensive record in the division. Not a single Republikaliga player managed to dribble past him all year, and Jager’s leadership was pivotal in Teussen’s character growth all season long. Jager was a major factor in Teussen’s climb from a team expected to finish around 6th up to 2nd place. Whichever player was chosen by the 40 captains and managers of the Republikaliga is certainly deserving of the award. 7 players overall received votes, with Ingolf Kruger, Elias Eicke, Viktor Dimitrov, Krasimir Kynev and Michael Ribbeck joining Odonelec and Jager. The first round eliminated Kruger and Eicke, the second eliminated Kynev and Dimitrov, while the third round eliminated Michael Ribbeck. The final round tallies were as follows:

Jasno Odonelec (1912 Stelburg), 19 votes
Karl-Heinz Jager (FC Teussen Stelburg), 21 votes

So Jager takes the award. It’s certainly deserved, and it’s also the first time a League MVP award has gone to a defender. Jager is a bright star in this league, and arguably the best defender this nation has ever produced. He’ll lead the backline for his club and country for a very long time.

Positional Awards

Best Forward: Michael Ribbeck, SW Stahlberg
Best Midfielder: Jasno Odonelec, 1912 Stelburg
Best Defender: Karl-Heinz Jager, FC Teussen Stelburg
Best Keeper: Anatoli Sveteikov, Olympia Borograd

Manager of the Year

Magnus Herschlag, Marlesee 97

Magnus Herschlag is one of the younger managers in the Republikaliga, and he’s got a great future ahead of him. He wins the Manager of the Year award this year as part of his efforts in taking Marlesee up to 7th in the table, and making full use of a squad that contains star Ingolf Kruger.

Young Player of the Year

Lukas Tauscher, FC Teussen Stelburg

20 year old Tauscher’s debut season with FC Teussen Stelburg proved extremely fruitful, as he was one of the best players not just on his team but also in the league. Tauscher will be a force in this league for years to come.

Best XI

GK -- Anatoli Sveteikov (Olympia Borograd)
LB -- Edgar Steimle (1912 Stelburg)
CB -- Karl-Heinz Jager (FC Teussen Stelburg)
CB -- Raphael Klopfer (1912 Stelburg)
RB -- Lutz Daschner (1912 Stelburg)
LM -- Mario Kogler (FC Teussen Stelburg)
CM -- Jasno Odonelec (1912 Stelburg)
CM -- Viktor Dimitrov (Energija Chernovets)
RM -- Aleksander Lukonov (Olympia Borograd)
CF -- Ludwig Reichwein (FC Teussen Stelburg)
CF -- Michael Ribbeck (SW Stahlberg)


Republikaliga Wooden Anniversary Awards

The occasion of a 5th anniversary is often called a ‘Wooden Anniversary’, and thus in recognition of this being the 5th season of the Republikaliga, special awards were given out for this celebration. The eligibility requirement was 2 seasons played in the Republikaliga as of the end of season 5. Each award winner received a wood carving, and the awards take all 5 years of the league into account.

Best Forward: Michael Ribbeck (SW Stahlberg, seasons 1-5)
Best Midfielder: Thorsten Kramer (FC Teussen Stelburg, seasons 1-4)
Best Defender: Raphael Klopfer (1912 Stelburg, seasons 1-5)
Best Keeper: Viktor Venev (FK Metropola Borograd, seasons 1-5)

A Best XI made up of players from the past 5 seasons was also named.

GK -- Viktor Venev (FK Metropola Borograd, seasons 1-5)
LB -- Dietmar Kleinmann (FC Teussen Stelburg, seasons 1-5)
CB -- Raphael Klopfer (1912 Stelburg, seasons 1-5)
CB -- Nikola Karapetrov (Olympia Borograd, seasons 1-5)
RB -- Lutz Daschner (1912 Stelburg, seasons 1-5
CM -- Thorsten Kramer (FC Teussen Stelburg, seasons 1-4)
CM -- Viktor Dimitrov (Energija Chernovets, seasons 1-5)
LW -- Paulus Leistner (FC Kaiserhaven, seasons 1-4)
CAM -- Jasno Odonelec (1912 Stelburg, seasons 4-5)
RW -- Ivo Romanov (Olympia Borograd, seasons 1-3)
CF -- Michael Ribbeck (SW Stahlberg, seasons 1-5)


Lower Leagues/Youth Leagues Results

2. Republikaliga         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 SV Preisfeld 38 21 8 9 89 45 +44 71 Champions
2 VfB Marlesee 38 20 6 12 85 63 +22 66 Promoted

3 Zvezda Vlaikograd 38 16 14 8 51 45 +6 62 Playoff
4 TSV Georg-Blocher 38 17 10 11 51 42 +9 61
5 FC Magesbach 38 18 6 14 73 63 +10 60
6 NK Siovanska Gora 38 17 8 13 61 55 +6 59
7 FK Raketa Bukovets 38 15 11 12 67 66 +1 56
8 Rudar Draijagrad 38 15 11 12 51 55 −4 56
9 FK Venkovets 38 14 13 11 53 44 +9 55
10 FK Orlovska Bistrica 38 16 7 15 61 53 +8 55
11 VfL Reinbronn 38 15 8 15 66 67 −1 53
12 NK Vrnovo 38 14 7 17 57 75 −18 49
13 FC Ternau 05 38 13 9 16 72 61 +11 48
14 Vrnovo Mesto 38 12 12 14 43 41 +2 48
15 NK Karjaska Gora 38 13 8 17 55 61 −6 47
16 FC Truiselwald 38 13 7 18 43 54 −11 46
17 VfL Prutseren 38 11 12 15 52 48 +4 45
18 SVG Bainitz 38 11 8 19 46 71 −25 41
19 FC Giesenau 38 9 8 21 56 87 −31 35 Relegated
20 VfB Truiselwald 38 8 11 19 57 93 −36 35


Promotion Playoff

1828 Pomen 0-1 Zvezda Vlaikograd
Zvezda Vlaikograd 3-1 1828 Pomen


And so we have a newcomer to the Republikaliga for next season in the form of Zvezda Vlaikograd! Winning on the road in Pomen did a major service to their promotion chances, and a confident 3-1 win at home sends Zvezda into the top division. 1828 Pomen are relegated, and the future of star forward Rafael Mesmer suddenly comes under massive scrutiny.

3. Republikaliga                Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 NK Karjaska Gora 46 31 4 11 78 42 +36 97 Champions
2 VfB Truiselwald 46 24 12 10 47 26 +21 84 Promoted

3 TSV Posenford 46 24 11 11 64 38 +26 83
4 Oststahlberg 08 46 21 15 10 62 45 +17 78
5 Teufelsberg 97 46 19 14 13 50 39 +11 71
6 TSV Lahnnenbruck 46 19 14 13 48 43 +5 71
7 VfL Magesbach 46 20 10 16 46 43 +3 70
8 NK Vojnik 46 20 6 20 53 44 +9 66
9 TSV Tarnitz 46 16 16 14 33 39 −6 64
10 FC Lahnnenbruck 98 46 17 11 18 48 54 −6 62
11 SK Republika Borograd 46 16 13 17 56 61 −5 61
12 NK Krakovo 46 16 12 18 46 53 −7 60
13 VfB Giesenau 46 14 17 15 52 48 +4 59
14 1888 Runsen 46 15 14 17 50 57 −7 59
15 NK Kaskada 46 15 12 19 36 40 −4 57
16 TSV Konsford 46 13 17 16 39 41 −2 56
17 FK Kostinbrod 46 13 16 17 49 50 −1 55
18 NK Prevala 46 13 14 19 36 42 −6 53
19 FC Teufelsberg 46 13 14 19 34 42 −8 53
20 NK Piran 46 11 17 18 46 56 −10 50
21 NK Kraljgrad 46 11 16 19 33 46 −13 49
22 Admiral Severno Pristajanje 46 11 15 20 33 44 −11 48
23 FC Kischfeld 46 11 14 21 36 62 −26 47
24 VfL Truhnscheid 46 11 12 23 35 55 −20 45


J. Republikaliga          Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 FK Metropola Borograd 38 19 10 9 44 26 +18 67 Champions/UICA Youth Cup
2 1912 Stelburg 38 16 13 9 40 29 +11 61
3 FK Pomorie 38 17 7 14 40 36 +4 58
4 Arsenal Bukovets 38 17 7 14 38 44 −6 58
5 FC St. Jakob 38 15 12 11 43 30 +13 57
6 SW Stahlberg 38 16 9 13 40 40 0 57
7 Energija Chernovets 38 16 8 14 38 31 +7 56
8 Olympia Borograd 38 15 10 13 41 38 +3 55
9 1884 Felsenkirchen 38 16 6 16 44 45 −1 54
10 TSV Marzig 38 14 11 13 46 43 +3 53
11 FC Kaiserhaven 38 12 15 11 43 36 +7 51
12 FC Felsenkirchen 1879 38 13 11 14 43 43 0 50
13 FC Rotmunde 1932 38 14 8 16 39 42 −3 50
14 Rudar Trkev 38 12 11 15 45 53 −8 47
15 FC Einheit Marnau 38 11 13 14 35 39 −4 46
16 FK Vlaikograd 1896 38 12 10 16 28 35 −7 46
17 FC Teussen Stelburg 38 11 11 16 32 39 −7 44
18 Marlesee 97 38 11 11 16 35 43 −8 44
19 VfB Launitz 38 10 13 15 37 49 −12 43
20 1828 Pomen 38 11 8 19 37 47 −10 41


FK Metropola Borograd's youth squad also advanced to the Quarterfinals of this year's UICA Youth Cup. The team was led by prospects such as midfielder Slava Luzhkov, goalkeeper Vladimir Dragonov, Mrii centre back Edriik Heisen and Pasargan youth Nandor Szots. They'll get another crack at the Youth Cup this season as they take home a second straight youth league title, prevailing over 1912 Stelburg


Milan Dimitrov Division               Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Chernovets Teknologichen-Institut 30 17 6 7 68 44 +24 57 Alumni Cup
2 University of Borograd 30 14 9 7 52 40 +12 51
3 Agricultural University of Trkev 30 11 4 15 36 41 −5 37
4 Ivan-Penchev-Akademija 30 9 8 13 48 56 −8 35
5 Borograd Metropolitan University 30 8 10 12 48 59 −11 34
6 Vlaikograd University 30 8 9 13 40 52 −12 33


Karl VII Division                     Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Universitat-Rotmunde 30 14 6 10 46 41 +5 48 Alumni Cup
2 Heinrich-Vogel-Universitat 30 13 8 9 49 40 +9 47
3 Universitat-Stelburg 30 12 9 9 55 39 +16 45 Alumni Cup Hosts
4 TU Stelburg 30 9 11 10 46 46 0 38
5 Freie-Universitat Felsenkirchen 30 10 8 12 38 50 −12 38
6 St. Jakob University 30 8 6 16 22 40 −18 30


von Schaaf Division                   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Luftwaffenakademie 30 14 9 7 49 26 +23 51 Alumni Cup
2 WA Stahlberg 30 15 6 9 30 25 +5 51
3 Marineakademie Kaiserhaven 30 13 8 9 42 33 +9 47
4 OA Stavropol 30 8 14 8 38 32 +6 38
5 VA Vrnovo 30 8 8 14 33 48 −15 32
6 National Military Academy 30 5 9 16 28 56 −28 24


Alumni Cup Semifinals

Luftwaffenakademie 1-0 Universitat-Stelburg
Universitat-Rotmunde 1-4 Chernovets Teknologische Institut


Final/3PPO

Third Place Playoff: Universitat-Stelburg 1-0 Universitat-Rotmunde
Final: Luftwaffenakademie 0-0 Chernovets Teknologische Institut (1-1 AET, 4-3 pen.)

And Luftwaffenakademie take their second straight Alumni Cup championship. In addition, they reached the Quarterfinal stage of the International University Champion's Cup competition as well. They, along with CTI and Stelburg will go to that competition again this season.


President's Cup Final

FC Teussen Stelburg 1-1 FC St. Jakob (2-1 AET)


FC Teussen Stelburg capture their first President’s Cup title in the modern era thanks to a 2-1 win in extra time over FC St. Jakob

“Obviously the season didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but today is our chance to take a major positive step and look ahead to next season,” said Karl-Heinz Jager when interviewed before the match. His Teussen side ended up 2nd in the Republikaliga table, and they were taking on 9th place FC St. Jakob. St. Jakob’s Ronald Wenz said “Well, it’s the first time for a lot of our guys playing in a game like this, and we’re just looking to seize the moment and live up to our own expectations.”

Each side looked to get things going early, with Teussen looking more likely to score. The Saints, however, were quick in counter-attacking and often gave Teussen’s backline fits. And it would be the men in red and white that broke through first in the final. Francisco Jorge brought the ball up the right side, before finding Wenz in the middle. Wenz played it quickly back to Jorge, who made a great run before sending a pass to meet the run of Leo Heiden. Heiden got around Dietmar Kleinmann then fired a low shot into the right corner, beating Julian Fehr to the post and putting St. Jakob up 1-0.

The Saints tried to press their advantage early, with another shot by Erwin Bahnsen just minutes later pinging back off the crossbar. Teussen settled back in shortly after conceding, however, and much of the rest of the match saw them dominating play as they sought a way back in the match. Half-time, though, saw St. Jakob lead 1-0.

Teussen came back out for the second half flying, attacking the Saints goal with vigour. A great chance came off the boot of Ludwig Reichwein, but St. Jakob keeper Bernd Falkenberg turned it aside. Eventually, however, Teussen would draw level. Lukas Tauscher burst forward with great pace, before sending in a cross that was punched away by Falkenberg. Heinrich Baar, however, was on the end of it, and he ran towards the box. He tried to find a passing option, but seeing none available to him, took a shot instead. It flew cleanly into the top left corner, and the President’s Cup Final was level at 1-1.

Caution prevailed in the later stages of the match, neither side willing to risk too much with extra time looming. Teussen came closest to another goal, Reichwein’s shot coming just inches away from giving them the go-ahead goal. But, at 90 minutes the whistle blew with the score knotted at 1-1. That remained through the first 15 minutes of extra time.

It was clear in the extra period, however, that Teussen’s legs were going to last longer than St. Jakob, and the advantage became quite clear for the black and gold. Lukas Tauscher in particular was running circles around St. Jakob’s players, and it seemed only a matter of time as to when they would score. Finally, the ball fell to Ludwig Reichwein. Reichwein, who scored two goals in the previous season’s Cup Final for TSV Marzig, got a clean shot off that beat Falkenberg and gave Teussen the 2-1 lead. That was all that would be required, and FC Teussen Stelburg lift the President’s Cup.

Ludwig Reichwein became the first player to win back-to-back President’s Cups, and he does it for two different teams: TSV Marzig and FC Teussen Stelburg. He also became the first player to score in multiple Cup Finals.

The party kicked off again in Stelburg, black and gold the colour of tonight’s flares. But for some, the work begins anew: “We are so, so pleased to get this win. Winning the President’s Cup is a dream come true for all of us. The goal, though, is to be here again next year with two trophies in hand,” said team captain Karl-Heinz Jager.

Match Report
FC Teussen Stelburg 1-1 FC St. Jakob (2-1 AET) (President’s Cup Final)

Teussen XI: Fehr; Weidemann, Jager, Kronthaler, Kleinmann; Baar, Eicher; Kogler, Schoff, Tauscher; Reichwein
St. Jakob XI: Falkenberg; Jorge, Rasic, Licht, Sigurdsson; Heinig, Wenz; Koepen, Dimitriou, Heiden; Bahnsen
Goals: Leo Heiden 37’, Heinrich Baar 65’, Ludwig Reichwein 112’

Stelburger Zeitung Man of the Match: Lukas Tauscher


International Qualification

Siovanija and Teusland will be sending a total of 9 teams to take part in 7 competitions next season. 1912 Stelburg, as league champions, qualify for the UICA Champion’s Cup and AOCL. FC Teussen Stelburg qualify for the UICA Globe Cup as well as the Cup Winner’s Cup. Olympia Borograd and Energija Chernovets will join Teussen in the Globe Cup. FK Metropola Borograd qualify for the UICA Youth Cup, while the Luftwaffenakademie, CTI and Universitat-Stelburg will represent the country in the IUCC. As the team finishing outside international qualification with the best goal differential, SW Stahlberg will compete in the Vilitan Cove Invitational. The full list of qualifiers is as follows:

Siovanija and Teusland (STL) Qualifiers:
UICA Champion’s Cup: 1912 Stelburg
UICA Globe Cup: FC Teussen Stelburg, Olympia Borograd, Energija Chernovets
UICA Youth Cup: FK Metropola Borograd
Cygnus Cup/Cup Winner’s Cup: FC Teussen Stelburg
AOCL: 1912 Stelburg
VCIAPP: SW Stahlberg
IUCC: Luftwaffenakademie, Chernovets Teknologischen-Institut, Universitat-Stelburg
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Postby Siovanija and Teusland » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:58 pm

TeusBank ZZ-Meisterschaft: Season Preview


A new season of domestic T20 cricket is upon us, and with it being the inaugural season of the ZZ-Meisterschaft, there’s a lot to cover. The first event of the new season saw the Foreigner Draft. This year, 5 foreign players declared for the draft: 3 from Pratapgadh, and 2 from the Busoga Islands.


Season 1 Foreigner Draft

#1 - Stelburg Knights select Rajendra Rathore, 23 (PRA) (Batsman/R)
#2 - St. Jakob Mets select Muhammad al-Zarif, 26 (BUS) (Bowler/R)
#3 - Traunsee Icebergs select Divaj Dharel, 20 (PRA) (Batsman/R)
#4 - Marzig Wolves select Bahram Almasi, 24 (BUS) (Bowler/R)
#5 - Kaiserliche forfeits selection
#6 - Felsenkirchen Jets trade 6th overall selection to Kaiserhaven Midshipmen in exchange for Season 2 1st round selection. Midshipmen select Kartik Kakkadia, 27 (PRA) (Bowler/R)

“It’s a big statement for our league, we’ve gotten some very, very good players coming into the league here and we’re excited to see the impact they’ll have on their teams and the league as a whole,” said the ZZM Chairman Gunther Gruning. Stelburg Knights manager Jens Heicher told the media that the Knights were ecstatic at drafting Rajendra Rathore with their first overall selection: “You look at how he’s played for his country, he’s a very special player. He’s going to be a big part of the Knights lineup in the years to come, and we can’t wait for him to get started.” Busogan bowlers Muhammad al-Zarif and Bahram Almasi were also selected highly in the draft, going to the St. Jakob Mets and Marzig Wolves respectively. Divaj Dharel was selected by the Traunsee Icebergs, while the Kaiserhaven Midshipmen drafted Pratapgadh bowler Kartik Kakkadia after making a trade with the Felsenkirchen Jets.

Let’s see now how those drafted players will fit in with their new clubs, alongside a number of Teusland internationals. Here are the rosters and overviews for each of the 8 ZZ-Meisterschaft clubs.

FELSENKIRCHEN JETS

Colours: Red and blue
Home ground: Felsenkirchen Stadtoval (11,500)
1 - Thorwald Scharf, 26 (Bat/R)
2 - Jens Gering, 18 (Bat/L)
3 - Niclas Beckmann, 33 (C) (All/R)
4 - Rudolf Stangl, 24 (Bat/R)
5 - Jurgen Winkelhock, 30 (All/L)
6 - Kuno Heitz, 22 (Bat/R)
7 - Jan Stock, 26 (Bat/R)
8 - Wendelin Genzler, 20 (Wk/L)
9 - Gabriel Keppler, 26 (Bowl/R)
10 - Patrick Kruspe, 24 (Bowl/R)
11 - Georg Tischer, 21 (Bowl/L)


Team Report: The Jets, or the Monks as they were known last season, finished 3rd in the old Kricketliga thanks to a very strong batting performance. They had the highest amount of runs in the league. There wasn’t one stand-out performer, and it was very much a collective effort. This year, the talents to watch are new boy Jens Gering, batting second, and the captain Beckmann. An experienced player, Beckmann has led this team well. The bowling attack wasn’t the best in the league last year, but is still a strong unit and the Jets have a team that is very much greater than the sum of its parts.

KAISERHAVEN MIDSHIPMEN

Colours: Dark blue, yellow
Home ground: Maritim Oval (20,000)
1 - Theo Kelsen, 26 (Bat/R)
2 - Lennart Kantorowitz, 24 (All/L)
3 - Silvester Basch, 20 (Bat/L)
4 - Willie Beitz, 25 (Bat/R)
5 - Torsten Danzig, 18 (All/R)
6 - Kevin Popel, 23 (Bat/L)
7 - Reinhard Lemberger, 27 (C) (Bat/R)
8 - Jakob Hassel, 22 (Wk/L)
9 - Kartik Kakkadia, 27 (Bowl/R)
10 - Bjorn Spindler, 22 (Bowl/L)
11 - Adolar Outman, 26 (Bowl/R)


Team Profile: Last year’s champions, the Midshipmen return another year wiser and stronger. Led by the batting prowess of national team talent Silvester Basch, who was named the MVP last season, the Midshipmen also have Theo Kelsen, Lennart Kantorowitz and young future star Torsten Danzig at their disposal. Bowling was a bit of a weaker area last year, but that’ll change this year: a trade at the draft allowed the Midshipmen to add Pratapgadh international Kartik Kakkadia to their attack. Bjorn Spindler is also new to the team, and both debutants should have a big impact for the Midshipmen.

KAISERLICHE

Colours: Black/gold
Home ground: Imperial Oval (25,000)

1 - Niels Krahl, 24 (Bat/L)
2 - Richard Reider, 27 (Bat/R)
3 - Frank Polzl, 28 (Bat/R)
4 - Emmanuel Gottschall, 25 (All/L)
5 - Daniel Schulze, 19 (All/R)
6 - Stanislaus Walbaum, 26 (Bat/L)
7 - Paul Berlin, 22 (Bat/R)
8 - Reiner Bar, 32 (Wk/R)
9 - Hans Ruhl, 30 (Bowl/L)
10 - Felix Schaper, 32 (C) (Bowl/R)
11 - Leon Stenzel, 21 (Bowl, R)


Team Overview: The oldest cricket club in the nation, Kaiserliche once again enters the season with a quite formidable lineup. Richard Reider was last year’s Top Batsman, and has been a star for the national team as has Frank Polzl. Niels Krahl is a strong opener, while Stanislaus Walbaum is another name in the lineup that has been consistent when called upon. The bowling attack features national teamer Felix Schaper, the captain of the team, and also young talent Leon Stenzel. Stenzel, a fast bowler, has a great chance of breaking into the national team with a good performance this season.

MARZIG WOLVES

Colours: White/light blue
Home ground: Marzig Oval (12,000)

1 - David Schifter, 25 (Bat/R)
2 - Tim Kohn, 24 (C) (All/R)
3 - Tomas Hoferle, 18 (Bat/L)
4 - Tobias Kanner, 26 (Bat/R)
5 - Patrick Romanoff, 30 (All/L)
6 - Noah Meitner, 23 (Bat/R)
7 - Emil Au, 21 (Bat/L)
8 - Matthias Binder, 24 (Wk/R)
9 - Liam Galishoff, 26 (Bowl/L)
10 - Leopold Ringel, 24 (Bowl/R)
11 - Bahram Almasi, 24 (Bowl/R)


Team Overview: The Wolves missed out on the Playoffs last year only on run differential, and they’ll be hoping that the changes made to the squad this offseason will be enough to take them over the line. Tomas Hoferle is a highly-rated young left-handed batsman expected to break into the national team setup soon, he can have a big impact on Marzig. Veteran Patrick Romanoff has fallen off a bit from his height, but is still strong as are Tim Kohn and David Schifter. The bowling attack had the third-best record in the league last season, and with the addition of Busogan Bahram Almasi can only get better.

NORDKUSTE NARWHALS

Colours: Light blue/dark blue
Home ground: Sankt Kunigunde Oval (10,000), Sankt Ludolph Oval (10,000) (split home matches)

1 - Samuel Fritzl, 25 (Bat/R)
2 - Oliver Baeder, 24 (Bat/L)
3 - Elias Ressel, 18 (All/L)
4 - Jamie Kollek, 25 (Bat/R)
5 - Max Lang, 27 (Bat/R)
6 - Ben Egger, 32 (C) (Bat/L)
7 - Fabian Ambros, 35 (All/R)
8 - Xaver Weismann, 25 (Wk/L)
9 - Arthur Elsner, 25 (Bowl/L)
10 - Klaus Traube, 27 (Bowl/R)
11 - Pascal Ehn, 21 (Bowl/R)


Team Overview: The Narwhals were the best team in the league for all but the final match last season, winning the regular season title but falling in the Championship final against the Midshipmen. The Narwhals’ strength is in their bowling attack: Arthur Elsner and Klaus Traube have always been two of the finest bowlers in the country, and joined by young Pascal Ehn as well as the all-rounders Ambros and Ressel are a fearsome unit. Oliver Baeder is a strong batsman, as is his opening partner Samuel Fritzl.

ST JAKOB METS

Colours: Red/white
Home ground: Metropolitan Cricket Ground (22,000)

1 - Christoph Habelar, 31 (Bat/R)
2 - Kilian Heilig, 26 (Bat/L)
3 - Florian Moser, 25 (All/R)
4 - Martin Haspel, 24 (Bat/R)
5 - Tobias Cella, 22 (Bat/L)
6 - Mario Klammer, 19 (All/L)
7 - Liam Hass, 24 (Bat/R)
8 - Leopold Meissner, 31 (C) (Wk/R)
9 - Muhammad Al-Zarif, 26 (Bowl/R)
10 - Fabian Aigner, 20 (Bowl/L)
11 - Vincent Brendel, 25 (Bowl/R)


Team Overview: The Mets were near the postseason last year, but it was poor defending and bowling that let them down. Leopold Meissner’s team have now added Muhammad Al-Zarif, the Busogan international bower, and also young star Fabian Aigner has broken into the team. That should sort out that particular issue, but the Mets still lack strong batting talent. If players like Habelar, Heilig and Moser have great seasons they’ll be just fine, but if not they’ll be lacking a bit of quality.

STELBURG KNIGHTS

Colours: Black/white
Home ground: Stelburg-Zentrum (20,000)

1 - Rajendra Rathore, 23 (Bat/R)
2 - Marcel Sundin, 24 (Bat/L)
3 - Lucas Renner, 27 (Bat/R)
4 - Leo Rufer, 22 (All/L)
5 - Mats Winkler, 24 (All/R)
6 - Patrick Franz, 30 (C) (Bat/R)
7 - Konstantin Weinheber, 25 (Bat/L)
8 - Valentin Scherer, 25 (Wk/L)
9 - Linus Neumann, 22 (Bowl/R)
10 - Tim Wolf, 18 (Bowl/L)
11 - Pascal Pichler, 26 (Bowl/R)


Team Overview: The Knights should be back in contention for a playoff spot this year after a poor season last year, but are also still a team in development. That can be clearly seen in new bowlers Tim Wolf and Linus Neumann, both very promising talents but both also quite raw. Adding Rajendra Rathore to the top of the order is sure to be something special, Rathore being known for his timing and strong choice of shot. He scored 11 centuries for Jaipur Cricket Club in his native Pratapgadh, and will be looking to continue his great career here. He’s joined by Marcel Sundin, a man who could be in the running for the national team squad. The Knights are going to be a force to be reckoned with in this league very shortly, and we may see the first hints of that this season.

TRAUNSEE ICEBERGS

Colours: White/blue
Home ground: Traunsee Oval (9,500)

1 - Anton Zippe, 24 (Bat/L)
2 - Divaj Dharel, 20 (Bat/R)
3 - Josef Malath, 25 (Bat/L)
4 - Jan Boltzmann, 21 (All/R)
5 - Erik Menger, 24 (Bat/L)
6 - Lorenz Lorenz, 27 (All/L)
7 - Dominik Berg, 18 (Bat/R)
8 - Raphael Ehn, 24 (Wk/L)
9 - Lukas Maier, 30 (C) (Bowl/R)
10 - Nino Reinhardt, 19 (Bowl/L)
11 - Samuel Ebner, 25 (Bowl/R)


Team Overview: The Icebergs are back this season, and the team from the smallest town in the professional league are looking to break their way into the playoffs. Led by national team batsman Anton Zippe, he’s now joined by the young Pratapgadh international Divaj Dharel, a player who handles pressure well while also being an aggressive, smart batsman. He’ll be a welcome addition to a Traunsee batting lineup that was lacking a bit of quality at times last year. The bowling attack adds hot prospect Nino Reinhardt, eyes will certainly be on him throughout Traunsee’s matches.

Now that we’ve met the teams, it’s time to get right into all the action from the ZZ-Meisterschaft. We’ll be back to cover all the results from Teusland’s premier cricket league.
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Postby Siovanija and Teusland » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:09 pm

Ehrenliga Season Preview


After an incredible last season of Ehrenliga action, Siovanija and Teusland’s top hockey league is back for another season of action. Last season, a historic playoff performance from the Stelburg Kaisers saw them capture the Strauss Cup thanks to one of the most memorable Cup Finals of all time: a 7-game series that saw 6 games go to overtime. In the end, the league’s most storied club captured a 23rd championship in a game 7 win. The Kaisers will be back, but so will 19 other teams to capture the national crown. There have been some changes to the league this year: 2 expansion teams have been added, the Marzig Huskies and Rotmunde Hurricanes. Each was given a top 5 draft pick and filled out their rosters through an expansion draft and free agency. Another change to the league is within the rules: the shootout has been eliminated from the league; if games are tied after 5 minutes overtime the game will end in a tie. Let’s take a look at the top picks of the Ehrenliga Entry Draft followed by a season preview.

Ehrenliga Entry Draft Top 5 Picks

#1: HK Energija Chernovets select Vitomir Glaskov, C

A dominant centre, Vitomir also has quite the wrist shot and has the potential to be one of the top goalscorers in this league.

#2: Marzig Huskies select Stefan Schiele, D

A puck-moving defenceman, Schiele dominated for his junior club and the Huskies see him as a player who can quarterback their power play as well as be a leading offensive defenceman.

#3: Rotmunde Hurricanes select Anton Sundin, C

Sundin led the Teus Major Junior Hockey League in goals and points last year, and the centre has been considered a top prospect for years and years. He has true star potential.

#4: Raketa Bukovets select Frenk Keric, LW

Keric played on the wing of Vitomir Glaskov in the Siovanijan Hockey League last year, and showed his talents as a playmaker by leading the league in points. Keric is a very fast winger, and has excellent passing vision.

#5: EHC Kosmopolit select Felix Pottner, G

Pottner led the TMJHL in all goaltending categories, and was a key factor in his Launitz Wolves team reaching the TMJHL final. A goalie with great reflexes, he also plays the puck well. Pottner has the chance to be the future in net for both Kosmopolit and his country.

With several young talents coming into the league, the future is bright for hockey in Siovanija and Teusland. Now, let’s take a look at the teams challenging for the Strauss Cup title.

The Contenders

Stelburg Kaisers, Seelowe Marlesee, HK Olympia Borograd, Admirala Pomorie, St. Jakob Saints

This tier of teams are the clear competitors for this year’s Strauss Cup. The Stelburg Kaisers are the holders of the Cup, a brilliant playoff performance from goalie David Wagner, who recorded 6 shutouts, helping them earn it. Now the Kaisers will be seeking a 24th Strauss Cup title, and they certainly have a team capable of doing it. Wagner returns in goal, while Wolfram Spiegel had 41 goals last season on the right wing. Lothar Scherer and Gregor Herder have always been some of the top defencemen in the league, and the Kaisers are solid throughout the lineup. 1C Edwin Ranger has developed into one of the best centres in the league, and the duo of he and Spiegel will be a threat to any team.

Chasing the Kaisers are the Strauss Cup Final runners-up Seelowe Marlesee. Marlesee are led by perhaps the league’s most dynamic player currently in Timo Schlager. The speedy centre dominates whenever he is on the ice, and had 81 points last year. Frank Heider had a break-out year on the left wing last year, and he and Schlager are both extremely quick and dangerous on the puck. Jorg Gottschall was the league’s best defenceman last year, and he returns again to lead the blueline. Marlesee will be motivated from last season’s heartbreak, and will be looking to take home the Cup.

HK Olympia Borograd are another strong team in contention for the Cup, with a strong forward core of Gero Radulov, Veselin Filipov and Grozdan Adamov. All three have played for their country, and all three have led the way for the Greens throughout their domestic careers. But Olympia have been searching for a Strauss Cup for quite a while now: will this team be the one to end the drought? They’ll need a big performance from a defence corps featuring young Volen Atanasov as its centrepiece: while he projects well for the future, is it his time yet? There are some question marks around this Olympia side, but if everything comes together it would be finally time for an elusive 17th Strauss Cup.

“Wheel, snipe, celly” has become the motto for Admirala Pomorie over the last few years, led by power forward extrordinaire Razvigor Tsvetanov. Tsvetanov, who speaks neither of this country’s two official languages well, is one of the best goal-scorers this country has ever seen: 45 last year, and with the expanded schedule should easily crack 50. He’s a dynamic player that has dominated both 5v5 and special teams play. Bojidar Ivankov leads the defence corps while national team #1 Ruslan Ivanov is back in goal. He’s arguably the best goalie in the league. The run-and-gun Admirala team will go as far as their stars take them.

The St. Jakob Saints are led by perhaps the greatest player this league has ever seen, Gunter Pfenning. He has been the heart and soul of St. Jakob ever since he came into the league 12 years ago, and now, as he enters the tail end of his career, he’s desperate to bring another Strauss Cup championship to our nation’s largest city. He led the league in points last season and was the league MVP, and while he faces a new challenger in Timo Schlager, he’s still the best centre and player in the game. Timo Horn is an excellent defender, while Leon Seidel put up 37 goals on Pfenning’s wing last year. With 2 cups already to ‘Gunter the Great’s name, can he and the Saints add another?

The Next Tier

Teufelsberg Devils, Eisbaren Stelburg, Pinguine Ternau, Kaiserhaven Knights, Felsenkirchen Jets

Each of these teams could provide a challenge for the Cup, and will have the desire to do so. The Teufelsberg Devils are led by Alex Schnyder, a high-scoring left winger who potted 40 for the Devils last year. Koloman Schwarzmann is a big defender who isn’t afraid to play physically, and the Devils could be an underdog pick for the Cup this year. Eisbaren Stelburg had a strong year last year to make the playoffs on the back of goalie Volker Seiden, but in the end were swept out in round 1 by the Devils. Eisbaren struggled to find scoring in later stages, and the responsibility this year will lie with Erhard Lasker, the team’s star centre.

Pinguine Ternau surprised the league by qualifying for the playoffs last season, and despite going out in the first round, the Christian Hasselberger-led team could pull off the same trick again this year. Hasselberger is one of the best two-way players in the Ehrenliga, and with he and Martin Otto performing again this season Pinguine could be a tricky team. The Kaiserhaven Knights are led by star center Wolfram Holtz, and he has carried this team before: if he can do it again this year, the Knights have a shot at the playoffs. Finally, the Felsenkirchen Jets are always a tricky team to predict, and key player Niklas Engel had a down year last year: if he bounces back this season, the Jets could push for the Strauss Cup Playoffs.

On the Bubble

HK Energija Chernovets, HK Rudar Trkev, EHC Kosmopolit, Stahlberg Steelers, Orlovi Stavropol

These teams won’t be at the bottom of the league, but are still a year or more away from true contention. Chernovets should improve with the addition of Vitomir Glaskov to the team, and they’ll come out of the basement with such a dynamic addition to the forward group. Rudar Trkev, Kosmopolit, the Steelers and Stavropol are all teams led by young cores, and will be looking to continue to develop their projects for the future. Look for Steelers’ D Fabian Auer to be used as a trading chip for one of the contending teams.

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Marzig Huskies, Rotmunde Hurricanes, Raketa Bukovets, Kapitala Borograd, Vrnovo Islanders

The expansion teams, as well as Raketa Bukovets, Kapitala Borograd and the Vrnovo Islanders fit in here. For the expansion teams, winning a few games and developing their team chemistry will be the goal, as well as beating sure-rivals Admirala Pomorie and the Felsenkirchen Jets respectively. The competition these teams are competing for, however, isn’t as much the Strauss Cup as it is Niklas Loos: the young winger is expected to be the 1st overall draft pick next year and is a dynamic playmaking talent who reads the game exceptionally well.

We’ll be here to cover all the action as the Ehrenliga returns for yet another season of high-speed, high-stakes action on ice. We’ll have results from all the Hockey Night in Siovanija and Teusland games as well as the Playoffs as the 101st Strauss Cup is handed out.
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Ehrenliga Regular Season Review


It’s time for puck drop on this season of Ehrenliga action! There’s a cool breeze in the air, the leaves are falling, and that can only mean one thing: hockey season! Who will qualify for the Strauss Cup Playoffs? Let’s find out.

Round 1

St. Jakob Saints 1–0 Pinguine Ternau
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–7 HK Energija Chernovets
Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 Marzig Wolves
HK Olympia Borograd 0–3 HK Rudar Trkev
Admirala Pomorie 0–1 Raketa Bukovets
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–0 Teufelsberg Devils
Stahlberg Steelers 4–6 Felsenkirchen Jets
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 Stelburg Kaisers
Seelowe Marlesee 3–0 Kapitala Borograd
Vrnovo Islanders 5–0 EHC Kosmopolit


Round 2

Pinguine Ternau 0–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Kapitala Borograd 1–0 Vrnovo Islanders
Stelburg Kaisers 3–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Teufelsberg Devils 7–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Raketa Bukovets 3–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
HK Rudar Trkev 3–3 Admirala Pomorie
Marzig Wolves 3–1 HK Olympia Borograd
HK Energija Chernovets 3–1 Orlovi Stavropol
St. Jakob Saints 3–3 Eisbaren Stelburg


Round 3

Eisbaren Stelburg 3–3 Pinguine Ternau
Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 St. Jakob Saints
HK Olympia Borograd 0–1 HK Energija Chernovets
Admirala Pomorie 5–3 Marzig Wolves
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–0 HK Rudar Trkev
Stahlberg Steelers 3–3 Raketa Bukovets
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–1 Teufelsberg Devils
Seelowe Marlesee 1–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
Vrnovo Islanders 3–5 Stelburg Kaisers
EHC Kosmopolit 1–0 Kapitala Borograd


Round 4

Pinguine Ternau 1–3 Kapitala Borograd
Stelburg Kaisers 1–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Felsenkirchen Jets 2–2 Vrnovo Islanders
Teufelsberg Devils 3–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Raketa Bukovets 1–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Marzig Wolves 1–7 Kaiserhaven Knights
HK Energija Chernovets 3–3 Admirala Pomorie
St. Jakob Saints 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–1 Orlovi Stavropol


Round 5

Orlovi Stavropol 7–1 Pinguine Ternau
HK Olympia Borograd 0–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
Admirala Pomorie 1–3 St. Jakob Saints
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 HK Energija Chernovets
Stahlberg Steelers 0–3 Marzig Wolves
Rotmunde Hurricanes 3–0 HK Rudar Trkev
Seelowe Marlesee 1–3 Raketa Bukovets
Vrnovo Islanders 0–3 Teufelsberg Devils
EHC Kosmopolit 4–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
Kapitala Borograd 0–0 Stelburg Kaisers


Round 6

Pinguine Ternau 3–0 Stelburg Kaisers
Felsenkirchen Jets 5–0 Kapitala Borograd
Teufelsberg Devils 7–1 EHC Kosmopolit
Raketa Bukovets 3–0 Vrnovo Islanders
HK Rudar Trkev 1–0 Seelowe Marlesee
Marzig Wolves 3–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
HK Energija Chernovets 3–3 Stahlberg Steelers
St. Jakob Saints 1–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–5 Admirala Pomorie
Orlovi Stavropol 4–1 HK Olympia Borograd


Round 7

HK Olympia Borograd 3–5 Pinguine Ternau
Admirala Pomorie 1–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–0 Eisbaren Stelburg
Stahlberg Steelers 0–3 St. Jakob Saints
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Seelowe Marlesee 0–1 Marzig Wolves
Vrnovo Islanders 0–0 HK Rudar Trkev
EHC Kosmopolit 5–5 Raketa Bukovets
Kapitala Borograd 0–0 Teufelsberg Devils
Stelburg Kaisers 1–0 Felsenkirchen Jets


Round 8

Pinguine Ternau 3–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Teufelsberg Devils 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Raketa Bukovets 1–0 Kapitala Borograd
HK Rudar Trkev 0–1 EHC Kosmopolit
Marzig Wolves 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
HK Energija Chernovets 1–1 Seelowe Marlesee
St. Jakob Saints 4–4 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Eisbaren Stelburg 3–5 Stahlberg Steelers
Orlovi Stavropol 9–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
HK Olympia Borograd 0–1 Admirala Pomorie


Round 9

Admirala Pomorie 0–3 Pinguine Ternau
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Stahlberg Steelers 0–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
Seelowe Marlesee 1–1 St. Jakob Saints
Vrnovo Islanders 6–3 HK Energija Chernovets
EHC Kosmopolit 1–1 Marzig Wolves
Kapitala Borograd 3–3 HK Rudar Trkev
Stelburg Kaisers 3–1 Raketa Bukovets
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–1 Teufelsberg Devils


Round 10

Pinguine Ternau 1–0 Teufelsberg Devils
Raketa Bukovets 3–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Marzig Wolves 1–1 Kapitala Borograd
HK Energija Chernovets 1–0 EHC Kosmopolit
St. Jakob Saints 3–3 Vrnovo Islanders
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–0 Seelowe Marlesee
Orlovi Stavropol 0–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
HK Olympia Borograd 6–0 Stahlberg Steelers
Admirala Pomorie 0–1 Kaiserhaven Knights


Round 11

Kaiserhaven Knights 0–1 Pinguine Ternau
Stahlberg Steelers 1–3 Admirala Pomorie
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–7 HK Olympia Borograd
Seelowe Marlesee 1–0 Orlovi Stavropol
Vrnovo Islanders 1–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
EHC Kosmopolit 3–6 St. Jakob Saints
Kapitala Borograd 5–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Stelburg Kaisers 5–1 Marzig Wolves
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Teufelsberg Devils 1–1 Raketa Bukovets


Round 12

Pinguine Ternau 0–1 Raketa Bukovets
HK Rudar Trkev 3–0 Teufelsberg Devils
Marzig Wolves 1–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
HK Energija Chernovets 1–5 Stelburg Kaisers
St. Jakob Saints 0–3 Kapitala Borograd
Eisbaren Stelburg 2–1 EHC Kosmopolit
Orlovi Stavropol 3–1 Vrnovo Islanders
HK Olympia Borograd 1–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Admirala Pomorie 4–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–4 Stahlberg Steelers


Round 13

Stahlberg Steelers 1–1 Pinguine Ternau
Rotmunde Hurricanes 2–4 Kaiserhaven Knights
Seelowe Marlesee 1–1 Admirala Pomorie
Vrnovo Islanders 0–1 HK Olympia Borograd
EHC Kosmopolit 5–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Kapitala Borograd 0–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
Stelburg Kaisers 1–1 St. Jakob Saints
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Teufelsberg Devils 3–3 Marzig Wolves
Raketa Bukovets 0–3 HK Rudar Trkev


Round 14

Pinguine Ternau 6–2 HK Rudar Trkev
Marzig Wolves 5–3 Raketa Bukovets
HK Energija Chernovets 1–5 Teufelsberg Devils
St. Jakob Saints 3–5 Felsenkirchen Jets
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Orlovi Stavropol 3–3 Kapitala Borograd
HK Olympia Borograd 0–7 EHC Kosmopolit
Admirala Pomorie 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Kaiserhaven Knights 5–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Stahlberg Steelers 6–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes


Round 15

Rotmunde Hurricanes 3–1 Pinguine Ternau
Seelowe Marlesee 3–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Vrnovo Islanders 1–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
EHC Kosmopolit 1–5 Admirala Pomorie
Kapitala Borograd 1–3 HK Olympia Borograd
Stelburg Kaisers 5–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
Teufelsberg Devils 0–1 St. Jakob Saints
Raketa Bukovets 1–3 HK Energija Chernovets
HK Rudar Trkev 0–1 Marzig Wolves


Round 16

Pinguine Ternau 1–1 Marzig Wolves
HK Energija Chernovets 3–1 HK Rudar Trkev
St. Jakob Saints 5–1 Raketa Bukovets
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–0 Teufelsberg Devils
Orlovi Stavropol 1–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
HK Olympia Borograd 0–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Admirala Pomorie 1–3 Kapitala Borograd
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–5 EHC Kosmopolit
Stahlberg Steelers 1–0 Vrnovo Islanders
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–1 Seelowe Marlesee


Round 17

Seelowe Marlesee 5–3 Pinguine Ternau
Vrnovo Islanders 0–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
EHC Kosmopolit 2–4 Stahlberg Steelers
Kapitala Borograd 0–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Stelburg Kaisers 1–0 Admirala Pomorie
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Teufelsberg Devils 0–3 Orlovi Stavropol
Raketa Bukovets 2–0 Eisbaren Stelburg
HK Rudar Trkev 1–2 St. Jakob Saints
Marzig Wolves 0–1 HK Energija Chernovets


Round 18

Pinguine Ternau 0–5 HK Energija Chernovets
St. Jakob Saints 3–0 Marzig Wolves
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Orlovi Stavropol 1–3 Raketa Bukovets
HK Olympia Borograd 3–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Admirala Pomorie 3–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–6 Stelburg Kaisers
Stahlberg Steelers 5–1 Kapitala Borograd
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–1 EHC Kosmopolit
Seelowe Marlesee 0–1 Vrnovo Islanders


Round 19

Vrnovo Islanders 6–1 Pinguine Ternau
EHC Kosmopolit 3–5 Seelowe Marlesee
Kapitala Borograd 3–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Stelburg Kaisers 1–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–5 Kaiserhaven Knights
Teufelsberg Devils 1–0 Admirala Pomorie
Raketa Bukovets 0–9 HK Olympia Borograd
HK Rudar Trkev 5–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Marzig Wolves 5–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
HK Energija Chernovets 0–1 St. Jakob Saints


Ehrenliga                  Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 Stelburg Kaisers 19 11 5 3 44 23 +21 27
2 St. Jakob Saints 19 10 6 3 43 30 +13 26
3 HK Energija Chernovets 19 8 6 5 37 33 +4 22
4 Marzig Wolves 19 8 6 5 35 37 −2 22
5 Raketa Bukovets 19 9 4 6 36 40 −4 22
6 Kaiserhaven Knights 19 10 2 7 31 36 −5 22
7 Teufelsberg Devils 19 7 6 6 36 26 +10 20
8 Seelowe Marlesee 19 7 6 6 33 30 +3 20
9 Eisbaren Stelburg 19 8 4 7 30 38 −8 20
10 Admirala Pomorie 19 7 5 7 37 29 +8 19
11 EHC Kosmopolit 19 8 3 8 47 44 +3 19
12 Orlovi Stavropol 19 7 4 8 38 32 +6 18
13 Stahlberg Steelers 19 7 4 8 45 48 −3 18
14 Kapitala Borograd 19 6 5 8 27 30 −3 17
15 Pinguine Ternau 19 7 3 9 34 45 −11 17
16 HK Rudar Trkev 19 5 6 8 29 30 −1 16
17 HK Olympia Borograd 19 6 3 10 38 35 +3 15
18 Vrnovo Islanders 19 4 6 9 31 33 −2 14
19 Felsenkirchen Jets 19 5 4 10 29 38 −9 14
20 Rotmunde Hurricanes 19 3 6 10 22 45 −23 12


The defending Strauss Cup champion Stelburg Kaisers are in good shape to start off the season, top of the table a quarter of the way through the season. The Kaisers have been led by excellent goaltending and defensive play, having given up only 23 goals through 19 games. Trailing them are the St. Jakob Saints, Gunter Pfenning having a great season so far with 24 points through 19 games. The Saints have looked good in all areas of the game so far, and boast very strong offensive and defensive numbers. HK Energija Chernovets have been a surprise package so far, Vitomir Glaskov leading the way. The #1 draft pick has made a great case for being Rookie of the Year so far, and has been widely praised for his performances. The expansion Marzig Wolves are also performing way beyond any reasonable expectations in 5th place. The upstart team probably won’t continue this great run (analytics don’t favour it) but anything is possible! The Teufelsberg Devils, Seelowe Marlesee and Admirala Pomorie all find themselves off to decent but not great starts to the year, while teams like HK Olympia Borograd and Pinguine Ternau are definitely underachieving to start the year: rumours abound that Olympia coach Ivan Velikov won’t last long if this poor run of form continues.

Round 20

Pinguine Ternau 7–1 St. Jakob Saints
HK Energija Chernovets 3–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
Marzig Wolves 1–3 Orlovi Stavropol
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Raketa Bukovets 0–0 Admirala Pomorie
Teufelsberg Devils 1–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
Felsenkirchen Jets 8–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Stelburg Kaisers 1–4 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Kapitala Borograd 0–0 Seelowe Marlesee
EHC Kosmopolit 3–1 Vrnovo Islanders


Round 21

EHC Kosmopolit 3–1 Pinguine Ternau
Vrnovo Islanders 3–1 Kapitala Borograd
Seelowe Marlesee 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Rotmunde Hurricanes 2–2 Felsenkirchen Jets
Stahlberg Steelers 5–1 Teufelsberg Devils
Kaiserhaven Knights 3–1 Raketa Bukovets
Admirala Pomorie 3–0 HK Rudar Trkev
HK Olympia Borograd 3–1 Marzig Wolves
Orlovi Stavropol 1–1 HK Energija Chernovets
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–1 St. Jakob Saints


Round 22

Pinguine Ternau 1–4 Eisbaren Stelburg
St. Jakob Saints 5–0 Orlovi Stavropol
HK Energija Chernovets 0–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Marzig Wolves 5–1 Admirala Pomorie
HK Rudar Trkev 1–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
Raketa Bukovets 0–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Teufelsberg Devils 3–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–7 Seelowe Marlesee
Stelburg Kaisers 1–0 Vrnovo Islanders
Kapitala Borograd 1–4 EHC Kosmopolit


Round 23

Kapitala Borograd 3–7 Pinguine Ternau
EHC Kosmopolit 0–3 Stelburg Kaisers
Vrnovo Islanders 0–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Seelowe Marlesee 3–6 Teufelsberg Devils
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–0 Raketa Bukovets
Stahlberg Steelers 8–0 HK Rudar Trkev
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 Marzig Wolves
Admirala Pomorie 3–1 HK Energija Chernovets
HK Olympia Borograd 5–0 St. Jakob Saints
Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 Eisbaren Stelburg


Round 24

Pinguine Ternau 3–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Eisbaren Stelburg 5–3 HK Olympia Borograd
St. Jakob Saints 1–1 Admirala Pomorie
HK Energija Chernovets 1–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
Marzig Wolves 0–1 Stahlberg Steelers
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Raketa Bukovets 0–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Teufelsberg Devils 1–0 Vrnovo Islanders
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Stelburg Kaisers 3–0 Kapitala Borograd


Round 25

Stelburg Kaisers 1–5 Pinguine Ternau
Kapitala Borograd 1–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
EHC Kosmopolit 1–7 Teufelsberg Devils
Vrnovo Islanders 0–0 Raketa Bukovets
Seelowe Marlesee 3–3 HK Rudar Trkev
Rotmunde Hurricanes 3–3 Marzig Wolves
Stahlberg Steelers 1–3 HK Energija Chernovets
Kaiserhaven Knights 3–0 St. Jakob Saints
Admirala Pomorie 0–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
HK Olympia Borograd 5–0 Orlovi Stavropol


Round 26

Pinguine Ternau 0–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Orlovi Stavropol 1–3 Admirala Pomorie
Eisbaren Stelburg 3–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
St. Jakob Saints 5–1 Stahlberg Steelers
HK Energija Chernovets 0–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Marzig Wolves 7–1 Seelowe Marlesee
HK Rudar Trkev 4–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Raketa Bukovets 1–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Teufelsberg Devils 3–1 Kapitala Borograd
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–0 Stelburg Kaisers


Round 27

Felsenkirchen Jets 3–1 Pinguine Ternau
Stelburg Kaisers 1–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Kapitala Borograd 1–5 Raketa Bukovets
EHC Kosmopolit 1–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Vrnovo Islanders 1–1 Marzig Wolves
Seelowe Marlesee 0–5 HK Energija Chernovets
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–1 St. Jakob Saints
Stahlberg Steelers 1–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–0 Orlovi Stavropol
Admirala Pomorie 3–5 HK Olympia Borograd


Round 28

Pinguine Ternau 3–6 Admirala Pomorie
HK Olympia Borograd 5–6 Kaiserhaven Knights
Orlovi Stavropol 0–0 Stahlberg Steelers
Eisbaren Stelburg 2–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
St. Jakob Saints 4–0 Seelowe Marlesee
HK Energija Chernovets 0–3 Vrnovo Islanders
Marzig Wolves 1–1 EHC Kosmopolit
HK Rudar Trkev 3–1 Kapitala Borograd
Raketa Bukovets 0–3 Stelburg Kaisers
Teufelsberg Devils 3–1 Felsenkirchen Jets


Round 29

Teufelsberg Devils 1–0 Pinguine Ternau
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–0 Raketa Bukovets
Stelburg Kaisers 2–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Kapitala Borograd 3–0 Marzig Wolves
EHC Kosmopolit 5–3 HK Energija Chernovets
Vrnovo Islanders 0–1 St. Jakob Saints
Seelowe Marlesee 3–0 Eisbaren Stelburg
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 Orlovi Stavropol
Stahlberg Steelers 7–7 HK Olympia Borograd
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 Admirala Pomorie


Round 30

Pinguine Ternau 0–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Admirala Pomorie 1–0 Stahlberg Steelers
HK Olympia Borograd 1–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Orlovi Stavropol 5–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
St. Jakob Saints 1–3 EHC Kosmopolit
HK Energija Chernovets 3–5 Kapitala Borograd
Marzig Wolves 3–5 Stelburg Kaisers
HK Rudar Trkev 3–5 Felsenkirchen Jets
Raketa Bukovets 1–5 Teufelsberg Devils


Round 31

Raketa Bukovets 1–1 Pinguine Ternau
Teufelsberg Devils 1–0 HK Rudar Trkev
Felsenkirchen Jets 9–0 Marzig Wolves
Stelburg Kaisers 1–1 HK Energija Chernovets
Kapitala Borograd 1–1 St. Jakob Saints
EHC Kosmopolit 1–2 Eisbaren Stelburg
Vrnovo Islanders 5–0 Orlovi Stavropol
Seelowe Marlesee 3–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–1 Admirala Pomorie
Stahlberg Steelers 1–3 Kaiserhaven Knights


Round 32

Pinguine Ternau 1–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Admirala Pomorie 3–0 Seelowe Marlesee
HK Olympia Borograd 5–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Orlovi Stavropol 1–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Eisbaren Stelburg 6–5 Kapitala Borograd
St. Jakob Saints 1–5 Stelburg Kaisers
HK Energija Chernovets 0–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
Marzig Wolves 3–0 Teufelsberg Devils
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Raketa Bukovets


Round 33

HK Rudar Trkev 0–1 Pinguine Ternau
Raketa Bukovets 0–3 Marzig Wolves
Teufelsberg Devils 5–1 HK Energija Chernovets
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–3 St. Jakob Saints
Stelburg Kaisers 0–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
Kapitala Borograd 1–3 Orlovi Stavropol
EHC Kosmopolit 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Vrnovo Islanders 0–3 Admirala Pomorie
Seelowe Marlesee 1–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Rotmunde Hurricanes 5–1 Stahlberg Steelers


Round 34

Pinguine Ternau 1–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Stahlberg Steelers 1–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–3 Vrnovo Islanders
Admirala Pomorie 3–1 EHC Kosmopolit
HK Olympia Borograd 3–0 Kapitala Borograd
Orlovi Stavropol 3–0 Stelburg Kaisers
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
St. Jakob Saints 1–3 Teufelsberg Devils
HK Energija Chernovets 3–3 Raketa Bukovets
Marzig Wolves 0–3 HK Rudar Trkev


Round 35

Marzig Wolves 0–1 Pinguine Ternau
HK Rudar Trkev 0–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Raketa Bukovets 1–1 St. Jakob Saints
Teufelsberg Devils 3–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–3 Orlovi Stavropol
Stelburg Kaisers 3–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Kapitala Borograd 9–5 Admirala Pomorie
EHC Kosmopolit 1–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Vrnovo Islanders 3–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Seelowe Marlesee 5–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes


Round 36

Pinguine Ternau 1–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 Vrnovo Islanders
Stahlberg Steelers 1–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–0 Kapitala Borograd
Admirala Pomorie 0–1 Stelburg Kaisers
HK Olympia Borograd 0–3 Felsenkirchen Jets
Orlovi Stavropol 1–1 Teufelsberg Devils
Eisbaren Stelburg 5–0 Raketa Bukovets
St. Jakob Saints 1–1 HK Rudar Trkev
HK Energija Chernovets 1–0 Marzig Wolves


Round 37

HK Energija Chernovets 1–3 Pinguine Ternau
Marzig Wolves 2–2 St. Jakob Saints
HK Rudar Trkev 3–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
Raketa Bukovets 3–3 Orlovi Stavropol
Teufelsberg Devils 3–3 HK Olympia Borograd
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–0 Admirala Pomorie
Stelburg Kaisers 3–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
Kapitala Borograd 1–1 Stahlberg Steelers
EHC Kosmopolit 1–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Vrnovo Islanders 6–1 Seelowe Marlesee


Round 38

Pinguine Ternau 0–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Seelowe Marlesee 3–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–0 Kapitala Borograd
Stahlberg Steelers 3–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Admirala Pomorie 5–1 Teufelsberg Devils
HK Olympia Borograd 1–0 Raketa Bukovets
Orlovi Stavropol 3–3 HK Rudar Trkev
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–1 Marzig Wolves
St. Jakob Saints 1–0 HK Energija Chernovets


Round 39

St. Jakob Saints 5–0 Pinguine Ternau
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–3 HK Energija Chernovets
Orlovi Stavropol 3–5 Marzig Wolves
HK Olympia Borograd 1–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Admirala Pomorie 3–1 Raketa Bukovets
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Stahlberg Steelers 1–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Seelowe Marlesee 1–1 Kapitala Borograd
Vrnovo Islanders 0–3 EHC Kosmopolit


Ehrenliga                  Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 Teufelsberg Devils 39 21 8 10 90 58 +32 50
2 Stelburg Kaisers 39 21 8 10 80 56 +24 50
3 St. Jakob Saints 39 17 13 9 79 67 +12 47
4 Eisbaren Stelburg 39 18 10 11 73 71 +2 46
5 Kaiserhaven Knights 39 19 8 12 65 64 +1 46
6 Admirala Pomorie 39 18 8 13 82 61 +21 44
7 Felsenkirchen Jets 39 15 10 14 75 68 +7 40
8 Seelowe Marlesee 39 13 13 13 73 82 −9 39
9 HK Olympia Borograd 39 15 8 16 91 76 +15 38
10 EHC Kosmopolit 39 14 10 15 82 80 +2 38
11 Marzig Wolves 39 13 12 14 72 80 −8 38
12 Orlovi Stavropol 39 14 9 16 72 74 −2 37
13 HK Energija Chernovets 39 12 13 14 67 71 −4 37
14 Stahlberg Steelers 39 13 11 15 86 92 −6 37
15 HK Rudar Trkev 39 10 15 14 59 65 −6 35
16 Pinguine Ternau 39 14 5 20 71 85 −14 33
17 Raketa Bukovets 39 11 11 17 54 77 −23 33
18 Vrnovo Islanders 39 11 10 18 63 64 −1 32
19 Rotmunde Hurricanes 39 9 13 17 54 76 −22 31
20 Kapitala Borograd 39 10 9 20 62 83 −21 29


We’re halfway through the Ehrenliga season now, and things are starting to shape up! The Teufelsberg Devils lead the pack on goal differential, Alex Schnyder has really put on a goalscoring display for the ages in the first half of the season. 24 goals for him already, and Teufelsberg have one of the best power plays in the EL. Right behind them are the Stelburg Kaisers, still top of the defensive ranking. One thing the Kaisers will need to figure out if they are to win another Cup is the power play; that has been the biggest area of weakness for them this season. The Saints sit 3rd, Gunter Pfenning still leading the league with 47 points. Eisbaren Stelburg, the Kaiserhaven Knights, Admirala Pomorie, the Felsenkirchen Jets and Seelowe Marlesee are also in playoff positions as of right now. Razvigor Tsvetanov had been quiet to start the year, but with 11 goals in his last 10 games it is safe to say he is back and Admirala are better for it. Making a charge for the playoff spots is HK Olympia Borograd, having recovered from their earlier woes. Meanwhile, the Marzig Wolves and Energija Chernovets have regressed to the mean while Kapitala Borograd, the Rotmunde Hurricanes and the Vrnovo Islanders appear to be leading the race for the 1st overall draft pick.

All-Star Game

Siovanija 5-3 Teusland

A hat-trick from Razvigor Tsvetanov sees Siovanija defeat Teusland in the Ehrenliga All-Star Game, played at the Stelburger Eispalast in Stelburg. The Teus opened the scoring through Alex Schnyder, but Tsvetanov had two before the end of the first period to make it 2-1. Vitomir Glaskov extended Siovanija’s lead halfway through the second, before Timo Schlager scored two goals of his own to even things. In the third, however, things went the way of the Siovanijans: an early goal from Gero Radulov gave them the lead and an empty netter from Tsvetanov sealed the win. Bragging rights remain with the western half of the country this season.

Round 40

Pinguine Ternau 3–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Kapitala Borograd 3–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Stelburg Kaisers 1–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Teufelsberg Devils 1–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Raketa Bukovets 3–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
HK Rudar Trkev 3–7 Admirala Pomorie
Marzig Wolves 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd
HK Energija Chernovets 3–0 Orlovi Stavropol
St. Jakob Saints 8–2 Eisbaren Stelburg


Round 41

Eisbaren Stelburg 3–1 Pinguine Ternau
Orlovi Stavropol 1–9 St. Jakob Saints
HK Olympia Borograd 0–1 HK Energija Chernovets
Admirala Pomorie 5–1 Marzig Wolves
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Stahlberg Steelers 1–1 Raketa Bukovets
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Seelowe Marlesee 0–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Vrnovo Islanders 3–3 Stelburg Kaisers
EHC Kosmopolit 5–5 Kapitala Borograd


Round 42

Pinguine Ternau 3–3 Kapitala Borograd
Stelburg Kaisers 3–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Felsenkirchen Jets 5–3 Vrnovo Islanders
Teufelsberg Devils 1–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Raketa Bukovets 2–2 Rotmunde Hurricanes
HK Rudar Trkev 7–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Marzig Wolves 1–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
HK Energija Chernovets 0–3 Admirala Pomorie
St. Jakob Saints 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–0 Orlovi Stavropol


Round 43

Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 Pinguine Ternau
HK Olympia Borograd 3–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
Admirala Pomorie 5–1 St. Jakob Saints
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–3 HK Energija Chernovets
Stahlberg Steelers 1–4 Marzig Wolves
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 HK Rudar Trkev
Seelowe Marlesee 3–1 Raketa Bukovets
Vrnovo Islanders 3–5 Teufelsberg Devils
EHC Kosmopolit 0–3 Felsenkirchen Jets
Kapitala Borograd 0–5 Stelburg Kaisers


Round 44

Pinguine Ternau 7–0 Stelburg Kaisers
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–1 Kapitala Borograd
Teufelsberg Devils 1–2 EHC Kosmopolit
Raketa Bukovets 0–1 Vrnovo Islanders
HK Rudar Trkev 1–0 Seelowe Marlesee
Marzig Wolves 5–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
HK Energija Chernovets 1–5 Stahlberg Steelers
St. Jakob Saints 0–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
Eisbaren Stelburg 3–0 Admirala Pomorie
Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 HK Olympia Borograd


Round 45

HK Olympia Borograd 0–1 Pinguine Ternau
Admirala Pomorie 3–3 Orlovi Stavropol
Kaiserhaven Knights 3–0 Eisbaren Stelburg
Stahlberg Steelers 0–3 St. Jakob Saints
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–8 HK Energija Chernovets
Seelowe Marlesee 5–1 Marzig Wolves
Vrnovo Islanders 1–1 HK Rudar Trkev
EHC Kosmopolit 1–0 Raketa Bukovets
Kapitala Borograd 1–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Stelburg Kaisers 1–3 Felsenkirchen Jets


Round 46

Pinguine Ternau 3–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Teufelsberg Devils 7–3 Stelburg Kaisers
Raketa Bukovets 0–1 Kapitala Borograd
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 EHC Kosmopolit
Marzig Wolves 1–3 Vrnovo Islanders
HK Energija Chernovets 0–5 Seelowe Marlesee
St. Jakob Saints 1–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Orlovi Stavropol 0–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
HK Olympia Borograd 4–0 Admirala Pomorie


Round 47

Admirala Pomorie 1–1 Pinguine Ternau
Kaiserhaven Knights 5–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Stahlberg Steelers 0–0 Orlovi Stavropol
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–0 Eisbaren Stelburg
Seelowe Marlesee 3–0 St. Jakob Saints
Vrnovo Islanders 0–0 HK Energija Chernovets
EHC Kosmopolit 0–0 Marzig Wolves
Kapitala Borograd 1–0 HK Rudar Trkev
Stelburg Kaisers 3–1 Raketa Bukovets
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–1 Teufelsberg Devils


Round 48

Pinguine Ternau 0–0 Teufelsberg Devils
Raketa Bukovets 1–3 Felsenkirchen Jets
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Marzig Wolves 1–5 Kapitala Borograd
HK Energija Chernovets 5–1 EHC Kosmopolit
St. Jakob Saints 5–3 Vrnovo Islanders
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
HK Olympia Borograd 3–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Admirala Pomorie 1–1 Kaiserhaven Knights


Round 49

Kaiserhaven Knights 0–1 Pinguine Ternau
Stahlberg Steelers 0–0 Admirala Pomorie
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 HK Olympia Borograd
Seelowe Marlesee 6–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Vrnovo Islanders 3–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
EHC Kosmopolit 0–5 St. Jakob Saints
Kapitala Borograd 1–1 HK Energija Chernovets
Stelburg Kaisers 3–0 Marzig Wolves
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Teufelsberg Devils 5–3 Raketa Bukovets


Round 50

Pinguine Ternau 1–3 Raketa Bukovets
HK Rudar Trkev 3–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Marzig Wolves 3–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
HK Energija Chernovets 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
St. Jakob Saints 0–1 Kapitala Borograd
Eisbaren Stelburg 3–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Orlovi Stavropol 3–5 Vrnovo Islanders
HK Olympia Borograd 1–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Admirala Pomorie 1–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–3 Stahlberg Steelers


Round 51

Stahlberg Steelers 3–3 Pinguine Ternau
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Seelowe Marlesee 3–0 Admirala Pomorie
Vrnovo Islanders 1–2 HK Olympia Borograd
EHC Kosmopolit 1–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Kapitala Borograd 0–5 Eisbaren Stelburg
Stelburg Kaisers 5–0 St. Jakob Saints
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–5 HK Energija Chernovets
Teufelsberg Devils 0–0 Marzig Wolves
Raketa Bukovets 0–1 HK Rudar Trkev


Round 52

Pinguine Ternau 3–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Marzig Wolves 2–0 Raketa Bukovets
HK Energija Chernovets 5–0 Teufelsberg Devils
St. Jakob Saints 3–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–3 Stelburg Kaisers
Orlovi Stavropol 3–1 Kapitala Borograd
HK Olympia Borograd 1–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Admirala Pomorie 5–0 Vrnovo Islanders
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–0 Seelowe Marlesee
Stahlberg Steelers 3–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes


Round 53

Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–3 Pinguine Ternau
Seelowe Marlesee 1–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Vrnovo Islanders 3–0 Kaiserhaven Knights
EHC Kosmopolit 3–8 Admirala Pomorie
Kapitala Borograd 1–0 HK Olympia Borograd
Stelburg Kaisers 1–0 Orlovi Stavropol
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–4 Eisbaren Stelburg
Teufelsberg Devils 6–1 St. Jakob Saints
Raketa Bukovets 5–1 HK Energija Chernovets
HK Rudar Trkev 0–0 Marzig Wolves


Round 54

Pinguine Ternau 7–0 Marzig Wolves
HK Energija Chernovets 0–1 HK Rudar Trkev
St. Jakob Saints 0–0 Raketa Bukovets
Eisbaren Stelburg 3–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
HK Olympia Borograd 0–5 Stelburg Kaisers
Admirala Pomorie 5–1 Kapitala Borograd
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Stahlberg Steelers 1–0 Vrnovo Islanders
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–1 Seelowe Marlesee


Round 55

Seelowe Marlesee 3–3 Pinguine Ternau
Vrnovo Islanders 1–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
EHC Kosmopolit 1–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Kapitala Borograd 1–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Stelburg Kaisers 1–2 Admirala Pomorie
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–4 HK Olympia Borograd
Teufelsberg Devils 5–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Raketa Bukovets 0–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
HK Rudar Trkev 3–0 St. Jakob Saints
Marzig Wolves 0–1 HK Energija Chernovets


Round 56

Pinguine Ternau 1–3 HK Energija Chernovets
St. Jakob Saints 3–0 Marzig Wolves
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Orlovi Stavropol 3–0 Raketa Bukovets
HK Olympia Borograd 4–0 Teufelsberg Devils
Admirala Pomorie 0–5 Felsenkirchen Jets
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–3 Stelburg Kaisers
Stahlberg Steelers 0–5 Kapitala Borograd
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Seelowe Marlesee 1–3 Vrnovo Islanders


Round 57

Vrnovo Islanders 3–1 Pinguine Ternau
EHC Kosmopolit 0–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Kapitala Borograd 1–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Stelburg Kaisers 3–0 Stahlberg Steelers
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
Teufelsberg Devils 1–0 Admirala Pomorie
Raketa Bukovets 0–3 HK Olympia Borograd
HK Rudar Trkev 3–3 Orlovi Stavropol
Marzig Wolves 3–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
HK Energija Chernovets 3–1 St. Jakob Saints


Round 58

Pinguine Ternau 3–0 St. Jakob Saints
HK Energija Chernovets 1–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
Marzig Wolves 1–0 Orlovi Stavropol
HK Rudar Trkev 0–3 HK Olympia Borograd
Raketa Bukovets 5–1 Admirala Pomorie
Teufelsberg Devils 3–4 Kaiserhaven Knights
Felsenkirchen Jets 2–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Stelburg Kaisers 1–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Kapitala Borograd 1–3 Seelowe Marlesee
EHC Kosmopolit 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders


Round 59

EHC Kosmopolit 4–0 Pinguine Ternau
Vrnovo Islanders 3–1 Kapitala Borograd
Seelowe Marlesee 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
Stahlberg Steelers 3–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 Raketa Bukovets
Admirala Pomorie 1–1 HK Rudar Trkev
HK Olympia Borograd 1–3 Marzig Wolves
Orlovi Stavropol 1–3 HK Energija Chernovets
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–3 St. Jakob Saints


Round 60

Pinguine Ternau 6–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
St. Jakob Saints 3–1 Orlovi Stavropol
HK Energija Chernovets 5–5 HK Olympia Borograd
Marzig Wolves 1–1 Admirala Pomorie
HK Rudar Trkev 3–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Raketa Bukovets 3–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Teufelsberg Devils 3–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–0 Seelowe Marlesee
Stelburg Kaisers 3–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Kapitala Borograd 0–3 EHC Kosmopolit


Round 61

Kapitala Borograd 0–3 Pinguine Ternau
EHC Kosmopolit 5–3 Stelburg Kaisers
Vrnovo Islanders 1–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Seelowe Marlesee 3–1 Teufelsberg Devils
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–1 Raketa Bukovets
Stahlberg Steelers 1–5 HK Rudar Trkev
Kaiserhaven Knights 3–0 Marzig Wolves
Admirala Pomorie 0–7 HK Energija Chernovets
HK Olympia Borograd 1–4 St. Jakob Saints
Orlovi Stavropol 0–1 Eisbaren Stelburg


Round 62

Pinguine Ternau 0–5 Orlovi Stavropol
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–1 HK Olympia Borograd
St. Jakob Saints 1–1 Admirala Pomorie
HK Energija Chernovets 1–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Marzig Wolves 1–0 Stahlberg Steelers
HK Rudar Trkev 3–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Raketa Bukovets 1–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Teufelsberg Devils 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–2 EHC Kosmopolit
Stelburg Kaisers 1–0 Kapitala Borograd


Round 63

Stelburg Kaisers 3–1 Pinguine Ternau
Kapitala Borograd 3–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
EHC Kosmopolit 1–7 Teufelsberg Devils
Vrnovo Islanders 0–1 Raketa Bukovets
Seelowe Marlesee 0–3 HK Rudar Trkev
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–1 Marzig Wolves
Stahlberg Steelers 0–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 St. Jakob Saints
Admirala Pomorie 1–0 Eisbaren Stelburg
HK Olympia Borograd 1–1 Orlovi Stavropol


Round 64

Pinguine Ternau 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Orlovi Stavropol 1–1 Admirala Pomorie
Eisbaren Stelburg 6–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
St. Jakob Saints 0–2 Stahlberg Steelers
HK Energija Chernovets 1–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Marzig Wolves 0–1 Seelowe Marlesee
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Raketa Bukovets 3–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Teufelsberg Devils 0–2 Kapitala Borograd
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers


Round 65

Felsenkirchen Jets 0–3 Pinguine Ternau
Stelburg Kaisers 3–3 Teufelsberg Devils
Kapitala Borograd 1–0 Raketa Bukovets
EHC Kosmopolit 2–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Vrnovo Islanders 0–1 Marzig Wolves
Seelowe Marlesee 10–3 HK Energija Chernovets
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–3 St. Jakob Saints
Stahlberg Steelers 0–7 Eisbaren Stelburg
Kaiserhaven Knights 3–0 Orlovi Stavropol
Admirala Pomorie 1–1 HK Olympia Borograd


Round 66

Pinguine Ternau 0–0 Admirala Pomorie
HK Olympia Borograd 3–9 Kaiserhaven Knights
Orlovi Stavropol 3–3 Stahlberg Steelers
Eisbaren Stelburg 7–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes
St. Jakob Saints 3–1 Seelowe Marlesee
HK Energija Chernovets 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Marzig Wolves 3–1 EHC Kosmopolit
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Kapitala Borograd
Raketa Bukovets 1–1 Stelburg Kaisers
Teufelsberg Devils 1–3 Felsenkirchen Jets


Ehrenliga                  Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 Stelburg Kaisers 66 33 18 15 142 100 +42 84
2 Teufelsberg Devils 66 30 18 18 157 116 +41 78
3 St. Jakob Saints 66 29 18 19 138 115 +23 76
4 Admirala Pomorie 66 28 18 20 135 109 +26 74
5 Seelowe Marlesee 66 27 20 19 133 111 +22 74
6 HK Energija Chernovets 66 25 21 20 130 116 +14 71
7 Eisbaren Stelburg 66 28 15 23 132 120 +12 71
8 Kaiserhaven Knights 66 26 18 22 109 107 +2 70
9 HK Olympia Borograd 66 26 16 24 140 125 +15 68
10 HK Rudar Trkev 66 21 25 20 109 105 +4 67
11 Felsenkirchen Jets 66 25 16 25 120 118 +2 66
12 Marzig Wolves 66 24 18 24 106 123 −17 66
13 Pinguine Ternau 66 26 13 27 131 129 +2 65
14 Stahlberg Steelers 66 21 21 24 130 151 −21 63
15 EHC Kosmopolit 66 22 18 26 125 142 −17 62
16 Vrnovo Islanders 66 19 19 28 109 113 −4 57
17 Kapitala Borograd 66 21 14 31 103 134 −31 56
18 Orlovi Stavropol 66 17 18 31 103 131 −28 52
19 Raketa Bukovets 66 17 18 31 90 123 −33 52
20 Rotmunde Hurricanes 66 13 22 31 81 135 −54 48


10 games to go before the playoffs, and there’s still much to decide! The Stelburg Kaisers are back on top and lead the pack, they’ve still kept the best defensive record in the division and are 6 points clear with a playoff spot clinched. The Devils and Saints trail them in 2nd and 3rd, while Admirala Pomorie and Seelowe Marlesee find themselves 4th and 5th. Energija Chernovets have climbed back up the table into 6th, while Eisbaren Stelburg and the Kaiserhaven Knights round out the current playoff teams. Olympia Borograd are 2 points out in 9th position, while Rudar Trkev sit 10th 3 points out. The Jets and Wolves are 4 points each out, while Pinguine Ternau are 5 points out. It’ll be a race to the finish to see who qualifies for the Strauss Cup Playoffs.

Round 67

Teufelsberg Devils 3–3 Pinguine Ternau
Felsenkirchen Jets 1–3 Raketa Bukovets
Stelburg Kaisers 5–3 HK Rudar Trkev
Kapitala Borograd 3–0 Marzig Wolves
EHC Kosmopolit 4–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Vrnovo Islanders 1–1 St. Jakob Saints
Seelowe Marlesee 5–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–7 Orlovi Stavropol
Stahlberg Steelers 0–0 HK Olympia Borograd
Kaiserhaven Knights 3–7 Admirala Pomorie[/spoilers]

Round 68

[spoiler=Scores]Pinguine Ternau 0–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
Admirala Pomorie 3–3 Stahlberg Steelers
HK Olympia Borograd 1–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Orlovi Stavropol 0–0 Seelowe Marlesee
Eisbaren Stelburg 0–1 Vrnovo Islanders
St. Jakob Saints 1–3 EHC Kosmopolit
HK Energija Chernovets 1–0 Kapitala Borograd
Marzig Wolves 1–2 Stelburg Kaisers
HK Rudar Trkev 1–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Raketa Bukovets 1–2 Teufelsberg Devils


Round 69

Raketa Bukovets 5–1 Pinguine Ternau
Teufelsberg Devils 3–5 HK Rudar Trkev
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–1 Marzig Wolves
Stelburg Kaisers 3–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Kapitala Borograd 3–7 St. Jakob Saints
EHC Kosmopolit 1–5 Eisbaren Stelburg
Vrnovo Islanders 2–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Seelowe Marlesee 3–3 HK Olympia Borograd
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–1 Admirala Pomorie
Stahlberg Steelers 3–1 Kaiserhaven Knights


Round 70

Pinguine Ternau 5–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Admirala Pomorie 3–0 Seelowe Marlesee
HK Olympia Borograd 7–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Orlovi Stavropol 1–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–3 Kapitala Borograd
St. Jakob Saints 6–1 Stelburg Kaisers
HK Energija Chernovets 1–0 Felsenkirchen Jets
Marzig Wolves 5–1 Teufelsberg Devils
HK Rudar Trkev 0–1 Raketa Bukovets


Round 71

HK Rudar Trkev 0–3 Pinguine Ternau
Raketa Bukovets 2–1 Marzig Wolves
Teufelsberg Devils 1–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Felsenkirchen Jets 0–3 St. Jakob Saints
Stelburg Kaisers 0–3 Eisbaren Stelburg
Kapitala Borograd 1–3 Orlovi Stavropol
EHC Kosmopolit 5–3 HK Olympia Borograd
Vrnovo Islanders 0–4 Admirala Pomorie
Seelowe Marlesee 6–3 Kaiserhaven Knights
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–0 Stahlberg Steelers


Round 72

Pinguine Ternau 5–0 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Stahlberg Steelers 1–3 Seelowe Marlesee
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Admirala Pomorie 1–3 EHC Kosmopolit
HK Olympia Borograd 3–1 Kapitala Borograd
Orlovi Stavropol 3–7 Stelburg Kaisers
Eisbaren Stelburg 5–5 Felsenkirchen Jets
St. Jakob Saints 1–3 Teufelsberg Devils
HK Energija Chernovets 1–1 Raketa Bukovets
Marzig Wolves 3–3 HK Rudar Trkev


Round 73

Marzig Wolves 0–1 Pinguine Ternau
HK Rudar Trkev 0–0 HK Energija Chernovets
Raketa Bukovets 0–1 St. Jakob Saints
Teufelsberg Devils 3–1 Eisbaren Stelburg
Felsenkirchen Jets 8–1 Orlovi Stavropol
Stelburg Kaisers 3–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Kapitala Borograd 4–1 Admirala Pomorie
EHC Kosmopolit 0–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Vrnovo Islanders 5–1 Stahlberg Steelers
Seelowe Marlesee 3–1 Rotmunde Hurricanes


Round 74

Pinguine Ternau 0–1 Seelowe Marlesee
Rotmunde Hurricanes 1–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Stahlberg Steelers 1–3 EHC Kosmopolit
Kaiserhaven Knights 1–1 Kapitala Borograd
Admirala Pomorie 1–3 Stelburg Kaisers
HK Olympia Borograd 3–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Orlovi Stavropol 1–5 Teufelsberg Devils
Eisbaren Stelburg 5–1 Raketa Bukovets
St. Jakob Saints 1–0 HK Rudar Trkev
HK Energija Chernovets 1–1 Marzig Wolves


Round 75

HK Energija Chernovets 0–3 Pinguine Ternau
Marzig Wolves 3–1 St. Jakob Saints
HK Rudar Trkev 0–5 Eisbaren Stelburg
Raketa Bukovets 0–3 Orlovi Stavropol
Teufelsberg Devils 3–1 HK Olympia Borograd
Felsenkirchen Jets 3–3 Admirala Pomorie
Stelburg Kaisers 4–1 Kaiserhaven Knights
Kapitala Borograd 0–3 Stahlberg Steelers
EHC Kosmopolit 0–3 Rotmunde Hurricanes
Vrnovo Islanders 3–1 Seelowe Marlesee


Round 76

Pinguine Ternau 5–1 Vrnovo Islanders
Seelowe Marlesee 3–0 EHC Kosmopolit
Rotmunde Hurricanes 0–3 Kapitala Borograd
Stahlberg Steelers 1–6 Stelburg Kaisers
Kaiserhaven Knights 0–1 Felsenkirchen Jets
Admirala Pomorie 3–1 Teufelsberg Devils
HK Olympia Borograd 0–0 Raketa Bukovets
Orlovi Stavropol 3–1 HK Rudar Trkev
Eisbaren Stelburg 1–3 Marzig Wolves
St. Jakob Saints 8–1 HK Energija Chernovets


Ehrenliga                  Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Stelburg Kaisers 76 41 18 17 176 120 +56 100 Avramov Bowl
2 Teufelsberg Devils 76 36 19 21 182 137 +45 91
3 St. Jakob Saints 76 35 19 22 168 130 +38 89
4 Seelowe Marlesee 76 33 22 21 158 126 +32 88
5 Admirala Pomorie 76 33 20 23 162 129 +33 86
6 Eisbaren Stelburg 76 32 16 28 159 142 +17 80
7 HK Olympia Borograd 76 30 19 27 162 142 +20 79
8 Pinguine Ternau 76 32 14 30 157 143 +14 78 Playoffs

9 HK Energija Chernovets 76 27 24 25 135 137 −2 78
10 Kaiserhaven Knights 76 29 20 27 124 130 −6 78
11 Felsenkirchen Jets 76 28 19 29 143 139 +4 75
12 Marzig Wolves 76 27 20 29 124 141 −17 74
13 HK Rudar Trkev 76 22 28 26 122 130 −8 72
14 EHC Kosmopolit 76 27 18 31 144 161 −17 72
15 Stahlberg Steelers 76 23 24 29 144 177 −33 70
16 Vrnovo Islanders 76 23 22 31 125 135 −10 68
17 Kapitala Borograd 76 25 15 36 122 154 −32 65
18 Orlovi Stavropol 76 22 19 35 126 156 −30 63
19 Raketa Bukovets 76 21 20 35 104 138 −34 62
20 Rotmunde Hurricanes 76 14 24 38 87 157 −70 52


And so, the playoffs are set! HK Olympia Borograd and Pinguine Ternau fought exceptionally hard over the last 10 games to force their way into the playoff picture, and they knock out the Kaiserhaven Knights and Energija Chernovets in heartbreaking fashion. The Stelburg Kaisers can hang an Avramov Bowl Champions banner in the Eispalast as they take the regular season title, but it’ll mean nothing for them unless they grab a second straight Strauss Cup. The Teufelsberg Devils, St. Jakob Saints, Seelowe Marlesee, Admirala Pomorie and Eisbaren Stelburg are the other teams competing for the holy grail of our sport. At the bottom, the Rotmunde Hurricanes finish in the basement and will likely have the chance to pick #1 overall in the draft. Pleasant surprises on the year are Energija Chernovets and the Marzig Wolves, while a disappointing team would be the Stahlberg Steelers.

Regular Season Awards

Most Valuable Player: Gunter Pfenning, St. Jakob Saints
Top Goalscorer: Alex Schnyder (53 goals), Teufelsberg Devils
Top Scorer: Timo Schlager (101 points), Seelowe Marlesee
Best Defenceman: Lothar Scherer, Stelburg Kaisers
Best Goalie: David Wagner, Stelburg Kaisers
Coach of the Year: Tim Fox, Marzig Wolves
Rookie of the Year: Vitomir Glaskov, Energija Chernovets
Best 2-way Forward: Gero Radulov, Olympia Borograd
Gentlemanly Conduct: Gunter Pfenning, St. Jakob Saints

All-Ehrenliga Teams

LW - Alex Schnyder, Teufelsberg Devils
C - Gunter Pfenning, St. Jakob Saints
RW - Razvigor Tsvetanov, Admirala Pomorie
D - Lothar Scherer, Stelburg Kaisers
D - Koloman Schwarzmann, Teufelsberg Devils
G - David Wagner, Stelburg Kaisers


LW - Frank Heider, Seelowe Marlesee
C - Timo Schlager, Seelowe Marlesee
RW - Wolfram Spiegel, Stelburg Kaisers
D - Gregor Herder, Stelburg Kaisers
D - Timo Horn, St. Jakob Saints
G - Ruslan Ivanov, Admirala Pomorie


LW - Frenk Keric, Raketa Bukovets
C - Vitomir Glaskov, Energija Chernovets
RW - Vitali Karapanko, Orlovi Stavropol
D - Stefan Schiele, Marzig Wolves
D - Goran Makarov, Energija Chernovets
G - Felix Pottner, EHC Kosmopolit


Scoring Leaders

Points

1 - Timo Schlager, 101 points (Seelowe Marlesee)
2 - Gunter Pfenning, 98 points (St. Jakob Saints)
3 - Edwin Ranger, 94 points (Stelburg Kaisers)
4 - Alex Schnyder, 89 points (Teufelsberg Devils)
5 - Gero Radulov, 86 points (Olympia Borograd

Goals

1 - Alex Schnyder, 53 goals (Teufelsberg Devils)
2 - Razvigor Tsvetanov, 50 goals (Admirala Pomorie)
3 - Wolfram Spiegel, 47 goals (Stelburg Kaisers)
4 - Timo Schlager, 45 goals (Seelowe Marlesee)
5 - Edwin Ranger, 40 goals (Stelburg Kaisers)

Now, it is time that all hockey fans dream of in this country. The time that heroes are made, that hearts break, and everything is left out on the ice. We’ll be back with complete coverage of the biggest sporting event in Siovanija and Teusland, the Strauss Cup Playoffs.
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Ehrenliga Playoffs


It’s finally here. There’s nothing in sport like playoff hockey, and Siovanija and Teusland goes mad for the national game. The country shuts down on game night, and the streets fill up with fans urging their teams on. You won’t see anything else on TV during the playoffs, and the introduction song RBC uses for its Hockey Night broadcasts during the playoffs has become a national anthem of sorts. Oscar Kirsche’s very hot takes are heard around the nation every other night, and it’s almost like an official 1 ½ month holiday. Let’s see what dreams will come true this year.

First Round

#1 Stelburg Kaisers vs #8 Pinguine Ternau

Stelburg Kaisers 5-0 Pinguine Ternau (Kaisers lead 1-0)
Stelburg Kaisers 2-1 (OT) Pinguine Ternau (Kaisers lead 2-0)
Pinguine Ternau 0-1 (OT) Stelburg Kaisers (Kaisers lead 3-0)
Pinguine Ternau 2-3 Stelburg Kaisers (Kaisers win series 4-0)

The Kaisers escape the first round without a blemish on their record, dominating Pinguine Ternau to take the series in a sweep. Wolfram Spiegel had a hat-trick in game one as well as the overtime winner in game 3 for the Kaisers, and those overtime wins in game 2 and 3 really defined the series. Other than game 1, Ternau gave a good account of themselves but a Kaisers team that is truly on a roll would not be stopped.

#2 Teufelsberg Devils vs #7 HK Olympia Borograd

Teufelsberg Devils 3-1 Olympia Borograd (Devils lead 1-0)
Teufelsberg Devils 2-1 (OT) Olympia Borograd (Devils lead 2-0)
Olympia Borograd 0-1 Teufelsberg Devils (Devils lead 3-0)
Olympia Borograd 3-1 Teufelsberg Devils (Devils lead 3-1)
Teufelsberg Devils 3-1 Olympia Borograd (Devils win series 4-1)

The Teufelsberg Devils are advancing to the second round of the Playoffs thanks to a 5-game series victory over Olympia Borograd. A disappointing season for Olympia carried over to the Playoffs, where they fell in both of the opening two games. While game 2 was an unlucky loss for Borograd as they dominated much of the 5v5 play in the game, losing game 3 at home was really the death knell for them. Alex Schnyder’s two goals in 2 minutes in game 5 gave the Devils the lead in the third at home, and they’d see out a 3-1 win to knock out Olympia.

#3 St. Jakob Saints vs #6 Eisbaren Stelburg

St. Jakob Saints 4-0 Eisbaren Stelburg (Saints lead 1-0)
St. Jakob Saints 1-0 Eisbaren Stelburg (Saints lead 2-0)
Eisbaren Stelburg 5-1 St. Jakob Saints (Saints lead 2-1)
Eisbaren Stelburg 2-4 St. Jakob Saints (Saints lead 3-1)
St. Jakob Saints 0-5 Eisbaren Stelburg (Saints lead 3-2)
Eisbaren Stelburg 1-2 (OT) St. Jakob Saints (Saints win series 4-2)

This was quite an interesting series for both teams. The St. Jakob Saints smashed Eisbaren Stelburg in game 1, running out 4-0 winners, before Volker Seiden saved his Eisbaren team embarrassment in game 2 and kept the score to 1-0. But Eisbaren Stelburg then won at home 5-1, a massive win over a usually defensively-sound Saints team. They lost game 4 4-2, but then repeated the trick in a do-or-die game 5 winning 5-0 on the road. A Gunter Pfenning goal in the second overtime period of game 6 ended the series, but St. Jakob did not look stellar in 5 out of 6 games in the series. That won’t be enough to win the Strauss Cup, and they’ll need to improve in the second round.

#4 Seelowe Marlesee vs #5 Admirala Pomorie

Seelowe Marlesee 3-5 Admirala Pomorie(Admirala lead 1-0)
Seelowe Marlesee 1-2 (OT) Admirala Pomorie (Admirala lead 2-0)
Admirala Pomorie 3-4 (OT) Seelowe Marlesee (Admirala lead 2-1)
Admirala Pomorie 3-0 Seelowe Marlesee (Admirala lead 3-1)
Seelowe Marlesee 6-5 (OT) Admirala Pomorie (Admirala lead 3-2)
Admirala Pomorie 2-0 Seelowe Marlesee(Admirala win series 4-2)

This was a series everyone was waiting for, the duo of Timo Schlager and Frank Heider for Seelowe Marlesee taking on Razvigor Tsvetanov’s Admirala Pomorie. Tsvetanov got the better of Marlesee on the road, putting up 4 goals in the first two games of the series including the winners in both games as Admirala Pomorie took a 2-0 series lead. Schlager, however, had two of his own in game 3 as Marlesee cut the lead to 2-1. Pomorie played a brilliant game 4, however, and headed home with a 3-1 stranglehold on the series. Seelowe fought off elimination in a wild game 5 that saw 11 goals between the teams and lasted into the opening minutes of a third overtime period, but could not stave it off again as Admirala Pomorie completely controlled game 6, winning the series 4 games to 2. Tsvetanov marches on in search of his first Strauss Cup, while young Schlager and Heider, a dynamic duo just starting their careers, will have to wait a bit longer after last year’s Final heartbreak.

Second Round

#1 Stelburg Kaisers vs #5 Admirala Pomorie

Stelburg Kaisers 0-1 Admirala Pomorie (Admirala lead 1-0)
Stelburg Kaisers 3-2 Admirala Pomorie (Series tied 1-1)
Admirala Pomorie 2-5 Stelburg Kaisers (Kaisers lead 2-1)
Admirala Pomorie 1-3 Stelburg Kaisers (Kaisers lead 3-1)
Stelburg Kaisers 2-1 (OT) Admirala Pomorie (Kaisers win series 4-1)

Game 1 was a shock across the city of Stelburg. The Kaisers that had looked almost unbeatable for over a year and half suddenly looked weak. Admirala Pomorie ran them out of the rink physically and in the game, winning every major puck battle. Razvigor Tsvetanov finally solved David Wagner with 6 minutes left, and Pomorie took a 1-0 series lead. They looked to be repeating the trick in game 2, up 1-0 just 3 minutes in. Sometimes, it takes a spark to change a teams fortune. In this case, that was Lothar Scherer dropping the gloves with Bojidar Ivankov, the two all-star defenceman going at it. Scherer came away the winner in the fight, and from that point on the series shifted totally in the Kaisers’ favour. They outscored Pomorie 13-5 in the rest of the series, taking the next 4 games straight to win the series. Wolfram Spiegel continued a great goalscoring run with 7 in this series, while David Wagner showed himself again to be an excellent goalie under pressure. The Stelburg Kaisers advance to a second straight Strauss Cup final. Who will the all-time most decorated Ehrenliga team face in that final? Let’s find out.

#2 Teufelsberg Devils vs #3 St. Jakob Saints

Teufelsberg Devils 4-5 St. Jakob Saints (Saints lead 1-0)
Teufelsberg Devils 3-0 St. Jakob Saints (Series tied 1-1)
St. Jakob Saints 1-0 Teufelsberg Devils (Saints lead 2-1)
St. Jakob Saints 3-4 Teufelsberg Devils (Series tied 2-2)
Teufelsberg Devils 2-5 St. Jakob Saints (Saints lead 3-2)
St. Jakob Saints 3-4 Teufelsberg Devils (Series tied 3-3)
Teufelsberg Devils 5-7 St. Jakob Saints (Saints win series 4-3)

This was really a great series, with great hockey on show from both teams. Game 1 was a see-saw contest that was won with a late Gunter Pfenning goal for the Saints, taking that one 5-4. The Devils then were led by 2 goals from Alex Schnyder in game 2 to win 3-0, knotting the series at one. St. Jakob would win game 3 with a goal from Timo Horn, before the Devils took game 4 4-3. On the road, the Saints grabbed a vital win 5-2 to take a 3-2 series lead. Teufelsberg, however, fought off elimination on the road themselves with another 4-3 win over St. Jakob. Game 7 was one to remember for sure, as the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first before being pegged back in the second by the Saints. In a wide-open third period, St. Jakob eventually took a 6-5 lead and an empty netter from Maks Wilder secured the 7-5 victory and a place in the Strauss Cup Finals. Gunter Pfenning wants another Cup, but he’ll have to go through the Stelburg Kaisers to get it.

Strauss Cup Final

Stelburg Kaisers vs St. Jakob Saints

Stelburg Kaisers 3-5 St. Jakob Saints (Saints lead 1-0)
Stelburg Kaisers 3-1 St. Jakob Saints (Series tied 1-1)
St. Jakob Saints 2-4 Stelburg Kaisers (Kaisers lead 2-1)
St. Jakob Saints 3-6 Stelburg Kaisers (Kaisers lead 3-1)
Stelburg Kaisers 0-3 St. Jakob Saints (Kaisers lead 3-2)
St. Jakob Saints 1-0 Stelburg Kaisers (Series tied 3-3)
Stelburg Kaisers 4-5 St. Jakob Saints (Saints win series 4-3)

Last season’s first round matchup between these two is considered one of the best Ehrenliga playoff series of all time, but this one may just eclipse it for all the drama, storylines and result. The St. Jakob Saints win the Strauss Cup in 7 games over the Kaisers. Game 1 was a relatively even game, Edwin Ranger and Gunter Pfenning going head to head in a great battle of centremen. Pfenning ultimately got the better of his Kaisers counterpart, scoring the winning goal for the Saints. But the Kaisers would be back and better in game 2, Wolfram Spiegel with the winner in a 3-1 contest. Then, on the road in St. Jakob, it was the Kaisers again with a brilliant 4-2 win. Game 4 saw the Kaisers run out 6-3 winners. Stelburg were now 1 game away from a second consecutive Strauss Cup championship.

However, the Saints dug deep and refused to let that happen. In a boisterous Eispalast that was ready to shoot off fireworks, the Saints gave the Kaisers no quarter and won all the key puck battles. Gunter Pfenning played what Oscar Kirsche called ‘the best game of his life,’ in a hat-trick performance, and received applause from the Kaisers fans in recognition of his performance. Game 6 was back in St. Jakob, and despite a nervous atmosphere at the St. Jakob Arena, the Saints pulled through again. A chippy game that was played nearly to perfection by both teams, it was again Gunter Pfenning who scored the winner with 12 minutes to go in the third to send it to game 7.

Back in Stelburg, you got a clear sense as the puck dropped that this game was not one to be missed. The Saints drew first blood, with Timo Horn blasting in a shot from the point just 4 minutes in. The Kaisers composed themselves, however, and Wolfram Spiegel got them a power-play goal shortly after. Spiegel got on the board again after a bad Saints line change with 2 minutes to go in the period, and the Kaisers went to the locker room 2-1 up. In the second period, the Kaisers extended their lead early. Edwin Ranger scored again for the Kaisers to put them 3-1 up. The Saints called time-out, and a fired-up Pfenning rallied his troops. Minutes before the end of the period, a quick pass from Pfenning to Leon Seidel was enough for Seidel to blast the one-timer past Wagner and make it 3-2 to start the third period. After Gregor Herder went to the box early for tripping, the Kaisers were down one of their best penalty killers, and a great shot by Pfenning brought the score to 3-3. There was clear belief on the Saints bench now, and the Kaisers seemed a little more nervous than at any time over the course of the season. St. Jakob’s next goal came from Leon Seidel again, who sped forwards and earned himself a breakaway, beating David Wagner 5-hole to give the Saints a 4-3 lead. Edwin Ranger scored for Stelburg with 5 minutes left to tie the game at 4. There was a clear feeling in the building that the next goal would win the game and thus the Strauss Cup. With under a minute to play, the Saints held the puck in the Kaisers zone. Timo Horn quarterbacked the play at the line, sending a quick pass for Pfenning. Pfenning walked into the slot, and fired a wrist shot that beat Wagner to the top right corner. It was one of the best wrist shots you will ever see, and the goal that won the Saints the Cup. The team jumped over the boards to mob their legendary captain, who cemented himself as probably the greatest player in our nation’s history with the win, his 3rd Cup title. The streets of St. Jakob were filled long into the night as their team were champions again.

That game 7 will go down as perhaps the greatest in Strauss Cup history, and also entered the record books, becoming the 4th highest watched sports program of all time in this country, behind only two World Cup of Hockey games (the WCoH 35 Quarterfinal against Mercedini remains the most watched) and the AOCAF match against Vilita and Turori. An estimated 39.3 million people tuned into the game, not including those at watch parties across the country and those watching in the streets with fellow fans.

Playoff Awards
Strauss Cup: St. Jakob Saints
Playoff MVP: Gunter Pfenning, St. Jakob Saints. Pfenning’s 20 point Playoff performance is one of the greatest of all-time, and his game winning goals in games 5, 6 and 7 of the Strauss Cup Final prove him as one of the most clutch players in our game. Pfenning is a true credit to hockey in this country, and is surely at this point our greatest-ever player. Congrats on your 3rd Strauss Cup.

International Qualification

With another great Ehrenliga season concluded, it is time for some of the best teams from our country to compete on the international stage. Last year, Ehrenliga teams made their nation proud as the Teufelsberg Devils and Seelowe Marlesee reached the Group Stage of the Hockey Champions’ League. The Ehrenliga is ranked as the world’s 14th best league in the world. Opinions on this ranged: “Our goal is to be the best in the world, and I think with the quality of players we have we can get there pretty soon. It’s great to compete with other teams, it only makes us better,” commented commissioner David Reiter. Oscar Kirsche, on the other hand, said: “I don’t care what any ranking says, this is the best hockey league in the world! There’s nothing like it, and our boys are the best.” Whatever the average hockey fan in this country’s opinion on that ranking, it is clear that HCL games have been enjoyed by all: The Devils and Marlesee Group Stage games were some of the best-attended and best-watched in the nation. This year, 4 teams will represent the Ehrenliga in the HCL:

Siovanija and Teusland (STL) Qualifiers:
St. Jakob Saints - Strauss Cup Winners
Stelburg Kaisers - Strauss Cup Runners-Up
Admirala Pomorie - Playoff Semifinalist
Teufelsberg Devils - Playoff Semifinalist
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