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Postby Osarius » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:46 am

Rabastor Sports Federation

The Rabastor Sports Federation (RSF) is the supranational governing body for sports in all nations that comprise the Rabastorian Union (RBU), be they full member states or associates.

Nations currently under the RSF umbrella are:
  • Osarius (OSR)
  • Cobrio (CBR)
  • Aquillian (AQL)
  • Eristicea (ERS)
  • Callistea (CLS)
In addition, the following "microstates" (not technically nations, but the RBU classifies them as semi-independent states):
  • Akach (AKC)
  • The Former Kryosi Territories (KRS)
  • Xiaolin (XIA)

Competitions currently organised by the RSF are as follows:

Association Football
  • Rabastor Football League
  • Rabastor Challenge League
  • Rabastor Champions' Cup
  • Rabastor League Trophy
  • Rabastor Challenge Shield
  • Rabastor Unity Trophy

Athletics
  • Tukari Kaita Games

Combat Sports
  • Carnival of Champions
  • RSF W-1 Grands Prix (wrestling)
  • Rabastor Judo Senshuken Taikai (judo)
  • RSF Super Kicks Series (taekwondo)
  • RSF Swordmasters Games (fencing)
  • RSF Warrior Showdown (hybrid martial arts tournament)

Ice Hockey
  • Rabastor Hockey League
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College Only Sports
  • Basketball
  • Gridiron Football
  • Veloxsphera
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Rabastor Football League

The Rabastor Football League is the highest standard of football within the nations of Osarius and Cobrio. It comprises of two divisions: The Premier League, and Ilungu Isibini.

The Rabastor Premier League consists of eighteen teams, of which at least four must be Osarian, and at least four must be Cobre. The league completes a thirty-four matchday double-round-robin season, and the highest ranked team is crowned Champions of Rabastor.

The bottom two teams are directly replaced by the two highest finishing teams in Ilungu Isibini, while the teams in ranks fifteen and sixteen are entered into a playoff series against two teams from Ilungu Isibini, to see who will play in the Premier League next season. This can become complicated in situations where these rules would (potentially) drop either Cobrio or Osarius below four teams in the Premier League. In those scenarios, the lowest ranked team of the other nation who is otherwise unaffected, would take the place of the team which cannot be allowed to drop out of the Premier League. For example, if the fifteenth ranked team in the Premier League is also one of only four Osarian teams in the division (after the switch of the bottom two teams with Ilungu Isibini has occurred), the lowest ranked Cobre team above fifteenth would take their place in the playoffs.

Ilungu Isibini is a sixteen team league which also operates on a double-round-robin system. The winners of this league, as well as the runners up, are automatically awarded a place in the following season's Premier League. The teams ranked third through sixth are paired up (by rank; so third plays against sixth, and fourth against fifth) and the winners of these ties face the teams ranked fifteenth and sixteenth in the Premier League.

The bottom two teams in Ilungu Isibini are relegated to the Rabastor Challenge League.

History

Rabastor Premier League

Season Champions Runners-Up

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Ilungu Isibini

Season Champions Runners-Up

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Rabastor Challenge League

The Rabastor Challenge League is a multi-associational league system, with a top tier (Challenge Premier) that sits as the third tier of the Rabastor Sports Federation football pyramid, consisting of teams from each of the Osarian, Cobre, Eristicean and Aquilliano league systems. This top tier must always consist of four teams from each of the member nations, and as such, only the lowest ranked team from each nation is relegated at season's end, to the respective national league.

The champions of the Challenge Premier are promoted to Ilungu Isibini, along with the runners up. If either of the promoted teams is neither Osarian nor Cobre, a team from the next tier down in the corresponding nation is promoted to the Challenge Premier, while the lowest ranked Cobre or Osarian team (that has not already been designated for relegation) is relegated also.

Below the Challenge Premier, each nation operates its own national league structure, which varies depending on the nation. Of particular note is the absence of an Eristicean league below the Golden League (tier 2 in the Rabastor Challenge League, tier four overall in the RSF football pyramid). This means that if an Eristicean team were to earn promotion from the Challenge Premier, the Golden League would have to contract to nine teams, or find a replacement from the non-professional ranks.

Rabastor Challenge Premier

Season Champions Runners-Up

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National League Champions

Season Osarius Cobrio Aquillian Eristicea

1 ----- ----- ----- -----


Rabastor Champions' Cup

Open to every team in the RSF football pyramid. Teams in higher tiers enter later.

The competition opens with a preliminary round played over two legs, between a selection of the lowest ranked teams. If scores are level after two legs, the attacker-defender-goalkeeper (ADG) system is used to determine a winner.

Rounds one and two are single-legged ties with ADG used to settle games tied after ninety minutes. If the teams are in two or more tiers apart, the lower ranked team will have home advantage. Otherwise, the home team is designated via the draw (the first team drawn from the pot).

Round three is a group stage, in which the remaining teams are split into groups of four. Each group will be contested in a single round-robin format, with the group winners, plus the fourteen best runners up progressing to the next round. No game in the group stage may end in a draw, with ADG used to settle games tied after ninety minutes. A winning team in a group stage fixture should be awarded two points in the group standings, a team losing by ADG in the group stage should be awarded one point, and a team winning by ADG in the group stage should be awarded one extra goal in the standings; for example, if a game ends 3-3 after ninety minutes and the home team wins by ADG, it should be recorded as a 4-3 win for the home team. If two or more teams in a group cannot be separated by the number of points achieved, the following tiebreakers are to be applied, in order: head-to-head wins, head-to-head goal difference, overall goal difference. If after applying these rules, the teams still cannot be separated, the lower ranked team should progress.

The competition then returns to the single legged tie format, though the home team is designated at the draw in all cases until the semi-finals. From the semi-finals onward, all games are played at a neutral location, regardless of the teams involved.

For the purposes of rankings, teams are awarded 2 points for each win, regardless of method. Teams losing in extra time are awarded 0.67 points for the tie, and 1 point when eliminated via the ADG system.

The winners of the Cup are awarded an entry berth for the UICA Globe Cup.

Rabastor Champions’ Cup

Season Champions Runners-Up Venue

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Rabastor League Trophy

Open to all Rabastor Football League teams, plus the top tier of the Rabastor Challenge League, and the top two teams from each nation in the second tier (tier 4 of the RSF pyramid). These ranks are determined at the end of the previous season, meaning, for example, the top two teams in the Eristicean Golden League in the 2310-11 season would play in the Rabastor League Trophy of 2311-12.

The preliminary round is two-legged and shall be settled with the ADG system if scores remain level after both legs are completed. From that point onward, a home team is designated in the draw for each tie, and all ties (until the semi-finals) are single legged, with extra time and the ADG system to be used when necessary. The semifinals are again, two-legged with the ADG system employed when scores remain level after both legs are completed. The final is then a single legged game (with extra time and ADG used if necessary) at a neutral location.

For the purposes of rankings, teams are awarded 1.5 points for each win, regardless of method. Teams losing in extra time are awarded 0.5 points for the tie, and 0.75 points when eliminated via the ADG system.

The winners of the Trophy are awarded an entry berth for the UICA Globe Cup.

Rabastor League Trophy

Season Champions Runners-Up Venue

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Rabastor Challenge Shield

Open to all teams in tier 4 of the RSF football pyramid or lower, excluding the top two ranked tier 4 teams in each nation (they enter the Rabastor League Trophy instead).

Round one comprises of all teams in tiers 5 and 6, in single leg ties. If scores are level after ninety minutes, a thirty minute period of extra time is played. If scores remain level, the ADG system is used to determine a winner.

The second round sees the entry of the tier 4 teams and is a randomly drawn single-round-robin group stage, consisting of four-team groups, with no seeding system employed. In the group stage, no games can end in ties. If scores are level after ninety minutes, ADG should be used to determine a winner. A winning team in a group stage fixture should be awarded two points in the group standings, a team losing by ADG in the group stage should be awarded one point, and a team winning by ADG in the group stage should be awarded one extra goal in the standings; for example, if a game ends 3-3 after ninety minutes and the home team wins by ADG, it should be recorded as a 4-3 win for the home team. The group winners, plus the fourteen best ranked runners up progress to the next round. Group stage rankings should be determined by virtue of points achieved. In cases where two or more teams are level on points, the following tiebreakers should be applied, in order: head-to-head wins, head-to-head goal difference, overall goal difference. If after applying these rules, the teams still cannot be separated, the lower ranked team should progress.

Rounds three and four follow the same format as round one, and the competition switches to a two-legged format for the quarter-finals and semi-finals. If scores are level after two legs, ADG should be used to determine a winner. The final is then a single game held at a neutral location, with extra time and ADG used if necessary to determine a winner.

For the purposes of rankings, teams are awarded 1 point for each win, regardless of method. Teams losing in extra time are awarded 0.33 points for the tie, and 0.5 points when losing via the ADG system.

Rabastor Challenge Shield

Season Champions Runners-Up Venue

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Tukari Kaita Games

The Tukari Kaita Games are a multinational athletics competition set up in memory of the first King of Cobrio, who played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Free State of Cobrio, and its fight for independence. His proposals in the early stages of the Temporal War ensured an alliance between Osarius and Cobrio, which would later be integral to the peace treaty that finally ended the conflict.

The Games are spread over a number of months, as various cities in RSF nations host meets. The Camaron Classic is always the opening meet of the season, with a further eight meets selected from the rotation. The best athletes then converge on the city of Dynapolis, in the co-operative Osarian/Cobre region of Umoja, for the finals meet.

While the Games are nominally a Rabastorian event, athletes from non-Rabastorian nations may be invited to compete under their nation’s flag. Invites to each meet are at the discretion of the meet director, while directors must convene with the RSF to ensure a full schedule for each discipline across the nine meets (each discipline must be contested at least four times prior to the final). No athlete may compete in more than two disciplines in any given season.

The following disciplines are currently on the docket for the Tukari Kaita Games:
  • 100m
  • 200m
  • 110m hurdles
  • 400m
  • 800m
  • 1500m
  • 5000m
  • long jump
  • triple jump
  • high jump
  • javelin throw
  • discus throw
  • shot put
  • pole vault

There are nine meets over three months, in which athletes earn points depending on their placing in each event (8 points for the winner, through to 1 point for 8th place). The highest eight scoring athletes over those nine meets then qualify for the final contest in Dynapolis. The winner of that contest is crowned champion in that discipline for the season.

Event           RSF Record                          
100m ------------------------------------
200m ------------------------------------
110m hurdles ------------------------------------
400m ------------------------------------
800m ------------------------------------
1500m ------------------------------------
5000m ------------------------------------
long jump ------------------------------------
triple jump ------------------------------------
high jump ------------------------------------
javelin throw ------------------------------------
discus throw ------------------------------------
shot put ------------------------------------
pole vault ------------------------------------
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The RSF recognises seven disciplines of combat, mostly inherited from the now-defunct Osarian Combat Federation. Each discipline is governed at a Rabastor-wide level by a sub-council.
  • Boxing (Rabastor Boxing Alliance)
  • Kickboxing
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Wrestling
  • Fencing
  • Judo
  • Tae Kwon Do

Multiple weight classes are in operation for each discipline, as well as a division of competition between men and women.
While the weight classes vary across disciplines (as set by the respective discipline's council), the same limits apply to all combatants regardless of gender, except in Wrestling, where different weight limits are applicable.

The method of determining champions is varied. For boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts, there are national championships, and a grand championship. These are all lineal championships, with a special set of rules to determine a new champion when the previous holder is unable to compete for whatever reason. Only a national championship holder is granted the opportunity to challenge the grand champion. In the event a national champion defeats the grand champion, they must relinquish their national championship, and a new national champion is crowned via a tournament.

National championships are governed by a sub-federation operating within the respective nation. Kryosis does not have a national championship, and instead, fighters from the former Kryosi territories compete for the national championship of their adopted citizenship, subject to clearance within the relevant nation. For example, a Kryosi who has gained dual citizenship in Eristicea must compete for the Eristicean championship. It should also be noted that each sub-federation arranges at least two tournaments per year, with the national champion obligated to participate in at least one.

The sub-federations are as follows:
  • Osarius and Akach
    • Osarian Boxing Federation (OBF)
    • Osarian Kickboxing Association (OKA)
    • Osarian Fighting Championship (OFC)
  • Cobrio
    • Cobre Boxing Board (CBB)
    • Cobre Kickboxing Alliance (CKA)
    • Championship Combat of Cobrio (CCC)
  • Aquillian
    • Asociación de Pugilismo Aquilliano (APA)
    • Federación de Kickboxing Aquilliano (FKA)
    • Liga Aquilliano de Guerreros (LAG)
  • Callistea, Eristicea and Xiaolin
    • Island Boxing Alliance (IBA)
    • Cross-Island Kickboxing Association (CIKA)
    • Island Combat Ladder (ICL)
Notably the RSF holds the “Carnival of Champions” every Spring, a one-week period in which every RSF champion must defend their title. Even if this means they must defend titles in multiple disciplines. In cases where a combatant holds championships in multiple weight classes, they must declare which weight class they will compete in. For all other weight classes they hold titles in, the top two contenders will face off for an interim title at the Carnival of Champions, with a unification bout scheduled shortly afterward to maintain the lineal path of the championship where possible. Champions may also choose to relinquish their titles in order to not defend them (or partake in a unification bout at a later date). In such cases, a bout between the top two contenders will take place at the Carnival of Champions to determine the new champion.

Wrestling, fencing, judo and taekwondo generally operate in a tournament format, with points awarded for placement in each tournament, to maintain a ranking ladder. Each discipline typically operates six of these tournaments per year, holding one roughly every six or seven weeks, leaving roughly two months to prepare for the Carnival of Champions. At the Carnival of Champions, there is a triple elimination tournament held for the eight highest-ranking athletes in each discipline over the past twelve months. The winner of this tournament is crowned champion for the year. Sub-brackets are also held for ranks nine to sixteen to help determine initial ladder rankings for the new season, in conjunction with the previous season's ranking points.
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Rabastor Premier League
Season One

The newly relaunched Rabastor Premier League replaces the old OFA Pro League, which ceased operation roughly seventy years ago, when Kryosis declared war on Osarius. The OFA recommenced football operations some fifteen years ago on an informal level, giving time for teams to reestablish themselves before organising a new league competition.

In the wake of the war, the constituent nations of the Rabastorian Union (minus Kryosis, of course) have become more closely affiliated, and the result is a combined league, in which the top two tiers consist of Cobre and Osarian teams, with the nations of Aquillian and Eristicea contributing teams to the system at lower levels.

Teams have been active in the summer, recruiting players from various nations where possible; nations in which time has passed much more slowly, and connections often still existed with Osarian and Cobre clubs. In addition, a multitude of players who previously plied their trade in Osarius as youngsters, but escaped the war, have returned to compete in the new league.

The OFA have declared that all historic records are to be discarded, and all teams start with a fresh slate, though initial league configuration was determined partly via a combination of finances, fan base, and historic reputation. The main part coming via a sprawling tournament held over the last two years, and the results of club-organised "leagues" over the five years that preceded it.



The Teams




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Alissar Phoenix

Stadium: The Crucible
Location: Alissar, Zaryta, Tubriss

Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-1-2

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Aurelio CESARIO [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★★
26 - Nancy BAIRD [CBR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
21 - Kylian CHOLAKIAN [NPH] 25 y/o ★★★★☆
06 - Andre JOHNSON [CBR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
05 - Andrew WATKINS [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Theo WINSTON [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Clarence DONALDSON [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Montel DUNCAN [CBR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Elfried PICARD [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
23 - Reiji SHIBATA [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
08 - Iqadi MUNROE [CBR] 22 y/o ★★★★★
10 - Belshazzar QANBARI [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★★
11 - Zuzana STREISS [NPH] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
16 - Tyrus HIGHTOWER [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
04 - Joel McLEAN [AQL] 22 y/o ★★★★☆
18 - Vivien GÁLL [PAS] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Mathieu DURAND [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Chidiebube OKWARAJI [CBR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Lycomedes MONTANARI [APX] 25 y/o ★★★★☆
88 - Shoko SAKURAMOTO [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Sugar NORWOOD [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
28 - Soheila MANESH [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★☆☆


Captain: Aurelio CESARIO (GK)
Manager: Triffid RAMSEY (NPH)

After losing Filomena Corredera to Hastmead, Phoenix took another chance and hired the daughter of famed Nepharim manager Gethin Ramsey. Sure, she's a name but she's also unproven, and many have pointed to her lack of senior management experience as a potential problem. However, it's hard to pick holes in her preferred system: disciplined defense, with a quick, aggressive attacking front. It fits nicely into the Osarian game, and the players will likely react well. The midfield is a fantastically talented group, possessing some of the best young talents in the country (Iqadi MUNROE and Belshazzar QANBARI are arguably the top two midfielders in the league), and will likely be of paramount importance if Phoenix are to chellenge for the title. If there is a weakness in this squad, it's probably up front, oddly enough. Outside of Lycomedes MONTANARI, there's not much talent or versatility up top, necessitating a lot of attacking input from the midfield... though looking at the talent there, it's not exactly a major worry.

Transfers In:
* Lycomedes MONTANARI [APX] (6m from San Marco Storm [PCR])
* Zuzana STREISS [NPH] (4m from Liechhardt [NPH])
* Vivien GÁLL [PAS] (Free Transfer from Whitehaven Triumph [CEN])
* Kylian CHOLAKIAN [NPH] (Free Transfer from Jenipapa [DAI])
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Transfers Out:
* Madelyn TROUTMAN [OSR] (2.5m to Newhaven Athletic [OSR])



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Dynapolis United

Stadium: The Dragonpit
Location: Dynapolis, Draconium, Dynapolis

Style of Play: Pressing 4-2-3-1

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Darryl BROCK [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Alicia THORNTON [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
15 - Rufus CUNNINGHAM [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Zohra CORBEL [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
25 - Ladislas CASONI [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Garlan SPENCE [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Christophe DUPUIS [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
05 - Hermann UBOGAGU [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Theresa HERRON [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
16 - Sylvain PICARD [CBR] 19 y/o ★★★★★
20 - Folarin AKINBOBO [CBR] 18 y/o ★★★★☆
08 - Colin McCARTHY [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
04 - Caprice TAMU [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
23 - Marissa LEVINGSTON [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Nóra ANTAL [PAS] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Lasser REI [MRN] 27 y/o ★★★★★
11 - Julie CABAYE [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
07 - Antonio THEUS [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
13 - Jamaal MORGAN [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Janina LEE [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Donato SORRENTINO [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Colin McCARTHY (CM)
Manager: Emeka OBASI (CBR)

Manager Obasi is a shrewd operator in disguise as a young, inexperienced figure who loves making "big signings". Don't be fooled. He has put together a fantastically balanced team, held together by the unflappable, consistent Colin McCARTHY in midfield. Leading the line, Lasser REI possesses a well-rounded skillset and fits the bill as a marquee signing and statement of intent. Young midfielders Sylvain PICARD (instrumental in breaking down opposition attacks) and Folarin AKINBOBO (a jack of all trades midfielder) are just two of the young players in this squad, though... and this relative inexperience could be a problem at times this season. Expect to see more than a handful of shock results from this squad.

Transfers In:
* Lasser REI [MRN] (7m from Harbor [MRN])
* Nóra ANTAL [PAS] (Free Transfer from Pinnacle Project [CEN])
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Transfers Out:
None



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FC Barciddia

Stadium: Kart Hago Koliseum
Location: Barciddia, Periocha, Tubriss

Style of Play: Counterattacking 3-5-2

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Darren BRINTHILL [BRE] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
13 - Anaïg MANDANDA [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
06 - Lewis ARMSTRONG [CBR] 26 y/o ★★★★☆
05 - Romuald GUILBERT [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Marcelo AYALA [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Lane OZOUGWU [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Terrence STEWART [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Yael HUERTA [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
20 - Darnell MATTHEWS [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
04 - Elliot FIELDS [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
10 - Candice CORE [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
08 - Ashley BILLINGS [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Nektarios SPEROS [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Liliane GOODE [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
28 - Robert SANDS [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Ricardo REYNOLDS [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★★
18 - Casim DUNCAN [CBR] 19 y/o ★★★★☆
11 - Liliana HARPER [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Da'Ron BOSTIC [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Adonia TEYMOORI [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
25 - Chaz DUNN [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Lewis ARMSTRONG (CB)
Manager: Timo SORBEN (COS)

The arrival of the tactically astute Sorben will definitely be welcomed by captain Lewis ARMSTRONG, who is a player in a similar mould to the Cosumarite in many ways. Overall, Barciddia are a team of intelligent grafters, and the absence of strong characters -- excluding the aforementioned captain -- means the new gaffer's less-than-stellar man management skills shouldn't matter much. If they buy into his philosophy, which seems likely, they could surprise many. Ricardo REYNOLDS should provide the goals this team will need, though some question his ability to hang with the big dogs, while Casim DUNCAN's natural position of winger doesn't really exist in a 3-5-2, necessitating an adaptation from the teenager. Though, with a largely mediocre midfield at his disposal, it could be argued that Sorben cannot afford to leave such talent out of his team.

Transfers In:
* Darren BRINTHILL [BRE] (Free Transfer from Kingsgrove [BRE])
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Transfers Out:
None



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Firewood City

Stadium: The Cauldron
Location: Firewood, Cocento, Fourge

Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-3

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Francesco ZUCCO [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
31 - Armel MILLER [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
06 - Antoine BIDEAU [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★★☆
05 - Chiemeka MBADINUJU [CBR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Jeannine GIROUD [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Claudius BANUTA [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Gaël TOLETTI [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Ricky DUBOSE [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
08 - D'Aundre WILLSON [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
10 - Lorraine FREEMAN [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★☆
28 - Roberto CORRADINI [OSR] 17 y/o ★★★★☆
25 - Sofia PIRELLI [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Chijindum OKEAFOR [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Vanessa FRIMPONG [CBR] 27 y/o ★★★★☆
14 - Connor JOHN [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Nicola EVANS [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
11 - Tyaunna HAL [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Jalen DOUGLAS [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Star EALY [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Beverley MARSHALL [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: D'Aundre WILLSON (CM)
Manager: Kina KAZUKAKI (HIN)

Very little is known about what Firewood will do this season with their new Hinodejin manager, besides "attack"… as they always have. The team possesses a strong spine, from Antoine BIDEAU through to D'Aundre WILLSON, and then Vanessa FRIMPONG up front. Lorraine FREEMAN's creativity will be crucial to making sure this team can unlock stubborn defences. Unlike many of their rivals, Firewood have a rather experienced squad, and if they can stay healthy, might pose a genuine title threat.

Transfers In:
* Roberto CORRADINI [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
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Hastmead Diamante

Stadium: Black Patch Park
Location: Carbonia, Hastmead, Fourge

Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-3

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Idowu CRUZ [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★★☆
12 - Sylvester DAVISON [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
03 - Khyri FULLER [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★☆
05 - Bernard McCAIN [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Ajamu AJAYI [CBR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Dezmin SOLOMON [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Ahmad KENDRICKS [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Daniele ORIOLO [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Alejandro CUENCA [AFT] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
04 - Malia NIKO [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★★★
23 - Aristeia VIRIDIANA [CLS] 22 y/o ★★★★★
37 - Sophia DELACOUR [CBR] 19 y/o ★★★★★
18 - Marcellin DONNAL [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Simone PARISI [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
08 - Florentina BERTOLINO [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
19 - Lucea HYDE [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★★
14 - Ilary MUSCAT [NPH] 26 y/o ★★★★☆
09 - Juston HUNDLEY [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
11 - Gaël FAIRLEY [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Luke JONES [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Martez BOEHM [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Idowu CRUZ (GK)
Manager: Filomena CORREDERA (OSR)

Corredera did some great things with Alissar Phoenix before being tempted to move north and manage arguably the nation's biggest club. She will need to be as hard as a diamond to survive the weight of expectation at Hastmead, but her adherence to the old "Way of the Firebird" will endear her to the fans, who still speak fondly of their former players and managers who helped shape the philosophy years ago. Many will look at the Diamonds' squad and see some fantastic talents in the midfield and attack, while they possess one of the league's best goalkeepers in Idowu CRUZ... but there is a clear weakness in defence, where they not only lack talent, but leadership. Some suspect Hastmead could be flat-track bullies this term, and it's not an unfair conclusion to draw....

Transfers In:
* Alejandro CUENCA [AFT] (Free Transfer from Malabon SC [AFT])
* Ilary MUSCAT [NPH] (3m from Belgrave [NPH])
* Aristeia VIRIDIANA [CLS] (2m from Callisto City [OSR])
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Transfers Out:
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Incanto Evolution

Stadium: Jonathan Herd Memorial Stadium
Location: Trothwands, Incanto, Fourge

Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-3

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Jodi-Ann FREESE [CBR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Kyle DUNCAN [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
24 - Danica STANZI [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Maegan SOUZA [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
05 - Branik KAVKA [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Felipe ACOSTA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Angelica DI MARCO [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Olivier BARBETTA [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Samantha BODINE [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Shaq REYNOLDS [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
26 - Jean-Marc CANTONA [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
10 - Mikael ARAYA [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★★☆
08 - Indiana FERGUSON [CBR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
16 - Tre NUNEZ [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Orianne SANCHEZ [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Erzebet MÁRTON [PAS] 18 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
11 - Darron BRYANT [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★★
28 - Leto VITALI [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★★
14 - Igrene CANTOR [NPH] 34 y/o ★★★★☆
18 - Mataio SAFENU [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Mikael ARAYA (AM)
Manager: Fay HARVILLE (NPH)

Another Nepharim manager, in what seems to be a rekindling of the old Osarian-Nepharim football love affair of old. Harville's stubbornness fits perfectly with Incanto, a club born from the ashes of Trothwands Evolution, and inheriting the gigantic chip that used to rest heavily on the ancestor club's shoulder. Harville's fondness for high-tempo attacking football will suit captain Mikael ARAYA wonderfully. The quick dribbling, creative midfielder is pivotal to Incanto, and his link up play with wingers Darron BRYANT and Mataio SAFENU should help create plenty of chances for new striker Igrene CANTOR. It should be noted, however, that Incanto literally have no other senior strikers outside the aging Nepharim, and this IS a physical league... Teenager Leto VITALI is an option out of the academy, but that's a big ask.

Transfers In:
* Igrene CANTOR [PAS] (2m from Anomalies FC [CMT])
* Erzebet MÁRTON [PAS] (Free Transfer from Apex Academy [CEN])
* Leto VITALI [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
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Inter Alepio

Stadium: Mustang Stadium
Location: Mora, Alepio, Mount Crown

Style of Play: Balanced 4-4-2

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Adetokunbo KIDJO [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Chaz McKENITH [OSR] 22 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
03 - Jaylon IJALANA [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★★
05 - Carl BURTON [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Benoît PICARD [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Jacob MELLETTE [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Roscoe POYNTER [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Armando MENENDEZ [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Paula ARSENEAU [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
10 - Imani VALLES [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
08 - Tobias OYENUSI [CBR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Ra'Shede DENNARD [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
04 - Amy CRAWFORD [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Elfried MARTINI [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Kisha PETROVIC [OSR] 22 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
23 - Danielle JACKSON [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★★★
18 - Trevardo SASH [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★☆
07 - Abigail McLAREN [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
09 - Cameron WEBSTER [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
11 - Marco ALEJANDRO [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Tobias OYENUSI (CM)
Manager: Lydia SHEPARD (OSR)

Inter have long been a middling team, and it's not really looking likely to change any time soon. The squad assembled by Lydia Shepard has no obvious weaknesses, but not much by way of strength either. This perhaps explains Shepard's choice of playing style, a flat, neutral 4-4-2. Instrumental in any chance this squad has for success is the connection between playmaker Imani VALLES and teenage sensation Danielle JACKSON up front. Captain Tobias OYENUSI is a midfielder with the brains to keep everything in line, too. The low budget at Inter might be a stumbling block moving forward, as there could be some difficulty retaining promising young players such as Jaylon IJALANA and Trevardo SASH, both of whom could develop into the type of player that could push Inter to another level.

Transfers In:
* Trevardo SASH [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
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Jraxville FC

Stadium: Jraxville Arena
Location: Jraxville, Shanak, Dynapolis

Style of Play: Pressing 4-2-3-1

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Zdzislaw RESNICK [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Cornelius MARWICK [CBR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
05 - Dieudonne MBONGA [SEM] 31 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - De'Vondre HEMINGWAY [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Laurent VIEIRA [CBR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Kristjan BLACKSON [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Datone TOOMER [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Robert HOGAN [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Weston URBAN [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
08 - Didier FONTAINE [CBR] 29 y/o ★★★★☆
20 - Keru LUVOKABI [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
21 - Amy WELLS [CBR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Paolita ZAMPOLI [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
04 - Behrad EFTEKHAR [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Mark CHAMBERS [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Babatunde WARRINGTON [CBR] 24 y/o ★★★★★
11 - Ezekiel HANKINS [CBR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
18 - Moses LOFUKO [CBR] 19 y/o ★★★★☆
24 - Lisa GUY [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Dallas STREIGHT [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Didier FONTAINE (CM)
Manager: Keziah NOAH (CBR)

Keziah Noah has one of the easiest jobs in the league, surely? An expensively assembled, star studded squad, with a huge bank account. Probably the best Cobre team in the league. What could go wrong for him, really? A team with Didier FONTAINE acting as the general in midfield, the league's best paid player and Cobrio record goalscorer up front in Babatunde WARRINGTON, and two wingers with immense potential in Ezekiel HANKINS and Moses LOFUKO... they're definitely title contender material. But in truth, the real reason they are in this position is in fact, Keziah Noah. The thirty-eight year old Cobran has built this team over the past seven years, overseeing the resurgence in popularity of a club formerly hated in Cobre communities for bearing the "Real" epithet. Now free of any (political) connection to the Osarian oppressors, and armed with a fantastically intelligent manager... maybe Jraxville are ready to return to the top, where they haven't been seen since Rouzel Donovan led them to a national title in LigAnaia (yes! that long ago!)

Transfers In:
* Dieudonne MBONGA [SEM] (Free from Eikborg Club [SEM])
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Transfers Out:
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Karikinui FC

Stadium: Akach Ancestral Stadium
Location: Greeningham, Aquilone, Applegrass

Style of Play: Defensive 5-3-2

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Guyton ROBERTS [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - YTALO [DAI] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
05 - Marios MUNDI [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★★
16 - Didier KAREMBEU [OSR] 16 y/o ★★★★★
02 - Vincente FARINA [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★★☆
03 - Isaiah TAYLOR [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★☆
21 - Mahtab MESKINI [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★☆
15 - Ashley DECESARE [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Amara OLUEHI [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - DARUL [DAI] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Keshawn CHAMBERS [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
20 - Louis POURTALET [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★★
08 - Jason PRINCE [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
04 - Halimeh DEHGHAN [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Randell PROSINSKI [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Elisabetta LANDOLFO [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Dandras SPENCER [OSR] 21 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Djibril SIMONEAUX [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Moriah GRINER [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Jared SANDERS [CBR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
11 - Catelyn HUNTER [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Nils PROFFITT [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆

Captain: Marios MUNDI (CB)
Manager: Otis MONROE (OSR)

Among the more curious storylines in Rabastorian football is the turnaround of Karikinui… who a very small number older fans will better remember as Greeningham City, a super attacking side from the north-west well-known for their intense rivalry with Firewood City. Since the annexed region of Akach regained some autonomy in the aftermath of the Temporal War, the former Greeningham City has renamed to the more traditional Karikinui, and the club's entire philosophy has changed. Now, Karikinui are ultra-defensive, and it shows in every area. The club's best players are all defensive, and all under the age of twenty-three. Captain Mario MUNDI is just twenty-one, and already looks like one of the best defenders in the league. Flanked by Vicente FARINA and Isaiah TAYLOR, the greens easily have one of the best defensive units in the league. That's not all, manager Otis Monroe can also call on talented teenagers Didier KAREMBEU and Mahtab MESKINI to bolster that backline, as well as Louis PORTALET to sit in front of it and break up attacks. Monroe himself is a harsh taskmaster, and demands intense preparation, along with immaculate gameplans his players are expected to follow perfectly. It might not be the most entertaining approach, but if it gets results, nobody will be complaining.

Transfers In:
* DARUL [DAI] (Free Transfer from Chaolan Zaibatsu [HIN])
* YTALO [DAI] (Free Transfer from Toadstool Enterprises [HIN])
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Transfers Out:
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Koroshi Impulse

Stadium: Masaka Sports Stadium
Location: Masaka, Korosh, Hearthlands

Style of Play: Balanced 4-3-3

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Milda NOWY [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Cardale LAWLER [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
03 - Nkem LINSLEY [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
05 - Kris MALLETT [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Dre MALOTT [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Ricardo FARIAS [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Darnell YOUNG [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Olivier BOULLEAU [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Junior HOOVER [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
55 - Simon PHOENIX [ERS] 24 y/o ★★★★★
08 - Dimitrios KOZMA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
10 - Aurora OSHOALA [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
04 - Tre STILLS [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Lamont DUSANG [CBR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
17 - Omobolanle OYEKAN [CBR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Amanda WHEATON [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Efstathia COSTA [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Antoine McCAFFREY [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Amiri PUHIPI [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
11 - Demario RIVERA [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Tre STILLS (DM)
Manager: Cecilia DRAKE (OSR)

Cecilia Drake is another disciple of the classic "Suzakudo" system popularised in Osarius around the time the Firebirds were a global power in football, and despite the shifts in the world game, she is intent on demonstrating that it is still a viable -- and effective -- system. To that end, she has lured former Osarius under 19 international and Firewood City academy starlet Aurora OSHOALA out of her self-imposed exile in Aquillian. The attacking midfielder's mazy dribbling will be the fulcrum around which Koroshi attacks will operate, though Drake seems to prefer deploying her as the centre forward in this strange strikerless 4-3-3 system. Capably backed up by the emerging talent of Simon PHOENIX, Cobre international Lamont DUSANG, and club captain Tre STILLS (a fantastic defensive mind with an eye for a quick pass), it will be important for the Hearthlands club to maintain possession and make the best use of the available talent in this area. Dimitrios KOZMA is another name of note, though the Fourgian has a reputation for being inconsistent, and while a potential gamechanger... on a bad day, he is a downright liability.

Transfers In:
* Aurora OSHOALA [OSR] (2m from Rahobi United [AQL])
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Transfers Out:
* Chizoba EMENANJO [CBR] (4.5m to Hoima Warriors [BNJ])



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Neahri Angels

Stadium: La Cartuja
Location: Neahri, Rennea, Hearthlands

Style of Play: Counterattacking 4-4-2

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Amber BALL [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Julio BARNER [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
05 - Nkemdilim NNEKA [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Joseph LADDISH [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Phoenix GARNETT [NPH] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Urbain MARCHE [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Chike OGWU [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Uzoamaka OKORONKWO [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Liana HALL [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
04 - Jaylon KIZER [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Chidiebere OGUCHI [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
08 - Nikki CRINER [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Terron BURNS [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
10 - Zéphirin WILTORD [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Jarvis CARPENTER [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
07 - Dearica RYDALCH [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★★★
11 - Makeda BAMIDELE [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
09 - Anthony SAGNA [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Niya SHEMBO [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆

Captain: Nikki CRINER (CM)
Manager: Sonia BREGOLI (OSR)

Sonia Bregoli's regime has recently begun in Neahri, but she has already shown signs that this team is going places. Her grand vision of a well balanced squad capable of overloading in critical areas is admirable, and explains her preference for the 4-4-2 -- "it covers the space on the pitch the most efficiently" she explains -- but they are some way off that aim at the moment.That's not to say the Angels aren't a force to be reckoned with, however. Of particular note is left winger Dearica RYDALCH, by far the best player in the squad and a focal point for the Angels' counterattacking. Her tendency to cut inside and shoot also makes her Neahri's best goal threat. Bregoli has tried to focus her efforts on squad building at the defensive level first, with Chike OGWU and Uzoamaka OKORONKWO bolstering a mediocre defensive unit. The signing of Nepharim fullback-slash-midfielder Phoenix GARNETT will build on that platform by providing a useful outlet in counterattacking situations, while captain Nikki CRINER will operate box-to-box as a "spare (wo)man" in overloading scenarios.

Transfers In:
* Phoenix GARNETT [NPH] (Free Transfer from Eclipse [DAI])
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Transfers Out:
* Pearl MORGAN [OSR] (3m to SC Rinaldi [VAL])



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Negus Koromanti

Stadium: Bwana Asante Stadium
Location: Weestock, Raizal, Dynapolis

Style of Play: Counterattacking 4-3-3

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Barrington WHITE [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
25 - Leah GOFF [OSR] 21 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
05 - Latavius HOLCOMB [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Corey HENRY [CBR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Emilio GIORDANO [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
28 - P. J. STRICKLEN [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Kheeston BALL [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Djibril NUIRAT [OSR] 21 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
08 - Jahmeen MAKONNEN [CBR] 21 y/o ★★★★★
04 - Figo LUGOMESI [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★☆
10 - Mélissa DURAND [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★☆
16 - Akwasi JAMES [CBR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Nnamdi IHENACHO [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
26 - Brad DAVIS [OSR] 21 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
11 - Shoni HOSLEY [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
09 - Clinton LYNCH [CBR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Lisa-Marie SMALL [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Kapron BOWIE [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Kristian COMISKEY [NPH] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Duane DRUMMOND [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Latavius HOLCOMB (CB)
Manager: Marques BANKS (OSR)

Negus will undoubtedly be relying heavily on their strong midfield to propel them to UICA competition this year, as Marques Banks has assembled a central trio capable of challenging all but the very best. The signing of former Jraxville wonderkid Nnamdi IHENACHO fills the creative gap when called upon, while Jahmeen MAKONNEN, Melissa DURAND and Figo LUGOMESI are a trio of well-balanced midfield talents with no discernible weaknesses despite their youth. The arrival of Nepharim forward Kristian COMISKEY takes a little pressure off Clinton LYNCH -- who may be better suited to a wide role anyway -- and gives them a little more consistency at centre forward, and though the manager, Banks, is a bit of a dreamer, it doesn't at all feel unrealistic to suggest the Cobre side could potentially push the top six... anything outside the top half would certainly be a disappointment at this stage.

Transfers In:
* Nnamdi IHENACHO [OSR] (2.5m from Genesia [AQL])
* Kristian COMISKEY [NPH] (Free Transfer from Battlebrook United [RZN])
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Transfers Out:
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Newhaven Athletic

Stadium: Cyanea View Stadium
Location: Newhaven, Hochraum, Ikuturso

Style of Play: Counterattacking 5-4-1

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Aude SOUBEYRAND [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Blidi SCOTT [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
02 - Quincy COUNTESS [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
19 - Paxton HACKENBERG [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Chidi IKE NWOSU [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Justine STANLEY [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
05 - Lavar CLEMMINGS [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
03 - Rayko WINOGRADSKY [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
16 - Lotu KIDOGARA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
08 - Leonardo BREGOLI [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
04 - Maliek WOOTEN [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Pribisek SWIATKOWSKI [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Patrick THOMIS [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
25 - Catherine COYLE [CBR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
11 - Max BROMLEY [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Seantrel KUECHLY [OSR] 18 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
23 - Najee McINTYRE [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★★
18 - Karima SAGNA [OSR] 17 y/o ★★★★☆
09 - Malakai CURTIS [NPH] 33 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Montell DRUMMOND [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Madelyn TROUTMAN [CBR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
55 - Charis DIAMANTAKOS [ERS] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Maliek WOOTEN (DM)
Manager: Manon TRAORÉ (OSR)

As is the case with many of the less wealthy clubs in the league, Newhaven are forced to be practical a lot of the time. Manon Traore doesn't seem to mind much, though. Her defensively inclined setup is heavily reliant on explosive pace, with her forwards capable of punishing any team that overcommits to an attack. Arguably the best player in the squad is Leonardo BREGOLI, whose aunt manages Neahri, and the dynamic midfielder's quickness with the pass is of paramount importance to Newhaven's system. Alongside him in a busy midfield are Eristicean trickster Charis DIAMANTAKOS (who somehow always seems to find himself in space), captain Maliek WOOTEN (among the best ball-winning defensive midfielders in the league) and, this season, the teenager Karima SAGNA, whose workrate is downright superhuman. The arrival of Malakai CURTIS will give this team a bit more nous up front, as the experienced striker will be tasked with leading the line a lone more often than not, while Traore waits for highly rated academy graduate Najee McINTYRE to come of age. It's hard to tell whether there are enough goals in this team, however...and in a league like this, that could be a problem.

Transfers In:
* Charis DIAMANTAKOS [ERS] (1.55m from FC Erisia [ERS])
* Madelyn TROUTMAN [CBR] (2.5m from Alissar Phoenix [OSR])
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Transfers Out:
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Olympique Corriere

Stadium: Stade de Fontana
Location: Corriere, Elishat, Mount Crown

Style of Play: Counterattacking 5-3-2

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Achille GRASSI [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Asya JONES [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
21 - Ophélie PHILIPPE [OSR] 17 y/o ★★★★★
06 - Éric TIGANA [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★★☆
15 - Lemuel BURNS [AQL] 21 y/o ★★★★☆
03 - Hugh JOYNER [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
05 - Lia LACCONA [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
04 - Mane VANARUMA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Karlos BUCANNON [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Vanessa VITALE [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
08 - Aurélie HENRY [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
11 - Marie-Laure GUILLOT [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Leon MOLK [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Rashad HAYWARD [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Donato DELL'ORO [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
26 - Isaia MORELLI [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
27 - Oluchi DIOGU [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Nate JORDAN [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★★☆
07 - Maurice DELFOUR [CBR] 20 y/o ★★★★☆
31 - Dearica THORNTON [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Jeron BAKER [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Luke BALL [CBR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆

Captain: Achille GRASSI (GK)
Manager: Alejandro LUCERO (OSR)

Olympique are a conundrum. An unorthodox system, with a winger lining up centrally, and a VERY strict manager in Alejandro Lucero… how do they make this work? Unclear. But they do. Cobre winger Maurice DELFOUR lines up alongside Nate JORDAN as a centre forward, making perhaps the most fearsome attacking duo in the league... but he doesn't stay there. Midfielder Aurelie HENRY brings home the largest salary on the team, and most definitely earns it, acting as the team's primary playmaker from a deep position, a la Samantha Pearce at Jraxville in the early 2200s. Her fellow midfielders just have to run, acting as a screen of sorts to allow the twenty-four year old to work her magic. Behind her lies one of the best drilled defences in the country, captain Achille GRASSI (not related to that Grassi, though that would be ironically hilarious) marshals a back *five* consisting of two tireless wingbacks in Karlos BUCANNON and Lemuel BURNS, flanking three very different central defenders, led by the unflappable Eric TIGANA. Corriere at first glance don't look like a top half side, but when you break it down... we could be looking at the first elite team from Mount Crown since the glory days of Burningham City.

Transfers In:
* Mane VANARUMA [OSR] (1.5m from Santos Torreon [AQL])
* Lemuel BURNS [AQL] (1.5m from Rahobi United [AQL])
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Transfers Out:
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Orizuru Turic

Stadium: Turic Thunderdome
Location: Turic, Durjanaga, Ikuturso

Style of Play: Defensive 4-1-4-1

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Francesca CARUSO [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
31 - Sébastien MARCEL [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
03 - Anthony ANELKA [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★★☆
05 - Deirdre McNESSA [COS] 35 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Diandra PAYNE [OSR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Ndidi ECHERUO [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Delroy SPENCE [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
04 - Udo ADICHIE [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Isandro MENDOZA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Graziella ARDUINO [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
22 - Akari SAITO [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
23 - Luke HART [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★★
08 - Seigo SAITOU [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Knile KASKIE [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Sherwin MORAN [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
10 - Evie WAYNE [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - Eliazar BAXTER [EFL] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
11 - Chitose YAJIMA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★☆
09 - André MAJRI [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Cordarrelle LOYD [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Martrell KALIL [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆

Captain: Seigo SAITOU (CM)
Manager: Keisuke YAMAMOTO (OSR)

The appointment of Keisuke Yamamoto three years ago took many by surprise, given the club's desire to "move into a new footballing era". The strict, authoritarian Islander seemed like more of a continuation of Orizuru's long-standing love affair with defensive football and smothering tactics, than a brave step into a new world. And that's... exactly what he has been. However, the Turic based side have a group of exciting attacking players to go with their staunch defensive unit these days. Chitose YAJIMA is the obvious attack leader, pairing up brilliantly with Anthony ANELKA down the left flank to give fullbacks headaches. The two combine pace and a phenomenal workrate to effectively lock down one flank for Turic. Andre MAJRI is a consistent goal threat, if not likely to trouble the league's elite forwards, and the emerging talent of Luke HART -- a playmaking midfielder who is comfortable on the right flank -- gives Yamamoto freedom to utilise the creative talents of Evie WAYNE more frequently. The addition of Deirdre McNESSA at the back, and Eliazar BAXTER in midfield have bolstered the already formidable defensive strength of the side, and teams will have to be wary of being caught out by swift counterattacks.

Transfers In:
* Dierdre McNESSA [COS] (Free Transfer from San Marco Storm [PCR])
* Eliazar BAXTER [EFL] (Free Transfer from Hillstreet [SCT])
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Shanak FC

Stadium: Shaka Bashenga Memorial Stadium
Location: Kronkow, Shanak, Dynapolis

Style of Play: Counterattacking 4-3-3

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Esther GAMA [CBR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Jamil MILLARD [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
03 - Lo'eau SHEPHERD [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
06 - Kentrell ABDULLAH [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
05 - De'ron QUINN [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
28 - Duron McGOWAN [CBR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Marisa COALE [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Karl MICHAEL [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
15 - Nicholas TANNEHILL [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
04 - Chinedu OSUNWA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★★
14 - Landon DOUGHTY [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
25 - Lavelle KERLEY [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Natalie VANNETT [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
08 - Mykkele HARGREAVES [OSR] 20 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Jackie OGBUEHI [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
11 - Raymond DUPRÉ [CBR] 20 y/o ★★★★★
07 - Mae-Berenice LYNCH [CBR] 19 y/o ★★★★☆
09 - Nelson OGBAH [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Jacqueline SCHWEITZER [OSR] 20 y/o ★★☆☆☆
18 - Jemea KELLEY [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
29 - Marios SPANOU [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆

Captain: Esther GAMA (GK)
Manager: Eshe LEWIS (CBR)

Eshe Lewis has faced a fair amount of criticism in Cobrio for naming the unflashy (and, heavens forbid, *female*) goalkeeper Esther GAMA his club captain, but his decision has been backed by professionals across the league, as they agree with his straightforward statement that "[Esther] is the best person for the job." She really is. While -- gender politics aside -- she's not likely to challenge for a starting berth in the Cobre national side any time soon, she is the most experienced player in the squad, having made her senior debut at just sixteen years old. Raymond DUPRE, for all his talent -- and it is substantial -- is not the captain type, while defensive midfield ace Chinedu OSUNWA is perhaps not quite ready, though a likely long-term option going forward. Lewis also knows that pragmatism is the key to success for his Shanak side. With the trickery of Mae-Berenice LYNCH opposite the sheer pace and skill of Dupre, and the passing range of Osunwa in the middle, all he requires from his team otherwise is discipline and intelligent decision making. The one exception to this rule, it seems, is left back Lo'eau SHEPHERD. Her role is unclear, and it has been suggested that she is granted carte blanche to do whatever she feels will be of most help to the team... this often involves her attacking side-by-side with Raymond Dupre, and she is easily the most prolific defender in the league...

Transfers In:
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Transfers Out:
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Utica United

Stadium: The Ursinopolis
Location: Utica, Zaryta, Tubriss

Style of Play: Pressing 4-3-3

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Giuseppe ZICARO [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★★☆
32 - Ladarius BOYCE [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★☆
12 - Gianluigi BAVENA [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
03 - Storm GALDEIRA [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★★★
15 - Buster PRUITT [OSR] 28 y/o ★★★☆☆
17 - Kolby STURGIS [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
05 - Lemarr PEARCE [CBR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Brizio CORRADI [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Aristidis TRIPOLI [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
21 - Margarita MATTA [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
10 - Élodie AMADI [CBR] 22 y/o ★★★★☆
19 - Amandine AUTHEMENT [OSR] 27 y/o ★★★☆☆
16 - Johnny OSWEILER [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
20 - William VILLAPLANE [OSR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
26 - Guyton BOYD [CBR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
23 - Ataya AZAROLA [AQL] 25 y/o ★★★★★
09 - Kymani GREENE [AQL] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
07 - Morgan FLORES [OSR] 25 y/o ★★★☆☆
11 - Zacharenia ELIADE [OSR] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - NIOBE [DAI] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Dan ISHMAEL [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
23 - Nathan SLINGSBY [AUD] 17 y/o ★★☆☆☆

Captain: Lemarr PEARCE (CB)
Manager: Patrice ROSADA (OSR)

Ah, Utica. After all these years, the youth-first policy is still in effect, with just five members of the squad aged 25 or older… including one time Alissar Phoenix star player Ataya AZAROLA. The deadly playmaker-turned-striker fled Osarius at the start of the Temporal War, returning to her native Aquillian, where she spent five years with her original club, Estudiantes, banging in goals. Her status as a fan favourite with Phoenix was irrelevant when she re-emerged in Osarius, given that all her former fans were now either deceased or in the twilight of their lives. With no welcome mat rolled out in Alissar, Utica snapped her up. Now, she returns to a deeper role, behind Los Osos' prolific forward Kymani GREENE, whose combination of strength and speed have proven a timeless winning combination. Behind her, the pairing of Amandine AUTHEMENT's experience and Elodie AMADI's dynamism provide a strong safety net of sorts. At the back, Guiseppe ZICARO commands a formidable defensive unit, itself led by the imposing frame of Storm GALDEIRA, a versatile defender in the mould of Katherine Holland, in that she can control a game from defence. Utica are certainly a team to watch under Patrice Rosada, who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to help players reach their maximum potential over the past few years...

Transfers In:
* Gianluigi BAVENA [OSR] (1.3m from Santo Torreon [AQL])
* Ataya AZAROLA [AQL] (2.7m from Estudiantes Pachuebla [AQL])
* NIOBE [DAI] (Free Transfer from Toadstool Enterprises [HIN])
* Nathan SLINGSBY [AUD] (Free Transfer from Unattached)
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Transfers Out:
* Abimbola DABIRI [CBR] (2m to Tentai Astros [HIN])



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Verda Zephyr

Stadium: Windfields
Location: Verdanta, Iton Valley, Applegrass

Style of Play: Balanced 3-5-2

Team Summary
-----GOALKEEPERS-------------------------------------
01 - Sonia MENCHEL [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
12 - Marvin HAGG [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
-----DEFENDERS---------------------------------------
05 - Marie-Charlotte CANTONA [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★★☆
15 - Ekene UDOJI [CBR] 22 y/o ★★★★☆
03 - Jamaal COOPER [CBR] 29 y/o ★★★☆☆
02 - Maggie CHILDS [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
06 - Shule TURGÖTTEN [COS] 24 y/o ★★★☆☆
19 - Marvin WEBSTER [CBR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----MIDFIELDERS-------------------------------------
10 - André POULAIN [OSR] 19 y/o ★★★★☆
16 - Roman HILTON [CBR] 18 y/o ★★★★☆
20 - Antonita LACY [OSR] 18 y/o ★★★★☆
04 - Nate KERLEY [OSR] 30 y/o ★★★☆☆
07 - Kirsten SULLIVAN [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
25 - Randell DIGGS [OSR] 26 y/o ★★★☆☆
24 - Shelby PRINS [OSR] 23 y/o ★★★☆☆
14 - Amadeus CHISQU [COS] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
27 - Theodoros PALAS [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆
-----FORWARDS----------------------------------------
09 - Anne-Marie VINCENT [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
29 - Rocco GALLI [OSR] 22 y/o ★★★☆☆
18 - Chidi UWAEZUOKE [CBR] 21 y/o ★★★☆☆
26 - Stephen GRAVES [OSR] 19 y/o ★★☆☆☆

Captain: Jamaal COOPER (LB)
Manager: Algernon MARWICK (CBR)

Verda Zephyr are the league's big underdog story, a smaller budget than all other top flight clubs except Newhaven, and no "history" to speak of -- the club had previously only appeared in the top four tiers of Osarian football twice since its formation. But here they are. Algernon Marwick is well aware of the fight he will have to keep the Greens in the Premier League, and has built his team with this in mind. Expect no flashy tactics, no champagne football, no possession based technical strangleholds... this is bare bones, basics. Four of the team's top five talents are defenders: versatile Cosumarite Shule TURGÖTTEN, Cobre international fullback (and club captain) Jamaal COOPER, athletic young centre half Ekene UDOJI, and the technically brilliant Marie-Charlotte CANTONA. The only hint of luxury in this spartan roster is the fifth member of that group, teenage playmaker Andre POULAIN. The attacking midfielder will be expected to contribute in the defensive phase by applying pressure high up the pitch, before using his youthful legs to retreat to defensive formation should the opposition manage to press beyond him. Marwick is aware of the high demands on his squad and has suitably prepared a lot of cover, as well as insisting on investment in the youth academy. That, by the way, seems to be paying off. Eighteen year old midfield duo Roman HILTON and Antonita LACY could feature this season despite the high likelihood that Zephyr will be in a relegation battle. Should they do well enough, Marwick will be faced with a decision: cash in, or hold on to them in the hopes that they can propel the club into a higher revenue bracket through on field performance...

Transfers In:
* Shule TURGÖTTEN [COS] (2m from Easthaven Centurion [SLL])
* Amadeus CHISQU [COS] (2m from Zakurya [DAI])
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FC Barciddia 2–0 Utica United
Neahri Angels 1–2 Firewood City
Orizuru Turic 1–0 Jraxville FC
Shanak FC 4–3 Incanto Evolution
Verda Zephyr 2–2 Inter Alepio
Negus Koromanti 2–1 Dynapolis United
Newhaven Athletic 2–3 Hastmead Diamante
Olympique Corriere 2–1 Alissar Phoenix
Karikinui FC 2–0 Koroshi Impulse

And the new era of Rabastor football kicks off with a thirty goal weekend, and pre-season title favourite Alissar Phoenix are on the wrong end of a 2-1 result in Corriere! A debut goal for Lycomedes Montanari is overturned by goals from Nate Jordan and Maurice Delfour. They werent the only ones, either. Another title favourite in Dynapolis United suffered an opening day loss away from home, Nnamdi Ihenacho instantly striking up an understanding with fellow new signing Kristian Comiskey to assist both the Nepharim debutant's goals.

Game of the weekend is however, Shanak's seven goal thriller against Incanto in Shaka Bashenga Memorial Stadium. A hat trick from Cobrio international Raymond Dupre pushing the Eagles to victory, despite the home side not leading until the 86th minute of the game.

Utica United 4–3 Koroshi Impulse
Alissar Phoenix 0–0 Karikinui FC
Hastmead Diamante 4–2 Olympique Corriere
Dynapolis United 2–0 Newhaven Athletic
Inter Alepio 3–3 Negus Koromanti
Incanto Evolution 3–1 Verda Zephyr
Jraxville FC 0–1 Shanak FC
Firewood City 3–3 Orizuru Turic
FC Barciddia 3–2 Neahri Angels

Neahri Angels 1–0 Utica United
Orizuru Turic 1–0 FC Barciddia
Shanak FC 4–2 Firewood City
Verda Zephyr 2–0 Jraxville FC
Negus Koromanti 3–2 Incanto Evolution
Newhaven Athletic 1–1 Inter Alepio
Olympique Corriere 3–4 Dynapolis United
Karikinui FC 4–4 Hastmead Diamante
Koroshi Impulse 2–2 Alissar Phoenix

Utica United 3–3 Alissar Phoenix
Hastmead Diamante 2–2 Koroshi Impulse
Dynapolis United 1–1 Karikinui FC
Inter Alepio 3–4 Olympique Corriere
Incanto Evolution 5–3 Newhaven Athletic
Jraxville FC 4–2 Negus Koromanti
Firewood City 1–1 Verda Zephyr
FC Barciddia 2–1 Shanak FC
Neahri Angels 1–0 Orizuru Turic

Orizuru Turic 2–0 Utica United
Shanak FC 2–3 Neahri Angels
Verda Zephyr 3–2 FC Barciddia
Negus Koromanti 3–3 Firewood City
Newhaven Athletic 2–3 Jraxville FC
Olympique Corriere 2–2 Incanto Evolution
Karikinui FC 1–1 Inter Alepio
Koroshi Impulse 1–1 Dynapolis United
Alissar Phoenix 2–2 Hastmead Diamante


Five games in, and the pre-season favourites Alissar Phoenix are still winless, languishing in 14th place after drawing their last four games. Leading the league is Orizuru Turic, whose unfortunate 1-0 defeat in Neahri in week four is their sole defeat so far this season. Conceding less than a goal per game on average, Orizuru also have the league's best defensive record...

Only two teams remain undefeated after five games, Hastmead Diamante and ... Karikinui. The change to a defensive system seems to be working for the Greens, though they have only won once.

Inter Alepio 1–0 Koroshi Impulse
Incanto Evolution 2–1 Karikinui FC
Jraxville FC 3–0 Olympique Corriere
Firewood City 2–2 Newhaven Athletic
FC Barciddia 1–0 Negus Koromanti
Neahri Angels 1–0 Verda Zephyr
Orizuru Turic 1–0 Shanak FC

Shanak FC 2–3 Utica United
Verda Zephyr 0–1 Orizuru Turic
Negus Koromanti 2–2 Neahri Angels
Newhaven Athletic 0–2 FC Barciddia
Olympique Corriere 1–2 Firewood City
Karikinui FC 0–1 Jraxville FC
Koroshi Impulse 2–1 Incanto Evolution
Alissar Phoenix 4–1 Inter Alepio
Hastmead Diamante 0–0 Dynapolis United

Utica United 3–2 Dynapolis United
Inter Alepio 2–1 Hastmead Diamante
Incanto Evolution 5–1 Alissar Phoenix
Jraxville FC 2–1 Koroshi Impulse
Firewood City 4–1 Karikinui FC
FC Barciddia 3–1 Olympique Corriere
Neahri Angels 0–0 Newhaven Athletic
Orizuru Turic 0–1 Negus Koromanti
Shanak FC 2–1 Verda Zephyr

Verda Zephyr 2–1 Utica United
Negus Koromanti 4–1 Shanak FC
Newhaven Athletic 2–0 Orizuru Turic
Olympique Corriere 0–0 Neahri Angels
Karikinui FC 3–1 FC Barciddia
Koroshi Impulse 0–1 Firewood City
Alissar Phoenix 5–5 Jraxville FC
Hastmead Diamante 4–2 Incanto Evolution
Dynapolis United 2–1 Inter Alepio


Second Round
Ajamilu FC (CBR) 1-0 Olympique Corriere (OSR)
Pisateia FC (ERS) 1-0 Ologun Camaron (CBR)
Pantera Azul (CBR) 2-0 Inzon Hawk (CBR)
Newhaven Athletic (OSR) 1-1 Venanga Tropic (OSR) (1-1 AET) (Venanga Tropic (OSR) wins 4-2 on penalty kicks)
Callisto City (OSR) 1-2 Violia FC (OSR)
Enosi Myonacia (ERS) 2-2 Thor Jraxville (CBR) (2-3 AET)
Real Seaga (AQL) 2-0 Raizal Fenyangi (CBR)
Ohafia Pride (CBR) 2-3 Genesia (AQL)
Junipa Athletic (OSR) 4-0 Armada Ohafia (CBR)
Muirford Athletic (OSR) 4-0 Cymrwell FC (CBR)
Kyoshiku Island (OSR) 0-2 Burningham City (OSR)
Cartagena Desert Foxes (OSR) 2-0 Niki Rega (ERS)
Bahia Rojo (AQL) 2-1 FC Mora (OSR)
Apollon Samara (ERS) 3-1 Qubadili FC (CBR)
Warton Villa (OSR) 1-3 Kart Hago (OSR)
Gamba Kyobe (OSR) 1-2 Cavalane Panthers (CBR)


Let's be honest, nobody cares about the prelims and first round. We barely care about the second... but here it is anyway. Second round of the Rabastor Challenge Cup is actually next week, but we're gonna skip that too.


Utica United 2–4 Inter Alepio
Incanto Evolution 3–2 Dynapolis United
Jraxville FC 0–1 Hastmead Diamante
Firewood City 1–1 Alissar Phoenix
FC Barciddia 3–2 Koroshi Impulse
Neahri Angels 2–0 Karikinui FC
Orizuru Turic 1–0 Olympique Corriere
Shanak FC 1–4 Newhaven Athletic
Verda Zephyr 1–1 Negus Koromanti

Negus Koromanti 2–1 Utica United
Newhaven Athletic 0–0 Verda Zephyr
Olympique Corriere 2–3 Shanak FC
Karikinui FC 1–0 Orizuru Turic
Koroshi Impulse 1–0 Neahri Angels
Alissar Phoenix 3–6 FC Barciddia
Hastmead Diamante 2–3 Firewood City
Dynapolis United 0–0 Jraxville FC
Inter Alepio 1–1 Incanto Evolution

Utica United 0–2 Incanto Evolution
Jraxville FC 4–3 Inter Alepio
Firewood City 3–3 Dynapolis United
FC Barciddia 1–4 Hastmead Diamante
Neahri Angels 2–2 Alissar Phoenix
Orizuru Turic 2–1 Koroshi Impulse
Shanak FC 1–0 Karikinui FC
Verda Zephyr 0–0 Olympique Corriere
Negus Koromanti 1–1 Newhaven Athletic


Hastmead Diamante (OSR) 0-0 Inter Alepio (OSR) (0-0 AET) (Inter Alepio (OSR) wins 3-0 on penalty kicks)
Dynapolis United (CBR) 2-4 Muirford Athletic (OSR)
Negus Koromanti (CBR) 2-0 Genesia (AQL)
Incanto Evolution (OSR) 0-1 Karikinui FC (OSR)
Junipa Athletic (OSR) 3-5 Utica United (OSR)
Real Seaga (AQL) 2-0 Apollon Samara (ERS)
Shanak FC (CBR) 2-1 Jraxville FC (CBR)
Koroshi Impulse (OSR) 1-0 Firewood City (OSR)
Thor Jraxville (CBR) 1-1 Neahri Angels (OSR) (1-2 AET)
Pantera Azul (CBR) 0-0 Venanga Tropic (OSR) (1-0 AET)
Kart Hago (OSR) 3-1 Cavalane Panthers (CBR)
Ajamilu FC (CBR) 0-3 Orizuru Turic (OSR)
Cartagena Desert Foxes (OSR) 1-2 Burningham City (OSR)
Pisateia FC (ERS) 1-0 Verda Zephyr (OSR)
Alissar Phoenix (OSR) 3-2 Violia FC (OSR)
FC Barciddia (OSR) 5-0 Bahia Rojo (AQL)


Well now things are getting interesting. All but two of the predicted top six in the Rabastor Premier League are out of the competition. This tournament is looking like it's for Alissar Phoenix to lose already... though based on their league form... uhhhh....


And so we're roughly a third of the way through the season... things are not looking great for Phoenix. Orizuru Turic perhaps the big surprise of the season so far, just two points off the top spot. Jraxville on track for a national title, despite being fifth in the league... Cobre football might not be as strong as we thought. At least not compared to the Osarian game, no matter what the KPB rankings say.


Rabastor Premier League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 FC Barciddia 12 8 0 4 26 20 +6 24
2 Hastmead Diamante 12 6 4 2 29 21 +8 22
3 Orizuru Turic 12 7 1 4 12 9 +3 22
4 Firewood City 12 5 6 1 27 22 +5 21
5 Jraxville FC 12 6 2 4 22 18 +4 20
6 Negus Koromanti 12 5 5 2 24 20 +4 20
7 Incanto Evolution 12 6 2 4 31 24 +7 20
8 Neahri Angels 12 5 4 3 15 12 +3 19
9 Shanak FC 12 6 0 6 22 25 −3 18
10 Dynapolis United 12 4 5 3 21 19 +2 17
11 Verda Zephyr 12 3 5 4 13 14 −1 14
12 Inter Alepio 12 3 5 4 23 25 −2 14
13 Karikinui FC 12 3 4 5 14 17 −3 13
14 Newhaven Athletic 12 2 5 5 17 20 −3 11
15 Alissar Phoenix 12 1 7 4 26 32 −6 10
16 Utica United 12 3 1 8 18 27 −9 10
17 Koroshi Impulse 12 2 3 7 15 21 −6 9
18 Olympique Corriere 12 2 3 7 17 26 −9 9
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Newhaven Athletic 2–2 Utica United
Olympique Corriere 3–3 Negus Koromanti
Karikinui FC 3–3 Verda Zephyr
Koroshi Impulse 0–1 Shanak FC
Alissar Phoenix 2–1 Orizuru Turic
Hastmead Diamante 4–1 Neahri Angels
Dynapolis United 0–3 FC Barciddia
Inter Alepio 0–1 Firewood City
Incanto Evolution 4–1 Jraxville FC

Utica United 3–3 Jraxville FC
Firewood City 0–2 Incanto Evolution
FC Barciddia 4–3 Inter Alepio
Neahri Angels 3–4 Dynapolis United
Orizuru Turic 2–2 Hastmead Diamante
Shanak FC 2–2 Alissar Phoenix
Verda Zephyr 0–0 Koroshi Impulse
Negus Koromanti 4–4 Karikinui FC
Newhaven Athletic 2–0 Olympique Corriere

Olympique Corriere 4–5 Utica United
Karikinui FC 0–0 Newhaven Athletic
Koroshi Impulse 4–3 Negus Koromanti
Alissar Phoenix 2–0 Verda Zephyr
Hastmead Diamante 0–1 Shanak FC
Dynapolis United 1–0 Orizuru Turic
Inter Alepio 1–0 Neahri Angels
Incanto Evolution 1–3 FC Barciddia
Jraxville FC 3–3 Firewood City



Pantera Azul (CBR) 1-1 Koroshi Impulse (OSR) (1-1 AET) (Koroshi Impulse (OSR) wins 4-1 on penalty kicks)
Real Seaga (AQL) 0-3 Burningham City (OSR)
Karikinui FC (OSR) 1-1 FC Barciddia (OSR) (1-2 AET)
Orizuru Turic (OSR) 0-0 Inter Alepio (OSR) (1-1 AET) (Inter Alepio (OSR) wins 4-2 on penalty kicks)
Muirford Athletic (OSR) 1-1 Negus Koromanti (CBR) (1-2 AET)
Alissar Phoenix (OSR) 4-0 Pisateia FC (ERS)
Kart Hago (OSR) 1-2 Neahri Angels (OSR)
Utica United (OSR) 1-2 Shanak FC (CBR)


No but seriously... Phoenix's to lose, right? Wait, Burningham City are still a thing? Who knew?


Utica United 4–1 Firewood City
FC Barciddia 1–1 Jraxville FC
Neahri Angels 1–1 Incanto Evolution
Orizuru Turic 1–1 Inter Alepio
Shanak FC 3–2 Dynapolis United
Verda Zephyr 2–2 Hastmead Diamante
Negus Koromanti 1–2 Alissar Phoenix
Newhaven Athletic 1–2 Koroshi Impulse
Olympique Corriere 1–1 Karikinui FC

Karikinui FC 3–3 Utica United
Koroshi Impulse 0–0 Olympique Corriere
Alissar Phoenix 4–2 Newhaven Athletic
Hastmead Diamante 4–4 Negus Koromanti
Dynapolis United 0–2 Verda Zephyr
Inter Alepio 2–3 Shanak FC
Incanto Evolution 2–1 Orizuru Turic
Jraxville FC 3–1 Neahri Angels
Firewood City 3–0 FC Barciddia

Utica United 4–5 FC Barciddia
Firewood City 1–1 Neahri Angels
Jraxville FC 0–1 Orizuru Turic
Incanto Evolution 3–2 Shanak FC
Inter Alepio 0–1 Verda Zephyr
Dynapolis United 1–1 Negus Koromanti
Hastmead Diamante 4–4 Newhaven Athletic
Alissar Phoenix 2–1 Olympique Corriere
Koroshi Impulse 2–0 Karikinui FC

Koroshi Impulse 1–4 Utica United
Karikinui FC 1–1 Alissar Phoenix
Olympique Corriere 0–1 Hastmead Diamante
Newhaven Athletic 3–3 Dynapolis United
Negus Koromanti 1–0 Inter Alepio
Verda Zephyr 2–2 Incanto Evolution
Shanak FC 1–4 Jraxville FC
Orizuru Turic 2–2 Firewood City
Neahri Angels 3–2 FC Barciddia


Koroshi Impulse (OSR) 4-3 Alissar Phoenix (OSR)
Burningham City (OSR) 1-3 Negus Koromanti (CBR)
Shanak FC (CBR) 0-3 Neahri Angels (OSR)
FC Barciddia (OSR) 0-1 Inter Alepio (OSR)


Uhhhh.... guess I spoke too soon on that one. Looks like it's on Negus Koromanti now. They're the favourites with the bookies, I'm told. Pretty weak field overall though. Surprising to see all the big guns fall in this manner, given that they don't even have the excuse of having to compete on multiple fronts, what with the lack of UICA football for the Rabastor Premier League this season. Should make things real interesting next term...


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Utica United 0–1 Neahri Angels
FC Barciddia 0–0 Orizuru Turic
Firewood City 3–1 Shanak FC
Jraxville FC 1–1 Verda Zephyr
Incanto Evolution 1–3 Negus Koromanti
Inter Alepio 0–0 Newhaven Athletic
Dynapolis United 2–3 Olympique Corriere
Hastmead Diamante 2–5 Karikinui FC
Alissar Phoenix 3–1 Koroshi Impulse

Alissar Phoenix 2–0 Utica United
Koroshi Impulse 4–3 Hastmead Diamante
Karikinui FC 1–2 Dynapolis United
Olympique Corriere 0–0 Inter Alepio
Newhaven Athletic 2–2 Incanto Evolution
Negus Koromanti 2–1 Jraxville FC
Verda Zephyr 2–1 Firewood City
Shanak FC 1–0 FC Barciddia
Orizuru Turic 0–1 Neahri Angels

Utica United 3–1 Orizuru Turic
Neahri Angels 1–1 Shanak FC
FC Barciddia 3–0 Verda Zephyr
Firewood City 2–0 Negus Koromanti
Jraxville FC 6–1 Newhaven Athletic
Incanto Evolution 4–1 Olympique Corriere
Inter Alepio 0–0 Karikinui FC
Dynapolis United 4–2 Koroshi Impulse
Hastmead Diamante 1–1 Alissar Phoenix



Hey has anyone else noticed Phoenix creeping their way up the table? No? Just me? Because uh... they're in the top six, ahead of Hastmead, and only seven off the top spot. Oh, and how about them Lions, huh? Barciddia are going HARD this season. Firewood the ones to watch though, only lost four games, and looking pretty tough to beat.

Rabastor Premier League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 FC Barciddia 22 13 2 7 47 36 +11 41
2 Incanto Evolution 22 11 5 6 53 40 +13 38
3 Firewood City 22 9 9 4 44 37 +7 36
4 Shanak FC 22 11 2 9 38 42 −4 35
5 Alissar Phoenix 22 8 10 4 47 42 +5 34
6 Hastmead Diamante 22 8 9 5 52 45 +7 33
7 Jraxville FC 22 9 6 7 45 36 +9 33
8 Negus Koromanti 22 8 9 5 46 42 +4 33
9 Dynapolis United 22 8 7 7 40 40 0 31
10 Neahri Angels 22 8 7 7 28 29 −1 31
11 Orizuru Turic 22 8 5 9 21 23 −2 29
12 Verda Zephyr 22 6 10 6 26 28 −2 28
13 Utica United 22 7 4 11 46 50 −4 25
14 Karikinui FC 22 4 11 7 32 35 −3 23
15 Koroshi Impulse 22 6 5 11 31 40 −9 23
16 Inter Alepio 22 4 9 9 30 36 −6 21
17 Newhaven Athletic 22 3 11 8 34 43 −9 20
18 Olympique Corriere 22 3 7 12 30 46 −16 16
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Hastmead Diamante 2–1 Utica United
Alissar Phoenix 4–3 Dynapolis United
Koroshi Impulse 1–1 Inter Alepio
Karikinui FC 3–3 Incanto Evolution
Olympique Corriere 3–0 Jraxville FC
Newhaven Athletic 2–2 Firewood City
Negus Koromanti 1–1 FC Barciddia
Verda Zephyr 3–1 Neahri Angels
Shanak FC 3–1 Orizuru Turic


Koroshi Impulse (OSR) 1-0 Neahri Angels (OSR)
Inter Alepio (OSR) 0-0 Negus Koromanti (CBR)



Utica United 4–2 Shanak FC
Orizuru Turic 2–1 Verda Zephyr
Neahri Angels 3–1 Negus Koromanti
FC Barciddia 3–1 Newhaven Athletic
Firewood City 2–0 Olympique Corriere
Jraxville FC 1–2 Karikinui FC
Incanto Evolution 1–4 Koroshi Impulse
Inter Alepio 3–7 Alissar Phoenix
Dynapolis United 3–4 Hastmead Diamante



Neahri Angels (OSR) 1-1 Koroshi Impulse (OSR)
Aggregate: Koroshi Impulse (OSR) 2-1 Neahri Angels (OSR)

Negus Koromanti (CBR) 2-1 Inter Alepio (OSR)
Aggregate: Inter Alepio (OSR) 1-2 Negus Koromanti (CBR)


Bramhall Edge (CBR) 2-0 Cymrwell FC (CBR)
Magnum Clay FC (CBR) 1-1 Negus Koromanti (CBR) (1-1 AET) (Negus Koromanti (CBR) wins 4-2 on penalty kicks)
Alissar Phoenix (OSR) 3-1 FC Barciddia (OSR)
Karikinui FC (OSR) 0-0 Verda Zephyr (OSR) (0-1 AET)
Firewood City (OSR) 2-2 Newhaven Athletic (OSR) (2-2 AET) (Newhaven Athletic (OSR) wins 4-2 on penalty kicks)
Koroshi Impulse (OSR) 2-1 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
Dynapolis United (CBR) 0-0 Neahri Angels (OSR) (1-0 AET)
AED Ajna (ERS) 2-2 NP Ajna (ERS) (3-2 AET)


Dynapolis United 3–1 Utica United
Hastmead Diamante 4–1 Inter Alepio
Alissar Phoenix 1–1 Incanto Evolution
Koroshi Impulse 1–4 Jraxville FC
Karikinui FC 4–3 Firewood City
Olympique Corriere 4–0 FC Barciddia
Newhaven Athletic 0–0 Neahri Angels
Negus Koromanti 1–1 Orizuru Turic
Verda Zephyr 4–4 Shanak FC

Utica United 2–1 Verda Zephyr
Shanak FC 2–1 Negus Koromanti
Orizuru Turic 0–0 Newhaven Athletic
Neahri Angels 1–1 Olympique Corriere
FC Barciddia 1–2 Karikinui FC
Firewood City 2–1 Koroshi Impulse
Jraxville FC 2–1 Alissar Phoenix
Incanto Evolution 1–3 Hastmead Diamante
Inter Alepio 5–3 Dynapolis United

Inter Alepio 2–0 Utica United
Dynapolis United 0–1 Incanto Evolution
Hastmead Diamante 2–1 Jraxville FC
Alissar Phoenix 2–2 Firewood City
Koroshi Impulse 2–2 FC Barciddia
Karikinui FC 0–1 Neahri Angels
Olympique Corriere 1–0 Orizuru Turic
Newhaven Athletic 1–3 Shanak FC
Negus Koromanti 1–0 Verda Zephyr

Utica United 2–2 Negus Koromanti
Verda Zephyr 1–1 Newhaven Athletic
Shanak FC 1–0 Olympique Corriere
Orizuru Turic 0–0 Karikinui FC
Neahri Angels 1–0 Koroshi Impulse
FC Barciddia 6–2 Alissar Phoenix
Firewood City 3–2 Hastmead Diamante
Jraxville FC 4–2 Dynapolis United
Incanto Evolution 1–1 Inter Alepio


Koroshi Impulse (OSR) 0-1 Negus Koromanti (CBR)


There is something poetic about the Cobre side winning the first edition of this cup... given the general consensus being that Osarian football is superior. At the very least, Negus Koromanti have secured a Globe Cup place for next season, which will be a massive boost to their coffers, and hopefully will increase exposure of Cobre football throughout the multiverse.


Bramhall Edge (CBR) 2-1 Negus Koromanti (CBR)
Verda Zephyr (OSR) 1-2 Alissar Phoenix (OSR)
AED Ajna (ERS) 1-2 Koroshi Impulse (OSR)
Dynapolis United (CBR) 1-1 Newhaven Athletic (OSR) (1-1 AET) (Newhaven Athletic (OSR) wins 3-0 on penalty kicks)


Hey, maybe Phoenix won't choke this time...


Barciddia still holding on at the top, but my word, look at that title race... Top eight separated by seven points, with eighteen to play for. Beautiful.

Phoenix have fallen away from the leading pack a little, while Hastmead have closedthe cap to a single point. Firewood still proving hard to beat, with just five losses this season, fewer than any other team in the league. Good debut run for their Hinode-jin boss, I'd say. But not as good as Timo "effing" Sorben's! The Lions were supposed to be a fifty-fifty shot at a UICA place, not league friggin' leaders!


Rabastor Premier League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 FC Barciddia 28 15 4 9 60 48 +12 49
2 Shanak FC 28 15 3 10 53 53 0 48
3 Hastmead Diamante 28 13 9 6 69 55 +14 48
4 Firewood City 28 12 11 5 58 48 +10 47
5 Incanto Evolution 28 12 8 8 61 52 +9 44
6 Jraxville FC 28 12 6 10 57 47 +10 42
7 Alissar Phoenix 28 10 12 6 64 59 +5 42
8 Neahri Angels 28 11 9 8 35 34 +1 42
9 Negus Koromanti 28 9 12 7 53 51 +2 39
10 Orizuru Turic 28 9 8 11 25 29 −4 35
11 Dynapolis United 28 9 7 12 54 59 −5 34
12 Karikinui FC 28 7 13 8 43 44 −1 34
13 Verda Zephyr 28 7 12 9 36 39 −3 33
14 Utica United 28 9 5 14 56 62 −6 32
15 Inter Alepio 28 6 11 11 43 52 −9 29
16 Koroshi Impulse 28 7 7 14 40 51 −11 28
17 Olympique Corriere 28 6 8 14 39 50 −11 26
18 Newhaven Athletic 28 3 15 10 39 52 −13 24
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Incanto Evolution 3–0 Utica United
Inter Alepio 1–0 Jraxville FC
Dynapolis United 4–3 Firewood City
Hastmead Diamante 3–1 FC Barciddia
Alissar Phoenix 2–0 Neahri Angels
Koroshi Impulse 1–2 Orizuru Turic
Karikinui FC 2–0 Shanak FC
Olympique Corriere 0–2 Verda Zephyr
Newhaven Athletic 2–1 Negus Koromanti

Utica United 2–1 Newhaven Athletic
Negus Koromanti 1–0 Olympique Corriere
Verda Zephyr 1–3 Karikinui FC
Shanak FC 1–1 Koroshi Impulse
Orizuru Turic 2–4 Alissar Phoenix
Neahri Angels 1–2 Hastmead Diamante
FC Barciddia 1–0 Dynapolis United
Firewood City 6–4 Inter Alepio
Jraxville FC 4–2 Incanto Evolution

Jraxville FC 1–2 Utica United
Incanto Evolution 0–0 Firewood City
Inter Alepio 3–2 FC Barciddia
Dynapolis United 2–1 Neahri Angels
Hastmead Diamante 1–3 Orizuru Turic
Alissar Phoenix 2–1 Shanak FC
Koroshi Impulse 0–2 Verda Zephyr
Karikinui FC 3–3 Negus Koromanti
Olympique Corriere 2–1 Newhaven Athletic

Utica United 3–1 Olympique Corriere
Newhaven Athletic 1–0 Karikinui FC
Negus Koromanti 3–1 Koroshi Impulse
Verda Zephyr 3–5 Alissar Phoenix
Shanak FC 2–2 Hastmead Diamante
Orizuru Turic 0–2 Dynapolis United
Neahri Angels 1–1 Inter Alepio
FC Barciddia 1–0 Incanto Evolution
Firewood City 4–4 Jraxville FC


Well isn't THIS a turn out for the books. Hastmead have nicked the lead and are only holding on to it ON GOAL DIFFERENCE with two games to go. And what the f-?! Phoenix are right back in it just a point off the top. Firewood STILL proving ridiculously hard to beat are also in with a shot, just about. Shanak pretty much no chance given the remaining fixtures... but still technically not out of the title race.


Rabastor Premier League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Hastmead Diamante 32 15 10 7 77 62 +15 55
2 FC Barciddia 32 17 4 11 65 54 +11 55
3 Alissar Phoenix 32 14 12 6 77 65 +12 54
4 Firewood City 32 13 13 6 71 60 +11 52
5 Shanak FC 32 15 5 12 57 60 −3 50
6 Incanto Evolution 32 13 9 10 66 57 +9 48
7 Jraxville FC 32 13 7 12 66 56 +10 46
8 Negus Koromanti 32 11 13 8 61 57 +4 46
9 Dynapolis United 32 12 7 13 62 64 −2 43
10 Neahri Angels 32 11 10 11 38 41 −3 43
11 Karikinui FC 32 9 14 9 51 49 +2 41
12 Utica United 32 12 5 15 63 68 −5 41
13 Orizuru Turic 32 11 8 13 32 37 −5 41
14 Verda Zephyr 32 9 12 11 44 47 −3 39
15 Inter Alepio 32 8 12 12 52 61 −9 36
16 Newhaven Athletic 32 5 15 12 44 57 −13 30
17 Olympique Corriere 32 7 8 17 42 57 −15 29
18 Koroshi Impulse 32 7 8 17 43 59 −16 29



Newhaven Athletic (OSR) 2-0 Alissar Phoenix (OSR)
Bramhall Edge (CBR) 1-3 Koroshi Impulse (OSR)


Okay seriously, Phoenix just throwing away chances at silverware here. By far the strongest team in the semis... they choke 2-0 away to one of the weakest teams in the top flight. Wow.

All I know is they better win the league after all this cup nonsense


Rabastor Premier League Matchday 33

Firewood City 2–0 Utica United
Jraxville FC 2–0 FC Barciddia
Incanto Evolution 2–2 Neahri Angels
Inter Alepio 2–2 Orizuru Turic
Dynapolis United 1–0 Shanak FC
Hastmead Diamante 1–0 Verda Zephyr
Alissar Phoenix 2–1 Negus Koromanti
Koroshi Impulse 2–1 Newhaven Athletic
Karikinui FC 0–1 Olympique Corriere


Well that's Shanak out of it, and Barciddia look like they're stumbling at the penultimate hurdle. Sorben must be out of his mind right now. Phoenix and Hastmead go into the final matchday with the Diamonds knowing a win crowns them champions... Phoenix travel to Newhaven, while Hastmead travel to League Trophy winners Koromanti. Both are favoured to win, but a betting man would say the odds slightly favour Phoenix. Given their repeated failure to capitalise on favourable situations this season, however...

   Rabastor Premier League 1  Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Hastmead Diamante 33 16 10 7 78 62 +16 58
2 Alissar Phoenix 33 15 12 6 79 66 +13 57
3 Firewood City 33 14 13 6 73 60 +13 55
4 FC Barciddia 33 17 4 12 65 56 +9 55
5 Shanak FC 33 15 5 13 57 61 −4 50


Rabastor Premier League Matchday 34

Utica United 1–3 Karikinui FC
Olympique Corriere 1–0 Koroshi Impulse
Newhaven Athletic 2–5 Alissar Phoenix
Negus Koromanti 1–0 Hastmead Diamante
Verda Zephyr 2–0 Dynapolis United
Shanak FC 2–3 Inter Alepio
Orizuru Turic 4–4 Incanto Evolution
Neahri Angels 0–1 Jraxville FC
FC Barciddia 2–0 Firewood City


And the upset is in! Negus Koromanti have thwarted Hastmead Diamante, and Alissar Phoenix are Rabastor Premier League champions!

Negus Koromanti did them a favour in beating Hastmead, but it wouldn't have mattered whether Jahmeen Makonnen's late strike had gone in or not. Without a win for the Diamonds, the title was going to Alissar anyway, courtesy of their dominant display against a Newhaven side that could have survived with a win today.

Newhaven, for their part, might have been distracted by the upcoming Challenge Cup final though. Next week they play Koroshi Impulse for a shot at UICA football next season, despite their relegation...

Newhaven Athletic (OSR) 0-0 Koroshi Impulse (OSR) (1-0 AET)


Jesus Christ... I give up.


Final Standings


Rabastor Premier League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Alissar Phoenix 34 16 12 6 84 68 +16 60 CC
2 Hastmead Diamante 34 16 10 8 78 63 +15 58 GC
3 FC Barciddia 34 18 4 12 67 56 +11 58
4 Firewood City 34 14 13 7 73 62 +11 55
5 Jraxville FC 34 15 7 12 69 56 +13 52 CC
6 Incanto Evolution 34 13 11 10 72 63 +9 50
7 Shanak FC 34 15 5 14 59 64 −5 50
8 Negus Koromanti 34 12 13 9 63 59 +4 49 GC
9 Dynapolis United 34 13 7 14 63 66 −3 46
10 Neahri Angels 34 11 11 12 40 44 −4 44
11 Karikinui FC 34 10 14 10 54 51 +3 44
12 Orizuru Turic 34 11 10 13 38 43 −5 43
13 Verda Zephyr 34 10 12 12 46 48 −2 42
14 Utica United 34 12 5 17 64 73 −9 41
15 Inter Alepio 34 9 13 12 57 65 −8 40
16 Olympique Corriere 34 9 8 17 44 57 −13 35
17 Koroshi Impulse 34 8 8 18 45 61 −16 32
18 Newhaven Athletic 34 5 15 14 47 64 −17 30 GC
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Meanwhile, in the second tier, Venanga goddamn Tropic secure promotion with a game to spare, with Ohafia Pride stealing second place (and the other automatic promotion spot) on head-to-head record, courtesy of their 2-0 win in Cartagena back on matchday eight.

At the other end of the table, Junipa Athletic by far the weakest team in the division, managing just fourteen goals in thirty games.


Ilungu Isbini 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Venanga Tropic 30 19 2 9 68 51 +17 59 C
2 Ohafia Pride 30 15 7 8 65 52 +13 52 P
3 Cartagena Desert Foxes 30 15 7 8 64 50 +14 52 PL
4 Kyoshiku Island 30 13 10 7 32 26 +6 49 PL
5 Violia FC 30 13 9 8 82 70 +12 48 PL
6 Burningham City 30 13 8 9 49 40 +9 47 PL
7 Kart Hago 30 13 6 11 62 53 +9 45
8 Callisto City 30 12 8 10 59 58 +1 44
9 Inzon Hawk 30 11 11 8 59 51 +8 44
10 Raizal Fenyangi 30 11 10 9 52 45 +7 43
11 Pantera Azul 30 12 5 13 53 54 −1 41
12 Ologun Camaron 30 10 7 13 59 68 −9 37
13 FC Mora 30 9 6 15 51 64 −13 33
14 Thor Jraxville 30 8 8 14 52 56 −4 32
15 Armada Ohafia 30 5 10 15 38 51 −13 25 R
16 Junipa Athletic 30 3 2 25 14 70 −56 11 R


Rabastor League Playoffs

Heartbreak for the Desert Foxes, who missed out on automatic promotion on a head-to-head with Ohafia Pride, and now lose out on attacker-defender-goalkeeper shootout against Olympique Corriere in the final round of the playoffs. After tying things up with a 1-0 home win in the second leg, the Tubrissian side just couldn't get it done in the end.

Elsewhere, Kyoshiku Island's superb counterattacking gets them past the fearsome firepower of Violia in an exciting tie featuring eleven goals, before locking down Premier League side Inter Alepio for the 1-0 aggregate win in the final round.

(OSR)    Cartagena Desert Foxes    2-1    Burningham City           (OSR)   1-1   1-0  (aet)
(OSR) Kyoshiku Island 6-5 Violia FC (OSR) 2-2 4-3

(OSR) Olympique Corriere t 2-2 Cartagena Desert Foxes (OSR) 2-1 0-1 (3-0 adg)
(OSR) Inter Alepio 0-1 Kyoshiku Island (OSR) 0-0 0-1

Olympique Corriere remain in the Rabastor Premier League
Kyoshiku Island are promoted to the Rabastor Premier League


Rabastor Challenge League Results

The inaugural season of the Challenge Premier League was fascinating, with play across four nations culminating in Cobre side Qubadili taking the title on head-to-head results against runners up Muirford Athletic, despite losing 3-2 on the final day to relegated Enosi Myonacia.

An interesting quirk of the Challenge Premier -- which dictates that there must be four teams from each of the constituent nations in the league -- meant that Warton Villa and Cymrwell FC were relegated despite finishing just one point out of the top half. Four teams between them and relegated Enosi and Torreon at the foot of the table.


Challenge Premier League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 CBR Qubadili FC 30 14 9 7 50 45 +5 51 C
2 OSR Muirford Athletic 30 15 6 9 54 49 +5 51 PRM
3 OSR SS Aquilone 30 15 5 10 57 45 +12 50 P/O
4 CBR Cavalane Panthers 30 13 9 8 67 65 +2 48
5 OSR Gamba Kyobe 30 13 7 10 56 49 +7 46
6 ERS Pisateia FC 30 13 5 12 49 50 −1 44
7 CBR Ajamilu FC 30 12 7 11 36 36 0 43
8 AQL Bahia Rojo 30 12 6 12 53 51 +2 42
9 OSR Warton Villa 30 12 5 13 52 52 0 41 R
10 CBR Cymrwell FC 30 11 8 11 44 38 +6 41 R
11 AQL Real Seaga 30 11 7 12 55 54 +1 40
12 AQL Genesia 30 11 6 13 54 62 −8 39
13 ERS Santorini City 30 11 4 15 60 68 −8 37
14 ERS FC Erisia 30 10 4 16 52 61 −9 34
15 ERS Enosi Myonacia 30 9 6 15 54 60 −6 33 R
16 AQL Santos Torreon 30 8 6 16 25 33 −8 30 R


Once again, the nation-specific quotas make for an odd situation in the Challenge Playoffs -- whereby the third-ranked team in the Challenge Premier has a shot at promotion. The league rules dictate that the third-placed team in the Challenge Premier earns the right to play a two-legged playoff against the lowest ranked team (outside the bottom two) from the same nation in Ilungu Isibini. In this case, SS Aquilone took on FC Mora...

(OSR)                   FC Mora    3-2    SS Aquilone               (OSR)   2-1   1-1


Sadly, they didn't quite have enough to overcome the Mount Crown based side, after a late equaliser in the second leg from the aptly named Erica Worthy.

Below the Challenge Premier, each nation crowned operates its own "national league", resulting in four "National Challenge League Champions"... Each league's results are below.


Phoenix League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Marin Riversiders 36 20 4 12 52 36 +16 64 C
2 Corriere Sporting 36 14 12 10 38 31 +7 54
3 Grafite Union 36 13 15 8 25 20 +5 54
4 Arakat Equinox 36 14 9 13 32 37 −5 51
5 Alianza Maharia 36 12 11 13 40 36 +4 47
6 Arcaea County 36 12 11 13 29 37 −8 47
7 Camslow Lynx 36 12 10 14 32 30 +2 46
8 Honggenn Harriers 36 13 6 17 30 46 −16 45
9 Zama Immortals 36 12 7 17 37 41 −4 43
10 Phoenix Thanae 36 10 11 15 31 32 −1 41 R


The Osarian league is by far the largest in the Rabastor Football League pyramid, topped by the ten-team Phoenix League. Marin Riversiders ran away with it, winning by ten clear points, and will replace Warton Villa in the Challenge Premier League next season.

Phoenix Thanae, a preseason favourite for the title, unfortunately finished bottom of the league and could be relegated depending on the outcome of the regional league playoffs.



Cobrio Panther League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Raizal Edge 36 18 8 10 58 39 +19 62 C
2 Golden Dragons 36 20 2 14 59 37 +22 62
3 Magnum Clay FC 36 16 10 10 45 33 +12 58
4 FC Kogibe Django 36 17 7 12 61 59 +2 58
5 South Cavalane 36 16 10 10 51 45 +6 58
6 Nyami Falls FC 36 13 11 12 42 45 −3 50
7 Vennulo Vipers 36 13 10 13 53 60 −7 49
8 Kronkow United F.C. 36 10 9 17 26 32 −6 39
9 Tivoli Heights 36 7 11 18 34 55 −21 32
10 CF Solidarite Akach 36 6 10 20 23 47 −24 28 R


Raizal Edge bring it home with a 1-0 win on the final day of the season, just when it looked like Golden Dragons were going to steal it. The Dragons took an early lead at Kronkow, putting them top of the table, but the fate of the title was out of their hands already, as they had already lost the head-to-head tiebreaker with Raizal Edge.

Edge, for their part, knowing a victory would crown them champions... went all out. And it paid off. In the eighty-seventh minute.

Of particular note is that every team in the top half feasibly could have won the league -- just four points separated the top five teams in the league.

At the wrong end of the table, the neutrals' favourites Solidarite Akach -- a club formed in solidarity with the oppressed people of Akach in the immediate aftermath of the Temporal War -- couldn't keep up the pace with Tivoli Heights and are unfortunately dropped to the Cobrio Silver League.



Super Liga Aquilliana 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Parque Jalisco 36 17 10 9 73 56 +17 61
2 Otomi Retaro 36 15 14 7 61 45 +16 59
3 Estudiantes Pachuebla 36 16 10 10 50 45 +5 58
4 Academia Deportes 36 16 8 12 46 37 +9 56
5 Club Olimpia 36 14 10 12 34 30 +4 52
6 Union Silviana 36 15 7 14 55 57 −2 52
7 Montelia 36 10 14 12 33 41 −8 44
8 Rahobi United 36 8 16 12 35 39 −4 40
9 Aquilliano 36 10 5 21 38 56 −18 35
10 Juventud Rahobi 36 6 12 18 23 42 −19 30 R


In a national title race that came down to the final day, Jalisco pipped Otomi Retaro to the post, with a 4-2 win over Silviana. Retaro, for their part, slaughtered Montelia 5-1, but it wouldn't matter in the end. Estudiantes were also in with a shot, but their defeat at Club Olimpia left them three points off the pace come final whistle. Elsewhere, Juventud fall to the Nova League



Eristicea Golden League 1 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 PAOD Ajna 36 18 10 8 42 28 +14 64 C
2 Hemis FC 36 13 15 8 26 19 +7 54
3 Chamiopolis FC 36 15 9 12 47 41 +6 54
4 Veraklis 36 14 9 13 39 44 −5 51
5 Apollon Samara 36 12 12 12 54 54 0 48
6 FC Aletrai 36 11 14 11 51 50 +1 47
7 Achilleas Neokartago 36 12 11 13 38 43 −5 47
8 Niki Rega 36 13 7 16 44 45 −1 46
9 NP Ajna 36 9 13 14 40 47 −7 40
10 AED Ajna 36 8 10 18 33 43 −10 34


With no professional tier below the Golden League, AED Ajna are perhaps fortunate... not that they will think so. Especially not when their cross-city rivals PAOD Ajna were crowned champions by some margin.

Hemis and Chamiopolis, while worthy challengers for much of the season, just couldn't keep the pace down the final stretch, and PAOD galloped away into an insurmountable lead, though their triumph wasn't confirmed until matchday thirty-four...
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Rabastor Premier League
Season Two

It's about that time again. With Alissar Phoenix claiming the first championship of the new era, but there seemingly being a high degree of parity in the top flight in general, it should be an interesting season. Filomena Corredera, who left Phoenix to take over at Hastmead before the start of last season, will almost certainly be even more fired up in her quest to lead a team to a championship this time around, while Triffid Ramsey is not quite an unknown quantity anymore. The two look likely to battle for the title, with a few others potentially muscling in on the race themselves. Among that pack, the most likely to butt in are probably the two Cobre sides Negus Koromanti and Jraxville FC -- the latter of whom are the reigning Cobrio champions. Utica United are still formidable, if not the title threats they have been in the past, while Dynapolis are slipping away and further decline could cost Emeka Obasi his job.

Beyond the top six, the strongest of the bunch looks to be Timo Sorben's Barciddia side, who last season surprised everyone with a title run that just ran out of steam late on. On paper, they're likely to be in the same boat as Shanak and Firewood City -- fringe contenders for the title, but in with a shot at a UICA berth via either the league or a cup. The middle of the pack is much of a muchness, with five sides all looking relatively unthreatened by the relegation battle sure to be taking place below them, but equally unlikely to challenge the status of those above them.

At the bottom of the table, the relegation battle looks set to be contested by the three promoted sides -- Ohafia Pride and Venanga Tropic, both making their first-ever appearances in the top flight of Osarian football, in any era, gained promotion alongside Kyoshiku Island last term -- and the team most damaged by player departure last season; Olympique Corriere. Most likely, two of these teams will go down, with the other two needing a playoff to stay in the top tier. It's hard to see any of them really rising above that at this point.

Anyway, that's enough wittering about the Premier League, lets look at the teams.




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Alissar Phoenix
Stadium: The Crucible
Location: Alissar, Zaryta, Tubriss
Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-1-2
Max Earner: Kylian CHOLAKIAN (48k per week)
Average Salary: 25k per week

Personnel Breakdown
-------GOALKEEPERS----------------------------------------------------
01 - ♂ Aurelio CESARIO (c) [OSR] 22 y/o Commander ★★★★★
31 - ♀ Evie WILLIAMSON [OSR] 16 y/o Acrobat ★★★★☆
26 - ♀ Nancy BAIRD [CBR] 24 y/o Stopper ★★★☆☆
-------DEFENDERS------------------------------------------------------
06 - ♂ Andre JOHNSON [CBR] 25 y/o Instinctive ★★★★☆
21 - ♂ Kylian CHOLAKIAN [NPH] 27 y/o Fullback ★★★★☆
17 - ♂ Clarence DONALDSON [OSR] 26 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
23 - ♂ Reiji SHIBATA [OSR] 24 y/o Fullback ★★★☆☆
03 - ♂ Montel DUNCAN [CBR] 25 y/o Fullback ★★★☆☆
05 - ♂ Andrew WATKINS [OSR] 31 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
33 - ♀ Joscelyn ROSENBAUER [NPH] 33 y/o Cultured ★★★☆☆
36 - ♂ Armand TAMBOURE [ASU] 30 y/o Warrior ★★★☆☆
-------MIDFIELDERS----------------------------------------------------
08 - ♂ Iqadi MUNROE [CBR] 23 y/o Dynamo ★★★★★
10 - ♂ Belshazzar QANBARI [OSR] 22 y/o Second ★★★★★
04 - ♂ Joel McLEAN [AQL] 23 y/o Banger ★★★★☆
16 - ♂ Tyrus HIGHTOWER [OSR] 24 y/o General ★★★★☆
11 - ♀ Zuzana STREISS [NPH] 26 y/o Rapid ★★★★☆
18 - ♀ Vivien GÁLL [PAS] 28 y/o Playmaker ★★★☆☆
24 - ♂ Mathieu DURAND [OSR] 25 y/o Disruptor ★★★☆☆
-------FORWARDS-------------------------------------------------------
09 - ♂ Lycomedes MONTANARI [APX] 27 y/o Complete ★★★★☆
88 - ♀ Shoko SAKURAMOTO [OSR] 24 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
28 - ♀ Soheila MANESH [OSR] 19 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆
14 - ♂ Linford GRIMES [BRE] 27 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆

Manager: Triffid RAMSEY (NPH)
Even the board at Phoenix would be hard-pressed to argue that they expected Ramsey to be such a resounding success in Alissar, but that's what she is. Sticking to her ideals, and adjusting the existing system in Alissar (it used to be a triangular 4-3-3), it took a little while for the team to get into the swing of things... but when they got there, it was magnificent to watch. Ramsey has made moves in the summer to bring in depth up front, while strengthening the defence with experience, but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough.

Captain: Aurelio CESARIO (G)
Aurelio CESARIO is one of those guys who never seems troubled. His calm assurance at the back is the platform upon which the disciplined Alissar defence relies. Should Cesario be removed from the starting lineup, the change is immediately noticeable. This is not to say the defence is poor in his absence, but rather he is the key element that raises it to being considered one of the league's most well-organised units. His vision is similar to that of some of the leading midfield generals in the league, and there is a confidence about him that lets the back four relax somewhat, safe in the knowledge that the skipper -- via his subtle communications -- will have things under control. Even more remarkable is that he is still only twenty-two...

Key Player: The key man remains Iqadi MUNROE. The Cobre international's boundless energy make him appear almost omnipresent at times. His heat maps are a giant splodge of orange-red. The all-action midfielder has a tendency to be a little reckless in his tackling -- perhaps overzealous is a more accurate term, actually -- but the ability to apply pressure from midfield is key to Phoenix's attacking successes. Ramsey's tactics are perhaps best suited in the league to make the most of Munroe's skillset, and actually rely quite heavily on his quickness in the press. His partnership with Belshazzar QANBARI is one that could potentially rule the league for many years, as the Cobrio starlet's hard work frees up his Tubrissian partner to get into dangerous areas.

One to Watch: It's strange to call a twenty-two year old who is widely considered one of the best midfielders in the country the "one to watch" but … he really is. Belshazzar QANBARI's partnership with Munroe is developing extremely well, and the Tubrissian makes the most of the space created by his teammate's hard press. Warned by Ramsey last season that he needed to get into the final third more often and score more goals, Qanbari responded superbly, scoring twelve in all competitions after the winter break. Should he continue this level of play this season, he could reach twenty-five for the season. A feat not seen from a midfielder in Osarius since Serenity Lewis netted twenty for Firewood City a looooong time ago. And she took penalties. Qanbari does not.

Weakness: As previously mentioned, Phoenix do not have a particularly strong defence, but it is very disciplined. Couple this with a lack of real squad depth, and there is a catastrophe waiting to happen should the club suffer a few unfortunate injuries. The addition of experience this season through the transfer window will perhaps offset some of these concerns, but it's hard to imagine replacing a player of Cesario's stature (for example) with Nancy BAIRD, or even the immense potential of Evie WILLIAMSON. Similarly, a long term injury to either Qanbari or Munroe could be devastating, given how integral they are to Phoenix's style of play...

Transfers In:
Armand TAMBOURE [ASU] (1.2m from Blashpool City [ETN])
Joscelyn ROSENBAUER [NPH] (Free Transfer from Bishop [NPH])
Linford GRIMES [BRE] (Free Transfer from Rozelle United [BRE])
Evie WILLIAMSON [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Theo WINSTON [OSR] (1m to Cymrwell FC [CBR])
Sugar NORWOOD [OSR] (Loan to Inter Alepio [OSR])
Chidiebube OKWARAJI [CBR] (Loan to Ohafia Pride [CBR])
Elfried PICARD [OSR] (1.2m to Venanga Tropic [OSR])

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Hastmead Diamante
Stadium: Black Patch Park
Location: Carbonia, Hastmead, Fourge
Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-3
Max Earner: Ilary MUSCAT (38k per week)
Average Salary: 22k per week

Personnel Breakdown
-------GOALKEEPERS----------------------------------------------------
01 - ♂ Idowu CRUZ [CBR] 26 y/o Stopper ★★★★☆
12 - ♂ Sylvester DAVISON [OSR] 21 y/o Acrobat ★★★☆☆
-------DEFENDERS------------------------------------------------------
84 - ♀ Ryu MASUYA [OSR] 16 y/o Libero ★★★★★
06 - ♂ Éric TIGANA [OSR] 22 y/o Libero ★★★★☆
03 - ♂ Anthony ANELKA [OSR] 23 y/o Instinctive ★★★★☆
03 - ♂ Khyri FULLER [OSR] 22 y/o Libero ★★★★☆
23 - ♂ Ryan CHAMBERLAIN [CBR] 19 y/o Winguardian ★★★★☆
16 - ♂ Alejandro CUENCA [AFT] 21 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
05 - ♂ Bernard McCAIN [OSR] 27 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
21 - ♂ Dezmin SOLOMON [OSR] 25 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Ajamu AJAYI [CBR] 25 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ Daniele ORIOLO [OSR] 21 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
-------MIDFIELDERS----------------------------------------------------
37 - ♀ Sophia DELACOUR [CBR] 20 y/o Maestro ★★★★★
04 - ♀ Malia NIKO (c) [OSR] 23 y/o Disruptor ★★★★★
23 - ♀ Aristeia VIRIDIANA [CLS] 23 y/o Magnet ★★★★★
08 - ♀ Florentina BERTOLINO [OSR] 21 y/o Penetrator ★★★☆☆
18 - ♂ Marcellin DONNAL [OSR] 27 y/o Halfback ★★★☆☆
20 - ♂ Simone PARISI [OSR] 25 y/o Maestro ★★★☆☆
-------FORWARDS-------------------------------------------------------
19 - ♀ Lucea HYDE [OSR] 22 y/o Tower ★★★★★
14 - ♀ Ilary MUSCAT [NPH] 28 y/o Selfless ★★★★☆
07 - ♂ Luke JONES [OSR] 24 y/o Selfless ★★★☆☆
11 - ♂ Gaël FAIRLEY [OSR] 25 y/o Inverted ★★★☆☆

Manager: Filomena CORREDERA (OSR)
Filomena Corredera could be forgiven for kicking herself after last season. Leaving Alissar Phoenix for Hastmead -- and their greater resources; a fact she has never denied -- only to see your old club win the league … must be tough. But she is determined enough to know within herself that she has made the right call. Some squad reshuffling and a little adjustment over the past year tactics-wise mean that Diamante are still likely to be in a title battle with Phoenix. Corredera's experience cannot be disregarded, either. She's actually the most experienced manager in the country, despite not being the oldest, since she started her coaching career at just twenty. Much like Batman, she's far better with prep time, and she's basically had an entire year of it now. Expect to see heads get knocked this season.

Captain: Malia NIKO (M)
Malia NIKO is a critical piece of Hastmead's system, acting as the counter-counter in many ways. Against a team like the Diamonds, who commit many players forward on the attack, the threat of a counter is a constant concern… not when you have potentially the best ball-winning midfielder in the league. Not overly physical by any stretch, NIKO uses her quickness to rack up interceptions, rather than making tackles -- though it should be noted that the relatively diminutive Callisto native *does* possess the ability to put in a crunching tackle if necessary. Her link up play with VIRIDIANA and DELACOUR is almost psychic at times, too, with the former's movement creating the space for the latter to work her magic. NIKO merely feeds and protects. Like the mother of the group.

Key Player: Twenty year old midfielder Sophia DELACOUR is perhaps the most important player in this squad at present. Her uncanny ability to pick a pass -- particularly when she can play a forty yard pass straight onto HYDE's head -- is the primary creative outlet for Corredera's side. Last season, some teams enjoyed success by flooding the midfield and deploying an extra player to apply pressure directly to the inheritor of the vaunted number thirty-seven shirt, as she hovered between the midfield and defensive zones. That said, she's older now, and as her name suggests: wiser. With more ball-playing options behind her, she seems more likely to have an "out" when under pressure. Despite this, it's hard to see Hastmead flourishing in her absence.

One to Watch: How often does a teenager break into a title challenging side? How many of those are centre backs? And how many of *those* play an integral attacking role? Welll…. Ryo MASUYA ticks all those boxes. The sixteen year old centre back is comfortable moving forward -- often with the ball -- into midfield and sometimes beyond, and has impressed at academy level, winning player of the season in the under-19 leagues last term despite being only fifteen. It's hard to imagine Corredera will give him a lot of game time, but surely she wouldn't have called him up to the senior squad if she didn't intend to involve him...

Weakness: With the existing "weakness" of their defensive quality seemingly patched, the only remaining flaw one could possibly point to is a potential lack of goals. Yeah, strange criticism for a free-scoring team, right? Well… hold on a minute. Most of Hastmead's goals come from their wingers, with HYDE typically linking play and providing flick-ons and knock-downs. There is a fundamental flaw with this approach, as the vast majority of Hastmead's play is through the middle. A few teams seemed to identify this flaw last season, and defended narrow, forcing the wingers to move wider, where the xG value of shots is lower. This doesn't mean the Diamonds *don't* have a Plan B, of course... we're just not sure what it is. And relying on your wingers, rather than your centre forward (or even midfield) for goals in a 4-3-3 seems risky in a league with so many quality fullbacks.

Transfers In:
Éric TIGANA [OSR] (6m from Olympique Corriere [OSR])
Anthony ANELKA [OSR] (4.5m from Orizuru Turic [OSR])
Ryu MASUYA [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Ahmad KENDRICKS [OSR] (1.5m to Inter Alepio [OSR])
Martez BOEHM [OSR] (Loan to Newhaven Athletic [OSR])
Juston HUNDLEY [OSR] (1.5m to Shanak FC [CBR])

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Negus Koromanti
Stadium: Bwana Asante Stadium
Location: Okwelle, Raizal, Nyami
Style of Play: Counterattacking 4-3-3
Max Earner: Nnamdi IHENACHO (37k per week)
Average Salary: 19k per week

Personnel Breakdown
-------GOALKEEPERS----------------------------------------------------
01 - ♂ Barrington WHITE [OSR] 26 y/o Acrobat ★★★☆☆
12 - ♀ Novella ROCHE [BRE] 26 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆
-------DEFENDERS------------------------------------------------------
17 - ♀ Dada ADEOSUN [CBR] 16 y/o Instinctive ★★★★☆
03 - ♂ Kheeston BALL [OSR] 20 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
28 - ♂ P. J. STRICKLEN [OSR] 23 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
05 - ♂ Latavius HOLCOMB (c) [OSR] 26 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Emilio GIORDANO [OSR] 24 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ Corey HENRY [CBR] 26 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
02 - ♀ Alessandra GUILIANI [OSR] 32 y/o Balanced ★★★☆☆
-------MIDFIELDERS----------------------------------------------------
08 - ♂ Jahmeen MAKONNEN [CBR] 22 y/o Dynamo ★★★★★
10 - ♀ Mélissa DURAND [OSR] 22 y/o Banger ★★★★☆
04 - ♂ Figo LUGOMESI [OSR] 22 y/o Hollywood ★★★★☆
18 - ♂ Nnamdi IHENACHO [OSR] 26 y/o Enganche ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Akwasi JAMES [CBR] 29 y/o Metronome ★★★☆☆
26 - ♂ Brad DAVIS [OSR] 22 y/o Metronome ★★☆☆☆
-------FORWARDS-------------------------------------------------------
14 - ♂ Kristian COMISKEY [NPH] 22 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
07 - ♂ Kapron BOWIE [OSR] 25 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★☆☆
09 - ♂ Clinton LYNCH [CBR] 27 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Duane DRUMMOND [OSR] 19 y/o Selfless ★★★☆☆
24 - ♀ Lisa-Marie SMALL [OSR] 26 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Zelda JAKOBSSON [EFL] 24 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆

Manager: Marques BANKS (OSR)
Marques Banks is a bit of an idealist, tactically speaking. He has an idea of how he thinks football should be played, and is wholly devoted to it. This rigid adherence to his principles is sometimes a great strength -- that level of conviction is infectious, his players tend to really buy into the system -- but can also be a glaring weakness. If there is a single, all-encompassing criticism to be levelled at Banks, it's his consistent failure to adjust. He is famously quoted as saying he doesn't believe in having a Plan B, "because it distracts from Plan A" ... but his method is yet to crystallise into consistent results.

Captain: Latavius HOLCOMB (D)
Latavius HOLCOMB's utility to Negus Koromanti -- or at least to his manager -- lies primarily in his intelligence. A sharp eye, and a keen sense of where he needs to be are invaluable as he often drops off the backline to sweep up in critical moments. Otherwise, he is the organiser, the conductor. Without his presence at the back to enforce the rigid positional discipline the Banks system requires, the frequency of errors skyrockets. A cult hero among fans of the club, HOLCOMB embraces his role, and is highly sensitive to the fans' voice, so would never complain about his burden... but he will undoubtedly welcome the arrival of experienced Osarian defender Alessandra GUILIANI, to offset a little of the responsibiltiy, even if he never openly admits it.

Key Player: By far and away, the best player on this team is Jahmeen MAKONNEN. The Cobre midfielder possesses boundless energy, and is a technically refined player to boot. Like many young players of obvious quality, he does suffer a bit from "Red Rico" syndrome -- so named for the famous comic strip character; in that he tries to do a bit too much alone at times -- but he's legitimately so talented, it's hard to rein that in without affecting his game overall. It's a source of frustration for Banks in particular, though, as he often needs the team to be very disciplined positionally, for his system to really work. MAKONNEN has a lot to learn, but if you take him out of this Koromanti side, they have nobody capable of filling that void even halfway. There is also a sense that the Raizal-based side may have their star player snatched away if they don't make a splash this season...

One to Watch: The easy answer here would be Dada ADEOSUN, the teenage defender called up from the academy this season… but in truth, it would be wiser to keep an eye on selfless forward Duane DRUMMOND. The nineteen year old's movement is crucial in the final third, often opening up space for Kapron BOWIE. In the absense of the big target man Clinton LYNCH, Drummond has been seen moving to a deeper position to link play between midfield and attack, too; either by supplying the link pass, or by dropping deep to cover Nnamdi IHENACHO's position while the latter drives forward for goals. If Banks has his way with Drummond, and builds on the solid platform already in place, we could be looking at a regular Osarius international in the not-too distant future.

Weakness: Banks has implemented a fantastically effective system for the Kings, but it relies far too heavily on positional discipline. Injuries to key players mean bringing in players with much less experience in their specific roles, and greater scope for error than most other systems. This is often compounded by new signings -- hence the board's usual preference for completing signings as soon as possible in the transfer window -- and with three new players in the team this season, it remains to be seen whether they can adjust quickly enough to ensure the team aren't chasing the leading pack all season. A national title is within grasp, after all, but neither Jraxville nor Dynapolis will just roll over and let the upstarts overtake them. There is little room for error at the peak, in the rarefied air Negus Koromanti now find themselves breathing.

Transfers In:
Alessandra GUILIANI [OSR] (1.5m from Chenoworth Harriers [NPH])
Novella ROCHE [BRE] (Free Transfer from Marque [BRE])
Zelda JAKOBSSON [EFL] (Free Transfer from Stade-National [ASU])
Dada ADEOSUN [CBR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Leah GOFF [OSR] (0.5m to Enosi Myonacia [ERS])
Djibril NUIRAT [OSR] (Free Transfer to Golden Dragons [CBR])
Shoni HOSLEY [OSR] (0.8m to Violia FC [OSR])

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Jraxville FC
Stadium: JNV Arena
Location: Jraxville, Shanak, Kaita
Style of Play: Pressing 4-2-3-1
Max Earner: Babatunde WARRINGTON (67k per week)
Average Salary: 24k per week

Personnel Breakdown
-------GOALKEEPERS----------------------------------------------------
01 - ♂ Giuseppe ZICARO [OSR] 23 y/o Stopper ★★★★☆
12 - ♂ Cornelius MARWICK [CBR] 23 y/o Distributor ★★★☆☆
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15 - ♂ Ekene UDOJI [CBR] 23 y/o Winguardian ★★★★☆
21 - ♂ Maximin DEBUCHY [CBR] 16 y/o Warrior ★★★★☆
05 - ♂ Dieudonne MBONGA [SEM] 33 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Kristjan BLACKSON [CBR] 26 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
02 - ♂ Robert HOGAN [OSR] 25 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
03 - ♂ Weston URBAN [OSR] 22 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Datone TOOMER [OSR] 26 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
17 - ♂ Laurent VIEIRA [CBR] 27 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
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20 - ♂ Keru LUVOKABI [OSR] 24 y/o Halfback ★★★★☆
08 - ♂ Didier FONTAINE (c) [CBR] 30 y/o General ★★★★☆
22 - ♀ Paolita ZAMPOLI [OSR] 26 y/o Penetrator ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Mark CHAMBERS [OSR] 21 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
04 - ♂ Behrad EFTEKHAR [OSR] 23 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
-------FORWARDS-------------------------------------------------------
09 - ♂ Babatunde WARRINGTON [CBR] 25 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★★★
18 - ♂ Moses LOFUKO [CBR] 20 y/o Inverted ★★★★☆
11 - ♂ Ezekiel HANKINS [CBR] 24 y/o Harrier ★★★★☆
14 - ♂ Dallas STREIGHT [OSR] 23 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
24 - ♀ Lisa GUY [OSR] 27 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★☆☆

Manager: Keziah NOAH (CBR)
Keziah Noah's strengths lie in his ability to build a squad up, and with that in mind, it's odd to see him allowing the vast gaps in salary to emerge between his starters and rotation players. But, perhaps this is part of the plan. If the bench players know they are here specifically to plug gaps as and when needed, it makes sense that the majority of the money goes on the starters... though this is a questionable strategy regardless. The first eleven is certainly very well constructed, with some strong connections and a clear sense of togetherness, enchancing his burgeoning reputation... and Jraxville are national champions again, so he's doing something right. Though it's hard to shake the feeling something's wrong, too. Even after signing UDOJI and ZICARO to bolster defensive strength, there is still a feeling that Jraxville are vulnerable. Or at least, more vulnerable than they should be. And Noah hasn't addressed this.

Captain: Didier FONTAINE (M)
One of the many things serving in the Cobre military does for you is it gives you an air of respectability. Didier FONTAINE exemplifies this air. Not particularly big or imposing, nor loud… he still commands respect. His quiet, yet intense, confidence permeates the squad, and his tactical mind affords him a lot more influence on the pitch than most. Perhaps most importantly, though, the Cobre midfielder is a "people person" -- immensely popular among the entire squad, and quite the joker, apparently. In many ways, Jraxville are built around him, which might not be the wisest move, given his advancing years... though you'd not put it past him to play until age 40.

Key Player: There is a reason Babatunde WARRINGTON gets the big money. Not his "side hustle" as a movie star, nor his "rugged good looks", or "angelic voice" … not even the "incredible insight of his TED talks"... nope. It is entirely down to his uncanny ability to find the back of the net. The Cobrio international striker is almost surgical in the final third, carving goals out of the tightest angles. The league's highest paid player finished last season as its top scorer, netting exactly one third of all of Jraxville's goals. Possessing blistering pace and an incredible, single-minded pursuit of goalscoring, in many ways Warrington is a throwback to the legendary Osarian forward Ezio Grassi. Many would point out that the latter was a significantly more rounded player, and *probably* more intelligent... but in terms of goalscoring, there's not much between them. A player like that in any team is going to be key to their success.

One to Watch: Wonderkid Moses LOFUKO is still the one to watch in this squad. Ambidextrous, athletic, skillful, enthusiastic … the Cobre winger has all the tools to be a world beater, and Keziah NOAH will be fully aware of the risk that he receives an offer that's too good to refuse from an overseas club. If and when that happens, Jraxville lose their final third x-factor. Moses possesses a remarkable ability to pull off things that most other players don't even think of, let alone dream of. Still a young player, he is prone to bouts of inconsistency and emotional outbursts from time to time, but the mentorship of Dieudonne MBONGA and Didier FONTAINE has been priceless. Expect to see him take another massive step forward this season.

Weakness: Due to the massive wages paid out to some of the team's key players, there is an almost alarming lack of quality depth in the squad -- hard to convince talent to warm the bench pretty much all year without offering a wad of cash, after all -- though somehow this hasn't really affected them yet. A well-equipped medical staff offsets this to some extent, but there's a distinct feeling that Jraxville are riding their luck on this one... if it runs out this season, don't be surprised to see them have a rough patch and completely disappear from the title race.

Transfers In:
Ekene UDOJI [CBR] (5m from Verda Zephyr [OSR])
Giuseppe ZICARO [OSR] (3m from Utica United [OSR])
Maximin DEBUCHY [CBR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Zdzislaw RESNICK [OSR] (0.8m to Callisto City [OSR])
Amy WELLS [CBR] (1m to Cymrwell FC [CBR])
De'Vondre HEMINGWAY [OSR] (1.8m to Violia FC [OSR])

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Utica United
Stadium: The Ursinopolis
Location: Utica, Zaryta, Tubriss
Style of Play: Pressing 4-3-3
Max Earner: Lemarr PEARCE (38k per week)
Average Salary: 19k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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12 - ♂ Ladarius BOYCE [OSR] 19 y/o Acrobat ★★★★☆
01 - ♂ Gianluigi BAVENA [OSR] 24 y/o Shot stopper ★★★☆☆
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22 - ♀ Dafne CESARIO [OSR] 16 y/o Athletic ★★★★★
17 - ♂ Enrico LOMELI [OSR] 24 y/o Libero ★★★★☆
04 - ♀ Marie-Charlotte CANTONA [OSR] 24 y/o Sweeper ★★★★☆
05 - ♂ Lemarr PEARCE (c) [CBR] 27 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Brizio CORRADI [OSR] 25 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ Bixente LALONDE [ASU] 24 y/o Cultured ★★★☆☆
30 - ♂ Brando QUITAIN [FHU] 17 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
02 - ♂ Aristidis TRIPOLI [OSR] 24 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
-------MIDFIELDERS----------------------------------------------------
08 - ♀ Akia LAWAL [CBR] 24 y/o General ★★★★☆
10 - ♀ Élodie AMADI [CBR] 23 y/o Dynamo ★★★★☆
19 - ♀ Amandine AUTHEMENT [OSR] 28 y/o Halfback ★★★☆☆
20 - ♂ William VILLAPLANE [OSR] 22 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Johnny OSWEILER [OSR] 22 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
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23 - ♀ Ataya AZAROLA [AQL] 26 y/o Predator ★★★★★
09 - ♂ Kymani GREENE [AQL] 24 y/o Magnet ★★★★☆
14 - ♀ NIOBE [DAI] 23 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆
07 - ♂ Morgan FLORES [OSR] 26 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Zacharenia ELIADE [OSR] 25 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★☆☆
18 - ♂ Dan ISHMAEL [OSR] 20 y/o Selfless ★★☆☆☆
22 - ♂ Nathan SLINGSBY [AUD] 19 y/o ------- ★★☆☆☆

Manager: Patrice ROSADA (OSR)
Patrice Rosada's transfer dealings this season look exceptionally shrewd. It's a new feeling for Utica fans, no doubt -- they're used to seeing players leave, with new players predominantly arriving via their academy, after all -- but the excitement is clear. Rosada's preferred system is highly reminiscent of the classic Osarian "Suzakudo", though she denies being an adherent to the philosophies laid out by Hugh Collingwood all those years ago. The familiarity of the system means she can focus more heavily on ironing out the kinks in the young players she has amassed within her squad, though... and her coaching ability is among the best in the league, according to those in the know. Perhaps this roster isn't quite ready to challenge at the top, but it looks like a team for the future.

Captain: Lemarr PEARCE (D)
Cobre centre back Lemarr PEARCE is entering his prime as a footballer right about now, and his athletic traits combined with an uncanny instinct for defending make him a fearsome opponent for around eight or nine out of ten RPL forwards… those others, though? He is well aware of the problems they face. A generally quiet leader, he tends to lead by example, which can be problematic in a relatively inexperienced side -- especially when you're struggling. Acknowledging his own shortcomings, however, is one of the big man's strengths. "Sometimes a leader has to know when to let somebody else take the reins" he says, matter-of-factly, and many have speculated that the signings of Enrico LOMELI and Marie-Charlotte CANTONA is one that will allow him to "split the burden" of shackling the league's top attackers.

Key Player: It would be easy to point to Ataya AZAROLA or Lemarr PEARCE for this … but in truth, Utica rely most on the midfield tandem of Akia LAWAL and Elodie AMADI. From LAWAL, the team takes its cues, relying on her excellent football brain to decipher problems and make the right signals when things aren't going according to plan; but it's often AMADI who chips in as a "spare (wo)man" whenever the team needs one. The two are also extremely close off the pitch, and it shows in their almost telepathic understanding while at work in the orange of their employer. A loss of either of the two could be catastrophic for Utica in the short-term, as they don't really have any serious quality in midfield outside the duo, and when either has been deployed without the other, there is a noticeable decline in performance.

One to Watch: The promotion to the first team of Dafne CESARIO has set a lot of tongues wagging. The phenomenally athletic teenager is potentially capable of plugging any gap in the defence, and possibly even stepping up into a defensive midfield role, giving Patrice Rosada *options*. At sixteen, Dafne is still considered very raw as a player, though "very raw" in the Utica academy is closer to "polished" in most other clubs, so expect to see her rack up a fair number of minutes. Ostensibly the reason Storm GALDEIRA was allowed to leave -- albeit for a large fee -- Dafne will need to develop quickly to take on the role vacated by the Osarian international.

Weakness: The same weakness seems to have plagued Utica United for the better part of a century now -- lack of experience. Having an age policy and preferring to field young players over aging ones has the knock-on effect of lowering the overall experience level of the squad. In some cases, this is less of a concern, as even young players on the Utica roster can be fairly experienced... but in others, it's a huge risk. This season, Utica will be starting a teenager in goal. Despite his obvious talent, Ladarius BOYCE simply might not be ready for this level of play week-in, week-out for a whole season. The sale of Giuseppe ZICARO (for what is really a small fee) might prove to be a critical error in judgment if the acrobatic teen doesn't step up. Backup Gianluigi BAVENA is serviceable, of course, but Utica don't need serviceable if they want to really make a push at the top.

Transfers In:
Marie-Charlotte CANTONA [OSR] (5m from Verda Zephyr [OSR])
Enrico LOMELI [OSR] (3.5m from Venanga Tropic [OSR])
Akia LAWAL [CBR] (3m from Cartagena Desert Foxes [OSR])
Bixente LALONDE [ASU] (1.1m from Greygate [NPH])
Brando QUITAIN [FHU] (Free Transfer from Marinos Lunigo FC [DKI])
Dafne CESARIO [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Storm GALDEIRA [OSR] (7.5m to Dynapolis United [CBR])
Guyton BOYD [CBR] (Free Transfer to FC Erisia [ERS])
Margarita MATTA [OSR] (Free Transfer to Gamba Kyobe [OSR])
Giuseppe ZICARO [OSR] (3m to Jraxville FC [CBR])
Buster PRUITT [OSR] (1m to Muirford Athletic [OSR])
Kolby STURGIS [OSR] (1.25m to Qubadili FC [CBR])

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Dynapolis United
Stadium: The Dragonpit
Location: Dynapolis, Umoja, Kaita
Style of Play: Pressing 4-2-3-1
Max Earner: Lasser REI (58k per week)
Average Salary: 28k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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01 - ♂ Darryl BROCK [OSR] 26 y/o Eccentric ★★★☆☆
12 - ♀ Alicia THORNTON [OSR] 29 y/o Commander ★★★☆☆
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03 - ♀ Storm GALDEIRA [OSR] 25 y/o Neutraliser ★★★★★
02 - ♂ Garlan SPENCE [CBR] 26 y/o Marauder ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Christophe DUPUIS [OSR] 26 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
05 - ♂ Hermann UBOGAGU [OSR] 25 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
21 - ♀ Theresa HERRON [OSR] 25 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
03 - ♀ Zohra CORBEL [OSR] 28 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
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16 - ♂ Sylvain PICARD [CBR] 20 y/o Disruptor ★★★★★
20 - ♂ Folarin AKINBOBO [CBR] 19 y/o Metronome ★★★★☆
14 - ♀ Nóra ANTAL [PAS] 22 y/o Penetrator ★★★☆☆
08 - ♂ Colin McCARTHY (c) [CBR] 26 y/o Dynamo ★★★☆☆
23 - ♀ Marissa LEVINGSTON [OSR] 24 y/o General ★★★☆☆
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09 - ♂ Lasser REI [MRN] 29 y/o Banger ★★★★★
11 - ♀ Julie CABAYE [OSR] 25 y/o Predator ★★★★☆
07 - ♂ Antonio THEUS [OSR] 24 y/o Tower ★★★★☆
22 - ♀ Leona DOUGLAS [CBR] 16 y/o Tower ★★★★☆
13 - ♂ Jamaal MORGAN [OSR] 25 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Donato SORRENTINO [OSR] 20 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
18 - ♀ Janina LEE [OSR] 20 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆

Manager: Emeka OBASI (CBR)
Emeka Obasi is under a LOT of pressure. This much is clear. The arrival of Storm GALDEIRA at high cost seems like a bit of a panic buy -- in what world does a defender who prefers to play at fullback transform a side? -- and we're still being asked to trust that Obasi knows what he's doing. He generally does, so it's hard to argue with this request, but Dynapolis seem to be falling away from Jraxville... who themselves are slipping away from the top two. Obasi is known to consider the restoration of Dynapolis United to the top of Cobre -- and potentially Rabastorian -- football to be his personal mission. Another failure might be too much to bear, especially amidst the intense (and growing) pressure from the fanbase.

Captain: Colin McCARTHY (M)
Osarian legend Roque Acosta once described himself as a "slightly above average player who people just listened to" … that sounds like a fair way of describing Colin McCARTHY. With the caveat (which also applieed to Acosta) that he is significantly better than average. Sure, he won't be single-handedly dragging average sides into greatness, but he definitely elevates his side's performances. Without him, or when he has to play a different role to his usual all-action showing in the middle, Dynapolis are significantly easier to beat.

Key Player: When you have a striker the caliber of Lasser REI, you build your attack around him. This is just logical, isn't it? Well… not for Dynapolis. The key player for the Dragons is actually Antonio THEUS, the giant hold up man who is often instrumental in bringing the Mrii striker into play. A striker himself by trade, THEUS often starts deeper, in a midfield role, before pushing up to apply pressure on the opposition centre back(s), creating space between the lines for REI to drop into and unleash his fearsome mid-range shot repertoire. By starting THEUS in a nominally wider role (usually the right side of the attacking midfield three), Obasi exploits expectations of the unprepared and generates horribly one-sided mismatches against others, leveraging THEUS's immense frame and surprising athleticism to spearhead the attack without actually spearheading it.

One to Watch: Given that Obasi doesn't like to use wingers, there is a heavy reliance on linking play through the middle. Nineteen year old midfielder Folarin AKINBOBO will play a crucial role in that regard, dropping deep to collect the ball out of defence, and always presenting a pass option in midfield. His intelligent movement means that Dynapolis almost always have an "out" -- while his passing range also means the likes of Nora ANTAL and Lasser REI can move into space in wide areas before cutting back inside. In the absence of the Cobre teenager, the midfield is clearly weaker, with captain McCARTHY often having to step into that role, rather than putting on his box-to-box, all-action, lead by example display... and the team misses that instead.

Weakness: The defence is enough of a concern for some within the club that there have been calls to convert talented teenager Leona DOUGLAS into a centre back. Let that sink in. While the sixteen year old has the height and aerial prowess, that's a lot to ask. The addition of GALDEIRA will bolster a generally mediocre unit, but it won't be enough. The presence of Sylvain PICARD in midfield is perhaps the only thing preventing every opposing team from spearing straight through the squishy centre of the Dynapolitan defence, in fact. Obasi will need to come up with some seriously inventive tactical moves to cover this weakness up.

Transfers In:
Storm GALDEIRA [OSR] (7.5m from Utica United [OSR])
Leona DOUGLAS [CBR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Rufus CUNNINGHAM [OSR] (1.1m to Olympique Corriere [OSR])
Caprice TAMU [OSR] (2m to Venanga Tropic [OSR])
Ladislas CASONI [OSR] (1.2m to Verda Zephyr [OSR])
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FC Barciddia
Stadium: Kart Hago Koliseum
Location: Barciddia, Periocha, Tubriss
Style of Play: Counterattacking 3-5-2
Max Earner: Lewis ARMSTRONG (58k per week)
Average Salary: 20k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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01 - ♂ Darren BRINTHILL [BRE] 25 y/o Stopper ★★★★☆
13 - ♀ Anaïg MANDANDA [OSR] 28 y/o Distributor ★★★☆☆
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06 - ♂ Lewis ARMSTRONG (c) [CBR] 27 y/o Instinctive ★★★★☆
05 - ♂ Romuald GUILBERT [OSR] 27 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
17 - ♂ Terrence STEWART [OSR] 22 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
02 - ♂ Marcelo AYALA [OSR] 26 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
03 - ♂ Lane OZOUGWU [OSR] 24 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
15 - ♀ Yael HUERTA [OSR] 21 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
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30 - ♀ Megan KEANE [OSR] 16 y/o Dynamo ★★★★★
10 - ♀ Candice CORE [OSR] 25 y/o Trequartista ★★★☆☆
28 - ♂ Robert SANDS [OSR] 21 y/o Anchorman ★★★☆☆
08 - ♀ Ashley BILLINGS [OSR] 23 y/o Playmaker ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Nektarios SPEROS [OSR] 21 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
04 - ♂ Elliot FIELDS [OSR] 29 y/o Second ★★★☆☆
19 - ♀ Liliane GOODE [OSR] 21 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
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09 - ♂ Ricardo REYNOLDS [OSR] 25 y/o Predator ★★★★★
18 - ♂ Casim DUNCAN [CBR] 20 y/o Harrier ★★★★☆
22 - ♂ Da'Ron BOSTIC [OSR] 26 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆
25 - ♂ Chaz DUNN [OSR] 24 y/o Magnet ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Liliana HARPER [OSR] 27 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆
14 - ♀ Adonia TEYMOORI [OSR] 25 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆

Manager: Timo SORBEN (COS)
It's a strange thing, to see foreign managers come into Rabastorian football and immediately make an impact, bringing a degree of relative success… but Timo Sorben is one of three to do so last season. Arguably, he was most impressive -- despite Triffid Ramsey winning the league in her debut season -- given the relative resources he was working with. This isn't to say that Barciddia aren't a strong team, but rather, nobody really had them in mind as potential champions until Sorben's influence had brought an additional level out of this squad. It's the Cosumarite's talent for making the right tactical adjustments at the right times -- even the ones that appear to make no sense at first, like his decision to replace tall forward TEYMOORI with diminutive midfielder FIELDS in the 1-0 home win over Dynapolis United last season, which took just four minutes to yield a result -- that has elevated this squad to another level. Given enough time (and resources) it wouldn't be out of the question to see Barciddia legitimately establish themselves as perennial title-contenders. He needs to take another step quickly though, as the league improves quickly around him...

Captain: Lewis ARMSTRONG (D)
A lot of thing can be said about Lewis ARMSTRONG, but perhaps most important is that he is probably the only truly indispensible player in the Barciddia squad. Not just the captain, but also an assistant manager in all but name, the Cobre captain sets the tone. When Sorben came in, it was suggested that the new gaffer might rub a few players the wrong way, or have some potential man-management issues to deal with... until pundits remembered that he also had Lewis Armstrong in the dressing room. A cerebral player, he gets along well with the boss -- in his time a similarly cerebral player -- which puts the rest of the squad at ease. Because if Lewis, the smartest player on the team, likes this guy... how can it be a bad thing, right? All of this is without mentioning Armstrong's ability as a player. Anchoring a three-man defence, he needs to co-ordinate the team's defensive positioning well, and is most important in preventing a crippling vulnerability to long, diagonal balls over the top. Now entering his prime, this is the best shot at breaking into the "elite" group at the top of Rabastorian football he is likely to get, unless he leaves his beloved Lions.

Key Player: The key player is -- again -- a goalscorer. Ricardo REYNOLDS is the man for Barciddia. In fact, their other forwards complement him so perfectly, it's almost unbelievable. Off-the-ball, Reynolds is almost impossible to track effectively, and all of the other forwards in the squad are either adept at winning aerial balls for flick-ons, pressuring opposition defences, or holding-up play. None of them are natural goalscorers.
The twenty-five year old is about to enter his prime, and will be particularly driven as a result. Either Barciddia succeed, and he gets trophies... or he impresses an even bigger team, moves for big bucks, and wins trophies there. Expect him to build on last year's excellent performances, and potentially be looking for 30 goals in all competitions.

One to Watch: Right winger Casim DUNCAN is a key part of this team, and Barciddia are guilty of perhaps forcing the ball out wide to him a little too often. Given his role, this often leads to him looking a bit "leggy" after a few games in a row... But the one to watch is his (indirect) understudy, this year's call up from the academy: Megan KEANE. The teenage midfielder prefers to play deeper, but excels in wide areas nonetheless. Expect to see Timo Sorben push her further up the pitch to exploit her sheer energy to put pressure on the opposition fullback without compromising too heavily on defensive solidity, while allowing DUNCAN to rest. She's still a bit lightweight, being only sixteen, but don't let that fool you. She has a superb first touch, and great vision. If Barciddia can make space for her, she could be a difference maker.

Weakness: For a team that likes to play through the midfield, they surprisingly lack individual talent in that area. The energy of Megan KEANE is a welcome addition, but a sixteen year old can't be your standout performer in midfield. That's… it's just wrong. Granted, Sorben's system doesn't necessarily require Barciddia to possess an outstanding talent in the midfield, and their roster does have a variety of options in the middle of the park... but none of them are at all inspiring. It's that lack of real "oomph" that seems most likely to cost them this season, if they're intent on challenging at the very top. That said, outside of Elliot FIELDS, the Barciddia midfield is young. This is both boon and curse, in that they have time to grow and develop... but their relative inexperience could be problematic.

Transfers In:
Megan KEANE [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Darnell MATTHEWS [OSR] (1m to Verda Zephyr [OSR])

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Shanak FC
Stadium: Shaka Bashenga Memorial Stadium
Location: Kronkow, Shanak, Kaita
Style of Play: Counterattacking 4-3-3
Max Earner: Raymond DUPRÉ (38k per week)
Average Salary: 19k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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01 - ♀ Esther GAMA (c) [CBR] 31 y/o Shot stopper ★★★☆☆
12 - ♂ Jamil MILLARD [OSR] 20 y/o Commander ★★☆☆☆
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03 - ♀ Lo'eau SHEPHERD [OSR] 24 y/o Instinctive ★★★★☆
05 - ♂ De'ron QUINN [OSR] 28 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
17 - ♂ Karl MICHAEL [OSR] 24 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ Nicholas TANNEHILL [OSR] 23 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
28 - ♂ Duron McGOWAN [CBR] 28 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
02 - ♀ Marisa COALE [OSR] 24 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
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04 - ♂ Chinedu OSUNWA [OSR] 25 y/o Halfback ★★★★★
22 - ♂ Abimbola OLAMIDE [CBR] 16 y/o General ★★★★☆
16 - ♂ Landon DOUGHTY [OSR] 27 y/o Dynamo ★★★☆☆
08 - ♂ Mykkele HARGREAVES [OSR] 21 y/o Second ★★★☆☆
25 - ♂ Lavelle KERLEY [OSR] 27 y/o Maestro ★★★☆☆
24 - ♀ Natalie VANNETT [OSR] 22 y/o Second ★★★☆☆
21 - ♀ Jackie OGBUEHI [OSR] 21 y/o Dribbler ★★☆☆☆
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11 - ♂ Raymond DUPRÉ [CBR] 21 y/o Advancer ★★★★★
07 - ♀ Mae-Berenice LYNCH [CBR] 20 y/o Selfless ★★★★☆
14 - ♂ Juston HUNDLEY [OSR] 30 y/o Rapid ★★★☆☆
09 - ♂ Nelson OGBAH [OSR] 27 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★☆☆
29 - ♂ Marios SPANOU [OSR] 20 y/o Tunnelvision ★★☆☆☆
19 - ♀ Jacqueline SCHWEITZER [OSR] 21 y/o Predator ★★☆☆☆

Manager: Eshe LEWIS (CBR)
Eshe Lewis (no relation to *those* Lewises, though you'd be forgiven for thinking so) has little time for the frills and bells that go along with modern football. He's not old-school like some of his countrymen in that he's permanently fixed in the 22nd century or anything like that... he just takes the approach most likely to result in a win. It has been a point of contention for many fans, who miss the days when Shanak were more entertaining to watch, playing more adventurously, and exemplifying the "Cobre spirit" in their enterprising approach to the game. That said, they can't really argue with the results too much. Taking a team that has twice been gutted and ran almost to the point of ruin, and rebuilding them into national title challengers is no mean feat. Lewis sees himself as the vegetables on Shanak's dinner plate. While the club (and its fans) would gladly wolf down meat and rice, the vegetables are good for it, and should be eaten too. It's hard to see him losing his job any time soon, but patience will run out if the results turn...

Captain: Esther GAMA (G)
An anomaly among Cobre clubs is Esther GAMA wearing the captain's armband. Knowing the manager's personality, this should tell you just how important she is to the team, however. Not an outstanding shot stopper, but a very capable one, GAMA is *dependable* above all. Lewis' preference for reliability sees him value the Fourgian 'keeper perhaps to the point of overvaluation. Her presence between the sticks is a constant, almost a grounding element for the team, who are significantly more assured when she's there. Her injury in the final stretch of last season coincided with the Eagles picking up just two points from eighteen, and falling out of the title race. Had she stayed fit... who knows? Gama is also highly respected by her peers -- it is not common for those raised in the generally patriarchal Cobre society to hold such profound respect for a woman, it should be noted -- and now entering the latter stages of her career as a thirty-one year old, there is a sense that her teammates want to send her out on a high...

Key Player: The easy answer here would be Raymond DUPRE, Cobre international winger with a proven track record, and easily the most threatening player on the Eagles' roster, if you're their opponents. But the easy answer is not necessarily the best one. Chinedu OSUNWA's role at the base of the inverted midfield triangle is critical for Shanak. Providing a solid platform from which the team can build attacks -- he often launches the long pass that sets off counterattacks -- the twenty-five year old is also an accomplished ball-winner, and is reasonably strong in the air. Shanak's vice captain missed six games last season through suspension and injury, and in those games, his team conceded a total of nineteen goals; including four in a brutal home defeat at the hands of hated rivals Jraxville. His controversial dismissal in the return game saw Shanak fall out of the title race with three games to go. Despite being born in Dynapolis himself, OSUNWA is a staunch Shanak fan, and his passion galvanises his teammates. If he can avoid picking up so many bookings this year, he could just be the difference maker...

One to Watch: Academy graduate Abimbola OLAMIDE is looking like a great prospect already. At sixteen, he has shown the characteristics that could see him play alongside Chinedu OSUNWA, and eventually supplant him, at the heart of the Shanak midfield. The prospect of two strong defensive midfielders is probably right up Lewis' street, too, as it frees up a midfielder for entirely offensive duties -- and he has two talented midfielders who excel at getting into dangerous areas to score goals. Of course, OLAMIDE's age is a major restriction on him at this point, but if Lewis is smart about introducing the teenager, born in Dalla, into the first team, he could develop rapidly into one of the league's best midfielders. We're talking the kind of talent managers build teams around... especially with the right coaching to smooth out the wrinkles in his game. It's surely providence that his manager is a former central midfielder, no?

Weakness: It's not often a team challenges at the top of the table and finishes with a negative goal difference… but that's Shanak. Last season they finished seventh, with a WLD record of 15-14-5, but a goal difference of -5. Admittedly, some of this can be explained away by their abysmal form to close out the season, and the absence of two key leadership figures on the pitch in that time... but this is still an alarming statistic. The failure to bolster the defence this past summer is a major oversight from Eshe Lewis, and all it takes is an injury or two to potentially see Shanak spiral into a freefall again. If you want to challenge for titles, conceding sixty four goals is not an option... unless, like Hastmead or Alissar, you can score eighty or so. Shanak do not appear capable of such offensive output, so defensive strengthening should have been on the agenda...

Transfers In:
Juston HUNDLEY [OSR] (1.5m from Hastmead Diamante [OSR])
Abimbola OLAMIDE [CBR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Jemea KELLEY [OSR] (Free Transfer to CF Solidarite Akach [CBR])
Kentrell ABDULLAH [OSR] (1m to Olympique Corriere [OSR])

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Firewood City
Stadium: The Cauldron
Location: Firewood, Cocento, Fourge
Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-3
Max Earner: Lorraine FREEMAN (37k per week)
Average Salary: 21k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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31 - ♂ Armel MILLER [OSR] 20 y/o Eccentric ★★★☆☆
01 - ♂ Francesco ZUCCO [OSR] 28 y/o Eccentric ★★★☆☆
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06 - ♂ Antoine BIDEAU [OSR] 31 y/o Neutraliser ★★★★☆
05 - ♂ Chiemeka MBADINUJU [CBR] 31 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Claudius BANUTA [OSR] 23 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
21 - ♂ Ricky DUBOSE [OSR] 21 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
17 - ♂ Gaël TOLETTI [OSR] 23 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
15 - ♀ Jeannine GIROUD [OSR] 30 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
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28 - ♂ Roberto CORRADINI [OSR] 18 y/o Playmaker ★★★★☆
10 - ♀ Lorraine FREEMAN [OSR] 22 y/o Penetrator ★★★★☆
08 - ♂ D'Aundre WILLSON (c) [OSR] 24 y/o Disruptor ★★★★☆
32 - ♀ Miriam BADAWI [OSR] 16 y/o General ★★★★☆
20 - ♂ Chijindum OKEAFOR [OSR] 25 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
25 - ♀ Sofia PIRELLI [OSR] 28 y/o Hollywood ★★★☆☆
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09 - ♀ Vanessa FRIMPONG [CBR] 28 y/o Predator ★★★★☆
22 - ♀ Beverley MARSHALL [OSR] 20 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆
14 - ♂ Connor JOHN [OSR] 29 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★☆☆
07 - ♂ Jalen DOUGLAS [OSR] 25 y/o Magnet ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Star EALY [OSR] 22 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Tyaunna HAL [OSR] 26 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆
18 - ♀ Nicola EVANS [OSR] 27 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆

Manager: Kina KAZUKAKI (HIN)
Having been a striker in her playing days, it's perhaps unsurprising that Kina Kazukaki prefers a heavily offensive system of play, and seems to have stockpiled talented finishers… but there is a hint of naivety about the young Hinode-jin boss. Much has been said about her failure or reluctance -- it's unclear which -- to tweak her squad in the last transfer window, and there were multiple occasions last season where Firewood didn't appear to have a "Plan B" when the usual gameplan wasn't quite working. Of course, her go-to system works reasonably well -- Firewood lost fewer games than all but the eventual champions last season -- but just five wins away from home is problematic. Kazukaki's high press, and overloading tactics generate a lot of chances, which generally means lots of goals... but away from home, when opposition sides are more likely to press back, this is a flaw, and seeing four away games end in draws due to late equalisers last season should be a warning sign that she needs to adjust this approach if she is to find success in this league.

Captain: D'Aundre WILLSON (M)
D'Aundre WILLSON is unfortunate in some ways. He was simply born at the wrong time. In a different decade, he'd likely be a candidate for national team captain, but instead, he's overlooked in favour of some of the most talented footballers to be born on the island of Rabastor in the last hundred years. WILLSON's primary role in the team is to simply break up opposition attacks; a role he performs admirably -- he finished third in the league for interceptions per ninety minutes last season; fifth for tackles per ninety; and first for dispossessions in the defensive midfield zone -- but he also serves as the base for most Firewood attacks. By providing a reliable safety net at the base of the midfield, he allows the other two to push forward and participate in overloads. It is not uncommon to see Firewood commit five or more players to an attack, thanks to WILLSON's excellent ball-winning ability and impressive vision. He could improve his range of passing -- beyond twenty yards or so, his accuracy drops off significantly -- but that's something of a nitpick, really.

Key Player: We’ve already spoken about the value captain D'Aundre WILLSON brings to the team, and there is another player of similar importance behind him… thirty-one year old centre-back Antoine BIDEAU is among the best man-markers in the league, and operates almost as well in a zonal system. Firewood's defence left a little to be desired last season, conceding over sixty goals... but that's the nature of the beast when you play such an expansive attacking game, no? A lesser side would have fared far worse -- and by that we mean a side without the defending of BIDEAU. The athletic defender is aging, and despite taking fantastic care of himself, a decline is inevitable. Until then, he is absolutely crucial to any designs on success Firewood might have -- more so than any of their stacked midfield, or goalhungry forwards. His ability to handle eccentric goalkeepers in both Firewood number one Francesco ZUCCO, and his backup Armel MILLER, while linking with captain WILLSON ahead of him, all while settling the defence -- which is largely inexperienced, other than him -- makes him the guy that most managers would have named captain, in fact. That Kazukaki chose not to speaks more to the attributes of WILLSON than any perceived shortcoming in BIDEAU.

One to Watch: It's not *too* surprising to see a player with his surname excelling at one of the nation's most prestigious clubs, but it is surprising to see them do it at eighteen. Roberto CORRADINI could have been burdened by his surname and family connections -- all three of the famous Firewood di Corradis (Benedict, Alessandro and Maria) are related to him, as well as six prominent athletes sharing his surname -- but instead, he has embraced the pressure and turned it into motivation. Kazukaki admits that if he continues at his current rate of improvement, it might be hard to keep him in Osarius; he will have better opportunities at international competition by moving abroad, after all. For now, the teenager's vision and incisive passes are creating a large proportion of his team's goals. Additionally, he's young enough to have the legs to pursue the play himself, and chips in with goals from distance (and free kicks). Some have compared him to double World Cup winner Toby Drummond -- widely considered to be the best Osarian player of all time -- and while he has some way to go before hitting those heights, he certainly has it in him.

Weakness: Feels a bit like beating a dead horse at this point, but Firewood's defence really needs to step up. That's not really their biggest weakness though, I mean… Alissar Phoenix won the league conceding twice per game on average. Really, Firewood's problem is those late equalisers, and the lack of flexibility in this team. Kazukaki is perhaps partially at fault for not drilling them on a backup plan, but the players themselves aren't stupid. In the past, Firewood have enjoyed the likes of Jermain and Serenity Lewis (who didn't know how to quit), Benedict di Corradi (who could take a game by the scruff of the neck if necessary), and the improvisational genius of the Sunrisian eight... while this group is talented, they need to step it up a notch and start to close out games better. Avoiding defeat is one thing, winning is another entirely, and for Firewood... it used to be the only thing that mattered.

Transfers In:
Miriam BADAWI [OSR] (from Academy)
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Incanto Evolution
Stadium: Trothwands Terrordome
Location: Trothwands, Incanto, Fourge
Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-3
Max Earner: Igrene CANTOR (54k per week)
Average Salary: 21k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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12 - ♂ Akachi IHEMELU [CBR] 24 y/o Presser ★★★★☆
01 - ♀ Jodi-Ann FREESE [CBR] 29 y/o Acrobat ★★★☆☆
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26 - ♀ Ekene UZO [OSR] 16 y/o Athletic ★★★★★
26 - ♂ Jean-Marc CANTONA [OSR] 20 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
21 - ♀ Angelica DI MARCO [OSR] 24 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ Olivier BARBETTA [OSR] 22 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Felipe ACOSTA [OSR] 25 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
05 - ♂ Branik KAVKA [OSR] 26 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
24 - ♀ Danica STANZI [OSR] 31 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
17 - ♀ Samantha BODINE [OSR] 22 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
02 - ♀ Maegan SOUZA [OSR] 29 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
03 - ♂ Shaquille REYNOLDS [OSR] 20 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
13 - ♀ NASHIRA [DAI] 31 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
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10 - ♂ Mikael ARAYA (c) [CBR] 26 y/o Dribbler ★★★★☆
08 - ♀ Indiana FERGUSON [CBR] 24 y/o Disruptor ★★★★☆
20 - ♀ Erzebet MÁRTON [PAS] 20 y/o Metronome ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Tre NUNEZ [OSR] 25 y/o Hollywood ★★★☆☆
19 - ♀ Orianne SANCHEZ [OSR] 22 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
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11 - ♂ Darron BRYANT [OSR] 24 y/o Inverted ★★★★★
28 - ♀ Leto VITALI [OSR] 19 y/o Harrier ★★★★★
14 - ♀ Igrene CANTOR [NPH] 36 y/o Banger ★★★★☆
18 - ♂ Mataio SAFENU [OSR] 21 y/o Selfless ★★★☆☆

Manager: Fay HARVILLE (NPH)
Nepharim manager Fay Harville is known for her teams' propensity to play a very high tempo attacking game, and her absolute reluctance to back down -- even when clearly overmatched, one might argue. This makes her pretty much the perfect fit for Evo. The former giants with a chip on the shoulder, who are arguably the most appreciative of pure attacking football in the country -- more than Firewood, where wins are paramount; more than Violia where goals are paramount. An appreciation for the "intricacy of the dance" as pundit Pierre Lavelle put it last year, is key to Harville's successes in Incanto so far. The addition of Igrene CANTOR last year raised eyebrows, with many questioning how the aging Nepharim forward could possibly fit into such a dynamic system, but the two clearly speak the same language, and the fit has been seamless -- typically Cantor operates as the fulcrum, around which the other attackers rotate, for the curious -- while the move to loan Akachi IHEMELU -- with a view to a permanent transfer next summer, is inspired. Shoring up a potential weakness in the squad with a young player who may be undervalued elsewhere due to his unorthodox style. It's not all positives, though, and Harville -- for all her experience -- will have a tough task of keeping the pace with the big dogs. The game moves at a breakneck pace in this league in general, and not just on the pitch. The general lack of a backup plan was a glaring issue in her first season, and it remains to be seen whether this can be addressed adequately to build on last year's strong showing.

Captain: Mikael ARAYA (AM)
Cobre playmaker Mikael ARAYA is a different man on international duty, often playing second fiddle to Chijindum EKEH… in Incanto, however, he is the king. The man known to the fans as "il mago" (the magician) casts a spell over the team whenever he plays. His mazy runs are less useful in a more rigid system like that of the Cobre national team, but Fay Harville is content to let the Camaron-born midfielder "do his thing". Araya was one of the league's most fouled players last season -- for good reason; he averaged more than 7 dribbles per game with a completion rate of near 70% -- and with three very dangerous forwards ahead of him, he seems to always have an option. Of course, this places a lot of pressure on the twenty-six year old. On occasions where he has been isolated (see Robert SANDS two stellar performances against Evo last season) or absent through injury or suspension, there has been a significant difference in the team's general play. While he can handle this pressure, it does feel as though in some ways, it is stifling -- preventing him from realising his full potential

Key Player: Aside from Mikael ARAYA, the key player in this Incanto side may actually be the on-loan goalkeeper, Akachi IHEMELU. Many would term him a sweeper-keeper, but in truth, there is more to him than that. Yes, he does play very high in the box, frequently stepping up to act as a sweeper of sorts ... he also seems fond of coming off his line to press attackers. And it is a combination of these two traits, plus Evo's almost kamikaze style of attack that makes IHEMELU so valuable. By pressing outside his box, he can compress the defensive space left open by Evo's high press -- and psychologically apply pressure on forwards. His backup -- ironically wearing the number one shirt -- Jodi-Ann FREESE, is far less comfortable playing this role (as we saw last season), tending to be a little more conservative, and relying heavily on her agility to make saves. IHEMELU pushes, using his massive frame to intimidate. A notable penalty specialist -- he will frequently stand right next to the penalty spot until ordered to move, for example -- and notoriously hard to beat from distance (remarkably, the Evo keeper saves somewhere in the range of 75% of all shots on target from 18 yards or further; second best is around the 60% mark), Evo can parlay this into a highly aggressive press that retreats into a low block once the play progresses to within 35 yards of goal. Defenders are far less hesitant to commit to tackles, too, knowing that conceding a free kick or penalty is no major cost in most situations.

One to Watch: While tempting to name academy graduate Ekene UZO -- a highly athletic defender who will certainly be hoping she can break into the first team rotation this year -- the best answer here is Leto VITALI. The right winger's attribute set is *perfect* for Harville's system, and he has already made an impact. Blessed with pace, and a seemingly endless supply of energy, VITALI leads the Evo press high up the pitch, often pinning the left back into his own defensive third. While his overzealous press can sometimes lead to unnecessary fouls (and bookings) he is undoubtedly a highly valuable player for Evo. If he can start to add more goals to his game -- he currently reverts to a pass-first winger mentality once he wins the ball, rather than drive to goal, meaning his pace sometimes can be a liability as he does not possess the hold-up skill to bring his slower teammates into the attack -- he could well see himself a regular feature in the Firebirds squad, where players of his like were instrumental in winning two world cups all those years ago...

Weakness: Harville's tactics are quite aggressive, and this does have the side-effect of leaving the team exposed defensively on a regular basis. This is not to say that Evo have a *poor* defense, but the zeal with which they have been drilled to attack can sometimes lead to sloppy positioning and gaps opening up. Most notably, their double defeat to Barciddia last season saw a means of exploiting this. Timo Sorben's side were very canny defending in a low block, before springing the trap rapidly, attacking the spaces left by the overcommital of attackers. The addition of NASHIRA may help in this area, as her experience can perhaps be pivoted into greater positional discipline, without sacrificing the possibility of attacking overloads. However, adding one experienced defender doesn't really address the root of the problem. While Harville has done well in her time at Evo so far, if she hopes to push the team on to the next level -- or to emulate the legendary "master of cups" Jonathan Herd -- she will need to find some balance between positional discipline, and her free-flowing attacking principles.

Transfers In:
Akachi IHEMELU [CBR] (Loan from Violia FC [OSR])
NASHIRA [DAI] (Free Transfer from Far Hills Ladies FC [CBP])
Ekene UZO [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Kyle DUNCAN [OSR] (Loan to Ajamilu FC [CBR])

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Karikinui FC
Stadium: Green Bowl
Location: Karikinui, Aquilone, Akach
Style of Play: Defensive 5-3-2
Max Earner: Marios MUNDI (38k per week)
Average Salary: 18k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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12 - ♂ YTALO [DAI] 23 y/o ------- ★★★★☆
01 - ♂ Guyton ROBERTS [OSR] 26 y/o Eccentric ★★★☆☆
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16 - ♂ Didier KAREMBEU [OSR] 17 y/o Instinctive ★★★★★
05 - ♂ Marios MUNDI (c) [OSR] 22 y/o Sweeper ★★★★★
02 - ♂ Vincente FARINA [OSR] 23 y/o Sweeper ★★★★☆
03 - ♂ Isaiah TAYLOR [OSR] 22 y/o Sweeper ★★★★☆
21 - ♀ Mahtab MESKINI [OSR] 19 y/o Libero ★★★★☆
22 - ♂ Keshawn CHAMBERS [OSR] 22 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
06 - ♀ Amara OLUEHI [CBR] 26 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
15 - ♀ Ashley DECESARE [OSR] 30 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
26 - ♂ DARUL [DAI] 23 y/o Cultured ★★★☆☆
31 - ♂ Crisanto TIU [FHU] 18 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
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20 - ♂ Louis POURTALET [OSR] 19 y/o Anchorman ★★★★★
08 - ♂ Jason PRINCE [OSR] 29 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
17 - ♂ Randell PROSINSKI [OSR] 24 y/o General ★★★☆☆
04 - ♀ Halimeh DEHGHAN [OSR] 27 y/o Maestro ★★★☆☆
24 - ♀ Elisabetta LANDOLFO [OSR] 23 y/o General ★★★☆☆
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36 - ♀ Konomi USAMI [OSR] 16 y/o Harrier ★★★★☆
07 - ♂ Jared SANDERS [CBR] 22 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆
09 - ♂ Djibril SIMONEAUX [OSR] 27 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆
14 - ♀ Moriah GRINER [OSR] 23 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Catelyn HUNTER [OSR] 22 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Nils PROFFITT [OSR] 21 y/o Tunnelvision ★★☆☆☆

Manager: Otis MONROE (OSR)
Otis Monroe's ability to drill a defence is, at this point, unquestionable… but that's not enough. The old adage of "defense wins championships" isn't really one that transfers all that well to the Rabastor Premier League. His failure to secure the services of at least a pacy striker to play on the counter is going to be the stick with which the fans beat him, if the team regresses this year. The team is largely intact from last term, though, and they did alright. Really, the questions now revolve around whether or not he can push this team on to the next level... under their former guise, they were title contenders, after all. This isn't some small club with no history. Expectations may not be as high as they once were, but if he underestimates them, it will be problematic.

Captain: Marios MUNDI (D)
The greens' captain, Marios MUNDI, is the fulcrum around which the entire team operates. His intelligence and organisational skill is required to manage the defence -- and its odd configuration -- while his athleticism makes him a fantastic sweeper, capable of closing down all but the fastest players in the league (and even then, it's not certain he won't). In many ways, the best defender in the country at present, and if not, he's certainly in the discussion, MUNDI still has plenty of time to develop even further. With no obvious weaknesses, it would be a crippling blow to the side if he were to leave... thankfully, he seems to have absolutely no inclination to do so, having grown up a fan of the club in Cheboygan, a little way to the south.

Key Player: While the obvious answer to the question "who is the most important player in the Karikinui squad?" is Marios MUNDI, he himself would tell you another name: teenage defensive midfielder Louis PORTALET. The central point of the midfield three favoured by Monroe, PORTALET's role is mostly to anchor the team's defensive shape -- a task that can't be left to MUNDI, after all, he's off sweeping -- and this is crucial to the greens' successes in the defensive phase. PORTALET's fantastic positional sense provides the rest of the team a consistent platform from which to build, both positionally and when in possession. Often the go-to pass option when the team is under pressure, the rest of the team take their positional cues from him. His ability to take the ball and make a simple, short pass, rarely conceding possession, is of frequent assistance to Halimeh DEHGHAN, while also ensuring the back five can always safely play the ball out.

One to Watch: Despite the promotion of Konomi USAMI suggesting she will be an important factor this season -- and she *does* offer a much-needed pacy outlet up front to an extent… the galaxy brain answer here is Didier KAREMBEU. The teenage defender is making rapid progress under the tutelage of Marios MUNDI, Vincente FARINA and Isaiah TAYLOR in the Karikinui defence. Just seventeen, he's expected to make use of his incredible defensive instincts on a semi-regular basis in this, his second year of senior football. Rotating through the defence in different roles and positions, he's also developing a well-rounded game -- wise from Monroe -- but he might be doing so with a view to a move to a bigger club.

Weakness: It's been beaten to death, but the big weakness in the Karikinui side is a dearth of goals. Halimeh DEHGHAN is a creative player who is capable of forging chances -- particularly when she can launch searching balls up to the totem pole forward Jared SANDERS -- but given the average position of the greens' players in most games... she needs quicker options in the attacking phase, otherwise those chances are far too easily cut out. Jason PRINCE has an eye for a long-range effort -- and isn't *bad* at converting them, and both Moriah GRINER and Nils PROFFITT are shoot-first strikers, but neither is particularly clinical (or athletic, for that matter). If USAMI doesn't develop rapidly, Monroe will regret not at least trying to bring in someone to put in the work in the final third.

Transfers In:
Crisanto TIU [FHU] (Free Transfer from Marinos Lunigo FC [DKI])
Konomi USAMI [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Dandras SPENCER [OSR] (1m to Ajamilu FC [CBR])

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Orizuru Turic
Stadium: Turic Thunderdome
Location: Turic, Durjanaga, Ikuturso
Style of Play: Defensive 4-1-4-1
Max Earner: Francesca CARUSO (29k per week)
Average Salary: 18k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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01 - ♀ Francesca CARUSO [OSR] 25 y/o Acrobat ★★★★☆
31 - ♂ Sébastien MARCEL [OSR] 20 y/o Presser ★★☆☆☆
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26 - ♂ Torrey MCNUTT [OSR] 16 y/o Sweeper ★★★★☆
22 - ♀ Akari SAITO [OSR] 19 y/o Wingback ★★★☆☆
05 - ♀ Deirdre McNESSA [COS] 37 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
04 - ♂ Udo ADICHIE [OSR] 26 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Isandro MENDOZA [OSR] 25 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ Delroy SPENCE [OSR] 27 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
02 - ♂ Ndidi ECHERUO [OSR] 28 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
17 - ♀ Graziella ARDUINO [OSR] 23 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
06 - ♀ Diandra PAYNE [OSR] 30 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
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23 - ♂ Luke HART [OSR] 19 y/o Enganche ★★★★★
10 - ♀ Evie WAYNE [OSR] 25 y/o Penetrator ★★★☆☆
20 - ♂ Eliazar BAXTER [EFL] 22 y/o Anchorman ★★★☆☆
08 - ♂ Seigo SAITOU (c) [OSR] 28 y/o Hollywood ★★★☆☆
24 - ♂ Sherwin MORAN [OSR] 28 y/o Dynamo ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Knile KASKIE [OSR] 28 y/o Second ★★★☆☆
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11 - ♀ Chitose YAJIMA [OSR] 25 y/o Magnet ★★★★☆
07 - ♂ Cordarrelle LOYD [OSR] 24 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆
09 - ♂ André MAJRI [OSR] 25 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
18 - ♂ Martrell KALIL [OSR] 21 y/o Selfless ★★☆☆☆

Manager: Keisuke YAMAMOTO (OSR)
The stereotype goes that Islanders are generally conservative, and this bleeds into their attitude in sports for the most part. Keisuke Yamamoto is a fantastic example of this. At fifty years of age, he is among the oldest managers in the Rabastor Premier League -- and indeed the entire Rabastorian football league system -- reaping the benefit of experience with that. Described by his peers as a "master of subtle changes" it has been speculated that if only he would let go of his stubborn grip on defensive systems, he could potentially win titles. Yamamoto is unfazed by such statements, and persists with his "tried and tested" methods. In fairness to the Kyobe-born tactician, it's hard to argue with results. Some players rebel against his strict, micro-management and rigid tactical systems... they tend not to stay at his club for long. This filtration method of his separates the "weak-minded" from the "champions" in his view, and is part of the reason he has struggled to replace the departing Anthony ANELKA. However, he is also heavily involved in the coaching of the academy teams, so perhaps it is only a matter of time until he has the right players to overcome this perceived shortcoming.

Captain: Seigo SAITOU (M)
Flamboyant midfielder Seigo SAITOU is an oddity on a Yamamoto team. An anomaly, in some ways. How does the tattooed, charismatic midfielder with bleached hair, who loves to make a flashy pass, fit into the rigid, defensive system of a manager like Keisuke Yamamoto? Well... he sort of doesn't. Pretty much all of Turic's attacking play goes through SAITOU -- partly because they defend so deep and he's the only player with the consistency and range to find the forward -- and it's a role he revels in. As pointed out by popular Cobre pundit Elias Uvuvwe, awarding SAITOU the captain's armband may in fact, have been a masterstroke in man management: "when you are young, you do not see the world in a serious way. But if you are given a responsibility, as a young person, you have two choices. You can let the responsibility crush you, or you can carry it and help everyone around you." Uvuvwe said. "I think that this version of Seigo is not the same Seigo people are remembering from before. This version is a leader. He has risen to the challenge."

Key Player: While LOYD is the primary goalscorer, HART the creator-in-chief, and SAITOU is "that guy" in midfield… the real key to this system is the ever-present Francesca CARUSO. Yamamoto's defensive rotation means none of the well-drilled backline can really be considered a key player, but behind them... their "lieutenant" -- as she jokes, relating her role to that of SAITOU's as captain -- makes sure everything is in order at the back. Despite not being particularly tall, CARUSO possesses incredible agility, and has a reputation for making saves she "shouldn't be able to" with graceful leaps across goal. For all her jokes and generally relaxed demeanour, she changes once the whistle is blown, becoming a stern, driven, competitor. Yamamoto has openly praised her "professionalism" and "champion spirit" on multiple occasions, and some have suggested that she even helps keep captain SAITOU in line. Seeing her reactions to her teammates' errors, it's hard to argue with that assessment.

One to Watch: The dearth of attacking prowess -- or opportunity, perhaps -- in this team is what makes for a particularly interesting choice of player to watch this upcoming season. Eastfielder anchorman Eliazar BAXTER ranks above teenage defensive phenom Torrey McNUTT, and playmaker golden boy Luke HART in this respect simply because of his importance to any potential attacking shift that the team may undergo. BAXTER's skill set allows HART and SAITOU to attack more regularly, by locking down that dangerous central area, through which a lot of teams are likely to build their attacks -- particularly given Turic's solid wing defense and stellar execution of the offside trap. The twenty-one year old was a "sometimes" player last season, still finding his feet in both the Rabastor Premier League, and Yamamoto's tactically demanding system... but a year on, he is fully entrenched, and has made that single, holding midfield spot his own; easily pushing out the next best candidate Graziella ARDUINO (who is now free to slot into the defensive rotation instead). If he undergoes a similar improvement this term, Yamamoto may find it hard to keep him in Turic.

Weakness: As previously mentioned, Turic are absolutely woeful up front. Chitose YAJIMA is a fantastic talent, but like Cordarrelle LOYD, she is best deployed in a wide role… which doesn't really fit well into Yamamoto's system, meaning she often (like LOYD, when he isn't being shoehorned into the lone striker role) finds herself too deep to make a meaningful impact in the final third. Andre MAJRI is a great player to close down the opposition in their defensive third, but the press rarely yields much because he's often separated from the midfield by too much distance. This is a weakness that could be addressed without new signings, however. if Luke HART is instructed to press higher, and Seigo SAITOU's passing range is utilised correctly... Turic *might* be able to make a significant change to their offensive output. Until they do, though, or have a remarkable youth intake year... a cup run is probably the best they can hope for.

Transfers In:
Torrey MCNUTT [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Anthony ANELKA [OSR] (4.5m to Hastmead Diamante [OSR])
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Neahri Angels
Stadium: La Cartuja
Location: Neahri, Rennea, Hearthlands
Style of Play: Counterattacking 4-4-2
Max Earner: Dearica RYDALCH (33k per week)
Average Salary: 18k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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12 - ♀ Laëtitia SAMPTIAUX [OSR] 20 y/o Eccentric ★★★★☆
01 - ♀ Amber BALL [OSR] 28 y/o Distributor ★★★☆☆
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03 - ♀ Liana HALL [OSR] 20 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
15 - ♀ Uzoamaka OKORONKWO [OSR] 24 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Chike OGWU [OSR] 26 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
05 - ♂ Nkemdilim NNEKA [OSR] 30 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
17 - ♂ Joseph LADDISH [OSR] 29 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
21 - ♂ Urbain MARCHE [OSR] 27 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
02 - ♀ Phoenix GARNETT [NPH] 29 y/o Marauder ★★★☆☆
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10 - ♂ Zéphirin WILTORD [OSR] 24 y/o Enganche ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Terron BURNS [OSR] 25 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
04 - ♂ Jaylon KIZER [OSR] 28 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
20 - ♀ Chidiebere OGUCHI [OSR] 28 y/o Dribbler ★★★☆☆
08 - ♀ Nikki CRINER (c) [OSR] 25 y/o Hollywood ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Jarvis CARPENTER [OSR] 21 y/o Halfback ★★☆☆☆
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07 - ♀ Dearica RYDALCH [OSR] 23 y/o Slippery ★★★★★
18 - ♀ Makeda BAMIDELE [CBR] 26 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
09 - ♂ Anthony SAGNA [OSR] 21 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Madelyn TROUTMAN [CBR] 28 y/o Advancer ★★★☆☆
14 - ♂ Jordan RAP [ETN] 24 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆
27 - ♂ Ernesto LONGO [OSR] 16 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆

Manager: Sonia BREGOLI (OSR)
Sonia Bregoli grew up around the corner from Black Patch Park. Literally. She is -- by her own admission -- practically a Diamante Ultra, and for a time, worked for the club as a scout, and later a community coach (receiving training from the club and a modest salary in exchange for staffing their community outreach coaching programs in the Hastmead area) ... it is this influence that has given her the tools she needs to be a top tier coach. Her decision to use the derided 4-4-2 is a deliberate subversion; "any system can work if you build it right", she says. And she is known for her ability to build a team. The Northern Carbonia Youth League has an award named for her, after she led her nephew's team to five straight championships during her community coach days. Scouts came to watch, but never approached any of her players, to the confusion of everyone. But she understood. "A good team is far greater than the sum of its parts", she explained. That's what she does. She picks up undervalued and underrated players, plugging them into her simple system, and they become something more. A sort of moneyball approach that actually works... when the other team doesn't know who she is, that is. When the other team know Bregoli -- and that's most of them now -- the price goes up. "They think 'she knows something we don't' and ask for more money," she explains, "but this is fine. If you want to build a house, you have to be ready to pay what you have to pay to buy the right bricks."

Captain: Nikki CRINER (M)
If Bregoli is the architect, Angels captain Nikki CRINER is the mortar that holds this building together. The combative midfielder is better known for her raking passes than her other midfield qualities, but it is her level-headedness that keeps the team structure and shape when under pressure. Normally lined up alongside a (more) physical midfielder like Terron BURNS or Jaylon KIZER, the captain is often the main creative outlet in the team -- making great use of her aforementioned passing range -- and her good vision, combined with knowing her teammates extremely well, means she often picks the right option... even if her pass isn't *quite* accurate enough, or the opposition is able to snuff it out. While she is characterised as a deep-lying playmaker of sorts -- her combination play with Dearica RYDALCH is of particular note, as the latter drops off the front line to receive CRINER's passes, before returning the ball for the captain to launch forward again... this time into the space created by RYDALCH's movement -- CRINER is actually a well-rounded midfielder, with strong defensive instincts honed at Kyoshiku's academy.

Key Player: It's pretty obvious who the key player is, let's not be silly about it. This team needs Dearica RYDALCH to function, really. The Osarian winger -- often deployed as a sort of offset striker by Bregoli -- is almost impossible to man-mark, as confirmed by several of the league's best. Blessed with pace and an almost supernatural agility -- "if you take your eyes off her for half a second, she seems to just disappear" admits teammate Nkemdilim NNEKA -- she is often tasked with doing the "hard bit" of a Neahri attack phase. While nominally a right winger, Dearica will pop up all over the pitch, wherever Bregoli (or the player herself sometimes) thinks she can do the most damage. Being so tough to mark, she sometimes draws multiple defenders out of position, opening space for her teammates to do the tangible damage, to the point that at one point last season, stats gurus argued that she should be credited with assists in multiple situations where she *didn't even touch the ball*

One to Watch: While Amber BALL has plenty of time to go before she needs to call it a day, the Angels will be calling on Laetitia SAMPTIAUX quite a bit this season, as it looks more and more clear that she will supplant her mentor before too long. The twenty year old is a bit strange, and this can sometimes lead to some erratic behaviours, but her quality is undeniable. Her growth over the course of last season was significant, with the Angels' youth product starting a few games in the end-of-season run in, despite BALL being available. SAMPTIAUX's strongest quality -- aside her complete unpredictablility at times, I suppose -- is her vision. She sees things a particular way, and it is certainly helpful to her team... at least when they understand what she's seeing. They are learning to pay attention to her signals, and she is learning to communicate her vision more clearly, so this could be the breakthrough season she needs to establish herself as a top flight starter.

Weakness: There is an overwhelming reliance on the brilliance of Dearica RYDALCH. Understandable to a degree, she is remarkably talented… but this team needs more. Make no mistake, the players in the squad are perfectly capable Premier League players (Jarvis CARPENTER aside, perhaps) and the system works well in getting the best out of them, but is that really enough? Opposing teams will see Neahri on the schedule and think they can win the game by isolating RYDALCH. In many cases, they are absolutely right. While Bregoli has built an impressive team here, there is a distinct feeling that it still needs a lot of work to be the kind of team that gives opposing managers pause when deciding strategy and tactics. A more varied skillset among the team's personnel might help in that regard, but it remains to be seen whether Bregoli can find those skills in players that will fit into her vision.

Transfers In:
Madelyn TROUTMAN [CBR] (1.5m from Newhaven Athletic [OSR])
Jordan RAP [ETN] (Free Transfer from South Saints [ETN])
Ernesto LONGO [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Julio BARNER [OSR] (Free Transfer to Otomi Retaro [AQL])
Niya SHEMBO [OSR] (0.5m to Pantera Azul [CBR])

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Verda Zephyr
Stadium: Windfields
Location: Verdanta, Iton Valley, Akach
Style of Play: Balanced 3-5-2
Max Earner: Shule TURGÖTTEN (42k per week)
Average Salary: 19k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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12 - ♂ Marvin HAGG [OSR] 31 y/o Commander ★★★☆☆
01 - ♀ Sonia MENCHEL [OSR] 24 y/o Acrobat ★★★☆☆
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05 - ♂ Denzel DRUMMOND [CBR] 25 y/o Athletic ★★★★☆
03 - ♂ Jamaal COOPER (c) [CBR] 30 y/o Marauder ★★★☆☆
25 - ♂ Ladislas CASONI [OSR] 27 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
02 - ♀ Maggie CHILDS [OSR] 27 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Shule TURGÖTTEN [COS] 26 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆
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10 - ♂ André POULAIN [OSR] 20 y/o Trequartista ★★★★☆
20 - ♀ Antonita LACY [OSR] 19 y/o Conductor ★★★★☆
16 - ♂ Roman HILTON [CBR] 19 y/o Enforcer ★★★★☆
14 - ♂ Amadeus CHISQU [COS] 24 y/o Trequartista ★★★☆☆
20 - ♂ Darnell MATTHEWS [OSR] 30 y/o Halfback ★★★☆☆
04 - ♂ Nate KERLEY [OSR] 31 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
24 - ♂ Shelby PRINS [OSR] 24 y/o Maestro ★★★☆☆
27 - ♂ Randell DIGGS [OSR] 27 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
07 - ♀ Kirsten SULLIVAN [OSR] 27 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
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28 - ♀ Kody THEUS [OSR] 16 y/o Slippery ★★★★☆
09 - ♀ Anne-Marie VINCENT [OSR] 23 y/o Tunnelvision ★★★☆☆
29 - ♂ Rocco GALLI [OSR] 23 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
18 - ♀ Chidi UWAEZUOKE [CBR] 22 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆
26 - ♂ Stephen GRAVES [OSR] 20 y/o Tower ★★☆☆☆

Manager: Algernon MARWICK (CBR)
As previously mentioned, Algernon Marwick is pragmatic to a fault. Accepting that his club cannot hope to retain the services of particularly talented players in the face of sizeable bids from bigger clubs, he lines up replacements in advance. When it transpired that Zephyr had been watching Denzel DRUMMOND for almost a year before signing him, those in the know were unsurprised. Others... not so relaxed about it all. Accusations of "tapping up" and the like were flung about, but ultimately unsubstantiated. Marwick, to his credit, was unflappable and at times appeared downright amused by the media circus. Given the number of quality wingers in the league, many have questioned the manager's choice of system, but Marwick's approach uses two high-energy wingbacks to pin back opposing wingers -- often to great effect. If there is to be a problem here, it will lie in the manager's attitude in general. If presented with a choice between a possible cup run and ensuring safety in the league, the latter will always win out. This may not go down well with the fans, though...

Captain: Jamaal COOPER (D)
An experienced, international fullback with the ability to press on the attack, Jamaal COOPER is the obvious, yet still somehow unconventional, choice for the armband in Verdanta. Familiar with working in a tightly drilled system to great effect -- it's worth pointing out that Cobrio's first international tournament was a resounding success in which they conceded very few goals; in no small part to COOPER's performances -- and a calming presence, the Cobre international is invaluable to Marwick's side at this juncture. The oddity of being a left back by trade, yet being the captain of a three-back team is something the Kalaffi native is well aware of, remarking that he "always wanted to be a winger really" so this fits nicely with his childhood ambitions. And to be honest, it shows. His marauding runs down the left flank are something one imagines most teams are specifically prepared for at this point. If not, his picking up eleven assists last season probably will ensure it now.

Key Player: The commanding presence of Marvin HAGG between the sticks, or the versatile, cultured defender Shule TURGOTTEN seem like good choices here. Or better yet, the team's "conductor" Antonita LACY … but the player who is most important to the Greens' play is probably teenage defensive midfielder Roman HILTON. The nineteen year old acts as the team's "enforcer", which protects the metronomic LACY and the fantasista POULAIN -- whichever one is playing ahead of him. Often paired with another more defensive player, HILTON is usually tasked with holding the centre alone while his partner at the base of Marwick's midfield five plays cover for the advancing wingback. He excels at it. A call-up to the Cobre national side looks likely in the near future, despite the presence of Didier FONTAINE and Sylvain PICARD ahead of him in the pecking order. Let that settle in. An underrated aspect of the teen's play is his passing range and vision. It's easy to paint him as a hatchetman -- and to be fair, he probably wouldn't argue; eight yellows and a red card last season make it hard to -- but only Jamaal COOPER made more key passes than HILTON last season among the Zephyr squad.

One to Watch: The first choice central midfield trio for Zephyr are all aged twenty or under, and any would be a worthy candidate for this section… but the one to watch is actually twenty year old striker Stephen GRAVES. On paper, he is probably the least talented member of this squad, but he has a unique skill set which Marwick will almost certainly make use of. Being a strong player with good ball control and excellent hold up play, GRAVES may be deployed alongside Chidi UWAEZUOKE or Anne-Marie VINCENT more frequently this season, supplanting Rocco GALLI -- who was more often used last season as a means to apply pressure from the front. We saw hints of this approach in the latter stages of last season, where the Tubrissian striker helped put Zephyr 3-1 up against eventual champions Alissar Phoenix at Windfields by occupying the attentions of the Phoenix centre backs and winning long balls to play through a much quicker threat in UWAEZUOKE. This simplistic counter strategy may have paid off if not for the controversial sending off of Roman HILTON early in the second half, and it did work against Dynapolis United a couple of weeks later...

Weakness: On paper it looks like Verda Zephyr lack depth in defense, but that's misleading. There is a lot of versatility in the squad so Marwick won't worry too much about that, in terms of rotation and fatigue. He will, however, still be concerned about the potential for injury or suspension to derail the season. Certain key roles in the team have no clear backup -- like that of Roman HILTON or Jamaal COOPER -- and losing one of those key players would be difficult to recover from. In friendlies (and in the press conferences before them) Marwick has hinted at potential changes to the team's gameplan, "a plan B", as he put it. It's far too early to make a judgment call on whether that would mitigate the danger of losing key players, but it's hard to believe it would soften the blow enough to remain confident of the Greens staying clear of the relegation dogfight.

Transfers In:
Denzel DRUMMOND [CBR] (2.5m from Inzon Hawk [OSR])
Ladislas CASONI [OSR] (1.2m from Dynapolis United [CBR])
Darnell MATTHEWS [OSR] (1m from FC Barciddia [OSR])
Kody THEUS [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Ekene UDOJI [CBR] (5m to Jraxville FC [CBR])
Theodoros PALAS [OSR] (Free Transfer to Niki Rega [ERS])
Marvin WEBSTER [CBR] (Free Transfer to Parque Jalisco [AQL])
Marie-Charlotte CANTONA [OSR] (5m to Utica United [OSR])

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Kyoshiku Island
Stadium: Kyoshiku Stadium
Location: Kyobe, Kyoshiku, Ikuturso
Style of Play: Counterattacking 3-5-2
Max Earner: Zarathustra RAUMDEUTER (33k per week)
Average Salary: 21k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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01 - ♂ Nobu DERAKUVI [OSR] 26 y/o Stopper ★★★☆☆
12 - ♂ Yaya IHEMELU [OSR] 21 y/o Acrobat ★★★☆☆
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05 - ♂ Akihiro KATOU (c) [OSR] 29 y/o Neutraliser ★★★★☆
02 - ♂ Motoo NISHI [OSR] 22 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
03 - ♂ Yuichi SUGIYAMA [OSR] 21 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Defante CARTER [OSR] 20 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ DeVier STEWART [OSR] 20 y/o Instinctive ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Ross ULLMAN [MRC] 22 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
17 - ♀ VALERIA [USI] 30 y/o Warrior ★★★☆☆
33 - ♀ Barbara NGAWANA [OSR] 16 y/o Cultured ★★☆☆☆
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10 - ♂ Amaru FUKUNISHI [OSR] 23 y/o Enganche ★★★★☆
16 - ♂ Naoya MURATA [OSR] 25 y/o Anchorman ★★★★☆
20 - ♂ Ualesi HARIWANA [OSR] 19 y/o Enforcer ★★★★☆
08 - ♂ Goro MIMOKABI [OSR] 27 y/o Dynamo ★★★☆☆
04 - ♂ Kazuya TATSUMI [OSR] 23 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
21 - ♂ Shamarko ARKIN [OSR] 20 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
18 - ♀ Zarathustra RAUMDEUTER [NPH] 27 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
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14 - ♂ Naoya ENDO [OSR] 19 y/o Slippery ★★★★★
11 - ♂ Marvin CATAPANO [OSR] 22 y/o Magnet ★★★★☆
07 - ♂ Genki TAKAHARA [OSR] 25 y/o Selfless ★★★☆☆
22 - ♂ Daiki USHIJIMA [OSR] 21 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
09 - ♂ Malakai CURTIS [NPH] 35 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆

Manager: Yannick MAPONGA (CBR)
Yannick Maponga is something of an anomaly in many ways. A rigid style of management wherein he effectively micromanages his players' lives -- fixed diets, curfews, specialised training, you name it -- but also espouses a style of play that isn't common in the Rabastor Football League. It's also worth noting that despite being a Kabill man born in Camaron, the Cobre manager has been fully embraced by the often insular Islander communities on Kyoshiku. This is perhaps the clearest sign that he is not as inflexible as he may seem. Maponga's tactics revolve around the use of two centre backs and a sweeper to absorb central pressure, while two wingbacks -- though in his system at least one of these is really a midfielder asked to defend deeper -- protect the wide areas. Two defensively inclined midfielders in the middle then help to cover where appropriate, while the remaining one is effectively given a free role to support the two forwards. For a manager with such a vicegrip on control in pretty much every other area to grant any player a free role is odd, but it works for him. There is a deep trust between the manager and his playmaker of choice, Amaru FUKUNISHI, and it is critical to the team's success...

Captain: Akihiro KATOU (D)
It's quite clear when watching Kyoshiku in action, that captain Akihiro KATOU was selected for the role due to three things: firstly, his excellent defensive ability; secondly, his strong tactical acumen; and perhaps most importantly, his similarity to the manager. Extremely focused and disciplined, very demanding, KATOU exemplifies the Kyoshiku way like no other. Though, to be fair, when you lead a defensive unit that allows fewer than one goal per game over the course of a season... the chances are, you're going to be a little intense. KATOU typically sits alongside the much younger Defante CARTER, with both acting as man-markers, while DeVier STEWART uses his instincts to sweep up as needed, but his role extends far beyond that. The Kyoshi, who despite being born in Firewood, has lived in Kyobe almost his entire life, is also a fan of the club. He has a vested interest in making the club the best it can possibly be... moreso than most, anyway. From his vantage at the heart of the defence, KATOU often orchestrates the club's entire defensive shape, and doesn't really relinquish that responsibility when the team embarks on the counter. Approaching the twilight of his career, he's also *hungry* ... opposition forwards underestimate him at their peril.

Key Player: The key player in this squad is the one man who doesn't have to submit to the demands of the gaffer and the commands of the skipper. Not really, anyway. Amaru FUKUNISHI has the trust of the entire team, in many ways. While he tends to play a somewhat static game -- deeper than an attacking midfield playmaker would in a conventional system -- most of the team's attacking play goes through him in some way. On the rare occasion he does drift into a wide position, or moves higher up the pitch, there is no shout, no gesture, and certainly no complaint that he has abandoned his position or assignment... someone simply fills in, trusting that the *other* hometown hero will get the job done. In fairness, he mostly does. Well, his part, anyway. Last season, he was instrumental in some moves between teenage forward Naoya ENDO and Marvin CATAPANO, as the latter would drop off the defensive line to draw markers out of position, creating space for FUKUNISHI and ENDO to move into... this season will be different as it's reasonable to assume Malakai CURTIS will feature quite prominently, but the question won't be *if* FUKUNISHI can adapt, only *when*...

One to Watch: Last season saw a few talents emerge in this young squad, with two standing out in particular. There was the teenage forward Naoya ENDO, whose twelve goals and six assists comprised involvement in more than half of the team's total goals… but the one to watch this season is the other standout teen: Ualesi HARIWANA. The tough tackling defensive midfielder played with a maturity that had many confused. How could this guy be fresh out of school?! They wondered... Combining excellent tackling with strong aerial ability and solid reading of the game, HARIWANA is the first line of defence in the Kyoshiku system. Sitting alongside the similarly impressive Naoya MURATA (six years his senior) as one of two defensive midfielders in Maponga's system, the teen racked up an impressive 1.8 interceptions per game, 2.4 tackles per game, and 88% aerial duel success rate. He'll need to be more careful about fouls, though, especially at this level...

Weakness: A slightly too pronounced focus on defensive solidity sacrifices Kyoshiku's considerable goalscoring potential, and while they were able to get by on minimal goals in the second tier… they will be facing much stronger attackers this year. If the defense can't replicate it's superb form from last year -- in which they conceded just twenty-six goals in thirty games -- then Maponga's side may have a major problem. Releasing the shackles from Naoya ENDO and Marvin CATAPANO could help with this -- especially when facing weaker sides; as Kyoshiku's system can easily morph into a 3-4-3 -- but it's a risky proposition. The majority of the squad is also quite young, though this is offset somewhat by bringing in an experienced player for each of the three primary areas of the squad.

Transfers In:
Malakai CURTIS [NPH] (1.5m from Newhaven Athletic [OSR])
Ross ULLMAN [MRC] (Free Transfer from Centre for Excellence [APX])
VALERIA [USI / NPH] (Free Transfer from Creed United [NPH])
Zarathustra RAUMDEUTER [NPH] (Free Transfer from Stahlburg Rovers [NPH])
Barbara NGAWANA [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Kimo HITEKIGO [OSR] (2.5m to Birdingstone United [ETN])
Nicolas BATHENAY [OSR] (0.8m to Raizal Edge [CBR])
Kyshoen NAGY [OSR] (4m to Southfell United [NPH])

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Ohafia Pride
Stadium: Obiala Stadium
Location: Dizuogo, Shanak, Kaita
Style of Play: Aggressive 4-3-3
Max Earner: Kashim BROADWAY (27k per week)
Average Salary: 17k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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01 - ♂ Matez-Dwada ROZ [QUS] 29 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆
12 - ♂ Pierre BARBEE [OSR] 24 y/o Acrobat ★★☆☆☆
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03 - ♂ Jebel AZADEH [OSR] 19 y/o Sweeper ★★★★★
05 - ♂ Onyekachi AKANDU (c) [CBR] 27 y/o Winguardian ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Titus HUMPHRIES [OSR] 23 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
21 - ♂ Henry NEAL [OSR] 30 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Tino FANELLO [OSR] 30 y/o Cultured ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ Joe KENNEDY [CBR] 25 y/o Warrior ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Scooby MORSE [OSR] 29 y/o Marauder ★★☆☆☆
02 - ♀ Claire SHAW [OSR] 27 y/o Winguardian ★★☆☆☆
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04 - ♂ Grant WILLIAMSON [OSR] 19 y/o General ★★★★☆
10 - ♂ Jason PALMER [OSR] 26 y/o Penetrator ★★★☆☆
19 - ♀ Chidiebube OKWARAJI [CBR] 21 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
08 - ♂ Julien GRAVOIS [OSR] 29 y/o Second ★★★☆☆
17 - ♀ Caroline BRETON [OSR] 29 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
20 - ♂ Kashim BROADWAY [ISK] 28 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆
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07 - ♂ Heku MEFEHUNA [OSR] 24 y/o Selfless ★★★★☆
14 - ♂ Jon VASCONCELOS [OSR] 29 y/o Rapid ★★★☆☆
23 - ♂ Maryan CRAMMER [CBR] 16 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
09 - ♂ Deiontrez McPHEE [OSR] 26 y/o Harrier ★★☆☆☆
18 - ♂ Zeke KULAS [OSR] 21 y/o Tower ★★☆☆☆
11 - ♂ Reid KRUGER [OSR] 26 y/o Selfless ★★☆☆☆

Manager: Uzoma EQUIANO (CBR)
Uzoma Equiano is an old school coach in every sense of the word… except his preferred formation, perhaps. He values graft, and a high-tempo, high-effort player over the "classy" or "refined" technician. That's a great approach for the second tier, but the margins are narrower in the top flight, and he may come to find himself wishing he had a "luxury" player at times. Especially when teams in-and-around his side in what looks to be an inevitable relegation dogfight set up to stifle his team. What the Cobre gaffer lacks in flexibility and innovation, though, he more than makes up for in discipline and motivation. One of the league's older managers in his late forties, Equiano has the experience to figure out how to get the best out of a player... Spotting the value in an otherwise unremarkable player like Onyekachi AKANDU, for example, is something borne of that vast experience. The accepted angle, however, is that he'll need every single second of that to hang with the big dogs. Especially given his squad's relative lack of real quality.

Captain: Onyekachi AKANDU (D)
The value to Ohafia Pride of captain Onyekachi AKANDU is …difficult to quantify. He's versatile, for sure, and has no obvious weaknesses… but he's also not a particularly strong defender at this level. As a fullback, he has very little in the way of attacking instincts, and doesn't excel at any of the traditional "virtues" central defenders usually possess. So why is he captain? And why would Equiano never let him go? Well... it's mostly a continuity issue. AKANDU is, for lack of a better term, the "soul" of the team. Having been with the team through their entire journey from the lower level of the football league pyramid up to the very top tier over the past 12 years... he has shown an uncanny ability to grow with the opposition, while serving as an anchor to the club's core attitude and values. Perhaps most crucially, even when sidelined with injury, he can make a difference for this team due to his significant influence in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

Key Player: The system Ohafia Pride use doesn't really rely on any specific players, when you break it down. There's not really a clear "key player" in this system… but if pressed to select one, it would have to be Heku MEFEHUNA. Aside from being the team's best crosser -- integral to their playing style -- and premier set piece taker, regardless of side -- another major contributor to their goal haul last season ... the Fourge-born winger of Ba'iora descent is extremely unselfish. When he plays off another forward, that other forward's goal tally will increase. Under regular circumstances, you'd not expect a player like Jon VASCONCELOS or Deiontrez McPHEE to net many goals... it's just not their skill set. But playing off MEFEHUNA at various times over the course of last season, they netted fully half of the team's goals. Of course, the reliance on MEFEHUNA's right boot to create chances is also a major issue if he can't make another step up and compete at top flight level... smart money is on him continuing to make a big impact in Dizuogo, however. And it wouldn't at all surprise to see him become the subject of several offers in the summer...

One to Watch: While there are a few promising youngsters in this team, like promising defender Jebel AZADEH and on-loan starlet Chidiebube OKWARAJI -- arguably the league's most unlikely midfield enforcer; considering her size -- it is Grant WILLIAMSON that is the one everyone needs to keep an eye on. The teenager's vision and tactical acumen are superb, and despite his youth, he is already a highly respected part of this squad. Some players would balk at being ordered around by a relative child, but not in the Ohafia Pride squad. WILLIAMSON's rapid ascent from youth team to one of the on-pitch leaders of the first eleven is remarkable in and of itself; moreso when you consider that some of his teammates were actively *waiting* for him to graduate from the youth team.

Weakness: There is a terrifying dearth of stand-out talent in this squad, and almost zero real, top-flight quality up front. Heku MEFEHUNA is a playmaker, no doubt, but not at all clinical. Jon VASONCELOS is quick, but not a natural finisher, and he might be the most talented goalscorer of the entire bunch. It remains to be seen where the goals will come from in this team, though in the second tier, they were prolific from set pieces... perhaps that's the gambit. It will be difficult either way, and Uzoma Equiano will need to find a way to capitalise on his side's strengths in a much tougher league. Particularly in the knowledge that a couple of poorly timed injuries and/or suspensions could effectively condemn this side to relegation.

Transfers In:
Matez-Dwada ROZ [QUS] (0.25m from KF Qastyr [QUS])
Chidiebube OKWARAJI [CBR] (Loan from Alissar Phoenix [OSR])
Maryan CRAMMER [CBR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Ayanna RODGERS [OSR] (Free Transfer to Arakat Equinox [OSR])
Niloofar FALLAH [OSR] (Free Transfer to Nyami Falls [CBR])

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Olympique Corriere
Stadium: Stade de Fontana
Location: Corriere, Elishat, Mount Crown
Style of Play: Counterattacking 5-3-2
Max Earner: Mane VANARUMA (25k per week)
Average Salary: 15k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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12 - ♀ Asya JONES [OSR] 19 y/o Eccentric ★★★★☆
01 - ♂ Achille GRASSI (c) [OSR] 31 y/o Commander ★★★☆☆
13 - ♀ Anne-Laure GÉRARD [OSR] 20 y/o Distributor ★★★☆☆
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21 - ♀ Ophélie PHILIPPE [OSR] 18 y/o Instinctive ★★★★★
15 - ♂ Rufus CUNNINGHAM [OSR] 30 y/o Sweeper ★★★☆☆
02 - ♂ Karlos BUCANNON [OSR] 22 y/o Libero ★★★☆☆
05 - ♀ Lia LACCONA [OSR] 29 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
03 - ♂ Hugh JOYNER [OSR] 30 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
04 - ♂ Mane VANARUMA [OSR] 25 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
06 - ♂ Kentrell ABDULLAH [OSR] 31 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
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07 - ♂ Youri JACOBS [OSR] 18 y/o Dribbler ★★★★☆
20 - ♂ Leon MOLK [OSR] 28 y/o Halfback ★★★☆☆
26 - ♂ Isaia MORELLI [OSR] 23 y/o Enforcer ★★★☆☆
24 - ♂ Rashad HAYWARD [OSR] 27 y/o Playmaker ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Donato DELL'ORO [OSR] 24 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
27 - ♀ Oluchi DIOGU [OSR] 22 y/o Hollywood ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Marie-Laure GUILLOT [OSR] 29 y/o Disruptor ★★★☆☆
28 - ♀ Tyler JOECKEL [OSR] 16 y/o Playmaker ★★★☆☆
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09 - ♂ Nate JORDAN [OSR] 23 y/o Harrier ★★★★☆
18 - ♂ Jeron BAKER [OSR] 30 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Luke BALL [CBR] 24 y/o Magnet ★★★☆☆
31 - ♀ Dearica THORNTON [OSR] 31 y/o Predator ★★★☆☆

Manager: Alejandro LUCERO (OSR)
The Hearthlands-born son of an Aquilliana mother and a North Tubrissian father, Alejandro Lucero defies the heritage of both his parents by imposing a strict, defensive system on his players. Meticulous and controlling, micro-managing large portions of the club's management beyond the usual remit of a football manager, Lucero doesn't much care about entertainment. "I was hired to win football matches," he states, deadpan, when asked about criticisms of his team as being "boring". Given the popularity of expansive, attacking tactics in Rabastorian football, Lucero's system seems almost pupose-built to frustrate and stymie opposition more than to actually beat them at times, and despite his team's struggles last season, it clearly works to some extent. Corriere ended last season having conceded fewer than both the champions and runners up in the RPL after all. On the flipside, this style of football doesn't create many chances of its own, which explains Corriere's dismal 16th place in the goals scored table last term. They will need to improve on this significantly if they hope to survive another year.

Captain: Achille GRASSI (G)
As you might expect from a defensive team, their goalkeeper is the captain. Achille GRASSI is in many ways the antithesis of his namesake, the goalmachine that was Ezio Grassi (no relation). With a keen eye and sharp reflexes, the Corriere 'keeper is rarely caught unawares, and does all the fundamentals well. His organisational skills are great, which is paramount in the five-back system Lucero employs. A taller goalkeeper, or one more comfortable with the ball at his feet might be preferred at most clubs, but here... you can't top the man they call "Ash". The absence of Eric TIGANA will hurt him more than most, probably, as the two had great synergy, and while nominally the defensive organiser, Grassi often delegated the finer points to the big centre back.

Key Player: Since the majority of Corriere's goals will likely come from counterattacks, anyone who can get the ball forward into dangerous positions quickly would be crucial, no? That's where Youri JACOBS comes in. Known by most as "that rapid lad" who can -- and probably will at some point -- dribble through your entire team, the teenage midfielder has the potential to turn any change of possession into a goalscoring opportunity. Outside his blistering pace and surprisingly refined ball control, Jacobs is also a dead-ball specialist. Hacking him down will only present him another way to hurt you. That all said, it's easy to forget he is still only eighteen. Often deployed alongside two more physical midfielders (like MORELLI and DELL'ORO) the reliance on him breaking the defensive lines is perhaps unfair for one so young. Lucero knows this and tends to rotate the youngster with other kinds of breakthrough players, like HAYWARD (for the link up play with JORDAN) or DIOGU (for range) ... but his preference, especially in the more important games, will always be Jacobs.

One to Watch: Outside of JACOBS, Corriere only really have one more young player of note… the naturally gifted defender, Ophelie PHILIPPE. Like Jacobs, she is also eighteen, and Lucero is cautious about burning out the two shining talents he has. With Philippe, the fear is perhaps greater. She has the potential to anchor the Corriere defence for a decade or longer, but only if she is allowed to develop her natural defensive instincts. The problem with this, is that it goes directly counter to Lucero's philosophy. Everything can be coached, and coached everything will be. Should young Ophelie impress this season, it could see a relaxation of this strict system... or perhaps a lucrative move away from Corriere.

Weakness: As previously pointed out, there is a dearth of goals in this team… a long-standing problem for Corriere, in fact. Two of the club's top three goalscorers last season are no longer available, and the money raised from their transfers has not acquired a replacement... Dearica THORNTON might see more usage playing off Jeron BAKER if Nate JORDAN doesn't get off to a flier, given that she is perhaps the most clinical finisher in the squad... but her finishing comes at the cost of pace, strength and range. There are configurations available in this squad that *could* get goals... but could is hardly a sure thing.

Transfers In:
Rufus CUNNINGHAM [OSR] (1.1m from Dynapolis United [CBR])
Kentrell ABDULLAH [OSR] (1m from Shanak FC [CBR])
Tyler JOECKEL [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Lemuel BURNS [AQL] (2.5m to Coret Hawks [NPH])
Éric TIGANA [OSR] (6m to Hastmead Diamante [OSR])
Maurice DELFOUR [CBR] (8m to Revolutionaries [EUR])
Aurélie Henry [OSR] (4m to Stahlburg City [NPH])
Vanessa VITALE [OSR] (Free Transfer to Veraklis [ERS])

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Venanga Tropic
Stadium: Venanga Central Park
Location: Venanga, Durjanaga, Ikuturso
Style of Play: Counterattacking 4-3-3
Max Earner: Thierry BEDEAU (31k per week)
Average Salary: 16k per week

Personnel Breakdown
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12 - ♂ Bryson VILNA [EFL] 21 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆
24 - ♂ Vincent TARLEY [VLZ] 24 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆
28 - ♂ David NEAL [OSR] 29 y/o Eccentric ★★☆☆☆
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02 - ♂ Elfried PICARD [OSR] 24 y/o Marauder ★★★☆☆
15 - ♂ DeVonte DRAGOTTA [OSR] 25 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
05 - ♀ Olamide ADEOLA [OSR] 28 y/o Athletic ★★★☆☆
06 - ♀ Natalia NORTMAN [OSR] 29 y/o Neutraliser ★★★☆☆
21 - ♀ Élisabeth LATTAF [OSR] 25 y/o Marauder ★★★☆☆
26 - ♂ Gilir-Avarn IZA [QUS] 17 y/o ------- ★★★☆☆
03 - ♂ Leon HALL [CBR] 21 y/o Winguardian ★★☆☆☆
17 - ♀ Jezibel FARAHANI [OSR] 22 y/o Athletic ★★☆☆☆
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10 - ♂ Olukayode AWOJOBI [OSR] 19 y/o Trequartista ★★★★★
08 - ♂ Thierry BEDEAU (c) [OSR] 24 y/o General ★★★☆☆
16 - ♂ Garrett MORRISON [OSR] 24 y/o Dynamo ★★★☆☆
04 - ♀ Caprice TAMU [OSR] 24 y/o Dynamo ★★★☆☆
20 - ♀ Sarah CARROO [OSR] 21 y/o Banger ★★★☆☆
19 - ♂ Kanmi KIAEI [OSR] 25 y/o Anchorman ★★☆☆☆
29 - ♀ Ami NAGAI [OSR] 16 y/o General ★★☆☆☆
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09 - ♂ Cardale McCRAY [OSR] 22 y/o Tower ★★★☆☆
07 - ♂ Manti PALMER [OSR] 25 y/o Slippery ★★★☆☆
14 - ♀ Rochelle SHEPPARD [OSR] 20 y/o Harrier ★★★☆☆
11 - ♀ Shakena JANOVICH [OSR] 21 y/o Selfless ★★★☆☆
18 - ♂ Latrell KAVANAGH [OSR] 20 y/o Selfless ★★☆☆☆

Manager: Rotimi PRINCE (CBR)
Tropic's Cobre manager has generally stuck to a straightforward system with the Ikutursan club. Defend tight, and spring forward quickly on the counter. Problem is… he doesn't seem to have a fully formed plan B. Against teams concerned about Tropic's pacy forwards, this could be problematic. There is only so much you can lean on Cardale McCRAY's final third hold up play, especially against the higher level of defensive play Tropic will encounter in the Premier League. That aside, Prince has done a fantastic job with Tropic, moulding what many people had pegged as an upper-mid-table second tier side, into a disciplined side with a clear identity. Even if Tropic, as expected, are relegated this season, it likely won't hurt Rotimi Prince's stock much and iIt will only be a matter of time before he brings them back up again. Should they stay up... well... we might get to see just how good a coach he is, when he has license to splash the cash and really build a team.

Captain: Thierry BEDEAU (M)
Captain Thierry BEDEAU is instrumental to this team's strategy, as he organises everything from the midfield. Acting as an extension of his coach, Bedeau can be seen masterminding most of his team's play. Most attacks are funnelled toward him in the defensive phase, where he can position himself to slow things down while support arrives. In the attacking phase, he generally stays back, providing cover for the rest of the team to swarm. The emergence of Awojobi in the latter phase of last season saw Bedeau's role shift a little, toward becoming the "spare man" in an attempt to help create space for the teenager, and while he possesses the smarts to pull this off consistently, it's not something that comes naturally. Yet.

Key Player: Gargantuan forward Cardale McCRAY might be the most important member of Tropic's front line this season. While Manti PALMER will probably be the club's top scorer -- his ability to escape the attention of his marker is remarkable -- Venanga will likely struggle without the option of McCRAY's hold up play in the final third. Normally, Tropic rely on blitzing the opposition on the counter with ferocious pace, but against better defences and some teams likely to sit deeper, they need another option... and now, a player who was a bit-part last season might become a key man. Putting aside his hold up ability, a strong target man like McCRAY can force defences to abandon the low block to some extent, which might just create the space behind the defence that the likes of PALMER and SHEPPARD need.

One to Watch: Of course, the one to watch is Olukayode AWOJOBI. The teenager possesses all the tools to be a top level international one day, and it will be interesting to see whether he can shine in a team almost certain to be entrenched in a relegation dogfight all season. Ambidextrous, with an eye for a pass but also not afraid to go for goal, Awojobi is what Rotimi Prince refers to as "the key", for Tropic, capable of unlocking stubborn defences who might sit deep to nullify the threat of Venanga's pace on the attack. If there is a concern here, it's certainly that Awojobi is shouldering a lot of responsibility for a teenager who has never played top flight football... remains to be seen how he handles it.

Weakness: There is an almost criminal lack of depth in this squad. With only two standout performers, a single injury could effectively end their season. Rotimi Prince has attempted to address the depth issues by bringing in two energetic defensive players who can also offer something in the attacking phase (Tamu and Picard) but there is no replacement for Enrico Lomeli... the versatile defender's ability to attack from defence made him integral to Prince's strategy, and unfortunately, when a club the stature of Utica United comes knocking, it's hard to hold on to your best players. This gaping hole will necessitate a shift in strategy from Tropic, and their survival will depend on how quickly they can adapt to the change.

Transfers In:
Caprice TAMU [OSR] (2m from Dynapolis United [CBR])
Elfried PICARD [OSR] (1.2m from Alissar Phoenix [OSR])
Bryson VILNA [EFL] (Loan from AFC Corvistone [NPH])
Vincent TARLEY [VLZ] (Free Transfer from Aquatarius S.C. [VLZ])
Gilir-Avarn IZA [QUS] (Free Transfer from Qastyr Juzuna [QUS])
Ami NAGAI [OSR] (from Academy)
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Transfers Out:
Vinnie McNUTT [OSR] (Free Transfer to Enosi Myonacia [ERS])
Philippe VINCENT [OSR] (Free Transfer to Magnum Clay [CBR])
Enrico LOMELI [OSR] (3.5m to Utica United [OSR])





Ilungu Isibini - Season Two

The second tier sees a frustrated Cartagena Desert Foxes looking likely to remain frustrated. The three relegated sides -- including double cup runners up Koroshi Impulse -- all look significantly stronger on paper. Should Ruben Mendez's side fall short in the playoffs again, we could see a minor revolution of sorts in Tubriss...

As with any league, Ilungu Isibini can be divided into "tiers" of its own, and in this case, there are four of them.

The Title Contenders
Koroshi Impulse (OSR), Inter Alepio (OSR), Newhaven Athletic (OSR)

Predictably, the three relegated teams from last season's Premier League are the front-runners for promotion back to the top flight this season. It makes sense, they have strong squads already and the means to augment them… the smart money is on Koroshi Impulse to top the table, with their balanced squad and flexible system seeming best suited to the rigors of the second tier. Newhaven's system is reminiscent of last season's champions Venanga Tropic, though, and could emulate that success. Inter Alepio might struggle, after having lost key players, but even so, they look like they have enough about them to stay ahead of the likes of Cartagena and Burningham.

The Playoff Road
Cartagena Desert Foxes (OSR), Burningham City (OSR), Violia FC (OSR), Callisto City (OSR)

Below the top three, there is a cluster of four teams who could pose a challenge at the top, and will at the very least expect to be in with a shot at promotion via playoff. Cartagena Desert Foxes were agonizingly close last season, and might fancy their chances at sneaking into an automatic promotion spot this term. A somewhat cagey style of play could let them down at opportune moments, however. Burningham City will be looking to return to the top flight and restore the club to its historic position as one of Osarian football's best, and they certainly have the talent available, though you suspect it might be a step too far at this point, and a playoff series against a Premier League side will be a tough test for them. Violia will wholeheartedly attack the opportunity to get into the Premier League, that much is certain. Their attacking system is certainly entertaining, and would be welcomed by neutrals... but it also exposes them defensively, which might be their downfall in a tough crowd at the top of this season's second tier. Callisto City round out the promotion hopefuls, and again, seem to have a similar system in place to last season's champions Venanga Tropic. The low-cost addition of Resnick from Jraxville might provide the final push they need to edge out one of their rivals in a bid for promotion... much like Burningham, though, it would be a tough test for them to overcome a top flight side in a playoff.

The Hover Squad
Ologun Camaron (CBR), Raizal Fenyangi (CBR), Inzon Hawk (CBR), Kart Hago (OSR), Pantera Azul (CBR)

There's a sort of "safe" middle ground in the division where you wouldn't expect teams to be pulled into the relegation battle -- they have enough quality to stay clear -- but you also wouldn't expect them to trouble the top half of the table. On the one hand, these teams have little incentive to take risks and kick on, but similarly, it's not wise to sit back and wait; up-and-coming sides can and will overtake them. The majority of this cluster are Cobre sides still figuring out their place in the national game, so don't expect major deviation from expectations here... but don't rule it out entirely either. With the landscape of Cobre football still somewhat open, an enterprising manager might try to get a foot in the door while they can. For the most part, though, these sides don't look like they'll be moving vertically in either direction soon: hence "the hover squad".

The Scrappers
Muirford Athletic (OSR), FC Mora (OSR), Thor Jraxville (CBR), Qubadili FC (CBR)

As usual, the two promoted sides from the third tier will be in the mix to go straight back down, but both Muirford and Qubadili could surprise people. Both have made moves to strengthen -- limited moves, but moves -- by picking up castoffs from Utica United. Mora and Thor Jraxville, however, will also be tough. Both teams know what they have to do; they've done it already. The smart money is on Muirford staying up, they have an appealing style under Marta Falcon, and are perhaps the most proactive of the likely relegation battlers. Mora perhaps have the best style to pick up points from teams above them, however, flooding the midfield in order to control games. This quartet will likely be fighting tooth-and-nail for every point they can get all season, and have all made overtures to fringe players from teams higher up the pecking order; the "scraps" of the bigger teams, if you will. A tough decision may befall one or more of them, though. What do they do if they embark on a cup run but are still in the thick of the relegation fight?




Rabastor Challenge Premier - Season Two

The third tier of the Rabastor Football League system -- though technically the highest tier of the secondary league system therein -- is a bitmore exciting than the higher tiers in some ways. There is a LOT more parity for a start, and the mixture of cultures is more pronounced, as this is where we start to see Aquilliano and Eristicean teams. The two teams relegated from Ilungu Isibini last term -- Armada Ohafia and Junipa Athletic -- are among the favourites to go straight back up, but nothing is quite that simple in football, of course.

But, despite the parity and unpredictablility of the third tier -- especially given its complicated relegation rules that can see a mid-table side plummet through the trapdoor -- we can still soooort of split the teams into groups...

Top Dogs
Armada Ohafia (CBR), Junipa Athletic (OSR), Real Seaga (AQL), Cavalane Panthers (CBR), Ajamilu FC (CBR)

There is daylight between the two relegated sides from the second tier; and Armada are the superior team. Expect to see the two battling for the top spot for most of the season… though you can't count out Real Seaga as a possible Challenge Premier championship winning side. Cavalane Panthers are right behind them. Ajamilu are the clear outsiders, and below them, it's hard to see anyone else realistically having a shot at the title. On paper, both Armada Ohafia and Junipa Athletic seem likely to go straight back up, though... Seaga are most likely to crash that party, becoming the first Aquilliano side to break into the top two tiers... and what a story that would be; given their general lack of popularity in Aquillian...

Schrodinger's relegation threat
Gamba Kyobe (OSR), SS Aquilone (OSR), Raizal Edge (CBR), Genesia (AQL), Bahia Rojo (AQL)

Mid table is as you'd expect mostly... with the surprising inclusion of promoted Raizal Edge. Sadly, there is still a reasonable chance of relegation for them, despite being good enough to finish mid-table -- their squad actually looks almost as good as Gamba Kyobe, who aren't a long way off being part of the top five in this division. Around them are two of the historic heavyweights of Aquilliano football: Genesia and Bahia Rojo, both of whom look to be slipping closer and closer to relegation in the face of the financial might of their mainland counterparts... SS Aquilone, much like Gamba, could potentially outdo mid-table, but it would require a bit of luck most likely. On paper, they're almost as good as Ajamilu... but being almost as good as a potential outsider in the title race doesn't mean much, does it? Oh, don't miss Bahia Rojo in this group. Currently managed by a two-time World Cup winner in Roque Acosta -- who long ago hinted at a return to the town of his birth, incidentally -- you wouldn't bet against them somehow hauling themselves into the title race. That man works miracles, honestly. For all of these teams though, that should be the aim, not least because technically a fourth place finisher could be relegated in this division... Oooh the excitement!

Hanging in there...
Parque Jalisco (AQL), Marin Riversiders (OSR), Pisateia FC (ERS), PAOD Ajna (ERS), Santorini City (ERS), FC Erisia (ERS)

It's complicated for promoted sides usually, because they could finish top half and potentially still go down... among the projected bottom six, Jalisco would be the hardest done by in such a situation, as they're not a million miles away from mid-table quality, but there's enough of a gap between them and the other Aquilliano sides, that you'd be forgiven for wanting them to stay up at the expense of another Eristicean side (for example). Speaking of Eristicean sides, they are projected to make up the bottom four of the division entirely... not a good look. Pisateia might consider themselves the strongest of the four, with Erisia looking the likely losers in this one. Meanwhile, Marin Riversiders have to hope they'll catch up with the next lowest ranked Osarian side... which is uh... SS Aquilone. Good luck with that.
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Rabastor League Trophy

Quarter Finals

OSR Koroshi Impulse 2-2 adg Negus Koromanti CBR 4-5 ADG
OSR Orizuru Turic 3-0 Verda Zephyr OSR
CBR Raizal Fenyangi 3-1 Firewood City OSR
OSR Violia FC 4-1 Pantera Azul CBR

Semi Finals

CBR Negus Koromanti 4-0 Raizal Fenyangi CBR 1-0 3-0
OSR Orizuru Turic 1-2 Violia FC OSR 1-2 0-0

Final

CBR Negus Koromanti 1-1 adg Violia FC OSR 1-4 ADG


Second tier Violia pull off a shock win on the ADG tiebreaker to earn themselves the right to compete in international club competition next season -- assuming the Rabastor Sports Council decide to enter; rumours are abound that UICA will not organise any edition of their competitions next year, leaving everyone wondering what will happen.


Rabastor Premier League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Hastmead Diamante 33 19 7 7 58 33 +25 64
2 Alissar Phoenix 33 20 3 10 51 46 +5 63
3 Utica United 33 17 6 10 48 29 +19 57
4 Jraxville FC 33 18 2 13 51 39 +12 56 CC
5 Firewood City 33 14 11 8 49 38 +11 53
6 FC Barciddia 33 14 10 9 39 33 +6 52
7 Dynapolis United 33 14 8 11 40 41 −1 50
8 Shanak FC 33 15 3 15 48 38 +10 48
9 Orizuru Turic 33 13 5 15 26 28 −2 44
10 Negus Koromanti 33 11 10 12 44 43 +1 43
11 Ohafia Pride 33 11 10 12 38 47 −9 43
12 Incanto Evolution 33 12 6 15 38 47 −9 42
13 Karikinui FC 33 10 11 12 32 28 +4 41
14 Verda Zephyr 33 9 13 11 29 36 −7 40
15 Neahri Angels 33 9 9 15 31 38 −7 36 PO
16 Olympique Corriere 33 10 5 18 23 36 −13 35 PO
17 Venanga Tropic 33 9 4 20 29 58 −29 31 R
18 Kyoshiku Island 33 7 7 19 23 39 −16 28 R


Going into the last day of the season, Hastmead hold a one point lead over Alissar Phoenix in the title race, while Utica United sit in a qualification berth for international club competition depending on the Champions Cup final between Union Silviana and Alissar Phoenix -- Violia FC taking the third slot as Rabastor League Trophy winners.

A strange situation, all told, as no other key deciders are to be played on the final day, with Venanga Tropic and Kyoshiku Island confirmed relegated, while Neahri and Corriere will take part in the relegation playoff series. None of these changes would violate the "four base rule" -- which states that both Osarius and Cobrio must have at least four teams in the top flight -- so all but the top two teams in the league have nothing to play for.

It must be said, at this point, the odds are perhaps slightly in favour of Phoenix, who face a tricky journey west, to face Negus Koromanti. Leaders Hastmead face a trickier journey to Cobrio, though, where they take on Shanak...

At half-time, it does not look good for the Diamonds -- Filomena Corredera looking a little worse-for-wear as her team trudge in at forty-five minutes, having just heard that Phoenix are in fact 3-0 up against Negus Koromanti.

At seventy-five minutes, the travelling section of Hastmead fans are ominously quiet, and Corredera is informed that Phoenix are now 4-0 up. In desperation, knowing her team have to win to claim what they feel is their "rightful" status as league champions, Corredera instructs her team to go all-out. There is nothing to lose at this point.

Taken aback by the sudden change in approach, Shanak are pinned inside their own half for ten straight minutes -- news trickles through that Negus have pulled one back, but it won't be enough. Somehow, the Eagles hold firm, and the firm resolve of the Diamonds is beginning to crack.

Then, on eighty-six minutes, it happens.

Sophia Delacour's threaded pass finds Nepharim forward Ilary Muscat in half a yard of space. The experienced striker doesn't even look up before flicking a pass to her left, where Aristeia Viridiana has drifted. The Callistean curls a strike toward the top right corner, where Esther Gama manages to get a hand to it. The Shanak captain's palm isn't quite strong enough though, and Lucea Hyde is lurking. Rising above everyone else, she thunders a header into the ground to put Hastmead a goal up. In the wild celebrations, they almost forget there are still four minutes to play. Eight, if you count the added time.

Elsewhere, Phoenix's game has ended, and television crews are broadcasting them, in real-time, anxiously consulting with the bench, the away fans, anyone who has a phone and access to live coverage of the Shanak-Hastmead game. After their result today, they still don't know if it will be enough. Triffid Ramsey prowls her technical area, jaw set in anticipation of a second final whistle. A little over a hundred and fifty miles away, Filomena Corredera is doing the same -- trying desperately not to show her concern as the four minutes of added time tick away.

Idowu Cruz hasn't seen the ball in some time, the Hastmead defenders are on the half-way line, while eight bodies press the ball in the Shanak half. The tension is a palpable weight in the Shaka Bashenga Memorial Stadium as Malia Niko asks the ref "how long?"

Hearts are suddenly in mouths, though, as Chinedu Osunwa's long-ball catches Anthony Anelka flat-footed, releasing Mae-Berenice Lynch down the right flank. Nelson Ogbah streaks forward through the middle, with Raymond Dupre overlapping on the left. The trio bear down on Idowu Cruz, who only has Ajamu Ajayi to defend him. This is going to be the final attack of the game, four minutes have passed.

Everyone is on their feet. These next few seconds will decide the title.

Lynch switches play, and Dupre collects the ball on the left. Tigana and Fuller are thundering back at full-pelt, as Dupre cuts inside. He fakes the shot, committing Tigana to the block, but sends a reverse pass into the left channel where Ogbah shapes up to shoot...

Fuller flings himself bodily in front of the shot, getting the barest touch on it, sending it slightly further upward than Cruz had expected. The despairing 'keeper can only watch as the ball sails over his outstretched hand, mid-dive...

...and strikes the bar. Anelka recovers, hoofing the ball as far as he can into touch, before the final whistle blows. Hastmead Diamante are champions.

Jraxville FC (CBR) 4–1 Olympique Corriere (OSR)
Incanto Evolution (OSR) 4–3 FC Barciddia (OSR)
Ohafia Pride (CBR) 0–0 Firewood City (OSR)
Shanak FC (CBR) 0–1 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
Orizuru Turic (OSR) 2–0 Dynapolis United (CBR)
Kyoshiku Island (OSR) 0–1 Verda Zephyr (OSR)
Neahri Angels (OSR) 0–2 Karikinui FC (OSR)
Utica United (OSR) 5–1 Venanga Tropic (OSR)
Negus Koromanti (CBR) 1–5 Alissar Phoenix (OSR)


Rabastor Premier League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Hastmead Diamante 34 20 7 7 59 33 +26 67 C
2 Alissar Phoenix 34 21 3 10 56 47 +9 66 GC
3 Utica United 34 18 6 10 53 30 +23 60 GC (if Phoenix win the RCC)
4 Jraxville FC 34 19 2 13 55 40 +15 59 CC
5 Firewood City 34 14 12 8 49 38 +11 54
6 FC Barciddia 34 14 10 10 42 37 +5 52
7 Dynapolis United 34 14 8 12 40 43 −3 50
8 Shanak FC 34 15 3 16 48 39 +9 48
9 Orizuru Turic 34 14 5 15 28 28 0 47
10 Incanto Evolution 34 13 6 15 42 50 −8 45
11 Ohafia Pride 34 11 11 12 38 47 −9 44
12 Karikinui FC 34 11 11 12 34 28 +6 44
13 Verda Zephyr 34 10 13 11 30 36 −6 43
14 Negus Koromanti 34 11 10 13 45 48 −3 43
15 Neahri Angels 34 9 9 16 31 40 −9 36 PO
16 Olympique Corriere 34 10 5 19 24 40 −16 35 PO
17 Venanga Tropic 34 9 4 21 30 63 −33 31 R
18 Kyoshiku Island 34 7 7 20 23 40 −17 28 R


With the season complete, only the Champions Cup and Challenge Shield finals remain to be contested.

Rabastor Challenge Shield

Quarter Finals

AQL Academia Deportes 6-4 Rahobi United AQL 1-3 5-1
OSR Fenice Emberro 3-5 Arakat Equinox OSR 1-3 2-2
AQL Club Olimpia 3-2 Estudiantes Pachuebla AQL 2-1 1-1
OSR Paesani Arcaea 4-2 Honggenn Harriers OSR 0-1 4-1

Semi Finals

OSR Paesani Arcaea 1-3 Academia Deportes AQL 0-0 1-3
OSR Arakat Equinox 2-1 Club Olimpia AQL 1-1 1-0

Final

AQL Academia Deportes 0-1 Arakat Equinox OSR


Rabastor Champions Cup


Quarter Finals

AQL Union Silviana 2-1 Apollon Samara ERS
AQL Real Seaga 3-1 Dynapolis United CBR
OSR Hastmead Diamante 2-3 FC Barciddia OSR
OSR Alissar Phoenix 4-3 aet Ohafia Pride CBR

Semi Finals

AQL Union Silviana 2-1 FC Barciddia OSR 1-1 0-1 AET
OSR Alissar Phoenix 9-2 Real Seaga AQL 3-1 1-6

Final

AQL Union Silviana 2-3 Alissar Phoenix OSR
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The second tier saw Cartagena desperate to avoid another playoff -- these have not gone well for them in the past couple of years; missing out on a place in the inaugural Rabastor Premier via playoff, and then losing the promotion playoff last season -- but in classic Desert Foxes style, they made hard work of it.

Despite leading the league since matchday three, they sought to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the final strait, picking up just five points from a possible twenty-one ahead of the final day. Within that streak, they also lost 3-2 at Inzon Hawk -- their closest title challengers; thus losing any potential tiebreak with them -- meaning they had to equal or better Inzon's final day result to be crowned champions. Sure, promotion was secured, but to throw away promotion? Now? Could be a devastating blow to team morale... not exactly welcome ahead of what was certain to be a gruelling Premier League campaign.

Inzon Hawk, to their credit, had overcome an eleven point deficit during that run-in, while Newhaven's draw at Thor Jraxville on matchday twenty-eight ended their late surge. As it stood at kickoff on final day, only Inzon could shatter the Tubrissians' dreams -- well, other than themselves, I suppose -- and snatch the title from them. The nerves were evident as the Desert Foxes went a goal down through loanee striker Sugar Norwood after just three minutes. Fortunately for them, the goal was disallowed thanks to a marginal offside call.

Elsewhere, Inzon Hawk took the lead on seventeen minutes through Meghan Coates, and within minutes, Norwood struck again at Mustang Stadium to put Inter ahead. For real this time. As news filtered over to Raizal Central Park, Kelani Segun proceeded to instruct Inzon Hawk to park the bus. If they could hold on to this lead, Cartagena now had to score twice to win the league.

Cartagena huffed and puffed, the desperation becoming increasingly evident -- five yellow cards by the seventieth minute suggested their heads were going, if not already gone. Eventually, they got thr breakthrough they needed, when Takeshi Yokoyama snuck in at the back post to head them level. Segun, upon hearing the news, faltered, allowing concern to etch itself on a normally stoic face. The crowd rumbled nervously, and Inzon Hawk, in the confusion, were caught unaware by Yaya Akabueze, who levelled the tie.

Inzon Hawk now had fifteen minutes to score, and hope that the Desert Foxes did not, if they were to be champions. At 4:53pm news filtered over to Raizal Central Park that the Desert Foxes had drawn. A little under two minutes of stoppage time remained for Inzon Hawk to steal the title. Clayton Webb, the academy winger, broke free and forced a sublime save. Thirty seconds left, Inzon Hawk corner. Kelani Segun instructed everyone to get forward, this was it. They may as well go for it. The point they'd get from a draw would ensure they didn't lose their promotion spot to Newhaven, there was nothing to lose, right? Well... unless Raizal countered and scored, but let's not worry about that. We have a shot at being champions.

The corner arced over, headed clear. Oh f-

Ten seconds left. The ref would surely allow this counter attack to come to a natural conclusion.

Beto Migosafe finds himself clear, bearing down on goal. Lamar McDonald to his right. Eniola Bankole galloping back, behind McDonald. Migosafe senses Nash over his shoulder and attempts to switch play, leaving McDonald to finish the attack, and... Bankole reads it, hurling himself between the young winger and the ball, sending the pass careening off toward the corner flag.

Cartagena Desert Foxes win the league, and Inzon Hawk will follow them up as runners up.


Ilungu Isbini II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Cartagena Desert Foxes 30 14 10 6 52 43 +9 52 C
2 Inzon Hawk 30 13 11 6 58 49 +9 50 PRM
3 Newhaven Athletic 30 12 13 5 45 33 +12 49 PO
4 Violia FC 30 12 9 9 54 44 +10 45 PO
5 Kart Hago 30 12 9 9 66 60 +6 45 PO
6 Thor Jraxville 30 11 11 8 58 54 +4 44 PO
7 Qubadili FC 30 13 4 13 36 42 −6 43
8 Inter Alepio 30 11 9 10 52 48 +4 42
9 Koroshi Impulse 30 10 12 8 51 46 +5 42
10 Raizal Fenyangi 30 11 5 14 41 47 −6 38
11 Ologun Camaron 30 10 7 13 56 59 −3 37
12 Muirford Athletic 30 9 8 13 51 65 −14 35
13 Callisto City 30 9 8 13 58 63 −5 35
14 Pantera Azul 30 10 5 15 64 70 −6 35 R
15 Burningham City 30 8 8 14 48 55 −7 32 P/O
16 FC Mora 30 4 13 13 58 70 −12 25 R


Rabastor League Playoffs

Newhaven the favourites to beat Thor, while pundits are split on Kart Hago vs Violia. What they do appear to agree on however, is that Newhaven have enough talent to drag Corriere down, while Neahri should beat whoever wins the other semi final... let's find out.

Semi Finals                                                                                      
OSR Newhaven Athletic 4-3 Thor Jraxville CBR 1-0 3-3
OSR Kart Hago adg 4-4 Violia FC OSR 2-2 2-2 (6-5 ADG)

Deciders
OSR Newhaven Athletic 2-2 adg Olympique Corriere OSR 0-2 2-0 (3-4 ADG)
OSR Kart Hago 4-5 Neahri Angels OSR 3-0 1-5


Olympique Corriere and Neahri Angels will play in the Rabastor Premier League next season.

Rabastor Challenge League Results


Challenge Premier League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 AQL Real Seaga 30 16 7 7 52 31 +21 55 C
2 CBR Armada Ohafia 30 16 4 10 31 22 +9 52 PRM
3 OSR Gamba Kyobe 30 15 7 8 33 25 +8 52 P/O
4 ERS Santorini City 30 14 6 10 24 19 +5 48
5 AQL Genesia 30 13 6 11 32 31 +1 45
6 CBR Raizal Edge 30 12 8 10 48 29 +19 44
7 AQL Bahia Rojo 30 11 11 8 40 37 +3 44
8 CBR Ajamilu FC 30 12 8 10 25 30 −5 44
9 CBR Cavalane Panthers 30 12 5 13 43 43 0 41 R
10 OSR Marin Riversiders 30 11 8 11 16 19 −3 41
11 OSR SS Aquilone 30 10 10 10 35 40 −5 40 R
12 OSR Junipa Athletic 30 11 7 12 22 20 +2 40 R
13 AQL Parque Jalisco 30 10 2 18 32 39 −7 32 R
14 ERS FC Erisia 30 7 9 14 40 46 −6 30
15 ERS Pisateia FC 30 7 9 14 24 47 −23 30
16 ERS PAOD Ajna 30 6 7 17 20 39 −19 25 R


Seaga's promotion forces nation-specific quotas to come into effect again, with the next-lowest-ranked Osarian team in Ilungu Isibini (Burningham City) forced into a playoff with Gamba Kyobe, while SS Aquilone, as the second lowest-ranked Osarian side in the Challenge Premier, are bumped down a tier to make way for a second promoted Aquilliano side from the SuperLiga.

Playoff                                                                                          
OSR Gamba Kyobe 3-2 Burningham City OSR 2-0 0-2 (1-2 AET)


Gamba Kyobe will play in the Challenge Premier League next season.

National League Results


Cobrio Panther League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Cymrwell FC 36 19 11 6 62 41 +21 68 C
2 Golden Dragons 36 21 5 10 47 27 +20 68
3 Magnum Clay 36 18 8 10 59 41 +18 62
4 Vennulo Vipers 36 13 13 10 39 37 +2 52
5 South Cavalane 36 14 9 13 58 53 +5 51
6 Kogibe Django 36 13 9 14 64 64 0 48
7 Kronkow United 36 12 10 14 44 45 −1 46
8 Banpo Dragons 36 12 4 20 62 78 −16 40
9 Tivoli Heights 36 8 8 20 35 48 −13 32
10 Nyami Falls 36 6 11 19 33 69 −36 29 R


Cymrwell make an immediate return to the Challenge Premier, beating an unfortunate Golden Dragons side -- who have now finished runners up two years running -- while Nyami Falls drop to the Silver League after failing to beat Tivoli Heights on the road in a must-win fixture on the final day of the season.


Cobrio Silver League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Ikenga Arrows 36 16 9 11 63 56 +7 57 C
2 Dembe Buffalo 36 14 13 9 67 63 +4 55
3 Mighty Heart Camaron 36 16 7 13 74 66 +8 55
4 Umoja Dynapoli 36 14 13 9 47 38 +9 55
5 Dynapolis Stars 36 13 10 13 53 55 −2 49
6 CF Solidarite Akach 36 12 12 12 60 53 +7 48
7 Kousa Kotoko 36 11 13 12 59 59 0 46
8 Enugu Tigers 36 10 15 11 54 56 −2 45
9 Umeshi Oxstrong 36 8 12 16 46 65 −19 36
10 Dizuogogon 36 8 12 16 36 48 −12 36


Ikenga Arrows move up a tier, after taking the title on the final day of a thrilling four-team battle at the top. Umoja Dynapoli, despite leading the league for the majority of the season, go into the final day as leaders, but are shocked at home by Kousa Kotoko, paving the way for Ikenga to steal the title with a 2-0 win over Dynapolis Stars.



Eristicea Golden League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 AED Ajna 36 20 9 7 64 39 +25 69 C
2 Achilleas Neokartago 36 17 9 10 57 43 +14 60
3 FC Aletrai 36 16 7 13 55 67 −12 55
4 Veraklis 36 13 12 11 38 39 −1 51
5 Apollon Samara 36 13 12 11 32 21 +11 51
6 Hemis FC 36 13 7 16 49 57 −8 46
7 Enosi Myonacia 36 12 7 17 48 57 −9 43
8 Chamiopolis FC 36 11 8 17 51 55 −4 41
9 Niki Rega 36 11 7 18 45 48 −3 40
10 NP Ajna 36 10 10 16 54 67 −13 40


In perhaps the most unpredictable league in Rabastor, AED Ajna reverse their fortunes and go from worst to first in the space of a year, taking the title with a points tally more than double what they achieved last term. Achilleas Neokartago will look to build on their own turnaround (from seventh to second) next season.



SuperLiga Aquilliana II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Academia Deportes 36 16 10 10 65 56 +9 58 C
2 Otomi Retaro 36 16 9 11 66 60 +6 57
3 Club Olimpia 36 14 13 9 76 64 +12 55
4 Rahobi United 36 13 11 12 71 65 +6 50
5 Santos Torreon 36 14 8 14 40 35 +5 50
6 Estudiantes Pachuebla 36 14 8 14 70 72 −2 50
7 Aquilliano 36 12 9 15 63 71 −8 45
8 Union Silviana 36 11 12 13 59 66 −7 45
9 Juventud Rahobi 36 10 11 15 44 59 −15 41
10 Montelia 36 8 13 15 53 59 −6 37


Montelia will be thankful that the SuperLiga doesn't relegate teams, as one of the oldest clubs in the country, their finish this season is a major shock. Academia Deportes will move up a tier, followed by Otomi Retaro -- thanks to Real Seaga's promotion from the Challenge Premier -- while FADA will now consider whether to promote a semi-professional side into the SuperLiga or to promote a Nova League franchise, and award that open space to a semi-professional side.

Commentators suggest it will be the latter, as the Nova League is technically the next highest tier of Aquilliano football, though some have questioned this line of thinking, given that the Nova League is made up almost entirely of naturalised Kryosi, and could therefore be considered "not a real Aquilliano league".

Should FADA go for the Nova League team, Tall Ridge Demons are by far and away the most deserving on sporting merit after this season, running away with the title...


Nova League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Tall Ridge Demons 36 22 5 9 43 32 +11 71 C
2 Zacatan Punishers 36 14 10 12 45 37 +8 52
3 Laredo Wraiths 36 14 9 13 23 23 0 51
4 Morelina Marauders 36 12 14 10 32 26 +6 50
5 Mantera Militia 36 12 14 10 35 32 +3 50
6 Aventura Assassins 36 15 4 17 36 34 +2 49
7 Cape Town Nightwolves 36 13 10 13 32 32 0 49
8 Trinity Blades 36 12 8 16 50 60 −10 44
9 Tampi Violence 36 12 7 17 30 36 −6 43
10 Argento Avengers 36 7 13 16 20 34 −14 34


By extension, the question of which semi-professional side is best suited to take a place in the Nova League, with a shiny FADA-approved franchise. The smart money is on Nakhi Pirates -- who, bafflingly, are nowhere near a port or dock -- after an injection of cash from the Cuellar family. Victor Cuellar, the seventh son, is the club's new owner, while his six older brothers all have a share. As a prominent sporting family, the Cuellars are the type of draw FADA seem likely to look favourably upon. The Pirates' win of the Sierra Regional League, and the annual spring invitational organised by Alfredo Herrera's family for semi-professional sides will not have hurt, either.



Osarius Phoenix League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Warton Villa 36 18 10 8 82 67 +15 64 C
2 Alianza Maharia 36 14 10 12 49 50 −1 52
3 Zama Immortals 36 13 12 11 44 43 +1 51
4 Honggenn Harriers 36 13 12 11 41 39 +2 51
5 Phoenix Thanae 36 12 12 12 53 48 +5 48
6 Corriere Sporting 36 15 3 18 41 44 −3 48
7 Arakat Equinox 36 13 7 16 47 49 −2 46
8 Camslow Lynx 36 10 14 12 45 45 0 44
9 Arcaea County 36 12 8 16 53 58 −5 44
10 Grafite Union 36 10 12 14 35 47 −12 42 R


Warton Villa make an instant return to the Challenge Premier though, bettering Marin Riversiders' whopping ten-point margin at the top with a twelve-point lead all told.

Grafite Union's fortunes almost directly mirror their local "rivals" Hastmead, in that they have seemingly gotten weaker and weaker over the years, while the Diamonds have gone on to become arguably the strongest Osarian side in decades. Union are relegated as the lowest ranking side in the division, to be replaced by the best finishing northern team in the playoffs (or second best, if a northern team wins). The other relegated side will depend on who wins the regional league playoffs, of course.
* * * * *

The regional leagues themselves were ah... spirited... this season. Last year, the eligible teams were deemed not to meet OFA requirements for promotion, and this led to a lot of improvement at the lower level. This year, the majority of teams in the Regional Premier Leagues have clarified with the OFA that, yes, they do meet requirements for promotion. So now there is actually something to play for...

The North was a bit odd last term, given Felis Calcio's withdrawal mid-season and subsequent re-entry into Northern League Two this year. But Juventus Piedmont have edged out Incanto Calcio for the title, though both will enter the Regional League Playoffs in a bid for promotion to the Phoenix League.


Northern Premier League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Juventus Piedmont 36 18 13 5 57 36 +21 67 C
2 Incanto Calcio 36 18 9 9 58 46 +12 63
3 AS Soliton-Vallaure 36 18 5 13 47 33 +14 59
4 Paesani Arcaea 36 14 11 11 48 47 +1 53
5 Olympic Crono Polytes 36 15 5 16 37 39 −2 50
6 Pareille Athletic 36 13 11 12 56 47 +9 50
7 Corniche Carbo Calcio 36 11 11 14 59 71 −12 44
8 Union Fulsea 36 10 11 15 39 47 −8 41
9 Aurum Elite 36 9 9 18 26 43 −17 36
10 Harrinet Mystique 36 8 7 21 58 76 −18 31 R


Passeria dominate the Northern League Two to earn a return to the Northern Premier... while Harrinet drop down a level.


Northern League Two II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Passeria United 36 20 10 6 78 61 +17 70 C
2 SS Domino 36 16 10 10 60 41 +19 58
3 Troycaster United 36 16 8 12 64 56 +8 56
4 Felis Calcio 36 15 10 11 51 39 +12 55
5 Tori Meridionale 36 13 8 15 49 48 +1 47
6 Gold Belt FC 36 12 11 13 63 67 −4 47
7 Charron Unito 36 10 11 15 64 77 −13 41
8 Lucena Internazionale 36 10 10 16 50 62 −12 40
9 Virtus Stelle Cocento 36 9 12 15 28 33 −5 39
10 Syphetax Glory 36 10 8 18 65 88 −23 38


The South ... San Manuel showed absolutely no respect to the rest of their division. Utica Centro, despite finishing sixteen points off their division champion, rank higher than Incanto Calcio in the playoff seeding order, though. Spicy.


Southern Premier League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 FC United of San Manuel 36 24 9 3 72 36 +36 81 C
2 Utica Centro 36 18 11 7 77 59 +18 65
3 Union Estango 36 16 9 11 91 76 +15 57
4 Fenice Emberro 36 14 9 13 74 73 +1 51
5 Union Rhodunaia 36 12 9 15 58 59 −1 45
6 Isbrent Athletic 36 12 8 16 36 40 −4 44
7 Aris Callistiniki 36 12 7 17 64 84 −20 43
8 FC Yurendam 36 8 15 13 60 64 −4 39
9 FC Basotha 36 9 7 20 40 64 −24 34
10 Periocha Mayor CF 36 8 10 18 40 57 −17 34 R


Periocha Mayor and South Zaryta switch places, though Tyre will feel unlucky here. South Zaryta's loss on final day meant Tyre could have won the league ... if not for their 1-0 away defeat to ... Oasis Zaryta. Oasis' win costs Tyre the title and hands it to their biggest rivals. That's gotta sting. For both teams.


Southern League Two II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 South Zaryta FC 36 19 7 10 56 48 +8 64 C
2 Tyre FC 36 17 11 8 57 43 +14 62
3 Nueva Erisia 36 14 12 10 45 37 +8 54
4 Kart Hago Carnage 36 13 10 13 61 60 +1 49
5 Rivula Unity 36 11 14 11 56 53 +3 47
6 Oasis Zaryta 36 13 6 17 52 60 −8 45
7 Renegata Neahri 36 10 14 12 39 37 +2 44
8 Esoter Interstellar 36 11 11 14 28 36 −8 44
9 Doulea Athletic 36 11 10 15 72 75 −3 43
10 Parkchester Combination 36 9 9 18 22 39 −17 36


The West saw Kwane Inazuma capture the Premier title, while fellow islanders Kaiju Kyobe go the opposite direction and drop down into League Two.


Western Premier League II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Kwane Inazuma 36 18 10 8 66 51 +15 64 C
2 Pacinot FC 36 15 12 9 64 56 +8 57
3 FC Abranta 36 16 8 12 50 46 +4 56
4 AS Borgoverde 36 15 9 12 61 66 −5 54
5 Rezoni Osakyo 36 14 11 11 80 73 +7 53
6 Florecia FC 36 13 10 13 67 66 +1 49
7 Highport United 36 12 12 12 55 54 +1 48
8 East Elismith 36 8 15 13 60 61 −1 39
9 Jeunesse Noctida 36 9 11 16 39 48 −9 38
10 Kaiju Kyobe 36 9 4 23 59 80 −21 31 R


Replacing Kaiju is... another islander team. Huh. How 'bout that? Kyatoshima Marinos with a clear ten points of daylight between them and Aremanaga to convincingly move up a tier.


Western League Two II Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Kyatoshima Marinos 36 18 12 6 40 27 +13 66 C
2 Aremanaga FC 36 16 8 12 52 48 +4 56
3 Ethea FC 36 14 11 11 41 34 +7 53
4 Hollybrent Harriers 36 13 13 10 68 66 +2 52
5 Namatabi FC 36 13 9 14 35 36 −1 48
6 Mazomba Mpulanga 36 12 11 13 44 41 +3 47
7 Tout-Puissant Hautlieu 36 12 10 14 33 38 −5 46
8 Edaji Dominica 36 11 10 15 41 46 −5 43
9 Ilex Forest 36 11 7 18 43 53 −10 40
10 Khoisa Union 36 10 9 17 43 51 −8 39


Regional League Playoffs

Now, the fun part... the seeding list places the three division champions as seeds 1-3 with byes to the next round. Joining them is Utica Centro, the best performing runner up team across the three divisions.

The seedings were as follows:
1 FC United of San Manuel   [S]   36   24   9   3    72   36  +36    81  
2 Juventus Piedmont [N] 36 18 13 5 57 36 +21 67
3 Kwane Inazuma [W] 36 18 10 8 66 51 +15 64
4 Utica Centro [S] 36 18 11 7 77 59 +18 65
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5 Incanto Calcio [N] 36 18 9 9 58 46 +12 63
6 AS Soliton-Vallaure [N] 36 18 5 13 47 33 +14 59
7 Union Estango [S] 36 16 9 11 91 76 +15 57
8 Pacinot FC [W] 36 15 12 9 64 56 +8 57
9 FC Abranta [W] 36 16 8 12 50 46 +4 56
10 AS Borgoverde [W] 36 15 9 12 61 66 −5 54
11 Paesani Arcaea [N] 36 14 11 11 48 47 +1 53
12 Fenice Emberro [S] 36 14 9 13 74 73 +1 51


The prospect of an all-South playoff final was interesting -- given how one-sided that league had been -- though Kwane Inazuma were deceptively strong, despite appearing to be the weakest of the bye teams. Piedmont also threatening, being defensively very solid and perhaps the team most capable of nullifying the frankly terrifying southern teams' attacking strength (the four southern teams scored a combined 314 goals; for comparison, the north had a total of 210, and the west 241)...

Regional League Playoffs
*First named team plays at home in the second leg

Pacinot FC adg 2-2 FC Abranta 2-1 0-1 (3-1 ADG)
Incanto Calcio 4-1 Fenice Emberro 3-1 1-0
Union Estango 2-5 AS Borgoverde 2-1 0-4
AS Soliton-Vallaure 3-0 Paesani Arcaea 2-0 1-0

FC United of San Manuel 4-1 Pacinot FC 2-1 2-0
Utica Centro 6-6 adg Incanto Calcio 4-3 2-3 (3-5 ADG)
Juventus Piedmont 4-3 AS Borgoverde 2-2 2-1
Kwane Inazuma aet 2-1 AS Soliton-Vallaure 1-1 0-0 (1-0 AET)

FC United of San Manuel 2-1 adg Incanto Calcio 1-1 1-1 (3-4 ADG)
Juventus Piedmont 0-1 aet Kwane Inazuma 0-0 0-0 (0-1 AET)

Incanto Calcio 2-3 Kwane Inazuma


Kwane Inazuma earn promotion to the Phoenix League, with Incanto Calcio taking a promotion spot ahead of Juventus Piedmont by virtue of playoff results.
As an aside, this did NOT go down well in Piedmont.


With news of the IFCF revealed during the summer, the RSF have decided that this year's usual qualifiers for international competition -- having deigned to enter the Dwile Invitational Tournament -- will be permitted to contest playoffs with their counterparts from the upcoming season to determine who gets the chance to enter the inaugural editions of IFCF competitions.

There is some concern over the validity of this approach, but the RSF remain confident that the IFCF will not reject any of the entries put forth, which suggests that this season's winners may be entered in some cases, where the RSF believe the IFCF would not accept a "playoff" winner. It remains to be seen how this is reconciled.
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Due to the lingering effects of weaponry used by Kryosis in the Temporal War, Cobrio and Osarius experienced minor temporal distortion, leading to a rapid completion of the third season of domestic football.
With several teams based (and operating primarily) overseas in unaffected nations, the decision was made to send representatives to international competition based on the last "fairly contested" season.

Season three was allowed to continue to a conclusion, however, for the sake of completeness.

While all related details are on file with the Rabastor Sports Council, only the final results have been released to the public.

Rabastor League Trophy
Quarter Finals                                                                            
(CBR) Inzon Hawk 2-0 Genesia (AQL)
(OSR) Venanga Tropic 3-2 Orizuru Turic (OSR)
(OSR) Olympique Corriere 2-1 Kart Hago (OSR)
(CBR) Negus Koromanti 4-2 Real Seaga (AQL)
Semi Finals
(CBR) Inzon Hawk 2-3 Olympique Corriere (OSR) 1-2 1-1
(CBR) Negus Koromanti 8-5 Venanga Tropic (OSR) 5-2 3-3


Inzon Hawk, having a rough first season in the top flight, looked good in the cup making a strong run to the semi finals, before controversially having a late winner ruled out at Corriere, that would have forced extra time...
Meanwhile, Negus Koromanti continue their love affair with the League Trophy, cruelly ending Real Seaga's hopes before crushing Venanga Tropic to make their third straight final. Yikes.

Final                                                                       
(OSR) Olympique Corriere 0-1 Negus Koromanti (CBR)
Durand 71'


Mélissa Durand's long-range strike mid way through the second half decides the tie, after a stubborn Corriere defense holds Koromanti at bay for a long time, restricting chances.

Rabastor Challenge Cup
Round Five                                                                  
(OSR) Koroshi Impulse 0-1 Firewood City (OSR)
(OSR) Newhaven Athletic aet 3-2 Banpo Dragons (CBR)
(OSR) Violia FC 1-3 Thor Jraxville (CBR)
(OSR) Orizuru Turic 2-0 Burningham City (OSR)
(CBR) Dynapolis United adg 1-1 Utica United (OSR)
(CBR) Negus Koromanti 0-1 Karikinui FC (OSR)
(OSR) Olympique Corriere 2-3 Incanto Evolution (OSR)
(OSR) Verda Zephyr 0-1 Mantera Militia (AQL)

Quarter Finals
(OSR) Incanto Evolution adg 1-1 Karikinui FC (OSR)
(CBR) Dynapolis United adg 2-2 Orizuru Turic (OSR)
(AQL) Mantera Militia 2-3 Firewood City (OSR)
(OSR) Newhaven Athletic 1-0 Thor Jraxville (CBR)

Semi Finals
(CBR) Dynapolis United 3-0 Firewood City (OSR)
(OSR) Newhaven Athletic 0-2 Incanto Evolution (OSR)


The eagle eyed among you will have noted the absences of both Alissar Phoenix and Hastmead Diamante. The former were despatched by Dynapolis in round four, a 2-1 win at the Dragonpit ending Triffid Ramsey's team's progress; while the latter were beaten in extra time by Orizuru Turic, after academy graduate Luke Hart scored a fantastic free kick that was a contender for goal of the season.

A convincing three goal win over Firewood City -- though some would argue this is because Firewood were on course to win the league, and don't have the squad depth of the other title challengers -- put the Dragons into the final, while Evo travelled to a Newhaven side enjoying a cup run in spite of their sustained title challenge in the second tier to earn their place thanks to a magnificent long-range double from Igrene Cantor.

Final                                                                       
(CBR) Dynapolis United 3-4 aet Incanto Evolution (OSR)
Rei 8' Bryant 31'
Cabaye 52' Cantor 20', 61'
Galdeira 81' Araya 108'


The arrival of Alexander Bumba very nearly results in the first silverware to the Dragons in the Rabastor Football League era. An extra time goal from Mikael Araya -- against the team he supported as a boy, no less -- thwarts United and their Banijan manager, while earning a first trophy for Evo's Nepharim boss Fay Harville.

Firewood City's slip late in the season leaves them an outside shot at being champions going into the final day, but still in with a shot. Hastmead travel to Barciddia, Phoenix host relegated Corriere, and Firewood travel to local rivals Incanto Evolution...

Elsewhere, Dynapolis United and Negus Koromanti face off in what is effectively a boxing championship rules title match. If Negus Koromanti can avoid defeat, they will be named champions of Cobrio. A win for the Dragons, however, will see them reclaim their perch at the top of the nation.


Rabastor Premier League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Hastmead Diamante 33 18 10 5 76 54 +22 64
2 Alissar Phoenix 33 18 9 6 58 43 +15 63
3 Firewood City 33 18 7 8 85 62 +23 61
4 Negus Koromanti 33 18 2 13 74 59 +15 56
5 FC Barciddia 33 16 7 10 70 54 +16 55
6 Utica United 33 16 5 12 71 59 +12 53
7 Dynapolis United 33 14 11 8 67 59 +8 53
8 Karikinui FC 33 13 11 9 44 37 +7 50
9 Jraxville FC 33 13 8 12 53 54 −1 47
10 Shanak FC 33 12 8 13 47 48 −1 44
11 Neahri Angels 33 11 7 15 49 54 −5 40
12 Incanto Evolution 33 9 12 12 65 71 −6 39
13 Verda Zephyr 33 9 11 13 47 58 −11 38
14 Orizuru Turic 33 11 5 17 29 41 −12 38
15 Ohafia Pride 33 10 7 16 60 80 −20 37
16 Cartagena Desert Foxes 33 8 6 19 44 66 −22 30
17 Olympique Corriere 33 5 11 17 38 53 −15 26
18 Inzon Hawk 33 6 7 20 43 68 −25 25


Utica United (OSR) 0–1 Orizuru Turic (OSR)
Shanak FC (CBR) 3–3 Verda Zephyr (OSR)
Incanto Evolution (OSR) 1–0 Firewood City (OSR)
FC Barciddia (OSR) 2–2 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
Alissar Phoenix (OSR) 2–3 Olympique Corriere (OSR)
Negus Koromanti (CBR) 1–3 Dynapolis United (CBR)
Jraxville FC (CBR) 5–1 Ohafia Pride (CBR)
Neahri Angels (OSR) 2–0 Karikinui FC (OSR)
Inzon Hawk (CBR) 3–3 Cartagena Desert Foxes (OSR)


Firewood and Phoenix both fall short on final day, meaning Hastmead's draw in Tubriss is enough to see them crowned champions for the second year running.

Evo fans celebrate ruining the day for Firewood -- ignoring that the Diamonds' point means even a win for Firewood would not have been enough -- while Phoenix are left distraught on the pitch at The Crucible, stunned at their result. With ten minutes to go, Phoenix were leading 2-1, and going to be crowned champions.

Five minutes later, they were a man down, and drawing their match.

By the final whistle, they'd thrown away a championship. Triffid Ramsey could be seen on the touchline in a silent fury. When asked by journalists if she had a reaction, she tersely responded "No" before stalking down the tunnel to the dressing room.

Elsewhere, a convincing 3-1 win for Dynapolis United sees Alexander Bumba claim a national title in his first season in Rabastorian football. When Sylvain Picard stroked home the third in the 87th minute, the away end exploded. The drought was over. It didn't matter that they ultimately finished nine points behind the league's champions. The Dragons ruled Cobrio once more.

   Rabastor Premier League III   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts     
1 Hastmead Diamante 34 18 11 5 78 56 +22 65 C
2 Alissar Phoenix 34 18 9 7 60 46 +14 63
3 Firewood City 34 18 7 9 85 63 +22 61
4 Dynapolis United 34 15 11 8 70 60 +10 56 Nat
5 FC Barciddia 34 16 8 10 72 56 +16 56
6 Negus Koromanti 34 18 2 14 75 62 +13 56
7 Utica United 34 16 5 13 71 60 +11 53
8 Karikinui FC 34 13 11 10 44 39 +5 50
9 Jraxville FC 34 14 8 12 58 55 +3 50
10 Shanak FC 34 12 9 13 50 51 −1 45
11 Neahri Angels 34 12 7 15 51 54 −3 43
12 Incanto Evolution 34 10 12 12 66 71 −5 42
13 Orizuru Turic 34 12 5 17 30 41 −11 41
14 Verda Zephyr 34 9 12 13 50 61 −11 39
15 Ohafia Pride 34 10 7 17 61 85 −24 37
16 Cartagena Desert Foxes 34 8 7 19 47 69 −22 31
17 Olympique Corriere 34 6 11 17 41 55 −14 29 R
18 Inzon Hawk 34 6 8 20 46 71 −25 26 R


Inzon Hawk are sent back down after a single season, but showed enough in the top flight to suggest they might be coming back in season five anyway. Joining them are Corriere, who have been clinging on to their Premier League status by their fingertips for some time now.

Last season's tier two champions Cartagena Desert Foxes have survived. Maybe. A playoff awaits. While Ohafia Pride will also face a test, to see who stays in the top flight.
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Season Three
Full league tables and promotion/relegation information

NOTE: IFCF entry berths are noted for posterity, though the temporal disturbances in Osarius and Cobrio have rendered this season's results irrelevant for IFCF competition, as the entry deadline had already passed. Regular service will resume following season four.

   Rabastor Premier League III   Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts    
1 Hastmead Diamante 34 18 11 5 78 56 +22 65 C
2 Alissar Phoenix 34 18 9 7 60 46 +14 63 ChC
3 Firewood City 34 18 7 9 85 63 +22 61 ChC
4 Dynapolis United 34 15 11 8 70 60 +10 56 NC
5 FC Barciddia 34 16 8 10 72 56 +16 56 ChC
6 Negus Koromanti 34 18 2 14 75 62 +13 56 ChC-RLT
7 Utica United 34 16 5 13 71 60 +11 53
8 Karikinui FC 34 13 11 10 44 39 +5 50
9 Jraxville FC 34 14 8 12 58 55 +3 50 ChC
10 Shanak FC 34 12 9 13 50 51 −1 45
11 Neahri Angels 34 12 7 15 51 54 −3 43
12 Incanto Evolution 34 10 12 12 66 71 −5 42 ChC-RCC
13 Orizuru Turic 34 12 5 17 30 41 −11 41
14 Verda Zephyr 34 9 12 13 50 61 −11 39
15 Ohafia Pride 34 10 7 17 61 85 −24 37 PO
16 Cartagena Desert Foxes 34 8 7 19 47 69 −22 31 PO
17 Olympique Corriere 34 6 11 17 41 55 −14 29 R
18 Inzon Hawk 34 6 8 20 46 71 −25 26 R


Utica United miss out on IFCF football due to the multi-associational rules. With Incanto taking a berth as Rabastor Challenge Cup champions, and a maximum of four of the league's six entry slots permitted to go to a single association, Jraxville FC take the final spot.

The second tier sees a fantastic title race, with Inter Alepio narrowly missing out on automatic promotion. Instead, Inter will face Kart Hago in the first round of the playoffs, with the winning team earning a berth in the Liga B Champions Cup, and a shot at promotion via a second playoff against Cartagena Desert Foxes. The other two playoff teams are Kyoshiku Island and Koroshi Impulse, and the winner of their tie will face Ohafia Pride for a spot in the Premier League.

Liga B playoffs                                                         
Inter Alepio 4-3 Kart Hago 2-2 2-1
Kyoshiku Island 2-0 Koroshi Impulse 1-0 1-0

Premier League playoffs
Cartagena Desert Foxes 2-0 Inter Alepio
Ohafia Pride 1-2 e Kyoshiku Island


A tight Liga B playoff tie between Inter and Kart Hago is ultimately settled by a late winner at Mustang Stadium, while Kyoshiku execute a smash and grab in Masaka before setting out to frustrate the visitors in the return leg in Kyobe. The Premier League playoffs go very differently for Inter, though; convincingly beaten 2-0 at the JNV Arena -- due to neutrality rules for playoff finals -- thanks to a penalty from Foxes captain Mingo, and a tidy finish from Rahim Galdeira. Kyoshiku, on the other hand, fared better. A late equaliser against the run of play from Zarathustra Raumdeuter forced extra time for the Islanders, cancelling out Caroline Breton's early opener. Deep into extra time, Malakai Curtis was thrown on in a desperate move from Yannick Maponga, and when Raumdeuter's corner was headed away, it fell to Fukunishi. Catapano's run outside on the left drew two defenders, and Curtis was open. Fukunishi's chipped ball was easy for the big man to nod home. Kyoshiku return to the top flight.


Ilungu Isibini III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Violia FC 30 16 6 8 77 60 +17 54 C
2 Newhaven Athletic 30 16 5 9 45 33 +12 53 PR
3 Inter Alepio 30 15 8 7 56 38 +18 53 PO-LB
4 Kyoshiku Island 30 12 14 4 40 24 +16 50 PO-LB
5 Koroshi Impulse 30 14 7 9 66 42 +24 49 PO
6 Kart Hago 30 14 7 9 69 65 +4 49 PO
7 Raizal Fenyangi 30 14 6 10 52 50 +2 48
8 Real Seaga 30 11 10 9 57 54 +3 43
9 Venanga Tropic 30 11 7 12 56 55 +1 40
10 Ologun Camaron 30 8 12 10 60 66 −6 36
11 Thor Jraxville 30 9 7 14 41 55 −14 34
12 Callisto City 30 9 5 16 61 72 −11 32
13 Qubadili FC 30 7 9 14 30 44 −14 30
14 Muirford Athletic 30 5 15 10 41 49 −8 30 PO
15 Armada Ohafia 30 7 7 16 36 54 −18 28 R
16 Gamba Kyobe 30 4 11 15 47 73 −26 23 R


At the other end of the table, Gamba head straight back down after a rough season in Ilungu Isibini, followed by fellow promoted side Armada Ohafia... while in the Challenge Premier, Burningham City -- who themselves were the losers in a promotion playoff last season -- earn themselves a shot at Muirford Athletic for a chance to return to the second tier.

Challenge Premier playoff                         
Muirford Athletic 1-1 adg Burningham City


A victory in the ADG shootout sees the capital's largest and oldest club back in the second tier. There are no Burningham fans in Osarius old enough to remember when their club was one of the nation's best, but if they can build on this result, we could see them do the legacy of Sir George Pennant proud. It will be tough for them to keep climbing though, as Ilungu Isibini is a very tough league.


Challenge Premier III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Pantera Azul CBR 30 15 10 5 68 50 +18 55 C
2 Raizal Edge CBR 30 15 8 7 57 43 +14 53 PR
3 Burningham City OSR 30 16 4 10 53 36 +17 52 PO
4 Academia Deportes AQL 30 13 9 8 60 40 +20 48
5 Cymrwell FC CBR 30 12 12 6 60 49 +11 48
6 Warton Villa OSR 30 13 8 9 56 58 −2 47
7 Otomi Retaro AQL 30 12 10 8 59 50 +9 46
8 Ajamilu FC CBR 30 13 6 11 50 50 0 45 X-PO
9 FC Mora OSR 30 12 8 10 40 44 −4 44 OPL-PO
10 AED Ajna ERS 30 10 10 10 59 58 +1 40
11 Genesia AQL 30 9 9 12 51 55 −4 36
12 Marin Riversiders OSR 30 10 5 15 30 35 −5 35 R
13 Pisateia FC ERS 30 7 7 16 52 68 −16 28
14 FC Erisia ERS 30 7 7 16 51 65 −14 28
15 Santorini City ERS 30 8 4 18 45 72 −27 28 R
16 Bahia Rojo AQL 30 6 7 17 44 62 −18 25 R


Raizal Edge and Pantera Azul represent huge successes for Cobre football, while causing trouble in the third tier. Both earned direct promotion, meaning that Ajamilu FC no longer need to face a relegation playoff. However... this causes an issue elsewhere.

An amendment to the relegation procedure was enacted after last season, which now mandates that the lowest ranking team from each nation is flagged for relegation. The two lowest ranking teams among those flagged are relegated from the Challenge Premier League, while the other two face playoffs against the winners of their respective national leagues.

Tier four sides were not pleased, but the Rabastor Sports Council agreed that this approach would be fairer to third tier sides who may not have even finished anywhere near the drop zone. The relegation of ninth placed Cavalane Panthers last season is believed to be a catalyst for the ruling.

With this in mind, this season, Marin Riversiders are summarily relegated, while the Phoenix League champions will face FC Mora in a playoff instead. The Panther League champions are promoted automatically, in order to maintain the 4x4 rule. Roque Acosta's Bahia Rojo side -- ravaged by injury this term, and eleven points adrift of the next Aquilliano team -- pay a hefty price and drop down to the SuperLiga, while Santorini City take a plunge back to the Golden League. Replacing them will be Parque Jalisco and Achilleas Neokartago, respectively.

   SuperLiga Aquilliana III       Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts   
1 Parque Jalisco 36 21 10 5 76 49 +27 73 C
2 Aquilliano 36 18 9 9 69 65 +4 63
3 Estudiantes Pachuebla 36 18 3 15 70 64 +6 57
4 Club Olimpia 36 14 14 8 68 56 +12 56
5 Santos Torreon 36 15 7 14 43 39 +4 52
6 Rahobi United 36 15 6 15 86 90 −4 51
7 Union Silviana 36 15 4 17 71 73 −2 49
8 Juventud Rahobi 36 11 6 19 41 52 −11 39
9 Montelia 36 9 9 18 47 60 −13 36
10 Tall Ridge Demons 36 8 4 24 37 60 −23 28


As there is no regular movement between tiers in the Aquilliano system, Tall Ridge keep their place in the SuperLiga, where they are finding that things are significantly tougher than the Nova League, apparently...

   Nova League III                Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts   
1 Argento Avengers 36 16 10 10 46 43 +3 58 C
2 Morelina Marauders 36 15 11 10 46 42 +4 56
3 Trinity Blades 36 14 11 11 53 53 0 53
4 Zacatan Punishers 36 14 11 11 39 33 +6 53
5 Tampi Violence 36 12 13 11 51 39 +12 49
6 Cape Town Nightwolves 36 10 15 11 41 39 +2 45
7 Nakhi Pirates 36 9 15 12 73 83 −10 42
8 Laredo Wraiths 36 10 11 15 39 48 −9 41
9 Mantera Militia 36 9 13 14 31 40 −9 40
10 Aventura Assassins 36 8 16 12 46 45 +1 40


Newcomers to the Nova League, Nakhi Pirates, acquit themselves well enough, finishing mid-table -- despite having the worst goal difference in the league and being only two points ahead of the bottom side. Either way, there is little cause for concern about them being overmatched here. Which is less than can be said for the team they replaced.

With that in mind, FADA have suggested a return to the old "Sons of Aquillian" draft method, given that there is no regular movement between tiers. Santos Torreon and Rahobi United, however, are vocal in their opposition, citing that a draft would undermine the work they have put in to develop a strong scouting network. No decision has been made yet.



Cobrio Panther League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Magnum Clay 36 21 7 8 59 30 +29 70 C
2 Golden Dragons 36 21 7 8 42 18 +24 70
3 South Cavalane 36 19 7 10 61 43 +18 64
4 Cavalane Panthers 36 18 9 9 73 59 +14 63
5 Vennulo Vipers 36 14 8 14 48 38 +10 50
6 Kronkow United 36 14 6 16 45 51 −6 48
7 Ikenga Arrows 36 11 4 21 49 66 −17 37
8 Tivoli Heights 36 10 6 20 39 53 −14 36
9 Banpo Dragons 36 9 8 19 62 90 −28 35
10 Kogibe Django 36 6 12 18 57 87 −30 30 R


Golden Dragons just can't catch a break... Three years straight they've come second. Last year, losing out on the final day after a defeat at Vennulo Vipers. The year before that, second on head to head record with Raizal Edge. This year, head to head record against Magnum Clay thwarts them.

Worse still, this seems likely to be the last time the Panther League champions will get a straight pass to the Challenge Premier. In future seasons, a playoff is likely to be necessary...

At the other end of the table, Kogibe Django will be replaced by the Silver League's runaway champions, Nyami Falls. A whopping haul of 81 points (and *ninety* goals, despite being nominally a defensive side) from 36 games sees Femi Ledisi's team jump up a level for season four. The demanding coach has allegedly caught the eye of a few teams higher up the ladder, but it remains to be seen whether his approach can still get results at a higher standard.


Cobrio Silver League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Nyami Falls 36 26 3 7 90 49 +41 81 C
2 Umoja Dynapoli 36 22 5 9 57 33 +24 71
3 Mighty Heart Camaron 36 15 9 12 88 72 +16 54
4 Enugu Tigers 36 14 8 14 52 57 −5 50
5 CF Solidarite Akach 36 13 9 14 63 69 −6 48
6 Kousa Kotoko 36 13 8 15 75 70 +5 47
7 Dembe Buffalo 36 12 10 14 67 77 −10 46
8 Dynapolis Stars 36 8 10 18 56 81 −25 34
9 Umeshi Oxstrong 36 8 10 18 66 93 −27 34
10 Dizuogogon 36 7 12 17 35 48 −13 33


At the other end of the table, Dizuogogon do not look like improving any time soon. Only the lack of relegation is keeping this team relevant at this point. Samori Kone is close to being run out of town, in fact, with fans demanding that he "open the wallet" ... but we know Kone doesn't particularly like to splash the cash.



Eristicea Golden League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Achilleas Neokartago 36 20 9 7 81 49 +32 69 C
2 Veraklis 36 19 10 7 81 61 +20 67
3 Enosi Myonacia 36 20 7 9 99 71 +28 67
4 Apollon Samara 36 17 13 6 50 33 +17 64
5 Hemis FC 36 16 10 10 83 68 +15 58
6 Niki Rega 36 13 5 18 56 72 −16 44
7 FC Aletrai 36 8 11 17 58 83 −25 35
8 PAOD Ajna 36 9 5 22 65 78 −13 32
9 NP Ajna 36 7 11 18 61 78 −17 32
10 Chamiopolis FC 36 5 11 20 49 90 −41 26


Not a massive amount to talk about here except the four-way title race. Wait what?

Top four teams finished within 5 points of each other, with Apollon Samara showing that a (relatively) defensive style of play *can* work in the Golden League -- their fifty goals scored is significantly fewer than the top three's average of eighty-seven, after all -- even if the big prize went to a team averaging a scoreline of 2.25-1.36 over the season. Goals will always be king in Eristicea, it seems... but seeing a different approach work better than anyone expected it to might open up the nation to a variety of tactical innovations that have largely passed the island by until now.


The Phoenix League also enjoyed a pretty good title race, with SS Aquilone pipping Phoenix Thanae to the top spot by a single point in the end, and earning a promotion playoff in the process.

Promotion playoff                  
FC Mora 3-2 SS Aquilone


Unfortunately, SS Aquilone couldn't quite overcome Mora. Falling two goals behind within the first twenty minutes left them with too much of an uphill struggle.


Osarius Phoenix League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 SS Aquilone 36 22 4 10 55 37 +18 70 PO
2 Phoenix Thanae 36 19 12 5 67 45 +22 69
3 Arakat Equinox 36 19 7 10 51 32 +19 64
4 Junipa Athletic 36 17 3 16 51 47 +4 54
5 Alianza Maharia 36 14 11 11 41 38 +3 53
6 Corriere Sporting 36 14 8 14 45 42 +3 50
7 Honggenn Harriers 36 14 6 16 39 34 +5 48
8 Zama Immortals 36 11 8 17 31 41 −10 41 RE
9 Incanto Calcio 36 5 11 20 32 62 −30 26 RE
10 Kwane Inazuma 36 6 8 22 32 66 −34 26 RE


At the other end of the table, Kwane Inazuma, Zama Immortals and Incanto Calcio are flagged for possible relegation, depending on the Regional League Playoffs...


Northern Premier League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Arcaea County 36 16 12 8 65 44 +21 60 RC
2 Grafite Union 36 17 7 12 48 36 +12 58 RP
3 Paesani Arcaea 36 16 7 13 57 53 +4 55 RP
4 AS Soliton-Vallaure 36 16 7 13 25 27 −2 55
5 Passeria United 36 15 9 12 58 57 +1 54
6 Corniche Carbo Calcio 36 15 5 16 60 63 −3 50
7 Juventus Piedmont 36 13 8 15 48 53 −5 47
8 Union Fulsea 36 13 4 19 46 62 −16 43
9 Olympic Crono Polytes 36 12 7 17 35 37 −2 43
10 Pareille Athletic 36 10 8 18 33 43 −10 38 R



Northern League Two III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 SS Domino 36 23 8 5 71 29 +42 77 P
2 Harrinet Mystique 36 20 6 10 81 65 +16 66
3 Aurum Elite 36 18 4 14 39 32 +7 58
4 Felis Calcio 36 16 8 12 52 44 +8 56
5 Gold Belt FC 36 14 9 13 56 56 0 51
6 Troycaster United 36 15 4 17 53 61 −8 49
7 Charron Unito 36 13 9 14 56 57 −1 48
8 Tori Meridionale 36 10 8 18 30 50 −20 38
9 Lucena Internazionale 36 9 9 18 49 65 −16 36
10 Virtus Stelle Cocento 36 6 7 23 23 51 −28 25



Southern Premier League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Fenice Emberro 36 16 11 9 75 61 +14 59 RC
2 FC United of San Manuel 36 16 9 11 64 55 +9 57 RP
3 Isbrent Athletic 36 16 8 12 52 45 +7 56 RP
4 Utica Centro 36 15 9 12 73 63 +10 54
5 Union Rhodunaia 36 16 5 15 71 67 +4 53
6 Union Estango 36 13 13 10 82 73 +9 52
7 South Zaryta FC 36 13 10 13 61 55 +6 49
8 FC Yurendam 36 12 8 16 58 78 −20 44
9 Aris Callistiniki 36 11 10 15 67 72 −5 43
10 FC Basotha 36 7 7 22 44 78 −34 28 R


Basotha are miles from safety and will plunge through the trapdoor... to be replaced by a Periocha Mayor side that absolutely dominated League Two. Just two defeats all season, and a ninety-two point haul. Wow.


Southern League Two III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Periocha Mayor CF 36 29 5 2 65 23 +42 92 P
2 Nueva Erisia 36 19 4 13 54 43 +11 61
3 Rivula Unity 36 16 8 12 46 37 +9 56
4 Tyre FC 36 12 14 10 59 49 +10 50
5 Kart Hago Carnage 36 14 6 16 59 61 −2 48
6 Doulea Athletic 36 11 11 14 59 65 −6 44
7 Oasis Zaryta 36 12 7 17 42 59 −17 43
8 Renegata Neahri 36 10 7 19 34 50 −16 37
9 Esoter Interstellar 36 7 15 14 26 35 −9 36
10 Parkchester Combination 36 6 11 19 25 47 −22 29


The Western League sees Camslow Lynx take the regional championship, and they will be joined by Rezoni Osakyo in the playoffs, as the Western League sends the fewest entrants based on overall record. Abranta complain, but to no avail.


Western Premier League III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Camslow Lynx 36 22 8 6 59 24 +35 74 RC
2 Rezoni Osakyo 36 16 7 13 68 73 −5 55 RP
3 FC Abranta 36 16 5 15 55 58 −3 53
4 Florecia FC 36 15 7 14 76 65 +11 52
5 AS Borgoverde 36 15 7 14 61 57 +4 52
6 East Elismith 36 14 9 13 62 69 −7 51
7 Highport United 36 12 10 14 74 71 +3 46
8 Pacinot FC 36 10 13 13 69 71 −2 43
9 Aremanaga FC 36 10 7 19 38 62 −24 37
10 Kyatoshima Marinos 36 9 9 18 39 51 −12 36 R


Ethea are nine points clear in League Two, and will replace Kyatoshima Marinos in the Western Premier League next season. Marinos for their part, were unlucky, finishing just one point behind Aremanaga. A late winner against them -- off a controversial strike, no less -- earlier in the season ultimately costing them massively. There are some rumblings about appeals, but nothing comes of it in the end. In truth, Marinos know they don't deserve to stay up. They'll drop down a tier and regroup, come back stronger. Hopefully.


Western League Two III Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Ethea FC 36 22 9 5 59 27 +32 75 P
2 Jeunesse Noctida 36 18 12 6 35 25 +10 66
3 Hollybrent Harriers 36 20 6 10 70 48 +22 66
4 Kaiju Kyobe 36 16 5 15 63 48 +15 53
5 Mazomba Mpulanga 36 15 6 15 47 42 +5 51
6 Tout-Puissant Hautlieu 36 12 7 17 30 45 −15 43
7 Ilex Forest 36 10 12 14 35 43 −8 42
8 Namatabi FC 36 10 8 18 20 38 −18 38
9 Edaji Dominica 36 10 7 19 41 63 −22 37
10 Khoisa Union 36 7 8 21 37 58 −21 29


Regional Playoffs

Quarter Finals

(WES) Camslow Lynx 3–1 Paesani Arcaea (NOR) 2–1 1–0
(SOU) Fenice Emberro a 3–3 FC United of San Manuel (SOU) 1–1 2–2
(SOU) Isbrent Athletic 2–2 adg Grafite Union (NOR) 1–1 1–1 (3–4 ADG)
(NOR) Arcaea County 3–4 Rezoni Osakyo (WES) 1–2 2–2
Semi Finals
(WES) Camslow Lynx 4–1 Fenice Emberro (SOU) 1–0 3–1
(NOR) Grafite Union 2–1 Rezoni Osakyo (WES) 2–0 0–1
Final
(WES) Camslow Lynx adg 3–3 Grafite Union (NOR) (3–3 FT · 5–4 ADG)


As the Western Champions won the playoffs, Kwane Inazuma (as the lowest finishing western team) are relegated, to be replaced by Camslow Lynx.
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Postby Osarius » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:44 am

Season Four

Rabastor League Trophy
Round Three                                                                               
(CBR) Dynapolis United 1-2 Verda Zephyr (OSR)
(OSR) Hastmead Diamante 1-0 Armada Ohafia (CBR)
(CBR) Pantera Azul 3-2 Inter Alepio (OSR)
(OSR) Firewood City 1-3 Alissar Phoenix (OSR)
(OSR) Neahri Angels 2-2 adg Ajamilu FC (CBR)
(CBR) Inzon Hawk 1-2 Violia FC (OSR)
(CBR) Golden Dragons 3-0 Jraxville FC (CBR)
(OSR) FC Barciddia 1-2 Ohafia Pride (CBR)
(OSR) Incanto Evolution 0-1 Cartagena Desert Foxes (OSR)
(AQL) Otomi Retaro 2-1 Raizal Edge (CBR)
(OSR) Marin Riversiders 0-1 Orizuru Turic (OSR)
(CBR) Shanak FC aet 3-1 Raizal Fenyangi (CBR)
(OSR) Utica United 3-2 Real Seaga (AQL)
(OSR) Warton Villa 0-1 Karikinui FC (OSR)
(CBR) Cymrwell FC 2-3 aet Koroshi Impulse (OSR)
(OSR) Newhaven Athletic 0-1 Negus Koromanti (CBR)
Round Four
(OSR) Violia FC 2-2 adg Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
(OSR) Karikinui FC 3-0 Cartagena Desert Foxes (OSR)
(OSR) Utica United 1-1 adg Otomi Retaro (AQL)
(CBR) Ohafia Pride 0-2 Koroshi Impulse (OSR)
(CBR) Pantera Azul 2-3 Alissar Phoenix (OSR)
(OSR) Verda Zephyr 3-1 Orizuru Turic (OSR)
(CBR) Negus Koromanti 0-0 adg Golden Dragons (CBR)
(CBR) Shanak FC 2-1 Ajamilu FC (CBR)
Quarter Finals
(OSR) Alissar Phoenix 0-1 Otomi Retaro (AQL)
(OSR) Koroshi Impulse 2-1 Golden Dragons (CBR)
(OSR) Verda Zephyr 1-3 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
(OSR) Karikinui FC 1-2 aet Shanak FC (CBR)
Semi Finals
(OSR) Koroshi Impulse 3-1 Shanak FC (CBR) 2-1 0-1
(AQL) Otomi Retaro 5-7 Hastmead Diamante (OSR) 3-3 4-2
Final
(OSR) Koroshi Impulse 3-1 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)


The fairytale run of Aquilliano side Otomi Retaro is halted in the semi finals by reigning Rabastor Premier League champs Hastmead Diamante -- who fielded a "reserve" side throughout the competition; it should be noted -- while second tier Koroshi Impulse took down Shanak before scoring an upset win in the final to earn themselves a Challengers' Cup berth next season.

Rabastor Champions Cup
Round Five                                                                  
(CBR) Raizal Fenyangi 1-0 Ohafia Pride (CBR)
(AQL) Union Silviana 4-1 Niki Rega (ERS)
(OSR) FC Barciddia 1-1 adg Neahri Angels (OSR)
(OSR) Olympique Corriere 5-1 East Elismith (OSR)
(CBR) Negus Koromanti 3-0 AED Ajna (ERS)
(CBR) Kogibe Django 2-1 Club Olimpia (AQL)
(ERS) Achilleas Neokartago 2-3 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
(OSR) Highport United 3-1 Newhaven Athletic (OSR)
Quarter Finals
(OSR) Neahri Angels 1-2 Kogibe Django (CBR)
(OSR) Olympique Corriere 2-3 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
(CBR) Raizal Fenyangi 4-0 Highport United (OSR)
(AQL) Union Silviana 2-0 Negus Koromanti (CBR)
Semi Finals
(AQL) Union Silviana 2-3 aet Raizal Fenyangi (CBR)
(CBR) Kogibe Django 2-4 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)
Final
(CBR) Raizal Fenyangi 0-1 Hastmead Diamante (OSR)


An absolute fustercluck of scheduling saw a lot of big names go out in the group stage after being forced to field dramatically weakened teams ... it was a relatively easy path to the final for Hastmead and Raizal Fenyangi.

The latter clearly set their stall up to frustrate the superior Diamonds side, but a late penalty put paid to that dream, with the Diamonds securing the Champions Cup to ensure some silverware comes back to Carbonia this year.


Rabastor Premier League IV Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Alissar Phoenix 34 20 9 5 78 54 +24 69 CC
2 Hastmead Diamante 34 19 9 6 82 62 +20 66 ChC
3 Dynapolis United 34 16 9 9 64 53 +11 57 CC
4 Negus Koromanti 34 13 11 10 68 56 +12 50 ChC
5 Verda Zephyr 34 12 14 8 77 69 +8 50 ChC
6 FC Barciddia 34 13 11 10 72 61 +11 50 ChC
7 Jraxville FC 34 13 8 13 60 62 −2 47 ChC
8 Incanto Evolution 34 13 8 13 61 63 −2 47
9 Violia FC 34 12 10 12 69 63 +6 46
10 Karikinui FC 34 11 11 12 41 47 −6 44
11 Cartagena Desert Foxes 34 12 7 15 70 77 −7 43
12 Firewood City 34 12 6 16 73 71 +2 42
13 Kyoshiku Island 34 12 6 16 49 62 −13 42
14 Shanak FC 34 10 12 12 61 61 0 42
15 Orizuru Turic 34 12 6 16 34 42 −8 42
16 Utica United 34 11 7 16 80 83 −3 40
17 Newhaven Athletic 34 10 9 15 39 56 −17 39 R
18 Neahri Angels 34 5 7 22 38 74 −36 22 R


Holding the tiebreaker going into the final round of games, Alissar Phoenix needed only to win to secure the title... and win they did. An emphatic 6-2 win at The Crucible against Karikinui ensuring that Hastmead -- playing at Black Patch Park at the same time -- were thoroughly demoralised by the half (when Phoenix were already up 4-1) and ultimately succumbed 2-1 to a Violia side with nothing to play for.

At the other end of the table, Utica United left it until the final day of the season to ensure survival, in a baffling relegation battle that at times included eight teams -- among them Firewood City, Orizuru Turic and Utica United; all three of whom have actually *won* the Osarian league in the past. Yikes. La Naranja's solid 4-2 win over a weakened Dynapolis United caused complaint from Newhaven Athletic -- who were ultimately relegated after losing their crunch tie 1-0 in Neahri. Newhaven's complaints fell on deaf ears though, given that they lost to the worst team in the league, who had nothing but pride to play for, though the fans who showed up were rewarded for their loyalty as the Angels signed off with a win at home.


Ilungu Isibini IV Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts

1 Inter Alepio 30 19 5 6 80 44 +36 62 C/LB
2 Koroshi Impulse 30 19 3 8 76 58 +18 60 ChC/PRM
3 Raizal Fenyangi 30 16 8 6 69 54 +15 56 PO/LB
4 Venanga Tropic 30 15 7 8 74 56 +18 52 PO/LB
5 Ohafia Pride 30 15 4 11 59 52 +7 49 PO/LB
6 Kart Hago 30 12 9 9 53 48 +5 45 LB
7 Ologun Camaron 30 12 8 10 46 46 0 44 LB
8 Real Seaga 30 11 10 9 61 55 +6 43
9 Inzon Hawk 30 12 6 12 47 52 −5 42
10 Pantera Azul 30 12 5 13 58 69 −11 41
11 Olympique Corriere 30 10 5 15 54 65 −11 35
12 Burningham City 30 7 12 11 41 49 −8 33
13 Qubadili FC 30 9 5 16 31 47 −16 32
14 Raizal Edge 30 6 8 16 38 57 −19 26
15 Thor Jraxville 30 7 3 20 29 47 −18 24 R
16 Callisto City 30 4 10 16 54 71 −17 22 R


In the second tier, Inter Alepio looked like the strongest team in the league, leading the pack since matchday ten... but stumbled in the penultimate week and dropped to second. Their only hope was to win and hope Koroshi Impulse failed to do so against Inzon Hawk. Fortunately for them, Inzon stole a 2-1 away win, which meant Inter's stunning 6-0 win in Qubadili handed them the title.

At the bottom of the second tier, a win against Pantera Azul on the final day kept Raizal Edge in the division; Thor Jraxville the unlucky losers, courtesy of a 2-0 home win for Burningham City.
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