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Postby Timuria » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:07 pm

Harmony is Fleeting Chapter 4:

Nesrin sat in the chair in the manager's office in their training facility which he had kindly given to her for the exercise in futility that seemed to insist on lasting forever. Worn out from the day's work of trying to parse what the issue is with the team. She had already gone through 10 of the players and was ready to resign because of the sheer level of dysfunction each had shown. It was as if they needed their homeland's permissive culture to even be able to focus on playing football. Her latest patient was the winger Caner who was explaining his trials in this tournament.

"I guess I just don't like the way every move I make is so closely watched and being here has just made me realise that on the pitch that's exactly what's happening."

"So you know that people watch football matches?" She asked raising an eyebrow.

"Yes I'm not stupid it's just that usually I can put it out of mind." He explained. "I don't know maybe it's just being somewhere that feels so different."

Nesrin looked over her notes and bit her lip as she tried to figure out how to coax a useful comment from him, "Would you say that when you played for the national team before... you expected big things from yourself?"

Caner shifted and looked over confused. "Of course, but I was never the starter. I had to do it all from the bench. Then I started in the qualifiers and we did pretty good." He trailed off as he thought back.

"But then." Nesrin began, "People began to have expectations for you and this isn't all in your hands is it?"

Caner looked down, "Maybe not."

"Think about it like this. You can only do as well as you can. There are 21 other players on the pitch. Sometimes things can't go your way."

Caner nodded as he looked up to meet her gaze, "I suppose that makes sense."

Nesrin looked over the notes and decided to press on, she had to speak to the next player very soon, "So what's this about the caffeine addiction?" She asked as Caner visible rubbed his forehead. This was going to be a long final stretch of the day.

***


Nesrin sighed as the backup goalkeeper looked at her, he had not been terribly forthcoming whenever she had attempted to ask any question of substance. Clicking her pen in frustration she assertively stated, "So you just have issues opening up?"

Iskender looked startled at her directness, "N-no where would you get that idea?"

"The lack of talking during your team mandated therapy session."

"Look I just don't think that my problems should be anyone else's okay? it's nothing personal." He said looking around the room to distract himself and pass the time.

"You're here anyway and I can't tell anyone what you said. What's the harm in sharing?"

Iskender shifted a bit, "Well where do you want to start? I'm the only one who's been coping with this bullshit country's rules."

"How have you been coping?" She asked more in hope than anything else that he may have a useful insight.

"I just focus on training and text Esin."

"Esin?"

"Yeah she's my... well it's a bit complicated."

"Tell me about her?" She asked a curious as to how this mysterious woman was helping him.

"Well she's my kind of girlfriend I guess? I mean it's weird. She was really interested in me, then she disappeared. Then she text me out of the blue saying she had a new job as a journalist abroad and I suppose it's... tough, but she keeps me grounded."

She took furious notes as she nodded along, it was odd that the backup goalkeeper would provide a remotely useful insight to her, especially given his reputation, yet here she was.

***


Nesrin's face had gone numb from her resting it on her hand for so long. It wasn't that Ozbek's story wasn't fascinating, but the day's work had finally stretched her thin.

"... So then she starts choking me real hard-"

"Wait." She interrupted, "I thought we were talking about something that happened in your childhood?"

"We are." He fired back before continuing. "So then after a while I'm on this ethereal plane and my head's buzzing and my cousin Deniz comes out and tells me it's not my time yet."

"Was he dead?"

"No. That was the weird part."

"Sure." She replied sarcastically as she looked at the confused notes she had made, unable to get a read on this particular player. "So what was the point of this all?"

"Oh we were trying to see if it makes you high or not. I thought it might help take the edge off for some of the guys." He nonchalantly replied.

Nesrin rubbed her temples, the day had really taken a toll on her, who could have known such odd and deficient people could possibly become professional athletes? She listened as Ozbek went on, wishing for her day to end.
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"I must say, the simulation results have proven to be pretty fun so far," Iarocav said, stepping over a fallen log.

"I'm sure they have," Ellzidan replied, lightly hopping over it with so much as a second thought, "Not like it really matters." She was being especially cold today, as opposed to her usual reserved but amicable attitude when alone with Iarocav.

Iarocav sighed and the conversation halted momentarily as the duo continued to hike. Iarocav looked to his right off the slope of the mountain and absentmindedly admired the scenic view of the valley. Iarocav hadn't really talked to Ellzidan about the World Cup scene since the "real" Kick Corps had been dissolved in favor of the Elite Eleven, for good reason.

"Listen, I'm sorry about how all that was handled. You know I didn't have much of a hand in those events."

"So? If you actually cared that much you could've intervened. You've intervened with DISC all the time. Just look at your ridiculous bid simulation. You're the one who secretly obstructed DISC from removing the bid after it was released, correct?"

"I might have been. Does that matter? There was no harm. Nobody took it seriously."

"My point it that you could've easily stopped Flantar and his cronies from dissolving our squad."

"You know what? Maybe I didn't want to stop it. Maybe I wanted to see how having a different squad would change the outcomes. Our qualification streak was already broken. We failed to win an IAC title for the third time in four cycles."

"That squad still deserved a chance."

"Really? Speaking of refusing to intervene, how about you? I know what you're capable of on the pitch. I've seen you cream teams twenty-nil back in the old days. Your other skills have not faltered with time, so why would some sport be any different?"

This was met with an uncomfortable silence. Iarocav wasn't done, however. Now that the dam was open, he felt compelled to air all his concerns.

"Sensitive spot there, huh? You think I've forgotten about what happened at qualifying after the first IAC final failure? You ran off to some far-flung realm because you were humiliated at a fucking soccer game. The mighty Ellzidan, struck down by the national team of the Free Republics. I had to spend two weeks trying to catch your trail to bring you back, and thank the Lord the Corps managed to perform without you. Listen, I value the success of our team like anyone else, but you cannot possibly get angry at me for not becoming too invested in this. You of all people should know how the passage of time works. Sometimes, things just don't work out. Excuse me for wanting a breath of fresh air. Certainly you of all people need that."

Ellzidan was clearly looking away from him now, deliberately staring straight ahead and walking ahead at a quicker pace than the other Drawkionel. Iarocav felt a little bad, but he knew that nobody else would dare speak down at the Elf. It was either him or nobody.

"Listen, I know why you don't try hard in the DLK. If you destroyed the league every year and won every title, it would be both unfair and boring after a decade, if even that long. We've discussed and laughed about that many times. But the same dynamic is not present in the greater NationStates in the universe. You no longer captain the big dogs. If you really cared about that Kick Corps, enough to be mad at me for not intervening to keep it together, then you could've cared enough to actually carry the team to some level of success. The qualification streak was cool, but it's gone now. We have nothing to show for it, not even in our rank anymore. Say how you wanted the team to actually earn their success once at the World Cup all you want, you think that'll work after 8 years? You think it matters once we don't even qualify at all? What's your excuse there?"

Once again Iarocav fell silent, and the air around the pair on the mountainside was quiet. He had made his peace. Sure, the Elf was now probably not gonna talk to him for the next hour, but it was worth it to get her off his back. And as he predicted, the conversation ceased for a good hour or so as they continued to climb up the small trail. He wasn't gonna push the envelope or force something. He knew better than that, after centuries talking to the woman.

Finally, Ellzidan herself broke the silence. "The ritual site should be coming up any minute now." Iarocav nodded, deciding he didn't need to respond. After about a day of climbing (they'd started in the early morning before dawn), they'd finally reached the mountaintop. The trees had stopped growing at the altitude about thirty minutes before, and now they clambered across loose gravel to get to the top of the mountain.

The two stopped and rested at a remarkably flat surface a dozen feet under the peak. It appeared as if the real peak of the mountain had been cut away at a right angle, creating a flat clearing with a small straight cliff face created by the peak itself. A carved circular pattern with some indentions was visible on the cliff face, and that exact set of carvings is why the Drawkionels had made this small journey.

"So, can you refresh me on what the process is on this? I haven't used this in forever ..." Iarocav asked, somewhat tentatively.

"We have to concentrate on the realm we're trying to travel to," Ellzidan replied curtly.

"Could you, I don't know, provide me with some more details? I seem to remember it being way more complex."

"Yes, the ancient society that created this had many unnecessary rules and processes."

"Are you deliberately not trying to be helpful? Let's just get on with this."

"Fine. Remember to put your fists in the indention on the right side and blast it with whatever you have on hand."

"Does it really not matter? Why do we have to use this specific method to get to that realm?"

"Not that I remember. This one is useful because it allows us to travel there and back while taking up no time on Sonnel."

"Okay, that makes more sense. I definitely feel that you could've dispensed more information for me at, like, any time." Iarocav was visibly getting frustrated. Sure he'd ripped into her about the Kick Corps on the hike up, but it was time to get to work and dispense of the possible threat to Drawkland in this other realm. It wasn't like her to be petty or distracted, especially for security matters like this. It's well known that if you get into messing with arcane items without the utmost care you can get yourself in deep shit.

"You should remember all this. We've done it before. Now let's go," she replied shortly again. She stood up from the rock she'd sat on and approached the rock face. Iarocav sighed without a response and followed suit.

"3 ... 2 ... 1 ... blast," Ellzidan instructed, and the pair both thrust their hands into the indents in the rock face. They blasted it with their natural magical energy states, which lit up the rock carvings in brilliant star blue and forest green. They intermingled, then a starry-textured liquid shot out from a hole in the center of the rock face. A large bubble grew from the pool now being created on the ground, and quickly expanded. Inside the bubble, a view of some sort forested area could be seen.

Both of them braced themselves to be absorbed by the expanding bubble, but Iarocav squinted inside it. "Something's wrong, that doesn't look like the right place," he said over the humming and vibration being produced by the mountain. Ellzidan didn't respond, but when he looked at her, she looked slightly concerned as well. Iarocav just rolled his eyes and braced for the impact of the bubble as it overtook him and Ellzidan. He was definitely gonna blame whatever ensued on her.




For a moment, the pair felt like they were falling through a sort of void, and then they landed on the ground on a flat dirt clearing. However, this clearing was in a lightly-forested area, and not at all at a mountaintop. Within earshot was an empty freeway, and it was the dead of night.

"Well, this certainly isn't right," Iarocav said with the annoyance clear in his voice, "I'm pretty sure you said something about brimstone in your description of the realm we were supposed to go to. "

Ellzidan chuffed in response, "I'm sure you messed it up. You had all those questions and probably overthought it. I just told you to think of the destination and blast the imprint. How is that difficult?"

"All I thought of was brimstone! I don't understand why you had to pick the most complex method of travel ever. I didn't think our 'quest' here was so time-sensitive we had to use that stupid timeskipping portal. You couldn't have used the volcano, or God forbid ask Elstrund for a favor on it? It sounded like you didn't even need me to help you. We've done solo jobs all the time."

"Can you just shut up?" Ellzidan burst out, unexpectedly, "Maybe I just wanted to talk to you about stuff. Is it a crime to want to spend time with my good friend of several thousand years?"

"Not a crime, but probably a dick move to not be up front with your intentions," Iarocav responded bitingly, "The fact is that now because you decided to get all pissy on the hike, now we're stuck in some godforsaken land that I've never seen before. Like, look at that! That's clearly some sort of highway! How many realms do we travel to that aren't magical or medieval hellscapes? This is definitely a mistake."

"We just need to reverse it from this platform, I'm sure," Ellzidan said, looking around at the ground. There seemed to be no carvings or indents in the ground here, nor any rock face nearby.

"This is clearly just a landing platform. One-way. We're in deep shit, hon," Iarocav replied with a scowl, "Need I remind you that you asked, nay, demanded that I not take my portal marbles with me. 'You won't need those! This system is easy and foolproof!'"

"That's enough!" she shouted back, clearly pissed off now. She scoured the ground for something, but was coming up empty. This really wasn't what she was intending for this journey to go. The pair stood in silence as Iarocav looked up at the sky, noticing only a single moon and many unfamiliar constellations.

Suddenly, in the distance, they heard something being slammed and a voice yell in the night.

"A local," Iarocav murmured, and crept over to the edge of the hillside which overlooked the highway. It was late, and there didn't seem to be anything travelling on the road. He looked and saw a car on the side of the road. Someone was walking around the outside of the car. The figure outside the car was staring under the hood, and loudly cursed again.

"FUCK!" the voice yelled, and kicked the bumper. Clearly the vehicle was malfunctioning.

"Interesting news," Iarocav called back to Ellzidan, "Come over here. Seems similar to Sonnelian technology, if a little old." The Elf silently strode over to crouch next to him.

"You're right. Do you think we should engage? This being does not seem threatening."

"Yes, looks nearly like a Sonnelian. Not as tall as a Drawkian though by my guess," Iarocav replied, "Maybe we should ask it about what this place is."

The figure by the car angrily slammed the hood down, and went to the back of the car and grabbed something out of the trunk. A few cars had passed by with no interaction. He opened the hood again, more tentative this time, and hooked up the device he grabbed from the trunk to something under the hood. He dashed back into the car and tried to start it. The lights flickered for a moment and died. More cursing ensued and the figure came outside again, slamming the door. As he rounded the front to remove the device, he paused to look at his surroundings and ponder his predicament.




For him, it was 2am. He was just driving back from a party at his hometown, which was over an hour away from the campus where he currently resided. His parents didn't know of this, as he had class that morning to attend. So here he was, with a broken-ass car, at 2am, nobody stopping to help him, and even if his parents were awake right now, they'd be angry with him for doing something that dumb. He didn't even know what the problem was. The jumpstart device didn't work, and the engine just puttered out before it could really turn over and start again. It was so random too, he was ripping down the highway at 80 miles per hour, when suddenly, the engine just inexplicably died. Sure his car was an old-ass clunker, but that takes the cake on ridiculous. He had pulled over and tried to diagnose the issue, but he was no mechanic.

He stared out on the dark landscape in disbelief. He looked to his left, up the steep slope to the forest that surrounded the highway. As he looked, he thought he saw two figures suddenly dart away from the edge.

"What the hell?" he muttered to himself. He looked back at his car, and then back up the slope.

"Fuck it, worth a shot," he decided aloud, and went to his trunk again, closing the hood. He grabbed the aluminum softball bat he used playing with his dad that spring that he'd still been too lazy to get out of the trunk of the car. He held the bat deftly in one hand and locked the car, and tried, as quietly as he could, to traverse the unkempt grassy slope up to the treeline.

Whatever, it's 2am, either I get some hermit who lives off the highway to help me with my car or I have to beat the shit out of a crackhead to not fucking die. This is my life now, he thought to himself. He reached the lip of the hill and grabbed his bat handle with both hands. Slowly, he stepped over the lip to survey the scene. When he looked forward and saw two seven-plus-foot-tall people standing 15 feet away from him, he nearly shit himself.

"Holy shit...."
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Postby Hapilopper » Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:12 pm

Lake Beavers, West of Hapilopper City
The night of the Hapilopper-Joshenia match
Cooter Harris walked over to the back porch of his house overlooking Lake Beavers. The radio was on, and tuned to the country music station. He wasn’t all that interested in listening to the match between the Hapilopper National Football Team and the team from Joshenia. He was still trying to get over what had been one of the biggest disappointments of his life, and he just wanted some time away from it. This included even listening to the match or watching it on Venerable Television.

There was a great deal of evidence that he had spent the last few days drinking quite heavily. Beer cans were strewn all over the house. An empty bottle of whiskey sat not far from where his television was. The recent bad form of the HNFT had hit Cooter very hard, and he wanted to just forget about it. Not far away, several joyriders on speedboats rushed past, enjoying a cool, calm evening. They were having much more of a great time than Cooter was – Cooter had actually thought about retiring from the sport entirely in the previous few days.

As the match kicked off in Eastfield Lodge, Cooter was sitting on the back porch, thinking about life itself. Maybe he could go back to school and learn to become a teacher. Maybe he could try to get a job with one of the television networks as a TV pundit. Or maybe he could try to sell a fishing show to one of those networks. He loved fishing, and he knew he would have one hell of an entertaining show. He could see him and a variety of guests going on some wacky adventures on some body of water.

All of those thoughts ran through his head as the Hapiloppians struggled to take on the Joshenians. The media had gotten wind that Cooter had
left the team, and the stories that came out ranged from the straight factual (“Harris takes break, blames self for recent bad form,” reported the Hapilopper City Herald) to the sensationalist (“Coward Cooter turns his back on the brave Haps,” reported the Daily Hapiloppian) and the absurd (“Harris reportedly pregnant, and the father is a Preston Skychief,” reported the Weekly Regional News).

The reaction from the fans was decidedly mixed. A great deal of fans understood Cooter’s plight – they had seen he was struggling and he needed some time off to clear his head, and he would come back better than ever. Others wondered if he had overreacted, and that he would be fine if he had just benched himself while staying with the team. A third group, however, wanted Cooter drummed out of Hapiloppian football entirely for the perceived crime of “desertion.” This group, a small but vocal group of people, were lighting up social media with calls to ban the goalkeeper for life.

“This man has turned his back on Hapilopper,” one fan said on social media. “He is not worth anyone’s time anymore. He should be banned for life.”

Those group of fans were so vocal, in fact, that Dom Probst, the head of the Hapilopper Football Association, had to shoot that very idea down.

“That’s ridiculous,” Probst told reporters. “Cooter is burnt out. He’s gone through a bad stretch of luck and he needed to get away. He hasn’t done anything wrong, he’s just beat to hell. Those keyboard warriors make social media so toxic at times, I’ll tell you.”

Cooter cracked open a beer and watched a couple going way too quickly in a boat. Those keyboard warriors, he thought. The lowest form of scum that existed. He wondered if those kind of people even had any meaningful purpose in life, aside from acting tough on social media. He even thought about going out and trying to meet with one of those keyboard warriors to see just what they would do if they had to see the player in real life. Maybe that toughness level would go down a great deal. Or perhaps he might find himself behind bars after he humbled one of those keyboard warriors the old country way.

So that wouldn’t be a great idea. At least social media allowed you to block and mute people.

He looked down at his phone and saw some more derogatory posts about him. Posts calling him a “quitter,” a “deserter” and a “treasonous bastard.”

Tired of seeing the comments, Cooter did one of the most sensible things he could have done. He hauled back and hurled the phone about as hard as he could hurl it. It had the power and it had the trajectory, and the phone sailed through the air, going over a few trees before it arced down and, with a satisfying “plop,” the phone splashed into the water with pretty nice force, disabling it. Cooter turned back around, went back into the living room, turned on the television and watched some old cowboy movies from the 1960s. The sound of phone hitting water was an incredibly satisfying noise and it did a lot to make him feel better.

Sure, he’d have to go out and buy himself a new phone the next day, but the point was that he was sick and tired of hearing from the idiots who wanted to impose themselves on him. That kind of symbolic message to those keyboard warriors was impractical, but it felt good to do, and he slept really well that night.

The next morning, he went over to the cellular store to purchase a new phone. He looked at the newspaper headlines that told the tale of a 1-1 tie. Maybe the Haps could turn it around in the last two matches, but at the very least, he sensed that his teammates would be coming home in a few days empty-handed.
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Postby Eastfield Lodge » Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:17 pm

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The 75th Cup of Harmony - MD4
Eastfield Lodge & Damukuni

It's getting late, and if you need a miracle to qualify, maybe now your heroes will rise. Cutoff for MD4.


Group A
Ancherion 0–2 New Lusitania and the Algarves
Damukuni 2–1 Xanneria

P Group A                        Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Xanneria 4 3 0 1 12 9 +3 9
2 Damukuni 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
3 New Lusitania and the Algarves 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4 Ancherion 3 1 0 2 6 8 −2 3
5 Saintland 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1


Group B
Newmanistan 2–3 Terre Septentrionale
Busoga Islands 0–3 Squornshelan Remnant States

P Group B                        Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Squornshelan Remnant States 4 3 1 0 11 5 +6 10
2 Terre Septentrionale 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
3 Newmanistan 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
4 Krytenia 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
5 Busoga Islands 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1


Group C
Abanhfleft 2–0 Mattijana
Tamgu 2–1 Darmen

P Group C                        Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Darmen 4 2 1 1 15 8 +7 7
2 Abanhfleft 3 2 1 0 10 4 +6 7
3 Tamgu 3 2 0 1 8 8 0 6
4 Sajnur 3 1 0 2 8 12 −4 3
5 Mattijana 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0


Cannot Qualify.
Cannot finish top 2.
Qualified for Round 16.
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Postby 95X » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:36 pm

Growing Up is a Tough Thing

When Jordyn Third was “reset” and became Jordyn Foureleven, an unfortunate side effect was having to relive being late ‘growing up’. One night when she was fourteen she had the dream she was actually waiting for.

“Hello”, she says in her dream to the boy sitting on the bench in sweats in the soccer facility. “My name’s Jordyn, what’s yours?”

No response.

“You’re quiet,” Jordyn smiled. “I like that.”

She walked up and not being shy put her left hand on his right shoulder. He turned his head towards Jordyn, but had Sarah Foureleven’s face! Jordyn woke up immediately to find her younger sister had crawled into her bed and was clutching her tightly. (Sarah was nine years old when this happened and frightened from a nightmare.)

“You’re awake!” Sarah said quietly. “I had a terrible dream!”

“What happened?” Jordyn yawned.

“We weren’t best friends anymore!” Sarah quietly cried.

Jordyn sat up in bed, motioning Sarah to do the same. She would have some difficult words for Sarah.

“Sarah, there will come a time in life, and maybe that time will come sooner than later, when we’ll start to drift apart.”

Sarah looked at Jordyn with wide, innocent eyes. Or, as wide and innocent as solid red eyes could be. Jordyn dared not explain exactly, but did her best.

“One day, you’ll meet a boy that’s so disgusting you actually want to talk to him. Or, you might like a girl, and that’s okay too I guess.” (Jordyn wasn’t too keen of same-sex marriage.)

“That is not possible,” Sarah replied. She then said some things that were impossible for a nine-year old to know.

Jordyn was shocked.

“But we won’t have to worry about that, good night” Sarah said to Jordyn as Sarah strong-armed her back into bed. Sarah went back to sleep immediately, Jordyn laid there with her eyes open the rest of the night.

That morning, Sarah was pleading with Xi Foureleven to begin training her for playing sports, something that wouldn’t happen until later on.

“You are nine years old,” Xi rationalized in their kitchen, while the two stood and talked. “Although I am alright with occasional events I do not believe you should be training on a daily basis.”

Jordyn walked into the room and yawed.

“Good morning, Jordyn,” Bo Foureleven greeted, sitting at a table eating breakfast. “Restful night?”

“Someone kept me up all night,” Jordyn groaned.

“I guess Elev’ and I should talk to Sarah about it,” Bo commented.

“Please do not speak when I am present!” Sarah insulted.

“Sarah!” Xi took charge. “Your father can speak, he lives here too. And Jordyn is a special big sister.”

“I know,” Sarah said in a straight voice.

Later that day, Jordyn was at a sports park, when she realized the boy in her dream was based on a real boy, even dressed in the same clothing. She knew this was her chance, and walked up to him.

“Hi, I’m Jordyn!” she greeted.

The boy turned his head, looked at her face and smiled.

“Hello Jordyn,” the boy said to her. “I’m taken.”

He got up and left.
Years Later

As a teen, Sarah Foureleven towered over her parents at either six-foot-eight or two meters, depending on how she was measured. She kept the lowest profile of the Fourelevens, and an even lower profile of where she was attending. Yet despite her height, there were things about her that were quite childlike. She spoke only when needed, never to male humans; showed no interest in anybody, and was still quite close to Jordyn, who due to being “reset” decided not to seek a second soccer-playing career.

It reached the point where after the Under-18 World Cup 95X participated in, her mother even tried to arrange a date for her, only for Sarah to turn him down by saying he didn’t have permission to speak to her. That was the only time anyone tried to set her up on a date.

When Sarah turned Sixteen and remained uninterested in relationships, Xi and Jordyn became concerned and took her to a female doctor, because Sarah refused to speak to male humans, even professionals.

“We performed the tests,” the doctor consulted with Xi afterwards. “Sarah is,” she hesitated for a moment, “physically and psychologically asexual. She seems to have a bond with her sister, but other than sibling friendship she shows no interest in anyone.”

Xi was disappointed.
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Hal closed out of their Twii feed, a grin on their face and a chuckle held back in their throat. Sure, some of the Saltsteadish still flew over their head, but they got the jist of it, at least.

And then a voice came from beneath the doorframe: “I see you saw some of the twiis.”

“Johannes, thank you for knocking before you came in,” Hal said as they reflexively started to pick clothes up again to fold.

Johannes smirked with the kind of shit-eating grin he’d become known for back home. “My apologies, Master Hal.”

“So have you received my message?”

“What message?”

“I want everyone packed and ready to get out of here by tomorrow night,” Hal explained as they continued to pack the suits away. “We could be going to Damukuni overnight and I want everyone to be ready.”

“We still have another match to play,” Johannes said with an impatient tone. “Do you really want to be worried about the knockout stage right now?”

“I think we can handle Omerica,” Hal proclaimed as they continued to fold and pack, fold and pack. “They have never beaten Saltstead, nor do they seem to do well against Qusma managers.”

“I’m pretty sure the Free Republics said something like that,” Johannes responded. “And Abanhfleft said something like that. And Juvencus said something like that. And Drawkland said something like that. And Banija said something like that.”

Hal ceased folding or packing, turning towards their assistant near the doorway. “Even if they can massacre us by ten or something goals, we will be safely through. We will be fine.”

“And this is reason to underestimate them why?”

“And I’m pretty sure they’ve caught a bit of a losing habit lately. Seven times in their last fifteen games or so?”

“I’m not exactly seeing your point.”

“Look, I am not underestimating the possibility that they can beat us,” Hal stated, arms crossed, “but Mareibat can’t overtake us, Freeport can’t overtake us and Saint Emelie can’t overtake us.”

“I want us to be in the best possible shape once we go to the knockout stage, though, and we have to beat Omerica to get a fair chance of taking one of the best seeds.”

“You can only plan for the opponent right in front of you, Johannes. We will play who we will play.”

Johannes proceeded to turn around and leave the room. “Don’t come crying to me when Drawkland knock us out, Hal.”

“Wait, Johannes.”

He stopped in his tracks and turned around, standing in place as he waited for what Hal would say next.

“I do want to say these Twiis have been genuinely helpful.”

“For learning Saltsteadish?” Johannes asked. “Because I thought you had picked it up fairly quickly, to be honest.”

“Well, there’s that,” Hal stated, not entirely sure of how to phrase their next point. “But it has been a pretty demoralising time for us.”

“That’s fair to say.”

“Genuinely, I would venture to say some of these fans will be disappointed.”

“And you were dismissing the Omericans not even thirty seconds ago.”

“They will get through, trust me. But you know the dream is unlikely for any one country.”

“But you would also know it has to come true for someone. You set the tone here, Hal. Just be careful not to spook anyone else, please.”

“Hey, if we can fail beautifully this time, I’ll settle for that.”

Johannes laughed at the suggestion. “Watch us fail Saltsteadishly.”

“Hey, you help set the tone here, Johannes. Be careful not to spook anyone else, please.”

“Sure thing, Hal.”
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The 75th Cup of Harmony
Eastfield Lodge & Damukuni

Groups D-G, Matchday 4

Group D
Hapilopper 1–2 Eastfield Lodge
Lodger City Memorial Stadium, New Lodger City
Drawkland 2–0 Joshenia
North Bank Stadium, Bridgetown

 Group D                 Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Eastfield Lodge 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Qualified
2 Drawkland 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7 Qualified

3 New Saria 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2 Cannot Finish Top 2
4 Joshenia 4 0 2 2 2 8 −6 2 Cannot Finish Top 2

5 Hapilopper 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1 Eliminated


Group E
Saint Émelie 2–3 Freeport
King Iqbal II Stadium, New Lodger City
Omerica 0–1 Saltstead
Vorgan Park, New Lodger City

 Group E                 Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Saltstead 4 4 0 0 11 2 +9 12 Qualified
2 Mareibat 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4 Can Still Finish Top 2
3 Freeport 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4 Can Still Finish Top 2
4 Omerica 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 -> Can Finish Top 2 with Win + FRP Loss
5 Saint Émelie 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0 Eliminated


Group F
95X 1–2 Timuria
Parliament Stadium, Lodgertia
Dreamplanet 4–4 Port Ember
East Monksville Park, Monksville

 Group F                 Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Port Ember 4 1 3 0 12 11 +1 6
2 Dreamplanet 3 1 2 0 7 5 +2 5
3 HUElavia 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
4 Timuria 3 1 1 1 6 7 −1 4
5 95X 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1 Eliminated


Group G
Main Nation Ministry 4–1 Siovanija and Teusland
Olympic Park, Mount Salt City
Brusseldorf 2–0 Eraman
Norrion Park, Norrion

 Group G                 Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Main Nation Ministry 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Qualified
2 Brusseldorf 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3 Siovanija and Teusland 3 2 0 1 7 7 0 6
4 Eraman 4 1 0 3 4 8 −4 3 Eliminated
5 Flavovespia 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0 Eliminated
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Red Wolves Edge Important Win


by Tufan Nursultan

95X 1–2 Timuria
Sydney Hardin (26);Tayyar Ozel (50), Hakan Diren (81)


The Red Wolves gained a measure of revenge over 95X who had effectively ended their World Cup hopes in the qualifiers and eliminated them from the Cup of Harmony with an essential victory that has set up a winner take all contest with Dreamplanet for their final match with the winner guaranteeing themselves a place in the Round of Sixteen. While this result wont have done much for the national teams position in the table it has raised moral at home about the hitherto struggling Red Wolves.

The national team came out on the front foot, as they knew that a result was essential and were motivated by their desire to avenge their lackluster results against 95X in the qualifiers. An early chance fell to Ertan Renda whose shot was well saved by Lauren Hills. A chance came at the other end for Sydney Hardin, but Iskender Nur produced a save with his fingertips to shift the ball onto the bar. Sydney Hardin would however get her goal with a shot that deflected off the heel of Eyup Mustafa that left Iskender Nur wrong footed as the ball spun past the goal line.

The run up to half time showed that the goal was very much against the prevailing direction of play, with several shots needing the attention of Lauren Hills who proved equal to the challenge as well as a couple that gave Iskender Nur some nerves as he summoned his best match for the national team dealing with every effort fired his way by goalscorer Sydney Hardin who was her team's main attacking outlet.

With the half time break over and the national team facing elimination, they came out swinging. Ismail Burhan forced a goal-line clearance from Chaya Concord-Fourteenth. Shortly after Hakan Diren's long range effort from 30 yards left the crossbar vibrating as it cannoned off and safely over. Finally the national team would get on the score sheet from a Tayyar Ozel individual effort that left Jay Hooper and Rhiannon Concord-Fourteenth looking a step slow as he slalomed past them and placed his effort from the edge of the box into the top corner. Then came a relatively defensive phase of the match for both teams as they knew that neither could afford to concede a critical goal and potentially eliminate themselves.

Despite these efforts, valiant on both sides with both defences showing that they could match each other's offence, Hakan Diren broke the deadlock with a stunning long range effort from the same spot as his earlier shot. This time clipping the underside of the bar as it bounced over the line capping off a superb day for the midfielder who was given his first start of the tournament. Despite some late match efforts, including a shot that left Iskender Nur scrambling to save it from Diego Dodongo the match would end with a 2-1 victory for Timuria and official elimination for 95X

Elsewhere in the group Port Ember finished their group stage schedule with another high scoring draw as they matched Dreamplanet's 4 goals with 4 of their own. This means that while they sit atop the group, Port Ember can be prevented from automatic advancement as one of the top two teams if both Timuria and HUElavia win their final matches.

What they said after the match:

Bekir Altingunes: "I told you that I couldn't be here speaking to you after another match where everything went wrong and I'm pleased I don't have to be. This was always going to be a tough match for us both in terms of the quality 95X bring to the table and our own psychology going into a match against a team from our World Cup qualifying group. I'm pleased everything came together and the team seems to have settled, but we have a must win match up next and can't dwell on the victory as much as I might like to."

Player ratings:

Iskender Nur 7/10 - Made to take the field yet again as the backup and showed that he has what it takes to thrive at the international level.

Ozbek Sarikaya 7/10 - Looked out of sorts in the last match, but came back with a barnstorming performance.

Eyup Mustafa 6/10 - Didn't have the best day, but looked capable and stable in the defence

Metin Boz 7/10 - Came in and showed that he could play at this level very effectively and will certainly start the next match.

Gokdeniz Dag 6/10 - Had a very pedestrian day where he didn't stand out, which is good for a defender.

Atilla Acar 7/10 - His energetic bounding up and down the pitch drew a lot of attention from the opposition and opened up opportunities for others.

Hakan Diren 8/10 - Showed off his class with a masterful display of both positive passing and defensive fortitude. Let alone his stunning goal.

Tayyar Ozel 8/10 - Looked in danger of being invisible, but instead flashed some of his very obvious talent on his way to a goal.

Ertan Renda 6/10 - Seemed a bit disjointed and looked tired, probably an off day for the usually tremendous player.

Caner Turan 6/10 - It seems it was his turn to be invisible as he was shut down the whole match.

Ismail Burhan 6/10 - While his performance lacked goals and even consistent link up play, he was simply adequate and that's more than they've been getting from Vatan Ercetin recently.

Substitutes:

Yildiray Sabuktiginoglu 6/10 - Came on for Gokdeniz Dag and showed a determination that saw the national team through a tough period of 95X's attacking desperation.

Metin Aytacoglu 6/10 - Relieved an obviously tired Ertan Renda and didn't really leave a mark on the match.

Man of the Match: Hakan Diren - It would have been easy to award this to Tayyar Ozel, but the sheer completeness of Hakan Diren's contribution merits this recognition.

Player of the Match for 95X: Lauren Hills - The opposition's goalkeeper often kept them in the match and without her the result could have been very lopsided. It's a shame that such an excellent player, among an excellent squad, will no longer be participating after the next round of matches.

The next match: The national team will enter into a must win contest with Dreamplanet who sit in one of the automatic advancement spots. Win and in is the name of the game and audiences across the country will be eagerly watching every moment as the government has declared that workplaces that are non-essential or entertainment based will be closed after half a day of work, meaning people will be leaving work at 12:30 after two and a half hours. Dreamplanet enter the match off the back of a very high scoring draw with Port Ember and are one point ahead of the Red Wolves. The starting XI for this match shall be the same as it was for the match against 95X.
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Siovanija and Teusland 3–1 Flavovespia


Another loss, this time to Siovanija and Teusland, leaves Flavovespia rooted to the bottom of Group G, pointless, and with a mountain to climb to take anything out of their debut Cup of Harmony performance. Sadly for The Hornets, this was probably the weakest of the 3 displays, and it looks like Nick Cole will have to make some changes in the last group game.

The Hornets lined up in an all-black strip for this match, owing to the gold and blue stripes of Siovanija and Teusland. Flavovespia were hoping the kit change would inspire memories of that win away at Western Bjornaic in the World Cup qualifiers.

For Flavovespia, yet another game started with their opponents having the better of the early play. Thorsten Kramer and the young Todor Mihailov lined up in the midfield of The Goldhorns, and both seemed to be playing strongly throughout the tournament. James King and Henrik Jensen seemed to struggle to control the midfield, and Steven Hall was forced to drop back further than he'd usually do.

The best early chance went to Siovanija and Teusland after around 15 minutes. Michael Ribbeck was played through on goal, beating John Calvert and the reinstated Neil Wright, and hit a fierce low drive. David Meehan did well to get down low and block the shot, earning himself cheers from the Flavovespian fans behind the goal.

Flavovespia never looked settled in the first half, and on 27 minutes, Siovanija and Teusland got their breakthrough. Playing out from the back, Karl-Heinz Jager got the ball forward to the left winger of Mario Kogler. Kogler took on Stephen Moore and Tony Gardner, beating them before switching the ball back to Michael Ribbeck. Ribbeck was in a great position, and his shot was very well taken, leaving Meehan no chance, and it was 1-0.

Flavovespia continued to look second best, and almost everyone expected them to go in at half time behind. Steven Hall however didn't agree with that. In the 44th minute, after dispossessing Kramer in the midfield, he broke forward 20 metres before laying the ball off to Andrew Mason. Mason saw the centre backs close in on him, and got a good pass back to Steven Hall, the midfielder meeting the ball at pace. Hall got into the box, one on one with Yanko Zhelyaskov, and his driven shot went straight into the back of the net. 1-1, seemingly out of nothing for Flavovespia.

Any hope of Flavovespia riding the wave towards another goal and victory was dashed in the 52 minute. Todor Mihailov dispossessed Steven Hall. King and Jensen were standing off, but the young midfielder kept dribbling forward. Realising their mistake, they closed in, but King was beaten for pace and Jensen couldn't get anything in the way of a block. Mihailov then left Calvert standing in his wake, and then held off the challenge of Wright. Despite pressure coming in from Ronald Maddox, Mihailov got away a curling shot to beat Meehan, for the first international goal of the young midfielder's career. An amazing solo goal to score for any player, let alone your first international goal.

For every hero though, there's a villian, and the argument between the Flavovespians on the field didn't look good. Henrik Jensen seemed to imply Neil Wright was largely at fault, causing Wright and Calvert to confront the midfielder. King then stepped in to pull his club teammate at Stanmorn Wright from the argument. Cole wasn't impressed either, subbing off Wright and Jensen immediately, Patrick Cannon and Jordaan Wolfson entering the game in their place.

Flavovespia had their best chance at an equaliser in the 58th minute. Hall once again got into a good position centrally, and flicked the ball over the defence to Scott Coleman. Karl-Heinz Jager did enough to stop Coleman having a clean shot at goal, and the rebound was beyond the reach of Andrew Mason. Scott Coleman himself looked to be somewhat struggling in this game, with a possible lingering injury to his left foot.

The 66th minute saw Siovanija and Teusland kill the game off. From a corner on the left, Michael Ribbeck rose highest, and headed the ball cleanly into the back of the net, to double the lead. Siovanija and Teusland looked very settled, and with a 2 goal cushion didn't look like aggressively pushing the ball forward.

It was up to Flavovespia to try and make something of this game, but the team were faltering, finding little space to work with, and lacking that pace to make a breakthrough. Scott Coleman was subbed off, maybe as a preventative move to stop further injury, and a rare cap for veteran Waldster striker Thomas McDonald was given. However aside from one long range off target shot, little was added to the game from him.

It finished 3-1, the final minutes of the game not providing much excitement. For Flavovespia, a game where despite some good performances, frustrations seemed to get to the players, causing some lapses of concentration, poor play and a petty argument between teammates. Now The Hornets have one last game against Main Nation Ministry, currently on a perfect record. Can The Hornets repeat their feat at Eura, and take an unfancied point?

Player Review


With just one game left of this cycle, FFD looks at the 23 players and the manager who made up the inaugural Flavovespian national football team, and their future prospects.

David Meehan

Early struggles in the World Cup Qualifiers saw Meehan dropped in favour of Harrington. However the keeper with the #1 jersey recovered and managed to make his way back into the starting 11. Since then he’s performed decently, with no major disasters between the sticks.

Chances of making the next team – 9/10. Even if he isn’t chosen as #1, it’s hard to point to 3 goalkeepers in Flavovespia better than him, and he has done a reasonable job so far.

Ronald Maddox

Struggled to play the full-back role initially, but was called upon as a wing-back, which seemed to suit him well. Pace down the wing meant he’s supplied some good balls, and even scored once. Nevertheless he can struggle against some of the star wide attacking players of the bigger nations.

Chances of making the next team – 8/10. Is definitely a great starting wing back, but could maybe not make it if full-backs are the way forward. Based on international form and his caps however, it’d be a surprise to see him out rather than in the next squad.

John Calvert

A veteran defender who seemed to get a second wave at Apsbrooke. A call up to the national team, and he put in several strong strong spirited performances. However his pace, even for a defender isn’t gret, and he doesn’t have the technical skills of some other defenders, both in Flavovespia and the rest of the world.

Chances of making the next team – 2/10. He was #3, and has gotten a lot of caps for the national side. However looking ahead, he’s not got many years left at all, and it’s hard to see how Flavovespia will have him down as a top defender even in the near future.


Neil Wright

Bad form in the openers saw him dropped, and since then appearances have been sporadic. His latest match saw him blamed for a goal, and he got into a feud with one of his own teammates. Still young, the defender has room to learn about the rigours of international football.

Chances of making the next team – 4/10. His age and playing for the defending champions are a big bonus for Neil Wright. However a lack of maturity and careless errors mean that Wright could see himself dropped out of the chosen 23 for the next squad. He could still play a role in the next decade though at some point.


Stephen Shepherd

More of a full-back than a wing-back, the change in formation hurt him, and he didn’t get many matches because of it. Hard to truly evaluate his performances, but playing in that 4-6 loss to Torisakia is a mark on his record. He showed intelligence for a younger defender, but seemed sometimes to lack technique.

Chances of making the next team – 4/10. Struggled with the change in formation leading to being dropped, but would have a chance to come in as a right-back and not a wing-back. Approaching his peak, he need to better improve his technique or national team opportunities are limited.

Henrik Jensen

The defensive midfielder showed aggression, occasionally too much for Flavovespia. He picked up plenty of yellow cards, but was effective in being a nuisance for the opposition in the midfield. The change in formation did give him some protection in going after the ball, and he did seem to enjoy the new setup.

Chances of making the next team – 6/10. Some questions remain over how well suited he is to international football, and whether a more skilled player can take his spot. However even if not a starting 11 player for Flavovespia, he may have enough experience to be a squad player for a future tournament or two.


James King (vice-captain)

A key playmaker, King was able to set up a lot of opportunities for Flavovespia, and even bagged a few goals for himself. He seemed well suited to a creative role, if asked to drop deep or push up, and replicated his club form at international level. Maybe slightly too cautious in trying to win the ball, but nevertheless a great player.

Chances of making the next team – 10/10. Hard to see how anyone could want to exclude the midfield maestro from a future team. The best central midfield player of Flavovespia.

Jonathan Feld

Left out to dry by the change in formation, Feld couldn’t break back into the team. Although technically an attacking central midfielder as well as an attacking left midfielder, the former position proved difficult for him to get to grips with at international level, and he was not suited to play as a left wing back.

Chances of making the next team – 5/10. Still young, he could adapt and find his way into the Flavovespia team off the basis of raw talent and not positional fit. Much will depend however on how he can perform for Marthorpe City next season.


Andrew Mason

With a lot of players vying for a striker role for Flavovespia, Mason was under pressure, but largely delivered, with a good number of goals. He seemed especially strong in the 2 striker formation when paired up with Scott Coleman, his Stanmorn club teammate. Mason probably wasn’t the star of Flavovespia this time around, but was still a great player.

Chances of making the next team – 9/10. His only real threat, any injuries aside, is a breakout season for some other Super League strikers. Certainly on his performances this time around he should be straight back into the side.


Ramon Martin

Ramon Martin showed flashes of skill both at the attacking midfielder and striker position, but didn’t quite have the clinical edge many strikers at international level had. A tendency to get into arguments over fouls and diving didn’t help his case, but he at least got some assists for the national side.

Chances of making the next team – 5/10. His creativity was a plus, but lacked the cutting edge of many strikers, and there’s competition for his position. Maybe his experience will get him into another tournament, but he is soon entering his thirties.


Steven Hall (captain)

The standout of the starting 11, having been asked initially to play out wide, he moved to the attacking midfield role, and proved equally as devastating there. At times very difficult to defend, his pinpoint accuracy in the shot and pass proved hard to deal with for the opposition. A player who absolutely led by example, and took international football in his stride.

Chances of making the next team – 10/10. No question, he showed exactly why he’s captain and all of the skill he can offer. Hopefully a player to be part of the team for many more years.


Conor Harrington

A surprise call-up initially, Harrington ended up getting a run of games whilst Meehan fell out of form. Not the most athletic of keepers any more, he brought a calm head to the defence, and at least seemed to steady the ship, when it looked like the national team could be falling off the rails. A player who after a long career, got to make a contribution to Flavovespia.

Chances of making the next team – 0/10. It seems harsh to say 0 for Harrington, but even he admits he doesn’t see himself returning to the national team at his age, even as a 3rd choice keeper.

Patrick Cannon

An older defender, able to play a variety of defensive positions. Mostly coming off the bench, especially to try and defend leads, Cannon did show some fierce defensive strength, but his age meant at times he looked out of pace and out of touch of the modern international game.

Chances of making the next team – 1/10. Very unlikely unfortunately to get called up again. He doesn’t look like holding up well with age, and by the next tournament, there’s likely to be at least 10 Flavovespian defenders better than him. Maybe a Hadford Hill Super League victory could get him a call up.


Mark James

Originally a substitute centre back, the call for 3 centre backs saw him get the nod to get into the starting 11. From there he showed himself to be a relatively good centre back. His performances were never spectacular, and he made some errors, but was certainly never a player the fans or manager were screaming at for poor performances.

Chances of making the next team – 7/10. His performances don’t make him locked in to the next squad. However his age is around the potential prime for a centre-back, and now he has international experience, he has probably done enough to get more caps.

Tony Gardner

The young centre back also made good use of the formation change and some faltering performances to get an extended run in the national side. Being able to play out the back helped him in some games, and this type of skill, unusual for a centre back, is one Flavovespia could be set to exploit in the future.

Chances of making the next team – 8/10. He played well at quite a young age, and is a versatile defender. These 2 in combination give him a very fair chance of making into another Flavovespia national team squad, maybe even with a lower kit number.

Stephen Moore

The switch to wing backs really helped Moore, and he pushed Shepherd out of the team. Moore was criticised in the press when called up, but managed to shake off the doubters. It was described as a “make or break” tournament for him, and he made it. Maybe his technique once in the attacking half needs refining, but he curtained showed a good turn of pace.

Chances of making the next team – 8/10. Similar to Gardner, he made effective use of being called into the starting XI. With his age and skills, he should definitely expect another call-up in the future. His main risk is a switch back to defensive full-backs.

Simon Davison

With limited central midfield spots available, Davison was never called onto the pitch much. With Wolfson and Winward favoured to replace Jensen, Davison had scarce opportunities. Hard really to see if he could be anything special for Flavovespia, he looked okay but nothing spectacular in his limited performances.

Chances of making the next team – 4/10. It’s hard to blame him for being kept out by King, and he was one of the stars of the Super League. That being said, he’ll need another stellar season to justify being called up again.

Jordaan Wolfson

Largely playing as a back-up to Jensen, and making appearances off the bench, usually when the #6 was on a yellow. Wolfson seemed to not always be on the pace for some games, but his tackling and passing was at least strong. A somewhat more mature head on the field, he was at least not prone to making clumsy mistakes.

Chances of making the next team – 3/10. Age is probably his enemy, as he already looked a little out of pace. His experience might help him get called up again, especially if he does put in a performance at club level, but aside from that, the new blood in the Super League might push him out.


Charles Winward

Unlucky in some respects with the formation change, his skillset didn’t suit playing down the centre or deep as a wing-back. He had the skill to make the crosses and passes to set up his team mates, but couldn’t get settled when being asked to defend. Not a player who can run the wing by himself, however he showed promise.

Chances of making the next team – 5/10. It will depend on if there’s demand for an out and out winger in the future Flavovespia squad. Winward will make it in if there is, otherwise he’ll have to adapt and demonstrate suitability in another position to represent Flavovespia again.

Thomas McDonald

Well respected, many though McDonald always deserved a cap, despite his age. However as it turned out, his age was a big issue. Never able to challenge for a starting XI spot, he simply didn’t look like having the ability required of an international footballer. He actually scored off the bench, albeit against Western Bjornaic, with a typical accurate shot, but there were few highlights for him.

Chances of making the next team – 0/10. Probably not even in the Top 10 Flavovespian strikers anymore. It’s nice he got an international cap and goal, but there isn’t an international future for him.

Guoliang Fu

Fu seemed to be played in a variety of positions up front, mainly as a substitute, but getting an international goal seemed to elude him. He showed a good turn to fool the defenders, but couldn’t get the clinical shot away for himself. Unfortunate for Fu, a player who hauled himself from non-league football to international football.

Chances of making the next team – 5/10. He didn’t excel in any position, but he was useful as a utility substitute. His experience and grit through the years could make him useful as a squad player, but he needs good league performances to get a call up again.


Scott Coleman

Hall took the big plaudits, but Coleman was the unexpected breakout star of this team. Subbed on in the first game, he immediately showed promise, and from then on was a nailed-on starter. With 6 goals in the qualifiers, his tenacity up front was crucial for Flavovespia, and the Hall-Coleman duo seemed to be unstoppable at times.

Chances of making the next team – 10/10. Only 22, scoring at a good rate for the national team, and linking up well with the team’s best players? Absolutely nailed on not just for the net squad, but a starting striker kit number.

Nicholas Dobson

3rd choice keeper, he only played once in a 5-1 victory over Western Bjornaic. He was rarely tested in that game, and although he did concede, it wasn’t what could be called a goalkeeping mistake. Hard really to assess his performance, given he did very little so far for Flavovespia.

Chances of making the next team – 7/10. Despite few appearances, his age means he still has potential. With Harrington out of the national team, 2 more keepers in Flavovespia will have to beat Dobson to one of the goalkeeper spots, so he is likely to be seen again.

Nick Cole
6th in the World Cup qualifiers was a little below expectations, but the group was tougher than expected, and the team didn’t actually suffer many losses. They impressed the WCC enough for a Cup of Harmony invite, but have sadly faltered there. Cole has made adaptations to the team when needed, included a formation overhaul, but his main weakness is seeing out games.

Chances of making the next team – 9/10. It would be harsh to sack him, even if the team is pointless at the Cup of Harmony, given nobody expected them to make it though. For Cole however, the next few tournaments will be crucial as Flavovespia are no longer considered newbies.
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Postby Sajnur » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:09 am

Woe betide Sajnur


Sajnur are out of the Cup of Harmony. Just like last time in Cosumar, the purple and red uniforms of our beloved football team have been mathematically eliminated with one matchday still to go. Unlike last time, Sajnur have actually won a match, this against an underperforming Mattijana side. However, two losses to open the campaign, conceding five goals in each, effectively doomed the campaign. The second of these losses was a respectable 5-3 against top seeds Darmen, but the first of these losses was abominable. A 5-2 loss to the now over performing Tamgu.

Woe betide Tamgu, we thought. They, the second lowest ranked team in the entire tournament at 158th, had been handed nearly the worst possible draw. They had been unranked before qualifying and finished sixth in Group T with eleven points and just two wins. Surely, the odd draw was the best the team could extract from their stay in Damukuni. Sajnur were ranked 46 spots higher when we crashed out of CoH 74 with three losses, the third against krytenia seeing Mytanija crash out in hugely improbable circumstances. Yet Tamgu steps on to the CE/SDSCA Oval (someone, explain this horrific name) and puts five past Piotr Laghiev, in what is likely the worst defensive performance for Sajnur since we were in the Baptism of Fire. This Sajnur team held Baker Park, 12th in the world, to a 3-3 draw. How could these minnows in orange beat us? How could they get their first ever Cup of Harmony win before us?

The first half was a competitive affair, with the two sides exchanging attacks and goals, eventually arriving at the break even at 2-2. Jessica Siafik dealt the first blow, with a now rare entry into the opposing penalty box. She started the play with a long and low pass from behind half way to Dario Tule, who left Tanel Tayman in his dust before centring to Andre Naulo. The striker then dragged the ball past Dano Teilar before passing the ball through Pate Konar’s legs back to a now open Siafik who curled the ball past Toy Estogas to take an early lead. Sadly, such intricate final third passing would not happen for the rest of the game as Tamgu’s back three got their act together. The Hawks would hit back with a long range goal from Sayken Ilko, and while Rowan Down would play Mr Cut Inside Man and curl past Estogas from outside the box to retake the lead and put Reki Reizo onto his arse, Paletar Soros would sneak in another equaliser before the break, leaping highest over Tomasi Vuierev and heading an Ilko corner past Piotr Laghiev.

Contrary to what the Tamgu report may imply, Eliseo Marinon switched from four defenders to three in the second half, pushing fullbacks Taulant Haji and David Kiral up and bringing Kaori Hajat from defensive midfield into the back line. This would prove to be a mistake. Also contrary to Tamgu report, there was no intent to slow the game down. Any actual reduction in pace was because the Sajnuran passing unit fell to pieces. Tamgu did indeed speed up their play, but for twenty minutes the Sajnuran defence held out. The consequence of Tamgu’s more attacking posture was that Sajnur actually got plenty chances to attack. Sadly, the Tamgu centre backs successfully defended Sajnuran corners, even after Basuli Maktar was brought on, and keeper Estogas fended off anything that slipped through. Indeed, Estogas made fifteen saves. Laghiev? Seven. That deficit was represented, at least in part, by Tamgu taking the lead in the 66th minute, a lead they would not relinquish, when Tayman found himself inside the box to receive an Ilko pass. Marinon took off David Kiral for Maktar soon after, with Down brought into the middle and Tule shifted to wingback, and a tired Haji was taken off for Salloah to fill the gap left by Kiral. This did not work, and instead Salloah was defeated by Reizo, who then let off a long one to make it 4-2. Tayman then finished the game off with an intricate run past four Sajnurans for his second, and Tamgu’s fifth. Clearly not a good day at the office for Sajnur, and not a good way to debut the new uniforms either.

The second match was against Darmen, the highest ranked team in the competition at 29th. On one hand, we drew Baker Park before the start of the tournament. On the other hand, that was in front of tens of thousands of Sajnuran fans, and we just lost 5-2 to minnows. Would we upset Darmen? Would we be slaughtered 8-0? The time came, and the result was a 5-3 loss. Respectable, but really not optimal, and once again the defence was subpar. The first half was a back and forth spectacle, with many shots, and many misses, but also many goals, but the typical slowness of Sajnuran starts showed up again as Darmen went into half time with a 3-1 lead. Their first goal was a classic poacher’s goal from Skylar Hurst as Craig Blackwood received a cross from Riley mac Pharlain and headed it to Hurst at the far post who tapped past Laghiev. The second goal was a reversal as Blackwood instead received a cross from Hurst and headed it into goal for himself. Darmen’s third goal was a long shot from Hurst, as she received the ball in the open from Abraham Cardoso and had plenty of time to send the ball into goal to make it 3-0 inside half an hour. Darmen wouldn’t have it all their way, however, as Andre Naulo would score a poacher’s goal of his own to end the half, courtesy of a through pass from Nazar. Three goals for Darmen and they enter their dressing rooms with sour faces thanks to one moment of brilliance.

Another moment of brilliance would arrive in the second half as Jessica Siafik would break the Darmen back three with a through pass to Nazar, leaving Stafford stranded up field and Klopas Maddox alone to get nutmegged by Nazar’s cut inside. A curler past Hyman Campo would have Sajnur within one. Sadly, it was Darmen who struck next and after a long lull with no goals Hurst would complete her hattrick as she evaded Kaori Hajat’s marking to receive a Cardoso ball and drill it into goal. Sajnur would stay in it with less than ten minutes of regulation time to go, though, as Kahala Murje, playing at left back instead of David Kiral, would send in a cross from 45 yards out straight to the right foot of Rowan Down for a first time shot to ripple the net and make it 4-3. The match would end in sadness, however, as Darmen would take a fifth thanks to another Hurst longshot.

Sajnur finally got its first win at the Cup of Harmony, after five successive defeats, with a 3-2 triumph over Mattijana. The 60th ranked side had earlier lost to Darmen 6-0. We’d only lost 5-3, so logic would dictate that we would win, right? As it turned out, logic would prove correct. However, logic did not arrive for a long time. It was Mattijana who struck early doors, as Katarina Jakupovic picked out Kara Lorenzic with a floating long pass and the striker rounded new starter Kabas Verjez to make it 1-0, and they got in a second almost as quickly. Sophia Velezia held onto the ball on a sojourn down the left wing, failing to outpace Taulant Haji, but also keeping the ball well away from him. She then sent it away from the wing to a waiting Marko Hojbjerg, who then passed it through to Lorenzic, who duly sent another one past Piotr Laghiev to make it 2-0 inside a quarter of an hour. Mattijana proceeded to hold possession for most of the rest of the half, with neither team able to launch much in the way of attacks. The first half ended 2-0 to Mattijana, the leaders having held 78% of possession in the first half.

They held 70% of possession in the second half, as well, but the Sajnuran defence continued with its sudden acquisition of ability that came just after the second Mattijana goal, and the score remained 2-0 until the 71st minute. Sadly for Mattijana, it was their defence which would be breached, as Kahala Murje sent in a sky high cross from deep, similar to her cross against Darmen, and it was Basuli Maktar who would head it in to spark the resurgence of the purple and red. A second would come in the late minutes of normal time as Jessica Siafik would send Ahmed Nazar through to convert a one on one with Lucija Handanovic into an equaliser, and stoppage time would bring the ultimate riches to Sajnur as a Siafik corner would land on the head of Tomasi Vuierev, and Sajnur would finally see happiness from a corner as the vice captain would direct it past Handanovic for the winner. It was the first time Sajnur had been in the lead of a game since the first half against Tamgu, but it was when it mattered most as Sajnur would pick up its first ever points at a Cup of Harmony and consign Mattijana to the bottom of the table.

The bye week has, however, brought desolation to Sajnur’s hopes and dreams, as Abanhfleft beat Mattijana 2-0, meaning even a victory over them on the final matchday of the group stages cannot see us overtake them, and then the worst possible result happened as Tamgu beat Darmen 2-1. An upset, a large upset, and it means that we cannot finish ahead of the Hawks, either, as they have three points and the head to head over our team. Had those matches been anything other than victory, Sajnur would have still been in with a shot. In all circumstances but a maelstrom of results in other groups going our way, victory over Abanhfleft would have been necessary, but it would have still been possible. But given that, had Tamgu not defeated Darmen, we would have taken at least third with a Mattijana victory over the orange jerseys. Had Abanhfleft not defeated Mattijana, then Tamgu could have taken as many points as they wanted and we would have consigned Abanhfleft themselves to the scrapheap. Six points is not great, but with many groups looking like third would have five points or fewer, six points could have been enough. Had both Abanhfleft and Tamgu failed to win on this last matchday, then Mattijana taking points of Tamgu would have seen us second and not reliant on other groups. It would have been a guaranteed spot in the second round. In any case, we would still have hopes of making the knockout stages, a glimmer still there for us to make it all the way. But no. Instead, Sajnur has been consigned to fourth place in Group C, with nothing left to play for but pride, and unbelievably, Tamgu, assigned a group of certain death, has a golden chance to actually finish top of this group.

Well done, Tamgu, and woe betide Sajnur.

Sajnur

Siafik 7' (Naulo)
Down 30'

Tamgu

Ilko 22'
Soros 44' (Ilko)
Tayman 66' (Ilko), 87'
Reizo 73'


Sajnur

Naulo 45+1' (Nazar)
Nazar 53' (Siafik)
Down 82' (Murje)

Darmen

Hurst 17' (Blackwood), 29' (Cardoso), 76' (Cardoso), 89'
Blackwood 20' (Hurst)


Sajnur

Maktar 71' (Murje)
Nazar 86' (Siafik)
Vuierev 90+5' (Siafik)

Mattijana

Lorenzic 5' (Jakupovic), 12' (Hojbjerg)

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Postby New Lusitania and the Algarves » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:57 am

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Cup of Harmony 75


AN ANCHOR TO STAY AFLOAT
Ancherion 0-2 New Lusitania
@The Shinozoba-Sayu, Shinozoba


For New Lusitania it was sink or swim. Ancherion would prove to be a key game to stay alive in the competition. For New Lusitania, Patríce would return to the team as Vinagrete would stay on after a good performance with Leiteiro and Cancela joining him. In midfield, Nevais made his first performance as Fernando, Mário, Gama and Veiga would also start. Up front, Silveira and Cavalariça would be the main goal threats. For the opposition, Miles would be in goal, as Arts, Copeland, Petro and Haynes composed the back four. Salivio, Leech, Colley, Garcia and Ado played in the middle of the park with the balls feeding into the lone striker today, Joris Fuller.
The first half provided some good end to end action. Fuller made the Lusitanians focus a lot on the flanks as that's where the ball would be crossed to him. The AC Lopel striker had a few good chances, including a shot that would've gone in if not for Patríce stretching to just about divert it. New Lusitania also showed their offensive capabilities as Silveira almost got one in twice. On one occasion it was well saved, on the other the post decided to keep it out with the goalkeeper beaten. Halftime and Victor Santa Cruz took out Nevais for an extra central defender, Carriça to counter the Ancherion tactics much better. It worked, well and unleashed a few counter-attacks. New Lusitania would then get the all important first goal. Carriça took the ball off Colley, passed it on to Fernando and he puts in an aerial ball to Silveira with good vision, Silveira almost lost to ball to Copeland but managed to win it back and put it away well.
On eighty seven minutes of play, a corner crossed directly by Mário gave the second goal as Gama put it in with a header. Finally, the players celebrated a win, their first of the tournament, which would leave them better than before but still in a complicated situation. FULL TIME: 0-2

Post Match Reaction
STL got the chance of talking with a few figures after the match, namely Victor Santa Cruz. When asked about the game, he commented that "this is the team we know we can be and the team we have to be to beat the bigger sides or be successful in such a good tournament". Upon inquiring about the following match against Damukuni he stated that " it's a hard match, and the circumstances make it even harder. They're a good side and we'll do our best knowing everyone will be cheering us on back home.". He did note that the home advantage may pose a problem but if they want to progress in this football world they have to try and win in these conditions. Finally, when asked about any pressure regarding the security of his job, Santa Cruz merely responded that he would try to do his job as best he can and until told otherwise. When with captain Bruno Fernando, he cleared that the morale of the team hasn't worsened due to results and that they still have that thirst for winning specially representing their nation outside.

Around the Grounds
The late game in Shinozoba resulted in a win for Damukuni over Xanneria by two goals to one. Luckily for the Xannerians, they were already qualified. At the moment hosts Damukuni also progress with New Lusitania in third. In Group B, Newmanistan lost to Terre Septentrionale (2-3) as the S.R.S. confirmed their progression with a win over Busoga (0-3). In Damukuni, Group C is giving a lot of intrigue as Darmen and Abanhfleft are on 7 and Tamgu are on 6 after tonight's results. The Fleftians beat Mattijana by 2-0 as Tamgu put themselves back in the conversation after a win against Darmen (2-1). Eastfield Lodge and Drawkland have confirmed their tickets in the next round after their victories in Group D, against Hapilopper (1-2) and Joshenia (2-0) respectively. In Group E, Saltstead remains the one of two Invict teams in the Cup of Harmony with a win over Omerica (0-1) as Freeport worked to beat now relegated Saint Émelie (2-3). Group F is anything but decided though. 95X are out following a defeat to Timuria (1-2) as Dreamplanet reached a stalemate against Port Ember (4-4) in a great match. At the moment, Port Ember and Dreamplanet qualify. In Group G, the Main Nation Ministry making them the other undefeated side following their convincing win to Siovanija & Teusland (4-1) as Eraman climbed to second after their 2-0 triumph against Eraman in Norron.
Over at the World Cup, Equestria kicked it all off beating Kelssek 2-0 as Valanora got the best of Cosumar (3-1). Sargossa beat Ko-oren in a 4-2, but no win for Nephara and Zwangzug following a one all draw between themselves in Group B. As Brenecia and Farfadilis failed to even get near each others box, Cassadaigua asserted their winning intentions over Chromatika (4-1). Qusmo started well against The Holy Empire who were extremely convincing during Qualifying, beating them 1-2. However the game of the round has to go to Eura who just about beat newbies Reçueçn (4-3) who are a sensation-story at the moment. Over in Banija, the other host got up to a good win as well as they beat Taeshan 2-0 with Qasden getting a point in a 2-2 draw against Statblaydia. The Free Republics got up to a good start beating Mercedini 1-3 as their group rivals South Covello and Kita-Hinode contested a goalless draw. Last edition's runners-up Turori didn't get the best of Apox this time getting a 1-1 result against them. Mriin got a 2-0 win against 2nd time qualifiers Bongo Johnson. In Group H, Audioslavia lost to The Macabees 1-2 as the champions, well, the champions started badly though as they lost to Baker Park (0-1).
Speaking of Baker Park, going back to the Cup of Harmony, the Round of Sixteen is all resolved next time in Matchday 5. Reminder that two third places all qualify, bookies point to Groups C and H. New Lusitania couldn't pick a more complex end to the group stage though as they play hosts Damukuni, the group's top seed. Only a win will do for qualifying against a great side. Of course, a draw means Ancherion can still unexpectedly take second and go through. Third place qualifying is virtually if not mathematically impossible so it'll be a mission of an Impossible character. Fingers crossed for our Selecção...


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ASSISTS: Veiga, Fernando, Mário


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Postby Tamgu » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:38 am

"MIRACULOUS" WIN GIVES TAMGU CHANCE TO TOP GROUP
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Tamgu 2-1 Darmen, Goalscorers: Y. Ulsima 30', A. Nekir 45+4', J. Strafford 5'

Tamgu have proven their rankings meant absolutely nothing if they believed, defeating one of the elite teams of the multiverse once again. The person that was most pleased by this result seems to be the manager Nerovod, as he has had a smug face had a huge smile ever since the match was over, and we don't think he has stopped. One of the win's biggest resons would likely be Ulsima's quality performance throughout the 90. He did not let his performance down until the end of the match, and his one goal and one assist was a great addition to his already-great first 90 in the Tamgeishi (A play on words, in english would be Orangreen). Another performance to mention is Nekir's. Not only the goal, but also the chances he created, his dribbling, his shooting accuracy of 7 out of 7, he was an absolute joy to watch and what you would imagine the perfect striker would look like. Also Enzo Amor's performance in the second half is worth talking about. He seems to have taken a turn for good, which he normally doesn't do. He has created a number of chances in the short 29 minutes he played after getting subbed on in 63'.

The game after the fifth minute was completely dominated by Tamgu. Until the first goal however, Tamgu almost saw none of the ball. Darmen's posession play was too powerful for them and in a quick counter attack after a failed pressure, the goal came. Right after they scored, Assistant Manager Takra Resak called captain Ilko near him and gave a couple of instructions. Theese instructions weren't really approved by Manager Nerovod but he was shown he was wrong. After that, the Darmeni wingers were highly marked and the Ilko-Ulsima-Leima Midfield started to dominate the play. Darmen's manmarking proved worthless with the Tamguna players waltzing through them without the defense realizing what's going on. Their anchor CDM and captain, Goldschmidt, was the only real reason why this wasn't a more embarrasing defeat for the All Greens. His tackling saved his side a lot of times, but he couldn't handle all of the workload and the 32-year old eventually collapsed down on the floor, allowing Tamgu to draw level in 30', Shortly after the captain was taken off with a standing ovation from the Darmeni fans and applause from the Tamguna fans. (Goldschmidt is too tired to play in the next matchday, given you qualify ^.~)

The second goal came after Leima laid a beutiful through pass into Nekir, who was left 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper, a situation he hardly ever fails, and sent the ball into the top bin, right before the referee blew his whistle. He celebrated the late first half goal in the break with his teammates in traditional Tamguna fashion: by doing the traditional festival dance, the one where you spin around and kick your leg in 6 directions and do your unique dance every six kicks. In the end of six turns of kicking and freestyling, the winner is chosen based on how good their freestyle dances were. The stadium spoke, and Ante Nekir won, defeating Aleida Leima.

The second half was comparably slower, Tamgu had chances that they weren't able to turn into a goal, and Darmen looked slightly better than their trapped-in-the-box situtation, but not creating much threat for the Tamguna defenders. The keeper Toy Estogas might as well just stayed in the dressing room at half time as there were no shots on target that weren't blocked by the defense. Darmeni midfielders finally started challenging the Tamguna team which resulted in a midfield battle full of interceptions and tackles. Their usual passing-lullaby didn't work because of this, and when it did, it effected the wrong people and resulted in a quick counter attack and a real goal chance, denied by keeper Hyman Campo.

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  • Goverment type: Federal Republic
  • President and VP: Poalo Benovac and Kimo Otizno (4y,11m)
  • Population: 113.400.000 (2018)
  • GDP nominal: $3,650 Trillion
  • GDP per capita: $32.187,48
  • Tamga/USD conversion rate: 1,25
  • Largest city: Remeno, 11,820,400 (2018)

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Postby Timuria » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:21 pm

Harmony is Fleeting Chapter 5:

The team flowed into the locker room after their win, a much more positive atmosphere pervaded the room as players high-fived and exchanged hugs. This was just what they had needed. Facing elimination they managed to live to fight another day and they were making the most of it. Such that they could, many were still struggling with their surroundings, but those concerns felt fleeting as Bekir walked in and applauded his team, "That's how you win a match." He stepped up onto a chair as was his custom. "You should all be very proud, that team beat us senseless before and knocked us out of the World Cup qualifiers the second time. So for you all to get that result is a great achievement." The team gently applauded, "Now I know we've all been in to see the doctor and that we haven't been having the easiest time. But I'd say there's no better cure than winning!" The team went up in a cheer. "Now I want you all to be on your best behaviour before the final match. We'll be having a team dinner the night before." He stepped down from the chair and began to walk to his office.

Several players had walked up to Hakan and begun patting him on the shoulders as Iskender came up to the man 14 years his senior and high fived him, "Hakan I didn't know you had that in you. Amazing goal."

"Well sometimes you get lucky." He replied modestly, "What about you? Making all those saves like a man possessed, you're going to have a great career."

Iskender chuckled internally, "Well I guess I'll have to see on that front. But still well done." Hakan smiled at the young man as he moved out of the way of the crowd of players rushing to congratulate the elder.

Ozbek looked incredulously at his teammate, "No 'well done' for me?"

Iskender rolled his eyes and patted him on the back, "Well done." He smugly grinned, "Happy now?"

"Much happier."

***


Bekir rubbed his forehead, trying to disperse the tension that had built up as he felt the air in his room shift. Smiling he turned around to see the familiar red haired woman close the door behind her and warmly welcomed her, "So you've decided to use the door this time? Where's the suspense or the craft in that?"

"Aren't you tired of surprises?" She said leaning on a table as she pulled out a piece of paper.

"I'll be honest I'm not a big fan of them, but you always seem to have one for me." She lay the piece of paper out on the table, "I suppose this is the surprise?" He asked as he took the paper in his hand and began to read it, "I see. So they want me for the next cycle and the one after that?"

Rabia nodded, "That's right and that means we've got... oh say another six years of this after this cycle comes to a close."

Bekir couldn't stop himself from smiling as he looked over to her, "Well I know you can't break the law here. So." He pulled out a bottle of sparkling grape juice with no sugar. "In the spirit of being in the 'no-fun' country I got this flavourless, sparkling concoction for us." He produced two wine glasses and poured out the plain purple liquid and handed her the glass. "To six more years."

"Six more years." She replied as the glasses clinked and she sipped the liquid, "Oh my god that's terrible."

Bekir pulled a pained face and put his glass down, "Yeah that's not good." He sighed.

"So the team seems to have sorted themselves out?"

"Yeah I think they really absorbed the pressure well." Bekir said as he smiled.

"You guys have that dinner tomorrow, you're not planning to get them into trouble are you?"

"Are you kidding? It damn near took the legal department issuing guidelines to stop them from snorting detergent."

"Wow, that bad?" She asked an eyebrow raised.

"Yeah... that bad." He said sighing as he felt the tension from his head slowly subside, the company of Rabia always soothing.

***


The team and the staff all sat around an exceptionally large table, with much chatter as they prepared for what might be their final match of the tournament. The amount of food they had eaten, even if it was low fat and healthy, was probably ill advised. As the team chattered Bekir and Senol stood up and the whole team's attention focused on them as the chatting dimmed.

"Senol and I wanted to say a few words, Senol go first."

Senol looked confused and said, "I thought you were going first?"

"Why would I go first I need to bring it home." Bekir said in a hushed tone.

"Fine. Fine." Senol gestured for Bekir to move as he cleared his throat. "I just wanted to let you guys know that: I went to bat for each and every one of you when we were selecting this team and no matter what the result is tomorrow. I know I made the right choices." The players applauded politely as Bekir applauded along with them.

"Guys." Bekir began, "I just want you all to know that I'm very proud of you no matter what the result is tomorrow. There are no easy matches in football and the last 3 have been up there as the hardest we've ever had to play. So to come out of them with the results we did only gives you credit and you should take that into the final match." He stopped to take a breath, "Honestly, no matter what happens tomorrow, if we're going home or if we're moving on, you've all been a credit to the national team in circumstances I know some of you felt were particularly difficult. So." He raised a glass, "To tomorrow and to victory."

"To tomorrow and to victory." The team struck their glasses against each other as they each sipped their drinks, knowing that tomorrow was the decisive match and their fates hanged in the balance.
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Thrilling 4-4 draw means that the group is too close to call.


Port Ember and Dreamplanet were able to provide a game that delivered, after Port Ember's late equaliser, Dreamplanet are still closer to qualification but can be caught up by the chasing pack if they fail to beat Timuria in what will surely be a tight game.

In the first half, it was Luis Silva as always that opened the scoring, reliant as ever after a magnificent move past defenders and hit a low shot past the goalkeeper, however Leon Moult would be on the end of a Steve Rogers cross, meaning that the score was now level but it wouldn't stay that way for too long when Aaron Hungar was able to score a free kick, Luis Silva winning it and passing it for Aaron to take, dispatching it into the bottom left corner. Hungar would go on to cement Dreamplanet's lead with a volley from inside of the box following a deflection, his quick thinking enough to give Dreamplanet the lead.

In the second half, Port Ember would go on to equalise in 4 minutes via Leon Moult, Danny Nicovic went on a stellar run and passed it to Moult who was able to tap it in, Danny Nicovic would go on to equalise once more when he was on the end of a corner, Os Tricores were feeling the pressure and it was up to them to do their best, Miguel Benedito gave Dreamplanetian fans a sigh of relief when he was able to score a long range shot as a result of veteran goalkeeper Peter Smith not being able to properly grasp the ball, seeing it bobble in for what looked like the Dreamplanetian winner, that was until Leon Moult won a free kick that he scored, silencing the Dreamplanetians and putting on a good show for the final day of the group stage in which no team was already qualified.

Dreamplanet must simply draw or beat Timuria to seal their spot in the Round of 16, however if Os Tricores draw, they will have to worry about HUElavia potentially beating the shockingly-eliminated 95X, to make things simpler Dreamplanet should win against Timuria to seal their fate, if they are able to only draw it will be a gamble as to who goes through.

Dreamplanet 4 - 4 Port Ember
(Luis Silva 17', Aaron Hungar 32', 45+1', Miguel Benedito 75' - 24', 49', 80' Leon Moult, 66' Danny Nicovic)
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Fixtures:
September 6th - MD1: Dreamplanet 3-1 HUElavia
September 7th - MD2: 95X 0-0 Dreamplanet
September 8th - MD3: Bye
September 9th - MD4: Dreamplanet 4-4 Port Ember
September 10th - MD5: Timuria vs Dreamplanet

Group F Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Port Ember 4 1 3 0 12 11 +1 6
2 Dreamplanet 3 1 2 0 7 5 +2 5
3 HUElavia 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
4 Timuria 3 1 1 1 6 7 −1 4
5 95X 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1

Qualified for Round of 16
Round of 16 Play-off
Eliminated
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The 75th Cup of Harmony - MD5
Eastfield Lodge & Damukuni

And here we are, heading into the Final Hour of the Cup of Harmony group stages. Final group stage cutoff for Groups A-C.


Group A
New Lusitania and the Algarves 0–1 Damukuni
Saintland 0–1 Ancherion

P Group A                        Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Damukuni 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 9
2 Xanneria 4 3 0 1 12 9 +3 9

3 Ancherion 4 2 0 2 7 8 −1 6
4 New Lusitania and the Algarves 4 1 1 2 3 4 −1 4
5 Saintland 4 0 1 3 3 6 −3 1


Group B
Terre Septentrionale 2–1 Busoga Islands
Krytenia 3–3 Newmanistan

P Group B                        Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Squornshelan Remnant States 4 3 1 0 11 5 +6 10
2 Terre Septentrionale 4 3 0 1 7 6 +1 9

3 Newmanistan 4 1 2 1 8 7 +1 5
4 Krytenia 4 0 2 2 6 8 −2 2
5 Busoga Islands 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6 1


Group C
Mattijana 2–1 Tamgu
Sajnur 1–2 Abanhfleft

P Group C                        Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Abanhfleft 4 3 1 0 12 5 +7 10
2 Darmen 4 2 1 1 15 8 +7 7

3 Tamgu 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6
4 Sajnur 4 1 0 3 9 14 −5 3
5 Mattijana 4 1 0 3 4 12 −8 3


Qualified for Round of 16
Awaiting Group D-G results for two best third place teams
Eliminated

EDIT: Tiebreakers were incorrectly applied - Damukuni was supposed to finish top of Group A.
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"Holy shit...." the young man said breathlessly.

Iarocav and Ellzidan were standing there a few yards away from him. Their weapons were holstered and they weren't in defensive positions, but they certainly didn't have their guard down. When they saw he was just carrying some basic blunt object, they relaxed internally a bit.

"Hello there, we are travelers from a distant land. We've admittedly gotten a little lost, do you mind telling us where we are currently located? We mean you no harm or foul, we simply want to get on our way," Iarocav said gently, trying to not alarm the local as much as possible.

"Okay, first off, am I hallucinating? Did I fall asleep at the wheel? Like is this some sort of weird dream sequence I'm getting before I run off the road and die?" the local answered, clearly not taking the sight too easily.

"As far as we can tell, this is reality. I know this is likely alarming for you, but again, we mean you no harm. If you'll help us out now we'll get out of your hair as soon as possible."

The local paused for a moment and took a view breaths, lowering the baseball bat. He looked at the pair again, as if he was trying to intensely study their features. He screwed his face into a sort of grimace and spoke, "Okay, well, first you'd better tell me your names. I think we should at least acquaint ourselves before we get going."

"Of course!" Iarocav said with a grin, "I am Iarocav, and this is my longtime friend Ellzidan. We doubt you know this place, but we hail from the land of Drawkland," gesturing to the both of them as he spoke.

The local tried hard to hide an expression of giddy surprise, but pushed on, "Well, my name is Lain Royce, and you've somehow found yourself to the United States of America, the planet Earth."

The Drawkionels exchanged glances at this, and Iarocav spoke again, "I'm afraid we really don't know where we are. We've not heard of either of those places before."

"I'm sure you haven't," Royce responded, "Okay, do you know what a car is? Do they have those where you come from?"

"We sure do," Iarocav replied.

"Lucky me. You might be able to help me then. Maybe, I don't know. Here, follow me to the piece of shit I drive around," Royce then turned around and jogged carefully back down the slope. The Drawkionels once again exchanged glances and Ellzidan simply shrugged. Iarocav nodded and they both followed Royce down.

"So what's the issue with your vehicle here?" Iarocav asked as they made their way down the hill.

"The problem is that I don't know. I was just driving down this stretch of road when suddenly the engine just died. It just putters out whenever I try starting it. I mean, this thing has a whole host of problems but never anything like that. Give me a second to try again," Royce rambled on as he opened the door and sat in the driver's seat, closing the door. He fiddled around with his keys, trying to process what was going on at that moment.

As he closed the door, Iarocav turned to Ellzidan and whispered in her ear, "Does that infernal contraption cause some sort of energy blast when we come out the other end? Perhaps it muddled up some circuit in this man's car?"

Ellzidan murmured back, "Your guess is as good as mine. What could we do anyway?"

"Give it a blast when he's not looking and hope it fixes it?"

"Go right now then, while he's still distracted."

Iarocav nodded and walked over to the engine. Hiding from Royce's view behind the hood, he let loose a quick blast of magical energy. He kicked the bumper at the same time to mask the noise, then peeked around the hood to peer at the driver's seat. Royce was typing away at his phone with a perplexed expression on his face.

"Hey there!" Iarocav called, and Royce looked up at him. "Try it again! I gave it a good kick."

"Whatever dude, I already tried that," Royce called back, but he gave the key a turn anyway. The engine sputtered, then turned over and roared to life. Well, it sounded more like a loud whizzing than a roar, but the engine was clearly engaged.

"What the hell kind of magic foot do you have dude?" Royce grinned, "Do y'all need any more help? You can hop in here and I'll drive you to the nearest real civilization."

"If you wouldn't mind that, please!" Iarocav replied, and Ellzidan followed him to the other side of the car.

As they opened the door and tried to clamber in, Royce chuckled, "You might need to adjust the seat though. Lanky weirdos." Iarocav did just that, sliding into the shotgun seat and Ellzidan squeezing into the back, which couldn't really adjust as the car was just a small sedan.

"Okay, do they have seatbelts where you live? Might want to use those in case the wheels fall off this thing. I wouldn't put it past this car."

"I suppose we do. I haven't used one in ages though. Surely Ellzidan hasn't either."

"Where I come from, seatbelts are for cowards who don't have a good enough grip on the reigns," Ellzidan shot back with a slight bit of a grin.

"Well reacquaint yourself with the technology in that case," Royce said dryly, looking over his shoulder to make sure there was no traffic coming up behind him. It was still the dead of night so there was obviously nobody to worry about as he quickly sped off down the road.




The car was silent for awhile before Royce turned to the two, "Do you mind if I play music? Do you guys have music?"

"You're the host, do as you please," Iarocav replied. He was honestly curious to see what sort of music selection they had in this new world. Or, that this guy preferred at least.

"Alright, can you hand me the disc furthest to the right on that holder there above your head?" Royce asked, holding a hand out while keeping his eyes on the road. Iarocav retrieved it without an issue and Royce popped it into the drive. A second later the car speaker's blared with the opening notes of a neat riff.

"Shit, sorry," Royce apologized and turned down the volume, "This one is called 'Stayin Alive,' it's like disco."

"Interesting," Iarocav said simply, cocking his ear to listen fully to the song. Ellzidan seemed uninterested and was busy looking out the window. She was sprawled diagonally across two seats in the back, partially because her body was simply too long for the normal seats, and partially because she didn't feel like wearing the seatbelt and felt more secure with more bracing points.

"So ..." Royce said tentatively, still a little intimidated by the strange couple, "The place you're from, you said it was Drawkland? Where exactly is that?"

Iarocav hesitated, looking back for a moment at the seemingly uninterested Ellzidan, then turning back to Royce, "Well, as you said your nation is from the planet Earth, Drawkland is from the planet Sonnel. It's probably many many lightyears away from here, if even the same universe."

"Huh," Royce said, then clenched his fists around the steering wheel.

"Are you alright?" Iarocav asked.

"Yeah, yeah, I'm just .... this is just a bit weird for me. In more ways than one."

"I'm sure it is. We've been in this situation before and it's very common for people to be at least somewhat alarmed by all this."

"That makes sense," Royce said, then he hesitated. "I'm not sure anyone's had it as weird as me though."

"Why is that?"

"Because I sorta already know you ..."

"Excuse me?" Iarocav asked. It was his turn to be confused. Ellzidan quietly looked from the window over to the driver of the car.

"I know you, Iarocav of Drawkland," Royce chuckled, not making eye contact. "I know you, Supreme Drawkionel, the immortal ruler who brought the whole country together with your own will and power. You, Iarocav, the son of Spartacav and, uh, Fornaka, and husband to Meliauden, father to Lerocav, and like a half dozen of other less relevant kids. And then Ellzidan, the Elf herself, the mutual keeper of Elstrund and the most feared and revered hunter for generations in the southern wilderness."

Both the Drawkionels had dropped their more friendly demeanor and were now on edge. Ellzidan discreetly reached for a knife by her foot, and Iarocav was slowly getting into a defensive position.

"May we ask how you obtained this information?" Ellzidan asked from the back.

"Okay, I can understand why this would alarming, now that I think of it," Royce said sheepishly.

"Does your race read minds? Some sort of psychic field? If so we'd like to leave your presence immediately."

"Okay, I fuckin wish I could read minds. No, this is something different. Trust me when I say I'm just as confused as you."

"Then what are you?" Iarocav asked quietly. He was trying to remember the anti-mind-reading technique Kanyo taught him centuries ago.

"I am your author."
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Lauren Hills is quite literary, and went to Alix Ajax with a copy of an article written by someone supporting the winning opposition to their most recent match.

“Is this the kind of thing that’s been on your mind lately?” she asks.

Alix reads the article, then looks into her eyes. Alix can’t help but to wonder if they’re subliminally saying ‘will you ask me to have coffee with you’, but Alix is incapable of decoding any such intent. Alix picks words carefully.

“I don’t think they would know anything we don’t know.”

A phone rings. Alix answers. Katelynn State is on the line. An assistant coach is missing after briefly returning to 95X for team business, the phone number at his home is disconnected.

“I’ll be wary,” Alix responds. “Lauren is here too, so I’ll tell her.” Alix lets the head coach off the line so she can handle the matter.

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Making chickens is simple!
1. First of all, you need to buy more time. Take the money you already have in your life. Take your savings, put it into investments, start saving and you’ll save a lot more over the life of your chickens.

2. Choose a breed that is a bit different from what you already have. If you already have chickens in your backyard, you’ll probably be happy with those. If you don’t, consider buying a chicken that can’t be raised without an egg. In all cases, a chicken is more expensive than a cow, goat or duck.

3. Once you’ve purchased chicken, be aware of other possible pitfalls and avoid bad decisions from getting a cow or duck. It’s much easier to buy meat from a local shop than to go out into the market and buy it from an auction house. In the absence of local retail outlets or other suppliers, steer clear of imports from countries like Banija.

4. Buy locally. If you’re buying meat at a supermarket that carries only a few products, like a steak or hamburger, don’t be afraid to ask for the meat at the check out window. Even if the prices are still in flux, chances are that it’ll be more economical to buy that beef from your local meat market than from some mega-meat company. Of course, the best thing for the environment is to buy the meat when locally available, but that shouldn’t scare you off from buying locally. Ask for where the meat came from, and remember to buy local from a farmer, farm, ranch, or family-owned business. Check out how much a cut gets worth, and make sure that there are other options to buy from.

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2. Choose a planting date that works for your planting area. Planting dates range from June 1 to September 30 or when the weather is in the spring. When the weather is in the autumn, then when the time is right, you don’t have to worry.

3. Choose some good planting sites. Avoid places with a lot of water as well as areas that are going to rain a lot. Avoid areas that are used for irrigation. You want to have control over how much water the plants get. The plants should be watered once or twice per week, at most, to help the plant start and prevent overwatering.

4. Cut the plants down to the ground size that you would like them to grow. Dry your plants completely out on the floor and place them into a bucket of hot water to rinse and dry them.

5. Remove any dead roots that may come through the soil. Remove all other organic waste from the compost. You should do this in the spring and the fall. Remove any leaves that are clogging your compost pile.

6. Place the plants back into the soil they were in, if necessary back to the soil level in the same spot. I would suggest placing one plant at the bottom of the planting area with the ground around it and plant your other flowers on top of it. It should take about three or four weeks to fill the planting area before you plant any of the plants you have left on the ground.

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2. Pick two points on the sky to move your planets (and moon) through the sky. This will let you move objects at any speed.

3. When you look at the sky at the chosen point, notice how everything changes. You see the sun move across the sky, the stars seem to become brighter, and planets seem to orbit the sun.

4. Now, use your mouse on the page to move the planet or the moon in your solar system. You see how the sun moves through the sky and where the stars move, just like you would with an actual star chart, except that they can move across the sky as well.

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Brusseldorf 2–0 Eraman
September 9th
Los Alrededores played their second consecutive match at Norrion Park, this time to much greater success. Brusseldorf faced Ereman, who played in their signature Prussian Blue. The first half of play was fairly uneventful, with zero shots on goal recorded by either team. Without Teddy Wolfenden at the helm, Los Alrededores couldn't make their way past the Eremanian midfield. Karipa Senawang and Kinta Biru managed to contain the Brusseldorfen front line, bringing play to a stalemate for the first 45 minutes. Brusseldorf opened the scoring early in the second half, with Santa Dominguez twisting and diving through the lines of the unprepared opposition. The solo effort looked to fizzle out when Dominguez sent it straight to the keeper, but an unfortunate fumble from Mikla Kala allowed Dominguez a second chance, which he netted thoroughly. The referee was unhappy with Dominguez' lack of sportsmanship during the celebration, and gave the Brusseldorfen striker a yellow card as punishment. Los Alrededores fans were extremely upset with the refereeing decision, and several riots broke out in the stands. Norrion Police tried to regain control of the situation, however an attempted arrest of Los Alrededores Capo Mario Sánchez turned sour, and thousands of fans began climbing over the barriers onto the pitch in protest. With the game still being played, an outraged Brusseldorfen fan knocked out the referee, before giving him the chance to stop the game. With no whistle having been blown, the match continued in utter chaos with the 22 footballers now being joined by several thousand Brusseldorf, and now Eremanian fans, all of whom were trying to play football as well. The scrum of cheering and dancing fans on the field meant the ball itself was lost in the midfield for almost 40 minutes before appearing at Santa Dominguez' feet right in front of the Ereman goal at the 89th minute. With the score reportedly finishing at 2-0, the jovial crowds decided to vacate the stadium in favour of a few local taverns. Man of the Match was unannounced. Next up, Brusseldorf will play a decisive match against Siovanija and Teusland, which will decide if makes it to the Round of 16.



Main Nation Ministry 3–1 Brusseldorf
September 7th
Los Alrededores travelled to Norrion for a tough match against group top seeds Main Nation Ministry. The pace of the match was clear from the onset, with a more defensive Ministry team stifling Brusseldorfen forays into the attacking third. Ministry center-back Ivan Gulumbu outperformed both Giroud Sidi and Michael Hernández, effectively closing out the wings and making it impossible for Teddy Wolfenden to get on the receiving end of any crosses. In the 22nd minute of play, Gabriel Lellouche committed a nasty foul on Ministry Captain Azel Ulderico in the goalbox, allowing the Ministry goalscorer to nab a penalty for the home side. At half time the score was 1-0 in favour of Main Nation Ministry. Marcev Steyr was substituted for Teddy Wolfenden beginning the second half, and immediately made a difference, connecting with a last ditch cross by Vindark Al Maghribī to level the scores 1-1. Unfortunately for Los Alrededores, the goal was reviewed by VAR and subsequently ruled offside. The Ministry experienced similar circumstances in the 49th minute, with the flag going up for a clear offside by Avinash Benediktas. Marcev Steyr finally got his goal, with a string of passes carrying the ball up to the opposition's 18-yard box. Steyr managed to chip Ministry keeper Sigibert Era, bringing the score to 1-1. Brusseldorf looked to run out of stamina as the game entered the closing minutes, and Main Nation Ministry took full advantage of the tiring Los Alrededores back line. Lyudmil Fritjof scored in the 78th minute, and Azel Ulderico closed out the deal for his brace. Final score 3-1. Man of the Match went to Ivan Gulumbu. Next up Brusseldorf plays Ereman, again at Norrion Park.
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Postby Saltstead » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:04 pm


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Matchday 5

“Omerica’s Cup of Harmony campaign hangs on by tatters after a domineering Saltsteadish side despatched the Incorrigibles at Vorgan Park.”

When they weren’t being bombarded by nonsense rubbish pretending to be science journalism, SFRD could put out a good match report. Johannes continued to read the one on his own country’s encounter with the Incorrigibles aloud to his boss and the new fitness coach.

“Saltstead, who entered the match with a perfect three-for-three record, quickly established themselves as the superior side and did not have to wait long to be rewarded, taking the lead thanks to an expert strike by so-called ‘Hal’s child’ Zacharias van den Slåp.”

Fine football journalism if I do say so myself,” Clement proclaimed. “I was quite impressed by Zacharias out there, Hal. He’s a good pick-up for the team.

Thank you,” Hal stated, raising their glass of sparkling grape juice—the closest thing to wine they could find in Eastfield Lodge—aloft as if to toast. “I’m quite impressed with how we did out there. I was disappointed with the Omericans, to be quite honest. I didn’t expect them to be so bad.

I guess that’s what you get when you send your first team back home,” Clement stated. “It’s good practice for their next generation, though. I think they will be alright in the end.

“Haråud Haråudssen, the breakout star of the Tlanx-Nulzk era,” Johannes interrupted with, looking up at the other two as he continued to read, “scuffed his penalty kick, sending it skyward and bringing a sigh of relief to the Omerican supporters.”

That was unimportant now, though; Omerica’s issues were now solely down to Anne-Sophie Groothuis. The big question would be which side of the knockout draw the Group E winners would be on and everyone was wagering that they’d be going back on the Void Ship any moment.

Hal was taking no chances, though. They wanted to make sure that if they had to go to Damukuni, they would be there as soon as possible.

And as the results came in from the other side of the draw, it quickly emerged that nobody in Damukuni could best Saltstead’s points tally, so now it was down to the other teams in Eastfield Lodge: the hosts would have to win by four or the Main Nation Ministry by three (or two and a coin toss) to knock Saltstead off the top. Eastfield Lodge would have to get through Drawkland, so it would be unlikely they’d surpass Saltstead. That simply left the Main Nation Ministry against Flavovespia.

Well, second seed isn’t bad,” Clement stated. “We still play one of the third place teams.

Johannes placed his tablet down as began speaking. “If Haråud had not sent that penalty into the stands, I would be even more comfortable.

I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame Haråud, Johannes.

That’s true,” Hal interjected. “Even if Drawkland turn out to be worse than we thought and the Ministry tear through Flavovespia like wet paper, we still play the weakest runners-up.

I feel bad for Haråud,” Clement stated, looking over at the table at which he was sitting. “He is taking that miss fairly hard.

Hal and Johannes’s eyes turned and locked gaze at each other’s, while Clement’s gaze turned back towards his two colleagues.

Is something going on here?

Hal moved his head to the side, as if demanding Johannes answer. He obliged: “It’s funny you should mention that penalty, Clement. Because, I have noticed that you’ve been rather… uncomfortable at this tournament.

Are we on this topic again?” Clement asked, groaning after completing his question. “I appreciate your concern, but I am fine.

I think you should go talk to Haråud,” Hal stated as he turned his head back toward Clement. “I will say you’ve been more comfortable over the past couple of days, but there is still a little work to do.

Fair enough,” the fitness coach said as he got up from the table. “I guess I can do that.

And as he walked to collect the striker, Johannes turned back toward Hal. “This will seem a little off-topic, but what if we have to go back to Eastfield Lodge?

Then we have to go back,” Hal said bluntly, gaze having not moved a degree. “It will just be a little detour.

So we will have wasted our time on the off-chance we have to go to Damukuni?

Well, no. I think it will be good to be out of the country proper for a couple of days. It’s a little change of pace, a change of scenery.

I hope you’re right, Hal.

Let’s not take this too seriously, Jån.”—Johannes was jolted by his childhood nickname— “From what I’ve gathered, that has always been Saltstead’s problem: we take it too seriously.

I didn’t expect you to use that name, sir.

Hal ignored the ‘sir’ shtick for a minute. “Is everything okay?

Yeah, change of pace is all. I would prefer if you stick to ‘Johannes’ is all.

Fair enough. But let’s not take it too seriously this time. Maybe then we will shock the world.
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Postby HUElavia » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:26 pm

HUElavia has had a Cup of Harmony debut filled with intense and passionate moments throughout the tournament up to now.

HUElavia began their Cup of Harmony with a 3-1 loss against fellow Lusophones, Dreamplanet in Parliament Stadium, Lodgetia. The Tricolores got three goals, despite HUElavia scoring one that was ruled offside, despite not being so. Luis Silva and Hungar got the goals for Dreamplanet, while Petit managed to score from a corner by Gallego, which served as a consolation goal.

The 2nd match saw HUElavia face off against Port Ember in East Monksville Park, Monksville, where Los Amarillos came back from being down 0-1, to having Petit scoring a solo goal after dribbling past defenders, which led to fans- HUElavia and Port Ember alike- to applaud the effort and skill, and Rossi scoring a vicious shot from long distance. Despite Port Ember scoring two unanswered goals, Gonzalez managed to score a volley in the 90th minute, ending the match at a 3-3 draw.

In the 3rd match, HUElavia went up against Timuria, where Los Amarillos were desperate for a victory. Petit opened the score from a cross by Suzuki, which caused Timuria to scramble to try to stop the HUElavian attack. Cristiano scored shortly into the 2nd half, scoring a long-distance goal with power that Inekci could not stop. Gallego scored the third goal after he lobbed it over Saban. Renda would score a consolation goal out of frustration fairly late into the match, which ended in HUElavia getting their 1st ever win in the Cup of Harmony with a Final score of 3-1.

The Final Group Stage opponent for HUElavia is the Top Seeded team of the group, as well as the #3 team in the tournament, 95X who was shockingly eliminated after having a Draw and 2 Losses, which made them mathematically unable to Qualify past the Group Stages. HUElavia is obligated to win this match, considering that Dreamplanet faces off against Timuria, and there are options for HUElavia to finish anywhere in the group, but a victory essentially guarantees Los Amarillos will be participating in the Round of 16.

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Postby Damukuni » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:32 pm

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The 75th Cup of Harmony
Eastfield Lodge & Damukuni

Groups D-G, Matchday 5

Group D
Eastfield Lodge 2–5 Drawkland
Lodger City Memorial Stadium, New Lodger City
New Saria 0–2 Hapilopper
North Bank Stadium, Bridgetown

  Group D                Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Drawkland 4 3 1 0 13 5 +8 10 Q
2 Eastfield Lodge 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 9 Q

3 Hapilopper 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
4 New Saria 4 0 2 2 3 6 −3 2
5 Joshenia 4 0 2 2 2 8 −6 2


Group E
Freeport 2–4 Omerica
King Iqbal II Stadium, New Lodger City
Mareibat 2–4 Saint Émelie
Vorgan Park, New Lodger City

  Group E                Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Saltstead 4 4 0 0 11 2 +9 12 Q
2 Omerica 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2 6 Q

3 Mareibat 4 1 1 2 5 8 −3 4
4 Freeport 4 1 1 2 6 10 −4 4
5 Saint Émelie 4 1 0 3 7 11 −4 3


Group F
Timuria 2–1 Dreamplanet
Parliament Stadium, Lodgertia
HUElavia 3–3 95X
East Monksville Park, Monksville

  Group F                Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Timuria 4 2 1 1 8 8 0 7 Q
2 Port Ember 4 1 3 0 12 11 +1 6 Q

3 Dreamplanet 4 1 2 1 8 7 +1 5
4 HUElavia 4 1 2 1 10 10 0 5
5 95X 4 0 2 2 5 7 −2 2


Group G
Siovanija and Teusland 2–3 Brusseldorf
Olympic Park, Mount Salt City
Flavovespia 0–2 Main Nation Ministry
Norrion Park, Norrion

  Group G                Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Main Nation Ministry 4 4 0 0 11 2 +9 12 Q
2 Brusseldorf 4 3 0 1 8 5 +3 9 Q

3 Siovanija and Teusland 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6 Wild Card
4 Eraman 4 1 0 3 4 8 −4 3
5 Flavovespia 4 0 0 4 2 9 −7 0




THIRD-PLACE TEAMS TABLE

  Nation                         Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts
3 Siovanija and Teusland 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6 Wild Card
3 Tamgu 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6 Wild Card

3 Ancherion 4 2 0 2 7 8 −1 6
3 Dreamplanet 4 1 2 1 8 7 +1 5
3 Newmanistan 4 1 2 1 8 7 +1 5
3 Hapilopper 4 1 1 2 5 7 −2 4
3 Mareibat 4 1 1 2 5 8 −3 4


Congratulations to Siovanija and Teusland (Group G) and Tamgu (Group C) for qualifying as the third-place wild cards.


On behalf of Eastfield Lodge and myself, the ICELFA and BCCD-DFA Holdings KK thank all of the teams who have come to play in the 75th Cup of Harmony. As of this post, we say goodbye to 19 of the 35 teams that entered. Thanks for all the memories!

For the remaining 16 teams, stay tuned for the Round of 16 matchups posting, and good luck!
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Postby Eastfield Lodge » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:54 am

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The 75th Cup of Harmony - Round of 16 Draw
Eastfield Lodge & Damukuni


P Ranking                        Pld   W  D  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts Seed
1 Main Nation Ministry 4 4 0 0 11 2 +9 12 (1)*
1 Saltstead 4 4 0 0 11 2 +9 12 (2)*
1 Drawkland 4 3 1 0 13 5 +8 10 (3)
1 Abanhfleft 4 3 1 0 12 5 +7 10 (4)
1 Squornshelan Remnant States 4 3 1 0 11 5 +6 10 (5)
1 Damukuni 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 9 (6)
1 Timuria 4 2 1 1 8 8 0 7 (7)
2 Xanneria 4 3 0 1 12 9 +3 9 (8)
2 Eastfield Lodge 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 9 (9)
2 Brusseldorf 4 3 0 1 8 5 +3 9 (10)
2 Terre Septentrionale 4 3 0 1 7 6 +1 9 (11)
2 Darmen 4 2 1 1 15 8 +7 7 (12)
2 Omerica 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2 6 (13)
2 Port Ember 4 1 3 0 12 11 +1 6 (14)
3 Siovanija and Teusland 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6 (15)**
3 Tamgu 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6 (16)**

*Main Nation Ministry ahead of Saltstead once results against group's fifth place teams removed.
**Seed adjusted so that Siovanija and Teusland do not meet groupmates Main Nation Ministry.


The Draw

R1: Main Nation Ministry (1) vs Tamgu (16)
R2: Xanneria (8) vs Eastfield Lodge (9)
R3: Abanhfleft (4) vs Omerica (13)
R4: Squornshelan Remnant States (5) vs Darmen (12)

R5: Drawkland (3) vs Port Ember (14)
R6: Damukuni (6) vs Terre Septentrionale (11)
R7: Saltstead (2) vs Siovanija and Teusland (15)
R8: Timuria (7) vs Brusseldorf (10)

Quarter-final draw

Q1: R1 winner vs R2 winner
Q2: R3 winner vs R4 winner

Q3: R5 winner vs R6 winner
Q4: R7 winner vs R8 winner

Semi-finals

S1: Q1 winner vs Q2 winner
S2: Q3 winner vs Q4 winner

The top half of the draw (R1-4 and beyond), along with the third place playoff, will take place in Eastfield Lodge (scorinated by Damukuni). The bottom half of the draw, along with the Cup of Harmony final, will take place in Damukuni (scorinated by Eastfield Lodge).
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Red Wolves Top Group


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Timuria 2–1 Dreamplanet
Ismail Burhan (54), Ertan Renda (77);Luis Silva (29)


The Red Wolves have progressed from Group F following a second half resurgence that showed the team's ability to come through in high pressure situations. This comes as something of a surprise as they had at one point been rooted to the bottom of the group and their prospects of qualification were at one point beyond their control.

The early stages of the match showed the nerves of the Red Wolves, as they knew that they needed to win in order to have any chance at qualification while their opponents required a mere draw. An early chance fell at the feet of Ismail Burhan who only managed to slightly inconvenience Filipe Vaz who dealt with his effort with ease. The deadlock would be broken by the prolific Luis Silva who found himself on the end of a cross from Aaron Hungar, which he volleyed home past a scrambling Iskender Nur.

The match took on an unfortunately physical element as Eyup Mustafa earned himself a yellow card and was maybe lucky not to see red for a reckless challenge for a header that led to his elbow meeting the temple of Paulo Figueiredo. The ensuing free kick was well saved by Iskender Nur who caught the ball as he dived for it. The national team won a penalty at the other end after Jorge Cardozo tripped Tayyar Ozel in the box. Hakan Diren sent the penalty over the bar as the pressure evidently got to him.

As the second half began, the national team had another golden opportunity, this time falling to Caner Turan who ended up hitting the post with his slightly scuffed shot. The Red Wolves would equalise through an Ismail Burhan header from an Ertan Renda free kick that left Felipe Vaz in no man's land as the ball looped over him into the back of the net. Dreamplanet almost regained the lead as a Miguel Benedito shot was palmed onto the post by Iskender Nur before it bounced clear.

With the match looking like a draw was the most likely ending, meaning elimination for the Red Wolves and progression for Dreamplanet, Ertan Renda summoned a moment of individual brilliance that saw him wriggle free of the two centre backs who were all over him and calmly chip the keeper for the eventual winner. The Red Wolves would immediately adopt a defensive posture and would manage to see out the match securing their progression from the group.

Elsewhere, HUElavia were unable to overcome bottom team 95X who played out a 3-3 draw resulting in HUElavia's elimination and Port Ember's progression alongside the Red Wolves.

What they said after the match:

Bekir Altingunes: "I know that a lot of people doubted us after the first two matches, but we never stopped believing that if we put the effort in that we would be progressing. It's taken longer for us to find our ideal starting XI, but I think we've found it and will be progressing with this starting group for as long as we're lucky enough to remain in this tournament."

Player Ratings:

Iskender Nur 7/10 - He's really staking a serious claim to become the full time starter and wont have done his chances any harm with this performance.

Ozbek Sarikaya 6/10 - Had his share of struggles today and never really got going.

Eyup Mustafa 7/10 - Had a very good match, where he shut down almost everything coming his way.

Metin Boz 7/10 - Showed off his aerial dominance in a big way this match.

Gokdeniz Dag 7/10 - Played a very strong match and really kept things quiet when they needed to be.

Atilla Acar 6/10 - Had a very pedestrian match, seemed to lack final product in all that he did.

Hakan Diren 6/10 - The positives were more focused on the defensive side of his game, which helped see the team through.

Tayyar Ozel 6/10 - Another infamous disappearing act that led to his substitution.

Ertan Renda 8/10 - Got the assist and got the goal. All around excellent match.

Caner Turan 6/10 - Struggled to make an impact as it seemed like he was trying too hard to make something happen.

Ismail Burhan 7/10 - Grabbed the crucial equalising goal that set up the tight finish.

Substitutes:

Beyhan Enver 6/10 - Came on and didn't really flash, but managed to contribute decently.

Tekin Yavuz 6/10 - Was given a chance to show he could best Tayyar's disappearing act, but failed to do so.

Man of the Match: Ertan Renda - He got an important assist as well as the winning goal through some tremendous individual effort that showcased his full skill set. A well earned honour for the attacking midfielder.

Player of the match for Dreamplanet: Luis Silva - The prolific goalscorer grabbed another for his impressive tally and generally proved to be more than a match for Ozbek.

The next match: The Red Wolves will progress into the Round of Sixteen as group winners, entitling them to a higher seeding than their performance may have otherwise justified. They will be moving from Eastfield Lodge to Damukuni where their half of the knock out stages will be taking place. They have drawn Group G runners up Brusseldorf who come into the match off the back of a narrow 3-2 victory over Siovanija and Teusland, who progressed via a Wild Card spot. Their record in the group stage is marginally better, with three victories from their four matches and what would appear to be a slight defensive edge over the national team. Though the seedings would imply the Red Wolves should be considered favourites, this is broadly not the case on the betting markets and based on the relative rankings of the teams (62 vs 85) as well as their records so far.
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