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Inaugural CAFA Cup: Roster/Signups/Bid Thread (Anaia only)

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Inaugural CAFA Cup: Roster/Signups/Bid Thread (Anaia only)

Postby CAFA » Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:50 pm

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Welcome to sign ups for the inaugural edition of Anaia’s first regional championship!

Please read the following before posting

The CAFA Cup is Anaia’s Regional Championship for Association Football. It is open to nations in the Anaia Region, provided that they were a member of the region at the time this was posted.

To sign up, please post in this thread with your roster information. Sign-ups without a roster will not be accepted, and posting placeholders (i.e. “reserved for roster information”) are looked at poorly.


Puppet Entries: Users may enter up to two nations, provided they were both in the Anaia region at the time that this post was created. In their signup/roster post, users must indicate that their second nation -- typically called a puppet -- as such. Undeclared puppets who do not comply with this rule may have all nations associated with their user removed from the tournament.

Also recommended to include an RP permissions box, as follows:
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RP Permissions Box
If my opponent RPs our match first, I give them permission to:
Choose my goalscorers: Y/N
Godmod scoring events: Y/N
RP Injuries to my players: Y/N
Godmod injuries to my players: Y/N
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Y/N
Hand out red cards to my players: Y/N
Godmod other events: Y/N



This is also the place to post any host bids. Prospective hosts should indicate their plans for format, scorinator, RP Bonus, tiebreakers, and any other elements as needed.

Please do not post in this thread if you are not a member of the Anaia region. Otherwise, your post will be considered spam, and may bring moderator action.


Entrants to the Inaugural CAFA Cup (24/?):
Nation Name [Username if different]
Savigliane
Legalese
Yesopathalia
Xannerian Sunbelt Islands
Kotzellach
Grande Cucina
Pyazhnaya
Mertagne
Mont Vert
Starblaydia
Northwest Kalactin
Iskandervale
Ko-oren
Audioslavia
Ochre Islands
Krytenia
Avorago
Flavovespia
Saltstead
Chromatika
Perlasilangan
Huayramarca
Osarius
Vdara

Puppets(2):
Nation Name (Primary Nation Name)
Grande Cucina (Kotzellach)
Yesopathalia (Chromatika)



Host:
A First Shot (Legalese)
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Postby Savigliane » Sun Jun 20, 2021 1:52 pm

SAVIGLIANE NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
CAFA CUP I

The Swans seem to be finding another gear under Tlanx-Nulzk Hal, as surprisingly good defending fueled a shock upset over Kelssek that sent Savigliane to the Round of 16. Although the team fell to Starblaydia in a hard-fought 4-3 loss, the knockout berth is a landmark both in the present (it’s the nation’s first-ever knockout appearance in the World Cup) and in the future (it’s likely secured a Pot-1 seeding next cycle in qualifiers). But with key players such as Pietro Giraudo and Amara Vatrican aging, will they be able to build on their success? Tlanx is betting big on a squad with more youth than the WC roster, but only time will tell if it’ll pay off. Some more information about Savigliane can be found in my first-ever WCQ RP or the RP lines in my Factbooks. Essentially, the nation has been teleported to the NS world from an IRL equivalent and is still working through the fallout of that event.

NICKNAME: The Swans / The Red and Blues
MANAGER: TLANX-NULZK Hal - 63 (Qusmo)
After taking a sabbatical to reexamine their priorities in the wake of Qusmo's collapse, Tlanx-Nulzk has returned — & they like to attack as much as ever. They posted some of the highest-scoring seasons in the history of Pug Qusmyra. Under their stewardship, Qastyr – coming from a nation that had never before advanced beyond the first preliminary round of the Champions' Cup – not only got to the Champions' Cup 72 group stage, but rode the highest-scoring attack in the group stage out of all thirty-two teams in the tournament to win a group featuring Spartangrad, Brinemouth, & Tanrisal, en route to a shock quarterfinals run. As a result, they came from nowhere to be named a surprise selection for KarlingSport Galacticos Manager of the Season. Admittedly, their back line hasn't always been a strong suit, but they are remarkably efficient at getting their midfielders & forwards in sync for ruthless attacks. They were noted at their last post, as Saltstead's national team manager, for a sense of humour, memorably playing along with The Beet's request that they be set on fire. Perhaps that belies their competitive spirit, but make no mistake: they're friendly, jovial, & fun to be around off the pitch; on it, they're nothing short of ruthless. (description written by Qusmo)

ASST. MANAGER: Marco GIULIANI - 49
Recently sacked by Parakleion Firebirds after a dismal start to the season, Giuliani vacates the hole left by the departure of Natalia Rossi to Kelssek’s Kirkenes FC. Giuliani is a talented young manager best known for turning EDC Fossano, previously a yo-yo club who played a dour, defensive style, into an attack-minded midtable club within three years. An excellent man-manager and tactician (offensively), Giuliani is now looking to make the next step.

GOALKEEPING COACH: VANZA-JERAT Gep - 36 (Qusmo)
STYLE MOD: +3.5
FORMATION: 4-3-3
Captain - Chiara Blanco
Vice-Captain -Adrian Toscani
Penalty Takers (in order of preference) - Adrian Toscani, Thea Squarciafichi, Anne-Marie Roux, Gabriel Buvalelli, Nathaniel Auvergne
Free Kick Taker - Adrian Toscani
Corner-Kick Taker - Serena Lamontagne (L), Adrian Toscani (R)
RP PERMISSIONS: Anything realistic is fine, TG/DM me for permission to godmod or otherwise do something unrealistic. No deaths; I determine the severity of injuries. If you're going to RP our match, please reference my players by name.
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TACTICS
"TlanxBall", a dynamic 4-3-3 setup, promised - and immediately delivered - attractive results. In possession, the focus will be on retaining possession and moving the ball forward vertically, with Auvergne and Toscani aggressively pushing forwards with the ball or using diagonal passes when they can. In build-up, Buvalelli will drop back to form a triangle with the other center-backs, with the fullbacks drifting in and out to serve as wide options to carry the ball up the flanks if necessary.

The aim while in possession will be to rapidly shift the ball forward before using quick interchanges and dynamic movement in the attacking third of the pitch. To aid this, the inside forwards (and occasionally the midfielders, especially Toscani, who will have more of a free role) will go wide and into the half-spaces to stretch the opposition defense before playing back through the center or switching play to the now-exposed opposite flank.

Defensively, Savigliane will play a relatively high line, aiming to compress the opposition's build-up toward the sidelines and pressing immediately after losing the ball. The Swans will rely on the pace and tactical instincts of their back four to cover what is a pretty attack-minded "front six", especially since both fullbacks will both be pushing forward if necessary to maintain dynamism in possession.

Tlanx-Nulzk’s system has taken significant adjustment to work with the Swans - although, with a dominant qualifying record, the results are undeniable. The free-flowing nature of the attack means that the team may struggle to keep their opponents out of goal this cycle. However, they’ll more than make up for it with dynamic, fast-paced, free-flowing attacking play that could make them one of neutrals’ more favored teams in Legalese.

Score a Goal - Thea Squarciafichi, Adrian Toscani, Anne-Marie Roux
Score from Distance - Adrian Toscani, Bertrand Marchetti, Calliope Montevecchi
Assist a Goal - Adrian Toscani, Gabriel Buvalelli, Calliope Montevecchi
Score off a Header - Thea Squarciafichi, Chiara Blanco, Nathaniel Auvergne
Win a Free Kick/Penalty - Adrian Toscani, Calliope Montevecchi, Anne-Marie Roux
Get Sent Off - Chiara Blanco, Nathaniel Auvergne, Gabriel Buvalelli
Get a Yellow Card - Chiara Blanco, Nathaniel Auvergne, Gianmarco Dutto
Come Through in the Clutch - Adrian Toscani, Chiara Blanco, Anne-Marie Roux


RETIRED NUMBERS



#20 - Raphaël ROVIRA - FW
#25 - Sofia PLAISANCE - FW


While Savigliane does not traditionally retire numbers, the loss of two national team players to the event that brought Savigliane into the NSS dimension has been commemorated by suspending usage of their numbers until further notice.

Note: below, bolded players represent starters and italicized players represent backups.

GOALKEEPERS

#01 - Nicolas DuCASSE - 27 - Kingston FC (QUE)
#12 - Charlotte FASANO - 30 - Gallant Cross (BRE)
#34 - Reneé FONTAINE - 24 - Villeneuve NSC


Recently-Quebecois DuCasse is a much stronger and more consistent distributor than the other options here, although his highs aren’t quite as high as WC starter D’Ambrosio, and he’s a relatively weak shot-stopper at this level.Fasano is a strong aerial presence and shot-stopper whose main strength is her agility, although she's not much of a distributor. Finally, Fontaine is more of a sweeper-keeper, although she can play a little too riskily at times.

DEFENDERS

#26 - LB - Serena LAMONTAGNE - 25 - Chatswood (NPH)
#02 - CB - Adélaïde GARCIA - 27 - KT Moreazerua (AUD)
#03 - CB - Chiara BLANCO - 24 - Aries Chariots (NPH)
#11 - RB/RM - Giovanna VITALE - 28 - Dynamo Sjoedrhavn (SVJ)

#15 - LB - Mastino GAROFANO - 24 - Ituraitz Victory (ASG)
#13 - CB/RB - Rémy LeCLERC - 24 - Stade-Ferre Trinité
#24 - CB/CDM - Gianmarco DUTTO - 25 - FK Metropola Borograd (STL)
#34 - RB - Nicoletta SAUVAGEON - 23 - Knetyohai (CMT)


Lamontagne, who unexpectedly became one of Savigliane’s most-sought-after players in the most recent transfer window, is known for her deceptive athleticism, coolness under pressure, tactical intelligence, and versatility. Blanco, replacing the aging fan favorite Efisio Moreau, will serve as the brawn to Giraudo’s brain - quick, aerially adept, and hard-working, she was one of Lega 2's best-kept secrets until her move abroad. Meanwhile, Garcia is the quickest of the back line, and the one in the highest demand this transfer window before a big-money move to Mozi - while still occasionally prone to mistakes while on the ball, her athleticism and man-marking capabilities make her a valuable, versatile asset to the national team. Finally, Vitale is more explosive than the rest of the fullbacks, and her crossing and shooting ability make her more of a direct threat when attacking. A converted winger, she’s not particularly good tracking back, although her athleticism gets her some of the way there. She's capable of playing in a number of different positions on the right flank, and will be more at home in this newly attack-minded formation.

Garofano is a polished - but overly defensive - fullback with strong positioning and tackling; although he’s not a great fit for Tlanxball, he’s simply been too good (compared to the other fullback options) to leave off. Young LeClerc is sharp, athletic, and versatile (serving as both a center-back and right-back for Trinité), but not polished enough with the ball to earn a starting spot yet. Gianmarco Dutto is a strong but slow-footed center-back whose biggest strength is his ability to distribute from the back - it’s early, for sure, but he’s already being tipped as a potential successor to ball-playing center-back Pietro Giraudo. Sauvageon, somewhat similarly to Giovanna Vitale, is a high-flying, aggressive fullback who needs to work on her defensive discipline in Chromatika - but serves as a useful “break in case of emergency” if Savigliane is trailing.

MIDFIELDERS

#17 - CM - Nathaniel AUVERGNE - 24 - Hofvinger (GRF)
#16 - CDM - Gabriel BUVALELLI - 21 - AS Marcadia (AUD)
#10 - CM/AM - Adrian TOSCANI - 25 - Cazadores Cathair (AUD)


#14 - CM - Óceane CHASTAIN - 21 - La Nueva Avenida (FFD)
#19 - CM - Leo CASTAGNE - 24 - Carsby (EUR)
#29 - CM/AM - Alessandro BELLA - 23 - Mazinaw Vanorian (KSK)


Auvergne, who’s excelled at Hofvinger this season, is a young talent whose creativity, passing touch, and physicality make him an incredible prospect despite his lack of speed. Buvalelli unexpectedly broke into Alessandro Juliana’s first team in Audioslavia’s National League, and although temperamental, his deep-lying playmaking has made him Pietro Giraudo’s heir apparent at the senior level. Toscani is a technically gifted young midfielder who, despite not being particularly athletic, has already impressed in his short time at Porto Vecchio, earning himself a transfer to Caza in the process. He’s capable of playing as a center-midfielder, an attacking-midfielder, or, thanks to his surprisingly good crossing ability, on the wing.

Chastain is unpolished, often lacks focus, and is prone to fouling, but genuinely one of Savigliane's best when she's on, with the kind of passing vision, defensive positioning, and athleticism that make us reach for the Bianca Fiore comparisons despite an underwhelming start to her La Nueva Avenida career. Castagne’s breakout season was one reason why Stade-Ferre won their first league title in decades, as the hometown hero impressed with his intelligence, physicality, tactical versatility, and leadership ability that belies his young age. Bella, the young player of the year in Savigliane, is known for his creativity and flair with the ball, and surprisingly high workrate (somewhat compensating for his lack of athleticism) without it.

FORWARDS

#07 - LW/ST - Anne-Marie ROUX - 23 - FC Novonaya (KSK)
#18 - ST - Thea SQUARCIAFICHI - 24 - 1830 Cathair (AUD)
#30 - RW/CAM - Calliope MONTEVECCHI - 28 - Eivora Athletic (TKT)

#21 - LW/ST - Bonaguinta ROSSI - 20 - AC Acqui Bollente
#09 - ST - Paolo RINALDI - 24 - Gunzlach (GRF)
#33 - Victor COLLOMB - 23 - Marthorpe City (FVA)


Roux is an incredible dribbler with sometimes inaccurate but sometimes incredible passing ability and a left foot that produces magical free-kicks and long-range shots. She's rapidly growing into one of Savigliane's Next Big Things. Squarciafichi, while still unpolished, is a predatory finisher. Although a solid dribbler, her best runs are off the ball, and her passing is definitely a work in progress. Montevecchi is a surprisingly good playmaker for a winger, and has flirted with an attacking-midfield role. Nevertheless, her biggest asset is her pace and ability to cut inside into dangerous positions, while her weakness is her inability to contribute on the defensive end.

Young Bonaguinta Rossi came out of nowhere with ACAB (replacing Rinaldi, who left for Graintfjall) to score an incredible twenty goals - one for each year of his life - in 29 SavigLega appearances. His best asset is his absolutely lethal pace and skill, although he’s a bit skinny and a legendarily bad teammate. Rinaldi, although injury-prone, broke out with ACAB due to his aerial prowess and consistently confident finishing in the penalty box. Collomb, known for a methodical, deliberate style of play, is a strong passer and finisher most at home setting up teammates.
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Postby Legalese » Sun Jun 20, 2021 2:12 pm

RP permission and other basics
If you RP the match first, your permissions are my permissions. Seriously, whatever you’re okay with folks doing to your team is what I grant you for mine. I reserve the right to make minor “corrections”/disagreements in my narrative when it comes to my team (like, say, “reports of Xavier Boyle’s death were mildly exaggerated -- he’ll miss the next match”), but otherwise, you do you. On the off chance that your permissions are also a mirror (the dreaded “Medusa situation”), pretty much do what you want to my team, noting the above.

Playing Style: +3, please




About Legalese

Legalese is a gargantuan, cultured nation in the Anaia region. It consists of two landmasses - the continential mainland and the adjoining Karin Islands - and is located on the eastern side of the Calanian continent, between Lake Bekk on the west, Audioslavia to the east, Starblaydia to the north, along with Krytenia further along the Bekkside.


Full Nation Name: The People and Government of Legalese
Short/Common Use Name: Legalese
Three-Letter Designation: LGL
Denonym: Legalite
Governing Body: The Federation of Assocation Football, simply referred to as The Federation


The Team
Order is shirt number and name. The player's back of shirt/family name is in ALL CAPS.

Keepers
1 Ramon CLINCH, 22 (Coastal United)
22 Bobby BERTIN, 20 (Draig Goch FC)
23 Ty VANVOORHEES, 22 (Tyrellia Titans)

Defenders
2 Frank VECELLIO, 25 (SBLS)
3 Andy PARMENTER, 21 (Myre Town)
4 Del ACKINS, 20 (Coastal United)
12 Courtney DIRUSSO, 23 (Bob's Towing)
13 Cornel WILKIE, 19 (LC Capitals)
14 Roscoe MACADAM, 16 (STFC)

Midfielders
5 JJ HONEYWELL, 26 (Bob's Towing)
6 Sanford RACHAL, 26 (Coastal United)
7 Mark GELABERT, 25 (Bekknia FC)
8 Felton ABARE, 21 (Francis City)
10 Moe HUGLEY, 20 (Tyrellia Titans)
15 Fred SIERACKI, 21 (SC Mainsail)
16 Clem CLEEK, 20 (Bekknia FC)
17 Hubert MICHIE, 17 (Comunas Cougars)
18 Armando LABOMBAR, 15 (FC Colville)

Forwards
9 Fredrick CHARLOT, 25 (The Knights of Tiberia)
11 Bode CALDERSON, 23 (Draig Goch FC)
19 Marquise SHELDON, 22 (Francis City)
20 Cleveland KELLIE, 21 (Morven Monday)
21 Nat HRCKA, 19 (Plainsview Panthers)

Interim Manager: Ruben Limerick.
There once was a man from Numalia,
Whose life was steeped in nostalgia,
In the steps of Stan Thate,
But a legacy to create,
Helming the National Team in the CAFA.

The Eleven/Playing Style
The lineup is flexible, but the closer to 1, the more likely a player is to start/see some time.

The Kits
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Host/Co-Host of:
World Cup XXII and LXVIII
The Inaugural CAFA Cup
AOCAF Cup V and XXXIV
Cup of Harmony XI and XIII
Baptism of Fire IX, XIV, XV, XVI, XLII, LII

Winner of Cup of Harmony 55 and Jeremy Jaffacake Jamboree II
Anaia: Like all the best ideas, this is moving from "lampoon" to
"take seriously" rather quickly

(H/T to Mertagne)

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A First Shot -- Legalese Bid to host inaugural CAFA Cup

Postby Legalese » Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:28 pm

The Federation of Associaton Football of Legalese presents…

Taking the first shot
The bid to host the Inaugural CAFA Cup Tournament in Legalese


About Legalese: Legalese is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, known for their massive bureaucracy, high income rates, even higher distribution of income, and occasionally, their footballing prowess. Despite their early start, Legalese tends to be one of the lesser-recognized of the Bekkside nations, aside such greats as West Starblaydia Krytenia and East Krytenia Starblaydia; in terms of footballing, Legalese’s greatest playing achievement is winning the 55th Cup of Harmony, which they had the decency to do in the same cycle as their other hallowed neighbor, Audioslavia, happened to win their first World Cup.

That said, Legalese is known for welcoming the world on occasion for a football tournament or two. They’ve hosted multiple World Cups, AOCAFs, Baptisms of Fire, and Cups of Harmony, and are not afraid to try something a little different where it’s needed.

So, with all of this history and overshadowing, the Federation (with encouragement from Legalese’s Head of Government and State, Director-General Abigail Calvetti, who also happens to have been born in Audioslavia, because sure, why not) has decided that they want to have their own first to politely smile about in private: hosting the first CAFA Cup.

Bid Details

Format and Schedule: The intent is to keep things somewhat standard on this front. A group stage of single-round-robin action, followed by a knockout stage. I have a number of formats in mind depending on the size of the competition, but the priority (in order) is:
  • All groups will have the same size
  • If possible, group numbers will be some version of 2n (that is, 2, 4, or 8 groups -- 16 not impossible, but unlikely given the expected field size)
  • Everyone will get at least three games in any format

EDIT: Based on current numbers and likely expected additional sign ups, here's what I'm looking at for formats, within these numbers:
- 16 Teams: 4 groups of 4, top 2 per group to quarterfinals, fixed bracket based on group draw.
- 18 Teams: 3 groups of 6, top 4 advance to knockouts; group winners + top 2nd-place by points to quarterfinal, rest to first round.
- 20 Teams: 4 groups of 5, top 2 per group to quarterfinals, fixed bracket based on group draw.
- 21 Teams: 3 groups of 7, top 4 advance to knockouts; group winners + top 2nd-place by points to quarterfinal, rest to first round.
- 22 Teams (Sigh): 2 groups of 11, group winners meet in the final, 2nd place sides in 3PPO.
- 24 Teams: 4 groups of 6, top 3 per group advance to knockouts; group winners to quarterfinal, rest to first round.

(22 teams: please don't)

Tiebreakers: Teams within their group will be sorted by: Points, Goal Difference, H2H Points, H2H Goal Difference, Coin Flip/Drawing of Lots. In the case of a multi-way tie, H2H Points and H2H GD will be determined first among all participants; if that eliminates one team in the results, the remaining teams will be reconsidered on H2H Points and GD among remaining participants first before proceeding to a Coin Flip/Drawing of Lots. If a multi-way tie proceeds to Coin Flip/Drawing of Lots, the order of all teams left at that point will be decided by the draw.

If seeding is needed for the knockout rounds, teams will be sorted by Group Position (Group winners, then runners ups, then on down), Points, Goal Difference, then a Coin Toss or Drawing of Lots; however, should we have 2/4/8 groups, seeding won’t be used -- slots in the knockouts will be pre-drawn based on group position.

Schedule:
The goal is to have all matches take place over a RL two-week period, with a preference towards scorination every two days. If more than seven matchdays are required under the format, there may be some tweaking to the every-two-days if necessary.

Scorination: Using Google Scripts to generate scores in a Google Sheet format. As this is the inaugural tournament, all teams will be unranked.

Here’s a sample version of the scorinator to try out. The actual scorinator will be this script, but in a sheet organized to incorporate the bonuses

Since all teams are unranked, scores will be generated by applying the same threshold for each team's attacks, giving each team an 11% chance of scoring per attack, which is exactly how SLIS works. The biggest change will come in how the RP Bonus is applied -- rather than changing ranks that change the threshold, it changes attacks -- every team starts with 10, but up to five can be added based on your/your opponents' bonus, for a max of 15 attacks (which would give you a 50% chance of winning, roughly).


RP Bonus: As I mentioned above, RP bonus is given out in form of attacks, but here’s how it’s scored:
Rosters will be scored as up to 1 point, based on information level. There’s technically no roster penalty, other than a team that doesn’t submit a roster before the draw is not accepted into the tournament.
RPs will be scored for every scorination window, with two points per window. This will include two pre-MD1 windows -- a pre-draw and a post-draw window, which will both be 24-48 hours long. To get the full two points, your post(s) for the day should be interesting, informative, and/or entertaining.

In addition, there will be a special bonus: Make it a Breve.
For each scorination window, there will be a brevity bonus:
RPs at or below 300 words earn an additional 0.5 point
RPs between 301 words and 500 can receive up to 0.25 points

Teams are eligible for the brevity bonus if they include no more than one picture. Words on the picture won’t count towards the word count, unless the host believes it’s a blatant attempt to circumvent the word count.

Bonuses are cumulative. The five attacks will be given out to each team as follows for scorination purposes:
Additional attacks = 「5 * (RY/(RY+RO)」
(i.e., your total bonus and your opponent's are added up, and yours is divided by that then multiplied by five, removing any fraction)

Other details: All matches will be held in Legalese, with the Final at National Stadium in Legalese City, most recently host to the World Cup 68 Final. Since everyone is unranked, the hosts will not have any bonuses applied to them as well. Should I make the knockout rounds, I will request that a fellow Anaian serve as a neutral scorinator for any matches I’m in from that point forward.

So, Why?
    That’s not a very specific question, but there’s a number of whys in this, so I’ll go through the ones that are most obvious to me:
  • Why are you doing this? OOCly, because it’s been awhile and thought it might be fun; because I want to try out different scorination ideas, and a regional competition makes sense for that.
  • Why the word count rules? 1) To give a fun challenge with some incentive, while also not being too strict about the consequences; 2) To put a unique spin on the CAFA, rather than it being just another football tournament; 3) Ultimately, the regionals act as the pause between World Cups -- a shorter word count (IMO) can take some of the pressure off.

Thanks for reading -- I look forward to your questions and consideration.
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Host/Co-Host of:
World Cup XXII and LXVIII
The Inaugural CAFA Cup
AOCAF Cup V and XXXIV
Cup of Harmony XI and XIII
Baptism of Fire IX, XIV, XV, XVI, XLII, LII

Winner of Cup of Harmony 55 and Jeremy Jaffacake Jamboree II
Anaia: Like all the best ideas, this is moving from "lampoon" to
"take seriously" rather quickly

(H/T to Mertagne)

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Postby Yesopalitha » Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:40 pm

Though Yesopalitha entered first, it is Chromatika's puppet.


Roster for Yesopalitha's CAFA 1 Team


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Kits compliments to Kirola Sportswear of Audioslavia
Nickname: The Flames
Style Modifier: -5 (Formation: 4-5-1)
Home Stadium: The Sacred Heart, Freedom's Altar (144,000)

RP Permissions Box
Choose my goalscorers: Y
Godmod scoring events: N
RP Injuries to my players: Y (I can determine severity)
Godmod injuries to my players: N
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Y, two max
Hand out red cards to my players: N
Godmod other events: N

Head of State
Nirdasil Ageless The Dark Crusader

Head of Federation
Hashai'i ISBELAR Age: 248 Species: Drow

Manager
K'RETHAR Age: 47 Species: Minotaur

Starters
GK A'th'l MIK'O'SI Age: 22 Species: Orc // Strong, Brutish Shot Stopper
RB BENPHERROS Age: 249 Species: Wraith // Wiry, Marker, Smart
CB Carros SANTAI Age: 42 Species: Duregar // Physical, Tough, Daring
CB N'T'ERI Age: 130 Species: Hag // Ambient, Annoying, Freaky
LB Barrion MELFRE Age: 293 Species: Dark Elf // Corner Specialist, High Jumper, Frivolous

DM GENTHE Age: 76 Species: Skeleton // Marker, Leader, Hilarious
RM Sauri IS'AHA Age: 213 Species: Mummy // Set Piece Taker, Crosser, Sticky
CM T'LEIRA Age: 107 Species: Lich // Quick, Presser, Intelligent
CM Bizaak KELIA Age: 20 Species: Goblin // Nimble, Crafty, Fiery
LM BOLLOSOLLOMOTAI Age: 423 Species: Chaos Demon // Charismatic, Crosser, Creator

ST QHESSERRIS Age: 31 Species: Succubus // Opportunistic, Creative, Flashy

Bench
GK GE'ARI Age: 235 Species: Wraith // Mobile Keeper
GK Ceta REARI Age: 16 Species: Goblin // Young Keeper
RB Gustavius SEANTRO Age: 28 Species: Undead Knight // Tackling Machine
CB B'Z'Z'T Age: 1463 Species: Unknown Ghost // Man-to-Man Player
CB FIZETTA Age: 455 Species: Witch // Offensive Minded
LB Pazata OWALU Age: 29 Species: Ghoul // Enforcer
DM PASHANTI Age: 133 Species: Ghast // Mindless
RM Bearro GENTH Age: 45 Species: Dark Sorcerer // Shooter
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Sunbelt Island Sugar Daddies/Mommas


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COACH: Callum Longquist (45 y/o)
FORMATION 2-4-4
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ROSTER

ST  #10 Jurickson St Paul - Plantation FC
ST #19 Lucas Lux - York Metro Stars - XANNERIA
RDM #40 Adam Bryne - Winston Millionaires
COM #8 Deegan Truman - Gordon City Speed
COM #18 Desmond Hull-Sinclaire Jr - Gordon City Rainbow Warriors
LDM 4 Mark Meeks - Winston Notoro FC
RB #11 Kyle St Paul - Gordon City Rainbow Warriors
CB #12 Railey Gondor - Gordon City Speed
CB #52 Jeff Mears - Gordon City Speed
LB #68 Jarvis Stout - Plantation FC
GK #0 Luigi Vittantonio Perendiatani -


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ST #4 Peter O'Brien - Gordon City Rainbow Warriors
ST #6 Ivan Gill - Winston Notoro
OM #5 Belle Watson - Gordon City Speed
DM #2 Ogden Fife - Samurai Cop AC - STARCOM RACING
DM #33 Larry Yount - Honolulu United - STARCOM RACING
LB #55 Barry Rice - Winston Notoro FC
CB #42 Axel Donavon - Gordon City Speed
CB #88 Bucky Sloane - Winston Eagles
RB #9 Will Drummond - Winston Eagles
GK #00 Bernardo Harrison - Winston Eagles
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Postby Kotzellach » Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:55 pm

THE KOTZELLACHIAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM
DIE KOTZELLACHERISCHE FUßBALLNATIONALMANNSCHAFT

The Red Foxes
Die Roten Füchse


Marking its first foray into international football, the Kotzellachian Football Association (KFV Kotzellacheriche Fußballverand) has decided to join the first incarnation of the CAFA Cup. While having previously made its intentions known to join the next edition of the AOCAF Cup, geopolitical events have changed those plans slightly and now Kotzellach finds itself in Anaia, with a venerable bunch of footballing nations surrounding it. Hopes and expectations are low — the team are minnows in a field of titans — but there is, as always, a sense of hope in the country who might be more than a bit tired of constantly having to look out for themselves in a sea of trading partners.

Veteran manager Bernard Schöber has been tasked with taking the team as far as possible in this tournament; the wily old fox (befitting the national animal) prefers a solid, defense-first approach, overloading the midfield; fortunately, the crop of players he has been blessed with — an abundance of talent in midfield, and a striker who can make magic happen — might just let something occur. Employing a 4-5-1, the Red Foxes look set to be nimble on the ball, rarely taking more than a couple of touches, always keeping the ball moving when they have it.

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Coaching Staff
Pos Staff Member Gender Age Prev.Club
Manager Bernard Schöber Male 65 Reiss Inseln SC
Asst. Manager Rachel Lemke Female 53 Gleikinger SV
Coach (Atk) Raimund Kessler Male 60 1. FC Kotzellach
Coach (Def) Klaus-Peter Huth Male 48 1. FC Kotzellach
Coach (GK) Charlotte Gebauer Female 54 1. FC Eigengrau
Head Physio Timo Stoll Male 46 --
Physio Marie Schrader Female 39 --
Scout Reinhardt Boskamp Male 63 Fosberg FC


Goalkeepers
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

1 GK Sophia Zeidler Female 30 0 0 Hansa Kotzellach SV
12 GK Leonard Kirschner Male 34 0 0 Gleikinger SV
23 GK Norman Vogel Male 23 0 0 Bregenzer FC

Defenders
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

2 LB Hannelore Knauer [vc] Female 27 0 0 Dynamo Felix
18 LB Fabian Höhn Male 30 0 0 1. FC Runtenbach
4 CB Anthony Starke Male 32 0 0 Hansa Kotzellach SV
5 CB Moritz Engels Male 25 0 0 1. FC Suseldorf

16 CB Sandra Koller Female 28 0 0 Hansa Kotzellach SV
20 CB Lynette Bolz Female 23 0 0 FC Eigengrau
3 RB Lara Balzer Female 24 0 0 Hansa Kotzellach SV
19 RB Vincent Ries Male 31 0 0 Axvall Sportlich

Midfielders
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

6 CDM Franz Preuß [c] Male 30 0 0 1. FC Kotzellach
8 CM Ermengarde Forster Female 27 0 0 Hansa Kotzellach SV
10 CM Sebastian Borchert Male 28 0 0 Hansa Kotzellach SV

13 CDM Christine Eberle Female 31 0 0 Neuthurmond SV
15 CM Tom Brauer Male 26 0 0 Straton FC (Tumbra)
17 CAM Tamara Gerhardt Female 19 0 0 Bregenzer FC

Wingers
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

14 LM Sabine Krüger Female 27 0 0 Gleikinger SV
7 LM Philip Heine Male 29 0 0 Dynamo Felix
9 RM Klara Winter Female 21 0 0 1.FC Runtenbach
21 RM Dominic Trautmann Male 25 0 0 Neuthurmond SV

Strikers
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

11 ST Sigismund Weller Male 24 0 0 1. FC Kotzellach
22 ST Alexander Heinemann Male 31 0 0 FC Eigengrau

*Caps and Goals figure accurate to pre-CAFA Cup I.


Bolded players denote starters, but pre-match XIs will be posted before every cutoff. If none are posted, feel free to pick and choose from this side, though do keep in mind a player with the number 5 is more likely to be picked than a player with the number 20.

Goalkeepers

Long-time custodian and veteran goalkeeper Leonard Kirschner might have felt that he had the n.1 position on lock, what with his safe hands and all, but a lengthy injury layoff and protracted recovery period, plus a less-than-convincing performance between the sticks for Gleikinger has led Schöber to name Sophia Zeidler to the number 1 spot. Acrobatic, good at getting the ball out quick to her team-mates near her and a penchant for parrying the ball, Zeidler is an unknown quantity with the national team but has performed remarkably for Kotzellach City's number two team. Kirschner still tags along, though his influence might be more in the dressing room than on the pitch. Regardless, if he needs to step in, he will perform to his best. A more traditional keeper, Kirschner excels at fingertip saves; though his jumping ability might have slightly waned, Kirschner still is able to pull a shift when needed. A penalty-saving master.

Norman Vogel won the battle to be the third goalkeeper on the squad over Kurt Schilling and Keith Bormann, both Tumbra-based goalkeepers who flew the roost in order to possibly enhance their playing prospects, but is mostly here for the ride. If called upon though, the young goalkeeper certainly is one of the new age of goalkeepers who prefer playing through their feet; though possibly his skills with his hands have suffered in return.

Defenders

On the left flank, there exists vice captain Hannelore Knauer, a leader on and off the pitch, has proven a bit of a bugbear for the government with her tireless advocacy for social justice and various other causes; on field she is just as tireless. Preferring to hang back and tackle, moving into the midfield when necessary, she does have it in her to make runs forth and cross the ball into the box. Her great strength, however, is in her knowledge of the game and in her defensive nous. Fabian Höhn, a promising wonderkid ruined by injuries, makes the team; however Knauer is simply on a different level to him. He is, however, still a hard worker; it is, though, a real pity that his prodigious speed and acceleration have been ruined by constant muscle issues in his left leg. A real case of what could have been for the experienced defender.

On the right, Lara Balzer is the more offensive of the two wingbacks, though that is by no means implying she is inclined at any moment to play an offensive game; she is much more comfortable, too, in the defence. The only difference is that she sometimes breaks the low line the Kotzellachian defence offers and ventures forth a bit more; though with Schöber's more rigid form of defensive football, that is rare. Is particularly good at tracking and screening opponents, forcing them into giving up goal kicks; she is also the designated throw-in player. Vince Ries, a converted midfielder, enjoys playing in his old position; though the solid if unspectacular rightback enjoys a good tackle on the right flank, as well.

In the middle, Anthony Starke and Moritz Engels are both heavy hitters; a tall duo, both will seek to close down opponents in the air and dominate that part of the pitch, especially on corners. While their approach to defending might seem outdated in the modern era, it works for them. Both aren't shy to use their height and stature to intimidate opponents either. Their weaknesses are probably their creative touch. Don't expect them to begin attacks, rather passing the ball back to Zeidler or to the sides in Knauer or Balzer. This gap in the squad is filled by their understudies Sandra Koller and particularly Lynette Bolz, who has been named the next big thing in Kotzellachian defending and a natural evolution from a physical to a more technical game.

Midfielders

There are many types of defensive midfielders, but skipper Franz Preuß plays as a half-back, and will drop into the defence as necessary. A solid, seemingly unspectacular, yet extremely important and technically gifted player, Preuß serves as the beating heart of both the five-man midfield and of the team as a whole. Captain of 1. FC Kotzellach, Preuß has been given the captain's armband here as well; his decision-making will be key in whether Kotzellach make it out of the group stages at all. Ermengarde Forster and Sebastian Borchert are both more advanced midfielders; both fit into the mold of the deep-lying playmaker. Borchert in particular is particularly talented at free kicks; expect him to take a majority of them. Foster has an eye for goal, and sometimes looks to shoot instead of the pass if she makes it into the box. Otherwise, they will look to shoot long balls, bypassing the opposition midfield in possession. Out of it, the three will press advancing midfielders quite heavily, with Foster and Borchert utilising their underrated pace to get to their opponent quickly.

Of the backups, Christine Eberle is a passable backup for Preuß, but really should spend more time on the bench — Preuß simply offers too much to the team to be dropped, much like Knauer in defence. Tom Brauer would be a starter in this team — he plays for one of Tumbra's big six teams, after all — but his lack of starts for Straton has led to his match fitness being called into question. A more passing-and-running player, Brauer fits more into the Tumbran mold of a pacesetting player, recycling possession and splaying balls out wide and forward if necessary. Young gun Tamara Gerhardt doesn't necessarily fit into Schöber's formation or plans, but the dynamic, unpredictable midfielder can spring surprises out of nowhere.

Wingers

The 4-5-1 Schöber utilises prioritises more defensive wingers; they are more wide midfielders than proper wingers, only pushing forth when really needed. The two wide midfielders, Sabine Krüger and Klara Winter, fit this notion to a tee; this despite Winter playing a more advanced role for her club on the right. The 21 year-old, however, is extremely adaptable and has been employed everywhere on the right flank for Runtenbach; expect her to be making most attacking runs on the flanks, and joining the striker in the box, almost transforming the formation into a 4-4-2. Krüger is a more patient player, playing in the Brauer role on the left; though she has a mean cross and is able to control the ball extremely well.

Backups Philip Heine and Dominic Trautmann are both more traditional wingers; if either of them start, it'll signal a shift in Schöber's priorities to attack more.

Strikers

Sigismund Weller is the only, and some would say, most important man up front; despite being only 24, the striker has battled his way into the starting lineup by virtue of his strong finishing ability; his height also counts for him, in a team which enjoys dominance of the air. His ability to dribble has also earned plaudits, though it does rank as a bit lower than his skills at finishing or heading. An always-potent threat in the six yard box, Weller is equally adept at both of his feet. His first touch, however, is a bit doubtful; his positioning also gets caught out sometimes, with him having had several goals ruled offside over the previous league season.

Alexander Heinemann prefers to play a bit deeper than Weller, and is a bit better at carrying the ball; however, as he grows a bit older, he has lost a bit of his pace. Still electrifying, however, Heinemann can completely change the dynamic of a game if subbed on. Also able to put in a shift on the right, and in the hole behind the striker, Heinemann is a bit of a utility man for the team; that versatility might prove worthwhile to surprising opponents.

Setup

The team plays a 4-5-1, though 4-4-2 and 4-1-4-1 and 4-4-1-1 isn't out of the question either; the only constant is the low line and willingness to soak up attacks, then using long balls to begin quick counters. Out of possession, heavy pressing is utilised; Kotzellachian players tend to enjoy closing down opponents, particularly on the wings. Attacking centrally is the key here; but an overloaded midfield will force teams to skip the midfield and go straight for the defence.

Left Corner Taker				Hannelore Knauer			
Right Corner Taker Klara Winter
Penalties Sigismund Weller
Direct FK Taker Sebastian Borchert
Indirect FK Taker Sebastian Borchert
Throw-ins Whomever's playing wing-back, then whomever's playing winger
Most likely to foul/be booked Anthony Starke
Most likely to shoot Sigismund Weller
Most likely to score from close-range Sigismund Weller
Most likely to score from long-range Ermengarde Forster
Most likely to be fouled Klara Winter
Most likely to attempt the spectacular Sabine Krüger


Home Stadia

While not utilised for the tournament, Kotzellach's home stadium will be the Nationalstadion in downtown Kotzellach; with a capacity of 72,000 in its football configuration, the state-of-the-art stadium is also home to 1. FC Kotzellach, and has generous corporate facilities and a retractable roof.

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Home Kit: Red and Gold
Away kit: Black and Gold
Third kit: Purple and Neon green

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THE CONFEDERATION OF KOTZELLACH
Kotzellach - An Anaian confederation of various city-states, with a long history of trade, guilds and corporations and a strong navy. Stunningly rich, yet stunningly unequal.
Population: 6.5 million | TLA: KTZ | Capital and Largest City: Kotzellach City
Domestic Sports | More to come
Chancellor: Kurt Baumann (Kotzellach Democratic Alliance)
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Postby Grande Cucina » Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:01 pm

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That's us. Cut us if necessary, for even numbers.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM OF GRANDE CUCINA
NAZIONALE DI CALCIO DELL'GRANDE CUCINA

The Golden Foxes
L'Volpi d'oro


Imagine a classically warm nation with beautiful scenery, olive trees, and most of all, delicious noodle-based foods that have become so engulfed in the country's tradition that every surname in the country is, at the very least, some kind of foodstuff. It's a Cucinan thing. It's a very idyllic place to live, and one that, post-Relocation, found itself with lots of neighbours. When they did find out that said neighbours, too, enjoyed kicking around a few footballs, they decided to send their 23 best players in the hopes that their players might be able to have fun on the pitch and export Grande Cucina as a destination to the world.

That is if they manage to pick up a point at all in the Group Stage. No point being an ad for the world if your national football team just completely flops on the regional stage.

Young, temperamental and maverick manager Antonio Prezzemolo has been given the reins of the team. At just 42, the young manager, who has a penchant for utilising wingbacks as the focal point of attack, is looking to blitz opponents with fast-placed wingplay and verticality on the pitch. Whether the squad's been tested enough against foreign opposition to be able to carry out this plan is another question, though given that the two best players on the pitch just so happen to be the wingbacks, it might. It just might. Don't hold your breath.

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Goalkeepers
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

1 GK Gisueppe Pappardelle [c] Male 34 0 0 Ronzoni
12 GK Francesco Mafaldine Male 25 0 0 Cittavolpe
23 GK Veronica Cencioni Female 29 0 0 San Giorgio

Defenders
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

2 LWB Natalina Farfalline Female 26 0 0 Giardino Barilla
21 LWB Gianpaolo Pizzoccheri Male 31 0 0 San Giorgio
4 CB Bianca Struncatura Female 24 0 0 Garofalo Terrazza
5 CB Ottavio Fiori Male 31 0 0 CS Barilla
16 CB Eva Stringozzi Female 27 0 0 Buitoni

17 CB Cristian Taglierini Male 31 0 0 CS Barilla
20 CB Arturo Cavatappi Male 29 0 0 Cittavolpe
3 RWB Romano Ditali Male 23 0 0 Giardino Barilla
19 RWB Augusto Cappelli Male 31 0 0 Ronzoni

Midfielders
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

6 CM Victoria Calamarata Female 24 0 0 Buitoni
8 CM Enzo Chifferi Male 29 0 0 San Giorgio
18 CAM Giacomo Linguine [vc] Male 32 0 0 CS Barilla

13 CDM Annamaria Bavette Female 28 0 0 Ronzoni
14 CDM Giulio Boccoli Male 29 0 0 Cittavolpe
15 CM Massimiliano Festoni Male 20 0 0 Garofalo Terrazza
21 CM Tomasso Ricciolini Male 28 0 0 Ronzoni

Attackers
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club

7 ST Enrico Tagliatelle Male 26 0 0 Giardino Barilla
9 ST Rosa Gramigne Female 22 0 0 CS Barilla

11 ST Angela Tortellini Female 29 0 0 Ronzoni
22 ST Francesca Canederli Female 23 0 0 Buitoni

*Caps and Goals figure accurate to pre-CAFA Cup I.


The Players

Bolded players denote starters, but pre-match XIs will be posted before every cutoff. If none are posted, feel free to pick and choose from this side, though do keep in mind a player with the number 16 is more likely to be picked than a player with the number 20.

Pappardelle gets the armband by virtue of just being the most experienced player on the pitch; he is certainly a personality. Eccentric and beguiling, but always a pleasure to watch with his curly mane of long hair (seriously, he's 34 and still has managed to keep those locks luscious), Pappardelle will pull shit out of his top locker and get away with it. Nicknamed Il Pazzo for a reason.

The name of the game on the outfield is wing-play. Pass the ball to the wingbacks, they'll make magic happen. Equally adept at both attacking and defending, Farfalline and Ditali are the workhorses of the team, often running the most out of anyone on a given matchday. Cut them off, and the whole team suffers. But they're nimble enough to not get cut off, anyway. The three-man defence sees Struncatura and Stringozzi play slightly ahead of Fiori, who plays largely as a sweeper; adept enough at dealing with low balls, they might have a problem in the air.

In the midfield, Calamarata and Chifferi run the midfield, playing deeper but ocassionally venturing forth to lap up loose balls. The main progression will be through the wingbacks, though both starting midfielders are more than capable of carrying the ball through the middle of the park. To describe Giacomo Linguine as an attacking midfielder might be a misnomer; sure, he starts there, but is often capable of being anywhere on the pitch in the opponents' half, often springing up in the box as a third attacker, or an option to pass to in the middle of the park, or even on the wings, ready to swing in a cross when necessary.

Up top, Tagliatelle is the star man; a veritable poacher, he is blessed with an uncanny ability to dribble past his defender and knock in into the top corner. Gramigne is much the same, but prefers to drop deeper, to deceive opponents and otherwise; she confuses opponents but uses her great pace to her advantage on the break.

Tactical Set-Up

5-3-2, though in reality it's more a 5-2-1-2 than anything. Becomes a 3-2-1-4 in attack, with the wingbacks advancing far up the pitch. It's risky, sure, but Prezzemolo is a 100-or-0 man. Full throttle or no speed. Fourth gear or neutral. You get the idea. It's balls to the wall stuff, an intriguing tactical puzzle for managers to unlock, and should provide a great experience for neutrals.

Left Corner Taker				Natalina Farfalline
Right Corner Taker Romano Ditali
Penalties Enrico Tagliatelle
Direct FK Taker Giacomo Linguine
Indirect FK Taker Enzo Chifferi
Throw-in taker Whomever's playing wingback
Most likely to foul/be booked Eva Stringozzi
Most likely to shoot Enrico Tagliatelle
Most likely to score from close-range Enrico Tagliatelle
Most likely to score from long-range Rosa Gramigne
Most likely to be fouled Natalina Farfalline
Most likely to attempt the spectacular Gisueppe Pappardelle


Home Stadia

While Grande Cucina will most probably never host international matches outside of friendlies (the FCGC, the Federazione Calcio Grande Cucina is utterly and completely skint, and only through government grants was even able to enter the tournament despite the country loving football so much), visiting teams will be hosted in the Stadio della Vale, in the middle of the picturesque port city and capital, Barilla. With a capacity of 41,000, it is not the biggest or most imposing stadium, but supporters will cheer vehemently and loudly for their national team.

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Home Kit: Yellow and Dark blue
Away Kit: Dark green and Dark red
Third Kit: White with Yellow trim

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REPUBBLICA DI GRANDE CUCINA
Grande Cucina - An Anaian nation whose inhabitants are merely happy to be alive and who all live to eat.
Population: 5.1 million | TLA: GCU | Capital and Largest City: Barilla
Domestic Sports | Coming Soon
President: Benedetta Tagliolini (Independent) | Prime Minister: Carlo Fazzoletti (Partito delle Regioni)
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Postby Pyazhnaya » Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:59 pm

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Emerging from a bloody civil war that saw Pyazhnaya shake off the shackles of communism, the country is now opening up from its forced isolation, trying to form ties to the international sporting community. For many Pyazhnayans football was the one pastime that united them, despite the corrution scandals that had shaken the league for a long time, with the communist leaders moving players around to their favourite clubs and quenching opposition. Several clubs were dissolved after the war was over and now the Pyzhnayan Football Federation is picking up the pieces and trying to unite everything and everybody. The Xannerian National was the national team's first venture onto the international stage, but the first edition of CAFA coincides with the first official tournament of Pyazhnaya.

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Aleksandr Zavrashin - 41
With Rodion Chernomyrdin having to step down from his position after the Xannerian National due to some health-related issues, his assistant coach Zavrashin has stepped up and is ready to show the Anaian stage that the team from the islands is more than just a new kid on the block that will be everybody's whipping person. Compared to the strict and conservative 4-4-2 of Chernomyrdin, Zavrashin puts more emphasis on flexibility and allows the players more freedom to roam depending on the situation in the game.

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GK Maksimilian Chupov - 18 - Shakhter Khilvoysk
Despite his young age, Maksimilian Chupov is the probably best netminder in Pyazhnaya with catlike reflexes and good aerial prowess. His main weakness is the command of his defense, which is due to his inexperience, but exacerbated by the fact that three of the four players ahead of him are 21 and younger as well.
LB Vasily Fanin - 18 - Torpedo Krasnograd
Lightning quick on his feet, Fanin is a left back of the modern school, fast to move forward and back, with a knack for nice crosses into the opponents' box. However he still gets caught out of position too often and then has to scramble back.
CB Ulyona Khomkolova - 20 - FK Vselitamak
From champions FK Vselitamak, Khomkolova is as uncompromising in challenges as they come. Her grace has been likened to a disgruntled rhino before morning caffeine, but does she ever get the job done. Don't expect any technical finesse or beautiful ball distribution, if you find yourself within a few feet with her, either be very quick or ready to get closely acquainted with the grass underneath. She is rumoured to have attracted the interest of Quebecois scouts.
CB Valentin Annenkov - 21 - Mazhny Park Severoyarsk
Where Khomkolova is the brick wall, Annenkov is a hidden playmaker in the back. Pundits have said that when footballing magic was handed out, he stepped in front of Ulyona and got her portion as well. Nimble footed and with a great eye to open up the game from the back he can take on the role of a defensive midfielder, going with Zavrashin's directive of flexibility. He is, however, relatively short for a centre back, which can pose issues for a more kick and rush orientated offense.
RB Maksimilan Trukhin - 25 - FK Armaskoye
For most parts of the game he is almost unnoticeable, but that does not mean that he is not playing well. Immensely efficient in defensive play, he often shies away from venturing too far into the opposing half, but he knows how to shut down oncoming traffic by suddenly being in the right spot at the right time.
LM Gennady Burtsov - 29 - Prizrachnaya Brigada Cherniy Zamok
One of the more experienced players in the squad, Burtsov has been a mainstay for Prizrachnaya Brigada for many years now. Equipped with a horse lung he can run up and down for 90 minutes and barely break a sweat, running the opposition ragged. Not a magician on the field, he is one of the players necessary so that others can work their midfield magic.
CM Andrey Guslyakov - 18 - Golubaya Zvezda Ochuromorsk
One of Pyazhnaya's raw diamonds, Guslyakov is the magician that a player like Burtsov allows to shine. Fleet-footed and graceful he has all the tools to become a bonafide playmaker that can dance around an opponent like it's nothing and also has a great shot. He just needs to bulk up a bit and work on his decision making, which at times can be a little, let's call it, surprising. Even for his own team mates.
CM Timur Krasnopyorov - 29 - Dhun Lagarr FC (TKT)
Another veteran and one of two players plying their trade in Tikariot, Krasnyoporov is the safety net for Guslyakov with his ability to shut down oncoming attacks quickly and turn play around. Where Guslyakov's shots are finessed, his are more of the steamhammer kind. He is lacking some precision, but sometimes brute force is just the right tool to get things done.
RM Inna Parshikova - 21 - Shakhter Khilyovsk
Another player to have eyes on her from different scouting departments is Inna Parshikova, who has been a shooting star during the last season. Literally nobody has had her on their notepads before the season started and now she is considered the next breakout star. Blessed with tactical acumen way beyond her years, she is equally dangerous for scoring and passing, making her a total footballing package as she also is quite capable of withstanding tackles. Watch her make a move abroad very soon!
CF Svetlana Ananyeva - 32 - Admiral Tverinsk
Ananyeva's nickname in the team is "Babushka" (Grandma), not just because she is one of the oldest players in the squad, but also because she will watch over the young ones and offer insight, comfort or stern words when needed. While relatively static in her play upfront, she has a talent to be just at the right place at the right time and use her agility to shoot from almost any position.
FW Larisa Nekrestyanova - 28 - Vilharady Owls FC (TKT)
The second player playing in Tikariot, Nekrestyanova has convinced management in Vilharady so much in her brief stint during the second half of the TPL season to secure her a starting position for the upcoming season. Not so much a born goal scorer, she can weave her way in and out of the penalty box and is great to lay off the ball for oncoming midfielders or put sharp crosses for conversion. She is, however, also adept in scoring, making her an all around offensive threat.

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G Fedor Ivashin - 28 - Dinamo Krasnograd
G Nadenka Snegiryova - 33 - Torpedo Krasnograd
LB Fedor Chernykh - 29 - FK Armaskoye
CB Artyom Ostrovsky - 18 - Prizrachnaya Brigada Cherniy Zamok
CB Kirill Lobanov - 27 - FK Yarkuta
RB Timor Terekhov - 33 - Sila Saykonur
LM Katya Klimtsova - 30 - FK Vselitamak
CM Alyosha Meledina - 23 - FK Krasnograd
CM Vladimir Baskin - 27 - Molniya Sarokhovo
CM Lyubov Smagina - 22 - Armada Sovran
RM Rodion Pushkin - 20 - FK Yarkuta
FW Vsevolod Bogolyubsky - 19 - Dinamo Krasnograd
CF Lyudmila Sharova - 29 - FK Armaskoye

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My opponent, if they RP first, may do the following:
Choose my goalscorers: Yes-ish (TG me and I can give you the names, but we'll figure this out one way or another)
Godmod scoring events: No
RP injuries to my players: Yes (just please be reasonable)
Godmod injuries to my players: No
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Yes (again please be reasonable)
Hand out red cards to my players: Yes (same deal)
Godmod other events: Maybe? (Please TG in this case)
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Anaia puppet of Tikariot

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Mertagne
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Postby Mertagne » Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:56 am

The Federation of Mertagnian Football (yes, that one) Presents...
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The Mertagnian National Football Team
for CAFA Cup 1

Just like when you see your grandma on your dad's side, it's been a while, and haven't you grown! The last time the FMF was kicking about, 'Anaia' was a funny word we bandied about to describe like minded nations and a tower in each of our countries. The more things change, the more they stay the same, eh? Now that it's a bit more serious and one of the four main sporting regions, Mertagne has emerged once more from the ashes for some international competition.

Our History:

Mertagne is a large and proud nation that sits (rather happily) between Starblaydia and Krytenia. Formed from a mass exodus of members of The Inevitable Syndicate over 80 years ago after a bitter conflict, Mertagne enjoyed a brief boom period as much investment into the nation saw it kick off it's rebuild. However, approximately 50 years ago, tensions rose and the nation broke off into nine provinces, each led by private interest groups that had no wish to work together for the betterment of Mertagne, and the national government collapsed and a period known as The Insulation ensued. However, the government reformed 2 years ago (as of the start of the CAFA Cup 1) due to a combination of outside pressure from other nations, and a growing wish from within the nation to integrate with others in the region. This opening of the government dovetailed nicely with the Foxchester Amendment (give or take a year or so), and as part of a great push to increase international relations, the government of Mertagne has invested heavily in kick-starting Mertagne's once great sporting teams.

Our Key(lime) Staff:

Manager: Phil Dornell, 66, Image
Phil Dornell saw out most of the Insulation from comfortable Audioslavia, where he spent a portion of his domestic career as goalkeeper for Tenth Star Hasiera. Before that, he had a solid run at Utica United in Osarius, and therefore over his long career he's seen the continuation of the game in other nations while the Mertagnian game has crumbled. He was the best logical choice for team manager after the FMF was reborn, and has spent the last six months trying to shape the new generation of Mertagnian football into a force to be reckoned with.

Due to Dornell's prestige and tactics, the squad will be playing with a style modifier of -1.

Assistant Manager: Tyrrel Gulliver, 53, Image
Grandson of Calanian Union forward Phil Gulliver, Tyrrel Gulliver has seen the beautiful game in his home country die before him, despite his best attempts to keep it alive at a local level during The Insulation. Cashing in his heritage during the talks to revitalise the FMF and the national team, he now stands as assistant manager of the first Mertagnian national team to grace a competition in many years. His hopes are high, and he feels that through hard work and effort (the Mertagnian Way), the team can do their part to rebuild the heritage of this brilliant sport in the nation. Granddad would be proud.

Our Players:

Goalkeepers
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club
1 GK Lennon Stroves Male 22 0 0 Image Century Mertagne FMFC
12 GK Natalie Tikllinger Female 24 0 0 Image Strillinger Valley
13 GK Lliot Celarte Male 21 0 0 Image Dannin Bridge FMFC

Defenders
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club
2 LB Hana Stelos Female 21 0 0 Image Ostosaide
14 LB Jaxon Mendiri Male 26 0 0 Image Keers Kannoneers
15 LB Simoslaw Bridges Male 19 0 0 Image Bricklayer's Union
3 CB Gregory Arroyave Male 24 0 0 Image Lehen Neorudo
16 CB Elen Onarte Female 21 0 0 Image Kurtz Herretik
17 CB Luka Hazaluta Male 25 0 0 Image New Fligsive's Memory
4 RB Jappen Axlor Male 20 0 0 Image FC Ninestar
18 RB Tyson Oughtio Male 19 0 0 Image Signal Dannin
19 RB Becca Nidelpont Female 23 0 0 Image Mondragons

Midfielders
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club
5 LM Martine Aldergrass Female 19 0 0 Image Horsehead United
20 LM Anya Mann Female 25 0 0 Image Basterra Bulls
21 LM Skyan Davri Male 19 0 0 Image Mondragons
6 CM Erman Anteo Male 20 0 0 Image Six Star Cyanaes
7 CM Mickael Sillio Male 26 0 0 Image Kurtz Herretik
22 CAM Callym Tikfort Male 22 0 0 Image Papillio Mertagne FMFC
23 CDM Donna Eclis Female 20 0 0 Image FC Oberyn's Shield
24 CAM Alix Laston Female 21 0 0 Image Neorudo Ferrymen
25 CDM Grahm Stagg Male 24 0 0 Image Century Mertagne FMFC
8 RM Josua Tikurtz Male 22 0 0 Image Morven Monday*
26 RM Ceilen Drunt Female 26 0 0 Image Signal Dannin
27 RM Dovico Harah Male 24 0 0 Image Six Star Cyanaes

Attackers
No Pos Player Gender Age Caps Goals Club
9 FW Benn Shakletinn Male 23 0 0 Image Keers Kannoneers
10 FW Dani Emdelbia Female 25 0 0 Image Felswyr*
11 FW Claudio Vantula [c] Male 22 0 0 Image Blades de Bretsaar
28 FW Fabian Thundhart Male 24 0 0 Image Dudevani Electric Company
29 FW Fredrick Prost Male 19 0 0 Image FC Ninestar
30 FW Rosah Tikfort Female 23 0 0 Image Century Mertagne FMFC
31 FW Kurst Euradin Male 26 0 0 Image Blades de Bretsaar
32 FW Dannon Larr Male 19 0 0 Image Octosaide
66 FW Neville Cate Male 23 0 0 Image New Fligsive's Memory

Players are selected before the game begins depending on their performance in recent games. Typically, a player closer to the top of the chart within each position is more likely to be picked. This outfit of the Mertagnian National team will be playing in an 'oldie but goodie' 3-4-3 formation, with heavy reliance on the wings to play a 'jack' role and move up and down the pitch where necessary.

Our Kits:

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Kits lovingly provided by Kirola Sportswear of Audioslavia.
Eskerrik asko, Anaia. Maite zaitugu.

Our Permissions:

My opponent, if they RP first, may do the following:
Choose my goalscorers: Yes
Godmod scoring events: Yes
RP injuries to my players: Yes
Godmod injuries to my players: Yes, but no outright killing.
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Yes
Hand out red cards to my players: Yes
Godmod other events: Sometimes. Send me a TG with what you're planning and I'll approve it if I like it.
Mertagnians wouldn't know the meaning of the word 'pandemic' if it sneezed in their face.

With thanks to Tumbra | Kotzellach for reminding an old fart how to roster nicely.
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The Nation of Mertagne - Under-18 World Cup Champions!
Capital: Dannin ¤ Trigramme: MRT ¤ Demonym: Mertagnian ¤ Population: Growing!
¤ ANAIA NATION - BECAUSE IT COULD HAVE BEEN 'BATIOB' ¤

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Postby Mont Vert » Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:06 am

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Nation: Mont Vert

Trigram: MNV
Adjective/demonym: Montvertanesque
Team nickname: The Zesty Cockerels

Coach: Wilfrid Beaubrun

A former Montvertanesque striker, Beaubrun is more a motivator than a tactician. Lots of running up and down waving his clipboard about, but nothing actually written on it.

Squad: This is squad of 23 players. It can generally be assumed the players number 1 – 11 will start, but so long as you’re sensible and unless I’ve RPed otherwise, you can RP my team lineup with some variation.
  • Only men play in Mont Vert but they are familiar with the concept of coed leagues and won’t treat women differently. However, they consider being referred to as “Chickens” rather than “Cockerels” an insult.
  • All players are domestic unless otherwise stated. (OOC: And those not are signed to puppets.)
  • The league is fairly new as a result of restructuring following independence, and does not play to a high standard. Some players are semi-pro.
  • Soccer is a popular sport but mainly as a leisure pasttime rather than an all-consuming passion. Beach soccer is also pretty popular.
  • Players are athletic and have some talent. If we lose, don’t have us be woefully incompetent or completely unfamiliar with the sport of football, despite obviously being something of a minnow in Anaian terms.
  • Not a violent team but not a spotlessly clean one either in terms of diving, combative words to the referee, or the odd tactical elbow.
Mascot: Guillaume, an intersex capon (their ambiguous sex saved them from the slaughterhouse). They will run around pecking corn thrown onto the pitch by the fan army, the Cockerel Crew.
Fans: The Cockerel Crew are fairly boisterous but basically well behaved. Hooliganism is unknown. Blowing conch shells is popular (with the fans, less so with the TV audio producers).

Goalkeepers:

1. Alex Ocean (30) – Crvena Zvezda Visoka Ocena [Zelena Planina] (c)
12. Élisée Gérard (25) – AS Champinnois
23. Augustin Maillard (22) – Grande-Plailly SC

Alex is a pretty good goal-keeper. Tall and rangy, with decent footballing skills to boot. A mark of his quality is to be one of the few players signed to a good foreign team (and, more impressively, to have Crvena Zvezda’s fantastically racist ultras embrace him as one of their own).

Defenders:

2. Robert Leon (34) – AS Plairac
3. Mackendy Pierre (23) – Francisco Teixidó [Montaña Verde]
4. Élie Messier (31) – Boursir Grenadiers
5. Léon Dumont (22) – Tsqaleri FC [Kkaputtstan]
6. Éric Durand (23) – Gregueux FC
14. Pierre Seide (29) – AS Drassion
19. Roméo Latour (26) – Gregueux FC
20. Amadou Duret (20) – Fliserboding [Græntfjall]
21. Grégori Aucoin (22) – Boursir Grenadiers

The team switches between 5 and 3 at the back. The back three of Élie, Léon and Éric are fairly classic center backs. Léon is more of an enforcer, Éric and Élie with better skills on the ball. They offer a bit with their heads at set-pieces but not much else offensively (Élie fancies himself a “deep lying playmaker” and occasionally lets rip with a 35 yard banger, which goes in about once every ten years and the rest of the time goes 30 yards over the bar). Robert and Mackendy are wing backs; Robert has lost pace with age but is experienced and offers powerful throw-ins as well. Amadou is the most promising reserve but rather raw.

Midfielders:

7. Patrick Marcelin (24) – Racing Chabonne
8. Rémi Bourgeois (23) – NK Žunica [Zelena Planina]
10. Milo Mesny (26) – Avilême AC
15. Richard Michel (29) – Gregueux FC
16. Wulfran Jeansonne (23) – AS Drassion
17. Julien Wathelet (26) – Racing Chabonne

The three central midfielders tend to play fairly narrow and rely on the wingbacks to push up and offer width. Rémi is a short, strong battler, Patrick likewise a combative holding player, and Milo the most forward playing of the three thanks to his express pace. None of the three are magicians on the ball, relying more on short, quick passing (dribbling skills tend not to be prioritized on pitches built on, or literally out of, sand).

Forwards:

9. Ludovic Bellefontaine (21) – Avilême AC
11. Isaac Joseph (23) – Boursir Grenadiers
13. Marcelin Janvier (34) – Esna [Græntfjall]
18. Léon Lavache (18) – AS Vanoît
22. Anatole Vigouroux (21) – FC Ashtadzor [Kkaputtstan]

Nominative determinism at its finest as the magnificently named Ludovic Bellefontaine is a powerful, athletic striker with a great scoring touch, while Isaac Joseph is just a guy who runs around a lot trying, and mostly failing, to kick the ball in the vague direction of the goal. Marcelin Janvier is by far the most seasoned forward but only really fit to be called on as a super sub at this stage of his career.

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Style modifier: -1

My opponent, if they RP first, may do the following:
Choose my goalscorers: Yes
Godmod scoring events: Yes
RP injuries to my players: Yes, I determine severity
Godmod injuries to my players: Yes, I determine severity
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Yes, no more than 4 per game
Hand out red cards to my players: Yes, no more than 1 per game without contacting me
Godmod other events: Yes, but preferably shoot a TG if you have something in mind

Please don't use photographs and say they're my players without asking
All players are available for transfer


Important note: This is (obviously) a puppet of Græntfjall, not well established in Anaia, etc. Please cut this submission first if pruning numbers for format purposes.
Last edited by Mont Vert on Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:10 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Starblaydia
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Postby Starblaydia » Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:08 am

Starblaydi RP Permissions Box wrote:I Give My Opponent Permission To:
  • Choose my scorers
  • GodMod any scoring events
  • RP injuries to my players
  • Give Red & Yellow Cards to my players (within reason; they're not remotely a dirty side overall)
  • GodMod other events for humorous intent
Notes:
  1. Starblaydia's style modifier is +2
  2. The best starting eleven are numbered 1-11 and are in bold
  3. I actively encourage that if you RP first you pick my scorers (if any) and their style of goal. Really, please choose my scorers. So often I read RPs where my opponent writes "Starblaydia scored" and it's so, so much more enjoyable when a name is picked for me.
  4. Players are male unless otherwise noted: * female, elf, ^ dwarf.
  5. Before each match, in between the national anthems and kick-off, the entire 23-man squad will perform the Raiigar, one of Starblaydia's traditional war-dances.
  6. If you're stuck for a player to do a specific thing, some suggestions are at the bottom of the infobox on the right.

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Nickname(s): Officially none
Association: Starblaydi Football Association
Confederation: CAFA (Anaia)
Founded: 1972
Manager: Ázëwyn Fëanáro (WC78-Present)
Most caps: Ázëwyn Fëanáro (270)
Top scorer: Valrauncion (116)
Most caps (non-elf): Cosmo Leopoldi (127)
Top scorer (non-elf): Sutter McCloud (72)
Home stadium: Stadii Di Bradini (Jhanna)
Country code: STB

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KPB ranking: 7th
Highest KPB ranking: 1st (WC30, WC48)
Lowest KPB ranking: 115th (WC15)
SRS rank: 3rd (149 points)



First international
Vilita 2 - 1 Starblaydia
(Vilita, World Cup 15 Qualifying Matchday 1)

Largest win
Starblaydia 9 - 0 Kosovoe
(West Starblaydia, AOCAF Cup 23 Matchday 2)

Worst defeat
Starblaydia 1 - 7 Valanora
(Valanora, World Cup 39 Quarter-Final)

Highest Scoring Match
Zeta Reka and Hugeltaldom 6 - 6 Starblaydia
(Zeta Reka & Hügeltaldom, World Cup 86 Qualifying, Matchday 2)



WCC Record
Appearances: 69 (First of 54 Qualifications in WC17)
BoF result: Runners-up (BoF for WC38)
Best WC result: Champions (WC25, 28, 41, 44 & 47)
Best CoH result: Second Round (CoH for WC70)

CAFA Cup Record
Appearances: 1 (First in CAFA 1)
Best result: TBC (CAFA 1)

AOCAF Cup Record
Appearances: 52 (First in AOCAF 2)
Best result: Champions (AOCAF 4, 7, 8, 10, 14, 23 & 61)

Olympic Record
Appearances: 5 (First in Kaza 08)
Best result: Men's Gold Medallists, Ashford Games (2032)



Starblaydi All-Time Record:
Played: 1,934
Won: 1,175
Drawn: 343
Lost: 416
Goals For: 4,240
Goals Against: 2,220

Starblaydi All-time Cap Winners:
1. Ázëwyn Fëanáro*, 270
2. Dacil Taniquentar, 263
3. Daeron Avathar, 259
4. Valrauncion, 242
5. Soronúmë, 240
6. Carnophin Narquelie, 134
7= Minheled Earisil, 127
7= Cosmo Leopoldi, 127
9. Brazadar Khurnos^, 126
10. Viola Capodanna*, 122

Starblaydi All-time Scorers:
1. Valrauncion, 116
2. Sutter McCloud, 72
3. Ázëwyn Fëanáro*, 71
4. Lena Kochanska*, 61
5. Jacqueline Maitland*, 59
6. Soronúmë, 57
7= Lubii*, 55
7= Hope Roshanak*, 55
9. Aaron Cole, 54
10. Dasha Tolkacheva*, 52



Key Personnel:
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Ázëwyn Fëanáro, Starblaydia's Elven Manager and record
appearance maker, leads Starblaydia for a 22nd successive
major tournament.


Most likely to (in order):
(Suggestions only, if you're looking for a quick name
to go with a particular incident)

Score goals: Damocles, Cellaeron, Roshanak, Maddison
Take a penalty: Damocles, Maddison, Sargent
Defend well: Hoyt, Brackenridge, Sindelaar, Aldridge
Create a moment of magic: Maddison, Galdarhim, Damocles
Change the game as a sub: Shinoda, Al Qubaisi, Nunes
Receive a card: Herrera, Sargent, Sindelaar

Starblaydia National Football Team
Squad for the 1st CAFA Cup

The Starblaydia national football team represents Starblaydia in international football competitions such as the World Cup and the Confederation of Anaian Football Associations (CAFA) Cup. It is controlled by the Starblaydi Football Association (SFA), the governing body for football in the nation.

Starblaydia have competed on the world stage for almost three centuries and are among the most successful World Cup nations of all time, having won a joint-record five World Cup titles. They have won a total of sixteen tournament championships at senior level, which also includes seven championships at regional level in the AOCAF Cup, an Olympic gold medal and three other minor tournament wins. Twelve of these are classed as 'major' championships (defined as the three WCC-endorsed tournaments and generally recognised regional competitions), which is more than any other nation in history. Starblaydia are ranked third on the all-time list of footballing nations, as measured by the Spaam Ranking System, and were inducted into the World Cup Nation Hall of Fame after World Cup 27. To date, twenty-seven Starblaydi players have been entered into the World Cup Hall of Fame.

In their recent history, Starblaydia have appeared in a World (WC 83), Regional (AOCAF 61), Under-21 (DBC 48) and two Under-18 Finals (7th & 8th U21WC), winning the Under-18 and AOCAF Cups.

Part 1: The Beginning

Starblaydia entered the world of international football in World Cup 15. They missed out on the opportunity to take part in the Baptism of Fire, but the strength of their Under-21 program meant they entered their first Qualifying campaign ranked 115th in the world. Their first match was a loss against Atlantian Oceania region-mates Vilita, who have been Starblaydia's rivals ever since, and they also managed a shock 5-1 victory over the top-16 side Dance 2 Revolution. Starblaydia qualified for their first World Cup eight years later in World Cup 17, making a dream run through to the Quarter Finals. They also began entering the AOCAF Cup, winning their first international trophy on home soil in the 4th edition. Starblaydia continued to qualify for the World Cup before they co-hosted the 20th World Cup with Druida. They went on to win three more regional titles and an Under-21 World Cup in the build-up to World Cup 25, where Starblaydia took their first Championship in Kaza, Kaze Progressa, denying Rejistania a fifth title. This was Starblaydia's first 'Double' of holding World and Regional championships at the same time, and marked the culmination of the 'Golden Generation of Starblaydi football', so named for a group of players who won the Under-21 World Cup before going on to become World Champions at senior level. This group of players was led by central defender Nunzio Gre, who had captained both trophy-winning teams. After a number of deep knockout stage runs in tournaments, Starblaydia cemented their place as one of the world's greats in World Cup 28 with a second championship, denying Bedistan a third consecutive Championship. They also won the 14th AOCAF Cup immediately after, repeating their 'Double' achievement and becoming the number-one team ranked team in the world as well as in the region of sporting superpowers, Atlantian Oceania. Starblaydia added to their tournament victories by won the Olympic Gold for Men's Football and continued to qualify for the World Cup, reaching the final again in World Cup 30, until a government-imposed exile after World Cup 34.

Part 2: The Second Stint

Returning in World Cup 38 after a change of government, Starblaydia were Runners-Up in their Baptism of Fire, losing out to The Pazhujeb Islands, and quickly worked their way back up the rankings. They qualified for the very next World Cup, then immediately co-hosted World Cup 40 with Krytenia (for a time known as West Starblaydia), making history by becoming the first nation to host the Baptism of Fire, World Cup and Cup of Harmony for the same edition as part of the 'XL' Bid (also known as the 'Überbid'). In the following tournament, a Starblaydi side ranked 22nd in the world not only incredibly took the World Championship, but then won the Atlantian Oceania title again barely a year later, for their third 'Double', propelling them back into the top ten of the world as well as into the record books.

After Valanora won back-to-back championships, Starblaydia once more reigned supreme in the World Cup, halting a Vanorian 'three-peat' and taking a fourth world title in the 44th edition of the Cup. This drew Starblaydia level with Rejistania and Bedistan as the most decorated World Cup teams ever. They were also back at the top table of the KPB ranking system, looking to be crowned as the best team in the world for the first time in a generation, which was achieved when the finals of World Cup 47 began. Starblaydia went on to win a historic and record-setting fifth world title in that tournament, defeating host nation Valanora on their home ground in the final in what was considered a match for the ages. The team would not be able to replicate these heroics again, although later on did win the Under-21 World Cup for the second time. Despite this, however, the strength of Starblaydi football began to wane.

Part 3: #wewantsix

After a second hiatus from the 58th to 60th Cups, Starblaydia returned to the international game without fanfare or championship success. Despite an extreme underdog run to the final in World Cup 63, where they were defeated by debut winners Audioslavia, Starblaydia was no longer a great team on the world stage. World Cup 67 saw their last successful qualifying campaign, failing to make it to the Cup proper all the way up to World Cup 77 and the disastrous AOCAF 53 that followed it. Administrators at the Starblaydi Football Association instigated a new strategy to return to the top of the game, known as '#wewantsix'. Under the new management of elven legend Ázëwyn Fëanáro, they once more set the World Championship as their aim and began the long climb to the top, qualifying for World Cup 78 onwards, reaching the World Cup 83 Final and winning the 61st AOCAF Cup. Starblaydia continued to rise up the rankings with each tournament to once more count themselves among the best sides in the world once more, but couldn't quite take the final step to the sixth championship. The lean years, however, were over.

Part 4: A New Dawn

While the Starblaydi government took the decision to remove itself from Atlantian Oceania, the SFA found themselves in a new confederation: CAFA. Along with a revitalisation of the domestic league, Liga Starblaydia, the nation set itself on a new goal to win a new region's championship and continue their quest for glory in the World Cup.

Style of Play

Starblaydi teams tend to value energy, passion, determination, skill and fair play. Each player must be willing to put his, or her, body on the line and give their very soul to the team. Starblaydia's national motto is, after all, translated as "Honour, Glory, Blood". Every player must display a good work ethic, a desire to win and, most important of all, talent. Starblaydi teams generally tackle hard, but fair, and interchange excellent passing and teamwork with individual brilliance. Though a solid defence - particularly the back four - is the bedrock of the success, Starblaydi teams can never be said to be defensive-minded.

As Starblaydia tend to play the same formation from tournament to tournament (see 'Formation' section above), every position on the pitch is highly valued for its overall contribution to the team. The striker cannot score if he has not received the ball from a supporting midfielder, who must receive it from a defender, who in turn only has the ball because the team's goalkeeper protected the net. Teamwork qualities are always stressed by coaching staff at the national level, cultivating a 'Starblaydia F.C' environment, as if the national side was a club team.

Sportsmanship

A key pillar of behaviour in Starblaydia is fairness, which extends through the entire culture to include football. Starblaydi players, in general, do not dive for free kicks, badger the referee or commit dirty or 'gamesmanship' fouls and any such play by their opponents draws anger and disbelief. Penalties and other fouls will, of course, be claimed when a player genuinely feels they have been committed, but Starblaydi players are not the type to pick up their feet and fall to the floor as if they've been shot by a sniper when an opponent brushes against them. Any players who perform such theatrics are generally condemned as cheaters. Club managers are known for fining and dropping players for blatant dives in previous matches, and the Starblaydi Football Association has the power to fine and retrospectively award yellow cards (and any subsequent fines/suspensions if a certain amount of yellow cards have been received) to players based on video evidence. The SFA, clubs and football society in general is determined to stamp out any cheating in Starblaydia's national game.

Rivalries

With nearly three centuries of history to draw upon, Starblaydia have had many rivalries over the years. The most important current rivalries to Starblaydi fans are:

  • The Bekkside Derby with one-time AOCAF Cup Champion Krytenia, who are located across the great Lake Bekk in Calania.
  • The tussle for world domination with five-time World Champions Valanora, starting in the 40s of the World Cup.
  • The series with Atlantian Oceania's founder nation and five-time World Champions Vilita, who have traded wins in matches with Starblaydia regularly ever since World Cup 15.
  • The North-East Calanian Derby with two-time World Champions Audioslavia.
  • A series of matches with four-time World Champions The Holy Empire of Alasdair I Frosticus, made more prominent since Simeone Di Bradini became a Dreamed Realm resident and team coach.
Historically, Starblaydia have also considered themselves rivals with:

  • Four-time World Champions Bedistan, having faced them in World Cup 28 and 30's finals, winning one each.
  • Four-time World Champions Rejistania, who Starblaydia defeated to take their first World Championship.
  • Three time Atlantian Oceania Champions Lamoni, before they moved to Greater Dienstad.
  • Oone-time World and Regional Champions Sarzonia, a bitter rivalry both on and off the pitch.
  • Two-time World Champions Liventia/Liverpool England, who formed the top 3 teams in the World in the late 20s of the World Cup along with Starblaydia and Bedistan.
Captains

To be made the captain of the national team, the one who wears the armband and leads the country on the field, is one of the most honoured achievements any Starblaydi footballer can attain. In Liga Starblaydia, the captain is the only player permitted to speak with the referee regarding their decisions without being spoken to first, and often a referee will call the captains over to discuss a disciplinary decision over a bad tackle, fight, etc. In the international scene, however, this rarely happens, and the captain's role is far less tangible. A Starblaydi captain is expected to lead by example, to be a paradigm of Starblaydia's style of play and sportsmanship (see above). They are the players to look for in any desperate situation, as they will be trying the hardest to turn the match in Starblaydia's favour.

The Raiigar

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The Raiigar is a tribal dance designed to ready its performers for a challenge ahead, originally danced by an ancient Starblaydi tribe before battle. It was recreated and first used from the fifth and final First Group Stage match against Mallatarsland in the Baptism of Fire for World Cup 38 and became a new cultural tradition for the team to enact before each match, after the national anthems of both teams have been played, but prior to the kick-off. It is designed, in the words of its re-creator Lex Panarii, to show that "your songs are stronger and your feet are faster" than those of your opposition. It has also been described as "both awe inspiring and terrifying" by an observer from Rennidan who was not even facing the dance and "intimidating and ferocious" by players from Zwangzug who faced it in World Cup 39. Similar in nature to the Ariddian Ulek the first clash of these two ancient dances in the opening qualifying match of World Cup 38 produced 'one of the most memorable moments in the history of world football' as the two dances were performed simultaneously.

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Starblaydi fans display a flag mosaic at
an international match.

Ordinary Starblaydi football fans have always followed their team with passion, songs and support across the entire world. Even in the very beginning, against Vilita in World Cup 15, Starblaydia filled their seating allocation and have maintained incredible levels of support throughout the years.

Fans of the team will often be seen wearing patriotic white and purple coloured clothing or replica shirts, carrying banners and occasionally musical instruments. Though a liberal sprinkling of alcohol is always nearby, Starblaydi fans are on the whole respectful and well-behaved whether at home or away.

Starblaydi fans are also known for their songs and chanting throughout matches, directed at players, staff, officials, other fans and even the occasional celebrity. From the simplest, repetitive mob-chanting of "Star-blade-yer, Star-blade-yer, Star-blade-yer!", through player-specific chants like "Ooh, aah, Tumunzahar! Say ooh-aah Tumunzahar!", up to hymns "Away in Krytenia, no Creds for a bed, little Lord Tiberius sat up and he said, 'Star-blade-yer! Star-blade-yer! Star-blade-yer!" and mockery of regional events with "Who's that drowning by the pool side, who's that lying in the sun?". All these, of course, are in addition to standard chants and songs sung by many teams across the world.

Crunching tackles, swift counter-attacks, skilled play - particularly if it makes a fool of an opposing player - and incredible saves are most likely, apart from goals, to get a Starblaydi fan off their seat and applauding. No matter the player, or the situation, however, if a player in a Starblaydi shirt has tried their utmost and given everything for the team's cause - whatever the outcome - Starblaydi fans will always show them respect and gratitude.

Media Coverage

Domestically all Starblaydia matches are screened live on SCB:Sports, the primary sports broadcaster in the nation, which extends to live streaming online for Starblaydi-based users only. Commentary is broadcast live across digital radio and online streaming, extending the live coverage yet further. Extensive newspaper coverage, both in print and online versions, is available throughout Starblaydia, as well as internationally where foreign versions of Starblaydi newspapers are distributed, primarily from the Jhanna Chronicle and Daily Llama.

Unlike many other nations, Starblaydi media does not generally try to knock the national team's players just for the sake of a good story; Starblaydi fans are usually very knowledgeable about the game and would see through unwarranted and undeserved criticism of a Starblaydi player.


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AF. Ázëwyn Fëanáro*, Manager, 4,083 - Image
44th & 47th World Cup Winner, World Cup Hall of Famer, 61st AOCAF Cup Winning Manager

270 Caps, 71 Goals (Uncapped at youth level)
Fëanáro scored the winner in the 47th World Cup Final against Valanora, denying them a title on their own turf and lifting Starblaydia to the mantle of all-time greatest team. Known for her excellent attacking play, range of passing and great eye for goal that lifts her to second in the all-time goalscorers list too, by virtue of a nearly 1-in-4 ratio, Ázëwyn Fëanáro is a symbol of grace, power and beauty from Starblaydia's golden age, some forty tournaments ago when the Cup was in its 40s. It is these qualities that the SFA managed to recapture with Fëanáro at the helm, bringing her trademark poise and piercing yell to the touchlines after more than a decade of national failures. She's taken her team to the World Cup Final and AOCAF glory, but can she increase Starblaydia's lead as the team with the most major titles in the world?

AC. Aaron Cole, Coach, 54 - Image
90 Caps, 54 Goals (7 Caps, 4 Goals at youth level)
The first person to break into the Starblaydi all-time top ten goalscorers in literally generations, Cole had the dubious honour of being the man to finally knock Simeone Di Bradini out of that same list. His excellent footballing brain, aggression levels, tactical nous and all-round Audioslavian/Brenecian level of shithousery made him a uniquely successful striker in a nation more used to smooth flying strikers and hulking target men. These are the qualities he brings to the national team on a much grander scale, giving them a level of needle to their play hitherto unknown for the team in white and purple, proving his style's effectiveness with a win over Audioslavia in the AOCAF Cup Final where they 'out-Bulls'd the Bulls'. This team is developing a character that can dig deep and do the dirty work when required.

AO. Amari Ollarion*, Coach, 54 - Image
46 Caps, 0 Goals (3 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
The best female Starblaydi goalkeeper since Paola Mendez, Ollarion has been managing her beloved Corinthian Spirits side for five years now, and other than Fëanáro is the most high-profile female coach in the Starblaydi game. Ollarion made her name as coach for the Starblaydi Women's Olympic team and did the no mean feat of taking them to the Quarter-Finals, continuing her journey on the senior national level.


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1. Ruby Narvaez*, GK, 28 - Image Iskara Daii
68 Caps, 0 Goals (9 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Thrust into goal for the Olympic Women's team at the tender age of 17 and personally coached by Amari Ollarion, young Ruby Narvaez seemingly snuck into the reserve goalkeeper position, when in fact she was just given the ultimate preparation to take the starting spot. It wasn't expected, however, that the 22 year old would take the reigns the very next tournament, and keep it for World Cup 88.

12. Onish Vadaparthy, GK, 34 - Image Southern Star - 61st AOCAF Cup Winner
6 Caps, 0 Goals (14 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Solid, experienced and vocal, Vadaparthy is a great goalkeeper, and a fine back-up for Narvaez.

19. Damion Stanford, GK, 28 - Image Shorterville AC
2 Caps, 0 Goals (2 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
With just two youth caps to his name, and already twenty-eight, you'd expect those sorts of international statistics to kill most players' chances of representing their country. When you're a goalkeeper and have had to come in the wake of Cosmo Leopoldi, and the middle of the peak of Ruby Narvaez, however, the stats aren't all that bad. Standford's time at Shorterville has shown he certainly has the potential to get between the posts and do a decent job if required.


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2. Andvar Galdarhim^, C/RB, 30 - Image Karak Ungor Chiefs - 61st AOCAF Cup Winner
91 Caps, 11 Goals (15 Caps, 2 Goals at youth level)
He's the first Dwarf to play for Starblaydia since Dorn Garkadrum won his 66 caps for the side, and Galdarhim is most comfortable at right-back, where his boundless energy and pace over short distances is key to his defensive ability. Not always the finest in the tackle, thanks to his short, thick legs, he is however great at intercepting, harrying and pressing the opposition into making mistakes. Often pops up by the side of the opposing penalty area more than his own, Galdarhim is the definition of a shuttle runner, up and down the right flank all game long with excellent speed and stamina. It's all these qualities that saw him earn a spot at one of the most famous club sides in history, but now he's back home at the Chiefs in a new region.

3. Dalton Aldridge, CB, 29 - Image Tikariot City FC
22 Caps, 0 Goals, (10 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Aldridge has been on the periphery of the first team for quite a while now, with appearances in World Cup 87's Qualifiers and some time in regional games. He's been the leading Starblaydi player in Tikariot for a while, but now he's the leader of a gang of four in the national team setup, all trying to break in to the starting XI at the earliest opportunity. Mission complete for the big man on the left side of a back three.

5. April Hoyt*, CB, 31 - Image Jhanna United
80 Caps, 6 Goals (15 Caps, 2 Goals at youth level)
Intelligent positional play and a keen presence in set pieces at both ends, Hoyt staked her claim to the Number 5 shirt in previous tournaments and has now been placed at the heart of the Starblaydi defence. She constantly takes the biggest responsibilities and is the key to every defensive line she is a part of.

13. Wilbur Grovesnor, C/LB, 27 - Image Tabeck FC
12 Caps, 0 Goals (5 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
One of many Starblaydi players in this squad with hardly any caps despite being in their mid-to-late20s, Grovesnor suffered from both Lucius Wolffe's longevity and Claire Stephenson's offensive capabilities, as both surged past him in the pecking order. Naturally a great defender due to his tackling and ability to read the game, he's a solid option to lock down opposing wingers and forwards.

14. Colin Mildenhall, R/CB, 24 - Image Foxchester Raiders
Uncapped (6 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Sometimes, having a defender who's under 5 feet tall can be a bad thing. Mildenhall is the answer to that eternal Galdarhim dilemma, as he's a versatile right-sided defender who's comfortable with the ball at his feet, bringing it forward and making incisive passing plays to begin attacks.

15. Leopoldo Nunes, LB/LWB, 23 - Image Vecchio Victors
Uncapped (6 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Nunes' main game is his speed and stamina, being a full back or wing back who can still produce bursts of sprinting well into the death throes of a match. Though not to be used in a back three, it's likely this young Vics defender will be thrown forward into midfield, perhaps as change up for Roshanak's position, where piercing runs and a fine crossing ability will surely cause trouble for any defence.

20. Alvari Mikkonen, CB, 24 - Image Hallad Reavers
Uncapped (6 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
They don't half breed them big in Hallad. Mikkonen is a hunk of a defender, being equally adept in both penalty areas with a huge leap and a solid forehead for making contact with the ball. Though he's only fifth-choice centre back, he's got all the potential to take the 5 shirt in the future.


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4. Quentin Brackenridge, DM, 28 - Image Tabeck Cefn Druids
30 Caps, 2 Goals (10 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Solid, dependable and a breaker of midfields, Brackenridge patrols the halfway line and barely gets into the opposing half, but when he's that good at stealing and intercepting the ball, then playing the deceptively simple pass to a free teammate, he's worth as much in attack as he is in defence.

6. Rickard Sindelaar, R/DM, 24 - Image Paricone Athletic FC
Uncapped (6 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Sindelaar will make his debut in the opening match, all things being equal, and it's almost surprising that he's edged out Friederika Lee as the second of the two holding midfielders in the starting line-up. What makes more sense, however, is to note that Galdarhim will most likely be used as an overlapping Centre Back when Starblaydia are on the attack, and the combination of Sindelaar and Sargent on the right hand side means that a stout Dwarf bombing down the outside needs cover, and Sindelaar is the perfect one to provide it.

7. Andreas Sargent*, R/LM, 30 - Image FK Metropola Borotrad
44 Caps, 9 Goals (15 Caps, 1 Goals at youth level)
There are two types of qualities that Fëanáro looks for when including players in her squad. The first is the ability to change a game, provide a new challenge for the opposition and set Starblaydia on a different path to victory. The second is a steadfast reliability, versatility and solidity that will ensure no gambling with the game plan or the strategy, and Andreas Sargent definitely represents the latter type of player. Consistent without being brilliant, reliable without being the star, and hardworking to a fault.

8. Jewel Maddison*, Captain, C/AM, 32 - Image X Island Marauders - 61st AOCAF Cup Winner
99 Caps, 36 Goals (12 Caps, 5 Goals at youth level)
The X Island midfielder didn't make the starting lineup of the AOCAF 61 final, but when she did come on, she scored Starblaydia's opening goal in the 2-1 win. Now 32, she's served splendidly as both captain and the main the central midfielder with all the energy and skills to get forward and ghost into the box when least expected, being the body that provides the overload and first to any loose ball with a stinging shot. There's certainly an argument that Maddison is one of the best players in her position in the world, having previously been mentioned on a Galacticos long list of the best 32 midfielders.

16. Friederika Lee*, C/LM, 27 - Image Alexandria City
35 Caps, 3 Goals (6 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
Only the second Starblaydi ever to play in Xanneria, and the first to make it into the national team, Lee is a versatile left-sided midfielder, a player with a great engine who can go box-to-box for 95 minutes.

17. Castro Shinoda, R/AM, 22 - Image Cedrus Soundgardia
Uncapped (7 Caps, 1 Goal at youth level)
Shinoda is perhaps the most exciting prospect to be included in the squad, given his vision, intelligence and all-round skill level. He's something of an enigma to be able to pin down as to exactly where he plays, and thought he's definitely a luxury player that can't be confined to a system, he's very much a key component of any system he plays in, such is his footballing brain for the space around him. Most of Starblaydi punditry is looking forward to see what he can do at this level.

21. Helena Herrera*, CM, 26 - Image Ókumo Ferofo
10 Caps, 2 Goals (9 Caps, 1 Goal at youth level)
Herrera is an all-action midfielder with an old-fashioned box-to-box engine, tough tackling and powerful shooting. A little bit more care in some tackles would be advisable at international level to keep the referee's involvment in her life to a minimum, but she's a frenetic ball of energy wherever she plays, driving the team forward with her workrate and popping up all over the middle third.

22. Edmund Duke, AM, 29 - Image FC Farça
Uncapped (12 Caps, 3 Goals at youth level)
Being included in a senior squad for the very first time is always a great moment in a player's career, but it doesn't often come at the age of 29. Edmund Duke has had to content with generational talent Jewel Madison and the ultimate Plan B of Omar Al Qubaisi for the past decade, and has been unable to shift either of them aside. Now, with three attack-minded midfielders in the starting XI, he's finally got the opportunity to show what he can do in a white shirt.

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9. Layla Cellaeron*, SC, 26 - Image Articala Inlet
29 Caps, 16 Goals (10 Caps, 3 Goals at youth level)
Cellaeron has great pace and an eye for goal, offering a pair of fresh legs and exuberance that might just be the key to unlocking some types of defence. Her scoring rate for when she has appeared for the senior side is second to none, thanks to a propensity to shoot from literally anywhere and a joyful innocence in goalscoring that few can match.

10. Lucian Damocles, SC, 28 - Image Iskara Daii
77 Caps, 39 Goals (11 Caps, 6 Goals at youth level)
Lucian Damocles has thrust himself into the limelight as Starblaydia best striker, claiming the fabled #10 shirt. Largely left-footed, his cut inside from the right flank is a nightmare for many a defender, but he has strength to go with the speed and an eye for goal at practically any distance. Never afraid to pull the trigger, or ride a challenge an extra step longer than most players to find the scoring opportunity, Damocles' lethality is only matched by his tenacity.

11. Sam Roshanak, SC/LW, 27 - Image Rülândéá Kôstä
24 Caps, 10 Goals (7 Caps, 2 Goals at youth level)
Sam Roshanak's intrepid adventure to Farfadillis has certainly been rewarded with game time and he's shown he can take the chances he's given. Not only a good all-round striker, but he can play out wide on the left and terrorise defences from post to corner flag. The sight of him rampaging in the half space has tantilised Starblaydi pundits for years, and he's forged some great link-up play with Damocles, making Starblaydia's left sided attack a potent one indeed.

18. Omar Al Qubaisi, SC/AM, 30 - Image Yaton FC - 61st AOCAF Cup Winner
60 Caps, 21 Goals (17 Caps, 4 Goals at youth level)
An exceptionally hard worker, who often appears more in the assist and Key Contribution columns than the goalscoring charts, Al Qubaisi has really begun to make himself available in a position that fits within the style that Fëanáro has developing across the entire national team setup, thanks to developing in the Taeshani league system over the last few years. Omar tends to play as a false nine through the middle than an out-and-out striker, but his size and strength also gives him qualities as a target man to bring wingers into play.

23. Maria Janczewska*, SC, 23 - Image Iskara Daii
Uncapped (6 Caps, 0 Goals at youth level)
The Number 23 shirt has, for almost two hundred years, been the shirt given to the up-and-coming young striker, the one to show that their star can shine brightest of all despite their youth or inexperience. For Janczewska, the latest strike partner for Lucian Damocles at the Daii, the pressure is on to show that she can reproduce that kind of form and partnership on the international stage.


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Evolving the 4-2-3-1 with a double pivot, to a 3-5-2 with the same, it's a directly attacking left flank,
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ediraf once again innovated beyond all competitors with the Generation Five series of football kits, with this version first debuted at the 82nd World Cup Finals.

Generation Five-B blends a number of Starblaydia's iconic kits from across more than a quarter of a millennium, including the return of side panels and a number on the front, while mixing in new design elements such as the subtle stripes of the away kit. Both proudly sport the five gold stars - representing their record-setting five World Championships at senior level - above the Starblaydi Football Association logo. Starblaydi players also wear rainbow laces on their boots as a symbol of diversity and inclusion.

Starblaydia have always worn home kits of white shirts, shorts and socks with purple trim since their inception. The distinctive purple colour of Starblaydi kits is drawn from the national flag, which in turn derives its purple from the Starblaydi Orchid, the national flower. The Starblaydi sportswear company Ediraf have always provided the kits for Starblaydia's team, from their very first outings debuted at World Cup 15 and have created five distinct generations of Starblaydi kits, each improving technically and aesthetically upon the last.
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Postby Northwest Kalactin » Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:38 pm

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About the Nation
Northwest Kalactin is a nation of 20 million people, the nation has many major city’s with hockey teams in them. The largest cities are Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour And Kempsey the capital and largest city in the nation is Gold Coast. The climate is hot with the summer temperatures getting up to about 110 Fahrenheit at the highest and winter temperatures go down to about 50 at the lowest. The nation plays host to many domestic sports leagues across many different sports including Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Rugby and many more.

Northwest Kalactin: What to Expect
Of course if you are traveling to Northwest Kalactin you need to bring some shirts and shorts. The average temperature is around 80 degrees all year, however, during the summer it can go up to one hundred degrees. Most stadiums in Northwest Kalactin are either domes or have retractable roofs because during the summer players will easily overheat. The hottest that the temperature that the weather has gotten in the summer is 113 degrees farinheight. The largest cities are Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour and Kempsey. All 3 of these cities have over 1 million people in them but Gold Coast is the largest city with over 2.8 million people in the entire city. Coffs has 1.7 million and Kempsey has 1.2 million. The east side of the nation has very few people having only 2.5 million people. Almost all of the large cities have teams in all of the different sports leagues, however, different regions have different popular sports. The main coastal cities have soccer and gridiron as the most popular sports. The farms inland also like both Soccer and Gridiron but many baseball players also come from the inland rural areas. In the eastern mountains have hockey as the most popular sport but, bandy is also a very popular among kids which makes the nation one of the best in the world in bandy. Down south, soccer and basketball are by far the most popular sports there. The kids in Northwest Kalactin currently are one of the most promising sports generations ever in the nation as they are now putting up some of the best youth teams in the world. Northwest Kalactin is pretty light when it comes to laws however, all visitors and opponents are expected to follow the laws for the duration that they are in the nation. Drinking is permitted for those over 17 and smoking is illegal outside of designated areas. Some of the best textiles industries in the world can be found in Northwest Kalactin as the huge textile factory, Holcomb Textiles headquartered in Byron Bay. Many tech companies are also based in the nation as the Tech Company Startup Fund provides money for those entrepreneurs in the tech section who look to be based in Kalactin.

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Gold Coast international football stadium is a very nice stadium it holds up to 104,000 people and is the largest stadium in northwest Kalactin. Many people are surprised that the stadium has a retractable roof even though it is very hot in northwest Kalactin in fact the reason why the roof is there is because of the heat! One time it was 114 degrees Farinheight in Gold Coast so they put the roof up. Another thing to look for at the stadium is the before game tailgating there are many food trucks that stop by there and take advantage of the huge crowds. Lastly, be sure to visit the Northwest Kalactin soccer hall of fame that has many interesting artifacts jerseys and other stuff from Kalactanian football

History of The Team
The Kalactanian National Team has been around since the 79th version of the World Cup. The team started out from quiet beginnings finishing in the quarter finals in the 66th Baptism Of Fire against Filindostan. The 80th World Cup Team was highlighted by Jared Sednah and Wendell Jakerein, who ended up making the team of the qualifiers. Sednah was the top player on the team for the Next 2 cycled as he paired up with Luke Dillan to bring the team close to qualifying. Despite the valiant efforts by Dillan and Sednah the team couldn’t end up qualifying in the 82nd and 81st cups. The FA decided not to enter the team in for the 83rd qualifiers due to corruption in the association. The team was quickly eliminated in the 84th qualifiers. The current team is highlighted by younger players that hope to bring the team to the World Cup the the following years. In the 85th World Cup campaign the team put up one of their best qualifying performances. However, near the end of qualifying the team was shaken by the surprise retirement of the star goalkeeper Wendell Jakerein.

Starters

Strikers:
Strikers : Keith Torres, Image Nyashawill, Age: 29
A player that has came off of the bench in multiple recent world cups, Keith Torres is a very reliable substitute, although it will be interesting to see how he does when starting the game on the field. Recently transferring to Ko-oren to play there, Torres is a player that has been with 7 different clubs in his career. Torres is a very strong and fast player, although many think that he lacks the skill needed to become a great striker.

Jimmy McCarthy Image Tor, Age: 28
Jimmy McCarthy was the future of Kalactanian football the second he stepped onto the Project Olimpo campus. He is a natural leader that can lift the spirits of any of his teammates and he brings great talent to the team. He is a bit weak however he makes up for it with his ability to make a move on anyone. Last cycle he was by far the best player on the team, going out and showing his goalscoring ability, and is able to work some magic out there.

Will Sanders Image Murwelldobah FC, Age: 32
Will Sanders is a player that has historically played midfield however he made the switch to midfielder a few years ago. One of the best players on the team he is always focused on making his teammates better through passing. He is a very creative player that likes to express his creativity on the pitch. He was responsible for assists on many of the goal.

Thomas Butler Image AC Itotz Zubia, Age: 19
The future of Kalactanian soccer, is now playing in Audioslavia, and is now with the national team for his first cycle on. He is a magic man by the net, and always seems to come out with the ball in 1-1 battles. He is one of the strongest, and fastest players to ever play for the nation, he will become a great duo with players like Jimmy McCarthey in the next few years, and you can look for him to score many goals. He wants this cycle to be his breakout cycle, and he wants to start it out wi a good AOCAF

Substitutes: Cody Dixon, Image Cirelbourne United, Age: 30
Joe Russell, Image Ballina FC, Age: 31

Midfielders:
Steve Gilbert Image Toureres, Age: 33
Gilbert is a player in the middle of his prime. After showing how he could turn the War Eagles from a second tier team to a team earning UICA qualification the NT picked him up. He is a very athletically talented player that can outrun almost anyone on the pitch. He does lack some skills on the first touch but his athleticism helps him excel on the field.

Frank Owens Image Coffs Harbour FC, Age: 35
Owens has been a mainstay if the starting lineup of the NT since the 80th World Cup. He may be entering his last World Cup as he is very prone to injury’s. He plays a very aggressive game and has a fiery temper, things that can get him in trouble on the field. Owens is currently the team record holder for the most Cautions in one tournament, with 7.

Lamar Hall Image Bul Khungur Miners, Age: 22
Lamar is on his very first cycle on the National Team, and he is a started already. He had a breakout season and helped the Ballina Red Devils earn theirselves a spot in IFCF play this season. He is the younger brother of established defender Matt Hall, and wants to become a reliable starter on the national team in the coming years. Look for him to pass a lot, he spends very little time with the ball once he gets possession. Now in the Tikariot Premier League, he looks to become one of the best team players on the team.

Substitutes: Daniel Guidry Image Kempsey United, Age: 32
Lamar Snyder Image Ballina Red Devils, Age: 27

Backs:
Matt Hall Image Fryi Frêndê, Age: 27
Matt Hall is another player in his prime that has been around on the team during recent cycles. He recently started playing in the Farfadillian leagues where he continues to develop as a player. Hall is one of the strongest players on the team athletically being one of the fastest on the team.

Joseph Anderson Image FC Harbour City, Age: 31
A newer player just recently called up to the National Team, Anderson has exceeded expectations for the team. He recently just entered his prime and he improves very quickly. He does tack up a large number of injuries though, which is concerning for his future on the team. Anderson is a great on-ball defender and can play physically if needed.

Larry Martinez Image AC Itotz Zubia, Age: 28
Martinez is a new defender to the National squad. He played his only appearance before this when he came in as a sub in a Wonder Cup game against Delaclava. He also is a teammate of young striker Thomas Butler, so look for those 2 to have some good chemistry on the field. Just like his preceding teammate at the position, Jake Dakota, he is a reliable defender that has good ball control.

Substitutes:
George Taylor Image Bavingtor City, Age: 27
Brian Wood Image Razalfu Rhinos, Age: 24



Goalkeeper:
Mark Romero Image CF Bondstad, Age: 27
After taking over from the legend Wendell Jakerein, Romero started the final games of the World Cup 85 qualification. Romero is a very young keeper that can look to become a successful player on the Kalactanian National team. Unlike his preceder, Romero is a player that has very good athleticism. What he lacks though, is the tactical smarts that Jakerein possessed.

Substitutes: Lawrence Henderson Image Toureres, Age: 21

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Captain: Oskana Karapetyan
Nickname: The Simurghs

Iskandervale's reputation is as, in order of significance: a far-flung battleground in the Endemian War, a tourist destination for if you really can't afford a beach that might not have unexploded mines by the shore, and a plucky football team doing their best to make up the numbers. Naming themselves after an immortal bird seems fitting, and hopefully prescient.

Iskandervale has produced three exceptional footballers: Ishtar Fanaiyan, Servet Misidjan, Voska Avetisyan. All three played for Nephara instead. There's a substantial Iskandrian diaspora in Nephara, and elsewhere in Anaia, but Iskandervale's trying to build something more sustainable as the scars of war hopefully begin to recede ...

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Tactics
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First-choice lineup. Pace and power will be the watchwords, hoping to make up in physicality what they lack in skill, and given their Nepharan origins they will be brutal and uncompromising both in tackling and in gamesmanship. They're going to come flying at teams, especially down the right, with Nasir Majerle a gifted attacking player and natural forward linking up with the playmaker Talay, but may well get brutally exposed on the counterattack, especially given the sluggish pace of their defence.

Staff
Manager: Parvidzhon Borrowfield - Age 42

Once a centre-half, then assistant, now Borrowfield's running the rule over the whole thing. An iron-fisted tyrant, believed to be something of a minor acolyte of Skorjiball. If the main issue managing people who once played alongside you is making sure they all know you aren't their mate... well, job done.

Goalkeepers
1 - GK - Serikzhan Cooper - Age 29 - Sportklub Palerma (DAR)
12 - GK - Reza Schmidt - Age 23 - Arrowsmith (EUR)
20 - GK - Gevorg Bauyrzhan - Age 32 - Lokomotiv Iskandabad

Ishtar Curran was among the best Iskandrian players to actually play for Iskandervale... and has retired. The lanky Schmidt is a complete liability in the air, but a sharper shot-stopper than the more all-rounded Cooper. Either of them, of course, is a world above Bauyrzhan, who is here to sit on the bench and not cause trouble.

Defenders
3 - LCB - Yazdegerd Turnbull - Age 24 - KT Koroatuz (MYT)
5 - RCB - Oskana Karapetyan - Age 31 - Emerald Coast (SRS)
6 - CB - Varazdat Stubbs - Age 28 - Urrheddiao (CMT)
16 - CB - Artaxerxes Bowman - Age 19 - Vakhqul Ironworks
18 - CB - Cass Ardashir - Age 22 - Lokomotiv Iskandabad

One-paced, one-dimensional Karapetyan and Stubbs make up a tough defensive core, now complemented by Turnbull, a utility man equally comfortable at leftback who is the only one of the three whose pace rates above 'glacial'. Their fitness is critical, with the other centre-halves in the side being... well, ones for the future.

Midfielders
2 - RWB - Dimitri Rashad - Age 30 - Alliance Barossia (NPH)
4 - DM - Adelaide Casimir - Age 25 - Peregrine (NPH)
7 - RWB - Nasir Majerle - Age 22 - Sabrefell Moths (NPH)
8 - CM - Monika Talay - Age 31 - Brattleboro Westside (CDG)
11 - CM - Maryam Alexandre - Age 30 - Emerald Coast (SRS)
15 - LWB - Odette Saighani - Age 20 - Navakor Farchi
17 - CM - Miriam Resan - Age 26 - Sword (EUR)
19 - DM - Younis Pyrite - Age 27 - Royal Ibarbe (ASG)
22 - LWB - Yon Maurtua - Age 21 - Oljestaden IF (AUD)
23 - CM - Tasha Kamarandan - Age 18 - Felswyr (CMT)

Younis Pyrite is a brutish destroyer with no delusions of anything more complex. That's useful, because the rest of the midfield has a decidedly attacking bent; Talay and Alexandre are crafty players, Alexandre more of the 'passing sideways' variety with Talay more inclined to go forward. Offering width, Moths backup winger Nasir Majerle is crowbarred into wingback, and provides much of the side's thrust; Maurtua's significantly more defensively-minded, and more limited as a player, though his aura of competence is very welcome. Resan may be brought in over Talay to calm a game down.

Forwards
9 - ST - Artak Voskanyan - Age 27 - Flying Jellyfish (FFD)
10 - ST - Clotho Sulaka - Age 25 - Hofvinger (GRF)
13 - ST - Kitti Menander - Age 27 - AFC Serpentine (NPH)
14 - ST - Shamshira Kadhim - Age 18 - AFC Tachmur
21 - ST - Brandon Mkrtchyan - Age 26 - Dhalopura FC (INS)

Surprisingly, the attacking corps look okay. The pugnacious poacher Voskanyan is complemented by arrogant, fiery Clotho Sulaka, already something of a journeywoman. Menander and Mkrtchyan both cut their teeth in the Nepharan lower leagues, and offer a lot of grit despite limited technical ability.

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Postby CAFA » Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:20 pm

Sign-up list updated to Iskandervale. Just over three days left for any additional host bids.

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Ko-oren
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Postby Ko-oren » Tue Jun 22, 2021 7:44 am

ko-orenite national association football team
Style mod: -5. If they can't score, they can't win.

Nickname Dragonflies
Region Anaia
Head Coach Katanmak Juliasterinthen
Assistant Coach #1 Katherine Davenport
Assistant Coach #2 Exidio Varela
Assistant Coach #3 Cath Schoppe
Goalkeeping Coach Takiji Miyaguchi
Team Manager Aeneme Aoragolin
Strength & Conditioning #1 Japa Cailloux
Strength & Conditioning #2 Yuki Ishido
Doctor Luther Stokes
Medical Staff x3 Berentschot, Ponce, Runmeningun
Selectors Ronne Weleman, Zacharias Steenbok, Meiji Yahiro
Scouting & Analysis x5 Saumalindhen, yChaddeos, Pomeroy, Scott, Jarrambah
Captain
Trigramme KOR
Colours Green, blue, (yellow)
Ranking 11 (KPB)
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World Cup
Appearances: 16x - 64-66, 69-72, 74-75, 81, 83-88
Best Result: 8x Ro16 - 66, 69-70, 74-75, 81, 83, 85
Best Result: 1x 2nd - 87
World Cup qualification
Appearances: 30x - 55-56, 58-75, 78-88
Cup of Harmony
Appearances: 10x - 50, 51, 53-55, 60, 65, 71-72, 74
Best Result: 1st, CoH 65. 3rd, CoH 74.
Anaia - CAFA Cup
Appearances: 1x - 1
Best Result: Participated, 1.
Atlantian Oceania - AOCAF
Appearances: 21x - 40-51, 55-63
Best Result: 1st: 60. 2nd: 50. 3rd: 48, 59. 4th: 45, 47.
Eagle's Cup
Appearances: 1x - 10
Best Result: QF: 10.

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Aminey - Stade sur la Baie (70000) - home to Aminey CS (and the Aminey Caspians, Aminey Buffaloes, and Aminey Owls)

Schemerdrecht - Orange Bowl (54000) - home to Schemerdrecht SVV (and the Schemerdrecht Admirals)

Maethoru - Rikalathen Arena (39000) - home to Maethoru SC (and Mayara Wanderers-Vulpecula)

Étouille - Stade Amandine (30000) - home to Tanques AOE (and the Etouille Vultures)

Santa Teresa - Estádio Fortaleza (29000) - home to Miradela GD (and the Santa Teresa Sabres)

Maynard - Armskirk Municipal Ground (26000) - home to Maynard AFC

Katashi - Suzumebachi Stadium (25000) - home to Katashi-Kanatsu

Greencaster - Golhampton Grounds (25000) - home to lower league Langward

Aevanna - Northern Arena (32000) - home to university team 'Aevanna Ecologiske Universitet'

RP Permissions
Choose my goalscorers: Yes
Choose Scoring Events: Yes
Godmod Scoring Events: No
RP injuries to my players: Yes
Godmod injuries to my players: No
Hand out Yellow cards to my players: Yes
Hand out Red cards to my players: Yes
Godmod Other Events: Within reason


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1. GK Larut Theshendan (32) - Maethoru SC
12. GK Edou Bittencourt (21) - Tanques AOE
23. GK Perry Cholmondeley (30) - Maynard AFC

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2. LF Winwig Jundy (21) - Advance Alara
13. LF Tij Breukelaar (23) - Devlet-Bira Fabrika Takimi, TMR
3. LB Calvin Kitchingham (26) - Bruncester United AFC
14. LB Mitchell Kildare (32) - Maynard AFC
4. RB Minne van Schelven (26) - 1830 Cathair, AUD
15. CB Jubenar Mallerbury (21) - Zilverstraat SC, TSA
5. RB Just Olink (20) - Miradela GD
16. RB Ethan Benjamin (28) - Ousevale Borough, KRY
6. RF Aesimila Aelisire (27) - Straudum VV
17. RF Edialor Aiamara (23) - Laketown Rangers, TAE

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7. DM Sinclair Odgers (19) - Rangers, HTK
18. DM Jolgurasaun Dhentingun (22) - Mercia Bromham, KRY
8. CM Jurre Hilberdink (27) - Schemerdrecht SVV
19. CM Kherles Ensaunden (27) - Maethoru SC
9. RM Lysander Forward (28) - South Laithland, NPH
20. LM Axel Fiallo (19) - Ulsa Rovers, EUR
10. AM Mata Vaugrenard (28) - Maethoru SC
21. AM Basti Bousquet (22) - Tanques AOE

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11. ST Vicenzo Vinal (30) - RFK Ogdenagorv , MRC
22. ST Aenemere Erisia (26) - Aminey CS

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The Yellowsash is the standard home jersey. The black and yellow jerseys are all used as away, alternate, or GK jerseys.

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This team is all about containing their opponent, letting them make mistakes, and capitalising on those. Let the other guys get impatient, lose the ball, and immediately go for the counter attack. Yes, it's frustrating to play against, but you have to admit that there's a certain beauty to doing this near-flawlessly every single time. The Dragonflies aren't a very physical team, but can match almost every opponent in stamina (not so much power or speed, though. Typically only the wingers are pacy). Instead, they rely on tactics and patience. The team is also good enough to be in possession a lot and dictate the tempo, though they're not always creative enough to break down the opposing defence - for that, the Dragonflies have learned to be very, very good on counterattacks, set pieces, and a few patterns in open play. Given the experience most of these players have, it's hard to come up with something new they've never seen - and then do that well enough to reliably score. In order to beat us, you'll need to bring two or more of the following: power, speed, caution.

Basically, this team comes prepared, is patient, and keeps a cool head.

Penalties: Vaugrenard, Forward
Free kicks: Hilberdink, Forward
Corner kicks: Forward, Hilberdink

Most likely to get booked: Benjamin, Odgers, Vinal
Most likely to be fouled: Benjamin, Vaugrenard, Aelisire

Feel free to ignore those suggestions

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Numbers 1-11 typically start (but not always, feel free to choose your starters).
Numbers 1-23 are typically selected as starters or subs (but not always, feel free to select some 23+-ers as subs or starters).
Numbers over 23 are mostly there as emergency replacements, but can be part of the 23-man squad for some qualifiers.

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On the left is the standard for this team. Five defenders, a defensive midfielder-slash-pivot, two wingers, an attacking midfielder-annex-second striker, and a pure finisher up front. In possession, one of the defenders can push up: this might be one of the fullbacks to provide width, but can also be one of the centrebacks, in which case the defensive midfielder makes way. The wingers will be wider or narrower based on the opposition, and the same determines how far the fullbacks will advance. In defence, the team becomes narrower, with the defensive midfielder playing spoiler to whoever is trying to find space between the Ko-orenite lines, and the wingers falling back to meet opposing fullbacks. The striker and attacking midfielder will almost always look for space to launch a counterattack. On the right is the alternate lineup, which still adheres to a basic 5-4-1. You could call it a 5-5-0, seeing as the striker is sitting back much further. This lineup works the exact same for the defenders, with or without possession. The defensive and central midfielder are pivots, the wingers have far more freedom to find space, and the striker drops back to receive the ball and allow other players to overlap, enabling them to score a goal rather than the striker themselves. In defence, the midfielders can organically shrink and expand their 'pentagram-five' formation much more fluidly.

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All-time record: 431-114-203. 1098-624 (+474). 748 total games played, 58% win percentage, 73% non-loss percentage. 1.47 goals per game scored, 0.834 goals per game conceded.

Record in regional tournaments: 65-13-45. 153-115 (+38). 123 total games played, 53% win percentage, 63% non-loss percentage. 1.24 goals per game scored, 0.935 goals per game conceded.

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1) Simon Everest - Scored the first official goal
2) Alizarin Lelantos - Coached the team to the first Cup of Harmony
3) Haki Asgard - Record holder for most matches played for the national team
4) Koyane Shiribeshi - Record holder for most goals scored for the national team
5) Pet Rilasthaunden - Most games as coach, perfected the defensive scheme
6) Xi Shang - Captain in the earliest days of the KFA
7) Sobek Dehenat - Celebrated captain and defender of the formative years
8) Fin Fenner - Dynamic midfielder, third-most appearances for the national team
9) Katanmak Juliasterinthen - Celebrated defender and captain of the most successful campaigns. Coach of AOCAF 60-winning squad
10) Katherine Davenport - Long time captain
11) Storm Enshadilsa - Second-most capped player, most clean sheets for the national team
12) Bogdan Antonescu - Only non-Ko-orenite in the HoF, coached the team to most of its World Cup qualifications
13) Naemasu Tokachi - Fourth-most capped player, most assists, many goals
14) Reizo Yokota - Captain of AOCAF 60-winning squad
15) Lionel Dalton - Record holder for most matches played for the national team, AOCAF and CoH winner
16) Larut Theshendan - Allowed 7 goals in all of the World Cup 87 cycle - from qualifiers to the World Cup final.
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NS Sports’ only World Cup, World Bowl, World Cup of Hockey, World Baseball Classic and International Basketball Championships loser! (But we lost some finals in other events as well)

Trigramme: KOR - Demonym: Ko-orenite - Population: 27.270.096
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Champions 1x CoH - 1x AOCAF - 1x WBC - 4x World Bowl - 4x RUWC - 1x RLWC - 1x IBC - 2x T20 WC - 1x HWC - 1x Beach Cup
Runners-up 1x World Cup - 1x AOCAF - 1x WBC - 2x World Bowl - 1x WCoH - 4x IBC - 1x AOHC - 1x GCF Test Cricket - 2x RUWC - 1x WLC - 1x FHWC
Hosts 1x World Bowl - 1x WCOH - 1x T20 WC - 2x RUWC - 1x FHWC

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Postby Audioslavia » Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:08 am

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National Football Team


As with recent entries into regional championships, this Audioslavian team omits a few players over thirty and adds some younger players in their stead. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty strong Audioslavia line-up compared to past ones.

##    POS   Player                   Age Club 
1 G Goran Stroud 30 AUD 1830 Cathair
2 D R Michel Saint François 29 EUR Revolutionaries
3 D/M L Floriano Côtescassées 23 AUD KT Itzalovalle
4 M C Moses Moxey 29 AUD KT Itzalovalle
5 D C Archer Flat 23 AUD Calcio Sicurezza Exiles
6 D C Leonardo Ceron (c) 31 AUD AC Izotz Zubia
7 M RC Erwin Spijkers 28 NPH Crisisbless
8 AM/F C Eurico Da Rosa 27 AUD AC Izotz Zubia
9 F C Koenraad Rijsbergen 30 AUD KT Moreazerua
10 F C Fergus Coren 24 AUD AC Izotz Zubia
11 D/M R Tiago Brown 23 AUD Cazadores Cathair
12 D C Oran Coldcross 23 AUD KT Moreazerua
13 D C Alejandro Consuegra 29 AUD KT Itzalovalle
14 AM RCL Antoine Letexier 21 AUD 1830 Cathair
15 M C Brannigan Burley 26 AUD 1830 Cathair
16 DM C Declan MacCowan 28 AUD Shamrock Cathair
17 D/M RCL Carmelo MacCowan 24 AUD Shamrock Cathair
18 D CR Daniel MacCowan 28 AUD Shamrock Cathair
19 M CR Eneko Burionagonatotorecagageazcoechea 24 AUD KT Itzalovalle
20 AM C Olavi Kivela 23 AUD Laivanrakentajan JPS
21 G Tapani Haataja 29 AUD Laivanrakentajan JPS
22 G Thomas McFarland 26 AUD Shamrock Cathair
23 D/M L Christiaan Kracht 23 AUD Oljestaden IF


Style Modifier: -1
Formation: 5-2-3
Starting line-up

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How to RP Audioslavia’s Players
Goran Stroud - Jens Lehmann’s brain in Goran Ivanisevic’s body.
Tiago Brown - Early 60s Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown cosplaying as Adama Traoré.
Floriano Côtescassées - remember when Asier Del Horno was the next best thing for about five minutes in 2004? That.
Leandro Ceron - what if Pochettino was as good a player as he is a manager. YMMV.
Archer Flat - What if Francis Begbie but ginger.
Daniel, Declan and Carmelo MacCowan - What if the Neville brothers were three Phil Nevilles but one thought they were Roy Keane (Declan)
Moses Moxey - What if Patrick Viera thought he was Steven Gerrard
Brannigan Burley - What if Joey Barton were played by William Shatner
Erwin Spijkers - What if Wesley Sneijder woke up thinking he was Arjen Robben
Antoine Letexier - What if Franck Ribery were Starblaydi.
Koenraad Risjbergen - So five years ago third division Italian side Calcio Lecco 1912 had a striker called Cristofoli who was an outright thug. His favourite move was to hold defenders by the throat whenever he tried to run past one. Rijsbergen is what happens if this guy was crossed with a poor man’s Lewandowski.

Manager Rohan Cammers (APX) is what if Eric Cantona were forced to live in Robbie Savage’s body but had Jamie Carragher's accent + what if Cam Newton got dressed in the dark.


Culture
The Audioslavian way of playing football includes using a fair amount of gamesmanship and cheap tactics to try to tip the balance in their favour. Audioslavia play a brand of counter-attacking football named Kontrapuntzeka in which they attempt to soak up pressure in order to hit their opponents on the break. As a result they often have problems with breaking down teams that defend solidly. Audioslavian players tend to be on the smaller side, averaging around 5’9 with a few exceptions here and there (Moxey, Rijsbergen and Stroud are above 6’0, but most of the others aren’t, including the back five) but are usually physically fitter than their opponents, as such able to keep playing at the same level deep into games and capitalising as their opponents tire. The trade-off to this is a lack of technique compared to their international rivals. Oh, and there are always quesitons about the team’s mentality. If things start going wrong, mistakes, insecurity and infighting start to creep into the Audioslavians’ game.

Audioslavian football is at a high point, with the side seventh in the KPB rankings and the domestic league the best in the world. Their third place at the World Cup and their AOCAF Cup last cycle is their best performance since the great 63-64 side won everything twice. As a result, the side are overconfident heading into these championships and require being knocked down a peg or two.


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This is your team. If you want to add a personality trait to anyone, go right ahead. I’ll run with it. Audioslavia are cartoon baddies and I welcome you to use them as such. Everything [Y].

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CAFA
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Postby CAFA » Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:36 pm

Sign-ups updated to Audioslavia. Reminder that bids are due roughly 24 hours from this post.

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Postby CAFA » Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:25 pm

With the bid deadline having passed, Legalese (who is also currently point on managing the signups, and is trying to not make this all third-person weird) is currently the only bidder. Having confirmed with the signees so far, the consensus is in favor of moving forward with them as the hosts, so congrats to me, I guess.

Current planned schedule -- time of day for the following is roughly 8 PM MDT on that date/ 02:00 UTC the following date:

July 1: CAFA RP Thread opens
July 2: Sign-ups close
July 5: Pre-Draw Cutoff and Draw
July 7: MD 1

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Postby Ochre Islands » Fri Jun 25, 2021 6:07 am

Number, Name, Position, Age, Team
I will be setting up a domestic league at some point, but need to research how these work in nations of 3.9 million!)

Staff

JD – Jody DONTELL - Manager - 47
OR - Oliver RUDYARD - Assistant Manager - 46
LB - Lucas BLACKBURN - Goalkeeping Coach - 24
CW – Cameron WADELL - Fitness Coach - 22
VK - Victor KELLY - Coach - 58
VP - Lance PAUL - Coach - 40
SM - Seth MARSHALL - Physio - 30
AB - Austin BARDENE - Physio - 49

Team

Playing in the following formation: GK | DC DC | WBL DMC WBR | MC MC | AMC | SC SC

The first player(s) named in each area of the team start the game. For example, Sullerton, Dubois, Driver and Walker would start out of the defenders.

Goalkeepers - 3

1 - Zachary HENDERSON - GK - 28
12 – Lloyd ABRAHAM - GK - 31
13 - Patrick HORTON - GK - 25

Defenders - 7

3 - Philip LAMBERT - WBL - 24
6 - Lawrence GORDON - Captain - DC - 29
2 - Tristan DAVEY - DC - 27
5 - Leonard BURKE - WBR - 22
15 - Leon MOORE - DC/R - 22
23 - Steven HART - DC - 32
16 - Taylor BARRETT - WB/L - 19

Midfielders - 8

4 - Al WALTERS - DMC - 28
11 - Martin THOMAS - MC - 29
8 - Frederick CUMMINGS - MC - 25
7 - Bradley WATKINS - AMC - 22
14 - Carl WALKER - DMC - 18
17 - Tommy CROSS - MC - 26
18 - Anthony FIELDS - AMC - 28
20 - Pete READ - D/AMC - 20

Strikers - 5

9 - Mark WILKINSON - SC - 28
10 - George HOLLAND - SC – 21
19 - Connor SMYTH - SC - 23
21 - Jamie SLATER - SC - 30
22 - Blue GIBSON - SC - 17

Kits

Home & Away
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Important Information for Hosts & RP'ers

Style mod +2

Please feel free to refer to the team as The Ochre Islands or just Ochre Islands. Our nationality is Ochre Islander(s).

In the event my opponent posts an RP first, they may:

Select my scorers — Yes
Give out yellow cards to my players — Yes
Give out red cards to my players — Yes
RP injuries to my players — Yes
Godmod injuries — No
Godmod scoring events — Yes
Godmod other events — Yes

Do whatever you want basically, just don't kill/maim/etc. An RP that makes me laugh would make me eternally grateful.
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Postby Krytenia » Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:06 pm

Please assume YES for all answers in the Permission Box – just TG me first if it's particularly insane and/or egregious. Also, anything COVID related can do one.

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KRYTENIA 2288 CAFA CUP SQUAD
Modifier: +2.5


THE MANAGEMENT TEAM

Manager – Paul DAVIS, Age 52
Having taken over the reins from Jerome Jaffacake-Phillips, Davis had a bumpy ride in his early campaigns as national team manager. Following successes in the AOCAF, Di Bradini, and Eagle's Cups, the former Ousevale boss came just one game short of winning the last Cup of Harmony.

Assistant Manager – Gary BARTON, Age 49
An ex-Ousevale manager with an ex-Mercia assistant. The national team makes for strange bedfellows sometimes. Has redeemed himself excellently, taking charge of the Under-21s in their run to the recent Di Bradini Cup final.

Goalkeeping Coach – Marcus WASHINGTON, Age 55
Defensive Coach – Robert FIELDS, Age 56
Offensive Coach – Selaphiel KENNEDY, Age 46
Physiotherapist – Stephen WILLIS, Age 47


THE SQUAD

Goalkeepers

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Robert WILSON
VICE-CAPTAIN
Age: 30
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Unattached

No Carpenter? No problem. The former Notegia Rangers and Hondo FC keeper is currently without a club thanks to the current political climate, and will be using the CAFA Cup as a shop window. Wilson's strength is in his agility and shot stopping; his distribution could be better.

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Aaron SHEPHERD
Age: 28
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Ousevale Borough

Many O-League fans agree that Ousevale's defence is the reason they're struggling to meet their own high standards; they also agree that things would be so much worse without Shepherd in possession of the gloves.

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Michael SVEYN
Age: 23
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Secklow

The teenager tried his damnedest to keep Penniton United up last season. It didn't quite pan out for the Pennies, but Sveyn's excellent shot-stopping abilities earned him a second chance in the Prem with Secklow. Shone between the sticks at DBC50.

Defenders

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Marcus BELLAMY
Age: 30
Position: Left-back
Club: Ashton Olympic

Sturdy defender of the wide channels. Not overly adventurous, but gets the job done at the back.

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Stephen CAMERONESI
Age: 27
Position: Right-back
Club: Casuals Osteria

Ball-winning full-back who has matured under Samuel Dee's tutelage at Casuals. Hard in the tackle, though much less reckless than he was when he first stepped onto the international scene.

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Ross OKANO
CAPTAIN
Age: 31
Position: Centre-back
Club: 1830 Cathair (AUD)

Young all-rounder helped guide Oustia to their first season in the big leagues...and keep them there. Narrowly missed out on a National League winners' medal with the side Krytenians "affectionately" call Half Six Furball.

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Joey SINTON
Age: 31
Position: Centre-back
Club: Sabrefell Moths (NPH)

Excellent reader of the game, though not necessarily the speediest. Plying his trade in Nephara has sharpened his skill base, and it shows.

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Billy PRICE
Age: 25
Position: Right-back
Club: Oustia

What price Price? Low enough for Oustia to snag him, apparently. Sturdy and relieable full-back, tends not to bomb forward too often.

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Alex RIVERS
Age: 28
Position: Centre-back
Club: Iturributa United (ASG)

An aerial threat at both ends; sometimes makes you wonder if the feet are connected to the same brain, though. Playing abroad does seem to be helping in this regard, though.

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Elias MOLINARI
Age: 25
Position: Centre-back
Club: Emberton Reds

Mature beyond his tender years, Molinari is cool-headed; a rare trait amongst the choke-happy Reds team. Tends to back off rather than rush into the tackle. Captained the Under-21s, and may well do the same for the national team in the future. Just needs to dislodge Okano or Sinton first...

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Benjamin LISPALLE
Age: 23
Position: Left-back
Club: Beckton Supermarine

Speedy little firecracker, tends to get deployed as more of a wingback for the Mariners. Positioning skills could be a little better, though, and was somewhat exposed in the CoH80 final.

Midfielders

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Oliver SELHURST
Age: 25
Position: Left midfield
Club: Ousevale Borough

Selhurst like to cut inside, drawing full-backs out of the play and creating space for his team-mates. Has a tendency to hang on to the ball longer than is needed, but there again is excellent in the dribble.

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Max SNELDERS
Age: 27
Position: Central midfield
Club: Avidia United

The enthusiasm of youth, forged into steel in the crucible of playing for one of the nation's top clubs. Snelders is an all-round threat very much in the mould of Cormac O'Neill – indeed, it's the Stanton man's place that Snelders has usurped.

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Robert REEDER
Age: 23
Position: Right/central midfield
Club: Yeaddin Owls (VIL)

Impressed with a stunning debut season in Casuals' title-winning campaign. Reeder plays the game almost on instinct, looking to find space and run at defenders at every opportunity. A real headache to play against. Was expected to be a fixture at Coalfields for years, but the Owls made Casuals an offer they couldn't refuse. Also, Krytenians do like a trip to Yeaddin...

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Jésus CRUZ
Age: 29
Position: Right midfield
Club: Avidia United

First name Jesus, last name translates to cross. We'd make a joke here but we'd be crucified if we did. Lives up to his surname, at least, by being an excellent crosser of the ball.

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Graham STONE
Age: 25
Position: Left midfield
Club: Avidia United

Wide man with a penetrating cross. Must've had a tough paper round, as he looks closer to thirty-five than twenty-five.

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Andrew ASPRILLA
Age: 26
Position: Central midfield
Club: Bradwell Saints

Cultured midfielder with a sizeable box of tricks. So unpredictable, sometimes even his Saints team-mates are confused. Likely to be used when Davis gets especially experimental. Or desperate. Delete as applicable.

Forwards

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Alun BELMWR
Age: 28
Position: Forward
Club: Mercia Bromham

English may not be his first language - in fact, it's his third, behind Welsh and goals. Prodigious talent, oddly spelt but familiar name. Has lived up to his price tag at the Cygnus thus far, but will be hoping to set that bar even higher.

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Neil SMITH
Age: 34
Position: Forward
Club: Stanton Town

"The Unit" is having a victory lap, and is expected to retire after the CAFA Cup. Nate Ellis can finally stop checking under his bed before he goes to sleep at night.

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Cande MONTALBAN
Age: 21
Position: Forward
Club: Avidia City

If City can hold on to the lad, they'll be doing well. Montalban could be the answer to Krytenia's left-side problem up front – that, or just stick him up top and watch the fireworks.

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Fraser YOUNG
Age: 24
Position: Forward
Club: Mercia Bromham

If you're going to learn your trade, do it at the feet of the nation's best. Young plays off the shoulder of Alun Belmwr for his club, and loves lurking on the edge of the box for that second ball.

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Alex MEITNER
Age: 26
Position: Forward
Club: Casuals Osteria

Sampson, Parsons, Vinelli, and now Meitner; Krytenia seems to be developing a stock in trade of strikers called Alexander. Frippery aside, the Casuals striker is the opportunistic finisher at the spearhead of the Miners' young core.

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Ciaran RAFFERTY
Age: 23
Position: Forward
Club: Emberton Hibernians

One of the main reasons that Hibs made it to the top flight is this young man's predatory instinct. A clinical finisher, give him a sight of goal and he'll more than likely score. Scored for fun alongside Montalban at the Di Bradini Cup, and is now essentially waiting for Neil Smith to JUST RETIRE ALREADY.

LIKELY STARTERS – Formation: 4-3-3 “System Ousevale”
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THE KITS – courtesy of JMC (with credit to Audio for the templates)

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KRYTENIA: RIP "Losing in semi-finals" meme. 2004-2020.
Capital: Emberton ⍟ RP Population: ~180,000,000 ⍟ Trigram: KRY ⍟ iTLD: .kt ⍟ Demonym: Krytenian, Krytie (inf.)
Languages: English (de jure), Spanish, French, Welsh (official regional only)

Hosts: Cup of Harmony 7, AOCAF 1, Cup of Harmony 15, World Cup 24, AOCAF 13, World Cup 29, AOCAF 17, AOCAF 23, World Cup 40, Cup of Harmony 32, Baptism of Fire 32, AOCAF 27, Baptism of Fire 36, World Cup 50, Baptism of Fire 40, Cup of Harmony 64, AOCAF 48, World Cup 75, AOCAF 40, Cup of Harmony 80
Champions: AOCAF 52, Cup of Harmony 78
Runner-Up: AOCAF 7, World Cup 58, Cup of Harmony 80
Creator, AOCAF & Cygnus Cup - Host, VI Winter Olympics (Ashton) & VII Summer Olympics (Emberton)

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Postby Avorago » Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:09 pm

AVORAGO NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM


CAFA I


OVERVIEW:

Avorago is a “nation” inhabited by roughly 4000 people, all of whom live nomadically and adapt to their environment as it comes. The people are still stuck in the old, old ways, creating homes out of sticks and branches while living purely and entirely off the land. However, it would not suffice to call them nomadic, as they remain in the same place for the entire year. No one knows where they came from, but there are certain similarities the Avoragans have to other nations in Anaia and across the multiverse that makes you think that they must have arrived from somewhere.
Yet, despite barely being classified as a nation, a message in a bottle arrived at the shore of the only beach on the island, inviting the Avoragans to the inaugural CAFA Cup - the regional football tournament for Anaian nations.

Now, Avoragans had been playing their own version of football for decades before the CAFA was even thought of. Whenever branches fell off the broadleaf trees that covered the entirety of the island, the locals would set them up at roughly two metres off the ground between two specific trees in the island’s only clearing. It is known as pigball, as it uses a wild pig’s hide for the ball. Due to a slice of miracle, it is fundamentally the same as football, although throw-ins exist as kick-ins, while goalkeepers may not leave their box, which is a fair bit smaller than in typical football.

There may only be roughly 4000 people in Avorago, but it is certainly still enough to have their own football league as well as an organising body, known as the Federation of Avorago Football (FAP). Eight eight-a-side teams, or “sub-tribes”, play four games against each other once every week. The eight teams are named after Avorago’s eight most prominent animals; the eagle, bear, black snake, salmon, red crab, pig, caribou and squirrel. Each family belongs to one of these “sub-tribes”, but both genders are viewed equally and those that do not have the skill to participate in the games are diehard fans watching from either on the ground or from the houses and viewpoints within the trees. Games usually only last for sixty minutes - all of which is played straight. As a result, the players are not quite as tired at the end of the games, something that they will need to adapt to in the inaugural CAFA.

Each “club” side has 17 players; three goalkeepers and a reserve for each position on the field. They also have a coach, who runs the side through their routines and trains the side, but is also one who controls the management of the squad. In order to select the most appropriate side from the players, the eight coaches have selected the team of 23 to travel to the host nation, which has apparently yet to be decided. It was a tough job, but in the end, the side that played was certainly a formidable one. In pigball, at least. In football?

So, with the unanimous consent of the FAP, they set out for mainland Anaia on their self-forged rowboats to the nearest Anaian settlement. It took many nights and days, but the sturdy rowboats held. The 24 people on them - the 23 players and the coach - below the technical aspects of the side.

OOC TECHNICAL:

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IC TECHNICAL:

Nickname: The Primates
Formation: 3-4-3 Diamond (although very loosely based off this)
Demonym: Avoragan
Footballing (or Pigballing) Body: Federation of Avorago Pigball (FAP)

TACTICS:

If you insist on giving the Primates a formation, they are most likely to play a 3-4-3. However, when attacking, almost all players are up, attempting to pressurise the opposition defence. Meanwhile, when defending, the specialist forwards are often not bothered to try and come back, leaving the designated defenders to defend for themselves. They don’t really play positions and are more likely to just man-mark, but are always looking to get on the attack. It is why, in sixty minutes of football, the results they record are often far more bewildering than the nations that play 90 minutes, despite having an extra half hour.

COACH:

Name: Mgbankwo Chieloka
Age: 40
Gender: Female
About: Mgbankwo Chieloka is the coach of the Eagles; the most prominent club or sub-tribe in the Avorago Pigball League ever. After retiring at 33, she has consistently kept the Eagles among the top clubs in the league with her radical coaching styles. She favours stamina and pace a fair bit, as well as ground play as she believes it to be more reliable. Another focus of hers is supreme accuracy in passing and shooting, as well as going on the attack as much as possible. It’s worked for the Eagles, will it work for the Primates?

Italicised names are starters.

GOALKEEPERS:

Name				Age		Gender		Club
Coobine Muljohn 23 Male Eagles
Haben Ermias 19 Male Black Snakes
Zenzem Mehari 28 Female Squirrels

None of these selections in the side were really surprises, after all. Muljohn, Eermias and Mehari are, by a fair way, the three best goalkeepers on the island of Avorago. They are all extremely athletic players, but Muljohn simply has the height and reach, standing at 197cm. It alone could well be considered the reason why he has been selected as the starting keeper, although Ermias and Mehari are certainly on his tail. It will be interesting to see how he fares on the international stage, where shots will undoubtedly come much faster than those in Avorago, and on a much, much safer patch of grass to dive on. However, that being said, if he performs badly, Ermias and Mehari could certainly get at least one game. But we really cannot know, can we?

DEFENDERS:

Name				Age		Gender		Club
LB: Selam Medhane 29 Male Black Snakes
CB: Bisirat Idris 32 Female Caribou
RB: Petros Daniel (c) 30 Male Eagles

LB: Kisanet Amanuel 15 Female Pigs
CB: Ogbonnaya Kennena 31 Male Red Crabs
RB: Igwebuike Chinomso 23 Male Bears

Defence is certainly not any Avoragan club sides’ strong suit, and it is portrayed exactly in that manner here. No defender in Avorago is as suited for their task as the midfielders or strikers are, although there are certainly a fair few capable ones. Petros Daniel, the captain, is by far the best defender on the island; only the very best forwards or wingers can break past him. Him and Coobine Muljohn form quite a formidable defensive line for the Eagles - one of the reasons why they are one of the Avorago Premier League’s strongest clubs. Selam Medhane and Bisirat Idris, the other two starting defenders, don’t quite have the same capability to read play that Daniel does, although they both have sublime pace and can outrun most forwards. However, the most surprising addition to this side is young Kisanet Amanuel, at just 15 years of age. She has shown a lot of promise for the Pigs and this will certainly be a monumental learning curve for her as she will almost certainly get a fair bit of playing time. Rounding out the side are Ogbonnaya Kennena and Igwebuike Chinomso, two defenders who really had to push to have their names listed here. They are probably the weak links of the defensive line, although they can move most any forward on their day.

MIDFIELDERS:

Name				Age		Gender		Club
CDM: Chinwuebo Chinama 22 Female Caribou
LCM: Okwaduigbo Chiemela 27 Male Salmon
RCM: Nduru Chukwunenye 16 Female Eagles
CAM: Chinelo Chimaijem 19 Male Caribou

CDM: Chinomso Nkemdirim 30 Female Bears
LCM: Chiwetalu Okwuoma 18 Male Bears
RCM: Chialuka Ginikanwa 28 Male Red Crabs
CAM: Nwabugwu Achebe 18 Female Pigs

Avorago’s midfielders are certainly their strength; the four of them patrol the region with pride and determination. When you’re going 3-4-3, your midfield must be strong, but fortunately for Avorago, that is exactly what they’ve got. Chinwuebo Chinama is arguably Avorago’s best-ever player and was nearly given the captaincy, although in the end Chieloka favoured the experience of Petros Daniel over the 22-year-old. Okwaduigbo Chiemela and Nduru Chukwunenye play in the centre midfield and have proven quite good at controlling it in the sides’ practice matches together, while Chinelo Chimaijem basically plays as the Primates’ fourth forward. At only 19 years of age, he is one of the most prominent players on the island when it comes to ball skills, which have come at the expense of passing accuracy. Yet, he is still worthy of the starting position over Nwabugwu Achebe despite being the worst passer of the two. Chinomso Nkemdirim, the reserve defensive midfielder, can feel hard done by for not getting into the starting XI; if not for Chinama, she’d be a shoo-in. Chiwetalu Okwuoma, Chialuka Ginikanwa and Achebe are all expert passers of the ball, but lack the ball skill the starters have. Yet, they are still certainly very useful backups and will not be much easier to break past.

WINGERS AND FORWARDS:

Name				Age		Gender		Club
LW: Elechi Ibeamaka 18 Male Squirrels
RW: Chifo Chiazagomekpele 31 Male Pigs
CF: Eberegbulam Onwuamaeze 24 Male Black Snakes

LW: Kenenna Odinakachukwu 32 Female Eagles
RW: Nnenna Ogbonnaya 17 Female Caribou
CF: Chinemeremma Ijendu 29 Female Caribou

The Primates’ forwards are a relatively strong group, although not as strong as the midfielders and not as weak as the Avoragan defence. The two starting wingers - Elechi Ibeamaka and Chifo Chiazagomekpele - could not be more different. Ibeamaka, at only 18 years of age, is tall and incredibly fast and is one of the most accurate passers in the team, if not the most accurate. Chiazagomekpele, on the other hand, is a super controller of the ball and is one of the best in the side when it comes to skills, but lacks the ability to put the ball in the back of the net or make regular long-range passes. Eberegbulam Onwuamaeze in centre-forward, though, is a mix of the two of them. He isn’t quite as good at the specialist skills the wingers are, but is a great finisher and is also quite useful when it comes to setting up goals, too. Undoubtedly the best forward in Avorago and the Black Snakes are honoured to have him. Kenenna Odinakachukwu, Nnenna Ogbonnaya and Chinemeremma Ijendu are the three reserve attackers and are all expected to get some game time at some point, with Ogbonnaya probably the most likely to start out of the three of them, replacing Chiazagomekpele on the right-wing, but it’s really hard to tell.

Avorago certainly have a very strong side when it comes to pigball, but whether they’ll be able to translate it into football against some of the multiverse’s largest giants remains to be seen. The likely answer is no, but it ain’t impossible. Well, as far as we know, at least. It could be. I mean, any footballing (or pigballing) body with the trigram FAP has got to be pretty shit, right?

STARTING FORMATION:

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Postby Flavovespia » Sun Jun 27, 2021 1:15 pm

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Introduction


Flavovespia, a nation formerly of Atlantian Oceania, that signed the Declaration of Foxchester to join the region of Anaia. The days of the AOCAF are now over for Flavovespia, and the CAFA Cup is their new calling. Flavovespians aren’t entirely new to international football now, but they’ve never quite had a landmark success yet, with no World Cup Qualification, and a quarter final appearance in the Cup of Harmony 78 their best so far. However the CAFA Cup is a new beginning for all nations involved, and Flavovespia will go into it hoping to make a good first impression.

Flavovespia has a population a bit over 20’000’000, and is an island nation. Football is the biggest sport by far, with the Super League growing in terms of IFCF ranking, and international prominence with more international transfer activity. Nevertheless, much like the national team, there’s plenty of growth needed to move to a higher level of prestige.

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Home-Away-Third


Flavovespia have unveiled 3 new kits for the CAFA Cup 1,that are quite a different look to their previous kits. The home kit may have a yellow shirt, black shorts and black socks, and the away a reversal, but the similarities end there. The traditional “double V” on the shirt, sleeves and shorts, is created of elements of fading black shapes, in a bold artistic effect, a break from tradition. The away kit features the same design, but a palette reversal. The third kit is designed as a celebration of Anaia. The purple shirt, white shorts and green socks come from the colours of the flag of Anaia. The patterned top of the shirt, is based on the varying flag of Anaian nations. The kit has grabbed a lot of attention in Flavovespia, with a variety of reviews and opinions about the idea and execution.

Roster


Manager

Marcus McCormick Age: 56


Marcus McCormick’s performances so far as Flavovespia manager seem to be middling. After a shaky AOCAF 63, he got Flavovespia to 3rd in the World Cup Qualifiers. The Cup of Harmony 80 saw Flavovespia knocked out in the Round of 32, but to eventual champions Græntfjall. Certainly getting out of the group stages, and winning the group earned McCormick some plaudits. Critics however are pointing out that he’s continuing on a trend of largely beating most lower ranked nations, but rarely getting anything from games against higher ranked nations.

Whilst at club level he’s managed with a 5-2-1-2, at international level the 4-2-3-1 is the most common formation used now. Another change is his attitude, once seen as serious and strict, he’s become a more lively and enthusiastic figure in the national side, and seems to have grown into the role. Nevertheless, he knows he needs to get the best out of the squad and get the results to keep his job, the FFA can be rather “trigger happy” when it comes to firing managers.

Goalkeepers

1 Aarif Muhammad Age: 25 Position: GK Club: Rockridge Phoenix [BRE] Caps: 68 Goals: 0
12 Lucky Diamond Age: 27 Position: GK Club: Loxthorpe Rovers FC Caps: 1 Goals: 0
23 Robert Jones Age: 31 Position: GK Club: Kings Lunsel FC Caps: 3 Goals: 0


Of all the positions to choose, goalkeeper seems the easiest for McCormick. Aarif Muhammad has rarely put a foot wrong all through the World Cup Qualifiers and the Cup of Harmony 80. At 25, and already playing in the Brenecian A-League, above the standard of the Flavovespia Gold League, it seems unlikely he’ll be out of the #1 jersey for a while. The ever eccentric Lucky Diamond remains as second choice, and Robert Jones a dependable third choice, minutes for either of them seem a bit unlikely.

Defenders

2 David Lyons Age: 24 Position: LB Club: Langmere Green Rovers FC Caps: 49 Goals: 2
3 David Blythe Age: 27 Position: RWB Club: Kytheas Rivermen Caps: 97 Goals: 0
4 Alexander May Age: 32 Position: CB Club: Langmere Green Rovers FC Caps: 108 Goals: 2
5 Tony Gardner Age: 30 Position: CB Club: Newrook City FC [NPH] Caps: 160 Goals: 5
13 Kishan Rees Age: 24 Position: LWB Club: Binclestead Wood FC Caps: 0 Goals: 0
14 Daniel Lansdell Age: 26 Position: CB Club: St Astons City FC Caps: 26 Goals: 0
15 Stuart Cookson Age: 23 Position: CB Club: Marthorpe City FC Caps: 6 Goals: 0
16 Andrew Dance Age: 21 Position: RB Club: Loxthorpe Rovers FC Caps: 0 Goals: 0


Marcus McCormick has given his defensive options a bit of a shake-up for CAFA Cup 1, although several players from the previous tournaments still remain. The centre back selection from the Cup of Harmony 80 remain unchanged. Tony Gardner is an experienced head, playing in one of the top leagues, the Nepharan Zenith now. He’s certainly one of the first names on the teamsheet. Alexander May and Daniel Lansdell seem to trade starting and bench spots in the side. May brings experience, and a bit more strength to his game, although is fairly short-tempered. Lansdell is good at dealing with aerial threats and seems to be growing in international confidence, but does struggle against pace. Stuart Cookson is a rising talent, and many will hope soon he can take a more decisive step up to make an impact at this level.

Out wide, McCormick seems keen for a full back/wing back split. On the left, David Lyons for both Langmere Green Rovers and Flavovespia is proving to be a key player. His defensive skills are some of the best in Flavovespia now, and he has a real eye for the pass when getting the ball out. Kishan Rees gets a first call up. A former player at club level for Marcus McCormick, Rees is a pacey wing back who can provide some dangerous crosses and passes. His defensive work is also decent, if not yet tested at this level. Also able to play as a left midfielder, he adds some utility to the side. Whilst David Blythe is a wing back officially, at international level he’s a capable full back. Whilst he’d prefer more options to go forward, he can still be a hassle for the opposition to better on his side of the pitch. Andrew Dance is another debutant. The 21 year old came to Loxthorpe Rovers with a lot of promise, and despite the odd tough moment, has shown flashes of great skill and defensive awareness. Nevertheless, it’s a call-up some consider a bit controversial.

Midfielders

6 David Clark Age: 28 Position: CDM Club: Langmere Green Rovers FC Caps: 60 Goals: 13
7 Kieron Player Age: 23 Position: CDM Club: Sleepy Hollow [TAE] Caps: 37 Goals: 0
8 Jonathan Feld Age: 31 Position: LM Club: Kings Lunsel FC Caps: 134 Goals: 15
11 Steven Hall Age: 32 Position: RAM Club: Loxthorpe Rovers FC Caps: 173 Goals: 63
17 Murad Ahmed Age: 29 Position: CM Club: Langmere Green Rovers FC Caps: 65 Goals: 4
18 Robert Totten Age: 27 Position: CAM Club: Loxthorpe Rovers FC Caps: 27 Goals: 3
19 Alexander Clarkson Age: 29 Position: CDM Club: Binclestead Wood FC Caps: 12 Goals: 0
20 Christopher Ace Age: 29 Position: RM Club: St Astons City FC Caps: 55 Goals: 5
21 William Somers Age: 33 Position: LM Club: Loxthorpe Rovers FC Caps: 21 Goals: 0


Marcus McCormick is looking for more options in midfield, and has taken that fairly literally in some respects, with 9 instead of the traditional 8 called up. The key name will still be the #11 and captain, Steven Hall. He may be 32, but his skill in dribbling, passing and shooting still seems unrivalled by practically any other Flavovespian. The rest of the attacking midfield poses interesting questions. Hall’s club teamamtes, Robert Totten and William Somers are both now in the squad. Robert Totten has shown himself to be a surprise success at club level, and started plenty of international games recently. But questions remain as to if he’s creative or clinical enough for his role. At 33, Somers call-up has raised eyebrows. However he still seems a great crosser of the ball, and a creative threat out wide. Other options to play out wide include Jonathan Feld, who’s been in most Flavovespian squads. A versatile midfielder who rarely has a noticeably bad game, but one who in recent years hasn’t ever really been one of the best in the squad. Christopher Ace has spent a lot of his international career coming off the bench late on, but with supreme pace, and Hall in the side, there’s some inevitability to that.

In the central defensive midfield there’s a handful of options. David Clark is the one most likely to start. He can play both a ball-winning an a ball-playing role, although he’s probably not a star at either of those. He does have an eye for long-range shots and rebound goals, 13 goals in 60 caps decent for a player of his position. Kieron Player holds on to the #7 jersey. Playing his football for Sleepy Hollow in Taeshan, the hopes are he has the potential to go far. However internationally so far, he’s not quite got up to speed with the international game, although the hope is the breakthrough is soon. Alexander Clarkson is a very determined defensive midfielder, who’ll give everything in every game. The question is if the ceiling of his abilities is high enough for this level. Murad Ahmed has played a variety of midfield positons over the years, he’s another player with many good skills, but few great skills.

Attackers

9 Michael Cole Age: 23 Position: CF Club: Langmere Green Rovers FC Caps: 22 Goals: 6
10 Scott Coleman Age: 29 Position: CF Club: Aries Chariots [NPH] Caps: 151 Goals: 96
22 Victor Cooke Age: 30 Position: CF Club: Apsbrooke FC Caps: 0 Goals: 0


Attacking roles seemed like a foregone conclusion for a while, but recently the dynamic is changing. With a one striker formation, there now is a debate between Coleman and Cole for that role. Coleman is hugely experienced at international level, and is a first team player for Aries Chariots, who are often towards the right end of the Nepharan Zenith. With 96 goals at international level, he really has an eye for getting in the right spot and finishing, and hitting a century of goals is the goal. However in some international tournaments, he’s gone off form, and that’s caused some frustration. Michael Cole is now the alternative. The Flavovespian domestic transfer record was broken for him by Langmere Green Rovers, and he’s quickly showing why. In front of goal, he’s as clinical as ever, and fast developing the skills to get in exactly the right spot. Even outside obvious goal scoring chances, he’s a threat, with a spectacular volleyed goal in the Cup of Harmony 80. He may end up playing in the attacking midfield 3, a gamble McCormick may have to take to get the two key strikers in the squad. A few eyebrows are raised by the 3rd striker chosen, Victor Cooke. He was in the last squad, but uncapped in the end. An old-school striker who’s not one for creative football, but will use strength and speed to hustle defenders for the right spot to get a goal. He can be brash and disruptive to defenders, which doesn’t play well with everyone. Certainly an interesting call-up, but there is a question being asked, is he really Flavovespia’s 3rd best striker?

(Note, all caps and goals are taken as of the end of COH 80)

Schedule:


MD1: Osarius
MD2: Legalese
MD3: Austailia
MD4: Cobrio
MD5: Savigliane

Predicted Starting XI:


MD1: Aarif Muhammed, Lyons-May-Gardner-Blythe, Player-Clark, Cole-Totten-Hall(c), Coleman
MD2: Aarif Muhammed, Lyons-May-Gardner-Blythe, Player-Clark, Cole-Totten-Hall(c), Coleman
MD3: Aarif Muhammed, Rees-Lansdell-Gardner-Blythe, Clarkson-Clark, Cole-Totten-Hall(c), Coleman
MD4: Aarif Muhammed, Rees-Lansdell-Gardner-Blythe, Clarkson-Clark, Cole-Totten-Hall(c), Coleman
MD5: Aarif Muhammed, Rees-Cookson-Gardner-Dance, Clarkson-Clark, Feld-Cole-Hall(c), Coleman
Round of 16: Aarif Muhammed, Lyons-May-Gardner-Blythe, Clarkson-Clark, Feld-Totten-Hall(c), Coleman

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Postby Saltstead » Sun Jun 27, 2021 3:37 pm

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Postby Chromatika » Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:19 pm

Though Yesopalitha was first to sign up, Chromatika is the master nation and Yesopalitha is a confirmed puppet.

Choose my Lineup: No. I will be listing the starting lineup for each match at the end of each RP. You can choose my subs, though.
Choose my goalscorers: Yes
Godmod scoring events: No
RP injuries to my players: Yes, I choose the severity.
Godmod injuries to my players: No
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Yes, 3 max.
Hand out red cards to my players: Yes, 2 max. Please TG me.
Godmod other events: No

Records:
Italics indicate still active
Most Caps:
Keira Andisori - 182
Luuk Aart - 164
Rachel Hellion - 162
Erika Morningstar - 155
Kaytlyn Victoriane - 155
Meagan Kelly - 143
Alyss Montague - 130
Zlastica Ellen - 127
Gabriella Antonio - 125
Trenn Rien - 123
Sandra Sybill - 122
Lucjusz Stef - 121
Jazmin Dragana - 115
Enigma Armageddon - 111
Aysu Damjana - 111
Carrol Liam - 110
Henri de Aea - 105
Player with under 100 caps not listed

Most Goals:
Keira Andisori - 137
Kaytlyn Victoriane - 92
Olimpia Vidal - 51
Gabriella Antonio - 43
Ki Niro - 33
Rowena Sierra - 33
Trenn Rien - 30
Beaunia Andisori - 29
Rachel Hellion - 24
Alyss Montague - 23
Jazmin Dragana - 23
Miranda Gail - 22
Victorina Bird - 22
Meagan Kelly - 20
Players with under 20 goals not listed

PLAYERS

GOALKEEPERS
GK 01. Juxon Fillar, 25 | Image Cazadores Cathair | 6 ft 1 in | Caps: 25 | Goals Allowed: 25 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62 CAPTAIN
GK 12. Cathryn Nio, 24 | Image Unama’kik-Inverness 1877 | 6 ft 3 in | Caps: 2 | Goals Allowed: 5 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62
GK 23. Van Enax, 21 | Image Sword| 6 ft 2 in | Uncapped | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 63
Juxon Fillar is the unquestioned #1 on the team after the last AOCAF and the following World Cup; the fact that he is only twenty-five and still eligible for this tournament is just a boon to the Chromatik team in general. Very good at set pieces and one-on-one scenarios, he's become better in transition and also become a leader in the locker room, earning the Captain's armband for this tournament. As the oldest of three Fillars on the roster, he 'll be on the lookout to make his last U-25 tournament a memorable one as the Chromatiks look to go one step further than they did last time in the regional levels.

Cathryn Nio's legend is just beginning. The former Southern Chromatik University keeper, now with Unama'kik-Inverness 1877 of Quebec, is a fundamentally sound keeper who struggles with maintaining confidence in her play. Back together with Juxon after sitting out the last AOCAF due to Kathie Begley's emergence, Nio will gain a lot by being in the same locker room as Fillar as she continues to fix what nobody else can fix for her - her mentality in approaching the game. Should the unthinkable happen and Juxon be injured, Cathryn can be counted upon to not make a disastrous mistake but can struggle at times in big-game situations.

Van Enax is an interesting study: Having absconded the CCFA altogether, he's headed to Eura to play his craft; he's a prodigy of sorts when it comes to instinctive goalkeeping and having a finger on the flow of things. He still favors to his right side and is weak heading to his left, but he's been working on that. With another year's eligibility on the U-21 team as well, Enax continues to develop to someone that the Anomalies may rely on in the future.


DEFENDERS
RB 02. Grayson Fillar, 20 | Image 1830 Cathair | 6 ft 3 in | Caps: 8 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 63
CB 03. Keira Anbient, 25 | Image Kitara Athletic Association | 6 ft 4 in | Caps: 11 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62
CB 04. Cylie Nodis, 20 | Image Alnio University of the Arts | 6 ft 4 in | Uncapped | Debut Cycle: CAFA 1
LB 05. Ha'nei Ighv, 24 | Image Pesfield Trees FC | 6 ft 1 in | Caps: 2 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 63
RB 13. Annemarie Killirion, 24 | Image Sanford De Berg PREMIER FK | 6 ft 2 in | Caps: 1 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 63
CB 14. Klavida Régine, 22 | Image University of the Islands | 5 ft 11 in | Uncapped | Debut Cycle: CAFA 1
CB 15. Carthy Yila, 23 | Image Z’ai’ai Institute of Technology | 6 ft 2 in | Uncapped | Debut Cycle: CAFA 1
LB 16. Ipati Aimée, 22 | Image Southern Chromatik University | 6 ft 4 in | Uncapped | Deubt Cycle: CAFA 1
Grayson Fillar is the long-term answer at Right Back for Chromatika: Second oldest by age but third in order of appearance to the national spotlight amongst the Fillar household, Grayson Fillar is a bullheaded, stubborn, physical right back will will outright impose his will on his opponents. Overshadowed by his younger sister, the electric Baillaire, Grayson was the one who actually chose to finish high school in Chromatika before making the move to Cazadores Cathair. Though he says that he's proud of his sister (and he probably is), there is a deeply competitive streak in him that demands that he also make a name for himself atop Chromatika's slew of Fillars. On the pitch, he knows how to use his size to its utmost advantage, almost appearing larger than he is at times. He also understands the importance of momentum and tone, leading to his not being shy to commit a foul if one is needed. He won't have to lead here but will be a key stalwart.

Keira Anbient, no relation to Keira Andisori, is described as a pure willpower player first and foremost. She is neither the biggest player on the pitch, the fastest, nor the quickest to the ball; instead, she is just always around where the action is. Having joined Kitara Athletic Association and garnering valuable experience there, Anbient has only become better and better as she gets more used to different situations. Experience will be her best teacher, and as she continues to gain the opportunities in front of her, she'll only get better.

Cylie Nodis had a very disappointing season the last time around in the CCFA, but still deserves this call-up. A U-18 alumni, she is perhaps the most offensive center back in Chromatik history. With a nose for the ball on every set piece, some deep crosses and the ability to thread the needle using either foot, it's been stated that she should change to a Defensive Midfielder at times. She's set in her ways, though, and insists she should play at fullback. (Un)fortunately, she's proficient enough that nobody can really force her to do anything else otherwise.

Ha'nei Ighv is really a midfielder moonlighting at left back with her shooting skills, but insists at playing so far back just to make things challenging. A bit of an insufferable know-it all with a good heart, she likes to pair with Cylie Nodis and create a high-pressing defensive line with the help of the central midfield. She's quite good at scoring a handful of goals every year, and can surprise everyone by the creativity in her play.

Annemarie Killirion is a two-time DBC player whose calling card is being very well rounded. She can be a bit caught up in her head at times but is always ready to step in. With the rock that Grayson Fillar is, she won't be counted on to show up often. Off the pitch, she's spoken against the concept of a Chromatik royal family in the Fillars, saying that it puts a focus on the siblings that makes it much harder for other players to get noticed. Her relationship with Grayson is professional at best; this off-field drama may be the bigger reason to keep an eye on how she is doing.

Klavida Régine is one of the few players that will make their debut at the international stage on any level. A bit of a shorter fullback who prefers to play with pace, Régine's calling card is clearing with her head. Unfortunately, she's not as good at heading them in on set pieces, which is a facet of her game that she is working on. Mostly here to gain experience and to garner some name recognition.

Carthy Yila is a burly center back who prefers to outmuscle the opposition. He is the type to make a clean (or sometimes not so much) tackle and let that act do the talking. Thankfully, he's good at avoiding cards, but can contribute to the opposition getting a few free kicks every match. Mostly on the roster to add some size if needed, he is the yang to Nodis's speedy Yin.

Ipati Aimée's stock continues to go up after her previous appearance at the U-21 ranks. Ipati is more of a traditional type who's quite good at clearing away headers, playing man-to-man, you name it. The issue with her is that she's almost too bland. She went unnoticed for so long before a local writer wrote a piece on her playing style about how she didn't lack much but also wasn't quite good at anything. Now that she's in the system, she'll be hoping that her upward trajectory continues.


MIDFIELDERS
RW 06. Barrion Winge, 25 | Image Lhor | 6 ft 2 in | Caps: 17 Goals: 1 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62
DM 07. Kaia Larriet-Cortes, 21 | Image La Nueva Avenida | 6 ft 5 in | Caps 18 Goals: 2 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62
DM 08. Mare Si, 24 | Image Syneca | 6 ft 1 in | Caps 4 | Goals: 0 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 63
AM 09. Baillaire Fillar, 19 | Image 1830 Cathair | 6 ft 3 in | Caps: 15 Goals: 5 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62
LW 10. Vasiliy Marten Kuznetsov, 25 | Image Kitara AA | 6 ft 1 in | Caps: 52 Goals: 21 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 60 VICE CAPTAIN
RW 17. Mikael Lin, 24 | Image Eyrods City FC | 5 ft 10 in | Caps: 7 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62
DM 18. Amélie Ju, 22 | Image Z’ai’ai Institute of Technology | 6 ft 4 in | Uncapped | Debut Cycle: CAFA 1
AM 19. Tyoma Laurette, 22 | Image Urrheddiao State University | 6 ft 2 in | Debut Cycle: CAFA 1
AM 20. Alissar Phoen, 23 | Image Chromia Central College University | 6 ft 2 in | Uncapped | Debut Cycle: CAFA 1
LW 21. Miranda Andersen, 21 | Image Vilharady Owls FC | 6 ft 0 in | Caps: 2 | Goals: 0 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 63
Barrion Winge fits the mold of the new Chromatik squad quite well - as he is a crosser first and a shooter second, preferring to be the one that leads up to the goal than taking the shots himself. When he needs to score, he prefers his right foot, and tends to go for balls that curve into the side netting. He is far better in his element when he's eating up space, creating pace, and contributing to the creativity of an attack. As Chromatika plays toward having a more of a shooter on the left wing, having someone like Winge is invaluable.

Kaia Larriet-Cortes is third in a line of very capable defensive midfielders behind Enigma Armageddon and Kateryna Zuniga. She grabs the attention due to her last name. Niece to the late Franscesca Larriet-Cortes, Chromatika's first Manager and martyr in the Rainbow Revolution, Kaia is an even-keeled Defensive Midfielder who is best described as a younger, female Enigma Armageddon. Both of them are imposing, both of them lead on the pitch, and both of them know how to contribute offensively when needed. Where Enigma commands attention by physical presence, hers is more subtle, being in all the right places at right times. She is often the visionary on the pitch.

Mare Si is easily the best complete center midfielder in CCFA history. She started off as a holding midfielder and then developed her shooting game to incorporate set pieces as well. The complete package, she'll play the defensive midfielder who has the capability to shoot if the opposition is caught napping. On the squad, she is known as the team's patient assassin, as her playmaking ability increases the longer the game goes.

Baillaire Fillar is the flashiest of the Fillars. She subscribes to the Hermaeus Mora/Haley Hauser school of Attacking Midfielders, marrying both styles by shooting first and asking questions later while making deep runs into opposing territory. With a creative and dramatic flair that doesn't really exist in other Chromatiks from the past, Baillaire is a playmaker through and through. She's the reason why Chromatika is trying a new formation to field the combination of Kuznetsov, Hauser, and Baillaire Fillar in the next World Cup Qualifiers.

Vasiliy Marten Kuznetsov, or VMK, is a star in the making who can do it all - drop back and defend, counter, cross, and shoot from range. The sky is the limit for him, and the fact that he is only twenty-five spells great things for Chromatika's future. As the Vice-Captain of the squad, he's been unleashed by the new formation regardless of what combination of center midfielders that Chromatika will be fielding. Always dangerous with his left foot and deceptive quickness, he'll need to compensate for the lack of one Haley Hauser on the pitch; thankfully, he might have the right people to do just that.

Mikael Lin started his athletic career as a sprinter on the tracks, specializing in the 100, 200, and 100 hurdles. In a dead sprint, nobody can beat him - not even the likes of Baillaire Fillar and VMK. Having suffered a disastrous season with Eyrods City FC, he will try to wash away the foul taste in his mouth by providing a positive contribution to the CAFA for Chromatika. When Chromatika needs a change in pace and energy, Lin will come in and provide a boost that cannot be ignored.

Amélie Ju is a stereotypical holding midfielder who's here to help substitute in when Kaia or Mare needs a breather. She's rather adapt at catching would-be-speedsters and corralling them away from goal. In very rare situations, she can come in to form a triangle of Defensive Midfielders with Kaia playing the more offensive spot; that would be the most defensive formation that the Chromatiks have to offer.

Tyoma Laurette is a well-rounded Attacking Midfielder whose favorite thing to do is spin around people and leave them in the dust. The issue is that if they aren't fooled, he's probably done. Learning about patience has been the hardest thing for him. Best used in short spurts when the team needs that one chance to make all the difference.

Alissar Phoen's stock rose like a rocket with Chromia Central College University's latest run to their championship. An ambidextrous shooter who actually prefers range to up close, his creativity and dramatic scoring ability was what led the Comets to their fourth title in five seasons. Many are wondering if this can be replicated in the international scene; his first chance to prove himself begins here.

Miranda Andersen is an ambidextrous winger who has all the skills to be a great player but struggles with motivation and the killer instinct to properly take advantage. Her years in Tikariot have helped her a bit, but she's rather happy with deploying deep crosses and being an assist-focused player first.


STRIKERS
11. Paskal Toussaint, 25 | Image Elephant Valley FC | 5 ft 11 in | Caps: 17 Goals: 4 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 62
22. Kara Oveni, 19 | Image Colonial Sile | 6 ft 5 in | Caps: 8 | Goals: 2 | Debut Cycle: AOCAF 63
Paskal Toussaint is a short-ranged one-on-one specialist who's mostly on this roster to be a supporting striker with the new philosophy. He'll spend most of the game trying to slip by unnoticed and be an outlet for the Attacking Midfielders or Wingers should they need it. This style of play fits him best, as he is on the smallish side and doesn't do the best when it comes to directly confronting the defense.

Kara Oveni may be just nineteen, but she is a beast in stature and in playstyle. Possessing more of a big-play flair and the tendency to create chances on her own, she'll likely come in when the team uses two Defensive Midfielders and the team needs a striker who can handle themselves. Still developing that instinct at Colonial Sile, Oveni's career is just beginning.


STRATEGY

Gone are the days of having two strikers on top that would score most of the goals on the squad. With the retirement of Keira Andisori, Kaytlyn Victoriane, and Beaunia Andisori, and the fact that Olimpia Vidal and Rowena Sierra's days as a starter on the national team are also coming to an end, Richard Valens and Tim Landers have committed to what has become the next thing for Chromatika's national team: midfielders.

With the new formation - a 4-3-2-1 that can easily adapt to a 4-4-1-1 - the Anomalies' best playmakers on the pitch, the Attacking Midfielders and the Left Winger, will be allowed to contribute as much to the attack as the strikers.

It all starts with the back four, with the left side on this tournament's roster being players who can play a bit further up the pitch. This does mean uneven lines around the back. In front of them, the Right Wing will play more of a supportive style while the Left Wing will play a bit further up the pitch; if the team is fielding a single Defensive Midfielder and two Attacking Midfielders, the Left Winger will play a little further back and allow the Attacking Midfielders and the lone Striker to look for scoring opportunities while being in the periphery.

If the team needs a defensive boost, one of the Attacking Midfielders can be removed for a second Defensive Midfielder (likely Mare Si in this case). In this scenario, the Left Winger will play a bit further up to assist the single Attacking Midfielder while the two Defensive Midfielders help out the defense.

In the rarest of cases, Kaia Larriet-Cortes can play the Attacking Midfielder position to field three Defensive Midfielders at once.

It is Chromatika's hope that his new formation will allow the greatest amount of playmakers on their side to have a chance at impacting the game on both ends of the pitch. There will be more chances to concede in transition, but provided that the team can learn to figure out the spacing, this new formation may be what they needed.

Starting XI (4-3-2-1): Fillar, J. (C); Fillar, G. - Anbient - Nodis - Igh'v; Winge - Larriet-Cortes - Kuznetsov; Fillar, B. - Phoen; Toussaint.
First-Choice DM sub: Mare Si

Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Fillar, J. (C); Fillar, G. - Anbient - Nodis - Igh'v; Winge - Larriet-Cortes - Si - Kuznetsov; Fillar, B.; Toussaint.
First-Choice AM sub: Alissar Phoen
Last edited by Chromatika on Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:46 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Champion: WBC 52
Regional Tournaments: AOCAF 55 Champions, 52 & 63 Runners-Up
WC Proper Appearances: 75 (Ro16), 76 (SF), 77, 78 (QF), 79, 80 (Ro16), 81, 83, 84, 86 (Group Stage), 87, 88 (Ro16)
CoH Appearances: 77 (Ro16), 85 (Ro16)
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