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Postby South Newlandia » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:38 am

ELEPHANT VALLEY SPORTS MAIL – South Newlandia Domestic Sports

This is the Out of character post for this newswire, and it will be containing links as soon as this thread is filled with information. Please do not post here unless you are South Newlandia or a moderator performing duties.
The most important thing you should know is that my schedule isn’t tied up to any other league or the IFCF, and will be tied to the World Cup loosely at best.You can solve this ICly by saying that transfers of foreigners from or to South Newlandian teams are possible during the entire season. Otherwise, there will not be full rosters for any teams, and there might not even be mentioned goalscorer lists, but any foreign player would be mentioned at least once. If you want an IC explanation why South Newlandia is so infrequently doing transfers, you can use the generally low pay for players and coaches in South Newlandia combined with a strong desire of South Newlandians to play for their home team. Regardless, it is still possible to have players or coaches from your country play or coach in South Newlandia, and it is also possible to have South Newlandians playing and coaching in your teams (At the time of this writing, that has already happened twice). If you want to do that, you can send me a telegram or message me on discord; I might be active on the transfer list too.

Now that we have got that out of the way, we can talk about what going to happen ICly in this thread. There will be, at the time of this writing, three sports here. Soccer will be represented by two leagues of 12 teams each and a cup tournament. Relegation will be used for these leagues. There will also be chess, with one league of eight teams. Relegation will be used here, too. The third sport is baseball, and interestingly, that league of twelve teams will be franchise-based, without relegation. There will be playoffs; how they work will be outlined later in the thread. I don’t plan to make posts here on a set schedule, but I will try to get one part up every weekend, but generally, I will make a post whenever I feel like it. While I cannot tell you when exactly something is happening, I can tell you about the order of my posts. The three sports will be mixed frequently, and there will be a big finale for every sport. Here is my planned schedule.
1 Soccer Preseason: 1st league preview
2 Baseball Preseason: League Preview and explanation
3 Chess Preseason: League preview
4 Soccer Preseason: 2nd league preview, 1st round Cup draw, International Transfers
5 Baseball (1/6): matchday 1 to matchday 11 (22 matches)
6 Soccer (1/5): matchday 1 to matchday 6, 1st Cup round
7 Chess (1/3): matchday 1 to matchday 7
8 Baseball (2/6): matchday 12 to matchday 21 (20 matches)
9 Soccer (2/5): matchday 7 to matchday 11, 2nd Cup round
10 Baseball (3/6): matchday 22 (2 matches)
11 Soccer (3/5): matchday 12 to matchday 16, Cup Quarterfinals
12 Chess (2/3): matchday 8 to matchday 13
13 Baseball (4/6): Quarterfinal series (2 Best of three series)
14 Soccer (4/5): matchday 17 to matchday 21, Cup Semi-finals
15 Baseball (5/6): Semi-final series (2 Best of three series)
16 Chess (3/3): matchday 14
17 Baseball (6/6) Final series (1 Best of five series)
18 Soccer (5/5) matchday 22, cup final

Special thanks to everyone who helped me and to everyone who offered me their help, making this newswire possible.
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Postby South Newlandia » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:42 am

Season One: Soccer Preseason Part One

The South Newlandian Soccer League (SNSL) is the oldest, biggest, and most important league in the country. South Newlandia is one of the many countries where soccer is the most relevant sport, and there is both an established league and an important cup tournament. In the top league, commonly simply called 1st league, twelve sides from all over the country face each other two times each, once home, and once away. The two sides finishing on the bottom are relegated to the second league, and are replaced by the two top teams from the 2nd league. The winner of the first league also faces the Cup Winner in the so called South Newlandian Supercup at the start of the new season. Should one team win both competitions, they win the Supercup by default. Now, we will take a look at the twelve teams playing in the first flight during this first season recorded here. This will be done in alphabetical order.

ELEPHANT TOWN FC
Quick Facts about Elephant Town FC
City and Region: Elephant Town, West coast
Stadium: Coast Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 10200; 6th
Team colours: Black and White
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Vincent Connor, 38
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

Elephant Town is a city very close to the capital, Elephant Valley. The cities don’t have an actual visible border anymore, as they grew together over the years. The people from both parts usually get along well, with sports being the notable exception. Elephant Town FC maintains big rivalries with both teams from Elephant Valley, and the duels are often interesting duels. The team has a historically tight budget, and will have to fight an uphill duel to stay in the league. Their Stadium has only recently been upgraded, paid for by the city. The team is also one of the most aggressive teams of the league, and lead it in bookings nearly every year.

ELEPHANT VALLEY FC
Quick Facts about Elephant Valley FC
City and Region: Elephant Valley, West coast
Stadium: Elephant Dome
Capacity and Capacity rank: 21500; 1st
Team colours: Red and Black
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Todd Ingolffson, 61
Performance estimate: Title race

Most leagues feature a prominent team from the capital, and South Newlandia is no exception. Elephant Valley FC is the historically strongest team with the most titles, and that got them a reputation. They are usually hated by approximately everyone, but they only seem to thrive on that. They are among the favourites to win at least one title, as almost every year, but being expected to win can be dangerous for a team. Ingolffson has coached the team for multiple years already, and he has been very successful so far. They play in the biggest stadium, the Elephant Dome, which was always the place for the national team to represent itself in; at least until the Jecken Stadium was built.

FC RÜSSELSHEIM
Quick Facts about FC Rüsselsheim
City and Region: Rüsselsheim, Southwest
Stadium: Rüsselstadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 8600; 9th
Team colours: Blue and Green
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Roger Whald, 48
Performance estimate: midfield

The FC Rüsselsheim is one of the more forgettable teams there is. They are usually far from the titles and from relegation, and there is nothing too special about the team. Typically, they have a younger team, often leading their own talents to greatness, and they are known for beautiful combinations and nice play. Whald was a youth coach for most of his career, eventually making his way up. Rüsselsheim always had an extremely loyal fan base, and the stadium is sold out for every match, however irrelevant it may be.

INETON CITY
Quick Facts about Ineton City
City and Region: Ineton, island off of the Southeast coast
Stadium: Ineton Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 8000; 11th
Team colours: Red and White
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Jermaine Smith, 44
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

Ineton is located on a small island that is dependent mostly on tourism, and Ineton City making it up all the way to the first flight was a surprise. Their historical rival, Ineton FC, was always bigger and more successful, but the tide seems to have turned now, as the FC is stuck in 2nd flight at the moment. The small club will have the hardest time staying in the league, but Jermaine Smith is a capable coach.

JECKEN NEWPORT
Quick Facts about Jecken Newport
City and Region: Newport, East Coast
Stadium: Jecken Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 16250; 2nd
Team colours: Green and Yellow
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Danny Edge, 34
Performance estimate: Title race

The team sponsored by a chicken brand from Jeckland is one of the most unsual teams in South Newlandia. Sports teams are almost never sponsored here, but Jecken has taken a formally small side from the East Coast under their wing. They lead it right into greatness, and they are one of the title favourites now. They have a nice and new stadium, probably the most modern stadium in South Newlandia, and it partly replaced the Elephant Dome as the main ground of the national team. Newport always had a big team, Newport United, but as Jecken Newport got stronger, United got worse, eventually dropping into second flight. Uncommonly for teams sponsored by big companies, they aren’t really hated by other teams, with Newport United being the exception for that.

KINJESTAD SOCCER
Quick Facts about Kinjestad Soccer
City and Region: Kinjestad, island off of the Southwest coast
Stadium: Kinjestad Soccer Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 9000; 8th
Team colours: Purple and Blue
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Bennett Maynard, 52
Performance estimate: midfield

Kinjestad is located on the biggest island of South Newlandia, and Kinjestad is the biggest club there. They have been a historically solid team, but they were never quite near the top. They made headlines ahead of the season discussing a change of team colours, something unusual in South Newlandia. They wanted to get rid of the blue, changing it for some gold. Ultimately, the debate was postponed to the beginning of next season. Kinjestad Soccer has always had a rivalry with the Southwestern Islanders, and Kinjestad Soccer usually draws its support from the city alone. The derbies always attract a huge crowd.

RATZUPALFU RHINOS
Quick Facts about Ratzupalfu Rhinos
City and Region: Ratzupalfu, Central
Stadium: Rhinostadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 11000; 5th
Team colours: Grey and Red
Play style: Defensive
Head Coach: Peter Tankman, 59
Performance estimate: Title race

The Rhinos have always had one of the youngest teams of the league, and they are in some aspects similar to FC Rüsselsheim. There are three important differences; the Rhinos have always been more successful, they play from a strong defense, largely relying on counters, and the location. Ratzupalfu is one of the few Central cities of South Newlandia, and that’s the case because of logistical reasons. Ratzupalfu is located in the forest spanning most of the central parts of South Newlandia, bringing logistical challenges for the city, but they have managed to thrive. This makes both the city and the team and its stadium special, and the atmosphere is one of the best there is in South Newlandia.

RUDITOWN GUARDS
Quick Facts about Ruditown Guards
City and Region: Ruditown, North
Stadium: Ruditown Sportarena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 8250; 10th
Team colours: Light Blue and Brown
Play style: Defensive
Head Coach: Rehaan Gray, 45
Performance estimate: midfield

Ruditown is probably one of the best teams that can’t be considered a title candidate. The largely defensive team always struggled to get some goals for themselves, and limited fan support is also a problem for the team. Despite the stadium being one of the smallest in the league already, it is rarely completely full. Another notable thing is the unusual colours of the team, making them stand out. Signing Rehaan Gray as a coach has been a gamble, as he never had been a professional coach before.

SOPHIE CITY ROYALS
Quick Facts about Sophie City Royals
City and Region: Sophie City, East
Stadium: Sophie City Bowl
Capacity and Capacity rank: 12000; 4th
Team colours: Pink and Light Green
Play style: Offensive
Head Coach: Annabelle O’Petla, 36
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

The Royals might be the team standing out most in the league. Starting with the colours, teams rarely play in pink, and rarely have a female coach. The Royals have both, as they recently signed Annabelle O’Petla, currently the only female coach in the SNSL. They have a surprisingly big stadium for the mediocre sporting success, and that is rooted in the biggest problem of the team, constantly expecting more than is possible. This had led to the big stadium, and also made the Royals the team most commonly firing coaches, with new ones rarely lasting more than a year. This season, they will most likely have to play against relegation, but officially, Sophie City is shooting for 3rd place. That will hardly be possible because of their big weakness, a powerless defense leading to many conceded goals.

SOUTHWESTERN ISLANDERS
Quick Facts about Southwestern Islanders
City and Region: Kinjestad, island off of the Southwest coast
Stadium: Islander Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 6000; 12th
Team colours: Yellow and Blue
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Jodi Allan, 67
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

Most Islander fans will hate these quick facts, because the city listed is Kinjestad, which is despised by them. We base the city on the location of the stadium, and it is barely within the city limits of Kinjestad. Truth is, the Southwestern Islanders aren’t really based on one city. They are more of a loose collection of players and players from all around the islands. The mostly play for fun, and are surprised to be found in the first flight. They will also have trouble to save themselves from falling back down.

VALLEY WANDERERS
Quick Facts about Valley Wanderers
City and Region: Elephant Valley, West coast
Stadium: Northern Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 10000; 7th
Team colours: Blue and White
Play style: Average
Head Coach: Hubert Schmidt, 47
Performance estimate: midfield

There is nothing a Valley fan hates more than the Elephant Valley FC. The two teams from the capital feature the most important derby of South Newlandia, and the games always require a sizable police presence. Fortunately, in South Newlandia, what starts in a stadium stays in the stadium, so the problems between sports teams never really extended to everyday life. The Valley Wanderers are the significantly smaller team from Elephant Valley, and mostly draw their support from the north of the city. The team is usually solid, and should be able to avoid relegation without big problems.

WALSTREIM LIONS
Quick Facts about Walstreim Lions
City and Region: Walstreim, Southeast coast
Stadium: Walstreim City Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 13000; 3rd
Team colours: Red and Orange
Play style: Offensive
Head Coach: David Watts, 49
Performance estimate: Title race

The Lions are among the most supported teams of South Newlandia, and with good reason, as the team often scores the most goals and plays really strong soccer in general. The team is also an aggressive one, getting bookings often. Walstreim isn’t an interesting city to start with, but the duels between the two teams of the city, the Lions and Walstreim City FC, are always very exciting. The latter is currently down in 2nd flight, but they should have solid chances to advance into the first league soon. David Watts is known to be a hothead, and his press conferences are always interesting to watch. He has been ejected from games more than once, and due to his temperament, he is both loved and hated.

Tune in next time when we discuss the second flight and watch the Cup draw, with many derbies possibly to happen.
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Postby South Newlandia » Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:11 am

Season One: Baseball Preseason

While Soccer is clearly the most important sport in South Newlandia, Baseball comes in in clear second. Especially after recent Baseball success by the national team, also called the Elephants, Baseball received a massive boom all over the country. Stadiums were built bigger, and the pay for players and coaches rose. The South Newlandian Baseball League (SNBL) operates with twelve franchises. There are other Baseball teams in the country, but those aren’t really relevant, and almost every Baseball fan in the country has a favourite among the franchises. In the regular season, every team will face every other four times, twice at home and twice on the road. The matches are played in series of two, with two teams playing their encounters at the same place nearly back-to-back. This way, there are 22 match days with 44 games in total for each team. After the season, the most successful team gets crowned the regular season winner. After wins, the next tiebreaker is run differential, followed by Head to Head win record. The six best teams reach the playoffs, the most important part of the season. The 3rd placed team faces the 6th, and the 4th best team faces the 5th. The winner between the 3rd and 6th faces the 2nd placed team in the semi-final series, and the winner between 4th and 5th faces the regular season winner. The winners of the semi-final series face each other in the SNFS, the South Newlandian Final Series. The SNFS is won by the first team with three wins, while the other playoff matches require two wins to advance. For all playoff games, the team placing higher in the regular season is playing home first, in an eventual third game, and if needed in the SNFS, the fifth game. Because of the league being franchise-based, every team has exactly one designated colour. Big parts of the uniform and, perhaps more importantly, the baseball caps are in that colour. After this wall of explanations, we will now take a look at the franchises, again in alphabetical order.

ELEPHANT VALLEY HOMERS
Quick facts about Elephant Valley Homers
City and Region: Elephant Valley, West coast
Stadium: Elephant Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 15000; 1st
Team colour: Green
Head Coach: Jack Kingsman, 57
Performance estimate: fighting for playoffs

The rivalry between the two teams from Elephant Valley is one of the most important aspects of the SNBL. The Homers and United developed a big hatred for each other, and no team is willing to give up any inch in the direct encounters. The Homers are the larger one of the two sides from the capital, and they generally have more experienced, older players, some of which are already past their best days. They also have by far the oldest Coach of the league, as Jack Kingsman is 15 years older than the second-oldest. The Homers also play in the biggest stadium, commonly used by the national team as well.

ELEPHANT VALLEY UNITED
Quick facts about Elephant Valley United
City and Region: Elephant Valley, West Coast
Stadium: Southern Valley Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 7500; 6th
Team colour: Orange
Head Coach: Matteo Maxbar, 28
Performance estimate: fighting for playoffs

Elephant Valley United is the smaller one of the two franchises from the capital city, and as said previously, they absolutely despise each other. United draws most of their support from the Southern part of Elephant Valley, but they aren’t less successful than the Homers. Coached by the Matteo Maxbar, who is also responsible for the U22-team from South Newlandia, the team typically focuses on young talents. Some of these young players fail, others become the next big stars for United and South Newlandia.

KINJESTAD PEACOCKS
Quick facts about Kinjestad Peacocks
City and Region: Kinjestad, island off of the Southwest coast
Stadium: Kinjestad Baseball Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 4750; 10th
Team colour: Pink
Head Coach: Moses Saunders, 32
Performance estimate: fighting for playoffs

The Kinjestad Peacocks are one of the smaller franchises, but they are mostly decent enough to compete for the playoff rounds. The team is known for strong defensive players, but for less successful pitchers. They don’t have the biggest fan base, but for the important rivalry with the Southwestern Baselanders, attention is often on them. The duel between the pink and the purple is one you might recognize from soccer, and the reasoning is very similar.

MASMOW DRAGONS
Quick facts about Masmow Dragons
City and Region: Masmow, island off of the Northeast coast
Stadium: Dragon Island Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 4500; 11th
Team colour: Maroon
Head Coach: Erik Potter, 34
Performance estimate: Playoffs

The Masmow Dragons from Dragon Island, a relatively small island a bit away from South Newlandia, are the most successful franchise from South Newlandia. They are going into the season as the clear favourites. Dragon Island is, different to the other South Newlandian islands, not part of the South Newlandian land mass, but a bit further out. They are liked around the country for stunning plays, and are known for very interesting, sometimes slightly weird players. The Dragon Island Arena has a very special atmosphere to it that you can’t quite describe.

NEWPORT DOLPHINS
Quick facts about Newport Dolphins
City and Region: Newport, East coast
Stadium: Dolphin Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 12500; 2nd
Team colour: Light Blue
Head Coach: Daniel Nunez, 42
Performance estimate: Playoffs

Next to the big rivalries between the franchises from the capital city and the duels between Kinjestad and the Baselanders, there is a third important one in the SNBL, namely the two franchises from Newport, the Dolphins and the Owls. The Dolphins are the bigger and more successful franchise of the two, and they play in one of the biggest stadiums. They are also the franchise backed by significantly more fans, and mildly dislike the Owls. The Dolphins might be the main team challenging the Dragons for the title.

NEWPORT OWLS
Quick facts about Newport Owls
City and Region: Newport, East coast
Stadium: Newport Sportsarena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 5000; 9th
Team colour: White
Head Coach: Rick Shepherd, 29
Performance estimate: Bottom of the table

The Owls are the clearly smaller and also much less successful team between the two franchises from Newport. They absolutely hate the Dolphins, and the Owls always had less money and fewer possibilities than the Dolphins. They are playing in white, and they mostly draw their support from simple workers and the suburbs of Newport. In general, they have considerably fewer fans than the Dolphins.

RATZUPALFU RHINOS
Quick facts about Ratzupalfu Rhinos
City and Region: Ratzupalfu, Central
Stadium: Ratzupalfu Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 10000; 3rd
Team colour: Grey
Head Coach: Fu Webb, 37
Performance estimate: fighting for playoffs

The Ratzupalfu Rhinos Baseball franchise is tightly linked with the soccer team with the same name. Both the Baseball team and the Soccer team often benefit from this, and like the Soccer team, the Baseball team is decently successful. They are playing in a newly expanded Stadium, often called the “Jungle Arena” because of the location in the middle of the South Newlandian forests. They are known for many home-runs, and are seen as one of the coolest franchises. Fu Webb is known to be a massive hothead, and he just got done serving probation for punching someone in the face.

RUDITOWN DACHSHUNDS
Quick facts about Ruditown Dachshunds
City and Region: Ruditown, North
Stadium: Dachshund Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 8750; 5th
Team colour: Yellow
Head Coach: Michael Woof, 34
Performance estimate: Playoffs

The Dachshunds are, despite their high relative success, rarely backed by fans. In fact, they are hardly cared about around the country, and they are barely relevant even in Ruditown, as people mostly care about soccer there. On the field, they are known to be very careful, which makes them too slow at times, but it is basically impossible to steal a base against the Dachshunds. Michael Woof is absolutely tired of low-effort jokes about his name, so we would advise against making any.

RÜSSELSHEIM BLUE SOX
Quick facts about Rüsselsheim Blue Sox
City and Region: Rüsselsheim, Southwest
Stadium: Blue Sox Stadium
Capacity and Capacity rank: 5200; 8th
Team colour: Blue
Head Coach: Domenick Millher, 40
Performance estimate: Bottom of the table

The Blue Sox, unsurprisingly playing in blue, are one of the oldest franchises of South Newlandia. They were never really successful, but they are seen as an important team for the SNBL anyway. They aren’t expected to make the playoffs, but thanks to there being no relegation, they try their hardest every year again.

SOPHIE CITY GIRLS
Quick facts about Sophie City Girls
City and Region: Sophie City, East
Stadium: Sophie City Base-Bowl
Capacity and Capacity rank: 9500; 4th
Team colour: Light Green
Head Coach: Alise Rocha, 32
Performance estimate: Bottom of the table

The Girls are, as the name suggests, the only all-female team in the league. Softball isn’t a thing in South Newlandia, and nearly every girl that cares about throwing or batting a ball joins the Girls at some point in their live. The other teams feature few females, as most of the good female players play in Sophie City. This image makes them a popular team, especially with women around the country. Despite all of this, they rarely make the playoffs. The franchise is also the only one currently coached by a woman.

SOUTHWESTERN BASELANDERS
Quick facts about Southwestern Baselanders
City and Region: Kinjestad, island off of the Southwest coast
Stadium: Islanders Baseballplace
Capacity and Capacity rank: 2800; 12th
Team colour: Purple
Head Coach: Bill Whitehouse, 38
Performance estimate: Bottom of the table

If you are familiar with the Southwestern Islanders in soccer, the Baselanders work basically in the same way. They aren’t actually from Kinjestad, but the stadium they are playing is located there. They are a small collection of players from all around the Southern Islands, without committing to too much structure, leading to them never having any money. They hate the Peacocks, and despite the Baselanders rarely making the playoffs, the always give their all in the four games against the Peacocks.

WALSTREIM LIONS
Quick facts about Walstreim Lions
City and Region: Walstreim, Southeast coast
Stadium: Walstreim Baseball Arena
Capacity and Capacity rank: 6000; 7th
Team colour: Red
Head Coach: Diego Lowe, 36
Performance estimate: Playoffs

The Lions work similarly to the Rhinos, with the Soccer and Baseball parts tightly linked. The Lions have similar problems as the Dachshunds, as Soccer is the main focus of people from Walstreim. The Lions seed to have good chances this year, with Diego Lowe seen as a capable coach. Despite little interest from Walstreim, they are a popular team around the country. They are known for strong, powerful batters, and are seen as the coolest team to support. Despite the stadium being relatively small, it is among the most modern ones in the country.
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Postby South Newlandia » Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:42 am

Season One: Chess Preseason

Few nations can say that they have a relevant chess league, but South Newlandia is one of them. Behind Soccer and Baseball, Chess is the third-most commonly played and watched sport. Different to the other two big sports, chess isn’t watched live often, but more commonly streamed on the internet with commentary, overview and analysis provided. In the South Newlandian Chess League (SNCS), eight teams play against each other. The games between two teams are held with eight players from each team, playing on eight boards. A win on a board gains a team a point, while a draw is worth half a point. Whichever team wins more points wins the match and the two team points, while a 4-4 draw earns a team one team point. If two teams finish the season on the same amount of team points, the board points are used as a tiebreaker. Every team will play every other team twice, once at home, and once away, for a total of 14 matches. At the end of a season, the first placed team wins the league, while the team in eighth is relegated. Now, we will take a look at the teams in, you guessed it, alphabetical order.

CT Hymade
The Chess Team Hymade, playing in the west of the country, is one of the newer, smaller teams in the SNCL. The city is barely known even to South Newlandians, but they somehow made it up to the SNCL. They are probably going to fight getting instantly relegated again. Hymade often struggles to find wins, playing an overall solid, slow approach most of the time.

Elephant Valley Chess
The team from the capital city on the West Coast is one of the so-called “big three” in Chess. Along with the Rooks and the Wizards, they are one of the stronger teams that will fight for the title. Elephant Valley themselves is also among the teams with more history, but in recent times, they weren’t as strong as they were once used to.

Ineton Pawns
The Ineton Pawns are one of three teams not located on the South Newlandian mainland, as Ineton is on a small Southeast island. Ineton is also among the small, unsuccessful teams, and they will need to play their best to stay in the SNCL. They are known for extensive opening knowledge, but they rarely manage to use that to their advantage.

Kinjestad Knights
Here is the next team from an island – Kinjestad is the biggest city outside of the mainland, located off of the Southwest coast. The Knights are one of the decent teams in the league that should be able to avoid relegation, but they won’t win titles either. The team is known for finding strong, tricky moves, but sometimes, they are playing stuff just because it looks to be fun, even though it may not be the best move.

Masmow Chess Wizards
The Chess Wizards conclude our list of teams not from the mainland. The Dragon Island, on which Masmow is located, is off of the Northeast coast. In recent years, the Chess Wizards have been the dominating force in the SNCL, and they are the favourites for the title in this year as well. The team is known to feature some unusual, weird players that tend to be different to most chess players.

Newport Rooks
The third team from the “big three” is also fairly new in the league, but they managed to get to the top fairly quickly. Located on the East Coast, the Rooks receive little attention with two strong soccer (Jecken, United) and two SNBL (Dolphins, Owls) teams from the same city, but they have a few loyal chess fans. The team is known for solid play and not risking too much. The signature move for most players from the Rooks is 4. 0-0.

Sophie City Queens
The Queens from Sophie City, located in the East of the country, are the all-female team from the league. Some of the other teams also feature woman, but most of the talented girls move to Sophie City early. The team has been very decent in recent years, and should be able to avoid relegation without big problems.

Walstreim Lions
The third-biggest South Newlandian city also has a team in the SNCL. The Lions are the only big sports organization in Walstreim, and the Chess team is often overshadowed by the Soccer and Baseball teams with the same name. The team might be the most boring one of the league, as there really isn’t a lot to say about them, they will probably end up somewhere in midfield again.
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Postby South Newlandia » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:36 pm

Season One: Soccer Preseason Part Two

Season One: Second Tier Preview

Below the first South Newlandian Soccer League, there is a second tier, commonly called 2nd league, of another twelve teams. These teams are of little international relevance, but the top two finishing teams get promoted into the first league. The teams range between professional and semi-professional here, and for the most part, they probably stand no chance against the top teams in South Newlandia. The league operates under the same system as the first tier, with 22 matchdays, facing every team once home and once away. The top two teams are promoted to the first tier, while the two bottom-ranked teams get relegated into South Newlandian amateur soccer. South Newlandian teams also do not enter the IFCF Liga B Champions Trophy. We will now take a look at the teams, once again in alphabetical order.

FC Ineton
Quick facts about FC Ineton
City and Region: Ineton, island off of the Southeast coast
Team colours: Blue and Orange
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: midfield

FC Ineton used to be the bigger one of the two teams from the City, but after bad recent results, they have lost a lot of support, along with some key players. The derbies between the sides from Ineton are always exciting, but there will likely be none this year.

Jagomir City
Quick facts about Jagomir City
City and Region: Jagomir, Central
Team colours: White and Light Blue
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: midfield

Jagomir, located approximately in the centre of the country, is a small industrial town close to the forest. The city was always among the poorer ones in South Newlandia, and the team never had a lot of money either. Despite that, Jagomir has a sizeable group of loyal fans.

Kinetik Islanders
Quick facts about Kinetik Islanders
City and Region: Elephant Island, island off of the West coast
Team colours: Gold and Purple
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

The Elephant Island is a small island off of the western shore, not far from the capital city. There is not much to see on this island but its landscape, making the place is a very common one for tourists, who enjoy the beautiful beaches and the warm weather, and the team was a struggling second tier side. At least that’s how it used to be, because it all changed now after the well-known energy drink brand “Kinetik” from The Grearish Union took over the team in the off-season. What was a massive surprise for most fans was also a massive shock for officials of the SNSA, as they never explicitly stated rules against such a takeover, and they had to allow it. We will see soon if money really does score goals.

Kinjestad SC
Quick facts about Kinjestad SC
City and Region: Kinjestad, island off of the Southwest coast
Team colours: Black and Grey
Play style: Defensive
Performance estimate: promotion candidates

The other team supported in Kinjestad next to Kinjestad Soccer was recently relegated by surprise, and they are looking to get back on their feet this year. They are commonly supported among the poorer areas in the centre of the city, and are known for their work ethic, especially on defense.

Lexen City Reds
Quick facts about Lexen City Reds
City and Region: Lexen City, North
Team colours: Red and Purple
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

If there is ever a place pushing for leftist reforms in South Newlandia, its likely Lexen City. The city from the North in the country might be the only one where socialism is favoured, but they are rarely notable in sports. This year, relegation may be more likely as it ever was before.

Masmow FC
Quick facts about Masmow FC
City and Region: Masmow, island off of the Northeast coast
Team colours: Brown and White
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: midfield

Masmow is a rather strange city on the most distant place from the South Newlandian mainland, namely on Dragon Island. Cultural norms often work differently here, and Soccer is not seen as the most important sport there. The view there is very pleasant, and you can enjoy it without much noise on the sparsely populated island.

Newport United
Quick facts about Newport United
City and Region: Newport, East coast
Team colours: Blue and Light Blue
Play style: Offensive
Performance estimate: promotion candidates

Newport United is the top favourite to return to the top tier, but they were that last year as well. After their relegation, they struggled, but they have another good shot now. They absolutely hate Jecken Newport more than anything else in their lives. On the pitch, they were known for successful offensive soccer, now, it’s just offensive soccer.

Northvalley Club
Quick facts about Northvalley Club
City and Region: Elephant Valley, West coast
Team colours: Grey and White
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

Northvalley Club is a struggling side from the northern suburbs of the capital city. They don’t really do much, as they lack resources and talents, and they will need to put up a big fight if they want to stay in the 2nd tier.

Ratzupalfu FC
Quick facts about Ratzupalfu FC
City and Region: Ratzupalfu, Central
Team colours: Yellow and Pink
Play style: Offensive
Performance estimate: midfield

Ratzupalfu FC is the polar opposite of the Ratzupalfu Rhinos. The RFC hates the slower, defensive approach of the Rhinos, preferring what commonly called “kick and rush”. This style is often leading to exciting, high scoring games. The RFC is also associated with the timber industry, or what there is of one in South Newlandia, while the Rhinos were always in favour of preservation.

Town
Quick facts about Town
City and Region: Elephant Town, West coast
Team colours: Purple and Green
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: fighting relegation

How did they even end up here? This small club from Elephant Town somehow is in the second tier, and there isn’t a good reason for that. No one cares about this team, and they will almost certainly be relegated soon enough.

Trunkst CFT
Quick facts about Trunkst CFT
City and Region: Trunkst, North coast
Team colours: Pink and Blue
Play style: Defensive
Performance estimate: promotion candidates

Trunkst is a pleasant small town on the northern coast of South Newlandia, located on a small peninsula. After some successful transfers, the Club Football Team is actually among the contenders for promotion this year with some outside chances. They are among the most solid teams in the league, sneaking a goal past them is very hard.

Walstreim City FC
Quick facts about Walstreim City FC
City and Region: Walstreim, Southeast coast
Team colours: Light Blue and Yellow
Play style: Average
Performance estimate: promotion candidates

Among with Newport United, the CFC is among the big favorites for promotion, but hardly anyone really cares about them. They are smaller, softer and in general less interesting than their big rivals, the Walstreim Lions. Despite that, the team playing in yellow and light blue gained in strength over the last few years.


Season One: Cup Preview

The South Newlandian Soccer Cup (SNSC) is, depending on who you ask, the easiest and hardest cup to win. The Cup winner needs to just win five games, as the Rounds are only one leg. All the teams from the first and second flight qualify for the SNSC, and they are joined by eight sides from the lower amateur leagues, which can also include the second teams from the top teams. Second teams are not permitted to enter the second tier of South Newlandian soccer, but they are allowed in the cup. The two teams that got relegated from the second tier in the last season are guaranteed a place in the cup as well. The draw is quite complicated for the SNSC, as the first round, all eight amateur sides play at home, while the 12 teams from the top flight are given random away games. The remaining twelve slots are given at random to the twelve teams from the second league. Here is the draw for the first round of the SNSC, with top flight teams in black, second tier sides in blue and the amateurs in red. The sides from the amateur league in this year’s cup are the following:
Ineton City II
FC Rüsselsheim II
Jecken Newport II
Walstreim Lions II
FC Bobtown
AC Rüsselsheim
EV Workerclub
AFC Newport

Among the second teams from Ineton City, FC Rüsselsheim, Jecken Newport and Walstreim Lions are the FC Bobtown, a small club that might be near promotion to the second tier soon, and small clubs from Rüsselsheim, Elephant Valley and Newport that hardly anyone cares about. Without further ado, here is the schedule for the first cup round.

Jagomir City vs. Sophie City Royals
Kinetik Islanders vs. Ineton City
Town vs. Walstreim Lions
Ineton City II vs. FC Ineton

AC Rüsselsheim vs. Southwestern Islanders
FC Bobtown vs. Valley Wanderers
FC Rüsselsheim II vs. Masmow FC
Jecken Newport II vs. Kinjestad Soccer


Northvalley Club vs. Elephant Valley FC
Walstreim City FC vs. Trunkst CFT
Newport United vs. Jecken Newport
AFC Newport vs. FC Rüsselsheim

Ratzupalfu FC vs. Kinjestad SC
Walstreim Lions II vs. Elephant Town FC
Lexen City Reds vs. Ruditown Guards
EV Workerclub vs. Ratzupalfu Rhinos


Let’s discuss this first round, from top to bottom. Keep in mind that this is not a seeded bracket; every new round has a new draw. The first three matches are battles between top tier teams and team from second tier, and while upsets can always happen, Jagomir City seems to be the only one to have a chance here.
The Walstreim Lions should advance to the next round without problems. Game four is the small Ineton derby, with the FC Ineton visiting Ineton City II. The amateur side should have little chance here.
There are amateur teams in all of the next four games, with three of them playing top tier sides. In all of these three, the amateurs will likely be eliminated, but Rüsselsheim II might have a small chance against Masmow FC.
Below that, we have another small derby in the capital city, with Northvalley Club hosting Elephant Valley FC. The top tier side should probably take this one. Next is one of two battles with two sides from second tier, with Walstreim City FC playing Trunkst CFT. It is hard to make a good prediction here, both teams look very close, and either one could make it. Below this one, there is the best draw of the first round. We are having the classic Newport Derby between Newport United and Jecken Newport. While Jecken is the natural favourite, Newport United can be a tough opponent, and the atmosphere in the stadium will be tense. This is a game you really shouldn’t miss. In the next match, Rüsselsheim should have no problem against the AFC Newport.
Next, we have the other matchup with two teams from the second league, this time between Ratzupalfu FC and Kinjestad SC. Like the other one, this will be another close match, and either side could take this game, but the SC seems slightly favoured. Between the last three games, the Rhinos and Elephant Town should get their tasks done without problems, but the Guards will have to visit the Reds. This is an interesting matchup, as the clubs are having a small rivalry, even after the Reds’ decline.
After the matches are played, between SNSL match days 6 and 7, we will be watching the draw for the second round, when top tier sides can face most likely.

Season One: Transfer News

For the sake of not making this overly long, we will only discuss international transfers today, with South Newlandian clubs or players and players or clubs of at least one more nation. We will look at the transfers from team to team, once again in alphabetical order. All players are from the nation their former club is also from, except for one marked exception.

Elephant Valley FC

New players moving in:
Larre Bossink (GK), 21, from Nyashawill (Ko-oren), 0.5 millions
Simon Bradden (AM), 33, from Crisisbless Athletic (Nephara), free transfer
Players moving on:
Manuel O’Neill (CB/RB), 32, to Royal Puncakpura (Eraman), 0.3 millions
Filip Barker (RB), 23, to Gloswood (Springmont), free transfer

The most successful club in the history of South Newlandia has given away two of their defenders, and got themselves a young talented goalkeeper from the second Ko-orenite league and a very experienced midfielder from a Nepharim top team, out of one of the best leagues of the multiverse. O’Neill has meanwhile been given to one of the best teams in Eraman, and Barker had just been cut in Elephant Valley. He will get a new chance in the nation of Springmont. Those changes should probably improve the team, and they are, as always, a team with great chances to win something this year.

FC Rüsselsheim

New players moving in:
Hayden Cochrane (LB), 22, from Reginorum University (Nova Anglicana), free transfer
Rodriguez Sporet (DM), 31, from Dawson Diamonds (Kohnhead), free transfer
Players moving on:
Kevin Mohamed (DM), 21, to Nagelti Rovers (Jeckland), 0.5 millions
Tommy Anderson (CB), 23, to Anchors FC (Chromatika), 0.5 millions
Zakariah Reeves (CM/OM), 20, to Marine Shipping and Travel (Kita-Hinode), free transfer

Rüsselsheim has given away a lot of their top players, including the two national team players Mohamed and Anderson they had. They will move on to develop their careers in Jeckland and Chromatika, respectively. The Rovers had narrowly missed out on IFCF completion last year, while the Anchors are a very respectable team as well. Reeves will move to a team just promoted into the best Hinodejin youth league, a great place to learn for his career. They have gotten themselves two free players, both more on the defensive side. Cochrane has just graduated university and seems to be a promising player from Nova Anglicana, while Sporet may need some shaping to improve his skills. The Diamond had only narrowly avoided relegation last year, and Sporet hadn’t looked particularly good either. Rüsselsheim hasn’t quite gotten their money’s worth, and they will need some luck to achieve similar success as last season. They might have given away too many of their good players, to be honest.

Ineton City

New players moving in: -
Players moving on:
Matthias Conrad (RM/OM), 24, to New Hind City FC (Indusse), free transfer

Ineton City has lost Conrad to a strong team from Indusse.

Jecken Newport

New players moving in:
(from Nephara) Corentin Tausig (GK), 29, from Deprí Lanar (Chromatika), 0.6 millions
Rory Canning-Meagher (M C), 34, from NGSA Ulaynof (Kelssek), 0 millions
Emir Aga (ST), 24, from Tanrispor (Timuria), 1 million
David Johnson (RM), 21, from TJUN-ia, free transfer
Rasmus Helman (CB), 33, from Partisan Sjoedrhavn (Savojarna), free transfer
Players moving on:
Tre Dixon (CB/DM), 27, to Offsdi Dalas (Poafmersia), free transfer

Jecken has produced the most fireworks of any team of the league. No fewer than five new international players, including David Johnson, a national team player from TJUN-ia, Helman from a Savojar top team, an aging player that formerly played for the national team of Kelssek, Nepharim Tausig who was playing for a club in Chromatika, and Emir Aga, the most expensive new player, coming from Timuria. Dixon has meanwhile moved on to Poafmersia. If that isn’t successful transfer market action, we don’t know what would be.

Kinetik Islanders

New players moving in:
Alexander Allman (LCB), 35, from The Grearish Union, 0 millions
Callum Frank (RB), 28, from The Grearish Union, 0 millions
Players moving on: -

The Islanders have added two defensive players from abroad to their roster, two national team players for The Grearish Union. They should be able to help secure the team’s defense.

Kinjestad Soccer

New players moving in:
Yuri Nowak (L/RW), 20, from DD Porto Nowi Jrs (Zeta Reka and Hügeltadom), free transfer
Players moving on:
Abdullah Rowley (GK), 30, to Malta FC (Indusse), 0.4 millions

Kinjestad has gotten a winger from Zeta Reka and Hügeltadom, while Rowley has moved on to one of the weaker teams in Indusse.

Newport United

New players moving in: -
Players moving on:
John Li (LB/LM), 19, to Setanggi (Kayangan), free transfer

Li is going to play in Kayangan now, and will be able to improve his skills there.

Ratzupalfu Rhinos

New players moving in:
Aaron Murphy (AMC), 20, from the Grearish Union, 0 millions
Nicolas Umkala (CB), 24, from TJUN-ia, free transfer
Players moving on:
Olly Evans (GK), 21, to FC Rockaton (Kohnhead), free transfer

The Rhinos have successfully gotten two free national team players, one from The Grearish Union and one from TJUN-ia. Evans, who hadn’t gotten much play time behind Trischuk, will now be able to play in Kohnhead for a recently promoted side.

Ruditown Guards

New players moving in: -
Players moving on:
Philip Gurero (CB), 23, to Nickelson FC (Kohnhead), free transfer

The Guards haven’t gotten any new international players, while Gurero is moving on to Kohnhead.

Valley Wanderers

New players moving in:
John Bramas (GK), 28, from Skew Euld Ren Sinners (Maccian), 0.15 millions
Players moving on: -

The Wanderers have gotten themselves a quite decent goalkeeper from Maccian, hoping to improve their defensive abilities.

Walstreim Lions

New players moving in:
Makino Hideo (ST), 20, from TryHard Sporting (Squidroidia), 1 million
Eloy Dawood (ST), 18, from Mount Salt Football Academy (Eastfield Lodge), free transfer
Lambros Tantalopoulos (CDM), 16, from National Team Academy (Vdara), 0.35 million
Players moving on:
Brandon Irving (ST), 22, to Barnley FC (Kohnhead), 1.1 millions
Romleb Mada (ST), 17, to Project Olimpo Jutsii (Kita-Hinode), free transfer

The Lions might have had the most interesting offseason. They have lost their national team player and most important star Irving to the recent Kohnheadian champions, and their young star to a Hinodejin youth team, where Mada can develop. They have gotten a free player from Eastfield Lodge, Squidroidian top star Hideo, and a Sporting World Cup champion with a long name from Vdara. We don’t know yet if this is good or bad, but we will see soon enough.
That concludes the international transfers of South Newlandian teams for this year. In total, about six million was moved around, and quite a few players moved.
Last edited by South Newlandia on Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:02 am, edited 1 time in total.
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