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Joint first tier association football league of Farfadillis, Banija, and the Busoga Islands

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Domestic Football in Banija- a short history and a transition

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The Royal Banijan Soccer Association(RBSA) is the governing body of soccer at all levels (besides collegiate) within Banija. They, of course, organized Banija's first foray into international football- World Cup 73. After earning just 1 point at that Baptism of Fire in 3 games, and then earning even less(0 points) across 12 games at World Cup 73 Qualifiers, the RBSA knew that there needed to be a complete change in how football was run in this country if they wanted to compete on a high level abroad, both at the club and international level. The traditions of 70 years of state leagues was going to be brought to a close. The RBSA created the Premier Soccer League, with 16 teams. After one season, they expanded from 16 to 20 teams and changed their name to the Banijan Soccer League, a league name that survived to this day.

The professional pyramid eventually expanded, adding 48 smaller sides to a regional league system that acted as Banija's joint second tier. Each regional league had 12 teams, for a total of four regional leagues. 68 teams in the pyramid. When the Busoga Islands became independent after World Cup 80, the newly formed Busoga Islander Soccer Association(BISA) and the RBSA quickly reached an agreement for Busoga's clubs to retain their membership in the RBSA, and keep the domestic leagues intact. There was limited promotion/relegation- the four champions would play in a promotion playoff to earn promotion to the BSL, while only the last place Banijan team would be relegated on an annual basis.

The Banijan Soccer League, including the inaugural PSL season when the league was just 16 teams, operated as Banija's top flight league for a total of 13 seasons. Throughout those 13 seasons, talent in the league improved and players began using the league as a stepping stone for the giants of the world, with multiple players making the leap from the BSL to Valanora or Nephara, who are undisputed top 5 leagues in the world. It began to improve their results on the field in their own right. In fact, during Season 13, the final season of operation for the BSL as a top-flight league, Istria City FC, the defending champion, was able to win the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, and at its height, their champion would earn an automatic place in the group stage of the IFCF Champions League.

The league was traditionally dominated by the 'Super 5' clubs- Istria City FC, Herzegovina City FC, Busukuma AC, Hoima Warriors, and Jinja City FC, that are Banija's 5 biggest teams in Banija's 5 biggest cities. On the by and large, the Super 5 are the wealthiest, most well-supported, and generally the most competitive teams within Banija.

But now, things are different. Banija will have a three tiered system. 10 clubs- Istria City FC, Herzegovina City FC, Busukuma AC, Hoima Warriors, Jinja City FC, the Busembe Timberwolves, Mynda Electra, Umbazi Metropolitan SC, Kitara AA, and Lakiska SC, will join the newly founded S-FPL. Banija League Soccer will become Banija's second tier, which will take the remaining 10 members of the BSL, and add the top two teams of the last season's regional leagues. The new BLS will keep the logo of the BSL, but will not be considered a successor league- the original BSL is dead, the BLS has now arrived.

Which means, of course, the regional leagues will now simply be 10 teams, instead of 12, and be Banija's joint third tier. There will be limited promotion and relegation between the three leagues. The worst finishing Banijan team in the S-FPL will be relegated to the BLS, and the champion of the BLS will be promoted to the S-FPL. The last place BLS team will be relegated to the regional leagues. The four regional league champions will have a four team playoff, and the winner of that playoff will be promoted to the BLS.

Inaugural Banijan S-FPL Members
Istria City FC
Herzegovina City FC
Busukuma AC
Hoima Warriors
Jinja City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Lakiska SC
Kitara AA
Busembe Timberwolves
Mynda Electra

Suwawa FC
Capitol City FC
Askatasuna FC
Aissa United FC
Isipongo Flash
Dukuma SC
Rukunbi FC
Busukuma Force
Herzegovina Phoenix
Hawabark Boulders
Corizova United
Jaribga Soccer Club
Duntho Sporting Club
Thayaferu United
Kabakono City
Zakuta City
Sororo City
Bwubanza City SC


Banijan Northwestern League
Eastern Moravica FC
Nezrouch Rovers
Slobochia Bears
Barmos United
Koszagard City
AFC Kosactus
Taramazna United
Tezirbu Foxes
Tripoli Foresters
Koksho City

Banijan Lower Coastal League
Kitara Athletic Society
Djoro Athletic
Dimbogourou SC
AFC Akwadua
Baleweye FC
Nsade United
Mamari City
Kwadama Dojo
Ogbordu Diamond FC
Abomfa United

Banijan Northern League
Bunyoro RSC
Igulu City FC
Luguyala Patriots
Cerenus United
Nanami Dragons
Okakameb City
Garixas City
Gadive City
AFC Okahavi
Selekawe Knights

Banijan Southern League
Lwanga Lions
Dodoma City SC
Byakado City
Kigagana Mountaineers
Boufaya Ravens
Busemlu Park SC
Umbazi FA
Amaku City FC
Mukegara Warriors
Pumbasa Boars


List of BSL champions
Season 1- Jinja City FC
Season 2- Hoima Warriors
Season 3- Herzegovina City FC
Season 4- Herzegovina City FC(Second League Title)
Season 5- Istria City FC
Season 6- Herzegovina City FC(undefeated; Third League Title))
Season 7- Busukuma AC
Season 8- Herzegovina CIty FC(Fourth League Title)
Season 9- Herzegovina City FC(Fifth League Title)
Season 10- Jinja City FC(Second League Title)
Season 11- Herzegovina City FC(Sixth League Title)
Season 12- Istria City FC(Second League Title)
Season 13- Hoima Warriors(Second League Title)

List of Kabaka's Cup Champions
Season 2- Jinja City FC
Season 3- Hoima Warriors
Season 4- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Istria City FC
Season 7- Herzegovina City FC(Second Title)
Season 8- Busukuma AC
Season 9- Jaribga Soccer Club
Season 10- Herzegovina City FC(Third Title)
Season 11- Rukunbi FC
Season 12- Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Season 13- Istria City FC(Second Title)

List of RBSA Cup Champions
Season 1- Hoima Warriors
Season 2- Askatasuna FC
Season 3- Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 4- Jinja City FC
Season 5- Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Busembe Timberwolves
Season 7- Istria City FC
Season 8- Jaribga Soccer Club
Season 9- Dukuma SC
Season 10- Rukunbi FC
Season 11- Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Season 12- Busembe Timberwolves(Second Title)
Season 13- Busukuma AC

Ebrahim Razav Cup Champions
Season 12- Dukuma SC
Season 13- Nezrouch Rovers

List of teams by UICA/IFCF CL & ChC Group Stage Appearances
UICA Champions Cup 71- Herzegovina City FC
UICA Globe Cup 69- Istria City FC
UICA Champions Cup 73- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Champions League 1- Jinja City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 1- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Champions League 2- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 2- Jinja City FC & Istria City FC
IFCF Champions League 3- Istria City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup 3- Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Champions League 4- Hoima Warriors
IFCF Challenger's Cup 4- Istria City FC & Herzegovina City FC

Notable runs in non-UICA/IFCF international competitions
AOCL XXXII- Herzegovina City FC reaches the Final and falls, 1-0, to AC Izotz Zubia of Audioslavia
AOCL XXXV- Istria City FC reaches the final and defeats Cazadores Cathair of Audioslavia, 3-1, to win the Atlantian Oceania Champions League.

Other IFCF Trophies
IFCF Liga B CT4- Kabakono City reaches the final and defeats Brighthaven Town of Ko-oren, 3-1, to win the IFCF Liga B CT.

Northwestern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 0/BSL Season 4- Cerenus United

Northwestern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 1/BSL Season 5- Cerenus United

Northwestern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Sororo City
Northern League Season 2/BSL Season 6- Igulu City FC

Northwestern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Hawabark Boulders
Northern League Season 3/BSL Season 7- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Hawabark Boulders

Northwestern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Baleweye FC
Southern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Bwubanza City SC
Northern League Season 4/BSL Season 8- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Corizova United

Northwestern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Sororo City
Northern League Season 5/BSL Season 9- Igulu City FC
Promotion Playoff Winner- Igulu City FC

Northwestern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Dukuma SC
Lower Coastal League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Capitol City FC
Southern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Bwubanza City SC
Northern League Season 6/BSL Season 10- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Capitol City FC

Northwestern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Suwawa FC
Lower Coastal League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Lwanga Lions
Northern League Season 7/BSL Season 11- Cerenus United
Promotion Playoff Winner- Suwawa FC

Northwestern League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Dukuma SC
Lower Coastal League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Zakuta City
Southern League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Sororo City
Northern League Season 8/BSL Season 12- Duntho Sporting Club
Promotion Playoff Winner- Dukuma SC

Northwestern League Season 9/BSL Season 13- Corizova United
Lower Coastal League Season 9/BSL Season 13- Kabakono City
Southern League Season 9/BSL Season 13- Sororo City
Northern League Season 9/BSL Season 13- Duntho Sporting Club


Golden Boot
Season 5- Lin Moon(CMT), Jinja City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 9- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 10- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 12- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 13- Torvald Royle(FPT), Istria City FC
Silver Boot
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Alanso Tamba(BNJ), Busukuma AC
Season 9- Josef Lawerenz(EQS), Hoima Warriors
Season 10- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 12- Murray Hunnisett(HAP), Istria City FC
Season 13- Murray Hunnisett(HAP), Istria City FC
League MVP
Season 5- Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Guillermo Madruga(AMZ), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 9- Rosie Tyler(EQS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 10- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 12- Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC
Season 13- Gitonga Kahara(BNJ), Hoima Warriors
Manager of the Year
Season 6- Brian Emerson(COS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Flip Kollias(BNJ), Kitara AA
Season 8- Adam Jeffreys(VLZ), Bunyoro RSC
Season 9- Mark Grayson(NPH), Hoima Warriors
Season 10- Mór Császár(PAS), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Andrew Vardalos(BRE), Busukuma AC
Season 12- Alvin Burnsides(COS), Istria City FC
Season 13- Mark Grayson(NPH), Hoima Warriors
Newcomer of the Year
Season 7- Orion Etzebeth(NPH), Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 9- Xilit-Zaxac Yol(QUS), Jinja City FC
Season 10- Vatan Ercetin(TMR), Jinja City FC
Season 11- Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì(FFD), Busukuma AC
Season 12- Ronald Mickel(VLD), Kitara AA
Season 13- Gitonga Kahara(BNJ), Hoima Warriors
Golden Glove
Season 5- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 6- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 7- Delbin Kasekende(BUS), Herzegovina City FC
Season 9- Edgar Farsal-Smith(MRC), Busembe Timberwolves
Season 10- Assefa Berhane(BNJ), Herzegovina Phoenix
Season 11- Hibbaan al-Shareef(BUS), Hoima Warriors
Season 12- Hibbaan al-Shareef(BUS), Istria City FC
Season 13- Nelson Okello(QUE), Hoima Warriors


List of BSL records- For this, records only count from a 38 game season, so stats from Season 1 are not considered. Records count from league games only.
Most Individual Goals in a season: 34. Assefa Yitebarke(BNJ), Istria City FC in Season 12.
Most Individual Assists in a season: 19. Aaron Aiza(EQS), Herzegovina City FC in Season 5.
Most wins in a season: 31. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most points in a season: 100. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Most Team Goals For in a season: 123. Istria City FC, Season 12.
Largest title winning margin: Herzegovina City had a 21 point gap over second place Jinja City FC in Season 6.
Smallest title-winning margin: Hoima Warriors level with Busukuma AC at 88 points in Season 2. Won league based on goal differential(+57 compared to +55).
Most Draws in a season: 18. Umbazi Metropolitan SC, Season 4.
Best Goal Difference in a season: +90. Istria City FC, Season 12.
Fewest Losses in a season: 0. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6.
Fewest Team Goals Allowed in a season: 19. Herzegovina City FC, Season 6 & Busukuma AC, Season 7.
Fewest Team Goals For in a season: 22. Lakiska SC, Season 7 & Capitol City FC, Season 13.
Fewest wins in a season: 2. Dukuma SC, Season 2 & Dukuma SC, Season 8.
Fewest points in a season: 14. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Team Goals Allowed in a season: 111. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Most Losses in a season: 28. Dukuma SC, Season 2.
Worst Goal Difference in a Season: -60. Dukuma SC, Season 2.

Major Rivalries


Istria City Derby between Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC

This is a derby within Banija's biggest city, and it is the country's oldest rivalry- Istria City FC and Rukunbi FC both having played each other a number of times, well before the establishment of the Banijan Soccer League, let alone the S-FPL. There is no love lost between these pair of crosstown rivals. Istria City FC is the bigger side, the fancier and glitzier side, with a league title under its belt, an appearance in the UICA Globe Cup knockout stages under its belt, an AOCL trophy, and is always competing every season to be the best. It has prime real estate on the coastline, and one of the newer stadiums in Banija, in Kabonero III Field. As for Rukunbi FC, they play in the Rukunbi District, which is the Eastern part of town, and the lower income part of the city. Their fans are known for making an intimidating home atmosphere, and are certainly considered Banija's most violent fanbase. So it's always a fun one when these two meet.

The first BSL high point of this rivalry came in Season 6, when Rukunbi FC beat Istria City FC 2-0 in a massive upset at home, and the fans, excited over the major victory, stormed the field. They had to, after that, play a game behind closed doors on their home field. The two clubs also tangled, of course, when both put their stadiums forward to host matches in World Cup 81, though it was Kabonero III Field that won out over Eastern Stadium, whcih is an older stadium. Expect fireworks every time these two play, cause you'll never know what you'll get. Season 10 saw the rivalry reach a peak again. A large 6-1 win early in the season by Rukunbi FC over their hated rivals stunned observers as Rukunbi FC were shockingly threatening to make a title challenge. While they considerably cooled in the league race, the two teams met in the RBSA Cup Final now three seasons ago, with Rukunbi FC triumphing at the Stadium of the Restoration by a score of 2-0. The rivalry is on pause, with Istria City FC in the S-FPL and Rukunbi FC in the BLS, but Rukunbi likes their chances of promotion.

Battle for Hangaza's Soul between Jinja City FC and Aissa United Football Club

This is a hot blooded rivalry between the two former BSL sides from the Hangaza region. Jinja City FC, the region's big and historically dominant side, from the region's largest city and one of Banija's largest city's in general, and the team from Aissa United FC, the regional capital, and a much smaller city. The rivalry, as one might imagine, is usually dominated by Jinja City FC, but arguably the rivalry's most famous moment came courtesy of Aissa United.

In Season 5, the title race was coming down to Jinja City FC and Istria CIty FC. On the second to final matchday, Istria City FC had 82 points, while Jinja City FC had 83. Istria City FC had a draw- so entering the nightcap, a Jinja City FC victory would leave them needing only a draw on Matchday 38 to win the league. However, Aissa United, away from home, stunned the league leaders 1-0, who then finished in second place on goal difference. A mere point in this game, then, would have won them the league- and that's a strong memory for Aissa in this rivalry. Their matches, since then, have always been high intensity. The rivalry is on pause, of course, with these two sides in separate leagues.

The Southern Rumble between Busukuma Athletic Club and the Hoima Warriors

The Southern Rumble is a rivalry between the two Super 5 clubs in the southern part of the country- Busukuma AC and the Hoima Warriors. With Hoima really bereft of a local derby, and Busukuma AC not paying much attention to their local rivals in the Busukuma Force, this one has emerged as the chief rivalry for both teams. They compete on and off the fields, especially in the Sothern Ankole region, for fans, for players, for all kinds of ways to demonstrate their supremacy.

Busukuma AC, of course, at least has won a title in the past five seasons- the Warriors have finally caught up, being the last champions of the Banijan Soccer League. There is no one moment to point to in this rivalry, however. Once you lit the match, it can really come off here between two of Banija's Super 5 clubs.

Herzegovina City Derby between Herzegovina City FC and Herzegovina Phoenix

The Phoenix were one of the four expansion sides in Season 2,and they immediately developed a rivalry with the other local club side, Herzegovina City FC. Since, over the course of the last 6 seasons, Herzegovina City FC have almost certainly been Banija's most dominant side, with 4 league titles and a pair of UICA Champions Cup group stage appearances in that era, the Phoenix have been chasing. They've played in numerous high profile matches, especially in Seasons 6 and 7, when the Phoenix were in regular contention for the top four.

The most famous moment on the Herzegovina City side, is when they clinched the league title against the Phoenix in Season 6, with a stunning victory on Matchday 33 over their archrivals, en route to the BSL's only ever undefeated season. For the Phoenix, it probably had to be a thrilling 3-2 victory in the Kabaka's Cup that kicked off Season 4, to earn a trophy for the 2nd season in a row, but this one at the expense of their city archrivals. The Phoenix are down in the BLS for now, however, they will fight desperately to get back up and continue this rivalry.

North v. South Battle between Istria City FC and Herzegovina City FC

This is part of the larger rivalry between the cities of Istria and Herzegovina City, the two largest cities, and two epicenters, of the Moravica region. Istria, Banija's largest city, and Herzegovina is the oldest city- and the regional capital. The rivalry is perhaps best expressed in the college sports edition of the rivalry, when Northern Moravica, from Herzegovina City, and Loyola-Istria, from Istria, play against each other. But that rivalry is part of the rivalry between the two cities in general, and how can it ever be expressed better than on the pitch?

The high point of this rivalry is probably Season 5, when Istria City FC ended Herzegovina City's quest for a three-peat in the league, by winning their first, and to date, only BSL title. In the RBSA Cup Final that same season, they met in the Final, with Istria City FC looking to become the first ever BSL side to complete a league/cup double. This was not going to happen, however, as the two played a 4-4 thriller, with then Herzegovina City manager Kolt Freegan lifting the trophy high after winning on penalties. Their rematch in the Kabaka's Cup to open the next season saw Istria City FC take its revenge, with the rivalry being solidified between two of the league's top sides. With both teams having their local derbymates competing in the BLS, this rivalry is expected to take even more importance as one of Banija's premier rivalries.

Battle of the Islands between Dukuma SC and Lakiska SC

This is the rivalry between the two sides from the Busoga Islands- Dukuma SC, and Lakiska SC. Historically, these were the only two sides from the islands to be in the Banijan Soccer League, and even with the addition of the pyramid, and the independence of the Busoga Islands as their own country, this remained to be true. However, these two teams usually hovered towards the bottom of the league table, and therefore ,the rivalry, while fierce locally, has never had any real national implication.

Of course, things are going to change again. This past season, Dukuma SC had finally earned promotion back to the Banijan Soccer League, marking last year the first time in a number of years where this rivalry will be played in the top flight. Of course, now Lakiska SC is in the S-FPL, so the rivalry seems dead again for quite a while, but the burning hate will always remain.

Capitol City Derby between Busukuma Athletic Club, Capitol City FC, and Busukuma Force

With Capitol City Football Club having finally been promoted to the big-time, where they've long felt they've belonged, the three capitol city sides are going to be in the middle of a fight for who will rule Busukuma. Busukuma Athletic Club has all the obvious advantages- the money, the history, the prestige(they've got that fancy BSL Season 7 trophy that cannot be taken from them). Busukuma AC and Capitol City FC are historic rivals, playing each other fiercely before the establishment of the Banijan Soccer League took the game national. They've always had vastly different cultures, with Capitol City FC being more of a countercultural, extremely left-wing club. Some would call them similar to Rukunbi FC, but that would be a lacking comparison.

They are liked by lots of young people, and have one of the few fanbases in the BSL that are avowedly left-wing politically. They were very radically anti-Matthias Mutebi when he ruled in Banija, and while they don't go so far as calling for secularization of Banija, many of their fans consider themselves strong economic leftists. Their diverse fanbase has made large in-roads to the Farfadillis refugee population living within the country. But the impetus for this three way rivalry has to be Season 2. When the BSL, after a successful first season of national play, expanded from 16 teams to 20, it was always clear that the capitol would get a second club. But instead of Capitol City FC getting the spot, an expansion club was started that was called the Busukuma Force, who have maintained a BSL spot ever since. Capitol City FC hasn't played either capitol side in almost two decades, and the Force they've never played.

The rivalry, after being together for a few years, is finally broken up. Busukuma AC is in the S-FPL, while the Force and Capitol City FC will have to make do as neighbors and company in the BLS. That side of the rivalry is only expected to get more and more heated throughout the upcoming seasons.

National Stadium
The Stadium of the Restoration
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The National Stadium. Location: Busukuma. Capacity: 91,835.


The national stadium is the center of the Banijan sporting universe. Built on the site of the first restoration of the Banijan monarchy, it is both a great piece of sporting architecture, as well as a place meant to honor Banija's monarchy. Therefore, the funerals and coronations of monarchs all happen at this stadium. The old stadium at the site held all kinds of matches, including, but not limited to, the World Bowl 34 Final, the NSCF 17 Championship Game, and a UICA Globe Cup Final. The building also serves as the home stadium for both the national soccer team and the national gridiron team. In anticipation for Banija co-hosting World Cup 81, the stadium was rebuilt by a Siovanijan & Tueslander firm, to make it state of the art to host the opening match of the most popular tournament in the multiverse. It has hosted all kinds of big time matches- a UICA Globe Cup Final, an IFCF Champions League Final, the AOCAF LVIII Final and the AOCAF LXII Final, two World Cup opening matches, two World Bowl Finals, and many more important finals, both on a domestic and multiversal basis, in both gridiron and association football.
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-Season 1-

Summer Round-up



BUSUKUMA, NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION, BANIJA- What are the highlights for this summer? Well, of course, with the IFCF up and running, it was the preliminaries of international club competition! IFCF competition, as well as the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, Cygnus Cup Winners Cup, and the Vilitan Cove International all kicked off in the summer. It was quite the summer for clubs in the S-FPL. Let's get right into it!

And without further ado... Your summer roundup!

1. Hoima Warriors

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Hoima earned a bye from the Preliminary rounds of the IFCF Champions League, earning a berth directly in the group stages.
Atlantian Oceania Champions League
No summer competition for the AOCL


2. Rülândeá Kôstä
IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Rulandea earned a bye from the first and second preliminary rounds of this competition.
Third Preliminary Round- Champions Path
Opponent- Altendalur of Graentfjall. First Leg: Altendalur 1-4 Rulandea Kosta. Second Leg: Rulandea Kosta 0-1 Altendalur.
Rulandea Kosta advance 4-2 on aggregate.
Playoff Round- Champions Path
Opponent- Freeport United of the Freeport Isles. First Leg: Rulandea Kosta 2-0 Freeport United. Second Leg: Freeport United 3-0 Rulandea Kosta.
Freeport United wins 3-2 on aggregate, and qualifies for the group stages of the Champions League. Rulandea Kosta advances to the group stages of the IFCF Challenger's Cup.
Atlantian Oceania Champions League
No summer competition for the AOCL


Rulandea Kosta- the final champions of Farfadillis, getting their chance to qualify directly for the Champions League. Due to their championship last season, they of course expect to compete for silverware again- both on a domestic level, and an international level. Also standing as the defending state league champs as well, the expectations from their own fan base are high, to say the very least. Their first opponent, in the Third Preliminary Round of the CL, was Altendalur of Graentfjall- a fast up and coming nation in this sport.

The first leg took place in North Rushmore. Altendalur and Graentfjall are a nice story- a club and nation fast on the rise in this sport. But they haven't arrived yet. And they have some distance to go- and Rulandea Kosta took special pleasure in reminding them just how hard it would be to climb the table in this sport. The international midfield trio of Farf player Dü Ârusânìrá, Quebecois player Erin Kang, and the Astograth international Muhaburu, set out motivated to come out and dominate in the first leg, and they did just that. They were ever. They controlled possession, they linked their passes together, they did everything asked of a star midfield trio.

While it would be Röémün Çídh who would score the first two, Erin Kang scored the third herself to give this team a 3-0 lead at halftime, away from home. It was a two-legged tie- and yet, it was over at the 45 minute mark of the first leg. The first leg finished 4-1 in favor of Rulandea Kosta, meaning Altendalur would need at least four goals at the Âréné Délékôstä to have a chance. They scored once and conceded zero, but Rulandea Kosta comfortably advanced on a 4-2 aggregate score to the next round of the competition.

For the Playoff Round. The winner directly to the group stages of the CL. The loser? To the group stages of the ChC. Playing against an often underestimated Freeport United. Don't look now- but they are the highest ranked club outside of Valanora in the entire Glorious Southwest. They'd pay a visit to the Rulandese coast for the first leg. Similar to their tie against Altendalur, this Farf side wanted to get off to a fast start, and they worked to do so. Freeport United, however, wanted to hold on, and they conceded plenty of possesion but remained deadlocked at halftime. In about the 60th minute, Ferm Egere wanted to break the deadlock, and brought on Karl Vicar for Erin Kang. It was a change of pace that ended up paying dividends- a through ball from Vicar led directly to an Muhaburu goal to make it 1-0, and in the 81st minute, Lalaw scored a second to give this side a 2-0 home win, without conceding any away goals.

But they'd need to return to the Freeport Isles and defend that lead. And Freeport United plays with a chip on their shoulder, especially against other GSW sides. They may come from a small country- but they're better than anybody else says they are. That "us against the world" mentality can come in handy, and it came in handy against the defending Farf champions. The same lineup that had found so much success at home in the first leg was struggling here in the second leg. An organized and disciplined Freeport United side counter-attacked with ferocity and pace, scoring in the 38th, 55th, and 77th minutes to turn the tie on its head. Rulandea Kosta could not turn the tide once Freeport had opened those floodgates, and therefore will find themselves in the Challenger's Cup this season.

3. Istria City FC

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Istria City FC earned a bye from the first and second preliminary rounds of this competition.
Third Preliminary Round- Non-Champions Path
Opponent- RGS Athletic of Eastfield Lodge. First Leg: Istria City 2-4 RGS Athletic. Second Leg: RGS Athletic 0-1 Istria City FC.
RGS Athletic advance 4-3 on aggregate. Istria City FC enter the playoff round of the IFCF Challenger's Cup.
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Playoff Round
Opponent- AFC Hosingr of Mriin. First Leg: Istria City FC 2-0 AFC Hosingr. Second Leg: AFC Hosingr 1-0 Istria City FC.
Istria City FC advance 2-1 on aggregate to the Qualifying Round of the IFCF Challenger's Cup.
Qualifying Round
Opponent- Marque of Brenecia. First Leg: Marque 0-3 Istria City FC. Second Leg: Istria City FC 1-0 Marque.
Istria City FC advance 4-0 on aggregate and qualify for the group stages of the IFCF Challenger's Cup.
Atlantian Oceania Champions League
No summer competition for the AOCL


And now for the defending champions of the AOCL. The biggest club from Banija's biggest city took the field in the preliminary rounds this season, trying to make a second straight appearance in the group stages of the IFCF Champions League. They're debuting an almost completely new backline, with 3 of 4 starters on the backline different from last season, as well as a new goalkeeper. That inexperience together showed in the first leg of their tie with former champions RGS Athletic. Losing players like Alanso Tibamba from the back four was always going to hurt. RGS Athletic repeatedly put pressure on the back four, and repeatedly, they failed to stand up to the challenge. Okparo was forced into a number of saves in one on one situations, but the defensive calamity saw Istria City concede four times in the first leg, for a 4-2 loss.

Losing 4-2 at home in the first leg of a competition is always a disaster. Having to score a minimum of three goals in the second leg away from home is always a tall order, and it was an order that was far too tall for Alvin Burnsides team. While the final aggregate score looks tight, it doesn't show how dominant RGS Athletic was. The defense looked much more cleaned up fortunately, but the lone goal of the game, a 73rd minute strike by Torvald Royle, was too little too late. They never truly threatened to get a second goal that could find them extra time, and the Eastfield Lodge side deservedly advanced to the next stage of the Champions League.

That dropped Istria City to the Challenger's Cup. In the Playoff round, they hosted AFC Hosingr of Mriin, in the first leg. Kabonero III Stadium was packed, and Istria City played fast and energetic from the start, hoping to throw the Mriin team off balance. They were successful in doing so, opening with a 13th minute goal from Quebecois international Kate Huitema-Omeasoo, and then Jermaine Poole doubling up in the 21st minute. They searched for a third goal, but AFC Hosingr did a good job in tightening up and holding the score, valuing not conceding over the away goal to give themselves a chance at home. And in the second leg, it seemed to be going their way, with a 32nd minute goal by their team making it 2-1 on aggregate, and giving way to a frenzy of a second half. But the Istria City defense, the same back four that was so porous against RGS Athletic, were firm in the second half in Mriin, with Halim and Hunnisett playing brilliantly in the midfield. Istria City held on, and advanced to the Qualifying Round, 2-1 on aggregate.

Then, came in the big name opponent- Marque of Brenecia. Brenecia- consensus top 5 league in the multiverse. An absolute terror of a matchup. A lot of energy going into that matchup. Even Chromatik center back Xe Xuang, who is new to their backline, said that it was a "big time matchup". And Istria City brought the energy to Privateer Arena. Alvin Burnsides teams never lack confidence- could they have won an AOCL title without confidence? And they did a great job playing with it. Marque wanted to get forward, but Istria City played with a strategy that they rarely use- a high press into a counter. Forcing the opponents into mistakes. Playing quickly out of the back with defenders like Xe Xuang being comfortable with the ball at this feet. A 3-0 victory on the road sent shockwaves through Banija and Brenecia alike. In a much tighter second leg at home, a Torvald Royle penalty was the only goal in a 1-0 win. Which put Istria City, emphatically, into the knockout stages after a 4-0 aggregate win over Marque.

4. René Skaé
IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Rene Skae earned a bye from the first and second preliminary rounds of this competition.
Third Preliminary Round- Non-Champions Path
Opponent- Northern Union of Brenecia. First Leg: Rene Skae 3-2 Northern Union. Second Leg: Northern Union 1-0 Rene Skae.
Northern Union advance 3-3(2-0) on away goals. Rene Skae enter the playoff round of the IFCF Challenger's Cup.
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Playoff Round
Opponent- Savusavu AFC of Choudal. First Leg: Savusavu AFC 0-2 Rene Skae. Second Leg: Rene Skae 2-0 Savusavu AFC.
Rene Skae advance 4-0 on aggregate to the Qualifying Round.
Qualifying Round
Opponent- FC Yassaca of SRS. First Leg: Rene Skae 3-2 FC Yassaca. Second Leg: FC Yassaca 0-1 Rene Skae.
Rene Skae advances 4-2 on aggregate, qualifies for the group stages of the IFCF Challenger's Cup.


Rene Skae had the unfortunate luck of drawing the biggest club in the multiverse participating in the preliminary rounds of Champions League qualification- Northern Union of Brenecia. There's nothing like the Non-Champions Qualification rounds- some tough teams from some big time leagues. Somebody had to draw them, of course- but Rene Skae will be rueing the fact that it was them. It doesn't mean that the Colonels simply bowed their heads and conceded defeat, however. Far from it. They were always going to get after Northern Union, and the two teams locked horns for one hell of an entertaining matchup at the Grand Rene Skae, in front of 25,000 diehard fans.

What a game for Banijan international and DBC 47 winning captain Anwar Dawit to make his club debut, eh? It was a chaotic contest as both sides threw everything at the game, trying to earn themselves a first leg victory. The favorites were the first to score, with Zeale-Riddick beating Buczvarov on the dribble and cheekily chipping the ball over the goalkeeper's head into the back of the net. She put a finger to her lips to silence the home crowd, which only whipped them up into a frenzy. The team started to press. A cross from Dawit was able to find Miross-Lezocz for a free header, although the headed ball went straight to Union goalkeeper Cass Farrell. A 33rd minute incidental handball from Garrett Horgan would give Rene Skae the penalty they needed to level this game, as Miross-Lezocz buried from 12 yards to level this game at 1.

Early in the second half, Northern Union tried to re-impose their advantage on this game by scoring again. And it would be the younger #10, Tricia Pace, who would provide the goal. The young playmaker, when being converged upon by two defenders, was able to hit a through ball to Apelles that unleashed him down the sideline and gave the visitors numbers. A short ground cross to Zeale-Riddick was put away and the visitors led, 2-1 at the 51st minute. But Rene Skae was not done yet. They kept the pressure up, pressing high and breaking fast. Tulaki Rauogba equalized on a free kick in the 72nd, but they were looking for a winner. In about the 81st minute, Anwar Dawit, on the edge of the 18, hit it on the ground to Sionne. Sionne turned, dribbled forward, and then sent the ball across the face of the six yard box on the ground. On the other side of the goal was a sliding Éwanjé-Épée, who put the ball into the back of the net.

3-2 to Rene Skae in Farfadillis. Marvelous scenes in the Champions League. But they still had the return leg to play at Redemption Park. And Northern Union had a 2-0 advantage in away goals, meaning just one lone goal would eliminate Rene Skae from the Champions League. As Union pressed forward, Rene Skae fought to hold the line. They did counter with speed- but their front four did not bring their finish boots, as Cass Farrell kept the home side in the game. And in the 65th minute, off of a corner kick, Horatius Chaumancer got a free header and buried it into the back of the net. 1-0 on the day, 3-3 on aggregate, 2-0 to Northern Union on away goals- and that's how it would finish.

That put Rene Skae, after that painful loss, into the Challenger's Cup preliminary rounds. First, the playoff rounds. After drawing Northern Union, Savusavu AFC of Choudal was never going to be so much of a challenge, and Rene Skae beat them easily. 2-0 wins in both legs ensured that there was no doubt from the first moments of the tie who would be the winner, and they advanced easily to the Qualifying Round, 4-0 on aggregate. Their opponent, with one tie seperating them from the knockout stages of the Challenger's Cup? FC Yassaca, of the Squornshelan Remnant States.

Their first leg in Farfadillis went a lot like their tie with Northern Union. A barnstormer of a match- up and down the pitch, both sides creating plenty of chances, and plenty of goals, with Rene Skae taking a razor thin 3-2 home win, where they conceded two away goals, out of the first leg. But the second leg, Rene Skae was prepared. FC Yassaca is a fiery opponent, but Rene Skae was prepared. Great environment, great atmosphere, but Rene Skae was the festier and better side. They knew the hosts needed just one goal to eliminate them. After a physical first half, they dealt a pyschological blow to their opponents at the very end of the first half, with a 44th minute goal from Tulaki Rauogba making the score 1-0 to the visitors.

Doublign their lead at that time was just what the doctor ordered. It took the wind out of the sails of the home side, and they never recovered, as Rene Skae won 1-0 on the day, and 4-2 on aggregate, to become the fourth S-FPL club to qualify for the group stages of the IFCF Challenger's Cup this season, joining Rulandea Kosta, Istria City FC, and Herzegovina City FC.

5. Herzegovina City FC

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Herzegovina City qualified directly for the group stages of this competition.


6. Mâ Âlâmëómë
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Earned a bye from the first and second rounds of this competition
Third Preliminary Round

Opponent- Loconstead United of Ethane. First Leg: Mâ Âlâmëómë 2-2 Loconstead United. Second Leg: Loconstead United 1-2 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Mâ Âlâmëómë advance 4-3 on aggregate to the Playoff Round.
Playoff Round
Opponent- Bavingtor FC of Flavovespia. First Leg: Bavingtor FC 1-2 Mâ Âlâmëómë. Second Leg: Mâ Âlâmëómë 2-1 Bavingtor FC.
Mâ Âlâmëómë advance 4-2 on aggregate to the Qualifying Round.
Qualifying Round
Opponent- Strathcona Internationals of Klessek. First Leg: Mâ Âlâmëómë 2-2 Strath Inter. Second Leg: Strath Inter 2-0 Mâ Âlâmëómë.
Strathcona Internationals advance 4-2 on aggregate to the group stages of the Challenger's Cup. Mâ Âlâmëómë are eliminated from IFCF competition.


Ma Alameome entered directly into the IFCF Challenger's Cup. Their first opponent, in the Third Preliminary Round, would be from the World Cup 87 co-host nation of Ethane. That's right- Loconstead United would be their first opponent. The Rülândéá Çölíséá would fill for the first leg of the this tie. It was a brutal battle, but in the first half, Ma Alameome looked to take a strong, early advantage. Nepharim striker Latona Basilisk came into the match on absolute fire. The Copa Rushmori champion scored twice in the 23rd and 37th minutes, to take a 2-0 lead for the home side into halftime.

But Loconstead United was never going to roll over here in Farfadillis. Their travelling fanbase expected more, and gave them more. A 61st minute goal led to an 88th minute equalizer, one that gave them another away goal, and actually the advantage going into the second leg. A comeback that could have been devastating- but Ma Alameome are a big club. They're prepared when things going haywire. This was not the plan- but they could succeed off script just like they can on script. A rebound buried by Ezalta Arambauzá in just the 8th minute gave them a 1-0 lead in Ethane. And when Loconstead United equalized right after halftime, to level the tie at 3-3 on aggregate but lead on away goals, the Farf club was not rattled.

They were levelheaded. They do as big clubs do- suffocate their opponents in the back, and overwhelm them up top. None other than the boisterious Basilisk, a perfect cultural fit for this club, scored the winner in the 72nd. She held her hands out and basked in the adulation the travelling Farf fans gave her. Of course, violence followed the match from the visiting fans, which tends to happen after big Ma Alameome wins. The next tie, saw Ma Alameome take on Bavingtor FC, of Flavovespia. While the scoreline was 2-1 in favor of the Farf side in both legs, for a 4-2 aggregate win, Ma Alameome was dominant in both legs. The finishing wasn't necessarily there, but they were dominant.

One more tie before the Challenger's Cup group stages. Could they become the fifth S-FPL side and the third Farf side to put themselves in the group stages of this competition? They would have to get past the Strathcona Internationals of Kelssek first. The two teams, throughout the first leg, battled ferociously. Zsolgar Zsase was able to score the first goal, hitting one brilliantly from about 30 yards. But Strath Inter was not intimidated by one of the sport's most chaotic home environments. They kept their bearings, and Pasargan striker Bratislav Rukavina scored for them in the 44th to equalize. While Lavanya Naqvi scored to give the Farf side a second lead in the game, this time 2-1 in the 62nd, that wouldn't hold either, as Strathcona scored in the 2nd minute of stoppage to snatch a scoring draw, and a 2-0 away goals advantage, from the jaws of defeat.

That proved to be enough. With the away goals, Ma Alameome had no choice but to press. As the second leg wore on, they threw more and more players forward. While they've got a talented back line, even the best teams can expose themselves too much, and Ma Alameome did just that later on in the second leg of the tie. In the 75th minute, a great counter-attack saw Strath Inter's first goal, and just three minutes later, they did it again, burying Ma Alameome's hopes of the Challenger's Cup group stages. Still- a quality journey in the preliminary rounds, even if it didn't end where they wanted it to end. They showed why many considered them favorites to win this league.

7. Jinja City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Earned a bye from the first and second rounds of this competition
Third Preliminary Round

Opponent- OF Académica of New Lusitania. First Leg: OF Académica 3-1 Jinja City. Second Leg: Jinja City 1-0 OF Académica.
OF Académica advance 3-2 on aggregate. Jinja City are eliminated from IFCF competition.


Mór Császár is in his fifth season at the helm of Jinja City FC. He has led the team to a number of successes, including a BSL Title. But as the Pasargan's squad ages, Jinja City FC is probably expected to take a step back. But he ignores that- he always expands and demands the best from his players, and he will be expected to do that in this season as well. Unfortunately, he would not get off on the right foot against OF Académica of New Lusitania.

New Lusitania is a solid, up and coming footballing nation. But Jinja City, naturally, were favorites in this tie. They've got plenty of international talent, and one could think that they could win this tie relatively easily. Maybe it got to their heads? But the first half of football in New Lusitania was one of the worst that we've seen Jinja City play in the entire Császár era. Vatan Ercetin, one half of the league's most prolific duo over the past few seasons with Xilit-Yazac, finally seems to be slowing down. His passes were less crisp, he was playing with less energy, and when this team's creator can't feed their excellent one-two striker punch up front, the whole team suffers. An hour into the match, he was subbed off, with the team down 3-0.

Fortunately, they gave themselves a chance when Madison McClain was fouled in the 88th minute in the box, earning a penalty that Xilit-Yazac buried. 3-1 on aggregate, but that away goal gave them hope for the second leg at BCEL Stadium- a 2-0 home win would put them through. But they simply could not get the job done. Although Jinja City scored the first goal in the first half of leg 2, a 34th minute hit from Madison McClain, they could not convert again. They had a number of second half opportunities, but Csaszar's players couldn't capitalize. Tip of the cap to OF Academica, and back to the drawing board to make whatever adjustments are necessary before the start of the S-FPL.

8. La Nueva Avenida
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Earned a bye from the first of this competition
Second Preliminary Round

Opponent- Phuc Chau Port of Mavinet. First Leg: La Nueva Avenida 1-0 Phuc Chau Port. Second Leg: Phuc Chau Port 0-2 La Nueva Avenida.
La Nueva Avenida advance 3-0 on aggregate to the Third Preliminary Round.
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Bartholomew FC of Boring Paradise. First Leg: La Nueva Avendia 1-1 Bartholomew FC. Second Leg: Bartholomew FC 2-1 La Nueva Avenida.
Bartholomew FC advance 3-2 on aggregate to the Playoff Round. La Nueva Avenida are eliminated from IFCF competition.


La Nueva Avenida. Another strong Farf side, another side that many predict will do some serious damage in the first year of the S-FPL. But before we get to the league, they must answer the question- what will be their IFCF hopes this season? Earning a bye only from the first preliminary round, they have a challenge, having to win four two legged ties to make the group stages. It's been done before- but this is a tall order for any team.

Their first opponent would be Phuc Chau Port of Mavinet. Another up and coming Rushmori nation. La Nueva Avenida is a club with high ambitions, supported by Alex Terán himself. La Nueva Avenida got themselves into a tight match with this Rushmori side, and it quickly turned into an incredibly tough one. Both teams had chances- but Paige Daunten had probably the save of the night. A header from just six yards out, that she seemingly knew nothing about, yet got her hands out in time to punch the ball and hit it away from goal. Reactive, instinctive, brilliant. Her efforts paid off in the 67th, when Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng hit a brilliant cross to Ugós Oroso at the near post. He flicked it with his head across the face of goal, and Gurielefre Aixenxó headed the ball into basically an empty net on the back post to give La Nueva Avendia a 1-0 lead, and the score would hold- a 1-0 home win.

This gave them a small advantage. A win, of course. Not allowing any away goals, for another. They would look to press their advantage in the second leg, and that is exactly what they did. Players like Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng and Ugos Oroso are tough to stop on the counter-attack, and make no mistake about it- Phuc Chau Port could do nothing about them. Ho Vu Thanh Hoang scored the opener in Mavinet to give his side a 2-0 aggregate lead in the 33rd minute, and then Ugos Oroso essentially ended the tie in the 52nd minute by burying a penalty kick. A strong win away from home, the 3-0 aggregate win left La Nueva Avenida flowing with confidence entering into the Third Preliminary Round.

Next- Bartholomew FC of Boring Paradise. La Nueva Avenida, naturally, were big favorites heading into this matchup. But as they say- this is why you play the games. In Farfadillis, the two teams played to an even draw. Yva Tuuvyr made the scoresheet for the Farf home side, but the visitors scored a last minute equalizer to make it 1-1. In the second leg, Ugos Oroso scoring so early in the game, in the fourth minute, wiped out Bartholomew's away goal and put La Nueva Avenida in the driver's seat. However, although they had the advantage for the rest of the half, they couldn't score one more to absolutely bury their opponents.

And they'd pay the price. AT the hour mark, the opposing manager used all three substitutions, down 2-1 on aggregate. They wanted to get fresh legs on the pitch to go on the attack, and it was a smart idea. They were able to get up and down the pitch, and it took just five minutes to flip a 2-1 aggregate lead for La Nueva Avenida into a 3-2 deficit. A 62nd minute equalizer for the night and the tie, and then the 65th minute winner for the night and the tie. It was a shock and awe sort of turnaround- and La Nueva Avenida couldn't recover from the two goals in near rapid succession. That marked the end of their IFCF Challenger's Cup campaign- they would not be participating in IFCF competition during the season.

9. Lakiska Sporting Club
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Earned a bye from the first round of this competition
Second Preliminary Round

Opponent- Meadbrook Ranger FC of Springmont. First Leg: Lakiska SC 3-0 Meadbrook Ranger FC. Second Leg: Meadbrook Ranger FC 0-0 Lakiska SC.
Lakiska SC advance 3-0 on aggregate to the Third Preliminary Round.
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- Royal Rumiatzi of Astograth. First Leg: Lakiska SC 2-1 Royal Rumiatzi. Second Leg: Royal Rumiatzi 3-1 Lakiska SC..
Royal Rumiatzi advance 4-3 on aggregate to the Playoff Round. Lakiska SC are eliminated from IFCF competition.


Winad-Lenpi Xlo, a manager originally hired to save this team from relegation, has gotten this squad all the way towards the top of the Banijan game. For the first time ever, they are participating in IFCF competition, and this massively defensive squad is going to get to enjoy the beauty of international club football. There aren't many expectations. The goal for this club is to do whatever they can to stay up in the S-FPL- anything else is just a bonus.

So when they took on Meadbrook Ranger FC of Springmont at Lakiska City Field, they were able to pack the stadium. Many were wondering how their defensive style would look in the Challenger's Cup, against some of the better sides in the multiverse. And in this game, Lakiska SC were absolutely dominant. It's a wily, veteran squad. They were able to withstand an initial burst of energy from the opponents. But then, Lakiska's possesion based game came into play. Now, Lakiska is a defensive team- they use possesion more to keep the ball away from their opponents. The counter-attack isn't the greatest, but on this day it was more than enough.

Ilke Akgun was able to find holes in the Meadbrook defense, and she repeatedly fed the ball straight into those holes. Philena Neuheim, very hyped in the Banijan youth system, scored twice in the first half as Lakiska fans celebrated, and the President himself, Delbin Kasekende, clapped along. When Hapilopper international Donnie Armistead, who is 34 years old at center back, headed home a corner kick for the game's third goal, Lakiska fans were ecstatic. Things were looking up for Busogan football. A win in a IFCF tie? A quarterfinal finish at the AOCAFs? Were things finally swinging positively for them.

They suffocated their opponents in the second leg as well, but didn't even try to get forward- the three first leg goals were plenty. A 3-0 aggregate win put them into the next round. With Royal Rumiatzi next, of Astograth, their defensive system would be tested again. A pair of set piece goals in the first half for Lakiska SC- one off of a penalty, the other a header off of a corner, gave them a 2-0 halftime lead. Royal Rumiatzi wanted to desperately get that away goal, and Lakiska tried to stay organized to prevent that from happening. With the side aging in the back, however, they can lack speed back there. Linderood got burned at the end of the game, allowing a player to get behind him who buried home an overhead ball to make the score 2-1.

A lead, albeit a slim one, would be taken to Astograth by the S-FPL's lone Busogan side. And although they fought, the road atmosphere and Royal Rumiatzi's offensive talent seemed to be getting to Lakiska Sporting Club. The teams were all level- 3-3 on aggregate, 1-1 on away goals, late in the game when the decisive moment happened. A great through ball had Linderood chasing once again, and the defender desperately slid in as a Rumiatzi striker went for a winner. Rumiatzi, naturally, appealed for a penalty. It was a goalscoring opportunity- the Quebecois referee had no choice but to give a red card.

The Sarzonian international, Carlton Sandt, who was in net for Lakiska, had his chance to make a historic play. And he did! The penalty was taken, and he was able to knock it away, out for a corner. If a 10 man Lakiska could hold on for a few more minutes, then they could force extra time. But Royal Rumiatzi wouldn't let them hold on for a few more seconds. A center back got a free header, and hit it powerfully in a spot where Sandt could only stare. 3-1 on the day, 4-3 on aggregate, and Lakiska SC's Challenger Cup run to an end.

We saw a lot of things from them that we'd see during the season, especially if they're going to try and withstand the attacking power of this league. Defenders dropping back, suffocating the ball, but not many chances created. Once again, there will be a lot of pressure on young striker Philena Neuheim to be an excellent finisher. We'll see what happens when league play starts.

10. Dí Maozöxê
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
First Preliminary Round
Opponent- Icaro Northern of Sticiano. Icaro Northern forfeits(Sticiano CTE'd), therefore Dí Maozöxê is declared automatic 3-0 winner in each leg and advances to the Second Preliminary Round.
Second Preliminary Round
Opponent- RG Heyzle FC of Southern Palm Islands. First Leg: Dí Maozöxê 2-3 RG Heyzle FC. Second Leg: RG Heyzle FC 0-4 Dí Maozöxê.
Dí Maozöxê advance to the Third Preliminary Round 6-3 on aggregate.
Third Preliminary Round
Opponent- AC Acqui Bollente of Savigliane. First Leg: AC Acqui Bollente 1-2 Dí Maozöxê. Second Leg: Dí Maozöxê 0-3 AC Acqui Bollente.
AC Acqui Bollente advances 4-2 on aggregate. Dí Maozöxê is eliminated from IFCF competition.


Dí Maozöxê. One of the favorites to win the S-FPL. They actually didn't get any byes in the Challenger's Cup, but they got a gift. Their opponent for the first preliminary round, Icaro Northern of Sticiano, could not fulfill their fixtures. Therefore, they advanced to the second preliminary round, being awarded 3-0 wins in each leg.

That means we had to wait two extra weeks for probably the biggest preseason highlight for the S-FPL- the return of Farf legend Xíxì Êns to Farf football. He had been plying his trade abroad, but now is back, and the eyes of this corner of Atlantian Oceania were all on Ruland for his club debut. It was a scene that you've always wanted to see. The way the crowd chanted his name even in pregame- "Xixi" chants filling the stadium. His jersey number all over the stadium. The excitement for a man who is essentially a national hero coming home was through the proverbial roof.

And there was an opponent- RG Heyzle FC of the Southern Palm Islands. But this was no pushover team. They wanted to come to Ruland and spoil Xixi Ens glorious return to Farfadillis for club football. And they actually were able to do so. While Dí Maozöxê were dominant statistically, in possesion, shots taken, and shots on goal, they were not dominant in the most important category- goals scored. RG Heyzle FC had four shots on goal, and three goals. Dí Maozöxê had 11 shots on goal, and two goals. RG Heyzle's goalkeeper stood on his head to repeatedly deny Xixi Ens and Dí Maozöxê. Ens didn't even score in this first leg, with Keaton Durbridge and Alkry Bren scoring both goals for Dí Maozöxê.

While RG Hezyle stunned all of Farfadillis & Banija with their 3-2 win in Ruland, that was only half the tie. They still had a second leg, against a suddenly pissed off Dí Maozöxê and an extra motivated Xixi Ens. Banijan international told the press this- "this is a game that we should've won. We're going to go to the Southern Palm Islands, we'll get our goals, and we'll advance." And that's exactly what this team did. And how else would they do it? Xíxì Êns would score the opening goal, to make it 1-0 on the day in the Southern Palm Islands, and just before halftime, he'd score again to make it 2-0 and give them an aggregate lead on the day. Mensdottir scored to make it 3-0, and Xíxì Êns rounded out his hat trick in the 79th to make it 4-0.

The club advanced 6-3 on aggregate. Xíxì Êns got his hat trick. After his third goal, he leaped into the visitors supporters section, as the Farf fans who travelled this far celebrated wildly with him. They proved their dominance, and earned a spot in the Third Preliminary Round. In this round, their opponent would be AC Acqui Bollente, of Savigliane. The first leg would take place in Savigliane. Dí Maozöxê was once again prepared to dominate on the road, and they did just that, earning a 2-1 win in Savigliane. With those away goals, the opponents would need to score at least twce in Ruland to have a chance.

The fire that burned through this team in the second leg of their previous tie, and in the first leg of this tie, was not in them in the second leg of this tie. They took the foot off the gas pedal because they had a lead? That was a massive mistake. AC Acqui Bollente got back into the game, and they were able to use their momentum to carry through. Their strategy for leg 2- swarm Xixi Ens, give him no space to receive the ball or do anything else with it, and make someone else beat you. Dí Maozöxê's defense could not hold up, and they stunningly lost 3-0 on the night.

An extremely disappointing result, as they fell 4-2 on aggregate and out of the Challenger's Cup entirely. Their focus will turn to the league season, where they hope to challenge for silverware.

11. Busukuma Athletic Club
Cygnus Cup Winners Cup Preliminary Round
Opponent- Goliaths of Plane of Possibility. First Leg: Goliaths 1-0 Busukuma AC. Second Leg: Busukuma AC 1-1 Goliaths.
Goliaths advance 2-1 on aggregate to the First Round of the Cygnus CWC. Busukuma AC are eliminated from this competition.


The Cygnus Cup Winners Cup. A tournament where Banijan sides have traditionally struggled. There was just one preliminary round for this tournament- and Busukuma AC would participate in it, as the last RBSA Cup champions. They would match up against the Goliaths of Plane of Possibility. The Banijan capitol side were big favorites, and many thought they'd easily advance to the competition proper. But that was not in the planes of the Goliaths. Everyone could see their talent in the first leg, as they successfully choked off any potential of a Busukuma AC attack, and won 1-0 at home.

The Goliaths were also just as focused in Banija, on the business end of the tie. Up 1-0, they knew they could up the ante on Busukuma AC- just one goal would mean that Busukuma AC would have to score three to win this tie. And they got their goal. A long cross with a poor clearance from Celty O'Mercury, that bounced right to the feet of an attacking midfielder for the Goliaths, who one timed the ball into the back of the net on a volley. An absolutely brilliant move. 1-0 on the day, 2-0 on aggregate in the 17th minute of the second leg. The wind was taken out of Busukuma AC's sails, who's Season 7 BSL title seems like a lifetime ago.

Another day, another disappointment for them. This ups the pressure on Andrea Vardalos- with new ownership in place, we'll have to see if the pressure caused by this early elimination from the Cygnus Cup Winners Cup gets to her, or if it focuses her.

12. Umbazi Metropolitan Sporting Club

Umbazi Metropolitan SC earned a bye from the Preliminary Round of the Vilitan Cove International, and did not compete in the Summer.
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Ausharmuj Marusi
Nickname: la Sindica (the Syndicate)
Derogatory nickname(s): les Mugrientés (the Grimy ones)
Manager: Image Ey Farrháteré
Ground: Multisportivé Joan Roaré (17,000), located in Bolanos, Ferdullaele Image
Major rivals: Ferdullaele (local and political)
Major honours: 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 1 Ferdullaelan state league title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: A mid-table finish would be fine
Pundits' prediction: 15th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Giolehe Inflax aLBa Image Valdo Kímé aCBa Image Ecésar der Efer aRBa Image Soirelí der Reneska aCMa Image Liberté Salogadó aCMa Image Eslejes Aljojí aLWa Image Joaquim Martell aOMa Image Óstam Perda Raom aRWa Image Lojes de Sájajo aSTa Image Joe Green aSTa Image Pmoifue Jopar

Bench: aGKa Image Erazem Askanter aGKa Image Garrehemí Crenago aLBa Image Herrhemengaúl der Ezse aCBa Image Somuemundé Andaní aCBa Image Horacéi Xúrkaroá aRBa Image Kaé Fargá aCMa Image Madusmé Ukén aCMa Image Cicek Aga aLWa Image Samahuhe Axjos aOMa Image Féipé Cronologó aRWa Image Antu Ouattara aSTa Image Kamara Mboge

Background: The only left-wing team in Ferdullaele, the wealthy capital state that had control over Farfadillis until only a decade ago. Why are they the only left-wing team? Because the team is still heavily associated with the syndicate that founded it, so they have by far the largest working-class fanbase outside Ruland. Left-wing as they may be, though, they're very much Ferdullaelan nationalists like almost all other teams in the capital (don't ask them why their roster features so many non-Ferdullaelans). So, basically, they're hated outside Ferdullaele for being xenophobes and hated inside Ferdullaele for being filthy commies. They relish this.

Notes: Ausharmuj Marusi are a solid team, but the new format means they will likely have to content themselves with a lower-mid table finish. They have a fairly solid squad, only really lacking in defense, where der Efer is the only player who doesn't look out of place at this level. They lack pace, too, which is not good news. What is good news, however, is that Lojes de Sájajo, World Cup winner and self-declared fan of the team, has made his return to Farfadillis to help them perform. With this new signing, la Sindica's attack actually looks fairly terrifying! They've got a nice blend of players from various up-and-coming national teams. Last season, they even outperformed Avenida Principal and Avenida Leal, rather unexpectedly. We'll have to see how they fare, but it's worth bearing in mind that they don't strictly lack quality: there's just too much of it to go around in the league they find themselves in now.


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Avenida Leal
Nickname: los Leales (the Loyal ones)
Derogatory nickname(s): la Plata (the money)
Manager: Image Constantino Martínez
Ground: Lealtad y Fuerza (30,000), located in Victoria Lago, Farolera Image
Major rivals: La Nueva Avenida (local), Avenida Principal (local), Avenida Victoria (local)
Major honours: 3 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 3 Faroleran state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: IFCF qualification and/or rolling heads
Pundits' prediction: 12th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Rogerio Defigueroa aLBa Image Shoji Suzukaze aCBa Image Fueke Gorlamel aRBa Image Krysia Bailey aDMa Image Simón Franco aCMa Image Mark Anderson aCMa Image Travis Grimaldi aCMa Image Næmor Paala aLWa Image José Córdova aRWa Image Marcus Young aSTa Image Nevaeh Cathar

Bench: aGKa Image Noé Perea aGKa Image Armando Jurado aLBa Image Esteban Ojeda aCBa Image Trinidad Arochi aRBa Image Aristide Agostino aDMa Image Tobías Santacruz aCMa Image Julián Rodríquez aCMa Image Adán Ávila aLWa Image Abel Terrazas aOMa Image Matías Marín aRWa Image Svetislav Cirkovic aSTa Image Suaham Ararina

Background: Though Avenida Leal arrived comparatively late to the whole successful Avenida thing, they're nowadays arguably the second-best one historically, and some might argue the best one at the moment. They're a club of working class roots, much like La Nueva Avenida. In their case, they're heavily tied to the wood industry. This rather bizarrely puts them at odds with the rest of the Avenidas which, while more right-leaning, are much more environmental, going so far as to have their shared stadium in the forest. Silly chants about deforestation ensue. While the relationship between the Avenidas is bizarre, Avenida Leal can boast the title of "not very hated outside their home state", thanks to their many charitative efforts during the times of crisis. Notably, to date, none of their fans have died in clashes against Rulandese fans, with only a few exceptions.

Notes: Last season was an enormous failure for this squad. They have the talent; that much is clear. But they have thus far proved unable to get much out of it. Constantino Martínez has been handed one last chance to make things work by virtue of his standing as a club legend... but he better get to work. Travis Grimaldi, Krysia Bailey, Nevaeh Cathar... this is not a team that should be struggling to finish above hastily-put-together revolutionary movements and Ferdullaelan teams. The good news is that, as a relatively slow team, they have a much better match-up against the Banijan teams, which could prove an advantage for IFCF qualification.


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Avenida Principal
Nickname: los Caballeros (the Knights)
Derogatory nickname(s): la Tercera Avenida (the Third Avenue)
Manager: Image Gregorio Fredeluces
Ground: La Gran Avenida (60,000), located in Victoria Lago, Farolera Image
Major rivals: Avenida Leal (local and political), La Nueva Avenida (local), Avenida Victoria (local and political)
Major honours: 3 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Globe Cup title, 1 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League title, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: Totally unrealistic
Pundits' prediction: 17th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Lemuel Bereket aLBa Image Abram Aguayo aCBa Image David Xeniadis aCBa Image Ezequiel Zayas aRBa Image Emilio Frondarina aCMa Image Lucián Saldivar aCMa Image Óliver Tijerina aTKa Image Alson Figueroa aLWa Image Alonzo de Anda aRWa Image Leandro Martelli aSTa Image Joel Cotto

Bench: aGKa Image Godofredo Armendez aGKa Image Alejandro Montes aLBa Image Lucas Valdés aCBa Image Celio Astol aCBa Image José Henríquez aRBa Image Rodrigo Terrazas aCMa Image Abraham Mondragón aCMa Image Adrián Fajardo aTKa Image Jorge Varela aLWa Image Andrés Valdez aRWa Image Celio Pompa aSTa Image Emiliano Barreto

Background: Avenida Principal is, you guessed it, one of the Avenidas. They are following in Avenida Victoria's footsteps: they've been in a clear downturn for about ten seasons now. Bizarrely, they're generally agreed to be the richest team in the country. In the past, they used to have the most foreigners in the league. Nowadays, well... they've had to change plans, and it hasn't helped them one bit. Politically, as the most affluent team in the nation, and having some of the most affluent fans outside Ferdullaele, you can guess where their loyalties lie...

Notes: If La Querida and their astonishing utter lack of competence didn't exist, this team would have to fear relegation. There just aren't that many talented players, and management doesn't seem particularly inclined to splash cash in an attempt to fix that. They've signed one player in Vdaran David Xeniadis. With him, the squad features four quality players in him, Bereket, Figueroa and Martelli. Bereket and Figueroa are old, and their young talents are not developing as they hoped they would. After last season, they've shown the door to Llorca and promoted a random youth coach. Fredeluces is definitely in over his head. Suffice to say the future doesn't look good for los Caballeros.


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Busembe Timberwolves
Nickname: Timberwolves
Derogatory nickname(s): Beta Wolves
Manager: Image Bøb Übermanager
Ground: Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf’s Den (44,000), located in Busembe, Kitara Image
Major rivals: Kitara AA (local)
Major honours: 2 RBSA Cups
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★
Fans' expectations: Mid-table finish
Pundits' prediction: 13th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Edgar Farsal-Smith aRBa Image Darin Nicolas aCBa Image Nkemdilim Jel aCBa Image Eze Mbanefo aLBa Image Valentina Fairbairn aCMa Image Amadi Uche aCMa Image Jombo Sillah aOMa Image Madhav Oojam aOMa Image Kiggwe Basamula aOMa Image Kekoto Sey aSTa Image Jason Þórhallursson

Bench: aGKa Image Mamadi Thiaw aLBa Image Boy Manneh aCBa Image Jamang Kinte aCMa Image Sirif Mansaray aOMa Image Uchey Nwankwo aSTa Image Jeff Finte

Background: Another side who are owned by a foreign investor. They are owned by the Taeshani pizza conglomerate, Fadron Pizza, who have owned the side for a few seasons now. Fully committed to South Kitara, the Timberwolves are a team without much history, but who are a success story. One of the few Banijan professional teams to have started after the beginning of the BSL, they have worked their way up from basement dwellers to consistent mid-table status, with a pair of trophies in there. A powerful story with the potentially problematic message that money can do anything. They could not be denied one of Banija’s 10 spots in the S-FPL. They are a club that loves attacking, and their fanbase is in love with their popular manager, Bob Ubermanager. An almost excessively confident manager who throws all sorts of players forward, their fans embody his attitude, with their ultras group “The Wolfpack” declaring themselves favorites to win the inaugural edition of the S-FPL. Also, their fans are possibly the most violent in Banija.

Notes: Another interesting, ultra-attacking side. They'll fit right in. The team is built around Kiggwe Basamula, who for the past few years has refused a move to a bigger club in Banija because he likes the Timberwolves so much. This season, he’s (supposedly) finally got a worthy strike partner in Jason Þórhallursson, a burly #9 who can do it all up top, and who is only 21. Those 2 are expected to dominate an emphatic Timberwolves output. They even signed World Cup winner Amadi Uche to help in the central midfield. They’re absolutely dreadful in the back though, and that makes their ceiling the edge of Challenger’s Cup contention. The bottom line is you could almost mistake them for a Farf team.


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Busukuma AC
Nickname: The Promised Club (in reference to Busukuma's nickname, "The Promised City")
Derogatory nickname(s): Sugar Daddies
Manager: Image Andrea Vardalos
Ground: Lukwago Field (37,000), located in Busukuma, National Capitol Region Image
Major rivals: Busukuma Force (local), Capitol City FC (local), Hoima Warriors (competitive)
Major honours: 1 Banijan Soccer League title, 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: IFCF qualification will do... for now
Pundits' prediction: 11th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Althea Taliadoros aLBa Image Celty O'Mercury aCBa Image Esther Vannatter aCBa Image Obadiah Parrott aRBa Image Lupe Enriquez aDMa Image Kalle Bjørnsson aLMa Image Adama Coote aCMa Image Declan Mason aCMa Image Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì aRMa Image Nfansu Kandeh aSTa Image Cyper Baldeh

Bench: aGKa Image Junkung Conateh aCBa Image Edrissa Ngom aRBa Image Hassan Kinteh aCMa Image Saikou Kah aOMa Image Hildegard von Krone aSTa Image Kausu Touré

Background: This one's known as the club of big business. Lukwago Field is known for having plenty of suites for businessmen to visit, and it is traditionally a right-wing club in a very left-wing city. Generally attracts support from members of the Royal Family... you get the idea. Royalist dipshits, is what the Farves would call them. The Kabaka himself was a big fan before ascending to the throne. He's now "neutral". Yeah, sure. They are one of four clubs in Banija that are owned by foreigners, as Quebecois investor Jean-Francois Joffre bought the team just before the end of the final BSL season. They are generally ripped for having a more “corporate friendly crowd”—fewer ultras, a ban on smoke and flares, the team’s fans are generally known for their relative quietness in comparison to Banija’s other passionate fanbases.

Notes: This is... not that impressive of a squad? Don't get us wrong, it can go toe-to-toe with the best teams on the league on a good day, but they were having a difficult enough time "trying" to win the BSL... yeah, IFCF qualification's a much more realistic goal nowadays. Nonetheless, they've got some great players in Lupe Enriquez, Cassadagan icon, World Cup winner Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì and Parker midfielder Declan Mason. They've also got Kalle Bjørnsson who, while not talented, can break a few legs for some good ol' negative reinforcement whenever the team's being badly beaten.


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Dí Maozöxê
Nickname: lôs Rébélés (the Rebels)
Derogatory nickname(s): Too many to count
Manager: Image Blâás Âgínsôgnó
Ground: Rülândéá Çölíséá (35,000), located in Lìbêrêtê, Rülândéá Image
Major rivals: Mâ Âlâmëómë (local)
Major honours: 2 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League title, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 1 Farf Torde Ligá title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★★
Fans' expectations: Win the title cause they've got Xíxì Êns
Pundits' prediction: 5th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Íüé Tgô aLBa Image Xíxì Jóf aCBa Image Demba Kinteh aCBa Image Ali Faruq aRBa Image Têrçêr Ànáxímane aCMa Image Alkrÿ Bren aCMa Image Ton Ylkaanas aCMa Image Henrik Martin aLWa Image Lana Mensdóttir aRWa Image Keaton Durbridge aSTa Image Xíxì Êns

Bench: aGKa Image Jâáko Kâíxìró aGKa Image Émérí Dü Sêr aLBa Image Lís Rüg aCBa Image Mohammed Saleem aCBa Image Ôrelí Târâjâs aRBa Image Jôsüé Lâ Léspér aCMa Image Drì Çôçô aCMa Image Xíriêrín Wísnèvüs aTKa Image Çè Löjámangó aLWa Image Sâkras Dü Sêr aSTa Image Joanna McGidden aSTa Image Alois Chiliarch

Background: The second-biggest club in Ruland in terms of success, and the one with the biggest fanbase, though Mâ Âlâmëómë fans would never admit it. Dí Maozöxê is a club founded by uranium miners, which means they have a massive following in all of Ruland, especially in the capital. That may sound like a non-sequitur but it really isn't. Their fans are some of the most passionate and violent in the country. Though they lean heavily left, as does most of Ruland nowadays, they lean more towards chaos than anything else. Their clashes with Mâ Âlâmëómë almost always take a few people with them. They also have a huge enmity with, well, the rest of Farfadillis as a whole, much like their rivals. Being Rulandese and successful will tend to do that.

Notes: There's one narrative here that eclipses all others. One has to feel bad for Alois Chiliarch, a very solid young prospect, going from strength to strength, bagging them in consistently... and then, without warning, one of the best players in the history of the game sign for your upper-mid table club. What's worse, he's a club legend. Yeah, Xíxì Êns is back and, though he may not be in his prime at the age of 34, he is likely to be one of the best players in the league. The rest of the team features plenty of capable players, too. Labeling them title contenders in the new league might seem a tad much, but if Xíxì hits his stride... well, safe to say they'll be a force to be reckoned with.


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Herzegovina City FC
Nickname: Trumpeteers
Derogatory nickname(s): Choir Boys
Manager: Image Brian Emerson
Ground: Star Field (62,600), located in Herzegovina City, Moravica Image
Major rivals: Herzegovina Phoenix (local), Istria City FC (competitive)
Major honours: 5 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 RBSA Cup, 3 Kabaka's Cups
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★★ / Youth system ★★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: Gold or bust
Pundits' prediction: Champions

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Francois Tantoh aLBa Image Felix Millar aCBa Image Danijel Brymora aCBa Image Lukas Kayserling aRBa Image Kabiru Sowe aCMa Image Harald Fireblade aCMa Image Eamon Mullins aLWa Image Babaja Mboob aOMa Image Rosie Tyler aRWa Image Meghan Walcott aSTa Image Edmün Çídh

Bench: aGKa Image Duwa Kinteh aLBa Image Jamang Sanneh aCBa Image Momodou Kairaba aCMa Image Anton Vujadinovic aOMa Image Jonkong Secka aSTa Image Saikou Ndour

Background: This is arguably Banija's biggest club, as they have had the most success out of any in the BSL era. Winners of 5 league titles in the past 10 seasons. They are a club located in Herzegovina City, one of Banija's biggest cities and at the heart of Banija's dominant religion, Puritan Mormonism. Due to location, they are a club and a fanbase that is generally considered both right-wing and fairly religious, as shown by their logo. Their fans are known for their general arrogance, which has truly blossomed with their recent success. Of course, people from the Moravica region are generally known for their superiority complex, so this is a general feature of the Moravican sides in this league. Kobe Azizi, the present center-right Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Banija, is a widely known supporter of the club. Fans usually resort to accusations of heresy in order to thrash other team's stadiums.

Notes: It's very, very hard to pick out a favorite for this first season. There's too many variables that factor into it. However, HCFC might just be it, by the breadth of a hair. This is a very complete team, with a couple of stand-out players in, chief among them none other than Meghan Walcott. They play some nice offensive football, and their mouthwatering attack is likely to have to adapt to the many chances they'll be getting to crack open Farf defenses. Not all of it, though, because they've signed Farf international Edmün Çídh off of another team in the title race, and he's very much used to facing Farf defenses, what with topping the goal charts last season in the FFL. Big dick move from the club.


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Hoima Warriors
Nickname: Warriors, East Side Dubs
Derogatory nickname(s): Commies
Manager: Image Mark Grayson
Ground: Mavuto Field (75,000), located in Hoima, Ankole Image
Major rivals: Busukuma AC (competitive)
Major honours: 2 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: Outwardly? A title defense; deep down, most fans know it's unlikely
Pundits' prediction: 8th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Nelson Okello aLBa Image Babou Kargbo aCBa Image Eren Knox aCBa Image Suma Dibba aRBa Image Uzoma Iruka aCMa Image Robert Craig aCMa Image Ilona Duerden aOMa Image Angelique Underwood aLWa Image Gitonga Kahara aRWa Image Josef Lawerenz aSTa Image Lukas Boldfont

Bench: aGKa Image Essa Sey aCBa Image Jibril Jaiteh aRBa Image Karafa Soley aCMa Image Dembo Sonko aLWa Image Babaja MboobaSTa Image Banta Jawara

Background: Previously known as Banija's most "chaotic" club—which, if true, would've made them the eleventh most chaotic club in the league—Hoima has now forged a reputation based on shrewd management and unexpected success. Their fanbase is the most avowedly left wing in Banija, appropriately reflecting the city's views. Their working class fanbase can get very passionate and very rowdy, filling the biggest stadiums on a regular basis. Well-known for being quite the rude visitors, one can only wonder whether they'll find themselves outmatched in the new league.

Notes: This is a very solid team. It's no wonder they were the BSL's last champions. However, there's one stand-out fact about this team: it lives and dies by Gitonga Kahara's performances, and the Banijan star is getting old. Sure, he's a national hero, and his performances at the World Cup mean the Warriors have little to worry about... but do they? The guy's 36. No team should be reliant on a 36-year-old, and the transition to the S-FPL is going to be tough for all teams involved. Their performance this season will be key in order to secure more money to splash on bright talents, because Gitonga's age is a symptom of a larger problem: the entrie squad is pretty old. Either way, a solid team and, without a doubt, a title contender.


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Istria City FC
Nickname: The Lions
Derogatory nickname(s): The Rich Kids
Manager: Image Alvin Burnsides
Ground: Kabonero III Field (48,000), located in Istria, Moravica Image
Major rivals: Herzegovina City FC (competitive), Rukunbi FC (local)
Major honours: 2 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League, 1 RBSA Cup, 2 Kabaka's Cups
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★★ / Youth system ★★★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: Win the title but, failing that, Herzegovina City not winning it might do
Pundits' prediction: 2nd place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Akabueze Okparo aLBa Image Aries Kohler aCBa Image Xe Xuang aCBa Image Madue Akuchi aRBa Image Filije Condé aLMa Image Niall Rushdon aCMa Image Murray Hunnisett aCMa Image Ijeawele Halim aRMa Image Jermaine Poole aSTa Image Torvald Royle aSTa Image Kate Huitema-Omeasoo

Bench: aGKa Image Faraba Corr aCBa Image Badara Touré aRBa Image Jajah Uchie aCMa Image Banja Singateh aOMa Image Beluchi Chinweuba aSTa Image Servet Ornet

Background: This is the biggest club in Banija’s biggest city. Ergo, it’s bound to find its way up this list. This is a club that values attacking, as their Season 12 BSL title saw them score 123 goals as a team en route to a league title, leading to a great +90 goal differential and a league title. They have picked a good time to rise up the rankings as well, as they were able to parlay that last season into becoming Banija’s first ever international club champion, winning the Atlantian Oceania Champions League. Istria City is certainly the bigger club in Istria, and it is supported by primarily a middle class fanbase. The likelihood of seeing violence or anything crazy like that around this club is small, but they are a club that gets very angry at any sort of hint that Herzegovina City is a bigger club than they are. Doesn't make it any less true, though.

Notes: If you were to just look at the names in this squad, you'd come away thinking they're a strong team that can very realistically aim for a respectable mid-table finish. That's not the case, however. Our Banijan footy experts tell us they're actually in the title race, and are most likely second-best in Banija. How? Unsurprisingly, it's the old "good team chemistry plus a cohesive gameplan" trick. You know, sum of the parts and whatnot. Basically cheating. Either way, watch out for Huitema-Omeasoo. The young star could be one to terrorize defenses in the league for years to come.


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Jinja City FC
Nickname: Black Mambas
Derogatory nickname(s): River Rats (after the Jinja River, which is the city's namesake)
Manager: Image Mór Császár
Ground: BCEL Stadium (52,400), located in Jinja City, Hangaza Image
Major rivals: Aissa United FC (local)
Major honours: 2 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: CL qualification would give them some firm ground to stand on
Pundits' prediction: 9th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Iiro Pakanen aLBa Image Lama Nyang aCBa Image Dominik Antosch aCBa Image Riccardo Rastelli aRBa Image Ishmael Rosesnstein aLMa Image Garvan Braehead aCMa Image Musa Gaye aRMa Image Isa Faye aOMa Image Vatan Ercetin aSTa Image Xilit-Zaxac Yol aSTa Image Madison McClain

Bench: aGKa Image Mamadi Thiaw aGKa Image Antouman Saidykhan aLBa Image Ismaela Diouf aCBa Image Jalang Ba aCMa Image Juma Faye aOMa Image Kebba Kargbo aSTa Image Juka Jarju

Background: This is one of Banija’s traditional big clubs, they consistently do well in the transfer market and are always out competing for titles. The only big league club in Banija’s second largest city, many say that they have a legitimate claim to being the most popular club in the country. Jinja City is located in North Central interior Banija, and is situated along the mighty Jinja River, which starts on Banija’s west coast just south of Herzegovina, and flows west to east across the entire country. As Banija’s biggest interior club and also with a pair of BSL titles, expectations are always generally high at the club. Their star is likely to shrink down with the S-FPL, as they are behind clubs like Hoima, Istria City, and Herzegovina City at the moment.

Notes: The Vatan Ercetin-Xilit-Zaxac Yol connection has been the most valuable in Banijan football the past few years. With both players above 30, however, it is predicted to slow down. Xilit-Zaxac still figures to be toward the top of the goalscoring charts. Expect Madison McClain, a new striker, to help take the pressure and attention off of the Qusmi striker. Musa Gaye is expected to step up in a big way in the central midfield. Nonetheless, this is a mix of old, good players and not old, not particularly good players. Overall? They're not in an enviable position, and there's a decent chance they'll be the biggest victim of the S-FPL, but only time will tell.
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Kitara AA
Nickname: Blue and Whites
Derogatory nickname(s): The Little Brother (in reference to their regional rivary with Busembe)
Manager: Image Kiggwe Siakam
Ground: Sisonke City Park (31,000), located in Sisonke, Kitara Image
Major rivals: Busembe Timberwolves (local)
Major honours: None
Infrastructure: Ground ★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: A mid-table finish would be fine, but fans dream of more
Pundits' prediction: 10th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Brian Merson aLBa Image Ebrahima Jallow aCBa Image Adrian O'Bryan aCBa Image Fanding Jagne aRBa Image Morgana Kolaj aCMa Image Immaculate Kaba aCMa Image Alaji Dieye aLWa Image Edrissa Coulibaly aOMa Image Ronald Mickel aRWa Image Betanni Jetvanna aSTa Image Iuchar Purefoy

Bench: aGKa Image Ebou Ndour aCBa Image Ediresa Darboe aOMa Image Kekoto Savaneh aLWa Image Buba Kuyateh aCMa Image Sama Camara aSTa Image Sarafina Iyasu

Background: Kitara AA is a club on the rise. The fourth of Banija’s four foreign owned clubs, as they were just bought out by Equestrian investors over the offseason. They have spent the last few years rising, and feel that the S-FPL will be a good place for them to truly start to reach new heights. Over the past few seasons, they have had a consistent string of sellouts, and rumor has they will build themselves a new stadium in Sisonke soon, with a capacity closer to the 45-50,000 range to fit their new found status. The fans generally like to term themselves as the "sixth member of the Power 5", whether accurate or not. They truly believe that, with a little bit of luck, they’ll be able to challenge this league’s biggest clubs and possibly compete for a trophy during the upcoming season. Bit pie-in-the-sky, but hey, stranger things have happened.

Notes: A very solid team: definitely one that could aspire to the title with enough luck... if Banija and Farfadillis hadn't combined their league systems. They've probably got IFCF qualification in the bag, but aiming for the title is a very tall order. They just don't have any depth. A serious injury to Jetvanna, Kaba or Mickel could very well spell an end to their season. But hey, with twice as many IFCF spots, they can afford to not be as great relative to the rest of the league, and build on moderate success, so not everything's so bleak. That trophy case will have to stay empty for a while, though...


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Lâ Lüs
Nickname: Rëvôlüsìnârs (Revolutionaries)
Derogatory nickname(s): Têrròrïstés (Terrorists)
Manager: Image Ülì Çôçô
Ground: Dês Käìds (4,000), located in Ômên, Rülândéá Image
Major rivals: None
Major honours: None
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: To hold onto their sovereignty over the Rulandese region
Pundits' prediction: 14th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Wilsrë Râsáás aLBa Image Lôrénsé Jâtíêsà aCBa Image Eoin Rutheford aCBa Image Lînó Xösá aRBa Image Mâáx Gôreýl aCMa Image Nufro de Urueña aCMa Image Blâás Sârátêgí aLWa Image Ríqué t'Ômixés aOMa Image Mâáx Lâçâlânzoô aRWa Image Tôsgo Alxíkí aSTa Image Ildefônso Wíngne

Bench: aGKa Image Trî Jíí aGKa Image Pâás Tûto aLBa Image Ôrelí Dü Sêr aCBa Image Jérôn Gínê aCBa Image Trî Gânö aRBa Image Tômâás Hrushór aCMa Image Lídôr Érêgê aCMa Image Bêlá Düjân aLWa Image Sàntîó Mêjor aOMa Image Mâxímö Sírspâl aRWa Image Émílíâno Símaurêné aSTa Image Váyárdö Jôùjárânneá

Background: Initially a front for a Rulandese nationalist revolutionary movement, Lâ Lüs are now the sovereign rulers of the Rulandese region. Exciting politics aside, this does leave the team at a rather odd place with regards to their place in the league. The FFFF has entirely ignored the fact that one of its teams now rules over what is, for all intents and purposes, a nation and the RBSA has deemed it best to stay away entirely from Farf matters... so, as a result, the team's sort of continued playing? They've fulfilled their purpose entirely, but inertia's carrying them forward still.

Notes: They're now missing their two best players after selling them in order to finance their revolutionary struggle. It worked out well enough off-the-pitch, but it will not translate to success on it! They don't have any particularly talented players, although most of them are very technical and devlishly fast. They are about evenly-matched with Avenida Principal and Ausharmuj Marusi, but it is likely that they will struggle to find their form this season, specially with most of the squad also spending their time suppressing counterrevolutionary movements. Remarkably, Rutheford and de Urueña are no exceptions to this. One has to wonder how they wound up in this mess.


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La Nueva Avenida
Nickname: los Novanos (the Novans; no, it doesn't really mean anything)
Derogatory nickname(s): Fachitos (little fascists)
Manager: Image Thjorgias Pickton
Ground: La Gran Avenida (60,000), located in Victoria Lago, Farolera Image
Major rivals: Avenida Victoria (local), Avenida Principal (local), Avenida Leal (local), Mâ Âlâmëómë (sporting)
Major honours: 7 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 2 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League title, 1 Faroleran state league title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: Win the title, but Champions' League qualification would leave them happy, even if they'd never admit it
Pundits' prediction: 7th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Paige Daunten aLBa Image Fabián Saiz aCBa Image Vyacheslav Khavarin aRBa Image Ezo Gicquel aDMa Image Kaia Larriet-Cortes aCMa Image Ÿya Tuuvyr aCMa Image Loisé Aukland aLWa Image Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng aRWa Image Gurielefre Aixenxó aSTa Image Ugós Oroso aSTa Image Salomón De Zúñiga

Bench: aGKa Image Orlando Bétancourt aGKa Image Benjamín Gaona aLBa Image David Guajardo aCBa Image Emanuel Altamirano aRBa Image Fabián Malave aDMa Image Furia de Jesús aCMa Image Fernand Way aCMa Image Reece Graham aLMa Image Sieb Bosbooms aOMa Image Arturo Briseño aRWa Image Fulgencio Mercedes aSTa Image Nicolás Frías

Background: The most successful of the Avenida clubs, and the second-most successful club in the nation, La Nueva Avenida are a club focused on success. While their supporters have a bit of a xenophobic right-wing (ecological) streak at times, the truth is people of every type support them in their home state, purely because of how successful they've been historically. After a dark period of not winning anything, they finally managed to win the league again five seasons ago, and they're building on that to retake the crown that Mâ Âlâmëómë stole from them a few decades ago... to limited success. Let's be honest, it's an uphill battle, now made even more uphill by the new format. The club is nowadays the darling of Alex Terán, president-for-life of Farolera, so they've been getting some extra funds, with some bread and circus likely in Alex's mind.

Notes: The departure of Emiliano Gallegas is a massive hit for the team, yes, but they've not stayed quiet and resigned themselves to losing their best player with no pay-off. Ezo Gicquel is a brilliant addition to the defense, though it remains to be seen whether he will manage to adapt to a country that plays what is effectively the polar opposite of Ko-orenite football. Replacing Gallegas himself we have Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng, who looks like he could be a world beater one day. Ÿya Tuuvyr looks like a possible future Mrii NTer, and the same goes for Kaia Larriet-Cortes. Up front, de Zúñiga's olethal, and Oroso even moreso. Safe to say this is a brilliantly-talented squad. Thjorgias can rest easy in that regard. However, with rumors of Terán managing everything behind the scenes, and with further rumors that he'll settle for nothing but greatness... the pressure will be on.


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La Querida
Nickname: los Encorvados (the Hunchbacks)
Derogatory nickname(s): club de plástico (plastic club), la pija (the very bad one, literally: the dick)
Manager: Image Porfirio Seijas
Ground: Estadio Manolo Lapaz (8,000), located in Pacifista, Farolera Image
Major rivals: La Armonía (local), La Pacifista (local)
Major honours: 4 Pacifistan state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★
Fans' expectations: To not be completely and utterly humiliated by literally every single team
Pundits' prediction: 20th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Marc Cotoneaster aLBa Image Régulo Elizarraras aCBa Image Horazio Buriain aCBa Image Raul Hoyo aRBa Image Daniel Zihark aCMa Image Alexandra Price aCMa Image Mario Girón aLWa Image Neimi Tschauner aRWa Image Mo Moss aSTa Image Anartz Salayeta aSTa Image Mauricio Segura

Bench: aGKa Image Guillermo Vergara aGKa Image Emilio Naranjo aLBa Image Armando Marín aCBa Image Ab Hoes aRBa Image Alexis Méndez aRBa Image Alexis Méndez aCMa Image Grouos Numar aCMa Image Josephine Leonhardsdóttir aLWa Image Ezequiel Negrón aRWa Image Esteban Olvera aOMa Image Mito aSTa Image Plácido Pumarejo

Background: A very young club from what used to be the state of Pacifista, historically one of the worst states when it came to quality of football. Pacifista is now a part of Farolera, though, so maybe Pacifista will suddenly start producing better footballers. That's how it works. Anyway: the La Querida project was very simple on the outset: found a club that the whole city of Pacifista can support, and pour money into it until it works. It worked far better than anyone expected: the whole city has rallied behind them, elated at the prospect of long-term relevance in the Farf football scene. Unsurprisingly, they lack an identity beyond being from Pacifista and having been named after a grocery store. Older, more set-in-their-ways Pacifistans tend to look down on supporters of the team as plastics.

Notes: After the disaster that was last season, finishing dead last by nineteen points and on a minus seventy-nine goal difference... yeah, La Querida fans were not expecting to even get into the top flight again, let alone... yeah, you get it. They're in way over their heads. To compensate for this, they've splashed zero cash, but nonetheless signed many free agents that likely will not cut it. Their defense is shambolic, and their one decent attacking player is affectionately nicknamed el tronco (the tree trunk). Anartz Salayeta will probably score half their goals, which might just turn out to be like seven or eight. If you haven't caught on yet, they will finish dead last, and there isn't the faintest chance that they won't.


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Lakiska SC
Nickname: Bandicoots
Derogatory nickname(s): Roos (in reference to the Busogan national animal, the kangaroo)
Manager: Image Winad-Lenpi Xlo
Ground: Lakiska City Field (31,000), located in Lakiska, South Island Image
Major rivals: Dukuma SC (local)
Major honours: None
Infrastructure: Ground ★★ / Training facilities ★★ / Youth system ★★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★
Fans' expectations: Avoid relegation, make Busogans proud
Pundits' prediction: 18th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Carlton Sandt aLBa Image Ibrahim Karakaya aCBa Image Donnie Armistead aCBa Image Govind Nigam aRBa Image Ingmar Linderood aDMa Image Lee Duk-Woo aLMa Image Barkha Visariya aCMa Image Utpal Ishan aCMa Image Ilke Akgun aRMa Image Ibrahim Fatah aSTa Image Philena Neuheim

Bench: aGKa Image Nazik Gokce aCBa Image Azzoz Tahir aRBa Image Ihsan Duman aCMa Image Saihou Dione aOMa Image Marius Haugum aSTa Image Guc Ahmad

Background: This is the only Busogan club in the S-FPL, and likely the club with the lowest resources outside of Farfadillis. Arguments about this club’s inclusion in the inaugural season of the S-FPL were difficult, although a strong on field performance from them last season, just at the right time, forced their inclusion. It is interesting to note, however, that they are one of two Banijan clubs in the S-FPL without a single trophy in the BSL era of Banijan football, the other being Kitara AA. They are, in contrast to almost all other teams in Banija and Farfadillis, focused on a fierce defense. It is, unfortunately, a club not known for rowdy support, as ultras groups for this club can never seem to stick around for more than a few errors. Still, they will do whatever they can to make themselves a permanent fixture in the S-FPL.

Notes: This team is built around defense. Their core player is Carlton Sandt, their Sarzonian international goalkeeper. They’ve kept most of the team that finished in 5th last season, a Lakiska SC best. Expect plenty of responsibility to be heaped upon Govind Nigam anchoring the back line. They won’t score a lot, but when the goals do come, look for Neuheim to feature. It remains to be seen whether their unattractive style, which is bound to draw ire from the other Farf teams, will sink them or make them swim. They are, however, one of the worst teams in the league, only claiming to be decidedly better than... yeah, no points for being better than La Querida, to be honest.


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Mâ Âlâmëómë
Nickname: lôs Vhêrdês (the Green ones)
Derogatory nickname(s): Too many to count
Manager: Image Drì Kâíxìró
Ground: Rülândéá Çölíséá (35,000), located in Lìbêrêtê, Rülândéá Image
Major rivals: Dí Maozöxê (local), La Nueva Avenida (sporting)
Major honours: 14 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 3 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League titles, 3 Rulandese state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★★
Fans' expectations: Win the title comfortably; probably in for a rude awakening
Pundits' prediction: 3rd place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Lídôr Wôsó aLBa Image Fekati Abdi aCBa Image Alarabi Labeaga aRBa Image Kândé Lütéré aDMa Image Esther Axelrod-Conway aCMa Image Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí aCMa Image Zsolgar Zsase aLWa Image Lavanya Naqvi aOMa Image Dîmás Ósîn aRWa Image Ezalta Arambauzá aSTa Image Latona Basilisk

Bench: aGKa Image Drö Âloré aGKa Image Bâjâ Töxól aLBa Image Drö Yorópëlrío aCBa Image Lihonhegeí Puumalainen aRBa Image Rímân Dòrrò aDMa Image Rüí Xühî aCMa Image Liam Sæthre aCMa Image Pan Xilei aLWa Image Çüs Aluansöó aOMa Image Lôrénsé Çêmîjìo aRWa Image Rêgül Dörngâo aSTa Image Horâsio Wôndôji

Background: The one Farf club that any football fan worth their salt should be able to recognize. Mâ Âlâmëómë have had some of the best squads in the history of club football. Among the players that have worn green and black are: Mêndêlöíndçêl, Einarsson, Kâí, Etezadi, Aurora, Wínrôuge, Rainsford, Gosforth, Campbell, Zubiri, Shrike, Tzâín, Röènôùjýâ, Na'Kale, Söh, Wçêíl, Killanen, Soria Luna... you get the idea. As a Rulandese club, they are utterly despised outside of Ruland. As the best Rulandese club, they are utterly despised inside of Ruland as well. Their fans, numerous and very violent, wouldn't give this up for the world. They were orignially founded as a loosely cultish collection of followers of one of the many Farf pagan faiths, one which venerated “Mother Earth”, better known as Mâ Âlâmëómë in the local language. True to their roots, they don't like the prevalence of uranium mining in Ruland. Unsurprisingly, they have many ties with past and present Rulandese revolutionary movements. However, to you and me, dear international reader, they're just that Farf behemoth nobody can spell or pronounce.

Notes: This is, unsurprisingly, a very scary squad. Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí in midfield will take control of every game, Abdi, Labeaga and Axelrod-Conway are quality defenders, Zsase, Naqvi and Arambauzá are proven at the top level, and losing Edmün Çídh's no matter cause now they've got Latona Basilisk up front! Their football is fluid, direct and exciting. Yup, it looks like Mâ Âlâmëómë will continue to be a top team for years to come, even in a much more competitive league like this one. Having important NTers from the top 3 nations according to the KPB rankings is no joke.


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Mynda Electra
Nickname: Foresters
Derogatory nickname(s): Villagers
Manager: Image Daniel Lucas
Ground: Electra Stadium (41,000), located in Mynda, Aksum Image
Major rivals: None
Major honours: 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★ / Youth recruitment ★
Fans' expectations: Not get relegated, maybe? They're bound for a completely average season either way
Pundits' prediction: 16th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Tore Delgado aLBa Image Isaka Karamba aCBa Image Ousman Mansaré aCBa Image Jibrin Ouattara aRBa Image Helek-Evela Mal aDMa Image Abbas Guiss aDMa Image Uzoma Nkemdilim aOMa Image Fakebba Ouattara aOMa Image Lars Putnam aOMa Image Xavier Melchoir aSTa Image Suliven Roagart

Bench: aGKa Image Chydea Mazzi aCBa Image Okparra Madou aRBa Image Chukwuemeka Obasy aDMa Image Banta Thiaw aOMa Image Somayina Izuchukwu aSTa Image Obika Chinasa

Background: Mynda Electra have an interesting culture. They are Banija’s first club to have been bought by a foreign owner, with Electra Corporation of Damukuni(a public utility) having owned the team for quite a long time. Mynda is a surprisingly large city, a city of 800,000 but located at the heart of Banija’s smallest region, Aksum. Residents of Mynda claim they fail to get respect from national media, despite their large size, and you can see it in how their fans operate. Claiming Herzegovina City as their chief rival when they don’t acknowledge them as a rival back—is there no higher form of disrespect in the sport?—and, although Askatasuna FC is also in Aksum, they’ve never seriously considered each other rivals. A fanbase conditioned to disrespect, their culture loves “Mynda men” and is generally distrusting of outsiders, although they have embraced the foreign ownership group and their Chromatik manager, Daniel Lucas.

Notes: Another team that will fight off relegation. Xavier Melchoir is the player of note here: he’s an attacking midfielder who makes great long passes, and can move the ball quickly. But Lucas has a tall task. They're better than Lakiska and Umbazi, but a few injuries to their best players could spell doom for them. At any rate, anything besides a mid-table finish is pretty much a pipe dream. Such is life for medium-sized clubs: the best they can hope for is a boring season.


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René Skaé
Nickname: les Ezrenels (the Colonels)
Derogatory nickname(s): Barabara (intended to imitate uneducated mumbling)
Manager: Image Louis-Étienne Hevesi
Ground: Grand René Skaé (25,000), located in René Skaé, Szoirsia Image
Major rivals: Torrhe del Viento (local)
Major honours: 2 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 1 Farf Norde Ligá title, 1 Farf Amateur Ligá title, 3 Szoirsian state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★★
Fans' expectations: Win the title, make Szoirsians proud
Pundits' prediction: 4th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Berény Phelede aLBa Image Camille Auguste aCBa Image Ljuba Buczvarov aCBa Image Nadezhda Odling aRBa Image Darijen Vesele aCMa Image Pickering Sionne aCMa Image Lőrensz Ziczi aRWa Image Anwar Dawit aLWa Image Lajos Éwanjé-Épée aOMa Image Tulaki Rauogba aSTa Image Elemér Miross-Lezocz

Bench: aGKa Image Géza Gaudin aGKa Image Alfred Molka aLBa Image Adhemar Amölsnoschin aCBa Image Denis Szibóth aCBa Image Béla Yannick aRBa Image Botond Zsabados aLMa Image Albert Bauhin aCMa Image András Zsabados aTKa Image Archard Ezaa Robé aTKa Image Lőrinc Subercaseaux aSTa Image Boldizsár Coûteaux aSTa Image Yves Kiss

Background: Ever since René Skaé got promoted to the FFL, Szoirsian football has been slowly and very steadily rising through the ranks. First they produced NT-caliber players like Zsolgar Zsase, Kósa Bajnok and, most famously, Lázár Eleonóra. Then, René Skaé started following suit, eventually winning back-to-back FFL titles, mostly thanks to a certain Faragó rue Cazade. Off-the-pitch, René Skaé is quite the sensation in Szoirsia, with most anyone in the desert-that-some-people-believe-to-be-a-nation supporting the club. They're the second most left-leaning (now ex-)state, so their fans naturally lean that way as well. Their fans are remarkably mild, perhaps owing to the temperatures of their state, which is 90% a huge fucking desert (as we have made clear) where things you didn't know could melt do melt. Ferdullaelans and Farolerans resent, fear and envy them, because Szoirsians are not supposed to be better at football than them.

Notes: This team is still remarkably young, and far too good once you take that into account. Tulaki Rauogba, Lőrensz Ziczi, Lajos Éwanjé-Épée, Ljuba Buczvarov... hell, new signing Anwar Dawit looks a tad old, and he's only 25! Don't make unfunny jokes about factorials. Critics will argue it is a bit of a waste that the team's best player is a fullback (Darijen Vesele), and it's a fair point, but the rest of the starting eleven ranges from good to great, so it's hard not to view the Szoirsians as title contenders. They're not at their strongest, sure, but that's only because they no longer have rue Cazade.


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Rülândéá Kôstä
Nickname: tâ Kôstä (those from the Coast)
Derogatory nickname(s): Mey Kôsâng (Little Brother, in reference to the two bigger Rulandese clubs), Pêskätörès (Fishermen)
Manager: Image Fêrm Égéré
Ground: Âréné Délékôstä (10,000), located in Lìbêrêtê, Rülândéá Image
Major rivals: None
Major honours: 1 Farf Freitball Ligá. 3 Farf Torde Ligá titles, 1 Rulandese state league title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: Not get relegated; they're still way too happy about last season's results
Pundits' prediction: 6th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Pär Tjova aLBa Image Pâb Bílísô aCBa Image Gëngüdó Pìgülôçô aRBa Image Lînó Çíwâ aCMa Image Erin Kang aCMa Image Baraxil Muhaburu aTKa Image Émérí Dü Ârusânìrá aLWa Image Sam Roshanak aRWa Image Çè Sêwansé aSTa Image Wilsêkïl Lâlâw aSTa Image Röémün Çídh

Bench: aGKa Image Horâcio Mâ Mórsna aGKa Image Jê Êrgön aLBa Image Éskïr Lûoo aCBa Image Pâb Ýuó aRBa Image Vínseslâdís Nêxvêrsôlöká aCMa Image Mâánü Düsnans aCMa Image Kârl Víçâr aTKa Image Çìríkô Tlísnadâ aLWa Image Merluxia van de Kraan aRWa Image Valën Rónellsön aSTa Image Pâás Wí Tírâ aSTa Image Pâás Çélçôl

Background: Rülândéá Kôstä are massive in the Rulandese coast. When we say massive, we mean truly massive. Most everyone in the city's coast supports the team named after the city's coast which, to be fair, is not exactly shocking. Their supporters have very strong ties to the revolutionary movements of the last two decades, and are violent even by Rulandese standards. Their stadium, partially destroyed by bombings, will probably pack twice its capacity every game. Surprisingly, tâ Kôstä have a very friendly relationship with all other Rulandese clubs, seeing them more as family than rivals. Teams from outside Ruland, though? Well, that's a very different, much bloodier story... The fans will be subdued for now, though, after the team unexpectedly won its first top flight title last season.

Notes: They may have won the league out of nowhere, but how they did it is not a mystery. Their midfield is fearsome: a Québecois international, an Astograthian international, a Starblaydi international, the best takilante in the league and a young, pacey and energetic winger. Up front, Röémün Çídh starts for Farfadillis, and tore apart the league last season. In defense, Savojar Tjova is really tall and also possibly good, while young prospect Gëngüdó Pìgülôçô is going from strength to strength. This is a fearsome team that's flying high, but they should be wary of flying too close to the sun and falling prey to complacency. They may be the reigning Farf champions, but that does not necessarily imply they are the best Farf team.


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Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Nickname: Flamingos
Derogatory nickname(s): Flightless Birds
Manager: Image Juma Ouattara
Ground: Buganda Regional Stadium (29,000), located in Umbazi, Buganda Image
Major rivals: None
Major honours: 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★
Fans' expectations: Avoid relegation... or at least fight it valiantly
Pundits' prediction: 19th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Rostyn Calhoun aLBa Image Koba Konateh aCBa Image Araiy aCBa Image Malick Colley aRBa Image Simon Johnson aLMa Image Asa Sylla aCMa Image Gared Kuepher aCMa Image Tamba Kama aRMa Image Kemo Kuyateh aSTa Image Teo Lie aSTa Image Ülì Èsàsè

Bench: aGKa Image Ensa Fadika aCBa Image Dembo Guissé aRBa Image Cyper Secka aCMa Image Biran Kama aOMa Image Demba Danso aSTa Image Lafa Dieye

Background: A small, financially impotent club from one of Banija’s most rural regions that is, unsurprisingly, right-wing club than many, if not all, of their rivals. But while this club has an energetic fanbase that hugs the national flag tighter than probably any other in the sport, it is one that is realistic about their chances of staying up in this league. They are the most likely to experience culture shock from the introduction of Farf teams to the pyramid. It's a good thing that they've got a good chance of getting relegated, then.

Notes: This is, simply put, not a good team. They're not La Querida levels of terrible, but they're prime candidates for relegation nonetheless. There isn't a single truly good player here. A couple of young prospects, sure, and by a couple we mean two, Koba Konateh and Ülì Èsàsè. There really isn't much to say about them. They play neutral football—which really just means defensive football in this day and age—so maybe they'll get the occasional Nepharan cheering for them. But there really isn't anything... workable, here. Hey, at least they'll beat La Querida. Probably.
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Gitonga Kahara took a few deep breaths. He'd scored in a World Cup final and guided his team to a league title already. Scoring this would not be a problem, surely.

He scanned the stadium before placing the ball on the spot. A surprising number of Rulandese had made their way here, to the point their last-minute equalizer had been deafening. He put himself five steps away from the ball, and waited for the referee. He could feel it. His legs were tired like never before. These were not the same legs as ten years ago. Hell, they were not the same legs as before the World Cup. Still, all that was left to do was eke out one last shot.

He heard the whistle and ran up to the ball. He went for the lower-left corner. Tjova dove that way, stretched his hand and managed to get his fingers on it. It was enough to change the ball's path; it ended up hitting the post. It bounced back, as if it was a gift, and Kahara needed only to barely bob his head to score on an empty net. The referee blew the whistle, the Warriors had won the Super Cup.

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Hoima Warriors 1–1 Rülândéá Kôstä (2–1 AET)

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-Season 1-

Matchdays 1-4


MATCHDAY 1
Herzegovina City FC 5-0 La Querida
Dí Maozöxê 0-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Mâ Âlâmëómë 4-1 Lakiska SC
René Skaé 6-1 Avenida Principal
Istria City FC 3-2 Mynda Electra
Hoima Warriors 1-1 Lâ Lüs
Kitara AA 4-1 Ausharmuj Marusi
La Nueva Avenida 4-0 Busembe Timberwolves
Rülândéá Kôstä 4-1 Avenida Leal
Busukuma AC 1-0 Jinja City FC

And we kick-off! Herzegovina City and La Querida are given the honor to play the first ever S-FPL match, and it proves a very predictable match. Never really in the game, La Querida had a tough time containing the Trumpeteers' offense. Meghan Walcott had the honor of scoring the first goal in the history of the S-FPL. A brace from Edmün Çídh followed, thanks to two brilliant crosses from Walcott herself. Fireblade and Mboob finished off the game, which really never actually started for La Querida. The second match did not prove nearly as interesting: Xíxì Êns much-awaited triumphant return to Dí Maozöxê saw him... touch the ball just three times against the worst Banijan team? Not great.

Mâ Âlâmëómë smashed Lakiska, as was expected. After only one game, Latona Basilisk looks like a fantastic signing. Four goals is pretty much the definition of a dream debút. At the press conference, she said she didn't feel particularly happy cause she knew it was going to happen either way. In Farf culture, "excessive confidence" is an oxymoron, so it's safe to say she'll become a fan favorite very quickly. Speaking of excessive confidence, Bøb Übermanager's bet did not pay off, trying to outgun La Nueva Avenida at La Gran Avenida. Ugós Oroso and Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng score a brace each on his team for his efforts.

Elsewhere, Rülândéá Kôstä showed no signs of complacency by smashing Avenida Leal, Busukuma earned three very important points off of a brilliant Cyper Baldeh header and an even more brilliant last-minute two-footed tackle from Kalle Bjørnsson to prevent Madison McClain from facing the keeper one-on-one. As a result, he gets a two-match suspension and a standing ovation. Istria City, René Skaé and Kitara AA won their respective games, the latter two in convincing fashion. Hoima Warriors and Lâ Lüs drew in a rather dull affair, but we at least got a fan brawl out of it.

MATCHDAY 2
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 2-2 Herzegovina City FC
Lakiska SC 5-0 La Querida
Avenida Principal 1-6 Dí Maozöxê
Mynda Electra 5-3 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Lâ Lüs 2-3 René Skaé
Ausharmuj Marusi 2-7 Istria City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 6-5 Hoima Warriors
Avenida Leal 0-0 Kitara AA
Jinja City FC 3-2 La Nueva Avenida
Busukuma AC 2-1 Rülândéá Kôstä

Ok, lots to unpack here, so let's go one match at a time. Umbazi managed to snatch one point from Herzegovina City thanks to a stunning brace from Ülì Èsàsè in the first five minutes of the match. The Trumpeteers persevered nonetheless and managed to claw their way back to a draw, with Lukas Kayserling's header in injury time leaving the flamingos with a bitter taste in their mouth, even though they definitely would've taken the draw before match start. Lakiska smashed La Querida, in a match-up that showcased just how shit La Querida are. Xíxì Êns decided to compensate or last matchday's disappointing performance by scoring a brace and setting up, yes, four goals. Avenida Principal didn't even know what hit them. New signings Lana Mensdottir and Ton Ylkaanas scored their first goals wearing teal and blue, too. Just across town, figuratively because both teams actually played away from home, Dí Maozöxê's bitter rivals succumbed to Mynda Electra in rather unexpected fashion. Although a brace form Basilisk and an inspired performance from Çí Xôrí had left Mynda Electra trailing 3-1, a series of serious defensive errors, specially from rightback Kândé Lütéré, let the Banijans make the heroic comeback, throwing in an extra goal for good measure.

René Skaé beat Lâ Lüs in a tight match that was eventually decided by a great cross from Darijen Vesele. Great in the sense that it accidentally went in. We couldn't understand a word of his rudimentary Szoirsian in the press conference, but if he claimed that was intentional, he was lying. Elsewhere, Istria City are looking good. They tore apart Ausharmuj Marusi, with Québecois young sensation Kate Huitema-Omeasoo looking particularly sharp in front of goal on the day. The team as a whole looked good, however, and they look like early contenders. The game that stole the headlines, though, was the Tinderwolves versus the Warriors. A riveting 6-5 which left the Banijans' mouth agape and the Farves going "huh, not bad", featuring drama of all types. This includes two red cards apiece (turns out you can't elbow someone in the face twice and get away with it, Iruka) and two late goals, with Lukas Boldfont scoring a heroic equalizer only to get the headlines snatched away from him by Þórhallursson's subsequent winner. Avenida Leal and Kitara drew nil-nil. Nothing of note happened. Jinja City edged La Nueva Avenida in a tight game that could've gone either way, with Jinja's strikers proving more clinical on the day, while Busukuma's two early goals were too much for Rülândéá Kôstá to overcome with key player Baraxil Muhaburu out because of """food poisoning""".

MATCHDAY 3
Herzegovina City FC 3-0 Lakiska SC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0-0 Avenida Principal
La Querida 1-5 Mynda Electra
Dí Maozöxê 4-2 Lâ Lüs
Mâ Âlâmëómë 3-3 Ausharmuj Marusi
René Skaé 6-1 Busembe Timberwolves
Istria City FC 5-0 Avenida Leal
Hoima Warriors 1-1 Jinja City FC
Kitara AA 3-0 Busukuma AC
La Nueva Avenida 0-0 Rülândéá Kôstä

Herzegovina City thrashing Lakiska is harldy a surprise, but would you believe us if we told you Lakiska actually dominated for a fairly large portion of the game? In the end, a goal from Edmün Çídh against the run of play left the Busogans unable to do anything. As true cowards who don't know how to play football, they didn't know how to do once they had to attack instead of defend. Their attack proved impotent, and Herzegovina punished them on the counter twice. Avenida Principal and Umbazi Metropolitan played out possible the most boring match of the season, without so much as a yellow card to talk about. Mynda Electra stunned everyone by smashing La Querida, with the almighty Farf team getting in a goal in the dying minutes of the match via an Anartz Salayeta header. Dí Maozöxê dominated Lâ Lüs, with the final scoreline being quite flattering to the more terrorist of the two teams. Keaton Durbridge, Alkrÿ Bren and, yes, Xíxì Êns were the stand-out performers.

Mâ Âlâmëómë continue to struggle, inexplicably giving away another 3-1 lead, this time at home against Ausharmuj Marusi. Pmoifue Jopar, Joe Green and Joaquim Martell were clinical, whlie the Rulandese weren't, so it's hard to say it was an unfair result. René Skaé have now won three games in a row, two of them with 6-1 scorelines. This time around, Busembe's gung-ho tactics made the game play out like any other Farf match. That is, with René Skaé coming out on top handily unless the other team is actually good. Raugoba scored a hat-trick, that's probably worth mentioning. In similar fashion, Istria City had no trouble beating Avenida Leal. They are playing some truly dominant football here but, bizarrely, it's hard to pick out a player who's been particularly dominant. Either way, Rushdon was picked man of the match so props must go to him this time around.

Hoima Warriors and Jinja City was one of the two truly notable matchups this weekend and it did not live up to the hype. The game started out boring, McClain scored a nice free kick, the game went back to being boring, then Kahara scored a banger, then the game died out. However, if this match did not live up to the hype, it will be hard to describe what went on at La Nueva Avenida vs Rülândéá Kôstä. Two teams characterized by their exciting playstyles... a 0-0. There were chances, sure, but the forwards just didn't turn up. Finally, Kitara smashed Busukuma. They've been quietly looking pretty decent so far.

MATCHDAY 4
Avenida Principal 4-1 Herzegovina City FC
Mynda Electra 1-1 Lakiska SC
Lâ Lüs 1-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Ausharmuj Marusi 7-2 La Querida
Busembe Timberwolves 0-2 Dí Maozöxê
Avenida Leal 0-4 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Jinja City FC 5-3 René Skaé
Busukuma AC 1-3 Istria City FC
Rülândéá Kôstä 1-0 Hoima Warriors
La Nueva Avenida 1-1 Kitara AA

Avenida Principal were coming into matchday 4 having scored two goals in the first three matches. Two 6-1 losses, a 0-0 tie against the worst Banijan team. Thrashing Herzegovina City barely looked like a challenge for them. Leandro Martelli pulled off his best performance since arriving at the Faroleran club, scoring two and assisting two, while Joel Cotto might've finally found his shooting boots. Xeniadis, Aguayo, Zayas and Bereket were impressive in defense, with only a brilliant individual play from Walcott proving enough to break past them. Worrying signs for the Trumpeteers, these last three matches. Mynda and Lakiska played out a drab 1-1 draw in what was likely the least anticipated match of the weekend. In the second least anticipated match, Lâ Lüs eked out a win against Umbazi. Off the pitch, the weekend was successful for the terrorists too, as they finally gained control of the Îrrî region, squashing the final sparks of the eastern rebellion in Rülândéá.

Ausharmuj Marusi continue their good streak by destroying La Querida, who went back to their usual selves after only losing by four last matchday. Lojes de Sájajo, World Cup winner with Farfadillis, channeled his inner bully by scoring four on the helpless Pacifista team. Not everything was terrible for La Querida, though, as Anartz Salayeta got himself a brace off of two lucky rebounds. Dí Maozöxê, meanwhile, are looking like the best Farf team at the moment, with Íüé Tgô, Xíxì Êns, Keaton Durbridge and the Mrii midfield looking particularly sharp at the moment. A 2-0 win may soudn modest considering the Timberwolves' playstyle, but the clean sheet is a particularly good sign. Their rivals look to be recovering, as Avenida Leal struggled to contain their offense, and looked utterly incapable of getting past Alarabi Labeaga.

René Skaé's unstoppable run is quickly stopped four matchdays in, but only after facing Jinja City away, and in a very tight match. Vatan Ercetin and Xilit-Zaxac Yol were the best players of the match, with the Szoirsians finding no answers to their great chemistry besides trying (and failing) to score even more goals. Istria City, on the other hand, did manage to keep their perfect run intact after a routine win over Busukuma. In a repeat of the Super Cup, Rülândéá Kôstä got a measure of revenge thanks to a late winner by Röémün Çídh, assisted by Muhaburu, finally back from his two-week long food poisoning. Finally, La Nueva Avenida dominated Kitara throughout the match but failed to turn that into an advantage. They'll have to be better if they want to keep up with the rest of the teams; Kitara themselves are three points ahead of them.

Current Standings
----Image Team                        P  W  D  L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image Istria City FC 4 4 0 0 18 5 +13 12
2 Image Dí Maozöxê 4 3 1 0 12 3 +9 10
3 Image René Skaé 4 3 0 1 18 9 +9 9
4 Image Kitara AA 4 2 2 0 8 2 +6 8
5 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 4 2 1 1 14 9 +5 7
6 Image Mynda Electra 4 2 1 1 13 8 +5 7
7 Image Herzegovina City FC 4 2 1 1 11 6 +5 7
8 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3 7
9 Image Jinja City FC 4 2 1 1 9 7 +2 7
10 Image Busukuma AC 4 2 0 2 4 7 -3 6
11 Image La Nueva Avenida 4 1 2 1 7 4 +3 5
12 Image Lakiska SC 4 1 1 2 7 8 -1 4
13 Image Lâ Lüs 4 1 1 2 6 8 -2 4
14 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 4 1 1 2 13 16 -3 4
15 Image Avenida Principal 4 1 1 2 6 13 -7 4
16 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 4 0 3 1 2 3 -1 3
17 Image Busembe Timberwolves 4 1 0 3 7 17 -10 3
18 Image Hoima Warriors 4 0 2 2 7 9 -2 2
19 Image Avenida Leal 4 0 1 3 1 13 -12 1
20 Image La Querida 4 0 0 4 3 22 -19 0


A tale of adjustments: the best parts about the league unification between Banija, Busoga, and Farfadillis

This is the first season of a brand new league product that is all the rage (or at least we like to believe it is): the Shango-Fogoa Premier League. A much hyped venture between the last two Atlantian Oceania nations to win a World Cup... plus the Busoga Islands. It is off to a fast start. Of course, things change, but even just a month into the season, there's a lot to like, and there's a lot for fans on both sides to get used to. These first four weeks... A learning experience for everyone involved. But what are some good examples of that?

#1: Lakiska SC is going to be one of the most hated teams in the league

This is quite an offensive league. Most Banijan teams like to get forward, even if only a few are "quite" like their Farf counterparts in terms of play style. There are going to be lots of goals scored by lots of teams. Look at the table: Istria City FC has already scored 18 goals in just 4 games. La Querida has already conceded a mind-numbing 22 goals. Teams are flying up and down the pitch, wearing each other down, and creating and taking their chances. But that is not Lakiska's style.

Winad-Lenpi Xlo spoke about it briefly in a press conference after their match against Herzegovina City. "We are going to have to put our heads down, no matter what pressures, and play the game our way. This is the way that got us 5th in the BSL last season, it took us to the Challenger's Cup, and it will lead us to achieve our goals this season." They sit back. They suffocate teams. They'll try to strangle you defensively, even if they don't quite have the talent to really make a legitimate push towards IFCF spots. Farf fans are going to boo them. Farf fans will get on them, and media will attack them.

Banijans don't really like them much either. How many Banijans will you find liking a Busogan team? It's laughable. For a team that's not going to challenge for a title, their play style will quickly see them become the bane of the league fairly quickly. Hope they're mentally tough enough to deal with it.

#2: Kate Huitema-Omeasoo is really coming into her own at Istria City

There were questions about Istria City sticking with Torvald Royle this season, instead of trying to buy themselves another striker. They'll certainly be busy, as Royle slows down just a little bit next window. But who cares about then? What matters is the ability to score today, and Kate Huitema-Omeasoo, the Quebecois international, has done plenty in front of the net. She's a big reason they're scoring at a wholly unsustainable output of 4.5 goals per game, and why they still haven't dropped any points in league play.

She's got the instincts, and the finishing abilities with her. Murray Hunnisett is a fixture on the Galactico longlist these days. He attracts enough attention to feed her the ball and give her chances in front of goal. Ijeawele Halim is right next to him and quickly coming into his own as well. This league setup is maybe what they needed to get unleashed—up and down the pitch, fans right on top of them, high energy plays rewarded, numbers thrown forward—Alvin Burnsides attacking system has found a home, and Huitema-Omeasoo will be a massive statistical beneficiary.

#3: Farf fans get acquainted with Banija

A number of Banijan clubs were going to have to adjust to being in this league—that's the point, right? Long-term, it improves football competitiveness and quality everywhere involved. But one of the clubs that would have to make the biggest off-field adjustments, would have to be Busukuma AC. Their more "corporate" atmosphere at games was going to now mix with Farf festivities, and there has been no shortage of disappointment on that front.

That lack of atmosphere is what turns the club off to Farf refugees in the Banijan capitol, who choose, by and large, to root for Capitol City FC, who is in a lower league. And so when Rülândéá Kôstä came into town, there was definitely plenty of chaos that the fans brought to the Banijan capitol. "The Promised Club" set up different types of security measures. They told everyone that flares were banned. All measures were ignored. The smoke bombs, the flares, and everything—all brought in.

It happens with a few teams in Banija, but now it'll happen to them with "most" visiting clubs. It will be interesting to view their adjustment from a cultural perspective—will it affect their atmospheres, will it affect the way they run their club, and the way their fans treat themselves? For many of their fans, it will be welcome, as being less uptight will make them happier.

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As her fellow Nepharan dribbled past Parrott and fired past Taliadoros, Andrea could only sigh. The match against Mâ Âlâmëómë was always going to be an uphill battle. Axelrod-Conway, Çí Xôrí and Zsase had absolutely dominated her midfield. Her fault, really: she had, for whatever reason, thought an aging, out-of-position Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì would not be outmached... and she'd also thought Bjørnsson would not get himself sent off early on.

She reached for another cigarette. Maybe taking them to the match had not been such a bad idea, after all. She lit it up, took a few puffs, then frantically shouted at her players, for the most part telling them things they already knew.

Wìjìnì mistimed a tackle. Another cigarette. A few minutes flew by. Lupe's cross hit the... the stands. How?! Another cigarette. Taliadoros gives up an idiotic rebound, Arambauzá hits the crossbar, somehow. Another ciga—huh? The pack's gone. No more cigarettes, then.

With ten minutes to go, a brilliant play from Çí Xôrí ended with Basilisk rounding the keeper and slotting home. Game was done and dusted. Vardalos was now trying to make do with her fingernails. Eventually, the referee mercifully blew for full time.

Andrea skipped the press conference. She was not "feeling it", for the third weekend in a row. She sent her assistant in her stead, as if she were playing some videogame. The way home was tedious—Ruland is not the most connected place in the Multiverse—and her mind did not help her relax. Throughout the trip, all she could think about were all the mistakes she'd been making lately. Wìjìnì was currently useless at center midfield at the moment, Parott's pace seemed to be taking a hit earlier than expected, she had failed to prepare for Mâ Âlâmëómë's triangulations... rinse and repeat, her thoughts crowded her.

As she arrived home two days later, she found a measure of relief in preparing some vodka mixed with some cheaper vodka. She knew better than to turn on the TV. As she prepared to drink the first glass, there was an incoming call. Some random executive again. New management was quickly getting on her nerves. She picked up, then went through the motions as she was once again warned that IFCF qualification was a must if she wanted to keep her job and her very, very generous salary—the only reason she was going through all of this. She kept nodding all the way through it, as if the person at the other end could notice it. They said something about having to win the next two games, them being easy wins or something. It barely registered.

As the call finished, she numbly downed the glass of vodka with vodka. Her phone rang again. A text message. Wìjìnì had been found naked, drunk and with one fewer kidney on the side of the road. He'd easily miss three weeks. She sighed, seemingly for the thousandth time, then made her way to the kitchen.

As she refilled her glass—this time exlusively with the cheaper vodka—she chuckled. "Get yourself together, Andrea." She stared at the glass. "At this rate, you're gonna end the season addicted to glue."

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MATCHDAY 5
Herzegovina City FC 3-2 Mynda Electra
Avenida Principal 1-1 Lâ Lüs
Lakiska SC 3-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-11 Busembe Timberwolves
La Querida 0-2 Avenida Leal
Dí Maozöxê 1-2 Jinja City FC
Mâ Âlâmëómë 2-0 Busukuma AC
René Skaé 3-0 Rülândéá Kôstä
Istria City FC 0-2 La Nueva Avenida
Hoima Warriors 1-0 Kitara AA

Yes, the 11-1 game was played between two Banijan teams. Nobody expected the Farves to rub off on them so fast, but they have. Either way: absolutely shambolic performance from Umbazi, who probably left La Querida feeling they're not doing such a bad job. Þórhallursson scored five, but one has to wonder how much merit there was in that. Herzegovina City continue to look quite shaky, this time around struggling to beat an admittedly solid Mynda Electra side. Nonetheless, Walcott and to a lesser extent Çídh continue to bail them out. It is not a sustainable model, though. Avenida Principal and Lâ Lüs tied in a game that featured Nufro de Urueña comically scoring with his testicles, for what was the third time in his career. Lakiska shut out Ausharmuj Marusi, their defensive style proving annoyingly efficient against the helpless Ferdullaelans, who failed to register a shot on target.

La Querida show remarkable improvement, falling only 2-0 to Avenida Leal, product of a Nevaeh Cathar brace. An alternative interpretation, equally valid, is that Avenida Leal are playing alarmingly badly. This interpretation is further supported by their having taken only one point out of twelve previous to this match. But we should let La Querida fans have this win anyway. Jinja City got three very valuable points, beating Dí Maozöxê at Rülândéá Çölíséá. Lana Mensdóttir's early goal was not enough as Jinja City's defense held firm after it, with headers from Xilit-Zaxac Yol and Madison McClain turning things around eventually. Mâ Âlâmëómë piled on Busukuma's misery and handed them their third defeat in a row. The (wo)man of the match was, unsurprisingly, Latona Basilisk. It seems that nothing short of a pagan curse can stop her form. We really hope she doesn't get paganly cursed.

René Skaé continue to show candidate credentials as they soundly beat Rülândéá Kôstä, the champions simply failing to get past the Szoirsian defense and being punished again and again for overcommitting to their failed attacks. Elsewhere, Istria City's shrewd teamwork approach fails to account for Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng's individual brilliance, as the Mavinese winger absolutely terrorizes the Banijan side's defense, handing Ugós Oroso a very easy brace. Finally, Gitonga Kahara carries a worryingly deflated Hoima Warriors squad over the line with a brilliant long shot. They managed to hold off Kitara's offense (just barely), but the team is definitely not performing up to standard.

MATCHDAY 6
Lâ Lüs 1-6 Herzegovina City FC
Ausharmuj Marusi 0-1 Mynda Electra
Busembe Timberwolves 3-3 Avenida Principal
Avenida Leal 2-1 Lakiska SC
Jinja City FC 1-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Busukuma AC 5-1 La Querida
Rülândéá Kôstä 0-2 Dí Maozöxê
La Nueva Avenida 4-3 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Kitara AA 4-2 René Skaé
Hoima Warriors 0-5 Istria City FC

Lâ Lüs continue to show a complete lack of fighting spirit on the pitch (yeah, yeah, different story off the pitch, sure, whatever) and Herzegovina City took full advantage of that by humiliating them at Ômên. Walcott and Çídh continue to be the side's standout stars up front, but Rosie Tyler and the funnily-named Babaja Mboob played very well too. This was their first truly convincing performance in a long while; fans will be itching for more of this, but against better opposition. Mynda Electra continue to show signs of a great season in the making, this time getting all three points against Ausharmuj Marusi, away from home. It was not a terribly exciting match, but they were always in control and Suliver Roagart's late winner was fully deserved. Busembe Timberwolves continue to entertain, this time around fucking up and wasting a three-goal lead with fifteen minutes to go, with Leandro Martelli, Joel Cotto and Alonzo de Anda making the most out of rather egregious defensive mistakes. Avenida Leal register their first non-trivial win of the season as they prove a tad too much for Lakiska's defense. Marcus Young's crosses on the right flank were a bit too much for the Busogan side.

After beating René Skaé and Dí Maozöxê in quick succession, Jinja City's fans would've been forgiven for thinking they were about to set some new record for biggest win against the recently-battered Flamingos. Well, that didn't happen. They had to wait until the seventy-second minute to get a sniff no goal, and they should thank their lucky stars Faye's shot was deflected by Araiy. This win was as scrappy as they come. Bsukuma beat La Querida 5-1, and we won't bore you with the details. Kitara surprised les Ezrenels, who looked a bit too conceited going on the attack and were appropriately punished by Betanni Jetvanna and Ronald Mickel, who ran the show for most of the first half. They had a bit of a scare towards the end, but it's hard to not win when you're four goals up at half time.

The other three games, however, were the main fixtures of the matchday. In an all-Rulandese showdown, Xíxì Êns continued to guide Dí Maozöxê to victory, netting two very important assists, one of them after dribbling past three players. Durbridge and Mensdóttir deserve big props, too, for making the most out of what they could get despite the team losing the midfield battle. Íüé Tgô was remarkably good, too, staving off chance after chance from Kôstä's players. Röémün Çídh looked particularly frustrated, eventually lashing out in the eighty-ninth minute and getting himself suspended for some very, very strong language.

Hoima Warriors continue to look dreadful. Last time around, Gitonga Kahara bailed them out. This time, he could only watch in despair as Istria City showed them what the power of friendship can achieve, with their slick tactics and cohesive gameplan helping them hold onto possession a staggering 79% of game time. Murray Hunnisett in particular was monstrous.

Finally, La Nueva Avenida and Mâ Âlâmëómë did not disappoint. The Farolerans came out on top in a match that had it all: goals. Mâ Âlâmëómë's Latona Basilisk could be seen cursing at her teammates all game, specially the defense, as her hat trick went to waste after La Nueva Avenida's Ugós Oroso broke past the Rulandese defense all by himself twice in the last ten minutes of the game.

MATCHDAY 7
Herzegovina City FC 8-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
Lâ Lüs 2-4 Busembe Timberwolves
Mynda Electra 0-7 Avenida Leal
Avenida Principal 2-1 Jinja City FC
Lakiska SC 0-2 Busukuma AC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0-3 Rülândéá Kôstä
La Querida 0-10 La Nueva Avenida
Dí Maozöxê 5-1 Kitara AA
Mâ Âlâmëómë 5-1 Hoima Warriors
René Skaé 1-0 Istria City FC

The first game of the weekend took place at Star Field in Herzegovina City, where Brian Emerson's Trumpeteers took on Ausharmuj Marusi, and showed exactly why they were considered title contenders going into the season. A Meghan Walcott hat-trick highlighted the 8-0 thrashing that Herzegovina City FC delivered to la Sindica, as Edmün Çídh also scored twice, while Eamon Mullins, Rosie Tyler, and Harald Fireblade all scored once. Brian Emerson told reporters that Herzegovina City had "arrived" with this win, and that they were deadly serious about taking the title of Moravica's best team from Istria CIty FC.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Avenida Leal's visit to Mynda Electra was also another blowout. A 7-0 victory in favor of the visitors saw bad blood in Mynda, as Avenida Leal ultras taunted fans of Mynda Electra. A number of arrests were made by Mynda police after some chaotic scenes after the match. It was a surreal scene though as the match was ending—with Mynda Electra fans pouring out of the stadium once it hit 5-0 in the 60th minute, the remaining fans were mostly Avenida Leal fans. Mynda fans could go home—but where could the visiting fans go? Avenida Leal chants filled the stadium in the post-match. It was a good day for Avenida squads in general, as Avenida Principal pulled off a 2-1 victory over Jinja City FC.

La Querida continued to absolutely suffer in the early goings of this league campaign, with a 10-0 home loss to La Nueva Avenida, to complete the perfect 3/3 for the Avenida clubs this weekend. Two capitol cities battled on this weekend: Busukuma AC, the Banijan capitol club, paying a visit to the Busogan capitol of Lakiska. And Busukuma AC came out ahead, with Nfansu Kandeh and Wijini both scoring at Lakiska City Field. Dí Maozöxê and Mâ Âlâmëómë both were dominant against some of Banija's best sides at home this weekend, with the two clubs each scoring 5-1 victories over defending BSL champions Hoima Warriors, as well as Kitara AA. And finally, René Skaé silenced what has been an absolutely vaunted attack from Istria City FC so far this season, delivering the Lions their first loss in a hard fought 1-0 victory at home. It was an unlucky conceded goal for Istria however, with Madue Akuchi heading the ball into the back of his own net in the 75th minute. A truly heartbreaking own goal.

MATCHDAY 8
Busembe Timberwolves 4-1 Herzegovina City FC
Avenida Leal 0-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
Jinja City FC 0-1 Lâ Lüs
Busukuma AC 1-1 Mynda Electra
Rülândéá Kôstä 0-1 Avenida Principal
La Nueva Avenida 2-0 Lakiska SC
Kitara AA 4-3 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Hoima Warriors 2-0 La Querida
Istria City FC 1-0 Dí Maozöxê
René Skaé 3-0 Mâ Âlâmëómë

Herzegovina City FC had just enjoyed a glorious 8-0 victory last weekend. And now, travelling to Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf's Den, they thought they would be sure-fire winners in Busembe. But Bøb Übermanager was confident in front of the press heading into this match. "We're going to beat down those freaking Choir Boys from up North." He told reporters. And he was right. Two goals inside the first 10 minutes for Græntfjall international Jason Þórhallursson, en route to a 4-1 victory for the Timberwolves. A stunner. Happening alongside a boring 0-0 draw between Avenida Leal and Ausharmuj Marusi, it was definitely the show stopper of the day.

Lâ Lüs would battle their way to a home victory over one of Banija's biggest clubs, Jinja City, earning a 1-0 victory over the Hangaza side. The much vaunted connection between Ercetin and Xilit-Yazac that has driven this club for so long is being solved, and their offense was ground to a halt. The Hoima Warriors' struggles continued on this matchday as well, as they "only" defeated La Querida by a score of 2-0. Considering they lost 10-0 last week, it's not exactly where the Warriors wanted to be. The match was even, and it took a Gitonga Kahara 81st minute strike to get on the scoreboard, with Angelique Underwood adding the second in stoppage time. Mark Grayson has earned a long leash here, but he's got a lot of questions to ask his squad.

There was an exciting match-up here between two top of the line title contenders, Dí Maozöxê and Istria City FC, at Kabonero III Field in Istria. It was well-played and hard-fought—exactly the kind of match you'd expect between two teams with title aspirations, even this early in the season. This Istria team, this culture: they play so well together it can be overbearing. The lone goal of the match would come from Ijeawele Halim, who has put in a number of excellent performances so far in his first year as a starter as he tries to get the attention of the national team coach, Marcus Waters. Another top of the table clash (sort of; Mâ Âlâmëómë haven't been brilliant) happened between two Farf clubs, with René Skaé hosting Mâ Âlâmëómë. Les Ezrenels would have all the fun on this matchday though, with Anwar Dawit and Elemér Miross-Lezocz scoring in the first half, and Yves Kiss coming off the bench to score the third goal in the 84th minute. With a completely dominant performance against high-quality opposition, René Skaé have shown why many fancy them to bring home the trophy this season.

MATCHDAY 9
Herzegovina City FC 1-3 Avenida Leal
Busembe Timberwolves 1-1 Jinja City FC
Ausharmuj Marusi 1-0 Busukuma AC
Lâ Lüs 4-3 Rülândéá Kôstä
Mynda Electra 1-4 La Nueva Avenida
Avenida Principal 1-0 Kitara AA
Lakiska SC 1-0 Hoima Warriors
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-4 Istria City FC
La Querida 0-6 René Skaé
Dí Maozöxê 1-3 Mâ Âlâmëómë

Herzegovina City FC continued their struggles from last week, with Avenida Leal walking in and delivering them a 3-1 hammering at their own stadium, Star Field. Herzegovina City fans, while down 3-0 with an hour gone, starting chanting "La Plata", in reference to their derogatory nickname. City police officers had to make sure that the fans of the two clubs were separated. Fairly vanilla for Farf fans all things considered, but pretty uncharacteristic for the Banijans. Farfadillis is really rubbing off in Banija, eh? There was plenty of controversy in the former Farf capitol of Ferdullaele. With Ausharmuj Marsui hosting Busukuma AC, the two clubs battled... almost to the death, at tmies. A very late penalty was called when Esther Vannatter slid and tackled Ausharmuj Marsui back-up striker Kamara Mboge right at the edge of the box. A penalty was given. The Video Assistant Referee camera was not working (as a result of a lack of existence, this being Farfadillis), and a highly-stressed Busukuma manager Andrea Vardalos was livid on the sideline. The penalty was converted, and Busukuma AC went home very aggrieved 1-0 losers. Vardalos said the fact that the camera was not working (technically correct, I guess) was "incredulous", and said that the referee should have known better. For her comments, she was suspended for Matchday 10 for abuse towards the referee.

What else happened on this Matchday? Lâ Lüs played Rülândéá Kôstä in an entertaining game, where the filthy, scummy, backstabby terrorists—who are emphatically not rightful sovereigns of the Rülândéá region—won 4-3 at home against the defending Farf champions. It would be Ildefônso Wíngne who would score the winner, and he celebrated it by taking off his shirt, holding it up towards the away fan section, and pointing at the Lâ Lüs logo, in true terrorist fashion. Elsewhere, Kitara Athletic Association lost a tight match away from home in Farfadillis, where Kiggwe Siakam's players could not break down a tough Avenida Principal squad, and fell by a score of 1-0. The Hoima Warriors, shockingly, fell 1-0 away from home to Lakiska, whose fans put up a banner saying that they were better than Banija's last champions. And, honestly, with how the Warriors have been playing? Fair enough.

The game of the day, however, was a Rulandese derby between two fierce, title chasing rivals in Dí Maozöxê and Mâ Âlâmëómë. While Dí Maozöxê would be the home team, it would be Mâ Âlâmëómë that would emerge as the victorious team. They came into the game with energy and focus, and ignored all the outside noise, all the shenanigans going around this rivalry game. Uncharacteristically quiet of a Farf team before a big game, but boy, did they dominate. A first half hat-trick from Latona Basilisk put the game beyond doubt early on. The Nepharan striker, on her third goal, simply flexed her muscles in a show of dominance. She is in tantalizing form right now. Dí Maozöxê scored early in the second half to try and get back in it. They almost scored agains in the 70th minute, but a well timed goal line clearance from Fekati Abdi prevented them from doing so. A well earned 3-1 victory for Mâ Âlâmëómë. Remarkably, Xíxì Êns was entirely invisible throughout the game.

----Image Team                        P  W  D  L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image René Skaé 9 7 0 2 33 13 +20 21
2 Image Istria City FC 9 7 0 2 28 9 +19 21
3 Image La Nueva Avenida 9 6 2 1 29 8 +21 20
4 Image Herzegovina City FC 9 5 1 3 30 16 +14 16
5 Image Dí Maozöxê 9 5 1 3 21 10 +11 16
6 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 9 5 1 3 27 18 +9 16
7 Image Avenida Principal 9 4 3 2 14 18 -4 15
8 Image Busembe Timberwolves 9 4 2 3 30 25 +5 14
9 Image Kitara AA 9 4 2 3 17 14 +3 14
10 Image Jinja City FC 9 4 2 3 14 12 +2 14
11 Image Avenida Leal 9 4 2 3 15 15 +0 14
12 Image Busukuma AC 9 4 1 4 12 12 +0 13
13 Image Mynda Electra 9 3 2 4 18 23 -5 11
14 Image Lâ Lüs 9 3 2 4 15 22 -7 11
15 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 9 3 1 5 12 13 -1 10
16 Image Lakiska SC 9 3 1 5 12 14 -2 10
17 Image Hoima Warriors 9 2 2 5 11 20 -9 8
18 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 9 2 2 5 14 28 -14 8
19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 9 0 3 6 7 26 -19 3
20 Image La Querida 9 0 0 9 4 47 -43 0


Legitimate Reaction or Overreaction?


As is always true at the beginning of a sports season, there are some strange results that bulge out. Especially in early season tables. What is for real? What is an overreaction, and will course correct as the season goes on? We will take a stab at sorting through what's real and what is not.

#1: Hoima Warriors, defending BSL champions—missing out on all IFCF competition? Status: Legitimate Reaction

Everything that the Hoima Warriors had last season, they have none of that this season. Last season, they got off to a blindingly fast start, and seemingly were at the top of the table from wire to wire. Won a bunch of games early, and kept winning games in bunches and convincing fashion. Mark Grayson is Banija's longest tenured foreign manager- and there's a reason last season was his best job yet. But the team now seems old and simply lacks ideas. Only 8 points through 9 games, and a shocking 17th place in the table is absolutely deserved for them at this point.

Champions are supposed to keep evolving and getting better in this sport. Especially when you get into a league like this. But they have a Kahara problem. They're putting everything on Gitonga Kahara. The national hero and World Cup Hall of Famer, realistically, is slowing down. And it puts the rest of them in tough positions. Angelique Underwood, an important midfielder, is slowing down as well. Robert Craig seems like he's been there a while, and could use a change of scenery. Josef Lawerenz, while still young, looks like he's exhausted in Hoima, and needs a new city as well. Everybody's play level, besides Nelson Okello in net, has sunk, and that has put more pressure on the 36 year old former "Boy Wonder." Unless they figure out another way to generate offense, it's going to be a very long season for Warriors fans.

#2: Andrea Vardalos is gonna get fired—she can't seem to find her way to the IFCF? Status: Overreaction

There's no secret Vardalos is fighting for her job. There's forces around her that she cannot change- there's new foreign ownership in place, and that ownership is ambitious. They want to go on competing for titles, and they feel as if the biggest club in the Banijan capitol should be better than they are now. She's clearly stressed- you can see it on the sideline. She's shorter with the press, she gets into her players more. But she plays everything cool on the outside.

But it's clear what they want- they want to play in IFCF competition, at least during the Summer. And it's too early to say that she cannot deliver that. They'll have to invest more in the club on that front. Wijini is a fine piece, and they have strong defenders, even if they're all on the wrong side of 30, but they need more help to transition defense into offense. It's too late for that now though, this Nephara national will have to make do with what she has. There's plenty of time for her to steady this ship and right this course, and we think, for now, that she's capable of holding onto her job and navigating this club to the Challenger's Cup.

#3: La Querida have not had an ideal start—are they out of the title race? Status: Legitimate Reaction

The Pacifistan club has, thus far, been rather unconvincing, failing to get points when it matters and demonstrating, in particular, both a lack of firepower and a lack of non-shakiness in defense. Furthermore, their midfield has struggled to win the ever important midfield battle in every single game. To make their woes worse, their goalkeeper has had a few howlers. It is safe to say things haven't gone very smoothly for them.

Is it, then, a legitimate reaction to say they're no longer in the run for the title? Cold, frigid logic dictates that yes; they're pretty much out. It is hard to see them making up the points they've already lost. Their recent loss at home against René Skáe could prove particularly pivotal in an eventual title run. It is, therefore, a legitimate reaction to cast doubts on their odds of winning the title.

However, one can go a step further: they might, dare we say it, have difficulties qualifying for IFCF competitions. If the league ended today, they'd be about ten places away from the lowest place that guarantess Challenger's Cup qualification. Anartz Salayeta may be clinical, but he needs to be fed better chances if he is to make the difference up front. Without the Astograthian scoring on the regular, it is entirely possible that the Pacifistans will be absent from international football next season.

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MATCHDAY 10
Jinja City FC 4-4 Herzegovina City FC
Busukuma AC 1-1 Avenida Leal

Rülândéá Kôstä 1-2 Busembe Timberwolves
La Nueva Avenida 2-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
Kitara AA 0-1 Lâ Lüs
Hoima Warriors 0-3 Mynda Electra
Istria City FC 4-2 Avenida Principal
René Skaé 2-0 Lakiska SC
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Dí Maozöxê 3-0 La Querida

Jinja City and Herzegovina City played the most exciting match of the weekend, and the rest of the matches, for the most part, failed to follow their lead. A first-half brace from Madison McClain was countered within the first five minutes of the second half by Meghan Walcott and Edmün Çídh's increasingly fearsome connection, with each attacker grabbing a goal assisted by the other. The game was very fast-paced and both teams had plenty of chances though, bizarrely, the other four goals all came from set pieces, with Nyang and Antosch scoring headers for the Black Mambas while Kayserling and Mullins scored lucky rebounds off free kicks for the Trumpeteers.

Avenida Leal's Nevaeh Cathar headed home in the last play of the match to snatch a point from Busukuma. Andrea Vardalos probably missed Farfadillis' much more lax stance towards alcohol in stadiums, which she'd been taking full advantage of. Elsewhere, Rülândéá Kôstä have been looking unrecognizable for a few weeks now. This time around, Muhaburu's early header—his "innovative" literal-massive-dick haircut not proving a problem—was easily countered by the Timberwolves, the final 2-1 scoreline actually looking fairly generous considering the many chances the Banijan team wasted. La Nueva Avenida continue to be dependent on their Mavinese winger and Tiog striker, as the two proved the difference against an uninspiring Ausharmuj Marusi side. Lâ Lüs beat Kitara AA thanks to a goal scored by Nufro de Urueña, in which the Tequiloan unfortunately lost a few teeth.

Much like the Farf champions, the Banijan champions seem to be struggling. Hell, they're actually struggling much more. Xavier Melchoir ran the show as the Foresters completely dominated the match, overcrowding the midfield with their very central gameplan and then running riot when the Warriors' defense showed incompetence. The Warriors failed to register a shot on goal, and one has to wonder whether Grayson's might be at the end of the extremely long rope he's earned himself. Istria City continue to look like title candidates, this time having pretty much no trouble winning a match they were expected to win. Exactly the same applied for René Skaé, although the Szoirsians had to rely on a fair bit of individual briliance from Tulaki Rauogba to get past Lakiska's defense.

Finally, Mâ Âlâmëómë and Dí Maozöxê each struggled considerably to beat the two worst teams in the league. An Alarabi Labeaga header early in the second half was barely enough to beat Umbazi Metropolitan, while Âgínsôgnó's decision to rest Xíxì Êns laid bare the team's deficiencies when lacking their attack's focal point. In the end, Keaton Durbridge bailed them out, but they shouldn't be needing to get bailed out against La Querida. The 3-0 scoreline does not at all reflect how the match itself played out.

MATCHDAY 11
Herzegovina City FC 0-1 Busukuma AC
Jinja City FC 0-1 Rülândéá Kôstä
Avenida Leal 5-1 La Nueva Avenida
Busembe Timberwolves 2-0 Kitara AA
Ausharmuj Marusi 0-1 Hoima Warriors
Lâ Lüs 1-10 Istria City FC
Mynda Electra 0-3 René Skaé
Avenida Principal 4-8 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Lakiska SC 1-3 Dí Maozöxê
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 4-2 La Querida

Busukuma managed a vital win for their IFCF hopes by beating the Trumpeteers on the road. Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì, returning from an undisclosed but supposedly severe injury, was the hero of the match. The Rulandese scored a banger in the dying minutes of the match. In the subsequent celebration, he took off his shirt, showing off his brand new tattoos on the right side of his torso. Bit tacky, making them look like scars, if you ask us. Elsewhere, Erin Kang dragged Rülândéá Kôstä over the line with a dominating performance against a struggling Jinja City side, somewhat reversing the Farf champions' recent fortunes.

The second most shocking result of the matchday was Avenida Leal utterly humiliating rivals La Nueva Avenida. While los Novanos had been looking very solid up until this point—and Avenida Leal hadn't—football can be unpredictable. Rogerio Defigueroa was immense in goal early on, letting the rest of the team gain the upper-hand after resisting the initial onslaught. Goals from Krysia Bailey, Travis Grimaldi and Marcus Young ended things for La Nueva Avenida in the first half, and the second half played out as if neither team wanted to be there. Meanwhile in Banija, the Timberwolves continued their purple patch of form as their attractive playstyle dazzled neutrals in a very solid 2-0 win. Þórhallursson is quickly becoming one of the best prospects in the league, in this occasion scoring two goals thanks to his clinical finishing.

The Warriors were once again bailed out by Gitonga Kahara, this time against middling opposition in Ausharmuj Marusi. While the three points are very much welcome, this match was not a great sign either. At best, it's bought Mark Grayson a little more time. The most shocking result of the matchday was Lâ Lüs getting blown out by Istria City, who at this point have to be considered the team to win the title. While the terrorists were missing a few key players due to bullet-induced injuries, the 10-1 final scoreline is nonetheless a great indication of things to come for the Banijan side, who are firing on all cylinders at the moment.

René Skaé are keeping up with them, however, this time with a convincing 3-0 win over Mynda Electra, a win unfortunately overshadowed by the shocking 10-1 scoreline. Elemér Miross-Lezocz was particularly inspired for this match, scoring his first hat-trick in about two years. Interestingly, there was a match which featured more goals than Lâ Lüs vs Istria City. Two red cards apiece after an early brawl saw Mâ Âlâmëómë and Avenida Principal do away with defense altogether, with the Rulandese side predictably coming out on top. Latona Basilisk is looking scarier by the day, this time around making the most out of the decimated Faroleran defense and doing some stat-padding. Four goal's nothing to scoff at.

Dí Maozöxê continue their surprisingly good form. Lakiska's defense was not enough to contain a fresh Xíxì Êns, who assisted Lana Mensdótttir twice before grabbing a goal himself towards the end of the match with a brilliant curled shot from the edge of the box. Finally, the shit team showdown ended with Umbazi Metropolitan coming out on top. They were dominant, sure, but there was a real sense that they could've lost this match if they hadn't played at home. It's hard to take this as a worrying sign, though, when everyone and their mother know both of these teams are getting relegated at the end of the season anyway.

MATCHDAY 12
Rülândéá Kôstä 1-2 Herzegovina City FC
La Nueva Avenida 0-2 Busukuma AC
Kitara AA 2-0 Jinja City FC
Hoima Warriors 0-1 Avenida Leal
Istria City FC 8-2 Busembe Timberwolves
René Skaé 0-4 Ausharmuj Marusi
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1-1 Lâ Lüs
Dí Maozöxê 4-5 Mynda Electra
La Querida 1-4 Avenida Principal
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-0 Lakiska SC
AOCL 1st Round First Leg
Likewell Kirk (DEM) 1-3 Hoima Warriors (BNJ)
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 4-2 Langmere Green Rover FC (FVA)

The first round of the Atlantian Oceania Champions' League has arrived! Midweek fixtures for international club competition. Istria City FC, as the defending champs, were given a bye to the second round. But the Hoima Warriors, who have been riding the struggle bus for so long this season, hoped that international club competition could get them back to their winning ways of last season. A far overmatched Likewell Kirk side from Demot didn't have much of a chance, and the Warriors won by a score of 3-1 in Demot, with those away goals almost assuredly putting them through to the next round. Meanwhile, Rülândéá Kôstä played host to Langmere Green Rover FC, of Flavovespia. Rülândéá Kôstä, after going down 1-0 early, put Langmere Green Rover FC through the ringer. tâ Kôstä's attack was unstoppable, with a pair of goals from Sam Roshanak and Röémün Çídh putting Langmere away before they really had a chance. Langmere was able to nab a second away goal, an extremely weak penalty given thanks to a foul by Gëngüdó Pìgülôçô, but there's a considerable gap on the field between the Farf and Flavovespian sides, and it would be a tall order for Langmere to overturn this deficit at home in two weeks time.

Now, to the league! Rülândéá Kôstä, just a few days after their AO date, welcomed Brian Emerson's Herzegovina City FC side into town. It was a big game- the defending Farf champions against some of the Banijan preseason favorites. But Brian Emerson's Herzegovina City, although well coached and well cultured, is utterly and absolutely ruthless. Plus, of course, Rulandea Kosta is a bit tired due to having played a midweek, although they would rarely make excuses. Their stadium was overflowing with fans, per usual, in quite an electric atmosphere. Still, the Trumpeteers were ready—Edmün Çídh and Rosie Tyler both scored on the day, and both of their goals were assisted by Cassadagan star attacker Meghan Walcott. While Rülândéá Kôstä clawed one back in the second half, the back line, led by Lukas Kayserling, put the clamps down on their hosts for the day, and walked away with all three points. Brian Emerson has always been a trophy chaser, and they are firm believers in their ability to race up the table and claim that first trophy.

Kitara Athletic Association downed Jinja City FC in a big match 2-0, with Starblaydi winger Betanni Jetvanna playing a starring role, scoring and assisting once. Istria City FC brought the pain down on Busembe, winning 8-2. Then, let's find the most shocking result of the day. René Skaé—entering Matchday 12 at the top of the table alongside Istria City FC, with 27 points, with images of trophies dancing in their fans' eyes. They hosted Ausharmuj Marusi, who so far have been the worst Farf team in the league besides, of course, La Querida. You'd think René Skaé would crank out an easy three points at home, to keep pace with Istria City. Well, not a chance. Ausharmuj Marusi went to Szoirsia and danced all over the place. Lojes de Sájajo, in particular, was beside himself. The former World Cup winner who's returned home to see out his career (sound familiar?) played the game of the year from an individual perspective. Scored twice and assisted two more times, and delivered, considering the scoreline, probably the most shocking result of the season so far.

This is why you play the games, right? Their fans, some of the most hated in Farfadillis (which is quite a feat), thoroughly enjoyed it. They launched a pitch invasion when the match ended, and the nationalistic fans from the former capitol of Ferdullaele made their voices heard, with Ferdullaele pride chants and signs everywhere to be found. Other notable results included Istria City destroying the Timberwolves. The match showcased one of the biggest reasons why Istria City are doing so well: they are great at expoliting defensive weaknesses born out of a carelessly attacking playstyle. Dí Maozöxê lost to Mynda Electra at home, with club hero Íüé Tgô having one of the worst nights of his career.

MATCHDAY 13
Herzegovina City FC 0-0 La Nueva Avenida
Rülândéá Kôstä 2-2 Kitara AA

Busukuma AC 1-0 Hoima Warriors
Jinja City FC 1-3 Istria City FC
Avenida Leal 2-1 René Skaé
Busembe Timberwolves 1-0 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Ausharmuj Marusi 3-4 Dí Maozöxê
Lâ Lüs 4-0 La Querida
Mynda Electra 3-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Avenida Principal 1-0 Lakiska SC

Rivalry time! The Southern Rumble, between two Banijan teams that are looking for better fortunes than they currently have. We had Busukuma AC, the side in the Banijan capitol, against the Hoima Warriors, the defending champs who are seriously struggling this season. It would be Busukuma AC who would win a tight match-up, by a score of 1-0. Wìjìnì provided the assist to Busukuma's #9 Cyper Baldeh, who chipped the ball beautifully over the head of Hoima's goalkeeper. It was as this game tends to be—a physical, all out duel between two teams who really don't like each ohter. Those were not the only hard-fought games of the day—Herzegovina City drew 0-0 in a boring match with La Nueva Avenida, while Rülândéá Kôstä drew 2-2 with the Kitara Athletic Association.

Istria City FC paid a visit to Jinja City. They came into the match with five consecutive victories, dating back to Matchday 8, and they left BCEL Stadium with their sixth consecutive victory in the league. Alvin Burnsides has this team playing at an elite level for a third consecutive season. Two seasons ago—league title. Last year—AOCL title and second place in the BSL. This year, they are top of the table and are looking for more silverware. Kate Huitema-Omeasoo scored twice, with Jermaine Poole scoring the third goal to put Jinja City's hopes to bed. Istria City is sizzling hot right now, and their eyes are focused on one thing—the title. René Skaé, who just two matchdays ago were joint-top of the table with Istria City, could not fully recover from their stunning home loss on Matchday 12, and fell again on Matchday 13, this time falling by a score of 2-1 to Avenida Leal.

The most entertaining game of the weekend came between two Farf teams. Ausharmuj Marusi, just coming off a big time away win, playing at home against Dí Maozöxê. The home team would look to continue their momentum from last week, and scored twice in the first half hour to take a 2-0 lead. But Dí Maozöxê was not going to be rattled, or roll over. This Rulandese club consider themselves a cut above the rest, and they came to prove it today. They responded to those two goals by scoring three of their own. Keaton Durbridge cutting that lead in half, Xíxì Êns equalizing in the 51st, and then Êns assisting Lana Mensdóttir in the 67th. Pmoifue Jopar would score in the 81st minute to equalize. But Dí Maozöxê have a not-very-secret weapon—Xíxì Êns. In the 3rd minute of stoppage time, although the referee had only granted two minutes, the visitors had a free kick on the edge of the box. Mensdóttir floated a beautiful cross in, and it found the head of Xíxì Êns, who smashed it home into the net to score what was at best the tenth header of his career. Xíxì Êns chants started from the visitors section, and Ey Farrháteré, the Ausharmuj Marsui manager, smashed his own clipboard into pieces in frustration.

Elsewhere, La Querida continued their dismal campaign with a 4-0 loss to Lâ Lüs, and Avendia Prinicipal downed Lakiska SC by a score of 1-0.

MATCHDAY 14
Kitara AA 0-6 Herzegovina City FC
Hoima Warriors 1-1 La Nueva Avenida
Istria City FC 1-0 Rülândéá Kôstä
René Skaé 7-2 Busukuma AC
Mâ Âlâmëómë 0-3 Jinja City FC
Dí Maozöxê 5-0 Avenida Leal
La Querida 0-4 Busembe Timberwolves
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-2 Ausharmuj Marusi
Lakiska SC 1-3 Lâ Lüs
Avenida Principal 1-1 Mynda Electra
AOCL 1st Round Second Leg

Hoima Warriors (BNJ) 4-0 Likewell Kirk (DEM) (Hoima Warriors advance 7-1 on aggregate)
Langmere Green Rover FC (FVA) 0-1 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) (Rülândéá Kôstä advance 5-2 on aggregate)

The second leg of these AOCL ties! Neither of these first legs were particularly close, so it was no surprise to either team when the S-FPL sides both punched their ticket into the second round of Atlantian Oceania's most prestigious club competition. The Warriors had won 3-1 in Demot, but haven't won since, losing to Avenida Leal and Busukuma AC both by 1-0 scores. But just like the first leg—Likewell Kirk wasn't a match for Hoima at their own stadium, and they certainly wouldn't be a match for Hoima at Mavuto Field. It wasn't much of a match-up, and even veteran players such as Angelique Underwood and Gitonga Kahara were rested as they won 4-0 on the day, and 7-1 on aggregate. There was a little bit of worry for Rülândéá Kôstä when they visited Flavovespia—Langmere Green Rover FC were dominant in the first 15 or so minutes of play, and people thought Farfadillis' champions could be knocked out. A great counter-attacking move by playing out of the back in the 15th minute saw the ball raced up the field by their extraordinarily talented midfield, and it would be none other than Röémün Çídh who would score. His goal popped the bubble in Langmere Green Rover's hopes—they never recovered, and the rest of the match was quite a dull affair. Still, a 1-0 win on the day led to a 5-2 aggregate victory, and they punched their tickets into the second round of the AOCL.

Now, onto the league! The Hoima Warriors may have dominated a team from Demot over two mathces—but ultimately, it doesn't mean much, as Demot's league is much weaker than this one, even if they are in the Glorious Southwest. They earned their first point since Matchday 11, with a 1-1 draw at home against La Nueva Avenida. They are cold. Istria City FC, on the other hand, is extremely hot, and continued their streak by picking up their seventh consecutive win, this time by a score of 1-0 over the defending Farfadillis champs. It was a great, back and forth contest—but there could only be one winner, and emerging star Ijeawele Halim provided that winner, in the 62nd. Herzegovina City FC also exploded on this matchday. Just as things were looking bright for Kitara AA, Herzegovina City gave them a crushing reality check by smoking them to the tune of six goals to nil. A hat trick from Farf international Edmün Çídh was more than enough.

What else? First, the Busembe Timberwolves. They finally had their turn against the porous La Querida side. Busembe, quietly, has been in excellent form throughout the first third of the season. With their easy 4-0 road win, They actually find themselves in a Champions' League place. Sustainable—who knows? But a team like this is already beating their chest, with their manager, Bøb Übermanager, leading the charge. But let's take a look at some other title contenders. René Skaé, disappointingly to their fans, had lost 2 games in a row. But they came back, in a big way, at home. They crushed Busukuma AC, with a 7-2 home win sending the Banijan side running back to the Banijan capitol. Tulaki Rauogba is coming into his own, filling the massive shoes of rue Cazade, and showed it by scoring twice and assisting twice in the blowout win.

This was a great matchday for another Farf title contender, Dí Maozöxê. They won 5-0 at home against Avenida Leal, showing the rest of the league how capable they really are when they are playing at their best. But that wasn't the only good news for them—their archrivals, Mâ Âlâmëómë, lost 3-0 at home to Jinja City, which meant that Dí Maozöxê fans had plenty of ammo with which to aim at their rivals. They're a team that is staking its place in the ground as a title contender. While Istria City is in pole position early, there's still 2/3s of the season left to go—legacies have not been won or lost 14 games into a 38 game season (although contracts certainly have been).

Standings through 14 Matchdays
----Image Team                        P   W  D   L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image Istria City FC 14 12 0 2 54 15 +39 36
2 Image René Skaé 14 10 0 4 46 21 +25 30
3 Image Dí Maozöxê 14 9 1 4 40 19 +21 28
4 Image Busembe Timberwolves 14 8 2 4 41 34 +7 26
5 Image La Nueva Avenida 14 7 4 3 33 16 +17 25
6 Image Herzegovina City FC 14 7 3 4 42 22 +20 24
7 Image Avenida Leal 14 7 3 4 24 23 +1 24
8 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 14 7 2 5 37 27 +10 23
9 Image Busukuma AC 14 7 2 5 19 20 -1 23
10 Image Avenida Principal 14 6 4 4 26 32 -6 22
11 Image Mynda Electra 14 6 3 5 30 32 -2 21
12 Image Lâ Lüs 14 6 3 5 25 34 -9 21
13 Image Jinja City FC 14 5 3 6 22 22 +0 18
14 Image Kitara AA 14 5 3 6 21 25 -4 18
15 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 14 4 2 8 17 20 -3 14
16 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 14 4 2 8 23 36 -13 14
17 Image Hoima Warriors 14 3 3 8 13 26 -13 12
18 Image Lakiska SC 14 3 1 10 14 24 -10 10
19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 14 2 3 10 14 34 -20 9
20 Image La Querida 14 0 0 14 7 66 -59 0


The importance of culture: examining important club cultures across the S-FPL

Championship clubs always have the sweet spot of the right combination—talent v. culture. And relegated teams usually have the worst combination of the same two things. But those are the two things that build a team. Who is playing, and what kind of culture can you build? Who is playing for each other? We'll take a look at the culture of two clubs, and how that affects their success in the early part of this league. Because, as humans, we love to come up with flimsy-at-best causal links and overestimate their importance.

Alvin Burnsides at Istria City FC: playing for each other

Critics, both from home and abroad, may make fun of Alvin Burnsides for "building the power of friendship." But you can't argue with the results that Alvin Burnsides has brought to Banija's Olympic City. If your foundation is going to be culture, especially at a high pressure club like Istria City FC, in a city that demands success, you've got to be given time to build it. And you've got to find the right players for it. And not just players who will buy in—talented players who will buy in. This is not the most talented team, on paper, in the S-FPL. Don't get me wrong, they have excellent players. Murray Hunnisett is a fixture on the Galacticos longlist. Kate Huitema-Omeasoo is establishing herself as an elite striker this season. But they've got aging assets in some important positions.

Building culture is tough. Everyone tries to build a culture. It took Burnsides a couple of years. But now, it has caught fire and is contagious. This Cosumarite, as always, credits his players. "We have a group of players who have bought in to what we are putting down here." He told ABSM reporters when he was interviewed for this story. "There's no secret magic word. But look at what they have done. See how they can conduct themselves. Competition all the time, on and off the pitch. Getting to film early. Building camaraderie. Joy for each ohter. Everything how I want a team to behave, I find in this team."

And now in the last three seasons, he's had a relentless pursuit for trophies and success. Two years ago- becoming champions of Banija. Last season- becoming champions of Atlantian Oceania while still earning a berth in the Champions League. And this season- top of the table after 14 games, in the midst of a 7 match winning streak. Ablie Kah, a retired Istria CIty FC central midfielder, who scored the match winner in Banija's WC86 semifinal with Farfadillis, said the culture of Alvin Burnsides was contagious. "We all buy into what he's saying, we has elevated us to be our best selves. Both on and off the pitch. And his relentless hunger for more, demanding excellence from everyone at all times- it's why we win trophies."

Over the last five years, who are Banija's two most successful managers? Both are Cosumarites: Brian Emerson at Herzegovina City, and then Alvin Burnsides at Istria City. While it took him a few years, he's now building equitable success to his compatriot to the north. We'll see if Alvin Burnsides early successes in this league can lead to the silverware that Istria City fans surely salivate for.

Dí Maozöxê—An infectious "us against the world" mentality to build long-lasting success

When we spoke about culture with Alvin Burnsides, we spoke mostly about the locker room culture. And that's important as well. But that doesn't necessarily match your overall culture at every single club. But Dí Maozöxê has a different culture, one that fuels differently and yet lays the foundations for building long-term success. It's an ethos that reflects at every level of the organization, from the board room, to the locker room, to the fanbase.

Dí Maozöxê is one of the most hated teams in Farfadillis. A lot of clubs are hated in Farfadillis, but there's a special place in the hearts of fans to hate on Rulandese clubs. Blâás Âgínsôgnó, their manager, spoke about how it affects them on the pitch. "We know everybody hates us." He told ABSM reporters when interviewed for this article. "Frankly, I don't' give a flying (editor's note—word not fit for print) what other clubs think. We're here to do a couple of things: win games, win big, and win in style. And we've got a player on this team who was the Galactico—not a long lister, not a shortlister, not the starting XI—no, the best player in the freaking multiverse. The best in history, and if you disagree with me you can go (editor's note—word not fit for print) yourself, (editor's note—word not fit for print). You (editor's note—word not fit for print) (editor's note—word not fit for print) (editor's note—word not fit for print) journalist (editor's note—word not fit for print)! And you too, (editor's note—word not fit for print)!"

Their fans show it. Their away trips to Banija are always an adventure to watch. They often show up and clash with unsuspecting fans and, in their away trips in Farfadillis, they clash with suspecting fans. Xíxì Êns says the ethos of this club is one of his favorite things about it. "The gaffer will not let me say otherwise." He told ABSM reporters. "Literally." He continued, his facial expression showing great discomfort as our reporters pressed on to find out what he meant by that. He refused to issue further comment.

Dí Maozöxê are top 4 right now, and seem to be getting better and better. But that ethos is something that drives them, and will be at the heart of how they always operate.
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An extremely tiring match. Jinja City had run circles around them, and she'd barely gotten half a chance from the midfield. Sure, she'd wasted it, but clearly the grass was poorly maintained. or maybe she'd been given subpar boots. The ref clearly had it out for her, too. Besides, Zsolgar seemed to be avoiding her entirely. He'd passed the ball to her, what, five times? She figured he'd taken the whole "your religion is bullshit" thing a bit too seriously.

She made her way to the dressing room. It was time for another cold shower. Drì tried to pat her in the back as she walked past him, but she just hissed at him and told him to get lost. He'd been screwing up too much for her to give him the time of day.

She took a long bath this time around. It was something she liked to do to gather her thoughts. Think more clearly. Lash out less. God knows she needed to calm down right then and there. This was not what her agent had promised. She turned off the shower, grabbed her towel, then walked towards her locker. The usual foul smell now seemed ever-so-slightly fouler, for whatever reason. Whatever, it's Ruland.

When she opened her locker, she realized why. A carcass fell. Was that a chicken? There were lots of rice on the floor, too, as well as some flowers which were not, in fact, helping the smell. Tons of ants feasting on the poor chicken and tons of flies making the scene look even more putrid.

"What the..." was all she could mutter before Ígnîgo jumpscared her.

"PRANKED!" Her teammate hollered, triumphantly.

"Say what?"

"You've been pranked." Ígnîgo reiterated, matter-of-factly.

Latona took a few deep breaths, lest her on-the-pitch killer instinct manifest in a much more literal way. "What is this, Ígnîgo?" She asked as she stabbed him, figuratively so far, with her eyes.

"It's a macumba. Pagan bullshit, according to you. Tee-ell dee-are, you've been cursed. Don't worry, it's all in good fu—" He struggled for his breath as Latona squeezed his throat. "—uuuun."

"I'm gonna fucking kill you."

"You said you" He struggle for breath some more. Latona was clearly the more physical player. "Said you didn't believe in this. Why you" Latona tightened her grip. "Why you heff to be mad." Nobody else batted an eye at this whole thing.

She let him go. "Of course I don't." She replied, calmly.

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MATCHDAY 15
Herzegovina City FC 4-0 Hoima Warriors
Kitara AA 3-2 Istria City FC
La Nueva Avenida 1-1 René Skaé
Rülândéá Kôstä 2-1 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Busukuma AC 0-1 Dí Maozöxê
Jinja City FC 5-0 La Querida
Avenida Leal 1-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Busembe Timberwolves 3-1 Lakiska SC
Ausharmuj Marusi 3-0 Avenida Principal
Lâ Lüs 1-1 Mynda Electra

It is a testament to just how important last season's BSL title was to the Warriors that Mark Grayson hasn't yet gotten the sack. The team looked lifeless against a Herzegovina City team that just continuously ran circles around them. They had no answer to Edmün Çídh or Meghan Walcott at any point in the game but, more crucially, also didn't register a shot on target. The shots off target that they did register... well, it might've been better if they hadn't taken them. A day to forget for Hoima.

Kitara AA finally cut short Istria City's run of seven consecutive wins. It was, unsurprisingly, a rather undeserved win, but a win nonetheless. Betanni Jetvanna's two late-ish goals gave the Blue and Whites a reason to celebrate and three vital points in their strife for IFCF qualification. If they can keep playing like this (and having this much luck) they'll make it for sure. René Skaé failed to fully capitalize on Istria City's hiccup, as a late goal from Ugós Oroso virtue of a defensive error left the Szoirsians almost empty-handed (when, in reality, they very much deserved the win).

In an all-Rulandese showdown, last season's Rülândéá Kôstä showed up against Mâ Âlâmëómë and handed the Farf giant another loss, putting Drì Kâíxìró's job into question as the team doesn't seem to be finding its footing in the new league and are currently way off their expected finishing position. Goals from Erin Kang and Röémün Çídh were enough to outgun lôs Vhêrdês' offense, specially with Latona Basilisk surprisingly ineffective, pretty much for the first time since her arrival. The other Rulandese team accentuates the crisis for them, too, as they are now joint-second, only five points away from the top, thanks to Henrik Martin's long-range effort (truly a wondergoal). They had trouble hanging onto the result, but managed to see out the match, presumably accentuating the "dark" in Andrea Vardalos' dark circles for next matchday.

La Querida and Umbazi Metropolitan shocked the Multiverse by losing simultaneously, while Busembe Timberwolves' high octane style triumphed over Lakiska's low octane style. Lojes de Sájajo continued his great form by being the man of the match in Ausharmuj Marusi's thrashing of Avenida Principal, while Lâ Lüs continue to look bang average, as do Mynda Electra. The two drew 1-1 in a bang average match.

MATCHDAY 16
Istria City FC 1-3 Herzegovina City FC
René Skaé 1-2 Hoima Warriors
Mâ Âlâmëómë 0-1 Kitara AA
Dí Maozöxê 1-0 La Nueva Avenida
La Querida 1-8 Rülândéá Kôstä
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0-2 Busukuma AC
Lakiska SC 0-2 Jinja City FC
Avenida Principal 0-1 Avenida Leal
Mynda Electra 3-4 Busembe Timberwolves
Lâ Lüs 2-2 Ausharmuj Marusi
AOCL Second Round 1st Leg

Hoima Warriors (BNJ) 0-1 1510 Plinth (DOG)
Schemerdrecht SVV (KOR) 0-0 Istria City FC (BNJ)
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 4-2 Balliuna FC (NWK)

Istria City have lost their comfortable-ish lead in the span of two matchdays, this time around losing at home against bitter rivals Herzegovina City. We've been going on and on and on about how Istria City's players seem to be playing as one coherent unit and are probably great friends or whatever. Well, the Trumpeteers had the better individual players, and it was the big difference. Francois Tantoh was monstrous in goal and up front Meghan Walcott and Edmün Çídh ran riot, the former netting two goals from great individual plays and the latter from a great one-two with the, to be honest, quite funnily-named Babaja Mboob.

We should be speaking of Babaja Mboobs, though. Because there's one other Babaja Mboob, who's a substitute for Hoima Warriors. The Warriors finally went back to winning ways, against René Skaé no less, thanks to goals by Gitonga Kahara and the guy that replaced him late into the match, the aforementioned Mboob 2. It was, in all honesty, not entirely deserved, but still a marked improvement over previous matches. An improvement that was quickly canceled out by losing at home to a team from Dogsmouth in the AOCL a few days later.

La Querida scored. Salayeta again. Cyper Baldeh bailed out Busukuma against Umbazi with two great headers, but it's nonetheless worrying that it took the striker being on a good day to beat the second-worst team in the league. Jinja City beat this by now decidedly quite awful Lakiska team, Avenida Leal's Rogerio Defigueroa was massive against Avenida Principal, pulling off save after save.

The AOCL matches played out roughly as expected, if one expected Hoima Warriors to suck horribly.

MATCHDAY 17
Herzegovina City FC 1-1 René Skaé
Istria City FC 8-1 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Hoima Warriors 3-5 Dí Maozöxê
Kitara AA 1-1 La Querida
La Nueva Avenida 7-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Rülândéá Kôstä 3-0 Lakiska SC
Busukuma AC 6-0 Avenida Principal
Jinja City FC 3-1 Mynda Electra
Avenida Leal 0-1 Lâ Lüs
Busembe Timberwolves 1-2 Ausharmuj Marusi

Herzegovina City and René Skaé drew in a pretty unexciting match, with goals by Felix Millar and Darijen Vesele and a couple more chances the only big highlights of the match. Usually, this would've nonetheless been the highlight of the matchday. Not this time, however, as Istria City bounced back from their two consecutive losses by leaving Drì Kâíxìró without a job. A drubbing, very much the definition of it. The Banijan side just outplayed Mâ Âlâmëómë in pretty much every area of the pitch, with players like Latona Basilisk and Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí being made to look like amateurs. For now, Mâ Âlâmëómë will be managerless, though a new manager is expected to be appointed by the end of the season.

Mark Grayson, however, continues to not get sacked. This time around, they lost at home to Dí Maozöxê who, to be fair, have been in great form, arguably only second to Istria City. Remarkably, Xíxì Êns was rested for this match, but it did not seem to impact Dí Maozöxê too much... either that or the Warriors really are shit. In the end, however, the Durbridge, Mensdóttir, Chiliarch trio up front proved too powerful for the reigning champions of Banija. They had a particularly tough time in midfield, too, with Henrik Martin now seemingly growing into a very, very solid player.

Elsewhere, we have La Querida. Huh. What's that? A late equalizer from Anartz Salayeta has led to the sacking of Kiggwe Siakam? Honestly, pretty much deserved. This is the first point La Querida have earned all season. And they've earned it on the road! In stark contrast to this match, La Nueva Avenida destroyed Umbazi Metropolitan. Busukuma surprised Avenida Principal with a thrashing of similar proportions. Andrea Vardalos could be spotted smiling for the first time this season. The rest of the matches played out roughly as one would've expected.

MATCHDAY 18
Mâ Âlâmëómë 0-2 Herzegovina City FC
Dí Maozöxê 3-3 René Skaé
La Querida 0-8 Istria City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-4 Hoima Warriors
Lakiska SC 1-1 Kitara AA
Avenida Principal 0-4 La Nueva Avenida
Mynda Electra 0-6 Rülândéá Kôstä
Lâ Lüs 1-6 Busukuma AC
Ausharmuj Marusi 0-5 Jinja City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 2-3 Avenida Leal

There's a saying in Farolera: "Técnico nuevo no pierde". Literally translated, it means that a manager never loses on their debút. Well, Mâ Âlâmëómë don't have a new manager, so they lost. Edmün Çídh celebrated neither of the goals he scored. It's safe to say at this point that Mâ Âlâmëómë are out of the reckoning for the title. Furthermore, things are not looking good for their hopes of CL qualification.

One remarkable fact about Istria City's run up until this point had been that they hadn't used La Querida for stat-padding. Well, now they have. Dí Maozöxê and René Skaé, who're the Farf teams in hot pursuit of them, drew in a very exciting match that saw Tulaki Rauogba steal all the headlines with a brace in the dying minutes. Before that, a well-rested Xíxì Êns had been the difference, scoring one and assisting Mensdóttir and Bren. Mark Grayson keeps his job for another week, this time around somewhat deservedly. God knows what would've happened if they'd lost to Umbazi. Kitara continue their dreadful form, this time around drawing with Lakiska.

Mynda Electra got surprised by Rülândéá Kôstä at home, with the Rulandese side firing on all cilinders. At its best, this is a team that could be challenging for the title, but they are too inconsistent. This is best exemplified by Baraxil Muhaburu, one of their best players on a good day. In this match, he utterly dominated the opposition, grabbing himself an unlikely hat trick as a midfielder. Where's this version of him until now? Jinja City, much like Rülândéá Kôstä, showed what they are, according to experts, actually made off, by battering Ausharmuj Marusi mercilessly in Ferdullaele. Avenida Leal turned around a two-goal deficit at half time thanks to goals by Krysia Bailey, Nevaeh Cathar and... Rogerio Deigueroa? Isn't he the goalkeeper? How did he score?

MATCHDAY 19
Herzegovina City FC 1-3 Dí Maozöxê
Mâ Âlâmëómë 9-0 La Querida
René Skaé 1-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Istria City FC 4-1 Lakiska SC
Hoima Warriors 1-0 Avenida Principal
Kitara AA 2-1 Mynda Electra
La Nueva Avenida 5-2 Lâ Lüs
Rülândéá Kôstä 8-4 Ausharmuj Marusi
Busukuma AC 1-3 Busembe Timberwolves
Jinja City FC 1-2 Avenida Leal
AOCL Second Round 2nd Leg
1510 Plinth (DOG) 2-1 Hoima Warriors (BNJ) (1510 Plinth advances 3-1 on aggregate, Hoima Warriors are eliminated from the AOCL)
Istria City FC (BNJ) 0-2 Schemerdrecht SVV (KOR) (Schemerdrecht SVV advances 2-0 on aggregate, Istria City are eliminated from the AOCL)
Balliuna FC (NWK) 1-2 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) (Rülândéá Kôstä advances 6-3 on aggregate to the Quarterfinals of the AOCL)

Herzegovina City see their resurgence prematurely grind to a halt as they are soundly beaten by Dí Maozöxê at home. An early goal from Edmün Çídh—which saw him raise the finger towards the Dí Maozöxê fans in celebration—was not enough to stop the lôs Rébélés' onslaught. Têrçêr Ànáxímane equalized after unexpectedly dribbling past three players. After that, a brilliant performance from Henrik Martin saw him set up Xíxì Êns twice, the Rulandese striker having no excuse to miss either of the chances to provided to him by the Siovanijan. Overall, a deserved win for Dí Maozöxê.

Mâ Âlâmëómë finally faced La Querida, and the game ended predictably. However, most remarkably, Latona Basilisk scored zero of the nine goals. It's been over a month since her last goal, and fans must surely be starting to worry. Her form has dropped very abruptly. René Skaé faced La Querida lite in the form of Umbazi Metropolitan and... failed to win. They've dropped to seventh, and it's safe to say things are not looking good for their earlier title hopes.

Istria City continue to look terrifying, this time putting four past Lakiska's defense, which was extra defensive for this particular match. Elsewhere, Hoima Warriors won! This time around, they played... badly, still. The good news is it was not Gitonga Kahara carrying them to victory this time: Eren Knox scored the winner with a well-timed header. Avenida Principal have now gone scoreless for five games in a row. A Thanh Hoàng hat trick gave La Nueva Avenida the win against Lâ Lüs, who were actually quite lucky to score twice, Nufro de Urueña probably wondering how he could have such a big ass, which is incidentally a Faroleran expression for being lucky.

Rülândéá Kôstä continued their brilliant run of form, this time putting 8 past Ausharmuj Marusi. They may have been fragile defensively, but Röémün Çídh up front was absolutely deadly. Muhaburu and Kang from afar were also very dangerous, scoring one early goal each. Overall, the Ferdullaelans team had a very bad time. Except for Pmoifue Jopar and Joe Green, maybe. They scored two each. Busukuma lost at home to the Timberwolves, who have apparently decided to not stop overperforming. Þórhallursson's hat trick made him steal all the headlines. It was a perfect hat-trick at that: a right-footed curled shot to the far post, a left-footed tap-in and a great header. Finally, after a slow start to the season, Avenida Leal managed to come out of nowhere to end up third mid-season after a win against Jinja City. They've been very unconvincing, but Rogerio Defigueroa in goal, Krysia Bailey on the right flank, Travis Grimaldi in center midfield and the front three of José Córdova, Marcus Young and Nevaeh Cathar has been consistently getting them points lately.

The AOCL brought bad news to S-FPL teams, with the Warriors going out to a team from Dogsmouth, losing both games in the process. Istria City also dropped the ball, losing at home against a much more respectable Schemerdrecht side. Nonetheless, fans will be disappointed to see their title defense finish like this, when a home win would've been enough to advance. Rülândéá Kôstä had no troubles advancing, however, so it was not a completely tragic day for the league.

S-FPL Table through 19 Matchdays

----Image Team                         P   W  D   L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image Istria City FC 19 15 0 4 77 23 +54 45
2 Image Dí Maozöxê 19 13 2 4 53 26 +27 41
3 Image Avenida Leal 19 11 3 5 31 27 +4 36
4 Image La Nueva Avenida 19 10 5 4 50 20 +30 35
5 Image Busembe Timberwolves 19 11 2 6 54 44 +10 35
6 Image Herzegovina City FC 19 10 4 5 53 27 +26 34
7 Image René Skaé 19 10 4 5 53 29 +24 34
8 Image Busukuma AC 19 10 2 7 34 25 +9 32
9 Image Jinja City FC 19 9 3 7 38 25 +13 30
10 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 19 9 2 8 44 26 +18 29
11 Image Kitara AA 19 8 5 6 29 30 -1 29
12 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 19 8 2 9 48 40 +8 26
13 Image Lâ Lüs 19 7 5 7 32 48 -16 26
14 Image Mynda Electra 19 6 4 9 36 48 -12 22
15 Image Avenida Principal 19 6 4 9 26 47 -21 22
16 Image Hoima Warriors 19 6 3 10 23 37 -14 21
17 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 19 6 3 10 34 52 -18 21
18 Image Lakiska SC 19 3 2 14 17 37 -20 11
19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 19 2 4 13 16 49 -33 10
20 Image La Querida 19 0 1 18 9 97 -88 1


Handicapping the title race- what clubs are in contention to take home the trophy?

We're at the halfway point through the season. Every club has played each other exactly once. While we don't know what the final table will look like, we have seen enough to see who's good, who's bad, who needs a change, and who is a contender for silverware, while we have also seen who has to eye the red zone with caution. Let's take a look at the top 5. Any of those could win the title, right? Herzegovina City and René Skaé are right behind fifth place, yes, but neither have shown the consistency required to close an 11-point gap between them. Maybe they'll become contenders later on. But for now, we know our contenders.

#1 Istria City FC: current league leaders

This is the first of a pair of co-favorites to really compete and win the title. Some may say in this league, at this point at least, there are two true title contenders. One is Istria City FC. The club that emphasizes culture maybe to a possibly unhealthy extent. Say what you like about them, but their success this season has been undeniable so far. They've scored 77 goals over 19 games, which means they're scoring at an unbelievable rate of over four goals per match. When you consider that their rebuilt back line is only conceding 1.21 goals per game, in a league with this much fire power, there's no complaints about their space in the table.

Their goalscoring output is not a surprise. Their early showing in this league so far shows that their offense is truly legit. Murray Hunnisett, a fixture on the Galacticos longlist, helps orchestrate. Halim has stepped up in the central midfield, taking the place of longtime central midfield maestro Ablie Kah, the now retired player who scored both in the World Cup 86 semifinal and the AOCL XXXV Final. But it's the rebuilt defense that takes them from "brilliant attackers" to title contenders. Xe Xuang and Aries Kohler are both new foreign signings, and have adjusted well so far to the high intensity attacking deployed by so many teams in this league.

There's a long season left in front of them, however. They don't have the on paper talent you'd think you'd want from a true championship contenders. They were exposed when they lost at home to their archrivals, Herzegovina City. Brian Emerson's squad thoroughly dominated the league leaders on their home field during the battle of the Cosumarite managers. They've got to have those individual performances to sustain them throughout the grind of a 38 game season. Can Torvald Royle step up in the front? What about Jermaine Poole, is he slowing down? It's one of Alvin Burnsides best coaching jobs yet to get them to this point, but there's a long half season left. Nonetheless, their main challengers do not have the big names some other teams have, so one has to consider them the favorites. Besides, just look again at their goal difference.

#2 Dí Maozöxê: the challengers

Just four points behind them is Dí Maozöxê. The embodiment of the "us against the world" mentality. The club with Xíxì Êns, the greatest player in Farf history, and one of the greatest players in world history if you ask any Farf. They started off a bit more slowly, but seem to be rounding into form at this moment. Over the course of their last 10 matches, they've won 8 games, drawn one, and only lost once, which was on Matchday 9 at home to their archrivals, Mâ Âlâmëómë. They've got a good thing going right now and are storming their way up the table.

They certainly have the talent to win at this level. You've got a player who can single-handedly change games, even at his advanced age, in the aformentioned Êns. However, just one key player is not enough—just ask Hoima Warriors. Besides Xíxì, they've got a manager who embodies the ethos of the club unlike anyone else. All sorts of brashness and confidence, and you see it in their playing style. They like taking risks, and they've got the players to make those risks pay off more often than not. Henrik Martin has been a particularly welcome surprise, the Siovanijan being, at the moment, one of the most in-form midfielders in the league. On the wings, Lana Mensdóttir and Keaton Durbridge have made the most out of Xíxì Êns' playmaking abilities, and the defense features players like Íüé Tgô, Demba Kinteh, Ali Faruq and Têrçêr Ànáxímane, who've all been greta so far. With their present form, they're going to continue closing the gap in what certainly looks like a two horse race atop the league. Can the former Galactico Xíxì Êns put them over the top and make this team the inaugural league champions, therefore cementing his place as Dí Maozöxê legend?

#3 The Paper Tigers: Avenida Leal, La Nueva Avenida, Busembe Timberwolves

This next batch of teams are all well overperforming expectations. Let's go through them, shall we? First, let's take a look at the Busembe Timberwolves. A team that likes to get forward, but they don't necessarily have the talent to compete for a title at this time. But yet, here the Timberwolves are, sitting in fifth place. Bøb Übermanager, the man in charge, unsurprisingly is not surpised. "We're just getting started." He said. "Wait for the second half of the season—we're going to start flying high." They've got great pieces up top, with Kiggwe Basamula feeding Jason Þórhallursson for one of the league's deadliest combinations.

They are not Ercetin to Xilit-Yaxac, though. With 44 goals conceded, they've got the worst defense of any team currently in the top 12, and they find themselves sitting in fifth place. It's unsustainable. No offense to them, but Amadi Uche, even with his World Cup accolades, is old. Madhav Oojam has always been overrated. Nicolas is too young in the back. They don't have a back line, and Übermanager has no interest in fixing it. They're an anomaly statistically, and it'd take a miracle for them to claw their way back into the title race.

Next, let's take a look at one of the two Avenida clubs who have been overperforming. It's been a good time to be in Victoria Lago right now, as Avenida Leal is presently slotted into a Champions' League slot. Avenida Leal only has a goal differential of +4, and they are in third place. How is that possible? Out of the teams in the top two thirds of the league, in the top 14 places, they have scored the second fewest goals at 31. The only team who has scored less? Kitara AA, at 29. And completely unrelated—who is the first team this year to fire their manager? Oh yea, that would be Kitara AA (even if it should've been Hoima). And also completely unrelated—who is the only team to concede points to La Querida this year? Oh yeah, that would be Kitara AA.

So, statistically, you can see how they are overperforming. How is this happening? Well, their games seem to be mostly either close affairs or big time losses. Even against La Querida, they couldn't engage in the stat padding everybody else has been engaging in. La Querida has allowed an average of over 5 goals per game, with 97 goals conceded at this point. They conceded just two to Avenida Leal (although scored 0). They lost 5-0 when they went head to head against Istria City. They lost 4-1 to Rülândéá Kôstä. They've lost 4-0 to Mâ Âlâmëómë. And they lost 5-0 to Dí Maozöxê. It's true that they've got a bunch of good wins against lesser teams. It's also true that, after earning just one point after their first four matches, they did a great job to work their way up the table since then. But you cannot deny—when they play the best of the best, they get blown off the pitch. Those struggles will prevent them from really working their way up the table to win a title. Hell, a Champions' League spot might seem a tad too enthusiastic of an objective, too.

And lastly, we've got La Nueva Avenida. Also in a Champions' League place. Statistically, they're doing great. 50 goals for, only 20 against. With 20 goals conceded, they've got the best defense in the league at the halfway point. Even in a free flowing league like this one, they are a tough team to score upon. Now, they've got all the talent in the world on this squad. With players like Ugós Oroso and Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng up top, they are certainly capable of doing damage.

Why do we call them a paper tiger? They aren't like Busembe or their aforementioned Avenida rivals—they aren't radically overperforming statistically. But they are in an odd place: a Farf title challenge that is reliant on defense. It doesn't fit who they play. It doesn't match who they are. They've got the capability of remaining the league's best defense throughout the whole season. But in a league like this one, would you really want to bet on a Farf team with the strongest defense in the league, but only the sixth strongest offense? We didn't think so.

It's a two-horse race at this point. It will surely be entertaining between Istria City and Dí Maozöxê as they race towards the finish line.

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-Season 1-

IFCF Group Stages



BUSUKUMA, NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION, BANIJA—What about what's happening in the wide world of international competition? Hoima's in the Champions League group stages, while this league has four more teams competing in the group stages of the IFCF Challenger's Cup. What's happening there?

1. Hoima Warriors
IFCF Champions League Group D
Matchday 1
Hoima Warriors 0-2 Shamrock Cathair (AUD)
Matchday 2
Schemerdrecht SVV (KOR) 4-3 Hoima Warriors
Matchday 3
AFC Treason (NPH) 2-1 Hoima Warriors
Matchday 4
Hoima Warriors 3-2 Schemerdrecht SVV
Matchday 5
Shamrock Cathair (AUD) 2-2 Hoima Warriors
Matchday 6
Hoima Warriors 3-4 AFC Treason (NPH)
Hoima Warriors finish with 4 points and in last place in the group, are eliminated from IFCF competition


The Hoima Warriors have been struggling domestically this season. After winning the BSL title last season on the wings of Gitonga Kahara's return to Banija, this is not how they would have wanted their first season in the S-FPL to turn out. A second round elimination from the AOCL, nobody's mentioning them in the same breath of title contenders, and the league's two Moravica sides, Istria City and Herzegovina City, have long since passed this team in the standings.

Mark Grayson wanted to use the Champions' League to distract from their domestic struggles. But while they are two different competitions, it was a rude discovery for them. If you're underperforming and inconsistent on the home front, the chances of you being able to put together the type of consistency to regularly win IFCF matches range from slim to none. And that's exactly what happened here: the Warriors won 2 games out of 6, and the S-FPL's only team in the Champions' League finished dead last in their group with just six points, being unceremoniously dumped out of IFCF competition. Three teams in their group finished with 10 points. One finished with 4, and that was Hoima.

It did not take a long time to realize that the Warriors were outmatched and outgunned in this group. While they had close games, they lost to each team once in their opening 3 group stage games, essentially dooming their campaign to make the knockout stages just as it got off the ground. By the time they were able to earn a win in this group, on Matchday 4 against Schemerdrecht SVV of Ko-oren by a score of 3-2, it was too little, too late. The team is falling at home, and that was reflected abroad. What's most unfortunate? While this CL campaign is a failure, what hurts the most is knowing that it will probably be a while before they return as they look to get younger and rebuild in a few important positions.

2. Rülândeá Kôstä
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group C
Matchday 1
Istria City FC (BNJ) 1-2 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)
Matchday 2
Northern Stallions (BRE) 2-4 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)
Matchday 3
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 1-2 Baskita FC (PAS)
Matchday 4
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 0-0 Northern Stallions (BRE)
Matchday 5
Baskita FC (PAS) 3-4 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)
Matchday 6
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 2-0 Istria City FC (BNJ)
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) win Group C with 13 points and advance to the Challenger's Cup Round of 32.


Rülândéá Kôstä, the defending champions of Farfadillis. Paired in a group with the defending AOCL champions Istria City FC, as well as Baskita FC of Pasarga, and the Northern Stallions of Brenecia. A stacked group—a group of death, one might call it. But that would not deter Rülândeá Kôstä, as they were determined to turn their lone FFL title into durable, international success.

Look at how this team started their campaign. They went to Kabonero III Field on Matchday 1 to take on fellow S-FPL team Istria City. Istria City would take an early 1-0 lead against the defending Farfadillis champions, and hold onto it desperately. Rülândéá Kôstä tried to get forward, but they could not figure out the defense of Alvin Burnsides. But they did eventually—Baraxil Muhaburu, the Astograth international, leveled the score at one goal apiece in the 83rd minute, and everyone could feel they'd get another good opportunity. They did not waste it, as Röémün Çídh netted home a winner in the 87th minute.

Rülândéá Kôstä took six points off of possible six off of the Banijans, and took four from the Northern Stallions, defeating the Brenecian side 4-2 at home on Matchday 2, and then battling to a 0-0 draw in Brenecia on Matchday 4. The only team they lost to was Baskita FC of Pasarga, when the Farf side fell 2-1 at home to the Pasargan club. But that was cancelled out, when tâ Kôstä won a barnstormer of a match, 4-3, on Matchday 5. Down 3-2 going into second half stoppage time, Erin Kang of Quebec scored an equalizer, with Wilsêkïl Lâlâw scoring the winner a minute later. Some scenes in Pasarga after that one. But Rülândéá Kôstä are deserved group winners, and look to make a run in this tournament.

3. Istria City FC

IFCF Challenger's Cup Group C
Matchday 1
Istria City FC (BNJ) 1-2 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)
Matchday 2
Istria City FC 2-2 Baskita FC (PAS)
Matchday 3
Northern Stallions (BRE) 1-2 Istria City FC
Matchday 4
Baskita FC (PAS) 1-1 Istria City FC
Matchday 5
Istria City FC 2-4 Northern Stallions (BRE)
Matchday 6
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 2-0 Istria City FC (BNJ)
Istria City FC finishes with 5 points and in last place in Group C, and are eliminated from IFCF competition.


And now, for the defending champions of the AOCL—and the S-FPL league leaders! This season's AOCL did not go as well for Istria City FC. They did get a bye to the second round, yes, which obviously was nice. However, they promptly fell out, earning a 0-0 draw in Ko-oren but falling in the return leg, a 2-0 loss to Schemerdrecht SVV of Ko-oren. A rough elimination, no matter how you look at it.

But the Challenger's Cup! They were drawn into a group with S-FPL league mates Rülândéá Kôstä, the defending champions of Farfadillis. We've already written about how their two matches with Rülândéá Kôstá went. Both losses, both hard losses. But how did the rest of their campaign go? On Matchday 2, they took on Baskita FC at home. It was the Pasargan side that would take an early lead, with a pair of goals in the opening 15 minutes. But Istria City was not phased. They believe in success in multiple competitions, and they tried to prove that they could do it. Kate Huitema-Omeasoo cut the deficit to 2-1, and then it would be Servet Ornet coming off the bench, for Torvald Royle, to equalize in the 58th. They could not find a winner, however, and earned just one point. There was nothing to separate these teams in the return leg either, on Matchday 4. On that day, an early goal from Jermaine Poole was cancelled out by Euran international Jake Newton, and the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw.

So 0 points against Rülândéá Kôstä, two points against Baskita FC. What about their matches with the Northern Stallions, of Brenecia. Their first game with the Northern Stallions was on Matchday 3, in Brenecia. The Banijan team finally showed what they are made out of in this competition, as they battled to a 4-2 win. The offense was on fire, with Kate Huitema-Omeasoo having a brace to emphatically get this win and get their campaign off the ground. However, they could not sustain that success. On Matchday 5, things did not go well for them, as the Northern Stallions ran all over the place to get a 4-2 victory in Banija's Olympic city. Banijan international Cyper Corr scored once and assisted once for the Northern Stallions as they ran riot.

A disappointing campaign for them: 5 points, and in last place in Group C, earning elimination from the Challenger's Cup. Not how they wanted this season to go.

4. René Skaé
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group D
Matchday 1
René Skaé 1-2 Rammsissil (VIL)
Matchday 2
Kionao Locals (TUR) 0-3 René Skaé
Matchday 3
Manclester United (GTI) 3-1 René Skaé
Matchday 4
René Skaé 5-2 Kionao Locals (TUR)
Matchday 5
René Skaé 0-1 Manclester United (GTI)
Matchday 6
Rammsissil (VIL) 0-2 René Skaé
René Skaé finishes with 9 points and in second place in Group D, advances to the ChC Round of 32.


René Skaé went into their Challenger's Cup group stage campaign with a bit of confidence. Many around the club felt that they were capable of having a strong campaign there, even if their S-FPL title challenge wasn't exactly going as planned. Use successful play in this competition to start to bring better form to the league? We'll see.

Their opening day opponent was at home, and it would be Rammsissil of Vilita. A team from a tough-as-nails league, they were always going to be a challenge, even if the Colonels were playing at home. That would remain true on this matchday. While the Farf player Lajos Éwanjé-Épée scored to make it 1-0 early on, Rammsissil was able to truly apply the pressure, and score twice in the second half to beat René Skaé by a score of 2 goals to 1. René Skaé's second group stage match would be against a team from the same league: the Kionao Locals of Turori. This time, René Skaé was fully prepared, as excellent performances all around saw them earn a 3-0 victory. Anwar Dawit, Tulaki Rauogba and Elemér Miross-Lezocz were the goalscorers on the day for the visiting Szoirsian side.

They stayed away from home for Matchday 3, when they took on Manclester United. A team that many assumed would finish last in the group, they launched a surprise and beat René Skaé by a score of 3-1. Did they underestimate their opponents? It's possible. Manclester United is from a small nation, the Gothanita Isles. It's a shocking result. But it is one that would not rattle René Skaé. On Matchday 4, they played host to the Kionao Locals, and for the second time in three games, René Skaé had a dominating performance against the Turori side. This time, les Ezrenels put five goals past the opposing goalkeeper, as they won by a score of 5-2. That game was highlighted by a bicycle kick from Elemér Miross-Lezocz.

René Skaé is a young team, however. And with youth comes inconsistency. Manclester United was the opponent again. Don't underestimate them again, right? Well, René Skaé didn't underestimate them, but lost anyways. Maybe a tad unfortunate: René Skaé had 7 shots on target to Manclester United's lone shot. But a disastrous error in net by Berény Phelede, where what looked like an easy catch went straight through his hands, was enough for Manclester United to sit back and suffocate the René Skaé attack. That left everything to play for on Matchday 6 for this Rene Skae. And with all of the pressure on them in Vilita, they came through. A 43rd minute goal from Siovanijan wingback Darijen Vesele opened the scoring in Vilita, and Lőrensz Ziczi put the game to bed in the 76th minute. A 2-0 victory was enough to give René Skaé 2nd place in the group, and put them into the Challenger's Cup knockout stages.

5. Herzegovina City FC
IFCF Challenger's Cup Group H
Matchday 1
VLC FC (EFL) 0-0 Herzegovina City
Matchday 2
Herzegovina City 3-1 Eendracht Garifunya (GAR)
Matchday 3
Herzegovina City 3-3 Lumineers (QGP)
Matchday 4
Herzegovina City 0-1 VLC FC (EFL)
Matchday 5
Lumineers (QGP) 2-0 Herzegovina City
Matchday 6
Eendracht Garifunya (GAR) 1-1 Herzegovina City
Herzegovina City finishes with 6 points and in last place in Group H, is eliminated from IFCF competition


Herzegovina City FC. The team with the most IFCF success out of any Banijan club, got into a group that many thought they could get out of. Istria City FC was in a group that many considered a group of death, although they were in good form. The Hoima Warriors have been in horrific form, and therefore, their last place finish was not unexpected. Herzegovina City fans thought they could win this group, or at least finish top two behind VLC FC.

But they were wrong on that count. They opened group play with a pair of positive results. VLC FC, of Eastfield Lodge, were the clear favorites to win this group, and the two teams battled it out to a 0-0 draw in Eastfield Lodge to open group play. Francois Tantoh stood tall in front of goal, preventing the home side from truly gaining a foothold. The Trumpeteers then had their home opener of the campaign go well, as they earned a 3-1 win over the overmatched Eendracht Garifunya side. Matchday 3 was also at home. It was a great game against the Lumineers, at least for 60 minutes. Herzegovina City had burst out to a 3-0 lead, and many thought they'd take it home quickly and cleanly, earning 7 points from their first 9 possible. That was not going to happen. A brutal second half collapse saw the Lumineers score 3 times in the final 30 minutes, and earn a 3-3 draw.

That was a death blow for this Herzegovina City side. They played a third consecutive home game, against VLC FC. Herzegovina City didn't play with much confidence in the return leg against VLC FC, and the game turned on a 43rd minute penalty. A handball by Brymora led to a VLC FC penalty, that they buried. 1-0 to them, which was the final. The Lumineers, who had the stunning comeback at Star Field against Herzegovina City not that long ago, dropped the Banijan team by a score of 2-0. An own goal by Kabiru Sowe was disastrous, and when they doubled their lead a few minutes later Herzegovina City was buried.

A promising start had turned into a nightmare of a campaign. Herzegovina City could not fully turn things around against Eendracht Garifunya. Both teams traded goals in the first half, to go into the break level at one goal a piece. Herzegovina City did everything they could to win the game, but they could not get all three points. Meghan Walcott drove a penalty straight into the post in the second half, and that just about summed up their Challenger's Cup campaign. Three Banijan clubs made the group stages of the primary IFCF competitions: Istria City and Herzegovina City in the Challenger's Cup, with Hoima in the Champions' League. All three finished dead last in their groups. Nothing short of disastrous. And those losses have assured that the RBSA's rank will drop low enough to no longer put teams automatically in the group stage of either competition.

Combine that with early exits from the AOCL, it's been a brutal international club competition campaign for Banija's clubs, although the Farf clubs are indeed thriving by comparison, with them putting two clubs in the Challenger's Cup knockout stages.
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MATCHDAY 20
La Querida 0-10 Herzegovina City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0-1 Dí Maozöxê
Lakiska SC 0-0 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Avenida Principal 1-0 René Skaé
Mynda Electra 0-4 Istria City FC
Lâ Lüs 4-1 Hoima Warriors
Ausharmuj Marusi 0-3 Kitara AA
Busembe Timberwolves 4-4 La Nueva Avenida
Avenida Leal 1-3 Rülândéá Kôstä
Jinja City FC 1-1 Busukuma AC
IFCF Challenger's Cup Round of 32 First Leg

Revolutionaries (EUR) 1-2 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)
René Skaé (FFD) 4-2 MTK Kingsville (DAR)

Meghan Walcott sets the record for most goals scored in a match in the admittedly not long history of the S-FPL: six goals. It shouldn't count. Dí Maozöxê get bailed out by a curled shot from the edge of the box from Xíxì Êns. The Rulandese team failed to show anything close to their best version: Umbazi Metropolitan is the worst Banijan team in the league, and having trouble beating them is never a good sign. Speaking of bad signs, Mâ Âlâmëómë failed to score against Lakiska, star signing Latona Basilisk uncharacteristically missing three clear-cut chances in the process. Nobody quite knows what has gotten into her, but the fans will be hoping it gets out of her soon. Avenida Principal's Leandro Martelli pulled off a beautiful volley to beat René Skaé.

Istria City smashed Mynda Electra, away from home at that. There's hardly anything we can say that you haven't heard already: they're trying to win the league, and they look very likely to pull it off. The terrorist scum over there at Ômên managed to thrash the Warriors despite the three casualties they suffered during their siege of northern Ruland mid-week.

The Timberwolves and La Nueva Avenida engaged in a very exciting match, in which both teams threw defense out the window. Thanh Hoàng was the man of the match, his great individual run to tie the game in the dying minutes likely to be nominated goal of the season.

In the Challenger's Cup, both Farf clubs pulled off great results. René Skaé got a healthy two-goal lead at home, with Darjien Vesele scoring an unlikely hat-trick as rightback. The shock of the day came from Rülândéá Kôstä, who downed Euran giants Revolutionaries thanks to a brace from Röémün Çídh. The Rulandese side were dominant throughout the match, owing to their great midfield playing particularly well on the day.

MATCHDAY 21
Herzegovina City FC 5-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
La Querida 0-4 Lakiska SC
Dí Maozöxê 2-2 Avenida Principal
Mâ Âlâmëómë 3-5 Mynda Electra
René Skaé 3-1 Lâ Lüs
Istria City FC 4-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
Hoima Warriors 1-1 Busembe Timberwolves
Kitara AA 4-1 Avenida Leal
La Nueva Avenida 4-1 Jinja City FC
Rülândéá Kôstä 1-1 Busukuma AC
IFCF Challenger's Cup Round of 32 Second Leg

Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 1-0 Revolutionaries (EUR) (Rülândéá Kôstä advanced 3-1 on aggregate to the ChC Round of 16)
MTK Kingsville (DAR) 1-2 René Skaé (FFD) (René Skaé advances 6-3 on aggregate to the ChC Round of 16)

Lakiska managed to score four goals away from home: not even they can believe it. Herzegovina City easily dispatched of Umbazi Metropolitan. No big news in either match. Dí Maozöxê tying with Avenida Principal at home, though? That one is a bit of a shocker. Lemuel Bereket was fantastic in goal, and the centerback pair David Xeniadis and Ezequiel Zayas seemed particularly inspired on the day. They pocketed Xíxì Êns throughout the match, with lôs Rébélés only managing to break through when Henrik Martin dared venture forward. Just a few hours later, Mâ Âlâmëómë played in the same stadium. Blaming their rivals for the state of the pitch, lôs Vhêrdês—still managerless—went down against Mynda Electra. Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí and Alarabi Labeaga seem to be, at the moment, the only players who have properly adapted to having no manager. This makes sense, as they are supposed to be the least disciplined players in the squad.

Istria City tore apart Ausharmuj Marusi though, perhaps worryingly, they actually looked somewhat ineffective in attack, missing many chances. A worrying sign for sure for la Sindica, as they were nonetheless thrashed, 4-0. La Nueva Avenida thrashed Jinja City 4-1. This time around, Ÿya Tuuvyr ran the show in midfield. The Mrii midfielder is coming into their own. Their playmaking has been particularly sharp. Up front, the traditional Oroso-Thanh Hoàng duo was as perilous as ever-

In the AOCL, a lone goal from Röémün Çídh was enough to see Rülândéá Kôstä through to the next round. The fans are ecstatic: one year ago, it would've been hard for them to imagine themselves doing this well internationally, yet here they are. René Skaé also took care of business, with the 6-3 aggregate being fair, although arguably too generous.

MATCHDAY 22
Lakiska SC 0-3 Herzegovina City FC
Avenida Principal 0-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Mynda Electra 2-1 La Querida
Lâ Lüs 1-4 Dí Maozöxê
Ausharmuj Marusi 1-5 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Busembe Timberwolves 0-7 René Skaé
Avenida Leal 1-0 Istria City FC
Jinja City FC 1-4 Hoima Warriors
Busukuma AC 0-2 Kitara AA
Rülândéá Kôstä 2-4 La Nueva Avenida

Herzegovina City thrashing Lakiska may not be news. What is news is that the Flamingos got a point away from home against Avenida Principal. Lakiska are still a few points ahead of them, but they really can't afford to slip up too much. Getting relegated instead of this Umbazi squad would be a big stain on Busogan football as a whole. Mynda Electra, meanwhile, should probably get relegated on the basis of having had so much trouble to beat La Querida at home, with a late goal from Abbas Guiss after a blooper from Marc Cotoneaster very much needed to secure the three points.

Dí Maozöxê looked dangerous, making the most out of Lâ Lüs' one-man disadvantage, product of a lot of the team being in the frontlines of the "revolutionary" war. Xíxì Êns, Keaton Durbridge and Lana Mensdóttir ran riot, and the game could've very well finished 10-1 with some better finishing. Mâ Âlâmëómë found some measure of relief in a sound thrashing of Ausharmuj Marusi. Remarkably, Latona Basilisk continues to play poorly, even though the rest of the team played considerably well this time. The biggest news of the day, though, was René Skaé's thrashing of the Timberwolves. They'd been overperforming up until the halfway point, but it's hard not to wonder if they've hit their ceiling. René Skaé looked like they were in a completely different league from theirs. In particular, their defense had no answer for the marauding runs of Camille Auguste and, more importantly, Darijen Vesele. The result was predictable: a hat-trick from Miross-Lezocz; all three goals were headers. They also had now answer for Rauogba, Dawit or even Éwanjé-Épée.

Another remarkable result was Avenida Leal getting all three points against Istria City, a result that had to be hard-earned. The players run themselves into the ground. It looked like if the game had gone on for five more minutes, Istria City might even have won. Alas, it did not happen, and Marcus Young's header was enough to beat the favorites for the title. Needless to say, but this is great new for Dí Maozöxê. Busukuma look anything but certain of qualifying for the Challenger's Cup, specially after this home loss against Kitara. Vardalos seems still unable to find a working midfield, and seems to insist on rotating players (and changing tactics), for the most part fruitlessly. As soon as she finds an apparently winning formula, it stops working the following match.

Finally, La Nueva Avenida continued their fantastic form, this time having no trouble beating a seemingly-recovered Rülândéá Kôstä on the road. Kaia Larriet-Cortes was the player of the match, even scoring her first goal for the team wtih a beautiful long-range effort which grazed the crossbar. We're gonna sound like a broken record, but Ugós Oroso and Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng are a fearsome duo, as they've been showing match after match.

MATCHDAY 23
Herzegovina City FC 7-1 Avenida Principal
Lakiska SC 0-1 Mynda Electra
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-4 Lâ Lüs
La Querida 2-8 Ausharmuj Marusi
Dí Maozöxê 10-2 Busembe Timberwolves
Mâ Âlâmëómë 3-3 Avenida Leal
René Skaé 3-1 Jinja City FC
Istria City FC 1-1 Busukuma AC
Hoima Warriors 0-1 Rülândéá Kôstä
Kitara AA 0-5 La Nueva Avenida
IFCF Challenger's Cup Round of 16 First Leg
Northern Union (BRE) 0-2 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)
Baskita FC (PAS) 0-1 René Skaé (FFD)

Herzegovina City have officially entered the title race, by the way. Their decisive win against Avenida Principal is the kind of performance that, if they keep up, will catapult them to first place eventually. Edmün Çídh, Meghan Walcott, Rosie Tyler.... Babaja Mboob. This team has a great attack. These four scored seven goals among them in this match. With a great defense to boot, it's hard to imagine they won't be challenging for the title from here on. There's a reason they were the favorites going into this season...

... However, the favorites now have to be Dí Maozöxê, who are only one point behind an Istria City side that appears to be fizzling out a bit. The Banijans failed to beat a struggling Busukuma side at home. It was ex-Dí Maozöxê player Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì that scored the equalizer for Vardalos' men. Overall, quite a solid performance. One that grants the Nepharan coach one more matchday at the helm, and presumably will help relent her developing cocaine habit. Anyway, back to lôs Rébélés: they destroyed the Timberwolves, 10-2. Yeah, yeah, "tend to" jokes were ubiquitous in Banija. Bøb Übermanager chalked the result up to "bad luck and an even worse referee", but the reality was much simpler: you don't play an inexperienced back three against Xíxì Êns.

In a clash of champions Rülândéá Kôstä once again bested the Warriors, this time around thanks to a great individual play from Sam Rohsanak, which ended with a tidy finish from Röémün Çídh. How is Grayson stll holding down this job?! Anyway: finally, La Nueva Avenida continue to look very dangerous. Their forwards are still on fire, their defense continues to look incredibly solid, and Kitara stood no chance against them. Discipline might prove a problem, though, as they saw three red cards throughout the match, exclusively for elbows to the face.

International football was generous for the Farf clubs this week, as both triumphed against very solid opposition. Rülândéá Kôstä can thank Baraxil Muhaburu and Sam Roshanak for their away win; they ran the show. René Skaé, on the other hand, can thank God Almighty cause they certainly did not deserve to come out of that one not three goals down, let alone with a win.

MATCHDAY 24
Mynda Electra 1-1 Herzegovina City FC
Lâ Lüs 3-0 Avenida Principal
Ausharmuj Marusi 4-1 Lakiska SC
Busembe Timberwolves 3-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Avenida Leal 6-0 La Querida
Jinja City FC 1-4 Dí Maozöxê
Busukuma AC 1-1 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Rülândéá Kôstä 1-1 René Skaé
La Nueva Avenida 0-0 Istria City FC

Kitara AA 5-2 Hoima Warriors
IFCF Challenger's Cup Round of 16 Second Leg
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 0-2 (1-2 AET) Northern Union (BRE) (Rülândéá Kôstä advanced 3-2 on aggregate (AET) to the ChC Quarterfinals)
René Skaé (FFD) 3-0 Baskita FC (PAS) (René Skaé advance 4-0 on aggregate to the ChC Quarterfinals)

... we might've announced the Trumpeteers as candidates a tad prematurely. A 1-1 draw with Mynda Electra is not going to cut it. The outstanding winners of today's matchday were, without a doubt, Dí Maozöxê. All of their direct rivals dropped points, while they had no trouble thrashing Jinja City away from home. Mensdóttir's hat-trick was followed by a boring as hell 0-0 draw between La Nueva Avenida and Istria City, the two teams that are now in hot pursuit of them (besides the aforementioned Trumpeteers). Mâ Âlâmëómë failed to beat one of the most uninspiring teams in the league in the form of Busukuma AC. Honestly, this weekend couldn't have gone better for the men in teal and blue.

There's honestly quite little to say about the rest of the matches. It might be worth mentioning that there were five hundred dead in the fan clashes following the draw between Rülândéá Kôstä and René Skaé, but this is only newsworthy to the Banijans. Still, the marked difference between the chants of Farf teams and the chants of Banijan teams never fails to entertain. Whereas many Banijan fans struggle to swear in their chants, Farf chants frequently include gloating about having killed fans of the opposing team, with some going as far as, say, acting out a conversation between a doctor and the dying fan's mother.

International football was once again generous to Farf teams this weekend. Whereas last week it was René Skaé that played badly while Rülândéá Kôstä did great, this week the roles were reversed. An Erin Kang header in extra time was what it took for the Rulandese to get to the next round, after suffering a surprising 2-0 loss at home, which can't be said to have been undeserved. They've knocked out Northern Union, nonetheless, so they must be dreaming of lifting the trophy now. René Skaé, for their part, knocked out another great team in Baskita FC. It's not quite Northern Union, but they did so in style: the Pasargans stood no chance as Darijen Vesele curled one in from the edge of the box, Tulaki Rauogba scored a second on the counter and Miross-Lezocs finished them off with a header off a corner.

Standings through 24 Matchdays

----Image Team                         P   W  D   L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image Dí Maozöxê 24 17 3 4 74 32 +42 54
2 Image Istria City FC 24 17 2 5 86 25 +61 53
3 Image Herzegovina City FC 24 14 5 5 79 30 +49 47
4 Image La Nueva Avenida 24 13 7 4 67 27 +40 46
5 Image René Skaé 24 13 5 6 67 33 +34 44
6 Image Avenida Leal 24 13 4 7 43 37 +6 43
7 Image Kitara AA 24 12 5 7 43 38 +5 41
8 Image Busembe Timberwolves 24 12 4 8 64 67 -3 40
9 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 24 11 4 9 52 33 +19 37
10 Image Busukuma AC 24 10 6 8 38 31 +7 36
11 Image Lâ Lüs 24 10 5 9 45 57 -12 35
12 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 24 9 5 10 60 50 +10 32
13 Image Mynda Electra 24 9 5 10 45 57 -12 32
14 Image Jinja City FC 24 9 4 11 43 41 +2 31
15 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 24 8 3 13 47 67 -20 27
16 Image Avenida Principal 24 7 6 11 30 59 -29 27
17 Image Hoima Warriors 24 7 4 13 31 49 -18 25
18 Image Lakiska SC 24 4 3 17 22 45 -23 15
19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 24 2 5 17 19 62 -43 11
20 Image La Querida 24 0 1 23 12 127 -115 1


Hot Seat Ranking

Here, we're going to do a hot seat ranking. Not all 20(well, 19) managers in the S-FPL. We're simply going to talk about the hottest seats. For the uninitiated, the hot seat, of course, is in reference to how unstable the manager's chair is. Alvin Burnsides at Istria City, of course, has a very cold seat. Same with Blâás Âgínsôgnó at Dí Maozöxê. But who's got the hottest seat?

Remember, two managers have been fired so far this year- Kiggwe Siakam at Kitara AA, and then Drì Kâíxìró at Mâ Âlâmëómë.

Without further ado!


4. Mark Grayson at Hoima

We'll be frank- if it wasn't for Mark Grayson's league title last year that brought Hoima so much joy, he'd have been canned a while ago. But there's only one word that can be used to describe what this season has been for the Warriors- disastrous. On all fronts, the team that was last seen winning the Banijan Soccer League has been an absolute mess. Being eliminated from the AOCL by a team from Dogsmouth. Remember, a Banijan club actually won the AOCL last time around. They got to the group stages of the Champions League automatically, but were unceremoniously dumped out, finishing in dead last in their group.

The league has been even worse. They sit in 17th place. While they are safe from the relegation battle between Lakiska SC and Umbazi Metropolitan SC, 17th place is straight up embarrassing. They're 11 points behind Busukuma AC, who sit in 10th and in the Final Challenger's Cup place. They lose on a consistent basis. Last season, their final in the BSL, they won 25 of 38 games. This year, in their first 24 games? They've won just 7 times. 13 losses is already more than they had all of last season. An overreliance on Gitonga Kahara and too much celebrations from their league title led to a failure to refresh and replenish this squad with young and stronger talent, underestimating the new challenges of a much tougher league. And this is the results- they suffer harshly for it.

It's hard to say what they'll do here. They have a ton of respect for Mark Grayson. His 11th season in Banija. When he came to the club, it was in a situation like they find themselves right now. Vastly underperforming, simply not good enough. But over the years, he stabilized them and brought good players into the club, and the fruits paid off last season. 11 seasons is longer than any foreign manager has spent in Banija, although his first four were for the Herzegovina Phoenix. They should fire him. If this club wants to be a big club, they need to act like one and demand excellence. But do they have the balls to pull it off? Only time will tell.

3. Mâ Âlâmëómë's empty chair

This is a team that came into the season with legitimate title hopes. And that's fair- they've got 14 FFL titles to their name, and an absolutely loaded roster, with players like Latona Basilisk(who for some reason can't hit the broad side of a barn right now), Fekati Abdi on the backline, and Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí one of the best midfielders in the league. But the transition from the FFL to the S-FPL did not go kindly for them- and Drì Kâíxìró, deservingly, got the axe after 17 games. The same weekend Kitara AA fired Kiggwe Siakam, Mâ Âlâmëómë fired their own manager.

They didn't go out and hire an interim manager however, like the Sisonke side did. This is why we call it the empty chair. The players have been running the show since his firing. Good ol' fashioned worker power- players coming up collectively with their own starting XI and such. And the results have been... Less than ideal. The bare minimum for them was the Champions League. Not only are they missing out on the Champions League- at this point, they're on track to miss out on the Challenger's Cup as well. And since they've fired their manager... Not much has changed.

They were in 12th at the halfway point. And they're in 12th place now. 1 win, 3 frustrating draws, and one loss. They've got high standards- we'll see how long it takes before they feel they need to hire a true interim manager to at least get them to IFCF football next year. It's not a situation that we think can last that long, and expect it to change.

2. Andrea Vardalos at Busukuma AC

There is a clear, if unofficial, mandate from Busukuma AC to Andrea Vardalos- either get into the Challenger's Cup, or she will be gone. Let's look at this. 7 seasons ago, in BSL Season 7, Busukuma AC won their first (and only) BSL title. Let's look at their finishes since. Season 8- 10th. Season 9- 10th. Out goes Ferran Rey(Juvencus), in comes Adam Jeffreys(Union of Quincy). Season 10- 11th. Out goes Adam Jeffreys, in comes Andrea Vardalos. Season 11- 6th. Season 12- 6th. Season 13- 10th. Income new owners. Vardalos probably should've been fired last year, but with so much backroom transition.

Many will say for plenty of Banijan clubs, last year's summer was the lost offseason. Plenty of clubs should've been more aggressive in the transfer market, but in the face of uncertainty stayed put, and are paying the price for it. It's much worse at, say, Hoima, but Busukuma AC isn't exactly in a good place themselves either. Right now, she's just barely doing the bare minimum, sitting exactly in 10th place. And hey, there's an outside chance Andrea Vardalos could get fired even if she found a way to the Challenger's Cup- barely qualifying for the Challenger's Cup isn't where a club of Busukuma AC's caliber should be anyways? All across AO, the biggest clubs in the national capitols are always among the best in their country. But that's certainly not true of Busukuma AC.

They want to do much more, ultimately, than finish top half of the table. The fact that it's been 6, and now after this one, 7 seasons since they've finished in the top 5 is utterly ridiculous. She'll almost certainly last the season(unless she takes a nosedive), but the chances of her coming back next year? I wouldn't put my hard earned money on it.

1. Winad-Lenpi Xlo at Lakiska SC

The Qusmyr manager, Winad-Lenpi Xlo, has been at Lakiska Sporting Club for forever. He came to the club midseason, so many years ago, to save the club from a disastrous campaign that was teetering towards relegation. And then, he's had a simple ask- avoid fears of relegation and become a firmly mid-table club. He did that, and gave himself greater job security. But it hasn't necessarily been his performances, but the situation around him that has put him in a bind.

Last season, with the rumors swirling around the S-FPL and Lakiska's argument to be included, he put together the best season in the BSL era of Banijan club football, with the team finishing in 5th place, ensuring that the football authorities could not deny Lakiska SC's claim to the inauguaral season of the Shango-Fogoa Premier League. But this year? It has certainly been a struggle. They are known for having one of the top defenses in Banija- but that is not true this year.

Their backline has been pedestrian. While they've got the 3rd worse attack, they've only got the 11th best defense- a recipe for disaster. They only find themselves four points ahead of an inept Umbazi side, and they are in full knowledge that their relegation would not only be bad for them- but disastrous for Busogan football as a whole. As one commentator said, "Busogan football is dead if we don't have any teams in the top flight." And that's true.

Winad-Lenpi, however liked, has to get them further out of the basement. He could get fired as soon as their next match- whatever it takes to continue to make space between themselves and Umbazi, and ensure another season in the top flight.

Honorable Mentions- La Querida and Umbazi Metropolitan SC

At this point, we can safely say that La Querida manager Porfirio Seijas won't be fired. Why? Because if he was going to be fired, he would've been fired already. This seen has been an absolute and utter disaster. Just take a look at the table. Only one point through 24 games. Conceding an average of over 5 goals per game(127 total), while scoring exactly 0.5 goals per game. This is not only far and away the worst team in the S-FPL- this might be the worst top-flight team in the entire Glorious Southwest(outside of Dogsmouth, of course).

Unlike most Farf fans, their fans are realistic. Everyone understood this would be a struggle- in fact, their fans have taken pride in costing Kiggwe Siakam his job. They'll be lucky to win a game this season.

And then, of course, for Jumu Ouattara at Umbazi Metropolitan SC. While they aren't entirely non-competitive like La Querida, they aren't having a great year either. Just 2 wins on the season. Only 19 goals scored. -43 goal differential. But they also lack the talent to truly compete in this league. It will take a miracle from Ouattara to keep the team in the top flight. While he's expected to continue next season, about the only thing that could cost him his job is a loss to La Querida. But that's impossible- right?

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MATCHDAY 25
Herzegovina City FC 4-1 Lâ Lüs
Mynda Electra 1-1 Ausharmuj Marusi
Avenida Principal 4-0 Busembe Timberwolves
Lakiska SC 4-3 Avenida Leal
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0-2 Jinja City FC
La Querida 1-1 Busukuma AC
Dí Maozöxê 8-4 Rülândéá Kôstä
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1-3 La Nueva Avenida
René Skaé 3-2 Kitara AA
Istria City FC 1-0 Hoima Warriors
AOCL Quarterfinals First Leg
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 1-0 1510 Plinth (DOG)

Herzegovina City FC got back to their winning ways on this matchday by dominating a shorthanded Lâ Lüs side by a score of 4 goals to 1. Part of their squad has run off to fight in a war, and with Herzegovina City going against the remnants, Brian Emerson was not going to waste his opportunity to grab three points and try to climb back into the title race. Meghan Walcott and Edmün Çídh each scored twice for the Banijan club. Meanwhile, an unsurprising draw between two bottom half clubs happened at Electra Stadium, where Mynda Electra and Ausharmuj Marusi each scored once.

A struggling Avenida Principal, ranked in the bottom quartile of the table, beat the stuffing out of the Busembe Timberwolves at home by a score of 4 to nothing. Did they peak in the first half under Bøb Übermanager? They probably did, as this was surely a disappointing loss in a road game where they expected to get three points. La Nueva Avenida, a local rival of Avenida Principal, continued their chase for a Champions' League berth by going to Mâ Âlâmëómë's and beating the managerless team 3-1. The third Avenida side, Avenida Leal, could not complete a perfect day for the Avenida sides. They went to Lakiska SC, and Winad-Lenpi Xlo, knowing his team was on the hot seat, was somehow able to get his players to score four goals against a team way above them in the table, and that was enough to earn three huge points to create further distance between Lakiska SC and Umbazi Metropolitan.

Towards the top of the table. Dí Maozöxê is now leading, and they would face the defending champions, Rülândéá Kôstä, at home. Rülândéá Kôstä was looking to have taken some momentum into this match, with a tight 1-0 win at home in the AOCL midweek. But Dí Maozöxê beat the stuffing out of them, with an 8-4 route that showed why they were top of the table. Besides Xíxì Êns (and, to a lesser degree, the other two of the front three), Henrik Martin continues to be an integral part of the line-up, netting himself a hat-trick in this match... mostly out of Pìgülôçô conceding three penalties and Xíxì Êns handing them to him. But still. While Istria City FC struggled at home against the Hoima Warriors, a last gasp penalty by veteran striker Torvald Royle ensured that Istria City kept pace, just one point behind Dí Maozöxê. Lastly, René Skaé took on the Kitara Athletic Association, and they did well by their Champions' League hopes with a 3-2 victory over the Sisonke side.

Finally, Busukuma took a gigantic hit to their IFCF aspirations by tying with La Querida. The Pacifistan club's goal came late on, as Anartz Salayeta scored a header. 12 out of La Querida's 17 goals have been Salayeta headers. Vardalos, not yet fired, was caught sniffing glue on-camera shortly after the Astograthian's goal.

MATCHDAY 26
Ausharmuj Marusi 1-6 Herzegovina City FC
Busembe Timberwolves 1-2 Lâ Lüs
Avenida Leal 2-2 Mynda Electra
Jinja City FC 3-4 Avenida Principal
Busukuma AC 1-0 Lakiska SC
Rülândéá Kôstä 2-2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
La Nueva Avenida 11-1 La Querida
Kitara AA 0-1 Dí Maozöxê
Hoima Warriors 0-2 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Istria City FC 2-2 René Skaé
AOCL Quarterfinals First Leg

1510 Plinth (DOG) 3-4 Rülândéá Kôstá (FFD) (Rülândéá Kôstä advance 5-3 on aggregate to the AOCL Semifinals)

First, to the Atlantian Oceania Champions' League. An absolute barnstormer of a match down in Dogsmouth, aka another nation that is within the Glorious Southwest. The first leg, last week, was 1-0 in favor of Rülândéá Kôstá in Farfadillis. It was a tight, very closed match. But this was the opposite. 1510 Plinth had already eliminated Hoima—could they eliminate Farfadillis' former champions as well? They would do their level best. In the first half an hour, 1510 Plinth played a very disciplined, counter-attacking style of football. Goals in the 15th and 30th minutes gave them a 2-0 lead on the day, and in the tie as well. A Sam Roshanak screamer just before the stroke of halftime, however, gave tâ Kôstä an away goal. 2-1 in favor of 1510 Plinth.

But early in the second half, the Dogsmouth team came out energetic in front of their home fans. They took the lead on aggregate once again, converting a penalty in the 52nd minute to take a 3-1 lead on the day, and a 3-2 lead on aggregate. Rülândéá Kôstä fans, naturally, were nervous. It'd be the Astograth international, Baraxil Muhaburu, who would take over. He fed Röémün Çídh, who leveled the game on aggregate in the 67th minute, but gave the Rulandese team an advantage due to away goals. Muhaburu would then go on to score a pair of goals himself, in the 72nd minute and 79th, to put this tie to bed. An incredibly entertaining fixture, but the stronger team deservedly won and moved on to the semifinals.

What about the league? Well, Herzegovina City is trying to show that they belong in the title conversation, earning another big win this week. This time, they went to Multisportivé Joan Roaré to crush la Sindica by a score of 6-1. They spread the wealth around—6 goalscorers on the day, with Mboob, Walcott, Çídh, Mullins, Tyler, and even Saikou Ndour getting the final goal off the bench. Nothing better than the Trumpeteers flying high, right? Elsewhere, Avenida Principal surprised observers by earning a second straight victory over a team higher than them in the table, this time downing Jinja City by a score of 4-3. It was an extremely disappointing result for the Black Mambas, as an own goal by 37 year old defender Jalang Ba off the bench downed them at their own stadium. Mór Császár cannot be happy.

The Banijan relegation race stayed interesting. Lakiska SC lost 1-0 to Busukuma AC in the battle of the capitol cities, while Umbazi earned a point against Rülândéá Kôstä. They almost earned three, taking 2 early goals and holding a 2-0 lead up until the 85th minute. Röémün Çídh scored in the 86th and 89th minutes, destroying almost everything they had worked for. Not the three points they wanted, but at least they got the point they were looking for. On the other end of the table, Dí Maozöxê earned a big win, needing only one goal, a header from World Cup winner Demba Kinteh, to earn all three points in Kitara. The young-ish centerback is running high, and is one of the unsung heroes of lôs Rébélés' campaign. Istria City FC and René Skaé could not seperate themselves, as the two teams had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

MATCHDAY 27
Herzegovina City FC 1-1 Busembe Timberwolves
Ausharmuj Marusi 4-1 Avenida Leal
Lâ Lüs 0-1 Jinja City FC
Mynda Electra 1-2 Busukuma AC
Avenida Principal 0-4 Rülândéá Kôstä
Lakiska SC 3-2 La Nueva Avenida
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 0-3 Kitara AA
La Querida 0-3 Hoima Warriors
Dí Maozöxê 0-2 Istria City FC
Mâ Âlâmëómë 3-3 René Skaé

Like clockwork with Herzegovina City, right? As soon as we say they're getting back in the title race, they trip up. This time, they'd trip up at home against the Busembe Timberwolves. Nothing Bøb Übermanager likes to do more than ruin somebody else's day, right? They threw haymakers right back at Herzegovina City's haymakers, and deservingly earned that 1-1 draw. A disappointing result for Herzegovina City, who was looking to close the gap between their rivals, Istria City FC, and Dí Maozöxê. Meanwhile, the team that they beat 6-1 just a week ago, Ausharmuj Marusi, put themselves back together quickly. They took it to a team well above them in the table, a 4-1 victory over Avenida Leal.

A shorthanded La Lus team played host to Jinja City Football Club. They fought valiantly—but with players missing trainings, and different sets of players missing matches, it's difficult for their club to establish a rhythm. That's what they get for their degeneracy and terrorism. Therefore, Jinja City were the deserved favorites, and Madison McClain scored the game winning goal. In Busoga, however, for the second time in three matches, Lakiska Sporting Club, seemingly responding to the fact that their manager is indeed on the hot seat, managed to win again. After matchday 24, there was a 4 point gap between Lakiska SC and relegation bound Umbazi Metropolitan. After Matchday 27? With Umbazi's 3-0 home loss to the Kiatara Athletic Association, there now lies a 9 point gap between the two clubs. Considering Umbazi's inability to earn points on a consistent basis this season, Lakiska SC might just do enough to make this season's relegation battle completely uninteresting—something that they'd surely enjoy.

What else happened on the weekend? Well, on Saturday, Rülândéá Kôstá took a trip to Avenida Principal and won 4-0. There was some fan violence—a number of deaths were confirmed after street fights broke out between the fans of both teams, the street fight presumably arising as a result of the ongoing ethnic tension of the area. Of course, Rulandea Kosta has an IFCF Challenger's Cup Quarterfinal first leg to prepare for in the upcoming midweek, so they'd like to put that behind them as quickly as possible. The Hoima Warriors also dropped La Querida by a score of 3-0, a needed reprieve for Mark Grayson. Once again, there are questions surrounding Grayson's future, but he soldiers on. Against a side like La Querida, even a 3-0 win, especially for a team that was in the Champions' League and won Banija's league last season, is unimpressive.

But none of those were the game of the week. Some might call this week's nightcap the game of the season. Dí Maozöxê hosting Istria City FC. Entering the matchday, Dí Maozöxê was three points ahead of Istria City FC. Top of the table clash: number one hosting number two. The highest rated match, both on television and on radio, both internationally and in the domestic markets (Farfadillis, Banija, and Busoga). It was a clinic of what it would look like if you had brilliant executed attacks, but if you left your finishing boots at home. Both teams were able to consistently get behind the other team's back line, but could not put shots on target. It would be an unexpected player who would score the game's first goal. A 65th minute goal from Tikariot national Niall Rushdon broke the deadlock. And Kate Huitema-Omeasoo, the Quebecois international, buried the game just a few minutes later. Interestingly enough, this was easily one of Xíxì Êns' worst games of the season, with the diminutive striker wasting no fewer than three clear-cut chances.

The two teams are level at the top of the table again. Goal differential separates them. And after this victory, Alvin Burnsides team will be flowing with all sorts of confidence.

MATCHDAY 28
Avenida Leal 5-4 Herzegovina City FC
Jinja City FC 1-1 Busembe Timberwolves
Busukuma AC 0-1 Ausharmuj Marusi
Rülândéá Kôstä 4-1 Lâ Lüs
La Nueva Avenida 3-3 Mynda Electra
Kitara AA 1-1 Avenida Principal
Hoima Warriors 1-1 Lakiska SC

Istria City FC 3-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
René Skaé 12-0 La Querida
Mâ Âlâmëómë 2-2 Dí Maozöxê
IFCF Challenger's Cup Quarterfinals First Leg

Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 4-1 Freeport United (FPT)
René Skaé (FFD) 3-4 Megabrantid SC (SRS)

And now, for the IFCF Challenger's Cup! The quarterfinals. Two Farf teams find themselves deep into this competition, with visions of playing in the final dancing before their eyes. Unfortunate nobody got close to the Champions' League Final in this league—that final is taking place at the Stadium of the Restoration in Busukuma. But anyways. The first quarterfinal we'll cover is Rülândéá Kôstä against Freeport United. Freeport United is quickly making a case for themselves as the strong club team in the Glorious Southwest outside of Valanora. Consistent qualifiers, they get the job done. But Rülândéá Kôstä meant business. They played one of their best games of the season, and an ecstatic home crowd watched them run all over Freeport United. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and then even scored the fourth goal. While an own goal from Pâb Bílísô in the 90th minute gave Freeport United a bit of hope with an away goal, it was still an inspired performance by Rülândéá Kôstä. Considering the gap on the field today between those two teams, it would be a shock if the Farf team didn't make the semifinals.

Meanwhile, the other quarterfinal first leg also took placed in Farfadllis. René Skaé's opponent was Megabrantid SC of the Squornshelan Remnant States. Megabrantid SC was always going to be a tough team—they are the defending champions of the Squornshelan Remnant States. And the two teams played an absolute thriller of a match. Anwar Dawit scoring the opener for the home team. Omer Kylar scoring two goals before half for the visitors, to make it 2-1. Then, in the second half, Qusmyr wingback Nirlo-Betva Uzo scoring to make it 3-1. But René Skaé would come roaring back at home. Tulaki Rauogba cut the visitors lead in half, and then it would be Boldizsár Coûteaux, off the bench, in the 77th minute, who would equalize. René Skaé, due to the number of away goals they had conceded, would look for a winner. But there would be no happy ending for the S-FPL side. The opposing team's captain, Iuri Takala, would score the match winner in stoppage time to stun Szoirsian fans.

What about the league? René Skaé was not simply heartbroken after that loss—they were pissed. Absolutely angry. And in this league, if you're pissed, there's nothing better you can do than facing La Querida at home. As long as René Skaé channeled their anger, just a little bit, it had the potential to get ugly fast. It was 4-0 within 20 minutes, 7-0 at halftime, and René Skaé never took their finger off the switch. They piled it on against La Querida, and the Szoirsians run the score up to a stunning 12-0. Even in a season with a bunch of massive losses for La Querida, this is the biggest of all. Was it poor taste for Lőrensz Ziczi to celebrate the team's 12th goal by ripping off his shirt and leading the bench in the macarena dance? Probably. Did he care? Not one bit.

There were plenty of entertaining matches across the league. But there were two crucially important ones. First, Herzegovina City paid a visit to Avendia Leal. Two teams who are competing for Champions' League berths, and Herzegovina City especially trying to get back into the S-FPL title race, though time is running out for them. The two teams traded blows, ach responding to each other's lead by taking a lead of their own. Avenida Leal would win it late, with South Newlandian winger Marcus Young scoring a beautiful volley. Most importantly on this weekend, Istria City went back to the top of the table. Their 3-1 win over Umbazi Metropolitan was enough to put them back in pole position for this league title.

In other news, Latona Basilisk finally scored! Well, kind of. Technically she didn't. She's had serious struggles recently, and it's been now like 8 matches since she's last found the back of the net? Big cold streak. In a 2-2 game with Dí Maozöxê, the team voted that she come off the bench. She came up in the 77th minute, and in the 81st, she had an opportunity, one on one. She slotted it past the keeper. Her goal drought over (sort of), she celebrated wildly. But the flag was up. Basilisk was incensed—the goal drought is getting to her, like it can to any striker. She sprinted to the referee and starting laying into him verbally. The referee, perhaps harshly, showed her red. She won't have an opportunity to score on matchday 29, either.

MATCHDAY 29
Herzegovina City FC 7-2 Jinja City FC
Avenida Leal 2-0 Busukuma AC
Busembe Timberwolves 1-1 Rülândéá Kôstä
Ausharmuj Marusi 0-1 La Nueva Avenida
Lâ Lüs 4-2 Kitara AA
Mynda Electra 0-3 Hoima Warriors
Avenida Principal 0-2 Istria City FC
Lakiska SC 1-2 René Skaé
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-5 Mâ Âlâmëómë
La Querida 3-8 Dí Maozöxê
IFCF Challenger's Cup Quarterfinals Second Leg
Freeport United (FPT) 0-0 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)
(Rülândéá Kôstä advances 4-1 on aggregate to the Challenger's Cup Semifinals)
Megabrantid SC (SRS) 3-2 René Skaé (FFD) (Megabrantid SC advance 7-5 on aggregate; René Skaé is eliminated from IFCF competition)

And now, for the second leg of these quarterfinals! Freeport United played host to Rülândéá Kôstä, and tâ Kôstä did not want to mess up their trip to the semifinal. Unlike what Farf teams usually do, they simply sat back and controlled possesion. Freeport couldn't do anything about it, and the two teams drew 0-0. Rülândéá Kôstä would advance to the semifinals, 4-1 on aggregate. Meanwhile, René Skaé would need goals at Megabrantid Financial Field if they wanted to advance to the semifinals. But they could not do it. Megabrantid SC scored the first two, ensuring René Skaé would need at least four. While they fought valiantly to score two, Megabrantid SC scored the winner in the 72nd minute, burying René Skaé's hopes. Still, a strong Challenger's Cup campaign for them.

There are two legitimate contenders for the league title. Both of them won on this day. Dí Maozöxê played La Querida, and scored plenty of goals, putting 8 goals past a helpless La Querida side. That same La Querida side has a game against Umbazi Metropolitan next week. That's their last realistic chance at a win. But look at their form: they lost a combined 20-3 the last two weeks. They can't possibly win next week, can they? Meanwhile, Istria City Football Club defeated Avenida Principal away from home, 2-0. There wasn't much drama: two goals in the first 15 minutes, one by Hunnisett and the other by Torvald Royle, and Avenida Prinicipal couldn't really get back into the match.

Herzegovina City got back to their winning ways by playing host to, and then crushing the dreams of, Jinja City FC. A 7-2 blowout victory at home is always a good thing, and the Trumpeteers were happy about it. René Skaé and La Nueva Avenida both won on the night as well. The Champions' League race is going to be interesting down the stretch. Just two points separated third place Herzegovina City from fifth place René Skaé, with fourth place La Nueva Avenida sandwiched perfectly between them. Avenida Leal, with 50 points, is not that far behind, but those seem to be the teams with the best chances of finishing in the top 4. It will be a race to see who will join Istria City and Dí Maozöxê in next season's Champions League.

Umbazi Metropolitan SC took seemingly another step toward relegation, as they fell 5-1 to Mâ Âlâmëómë's empty chair system. With Latona Basilisk suspended, they put 5 past Umbazi. While they remain in 12th, they are not that from the top 10, and at least salvaging something from this season with a Challenger's Cup berth. But they'll need Basilisk to find her finishing boots to get them there. Will she do so?

Standings after 29 Matchdays

----Image Team                         P   W  D   L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image Istria City FC 29 21 3 5 96 28 +68 66
2 Image Dí Maozöxê 29 20 4 5 93 43 +50 64
3 Image Herzegovina City FC 29 17 6 6 101 40 +61 57
4 Image La Nueva Avenida 29 16 8 5 87 35 +52 56
5 Image René Skaé 29 16 7 6 89 41 +48 55
6 Image Avenida Leal 29 15 5 9 56 51 +5 50
7 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 29 13 6 10 67 45 +22 45
8 Image Kitara AA 29 13 6 10 51 47 +4 45
9 Image Busukuma AC 29 12 7 10 42 36 +6 43
10 Image Busembe Timberwolves 29 12 7 10 68 76 -8 43
11 Image Lâ Lüs 29 12 5 12 53 69 -16 41
12 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 29 11 7 11 73 59 +14 40
13 Image Jinja City FC 29 11 5 13 52 53 -1 38
14 Image Mynda Electra 29 9 8 12 52 68 -16 35
15 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 29 10 4 15 54 76 -22 34
16 Image Avenida Principal 29 9 7 13 39 69 -30 34
17 Image Hoima Warriors 29 9 5 15 38 53 -15 32
18 Image Lakiska SC 29 6 4 19 31 54 -23 22
19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 29 2 6 21 23 77 -54 12
20 Image La Querida 29 0 2 27 17 162 -145 2


The Players who will define the title race

There are 9 games left in the league. This is a brilliantly beautiful team sport, of course. However, in this section, we're going to talk about individuals. The race for the title is entering its final chapters. It will be Dí Maozöxê and Istria City who will finish top two, but which team will finish first, and which team will finish second? What players need to step up on both squads?

#1: Xíxì Êns, Striker, Di Maozoxe

Can't go through a list like this without mentioning him, right? We might be getting repetitive at this point, but I swear it's my Banijan colleague who mentions him the most. So a bit less than half of Xíxì Êns mentions are awfully biased. Anyway: he's 34 years old, a World Cup winner, a Galáctico. And Dí Maozöxê is in a two-horse race for the league title. They are going to need their star striker to step up. Here's the problem though: he's, we reiterate, 34. You can't be reliant simply on one player, especially when they're on the wrong side of 30, especially when they are at age 34. These last 9 games are going to be a real test for Xíxì Êns. Can the former Farf international still get it done at this level, at his age, this deep into a season?

As players get older, the seasons wear on them more. Will he be able to play 90 minutes in each game for the last 9 games of the season? Probably not. But he's going to have to help this team get to the next level. If he can really perform at his peak, and help this team raise their level of play, then they are certainly capable of catching Istria City, aren't they?

#2: Murray Hunnisett, Central Midfielder, Istria City FC

Istria City FC is barely ahead of Dí Maozöxê in the league right now. It's been a two-horse race for a while, with Herzegovina City occasionally flirting with (but ultimately failing to seduce) relevane, and Istria City FC has a slight lead as they make the turn towards the final quarter of the season. And for an aging Istria City FC squad, who is going to be an important member of it? Their longtime key cog Murray Hunnisett. The Hapilopper international. Last season, with Hapilopper not participating in international competition, he really raised his level of play and is doing the same this season. Consistently a Galáctico longlister, his passing vision is key to this team's thunderous attack.

There were different players we looked at here. Halim, of course, is young and is improving. Torvald Royle is likely in his final season, and will need to continue scoring. But Hunnisett is going to have to step up here. He always helps free up attackers both on the wings and up top, and if they want to earn a third major trophy in as many seasons, his ability to play at a higher level is going to be crucial to it. If he plays well, this team will play well. If not? Well, Dí Maozöxê will be waiting in the wings, ready to pounce.

#3: Íüé Tgô, Goalkeeper, Dí Maozöxê

Íüé may not have a tenth of the fanfare Xíxì Êns has, but he too is a World Cup hero and a Dí Maozöxê legend, having actually spent his entire career at the club, unlike his teammate. He was consistently one of the best keepers in the FFL, and has carried on that form to the S-FPL. With Dí Maozöxê's high-octane playstyle, it's a great testament to Íüé's skill that the team has conceded just (yes, just) 43 goals. He's in the twillight of his career. Can he keep this up? Well, 'keeping is his specialty.

If both Íüé and Xíxì are at the top of their game, Istria City will have to outdo themselves in the title race. However, neither of them has been excessively consistent, even if they have been vital.

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MATCHDAY 30
Busukuma AC 3-2 Herzegovina City FC
Rülândéá Kôstá 4-1 Jinja City FC
La Nueva Avenida 5-3 Avenida Leal
Kitara AA 4-0 Busembe Timberwolves
Hoima Warriors 2-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
Istria City FC 1-1 Lâ Lüs
René Skaé 2-0 Mynda Electra
Mâ Âlâmëómë 4-0 Avenida Principal
Dí Maozöxê 4-0 Lakiska SC
La Querida 3-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC

"I may have had a big time drought. But I am a great striker." Latona Basilisk said to ABSM reporters after Ma Alameome's 4-0 win over Avenida Principal. "This lasted way too long. Great test for me. Had to learn about myself, overcome my frustrations, and I was able to relax. I'm excited to help Nephara in World Cup Qualifying." That was Latona Basilisk, in a little bit of a more low key statement after Mâ Âlâmëómë's 4-0 win over Avenida Prinicipal. Basilisk, after sitting out matchday 29 due to a red card, was back for matchday 30, and boy, was she ready to play. Her opening goal in the 13th minute was greeted with euphoria by home fans, and by her. Her second was celebrated as well, and her third, for the hat trick, she simply flexed her muscle and pointed directly at the visiting fans. When she came off the pitch in the 87th minute, home fans chanted her name (BAS-I-LISK!) as it boomed throughout the stadium. Great to see a great striker back in form. In another interview, later that day, she explained, with a straight face, that her goal drought was the product of "That bastard Ígnîgo cursing me with some pagan black magic bullshit thing" and that the reason she was now back in form was that she "beat the hell out of him and made him pay for some kind of un-cursing ceremony." Hey, if it helps her play her best football, we can't question the results.

There was movement at the top of the table, again. Dí Maozöxê earned a 4-0 win at home against Lakiska SC. It's always unsurprising when the team in second place beats the team in 18th place fairly thoroughly. On the other hand, Istria City could only manage a 1-1 draw against a shorthanded Lâ Lüs team. For one, and unfortunately for the Banijan team, the terrorists could field no fewer than eleven players. Anyway, Istria City and Dí Maozöxê are be level at the top of the table, at 67 points apiece. With 8 games left in the league. Is this going to be a nailbiter? Will this be the type of title race that goes down to the final day?

Meanwhile, the race for the Champions' League heated up. La Nueva Avenida defeated their bitter local rivals, Avenida Leal, by a score of 5-3 at home to increase the distance between themselves and Avenida for those Champions' League berths. Another CL contender, Herzegovina City, traveled to the Banijan capitol and fell by a score of 3-2. Brian Emerson's side, at least in the second half of the season, has lacked consistency. Scathing wins against their opposition, followed up by disappointing losses. They've got the talent to get into the Champions' League, even if they don't have the consistency to win the league... yet.

All of this, of course, is overshadowed by the most stunning result of the season: La Querida won! Juma Ouattara had miraculously hung onto his job throughout the season. This did him in.

MATCHDAY 31
Herzegovina City FC 1-4 Rülândéá Kôstä
Busukuma AC 2-2 La Nueva Avenida
Jinja City FC 3-0 Kitara AA
Avenida Leal 2-2 Hoima Warriors
Busembe Timberwolves 0-1 Istria City FC
Ausharmuj Marusi 0-1 René Skaé
Lâ Lüs 2-6 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Mynda Electra 0-1 Dí Maozöxê
Avenida Principal 8-0 La Querida
Lakiska SC 1-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
AOCL Semifinals First Leg
1830 Cathair (AUD) 1-1 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)


The first leg of the AOCL semifinals! 1830 Cathair, an ancient club out of Audioslavia, against Rülândéá Kôstä. The first leg in Audioslavia, which is good of course for the Farf side, since they'll be at home in the second leg. This was a tough battle in Cathair, the same city that hosted the last AOCL final that Istria City FC won last season. While 1830 Cathair battled to an early lead, Rülândéá Kôstä kept its confidence and simply would not go away. They were strong on the day, and were always going to chase after that goal. It would be takilante Émérí Dü Ârusânìrá, who would score from distance in the 77th to give Rülândéá Kôstä the away goal and the advantage in the tie. 1-1, but with that away goal, they were favorites to advance. Either a 0-0 draw or a win at home in the second leg in 2 weeks could send them to Aminey, Ko-oren, for the final.

What about the league? Rülândéá Kôstä extended their confidence building away draw in Audioslavia by going to Star Field and absolutely dominating Herzegovina City. While Edmun Cidh had scored first, it would be his own brother who would reply for Rülândéá Kôstä to tie it at 1. In the second half, Erin Kang scored the go-ahead, and then Sam Roshanak scored twice to bury it. A dominating performance for the Farf champions in North Moravica. And a bad sign for Herzegovina City's Champions' League hopes, although there are still plenty of matches to be played. Meanwhile, in the midtable, Mâ Âlâmëómë's empty chair system finally seems to be catching on, as they earned their third consecutive blowout victory, this time a 6-2 win over an extremely shorthanded Lâ Lüs side, with their players exercising their own right to bear arms. Latona Basilisk is back to her regular form, as she scored twice today.

At the top of the table, neither Istria City nor Dí Maozöxê could create separation as they both won by a score of 1-0. They won in different fashions. An early Kate Huitema-Omeasoo put Istria City through at Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf's Den against Busembe. Dí Maozöxê, on the other hand, got a late winner from Siovanijan midfielder Henrik Martin in Mynda. Jinja City, after back-to-back blowout losses against Herzegovina City and Rülândéá Kôstä, respectively, got back to their winning ways with a 3-0 win at home over Kitara Athletic Association. They're chasing a spot in the Challenger's Cup. La Querida, after a historic first win of the season, immediately went back to their losing ways, as their euphoria from last week was brought to an end via an 8-0 dusting by Avenida Principal. They were only down 1-0 at halftimem, but an early red card for goalkeeper Marc Cotoneaster saw a 10-man La Querida completely fall apart in the second half.

MATCHDAY 32
La Nueva Avenida 2-6 Herzegovina City FC
Kitara AA 1-0 Rülândéá Kôstä
Hoima Warriors 1-1 Busukuma AC
Istria City FC 1-2 Jinja City FC
René Skaé 4-3 Avenida Leal
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1-3 Busembe Timberwolves
Dí Maozóxê 11-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
La Querida 0-0 Lâ Lüs
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-1 Mynda Electra
Lakiska SC 1-1 Avenida Principal


All Herzegovina City needed to do to get their Champions' League campaign back on track was take a trip to La Gran Avenida, we guess. A smashing 6-2 victory over Champions' League contenders La Nueva Avenida saw them take a big step forward towards the top 4, and with it, a berth in the IFCF Champions' League. Meghan Walcott and Edmün Çídh each scoring twice, with Harald Fireblade scoring once and Eamon Mullins putting one into the back of the net himself. There's a whole bunch of talent on this Herzegovina City squad, from front to back. Brian Emerson will be disappointed they haven't seriously contended for a title this season, but earning a spot in the Champions' League would certainly be a successful Year 1 in the S-FPL. They'll gun for the Champions' League, and then, true to form, expect him to be looking ahead to the transfer market to try and get the difference makers necessary to overtake their rivals, Istria City FC, and then reach the top of the table. For now, they'll cheer Dí Maozöxê on.

And about that: there was movement today at the top of the table, with Dí Maozöxê overtaking Istria City once again at the top of the table. First, Istria City FC played host to Jinja City Football Club, and that went disastrously. The luster of the Ercetin/Xilit-Yaxac partnership has fallen, with both men aging and no longer in the peak forms that won them the BSL a few years back. But they can still put on a hell of a performance. Madison McClain is taking the mantle from Xilit-Yaxac as the leader striker, and she fully enjoyed herself at Kabonero III Field. After Jermaine Poole gave the hosts a 1-0 lead before halftime, Madison McClain scored twice in 5 minutes, in the 72nd and 77th, to stun the home crowd. On her second goal, she simply held her index finger to her lips, silencing the crowd. So when it was Dí Maozöxê's turn, they saw an opportunity and took it. They scored a stunning 11 goals in a shutout victory. The craziest part? They weren't even playing La Querida! Ausharmuj Marusi's defense has been... subpar so far. It would be unfair to single out a player from this team after such a performance, but Durbridge's five goals should not go unnoticed.

Mâ Âlâmëómë's winning streak ended, as they fell 3-1 at home to a Busembe Timberwolves team chasing the Challenger's Cup. There's no way around it: Busembe earning a berth in the Challenger's Cup would undoubtedly be a major coup for them in the inaugural season of the S-FPL. Not many thought they'd be capable of doing it, but here they are, threatening. Latona Basilisk scored the lone goal for the home side, while Græntfjall international Jason Þórhallursson scored twice with World Cup winner Amadi Uche scoring once. That keeps them in the race for the top 10. The weekend was a double blow for the Avenida clubs chasing Champions' League berths, as a disastrous own goal by Fueke Gorlame for Avenida Leal saw them lose, 4-3, against René Skaé. Absolutely tragic. For them, anyway. No Szoirsian is complaining.

Hoima earned their third straight positive result, a 1-1 draw with Busukuma AC, as the debate rages on in Ankole over what to do about Mark Grayson. Should he be fired? Should they bring him back? Has his time run his course? All fair questions. Gitonga Kahara, after this game, did announce that this season would officially be his last. It's been a frustrating campaign for him and his team. He could probably still contribute next year if he wasn't playing every day, coming off the bench, but he told reporters that he has "no desire" to come off the bench. Expect his remaining games, including away games in Banija, to sort of be a farewell tour (of sorts: we doubt that in his remaining visits to Farfadillis they'll applaud Banija's all-time caps leader and all-time leading goalscorer).

La Querida actually got another point, earning a 0-0 draw against La Lus. The players of La Lus seemed a bit too focused on fighting to maintain the Revolution, so only nine of them turned up. There was plenty of violence at the game, although the Farf referees ensured the game was completed on time and without delays... which was perhaps the most bizarre part.

MATCHDAY 33
Herzegovina City FC 2-1 Kitara AA
La Nueva Avenida 0-3 Hoima Warriors
Rülândéá Kôstä 3-1 Istria City FC
Busukuma AC 4-2 René Skaé
Jinja City FC 1-1 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Avenida Leal 4-1 Dí Maozöxê
Busembe Timberwolves 2-0 La Querida
Ausharmuj Marusi 1-0 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
La Lus 1-1 Lakiska SC
Mynda Electra 5-1 Avenida Principal
AOCL Semifinals Second Leg
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 1-2 1830 Cathair (AUD) (1830 Cathair advance 3-2 on aggregate; Rülândéá Kôstä are eliminated from the Atlantian Oceania Champions League)

Time for the second leg of the AOCL Semifinal! Remember, the 1-1 draw in Audioslavia gave Rülândéá Kôstä the slightest of advantages heading into this leg. Still, it was only an advantage. Everything was left to play for in what was surely going to be an exciting second leg. Neither team could score in the first half, although both teams were pressing for the first goal that could claim control of this tie. It would be 1830 Cathair that would score first, with Siovanijan attacking midfielder Thorsten Kramer scoring the first goal. However, it would not be long before they equalized, although the goalscorer was a stunner: Gëngüdó Pìgülôçô heading home a corner kick.

1-1 on the day, 2-2 on aggregate, 1-1 on away goals. The next goal would truly gain control. Rülândéá Kôstä being urged on by the home fans. But the Audioslavians were ready. Who else would score? Pristina Shine, who has slayed so many Banijan dreams, doing the same to this Farf club, scoring in the 75th to get the second away goal and silence the home crowd. Still, Rülândéá Kôstä's fans applauded after the match- very happy with a semifinal run, falling to one of the biggest clubs in Atlantian Oceania. Quite possibly the biggest club in the region, outside of Raynor City United, of course.

At the top of the table, neither Istria City nor Dí Maozöxê could make progress. Because both not only lost, but both teams were thoroughly beaten by their Farf opponents. For Istria City, they went to Rülândéá Kôstä and lost, 3-1. That scoreline looks favorable, since Istria City didn't score their goal until the 87th minute, long after the game was no longer in doubt. To add injury to insult, Hunnisett pulled up with an injury after a clearly ill-intentioned tackle from Baraxil Muhaburu, who also had the Happiloper player in his pocket throughout the match (probably the first player to manage that this season). They don't know for sure how long he's out, but that may be his season. That'd be a disaster for Istria City's efforts to catch Dí Maozöxê. Fortunately for them, lôs Rébélés also got crushed. They went to Avenida Leal's and got absolutely rocked, getting beat in all sorts of different ways in a 4-1 shellacking. They are still, however, top of the league.

What about elsewhere? The Hoima Warriors put a dent in La Nueva Avenida's plans to make the Champions' League next year, as Mark Grayson's side played their best football of the season in a 3-0 win. Lukas Boldfont and Josef Lawerenz both scored, and Gitonga Kahara contributed one off the bench. Of course, it's far too little, far too late to rescue their season. But no decisions have been made on Mark Grayson's job status. Can they save him? Elsewhere, Umbazi Metropolitan's futile campaign to try and save their spot in the S-FPL took another blow, with a 1-0 loss to la Sindica hurting their chances further. To show how their season has been going, Kemo Kuyateh skied a penalty in the 58th, got to retake it because the goalkeeper was off his line, and then promptly skied it again. Relegation for them might be merciful at this point.

Busukuma AC continued their hunt to save the job of their own manager, Andrea Vardalos, with a 4-2 win over Champions' League contenders René Skaé. The team has been faring better lately, as demonstrated by Vardalos supposedly doing away with the glue and going back to the cocaine. Jinja City drew 1-1 at BCEL Stadium with Mâ Âlâmëómë. Mynda Electra earned a big time 5-1 win over Avenida Prinicipal, a victory that Daniel Lucas has to be happy with.

MATCHDAY 34
Hoima Warriors 0-0 Herzegovina City FC
Istria City FC 2-0 Kitara AA
René Skaé 0-3 La Nueva Avenida
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1-0 Rülândéá Kôstä
Dí Maozöxê 2-0 Busukuma AC
La Querida 0-4 Jinja City FC
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 3-4 Avenida Leal
Lakiska SC 1-4 Busembe Timberwolves
Avenida Principal 1-0 Ausharmuj Marusi
Mynda Electra 0-2 La Lus
IFCF Challenger's Cup Semifinals 1st leg
FC Teussen Stelburg (STL) 1-1 Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD)


After a difficult loss in last week's AOCL Semifinal, Rülândéá Kôstä is in yet another semifinal. This time, they play against FC Teussen Stelburg of Siovanija & Teusland. The first leg would take place at the Franz-Gorz-Stadion in Teusland. Siovanija & Teusland's defending champions were playing energetic in front of their home crowd, as both clubs seek their first ever appearance in the Challenger's Cup Final. ‘Soldier of Teusland’ boomed throughout the stadium. An early goal from Çè Sêwansé, product of a great individual play from Sam Roshanak, put tâ Kôstä up early, but Heinrich Bahr equalized in the second half. Nonetheless, it is a good result for the Rulandese team. A 0-0 draw, or a win by any score, could see Rülândéá Kôstä through to the Final. Farf fans are salivating at the prospect, while host city organizers publicly put on a neutral face.

Istria City and Dí Maozöxê continued their song and dance at the top of the table. Istria City's 2-0 home win against Kitara Athletic Association was cancelled out by Dí Maozöxê's 2-0 home victory over Busukuma Athletic Club. Xíxì Êns converted a penalty for his club as they inched ever closer to the inaugural S-FPL title. Andrea Vardalos, Busukuma AC's manager, was visibly frustrated with the game's outcome. The game was incredibly tight, and the two teams probably deserved a draw, but a senseless penalty, and then a late counter-attacking goal by Çè Sêwansé did the trick. As for Istria City FC, at least they were able to keep pace. They were clearly a better team than Kitara AA on this day. There's only four matchdays left, and they are three points behind Dí Maozöxê. Is there enough time for the South Moravica side to catch this Rulandese club?

At the Rülândéá Çölíséá, Mâ Âlâmëómë was able to beat Rülândéá Kôstá by a score of 1-0, as they make a serious play at Challenger's Cup contention. Latona Basilisk assisted on the game's only goal, feeding Ezalta Arambauzá when two defenders collapsed on her and left her teammates wide open. Arambauzá, naturally, converted in front of goal with a piece of ruthlessly efficient finishing. Elsewhere in the race for Champions' League football, stuff started to get more interesting in those circles as well. The Hoima Warriors held Herzegovina City to a 0-0 draw, with Gitonga Kahara getting a standing ovation, playing in his first home game since announcing that this season would be his last. A run of a few good results as Mark Grayson is essentially auditioning for another year, but no word from the top yet whether they feel Mark Grayson has reached the end of his line in Banija.

Towards the bottom of the table, Umbazi Metropolitan had an opportunity for their last ditch effort to try and stay in the league. Lakiska Sporting Club got smoked at home by the Busembe Timberwolves, with young striker Jason Þórhallursson running absolutely rampant against the defense at Lakiska City Field. Entering the match, there was an 11-point gap between Umbazi and Lakiska, an almost impossible one to close with so few games left. But Umbazi was able to take a 3-1 lead against Champions' League contenders Avenida Leal at halftime. If they could hold on, maybe they could generate some momentum for an end of the season push to save their spots in the top flight? But that was simply not meant to be. There's a reason they're so deep in this hole: they simply aren't that good, and are not ready for the limelight. They collapsed in the second half, with Nepharan striker Nevaeh Cathar scoring twice to equalize, and then Mrii central midfielder Næmor Paala scoring the winner. Umbazi is sunk now, as they don't have the form to overcome an 11-point deficit with 4 games left, although it is still mathematically possible for them to survive.

They'd need a miracle. But does the only team in the league that lost to La Querida deserve to stay up? Probably not. Elsewhere, a club that seems radically more focused on things other than football, Lâ Lüs, went to Mynda and won 2-0 in Northern Banija. Their focus on the Revolutionary movement was obvious: there were no away fans at Electra Stadium for the game. The race for the Champions' League received a little oomph, with René Skaé's 3-0 loss to La Nueva Avenida making things interesting. Ugós Oroso came in clutch with a perfect hat-trick. 1 point separates 3rd place Herzegovina City from 5th place La Nueva Avenida and, with four games left to play, each of those teams will fight hard for the two remaining Champions' League berths. Another note: Dí Maozöxê cannot finish any lower than 4th and, therefore, has become the first S-FPL club to mathematically clinch a berth in next season's Champions' League. While they're happy with that, of course, they've got visions of a trophy dancing in their eyes that they want to grab.

Standings through 34 Matchdays

----Image Team                         P   W  D   L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image Dí Maozöxê 34 24 4 6 112 47 +65 76
2 Image Istria City FC 34 23 4 7 102 34 +68 73
3 Image Herzegovina City FC 34 19 7 8 112 50 +62 64
4 Image René Skaé 34 19 7 8 98 51 +47 64
5 Image La Nueva Avenida 34 18 9 7 99 49 +50 63
6 Image Avenida Leal 34 17 6 11 72 66 +6 57
7 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 34 16 6 12 78 50 +28 54
8 Image Busembe Timberwolves 34 15 7 12 77 83 -6 52
9 Image Busukuma AC 34 14 9 11 52 45 +7 51
10 Image Kitara AA 34 15 6 13 57 54 +3 51
11 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 34 14 8 12 86 65 +21 50
12 Image Jinja City FC 34 14 6 14 63 59 +4 48
13 Image Lâ Lüs 34 13 8 13 59 77 -18 47
14 Image Hoima Warriors 34 11 8 15 46 56 -10 41
15 Image Avenida Principal 34 11 8 15 50 79 -29 41
16 Image Mynda Electra 34 10 9 15 58 75 -17 39
17 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 34 11 4 19 55 91 -36 37
18 Image Lakiska SC 34 6 7 21 35 65 -30 25
19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 34 2 8 24 29 87 -58 14
20 Image La Querida 34 1 3 30 20 177 -157 6


Biggest Remaining Games

There are only four matchdays left in the season. Just 40 more games to determine who will be champion. Remember, there are 380 games in a season. What a fun season so far, right? But what are the biggest games to watch out for? Which will be the best contested, most important to the final picture?

#4: Matchday 35, Istria City FC @ Herzegovina City FC

The battle between these two Moravican rivals is heating up, and this is going to be a huge installment in their rivalry. Big stakes for both of them, with Herzegovina City needing to continue to win to chase that Champions League berth, while Istria City FC needs three points to keep pace with Dí Maozöxê for the title. You know what this rivalry means. Just ask longtime Herzegovina City attacking midfielder Rosie Tyler. "There would be nothing worse than Istria City as the league's first champs. Who likes them, anyways?" Throw in the fact that earlier in the season, Herzegovina City beat them in Istria, and this is bound to be a high-stakes affair.

This could be an important match for Istria to make up ground. There are only so many opportunities left to close the gap between them and the league leaders, and yet, they remain confident. Just listen to striker Kate Huitema-Omeasoo. "We've been a better team than Herzegovina City for a while now, and are the true Kings of Moravica." She told reporters. "This game is always a big one because of the opponent; the stakes here just add flavor. We know how important it is to win this, and we remember what happened at Kabonero. We'll give our travelling supporters plenty of reason to cheer at the Star Field in a few days."

#3: Matchday 35, Dí Maozöxê @ La Nueva Avenida

Another top 5 matchup. A pair of gigantic matchups between title contenders and Champions' League contenders on this matchday, with both title contenders having to go on the road. This time, it is Dí Maozöxê that has to travel from Ruland to Farolera, and play in the 60,000 seater La Gran Avenida. It will be a prime opportunity for La Nueva Avenida to get back into the top 4. Right now, they're simply a point behind Herzegovina City and René Skaé. But the difference between the CL and the ChC is enormous.

And, of course, denying the hated Rulandese club a chance at a title is simply icing on the cake. Thjorgias Pickton, the manager for this La Nueva Avenida side, simply told reporters "(editor's note—word not fit for print) these (editor's note—word not fit for print). I'd rather fight a Kraken than see these (editor's note—word not fit for print) (editor's note—word not fit for print) win a trophy." Dí Maozöxè will have to be prepared. Farfadillis is full of hostile environments but, with this much on the line, it is going to be a crazed electric environment, even for Farfadillis. If they can pull out three points, well, it would be much deserved.

#2: Matchday 36, Herzegovina City @ René Skaé

A tough matchup between two teams vying for the Champions League. The Trumpeteers will be playing host to their bitter rivals, Istria City, and then play another Champions' League contender, René Skaé, in back-to-back weeks—the type of big games where manager Brian Emerson thrives in. "This is where you get truly tested." He told reporters. "Two elite clubs, going for the same thing—and playing the best of the best in back to back weeks is a true test. No matter what happens against Istria, we're going to have to recover quickly for René Skaé, because there is never anything easy about a trip to Szoirsia. Specially not with the weather forecast. God, thirty-seven degrees, you've got to be kidding me!"

Right now, the two clubs both have 64 points, meaning they are 3rd and 4th, respectively. One of the two and La Nueva Avenida will miss out on the Champions' League. The question is: who will it be? This game could go a long way in deciding that. Out of the 5 teams that are in contention for the S-FPL's four CL berths, René Skaé is the only one not playing a contender on matchday 35, meaning that they'll be expected to win in Hoima to continue their push.

#1: Matchday 38, Herzegovina City FC @ Dí Maozöxê

The actual importance of this match hinges on one thing: will the title race still be ongoing? If either Istria City or Dí Maozöxê lose their form in the three games before this, this match has the potential of not mattering at all. There is a universe where Herzegovina City has already clinched their CL berth, and the title is already won one way or another, and this game is simply between two teams trying to have a good end to the season. But we don't know what will happen.

The most chaotic scenario would be that Dí Maozöxê is still playing for a title, while Herzegovina City is still playing for the top 4. Wouldn't that be an incredible scenario? There would be such dramatic fireworks. The tensions would build. Neither manager would respond to questions about it, saying that they can't comment on an opponent that is four weeks away. But this has the potential to be an absolutely massive tilt, and we'll see if things absolutely play out to make it one. If these circumstances played out between two Farf clubs, we'd be already be estimating the death toll.

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MATCHDAY 35
Herzegovina City FC 3-2 Istria City FC
Hoima Warriors 4-1 René Skaé
Kitara AA 2-1 Mâ Âlâmëómë
La Nueva Avenida 1-4 Dí Maozöxê
Rülândéá Kôstä 14-0 La Querida
Busukuma AC 3-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Jinja City FC 1-0 Lakiska SC
Avenida Leal 3-4 Avenida Principal
Busembe Timberwolves 1-0 Mynda Electra
Ausharmuj Marusi 3-0 Lâ Lüs
IFCF Challenger's Cup Semifinals 2nd Leg
Rülândéá Kôstä (FFD) 0-1 FC Teussen Stelburg (STL) (FC Teussen Stelburg advance 2-1 on aggregate; Rülândéá Kôstä are eliminated from IFCF competition)

Lots to unpack on this matchday, which will, in all likelihood, be the inflection point for the season. First off, let's clear this out of the way: Lâ Lüs, as a football team, has folded. With their final victory over the last remants of valiant freedom fighters in Lìbêrêtè, Lâ Lüs now have complete control over the Rülândéá region. As such, they have deemed the team's continued existence unnecessary: their objectives have been realized. Thus, Ausharmuj Marusi got themselves a nice 3-0 walkover win.

Anyway, onto the two most important matches. Terrible news for Istria City: Herzegovina City did the double over them. Edmün Çídh showed utmost professionalism by scoring an impressive hat-trick—all of them headers, curiously enough—despite directly benefiting the club he hates the most as a Mâ Âlâmëómë fan, Dí Maozöxê. To add insult to injury, Istria City were 2-0 up at half time, and were arguably the more dominant team. Football cares not.

As for Dí Maozöxê, they justified their (very likely) upcoming title with their performance against La Nueva Avenida at La Gran Avenida. Xíxì Êns pulled off his best World Cup 84 self-impression by dribbling past three players for the first goal, before firing past a helpless Paige Daunten. For the second goal, he lobbed it over the Zwangzugian keeper. For the third, he set up Lana Mensdóttir, who needed only to gently caress the ball to slot it in (she still punted it full force, mind). For the fourth, in the dying minutes, he set up Keaton Durbridge with a great pass between the lines. Do you think he followed in Gitonga Kahara's footsteps and got an ovation from the awestruck La Nueva Avenida fans, who surely love their World Cup-winning hero? Ell-oh-ell. No. Anyway, fifty fans dead after violence erupted. If you bet a tenner on at least 50 dead, you're now two tenners richer.

Other important matches included Kitara beating Mâ Âlâmëómë at home, despite Latona Basilisk's best efforts. Her lone goal was not enough. Now that she's back, the team seems to be reverting again, with their performances reminiscent of the beginning of the season. Also, Rülândéá Kôstá beat La Querida 14-0. This is not a Bears Armed scenario, by the way. No double counting goals or anything. A true, uncontroversial 14-0.

Unfortunately for tâ Kôstä, Teussen Stelburg are a wee bit better than La Querida. Erik Moselle scores early in the second half and the Rulandese team's midfield falls uncharacteristically silent. They fail to fight back, and that's an end to their international football adventures for the season.

MATCHDAY 36
René Skaé 4-1 Herzegovina City FC
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1-0 Istria City FC
Dí Maozöxê 2-1 Hoima Warriors
La Querida 0-6 Kitara AA
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 4-3 La Nueva Avenida
Lakiska SC 0-2 Rülândéá Kôstä
Avenida Principal 4-2 Busukuma AC
Mynda Electra 2-2 Jinja City FC
Lâ Lüs 0-3 Avenida Leal
Ausharmuj Marusi 3-2 Busembe Timberwolves

And that's the third league title in Dí Maozöxê's history! Celebrations might very well last for weeks. This is, simply put, the team's greatest achievement to date. Hell, it might even rival their last minute title win to get their second title. Xíxì Êns cements himself as a club legend; arguably, so does the rest of the team. Funnily enough, Êns played fairly mediocrely this weekend: it was Henrik Martin that scored both goals as the team turned around the game in the second half. Two great long-range shots. The Siovanijan has been a true revelation, arguably the best signing of the season, and is probably one of the hottest prospects in the league. Will he keep up these performances next season or decline tremendously? We've seen both scenarios play out before with other players, so we'll have to wait and see.

Dí Maozöxê are champions only because Mâ Âlâmëómë, their bitterly despised rivals, managed to beat Istria City 1-0. Bizarrely (or maybe not), Latona Basilisk was booed by the whole stadium when she scored the winner in the dying minutes of the match. The Rulandese side was the better one throughout the match, which does beg the question of what this season would've looked if they hadn't been so uncharacteristically bad early on... and if they hadn't cursed their best player with a chicken carcass and some rice.

Elsewhere, La Nueva Avenida massively screwed up in their search for Champions' League football by losing to Umbazi Metropolitan. Farf refugee Ülì Èsàsè, who is Rulandese, scored a hat-trick, adding insult to injury.

René Skaé beat Herzegovina City, almost guaranteeing Champions' League qualification. Darijen Vesele was the star of the match, setting up Tulaki Rauogba twice and Miross-Lezocz once, before scoring the fourth goal of the match to boot. For the second time this season, we're pretty sure he didn't mean for that cross to go in.

Lâ Lüs continue to not exist as a football team anymore, so that's a 3-0 win for Avenida Leal.

MATCHDAY 37
Herzegovina City FC 3-0 Mâ Âlâmëómë
René Skaé 0-2 Dí Maozöxê
Istria City FC 5-0 La Querida
Hoima Warriors 2-1 Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Kitara AA 2-1 Lakiska SC
La Nueva Avenida 4-1 Avenida Principal
Rülândéá Kôstä 4-2 Mynda Electra
Busukuma AC 3-0 Lâ Lüs
Jinja City FC 6-1 Ausharmuj Marusi
Avenida Leal 5-0 Busembe Timberwolves

Edmün Çídh continues to break his own heart, this time around leaving Mâ Âlâmëómë out of ChC spots. The Rulandese club no longer controls its own fate, now relying on results elsewhere in the last matchday. The team's former striker put three past his team, celebrating none of them, sealing CL qualification for his team in the process. Meanwhile, Dí Maozöxê gave La Nueva Avenida's CL hopes renewed life by beating René Skaé, 2-0, away from home. A brilliant result for the champions, who appear to hate Szoirsians enough to not slow down.

Istria City played perhaps the most meaningless game of the season so far, routing La Querida 5-0. But who cares? Few results matter at this point, really. Jinja City may have hit their stride, finally, just in time to secure ChC qualification. Their 6-1 thrashing of Ausharmuj Marusi is not entirely unexpected, considering the Ferdullaelan team's defense has been second only to La Querida's in terms of disgusting awfulness. Rülândéá Kôstä continue their great form, now comfortably beating Mynda Electra. Although it was an easy match-up all things considered, one does have to wonder what the season would've looked like for them if they hadn't had to divide their attention between three competitions and, indeed, if some of their key players *cough*Muhaburu*cough* were better behaved.

La Nueva Avenida triumphed over Avenida Principal, with Thanh Hoàng once again finding some of his form from earlier in the season and putting three past los Caballeros before assisting, yes, Ugós Oroso for the fourth goal. Andrea Vardalos now needs only to beat the Timberwolves next week in order to keep her job, by virtue of Lâ Lüs still not existing.

Also, only Dí Maozöxê managed to not lose while playing away from home this week. That's wild.

MATCHDAY 38
Dí Maozöxê 0-1 Herzegovina City FC
La Querida 2-8 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Umbazi Metropolitan SC 1-4 René Skaé
Lakiska SC 1-3 Istria City FC
Avenida Principal 0-1 Hoima Warriors
Mynda Electra 0-1 Kitara AA
Lâ Lüs 0-3 La Nueva Avenida
Ausharmuj Marusi 5-5 Rülândéá Kôstä
Busembe Timberwolves 0-2 Busukuma AC
Avenida Leal 0-3 Jinja City FC

And now all home teams shit the bed. Except... Ausharmuj Marusi? Weird. Anyway, astonishing news for Mâ Âlâmëómë: they have failed to finish in the top 10, and thus miss out on IFCF competitions altogether. Expect a new manager to get hired for next season, and for cash to be splashed hard. Elsewhere, René Skaé do not shit the bed, winning convincingly against Umbazi Metropolitan and securing CL qualification. Anwar Dawit and Tulaki Rauogba ran the show.

Going back to Mâ Âlâmëómë, they could justifiably feel slighted: Avenida Leal looked like they were actively trying to lose against Jinja City, almost as if they wanted the Rulandese giants to miss out on international football. The FFFF announced they would be looking into the incident, which means nothing.

Also, can we take a brief moment to appreciate the Timberwolves' collapse? They the three last games of the season, two of them against direct rivals and the other against an underperforming Ausharmuj Marusi, and ended in a lowlty 12th place when at one point they'd been flirting with CL qualification. This is great news for Busukuma boss Andrea Vardalos, though: she definitely outsmarted Bøb Übermanager in that last game. One has to wonder whether that has any merit.

There really isn't much else to talk about here. Dí Maozöxê fans celebrated like mad men once again (despite having celebrated two matchdays ago), despite Edmün Çídh scoring a late winner against them and celebrating by raising his middle finger. The club's response was interesting: they painted on the side of the Rülândéá Çölíséá a picture of him doing that, in order to celebrate their title.

Final League Table

----Image Team                         P   W  D   L For  Ag  +/- Pts
1 Image Dí Maozöxê 38 27 4 7 120 50 +70 85
2 Image Istria City FC 38 25 4 9 112 39 +73 79
3 Image Herzegovina City FC 38 22 7 9 120 56 +64 73
4 Image René Skaé 38 21 7 10 107 59 +48 70
5 Image La Nueva Avenida 38 20 9 9 110 58 +52 69
6 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 38 19 7 12 103 57 +46 64
7 Image Kitara AA 38 19 6 13 68 56 +12 63
8 Image Avenida Leal 38 19 6 13 83 73 +10 63
9 Image Busukuma AC 38 17 9 12 62 50 +12 60
10 Image Jinja City FC 38 17 7 14 75 62 +13 58
11 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 38 16 8 14 96 72 +24 56
12 Image Busembe Timberwolves 38 16 7 15 80 93 -13 55
13 Image Hoima Warriors 38 14 8 16 54 60 -6 50
14 Image Lâ Lüs 38 13 8 17 59 89 -30 47
15 Image Avenida Principal 38 13 8 17 59 89 -29 47
16 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 38 13 5 20 67 104 -37 44
17 Image Mynda Electra 38 10 10 18 62 83 -21 40
18 Image Lakiska SC 38 6 7 25 37 73 -36 25
19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 38 3 8 27 36 99 -63 17
20 Image La Querida 38 1 3 34 22 210 -188 6

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And that's a wrap! The first season of the S-FPL is officially over, and it's been quite a ride. Yes, the FFFF may have forgotten (despite the RBSA's increasingly stern emails) about the domestic cup until halfway into the season, rendering the project impossible until next season, but the season ran, all things considered, quite smoothly! The death toll did not reach the thousands if we do not include Lâ Lüs' incursions into literal war. Hell, it barely scratched a hundred. Almost all games were played, and no foreign players died! Not even the ones that joined Lâ Lüs' revolutionary efforts. So, now that the season's done and dusted, what can we say about how each team fared?

First off, it may not look like too much of a surprise now, but Dí Maozöxê winning the title is still quite unexpected. Looking back, the signs for their title challenge are a bit more obvious: Xíxì Êns spent about a decade terrorizing Premiership (rest in peace) defenses, so he was always going to shine here. Íüé Tgô, Demba Kinteh and Têrçêr Ànáxímane are players with a proven track record in international football, and their midfield is actually very solid. The two big surprises here were that Henrik Martin turned out much better than expected, going toe-to-toe with some of the best midfielders the league has to offer and outperforming them with astonishing frequency for his age. His two companions in midfield, Alkrÿ Bren and Ton Ylkaanas, while relatively unheralded, barely if ever put a foot wrong throughout the season, putting in solid 7/10 performances week in and week out. With Xíxì Êns providing assists for them, Lana Mensdóttir and Keaton Durbridge flourished. It all looks obvious now, but the team looked like they'd be fighting tooth and nail for CL qualification, not winning the league with two matchdays to spare. To that end, Blâás Âgínsôgnó has to be given credit: his brazen, take-no-prisoners attitude clearly manifested itself on the pitch in the form of great performances.

In second place, Istria City were the most consistent Banijan team... for the first thirty-something matchdays. After that, with Murray Hunnisett's injury, it all fell apart. The Hapilopper midfielder played like never before this season. Initially, his sleek passing and great workrate looked like one more cog in the machine, but as some of his teammates began to underperform, his importance within the team became more and more obvious. The team as a whole looked very solid, though, and arguably displayed the best chemistry and most coherent gameplan week in week out. It's hard to point towards outstanding performers in this squad besides the aforementioned Hunnisett, but Aries Kohler was especially solid in defense, and Kate Huitema-Omeasoo was quite lethal in front of goal, specially taking into account her age. The architect behind the Lions' season, though, was Alvin Burnsides. The Cosumarite has arguably been the best manager in Banija for a while now, and he doesn't look like stopping. If they splash some cash next transfer window, this team will only look scarier. Francois Tantoh was very good in goal too. He was tested considerably throughout the season, as the Trumpeteers' defense seemed to struggle to adapt to the style of play of Farf teams. In the end, this and their incosistency turned them into a decidedly worse team than the top two, but they'll be looking to rectify that come next season.

In third place, we have our first team that will not be entirely happy with their final position. Herzegovina City have arguably the best squad in the league, but they failed to translate that into a title challenge. They looked like they were about to enter the tite race at various points, but they unfailingly followed any such attempts to enter the title race by unceremoniously losing to teams they really should be beating. This sort of inconsistency would kill any less talented team, but individualities shone through for them, and they've secure CL qualification. Meghan Walcott was their stand-out star, terrorizing pretty much every team's leftback almost every single week. The Cassadagan star paired up very well with Rulandese striker Edmün Çídh, who showed considerable inconsistency but kept banging them in even when underperforming, easily winning the Golden Boot award, helped by the fact that he was the only out-and-out striker in the team. Harald Fireblade and Eamon Mullins were great but inconsistent. In a sense, their performances were a great predictor for how the Trumpeteers would fare in any given match, and it stands to reason: if those two were simultaneously having an off-day, any team was going to overrun them in midfield. If they were on a good day, the front four were going to be getting plenty of chances and burying most of them.

In fourth place, we have the Szoirsians. René Skaé looked great early on, but their season collapsed around the middle of the season. They recovered, however, and deservedly snatched the second CL spot late on. Darijen Vesele continues to look a bit too good for a rightback. It's a bizarre state of affairs, as it was in the FFL, but this is a team whose best player is a fullback, and it's noticeable. It's hard to rack up good match ratings from his position, but Darijen nonetheless managed a very, very solid 7.99—almost enough to win the Bronze Ball. But the Siovanijan's not the only great player in this team. Tulaki Rauogba's one of the most consistent attacking players in the league. He may not steal the headlines like some other attacking players, but he has a very complete skillset and very rarely goes missing from matches. This kind of consistency was key for Elemér Miross-Lezocz final goal tally, even though the Szoirsian striker is nowadays entirely lacking in pace (and this is a very pace-heavy league!). Ljuba Buczvarov and Nadezhda Odling were great in defense—though barely if ever mentioned, cause who cares about centerbacks, am I right?—so it's doubly urgent for René Skaé to let go of Berény Phelede. He just hasn't cut it this season and, though he may be a club legend, his decline has been very evident.

La Nueva Avenida fans will be disappointed to have missed out on Champions' League qualification, specially considering they were arguably better than René Skaé. Indeed, there were many matches where they were unlucky to drop points. Nonetheless, they were certainly not at the top two's level, for a couple of reasons: they have quite a few mid-table quality players starting week in, week out, and they don't appear to have a solid game plan. There were a couple of matches where the strategy seemed to be "Hey, those two guys keep doing well, wonder if they can bail us out today". Incidentally, Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng was fantastic, specially considering this was his first season. The Mavinese winger's pacey and extremely skillful, so it's no surprise every single defense seemed to struggle to contain him. He also appears to score more often than the average winger. Ugós Oroso was the other standout player. The Tiog striker kept banging them in, his partnership with Thanh Hoàng proving very fruitful. He appears to have finally adapted to Farf football, and is now easily a top five striker in the league, in a league that features some of the best strikers the Multiverse has to offer. In defense, Paige Daunten had a very good season, though signs of age are starting to show. It is unusual, considering she's a goalkeeper, but there are reports that life in Farfadillis is draining her. Ezo Gicquel was one of the best rightbacks in the league, and remarkable for his defensive playstyle. Kaia Larriet-Cortes surprised every fan by showing great composure and consistency as a defensive midfielder, and helping organize the midfield with her great control of tempo.

Defending Farf champions Rülândéá Kôstä did worse than they might've hoped, but it was, overall, a great season for the team. Deep runs in both the AOCL and the ChC mean they'll have plenty of money to spend next transfer window. Besides, fixture congestion clearly hindered them, and they nonetheless managed to finish in a very respectable 6th place. The team's best players were, for the most part, the same as last season. Erin Kang continues to shine in midfield, and was particularly important in the international matches. She continues to look dangerous on attack and, this season, actually quite dominant in defense. Baraxil Muhaburu was perhaps the team's most important player, in the sense that when he played great, the team seemed to play at its best, and when he turned up with a massive hangover, the team struggled. Émérí Dü Ârusânìrá continues to be the example of a takilante. He wasn't nearly as great this season as the last one, but he was also clearly struggling with fitness throughout the season. Up front, Röémün Çídh was lethal up front, though the same can't be said about his partner Wilsêkïl Lâlâw. The only two substantial changes in performances from last season, ignoring fixture congestion, were that Gëngüdó Pìgülôḉô was nowhere last season's level, committing far too many mistakes for this level, and that new signing Sam Roshanak was deadly up front. The Starblaydi was perhaps the biggest plus of the season, besides the two semifinals that the team made.

Kitara AA fans will be, overall, very happy with the team's performances. They weren't consistently great, but there were flashes of brilliance there, and their final position is considerably better than what most fans expected. They finished ahead of some clubs with much better players. The big question is whether they can keep this up. The team's best players were Ronald Mickel, who on his best days could not be contained by any defense, and Betanni Jetvanna, of whom the same can be said, but on an average day. In defense, Morgana Kolaj and Adrian O'Bryan were great, although the same cannot be said of centerback Fanding Jagne, who was a bit of a liability at times. Firing Kiggwe Siakam may have been slightly shortsighted in retrospective, but it's hard to excuse dropping points to La Querida. Kiggwe might now feel vindicated.

Avenida Leal simultaneously did better and worse than expected. It's hard to fault them for finishing in 8th place in a league with this breadth of quality, specially considering they ostensibly threw away 6th place to screw over Mâ Âlâmëómë, but it is a bit worrying how they achieved their final position. They looked rather shaky for large periods, grinding out questionable wins where one couldn't help but feel they were lucky to get all three points. Up front, Nevaeh Cathar, José Córdova and Marcus Young were lethal. The two wingers provided the Nepharan ample supply, although they themselves didn't have nearly as good service provided to them, as the midfield was quite lacking most of the time, with the exception of Travis Grimaldi, who couldn't carry it by himself. In defense, Fueke Gorlamel had a tough time adapting to the league, but fullbacks Shoji Shuzukaze and, unsurprisingly, Krysia Bailey were very solid. Goalkeeper Rogerio Defigueroa must be eyeing the Farfadillis NT goalkeeper post by now. He even scored once.

In ninth place, Busukuma AC achieved their objective of qualifying for the ChC, but it was a rocky season. Things started falling into place when Andrea Vardalos finally found her winning tactical set-up... by, like, the end of the season. But hey, they limped their way to their objective, but limping's a valid way of moving. Cyper Baldeh was solid up front, banging them in regularly, though perhaps not that frequently. Declan Mason and Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì were great in midfield on a good day, but the latter was a tad too irregular at times. Defensive midfielder Kalle Bjørnsson was aggressive. Lupe Enríquez was also quite good. Nonetheless, they should splash some cash for next season. For the manager's mental health, if nothing else.

Jinja City severely underperformed, there's no other way to look at it. Yes, they surged to IFCF qualification late in the season, and rather miraculously at that, but it's still very disappointing for the fans that it took that for the to finish in tenth place, specially when some of them were dreaming of winning the title before the season started. There isn't much to be said, as most of the squad was not as good as the fans expected them to be. The famed connection between Vatan Ercetin and Xilit-Zaxac Yol failed to produce, at least when compared to how it did in the BSL. It is understandable, as the two are aging, but it impacted the team's performances all the same. The only true positive might've been Madison McClain who did not set the world alight, but did score fairly frequently and assisted fairly often as well.

The biggest shock of the season has to be Mâ Âlâmëómë, though. The Rulandese team was touted by many to be the inaugural S-FPL champion. It's not hard to understand why: they are the biggest club in the league by quite a distance, historically-speaking, and their squad includes some extremely talented players. However, things just didn't pan out for them. At all. Early in the season, new signing Latona Basilisk carried the team on her shoulders, scoring at an absurd rate. Bizarrely, she went on an agonizaingly long scoreless streak, before once again scoring at an absurd rate. For her efforts, she won the Bronze Boot. But the team really needed her in those matches where she didn't score, specially as those seemed to be the matches where the rest of the team played well. Overall, a disappointing season. The only other player who can claim to have had a decent season is Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí, but he was much worse than usual. Lavanya Naqvi was good-ish, specially in the matches where Basilisk didn't step up, and the defense as a whole wasn't terrbile. When you compare their performances to their expected performances, however, it is very hard to not justify the outrage from the fans. Nobody doubts they'll be desperate in the transfer market. They can't afford to lose relevance, specially not now.

Fans of Busembe Timberwolves still don't know what to think of this season. Objectively speaking, they did slightly better than expected, but they'll have a sour taste left in their mouths after the team's total and utter collapse in the last few matchdays. They went from sort of contending for CL spots to missing out on IFCF spots entirely. Bøb Übermanager has to be both thanked and blamed. His style got them lots of points early on, but his own brand of kamikaze football—which was substantially different from the usual Farf brand—was his undoing, as it got figured out eventually and the team looked lame after that. Nonetheless, fans will be enamored with Jason Þórhallursson. The striker hit the ground running, even getting into the Best Eleven despite his team's final position, getting in ahead of players like Edmün Çídh and Latona Basilisk. Jason was an absolute goal machine. He did it all except provide assists. That was everybody else's job. If he gets better service next season, and Bøb Übermanager gets new ideas, the team will go far. In all likelihood, though, he will leave for a better team and Bøb Übermanager will learn nothing.

The second biggest shock of the season was the Hoima Warriors utterly collapsing. They were far too reliant on Gitonga Kahara, who could only do so much at his age. They were utterly uninspiring, and it's hard—if not impossible—to find silver linings. Kahara has now officially retired, so that's their biggest asset gone. The rest of the team? They all played like shit, week in week out. What's worse is that, playing like this, nobody would've thought it unfair if they'd finished, say, 16th. They are, remember, the reigning Banijan champions. It is a miracle how Mark Grayson kept his job throughout the season, but one thing is clear: he'll have to do much better next season. Furthermore, he'll have to spend big if he wants to compete. For better or worse, his competition has gotten twice as tough, and he can't be complacent like he was this this time around.

In fourteenth place, Lâ Lüs had a wild season, for all the wrong reasons. Lots of their players did in action, while the others played while shellshocked from the battlefield. Overall, a commendable performance from the terrorist scum. However, the club has now officially dissolved after the scum took control of the Rülândéá region. Other Farf nations should unite to stamp out their brand of nationalism, which has the potential to further destabilize all of Farfadillis.

In fifteenth place, Avenida Principal had an uneventful season. Leandro Martelli showed, once again, flashes of brilliance here and there, getting them a few points all by himself. Alson Figueroa was good in midfield, as was new signing David Xeniadis in defense. Goalkeeper Lemuel Bereket was quite solid too. However, the club has merely continued to stagnate. They haven't progressed in about a decade, perhaps more. At this rate, they could get relegated a few years down the line.

Ausharmuj Marusi's defense was utter shit. Like, inexcusably shit. They were one goal away from conceding half as many goals as La Querida. Their attack turned up quite a lot more, securing them points surprisingly often. Óstam Perda Raom created a surprising amount of chances considering how the team tended to lose the battle for possession. Joaquim Martell was very incisive whenever he got good service, while Lojes de Sájajo bailed out the team on a few occasions, but it's clear he's not in his prime anymore. Up front, Joe Green and Pmoifue Jopar did really well when you consider how many chances they got (not many). Overall, if they fix a few key problems (namely, their entire defense and half their midfield) they could be aiming for ChC spots in the near future.

Mynda Electra had perhaps the quietest season. They were expected to do badly but not get relegated. They did just that. Their season had pretty much zero highlights. They were, in a sense, the worst "good" team, as there's a huge point difference between them and the next team. Xavier Melchoir's playmaking was good, he was probably the best player in the team. But, seriously, there was little if anything worth mentioning about their season.

It's hard to tel whether Lakiska SC made Busoga proud or not. On the one hand, they avoided relegation and displayed the most negative playstyle in the league by miles. On the other, they were dreadful. There shouldn't even have been a relegation battle, but at times they sort of did find themselves in one. Their defense, for all the effort they put into it, was quite subpar, and their offense completely impotent. Goalkeeper Carlton Sandt was their only good player.

Umbazi Metropolitan SC were, as predicted, the worst Banijan team. They sank remarkably fast and suffered humiliation after humiliation. Most notoriously, they lost to La Querida. Overall, they deserved to get relegated, and some will wonder what they were even doing here to begin with. It's hard to see them clawing their way back into the S-FPL in the near future, that's how bad they were. Ülì Èsàsè, arguably the team's only bright spot of the season, will no doubt leave the team as soon as he can. There are rumors that Jinja City are interested in his services already.

Finally, La Querida's season was much better than even the most optimistic fans could've hoped for. On the pitch, yes, the team failed to not get utterly, completely and totally humiliated in all but, like, six or so matches. However, football's not just what happens on the pitch, and La Querida managed to fulfill two very important criteria on that front: one, be a Farf team and two, not be a front for a successful revolutionary movement. As such, the team survives its first season in the S-FPL, and will have time to sign a few players here and there, if they are masochistic enough, in a bid to avoid relegation next season. The good news for them is they might get some more commercial revenue, as there are rumors that they have gained fans worldwide. Also, Anartz Salayeta scored all but five or their goals.

----Image Team                         P   W  D   L For  Ag  +/- Pts
- 1 Image Dí Maozöxê 38 27 4 7 120 50 +70 85 Champions----------
- 2 Image Istria City FC 38 25 4 9 112 39 +73 79 Champions’ League--
3 Image Herzegovina City FC 38 22 7 9 120 56 +64 73 Champions’ League--
4 Image René Skaé 38 21 7 10 107 59 +48 70 Champions’ League--

- 5 Image La Nueva Avenida 38 20 9 9 110 58 +52 69 Challenger’s Cup---
6 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 38 19 7 12 103 57 +46 64 Challenger’s Cup---
7 Image Kitara AA 38 19 6 13 68 56 +12 63 Challenger’s Cup---
8 Image Avenida Leal 38 19 6 13 83 73 +10 63 Challenger’s Cup---
9 Image Busukuma AC 38 17 9 12 62 50 +12 60 Challenger’s Cup---
10 Image Jinja City FC 38 17 7 14 75 62 +13 58 Challenger’s Cup---

11 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 38 16 8 14 96 72 +24 56
12 Image Busembe Timberwolves 38 16 7 15 80 93 -13 55
13 Image Hoima Warriors 38 14 8 16 54 60 -6 50
-14 Image Lâ Lüs 38 13 8 17 59 89 -30 47 Dissolved----------
15 Image Avenida Principal 38 13 8 17 59 89 -29 47
16 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 38 13 5 20 67 104 -37 44
17 Image Mynda Electra 38 10 10 18 62 83 -21 40
18 Image Lakiska SC 38 6 7 25 37 73 -36 25
-19 Image Umbazi Metropolitan SC 38 3 8 27 36 99 -63 17 Relegated----------
20 Image La Querida 38 1 3 34 22 210 -188 6


GOLDEN BALL
Average Rating   Games Played   Image Player Name           ImageClub     
- 8.15 31 Image Xíxì Êns Image Dí Maozöxê --------------
- 8.05 30 Image Murray Hunnisett Image Istria City FC -------
- 8.02 35 Image Meghan Walcott Image Herzegovina City FC------


GOLDEN BOOT
-Goals Scored    Games Played   Image Player Name           ImageClub     
- 36 37 Image Edmün Çídh Image Herzegovina City FC------
- 29 31 Image Xíxì Êns Image Dí Maozöxê ---------
- 28 36 Image Latona Basilisk Image Mâ Âlâmëómë -------


GOLDEN BIB
Average Rating   Games Played   Image Player Name           ImageClub     
- 7.76 30 Image Henrik Martin Image Dí Maozöxê---------------
- 7.59 36 Image Kate Huitema-Omeasoo Image Istria City FC-----------
- 7.52 31 Image Lana Mensdóttir Image Dí Maozöxê -------


BEST ELEVEN
Average Rating     Position     Image Player Name           ImageClub    
-- 7.80 aGKa Image Íüé Tgô Image Dí Maozöxê---------------
-- 7.51 aLBa Image Aries Kohler Image Istria City FC -----
-- 7.65 aCBa Image Demba Kinteh Image Dí Maozöxê---------------
-- 7.99 aRBa Image Darijen Vesele Image René Skaé ---------------
-- 7.76 aCMa Image Henrik Martin Image Dí Maozöxê---------------
-- 8.05 aCMa Image Murray Hunnisett Image Istria City FC -----
-- 7.87 aLWa Image Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng Image La Nueva Avenida -----
-- 7.84 aOMa Image Tulaki Rauogba Image René Skaé -----
-- 8.02 aRWa Image Meghan Walcott Image Herzegovina City FC -----
-- 7.90 aSTa Image Jason Þórhallursson Image Busembe Timberwolves-----
-- 8.15 aSTa Image Xíxì Êns Image Dí Maozöxê -----
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BUSUKUMA, NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION, BANIJA- What are the highlights for this summer? Well, of course, with the IFCF up and running, it was the preliminaries of international club competition! IFCF competition, as well as the Atlantian Oceania Champions League, all kicked off in the Summer. It was quite the summer for clubs in the S-FPL. Let's get right into it!

1. Dí Maozöxê

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Dí Maozöxê earn a bye from the first two Preliminary Rounds, and will play in the Champions Path
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Bartholomew FC of Boring Paradise
First Leg: Dí Maozöxê 2-0 Bartholomew FC. Second Leg: Bartholomew FC 0-3 Dí Maozöxê.
Dí Maozöxê advance 5-0 on aggregate to the Playoff Preliminary Round of the Champions League
Playoff Round Opponent- Olympic of Mytanija
First Leg: Dí Maozöxê 0-0 Olympic. Second Leg: Olympic 0-0 Dí Maozöxê (0-0 AET, 2-3 on penalties)
Dí Maozöxê advance on penalty kicks to the group stages of the IFCF Champions League
Atlantian Oceania Champions League
No summer competition for the AOCL
Southwestern Heritage Cup
Group Stage
MD1: BYE
MD2: Dí Maozöxê (FFD) 2–1 Raynor City United (VAL)
MD3: Likewell Kirk (DEM) 0–1 Dí Maozöxê (FFD)
MD4: Dí Maozöxê (FFD) 2–1 Istria City FC (BNJ)
MD5: Learfield FC (CBP) 0–0 Dí Maozöxê (FFD)
With 10 points, Dí Maozöxê win their group and advance to the Southwestern Heritage Cup Final.
Final
Dí Maozöxê (FFD) 3–1 Cloudsdale Flyers (EQS)
Dí Maozöxê are crowned champions of the inaugural Southwestern Heritage Cup


The defending champions had two very important accomplishments this Summer. #1- Winning the first edition of the Southwestern Heritage Cup, a summer club competition between the league champions of the nations of the Glorious Southwest. And #2, far more importantly- advancing to the group stages of the IFCF Champions League. Now, the latter was certainly done with some drama. Getting a bye from the first two rounds, the S-FPL's first ever champions needed to win a pair of two-legged ties to get there. They swatted aside Bartholomew FC, 5-0 on aggregate, like they were not even there.

It was the second tie, against Olympic of Mytanija, that was the tight one. Unlike many ties involving a Farfadillis squad, these two battled to a pair of 0-0 draws. So after 120 minutes in the second leg, penalty kicks would decide who would reach the group stage. And it would be the S-FPL champions avoiding what would've been a huge upset, as Farf legend Xíxì Êns buried the game winning penalty.

And then, of course, for the Southwestern Heritage Cup. Dí Maozöxê seemed to be in blistering form for the tournament. They earned notable group stage wins over both Raynor City United and Istria City FC, and were dominant against the Cloudsdale Flyers en route to their first trophy of this young campaign. As they lifted that trophy, Rebels manager Blâás Âgínsôgnó was clear with his message to the media- "we'll be back for more, you mother [redacted]. You guys can hate on us all you want, but we're the best in the S-FPL and the best of the Southwest. Can't stop us now, eh?"

2. Istria City FC

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Istria City FC earn a bye from the first two Preliminary Rounds, and will play in the Champions Path
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Golden Eagles of Mapletish
First Leg: Istria City FC 2-1 Golden Eagles. Second Leg: Golden Eagles 0-3 Istria City FC.
Istria City FC advance 5-1 on aggregate to the Playoff Preliminary Round of the Champions League
Playoff Round Opponent- Langmere Green Rovers FC of Flavovespia
First Leg: Istria City FC 3-0 Langmere Green Rovers FC. Second Leg: Langmere Green Rovers FC 0-3 Istria City FC
Istria City FC advance 6-0 on aggregate to the Playoff Preliminary Round of the Champions League
Atlantian Oceania Champions League
No summer competition for the AOCL
Southwestern Heritage Cup
Group Stage
MD1: Likewell Kirk (DEM) 0–2 Istria City FC (BNJ)
MD2: BYE
MD3: Istria City FC (BNJ) 1–1 Learfield FC (CBP)
MD4: Dí Maozöxê (FFD) 2–1 Istria City FC (BNJ)
MD5: Istria City FC (BNJ) 0–1 Raynor City United (VAL)
Istria City gets third in their group and is eliminated from the competition


And now, the club from Banija's biggest city. The Southwestern Heritage Cup was not nearly as nice to them as it was to the Rebels above. Istria City finished third in their group of five squads. While they earned a win over Likewell Kirk of Demot, that was a victory over what was widely seen as the weakest team in the group. They drew against Learfield FC, they were downed by league rivals Dí Maozöxê, and they fell to the club that is widely regarded as the biggest in the southwest, Raynor City United, by a score of 1-0. Madu Okparra, a Banijan national team winger, scored the game's only goal for RCU.

And then, came the Champions League preliminary rounds. Needing to win a pair of ties, they put the Southwestern Heritage Cup behind them and blitzed their way to the group stages. Out of the four games they played over these two ties, the 2-1 home win over the Golden Eagles to start it off was the only game that can't be qualified as a 'dominant' showing. The rest were. That away goal allowed made for a dangerous second leg in Mapletish, but a first half brace from Kate Huitema-Omeasoo settled things in the away leg. And in the final round, Istria City made quick work of their opponent, twice defeating the Langmere Green Rovers by a score of 3-0, to easily get into the group stages, 6-0 on aggregate. The Champions path was kind to the Banijan and Farf teams- is either side prepped to make a run?

3. Herzegovina City FC

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
Herzegovina City FC earn a bye from the first Preliminary Round, and will play in the Non-Champions Path
Second Preliminary Round Opponent- Xemlice Rovers of Abanhfleft
First Leg: Xemlice Rovers 3-2 Herzegovina City FC. Second Leg: Herzegovina City FC 0-0 Xemlice Rovers.
Herzegovina City FC are eliminated, 3-2 on aggregate, and fall to the Challenger's Cup Third Preliminary Round
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Hawthorne Kickers of Xanneria
First Leg: Hawthorne Kickers 1-3 Herzegovina City FC. Second Leg: Herzegovina City FC 0-0 Hawthorne Kickers
Herzegovina City advance, 3-1 on aggregate, to the Playoff Preliminary Round
Playoff Round Opponent- Maethoru SC of Ko-oren
First Leg: Maethoru SC 0-1 Herzegovina City FC. Second Leg: Herzegovina City FC 4-1 Maethoru SC
Herzegovina City advance, 5-1 on aggregate, to the Qualifying Preliminary Round
Qualifying Round Opponent- Libertas Bergheim of Savojarna
First Leg: Libertas Bergheim 1-1 Herzegovina City FC. Second Leg: Herzegovina City 1-0 Libertas Bergheim.
Herzegovina City advance, 2-1 on aggregate, to the group stage of the IFCF Challenger's Cup


The Trumpeteers had to take the long path here. They were in the Non-Champions Path of the Champions League, widely considered the more difficult path. They needed to win three ties. Unfortunately for them, while they were favorites against the Xemlice Rovers of Abanhfleft, they were beaten in the first leg, away from home, 3-2. The difference was an agonizingly late own goal from Felix Millar. While they only needed one in the return leg, there was none to be had, as Xemlice were disciplined enough to earn the 0-0 draw and force Herzegovina City out of the CL.

An angry Herzegovina City side looked to take it out on their opponents in the ChC. And they were in good form, especially awa from home. A 3-1 away win in the first leg in Xanneria made the second leg a mere formality. A 1-0 away win by Herzegovina City in the next round in Ko-oren was massively expounded upon, as they won 4-1 against a desperate and stretching Maethoru SC in the return leg. It was a ruthless display of counter-attacking. And in the Qualifying Round, they showed their mettle. Libertas Bergheim led 1-0 most of the first leg, but a late equalizer from Edmün Çídh gave the Trumpeteers the advantage on away goals. And it would be Eamon Mullins who would score in the second leg, for some insurance. To the group stages Herzegovina City goes!

4. René Skaé

IFCF Champions League Preliminary Rounds
René Skaé earn a bye from the first two Preliminary Rounds, and will play in the Non-Champions Path
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Colonial Sile of Vilita
First Leg: Colonial Sile 1-1 Colonial Sile. Second Leg: René Skaé 2-2 Colonial Sile
René Skaé are eliminated, 3-3(2-1) on away goals, and fall to the Playoff Preliminary Round of the IFCF Challenger's Cup
IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Playoff Preliminary Round Opponent- Steinaux of Græntfjall
First Leg: Steinaux 1-3 René Skaé. Second Leg: René Skaé 0-1 Steinaux
René Skaé advance, 3-2 on aggregate, to the Qualifying Preliminary Round
Qualifying Preliminary Round Opponent- Kitara Athletic Association of Banija
First Leg: Kitara Athletic Association 4-2 René Skaé. Second Leg: René Skaé 2-2 Kitara Athletic Association.
René Skaé are eliminated, 6-4 on aggregate, from the IFCF Challenger's Cup


They had the same thing as Herzegovina City. Enter the Third Preliminary ROund of the CL in the Non-Champions Path. But they would fall on away goals to Colonial Sile of Vilita, and get bumped down to the Challenger's Cup. BUt in that competition, they did fight valiantly. They were very good in Græntfjall. When countries from those two teams battle, many call it "the battle of the Kraken-states", as those are the only two major countries with Kraken sightings. But it was the Farf side that would win in that one, as Steinaux could not overturn a 1-3 loss in the first leg on their own home turf.

The final tie for the Colonels was against another S-FPL side, Kitara Athletic Association. Kitara AA, playing in their brand new Keystone Stadium, was able to earn a victory over the Colonels. It was unfortunate for manager Louis-Étienne Hevesi and his side, as Kitara left back Ebrahima Jallow said that the "Barabara were not on our level." Big smack talk considering Kitara finished three spots behind Rene Skae in the league last year, will Rene Skae fans remember those comments the next time these two teams meet?

5. La Nueva Avenida

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
La Nueva Avenida earn a bye from the first two Preliminary Rounds of the competition
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Loxthorpe Rovers FC of Flavovespia
First Leg: Loxthorpe Rovers FC 1-1 La Nueva Avenida. Second Leg: La Nueva Avenida 2-1 Loxthorpe Rovers FC
La Nueva Avenida advance, 3-2 on aggregate, to the Playoff Preliminary Round
Playoff Round Opponent- Canalave Dragons of Valladares
First Leg: Canalave Dragons 1-0 La Nueva Avenida. Second Leg: La Nueva Avenida 4-5 Canalave Dragons
La Nueva Avenida are eliminated, 6-4 on aggregate, from the IFCF Challenger's Cup


There really isn't much to say here. They played in two ties in the Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds. They were hoping for more success than this, but what can be done? Fortunaely for them, finishing fifth in the league last season, they were able to earn a bye from the first two preliminary rounds of the competition. And that meant the following - win a trio of two-leged ties to get to the next stage.

In the Third Preliminary ROund, a scoring away draw gave them the advantage against a Flavovespian side in the first leg, and then they went up 2-0 in the first half at home to essentially bury the AO opponents. The realy interesting tie here, was their Playoff Round tie with the Canalave Dragons of Valladares. Winning in Valladares is never easy. It's a footballing obsessed nation, like many in Rushmore. The Dragons are a dangerous opponent. There is a reason they put three players into that country's most recent best XI. And it would be their leading goalscorer from a season prior, Adrien Borges, who would score the only goal. This Farf club had a number of chances to equalize, as was seen when even normally ruthless striker Ugós Oroso missed a free header from inside the six.

But in the return leg to Victoria, it was absolutely the opposite. Not one goal between the free-flowing attacking sides- but nine. Both teams wanting to get after it. Both wanting to do whatever they could. Salomón De Zúñiga, the local kid, scoring twice, while Ugós Oroso and Yya Tuuvyr each scored once. Those goals had given La Nueva Avenida a 4-3 lead about 70 minutes in. With the away goals rule, of course, that meant it was a 4-4 aggregate tie. La Nueva Avenida needed to chase one more goal. Of course, it's a Farf club, so all they do is chase goals anyways, but with even more desperation than usual. The Dragons, however, were ready, and punished the home team on the counter. Frank Lambert would score again to make it 4-4 on the day, and then Adrien Borges scored again in stoppage to make it 5-4. A wild, 5-4 win for the visitors, and a 6-4 aggregate win for them, would send los Novanos packing from IFCF competition this season.


6. Rülândéá Kôstä

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
First Preliminary Round Opponent- FC Zuridge of Nacaltora
First Leg: FC Zuridge 1-3 Rülândéá Kôstä. Second Leg: Rülândéá Kôstä 0-0 FC Zuridge.
Rülândéá Kôstä advance, 3-1 on aggregate, to the Second Preliminary Round
Second Preliminary Round Opponent- Yincheng Capitals of Yuezhou
First Leg: Yincheng Capitals 1-1 Rülândéá Kôstä. Second Leg: Rülândéá Kôstä 5-1 Yincheng Capitals
Rülândéá Kôstä advance, 6-2 on aggregate, to the Third Preliminary Round
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Chrilsia FC of Ancherion
First Leg: Chrilsia 1-4 Rülândéá Kôstä. Second Leg: Rülândéá Kôstä 1-0 Chrilsia FC.
Rülândéá Kôstä advance, 5-1 on aggregate, to the Playoff Preliminary Round
Playoff Round Opponent- Gunzlach of Græntfjall
First Leg: Rülândéá Kôstä 3-2 Gunzlach. Second Leg: Gunzlach 1-1 Rülândéá Kôstä.
Rülândéá Kôstä advance, 4-3 on aggregate, to the Qualifying Preliminary Round
Qualifying Round Opponent- Lonngeylin Coast of Vilita
First Leg: Rülândéá Kôstä 2-3 Lonngeylin Coast. Second Leg: Lonngeylin Coast 1-4 Rülândéá Kôstä.
Rülândéá Kôstä advance, 6-4 on aggregate, to the IFCF Challenger's Cup Group Stage


There's a thing called the Challenger's Cup gauntlet. Of course, the traditional gauntlet- entering the IFCF Challenger's Cup in the first preliminary round, and winning five consecutive two-legged ties to make the group stages of the competition. That's 10 extra matches in the Summer. It requires depth and skill- all those extra matches can wear on you over the course of a season. But of course, even all the way back in the first preliminary round, teams still have visions of trophies dancing before their eyes.

Of course, we can't touch individually on each tie. But Rülândéá Kôstä made their way through with startling efficiency in the early stages. The first tie, against FC Zulridge of Nacaltora, they scored a trio of away goals in the first leg to essentially bury their opponents at the halfway mark. In the second preliminary round, an away scoring draw against the Yincheng Capitals of Yuezhou gave them a small-time boost. But they were dominant in the second leg, scoring 3 goals inside the first half an hour to put their stamp of dominance on the tie. And in the third preliminary round, a dominant 4-1 road win in the first leg rendered the second leg essentially a formality.

So let's skip ahead right to where it got interesting. Gunzlach of Græntfjall would be their opponent on the day. Gunzlach were mere minutes away from winning the league in Græntfjall last season. 3 minutes left in regular time in the final game of the season, conceding one of the most heartbreaking goals you could ever imagine. Now, using that heartbreak as motivation to climb their way to the Playoff Round of this competition. Tâ Kôsta would certainly have their hands full. A late winner from Quebecois international Erin Kang would give them a slight 3-2 home win. However, those two away goals for Gunzlach would loom large in the second leg. Their strategy visiting North Rushmore? Get an early goal and then try to hold. Röémün Çídh scored in the 12th minute to give tâ Kôsta a 4-2 lead on aggregate, and that would be enough to hold, as they only conceded once, late in the second half, and moved onto the qualifying round, 4-3 on aggregate.

The final part of the gauntlet. Could they run it? It is possible. Jinja City FC did it a few years ago, back in the BSL days. This time, tâ Kôsta would have to face the Lonngeylin Coast of VIlita. In the first leg at home, the Rulandese squad took a 2-1 lead into the 85th minute. But the defense utterly collapsed, as the Schottian midfielder Dilon Bánach scored an equalizer in the 85th, and assisted the go-ahead winner in the 89th. A 3-2 win for the visitors, but thanks to the away goals rule, it would be a daunting challenge for Rülândéá Kôstä to reach the group stages. How did Rülândéá Kôstä respond? Only with their best game of the season. They stunned Atlantian Oceania by going to Vilita and absolutely dominating, and not letting up on the hosts until they had earned a 4-1 victory. They want to show they're a rising power both in the S-FPL and beyond. And now they've run the Challenger's Cup gauntlet to reach the group stages of this competition- who can doubt them now?

7. Kitara Ahtletic Association

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Kitara A.A. earn a bye from the first two Preliminary Rounds of the competition
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Bourne River of Ethane
First Leg: Bourne River 0-1 Kitara AA. Second Leg: Kitara AA 2-2 Bourne River
Kitara AA advance, 3-2 on aggregate, to the Playoff Preliminary Round
Playoff Round Opponent- Turoki Tide of Vilita
First Leg: Kitara AA 1-1 Turoki Tide. Second Leg: Turoki Tide 2-2 Kitara AA
Kitara AA advance, 3-3(2-1) on away goals, to the Qualifying Preliminary Round
Qualifying Preliminary Round Opponent- René Skaé of Farfadillis
First Leg: Kitara Athletic Association 4-2 René Skaé. Second Leg: René Skaé 2-2 Kitara Athletic Association.
The Kitara Athletic Association advance, 6-4 on aggregate, to the group stage of the IFCF Challenger's Cup


The Kitara Athletic Association. Opening up a brand new stadium. The Keystone Stadium(sponsored by Keystone Bank of Eura), with a capacity of 47,000. They have been a top 5 team in Banija for years. However, not many still regard them as a big club. New ownership a few years ago, a new, larger, and glitzier stadium this year, alongside a new Chromatik manager- these guys are going for it. But it starts here. And they, too, would like a place in the Challenger's Cup group stages.

We'll pick up in the Playoff Preliminary Round. They had a bye from the first two rounds, and won 3-2 in the third round over Bourne River of Ethane. Here is where things got interesting. Playoff Round, their opponent was Turoki Tide of Vilita. Yet another matchup between the biggest multi-associational leagues of Atlantian Oceania. THe first game would take place at a sold out Keystone Stadium. Farf national Fujanej Moloses would score the opening goal for the visitors, and Kitara A.A. could only equalize at home. The Equestrian international striker, Nightingale, headed home a cross from Starblaydian international Betanni Jetvanna. They were trailing on away goals, but one away goal could change the tie entirely.

Kitara Athletic Association went to Vilita to try and find a way to turn the tie around. But when Nightingale was brought down in the box, the referee immediately pointed to the spot- penalty. Ronald Mickel, still the record Banijan signing and now the squad's leader, buried from the spot. They were level on away goals. But the Tide were not done. They scored twice, with Polaox Torerun equalizing just before halftime, while Roderick Yi scored the go-ahead in the 55th. The Blue and Whites would push, and push, and push for the equalizer. They were close a number of times, but in the fourth minute of stoppage, Ronald Mickel scored the winner on an exceptionally poor clearance from the home goalkeeper. The players rushed the field, and that would be enough for them to advance.

We covered the tie in the Qualifying Round against René Skaé above. It was a chippy tie, but Kitara Athletic Association stepped up and put themselves in the Challenger's Cup.

8. Avenida Leal

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Extra Preliminary Round Opponent- I Hope of Chartistan
First Leg: I Hope 0-2 Avenida Leal. Second Leg: I Hope 1-0 Avenida Leal
Avenida Leal advance, 2-1 on aggregate, to the first preliminary round
First Preliminary Round Opponent- Porto Espinhosa FC of Acastanha
First Leg: Porto Espinhosa FC 2-2 Avenida Leal. Second Leg: Avenida Leal 3-1 Porto Espinhosa FC.
Avenida Leal advance, 5-3 on aggregate, to the second preliminary round
Second Preliminary Round Opponent- Kohnhead City FC of Kohnhead
First Leg: Kohnhead City FC 1-3 Avenida Leal. Second Leg: Avenida Leal 0-0 Kohnhead City FC.
Avenida Leal advance, 3-1 on aggregate, to the third preliminary round
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Daunt's Den of The Quagpire
First Leg: Daunt's Den 2-2 Avenida Leal. Second Leg: Avenida Leal 2-1 Daunt's Den
Avenida Leal advance, 4-3 on aggregate, to the Playoff Preliminary Round
Playoff Round Opponent- Southern Star of Brenecia
First Leg: Avenida Leal 0-3 Southern Star. Second Leg: Southern Star 0-4 Avenida Leal
Avenida Leal advance, 4-3 on aggregate, to the Qualifying Preliminary Round
Qualifying Round Opponent- Tihon of Chromatika
First Leg: Avenida Leal 2-1 Tihon. Second Leg: Tihon 2-1 Avenida Leal. (2-1 AET, 1-3 on penalties)
Avenida Leal advance 3-3(1-1) on penalties to the IFCF Challenger's Cup group stages


We talked about La Nueva Avenida's gauntlet run. But what about their local rivals? There's the Challenger's Cup gauntlet, and then there's this- trying to run the gauntlet from the Extra Preliminary Round. The true gauntlet, the roided gauntlet, whatever you want to call it. They would need to win six different two-legged ties, over 12 matches, to make the Challenger's Cup group stages. That would be insane. It would be impossible, right?

They had some early wins against teams from small countries. Out of the first four preliminary rounds, their biggest opponent was Kohnhead City FC, of Kohnhead. They also earned wins against teams from Acastanha, Chartistan, and The Quagpire(not in that order). So we'll skip ahead to probably the most shocking result of the Preliminary rounds- their tie against Southern Star. They finished third in the A-League in Brenecia, one of the biggest leagues in the world. Probably the biggest leauge in Esportiva, at the very least. Unless you're from Nephara or Valanora, you're likely an underdog when you have a two-legged tie against a Brenecian side.

That's why the result Avenida Leal had was so stunning. The first leg took place in Victoria. While Avenida Leal was great about getting forward, Southern Star was compact and absolutely devastating on the counter-attack. Charlie Gray scored just before halftime, and his teammates scored twice more to give Southern Star a 3-0 win away from home. Everyone would've thought at that point- the second leg was just a formality, right? But Avenida Leal had worked too hard to get this far. They'd need a minimum of three away goals without conceding. In Brenecia. Almost impossible, right? But when Marcus Young scored in the 3rd minute, they knew they had a chance. José Córdova scored to make the deficit in the tie one exactly at the 30 minute mark, bending in a wicked free kick. And Baker Parker midfielder Travis Grimaldi stunned by equalizing at Pride’s Run in the 67th. Could they possibly score a winner? And they would, from the most unlikely source. Simón Franco, who is from Farolera(where the club is located), headed home from a corner kick in the 81st to stun the hosts. THey were too shell shocked to really mount a legitimate effort to score again. Out of hundreds of games in the preliminary rounds this season, this comeback might be the most stunning result of all. 3-0 aggregate and away goals deficit against an A-League side turned into a 4-3 aggregate win. Knowing Farf fans, there was certainly rioting in Victoria after the final whistle blew here.

Many thought they were a team of destiny after that. You couldn't possibly win a tie that dramatically and then fail to make the group stages, right? Well, you could. That kind of win is emotionally draining. Can make it difficult to prepare for the next game. A 2-1 win in Farfadillis for Avenida Leal, but Tihon won 2-1 at their 95,000 capacity 'Tidal Wave' stadium to make it 3-3 on aggregate, and 1-1 on away goals. Avenida Leal would have the best chance to advance during extra time, as a Nevaeh Cathar header hit the post. They went to penalties. So much at stake. The winner, to the group stages. The loser? Home, another campaign to be forgotten. Who would hold their nerve on Urrhed Island in Chromatika? It would be none other than the Farves themselves. Both teams hit their first penalties. Both teams skied their second penalties. But Avenida Leal recoverd, with South Newlandian winger Marcus Young, as well as Nepharan striker Nevaeh Cathar, both hitting from the spot, while Rogerio Defigueroa made two saves himself. To the group stages!

9. Busukuma Athletic Club

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
First Preliminary Round Opponent- K Islanders of South Newlandia
First Leg: K Islanders 2-2 Busukuma AC. Second Leg: Busukuma AC 2-1 K Islanders
Busukuma AC advance, 4-3 on aggregate, to the Second Preliminary Round
Second Preliminary Round Opponent- Everfree Forest HC of Equestria
First Leg: Everfree Forest HC 1-2 Busukuma AC. Second Leg: Busukuma AC 0-1 Everfree Forest HC
Busukuma AC advance, 2-2(2-1) on away goals to the Third Preliminary Round
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Malavan Romainbourg of Omerica
First Leg: Malavan Romainbourg 1-2 Busukuma AC. Second Leg: Busukuma AC 2-1 Malavan Romainbourg.
Busukuma AC advance, 4-2 on aggregate, to the Playoff Preliminary Round
Playoff Preliminary Round Opponent- Royal Canterlot HC of Equestria
First Leg: Busukuma AC 0-0 Royal Canterlot HC. Second Leg: Royal Canterlot HC 3-1 Busukuma AC
Busukuma AC are eliminated, 3-1 on aggregate, from the IFCF Challenger's Cup


And now, for the club in the Banijan capitol! Busukuma AC, forever underperforming their potential, heading back into the Challenger's Cup. Like the above teams, they would enter in the first preliminary round, and try to run the gauntlet themselves. It's a tough task. But two Farf teams above have just shown everybody how it's done. Did Busukuma?

Busukuma AC certainly put their best foot forward. In the first preliminary round, against the K Islanders of South Newlandia.This is a veteran squad this year, just player under the age of 29. They were able to down the K Islanders, following up a scoring draw in South Newlandia with a win on the day in Busukuma, which gave them a 4-3 win on aggregate. And then, in the second round, they'd take on an Equestrian club. Everfree Forest HC. Away teams ruled the day in that tie, with both teams earning regulation wins away from home. They tied 2-2 on aggregate. However, Busukuma AC's 2-1 away win ranked ahead of Everfree Forest's 1-0 away win, because of the away goals rule, so they'd advance.

After winning both legs 2-1 against Malavan Romainbourg of Omerica, they would take on a club from the Equestrian capitol of Canterlot. Two capitol clubs in the Glorious Southwest- Royal Canterlot HC against Busukuma AC. In the home leg in Busukuma, Royal Canterlot HC had a very strong strategy- don't concede, play for the draw. And Busukuma AC, despite players like Wijini and Cyper Baldeh on their team, could not break down the visitors. That did not bode well for their trip to Canterlot. Royal Canterlot HC, in front of a raucous home crowd, went up 2-0 inside 20 minutes, and were able to hold on for a 3-1 second leg win, which gave them a 3-1 win on aggregate. An altogether strong run from Busukuma AC, winning three consecutive ties, but ultimately not enough.

10. Jinja City FC

IFCF Challenger's Cup Preliminary Rounds
Extra Preliminary Round Opponent- AS Plourafel of Gouvanarch
First Leg: AS Plourafel 0-2 Jinja City FC. Second Leg: Jinja City FC 2-2 AS Plourafel.
Jinja City FC advance, 4-2 on aggregate, to the First Preliminary Round
First Preliminary Round Opponent- Fortes Avikehti of Herkaluu
First Leg: Fortes Avikehti 0-4 Jinja City FC. Second Leg: Jinja City FC 0-1 Fortes Avikehti
Jinja City FC advance, 4-1 on aggregate, to the Second Preliminary Round
Second Preliminary Round Opponent- St. John's Arsenal of Quebec
First Leg: St. John's Arsenal 2-2 Jinja City FC. Second Leg: Jinja City FC 1-0 St. John's Arsenal
Jinja City FC advance, 3-2 on aggregate, to the Third Preliminary Round
Third Preliminary Round Opponent- Union Juven of Oscioru
First Leg: Union Juven 2-0 Jinja City FC. Second Leg: Jinja City 1-1 Union Juven
Jinja City FC are eliminated, 3-1 on aggregate, from the IFCF Challenger's Cup


Jinja CIty FC started in the Extra Preliminary round. Could they run the super gauntlet? IN the first two preliminary rounds, decisive road wins carried Jinja City FC forward. This is a team that has invested a lot in improving their standing in the league. They believe they are a big club- they are now out here to prove it. The most interesting tie, was a Commonwealth battle between Jinja City FC and St. John's Arsenal of Quebec. St. John's Arsenal were the runner-ups in the Q-League last season. Cassadagan international Madison McClain scored once, and new signing Junior Ngoba scored himself, to earn a 2-2 draw in Quebec. THe away goals gave them the advantage, and Musa Gaye's goal in the home leg ended the tie.

The Third Preliminary round, they'd take on Union Juven of Oscioru. The Oscioru champions put on a defensive master class at home, stunning JInja City FC and earning a 2-0 win. They didn't get forward often, but when they did, they were devastating, and stayed effectively in front of their opponents. Jinja City, getting shutout away from home, needed to get at least two goals at home without conceding. While they scored the opener, Union Juven scored a penalty in the 51st that essentially buried the tie. An upset for sure, but a deserving victory for Oscioru's champions.




And there you have it! We'll see two S-FPL clubs in the upcoming AOCL, two S-FPL clubs in the upcoming IFCF Champions League group stages, and four S-FPL clubs in the upcoming IFCF Challenger's coup group stages. A successful summer campaign for these sides, if you will. Can they keep up their form in the group stages?

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Ausharmuj Marusi
Nickname: la Sindica (the Syndicate)
Derogatory nickname(s): les Mugrientés (the Grimy ones)
Manager: Image Ey Farrháteré
Ground: Multisportivé Joan Roaré (17,000), located in Bolanos, Ferdullaele Image
Major rivals: Ferdullaele (local and political)
Major honours: 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 1 Ferdullaelan state league title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: Third-worst Farf team would do
Pundits' prediction: 13th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Giolehe Inflax aLBa Image Valdo Kímé aCBa Image Ecésar der Efer aRBa Image Soirelí der Reneska aCMa Image Liberté Salogadó aCMa Image Eslejes Aljojí aLWa Image Joaquim Martell aOMa Image Óstam Perda Raom aRWa Image Lojes de Sájajo aSTa Image Joe Green aSTa Image Oskar Holsteiner

Bench: aGKa Image Anviungar Lagondanasó aGKa Image Garrehemí Crenago aLBa Image Stisé Guhega aCBa Image Horacéi Xúrkaroá aRBa Image Lôdgé G’Ôxz aCMa Image Madusmé Ukén aCMa Image Cicek Aga aLWa Image Samahuhe Axjos aOMa Image Féipé Cronologó aRWa Image Antu Ouattara aSTa Image Pmoifue Jopar aSTa Image Kamara Mboge

Background: The only left-wing team in Ferdullaele, the wealthy capital state that had control over Farfadillis until only a decade ago. Why are they the only left-wing team? Because the team is still heavily associated with the syndicate that founded it, so they have by far the largest working-class fanbase outside Ruland. Left-wing as they may be, though, they're very much Ferdullaelan nationalists like almost all other teams in the capital (don't ask them why their roster features so many non-Ferdullaelans). So, basically, they're hated outside Ferdullaele for being xenophobes and hated inside Ferdullaele for being filthy commies. They relish this.

Notes: The defense really let down the team last season. As a result, the club has decided to make one key change in the line-up: Oskar Holsteiner makes his way back to his boyhood club, hoping to pull off a Xíxì Êns. The defense has remained the same, although the bench has seen new arrivals which could break into the first team if the starters' form continues into this season. Honestly, it's hard to imagine them doing well this season: the first season fo the S-FPL was not kind to them, and there's no indication of, well, anything having changed. They have a few good players here and there (namely, World Cup winners Lojes de Sájajo and Oskar Holsteiner as well as NT starters like Joe Green and Joaquim Martell), but so do most teams in the league!


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Avenida Leal
Nickname: los Leales (the Loyal ones)
Derogatory nickname(s): la Plata (the money)
Manager: Image Constantino Martínez
Ground: Lealtad y Fuerza (30,000), located in Victoria Lago, Farolera Image
Major rivals: La Nueva Avenida (local), Avenida Principal (local), Avenida Victoria (local)
Major honours: 3 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 3 Faroleran state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: IFCF qualification and/or rolling heads
Pundits' prediction: 10th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Rogerio Defigueroa aLBa Image Shoji Suzukaze aCBa Image Fueke Gorlamel aRBa Image Krysia Bailey aDMa Image Simón Franco aCMa Image Mark Anderson aCMa Image Travis Grimaldi aCMa Image Næmor Paala aLWa Image José Córdova aRWa Image Marcus Young aSTa Image Nevaeh Cathar

Bench: aGKa Image Noé Perea aGKa Image Émîróînó Ônzántolöìra aLBa Image Fausto Alcazar aCBa Image Trinidad Arochi aRBa Image Aristide Agostino aDMa Image Tobías Santacruz aCMa Image Julián Rodríquez aCMa Image Vinicio Arizabal aLWa Image Abel Terrazas aOMa Image Matías Marín aRWa Image Svetislav Cirkovic aSTa Image Suaham Ararina

Background: Though Avenida Leal arrived comparatively late to the whole successful Avenida thing, they're nowadays arguably the second-best one historically, and some might argue the best one at the moment. They're a club of working class roots, much like La Nueva Avenida. In their case, they're heavily tied to the wood industry. This rather bizarrely puts them at odds with the rest of the Avenidas which, while more right-leaning, are much more environmental, going so far as to have their shared stadium in the forest. Silly chants about deforestation ensue. While the relationship between the Avenidas is bizarre, Avenida Leal can boast the title of "not very hated outside their home state", thanks to their many charitative efforts during the times of crisis. Notably, to date, none of their fans have died in clashes against Rulandese fans, with only a few exceptions.

Notes: It's very hard trying to predict how they'll fare this season. On the one hand, their eighth-place finish last season is a good sign. On the other... the team just looked like it didn't (and couldn't!) click for most of the season. Does this mean they've got better players than they let on? Or does it mean they were stupidly lucky and will crash and burn now? When you read the squad list, it seems like the answer is neither. Maybe their luck and their failure to play as a cohesive unit conspired to make them finish in the exact place they would've been expected to.


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Avenida Principal
Nickname: los Caballeros (the Knights)
Derogatory nickname(s): la Tercera Avenida (the Third Avenue)
Manager: Image Gregorio Fredeluces
Ground: La Gran Avenida (60,000), located in Victoria Lago, Farolera Image
Major rivals: Avenida Leal (local and political), La Nueva Avenida (local), Avenida Victoria (local and political)
Major honours: 3 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Globe Cup title, 1 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League title, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: Totally unrealistic
Pundits' prediction: 17th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Lemuel Bereket aLBa Image Abram Aguayo aCBa Image David Xeniadis aCBa Image Ezequiel Zayas aRBa Image Emilio Frondarina aCMa Image Lucián Saldivar aCMa Image Óliver Tijerina aTKa Image Alson Figueroa aLWa Image Alonzo de Anda aRWa Image Leandro Martelli aSTa Image Celio Pompa

Bench: aGKa Image Godofredo Armendez aGKa Image Alejandro Montes aLBa Image Lucas Valdés aCBa Image Celio Astol aCBa Image Gervasi Cabezadebaca aRBa Image Matías Buendía aCMa Image Abraham Mondragón aCMa Image Adrián Fajardo aTKa Image Jorge Varela aLWa Image Casimiro Carrizosa aRWa Image Joel Cotto aSTa Image Emiliano Barreto

Background: Avenida Principal is, you guessed it, one of the Avenidas. They are following in Avenida Victoria's footsteps: they've been in a clear downturn for about ten seasons now. Bizarrely, they're generally agreed to be the richest team in the country. In the past, they used to have the most foreigners in the league. Nowadays, well... they've had to change plans, and it hasn't helped them one bit. Politically, as the most affluent team in the nation, and having some of the most affluent fans outside Ferdullaele, you can guess where their loyalties lie...

Notes: La Querida fans do not envy Avenida Principal fans. Why, you may ask? Because while La Querida fans are mostly content to watch their team get destroyed week in week out and generally not amount to anything, AP fans have found the last decade tortuous, purely by virtue of being in mid-table purgatory permanently. They used to challenge for the titles and be a big club. To date, they're the only Farf club with top flight IFCF/UICA success! Fans don't even get the excitement of a (successful) relegation battle. They only get to watch their team be forgettable. With that in mind, this team pretty much encapsulates all of this. Leandro Martelli, David Xeniadis and maybe (this ancient version of) Lemuel Bereket are the only two players that would've made it into past AP squads. They're not bad! They're not getting relegated, that's for sure. As long as La Querida are here, that's a certainty. But maybe a relegation battle some years down the line will bring excitement to the fans for the first time in a while.


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Avenida Victoria
Nickname: los Lobos (the Wolves)
Derogatory nickname(s): los bobos (the dumb ones)
Manager: Image Modesto Valenzuela
Ground: La Gran Avenida (60,000), located in Victoria Lago, Farolera Image
Major rivals: La Nueva Avenida (local), Avenida Principal (local), Avenida Leal (local)
Major honours: 2 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★
Fans' expectations: Do not get relegated in a convoluted, non-sporting way which would keep La Querida in the top flight for another season
Pundits' prediction: 16th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Lucián Medrano aLBa Image Beatrice Colgan aCBa Image Sans Ruvalcaba aCBa Image Vicente Lavea aRBa Image Rubén Hinojosa aLMa Image Héctor Parra aCMa Image Lancelot Mojica aCMa Image Remigio Exinia aRMa Image Modesto Noralez aSTa Image Emerico Rayos aSTa Image Pascual Tarrats

Bench: aGKa Image Ismael Guante aGKa Image Eustaquio Guedin aLBa Image Abram Rascón aCBa Image Miguel Espinosa aCBa Image Dionisio Gonzlez aRBa Image Horacio Trevino aLMa Image Édgar Urías aCMa Image Demetrio Echarren aCMa Image Humberto Tunon aRMa Image Joel Madera aSTa Image Rainerio Jofre aSTa Image Pedro Farpella

Background: The first big Avenida team. Of the big ones, the smallest. Most Avenida Victoria fans are still proud of how their team helped destroy the Ferdullaele monopoly of the league back in season 3, after decades of total hegemony from the capital city's club. Success was short-lived for Avenida Victoria, though: they only won the FFL in seasons 3 and 4. They've been chasing that high ever since, and one has to admire their fans, as they somehow haven't given up hope. Now back in the top flight after mysteriously making it back despite there being no records of a second-tier of Farf football being played lasy season, they'll be looking to claw their way back to the top (although mid-table would be a fantastic start). They have a very intense rivalry with La Nueva Avenida—the only rivalry in Farfadillis comparable to lâ Rülândéá Kâlâsïk. El Clásico, as the fans call it, is always a very heated affair, and red cards tend to fly.

Notes: Making a prediction here is very difficult because we don't have much to go off of. They apparently did well last season? No way to know. No footage of the players, no records of how well they did. Some of these names we do know, however, and they are ok but not great. Seeing as it's unlikely that Avenida Victoria have simultaneously gotten a lot better, mainly because that would imply there tons of S-FPL tier Farolerans not signed for any professional team, it's probable they'll sink back down. Not this season, of course, as La Querida are surely much worse than them.


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Busembe Timberwolves
Nickname: Timberwolves
Derogatory nickname(s): Beta Wolves
Manager: Image Bøb Übermanager
Ground: Tiones Lumber Field at the Wolf’s Den (44,000), located in Busembe, Kitara Image
Major rivals: Kitara AA (local)
Major honours: 2 RBSA Cups
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★
Fans' expectations: Mid-table finish
Pundits' prediction: 14th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Edgar Farsal-Smith aLBa Image Charly Renard aCBa Image Chuks Uchie aCBa Image Eze Mbanefo aRBa Image Darin Nicolas aCMa Image Juurou Okumura aCMa Image Jombo Sillah aOMa Image Jesper Porsche aOMa Image Kiggwe Basamula aOMa Image Kekoto Sey aSTa Image Jason Þórhallursson

Bench: aGKa Image Mamadi Thiaw aGKa Image Okorie aLBa Image Orji Ikem aCBa Image Jamang Kinte aCBa Image Diamond Shard aRBa Image Boy Manneh aCMa Image Bright Idea aCMa Image Sirif Mansaray aOMa Image Madhav Oojam aOMa Image Basile Langlois-Zuluka aOMa Image Uchey Nwankwo aSTa Image Jeff Finte

Background: Another side who are owned by a foreign investor. They are owned by the Taeshani pizza conglomerate, Fadron Pizza, who have owned the side for a few seasons now. Fully committed to South Kitara, the Timberwolves are a team without much history, but who are a success story. One of the few Banijan professional teams to have started after the beginning of the BSL, they have worked their way up from basement dwellers to consistent mid-table status, with a pair of trophies in there. A powerful story with the potentially problematic message that money can do anything. They could not be denied one of Banija’s 10 spots in the S-FPL. They are a club that loves attacking, and their fanbase is in love with their popular manager, Bøb Übermanager. An almost excessively confident manager who throws all sorts of players forward, their fans embody his attitude, with their ultras group “The Wolfpack” declaring themselves favorites to win the second edition of the S-FPL. They made a similar prediction last season; it didn't pan out and this one won't either. Also, their fans are possibly the most violent in Banija.

Notes: Going into last season, Kiggwe Basamula was expected to be the team's star. He played pretty well, sure, but he was completely eclipsed by Jason Þórhallursson, who managed to even get into the Best Eleven despite playing for a very mediocre team. Their defense sucks: it sucked last season and it will probably suck this season as well. They have at least changed some of it. However, the changes do seem a little suspect. To put it simply, nineteen-year-old Chuks Uchie hopefully won't mind his first season of professional football consisting of organizing the backline of an ultra-attacking team in a league where half the teams are from Farfadillis. As always, though, Übermanager's side is bound entertain, and at worst the fans will be able to find solace in that.


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Busukuma AC
Nickname: The Promised Club (in reference to Busukuma's nickname, "The Promised City")
Derogatory nickname(s): Sugar Daddies
Manager: Image Andrea Vardalos
Ground: Lukwago Field (37,000), located in Busukuma, National Capitol Region Image
Major rivals: Busukuma Force (local), Capitol City FC (local), Hoima Warriors (competitive)
Major honours: 1 Banijan Soccer League title, 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: IFCF qualification + manager going to rehab
Pundits' prediction: 11th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Althea Taliadoros aLBa Image Melodic Ward aCBa Image Balduin Friedel aCBa Image Obadiah Parrott aRBa Image Lupe Enriquez aDMa Image Kalle Bjørnsson aLMa Image Adama Coote aCMa Image Declan Mason aCMa Image Vínseslâdís Wìjìnì aRMa Image Cu Roi Garrard aSTa Image Cyper Baldeh

Bench: aGKa Image Junkung Conateh aGKa Image Ebrima Jallow aLBa Image Bouba Ouattara aCBa Image Edrissa Ngom aRBa Image Kawsu Marenah aRBa Image Hassan Kinteh aDMa Image Lama Keita aLMa Image Juma Bah aCMa Image Saikou Kah aRMa Image Sarjo Danso aOMa Image Hildegard von Krone aSTa Image Auhasard

Background: This one's known as the club of big business. Lukwago Field is known for having plenty of suites for businessmen to visit, and it is traditionally a right-wing club in a very left-wing city. Generally attracts support from members of the Royal Family... you get the idea. Royalist dipshits, is what the Farves would call them. The Kabaka himself was a big fan before ascending to the throne. He's now "neutral". Yeah, sure. They are one of four clubs in Banija that are owned by foreigners, as Quebecois investor Jean-Francois Joffre bought the team just before the end of the final BSL season. They are generally ripped for having a more “corporate friendly crowd”—fewer ultras, a ban on smoke and flares, you get the idea. The team’s fans are generally known for their relative quietness in comparison to Banija’s other passionate fanbases.

Notes: A good, but comparatively mediocre squad. They've got a few great players here and there, but last season showed just how out of their depth they can look at times. They did eventually qualify for the ChC, but they were very unconvincing throughout. It's on Andrea Vardalos to make the most out of this squad while keeping in check her developing crippling addictions, but fans shouldn't hold out much hope. The one thing that might give fans some hope is that most of the older Farf fans seem to be wary of what Cu Roi Garrard can do, per his past at René Skaé, but it's unlikely the Brenecian can turn a mediocre team into a truly good one; he's just not that kind of player. Overall, however, they're not a bad team—no team featuring Parrott, Enriquez, Mason, Wìjìnì and Garrard can be.


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Dí Maozöxê
Nickname: lôs Rébélés (the Rebels)
Derogatory nickname(s): Too many to count
Manager: Image Blâás Âgínsôgnó
Ground: Rülândéá Çölíséá (35,000), located in Lìbêrêtê, Rülândéá Image
Major rivals: Mâ Âlâmëómë (local)
Major honours: 1 S-FPL title, 2 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League title, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 1 Farf Torde Ligá title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★★
Fans' expectations: Defend the title... hopefully?
Pundits' prediction: 4th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Íüé Tgô aLBa Image Xíxì Jóf aCBa Image Demba Kinteh aCBa Image Ali Faruq aRBa Image Têrçêr Ànáxímane aCMa Image Alkrÿ Bren aCMa Image Henrik Martin aTKa Image Çè Löjámangó aLWa Image Lana Mensdóttir aRWa Image Keaton Durbridge aSTa Image Xíxì Êns

Bench: aGKa Image Dîmás Bërrôsân aGKa Image Émérí Dü Sêr aLBa Image Lís Rüg aCBa Image Mohammed Saleem aCBa Image Ôrelí Târâjâs aRBa Image Edmün Üjíkân aCMa Image Drì Çôçô aCMa Image Xíriêrín Wísnèvüs aCMa Image Ton Ylkaanas aLWa Image Dês Ârâgón aRWa Image Brááhám Çíraógôs aSTa Image Alois Chiliarch

Background: The second-biggest club in Ruland in terms of success, and the one with the biggest fanbase, though Mâ Âlâmëómë fans would never admit it. Dí Maozöxê is a club founded by uranium miners, which means they have a massive following in all of Ruland, especially in the capital. That may sound like a non-sequitur but it really isn't. Their fans are some of the most passionate and violent in the country. Though they lean heavily left, as does most of Ruland nowadays, they lean more towards chaos than anything else. Their clashes with Mâ Âlâmëómë almost always take a few people with them. They also have a huge enmity with, well, the rest of Farfadillis as a whole, much like their rivals. Being Rulandese and successful will tend to do that.

Notes: Was last season Xíxì Êns' swan song? The answer is no because he hasn't retired. He seems intent on going out with a whimper, not a bang. If he can keep up last season's form, lôs Rébélés will no doubt be among the favorites to win the league. However, that's a massive if when he's just turned 36. What's worse, complacency is an enormous risk: Dí Maozöxê, while moderately successful, are not a team used to success, and there's a good chance it will show. For now, however, the players can enjoy a level of adoration most of them won't be used to—and maybe never imagined possible. And hey, they've earned it.


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Herzegovina City FC
Nickname: Trumpeteers
Derogatory nickname(s): Choir Boys
Manager: Image Brian Emerson
Ground: Star Field (62,600), located in Herzegovina City, Moravica Image
Major rivals: Herzegovina Phoenix (local), Istria City FC (competitive)
Major honours: 5 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 RBSA Cup, 3 Kabaka's Cups
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★★ / Youth system ★★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: Gold or bust
Pundits' prediction: 2nd place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Francois Tantoh aLBa Image Felix Millar aCBa Image Lukas Kayserling aCBa Image Martín Delgado aRBa Image Kabiru Sowe aCMa Image Kai Dias aCMa Image Eamon Mullins aOMa Image Babaja Mboob aOMa Image Rosie Tyler aOMa Image Meghan Walcott aSTa Image Edmün Çídh

Bench: aGKa Image Duwa Kinteh aGKa Image Jibril Ceesay aLBa Image Jamang Sanneh aCBa Image Momodou Kairaba aCBa Image Paoboy Diawara aRBa Image Malick Jatteh aCMa Image Momodou Jassey aCMa Image Anton Vujadinovic aLWa Image Momodou Jassey aOMa Image Zippy Doo aRWa Image Habib Fadika aSTa Image Saikou Ndour

Background: This is arguably Banija's biggest club, as they had the most success out of any in the BSL era. Winners of 5 league titles in the past 10 seasons. They are a club located in Herzegovina City, one of Banija's biggest cities and at the heart of Banija's dominant religion, Puritan Mormonism. Due to location, they are a club and a fanbase that is generally considered both right-wing and fairly religious, as shown by their crest. Their fans are known for their general arrogance, which has truly blossomed with their recent success. Of course, people from the Moravica region are generally known for their superiority complex, so this is a general feature of the Moravican sides in this league. Kobe Azizi, the present center-right Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Banija, is a widely known supporter of the club. Fans usually resort to accusations of heresy in order to thrash other team's stadiums.

Notes: Yes, this is still arguably the best team in the league on paper. No, they did not manage to prove that on the pitch on their fist go in this league. However, they did look like they could turn into the best team at any point. Their form was just too irregular. It's possible there wasn't any single reason for it: sometimes shit just happens. Either way, you'd be a fool to think this team won't, at the very least, nail a CL spot (specially now that Banijan teams get three). Meghan Walcott and Edmün Çídh up front are arguably the most dangerous pair in the league, while their already-strong defense has been reinforced with a Valladar international. The midfield is very promising, too. If they're not favorites now, there's still a good chance they'll be favorites in a few seasons' time.


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Herzegovina Phoenix
Nickname: Phoenix
Derogatory nickname(s): Pretenders (reference to them being located in the Herzegovina Suburbs, rather than the city itself)
Manager: Image Reinhard Drake
Ground: Phoenix Stadium (25,000), located in Vdizi, Moravica Image
Major rivals: Herzegovina City (local)
Major honours: 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup, 1 post-unification BSL title
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★ / Training facilities ★★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: Avoid relegation
Pundits' prediction: 18th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Mustafa Taal aLBa Image Avigdor Levitansky aCBa Image Dennis Lampshire aCBa Image Mamadi Sillah aRBa Image Yashpal Gopaal aLMa Image Sheriff Sene aCMa Image Gibril Kargbo aCMa Image Lucia Silkemark aRMa Image Vidyo Avramov aSTa Image Daniel Kasaboski-Wilcox aSTa Image Daba Kuta

Bench: aGKa Image Longcan Gaye aGKa Image Bango Jagne aLBa Image Suma Jobe aCBa Image Vanilla Sweets aCBa Image Habib Daramy aRBa Image Ifeatu Ofako aLMa Image Ardent Blaze aCMa Image Jalang Jobateh aCMa Image Badara Ndiaye aRMa Image Thomas Allen aSTa Image Azat Akgun aSTa Image Ferne Horn

Background: Phoenix are one of Banija's youngest clubs, without a ton of history. They're Banija's biggest club to only have formed in the BSL era. They are in Herzegovina City's southern suburbs, and constantly live in the shadow of their local rivals. Many thought that they would be chosen to be part of the original Banijan 10 to be in the S-FPL, but were passed over by better moneyed interests like Busembe and Mynda. The club is generally supported by upper middle class suburbanites, so they have that sort of 'posh' atmosphere at their club, except for derbies, which can turn violent.

Notes: While they unsurprisingly dominated the lower league to earn promotion to this league, they'll have a battle trying to stay up top. There aren't worse Banijan teams in this league but, fortunately for them, that means they're not expected to get relegated: Lakiska are arguably worse. Not much worse, mind: they'll have to fight to stay afloat, you can be sure of that. You can think of them as a slightly better, slightly less mind-numbingly boring version of their Busogan counterparts.


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Hoima Warriors
Nickname: Warriors, East Side Dubs
Derogatory nickname(s): Commies
Manager: Image Mark Grayson
Ground: Mavuto Field (75,000), located in Hoima, Ankole Image
Major rivals: Busukuma AC (competitive)
Major honours: 2 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: They're in denial, so they'll demand CL qualification
Pundits' prediction: 12th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Nelson Okello aLBa Image Babou Kargbo aCBa Image Chewbacca aCBa Image Suma Dibba aRBa Image Uzoma Iruka aCMa Image Robert Craig aCMa Image Ilona Duerden aLWa Image Anja Ruthenbeck aOMa Image Indigo Zap aRWa Image Josef Lawerenz aSTa Image Lukas Boldfont

Bench: aGKa Image Essa Sey aGKa Image Sibideh Corr aLBa Image Kabiru Secka aCBa Image Jibril Jaiteh aCBa Image Idi Dabo aRBa Image Jibril Ceesay aCMa Image Dembo Sonko aCMa Image Isamu Maki aLWa Image Mariam Ogoo aOMa Image Bobby Keene aRWa Image Isa Kujabi aSTa Image Snow Pearl

Background: Previously known as Banija's most "chaotic" club—which, if true, would've made them the eleventh most chaotic club in the league—Hoima has now forged a reputation based on shrewd management and unexpected success. Their fanbase is the most avowedly left wing in Banija, appropriately reflecting the city's views. Their working class fanbase can get very passionate and very rowdy, filling the biggest stadiums on a regular basis. Well-known in Banija for being quite the rude visitors, and also well-known in Farfadillis for not being massive sissies.

Notes: The future looks bleak for the Warriors. Gitonga Kahara couldn't get them into the top half, and now he is gone. They have a lot of good players, even some very good ones like Okello and Iruka. However, their good players are declining and nobody's stepping up to take their place. Manager Mark Grayson is on thin ice, despite his past achievements, the young players don't look particularly exciting (besides maybe Chewbacca), and the team's playstyle seems to be all over the place. Their only big signing is Lukas Boldfont. He better bang them in.
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Istria City FC
Nickname: The Lions
Derogatory nickname(s): The Rich Kids
Manager: Image Alvin Burnsides
Ground: Kabonero III Field (48,000), located in Istria, Moravica Image
Major rivals: Herzegovina City FC (competitive), Rukunbi FC (local)
Major honours: 2 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League, 1 RBSA Cup, 2 Kabaka's Cups
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★★ / Youth system ★★★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: After coming so close last season, the title is a must
Pundits' prediction: Champions

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Akabueze Okparo aLBa Image Aries Kohler aCBa Image Xe Xuang aCBa Image Madue Akuchi aRBa Image Fafa Ngom aLMa Image Ariel Balboa aCMa Image Murray Hunnisett aCMa Image Farina Luhukay aRMa Image Linoan Waters aSTa Image Voska Avetisyan aSTa Image Kate Huitema-Omeasoo

Bench: aGKa Image Cherry Blossom aGKa Image Yoro Kaba aLBa Image Bruce Ramirez aCBa Image Badara Touré aCBa Image Clint Renner aRBa Image Jajah Uchie aLMa Image Bunama Ngum aCMa Image Banja Singateh aCMa Image Ijeawele Halim aRMa Image Beluchi Chinweuba aSTa Image Karafa Baldeh aSTa Image Server Ornet

Background: This is the biggest club in Banija’s biggest city. It is a club that values attacking, as their Season 12 BSL title saw them score 123 goals as a team en route to a league title, leading to a great +90 goal differential and a league title, and kept up their performances in the inaugurual S-FPL season, only finishing behind Dí Maozöxê. They are also Banija’s only international club champion, as they've won the Atlantian Oceania Champions' League. Istria City is certainly the bigger club in Istria, and it is supported by primarily a middle class fanbase. The likelihood of seeing violence or anything crazy like that around this club is small, but they are a club that gets very angry at any sort of hint that Herzegovina City is a bigger club than they are. Doesn't make it any less true, though.

Notes: This team has to be considered the best in Banija after last season. Not necessarily the most talented, sure, but Alvin Burnsides has them playing some very lethal football, and astonishingly consistently too! They may have lost some steam towards the end of last season, but they still only finished six points behind a Xíxì Êns-led, very inspired Dí Maozöxê squad. They've signed reinforcements, so they now look even more lethal, though doubts remain over how much this could upset team chemistry. In all likelihood, though, Burnsides can manage.


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Jinja City FC
Nickname: Black Mambas
Derogatory nickname(s): River Rats (after the Jinja River, which is the city's namesake)
Manager: Image Mór Császár
Ground: BCEL Stadium (52,400), located in Jinja City, Hangaza Image
Major rivals: Aissa United FC (local)
Major honours: 2 Banijan Soccer League titles, 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: CL qualification
Pundits' prediction: 5th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Iiro Pakanen aLBa Image Lama Nyang aCBa Image Dominik Antosch aCBa Image Riccardo Rastelli aRBa Image Ishmael Rosesnstein aLMa Image Casimir Ronayne aCMa Image Musa Gaye aRMa Image Junior Ngoba aOMa Image Heike Schoß aSTa Image Ülì Èsàsè aSTa Image Madison McClain

Bench: aGKa Image Antouman Saidykhan aGKa Image Jumu Kaba aLBa Image Ismaela Diouf aCBa Image Buramo Sonko aCBa Image Sarjo Jallow aRBa Image Faraba Singateh aLMa Image Angel Wings aCMa Image Juma Faye aRMa Image Alanso Kah aOMa Image Kebba Kargbo aSTa Image Xilit-Zaxac Yol aSTa Image Juka Jarju

Background: This is one of Banija’s traditional big clubs, they consistently do well in the transfer market and are always out competing for titles. The only big league club in Banija’s second largest city, many say that they have a legitimate claim to being the most popular club in the country. Jinja City is located in North Central interior Banija, and is situated along the mighty Jinja River, which starts on Banija’s west coast just south of Herzegovina, and flows west to east across the entire country. As Banija’s biggest interior club and also with a pair of BSL titles, expectations are always generally high at the club. Their star is likely to shrink down with the S-FPL, as they are behind clubs like Hoima, Istria City, and Herzegovina City at the moment.

Notes: With Xilix-Zaxac Yol and Vatan Ercetin now no longer starters (and the latter actually retired), it is time for Jinja City to usher in a new era (or sink). To this end, they've splashed a lot of cash. Five of their starters are new signings expected to be definite improvements over the players they replaced. It might sound desperate but improvements had to be made after finishing tenth last season. The S-FPL will make you irrelevant quickly, is what Jinja's management realized. Now we gotta see how these signings turn out. If the move backfires... well, let's just say that, with reserves now likely depleted, Jinja fans would rather not think about that scenario.


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Kitara AA
Nickname: Blue and Whites
Derogatory nickname(s): The Little Brother (in reference to their regional rivary with Busembe)
Manager: Image Aleksandr Ivanovich
Ground: Keystone Stadium (47,000) located in Sisonke, Kitara Image
Major rivals: Busembe Timberwolves (local)
Major honours: None
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★★
Fans' expectations: IFCF qualification seems reasonable
Pundits' prediction: 9th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Brian Merson aLBa Image Ebrahima Jallow aCBa Image Ralph Winter aCBa Image Célestine Belrose aRBa Image Morgana Kolaj aCMa Image Gereh Kama aCMa Image Immaculate Kaba aCMa Image Alaji Dieye aOMa Image Ronald Mickel aOMa Image Betanni Jetvanna aSTa Image Nightingale

Bench: aGKa Image Ebou Ndour aGKa Image Burama Kinteh aLBa Image Ediresa Darboe aCBa Image Keira Anbient aCBa Image Alfan-Harta Waz aRBa Image Fanding Jagne aCMa Image Sama Camara aCMa Image Noah Urbansson aCMa Image Ballista aOMa Image Buba Kuyateh aOMa Image Ozkaya Tarhan aSTa Image Sarafina Iyasu

Background: Kitara AA is a club on the rise. The fourth of Banija’s four foreign owned clubs, as they were just bought out by Equestrian investors over the offseason. They have spent the last few years rising, and feel that the S-FPL will be a good place for them to truly start to reach new heights. The fans generally like to term themselves as the "sixth member of the Power 5", whether accurate or not. They truly believe that, with a little bit of luck, they’ll be able to challenge this league’s biggest clubs and possibly compete for a trophy during the upcoming season. Very pie-in-the-sky, sure, since there's absolutely no way Kitara will find success for another decade or so (if at all), but at least they've got a shiny new stadium now.

Notes: Kitara is the quintessential above-average team. Great players in Ronald Mickel, Betanni Jetvanna, Morgana Kolaj and Immaculate Kaba. Solid players elsewhere. With some luck, they could even push for CL qualification, specially if Ivanovich proves to be an inspired tactician. Thing is... this is not a club with a winning mentality. Clubs like Herzegovina City and Mâ Âlâmëómë, they're used to winning. They don't crumble under pressure because they've been there many times before. Kitara are new to being good, and their trophycase is, comically enough, emptier than La Querida's. For now, they'll have to content themselves with being sort of good.


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La Nueva Avenida
Nickname: los Novanos (the Novans; no, it doesn't really mean anything)
Derogatory nickname(s): Fachitos (little fascists)
Manager: Image Thjorgias Pickton
Ground: La Gran Avenida (60,000), located in Victoria Lago, Farolera Image
Major rivals: Avenida Victoria (local), Avenida Principal (local), Avenida Leal (local), Mâ Âlâmëómë (sporting)
Major honours: 7 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 2 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League title, 1 Faroleran state league title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: Be the best Farf team; hopefully win the title in the process
Pundits' prediction: 7th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Paige Daunten aLBa Image Fabián Saiz aCBa Image Vyacheslav Khavarin aRBa Image Ezo Gicquel aDMa Image Kaia Larriet-Cortes aCMa Image Ÿya Tuuvyr aCMa Image Rashica Horvath aLWa Image Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng aRWa Image Gurielefre Aixenxó aSTa Image Ugós Oroso aSTa Image Salomón De Zúñiga

Bench: aGKa Image Ramón Olabarria aGKa Image Benjamín Gaona aLBa Image Ambrosio Archunde aCBa Image Furia de Jesús aRBa Image Fabián Malave aDMa Image Fernand Way aCMa Image Loisé Aukland aCMa Image Reece Graham aLMa Image Sieb Bosbooms aOMa Image Arturo Briseño aRWa Image Gaspar Batiz aSTa Image Nicolás Frías

Background: The most successful of the Avenida clubs, and the second-most successful club in the nation, La Nueva Avenida are a club focused on success. While their supporters have a bit of a xenophobic right-wing (ecological) streak at times, the truth is people of every type support them in their home state, purely because of how successful they've been historically. After a dark period of not winning anything, they finally managed to win the league again six seasons ago, and they're building on that to retake the crown that Mâ Âlâmëómë stole from them a few decades ago... to limited success. Let's be honest, it's an uphill battle, now made even more uphill by the new format. The club is nowadays the darling of Alex Terán, president-for-life of Farolera, so they've been getting some extra funds, panem et circenses style.

Notes: This was already an impressive squad, on par with the best teams in the league, but they've now gone ahead and added Rashica Horvath to the line-up. Rashica regularly gets playing time for the best national team in the Multiverse, so hopefully you don't need me to expand upon why she is such an important addition. This is a team that could very well win the league if things go their way; last season, they did not, and they barely missed out on CL qualification (due to a shock loss against Umbazi in matchday 36, though...). If Dí Maozöxê don't play like last season, this is probably the best Farf team in the league.


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La Querida
Nickname: los Encorvados (the Hunchbacks)
Derogatory nickname(s): club de plástico (plastic club), la pija (the very bad one, literally: the dick)
Manager: Image Porfirio Seijas
Ground: Estadio Manolo Lapaz (8,000), located in Pacifista, Farolera Image
Major rivals: La Armonía (local), La Pacifista (local)
Major honours: 4 Pacifistan state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★
Fans' expectations: To have fun
Pundits' prediction: 20th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Marc Cotoneaster aLBa Image Régulo Elizarraras aCBa Image Horazio Buriain aCBa Image Raul Hoyo aRBa Image Daniel Zihark aCMa Image Alexandra Price aCMa Image Mario Girón aLWa Image Neimi Tschauner aRWa Image Mo Moss aSTa Image Anartz Salayeta aSTa Image Mauricio Segura

Bench: aGKa Image Plinio Uria aGKa Image Emilio Naranjo aLBa Image Armando Marín aCBa Image Ab Hoes aRBa Image Bârrtoló Küáándökrás aRBa Image Bârrtoló Küáándökrás aCMa Image Gëngüdó Páxímén aCMa Image Josephine Leonhardsdóttir aLWa Image Drî Êréçênsér aRWa Image Ügüs Âllámböjí aOMa Image Mito aSTa Image Plácido Pumarejo

Background: A very young club from what used to be the state of Pacifista, historically one of the worst states when it came to quality of football. Pacifista is now a part of Farolera, though, so maybe Pacifista will suddenly start producing better footballers. That's how it works. Anyway: the La Querida project was very simple on the outset: found a club that the whole city of Pacifista can support, and pour money into it until it works. It worked far better than anyone expected: the whole city has rallied behind them, elated at the prospect of long-term relevance in the Farf football scene. Unsurprisingly, they lack an identity beyond being from Pacifista and having been named after a grocery store. Older, more set-in-their-ways Pacifistans tend to look down on supporters of the team as plastics. They have recently become something of—as the youngsters say—a "meme".

Notes: You do not need us to tell you this is the worst team in the league, or that their only hope of scoring goals is a two-meter tall behemoth who rarely runs. Were it not for the inherent instability of the Rulandese region, La Querida would not still be in the top flight. Still, here they are, and there's a good chance they'll break every possible record this season: the squad is almost untouched. No changes were made beyond kidnapping a few Rulandese kids that will initially be coming off the bench due to their lack of experience in professional football. Fans hope they'll turn out better than some of the starters. Honestly? It's hard to blame them.


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Lakiska SC
Nickname: Bandicoots
Derogatory nickname(s): Roos (in reference to the Busogan national animal, the kangaroo)
Manager: Image Winad-Lenpi Xlo
Ground: Lakiska City Field (31,000), located in Lakiska, South Island Image
Major rivals: Dukuma SC (local)
Major honours: None
Infrastructure: Ground ★★ / Training facilities ★★ / Youth system ★★★★ / Youth recruitment ★★
Fans' expectations: Avoid relegation, make Busogans proud
Pundits' prediction: 19th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Carlton Sandt aLBa Image Ibrahim Karakaya aCBa Image Hassan Thiaw aCBa Image Govind Nigam aRBa Image Ihsan Duman aDMa Image Lee Duk-Woo aLMa Image Barkha Visariya aCMa Image Ferri Kubala aCMa Image Ilke Akgun aRMa Image Matthew Tamworth aSTa Image Philena Neuheim

Bench: aGKa Image Nazik Gokce aGKa Image Akumjeli Madukwe aCBa Image Azzoz Tahir aCBa Image Donnie Armistead aCBa Image Eriz Ince aRBa Image Ula Nwoye aDMa Image Myrrina aLMa Image Dynom-Sevet Zev aCMa Image Harry Planter aCMa Image Saihou Dione aRMa Image Marius Haugum aSTa Image Guc Ahmad

Background: This is the only Busogan club in the S-FPL, and likely the club with the lowest resources outside of Farfadillis. Arguments about this club’s inclusion in the inaugural season of the S-FPL were difficult, although a strong on field performance from them in the final BSL season, just at the right time, forced their inclusion. It is interesting to note, however, that they are one of two Banijan clubs in the S-FPL without a single trophy in the BSL era of Banijan football, the other being Kitara AA. They are, in contrast to almost all other teams in Banija and Farfadillis, focused on a fierce defense. It is, unfortunately, a club not known for rowdy support, as ultras groups for this club can never seem to stick around for more than a few errors. Still, they will do whatever they can to make themselves a permanent fixture in the S-FPL.

Notes: Yes, they may be boring and wholly unequipped to last more than a few more seasons in the S-FPL, but they are undeniably an interesting team to watch. The clash of styles they generate with just about every other team in the league make them an interesting case study. Detractors of defensive football will point towards the team's awful performances, while supporters will point towards how shit most of the players in this squad are and how they are, somehow, here. One thing is for sure, though: don't expect them to score many goals unless they're facing you-know-who.


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Mâ Âlâmëómë
Nickname: lôs Vhêrdês (the Green ones)
Derogatory nickname(s): Too many to count
Manager: Image John Spartan
Ground: Rülândéá Çölíséá (35,000), located in Lìbêrêtê, Rülândéá Image
Major rivals: Dí Maozöxê (local), La Nueva Avenida (sporting)
Major honours: 14 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 3 Atlantian Oceania Champions' League titles, 3 Rulandese state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★★
Fans' expectations: Win the title comfortably; probably in for a rude awakening
Pundits' prediction: 3rd place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Corann Ghillis aLBa Image Fekati Abdi aCBa Image Alarabi Labeaga aRBa Image Travis Coffey aCMa Image Cheney Deal aCMa Image Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí aCMa Image Tahir Fejzuli aLWa Image Lavanya Naqvi aOMa Image Dimitri Keldoulis aRWa Image Ezalta Arambauzá aSTa Image Latona Basilisk

Bench: aGKa Image Drö Âloré aGKa Image Bâjâ Töxól aLBa Image Drö Yorópëlrío aCBa Image Lihonhegeí Puumalainen aRBa Image Rímân Dòrrò aDMa Image Esther Axelrod-Conway aCMa Image Liam Sæthre aCMa Image Pan Xilei aLWa Image Çüs Aluansöó aOMa Image Zsolgar Zsase aRWa Image Rêgül Dörngâo aSTa Image Horâsio Wôndôji

Background: The one Farf club that any football fan worth their salt should be able to recognize. Mâ Âlâmëómë have had some of the best squads in the history of club football. Among the players that have worn green and black are: Mêndêlöíndçêl, Einarsson, Kâí, Etezadi, Aurora, Wínrôuge, Rainsford, Gosforth, Campbell, Zubiri, Shrike, Tzâín, Röènôùjýâ, Na'Kale, Söh, Wçêíl, Killanen, Soria Luna... you get the idea. As a Rulandese club, they are utterly despised outside of Ruland. As the best Rulandese club, they are utterly despised inside of Ruland as well. Their fans, numerous and very violent, wouldn't give this up for the world. They were orignially founded as a loosely cultish collection of followers of one of the many Farf pagan faiths, one which venerated “Mother Earth”, better known as Mâ Âlâmëómë in the local language. True to their roots, they don't like the prevalence of uranium mining in Ruland. Unsurprisingly, they have many ties with past and present Rulandese revolutionary movements. However, to you and me, dear international reader, they're just that Farf behemoth nobody can spell or pronounce.

Notes: Oh boy, they did not take last season's debacle lightly. No team in the league has been more aggressive in the transfer window than them. Not by a long shot. Five quality players straight into the first team, one of which is a young Euran prospect who's already been capped, and another of which is Tahir Fejzuli, who Farf followers of the ex-Premiership don't need me to introduce. Dimitri Keldoulis, who was a great option off the bench for Brinemouth, almost looks like "only" a good signing when you look at what they've signed here. It remains to be seen whether they'll play well together (and adapt to Ruland, of course...) but it's safe to say they look dangerous, and that another eleventh-place finish is very unlikely.


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Mynda Electra
Nickname: Foresters
Derogatory nickname(s): Villagers
Manager: Image Daniel Lucas
Ground: Electra Stadium (41,000), located in Mynda, Aksum Image
Major rivals: None
Major honours: 1 RBSA Cup, 1 Kabaka's Cup
Infrastructure: Ground ★★★ / Training facilities ★★★ / Youth system ★★ / Youth recruitment ★
Fans' expectations: Not get relegated, maybe? They're bound for a completely average season either way
Pundits' prediction: 15th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Tore Delgado aLBa Image Isaka Karamba aCBa Image Ousman Mansaré aCBa Image Jibrin Ouattara aRBa Image Helek-Evela Mal aDMa Image Abbas Guiss aDMa Image Uzoma Nkemdilim aOMa Image Edrissa Coulibaly aOMa Image Lars Putnam aOMa Image Xavier Melchoir aSTa Image Suliven Roagart

Bench: aGKa Image Chydea Mazzi aGKa Image Kazak Karatay aLBa Image Efe Sahan aCBa Image Dust Devil aCBa Image Akuchi Chydee aRBa Image Chukwuemeka Obasy aDMa Image Banta Thiaw aDMa Image Chinaza Madu aOMa Image Adaeze Obasee aOMa Image Arthur Trudell IV aOMa Image Somayina Izuchukwu aSTa Image Obika Chinasa

Background: Mynda Electra have an interesting culture. They are Banija’s first club to have been bought by a foreign owner, with Electra Corporation of Damukuni (a public utility) having owned the team for quite a long time. Mynda is a surprisingly large city, a city of 800,000 but located at the heart of Banija’s smallest region, Aksum. Residents of Mynda claim they fail to get respect from national media, despite their large size, and you can see it in how their fans operate. Claiming Herzegovina City as their chief rival when they don’t acknowledge them as a rival back—is there no higher form of disrespect in the sport?—and, although Askatasuna FC is also in Aksum, they’ve never seriously considered each other rivals. A fanbase conditioned to disrespect, their culture loves “Mynda men” and is generally distrusting of outsiders, although they have embraced the foreign ownership group and their Chromatik manager, Daniel Lucas.

Notes: It looks like there can only be one good black and green team starting with M in this league. Mynda Electra are, simply put, very lacking. Their offensive output is pitiful, as is their defense. Strangely, neither are egregiously pitiful, and the midfield is just about decent. This means they've got a fairly decent chance to avoid relegation, but don't bet on it. If they go down, nobody would be particularly shocked. Also, this is arguably the most forgettable Banijan team in the league. Probably not relevent to you, reader, but I genuinely had forgotten their name before writing this up.


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René Skaé
Nickname: les Ezrenels (the Colonels)
Derogatory nickname(s): Barabara (intended to imitate uneducated mumbling)
Manager: Image Louis-Étienne Hevesi
Ground: Grand René Skaé (25,000), located in René Skaé, Szoirsia Image
Major rivals: Torrhe del Viento (local)
Major honours: 2 Farf Freitball Ligá titles, 1 Farf Freitball Ligá 2 title, 1 Farf Norde Ligá title, 1 Farf Amateur Ligá title, 3 Szoirsian state league titles
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★★
Fans' expectations: Win the title, make Szoirsians proud
Pundits' prediction: 6th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Berény Phelede aLBa Image Camille Auguste aCBa Image Ljuba Buczvarov aCBa Image Nadezhda Odling aRBa Image Darijen Vesele aCMa Image Pickering Sionne aCMa Image Lőrensz Ziczi aRWa Image Anwar Dawit aLWa Image Lajos Éwanjé-Épée aOMa Image Tulaki Rauogba aSTa Image Elemér Miross-Lezocz

Bench: aGKa Image Géza Gaudin aGKa Image Alfred Molka aLBa Image Frank Zsetvanyi aCBa Image Dezső Detienne aCBa Image Mihály Lemaître aRBa Image Botond Zsabados aLMa Image Denis Erdéli aCMa Image András Zsabados aTKa Image Archard Ezaa Robé aTKa Image Lőrinc Subercaseaux aSTa Image Lajos Latheleanódi aSTa Image Yves Kiss

Background: Ever since René Skaé got promoted to the FFL, Szoirsian football has been slowly and very steadily rising through the ranks. First they produced NT-caliber players like Zsolgar Zsase, Kósa Bajnok and, most famously, Lázár Eleonóra. Then, René Skaé started following suit, eventually winning back-to-back FFL titles, mostly thanks to a certain Faragó rue Cazade. Off-the-pitch, René Skaé is quite the sensation in Szoirsia, with most anyone in the desert-that-some-people-believe-to-be-a-nation supporting the club. They're the second most left-leaning (now ex-)state, so their fans naturally lean that way as well. Their fans are remarkably mild, perhaps owing to the temperatures of their state, which is 90% a huge fucking desert (as we have made clear) where things you didn't know could melt do melt. Ferdullaelans and Farolerans resent, fear and envy them, because Szoirsians are not supposed to be better at football than them.

Notes: A very young team that is, nonetheless, one of the best in the league. This is both great and not-so-great news for the fans: great because they're likely to stay a good team for a long time, not-so-great because the team lacks experience. Few players in the squad can provide the leadership needed for a title charge and, while such players are not strictly needed, it is still a huge disadvantage. Nonetheless, it is clear no team will travel to Szoirsia thinking they've go the three points in the bag: they'd be fools to even assume they've got a point in the bag.


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Rülândéá Kôstä
Nickname: tâ Kôstä (those from the Coast)
Derogatory nickname(s): Mey Kôsâng (Little Brother, in reference to the two bigger Rulandese clubs), Pêskätörès (Fishermen)
Manager: Image Fêrm Égéré
Ground: Âréné Délékôstä (10,000), located in Lìbêrêtê, Rülândéá Image
Major rivals: None
Major honours: 1 Farf Freitball Ligá. 3 Farf Torde Ligá titles, 1 Rulandese state league title
Infrastructure: Ground ★ / Training facilities ★ / Youth system ★ / Youth recruitment ★★★★
Fans' expectations: Keep up the moderate success; they're still not used to the respect they've been getting lately, but they love it
Pundits' prediction: 8th place

Starting Lineup: aGKa Image Pär Tjova aLBa Image Pâb Bílísô aCBa Image Gëngüdó Pìgülôçô aRBa Image Lînó Çíwâ aCMa Image Erin Kang aCMa Image Baraxil Muhaburu aTKa Image Émérí Dü Ârusânìrá aLWa Image Sam Roshanak aRWa Image Çè Sêwansé aSTa Image Wilsêkïl Lâlâw aSTa Image Röémün Çídh

Bench: aGKa Image Horâcio Mâ Mórsna aGKa Image Jê Êrgön aLBa Image Náán S'Êbârá aCBa Image Pâb Ýuó aRBa Image Berrëngüé Êrsáreng aCMa Image Tè Xüwân aCMa Image Kârl Víçâr aTKa Image Çìríkô Tlísnadâ aLWa Image Merluxia van de Kraan aRWa Image Valën Rónellsön aSTa Image Pâás Wí Tírâ aSTa Image Pâás Çélçôl

Background: Rülândéá Kôstä are massive in the Rulandese coast. When we say massive, we mean truly massive. Most everyone in the city's coast supports the team named after the city's coast which, to be fair, is not exactly shocking. Their supporters have very strong ties to the revolutionary movements of the last two decades, and are violent even by Rulandese standards. Their stadium, partially destroyed by bombings, will probably pack twice its capacity every game. Surprisingly, tâ Kôstä have a very friendly relationship with all other Rulandese clubs, seeing them more as family than rivals. Teams from outside Ruland, though? Well, that's a very different, much bloodier story... The fans will be subdued for now, though, due to the team's more fortunate present.

Notes: A very solid team with great team chemistry. They finished sixth last season despite focusing most of their efforts on the Challenger's Cup! On a good day they'll be capable of soundly beating anyone in the league. Fortunately for the rest of the league, they've made it back to the Challenger's Cup group stage, and it looks likely they'll make a deep run once again, so the league will, in all likelihood, once again be relegated to the background. It is understandable: for the club, IFCF football is very much a novetly, unlike for, say, Mâ Âlâmëómë.
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MATCHDAY 1
Istria City FC 8–0 La Querida
Herzegovina City FC 6–2 Herzegovina Phoenix
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1–0 Lakiska SC
Jinja City FC 3–1 Avenida Principal
Dí Maozöxê 4–2 Avenida Victoria
Rülândéá Kôstä 1–1 Mynda Electra
René Skaé 1–0 Busembe Timberwolves
La Nueva Avenida 5–5 Ausharmuj Marusi
Kitara AA 0–3 Hoima Warriors
Avenida Leal 0–0 Busukuma AC

And we're off! The season opens in a very predictable fashion, with title hopefuls Istria City battering La Querida. Voska Avetisyan hits the ground running, netting a hat-trick on her debút. Her strength, in particular, was too much to handle for the Tequiloan centerback pair, but fans will have to wait to see her performances against better opposition, where they'll be able to better feel out just how good (or bad) of a signing she will be. Elsewhere, the Trumpeteers trumped Phoenix, with Walcott, Tyler and, surprisingly, Mullins each getting a brace. Of note is the fact that Edmün Çídh actually had a very poor day in front of goal, which must be a worrying sign for Herzegovina City fans. Tahir Fejzuli scored a screamer to save Mâ Âlâmëómë from dropping two points after dominating from start to finish.

The incumbent champions made short work of Avenida Victoria by going four-nil up in the first half, with the second half slip-up an afterthought at worst. Henrik Martin was the man of the match, picking up right where he left off last season. The most notable game of the matchday, however, was undeniably the five-five draw between La Nueva Avenida and Ausharmuj Marusi. Early on, it looked like la Sindica were going to shock the Farolerans, as they went three goals up in the first fifteen minutes, mostly due to Joe Green and Oskar Holsteiner being very, very clinical. La Nueva Avenida fought back, only to get scored on again as a result, this time as the first half was nearing its end. An untimely tackle from der Reneska led to a fair red card and a lot of fans scratching their heads (they were 4-0 up!). La Nueva Avenida smelled blood and scored five in thirty minutes. Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng, in particular, looked completely unstoppable. In the dying minutes of the game, Oskar Holsteiner headed home a great cross from Lojes de Sájajo, saving the team from complete embarrassment.

MATCHDAY 2
La Querida 1–4 Busukuma AC
Hoima Warriors 0–1 Avenida Leal
Ausharmuj Marusi 1–5 Kitara AA
Busembe Timberwolves 0–3 La Nueva Avenida
Mynda Electra 1–1 René Skaé
Avenida Victoria 0–5 Rülândéá Kôstä
Avenida Principal 0–3 Dí Maozöxê
Lakiska SC 0–3 Jinja City FC
Herzegovina Phoenix 1–5 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Istria City FC 1–2 Herzegovina City FC

Despite the late equalizer, it was clear as day that the La Nueva Avenida game took a toll on Ausharmuj Marusi players. Despite being one-nil up at half time, they failed to contain a surprisingly lethal Kitara attack. Bettani Jetvanna terrorized the Ferdullaelan defense, much like Hồ Vũ Thanh Hoàng last matchday. Meanwhile, La Nueva Avenida looked decisive in their game against the Timberwolves, shutting their opponents out and feeding their attack plenty of chances, of which "only" three went in.

It was a great weekend for all (both) Starblaydis in the league, as Sam Roshanak left Rubén Hinojosa, who was in charge of marking him, literally crying. The Starblaydi is already arguably one of the best players in the team, and this was symbolized but that third goal of his: a brilliant curled shot towards the far post, from the edge of the box. A bit of an insulting goal, mind: they were already 4-0 up, and it was injury time. A beautiful goal nonetheless.

The most important match of the weekend was, of course, the one between Istria City and Herzegovina City. The Lions, as hosts, were logically the favorites. They put in the work and actually looked quite sharp, but they lacked that finishing touch that would put the game away. In the end, this was their undoing: Avetisyan's lone goal was not enough, as Edmün Çídh scored a heroic brace in the last fifteen minutes of the game. Most plaudits should go to Meghan Walcott here, though, as she set up both tap-ins.

MATCHDAY 3
Herzegovina City FC 15–0 La Querida
Mâ Âlâmëómë 2–2 Istria City FC
Jinja City FC 1–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
Dí Maozöxê 1–0 Lakiska SC
Rülândéá Kôstä 1–1 Avenida Principal
René Skaé 9–3 Avenida Victoria
La Nueva Avenida 2–2 Mynda Electra
Kitara AA 1–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Avenida Leal 1–1 Ausharmuj Marusi

Busukuma AC 1–0 Hoima Warriors

Look. We will usually not report on La Querida games. We think this is for the best, because there reallly isn't much to say about them most of the time! Yeah, they got battered, maybe Salayeta scored off a lucky rebound, and there's a chance Cotoneaster had another howler. Not this time, though! This time around, we got to see what happens when they get a player sent off early on! It's... predictable. The Trumpeteers fielded a moderately rotated team, which does beg the question of what would've happened if, say, Walcott and Çídh had played. Still, this is a record for the S-FPL (which we would not be shocked to see broken soon).

Few people watched the La Querida match, though, because a much more important game was being played at the same time. Rulandese giants Mâ Âlâméómë were hosting Istria City. Although the game ended in a draw, Mâ Âlâmëómë were far and away the better team. Though it's too early to tell, it does look like their extremely aggressive transfer strategy has paid off, as all of their marqueé signings have been performing really well. Basilisk scored a brace, and Çí Xôrí was named man of the match due to his dominance on the center of the pitch. However, praise should go to Ariel Balboa for his bold long-ranged effort in the eightieth minute, which soured the night for about half of Ruland. A true wondergoal.

Lakiska continue to not score, though they have had a tough run of games so far. This time around, some brilliance from Xíxì Êns was their undoing. Dí Maozöxê did not look very likely to score outside of that, however, which must be a worrying sign for the fanbase. Elsewhere, René Skaé outgunned Avenida Victoria in a thrilling game. Although the final 9-3 score looks like it was never really a contest, the truth is that until the seventieth minute, when Tulaki Rauogba scored the fifth goal for the Szoirsians with a great chip from outside the box, it looked like it could go either way. However, trailing by two goals, Avenida Victoria did away with defense altogether and... well, it proved unwise.

MATCHDAY 4
La Querida 3–4 Hoima Warriors
Ausharmuj Marusi 2–2 Busukuma AC
Busembe Timberwolves 1–5 Avenida Leal
Mynda Electra 0–1 Kitara AA
Avenida Victoria 0–1 La Nueva Avenida
Avenida Principal 5–7 René Skaé
Lakiska SC 2–2 Rülândéá Kôstä
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–2 Dí Maozöxê
Istria City FC 1–1 Jinja City FC
Herzegovina City FC 5–5 Mâ Âlâmëómë


La Querida scoring three is a rare sight. Big props to Anartz Salayeta. Every time the man scores, it feels like a miracle. In this instance, he scored two corners. Neimi Tschauner's crosses were (accidentally, we're sure) very precise, and it's hard to outmuscle and/or outjump a two-meter tall behemoth. More notably, though, leftback Régulo Elizarraras scored a goal too, even though he is not Salayeta. Of course, the Warriors still won, but it was an uncomfortably close shave. Elsewhere in Farolera, el Clásico was an astonishingly close (and very dull) affair, with La Nueva Avenida coming out on top because of a lucky rebound ending up at Oroso's feet early in the second half. Sure, both teams wasted plenty of chances, but what made the game dull was that neither team looked to be having a good day. Missed passes galore, Benny Hill-style plays lasting minutes on end... you get the idea.

The following day, René Skaé saw themselves embroiled in a twelve-goal game for the second week in a row. They came out on top again, but this game was even closer than the previous one. It took until the ninety-fifth minute for les Ezrenels to seal the game, as Avenida Principal looked likely to equalize throughout the game. In the end, however, they trailed their opponents from minute five. To be sepcific, René Skaé went up five minutes in, then took turns scoring and being score on. The most notable thing about this game, however, was the fact that no player scored two goals (unless we count Buczvarov's own goal plus normal goal as two).

Istria drew with Jinja in a hard-fought game in which the Black Mambas were the better team. Ülì Èsàsè scored an early goal after a great counterattack, but that was never going to be enough. Jinja City's wastefulness came back to bite them in the ass when Istria City equalized against the run of play in the seventieth minute, with Kate Huitema-Omeasoo scoring her first of the season (no, she actually didn't score in the game against La Querida!) after a brilliant individual play in which she dribbled past two players before slotting the ball past a helpless Okparo.

The other big game of the weekend was between Herzegovina City and Mâ Âlâmëómë. The two biggest clubs in the league faced off in a match that did not disappoint. Much like in the game between René Skaé and Avenida Principal, Herzegovina and Mâ Âlâmëómë took turns scoring, with the Banijans always scoring first and the Rulandese unfailingly equalizing within a few minutes. The game featured two star-studded squads which have been struggling to realize their full potential, and it showed: most goals were the product of individual brilliance rather than team effort. Edmün Çídh, Latona Basilisk, Meghan Walcott, Tahir Fejzuli, Eamon Mulins and Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí all had great nights.

Standings through 4 Matchdays

---Image Team                   Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Image Dí Maozöxê 4 4 0 0 10 2 +8 12
2 Image Herzegovina City FC 4 3 1 0 28 8 +20 10
3 Image René Skaé 4 3 1 0 18 9 +9 10
4 Image Jinja City FC 4 3 1 0 8 2 +6 10
5 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 4 2 2 0 13 8 +5 8
6 Image Avenida Leal 4 2 2 0 7 2 +5 8
7 Image La Nueva Avenida 4 2 2 0 11 7 +4 8
8 Image Busukuma AC 4 2 2 0 7 3 +4 8
9 Image Kitara AA 4 2 1 1 7 5 +2 7
10 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 4 1 3 0 9 4 +5 6
11 Image Hoima Warriors 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2 6
12 Image Istria City FC 4 1 2 1 12 5 +7 5
13 Image Mynda Electra 4 0 3 1 4 5 −1 3
14 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 4 0 3 1 9 13 −4 3
15 Image Lakiska SC 4 0 1 3 2 7 −5 1
16 Image Avenida Principal 4 0 1 3 7 14 −7 1
17 Image Busembe Timberwolves 4 0 1 3 2 10 −8 1
18 Image Herzegovina Phoenix 4 0 0 4 3 14 −11 0
19 Image Avenida Victoria 4 0 0 4 5 19 −14 0
20 Image La Querida 4 0 0 4 4 31 −27 0


The Impact Signings of the early days


We've only played four games so far. It'd be utterly foolish to try and gleam things about how the season will go off of such a small sample size. But already, we've seen some interesting things happen.

The defending champs blitzed out of the gate, as Dí Maozöxê are the only team to have won all four of their opening games. La Querida continued to do La Querida things, losing 15-0 to Herzegovina City. Shockingly, they may have gotten even worse than they did last season? They got more opposing coaches fired (two) than they did wins (one). We also know it's tough to adjust to the level of this league. The two promoted teams, Herzegovina Phoenix and Avenida VIctoria, join La Querida as the only teams to have 0 points through four games.

But what are fans paying attention to? That's right: the players the clubs brought on. We've got a whole bunch of new players, as money pouring into the S-FPL from their new broadcast deals gives these clubs muscle on the transfer market. And that's the question: through the league's first month, which signings have made the biggest impact so far?

#1: Image Rashica Horvath, CM for La Nueva Avenida

Probably one of the least surprising additions to this list. Nephara is indeed the global powerhouse that the beautiful game orbits around, at least in international soccer. Back to back Copa Rushmori titles. And then, they won the World Cup in their third straight trip to the Final. Is it a surprise that somebody who just got a World Cup winners medal is an impact signing? Nobody in the league can flip from defense to attack quite like her. She leads the league in interceptions, and she's repeatedly helped put her teammates in position to score, even if she hasn't herself.

If this sport did assists like ice hockey, where the last two passes in the buildup counted as assists, she'd have quite a few. Alas, it doesn't, but her manager Thjorgias Pickton would be the first to tell you of the impact she has on the game.

#2: Image Junior Ngoba, RM for Jinja City FC

Jinja City FC did almost a complete makeover. They were in a for a rude awakening last year. They'll be left behind in this league, behind the Moravica clubs, if they don't get their act together. One has to understand the context: while this team won two titles in 13 seasons of the BSL, they only finished outside the Top 4 once, and that was a fifth place finish. So 10th, even in a much tougher league, was outright disastrous. They were the fifth-best Banijan team in the league. With the extra Champions' League spot, the goal was to give Mór Császár the support to get back into the Champions' League. Five new starters in comparison to last season. Spent all sorts of cash.

And it would be the black Baker Parker, Junior Ngoba, who has had the biggest impact so far. Jinja City has won 3 and drawn once so far. And they've looked good doing it, even outplaying Istria City in their 1-1 draw. Ngoba has simply been a terror down the sideline. He scored against Avenida Principal. He assisted Madison McClain for the team's lone goal against the Phoenix. He's creating opportunities for this squad, helping unleash this squad against their opponents. As ownership demands Champions' League qualification, Junior Ngoba is a big reason why the Black Mambas have looked good enough, at least so far, to get there.

#3: Image Tahir Fejzuli, CM for Mâ Âlâmëómë

Another team that had a rude awakening to the realities of the joint league. And this team took the same approach Jinja City did- learn from the experience. They went to stock up across the board, and one of the key signings was Tahir Fejzuli, out of Mytanija. He made an impact almost right away for lôs Vhêrdês. Let's go to Week 1. Tahir Fejzuli scoring an absolutely stunning goal to lift his squad to a 1-0 win over the Bandicoots. He had another impact performance in a game against Herzegovina City, one where the two teams each scored five times for one of the most thrilling draws you'll ever see.

The best players step up in the biggest moments- and he has done just that. The only goal in a 1-0 game? Check. Impact performances against Herzegovina City and Istria City FC, probably Banija's two strongest sides? Check. He has meshed well with Ígnîgo Çí Xôrí and Cheney Deal, and if we're being honest, Tahir Fejzuli is the anchor of what seems to be a strong contender for the league's best midfield. The Mytanijan will be key to Mâ Âlâmëómë's plans for a long while.

#4: Image Voska Avetisyan, ST for Istria City FC

Istria City FC has always valued their attack. In the BSL days, they were consistently Banija's highest-scoring team, no matter what. It's made them a great fit in a league such as this one. And while replacing Torvald Royle is a tough ask, they have done so by signing a new striker with a World Cup winner's medal around her neck. Pairing her with Kate Huitema-Omeasoo means that they have the deadliest 1-2 punch up top in the league. It's one thing to try and stop one or the other, but how do you stop both? Alvin Burnsides has gone with the theory that having too many weapons for his opponents to stop is the key to winning games, and they haven't lost yet in this very young season.

It's a terrorizing female combination. And Alvin Burnsides does not see one as taking away from the other: he thinks they can amplify each other. Especially if this team is breaking, it's impossible to cover both Avetisyan and KHO. Avetisyan has four goals already on the season, and is drawing defenders away from KHO, therefore giving her more space to operate. She's taken a few games to find her footing with a new strike partner, not scoring until Matchday 4, but Avetisyan's presence will vault both her, and the team, to new heights in this ultra-competitive league.

Now, of course, they're actually going to have to win games to prove Burnsides right. The only team they've beaten so far is La Querida, which means almost nothing at all? But they're right there. They've had a tough schedule outside of that and a poor smattering of luck.
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MATCHDAY 5
Mâ Âlâmëómë 7–0 La Querida
Jinja City FC 1–1 Herzegovina City FC
Dí Maozöxê 0–5 Istria City FC
Rülândéá Kôstä 7–0 Herzegovina Phoenix
René Skaé 1–1 Lakiska SC
La Nueva Avenida 4–0 Avenida Principal
Kitara AA 1–1 Avenida Victoria
Avenida Leal 5–0 Mynda Electra
Busukuma AC 1–1 Busembe Timberwolves
Hoima Warriors 1–3 Ausharmuj Marusi

Last place La Querida opened up for the S-FPL on Matchday 5, and unsurprisingly, we opened up to a one-sided beatdown by a team that has far greater ambitions than beating La Querida. Mâ Âlâmëómë was up 4-0 inside the first 15 minutes, and it was like they seemingly played the rest of the game on autopilot. World Cup champion Latona Basilisk had a hat trick in the game as well. Elsewhere, La Nueva Avenida continued to prove why their fans believe that they are Victoria's best club, as they thrashed Avenida Prinicipal by a score of 4-0. It was actually 0-0 for about 70 minutes, when an embarassingly bad clearance by Abram Aguayo went to Ugós Oroso, who scored and opened the floodgates.

Elsewhere, the Warriors fell by 3 goals to 1 at home against Ausharmuj Marusi. Kitara Athletic Association drew 1-1 at their brand new stadium against Avenida Victoria. But let's get to the matchday's two biggest games. First, Jinja City taking on Herzegovina City at home. The two clubs battled for 90 minutes, with a brilliant 25 yard first half strike from Eamon Mullins cancelled out by Ülì Èsàsè heading home a cross from Junior Ngoba. The most shocking result, however, came when Istria City FC took a trip to take on the defending champions, Dí Maozöxê. Shocking everybody in both countries, instead of a fantastic, all out attacking match, this was a thrashing. This showed the full potential of the squad Alvin Burnsides has put together. Voska Avetisyan and Kate Huitema-Omeasoo each scoring twice, with their new look midfield running all sorts of circles around the defending champs. They're planting their stake early in the title chase. Can Istria keep it up?

MATCHDAY 6
La Querida 0–10 Ausharmuj Marusi
Busembe Timberwolves 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Mynda Electra 0–1 Busukuma AC
Avenida Victoria 1–9 Avenida Leal
Avenida Principal 0–1 Kitara AA
Lakiska SC 1–1 La Nueva Avenida
Herzegovina Phoenix 0–4 René Skaé
Istria City FC 0–3 Rülândéá Kôstä
Herzegovina City FC 0–0 Dí Maozöxê
Mâ Âlâmëómë 1–5 Jinja City FC

There are three things that are guaranteed in life. Death, taxes, and a S-FPL matchday starting with La Querida getting thrashed. We know the story, let's move on. With four teams from the same Farf city in the league this year, those derby matches are bound to get violent. Avenida Victoria, who were promoted this year, took a stunning 1-0 lead thanks to an Emerico Rayos counter-attacking goal. Then, Avenida Leal took it into the next gear. They kept scoring, and were clearly running up the score. José Córdova scored the team's 7th goal, stuck his middle finger up to the home support, and the referee had to stop the match for about 30 minutes as fan violence boiled over. They finished the game with Avenida Leal scoring twice more, to earn a 9-1 victory in a local derby.

Last week, we spent plenty of time singing the praises of Istria City FC. But it shows just how deep the league is: one week after wrecking the champions 5-0 at their own field, Istria City got a taste of their own medicine, losing 3-0 to Rülândéá Kôstä. Kitara AA earned a tight, 1-0 road win over Avenida Principal, with the 18 year old Gereh Kama scoring his first career goal for the Blue and Whites. Assisted, of course, by Ronald Mickel. Busukuma AC and the Hoima Warriors were both able to pick up 1-0 wins away from home, with Josef Lawerenz scoring for Hoima while Cyper Baldeh scored for Busukuma AC. And in the Sunday nightcap, Mâ Âlâmëómë got rocked at home, 5-1, by the newlook Jinja City FC squad. Xilit-Zaxac Yol even came off the bench and converted a penalty for the fifth goal.

MATCHDAY 7
Jinja City FC 7–0 La Querida
Dí Maozöxê 1–1 Mâ Âlâmëómë
Rülândéá Kôstä 1–0 Herzegovina City FC
René Skaé 3–0 Istria City FC
La Nueva Avenida 2–1 Herzegovina Phoenix
Kitara AA 4–0 Lakiska SC
Avenida Leal 9–1 Avenida Principal
Busukuma AC 0–1 Avenida Victoria
Hoima Warriors 1–1 Mynda Electra
Ausharmuj Marusi 1–3 Busembe Timberwolves

Avenida Leal really wants to prove they're the best team in Farolera, right? Well, they won 9-1 last week against Avenida Victoria. This week, they draw another Avenida club: this time it's Avenida Principal. Different opponent, different venue, same result. A 9-1 derby win for Avenida Leal. No match delay due to violence this time, but an equally dominant win. In Farfadillis, there was another huge matchup between whom many consider to be the country's two biggest title contenders in Dí Maozóxê and Mâ Âlâmëómë. They could not be separated, as they played out to a thrilling 1-1 draw. Each goalkeeper had a stunning 11 saves, as this match was about as high-octane a match between Farf clubs as they come. Xíxì Êns started to show his age, just a little bit, if you were paying attention. He looked a little slower, especially towards the later stages of this exhausting matchup. And yet, he scored Dí Maozóxê's lone goal in a game where they left their finishing boots at home. The captain shines through, as always.

Kitara AA blew out relegation-threatened Lakiska SC, as Ronald Mickel powered them to a 4-0 win. They've got a front three of Ronald Mickel, Betanni Jetvanna, and Nightingale, all three internationals for quality national teams. They won't have the potency of an Istria City FC, but they can score when they need to, and they showed their class against the Busogan side. Istria City got handled thoroughly again for the second consecutive week, with René Skaé being the squad to beat them 3-0. Tulaki Rauogba was the spark for the day, winning the man-of-the-match award. The Trumpeteers flew out to Rülândéá Kôstä, and they were downed by a score of 1-0. It was a tight game, but Brian Emerson's squad could not find the back of the net. Röémün Çídh would be the better of twin on this night, as he scored the only goal of the game.

MATCHDAY 8
La Querida 0–3 Busembe Timberwolves
Mynda Electra 1–3 Ausharmuj Marusi
Avenida Victoria 0–1 Hoima Warriors
Avenida Principal 0–0 Busukuma AC
Lakiska SC 1–0 Avenida Leal
Herzegovina Phoenix 2–6 Kitara AA
Istria City FC 5–1 La Nueva Avenida
Herzegovina City FC 1–3 René Skaé
Mâ Âlâmëómë 0–5 Rülândéá Kôstä
Jinja City FC 3–3 Dí Maozöxê

Istria City FC is only involved in blowouts, right? This is their fourth straight week playing a Farf squad. Three weeks ago? 5-0 win. Last two weeks? 3-0 losses. This week? A 5-1 win against a strong Farf side, La Nueva Avenida. Alvin Burnsides seems to be riding the wave. But this team is good enough to make each high impressive, and they flashed their potential with this victory. Kate Huitema-Omeasoo had a hat trick of her own, with Murray Hunnisett and Linoan Waters each scoring once as well. Elsewhere among "the three cities", Herzegovina City FC fell to René Skaé by a score of 3-. Decisive and convincing winners over Istria City and Herzegovina City in back-to-back weeks... we may have some legitimate championship contenders in Szoirsia.

Lakiska SC fought for itself towards the bottom of the table, with a 1-0 win over Avenida Leal. Points are big for them with them and the Phoenix favorites to fight each other to avoid Umbazi's fate from last season. Meanwhile, the Phoenix got taken to the cleaners, falling 6-2 at home to the Kitara Athletic Association. The two most important games were the last two played. Rülândéá Kôstä faced Mâ Âlâmëómë. Two big Farf teams in the country's most violent region. Things went smoothly. Only moderate amounts of smoke everywhere, fans (but not too many fans) ready for violence. Only one team went home happy, although not all of their fans went home. Rülândéá Kôstä smashed their opponents by a score of 5-0.

And lastly, Jinja City FC drew 3-3 at home with the defending champions. It was a great back-and-forth matchup. It would be Heike Schoß who would score the opener. But then, Dí Maozöxê got hot. Lana Mensdóttir scored twice, while Keaton Durbridge scored at the hour mark to give the champs a 3-1 lead. And just as Jinja City looked like they were down, they came storming back. Musa Gaye scored the second, and Dagan international Madison McClain equalized in the 80th minute. In the 1st minute of stoppage time, on a corner kick, Ishmael Rosenstein had a chance to win it with a free header, where the goalkeeper could simply watch. And watch he did, as Rosenstein's header hit the post, and roll harmlessly out of bounds for a goal kick. Still, splitting the points on this matchday just felt right.

MATCHDAY 9
Dí Maozöxê 5–0 La Querida
Rülândéá Kôstä 0–1 Jinja City FC
René Skaé 3–1 Mâ Âlâmëómë
La Nueva Avenida 0–1 Herzegovina City FC
Kitara AA 5–5 Istria City FC
Avenida Leal 3–3 Herzegovina Phoenix

Busukuma AC 1–0 Lakiska SC
Hoima Warriors 0–0 Avenida Principal
Ausharmuj Marusi 1–5 Avenida Victoria
Busembe Timberwolves 1–0 Mynda Electra

René Skaé just spent the last three matchdays telling us why you should take them seriously as title contenders. And not just seriously; they believe they are the favorites. And given the way they're playing, they're absolutely the best team in the league right now. They're one of two teams in this league who haven't lost yet. They've scored 32 times over just 9 games, and haven't even played La Querida yet. And now, they've picked up their fourth consecutive win in the league and the third in a row against an elite squad. Just remember: 3-0 over Istria City. 3-1 over Herzegovina City, in Banija, and now 3-1 over Mâ Âlâmëómë in the sweltering desert heat of Szoirsia. These are impressive victories. Louis-Étienne Hevesi has everyone playing above themselves right now. At their own field, they're able to wear anybody down, but even doing it away from home? Many a gambling men are looking their way right now.

We said they are one of two undefeated teams in the league. The other? Jinja City. And while René Skaé are in first place, Jinja City are simply two points behind. Rülândéá Kôstä was coming off of a hugely emotional road win, in an early season league matchup against a bitter local rival. That turnaround, after a game like that, is always going to be tough. Tough it was, as Jinja City FC took advantage. It would be the Audioslavian international Riccardo Rastelli who would be the unlikely source of the goal. The center back headed home in the 72nd minute, and the Banijan side hung one for dear life.

What about elsewhere in the league? Herzegovina City grinded out a 1-0 road win over La Nueva Avenida. Eamon Mullins assisted Meghan Walcott's game-winning goal in the 46th minute, or just 35 seconds into the second half. Mullins was everywhere as they defended that lead, jumping into passing lanes, maintaining possession, making key tackles and pretty much doing everything you'd want of your central midfielder in a tough road match with a slim lead. The newly-promoted Herzegovina Phoenix, after 8 straight losses to start the campaign, finally got their first-ever S-FPL point here on Matchday 9, with a 3-3 road draw against Avenida Leal. Ferne Horn, off the bench, thought she had an 87th-minute winner, but true to form for them, a sixth minute of stoppage time equalizer for Nevaeh Cathar (after only four were given) left Phoenix fans incensed. Still, a point is a point, but they've got a lot of work to do if they don't want to go right back down to the second tier.

----ImageTeam                   Pld   W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Image René Skaé 9 7 2 0 32 12 +20 23
2 Image Jinja City FC 9 6 3 0 25 7 +18 21
3 Image Avenida Leal 9 5 3 1 33 8 +25 18
4 Image Rülândéá Kôstä 9 5 3 1 25 5 +20 18
5 Image Kitara AA 9 5 3 1 24 13 +11 18
6 Image Dí Maozöxê 9 5 3 1 19 11 +8 18
7 Image Busukuma AC 9 4 4 1 10 5 +5 16
8 Image Herzegovina City FC 9 4 3 2 31 13 +18 15
9 Image La Nueva Avenida 9 4 3 2 19 15 +4 15
10 Image Hoima Warriors 9 4 2 3 11 9 +2 14
11 Image Istria City FC 9 3 3 3 27 17 +10 12
12 Image Ausharmuj Marusi 9 3 3 3 27 23 +4 12
13 Image Mâ Âlâmëómë 9 3 3 3 23 22 +1 12
14 Image Busembe Timberwolves 9 3 2 4 10 13 −3 11
15 Image Avenida Victoria 9 2 1 6 13 31 −18 7
16 Image Lakiska SC 9 1 3 5 5 14 −9 6
17 Image Mynda Electra 9 0 4 5 6 16 −10 4
18 Image Avenida Principal 9 0 3 6 8 28 −20 3
19 Image Herzegovina Phoenix 9 0 1 8 9 36 −27 1
20 Image La Querida 9 0 0 9 4 63 −59 0


Legitimate Reaction or Overreaction?


As is always true at the beginning of a sports season, there are some strange results that bulge out. Especially in early season tables. What is for real? What is an overreaction, and will course correct as the season goes on? We will take a stab at sorting through what's real and what is not.

#1: Istria City FC in 11th place. Are they a mid-table club this season? Status: OverReaction

Look, there is no getting around this: Istria City has not had the kind of start to the season that they've wanted. KHO got off to a slow start, and they are at an imperfect 3-3-3 in their record. 12 points and in 11th place in the table is not what the Lions had in mind coming into the season. And yet, it's still early. We know what kind of talent this team have. They've shown the league, in flashes, what they can do. A 5-0 destruction of the defending champions, Dí Maozöxê, on the road. A 5-1 take down of La Nueva Avenida at home. Unfortunately for them, those impressive wins bookended ugly 3-0 losses to René Skaé and Rülândéá Kôstä.

This team needs some consistency. Alvin Burnsides will have to try something. On paper, they're much better than 11th, and with Burnsides at the helm, we're confident that they'll figure something out. We'll take this for what it is at face value: a slow start, nothing less, nothing more.

#2: Kitara AA in 5th place. Can the Blue and Whites really make the Champions League? Status: OverReaction

Let's get real here. The Kitara Athletic Association are, indeed, a strong side. But as any Busembe fan can tell you, just look at their trophy cabinet. They're a good team, but elite? They've been pretty damn good so far, but saying they are elite, at this point, seems like it would be a little bit of a stretch. Ronald Mickel is an impact player. So is Immaculate Kaba. Jetvanna running up one wing and Kolaj, even helping from the back, can cause problems for a number of squads. But is it enough to make the Champions' League? I would think there are 6 or 7 teams in the league better than the Blue and Whites right now.

They're probably going to be a Challenger's Cup fixture. But with Jinja City's splurge this offseason, the three Cities clubs will take what they feel is their rightful place: Herzegovina City, Istria City, and Jinja City, at the top of the league, at least for the Banijan clubs. We could be right, we could be wrong. But that's where we stand right now.

#3: Is Mâ Âlâmëómë, traditionally the biggest club in Farfadillis, headed for another season without IFCF football? Status: Legitimate Reaction

Mâ Âlâmëómë is the most storied club in Farfadillis. Fourteen-time FFL champions, and three-time champions of Atlantian Oceania, this is a team with pedigree. Last season, however, they adjusted poorly to the enhanced competition of the S-FPL. They reacted properly by bringing in a whole rash of talented, expensive players. And the result is... 13th, through 9 games?

It isn't what they've expected. Arguably, they've been a lot stronger than their results say so far. A lot of their new signings have panned out fairly well. Players like Tahir Fejzuli are making a big impact. Players like Latona Basilisk continue to embody the personality of the most hated club in the S-FPL. Of course, everyone in Farfadillis who isn't a fan of this club is thoroughly enjoying their struggles. They have the talent to turn this bad boy around in a hurry. But if they miss the IFCF for the second straight season? You know that heads will roll...

#4: Is René Skaé the best team in the league? Status: Legitimate Reaction

Obviously, it's hard to crown the best anything just a quarter of the way into the season. But is this a team capable of continuing this form for the length of the season and take the crown to the desert? Most certainly. They've won four games in a row, and against mostly difficult opposition (plus the Phoenix). They've beaten both Herzegovina squads, Istria City FC, and Mâ Âlâmëómë in consecutive weeks. That's quite an accomplishment. Hell, that's arguably the best three teams in the S-FPL on paper. You see a team like les Ezrenels come out of all that in first place? Well, you've got to give them their due.

It's not like this is out of nowhere. They did make the Champions' League last season, finishing fourth. What we're seeing from them is consistency. They're young and energetic, and a joy to watch. Whether a squad this young can handle the pressures of a title chase is an entirely different question. But they are good enough to prove themselves worthy of a spot at the top. Players like Lajos Éwanjé-Épée, Darijen Vesele, and Tulaki Rauogba continue to make a consistent impact, week in and week out. Their youth is an advantage in the hellish sand conditions where they put their stadium, as they can wear anybody down out there. If they continue to give the invisible middle finger to their doubters while they keep winning (or a literal one from their fans), there is no reason that this team cannot have an extended run at the top of the table.

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S-FPL Cup Entry Rounds- Banija and Busoga


The S-FPL Cup is the unified domestic knockout cup for all professional teams in Banija, the Busoga Islands, and Farfadillis, no matter their level on the pyramid. Teams will only play other teams from their country until the quarterfinals. There shall a permanent allocation to the quarterfinals. One team from the Busoga Islands, three from Banija, and four from Farfadillis, will make the quarterfinals.

Busoga Islander Qualifiers


Three teams on the North Island, three on the South Island. Double round robin between teams on the same island. Due to three teams in a group, no draws allowed. The winner of each round robin advances to the final round, which is a two-legged tie. The winner of that tie advances to the quarterfinals of the S-FPL Cup.

In the group stage, three points are granted for a win in regular or extra time, 2 points are granted for a win on penalties, and one point is granted for a loss on penalties.

North Island
Tezirbu Foxes(Northwestern League- Tier 3)
Dukuma SC(BSL- Tier 2)
Tripoli Foresters(Northwestern League- Tier 3)

South Island
Lakiska SC(S-FPL- Tier 1)
Jaribga SC(BSL- Tier 2)
Nezrouch Rovers(Northwestern League- Tier 3)

North Island
Matchday 1: Tripoli Foresters 0–1 Tezirbu Foxes
Matchday 2: Dukuma SC 4–2 Tripoli Foresters
Matchday 3: Tezirbu Foxes 1–0 Dukuma SC
Matchday 4: Tezirbu Foxes 3–1 Tripoli Foresters
Matchday 5: Tripoli Foresters 0–3 Dukuma SC
Matchday 6: Dukuma SC 3–0 Tezirbu Foxes

South Island
Matchday 1: Nezrouch Rovers 3–2 Jaribga Soccer Club
Matchday 2: Lakiska SC 2–1 Nezrouch Rovers
Matchday 3: Jaribga Soccer Club 4–3 Lakiska SC
Matchday 4: Jaribga Soccer Club 1–1 Nezrouch Rovers (2–3 AET)
Matchday 5: Nezrouch Rovers 0–0 Lakiska SC (0–1 AET)
Matchday 6: Lakiska SC 4–0 Jaribga Soccer Club


North Island              Pld  W  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Dukuma SC 4 3 1 10 3 +7 9
2 Tezirbu Foxes 4 3 1 5 4 +1 9
3 Tripoli Foresters 4 0 4 3 11 −8 0


Dukuma SC were the favorites in this group. Two teams in the regional leagues, one team in the second division, is there any surprise? The Foresters were hapless, losing all four games and ending up with a goal differential of -8. So the group came down to the Tezirbu v. Dukuma matches. On Matchday 3, the Foxes gave themselves the advantage by stunning Dukuma with a 1-0 home win. Dukuma, needing all three points at home in the return leg on Matchday 6, did that in dramatic fashion, with Busogan international Jay Khano leading the way with a brace, and getting an assist as well.

South Island              Pld  W  L   GF  GA  GD  Pts 
1 Lakiska SC 4 3 1 10 5 +5 9
2 Nezrouch Rovers 4 2 2 6 7 −1 6
3 Jaribga Soccer Club 4 1 3 8 12 −4 3


Nothing surprising here since BISA made the decision to hold regional qualifiers within the Busoga Islands. Lakiska SC is the country's only top flight side, and are expected to win this. Of course, they never won the BISA Cup in the two seasons that tournament was played, so anything is possible. But, on the South Islands, there was a clear talent gap between Lakiska and the other lower tier sides, and it showed. While they did have a rather surprising 4-3 road loss to Jaribga SC, they were able to keep in form to clinch a spot in the next round. They really showed the talent gap between them and the lower tier Busogan sides on Matchday 6, with their 4-0 demolishing of Jaribga Soccer Club.

Final Qualification Round

Lakiska SC had a lower goal differential, therefore they are home in the first leg.

First Leg: Lakiska SC 1–0 Dukuma SC
Second Leg: Dukuma SC 1–0 Lakiska SC (2-0 AET). Dukuma SC advance 1-1 (2-1 AET) on aggregate to the S-FPL Cup Quarterfinals.


And now, for the final qualification round. Lakiska SC took on their bitter historical rivals(who, admittedly, they rarely play these days), and took care of business in the first leg. They are never going to light you up on the scoreboard, but they will defend well. And for a team without much cup glory, Winad-Lenpi Xlo sure marshalled the forces. A counter-attacking Barkha Visariya scored to give the Bandicoots the home win without conceding any away goals. The second leg, however, did not go as well. Echani striker Reece Gorbel scored in the 71st minute for Dukuma SC to draw the two sides level on aggregate and away goals, and so extra time was demanded. Momodou Turay scored the winner in extra time to put Dukuma SC through. This makes Dukuma SC 2-1 winners on aggregate after extra time, and eliminates Lakiska SC. A disappointing tournament for Bandicoots fans, who now have no respite as they suffer through a relegation battle.




Banijan Qualifiers


The 62 Banijan teams will fight for three spots in the S-FPL Quarterfinals. Their format, unlike the one above, will be a straight knockout format.

In the first round, 34 teams will get a bye. These will be the 9 Banijan S-FPL clubs, the 16 Banijan BSL clubs, and 9 clubs from the regional leagues(the top two in each regional from the previous season, plus the highest ranked Banijan side remaining from the previous season). The remaining 28 teams will play in the first round.

The 14 winners plus the 34 teams who had a bye will go to the second round. 24 winners into round 3, 12 winners in round 4, and 6 winners in round 5, with the 3 winners from round 5 advancing to the S-FPL cup Quarterfinals. Each round is a single match, played at home/away, and each match is played until there is a winner.

Herzegovina Phoenix
Sororo City
Suwawa FC
Kabakono City
Rukunbi FC
Duntho Sporting Club
Busukuma Force
Hawabark Boulders
Corizova United
Askatasuna FC
Zakuta City
Aissa United FC
Isipongo FLash
Bwubanza City SC
Capitol City FC
Thayaferu United
Herzegovina City FC
Istria City FC
Busukuma AC
Jinja City FC
Hoima Warriors
Kitara AA
Mynda Electra
Busembe Timberwolves
Umbazi Metropolitan SC
Barmos United
AFC Kosactus
Baleweye FC
AFC Akwadua
Igulu City FC
Cerenus United
Lwanga Lions
Byakado City
Kigagana Mountaineers


Round 1
Mamari City 1–3 Pumbasa Boars
Nanami Dragons 2–1 Eastern Moravica FC
Amaku City FC 0–1 AFC Okahavi
Busemlu Park SC 1–1 Djoro Athletic (1–1 AET) (4–5 pen.)
Dodoma City SC 1–0 Kwadama Dojo
Dimbogourou SC 2–0 Garixas City
Gadive City 0–2 Bunyoro RSC
Taramazna United 0–0 Luguyala Patriots (0–0 AET) (3–2 pen.)
Koszagard City 1–0 Slobochia Bears
Abomfa United 0–0 Okakameb City (1–1 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Koksho City 3–2 Boufaya Ravens
Mukegara Warriors 3–1 Ogbordu Diamond FC
Selekawe Knights 2–1 Umbazi FA
Kitara Athletic Society 2–0 Nsade United


Round 2
Zakuta City 1–2 Corizova United
Kitara AA 2–2 Igulu City FC (2–2 AET) (0–3 pen.)
Okakameb City 2–3 Baleweye FC
Busukuma AC 3–2 AFC Akwadua
Taramazna United 2–3 Bunyoro RSC
Lwanga Lions 2–3 Sororo City
Kabakono City 1–1 Herzegovina Phoenix (1–1 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Selekawe Knights 3–1 Kigagana Mountaineers
Askatasuna FC 2–1 Djoro Athletic
Barmos United 2–2 Umbazi Metropolitan SC (2–2 AET) (6–5 pen.)
Duntho Sporting Club 0–2 Hawabark Boulders
Pumbasa Boars 2–2 Dodoma City SC (2–3 AET)
Rukunbi FC 0–1 Bwubanza City SC
Aissa United FC 3–3 Isipongo Flash (4–4 AET) (4–5 pen.)
Koszagard City 2–2 Koksho City (2–2 AET) (8–7 pen.)
Nanami Dragons 2–2 Thayaferu United (2–2 AET) (5–6 pen.)
Hoima Warriors 1–1 Istria City FC (2–2 AET) (3–0 pen.)
Capitol City FC 2–3 Mynda Electra
Jinja City FC 4–3 Dimbogourou SC
Cerenus United 1–0 AFC Kosactus
Herzegovina City FC 5–1 Byakado City
Busembe Timberwolves 2–3 Suwawa FC
Mukegara Warriors 2–3 Busukuma Force
AFC Okahavi 1–4 Kitara Athletic Society


Round 3
Herzegovina Phoenix 4–3 Hoima Warriors
Sororo City 3–4 Jinja City FC
Igulu City FC 0–2 Mynda Electra
Bunyoro RSC 0–0 Selekawe Knights (1–1 AET) (2–4 pen.)
Thayaferu United 1–0 Barmos United
Isipongo Flash 1–1 Kitara Athletic Society (2–1 AET)
Herzegovina City FC 2–0 Cerenus United
Baleweye FC 1–0 Busukuma Force
Bwubanza City SC 2–2 Askatasuna FC (2–2 AET) (3–4 pen.)
Suwawa FC 1–4 Corizova United
Koszagard City 0–1 Dodoma City SC
Busukuma AC 3–2 Hawabark Boulders


4th Round
Jinja City FC 4–2 Mynda Electra
Busukuma AC 3–4 Herzegovina Phoenix
Askatasuna FC 2–1 Corizova United
Selekawe Knights 2–6 Isipongo Flash
Thayaferu United 1–3 Baleweye FC
Dodoma City SC 1–4 Herzegovina City FC[


Some road cooking in the Round of 12! Just two more rounds until a team qualifies for the Quarterfinals, and on this day with lots of goals, only one team out of six defend their home field. That team would be Jinja City, who down Mynda Electra by a score of 4 goals to 2. I think the main takeaway here is the number of non top tier sides that remaining. 3 of the six winners are sides that are not in the S-FPL. Hell, Baleweye FC was in the regional leagues just last season, before they earned promotion to Banija's second tier. So fresh out of tier 3, and yet, one lone win away from the S-FPL Quarterfinals? It would be an absolute stunner.

5th Round
Isipongo Flash 2–2 Herzegovina City FC (2–2 AET) (2–4 pen.)
Baleweye FC 3–5 Jinja City FC
Askatasuna FC 3–4 Herzegovina Phoenix


Fans of the three lower division clubs were frustrated with this draw- it ended up with three S-FPL sides against three lower tier sides. A random draw, yes, but a very, very unfortunate bounce for these clubs. Fortunately, at least all three were drawn to have home games, which helps pad the good ol' coffers. Baleweye FC, everybody's cinderella story, fought valiantly for the right to potentially play some Farf clubs in the Quarterfinals- but Jinja City was just too strong. They've simply got too much talent to lose to a team like Baleweye FC, even in these circumstnaces. Baleweye fought valiantly, but it wasn't enough, as they fell, 5-3, to the Black Mambas.

The Herzegovina Phoenix, who are in the thick of a battle to avoid relegation, have brought some joy to their campaign with their cup run here. They haven't had an easy schedule to get to this point. They had to down Kabakono City on penalties, in round 2. Then, took on and beat Hoima at home in Round 3. In Round 4, travelled to Busukuma and beat them. Here in the fifth round, it was probably their easiest opponent- Askatasuna FC. Still, they got a run for their money, although they were able to eventually pull away and win.

And then, the other Herzegovina club played agianst the Isipongo Flash. The Trumpeteers really had their hands full. The Flash were organized well, getting forward in numbers, being able to hold possession- all things people thought they couldn't do. They had a chance at winner in extra time, when a winger, Jelany Beluchi, got through with a chance on goal. Backup keeper Duwa Kinteh came out and made the acrobatic save, closing down on the man and taking away the angle. It was a chance, but it was squandered. So the match went to penalties, and Busogan international Habib Fadika drilled the game winning penalty kick.

So we have half our quarterfinalists! Dukuma SC from Busoga, alongside Jinja City, Herzegovina City, and the Herzegovina Phoenix from Banija.
Last edited by Banija on Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:09 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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