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Di Bradini Cup 52/U21WC73 RP And Scores Thread

Postby Valanora » Mon Jan 17, 2022 12:29 am

Starblaydia wrote:OOC:For complete newcomers, please see the Guide to Sports Roleplaying. If you need to ask anything of the host or your opponents, arrange RP angles or generally chat about the goings-on, please use the World Cup Discussion Thread. Misspellings of 'Di Bradini' will be met with zero tolerance.


The Valanora Footballing Association presents

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In association with the Starblaydia Football Association:

The Fifty-second Di Bradini Cup
a.k.a
The 73rd Under-21 World Cup


The Valanora Footballing Association proudly presents the fifty-second edition of the Di Bradini Cup, the twentieth edition of which to be held in the Valanora. Recognized as direct successor to the original Under-21 World Cup run by Total n Utter Insanity, this is also the 73rd Under-21 World Cup.

This tournament is named after Starblaydia's most-famous player, the first person to score for Starblaydia's own Under-21s, currently the fifth-highest goalscorer in Starblaydia's history, World Cup Winner, member of the World Cup Hall of Fame and one-time President of the World Cup Committee: Simeone Di Bradini. We present, for your participation: The 52nd Di Bradini Cup, a.k.a. The 73rd Under-21 World Cup!

U21WC1. Audioslavia
U21WC2. Kingsford
U21WC3. Jeruselem
U21WC4. Bedistan
U21WC5. Rejistania
U21WC6. Bedistan
U21WC7. Vilita
U21WC8. Total n Utter Insanity
U21WC9. Jeruselem
U21WC10. Rejistania
U21WC11. Rejistania
U21WC12. Druida
U21WC13. Fmjphoenix
U21WC14. Starblaydia
U21WC15. Fmjphoenix
U21WC16. Nedalia
U21WC17. Hockey Canada
U21WC18. Spruitland
U21WC19. Fmjphoenix
U21WC20. Fmjphoenix
U21WC21. Haraki
U21WC22 (DBC1). Valanora
U21WC23 (DBC2). Candelaria And Marquez
U21WC24 (DBC3). Candelaria And Marquez
U21WC25 (DBC4). Newmanistan
U21WC26 (DBC5). Daehanjeiguk
U21WC27 (DBC6). Valanora
U21WC28 (DBC7). Secristan
U21WC29 (DBC8). Sarzonia
U21WC30 (DBC9). Kura-Pelland
U21WC31 (DBC10). Candelaria And Marquez
U21WC32 (DBC11). Sorthern Northland
U21WC33 (DBC12). Sorthern Northland
U21WC34 (DBC13). Sargossa
U21WC35 (DBC14). Starblaydia
U21WC36 (DBC15). Cafundeu
U21WC37 (DBC16). Queer Poco el Mono Ara
U21WC38 (DBC17). Cafundeu
U21WC39 (DBC18). Cafundeu
U21WC40 (DBC19). Taeshan
U21WC41 (DBC20). Polar Islandstates
U21WC42 (DBC21). Bears Armed
U21WC43 (DBC22). Pasarga
U21WC44 (DBC23). High Heels
U21WC45 (DBC24). Kiryu-shi
U21WC46 (DBC25). Wight
U21WC47 (DBC26). Blouman Empire
U21WC48 (DBC27). Equestrian States
U21WC49 (DBC28). Free Republics
U21WC50 (DBC29). Northern Sunrise Islands
U21WC51 (DBC30). Farfadillis
U21WC52 (DBC31). Furellum
U21WC53 (DBC32). Mizuyuki
U21WC54 (DBC33). Schottia
U21WC55 (DBC34). DNF
U21WC56 (DBC35). Cosumar
U21WC57 (DBC36). Dainer
U21WC58 (DBC37). Pasarga
U21WC59 (DBC38). Ceni
U21WC60 (DBC39). Pasarga
U21WC61 (DBC40). Mytanar Region
U21WC62 (DBC41). Kita-Hinode
U21WC63 (DBC42). Pasarga
U21WC64 (DBC 43). Mapletish
U21WC65 (DBC 44). Cosumar
U21WC66 (DBC 45). Cosumar
U21WC67 (DBC 46). Bears Armed
U21WC68 (DBC 47). Banija
U21WC69 (DBC 48). Valladares
U21WC70 (DBC 49). San Ortelio
U21WC71 (DBC 50). Vilita and Turori
U21WC72 (DBC 51). Tumbra

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Adab
Baker Park
Brookstation
Cabo Azure
Cassadaigua
Chromatika
Darmen
Delaclava
Firinsymnia
Græntfjall
HUElavia
Kriegiersien
Melbergia
Montaña Verde
Muralos
New Zhengguo
Octapolis
Pasarga
Qasden
Quebec
Ranoria
Sarzonia
Sharktail
Starblaydia
StrayaRoos
The 14 Stars
Tumbra
United Adaikes
Valanora
Waisnor
Zeta Reka and Hügeltaldom


Group A
Valanora
Qasden
New Zhengguo
StrayaRoos

Venues: The Battleground, Hellgate

Group B
Baker Park
Sharktail
Quebec
Octapolis

Venues: Sabinal Stadium, River City Stadium

Group C
Brookstation
Delaclava
Muralos
Montaña Verde

Venues: Angelotic Temple, Miner's Haven

Group D
Chromatika
Cabo Azure
Tumbra
The 14 Stars

Venues: Artani, Donna Cathedral

Group E
Ranoria
Kriegiersien
Adab
Pasarga

Venues: The White Fortress, Tiradir

Group F
Cassadaigua
Zeta Reka and Hügeltaldom
Melbergia
Darmen

Venues: Metropolis, The Tar Pit

Group G
HUElavia
Waisnor
Firinsymnia
Sarzonia

Venues: Orange Gate Falls, Lathal

Group H
Græntfjall
Starblaydia
Abanhfleft
United Adaikes

Venues: Duran Palace, Raynor Memorial

Cutoff Window: 8 pm CDT to 11 pm CDT

Fixtures
MD1: 1v4, 2v3
MD2: 4v3, 1v2
MD3: 2v4, 3v1
Ro16: A1vD2, B1vC2, C1vB2, D1vA2, E1vH2, F1vG2, G1vF2, H1vE2
QFs: R1vR2, R3vR4, R5vR6, R7vR8
SFs: Q1vQ2, Q3vQ4
3PPo: L1vL2
Final: S1vS2

Schedule
Jan 16: Draw
Jan 17: Bye
Jan 18: Bye
Jan 19: Bye
Jan 20: MD1
Jan 21: Bye
Jan 22: MD2
Jan 23: Bye
Jan 24: MD3
Jan 25: Bye
Jan 26: Ro16
Jan 27: Bye
Jan 28: QFs
Jan 29: Bye
Jan 30: SFs
Jan 31: 3PPo
Feb 1: Final
Last edited by Valanora on Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:11 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Postby Valanora » Mon Jan 17, 2022 12:30 am

Map of Valanora

Valanora Information
The most important thing to know about traveling through Valanora is that automobiles are banned except for government officials. A high tech railway system connects the entirety of the nation, with three most popular international airports in Raynor City, Gladerial, and Baysleef. A ferry from Rinaldi travels to and from the island of Capri every hour on the hour. The most distinguishing feature of Valanora is the prevalent amount of forests standing in many of the inner half of the nation, even in cities, with the elven attempts to live in harmony with nature. Vanorians are a polite if not a bit high on themselves, believing elvenkind to be superior to humans, though they show a respect for the potential their humanoid cousins have.

Venues

The Battleground
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Capacity: 78,000
Location: Raynor City

Artani
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Capacity: 74,000
Location: Mar Sara

Angelotic Temple
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Capacity: 71,000
Location: Longview

The White Fortress
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Capacity: 70,000
Location: Gladerial

Donna Cathedral
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Capacity: 60,000
Location: Mar Sara

Hatire Memorial
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Capacity: 60,000
Location: Capri

Sabinal Stadium
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Capacity: 56,000
Location: Sabinal

Hellgate
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Capacity: 54,000
Location: Raynor City

Aranfield Bridge
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Capacity: 52,000
Location: Everlin

Duran Palace
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Capacity: 51,000
Location: Valanari

Castle de Mot
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Capacity: 49,000
Location: Wexax

Rose Gardens
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Capacity: 49,000
Location: Kareen

The Pitch
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Capacity: 46,000
Location: Turbani

Turmondale Grounds
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Capacity: 43,000
Location: Raynor City

Haramos Park
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Capacity: 43,000
Location: Cartmot

Caddo Park
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Capacity: 42,000
Location: Caddo

Raynor Memorial
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Capacity: 40,000
Location: Hondo

The Tar Pit
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Capacity: 39,000
Location: Char Sara

Metropolis
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Capacity: 39,00
Location: Ibini

Orange Gate Falls
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Capacity: 39,000
Location: Monaven

Miner's Haven
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Capacity: 36,000
Location: Goldsan

River City Stadium
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Capacity: 35,000
Location: Bexar

Tiradir
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Capacity: 31,000
Location: Gladerial

Lathal
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Capacity: 29,000
Location: Ianisle
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WCoH VII, VIII, XVII, XXVIII, XXX, XXXII (1st), WCoH I, XXXI, XL (2nd), WCoH II, XXIX (3rd), WCoH XII (4th)
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Postby Ranoria » Mon Jan 17, 2022 1:53 am

Introducing: The Teams of The National Alliance of Association Football!


In this series, we'll be giving a brief history lesson on all of the current members of Ranoria's domestic soccer league. So unfortunately, no focused article on the flash-in-the-pan Cold Hill Couriers. With all that said - let's kick things off with the Highport Heroes!
*all stats as of 2028 season

1: Highport Heroes - you're here!
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2: Ranoria City Privateers
3: Memphis Delta Blues
4: Port Kruger Cougars
5: Richardson Revolt
6: Ashialand Blizzard
7: Vricksinburg Thunder
8: Dietrich Dirks


Overall Record: 2-15-39 (4 seasons)
Best Finish: 1-4-9 (2025)
Worst Finish: 0-1-13 (2027)
Championships/Appearances: 0/0


The Lolcow of the League: Highport


Highport is the newest team in an already young league, having just been indoctrinated in 2025. They finished with the worst record in the league then, as was expected, but despite the 2028 season having concluded recently, not much has changed.

After a 1-win debut season, the Heroes of course tried to take things to the next level quickly, and signed veteran striker Gabriel Lorelei, who'd been a star for the more successful Vricksinburg Thunder since their debut. Unfortunately, Lorelei tore his ACL in training camp and retired from soccer shortly after. The Heroes had a disastrous season partially as a result of that injury, with an 0-6-8 record indicating a clear step back, the first winless campaign in NAAF history. Without Lorelei to generate offense, they scored just 4 goals on the year while conceding a whopping 19 in 14 contests.

Alright, bad season, no problem - Highport went to bounce back in 2027 only to produce an even worse showing with a second straight winless campaign where, once again, they scored just 4 goals on the season, but this time they allowed a whopping 25 in their 14 games and only managed a draw in a single contest as they'd finish the season 0-1-13. By now, how the team hasn't folded is a wonder.

Fortunately Highport didn't continue its streak of winless campaigns, finishing 1-4-9 in 2028 just like they had at the start, but this team is historically bad. They've never finished within a point of being the second lowest team in the league standings at the conclusion of the season, and in their last three campaigns have been at least 8 points away. They also are the only team in the NAAF without a single player suiting up for the Krauts in the World Cup, and they have never had a player do so. At the very least, the U21 squad will field three of their players in the Di Bradini Cup, with midfielder Marian Korngold starting, defender Lucus Schuttler listed as a reserve, and goalie Emilia Albrecht listed as the backup goalie.

Korngold in particular is easily the best player on this team and could make something of himself, but don't count on him winning anything domestically. Youth is great, but other teams have it too, and without veteran stars to provide a team its spine, we expect the Heroes are going to stay on the bottom for awhile yet.
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Postby Cassadaigua » Mon Jan 17, 2022 8:42 am

CASE Announces Elimination of Entry Draft,
By Chelsea Dufresne, Concord Heights Times


The President of CASE, Stephanie Sweeney, mentioned that there would be changes to how the Cassadagan Soccer League operates from a structural level. We have already seen the league become active in the international transfer market, and many foreigners have made an impact in the league now, including Julio Campana of Juvencus who won the Golden Boot with New Lakeland SC. However, the league has only seen it’s teams struggle in IFCF competition. While they have been competitive, Cassadagan teams seem to be on the short end of the stick more often than not, such as Concord Heights City failing to advance due to the away goals rule. More needs to be done, in the eyes of Stephanie Sweeney and the general administration of CASE to get the CSL more competitive on the international level.

Sweeney says that there will be two parts to significant announcements being made, with one pertaining to juvenile sports and the other pertaining to the bigger league. Therefore, I would expect to see that second announcement, if one is interested, in World Cup coverage in the near future. Part one, however, was quite shocking and immediately relevant to this playing in the Di Bradini Cup, which will be kicking off from Valanora pretty soon. Here is the announcement, officially, from Sweeney:

“After discussions made in the office and with owners of our Premier Division soccer teams, we came to a consensus that the best way to ensure that we have stronger teams in the IFCF competition, ones that can make a stronger impact than we have seen thus far, is to eliminate the entry draft and create an academy system. This will be a tough undertaking, and it was understood that our smaller market teams have relied on the ability to draft our younger players and get them playing for them instead of them going to the bigger market teams. This is not the best way, going forward, however, and the Players Association has long pushed for this kind of change. We will gladly implement that now, allowing all of our Premier Division clubs the opportunity to field an academy team if they have the financial ability to do so. We know that some clubs might not be able to do this, but the opportunity to do so.

Once a player hits 14 years of age, they will be eligible to be signed to the academy that is prevalent in their locality. So, for example, a teenager born in Concord Heights will have the option to choose from academy sides of Concord Heights City and Concord Heights Suburban, but they would not be able, for example, to sign with an academy side from Brattleboro or Starksville. They will be allowed a contract not to exceed $2,000 for a season and the academy teams will play games, primarily on Saturdays, as to not conflict with the academics of the teenagers involved. When the academy league structure is finalized, we will do our best to keep travel to a minimum during the school year, and longer travel to occur on school breaks.

When a player turns 18, or will be 18 on August 1st of a calendar year, they are eligible to sign with the parent club of the academy system in which they have played. The parent club will have 60 days to execute a contract with the player, or can declare them a free agent to where they could sign with any club in the CSL. Any entry level contract for a player may not be longer than three years and may not be larger than $2,000,000 per year. If said player is more interested in playing overseas, they are eligible to do so on the first transfer window that opens after their 18th birthday or if they will be 18 on August 1st of the calendar year. The parent club is able to accept a bid for said player in the normal manner that takes place on the transfer window.”


This is going to require a lot of follow up information, but will certainly be impactful for many people. Small clubs have already begun to complain about the announcement, correctly complaining that it will keep them from being competitive. Players like 17-year old fullback Caitlyn Schneider, who will be in the Di Bradini Cup, and seen as a #1 overall pick in the entry draft will no longer have to be drafted by a struggling operation like Carthage United or Sterling Heights. Now, even though it would be a short lived stay in the academy, they will be able to sign with the likely-to-be-formed academy in Grande Mountain or White Mountain, both of which would be eligible to add Schneider. Assuming Grande Mountain would be more appealing, Schneider could now suit up for Grande Mountain as early as next season instead of say, Carthage United.

Schneider told me in a brief comment that, “Well, it’s a new announcement so there is a lot to be taken care of first. To be one of the first players involved in this will be interesting, for sure. Everything is still forming, so I can’t say right now what I am going to do. We’ll see, I guess.” I could not resist asking Schneider if she felt relieved now, likely going to a stronger side instead of a weaker one which would likely draft her. Her response was, “Again, I don’t really know right now. There are too many details to be set in stone still. I’m not going to act as though I am the property of a club that I have not talked to, yet.”

The pros and cons of this are massive. Let’s say Schneider did go to Grande Mountain. There’s not necessarily room for her to start in the back there right away. So, either Grande Mountain makes a move, or Schneider doesn’t get a lot of playing time. While there, she could learn from someone like defender Sierra Swift, who is a starter in World Cup 90. If she were drafted by Carthage United in the old system, she’d start immediately, but doesn’t have an influential player, at all, like Swift, to help her with the transition. People will likely point out that White Mountain could be a better situation, but the point isn’t to delve into player specific situations.

Other questions exist:
What about 18 year olds in the last recent draft? Can they look for the system to be applied to them retroactively?
Can small market teams be competitive now?
Does everyone have to have an academy system?
How will academy systems compete such as the Grande Mountain/White Mountain example above?

So much more to cover, and we will as the days move along.
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Welcome to the StrayaRoos DBC52 Preview so the draw just happened in Valanora and we found out we are So Screwed as our group opponents are
Valanora,Qasden and New Zuegguo and 5 members of the squad are On the road To Vilita and Baker Park
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Postby Commonwealth of Baker Park » Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:41 pm

© Sporting Times Daily 2022
Bees sent to DBC 52 'kids table'
by Mindy Cartwright, National Soccer Editor

The draw for the 52nd DiBradini Cup, the 73rd edition of the Under-21 World Cup didn't create much of stir at FAC headquarters as BP will face Sharktail, Quebec's Junior Reapers and the opening match against newcomers Octapolis in Group B, but the schedule and the venue assignments sent the folks at 333 State Street off on a chase to find out what logistical arrangements would be needed in Sabine & Caddonia, the archipelago that is part of Valanora's Eternal Empire.

Located almost due south of the Commonwealth near Siovanija & Teusland, Twicetagria and Torisakia, it is closer in air miles than Gladerial, the usual arrival point in previous DBCs,

The FAC were put in contact through their normal hosts, AS Sharala, with representatives of Club Atlético Bexar, who just played their first top flight season and survived for another go in the upcoming campaign; the Commonwealth U21's will train at the club, as two of their three group fixtures will be at the River City Stadium. The opener will take place in Sabinal, the capital of northern half of the island group and as the hosts are in Group A, it's expected that any potential knockout round fixtures will be within Valanora proper.

Manager Liam Sullivan has an experience heavy squad to work with as only five players from the 14th Under-18 WC team have been called in, and he doesn't seem to give much concern to the circumstances that landed Baker Park in Bexar.

"The pitch is rectangular, the match is 90 minutes. I think a bit of a changeup is good for us. We love the folks at Sharala, I personally will always consider the people at the club near and dear to me. But sometimes, you can get into a too comfortable situation. I want to see how our pros and fifths* adapt to the unknown."

Sullivan wouldn't be drawn out on reports that this may be his last DBC as boss, if rumored changes both at State Street and Birkenfeld come following the World Cup.

"All I know is that I have 3 months off after this tournament is finished, that is the guarantee that Dave (Carlson) and Trevor (Richmond) gave me when I took charge of the regional squad."

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in the FAC youth squad setup, on the U18 squad 16 year olds are called 'thirds', 17's are called 'seconds' and 18 are obviously 'firsts', a nomenclature that is rooted in naval tradition. However, when moving up to the U21's, 19 year olds become 'fourths', at 20 one is a 'fifth' and 21's are 'pros', even if they are not signed as professional players, i.e. they are college seniors. It's not supposed to make sense, and it never has, but it's been the routine for long before the mixed gender era in BP soccer.
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Postby Sarzonia » Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:22 am

Unlike the chaotic beginning to his tenure as the Sarzonian Under 21 national team for the 51st DiBradini Cup, Colton Longley now has a full training camp to implement his system and to ensure his players are on the same page. The difference between when he suddenly took over for Diego Cristobal and now was striking on the first day of training.

"There's a certain level of instruction you have to do at this level regardless," Longley said. "This time, however, these players know better how I want things to operate. That alone makes my job much easier this time around."

You wouldn't know the Junior Stars weren't comfortable with Longley's more defensive system by the team's record in the previous edition. Sarzonia just missed out on the knockout rounds with a 3-0-2 record and a plus-four goal differential one cup after flaming out of the previous edition under Cristobal with an 0-0-3 record that included a ghastly one goal scored to 11 goals conceded. Longley said the near-miss was disappointing, but also gave the team motivation for the current edition.

"We now know what it takes to be successful and we know what pratfalls to avoid in the future," he said. "Experience is a better teacher than any manager can ever hope to be."

Glen Baker retains his position as starter, but has announced ahead of time that this will be his final Under 21 World Cup, as he turns 22 two days after the final. Jill Schlessinger and Morgan Lock are expected to compete for the starting goalkeeper position upon Baker's aging out. Baker said he hoped to provide mentorship for the two younger netminders prior to either one assuming their place in the starting 11.

"Yeah, that would be great if they could learn from what I do, including my mistakes," he said. "Hopefully, they'll see what to do and what not to do by looking at me."

The Junior Stars will compete in Group G, which features HUElavia, Waisnor and Firinsymnia. The latter two teams are unfamiliar to Junior Stars supporters, but the same can't be said of HUElavia. Sarzonia will kick off its qualifying campaign against Los Armarillos.

"It's a great way to start out," Baker said. "We've got a rivalry match right from break. That should be lots of fun."
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2026 Tumbran Senate Election
200 seats, 101 seats required for a majority
Turnout: 90.71%
Valid Votes Cast: 77,969,165

Political Party Votes Percent Seats Change
Labour 25,667,431 32.92% 70 ▼20
Liberal 22,299,849 28.60% 59 ▼15
National 3,321,008 4.26% 5 ▼1
Green/Progressive 9,242,715 11.85% 28 ▲18
Conservative 8,745,190 11.22% 23 ▲18
Moderate 4,782,265 6.13% 11 ▼4
Social Democratic 2,740,996 3.52% 2 ▲2
Christian Union 872,656 1.12% 2 ▲2
New Democratic 297,055 0.38% 0 ±0


2026 Tumbran Presidential Election
First Round; Top Two proceed to runoff
Turnout: 91.55%
Valid Votes Cast: 78,688,936

Nominee Votes Percent Result
Alan Spalko 20,116,452 25.56% Progress to Second Round
James D. Clark 19,841,797 25.22% Progress to Second Round
Matthew Bullock 18,442,191 23.44%
Hannah Ashwood 16,141,233 20.51%
Richard Graham 3,141,289 3.99%
Noel Cramer 1,005,975 1.28%


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TUMBRA SENDS A MESSAGE: A Divided Senate, A Non-Labour Or Liberal President, A Humbled Everett


KINGSBURY — While things remain too close to call in the first round of the Presidential Election, one thing is clear: that Tumbra's President, come March 3, will not come from either the Liberal or the Labour parties. At the time of printing, the MP for Nottingham and Conservative presidential candidate, Alan Spalko, was leading in the polls by about eight hundred thousand votes from the Green Party nominee, James D. Clark, and by a further million votes from the Labour nominee, Senator Matthew Bullock (Lab-Gamaliel), with about half of the vote counted.

In a campaign marked by an unusually competitive and more politically-charged atmosphere than previous elections, issues like how the role of the Presidency should be interpreted and the extent of how much the President could dictate the workings of the federal government came to the fore. This was largely due to the rise of Mr. Spalko, whose campaign was marked by ambitious statements on how he would make sure the voice of the Tumbran people would be represented in the upper echelons of government. The federal government of Prime Minister Kenneth Everett has come under repeated criticism over the past year of being "out of touch" with the common person; and the minor expenses scandal which resulted in the resignation of several Ministers of State only served to hammer this point home. It was this atmosphere of anti-establishmentarianism that allowed Mr. Spalko's campaign to flourish; and he will likely be rewarded with a berth in the runoff election in a week's time.

His likely opponent, James Clark, is of a similar yet extremely different vein; the two of them come from outside the political mainstream, but their similarities end there. Mr Clark, 70, is best known in Tumbra as the author of the long-running science fiction series Archon, but has maintained prominence as an activist, poet, and most importantly, environmentalist. A lifelong independent, Mr. Clark did not officially accept the Green Party nomination, but has effectively been supported by them for the entirety of his election campaign. Mr. Clark made a lot of his outsider status — this is his first time running for public office — and seemed to capture the national mood better than either the Labour or Liberal nominees, whose campaigns were largely anonymous and failed to get off the ground. Both Senator Bullock and Senator Ashwood came under criticism during the campaign for sounding insincere, and riding on the coattails of their party to secure their spot in the second round — a perception that was only sharpened during the two debates held over the course of the campaign, where they were ranked last for their performances.

Mr. Spalko and Mr. Clark will face each other in the first and only televised debate of the runoff, which will be broadcast on TBC. The two notably crossed swords on multiple issues, including approaching the role of the President and the advise given to the Government, especially with regards to sensitive issues of national security like the Northlands.

In the other election held during the night, the Senate elections saw the Labour and Liberal parties lose their stranglehold over the Senate, with both parties losing over a dozen seats to the Green and Conservative parties, who are projected to hold over a quarter of the seats in the next Senate. Green Party co-leader and MP for Bromley, Norman Collins, was "delighted" to see the voters of Tumbra "embrace alternative options" in the Senate. The Conservative deputy leader in the House of Representatives, Mr. Jacob Licht, expressed similar sentiments to his party's result.

The biggest loser of tonight, however, has to be the Prime Minister; with the voters of Tumbra having sent a strong message over the state of the country to the Prime Minister, he was nowhere to be seen on Election Night. While Labour are still predicted to finish with a plurality of seats in the Senate, the failure of the party's presidential nominee to reach the runoff casts a shadow over his leadership, and speculation over his long-term future in the office of Prime Minister will undoubtedly amplify after this disappointing election result.

Attention for now, however, will go back to Spalko and Clark, as the two men — political novices by any standard, Spalko having been an MP for only five years and this being Clark's first time running for public office — will go head to head to determine who will become Tumbra's 29th President, and the first to not come from either major party in forty-two years.

Tumbra vs Cabo Azure Lineup: 52nd Di Bradini Cup, Matchday 1

Starters: 1 - Danvers; 2 - Hawthorn, 4 - Houghton, 14 - Pearson, L., 3 - Larkin; 6 - Maguire, 8 - McCabe, 10 - Coleman; 7 - McDermott, 9 - Appleby; 11 - Henshaw
Bench: 12 - Woodhouse, H., 13 - Patel; 18 - Pearson, S., 5 - Proudfoot, 20 - Bond, 19 - Crittenden; 13 - Anselm, 15 - Philips, 16 - Batten; 17 - Haines, 21 - Woodhouse, F.; 22 - Deighton
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Postby Delaclava » Wed Jan 19, 2022 4:47 pm

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What's in the water these days? Ashlings tinier than ever

There are a lot of intriguing, soccer-related storylines in looking at the roster that the Delaclav Football Association (DFA) has sent to the 52nd Di Bradini Cup in Valanora. The last junior hurrah for midfield studs Leo Danjalsson and Emil Mišalko, the call-up of youth firepower in Rogier Wijnberg and Mathias Gretler, once-wonder boy Simon Demirjian hoping to make an impact from the bench.

But I don't want to talk about that. Instead, I'm here to talk about something else:

When did our soccer players get so small?

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Come on, don't pretend you didn't notice. I know plenty of players of all shapes and sizes can be successful. I'm no height supremacist, I have many short friends. But when your backup goalkeeper is 5 foot 5 and 125 pounds soaking wet... you've got to start asking some questions.

When this program restarted in World Cup 85, that 23-man roster had an average height of 6 foot, 1.1 inches and an average weight of 172 pounds. There were real, robust men on that roster - including Lukas Meyer and George Ross, still at the top of the heap; powerful athletes like Brent Ritchie and Rhydian Campbell, shutdown backs such as Valentin Gusev and Kelly Joseph, and a true aerial threat in Dashaun Howard. What's more, they were good. They hung with elite squads like Nephara and Sarzonia, beat the likes of Darmen and Jeruselem. You thought that squad was going to go on and do big things.

Well, they didn't, and of course, it's natural to reset and look to the younger guys. But this new generation is small, frail, and wispy. The average player is 5 foot, 9.7 inches and 148.9 pounds. And if you see the histogram on the left, you'll notice:
- There are no players that are either 5 foot 11 or 6 foot even, which are very nearly the median heights of the male Delaclav population. As of the last census, the average Delaclav male was 5 foot, 10.5 inches. (GK Nicolas Mercier is the one player who is 5 foot 10.) Reports indicate that the next census may report an average height of around an inch shorter...
- That gulf splits the team into two groups: 16 boys either 5'10" or smaller, and 7 who are 6'1" to 6'3". That group of 16 is just a right back short of being a full team and has an average height of 5 foot, 7.7 inches.

And if this doesn't seem like a present problem for the senior team, well it very much is. Durgali Baxayev, Danjalsson, Mišalko, and Kagir Dimayev are some of these pint-sized footballers who have already capped for the senior team. Wijnberg, Gretler, and Burwell are undoubtedly next in line. You could make a lot of excuses for why the Phoenixes haven't been good the past few cycles - they forgot to sign the forms, the players weren't committed enough, they got unlucky, they forgot to sign the forms again. But when you're trying to compete against Drawkians and human refrigerators and actual refrigerators, having players who roughly resemble forest sprites isn't going to cut it.

I do have a few theories for this recent trend - let me know in the comments what you think:
- Soy milk
- Chemtrails generated by Falcanian planes
- Changes in the water coming from Anaian currents
- The random number generator that determines Delaclav heights needs to be fixed
- Too many parents putting bricks on their kids' heads to save on children's clothing

I'm sure the anthropologists will break this trend down along with many other Delaclav demographic patterns - why are there so many twins, are Delaclavs less surprised by buses now, do some children have a magic birthmark that allows them to transport to The Holy Empire. I don't really care. I just wanna win a soccer game.
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Postby Waisnor » Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:30 pm

After draw on Third Sports channel

"Well, here is it is, we now know our rivals in group stage of Di Bradini Cup! What you can say about Group G?"

"I certainly can say that we got some pretty heavyweight group. Definitely, Sarzonia will be the favourite of this group, they have some pretty good players such as Joanie Rhys who shows some outstanding speed and Marc Kemp, who is pretty good with the ball"

"So you're saying that they mostly go for midfields?"

"No, they have some good players in other positions, but I would say that midfielders are their strongest part"

"Now we know who we should have spotlight on, I'm pretty sure that our coach will get some ideas about them)"

"Our next opponent, HUElavia, is an attacking team, so as we and Sarzonia, so this group is definitely will be interesting to watch"

"Of course, we're in this group!)"

"I think that there are some players to watch out for such as Jurgi Uhalte and Leondra Reyes-Amarru, but I can't say for syre what to expect from them"

"And now for the last team in our group,which we haven't yet seen at the NS tournaments - Firinsymnia, which seems to be least attacking of the group. Their most notble players are mostly in defence such as goalkeeper Finian Cloarec and defender Wilfrid Gouin."

"So, that's our rivals in Group G of Di Bradini Cup. Of course, we wish good luck to our team, and goodbye!"

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88 = 24th/32
89 = 16th/37
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Postby Octapolis » Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:02 pm

About Octapolis: Octapolis is a megacity that is contained in a spaceship that orbits the known universe. This megacity is split into eight distinct sections, Districts 1-8, which have their own inhabitants, cultures, and functions. Octapolis is ruled over by the Council of Eight, of which one is the OmegaCaptain. Currently, the OmegaCaptain, K'sh'ar Hynn, a Brinoghan, has decided that a scout craft will be allowed to take some of the best youth footballers of Octapolis (straight out of the Academy League) to the U-21 tournament.

The Species of Octapolis:
Brinoghan: Akin to earth's turtles that stand on their hind two feet, Brinoghans have a tough shell that protect most of their body. In Ocatapois, most of the Brinoghans inhabit District 1, where they are responsible for the star drive and machinery that keep the megacity spaceship running. They are quick-thinking, industrious, and work well together with the other species. In sports, Brinoghans are used best in situations where they can collaborate with others to set up plays. In football, they usually play in the midfield or on the wings, ready to create at all times.

Fashtel: A thin, spindly humanoid race, Fashtel are recognizable by their almost transparent skin and bald features. Monogendered, Fashtel are created at the very place where the previous one died, which has led to a culture that treats death as a celebration. Fashtel find themselves mostly in District 2, where they task themselves being the industrial center of Octapolis, making the various household goods and appliances that are needed for the city to run. In sports, Fashtel are best used in situations where physicality is not needed. In football, Fashtel are a rare sight, but can make appearances as strikers who just happen to be at the right spot.

Kan Goren: A quadrupedal race that average about five feet six inches in height, Kan Goren are recognizable by the twin horns that protrude from their forehead and the glorious mane that flow down their backs. Kan Goren are a race that love to be in community. Living in District 3, Kan Goren are, by nature, strong and hardworking farmers that grow all the food that the megacity needs in order to survive. In sports, Kan Goren are used in situations where power is needed more than speed. In football, Kan Goren make great defenders.

Ysrbi: Yserbi are a hive of insectoid creatures that resemble that of a praying mantis with four wings on the back. Yserbi work well together, being able to communicate with each other telepathically. This makes them absolutely great soldiers, making District 4 the military district of Octapolis. Yserbi make up more than 80% of the Octapolis military, making great foot soldiers, space marines, and the like. Yserbi are used very often in sports due to their telepathic nature, often times being pairs on football teams.

Basalt-Ani: A robotic species that gained sapience during the journeys of Octapolis, Basalt-Ani make up more than 61% of the population of Octapolis, and inhabit Districts 5-8, where they are responsible for everything else. They can vary in size and configuration, there being more than twenty different models. Basalt-Ani are in almost any sports team, and football is no exception.

Gaban'Hasana: Gaban'Hasana take care of the spiritual needs of Octapolis. A priesthood of spiritual beings - other species would call them "ghosts", Gaban'Hasana have been with Octapolis since it was launched from the home galaxy eons ago, and remain there still. The words of the Gaban'Hasana are revered, and their direction has never been questioned. There are nine Gaban'Hasana, and each of them have their own distinct form. As they are the Priesthood, they don't play sports.

the red wing
Part 1: The Challenge


OmegaCaptain K'sh'ar Hynn, the Brinoghan leader of the Megacity of Octapolis, shook her head at the challenge in front of her. She had really hoped that it wouldn't come to this day, but the fateful day had come, and by the stars, was it going to be an important one to overcome. She prayed that the Gaban'Hasana, especially the Gaban'Hasana Ryekk, the one that had showed her her destiny of becoming OmegaCaptain, would appear to her to provide her some guidance once again. It was that kind of day, and it was that kind of challenge.

Eons ago, when the great city had first been launched from the lands before - nobody knew where the ship had originated from, as those records had been expunged during The Great Calamity - it had brought on three rites that the Old Civilization had held dear: The Rite of Eshrek, which was the rite in which the megacity elected its rulers; The Rite of Plyan, which was reserved for important weddings that tied together different cultures of Octapolis, and reserved for very ceremonious occasions; and the third, the most sacred of them all, was The Rite of Kh'Ara - The Duel.

She should've seen the Fashteli Vlinka making the moves that they had been making way before this moment had come. Just two months ago, Vlinka hadn't shown up at the grand meeting between the Council of Eight and the various other councils that ran the different districts of Octapolis. As a foreman of one of the biggest textile factories of District 2, their absence had been noted; however, the Fashteli representative on the Council of Eight, Voreni, had calmed the nerves of the Council that Vlinka was going through some health issues, and they'd moved on. Instead, it was revealed later that Vlinka was putting together all the necessary components to put forward The Rite of Kh'Ara - the Statement of Wrongs, the Statement of Irreversibility, and the Gauntlet.

Just a week ago, Vlinka had approached the Council of Eight and presented the Statement of Wrongs in a five thousand word document about how K'sh'ar Hynn had wronged the megacity of Octapolis and how her crimes were irrefutable. The words were written rather well, she had to admit, though she didn't agree with many of the accusations. They weren't disorganized nor the ramblings of a mad person, which gave Vlinka's action even more power. As they read more and more of the declaration, she could see the mood of the Council start to sour as tension rose to a fever pitch.

As was tradition, when Vlinka finished the Statement of Wrongs, they were given the floor to continue, and they added on the Statement of Irreversibility, which was needed for them to commit to the actual duel. In a much shorter statement - three hundred words, as was the custom - Vlinka laid out their personal disdain for the choices that had been made, and concluded by stating that they would serve Hynn no longer, and could not stand to see both Hynn and themselves exist in the same megacity as long as the megacity stood together, which was a way of saying that one of them would have to die.

Even then, K'sh'ar Hynn and the Council of Eight were holding on to hope that Vlinka would stop there.

That was, until Vlinka then came up to the center chair of the Council of Eight, the seat reserved for the OmegaCaptain, and in one fell swoop, smacked K'sh'ar Hynn across her left cheek with a heavy metal glove, the type that was used for the Gauntlet throughout Octapolis's history.

"I, Vlinka of the Fahstel people, challenge you, K'sh'ar Hynn of the Brinoghan, to the righteous duel of the Rite of Kh'Ara, to be fought in ten days' time at the ritual grounds upon which all seven previous Kh'Aras have been decided. We shall fight with the allowed allotment of weapons until one of us has either conceded or breathed our last, and the Gaban'Hasana will watch over the proceedings to verify them, as per custom. One of us will fall, the other will rise, and the peoples of Octapolis will be notified that this stain upon the megacity has forever been erased."

All eyes had fallen on the OmegaCaptain. As OmegaCaptain, she had the option to decline, or to try to delay and come up with a different solution. However, she knew that as a newly appointed OmegaCaptain of less than a year, backing down would be a mistake. Also, she trusted the training that she had had in her days with the navy. She was a proficient hand to hand combat master, and though she had no idea what Vlinka was capable of, she knew she could hold her own.

"I accept," she replied, to shocked sounds across the room. Then, she added the traditional refrain, stating, "May the Gaban'Hasana see that the combat is fulfilled honorably, and may whoever wins contribute to the society of Octapolis even more in the stead of the defeated."

Without another glance, Vlinka had made a deep, ceremonial bow, and then marched out of the chamber to stunned silence.

That had been a week ago. She'd spent the last week preparing, honing her skills, remembering forgotten tactics, and trying to figure out what kind of a fighter Vlinka was. In the Rite of Kh'Ara, ranged weapons weren't allowed unless they were somewhat primitive, so most fighters chose melee weapons. Though they weren't the laser weapons that were used by the military of Octapolis, these ceremonial weapons were still lethal, and knowing what kind of a weapon the Fashteli would be using was going to be very important. As a Brinoghan, many would think that K'sh'ar Hynn would use the traditional shield and a one-handed weapon, but Hynn had been trained in the art of twin shield wielding, so she was intending to use that. With two shields and her natural shell, it would be very hard for Vlinka do make any kind of attack on her, and she was counting on it.

Her reverie was interrupted by a knock on the door of her training room. Momentarily, a Basalt-Ani, M01 C7F911D7, otherwise known as "Scout", stepped in. M01s were small models that resembled tiny quadrupedal animals, and they were often inconspicuous, which made them great spies.

Scout came to K'sh'ar excitedly and transmitted a series of beeps and chimes that took a moment to be interpreted. The information that she received chilled K'sh'ar to the very bone.

Apparently, Vlinka was a Fashteli trained in the martial art of the Annali, a monastic order of Fashteli who actually trained in combat from a young age. Their weapon of choice was a halberd with a hooked point, which meant that her shell would actually provide an optimal target for the hook to adhere itself to, keeping her in range for the other weapon that they liked to use - a small triangular dagger known as a lanti. Lantis had the ability to cut through most shields when given enough exposure, so her plan of tiring out her opponent and going for the non-killing win was going to be much difficult.

For there was what lay the true challenge of this Rite of Kh'Ara for Hynn. She didn't want to kill Vlinka - she wanted them to submit, and show that she had the power and the inner strength to both defeat a foe and humble them enough to surrender.

There was only one other problem. In the seven previous Rites of Kh'Ara, none had ended with one side surrendering. All of them had ended up in one of the two parties dead, and there had been no exceptions.

Once again, K'sh'ar Hynn found herself praying that the Gaban'Hasana would watch over her battle. She'd need every single edge that she could get if she were to pull this off - and she needed to for the future of the megacity.
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Postby Chromatika » Wed Jan 19, 2022 11:29 pm

Chromia Central College University: Why the Success?
Part 1: The Leadership/Quality of Players


Chromia Central College University has been the best team in the CCFA since its inception, winning no less than six titles in the last seven years. How have they been so successful? How did Claude Pare-Achel build so much of a resume that he's now the coach of the U-21 Anomalies team?

First off, you must start with leadership. In the early championship teams, there were Juxon Fillar, Kateryna Zuniga, and Keith Braxton; then, Cixin Nguyen came in, followed by Rila Enix, Alissar Phoen. Shall we look at some of these names?

Juxon Fillar is the starting keeper for the Anomalies, and plays for Cazadores Cathair, one of the best clubs of one of the best leagues in the world in Audioslavia. Kateryna Zuniga is the second best defensive midfielder on the Anomalies, and plays for Sabrefell Moths in the Zenith, the great Nepharan league. Keith Braxton is in the Red League as part of Crossroads, Cixin Nguyen part of the great squad in Chromatik, Rila Enix the Left Winger at Wirr Tsi, and Alissar Phoen plays for Dynamo Sjoedhavn in Savojarna while also being part of the Anomalies.

That quality - that leadership - feeds the team, which then feeds the results, which in turn feeds the quality.

It's a never ending series of positive things that keeps the team strong.
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Postby Adab » Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:52 am

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Tuesday, July 1, 2036 / 7 Jumada al-Awwal 1458 / 6 Tammuz 5796

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By: Elymur Amwan

Abbas denies holding séance to consult deceased on Di Bradini Cup tactics

Adab senior national football team co-assistant manager and under-21 manager Rashid Abbas today denied claims by the Adab City Enquirer that he held a séance at his residence to consult the spirits of several deceased people on tactics for the upcoming Di Bradini Cup in Valanora.

The Enquirer made its stunning claims in an article published last Sunday, naming as its source a “close friend of the paranormal practitioner”, alleging that said practitioner had been “recently” invited to a meeting at Abbas’ residence in Adab City, which the article claimed was also attended by several members of the under-21 squad and officials of the Adab Football Association (AFA).

The source went on to claim that the aforementioned people gathered around a large table and the paranormal practitioner led them in prayer before summoning the spirits of several deceased notables from across Adabian history.

Among the summoned were Ahmad Enlil, the first president of the AFA; Albar Kaykali, another former president of the AFA and father of senior national team manager Saad Kaykali; the late emperors Tizqar III and Alulim V; and Abbas’ mother. Hamid al-Karawiji, who led Baghdad City to success in the 1990s and 2000s, was also attempted to be summoned before one of the people present in the room reminded the practitioner that al-Karawiji was still alive.

In a statement issued today through the office of his attorney Eliyahu Remez, however, Abbas denied all claims made by the Enquirer.

“The recently-published article lacks any basis in fact and I don’t know why anyone would even make up something as patently ridiculous at this,” the statement read.

“I have never participated in a séance, nor do I believe in its efficacy.”

Ending the statement, Abbas stated that he was open to the possibility of taking legal action against the Enquirer.

“Thankfully the Adabian people are far too intelligent to even believe in something like this,” Abbas said.
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Postby Starblaydia » Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:59 am

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Under-21 World Cup Kicks Off
Starblaydia team described as 'full of promise'

The 73rd edition of the Under-21 World Cup is Starblaydia's seventy-first attempt to win a trophy at youth level, and their fifty-eighth attempt at this age bracket, from which they have lifted the coveted Di Bradini Cup itself twice, and the Under-18 World Cup on a single occasion. It's perhaps not the greatest of records for the Starblaydi Football Association, who have for so long been at the heart of the international game, but it is without doubt that the foundations of the nation's success has been built on this tournament, if not in as far as actually building a production line of winners, but at least in preparing the young players for representing their country at the highest level.

The largest part of what makes the transition from youth team to senior side so easy is the formation: a 4-3-3, instituted in every team at every level of the national setup by Ázëwyn Fëanáro. At first it's easy to decry the fact that Starblaydia have dropped the traditional 4-4-2 Diamond that gave them so much success two centuries ago, but they key to the 4-3-3's widespread use is the tactical flexibility it offers throughout the pitch. With tactically aware players, drilled to within a fraction of a second to know when to press, cover and counter-attack, the game of football can be made to look easy when it's done right. At it's best, the 4-3-3 employed by Starblaydia does this.

The Midfield

The most obvious advantage the 4-3-3 has over the traditional 4-4-2 is in midfield. Here, three players can outnumber a more traditional side, providing an immediate overload in the strategically-important centre third of the pitch, as there are plenty of natural passing options and triangles that are created from the central midfield fulcrum. It's in this position that Henry Whittaker will play, occupying the traditional number 4 shirt for Starblaydia's defensive midfielder. Gone are the days when this player needs to be a hard-tackling midfield destroyer; nowadays this position relies on vision, awareness and a long limb or two that can pluck the ball away from an opposing forward or offensive-minded midfielder. Strength is a help here, which Whittaker certainly has, but when Starblaydia are playing at their best he'll be a player you hardly notice, such is the rate at which he recycles the ball to the players around him. Alongside Whittaker are two players known for their short-range passing abilities, because in this side it's the midfield triangles and opening up the space to move the ball around and make it do the work, rather than your own legs and lungs. Stefania Clarke, easy to spot from her otherwise long blonde hair that's tied up tightly in a wide variety of braided styles, is at heart, a classic Starblaydi number 7. Right footed and with a great dead ball and crossing ability, she'll naturally drift a little bit wider, whether dropping back or moving forward, and she's a vocal presence in this side, geeing up the players around her at every opportunity. She's got a great engine, too, and can seemingly go all day long, which will be especially useful in the rough-and-tumble of a tournament with so many games in a short space of time. To Whittaker's left is Rosinha Silva, who has a license to roam forward when the play allows, arriving late in the box and providing that crucial overload when the opposition least expect it. She's great with the ball at her feet, with clever and incisive passing, plus the ball skills to retain possession under even the most sturdy of challenges. While the midfield is still the heart of the team, the three midfielders aren't expected to usually provide the attacking width that the team requires, instead that job falls to...

The Defence

The real key to the 4-3-3 is the full-backs, having the ability to cover the entire length of the pitch in a short time, having the energy levels and work rate to manage it physically, but also having the tactical awareness to do so at the right time, in concert with the midfielders and forwards ahead of them. Oksana Shevchenko is the more outwardly talented of these two, with the engine to run up and down the touchline all day long, overlapping Silva and providing the overload on the left channel, whether it be to free up the striker, or be that extra option for a shot or a cross. She's more than just a runner, though, and despite being shorter of stature she's got a low centre of gravity and can get down to win the ball off an opponent's toes just as quick as she can nip in with the steal or interception. Charlotte Watson on the right-hand side is less of a flyer, but overall a more solid defender. She's got a better range of passing and ball control than her fellow fullback, but is also much less likely to be caught out, and has built up a remarkable understanding with Clarke, the two almost telepathic for one going and the other covering. Centrally, the pairing of Elisa Koivula and Serafim Tassidis are there with height, power and vision to keep the clean sheets, but have to be equally comfortable drifting wider to cover, safe in the knowledge that Whittaker can also drop back when required as the team goes forward. Tassidis is the bigger, more physical of the two, while Koivula's slighter build actually hides a strong, athletic player with an excellent range of passing, including pinging crossfield balls to the attacking players. In goal, Alan Valderas is a fine shot-stopper and has a good technical ability with the ball at his feet, but most useful to this team is his throwing game, with insightful quick balls recycling the play often before the opposition can form up a defensive shape. All of these defensive team members have license to play the ball out and move it forward, whether through the midfield or even directly to...

The Forwards

Good forward play, when it works, is the hallmark of this 4-3-3. Making decisions as a unit is key, however, as when even a single player is out of position a press can fail before it has even begun, as an isolated forward working (or, more usually, not working) alone is easily taken out of the game by a simple pass, evading the entire front line of the press and opening up the heart of the team. In this side, the line is led by the target man Joe Mason. Recalling the likes of Eomer Hall and Johan Keifner, Mason is physically a handful for any defender, and his ability to hold up the ball and make an incisive pass for one of the players around him can be the key to the overload. Often needing to have one or two players to take the ball off him, he's also great in the air and exactly the type of person you want on the end of a cross. Often providing those crosses from the right is Hassan Al Faizan, Cedrus Soundguardia's young wing wizard, who has pace to burn. Fantastic dribbling skills, red hot speed and the eye for both a goal and a pinpoint cross make him an exceptionally dangerous force on the right, doubly so when you consider his pressing in concert with Maurizio De Florio. An exceptionally hard worker, you'll often spot De Florio cutting in from the left to shoot with his right foot, and like Al Faizan he can seemingly run for days. He seems to instinctively know when Shevchenko is around him, and the neat interplay down the left wing can unlock many an unwitting defence.

The Opposition

Everyone must know by now the number of times that Starblaydia keep on facing Abanhfleft in game one. The two sides know each other intimately at seemingly all levels of the game, having played each other almost continuously. Seriously, they're getting sick of the sight of us by now. Græntfjall, Starblaydia's second opponent, are no mugs at the international game, and though they might not have the most glamorous ball-playing side, they more than make up for it with an all-round athleticism that is always useful. Finally on Matchday Three, United Adaikes are the wild card in this group, with just one international youth tournament to their name, but plenty of verve to go with their youthful exuberance.
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Postby Abanhfleft » Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:52 pm

From the diary of Ashley Jaxson

Time to start a new diary. And just in time for the Di Bradini Cup too. We're back here in Valanora hoping to do better than all of the other Abanhfleft teams that have come before us. Winning the Di Bradini Cup has felt like a national obsession for us ever since Abanhfleft first qualified for it. Everyone who passes through Abanhfleft's youth football system is told that winning the Di Bradini Cup is the ultimate objective of our under-21 team, just as winning the Cup of Harmony and eventually the World Cup is the goal of the senior team. Personally, I'm not really sure why we have an obsession with winning trophies and such. I thought the whole point of sports was to have fun while doing it? Where's the fun in pushing ourselves to the limit just to win a game? And why are we almost always never lucky enough to make it past the first round of the playoffs?

Why am I worrying about this all of a sudden? The last time I was here in Valanora, the whole team did relatively well, or at least I'd like to think we did well. At the very least we were able to get past the first round of the playoffs, and when we won that game, it felt like we had won the freaking final itself. We barely hung on for dear life against Græntfjall, and we were really lucky that we were able to hold Chromatika on penalties. But our luck ran out against Tumbra, and after that we were just too mentally down to do much of anything against Mertagne. Even I didn't feel like playing that game even though we Flefts had developed a reputation for snagging third place in the competitions where we had made it past the first round of the playoffs. I remember some of the girls asking each other what even was the point of the third place playoff anymore. Someone, I can't remember if it was Margo [Kahn] or Ina [Pendergraft], said that it was all about pride and nothing else, and someone else said something about us not having any pride anymore. And for some reason, I found it hard to disagree with them.

I'm the last one out of the back line in the previous DBC that's still with the team. Everyone else is now too old to be part of the under-21 team. I actually miss the girls. Margo, Ilda [Fausti], Rose [Bane], I'm gonna miss playing with you girls so much. It feels just like yesterday that we first got together for the Under-18 World Cup. I didn't really expect the four of us to hit it off with each other, but we did. And now I'm the only one of us left in this team. We may not have had the best results out there but at least we worked together as best as we could and we made it work. Now, I'm not sure if I could do the same thing with the new arrivals. It's one thing to work together with someone whom you've known for maybe four to five years. It's another thing entirely to expect to be able to work as a team with a bunch of people whom you've never heard of until now.

I think that's the reason why Coach Kate [Bernanos] decided to name me vice-captain. I was the oldest player in our current backline and she must have wanted the newcomers to look at me and listen to me with respect which is why she gave me this responsibility. I was supposed to teach our tactics to the new defenders and then be a leader to them out on the field. That's going to be very hard on my part. I think the guy named Smeets has some potential though. Maybe because he operates down the right side while I protect the left, and I feel like we're similar players in a sense. I'm afraid I can't say the same for our center backs though. I have a feeling that that Bellingham boy and his newfound friend Solheim are going to be more trouble to me than they are to the opposition forwards. I don't know how I can say that about them though. I've never seen them play before. For all I know, they might be the best center back duo Abanhfleft's ever seen since Miriam Hannibal and Tonya Heaton. Then again, they were promoted from the latest under-18 team though, and we all know how they did back in Tumbra.

I don't think the rest of the newcomers are as bad as those two though. That kid from the [Fhulghamous] Peninsula, Babalioutas or whatever his name was, seems to be a decent guy even if he's a bit too light to be a midfielder. And then there's the guy from Pridnestrovia, Baburov. He's got a weird name with weird letters, like that S with a tail and that inverted E. At least he knows his name is weird so he just goes by Sam to make it easier for all of us. And he's easy on the eyes too. Blonde hair, brown eyes, big bushy eyebrows… he's got everything this girl could ever want.

Oh, this is just unbelievable, Ash. You did it again. You've fallen for another one. You're 21 years old! You should know better by now! But then again, maybe this time things can be different. Oh, who am I kidding? This is not going to end well, I can feel it.
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Postby Pasarga » Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:56 pm

A common expression is that pride comes before the fall, an expression that on its surface can be interpreted a few different ways. That those too prideful of themselves or of their possessions will see that wither away before the ultimate downfall befalls them. It is an interesting interpretation when one considers it in the realm of sport, where a certain amount of pride is expected of the athletes, be it for themselves or the team they are playing for. Is it then that we look to build up athletes and teams only to then be able to tear them down when they reach too high of a pinnacle?

There are numerous examples from across multiple different sports and multiple different levels of them where a successful team then falls on hard times. Domestically in the SuperLiga you could argue the case for a few clubs; Baskita, Sardin United, and Club Stein-los all are names that come to mind. The evidence is clear that there are at least some who take great pleasure innseeing once successful sides struggle and in the case of Sardin even be relegated. The same also seems to ring true of the international game where you hear sound bites and see media reports aplenty celebrating downturns for other nations teams.

This is the state that the Young Wanderers enter into the Under 21 Workd Cup in, having fallen off both on the senior level as well as the youth level. It has been some time since the side was competing for the coveted trophy of this prestigious competition, while the senior side is coming off back to back tournaments where they have massively underperformed. There are those in the region no less that have openly mocked and berated the national team program of the dual islands for the way the teams are right now. Looking to strike out at the pride of a team that has often been one of the pillars of the region and of youth football as a whole.

There then is a lot of unease around the team traveling to the Eternal Empire for the upcoming tournament. They are being expected to disprove the alleged weakness of the national team program currently. It is a mighty asknfor a team that had not played together until a week ago when they were called up for the tournament. Not to mention that they are kids, it is not their responsibility to try and shed the criticisms being slung at the program. Success at these tournaments also reach far beyond results and also into how the team and players played. This tournament is one about development for than trophies at the end of the day. It will be quite the story to see how the mostly domestic based squad can handle this undue adversity and if perhaps they can maybe chase a trophy while showcasing their development.

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Postby Firinsymnia » Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:23 pm

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Wolf Watching: Wolves climb to top of UFL heap after big transfer season

As the United Football League teams get ready to start their season, Delaclav oddsmakers have made history by installing Manchester Wolves as the second favorite to win the title, marking the first time in league history that a Firinsymnian club has been given such favorable odds.

The Wolves (11-2) trail only Catherina FC (3-1) in the odds set forth by the two major Delaclav sportsbook, Henley Hooft and Lechamp Rose Waters.

The Wolves largely pulled off the feat with a highly beneficial transfer window, in which they tapped into young Firinsymnian talent motivated to stay within the territory. The group of young guns is headlined by forward Joey Muldowney; the rookie is already rated No. 9 among all UFL players, No. 9 among all Delaclav forwards, and No. 4 among UFL forwards by FenixFooty. Other acquisitions of unattached players included Myron Simallis (No. 9 UFL midfielder), Diarmuid O'Duff (No. 4 UFL defender), and Andrew Watson (No. 7 UFL defender).

The team also made shockwaves throughout the league by successfully signing goalkeeper Robert Peters. The Verceolan, rated third among UFL keepers, was expected to leave the relegated Sindsyge FC, but Peters was expected to sign with one of the blue bloods in the market for a new keeper, such as Catherina FC or Cleopatrana SC.

Finally, the Manchester squad also managed to free up their pockets by letting go several pricey veterans, including notable striker bust Kobe de Vroome (to Metro Tirana), midfielder Jalo Virtanen (to First City), and keeper Karl Grant (to B-league team Stockton).

Meanwhile, Catherina FC largely retained the wealth of their talent, including reigning MVP right back Josh Torres, prolific goalscorers Damian Soto and Austin Lang, and Firinsymnian midfielders Michael Roberts and Cael McBride. However, their failure to land Peters has undoubtedly closed the gap between the defending champions and the Manchester Wolves more than most pundits expected.

The Wolves will open their season against traditional rivals Ossiana FC; before that, a U-21 squad led by Muldowney, Finian Cloarec, and Wilfrid Gouin will open their Di Bradini Cup campaign against Waisnor.
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Postby Graintfjall » Thu Jan 20, 2022 6:01 pm

Card functions based on the Star Trek CCG.

Introducing the Græntfjaller Trading Card Game! Each pack contains 5 cards and is guaranteed to contain at least one of at least Rare rarity. You can preserve the cards as keepsakes, trade them with your friends, or assemble them into an awesome deck and play the game! This week, we’re looking at a pack bought for Cýrus Ögrason by his stepfather, as a reward for Cýrus helping with the chores.

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Not bad, not bad… The first card is Klængur Ulfarsson. You can see by the Universal symbol that this card isn’t unique, but it’s always good to have plenty of BFG cards in your deck as they come in very useful in fights and physical contests. Personnel cards have three sets of attribute ratings: like a lot of BFGs, Klængur has a great Physical score! He is classed as a DEFENDER, which can help meet certain mission requirements. He also some skills, although Youth and Honor are both fairly common. He has a Special Download skill too, which would allow him to instantly draw the Fear the Beard card… but it’s unlikely Cýrus will get that card in his pack. (So maybe his stepfather should buy him lots more…?)

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The next card is an Interrupt, a card that can be played at any time. It shows how Klængur is more useful than he might first have appeared. This card, Berserker Rage, allows someone to substitute a BFG for a non-BFG in a random selection. Because random selections are dangerous (usually leading to fights or potentially deadly challenges) it’s good to have your BFGs step in and preserve your non-BFGs who might have more useful skills. The card can also summon a BFG instantly, so you can get some physical protection into play right away.

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This next card is an Event. Events are more restricted than Interrupts, and take the place of a normal play. That’s because they’re more powerful! This one has the potential to allow you to score a goal, which could win you the game. The downside is it’s only useful with a special type of player: a free-kick specialist. Klængur isn’t a free-kick specialist (few BFGs are) so he’s not much use. But looking at the card text, we can see how he could still be useful: if we surround a free-kick specialist with BFGs like Klængur (perhaps summoning them using Berserker Rage?) we have a great chance at a shot on goal scoring.

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Wow, what a great card! Kæja Finnvarðsdóttir is an Ultra Rare, so Cýrus is very lucky to get her in his first card pack. Kæja is unique, unlike Klængur, so only one of her can exist in game at a time. But she has a number of great attributes that make her worth stocking. Two of her three attribute scores are very high. She has some rare skills including an incredibly rare Music ×2, and a Special Skill. This means she can act as a leader (meaning she can initiate fights and perform certain other special actions) if there are 3× Youth present. Best of all, she has the free-kick specialist text. The only downside is her low Physical score, but if she gets randomly selected, Berserker Rage could protect her by substituting in a BFG.

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An interesting card closes out the pack. Objectives are cards that create side-quests for players to accomplish, sometimes earning points, sometimes rewards. This one combines both. If you have certain special cards here you can look through your opponent’s hand and force them to discard a valuable card. Or, if you assemble Personnel cards in all four Player Classifications here, you can immediately score some bonus points (though the Objective is then discarded, meaning you can no longer use its sneak peek powers).

All in all an interesting set of cards that set up some good tactics based around scoring goals with a free-kick specialist protected by BFG Berserkers. Or, Cýrus might just like to collect the cards and show them off for his friends. Maybe they have some cards too they might like to trade him for…?
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Postby Montana Verde » Thu Jan 20, 2022 6:36 pm

Aguinaldo’s Scouting Report

MD1: Estación de Arroyo

The Junior Condors begin with a tough fight against up-and-comers Estación de Arroyo. The Bollonischians are well known to the senior Condors after being drawn in the same group for two successive World Cups, but this is our first meeting at any level with the other representatives of the TPL. The Soñadores line up in a 4-3-3 that could end up playing as more of a 4-1-2-2-1, somewhat similar to the Junior Condors’ 4-2-2-2. Juan van Zyl has a crucial role anchoring the midfield. It could be a tough battle for Aramis, so Monaguillo and Covarrubias will need to support him with attacking runs to open things up. Their star player could end up being left winger Bruce Hoogewarf: scouted at just 17 by the prestigious leagues in Mancomunidad de la Parque Panadero, where our very own national team center forward Osito plays, he must be considered a rare prospect. Roberto Dylan plays in the no-less prestigious Græntfjaller Premier League and will have a big job marking Hoogewarf. Estación de Arroyo can be expected to play fast, attacking football creating lots of chances for counter-attacks, so Schutzán has an important role to play starting fast-breaks with her accurate passing.

MD2: Muralos

The Condors remember Muralos from their very first Campeonato de Asociaciones Independientes campaign. Who will win the aerial battle, Condors or Halcones? Muralos boasts a very accomplished attacking pairing of midfielder Lerta Donaldson and striker Daniil Lee, who at just 16 has already played for the full national team! None of our players can claim anything like the playing experience at the top level of these two; Mandito and Cambeiro will have to scrap to contain them. (And scrap is the right word, after all, the Muralosians won’t fight back! Jajajajaja). The team shows how differently some nations organize their youth sports, with most of the athletes students enrolled in sometimes formidable academic programs. By contrast, most Junior Condors study only fútbol. It’s a source of some controversy, with parents pressured to enrol their kids in academies for intensive coaching, and those who don’t make the cut leaving without qualifications. Would Coco be better off if he had a degree in economics or microbiology to fall back on? I don’t know, but maybe he should kick Eunji Lee in the shins and find out, jajajajaja.

MD3: Delaclava

The biggest test of all awaits on the final day, as the Fénix rises from the ashes. Delaclava are by far the most experienced team in the group, with a wealth of top-level accolades and even a (rather dusty) bronze medal from DBC 15. Of course their modern team is going through something of a revival (fittingly enough) but the Cenizas will still be a big challenge. Just last week the senior team beat the Condors 5–4! And we should expect more goals here with their attacking 3-5-2 set-up that can overload into 3-3-4. Interesting to note is that the Delaclavans consider themselves a rather short team, yet they still tower over the Junior Condors! The shortest player on their team, reserve keeper Canon Burwell, is 5’5”, which is the average height of our players! So there will be a physical challenge in the air, and it could be worth fielding Tatiano in midfield to provide some extra height. Only Cambeiro can match the Delaclavans for height but he can’t take them on alone. Also worth noting is their excellent experience playing overseas, with 8 players signed abroad compared to just 2 Junior Condors. A tough test indeed. Coco must take up the physical challenge against Rogier Wijnberg, and Roberto Dylan and Japón have a chance to exploit overlaps out wide on counter-attacks.
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Postby Valanora » Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:58 pm

Which nations won't stand down on the first matchday?

Group A
Valanora 3–0 StrayaRoos
Qasden 3–2 New Zhengguo

Group B
Baker Park 0–0 Octapolis
Sharktail 0–0 Quebec

Group C
Brookstation 1–3 Montaña Verde
Delaclava 2–2 Muralos

Group D
Chromatika 5–2 The 14 Stars
Cabo Azure 2–2 Tumbra

Group E
Ranoria 0–2 Pasarga
Kriegiersien 0–1 Adab

Group F
Cassadaigua 3–3 Darmen
Zeta Reka and Hügeltaldom 1–0 Melbergia

Group G
HUElavia 2–3 Sarzonia
Waisnor 4–2 Firnsymnia

Group H
Græntfjall 3–0 United Adaikes
Starblaydia 2–4 Abanhfleft
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Postby Cabo Azure » Fri Jan 21, 2022 5:10 am

Cabo Azure 2-2 Tumbra
Starters: Cruz | Soares, Queiros, Thames, Furtado | Rathbone, de Sa, Cunha (goal 87')| Mendonca (Carroll 45'), Corte-Real (goal 15'), Fontes
Substitutes: Carroll (45')
A hard-fought draw against strong opposition to open the U21s' second campaign. The Azurean youngsters stuck to their gameplan and pressed the attack throughout the match to stay competitive, though they failed to contain Tumbra on the counterattack, leading them to concede as many as they scored.

Nicolas Corte-Real opened Cabo Azure's account with a chipped shot from space which sent Danvers sprawling to no avail. The Tumbrans would equalize twenty minutes later as Henshaw burned the Azurean centerbacks to go one-on-one with Cruz, who got a hand on her shot but could not stop it going in. The teams entered the locker rooms on level terms.

The second half was much like the first, with a robust Azurean attack consistently denied by the Tumbran defenders, punctuated by fast-paced counterattacks from the Tumbrans. One such counterattack found Emmanuel Appleby as the second runner in the box and while Cruz closed on the ball at Henshaw's feet, she simply laid it off to her winger who scored on an empty goal.

After a frantic fifteen minutes of pressing and trying to find a goal, substitute Roman Carroll managed to win a corner, which was taken by Fontes and converted by Cunha, a brute-force header that found the back right corner of the goal to equalize.

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The Liga Hidalgo is the organization which controls professional and semiprofessional football in Cabo Azure. It is subdivided into two tiers of twelve teams each, the Liga Hidalgo Primer and Liga Hidalgo Segundo, which have promotion and relegation between them, but there is no relegation below the LHS. Created in 2012 following the reinstatement of the Azurean monarchy, the league effectively combined the professional and semipro clubs in each of the disparate island leagues which had existed previously into a single table. The twenty-four teams of the Liga Hidalgo also compete for the Copa Macarica, the country’s annual knock-out tournament.

The twelve founding members of the Liga Hidalgo Primer in 2012 were: Braga (relegated 2013), Cidade de Prata, Cidadela (relegated 2014), Lagostim, Natal, Pilotos (relegated 2015), Portelo, Sao Cristobal, Sao Vicente, Villa Arboles, Villa del Sol, and Villa Silva. Teams which have subsequently been promoted include Perolas (2013), Pemba (2014), and Cabecedas (promoted 2015). By far the league’s most successful club has been Portelo, amassing a total of four trophies since 2012: two LHP and two Copa Macarica, including the double in 2013-2014. Lagostim and Villa Silva round out the “big three”, with Lagostim having won the inaugural league title and Villa Silva having three ICFC appearances, tied for first place with Portelo and Lagostim.

Prior to the advent of the Liga Hidalgo, the two stablest, most popular leagues in Cabo Azure were located on the two largest islands, Aho and Dulce Muerte. The Aho league was dominated by teams from Sao Simone, including Villa Silva, while Lagostim won more than half the titles in Dulce Muerte. In addition to these leagues, all-star teams from other islands would barnstorm in the off-season, including Cidadela, which represented the military and is considered the first fully professional football team in Cabo Azure. In those early days, the Copa Macarica was considered the true measure of the best clubs in Cabo Azure, and to this day many fans hold it in higher regard than the LHP.

Though the rise of the Liga Hidalgo coincided with the creation of the national team and numerous Azurean prospects moving overseas, the league has yet to sign a foreign player. League sources have chalked this up to a variety of reasons, including a lack of scouting infrastructure and the islands’ isolation combined with the relative strength of the escudo driving up the cost of living. Structures for the signing of foreign players, including a cap on the number allowed and restrictions around work permits, are written into the governing documents of the LHP, but no club as yet has tested them.
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Capital: Sao Simone
Demonym: Azurean
Sports played: Football
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Postby Waisnor » Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:06 am

Starting off nicely

Waisnorian team just had they first game of the tournament at the Orange Gate Falls Stadium in Lathal, Valanora, whey they will also play another 2 games in Group G. Starting with the game with Firinsymnia, lesser known to Waisnorians than HUElavia and Sarzonia, Waisnor started the tournanment with the good results:

Waisnorian team immediately began to attack, and initially encountered some difficulties on its way - Firinsymnia is considered the most defending team in group G. However, these problems were overcome very quickly - on 11 minutes, Evgeny Veretilo was able to intercept the ball in the middle of the field, and after slipping closer handed it over to the penalty area to another Evgeny - Ivanenko, who was already able to put the ball into the goal and open the scoring for the goals of the Waisnorian team in the tournament.
However, Firinsymnia didn't want to just sit in his penalty area, especially after they conceded a goal, and therefore intensify your pressure on the gates of Svyatoslav Vostrikov. Such an aggressive style of play paid off in the 28th minute, when Brogan Wallace, catching a blow from the flank, sent the ball into the corner of the goal with one accurate blow, where Svyatoslav was unable to reach him, and the score was equal again.
Weisnorians wanted to get points in this match, however, after a shock start, it became clear that 1 point would not quite suit the team, and therefore every effort was made to regain the advantage in the score. This goal was achieved just 6 minutes after the goal scored by Wallace - this time Sergei Galyuk scored, making his way through the defenders and sending the ball into the goal of Finian Cloarec, allowing Waisnorians to regain their leadership in the game.
However, even after the second goal, Firinsymnia was not going to give up, but changed her tactics a little - she began to focus on rather infrequent, but very sharp attacks, which, however, for the time being, managed to sap. However, in the 43rd minute, one such attack by Aidan O'Galvin was able to end very successfully - with one very quick blow, the score became 2-2, and with this score the teams went to the break.
After the break, at first the situation looked pretty calm - both teams made attempts to come forward, but none of them succeeded. But in the 61st minute, the Waisnor team was able to create a rather dangerous attack, which eventually developed to the point that Dmitry Epifanov was able to go one on one with the goalkeeper and was able to outplay him, putting Waisnor ahead for the third time.
At first, Waisnorians were afraid that Firinsymnia would activate again and try to level the score again, so they in every possible way prevented their rivals from trying to break through to their goal, remaking their attacks into infrequent, but sharp ones. One such attack was successful towards the end of the match - at the 88th minute, Epifanov was again in the penalty area, but there was no way out one on one - Dmitry was able to just break through on goal and score a double, finally confirming Waisnor's victory with a score of 4-2.

Waisnorian team's 11 for the match against HUElavia:
Goalkeeper: Svyatoslav Vostrikov
Defenders: Vitaly Zubenkov, Arkady Dikov, Andrey Volokhovich, Kirill Sokov
Midfielders: Victor Gusev, Dmitry Epifanov, Sergey Galyuk, Renat Marchenko
Forwards: Evgeny Ivanenko, Mariusz Orzechowski, Pavel Chesnovsky
81 = 18th/34
82 = 22nd/31
83 = 27th/41
84 = 15th/27
85 = 20th/28
86 = 14th/32
87 = 14th/36
88 = 24th/32
89 = 16th/37
90 = 8th/35
91 = 9th/30
92 = 8th/29
93 = 4th/25
94 = 14th/28
95 = 15th/27
96 = 8th/34
97 = 6th/25
98 = 23rd/31

51 = 10th/20
52 = 19th/24
53 = 11th in the semifinal/33

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Postby Sarzonia » Fri Jan 21, 2022 10:44 am

A country that has competed in sporting events over a long period of time is bound to have many rivalries. Sarzonia has competed in a wide variety of sports since its inception 18 years ago, or so-called "RL years" ago in some newfangled parlance. During that time, it's seen countries come and go over that length of time.

Across all sports, Sarzonia has seen rivalries come and go, and in some cases, come back again (hi Milchama!). It's developed some fierce rivalries that have been sport-specific such as Abanhfleft in lacrosse. It's seen a couple of rivalries that have transcended sports such as Delaclava or Banija. It's even seen some rivalries that have been fierce in one particular code of a sport that have been less so in another. The matchup with HUElavia may not be particularly inspiring of rivalry talk when compared to the likes of a Delaclava or a Valanora, but the Stars in a variety of competitions have frequently butted heads with Los Armarillos or Las Armarillas many times in several different sports, enough for both countries to develop a certain familiarity with each other. And we all know the expression familiarity breeds contempt.

The new chapter of that multi-sport rivalry opened with Sarzonia earning a hard-fought 3-2 victory over HUElavia to open play in the 73rd Under 21 World Cup, also trading as the 52nd Di Bradini Cup. Waisnor defeated the Junior Stars' next opponents Firnsmynia 4-2 in the other match in Group G to send that team to last place in the Group G tables, and potentially set up the Matchday 3 clash between Sarzonia and Waisnor as a contest for the Group G title. However, manager Colton Longley cautioned the media from talking about implications of the Sarzonia-Waisnor match.

"Right now, our focus is on one match at a time," he said. "We just had a tough one against HUElavia and we've got another one against Firnsmynia. We only have three group stage matches, so there's no room for us to slip up."

Longley's record as Junior Stars manager improved to 4-0-2 overall. This is his first campaign starting the tournament as a full-time manager with an opportunity to install his system. He said he was looking forward to an opportunity to put more of his own stamp on the programme with DBC 53/U21 World Cup 74, but said he was "focused on the right now."

"I have thoughts and plans about whom I want to give tryouts to and how to structure the team moving forward," he said. "But right now, we've got a competition to win and a team to prepare. Getting too much into the future is going to make the present a much more difficult place and could set this programme backward."

For Longley, his first goal is to get the Junior Stars back into the knockout rounds after the team flamed out in DBC 50/U21 World Cup 71 with an 0-0-3 record and a goal differential of minus-10. Sarzonia went 3-0-2 with a positive goal differential, but failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.
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Postby Cassadaigua » Fri Jan 21, 2022 5:45 pm

Stacie Thornton & Hailey Meyer Accelerated Academy Decision,
By Chelsea Dufresne, Concord Heights Times


The war of words is beginning now between Cassadagan Soccer Clubs after the massive announcement that the CSL was disbanding the entry draft in favor of the academy system. The battle lines are evident. Small market teams feel that this will keep them from being competitive, not allowing them to have access to young Cassdagan talent even if only for a few years before they inevitably move on to the bigger clubs. And they would have a point. It is going to be difficult now for a team like Carthage United, the Corinth Cardinals, or the recently promoted teams from Columbia (a common side to bounce back and forth between the Premier Division and the Second Division), and Monroe Valley (who enters the Premier Division for the first time). They would have had the first two picks in the upcoming draft, and 17-year old forwards Sierra Massey and Katelynn Mixon, or midfielder Maddie Spurrier would have been those picks. Then, Caitlyn Schneider, a defender, likely goes to a minnow like Carthage United or Corinth. So, for a little while, those clubs could get a top prospect, and market them to their fans. Now, that’s not going to happen. These small clubs will be in further trouble.

On the other end of the debate are the big sides, who will be happy that they can now make these prospects their own without having to make some sort of deal with a small market team. While the academy stints for the current 17 year olds will be very short lived and likely a mere formality, each will find a big market team’s academy to associate with. Sure, Sterling Heights, in theory could be in the same market with their academy system as Concord Heights City and Concord Heights Suburban, but as there is no one stopping CH City from exercising their prestige over area prospects. If you were a top prospect in this market, where are you going to go? That’s what I thought. Amanda Bowman, the manager of Concord Heights City and the current Di Bradini team, told me that, “You have many 18 year old players rotting away at clubs that lose because of the entry draft. We need to stop that, and I am glad we did. Sure, I understand that those teams want to get access to these players, but we need to make sure that our top players are in winning systems.” Bowman went to point a couple fingers, “Look at some of those teams that are just happy to get by. Their owners are happy to get by. Coventry, Key South, Carthage, it’s the same old thing there and why they bounce up and down between the lower divisions. Then, look at Sterling Heights, another small market team who was very active picking up free agents from the international transfer window. They’re trying. They field a competitive team, and others can follow that lead. But they don’t want too, because it will cost them money. You know, even Monroe Valley, who are coming up into the Premier Division for the first time added a few people from the free agent transfer window. So, they can compete.”

We can look at two very recent examples of why the entry draft probably wasn’t working anyway: Stacie Thornton and Hailey Meyer. Let’s recap their stories:

Stacie Thornton is now a 22-year old goalkeeper who serves as a reserve on the World Cup 90 roster after a fantastic season with New Lakeland SC. That great year propelled her past a few others, and now many see her as a potential starter for the national team down the road. It was a breakout year for Thornton, who also served as a substitute on the roster for Di Bradini Cup 51. She played for White Mountain two years ago, and was initially drafted into the league by Columbia. Playing her rookie season for Columbia was difficult for Thornton, due to the club having a subpar defense. She faced a lot of shots, and statistically, there was nothing great about her season. Columbia would be relegated, so Thornton, who had a clause in her contract, needed to be dealt, and she was traded to White Mountain. With that club, things improved but she would then be used as trade bait again to get a big package from New Lakeland SC, an obvious “big club”. White Mountain got their package, as well as some cash, which they would use on the transfer market. Thornton, still a very young keeper, has now been a part of three teams, and not because she was struggling on the field. If the academy system was in place, Thornton could have signed up with one of the Victoriaville teams, and been at a top level team right away. When Stacie heard the news about the new system, she couldn’t let her emotions out, saying on social media that, “This is a long time coming. The system of having an entry draft does not work in a league that has promotion and relegation. I felt it took me a few years to get my career going, especially with the system in Columbia. I won’t give the PC answer here, playing in Columbia was a struggle, maybe more noticeable when you are a goalkeeper. Then to not have a choice in where I was moved after the relegation, that kinda stunk too. Now, things were a lot better in White Mountain, I liked playing there, but being moved so quickly again, you have to wonder when you are ever going to have stability for your career. With New Lakeland, I am so grateful that I have a side that I know wants me for the long haul. With the academies, yes, I would not have been eligible to go to New Lakeland, but Victoriaville options were available, and I am confident that I would have been handled well by one of those teams.”

Hailey Meyer is a 19-year old defender that is starting for the Di Bradini team this year, and will be one of the more exciting players to watch. But like the others, Hailey also had to deal with the entry draft. She was picked in the first round by the Coventry Harvesters, and spent her rookie season in the CSL playing on a team that struggled significantly. Those struggles led to relegation, which like Thornton’s case, mention that Meyer needed to be moved on to another Premier Division side. Or, the flip side was possible for Coventry, and that was to see if they could pick up any international offers for her. Meyer gave her blessing to be put on the international transfer market, and Zenit Attawapiskat, from Quebec, came knocking with a bid of three million dollars. That bid was a little higher than the initial asking price of Coventry, but the team was happy to accept. Meyer was also happy to accept the move. So, you have to ask yourself, if Coventry was not relegated and Meyer was able to play for a better side as a rookie, would we have seen her in the CSL next season? We’ll never know the answer to that, but now this young talent, who in some places might not even be old enough to drink, is never really going to have a CSL career. Zent Attawapiskat is a pretty good side in Quebec, and they were able to see past the fact that some of the numbers that surrounded Meyer’s rookie season, and realize that those numbers were because she played for a rather crappy team. Meyer grew up in the Brattleboro market, so would have been available to both Brattleboro FC and Brattleboro Westside academies, and our gut feelings are that Westside may have been the better fit. Hailey Meyer told me that, “I couldn’t be any more excited to play in Quebec next season. Why wouldn’t I? It’s an incredible country, and Zenit is a good team that I hope to make better. But yea, I am excited to see the entry draft go. It doesn’t work and with our league becoming more active on the international front, it was really not going to work.”

What did Coventry do with that three million dollars and some smaller amounts they picked up in the recent transfer market, or from other Cassadagan teams? As of right now, they have not made another acquisition, so for the moment, it’s stayed in the owners pockets. And for the record, ticket prices for Coventry home games are not going to go down at last check, despite this influx of cash, the dealing of talent, and the relegation into the Second Division. These are the types of teams crying foul right now over the announcement. I’m lacking sympathy.
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TMB (4-2-3-1): 1 - Danvers; 2 - Hawthorn, 4 - Houghton, 14 - Pearson, L. (5 - Proudfoot, 82'), 3 - Larkin; 6 - Maguire, 8 - McCabe (13 - Anselm, 62'), 10 - Coleman; 7 - McDermott (17 - Haines, 79'), 9 - Appleby; 11 - Henshaw

Scorers: Charlotte Henshaw (36'), Emmanuel Appleby (72')

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Clark Narrowly Beats Spalko In First Post-Debate Polls; Alexandria Result "Indicative Of Needed Merger" On Right; Federal Election Polling Indicates Hung Parliament


Clark Narrowly Beats Spalko In First Post-Debate Polls

The traditional two-hour presidential debate between the candidates Alan Spalko and James D. Clark on TBC One occurred yesterday to an audience of about fifty million people. In the immediate aftermath polls indicated that Clark, 70, was generally accepted as having won the debate over Spalko, 45; but polls were inconclusive in deriving a final conclusion, and less than a fifth of those surveyed indicated that the debate would not affect their choice of who to vote for.

Moderated by lead TBC anchor Daniel Jacobs, the debate started off conciliatory enough, but soon devolved into a more acrimonious, adverserial debate in which Jacobs struggled to keep control of the two candidates. The two particularly clashed on the role of the President and the situation in the Northlands, with the two essentially taking binary oppositional stances towards the issues. Where Spalko saw a more active role for the President in day-to-day governance, "like how the Founders originally intended," Clark rebutted by saying "the impartiality of the President is one of the major things keeping our country's political system moving."

Tumbra's 1864 Constitution — which is still in force today, albeit with several revisions and with Parliament establishing a Constitutional Review Council every twenty years — originally intended for the President of the country to exercise a much greater degree of power over the country's governance than it does today, including appointing a Prime Minister and Cabinet. The current system of governance only came into effect in 1882, when the country's system of governance was changed to a fully parliamentary system. The key driving force behind that change, however, was the reluctance — which later transformed into refusal — of the country's first President, Gordon Hamilton, to take charge of that executive power, instead delegating that power to his Prime Ministers. Hamilton used his 1880 Farewell Address to urge the country's Parliament to make the change to the country's Constitution, and the changes were duly passed two years later.

Constitutional and legal scholars largely agree that the President being popularly elected is more of a holdover from that era where democracy was seen as an essential tenet of the nation — not allowing people to vote for the President would probably have caused uproar in the early days of the Federal Republic — but the inherently political nature of a popular election for what is meant to be a largely ceremonial and non-political post has caused debate every election cycle over whether this system should be retained or not. Spalko cited "the will of the people's vote" as the means of his right to be able to "check" a government which had far exceeded its bounds in expanding state power, while Clark rebutted that the Constitutional Court served that purpose far enough.

Clark scored particularly well in the "most memorable moments" of the debate section, however, landing a particular blow against Spalko's anti-establishment, populist credentials; with Clark asserting that Spalko "wouldn't know the price of a loaf of bread, a leg of ham and a pint of milk that someone in Nottingham pays" when Spalko tried to bring up the rising costs of living as a reason for him to be more active in the active governance of the country. Spalko's estimation of "twenty dollars" drew uproarious laughs from the crowd, as Clark's follow-up remark — "I think I needn't say more" — ended up as the most memorable moment of the night.

The two also tangled on the issue of the Northlands, with Spalko supporting a "stronger, faster rollout with the support of private industry," disapproving of the current government monopoly over the Tumbran expansion into the Northlands. Clark, who was one of seventy public figures in the arts to sign a statement urging for the Government to reconsider signing the Northlands Act into law when it was first announced, said that his "personal views on the situation were well known." When asked by moderator Jacobs whether he would sign into law a hypothetical Bill increasing the amount of troops in the Northlands, or approving military action, Clark responded by saying that he would do "everything possible to persuade the Government to not pass the Bill, but if push came to shove, I would approve it if it were constitutional, because that's what the President has to do."

Popular support for the Northlands remains slightly positive, with 54% of Tumbrans in a recent poll thinking that it was a 'good' or 'very good' idea to expand Tumbra's borders, while 38% felt it was a 'bad' or 'very bad' idea. The speed of the expansion, however, has become a markedly more negative point, with only 29% of Tumbrans thinking that the expansion was going 'well' or 'very well', and 61% of those surveyed saying the opposite.

Alexandria Result "Indicative Of Needed Merger" On Right - Williams

Opposition Leader Stephen Williams echoed his call for a merger of the Liberal and National parties on the federal level, after the two parties combined finished just forty-seven thousand votes behind Labour, but fell six Senate seats short of Labour due to the method of allocation. One particular sore point, Williams pointed out, was the Senate election in Alexandria; where the Liberals and Nationals' combined vote total exceeded Labour's, but because the two parties ran on separate lists, Labour ended up winning an extra Senator.

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Williams, in a press conference, said that the result was indicative that a "united centre-right front had to be formed to be able to provide unified opposition to this Labour government", and said that "only a merger of the two parties in this coalition will be able to provide that." Nationals leader Jordan Beaumont, in a written statement, rebuked Williams by saying that the two parties "appealed fundamentally to different constituencies and voting blocks, and merging the two parties together would end up turning voters from both sides away from our parties," and ended off by saying he was "disappointed" in Williams for bringing up the subject after a "historically disappointing election result for the Coalition, and one in which our shared priority should be to rethink our partnership as separate parties but equal partners."

Support for the Liberal Party absorbing the Nationals has always been traditionally high amongst Liberal voters, with three-quarters of those voting during the 2025 federal election saying that they were at least "open" to the concept of a merger. Amongst National voters, however, that support is flipped almost opposite; only a quarter of National voters were open to the idea. This spat re-opens up the question of how united the Coalition really is, with the scale of party's humbling loss in the 2021 election attributed almost single-handedly to infighting within the party.

Federal Election Polling Indicates Hung Parliament

In a sign of just how things have changed since the 2025 federal election, the latest poll released from Straton-based pollster OpenGov showed Labour ending up as the largest party in a hung Parliament if a federal election were to be held tomorrow; with 313 seats going to Labour, a decrease of 52 seats from their 2025 election result. The Coalition would gain 58 seats to finish on 271 seats — meaning that the most likely outcome would either be a Labour minority government or a confidence and supply agreement with one of the minor parties.

With Labour's natural coalition partners, the Greens and Moderates, fervently opposing any further expansion in Northlands policy — the Greens calling for a complete and unilateral withdrawal from the Northlands — forming a government would prove difficult for the embattled Prime Minister Kenneth Everett if the polls hold strong until the next federal election due 2029. His personal approval rating has also shown a slide, going negative for the first time in his nine-year Premiership; a -3 approval rating.

Tumbra vs The 14 Stars - Lineup

Starters: 12 - Woodhouse, H.; 18 - Pearson, S., 4 - Houghton, 5 - Proudfoot, 3 - Larkin; 6 - Maguire, 15 - Philips, 10 - Coleman; 17 - Haines, 9 - Appleby; 11 - Henshaw

Bench: 1 - Danvers, 23 - Patel; 2 - Hawthorn, 14 - Pearson, L., 20 - Bond; 19 - Crittenden, 8 - McCabe, 13 - Anselm, 16 - Batten; 7 - McDermott, 21 - Woodhouse, F.; 22 - Deighton
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