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AOCAF 67: Eternal Chaos (Everything Thread)

Postby Valanora » Wed Jul 27, 2022 10:37 pm

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OOC: The group draw was conducted in Capri, Valanora ICly. Cutoffs will be every 48 hours, with a cutoff window of 8-11pm CDT (Dallas/Mexico City) for both hosts. Groups A through D will be hosted ICly in Valanora and scorinated by Farfadillis, while groups E through H will be ICly in Farfadillis but scorinated by Valanora. Those in Valanora may choose their venues using the stadium selector




Group A
Valanora
Jabal Akhdar
Equestria
Canadian Dominion

Group B
Mlima Kijani
Banija
Tropicorp
Sea Dome

Group C
Efnakia
Verceola
Qasden
Demot

Group D
Wreckeria
Delaclava
Kimi-Suomi
Baker Park

Group E
Farfadillis
The Cordian Isles
Romsten
Gyatso-kai

Group F
95X
Busoga Islands
Milchama
Vilita & Turori

Group G
Heller Turn
Pluvia and the Saxean Isles
Squornshelan Remnant States
Oontaz Dert Li Ng

Group H
Al-Tamazgha
Fort McKinley
Hapilopper
Sarzonia

Schedule
Jul 30: MD1
Aug 1: MD2
Aug 3: MD3
Aug 5: Ro16
Aug 7: QFs
Aug 9: SFs
Aug 11: 3PPo/Final

Fixtures
MD1: 1v4, 2v3
MD2: 4v3, 1v2
MD3: 2v4, 3v1
Ro16: A1 v D2, B1 v C2, C1 v B2, D1 v A2, E1 v H2, G1 v F2, F1 v G2, H1 v E2
QFs: R1 v R2, R3 v R4, R5 v R6, R7 v R8
SFs: Q1 v Q2, Q3 v Q4
3PPo: LS1 v LS2
Final: WS1 v WS2

Host Info
Valanora
Farfadillis - TBA
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WC 47, 51 (2nd), WC 34, 38, 39, 41, 44, 45, 53, 60, 67 (3rd), WC 49, 58 (Semifinalist), WC 33, 35-37, 46, 48, 54, 55, 62, 63, 65, 72, 83 (Quarterfinalist)
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 Valanora » Wed Jul 27, 2022 10:37 pm

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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.

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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
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WCoH VII, VIII, XVII, XXVIII, XXX, XXXII (1st), WCoH I, XXXI, XL (2nd), WCoH II, XXIX (3rd), WCoH XII (4th)
AOCAF 44, 46, 51, & 53 Champions, AOCAF 39 & 43 Runners Up
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Postby Farfadillis » Wed Jul 27, 2022 10:39 pm


A nation is usually defined as “a large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular country or territory.” A country is usually defined as “a nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory.” As such, contrary to popular misconception, Farfadillis is neither a country nor a nation. The reasons are twofold: first, to what extent governments exist in Farfadillis in the current day is a matter of fierce scholarly debate, and second, there are various ethnicities in Farfadillis that appear to have diverged culturally centuries ago, although it is impossible to know for sure because historical records are very hard to come by in Farfadillis.

So, having clarified what Farfadillis is not, it would be perhaps helpful to give information about what it is. Again, academics haven't ironed out the details and reached a consensus, but it is generally agreed that somewhere between eight and fifteen ethnostates, depending on who's counting and how, coexist on the island of Farfadillis, with the most cited figure being nine. We will henceforth assume that this last figure is, indeed, correct. As such, Farfadillis could be considered a “Plurinational Entity” in the literal sense that, whatever it is, it is definitely an entity, and it certainly has more than one nation in it. For simplicity, when we say Farf we will mean any ethnicity from the island of Farfadillis.

Although members of any given Farf ethnicity would spit on you for even implying they are similar to any other given Farf ethnicity, the reality is that all but one Farf ethnicity share a lot of cultural common ground. In fact, their cultural common ground is particularly distinctive and makes it hard for Farf refugees to set each other apart in other countries, where their differences between this common ground and the local culture tend to be far starker. This cultural common ground includes, but is not limited to: a general disregard for authority and order (in any sense of the word), a seemingly unhealthy obsession with fire (although some of it is down to fire being a very important part of the various Farf religions), recklessness (risk-taking behavior, if you want to be more charitable), and a very inconvenient ability for distraction.

The various Farf ethnicities do differ considerably, however, and this is reflected in the ongoing border friction between the various ethnostates. This is despite the fact that, ironically, Farves display omniglottery: the ability to learn any language to a native level with minimal exposition. They are not psychics, so can't just know what words mean without having heard them, but they can visit another country and talk like a native within a month if they want to. Most older Farves speak their local language, as well as Ferdullaelan, because in the past Farfadillis was a country, and Ferdullaele, as the capital, was a cultural hegemon. Farves who live on the border between two given ethnostates generally speak both languages, in many cases having picked up the other language passively and unintentionally. This heavily facilitates migration between ethnostates, as neighboring ethnicities are generally not too different-looking, and as such a Farf from any given ethnicity could cross a border and pretend to have always been a member of the other side's ethnicity. This has the interesting consequence of making the borders between ethnostates cultural melting pots, mish-mashing the cultures of both ethnicities far more than outside Farfadillis.

Regarding the nine ethnostates we have been referring to, here we present brief descriptions of those generally agreed to be “the” nine ethnostates, in alphabetical order:

Farolera is a very populous country, and is the most economically powerful nowadays, as their capacity for self-sustenance during the anarchy years was far greater than their traditional competition, the Ferdullaelans. Their territory is filled with lush forests and fertile farmland, which is actually an important part of the Faroleran identity. After Karinthians, Farolerans are generally considered to be the least Farf of the big Farf ethnicities, but they nonetheless display all of the aforementioned cultural common ground to a very noticeable degree. Farolerans speak Faroleran, which to many foreigners sounds remarkably similar to Spanish.

Ferdullaele is the ethnostate with the most fertile land, which historically gave them an enormous headstart. However, their population was the one that failed the most to adapt to the total collapse of society eighteen years ago, and as such the ethnostate is, forgive us for making things even more complicated, not strictly an ethnostate: order (in the loosest sense), hasn't quite returned to Ferdullaele; it has instead devolved into various subcommunities exercising what would best be described as anarcho-capitalism and they, of course, hate each other.

Fröndt is a very mountainous region, and most urban centers are in those mountains. The weather is extremely dry and cold, and the fauna is unforgiving. The Fröndti are typically more hard-working and level-headed than other Farves—or so they like to believe—and think of themselves as the reasonable, neutral people of the island. The rest of the island disagrees, as do most scholars. The rest of the island disagrees. They've had trouble with the extremely harsh winters and the flying jellyfish lately, but they're a resilient bunch, so they've adapted to the times.

Induja lies at the center of Farfadillis. All of the beautiful Farf biomes clash in Induja, which makes it the most naturally beautiful of the ethnostates. By driving less than two hundred kilometers, you can go from jungle to desert to plains to mountains. Due to this, Indujans are actually quite secluded, despite bordering a whopping six other ethnicities. Indujans are traditionally... well, forgotten. To most Farves, they're just that place you have to go through to reach other places, though this attitude towards them has been relenting in recent years.

Karinthia is a recently-discovered tribe of about thirty thousand people who live in the Szoirsian desert. Some scientists believe they'd flown under the radar for millennia, somehow. They seem to speak a language with no similarities with any other Farf language. The Farves that have come into contact with them have found them very bizarre, for the most part because they seemed to pay attention to detail and have a commendable work ethic, coupled with a fleshed-out concept of respect and hierarchy. One thing about them is shared with all other ethnicities, however: they venerate fire.

Kruviš is the most populated ethnostate, though only by a slight margin and only if you're willing to trust a Farf census from twenty-five years ago. This nation is mostly one huge jungle, but closer to the coast the jungle gives way to civilization... to a degree. The fauna here is perhaps the most dangerous you'll find on the island, which is really saying something. Wasps that explode (like bombs) when stinging, spider-snakes, frogs whose poison literally sends you to hell, etc. The Kruviši are even more fiercely nationalistic than the other ethnicities but tend to direct their xenophobia more towards non-Farves than the other Farves.

Rülândéá is historically the poorest and most abused of the nations; it's safe to say the Rulandese have never had it good. Rampant crime, extreme pollution, terrible quality of life, genocide and a very long etc. The region weathered the days of anarchy much better than most other places by virtue of already being used to misery. Nowadays, the region is controlled by the Rulandese Revolutionary Army, and a fairly idiosyncratic version of libertarian socialism is currently being put in place, but it is very hard to get information from Rülândéá due to how hazardous it is to get there in the first place. They're the most well-known Farf ethnicity by far because they produce better footballers than the rest of the island combined, to the point that some of the best players in the Multiverse come from this relatively small, run-down nation. Their language is also notorious for having too many diacritics. Farves from the other ethnicities feel very insulted when it is insinuated that they, too, speak languages with an orthography filled to the brim with diacritics.

Szoirsia is essentially one huge desert with small oases of civilization. Szoirsians are used to the extreme heat and dehydration that comes with their surroundings. They resort to violence first and foremost to solve problems, perhaps even more so than the Rulandese. Szoirsians speak one of the most distinct languages of the island: Szoirsian. As a language, it seems to very transparently be a creole between two ancestral languages that no longer exist, which in turn—along with what little archaeological evidence can be found—makes the scholarly consensus be that there used to be two distinct ethnic groups in Szoirsia that, somehow, fused into one.

Tanazza is rather uninhabited, being almost exactly fifty percent jungle, fifty percent desert in terms of surface area. The inhabited parts generally lie at the edge of both biomes. Tanazzans have a notoriously hard time getting out of Tanazza because there are no roads out. The collapse of supply chains during the anarchy years hit the Tanazzans particularly hard as a result, and they are still reeling from it. They are, nonetheless, very resilient and, supposedly, very good-humored.

As a general rule, it is very hard to travel to Farfadillis. Things have gotten better recently, as some working airports have been constructed in Farolera by the Banijan and Euran relief efforts. However, travel within the country is still notoriously hazardous unless you're willing to spend a lot of money bribing the locals.

We remark again that the fauna that has developed over millions of years inside the island is very much unlike outside it, even outside Kruviš. If you hear about “radiation-eating snakes”, don't laugh: you'll look like an idiot. Imagine how you'd think of someone who laughed at someone believing in the existence of regular snakes. We must also emphasize that one must be especially wary of the frogs whose poison literally sends you to hell.

Fittingly, Farf football is obsessed with reckless attacking; Farf crowds will often get bored if your team is defensive, so expect aggressiveness from some of them if your team is boring. If your team is entertaining, however, expect the Farf crowd to cheer you on.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your stay, however brief it might turn out to be.

VENUES


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La Fantás
Location: Ferdullaele
Capacity: 70,000
Fresh off passing a routine safety inspection that was three decades overdue because of an FFFF oversight, La Fantás was once again la Vherderoja's home stadium for cycle 90. The colossal stadium is situated in the ex-capital of what used to be the country of Farfadillis: Ferdullaele. It used to have a whopping hundred thousand seats, but ever since the whole anarchy thing, the northeastern stand has been inexplicably on fire, so that's one-fourth of the seats gone, plus those too close to the fire to be considered safe by Farf standards. And yes, those exist. Nobody can quite explain how the stand has managed to continue burning for about eighteen years. Pagan religions are common in Farfadillis, and they mostly venerate fire, so if you ask around you'll likely get some magical explanations. We are not saying the God of Fire is raining its wrath upon Ferdullaele, but we are saying that stand should've stopped burning long ago. Or, at least, the fire should've propagated to the other stands. We are also saying that if La Fantás were a map of Farfadillis, it would be Ferdullaele that is burning, being the most northeastern ethnostate. Again, speculation, but worth pointing out. We've gone on a tangent now. Anyway, huge stadium, fire, don't get burned, don't involve yourself with the surrounding ethnic tension.

La Snerra
Location: Ferdullaele
Capacity: 100,000
La Snerra was the national team's home in the early days, but got promptly abandoned when the much more modern La Fantás was built. Nonetheless, stadia are in short supply in Farfadillis nowadays, so the heretofore abandoned stadium will be making a comeback around forty years since it was last used... is what we were saying back when we hosted World Cup 85. The stadium has not been used since, however, and it's been over a decade so it's almost the same thing. Yes, it may be rusty and unsafe, but at least it's not on fire, and it can fit in a lot of people. As far as seats go, however, there are only enough for about 20,000 people, which could prove problematic.

Den Mytologiska Maneter
Location: Fröndt
Capacity: 50,000
One of the few stadia left relatively intact by the chaos. It's in the freezing mountains of Fröndt. Temperatures swing wildly between 5ºC and -25ºC there throughout the day, and the surrounding area is infested with flying jellyfish, or flygande maneter, as the locals call them. Literal jellyfish with what are essentially angel wings. Most of them are not lethal, however, and the ones that are make it very obvious by pulsating with different, bright and saturated colors. Except for the ones that don't and are indistinguishable from the non-lethal ones. They've been a bit a plague since, you know, the events we will be continuously referencing throughout this pamphlet. Anyway, wear a scarf and lots of anti-flying-jellyfish repellent and you'll probably be alright.

Adar Jak
Location: Szoirsia
Capacity: 32,000
While no longer the only stadium in Szoirsia, the Adar Jak will still be used because of tradition. It's a stadium situated in the most notoriously unforgiving part of the Szoirsian desert, a part which is home to precisely no living creatures besides radiation-eating snakes. Bring loads of water, because the Szoirsians won't be sharing theirs (it's kinda scarce at the moment, okay?). On a particularly hot day, matches scheduled here will have to be moved to some nearby (or not) stadium. Do not bring a Geiger counter.

Grand René Skaé
Location: Szoirsia
Capacity: 25,000
Home to René Skaé, one of the best Farf teams nowadays, and named after René Skaé the person, this stadium is located in René Skaé, the city named after the person. Nobody is quite sure who René Skaé really was, but the fact that so many things in this area have been named after him seems to suggest that he was some kind of hero. In comparison with Adar Jak, Grand René Skaé is a forgiving stadium, but don't get us wrong: you really will not enjoy a game here on a hot day, of which there are many.

La Gran Avenida
Location: Farolera
Capacity: 60,000
This stadium is home to Avenida Victoria, Avenida Principal and La Nueva Avenida, three historically big Farf teams. It is situated in the middle of a forest. The view from the highest seats is impressive. Please, ignore how dangerous the path to the stadium is, and how long it takes to arrive there, considering going by car is banned. Beware the beasts of the forest. If you ignore the inherent danger, La Gran Avenida is probably tied with La Fantás for both most modern and most visually captivating stadium.

Ojo de la Tormenta
Location: Farolera
Capacity: 15,000
This small stadium located in Azureña, a town on the coast of Puerto Farolero, is notable for constantly (say, weekly, but usually more often) attracting fantastically violent, highly concentrated storms, while somehow managing to stay inside the eye of the storm, completely unaffected. Azureña is otherwise a very nice seaside resort. Sans the storms.

Rülândéá Çölíséá
Location: Rülândéá
Capacity: 35,000
The Çölíséá (Colosseum in Rulandese) is iconic for being home to rivals Mâ Âlâmëómë and Dí Maozöxê, and for having halved its capacity due to bombings from the then-existent government. The stadium's situated in a particularly rough area of Rülândéá, so make sure to be extra careful. The stadium itself is actually quite modern, as both Mâ Âlâmëómë and Dí Maozöxê are relatively well-off clubs, but if you squint your eyes you can sort of discern that it's been bombed multiple times. The big hole in the northern stand is a bit of a tell.

Bojno Polje
Location: Fröndt
Capacity: 40,000
It stands to reason that the most populated nation on the island would have one of the biggest stadia, despite having a pretty middling footballing tradition (not for lack of trying, mind). For a 40,000 seater, Bojno Polje is patently unsafe and ugly. Scotch tape is not what is holding it together, but the fact that that's the best we can say is, well, all that should be said.
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Lineup

Style mod: 1.2
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Manager: Nolan Cairns
Starting Lineup
Jeremiah Symons (C) - CF
Lukas Irwin - LW
Alexander Brockhouse - RW
Joseph Staples - CM
Christian Davidson - CM
Tristan Dawson - DM
William Adamou - CB
Logan Wilson - CB
Hunter Menton - LB
Jonah Wood - RB
Killian Davidson - GK

Substitutes
Finn Mayer - CF
Mark Park - CF
Walter George - LW
Myles Burt - LW
Zayn Point - RW
Harrison Mitchell - RW
Jason Kane - CM
Sawyer Russell - DM
Tristan Hennessy - CB
Lane Burt - CB
Lukas Jacks - LB
Jesse Wiseman - RB
Ryder Morrison- GK

Choose My Goalscorers: Y
Godmod Goalscoring Events: Y
(stuff like deciding who scores a PK, who passes to whom and how the goal's scored is cool.)
Injure Players: N
Godmod Injury Events: Y
Red Card Players: Y (no more than one more than you do for your own team)
Yellow Card Players: Y (same rule as red cards)
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Sarzonia Stars

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Style: 0
Formation: 4-4-2
Choose My Goalscorers: Y
Godmod Goalscoring Events: Y (stuff like deciding who scores a PK, who passes to whom and how the goal's scored is cool. Weird shit is not.)
Injure Players: N
Godmod Injury Events: N
Red Card Players: Y (no more than one more than you do for your own team)
Yellow Card Players: Y (same rule as red cards)
Godmod Other Events: N
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Manager: Brady Reynolds
The former Stars midfielder takes over as full-time manager after Hanifer was fired. He'll be responsible for getting the Stars back to the proper.
Assistant Manager: Eric Dent
Dent will serve as a de facto defensive coordinator for the Stars, and will work primarily with the defence and the defensive midfielders.
Assistant Manager: Felix Gonzalez
Gonzalez was Reynolds' first hire and will be responsible for training the offensive players.
Goalkeepers Coach: Horace Sandt
Yes, THAT Horace Sandt. He'll be there to help train the goalkeepers including his brother Carlton.

HOME GROUND: Dave Wilson Stadium, Woodstock (105,690 capacity, natural grass field); alternate home ground i Joe Gibbs Stadium in Woodstock (75,900 capacity)

Roster (Starters in bold)

GOALKEEPERS
1 Carlton Sandt, 22, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds (Lakiska SC, Banijan Soccer League)
Sandt is the younger brother of legendary Stars goalkeeper Horace Sandt. He won the starting job for the Wanderers as a true freshman and led a previously downtrodden side to the national semifinals. He has catlike reflexes and is quick off his line. Can get too aggressive.
33 Trent Woodson, 27, 5-foot-11, 170 pounds (Saugerties Snakes)
Woodson becomes the backup while Paolo Gomes is recovering from a torn ACL. He has a decent mix of size and agility.


DEFENDERS
4 Charlie King, 28, 5-foot-11, 155 pounds (Saugerties Snakes)
King plays as a defensive-oriented fullback, often marking the opposing team's top striker. He relies more on positioning and reading his opponent's tendencies and body language to figure out where to run than on speed. He's not exactly a burner.
5 Tommy Benignati, 32, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds (Wilmington FC)
The older brother of Marco Beningnati, Tommy plays a much more rugged style than Marco does. Can play sweeper in a three-back lineup.
7 Matt Taylor, 27, 6-feet, 185 pounds (Burlington Browns)
Taylor's speed lends itself to being a fullback, but he plays halfback for the Browns. He has a tendency to struggle with more physical forwards and offensive midfielders.
6 John Taylor, 22, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Portsmouth University
The younger twin brother of Under 21 national team player Carlette Taylor, John plays a similar style to his sister's, although with much more speed.
18 Ben Russell, 33, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Rochester Renegades
In his first season as team captain of the Renegades, he led the team to a Sarzonian Football Confederation championship, resulting in the team's promotion to the Cyanea League. If he's on the pitch in the event Howard gets subbed for, he will don the captain's armband. He is a reserve halfback for the Stars.
22 Carmela Bowen, 30, 5-foot-8, 145 pounds, Woodstock Justice
Brown plays fullback for the Justice, a Sarzonian women's football team, and typically marks whomever the playmaking midfielder is. Her stamina earned her a spot on the national team.
44 Pat Meyers, 24, 5-foot-8, 152 pounds, unaffiliated
Meyers won a lawsuit against the Portland Timbers third division affiliate when the team dismissed them after successfully proving the club released them due to their gender non-conforming status

MIDFIELDERS
8 Ernie Mabree, 28, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds (FC Corcorran)
Mabree has one of the better left-booted shots in the Sarzonian league structure and is one of the fastest players in Sarzonia. He'll play an important role in Sarzonia's offence.
10 Clayton Wilson, 23, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, (Woodstock Wild) Captain
A grandson of legendary Stars forward Brian Wilson and great-grandson of coach Dave Wilson, Clayton is not just a fourth generation star among the Stars, he served as the playmaker for the Under 21 Stars and is a sterling wing player on the Wild.
18 Carlos dos Santos, 27, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds (Woodstock Wild)
A right wing player, he will sometimes be called upon to take free kicks if Reynolds is unable to for some reason.
23 Jaxon Hennepin, 28, 5-foot-7, 155 pounds (Wilmington FC)
Hennepin earned a starting role as a playmaking midfielder for WIlmington, but also played half a season in defensive midfield when the team was beset with injuries.
30 Erik Swann, 25, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds (Portland Timbers)
Swann's strength is being a late-match offensive substitute who can score in a pinch.
14 Winnie Taunton, 27, 5-foot-9, 150 pounds
Taunton takes a majority of the penalties on the women's national team and produces blinding speed on the wings.

FORWARDS
21 Jake Campos, 23 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, (Portland Timbers)
Campos is a straight up target player in the front line. His leaping ability makes him a prime candidate for headers in the box off corner kicks and indirect free kicks. He played on the Junior Stars team that competed in the most recent AOCAF.
19 Holly Cambrio, 28, 5-foot-7, 145 pounds (Woodstock Justice)
Cambrio adds flair and ball movement skill and the ability to serve as a sparkplug off the bench, but would be a starter for a women's national team if that competition got resurrected.
41 Carly Wilcox, 22, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds (Woodstock Wild reserves)
Wilcox retained her place on the Wild's reserve squad and made eight appearances and six starts after her transition.
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Postby Sarzonia » Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:36 am

By all accounts, Brady Reynolds had a successful first full go as Sarzonian national team manager.

The Stars qualified for the knockouts in the 83rd Cup of Harmony and defeated Kelssek in the Round of 32, only to fall 1-0 to Cassadaigua in the Round of 16. Along the way, Reynolds had a lot to be proud of, including his team's 3-2 victory over the Fillies during the group stage.

For his part, Reynolds quipped that his team's participation in the 67th AOCAF would be easier.

"We're not playing Cassadaigua again," he said. "We hadn't faced them much in football over the years but we ended up playing them four times in the last World Cup cycle. They say familiarity breeds contempt; well, we were very familiar with them after the last World Cup cycle." Cassadaigua is in Rushmore, and Reynolds said, "they can stay there as far as we're concerned."

Carlton Sandt will once again assume the starting role as goalkeeper with Trent Woodson backing him up. Paolo Gomes has retired from international football after coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Gomes said through a translator that his first goal would be to finish learning English.

"I had a difficult time balancing first football, then rehab and learning English," he said. "Now that I'm no longer training to play football and I've pretty well recovered from my injury, I can focus on English classes." Gomes said he would miss the camaraderie with the team and the thrill of competing at the highest level of football. As for the rest of the team, they've been learning a new (old) system now that Reynolds has had an opportunity to implement it.

"We're going back to Sarzonian football," Reynolds said. "We're still looking to have a fluid, passing-oriented attacking system, but we're also going to put greater emphasis on defence." When asked if he was bringing back so-called "total football on steriods," Reynolds smiled and said, "I'll let our play be the judge of that." The Stars open AOCAF play with a match against Al-Tamazgha before matches against Hapilooper and Ft. McKinley, which Reynolds has said will give his team an opportunity to put the new (old) system to the test.

"We've got a lot to prove to ourselves, to Brady, and to the rest of the footballing world," midfielder and captain Clayton Wilson said. "Our journey starts right here, right now."
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Gyatso-kai National Team ROSTER

Postby Gyatso-kai » Thu Jul 28, 2022 1:24 pm


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Gyatso-kai National Football Team
‘The Bisons’


The Gyatso-kai National Football team shall be making their ninth consecutive appearance in the Atlantian Oceania’s regional tournament; entering into its sixty-seventh edition, the AOCAF is often seen as the beginning of the competition cycle for The Bisons.




┤ GENERAL INFORMATION ├




Official Name: Gyatso-kai Men’s National Football Team / 凯海洋国家足球队 (Kaihaiyáng Guójia Zúqiú Duì) / Gyats'kai Tsad droten Taab’rugam
Official Nation Name: The Avatarian Republics of Gyatso-kai / 凯海洋降世神通共和国 (Kaihaiyáng Jiàngshì Shéntong Gònghéguó) / Tsad Gyats'kai Jettise
Country Code: GKI
Officiating League: The Republic Premier Football League (RPFL)
Founded: 1876 (228 AKy)
Regional Officiating Body: The Atlantian Oceania Confederation of Association Football (AOCAF)
Year of Membership: 2019.2 (63 AAg)
Records:
AOCAF:16-7-23 (WDL)
World Cup: 174-70-104 ( 61-30-61 Post Silence)
All-Time: 210-86-148
Under Wong Haru: 34-13-29
Titles: 0
Rank:
AOCAF: 10th (After AOCAF LXVI)
World Cup: 74th (WC XC)
Nickname: Bisons
Style: +3.0 out of 5.0

When RP'ing, the name of my players in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS AND BOLD are the player's family names. These are the names on their jersey and the name professional commentators would call out when making observations. If you have any further questions regarding names, please feel free to telegram me.

Players age ONE YEAR in-between cups.


Starting players will have their names in GREEN type
Alternate players will have their names in BLUE type
Reserve Players will have their names in STANDARD type.
Travelling Players will be in tables.





┤ THE ROSTER ├





44- HAMADA Roshi
Height: 181cm - Weight: 90kg – Age: 25 years old - Team: Concord Dusk AFC

After signing a three year, ¥15 million contract with Concord Dusk AFC, Hamada Roshi has essentially made it as a goalkeeper in Gyatso-kai. Coming onto Concord Dusk to backup the aging Kjotvi Bar’kad is no easy assignment, however, with most analysts seeing Bar’kad retiring sooner rather than later, Hamada may see himself starting for the Black & Gold.

A player who developed an odd style in the Fire Nation, Hamada is known for stepping way in front of the net and attempting to use his physique to stop an offensive player before getting to the ball. Many attribute this odd quirk to Hamada and his twin brother Yoshi having grown up playing ice hockey; whereas Roshi would go on to find his love in football, his brother Yoshi continues to attract scouts on the ice at the University of Kyoko in the Fire Nation. Equally adept at his position as a younger Kio’los, the 2021.3 Campaign has already seen Hamada start in net twice for the Bisons; during the first victory over Ko-oren and the nil-all draw against Mertagne.

Starting World Cup XC as the backup to Armok Hikari, Hamada earned the starting position after a pair of losses which saw Armok pulled. In his first start of the campaign, Armok saved 27 shots on net and allowed zero goals against Omerica, and would go on to a 4-1-1 record for the World Cup before a stomach bug would take him out for the remainder of the tournament. After Armok retook the starting position, though, the Bisons fell flat, losing three straight matches to end the tournament on a sour note.

This resulted in Hamada gaining the starting position in both the Cup of Harmony as well as the last AOCAF. During those tournaments, Hamada managed a 5-4 record, and with only one game where he allowed more than 2 goals into the net. This performance solidified him as the new starter for the Bisons, which saw Hamada make quite the showing for an Avatarian keeper – 12-2-6 in World Cup XCI.

Rating: B - Team Relationship: B - Morale: A - Form: C
CAPS: 43 :: GOALS: N/A :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 62-64, 65, WC 87-91 , CoH 82, Eagles Cup XI

22- ARMOK Hikari
Height: 177cm - Weight: 80kg – Age: 30 years old - Team: Southern AFC

Entering into his ninth season with Southern AFC, Armok Hikari has continued to improve and grow when compared to his days back at the University of Omashu. Having taken over for Zhao Baoli since his retirement following World Cup 85, Armok has proven time and time again that he is set to be another storied goalkeeper for the Bisons.

Unlike his predecessor who favored sniping mid-range clears, Armok tends to favor the long-range kicks out to midpitch so as to clear as much action from the back end as possible. Also, Armok is a much more traditional goalkeeper when compared to the very ball-heavy play styles of the former starter for the Bisons; he firmly believes that his primary goal is to stop balls from getting to the net, and by clearing out the attacking zone quickly, it gives him a chance to set the team up more defensively as he does tend to hand over possession often, but that allows him to focus on the main job of stopping balls and not worrying about diving out of the box and going for more ‘flashy’ plays.

After a depressing World Cup performance, Armok was taken from the Starting XI and placed on backup. Winning just one match in World Cup XC, Armok would lose seven games and fall out of favor with then-Interim Head Coach Wong Haru. During the last Cup of Harmony and AO Cup, Armok would not see a single start, with many calling into question his continued selection to the national team. Expect to see the former starter seeing very little to any action this World Cup.

A steep fall from grace often leaves a bitter taste in the mouth…

Rating: B- - Team Relationship: B- - Morale: C - Form: B
CAPS: :: 94 GOALS: N/A :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 61-65, WC 85-91, CoH 79, Eagles Cup XI

31- LEE Findao
Height: 191cm - Weight: 94kg – Age: 23 years old - Team: Academy of South Kibago

An incredibly young and underdeveloped player – at least in terms of multi-verse play – Lee Findao took the Avatarian Football world by surprise when it was announced after The Combine that they would be taking the Reserve Position on the National Team ahead of suspected replacement Pao Lishin. Such a surprise that on the day the rosters were set to be announced, Lee had already packed themselves up and was boarding a transport out of the National Sports Complex.

Not the most confident way to start your journey to the AOCAF Cup…

With a collegiate style typical of players his size – wide stance, quick to try and muscle defenders out of the ball, and making saves from deep out of the net – we can only hope that has time goes on, Lee will continue to mature under the tutelage of Nishimura on the National Team. Though, with the fall of Armok Hikari from the graces of the Starting XI, we saw Lee gain his first appearance on the National Team, subbing in for Hamada after he began to experience stomach cramps in the eventual 4-2 loss against Valanora. Facing twelve shots, Lee only allowed one in, which unfortunately was the game-winning goal that sent the team home early.

Nothing he could have done…

Rating: C+ - Team Relationship: B - Morale: B - Form: C
CAPS: 2 :: GOALS: N/A :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 66

Travelling With the Team

Name		Age		Team					Nation              .
PAO Lishin 25 Mando FC Earth
TSUTSAMA Yen 22 Keldabe FC Fire
TSUNADE Ki’sae 21 Kyoshi State University Mandalorian


As had been done under Vhett, Head Coach Tay’haai has instituted a Travelling Corps so as to bring young and upcoming players along with the Bisons to show them what Multiverse Play is all about. Pao Lishin, still a bit bitter about being passed over last World Cup and now for AOCAF, is a surprise to see return on the travelling corps. Last campaign, it was reported that Pao spent most of the practice days away from the other members of the goalkeeping unit; in the weeks leading up to the AOCAF Cup, it is being reported he is talking more with Goalkeeping Coach Nishimura Kenshin.

Tsutsama Yen, is a relative newcomer to the multiverse; having a somewhat average season at UA, he came to the National Team tryouts before World Cup 87 and put up some impressive physical numbers through the Combine, and thus found his way onto the Corps. Showing great promise as a younger player, he signed on with Gaoling Union after graduation and has already begun to cement himself as a strong back-up to franchise keeper Mit Wasan’i

With the promotion of Lee Findao to Reserve, the third spot on the Corps was awarded to Tsunade Kise, a young Mandalorian keeper out of Kyoshi State. At 21-years-of-age, he is set to graduate following this campaign cycle, though it is uncertain where he will wind up. Tsunade has shown a similar style to the former Bison Aki Kio’los, and of the three members of the Travelling Corps, he is the most likely to see promotion.


Left Defenders:
16- TERCAR Shuajo
[i]Height: 180cm - Weight: 84kg – Age: 29 years old - Team: Mando FC

Tercar Shuajo, who signed a four-year contract with Mando FC after graduating from Northern University, has added 8kg to his frame in muscle, yet still retains his speed. A very quick and agile defender, Tercar uses his feet and agility to outmaneuver most other players instead of relying on sheer mass to take away a ball, a tactic he learned from pairing with Itawaku during exhibition games prior to World Cup 86.

Now into his fourth campaign as starting defender, Tercar is looking to further cement himself into the team. With both Hashimoto Isamiru and Somchai Kikwan both growing older with every passing game, soon it may be time for Tercar to take his speed and agility to the centre of the pitch. Tercar bares the distinction of being one of only two players to score a goal during the last AOCAF – the lone goal against Vilita & Turori on the opening day of the tournament.

Unfortunately for Tercar, an upper body strain took him out of World Cup XC for four games, as well as the four games of AOCAF 66. He did not play in World Cup XCI, and given the average performance of the defence during, it is expected that Tercar may earn his century during this tournament, though he has not yet been announced as a starter.
Rating: B- - Team Relationship: B - Morale: B - Form: C

CAPS: 99 :: GOALS: :: 24 TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 63-66, WC 86-90, CoH 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

12- PAM Kai
Height: 183cm - Weight: 86kg – Age: 29 years old - Team: Senlin Timbers

Formerly the backup to the Beast of the North, Pam Kai spent five tournaments in the shadow of Itawaku, hoping to one day earn the starting spot from him or to replace him. However, at the tryout camp, it was Tercar Shuajo who shined, and received the Starting Spike from Tay’haai. Following another lackluster season in Senlin, Pam has shown himself to be a perennial backup defender; though this time, he has been kicked out of the limelight by a former classmate and teammate of his from Northern University… One has to wonder how that will play out during the tournament.

Rating: B+ - Team Relationship: B - Morale: B - Form: A
CAPS: 88 :: GOALS: 22 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59, 61-66,WC 84-91, CoH 79, 82

26 – Khánh KA’LOMI
Height: 190cm - Weight: 94kg – Age: 25 years old - Team: Island FC

A young Southern Watertribesman who signed a professional contract with Island FC at just 20-years-of-age, Khánh Ka’lomi is already making waves in the Avatarian sports community. With an impressive size for such a young player, many see him as the next Itawaku, and some have already started calling him “The Beast of the South”. In his first season at Island FC, Ka’lomi put up impressive numbers for a defencemen; ending his season with the highest involvement in goals by a defender with 2 goal and 7 assists to go with 6 clean sheets.

In World Cup XC, an upper body strain for Tercar Shuajo would see Ka’lomi moved into the Starting XI, and given the performance of Tercar following that strain – as well as him sitting out the last two tournaments – it seems likely that Wong has decided to trust the youthful Watertribesman to fill in and to succeed Pam Kai on the left side.

Not sure how Pam is going to take this one…

Rating: B- - Team Relationship: B - Morale: B - Form: C
CAPS: 58 :: GOALS: 11 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 62-66, WC 87-91, CoH 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

Central Defenders
5- HASHIMOTO Isamiru
Height: 178cm - Weight: 75kg – Age: 38 years old - Team: Ba Sing Se UNITED

One of the most highly-rated player for the Bison defence, Hashimoto Isamiru, or “Hashi” as he is loving called by fans, has shown himself to be a very valuable asset to the team. A strong defensive player who often falls in to a full-back position, Hashimoto has made great strides in improving his passing and marking skills since he was traded to Ba Sing Se UNITED from Keldabe FC after a very disappointing season which saw Kelabe not advance to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

However, as time as worn on, so too as age on Hashimoto. Having turned 37 during the Cup of Harmony, many have been calling for Hashi to step down gracefully and retire. However, in previous interviews over the 2021.1 Campaign, Hashimoto has already said he would not even entertain retirement until he had earned his century-and-half cap for the National Team.

We are now thirty-three games past that…

Rating: A – Team Relationship: A – Morale: A – Form: A
CAPS: 183 :: GOALS: 42 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-66,WC 84-87, 90-91, CoH 76, 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

15- UTHAN A’den
Height: 185cm - Weight: 83kg – Age: 27 years old - Team:FC Beijing

A large and physically imposing player, Uthan A’den does not play a very physical game like Auranaq or Hashimoto, but instead proves himself to be one of the fastest players on the team; one who uses that speed to outpace and overtake many of his opponents. Less prove to tackle and trip, and more likely to simply run up from behind and steal the ball mid-dribble, expect to see Uthan engaging opponents closer to the net than you will be comfortable with from previous Bisons campaigns.

Having reached his century mark during the 6-2 win at home against The Juniper Union during World Cup 88 – and also scoring his first multiverse hat trick – Uthan became one of the youngest players to reach the milemark, following in the footsteps of Akiyama Qiangyu and Bralor Kotyc’e to reach a century before 25.

And given his presence, Uthan is expected to play for a very long time.

Rating: A- - Team Relationship: B - Morale: A - Form: A
CAPS: 184 :: GOALS: 56 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59- 66,WC 84-91, CoH 76, 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

15- Ganham Ri’om
Height: 175cm - Weight: 70kg – Age: 29 years old - Team: Concord Dusk AFC

Though not as fast as Uthan, Ganham Ri’om is a full-back more focused on the offence, who uses his skill with the ball to often drive the offence from the backfield. Though Ganham can have some minor difficulties when tasked with defence (given that he played his entire career at Hatsu State as a offensive midfielder before switching to defence when drafted), he is a very dedicated player and works hard to improve where he knows there are weakness.
Rating: B+ - Team Relationship: B - Morale: A - Form: B
CAPS: 76 :: GOALS: 21 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-60, 64-66,WC 84-91, CoH 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

Right Defenders:

3- SOMCHAI Kikwan
Height: 187cm - Weight: 83kg – Age: 35 years old - Team: Itakawai City

While certainly not the oldest player in the defence, Somchai Kikwan does serve as the counterpoint to Uthan’s youthful excitement. Having graduated from Kyoshi State, Somchai is very familiar to the style of play Uthan is used to, and the two of them communicate very well on the side of the field. Very adept at playing the middle of the field, when pushed to the right side, Somchai is quick to adapt and has the endurance and stamina to keep up with the demands.

Having made his multiverse debut in World Cup 85, Somchai has continued to play through a nagging lower body injury up until World Cup 90; utlising traditional medicine as well as playing an on-off schedule which allowed Huang Aodhan and Taoru Adeen to garnish some of the limelight, Somchai has made a full return to the line-up, and will likely break the century-and-a-half mark during this campaign.

Rating: A – Team Relationship: A – Morale: A – Form: A
CAPS: 124 :: GOALS: 44 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 63-65, WC 85-91, CoH 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

23- HUANG Aodhán
Height: 183cm - Weight: 84kg – Age: 30 years old - Team: Makapu ERUPT

With Mi’rez Yiman retiring, Huang Aodhán would find himself moving up on the list of right defenders. Signed onto a Taap-A team right out of college, Huang was quick to mature and found his way onto the Makapu ERUPT three season ago. A quick study, he adapted well to his new team and soon made it to their starting eleven. Huang is a natural athlete, with impressive speed and stamina to match, and we can expect to see that natural athleticism on display as the tournament wears on and fatigue sets into the Starting Eleven.
Rating: B – Team Relationship: B – Morale: B – Form: B
CAPS: :: 70 GOALS: 16 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 60-66, WC 84-91, CoH 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

15 – Tarou ADEEN
Height: 189cm - Weight: 90kg – Age: 27 years old - Team: Royal Flames

With the retirement of a couple of the Bisons’ core defenders, the Travelling Corps has produced another potential feature player in the form of Tarou Adeen. A product of both the Royal Fire Developmental Programs as well as serving under the tutelage of Fujimoto Zhong at Omashu State, Adeen is sure to see his number called in future tournaments, especially as players like Somchai continue to add years to their career. Though, unlike Somchai, Adeen brings more size to the right; standing at just under 190cm and weighs a little under 90kg. Combine that size with his speed and vision on the pitch, and you have a defender who can knock an opponent off course and redirect a ball to a forward without even lifting his head from his target. As with others in the lower levels of the team, expect to see Adeen as the tournament progresses.
Rating: B+ – Team Relationship: B – Morale: A – Form: B
CAPS: 16 :: GOALS: 4 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 65-66 WC 88-90, CoH 79, 82

Travelling With the Team

Position	Name		Age		School / Team			Nation                |
RD KATO Zhao Ling 23 Enceri FC Mandalorian
RD YAMADA Goro 22 Ba Sing Se UNITED Fire
CD ZHOU Hiroto 22 Concord Dusk AFC Earth


The Travelling Corps for Defense is all small trio of defenders who are all potential future Bisons.

Kato Zhao Ling, who graduated from Enceri University and signed an entry-level two-year contract with FC She Pass, is coming off his first RPFL All-Star selection and a third-place finish in the 2021.1 Season, having been traded to Enceri FC before the end of his contract and signing on an entry-level single-year bridge pending the conclusion of the 2021.3 Season. Yamato Goro surprised the football world upon graduation, having signed with Ba Sing Se over Itakawai; Yamato is certainly being watched to replace either of the aging defencemen in Hashimoto and Somchai. Zhou Hiroto, who helped Kibago University win their third consecutive Earthen Shield tournament in five years, also is vying for an eventual spot on the national roster after signing an entry-level two-year contract with Concord Dusk AFC.


Defensive Midfielders:

7- TAKAHASHI Hikaru
Height: 178cm - Weight: 76kg – Age: 39 years old - Team: Northern AFC

A strong defensive midfielder. Takahashi Hikaru’s strength lies in his kicks; easily able to send a ball soaring across the pitch with surprising accuracy, Takahashi is known for feeding the ball to the strikers and catching many opposing defences off-guard. He often has great vision, and he is easily able to read the play and can adapt accordingly.

Now, Takahashi has to step into a new role, as the oldest player on the team. With the retirement of so many of his fellow over-30 players, some feel the pressure is on Takahashi to produce more in this upcoming World Cup Campaign… or hang up the Number Seven jersey for the last time. Though, given his performance during World Cup XC – including a pair of hat-tricks against Arujunngar and Omerica – it is likely Takahashi will dismiss all of his doubters and become the first player in the Modern Era to record a double century.

He’s a full four games ahead of Skirata, and six ahead of Ma…

Rating: S – Team Relationship: S – Morale: A – Form: A
CAPS: 196 :: GOALS: 80 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-66,WC 84-91, CoH 75, 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

6- MA Haijiang
Height: 187cm - Weight: 85kg – Age: 36 years old - Team: Northern AFC

Former Head Coach Tay’haai made the unusual selection of having both of his defensive midfielders come from the same team, for reasons most can ascertain…. And it’s a decision that Interim Head Coach Wong Haru A proven veteran on the pitch, Ma Haijiang complements Takahashi’s strong kicks and accuracy with the speed to overcome most opponents; if he can not strike a ball deep, Takahashi will often send a volley up to Ma who will then run it into the offensive zone before lasering the ball to an open forward. Expect to see either Ma or Takahashi in the assist column for plenty of goals.

Though, now with both players into their 30s, and many calling for younger blood to take the reigns, one has to wonder how much longer the ‘Northern Duo’ will continue to play together… or worse, who will be the first to retire…
Rating: A- – Team Relationship: A – Morale: B – Form: A
CAPS: 190 :: GOALS: 61 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-66,WC 84-90, CoH 76, 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

17- YOSHIDA Arata
Height: 177cm - Weight: 80kg – Age: 32 years old - Team: Royal Flames

Yoshida Arata is a dedicated player who has worked incredibly hard to make his way to the national team; having spent several months training with one of the greatest Avatarian midfielders to ever play the game, Bralor Kotyc’e. Time spent with Bralor has proven to greatly improve his game, seeing Yoshida climb up the ranks during the Trials for the national team. Though he has predominantly been a backup for his entire career thirteen tournaments, Arata has managed to amass ninety-two caps, and given the length of the Cup of Harmony, expected to reach the century during it. The inly question will be whether he reaches that mark as a substitution or as a starter.

Though, Yoshida is not a player you will often notice. He is not one for showboating, and very rarely makes a goal or garnishes an assist. Instead, he focuses his time on the pitch by setting up the offense for a great pass, a decisive tackle that often swings the game’s momentum, or just being able to intercept the ball at the most opportune time. One of the best midfielders in the Southern Conference of the RPFL, Yoshida is sure to see time on the pitch by relieving Takahashi or Ma in the later games of the competition.

Rating: B+ – Team Relationship: A – Morale: B – Form: B
CAPS: 109 :: GOALS: 24 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59, 60, 62-66,WC 84-91, CoH 82, Eagles Cup XI

Neutral Midfielders:

18- HISAKAWA Si Woo
Height: 183cm - Weight: 84kg – Age: 34 years old - Team: Senlin Timbers

An extremely technical midfielder, Hisakawa Si Woo is not one to shy away from trying for goals. More adept at reading the play and setting up his forwards, Hisakawa is a bit more impatient than one would like, and he posseses the speed and agility to run through a good defence and find the back of the net on occasion. He is also the only player on the Bisons who is currently unsigned; his contract with the Taap-A team Omashu Athletic ended after AOCAF LX, and with nothing really to showcase his worth, Omashu Athletic chose to not sign Hisakawa; a fact that has certainly hurt his morale going into the last World Cup. However, an impressive showing, including four goals at WC 85, saw Hisakawa sign a two-year contract with the Senlin Timbers just days after the completion of the group stage.
Rating: B+ – Team Relationship: B – Morale: B – Form: A
CAPS: 152 :: GOALS: 40 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-66,WC 84, 86-91, CoH 76,79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

Attacking Midfielders:

8- YU Shichiro
Height: 183cm - Weight: 85kg – Age: 31 years old - Team: Keldabe FC

With a very offensive-minded footballing style, Yu Shichiro works as the last link between the midfield and the offence. Much like Hisakawa, Yu has been known to even advance from the midfield to score quite a few key goals in pivotal games, including the 2019.2 Ve’vut Cup winning goal against Concord Dusk AFC. He has a powerful long shot and is exceptional at heading, both of which are aided by his height. However, as skilled as he is in offense, Yu still prefers to pass the ball up to forwards for an assist in a goal as opposed to being the star player.

Rating: A- – Team Relationship: A – Morale: B – Form: A
CAPS: 156 :: GOALS: 26 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-66,WC 84-91, CoH 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

11- GUANYU Jun
Height: 185cm - Weight: 81kg – Age: 28 years old - Team: Omashu Athletic (Taap-A)
A very creative midfielder, Guanyu Jun is very capable of making plays on the fly; with great vision and quick feet, he often can set up his forwards for a great goal or keep the ball moving through the middle. Though having graduated from Heibai University right after AOCAF 59, Guanyu was making his way into the Starting Eleven before being displaced by Yu Shichiro in WC 62. However, tenancity as always been one of Guanyu’s strength, and thanks to the offensively-minded playstyle employed by Head Coach Wong, Guanyu has easily solidified himself into the Starting Eleven; often pushing out of the midfield and into an extra attacker at times.

Rating: B+ – Team Relationship: B – Morale: B – Form: A
CAPS: 101 :: GOALS: 20 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59, 60,62-66,WC 84-85,87-91, CoH 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

14 – Fei’kao SONG
Height: 185cm - Weight: 81kg – Age: 27 years old - Team: FC Mando

Relatively young when compared to his teammates, Fei’kao Song chose to forgo his collegiate career, getting drafted by FC Mando the day before his twentieth birthday. Despite all the fanfare of his first season behind him, Song has not had a promising start to his sophomore season. Given his still-developing skills in midfield, his is seen as a comparatively weak player and often spends more time with the coaching staff than other more-seasoned players. Song, much like Hisakawa, is a technical player by nature whose greatest asset is not in his aim or power, but in the art of dribbling which he uses at every opportunity. While more prone to provide assists on plays as opposed to goals, Song has proven himself through Trials to Tay’haai and earned a spot on the National Team, albeit a reserve position.

Rating: B- – Team Relationship: A – Morale: B – Form: C
CAPS: 46 :: GOALS: 12 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 60, 63-66, WC 87-91 CoH 76, 79, 82

Travelling With the Team

Position	Name			Age		School/Team					Nation
DM INOUE Anernerk 25 R.C UNITED Water
DM Kal ITOWA 25 FC Beijing Water
NM Penlu SAITO 22 Omashu Fire
OM SHAO Mi’ka 24 Solus FC Water
OM DIK Up’lis 23 Northern AFC Earth


Mostly comprised of Water Tribesmen, the Midfield Travelling Corps is a grabbag of talent. From the University of the Northern Tribes come home-grown Inoue Anernerk, who at just like his father, the famed Inoue Kuruk, completed back-to-back double-digit scoring seasons in his last two seasons of college; impressive for a man who is supposed to be on the defensive midfield. From UST, Kal Itowa mirrors the success of Inoue, though a career less filled with goals and more with assists. Penlu Saito, a young player from the developmental Chomain State Academy, hopes to see a professional contract within the year, and with such a great season in the ADFL, you can be sure he will at least entertain some good offers. Out of the University of Kibago, Shao Mi’ka is a relatively quiet player who has had offers from both Gaoling Union and Senlin Timbers. Dik Up’lis rounds out the Travelling Corps, bringing from Omashu State a drive for excellence many teams would love to have, even if it comes with a bit more maturing to be fostered.



9 - Dag’da SKIRATA

Height: 185cm - Weight: 85kg – Age: 29 years old - Team: Ba Sing Se UNITED

From the fabled and illustrious Skirata family, Dag’da Skirata continues to show why the Skirata’s are the most famous Avatarian family in sports; from his grandfather Kad coaching the Men’s National Ice Hockey Team to his father A’den’s 59 goals in 190 caps for the Bisons, Dag’da has some massive shoes to fill. Though his youthful energy often times shows itself in classic mistakes, Skirata is able to power his way through many the defender and be it by foot or by head, he finds the net more often than not. Earning his century in the abysmal Cup of Harmony 79, Skirata hopes to redeem himself in the next campaign set to begin in Atlantian Oceania. In-between the 2021.1 and 2021.2 Campaigns, Skirata has shocked much of the Avatarian Sports world, forgoing the expected signing with his hometown FC Itakawai and signing with their interleague rival Ba Sing Se United for an undisclosed amount; however, the six-year contract is likely one of the most expensive to be signed in recent memory.

Skirata managed to score his one-hundreth goal in World Cup 90; the go-ahead and eventual winning goal against Damukuni on matchday ten. Four more goals throughout the tournament showed that he has put the dryspell of World Cup 89 behind him, and with a pair during the 82nd Cup of Harmony and a pair during the last AOCAF, many are of the mind that Skirata has returned to his stride.
Rating: S – Team Relationship: S – Morale: S – Form: A
CAPS: 194 :: GOALS: 119 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-66,WC 84-91, CoH 76,79, 82,Eagles Cup XI

10 - SONG Kaoru
Height: 178cm - Weight: 74kg – Age: 31 years old - Team: FC Mando

Much like Skirata, Song Kaoru comes from a sports-centric family; with his father a coach in the RPFL, his mother a third-line winger for the Ice Bisons and his younger brother the star goalkeeper for Itakawai City, fans and critics have come to expect nothing but greatness from Song. They have certainly not been disappointed in domestic play, with Song showing a near-effortless game on the pitch. Dodging defenders as if they were standing still, sniping balls past nets which might as well have been empty, Song has quickly become the media’s favorite player... especially with how he loves to be interviewed.

Rating: A – Team Relationship: A – Morale: A – Form: A
CAPS: :: 180 GOALS: 82 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59-66,WC 84-91, CoH 76, 79, 82, Eagles Cup XI

29- LI Yuuta
Height: 185cm - Weight: 85kg – Age: 32 years old - Team: Island FC

Older than both of the starting forwards, Li Yuuta also finds himself the oldest member of the Forward Corps. Playing the last six seasons in Island FC, Li has continued to develop as a well-rounded secondary striker; able to shield the ball from the other team and hold them off long enough for either of the Bisons’ primary stikers to get into position for a great shot. Li is very adept at striking himself, having led Island FC in Goals Scored last season.

Rating: A – Team Relationship: A – Morale: B – Form: A
CAPS: 58 :: GOALS: 24 :: TOURN. PLAYED: AOCAF 59, 60,62-63, 65-66,WC 84-91, CoH 76, 82, Eagles Cup XI

19 - KIM Vinh Lành
Height: 185cm - Weight: 80kg – Age: 28 years old - Team: Island FC

A seasoned pivot man through five seasons at Island FC, Kim Vinh Lành is known for his ability to read the pitch and place himself ahead of a ball to bring in an attempt --- even if the pass is terrible --- through his excellent ball-handling skills. Albeit not the most conditioned player, with stamina that often finds him at the back of the pack during running exercises, Kim makes up for his endurance with incredibly fast bursts to the goal.

Rating: B – Team Relationship: A – Morale: B – Form: A
CAPS: 38 :: GOALS: 11 :: TOURN. PLAYED: WC 86-91, CoH 79, 82





┤ PLAYER OPTIONS ├





Captain: TAKAHASI Hikaru
Vice-Captain: HASHIMOTO Isamiru
Third Captain: MA Haijiang

Kick Takers (in order of ability)
Free kicks: SONG Kaoru
Right corners: GANHAN Ri’om, UTHAN A’den
Left corners: TAKAHASHI Hikaru, UTHAN A’den
Penalties: Dag’da SKIRATA, TAKAHASHI Hikaru, MA Haijiang, GUANYU Jun, HASHIMOTO Isamiru, YU Shichiro, SOMCHAI Kikwan





┤ COACHING STAFF ├





Head Coach: WONG Haru
Height: 185cm – Weight: 88kg – Age 52 years old – Team: FC Itakawai, Assistant General Manager

Once a star defender for the Bisons, following his retirement from national and multiverse play, Wong Haru made a name for himself with a brief stint in coaching professionally; first as a Defensive Coach for Solus FC for two years and then FC She Pass for another four. However, when Wakahisa Hikaru – whose infamous knee injury in the championship game for the Republic Chalice brought the nation to tears and ended his professional career – called Wong, as the General Manager for FC Itakawai, to hand him the reigns of the infamous team right when they shifted ownership, it was a call Wong could not pass up. Being the head coach of one of the RPFL’s best teams for nearly 8 years truly honed his knowledge of the game as well as his abilities to analyze and coach players to greatness, all before he was promoted within to the role of Assistant General Manager under Wakahisa. After being both a player, a captain, positional coach, head coach, and assistant general manager, the only two roles left for Wong were to be either the National Team Head Coach, and the President of the ALAF. Thanks to Tay’haai - who brought Wong on as the assistant coach for the team back at the start of his tenure - one goal was finally achieved.

Rating: B - Team Relationship: A - Morale: B - Confidence: B
Tourn. Coached:
As Head CoachAOCAF 66, WC 91
As Interim Head[b] – AOCAF 64-65,WC 89-90, CoH 82, Eagles Cup XI
[b]As Assistant
AOCAF 59-63,WC 84-88, CoH 76, 79


Coaching Assistants:
Forwards: KUSONAGI Batou, PHAM Vinh Lành, KRYSE Pre
Defence: NAKAMURA Batou and MAKI LI
Goalkeepers: KITA Bai’a, NISHIMURA Kenshin

Head Medical Officer: Doctor FONG Jintao
Height: 190cm – Weight: 82kg – Age 37 years old
Following the retirement of Wen Wuchin after the 85th World Cup, the much-younger Doctor Fong Jintao replaced the “Ol’Doc” as he was so lovingly referred to as by the team. Having served through the Grand Army of the Republic, Doctor Fong is a veritable successor to the Ol’Doc’s history as the last member of the Old Guard – all staff appointed by former-Head Coach and now Director Boba Vhett. When not travelling with the team, Fong carries the rank of Captain, First Class and serves in the 501st Legion in the First Territorial Army, stationed in Republic City; specifically, he is a resident Surgeon within the Third Avatarian Guard, and is seen as a competitor for the soon-to-be-vacated position of Head Assistant Surgeon in the Capital Medical Facility, thanks to another former member of the Old Guard retiring from that post.
Rating: A - Team Relationship: A - Morale: A - Confidence: A
Medical Assistants: HU Haicheng, HONG Sujin, LEE Jiabao

Security Chief: Captain AKAAN (RC-4868)
Height: 190cm – Weight: 90kg – Age: 49 years old CHRONOLOGICAL (60 years old BIOLOGICAL)
A clone officer within the Grand Army of the Republic, RC-4868 was appointed Chief of Security for the National Team in 2011.1. Each time the team travels abroad --- so long as he is not engaged in a mission --- RC-4868 is pulled from service and placed into the spotlight of security. He is battle-hardened, having been raised since birth for war and combat, and as such often views these assignments with true boredom. The seven men he brings with him on assignment share the same sentiments of the ‘mission’, however, their ‘unwaivering loyalty’ to the Republic prevents any negative speak during the assignment. Each is a member of the Avatarian Guard, whose sole responsibility is to defend the Avatar at both home and abroad; this protection then extends to all sports teams travelling beyond the borders of the Five Nations.
Rating: A – Strength: A – Tactics: A – Skill: A
Security Assistants: CT-2234, CT-45-9934, CC-8341, CT-2401, CC-75-3341, RC-1346, RC-4321, RC-4555

Director of the National Team & President of the ALAF: HIS RIGHT HONOURABLE VHETTBoba
Age: 75 – Time in the job: 8 Years (37 )

Once the longest serving Head Coach in Avatarian History – with a record spanning 261 games, ten World Cups and multiple other multiverse competitions – it was only right for Vhett to step into the role of President of the Avatarian Leagues of Association Football. Having brought a team from nothing to the quarterfinals in 8 World Cups is not something to look away from, and although his career was tarnished slightly by the final performances of the Bisons – going 5-7-1 in his last World Cup – Vhett is confident that soon glory will be returned to the Avatarian Republics, although initial performances in all seven tournaments to date have been far from promising.
Rating: S - Influence: A - Morale: A - Confidence: A – History: S





┤ THE KITS ├





The Bisons will be wearing the uniforms they debuted in the 2021.1 Campaign at the Eighty-Seventh World Cup for the entirerty of the 2022.2 Campaign.

The THIRD Kits will be reserved for any game played against a fellow Atlantian Oceania nation, though it is not used during the AOCAF tournament for obvious reasons.

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┤ PRIMARY FORMATION ├




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While under Tay’haai and Vhett, the Bisons utilized the modern standard of the 4-4-2 Formation. Giving the Bisons a strong midfield presence while pairing two quick strikers – in the last cup being Skirata and Song Kaoru – the 4-4-2 allowed many of the Bison games to keep low goals for an opponent while giving them a chance to rack up high goals.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t always the case…

Under Head Coach Wong Haru, the Bisons are changing up their usual style and taking out the second forward and replacing them with a stronger midfield presence in what is known as a 4-5-1 Formation. Usually taken by teams wanting to secure a lead, the 4-5-1 is often seen as a more ‘defensive minded’ formation. The extra midfielder – in this case Hisakawa Si Woo – often will float between a defensive position and a support position for the remaining forward. In choosing the speed of Skirata over the accuracy of Song Kaoru, Interim Coach Wong is giving up offensive capability to shore up defence. Especially considering that Song was the lead goal-scorer in the last World Cup, the focus on a slightly-younger Skirata may be a look to the future and keep Song on standby should the offence need a boost.

Expect to see the two men swapped out from game to game until the team solidifies. Of course, in a tournament with just four games, the team may not be able to completely figure out its new strategy in quick-enough fashion.

While initially slow to show promise, the new strategy of the Bisons proved itself well in the last campaign; during both the AOCAF and the Cup of Harmony, the Bisons advanced out of the Group Stage in both tournaments for the first time since The Silence. In World Cup XCI, the Bisons missed the Proper Tournament by a single spot – losing on head-to-head with Srednjaci and placing fourth in the group.





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Choose my goal scorers: Yes
Godmod Scoring Events: Yes
Injure to my players: Yes for minor, one-game-out injuries. I will decide and RP any further inactivity for a player caused by your injury.
Godmod injuries: Yes for minor, one-game-out injuries
Hand out Yellow cards to my players: Yes, within reason
Hand out Red cards to my players: Yes (1 MAX PER GAME)
Godmod Other Events: Yes, within reason. Please telegram me if you’re in doubt.
The Avatarian Republic of Gyatso-kai
Denomyn: Avatarian || Trigramme: GKI || Located: Atlantian Oceania
Factbook || Armed Forces Holocron
Champions: World Cup of Hockey XXIII, World Cup of Hockey XLIV
Runner-Up: World Junior Hockey Championship III, World Cup of Hockey XXI, XXVI
Third Place: World Cup of Hockey XV, XVII, XVIII, XL


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CORDIAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM
THE NORTH STARS
ALL-TIME RECORD: 33-14-26


The North Stars’ second cycle as part of the footballing world went far better than anyone expected. As many players hit and passed the 50-caps mark, the team put some impressive football out on the field, making it all the way to the World Cup Playoffs before falling to the eventual runners-up Turori, a result that, though disappointing, has no shame in it. The Cordians followed that up with an undefeated run through the Cup of Harmony group stage with three wins and three draws, and won their first knockout match as well, but predictably fell to Audioslavia in the second round, a rematch of a group stage matchup that saw much made in the Cordian media from a scoreless draw, leading to some hope that the feat could be repeated. It could not, though a 3-1 loss was still respectable considering that Audioslavia is, well, Audioslavia, and would go on to win the Cup of Harmony with three more victories.

The team is managed by Diandra Ballard of Nephara, a World Cup-winning keeper for the Nepharan national team and manager of Leichhardt, which she brought from the First Division to the Zenith, but was then fired when the team went back down. Spying a manager with international experience, the Cordian NT hired her. After a bit of a painful first cycle, Ballard led the NT through a very successful return that’s granted her quite a lot of positive sentiment in the Isles and secured her job for another few cycles at the very least. Ballard enters AOCAF 67 at the helm of a Cordian program whose star is rising at a rapid pace.

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Striker Sebastian Voll
Team: Brenville Blue
Age: 31
Captain
52 caps, 25 goals
Known for his positioning and a hard, accurate shot, Voll has been Brenville's top scorer for five years running. Voll is a perfect leader for the team, his goals lifting them up while his leadership and experience keep the team together.
Substitute: Dineke Leeuwen | AFC Farnworth [TLI] | 29 | 2 caps, 2 goals



Striker Anton Osterholt
Team: Alnio [CMT]
Age: 25
52 caps, 24 goals
Osterholt is very good with his feet, able to completely sell a fake, and is notable for some truly spectacular plays he’s made over the years. He’s elected to move away from the Dragons this season and play for a side that’ll so much as try to support him on offense - Alnio of Chromatika.
Substitute: Ard Donders | Meadow Ridge Maples | 31 | 2 caps, 1 goal


Left Midfielder Nicholas Eriksen
Team: Cordasfjord FC
Age: 30
52 caps, 11 goals
Eriksen is well-known for his crosses and passing, an important skill for him as he will be responsible for getting the ball into the box from the left side.
Substitute: Lucas Oers | Jutland FC | 27 | 23 caps, 2 goals


Left Center Midfielder Hannah Andersen
Team: Winchester City [CDG]
Age: 29
52 caps, 4 goals
Great communication allows Andersen to "overcome" a lack of skill more perceived by sports pundits than real, though many of Andersen's best plays have been made with her head rather than her feet. A more defensive-minded midfielder who will not give up the inside of the field.
Substitute: Gunnvor Nieminen | Bavingtor FC [FVO] | 21 | Uncapped

Right Center Midfielder Erik Pratt
Team: Jutland Cannons
Age: 31
36 caps, 5 goals
Pratt is a very mobile midfielder who never seems to tire, getting up and downfield very quickly. Though that ability has begun to diminish a bit with age, Pratt remains great at creating offense and is responsible in no small part for much of the Cordian offensive capability. On the defensive side of the ball, Pratt is quick to challenge, but that tendency can leave his teammates ill-prepared if they haven’t gotten used to playing with him. Thankfully, most of the Cordian players are, having played a full cycle with him.
Substitute: Ada Baan | Meadow Ridge Maples | 29 | 2 caps, 1 goal

Right Midfielder Rasmus Karlssen
Team: Chatswood [NPH]
Age: 26
51 caps, 6 goals
A very cerebral player with impeccable positioning, and who can read the play and other players perfectly. Karlssen focuses on the fundamentals - you won’t see any flashy plays out of him, but his passing and pace are perfect. He skews defensive but also contributes a bit offensively with a pair of goals and a rack of assists in his time on the national team.
Substitute: Perry Oosterhuis | AJ Anju [QUE] | 29 | 20 caps, 3 goals

Left Back Lucia Verkerk
Team: Gilded City Dragons
Age: 26
43 caps, 2 goals
Verkerk is a fearless player, but also a smart one. She takes calculated risks and will put her body on the line for the team - and when the risks work out, as they often do, she’s an unstoppable force. Also, she runs her mouth. A lot. Not at the refs, just at the other players. Like we said, calculated risks.
Substitute: Eric Johnson | Creston Wolves | 27 | 29 caps, 1 goal

Left Center Back Redvin Chase
Team: Jutland Cannons
Age: 29
49 caps, 2 goals
Chase is one of the CIFA's better defenders, with a solid header that often proves critical to the Cordian defense on set pieces. Chase does play a physical game, though, and he can see the yellow and red cards pile up when that gets out of hand.
Substitute: Milani Goransson | Brenville Blue | 26 | 24 caps

Right Center Back Frederick Johnson
Team: Jutland FC
Age: 27
51 caps, 2 goals
Another solid center back, Johnson excels at pinpoint passes and keeping attackers on the outside per the Cordian gameplan.
Substitute: Sigrid Altena | Skalton Harpers | 29 | 18 caps

Right Back Vladimir Demov
Team: Danvirk FC
Age: 31
50 caps, 2 goals
Demov is one of the best defenders in the CIFA, with a powerful shot that can score from outside and impeccable defensive positioning. His experience anchors the Cordian backline.
Substitute: Jean Admiraal | Valley Fold Vengeance | 29 | 24 caps, 1 goal

Goalkeeper Kristin Bergstrin
Team: Jutland Cannons
Age: 26
51 caps, 13 clean sheets
Bergstrin is an exceptional goalkeeper, formerly of the Lakeshore Hersir but turning to the Cannons in order to avoid obscurity in the CIFA B. She has been one of the most successful keepers in her time, though there is debate as to whether this is to her credit or the defenses she's been fortunate enough to have in front of her.
Substitute: Jane Hendriks | Rozelle Alliance [BRE] | 28 | 8 caps, 3 clean sheets

RP Permissions
Choose my scorers: Y
Choose my scoring events: Y
Godmod scoring events: Y
RP injuries to my players: Y, but I decide severity
Godmod Injuries to my players: N
Give Yellow Cards to my players: Y
Give Red Cards to my players: Y, up to once per match.
Godmod other events: Y, but TG me first.
Style Modifier(-5 to +5): 0

Suggestions
Top Scorers: Voll, Osterholt
Most Physical: Chase, Demov, but all the backs play very physical.
Set Piece Takers: Eriksen, Karlssen, Voll (for PKs only)
Ro16: WLC 38, WLC 39, CoH 82
QFs: BoF 77, WCoH 44, WCoH 45
SFs: Mike Sarzo Memorial Trophy

Referred to either as the Cordian Isles or Cordia depending on a complex mathematical formula for confusion which sounds better.
THE CORDIAN ISLES ARE COLD.
Also known as NCE.

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Postby Commonwealth of Baker Park » Thu Jul 28, 2022 11:16 pm

Football Association of the Commonwealth

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Major Honors

Winners
5th Under 18 World Championship
9th Under 18 World Championship
62nd AOCAF Cup
66th AOCAF Cup
Cup of Champions (Eagles Cup 13)
DiBradini Cup 53/74th Under 21 World Championship
Runner-up
67th Baptism of Fire
Eagles Cup 13
Third Place
58th AOCAF Cup
60th AOCAF Cup
Fourth Place
World Cup 85
63rd AOCAF Cup
Women's World Cup 15/Jenna Raven Cup 2


Established in 1901, the FAC is the governing body of the sport in Baker Park, maintaining a registry of over 25,000 players between the ages of 11 and 80; 3,700 officials; 128 full member clubs and 350 associate member clubs; sponsoring 12 National Championships for men & women across all levels. in addition to 6 domestic cup competitions; and offering training programs for coaches and physiotherapists covering youth to professional certification.

All time match record—483 wins, 269 losses, 143 draws (895 matches)
(current through beginning of AOCAF LXVII)
NS Record—304 wins, 107 losses, 74 draws (485 matches)
AOCAF Record--59 wins, 15 losses, 11 draws (85 matches)

style--+2.65
Formation--3-4-1-2
AO Ranking--27.92 (2nd)

National Anthem--"Hear Our Voices Commonwealth"

Nickname--since the end of the 1960's the National Team has been known as "The Bees", a period when the team's uniforms consisted of alternating black and gold hoops.
Previous to that time and subsequently through periods in the 1980's and 90's, the team was usually referred to by the county's national animal, the Elks; the women's National Team were always 'Lady Elks' until the advent of mixed gender play, which was revived during the Jenna Raven Cup and there are still numerous mentions of Elks in the supporters song “We are the Gold & Black”, which currently has close to 175 stanzas.

Colors--Black & Gold (while they are just 2 of the 5 main colors on the flag of Baker Park--Blue, Red and White are the others--black & gold have been closely associated in the nation's consciousness as representative of the country since its founding.)

The Commonwealth of Baker Park National Soccer Team return for the twelfth time to the oldest and most prestigious regional competition in the multiverse--The World's Toughest Tournament not called the World Cup™--as the defending Champion for the second time in five cycles.

Although elimination in the Group Stage of World Cup 91 was an unexpected disappointment, there is no question that Baker Park excelled following their co-hosting of World Cup 90--trophies in AOCAF 66, the Cup of Champions during Eagles Cup 13, and the elusive first title at the DiBradini Cup for the Under-21 side--are evidence of the FAC's continued drive to push the Commonwealth into the elite level of multiverse soccer.
The holders bring a squad to Valanora & Farfadillis much like the one that captured the AOCAF Cup in Jabal Akhdar--a strong veteran side to provide leadership with the added depth from the National Team's up & coming core of the so-called 'Third Wave' of the FAC Development Charter Project.

NT Manager Jen Prescott has said she will approach this tournament as full scale dress rehearsal for the next World Cup Qualification, both in terms of personnel and tactical thinking.


Staff
Manager/Director of Technical Development: Jennifer Prescott (108 wins, 42 losses, 27 draws)
Assistant Manager: Darren Kirby
First Team Coach: Tony Weiss
Senior Coach: Hailey Reinhart-Zavaros
Goalkeeping Coach: Elaine King


GK
1 Rose McCormack 27 Sherwood Forest Ladies FC 18 (7)
21 Ben Kelley 29 Hillsborough FC 24 (2)

DEF
3 Sam Harrison 31 Ezriquay United FC 70 (10)
5 Alan Wiseman 30 Hamilton Wanderers FC 65 (6)
16 Joe Finnegan 22 Asbury Park FC 4 (1)
17 Samuel Obodime 23 New Bremen FC 5 (3)
4 Charlotte Bauer 28 Concord Heights City FC (CDG) 50 (6)
15 Emily Bruce 24 Perce Town FC (QUE) 10 (5)
2 Amy Hardwick 26 Royal Jam FC (EFL) 13 (6)

MID
8 Isabelle Wiley 25 DD Porto Newi (ZRH) 24 (11)
14 Alonzo Boyle 23 Southend AC 14 (5)
11 Max Rizzo 27 Nor-Dale AFC 63 (2)
19 Amber McFairlaine 23 Brentford Ladies FC 11 (6)
22 Edward Ogwumike 22 Hillsborough FC 0
6 Grant Myers 30 Kohnhead City FC (KHD) 17 (6)
20 April Syzmanski 22 Broadview AFC 18 (5)
13 Christa Vuckovic 28 Tropicorp FC (VIL) 69 (12)
7 Freddie Altman 23 Clayton City FC 33 (12)

FWD
18 Ben Moorman 24 Nor-Dale AFC 9 (5)
10 Ayana West 30 Sherwood Forest Ladies FC 77 (17)
23 David Coleman 22 St Warren City FC 0
12 Quinton Harris 26 Starksville Coastal FC (CDG) 20 (9)
9 Hayley Gibson 27 Grande Mountain FC (CDG) 43 (18)


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Choose my goalscorers: YES
Godmod scoring events: YES
RP injuries to my players: YES, but those that would be for just the duration of the match (TG in advance would be appreciated as well)
Godmod injuries to my players: See Above
Hand out yellow cards to my players: YES
Hand out red cards to my players: YES, but again, a heads up in advance is appreciated, as I would do for you.
Godmod other events: TG what you have in mind, I'm easy to come to an understanding with
AOCAF 62 & 66 Champions
2x Under-18 World Cup (SWC 5&9) Champions
DBC 53/74th U21 World Cup Champions
Eagles Cup 13 Runner-Up (Cup of Champions Winner)
Baptism of Fire 67 Runner-Up
AOCAF LVIII (co-hosts), LX Third Place
World Cup 85, AOCAF LXIII, Women's World Cup 15 Fourth Place
World Cup 84 & 90 Co-hosts
World Cup 81/82/83/84/86/87/88 Round of 16
World Cup 80/89/91 Group Stage
Basketball
AOBC 5 Champions
Football
NSCF 5x Mineral Conference Champions (18/19/20/21/23)
1x playoff semi-final
1x playoff quarterfinal

Lacrosse
WLC President
WLC 38 Third Place
WLC 34 Fourth Place
WLC 30/31(host)/32/33/35/36/37 (host)/39 Quarterfinal
WLC 29 Playoff Round

Rugby
Rugby 7's AORC 1&2 Champions

Cricket
AO Twenty20 Runner-up

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Name: Kimi-Suomi
Trigram: KIM
Football Association: Football Federation of Kimi-Suomi (Kimi-Suomen Jalkapalloliitto, KSJ for short)
Nickname: The Eagle-Owls [Huuhkajat] (official), Kimi's Army [Kimin Armeija] (unofficial)
Home Kit: White/Dark Blue
Away Kit: All Dark Blue



TEAM
STARTERS
Manager: Esko Laaksonen (53)
Formation: 5-3-2
Style Modifier: None
Position: Name (Age, Number)

GK: Kauko Loukamaa (33, #1) - North Royalton FC, Baker Parkin Kansainyhteisö [Commonwealth of Baker Park]
LB: Simo Talvela (31, #2) - Kyethas Rivermen FC, Tikariot
CB: Arto Rautavaara (26, #3) - FC 69 Norwegian wood, Brookstation
CB: Tiina Rautavaara (26, #4)
CB: Heli Rautavaara (26, #5)
RB: Heidi Itälä (25, #6) - Greenlea Ladies FC, Baker Parkin Kansainyhteisö [Commonwealth of Baker Park]
LM: Hannu Koivu (32, #7)
CM: Anne Hintz (33, #8) - SC Nortonshaw, Xannerinen [Xanneria]
RM: Tero Salo (31, #9)
ST: Kimi Airo (26, #10) - Kyethas Rivermen FC, Tikariot
ST: Valtteri Nordström (25, #11)

SUBSTITUTES
GK: Peter Nurmi (27, #12)
GK: Anna-Leena Outinen (22, #23) - Snowden Capitalizt, Brenecinen [Brenecia]
LB: Carl Oesch (25, #13)
CB: Anna Iso-Hollo (23, #14)
CB: Kaarlo Karjalainen (21, #15) - Pesjem Jematang, Pemecutan
CB: Kimmo Karjalainen (21, #16) - SC. Tabeira, Acastanha
RB: Satu Sinisalo (21, #17) - Kistina Galaxy, Perunanviljelijät [Poafmersia]
LM: Annina Tuominen (25, #18) - Far Hills Coed FC, Baker Parkin Kansainyhteisö [Commonwealth of Baker Park]
CM: Mika Noronen (23, #19) - Alexandria City, Xannerinen [Xanneria]
RM: Maria Tuominen (25, #20) - Far Hills Coed FC, Baker Parkin Kansainyhteisö [Commonwealth of Baker Park]
ST: Teemu Räikkönen (21, #21)
ST: Jyrki Bottas (21, #22)


RP PERMISSIONS
My opponent, if they RP first, may do the following:
Choose my goalscorers: Yes
Godmod scoring events: Yes
RP injuries to my players: Yes
Godmod injuries to my players: No
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Yes
Hand out red cards to my players: Yes
Godmod other events: No

SCHEDULE/AJOITTAA (Group/Ryhmä D - Valanora
MD1: vs Delaclava - Hellgate, Raynor City
MD2: vs Baker Parkin Kansainyhteisö [Commonwealth of Baker Park] - Sabinal Stadium, Sabinal
MD3: vs Tuhoajainen [Wreckeria] - Hellgate, Raynor City
B W O A H
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Postby Pluvia and the Saxean Isles » Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:42 pm

Pluvia and the Saxean Isles AOCAF 67 Roster


Nickname: Magpies
Formation: 3-4-1-2
Style: +2.5
Manager: Laurent Chambéry, Savigliane

The Magpies' uniform is a traditional black and white striped kit with white shorts. However, they may be seen on occasion sporting the national colors of blue and gold with white shorts. Starters are listed first in their respective categories.

Goalkeepers
GK #1 Danny Brandt, 31, RSC Marienburg
GK #12 Leo Zoecke, 28, Port Marian FC
GK #23 Felix Birnbaum, 24, Victoria Alenard

Defenders
CB #15 Joshua Weidenfeld, 31, RSC Marienburg
CB #3 Tristan Baumeister, 31, Victoria Alenard
CB #14 Alistair Bradley, 29, Racing Club Alenard
CB #2 Manuel Schuettler, 28, Marienburg City
CB #4 Sam Goldwasser, 24, Invictus 1889
CB #13 Jordan Wallace, 25, SC Roslina
CB #16 Toby Robertson, 23, Port Marian FC

Midfielders
LM #6 Austin Davies, 29, RSC Marienburg
CM #8 Marius Bohlen, 26, Victoria Alenard
CM #5 Connor Robinson, 30, RSC Marienburg
RM #10 Paul Strickler, 28, SC Roslina
CAM #9 Davis Kingsley, 30, Marienburg City
LM #17 Finlay Muir, 25, Marienburg City
CM #19 Owen Duffy, 23, Claesey Athletic
MF #18 Michael Schuster, 25, Port Marian FC
MF #20 Brodie McGuire, 27, Claesey Athletic

Forwards
LW #11 Carsten Francke, 32, SC Roslina
RW #7 Rory Goldberg, 30, Brentsea Athletic, captain
FW #21 Flynn MacKay, 26, Racing Club Alenard
FW #22 Adam Black, 32, Invictus 1889



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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Delaclava » Fri Jul 29, 2022 6:09 pm

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DELACLAVA NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
SIXTY-SEVENTH ATLANTIAN OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIP


Gold medalists, Games of the V Olympiad.
Seven-time WC qualifiers (51-56, 91). QF at WC51.
Hosts of WC55, CoH 44 and 46, BoF 72, AOCAF 31.
Current world ranking: 57th | Current regional ranking: 23rd?
All time peak world ranking: 11th (post WC-53 qualifying).


Trigram: DEL | Nickname: Phoenixes | Style Modifier: +3

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Overview


The Phoenixes enter this campaign with a new lease on life, stunning the world with a highly successful qualifying campaign culminating in a massive upset of Eura to make it back to the World Cup. The triumph wasn't mere luck, but a milestone in an unsteady but overall upward progression, and Delaclava hopes to build on that now rather than later.

Tactically, the Phoenixes are heavily offensive-minded, utilizing a 3-5-2 and relying on individual skill in the middle and up front. Goalkeepers and defenders are perfectly capable, but they're going to have to be ready to make plays and bail out failed attacks. There is a bias towards action and chance instead of possession, and an inclination towards taking defensive risks to generate counterattack opportunities, although these tendencies have been somewhat reined in by new manager Boris Ishutin. Additionally, it is expected that the midfielders will be fully active on both ends of the field, employing manpower to have advantages in both the offensive and defense zones rather than relying on positioning. Ishutin will frequently make substitutions at midfield, even as early as the start of the second half, to give both the starters and substitutes an opportunity to work at a higher rate for a shorter period of time.

Manager: Boris Ishutin, 63, Coldwater: With former manager Johannes Detmer passing under mysterious circumstances and interim manager Tim Landers being placed on leave pending an investigation into that matter, Ishutin will work the touchline for a national team for the first time. Ishutin is the reigning UFL Manager of the Year after helping Coldwater break through to a third-place finish.
Assistant Manager: Jeff Brashear, 53
Technical Director: Freddy Lacey, 46
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Daniel Witt, 39
Goalkeeper Coach: Shonne Baylor, 35

GOALKEEPERS
#1 GK Joord Van der Beek - 30, 6-3, 190 - DD Porto Nowi (ZRH):
#14 GK Finian Cloarec - 22, 5-8, 140 - Kionao Locals (TUR):
#21 GK Earl James - 23, 6-3, 180 - AFC Mayville (EUR):

DEFENDERS

#2 RB Cian Barry - 20, 6-1, 155 - EFS (EUR):
#3 CB Wilfrid Gouin - 20, 5-7, 130 - Colonial Sile (VIL):
#4 LB Minotauro Meñica - 26, 5-6, 130 - Raven River (NPH):
#13 CB Marc Champagne - 21, 5-8, 140 - Daedonggang 3.26 (QUE):
#15 RB Toby Barker - 19, 6-3, 165 - Manchester:
#18 LB Durgali Baxayev - 23, 5-9, 145 - Myana (CMT):

MIDFIELDERS
#5 LDM Kazuo Martin - 27, 5-11, 170 - Brinemouth (NPH):
#6 RDM Ben Romeijn - 28, 6-2, 180 - Blackfields (EUR):
#7 LM Martin Bartoš - 25, 5-9, 160 - Lublova Reds (SRS):
#9 RM Varlam Kovalev - 28, 5-10, 160 - Chatswood (NPH):
#10 CAM Kent Lindblad - 25, 5-8, 140 - Farrenton Athletic (EUR):
#12 LM Sargis Nazaryan - 29, 5-11, 170 - Kionao Locals (TUR):
#18 RM Vangelis Anagnakis - 19, 5-4, 125 - FK Arsika (MYT):
#19 RDM Kagir Dimayev - 23, 5-8, 135 - Cleopatrana SC:
#20 CAM Donato Girardi - 31, 5-9, 145 - Chenoworth Harriers (NPH):
#23 LDM Rubèn Albert - 30, 6-0, 170 - Chatswood (NPH):

FORWARDS

#8 SS Odhrán O'Glissane - 25, 5-6, 135 - Manchester Wolves:
#11 ST Lukas Meyer - 28, 6-2, 175 - Farrenton Athletic (EUR):
#16 SS Amaury Racette - 27, 6-0, 150 - Marinos Metropolis (VLD):
#17 ST Alibek Khautov - 24, 5-10, 155 - Creed United (NPH):

Notes:
  • As stated above, Ishutin will frequently expect midfielders to work their hardest for 45 minutes, then be substituted for someone else. Lindblad and Martin are more likely to go for the full 90 minutes, and Ishutin will always hold on to one or two substitutions if another replacement is needed elsewhere.
  • O'Glissane is most likely to take corner kicks. If Delaclava trails and needs goals in the later stages, Meñica will take corners instead.
  • Lindblad will be the one to take free kicks if there is a direct scoring opportunity; Meñica for longer range and placement or if looking for a volley/header in the box.
  • For penalties, use the first player on this list who is still in the game: Meyer, Lindblad, Bartoš, Martin.
2x WORLD BOWL CHAMPIONS (13 & 15) ~~ Current World #1 in American Football
Champions of World Team Tennis Championship 2 and 3, World Cup of Masters III, Atlantian Oceania Bowl 5
2nd: World Bowl 11, International Basketball Championship 31, World Junior Hockey Championships 16 and 17, AO Hockey Championship 7, AO Basketball Championship 5, World Lacrosse Championship 16, AO Baseball Series 3
3rd: World Bowl 41, 42, 43, and 44; International Basketball Championship 35, World Cup of Hockey 16, AO Basketball Championship 6 and 7, Di Bradini Cup 15
4th: Baptism of Fire 34

Hosts of World Cup 55, Cup of Harmony 44 and 46, Baptism of Fire 72; World Bowl 11, 15, 39, and 43; IBC 7 and 31; AOCAF 31; WJHC 16; etc.
Founder of Scott Cup and World Team Tennis Championship.

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Civil Rights Lovefest

Postby Hapilopper » Fri Jul 29, 2022 6:37 pm

TEAM HAPILOPPER ROSTER, THE TL;DR VERSION:
Typical starters:
#1 - Billy Solomon - GK - Kicks Left
#2 - Lewis Pryor - DEF - Kicks Right
#3 - Ace Boone - DEF - Kicks Right
#4 - Jerold Dickman - DEF - Kicks Left
#32 - Ashley Stanford - DEF - Kicks Right
#6 - Maverick King - MID - Kicks Left
#7 - James Huddleston - MID - Kicks Right
#8 - Parker Mathis - MID - Kicks Left
#9 - Herb Northrop - MID - Kicks Left
#10 - Peter Robson - FWD - Kicks Right
#11 - Toby Bryson - FWD - Kicks Left

Most Likely to:
Score Goals: Bryson, Robson, Northrop, Mathis
Take Set-Pieces: Robson, Mathis, Huddleston
Get into Card Trouble: Dickman, Stanford, King, Mathis, Pryor
Cheap shot someone: Dickman, Stanford
Cause an International Incident: Stanford


TEAM HAPILOPPER
Full Nation Name: The Dominion of Hapilopper
Trigramme: HAP
Nickname: The Haps
Team Colors: Blue, Green and White

Info:
Well, they did it. Team Hapilopper, last season, finally qualified for their first World Cup proper, and the attitude amongst Hapiloppians has come back in a big way for the first time in several years. The team, however, bears very little resemblance to those first Hapiloppian teams. Yeah, Dom Probst still leads the HFA. Thom Perkins is the head coach. His assistants, the eccentric Xannerian Myrone Rhule and defenseman Nathan Ellis, the spiritual leader of the team, have helped guide the team from where they were - a lightly-regarded team known more for its personal frustrations, to where they are now, a team that wants nothing more than to make it again in the World Cup, and this time go a little further than they went last year, when they were eliminated in the group stage.

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Choose my goalscorers: Yes
Godmod scoring events: TG me first, or ping me on the NS Sports Discord, and we'll talk about it
RP injuries to my players: Yes, but TG me if you want to do something serious
Godmod injuries to my players: TG me first, or ping me on the NS Sports Discord, and we'll talk about it
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Godmod other events: Yes, but TG me first
RP Coronavirus-related events: No. A RL pandemic does not exist in Hapilopper and Hapiloppians do not have it.

COACHING STAFF:
HEAD COACH: Thom Perkins
ASSISTANT COACH: Nathan Ellis
ASSISTANT MANAGER: Myrone Rhule
GOALKEEPING COACH: Willy Stone
TRAINER: Marc James
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Jim McNeil
PHYSIO: Russ Oliver

Uniforms:
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On the top row, on left, is Team Hapilopper's normal kit, to be worn at most matches. On the right is Team Hapilopper's alternate jersey, to be worn against opponents TBD.
On the bottom row is the kit to be worn by Team Hapilopper goalkeepers.


THE PLAYERS:
STARTING PLAYERS:
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#1 - BILLY SOLOMON | Goalkeeper | Age: 25 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @billy_solomon | Club: Austin City (Xanneria)
Style of Play: Sweeper Keeper | Speed: Slow | Physicality: Low | Attitude: Intense
The nerves are gone. Billy Solomon has gotten over those nerves of replacing Cooter Harris and has come into his own as one of the premier goalkeepers in Hapiloppian football. At 25 years old, he has a bright future ahead of him, especially given his newfound reputation as "the Hapiloppian goalkeeper that played in the World Cup." In domestic play for Highway Patrol, he's an efficient goalkeeper, averaging one goal per 120 minutes of play. Away from the pitch, he's the guy that shares those adorable cat pictures on social media. After all, he likes making people smile.





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#2 - LEWIS PRYOR | Defenseman/Left Wingback | Age: 24 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @pryor60 | Club: The Soldiers of Hap City
Style of Play: Zone Defense | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Heavy | Attitude: Professional
Depending on who you talk to, Lewis Pryor is either a dirty asshole or a wonderful human being. That's because of his defensive play with Soldiers, playing a style of ball that is seen as "physical without going too far," and someone more than willing to get himself into card trouble to stop an offensive effort. Last year, possibly due to his national team play, Pryor gained some confidence, and with that, gained physicality, racking up 15 yellow cards and four red cards - three due to card accumulation and one straight red. Pryor donates $5,000 for each yellow card and $10,000 for each red card to a local children's hospital, in an effort to give back to the community.





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#3 - ACE BOONE | Defenseman/Right Wingback | Age: 26 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: (none) | Club: Colonial Sile (Vilita)
Style of Play: Man-To-Man | Speed: Medium-Fast | Physicality: Moderate | Attitude: Antisocial
The insult king of Hapiloppian football, Ace Boone is hated amongst fellow Hapiloppian players for his ability to trash-talk and get under the skin of his opponents. More than a few people have likened him to one of those annoying jerks in high school that liked to get a rise out of people. Ace uses this to his advantage. He tries to get his opponents to do something stupid and get themselves in trouble. It nearly did in Ace's last game in the HFA - when a player for Garvinson threw a punch at him in anger. He got a red card. Ace did not.





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#4 - JEROLD DICKMAN | Defenseman/Defensive Sweeper | Age: 22 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @JerryDMan | Club: KT Itzalovalle (Audioslavia)
Style of Play: Zone Defense | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Oh Hell Yes | Attitude: Asshole
Considered a "younger Nathan Ellis," Jerold Dickman has always been known for a bad attitude and an even worse style of play. Whether or not he has cleaned up his act, people still remember that night in Taeshan, during a Sporting World Cup match against Xanneria, when Dickman caused a massive bench-clearing brawl, getting himself kicked off the Under-18 team at the time. But he's these days a crucial part of the Team Hapilopper defense and has proudly spoken of his times "sitting under the learning tree" of Nathan Ellis. He says that has helped him grow into a good ballplayer, first and foremost.





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#5 - NATHAN ELLIS | Defenseman/Centerback Stopper/Player-Coach | Age: 35 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @NateEllis | Club: (none)
Style of Play: Homicidal | Speed: Medium-Fast | Physicality: Oh Hell Yes | Attitude: A Father to his Men
The last player left from the legendary Baptism of Fire 70 squad, Nathan Ellis will be inactive for the 67th AOCAF, likely for World Cup 92 and possibly beyond. Ellis suffered a catastrophic knee injury during Team Hapilopper's match with Ko-oren. Team Hapilopper has yet to remove him from the roster, but the expectation is that Nathan will announce his retirement as a player during the AOCAF, and will transition to a full-time coach during the roster. Ellis will not be traveling with the team to AOCAF 67, and will instead be rehabilitating his left knee at a hospital in Hapilopper City. His loss will be felt across Team Hapilopper.





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#32 - ASHLEY STANFORD | Defenseman | Age: 24 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @stanford-the-kicker | Club: Border City United
Style of Play: Zone Defense | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Oh Hell Yeah | Attitude: Ruthless
The second woman to make it to a Hapilopper national football team, Ashley Stanford is not here to look pretty, nor is she here to make friends with anyone. She's here to kick some ass, and with Border City United two years ago, she did exactly that, famously breaking the collarbone of UHC striker Shelley Linwood with a cheap shot clothesline as he was on his way to bring a goal into the back of the net. And she didn't give two shits. When asked after the game if she had any remorse for breaking his collarbone, her response was simple: "I'm not paid to think about that. He shouldn't have come up to goal. My job is to stop him." With that kind of attitude, it's wondered if she'll take the Nate Ellis role after he retires from play, whenever that is.





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#6 - MAVERICK KING | Midfielder | Age: 24 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @MavKing | Club: United Hampton Cities
Style of Play: Defensive | Speed: Medium | Physicality: Heavy | Attitude: Professional
With a name like "Maverick King," you probably have to think he got a lot of attention when he was in school. He probably heard it all the time from his classmates. "You're the Maverick King?" kids would ask. "You look like a fat chump to me!" All the jokes. All the nastiness. And Maverick King wanted to get past it. And then one day he snapped, body-slamming a bully to the ground. A teacher, concerned about what could happen, told Maverick to consider getting into soccer. And so he did, channeling his anger and frustration into soccer, being a better player, and getting in shape. He takes the heckling in stride and channels it to become a better footballer.





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#7 - JAMES HUDDLESTON | Midfielder | Age: 25 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: (none) | Club: FC Buckridge
Style of Play: Defensive | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Moderate | Attitude: Determined
James Huddleston, known more as "Jimmy" these days, especially among his teammates, has developed himself into a prominent midfielder within the Hapiloppian system and with FC Buckridge. He can serve as a good dual threat either on offense or defense. But he's strangely known, more than anything else, for what he listens to in his spare time. You see, Huddleston is the son of Greg Huddleston, the long-time chief announcer for the HASCAR Radio Network, and Jimmy loves listening to old radio broadcasts of HASCAR and NSSCRA races. To each their own, I guess.





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#8 - PARKER MATHIS | Midfielder | Age: 21 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @HAPFirstDude | Club: Lakiska SC (Banija)
Style of Play: Defensive | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Heavy | Attitude: Intense
Want a good controversy with your morning coffee? How about Parker Mathis, the son of Hapiloppian President William Mathis, called up to a starting role on Team Hapilopper? It's one of the very, very few roster changes that Thom Perkins and his staff have made between the last AOCAF and this World Cup campaign. The move was spearheaded by player-coach Nathan Ellis, who insisted that Parker had shown him some things that other players hadn't, and that Parker had truly earned the spot. However, many wonder if this may have been a way to get William Mathis off their back after the Hapiloppian President protested his son playing elsewhere. We'll see if he truly earned his spot.





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#9 - HERB NORTHROP | Midfielder | Age: 24 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @herb_northrop | Club: FC Buckridge
Style of Play: Offensive | Speed: Medium-Fast | Physicality: Normal | Attitude: Professional
Herbert Northrop, one of many, many players from Hapilopper's infamous Sporting World Cup teams, is one of the most spiritual members of a Hapiloppian football team that has existed. A graduate of Southland Christian Academy in Buckridge, Northrop makes sure to say a prayer before he hits the pitch, and when he scores a goal, he drops to one knee and says a prayer to the Good Lord Above for allowing him to score a goal. You won't see Northrop pulling off cheap shots like Jerold Dickman, and you won't see him attempting to end someone's career (or life) like Nathan Ellis. That's not what he does. Instead, he tries to play as professionally as he can, as cleanly as he can, as effectively as he can. And his style is quite effective, leading the Hapiloppian League in midfielder goals last year with 12.





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#10 - PETER ROBSON | Forward | Age: 24 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @PeteRobson | Club: FC Surrey
Style of Play: Creative | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Low | Attitude: Professional
You know why coaches like Pete Robson so much? It's because he doesn't really care about the window dressing, the issues plaguing his teams or what's going on in sport in Surrey. He's even said that since it doesn't affect him, he doesn't worry about it. Instead, he goes out there, plays his role as forward very well - last year scoring 34 goals with FC Surrey - and then goes out and does his thing. And while he's a party animal - a member of the infamous Surrey party group "The Asskickers," he's not the kind of person to get in trouble with the law for something egregious. Sure, he was arrested a few weeks ago for vandalism after building a water slide in a hallway of a dormitory at Surrey Perimeter, but coaches don't mind that. He ain't hurting nobody.





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#11 - TOBY BRYSON | Forward | Age: 23 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @tobyb90 | Club: The Soldiers of Hapilopper City
Style of Play: Straightforward | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Low | Attitude: Relaxed
The man in the Ernie Stevenson role, Toby Bryson has adapted to the position quite well. He doesn't pull off the "hop-skip-holy shit" goals that his predecessor was able to perform, but that's not what Toby does. He doesn't go for style points, he goes for goals, and that's that. While there had been pressure at the start of the run over concerns that Toby wouldn't be able to match up to Ernie Stevenson, many pitsiders have agreed that Toby is his own man and he'll still get those goals scored, just in his own specific way and in his own style. He doesn't need to be Ernie, he contends. He needs to be himself. Away from the pitch, Toby has gained positive attention for his work helping out in the soup kitchens in the southside of Hapilopper City.





RESERVES:

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#12 - MORRIS JAMISON | Forward | Age: 23 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @jamisonmo | Club: Hap City Highway Patrol
Style of Play: Scrappy | Speed: Fast | Physicality: High | Attitude: Antisocial
Morris Jamison is getting restless. The top reserve foward in Hapiloppian football, Jamison has grown tired of seeing Bryson and Robson in the starting roles - and in fact, he shows this on his twii.tur account, where he uses the user name "Morris the Benchwarmer". He doesn't like talking to the media, doesn't like signing autographs, and doesn't like doing anything but bettering his game. He prides himself on scrapping for everything he's had. He'll spend all-nighters on the field at Conrad Saylor High School, his alma mater, practicing moves and shots. All he wants to do is become a regular starter on the national team squad.





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#13 - ELIAS MOON | Forward | Age: 23 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @eliasmoon | Club: Rammsissil (Vilita)
Style of Play: Creative | Speed: Medium | Physicality: Low | Attitude: Creative
On the other hand, Elias Moon is just happy to be here. Since barely making the SWC squad a few years ago, Moon has made a living on trying out as many trick shots on goal as he can. He wants to be just like Ernie Stevenson, although without the other parts of Ernie Stevenson. In other words, he's a trick-shot artist and that's it. His videos of trick shots have gone viral on social media, like, most recently, a goal scored from the back of a moving minivan circling around the pitch of Capital Stadium, a stunt that impressed both Hapiloppian fans and angered the Hapilopper National Baseball Team after it led to some damage to the artificial turf at the stadium. His skill has led him to be signed by Rammsissil, a Vilitan squad. It'll be interesting to see how Elias does elsewhere.





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#20 - KERRY SPALDING | Midfielder | Age: 24 | Mental Age: 6 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @k-spalding | Club: Raceway FC
Style of Play: Offensive | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Rough | Attitude: Moron
Perpetuating the unfortunate stereotype that Hapiloppians in general are fun-loving morons with no ability to see that what they're doing is, well, stupid, Kerry Spalding plays for Team Hapilopper when he's not making headlines for doing really stupid things, like running down a lane of a bowling alley and trying to score a strike from point blank range, or accidentally electrocuting himself after punching a bug zapper. If TJUN-ia's controversial "MemeWatch" was a thing in international football, Kerry Spalding would pepper the list.





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#21 - PIERS ADCOCK | Midfielder | Age: 22 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: (none) | Club: Peoria FC
Style of Play: Defensive | Speed: Medium | Physicality: Yeah, it's there alright | Attitude: Asshole
Unfortunately, Piers Adcock is still a raging asshole. He likes to think he's been kept on the bench because the other players are jealous of him. Nathan Ellis says he's been kept on the bench because Piers is so full of his own shit, and he's seriously considered "laying him low" to take care of his attitude. How bad is it? Before a training session leading up to the start of World Cup 89, Piers marched into the locker room and declared "the future of Hapiloppian football has just arrived, and that future is me!" He's lucky Nate Ellis didn't go over and pop him in the mouth. He is not liked among his teammates due to his attitude, and eventually something's got to give.





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#22 - RUFUS HARTLEY | Midfielder | Age: 23 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @r-p-hartley | Club: DD Porto Nowi (Zeta Reka)
Style of Play: Offensive | Speed: Fast | Physicality: He's named Rufus, what do you expect | Attitude: Brawler
Just so you know, Rufus Parnell Hartley is a nice guy. He'll be the first donating at church. He tips well at restaurants. He helps at the soup kitchen if needed. But on the field, he's one of those guys that will get into a brawl on the pitch if someone wrongs him. He'll drop a player with the kind of tackle that makes Nathan Ellis wish he had pulled that on Alexis Fotellis. But he'll also score goals if needed, scoring nine last year for Pinkerton. He'll be a dominating presence on the offensive side of the pitch, making other players bend to his will, by force if need be. Away from the pitch, Hartley's family owns dozens of Jane's Diner franchises all around the Pinkerton area, to the point where some have called Hartley "the heir to the all-night diner".





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#23 - ORAL ROUNDTREE | Midfielder | Age: 23 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @roundtree25 | Club: Mliona-Lpaka (Turori)
Style of Play: Hybrid | Speed: Medium | Physicality: Moderate | Attitude: Professional
So imagine going through life with the name "Oral." Poor Oral's parents had nine months and they came up with Oral. His classmates had a field day with that name. That was, until he started playing football. There's a story that goes around Michael Bell High in North Hampton about how a student in a physical education class had spent the entire day getting on Oral's case about his name, with all of THOSE jokes. Once they got onto the soccer pitch, that student stopped making those jokes. Oral had nutmegged him and made him look like a complete idiot. And that's what he does. He doesn't let the jokes bother him, he just gets the job done and turns the jokers into the jokes like he's always done. These days, he plays for Mliona-Lpaka, a side in Turori, and there he hopes the Turorians won't put two and two together with his name.





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#24 - WILLIAM ALTENBERRY | Midfielder | Age: 24 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @William_Altenberry | Club: Pinkerton City SC
Style of Play: Offensive | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Heavy | Attitude: Friendly
Poor William Altenberry. Last year, Altenberry was a solid starter on Team Hapilopper, being one of the prominent pieces in the team's midfield. But controversially, Altenberry was relegated to a bench role for this World Cup campaign in favor of Parker Mathis, the son of the President of Hapilopper. While Altenberry was understandably disappointed with it, he has taken the move in stride, refusing to badmouth the team or their coaches for the move. Instead, he has vowed to make them change their mind, and do that through his play. Very dedicated to the Pinkerton community, and is heavily involved with his church there.





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#30 - FABIAN TRELOAR | Defenseman | Age: 23 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @treloar | Club: Pinkerton City SC
Style of Play: Zone Defense | Speed: Medium | Physicality: Not enough | Attitude: Friendly
So, just for one second, close your eyes and picture in your mind the first thing that comes through your mind when we say "Fabian Treloar." What did he look like? The kind of pretty male that appears on the front of those weird-ass romance novels they sell in supermarkets? That would be incorrect. This guy's got a dingy dark mullet, he's a little chubby, and he's far from the kind of person that ladies dream of. He reads comic books and streams video games. On the pitch, though, Fabian can stop an offensive from the middle, and when he does, he does it very efficently. He's not a cheap bastard about it, he's just efficent. If he gets a card, it's by total accident. Many suggest he has a bright future ahead, but it wouldn't hurt him to get a little more physical, a little dirtier, and quite frankly, there's no shame in getting a card or two. In Hapilopper, it's to be expected.





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#31 - QUINTIN MONTAGUE | Defenseman | Age: 23 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: @q-mont18 | Club: Garvinson Trojans
Style of Play: Man-To-Man | Speed: Fast | Physicality: Moderate | Attitude: Professional
Here's a reader. Quintin Montague is one of the biggest readers in Hapiloppian sport. He'll read anything. He'll read an offensive effort. He'll read the Garvinson Picayune. He'll read the lips of a fan in the 17th row. He'll read all the latest popular novels released in Hapilopper. He'll try to read a midfielder's mind as they're racing down the pitch. And he'll read the playbooks ad nauseam. That's a good attitude to have, and it's a good trait. But what Montague doesn't have is that killer instinct to be a regular starter, at least, not yet. He's been psyched out by opposing players a little too much for Team Hapilopper's liking. Members of the coaching staff are working on this, though. How they're working on it, well, watch this space. It might involve Nathan Ellis and some drill sergeant tactics, which sounds a little frightening on its face.





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#33 - LEVI BATESON | Defenseman | Age: 22 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @levi_bateson | Club: West Hampton Sports Club
Style of Play: Man-To-Man | Speed: Medium | Physicality: Sufficient | Attitude: Relaxed
Known more for his prowess on the saxophone than his prowess on the pitch, Levi Bateson nevertheless gets by with his play for the West Hampton Sports Club, which, before you get any ideas, is more than enough to stop an offensive effort if need be. Some suggest that Bateson's style of play is a throwback to the pre-World Cup days, when Hapiloppian footballers would play a more relaxed style of football. That's not a compliment. It's removed from the hair-on-fire, balls-to-the-wall style of play that has developed since Hapilopper started playing international football. Either way, he's still good at it, good enough to make the national team. As for his saxophone prowess, it's magnificent. Bateson plays for a band that tours across the Hampton Cities, and his saxophone solos are among the most popular parts of their concerts.





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#60 - KENNY SHELLEY | Goalkeeper | Age: 23 | Kicks: Right | twii.tur: (none) | Club: Daedonggang 3.26 (Quebec and Shingoryeo)
Style of Play: Roving Keeper | Speed: Medium | Physicality: Low | Attitude: Excitable
Kenny Shelley will be the first to tell you that he's not expecting much in the way of playing time. He's a servicable keeper for FC Surrey, but good enough to get an assignment on the national team. He's averaged around 97 minutes per goal allowed, which is good, but not great. Many suggest that his best days are well ahead of him, as with most of the Hapiloppian team. Could he be another Cooter Harris? It's hard to say. At least he has the persona down pat. Shelley drives a 1986 Major pick-up truck, a truck he's had since high school. He's carried everything from lumber to dirt to his girlfriend in the back of that truck, and it's likely he loves that truck more than life itself.





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#90 - DUKE STAMP | Goalkeeper | Age: 22 | Kicks: Left | twii.tur: @stamperHAP | Club: Cednia Beach AFC (Turori)
Style of Play: Traditional | Speed: Slow | Physicality: Low | Attitude: Moron
By now, you've seen the videos by now, or at least, we hope you've seen the videos. Duke Stamp decided one day to try out the concept of automotive buoyancy. So he drove his car as fast as he could into the pool of one of his teammates. The car went right in the pool and proved the theory that automotive buoyancy, for the most part, is total bullshit. Worse, it was a $65,000 Preston Super Skychief that he had just bought off the dealership floor, a car that had 25 miles on it. So Duke Stamp wound up ruining a brand new, very nice car just to try out this idiotic theory that cars can float. On the pitch, Stamp is an efficient goalkeeper, averaging 125 minutes per goal allowed, but he's relegated to keeper no. 3 because of his idiotic behavior.




TYPICAL LINEUP AND SUBS:
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Postby Hapilopper » Fri Jul 29, 2022 7:28 pm

The End of Ellis: Part One

The Team Hapilopper Headquarters, Hapilopper City
The morning after World Cup 91 Match 3: Hapilopper 2-2 Ko-oren

“Yeah, he’s hurt bad. Real bad,” Thom Perkins grimly said to reporters, almost as if he was trying to keep his emotions in check.

Honestly, the fact that Team Hapilopper had been eliminated from the group stage of World Cup 91 was an afterthought. Nathan Ellis was in a hospital in Farfadillis, having collapsed away from the play. Usually, when Nathan Ellis hit the turf away from the play, it meant someone had paid him back for one of his typical cheap shots. But that wasn’t the case. He was nowhere near any of the Dragonflies. He just fell, clutching his left knee. Replays showed that, through some incredible turn of bad luck, Nathan had stepped wrong on the turf, and the years of his brutal physical play had finally caught up to him.

The diagnosis came out the morning after Team Hapilopper was eliminated – Nathan had completely blown out his knee, and had ripped apart his ACL, MCL, meniscus and his patella tendon at the same time. Essentially, his left knee had cried enough. Nathan knew the writing was on the wall, and at 36 years old, decided that his days of playing football were over. From his hospital bed the next morning, Nathan went on twii.tur and declared that it was time for him to move on in his life and do something different with his life.

But damn it, it was so hard to do. Sitting in that hospital was the absolute last thing he wanted to do. Sitting there with that knee blown out, unsure of what his future would look like, was, far and away, the worst outcome Nathan could have dreamed of. Before he hit “send” on his phone to formally announce his retirement, Nathan put his phone down and burst into tears. It was too much for him to take. All he had ever known was playing football, and now it was done.

Football had literally been the one thing that kept him going, the one thing that kept him out of jail, the one thing that he lived for. Had it not been for football, he might have ended up in and out of Hapilopper’s prison system, another sad statistic in life. Playing the game gave him purpose. It gave him reason to behave himself and make a comfortable living. And playing the game gave him that living. He had a small one-bedroom apartment in Hapilopper City that didn’t cost much per month, and the same went when he played in Nephara. He figured he didn’t need anything extravagant. All he wanted was a place to play football.

And as a result, Nathan was able to save a ton of money for himself. When he started out at FC Buckridge about 18 years ago, Nathan was introduced to Jack Poitevint, a renowned financial advisor based in the area. Poitevint was able to convince Nathan to set aside funds for himself, to put in what were referred to as “stable” stocks – stocks with a low risk and a high reward to them, and after every paycheck, Nathan could put some money aside for these stocks.

Consequently, Nathan was one of the richest professional athletes in Hapilopper, and very few of those funds came from endorsements. After all, few companies wanted to put their financial weight behind Nathan, with his unfortunate, but very well-earned reputation for being a total thug on the pitch. A huge company such as Preston Autos or Mel’s Ultra-Mart didn’t want someone like Nathan Ellis in their commercials at the same time that he was slamming a player into the turf or threatening to end the life of a poor midfielder or referee.

But yet, much of Nathan’s wealth came from owning stock in those two companies. Mel’s grew exponentially over the years, and Preston’s name grew substantially on the backs of drivers like Drake Stevenson, Rudy Edwards, Chris Holmes and Taylor Henderson. On the back of the Super Skychief, the fastest production car ever built by a Hapiloppian company. So, as Nathan sat in a hospital bed, he at least didn’t have to worry about his future. He figured he could unload his stock, sell it all and live off his winnings.

Knowing this, Nathan felt a little better. He could live the rest of his life, theoretically, on easy mode. He wanted to stay with Team Hapilopper and serve as a coach for players as they prepared for such contests as the AOCAF and the World Cup. So many players on Team Hapilopper looked up to him, and they were so grateful for his tutelage and his guidance as he worked with him. And guiding those players to greater success, to him, was just a great a thrill as it was to win ballgames as a player.

Even still, even just to walk normally would take a long, painful rehabilitation. He’d get there. But he’d feel it. He’d have some really tough days and nights to come. Nights where he wouldn’t be able to sleep because the pain was intense, nights where he wouldn’t be able to sleep because the painkillers made him viciously ill.
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Postby Fort McKinley » Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:50 pm

People's Republic of Fort McKinley


The People's Republic of Fort McKinley enter their second cycle with confidence that they will build upon the progress shown through the Baptism of Fire and World Cup Qualifying.
Manager Chris Joseph Gray was replaced following the collapse of the squad at the Cup of Harmony, and eight new members have been brought into the squad. These changes were implemented to raise the standard of competitive play for the National Team in the battle against the capitalist oppressors of Atlantian Oceania and the wider multiverse.

Record: 15 wins, 12 defeats, 6 draws
Formation: 4-4-2
Style: -1
starters are in bold

20 Jimmy Dale Beard
1 Sammy Pete Davis

22 Bobby Ray Allen
3 Eddie Burt Miller
14 Steven Gary Smith
5 Mickey Joe Beard
2 Aaron Roy Morris
4 Davey Charles Young

7 John Hugh Davis
21 Peter Edward Miller
11 Ernie Clyde Beard
8 Simon Jay Allen
12 Lee Myron Clark
6 Willie Tom Clark
16 Marty Neal Gray

17 Larry Doug Jones
9 Dennis Gene Young
13 Joe Willy Morris
10 Steve Wayne Smith
15 Tony Chuck Miller


Manager: Danny Todd Jones
Coaches: Mel Bob Miller, Harry Fred Gray

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Like most Commie regimes, obviously there is a certain amount of disconnect from reality in what the News Agency reports.


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Choose my goalscorers: YES
Godmod scoring events: YES
RP injuries to my players: YES, but those that would be for just the duration of the match (TG in advance would be appreciated as well)
Godmod injuries to my players: See Above
Hand out yellow cards to my players: YES
Hand out red cards to my players: YES, but again, a heads up in advance is appreciated, as I would do for you.
Godmod other events: TG what you have in mind, I'm easy to come to an understanding with
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Postby Fort McKinley » Fri Jul 29, 2022 11:56 pm

Continuation from the Cup of Harmony
https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?p=39728878#p39728878

In a span of less than half an hour, the entire Fort McKinley National Team had been turned upside down; not only had they lost their final match in the group stage, the tiebreaking permutations meant that they would not advance to the knockout stage in the Cup of Harmony. As if that hadn't been bad enough, upon returning to the dressing room, their talisman and leading scorer David Guy Allen was nowhere to be found--his kit on the floor in front of his cubicle, civilian clothes and personal effects gone—causing the rest of the squad to contemplate what it meant.

“He's done a runner.”
“No, Dave? Why would he?”
“Maybe he's gone to the hospital.”
“Maybe he's went to meet up with Lee.”

One of the backroom staff hurried to find Manager Chris Gray, who'd been speaking with an official of the FMFA and the boss felt enormously uneasy as he looked around the room.
“Please someone tell me that he's gone to find something to eat.”
Empty faces looked back at him and he actually wasn't sure what to do next.

“His kitbag is still here, he didn't pack his boots or warm ups”, one of the dressing room attendants noted.

There were several issues at play here, not the least of which was who was in charge of the traveling party in this situation? The FA people were mainly just support staff, the PIC detail was there for security and a notoriously closed society had no diplomatic relations with the hosts. Another factor was media coverage, which would come into play if the police were approached for help.

The head of the PIC agents was alternating between seeing the rest of his life pass in front of eyes and having an angry meltdown.

“I want all the spouses and relatives loaded on the coaches and taken to the airport as soon as possible. I will speak to the head of the stadium security”.

Agent Bob Roy Smith found the Chief Superintendent in charge of the match day police and asked to have a discreet word.
“Sir, we are concerned that one of spectators from our nation has either been lured away, or kidnapped during the match.”
The CS understood the man's concern and asked for a few other details. “What would lead you to believe that the person was taken against their will?”
“It is hard to imagine a citizen of Fort McKinley not wishing to return home, so the thought they might leave surreptitiously is quite low on or list of motives.”
“When do you believe this incident occurred, sir?”
“At some point during the final fifteen minutes, as others have reported that was when the subject
was seen personally.”

The policeman noted but did not comment on the use of the term 'subject' but invited Smith to the command center to review the CCTV footage.

There, spread out across several monitors, Smith watched the entire thing unfold: the view of Allen hobbling to the dressing room, the casual exit made by Lee, and then the older Allen and her boyfriend, their casual stroll to the exit gate, and then David's exit from the dressing room, as the guard at the pass gate didn't look up from what he was doing.

“Seems to me Agent, that you have more than one bird that's flown the coop. Have the team reported the disappearance of the player as well?”
Smith gave a curt reply and concluded the interview. “I have little choice but to take the entire traveling party back to Fort McKinley, as I have no way of asking for guidance from the government at this moment. The matter will be picked up by them and dealt with on a diplomatic level. Be advised that none of the four are in possession of their passports, so you would be within your rights to detain them as illegal aliens. I would ask that you not make this situation public, although I realize you are under no obligation to grant my request.”

After Smith left, the CS picked up the phone and called his immediate superior, the Assistant Chief Constable.

As the luggage was loaded onto the plane, Smith and his team retrieved the bags that belonged to David & Jason but not the two women, which of course had been left behind.

Gray and his coaches, along the rest of the backroom staff, were all summarily fired for reasons having more to do with performance than the defections; every player was questioned thoroughly about what they knew, had heard or seen, although none were implicated. That did not stop the FMFA from replacing a third of the COH squad, including three starters.

Smith was demoted and a few of the other PIC agents were fired for incompetence, although no one could actually point to anything they could've done differently.

The families of Kate, Dave, Jason and Lee were all questioned about their knowledge, which also brought about no information although the Guy Allens were subject to increased scrutiny. The investigation into their personal affairs uncovered the withdrawals of cash although where it all went remained a mystery.

Nothing was mentioned in the official press reports about the disappearance of D.G. Allen from the national team, except as one of the players removed from the squad; there were whispers in certain circles about defection, which grew into rumors about various circumstances—they'd been caught trying to defect and were under arrest, they'd been corrupted by the capitalist evils they'd seen in Mertagne—but no one really knew for sure.
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Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Postby Verceola » Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:56 am

Nation Name: Verceola
Three-Letter Code: FVR

Manager: Joseph Peters, 60 (Sindsyge FC)
Style: -3
Formation: 4-3-3

#1 GK Robert Peters - 29, 6-3, 175 - Manchester Wolves
#2 LCB Isaac Baker - 26, 6-2, 185 - North Granby (CDG)
#3 RCB Karam Ahuja - 32, 5-8, 145 - Valhalla Vikings
#4 RB Frank Kidham - 32, 6-1, 170 - Jasmine Island Peacocks
#5 LB Everett Greene - 27, 5-11, 155 - Steckholl United
#6 RF Stuart Porter - 31, 6-0, 165 - Valhalla Vikings
#7 RM Branek Stiedry - 32, 5-11, 160 - Manchester
#8 LM Thomas Pierson - 27, 5-10, 155 - Manchester
#9 CF Fisher Ellery - 30, 6-1, 180 - Cleopatrana SC
#10 CM Gregg Simmons - 22, 5-7, 145 - Coldwater
#11 LF Malcolm Bowen - 31, 5-10, 165 - Jasmine Island Peacocks

#12 LB Nemo Payne - 28, 6-0, 170 - Sindsyge FC
#13 CM Israel Medina - 28, 5-8, 145 - Sindsyge FC
#14 GK Marty Jenkins - 31, 6-2, 175 - Cleopatrana SC
#15 RCB Eldon Packer - 31, 6-1, 170 - Sindsyge FC
#16 CF Jason Williams - 31, 6-0, 160 - Sindsyge FC
#17 RF Harold Gonzales - 21, 5-10, 140 - Glotónes
#18 LF Benjamin Dixon - 22, 6-2, 170 - Brunswick
#19 LM Griffin Aumberden - 20, 5-7, 135 - Borrson
#20 LB Baldwin Lynde - 22, 5-9, 160 - Glotónes
#21 GK Dominik Lewis - 23, 6-2, 160 - Acertao
#22 LCB Tommie Hines - 35, 6-3, 180 - Geneticists National
#23 RM Ricardo Powell - 36, 5-10, 165 - Good Liz Walsh
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Capitalist Paradise

Postby Banija » Sat Jul 30, 2022 8:17 am

Banija National Team- The Kadongo Kamu

Information
Country code: BNJ
Denonym: Banijan(s)
Association: Royal Banijan Soccer Association(RBSA)
Nickname: The Kadongo Kamu
Manager: Pamela Scott, 52 years old, native of the Commonwealth of Baker Park. Head Women's Coach at Northern Baker Park State University UAC National Championships in back to back seasons Manager of the Westwood Sprites Ladies, led the club to 2 Women's National League titles in her 3 seasons. Women's National Team Manager, later BPNT Manager beginning in WC83 cycle. BOF runner-up/AOCAF 58 3rd Place. Farfadills NT Manager cycles 85-88. Took the job after Banija failed to qualify for World Cup 89.
Senior Assistant Manager: Zachary Orengo. 41 years old, Banijan native. Assistant manager from Istria City FC in the S-FPL, brought to the national team after World Cup 89.
Captain: Demba Kinteh
Alternate Captain: Wanda Kouyaté
Home Kits: Green
Away Kits: White
Alternate: Orange

RP Permissions
Choose my goalscorers: Yes
Choose Scoring Events: Yes
Godmod scoring events: No
Hand out yellow cards to my players: Yes
Hand out red cards to my players: Yes
RP Injuries to my players: Yes(please state what injury they have suffered and how many games they will miss. No deaths without my permission)
Godmod injuries to my players: Yes(please state what injury they have suffered and how many games they will miss. No deaths without my permission)
Godmod other events: Yes(However, there is a hard ban on any Banijan nationals, player or fans or whoever, from catching a pandemic)
Style modifier: +3.5

Brief National Team History
The Kadongo Kamu have played in exactly 581 games, as of the end of Eagle's Cup XIII. This is our 18th World Cup cycle overall. We have entered in 15 previous World Cup Qualification campaigns(WCQ73, WCQ74, WCQ75, WCQ76, WCQ77, WCQ79, WCQ80, WCQ82, WCQ84, WCQ85, WCQ86, WCQ87, WCQ88, WCQ89, and WCQ90), and have successfully qualified for 10 out of the last 11 World Cups, famously missing World Cup 89 while we were ranked 5th in the world. We have also participated in Baptism of Fire 60, and been a participant in four different Cup of Harmonies(CoH 66, CoH 67, CoH 71, and CoH 81). In four Cups of Harmony, Banija has only once moved past the group stage, in CoH 81, and they promptly fell on penalties in the Round of 16. In their lone Baptism of Fire, they earned a lone point.

After not competing at all during the World Cup 78 Cycle due to the RBSA's bankruptcy, they re-entered the world of international football in World Cup 79 cycle. A shocking World Cup 79 Qualification campaign saw them on the brink of qualifying, but the team simply ran out of gas and lost 4 of their final 5 matches to not make it to Ceni/Drawkland. Since then, the U21 team got 3rd place at the 42nd Di Bradini Cup, and the national team advanced to the quarterfinals of AOCAF LV, AOCAF LVI, and AOCAF LVII, establishing themselves as a strong regional side, falling to the eventual champs in the latter two tournaments. They stunningly qualified for World Cup 80, after starting poorly by losing 5 of their first 9, to going unbeaten in the second half of qualifying, where they won 7 of those games. In the World Cup 80 Qualification playoffs, a 3-0 first leg victory in Montreal, Royal Kingdom of Quebec, powered the team through to their first ever appearance in the World Cup Finals, advancing to sport's pre-eminent competition 5-3 on aggregate over Mercedini. While a pair of one goal losses saw them eliminated after two games, they earned their first ever victory at the World Cup Finals in a 2-0 win over New Gazi in their final group stage game. As they hosted World Cup 81, they went directly to the tournament, and went to their first ever knockout stages, winning Group A before falling, 1-1(2-1 AET) to Turori in the Round of 16. They cruised to qualification in World Cup 82, maintaining a top two spot in their World Cup Qualification group behind Brenecia for the entirety of the World Cup 82 Qualification campaign, getting to the tournament with relative ease before bowing out in the group stages.

The World Cup 83 cycle was their strongest yet. Starting with AOCAF LVIII on home soil, co-hosted with the Commonwealth of Baker Park, the Kadongo Kamu won 6 consecutive matches to open the tournament, taking their winning streak all the way to the final. Unfortunately, they were felled, 4-2, at home to their archrivals, the Equestrian States. Co-hosting World Cup 83 as well, the Banijans made a miraclous run at the World Cup, upending 5th ranked South Covelllo on penalties, and defeating the then two-time defending world champions Vilita in the quarterfinals, before falling, 3-2, at the national stadium to Starblaydia. They added to the trophy case, however, earning a bronze medal after defeating Cassadaigua in the 3rd place playoff game.

The World Cup 84 cycle, the first with real title expectations for the Banijans, was a disappointment in the regionals, as we fell 1-0 to Ko-oren in the AOCAF Round of 16, although we advanced to the quarterfinals of World Cup 84 before dropping to Eura in extra time. The World Cup 85 cycle seems to be a promise of hope for the Banijans. Although AOCAF LX was a rough tournament for the Banijans, it was surrounded by two excellent tournament performances for the Banijans. We won the U21 World Cup(DBC 47), and are just coming off earning our first ever senior-level trophy, by winning the 8th Eagle's Cup to be admitted as a full, permanent member of the Eagle's Club right before the beginning of World Cup Qualifying. Following that, the Banijans dominated World Cup 85 Qualifying, going wire-to-wire as the first place team in their World Cup Qualifying group, as well as earning more points in World Cup Qualifying(67) than any other team did throughout the entire campaign. Those strong performances both in the Eagle's Cup and World Cup Qualifying have caused fans to put an up and down AOCAF behind them, and heighten the standard for World Cup 85. While they escaped the group stages with four points, strong wins over Vilita and Zwangzug in the knockouts put them on course for a medal, as they eventually beat allies Baker Park in the bronze medal match, after falling 3-2 to the eventual champions Free Republics in the semifinal.

After a return to the AOCAF LXI Quarterfinals, their first quarterfinal appearance in the last 3 editions of the regional championships, they fell to Chromatika on penalties. The World Cup 86 Qualification campaign went rather swimmingly- the national team went a perfect 18-0-0 in World Cup Qualifying, the first time that had happened in well over 10 cycles. The multiverse's #1 ranked squad was brimming with confidence, the two-time bronze medalists entering World Cup 86 trying to win the biggest trophy in all of sports for the first time.

Marcus Waters has always preached the following- "you've got to win at home before you can win the World Cup." It's always meant you've got to win in Atlantian Oceania before you can expect to win the World Cup. And while we've never won the AOCAFs, our group was all Atlantian Oceania sides- Ko-oren, Chromatika, and Mriin. We finished in first place with a 1-0 win over Ko-oren, a 2-2 draw against Chromatika, and a 0-0 draw against Mriin being enough to earn 5 points. Then, we faced a gauntlet of former World champions. A 1-0 win over them put us in our fourth consecutive World Cup Quarterfinal, against 5 time World champions Valanora. A thrilling 4-3 win put us in the semifinal, again facing a GSW rival- World Cup 84 winners Farfadillis. In one of the wildest World Cup semifinals ever played, Banija came out on top 7-6, with a stoppage time winner to put them in the Final against the World Cup 85 winners Nephara. It was a true game of the century- neither team had lost a competitive match since the start of World Cup Qualifying, neither losing during Qualifying or the Finals. And in that thriller, it would be the Banijans who would win, taking a lead and holding onto it, winning by 3 goals to 2 against Nephara to lift the trophy and declare themselves World Cup Champions.

The ensuing AOCAF was strong, but not as strong as they wanted it to be. After starting slowly and losing their opening two games, they finished well done the stretch of group play, and even won a pair of knockout stage games before eventually falling to the champions, Baker Park, in the Semifinals. The Banijans redeemed themselves by earning a bronze medal against Sarzonia. The team took a B squad to Eagle's Cup IX, but a strong performance there landed them a silver medal, losing in the final to Valanora. World Cup 87 did not go the way they expected, getting eliminated in the group stages for the first time since World Cup 82. But we recovered in the World Cup 88 cycle. While a quarterfinal elimination at both Eagle's Cup X and AOCAF LXIII were not great, we were unbeaten in World Cup 88 Qualifying, and reached the World Cup 88 Semifinals, eliminating the defending champions Nephara and falling to the eventual champions Turori along the way. We used that momentum of the semfiinal run to finally earn a regional title, as on our 10th try, we finally won the AOCAFs, defeating Hapilopper in the semifinals and Valanora in the Final, winning both matches via penalty kick shootouts.

That regional title meant little in World Cup Qualifying, however, as Pemecutan and Zwangzug both pipped past Banija to automatically qualify for the World Cup, and left Banija in the dust, gasping for air. That called for a reset from the RSBA, which led to Marcus Waters resigning and Pam Scott be hired. While neither the Cup of Harmony nor the AOCAFs went particularly well, Pam Scott's laser focus on qualifying for the World Cup was a success, as the team not only went to World Cup 90, but showed up in style, winning a pair of penalty shootouts, before falling to the eventual winners, The Holy Empire, on PKs, in the semifinals. They still beat Valanora in the third place match, 2-1, to earn their third overall bronze medal. We are looking to build upon that performance, to get back not only to the World Cup, but with the knockout stages as the team's goal.

Statistics(All up to date as of right before the start of AOCAF 66, friendlies included. Banijan statisticians count OT and PK shootout wins and losses as wins and losses, as opposed to draws like most international statisticians):
All-Time Record: 334-164-83(W-L-D)
All-Time Winning Percentage: 57.49% (Wins over total games played)
All-Time Points Percentage: 62.25% (Wins plus 1/3rd of draws over total games played)
Current WCC Rank: #5
Current AOCAF Rank: #5
Top 10 All-Time Leading Goal Scorers: Italicized players are retired from international duty.
1. Ilman Jawara(110 goals)
2. Gitonga Kahara(109 goals)
3. Idai Uster(89 goals)
4. Namakula Kawesa(59 goals)
5. Madu Okparra(57 goals)
6. Chibuzo Afolayan(54 goals)

7. Kausu Dione(51 goals)
8. Mzukisi Nzo(49 goals)
9. Kiggwe Mavuto(43 goals
10. Toyuwa Okafor(37 goals)


World Cup Appearances: 10- World Cup 80, World Cup 81(co-hosts), World Cup 82, World Cup 83(co-hosts), World Cup 84, World Cup 85, World Cup 86, World Cup 87, World Cup 88, World Cup 90
Times Ranked #1 in the KPB- Pre-World Cup 86 Qualifying, Pre-World Cup 86 Finals, Pre-World Cup 87 Qualifying, Pre-World Cup 87 Finals

Trophy Cabinet:
Senior-Level
Champions of World Cup 86
Champions of Eagle's Cup VIII
Champions of AOCAF LXIV
Winner of the Afro-Carribean Heritage Festival
2nd Place at AOCAF LVIII
2nd Place at Eagle's Cup IX(Winners of the tournament's Cup of Champions)
3rd Place at World Cup 83
3rd place at World Cup 85
3rd place at World Cup 90
3rd Place at AOCAF LXII
3rd place at the United Valhaven Regional Football Championships

Youth Level
3rd place at 42nd Di Bradini Cup
Champions of the 8th Sporting World Cup
Champions of the 47th Di Bradini Cup

World Cup Hall of Famers
Adama Sowe(former RBSA Chairman, current WCC Vice President)
GItonga Kahara(all-time leading goalscorer, World Cup winning captain, all-time cap leader)
Marcus Waters(Banija's winningest manager, has led Banija to 100% of our World Cup Qualifications, and has never failed to qualify for the Finals)
Namakula Kawesa(first female star, 3rd all-time leading goalscorer at time of retirement)
Kuma Bultum(Champions League Winner, World Cup winner, most appearances on the Galacticos list for a Banijan)

List of National Team managers
1. Kizza Kabila(Banija). Manager for Baptism of Fire 60 and the World Cup 73 Qualification Campaign. Overall record of 0-14-1(W-L-D).

Kizza Kabila is the only Banijan to have ever managed the national team. Hired for Banija's first foray onto the international scene in this sport, his reign was universally derided as a disaster. Managing 15 games, he drew his first game in the Baptism of Fire, and not only lost the next two, he then lost ever single match in the 12 game World Cup Qualification campaign for World Cup 73, with the side only scoring 5 goals across the entire campaign. Unceremoniously fired after becoming one of few managers to go through an entire World Cup Qualification campaign without earning a single point, he, alongside the entire board of the RBSA, resigned after the last game. He was disgraced in the sport after the campaign, and, to this point, has never returned to top-level soccer.

2.Jan Cassallerus(San Llera): Hired before the start of the World Cup 74 Qualification Campaign, managed through the World Cup 77 Qualification Campaign. Overall Record of 27-32-16(W-L-D).

Banija put its eyes abroad, searching for a foreign manager before the World Cup 74 Qualification campaign, and found Jan Cassallerus. He is Banija's longest ever serving manager, being at the helm for four entire World Cup cycles, and being at the helm for 75 total games, a kind of longevity unheard of in the modern game, especially managing the national team. He started winning a game at the Coupe D'Esquarium, in what was known as the group of death. He was largely celebrated for bringing the team into relevancy. The expectations were through the floor, following Kizza Kabila, but he brought the team to Cup of Harmony 66 and Cup of Harmony 67, as well as advancing in Olympic Qualifying and getting third place at the United Valhaven Regional Football Championships. He was forced into retirement after the World Cup 77 Qualification campaign, when the RBSA declared bankruptcy, and could not participate in the World Cup 78 Qualification Campaign due to their inability to compensate players and staff.

3. Randolf Cherry(Drawkland): Hired before the start of the World Cup 79 Qualification Campaign. Overall Record of 20-24-2(W-L-D)

Randolf Cherry, after the RBSA got its act together, was hired- controversially- as the manager of the national team. Not that his own hire was controversial, it was applauded across the sports spectrum here at home. He was given a 3 cycle contract, and everyone knew what the goal was- to make the World Cup Finals at least once over the course of the contract. They understood that it would take time to climb the rankings, and they were willing to give him the leash. However, he came in a very awkward situation. Adama Sowe, the Chairman of the RBSA, allegedly first offered the job to Sarah Owens, out of the Equestrian States. Of course, it is illegal in Banija for women to coach men's professional teams, and that caused controversy. And yet, here he was- the manager of the national team.

His own home country of Drawkland is, of course, very progressive in that area, where the sport is dominated by the ladies. Regardless, he had an excellent start to his reign as a manger, and was initially extremely popular. He won his first game, in a special Eagles Club match, against Aggrey-Fynn Land. He lost his first few qualifiers, but he went on a dear through the middle of qualifying, which included a 7 game winning streak on home soil. Big wins against then 4th ranked Chromatika at home and then 32nd ranked Eshan, put them in the conversation of World Cup Qualification, though they were simply not strong enough.

The Cup of Harmony was considered a disaster, finishing in dead last in their group. The competition maybe simply isn't for the Banijans, eh? But they were strong throughout the offseason, making a surprising quarterfinal run in AOCAF LV and bringing high hopes to the squad going into World Cup 80 Qualification. Hopes were through the roof for the national team, maybe even bordering unrealistic. They struggled, and the campaign got worse as the pressure built, as the squad lost their final four qualifiers of the first half of qualifying. With the campaign seemingly in free-fall, he was fired, as the RBSA said they wanted time to conduct "an open, thorough, search."

4. Marcus Waters(Equestrian States): Hired after the 1st half of World Cup 80 Qualifying, fired at the end of World Cup 89 Qualifying. Overall record of 257-81-50(W-L-D). All-time winning percentage of 66.24%. All-time points percentage of 70.53%.

Marcus Waters was the national team's assistant manager with Randolf Cherry above him, and the manager of the youth national teams. He first gained notoriety in Banija after successfully leading the U21 team to a 3rd place finish at the 42nd Di Bradini Cup. With his abilities clear, it made sense to move onto him as the interim manager as they searched for a permanent manager ahead of the second half of World Cup Qualifying. However, he was able to complete a stunning turnaround of this team. His first game in charge, he changed nearly the entire backline, and had a massive upset, away to Qasden, by a score of 3-2. A 3-0 victory over Razenthuria in the other mid-qualifying friendly got high hopes for him.

Marcus Waters went out with an intent to keep his team focused, despite everything going on at home. He has proven adept at navigating the political minefield that is this job, especially with his own country of origin essentially at war with Banija. He didn't lose a single game in the second half of qualifying, winning 7 games to get to the playoffs, including when the team was forced to play home games in Montreal due to ongoing violence within Banija. He was widely applauded for getting the team ready to play in Montreal, and winning 1-0 against Turori, the group's top seeded squad, and a 3-0 win in Montreal in the Qualification playoffs. While the RBSA interviewed four other candidates, his successful push through the World Cup Qualification playoffs and into Banija's first-ever World Cup Finals essentially clinched the job for him, as he put pen to paper to take the interim tag off of his title ahead of the 80th World Cup Finals.

Since then, of course, he has done a lot to garner the confidence of the higher-ups, and of the fans. Falling to the eventual champions in the quarterfinals of both AOCAF LVI and AOCAF LVII was widely seen as a positive. As well as, of course, a surprising Fourth Place finish in the Cup of Champions Six, highlighted by a surprising point earned in their matchup against Nephara, while also pushing through to the Round of 16 of World Cup 81, pleasing the home fans. A different sort of pressure faces him this campaign, however.

For the first time in his reign, you could say that Banija had a disappointing tournament, failing to advance in World Cup 82 beyond the group stages. It might be harsh to say that- on paper, advancing from a group with both Pasarga and Farfadillis is a tall order if your team is not Pasarga or Farfadillis. They responded well, however, winning six consecutive games at AOCAF LVIII, and knocking off major nations including Cosumar and Mriin at the tournament, before being felled in the final, in their own capitol of Busukuma, to Equestria. Following up with a World Cup on home soil, they continued that momentum forward from AOCAF LVIII, as the Banijans took on the role of giantslayers on home soil. They beat the 5th ranked South Covello side, and the then two-time defending world champions Vilita, before eventually falling to Starblaydia in the semifinals, though they still earned a bronze medal. Although momentum was blunted after a tough 1-0 defeat to Ko-oren that secured an early exit from AOCAF LIX, they followed that up with their second straight appearance in the World Cup Quarterfinals, where they fell to Eura in extra time.

The last two cycles he really got the team to rise above themselves. The last two World Cup Qualification cycles, Banija has finished as the best team in World Cup Qualifying by points earned. And he has the silverware to match- a bronze medal earned in World Cup 85, followed by a gold medal in World Cup 86. Having risen from basically nowhere in Equestria to household name status in Banija, he has truly made a name for himself as one of the world's premier international managers. While World Cup 87 was disappointing, he quickly ensured that was a one-off, rather than a sign of things to come. He brought Banija to their fourth World Cup semifinal in their past six tournaments at World Cup 88, and followed that up with winning the country's first ever regional title.

But he is now a victim of his own success. An Eagle's Cup champion, the AO champion, and a World Cup champion, he drastically raised the bar for the Kadongo Kamu. But Banija winning 9 of their last 10 Qualifiers could not overcome their disastrous, and therefore, we did not qualify for the World Cup Finals. The RBSA had no other choice but to let the legend and Hall of Famer walk, as the time has come around for the national team to change their head man for the first time since World Cup 80.

5. Pamela Scott(Commonwealth of Baker Park): Hired after World Cup 89 Qualifying, right before Cup of Harmony 81. Overall Record of 30-13-14(W-L-D). Winning percentage: 52.63%. Points percentage: 60.82%

Scott is widely regarded as one of the brightest tactical minds in the sport, and her record speaks for itself. Replaced Trevor Richmond as BP National Team Manager after the side qualified for the WC in their first three attemps, then followed Ichi Tuzzio as boss of the WC 85 Champions, overhauling the roster and bringing a bit of defensive awareness to the legendary Farf attacking style. Has an eye for young talent and not afraid to give them a chance. The above is why she was hired- leverage her experience to bring stabilization to a national team that is currently reeling.

While the Cup of Harmony and the AOCAFs both resulted in disappointing exits at the Round of 16, and the Eagle's Cup went disastrously(not scoring for 5 consecutive matches), Pam Scott is still upbeat about the direction of the national team. "With this cycle, everything is about World Cup Qualification." She told reporters. "Those tournaments, while they did not go well, were about finding the right squad, building to this moment. Banija wants to compete on all fronts, of course- but we cannot do that if we are not qualifying for the World Cup. These tournaments, while not great on the field, have allowed me to experiment all sorts of lineups, and expose different players to elite competition at the international stage. How they deal with things like pressure. You're going to see much different results when the team takes the field for World Cup 90 Qualifying."

But the World Cup was an unmitigated success. Beating both Audioslavia and Eura was a stunner, as Banija won the group of death with a game to go. Not resting on their laurels, they downed two AO rivals, SRS and Baker Park, in back-to-back games in route to the semifinals, and eventually, a bronze medal. With that success, Pam Scott declared that the national team is "back to competing on all fronts", as they gun for a second ever AOCAF title.


1. The Equestrian States. All time Banijan record against opponent- 1-7-2(W-L-T).

The Equestrian States are easily Banija's biggest rival, and by a country mile. It has all the makings of a good international sporting rivalry- plenty of matches played, history of competitive matches, geopolitical rivalry, player familiarity, and, of course, geographical proximity- all those boxes are checked. They've played each other 5 times, and Banija has come out on the losing end each and every time, most recently a 4-0 clobbering at the hands of the Equestrian States during Banija's final friendly before this qualification tournament began.

Three times have they played in competitive competition, and three times Banija has fallen. The Equestrian States eliminated Banija from Cup of Harmony 71 in group play, while also defeating the Banijans in both the opening match of World Cup 80, and the final group stage match of AOCAF LVI, though the Banijans still advanced to the quarterfinals of that tournament. The familiarity of players between each other is strong. Banija's present and most successfull all-time manager, Marcus Waters, is Equestrian. A number of players in each country play in leagues in the other. Famous Equestrian NT players like Aaron Aiza, Rosie Tyler, and Josef Lawrenz, ply their trade in the Banijan Soccer League, with Aiza particularly growing to superstar status while winning league titles at Herzegovina City FC.

Banija's first ever major final in this sport, at the senior level, was against none other than Equestria at the national stadium, with the winner to be crowned champions of AOCAF LVIII Final. In front of a decidedly pro-Banijan crowd, it was the Equestrians who dashed Banijan dreams of glory on their home turf as they picked up their first ever major international silverware, with a 4-2 victory. That victory has made the Banijans just that much hungrier to defeat their bitter rivals, and though the history is lopsided in favor of Equestria, that has just fueled the fire on this side of the matchup. The two sides co-hosted World Cup 83 together, and almost had a rematch of their AOCAF LVIII Final in the World Cup Final, though Banija could not fulfill its end of the bargain as they fell to a stronger Starblaydia side in the semifinals. Equestria, of course went on to win the World Cup, and the next AOCAF to boot, establish a fully fledged dynasty. The Banijans, in pre WOrld Cup 84 Qualification friendlies, got their first ever result against the Equestrians, a 0-0 draw in Everfree.

Equestria and Banija were in the same group at AOCAF LXII, with the opening match of the tournament being a repeat of the AOCAF LVIII Final. Banija, we thought, rising high and champions. But Equestria came to rain on the parade. They won on Matchday 1, by a score of 2-1 in Busukuma, and we could only manage a return draw. Our fiercest rivals, and yet, we've still never managed to have beaten them, in a competitive or a friendly match. That search for the elusive win against Equestria continues.

Banija landed their first ever win over Equestria in the Round of 16 at AOCAF LXVI. Years of angst were excised by this national team, as [url=https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?p=39501593#p39501593they crushed the Equestrians, 3-0[/url], in a match that may have finally begun to turn this rivalry towards team Banija.

2. Farfadillis. All time Banijan record against opponent- 2-5-0(W-L-T)

What makes a good international rivalry? You need a mixture of history and luck. Luck, to have played in plenty of high stakes matches against each other on the biggest stages- World Cups, AOCAFs, and the like. But you also need nearness. What makes these two know each other so well? We've played in twice as many competitive matches against Chromatika as we have against Farfadillis.

Well, let's go with the political intrigue. Of course, there's geography- Farfadillis is the closest nation to Banija that does not share a land border with Banija. Their former capitol, is on the northern tip of their island, which is just south of Busukuma, the Banijan capitol city. So of course, there's that familiarity. And when the Farfadillis national government fell apart and they fell into some sort of a controlled chaos, many refugees fled Farfadillis for the stability of Banija. Busukuma became the natural landing place. There are no official numbers, but there an estimated 100,000 or so Farf refugees across the country, but with over half of them, around 60,000, residing in Busukuma.

So there's that familiarity on an intimate level, especially in Banija, and especially in Banija's capitol. Especially in the capitol, it's always a huge deal when these two meet. And besides that? Well, of course, we [url=https://forum.nationstates.net/viewtopic.php?p=37273196#p37273196]dropped a few nuclear warheads[/url] on Farfadillis, where Banija's nuclear weapons got both hacked and stolen by operatives. While, surprisingly, it didn't cause as much damage as one would expect, 5 nuclear weapons are still quite a bit to get hit by. Farf citizens weren't exactly appreciative, and that is fresh in everybody's mind.

Lastly, look at the integration of our footballing systems. We have a combined league. With the combination of our top flights in the Shango-Fogoa Premier League, Banijan footballing fans and Farf footballing fans interact every single week. Sometimes peacefully, sometimes violently, always loud and passionately. For two seperate nations(plus Busoga), they have a very integrated league system. And that, of course, will mean that the rivalry is played out every week. Banijan teams v. Farf teams. Farf teams got the better of their Banijan opponents, by and large, throughout the inaugural season, but there is still plenty left to say on the subject.

This is Banija's clear #2 rival, ahead of anybody else, besides Equestria. And as the S-FPL continues, this rivalry will continue to be competitive for years to come. Not to mention, the two have played a pair of thrilling World Cup Finals matches against each other- Farfadillis being victorious in World Cup 81, and then being victorious again in World Cup 84, where they went on to win that World Cup. What'd be more fun than another Finals matchup between these two juggernauts, right?

3. Chromatika. All time Banijan record against opponent- 7-3-2(W-L-T)

This is, admittedly, not the first nation you think of when you think of Banija's rivals. But There is a long-time history between these two nations. These two have more shared history than Banija and any other opponent, at least in competitive matches. Banija and Chromatika have faced off a grand total of 9 times competitively- all in the modern era of Banijan soccer, which is WCQ79-present. It was that first campaign back, after the RBSA bankruptcy, where it was established.

Banija had one of their biggest ever all-time wins in that Qualifying campaign, our first ever win over a top 5 opponent, when we beat then #4 Chromatika 2-1 in Jinja City. It's a night that has gone down in Banijan history. Looking back, many see it as Banija's first true launch towards where we are now- from a consistent middle of the pack nation in Qualifying, who couldn't do anything in the Cup of Harmony, to demanding a seat at the table by being an elite squad.

And we've played plenty of times since, as well. AOCAF LXI- we beat them in the group stages, only to fall to them in the Quarterfinals, on penalty kicks. We each got clean sheet victories over the other team at Eagle's Cup VIII, a tournament that we ended up winning. And we played them twice in World Cup Qualifying for 86, beating them twice en route to a perfect 18-0-0 Qualifying record. We played them again at the Finals, and we battled out a 2-2 draw.

They're a tough opponent, and considering the frequency of our matches in recent years, meeting up in the Finals would not be that unexpected. We know each other well, have played with plenty of stakes on the line. And, of course, there's those cultural and political connections that make the greatest international rivalries- a Banijan delegation, led by present Banijan Ambassador to Chromatika and former Banijan Minister of Justice, Xolile Lubabalo, helped shepherd Chromatika's transition to democracy. It's friendly, but there's plenty of history to make it interesting.

Honorable Mentions
Nations mentioned here are considered key rivals, but there is not enough competitive match history to really define it as a rivalry. Nations are not listed in order.

- Siovanija & Teusland(Geographic proximity, cultural + political ties)
- Valanora(geographic proximity)
- Royal Kingdom of Quebec(general history and close political/cultural ties- Banija is a former colony of Quebec and they have been close ever since)
- Sarzonia(General sporting rivalry, history with 3 AOCAF matches against each other, 2 World Cup Qualifying matches, and a World Cup Finals match)
- Baker Park(cultural plus political ties)



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AOCAF 67 Roster

Starters: 3-4-1-2.
Players who are based in a foreign league are bolded.
Players who have never participated in World Cup Qualifying before are italicized.
BSL = Banijan Soccer League, Banija's second tier. National league. S-FPL is the joint first tier soccer league for Farfadillis, Banija, and the Busoga Islands.
GK #23 Wanda Kouyaté. Age 37(Female). Plays for Jungle Strike FC in Vilita. Only player on this team to be a world champion at every level- U18 World champion(Sporting World Cup 8), U21 World Champion(DBC 47), and World Cup Winner(World Cup 86).
LCB #4 Idi Dabo. Age 25. Plays for the Hoima Warriors in the S-FPL.
CB #5 Demba Kinteh. Age 35. Plays for Dí Maozöxê(Farfadillis) in the S-FPL. Captain of the U18 Sporting World Cup 8 championship squad. Captain.
RCB #20 Tairu Conateh. Age 28. Plays for Raynor City United in the Elven Premiership in Valanora. Became a starter for the first time at the midway point of WCQ89.
LM #11 Lolong Bokate. Age 23. Plays for Dí Maozöxê(Farfadillis) in the S-FPL.
CM #8 Idi Mboge. Age 31. Plays for New Bremen FC in Baker Park. Only Olympic player to play for a foreign team. Banijan/Mrii dual-national. Debut made at Eagle's Cup XI. Became a starter for the first time at the midway point of WCQ89.
CM #14 Tijan Sowe. Age 26. Plays for Herzegovina City FC in the S-FPL.
RM #7 Sarafina Ikpeazu. Age 28. Plays for Sabrefell Athletic in the Nepharim Premiership. Female.
CAM #10 Gereh Kama. 28 years old. Plays for Lhor in the Red League in Chromatika.
ST #9 Kausu Dione. 34 years old. Plays for KT Itzalovalle in Audioslavia. Starter on both the DBC 47 and SWC 8 Championship Teams.
ST #17 Abel Wesoloski-Okafor. Age 22. Male. Plays for Tanrısal in Pasarga.
Bench:
GK #35 Hebron Yiena. Age 24. Plays for Busukuma AC in the S-FPL. Female.
GK #39 Hebron Rao. Age 26. Plays for Jinja City FC in the S-FPL. Female.
CB #30 Kemo Jawara.Age 32. Plays for Wexax United in the Elven Premiership in Valanora. Became a starter for the first time at the midway point of WCQ89.
CB #3 Adin Wasawo. Age 22. Plays for Spartangrad in Eura.
CB #15 Demba Kouyaté. 29 years old. Plays for Istria City FC in the S-FPL. Called up for first time at midway point of World Cup 89 Qualifying.
CM #6 Momodou Jassey. Age 29. Plays for the Hoima Warriors in the S-FPL.
CM #25 Aquila Hongo . Age 20. Plays for Busukuma AC in the S-FPL.
CAM #15 Sergius Atieno. Age 22. Plays for Kitara AA in the S-FPL.
RM/RW #21 Dembo Savaneh. Age 22. Plays for Istria City FC in the S-FPL.
LW/LM #22 Orji Uzoma. Age 28. Plays for Herzegovina City FC in the S-FPL.
ST #19 Okaka Akungu. Age 25. Plays for Busukuma AC in the S-FPL.
ST #12 Kamara Touré. 30 years old. Plays for Mar Sara FC in Valanora. Became a starter on Matchday 4 of World Cup Qualifying.

Notes:
- Our free kicks are taken by Sarafina Ikpeazu. Our corner kicks are taken by the winger on whatever side the corner kick is on.
- Our penalty kicks are taken by Abel Wesoloski-Okafor.

Select Player Bios

1. CB Demba Kinteh

Demba Kinteh has an interesting career arc himself. He made a name for himself in Banija, helping a team win a huge upset at the RBSA Cup, and using that to help launch his own career. He's won at every level. He won at the U18 level, winning a World Cup there. He's a senior World Cup champion, having won at World Cup 86. He's won multiple league titles in the S-FPL. And he's won the AOCAFs as well.

Having won basically everywhere he's been, with Nzo essentially relegated back to the bench, Demba Kinteh has been given the greatest of honors- the armband. He's going to be much more than simply the elite defender in the middle of Banija's back 3. He's going to have to be the face of the team, the team's veteran leader. Can he handle all of that extra responsibility? And as he has mentioned, of course, there is plenty of additional pressure considering Banija's situation. Can they rebound from a disappointing group stage exit at the World Cup for glory at the AOCAFs?

This is a team that is going to focus on harnessing its abundance of attacking talent, and turning that into goals. They are certainly capable of being exposed on the counter-attack, and that is where the back 3 will have to act as one. Can Kinteh organize the defense into an effective enough force, despite the team's attacking focus?

2. ST Kausu Dione

And now, for the starting striker. Ilman Jawara had been the main man up top for so long, the days of Assefa Yitebarke leading the front lines feel like an eternity ago. When he retired from international duty, after World Cup 87, Kausu Dione won the competition to replace him as the team's starting striker. When he then parlayed that into winning a Player of the Season award in one of the world's toughest league(Audioslavia), he was essentially fixed in his spot as one of Banija's two starting strikers.

He's a world champion at two levels- a starter on Banija's U18 World championship team, and a starter on Banija's U21 world championship team. While Kadongo Kamu teammate Wanda Kouyate is the multiverse's only three-level world champion(U18, U21, Senior) Kausu Dione is going to go for a more impressive feat- become the first person to be a three-level world champion as a starter on every level, since Kouyate was only a starter on the U21 squad. He's got the regional title, making him one of the most decorated players in Banijan history. But the pressure is on him. He wasn't on the World Cup winning team, so his legacy could be defined entirely by Banija's failures at World Cup 89. Can he continue his climb up Banija's all-time scoring list, shake that reputation, and lead Banijan to glory in Atlantian Oceania's greatest competition?

3. Idi Mboge

Mboge has the distinction of being the only Banijan to ever win the Cup of Harmony. How, one may ask? He probably has the most interesting career arc of any of Banija's players to play for the Kadongo Kamu. He was born to Banijan migrants in Maal, the capitol city of Mriin. So he grew up in Mriin, and played soccer in their youth system. But with a firm ceiling for human players in Mriin, he went to his country of origin when his parents realized that he was indeed good enough to go pro.

When he hit the scene in Banija's youth leagues, he was immediately a star, winning the player of the year award, and getting selected for Banija's U21 World Cup team at DBC 47. But his success there got the attention of higher-ups in Mriin. Why not get rid of that artificial ceiling? They sent him a late invitation to join the squad, to accept their call-up. The day before Banija's first game of DBC 47, he decided to leave Banija's U21 squad to play for his country of birth, Mriin. To say he faced criticism was an understatement. An unprecedented amount of vitriol for a dual-national, but when you consider the nature of him leaving(aka when the tournament was basically underway), it struck a lot of fans and players the wrong way.

From that point, he would go ahead and choose to play for Mriin's senior side. He was a key contributor to Mriin's Cup of Harmony winning side, giving him a major international trophy before they quit international sport. But with Mriin no longer sending out their national teams, that left only one option- for Idi Mboge to return. And he didn't, at least for a while. Last cycle, he was blackballed by Marcus Waters, who knew that his former teammates from Banija's U21 side still held a grudge. The entire World Cup 88 cycle, he wasn't invited. AOCAF LXIV? Please.

Then, the Olympics came around. U23- he's too old, right? But wait- three overage players allowed. So Marcus said, why not? Select Idi Mboge. The team got eliminated in the group stages. And then, Mboge went to the Eagle's Cup. Banija got a bronze medal at the Cup of champions. But Mboge showed enough to get called up to the A squad for World Cup Qualifying. How will his teammates react? Will fans accept him? The burning questions that must be asked. And there was no discord- he integrated well onto the national team.

Unfortunately for him, he's dealt with the pressure by not playing in the Eagle's Cup or the Cup of Harmony, as Pam Scott sent the foreign based players to focus on their clubs while Banija's domestic-based players would play in those tournaments. He's back at the top, and will be put under a lot of pressure. He's seemed to put the DBC debacle behind him, but if things start to go poorly... He's the easiest scapegoat for the squad's struggles.

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Matchday 2: Mlima Kijani(25) v. Banija(5)
Matchday 3: Banija(5) v. Sea Dome(UR)
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Country code: BUS
Denonym: Busogans/Busoga Islanders/Islanders(Busoga Islanders is the formal term; many Banijans call them Busogans, while locals refer to themselves simply as Islanders, which will be the terminology used by the journalists of this country)
Association: Busoga Islander Soccer Association(BISA)
Manager: Linus Ouma. 51 years old. Former assistant manager of the reigning S-FPL champions, Istria City FC. First season in charge. Banijan national.
Senior Assistant Manager: Salem Opondo. 74 years old, male, native of Banija.
Captain: Habib Fadika
Alternate Captain: Mustafa Taal

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Roster for AOCAF 67

Starters: 4-2-3-1.
The six professional clubs on the Busoga Islands are all part of the Banijan soccer pyramid.
Players who are receiving their first call-up during this tournament are italicized.
Players who do not play within the Banijan soccer pyramid are bolded.
BSL = Banijan Soccer League, the second from top-flight for Banija & the Busoga Islands.
S-FPL is the Shango-Fogoa Premier League, the joint top flight for Banija, Busoga Islands, and Farfadillis.
GK #1 Mustafa Taal. 33 years old. Banija/Busoga Islands dual-national who is now cap-tied to Busoga. Plays for the Herzegovina Phoenix in the BSL.
LB #4 Veli Seyfi. 24 years old. Plays for the Busukuma Force in the S-FPL. Male.
CB #5 Ismaela Senghore. 27 years old. Plays for Aissa United in the BSL. Male.
CB #3 Eriz Ince. 30 years old. Captain for Lakiska SC in the BSL. Male.
RB #16 Hambani Chisoni. 21 years old. Comes off the bench for Mynda Electra in the S-FPL.
LCM #8 #23 Cicek Aga. 31 years old. Plays for Ausharmuj Marusi in Farfadillis. Female. Much more of an attacking fielder than her counterpart.
RCM #6 Delbin Kasekende Jr. 29 years old. Plays for 1912 Stelburg in Teusland. Son of former NT captain and the present President of the country, Delbin Kasekende. Male. Much more of a defensive midfielder.
LAM #11 Ozkaya Tarhan. 25 years old. Plays for KItara AA in the S-FPL. Busogan/Equestrian dual-national. Plays much more of a False 9 role, as Tarhan plays in the #10 roll at the club level.
CAM #10 Habib Fadika. 30 years old. Graduate from Northern Moravica University. Starter for Herzegovina City in the S-FPL. Captain.
RAM #7 Isa Kujabi. 28 years old. Comes off the bench for the Hoima Warriors in the S-FPL. Female.
ST #9 Artem Kohut. 30 years old. Plays for Unamaꞌkik Inverness 1877 in the Royal Kingdom of Quebec. Busogan/Delaclav dual-national- switched his allegiance to the Busoga Islands following World Cup 87 Qualifying.
Bench
GK #35 Kazak Karatay. Age 29. Backup for Mynda Electra in the S-FPL. Male.
GK #23 Juba Kaba. 32 years old. Backup for Jinja City FC in the S-FPL. Female.
RB #2 Nazli Mehmet. 18 years old. Plays for Lakiska SC in the BSL. Female.
CB #18 Oray Ozturk. Age 21. Plays for the Isipongo Flash in the BSL. Male.
CB #19 Izel Gulek. Age 25. Plays for Dukuma SC in the BSL. Female.
LB #14 Savun Yenal. Age 27. Plays for Askatasuna FC in the BSL. Male.
CM #6 Junkung Kambi. 26 years old. Plays for the Busembe Timberwolves in the S-FPL. Female.
CM #23 Ogul Karic. 20 years old. Comes off the bench for the Hoima Warriors in the S-FPL.
RW #17 Akyol Aslan. Age 19. Plays for Lakiska SC in the BSL. Male.
CAM #25 Musukuta Keita. Age 25. Plays for Dukuma SC in the BSL. Female.
LW #39 Odul Uyanik. Age 25. Plays for Rukunbi FC in the BSL. Female.
ST #12 Cyprus Oludhe. 21 years old. Plays for the Herzegovina Phoenix in the BSL. Male.

Notes:
- Our free kicks are taken by Habib Fadika. Penalties are taken by Artem Kohut.
- In terms of substitutions, anybody is OK to substitute off the pitch besides Artem Kohut and Habib Fadika.


AOCAF LXVI Group Stage Schedule
Matchday 1: Busoga Islands(16) v. Milchama(19)
Matchday 2: 95X(44) v. Busoga Islands(16)
Matchday 3: Busoga Islands(16) v. Vilita & Turori(4)

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Postby Delaclava » Sat Jul 30, 2022 9:12 am

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Facing ultimatum, Bartoš chooses Delaclava

Star midfielder Martin Bartoš confirmed in a press conference Wednesday morning that he has concluded his representation of Verceola in international soccer and will play for the Delaclav national team for all future tournaments.

"I am a Verceolan, but I am also a Delaclava, and I play Delaclav football," Bartoš declared.

The Delaclav football community awaited Bartoš's decision in the lead-up to the AOCAF Cup. With both Delaclava and Verceola again entered into the competition, and Bartoš making himself available for selection for the first time in several years, the two football federations issued a bilateral ultimatum for Bartoš to make a final, permanent decision on his national representation. The result seemed clear when both federations published their AOCAF squads and only Delaclava had included Bartoš, but Bartoš confirmed in the press conference that his choice was a direct response to the ultimatum.

Bartoš, 25, was born and raised in Verceola and first represented the Bulls as a 17-year-old in the 61st AOCAF Cup and the 86th World Cup, although he had played in the Delaclava youth system for several years before joining Steckholl United. Bartoš was officially classified as Verceolan during his several seasons with Tikariotian club Dhun Lagarr FC. However, Bartoš first dressed for the Phoenixes at the 63rd AOCAF Cup and was a key figure in the Phoenixes' qualification for the 91st World Cup, snapping an absence of 34 Cups from the main draw. Bartoš was officially listed as a dual national in this past transfer window, in which he was acquired by Squornshelan club Lublova Reds.

The decision is a blow to the ongoing legitimacy of football teams for Delaclava's autonomous regions. In Delaclava's time away from international soccer, two offshoot nations were represented in international competition: Firinsymnia, in a handful of friendlies - and they have twice entered the World Cup but were excluded due to field limits; and Verceola, who first competed in a single AOCAF, Baptism of Fire, and World Cup qualification before Delaclava's return. Verceolans such as Bartoš and Fisher Ellery, and Firinsymnians including Wilfrid Gouin, Drystan Tudor, Odhran O'Glissane, and Amaury Racette have inspired hope that the disputed territories may have the capacity to represent themselves. Another territory, Grote Vrede, is home to enough Delaclav players, including Kent Lindblad, Joord Van Der Beek, and Sanson Eisen, that they could also potentially put together a competitive international team.

But for now, Bartoš recognizes that Delaclava has a lot of momentum and chemistry, and he is driven to make the most of that. "I have lived primarily in Delaclava for many years, and I have enjoyed playing for this program. We have had some bumps along the way but have come so far...I know there are some messy politics involved, but for what I want to accomplish personally and professionally, this was a very easy choice."

Bartoš is a Delaclav citizen by default, but Verceola also grants citizenship status to its own. Bartoš declined to comment on whether he is retaining that status, or if he will be allowed to do so, in the aftermath of his decision.

Delaclava opens its tournament against Kimi-Suomi, while Verceola will begin play against Qasden. Both teams will play their group stage somewhere in Valanora to be announced.
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Postby Demot » Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:36 am

Demot "Dynamo" Roster

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Manager: Scott Gaines, age 62
Assistant: Gary Josephs, age 60

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GK: Ramón Coleman, age 32, Tiranyus FC
GK: Erica Caldwell, age 34, Skyhaven FC(F)
GK: Joyce Quesada, age 21, Druidisian FC (F)
LB: Emily Blevins, age 28, FC Almintora Image (F)
LB: Carl Williams, age 25, Skyhaven FC
CB: Jacqueline Juárez, age 33, Skyhaven FC (F)
CB: Irene Colón, age 29, Club Demot (F)
RB: Julio Jordan, age 33, Druidisian United
RB: Clyde Torres, age 27, Atalantian FC
RW: Judith Mason, age 33, Club Demot (F)
RW: Derek Crawford, age 26, Druidisian FC
LW: Irene Osborne, age 33, Atalantian FC (F)
LW: Glen López, age 28, Santa Rosa FC
MC: Dawn Washington, age 25, Parthen United (F)
MC: Ricardo Henderson, age 32, Club Demot
AMC: Theodore Dunlap, age 34, Oceanic United
AMC: Carl Mason, age 21, Santa Rosa FC
AMC: Edgar Méndez, age 31, Likewell Kirk

AMC: Margaret Castañeda, age 32, Freestone FC (F)
ST: Gabriel Baldwin, age 32, Druidisian FC
ST: Gilbert Irwin, age 33, Skyhaven FC
ST: Bryan Hernández, age 27, Santa Rosa FC
ST: Sara Jones, age 24, Club Demot (F)

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Postby The Cordian Isles » Sat Jul 30, 2022 3:53 pm

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All-Star Special: Interview with Anton Osterholt and Gunnvor Nieminen


VO: Welcome back to All-Star Special. This week, I sat down with Anton Osterholt and Gunnvor Nieminen, who have both recently signed outside of the Isles and are in Farfadillis for the 67th edition of the AOCAF Cup. Our discussion ranged from their feelings about playing for clubs away from the Isles, to playing for the national team, to pregame rituals and more.

The video shows Osterholt and Nieminen walking in and awkwardly deciding who sits where. The CAS reporter is already seated to their right, the viewers' left. Osterholt goes with the leftmost seat and Nieminen takes the right.

Reporter: Now that we're settled, how are you finding Farfadillis?

Anton Osterholt: Ah, it's definitely new. I've never been here before and it's a lot warmer than we're used to up in the Isles, getting to see all the local flora and fauna has been incredible, it's truly nothing like anybody from the Isles has ever seen. It's also a bit of a culture shock from the Isles to here, of course, with the focus back in Cordia being so much on safety, the different here is... pretty massive. I'm thankful that our government has seen fit to provide us with some security, just in case.

Gunnvor Nieminen: It's been really interesting, I've never really been able to travel out-of-country other than trips for IFCF matches with Cordasfjord, and never to Farfadillis before. But as we've been getting close to MD1 against Gyatso-Kai, I've been working pretty hard to get ready for the tournament and that's really where my mind is at right now.

Reporter: And what do you think of that upcoming match?

AO: We've got a good shot to win, and it's certainly the biggest game on our schedule. Not saying much more than that, I don't want to end up on Gyatso-Kai's bulletin board.

Reporter: Fair, for sure. Gunnvor, you're currently listed as a substitute. Do you think you'll get a lot of playing time both in the AOCAF Cup and the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers?

GN: We'll see with this tournament. I've had some really productive conversations with Hannah [Andersen, the starter at LCM] about the future at LCM for this team and we think I might get some time as a sub depending on how things go, and I might get some good playing time against Romsten, specifically. It all depends. For WCQs, yeah, I'll definitely start a decent amount against the weaker sides we'll be facing, but it all depends on how I play, so we'll have to wait and see.

Reporter: Anton, you've been a huge part of the Gilded City Dragons' roster for a very long time, can you explain the thought process that led to your leaving the club and heading to Chromatika?

AO: I originally wanted to play for an IFCF-caliber club, but realized pretty soon that I'd overestimated my worth and would end up having to choose between playing in a big league and playing for an IFCF qualifier. I got an offer from Alnio and another from Raven River, and I went with Alnio as a team that knows its stuff on the offensive side of the ball, something I've never really gotten to experience having played for Gilded City all my life, which is why I left the team. I just got a bit burned out from not just being a piece of the offense, but being the offense, so I'm really excited for my future at Alnio.

Reporter: And Gunnvor, you elected to leave a Cordasfjord side that is looking to take its third title in five years and its second in a row this season, heading to Bavingtor of Flavovespia. Why did you decide to leave and what are your thoughts on playing for Bavingtor?

GN: It just came out of a want, for me, to see some of the world, and playing internationally is a great way to do that. Now, Bavingtor has had a really nice run of international success and been on the come up for the last few years, and the league in Flavovespia is also pretty well-respected and receives a pair of Champions League spots each season. Also, they [Bavingtor] already picked up a Cordian in Oscar [Brokhorst], who earned some awards playing for them last season, so it's a great fit for me and hopefully I can help them keep this run of success going for a while yet.

Reporter: Last question, we're almost done here. Do either of you have pregame rituals you complete before every match? I know a lot of Cordians are pretty superstitious about this kind of thing and was wondering if you have any just so our subscribers can get to know you more.

AO: I do! I work back from the time of the match and the pregame meeting and always eat the same meals. It's pasta with alfredo two hours before the game and usually some kind of chicken around five hours before, but I'm less strict about that.

GN: I tend to practice my hand-eye and footwork by juggling. I try to just go for ten minutes, first try, no warm-up. No real superstition there, it's not "if I don't get ten minutes, I suck", but I've been doing that as a warm up ever since I was playing rep soccer for youth teams so it kind of counts about that. Pregame meals are just something light around an hour and a half before the game, and a pretty big breakfast or brunch depending on the time of the game.

Reporter: That's all for today, thank you both for your time and good luck against Gyatso-Kai!
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Postby Mlima Kijani » Sat Jul 30, 2022 5:10 pm

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Nation name: Mlima Kijani
Trigram: MLK
Demonym/adjective: Kijani
Nickname: Kings

All players are domestic unless otherwise stated. All players are available for transfer as free agents.

Staff

Coach: Enoch Apolo (69)
Assistant coach: Ochola Bigombe (39)

Goalkeepers

1. Kĩbachia Theuri (32) KPC Sharks
13. Kĩng’Ori Mũthĩnji (23) Khupolole Leopards
18. Mindika Nyang’o (27) Kibungama

Defenders

2. Michael Odhiambo (28) Image AOPIC Greens
3. Taamiti Bingamu (28) Bujuyaga Stars
4. Emanuel Ngigi (25) Image Igulu City
5. Mũthũngũ Watene (26) Image Fliserboding
12. Jordan Adongo (32) Mpiyunga
15. Thuũ “Combo” Ngũnjiri (26) Khupolole Leopards
16. Barnabas Nyang’au (24) Image Hofvinger
20. Mumbya Ibulaim (29) Image Estdal

Midfielders

6. Kajwang Orombi (23) Khupolole Leopards
7. Rajabu Husein Obama (32) Bugebanda
8. Wang’Ombe Ciugũ (35) Image A’otufu SC
11. Jubal Ogweyo (25) Bugebanda
14. Ramadhani Muhammed (26) Kibungama
17. Hamad Nyamu (32) KPC Sharks
19. Ngina Njerũ (28) Kibungama
21. Gĩchikũ Mũrĩranja (26) Kigu City

Forwards

9. Kĩoi Mũrũngarũa (31) Kigu City
10. Rufus Abong’o (28) Image AOPIC Greens
22. Joseph Odikinyi (32) Image Maigburg
23. Jaazaniah Opondo (29) Image Kalbam

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Postby Jabal Akhdar » Sat Jul 30, 2022 5:13 pm

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Nation name: Jabal Akhdar
Trigram: EJA
Adjective/demonym: Akhdari
Nickname: Green Falcons

All players are domestic unless otherwise noted, and all players are available for transfer as free agents.

Coach: Rasheeq el-Hamid

el-Hamid took over from Maajid al-Shaer, who led the Green Falcons through two mediocre AOCAF campaigns, earning three draws in Siovanija & Teusland, and a first win in Equestria, but never seriously looking like contenders, and immediately took the Green Falcons to their first ever playoff round. Formerly a manager with Ashkarqa, Souday, and Al Maidura, el-Hamid is pretty experienced and regarded as a defensively minded coach who might have a low tolerance for poor discipline and the clumsy errors that have plagued past Green Falcons’ campaigns.

Goalkeepers

1 – GK – Mamdooh el-Abdul (Salayrah) – 29
12 – GK – Abdul Kader el-Sham (Khamad) – 29
23 – GK – Ashraf Muhyddeen al-Hammoud (AOPIC Greens) – 30

Although el-Sham is more popular and al-Hammoud plays for the leading club, it’s el-Abdul, a controversial but acrobatic figure, who keeps the #1 jersey. He’s served a doping ban in his short career and can be indecisive in managing his defensive area, but as a pure shot-stopper he’s the best option, and has accrued the most experience for the NT.

Defenders

2 – DL – Mu’min Humam Kassis (AOPIC Greens) – 30
3 – DR – Rayyan Noor Zaman (Image Maigburg) – 29
4 – DC – Umar el-Saladin (Khamad) – 22
5 – DC – Umair Jalil al-Jalil (Dhabaidat) – 24
13 – DR – Masood Abdullah (Habasfan) – 23
17 – DL – Faai Zayyaan el-Karim (Ashkarqa) – 25
19 – DC – Abdus Samad al-Idris (Image Jáhkot) – 29
21 – DC – Bilaal el-Hamad (Al Maidura) – 28

el-Saladin is a strong young center-back brought in at a tender age as the team seeks new options at the position it’s struggled at the most. With el-Aslam and al-Reza aged out, the young talent al-Jalil is brought in to partner him. Stockier and less of an aerial threat, he's at least a bit better on the ball. The flashy Kassis has been in and out of the team: for now, he's back in, while the team’s best player remains Zaman, a wing-back with a powerful right boot who’s always a threat to shoot or cross; unusually for a fullback, he was the team’s highest scorer in World Cup qualifying.

Midfielders

7 – MC – Abdul-Majid Jarir Hakimi (AOPIC Greens) – 32
11 – MC – Siddeeqi el-Saidi (Salayrah) – 32
14 – DM – Mutlaq el-Basha (AOPIC Greens) – 25
16 – MC – Dhaafir el-Moustafa – (Image Khupolole Leopards) – 32
17 – MC – Sidqi Zuhair el-Afzal (AOPIC Greens) – 28
20 – MC – Shaddaad el-Hashemi (Kalbam) – 31

Taking over from Saadiq Batr el-Matar is his young apprentice at AOPIC Greens, Mutlaq el-Basha, a sturdy defensive midfielder not afraid to put the boot on. He partners the experience el-Moustafa, who’s more of a holding midfielder, shuttling up and down the pitch. He has a good work rate but a poor final touch can let down his passing. The two hold down positions behind the playmarker, Hakimi, who’s been the team’s best player for a while, at least on his good days. He’s a popular player who likes to attack, both the opposition goal, and sometimes fans. el-Hashemi has already amassed a long and depressing injury history in his career as a playmaking attacking midfielder; el-Afzal is a dependable but not particularly exciting distributor; el-Saidi, new to the team, has attacking instincts that his skill set doesn’t always allow him to realize.

Forwards

8 – LW – Misfar Akram (AOPIC Greens) – 29
9 – CF – Zainuddeen al-Ali (Salayrah) – 31
10 – CF – Wajeeh el-Fadel (AOPIC Greens) – 31
15 – RW – Mohammad Jaasir el-Nasir (Khamad) – 30
13 – CF – Dhaki Raashid al-Shaheed (Khamad) – 28
19 – RW – Najeeb Ghaalib el-Farooqi (Kalbam) – 31

el-Fadel remains the first choice striker. He isn’t tall for a striker, but his low center of gravity allows him to stop and turn on a dinar, and he has a ferociously powerful left boot. Neither Akram nor el-Asri are true wingers: they'll play more as support strikers, the burly Akram cutting inside but not always making the best of his final touch, the speedy el-Nasir dogged off the ball but not a great shooter. el-Farooqi is a consistent trundler, al-Ali a talent who hasn't quite managed to out it together, al-Shaheed something of a has-been at this stage.

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95X AOCAF 67 Roster

Postby 95X » Sat Jul 30, 2022 6:00 pm

95X AOCAF 67 Roster

Formation: 4-3-3

Modifier: 0

Uniform—one of the following:
White with gray oval and blue "Ninety Five X" written across shirt, blue player numbers.
All-gray with blue "Ninety Five X" written across shirt, blue player numbers.
Orange with gray oval and blue "Ninety Five X" written across shirt, blue player numbers.
Goalkeepers wear a multicolor-rainbowlike shirt.

Starters
1—GK Ollie Fairbairn
2—RB Grier Hutchinson
3—LB Cherokee Romilly
4—CB Shelley Jackman
5—CB Kim Dickson
6—CM Dallas Belmont
7—RM Ryley Penn
8—LM Stace Scott
9—CF Haven Cosmicbeat
10—RF Ever Rabbitdream
12—LF Jadyn Pond

Bench
13—GK Campbell Moon
14—Kendal Martin
15—Vinnie Steed
16—Joss Benbow
17—Hildred Atwater
18—Regan Arterbury
19—Shaye Boone
20—Presley Holland
21—Ronnie Josephson
22—Jimmie Francis
23—Johnnie Evanson
24—GK Ora Revie

Manager: Air Lakeleigh

Retired Numbers
11—Xi Foureleven (Despite her protests, no player would wear a 95X uniform bearing the number 11. It was therefore re-retired and remains one of the only links to the 95X past.)

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RP believable substitutions: Y
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RP Xi Foureleven in any way: N
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