ESL | Elverpool & New Jorg United
The season stops for the winter break with a three way tie at the top, with everyone having played 17 games. Goal difference separates Elverpool with New Jorg United and Adelphia Arsenal.
Elverpool could only draw 1-1 with a resurging Olympians side, whilst New Jorg also drew 1-1 with another contender – Angel FC.
Elverpool are the Christmas Champions on goal difference, but with such a tight situation at the top of the table, it doesn’t feel like a defining omen for the next 17 games, beginning in January.
Round 17 Results:
Tuesday December 5-
Adelphia 2-1 FC Coratia (match brought forward)
Friday December 8-
Olympians 1-1 Elverpool
Saturday December 9-
LSG 0-1 ALFA
Melborg 1-2 Seafax
Oakland 2-2 Totterdam
Rochester 0-1 Harteford
San Andreas 3-2 Pottsburgh
Sunday December 10-
Amorgan 1-1 Hallas
NJ United 1-1 Angel FC
ESL | Season 2017-18
ADELPHIA ARSENAL 2
FC CORATIA 1
Adelphia Arsenal finished on a high, after losing two games in a row and looking a little fragile, they restored confidence with a win at home to Coratia this evening. Continue reading “Adelphia finish halfway point with win over Coratia”
ALFA 0-2 OLYMPIANS
Olympians looked like a different team out there in the derby against ALFA on Saturday. Carter Roebuck had his team all fired up as they battled ALFA for every inch on the pitch, pressing relentlessly. The pressure paid off as they benefited from ALFA mistakes, with Aslan Burakgazi scoring after eleven minutes.
The team lessened the intensity and held a different shape in the second half, making it difficult for the home team to break them down.
Deep into stoppage time, Nacho Vargas got the second goal, on the break.
ESL | Appointments | Olympians | Carter Roebuck
Olympians have today announced that Carter Roebuck will succeed Diego Lozano as the teams new Head Coach. Roebuck left the game in 2012 to tend to his dying wife and is expected to make an emotional return to the game this coming weekend. He will not be coaching the team on Saturday, instead starting from their final two games before the winter break.
Roebuck, 49, has taken time away from the game to take time to come to terms with the harshness of life, having been left widowed with two children. This return to the game is a sign that he has got back to his old self and is ready to prove himself as an good reader of the game and tactician, following a promising career that was cut short by injury at age 31.
CONCAFA Champions League | 2017-18 | Group Phase
All four ESL Eborian Teams made it through to the last sixteen tonight, following the final group matches.
Holders Adelphia Arsenal and New Jorg United both went through as group winners, whilst ALFA and Angel both qualified as runners-up. Anderland’s TSV (also in the ESL) failed to progress.
All four teams will be in the draw in a few weeks time, to determine that first knockout stage, the last 16. They will all be kept apart.
WEFA | International Friendlies | Eboria
Eboria played two friendlies during the final international break of 2017, losing 2-0 in Mexico, before winning 3-0 against Turkey. So, what did we learn?
AJ, Thomas & Baric are vital for goals next summer
Aaron Johnson, Henry Thomas and Roman Baric are the only consistent goalscorers for the national team. When they are on song, the team flourish, when not, the team look toothless, like they did against Mexico!
When you look at the ESL rosters, you don’t see that many players scoring up front. Many players who are scoring are not eligible for Eboria. We may need to get some backup strikers- reserve Kevin Kelly is looking a little bit old now. Who else is there though?
Abundance of Midfielders
We thought we may miss Matt Murphy, out from multiple knee joint problems. Jimmy Langford and Jordan Wilcox are great play-makers, add in Sol Harrison, Mike Mills, Scott Bradshaw, Jake Carter and Danny Marshall. Blake Solo is on the periphery. It’s looking real good in here.
Central Defensive frailty
David Ayandele and Sean Buckhalter are tremendous CBs. Jamie Holland is a good deputy. But again, where is the strength in depth? All three are now in their 30s and picking up nagging injuries Who else can step up here?
WEFA World Nations Cup Qualifiers | Intercontinental Play-off
New Zealand 1-0 Marida
Marida 5-0 New Zealand (Marida win 5-1 on agg.)
Congratulations to the Marida Men’s National Team as they booked their tickets for Spain/Portugal in style.
Marida qualified in front of 80,000 fans in Mardis with an emphatic 5-0 win against the Kiwis. New Zealand had won the first leg 1-0 and had hoped that nerves would get the better of the Central Atlanticans. After a nervy first half hour, Marida settled down when Felix scored, following a simple one-two with Césaro. Three minutes later, Lieira headed in from a corner and the party was only just beginning.
Second-half goals from Rolando, Ricardo and Césaro finished the rout. Marida became the 32nd and last team to be entered into the hat for next summers finals tournament.
Olympians | Diego Lozano
Olympians have parted ways with Head Coach Diego Lozano, after just 12 games.
Lozano was highly recruited after his time at San Andreas, but things did not pan out for him. His high profile falling out with star man Martijn Bockel- resulting in a transfer request seems that he lost support of all the players. There was chatter of a split dressing room.
Following today’s dismal showing against Adelphia, losing 3-1 at home, it was decided that it was time for a change at the helm.
Gus Walker has taken temporary charge of the first team.
Hallas Hostpurs finally open their win account in Round 11 vs Elverpool.
Hallas Hotspurs and their interim HC Drew Smith finally got their first win tonight, with a well-earned 2-0 victory over second-placed Elverpool. Goals from Moullec and Glusovic in the first 35 minutes were enough on the night. Elverpool were a pretty-much full strength side and offered no excuses for the poor performance. Hallas will be looking to double their win total next weekend!
ESL 2017-18 | After ten rounds
We’re almost a third of the way through the season, so it’s a good marker point to check in on the teams and see who has done well or performed terribly after ten games.
Adelphia Arsenal | Position: 1st
Reclaimed top spot with a 1-0 win over Angel. Have looked pretty solid, with new recruits settling in pretty well. Luis Velasquez has eight goals in 9 games, looking like the man Adelphia thought he would be. Continue reading “Ten games in : Progress Reports”