CONCAFA Champions League | Group Stages | 2017-18
We’re now halfway through the group stages of the 3CL, so it’s a good time to take stock of the progress of the ESL teams and the other big teams.
In group A, Juvenese have shown to be solid, even though they managed a 0-0 draw away to Centurions. Two wins before that (@ Angel 3-2, vs Stade Lenseille 3-0). ESL’s Angel FC have won their other two games after getting off to a losing start at home to Juvenese. They seem quite assured of making their way through to the last 16. Continue reading “3CL: Adelphia do good, ALFA are humiliated”
WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 Qualifiers | CONCAFA
It had come down to the last round of matches. If Eboria won against Latania, they were getting the automatic spot, draw or lose- and Marida could snatch that spot with a win away to Saint Louis.
Eboria won 2-0 at home, thanks to goals from Jake Carter and Roman Baric. Latania’s Mario Lotti hit the post and bar either side of half-time, teenage prodigy Mauro Bellatoni also missed essentially an open goal when it was 1-0. Baric’s strike with eleven minutes remaining meant that what was happening in Saint Louis was irrelevant. With qualification settled, it’s time to sort out the front end of the team- as they will possibly be without a fully fit Matt Murphy for the run up to the finals.
Marida won 3-0, thanks to a brace from Carlos Ricardo and a (now) rare goal from -Manha. Césaro limped off before the interval, which will be of concern for Nova Porto. Félix did not play either, following a minor injury picked up in the previous game.
Marida will now have a two-legged play-off against New Zealand for a place in the World Nations Cup finals next summer.
Hallas Hotspurs | Interim Head Coach
Whilst they continue to recruit a new Head Coach, Hallas Hotpsurs have announced that Drew Smith will act as Interim Head Coach for this coming weekend’s fixture. Smith knows the players well, the team are hoping to get in a permanent fixture soon.
There are rumours that the person that they want is not currently available- but may soon be! ESL will keep you posted, as the story develops.
WEFA World Nations Cup Qualifiers 2018 | CONCAFA
It will be between Marida and Eboria for the automatic qualifying spot, with the one who misses out facing New Zealand over two games for the final places in the competition next summer. The two-legged play-off will be in November.
Eboria drew 0-0 away at Anderland, whilst Marida cruised to a 2-0 win in Panduras. Felix scored both goals for Marida. He now has three in the qualifying competition. Both nations will be at home for the last game, Eboria vs Latania and Marida vs Saint Louis.
Elsewhere, Latania beat Aguador 1-0 following Mauro Bellatoni’s first goal for his country. Mario Lotti ran the show, playing in the false nine spot. Djaraska drew 2-2 at Saint Louis, which was a very good for them. They’ve had a dire campaign.
After Hallas Hotspurs sacked Drew Higgins just as we reached the international break, we wonder who could be next up in the coming rounds? This is speculation, sure, but some Head Coaches are going to be desperate for some Ws in the next few games:
Robert Westerhouser – Harteford Hammers
They have a similar record to Hallas, actually bottom of the league on goal difference! Westerhouser kept them up last year, but they look less up for the fight this term. Without a win in eight games is not a good look. GM Tom Hoddle and Owner Glen Burbeck will be watching the team’s displays closely in October.
Sean Campbell – Oakland Forest
Campbell was a tenacious midfielder for some great teams, but this Oakland team is not looking so great or tenacious. Campbell has time to turn it around, though, he bought himself some time with a win over the league leaders this past weekend (3-2 vs Adelphia). Needs to add teeth to the midfield and help out the defence.
Diego Lozano – Olympians
Olympians fans thought that getting rid of Patrick Brady was meant to represent a positive future. Losing Hernandinho and Nelinho was a harsh blow for any new manager coming in. The replacements have not settled- Alvaro seems average, Aslan Burakgazi is playing out of position, not as effective as he was at LSG. Lozano’s recent spat with Martijn Bockel could turn the rest of the team against him. Bockel handed in his transfer-request, which was denied. Lozano singled him out in two games- which was not well received by the fans. Olympians might need some more time (read January xfer window) to turn this around- Lozano may not be afforded that.
Michael Bennett – Pottsburgh Athletic
Has rebounded from losing 6-0 to Adelphia on opening day, Pottsburgh beat Coratia to get their first win (which was a great result). The team only just stayed up last season ans looks to fragile a squad to make it this time around. They really need three teams to be worse than them again to survive. Changing the HC may not make much difference-unless an energy guy comes in to spark them and add a bit of ra-ra spirit.
Hallas Hotspurs | Drew Higgins
Hallas Hostpurs have tonight sacked Head coach Drew Higgins, following a winless start the season (three draws- five losses). His Assistant Mike Lukins has also left the club- with immediate effect.
WEFA World Nations Cup Qualifiers 2018
EBORIA 1-1 MARIDA
Eboria have one foot in Portugal and Spain next summer, following the 1-1 draw with Marida tonight! The win guarantees at least second place, good enough for a play-off (against Oceania’s winners New Zealand). Not to overlook New Zealand, but the Eborians (and Maridians for that matter) should prove far too strong. Marida, with the point made it more certain that they will also finish in the top two- with two games left to play.
Felix had given the visitors the lead in the third minute, with a fantastic volley following good build up play. Roman Baric equalised in the 53rd minute, giving the hosts the necessary point needed to ensure a top two finish. The team didn’t miss Matt Murphy too much, sharing possession (49% – 51 %) and chances (11 each).
ESL Injury updates | Melborg | Eboria NT
Melborg and Eboria National Team have a big problem. Playmaker Matt Murphy has aggrivated his MCL again- he is expected to miss most of the 2017-18 season now. This will also place his position in the WNC Squad for next summer (assuming Eboria do qualify for the finals in Spain and Portugal).
Ths initial prognosis was not too bad, however, the news was not so comforting following a full scan at Melborg’s medical centre.
The for the next few games, Melborg might try advancing Sol Harrison or deploying a different formation. This is a headache the Melborg’s rookie Head Coach David Wilkerson could have done without.
CONCAFA Champions League 2017-18
The draw for the group stages has been made for the Champs League (3CL).
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It means that Juvenese and Angel, Adelphia and Santos and Rosano Centrale and Club Tigres will face each other two years running. Holders Adelphia Arsenal are in the so-called “group of death” with Latanian giants Milazio, Maridians Santos and Panduras’ Bocamanga.
Angel are paired with Juvenese, Stade Lenseille and Centurions. New Jorg United have got Club Tigres, Rosano Centrale and Totterdam SV. ALFA are heading group F along with Florencia, Nova Porto and Viktoria Braskova.
Elsewhere, Real Mardis return after a one year absence, looking to frighten everyone with their new ‘FSN’ strikeforce (Felix, Carlos Suarez and Nelinho), currently setting the Primeiro Divisão on fire.