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Transfer Updates:

Transfer Updates:

The Transfer Window closed for ESL teams on Thursday 16th August, the day before Adelphia Arsenal kick things off in the DIY Depot Arena. There have been many deals involving ESL clubs.  The big moves are Mario Lotti to ALFA, Christian Makamalé to Angel FC and Robin Overgaard’s move from TSV to Adelphia Arsenal.

Here are some of the bigger deals to go down this summer, club by club:

ADELPHIA ARSENAL

In: DM Fernando (Sporting Mardis, Mar), CF Robin Overgaard (TSV, Ald)

Out: WF Henry Thomas (Charlton Athletic, Eng) , DM Jerome Mowabé (Dubai FC) Continue reading “Transfer Updates:”

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CEFA Super Cup 18: Adelphia too fierce for Olympians

CEFA Super Cup 18: Adelphia too fierce for Olympians

CEFA Super Cup 2018

ADELPHIA ARSENAL 4-0 OLYMPIANS

Luis Velasquez and Robin Overgaard both hit a brace as the defending ESL champions easily overcame Olympians in the Super Cup. Adelphia rested Daniel Ayandele and Jordan Wilcox,who returned late from WEFA World Nations Cup duty- but they were not missed. Overgaard opened the scoring, tapping in Marquez’s cross. Velasquez added two just before half time. Overgaard got the fourth  right on the hour mark.

It seemed like business as usual for Adelphia Arsenal, who are now without part of the spine of the team, in ex-captain Jerome Mowabé and goalscorer Henry Thomas.

The new ESL season starts on Friday night with Adelphia kicking off in their new home- the DIY Depot Arena (sharing with the PFL’s Adelphia Phoenix)  against ESL newcomers Mayona City.

3CL Draw: Adelphia & Giapoli to butt heads again!

3CL Draw: Adelphia & Giapoli to butt heads again!

CONCAFA Club Champions League 2018-19 | CONCAFA HQ

The four Eborian ESL teams and Anderland’s ESL team Totterdam found their group stages plans in today’s 3CL 2018-19 Group Stages Draw. The  top two in each group qualify automatically, with the four best third placed teams also making the last 16. Continue reading “3CL Draw: Adelphia & Giapoli to butt heads again!”

Picardo in as ALFA Head Coach

Picardo in as ALFA Head Coach

Following last month’s dramaic resignation by Darren Berkowitz, ALFA have got their new man! Former Giapoli and Genieri coach Giancarlo ‘Carlo’ Picardo has stepped into the hot seat in the capital.

Picardo comes in at a time when ALFA have under-performed, going from ESL Champions in 2017, to missing out on a 3CL place last term. Berkowitz took responsibility for the failure up front, not supporting Roman Baric. Picardo knows he needs to sort out a SS or CF to play with Roman ASAP.

Picardo is rumoured to have good connections with Mario Lotti’s agent. Lotti is considered a legend by the club’s fans and they would welcome him back from Europe with open arms. Can Carlo get it done? Can ALFA play with more freedom this term.

One things for sure, ALFA will not lack passion from the coaching staff, Picardo has been sent to the stands many times in Latania’s Lega Uno. He isn’t mild-mannered and softly spoken!

 

WNC18: Jones proud of his players

WNC18: Jones proud of his players

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018

Eboria NT Head Coach Tony Jones has come out in support of his player’s achievements in this years WEFA World Nations Cup. Eboria made it put of a group containing Belgium, Italy and Australia. They beat Costa Rica in the last 16, before going out to Brazil in the Quarter-finals.

“I am so proud of this group of players. this squad worked so hard for each other and it paid off- getting out of a very difficult group. To lose to Brazil? there was no shame in it. ”

He added that he is going to be speaking to the CEFA executive committee soon to talk about his future- stating ” I am still up for this challenge, to take us further, so with their support- I’ll happily try to steer us to China in 2022.”

WNC18: Eboria crash out…to Brazil

WNC18: Eboria crash out…to Brazil

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | 1/4 Final

BRAZIL 2-0 EBORIA

Eboria were eliminated at the Quarter-final stage by a well- attuned Brazil team.

First-half goals from Paulinho and Coutinho sealed Eboria’s fate. They had played differently, more defensively- due to the attacking nature of Brazil. With Cooper and Myers penned back more, they didn’t look as sharp up front. Baric, at times, looked isolated up front.

The team were delighted to have got into the last eight, but could not match Marida’s fantastic result (beating Belgium) and advance.

Eboria (4-3-3): Chambers, Myers (sub Givens), Cooper, Vladic, Ayandele (C), Mills (sub Lewis), Harrison, Wilcox, Johnson (sub Freeman),  Thomas, Baric.

WNC18: Eboria scrape past Costa Rica- face Brazil next!

WNC18: Eboria scrape past Costa Rica- face Brazil next!

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Last 16

COSTA RICA  0-1 EBORIA

Roman Baric’s goal once again guides Eboria through to the next phase, safely seeing off the Ticos 1-0. 

Eboria has a tough time against a resilient and rough n’ ready Costa Rica side. Los Ticos  seemed happy to play with five at the back and try to catch out the Golden Stars on the counter. They nearly did it too, when Joel Campbell broke through and headed past an onrushing Scott Chambers- only for Mark Vladic to clear the ball moments before it could cross the line.

Eboria’s goal came in the 66th minute. Jordan Wilcox played a perfect through ball to Roman Baric, who flicked the ball deftly over Keylor Navas and into an empty goal.

Costa Rica had a shout for a late penalty waived off from the referee, replay’s showed that it was a 50-50 call, with Vladic perhaps getting away with the benefit of the doubt for his handball. It was judged to not be intentional and therefore not a penalty.

Eboria couldn’t double their lead and had to hang on for the last few minutes, with long balls peppered into their box. Thankfully, the Golden Stars’ defence held strong and they saw through to the final whistle intact.

Next up? Only the favourites, Brazil in the final Quarter Final tie!

Eboria (4-3-3): Chambers, Cooper, Myers (sub Givens), Ayandele (C), Vladic, Harrison, Mills (sub Lewis), Wilcox, Johnson (sub Carter), Thomas, Baric.

WNC18: Marida into last 8 as Carlos beats Kasper

WNC18: Marida into last 8 as Carlos beats Kasper

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Last 16

MARIDA 1 -0 DENMARK

Carlos Ricardo broke the deadlock and Danish hearts with the only goal in this even, tense and hard-fought last 16 match.

Both teams had tested out goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Fabio in the first half- but no one could get past these towering forces. It changed though, seven minutes into the second half, when Ricardo fiercely won a tackle on the edge of the box and drilled the ball past a helpless Dane in the goalmouth. Replays showed Kasper had got the tiniest  of touches on the ball, but it went in off the post.

Denmark pressed to get back into the game, going to three up front for the last 15 minutes. Marida almost caught them out on the counter. For once, striker Rolando was wasteful in front of goal. Schmeichel also went up front for stoppage time, to no avail.

Marida will play Belgium on Sunday afternoon in the third Quarter-final match.

Marida (4-3-3):  Fabio, Marcos (sub Simão), Valdo, Ivandro (C), Xavi Ramires, Felipe (sub Paulito), Lieira, Ricardo, Césaro, Félix Jr, Rolando.

 

WNC18: Eboria lose to Belgium: Avoid Germany in next phase

WNC18: Eboria lose to Belgium: Avoid Germany in next phase

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Group G

Eboria 2-3 Belgium

Belgium took top spot by beating an almost full-strength Eborian side in Faro.

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard had given Eboria plenty to think about in the first half. Lukaku and Hazard scoring good goals from set pieces, whilst Eboria’s goal also came from a corner- a header by Daniel Ayandele.

Lukaku stretched Belgium’s lead in the second period to 3-1, which would give them top spot and the possibility of avoiding the Germans- favourites in Group H.
Eboria chased the game, pulling a goal back, following a goalmouth melee. Henry Thomas wickedly volleyed the ball past Courtois.

In the end, the equaliser never came. It wasn’t a bad time to lose though- results in Group H have meant that Costa Rica take top spot and Germany runners-up. This means Belgium and Germany are paired up and Costa Rica will play Eboria.

Not to take anything away from Costa Rica, but Eboria will much prefer playing against the Central Americans. This loss felt a bit like a win in the end!

Italy 4-0 Australia 

It was too little, too late for the Azzuri, as they crashed out with a big banging 4-0 thumping over Australia- who may have already been at the airport. A brace from Immoble, along with Bellotti strikes and a Sainsbury own goal completed the rout for Italy.

Eboria will face Costa Rica and Belgium play Germany in the next round.

WNC18: Marida take top spot as Brazil stutter past Mexico

WNC18: Marida take top spot as Brazil stutter past Mexico

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Group E

Marida 3-1 Nigeria

Marida saw off Nigeria 3-1 to take top spot and confirm their passage to the second round of the finals tournament. Rolando (two) and Césaro secured the  victory with well-taken goals. Césaro’s goal had come on the counter as Nigeria pressed for an equaliser, after Victor Moses had scored- ten minutes into the second half.

At the half Marida had looked comfortable, with two precision strikes from Rolando – that’s six strikes in three games for him.

Brazil 4-3 Mexico

Neymar came to the rescue for Brazil, who faced their first ever exit a the group stages as they were 2-1 and 3-2 down to Mexico. It showed how off their game the Mexicans were in the opening game ( a humiliating 5-1 loss to Marida). Mexico had chances to seal the game, deservedly leading for an hour of the match.

In the end, the big match players shone through- leaving Brazil with a mouth-watering tie against Spain in the second round, Mexico go home with their heads held high.

Marida will face Denmark in their second round match. It is a match that Marida must fancy their chances in.