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3CL: Quarter-finals conclude leaving a final four

3CL: Quarter-finals conclude leaving a final four

CONCAFA Champions League | 2017-18

The four first leg games of the quarter-finals have been played.

Independiente shocked Nova Porto, with Juan Pablo Sisco scoring twice in each half, for a difficult patch in Nova Porto’s cup run. When Sisco made it 5-1 romp in the 81st minute, there was hope, as one more goal was needed to go through. Césaro snatched a late goal to put things beyond doubt- 6-5 on agg to Nova, who had been going through because of an away goal.

New Jorg United won on the road, 1-0 thanks to a late Aron Mulder goal on the break. Giapoli had threatened, but could not break the United lines. They tried it on with the referee, tyrong to win free kicks and penalties with dives, some convinced, but not all. Goalie Jeff Lemmon saved a penalty from Santi Ramon, the Nerazzuri were unable to score.

Real Mardis never looked in trouble at home to Rosano Centrale. They  won 2-0, thanks to two goals from Carlos Suárez. Mardis marched through 4-1 on aggregate.

Juvenese and Angel had an entertaining game, with Juvenese winning 2-1 to go through 4-2 on agg. With the score tied at 1-1, with Angel needing another goal to take it to extra time, Sandro broke Angel’s hearts with a goal on the counter.

We now have the semi-finals set:
New Jorg United vs Nova Porto, Real Mardis vs Juvenese


3CL Quarter-Finals: 1st Legs

3CL Quarter-Finals: 1st Legs

CONCAFA Champions League | 2017-18

The four first leg games of the quarter-finals have been played.

Nova Porto took control of their first leg tie with Independiente, scoring twice in each half, for a 4-0 romp at home. Diego Martinez, Lieira and a brace from Césaro took the game away from the visiting Aguadorians.

New Jorg United conceded an away goal in their game with Giapoli, but carry a 3-1 lead going into the return game. Goals from Sasa Lucic, Michael Odonkwa and Peter Aguba will help United’s confidence.

Real Mardis overcame an early goal away to Rosano Centrale to win 2-1.  Motolese’s opener was cancelled out by Nelinho. Carlos Suárez scored the winner late in the second half.

Juvenese and Angel know each other very well, playing the fifth game in two seasons between the two. Estevez’s opener was doubled by Sandro Lopes early in the second half.  Angel were held a lifeline late in the game, when Roberto De Melo was tripped inside the penalty area by Bieberbach. Alex van der Kamp converted the spot-kick. It’s all to play for at Angel Stadium next week!

3CL: Two ESL sides crash out, Favourites advance

3CL: Two ESL sides crash out, Favourites advance

CONCAFA Champions League | Last Sixteen | 2nd Legs

Last night’s last sixteen second leg games saw greatness, goals and a little more controversy.

The Nova Porto – AS Milazio match was an open affair. With Milazio needing a lot to advance- they went for it. They were two up after twenty eight minutes, with Cozza and Boschkamp scoring, only to concede an own goal just before half-time. When Cozza bagged his second, the away fans were singing, as 3-3 on agg, Milazio would go through on away goals. With 20 minutes left, Xavi Ramires crossed for Diego Martinez to head the hosts through to the next round, breaking Milazio’s hearts. Bosch missed a chance at the death to take them through.

Independiente lost 1-0 to Centurions in the return game, but went through 3-2 on aggregate. They never really looked like going out and were surprised to lose this game.

Following last week’s controversial first leg, it reigned in Adelphia, where Giapoli defeated the reigning champions Adelphia Arsenal 4-2 on agg. Adelphia coach Frank Lebeau and several players will be suspended for the opening games next season- Henry Thomas, Eddie James and Ryan Givens all picked up two yellow cards over the two games.

In a carbon-copy of the first game, New Jorg United cruised over Club Panteras 2-0. Peter Aguba and Aron Mulder doubled the advantage, never looking in any danger. The next round will provide a bigger question for this team.

Rosano Centrale had a pedestrian 1-1 draw with Galencia. The Latanians had made easy work of this two weeks ago, Gala had no real answers and seemed to get more out of the game than they deserved.

In the tie of the round, ESL Champions ALFA were beating Real Mardis in Mardis 3-1 for 90 minutes (4-4 on agg). After trailing 1-0 after only four minutes to a dazzling Suárez goal, they came back. On the half-hour, Roman Baric broke through and slotted home. Second half stunners from Drew Campbell and Laurent Féyembé took the game to extra time. In extra-time, Suárez struck from the spot, following Abou Diarra’s red card for a foul on Félix in the box. ALFA went down to 9 men, when Danny Marshall received a straight red for his lunging sliding tackle on Antonio Cruz. They did so well to take it to extra-time but then fell apart and lost 5-4 on aggregate.

Juvenese hammered RC Santos 3-0, to win 5-2 on aggregate.  Lopes, Soares and Estevez completed the rout. Santos had trailed on away goals and lacked the bite up front to make a challenge.

Angel FC drew 1-1 with last year’s losing finalists- Club Tigres, to knock them out on away goals rule. Tracy Jackson gave them a first half lead that gave them the big advantage. Needing two goals to advance, Tigres could only manage one, with veteran Carlos Pinto stabbing home a penalty kick late on.

AJ Breaks Metatarsal- out for 7-9 weeks

AJ Breaks Metatarsal- out for 7-9 weeks

Elverpool and Eboria NT star striker Aaron Johnson has fractured his left metatarsal during the game against Oakland Forest.

The player is not expected to need an operation, but will wear a special protective boot for at least 6-8 weeks. It does place his squad position at the World Nations Cup Finals in jeopardy.

It also means that Elverpool will be short on strikers in their fight to finish in the top four and claim a 3CL place.


3CL: Controversy in Gia, goals aplenty!

3CL: Controversy in Gia, goals aplenty!

CONCAFA Champions League | Last Sixteen | 1st Legs

Last night’s last sixteen first leg games saw greatness, goals and controversy. CONCAFA have already stated that they will ask Frank Lebeau to explain his comments and actions towards the referee.

The Nova Porto – AS Milazio match was keenly fought, with Milazio’s new strike-force firing a blank in a 2-0 defeat at home. Nova’s goals came from Césaro and Diego Martinez, meaning they have a great advantage to take back home. Milazio have to score at least three to advance. Should be an attacking second leg.

Independiente scored three away goals in a 3-1 demolition of Centurions. Veteran striker Juan Pablo Sisco nabbed a brace.

The controversy reigned in Giapolis, where Giapoli defeated the reigning champions Adelphia Arsenal 2-0. Adelphia coach Frank Lebeau angrily confronted the referee at half-time and full-time, stating he felt the referee was conned by ‘dives and deceptions’, the visitors were denied a clear penalty in the second half and several players were booked, two of which were debatable.

New Jorg United had an easier time in Panduras, beating Club Panteras 2-0. Peter Aguba and Sasa Lucic struck crucial away goals, to take back with them in two weeks time.

Rosano Centrale also won 2-0, away to Aguadorian side Galencia. The Latanians made easy work of this tie, with the hosts seemingly trying not to concede at home (and failing).

In the tie of the round, ESL Champions ALFA hosted favourites Real Mardis at the ALFA Arena, they kept the hosts level at half-time 1-1, but conceded two second half goals to trail 3-1. The Maridian Champions will be without striker Nelinho for the second leg, following a hamstring problem that will keep him sidelined for several weeks.

Juvenese and RC Santos drew 2-2 in Marida, with away goals coming from Sandro Ramires and Gianni Grassi, to put the Bianconeri firmly in charge.

Angel FC also drew 2-2, away to last year’s losing finalists- Club Tigres. Alex van der Kamp and Roberto de Melo saved the Eborian side’s blushes. They will be missing Frederic Kané for the return game- as he misses at least a few weeks with ankle trouble. Several other players are ‘bruised’ from a very physical encounter.



Transfer Window latest: Any last minute deals?

Transfer Window latest: Any last minute deals?

  • Still no word on a replacement for Mark van Boschkamp at Melborg. Rumours have circulated about Christian Makamalé, Juan Pablo Sisco and Silvio Aguado.
  • ALFA have denied CF Andre Williams a chance to talk to Melborg about a loan deal.
  • Makamalé to Adelphia Arsenal is now off, after personal terms agreed- the two sides are way -off in fee estimation.
  • Robin Overgaard has come out and said he is not leaving Totterdam this window, he did however  drop hint that he may move on in the summer.
  • AS Milazio and Real Mardis have had interest turned away in the super striker Axel Heinz.
  • Angel‘s interest in Bragadora playmaker Costinho seems to have died down.

Boschkamp goes to Milazio

Transfer Talk | Melborg | AS Milazio | Mark van Boschkamp

Mark van Boschkamp has sealed his transfer to AS Milazio today. The want-away forward joins the Latanian giants and his Anderland compatriot Martijn Bockel, who signed a few weeks ago. He hopes to have an impact on a team on the domestic and CONCAFA fronts. Milazio are arming themselves for a run on the CONCAFA Champions League.

Van Boschkamp, 35, has signed an 18 month deal, according to reports. He has been given the social media unveiling.

Boschkamp(Milazio xfer)

There’s no word yet on Melborg’s potential replacement. They are leaving it late, unless they have been ultra-quiet on the interest leakage front.


Is the salary cap hurting ESL Clubs? | Opinion

Mike Defrates | ESL Online

As we see little action again by clubs in the winter transfer window, questions have been asked why not so much is happening. One of the main reasons given is that the teams have to comply with a salary cap, and due to the middle season transfer, teams maxed out can only bring in a like-for-like salary. This does appear to be true, so the question I am pondering is does the ESL make life harder for itself by having a cap in the first place?

The Cap – Basics

In case you don’t know, the 18 ESL clubs operate a ß55M cap for their 25 players. Exceptions are up to three players aged 17-21 and earning under ß1M, Two designated ‘Marquee Players’ (MP). The MP’s salary is exempt from the cap total.  The cap is representative of the TV deal that the ESL signs with networks, allocating the bulk of the money equally. ß55M  represents approx $39M. It isn’t huge money- in soccer terms!

The cap is in place to stop teams overspending and running up debts, like we have seen in the UK and other countries.

The Cap vs uncapped leagues in CONCAFA

The rising cap, from ß25M in 2006-07, has allowed changes to keep the top teams competitive in CONCAFA, which judging by CONCAFA Champions League success since the cap was introduced-  it is working (Adelphia, ALFA, New Jorg and Angel all won CL titles). This is all well and good when the cap is high, relative to the rest of CONCAFA, which it has been.

The new TV deals in Latania and Marida may end this competitive balance. Real Mardis have been investing money like crazy in the past 18 months, AS Milazio, are now joining this fold. A few years back, it was Chavés CF who were spending big.  If the big clubs are becoming super-teams and it becomes ESL vs CONCAFA superclubs, where are the top players going to want to play? Where they earn the most, most likely. Currently, four ESL teams are in the top ten for wages in CONCAFA, but in positions 10-7. The other six? five of them are competitors in the CONCAFA Champions League knockout stages, with Chavés expected to be there again next season.

wages(CONCAFA 2017)

Top Ten Wages in CONCAFA- chart (based on estimates at beginning of 2017-18)


It has been suggested that increasing the Marquee Players from two to three would help the bigger ESL clubs, whilst not increasing the burden on the middle-lower clubs. It would help the 3CL clubs acquire names easier.

This may also allow some clubs to keep their veterans who aren’t willing to take a pay cut. As we have seen with Adelphia and Elverpool, they have to shed older players when the up-an-coming players peak and demand a raise. Annual culls happen quite regularly now at successful teams.

The other option is to just raise the cap, to ß70-80M meaning some teams at the bottom, to keep up with the cap may be in financial danger. Although, they are not obliged to spend any amount over 80% over the cap.


It is this writer’s opinion that, even though the cap is not as harsh as the MLS one, it is beginning to harm the top clubs in their efforts for CONCAFA glory. Last season Milazio and Mardis were not in the competition, now they are right up there. Chavés can spend almost 50% more than any ESL club next season.

The cap may be necessary to keep ESL clubs solvent, but it does need to avoid strangling the top clubs as they pursue continental  silverware.


Bosch hands in transfer request, issues ‘get me out of here’ request

Transfer Talk | Mark van Bocshkamp | Melborg FC

Mark van Boschkamp has stunned Melborg’s managment by handing in his transfer request, reports are suggesting. According to GoalTalk FM, he has also issued a plea to either Juvenese or AS Milazio to ‘come and get me’.

This comes after he almost left a year ago for China, following a big money offer being on the table. Talks broke down at the last minute and Bosch came back, playing well for the Whites. He was instrumental in getting Head Coach JPL the sack in May and was said to be feeling fed-up with the lack of progress made under rookie Head Coach David Wilkerson.

Both Juvenese and AS Milazio are said to be interested in bringing the man in for a 12-18 month contract, to boost their teams’ attack. He is eligible for the CONCAFA Champions league too, so would upgrade them across the board. More on this as it develops.

Another rumour has popped up, stating that the trouble has been stirred by Milazio’s Andutch newcomer Martijn Bockel. Bockel left Olympians earlier this month, to join this mini-revolution in Milazio.  If that’s true, he may be a Milazio man.

Vladic to Elverpool? xfer rumours  and done deals

Vladic to Elverpool? xfer rumours and done deals

Football Transfer Window | Winter 2018 | ESL Clubs

The biggest developing story this week is Elverpool’s interest in LSG‘s highly-rated CB Mark Vladic. Apparent bids of ß20M and ß25M have been automatically rejected. It is understood that the winter champions will up the bid to around ß30-32M.

Gossip from elsewhere:

Balasz Nagy could be on his way to San Andreas from AC Zantos (Djaraska). The Midfielder/Winger looked impressive in his six 3CL outings and the Spirit are at the top of the pecking order, apparently.

Robin Overgaard is going nowhere, according to his club- Totterdam SV. The young Anderland striker has settled in easily in his first season in the ESL and CONCAFA Champions League. Multiple clubs have shown interest, so it may become harder to turn down interest in the summer.

Christian Makamalé’s agent says he has not been contacted by any ESL club and does not expect any move to progress unless someone starts the ball rolling in the next seven days. The Zumandan international striker has been on the bench in Italy and had made his desire to move public.

Now that AS Milazio are in the money again, with new investors, we expect more deals for the Latanian giants this month, perhaps a CB and a striker/winger.

Several ESL stars have been linked with moves to Europe, although none have come up as seeking a change right now- Axel Heinz and Emerson Dosa (both Elverpool), Aron Muder (NJ United) and Ronaldo Soares‘ names have all come up. No news on anything concrete as of yet.