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Post by Otto » January 19th 2015, 3:50 pm

This is the news headquarter, publishing news surrounding the World Cup. This will not be a collection of enormous news articles, but will simply list headlines and a few major details about each headline.

News before January 19th
[spoiler]Histalpol Head Coach Gus Payet sacked
After the embarrassing exit in the first round of the Knockout stage (losing 3-0 to the Atlantic Federation), the Histalian Football Association decided to relieve Head Coach Gus Payet of his duties. "We do not feel that we were represented according to our abilities, that is why we came to the decision to start anew." Payet was in service since June 2010.

Teiko Head Coach Kaiwatake retires
After three straight losses in the group stage and the thus resulting early exit, Teiko's head coach Takeshi Kaiwatake has announced his intentions to retire from coaching. "It felt like i could not do the job properly, too many people had their own opinion on how to do things." Kaiwatake has led the squad for only one and a half years.[/spoiler]

January 19th
Lisieux' Frank Olliver out for the World Cup
After getting injured during the first round of the knock out stage, Frank Olliver will not return to the pitch for the remainder of the World Cup, as he's been diagnosed with torn ligaments. Recovery time will be at least three weeks.

Roger Button of Cattala sidelined
Due to a personal dispute with Cattala head coach Roberto Mallinari, Roger Button will not be in the starting formation of tomorrow's game against Asgard. The long time captain of the squad was one of the best players of the team during the group stage, however disagreed publicly with his early substitution in his team's 3-0 win over Teiko, causing the dispute with Coach Mallinari. Cattalian Captain will be Chris Parranio tomorrow.

Quarter Final Stadiums announced
The Organizing Committee has announced the four stadium that are to host the Quarter Final games. Quarter Final one will be held in Port Ruppert's McHalfee Stadium, hosting Escambia and the Atlantic Federation. The Manchester Ringway Stadium will host the second Quarter Final between Kingston and Boyce and Lisieux. Sainte-Croix will play in Kingston's Dames Dome and Lower Columbia will play in New Berlin's Scheffel Stadion.
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Post by Charlie » January 20th 2015, 3:30 am

Very interesting seeing a more detailed look into the world cup, you've certainly put a lot of thought and effort into this, Otto! :D
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Post by Saathoff » January 20th 2015, 4:30 am

3 weeks of a sprained ankle? Must be Grade 2 or 3 sprain. :p
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Post by Otto » January 20th 2015, 6:14 am

Torn ligaments it is then. He's out for the remainder of the cup. :p
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Post by Zack » January 20th 2015, 6:22 am

Nice touch - although I assume that your mention of Neu Westfalen instead of Lower Columbia in that last story is a typo, since NWF has yet to qualify for the quarterfinals... ;)
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Post by Otto » January 20th 2015, 6:27 am

yes. that is a typo. D=
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Post by Otto » January 20th 2015, 1:51 pm

January 20th
New Duveland Coach Mitchell Tangaroa sacked
The Nation Football Association of New Duveland has decided to draw consequences out of the embarrassing early exit of its national team in the first knockout round and relieved long time Head Coach Mitchell Tangaroa of his duties. The 69-year old will most likely take over freshly relegated Saint Petri Fishermen from the Second National Division in Kingston and Boyce. In talks of taking over Tangaroa's international duties are Don Rengway, currently co-trainer at the Tasbury Pines FC.

Kingston and Boyce Goalie injured
Tim Dalton, goalkeeper of the national squad of Kingston and Boyce has injured himself during a training session with a broken hand and will be unable to return to the World Cup. For Sunday's Quarter Final against Lisieux, Kyle Kennedy of Manchester will get the start in his home town. Lucien Favre: "Of course, it is a crying shame that Tim Dalton cannot finish this World Cup in which he had been performing so well. But i'm sure Kyle will be equally good and can prove to me that we have a quality team here that will be able to defend the championship."
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Post by Charlie » January 20th 2015, 2:24 pm

Good riddance! I hope Don Rengway brings us through to the quarter finals next time. :P
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Post by Thomas » January 21st 2015, 1:22 pm

Ooh I like this idea! Good job.
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Post by Otto » January 23rd 2015, 6:57 pm

January 23rd
Illness strikes Escambian Player
Escambia Captain Nate Saathoff is reportedly suffering from a cold that might result in him not being able to use his full potential. However, he will get the start tomorrow against the Atlantic Federation. "We will see how well he does, we can always substitute him if he is not fully fit and suffering out there, we have a lot of quality players hoping to take over his spot", says Christian Osieck, head coach of the Green Lions.

Neu Westfälischer Fußball Bund backs Simon Hester
Although ending the world cup far too early and below even smallest expectations, the Neu Westfälischer Fußball Bund (NWFB) has backed Simon Hester and extended his contract for another two years. "Simon is a quality coach and we are lucky to have him. His intentions for the team are going the right way and I am most certain that sooner or later, the success will follow", says NWFB head Daniel Beister. "I do recognize this early exit is more than embarassing, but it is not Simon's fault. He did what he could, now we have to regroup and start preparing for next year."

Asgard's Andrew Skar ends international career
After 85 appearances for his nation, Asgard's 33-year old striker Andrew Skar has announced his international retirement. "I have had many great memories with this team, but at some point, new players have to follow up. I want to make sure that they get the chance they deserve", he said in an interview last night before boarding his team's flight home. Throughout his international career, Andrew Skar was always a safe bet for Asgard, scoring 33 goals for his national team. He came just five goals shy of the all time Asgard record from Franck Beauregaard, who scored 38 goals in 73 appearences between 1978 and 1989.
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Post by InvaderNat » January 23rd 2015, 8:36 pm

Yes I agree, he deserves to stay on as they really didn't do that badly. Just got unlucky against SCX & NYA.
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Post by Fox » January 24th 2015, 7:06 am

Great to see information like this Otto .. adds another dimension to the AFA World Cup.

Don't be too hasty announcing Andrew Skar's retirement.. he still has matches to play in the Asia cup .. and rumors are he may take up a coaching role after.
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Post by Otto » January 24th 2015, 7:21 am

you have three younger folks playing on his position, with better condition and better stamina and more goal threat. it is a good idea of him to retire from international football (playingwise at least) for a while. Yes, maybe one day he'll be coach, but no one knows, so we call it a retirement for now. :P
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Post by Otto » January 26th 2015, 11:55 am

January 26th

Cattalian crisis
After last year's runners up were eliminated in the quarter final, falling 1-0 to Sainte-Croix, the dispute in the national team escalated. Roberto Mallinari was quick to find Roger Button to be responsible, claiming that his criticism brought unrest to the team and thus the team lacked the necessary concentration to get the job done. Furthermore he announced that this past game was Button's last game to captain the Cattalian squad. Button's response was quick and devastating when asked about it: "Under him, I will not play again." Roger Button is generally perceived as Cattala's best player since Roberto Calli attacked for the crown in the late 70s. In 143 games, 103 of which he captained, the defensive midfielder has scored 29 goals. Meanwhile, back home, the Cattalian Football Association has indicated massive changes, following this "embarrassing result".

Nyanga extends Mella's contract
Before tomorrow's game, the Nyangan Football Union has extended coach Pierre Mella's contract by three years. "It is already the best we've ever achieved, surpassing most of our expectations, so why would we have any reason to not extend his contract? He has done great things to our team, I believe it is a wise decision to let him continue." The former Chelsea London player Pierre Mella is now entering his 7th year as head coach.
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Post by Otto » January 27th 2015, 7:06 am

January 27th

Franklin Vesby out
After the horrendous foul by Nyangan Melia Whatney, for which he subsequently saw a deserving red card, Franklin Vesby's World Cup is over, as doctors identified a smashed knee. The Lower Columbian captain had to leave the stadium early and could not witness the rest of his team's 1-0 win over the Africans. Lower Columbia moves on to meet Escambia on Friday in Port Ruppert during the Semi Finals.

Cattala Coach sacked
Following the massive dispute in the public between Roger Button and Cattala's head coach Roberto Mallinari, the Cattalian Footballing Association has announced that Roberto Mallinari will not continue coaching the national squad. "He has lost touch with his team and could not get the messages across that he needed to bring across to the players. The dispute with Roger Button was just one mistake too much that Roberto made." Several names are now linked with Mallinari's succession, highest chances however are said to Peter Lecolia, who is currently head coach of the Kingston Soccer League's Port Ruppert Flames.
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