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Atalan Phoenike wasn't nervous. He had done shows like this before. Usually as a guest, and now, for the first time, as co-host. He looked over at Debora Bozena who seemed more shaken by the event. But the old midfielder knew that this was nothing compared to hearing the roar of a full football stadium when you make the deciding goal. That was 15 years ago when he finished his career. Today he was representing his beloved sport in another way.

Phoenike: "Good morning everyone and welcome to this highly expected draw. First, we would like to thank the Andro Academy for letting us use this Palace of Arts in Andro. And what a palace it is to behold!"

Bozena: "On Tuesday, more than a month after @The Eurofuhrer became the first team to qualify for the 2018 UENA World Cup in Orioni, @Selayar defeated @Andalla in the last leg of the playoff round to become the final team to punch a ticket to the tournament. Now that the field is set, we're counting down the days before the start of the tournament. But before the first match kicks off June 14th at the Zuidmax Stadium in Zuidhaven, we'll need to know what group each team is in."

Phoenike: "Four groups of four teams will be labelled A to D the four pots will be emptied completely by allocating one of their four teams to each of the four groups. My lovely colleague Debora will now start the draw."

Debora stepped forward on her pink high heels and approached the drawing pots. She pulled a ball from each pot, opened it up to take out the name, and held it up for the cameras to see. Excitement swept through the room as representatives from each team found out who they were playing against. After 10 minutes, the final results looked like this.

  • Group A: Orioni, Derthalen, Shffahkia, Variota
  • Group B : Adaptus, Fulgistan, Iverica, Selayar
  • Group C : Asgeirria, The_Eurofuhrer, Gallambria, Mauridiviah
  • Group D : Cristina, Morheim, Prymont, Sunset Sea Islands

Bozena: "All 16 teams now know which groups they'll compete in and who their first competition will be."

Phoenike: "Hosts Orioni will kick-off the tournament on Thursday by playing against Derthalen at the Zuidmax Stadium in Zuidhaven, and the stage is set for football's international elite to chart their path to the title."


OOC: And there you have it. My mouth fell open when generating this draw. But it looks like the first world cup match will be Orioni v Derthalen. I updated the play schedule in the first post as well. Hopefully, this schedule works out for everyone. If you are planning to RP your match after I post the results, you now know when to keep some time available for writing.

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GAZZETTA SPORTIVA

 

Albani and Concetto hope to take Cristina further in 2018


Andro, Orioni - Cristina's World Cup hopes are the best after the return the team's biggest star, Rocco Albani from an injury. Today, there are no major concerns about the squad that will try to repeat the unforgettable qualification campaign.

Near the start of their 2018 World Cup campaign, Cristina has all its players fit and ready. Rafaelle Gardeni didn’t face any obstacles when it came to choosing the group of players that will carry the flag for the growth of Cristinese soccer. It is true that their performance in the final rounds of qualifying left more doubts than certainties, but it is also true that this group of players already knows what it is like to play under pressure against the best in the world.

It is easy to say that in terms of individual players, Cristina are better now than they were four years ago. They have a young but seasoned center-back, a strong personality and a great future ahead. They have full-backs with continuity and ability to attack and defend, midfielders who know their roles and exactly what their coach wants from them, and forwards on a positive run of form.

Individually, there are no concerns but most of their recent struggles have been collective in nature. So that It was the staff's task during these last months: building the team's identity.

There are very few days for the last preparations left before the World Cup first match, against Morheim. It's safe to say that Gardeni has already picked his final roster. The March games represented the final test for those who have booked their tickets to Orioni. Captains Adriano Concetto and Rocco Albani already know they'll be relied upon to make the difference in tight games. The pair are capable of turning an average side into a team capable of many things. Albani, the star from Razzi FC, has already proved that he can be one of the best players in Europa, while Concetto is eager to finally play in the tournament of his dreams.

 

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Rocco Albani.

 

The arrival of Rafaelle Gardeni was vital for Albani to regain his confidence. Now he is one of the best players of a Razzi side aiming for their third consecutive national title, and his national team will be energized by his renewed sense of motivation. Concetto, for his part, is FC Azure leader and he's managed to become one of the top scorers in Cristina despite that his team is no longer able to create as many chances as they did last season. This week they've both suffered physical setbacks but will definitely be present in the Cup first match next week.

What Gardeni needed to do is assemble a squad capable of supporting Concetto's creativity and enhancing Albani's scoring threat, and he got plenty of players to do it. Giordano Valdi (FC Azure) and Valerio Marciano (Korvi FC) are the Gardeni’s favorite center-back tandem. These prodigious young players only differ in the number of matches played this year: the Azure man is a regular starter while the Korvi center-back has yet to win Cristinese supporters trust.

Outside-back Andreas Sabini has practically secured his spot on the right by featuring regularly as a key player at Central FC. Luca Angioli was chosen to man the left after his excellent performances with Razzi FS. Sabini is a better defensive player, while Angioli is tireless in attacking his area of the field. Savio Ponzio (Central FC) and Luigi Sandre (FC Azure) are multi-functional men capable of defending and playing in midfield roles.

Giuseppe Nazzara (Marinai SC)' great match against Razzi for the Cristinese Championship is one of the best pieces of news Gardeni has received of late. "La Roca" is one of Cristinese fans' favorite players and if he keeps this form up, he'll definitely start against @Morheim. Further ahead, Albani' natural partner is Andreas Orcini (Korvi FC), but he has yet to play full time following groin surgery. Baldi Grotto (Korvi FC)’s excellent presence should give the staff some peace of mind.

A few days from its first match in Orioni 2018, Cristina are calm and confident because they know what they are capable of. They have players who are capable of excellent performances. They just needed to build a reliable team that knows what they want and how they want it. Rafaelle Gardeni came to be the right man for the job. The hope is alive.

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Group B match 2: @Iverica v @Selayar

On June 17 at Azadi Stadium in Perseus with 69270 in attendance.

Match Statistics

Iverica
Team
Selayar
3
Goals
1
10
Shots On Goal
6
15
Shots
12
21
Fouls
19
4
Corners
3
0
Free Kicks
1
0
Offsides
8
0
Own Goals
0
1
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 2: Selayar is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 3: Iverica takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 7: Selayar takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 11: Selayar takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 16: Iverica takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 17: Iverica takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 19: Iverica takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 23: Selayar is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 25: Selayar takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 29: Iverica takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 30: Selayar takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 31: Selayar takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 35: Iverica takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 39: Selayar takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 41: Selayar takes a shot. That's off target.

Second half

  • 48: Iverica takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 51: Iverica takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 59: Iverica scores! The scorer was (11) Léonel Messy ⚽
  • 63: Selayar takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 64: Iverica is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 66: Selayar takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 68: Selayar takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 70: Iverica takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 71: Selayar takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 72: Selayar scores! The scorer was (10) Pandu Culanama ⚽
  • 78: Iverica takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 81: Iverica scores! The scorer was (2) Diego Sorro ⚽
  • 82: Iverica takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 88: Iverica scores! The scorer was (11) Léonel Messy ⚽
  • 90: Iverica takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.

Added Time: 4 minutes


OOC: No RP bonus modifier was used. You now have 48 hours to post your match RP. This can give you a bonus, as the Game Mechanics explain in the very first post.

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"Ladies and Gentlemen, hello and welcome to today's episode of SSI Sports, live from O'Polis! My name is Olimar Wilke and I will be bringing you the newest news and hottest stories from the UENA World Cup 2018!
As all of you know, this is the first time ever that the Sunset Sea Islands have qualified for the football world championships. We should celebrate the moment whilst it lasts, since our boys in black have a steep wall to overcome to enter the knockout phase. Our national team will face football super giant @Prymont in the very first match they will compete in on June 21st. Will the radiant sunlight melt the northern glacier or will the Argic blizzard extinguish the equatorial flames? It will take more than luck to even score a remis against the Jötunns in blue-white but not all hope is lost. Although our qualification was miraculous in nature, we do have some talents in our team who might be able to stand a chance against the wall of ice in front of us. The healthy competition between Florian Six and Hari Omar might become a fierce battle to see who fares better against a superior enemy. What Six lacks in strength and endureance in comparison with Hari "the Kong" Omar he makes up with speed and footwork. Furthermore, many speculate that this might be the season of Robert Schweitzberger whose condition improved steadily over the past few months. Defensively, all eyes are on Duc Phung and Huy Ngoc. Truly, what a baptism of fire for our boys in @Orioni! No matter how the match will end, it will give us valuable input that might help us in the battle against @Morheim
eight days later. Potentially the most ballanced match will be against @CristinaAs both teams are not known for their exceptional performances in past games and face eachother as fellow underdogs, the game is expected to be a hit with the audience.

Furthermore, remember that this is all a game. We should be thankful to be able to face our friends and allies on the football field instead of a battlefield. May these games tie the bonds that connect us all closer!"

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Group C match 1: @Asgeirria v @The Eurofuhrer

On June 18 at the CCC Arena in Corona Borealis with 63123 in attendance.

Match Statistics

Asgeirria
Team
The Eurofuhrer
3
Goals
2
5
Shots On Goal
3
14
Shots
9
19
Fouls
15
7
Corners
6
0
Free Kicks
1
3
Offsides
5
0
Own Goals
0
2
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 3: The Eurofuhrer takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 7: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 9: The Eurofuhrer takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 12: The Eurofuhrer scores! The scorer was (3) ⚽
  • 17: The Eurofuhrer takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 20: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 23: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 24: The Eurofuhrer scores! The scorer was (9) ⚽
  • 25: Asgeirria scores! The scorer was (11) Janos Kvothe ⚽
  • 27: Asgeirria is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 30: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 37: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 38: Asgeirria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 41: The Eurofuhrer takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.

Second half

  • 49: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 57: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 61: Asgeirria scores! The scorer was (7) Georg Huginn ⚽
  • 65: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 67: The Eurofuhrer takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 68: The Eurofuhrer takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 70: The Eurofuhrer is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 74: Asgeirria scores! The scorer was (9) Sigmond Vucari ⚽
  • 79: Asgeirria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 84: Asgeirria is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 91: The Eurofuhrer takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 93: Asgeirria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.

Added Time: 3 minutes


OOC: No RP bonus modifier was used. You now have 48 hours to post your match RP. This can give you a bonus, as the Game Mechanics explain in the very first post. Since I haven't received a full player list from @The Eurofuhrer, I couldn't add the player names.

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The Asgeirrian players were large and intimidating, although somewhat less agile than their opponents. The large amount of midfielders and defenders kept constant pressure on the strikers, keeping them from making good shots, keeping close and taking the ball several times. The opponents' defense was stiff as well, deflecting many of the Asgeirrians aggressive forrays, but the tireless Imperial strikers kept up their pace well into the first quarter of the game, slipping only once. The enemy skillfully slipped past the midfielders, attempting several shots before finally making their first and last goal.

Asgeirrians were an enduring people, sportsmen especially so. With a few exceptions, they continued with defensive voracity throughout the game, relying on their solid defense and large, versatile array of midfielders controlling the center, smoothly and quickly passing the ball between gaps in the enemy's defense. The strikers primarily employed feint tactics, allowing the midfielders to shoot many times, being blocked only twice.

The Asgeirrians showed an exceptional amount of cohesion, exhibiting great endurance for people of their size. While only a few inches taller on average, the light colors of their uniforms made them appear much larger than they actually were, and they used this to their advantage when blocking shots and roughing up the opponents. They incurred many fouls, but this was mostly due to the aggressive nature of their playstyle.

Their greatest disadvantage was the mobility of the opponents, which almost made up for the cohesion and size of the midfielders and defenders. This allowed the Eurofuhrer players to score several time, at the expense of a few fouls on the part of the Asgeirrians, clearly frustrated by the small and mobile opponents they were facing.

The Vucari players in particular were responsible for fouls, struggling with the restrained nature of the games held in foreign countries. During halftime, they could be seen on meditating, being led in their spiritual journey by their coach, whose primary purpose was the keep the players level-headed and hydrated.

Edited by Asgeirria
This team doesn't have a meditation couch with water dispensers
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Group C match 2: @Gallambria v @Mauridiviah

On June 19 at Siena Fleet Park in Cygnus with 61795 in attendance.

Match Statistics

Gallambria
Team
Mauridiviah
2
Goals
1
9
Shots On Goal
6
12
Shots
13
18
Fouls
23
2
Corners
7
1
Free Kicks
0
2
Offsides
2
0
Own Goals
0
3
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 2: Mauridiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 3: Gallambria is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 11: Mauridiviah takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 15: Gallambria scores! The scorer was (5) Mark Milligan ⚽
  • 18: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 19: Gallambria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 22: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 27: Mauridiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 28: Mauridiviah takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 29: Mauridiviah is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 33: Mauridiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 37: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 40: Mauridiviah takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 43: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 44: Mauridiviah is shown a Yellow Card. 

Second half

  • 46: Gallambria scores! The scorer was (5) Mark Milligan ⚽
  • 55: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 56: Mauridiviah takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 60: Gallambria is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 61: Gallambria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 62: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 64: Mauridiviah takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 67: Mauridiviah takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 71: Gallambria takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 72: Mauridiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 74: Gallambria takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 76: Gallambria is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 78: Mauridiviah scores! The scorer was (6) Reynado Salcedo ⚽
  • 79: Mauridiviah takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 86: Mauridiviah takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.

Added Time: 5 minutes


OOC: No RP bonus modifier was used. You now have 48 hours to post your match RP. This can give you a bonus, as the Game Mechanics explain in the very first post.

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Group D match 1: @Cristina v @Morheim

On June 20 at Andro Arena in Andro with in 68827 attendance.

Match Statistics

Cristina
Team
Morheim
2
Goals
1
4
Shots On Goal
9
9
Shots
14
19
Fouls
22
5
Corners
9
0
Free Kicks
0
2
Offsides
2
0
Own Goals
0
1
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 1: Morheim takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 12: Cristina takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 13: Cristina takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 15: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 16: Morheim takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 17: Morheim takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 21: Morheim scores! The scorer was (6) ⚽
  • 27: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 33: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 34: Cristina scores! The scorer was (5) ⚽
  • 35: Morheim takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 37: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 38: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 42: Morheim is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 43: Morheim is shown a Yellow Card. 

Second half

  • 48: Cristina takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 51: Cristina takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 55: Cristina takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 62: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 66: Morheim is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 68: Morheim takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 73: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 76: Cristina takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 79: Cristina scores! The scorer was (11) Rocco Albani ⚽
  • 81: Morheim takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 83: Cristina takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 92: Cristina is shown a Yellow Card. 

Added Time: 2 minutes

OOC: The RP bonus modifier was used because Cristina created a team and also announced their game. You now have 48 hours to post your match RP. This can give you a bonus, as the Game Mechanics explain in the very first post.

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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SUCH A NATIONAL DISAPPOINTMENT, SOLDIER?! NO! OF COURSE NOT! THIS IS THE MOST DISGRACEFUL LOSS THIS TEAM HAS SEEN IN YEARS, I TELL YOU!

Our soldiers went out into the battlefield today, boys and they have shamed our entire nation. All of us, I tell you. The only one of those soldiers worth a damn is Salcedo, who at least had the BALLS to try and get at the enemy. If you were to ask me, we should FIRE that General Juan Monarca and replace him with someone who shows real INITIATIVE in this fight. Now, before we go on to the summary, now that I've become more calm and composed, remember boys: This battle may be lost, BUT NOT THE WAR! MAURIDIVIAH! MAURIDIVIAH! MAURIDIVIAH! MAURIDIVIAH! MAURIDVIAHMAURIDIAH! MAURIDIVIAHMAUDIAH! MAURIDALJFASD! LAJDSFLKASDJF!!!!!

Ahem-- Sorry, let's keep going. So, the game started relatively well. Our boys went on the offensive and began to take heavy casualties as the Gallambrians broke the Geneva Conventions. About 15 minutes into the game though, it all went to -beautiful roses when the Gallambrians broke down our defense and inflicted a devastating goal over the heads of our comrades. I personally blame that goalie Vittorio, he couldn't catch a dying soldier if he fell right on top of his very own automatic rifle. Anyway, after that the battle was a giant tug of war between our Patriots and those BULINGTONIAN SEA DOGS, AAHHH- Ahem, as I was saying, our boys fought long and hard, but couldn't overcome the also hard-fightin' soldiers of Gallambria. May all their souls burn. And may all of our souls forever bask in the glory of heaven-- if you believe in such things, of course, I know that's kind of antiquated these days, but hey, I'm almost 45, so call me a relic of a time since passed. Anyways, after what must've been the most inspiring half-time speech in human history, our boys went out into field once more. 

And we know it was effective, because of course, as soon as our boys went out there, THE GALLAMBRIAN MUCUS SCOURGE SCORED ANOTHER AND NEAR-FINAL DEATHBLOW against our most beloved and now fallen comrades. After that, our boys fought long and hard once again, tooth and nail like last time. Both sides, really, once more. Those reffs were really red-faced, I tell you boys, as you probably saw, both sides used all kinds of illegal warfare--- chemical, biological, neutronological, whatever the hell other-cal. Finally, after the struggle of at least TEN ODYSSIES, I TELL YOU--- Ahem, ten odyssies put together, Salcedo, the only soldier worth a damn in our whole army, FINALLY--- and I mean FINALLY--- scored a goal. Oh, such a well deserved victory for us. After that, our boys continued to try to land defeating blows, but no real avail. The battle ended, and we had no follow up success. It was a victory for those damn Marenesians--- At least for now. Don't worry however, my comrades, for I am 25000% certain that I our beloved country shall win this war. EVEN IF IT IS THE LAST THING WE DO, DAMN IT!

Thanks for listening soldiers. I have been Pato Retroguardia, the one and only unbiased source of futbol news in the entirety of the universe.

 

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Group D match 2: @Prymont v @Sunset Sea Islands

On June 21 at MedPharm Dome in Meda with 48288 in attendance.

Match Statistics

Prymont
Team
Sunset Sea Islands
2
Goals
2
6
Shots On Goal
3
9
Shots
6
20
Fouls
21
10
Corners
7
1
Free Kicks
3
4
Offsides
2
0
Own Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 2: Prymont takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 3: Prymont scores! The scorer was (11) Ollie Sæther ⚽
  • 15: Sunset Sea Islands is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 20: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 31: Prymont takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 32: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 41: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target.

Second half

  • 60: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 71: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 72: Sunset Sea Islands scores! The scorer was (4) Paul Buttler ⚽
  • 73: Prymont scores! The scorer was (9) Fillip Roth ⚽
  • 74: Sunset Sea Islands takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 76: Prymont takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 79: Prymont takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 88: Prymont takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 93: Sunset Sea Islands scores! The scorer was (11) Max Neu ⚽

Added Time: 3 minutes


OOC: No RP bonus modifier was used because Prymont and Sunset Sea Islands both RP'ed their preparation. You now have 48 hours to post your match RP. This can give you a bonus, as the Game Mechanics explain in the very first post. Since I haven't received a full player list from @The Eurofuhrer, I couldn't add the player names.

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Ollie Sæther celebrating his third minute goal.

 

"Thank you for joining us today on PTVO's World Cup Roundup Show for our review of Prymont's first match in the 2018 UENA World Cup, which was played against the valiant @Sunset Sea Islands." Sebastian Welde introduced the show, sporting a happy grin as he introduced his co-hosts. "I'm joined by the lovely Ella Buer, and by Foolish Bandit, who seems very happy with the result." The camera pans to Bandit, who dons a scarf of the national Prymontian colours hanging loosely around his neck. "We have a fantastic game to look over today, ladies and gentlemen, so let's get into it. The game began with an incredible pace from our boys, with Fillip Roth making an early run in the second minute." Highlights of the match play on the screen, with the commentators excitedly discussing the pictures in the background. "Roth really tested Aron Bahir, making him stretch to keep in the powerful shot he sent his way. And after that, Ollie Sæther made history for the United States."

"Yes, that's right," Buer takes over as the images show Bahir taking the goal kick, sending the ball back into the midfield. Sæther wins control, bringing the ball under his control immediately and attempting the impossible. "Brilliant ball control from Ollie, who really fought hard to win the ball against Kevin Thu. And, well, just look at that..." Sæther takes a shot on goal from the halfway line, catching Bahir off guard as the ball flies into the back of the net, marking the United States' quickest goal in their national football history. "If he would've missed that, he would've been the laughing stock of the entire World Cup. Some would call him selfish for risking possession of the ball like that, but it really paid off to give Prymont an early lead in the first half."

"Yeah, it was an amazing goal and I think everyone in the country is really happy for Ollie. He's been so promising in the qualifiers leading up to the Cup, and all his hard work paid off in that moment." Foolish Bandit, who actually watched the match and did some homework to look more professional, cannot wipe the grin from his face as he explains the remainder of the first half. "From then on, the Sunset players knew they had to crowd Ollie and never give him a chance on the ball. Yeah, look there, Hoang Nam with that poor sportsmanship which gives him a yellow card." A replay of the foul is shown, with Nam dragging Sæther down by his shirt when neither player were near the ball. "Ollie kept on playing a hard game, but every time the ball came near him he was swamped by at least two other players. No chance for him to do anything."

"Moving on to the second half, which started off fairly slowly for both sides. Here we go, twenty five minutes into the second half, and Ollie attempts another shot on goal. He was clearly put off by how many players were flanking him, and it goes narrowly wide. Then, watch this, this is where Prymont's game began to struggle." Bahir takes the goal kick, sending the ball deep into Prymont's half, where their players are surging forwards. 

"I think our defence just got a bit too comfortable and let the ball come through. A great pass into miles of space for Buttler, and there's no stopping a shot like that." Sunset Sea Island players go to celebrate their equaliser, while the Prymontians are left scratching their heads and wondering how they blew their lead like that. "I think this is fantastic though, the next minute really shows how determined our boys are to take their campaign far. Great kick there from Henden, sending it straight to Roth's feet, who works wonders with that ball. There's some skill of a man who has perfected his craft back at the training grounds, spends every minute of the day playing good football, and brings it all together when it really matters."

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Fillip Roth, clinically making his way through the Sunset Sea Islandian defence to score his first goal of the tournament.

"With the score now 2-1, Prymont turned it up a notch and really brought their game alive. They're so desperate for that third goal, the one that gives them a comfortable margin and lets them really control the game, but it never comes." Three more shots are taken before the 90th minute, two by Roth and one by Bakken, but all either go wide or are saved by the keeper. "Even into extra time, everything was looking great; our strikers were doing wonders to get the ball into space and make shots on goal, the midfield were making some good passes, and our defenders were really earning their keep to keep the Sunset players away from goal."

"Yeah, but then all that hard work was ruined by Ulleberg. He was looking solid all game. I don't know what he was thinking then, but... yeah, terrible decision." The highlights show Prymont's defence breaking down in the 92nd minute, and as a last ditch attempt, Ulleberg makes a risky tackle in the penalty box. "Definitely a penalty, no argue there, but you can see how the Sunsets are wasting time by deciding who takes the penalty, pissing about with the placement of the ball, building up to it... it's all to waste time because they know that, if they score, that's it, there's no more time for us to try again."

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Ravn Ulleberg, tackling an opponent in the penalty box in the 92nd minute.

"Max Neu takes the penalty, and Henden does go the right way, but he dives low while the ball goes high. Now, you see everyone rush forwards for a last second attack, but the ref blows the whistle and that's game over. 2-2."

"You know, despite the draw, I think there are a few clear things to take from the game. Prymont were easily the superior side today. More shots on goal, more shots in total, and we're the more aggressive team too, winning more corners. There were a few offsides that could've been avoided, but it just shows that we're eager. Sæther and Roth were playing some awesome football out there today, and were in a league of their own. You can even see Roth running back to help defend against Six and Omar, two players who were really a thorn in our side today. We were able to constantly break down their plays and open up chances for ourselves. That deserves to be applauded."

"Certainly, and while we played a great game today, so did the players from the Sunset Sea Islands. Their World Cup qualifying campaign was up and down, and many were questioning if they deserved to be here, but they played a great game today and silenced their critics. And so, our first game of the 2018 World Cup ends in a draw. We currently sit joint second in the group with the Sunset Sea Islands, and will play @Cristina, who won their first game, on June 28th at the Oris City Stadium. Until then, thank you for watching, and goodbye."

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GAZZETTA SPORTIVA

 Cristina won their first match at a World Cup finals by beating Morheim, 2-1

Andro, Orioni - Cristina gained a precious victory in their opening Group D fixture against a dangerous and organised @Morheim. It mattered in terms of perception as well as points. These were the team’s first tournament goals and Cristina starts it up and running in their debut in a World Cup.

There are issues. Defensively Cristina seemed to be far from assured with Valerio Marciano - whose place will be under threat from Luca Segna  who replaced him in the second-half - and Andreas Sabini making some wrong decisions and the 5-4-1 under question while last year debate will re-open over the full effectiveness of Giuseppe Nazzara who appeared shorn of confidence after a woeful early miss and lasted barely an hour before being replaced while there was rich food for thought in the positive contribution of Luigi Sandre who appears to have that bit of subtilty to unpick a packed defence.

There were positives also with Adriano Concetto outstandingly creative down the left flank, Rocco Albani predatory and Savio Ponzio fully justifying his selection as the midfield anchor.

In terms of attacking intent, in terms of chances created the first-half was among Cristina's less impressive 45 minute periods in the current season - eventually let down by defensive frailty and weak finishing. Cristina will rage about the goal they conceded but, even before then, they should have been out of sight.

Morheim missed chance after chance after chance and scored just once, shooting on goal many times with Baldi Grotto making a great save on 15’. They had to be more ruthless and it seemed they would be just that as they scored on 21 minutes as their forward met a corner with a superb leap, an even more superb header and goalkeeper Grotto somehow clawed it out. Unfortunately for him it dropped to Morheimian 6 who side-foot volleyed into the net from close-range.

After that Grotto had kept Cristina in it as he did well to divert two Morheimian deflected shot away for a corner. On 34 minutes Sandre scored for Cristina with a perfect volley right into the Morheimian netting, the first Cristinese goal in World Cup history.

Morheim had to score again on 37’ but they scuffed wide the goal beckoning while after conceding Grotto could not carry on. The goalkeeper had also denied another Morheim shot, clawing away a header.

On the first minutes of he second-half, it seemed focus had been lost by Morheim. But they summoned a response with a header headed out from on the goal-line and onto the bar. The rebound fell to their forward that tried to flicked his shot past goalkeeper Grotto who clawed it out.

Cristina were inexperienced of course, with their players making their World Cup debuts, and maybe it began to show as Morheim attacked ever deeper and were determined to press by any means they could. Time was running out but that was until Albani intervened on 79 minutes. Yesterday he said he fancied vying for 'The Golden Boot' as the World Cup top-scorer. Good for him. Good for Cristina.

That was until injury-time when Adriano Concetto, who was also being regularly man-handled, finally found some space to meet a corner and flick the ball towards the back-post where Albani had drifted free and headed home. Except it was not as simple as that.

The forward could easily have sent the chance over the bar but he twisted his body, strained his neck and whipped it into the net in the tight space between goalkeeper and goal-frame. Albani had another chance to score on 83’ when Concetto cleverly set him through and although Albani flicked his shot past Morheimian goalkeeper it struck the outside of the post.

What a finish and what a finish to this match. In a city where history hangs heavy, Cristina had felt their own footballing history beginning to burden after such a luminous start. Stay calm under pressure. Find a solution. They had been key messages from manager Rafaelle Gardeni. And once more Cristina eventually did just that.

Gardeni had urged Cristina to attack the tournament, attack the World Cup. They did that also until adversity and errors struck. But they overcame them. They, hopefully, removed a mental block in doing so. How wonderful would that be? This result means that, for the first time in a major tournament Cristina have won a game. Next up it is @Prymont and then @Sunset Sea Islands and a last-8 place should now be in their grasp. The 1,000 Cristina fans inside Andro Arena sang and sang at the final whistle. What a game.

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"What a game, Ladies and Gentlemen, what a game! And with that, welcome to today's episode of SSI Sports, live from O'Polis! My name is Olimar Wilke and I will be bringing you the newest news and hottest stories from the UENA World Cup 2018!

The SSI Blacksuns wrote history today in their breathtaking match against the @Prymont national team. And may I drop dead right now if that wasn't one of the most thrilling, if not the most thrilling, match in Sunset Sea Islandian football history.

It didn't take long for fans on-site in Meda and viewers at home to start losing all hope when Ollie Sæther smashed that pill into the goal in minute three just after Aron Bahir barely managed to hold the previous shot just a minute earlier. "All right, that's it, we're done, it's over. We can go home now." I'm sure this is what many of you thought. Throughout the first half, the Jötunns dominated us without mercy. Although the Blacksuns tried to fight back they failed to shoot on target. Thankfully, Bahir managed to hold a few more shots to prevent the blizzard warriors to crush us completely. During the half time analysis, many speculated that these forty-five minutes were already too much for our boys and that the latter half would only become a mostly defenceless struggle. Oh, how they've been wrong.

The second half began with an unusually aggressive and energetic Sunset Sea Islandian team and after a failed attempt in minute sixty, Paul Buttler managed to score the equaliser thanks to a long-distance shot from Bahir. Cheering erupted in the stadium and in front of receivers all over the SSI, even though the celebrations were cut short by Fillip Roth scoring the second point for the USP just a minute later. The Jötunns tried to uphold their advance with all might, blocking SSI shots and attacking our goal without rest. However, Bahir continued to shine and to protect our goal with all his might. The game seemed lost until a new star began to shine on the field: thanks to a penalty Max Neu scored the second equaliser in the very last minute of the game, resulting in a draw. I couldn't stop myself from screaming, I was overjoyed and, so I'd assume, you were as well. The equatorial heat and Argic snowstorm balanced eachother out perfectly. Standing strong against the USP shows that the SSI underdogs do stand a chance of faring well druing this World Cup. Even our esteemed leader commented on the results of the game via Wittier and reminded us to congratulate our opponents as well:

Eight days remain until our match against @Morheim, which many predict to result well for us. Furthermore, the SSI closely follow the advancements of current group leader @Cristina in preparation for our duel on July 3rd. This game has had me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait for what the rest of the cup will bring. World-class football, that's for sure."

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Group A match 3: Orioni v @Shffahkia

On June 22 at Green Stadium in Gruis with 64994 in attendance.

Match Statistics

Orioni
Team
Shffahkia
1
Goals
0
4
Shots On Goal
7
10
Shots
12
27
Fouls
18
4
Corners
3
1
Free Kicks
0
7
Offsides
1
0
Own Goals
0
1
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 1: Orioni takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 2: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 3: Shffahkia takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 7: Shffahkia takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 10: Orioni takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 11: Orioni takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 15: Shffahkia takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 33: Orioni is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 38: Shffahkia takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 43: Shffahkia takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 44: Shffahkia takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.

Second half

  • 47: Shffahkia takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 50: Orioni scores! The scorer was (7) Ratnam Jain ⚽
  • 56: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 61: Shffahkia takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 64: Shffahkia takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 70: Shffahkia takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 75: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 82: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 86: Shffahkia takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 90: Shffahkia takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 91: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 93: Orioni takes a shot. That's off target.

Added Time: 3 minutes


OOC: The RP bonus modifier was used because Orioni (well, that's me) RP'ed the previous match against Derthalen, while Shffahkia didn't for their previous match against Variota. You now have 48 hours to post your match RP. This can give you a bonus, as the Game Mechanics explain in the very first post.

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Group A match 4: @Derthalen v @Variota

On June 23 at New National Stadium in O'polis with 68441 in attendance.

Match Statistics

Derthalen
Derthalen
Variota
4
Goals
0
7
Shots On Goal
4
11
Shots
8
23
Fouls
14
2
Corners
6
0
Free Kicks
0
6
Offsides
5
0
Own Goals
0
2
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0

Match Events (Time: Event)

First half

  • 2: Derthalen scores! The scorer was (6) Thurman Aldo av Widuwald ⚽
  • 5: Variota takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 14: Derthalen takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 17: Variota is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 19: Derthalen scores! The scorer was (11) Adolf Schneider ⚽
  • 20: Derthalen scores! The scorer was (6) Thurman Aldo av Widuwald ⚽
  • 26: Derthalen is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 27: Derthalen takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 29: Derthalen takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 34: Variota takes a shot. That's off target.

Second half

  • 45: Variota takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 46: Variota takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 48: Derthalen takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 54: Derthalen takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 59: Variota is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 64: Derthalen is shown a Yellow Card. 
  • 71: Derthalen scores! The scorer was (7) Mendel Hendriksen ⚽
  • 72: Derthalen takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 80: Variota takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 83: Variota takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 85: Variota takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.
  • 90: Variota takes a shot. That's off target.
  • 91: Derthalen takes a shot. It's on target, but saved.

Added Time: 4 minutes

OOC: No RP bonus modifier was used because Derthalen and Variota both RP'ed their previous match report. You now have 48 hours to post your match RP. This can give you a bonus, as the Game Mechanics explain in the very first post.

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