Archive for February, 2012

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Pre-Season Changes

The new season is just about to start and I decided to do some changes in the team. I saved lot of money in the past seasons and I decided to spend some.

We made huge progress in past season and from the average team in the sixth division we became in relatively short time promotion chasers in 5th division. Therefore expected increase of fan base took place and in last two or three home matches our arena was sold out. Management decided to pen a contract with building company about rebuilding our arena. When all works will be done, its capacity will increased by 16 000 places up to 56 000. That should be enough for many seasons to come.

I also bought first player in three seasons. I decided to do so because I want to keep my homegrown strategy but simultaneously to keep my team competitive in fourth division. And because I missed one winger to fullfit last training slot I was forced to buy him. He is type which has been missing in the team since the start. Coach Johannes Fehrmann said about him:

He is not yet ready to feature in league games but should be very early. He only needs to improve his winger skills little bit. He is quick, young with good playmaker and his favourite position is central midfielder. But I decided to make him winger because of his speciality.

The last two changes will be made tomorrow when Johannes Fehrmann will be sacked and also Youth team will change league to synchronize with HTU young leagues and be ready to play in the season after the next one. I also think that I hire fantastic player to my youth academy but I need to discover all his skills to be sure that he could be next Kamenice’s star. It would be very busy week for the academy because they are expected to play three matches in a week.

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Humilitated

The result tells you everything, this is the biggest loss of the season. Players probably thought more on upcoming holidays than on the match. After five straight league victories all with clean sheet, we lost last three consecutive matches without scoring a goal and with score 0:12. This si very poor end of the season.

MS Odense showed great team play when all their six goals were scored by different players and everybody from Paolo Baggio to their front striker Jelko Idinhar gave their best. I am very disappointed that we didn’t score single goal althought we won couple of regular chances and quick special event. Their defence with fantastic goalkeeper worked really well.

Club legend and capitan Libor Hajn said

The result is such a shame, we were never really in the game. We were outplayed, outmuscled, outclassed. It was very harsh lesson to our young players and we need to pick ourself up. Next match we play very easy opponent in domestic cup and I hope that this is the real opportunity to improve our low confidence.

You can feel that yesterday was very difficult day, not even for the players, but also for the coach. He was completely wordless in his postmatch press conference:

ehm, what can I say? I don’t know… This is a disaster, we did not even fight for a minor succes. I think that there is only one way back from this performance. And that is my resignation. I hope that team will do well in the upcoming seasons but I feel that I have no more to give to the team. I am really disappointed to leave after such a poor match.

Yes, it was disaster. And it looks like that it hurts the manager too. Especially when Arsenal lost the same day 4:0 to AC Milan. The score of the day was 0:10 for me. That tells you all…

I wish all best to MS Odense next season and all worst to Paolo Baggio on Friday 😛 although I believe he will develop into great keeper, but I will not keep my fingers crossed to him tomorrow…

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Going for Revenge

Two days left to the replay of the most talked friendly in GL history. This match was arranged long time ago just because I wanted to field my best against much-improved opponent who beat me on my GL debut. I feel that they have made big step towards and would provide huge test to my strongest possible team. But last season brought to FCOB Kamenice very big suprise and all changed. I was rewarded for my lack of time to look after my team by playing qualification for promotion. Although I was almost sure that I would lose I tried to pick the line up which had got the biggest chance to win. However this did not happen and I am staying in my league for one more season.

 But best team have played this week and because I have an extraordinary chance to let to play my youngsters once more, they will play. They will have a break in playing in next few weeks because I hope I will advance in domestic cup to atleast 5th round so I must give tham a chance now. That means that you will see my youngsters in action once more in probably highly entertaining game. However they will need to deal with murderours team spirit so it will not be easy for them.

MS Odense has got one big starlet in their team and Paolo Baggio proved it by recieving his first international call up last friday and I firmly believe that he will get a chance to play against Czech boys next Friday. They will hopefully teach him a lesson :D. Two seasons ago, I moved my team to different policy and I promised myself that I will buy just when I will hugely need. That means I have started to built my team around my homegrown players and you will be able to see another big star in making.

I would like to introduce Leoš Chlebek, unpredictable young winger with great potential and talent. He will start his first team duty next week and he will be hopefully in matter of weeks able to  replace Libor Hajn, club legend on the wing. This exciting youngster will be one of the nine! homegrown players starting on Wednesday. The only one foreign player will be goalie Mert Durguner. Finally the best player on the field will be undoubtebly Petr Špírek.

This match will also be the last one for our coach Johannes Fehrmann. This outstanding trainer helped to win  the only three titles in Kamenice’s history and is likely to end in hall of fame. There have already leaked some gossips about who will be his succedor. Although in local newspaper were mentoied names like Fabio Cappelo or Mick McCarthy, the biggest favourite on FCOB Kamenice manager is 37 years old Alfonso Revull. But noone knows, the race for 5th Kamenice coach is still open.

Let’s see how will this match finish. I bet on 4-1 win for MS Odense, but we will not give tham nothing easily. You will see two great starts in making and I really hope that my youngsters will provide them big test.

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Season review

The season is nearly in the end but league finished. I think that now is right time to make a summary and find places, where we should get better and learn from them. This season meant a lot for a newly promoted team with goal to avoid relegation but when time went on, it was clear that this team should fight on the other pole of the table. But get back to the start, when everything looked very bad.

It was very unfortunate to start season like we did. First cup round was easy as expected and boost in confidence and in the team spirit followed. But then, like a nightmare came a row of four very pitchy results. First league round ended by 1-0 scoreline although we should win but that was nothing against the result of the next match. We played cup game and although we played away we bettered them in all rankings. Result? 2-1 loss and very early cup exit. That was such a shame and I would not wish to anybody to go through such a dissapointment. The nightmare series continued by 0-0 draw at home against SRZ Viktoria. That team got famous by many very lucky matches in the first half of the season when was for most of the time second. But this didn’t take long and in the second half they dropped many points and finished sixth. The last match of the row was against FC Semeno and this time we lost 2-1. After three rounds, we were out of cup with one point and score 1:3 on the seventh place of the table.

Then we fortunately won very balanced game against Plasy Heroes and we also beat Sk Slavia. These two wins helped to restore our confidence and we went with very high expectations to the game against recently first AC Panda Team. We played our best ever ratings but unfortunately ht random was again against us and we lost 3 points by very unlucky way. At this time after 6 rounds we had 7 points and we add another three by a win against Jiříkov. Half a season gone and we were 5th with 10 points. just one point from 7th place and direct relegation. Would you bet that we will win the title?

Frankly, no and that is what made the season fairytale. The christmas encounter went our way and we were prepared to fight for the title. If I remember right we were three points behind the first team and a win would sent us on the top. But we weren’t in good conditions. One important midfielder was supsended and another one was in weak form. And because we played away, it was clear that we have no chance to match our opponent’s midfield. So I decided to go for a lucky result and play 5-3-2 without midfield. But miracle didn’t happen and we went home with 2-1 loss. I must say that this match was the only deserved loss of the season. (And there will be probably another one on Saturday :D)

Six points from the top, 5 matches to go, 5th place. What goal can I have? to avoid qualification for 6th division? I think that is a fair goal. After beating bot team Slavia 11 – 0 and more importantly Plasy Heroes and FC Semeno (third and fourth in the league table) both by 3-0 scoreline, we moved to third place four points from the top and salvation looked sure. In that round, the first team deservedly lost two points in a match which had to end in a draw and suddenly our title chances very increased. The round before last ends predictably and with one match to go we were second with two points deficit. We needed to win our game, what we managed but we also needed atleast draw of AC Panda with FC Semeno. Luckily Panda lost and we could start to celebrate our third title in a row. But this one is understandably much more worthy then the previous two combined 😀 .

Fairytale? I think so. After very poor start to end season by five wins in a row and all with clean sheets. and even more to win the title… We are looking forward to the qualification and even if we lose, I will be still very happy.

Some stats to the end:

First three matches P3, W0, D1, L2, GD 1:3

First seven matches P7, W3, D1, L3, GD  8:9

Last seven matches P7, W6, D0, L1, GD 26:2

Last five matches P5, W5, D0, L0, GD 21:0

Whole season P14, W9, D1, L4, GD 34:11

Best scorer, as always our set piece taker Fausto Corona. And If I am not mistaken, all minutes were played just by defenders Robert Gringo, Fausto Corona and maybe Ludvík Saidl.

When you look at final league table you must be pretty sure that league was really interesting. The best team manage to get just 28 points and the top four teams were ordered by one point. Also the seventh team got 16 points and that I think is very good result which should be enough to play atleast qualification but it isn’t. Overal the league was extremely balanced and in 13 matches out of 14 I was not sure how the match ends. It was highly entertaining season and I am happy that I was part of it. I hope that the next one will be atleast half as entertaining as the last one. Also I would like to congratulate to MS-Hojris for winning the title and promotion, the same goes to India to AzeemClark. But the best performance was showed by paquebot who didn’t lost single point so big congratulation to you. And finally also to the others who managed to read this long article about my team 😀

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Chaaaaaampions!!!!!!!

What an end of the league!! Kamenice managed their role to beat Stenly and Panda lost to Semeno!!! Can’t see match report but I am too happy!!! What a first season in 5th division after poor start and beeing 7th with one point after three rounds, Kamenice went for the title!!! Celebration will be supreme, although we will play qualification, which we will probably lost. This doesn’t matter to much. And sorry to MS Odense, because I will play qualification, I will not field the best possible team, but still I am sure I can beat you! 😀

And arsenal leads 3-1 in HT to Blackburn two goals RvP, one AOC. What a day!!!!!!!!!!!!