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This is the greatest Party ever!

The complete team of FC Rünenberg had a stop over on their flight to New York, where they will play a Golden League encounter against Turtle Pond Armada. They landed in Glasgow, only to support their sister team Clan Phoenix when they faced Independence Sporting Club at Jack Bruce Arena in their qualifier for promotion to the third division – something the Gold Rushers never achieved ‘til now.

The game was extremely one-sided regarding ball possession and created chances because of it. But the Clanners haven’t been able to finish any of those promising attacks. That’s why it took overtime and a penalty shoot-out finally. We know the Clanners won the game with a score-line of 3-0!

“I never thought this might be possible” Michael Kelvey said, “it was an easy safe, that’s right, but it was an important safe. But then only a few seconds later; it was up to me to kick the next penalty! And it was the final one. I was overwhelmed when the ball passed the keeper!”

Now we see why Schluurggi has always kept the training in set pieces between two seasons.

This biggest success in the history of both teams was now the base for the greatest party ever. But this success was not reason enough. There have been so any trophies won during the past few days:

Clan Phoenix won the first title of the within a fourth division!

FC Rünenberg won the tenth trophy within their history!

Alessandro Pioggia earned his first top scorer trophy!

We think this is absolutely reason enough to celebrate a party as it never happened before!

“Slàinte” and “Prost”!

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The Manager’s View

It has been quiet around here for many weeks and months, and so the website is completely out of sync today. We have now got the order to change that and post some new stories regularly again.

So today we have the honour to hand the following interview with (Sir) Schluurggi, the owner and manager of both teams, FC Rünenberg aka the Gold Rushers and Clan Phoenix aka the Clanners respectively.

We are very happy you gave us the chance for a little talk today, Sir. Would you please tell us about how you actually feel regarding the double lead of your teams?

First of all; it’s still only Schluurggi, maybe it’ll be ‘Sir’ again, once the Gold Rushers are back in division four, but for sure not before that. But let’s get back to your question: I feel very good these days. Both teams are on top, as you already mentioned, and this is really not what we expected. Seems like all our plans have worked better than thought. I’m happy for the players, the staff and the fans, and I’m proud. Yes, I am!

The Gold Rushers have already won the Championship. It looks like the team is definitely ready again to face the troubles in the fifth division. Can you tell us more about why it should work better this time?

Was it bad the last time? I don’t think so. There have been some bad decisions made during the time when we played the fourth division, but today we changed a lot. We actually have much more experience within the team, due to the elder offensive players. But we also have a very stable defensive squad because this is the only part in the team playing together for a long time now.

Yes, I think we are now ready again to repeat what we already did twice: we will promote to the fourth again. This is the main goal, and we are on course!

The Clanners instead have to win at least two more games to stay on top and finally reach the qualifier. This is something no one expected since they just play their second season in IV.18 now. What to think is the secret behind this success?

The team is still completely homegrown, something we are all very proud about. And this gives us a big advantage; the players, the squad and the fans are talking the same language. They all know each other from the very beginning of their individual career.

Second to this I have to mention the excellent progress the squad’s making during training. The teams almost doubled the overall TSI during the latest three seasons. And let’s take Noël Sears for an example, well he’s actually the most valuable player in the squad; his TSI is now almost seven times higher than three seasons ago. The Clanners have increased the ratings from passable to outstanding in this time, I’m talking about the midfield rating.

And this is still not the end of the line, my friend.

What are your plans with the teams? And have you ever thought about founding an HTI team?

We take one step after the other. There is no hurry at all. Both teams shall win their individual series first. And then we talk about the possibilities regarding promotion. Well, today it looks easy for the Gold Rushers, but not for the Clanners. We’ll see what’s next once we managed to promote.

Have I ever thought about founding an HTI team? Yes, I did. More than once to be honest. But it was the idea of starting a complete new league with all teams at the same level. I missed that point and that’s why this is my answer: No, I won’t form a HTI team anymore.

Have a nice day, my friend. Oh, and I’m looking forward to see the updated website soon.

Then he left with a smile. It will take a while to rebuilt or at least update the website, so we ask you all for patience.