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The race is close!

And we hope it’ll stay until the end. Well we’re not talking about the V.90-Series only, but the HTUM U18 Championship as well, since RJs managed to sit on top.

V-90Although the Gold Rushers lost the top spot after only one week sitting on the throne, completing the declare aim of this season, seems in reach still. Did you remember how surprised some of us were when our lads won against Murphys Law two weeks ago? The week after these two teams met again and the result was turned too; our players made an excellent appearance but unfortunately Murphys had the edge in this match. At least we’re still in the race at this time and it looks like we can only be defeated with a very close score this season. All the games we lost so far have been lost because of one single goal missing on our side.

Three points behind seemed not bad, but we already knew it’ll become very hard to come back, especially when we thought about our schedule. Inter Staufen looked very easy at the beginning of the season, but they turned out to be one of the heaviest teams to defeat. We could have been happy with the close 1-0 win away and only a few believed in a second success at home. In fact the second leg was a hard fight with two outstanding teams trying to leave the pitch with three added points to their chart. In the end the Gold Rushers was the team who made it and repeated the success with score-line of 5-3. Maybe this score is a bit very high but hey that’s what happens if two teams play offensive.

With this win our team made it to stay in close contact to the leading two teams which will meet each other in the next round. Rünenberg should be able to jump on runner-up with another win against Gladiators United then, except the match between Murphys and Borussia will end without a winner. We asked Coach Romain Krecker about his thoughts:

This game was very entertaining! I decided to tell the team to play offensive, because only the team who scores more goals than his opponent will win in the end. They made a really fantastic job by coming back after they went down during the first half. In the end we’re very proud about this final result. The next game looks simple but it isn’t at all. We have to be focused and careful from the opening to the closing whistle, and if we’ll be successful again, then everything is possible!

But before they’ll get focused on this game, there have two others to be played; first they’ll meet Horus Falcons in tonight’s quarterfinal of the Gold Rushers Cup, and then they’ll face FC Firelion on Wednesday in the round of sixteen of the FCBasel forever Cup. The chances tonight are different from the ones on Wednesday; while the Gold Rushers must be happy if they could win tonight, a win against Firelion should be in reach at all.

There will be a new face in the line-up in the midweek game, when Klemens Augsburger, a 22-year old unpredictable midfielder, will make his debut in the kit of Rünenberg. He came from FC Glattbrugg from Switzerland where he played for more than three seasons. We would like to welcome Klemens in our squad and looking forward to watch his first appearance. That’s what he said after he signed the contract last night:

I know how it works here in Rünenberg; the next weeks I’ll play only midweek games in the FCBasel Cup or the Golden League – man, I can’t wait for that moment – before the Coach will give me the chance to play in a competitive game next season. These upcoming weeks will be very hard and full of challenges I have to go through, especially because I have a loss of stamina right now, but I’ll do my best to make the management, the team and the fans happy. They told me the plans they have here, and I may say that much: these are big, these plans, very big!

HTUM-YLWe have also mentioned RJs in the introduction to this post and this because of the same reason as we decided to bring the actual table of the Youth Leagues back on the blog: The talents played three rounds already and RJs is sitting on the throne for the second consecutive week! What a great start into the recently started first season in the top league of the HTUM Youth Leagues! After they managed to win against Hortinha Contente with only nine field players, they also defeated Nurmiksen Pojat with the fantastic score-line of 5-1. But these games both have been played at the Campus and we were curious how successful the talents will be when they play away for the first time; they had to fight but in the end they reached a tie and because there was only one winner in this round, they still sit on top preparing for the next clash against FC Slivers Juniors from Prague.

No matter what competition we look at; the race is close!

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Surprised?!

We’re in week eight of global season 55 and it’s time to summarize the first half of it. Saying this we’re happy to offer a summary written by Georg Casabella.

CasabellaSome of you may wonder about the header to this summary, but it fits perfect to summarize the first half of this running season. Now, for those who don’t think it’s the right header: be invited to read the following and I’m sure the words and facts will convince you to agree about this issue.

First I was surprised by the clear statement of Sir Schluurggi, when he announced the Gold Rushers aiming for promotion this season. Well two Bot-teams in the league is something we experienced in our very first season for the last time, but is this enough to shout out this aim? I was curious and studied the unknown and the (well-) known competitors in the league. After several hours of watching match-reports and the histories of all these teams I got the impression; Sir S may be totally right with setting promotion as the target. It might be in reach.

Then we all have been surprised by the result in the second round, when the Gold Rushers was the better team on the field but still lost those three points during the last ten minutes. No one understood what happened and suddenly the mentioned aim would be a surprise as well. I remember that late evening in April, when this happened very well; me and my wife sat on our swing on the porch, drank a good glass of cognac and watched the game live in the television. It was a great evening, sunny weather and mild temperatures. I had the immense appetency for smoking a pipe when the game was eighty minutes old, and I started to prepare it turning my eyes away from the screen. Maybe this was the fault. Werwölfe Gretzebach scored two goals within only two minutes. Call me a fool, but somehow I had a guilty conscience not staying fully focused on that game.

The week after the game ended with the same result but this time the surprise must have been different; I was very happy about that close result in a game against Borussia, especially when they surprised our guys with this high rated midfield. With these two defeats in the pocket and no real victory (since the first game was a walk-over) I had to check the teams again and somehow promotion looked far away at this stage of the season. The Gold Rushers found themselves on the last rank, not taking the two bots in account and the gap to the top was six points already. And one of the teams on the top was Inter Stauffen, the second team coming from a lower league.

The next week was absolutely free of any surprise: we qualified for the fifth round in the Switzerland Cup and Saturday’s match against the second bot ended with the record score of 12-0. FC Rünenberg jumped back on rank four and things seemed getting better now. The day before RJs celebrated the most important win in their history when they set things right to reach promotion two weeks later, but there happened also a surprise you’ll read more about later.

Then it was time to repeat last season’s success in the Switzerland Cup; the team was ready to reach the sixth round for the second time. Coach Romain Krecker left the reservists play the league game having the best ready to play that midweek game. But things came different than expected, and even though it may not be that big as it was in the second league game, but anyway the result was a surprise again. How should these guys be able to take something out of the game against the Gladiators after they again were defeated like this? I felt horrible and I didn’t bet a dime on my team.

The two following weeks in the league are a bit off topic since these games should have another header, something like ‘the momentum was ours’! Both teams, the Gladiators and Stauffen, have still been involved in the Switzerland Cup the week after they met the Gold Rushers and both fielded the reservists, or at least played cool against our top team. This behavior gave the lads in the blue kits the chance to earn ‘easy’ points what they did and suddenly they were sitting on runner-up position.

The day before the game against Stauffen the biggest spontaneous party ever took place in Rünenberg, when RJs celebrated promotion and they surprisingly won the trophy in the HTUM Youth League II as well. They went into their last game knowing they have the chance to win the league, but only with a little help of the team they defeated two weeks ago, MS Odense U18. The exaltation was immense when both games ended and the boys saw the goalless tie in the other game! This means RJs elongated Rünenberg’s tradition: leave a league with the trophy! Whenever a team of FC Rünenberg left a league, it was always with an additional trophy in the show case! I really like to congratulate the whole team and staff but especially Jupp Mittschiffs, as he also became the league’s top scorer!

Now, this was only a week ago and the talents started into their first season in the HTUM U18 Championship with a nice 2-1 victory with only ten boys fighting as hard as they can for more than seventy minutes.

But now let’s get back to the first team and one of the biggest surprises keeping all these words and facts in mind: this past weekend they played at the Mill against Murphys Law, the actual leader of the league. Regarding all the rounds played before, taking all the surprising results in mind and thinking about the most logical outcome, my prediction before the game must have been: The Gold Rushers must be lucky with a close win. But again I have been surprised by the result; even though a win should of course been alright, a score of 6-1 is maybe a bit too high. Today we enjoy the league’s table with the Gold Rushers sitting right on the top! We won’t know how long this will last in this crazy and confusing league.

Beside all that, and some of you don’t even noticed, they started in two campaigns to defend last season’s trophy: in both competitions, the FCBasel forever Cup and the Gold Rushers Cup, they have already played two out of three group-stage matches and are already qualified for the knock-outs.

I have no idea about how you feel, but I’m looking forward to follow the progress in all competitions, and maybe crying out the hunt for promotion was exactly the right thing.

Take care, Georg Casabella