Golden League Archive

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III.12: AN IRRESISTIBLE CHALLENGE

15-4-2018 (1/68) Mighty Karak Chai FC – Ghungharu FC
29-4-2018 (3/68) Mighty Karak Chai FC – Football Club Tranquebar
20-5-2018 (6/68) Football Club Tranquebar – Ghungharu FC
10-6-2018 (9/68) Ghungharu FC – Football Club Tranquebar
1-7-2018 (12/68) Football Club Tranquebar – Mighty Karak Chai FC
15-7-2018 (14/68) Ghungharu FC – Mighty Karak Chai FC

Football Club Tranquebar has joined the stronger III.12 series and accepted an irresistible challenge to taken on both Mighty Karak Chai FC and Ghungharu FC in the battle for Golden League points, series championship and most of all the battle honour. No one is saying out loud but the intensity is on with Mighty Karak Chai FC being very active on transfer market and Ghungharu FC is expected to do the same very soon. The heat is on and the game will be likewise for real when Mighty Karak Chai FC and Ghungharu FC meet at King Suro Memorial Field in Bihar this sunday.

Football Club Tranquebar was challenged to join the series before this season to relive a long time rivalry with both clubs. The offer was too tempting to let go and it is time to set things straight between the three clubs. For seasons the former India Champions Mighty Karak Chai FC has been the best of the three, but lately Tranquebar has been catching up with the team from Bihar. Ghungharu FC has challenged Tranquebar for the top two position in the Tamil Nadu region and if they get the change they want to be the best golden league team in India.

From Tharangambadi the message to the opponents this season is loud and clear. Tranquebar is still going for the top spot and a return to II.series, but sees the matches with Mighty Karak Chai FC and Ghungharu FC as more than six points matches with series gold, Golden League success and honour on the line on sundays. Golden League mania has hit India’s III.12 this season and those six matches is must see attractions for all – The hunter has become the hunted.

Fun fact:
Ghungharu FC has lost all matches against Tranquebar, but the Tharangambadi lions favourite boys haven’t won a match against Mighty Karak Chai FC since september 2014.

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After Defeat: “We Are In Control”

If the fan club Thrangambadi Lions are worried after sunday’s golden league defeat to Odense they need to take it easy according to club legend Foggy. “Last season Odense came third in golden league masters, but they are far that today. They are still good and we wont take anything away from them. they deserved the win, but we had an agenda in Odense and we did what we came to do. We tested a new formation and with some bruised players with the use of recovery before the upcoming season, we took a chance. We failed. We are in control so no need to worry” was the words form the assistant coach.

Tranquebar played a 5-2-3 lineup with Datta, Burman and Hussain in the starting lineup and that has rarely happened for 9 to 10 weeks. Foggy and coach Menyhárt was happy with they performance even though Tranquebar lost 3:0. “We have had a blast this season, after a rocky start. Now we look toward next season and it cost us today. Two of their goals is made by players that has been a part of their best lineups for more than a season. We didn’t play newbies you know”. Foggy made it clear that tactics and formations was the key element for Tranquebar this week and it wont chance for a while.

“We need to do things even better than we have been doing til now. We don’t want to collect second places. After our India Consolation Cup win, we told you all that we want more and need to look at future possibilities when we get the chance. Also we need to find where to strengthen the squad and how to do it. We want the squad ready when we play the first series match next season” the legendary goalscorer told the press and added a few words on his strikers performance. “They didn’t want to win today. Odense wanted it more, but all strikers has tried to get all shots stopped by a goalkeeper with a mysterious force helping them. That was what happen today. No need to think more about it. We have more important games coming later”

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Beware What You Wish For

A dream becoming a nightmare – That might be the case when Football Club Tranquebar take on the multiple time champions of Hanguk AS Uijeongbu 07 in the Golden League Masters quarterfinals. For ages AS Uijeongbu 07 has been the top team in the Golden League and the reason AS Uijeongbu 07 not to take more Golden League and Golden League masters titles is that they are in the fight for the K-League title every season. That is what Football Club Tranquebar has to overcome the next two Wednesdays to reach the semifinals of the Golden League Masters.

This weeks match will be the 5th between the two teams. AS Uijeongbu 07 has 3 wins of the 4, with Tranquebar being victorious October 28th 2014. Team captain Narottam Samal was one of the goal scorers in the 4:1 win back then. This time he has the experience of 12 seasons more to add in his quest to take an unexpected glorious win against the, yet again, upcoming K-League champions. “Back in 2014 we also had a strong team. It was different though and more experienced. Roche, Bolshakov and Pushkal was the backbone in the team, also including Bokil, Tamil Warrior and I. The win was much unexpected as Uijeongbu brought a weaker team to the match, but to win a match with Ahn as the opponent was great and today it will be the same” Samal said after the arrival to Soul Airport, ahead of the first match played at the legendary Waegari Park, laying just about 55 kilometres north of the airport.

This time around Pushkal and Bolshakov are in the past. Today Samal’s teammates are players like Katam, Karve and Wattoo and even though they are still young, he thinks tat the team are stronger and has a great future. “We have a great mix of experience and talent in our squad today. No doubt that the younger players will be much better than us in the future, but for now we are a combined unit even on skills. We have a chance to do good, but to say we will reach the final four in GL Masters. We will play a team with players like Ahn and Gu and with names like that we will always be underdogs. Underdogs or not, AS Uijeongbu 07 is the team to beat if you want to go to the top a be respected by your peers in the Golden League” Samal added before take of to the hotel.

Kickoff at Waegari Park. 22-11-2017 02.00 hattrick time

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HT Storyline Collide With Historic Day

What was mend to be a hard, but fun, story about two teams from England and India – A story of managers whom have had many great word feuds on HU. A match in a, not so friendly, friendly tournament, going on for six plus years now is now something else because what i wasn’t aware of was real life history melting to much with a HT/HU storyline. So before i start a story about India winning against the unbeatable Brits again, i have to be serious first.

August 15th 1947 – An important day in world history. India gained their independence from the United Kingdom. I am not a judge of what is right and wrong, the colonial rules and doing, the split into India and Pakistan etc. But the story of Mahatma Gandhi and the people of India’s fight for freedom, and the way they did it, is something i respect so much, that i have to mention it before anything else – Out of respect for the history, the man and the people who lived the lives of what i never can imagine, no matter how many books or movies i see about it.

Football Club Tranquebar versus The Lost Saxons. Followers of the golden league and members of HTU Managers might think that these two teams has played each other a thousand times. You are wrong! This will only be the third GL match between the two. Earlier this season Saxons won 4:1 at The Burial Ground. The score of the match do not tell the story of a match between to evenly matched teams, but it is the story about one teams having the best season ever, versus a team with maybe the worst season record in their history.

The Lost Saxons. A long time rival of Tranquebar if you think about Saxons history as a team on the Faroe Islands. Not to strong back then, but the move to England did something good for the club and they now have a nine point lead in the group stage of golden leagues season 10. A remarkable achievement for the club, who have a mixed squad of young and old players. most notable players are the younger talents with England U20 player Martin Frain as the top player. It is a squad with a handful of young talents though, not far behind what Tranquebar has at this point in time. Opposite to Tranquebar, Saxons has many players in the mid 30s, most notable is goalkeeper Smits, defenders Gionea and Parrilla, winger Reynaldo Himler and the intelligent technical striker Bjørn Pettersen. A strong team at its best because of Frain’s spot in the U20 squad.

“It is a strong squad – Almost complete” Tranquebar legend Manoj ‘Punjabi Tiger’ Prabhu said when asked about the quality of the Lost Saxons. “Their golden league season has been phenomenal so far and it will only be the best that wins against them this season” he added. So now you might think that Saxons are on the way to the premier league, HT and HTU Masters wins in the future, but it ain’t likely if you ask Prabhu. “Knowing Coach Nesi there ain’t much money to buy new players and they will need to do that often, with so many old players. Saxons don’t have the money we have. They don’t have the quality of players and a long term plan structured like we have. Here and now they look stronger as they are on full power compared to us, but they might be falling before they reach the top of the golden league or even just the next level in the English series. What they show in strength is not even near what we did only 2 seasons ago and 1½ season from now we will be even better than we were back then. How will Nesi and Saxons match that? They can’t”.

Saxons has won matches against the other GL top teams this season, including Tranquebar, and with Tharangambadi Lions almost looking like a bunch of kittens this season, how can Tranquebar win against a team that seems unbeatable. It isn’t the first time India versus England has been like Davis versus Goliath Saxons are one of the best at the moment, but they will take us lightly and we will take advantage of that and show the rest that the bigger they are, the harder they fall. We will make them fall and we will make them rethink if what they do is the right thing to do”.

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From The Playgrounds To III.Series

Football Club Tranquebar continue to strengthen the squad as they welcome three new faces in the main squad. In the last 3 weeks the club has said goodbye to a handful of player and the fans has seen new players like Mundra, Anand, Butt, More and Sawant as representatives of their club. Today club legend Rajinikanth ‘Foggy’ Reddy presented three new players to the press. Two players with a history at Tranquebar Talent Factory – The clubs youth academy – and the last one being an India talent who did not made his breakthrough i the Czech Republics VI.series club Atletico Scooby-Doo. A failed stay in Europe wont chance the fact that the former member of I-League team 1. FC Stern Marienfelde’s youth academy can make it big and that is why Traquebar sealed the 2.2 million € deal to get Akshay Iyer to Tharangambadi.

“We are delighted to present this three players to our fans today. Pranav Burman played 32 matches for TTF and scored six goals. He has been one of the top defensive players at our academy, in a period where the team has evolved well and been a consistent top team in HTUM Division IV. Hopefully Burman can continue to keep getting better as a part of the main squad.

For a long time it has been obvious that Fajahat Babar has been a top player at the academy. Both U20 and our own staff has followed him closely in his 24 appearances for TTF. He could have played more, and scored more than the six he got. He has to learn to control his temperament from now and on. Nine yellow and 1 red card in 24 matches are way too much.

Akshay Iyer is a type of player we have been looking for, for a while. He is still very young. He is powerful and have some decent skills, even though they could be better at his age. Nevertheless we believe that he can still get a good career in the next 10 to 12 seasons. He is the prototype of the talents we are looking for. Arnand are a little older, Butt a little younger, but they are on the same level. Players we can make better quite quickly. Players who can play for many years and keep our wages down.

We look forward to see the three new players in action in both the series, in Platinum Cup and in the golden league.”

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2017 Is The Way To 2018

Logical headline isn’t it? Then again strange to write on January 7th. Hopefully it will make a little sense when you have read the whole story.

What a year 2016 was. Football Club Tranquebar promoted to the II.series and not just that; It was the best of them and thereby the second best series in the country. Tranquebar did better than expected and it was happening even though lots of homegrown talents was starting to enter the main squad. Sahasya Dhanvade, Sunil Karve and Rao Wattoo are already established names. Soon you will know Padmayani Bisht, Rohan Johnsen and Sumeet Singh much better, while the upcoming season will welcome Siddhesh Barua and Venkatesh Katam into the world of Golden League.

In the first week of 2017 it was also time to say farewell to Paranjay Narang. Missing a strong goalkeeper in the squad will for sure give Tranquebar a lot of defeats, but since the summer of ’16 it has been the plan to once again become a fully homegrown team again. The many good results in the last two seasons has been because of the effect from transferring to the club. There have been many great India players in and out the doors in the last 32 weeks, but now the many good talents from Tranquebar Talent Factory are many enough to fill a talented and interesting squad. It will be one step backward to take 3 forward, because there is no doubt that this talented squad is destined to make it big and even greater than the squad the fans has seen on the pitch this season.

The fab 4 – Jindal, Tamil Warrior, Bokil and Captain Samal is still around and they will be there all the way trough this transformation of the team. The sporting management of the club is still believing that those 4 club legends will get a chance to play in I-League before they retire. It will be in mid-2018 at the latest!

In 2017 the training program to get a much better squad, and to help India U20 being more successful, is on! Our rivalries with team around the world will continue and Golden League will have our fully attention this year. We might not reach GL Masters but we will be a main factor in the Golden League. With an expected relegation ti III.series this week, Tranquebar hope to start the Tamil Nadu rivalry against Ghungharu FC for real – If they have the power to promote and there is a spot in their series. Tranquebar will let them know that the Tharangambadi Lions are the stronger team and simply better!

To friends and followers. Tranquebar sends you all best wishes and a happy new year.

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New Kits, New Squad And One Homecoming

In the weekend Football Club Tranquebar won the first trophy in six seasons, when Kirkiri united was defeated by 2:0 at their stadium. The did not only give Tranquebar the championship trophy of III.10 but also a direct promotion to II.series for the very first time. A promotion the club has haunted for a long time. Now it is a reality and the club will soon be a top 40 team in the country and also have a chance to once again be the top team in the Tamil Nadu region.

Club president Yannis Kotakis is celebrating the best season in the clubs history so far, but he is also aware of the the strong opponents and the though times his club will be facing very soon. “We have had tremendously good season with reaching the quarterfinal in the golden league and the narrow defeat to Warriors Of Sahura. We also went of in India Cup by a narrow defeat to this seasons runner-up in I-League. ForeverIndia was forced to play 113 minutes before they could score against us and we had no losses in the 4th best III.series in the country. We have been successful from my point of view” He said.

Now it is time to look forward. “The jump for III to II.series is huge regarding the power of the squads, so we had a lot of thinking to do lately. Will we give it a try or make changes? In the end the decision was easy to take. We have a huge amount of big talents at Tranquebar Talent Factory and we have learned in recent seasons that homegrown players are the way to make a strong team. That is why we have decided to sellout and concentrate on talents and getting a even better economy. At the moment we are trying to assemble an almost all Indian squad, with only the coach and Krusøe as foreign members. It will for sure make us one of the biggest relegation candidates next season, but we do it only to make a quick return to II.series and continue our way toward I-League” Kotakis said, before announced Sky Sports as the new kit sponsor and gave the word to team captain Samal.

“We have been waiting for this challenge for a long time” Samal started, and added “Some of us have been a part of this development from the start and to see new young faces like Roa Wattoo do so well is fantastic. I give us some hope on making the goal to reach I-League as a strong team in a future not that far away. Tamil warrior, Jindal, Bokil and myself want to make it to the promised land and i am positive about reaching the goal. For now it is a matter of serious development and we will all contribute with the best we have, in good time as in bad times” The captain said before president Kotakis presented one of the new players in the club.

Not that he is that new to the club. Tranquebar has signed a new contract with one of the biggest talents coming out of Tranquebar Talent Factory. After leaving the club at the start of the season Sahasya Dhanvade is back in Tharangambadi. “I am so happy to be back in the club that scouted me at age 15. This is where i want to be. I only played one match before i was sold. Now i am back almost one year older. Better as a player and ready to fight for a spot in the starting eleven” Dhanvade said with a big smile on his face and reviled. “Coach Menyhárt told me that i am one of the players he want to give a push in the right direction. Hopefully i can live up to it by getting better and score a lot of goals”.

The young talent Pandi Rajkumar was also present and is delighted to renew his old partnership with Dhanvade on the field. “We grew up together and was a striker duo at the academy when we both arrived here. He is a good player and a great talent. Together we might be able to once again play in the attack. this time against the best players in the country. It will be a lot of fun and i am sure that if Jindal and Bokil are out of action, we can step up and make our fans cheer. One thing is important for me to say though. We don’t come here to replace any, we come here to join forces with club legends and to continue the history of wins and celebration that surrounds this club”.

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Relegation? But Ambitions Is Still Very High.

Yesterday Tranquebar lost 3:6 but don’t be fooled by the result. Tranquebar had a chance to take the win in the first 90 minutes. It was only in extra time that the always strong Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno ran with the victory. “Tamil Warrior”, and two of our youngest strikers, Patel and “Fireball” Lakkireddy scored the goals for the pride of Tharangambadi.

“A loss is not always bad” “Tamil Warrior” was quoted for after the match. “KKK has always been, and still is, a strong opponent and one we never would have though we could push to the limited. We did this week. Now we must use the best from that match and take it with us in Sunday’s match against Souvik’s WIzards” He said. Tranquebar and the Wizardz will collide at Fort Dansborg this coming Sunday. The winner will get a qualifying match to stay in the the league. The loser will relegate!

“We truly believe that we are to good a team to relegate, but we know that it can become a reality later this week” team captain Narottam Samal told the press yesterday. “We have been unlucky in a game or two, but we also know that we haven’t been strong enough to be a real test for British Invasion and Langer House this season. We must change that to accomplish our main aim – To become a main factor in the India leagues”. Samal refuse to make remarks about injuries being the main reason for Tranquebar’s poor season. “Nah! We must be strong enough to play without one or two of our best players from time to time. It must not be an excuse for the lack of good results this season”.

The former The Bad Bergamot Seeds star Pierpaolo Badocchi is one of 3 new players coming from the Italian team this season. He did not think that relegation would be an issue at the end of the season, but that wont ruin the transfer to India. “Relegation wasn’t even in my thoughts but i am realistic and the table don’t lie at this stage of the season. We are ready to fight Sunday and again two weeks from now in a qualifying match, but if we loose on Sunday we will take it like men and relegate without excuses. If it happen, we will take one step back to take two or three forward next season. I have high ambitions and the club has them too. I came here to fight for trophies, but not IV trophies. If we go down. We will keep getting better as a team and return to III one season from now and we will be stronger than ever”.

Coach Denis Christinat agree with Baddocchi. “We have very high ambitions and we believe that we belong among the teams of III.10. We want even more and have our sights set on II and I-League in the future. We have a talented squad with an average age beneath 21½ years, so we have far from seen the best of Tranquebar yet. The team will get better next season, no matter if we play in III or IV. We also have a new season of Golden League coming and we want to better next season than we did this season”.

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A threatening shutdown avoided.

What a week for Football Club Tranquebar. The club was very close to a closure only a few days ago. Today the club is ready to continue to fulfill the main aim, and that is to become a serious competitor in the India leagues. Today our club president has send out this press release.

To our fans, followers, players, opponents and friends. We at Football Club Tranquebar is proud to announce that the threatening shutdown has been avoided and it is time to look forward. We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting us and especially thanks to the investors that has made it possible for us to continue our path towards I-League. It has been a week with big changes in our squad also, but we are still as strong as we was last season. We still have the key players and they are dedicated to this club and we are still positive about players like Jindal, Samal and the Tamil warrior to be the ones to take us to the highest level in the country. We also have a lot of homegrown talents to score our goals. Mondol continue his training as planned. Karve is a part of India U20 and even though it might as one of the outer margins in the squad, we are proud of having him in that squad. Tomas Florescu and Shrimat Patel is scoring goals as expected and two new homegrown talents will be a part of our main squad. Raju Rai scored in his debut this week and tonight TTF captain Narottam Pal will represent our youth academy for the last time and tomorrow he will enter the main squad. The future looks shinny and bright for Tranquebar like it has done in most of our history so far.

To make it to the big leagues, it is important to have a big load of money. We are very much aware of this. After this season we will be very close to the 10 million dollars mark and we will continue to save up our money to make sure we avoid bankruptcy in the future and naturally we also want to be able to buy the best of the best on the transfer market, when we need to. To our opponents in the golden league we have this message – We respect you and many great teams is making the way to reach the top very difficult, but we will guarantee this. When we come to golden league season 8 you all better be ready to fight because we will, and you better have your defensive wall as powerful as ever because we come to take it down and go get our trophy. To our opponents in India – We want you to grow bigger and better. We want the strongest way possible to I-League. We want to be able to say that we had to fight hard to get to the top, like we want all to feel it is tough to get past Tranquebar in a very near future

– Yannis Kotakis

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The Rumble In The Jungle


THE ROAD TO GL8: THE RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

It is written in the stars that this match will be one for the history books. The road to victory in Golden League season 8 start with a rumble in the jungle to kickoff season 6 at Maraca Bombonera against Los Mejores Futbol Club. Two young squads with average ages of 21 years. Two young squads who will kickoff new year and play the first Golden League game of 2015 because kickoff time is at new year HT-time – Epic!

“Make no mistake about it. We come to take 3 points with us home to Tharangambadi” The Tamil Warrior said after his teams big defeat Sunday. Football Club Tranquebar suffered the first league defeat of the season. A 5:0 home win for Gladiators Return said it all. The visitors didn’t stand a chance but the focus was on the Golden League season debut only minutes after the match. A match the Tamil Warrior was not a part of? “We have 3 important matches coming next week. The final of the HTUM Platinum Cup against the mighty Portuguay Thunders. An epic Golden League encounter against the new Los Mejores and a league game against the HTUM and Golden League legends Langer House. We are facing the biggest week in our clubs history” The Tamil Warrior told the press.

Tranquebar coach Denis Christinat is very aware of the program for the next 8 days and therefor he had a surprise in the lineup against Gladiators Return. Tranquebar was without the Tamil Warrior, the Cuban Assassin and team captain Samal. “We will play many games against good opponents next week so i had to think about injuries and possible banned players. I must set 4 superb lineups in 8 days. We didn’t stand a chance against Gladiator’s anyway so it was an easy decision to make” the Swiss coach said and added “But it is never fun to get a big defeat like that. Not for the players and not for me. Now we must forget it this loss and focus on the match tomorrow. Our South American journey starts in Paraguay tomorrow before we go to Brazil and we want to win both of these games”.

Tranquebar’s Greivin Cubillo aka The Cuban Assassin is really looking froward to the trip to South America even though Cuba is in the Caribbean and not South America it almost feels like coming home and The Cuban Assassin promise to show that it is his part of the world “The match in Brazil will be a war. Maraca Bombonera will be a war zone and i will make sure we are victorious. 2015 will start with the big bang in Rio. The rumble in the jungle wasn’t in Zaire. It will be at Maraca Bombonera at new year 2015”.

Upcoming games:
HTUM PLATINUM CUP FINAL: Portuguay Thunders (N)
GOLDEN LEAGUE SEASON 6: Los Mejores Futbol Club (A)
III.10: Langer House (H)