Langer House Archive

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The Falcons’ New Clothes

The magnificent city of Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India has been a home away from home for the Falcons for the past week. Following an overall successful season, players and management were truly enjoying some time off, taking in the many sights, sounds and smells the fabulous “City of Pearls” had to offer. Falcon veteran midfielder, Swede Evair Cisneros, was for instance seen visiting the Chowmahalla Palace with several of his young protégés in tow. And the Mediterranean section of the team – known as ‘Club Med’ to the other players [or Portuguese goalkeeper Pedro Luis Azevedo, Spanish defender Pacia Tarrats, Greek striker Savvas Kolevas and Italians Alberto Saputo (FW), Manuele Prestandrea (IM) and Ivano Liponi (WB)] – could be observed strolling through the ancient Laad Bazaar, known for its traditional bangles or churi. But despite this extravaganza prickling all possible senses, the Falcon players and management could not dispel a nagging feeling at the back of their mind…

Where was the manager? What had happened to the boss? Why, oh why wasn’t the gaffer with them in India?

Some suggested that he had accompanied former Falcon defender Petr Čekal to Krakow, following Petr’s transfer to Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno last week. It was rumoured that he spent the weekend comparing Czech, Polish, English and Belgian beers with fellow managers Leebebbs (Renaissance FC) and Hubeq (Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno)… Some claimed that he was seen on Saturday lunch time in Chomutov, following FK Chomutov’s relegation qualifier and chatting with manager BelsanMichal – Horus70’s choice for ‘manager of the season’ in the ongoing HTU Awards… Some thought he had journeyed up the Nile, to parley with the falcon god Horus in his sanctuary in the temple of Edfu (Upper Egypt) on the coming season and a possible change of training regime… Some whispered that he had returned to that galaxy far, far away, from where he had originally come. ‘Belgium’, some thought it was called… And some said the manager was just a figment of their imagination and had never been anywhere near the Falcon Nest.

But what had truly happened to Falcon-manager Horus70? An anonymous source close to the heart of the Falcon management finally let slip, after several beers in his local hangout in Žižkov, that the gaffer had travelled to faraway Gyeonggi-do (South Korea) instead – to meet with Paquebot, manager of AS Uijeongbu 07, and MS-Hojris, heading MS Odense. It is rumoured that the managers held long discussions on the concept and practical organisation of the soon to be inaugurated HTUM Youth League and that until the wee hours of morning…

The truth of the matter might never be revealed (even though it is out there)… But whatever it was that kept Horus70 from the team these last few days, when the manager finally joined his faithful in India for the very last game of the season against powerhouse Langer House, he came bearing gifts. As he was not Greek, these gifts were warmly received!(*) As a result of Horus70’s visit to South Korea, the team will soon be outfitted with wonderful new kits, courtesy of the skilful kit-designer Paquebot and the GMC (General Managers Club). What do they look like? Only the players and a few selected members of the team management seem to know for now… All will be revealed…soon…

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(*) Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes; in English better known as “Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts” – one of the most catchy phrases in Publius Vergilius Maro’s Aeneid; the legendary story of Aeneas and his journey from Troy to Italy. In the Aeneid the gift was not a new team outfit but a wooden horse… (a different time and a different place…)

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Petr Čekal and the KKK

Yesterday was a momentous day in the career of veteran Falcon defender Petr Čekal. After five long seasons of loyal service to the Falcon team, the twenty nine year old defender was finally ready for an eagerly anticipated and greatly desired foreign transfer. In his five years with the Prague team, Petr Čekal played a total of 85 games (55 competitive and 30 friendly), during which he scored 25 goals (13+12) and received 14 yellow cards (8+6).

In his very last battle for the Horus Falcons – in the Falcon Nest yesterday afternoon against India’s Langer House – the game was stopped after ten minutes to bid a warm farewell to this Falcon faithful. A long lasting standing ovation by the fans and embraces from team mates saw the otherwise rock-hard defender leave the field teary-eyed. How much this stronghold in the Falcon defence meant to the fans is well illustrated by the attendance figures – for the first time in Falcon history more than 4000 fans came to the stands to watch a friendly game and, more importantly, to say goodbye to a much loved player. Replaced by Falcon defensive Youth Academy product Ladislav Hašek (19), Petr Čekal watched from the bench how his fellow defender Josef Motyčák led the Falcons to a 3-2 victory, scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot in the third minute of extra time.

Following the game, Petr Čekal joined his team mates on the bus to Prague’s Ruzyně Airport, where an emotional farewell took place as the entire team set out, in the company of the Langer House players and management, for Andhra Pradesh in India – to enjoy a well-deserved season break and the return game against Langer House next week Wednesday in the Wittelsbacher Klasse.

Petr Čekal and Falcon manager Horus70 afterwards returned together to the Falcon headquarters, broke open one more bottle of champagne and set down to watch some Champions League action on the big screen in the team VIP lounge – keeping one eye constantly on the HT transfer market engine. Finally, at 22.38 it was officially announced that Petr Čekal would move to Kraków to play for the Polish side Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno (KKK). At a brief press conference at the Falcon Nest later that evening, Petr Čekal had this to say:

Petr, what are your first thoughts on your new team?

“I just can’t believe it – I’m so excited! I have my first foreign transfer and will move to a great and ambitious Polish team. Moreover, I’ll exchange one of the most beautiful historic cities in the world for another one just as grand to behold. And I’m staying close to my hometown – so friends and family will not have to travel too far to come and see me play.

But to tell the truth, nothing compares to the knowledge that I have joined a team that plays the Golden League! That is not only the icing on the cake, but the little cherry on top as well! The mere thought that one Wednesday afternoon in the future, I might return with Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno to the Falcon Nest for a Golden League match-up already now sends shivers down my spine!”

Do you already know what your role in your team will be?

“I’ve only exchanged a few words with Mr. Hubeq, KKK team’s manager, thus far. It’s early days yet… Still, I hope to contribute both to the KKK defence, but also use my experience to help younger team players to develop both on and off the field.”

And what about the Falcon defence, how does their future look without you?

Bright! My replacement, young Ladislav Hašek (19), is a great talent, but still has a lot to learn in the B-team. I think the upcoming change of training regime will do him good and I expect great things from him in a season or two. As for my replacement in the A-team – what can I say? Ivano Liponi (21) flew in from Torino four days ago and had only a few training sessions with his new team. The result – he was elected Falcon player of the game yesterday! That is one remarkable debut and bids well for the future.

We wish Petr the best of luck in his new-found team and home!

(For the related KKK Press Conference, click here.)

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The Blog Wars VII – The Zabardust

In the very last home game of the season and already the seventh of the Great Blog Wars, Prague’s Horus Falcons is proud to host India’s Langer House this Wednesday at the Falcon Nest. The Zabardust, led by AzeemClark, comes to Prague on a wave of victory and destruction, following a formidable Golden League win in Leeds last Wednesday (0-7). The Falcons are still licking their wounds after being overwhelmed by the offensive power of the Golden League leaders, Latvia’s FC Sigulda 08, last week (1-4). The stakes are raised, with the Falcons, currently the number three in the GL, hosting the number four team! Langer House, moreover, still has unfinished business to settle and a reputation to mend in Prague – after losing 5-1 in their GL debut against the FC Prague Slivers of Ballinho a few weeks back. In short, it’s a game not to be missed for more reasons than one!

The Falcons, following their unexpected second place in the league, already have their mind set on vacation and the season to come. The team will try out some new formations in the following weeks, change training plans and enjoy a well-deserved vacation and pre-season training camp in India. Following the game, the Falcon players, together with wives, girlfriends, children, the fans, management and staff, will join Langer House on their flight back to the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Langer House manager AzeemClark has graciously offered to host the Horus Falcons and a return game will be played next week Wednesday. In between the Falcon family will spent some free time exploring the wonders of Andhra Pradesh, such as the Ethipothala Falls or the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, and relax on the golden beaches at Visakhapatnam in the Bay of Bengal.

The last home game of the season will also be about taking leave and welcoming players. Falcon Czech veteran defender Petr Čekal (29) has decided to leave the club and try his luck on the transfer market. Petr Čekal has been with the Falcons since the team’s very beginning, now five seasons ago. In order to give him the send-off he deserves, it has been decided that Petr Čekal will play the first ten minutes of the game, before being replaced and receiving a warm farewell from fans, team mates and management. He will be – symbolically – replaced by the 19 year old Fledgling Youth  Academy product Ladislav Hašek. Petr Čekal’s position in the Falcon defence will be taken over by a brand new addition to the Falcon squad. Yesterday afternoon the Falcons signed a long term contract with Italian defender Ivano Liponi. The 21-year old Torino-native, on his first stint outside of Italy, will make his debut for the Falcons in Wednesday’s game against Langer House!

It’s doubleheader time!

Wed. 19/10, 14:00 Horus Falcons vs Langer House at The Falcons Nest, Česká republika
Wed. 26/10, 08:15 Langer House vs Horus Falcons at Wittelsbacher Klasse, India