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Return to the Golden League

Elimination from the Indian Cup came as a disappointment for coach Leonard Pavel who makes it clear that just like Langer House he doesn’t like loosing but there were no complains from the board because the expectations were fulfilled as the Zabardusts enjoyed another positive Cup season. It came at an expense though as Langer House found out that they had spent too much time competing in the Cup and they ran out of rounds to get enough win and thus points to get through to the next round of Golden League.

Things didn’t turn really well in the league either. After the elimination from the cup the Zabardusts wanted to put in a good show for the fans against title contenders Mumbai R&B but could only manage a draw which was a good result away from home but the coach wasn’t really happy for many reasons. “I will take the draw because Mumbai R&B are a very good side and a point at their stadium is a good result but what worries me the most is how little we created” . Just after the match Director Chellappa Pralad announced “Its a difficult place to come and win. I think now its time to get better results on and off the pitch. So for this there will be departures so that we can prepare for the coming season and balance the books from now on. We will sit together with the coach and plan for the future”. It was found out that the director was actually talking about some transfer situation relating to Marko Lemić which didn’t go down really well with coach Leonard Pavel who said “Immediately after we had just played a tiring match away from home such announcements has to be made? Do you think this is a good time?”

Langer House’ Sporting Director Yaduvir Singh came to the defence of his fellow director to clarify the situation with the coach “I think Pavel has misunderstood. Any sales relating to any of our squad member will only be possible when the coach sanctions the transfer himself. Me, Pralad and Pavel are all involved in the transfer market together and we will never do business without the opinion of Pavel. We are a team”

Meanwhile Langer House returned to the Golden League with a match against Danish side MS Odense and it was the occasion of return of Yuva graduate and former Langer House star Venkat ‘Warrior’ Variar who made a Rs. 60million ($1.5million) move to the Danish club last season. The Zabardusts fans didn’t forget him and chanted his name much to his motivation which resulted in in him scoring two goals for Odense. An entertaining encounter ended in a goalfest 5-5 draw with Variar getting a double against his boyhood club. AriyapadiKumaraswamy, Jay DeoBhupathiraju and Kazmi were on the score sheet for Langer House.


0 – 1 Chinnamuthu Ariyapadi 7′
1 – 1 Florentino Abajo 17′
2 – 1 Venkat ‘Warrior’ Variar 31′
3 – 1 Victorio Pintos 37′
3 – 2 Shankar Kumaraswamy 41′
3 – 3 Jay Deo 47′
4 – 3 Dimosthenis ‘The Greek God’ Mpatistas 52′
4 – 4 Pandi Bhupathiraju 61′
5 – 4 Venkat ‘Warrior’ Variar 82′
5 – 5 Aakaar Kazmi 87′
1 booking accumulated Aakaar Kazmi 42′

Captain Tamonash Kapoor was available after the match to give his view on the match “A very entertaining match where both teams played to win the match but I think in the end it was fair that none lost. This was a Golden League match and its sad that it is the last for us of this fourth season. We Zabardusts take this competition seriously while also maintaining the training which is very important and we have done well. Hopefully we can do better next season. Variar? It was strange to see him play against us. He was born and brought up in this city and he returned and looked happy. He is enjoying his football in Denmark. He did really well today and scored two well taken goals. I wish success for him”

Langer House will be back in league action on Sunday when they welcome Bishop Cotton Boys at Wittelsbacher Klasse.


Bishop Cotton Boys 1 – 1 Langer House

Week 6 fixtures saw Langer House travel to Karnataka to face Bishop Cotton Boys who are seventh in the league. The match was a hard fought one which ended with a point for both the teams. Langer House continue to occupy the fifth spot in the league. The coach didn’t look very worried but wasn’t really happy either.


0 – 1 Stanisław Świtoń 4′
1 – 1 Kailash Rathore 25′

“I have to say we did well to get a point from this fixture. A win was what I was expecting but the way our luck has been so far we could have even lost the game – commented coach Leonard PavelConcentrating on the Cup? That’s why I am satisfied with a point at the moment and avoided a defeat. Our aim is to replicate the cup run we enjoyed last season but at the same time do well in the league. We should do more to turn these draws into wins and avoid defeats that we have suffered this season”

Langer House home form this season has not been good with both the defeats coming at Wittelsbacher Klasse and the coach blamed luck for it. “I am not the coach that makes excuses. Our performances has not been up to the standard of last season and thus have allowed bad luck to play a role in our results. These things happen in HT. We are loosing because of bad luck there will be time that luck will be on our side and we will take advantage of that and we have done it before. The home form is a thing I am not very worried about but only about achieving our aims of the season in which we were very successful last season”

Langer House will travel to Uttaranchal to face Kama India FC in the seventh round of the Indian Cup.


Langer House 0 – 3 ESTEGHLAL FC

A 3-0 defeat to ESTEGHLAL FC delayed the progress of Langer House recovery. The fans left the Wittelsbacher Klasse disappointed as the Zabardusts had fallen further behind in the title race now occupying the fifth position. The coach though took time to praise and defend the players but made it clear the their needs to be seriousness taken in the championship now.

Attendance: 57,821
Officials: Đorđe Ramić (referee),  Mattia Lagneaux and Thierry Bastiaens (assistant referees)

Langer House: 3-5-2
Helmantel – Bajpai, Iribi, Vlasenko – Villaseca, Kapoor, Ariyapadi, Muralidharan, Świtoń – Kazmi, Bhupathiraju.

Pietzonka – Kradzītis, Hanaratski, Yousif, Steingaertner – Galparsoro, Popone, Kuliga, Reddy, Meneghello – Zanda.


0 – 1 David Zanda 41′
0 – 2 Bari Yousif 68′
0 – 3 Paweł Kuliga 87′
1 booking accumulated Arkadiy Vlasenko 33′
1 booking accumulated Giovanni Meneghello 86′
Position swap Out  Luis Miguel Iribi
In  Bhootakingam Bajpai
Substitution Out  Bhootakingam Bajpai
In  Bodmar Schofnegger
Substitution Out  Tamonash Kapoor
In  Marko Lemić

“We have to keep in mind that we are competing with various aims that we are looking to fulfill this season and unfortunately today’s defeat was a result of it – a disappointed Leonard Pavel explained – but we cannot make excuses. Langer House don’t loose at Wittelsbacher Klasse 3-0 and get away with it. We need to get our confidence back from what has been a very poor and unlucky start to the season. Today as well we were unlucky but we have ourselves to blame for it. I hope the lads will bounce back with a win in the cup mid-week. That would be a real confidence booster which will also help us in the league.”

Langer House travel to Delhi tomorrow for the round 6 fixture of Indian Cup against CHAMPIONSXI and the coach is well aware of the challenges from this match. “We have to be at the top our game. Not only do we have to win for our aims but also for our fans who deserve better. So its a very important match which we have to win without letting any slip-ups or let luck let us down again”


Arun Vanga first Zabardust against Langer House

Last weekend’s 3-1 away victory over Return Of Darkness was an important one for Langer House as it allowed the Zabardusts to continue to go closer to the leaders after a poor start to the season but the victory was not the only thing brought a smile on president AzeemClark‘s face. There was a very familiar face at Return Of Darkness. It was Arun Vanga a born Zabardust.

Arun Vanga born and brought up in the neighboring state of Maharashtra grew up supporting Langer House. He was scouted and signed by Langer House Yuva for his defensive talent becoming a part of one of the most strongest defense in HTUM Youth League’s history. He graduated from the Yuva Academy but had to leave Langer House for his development. He joined Return Of Darkness for Rs. 3,20,000 ($8,000) where he has developed really well and is a starting member of the team.

Last week he became the first former Langer House player and also the first player from the Yuva Academy to face Langer House in a competitive match when he came on as a substitute on the 62nd minute.


Langer House climb the ladder

After successful season last HT year, Langer House will be hoping for a better season this time around as they missed out on promotion back to I-League but still it was one of the most successful season in Langer House’ history as all the objectives were met. Zabardusts continued their perfect serie II record by winning the II.2 last season and also making it to the round 8 of Indian Cup. Their best ever cup campaign.

Langer House started the new season badly as they fell to a disappointing home defeat to title rivals Bangalore Tigers on the opening day of the league season. Though favorites for the game, the Zabardusts failed to take their chances while Bangalore Tigers did the exact opposite and took their chances that came and won the match 1-2 but Langer House made sure there were no upset in the cup Nagaland.

An away trip to Bunte Kori was always going to be a tricky one for the Zabardusts and it was. Langer House drew 1-1 and left Mumbai disappointed as once again Langer House couldn’t turn their domination into goals dropping vital points early in the season but the cup fixture were as usual dominated by Langer House as the early season meant the States were still in the cup.

As Langer House’poor start put them in the relegation zone the first thing in their minds were to get a victory and come out of the red zone immediately. 1. FC Stern Marienfelde provided the opposition in week 3 fixtures and Langer House were hungrier than ever for a much needed victory which they managed to win after devastating first half performance as the Zabardusts were 4-0 up. The second half performance was a different story and a disappointment to the coach Leonard Pavel as Langer House conceded 3 goals but just managed to get a 5-3 victory which was what the fans wanted. A much needed win.

Week 4 and it was the turn of Return Of Darkness to face Langer House. Last weeks victory brought the taste of a win to the Zabardusts and they were eager to continue winning. As the cup still involved state clubs Langer House could field a full strength team yet again and the strength of the team could be clearly seen by yet another dominating performance by the Zabardusts coming out 3-1 victorious climbing the table to third position behind title rivals Mumbai R&B and Bangalore Tigers.

Next challenge for Langer House will the week 5 cup fixture against BLACK_HAWK and then on Sunday Langer House will be back in league competition at home facing ESTEGHLAL FC who are in fourth position in the league just behind Langer House.


Langer House signs Bodmar Schofnegger

German defender Bodmar Schofnegger has arrived at Langer House the club announced today afternoon. Bodmar arrives from German club Wernauer SF and the Zabardusts had to part with Rs. 8.16 crores ($2 million) for the versatile footballer.

Official announcement by Director Chellappa Pralad :
”Langer House Football Club announces the signing of Bodmar Schofnegger from German club Wernauer SF for a fee of Rs. 8.16 crores (approx. $2 million). The club welcomes Bodmar who is a no nonsense Central Defender with a very good vision for the game and can also be used as a midfielder.”

Coach Leonard Pavel who had a major say in this signing was available at the MD Lines training complex to comment on the signing. “I am delighted with the arrival of a defender of the caliber of Schofnegger. He will certainly be an important brick in the defense and the fact that he can also participate in midfield is even better. I think his form will improve as he gels into the team. I would like to congratulate Mr. Pralad on a brilliant work with this recruitment.”

Langer House will travel to Rajasthan on Sunday for the league match against Pushkar Camel at Pushkar Camel Fair.


Venkat Variar moves to MS Odense

Yuva Academy graduate Venkat Variar has been transferred to MS Odense of Danmark. The Warrior as affectionately called by the Zabardusts will play in serie VI.949 where his new club is on for a promotion and might play in serie V next season. Variar will continue his participation in the Golden League competition as MS Odense is a competitor of Langer House in the Golden League.

The official club announcement reads:

“Langer House Football Club announces the departure of Venkat Variar to MS Odense. The club will receive Rs.6 crores ($1.5 million) in return.”

Langer House FC are fully aware that this sale has been met with disappointment by the Zabardusts. Director Chellappa Pralad was immediately available on local TV channel to clarify that the transfer is a part of plan to remain competitive.

“Variar’s sale was the most difficult decision anyone at Langer House had ever made. We were fully aware that in need to remain highly competitive in serie II and promote back to I-League we had to make some sales which would be very painful for us and the fans. Variar’s sale was not an easy decision but he was the player in most demand. MS Odense had been trying for Variar’s transfer for a few weeks and their 6 crore offer was seen as a useful amount.”

Venkat Variar born and brought up in the city of Hyderabad came for Langer House’s Yuva Academy and immediately caught the eye of everyone when he won HTUA Talent of the Season 38 aged only 18 years old. His record in a Langer House jersey is impressive having made 42 official appearances scoring 51 goals with 6 hat-tricks at a rate of 1.21 goals per game. Variar is also  an experienced Golden League competitor having participated in 40 Golden League matches.


Langer House signs Julien Barbier

Langer House announces the signing of French winger Julien Barbier from Belgian side uno sumus animo for a fee of  Rs 124.8 million ($3.1million). Barbier immediately started his preparations for the league match against Bangalore Tigers and was presented after the last training session.

”We are delighted to announce the arrival of Julien Barbier to Langer House – commented Technical Director Chellappa PraladHe is a winger with an incredible eye and vision for the game with very quick feet. I am sure he will gel into the squad immediately and will be available for tomorrow’s crucial match because he is not only a top player but also a very very good human being who impressed with his ideas on life and his thoughts. It’s great to have Julien here. We were looking at the market for sometime now and Julien was the player who the coach insisted us on signing. After careful assessment we decided to part with 12.4 crores.”

Julien Barbier was delighted with his new adventure in India and was amazed to see the excitement of fans on his arrival. ”My first experience of India has been good and the fans has been amazing. The club has been taking care of everything really well and I am really looking forward to participate in tomorrows match which is a crucial fixture as the league is concerned”

Langer House will be in league action away against Bangalore Tigers at Sri Kanteerava Stadium.


Langer House into Round 8

A demoralizing defeat at the weekend to the recovering Mumbai R&B was still fresh in minds of the Zabardusts when they took on the high flying VISHKIDZ FC in the seventh round of Indian Cup in Kerala. Langer House were positive for a good result but an injury to Eduardo Villaseca threatened to push the plans of a decent cup run off track but the Zabardusts showed great determination and strength to inflict VISHKIDZ FC’s first defeat of the season and enter the last 16 for the first time.


0 – 1 Venkat Variar 11′
0 – 2 Henrik Zwagerman 56′
1 – 2 Volkmar Pacher 69′
1 booking accumulated Mathias Portier 18′
1 booking accumulated Stanisław Świtoń 28′
1 booking accumulated Joel Sangi 68′

Eduardo Villaseca missed the crucial cup fixture due to a concussion suffered during the league match against Mumbai R&B. Captain Tamonash Kapoor made himself available to comment on today’s performance and wish Villaseca quick recovery ”Today was a very important victory. We really wanted to be there in round 8 for the first time and we can proudly say this is the best cup we have had. We missed Villaseca and hope he makes a quick recovery because we need him for the next round. Dharma did really well to fill in for Villaseca. It was difficult for him but he played a different role and he did it well in a crucial match like this”

Langer House will be back in action on Sunday when they take on Bishop Cotton Boys at  Wittelsbacher Klasse.


We want to win everything

Things are going really well for Langer House at the moment are leading the league, defeated the leagues strongest team Bangalore Tigers at the weekend and now are into round 7 of the  Indian Cup after defeating True Blazers last round. While the squad were in Delhi for the cup tie, Langer House President AzeemClark spent the time watching the match with the fans in Hyderabad. After the match Azeem had some time to take part in an interview for a local TV channel and threw some light on league and cup expectations, Golden League and HTUM Challenge Trophy.

Q: Azeem. Thank you for joining us here. It was a good performance today by Langer House, into the next round and also leading the league. It has been a good start to the season.
”It has been a positive start. We recovered really well from a disappointing last season. I think Leonard has done a good job in reviving the winning mentality of the squad. You can clearly see a more motivated group of people and I think this relegation from the I-League has actually helped us as now we can rebuild but we should also keep ourselves away from the red zone of relegation. Serie II.2 is also very competitive and its difficult to win. Defending Indian Cup winners Bangalore Tigers are in the league and they are the favorites and the best team in the league.”

Q: and the Cup?
”I think the seventh round is the best we have ever reached. So this season we want to go a little further and into round eight but we will do our best to go as far as possible”

Q: Last season Langer House were relegated from I-League and surprisingly this is only your second season in division II because the last time Langer House competed in division II you won immediately. So is it going to be same this time again?
”I am not sure because we need to work on the squad. We won serie II and competed in I-League for three season with a squad that was built investing about Rupees 400 million only. While the other teams were well built and expensive squads worth more than 1000 million rupees but still we competed with them. We are proud of those three seasons because one thing people don’t realize yet is that we competed in the nations top division with a squad that had 28 players and 15 of them were Yuva graduates. Vihar, Ariya, Nandini, Kazmi, Variar played a big role. I think now Dinamo Shiva is doing even a better job with academy players but we look at ourselves and not others. We are really proud of it but if we want to be really successful then we have to change.”

 Q: Langer House also participates in friendly competition The Golden League and takes it very seriously which has resulted in big fan base across Europe. Last season you went all the way to the semi-finals and eventually finished fourth. Whats the aim this time?
”We are very serious competitors in GL and it can be seen from last season that we wanted to win it but finished fourth in the end which was very disappointing. Krosnianka Karpaty Krosno won it and is now setting up a benchmark for others by also winning the HTUM Challege Trophy again and again. They are a very well managed team with experienced players and it will take a great effort by someone to topple them and I think Langer House is one of the team to do it. Hopefully we can do it by winning GL4 because Langer House wants to win everything that is possible”

Q: So is promotion the target at the end of the season? also at the start of the season coach Leonard Pavel said some more players were promised to him. What are the areas Langer House are looking to strengthen?
”The promotion question is what everyone are asking these days. Certainly it is one of our aim to go back to I-League but it is not our biggest worry. Of course the fans want us to be back up and we are also planning a promotion to I-League but the question is whether is it this season? It could be but this season is the season to stabilize the club financially”

Q: and any players coming in this season?
Mr.Pralad is working closely with the coach on that issue. Both of them know what the requirements and expectations are. So if there are any requirements which will help us to remain competitive then there will be arrivals. Certainly in the future big players will come in because I-League requires big players and for that we have to remain competitive So arrivals will be there if required”