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Six years with ‘The Next Big Thing’

September 14, 2011
9/11 – A day most will remember for the rest of our life. It was also a historic day for MS Odense. In a much more positive days though and it has become even more defining that i could ever imagine. MSO was searching for a big talent. One who could change the club forever. One with a good chance to play for U20 – the first MSO player to ever reach U20/NT.

‘The hoss’ hatchet men’ from Scotland, managed by, the current U20 manager at the time, the Hoss was selling an eye catching young goalkeeper talent. At age 17,16 the young goalkeeper transferred to Odense on the day most of us just refer to as 9/11 today. 800000$ was the price and Scotland U20 was the main aim for MSO and a very young Paolo Baggio. The hopes and dreams for Baggio was sky high and in no time he got the nickname ‘The Next Big Thing’.

The inspiration that made the transfer was mutual for both MSO and Baggio. The idea was to make Baggio as good as Truls Vorgaard – Vorgaard was one of the best, probably the best, U20 goalkeeper in the world back then. Huge ambitions for both Baggio and MSO. He couldn’t match Vorgaard but he made his own legacy by getting 28 matches for Scotland U20, 46 matches for NT and one match in HT Masters. He has been honoured with HTU- and MS Awards and have a lifelong ongoing feud with Rochdale United’s Charles ‘Charlie Boy’ Colbourne. Six years ago there was a little hope and some dreams, but it was never expected to be anything compared to this. The money earned and spend for his transfers in and out of MSO tells the story of a great goalkeeper too – Just take a look at the end of this post. Where historic top 20’s for MSO can be seen

‘The Next Big Thing’ Paolo ‘Goldenboy’ Baggio is still active and hopefully he will play a handful of seasons more – only injuries can stop him. three weeks from now Baggio will celebrate his 37th birthday, but is far from done. Today he played match number 201 for MSO and got clean sheet number 81. To mention his two goals scored against FC X-Team and Langer House back in 2012 will be to cruel…. well 😉

MSO is on their way to the best level in the 30 season long history. Baggio started it all six years ago and now he lead the talents to ever better times and greater moments. Even more important is the history in the making. the one i will look back at six years from know 😉

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AU7 Pushed To The Limit

epicglperformanceinhanguk What just happened?
The two time defending HTUM Masters winner got of to a shaky start in GLX. What seemed to be a walkover for AU7 ended with a small scare before Kyung-Han Park secured the win after an epic performance from MSO.

The records of both clubs and their players says it all. AS Uijeongbu 07; a nine time national champion, four time Korea Cup winner, one time Korea Sapphire Challenger Cup winner and winner of last two HTUM Masters. Their squad for the match had an impressive 138 NT matches, 28 U20 matches and 114 HT Masters matches combined. MS Odense has the records of legend Paolo Baggio with 46 NT matches, 28 for U20 and 1 match in HT Masters. Thirteen season ago they reached the seventh round of the Danish Cup, Two season in V.series or else beneath that and in silence they won the group stage of golden league season three. The stats are non-comparable!

It was a match between experience versus youth. The two MSO legends Bogh and Baggio has been around for ages, but the rest of the MSO players is still under 22 years. 20 of AU7s 25 players is over 30 years old, with Widodo, coach Osman and Gu being among the eldest in the squad. Coach Osman was in the starting lineup with GU and Ahn. Goalkeeper Vachir and Baek played too, but also the three youngest players in the squad played the whole match. The much younger and inexperienced squad from Odense gave golden league debut to Lars Trier, and had the powerhouse Thrysøe as the lone striker in a 5-4-1 formation against the hosts 2-5-3.

A surprise opening to the match set the tone for the rest of the match. AU7 wasn’t at their best and MSO took the chances they got. 16th minutes into the match AU7 took the visitors too lightly. Lars Trier got a chance and scored the first goal of the match. 16 minutes a counter attack almost send MSO up by 2, but Bogh mistimed the shot. MSO was on a roll and AU7 looked stunned and it took an injury to chance it. Abildgaard replaced Langberg a few minutes before the halftime break; Abildgaard to inexperienced to play centre midfield on GL level and AU7 coach Osman would balance the score of the match.

In the second half AU7 took control of the match. Baggio was playing his best in the goal, but Ahn got the better of their fight and scored twice. Thrysøe made it 2:3 with 12 minutes left of the match, but Park scored on the following attack and then it was over. Au7 won and Ahn was voted man of the match by the fans at Waegari Park and he deserved it after a good second half performance and he was the one to turn the match around in favour of his team. Win or lose, the performance from MSO was epic. Can they do it one more time when AU7 visit Šerif Bošnjak Arena next week?

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No Good Reasons To Buy

For hours, weeks and months the scouts of MSO has been searching the transfer market to find players to strengthen the squad, but even though the current squad are far from strong it hasn’t been possible to find the perfect match – Not even to huge overprice.

“We have searched the market and to be honest we haven’t even been near to make a transfer. We only want the best of the best to join our squad and if we can’t get them we won’t spend money” those were the first words from the former MSO coach Ivo Vacátko when we meetup with him to have a talk about the past present and future of MSO. In resent seasons Vacátko has been a part of the clubs scouting team alongside Kasper Ørbæk and Toke Lundager. The trio has now stopped the searching for new players and has advised coach Joakim Morgansson and club president Pierpaolo Scavo to keep the focus on the current squad and keep developing homegrown players.

“Yes that is our advice to Mr Scavo and coach Morgansson. We have not find any reasons to spend money on other players” He said and tried to explain why that is the decision. “Looking from the outside we know that MSO look kind of weak compared t the clubs we often compare our self to, but it can’t be further from the truth. The fact is that we are getting stronger and stronger. Today we have to most talent squad ever. We have taken giant steps in the last 3 seasons and we will keep doing that for many seasons to come”.

For many season we heard MSO, among many other clubs, talk about club 16 – Clubs that hoped 2016 would be the season where they could compete for the best positions in the Golden Legaue. Now we are in mid 2017 and MSO is still far behind the best. Why should we believe that this is the squad that will make MSO a feared opponent for the first time since the spring of 2013.

“The plan we made back in may 2016 when Boldt was promoted to the main squad. We wanted to make a homegrown squad and stick with that core of players. We have done that and we will keep doing it. When i talk to Morgansson about the squad i often tell him that this is the squad of unknown talents, but sooner or later some of these players will set their mark on the Golden League and in the Danish series too. Look at the squad. Even with Baggio and Bogh in the squad the average age is only 21½”.

The MSO squad is indeed young. That we have seen so many times. What is different this time? “The plan is to get players to play good in many positions so we wont be too vulnerable to injuries in the future. It will also give us multiple tactical advantages as the players grow stronger and more experienced. We still have a long way to go but some players are already looking good. To tell a little about them is difficult but Boldt is a leader and one of the best in the squad. At age 20 he has played 105 matches for the team and he can play most positions on the field. Vadstrup is almost equal to Boldt and they will play many many games together here in Odense. Rahman might end up as our first player in Denmark’s U20 squad. Finally i have to mention Olsen. He is 20 years old and have already played more than 80 matches for the club. Tejs Olsen is a name people will mention a lot in the future” was the final words from Vacátko.