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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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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.


A Club Built On Good Values

Mission Superliga Odense is back!

After a season where the club has done well according to the plan that was made 1½ season ago, the club has decided to change the name back to MS Odense before the start of next season. “We have done well this season implanting good talents and training schemes, but the name OB1887 has never got a breakthrough among our fans, so it is only natural that we go back to what they know us for, and a name that has a trademark for the club. Our club has a strong history under the name MS Odense. We want to continue and built on that legacy. Also our youth teams has never left the MSO trademark behind – It is who we are” President Scavo told the press at at press conference earlier today. With him he had MSO coach Joakim Morgansson and one of his assistants, the legendary Šerif ‘Mr GL’ Bošnjak

Coach Morgansson had these comments to the season that comes to a close now. “We are building a strong homegrown squad supported by Paolo as the main star. We are both happy and lucky to have got such a huge part of our history back to the club to support the many young talents we have. Unfortunately Paolo got inured in our last series match. We expect him to be ready for new season, but no matter what, he wont play until he is 100% fit.

I will also like to make a few comments on some of our talents. Jim Jansen has had a tremendously good debut season as a pro. He has developed well and he is an important brick in the puzzle making a strong squad out of these players. Regarding Robin Vadstrup; We still see him as maybe the brightest star of them all. His quickness and flair for scoring goals are of the highest standard. I would also like to give some credit to Torben Kjøller and Ivar Krabbe from MSO U18. Two talented youngster we expect to sign contracts with next season”.

The journalists present at Šerif Bošnjak Arena was curious about why the coach didn’t mention his team captain Vagn Boldt. He has been one of the most important players all season, and he has also been the victim of harassment from Raszkow Jazz talent Bochnia. Mr golden league Šerif Bošnjak was the man to answer many questions regarding Boldt. “From time to time MS Odense has had some players who was more interested in being stars in the news instead of on the field, so we know that it can be a challenge for a club like Raszkow Jazz to control such a player like Bochnia” Šerif Bošnjak said and continued. “I am sure that Mr Peroni and Mr Arsal can give the young man some advice on how to behave. MSO is a club build on good values and we are very happy with what we have seen from Vagn Boldt this season. I have had a talk with him about not talking to the press in matters like these. He is our team captain and he must be a good example for his teammates, both the one he has today and the ones to come in the future. I have told him that he can give his answer buy leading his team to victory in a series of matches we expect to play against the Jazz very soon. It is on the field we would like to see a strong and powerful statement from Vagn” said Mr Bošnjak.