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Aldopaolo Peroni – Back as Club President!

In an exclusive interview with the new President of Raszków Jazz, Aldopaolo Peroni, we boarded his yacht off the Monaco coast to discuss the club, his past, and the future direction of the team.

“It is a beautiful thing to be back in charge of the team and working with the club owner to bring this team to the greatness that continues to elude it.

My history with the club is known by many, but the years have passed, and there are new competitors in our Golden League and in our wonderful Federation. They do not know Aldopaolo so well, but they will do soon enough.”

What now for the team then?

“A complete and brutal rebuild, a total reinvention of the team and the nature of the club. This will be at all levels. Nothing we have done so far has worked. Nothing. Not when I was a player, a manager, or in my previous time as Club President. However, now we will try things a different way. The owner is very supportive.”

What of current talents though?

“None will be allowed to go to waste. They will be allowed to move on. There are some huge talents. Some not so. All will find their way, and the club will continue to evolve. A change of mentality is needed. This isn’t about building a new team – it is more about getting to the position where we can think about building a new team. Any players coming here need to know that we will make them better, but they will only be here for the short-term. It is a good stepping stone for some, I think. Our youth players will similarly be allowed to fly the nest, when the time is right.”

Will old rivalries be rekindled?

(He laughs) “For sure. New ones will also be made. I have always followed the teams, like my old lady in Denmark, and rivals not far across the border. There are giants now in our Federation; teams that have moved on massively since the first season of Golden League, when I myself played against teams such as AS Uijeongbu 07. And also, we must not forget, that many sister clubs have become as big – my God, there are now even third teams… shall we call them brother teams, or granddaughter teams (he laughs some more) – for me, I am only focused on the first team, my team, the Jazz.”

Will the new Peroni as President avoid controversy?

“The controversy is created by the press, by my rivals, by my critics. It is not Mr. Peroni who creates the controversy.”

Controversial stuff. Finally, we ask Mr. Peroni if he has a message for the other managers and club owners of the HTU Federation.

“Yes, for sure. Odense, Falcons, Mr. Paquebot with all your talents in Asia, the English Elite managers, those long-shot wannabees like Schreck, even young upstarts like the people at Buffalo River… there are more, friends yet enemies, the Rusty one, the one with a penchant for Blue Hornets and bells… they all know who they are, and they will all get into line eventually. Some are absent, some will return. That is the beauty of our Federation – you always know the best ones will return.”

And with that, he takes a sip, and invites us to his private casino in the evening. The interview is over.

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EC10

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He played for three different Golden League teams
He became a Federation legend

He now returns home, back to his footballing roots
Raszków for one final adventure…

Jazz Blog spoke to the legendary Fed player, Edi ‘EC10’ Çelaj, not long after he was officially unveiled by the club on Wednesday evening, 28th September.

“Edi… back in Raszków. Everyone was sure you would join the Falcons Hall of Fame. What have the past few days been like for you?”

“A whirlwind, to be sure. I knew Raszków were interested in me for a long time, but they were very fair. They’d made their interest known to our club owner Mr. Horus, but, they backed off. I was needed at the Falcons. It has been a real privilege to represent that team. I’ve loved every minute of it. I owe the fans and the team, the staff, the board all my thanks. I owe them thanks for this opportunity to have one more adventure here in Raszków, to pay back the faith shown in me when nobody else on the transfer market was showing any interest.”

“Raszków, or rather Renaissance FC as they were known back when you signed, and Horus Falcons are not the only big profile names you’ve played for in the HTUM Federation. There’s one other notable name we haven’t mentioned yet. MS Odense.”

“Yes, for sure. That was a massive move for myself, and of course Sami, when we moved to Odense. It was something that took a lot of thinking about. However, it was definitely the right decision back then, for ourselves and the Renaissance. I know there was some fan split about it, but I hope they’ve forgiven me over the years, and I’m back here now to do a job for them.”

“Odense tried to snap you up ahead of the Jazz, that must have been flattering?”

“Negotiations had been ongoing for a while between Falcons and Jazz, and I was aware of this. I think the Odense bids were very flattering yes, I really enjoyed my time there. The club has an amazing set-up, and it was my next step onto a bigger stage. Renaissance had given me the opportunity, Odense gave me the platform, Falcons gave me the chance to continue growing into the player I am today.”

“You could have been giving an interview in an Odense shirt today?”

Edi smiles.

“Odense are  a wonderful club, but I’m where I wanted to be. I have unfinished business here, and I’m not leaving until I’ve done it. I can make this promise to the fans now, that I won’t retire until this Jazz team are the best the Noblemen have ever seen. What happens after that, we’ll see. I have options to return to Prague, perhaps take on a club role. I know the Raszków board have also intimated that if a return to Prague didn’t happen that roles would be made available here too. No doubt, I’d get offers from Denmark also!”

“On a separate note, there has been a lot of speculation even in these few short hours since you signed, about where you will fit in to the Jazz line-up. Has coach Finozzi had a chance to discuss this with you yet?”

“Coach Finozzi was an integral part of the negotiations between the two clubs and myself. I should also mention Mr. Peroni, who flew out especially to Prague, and we met up this past week, to discuss contract terms and I had a final medical in Prague last Thursday. I know there were perhaps some last minute discussions as my price went up, mostly because of the interest from Odense. I know the role Finozzi wants me to play, but to be honest, I’ll play anywhere for this team if it will help. I am a player towards the end of his career now, and I’m here for the fans, not the money. The transfer fee doesn’t bother me. That’s a matter between clubs.”

“Your old sparring partner on the pitch is now a staff member at The Jazz, Sami ‘The Psycho’ Arsal. Have you two had a chance to meet up yet?”

“Are you kidding? He’s a psycho!” Edi laughs, “Yes, of course we’ve met up already. Me and Sami go way back. He will be great to have around and offer advice, and in a coaching capacity too. He’s more relaxed now. He was always much more vocal as a player, much more!”

“Do you have any final messages for the fans?”

“Yes, watch this space.”

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Watch This Space For Clues

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Speculation in Raszków is rife, following the latest update to the enigmatic ‘Watch This Space’ post from the last week, now replaced by an updated title called ‘Watch This Space For Clues’, and the image you can see above. We’re excited as hell by the clues we think we can see in the picture above, can you see them?

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Behave Bochnia!

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Cyprian Bochnia, not so much the ‘Giant Killer’ as the ‘Master Prankster’, setting up a dummy figure resembling OB 1887 player, Vagn Boldt – apparently in need of serious physiotheraphy and help.

 

Cyprian ‘Giant Killer’ Bochnia has gotten himself into a little bit of hot water, but not without causing immense amusement amongst Noblemen, after he released pictures of himself and a mock-up of OB 1887 young talent Vagn Boldt, apparently emphasising the ‘lack of talent’ and that ‘dummy’ Boldt (or Dolt as Bochnia refers to him) is in need of a lot of physical help and rehabilitation. Official club sources have condemned the incident and fined Bochnia 2 weeks wages.

“I really don’t know what all the fuss is about,” joked a remorseless Bochnia, “I mean, I didn’t put the dummy on display, I just walked in to the changing rooms for a massage, but when I got there I saw that thing, and you know, it just made me laugh. My mate, El Badie, was there with me and he was the one who got his phone out and took a quick shot. I was too busy crying my eyes out with laughter. That dummy looked even better than the real Boldt!”

In a club statement, Chief Executive Assistant to the President, Mr. Peroni, said this:

“It is quite clear that youthful over-exuberance has caused an error in judgement by one or more of our players. The individuals have been spoken to, and reprimanded. We believe a former employee with a grudge was to blame, but the fines to Bochnia and El Badie are for posting the image on social media. I wish to reiterate that our club has only the greatest of respect for OB 1887 and their players, as we do for the rest of our HTUM Federation rivals. Naturally, we do have an ongoing healthy rivalry.”

Asked if OB 1887 would react to this incident negatively, Peroni simply said:

“Well. I don’t think they will. I don’t believe standards have dropped so much since I was President, that a long-standing member of the GL and founding club of the Federation would stoop to such methods. No, I don’t think they will react negatively. We have a good, healthy relationship, built on positive rivalry. I mean, if they did react negatively, then we as a club would have to look at the situation.”

Now, we here at Jazz blog would LOVE OB 1887 to react, of course we would. After all, we see OB 1887 as our biggest historical rivals and it is almost like our sister club in a way, when you look at the history of our two teams. Publicising our team as the official nemesis of OB 1887 is a recognition of the love/hate rivalry that exists. Oh and naturally, blog wars are always good for publicity.

On the jazz? Definitely. Lovin’ it, Bochnia – lovin’ it!

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