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Season Stumbles at First Hurdle

“NOOOOOOOoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooOOOOOOO!” was the expression on the face of every fan present at the 3-2 defeat of Flaming Wodkas in their opening league game against Zawisza Bydgoszcz this Sunday morning. Here are a few of the reactions from the football community so far:

“What a shambles!” – Alin Badiu, HUP

“The players have really let the fans down.” – Martin Bros Nielsen, Blog Editor

“Now they have to win the next 13 matches or this season is another joke.” – Sami Arsal

“Not the best start.” – Hojris, owner of MS Odense, Denmark

“…” – Chairman Lord Bebbington

The match went from bad to worse in the first half as Wodkas found themselves 3-0 down to a team they were expecting to walk all over, and to be honest the stats showed that this game should have been an almost guaranteed three points for the Raszkowians. Game Engine had another idea.

Even with a 76% chance of winning, 15% chance of possibly drawing, it ended being the 8% chance of losing that brought today’s headlines. Bydgoszcz were simply able to exploit Wodkas choice of starting with 2 at the back, but with strikers being trained Wodkas felt a five man midfield would have proven decisive even with the limited defence.

The injury to Alex ‘X’ Hornet just at the half-way mark has also proven  a massive dent in the start of season hopes for Noblemen, with the quick Romanian out injured for three weeks at least. This does at least give a chance to Richardt ‘Zombie’ Breitenlohner to get a chance at training up front which he is currently missing out on. Due to the purchases in midfield, Zombie has had to resign himself to a role on the bench of late which isn’t the best for his development. He may now get a chance to increase his skills at Hornet’s expense.

Attention now turns to the 2nd round of the cup in midweek, but positive thoughts are now clouded by doubt and results seem less certain than ever. It’s time to ‘believe’.


Fans Dismayed

Ten straight defeats. That is what the team led by Mieczyslaw Mszyca is facing up to tonight as they conceded their 53rd goal in 10 games and continued their ignominious losing streak. Lord Bebbington has called for a private meeting of the board, and fans have started to become vocally disgruntled at the continued lack of success in Raszków. We asked Blog Editor Martin Bros Nielsen, former Flaming Wodkas FC Captain, what he thought might be going on behind closed doors.

“Quite simply, Revival find themselves 5th in the bottom league in Poland after being active since the 13th of October, 2011. That’s a long time to remain unsuccessful. I think that the simple fact that the sister club is advancing so well is putting masses of pressure on Raszków. This was the team where Golden League began, and yet they seem further away from that dream tonight than ever.”

The historical stats are a little damming too:

S C Ser. P
43 1 - -
42 1 VII.908 8
41 1 VII.908 6
40 1 VIII.330 1
39 1 VIII.330 3
38 - VIII.330 5
37 - IX.172 3
36 - VIII.162 7
35 - IX.1710 2
34 - X.267 2

“Nine seasons as a club, and yet the squad TSI is less than 50,000. The entire squad!” added a beside himself Alin Badiu, former Wodka player and now HUP journalist.”

Although fans have yet to protest outside the stadium as they have done in the past, it is no secret in the village of Raszków and surrounding areas that if things do not change soon, they will become quite vocal. Lest it be forgot, the fans are the other major stakeholder in the club after Lord Bebbington.

“What I am not sure about,” added Nielsen, “is where the club go now, and by that I mean the board. They can’t sack Mszyca, he is their chosen manager that followed on from Temmink. I don’t think Navis can be blamed either. Navis has done a great job over the seasons overlooking the reserves and Golden League matches. I think the blame has to be pointed at the owner.”

Strong words. The fact they are being spoken however shows the passion and disappointment that fans and ex-players alike are feeling now, so much so that they are not afraid of telling the owner what they think.

“They have recently brought in a large batch of players and you can’t seriously see any of them being sold right now. It’s not the right time, it’s too early. They haven’t been given a chance to settle in, but they also aren’t strong enough to compete with the teams around them. It’s a bit of a lose-lose situation unless something can be put in place long-term. It doesn’t look easy.

I think the squad still needs to be refined. If Revival truly are serious about building, I think they need to strip it down even more at the end of the season. Give these new players the chance to show ‘something’ in the last few games, then sell and profit. If you’re going to lose anyway, why pay high wages and look for players you can’t afford anyway. I would train goalkeepers. Get a truly amazing goalkeeper in place at the back, then with the money gained from selling a similarly trained keeper start building the spine of the team.

I understand that there is a certain strategy about training many players right now, and it might work… I’m just stating my opinion. It’s the board and coaching staff who have to get the club out of this mess, and I don’t see it getting better anytime soon.”

Martin Bros Nielsen is an editor of this blog, and former FWFC legend.



He sounds Polish. Perhaps he is and hasn’t revealed such a refined heritage. Perhaps he’s not, but wishes he was. For certain he is keen for his Sith Botherhood… er, sorry Brotherhood, to play Revival two weeks in a row. Club owner Lord Bebbington was quick to jest that ‘Wozza just wants to ensure 6 points for his team’ after recent outbursts from the Noblemen, angry at the club’s recent poor run of form.

“We know the fans position, and we respect that. However, we made it clear last season that we were embarking on a long-term training plan that would see poor results for the foreseeable future, including relegation, but that would eventually reap its reward. We don’t apologise for putting a strategy in place that will ensure the success of this team. Once the trophies increase, you will see a different opinion from our fans. In the meantime, we will do other things for the benefit of our fans, such as the recent stadium upgrade. We know we aren’t going to fill that stadium for a few seasons, but we will not now need to expand either for some considerable time.”

So, Raszków now out of the cup and not looking strong domestically or internationally, will again be seeking any consolation they can gain this season. At least coach Mszyca can feel assured that his future is dramatically more secure during a rough time than Moyes (formerly) of Manchester.


Sith Brotherhood 0 – 2 Raszków Revival

Coach Mszyca (19′) and Marian Rudzinski (57′) were the scorers as Revival came out on top in a match between two 5-5-0 defensive formations. Round Two next week in Raszków football fans!


MS Oh So Dense? That’s what Dana thinks!

It seems there is a new ‘outspoken’ player in Raszków, and his name is Oldar ‘The Assassin’ Dana.

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“I’m gunning for you Hojris, and your MS Misfits! You’ve lit the dynamite, now wait for the explosion!”

This was the stunning outburst following tonight’s singles challenge game between MS Odense and Raszków Revival, ending in a 3-1 victory for the Polish team, though it was the following quote from the Odense owner that provoked Dana from going public tonight on Revival blog following the game’s conclusion:

“Well I have already proved that I can prevent the Assassin from scoring every time he gets a chance. That is a good start for me ;) ” – Hojris

Dana apparently heard about this statement at half-time as Revival went into the break 1-0 up. Hojris had been referring to a save by Pilgaard on just 3 minutes as Dana went racing down the right and let rip with a sweet shot to the top corner, only to see the goalkeeper deny him. With new fast winger Brewczynski scoring on 11 minutes, Dana and his teammates went happily to the dressing room before getting wind of the Odense owner’s outburst.

“What the f***!? I couldn’t believe it! He isn’t on the pitch even, yet he claims he can prevent me from scoring!? I’ll fu***ng show him!”

This is a fairly accurate account of what Dana said in his broken English, as the 18 year old Iraqi went ballistic in the dressing room smashing his boots up against the wall and shaking his fists angrily up at invisible demons. Whatever went through his mind as the second half began, it only served to aid him in punishing those demons as on 74 minutes a defensive blunder gave Dana the opportunity he had been waiting for, and how he relished it.

Odense defenders Zaabalawy and Chrzan got themselves into a right mix-up as Dana ‘The Assassin’ gleefully skipped through and past them with the ball, burying the shot into the net out of the reach of the despairing Pilgaard. 2-0 to Revival and smiles on the Noblemen’s faces. Dana however, was not celebrating. He was running full speed to the Odense bench but was restrained by his colleagues, as gestures and Iraqi curses were generally aimed at Hojris and the next 10 generations of his descendants.

Egressy would add one more for Revival from a corner, and Venkat Variar almost scored against his old club on 89 minutes as a curling shot was cleared off the line by an Odense defender. Doc Afeaki had managed to get a consolation goal the minute before, but once Variar’s shot was cleared it was just moments before the referee put the Danes out of their misery and allowed ‘The Assassin’ to go celebrating around the pitch, again screaming various insults at the Odense owner but dancing and jeering and celebrating like he’d just won the cup.

After the game, we caught up with the youngster but have had to cut short his full speech from it’s full fury to an edited version:

“Hojris you son of a goat! You get on the pitch and see if you can stop me from scoring! You have no respect! No respect for Iraq, for football, or for your club!! You have no respect for Raszków, and no respect for anything! You pig son of a pig! You have respect for Dana now though don’t you!? Oh yes, it was The Assassin who has ended your dreams tonight mighty Hojris. Your Odense team has lost, and you did not stop me scoring.

Allah behold! The man is poisoned in his mind, deluded! Do you not remember that only 8 days ago I scored two more goals against your team as Raszków beat you 3-0 in a similar match!? I cannot wait to play your Odense dogs in the Golden League, HTUM Challenge Cup or any other competition you think you can compete in! Your mother is a better monkey than you would make a weasel, you pig dog snake of a skunk! I promise you – I will be your worst nightmare for seasons and seasons and seasons to come, and then my children will be your worst nightmares, and their children’s children until you weep and admit that you were wrong! It is war!”

Naturally, the club has distanced itself from Dana’s tirade and says that it will deal with all inappropriate public comments internally, though many Revival fans outside the stadium seemed sympathetic to the young Iraqi’s viewpoint, despite understanding that perhaps cultural differences in expression might need to be part of his integration lessons at his new club.

We cannot wait to see what Dana will do tomorrow in the league as he is due to start in the massive away game to MDP Gdansk, whom RR beat 3-0 at home last Sunday. This away match will be a tougher challenge however, so expect a blinder of a game with Revival fired up more than ever.