Club Criticism Archive

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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.

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Peroni Angered At Accusations

Raszków Revival President has hit out angrily at claims by MS Odense owner Hojris that he may be in some way knowledgeable about the situation concerning Londoner Tricolor coach, Terry Leask. In a brief statement, Mr. Peroni said:

“For somebody of his reputation to make unfounded comments about members of Federation clubs, especially considering the special relationship I had with him during my tenure there, is for me something difficult to swallow.

I truly hope that the Tricolor can contact Mr. Leask in the near future so that we can clear this matter up. We are also a little disappointed that the English club has not distanced itself from his comments. I personally expect some sort of clarification.”

When asked if he thought that this was a matter for GL President Ova Dunn, he would only say:

“Despite eradicating corruption under the reign of Mr. Dunn, I do not feel that the GL board are especially proactive in such matters. We will wait for Odense and Tricolor’s responses.”

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Heart of Fire or Ice?

Image by Hojris of MS Odense – many thanks!

Since the founding of Renaissance FC on 13th October 2011 he has been a man obsessed with a mission. The dissolution of his former club The Flaming Wodkas had left a scar, or more precisely two gaping wounds in the psyche of the chairman. The Wodkas had, under the charge of then Chairman Aldopaldo Peroni, won two trophies in their short and blustery history. No wonder then that losing any chance to continue that history as Wodkas found themselves closing in on a third title has left its impact on the club owner.

With the Raszków Arena reopened under a new name (The Jules Michelet Arena) and the team rebranded as Renaissance FC, the Chairman would sanction the purchase of new squad members, some of them to go on to be some of the biggest names in Golden League history. However, his reputation for ending contracts or cashing in on club superstars would continue unabated. From the first transfer purchase of Sami Arsal for 4000 zlotys on that inaugural day, the Chairman has authorised no less than 360 sales and acquisitions in a period of only 22 months. How many players have come and gone though is a sign of the obsession the chairman feels in searching for that elusive first trophy for his new club. 65.5 million zlotys spent on new players during that time whilst 69.1 million zlotys recouped from sales. A marginal profit, but finally this past weekend the search for gold came to an end as Raszków Revival won the eighth division league title.

It seemed to the fans that the combination of Peroni as club President and Elco ‘Showboat’ Temmink as trainer had proven its worth, and that the club had finally found the right combination of players to bring home more success next season. What then was the Chairman’s response, the Chairman who had himself waited so long for this day and who should have been happiest of all with the prize his team had secured? He immediately placed half the squad on the transfer list.

Perhaps most shocking of all to the fans, known as The Noblemen, was the club record 4.5 million zlotys sale of home grown defensive talent Andrzej ‘Zen’ Sieniawski. Along with him nine other key Championship winning squad members were sold and the attacking trainees told they would no longer be needed up front next season. Instead, a new training plan had been devised for them to strengthen significant weaknesses in their attacking play. What was the plan then for the funds that had been raised? 10 players out before the celebrations were even over, and last night the chilling scythe of the Chairman gave way to the welcoming handshake to three new club signings, two of which smashed the club previous record of 2.2 million for Oceanian midfielder Rhett Hartigan.

First in was 28 year old Romanian quick man Vasile Baciu for 3,999,999 zlotys – a new transfer record for the club. Only a few hours would pass before this new club record was beaten by a single zlotowka in the purchase of veteran Croatian Dražen Šutrin for 4 million precisely. Both will debut in the Golden League against Bellevue Barrage midweek. Finally, the club paid around 200,000 zlotys for French inner midfielder Corentin Vaucelle.

So on the one hand the Chairman taketh away, but on the other he giveth. So is he a man to be feared or revered? How many of the current squad will still be there 16 weeks from now? With the sale of Zen Sieniawski, what optimism remains for newly promoted homegrowns like Jacek ‘The Viper’ Kirpsza, and long term squad member Ryszard ‘The Fox’s Szymkiewicz? We decided to ask the only man who can truthfully answer these questions, the Chairman himself. Martin Bros Nielsen conducted the interview, and here is the result:

MB: Thank you for agreeing to this question and answer session for our blog Mr Chairman, let me get straight down to business. What is your reasoning for selling the majority of the title winning team just days after they had secured the first trophy in the club’s history?

C: Hello Martin. I’d like to use this opportunity to thank the fans and all those reading this article for their tremendous support since the founding of this club, which has enabled us to get to where we are today. I’d like to thank the coaching and playing staff equally. In answering your question though, I think it fair to say that the title winning squad, as good as it was, wouldn’t rise to the next challenge without changes.

MB: Could you explain in a bit more detail what you mean?

C: As you’ve noticed no doubt, this club has steered away from controversy for some time now. As a result we have let our results get our club noticed. Being in the top 5 of the Golden League is very pleasing also, as is the improvement and promotion of our youth academy to division 2 of the HTUM Youth League. It isn’t though a true reflection of where this club is at.

MB: An example, perhaps?

C: Look at the result against the Pig Hunters last week. Sector-wise we were only just outplayed, but scorelines are all the history books show and we were hammered. Having beaten some very big names in GL4 so far, that result hurt. We just aren’t strong enough. New players were needed, older players had to go. A plant can’t hope to thrive and flourish unless the old leaves are cut back and removed. This is what you are seeing in Raszków right now.

MB: True, the midfield has been weaker of late. The 3-0 league defeat to MUD was a blemish on a 100% league record up unto that point. However, you have provided funds for two strikers, and only brought in one midfielder. What are the reasons behind this?

C: The manager told me what he needed, and I have complete faith in his abilities.

MB: So the club’s transfer policy, some would say ruthless others would say reckless, is down to the manager or the Chairman?

C: I’d say both of those words are inaccurate. Our transfer policy is reactionary. We react when we feel it will benefit the club, and for no other reason. This has meant a lot of playing staff on very short contracts, but this will stabilize now as we know that the next two seasons will see this club grow from a strong base, to a formidable unit. People may question the board’s decisions regarding transfers, but in the past few days we have doubled our squad TSI and I believe retained a core group of key players for the upcoming season. Indeed, our squad TSI has never been higher.

MB: Fans are surely going to be pleased to hear that, as they are partying non-stop all over Lower Silesia and in Raszków in particular, as well as in newly-formed fan branches internationally. It must have been a very difficult period when your former club, one at which I myself had just been transferred from, had to inform its playing staff that they could no longer represent the club as their contracts had been annulled.

C: This is why, together with Aldopaldo, we endeavoured to give in-club roles to everyone involved in The Wodkas, and the sister club Crazy Horses. Despite what happened between Peroni and Giachello, relations have now calmed and we enjoy good partnerships with my other club The Lost Saxons.

MB: How difficult is it to be Chairman of both teams?

C: It’s a lot easier having Peroni and Demeure based in Raszków to monitor the day to day running of the club, while I am now permanently based in the UK. It’s the ideal middle point for me between Poland and the Faroe Islands to the north. The Saxons are a club in a very early and formative process.

MB: They are also only one win away from a league title, and are in their second successive final of the Upstarters Cup. They lost the first one, but do you think they can beat Nordszild?

C: I am just looking forward to a great game of football. They are the two top platinum teams in the Faroese Islands, what a derby game, what a match it will be! Hjørleif has done an amazing job there. I know Valentino is extremely pleased with the work he and David Rhade are doing. Naturally I hope they finish the game as victors.

MB: Thank you for your time in answering these questions for our blog. Hopefully it has provided a behind the scenes explanation for the recent changes at the club, and provided hope for the fight for survival in division 7. I wish you and the club all the very best as you prepare for the new campaign.

C: Yes, we will have maybe a few days rest and celebrate the trophy parade in two weeks time, but club business never really comes to a halt. Thank you Martin. Onwards and upwards, as ever.

If you have a question for the Chairman or any of the club board or playing staff, simply send it in a comment to Martin Bros Nielsen below, and we may do a follow-up article in the near future.

UPDATE – TRANSFER SPECULATION

Chairman leebebbs has begun contract negotiations with two midfielders from two of the legendary GL clubs in the HTUM federation: MS Odense and Kroscienko Karpaty Krosno. One is said to be a significant addition to the Raszków midfield and was difficult for his club to part with. The other will be a key squad player who has Golden League experience with two Polish teams, meaning Revival will be his third should negotiations prove successful during the weekend.

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Finally some stability?

It seems as though the chaos that has surrounded the Flaming Wodkas FC for the past weeks, months… some would say seasons may now finally have ebbed and the club itself seems ready to enter a period of stability. What is the reason or reasons for this? We take a deeper look.

Firstly, the instability at the very top of the club looks to finally have been solved. Club owner Mr. B had recently sold 49% of his stake to the somewhat unpopular Roses Foundation. After huge accusations on MSO blog from former Wodkas manager and Renaissance FC President Aldopaolo Peroni, the Roses Foundation received an impressive buy out offer from Black Industries (as mentioned in our earlier post) and left their places in the club after only a few weeks. With a new President due to be voted in at the start of March, and with the boardroom a stable place once more this is our first reason for a period of calm in the little Lower Silesian club.

Secondly, the team is clearly focused on the direction in which it is headed. Almost symbolically the club is keen to shed it’s Flaming Wodkas image and all the controversy that went with that name and will be renamed Raszków Revival thus finally bringing recognition to the small village in the South-West of the country not far from the Czech border.

Our next reason is the recognition of continuity that coach Temmink continues to show with his purchases and the resilience to keep to the homegrown programme. That does not mean that all youth players are guaranteed first-team survival, as was shown with Kalasanty Nakielski recently, but it does show that if you have the potential and the right temperament you will be given a chance. That has happened this week with Marcin ‘Bad Cheese’ Ostapowicz, who despite his unfortunate and rather cryptic nickname in the dressing room, will be given a central midfield role against visiting MS Odense in the Golden League. He was delighted when we spoke with him:

Obviously we’re not at the level of the Danish team and our recent 3-1 win was special because it was so unexpected. I don’t think we’ll come close to repeating that, and I myself have a lot of work to do to get close to my own team mates first. It gives us huge confidence to know that the boss is willing to play us even though it means he won’t get a result. This game is about more than results though. It’s an anniversary game in many ways as it’s 5 seasons since the Wodkas launched an almost impossible comeback in their first GL game with MS Odense, narrowly losing 3-4. It was this club’s 2nd only GL game and this will be my first. I truly can’t wait.

My nickname? *He laughs* It happened recently when we were taking part in the B2B training program in Odense and the youth team were an intrinsic part of the coaching sessions from Scavo’s team of staff under MSO guidance. Their club owner greeted and met with us and he joked with me that my Polish surname was a bit like a particularly bad Danish cheese, Ost, and so my mates nicknamed me Bad Cheese. I don’t mind it. It’s unique and I think team’s will not relish having to play Bad Cheese in a few years from now.

Aside from young Ostapowicz and players like him being given a chance, there is also a clear desire to continue recruiting players of a similar type on the transfer market. Kai Rheino Rheinheimer has been an undoubted hit since his signing from Vi Flaesker Jer in November 2012, and will continue to be so despite him getting nearer to 40 years of age. The club though made a clear indication of their desire to find his replacement earlier today when they signed 19 year old unpredictable Dutch striker Bert Jan Fens. Coach Temmink said:

Bert, along with Gabi (Buhoci) will be two players we will be focusing on in our scoring training in a few seasons from now. Before then however, we will make an extra slot for Bert. Gabi is already receiving playmaking training and Bert will now join him. That does mean however, that we will have to give some players an opportunity to move on. We also have to bear in mind the talents coming through in the youth team, with Lenartowski one in particular we are keen to promote in our reserves. He is due for promotion in 4 weeks from now and we may keep him in the youth team for a while after to ensure his full potential. It does however mean that there are a couple of players playing for their futures in this season. There will only be 1 slot available once this campaign is over. What more motivation do you need?

With a long-term plan in hand, the case for stability seems to grow. Having trained Primdahl, Sieniawski and Muller in defence for a capable back three in the league, along with roles for homegrown wing-back Krzysztof Jamrozy and Sebastien Coquerel, the back line of the Wodkas seems ready to adapt to the remainder of the Division 8 campaign. Having already secured 2 wins and currently in 3rd place, and with the midfield undergoing training every week it seems like more points will be picked up despite the inevitable losses that will come, most likely next week against 1st placed Moniuszki. However, with Odachowski and Rheinheimer leading the line, and young signing Jan Fens in the shadows, the overall performance of the team appears to be quite respectable. Relegation looked a certainty… but the team now looks like they may be in with a chance of finishing mid-table even this early on. Surely this wasn’t the scenario when all those experienced midfielders were sold before the season began?

So, stability in the board room, a sound long-term training plan, a healthy squad, a youth team full of promise and potential due to mature and a rebranding to disassociate the club with the controversies of the past… looks like the name Revival could be very apt indeed.