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How lap times in different motorsports compare to each other

2020.05.26 21:27 reedcourt_z How lap times in different motorsports compare to each other

If you are a motorsports fan like me, you probably wondered, how fast the many different cars and classes are in relation to each other. While thinking about this question, I quickly realised that it is a near impossible task to measure this, you can’t compare cars from different series unless they share the track at the same point in time, which rarely happens. But still, I wanted to know, how the different classes compare to each other within their limitations (be it from the rules or from the conditions), in other words, which cars could go faster than others and by how much. To measure this, I chose the superior method of comparing lap times: percentages. (On a side note, I honestly don’t understand why teammates are always compared in tenths over the season, like saying X was on average 4 tenths slower than Y. This is just dumb, let’s all switch to percentages! Four tenths around Red Bull Ring is different than four tenths around Le Mans.)
Check out my new post on ranking historic sports car prototypes if you're interested.

TL;DR List

For the extremely busy, very unceremoniously and without additional commentary (as that comes later in this post), these are all the important racing classes with their regulations as of 2019:
  1. Formula 1 (100-104.3%)
  2. Super Formula (108-111%) LMP1 (112-114%) Indycar (112.5-115%) Formula 2 (114-117%)
  3. GT500 (117-120%) DPi (118.5-122%) LMP2 WEC (118-125%)
  4. Formula 3 (122-126.5%) DTM (123.5-126.5%) LMP2 IMSA (123-126%)
  5. GT300 (129-134%) GTLM IMSA - GTE WEC (130-138%) LMP3 (130-134.5%)
  6. MotoGP (132-139%) GT3 - GTD (134-140%) Australian Supercars (136.5-142%) Formula E (134-140%)
  7. Moto2 (140-144%) NASCAR Cup (141.5-144%)
  8. NASCAR Xfinity (144-146%)
  9. GT4 IMSA (145-150%)
  10. TCR (146.5-153%) NGTC (147-149%)
  11. GT4 SRO (149-155%) Moto3 (149-155%)

Method

What I did can be described very simply, I looked up the fastest qualifying laps, of each series/class here on a bunch of tracks all around the world. Then I started comparing. First, if there was a direct comparison to F1, I calculated the percentage averages. Then, I started cross-referencing to other series which were active on most of the tracks (mainly GT3 and TCR) and calculated back to F1. There are some problems with this method. I can’t be 100% sure that for example GTD and GT3 have similar pace, or that TCR in Europe and TCR in Japan have similar pace. But with these two classes, the differences are not that big, which allowed me to have a more or less clear picture. After that I estimated the percentage range and made it bigger, because track conditions and other factors could mean up to 1-2% in lap time (this was the most “subjective” part). Because of the big ranges, I will always provide the direct comparison to F1 if there is one.

Why are there ties?

Many classes were surprisingly close to each other regarding their percentage ranges, despite (or maybe because) they rarely race on the same track. This led to some three- or four-way ties. In those ties I tried to rank them, based on feeling and direct comparisons. The classes could be in a different order within those ties if they raced in similar conditions, we can never be sure. Which leads me to the final boring paragraph I promise.

What factors influence lap time?

• Drivers, especially in series where there are pro and amateur drivers
• Qualifying and race formats: how much fuel is in the car; do you have to start with the fuel load; is it an endurance series; is it a one-lap shootout or is it the average of all drivers, do you have to negotiate around lower class cars; does your engine need to last another 5 races or 24 hours etc.
• Tires, very important, explains differences between GT500 & DTM or GT300 & GT3, think about how much faster F1 would be if the softest of the five compounds was available everywhere
• Performance Ballasts (BoP, EoT etc.), can be very severe (e.g. in LMP1 it is up to 2%)
• Track Conditions, very important even in a single session, as the track constantly changes
• AiTemperature conditions

Lap Time Percentage Ranking

1 Formula 1
I referenced all percentages to Formula 1 because it is obviously the fastest motorsport in the world. The pinnacle of motorsport (like it or not, it is the pinnacle) has mind bending machines, which produce enormous amount of downforce, have incredibly efficient and powerful engines and in the words of George Russell “ridiculous” brakes. On the note of Russell, I calculated the average percentage difference of the faster car of the slowest team to the pole time: 104.3% (side-note: it was surprisingly not always Williams, in Hungary, both Racing Points were beaten by a Williams).
To give you another example about percentages: the slowest team in recent history HRT had a 109% lap time on their worst days.
Just in case you forgot how an F1 car looks: 2019 Mercedes W10

2.1 Super Formula (108-111%)
direct comparison: 109.3%
Super Formula (formerly called Formula Nippon) is the top racing series in Japan and is the second fastest open-wheeled motorsport in the world. They race on Japanese circuits only, which gives us few direct comparisons to big international series (Suzuka with F1 and Fuji with WEC). It has a spec chassis and two engine manufacturers (Honda and Toyota). The new car, introduced in 2019 was to the tenth as fast as an LMP1 car in Fuji, but edges the class on direct comparison with F1 at Suzuka.
this is how the Dallara SF19 looks like in the hands of last year’s champion Nick Cassidy

2.2 LMP1 (112-114%)
direct comparison: 112.7%
On to the fastest non open-wheeled series, the next fastest cars are the magnificent sports car prototypes of the World Endurance Championship. This class has produced many great hybrid cars since 2014 from Porsche, Audi and Toyota, which battled at the 24h of Le Mans. Unfortunately, in the later years, only Toyota remained with a hybrid LMP1 and their car now competes against the privateer LMP1s of Rebellion. LMP1 beats both F2 and Indycar on direct comparison. If there is one class which could go much faster, it has to be the hybrid LMP1 Toyotas. The WEC introduced the fancy-named Equality of Technology, which basically should slow down the hybrids to the privateer speeds. Unfortunately, it actually means that the Toyotas go 2.5s per lap slower than they could and lose 1s per lap to the non-hybrid Rebellions at COTA. Because of that, the lap records are from 2016-17, when Audi and Porsche still were on the stage, pushing each other to greater and greater speeds.
this is the 2020 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, you won’t see this car for long on track because in the near future, there will be new prototype regulations

2.3 Indycar (112.5-115%)
direct comparison: 114.6%
The premier North American open-wheeled racing series would certainly be unbeatable on ovals, but on road courses, they are edged out by a few series. Again, like with SF, Indycar only races in a specific region and few tracks are visited by big international series, but they finally gave us a direct comparison with Formula 1 at COTA. This series also has a spec chassis (also by Dallara) and since 2018 a universal aero kit. There are two engine manufacturers: Honda and Chevrolet.
this is how the Dallara DW12 looks like in the hands of last year’s champion Josef Newgarden

2.4 Formula 2 (114-117%)
direct comparison: 115.8%
Finally, the slowest series in this four-way tie is the top feeder series for F1. This is a series, where young drivers can finally be part of the F1 paddock by racing in support races on the same weekend with the big ones. There is no direct comparison with Indycar and through cross-referencing it is still impossible to tell which one would be faster. The series employs a spec chassis by (again you guessed it) Dallara and has one engine manufacturer (Mecachrome). This series is more about the drivers, because it should find the best of the talents looking to get into F1.
this is how the Dallara F2 2018 looks like in the hands of last year’s champion Nyck De Vries

3.1 GT500 (117-120%)
direct comparison: 119.8%
The grand touring beasts populating the top class in the Japanese SUPER GT series are astonishingly quick. These race cars are the fastest production-based cars right now (well at least they kinda look like a production car) and can put some prototype classes to shame with their lap times. They beat the WECs LMP2s in Fuji but have unfortunately few other direct comparisons with similar classes. There are currently three manufacturers competing in GT500: Nissan, Toyota/Lexus and Honda. Recently, GT500 and DTM aligned their rules to be able to compete in each other’s series, which led to the Class One cars, as they are called now. While the chance of seeing DTM cars in SUPER GT and vice versa is low, it provides a great opportunity to see how tires influence car performance, as GT500 (having a tire war with 4 manufacturers) is clearly faster on track than DTM.
this is how the Lexus LC 500 GT500 championship winning car looked like in 2019

3.2 DPi (118.5-122%)
no direct comparison
The Daytona Prototype International class is the top prototype class in the IMSA United Sports Car Championship and has the honours to be the second fastest prototype class. It was introduced in 2017 alongside the new LMP2 regulations and became a separate class in the championship in 2019. This is the first class which had no direct comparisons to F1, but it is clearly faster than the WECs LMP2 class at Sebring. It is quite interesting in the sense that despite having four manufacturers (Cadillac, Acura, Mazda and Nissan) the cars used are based on four other LMP2 chassis (Dallara, Oreca, Riley and Ligier).
this is how the Acura ARX-05 2019 championship winning car looked like

3.3 LMP2 WEC (118-125%)
direct comparison: 120%
The second class in the WEC is a very popular one, with many privateer teams battling it out for LMP2 honours. The class is also used in the European Le Mans Series with similar specifications. The class was overhauled and redefined in 2017, four exclusive chassis manufacturers were appointed (the ones from DPi), a closed cockpit was mandated and there is a spec Gibson engine. The current cars and rule concepts are the basis, together with the DPis for the future LMDh regulations. It comfortably beats the 4th placed Formula 3 cars on direct comparison.
this is how the championship winning Oreca 07 by United Autosport looked like in 2019

4.1 Formula 3 (122-126.5%)
direct comparison: 123.6%
The third tier in the world of Formula 1 is the lowest which has a worldwide championship. It is one stage under Formula 2 and replaced GP3 in 2019. This change of name and structure also came with a new Dallara chassis and a spec Mecachrome engine. As you may have noticed, I only looked at the FIA Formula 3 Championship, and not at other regional or national series.
this is the Dallara F3 2019 driven by Robert Shwartzman, the 2019 champion

4.2 DTM (123.5-126.5%)
direct comparison: 124.9%
The cars used in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters are called touring cars only for historic reasons. These cars are silhouette cars, meaning actually purpose-built machines using a body which resembles (slightly) to their road going counterparts. Although it is a series competing in Europe (mainly Germany with some few races in other places), it actually shares few circuits with faster series, so there is no direct comparison to the WEC or the ELMS or even Formula 3. So, it is hard to call which one would be faster. This should be changed with the DTM set to race at Monza (Edit: now it looks like they go to Spa) in the 2020 season. The DTM is as mentioned before the sister series of SUPER GT, which gives a perspective of how much faster these cars could go. Unfortunately, the future of the series doesn’t look too bright with only one manufacturer left after the end of this season, there’s a big chance that we won’t see these great cars in the future.
this is the Audi RS5 Turbo DTM_FP1.jpg&tbnid=VulVzwUeOXs-QM&vet=1&docid=EJNx6BNH9-qE1M&w=2560&h=1706&q=rene+rast+dtm+2019&source=sh/x/im) of champion Rene Rast in 2019

4.3 LMP2 IMSA (123-126%)
no direct comparison
The second class in North American sports car racing is a little bit slower than their WEC counterparts. This is also visible at the direct comparison at Sebring. The reasons for this could be that the LMP2s in IMSA were slowed down to create a bigger gap to the very similar DPi cars. Other features are exactly the same than in the WEC, the only difference being that there were only two entries in 2019.

5.1 GT300 (129-134%)
direct comparison: 132.7%
I think the Japanese like to show the world how fast some cars actually could go. GT300 is the lower class in SUPER GT, it consists mainly of GT3 cars from European manufacturers but also JAF-GT cars, which are just a Japanese GT class. What is surprising is how easily the GT300 cars beat their European GT3 counterparts and even the WEC GTE class is beaten fair and square at Fuji.
here is the Honda NSX GT3 Evo, last year’s championship winning machine

5.2 GTLM IMSA - GTE WEC (130-138%)
direct comparison: 132.6%
Now to the supposedly highest level of GT racing, which actually is beaten by two and pressured by a third one. GTE in WEC/ELMS or GTLM in IMSA is in all three championship the top GT class. The GTLMs beat the GTEs at Sebring but I still decided to take both together because they are very similar in performance. These cars are awesome, look awesome and I suspect could produce much better lap times, but especially in Europe, they are sometimes even beaten by the top GT3 cars. There are now five different manufacturers competing in the WEC and IMSA combined.
this is the Porsche 911 RSR which won in IMSA and WEC in 2019

5.3 LMP3(130-134.5%)
direct comparison: 132.7%
LMP3 is the lowest prototype class, which is more thought as an entry level for drivers and teams to prototype racing. It is used in the ELMS, Asian LMS and the IMSA Prototype Challenge. In Europe it beats the GTEs marginally and in North America it is beaten by GTLM marginally, so the actual difference between GTE and LMP3 is too close to call. There are five cars available and all have the same spec engine.
This is a Ligier JS P3 which won in the ELMS in 2019

6.1 MotoGP (132-139%)
direct comparison: 135.1%
There are two groups in motorsports which I consider the craziest. Those who jump into their small hatchbacks and rip through some forests or mountains on roads barely wider than the car itself and those who jump on a bike which can go with 360kph and you can touch the ground with your knees while negotiating corners. MotoGP is astonishingly quick, sometimes even beating GT3 race cars. There are six manufacturers currently competing in MotoGP with purpose built mororcycle prototypes.
This is last year’s MotoGP winner Marc Marquez and his Honda RC213V

6.2 GT3 - GTD (134-140%)
direct comparison: 136.9% - 135.4%
On to the arguably most widely used racing class right now: GT3. There are a lot of different championships using these cars, and there have been 51 cars homologated since its inception in the mid 2000s. The highest-level series using GT3s are the SRO sanctioned GT World Challenges (formerly Blancpain Series) and the IMSA Sports Car Championship with the name GTD. On top of that there are countless national championships, so it’s hard to actually say how fast GT3s are, because they race at so many places. Sometimes they beat GTE in Europe, they play a secondary role to GTLM in IMSA, sometimes they barely beat Australian Supercars. The interesting thing in GT3 is the variety of car styles, types, engines and the fact that all these different philosophies are tied together through Balance of Performance which equals out all the cars.
here is the Bentley Continental GT3 which won the last international GT3 race, the Bathurst 12h

6.3 Australian Supercars (136.5-142%)
direct comparison: 141.4%
The (maybe not so hidden) gem in motorsport is the Australian Supercars Championship (also known as V8 Supercars), it evolved from the Australian Touring Car Championship and has really fun to watch and actually pretty fast race cars from Holden and Ford (with sometimes other manufacturers coming and going). It is close to the Australian GT Championship lap time wise, but is a bit slower than GT3s at Bathurst, where a big international GT3 race happens every year. There are otherwise few meaningful comparisons to other series. Unfortunately, there are some doubts over its future, with the car brand Holden no longer active.
this is the Ford Mustang GT of Scott McLaughlin, last year’s champion

6.4 Formula E (134-140%)
direct comparison (manually measured with a youtube onboard): 134%
The premier electric racing series in the world is notably famous for racing on unusual (controversial?) tight circuits located in city centres. Because of that, there is only one proper comparison with another class (TCR at Marrakech) and you can kinda guess their time in Monaco’s last sector while watching an onboard and measuring it with a stopwatch. So based on this data, we can estimate that their speed is somewhere around GT3 and Supercars. Of course, Formula E is very strong on its own circuits but would lose to everybody at Bathurst, just like a Supercar couldn’t negotiate the Paris Circuit fast enough. We can only hope, that the championship with the highest manufacturer involvement goes to the full Monaco layout for a proper comparison. The car currently used is the 2nd Gen FE car, it has a spec chassis and battery but individual powertrains.
here is the DS Techeetah of 2019 champion Jean-Eric Vergne

7.1 Moto2 (140-144%)
direct comparison: 142.8%
The second tier motorcycle championship also comes in at a kind of no-mans land between Supercars and NASCAR. Unfortunately, I don’t know much more about Moto2 so
here is last years champion Alex Marquez with his Kalex Moto2 bike

7.2 NASCAR Cup Series (141.5-144%)
no direct comparison
The most popular form of motorsport in the US, NASCAR is centred around oval track racing. So much in fact, that its calendar only has two road courses (Watkins Glen and Sonoma). On top of that, to make direct comparisons even rarer, they use different layouts to Indycar and IMSA at both tracks. That leaves us with cross-referencing the Cup Series to its minor league, which leads to the conclusion that NASCAR is tied with Moto2 on pace and just edged out by Australian Supercars, which some consider to be kind of similar (very far reached imo) to it. credit to u/TacoHVAC for the laptimes
here is the 2019 Toyota Camry of cup series champion Kyle Busch

8 NASCAR Xfinity (144-146%)
no direct comparison
Fortunately, NASCAR’s minor league, the Xfinity series goes to two of road courses using common layouts (Road America and Mid-Ohio) so we can at least compare these cars to other classes on this list. The Xfinity cars are a bit slower than their Cup Series counterparts, and with that, they are far from GT3 and Supercars, but comfortably ahead of GT4.
this is the Chevrolet Camaro of 2019 champion Tyler Reddick

9 GT4 IMSA (145-150%)
direct comparison: 146.3%
We arrived at the slowest GT class, GT4 is widely used in some national championships. In North America, the Michelin Pilot Challenge is a support series of the IMSA Sports Car Championship and there you can see GT4 competing as the top class against TCR, which explains why the IMSA GT4s are faster than their European brothers and sisters.
this is the Audi R8 LMS GT4 which won last year’s Michelin Pilot Challenge

10.1 TCR (146.5-153%)
direct comparison: 149.9%
The most widely used touring car class was approved in 2014 and fully took over the touring car world in 2018, when the World Touring Car Championship also adopted the regulations. These cars are “true” touring cars, with many standardised parts and a performance ballast system to ensure fair competition. There are many manufacturers and twice as many series, with nearly every region having their own TCR championship. All the results from these championship count towards the TCR Model of the Year “championship” which is handed out since 2017. TCR provided a very constant basis for other lap time calculations (especially for the Japanese series), because it is so widely used and has universal rules. In Europe it beats GT4 very consistently.
here is the Hyundai i30 N TCR driven by World Touring Car champion Norbert Michelisz

10.2 NGTC (147-149%)
no direct comparison
One of the few places where TCR isn’t the main touring car class is of course the British Touring Car Championship. They have their own cars, called Next Generation Touring Cars, which have most likely a very similar performance than TCR. I say most likely, because there are not that many international series competing on some lesser known British tracks, so I used the British GT Championship (GT3) as a reference for NGTCs.
this is the BMW 330i M Sport driven by 2019 champion Colin Turkington

11.1 GT4 SRO (149-155%)
direct comparison: 151.9%
Finally, we are at the bottom of this list with the GT4 cars competing in various national and European SRO series. These cars are by no means slow, they beat road going hyper cars like the Koenigsegg One:1 or the McLaren P1 at Spa, which just shows how incredibly fast race cars are, even if they are slow (if that makes sense).
the final car on here is the BMW M4 GT4, winner of the 2019 GT4 European Series

11.2 Moto3 (149-155%)
direct comparison: 152.3%
The lowest class in motorcycle grand prix racing has about the same speeds as GT4. Generally you can say, that the different motorcycle tiers are much closer to each other than F1 - F2 - F3 are.
this is the Honda NSF250RW Moto3 winning machine

That’s the end of the list. As you can imagine it was quite fun to research everything, but it also took a long time. Please correct any typos and feel free crosspost.
What comes next? I plan on doing something similar but for historic classes and look if somebody could challenge F1 for the throne in the past (my bet is on Group C or 70s Can-Am).
Edits: Due to popular request, I added some motorcycle classes, also corrected some technicalities about NASCAR tracks
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2020.05.20 21:29 Map_Ref_41N93W More New Wave and Post-Punk from 1984 and Some Bands That Are Close (But Not Really Close)

Alright, this is the thrilling conclusion of my series entitled "u/Map_Ref_41N93W lists a bunch of albums" (EDIT: this is possibly a lie, I still have a bunch of compos to post if anyone is interested...).
As we've seen previously (here, here, and here), I've been poking around in Discogs trying to get a feel for what out there hasn't been uploaded (and therefore can't be ruled out without some work). This round I focused on a number of neighboring European countries that have been tossed around as possible sources: France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Yugoslavia, Ireland, Sweden, and Denmark. Eventually, I'd like to check out Eastern Europe and USA/Canada/Australia/NZ for completeness. Based off of this thread, it doesn't look like I will be able to easily hunt for unknown release years under the current Discogs API, which is unfortunate. Those listed with unknown countries of origin should probably be searched as well.
I've now combed through at least 1200 album records on Discogs now, and here are some notes. I personally still think the Band is Anglo-Irish: it's an English-speaking band playing a predominantly British-centric music genre and played on a radio show hosted (we assume) by an British expat. However, based on style alone if it's not an English band, I'd say the French probably come the closest. For as far as what Discogs classifies as New Wave or Post-Punk, the Germans heavily lean electronic/krautrock, the Austrians and Swedes were more classic rock and roll, and Yugoslavian artists just flat out don't sing in English. Denmark was a respectable second-place. Of course, the possibility that the Band didn't become more popular precisely because they didn't sing in the dominant style of their local scene makes all of this pure conjecture.
Over the course of my searching I found 29 bands that I labeled as close in my notes. "Close" is defined as when whatever song popped up made me stop and look through their discography for obvious Song-like listings. As you can see, none of these are slam dunks and quite a few of them are bands that were big enough that if they actually turn out to be our culprit we all ought to be ashamed of ourselves.
Nonetheless, here's the Close But No Cigar list for 1983-84 (alphabetical):
The pleasant side effect of this search is I found a lot of really good bands (just not our band), I'll post those in the comments if anyone is interested.
Finally, here's the list of 1984 albums I found were missing uploads (and likely to include English - I did not include any titles where the band, album title, and every song title were not in English):
NOTE: the countries are of album release and not necessarily the country that the band is from
NOTE: In this and other posts, "self-released" means no label information provided. If we're being honest, this means it's unclear if this is a true DIY self-release or a bootleg
Thanks for reading this far...
EDIT: fixed some formatting...
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2019.11.25 21:25 Raghunathan_WDC2018 Tirade: Tinder und Dating

So, mal eben den jahrealten Account nochmal hervorgekramt. Gut.
Ach, Tinder. Tinder ist das Datingportal, für das man sich als Single... ich glaube ihr wisst worauf ich hinauswill. Tinder ist für mich als sagen wir mal durchschnittlich aussehender Brudi Anfang/ Mitte 20 in letzter Zeit echt frustrierend gewesen: vielleicht 1-2 Matches pro Woche, die aber fast ausschließlich entweder Fakes waren oder nicht antworten/ mich nur ein paar Minuten direkt wieder entmatchen (Was zum F...?). Gut, vielleicht taugen meine Bilder nicht mal als Abschreckungsplakate für die neue Bundeswehr-Kampagne oder ich hab einfach nur Pech, aber es scheint so als wäre ich nicht der einzige mit solchen Problemen wenn man sich mal die Pfostierungen auf /l/zunder anschaut, auch wenn die leider sehr US-zentrisch sind (gibt es eigentlich ein deutschsprachiges Äquivalent zu diesem Unterlases?).
Das wäre ja noch nicht mal so schlimm, wenn es gute Alternativen zu Tinder gäbe, aber Candidate und OKCupid sind halt ziemlich tot, Lovoo besteht wohl nur aus Bots und Parship etc. kotzt meine Armut als Student wohl zu sehr an (hier muss sogar ich als JuLi ein FDP-Maimai insertieren). Bumble hab ich noch nicht probiert, aber deren Grundkonzept erscheint mir nicht so vielversprechend und ich hab keinen Plan wie groß die Benutzerbasis in D ist.
Auch offline schaut es nicht so viel besser, auch bei Uniklubs oder -treffen und ähnlichem hat sich nie so richtig was ergeben, obwohl ich noch nicht mal MINTler bin und meine letzte Freundin in meinem Studiengang kennengelernt habe (hat halt nicht lang gehalten und ist schon paar Jahre her). Aber sowas wie Single- oder Datingabende an der Uni oder in Pubs etc.? Fehlanzeige zumindest in meiner Stadt. Vielleicht bin ich auch einfach nur zu sozial inkompetent.
TLDR: Student Mitte 20, der sich eine Beziehung wünscht, ist zu unfähig um online oder offline ein Date zu bekommen. Wenn ihr noch irgendwelche guten Ratschläge oder Tipps habt (nein, Grindr gehört nicht dazu...), fühlt euch frei sie mir zu schreiben.
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2019.11.06 12:53 Burjennio Thinking the Unthinkable: Benching a Man City Premium

With the huge crunch game between Liverpool and Man City this weekend, the vast majority of us are going to have huge asset involvement in a single game. Historically, this fixture at Anfield has brought goals and usually a Liverpool win- barring the uncharacteristically cagey 0-0 last season, when City blew the chance of a key win with Mahrez' late penalty miss.
The general consensus from seasoned FPL Manager's is you do not spend big money on a player, only to select him on the bench for key fixtures. However, with so many specific factors around this fixture - both historically and in recent stats / form, I am sure many of us have been mulling over the pros and cons of whether selecting Sterling and / or Aguero is a wise choice.
Below I have selected three pros and cons of playing the two highest-priced City attackers, and would love to hear the community's thoughts on whether we really should "think the unthinkable", and relegate one or both of these elite players to the bench, in favour of one of our differentials.
The Cons
  1. History: Both Sterling and Aguero have abysmal records at Anfield over the years. Neither have ever scored there in the league whilst playing for the Citizens, and Sterling especially seems to have something of a hoodoo over him when playing against his former club.
  2. Rotation: Neither are guaranteed to even be selected by the fraudulent one come Sunday afternoon, and we will all be fortune-telling come Pep's Champions League selections later tonight, attempting to gain some type of insight into his mindset for the weekend.
  3. Inconsistency: Aguero has been consistent when getting the nod over Jesus; Sterling however seems to very dependant upon other team selections to increase his returning potential. With Mendy providing width and the higher workrate / defensive output of Jesus, he appears to be a more focal attacking option. With [insert other left back here] and Aguero up front, he looks to be hugging the left touchline, infuriatingly on the periphery at times, with the collective FPL community screaming at him to come inside. Will Pep have the confidence to load up with a Mendy / Sterling attacking left side, in such a critical away fixture?
The Pros
  1. Defensive Fragility: This season, Liverpool have be undeniably sloppy at the back. Many of us expected them to tighten up upon the return of Alisson, but they have not kept a clean sheet in their last 8 games in all competitions - 5 of which he has started.
  2. Alexander Arnold: More of a supplementary addition to the previous point, but there has definitely been a pattern this season of teams attempting to exploit the space behind Liverpool's young right-back. For all his outstanding talent, defensive positioning is probably not an attribute football fans would immediately list as one of his exceptional traits. We have seen Norwich, Sheffield Utd, Man Utd, RB Salsburg and even Genk, create big scoring opportunities by exploiting balls in behind him this season, and here we have the potential for Sterling to really do damage. TAA also lacks the relentless athleticism of his left-sided counterpart Andy Robertson, who seems to be more adept at recovering from being caught up-field.
  3. A Monkey off his Back: In the Community Shield, Raheem Sterling finally managed something he had not done in the 4+ years and 11 competitive games since he made the move up the M62: he scored against his Liverpool. For a player that had consistently struggled against his previous employers, this could be a huge game-changer. If he has finally got over this performance anxiety, combined with the points listed immediately above, this could finally be the time when he comes back to haunt his former club.
So that is my brief meditations on the monumental selection headache for Sunday. I personally have 4 players involved, with TAA, Mane, Sterling and KDB, and I know others have even more involved than that. I'd be keen to hear any further points anyone has regarding whether they are seriously considering a spot on the bench a City (or even Liverpool for that matter), asset.
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2019.11.02 16:38 Waalross Lisdexamfetamine & Cannabis

Note: I am German. I did write my whole experience in German and just ran it through Google Translate, because I was too lazy to translate all of it. Still, I checked the whole text to make sure it still made sense so you can understand what I was trying to say. Obviously it still isn't perfect, but good enough. Enclosed to the English text is the German version. I did not find any rules on other languages, so I hope it´s ok to post a translated version together with the original. If any moderators want to check the German version, please just translate in any translator.

Lisdexamfetamine & Cannabis - an Experience
Yesterday I took Lisdexamfetamine for the first time in my life. A friend of mine has ADHD and gave me one of his pills. At the time I did not even know that this tablet was not a normal Ritalin. It was "Elvanse 50mg". The tablet should help me initially only to more concentration in the university. I had not slept and had to stay focused. So I swallowed the Elvanse. At 9 a.m. The effect was quite normal, as in a healthy person taking Ritalin. I was more alert, not hungry or thirsty, and could concentrate better. So far, the effect was normal. I coped quite well with Lisdexamfetamine in my university day, although I was surprised by the strong effect. 50mg of the active ingredient is already quite a lot for a healthy person! It felt very relaxing physically, although I still felt very energetic and very clear in the head. I would describe the single effect of Elvanse on me as the decay of an XTC trip, only with a clear mind and more energy. That's how it felt for me. When I came home at 3 in the afternoon, I had the feeling that Lisdexamfetamine only has a stronger effect than at the beginning. The effect seemed to get stronger, the calmer I got. I sat on the couch and felt like I was sinking into it. It was very relaxing. My friend thought that the Elvanse 50mg would last about 12 hours. I figured I still had about 6 hours on this drug. So I decided to experiment a bit. I wanted to know how well I could remember something, how fast I could read and how good it is to meditate if you can concentrate fully on it. After completing all my "experiments" and being bored again, I wanted to know what it feels like to smoke cannabis under the influence of lisdexamfetamine. What I expected was a normal cannabis high with increased concentration. Just what you would imagine of these two substances. So I smoked a bit and sat back on the couch. (I can not name an exact amount, but it was less than I usually smoke.) For the first few minutes, everything seemed to be normal, but I noticed that my music seemed more intense and that I enjoyed the beats. Slowly, I also noticed that my floor started to move slightly. But only if I focused directly on it. I already knew this effect from LSD, shrooms or when I used to smoke too much cannabis. I was not very surprised. I used to watch my phone now and again because I told a friend about my experience with lisdexamfetamine. Every time I looked at my phone, I noticed a slight flicker in my field of vision. The colors on my phone also intensified. After a few minutes, I set my phone aside and focused on the music and space around me. That's when I noticed that the effects of lisdexamfetamine and cannabis are different than expected. Objects moved and morphed, similar to LSD or mushrooms. My floor flowed like a river of wood and in the dark corner of my room, I saw a rush of yellow-white dots. The longer I sat, the more intense everything became. At some point, I saw pictures on my wall. It looked as if someone had thrown a projector on my wall and played short videos. I looked at my phone again and was surprised how blatant it looked. It seemed like someone had adjusted the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. When I looked from my phone back into the room and on my hands, I saw them getting older and older. I already knew this effect from LSD. All in all, the entire experience to this point seemed like an LSD trip. At least from the visual. Physically, however, I felt top fit. It all felt very relaxed though. A similar relaxation I already had on XTC or codeine. Also in the head, I was totally clear. Although I noticed the cannabis, my thoughts and my ability to act was extremely clear. As clear as in the beginning when I had only lisdexamfetamine in my blood. I focused on the visual effects for about 30-45min. Although I noticed that everything seemed more intense, but I was not as fascinated as you would be on shrooms or LSD. Mentally I felt completely sober but physically and in my perception, I felt the substances. So I just enjoyed the effect. After about 45 minutes I started to get bored again. Despite all the great effects, I was still clearly in the head and not thrilled by everything as with other psychedelics. My mood was still very positive.
Just when I wondered how long the effect would last, my entire vision started to flicker. It looked like an old tube TV was flickering. In addition, more and more objects lost the psychedelic effect that had previously placed on them. That would be like a video game reloading textures or graphics. My wall had no image at all, my floor did not flow anymore, etc. This flicker came in several waves until all visual effects after 2min were completely gone.
I was a little sad because I thought the trip is over so quickly. But just then there was an explosion in my field of vision. It was like someone in my head stopped the trip and turned it on again (if that makes any sense). All of a sudden there were very bright colors all over the place. The optics looked very edgy and bright. Also, the colors of these were extremely intense. Another weird effect was that these visuals integrated perfectly into my view. It was as if they were an integral part of me, because they were blurred when I took off my glasses and sharp again when I put her back on.
New effects were now flashes of light that shot through my eyes again and again, white and red bright stripes that lay on my pants and that all the objects in my room were suddenly colorful and changed.
Also in the mirror was a different picture of me. Due to the Lisdexamfetamin I had a very good "tunnel concentration". This allowed me to focus very much on my reflection. It was similar to a mix of LSD and shrooms. I felt pretty ugly and thought I had extremely yellow teeth, which I already knew from LSD, but my face also changed and became a mythical creature, which I already knew from shrooms.
This more intense effect lasted for about 30min. As she faded away, I smoked more cannabis again because I wanted to get the effect back. Unfortunately, that did not work. I only felt the high and a light effect of Lisdexamfetamin.
Over the next 2 hours, I felt extreme relaxation and tiredness. Obviously, because I had not slept for 2 days, did not eat the whole day and barely drank. (Taking such a drug combination in such a condition is very negligent, I know.) But I also felt very satisfied and balanced. It was the perfect moment for me to go to bed and sleep.

All in all, I have to say that this was the most intense psychedelic experience I've ever had. At least visually. Physically, I only felt the relaxation and now and then a light kick of Elvanse. To briefly describe the effect with better known substances:
Mentally: slight effect of cannabis / high / otherwise normal condition
Physically: relaxed / like the end of an XTC trip / or a small dose of codeine / or the end of mushrooms + caffeine
Visually: a mix of LSD and shrooms / the feel and color scheme of the visuals are more like mushrooms, but the feel and the form and nature of the visuals are more technical and like LSD German Gestern habe ich zum ersten mal in meinem Leben Lisdexamfetamin genommen. Ein Freund von mir hat ADHS und hat mir eine seiner Tabletten gegeben. Ich wusste zu dem Zeitpunkt noch gar nicht, dass diese Tablette kein normales Ritalin war. Es war "Elvanse 50mg". Die Tablette sollte mir anfangs nur zu mehr Konzentration in der Uni helfen. Ich hatte nicht geschlafen und musste fokusiert bleiben. Also habe ich die Elvanse geschluckt. Um 9 Uhr Morgens. Der Effekt war, wie bei einer gesunden Person, die Ritalin nimmt, ganz normal. Ich war wacher, hatte weder Hunger noch Durst und konnte mich besser konzentrieren. So weit war die Wirkung normal. Ich habe meinen Tag in der Uni ganz normal mit dem Lisdexamfetamin überstanden, obwohl ich überrascht von der starken wirkung war. 50mg des Wirkstoffes ist für einen gesunden Menschen schon ziemlich viel! Es fühlte sich körperlich sehr entspannend an, obwohl ich trotzdem sehr viel Energie verspürte und sehr klar im Kopf war. Ich würde die Einzelwirkung von Elvanse auf mich wie das abklingen eines XTC Trips, nur mit klarem Kopf und mehr Energie beschreiben. So hat es sich für mich angefühlt. Als ich um 3 am Nachmittag nach Hause kam hatte ich das Gefühl das Lisdexamfetamin wirkt nur noch stärker als am Anfang. Die Wirkung schien stärker zu werden, je ruhiger ich wurde. Ich saß bei mir auf der Couch und fühlte mich, als würde ich darin versinken. Es war sehr entspannend. Mein Freund meinte, bei ihm halten die Elvanse 50mg ca. 12 Stunden. Ich rechnete mir aus, dass ich noch locker über 6 Stunden auf dieser Droge hatte. Also beschloss ich ein wenig zu experimentieren. Ich wollte wissen wie gut ich mir etwas merken könnte, wie schnell ich lesen könnte und wie gut das meditieren ist, wenn man sich voll darauf konzentrieren kann. Nachdem ich all meine "Experimente" abgeschlossen hatte und mir wieder langweilig war, wollte ich wissen wie es sich anfühlt auf Lisdexamfetamin zu kiffen. Was ich erwartete war ein normales Cannabis high mit erhöhter Konzentration. Eben das was man sich von diesen beiden Substanzen vorstellen würde. Also habe ich etwas geraucht und mich wieder auf die Couch gesetzt. (Eine genaue Menge kann ich nicht nennen. Aber es war weniger als ich normalerweise rauche.) Für die ersten Minuten schien auch noch alles ganz normal zu sein, aber ich bemerkte, dass mir meine Musik intensiver vorkommt und mir die Beats regelrecht Freude bereiteten. Langsam bemerkte ich auch, dass mein Boden leicht anfing sich zu bewegen. Aber nur wenn ich mich direkt darauf konzentrierte. Diesen Effekt kannte ich schon von LSD, Shrooms oder wenn ich mal zu viel Cannabis geraucht hab. Sehr überrascht war ich also noch nicht. Ich habe nebenbei immer mal wieder auf mein Telefon geschaut, weil ich einem Freund von meiner Erfahrung mit Lisdexamfetamin berichtete. Immer während ich auf mein Handy geschaut habe, habe ich ein leichtes Flackern in meinem Blickfeld wahrgenommen. Die Farben auf meinem Telefon intensivierten sich ebenfalls. Nach ein paar Minuten habe ich mein Telefon beiseite gelegt und mich auf die Musik und den Raum um mich herum konzentriert. Das war der Moment an dem ich bemerkte, dass die Wirkung von Lisdexamfetamin und Cannabis anders als erwartet ist. Gegenstände bewegten sich und morphten, ähnlich wie bei LSD oder Pilzen. Mein Boden floss wie ein Fluss aus Holz und in der dunklen Ecke meines Raumes sah ich ein grisseln aus gelb-weißen Punkten. Je länger ich da saß, desto intensiver wurde alles. An meiner Wand sah ich irgendwann Bilder. Es sah aus als hätte jemand einen Beamer an meine Wand geworfen und kurze Videos abgespielt. Ich schaute wieder auf mein Telefon und war überrascht wie krass es aussah. Es wirkte als hätte jemand den Kontrast, die Sättigung und die Schärfe hochgestellt. Als ich von meinem Telefon wieder in den Raum und auf meine Hände sah, sah ich wie sie immer älter wurden. Diesen Effekt kannte ich auch schon von LSD. Alles in allem wirkte die gesamte Erfahrung bis zu diesem Punkt wie ein LSD Trip. Zumindest vom visuellen. Körperlich jedoch, fühlte ich mich top fit. Es fühlte sich aber trotzdem alles sehr entspannt an. Eine ähnliche Entspannung hatte ich auch schon auf XTC oder Codein. Auch im Kopf war ich total klar. Ich merkte zwar das Cannabis, aber meine Gedanken und meine Handlungsfähigkeit war extrem klar. So klar wie am Anfang als ich nur Lisdexamfetamin im Blut hatte. Ich konzentrierte mich ca. 30-45min auf die Visiuellen Effekte. Dabei merkte ich zwar, dass mir alles intensiver vorkam, aber ich war nicht so fasziniert wie man es auf Shrooms oder LSD wäre. Mental fühlte ich mich komplett nüchtern aber körperlich und in meiner Wahrnehmung fühlte ich die Substanzen. Also genoss ich einfach die Wirkung. Nach ca. 45 min fing ich wieder an mich zu langweilen. Trotz der ganzen tollen Effekte war ich ja immer noch klar im Kopf und nicht wie auf Psychedelika von allem begeistert. Meine Stimmung war aber dennoch sehr positiv. Gerade als ich mich fragte, wie lange die Wirkung anhalten würde, fing meine gesamte Sicht an zu flimmern. Es sah aus als würde ein alter Röhrenfernseher flimmern. Zudem verloren immer mehr Objekte den Psychedelischen Effekt der sich zuvor auf sie gelegt hatte. Das wäre vergleichbar mit einem Videospiel, das die Texturen oder die Grafik neu lädt. Meine Wand hatte auf einmal kein Bild mehr, mein Boden floss nicht mehr etc. Dieses flimmern kam in mehreren Wellen bis alle visuellen Effekte nach 2min komplett weg waren. Ich war schon ein wenig traurig weil ich dachte der Trip wäre so schnell schon wieder vorbei. Aber genau in diesem Moment gab es wie eine Explosion in meinem Sichtfeld. Es war als hätte jemand in meinem Kopf den Trip ausgestellt und auf einmal wieder an gemacht (wenn das überhaupt Sinn macht). Überall waren auf einem mal sehr helle Farben, die sich auf alles legten. Die optics wirkten sehr kantig und hell. Auch waren die Farben dieser extrem intensiv. Ein weiterer komischer Effekt war, dass diese visuals sich perfekt in meine Sicht integrierten. Es war als wären sie fester Bestandteil von mir, denn sie wurden unschärfer wenn ich meine Brille abnahm und wieder scharf wenn ich sie wieder aufsetzte. Neue Effekte waren nun auch Lichtblitze die immer mal wieder durch meine Sicht schossen, weiße und helle Streifen die sich auf meine Hose legten und dass alle Objekte in meinem Zimmer auf einem mal bunt und verändert waren. Auch im Spiegel war ein verändertes Bild von mir. Durch das Lisdexamfetamin hatte ich eine sehr gute "Tunnelkonzentration". Dadurch konnte ich mich sehr stark auf meine Spiegelung konzentrieren. Es wirkte ähnlich wie ein Mix aus LSD und Shrooms. Ich fühlte mich ziemlich hässlich und dachte ich habe extrem gelbe Zähne, was ich schon von LSD kannte, aber mein Gesicht veränderte sich auch und wurde zu einem Fabelwesen, was ich bereits von Shrooms kannte. Diese intensivere Wirkung hielt nochmal für ca. 30min an. Als sie abkling rauchte ich nochmal deutlich mehr Cannabis, weil ich die Wirkung zurück holen wollte. Leider hat das nicht geklappt. Ich fühlte nur noch das High und eine leichte Wirkung des Lisdexamfetamin. Über die nächsten 2 Stunden machte sich eine extreme Entspannung und Müdigkeit in mir bemerkbar. Offensichtlich, denn ich hatte 2 Tage nicht geschlafen, den gesamten Tag nichts gegessen und kaum getrunken. (In so einer Kondition so eine Drogenkombination zu nehmen ist sehr fahrlässig, ich weiß.) Aber ich fühlte mich auch sehr zufrieden und ausgeglichen. Es war für mich der perfekte Moment ins Bett zu gehen und zu schlafen. Alles in allem muss ich sagen, dass die intensivste Psychedelische Erfahrung war, die ich je gemacht habe. Zumindest Visuell. Körperlich spürte ich nur die Entspannung und ab und an einen leichten kick des Elvanse. Um euch ein wenig die Wirkung mit bekannteren Substanzen zu beschreiben: Mental: leichte Wirkung des Cannabis / high / ansonsten normaler Zustand Körperlich: entspannt / wie ein abklingender XTC Trip / oder eine kleine Dosis Codein / oder abklingende Pilze + Koffein Visuell: ein Mix aus LSD und Shrooms / vom Gefühl und Farbschema der Visuals her eher wie Pilze, aber vom Gefühl und der Form und Art der Visuals eher technischer und wie LSD
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2019.08.28 20:47 Silver_Falcon Desert Driver

Let's see if it works this time. Attempt #3 to get this past the spam filter (thanks for naming 3 whole sets basically the same thing, DICE). Sorry that this wasn't uploaded yesterday, but I'm pretty sure that the spam filter kept flagging it.
In 1940 General Archibald Wavell, commander of British Middle East Command, was approached by Major Ralph Bagnold. Bagnold, who had been fascinated with and learned everything he could about cars before the war, had a bold idea. He and a number of volunteers would train themselves in the art of desert navigation and vehicle husbandry and use these skills to drive out deep into the desert, behind enemy lines. There, they would be able to lay mines where their enemy least expected it, conduct covert reconnaissance, and even participate in attacks on their enemy’s unprotected rear. Wavell, who was perhaps the foremost expert in desert warfare in the entire British Armed Forces, saw the good that such a unit could do and, on July 3, 1940, Bagnold was given his unit. They would at first be called the Long Range Patrol, but history remembers them by their later name, the Long Range Desert Group or LRDG. Today, we’ll be looking at this unit for inspiration as we try to create a “Desert Driver” set that might’ve actually made the Deluxe Edition preorder worth it.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, we must first examine this set as it appears in-game. Luckily, this won’t take long as this set is just a reskinned version of The Weatherman, which this series has already covered (link at the end). The only notable changes are that the head slot now consists of a pair of RAF Mk II Flight Goggles, and the US M65 Jacket and Modern BDU Trousers have retextured with an, admittedly not terrible, British Brushstroke pattern. It’s actually because of this accurate pattern that I feel comfortable recommending the top of this set to anyone trying to go for a British Paratrooper look, at least until we get an actual Denison Smock. The rest of it is pretty meh though.
Now that the boring bit is done, we can get right into the meat of this episode. Major Bagnold wanted men who were independent, tough, and comfortable working in lonely, hazardous, conditions. Because of this, he would first look for recruits from Australian divisions but, when they turned him away, he would look to the 2nd New Zealand Division. When over half of the division volunteered however, it quickly became apparent to Bagnold that what he saw as a gruelling, dangerous, and lonely job sounded to many young men an awful lot like an exciting adventure. With this in mind, Bagnold would be forced to vet any volunteers for his unit personally. Eventually, 3 patrols and a headquarters unit, comprising a total of nearly 90 men, would be raised. Two of these patrols, dubbed ‘W’ and ‘T’ Patrol, would be combat/reconnaissance units while the third, ‘R’ Patrol, was intended as a support/logistics unit. At this point, the patrols’ primary vehicles would be heavily modified Chevrolet 30 CWT Wide-Body Trucks. Like with the SAS’ jeeps from last week, anything that added unnecessary weight was removed from these vehicles and other equipment to help them survive in the harsh desert environment, such as leaf springs, an upgraded radiator, and sand tyres, were added. Weapons, primarily Lewis Guns, Boys AT Rifles, and even a Bofors 37mm AT Gun were also attached to these vehicles to help protect them from enemy forces. It was with this equipment that the Long Range Patrol Group (LRP) would conduct their first operations during the Italian Invasion of Egypt.
The North African Campaign began with a series of small skirmishes on the Egyptian-Libyan border in 1940. Neither side had the strength needed to launch a full offensive, but with the rich oil fields of North Africa and strategic Suez Canal at stake, it was clear that North Africa would be the next great front. Both sides began a buildup of troops in mid 1940 but, as the British were forced to sail all the way around Africa to land troops in Egypt, the Italians were the first to reach operational strength. Knowing that they couldn’t beat the Allies in a fair fight, the Italians had to seize the initiative. In Mid-September, 1940, the Italian army marched into Egypt, originally planning to push all the way to the Suez canal and force Britain out of the Mediterranean. However, since the Egyptian and Libyan road networks were not connected, Italian logistics struggled and they were forced to stop their advance at Sidi Barrani and wait for their engineers to construct the Via Della Vittoria (“Victory Road”), linking them.
In this time the LRP went on their first mission. Heading out into Kufra Province, Italian Libya, W patrol would first scout out a number of Italian landing strips while ‘T’ Patrol headed south to check out Uweinat and ‘R’ patrol ran missions from Siwa to Big Cairn (literally a place where Bagnold stacked a bunch of rocks on top of eachother to mark a rally point) to keep the other two supplied. These isolated “airfields” were really just long flat strips of land next to oil pumps in the middle of the desert, which Italian aircraft could quickly land at to refuel and restock as needed. Since it was believed that their isolation and location in the middle of the desert would be enough to keep them safe, the Italians had left them totally unguarded. Observing this, ‘W’ Patrol would simply destroy the refueling and guidance stations to make the Italians’ jobs just that much harder. Swinging south, ‘W’ Patrol then encountered a pair of Italian trucks, which were taken by surprise and forced to surrender without a fight. The LRP would seize the trucks, as well as their fuel and a bag full of official Italian mail, leaving the Italians to figure things out for themselves. ‘T’ Patrol would find a similar situation at Uweinat, encountering no enemies, and all would return to Cairo in early October. After some much needed R&R and a visit from the British Secretary of State for War, the LRP would head back out once more before the month was over.
Having already established that the southern route through Kufra is sorely undermanned, they would exploit their enemy’s soft underbelly to raid the main Italian road West of Benghazi, laying mines and shooting at convoys. ‘T’ Patrol would capture the Italian fort at Aujila, where the garrison would end up fleeing after only a single burst of gunfire. When they returned to Cairo, the Patrols brought with them a single Libyan conscript whom they had captured. When interrogated, he would reveal just how effective the Long Range Patrols had been: Italian soldiers jumped at imagined patrols in the night. No trucks were allowed to drive through Kufra on their own, except in heavily armed convoys. The 2,900 men left to garrison the southern Libyan border with Egypt were upgraded to 5,500, pulling men away from the frontline in the north. Even Marshal Graziani, leader of Italian forces in Libya at this time, had begun to doubt his own intelligence on the strength of his British foes. For his great work, Major Bagnold became Lieutenant Colonel Bagnold and the LRP was allowed to expand to twice its former size.
Joining patrols ‘T,’ ‘W,’ and ‘R’ were ‘S,’ and ‘Y’ patrols, which drew largely from English and Scottish regiments. The new, expanded, unit was renamed to the Long Range Desert Patrol Group, however for whatever reason the “patrol” part of their name was soon dropped, giving us the LRDG that we now know. Below the truck named “Rotowaro” can be seen with its crew. This vehicle was a part of ‘R’ patrol and was crewed by Kiwis. The men seem to all be equipped with Battledress uniforms, although the man in the middle seems to have gone for a more casual pair of slacks with a button-up shirt (his blouse can be seen hanging from the side of the truck, alongside a pair of brodies). While these may be Khaki Drill KD Trousers and an Aertex Desert Shirt, it’s hard to tell with how far from the camera he is and, this early in the war, it’s possible he may not have even been issued such kit. Their headgear seems to consist of Commando-Style Stocking Caps and a Slouch Hat. Of note: the man wearing the slouch hat is not actually wearing the New Zealand style “Lemon Pincher” hat, but rather something like the more typical hat already shown.
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With Italian forces in disarray, poorly supplied, and shooting at ghosts, the British Operation to push them back onto their turf, Operation Compass, was off to great success. But the LRDG was not so lucky. The commander of the New Zealand troops Bagnold had originally pulled recruits from wanted his men back in preparation for this operation, and while Bagnold was able to convince the general to at least let him keep them until they were replaced, this was clearly only a temporary solution to a major problem. ‘W’ Patrol would be disbanded and the remaining men moved to ‘R’ and ‘T’ Patrols, while a new ‘G’ Patrol was raised to replace it. Much of December, 1940, would be spent shuffling men to and from the LRDG, until on December 27, ‘G’ and ‘T’ patrols would set out into the desert.
Their targets would be the fortress and airfield at Murzuq, deep within Italian territory. Their plan was to swing far south, through Chad (which had recently declared its support for the Free French Government), where they would be able to restock and refuel, before heading north alongside Free French forces to attack the fortress. While they approached the fortress, they came across an Italian cyclist stopping for a drink at a well, and, noticing that he had with him a bag of mail, took him, his bike, and his bag. Upon being spotted by the garrison itself, a group of Italians came out to greet them. Whether thinking it was a trap or expecting them to scatter, the Allies promptly sent them fleeing when their machineguns opened fire. Now fully besieging the fortress, ‘G’ Patrol was left to keep the garrison busy while ‘T’ Patrol and the French circled around to attack the airfield. Several bombers were destroyed and the hangar set fire before ‘T’ Patrol circled back around to flank the Fortress, only to come face to face with an Italian machinegun nest. In the ensuing exchange, the commander of the Free French forces was killed and his second in command wounded. Nevertheless, the French Captain was not about to let something as minor as a bullet wound keep him out of the fight and so, cauterizing the wound with his cigarette, he kept his men up long enough for the Italians to run out of ammo and surrender. Meanwhile at the fort, ‘G’ Patrol kept the garrison pinned under heavy mortar and machinegun fire until at last, they surrendered. Upon raising both the British and French flags over the fort however, it soon became apparent to the Allies that they didn’t actually have the means to take all of the garrison prisoner. And so, much to the dismay of their French attache, they settled for imprisoning the two highest ranking Italians and leaving the rest to figure out what to do with the fortress themselves. On the way back, the LRDG would encounter a pair of policemen near Traghen and order them to go tell the fort there to surrender, or else, and when it did they would seize their weapons and ammunition. They would attempt a similar strategy at Umm Al Aranib, but when the postman they had captured earlier was fired upon by the Italian guns they would decide to withdraw. Back in Chad, Bagnold met with the newly appointed head of French forces in Chad, Colonel Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque, to discuss a joint-attack on Kufra. The two came to a conclusion, and it was decided that ‘T’ Patrol would form the vanguard of a Free French attack on the city.
Disaster would strike as they made their way to the oasis at Kufra. An Italian fighter spotted the patrol on the desert floor and radioed their positions to the Compagnia Autosahariana di Cufra, an Italian unit very similar in function to the LRDG. In the ensuing battle, the Italian trucks, which were equipped with powerful 20mm autocannons, quickly established fire superiority. Right off the bat two out of the three trucks went down, and the last, commanded by the now esteemed Captain Clayton, made a break for the border. The Italians have another advantage though, and throughout the rest of the day Calyton’s truck was assaulted by Italian fighters until, finally, he was forced to capitulate. With a major officer of the LRDG captured though, the Italians became distracted and the surviving crew of one of the trucks, lead by New Zealander Ronald Moore, were able to make a gruelling escape back to Free French forces in Chad. The four men would walk 200 miles in ten days before reaching safety, all the while without food and only 2 gallons of water between them. One man would grow weak over the journey and die in the desert, where he remains buried to this day. Despite the loss of his vanguard and the enemy coming into possession of his plans though, Leclerc would capture Kufra on March 1, 1941, after a hard-fought siege. The LRDG would make this their new base of operations afterward, but there was a new challenger on the horizon…
Below, a pair of trucks and several men from ‘R’ Patrol can be seen outside of the fortress at Kufra. Their outfits seem quite varied, but there are some general trends. The heavy, scratchy, wool Battledress uniform, ill-suited for desert warfare as it is, has been abandoned in favor of much more comfortable Aertex Desert Shirts and Pattern 1941 KD Shorts among the enlisted men. Headgear varies from man to man, with Brodies, Garrison Caps, a Pith Helmet, Officer’s Peak Cap, and what I think might even be a French Foreign Legion Kepi making an appearance. The only major deviation from this trend that I can see, aside from the shirtless man standing on the second truck, is the man who I presume to be the officer. In addition to his aforementioned Peak Cap, the officer also wears a KD Bush Jacket and Battledress Trousers. A handful of men also look to be wearing Mk I Dispatch Rider Goggles, a necessity because of the removal of their windscreens.
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While the Free French worked to take Kufra and the LRDG licked their wounds, Rommel arrived in Libya with the Arika Korps. This would mark a turning point in the North African Campaign, as the renowned German General quickly set about reorganizing the Italian forces into something resembling an actual, competent, fighting force. At the same time, a pro-axis coup in Iraq and the invasion of Greece prompted a major reshuffling of British Forces in the Middle East and North Africa, leaving the North African frontlines undermanned and weak. Rommel could not have imagined a more perfect scenario if he tried. Despite being ordered to simply hold the line, Rommel could not let a golden opportunity as this go to waste, and in only a couple of months he had successfully pushed the frontline back into Egypt, trapped a sizable chunk of the British North African forces in Tobruk, and once more gave the British War Office the scare of their lives (the first time being Rommel’s blitz on France). While the LRDG had managed to hold onto their bases at Kufra and Siwa, In the summer of 1941 they would undergo great restructuring. Perhaps inspired by the Saharianas, a pair of Waco Biplanes were acquired by the LRDG and these would form the LRDG Air Link, which would serve as aerial reconnaissance, emergency medevac, and pull long-range flights from Siwa and Kufra to Cairo. This small attachment would be led by Major Guy Lenox Pendergast, who would soon assume command of the entire LRDG when Bagnold was appointed to the British General Staff in Cairo. Additionally, the six patrols would be reorganized into two squadrons of three patrols each, with A Squadron including ‘S,’ ‘T,’ and ‘R’ Patrols and B Squadron including ‘G,’ ‘H,’ and ‘Y’ patrols. All patrols would be fully reorganized for Combat/Reconnaissance, with the Signals, Light Repair, and Heavy sections taking over communication, repair, and logistics, respectively. Finally, the LRDG’s Headquarters would move from Kufra to Siwa, since the latter was better protected and closer to the relevant combat areas.
The LRDG was also in the market for new equipment. Their old Chevys had been worn ragged by over a year of hard work in the desert, and constantly repairing them was beginning to become more trouble than it was worth. They would be replaced with 4-Wheel Drive Ford trucks, however the LRDG found these quite troublesome. While the 4-wheel drive made them more maneuverable, this came at the cost of consuming more fuel, greatly reducing the range of their patrols. They were also much heavier than their old Chevys, which made them prone to getting stuck in the sand, and thus many more pieces had to be removed. This would include the bonnet, which had the unfortunate consequence of blasting the driver with hot air. New weaponry included many repurposed RAF machineguns, including Vickers .50 Cals, Vicker Ks, and Browning .303 Mk IIs. Below one of these new Ford trucks can be seen stuck in the sand. The crew digging it out are wearing a mixture of various KD uniform pieces, including an Aertex Shirt, P41 Shorts, and what look to maybe be a pair of KD Battledress Trousers. Last but not least, the man at the back of the truck is wearing what would become the iconic LRDG headgear, the Shemagh.
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With British Middle East Command being reshuffled and reorganized following Wavell’s disastrous Operation Battleaxe, the newly appointed General Claude Auchinleck began to draw up plans for a new offensive to push the Axis back into Libya. Operation Crusader was to be a much needed victory for the British forces, however there were many smaller special operations run alongside it. The LRDG would play a role in all of these, be it spotting a German Safehouse believed to be used by Rommel for Operation Flipper or ferrying the prototypical SAS, L-Detachment to and from airfields, the LRDG would maintain a constant presence throughout the Axis’ rear-lines, and play a major role in North African in the first half of 1942. While they would participate in many airfield raids both with and without the SAS during this period, their most influential operations are now known as Road Watch.
While perhaps not the most interesting job they did throughout the war, there is just no way to undercut the importance of the road watch. The Libyan coastal highway was the only road in Axis North Africa capable of supporting large troop movements, and thus, if the British could just get eyes on it, they would be able to calculate the strength of German Forces on the frontline with almost perfect accuracy. The LRDG was the perfect unit for the job, and in late 1941 through to the spring of 1942, no less than three patrols would be a part of road watch operations at a time. One patrol would be in the field themselves, watching the road, another would be on return to base, and the third would be moving up to relieve the men currently on watch. From camouflaged positions on a ridgeline between Ras Lanuf and Al Agheila, the LRDG would watch the movements of Axis forces during the day and creep up next to the road at night to judge the identity of enemy vehicles based on sounds. Their trucks would be left some two miles away from their positions and camouflaged using local plants, netting, and even by partially burying them in the sand. Meanwhile, patrols not involved in Road Watch would act upon intelligence their comrades were gathering to lay minefields and attack soft targets as they passed into the stretch of road between Al Agheila and Benghazi. The actions of Road Watch and the LRDG’s raids would severely impact Rommel’s logistics and strategy, and he would be remembered as praising the LRDG as the finest unit of their size that the British had thrown at him for their ability to cause him such a headache. It is likely because of them that he was not able to launch his spring offensive in March or April, when the British Lines were still weary and not properly dug-in. Because of this, the British would be able to reinforce the 8th Army (which the LRDG was now under the command of) with new lend-lease equipment from the US, including Jeeps and the M3 Lee medium tank (which wasn’t a good tank, but it was better than what the British had). Despite this though, Rommel had a trick up his sleeve. While I had mistakenly put the credit for Rommel’s breakthrough on the Tiger tank, during my research for this episode I discovered that Tigers didn’t make it to North Africa until December 1942. Rather, Rommel was able to breakthrough in the Battle of Gazala, take Tobruk, and push the British all the way to El Alamein because he had come into possession of detailed reports on the strength, location, and morale of his enemy after the US Ambassador to Cairo accidentally let them slip. Below, a pair of patrolmen engaged in Road watch activities can be seen. The men are wearing Wool Beanies (official designation was apparently Beanie, No. 212), which were nicknamed “Woollies” or “Comfort Hats” by the fighting men. These hats were issued to many British forces as a comfortable, casual, piece of headwear for soldiers to wear during their downtime, but the LRDG and other special forces saw its use as a piece of tactical clothing. Their coats are Tropical Kapok Coats, which came to be widely associated with the LRDG who used them to keep warm in the cold desert nights.
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The LRDG’s next Operation would be as part of Operation Agreement. While the core part of this operation was an assault on Tobruk from the sea conducted by British Commandos, the LRDG, SAS, and Sudan Defense Force (many of whom had fought as part of Gideon Force, see The Patriot [link at the end] to learn more) would conduct diversionary actions. While the SAS were halted on the main road to Benghazi, the SDF failed to take Jalo Oasis, and the Commandos were slaughtered at sea, the LRDG would launch a successful raid on Barce, today Al Marj, and guide the other forces to their objectives.
Barce was a major Italian administrative center on the road from Benghazi to Tobruk as well as the site of an airfield from which planes might be scrambled to attack the Commandos. Because of this, the primary objective of the raid was the destruction of enemy planes and the airfield, with the Italian barracks being marked as a secondary objective. G1 and T1 Patrols would form the armed LRDG core of the attack, with support from the Heavy section which provided oil and water at stopping points along the path to Barce. Accompanying them would be Vladimir “Popski” Peniakoff and a pair of Senussi Tribesmen from the Libyan Arab Force he had recruited as “spies,” all of whom were experts at demolition. Additionally, new equipment in the form of Chevrolet 1533 X2 30 cwt Trucks.jpg), built specifically to the LRDG’s specifications, American-made Jeeps and .50 cals, and captured Breda 20mm autocannons meant that the LRDG that Attacked Barce on the night of September 13, 1942, was the best equipped LRDG that had ever been.
Setting up camp on a small wooded hill 24 Km South of Barce, the LRDG spent much of the day preparing and being given last-minute briefings just to make sure that everyone was on the same page. Despite being spotted by an Italian bomber on return to base and the pilot passing this information up the chain of command, the LRDG still caught the Italians by surprise that night. At dusk they moved out and began cutting Italian telephone lines, isolating them. An Italian policeman would attempt to hold them up at a checkpoint, but would be taken prisoner. When an NCO came outside to check on the commotion he was shot and the building he came out of was filled with live grenades. During this exchange though, T1’s autocannon truck collided with their Wireless truck, wrecking its radiator. Despite this massive loss of firepower though, the LRDG pressed on into the night. The radio truck was still intact, though damaged, and so it was sent to a position 12 Km to the south South to serve as a rendezvous point for the rest of the patrols. Upon reaching the main road into Barce, the convoy flipped all of their headlights on, pretending to be an Axis convoy. This ruse worked, and when they passed through a checkpoint manned by a pair of Italian tankettes they were able to attack them from close range with their .50 cals. Popski and his men were left at a junction just after this checkpoint on the outskirts of Barce to cover the LRDG’s retreat. In the town T1 Patrol encountered an Italian Motorized unit who, mistaking them for their own, exchanged nothing more than friendly greetings. Upon reaching the airfield itself, they encountered two sentries who were quickly gunned down. Finding the gate unlocked, the British soldiers threw it open and drove onto the airfield itself. Within minutes fuel trucks, planes, and buildings were shot, exploded, or set on fire as the LRDG raided totally unopposed. They would later find out that the Italians had sent their ground forces to the South of the airfield, expecting an attack on foot rather than from the main road, and that the Italians had been so sure of this that they’d left the airfield itself almost totally undefended. The few men that were there to resist the British were noted as being panicked and unable to hit the LRDG’s vehicles, which were too fast for their enemies to attack. While the attack on the airfield itself was a great success, the withdrawal saw the LRDG fleeing across the desert under near constant enemy attack. In the ensuing chase, the British would lose 10 trucks, 4 jeeps, and 18 men to their enemies and the environment itself, with the survivors gradually trickling into Allied territory or being picked up by other LRDG patrols over the next few days. While costly, the raid stood out among the other parts of Operation Agreement, and several of the men who had taken part were awarded Distinguished Service Orders, a Military Cross, and a handful of Military Medals. Below, a member of T1 Patrol can be seen standing by his truck. He wears the Aertex shirt and KD shorts with shemagh that became the iconic look for the LRDG, overall a pretty typical loadout. Of interest though, he is also wearing Northwest Frontier Chaplis Sandals (possibly with socks, though likely not) and what is either a watch or a wrist compass.
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Following Operation Caravan, the LRDG would undertake a number of smaller missions, but the last one in which they were really a “Long Range Desert Group” was during the Mareth Offensive in Tunisia, where they guided men of the 2nd New Zealand Division in a flanking attack on the Axis’ Mareth Line. The following month, they would be sent to Lebanon for a crash course in Mountain Warfare. They would undertake various operations everywhere from the Aegean Sea to Italy and even underwent a number of clandestine operations in the Balkan Peninsula. When the European Theatre came to a close, the LRDG would request to be redeployed to India, but with the end so near the War Office saw it as a waste of resources. The LRDG would be disbanded only months later, but unlike the SAS or SBS the LRDG would not be revived later on. On this somber note, we have reached the end of this story, and also of today’s history lesson.
It is now time for us to once more create a “Desert Driver” that is both historically authentic as well as cool enough to make the deluxe edition pre-order maybe, just maybe, worth it. Starting with the head, it is time to go for what I think many people expected when I covered the SAS last week. An off-white Shemagh with a black agal and LRDG badge should be all that is needed for this set, although if beards are possible as face customization, then absolutely a scruffy LRDG/SAS style beard should be added for male characters. For the torso, a KD Smock should form the base layer, with a minimalistic set of Officer Order P37 Webbing (this exact layout, actually) used to support a Vickers-K Ammo Harness. A simple pair of Binoculars, hung from the neck, could be added to fill out the chest and a Lee Enfield Sword Bayonet should be hung from the belt. Finally, the legs should simply be Pattern 1941 KD Shorts worn with Frontier Chaplis Sandals and long wool socks.
This concludes today’s Tommy Tuesday, and sorry for the later upload. Tomorrow’s Wehrmacht Wednesday will likely be a similar story, and I’m sorry to say that it’s also going to be a bit of a short one. Nevertheless, I look forward to hearing from you all then, when we’ll be going over the Jagdflieger set to create something actually befitting the name. Next week we’ll be going over the Phantom Major and Luftlandetruppen, so look forward to that! Until then, be sure to voice any comments, criticisms or concerns below, or if you just want to say hi, that's okay too. See you all with Jagdflieger later today!
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2019.08.20 17:37 Silver_Falcon Tommy Tuesdays - Desert Medic

The Desert Medic set is one of three “British” deluxe edition bonuses with the word “desert” in its name. Why DICE is so fascinated with sand, I do not know, but what I do know is that if I were to make a “Desert Medic” for the British Faction it would 1. Look a lot like my Patriot redesign and 2. Be really underwhelming. So instead, today I will be going over the SAS and retroactively renaming this set to the “SAS Medic.” However, since I do kind of like the desert theme, and also since the SAS did a LOT over the course of WW2, today we will be focusing on their early operations in North Africa and how they came to be, possibly, the greatest special forces unit in the entire world. It’s a wild story.
But first, let’s have a look at the Desert Medic. Essentially, this set is just a reskinned version of The Patriot, which I have already done a breakdown on (link at the end). There are a handful of changes, namely in the head slot. A Scrimmed-up Brodie helmet with an American Paratrooper bandage pouch attached is worn, however the rest of the set has also had a variant of the British Brushstroke Pattern that isn’t actually too far from reality applied. The standard British Greatcoatwas never issued in this pattern though, and with the legs using German DAK Boots and Modern BDU pants, I simply cannot recommend this set to anyone trying to create an accurate outfit in-game.
The SAS was the brainchild of Sir David Sterling, a mountaineer, artist, and a member of the Scottish aristocracy. When the war broke out he would wind up joining the No. 8 (Guards) Commando and became infatuated with commando tactics. Sent to the Middle East under Layforce, he would quickly earn the respect of his peers and the disdain of his commanders in training. While a natural warrior, his great height, general laziness, and drunken tendencies made him a terrible soldier. Following a bad parachuting accident during training, he would miss out on much of Layforce’s misdeeds himself, being instead briefed on his comrades actions from a hospital bed in Cairo. With much time spent lying about doing nothing of importance, his mind would begin to wander. With thoughts of daring raids, jumping out of planes, and defeating the enemy occupying much of his time, he would soon come up with an excellent idea. His dream was to lead his own small band of elite parachute-trained soldiers who could be deployed deep behind enemy lines. Their mission would be the destruction of enemy aircraft, disruption of logistics, and covert reconnaissance. With the idea of commando tactics largely rejected by British High Command in North Africa however, Sterling’s ideas were unlikely to go anywhere.
That is, until nearly the entire British North African general staff was sacked in the aftermath of Operation Battleaxe. Intending to bring his ideas directly to the newly installed General Claude Auchinlek, a fellow Scottish aristocrat and old friend who was now the top man in all of North Africa, he would wind up breaking into the command building (while still on a pair of crutches, mind you) and, after being derailed by the guards, stumble into Major-General Neil Ritchie’s office. While not the audience he’d had in mind, he would nevertheless deliver his sales pitch then and there. Thinking it over a bit, Ritchie, would then take Sterling to Auchinlek, and at last his dream would see the light of day. Dubbed L-Detachment, Special Air Service, because of an already existing K-Detachment, Special Air Service, (which actually only existed on paper to screw with the Germans), Stirling would be forced to build his unit from the ground-up. Below is a picture of David Sterling in his signature Officer’s Peak Cap with a flaming excalibur badge.
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A handful of men who Stirling had gained the trust of would jump ship from the No. 8 (Guards) Commando following the disbandment of Layforce, and these would form the veteran wing of L-Detachment. Among these men was John Steel “Jock” Lewes (below), a veteran of the Twin Pimples Raid (which I went over in last week’s Tommy Tuesday). Stirling would go on the record as saying that, of all the initial men who made up the SAS, Lewes was the one man who actually made it work. It was only with Lewes’ help that Stirling was able to whip the rest of his men, many of whom were recruited from the dregs of British society, into what we now know the SAS to be. While Stirling was the dreamer and ideas man behind it all, Lewes brought in the experience and tactical know-how to see it all through. With the problem of manpower and training solved, Stirling now needed equipment for his men. Much to the dismay of anyone unfortunate enough to be stationed near the SAS headquarters in Kabrit Air Base, the misfits, thieves, and ne'er do wells that made up the early SAS would “acquire” much of their kit from the surrounding area. Within no time, the SAS’ headquarters was fully decked out with new tents, trucks, and amenities including a ping-pong table and piano. With just about everyone around them now royally pissed off at the SAS, Stirling knew that now was the time for his men to earn their keep.
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While the Middle East Commando was busy trying to kill Rommel’s shadow with Operation Flipper, the SAS would at the same time be going after the newly arrived BF 109F Fighters. Codenamed Operation Squatter, the plan was for them to parachute deep behind Axis lines in Libya and make their way to the airfields at Gazala and Tmimi, where their prey would be waiting for them. Unfortunately, if you remember how Flipper went wrong, you might be able to figure out how Squatter did as well. The very same storm that delayed and confused the Commandos as they hunted down Rommel would be raging at the same time that the fledgling SAS began their drop. Instead of doing the sensible thing and calling off the attack though, the absolute madlads would make a go for it anyways. Parachuting in the middle of a massive tropical storm however is a very bad idea and, aside from a number of men being horribly wounded, killed, or lost due to parachute malfunctions and rough landings, much of their equipment would also be lost. In particular, the explosives they had intended to destroy the planes with would be ruined by the downpour. One of the planes would suffer an equipment failure as well and be forced to touch down in the desert where Axis forces would take all of its passengers prisoner, the pilot having killed himself. No longer able to see their mission through to completion, the remaining men would begin making their way to their rendezvous point with the LRDG and withdrawing. When a head-count was done after they had all made it back home, it was realized that a total of twenty-two men, a third of the entire detachment, had been lost in this raid. With their targets still unknown to the Axis and the SAS unwilling to let a good plan go to waste, a second operation would be drawn up. The officers would take several things they had learned from Squatter into account in their new plan. Having observed the ease with which the LRDG was able to move through the Sahara on their Jeeps and Land Rovers, Stirling would see about arranging for them to taxi him and his men to and from their operations. Meanwhile, Lewes set about creating a new explosive device that was more resistant to water damage, could be easily carried by a paratrooper, and which would also be overall more effective at destroying enemy aircraft. This new device came to be known as the Lewes bomb and it would be used in airfield raids until the end of the war. Armed with new equipment and tactics, the SAS would set out into the desert, again targeting forward Axis airfields. This time, while not flawlessly executed, the ensuing raids would be far more successful. At one airfield, men of the SAS under the leadership of a frightful Irishman named “Paddy Mayne” would discover that the whole garrison, including pilots, were celebrating the birthday of one of their men in a barracks building. Having charged into the room, there was a brief period of awkward silence as the Luftwaffe and SAS took each other in. When the British finally found their nerve, the clacking of their Tommy Guns was the only sound in the entire base. With the defenders now eliminated and not a single British soldier even wounded, the planes were then utterly obliterated. Perhaps at the same airfield, Paddy Mane would, upon discovering that his men had run out of bombs, begin to rip a plane apart with his own two hands. As legend tells, he would find such enjoyment in this practice that, by the time the war was over, he had personally destroyed over a hundred aircraft all on his own. He would destroy well over twice as many planes as the top British fighter ace of the entire war. This operation would be the SAS’ first great success, having suffered no casualties, and earned their keep by crippling the Luftwaffe for some time. Throughout the rest of 1941 the SAS would keep the German air force so utterly distracted and hamper their logistics to such a degree that they are often credited as the sole reason the RAF was able to win back the skies in North Africa. However, on their way back home at the end of the month, tragedy would strike. While they had managed to complete several large raids without a single death, a luftwaffe wing had been sortied to scour the desert in search of the rogue British saboteurs. While most of the SAS would make it out safely, on December 30, 1941, Jock Lewes’ vehicle would be spotted among the dunes. In the ensuing strafing run he would be struck in the leg by one of the plane’s shells, and would bleed to death within the hour.
Following Jock Lewes’ death, Paddy Mayne would come to take his place as second in command of the SAS. Before the war, The Irishman had been a solicitor by trade but a professional boxer and rugby player by choice. In college he had also joined the rifle club for a time, during which he would be hailed as a marksman. Throughout his whole life he had gained a reputation as a rabble-rouser and came close to being arrested in all corners of the British Empire on several occasions. Whether through skill, wit, or maybe just the luck of the Irish, he would somehow manage to make it through everything the world tried to throw at him. In other words he was perfect SAS material and, after having been dismissed from the No. 11 (Scottish) Commando, he would quickly be offered to join. Below he is wearing an SAS Officer’s Peaked Cap alongside the sweater over desert shirt that became so popular among British officers in this theatre. While I am unsure of his pants, I do believe that they are officer’s Service Dress KD Trousers.
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In the aftermath of their first great successes, the SAS returned to their headquarters in Egypt as heroes. In their eyes though, there was still room for improvement. While the LRDG had been happy to taxi them across the Sahara up to this point, the Luftwaffe patrols that now roamed the skies were a very real and constant threat that could not be taken lightly. As such, it quickly became apparent that the SAS would have to manage their own transport going forward. So it came to be that the SAS would acquire a number of jeeps (now readily available thanks to the US entering the war) for themselves. To help defend against air attacks Vickers-K and Browning machine guns would be mounted anywhere that the soldiers could easily access them and a number of different paint jobs, including a seemingly unlikely pink colour, were used to blend in with the sandy environment. Further modifications to the Jeeps, such as adding additional storage space for fuel, food, and munitions and the removal of the front grill to assist in cooling the engines, were commonplace. As a general rule, if something wasn’t necessary and added weight, it would be removed so that the soldiers could carry just that much more equipment. An unforeseen consequence of this was that many men would come to remove the windscreen from their jeeps, necessitating the crew to all wear some manner of goggles instead. Oftentimes these were either looted DAK Dust goggles or, more commonly, RAF flight goggles. The Shemagh, a square of coarse fabric typically worn atop the head with a wooden ring, was likely also adopted for this reason, as it can quickly and easily be turned into a full-head wrap to keep sand from stinging one’s face. It was with this new look and loadout, seen below, that the SAS would enter their golden age. Stirling stands out front, dressed in his peaked cap and service dress trousers. While at a glance you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s wearing a standard greatcoat, he is actually wearing a Royal Navy Duffle Coat. The remaining men are clad in Bush jackets, RAF flight gloves, KD shorts, and likely flip-flops (yes, the SAS wore flip-flops while on patrol).
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Starting with the Bouerat Raid, in which important naval equipment was destroyed, the period spanning from December 1941 - September 1942 was marked by repeated successful raids by the SAS. The constant threat of phantom raiders sneaking into their bases in the middle of the night and killing everyone kept Axis commanders on their toes and the grunts paranoid at all times. The greatest of all their actions during this period would be the raid on the Sidi Haneish airfield in which Stirling himself lead a combined force of men from the SAS, which had taken on a number of Free French and Greek recruits, and LRDG. On the night of July 26th, the commandos stormed the airfields in their jeeps and, using a combination of machine guns, bombs, and ramming, would destroy somewhere around 40 aircraft before disappearing into the cool desert night. When the German defenders realized what was happening and attempted to organize a response, they would be met with overwhelming firepower from the over forty machine-guns the British had brought to the fight. Somehow though, the krauts would still manage to disable one of the jeeps. The gunner of this vehicle ordered his friends to fall back and hitch a ride with the other raiders while he stayed behind to cover them. As all stories like this go, he would be shot and killed for his heroism, but his friends would escape to fight another day. When at last it all came to a close, the raiders split up into smaller groups and scattered into the desert hoping to throw of the Luftwaffe’s trail. The group consisting largely of Frenchmen would be spotted however and engaged by a squadron of Stukas, which would disable two of their vehicles and kill another man. The French would be kept under withering fire until, finally, the German planes ran out of munitions and had to withdraw. The remaining men would then pile into their surviving vehicles and successfully escaped back to friendly lines. Other raids from this period include a quite humorous raid on Benghazi (I’ll let Lloyd handle that one though), a costly but successful series of raids on the Cretan airfields, and another joint SAS-LRDG raid on the Mersa-Matruh and Fuka airfields. The SAS would prove such a headache for the Nazis during this period that Rommel gave orders for the Luftwaffe to increase their desert patrols in the hopes of digging up anything and Hitler himself would decree that commandos should be spared no mercy, and refused to accept them as prisoners of war. When these orders proved futile, Stirling was given a nickname that would follow him for the rest of his career. He became the “Phantom Major,” going from a total unknown to the Axis Powers’ most wanted man in only a few months. While I believe the picture below goes way back, perhaps almost to the SAS’ founding, it gives a good idea of this unit’s spirit during this time. While all of the men wear some manner of Battledress, personal modifications such as scarves, stocking caps, shemaghs, fuzzy wool coats (is this a Jerb?), and anything else a soldier might find useful are all worn. Additionally, the tactical teacup (TT), a must-have for any self-respecting British soldier, at last makes an appearance in Tommy Tuesdays. How this series has managed to persist for so long without it remains a mystery, but now that it’s finally here we can at last rest easily for our saviour has arrived. Before I move on though, I would also like to point out the Garrison cap with SAS badge that the particularly warm man is wearing. While rare, my understanding is that nearly all early members of the SAS were issued these caps before their formal headgear was officially changed to the tan beret in 1942 (and later maroon beret in late 1944).
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The SAS’ Golden Age in North Africa would finally come to an end in September 1942. While Allied forces had successfully relieved the besieged city of Tobruk and marched on Libya in the aftermath of Operation Crusader, Rommel needed to pull a great victory out of his hat or else the North African campaign would be lost by the end of the year. With fresh reinforcements including the fearsome new Tiger tanks landing in Tripoli, Rommel would once more go on the offensive in the early summer of 1942. While the British had just barely managed to get their tanks and tactics almost on par with the Germans before, they simply didn’t have anything that could stand up to the Tiger, and would lose Tobruk, the Egyptian frontier, and almost even Alexandria, which could have cost them the whole campaign. In early September L-Detachment underwent drastic reorganization and became the 1st Special Air Service Regiment. It expanded to include four British Squadrons, a Free French Squadron, a Greek Squadron, and finally the old Layforce Folbot section, who had taken to calling themselves something silly like the “Special Boat Service.” Now larger and more professional than ever before, it seemed that the SAS could handle anything that came their way. As such, their next mission would be their largest yet. Operation Agreement was a plan to move the frontline back into Axis territory and draw enemy forces away from El Alamein, allowing the British 8th Army to make a breakthrough and march back into Libya. The plan had many moving parts and was split up into several sub-operations, however the one that we are interested in today is Operation Bigamy.
Sometimes called Operation Snowdrop, the plan was much like the SAS’ earlier raid on Benghazi. It was planned for Stirling and his men to infiltrate the port and destroy it, by any means necessary, which they took to mean something like “drive through the front door, blow shit up, chastise the Italians for letting us do it (again), leave, and have some tea.” Since this plan had worked out so well for them last time, it was decided to give that a go once more. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? Well, before the SAS had even set off it seemed like everyone around them had somehow come to know far more about this operation than they should. Perhaps they were just paranoid since it was admittedly a pretty stupid plan to begin with and their luck was bound to run out eventually, but everywhere they went people said things to them that just stuck out as odd. Bartenders would wink knowingly at them when they went out for the evening. Informants would tell them specifically that the places they wanted to go and attack were bad news. Children would sing songs about the barbed wire at Benghazi. At one point, things had gotten so bad that Stirling would attempt to change the plans with his commanders, only to be turned down on the grounds that it was nothing more than bad nerves and idle rumors. Yet still, when the SAS actually set out they would be stopped and engaged at a German checkpoint right in their path and forced to withdraw before they could even begin. While it seemed that their plans had indeed been leaked, without any idea how it had occurred the SAS continued on as normal, and would never have an incident quite like this again. Maybe, just maybe, it really had been paranoia and coincidence all along. Ironically though, it seems that the SAS’ luck hadn’t totally run out, and despite achieving none of their secondary goals, just the threat of their raid had been enough to make Rommel pull forces back from the frontlines, making Operation Bigamy a technical success. This would mark the beginning of a period of great change for the SAS though. A month later, the British would break through Rommel’s defenses in the Second Battle of El Alamein, and a month after that the Americans would land on the other side of the continent, trapping the Afrika Korps between them and marking the beginning of the end of the North African campaign. The SAS would begin looking north to the Mediterranean islands and Italy for their future operations, but that is a story for another time. Below, men of the Free French Squadron, 1st SAS Regiment can be seen from around this time period. For the most part, they seem to have worn Battledress fatigues and greatcoats, however I believe that their boots (which seem to generally be worn with short puttees) may be of a French design. Additionally, the white scarves characteristic of Free-French forces also make an appearance here. Last but not least, they sport a wide range of headgear. Shemagh headdresses, wool balaclavas with Luftwaffe flight goggles, and what I believe is a beret all make an appearance in the picture below.
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There is still one last story from the SAS’ time in North Africa, and that is the capture of David Stirling. While the exact details of this incident aren’t entirely known, what is known is that he was on a mission in Tunisia that suddenly went very awry. In the months following the confusing success of Operation Bigamy, Rommel must have made it his own personal goal to capture the Phantom Major before he was forced to pull out of Africa. In the final months of the North African Campaign he would train an elite hit-team to capture the one man who could keep him up at night, David Stirling, the commander of the SAS. In what could only have been a trap, these men would do just that in January 1943. At last Rommel would make his most feared enemy his prisoner, but not for long. The massive British officer proved quite slippery, and shortly after his capture he would escape only to be picked up by an Italian patrol who took great pride in their accomplishment before eventually he slipped from them and wound up back in German captivity. He would escape from axis confinement several more times throughout the course of his captivity, eventually being confined within the impenetrable walls of Colditz Castle in Saxony. While it had initially been believed that the SAS might disband without their fearless leader, instead just the opposite happened. While the SBS would wind up splitting off to become their own thing, Paddy Mayne would be the man to take the reigns of the 1st SAS Regiment and once more lead them to glory. Meanwhile, David Stirling’s brother, William Stirling, would found the 2nd SAS, and the Free-French Squadron would go on to birth the 3rd & 4th Free French SAS. In addition to these, the Belgian 5th SAS would also be formed. Contrary to what the Nazis had hoped for, removing the Phantom Major only lead to the birth of 6 new SAS-style units that would plague them for the rest of their existence. Below, a pair of men from these later days of the SAS in North Africa can be seen. They are sporting the iconic tan berets and appear to be officers by the way they’re dressed. Both look to be sporting Service Dress undergarments and trousers, and their outermost layers consist of a Royal Navy Dussel Coat (perhaps this is Stirling?) and Pattern 1941 Tropical Canvas Greatcoat. I believe that their shoes are Black Leather Ammo Boots, however they appear to be lacking the toe cap suggesting that they are either a Canadian model or something else that has been incorrectly colourized.
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With that final chapter of the early SAS closed, we can at last move on to creating our own Desert SAS Medic. For the headgear, I’d go with the iconic Tan Beret with Flaming Excalibur badge that was common among the SAS of this period, however since this is supposed to be a bit more of a tacticool set, I’d also have a tan shemagh tied around the soldier’s lower head, leaving only a narrow slot over the eyes exposed. For the torso, while I was tempted to go with some form of greatcoat, a Belted KD Bush Jacket with black crosses painted onto the sleeves (which should also be rolled) seems a more iconic look. The collar should be quite open, revealing the collar of an Aertex Desert Shirt, also worn with the top button undone. Filling the gap between the jacket’s collars should be a pair of RAF Mk II Flight Goggles, kept handy in case of sandstorms. Finally, the SAS tended to keep pretty high and dry with their webbing, and so a more minimalist approach here seems appropriate. A set of P37 webbing in Officer’s Order, but with the sidearm holster & pistol ammo pouch (but not the identical compass pouch on the other side) replaced with a standard utility pouch, and no backpack should be form the basics. A Fairbairn-Sykes Dagger & Sheathe attached to the belt, US Airborne First-Aid kit attached to the left shoulder strap, and a pair of RAF Leather Flying Gloves should be worn to complete the torso. Finally, for the legs slot I’ve decided to go for KD Battledress Trousers both because they’re unique and because I feel like I’ve been using a lot of shorts lately. For footwear, desert boots alone should do the trick, however short puttees may also look nice. Finally, a Webley Thigh Holster completes the set.
This concludes today’s Tommy Tuesday. I should have tomorrow’s Wehrmacht Wednesday covering the Sanitater set up in time, but expect it a little later in the day. I’m also sorry to say that it won’t quite be as long or detailed as these usually are, but I think it’ll nevertheless be an interesting episode. Next week I’ll be going over the Desert Driver and Jagdflieger sets, so keep an eye open for those. With that all said and done, have a nice day.
Hi there. If you just read all of this and aren’t sure what’s going on but want to learn more, this is part of a weekly series in which I breakdown various British uniforms used throughout WW2 in the hopes that it will raise awareness of just how varied British cosmetics could actually be and to (optimistically) get DICE to actually give the British faction real British Uniforms. This is because, despite the voices, flag, and vehicles of the current allied faction all being British, the actual cosmetic options available to this “British” faction are anything but. The British as they currently appear in game are just Americans with Brodie Helmets and London accents, and until DICE adds actual British cosmetics, that is all they can ever be. For people like me who were excited to see a modern battlefield take on WW2 and to be immersed in this setting in a way that only the Battlefield series allows, BFV has been a massive disappointment. This is only one small part of that problem, but it’s the one that I feel most qualified to talk about, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy this series and maybe even learn something from it as time goes on. If you would like to know more, previous Tommy Tuesdays can be found below.
Additionally, installments of the sporadic companion series "Wehrmacht Wednesday" can also be found below:
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2019.02.06 01:36 trollandface Hearts of Iron, Bonds of Blood

Though rich in copper, The island of Haracc is completely devoid of tin. While this was not a problem before when trade and raids brought tin to the Haracc, now that trade had all but broken down in the collapse, it the Haracc suffered an acute shortage of Bronze weapons and tools. Such a shortage quickly became a crisis, since it significantly reduced the economic output of Haracc, and also hampered the proud Haracc tradition of raiding. However, a solution would soon present itself.
During the war with the vile Lituuri, the Haracc found themselves faced with an enemy bearing a strange grey metal, unlike the bronze that they wielded. Though not as strong, the Lituuri were able to outfit their entire army with it. It was known as iron, and weapons captured from the enemy demonstrated that it would be of some use. More traveled Haracc would recognize the substance. It was similar to that employed by the people of Asegon in war and in peace. It too, would serve the Haracc well. Yet the question remained, did Haracc have any iron within its grounds?
Only one such place did. On the northwest tip of Haracc, the relatively unknown Warlord Daak, son of Daak quickly came into prominence as the sole supplier of iron. With this, great wealth and prestige began to come to his Nuraghe, Until he was a rival of some of the most powerful Haracc Warlords. To his fortune, he was able to secure an advantageous marriage with the Herro clan of Bactaracc, the most populous and wealth region on Haracc proper. Not only his, but the old head of the Herro clan only had daughters, and no way to carry on the line of Herro. The families would merge into a single bloodline, and in Haracc tradition, such ties are near unbreakable. According to legend, the son of Warlord Daak, Danko, presented his beautiful bride with a braided wedding band of pure gold, intricately woven by by the finest craftsmen in all the land. It is said with this act, the two fell madly in love with each other.
Together, the two clans militarily dominated the island of Haracc, Clan Herro providing the troops, and Clan Daak providing arms. They managed to one by one defeat the petty warlords of the island. Since they could not resist due to the shortage of Bronze, many fell, or willingly accepted to be placed under the protection of the rising clans. By the end of the conquest, the final warlord of Clan Herro died of old age, merging Clans Herro and Daak, and united the isle of Haracc under a single banner. Danko, son of Daak, assuming the lands formerly of Herro, upon ascension, gave a blood oath promising to guarantee the rights and freedoms of all Haracc. This too would become tradition among later warlords, making the ascension oath a mainstay of Haracc Proto-feudalism.
Another consequence of this consolidation and conquest was the wider adoption of Iron on the Haracc home islands, which would spread to other Haracc holdings.
One of Danko's first acts was to order the construction of many towers along the sea cliffs and coasts of Haracc, to act as sentries and early warning for enemy raids, invasions, or hostile fleets. The purpose of this was two-fold. First, to protect the Haracc from reprisals and attacks, but also ensure that any power that defiled the holy island of Haracc with their taint will be quickly reported and swept back into the clenching sea. These towers will be manned by warriors, and also skilled runners to act as messengers to quickly spread the news.
Location of European Iron deposits
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2018.12.29 22:44 FlyingArab r/Soccer 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group B Profile: Australia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan [2/6]

AUSTRALIA , via u/riskyrofl

About

Introduction

Australia as a nation is a young one, having only federated in 1901. For 60,000 years the continent was inhabited by Aboriginal Australians, who developed complex hunter-gatherer systems and a spiritual system revolving around a relationship with nature. It is estimated that there were 250 languages spoken in Australia at the time of European contact. Today Australia is a highly developed country of 24.6 million.
Australia’s Asian Cup history has been short but it has not been uneventful. Since joining the AFC in 2006 the Socceroos have been one of Asia’s strongest sides, earning themselves a place as equals to the likes of Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
2007 was valiant debut, even if it did end earlier than expected considering the strength of the side. A 3-1 loss to the surprise champions Iraq in Bangkok would see Australia finish second in group A, setting up another episode in the growing rivalry between Australia and Japan. 12 months after the iconic win in Kaiserslautern, the Socceroos and Samurai Blue met once again, this time in Hanoi, where neither side could be separated in this tight, thrilling match. Even after going down to 10-men Australia held on and in the end it came down to a shoot-out, one that Japan would win 4-3, advancing them to the semi-final where they would lose to Saudi Arabia. While a quarter final finish was a disappointment, Australia played good football and showed signs of what was to come.
In 2011 Australia confidently made their way through the tournament, with a quarter final win over reigning champions Iraq and then a 6-0 thrashing of Uzbekistan to book their place in the final, where they would once again meet Japan. From kick-off Australia was relentless, and dominated possession throughout the game, but a mix of waste chances, solid defending, and the heroics of keeper Eiji Kawashima stopped the Socceroos from taking the lead, while Japan could not capitalize on the chances they made in their numerous counter attacks. Once again Australia and Japan could not be separated in 90 minutes, but this time a single goal in extra time, a volley from Japanese substitute Tayanari Lee, in the 109th minute would settle things. Japan would go home with a record 4th title, while Australia would go home with nothing, having come so close to a first Asian title. It would be the last Asian Cup for Socceroos legends such as Harry Kewell, Lucas Neil and Mark Schwarzer, who became the most capped player for Australia with this match.
Contrasting the sadness of 2011, 2015 is one of the greatest achievements in Australian football. With the home advantage, Ange Postecoglou took charge and brought in a new generation to finally win the cup. After a disastrous World Cup campaign and a descent to 100 in the Fifa World Rankings confidence there was some doubt surrounding the Socceroos, which and was only worsened with a defeat to South Korea on the final matchday of the group stage. In the quarter finals a brace by Tim Cahill sent Australia to a second consecutive semi final, and a 2-0 win against the United Arab Emirates in Newcastle took the Socceroos back to the final, where they met South Korea for the second time in the tournament. Determined not to see a repeat of the first match, Australia took the lead with a goal from Massimo Luongo and up until injury time it looked like this would be what separated the teams as Australia held on. But once again it came to extra time, as a goal from Son-Heung Min in the 91st minute brought back old fears of Australia falling at the last hurdle. This time, however, it would not be the case. The relentless attack finally gave Australia it’s second goal, South Korea could not respond and for the first time, Australia were Asian Champions.

Manager and Squad

Manager: Graham Arnold (Australia)
Goalkeepers: Matthew Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) , Mitchell Langerak (Nagoya Grampus) , Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk)
Defenders: Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers) , Trent Sainsbury (PSV) , Mark Milligan (Hibernian) , Aziz Behich (PSV) , Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC) , Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade) , Matthew Jurman (Al-Ittihad) , Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg BK)
Midfielders: Massimo Luongo (Queen's Park Rangers) , Jackson Irvine (Hull City) , Tom Rogic (Celtic) , Mustafa Amini (AGF) , James Jeggo (Austria Wien)
Forwards: Mathew Leckie (Hertha BSC) , Robbie Kruse (VFL Bochum) , Jamie MacLaren (Hibernian) , Martin Boyle (Hibernian), Awer Mabil (F.C. Midtjylland) , Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds) , Chris Ikonomidis (Perth Glory)

POTENTIAL STARTING XI

Players to Watch

Matt Ryan: Winner of Keeper of the Tournament 4 years ago, Ryan has only improved since 2015. Carrying on from a strong 2017-18 season with Brighton, Ryan continues to impress with his shot-stopping abilities. As of writing, Ryan currently has the fourth most saves this season in the Premier League at 55 saves.
Martin Boyle: Despite never having stepped on Australian soil before, Boyle has been welcomed with open arms as he made his first appearances in the Gold and Green against South Korea and Lebanon, making 2 goals and an assist in the game against Lebanon. The quick and mobile Hibernian winger isn’t guaranteed to start, but the Asian Cup will be the perfect chance for Boyle to become a breakout star.
Massimo Luongo: A key player in Australia’s Asian cup victory and world cup qualification, it was quite the surprise to see the QPR midfielder not play a single second in Russia under Bert Van Marwijk. Now with Arnold in charge, Luongo will be keen to remind everyone why he was a regular starter under Postecoglou. Luongo’s creativity could be vital for the Socceroos, especially with Aaron Mooy now injured.

Points of Discussion

  • What can Arnold do in his short time as manager?
    Graham Arnold replaces Bert Van Marwijk following the Dutchman’s short-term stint that ended with an early exit from the World Cup. Previously manager during Australia’s first Asian Cup which ended with the disappointing quarter final exit, Arnold’s 11 years of experience since 2007 have hopefully given him some of the expertise and wisdom as a coach that he was missing. Having won 3 Premierships and 2 Championships, as well as breaking numerous records including the best winning and unbeaten percentages, Arnold has made a name for himself as one the most successful managers in A-League history during his time at Central Coast Mariners and Sydney F.C. Even with this experience the fact is that he has only been in charge for three matches, a 4-0 win away to Kuwait, a 1-1 draw with South Korea, and a 3-0 win over Lebanon, with another friendly to go before the match against Jordan. Has Arnold had the time to even figure out his team, let alone implement his game plan?
  • Who can solve Australia’s goal scoring woes?
    If you watched the Socceroos at the World Cup, or at any time in the last few years, you will know that that one of the key problems facing the team is just simply toothlessness in front of goal. The days of Kewell, Viduka, Aloisi, Bresciano, and now Cahill are over, and the fact is that even when dominating possession or creating far more chances than opponents Australia struggles to make the difference count. See for instance a World Cup qualifier in 2017 against Thailand where, despite taking a ridiculous 45 shots to Thailand’s 8, Australia only managed to clinch a 2-1 victory in the final minutes of the match. A defensively strong side like Iran would not give the Socceroos so many chances, Australia needs to make it count when it gets to the stronger sides in the latter rounds of the tournament. The likes of Leckie, Kruse and Juric, who have been Australia’s main men upfront in recent years are now in competition for the opportunity to start, as newcomers such as Boyle, Mabil, MacLaren and Nabbout look to make a name for themselves. New or old, someone needs to step up and start getting the ball in the net.
  • Important players out with injuries
    Disastrous news, with less than a month before the tournament begins it looks one of Australia’s most important players, Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy, will most likely miss the Asian Cup after damaging his knee ligament in a premier league match against Arsenal. Mooy joins Daniel Arzani, the young Australian talent who had showed promise at the World Cup after Arzani injured his ACL in his senior debut for Celtic. Fellow Celtic player Tom Rogic’s fitness is also in doubt with a knee injury. Matthew Leckie is also questionable after a recent hamstring injury. While Mooy’s absence will hurt the team’s chances, it also gives Arnold the chance to experiment with a names such as Mustafa Amini and Jackson Irvine in midfield.

SYRIA , via u/BuzzBuzz01

About

  • Nickname(s): The Qasioun Eagles
  • AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 6
  • Best Finish: Group Stage (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011)
  • FIFA Ranking: 74 (6th in Asia)
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Introduction

It's October of last year, in the dying embers against Australia, Omar Al-Somah steps up to a free kick from some distance. If he scores, he books the war-torn country a spot in the intercontinental playoffs against Honduras for the 2018 World Cup...... But it wasn't meant to be as Al-Somah's shot agonizingly hit the post.
Syria head into 2019 AFC Asian Cup after only what can be described as a tumultuous and tiresome 2018 World Cup cycle. Bouncing from Oman to Malaysia for a temporary home (some of which were just dreadful by the way) and unable to secure quality friendlies, Syria have genuinely made the best of the resources that they have. Over qualification they transitioned from a team of grafters and cliche hard workers who ground out results to now a side which also has a formidable attacking presence with Omar Al-Somah spearheading it all. Drawn into a group containing Asian giants Australia and their fellow Arab mates in Palestine and Jordan, Syria is expected to make progress on last year and made a solid run into the knockout stages of the tournament, which they haven’t done in their 6 appearances at the tournament.

Manager and Squad

Manager: Bernd Stange (Germany)
Goalkeepers: Ibrahim Alma (Al-Wahda), Ahmad Madania (Al-Jaish), Mahmoud Al-Youssef (Al-Jabalain),
Defenders: Ahmad Al Salih (Ahed), Jehad Al Baour (Al-Riffa), Hussein Jwayed (Al-Zawra'a), Zaher Midani (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Abdulmalek Al Anizan (Al-Jaish), Amro Jenyat (Al-Shabab), Omar Midani (Pyramids), Moayad Ajan (Al-Jazeera), Nadim Sabagh (Tishreen),
Midfielders: Ahmed Ashkar (Al-Jaish), Osama Omari (Qatar SC), Tamer Haj Mohamad (Ohod), Khaled Mobayed (Al-Wahda), Fahd Youssef (Al-Sailiya), Mohammed Osman (Heracles Almelo), Mahmoud Al-Mawas (Umm Salal SC), Youssef Kalfa (Al-Hazem),
Forwards: Omar Kharbin (Al-Hilal), Omar Al Somah (Al-Ahli), Mardik Mardikian (Al-Jazeera),

POTENTIAL STARTING XI

Players to Watch

Omar Al-Somah: Undoubtedly the star of the Syria national team and of the whole tournament. The indisputable best Asian player currently playing in Asia, Al-Somah who wasn't called back up to the national team until midway through the third round of WC Qualifying, has added a completely new dimension to Syria's attack. 85 goals in 85 games for Saudi club says it all. At 6'4", he's striker who can score by whatever means necessary: whether it be with his head, from direct free kicks, one-on-one, a potshot from distance, the list goes on and on.
His ability to show up in the big moments is also what distinguishes from other stars at the tournament. Look no further than injury time equaliser against Iran on the final matchday to secure the playoff spot against the Aussies, and then one month later both of Syria's in the two legged playoff against the Socceroos. Don't be surprised if he ends as the top scorer as every attack will involve him in some facet
Omar Khiribin: Okay first off I've seen multiple spellings of Omar's surname: Kharbin, Khrbin, and now Khirbin. Doesn't matter either way because he's a great player and the second attacking outlet that Syria will rely on. The first ever Syrian to win "Asian Footballer of the Year", when healthy, Kharbin plays up top for Saudi club Al-Hilal. Though due to the recall of Al-Somah to the national team, Khrbin is played out wide for the Qasioun Eagles, where he's still managed to be successful in drifting inwards to help out with Al-Somah. With all the focus likely going towards Al-Somah, it'll be up to Khirbin to take some of the responsibility off the big man's shoulders.

Points of Discussion

  • Revenge Opportunity against the Socceroos
    One of the matches of the group phase of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup will take place on January 15th in Al Ain between Syria and Australia; a re-match of last year's confederation playoff for the World Cup. Australia prevailed over the two legs in the end, drawing the away leg 1-1 after an 85' penalty from Omar Al-Somah and reigning victorious in the return leg in Sydney 2-1 AET thanks to a brace from the good cunt Timmy Cahill after Al-Somah opened the scoring 6 minutes into the match.
    Expect Syria to play with a dogged approach against the Aussies again, sometimes maybe even resorting to the dark arts of football: last year, there was quite the amount of rolling on the ground, time wasting, poor challenges, etc. But hey-ho that's AFC and teams have got to deal with it. Syria will lend possession over the Aussies, bunkering up and looking for the outlet in Al-Somah, with Al-Muwas and Kharbin coming inside from wide to help him out. Over the two legs in 2017 they averaged 28% of the ball and completed only 63% of their passes.
    Since the game is on the last matchday of the group stages, Syria hope that by the time they face the Aussies, they would have already booked their spot into the knockout stages.
  • Turmoil as a Source of Motivation?: Honestly, qualifying for the Asian Cup in itself is quite the achievement for Syria considering the aforementioned things they've had to endure over the qualification period.
    Alright now let's address one of the more talked about subjects when speaking of Syria. Whether the national team does or doesn’t represent the Assad regime can be discussed and argued for weeks. Several players who had actively opposed the regime returned over the past several years, sparking more controversy from the country's higher-ups. Whatever the hierarchy believes, it's important to note that above all the Qasioun Eagles represent the citizens and people of Syria, not a political allegiance. The desire to make their people proud in a time of turmoil can help Stange's men if they continue to show their workmanlike attitude that got them to the UAE in the first place.

PALESTINE via u/FlyingArab

About

  • Nickname(s): The Fedayeen , The Knights , Lions of Canaan
  • AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 2
  • Best Finish: Group Stage (2015)
  • FIFA Ranking: 99 (16th in Asia)
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Introduction

The Fedayeen are set to make their second ever Asian Cup appearance after recently undergoing a football revolution which saw the Palestine national team rise from being whipping boys to competing with the biggest nations in Asia. Palestine comfortably qualified to the tournament after finishing second in a relatively easy group. Palestine were placed in the third pot, which landed them a tough group with Australia, Syria and closest neighbours Jordan. The Palestinian national team will enter the Asian Cup carrying the hopes of a damaged nation, hoping to follow the Iraqi example of 2007 and temporarily heal the wounds of the nation by doing something extraordinary in football.

Manager and Squad

Manager: Noureddine Ould Ali (Algeria)
Goalkeepers: Tawfiq Ali (Taraji Wadi Al-Nes), Amr Kaddoura (Landskrona BoIS), Rami Hamadeh (Hilal Al-Quds)
Defenders: Daniel Mustafá (Sarmiento de Leones [es]), Mohammed Saleh (Floriana FC), Tamer Salah (Hilal Al-Quds), Musab Al-Battat (Ahli Al-Khaleel), Jaka Ihbeisheh (NK Bravo), Abdullah Jaber (Ahli Al-Khaleel), Abdelatif Bahdari (Shabab Al-Khalil), Alexis Norambuena (Deportes Melipilla),
Midfielders: Mohammed Bassim (Shabab Al-Bireh), Shadi Shaban (Ahli Al-Khaleel), Jonathan Cantillana (Hilal Al-Quds), Tamer Seyam (Hassania Agadir), Sameh Maraaba (Thaqafi Tulkarem), Pablo Tamburrini (Shabab Al-Bireh), Oday Dabbagh (Hilal Al-Quds), Nazmi Albadawi (FC Cincinnati), Mohammed Darweesh (Hilal Al-Quds)
Forwards: Yashir Islame (Coquimbo Unido), Khaled Salem (Markaz Balata), Mahmoud Wadi (Al-Masry)

POTENTIAL STARTING XI

Players to Watch

Abdelatif Bahdari: He is the most capped player in this generation of Palestinian players and is also captain. The Gaza-born defender will most likely be playing the last Asian Cup of his illustrious career for the Palestinian national team, as perhaps the only player that has been a constant in both the terrible past and the bright present. The 34-year-old will be hoping to lead his nation to passing the group stages and fulfilling the dreams of more than 12 million Palestinians all over the world.
Pablo Tamburrini: The Chile-born midfielder is the main source of creativity and the man responsible for linking the defence with the attack. Tamburrini played for a while in Palestino, a Chilean club that was founded by Palestinian immigrants, before the Palestinian FA discovered his Palestinian roots and called him up to the national team. Since his first call-up in 2015, Tamburrini has been a key player and can be considered as one of the untouchable players in the line up thanks to his energy and creativity.

Points of Discussion

  • Integration of diaspora Palestinians?
    All of you probably noticed the obvious Spanish surnames in the predicted line-up. Issues with the Israeli occupation denying exit visas to players with only Palestinian passports and the lacking quality of local players led the Palestinian FA to explore the diaspora option as an alternative. Inspired by the successes of similar projects in other nations, the Palestinians can today be proud of a project that has drastically improved the quality of the national team. The Palestinian diaspora integration is the most successful in the Middle East in my opinion, surpassing many nations like Iraq, Syria and Lebanon where the project either didn’t have a huge impact or the integration of the players failed.
  • Expectations?
    Palestine made their Asian Cup debut in 2015, where people didn’t hope for anything more than three respectable losses without any humiliation. This time it’s different with the huge progression that has occurred in Palestinian football since 2015. Australia and Syria are seen as huge favourites to clinch the top two spots for obvious reasons. Essentially, Palestine’s destiny will be defined in the last match against neighbours Jordan, where a win might land Palestine a place in the round of 16 as one of the best third placed teams. I personally think that Palestine also have a chance to nick a point from Syria, but the match against Jordan remains as the most important obstacle.

JORDAN via u/AMajali

About

  • Nickname(s): Al-Nashama (The Chivalrous)
  • AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 4 Times
  • Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2004, 2011)
  • FIFA Ranking: 109 (18th in Asia)
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Introduction

Jordan, a small country in the middle east with a relatively new footballing history, will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing results both in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and 2018 World cup qualifying campaign.
Al-Nashama's best result was a quarter final finish in The Asian cup (2004,2011), in addition to a great 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign ending against Uruguay in the intercontinental play-off.

Manager and Squad

Manager: Vital Borkelmans (Belgium)
Goalkeepers: Amer Shafi (Shabab Al-Ordon) , Ahmed Abdel-Sattar (Al-Jazeera) , Moataz Yaseen (Al-Faisaly)
Defenders: Feras Shelbaieh (Al-Jazeera) , Tareq Khattab (Al-Salmiya) , Yazan Abu Arab (Al-Jazeera) , Bara' Marei (Al-Faisaly) , Mohammad Al-Basha (Al-Wehdat) , Anas Bani Yaseen (Al-Faisaly) , Salem Al-Ajalin (Al-Faisaly)
Midfielders: Baha' Abdel-Rahman (Al-Faisaly), Saeed Murjan(Al-Wehdat) , Yousef Al-Rawashdeh (Al-Faisaly) , Obaida Al-Samarneh (Al-Wehdat) , Ahmed Samir (Al-Jazeera) , Khalil Bani Attiah (Al-Faisaly) , Saleh Rateb (Al-Wehdat) , Yazan Thalji (Al-Wehdat)
Forwards: Baha' Faisal (Al-Wehdat) , Yaseen Al-Bakhit (Dibba Al-Fujairah) , Ahmad Ersan (Al-Faisaly) , Musa Al-Taamari (APOEL) , Odai Khadr (Dhofar)

POTENTIAL STARTING XI

It's very hard to define a starting XI for the team, Borkelmans has been rotating a lot and still hasn't found the right formula, many players are going in and out so this formation is mostly just a prediction of what he might use.

Players to Watch

Musa Al-Tamari: Musa is the best Jordanian player currently and is on his way to stardom. A fast, agile winger with an eye for the goal, brilliant dribbling skills and great explosiveness. all the country's eyes will be on him as he looks to end a streak of bad-from that started almost since he was promoted to the first team, he is looking to replicate his club form and finally put all the criticism to rest. He is joining the national team camp after some brilliant performances with APOEL which put him on the watch list of some European clubs in the top 5 leagues such as Caligari, a brilliant feat for a footballer from a country with this footballing history.
Yazan Thalji: A bit of unconventional choice to feature Yazan here, as his place in the starting 11 is not guaranteed(could say the same about all the other players), but he is just a natural born talent and was the best player in the Jordanian league last season, great technical skills with a beautiful touch on the ball and very good Athleticism(relatively), also some great shooting and scoring ability. Thalji suffered from an injury and is only just getting back to his form, a brilliant player if used correctly by Borkelmans.
Yaseen Al-Bakhit :Often called the bullet by many of the fans, Al-Bakhit offers some insane pace and stamina up and down the wings, in addition to some great playmaking ability while also drifting into the middle of the pitch to play as a midfielder.

Points of Discussion

  • Stability: One of the biggest problem the team is facing right is the chaos that surrounds the starting XI, the tournament is only two weeks away and the players still haven't developed their chemistry to an acceptable level, while it's understandable that Borkelmans only became a manager recently, he has been an assistant since May, he is expected to have developed an idea now of what players will work and what will not so he get them play-time, that unfortunately hasn't happened and he is still rotating heavily with no clear gameplan only days before a tournament.
  • Possibility of an out-of-form players: This problem also lies mostly on Borkelmans and the FA, the preparatory matches schedule of the camps raised some questions on whether it will negatively affect the players mentally and physically, the team had a camp in Oman but to many's surprise, it had no matches and instead, the matches were all cluttered in the two weeks before the tournament, the matches against Qatar and China should've been the final 'test' before the tournament, where the final squad is announced and the starting XI players are playing to detect mistakes, abnormalities and put on the final touches. Instead, the players don't have a clear mind and many are still struggling mentally with the possibility of being excluded from the final 23-man squad which would surely hamper their training/preparations.
Tune in tomorrow when u/BuzzBuzz01 will be posting Group C! South Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic, the Philippines.
Don't forget to participate in the Predictions Game in the comments below!
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2018.12.11 16:39 BuzzBuzz01 [OC] A Cold, Wet Tuesday Night: A Look Back at the Infamous 2009-10 Tony Pulis Stoke City Team: Where are They Now?


STOKE CITY

We all know about the beloved Tony Pulis Stoke City sides: rugged, no-nonsense gnarly blokes , centre halves at fullback , Delap long throws , Matthew Etherington skinning fullbacks.
In 2009-10 Tony Pulis guided Stoke to an 11th place finish with 11 Wins , 14 Draws , and 13 Losses as well as a run to the Quarterfinals of the FA Cup. They had in the League:

GK: Thomas Sørensen (42)

  • The 6'5" 200 lb Sørensen is is now 42 and retired from football last year at 41 after closing out his career with two seasons at Melbourne City in Australia. Also has 101 appearances with Denmark to his name.

RB: Robert Huth (34)

  • The classic Pulis stick-a-centre-halve-at-fullback , big Rob Huth was always a goal threat. One of the scarier moments where he got knocked unconscious after an aerial collision with Begovic. In 2015 he signed for Leicester City and well we know what happened: Formed a brilliant partnership with Wes Morgan and won the league. Unfortunately he's currently unemployed after he missed the entire 2017–18 season due to ankle and foot injuries, eventually opting to leave the club in June 2018

CB: Ryan Shawcross (31)

  • Shawcross is still at Stoke, signed for them in 2008 and has recorded more than 350 appearances for the Potters. Known for being a decent CB and for that tackle on Aaron Ramsey. Has had a pretty steep decline for a couple of years and currently in the championship, losing only 1 of their last 12 matches(6 of them being draws mind you) and slowly approaching the playoff spots.

CB: Abdoulaye Faye (40)

  • First off here's a pixelated video of Faye scoring against Newcastle in the 90th minute to get a 2-2 draw that season off a corner. He was released form Stoke in 2011 and signed for West Ham in the Championship. After one season he left the Hammers and signed for Hull and played for two seasons. He was released in 2014 and then went on to sign for Malaysian outfit Sabah FA and retired soon after that same year.

LB: Danny Higginbotham (39)

  • A 6'1" defender played all across the backline , Danny was sent out on loan in 2012 for Stoke to both Nottingham Forest and Ipswich. After brief stints with Sheffield United and then Conference side Chester , Higginbotham signed for his boyhood club Altrincham Town and announced his retirement in 2014. He is now a well known pundit on Sky Sports and has also wrote several columns in The Independent. Oh yeah he also has 3 caps for Gibraltar!

RM: Rory Delap (42)

  • The poster boy of peak Stoke Pulis football , deadly long throws as dangerous as corners, Peter Crouch on his podcast was quoted as saying that teams would kick the ball out for a corner as opposed to having a Delap throw. There's a whole wikipedia section dedicated to his throw-insThe sheer mayhem that ensued after a Delap long throw is something that will remain in football folklore. Here is a Delap long throw compilation. After racking up the appearances for Stoke until 2013, played 6 matches for both Barnsley(on loan) and Burton Albion. He returned to Stoke an is now a part of Gary Rowett's backroom staff. Here's a quote by then manager Luiz Felipe Scolari regarding Rory and his throws:
    "I think he puts the ball better with his hands than his foot, it's fantastic. I have never seen anything like this in my life; 10 metres outside midfield, this boy puts the ball inside the area. Maybe it's not beautiful football but it's effective."

CM: Glen Whelan (34)

  • A timeless wonder , Whelan was with Stoke for 9 years until 2017 when he transferred to Aston Villa in the Championship for £1 million and still currently playing for the Villains. Considered a Stoke legend and among other things his winner against Spurs that season at White Hart Lane

CM: Dean Whitehead (36)

  • A combative all-around midfielder , Whitehead is now retired as a player after having stints at Middlesbrough as well as Huddersfield Town's promotion campaign. After his retirement he joined David Wagner's backroom staff at Huddersfield Town. He's currently in charge of the Terriers U-17 side and has a UEFA A Coaching license.

RM: Matthew Etherington (37)

  • The classic Pulis winger: stuck to the touchline and abusing fullbacks. He played with Stoke until 2014 and despite receiving an offer from Ian Holloway's Millwall that season, elected to retire after a back injury that he had been suffering from for a while. He currently is Peterborough's U-18 manager after getting appointed in May of this year.

ST: Ricardo Fuller (39)

ST: Mamady Sidibé (38)

  • At 6'4" Sidibé was the other target man in Tony's side , the Malian spent 8 years at Stoke, scoring 24 league goals. He went on two loan stints to Sheffield Wednesday and Tranmere Rovers in 2012-13 until he played briefly for CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria and was released in December of 2013 after having difficulty settling in. Now retired, he plays for the Potteries Sunday League team (article from 3 years ago but let's just hope it's still true).

BENCH

CB: Danny Collins (38)

  • Backup CB Danny Collins is still playing in the EFL for Grimsby Town in League Two at 38 years of age after some stints at Nottingham Forest and Rotherham. In the third match of this season against Lincoln he suffered a broken arm, though of course being Danny Collins , he soldiered on and managed to complete the full 90 minutes

RB: Andy Wilkinson (34)

  • Came through Stoke's youth academy and a part for the Potters senior team for 15 years(including 5 loan spells). Wilkinson was forced to retire in 2016 after he suffered some brain damage due to a head injury he suffered against Blackburn in the FA Cup back in 2015. He had a testimonial in may 2016 which had an attendance of 16,000. He is currently serving as Stoke's U-18 manager.

CM: Salif Diao (41)

  • The Senegalese defensive midfielder retired in 2012 after he choose not to extend his contract with Stoke. In his 6 seasons with Stoke , Diao's only goal came near the end of his career : When he scored even Pulis was in shock:
    "I didn't know he'd scored the goal until I got back in the dressing room. I couldn't believe it, I'll have to watch it on television to believe it."

RM: Liam Lawrence (36)

  • Currently plays in the Northern Premier League (7th step in English football ladder) for Rushall Olympic F.C. After he had left Stoke in 2011 after four seasons with the club , Lawrence spent time with EFL clubs as well as PAOK in Greece

ST: Dave Kitson (38)

  • Another big target man at the time in 2008 he broke Stoke's transfer record in a £5.5m move from Reading , this guy was fucking out of his head and genuinely a psycho , he hated Pulis so much that he tried to stab and murder him with a pair of scissors. Anyway he then played for Portsmouth , Sheffield United, and Oxford United and is now retired , probably in a rehabilitation center or something , fuck knows.

ST: James Beattie (40)

  • Despite only playing one season for Stoke , Beattie managed to notch 10 goals for the Potters. He then had one year stints at Rangers , Sheffield United , and Accrington Stanley. Had a shocking 28 pace on FIFA back in 2015. Anyway , in May 2013 he was appointed as Accrington's manager , after 16 months and a 27.6% win rate , he left by "mutual consent" After that he's basically been a part of Garry Monk's backroom staff wherever he goes: Swansea , Leeds , Middlesbrough , and now Birmingham City, he's been a first team coach for all those clubs.

ST: Tuncay Şanlı (36)

  • With quite the big forehead , the Turkish forward scored 5 league goals in 44 appearances under Pulis at Stoke after he was signed for £5 million from Middlesbrough in 2009. He struggled to get starts under Pulis , with most of his appearances coming off the bench as a substitute. in 2011 he was sold to Wolfsburg for a profit at a price of £5.2 million. He then bounced around to Turkey , Qatar , and finally in India with Pune City until he retired in 2015.
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2018.08.01 22:38 s0ngsforthedeaf /r/Championship's Championship club by club season preview - part 1!

Part 2 here - Part 3 here - Part 4 here

On Friday at 8pm UK time, Reading and Derby County will kick off the 127th season of the English second division - also known as the Championship! 24 clubs will compete for 3 promotion spots to the Premier league (2 via automatic promotion and 1 via playoffs) and to avoid the 3 relegation spots to the third tier a.k.a League One.

Its looking like a really tight and competitive season. The league is absolutely full of ambitious player and managerial talent - the more time goes by the more it looks like a Premier League 2. If you want a competitive league with proper English football, that also has the spice of skilful players and forward thinking managers, it really is the place to go.

This is guide written by the fans who have come together on /Championship - an absolutely huge thanks to them. Do check out the sub, we try to keep it a good place to discuss the EFL, away from the rancid gloryhunting shithole that is /soccer (just kidding - I like this place). Lots going on, including a score predictor thread which is running all season.

This guide is in table order with the PL demoted sides first. Only 5 clubs today (because the Swansea one is a fucking novel and I can't fit any more in), the rest will be submitted tomorrow and Friday. Do bare in mind that not all the transfer news will be up to date as these guides were largely written a week ago. Point out to me if there are any clear errors with formatting or spelling.

Championship info, links and media

/Championship's 17/18 player of the season review

Season previews: The Guardian Sky Sports The Mirror
EFL focused podcasts: Not the Top 20 The Totally Football League Show
The 17/18 table - Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham went up. Barnsley, Burton and Sunderland went down. This season West Brom, Swansea and Stoke join from the PL and Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham join from League 1.
These are the bookies' favourites for promotion (via Oddschecker):
Club Odds
Stoke 2.75
Middlesbrough 4
West Brom 4
Nottingham Forest 4.5
Leeds 4.75
Swansea 5
And relegation:
Club Odds
Rotherham 2.2
Bolton 2.25
Ipswich 4.5
Reading 5
QPR 6
Hull 6
How to watch in the UK: Live rights are owned by Sky Sports. They are upping the number of televised matches this season. Reading v Derby on Friday is televised. The weekly highlights show previously on Channel 5 is moving to Quest TV, which apparently is on Freeview.
How to watch abroad: Depends, but in most territories, the iFollow Service is available, which is £110 to watch all a single club's matches. Bargain. I think the clubs that aren't on iFollow have their own similar streaming services.
Check out club Youtube channels - quite a few of them post extended highlights now with their own commentary, including Derby, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and more. (You may need VPN to watch if you're abroad.)

Swansea City by RafiakaMacakaDirk and my_knob_is_gr8

Location: Swansea, Wales
Nickname: Swans, The Jacks
Major honours: Football League Cup (2013), Championship Play-off Winner (2011), League One Winners (1925, 1949, 2008)
17/18 finishing postion: 18th (Premier League)
Transfermarkt squad value: €115.5 mil NOTE: This number is as of July 22nd, when we still have Mawson (€15 mil), A. Ayew (€15 mil), Bony (€10 mil), Clucas (€8 mil) and Fernandez (€8 mil), who are all pretty much expected to be sold, or loaned out, before the season starts. Without all of these players except Bony (who's injured for a while so it makes it unlikely he'll be sold soon), the squad value would be around €70 mil.
Manager: Graham Potter joined the Swans on 11th June 2018. In 2010, he became head coach of Östersund, who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football. 5 years later, he got the club promoted into the Swedish top flight and in 2017, they won Svenska Cupen which qualified them for the Europa League where they managed to get through the group stage. He’s been applauded for what he did at Östersund and the way he managed to build the club up from nothing. The year after his success in the Europa league he signed a 3 year contract with Swansea.
Potter is well respected by The Swans and after a few years of poor managerial and financial decisions his appointment is seen as a step in the right direction to bringing us back to our old ways of being a well-run club. Potter has been recognised for his "progressive" and "unconventional" coaching methods. At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions which was designed to take them out of their comfort zone. Potter describes his style of football on the pitch as "tactically flexible, attacking, and possession-based". At Östersund, he deployed a flexible 3–5–2 formation centred on ball possession.
Best player(s)/ talisman:With many of our best players being rumoured with a move away what good players that remain at the start of the season is yet to be seen.
Alfie Mawson is probably our standout player. He’s been amazing for us since we got him and was a bargain at about £3m. He’s great in the air and is just an all round tank. Keeping him will be a huge boost for us and should be solid in the championship.
Federico "El Pajaro" Fernandez has also been strong at the back with Alfie. The pair played with each other for the majority of last season and together became a solid unit. We will most likely sell him to reduce wages though.
Jordan Ayew put in a great shift last season and was our top goal scorer. His work rate was immense and was able to drop back and defend when needed. He’s fast, able to beat a man and a decent finisher. Sadly all these players are transfer targets for other clubs and might not even be here at the start of the season. If we can keep a lot of our players we should have a decent season but who knows who'll be left by the end of the window…
Rising star: Swansea’s U23 had a great season last year and with Potter wanting a young and fresh squad, a handful have moved up into the first team.
Our standout youngster, Oliver McBurnie, joined Barnsley on loan in January last season where he went on to win a Championship player of the month award after 6 goals in 8 games and went on to win Barnsley’s Player of the year award. While only 22, he’s struggled to break into our first team but will most likely be our main striker for the coming season. Be on the lookout for his long legs, miniature shinpads and ridiculous sock length! LEGS LEGS LEGS!!!
Connor Roberts performed well at RB last season and adapted quickly to the premier league where he battled Kyle Naughton to be in the starting line up and did great when given the chance. Decent at going forward and professional at the back. Hopefully potter puts him ahead of Naughton.
What happened last season?: What Happened last season?: After our great escape the season before and with Paul Clement at the helm there was optimism that the 17/18 season could be our turning point where we start rebuilding 'The Swansea Way". How wrong we were.
After a disastrous transfer window where we sold Sigurdsson and never replaced him and started panic buying the week before the transfer window closed we were left an obvious hole in our team. We had no creativity in midfield and no one could kick the ball into the box to save their life. And just to rub it in further Renato Sanches turned out to be more disappointing than Bob Bradley. With the team sitting bottom of the table Clement was sacked in late December.
Then along came the wise talking Carlos Carvalhal who managed to rebuild the confidence the team had lost. Our results took a turn for the good, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham consecutively at home. He pulled us out of the relegation zone and things were looking good. However, the good times were quickly followed by the bad times. Our form turned and we didn’t win a single one of our last 9 matches. We were quickly relegated after pitifully losing to both Southampton and Stoke in our last 2 games of the season.
Highlights (Or lowlights):
The pass by Renato Sanches that summed up his and our season
Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal
Summer transfer business (so far): At the end of last season, it was clear we needed several transfers, both in and out. However, this would all depend on the manager we got.
Yan Dhanda (Free, Liverpool): A 19 year-old Midfielder, Yan Dhanda left Liverpool this summer and joined the Swans in a free, before we even hired Graham Potter. At one time one of the most promosing youngsters in Liverpool's Academy, injuries slowed down his progress, and ultimately made him fall behind other players. Citing lack of first-team playing time, Dhanda decided to join us this summer in hopes of getting regular playing time in the senior squad. Through 3 pre-season games, Dhanda has been one of the brighest and most impressive players in the squad, even scoring a game-winning goal and smashing a penalty in a shootout against Genoa. With our current injuries and shenanigans involved in our midfield, Dhanda has a good chance of becoming a starter and hopefully guide our midfield during the season.
Jordi Govea (Free, Real Madrid): Another 19 year-old from Ecuador, Jordi was the first signing under Potter. Not much can be said about the lad, but this is what Real Madrid had as his bio:
Jordi is an Ecuadorian defender who possess three key qualities for a player in his position: he's skilful, is able to go past a player and has a good shot on him. He's left footed and is able to send in good crosses on the run.
With Martin Olsson currently as our starting LB, and Kyle Naughton as the backup, the hope is that Jordi can develop on our U-23 squad and hopefully move up to the senior squad in coming years. Also the only man I've seen do a medical while wearing jeans (https://twitter.com/SwansOfficial/status/1015251916132057089)
Joel Asoro (€2 mil., Sunderland): Yet another 19 year-old, a Swedish winger who has represented his country in the younger levels, he was Potter's first senior signing. With world-class speed, and some impressive skills, Asoro was able to score 3 goals and get 2 assists last season in 26 apperances for Sunderland. While these numbers may seem a bit disappointing, many of these games were sub appearances on a very dysfunctional team. Along with Dhanda, Asoro has been one of the most impressive players during preseason, constantly beating his man with either speed or skills, and whipping in good balls to Legs. At the current rate, Asoro appears to have a good chance of starting on the right wing spot, with Nathan Dyer and Luciano Narsingh backing him up.
Predicted starting XI: NOTE: This is gonna be assuming Mawson, A. Ayew, Clucas, and Fernandez are all sold by the start of the season. If by some reason they end up staying, they are pretty much guaranteed to start. Based on the pre-season games so far, a lineup looking like this would be plausible, with Rodon most likely to be replaced by a CB (possibly Scott McKenna) when we buy one. Our second unit is looking something like this.
Best case scenario: Graham Potter is able to motivate and make sure our senior players (Fer, Carroll, etc.) stay fit, along with our youngsters being able to make an impact as expected, and also we retain Mawson, Fernandez, and Clucas, we can finish in the top 2 and get promoted automatically.
Worst case scenario: Our worst case scenario, and something many of us fear of happening, consists of primarily 3 things. 1. Graham Potter isn't given enough time to build an identity with our squad and is sacked by the midway point of the season by the greedy, dumb American owners. . 2. We end up not replacing the players we sold properly like last summer, therefore having a squad with holes everywhere and no chemistry. 3. Our youngsters such as Asoro, McBurnie, Dhanda and company don't pan out and progress at all, thefore becoming mediocre players. This would all culminate in us looking like Sunderland, and making relegation a probability.
Prediction: Realistically I see us selling Mawson and company in the last days before the season starts and not replacing them properly until later on. Because of this, as well as our current injuries with Fer and Clucas, I can see us initially struggling to build an identity but over time, we will start playing like Potter wants us and finishing the season strongly.
8th place, missing the play-offs by 4 points
What will happen to your closest rivals?: The scum that is known as Cardiff City will break the record for lowest points ever accumulated in a Premier League season, getting 5 points all from draws, and will therefore get relegated with 17 games to spare.

West Bromwich Albion by Joelwba

Location: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands
Nickname: The Baggies, The Throstles
Major honours: 1x League title, 1x League Cup, 5x FA Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 20th in Premier League (relegated)
Transfermarkt squad value: £101.16m
Manager: Darren Moore or Big Dave as he's known to Albion fans. A club icon as a player in the early 2000s, he returned to look after our U23 squad before being promoted to assistant manager by Alan Pardew in January. Following the end of Pardew's horrific reign, Moore took temporary charge with Albion facing inevitable relegation. He led us to wins over Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and a draw with Liverpool, somehow taking our futile battle for survival to the final week of the season. Following this he earned the head coach role permanently. Moore is loved among the Albion faithful, largely due to his reputation as a player here. He heavily favours a 4-4-2 formation and at the back end of last season, tended to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack. It will be interesting to see how his approach differs in a league where we are one of the favourites, not fighting to survive (hopefully)
Best player(s)/ talisman: It's an interesting situation for Albion currently. There are plenty of Premier League quality players still in the squad. A lot depends on if they are picked off before the deadline shuts. Chris Brunt is a club stalwart and likely to be reappointed as captain. He is adored by the fans and in my opinion will be an incredible asset in the championship. His set pieces alone will bring 10+ goals to the side. Kieran Gibbs is a high quality player who appears to be set to stay and should make a big difference. Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli should all make a big difference in this division IF they stay. In all honesty I expect to lose a few of the above. Sam Johnstone appears to be an astute signing to replace the outgoing Ben Foster.
Rising star: Sam Field he's one of our own! He looked completely at home against some of the top Premier League sides last campaign. A box-to-box midfielder, he's full of energy and looks so comfortable on the ball. I expect him to be a major part of our side this season, having just signed a new long-term deal.
Kyle Edwards is an exciting attacking midfielder who has been impressing in pre-season. He may have a part to play following a loan spell at Exeter last campaign.
Jonathon Leko looked like a potential world-beater when he first came through a couple of years back. A lightning quick winger full of tricks. A loan spell at Bristol City and limited appearances later he seems to be losing his way. Will be an interesting one to watch.
Finally, the enigma that is Olly Burke. After signing with us last summer for £15m, he failed to impress any of the four managers we had over the season. He looks exciting when he comes on, without any end product so far, and was unfairly blamed for a loss at West Ham by Alan 'Coward' Pardew. We all know the talent he's got. Hopefully we can see it this season.
What happened last season?: Let's not talk about it... We finally escaped the stranglehold of Tony Pulis, only to opt for the human joke that is Alan Pardew and duly hurtled towards relegation. Four of our players stole a taxi and then played (and lost) the following weekend.
Pardew was sacked about 3 months too late, and Moore took over, restoring pride with some notable wins over Man Utd and Spurs.
This season we also lost the great Cyrille Regis, and the outpouring of emotion and the coming together of the club during the weeks after his passing was something special.
Summer transfer business (so far): We started by releasing Claudio Yacob, Boaz Myhill and Gareth McAuley. Yacob and McAuley will be greatly missed but it is perhaps the right time for them to go.
Jonny Evans departed for Leicester for a cut-price £3m, Ben Foster left for Watford and James McClean has departed for Stoke City.
Sam Johnstone has been bought in to replace Foster, with Jonathon Bond arriving as backup. Kyle Bartley has joined from Swansea City and it appears that Harvey Barnes will soon be arriving on loan from Leicester.
Finally, James Morrison is currently out of contract but still with the club. His future is uncertain.
I am very happy with Johnstone and Bartley. It has been a quiet window for Albion so far but that is largely a good thing. The squad is packed with Premier League talent and the window is more about keeping hold of them.
There is major interest in Dawson and Rondon, along with interest in Rodriguez, Hegazi and Chadli. If any of the above go, then we would need to replace. Otherwise I would be happy with another striker and another CB.
It is also worth mentioning that every player in the Albion side suffered a 50% wage cut upon relegation which means that we are financially sound despite relegation, but may lead to more big names leaving.
Predicted starting XI: This is my best attempt. It will undoubtedly be 4-4-2. We may see Nyom in at right back and perhaps Barry in for Field.
Obviously about half of this side could leave, so we shall see.
Best case scenario: The bulk of the side remains and the quality in the side shines through as we breeze to automatic promotion.
Worst case scenario: The better players leave or do not put the effort in. Moore cannot transfer his great start into his first full season in management. We become embroiled in a relegation battle
Prediction: It will be somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think we'll go up automatically but I think play-offs are more likely. 6th
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Villa won't go down but will settle into mid-table, despite the recent takeover.
I think Wolves will do well in the PL, although I don't know how long Nuno will last before a big club comes in.

Stoke City by mrmariomaster

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Nickname: The Potters
Stadium: bet365 Stadium, 30,089 seats
Major honours: 1972 League Cup
17/18 finishing position: 19th, Premier League
Squad value: £127.8 million
Manager: Gary Rowett signed from Derby in May. His honest attitude has brought lots of optimism to fans, who are looking forward to an overhaul of the Club. His style of play seems to change based on the squad he has available.
Best Player: Joe Allen was vital to the Club last season, giving us hope that we would avoid relegation. His massive new contract signed this summer shows how loyal and committed to the Club he is, and will be a vital player this season.
Rising star: Tom Edwards is a local lad who has won the Under 18 Player of the Year award twice in the Club. In the latter parts of last season he played some good first team football.
What happened last season: A pathetic attempt at a season that had been coming for a while under Mark Hughes. Paul Lambert was appointed in January, but a win rate of just 2 in 15 matches wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and miss out on the million pound bonus offered to him.
Transfer business so far: So far this has been a decent transfer window. Peter Etebo had an amazing World Cup for Nigeria and Benik Afobe looks really promising. Adam Federici has also been appointed to replace Lee Grant. Xherdan Shaqiri has left along with a few players like Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson who will not be missed. Badou Ndiaye also looks to be on his way out, but it looks like Jack Butland will stay with us, which is massive. Perhaps most surprising are the new contracts signed by our 2 best players last season, Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer.
Predicted Line up: Here is our predicted squad. I’m not sure what formation we will have. EDIT: This is a new version, complete with our rumoured new signings and in the right formation.
Best case scenario: Stoke will finish top with an all-time Championship points record.
Worst case scenario: A mediocre start to the season will see Rowett sacked and Stoke with a disappointing mid-table finish.
Prediction: I think with our squad and our new manager, we will finish 1st.
What will happen to our closest rivals? Port Vale will be relegated to the Vanarama National League.

Aston Villa by trueschoolalumni

Location: Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE
Nickname: The Villans, The Villa, Prince William's Club, David "Twat" Cameron's Second Club.
Major honours: 7 First Division wins, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 4th
Transfermarkt squad value: £67.77m and dropping fast
Manager: Steve Bruce (for now). Former Man Utd playing legend who's been a fixture of English football for decades. He joined Villa in 2016 after successful runs at Hull, Sunderland (yes they were good once) and Birmingham City. A bit of a promotion specialist, he's taken Championship clubs up to the Premier League 4 times in the past and just missed out last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Playoff Final. Tactically, he's fairly old school who prefers 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1, usually involving a big man up top. Fun fact: while managing Huddersfield in 1999 he wrote three novels, "Striker!", "Sweeper!" and "Defender!", which focus on main character Steve Barnes, a football manager. Barnes solves crime and takes on terrorists, and the books have become prized rarities. The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast managed to get a copy and read out some of the copy - suitably awful.
Best player(s)/ talisman: There's only one Jack Grealish. A Villa boy through and through, he's been with the club since 2001 (aged 6), and made his way into the first team in the 2013-14 season. He's been the centre of controversy a few times, most notably getting on the beers and passing out on a Tenerife street. Playing as a number 10, his quick feet and dribbling skills provide a number of goals and assists, as well as fouls. He probably went down a bit too easily when first in the Premier League, but time in the gym has noticeably toughened him up and he's a much more solid player as a result. One of the better players in the Championship, and due to Villa's abject finances, a transfer target for the likes of Leicester.
Rising star: Keinan Davis could possibly be it, potentially Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as well.
What happened last season?: Have you ever walked into a casino, spotted the roulette table and popped £10,000 on red? It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off. You've doubled your money if you win, but look like a right git if you lose. Villa figured this was a good way to approach 2017-18: spend millions on players, get in lots of loans, gamble everything on achieving promotion. After a so-so start, Bruce got the team playing well, stringing together a number of wins and moving through the playoff spots. Unfortunately they ran into a few teams playing out of their skin - champions Wolves ran away with the league and boasted a squad that included several Champions League players. Neil Warnock's Cardiff couldn't stop winning and grabbed the second automatic promotion. In the playoff final Villa came up against a Ryan Sessegnon-led Fulham and were just pipped at the post 1-0.
Summer transfer business (so far): It's one-way traffic, due to absolutely abysmal finances. Loan spells for Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone have all ended, which is almost the spine of the team (Johnstone in particular - he was arguably the best keeper in the Championship and personally bagged a number of wins). Plus clubs are circling to pick off whatever assets we have left (eg. Jack Grealish, James Chester). With no prospect of anyone new coming in, it looks like the youth academy will be getting a lot more game time.
Predicted starting XI: Possibly this, but half these players could be gone before the first match.
Best case scenario: Mid-table anonymity would have to be best case - Villa are a mess and could go down this time around.
Worst case scenario: Our finances are the real issue - they are dire. Villa need to find £9 million this month to avoid going into administration. Owner "Dr." Tony Xia is a billionaire, apparently, but tax bills went unpaid and the question remains if he's able to support the club as generously as he has in the past. Administration, points deductions and potentially relegation to League One are all real possibilities right now. It's not looking good.
Prediction: Due to financial irregularities in the 23 clubs above us, Villa will get into the Champions League and take out the likes of Atletico, Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to our second European Cup. "Taylor, Green, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball played in for Jack Grealish. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Keinan Davis!"
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Unfortunately the Scum managed to avoid League One in the final rounds of the season. Here's hoping they go one better. Agbonlahor to re-sign for one game: the Derby. And score the winner, again.

Middlesbrough by OneSmallHuman

Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Founded: 1876
Nickname: The Boro (Or just Boro)
Major honours: The League cup 2003-2004 season
17/18 finishing position: 5th
Transfermarkt squad value: 79.34m
Manager: Tony Pulis became manager of us in late December 2017, replacing the sacked Garry Monk after a pretty lacklustre few months of the campaign (despite where our league position was). Pulis is known in England for being the man that is never relegated when in charge of someone in the top flight. We are all aware of Tony Pulis' style of football. You start by having a strong and massive defence and maximise your use of set pieces to gain an advantage. Pulis is a lover of all set piece plays, whether that is crossing the ball in from a corner or free kick, or launching a ball into the box from a throw in, they're all in his arsenal of weapons. 'Pulisball' as it is pretty much known. Pulis has achieved promotion from the championship once before with Stoke, and I hope he achieves it again with us this season
Best player(s)/ rising star: I mean, where else do I begin. Adama Traore. Arguably the best player in the championship on his day and is one of the most frightening dribblers in English football, maybe even world football. The winger is known for his speed and dribbling ability although is usually criticised for his lack of end product. Before last season I would've agreed, however 5 goals and 10 assists, with all but 2 assists coming before Pulis' arrival show the progression of the Spanish winger.
As for other members of the squad, Ben Gibson, the prodigal son. Boro through and through he's progressed into a commanding centre half with the ability to play out from the back thanks to Karanka. He gained attention and emerged as one of the few given credit after our disappointing premier league campaign but was only the subject of one bid upon our relegation, from now manager Tony Pulis. It remains to be seen whether he'll be here come the first game of the season, but I hope he will be.
As for future stars, Dael Fry, already has played 2 championship campaigns for us and looks as assured as a veteran of the game. Another centre half produced by our academy and he is being played in cdm this pre-season by Pulis, to add to his versatility. Hopefully a standout season for him, especially if Gibson does end up leaving. Finally, yes, he does always look as confused as images of him show.
What happened last season?: Well, the first half of the season was tragic under Monk. We played really poor football at times and looked like we hadn't defended a day in our lives. There was also no consistency in the team, we'd win one game then lose the next. A key theme under both managers however, was our inability to beat those around us in the table. After Pulis' appointment the results picked up and it ended with us finishing 5th in the table. We ultimately lost in the playoff semi finals to Aston Villa but honestly, we didn't think we'd even be in the top half around Christmas.
Summer transfer business (so far): Just the three deals to talk about so far. We've acquired Paddy McNair from Sunderland who looks like a decent player. He's been utilised in right back and midfield during pre-season so it looks like they'll be his positions for the season. I imagine he'll play alongside Clayts and Howson in a midfield three.
Aden Flint was signed from Bristol City and I think I'm in the minority when I say I don't like how much we paid for him. Obviously the man is a Pulis player but I'm a bit unsure about his defensive ability. That being said he's looked strong during pre-season and I'm sure Pulis will get the best out of him. Fabio departed our club for Nantes so we'll need more full back cover.
As for the rest of the window, I expect Gibson to leave but will be delighted if he doesn't. One of our strikers will also leave and Braithwaite should follow after his decent World Cup performances. We'll probably bring in a striker and a winger and hopefully hold onto Adama. That'd be a successful window in my eyes.
Predicted starting XI: My best guess The only other guess I could make is that Gibson might leave and then Ayala would start, but he's injured at this point in time. Britt might play over Gestede too if Pulis is feeling fancy.
Best case scenario: It has to be top of the pile right? It's not out of the question to imagine us up there and if everything clicks then we've got a chance. A defence that scores more than some teams' strikers, Adama channelling his inner Messi and finding consistency, Rudy/Britt/Bamford scoring for fun. It could be carnage.
Worst case scenario: I can't see us finishing outside the playoffs, if we did then that would be gut-wrenching. But if we did then that would most certainly be the worst. Realistically, it'd be losing in the playoffs... again, and if it were in the final again then god help me. Although saying this, now losing Bamford and maybe Traore will be a worst case scenario in itself, definitely if they're not replaced.
Prediction: Have to be confident, although it always kills me. 1st or 2nd. Tony Pulis and his nice white trainers carry us to the promise land. That being said, we never do it the easy way.
Best Match of Last Season Sorry Leeds fans, but it had to be. "Hattrick Bamford" as our Twitter account tweeted, 3-0 against Leeds with Adama running the show. Leeds clearly found some positive from the game as they're set to sign him off us. This was the sign of what we should've done more last season. Showed what Paddy could've been too if given an even more extended period in Striker by himself. Oh well.
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Who even are our closest rivals in this league? We're in geographical purgatory. Can't say Sunderland anymore so what? Leeds? Bielsa either turns them into the well oiled machine they hope for or he succumbs to the old Leeds ways and is sacked by December. As for the Mackems, probably promoted from League 1.
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2018.01.29 11:19 egilsaga The Escape of Jory McCall

Las Brujas Ridge was shunned by the people of Howard County, and not without reason; It was part of a treacherous karst system, the overgrown grass and stunted scrub brush serving to conceal dangerous pitfalls, which had claimed the lives of many unwary explorers. The more superstitious among the locals said the cave system was rooted down in hell, and that demons had been seen clambering over the craggy rocks during the full moon, while old Scratch, the Devil himself, flew cackling through the night sky, his black wings blotting out the stars for miles around.
Jory McCall gave little heed to such fanciful tales; Indeed, as he scrambled up the steep rock face, he was counting on them to keep him safe. It wasn't his fault the man had died; He only wanted to make a point to that damn drunken saddle tramp about the proper treatment of a civilized lady, but his pistol's hammer had always been loose, and before he knew it, the man lay crumpled on the ground with a lead slug in his belly. The second shot was just to end his suffering – Gutshot was a slow and agonizing death. It was the least he could do.
He'd been halfway out of Plain Forks by the time anyone was man enough to raise the alarm; He managed to keep that head start most of the evening, but one could see a long way on the prairie, and there was only one possible cause for that cloud of dust rising in the distance. So, ditching his horse and giving her a good smack to send her running in the other direction, he trudged his way through the bush, in the direction of the ridge where he knew he would find sanctuary.
There were holes all over the place, and it was only with extreme caution that he was able to skirt around some without falling in. While hiding out inside the cave system was tempting, most of these holes led to drops of a dozen feet or more. More than enough to break a man's legs, or his neck if he landed wrong, and then where would he be? No point in evading the law just to starve or shoot himself inside some dark rattler den.
The climb was slow and tedious; It wasn't overly steep, but the rocks were big and jagged, while the bramble clung to his clothing and left painful scratches across his exposed head and neck. His riding gloves were thick enough to keep his hands safe, but he found himself compelled to abandon his duster. The long oilskin tail protected his legs somewhat from the rough ground, but the rough fabric only seemed to attract thorns, forcing him to pause and carefully extract it whenever one took hold. He dropped it into a small pothole, hoping to recover it later; It was only after a couple of seconds without hearing it hit bottom that he realized he was peering into a void of unknown, but doubtless immeasurable depth. Crawling carefully around the pit, he continued on, somewhat more cautiously than before.
After what seemed like hours amidst the endless bramble, he came to the edge of the ridge. Among the roots of a thicket of long-dead Joshua trees, he had a fine vantage point over the surrounding countryside. The town's new electric streetlamps glowed dimly in the distance; Closer by, he could see the cloud of dust as a group of lawmen and deputized townsfolk tore up the trail. In the moonlight, he could just about make out the individual riders; Teddy Schweiser, the blacksmith's apprentice; Elijah Calwood, an old drunk with a temper as mean as an angry goat; And at the head of the line, Sheriff Bowdry, his long overcoat flapping behind him, the brass star on his chest glinting in the moonlight.
There was nothing to now but wait, and hope his gambit would pay off. Hidden away between the roots, his face opaque with trail dust and dark bloodstains, he watched the posse grow nearer. Their hoofbeats pounded louder and louder as they closed in, and Jory felt a stroke of fear. There were two roads that passed by the ridge. One led to the nearby coal mine; The other through a swathe of ranchland before reaching Serenity's Gate, and the railroad.
If the Sheriff's men chose to take the road leading to town, he'd be stuck on top of the ridge all night waiting for them to return, and by the time it was safe to climb down, the word of his crime would be out, and he'd never escape justice.
On the other hand, if they followed the mining road, he was home free; He could clamber down the side of the hill in half the time it took him to climb up, steal a horse from one of the nearby ranches and ride like the Jack of Diamonds into the sunset. Despite the mayor's insistence, there was no need for a telegraph line between a mining village and the county seat, so he could be halfway to California before word of his deed spread.
The posse neared the crossroads, then slowed. He wasn't sure with the distance, but it seemed that Schweiser was having a word with the Sheriff. Then, the other placed a hand on the old man's shoulder, seemingly in agreement with the first. The Sheriff slumped slightly in the saddle, giving the ridge a long, hard look, before turning away and thundering down the mining road, the two deputized men following close behind.
Jory let out a sigh of relief; For a moment, it seemed as though the old man were staring directly at him. The feeling passed as the pounding hoofbeats began to recede, and the young gunslinger drew himself to his feet. He rested against the tree for a moment, picking twigs and prickles from his clothing, before turning to make his way down the hillside.
It was faster going this time, and he was halfway down the slope before he knew it. With a better vantage point, he was able to pick out the clearest path; The holes were less worrisome when he could see them right off, and soon, he found himself tramping downhill without a care. Thoughts and worries preoccupied him; Where would he go now? What would he do? He didn't have time to think about it before, but now, with hours left to pick his own way, he'd have to make some hard choices.
Even if the Sheriff turned around, he was well enough acquainted with the local geography that hiding would be trivially easy. It was afterward that worried him – Trains came through Serenity's Gate once every few days, but he wasn't well acquainted with the schedule. The next town was a hundred miles down the line. A few day's ride for a good horse, but without supplies under the hot Nevada sun, he doubted if he'd make it more than a day.
He looked down at his empty canteen, trying to remember how long a man could survive without water. That was the priority – If he couldn't catch a train before sundown tomorrow, he'd have to gather up some waterskins. A new duster, too – A good longcoat would keep the sun off his back during the day, and keep the chill from his bones at night.
As he trotted down the hill, picking his way between bramble and brush, he found himself paying little attention to the ground ahead. He was trying to remember the name of the local tailor when his boot scuffed against a rock. Swearing, he stepped over it, only to slip and fall on a patch of loose soil. It was then that Jory looked down, and saw the gaping maw of a cavern rising up to greet him.
“Oh, hell!” He shouted, twisting around to grab something, anything to arrest his fall. His hands grappled for purchase on the ledge, but found none. The big rocks were too far to grab now, so, in desperation, he grabbed hold of a scrub branch. For a moment, his descent slowed, as the thin, dying fibers creaked and grew taut. Then, it snapped, and Jory screamed as he slipped over the edge, into the inky blackness below.
The gunslinger landed with a sickening crack, and he tumbled over, pain shooting up his leg with an intensity he had never felt before. Gritting his teeth to keep from screaming, he managed to drag himself into a sitting position to survey the damage. The cave was brighter than expected, though that wasn't saying much. A single shaft of moonlight cast a dim glow around him, just enough that he could see his ankle bulging out, and his foot twisted unnaturally to one side.
He could feel something moving in his leg as he shifted it – The bone was broken, no doubt about it. It wasn't sticking out, which was one thing he could be grateful for – He'd once seen a man take a burro hoof to the knee, and bleed to death from the gaping wound before the doctor could arrive.
Walking to safety was out of the question, but if he could find a bronco, or flag down some kindly passerby... He made to stand up, but felt the bone shift, and sank back to the ground. He knew he'd have to leave, and soon, if he didn't want to walk into an ambush once word reached Serenity's Gate, and the slew of drunkards with rusty pistols and lofty ambitions of buying their own bottle of mezcal.
His gun lay on the ground near him; The damned loose hammer hadn't gone off, thankfully, but the barrel was bent slightly, just enough to throw off his aim. Still, he thought, it wasn't too badly bent; It could probably hit something close enough, and anyway, the merest sight of a firearm was enough to get his way from most people. He slid it into his holster, grumbling at the awkward fit.
Squinting into the surrounding gloom, Jory found it hard to make out anything concrete. Shafts of light shone dimly through distant pitfalls. In the dark, they seemed almost near enough to touch, but he could tell from their size just how distant they were. Nearer by, he could just make out a number of squat, rounded shapes laying in intervals across the floor of the cavern. Their exact forms were hidden in shadow. Jory's curiosity got the better of him, and he reached for the nearest one, rolling it into the light. Once it reached the edge of the moonlight shaft, however, Jory's breath hitched.
The dim light shone down upon the dome of a human skull, stained brown by the weathering of untold time, the empty sockets staring into Jory's eyes like pools of black ochre. A shiver ran up his spine, and he shoved it away in disgust, watching it roll to a stop a few feet away. He shivered; Maybe it was just his imagination, but as his eyes adjusted to the low light, he thought he could make out the fleshless face staring at him through the darkness.
His eyes darted from side to side. All around, he realized, he was surrounded by skulls. Every direction was the same thing, from wall to wall of the cavern, arranged across the floor in rows like an apocalyptic city of the dead. He stared up into the hole, and the twinkling stars beyond. It had to be fifteen, twenty feet up; No way he'd make it up there without a ladder.
His only other option, therefore, was to make his way through this makeshift ossuary in hopes of finding an exit. The thought of crawling between bones of unknown, but undoubtedly ancient bones unnerved him greatly, but the other option was waiting for some townsfolk to stumble across the hole; That, or eating one of the bullets from his broken pistol, assuming it would fire at all.
At the same time, a sound rose over his pounding heartbeat. At first, he mistook it for the ringing in his ears; Then, as it grew louder, Jory began to detect shapes moving in the distant darkness. A shiver ran up his spine as the noise became distinct; A hiss, as if from a hundred snakes, filled the chamber around him. He could see them, slithering around in the darkness, between skulls, through skulls... The dead eye sockets facing him in the dark became home to a pair of unusually large rattlesnakes.
Jory's heart thudded in his chest as the weight of his situation slammed down upon him, and he let out a strangled cry, almost drowned out by the sheer volume of hissing. He scrambled backwards, kicking at a snake with his good leg. His eyes darted, searching for a way out, but the darkness hid nothing but the long, writhing shapes of diamond-backed rattlers.
As a long, brown-backed serpent slid into view, the gunfighter began to crawl. He shut his eyes as the aura of light fell away, not that it mattered in the dark cavern. Something smooth and slimy brushed past his hand, and something came over him. A feeling, an instinct from ages long past, when men held serpents at bay with fire and spear. Groping blindly, his hand wrapped around something sharp. He stabbed down where he instinctively knew the serpent lay, grimacing as it writhed around his improvised blade.
As it died, the fiend let out a hiss unlike any Jory had ever heard. It was shriller than a rattlesnake had any right to be, filling his very soul with loathing for the squirming beast. He stabbed and stabbed, feeling the snake's warm blood splatter across his hands. It felt good. It was only when he heard the rising hissing of the rest of the den, attracted by their brother's death-cry, that he shook out of his trance and scrambled up the gently slanting rock face.
The slithering fiends drew closer, and he picked up the pace, shoving through piles of skulls and bones. There had to be dozens, if not hundreds of skeletons scattered through the cave system, killed by the fall or by the venomous fangs of a thousand hungry serpents. He shivered, pressing on despite the growing pain in his hands and knees.
The hissing faded the further he went, and he gave his thanks to whatever god may be listening that the snakes were leaving him behind. Whatever reason they had for leaving him behind, he didn't care. As far as he was concerned, all that mattered was finding a way out. The snakes had to have some way in and out; Living off the victims of the ridge would be slim pickings for a den of that size.
After a long while spent crawling on his hands and knees in the pitch black, the darkness behind his eyelids seemed to lighten, and he opened his eyes. It was shockingly bright, and for a moment, he thought he had found a way out, until he noticed the stone walls around him. He was in a ravine, deep beneath the surface of the earth, with the light of the moon shining through a jagged hole high above.
Feeling a weight in his hand, he almost jumped, before realizing he was still clutching his improvised weapon. It wasn't just any old jagged rock, rather, it appeared to have been napped by hand into a narrow leaf shape, ending in a blood-caked point. Looking down at his hand, Jory realized that not all of the blood was the snake's; At some point during the crawl, the sharpened edges had bitten into his hand. The adrenaline kept the pain away then, but now, he winced as a sharp stinging began, blood dripping upon the stones from the torn skin.
Tugging off his bandana, Jory bandaged his hand and began a closer inspection of the area he found himself in. The walls were covered in pictographs in a style similar to that of the local Indians, but with a certain angularity of design that he couldn't quite place. The scene seemed to be one of hunting, with men armed with spears chasing after blobs that may have been buffalo. No horses were depicted, and Jory wondered just how long it had been since living men last visited this cavern.
He crawled on, the pain in his broken leg dulling to a steady throb, examining each painting as he passed. The hunting scene ended suddenly with hunters and buffalo alike tumbling into the dark depths of a puddle of faded ocher. Looking up at the sky, Jory couldn't help but wonder exactly how wide the hole at the top really was – Wide enough for a man? Most definitely. Wide enough for a whole herd of stampeding beeves?
The next painting was somewhat more grim in nature. The hunting party had been winnowed somewhat, with most of the figures laying on their sides atop a floor composed of squiggling lines, with the dead buffalo nearby. No, he realized, not a floor – The dead hunters were surrounded by a mass of snakes, no doubt the ancestors of the den he had just crawled through.
A shiver ran up his spine as he thought about the bones he had shoved so carelessly aside. A few feet over, the survivors too were on the ground, though their crouched positions marked them from their dead comrades. A curved line led along the wall for several feet before ending in a split near the men. A head and shoulders hung limply from between the halves, his spear laying uselessly on the floor. Jory stared at it for a moment, uncomprehending, until he realized what he was seeing – A massive serpent consuming a man whole, while his fellows knelt in apparent deference to the beast.
It was huge in comparison to the men, about two hands thick from top to bottom. It was all fictional, of course, but the mere thought of such a creature caused Jory to shudder. For once, the narrow walls gave him comfort – Nothing that size could squeeze between these narrow walls, whose widest point gave just enough room for a man to lay down.
Besides, he thought, glancing over the mural, snakes weren't known for their artistic talent. He chuckled weakly to himself, trying to banish such thoughts from his mind. Up ahead, the starry sky disappeared behind a rock ledge, and only a dim glow remained to illuminate the tunnel. Glancing at the sky one last time, Jory continued his crawl, eager to put the strange images behind him.
A few meters ahead, the path split into two darkened forks, and he paused for a moment as he determined which route to take. There was no breeze from either direction, but a sound seemed to echo down one of the passages. It was a low, gurgling moan, different from the hissing that lay behind him. For a moment, he imagined it as the dying groan of the Indian caught between the serpent's jaws, before quickly putting it out of his mind.
The sound was clearly water, burbling through a distant cavern. With luck, there would be an exit nearby – There were creeks winding their way through the foothills, where the locals came to pan for gold and get stinking drunk off rotgut peddled by traveling merchants.
His parched throat sealed the deal, and Jory took to his hands and knees once more. This tunnel was smoother than the previous one, as if worn down by the passage of some great weight. Or water, he told himself. The rainy season probably turned the place into a regular Rio Grand. Cold, clear, delicious... The thought drove him onward, the steady gurgle of the stream grew nearer and nearer with every passing step.
Soon, it became a roar, and the floor beneath him grew damp to the touch. Water trickled from cracks in the walls and ceiling, and Jory found himself feeling along the wall, pausing every few feet to sip from one of the tiny fonts. They were set back in the walls, making them tough to get at, and the boy soon gave up his attempts and continued on, where, he knew, he would find an easier source.
The tunnel curved ahead, with a dim, greenish glow visible beyond the edge. The sound of rushing water echoed through the belly of the earth, drowning out everything but the sound of his own ragged breathing. Still, he couldn't quite shake the feeling that there was something else, some noise hidden beneath the crashing waves upon ancient stalagmites. Jory fell against the wall, drawing his pistol as he approached the turn. He wasn't entirely sure what he could find; Snakes, probably. Indians, maybe. And, if that painting's scale were even a quarter true...
He slapped himself, the sound eaten by the underground river. What was this, a dime novel? He had to be getting delirious; When was the last time he'd slept? Squinting in the dim light, he tugged out his pocket watch; The hands had stopped sometime in the early morning, with a long crack streaking across the glass, probably sustained during the initial fall.
Judging from the angle of the moon earlier, sunrise was still hours away. He hadn't even been awake for twenty four hours, and here he was, stifling yawns before what could be his final stand against the serpentine menace. The moonlight leaking into the tunnel revealed no shadows of what lay beyond. Finally, swallowing his fear, he crept around the corner, hand clenched around the grip of his revolver.
Just beyond the turn, the tunnel opened into a vast, bowl-shaped cavern, with moonlight filtering through a hole in the roof. A stream rushed through the center, fed by a dozen rivulets coming through holes in the rock. The surrounding rubble was thick with moss, giving the air a greenish tint.
A waterfall bore the stream into the cavern, set deep into the wall where it had been rushing for countless centuries, while at the other end, the flow disappeared through the yawning mouth of a tunnel. A few more minor passages lay on the other side, and in the dim glow of light, Jory could see that some of them sloped up, hopefully connecting to the numerous caves of the foothills.
For now, however, there was only one thing on his mind. Jory scrambled down the rocky slope, sometimes devolving into a haphazard tumble. His clothes caught on sharp edges, but he pushed forward, letting them tear rather than delay his mad rush downhill.
It looked a lot smaller from further away; Up close, it was more like a river, as wide as a city street. The white water made it impossible to tell the depth, but Jory wasn't about to test his wading skills, not with a bum leg. Instead, he cupped his hands and drank, shivering as the frigid water slid down his throat. It was cold enough to make his teeth ache.
He knelt there, gulping handfuls of water like a desert wanderer. He only wished he'd grabbed that saddle tramp's whisky bottle, so he could at least bring some with him on the journey ahead. What journey, he wasn't entirely sure; The river was impassible with his snapped leg, making the tunnels on the other side completely inaccessible.
Glancing around, he found no such luck on his side. The only passage was the one he'd just come from, leading back to the snakepit. It must have been their den, he decided; That's why they didn't chase him beyond the cavern, they were only defending their nest. He thought about the walls of the ravine; A healthy man could probably scale it, but with his leg, he wasn't sure he could risk it.
As he sat weighing his options, he began to notice a noise – The noise he thought he could hear earlier, just below the rushing water. It wasn't coming from the cavern, he realized... But behind him. Slowly, he turned his head to gaze at the tunnel mouth, and saw a shape, dark and amorphous, moving just inside the shadow.
His hand slid to his holster – A bent gun was better than no gun at all – But found nothing. A glimmer on the slope caught his attention, and he saw the polished barrel of his revolver poking out between lumps of moss. The thing moved in the shadow, and he knew he would never have time to grab the thing, let alone aim and compensate for the broken sights.
He glanced at the stream, feeling the cold spray across his face. The tunnel mouth was wide and squat, with barely any space between the water and roof. The exit could be miles away, if there was one at all. Indecision gnawed at the gunfighter's nerves, but he managed to scoot closer to the river, dipping an experimental hand in the rough flow. With a strangled cry, he slipped down the wet bank and splashed into the water below.
After years of suffering beneath the hot southwestern sun, he thought he would never feel cold, true, freezing cold again. He fought to remain on the surface, underwater rocks shredding his boots and feet. Water choked his nose and mouth, but he managed to remain upright.
The tunnel loomed in front of him like the gaping maw of the Earth, threatening to swallow him whole. He struggled against the current, more thrashing than swimming, but the flow was simply too fast and rough. Every time he thought he was getting closer to the bank, a swell would rise up to choke him and drive him back into the center.
Suddenly, a sharp rock rose up from the depths, splitting his shirt down the middle and driving a bloody gouge through his midsection. Jory opened his mouth to scream, only for water to flood his lungs and stifle his cry. Reaching desperately, he grabbed hold of the rock, ignoring the pain caused by the jagged edges and drawing himself up against it.
The shore was just a few feet away. Jory stared, wild-eyed, at the safety so close at hand. The river beat down upon his shoulders, threatening to rip him away at any second. Water muffled his ears, but he heard something strange – Not the hissing of water through rocks, but a different, altogether more sinister sound.
Looking up at the passage through which he had entered, Jory couldn't help but let out a chuckle. He let go of the rock, letting the current whisk him away downstream. The darkness of the river tunnel came over him, and his back slammed against the low roof. He didn't scream; He didn't have the energy. Instead, rolling onto his back, he shut his eyes, and let the water carry him away.
“Thought ye could escape, did'je?”
Light filtered through Jory's closed eyelids. His entire body ached. That surprised him; He'd rather expected for his wounds to be healed upon entering heaven. Unless, of course, this was the other place. Which one, he didn't care to find out just yet. His head throbbed, and anyway, he'd have an eternity to deal with it, whichever one it was. And so, he kept his eyes shut.
“Some ol' housewife found ye floatin' in the creek down yonder foothills,” The gravelly voice spoke, and a puff of tobacco smoke drifted into Jory's nostrils, “Thought ye was dead fer sure, but Doc Bilder patched ye up, right as rain.”
The voice was familiar, and a memory stirred within the young gunslinger's aching head. Suddenly, Jory's eyes shot open, and he tried to sit up, only for pain to shoot through his back and force him back down.
The visitor let out a harsh laugh, and Jory's face went pale as he turned to face Sheriff Bowdry. A cigar hung from the old man's wrinkled lips, framed by a pair of iron bars behind him. It took Jory a moment to realize he was in a jail cell, the only one in town. It wasn't much, just a cot and a piss bucket that hadn't been emptied since last Independence Day.
“Wh-why?” Jory muttered, to which the old man simply laughed.
“Y'didn't think ye could cheat th' people out of a good hangin', did ye?” The old man laughed, taking a puff from his cigar. Tipping his hat, Sheriff Bowdry turned and walked out of the cell, disappearing around the corner.
The door, he realized with a start, was still open. Jory groaned, dragging himself up, but another shot of agony ripped down his back and sent him flopping down again. The springs of the cot creaked beneath him, and he heard Sheriff Bowdry laughing from his desk around the corner. Jory let out a choked cry, and sank into the ragged mattress.
He thought of the gallows, the rope and the casket, the jeering crowd of his former friends and neighbors, but found it difficult to care. His thoughts kept drifting back to the last moments in the cave. Safety was just within reach, he looked up, and saw a pair of huge, yellow eyes staring back at him from the darkened passage.
Outside, he could hear the hammers banging, the workmen chatting and laughing and swearing. It wouldn't be long now. A smile graced his lips, and he drifted once more into unconsciousness.
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2018.01.29 10:55 egilsaga The Escape of Jory McCall

Las Brujas Ridge was shunned by the people of Howard County, and not without reason; It was part of a treacherous karst system, the overgrown grass and stunted scrub brush serving to conceal dangerous pitfalls, which had claimed the lives of many unwary explorers. The more superstitious among the locals said the cave system was rooted down in hell, and that demons had been seen clambering over the craggy rocks during the full moon, while old Scratch, the Devil himself, flew cackling through the night sky, his black wings blotting out the stars for miles around.
Jory McCall gave little heed to such fanciful tales; Indeed, as he scrambled up the steep rock face, he was counting on them to keep him safe. It wasn't his fault the man had died; He only wanted to make a point to that damn drunken saddle tramp about the proper treatment of a civilized lady, but his pistol's hammer had always been loose, and before he knew it, the man lay crumpled on the ground with a lead slug in his belly. The second shot was just to end his suffering – Gutshot was a slow and agonizing death. It was the least he could do.
He'd been halfway out of Plain Forks by the time anyone was man enough to raise the alarm; He managed to keep that head start most of the evening, but one could see a long way on the prairie, and there was only one possible cause for that cloud of dust rising in the distance. So, ditching his horse and giving her a good smack to send her running in the other direction, he trudged his way through the bush, in the direction of the ridge where he knew he would find sanctuary.
There were holes all over the place, and it was only with extreme caution that he was able to skirt around some without falling in. While hiding out inside the cave system was tempting, most of these holes led to drops of a dozen feet or more. More than enough to break a man's legs, or his neck if he landed wrong, and then where would he be? No point in evading the law just to starve or shoot himself inside some dark rattler den.
The climb was slow and tedious; It wasn't overly steep, but the rocks were big and jagged, while the bramble clung to his clothing and left painful scratches across his exposed head and neck. His riding gloves were thick enough to keep his hands safe, but he found himself compelled to abandon his duster. The long oilskin tail protected his legs somewhat from the rough ground, but the rough fabric only seemed to attract thorns, forcing him to pause and carefully extract it whenever one took hold. He dropped it into a small pothole, hoping to recover it later; It was only after a couple of seconds without hearing it hit bottom that he realized he was peering into a void of unknown, but doubtless immeasurable depth. Crawling carefully around the pit, he continued on, somewhat more cautiously than before.
After what seemed like hours amidst the endless bramble, he came to the edge of the ridge. Among the roots of a thicket of long-dead Joshua trees, he had a fine vantage point over the surrounding countryside. The town's new electric streetlamps glowed dimly in the distance; Closer by, he could see the cloud of dust as a group of lawmen and deputized townsfolk tore up the trail. In the moonlight, he could just about make out the individual riders; Teddy Schweiser, the blacksmith's apprentice; Elijah Calwood, an old drunk with a temper as mean as an angry goat; And at the head of the line, Sheriff Bowdry, his long overcoat flapping behind him, the brass star on his chest glinting in the moonlight.
There was nothing to now but wait, and hope his gambit would pay off. Hidden away between the roots, his face opaque with trail dust and dark bloodstains, he watched the posse grow nearer. Their hoofbeats pounded louder and louder as they closed in, and Jory felt a stroke of fear. There were two roads that passed by the ridge. One led to the nearby coal mine; The other through a swathe of ranchland before reaching Serenity's Gate, and the railroad.
If the Sheriff's men chose to take the road leading to town, he'd be stuck on top of the ridge all night waiting for them to return, and by the time it was safe to climb down, the word of his crime would be out, and he'd never escape justice.
On the other hand, if they followed the mining road, he was home free; He could clamber down the side of the hill in half the time it took him to climb up, steal a horse from one of the nearby ranches and ride like the Jack of Diamonds into the sunset. Despite the mayor's insistence, there was no need for a telegraph line between a mining village and the county seat, so he could be halfway to California before word of his deed spread.
The posse neared the crossroads, then slowed. He wasn't sure with the distance, but it seemed that Schweiser was having a word with the Sheriff. Then, the other placed a hand on the old man's shoulder, seemingly in agreement with the first. The Sheriff slumped slightly in the saddle, giving the ridge a long, hard look, before turning away and thundering down the mining road, the two deputized men following close behind.
Jory let out a sigh of relief; For a moment, it seemed as though the old man were staring directly at him. The feeling passed as the pounding hoofbeats began to recede, and the young gunslinger drew himself to his feet. He rested against the tree for a moment, picking twigs and prickles from his clothing, before turning to make his way down the hillside.
It was faster going this time, and he was halfway down the slope before he knew it. With a better vantage point, he was able to pick out the clearest path; The holes were less worrisome when he could see them right off, and soon, he found himself tramping downhill without a care. Thoughts and worries preoccupied him; Where would he go now? What would he do? He didn't have time to think about it before, but now, with hours left to pick his own way, he'd have to make some hard choices.
Even if the Sheriff turned around, he was well enough acquainted with the local geography that hiding would be trivially easy. It was afterward that worried him – Trains came through Serenity's Gate once every few days, but he wasn't well acquainted with the schedule. The next town was a hundred miles down the line. A few day's ride for a good horse, but without supplies under the hot Nevada sun, he doubted if he'd make it more than a day.
He looked down at his empty canteen, trying to remember how long a man could survive without water. That was the priority – If he couldn't catch a train before sundown tomorrow, he'd have to gather up some waterskins. A new duster, too – A good longcoat would keep the sun off his back during the day, and keep the chill from his bones at night.
As he trotted down the hill, picking his way between bramble and brush, he found himself paying little attention to the ground ahead. He was trying to remember the name of the local tailor when his boot scuffed against a rock. Swearing, he stepped over it, only to slip and fall on a patch of loose soil. It was then that Jory looked down, and saw the gaping maw of a cavern rising up to greet him.
“Oh, hell!” He shouted, twisting around to grab something, anything to arrest his fall. His hands grappled for purchase on the ledge, but found none. The big rocks were too far to grab now, so, in desperation, he grabbed hold of a scrub branch. For a moment, his descent slowed, as the thin, dying fibers creaked and grew taut. Then, it snapped, and Jory screamed as he slipped over the edge, into the inky blackness below.
The gunslinger landed with a sickening crack, and he tumbled over, pain shooting up his leg with an intensity he had never felt before. Gritting his teeth to keep from screaming, he managed to drag himself into a sitting position to survey the damage. The cave was brighter than expected, though that wasn't saying much. A single shaft of moonlight cast a dim glow around him, just enough that he could see his ankle bulging out, and his foot twisted unnaturally to one side.
He could feel something moving in his leg as he shifted it – The bone was broken, no doubt about it. It wasn't sticking out, which was one thing he could be grateful for – He'd once seen a man take a burro hoof to the knee, and bleed to death from the gaping wound before the doctor could arrive.
Walking to safety was out of the question, but if he could find a bronco, or flag down some kindly passerby... He made to stand up, but felt the bone shift, and sank back to the ground. He knew he'd have to leave, and soon, if he didn't want to walk into an ambush once word reached Serenity's Gate, and the slew of drunkards with rusty pistols and lofty ambitions of buying their own bottle of mezcal.
His gun lay on the ground near him; The damned loose hammer hadn't gone off, thankfully, but the barrel was bent slightly, just enough to throw off his aim. Still, he thought, it wasn't too badly bent; It could probably hit something close enough, and anyway, the merest sight of a firearm was enough to get his way from most people. He slid it into his holster, grumbling at the awkward fit.
Squinting into the surrounding gloom, Jory found it hard to make out anything concrete. Shafts of light shone dimly through distant pitfalls. In the dark, they seemed almost near enough to touch, but he could tell from their size just how distant they were. Nearer by, he could just make out a number of squat, rounded shapes laying in intervals across the floor of the cavern. Their exact forms were hidden in shadow. Jory's curiosity got the better of him, and he reached for the nearest one, rolling it into the light. Once it reached the edge of the moonlight shaft, however, Jory's breath hitched.
The dim light shone down upon the dome of a human skull, stained brown by the weathering of untold time, the empty sockets staring into Jory's eyes like pools of black ochre. A shiver ran up his spine, and he shoved it away in disgust, watching it roll to a stop a few feet away. He shivered; Maybe it was just his imagination, but as his eyes adjusted to the low light, he thought he could make out the fleshless face staring at him through the darkness.
His eyes darted from side to side. All around, he realized, he was surrounded by skulls. Every direction was the same thing, from wall to wall of the cavern, arranged across the floor in rows like an apocalyptic city of the dead. He stared up into the hole, and the twinkling stars beyond. It had to be fifteen, twenty feet up; No way he'd make it up there without a ladder.
His only other option, therefore, was to make his way through this makeshift ossuary in hopes of finding an exit. The thought of crawling between bones of unknown, but undoubtedly ancient bones unnerved him greatly, but the other option was waiting for some townsfolk to stumble across the hole; That, or eating one of the bullets from his broken pistol, assuming it would fire at all.
At the same time, a sound rose over his pounding heartbeat. At first, he mistook it for the ringing in his ears; Then, as it grew louder, Jory began to detect shapes moving in the distant darkness. A shiver ran up his spine as the noise became distinct; A hiss, as if from a hundred snakes, filled the chamber around him. He could see them, slithering around in the darkness, between skulls, through skulls... The dead eye sockets facing him in the dark became home to a pair of unusually large rattlesnakes.
Jory's heart thudded in his chest as the weight of his situation slammed down upon him, and he let out a strangled cry, almost drowned out by the sheer volume of hissing. He scrambled backwards, kicking at a snake with his good leg. His eyes darted, searching for a way out, but the darkness hid nothing but the long, writhing shapes of diamond-backed rattlers.
As a long, brown-backed serpent slid into view, the gunfighter began to crawl. He shut his eyes as the aura of light fell away, not that it mattered in the dark cavern. Something smooth and slimy brushed past his hand, and something came over him. A feeling, an instinct from ages long past, when men held serpents at bay with fire and spear. Groping blindly, his hand wrapped around something sharp. He stabbed down where he instinctively knew the serpent lay, grimacing as it writhed around his improvised blade.
As it died, the fiend let out a hiss unlike any Jory had ever heard. It was shriller than a rattlesnake had any right to be, filling his very soul with loathing for the squirming beast. He stabbed and stabbed, feeling the snake's warm blood splatter across his hands. It felt good. It was only when he heard the rising hissing of the rest of the den, attracted by their brother's death-cry, that he shook out of his trance and scrambled up the gently slanting rock face.
The slithering fiends drew closer, and he picked up the pace, shoving through piles of skulls and bones. There had to be dozens, if not hundreds of skeletons scattered through the cave system, killed by the fall or by the venomous fangs of a thousand hungry serpents. He shivered, pressing on despite the growing pain in his hands and knees.
The hissing faded the further he went, and he gave his thanks to whatever god may be listening that the snakes were leaving him behind. Whatever reason they had for leaving him behind, he didn't care. As far as he was concerned, all that mattered was finding a way out. The snakes had to have some way in and out; Living off the victims of the ridge would be slim pickings for a den of that size.
After a long while spent crawling on his hands and knees in the pitch black, the darkness behind his eyelids seemed to lighten, and he opened his eyes. It was shockingly bright, and for a moment, he thought he had found a way out, until he noticed the stone walls around him. He was in a ravine, deep beneath the surface of the earth, with the light of the moon shining through a jagged hole high above.
Feeling a weight in his hand, he almost jumped, before realizing he was still clutching his improvised weapon. It wasn't just any old jagged rock, rather, it appeared to have been napped by hand into a narrow leaf shape, ending in a blood-caked point. Looking down at his hand, Jory realized that not all of the blood was the snake's; At some point during the crawl, the sharpened edges had bitten into his hand. The adrenaline kept the pain away then, but now, he winced as a sharp stinging began, blood dripping upon the stones from the torn skin.
Tugging off his bandana, Jory bandaged his hand and began a closer inspection of the area he found himself in. The walls were covered in pictographs in a style similar to that of the local Indians, but with a certain angularity of design that he couldn't quite place. The scene seemed to be one of hunting, with men armed with spears chasing after blobs that may have been buffalo. No horses were depicted, and Jory wondered just how long it had been since living men last visited this cavern.
He crawled on, the pain in his broken leg dulling to a steady throb, examining each painting as he passed. The hunting scene ended suddenly with hunters and buffalo alike tumbling into the dark depths of a puddle of faded ocher. Looking up at the sky, Jory couldn't help but wonder exactly how wide the hole at the top really was – Wide enough for a man? Most definitely. Wide enough for a whole herd of stampeding beeves?
The next painting was somewhat more grim in nature. The hunting party had been winnowed somewhat, with most of the figures laying on their sides atop a floor composed of squiggling lines, with the dead buffalo nearby. No, he realized, not a floor – The dead hunters were surrounded by a mass of snakes, no doubt the ancestors of the den he had just crawled through.
A shiver ran up his spine as he thought about the bones he had shoved so carelessly aside. A few feet over, the survivors too were on the ground, though their crouched positions marked them from their dead comrades. A curved line led along the wall for several feet before ending in a split near the men. A head and shoulders hung limply from between the halves, his spear laying uselessly on the floor. Jory stared at it for a moment, uncomprehending, until he realized what he was seeing – A massive serpent consuming a man whole, while his fellows knelt in apparent deference to the beast.
It was huge in comparison to the men, about two hands thick from top to bottom. It was all fictional, of course, but the mere thought of such a creature caused Jory to shudder. For once, the narrow walls gave him comfort – Nothing that size could squeeze between these narrow walls, whose widest point gave just enough room for a man to lay down.
Besides, he thought, glancing over the mural, snakes weren't known for their artistic talent. He chuckled weakly to himself, trying to banish such thoughts from his mind. Up ahead, the starry sky disappeared behind a rock ledge, and only a dim glow remained to illuminate the tunnel. Glancing at the sky one last time, Jory continued his crawl, eager to put the strange images behind him.
A few meters ahead, the path split into two darkened forks, and he paused for a moment as he determined which route to take. There was no breeze from either direction, but a sound seemed to echo down one of the passages. It was a low, gurgling moan, different from the hissing that lay behind him. For a moment, he imagined it as the dying groan of the Indian caught between the serpent's jaws, before quickly putting it out of his mind.
The sound was clearly water, burbling through a distant cavern. With luck, there would be an exit nearby – There were creeks winding their way through the foothills, where the locals came to pan for gold and get stinking drunk off rotgut peddled by traveling merchants.
His parched throat sealed the deal, and Jory took to his hands and knees once more. This tunnel was smoother than the previous one, as if worn down by the passage of some great weight. Or water, he told himself. The rainy season probably turned the place into a regular Rio Grand. Cold, clear, delicious... The thought drove him onward, the steady gurgle of the stream grew nearer and nearer with every passing step.
Soon, it became a roar, and the floor beneath him grew damp to the touch. Water trickled from cracks in the walls and ceiling, and Jory found himself feeling along the wall, pausing every few feet to sip from one of the tiny fonts. They were set back in the walls, making them tough to get at, and the boy soon gave up his attempts and continued on, where, he knew, he would find an easier source.
The tunnel curved ahead, with a dim, greenish glow visible beyond the edge. The sound of rushing water echoed through the belly of the earth, drowning out everything but the sound of his own ragged breathing. Still, he couldn't quite shake the feeling that there was something else, some noise hidden beneath the crashing waves upon ancient stalagmites. Jory fell against the wall, drawing his pistol as he approached the turn. He wasn't entirely sure what he could find; Snakes, probably. Indians, maybe. And, if that painting's scale were even a quarter true...
He slapped himself, the sound eaten by the underground river. What was this, a dime novel? He had to be getting delirious; When was the last time he'd slept? Squinting in the dim light, he tugged out his pocket watch; The hands had stopped sometime in the early morning, with a long crack streaking across the glass, probably sustained during the initial fall.
Judging from the angle of the moon earlier, sunrise was still hours away. He hadn't even been awake for twenty four hours, and here he was, stifling yawns before what could be his final stand against the serpentine menace. The moonlight leaking into the tunnel revealed no shadows of what lay beyond. Finally, swallowing his fear, he crept around the corner, hand clenched around the grip of his revolver.
Just beyond the turn, the tunnel opened into a vast, bowl-shaped cavern, with moonlight filtering through a hole in the roof. A stream rushed through the center, fed by a dozen rivulets coming through holes in the rock. The surrounding rubble was thick with moss, giving the air a greenish tint.
A waterfall bore the stream into the cavern, set deep into the wall where it had been rushing for countless centuries, while at the other end, the flow disappeared through the yawning mouth of a tunnel. A few more minor passages lay on the other side, and in the dim glow of light, Jory could see that some of them sloped up, hopefully connecting to the numerous caves of the foothills.
For now, however, there was only one thing on his mind. Jory scrambled down the rocky slope, sometimes devolving into a haphazard tumble. His clothes caught on sharp edges, but he pushed forward, letting them tear rather than delay his mad rush downhill.
It looked a lot smaller from further away; Up close, it was more like a river, as wide as a city street. The white water made it impossible to tell the depth, but Jory wasn't about to test his wading skills, not with a bum leg. Instead, he cupped his hands and drank, shivering as the frigid water slid down his throat. It was cold enough to make his teeth ache.
He knelt there, gulping handfuls of water like a desert wanderer. He only wished he'd grabbed that saddle tramp's whisky bottle, so he could at least bring some with him on the journey ahead. What journey, he wasn't entirely sure; The river was impassible with his snapped leg, making the tunnels on the other side completely inaccessible.
Glancing around, he found no such luck on his side. The only passage was the one he'd just come from, leading back to the snakepit. It must have been their den, he decided; That's why they didn't chase him beyond the cavern, they were only defending their nest. He thought about the walls of the ravine; A healthy man could probably scale it, but with his leg, he wasn't sure he could risk it.
As he sat weighing his options, he began to notice a noise – The noise he thought he could hear earlier, just below the rushing water. It wasn't coming from the cavern, he realized... But behind him. Slowly, he turned his head to gaze at the tunnel mouth, and saw a shape, dark and amorphous, moving just inside the shadow.
His hand slid to his holster – A bent gun was better than no gun at all – But found nothing. A glimmer on the slope caught his attention, and he saw the polished barrel of his revolver poking out between lumps of moss. The thing moved in the shadow, and he knew he would never have time to grab the thing, let alone aim and compensate for the broken sights.
He glanced at the stream, feeling the cold spray across his face. The tunnel mouth was wide and squat, with barely any space between the water and roof. The exit could be miles away, if there was one at all. Indecision gnawed at the gunfighter's nerves, but he managed to scoot closer to the river, dipping an experimental hand in the rough flow. With a strangled cry, he slipped down the wet bank and splashed into the water below.
After years of suffering beneath the hot southwestern sun, he thought he would never feel cold, true, freezing cold again. He fought to remain on the surface, underwater rocks shredding his boots and feet. Water choked his nose and mouth, but he managed to remain upright.
The tunnel loomed in front of him like the gaping maw of the Earth, threatening to swallow him whole. He struggled against the current, more thrashing than swimming, but the flow was simply too fast and rough. Every time he thought he was getting closer to the bank, a swell would rise up to choke him and drive him back into the center.
Suddenly, a sharp rock rose up from the depths, splitting his shirt down the middle and driving a bloody gouge through his midsection. Jory opened his mouth to scream, only for water to flood his lungs and stifle his cry. Reaching desperately, he grabbed hold of the rock, ignoring the pain caused by the jagged edges and drawing himself up against it.
The shore was just a few feet away. Jory stared, wild-eyed, at the safety so close at hand. The river beat down upon his shoulders, threatening to rip him away at any second. Water muffled his ears, but he heard something strange – Not the hissing of water through rocks, but a different, altogether more sinister sound.
Looking up at the passage through which he had entered, Jory couldn't help but let out a chuckle. He let go of the rock, letting the current whisk him away downstream. The darkness of the river tunnel came over him, and his back slammed against the low roof. He didn't scream; He didn't have the energy. Instead, rolling onto his back, he shut his eyes, and let the water carry him away.
“Thought ye could escape, did'je?”
Light filtered through Jory's closed eyelids. His entire body ached. That surprised him; He'd rather expected for his wounds to be healed upon entering heaven. Unless, of course, this was the other place. Which one, he didn't care to find out just yet. His head throbbed, and anyway, he'd have an eternity to deal with it, whichever one it was. And so, he kept his eyes shut.
“Some ol' housewife found ye floatin' in the creek down yonder foothills,” The gravelly voice spoke, and a puff of tobacco smoke drifted into Jory's nostrils, “Thought ye was dead fer sure, but Doc Bilder patched ye up, right as rain.”
The voice was familiar, and a memory stirred within the young gunslinger's aching head. Suddenly, Jory's eyes shot open, and he tried to sit up, only for pain to shoot through his back and force him back down.
The visitor let out a harsh laugh, and Jory's face went pale as he turned to face Sheriff Bowdry. A cigar hung from the old man's wrinkled lips, framed by a pair of iron bars behind him. It took Jory a moment to realize he was in a jail cell, the only one in town. It wasn't much, just a cot and a piss bucket that hadn't been emptied since last Independence Day.
“Wh-why?” Jory muttered, to which the old man simply laughed.
“Y'didn't think ye could cheat th' people out of a good hangin', did ye?” The old man laughed, taking a puff from his cigar. Tipping his hat, Sheriff Bowdry turned and walked out of the cell, disappearing around the corner.
The door, he realized with a start, was still open. Jory groaned, dragging himself up, but another shot of agony ripped down his back and sent him flopping down again. The springs of the cot creaked beneath him, and he heard Sheriff Bowdry laughing from his desk around the corner. Jory let out a choked cry, and sank into the ragged mattress.
He thought of the gallows, the rope and the casket, the jeering crowd of his former friends and neighbors, but found it difficult to care. His thoughts kept drifting back to the last moments in the cave. Safety was just within reach, he looked up, and saw a pair of huge, yellow eyes staring back at him from the darkened passage.
Outside, he could hear the hammers banging, the workmen chatting and laughing and swearing. It wouldn't be long now. A smile graced his lips, and he drifted once more into unconsciousness.
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2017.09.26 09:06 RM_Official_Thread Pre-Match Thread: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid Champions League Group Stage - Matchday 2

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League

Match Time: 2:45 PM EST 20:45 CEST
Venue: Westfalenstadion/Signal Iduna Park
Capacity: 81.360
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)

Expected Line-ups:

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo.
Coach: Zizou
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Bartra, Toljan; Şahin, Gonzalo Castro, Götze; Pulisic, Yarmolenko, Aubameyang.
Coach: Peter Bosz

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Real Madrid: DWWLW
Dortmund: DLWWW
Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid : Match preview
The reigning European Cup holders tonight face the first big test of their Champions League campaign when they come up against Borussia Dortmund (8:45pm CEST). The Whites, who are sitting joint top of Group H along with Tottenham Hotspur after the Matchday 1 action, will be bidding to secure all three points at a stadium where they have never managed to taste victory as they look to remain top of the pile.
Speaking ahead of the Whites' first away clash in this season's competition, Dani Carvajal declared "I've never managed to win a game here and we're coming up against a really competitive side that will demand the utmost of us". The Whites' record on the road certainly makes for encouraging reading. The team has racked up six wins on the bounce after overcoming Celta, Málaga, Barcelona, Deportivo, Real Sociedad and Alavés, whilst the madridistas have emerged victorious in 15 of their last 16 away assignments.
Zinedine Zidane has named a 20-man squad for this encounter. The Madrid coach, who declared that Dortmund's ground "simply oozes Champions League", is unable to call on the services of Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic,Theo Hernández, Marcelo and Jesús Vallejo
Three handsome victories in a row
This game perhaps comes just as Borussia Dortmund are hitting their best form of the season. The Bundesliga table toppers have run out comprehensive winners in their last three league outings, cruising to victory over Köln (5-1), Hamburg (3-0 away from home) and Mönchengladbach (6-1). What's more, up until last weekend's round of fixtures they were unbeaten so far this term and never before has a Dortmund side kept clean sheets in the opening five games of a Bundesliga season.
Their home record this term is unbeatable: having prevailed in each of their three league outings. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who brought his tally for the season to 12 following Saturday's hat-trick, is the leading scorer for Peter Bosz's side, who are without the injured Marco Reus, Raphaël Guerreiro, Marcel Schmelzer and Sebastian Rode.
Zidane's pre match press conference:
"We're in good shape. We come here on the back of a win and I'm pleased to once again be involved in a Champions League game at what's a fine stadium. This is our last training session and we're ready for tomorrow's game. This is a stadium that simply oozes Champions League and winning here represents a challenge for us".
"Whichever ground you play at it's always tough. We've never won here and it's a challenge for us, because we always go out to try and win. We want to play some good football and I want to see a good game. Every three days you have to prove your worth".
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"That's the pressure we're under, but it doesn't mean anything because we have to show what we're worth in every single game. We want to try and give our all and progress as far as we can. We're in the group stage and once we qualify for the next stage, we'll have to see what happens. Tomorrow's is an important game and we want to win it". Recent results
“A similar thing happened last term, we drew a few games in a row, we're not concerned, quite the opposite. We cannot simply be content with those results, least of all the last one, but that is football. We are not going to change, we will continue the hard work and play better football in order to win. These things can happen over the season”.
Casemiro
"He's a key player and he offers us balance in both defence and attack. He intercepts a lot of passes and does the same job that (Claude) Makélélé did back in the day at this club or (Didier) Deschamps did for France. The way he's performing isn't a surprise to any of us. He's confident and is getting better by the day. He always gives his all out on the pitch".
Kroos
"He's here with us and that means to say that he's fine. We know just how important he is to this team. We've got our final session now and we'll see how he gets on". "The most important thing is to create the chances and we're doing that, but we can't be happy after having only scored twice in Vitoria after carving out so many chances. I believe in the players that I've got and tomorrow we've got the chance to change all of that. Every three days we've got to go out and show that we like scoring goals, and sometimes things don't go to plan, but we'll continue to work hard and show our desire. This is a good setting in which for us to win tomorrow".
Lack of confidence
"I don't think we're lacking in confidence because we believe in what we do. Whilst it's true that there may always be question marks if you look in from the outside, but that's what we have to deal with every three days, that's the tricky part. Every season and every game will be more difficult and if we don't perform to a high standard, things will get tough for us".
Carvajal's game time
"I'm not concerned and we've got Achraf and Nacho who can both operate in that role. We're at the start of the season and Dani is a player that recovers quickly after games. It's important to follow a healthy lifestyle when you know that you've got games every three days, plus he's a young lad".
Affording the opposition many chances
"It's not something that worries me because your opponents are there to pose you problems. What I'm concerned about is trying to play well and producing good football. If you play fine football, you'll create chances, but the opposition are there to make your life difficult. We have to try and nullify that. LaLiga is the toughest league in the world and at times the most difficult thing is to maintain high standards throughout the whole season".
Referees
"They're all the same, both in Spain and in European competitions. They just try to do their job and I'm not here to talk about referees. They've got a tough task on their hands and I'm just focused on my team and tomorrow's game".
Carvajal's pre match press conference:
"I've never managed to win a game here against this really competitive side. Dortmund will demand the utmost of us and we'll need to perform to our best if we're to take the three points. We come here knowing that it's an important game because we can take a big step towards qualifying for the last 16".
"It's a special, important game and one that we all want to be involved in. This is a great setting and you don't need any motivating for the game. The team will stand up and be counted and we're in good shape. We've slipped up because we haven't been clinical enough, not for any other reason. The important thing is to keep on creating the chances because they'll eventually go in. The team is confident and really excited. We're all pulling in the same direction and we offer each other lots of encouragement. We've all had chances to score and not put them away. We need time to perform to our best and there are no question marks within the camp.
Fitness levels
"I'm playing a lot but I'm in perfect shape, am raring to go and am fitter than ever. You can pick up an injury at any given time and last year, when we rotated the team a lot, I got injured in the Champions League semi-final. Zidane is very cautious and when you're in the slightest bit of pain he leaves you out. I'm ready to give 200%". "Nobody has any doubts about Cristiano Ronaldo. I'm lucky enough to be able to enjoy watching him in every training session and it's a real spectacle to see him score goals and lead by example. Whenever he goes a month without scoring he then shuts everyone up by going on to get a lot of goals".
Lack of competition
"Achraf is a lad who picks things up very quickly and there's clearly a reason why the gaffer has decided to bring him here. He'll be a great player, but competition doesn't make me a better player. I don't need competition from anybody, I myself am my best competition".
Handing the opposition a lot of chances
"I don't know why this is the case, if I knew, I'd tell the gaffer. It's something that we've got to correct and it's a blot on our copybook, but we're still at the start of the season and we'll tighten up at the back and the points will be easier to come by if we stop conceding goals".
Source(s) : realmadrid.com

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2017.08.26 21:35 Juglbussines Geld verdienen leicht gemacht

Herzlich Willkommen bei Jugl Business / Geld verdienen leicht gemacht , Ich möchte Ihnen jetzt zeigen, wie Sie ganz einfach mit wenigen Mouseclicks, Ihre Werbung innerhalb der Jugl Business Community schalten können. Es ist ganz einfach. Nach dem Einloggen klicken sie oben links den Navigations Button. Nun einfach im Navigationsmenü auf „Kaufen/verkaufen/Interessen“ angeben klicken. Jetzt auf „Verkaufen/Werbung schalten“ klicken und schon öffnet sich ein hochinteressantes Menü. Sie sehen die stets aktuelle Anzahl aller Mitglieder in Jugl. Wenn Ihr Produkt zum Beispiel nur für Singles oder Autobesitzer interessant ist, so kann man das hier „unter Kategorie“ auswählen, die Zielgruppe damit einschränken. Nun sehen wir die gefilterte Anzahl der Mitglieder, die für dieses Thema in Frage kommen. Es gibt hier sogar 3 Arten des Verkaufens! Wenn Sie Ihr Produkt versteigern wollen, können Sie, ähnlich wie bei Ebay, Ihr Produkt ersteigern lassen. Das ist die Funktion „Bieterverfahren“. Wenn Sie nur den Kontakt möchten und den Verkauf direkt mit dem Interessen klären wollen, wählen sie „ohne Kaufoption“, also eigentlich eine Annonce. Die 3. Auswahlmöglichkeit ist der Sofortkauf. Nachdem die Art des Verkaufs gewählt wurde, geht es nun zum möglichst aussagekräftigen Titel, dem Anzeigentext und natürlich zum Verkaufspreis. Im Anzeigentext sind übrigens auch Links zu Ihrer Webseite oder zu einem Video in Youtube erlaubt. Hier rechts können auch Bilder hochgeladen werden, was ich übrigens empfehle, da die meisten Menschen auf visuelle Reize reagieren. Gönnen Sie Ihren neuen Kunden einen kleinen Betrag, machen Sie also kein Häkchen bei "ohne Werbebonus", sondern tragen sie ein paar Jugls als Motivation ein. Denken sie daran, dass 1 Jugl nur 1 Cent ist und dass kein User für eine Anzeige doppelt kassieren kann. Er kann nur 1x den Werbebonus erhalten. Da zusätzlich ein grosser Teil des Werbebonus an die User zurückfliesst, ist die Motivation, Ihre Werbung wirklich zu lesen, sehr hoch. Diese kleine Investition wird sich für Sie sehr lohnen. Hab ich sie Überzeugt ? Wenn ja , melden sie sich über diesen Link ein und führen diese Schritte durch : Anmelde Link : goo.gl/xPv8sZ sich die App herunterladen und sich einloggen seine Daten vervollständigen eine Aktion in der App ausführen Mitgliedschaft auswählen seine Telefonnummer via SMS Verifizierung bestätigen Doch - nun weiter: Die Lieferzeit! Um Enttäuschungen zu vermeiden, schreiben sie gleich die Lieferzeit plus einen Tag Reserve hier in das Feld. Jetzt geht es um das Budget. Wenn beispielsweise 10.000 Jugl Mitglieder Ihrer Zielgruppe entsprechen, und Sie 5 Cent als Bonus geben, brauchen Sie nicht mehr als 500 EUR, sprich‘ 50.000 Jugls investieren. Beachten Sie, dass nur die tatsächlichen Klicks Ihrer Interessenten berechnet werden. Der hier eingestellte Betrag ist nur der Maximalwert Ihrer Werbung. Er kann natürlich auch kleiner angelegt werden und Sie können die Aktion jederzeit stoppen. Dann werden auch nur die verbrauchten Jugl berechnet. Im Feld "Kaufbonus pro User" können Sie einen Rabatt zum Kaufpreis eingeben. 3% Kaufbonus für den User, der sie einmal zu Jugl ´gebracht hat, sind sicher auch eine nette Geste. Vergessen sie nicht, dass 1 Jugl kein Euro ist, sondern lediglich 1 Cent ist. Die Zahlungsmöglichkeiten können Sie frei auswählen. Geben Sie bei Ort, den Artikelstandpunkt ein. Unter "Dauer der Veröffentlichung" empfehle Ich Ihnen, das Feld frei zu lassen. Jetzt erscheint Ihre Werbung 6 Monate. Wenn es sich um ein Produkt handelt, welches abgeholt werden muss, würde ich hier das Angebot auf einen Umkreis begrenzen, ansonsten lassen Sie die Felder einfach frei. Somit erreichen sie die meisten Jugl Nutzer. So - jetzt müssen Sie nur noch mit "Werbeaktion Jetzt starten" bestätigen, gegebenenfalls Ihr Jugl Konto unter "Mein Konto" hier links etwas auffüllen und schon steht Ihren neuen Geschäften nichts mehr im Wege. Viel Erfolg. Eure Jugl Business / Geld verdienen leicht gemacht Team
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2017.08.26 19:18 Juglbussines Geld Verdienen leicht gemacht

Herzlich Willkommen bei Jugl Business / Geld verdienen leicht gemacht ,
Ich möchte Ihnen jetzt zeigen, wie Sie ganz einfach mit wenigen Mouseclicks, Ihre Werbung innerhalb der Jugl Business Community schalten können. Es ist ganz einfach.
Nach dem Einloggen klicken sie oben links den Navigations Button. Nun einfach im Navigationsmenü auf „Kaufen/verkaufen/Interessen“ angeben klicken. Jetzt auf „Verkaufen/Werbung schalten“ klicken und schon öffnet sich ein hochinteressantes Menü. Sie sehen die stets aktuelle Anzahl aller Mitglieder in Jugl.
Wenn Ihr Produkt zum Beispiel nur für Singles oder Autobesitzer interessant ist, so kann man das hier „unter Kategorie“ auswählen, die Zielgruppe damit einschränken. Nun sehen wir die gefilterte Anzahl der Mitglieder, die für dieses Thema in Frage kommen.
Es gibt hier sogar 3 Arten des Verkaufens! Wenn Sie Ihr Produkt versteigern wollen, können Sie, ähnlich wie bei Ebay, Ihr Produkt ersteigern lassen. Das ist die Funktion „Bieterverfahren“. Wenn Sie nur den Kontakt möchten und den Verkauf direkt mit dem Interessen klären wollen, wählen sie „ohne Kaufoption“, also eigentlich eine Annonce. Die 3. Auswahlmöglichkeit ist der Sofortkauf.
Nachdem die Art des Verkaufs gewählt wurde, geht es nun zum möglichst aussagekräftigen Titel, dem Anzeigentext und natürlich zum Verkaufspreis. Im Anzeigentext sind übrigens auch Links zu Ihrer Webseite oder zu einem Video in Youtube erlaubt.
Hier rechts können auch Bilder hochgeladen werden, was ich übrigens empfehle, da die meisten Menschen auf visuelle Reize reagieren. Gönnen Sie Ihren neuen Kunden einen kleinen Betrag, machen Sie also kein Häkchen bei "ohne Werbebonus", sondern tragen sie ein paar Jugls als Motivation ein. Denken sie daran, dass 1 Jugl nur 1 Cent ist und dass kein User für eine Anzeige doppelt kassieren kann. Er kann nur 1x den Werbebonus erhalten. Da zusätzlich ein grosser Teil des Werbebonus an die User zurückfliesst, ist die Motivation, Ihre Werbung wirklich zu lesen, sehr hoch. Diese kleine Investition wird sich für Sie sehr lohnen.
Hab ich sie Überzeugt ?
Wenn ja , melden sie sich über diesen Link ein und führen diese Schritte durch :
Anmelde Link : goo.gl/xPv8sZ
  1. sich die App herunterladen und sich einloggen
  2. seine Daten vervollständigen
  3. eine Aktion in der App ausführen
  4. Mitgliedschaft auswählen
  5. seine Telefonnummer via SMS Verifizierung bestätigen
Doch - nun weiter: Die Lieferzeit! Um Enttäuschungen zu vermeiden, schreiben sie gleich die Lieferzeit plus einen Tag Reserve hier in das Feld. Jetzt geht es um das Budget. Wenn beispielsweise 10.000 Jugl Mitglieder Ihrer Zielgruppe entsprechen, und Sie 5 Cent als Bonus geben, brauchen Sie nicht mehr als 500 EUR, sprich‘ 50.000 Jugls investieren. Beachten Sie, dass nur die tatsächlichen Klicks Ihrer Interessenten berechnet werden. Der hier eingestellte Betrag ist nur der Maximalwert Ihrer Werbung. Er kann natürlich auch kleiner angelegt werden und Sie können die Aktion jederzeit stoppen. Dann werden auch nur die verbrauchten Jugl berechnet.
Im Feld "Kaufbonus pro User" können Sie einen Rabatt zum Kaufpreis eingeben. 3% Kaufbonus für den User, der sie einmal zu Jugl ´gebracht hat, sind sicher auch eine nette Geste. Vergessen sie nicht, dass 1 Jugl kein Euro ist, sondern lediglich 1 Cent ist.
Die Zahlungsmöglichkeiten können Sie frei auswählen. Geben Sie bei Ort, den Artikelstandpunkt ein. Unter "Dauer der Veröffentlichung" empfehle Ich Ihnen, das Feld frei zu lassen. Jetzt erscheint Ihre Werbung 6 Monate.
Wenn es sich um ein Produkt handelt, welches abgeholt werden muss, würde ich hier das Angebot auf einen Umkreis begrenzen, ansonsten lassen Sie die Felder einfach frei. Somit erreichen sie die meisten Jugl Nutzer.
So - jetzt müssen Sie nur noch mit "Werbeaktion Jetzt starten" bestätigen, gegebenenfalls Ihr Jugl Konto unter "Mein Konto" hier links etwas auffüllen und schon steht Ihren neuen Geschäften nichts mehr im Wege.
Viel Erfolg.
Eure Jugl Business / Geld verdienen leicht gemacht Team
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2017.02.24 02:03 HampsterPig Parker Foster/Tyr

Name/Alias: Parker FosteTyr
Age: 18
Physical appearance: Parker is a rather tall, pale skinned boy/young man, topped with short curly carrot-orange hair and blue eyes, flecked with grey. He could definitely be called lanky, but his long skinny arms are bound with cords of muscle. In public, he usually wears long sleeves, be it dress shirts, jackets or hoodies, no matter the weather. Growing up in the deep south, he is used to warmer weather, or so he claims.
When in costume, he strikes a rather imposing figure. A set of nordic armor, designed to make him look more buffed-up than he actually is. When wearing it he goes from a 5'11" to a looming 6'4". His "mask" is actually completely covers his head, a tinker-tech helm that is stylized on the outside to look realistically like a red-bearded viking of old. Except for his "face" no skin is shown, his left arm is covered in chain and an armored glove, with a pauldron on the shoulder embossed with his name-sake's symbol. The other arm shows off his tinker status, clearly tinker-tech, half his upper-arm down, is a prosthetic arm. How it looks may vary, depending on what arm he has equipped. Under his costume, he wears a fairly plain grey body-suit, in case of extreme damage to his outer armor
Mentality: Growing up, Parker saw his father taking part in big projects for the military and PRT alike, working as a programmer for many of their systems. Parker believes that he needs to do his best to live up to his father's legacy, constantly striving to be better.
That said, Parker is a very kind-hearted individual and will often put others before himself without a thought. He hates being late and is overly critical of any mistake that could possibly attested to him. When left to his own thoughts for too long, he will often fall into a depressive spiral that he may need to be forcibly dragged out of.
Backstory: Parker grew up in Florida, where much of the cape scene is dominated by race gangs vying for control in the more urban areas. Fights would often break out between the hispanic and almost KKK-reminiscent white gangs.
Parker's family wasn't really too special. He was the younger of two brothers. His father got into computer programming at just the right time, with his mother a teacher. His father worked for a variety of defense contractors, as well as the PRT on various projects. His father described it as "doing the best he could do to help the lives of those on the front lines." Parker himself had never really excelled at school, but he always did his best to live up to his dad's example, helping others in troubled times. Altogether, they lived a fairly normal upper-middle class life.
One day, when Parker was only ten, they were on a family vacation, headed into the more urban Orlando area, intending to have a calm beach weekend. What they did not know was that a cape battle between two rival cape gangs would strike right on that beach. Parker's brother, Riley, had always been rather frail, having already nearly died when he was born, when a stray blast hit the two brothers, where Parker lost his right arm, Riley lost his life.
But that isn't when Parker triggered, that came much later.
Riley had always been a model student, dreaming of being a parahuman psychologist, helping capes deal with the issues in their past that led them to develop their powers. When he died, Parker picked up that dream and vowed to make his brother's dream a reality. He did his absolute best in school, even skipping a grade, all with a basic prosthetic arm in place of his lost one. In high school he rose to near the top of his class.
When time for college applications came, Parker sent applications to some of the best schools in the country, but there was a problem. No matter what he did, how many times he sent it, his transcripts never seemed to reach a single school. On one occasion, he drove to 3 different schools and physically handed sealed copies to the admissions office, but even then, they never seemed to be processed. When faced with the possibility of failing his brother, blocked by simple paperwork after months of trying, he triggered. He doesn't like to talk about his trigger event, partly out of shame for not triggering earlier so he could save his brother.
Talking with his parents, he spent a year off of school in the membership of the South South-East Wards in Miami. During his time, he used what he had learned about parahuman psych, he did his to help his team mentally as well as on the battle field, serving as a pillar of support during times of need. Upon turning 18, he applied and was accepted to an university in Ashton. He has declined moving into the Protectorate fully, deciding to complete his studies parahuman psych before joining. He does continue his hero career on the side. He couldn't bear the thought of someone possibly getting hurt when he could have helped.
Resources: Prebuilt arms, $50,000 from time in the Wards, dorm with some furnishings. (Bed, dresser, suped-up computer.
Alignment: Independent Hero. While Parker can see the advantages to being a Protectorate Hero, even through college, he wants to focus on his studies, who knows how that will turn out though.
Equipment/Weaponry: Parker's specialty is advanced cybernetic body replacements. Simply, he makes advanced, sometimes weaponized prosthetics. When on a basic patrol, he normally carries the following.
*Tinker-Tech needs to have maintenance done regularly, his phone and costume are fairly low-level tinkering, but they do require a good 30 minutes of work each week to keep them function at their best. It is his own work, closer to top-notch human quality than tinker insanity.
Phone
This comes under his specialty in a rather vague manner. His phone monitors his arm and connects to his helmet, which is also tinker tech, so he can make calls and send messages using voice commands. Some other functions include:
Costume
Underneath the nordic armor of Tyr's outer costume is rubber flesh, like that of his Loki arm. Much of his costume is the same way, taking from his specialty to build it. Underneath that fake skin is a featureless grey bodysuit. These layers together make up his arm. The face actually moves, mirroring Parker's expressions. This last feature is one of Parker's favorite creations, giving himself a human approach without losing his secret identity.
**Parker's right arm is tinker-tech and he has multiple arms already built. At the stump of his right arm, just below the shoulder, he has a sort of built-in "outlet" for his different arms, allowing him to more quickly and easily exchange arms. It takes some intensive surgery (or force) to remove. Time to switch between two arms is about 1 minute.
These are his pre-made arms. MaA=Major Ability, MiA=Minor Abilities
Arm (Name) Properties of Arm
MaA: Extreme Strength (Magni) Designed to be the strongest arm Parker can make and his basic go-to in combat
MaA: Tesla Coil (Thor) A ranged non-lethal option, can be used in melee as a taser
MiA: Extreme Fine Control, Built-In Tool Kit (Kvasir) Used when Tinkering, provides extreme fine control and built in tools
MaA: Extreme Life-Like (Búri) Looks and feels fully human and natural, basic use for when he is in public OOC
MiA: Realistic Cover, Taser (Loki) Looks normal, has hidden taser in the hand
Magni Arm: Built for strength, this arm is currently Parker's physically strongest and most durable, designed to go head-to-head with Brutes and not break down. The fingers of this arm taper in claws that he can use in combat or to just get a better grip on something. In testing, he's been able to demolish brick or concrete walls given time with relative ease. He could theoretically lift a car, but at that point, the rest of his body's normality comes into play, it can't take the weight of the car, even if his arm can, the end result coming to more tipping one than picking it fully off the ground. Max carry weight of about 400 lbs. General maintenance takes about an hour a week, but after strenuous usage, this can easily take up to three hours or more.
Thor Arm: One of Parker's favorites, it is designed for ranged combat using electrical blasts at mid-range for non-lethal take-downs. Up to about 30 ft, it can shock a person, possibly stunning them. Beyond that, Parker runs the risk of causing serious damage or heart failure. It has a max range of about 200 ft, requiring the full use of a fresh battery. It has the approximate power of a bolt of lightning hitting the target. WARNING: Max output has been not tested and may (will) result in blow-back onto tech and the user. Max carry weight for this arm is about 100 lbs. General maintenance is roughly an hour a week, but after strenuous usage, this can easily take up to three hours or more.
12 Charges Voltage Range Charge Time
1 charge 5000 Melee None
2 charges 5000 40 ft. 1 sec
4 charges 10000 80 ft. 10 sec
8 charges 30000 120 ft. 15 sec
12 charges 60000 160 ft. 20 sec
12* charges 100000 200 ft. 30 sec
*Arm is destroyed beyond any field repair, Parker will take some damage from parts of his Thor arm melting inwardly and the heat coming off of it.
Kvasir Arm: This is Parker's "Tinkering arm." It allows him fine control down to the millimeter, with a set of tools built into the limb. It can split into a two-fingered and three fingered sub-limb. Each finger tip can have one of the screwdriver heads in his hand compartment attached and each joint can spin independently of any others, allowing for a complete range of movement. The index finger also has a possible soldering attachment. It is physically the weakest of his arms, not designed to be used for heavy lifting of any kind. General maintenance is roughly an hour a week, but after strenuous usage, this can easily take up to five hours or more.
Búri Arm: This is the most life-like of all Parker's arms. It has a full sense of touch and pain, and will even bleed fake blood, the sense of pain and touch can be turned off with a mental switch. It looks and feels like a natural arm and is designed to be the same strength as his normal arm. This is also the first arm he built, but has since improved it's quality since that first iteration. One of the easier arms for maintenance, only 45 minutes per week, 2 hours with strenuous use.
Loki Arm: This arm was built during a gang war in Miami, it seemed that it may turn into all out fighting in the streets, so Parker built this for when he was in public out of costume. It looks real, but the skin feels rubbery and fake. It has a built in taser in case of trouble. Max carry strength of 100 lbs.
Each arm does require power, and yes they stop functioning when they run out of power. The Thor arm is just the most power intensive. The Magni arm doesn’t take as much power as the Thor arm, but it does take more than the other non-combat arms. The Magni arm doesn’t really have any special moves, it just crushes. A solid hour of fighting may drain it, but that’s why Parker carries a second battery pack. Changing a battery takes about 10 seconds. With no extreme use, an arm can easily last all day.
Specializations: Parker studied most of his life to be a parahuman psychologist. He has a working knowledge of capes and dealing with the aftermath of trigger events. He also has a year of experience working with the SSE Wards in the field and mentally.
Power: Tinker: Specialization- Advanced Cybernetic Body Replacements
Parker builds super-advanced prosthetics. He himself has only the one missing arm and his experience with his specialization revolves around that. Each arm he creates can either have 1 Major ability or 2 Minor abilities. Below are designs he has plans for now.
Major Minor
Extreme Strength Extreme Fine Control
Flame Cannon Taser
Tesla Coil Built-in Tool Kit
Maximum Life-Like Peak Human Strength
Rocket Fist Realistic Cover (looks real, feels fake)
Built-in Firearm (No Tinker-tech guns)
Versatility: Parker prefers to fall back on arms he has already created and has experience with in combat before making something completely new for a situation. He isn't very flexible, each arm is created with a purpose in mind and although he can think outside the box, this is rare in the heat of the moment. Example: He could potentially use his flame cannon as a welding tool with some quick on-the-spot alterations to the basic settings, but he might not think of it. To him, it's a weapon.
Example: Tyr and the SSE Wards are going to be patrolling. They will be going in part of the territory of a local villian named Chanclita, who uses wide-area gravity manipulation to force down enemies while keeping herself out of reach with finer gravity control. He's found his Magni arm to be almost useless against her, so he instead wears his Thor arm so that he can possibly hit her while prone and stun her.
Sure enough, she shows up, demanding they leave her territory or be forced to leave. Parker attempts a pre-emptive shot, only to have her dodge when he moves his arm. Getting knocked face-down, he manages to roll over, but decides to wait for an opening when she is distracted fighting the other Wards to take another shot. When he sees the opportunity, he fires another shot, hits, stunning her long enough to be tranqed and taken into custody.
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2016.12.30 12:20 PelotonMod Team Presentation No. 6 - Bahrain-Merida

Bahrain Merida

All hail the glorious nation of Kaza... hang on, wrong country. Although Astana must be happy, as newcomer Bahrain-Merida has become the new hate magnet of the WT teams, generating instant dislike amongst cycling fans due to dubious internal Bahrainian politics and the manner in how they shopped around for riders with a lot of UCI points, ensuring them a certain place in the highest league. And all of that without even having entered a single race! Impressive!
Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is bankrolling this team, and as always when it comes to oil magnates, money is no object here. To oversimplify a bit, team manager Brent Copeland (formerly of Lampre) brought half of the old Lampre team with him, bought another half from Astanas abundance of Italians and got the last half by waving a stack of money in front of impoverished WT riders without contracts to attract them. Yes, that's three halves, but who cares, this is oil money! They even had so much money that they signed Joaquim Rodriguez without having any plan using him, just for his UCI points.
As this is a brand-new team, there are no existing results to speak of, and the team strategy is a bit up in the air. It stands to reason that they are going to challenge GC3W with Vincenzo Nibali (not to be confused with his brother Antonio, who is also enjoying a place on this team), GC1W with Ion Izagirre and classics with either Sonny Colbrelli or Enrico Gasparotto depending on which type of day it is. And if Gasparotto remembers where he put his zimmerframe...
Rounding out the classics team are several very good riders, both formerly and upcoming - Navardauskas, Haussler and Bole for the former selection, Bonifazio and Pibernik of the latter. They even have a mountain bike rider on the team, Ondrej Cink, and we're not sure he knows himself how he ended up on the team. Probably just followed the oily stench of money like all the others.
When assessing the classics team as a whole, they are stronger in the tougher races, with Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix and Amstel being the ones they are probably going to do best in. The very hilly ones like LBL, Lombardia, et al. is still going to be food for Nibali, possibly Gasparotto if he continues his second coming of last year.
The good thing about this line-up is that there will always be a second option if the first one has a mechanical or a jour sans. The bad thing is that everyone believes they're going to get a chance to ride for themselves. It could become a really messy first season with petulant riders breaking their contract. Who cares? There are lot of riders still wanting that sweet oil money out there.

Sonny Colbrelli

Colbrelli has been Italy's most fearsome PCT-rider for the last few seasons, and it's no surprise that someone finally signed him to the world tour.
His combination of sprinting and punching qualities makes him very well suited for tougher races like Milan-San Remo, where he has a very respectable string of placements for a PCT rider. His speciality is launching an extremely long sprint, hoping to take riders napping out by surprise. As he's rather light on his feet, he climbs like a champ, and is very hard to shake on medium mountain stages.

Sonny Colbrelli - Milano-San Remo Results

2016 2015 2014 2013
9 18 6 12
Still a young rider at 26 (born 1990), he's got room to improve and the only way to do is to ride constantly against the top riders. Bole and Haussler are at the tail end of their careers, and Pibernik and Bonifazio are still a bit too young; so Colbrelli and Navardauskas will probably be Bahrain-Merida's weapon of choice in the classics.

Ion Izaguirre

Top 10's in Stage races

Level 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
WT 4 2 2 2 1
2.HC 0 0 1 0 0
2.1 2 1 1 0 0
Ion is a consistent man, always scoring well in one week stage races like Tour of Pologne, Tour de Suisse and Tour de Romandie. He also nabbed a Tour mountain stage win and the spanish ITT title last season, showing his versatility. The thing is that he's never placed higher than 27nd in a grand tour, and it's a shaky proposal to put him up as the teams second GT rider. Interestingly enough, he has never done the Vuelta in his career, alternating between the Giro and the Tour, but that might very well change this season.
He also has an unfortunate tendency to ride, but DNF the Lombardia. Perhaps next year he'll get over that threshold.

Vincenzo "The Shark of Messina" Nibali

GT Performances over the last few years

Year Giro Tour Vuelta
2016 - AST 1 30 -
2015 - AST - 4 DSQ
2014 - AST - 1 -
2013 - AST 1 - 2
2012 - LIQ - 3 -
2011 - LIQ 2 - 7
2010 - LIQ 3 - 1
Victories from all three GT, a monument win (Il Lombardia '15) - these palmares aren't half bad. He just might turn into something big one day.
The normal setup for Nibali is doing the Giro (rather well), eschewing the Tour and getting on the horse for the Vuelta again. He's won the Tour, so unless Prince Nasser thinks it's vital to see his team battling against SKY in the Tour, it's probably the system he'll continue doing. There's no way he'll be missing the centurial 100th Giro in 2017, but as he's never focused on GC in the Tour directly afterwards, it's hard to say how that performance would be.
His 2016 Tour performance in support of Aru was hit and miss, only netting him one podium spot as a stage hunter.

Roster 2017

Rider Year Pnts2016 Best Season Type Comes from
IZAGUIRRE Ion 1989 1330 2016 GC1W / Allrounder MOV
COLBRELLI Sonny 1990 1229 2016 Classics/PuncheurFF Bardiani - CSF
NIBALI Vincenzo 1984 1178 2013 (2153) GC3W / Climber AST
VISCONTI Giovanni 1983 812 2011 (1151) Climber
GASPAROTTO Enrico 1982 607 2008 (980) Classics/Puncheur Wanty - Groupe Gobert
BONIFAZIO Niccolo 1993 370 2015 (526) Classics/Sprinter TFR
HAUSSLER Heinrich 1984 329 2009 (1240) Classics/Sprinter IAM
BOLE Grega 1985 325 2010 (731) ClassicsFF Nippo - Vini Fantini
SIUTSOU Kanstantin 1982 313 2011 (497) RouleuM.Domestique DDD
NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas 1988 291 2014 (864) Classics/PuncheurFF CPT
ARASHIRO Yukiya 1984 206 2010 (301) Puncheur LAM
MORENO Javier 1984 125 2013 (460) Climber MOV
BOARO Manuele 1987 117 2012 (325) Rouleur TNK
BRAJKOVIČ Janez 1983 117 874(2010) GC / Superrouleur UHC
PIBERNIK Luka 1993 116 2013 (125) Classics/Sprinter LAM
PELLIZOTTI Franco 1978 108 806 (2008) Climber AND
GRMAY Tsgabu 1991 107 2015 (239) Climber LAM
WANG Meiyin 1988 102 2013 (125) Climber Wisdom - Hengxiang Cycling Team
BOZIC Borut 1980 61 2009 (694) Classics/Sprinter Cofidis, Solutions Credits
AGNOLI Valerio 1985 31 2014 (202) Climber
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan 1995 53 2016 Neopro/Classics Klein Constantia
NOVAK Domen 1995 49 2013 (71) Climber Adria Mobil
PER David 1995 46 2013 (395) Climber Adria Mobil
FENG Chun Kai 1988 32 2012 (51) Domestique/Tour of Taiwan master LAM
NIBALI Antonio 1992 14 2010 (30) Little brother Nippo - Vini Fantini
INSAUSTI Jon Ander 1992 3 2015 (57) Not spelt Intxausti Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
CINK Ondrej 1990 - - Ex MTBer, with all that entails The land of disc brakes
Totals & Averages 29.0 N/A N/A
In closing, it might not be clear from the text, but we are a little bit envious on the money this team gets to throw around while other, more local teams are hard pressed to just stay in business. At least it gives employment to riders whose palmares are too good for many teams to be able to pay them, but current results are not good enough to warrant that pay.
Should prove an interesting team to follow - their red jerseys will make sure they stand out.
Here's a rare image from a team management session with Prince Nassar, one of the Nibali bros and Brent Copeland.
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2016.08.24 15:48 SenorPantsbulge Wayback Wednesday: Sickness and Health

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? There isn't supposed to be an answer for that question. It's a simple paradox, impossible by design. There's no such thing as an unstoppable force. There's no such thing as an immovable object.
Remember that as you read this.
In the last few decades, Germany's national hockey league, the DEL, hasn't been known for its strong goaltending. Historically speaking, it's been the place where players who barely missed the NHL go to set goal lights ablaze. For snipers, it's a boon – for goalies, it's a nightmare.
The closest thing the DEL had to an immovable object between the pipes was a fellow named Robert Müller. Robert grew up in Rosenheim, a small city near the Austrian border, the smallest city in the country to have a DEL team. Robert strapped on skates for the first time at age three, and strapped on goalie pads for first time not long after. He played as both a skater and a goalie growing up, playing for Bavarian regional teams at both position until his teens. When his coaches told him he needed to choose between positions, Robert picked the crease.
He played for the German national team at every level growing up – the under-16 team, the under-18 team, the under-20 team, then the national senior team. He was never a big guy – listed generously at 5'8, 185 – but his skill couldn't be ignored. He became the starting goalie for the team he grew up watching at age 18, won the league title at 20, was a league all-star at 21, and was drafted by the Washington Capitals at age 21. After all, if any NHL team knew about German goalies, it'd be Washington, right?
Robert played for his country at the World Championships, the World Juniors, the Olympics, the 2004 World Cup... every major tournament the Germans played, Robert got a call. German fans would always recognize the little guy wearing #80. At a time when it was rare for a goalie in the DEL to have a single season with an over-.900 save percentage, Robert did it six times in seven seasons. He had a reputation as a workhorse, playing almost every single game – 51 out of 52 in 2005-06.
He was a five-time DEL All-Star. Robert was the pinnacle of German goaltending.
While that's a mighty impressive resume, that's all just context – the real story starts after Robert Müller's career was well underway.
The story begins when the immovable object met the unstoppable force.
In November 2006, Robert was preparing for another national tournament when, suddenly, something felt off. He started suffering from dizzy spells and migraine headaches. His friends and teammates saw his personality change. He left the team, and went to a clinic in Heidelberg for further study, hoping it'd be something small, something wouldn't keep him out of the crease long.
He didn't get the news he wanted. When Robert's results came back, he was told by the team's doctor that he had “something that didn't belong there.”
It was malignant. It was growing. It was the size of a quarter, buried in his frontal lobe. Robert Müller had brain cancer.
Robert knew he had to put his hockey career on the shelf to fight it. CT scans showed the whole tumour could not be removed. To counter, Robert went through chemotherapy to shrink the tumour. Eventually, surgery removed most of the tumour, and Robert followed up with aggressive treatment. His wife, Jenny, was by his side the whole time.
During treatment, Robert got in touch with his team at the time, the Mannheim Eagles, asking if he could practice during his treatment. His doctors and coaches weren't thrilled, but after some time had passed, doctors and team officials gave Robert the green light to come back to practice.
In November 2006, Robert Müller had brain cancer. In January 2007, Robert Müller was back on the ice. The immovable object had become the unstoppable force.
His first game back was the DEL's All-Star Game, his fourth in six years. While he was still going through chemotherapy and cancer treatments, Robert finished the season in net for Mannheim, playing sparingly as the team won a league title. The team's main goalie, Jean-Marc Pelletier, was a former second-round pick for Philadelphia: even while fighting cancer, Robert matched his stats almost exactly.
Robert spent the offseason getting back into full game shape, recovering from the effects of chemotherapy and disease. By the time the 2007-08 season started, Robert was healthy and ready. He barely lost Mannheim's starting job to American Adam Hauser, and the Eagles eventually traded him to the Koln Sharks. The Sharks' goalie, Travis Scott, had signed a contract with a team in Russia, leaving the starting job wide open.
Robert took the crease for his own and didn't let go. He made another All-Star Game, and led the team to a third-place finish in the 15-team league. Then, in the playoffs, Robert changed. Maybe he thought this could be his last hurrah, maybe he wanted to prove he could be the best goalie in the league again, maybe he just wanted to win another title. I don't really know. What I do know is that Robert took the Sharks by the fins and willed them through the playoffs.
Robert played all 14 playoff games for the Sharks that year. One of those games, during the Sharks' first-round matchup with Robert's old team in Mannheim, made history. The game was tied 4-4 after regulation, so naturally, overtime began. Then a second overtime began. And a third. And a fourth. And a fifth. The game went to six overtime periods, the equivalent of three straight games, back-to-back-to-back.
Robert faced exactly 100 shots. As far as I can tell, that's a record – not just in DEL history, but in professional hockey history. More importantly, he got the win. After 168:16 of hockey, the second-longest game in the sport's history, Sharks forward Philip Gogulla pumped one home. The Sharks a 5-4 win and a 2-1 series lead. The Sharks won the series in five.
The Sharks powered through the second-round series against Frankfurt, winning the best-of-five series by one goal in the fifth and deciding game. In the league championship series, Robert and his Sharks were two games to one in another best-of-five series with Eisbaren Berlin heading into Game 4 at home.
The Sharks played to a packed Kolnarena, capacity 18,678, bigger than most current NHL arenas. The Sharks scored early and held onto a 1-0 lead, thanks to Robert playing like a man on a mission. With one minute left in the 3rd, Berlin defender Deron Quint fired a screened shot past Robert to tie the game up and send it to overtime. In OT, Berlin forward Florian Busch, who had been suspended due to a doping violation earlier that season, scored the championship winner. Berlin won: Robert and the Sharks lost the title in overtime on home ice.
As bad as that sounds, things were going to get worse. The unstoppable force was about to meet an immovable object.
Later that summer, Robert was preparing for the season. He played in the World Championships, leading the Germans to an upset win over Slovakia. In training, however, the old familiar symptoms – headaches, dizziness, personality change – came back. After meeting his doctors, Robert received the worst news he could get – the tumour was back, and it was worse. The tumour couldn't be removed in surgery.
Not long after the diagnosis, Robert let his doctor talk about his case to the German press. He told reporters Robert's cancer had a name – glioblstoma multiforme. The most common, and most aggressive, form of brain cancer. The symptoms for GBM – headaches, personality change, nausea, dizziness – matched up almost perfectly with Robert's.
Robert had Grade 4 brain cancer, and the tumour was not responding to treatment.
Robert Müller was going to die.
The doctor, Wolfgang Wick, revealed it was the same cancer Robert had in the first place, in a more aggressive form. Most people with GBM live between a year and 15 months after diagnosis. Almost nobody makes it more than 5 years. However, having survived for two years after his first diagnosis, Robert had already beat the average lifespan.
Faced with this awful news, Robert did the only thing he really knew how to do – what he did the last time he was diagnosed. In October, before he knew the extent of his cancer, he came back to practice with his team in Koln. When his diagnosis was released, he kept going. He'd serve as the team's back-up goalie, unlikely to ever see ice-time again.
Or so he thought. Robert would have another chance to be the immovable object.
On November 16, Koln was near the end of a big win against the Nurnberg Ice Tigers. After a whistle, coach Clayton Beddoes called for his goalie. The starter, Frank Doyle, skated to the bench. Robert, stunned, put his mask on and headed for his second home – the Koln crease. The hometown crowd leapt to its feet. His teammates all skated to crease to salute him. The game was delayed for a moment because the fans wouldn't stop cheering for Robert. Robert played the last eight minutes and the Sharks won, 5-1. The game was 44 days after his last cancer surgery.
A week later, while playing in Krefeld against the team Robert won his first DEL title with, coach Beddoes put him in again. He held down the fort and Koln got the win. Once again, the game needed to be delayed as a rink full of thankful fans, for both teams, cheered Robert on.
Koln won. Krefeld lost. Nobody cared.
Fan mail and emails from hockey fans and cancer patients from across Europe came into the Sharks' team offices. Robert's story was written about in the New York Times. The world had taken notice. For Robert, the attention was nice, but not what he wanted most.
“I want to return to normality — I love the lifestyle of hockey and want to be part of the team,” he said. “For me, to be able to play ice hockey is the greatest.”
“I have the disease, and I have to live with it.”
Despite his condition, coach Beddoes hoped his goalie would be able to come back and play. The team's interim starter, Frank Doyle, was signed to a series of short-term contracts. The understanding was that, if Robert was ready to play, Doyle would leave. Doyle was fine with this.
“It’s amazing to see how many people are touched by his story. When you see even opposition teams standing up shouting his name, it gives you shivers down your spine,” said Doyle in a New York Times piece.
Sadly, Robert never would. His condition took a turn for the worse a few weeks after his two last games. He'd never get another chance to play. While making an appearance at a German children's hospital a few months later, he collapsed and was taken to another hospital. He was named to the German Hockey Hall of Fame in March of 2009, and made his last public appearance later that month during Koln's season-end party.
On May 21, 2009, Robert Müller died. He was only 28 years old. He left behind his devoted wife, Jenny, two children, and a legion of fans. He was so well-regarded in the DEL that the league gave him the 'Gretzky treatment'. Robert's number 80 was retired, by all top-tier German teams, after his death.
In the crease, Robert Müller was an immovable object. In death, the legacy he left on German hockey is an unstoppable force.
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2016.04.02 10:26 The_Panic_Station Allsvenskan starts today! Here's a guide to the 2016 season.

So yeah, 5 months after the last game of the 2015 season, the 2016 Allsvenskan season is finally about to begin here in Sweden. The opening game will feature the winner from 2013 and 2014, Malmö FF, who'll be hosting last year's winner, IFK Norrköping.
Allsvenskan is one of the most unpredictable leagues in Europe, as proved last year when IFK Norrköping, a team most people thought would end up in the bottom half, managed to win the entire thing with an impressive points tally of 66. Malmö FF, who were the biggest favourites since the mid-90's, only finished in 5th place despite qualifying for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League group stages. Well, I'm not mentioning how things went down there (almost NSFW), but anyway, Malmö got filthy rich by Swedish standards and are now big favourites (once again).
The league consists of 16 teams who all play 30 games each. The winner gets to qualify for Champions League. The 2nd and 3rd placed clubs enter the Europa League qualification. The 4th placed club also gets to enter the Europa League qualification if the winner of the Swedish cup finishes in the top 3. Otherwise, the winner of the Swedish cup gets the 4th spot. The 15th and 16th placed teams gets relegated to Superettan and the 14th placed team will have to meet the 3rd placed team in Superettan in a 2 games play off. New clubs for this year are Jönköpings Södra IF and Östersunds FK. More on those two, and the other teams, later.
The Swedish cup started in late February and the only 2 remaining teams left is Malmö FF and BK Häcken. The final will be played on the 5th of May at Swedbank Stadion in Malmö.
A majority of the games (56.25%) will be played on artificial turf. This is a hot topic in Sweden. but not something I will cover here.
We do have our own sub, /Allsvenskan, which obviously is mostly for Swedish speakers, but if you don't have anything better to do, be sure to pay us a visit!
Club: AIK
Location: Solna (outside of Stockholm)
Manager: Andreas Alm
Stadium: Friends Arena (grass)
About the club: AIK was founded in 1891, the same year as their biggest rivals, Djurgårdens IF. Hence The Twin Derby. Another big rival is Hammarby IF. AIK has won a total of 11 times but 8 of those titles were taken between 1900 and 1937, with 1 title (2009) coming in the 2000's. These numbers wouldn't suggest that they're the biggest club in Sweden, but AIK's self image says otherwise. They have lots of supporters and are historically the club with the biggest attendances, but other than that, there are a few clubs who have enjoyed a lot more success on the pitch in somewhat recent years. Nowadays, AIK is always a team for the top. The last 5 seasons have seen them finish in 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 3rd and 3rd. The 2016 season will mark AIK's 88th season in the top flight, which is the most of any Swedish club.
2016 preview: AIK have mainly lost strikers Mohamed Bangura and Henok Goitom. Especially Goitom will be a heavy loss since he was arguably the best player in the league last year. They have been replaced by Denni Avdic and Eero "the hero" Markkanen. Yesterday they managed to acquire young Swedish striker Carlos Strandberg on loan (until the summer) from CSKA Moscow. 2 other signings are wingers Amin Affane and Iraqi international Ahmed Yasin. There's no question however that their strikers will have a lot to prove. With Patrik Carlgren, they have a good GK who at times can pull out great saves, but will have to improve on his aerial play. Johansson, Hooiveld and Etuhu are all experienced players who all have played in the Premier League, while some younger talents are Ofori, Eliasson and Isak. Overall, AIK looks a little weaker this year, but an in-form Avdic could fire them to the very top. More likely, they'll end up a place or so lower than last year's 3rd.
Notable former player(s): Alexander Milosevic (Hannover), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña)
Key players: Nils-Eric Johansson (LB), Ebenezer Ofori (CM), Stefan Ishizaki (RM)
Club: BK Häcken
Location: Hisingen (northwest part of Gothenburg)
Manager: Peter Gerhardsson
Stadium: Bravida Arena (artificial turf)
About the club: BK Häcken was founded in 1940. They don't have a lot of supporters, but they are still one of the richest clubs in Sweden. This is a lot thanks to Gothia Cup, the biggest youth football tournament in the world. They have never won any major trophy, but were close in 2012 when they finished in 2nd place. Since they're in the cup final this season, their streak of 76 years without a trophy could come to an end. Note: Häcken also means "the butt" in Swedish.
2016 preview: Since they haven't lost any significant players and have brought Schüller and Savage from Helsinki, as well as signed nigerian striker Owoeri from the now relegated Åtvidaberg, Häcken are seen by many as the dark horse of this season. When they play at their best, they can beat anyone, but they also have their fair share of bad games. They like to play an attacking football, so they'll be hoping on that the defence have improved from last year. With attacking player such as Paulinho, there's no doubt that they will score a lot.
Notable former player(s): Kim Källström (Grasshopper), Simon Gustafson (Feyenoord)
Key players: Paulinho (LW), Mohammed Abubakari (CDM), Jasmin Sudic (CB)
Club: Djurgårdens IF
Location: Stockholm
Manager: Per Olsson
Stadium: Tele2 Arena (artificial turf)
About the club: As previously mentioned, Djurgården (note: it's either Djurgårdens IF, Djurgården or simply DIF, not "Djurgårdens") was founded back in 1891 and shares its biggest rivalry with AIK. The rivalry with Hammarby IF has increased over the past few years since both clubs now play at the newly built Tele2 Arena. Djurgården had some great years in the begining of the 21st century, winning the league in -02,-03 and -05. Since then, however, Djurgården hasn't been the same and you'll usually find them in the middle of the table. DIF has 11 Swedish championships in football, as well as 16 championships in hockey, the most of any Swedish hockey club.
2016 preview: Things looked good for Djurgården as they finished in 6th place last season. One of their 2 star players, Haris Radetinac, suffered a knee injury halfway through the 2015 season and is projected to return about a month after the start of the league. However, their most important player, the young midfielder Kerim Mrabti, also suffered a knee injury while making his debut for the Swedish national team, forcing him out on the sidelines for most of the season. Captain Emil Bergström then signed for Rubin Kazan a few weeks later. So Djurgården will have to start the season without their 2 best players and will also have to replace the leader in the back line. They brought Marcus Hansson to replace Bergström and Mathias Ranégie (former Allsvenskan top scorer, now in Watford) on loan to strengthen up their attack who hasn't been quite the same since Nyasha Mushekwi left last summer. Radetinac will miss a few games in the beginning, but it's crucial for Djurgården that he performs once he returns. Otherwise they'll have to hope for that their strikers can outperform themselves. With the injuries they currently have though, I believe they will have a mediocre season. Oh, almost forgot. Their new captain, Kevin Walker, won the Swedish version of American Idol back in 2013.
Notable former player(s): Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Kim Källström (Grasshopper), Simon Tibbling (Groningen)
Key players: Mathias Ranégie (ST), Haris Radetinac (RM), Marcus Hansson (CB)
Club: Falkenbergs FF
Location: Falkenberg
Manager: Hans Eklund
Stadium: Falkenbergs IP (grass)
About the club: Falkenbergs FF, or "Laget vid havet" (the team by the sea), as they like to call themselves, was founded in 1928. They play their home games at Falkenbergs IP, but will move to a new arena by next year. The name of that arena? Falcon Alkoholfri Arena (Falcon Non-Alcoholic Arena). The original name was planned to be Falcon Arena, but since the Swedish laws prohibits ads to promote Alcohol (to some extent at least), they had to ad "Non-Alcoholic" in the name. Falkenbergs FF haven't enjoyed any particular success at all over the years. That until they got promoted to Allsvenskan for the first time ever in 2013 will say. "Everyone" (except for themselves) thought they'd end up getting relegated in 2014. A well-known sports journalist even promised to renovate his apartment and paint it yellow if they managed to stay up. But manager Henrik Larsson (yes, that's him) did what "nobody" (again, except for themselves) thought was possible and even managed to avoid negative play offs. Larsson then left for Helsingborg and "everyone" (you see where this is going) thought they were going to get relegated last season. Yet they are still here...
2016 preview: ... but I don't think they'll manage to stay up for another year. They have (once again) lost some of their best players, left back Adam Eriksson and left winger Calle Wede, and only replaced Wede with Finnish wingestriker Akseli Pelvas. While Pelvas can prove to be useful, Falkenberg will have to hope for that new players step forward. Their defensive record was the worst in Allsvenskan last year, and with the loss of Eriksson, it will hardly be easier. Newly signed Danish CB Thomas Juel-Nielsen have to be a good signing, otherwise they're left with what they had last year. In midfield, David Svensson will make his 14th consecutive season with Falkenberg. An impressive number. Other than that, Alexander Jakobsen (a.k.a. Denmark's Ronaldinho) looks interesting and new signing Amin Nazari will hopefully not miss too many games (injured) in the early stages. Falkenberg's strength lies up front with the 18 year old Gustaf Nilsson having already signed for Brondby IF but will remain until the summer. Some other options are club legend Stefan Rodevåg and the big Hakeem Araba. Araba weighs in at 102 kg and will continue to bully the opposing defenders this year with his strength. Overall, the team looks too weak to stay up for another year. But who knows? You can always count on Falkenberg to fight until the very end.
Notable former player(s): -
Key players: Hakeem Araba (ST), Otto Martler (GK), Gustaf Nilsson (ST)
Club: Gefle IF
Location: Gävle
Manager: Roger Sandberg
Stadium: Gavlevallen (artificial turf)
About the club: Gefle IF was founded way back in 1882, but took up football for the first time in 1896. However, they are yet to win anything of importance. Since their return to Allsvenskan back in 2005, Gefle has been known as the Swedish equivalent of Stoke City with their very defensive approached and many crosses into the box. In recent years with new coach Roger Sandberg they have started to play a lot more short passes. From about 2005 and about 10 seasons onwards, lots of experts thought that Gefle would get relegated. As time has proved, the sky is blue (their fans are actually called "Sky Blues") and Gefle cannot be relegated from Allsvenskan, despite having finished on the bottom half of Allsvenskan for the past 12 seasons. Survival instinct at its finest. Gefle has actually played some Europa League qualifying matches (Fair Play entry). Last time was in 2013 when they knocked out Anorthosis Famagusta and reached the 3rd round where they were eliminated by Qarabag.
2016 preview: As always, Gefle will probably finish on the bottom half. Last year saw them reaching a strong 10th place, but they have lost their captain and defensive leader David Fällman. Otherwise, they have made some interesting signings, but no one on the level of Fällman. Their midfield is not very creative at all, so they'll have to rely on the full backs and the wingers to create something for Johan Oremo to work with. Oremo is their star player who unfortunately is injury prone. Otherwise their squad is mostly filled with decent players who doesn't stand out from the rest. Creative midfielder Johan Bertilsson and young wingestriker Simon Skrabb will probably play important roles, but don't expect any miracles.
Notable former player(s): Alexander Gerndt (Young Boys)
Key players: Johan Oremo (ST), Johan Bertilsson (LM), Robin Nilsson (CDM)
Club: GIF Sundsvall
Location: Sundsvall
Manager: Joel Cedergren & Roger Franzén
Stadium: Norrporten Arena (artificial turf)
About the club: GIF Sundsvall was founded in 1903, but it wasn't until 1953 that a club as far north as Sundsvall was allowed to play in the 2 highest divisions in Sweden. GIF Sundsvall became the first club in the north of Sweden to reach Allsvenskan in 1964. That spell didn't last very long and Sundsvall has in recent been a "yoyo-team". They have either been a top team in the second division, or they've been at the bottom in Allsvenskan. Their most recent promotion was in 2014 when they finished second in Superettan and thus qualified for the 2015 Allsvenskan. They finished in 12th place and wasn't really close to being eliminated.
2016 preview: Sundsvall sold their young promising CB Joakim Nilsson to IF Elfsborg during the pre season. They just recently loaned even younger Noah Sonko Sundberg from AIK who'll look to replace Nilsson. Other than that, Sundsvall have kept all of their starters and also signed Icelandic winger Kristinn Steindorsson from Columbus Crew and John Guidetti's (best?) friend Stefan Silva from Superettan side IK Sirius. Steindorsson will be a starter, no doubt. Silva has got tougher competition for the 2 striker positions. There's no doubt that he'll play a lot but if it's as a starter or substitute remains to be seen. On the paper Sundsvall's attack looks stronger than last year, but the defence, on the other hand, looks a little weaker. Expect something similar to last year's 12th place.
Notable former player(s): Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Mikael Lustig (Celtic)
Key players: Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson (CM), Pa Dibba (ST), Kristinn Steindorsson (LM)
Club: Hammarby IF
Location: Stockholm
Manager: Nanne Bergstrand
Stadium: Tele2 Arena (artificial turf)
About the club: Some fans claim that Hammarby IF was founded in 1889, which would make the club older than AIK and Djurgården. Others claim that they were founded in 1897. That's a hot topic amongst the fans, so I don't want to step on any toes here by claiming anything that some consider to be wrong. Hammarby's most common nickname is Bajen. They have enjoyed success in a lot of various sports such as bandy and handball. Hammarby used to be successful in hockey, but they haven't won anything in over 60 years and that section of the club isn't anywhere close to football in popularity. Hammarby's so far only gold medal in football came in 2001. Playing in the team back then was free kick specialist Kennedy Bakirciouglü who has since returned to the club. Otherwise, Hammarby IF are known for their fans. Last year's average attendance ended up in 25 507, breaking the 56 year old record from 1959.
2016 preview: As you might have noticed, Hammarby are better in the stands than on the pitch. They finished in 10th place last season, which was pretty decent considered that they were newly promoted. This winter has seen them switching attacking players and bringing in Brazilians Alex and Rômulo who both looks interesting. Wheather or not they'll perform once Allsvenskan starts is yet to be seen. Other signings are midfielders Melker Hallberg (loan until the summer) and Arnór Smárason. On the paper, Hammarby's squad looks good, but the mix of players isn't perhaps optimal. The GK, Ögmundur Kristinsson, is very good. The defence is pretty decent as well as the midfield. But the highest scoring player last year was midfielder Erik Israelsson, who scored 6 goals. If the new strikers can perform as expected, Hammarby can look to improve on last year's 10th place.
Notable former player(s): Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Johannes Hopf (Genclerbirligi), Charlie Davies (New England Revolution)
Key players: Ögmundur Kristinsson (GK), Birkir Már Saevarsson (RB), Alex (ST)
Club: Helsingborgs IF
Location: Helsingborg
Manager: Henrik Larsson
Stadium: Olympia (grass)
About the club: Helsingborgs IF was founded in 1907. After becoming champions 3 times between 1932-1941, the club had to wait until 1999 for their next major title. They won again in 2011 and have been a regular contender for the title for the past 20 years. In recent years, however, Helsingborg have gotten into financial trouble. After winning in 2011, they invested a lot of money into new players they ultimately couldn't afford. This obviously affects the club and they will probably not be a contender for the league title for the coming years. Hopefully they'll manage to remain in Allsvenskan while at the same time being able to pay off their debts.
2016 preview: Helsingborg finished in 8th place last season which was the first under new manager Henrik Larsson. Due to their economy, a lot of important players left the club. Robin Simovic, Arnór Smárason, Jere Uronen, Mattias Lindström, Rade Prica, Emmanuel Boateng and Pär Hansson have all left the club. Their replacements have all been Bosman-players (no transfer fees). In general, most replacements looks weaker which suggest that Helsingborg will finish further down the table than an 8th spot. Henrik Larsson's son, Jordan Larsson, is an insteresting player to look out for. He was pretty good last season, but this could prove to be his breakout year.
Notable former player(s): Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), David Accam (Chicago Fire), Emil Krafth (Bologna)
Key players: Johan Mårtensson (CM), Andreas Landgren (RB), Jordan Larsson (ST)
Club: IF Elfsborg
Location: Borås
Manager: Magnus Haglund
Stadium: Borås Arena (artificial turf)
About the club: IF Elfsborg was founded in 1904 by 19 kids aged 14-15. The name Elfsborg came to be in 1906 and originated from Älvsborg county and the club would then represent a region instead of a city. This has probably helped them during recent years since the club have many small sponsors. Elfsborg was successful during the late 30's but has enjoyed a new era during the 2000's. Elfsborg have, despite being from a smaller city, managed to remain as a top team for the past decade with gold medals retained in 2006 and 2012. Along with the more recent success, a rivalry with IFK Göteborg has evolved. Both clubs are from the western of Sweden, so naturally the games between them are sometimes referred to as "El Västico".
2016 preview: Elfsborg have, amongst others, lost Sebastian Holmén, Anders Svensson and Arber Zeneli. Holmén was a starting CB, just as Svensson, and will be replaced by Jörgen Horn, a Norwigean defender who looks to be the new leader of the defence. Anders Svensson has got an impressive 149 caps for Sweden. All of them came as a midfielder, but Svensson was used as a CB at the end of his Elfsborg career. Although he was mediocre at defending, his passing skills as a CB was unrivaled in Allsvenskan and was absolutely world class. Joakim Nilsson, a member of the Swedish U21-team can probably replace Svensson on the field, but the loss of him off the field cannot be compensated for. Arber Zeneli is on the other end of his career as he left for Heerenveen. He will probably be replaced by former Swedish international Emir Bajrami, who's back after a long period of injuries. Marcus Rohdén and Viktor Claesson, their 2 best players, will have offers to choose from by the summer. If they remain until the end of the season, Elfsborg will probably be contending for medals, but if they leave, Elfsborg's chances will decrease a lot.
Notable former player(s): Samuel Holmén (Konyaspor), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Niklas Hult (Nice)
Key players: Viktor Claesson (CAM/CF), Marcus Rohdén (CM), Jörgen Horn (CB)
Club: IFK Göteborg
Location: Gothenburg
Manager: Jörgen Lennartsson
Stadium: Gamla Ullevi (grass)
About the club: IFK Göteborg was founded in 1904. It is the most successfull football club in Sweden along with Malmö FF with whom it shares a rivalry with. IFK Göteborg have 2 rivals from its own city, Örgryte IS and GAIS. Both of those clubs are historically successful, but have struggled lately and will both appear in Superettan (the second tier) this year. The most successful period for a single club in Swedish football was from 1982-1996 when Göteborg won 10 championship titles, including 4 consecutive titles from 93-96. Göteborg have won the UEFA Cup 2 times (81-82 & 86-87) and remain the only Swedish club with a major international title. They have also played in the European Cup/Champions League where they've reached the semi finals twice and the quarter finals 3 times. Their most recent title came in 2007.
2016 preview: Just as Helsingborgs IF, IFK Göteborg are in financial trouble. However, those are not as big (yet?) and Göteborg still have a strong squad. Their defence is by far the best in Swedish football, although they currently have 3-4 CB's injured. The fullbacks Salmonsson (Sweden) and Aleesami both played for their respectively national teams about a week ago. Other members in the defence are captain Mattias Bjärsmyr and Thomas Rogne (currently injured), the best defender in the league prior to his knee injury. They've lost Gustav Svensson (CDM), who also was a Swedish international, during the winter. He didn't add much to the attack, but his contribution to the defence was unmatched by other midfielders in Allsvenskan. After spending 2 years in China, talisman striker Tobias Hysén has returned and will look to strengthen the attack, to only part of the team that feels weak. If he performes, "Blåvitt" will certainly enjoy a top 3 finish. Last year saw them finishing in 2nd place and I believe that might be the case again this year.
Notable former player(s): Oscar Wendt (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow)
Key players: Tobias Hysén (ST), Mads Albæk (CM), Mattias Bjärsmyr (CB)
Club: IFK Norrköping
Location: Norrköping
Manager: Jan Andersson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Andersson_(footballer)
Stadium: Nya Parken (artificial turf)
About the club: IFK Norrköping might not be a big fish nowadays, but they were the club to beat during the 40's with players like Gunnar Nordahl and Nils Liedholm (AC Milan legends). The club was formed in 1897 but it wasn't until almost 50 years later the club won its first major title. From 1942-1963, IFK Norrköping won 11 titles. Then it took 26 years to win the next title which they got in 1989. What's 1989+26? Well, 2015 of course. Despite finishing in 12th place in 2014, IFK Norrköping managed to win against all odds. People didn't take them seriously until they were in the lead with a few games left and by then, it was too late. They scored most goals and had the youngest team including several own academy players like Christoffer Nyman, Linus Wahlqvist, Christopher Telo, David Mitov Nilsson and Alexander Fransson who all started a majority of the games. A well deserved victory to an unlikely champion!
2016 preview: Whenever a Swedish club wins the league, all the best players leaves the clubs for bigger leagues in Europe. People were speculating about how many players Norrköping would lose. 4? 5? 6? It ended with 2, and one of them wasn't really important and just didn't sign an extension. The important loss was Alexander Fransson, who left for Basel. He'll be replaced by either Andreas Blomqvist, Eric Smith or Tesfaldet Tekie. Watch out for Smith and Tekie in the future. Both are big talents, but no one will be able to fill the hole after Fransson. 2015 Allsvenskan top scorer Emir Kujovic are still with the club, but his contract ends this summer and there will be no doubt that he will recieve offers from bigger clubs since he most likely will go to the Euro's with Sweden. They also have the player with most assists last season, Arnór Ingvi Traustason. So Norrköping basically have the same team as last year, but people are still not taking them seriously enough. However, I think they'll lose some players this summer, so I don't think they'll be able to keep up with clubs like Malmö FF, but a top 3 finish is definitely something to aim for. They will also try to qualify for the Champions League, but they will not be seeded, so their opponents might prove to be too strong.
Notable former player(s): Alexander Fransson (Basel)
Key players: Andreas Johansson (CB), Daniel Sjölund (CM), Emir Kujovic (ST)
Club: Jönköpings Södra IF
Location: Jönköping
Manager: Jimmy Thelin
Stadium: Stadsparksvallen (grass)
About the club: Jönköpings Södra IF, or simply just J-södra, was founded back in 1922. Their most successful season to this date is the 1950 season, where they finished runner-ups. Since 1969, however, have J-södra been absent from Allsvenskan. Until 2016 of course.
2016 preview: J-södra won last year's Superettan, which saw them gaining promotion to Allsvenskan. Their team are mostly filled with good 2nd tier players, so most people expect their return to Allsvenskan to end after 1 year. Last year's top scorer, Fredrik Olsson, left surprisingly for relegated side Halmstads BK, so they brought Pawel Cibicki in from Malmö FF on loan as well as versatile midfieldeforward Moses Ogbu from IK Sirius. Dzenis Kosica was one of the best midfielders in Superettan last year and he was brought from local rivals IFK Värnamo. I geniunly think that they'll have to strengthen up their squad even more to have a chance in the top tier. Time will give us the answer. Anyway, Anton Cajtoft is the starting GK for Sweden's U21 team and will have to work, as well as defender André Calisir. Team captain Tommy Thelin is actually the little brother of manager Jimmy Thelin.
Notable former player(s): Branimir Hrgota (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Key players: Tommy Thelin (ST), André Calisir (CB), Anton Cajtoft (GK)
Club: Kalmar FF
Location: Kalmar
Manager: Peter Swärdh
Stadium: Guldfågeln Arena (grass)
About the club: Kalmar FF was formed in 1910 as IF Göta. After a few more name changes, Kalmar FF came into use in 1927. The club didn't enjoy any particular succes until 1981 when they won the Swedish cup, which they have since won again in -87 and -07. They finished runner-ups in 1985, but then spent most of the time in the second division until they under manager Nanne Bergstrand started to scout Brazilian players in the early 2000's. This proved to be a successful tactic and with the help of legendary captain Henrik Rydström, who played for Kalmar from 1993-2013, they had a strong team, but didn't have enough to win the gold. That was, of course, until the Elm-brothers came. David Elm played striker and with his little brothers Viktor and Rasmus, the team won Allsvenskan in 2008. The best players then left the club. They became rich, but didn't have a team to challenge the best clubs. Instead, they decided to build a new stadium since their current one was very old and outdated. Guldfågeln Arena was built and everyone was happy in the beginning. The problem nowadays is that the arena costs too much, so Kalmar are losing their wealth rapidly.
2016 preview: Kalmar FF finished the 2015 season in a surprisingly low 13th place. All the Elm brothers had returned, but thing didn't go as planned. Viktor played most of the season, but he didn't really have the expected impact. David suffered a concussion he's still suffering from today. It's not known when he will play again, but hopefully in a couple of weeks. Rasmus could only play a few games last season and only about 20 minutes each time. The club then had to rely on striker Marcus Antonsson, who scored 12 goals. But everything is not bad. Rasmus looks to be on his way back. He has played 90 minutes for 5-6 pre season games and have been the best player on the field in most of those games. Together with young Brazilian midfielder Ismael, he could form one of the best central midfields in the league. Basically, Kalmar's season will be as Rasmus' season. Prior to his stomach injury/disease, he was voted best midfielder in the Russian league, so he's obviously on another level when fit. If he can play week in and week out, Kalmar could well become a top team. If not, they might have to worry about relegation. That's how good he is. I think they'll end up in the middle.
Notable former player(s): Ari (Krasnodar), Etrit Berisha (Lazio)
Key players: Rasmus Elm (CM), Marcus Antonsson (ST), Ismael (CM)
Club: Malmö FF
Location: Malmö
Manager: Allan Kuhn
Stadium: Swedbank Stadion (grass)
About the club: Malmö FF was formed in 1910 and is the most successful Swedish club domestically with 18 Swedish championship titles (joint most with IFK Göteborg) and 14 Swedish cup titles. They have become Swedish champions in every decade since the 40's with the only exception being the 90's. Their most successful period came during the 70's with 5 Swedish championship titles and a second place finish in the 1979 European Cup. As previously mentioned, the 90's was a dark time for Malmö and the decade ended by seeing them getting relegated. Some changes were made and with the help of a young Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Malmö returned to the top flight in 2001. Zlatan was sold for a (still) record fee and has since brought in more money to Malmö with every transfer he's made, which as you certainly know, is a lot. Malmö has in recent years won the title in 2010, -13 and -14. Many people expect them to dominate Swedish football for many years onwards due to all the money they've got by participating in Champions League 2 years in a row.
2016 preview: Malmö are the big, big favourites this year as well. Last year saw them failing miserably and only finishing in 5th place, despite qualifying for the Champions League group stages. But this year, Malmö has been able to keep hold of its best players and along with the signings of Kjartansson and Christiansen, they are as big favourites as last year. But we all know how that went... The appointment of new manager Allan Kuhn seems to be only uncertainty, but since they've already reached the final of the Swedish cup, it looks like a good signing. Captain Markus Rosenberg will continue to annoy his opponents and with players like Christiansen, Lewicki, Adu, Eikrem, Rakip, etc. in central midfield, you can always count on Malmö to dominate the possession. I do think their defence looks a little vulnerable, so every part of the team isn't great. But yeah, anything other than a 1st place would be a disaster. It's theirs to lose, and others to win.
Notable former player(s): Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Behrang Safari (Basel)
Key players: Markus Rosenberg (ST), Jo Inge Berget (LM), Anders Christiansen (CM)
Club: Örebro SK
Location: Örebro
Manager: Alexander Axén
Stadium: Behrn Arena (artificial turf)
About the club: Örebro SK was formed in 1908 and has since enjoyed almost 108 years of no success. No major titles has been won despite almost 50 seasons in the top flight. Which on the other hand is somewhat impressive on its own. No other team is even close to that many unsuccessful seasons. Last year saw Örebro reaching the Swedish cup final and leading 1-0 at half time, despite at the time being on the way to relegation and playing IFK Göteborg, the leaders of Allsvenskan. Göteborg scored 2 goals in the second half and won deservedly, but Örebro have never been that close to a title.
2016 preview: Both the 2014 and the 2015 season has seen Örebro start miserably and being in the relegation zone with less than half the season to go. 1 or 2 new players have then been brought in and Örebro have finished the season as the most in-form team in Allsvenskan. After 2014, the new signings left the club, but this time around, the key players (2) have stayed. That along with the comeback of top scorer Alhassan "Crespo" Kamara and the return of former CB Michael Almebäck has seen Örebro evolve to a dark horse. Although the defence has become stronger with the addition of Almebäck, it remains the weakest part of the team. Especially the LB position looks to be one of the weakest in the league. They have 2 GK's who are good enough to start for most teams in the league, they have experienced central midfielders and wingers who can score. They also look to have 2 good strikers who'll compete for 1 spot. The player left in the starting eleven is play maker and star man Astrit Ajdarevic who'll be a strong contender for providing most assists in the league. Last year saw Örebro finish in 9th place, but I have a feeling that it'll go a lot better this year. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but the team looks strong.
Notable former player(s): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
Key players: Astrit Ajdarevic (CF/CAM), Michael Almebäck (CB), Robert Åhman Persson (CM)
Club: Östersunds FK
Location: Östersund
Manager: Graham Potter
Stadium: Jämtkraft Arena (artificial turf)
About the club: Östersunds FK was formed as late as 1996 when three clubs from Östersund merged. They are the club furthest up north in Allsvenskan, which will make it harder for away supporters to get there. However, some fans from Malmö FF will travel about 1250 km on bike to get there. Wether that's sane or not, I'll leave it up to you to decide. Anyway, Östersund was relegated to the 4th division in 2010, and things didn't look to good. The director of football, Daniel Kindberg, had some connections in England (notably Swansea and Roberto Martinez) and brought in Graham Potter as the new coach. Potter had some connections at Nike football academy, and brought in several successful signings from there. They won the 4th tier the first year and the 3rd tier the following season. After 3 years in the second tier, they finally got promoted and will play their first ever Allsvenskan season this year.
2016 preview: The year started off with rumours about Potter leaving for Premier League side Swansea. He remained with the club and with the addition of new players such as Walid Atta, Ken Sema and Saman Ghoddos, the squad looks stronger than ever. They recently played Everton during the national team break and lost 2-1 (Mirallas x2). However, they felt like they needed another GK and so Jamal Blackman was brought in on loan from Chelsea. Östersund have been very clear with that they're aiming for victory in Allsvenskan. They want to reach Champions League as soon as possible. Considering that they're from a fairly small town far up north, that should be close to impossible. But they've reached this far and are not planning to stop here. They are going to play an attacking possession based football, which is unique for a newly promoted team. They can certainly surprise a lot of teams, but once they lose the ball, it's fairly easy to score on them. I think they should be happy if they stay up, which I believe they will do. Their midfield is very strong, but they lack firepower up front.
Notable former player(s): Modou Barrow (Swansea), David Accam (Chicago Fire)
Key players: Walid Atta (CB), Fouad Bachirou (CDM), Saman Ghoddos (CAM)
This took a lot longer than I thought it would take. As I'm from Sweden, my English is far from perfect, so please correct me if there's something completely wrong. I don't expect all the trivia I've written to be 100% accurate. There might be some errors here and there, so please correct me if you find anything.
Have a nice Saturday!
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2015.12.22 18:10 Fart_Leviathan Random fact Tuesday #17

Hi there guys. This is edition #17 of a little thingy I do to keep me occupied on boring Tuesdays. I'll post 5 random facts and a short story concerning F1 or F1 drivers on every Tuesday. Some might be common knowledge to a few of you, but you might find some interesting.
Feedback is welcome!
Story time
The 1954 British Grand Prix
When searching for new facts this race came up very often.. In fact, so often that it deserves a composite story of some kind itself.
The track - Silverstone. Home of the very first GP returning to the calendar for the fifth time before relinquishing the 1955 date to Aintree. Probably the least interesting thing about this race. Moving on.
The drivers - Okay, now this is where it gets interesting.
35 entered and 32 started and alongside a who's who of early Formula One racing was John Riseley-Prichard. A one-off racer entered in a Rob Walker Connaught, whose F1 career lasted a mere 40 laps before crashing out is a man whose later life is not something Berine would happily accept as a part of F1 history. Riseley-Prichard had to flee Britain being wanted on child pornography charges! He went into hiding in Thailand, where he died in 1993 from AIDS. This is most probably the strangest piece of F1 trivia I know.
A young British driver also brought his own Maserati to the race, with which he impressed greatly, running 2nd and closing on the race leader before his gearbox failed only 10 laps from the end. Mercedes supremo Alfred Neubauer was so impressed that he offered the Brit a place in his almighty supercars for 1955. Just one year later, this driver, Moss, won the British GP.
The cars - Vanwall's first start was made by Peter Collins, showing to be promising, but who would have thought that just 3 years later, the Vanderwell machines, looking like a shooting brake, will be top runners and will take the first constructors championship in 1958.
Mercedes brought out the well-known, closed-wheel W196s cars and Fangio got beaten for the only time in them. Though it certainly looks like he wasn't having it without a fight.
The race - To make it piquant. Fangio took the pole with a second over Ferrari people Gonzalez and Hawthorn, but sudden weather changes in the qualifying session relegated fast drivers Villoresi, Marimon, Ascari, Rosier and Mieres to 27th and lower on the grid.
Fangio's really slow getaway gave Gonzalez the lead, which he didn't relinquish, but had plenty of hot moments with his teammate Hawthorn, Fangio and Moss.
The big names starting at the back took lightning starts and sliced through the field. Mieres made up 10 places to 22nd, Ascari jumped over 17 others to make it 13th, but this was still nothing compared to Marimón, who started 28th and finished the first lap in 6th. Yes. 6th. That is an improvement of 22 positions over a single lap.
The rain was just another addition, but this time it didn't help rainmaster Fangio, as his car wasn't really suited for the conditions.
Marimon finished 3rd, in front of Fangio, which is 25 positions better than where he started from, BUT Roberto Mieres ended up 6th. As Roberto started 32nd, he made up 26 positions, which is still the record.
The bull of the pampas won his second and final F1 race with more than a minute on Hawthorn, after Fangio faded and Moss retired.
The fastest lap - Between 1950 and 1959, the driver setting the fastest lap received a point for it. There was no tiebreaker, or in this race, no timekeeping more punctual than seconds. Which resulted in seven drivers sharing the fastest lap. All received 1/7th of a point for it, resulting in one of the strangest points tallies at the end of the season. Hawthorn's 24 and 9/14th points.
As a sidenote, today we are excited for tire wars if there are 2 different rubber companies in a season. This race had 5.
Every race is a race of many different stories, but for me, this one takes the cake.
If you are interested, here is last week's edition: https://www.reddit.com/formula1/comments/3wykeq/random_fact_tuesday_16/
Merry Christmas everyone. See you next week.
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2015.10.20 17:54 Fart_Leviathan Random fact Tuesday Week #8

Hi there guys. This is edition #8 of a little thingy I do to keep me occupied on boring Tuesdays. I'll post 5 random facts and a short story concerning F1 or F1 drivers on every Tuesday. Some might be common knowledge to a few of you, but you might find some interesting.
Feedback is welcome!
(Though for most of these 9 drivers, it is due to the sheer amount of races, rather than being bad. Patrese's 39 is only 15% of his starts and de Cesaris also gets only 18%. For scale, Katayama has 27%, which is the highest for drivers with 25+ crashes.)
Story Time
Harder, Higher, Faster, Stronger. The AVUS.
The last (and so far, only) track I wrote about was Pescara, which was a very dangerous, yet unknown one.
AVUS too is very dangerous, but it's better known. Mainly for its "North Corner"...
The Automobil-Verkehrs- und Übungsstraße is a huge straight piece of concrete, near Berlin, going both directions, meaning that it was perfect for speed records in the late-20's.
As a racetrack it was basically what the Americans call a paperclip oval, but with a twist. Its Length and the North Corner banking with an angle of 43°, made of redbrick. What most seem to ignore, that turn wasn't always like that. Actually, for the first 15 years of the track's existence, the banking was not present. Like for many other projects, the 1936 Olympics were the reason for building the banking there. The organizers of the Olympics needed some space, meaning they had to shorten the North Curve and cancel the 1936 Avusrennen, but as a compensation they built the banking for free. Now with the track turning up into a low vertical wall with no safety arrangements on its high side any driver could go off for a long airborne ride. It is therefore no wonder that the curve soon got the nickname "The wall of death".
The mid-late 30's Grand Prix scene was amazing, I'll not get into that too deeply, it is book series material. Cars were epically fast, so on the straights they could reach 380 km/h while the North Curve could be taken with 180 km/h.
In 1937, the first year of the banking, that speed resulted in the fastest lap time at the time. And for the next 34 years. Luigi Fagioli in his Auto Union Type C Streamliner was the man setting that record. He got pole position, with this time of 4 minutes and 8.2 seconds at an average speed of 280 km/h.
Eventual winner of the event, Hermann Lang, got an average race speed of 273 km/h, which was the fastest until the 1986 Indy 500.
No races were held in the next years, but the track has seen the death of a legendary driver, Bernd Rosemeyer in 1938, during a record attempt.
The track remained in West Berlin, though shortened by quite a distance, now at only 8.3 kms, finally got the German Grand Prix in 1959.
The race itself was a very strange affair. The only F1 race, scheduled to be consisted of two heats. (Fact 6?) Each heat was 30 laps and aggregate score decided the winner.
Just before the race, Jean Behra, entered in his own car, crashed in a support race, went over the banking and died upon impacting a flagpole. Hence, the other Porsche, a factory effort driven by von Trips withdrew, leaving only 15 cars to start the race.
Still, those 15 cars had a really good battle with 22 lead changes, with Tony Brooks winning both heats just in front of his teammates Dan Gurney and Phil Hill. Hans Hermann had a spectacular crash in the 2nd segment, but escaped unhurt.
Highlights of segment 1 in color. Highlights of segment 2 in flawless quality.
The track was deemed unsafe in 1961 and the banking was dismantled in 1967. Yet, spectacular accidents and tragedy did not avoid the track, now used for F3 and DTM.
In 1990 Dieter Quester used the guardrails to execute a perfect stunt many gamers tried and failed. He crossed the finish line backwards... On his roof. He finished 3rd with it.
In 1994 a wreck everyone has seen happened here. "John Winter" crashed his Calibra and exploded the fuel tank.
Both got away unharmed.
Sadly, the same can't be said for Keith O'Dor, who lost his life there just a year later. Fatal crash video
Environmental and traffic-related causes put an end to the AVUS story in 1998 and the Lausitzring was built as a replacement in the region.
Tl;dr Ultra fast, ultra epic track from the 30's to the 50's.
If you are interested, here is last week's edition: https://www.reddit.com/formula1/comments/3olr5y/random_fact_tuesday_week_7/
See you next week.
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