Yes, that’s right. I’ve decided that we should have a little tribute post, to the fantastic efforts of the Liechenstein national football team! Yesterday the managed to record the 2nd win in this qualification rund, after winning 1-0 home against Latvia, they now managed to bag an impressing 3 goal win against a lacklustre Iceland!
I really, really, admire a player like Mario Frick, who chose to play for his national team, even though they ‘always’ lose. Now it appears it’s paying off! Congratulations to Liechenstein and sack Morten Olsen!
As promised earlier today, I hereby bring you the groups for the UEFA Cup group stage. I must say that I’m not that happy with the draw for FC København, but I guess it’s possible if we get the right teams home and away. In my book 2 home wins and at least 1 point away is needed to go through:
Group A: AZ Alkmaar (NED), Zenit Petersburg (RUS), Everton (ENG), Nürnberg (GER), Larissa (GRE).
Group B: Panathinaikos (GRE), Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Atlético Madrid (ESP), FC København (DEN), Aberdeen (SCO).
Group G: Anderlecht (BEL), Tottenham Hotspurs (ENG), Getafe (ESP), Hapoel Tel-Aviv (ISR), AaB (DEN).
Group H: Bordeaux (FRA), Austria Wien (AUT), Galatasaray (TUR), Panionios (GRE), Helsingborg (SWE).
When the match program is published, I’ll bring it here!
As promised, the progam for FC København’s matches:
Match Day 1 – 25th of october: F.C. København doesn’t play Match Day 2 – 8th of november: F.C. København – Panathinaikos FC Match Day 3 – 29th of november: Lokomotiv Moskva – F.C. København Match Day 4 – 5th of december: F.C. København – Atlético Madrid Match Day 5 – 20th of december: Aberdeen FC – F.C. København
Again it could have been better, as if we had Lokomotiv and Aberdeen at home, there would have been a good chance for 6 points. However, I still feel that we should be able to beat Aberdeen both home and away! Lokomotiv away could be 1 point, but just as easily 0, it’s a strong team and playing away in Russia is just bad, especially in the winter… Panathinaikos home? Well, 3 points is possible, but again I must say it’s really really hard… Atlético Madrid home, *cry*… I guess it doesn’t matter where we play them… Strong, strong team, and in my eyes it’s good we meet them home actually, the might underestimate us!
Possibility of 3 points against Aberdeen, 1 in Mosow, 3 at home to Panathinakos and 0 against Atlético = 7 points. Enough to go through? Maybe… We’ll see..-
Later today, actually in 40 minutes time, the group stages of the UEFA Cup will be drawn. For the first time we have FC København in one of the five pots after beating Lens in the 1st round. The teams are sorted into the following 5 pots:
1: Villarreal (ESP), Bayern Münich (GER), AZ Alkmar (NED), Panathinaikos (GRE), FC Basel (SUI), Bordeaux (FRA), Leverkusen (GER) and Anderlecht (BEL).
2: Tottenham Hotspurs (ENG), Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS), Zenit Petersburg (RUS), Sparta Prague (CZE), AEK Athen (GRE), Hamburger SV (GER), Bolton Wanderers (ENG) and Austria Wien (AUT).
3: Spartak Moskva (RUS), Braga (POR), Galatasaray (TUR), Getafe (ESP), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Everton (ENG), Fiorentina (ITA) and Rennes (FRA).
4: Hapoel Tel-Aviv (ISR), Crvena Zvezda (SRB), FC København (DEN), Toulouse (FRA), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Panionios (GRE), Nürnberg (GER) and Mladá Boleslav (CZE).
5: Aris (GRE), Aberdeen (SCO), FC Zürich (SUI), Larissa (GRE), AaB (DEN), Brann Bergen (NOR), Elfsborg (SWE) and Helsingborg (SWE).
No two teams from the same country can be in the same group, nor can any teams from the same seeding pot. It’ll be exciting to see who’ll get who and we’ll update as soon as the draw is done!
Today we’ll make spot on the different game worlds out there. Be it big MMORPGs like World of Warcraft or Lord of the Rings Online, or small browser games like Gladiatus, NationStates or Travian, there is a place for you out there!
We’ll start with looking closer at NationStates, which is a game made by Max Barry, a writer who has written numerous books, good ones I’d like to add! The game is inspired by his book Jennifer Government and you can read the first chapter here!
So… What is this game about, how does it look?
It’s a text based game, where you have your own country. You’ll get upto 2 issues a day (you change this yourself in the settings, but maximum is 2 pr. day). An example of what you have to do is shown below, taken from my nation Hrotsijka:
A group several thousands strong hailing from a remote, isolated corner of Hrotsijka is staging a massive demonstration on the front steps of your capitol. They demand that their local dialect be recognized as an official language.
1: Violet Jefferson, your Minister of Culture, has nothing but disdain for the demonstrators. “The language of Hrotsijka is as important to our national identity as our history is. A truly erudite individual uses perfect grammar and refuses to speak as those ruffians do.” Your Finance Minister is quick to chime in as well, “If business is required to print every road sign, instruction manual, and fast-food wrapper in two languages, it would increase everybody’s overhead. That means higher prices for the person in the street.”
2: “Smarker, but ee’s gone blongie ’round the clonger! Trandy in the blang warked a newtie on the Cheebers, quaff me a duggle if it’s brine. Sorky, hang our trandy high!” says Miranda O’Bannon, speaking for the demonstrators, in an apparently rousing response that draws a cascade of cheers. After a few uncomfortable minutes with a professional translator, you find the speaker said, “I respectfully disagree with the Minister. Multilingualism has brought stability to richly-cultured nations such as Brancaland; indeed, I challenge you to provide a single counterexample. I encourage this government to adopt a policy of multilingualism throughout Hrotsijka!”
3: Samuel Johnson, a radical opposition member who seems to tag along to every demonstration she can find, has her own proposal. “The language barrier is keeping us all apart. What Hrotsijka needs is a new identity defined by a new language that we can all agree on. That’s unity without favoritism.”
You have to chose one of them and it’ll then affect your country. The thing is, you’re not really sure how it will affect your country, but that doesn’t matter really. There is also a virtual UN, where new resolutions are discussed and voted for. Each region has their elected UN Delegate and their votes are important if a reslolution are to pass! Hrotsijka are situatied in Gatesville, which is fighting ‘the One World Order’ also know as ‘the United Nations’.
It’s fun and rather adictive! At least I’ve been playing it for more than a year now. Just remember to check back more than every 28th day or you country will be deleted!
Today I had to withstand one of the worst nights for a long time, in my career as a football fan. A 2nd leg match in the 1st round of the UEFA Cup, after getting 1-1 in Lens. It was raining like hell in Copenhagen and the filed was a big mud hole. We pinned Lens back for 90 minutes, but yet got behind after 14 minutes from a Eric Carrière header, their first chance in the game.
News got in from the other Danish stadiums, in Odense OB had lost 4-3 on penalties to Sparta Prague, in Aalborg AaB had gotten 0-0 against Sampdoria and progressed with a 2-2 aggregate win…
We can’t score, I guess that’s to sum up most. Biting nails for a VERY long time… I bit them, yes Then a free kick from Niclas Jensen in the 76th minute, straight to Brede Hangeland who heads it to Marcus Allbäck, who only score in our European matches(!) and 1-1! Again we pin them down, completely, just like when we outplayed Benfica in the qualifer for Champions League, but goals we can’t score… The Portugese refeere had set his mind too, he would NOT be affected by the fans. Many dubious calls and the hatred towards him was raising!
Extra time! Again I started to bite my nails and I was not the only one, looks around me showed that. It got even worse 5 minutes into the extra time and our captain Michael Gravgaard got sent off for bringing down Aruna Dindane, the captaincy was handed to Marcus Allbäck, who got subbed of meer seconds after for our 17 year old defensive starlet Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jørgensen, who did perfectly considering everything…
Now, it was our turn to be pinned down. The man advantage made it clear and combined with the fact that the possesion had been 75% – 25% in FC Københavns favour for the first 90 minutes, meant that there was no much energy left in the reserves. Lens hit the post and have a strike completely free infront of goal, but he shot it in the sidenetting! JOY! Nervous, actually I weren’t even that nervous when we were playing Ajax away last season, this was far worse. Memories of how we had outplayed Benfica came back, how we’ve for 90 minutes had pinned Lens down, them scoring on their only chance…
The ball was hoofed forward and Libor Sionko showed he had a little energy left and sped of towards the goal with only one defender after him. He got in the box and was pushed, but most definantly not the biggest penalty in the world. All eyes on Mr. Gomes. Would he? YES! Penalty! Compensation for the bad things he had shown earlier on? Maybe, but we’ll take it!
Grønkjær goes to the ball, he hadn’t even been able to run for the past 19 minutes. He steps up… Goalkeeper Runje goes left… Grønkjær… GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! 112 minutes of hard nail biting was changed to sheer relif. YELLING! SCREAMING! JUMPING! JOY!
8 minutes to go! Noise everywhere, singing, chanting, ‘FORZA FCK!’… Heavy pressure, if Lens would score we would be out on aggregate goals! 10 men behind the ball! ‘COME ON FC!’. No shots on goal from Lens, they’re tired too… Use the whistle Mr. Gomes, bring us to the UEFA Cup group stage for the first time in the clubs history! Please! We forgive you now!
Well as most of you know, I guess, I’m going to my girlfriends brother Leifs wedding tomorrow. So I’ve gotten myself a new suit and I guess you should be allowed to see the thing
I don’t really like suits, I don’t like churches and I don’t really like fancy things, such as weddings, but I’ll show myself from my best side. At least I’ll try and just smile because I don’t look, completely, like Amin Jensen even though we use the same suit, apparently, which clicking the slideshow will show you…
Yep, you read it correctly, I finally got myself to upload all the pictures again. It’s hard to find them, recreate them and so on. Anyhow they’re up and the FM Downloads section is up too Enjoy it and let’s pray that we’ll never have server problems again!
After the 3rd round of the Danish Cup was played last night (apart from Hvidovre IF – OB which was play tonight), we are now ready for the 4th round, the draw was made today and we’ll have some exciting match ups, with OB – Brøndby and AGF – FC Midtjylland as the biggest clashes. To be fair Vejle – AaB can also be a very exciting match, as Vejle from Viasatsport Divisionen managed to send out FC Nordsjælland in the 3rd round. FC København ‘should’ have gotten themselves a complete walkover against Varde, from the bottom of 2nd Division West, but as we know, anything can happen in cup football! The draw ended up like this:
AGF – FC Midtjylland
Greve Fodbold – Skive
OB – Brøndby IF
Herfølge – Esbjerg fB
Næstved – Kolding FC
SønderjyskE – Randers FC
Varde – FC København
Vejle Boldklub – AaB
The matches will take place on the 31st of October.
Well, unfortunally we still seem to have server problems with the pictures and animations part. We’re still working on a fix for this, but as it is at the moment, it’s a lot harder than we first realised! I have no estimate on when the section will be up and the link for it has been removed in the top untill it’s sorted, hopefully we can do it as fast as possible.
And just to warm us FC København fans in this cold, wet and boring time (with nearly no goals and horrible play), I bring you Morten Nordstrands 5-2 goal against Esbjerg earlier this season:
Today it’s friday, so all the 1st round 1st leg UEFA Cup matches have been played. This year we, Denmark, have an amazing four teams in the tournament. FCK, OB, AaB and FC Midtjylland have been playing and that has ended up in the following results:
RC Lens – FC København 1-1 | 40% – 60%
This match was played already tuesday, due to the Rugby World Cup being played in France and in Lens. FC København got ahead after only 4 minutes, from a Marcus Allbäck header. This changed the match completely and FC were playing the most of the match on their own half and naturally were unable to withstand the pressure. The 1-1 goal by Aruna Dindane after a freekick combination was only deserved. In fact it was a match where FC København could easily have lost by 3, 4 and maybe 5 goals, if it had been against a team who had better attackers on the day. I rate the chances for FC København to proceed as 60%, as we’re rather strong at home and I can’t see us not scoring. However I said the same against Benfica in the Champions League qualifiers.
Sparta Prague – OB 0-0 | 45% – 55%
OB played Czech Sparta Prague away and was pinned down for most of the 1st half, but definantly upped the tempo alot in 2nd half. OB are one of the absolute strongest teams in Denmark and I’ve given them a slight advantage with 55% due to them playing at home in the 2nd leg. Even though OB haven’t looked the strongest after selling their midfielder Esben Hansen to Kaiserslautern, I belive in them.
FC Midtjylland – Lokomotiv Moscow 1-3 | 20% – 80%
Talk about cynisism, that was what Lokomotiv showed on a match where they were pinned down for the most of the match. FC Midtjylland got ahead on a header by Babajide Collins after a Mikkel Thygesen corner, after this they kept mashing Lokomotiv all the way back. Helped by some strange freekick calls by the referee, they were a constant threat to the Russians. Unfortunally, the didn’t have the cynisism as I mentioned earlier and Samedov, Bilyaletdinov and Sychev showed that no matter how pretty a team plays it’s not enough to win. I’ve rated Midtjylland with a nice 20% chance to go through, as it seems very unlikely to get 3 goals in Moscow.
Sampdoria – AaB 2-2 | 45% – 55%
This was the absolute biggest surprise for me of the results for the Danish teams. I was sure that AaB would stand no chance against the Italian supremacy of Sampdoria. It might have been very lucky, but I do stand corrected in all possible ways. A nice hard fight showed the team from Aalborg, going behind after 18 minutes from a Delvecchio goal, responding instantly from a Rade Prica freekick to 1-1. For the rest of the first half Sampdoria pinned AaB down, and only counter attacks where what they had to respond with. However after 52 minutes Andeas Johansson made it an amazing 2-1 for the Danes. Belluci had other thoughts though and made it 2-2 only 6 minutes later. None the less, a great result for AaB and I’ve given them the slightest of edges to go through due to the 2 away goals. It will be hard though.
The reason for this sum of the Danish results is rather simple. As Danish football are on a ‘crusade’ (yes I used the word) to gain more European cooeficental points (which can be followed at Bert Kassies Homepage). The main thing is for us to see if we can get Danish teams seeded in the 3rd round of Champions League qualification as it would most definantly make it easier to get in the ‘land of dreams’. This does however means that the potential Danish Champions (FC København of course ) will have to do good. As we missed the matches against Benfica, we ended up in the UEFA Cup. The fact is that the better we do, the better seeding we’ll get. This season put us at 41st place out of 40 seeded teams and some good results this year will mean we can be seeded if Champions League should fail again.
As this post ends, I’ll just add that my English team, Everton FC, were in the fire in the UEFA Cup too. This ended however in a very dissapointing 1-1 at home against Metalist Kharkiv. It looks dim and perhaps we’ll fail in Europe again Read more about Evertons failure.