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The Origin of the Monsters in Dungeons and Dragons - Part 10

2020.12.03 01:47 phdemented The Origin of the Monsters in Dungeons and Dragons - Part 10

The final entry to the series; wrapping up with U, V, X, Y, and Z. When I get around to it, I'll post a collated version of everything. I hope this has been interesting!

Part 1: Letters A + B
Part 2: Letter C
Part 3: Devils and Demons
Part 4: Letters D, E, and F
Part 5: Letter G
Part 6: Letters H, I, J, K
Part 7: L and M
Part 8: N, O, and P
Part 9: Q, R, S, T

U

Umber Hulk
Etymology: Umber from French ombre (“umber”, “dark ochre”), from Old French umbre (“shade, shadow”), from Latin umbra
First Appearance: First appeared in the original D&D Greyhawk supplement (1976), and later in the Monster Manual (1977)
Origin: Design likely based on a toy, created by Gary Gygax.


Umpleby
Etymology: Uncertain
First Appearance: White Dwarf #9 (Stephen Wood), later in Fiend Folio (1981)
Origin: Uncertain

Unicorn
Etymology: From French unicorne, from Latin Unicornis from Unus (“one”) Cornu (“horn”).
First Appearance: First appeared in the original D&D set (1974), and later in the Monster Manual (1977).
Origin: Based on a mythical horned horse. Illustrations resembling unicorns date back to eary Indus Valley civilizations, and are mentioned in ancient Greek text as being real animals navtive to India. Tales of the creatures spread throughout Europe. Commonly a symbol of purity, with a horn that possessed various curative magic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn

Ustilagor
Etymology: Uncertain
First Appearance: First appeared in Dragon #69, later in Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Variant of the Intellect Devourer

V


Vagabond
Etymology: From the Latin vagabundus, from Latin vagari (“wanderer”)
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain, though invocative of the Great Race of Yith from H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Out of Time

Vampire
Etymology: From the French vampyre or German vampir, from the Serbian vàmpīr (same meaning).
First Appearance: First appeared in the original D&D set (1974), and later in the Monster Manual (1977).
Origin: A creature of varied regional lore, each differing, with a common theme of their feeding on the living. May be living or undead, or have a number of various magical powers. There is no single mythological source for the vampire, as so many different mythological creatures are referred to as vampires due to similarities in the myths. While blood draining is common, others may drain spiritual energy without touching the victim, or feed on their energy while they dream. The D&D version is based heavily on vampires of gothic literature, such as Bram Stroker’s Dracula (1897) and John Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire

Vargouille
Etymology: Uncertain
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Based on the Malaysian penanggalan. The penanggalan (literally “to detach” or “remove”) is a vampire-like ghost of South Asian mythology. The creature appears as a detached female head, dragging entrails as it flies in the night, while during the day it appears as a normal person when it rejoins the body.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penanggalan

Vegepygmy
Etymology: Portmanteau of Vegetable + Pigmy
First Appearance: First appeared in S3 – Expedition to Barrier Peaks (1980), later in Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain

Verme
Etymology: Possibly from Italian verme (“worm”), from Latin vermis (“worm”)
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain, possibly simply a giant version of the real-world catfish

Vilstrak
Etymology: Uncertain
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain

Vodyanoi (Marine Umberhulk)
Etymology: Russian vodyanoy (водяно́й, “Watery”)
First Appearance: Fiend Folio (1981)
Origin: Slavic mythology. A type of male water spirit which appears as an old man with a frog-like face, with long hair and covered in algae. Drowning are often blamed on angered vodanoy, as well as broken dams. The related Vodnik is from Czech and Slovakian mythology.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodyanoy

Vulchling
Etymology: Diminutive of vulture
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain, monstrous version of real-world vultures

W


Water Weird
Etymology: Weird is from old English Wyrd (“fate, destiny, phenomenon, deed”). As a noun can mean a spell or charm
First Appearance: Monster Manual (1977)
Origin: Unknown origin as monster, created by Ernie Gygax.

Webbird
Etymology: Portmanteau of Web + Bird
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain

Wemic
Etymology: Uncertain
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Created by David Sutherland III for the Monster Cards Set 3.

Wight
Etymology: From old English wiht (“person, creature, being, whit, something, anything”), from Proto-Germanic wihtiz (“essence, object”).
First Appearance: First appeared (with ghouls) in the fantasy supplement for Chainmail (1971), first appeared in D&D in the original D&D set (1974), and later in the Monster Manual (1977).
Origin: In middle English, Wight described a living or sentient creature. Use as an undead-like creature possibly originated with JRR Tolkien, with the Barrow Wights in Fellowship of the Ring, likely based on scandinavian draughaugbui (see the 14th century Icelandic Grettis Saga).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wight

Willow, Black
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain, possibly inspired by the Old Man Willow from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.

Will-O-Wisp
Etymology: English, From Will (“male name”) of the wisp (“bundle of straw/hay used as a torch”).
First Appearance: First appeared in the original D&D Greyhawk supplement (1976), and later in the Monster Manual (1977)
Origin: In English folklore, Will-o’-the-wisps are ghostly lights seen at night, often luring travelers into bogs and from safe paths. Similar to Jack o’ (of the) Lantern. Also called Hobby Lanterns or Ignis Fatuus (Latin: Foolish fire) among other names. Various myths of fairy lights or lights in the swamp are likely related to natural bio- or chemiluminescence due to oxidation of decaying matter or ball-lightning-like phenomenon.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will-o%27-the-wisp

Wind Walker
First Appearance: First appeared in Strategic Review #3 (1975), later in the Monster Manual (1977)
Origin: Uncertain

Witherstench
First Appearance: White dwarf #11
Origin: Uncertain

Wolfwere
First Appearance: First appeared in S4 - The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1976), later in Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: A variant of the werewolf.

Wolf-In-Sheep’s-Clothing
First Appearance: First appeared in S3: Expedition to Barrier Peaks, later in Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain, the name comes from a biblical idiom (Matthew 7:15).

Wolf, Worg (Dire Wolf)
Etymology: Worg (or Warg) was introduced by J.R.R. Tolkien, taken from the Old Norse vargr (“wolf”).
First Appearance: First appeared (as a Warg) in the fantasy supplement for Chainmail (1971), and later in the Monster Manual (1977).
Origin: In “The Lord of the Rings”, wargs were a breed of large wolves. In later fantasy stories, large wolves have been called worgs, wargs, and dire wolves. The name Dire Wolf comes from a real-word extinct canine that died out around 10,000 years ago. The dire wolf was the largest known species of canine to have existed, though they are not much larger than the largest current wolves.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dire_wolf

Wolf, Winter
First Appearance: Monster Manual (1977)
Origin: Uncertain

Worm, Tenebrous
Etymology: Anglo-Normal tenebrous, from Latin tenebrae (“darkness, shadow”)
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain

Worm, Tunnel
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Monstrous version of the centipede

Wraith
Etymology: Likely Scottish, but uncertain
First Appearance: First appeared in the original D&D set (1974), and later in the Monster Manual (1977).
Origin: First known use of the word was in a 1513 Scottish translation of Aeneid. Used as a cognate in Scottish for ghost. Appearance in D&D likely inspired by the Ring-Wraiths of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Wyvern
Etymology: From middle English Wyvere (“Viper”), from French Wivre, from Latin vīpera (“vipesnake”). From Vivus-pario (“one that gives live young”).
First Appearance: First appeared in the fantasy supplement for Chainmail (1971), first appeared in D&D in the original D&D set (1974), and later in the Monster Manual (1977).
Origin: Term dates to 17th century. A legendary winged serpent with a dragon’s head, two or no legs, wings, and a barbed tail. May breathe fire or be venomous (or neither).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern

X


Xag-Ya/Xeg-Yi
Etymology: Unknown (XAG is the ISO-4217 currency code for silver, Xag-ya are silver, but that is a stretch)
First Appearance: First appeared in the tournament version of the S4 - The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (1976), later in Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Uncertain

Xaren
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Variant of the Xorn

Xill
First Appearance: Fiend Folio (1981)
Origin: Possibly inspired by the ixtl, an alien in A.E Vogt’s “The Voyage of the Space Beagle”

Xorn
First Appearance: Monster Manual (1977)
Origin: Created by Gary Gygax

Xvart
Etymology: Alternate spelling Norse svart (“dark”)
First Appearance: First appeared in White Dwarf #9, Fiend Folio (1981)
Origin: Borrowed from Alan Garners “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen”, which contained dark elves (svart alfer)

Y


Yellow Musk Creeper
First Appearance: Fiend Folio (1981)
Origin: Possibly inspired fungus that controls ants
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiocordyceps_unilateralis

Yeth Hound
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: A black dog (demonic/spirit dog) in English folklore (specifically the area of Devon). Also called a Yell Hound, it was a headless dog that roamed the land making wailing noises. See Hell Hound, Barghest, and Cooshee.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_dog_(ghost)#Devon's_Yeth_Hound#Devon's_Yeth_Hound)

Yeti
Etymology: from Tibetan yeh (“rock”) ti (“bear”).
First Appearance: First appeared in Strategic Review #3 (1975), later in the Monster Manual (1977)
Origin: An ape like cryptid, similar to bigfoot, which is rumored to exist in Nepal.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti

Yuan Ti
Etymology: Uncertain
First Appearance: First appeared in module I1 - Dwellers of the Forbidden City (1980), later appeared in Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Possibly inspired by the South Asian naga.

Z


Zombie
Etymology: From Bantu. Similar to zumbi (“fetish”), nzambi (“god”), and jumbee (“spirit or demon”).
First Appearance: First appeared in the original D&D set (1974), and later in the Monster Manual (1977).
Origin: In African and Haitian lore, a zombie was a dead body which has been reanimated by a practitioner of magic, or someone charmed into a mindless state.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie

Zombie, Juju
Etymology: Uncertain, either from French joujou (“a toy/playing”) or from West African; a term used to describe traditional African religions, typically with respect to spells and charms.
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: In Haitian Voodoo, zombie refers often to a living person who has been placed in a near mindless state due to a combination of drugs and/or hypnosis, not just to a dead body that has been raised.

Zorbo
Etymology: Unknown
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Possibly inspired by the fictitious Drop Bear of Australia (a large, carnivorous koala) with some special powers added.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_bear

Zygom
First Appearance: Monster Manual II (1983)
Origin: Unknown
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2020.11.04 00:08 BionicTransWomyn War in the East - Turn 3 - Phases 1-3 - Initial Situation Brief

Phase 1 - Furher Directive

Furher Directive 21 is still in effect.

Phase 2 - Roll on Hitler Table

So this is the first turn the "Hitler Table" comes into play. You can find it at the link in the above section title.
Roll = 36 - No event.

Phase 3 - Initial Situation Brief

Date: 3 July 1941
Overall Map
OOB
Ground Casualties
Air Losses
Reinforcement and Withdrawal Schedule
Reinforcement and Withdrawal Schedule Pt 2
Logistic Log
Reinforcements: 132nd, 46th and 93rd Infantry Divisions
Administrative Points: 119
Rail Capacity: 34 500 (About 10 Infantry Divisions)
Trucks: 161k (101k)
Sealift Capacity: 15 000 (Baltic)

NOTE

I have conducted pre-recon according to OKH directives. There are missions remaining for Sunday, but you can expect this is a fair representation of Axis recon efforts.
SOVIET INTELLIGENCE INTERCEPTS
NORTH
Enemy managed to temporarily open DAUGAVA pocket, but has basically no combat power remaining in LATVIA. Suspected enemy defensive line running North-South along the VELIKAYA river.
Supply situation in forward elements is assessed at between AVERAGE and BELOW AVERAGE.
No change to the Finnish Front (Sorry! Next Turn!).
Army Group North
CENTER
Enemy has launched a probing attack on a panzer regiment of the 10th Pz Div without much success.
Enemy met minimal success by cutting off two forward mobile divisions of 3rd Panzer Gruppe due to the "leakiness" of the Berezina pocket. The situation is expected to be rectified in the coming week as follow on and uncommitted forces become available.
Supply situation in forward elements EAST of the BEREZINA river is assessed at VERY LOW. For those west of the river, between LOW and AVERAGE.
2nd Army has become available for operations.
FBD units were in fact NOT ambushed this week.
Army Group Center
Pripet Marshes
SOUTH
The Carpathian pocket has held and forces within are securedly trapped.
The LVOV pocket has been opened by a wild motorized unit, but will be closed again during the week.
The GORYN river has been breached and overeagerness by Pz Gruppe commander has led to exploiting further than warranted, reaching PL GELB. Two Panzer Corps remain uncommitted west of the river. Overall the enemy has eschewed withdrawing in favor of envelopping the bridgehead and maintaining his positions on the river.
An attack was repulsed on the bridgehead with heavy loss of Soviet armor.
Strong enemy forces assessed in the Pripet marshes and along the GORYN river, with substantial fortifications.
Supply is assessed as VERY LOW east of the GORYN river and GOOD west of it.
RUMANIA has entered the war with the 11th German Army in support. 3rd Rumanian Army, 4th Rumanian army, Army Group Antonescu and 11th Army have become available for operations.
Furthermore, the Slovakian Corps has become available for duty, as did the Slovakian Mobile Brigade (LII Corps).
Army Group South - Western Ukraine
Rumanian Front - Only missing the 2 divisions of AG Antonescu further south.
Technical information:
  • Recon phase is scheduled for Sunday November 8th at 14h00 EST.
  • The Order topic will be available afterwards.
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Coinmama is a fiscal assistance business that makes buying progressed cash "fun, brisk and safe, from wherever on the planet". Since 2013 Coinmama has been resolved to make the most direct fiscal assistance in the crypto space – imparted in a language you can grasp, and maintained by customer care you can rely upon.
On the date of last invigorating this review, 28 May 2020, the stage communicated on its site that it had 2.1 million customers from 188 novel countries. This is astounding as we might want to think. +☎ 𝟖𝟖𝟖̲-𝟖𝟔̳𝟏-𝟗𝟕𝟒𝟐̳☎
Coinmama is an Israeli/Slovakian cryptographic cash exchange, generally well known for its drawn out commitment of "procurement bitcoin with Visa and check card". All through the drawn out they've included more crypto coins and additional systems for portion, for instance, SEPA and Swift bank moves, making it amazingly easy to buy bitcoin. Coinmama similarly offers high spending cutoff points and checks accounts quickly. Plus, they ensure that once a portion is embraced, the coins are sent instantly. Coinmama similarly offers significantly master and welcoming customer administration.
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Coinmama offers different high volume traded coins for you to buy just as sell, for instance, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), (QTUM), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tezos (XTZ) and (EOS).
US-theorists
Coinmama has an enrollment with the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a Money Services Business (MSB), through one of its social occasion associations (New Bit Ventures Ltd). This grants Coinmama to recognize US-monetary masters moreover.
Coinmama's purchase interface shows notable packs or possibly the decision to wholeheartedly insert the particular proportion of dollars (or EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY) you wish to spend or the proportion of crypto you wish to buy. This purchase interface makes it extraordinarily clear on the off chance that you're new to crypto, yet it presumably won't offer all the genuine buy/sell incorporates more experienced intermediaries look for. Here's a glance at Coinmama's interface:
Coinmama Trading costs
This particular stage is more a cryptographic cash store than an advanced money exchange. They sell advanced cash from their own stock, and don't support moves between beginning with one Coinmama-customer then onto the following. In like manner, it is difficult to differentiate the costs charged by Coinmama and the business typical trading cost at a standard united exchange (0.20-0.25%).
Charges here start at 2.90% anyway change impressively reliant on your portion methodology and certain various conditions. For instance, buying crypto through SEPA-move is more affordable than buying crypto by methods for Mastercard. If you buy crypto by methods for SEPA-move at Coinmama, your total cost is commonly 5.5%.
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Coinmama is a fiscal assistance business that makes buying progressed cash "fun, brisk and safe, from wherever on the planet". Since 2013 Coinmama has been resolved to make the most direct fiscal assistance in the crypto space – imparted in a language you can grasp, and maintained by customer care you can rely upon.
On the date of last invigorating this review, 28 May 2020, the stage communicated on its site that it had 2.1 million customers from 188 novel countries. This is astounding as we might want to think. +☎ 𝟖𝟖𝟖̲-𝟖𝟔̳𝟏-𝟗𝟕𝟒𝟐̳☎
Coinmama is an Israeli/Slovakian cryptographic cash exchange, generally well known for its drawn out commitment of "procurement bitcoin with Visa and check card". All through the drawn out they've included more crypto coins and additional systems for portion, for instance, SEPA and Swift bank moves, making it amazingly easy to buy bitcoin. Coinmama similarly offers high spending cutoff points and checks accounts quickly. Plus, they ensure that once a portion is embraced, the coins are sent instantly. Coinmama similarly offers significantly master and welcoming customer administration.
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Coinmama offers different high volume traded coins for you to buy just as sell, for instance, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), (QTUM), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tezos (XTZ) and (EOS).
US-theorists
Coinmama has an enrollment with the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a Money Services Business (MSB), through one of its social occasion associations (New Bit Ventures Ltd). This grants Coinmama to recognize US-monetary masters moreover.
Coinmama's purchase interface shows notable packs or possibly the decision to wholeheartedly insert the particular proportion of dollars (or EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY) you wish to spend or the proportion of crypto you wish to buy. This purchase interface makes it extraordinarily clear on the off chance that you're new to crypto, yet it presumably won't offer all the genuine buy/sell incorporates more experienced intermediaries look for. Here's a glance at Coinmama's interface:
Coinmama Trading costs
This particular stage is more a cryptographic cash store than an advanced money exchange. They sell advanced cash from their own stock, and don't support moves between beginning with one Coinmama-customer then onto the following. In like manner, it is difficult to differentiate the costs charged by Coinmama and the business typical trading cost at a standard united exchange (0.20-0.25%).
Charges here start at 2.90% anyway change impressively reliant on your portion methodology and certain various conditions. For instance, buying crypto through SEPA-move is more affordable than buying crypto by methods for Mastercard. If you buy crypto by methods for SEPA-move at Coinmama, your total cost is commonly 5.5%.
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Coinmama is a fiscal assistance business that makes buying progressed cash "fun, brisk and safe, from wherever on the planet". Since 2013 Coinmama has been resolved to make the most direct fiscal assistance in the crypto space – imparted in a language you can grasp, and maintained by customer care you can rely upon.
On the date of last invigorating this review, 28 May 2020, the stage communicated on its site that it had 2.1 million customers from 188 novel countries. This is astounding as we might want to think. +☎ 𝟖𝟖𝟖̲-𝟖𝟔̳𝟏-𝟗𝟕𝟒𝟐̳☎
Coinmama is an Israeli/Slovakian cryptographic cash exchange, generally well known for its drawn out commitment of "procurement bitcoin with Visa and check card". All through the drawn out they've included more crypto coins and additional systems for portion, for instance, SEPA and Swift bank moves, making it amazingly easy to buy bitcoin. Coinmama similarly offers high spending cutoff points and checks accounts quickly. Plus, they ensure that once a portion is embraced, the coins are sent instantly. Coinmama similarly offers significantly master and welcoming customer administration.
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Coinmama offers different high volume traded coins for you to buy just as sell, for instance, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), (QTUM), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tezos (XTZ) and (EOS).
US-theorists
Coinmama has an enrollment with the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a Money Services Business (MSB), through one of its social occasion associations (New Bit Ventures Ltd). This grants Coinmama to recognize US-monetary masters moreover.
Coinmama's purchase interface shows notable packs or possibly the decision to wholeheartedly insert the particular proportion of dollars (or EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY) you wish to spend or the proportion of crypto you wish to buy. This purchase interface makes it extraordinarily clear on the off chance that you're new to crypto, yet it presumably won't offer all the genuine buy/sell incorporates more experienced intermediaries look for. Here's a glance at Coinmama's interface:
Coinmama Trading costs
This particular stage is more a cryptographic cash store than an advanced money exchange. They sell advanced cash from their own stock, and don't support moves between beginning with one Coinmama-customer then onto the following. In like manner, it is difficult to differentiate the costs charged by Coinmama and the business typical trading cost at a standard united exchange (0.20-0.25%).
Charges here start at 2.90% anyway change impressively reliant on your portion methodology and certain various conditions. For instance, buying crypto through SEPA-move is more affordable than buying crypto by methods for Mastercard. If you buy crypto by methods for SEPA-move at Coinmama, your total cost is commonly 5.5%.
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Coinmama is a monetary help business that makes purchasing advanced money "fun, quick and safe, from anyplace on the planet". Since 2013 Coinmama has been determined to make the most straightforward monetary help in the crypto space – communicated in a language you can comprehend, and upheld by client care you can depend on.
On the date of last refreshing this survey, 28 May 2020, the stage expressed on its site that it had 2.1 million clients from 188 unique nations. This is amazing as we would like to think. +☎ 𝟖𝟖𝟖̲-𝟖𝟔̳𝟏-𝟗𝟕𝟒𝟐̳☎
Coinmama is an Israeli/Slovakian cryptographic money trade, most popular for its drawn out contribution of "purchase bitcoin with Visa and check card". Throughout the long term they've included more crypto coins and extra strategies for installment, for example, SEPA and Swift bank moves, making it extremely simple to purchase bitcoin. Coinmama likewise offers high spending limits and checks accounts rapidly. Besides, they guarantee that once an installment is endorsed, the coins are sent in a flash. Coinmama likewise offers profoundly expert and inviting client service.
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Coinmama offers various high volume exchanged coins for you to purchase as well as sell, for example, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), (QTUM), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tezos (XTZ) and (EOS).
US-speculators
Coinmama has an enlistment with the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a Money Services Business (MSB), through one of its gathering organizations (New Bit Ventures Ltd). This permits Coinmama to acknowledge US-financial specialists also.
Coinmama's buy interface shows well known bundles or potentially the choice to unreservedly embed the specific measure of dollars (or EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY) you wish to spend or the measure of crypto you wish to purchase. This buy interface makes it exceptionally straightforward in case you're new to crypto, yet it probably won't offer all the serious purchase/sell includes more experienced brokers search for. Here's a look at Coinmama's interface:
Coinmama Trading expenses
This specific stage is more a cryptographic money store than a digital currency trade. They sell digital money from their own stock, and don't encourage moves between starting with one Coinmama-client then onto the next. Likewise, it is hard to contrast the expenses charged by Coinmama and the business normal exchanging expense at a standard brought together trade (0.20-0.25%).
Charges here beginning at 2.90% however fluctuate considerably dependent on your installment strategy and certain different conditions. For example, purchasing crypto through SEPA-move is less expensive than purchasing crypto by means of Mastercard. In the event that you purchase crypto by means of SEPA-move at Coinmama, your absolute expense is ordinarily 5.5%.
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Coinmama is a monetary help business that makes purchasing advanced money "fun, quick and safe, from anyplace on the planet". Since 2013 Coinmama has been determined to make the most straightforward monetary help in the crypto space – communicated in a language you can comprehend, and upheld by client care you can depend on.
On the date of last refreshing this survey, 28 May 2020, the stage expressed on its site that it had 2.1 million clients from 188 unique nations. This is amazing as we would like to think. +☎ 𝟖𝟖𝟖̲-𝟖𝟔̳𝟏-𝟗𝟕𝟒𝟐̳☎
Coinmama is an Israeli/Slovakian cryptographic money trade, most popular for its drawn out contribution of "purchase bitcoin with Visa and check card". Throughout the long term they've included more crypto coins and extra strategies for installment, for example, SEPA and Swift bank moves, making it extremely simple to purchase bitcoin. Coinmama likewise offers high spending limits and checks accounts rapidly. Besides, they guarantee that once an installment is endorsed, the coins are sent in a flash. Coinmama likewise offers profoundly expert and inviting client service.
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Coinmama offers various high volume exchanged coins for you to purchase as well as sell, for example, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), (QTUM), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tezos (XTZ) and (EOS).
US-speculators
Coinmama has an enlistment with the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a Money Services Business (MSB), through one of its gathering organizations (New Bit Ventures Ltd). This permits Coinmama to acknowledge US-financial specialists also.
Coinmama's buy interface shows well known bundles or potentially the choice to unreservedly embed the specific measure of dollars (or EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY) you wish to spend or the measure of crypto you wish to purchase. This buy interface makes it exceptionally straightforward in case you're new to crypto, yet it probably won't offer all the serious purchase/sell includes more experienced brokers search for. Here's a look at Coinmama's interface:
Coinmama Trading expenses
This specific stage is more a cryptographic money store than a digital currency trade. They sell digital money from their own stock, and don't encourage moves between starting with one Coinmama-client then onto the next. Likewise, it is hard to contrast the expenses charged by Coinmama and the business normal exchanging expense at a standard brought together trade (0.20-0.25%).
Charges here beginning at 2.90% however fluctuate considerably dependent on your installment strategy and certain different conditions. For example, purchasing crypto through SEPA-move is less expensive than purchasing crypto by means of Mastercard. In the event that you purchase crypto by means of SEPA-move at Coinmama, your absolute expense is ordinarily 5.5%.
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Coinmama is a monetary help business that makes purchasing advanced money "fun, quick and safe, from anyplace on the planet". Since 2013 Coinmama has been determined to make the most straightforward monetary help in the crypto space – communicated in a language you can comprehend, and upheld by client care you can depend on.
On the date of last refreshing this survey, 28 May 2020, the stage expressed on its site that it had 2.1 million clients from 188 unique nations. This is amazing as we would like to think. +☎ 𝟖𝟖𝟖̲-𝟖𝟔̳𝟏-𝟗𝟕𝟒𝟐̳☎
Coinmama is an Israeli/Slovakian cryptographic money trade, most popular for its drawn out contribution of "purchase bitcoin with Visa and check card". Throughout the long term they've included more crypto coins and extra strategies for installment, for example, SEPA and Swift bank moves, making it extremely simple to purchase bitcoin. Coinmama likewise offers high spending limits and checks accounts rapidly. Besides, they guarantee that once an installment is endorsed, the coins are sent in a flash. Coinmama likewise offers profoundly expert and inviting client service.
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Coinmama offers various high volume exchanged coins for you to purchase as well as sell, for example, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), (QTUM), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tezos (XTZ) and (EOS).
US-speculators
Coinmama has an enlistment with the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a Money Services Business (MSB), through one of its gathering organizations (New Bit Ventures Ltd). This permits Coinmama to acknowledge US-financial specialists also.
Coinmama's buy interface shows well known bundles or potentially the choice to unreservedly embed the specific measure of dollars (or EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY) you wish to spend or the measure of crypto you wish to purchase. This buy interface makes it exceptionally straightforward in case you're new to crypto, yet it probably won't offer all the serious purchase/sell includes more experienced brokers search for. Here's a look at Coinmama's interface:
Coinmama Trading expenses
This specific stage is more a cryptographic money store than a digital currency trade. They sell digital money from their own stock, and don't encourage moves between starting with one Coinmama-client then onto the next. Likewise, it is hard to contrast the expenses charged by Coinmama and the business normal exchanging expense at a standard brought together trade (0.20-0.25%).
Charges here beginning at 2.90% however fluctuate considerably dependent on your installment strategy and certain different conditions. For example, purchasing crypto through SEPA-move is less expensive than purchasing crypto by means of Mastercard. In the event that you purchase crypto by means of SEPA-move at Coinmama, your absolute expense is ordinarily 5.5%.
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Coinmama is a monetary help business that makes purchasing advanced money "fun, quick and safe, from anyplace on the planet". Since 2013 Coinmama has been determined to make the most straightforward monetary help in the crypto space – communicated in a language you can comprehend, and upheld by client care you can depend on.
On the date of last refreshing this survey, 28 May 2020, the stage expressed on its site that it had 2.1 million clients from 188 unique nations. This is amazing as we would like to think. +☎ 𝟖𝟖𝟖̲-𝟖𝟔̳𝟏-𝟗𝟕𝟒𝟐̳☎


Coinmama is an Israeli/Slovakian cryptographic money trade, most popular for its drawn out contribution of "purchase bitcoin with Visa and check card". Throughout the long term they've included more crypto coins and extra strategies for installment, for example, SEPA and Swift bank moves, making it extremely simple to purchase bitcoin. Coinmama likewise offers high spending limits and checks accounts rapidly. Besides, they guarantee that once an installment is endorsed, the coins are sent in a flash. Coinmama likewise offers profoundly expert and inviting client service.

Coinmama support number
Coinmama helpline number
Coinmama toll free number
Coinmama customer care number
Coinmama customer service number
Coinmama customer support number
Coinmama technical support number



Coinmama offers various high volume exchanged coins for you to purchase as well as sell, for example, Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), (QTUM), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Tezos (XTZ) and (EOS).

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2020.07.30 21:19 ghtuy Stats I Compiled Because I Was Bored: USLC Player Nationalities

Guess who's been Ultra-Instinct levels of bored? Me. Guess who skimmed every club's Wikipedia article, cross-referenced with Transfermarkt, and curated a spreadsheet of player nationalities by club? Also me.
Disclaimer: This post is really, really long. If you don't want to appreciate my hours upon hours of research, spread over a week as I slaved away over a hot keyboard, turn back now.
Methodology: Basically I used the Wiki entries for nationality, which uses FIFA international allegiance, or place of birth for those without a call-up. Derived statistics include the total number of players across the 35 clubs, the total number of clubs that employ players of that nationality, and the total number of different nationalities at each club. I did not include players at 2-teams who are under contract with the MLS parent organization. I did, however, include academy signings. (Correct as of 7/24)
  • The club with the most distinct nationalities is El Paso Locomotive, with 15. They also have the fewest American players, at 5. Their roster includes 5 Americans, 3 Englishmen, 2 Mexicans, and 1 each: Canadian, Jamaican, Brazilian, Irish, Scottish, Cameroonian, Colombian, Spaniard, DR-Congolese, Haitian, Dutch, and Belgian.
  • In the reverse, the least-diverse (in terms of nationality) is LA Galaxy Jr. with just 5 nations represented. 20 Americans, 2 Mexicans, and 1 each Ghanaian, Liberian, and Sierra-Leonean.
  • El Paso, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay each have 12 nations represented by just 1 player in their squad, more than any other teams. These aren't necessarily the only players of their nation in the league, but speaking of which...
  • No less than 37 nations have just one player across all 35 USLC clubs. That means that ~44%, or almost half the nations represented, have just 1 player. The next 37 nations, which range from 2 to 8 players, represent 154 individuals.
The remainder of the post will highlight these 37 players who are either the only players in the USLC from their respective countries, or the only ones who play for that country, due to FIFA eligibility rules. A player could theoretically be eligible to play for 8 different national teams, if: all 4 grandparents, both parents, and the player were all born in different countries, and the player has held residency for 5 years after turning 18 in yet another country. But anyway...
Afghanistan: David Najem (New Mexico Utd.)
  • Originally from New Jersey, Najem only recently debuted for Afghanistan, so far making 3 appearances. He and his brother Adam are eligible through their father. Both David and Adam played in the USLC last season, but with the latter's move to the Polish league, David is the only Afghan international in the league.
Albania: Vangjel Zguro (FC Tulsa)
  • Hailing from the city of Pogradec, Tulsa's left wing-back (?) started at his hometown club, followed by several short stints at other domestic teams. He first moved abroad in 2019 with USL1's Chattanooga Red Wolves; he has yet to debut for his current side, or his national team.
Andorra: Joan Cervós (Colorado Springs Switchbacks)
  • Though I haven't checked exhaustively, I suspect that Colorado Springs' left-back is the first Andorran player for a professional U.S. team. Even if he's not, he's almost certainly the first Andorran goalscorer in professional American soccer. He received his first international call-up in 2018, becoming first-choice and taking part in 16 of 19 games since then for the small Iberian nation.
Austria: Daniel Fischer (Saint Louis FC)
  • The young left-back came up through the youth system of Austrian side SKN St. Polten, he played college ball for Young Harris in Georgia, spending a summer with Cincinnati Dutch Lions in the PDL. At 23 years of age, he's yet to appear for his current club.
Azerbaijan: Rufat Dadaşov (Phoenix Rising)
  • The only current player from the countries in the Caucusus, Dadaşov spent his entire career around the German lower leagues, before moving to Phoenix before this season. He made an impact immediately, netting a hat trick in their first game of the season and assisting one against OCSC. He's also played 24 matches for his country, netting 5 goals (all against red-and-white flags: Qatar, 2 vs Malta, Northern Ireland, and Bahrain).
Belgium: Chiró N'Toko (El Paso Locomotive)
  • Though born in Kinshasa, Zaire, N'Toko holds Belgian citizenship, the only such individual in the USLC. The 32-year-old moved to El Paso for the 2019 season, and has become club captain. Most of his career has been in the Netherlands, with short stints in his home Belgium, England, and Slovenia.
Bermuda: Zeiko Lewis (Charleston Battery)
  • Though not technically an independent country, Bermuda is a full member of FIFA, and Battery forward Zeiko Lewis is the only of that island currently in the USLC. A USL veteran, Lewis played for the Bermuda Hogges, Real Boston Rams, and Energy Drink Jr. before spending the 2018 season in Iceland, returning to the league with Charleston in 2019. A senior international, he has 26 caps and 9 goals to date, including a hat trick against Dutch possession Sint Maarten.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Robert Kristo (North Carolina)
  • Born in Bosnia but raised in St. Louis, Robert Kristo translated a successful collegiate career into spells in the Italian Serie C and the 3. Bundesliga. Joining the artist formerly known as the RailHawks, he's scored 12 in 30 since the start of 2019. He hasn't been called up to the national team to date.
Bulgaria: Vilyan Bijev (Sacramento Republic)
  • The Bulgarian midfielder, raised in California, has had something of a journeyman career. With youth spells at California Odyssey and Liverpool, he spent time on loan in Germany and Norway. He spent time back in Bulgaria, moving to Portland Timbers Jr., but he's spent more time at Republic than any previous team. Eligible through his residence, he's capped at youth levels for both the United States and Bulgaria, but is yet to make a senior appearance for either.
Burundi: Chancel Ndaye (Las Vegas Lights)
  • Born in Bujumbura, the 21-year-old right-sided defender moved to Las Vegas before the start of the season from the Czech Republic. Despite his age, he debuted for his nation at the Under-20 level at 17, and the senior level aged 19. His caps are in the U-20 AFCON, senior CECAFA Cup, and a friendly against Djibouti.
Cabo Verde: Steevan Dos Santos (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)
  • The Cape Verdean striker joined Pittsburgh ahead of the previous season, where he played nearly every game, scoring 10 and assisting 6 as they won their conference. The 30-year-old had a diverse career before coming stateside. Starting off at hometown club CS Mindelese, he spent a spell in Norway with Ull/Kisa before 2 seasons with Angolan side Progresso. He played briefly for Rochester Rhinos and Ottawa Fury, before becoming a key player at his current club.
Congo: Brunallergene Etou (Charlotte Independence)
  • Though born in Brazzaville, defensive midfielder Etou began his career in France, playing for lower-league sides Drancy, Le Havre Reserves, and Mont d'Or before "going pro" with Ligue 2 side Béziers. He joined Charlotte ahead of this season, and made his debut in their opening win against Sporting Kansas City Jr. Aged 26, he has yet to break into his national team.
Côte d'Ivoire: Jean-Christophe Koffi (Memphis 901)
  • The young midfielder hails from Côte d'Ivoire's capital city, Abidjan. After moving to the U.S. in childhood, he spent time in D.C. United's youth setup, before a collegiate career at University of Virginia. He joined Energy Drink Jr. for last season, starting 26 of his 27 appearances, before joining Memphis ahead of this season. He is not capped internationally at any level, but could potentially play for either his birth nation or the U.S.
Curaçao: Ayrton Statie (Reno 1868)
  • Born in the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, the left-back plays internationally for Curaçao. I couldn't specifically find information regarding his eligibility; Bonaire is a municipality of the Netherlands, which is a constituent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands along with Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten. Bonaire has a team, but it isn't a FIFA member. It's confusing. Nonetheless, after playing in the Dutch second division and briefly in Azerbaijan, Reno brought him in for the 2020 season. He has yet to appear for the Nevadan team.
Dominican Republic: Rafael Díaz (Sacramento Republic)
  • Backup goalkeeper for Sacramento Republic, Rafael Díaz has spent his entire career in the lower leagues of American soccer. From the PDL and NPSA, he moved to Energy Drink Jr., playing 21 times in the league across 3 seasons. Since joining Sacramento in 2018, he's played 8 times across all competitions. Uncapped internationally, he's nearly a decade younger than his nation's first two choices, so there's still hope!
French Guiana: Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)
  • Born in Caen in France, Vancaeyezeele spent his youth career with his hometown club, having short spells at lower-league French and Spanish sides before attending the University of Charleston. He played for the now-defunct Florida Adrenaline, and Mississippi Brilla, before joining Pittsburgh following a trial spell. Internationally, he represents French Guiana, eligible through his grandparents. Though they aren't a FIFA member as a department of France, they participate in CONCACAF competitions, and he's played in the Nations League.
Grenada: Arthur Paterson (Charleston Battery)
  • A Florida native, Paterson played for Wright State in Ohio, he was passed up by NYCFC and landed at Bethlehem Steel, where he played a single match in 2018. At Charleston ever since, he was an important part of their 2019 playoff push at left-back, scoring 4 and assisting 2 in 23 matches across all competitions. Eligible through his father, Paterson has 9 caps for Grenada, with 4 goals in Nations League play. In his last match against Belize, he ran out as captain.
Italy: Daniele Proch (North Carolina)
  • Somehow, Daniele Proch is the only USLC representative from the great footballing nation of Italy. Coming up through academy systems in the north of his home country, he spent time at Serie D side Dro before playing at Catawba and Duke in the U.S. Signing with NCFC ahead of this season, it's his first fully professional contract. The forward debuted in the season opener, coming on as an 87th-minute substitute.
Lesotho: Napo Matsoso (Louisville City)
  • Originally from Maseru, capital of the small southern African enclaved nation, the 26-year-old midfielder attended and played for University of Kentucky in Lexington. Spending a few summers on loan at Derby City Rovers and Reading United, he was a draft pick for New England Revolution, though he never appeared for the senior team. Joining Lou City from Mississippi Brilla in 2018, he's since appeared 29 times in all competitions, scoring 5 in the USLC. For his nation he's played twice, though not since 2017; Lesotho mainly draws from their domestic league and their neighbor, South Africa.
Malawi: Yamikani Chester (Las Vegas Lights)
  • 25-year-old striker Yamikani Chester played for domestic clubs Tigers and Mighty Wanderers, he signed with Czech side Vyskov, immediately taking a loan spell at North Carolina FC for 2019. At the end of that campaign he signed for LV Lights. To date, he's only made one appearance for the Vegas side, an 86th minute sub in a 2-1 loss to San Diego. He has 10 caps for his national side, but he's been limited to qualification tournaments, as Malawi rarely competes outside regional cups.
Mauritius: Ashley Nazira (San Diego Loyal)
  • Starting out at domestic club Boulet Rouge, he led the league in scoring four of his five seasons. He signed with San Diego ahead of their inaugural season, uniquely becoming the first Mauritian professional in American soccer. However, he has yet to appear for Donovan's side, making the squad just once as an unused substitute. He debuted for the island nation in 2015 aged 20, and has appeared in 16 matches with 7 goals since.
Montenegro: Emrah Klimenta (San Diego Loyal)
  • Montenegrin utility defender Emrah Klimenta was born in Yugoslavia, but is eligible for the modern nation as the successor of the former federal state. Having grown up in the United States, he came through the youth systems of Slovakian side Zilina and FC Ingolstadt of Germany. His entire senior career has been in California, except a brief stint at Reno. From the now-defunct NPSL Bay Area Ambassadors, he found success at Sacramento Republic from 2014 to 2017. After a brief spell at LA Galaxy, he moved back to Sac for the rest of 2018, before helping Reno in their playoff push in 2019. After debuting in 2016, he's racked up 7 caps for his nation.
Morocco: Younes Boudadi (Reno 1868)
  • Born in Ypres, Belgium, Boudadi came up through the youth teams of Bruges before moving stateside for the college game. Spending 2 years each at Boston College and Creighton, he spent summers playing with PDL side Boston Bolts, and NPSL team Laredo Heat. Eligible through heritage (I couldn't find a good source), he's represented Morocco at Under-17 and Under-20 youth levels, most prominently in their appearance at the 2013 U-17 World Cup, helping them win their group before exiting in the round of 16.
Niger: Abdoul Kairou Amoustapha (Loudoun United)
  • Aged just 19, the Nigerien forward joined the DC United reserves earlier this year from Niamey club ASN Nigelec. I can barely find any information on this player, but he hasn't made the matchday squad in either of their games this season. He has, however, made appearances for Niger at Under-17, -20, and -23 levels. He was in the squad for their appearance at the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India. He featured as a substitute in a 4-0 group loss to Spain and started a 2-0 loss to Brazil. Advancing on third-place ranking, he was an unused sub in a round of 16 loss to Ghana.
North Macedonia: Xhelil Asani (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)
  • Though just 24 years of age, left-wingback Asani has built a diverse CV of clubs. Brief stints in lower-league Macedonian teams Napredok, Vellazerimi 77, Bylis Barish, and Metalurg Skopje preceded his first move abroad to Maltese top-flight Pembroke Athleta in 2016, and again to Torpedo Bel-AZ Zhodino in Belarus before returning to his home country with Shkendija. As if that weren't enough, he played briefly at Mash'al Mubarak in Uzbekistan, Mladost Doboj Kakanj in Bosnia, and SKA Khabarovsk in the ass-end of Russia before finally joining the Pittsburgh team before this season. He's made the bench 4 times, but has yet to debut. I'm exhausted after writing that.
Palestine: Nazmi Albadawi (North Carolina)
  • Born in Raleigh, he played for North Carolina schools Wake Tech and NC State, spending summers with the RailHawks' U-23 side. He moved up to the senior team in 2014, appearing over 100 times in all competitions before a move to FC Cincinnati ahead of their final USL season. Scoring 11 in 31 from attacking midfield, he stayed with the Ohioans in their MLS expansion, though he was loaned back to NCFC after one MLS appearance. He made his return permanent before this season, and has captained one of his two appearances this season. Eligible for Palestine through his parents, he's played for the west Asian team 9 times, scoring the winner against Pakistan on his debut.
Paraguay: Erik Lopez (Atlanta United Jr.)
  • On loan from his hometown Club Olimpia, the 18-year-old striker joined the Atlanta reserves on loan just earlier this month, and is set for a permanent move in 2021. He has yet to appear for the club, though in 2019 he appeared 16 times for Olimpia, scoring 4 in the league. He's already played for Paraguay at the Under-23 level, featuring in 2 losses during CONMEBOL Olympic qualification.
Philippines: Niko de Vera (Portland Timbers Jr.)
  • Born in Washington state, young left-back Niko de Vera spent time in the Portland Timbers youth setup before playing 60 games over 3 years at University of Akron. Playing with the Timbers' U-23 team in the PDL, after college New York Energy Drink drafted him, and he played for their USL reserve team in 2018. He returned to the Timbers organization ahead of the 2019 season, playing for the 2-team ever since. Eligible through his father, he was called up for World Cup qualification in 2019. However, he has yet to debut, making the bench just once, against China.
Poland: Dariusz Formella (Sacramento Republic)
  • Hailing from Gdynia on Poland's Baltic coast, left-winger Formella made his professional start at his hometown club, Arka Gdynia in the Ekstraklasa, in the 2012/13 season. He was then employed by Polish giants Lech Poznan from 2013-2018, but with several short loan spells back to Arka, Pogon Szczecin, and Rakow Czestochowa, where he earned valuable playing time. The last of these signed him permanently for 2018/19, but he came stateside and joined Sacramento ahead of 2019. He's played 15 times for them so far, including 2 goals against Tacoma the other week. He's progressed through the Polish national youth levels, appearing for the U-16, -17, -18, -19, -20, and -21 teams. He has yet to make his senior debut.
Russia: Valeri Saramutin (Austin Bold)
  • Born in Camden, New Jersey, he's eligible for Russia through his parents. Aged 25, he graduated Dynamo Moscow's youth academy to debut for the senior team, also playing for the reserve team. On Dynamo's books from 2012-2017, he moved to Dynamo St. Petersburg, playing in the Russian second division in 2017/18 before a brief stint with Veles Moscow in the tier below. He's been with the Texan club since their inaugural campaign, playing 30 games in midfield in their playoff push and their Cup run. For Russia, he's appeared at Under-16, -17, -18, and -19 levels.
Rwanda: Abdul Rwatubyaye (Colorado Springs Switchbacks)
  • Sandwiched between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of he Congo, the small nation Rwanda only has one player in the USLC. Abdul Rwatubyaye, aged 23, started out in the youth system of Armee Patriotique Rwandaise, one of several major clubs in the capital, Kigali. He made his professional debut at crosstown club Isonga, before moving back to A.P.R., and eventually to Rayon Sports for a season. An MLS prospect, he joined Sporting KC early in 2018, making 2 appearances for the senior team and 1 for the reserves before moving to Colorado mid-season. Since joining the Switchbacks, he's played 25 games at center-back, scoring 4 along the way. Internationally, he's played 25 times, becoming a regular since his debut in 2015.
Serbia: Ilija Ilić (Indy Eleven)
  • Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in what's now Serbia, Ilić progressed through the youth teams in his hometown, including a brief loan to third-division side FK Sopot. After a collegiate career at Young Harris, with summer spells at PDL side Ocala Stampede, he joined Louisville City in 2015. He quickly became a regular in attack, with 91 appearances in all competitions from 2015-2018, helping them to two consecutive postseason titles. Joining Indiana's capital team ahead of 2019, he hasn't found the same success, playing just 22 times since. He has not yet been capped by Serbia.
St. Kitts and Nevis: Atiba Harris (Oklahoma City Energy)
  • The oldest player on this list, the 35-year-old defender is a veteran of MLS. After brief employment in Spain at the start of his career, he joined Real Salt Lake for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Staying in MLS, he was an important player for several teams in one or two-year spells. After a second spell with FC Dallas, playing 84 league games between 2015-2017, he spent the first half of 2018 at Mexican third-tier side Murcielagos, before joining OKC midway through the season. He's become a key player ever since, becoming club captain in 2019 and appearing in nearly every game for them since. He also captains his national team, appearing dozens (I keep seeing conflicting figures, but at least 41) times since 2003. Notably, he scored a hat-trick in the nation's joint-best-ever result, 10-0 over Saint Martin in the Nations League.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Kyle Edwards (Rio Grande Valley Toros)
  • At just 23 years old, the right-sided midfielder has already had a diverse playing career. Starting out at domestic club System 3 aged 16, he moved abroad to Antigua & Barbudan club Grenades from 2015-2017. Concurrent with his college career at Ranger College and UT-RGV in Texas, he played for PDL teams Houston Dutch Lions and Brazos Valley, before signing with RGV Toros ahead of the 2020 season. He's had just 3 of their 5 games this season, but he is a senior international, debuting in 2014, aged 17. He's earned 15 caps, mostly in friendlies, and has yet to score for his nation.
Tanzania: Ally Hamis Ng'anzi (Loudoun Utd.)
  • Born in Mwanza and raised in Dar es Salaam, the 19-year-old midfielder signed for DC United's reserves ahead of the current season. He began his career at domestic club Singida United, he signed for Czech third-tier Vyskov in 2018. His first move to American soccer was a loan spell at Minnesota United, who in turn loaned him to USL1's Forward Madison for 2019, where he played a handful of matches. He has yet to play for his current club. He's represented his nation at Under-17 and U-20 levels. He's also trained with the U-23 team, though hasn't appeared at that level yet.
Togo: Shalom Dutey (Charlotte Independence)
  • The young left-back is in his first professional contract, after playing college ball with nearby Liberty University. Born to Togolese parents and raised in Charlotte, he spent a spell with USL2 side Charlotte Eagles in the 2019 season. At just 22 years of age, I haven't found much information about him. While he hasn't yet played for his USL team, he's earned several honors in his youth career, including high school All-American, and USL2 Southern Conference Team of the Season.
Turks and Caicos Islands: Billy Forbes (Austin Bold)
  • The 29-year-old Turks and Caicos Islander has spent his entire career in the American lower leagues. Coming through Western Texas College and Lubbock Christian University, he played for PDL Mississippi Brilla for a summer after graduation, before moving to now-defunct WV King's Warriors in West Virginia, also of the PDL. He moved to NASL team San Antonio Scorpions for 2014 and 2015, their last two seasons of existence, before moving to Rayo OKC in 2016. He first came to the USL with San Antonio FC in 2017 and 2019, with a season at Phoenix in between. He signed for Austin ahead of this season, making two substitute appearances so far. He debuted for his nation in 2008, appearing 13 times, 8 as captain.
Phew. I started writing this post a week ago today, and a couple players have joined USL clubs since then, but none with unique nationalities. If there's anything to be learned here, it's that A) a lot of these players are defenders, and specifically left-backs for some reason, and B) I should have broken this up into smaller, more manageable pieces. For my next project I'm doing an overview of football in EU overseas territories. Because why not.
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2020.07.06 14:24 Lorderbs No LEC this week? Don't worry, there are lots of European Regional Leagues you can watch all week long instead!

First off, the LEC is on break this week to allow for more flexible scheduling with the current covid-19 situation. For more info check this article from the start of summer split.
So what can you do in all this free time you ask? Well, I got just the answer for you: Watch the future stars of LEC already today in the European Regional Leagues! 13 current LEC players were in an EU Masters final before and how did they get there? By performing in their local ERL and qualifying for EU Masters. Most ERLs are currently about halfway through their split just like LEC with EUM starting in probably a bit more than a month (exact dates will be announced closer to the event). So where and when you can watch all of this you might ask? Well I can give a short rundown here, but for more information you best check the according Leaguepedia articles, the leagues' twitter accounts, check out the unofficial ERL and LEC discord below, check out my ERL timetable with links to all the streams and gamepedia pages or check out this wonderful thread by megalodontus on twitter with lots of links to relevant twitter accounts.
For anyone that is interested in watching all the ERLs and the remainder of the LEC summer split with fans of european LoL, wants to participate in our prediction games for LEC and ERLs, and wants all the best LEC emotes, including all logos of the teams in LEC (including weeb versions...) and the teams participating in EUM, join the unofficial ERL and LEC discord: https://discord.gg/HrvUEVC
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2020.06.22 14:33 HippoBigga Kubala, the path to glory of Barcelona's most loved legend: A story of overcoming, adventures, crazy nights, majestic matches and of a good man who made everybody around him happy.

Nothing in Kubala's life was normal. Now that TV series about sportsmen are fashionable, the one that could be made about the adventures of Ladislao Kubala Stecz (Budapest, 1927) would raze through many seasons. In one season we could go deeper into his facet of legendary footballer, capable of changing the way of playing this sport, how he saved his life at the very last moment by not getting on the Torino plane that crashed in Superga, or how he was ten minutes away from signing for Real Madrid or enrolling in the Pirate League of Colombia, all of this in order to end being Barcelona's biggest icon... who ended playing for Espanyol.
We could add a season of adventures due to his incredible escape from communist Hungary. His journey through Italy with a football team, the Hungaria, of stateless people in which in addition to Hungarians also played Croats, Albanians, Romanians and Serbs who were looking for a life as good as they could get. One could also add to this the facet of the social phenomenon that dazzled a country during the dark years of Franco's regime by becoming a pop star, and end up with another season about the legends, real, invented or simply exaggerated, of his adventures in Barcelona's nightclubs.
Everything about Kubala is like a movie.

The legend of the escape.

Born in Budapest to a Hungarian man and a Slovakian woman, he always considered himself as both Hungarian and Slovakian, even when this republic was part of the now extinct Czechoslovakia. By the age of 20, Kubala was a football star known for his performances with Slovan Bratislava and Vasas Budapest. In fact, he had already been capped by Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Later, he would go on to play for Spain, and is still the only player to have been capped by three countries. But fed up with the system that was preventing him from developing his professional football career, he embarked on an escape proper of a movie to the West. He contacted a human trafficking organisation, a mafia that, in exchange for a large amount of money, facilitated a partial escape. As is now the case with criminals who gamble with the lives of people who want to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe or pass to the United States through the southern border, the smugglers did not secure anything. The last part of the journey depended on the luck and expertise of the escapees and often ended tragically.
"I remember that when I escaped from Hungary I was just a kid. The traffickers left us in the middle of a mountain to do the last stretch on foot. We were a large group. The adults gathered the children and gave us palinka. A liquor similar to brandy to get us drunk and fall asleep. A child's cry could alert the border guards patrolling the mountain. And they had orders to shoot to kill. The group split in two. My group was lucky and we were able to win the Austrian border. Once we were safe, we learned that the other group that had travelled with us and took another road was discovered and killed." The chilling story is that of Zoltan Czibor, the son of the former Barça player who tells how he had to flee Hungary with his family to join his father in Italy. The odyssey of Kubala, six years earlier, was mirrored.
The traffickers disguised Kubala as a Russian soldier and put him in a truck that would leave the escapees at an undetermined point in the mountains so that they could cross the border into Austria on their own. Kubala remembered that this journey scared him to death because unlike his comrades, he was a national celebrity and any soldier who checked the military truck would recognize him. He was endangering his life and the lives of those who accompanied him.
When they were left in the mountain on January 27, 1949, Kubala walked, and crossing a river helped by a tire that carried him, managed to reach Innsbuck, Austria, without any documentation. He was a stateless man starting from scratch.
In Austria he managed to sign with Pro Patria, a team from Milan, but he could only play friendly matches. His escape provoked the anger of the Hungarian regime, which denounced him and blocked his registration. Kubala had married Anna Daucik two years earlier, sister of Fernando Daucik, a veteran player of the era who would later become a famous coach. When Kubala fled, he left behind his family, whom he was unable to reunite with until six months later, when Anna was able to cross the border and meet Ladislao in Udine. He arrived with one more member of the family. A baby, her firstborn, whom Kubala did not yet know.
While he is irregularly enrolled in the Pro Patria, he gets the chance to sign with Torino, Italy's dominant team at the time. He is offered a trial match. Nothing better than a friendly match that Il Grande Torino had in Lisbon as a tribute to Xico Ferreira. However, when the Turin team's plane is about to take off, the president of Torino prevents Kubala from boarding because he fears a federal sanction. On the return flight, on 4 May 1949, the Fiat G 212 of Avio Linee Italiana crashed into the retaining wall of the Basilica of Superga due to the wind, poor visibility and an error in the altimeter of the aircraft. At 180 kilometres per hour and with a visibility of 40 metres, the pilot saw the stone wall of the basilica too late when he thought the plane was at 2,000 metres and was actually at 690 metres above sea level. The 31 people who were travelling in that aircraft died. Kubala had saved his life again.

The legend of Hungaria.

With no possibility of playing in Italy because the back then very powerful Italian Communist Party was pressing to prevent people fleeing from countries in the orbit of the USSR from taking refuge in Italy, Kubala had no choice but to form a team of stateless people who hired their services throughout Europe to play friendly matches against whoever hired them.
The team was called Hungaria, was managed by his brother-in-law Fernando Daucik and was mainly made up of Hungarians, although there were also players of other nationalities. It was made up of: Kis, Marik, Torok, Mogoy, Lami, Rákosi, Hrotko, Majteny, Nagy, Kubala, Otto, Licker, Turbeky, Monsider (Croatian), De Lorenzi (Albanian), Szegedi (Romanian) and Arangelovic (Serbian).
They played their first match against Italy's B team, but again pressure from the PCI forced them to play outside Italy. And that is how they arrived in Spain, hired by Santiago Bernabéu. On June 5, 1950, they faced Real Madrid in Chamartin, losing 4-2, but with a stellar performance by Kubala, who scored both of his team's goals. Three days later, they beat the Spanish team that was preparing for the World Cup in Brazil, where they came in fourth, 1-2 again with a great performance by Kubala, who received an offer from Real Madrid to be signed.
Kubala requires that to join the team, Madrid must also hire Daucik as a coach, something that Bernabéu does not agree to. The Madrid coach at that time was the Briton Keeping, a great connoisseur of WM tactics. Daucik is offered to train the Plus Ultra, a Madrid branch that plays in the third division. That negative and the federative problems that drags Kubala cause that Madrid becomes disinterested in his transfer, that was already agreed lacking of some fringes that turned out to be determinant.
The Hungaria moves two days later to Barcelona, where on June 10 plays against Espanyol losing 6-4 in a match with Pepe Samitier, the technical secretary of Barça, in the stands. It is necessary to emphasize that Hungaria had been playing three matches in five days with a very short team and without being able to make substitutions. Even so, Kubala amazes and Samitier does not mess around. Six days after that match, on 16 June 1950, at half past six in the evening, Kubala signed his three-year contract with Barça at the Pasaje Méndez Vigo. Obviously, with Fernando Daucik as coach. President Montal, Sr., signed him as an "amateur player" in order to avoid any trouble for the federation.
Real Madrid rages and is shocked. Pablo Hernández, general secretary of the white entity and Santiago Bernabéu's right hand, assures that Barça had broken a non-aggression pact between both teams and had hired a player with whom they were in talks. Samitier, who was unbeatable in the media, declares that he had been following Kubala for months and that the pact had not been broken because it referred only to players who played in Spanish teams. And Hungaria was not Spanish. In fact, it wasn't from anywhere.
But Kubala's problems didn't end there. He still didn't have a registration card or an international certificate. Vasas in Budapest and the Hungarian Federation had reported him to FIFA. Barça used the weak argument that since professionalism had been abolished in Hungary, any amateur player could choose his destiny. But the fight was not going to be so easy.
Barça, it is fair to say, had the total support of the regime and the Federation to carry out the transfer. At the level of anti-communist propaganda, Kubala was perfect. A young and extraordinary sportsman who fled from the red hell to take refuge in Franco's Spain was a candy too sweet to let go. Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation, rowed in favor of Barça as did Ricardo Cabot, secretary of the organization, who, in addition to his affection for the regime, was a well-known Barcelona supporter.
But the procedures were very slow and Kubala could only play friendly matches. He made his debut against Osasuna on 12 October, scoring two goals on the day the Barça fans knew instantly that they had just signed a star. Then he played against Zaragoza, Frankfurt twice, Girona and the Badalona. In six friendlies he scored 11 goals. The fans and the player himself were eager to meet in an official match. For all this, the Federation to play the role with FIFA fined Barça every time he lined up Kubala with the symbolic figure of 50 pesetas.
It is at this time that Kubala is about to leave everything and go away from Barça. He needed the money and wanted to play at the highest level and in Colombia he was offered the chance to do so. The South American country had organised the so-called Pirate League outside FIFA and many of the world's biggest stars joined, including Alfredo Di Stefano who went to Millonarios in Bogota. Kubala had a tempting offer from Atletico Bucaramanga. With the option of Kubala leaving, events accelerated. To begin with, Barça fixed his financial situation by means of a peculiar amateur contract in which they paid him 1,200 pesetas for "compensation" and 3,800 for "encouragement and overfeeding".
On April 2, 1951, he was granted the status of political refugee as a stateless person, which was a step towards granting him Spanish nationality. But for this step, Kubala first had to be converted to Catholicism through the sacrament of baptism. Every Spaniard had to be a Catholic. Kubala was baptized in Aguilas, Murcia, the birthplace of Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation. It is then when Barça, to avoid problems, settles its differences economically with Vasas, which despite being against capitalism accepts a payment of 300,000 pesetas to provide the transfer, while the Pro Patria, which also complained, is satisfied with 12 million lire.
The Kubala era could now really commence.

The legend on the field.

Kubala made his official debut with Barcelona in Sevilla in a cup match. The Sevillistas at that time were one of the best teams. Sevilla and Barça had developed in that period a great rivalry in the high places of the table. In 1946 Sevilla had stolen the possibility of winning the championship from Barça by drawing in Les Corts on the last day, in 1948 Barça beat the Sevillians in the final of the Eva Perón Cup (which would be the current Supercup) and in that campaign a Barça without Kubala had lost all its options to win La Liga after losing 4-0 in Nervión three days before the end of the season.
The Cup, by that time was played once the regular season was over and in those circumstances the official debut of Kubala took place. On April 29th in Nervion, Barça arrived to play against Sevilla in the middle of a difficult atmosphere. The Andalusians had lost the league in a dramatic outcome when they drew at home in the last match against Atletico Madrid with a refereeing performance that the locals judged scandalous. For further concern, the Federation allowed Kubala to line up with Barça in the first round of the Cup, which in Sevilla was taken as a surprise.
With the stadium full to the flag, Barcelona defeated Sevilla in an exhibition of Kubala. He wasn't just the best of the match but he showed Spain a way of playing football unthinkable until that time: chest controls, shots with curve, millimetric changes of play of 40 meters, protection of the ball with his back, use of the body in the shot and touches with the heel.
Domenech, Sevilla's attacker who was the direct protagonist of that match, explained years later how he remembered that day.
"It was something never seen before. Ramallets kicked it and he would receive her with his chest, or with either of his legs. If you tackled him he would dribble you in a brick. He'd put the ball where he wanted her. Besides, from time to time he changed with César, he'd be a center forward and César would be a midfielder. They drove us crazy. The anger of the people became clamours. We were witnessing something extraordinary. It was like going from black and white cinema to colour," explained the former Sevilla player. The Sevilla crowd, who had welcomed Barça and its new superstar with anger, ended up giving Kubala a standing ovation for every action as if they were watching a glorious bullfighting performance.
Kubala's actions on the field change football forever. Since there was no television, his exploits are reported orally. There is no other way to see it than to go to the field of Les Corts, which is packed for every game Barça plays as a local. It is a very common argument to say that Kubala forced Barça to build the Camp Nou because the old Les Corts was not enough to accommodate all the people who wanted to admire him. Maybe he had an influence, but as the journalist Frederic Porta, author of an interesting biography of Kubala (Kubala, l'heroi que va canviar la història del Barça. Ed. Saldonar) explains, "the truth is that Barça had already bought the land to build the Camp Nou two years before and the idea of making a bigger field already existed, but Kubala advanced everything and justified the change".
Blessed with brutal technique, a sensational strike of the ball and an unusual physical strength, Kubala changed football. He would throw free-kicks over the wall with curve or by making the ball bounce in front of the goalkeeper, he would take penalties (he was practically infallible) with what was later called paradinha and was credited with the Brazilians although he was the first in Europe to do so. Physically he was a bull. In his youth he had practiced boxing and if he didn't become a recognized fighter with a great career it was because he had short arms. His lower body was sensational. He had a butt and legs that allowed him to protect the ball like no one else. Frederic Porta says that "in his time of splendour they measured his thighs and each one had a circumference of 69 centimetres, which would be the waist of one of his companions". He was also capable of running the 100 metres in less than 11 seconds. A total athlete with a very refined technique.
However, that physical strength and the confidence he had in her, for he never avoided a collision, were his downfall. Kubala became the target of a hunt by rival defenders. He never went into hiding and that's why in eleven years at Barcelona he suffered up to eleven injuries of some seriousness. With matches without television, the harshness that bordered on violence was the order of the day. He was being kicked to death.
But Barça was living its most golden period to date. Moreover, the club revolved around Kubala. Frederic Porta compares it with the present time: "Now they say that Messi commands the club and surely he commands, but nothing to do with the influence that Kubala had. Kubala was the boss and even the one who decided the transfers. And no one was surprised. That Barça adopted the socks with the horizontal stripes blaugrana is his imposition. He saw them on the rugby team, liked them and incorporated them into the football team by decree. In fact, it is he who insists on signing Luis Suarez when he impresses him in a match against Deportivo. Kubala was Suarez's first fan, but what happened in the stands, which was divided between Suaristas and Kubalistas, is another matter.
Suarez was eight years younger than Kubala. He arrived at Barcelona at the age of 19, Kubala was 27 and his physique was very punished by his injuries and the life he was living, as he did not deprive himself of anything. If he held out, it was because of privileged genetics.
Therefore, there never was a real competition between them, but there was a lot of influence here from the figure of Helenio Herrera, the Barça manager, who saw Kubala as older and slower and was looking forward to a quick change by the young Galician as the leader of the team. The debate reached the stands and the media. It was an absurd debate, because they didn't play in the same position, with whom Kubala really had a certain rivalry with Eulogio Martínez, who was the one with whom he alternated the position.
Kubala's physical problems were not only due to injuries. He had the whole of Spain in suspense when he suffered a tuberculosis that could have cost him his life. There are apocryphal versions that explain that this tuberculosis was actually a stab wound he suffered in a fight in a cheap pub in the fifth district (Barcelona's Chinatown) and he has to retire to Montseny to recover. Nobody is betting on his return to the pitch if he survives a "hole in the lung the size of a silver bullet" according to the chronicles of the time. But once again, Kubala's ability to survive prevails. He returns to the pitches, but already heavily punished and slowed down.
It is against this backdrop that the 1961 European Cup final arrives, with Kubala arriving at the age of 34 with a herniated disc that barely allows him to walk, but he wants to play. He knows that the club is going through a critical situation despite having reached the final of the maximum trophy for the first time: the club is bankrupt because of the construction of the Camp Nou, the fights in the board of directors are chaotic, Luis Suarez has signed for Inter (the one in Bern will be his last game with Barça), which was where Helenio Herrera had left the team in the hands of Enrique Orizaola.
Kubala tells Orizaola to line him up, that like all the Portuguese will go for him and he can barely move because of the back pain and will play with painkillers, it will give more opportunities to his teammates. But the match is a pile of misfortunes for Barcelona. Ramallets scores an own goal, Barça shoots three times to the damn square posts of the goals (from then on they would change their shape) even Kubala kicked a ball that hit a post, went through the goal line until it hit the other post and came out repelled. Barça lost and Kubala's time at Barcelona came to an end.

The man of the year.

Kubala's significance goes beyond the playing field. According to a vote made for Radio Barcelona by journalist Joaquín Soler Serrano in the mid-50s, the Catalans most loved by their fellow citizens were Doctor Barraquer and Ladislao Kubala.
"He was literally the most famous person in the city, people really venerated him, and even Messi's influence cannot be compared to that of Kubala in those years," explains Porta.
His life off the field was notorious. An unrepentant night owl, it was common to see him in Barcelona's fashionable coffee shops and nightclubs. He was a man who stood out. Alfredo Relaño defines him in some of his articles as "a demigod. Tall, strong, blond with blue eyes and an overflowing personality. He aroused the admiration of men and women alike. An idol". Frederic Porta sums it up with the argument that "he would be the sum of Messi and Beckham and on top of that, he would go out every night".
Faced with Kubala's disorganised life, the Barcelona management decided to set up a private detective agency to follow him at night. The reports of the detectives are still in the Centre de Documentació del FC Barcelona and Frederic Porta published them in the history magazine 'Sàpiens'. In them, he gives a detailed account of the nocturnal wanderings of "Mr. K.", the code name of the Blaugrana star in an exercise in absurd discretion. There is also a letter from a Sabadell businessman in the club's archives, expressing concern that Kubala and Czibor had been "found in a Sabadell establishment after 2.30 in the morning accompanied by some of those ladies who were once gentlemen, I don't know if you understand". What the businessman doesn't explain in the letter is what he was doing in the same place.
Kubala's fondness for drinking was no secret. Helenio Herrera explains in a television interview that "one day at an airport in customs they asked Kubala if he had anything to declare and he said two bottles of whisky. The official asked him to show them to him and he, laughing, touched his belly and said: 'X-ray, I have them inside'. On another occasion, in the same situation, but carrying the bottle in the bag, he was told to leave it at the airport because no alcoholic drinks were allowed to be taken on board. Neither shy nor lazy, he drank it in front of the astonished official.
The legends about the occasions when the night was made longer and he did not arrive at training sessions or matches were recurrent. In that case, he called on the services of Angel Mur Sr., the team masseur who knew where to find him. He would start a pilgrimage through the usual places or floors until he found him, took him to the changing room, gave him a cold shower, a coffee with salt, a massage and played. The fans forgave him everything and were aware that their star was a man of joyful life. But he never failed on the field. Among the crowd at the time there were comments about the Kubala ritual in those games that followed a busy night. "He started off badly, and vaguely, but the signal was when, ten minutes into the game, he rolled up his sleeves as if to say 'I'm here, let's start, I've already cleared off', and the machine started to work.
You can't find anyone in the world who speaks ill of Kubala. Absolutely no one. Everyone highlights his huge heart and that despite being by far the highest paid player of the time (he earned six times more than his teammates) he didn't have a no for anyone. His detachment from money was legendary.
As proof, the anecdote explained by his biographer Porta: "one day he arrived at the dressing room and commented that his car had been stolen and that in the glove compartment he was carrying an envelope with 200,000 pesetas, which was a fortune for the time (a good apartment could cost 130,000 pesetas). When his colleagues tried to encourage him, he simply said: someone who needs it more than I do must have taken it".
It was also usual for him to take off his coat and give it to a poor man who begged in Barcelona's winter, or to take in any Hungarian who came to Barcelona asking for help in his house in Carrer Duquesa d'Orleans. Kubala, remembering his times as a stateless refugee without papers, asked nothing. He would take them home and pay them a boat ticket to America. The motto among the refugees fleeing the Iron Curtain was that "if you get to Barcelona, look for Kubala, he will help you". He never failed.
Later, now retired, he set up a bar next to Czibor in Capitan Arenas Street, the mythical Kep Duna (blue Danube in Hungarian) that became an unofficial refugee reception centre that was monitored by the secret services of the United States, the USSR and the Spanish police. Something like the Rick's Café in the film Casablanca, but in the upper area of Barcelona.
He was the great character of Barcelona loved by all, but there was a moment when this was almost broken, strange as it may seem. It coincided with the defeat in Bern, when a part of the press came to write that "Barça must be de-Kubalized as the Soviet Union must be de-Stalinized" and, especially, when he signed for Espanyol. The earthquake was a huge one.

From the bench to Sarrià.

After the defeat in Bern's final, Kubala announced his retirement from the fields. He had taken the coaching course and was ranked number one in his class. He made a pact with the president Llaudet, who was also an interesting character as we will see, that in principle he would take charge of the footballers' school of the club and that in a couple of years he would be in charge of the first team.
Meanwhile, Barcelona is directed by Lluís Miró who faces a team in disarray. Suarez has been transferred to Inter in the worst decision in the club's history and myths such as Ramallets, Tejada and Czibor were in the decline of their careers. The season starts badly and after losing at Mestalla to Valencia by a humiliating 6-2 that forces the resignation of Miro. It was time for Kubala, who was promoted to the first team in front of the joy of the fans. And the project results from the beginning. The Barça of the second part of season 61-62 recovers in La Liga and finishes second (the distance with the white ones when Kubala arrived was almost insurmountable) and avenges the 6-2 of Mestalla beating Valencia in the Camp Nou 4-0.
Facing the next season, the 62-63, Kubala can make his team by giving painful drops of some of his former teammates as it is the case of Eulogio Martinez or Evaristo. One of Llaudet's reluctances to give Kubala the job of coach was that he would have to manage some of his former teammates.
The positive expectations about Kubala's first full project were frustrated at first when the Blaugrana team had to play the final of the Copa de Ferias against Valencia, the team that caused the fall of Miró and the promotion of Kubala. And the history, by rare that it seems, repeats: Valencia returns to him to put 6-2 to the Barça. The fans explode against the team. In the return match, obviously, there is nothing to do, but Llaudet's ability to self-flagellation has no limits. As Alfredo Relaño writes, the Blaugrana president calls a dinner with the press the day before the game and makes this statement that if it happened today would open all the news.
Llaudet, in front of the press and accompanied by the coach Kubala and Gràcia as captain, asks the fans to forgive him and announces changes in the protocol of the start of the second leg. "Valencia will go out first to receive the applause, then Barcelona, to receive the whistles. Then Kubala will come out, so he can get the thunders. And finally me, so that all the whistles fall on my person, because I am the barcelonist who loves the club the most and who is destined to die on the pitch, if necessary...". He ends his speech crying. As we can see, Gaspart didn't invent anything.
The match ended in a draw and Kubala's project as Barça's coach was doomed. The manager is fired in the middle of the season and then a bomb explodes in Barcelona. Kubala accepts the offer to return to the pitch, but not as a coach, will be as a player and nothing more and nothing less than in Espanyol, Barça's eternal rival.
On 3 September 1963 Espanyol, then Español, announced that Kubala would be hired as a player. At 36 years of age, he was capable of being competitive.
His decision divides the public opinion. On the one hand, Federico Gallo and Juan José Castillo support his decision, on the other hand, Carlos Pardo or Ibáñez Escofet shoot at him. They call him a "Jew who sells himself for a plate of beans", a "traitor" and they see political interests in his decision.
Kubala explains that he wanted to continue playing and that he saw himself capable of doing so, although he accepted that he was not at Barcelona's level. He had received offers from important clubs, including River Plate and Juventus, but he doesn't want to leave Barcelona, where he feels like another Barcelonian. The Espanyol meets his expectations.
His start of the season is not bad, on the contrary, he scores in his first two games, but the team doesn't work out. The coexistence between the veteran newcomer Kubala and the team's symbol, Argilés, is not easy. Scopelli is dismissed as coach and de facto command of the team is given to the two team leaders despite their differences. The crisis erupts when the Spaniard visits the Camp Nou. The periquitos lose by 5-0 in a match in which the Barcelona crowd booed Kubala who they are eager to humiliate with his new team. Even so, at the end of the match, Kubala has a gesture to his former team that shows that he does not hold any grudge against what he has heard from the stands. At the end of the match, he organizes his teammates to make the corridor to Barça applauding the rival in recognition of the exhibition made. That gesture feels bad among the Espanyol fans and among some of his teammates. Argilés does not make the corridor and goes straight to the changing rooms.
The following year, Kubala becomes a manager-player and among the departures that he causes, there is the one of Argilés, but by contrast, Di Stéfano arrives, also hurt by his bad exit from Madrid fighting against Bernabéu.
Di Stefano and Kubala are like brothers. Even though they haven't officially played together, they have a special chemistry. A friendship that is forged when the Argentinian is about to sign for Barcelona.
When Di Stéfano arrives in Barcelona to sign for Español, he stays first at the Avenida Palace Hotel, but after a month he is living in Kubala's house as one of the family. The children of both always maintained a relationship as if they were brothers.
One of the players under Kubala's command was Jose Maria Rodilla, one of the players who would soon form the famous 'Dolphins' forward line. At 80 years of age, Rodilla remembers Kubala.
"I have a wonderful memory of Kubala, I always had a special affection for him. Not in vain, he was the one who signed me for Espanyol", he remembers when answering the call of this newspaper to which he confesses that* "normally I do not make declarations, but to speak about Kubala I do whatever is needed"*.
Rodilla, former teammate at Espanyol, has clear that "he was the best player in the world in terms of technique. Di Stéfano was the best footballer, but he didn't have his technique. Alfredo was more intense and more player of the whole field, but he could not do things that Kubala did"
Those who had the privilege of playing with both of them remember that "for example, Di Stefano wouldn't leave you alone for a minute, he was all over you and the fights were intense, but he always set an example, he never asked you for anything that he didn't do. Kubala was more paternalistic and tolerant. For example, he would ask us to do as he did in training, and while sitting down he would be able to make 3,000 touches on the ball without dropping it. Only he could do that."
Rodilla adds a story that explains Kubala's quality as a player-coach at the age of 38: "We went to play a friendly at Amposta and they called a foul on the edge of the box. Kubala takes the ball and whacks it into the corner. The referee made him repeat it because someone had moved or I don't know what. Kubala takes the ball and wham, back to the square. And the referee tells him that he has to repeat. That day Kubala got angry and left the field."
Rodilla recalls that Kubala's move from Barça to Espanyol created controversy in the city, but that he was oblivious to it. "He was still a magnificent person, I never heard him say a bad word against anyone. He never got into an argument, he was goodness personified, he was unlucky in his time as a coach, but as a coach he is one of the best I've ever had, with a great love for young players and always trying to help you improve."

Boys well, optimal morale.

He extended his playing career for a couple more years by playing for Zurich and even trying out the American adventure at the Toronto Falcons, where he coincides with Branko and Daucik's son. At the age of 40 he played 19 games and scored 5 goals.
In 1968 he returned to Spain and trained the Córdoba team for a short period of time until he was called up to the national team. Kubala will manage the Spanish team until 1980, when he signs for Barcelona again as a coach.
Kubala's debut with Spain was, once again, a propaganda match for the regime. It was played in the Estadio de la Línea de la Concepción against Finland and Spain beat their rivals 6-0 in a match that was no longer useful. Spain had missed out on qualifying for the Mexico '70 World Cup, but the idea of that game was to showcase a great field that could be seen from Gibraltar as if to give jealousy to those in the Rock for the sports culture of Spain. Dictatorship things.
It's true that at that time Spain was struggling more than anything else on the international scene. It did not qualify for the 1974 World Cup because of Katalinski's goal in the play-off match in Frankfurt, and in both the 1978 World Cup and the 1980 European Championship the team fell in the first round, but there is still no one from that era who will make a judgement against Kubala.
"Kubala, one ahead of his time. No doubt he had a lot to do with his past as a footballer. And not just like any other player, like the best! I remember him always saying to me: 'Ruben, you have to get out of the way on the other side of the ball. Look for the space, not the ball. The goal I scored in Yugoslavia has to do with everything he taught me," he told Fermin de la Calle in an interview with AS Ruben Cano, the hero of the famous 'Battle of Belgrade' in the match that took Spain to the World Cup in Argentina. Yes, the one with the goal by Cardeñosa that could have changed Kubala's record with the national team.
He did a lot to improve Spanish football and his idea regarding the incorporation of foreigners to improve the level of Spanish football was key in the future development of the Spanish competitive level.
His players remember him as a didactic person, tactically bold and very close. At a time when fury was the hallmark of the game, Kubala never forgot that he was the heir to the Magyar tradition of the Honved and the Hungary who, by moving the ball, shocked the world the day they destroyed England at Wembley 3-6.
For the average football fan, Kubala may have been a half-hearted coach who embodied an era of the national team in which nothing was won, as has been the case most of the time, and he became popular for his expressions that would now be meme material on social networks. The national team was known as the 'Kubala boys' and the coach's catchphrase before the matches saying "boys well, optimal morale" was the fashionable phrase in the coffee shops of the 70s in Spain.
But among his colleagues, Kubala still deserved reverential respect. "The first goal was authentically Latin, cunningly scored and perfectly studied. I can only congratulate Kubala on his previous tactical work," said German boss Helmut Schön after facing and losing to Spain in a friendly in which the recent world semi-finalist and next world champion fell to the Kubala boys at the Sanchez Pizjuan with two strategic goals from Arieta. Yes, Arieta against Müller. Seeler, Beckembauer, Maier, Netzer and company.
He left the national team in 1980 to join Barça as the coach of Núñez's second project in an operation that was the prelude to what would happen in the World Cup in Russia with Lopetegui. Kubala committed to Barça while he was coach and tried to alternate functions, but Porta refused. Finally, on 8 June 1980, four days before the start of the European Championship, Kubala signed for the Blaugrana team, which he would join after the European Championship.
His second spell at the head of Barça did not go well either and he was dismissed mid-season. He continued his adventure on the bench as coach of Saudi Arabia (in that he was also a pioneer), training Malaga and the Paraguayan national team before retiring from football on the bench of Elche.
He spent his final years in Barcelona as active as ever. Playing with Barça veterans, helping his teammates, not having a no for anyone and playing tennis every day or going for a run or cycling routes exhibiting an enviable physical condition.
Until the light of genius and the glory faded away 18 years ago. A degenerative brain disease put an end to the adventure, but not to the legend of a world football myth. An icon that changed the lives of so many people that they wouldn't fit even in a stadium.
The coffin with the mortal remains of Kubala was carried on shoulders, amidst the applause of the fans who gathered at the doors of the church of Santa Tecla, by Alfredo Di Stéfano, Gustau Biosca, Eduardo Manchón, Estanislao Basora, Joan Segarra, Josep Bartomeu, Luis Suárez, Antoni Ramallets and Gonzalvo III.
He rests in the cemetery of Les Corts, next to the Camp Nou because that is what he left written in his will, while Serrat sang to him about how...
...Pelé was Pelé and Maradona was the one and that's it. Di Stéfano was a pit of mischief. Honour and glory to those who made the sun shine on our football. Everyone has his merits; to each his own, but for me none is like Kubala. Respectable silence is requested, for those who haven't enjoyed him, I'll say four things: he stops it with his head, he drops it on with his chest, he sleeps it off with his left, crosses the pitch with the ball attached to the boot, leaves the midfield and enters the box showing the ball, hides it with his body, pushes with his ass and gets in with his heels. He pisses on the centerback with a dedicated piece. and touches her gently to put her on the path to glory.

by Santi Gimenez for AS.com (2020)

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2020.06.22 13:40 LordVelaryon Kubala, the path to glory of Barcelona's most loved legend: A story of overcoming, adventures, crazy nights, majestic matches and of a good man who made everybody around him happy.

Nothing in Kubala's life was normal. Now that TV series about sportsmen are fashionable, the one that could be made about the adventures of Ladislao Kubala Stecz (Budapest, 1927) would raze through many seasons. In one season we could go deeper into his facet of legendary footballer, capable of changing the way of playing this sport, how he saved his life at the very last moment by not getting on the Torino plane that crashed in Superga, or how he was ten minutes away from signing for Real Madrid or enrolling in the Pirate League of Colombia, all of this in order to end being Barcelona's biggest icon... who ended playing for Espanyol.
We could add a season of adventures due to his incredible escape from communist Hungary. His journey through Italy with a football team, the Hungaria, of stateless people in which in addition to Hungarians also played Croats, Albanians, Romanians and Serbs who were looking for a life as good as they could get. One could also add to this the facet of the social phenomenon that dazzled a country during the dark years of Franco's regime by becoming a pop star, and end up with another season about the legends, real, invented or simply exaggerated, of his adventures in Barcelona's nightclubs.
Everything about Kubala is like a movie.

The legend of the escape.

Born in Budapest to a Hungarian man and a Slovakian woman, he always considered himself as both Hungarian and Slovakian, even when this republic was part of the now extinct Czechoslovakia. By the age of 20, Kubala was a football star known for his performances with Slovan Bratislava and Vasas Budapest. In fact, he had already been capped by Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Later, he would go on to play for Spain, and is still the only player to have been capped by three countries. But fed up with the system that was preventing him from developing his professional football career, he embarked on an escape proper of a movie to the West. He contacted a human trafficking organisation, a mafia that, in exchange for a large amount of money, facilitated a partial escape. As is now the case with criminals who gamble with the lives of people who want to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe or pass to the United States through the southern border, the smugglers did not secure anything. The last part of the journey depended on the luck and expertise of the escapees and often ended tragically.
"I remember that when I escaped from Hungary I was just a kid. The traffickers left us in the middle of a mountain to do the last stretch on foot. We were a large group. The adults gathered the children and gave us palinka. A liquor similar to brandy to get us drunk and fall asleep. A child's cry could alert the border guards patrolling the mountain. And they had orders to shoot to kill. The group split in two. My group was lucky and we were able to win the Austrian border. Once we were safe, we learned that the other group that had travelled with us and took another road was discovered and killed." The chilling story is that of Zoltan Czibor, the son of the former Barça player who tells how he had to flee Hungary with his family to join his father in Italy. The odyssey of Kubala, six years earlier, was mirrored.
The traffickers disguised Kubala as a Russian soldier and put him in a truck that would leave the escapees at an undetermined point in the mountains so that they could cross the border into Austria on their own. Kubala remembered that this journey scared him to death because unlike his comrades, he was a national celebrity and any soldier who checked the military truck would recognize him. He was endangering his life and the lives of those who accompanied him.
When they were left in the mountain on January 27, 1949, Kubala walked, and crossing a river helped by a tire that carried him, managed to reach Innsbuck, Austria, without any documentation. He was a stateless man starting from scratch.
In Austria he managed to sign with Pro Patria, a team from Milan, but he could only play friendly matches. His escape provoked the anger of the Hungarian regime, which denounced him and blocked his registration. Kubala had married Anna Daucik two years earlier, sister of Fernando Daucik, a veteran player of the era who would later become a famous coach. When Kubala fled, he left behind his family, whom he was unable to reunite with until six months later, when Anna was able to cross the border and meet Ladislao in Udine. He arrived with one more member of the family. A baby, her firstborn, whom Kubala did not yet know.
While he is irregularly enrolled in the Pro Patria, he gets the chance to sign with Torino, Italy's dominant team at the time. He is offered a trial match. Nothing better than a friendly match that Il Grande Torino had in Lisbon as a tribute to Xico Ferreira. However, when the Turin team's plane is about to take off, the president of Torino prevents Kubala from boarding because he fears a federal sanction. On the return flight, on 4 May 1949, the Fiat G 212 of Avio Linee Italiana crashed into the retaining wall of the Basilica of Superga due to the wind, poor visibility and an error in the altimeter of the aircraft. At 180 kilometres per hour and with a visibility of 40 metres, the pilot saw the stone wall of the basilica too late when he thought the plane was at 2,000 metres and was actually at 690 metres above sea level. The 31 people who were travelling in that aircraft died. Kubala had saved his life again.

The legend of Hungaria.

With no possibility of playing in Italy because the back then very powerful Italian Communist Party was pressing to prevent people fleeing from countries in the orbit of the USSR from taking refuge in Italy, Kubala had no choice but to form a team of stateless people who hired their services throughout Europe to play friendly matches against whoever hired them.
The team was called Hungaria, was managed by his brother-in-law Fernando Daucik and was mainly made up of Hungarians, although there were also players of other nationalities. It was made up of: Kis, Marik, Torok, Mogoy, Lami, Rákosi, Hrotko, Majteny, Nagy, Kubala, Otto, Licker, Turbeky, Monsider (Croatian), De Lorenzi (Albanian), Szegedi (Romanian) and Arangelovic (Serbian).
They played their first match against Italy's B team, but again pressure from the PCI forced them to play outside Italy. And that is how they arrived in Spain, hired by Santiago Bernabéu. On June 5, 1950, they faced Real Madrid in Chamartin, losing 4-2, but with a stellar performance by Kubala, who scored both of his team's goals. Three days later, they beat the Spanish team that was preparing for the World Cup in Brazil, where they came in fourth, 1-2 again with a great performance by Kubala, who received an offer from Real Madrid to be signed.
Kubala requires that to join the team, Madrid must also hire Daucik as a coach, something that Bernabéu does not agree to. The Madrid coach at that time was the Briton Keeping, a great connoisseur of WM tactics. Daucik is offered to train the Plus Ultra, a Madrid branch that plays in the third division. That negative and the federative problems that drags Kubala cause that Madrid becomes disinterested in his transfer, that was already agreed lacking of some fringes that turned out to be determinant.
The Hungaria moves two days later to Barcelona, where on June 10 plays against Espanyol losing 6-4 in a match with Pepe Samitier, the technical secretary of Barça, in the stands. It is necessary to emphasize that Hungaria had been playing three matches in five days with a very short team and without being able to make substitutions. Even so, Kubala amazes and Samitier does not mess around. Six days after that match, on 16 June 1950, at half past six in the evening, Kubala signed his three-year contract with Barça at the Pasaje Méndez Vigo. Obviously, with Fernando Daucik as coach. President Montal, Sr., signed him as an "amateur player" in order to avoid any trouble for the federation.
Real Madrid rages and is shocked. Pablo Hernández, general secretary of the white entity and Santiago Bernabéu's right hand, assures that Barça had broken a non-aggression pact between both teams and had hired a player with whom they were in talks. Samitier, who was unbeatable in the media, declares that he had been following Kubala for months and that the pact had not been broken because it referred only to players who played in Spanish teams. And Hungaria was not Spanish. In fact, it wasn't from anywhere.
But Kubala's problems didn't end there. He still didn't have a registration card or an international certificate. Vasas in Budapest and the Hungarian Federation had reported him to FIFA. Barça used the weak argument that since professionalism had been abolished in Hungary, any amateur player could choose his destiny. But the fight was not going to be so easy.
Barça, it is fair to say, had the total support of the regime and the Federation to carry out the transfer. At the level of anti-communist propaganda, Kubala was perfect. A young and extraordinary sportsman who fled from the red hell to take refuge in Franco's Spain was a candy too sweet to let go. Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation, rowed in favor of Barça as did Ricardo Cabot, secretary of the organization, who, in addition to his affection for the regime, was a well-known Barcelona supporter.
But the procedures were very slow and Kubala could only play friendly matches. He made his debut against Osasuna on 12 October, scoring two goals on the day the Barça fans knew instantly that they had just signed a star. Then he played against Zaragoza, Frankfurt twice, Girona and the Badalona. In six friendlies he scored 11 goals. The fans and the player himself were eager to meet in an official match. For all this, the Federation to play the role with FIFA fined Barça every time he lined up Kubala with the symbolic figure of 50 pesetas.
It is at this time that Kubala is about to leave everything and go away from Barça. He needed the money and wanted to play at the highest level and in Colombia he was offered the chance to do so. The South American country had organised the so-called Pirate League outside FIFA and many of the world's biggest stars joined, including Alfredo Di Stefano who went to Millonarios in Bogota. Kubala had a tempting offer from Atletico Bucaramanga. With the option of Kubala leaving, events accelerated. To begin with, Barça fixed his financial situation by means of a peculiar amateur contract in which they paid him 1,200 pesetas for "compensation" and 3,800 for "encouragement and overfeeding".
On April 2, 1951, he was granted the status of political refugee as a stateless person, which was a step towards granting him Spanish nationality. But for this step, Kubala first had to be converted to Catholicism through the sacrament of baptism. Every Spaniard had to be a Catholic. Kubala was baptized in Aguilas, Murcia, the birthplace of Muñoz Calero, president of the Federation. It is then when Barça, to avoid problems, settles its differences economically with Vasas, which despite being against capitalism accepts a payment of 300,000 pesetas to provide the transfer, while the Pro Patria, which also complained, is satisfied with 12 million lire.
The Kubala era could now really commence.

The legend on the field.

Kubala made his official debut with Barcelona in Sevilla in a cup match. The Sevillistas at that time were one of the best teams. Sevilla and Barça had developed in that period a great rivalry in the high places of the table. In 1946 Sevilla had stolen the possibility of winning the championship from Barça by drawing in Les Corts on the last day, in 1948 Barça beat the Sevillians in the final of the Eva Perón Cup (which would be the current Supercup) and in that campaign a Barça without Kubala had lost all its options to win La Liga after losing 4-0 in Nervión three days before the end of the season.
The Cup, by that time was played once the regular season was over and in those circumstances the official debut of Kubala took place. On April 29th in Nervion, Barça arrived to play against Sevilla in the middle of a difficult atmosphere. The Andalusians had lost the league in a dramatic outcome when they drew at home in the last match against Atletico Madrid with a refereeing performance that the locals judged scandalous. For further concern, the Federation allowed Kubala to line up with Barça in the first round of the Cup, which in Sevilla was taken as a surprise.
With the stadium full to the flag, Barcelona defeated Sevilla in an exhibition of Kubala. He wasn't just the best of the match but he showed Spain a way of playing football unthinkable until that time: chest controls, shots with curve, millimetric changes of play of 40 meters, protection of the ball with his back, use of the body in the shot and touches with the heel.
Domenech, Sevilla's attacker who was the direct protagonist of that match, explained years later how he remembered that day.
"It was something never seen before. Ramallets kicked it and he would receive her with his chest, or with either of his legs. If you tackled him he would dribble you in a brick. He'd put the ball where he wanted her. Besides, from time to time he changed with César, he'd be a center forward and César would be a midfielder. They drove us crazy. The anger of the people became clamours. We were witnessing something extraordinary. It was like going from black and white cinema to colour," explained the former Sevilla player. The Sevilla crowd, who had welcomed Barça and its new superstar with anger, ended up giving Kubala a standing ovation for every action as if they were watching a glorious bullfighting performance.
Kubala's actions on the field change football forever. Since there was no television, his exploits are reported orally. There is no other way to see it than to go to the field of Les Corts, which is packed for every game Barça plays as a local. It is a very common argument to say that Kubala forced Barça to build the Camp Nou because the old Les Corts was not enough to accommodate all the people who wanted to admire him. Maybe he had an influence, but as the journalist Frederic Porta, author of an interesting biography of Kubala (Kubala, l'heroi que va canviar la història del Barça. Ed. Saldonar) explains, "the truth is that Barça had already bought the land to build the Camp Nou two years before and the idea of making a bigger field already existed, but Kubala advanced everything and justified the change".
Blessed with brutal technique, a sensational strike of the ball and an unusual physical strength, Kubala changed football. He would throw free-kicks over the wall with curve or by making the ball bounce in front of the goalkeeper, he would take penalties (he was practically infallible) with what was later called paradinha and was credited with the Brazilians although he was the first in Europe to do so. Physically he was a bull. In his youth he had practiced boxing and if he didn't become a recognized fighter with a great career it was because he had short arms. His lower body was sensational. He had a butt and legs that allowed him to protect the ball like no one else. Frederic Porta says that "in his time of splendour they measured his thighs and each one had a circumference of 69 centimetres, which would be the waist of one of his companions". He was also capable of running the 100 metres in less than 11 seconds. A total athlete with a very refined technique.
However, that physical strength and the confidence he had in her, for he never avoided a collision, were his downfall. Kubala became the target of a hunt by rival defenders. He never went into hiding and that's why in eleven years at Barcelona he suffered up to eleven injuries of some seriousness. With matches without television, the harshness that bordered on violence was the order of the day. He was being kicked to death.
But Barça was living its most golden period to date. Moreover, the club revolved around Kubala. Frederic Porta compares it with the present time: "Now they say that Messi commands the club and surely he commands, but nothing to do with the influence that Kubala had. Kubala was the boss and even the one who decided the transfers. And no one was surprised. That Barça adopted the socks with the horizontal stripes blaugrana is his imposition. He saw them on the rugby team, liked them and incorporated them into the football team by decree. In fact, it is he who insists on signing Luis Suarez when he impresses him in a match against Deportivo. Kubala was Suarez's first fan, but what happened in the stands, which was divided between Suaristas and Kubalistas, is another matter.
Suarez was eight years younger than Kubala. He arrived at Barcelona at the age of 19, Kubala was 27 and his physique was very punished by his injuries and the life he was living, as he did not deprive himself of anything. If he held out, it was because of privileged genetics.
Therefore, there never was a real competition between them, but there was a lot of influence here from the figure of Helenio Herrera, the Barça manager, who saw Kubala as older and slower and was looking forward to a quick change by the young Galician as the leader of the team. The debate reached the stands and the media. It was an absurd debate, because they didn't play in the same position, with whom Kubala really had a certain rivalry with Eulogio Martínez, who was the one with whom he alternated the position.
Kubala's physical problems were not only due to injuries. He had the whole of Spain in suspense when he suffered a tuberculosis that could have cost him his life. There are apocryphal versions that explain that this tuberculosis was actually a stab wound he suffered in a fight in a cheap pub in the fifth district (Barcelona's Chinatown) and he has to retire to Montseny to recover. Nobody is betting on his return to the pitch if he survives a "hole in the lung the size of a silver bullet" according to the chronicles of the time. But once again, Kubala's ability to survive prevails. He returns to the pitches, but already heavily punished and slowed down.
It is against this backdrop that the 1961 European Cup final arrives, with Kubala arriving at the age of 34 with a herniated disc that barely allows him to walk, but he wants to play. He knows that the club is going through a critical situation despite having reached the final of the maximum trophy for the first time: the club is bankrupt because of the construction of the Camp Nou, the fights in the board of directors are chaotic, Luis Suarez has signed for Inter (the one in Bern will be his last game with Barça), which was where Helenio Herrera had left the team in the hands of Enrique Orizaola.
Kubala tells Orizaola to line him up, that like all the Portuguese will go for him and he can barely move because of the back pain and will play with painkillers, it will give more opportunities to his teammates. But the match is a pile of misfortunes for Barcelona. Ramallets scores an own goal, Barça shoots three times to the damn square posts of the goals (from then on they would change their shape) even Kubala kicked a ball that hit a post, went through the goal line until it hit the other post and came out repelled. Barça lost and Kubala's time at Barcelona came to an end.

The man of the year.

Kubala's significance goes beyond the playing field. According to a vote made for Radio Barcelona by journalist Joaquín Soler Serrano in the mid-50s, the Catalans most loved by their fellow citizens were Doctor Barraquer and Ladislao Kubala.
"He was literally the most famous person in the city, people really venerated him, and even Messi's influence cannot be compared to that of Kubala in those years," explains Porta.
His life off the field was notorious. An unrepentant night owl, it was common to see him in Barcelona's fashionable coffee shops and nightclubs. He was a man who stood out. Alfredo Relaño defines him in some of his articles as "a demigod. Tall, strong, blond with blue eyes and an overflowing personality. He aroused the admiration of men and women alike. An idol". Frederic Porta sums it up with the argument that "he would be the sum of Messi and Beckham and on top of that, he would go out every night".
Faced with Kubala's disorganised life, the Barcelona management decided to set up a private detective agency to follow him at night. The reports of the detectives are still in the Centre de Documentació del FC Barcelona and Frederic Porta published them in the history magazine 'Sàpiens'. In them, he gives a detailed account of the nocturnal wanderings of "Mr. K.", the code name of the Blaugrana star in an exercise in absurd discretion. There is also a letter from a Sabadell businessman in the club's archives, expressing concern that Kubala and Czibor had been "found in a Sabadell establishment after 2.30 in the morning accompanied by some of those ladies who were once gentlemen, I don't know if you understand". What the businessman doesn't explain in the letter is what he was doing in the same place.
Kubala's fondness for drinking was no secret. Helenio Herrera explains in a television interview that "one day at an airport in customs they asked Kubala if he had anything to declare and he said two bottles of whisky. The official asked him to show them to him and he, laughing, touched his belly and said: 'X-ray, I have them inside'. On another occasion, in the same situation, but carrying the bottle in the bag, he was told to leave it at the airport because no alcoholic drinks were allowed to be taken on board. Neither shy nor lazy, he drank it in front of the astonished official.
The legends about the occasions when the night was made longer and he did not arrive at training sessions or matches were recurrent. In that case, he called on the services of Angel Mur Sr., the team masseur who knew where to find him. He would start a pilgrimage through the usual places or floors until he found him, took him to the changing room, gave him a cold shower, a coffee with salt, a massage and played. The fans forgave him everything and were aware that their star was a man of joyful life. But he never failed on the field. Among the crowd at the time there were comments about the Kubala ritual in those games that followed a busy night. "He started off badly, and vaguely, but the signal was when, ten minutes into the game, he rolled up his sleeves as if to say 'I'm here, let's start, I've already cleared off', and the machine started to work.
You can't find anyone in the world who speaks ill of Kubala. Absolutely no one. Everyone highlights his huge heart and that despite being by far the highest paid player of the time (he earned six times more than his teammates) he didn't have a no for anyone. His detachment from money was legendary.
As proof, the anecdote explained by his biographer Porta: "one day he arrived at the dressing room and commented that his car had been stolen and that in the glove compartment he was carrying an envelope with 200,000 pesetas, which was a fortune for the time (a good apartment could cost 130,000 pesetas). When his colleagues tried to encourage him, he simply said: someone who needs it more than I do must have taken it".
It was also usual for him to take off his coat and give it to a poor man who begged in Barcelona's winter, or to take in any Hungarian who came to Barcelona asking for help in his house in Carrer Duquesa d'Orleans. Kubala, remembering his times as a stateless refugee without papers, asked nothing. He would take them home and pay them a boat ticket to America. The motto among the refugees fleeing the Iron Curtain was that "if you get to Barcelona, look for Kubala, he will help you". He never failed.
Later, now retired, he set up a bar next to Czibor in Capitan Arenas Street, the mythical Kep Duna (blue Danube in Hungarian) that became an unofficial refugee reception centre that was monitored by the secret services of the United States, the USSR and the Spanish police. Something like the Rick's Café in the film Casablanca, but in the upper area of Barcelona.
He was the great character of Barcelona loved by all, but there was a moment when this was almost broken, strange as it may seem. It coincided with the defeat in Bern, when a part of the press came to write that "Barça must be de-Kubalized as the Soviet Union must be de-Stalinized" and, especially, when he signed for Espanyol. The earthquake was a huge one.

From the bench to Sarrià.

After the defeat in Bern's final, Kubala announced his retirement from the fields. He had taken the coaching course and was ranked number one in his class. He made a pact with the president Llaudet, who was also an interesting character as we will see, that in principle he would take charge of the footballers' school of the club and that in a couple of years he would be in charge of the first team.
Meanwhile, Barcelona is directed by Lluís Miró who faces a team in disarray. Suarez has been transferred to Inter in the worst decision in the club's history and myths such as Ramallets, Tejada and Czibor were in the decline of their careers. The season starts badly and after losing at Mestalla to Valencia by a humiliating 6-2 that forces the resignation of Miro. It was time for Kubala, who was promoted to the first team in front of the joy of the fans. And the project results from the beginning. The Barça of the second part of season 61-62 recovers in La Liga and finishes second (the distance with the white ones when Kubala arrived was almost insurmountable) and avenges the 6-2 of Mestalla beating Valencia in the Camp Nou 4-0.
Facing the next season, the 62-63, Kubala can make his team by giving painful drops of some of his former teammates as it is the case of Eulogio Martinez or Evaristo. One of Llaudet's reluctances to give Kubala the job of coach was that he would have to manage some of his former teammates.
The positive expectations about Kubala's first full project were frustrated at first when the Blaugrana team had to play the final of the Copa de Ferias against Valencia, the team that caused the fall of Miró and the promotion of Kubala. And the history, by rare that it seems, repeats: Valencia returns to him to put 6-2 to the Barça. The fans explode against the team. In the return match, obviously, there is nothing to do, but Llaudet's ability to self-flagellation has no limits. As Alfredo Relaño writes, the Blaugrana president calls a dinner with the press the day before the game and makes this statement that if it happened today would open all the news.
Llaudet, in front of the press and accompanied by the coach Kubala and Gràcia as captain, asks the fans to forgive him and announces changes in the protocol of the start of the second leg. "Valencia will go out first to receive the applause, then Barcelona, to receive the whistles. Then Kubala will come out, so he can get the thunders. And finally me, so that all the whistles fall on my person, because I am the barcelonist who loves the club the most and who is destined to die on the pitch, if necessary...". He ends his speech crying. As we can see, Gaspart didn't invent anything.
The match ended in a draw and Kubala's project as Barça's coach was doomed. The manager is fired in the middle of the season and then a bomb explodes in Barcelona. Kubala accepts the offer to return to the pitch, but not as a coach, will be as a player and nothing more and nothing less than in Espanyol, Barça's eternal rival.
On 3 September 1963 Espanyol, then Español, announced that Kubala would be hired as a player. At 36 years of age, he was capable of being competitive.
His decision divides the public opinion. On the one hand, Federico Gallo and Juan José Castillo support his decision, on the other hand, Carlos Pardo or Ibáñez Escofet shoot at him. They call him a "Jew who sells himself for a plate of beans", a "traitor" and they see political interests in his decision.
Kubala explains that he wanted to continue playing and that he saw himself capable of doing so, although he accepted that he was not at Barcelona's level. He had received offers from important clubs, including River Plate and Juventus, but he doesn't want to leave Barcelona, where he feels like another Barcelonian. The Espanyol meets his expectations.
His start of the season is not bad, on the contrary, he scores in his first two games, but the team doesn't work out. The coexistence between the veteran newcomer Kubala and the team's symbol, Argilés, is not easy. Scopelli is dismissed as coach and de facto command of the team is given to the two team leaders despite their differences. The crisis erupts when the Spaniard visits the Camp Nou. The periquitos lose by 5-0 in a match in which the Barcelona crowd booed Kubala who they are eager to humiliate with his new team. Even so, at the end of the match, Kubala has a gesture to his former team that shows that he does not hold any grudge against what he has heard from the stands. At the end of the match, he organizes his teammates to make the corridor to Barça applauding the rival in recognition of the exhibition made. That gesture feels bad among the Espanyol fans and among some of his teammates. Argilés does not make the corridor and goes straight to the changing rooms.
The following year, Kubala becomes a manager-player and among the departures that he causes, there is the one of Argilés, but by contrast, Di Stéfano arrives, also hurt by his bad exit from Madrid fighting against Bernabéu.
Di Stefano and Kubala are like brothers. Even though they haven't officially played together, they have a special chemistry. A friendship that is forged when the Argentinian is about to sign for Barcelona.
When Di Stéfano arrives in Barcelona to sign for Español, he stays first at the Avenida Palace Hotel, but after a month he is living in Kubala's house as one of the family. The children of both always maintained a relationship as if they were brothers.
One of the players under Kubala's command was Jose Maria Rodilla, one of the players who would soon form the famous 'Dolphins' forward line. At 80 years of age, Rodilla remembers Kubala.
"I have a wonderful memory of Kubala, I always had a special affection for him. Not in vain, he was the one who signed me for Espanyol", he remembers when answering the call of this newspaper to which he confesses that* "normally I do not make declarations, but to speak about Kubala I do whatever is needed"*.
Rodilla, former teammate at Espanyol, has clear that "he was the best player in the world in terms of technique. Di Stéfano was the best footballer, but he didn't have his technique. Alfredo was more intense and more player of the whole field, but he could not do things that Kubala did"
Those who had the privilege of playing with both of them remember that "for example, Di Stefano wouldn't leave you alone for a minute, he was all over you and the fights were intense, but he always set an example, he never asked you for anything that he didn't do. Kubala was more paternalistic and tolerant. For example, he would ask us to do as he did in training, and while sitting down he would be able to make 3,000 touches on the ball without dropping it. Only he could do that."
Rodilla adds a story that explains Kubala's quality as a player-coach at the age of 38: "We went to play a friendly at Amposta and they called a foul on the edge of the box. Kubala takes the ball and whacks it into the corner. The referee made him repeat it because someone had moved or I don't know what. Kubala takes the ball and wham, back to the square. And the referee tells him that he has to repeat. That day Kubala got angry and left the field."
Rodilla recalls that Kubala's move from Barça to Espanyol created controversy in the city, but that he was oblivious to it. "He was still a magnificent person, I never heard him say a bad word against anyone. He never got into an argument, he was goodness personified, he was unlucky in his time as a coach, but as a coach he is one of the best I've ever had, with a great love for young players and always trying to help you improve."

Boys well, optimal morale.

He extended his playing career for a couple more years by playing for Zurich and even trying out the American adventure at the Toronto Falcons, where he coincides with Branko and Daucik's son. At the age of 40 he played 19 games and scored 5 goals.
In 1968 he returned to Spain and trained the Córdoba team for a short period of time until he was called up to the national team. Kubala will manage the Spanish team until 1980, when he signs for Barcelona again as a coach.
Kubala's debut with Spain was, once again, a propaganda match for the regime. It was played in the Estadio de la Línea de la Concepción against Finland and Spain beat their rivals 6-0 in a match that was no longer useful. Spain had missed out on qualifying for the Mexico '70 World Cup, but the idea of that game was to showcase a great field that could be seen from Gibraltar as if to give jealousy to those in the Rock for the sports culture of Spain. Dictatorship things.
It's true that at that time Spain was struggling more than anything else on the international scene. It did not qualify for the 1974 World Cup because of Katalinski's goal in the play-off match in Frankfurt, and in both the 1978 World Cup and the 1980 European Championship the team fell in the first round, but there is still no one from that era who will make a judgement against Kubala.
"Kubala, one ahead of his time. No doubt he had a lot to do with his past as a footballer. And not just like any other player, like the best! I remember him always saying to me: 'Ruben, you have to get out of the way on the other side of the ball. Look for the space, not the ball. The goal I scored in Yugoslavia has to do with everything he taught me," he told Fermin de la Calle in an interview with AS Ruben Cano, the hero of the famous 'Battle of Belgrade' in the match that took Spain to the World Cup in Argentina. Yes, the one with the goal by Cardeñosa that could have changed Kubala's record with the national team.
He did a lot to improve Spanish football and his idea regarding the incorporation of foreigners to improve the level of Spanish football was key in the future development of the Spanish competitive level.
His players remember him as a didactic person, tactically bold and very close. At a time when fury was the hallmark of the game, Kubala never forgot that he was the heir to the Magyar tradition of the Honved and the Hungary who, by moving the ball, shocked the world the day they destroyed England at Wembley 3-6.
For the average football fan, Kubala may have been a half-hearted coach who embodied an era of the national team in which nothing was won, as has been the case most of the time, and he became popular for his expressions that would now be meme material on social networks. The national team was known as the 'Kubala boys' and the coach's catchphrase before the matches saying "boys well, optimal morale" was the fashionable phrase in the coffee shops of the 70s in Spain.
But among his colleagues, Kubala still deserved reverential respect. "The first goal was authentically Latin, cunningly scored and perfectly studied. I can only congratulate Kubala on his previous tactical work," said German boss Helmut Schön after facing and losing to Spain in a friendly in which the recent world semi-finalist and next world champion fell to the Kubala boys at the Sanchez Pizjuan with two strategic goals from Arieta. Yes, Arieta against Müller. Seeler, Beckembauer, Maier, Netzer and company.
He left the national team in 1980 to join Barça as the coach of Núñez's second project in an operation that was the prelude to what would happen in the World Cup in Russia with Lopetegui. Kubala committed to Barça while he was coach and tried to alternate functions, but Porta refused. Finally, on 8 June 1980, four days before the start of the European Championship, Kubala signed for the Blaugrana team, which he would join after the European Championship.
His second spell at the head of Barça did not go well either and he was dismissed mid-season. He continued his adventure on the bench as coach of Saudi Arabia (in that he was also a pioneer), training Malaga and the Paraguayan national team before retiring from football on the bench of Elche.
He spent his final years in Barcelona as active as ever. Playing with Barça veterans, helping his teammates, not having a no for anyone and playing tennis every day or going for a run or cycling routes exhibiting an enviable physical condition.
Until the light of genius and the glory faded away 18 years ago. A degenerative brain disease put an end to the adventure, but not to the legend of a world football myth. An icon that changed the lives of so many people that they wouldn't fit even in a stadium.
The coffin with the mortal remains of Kubala was carried on shoulders, amidst the applause of the fans who gathered at the doors of the church of Santa Tecla, by Alfredo Di Stéfano, Gustau Biosca, Eduardo Manchón, Estanislao Basora, Joan Segarra, Josep Bartomeu, Luis Suárez, Antoni Ramallets and Gonzalvo III.
He rests in the cemetery of Les Corts, next to the Camp Nou because that is what he left written in his will, while Serrat sang to him about how...
...Pelé was Pelé and Maradona was the one and that's it. Di Stéfano was a pit of mischief. Honour and glory to those who made the sun shine on our football. Everyone has his merits; to each his own, but for me none is like Kubala. Respectable silence is requested, for those who haven't enjoyed him, I'll say four things: he stops it with his head, he drops it on with his chest, he sleeps it off with his left, crosses the pitch with the ball attached to the boot, leaves the midfield and enters the box showing the ball, hides it with his body, pushes with his ass and gets in with his heels. He pisses on the centerback with a dedicated piece. and touches her gently to put her on the path to glory.

by Santi Gimenez for AS.com (2020)

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2020.06.04 13:12 HereIsNoukster Relationships

Hi everyone :)
I‘ve been dating this guy for a while and I want to officially ask him to be in a relationship. Since he’s Slovakian, I wanted to do the romantic thing and ask him in his mother tongue. So it’d be nice if someone could tell me how I can do that. Yes, I googled it but some websites say something else as the others, so I thought the easiest way to get the right expression would be to ask it here. :)
D’akujem
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2020.05.25 22:59 MikeJesus I got offered 3,000 € to look after some cats for a night

Once upon a time, in the mountainous land of Slovakia there lived two orphans. Well, I’m twenty-four, I think I qualify more as a guy without parents rather than a classic orphan, but if you rubbed some ash on Tomko’s cheeks he would definitely give off an Oliver Twist vibe. Regardless of classification, our parents died in a fire last summer.
Luckily, to use the term very loosely, while our parents burnt with all of the family’s earthly possessions Tomko was out in a summer camp learning about wood carving and reading maps. One moment I was living the exciting life of a bartender in Prague, a city where even budgeting for one person is a hassle, and the next I was Tomko’s legal guardian. I moved back to the town where our charred home made the neighborhood depressing, plunged my savings into a deposit and first month’s rent and started the exciting life of being a single dad. Tomko was fourteen, pushing on fifteen, I could handle four years of acting like an adult, right?
Wrong. The first two months broke me. Happiness and stability were never really prominent in my deck, but finding out about my parents burned the entire set of cards. I was meant to take care of Tomko, be the adult in his life, but really it was the other way around. I got us the apartment, I collected the government assistance checks, but Tomko did all the shopping, the cleaning, the cooking and in the evenings he would sit by my bed and talk to me. He’d make me feel better; he’d make it all bearable.
Some days, when the mental fog got particularly thick, thoughts came in that were particularly hard to let go of. This is no way for Tomko to live, just drop him off with one of the religious aunts. Give him a life where he doesn’t have to take care of your catatonic ass and then drive off a cliff or something. I’d do my best to push the thought out, but it would worm its way back within minutes. It was always in the back of my mind in one way or another, I guess, but I fully knew that there was no way I would act on it. The aunts would feed Tomko on a steady diet of bibles and I wasn’t going to let that happen. I also wasn’t going to make Tomko go to another funeral.
Whenever the abandonment/suicidal tendencies started to pipe up I would do my best to use them as fuel, I would take those thoughts as something to disprove, something that I had to act against no matter how persistent they got. This worked about 10 % of the time, but it was during one of these chance boosts of motivation that I decided to scroll through the Facebook Odd Jobs section.
NEED CAT SITTER FOR DATE NIGHT Cabin outside of Divoké Mačice Food provided 3,000 € Six Cats
I don’t like cats. There’s something off about the way that they look at you. A dog’s expression you can read right away, the thing on their mind is usually food. A cat, however, is a complete mystery, you look into those slitted eyes and you don’t see relatable emotions, you see galaxies of mysterious animalistic energy. I don’t like it. It makes me uncomfortable. I immediately commented my name offering up my services as a cat-sitter.
Three grand was three grand. That was a couple months worth of rent, that was new clothes for both of us, that was money that could get me on my feet. I made my way over to the kitchen to share the good news. Tomko seemed genuinely happy to see me out of the bedroom before noon, he had some news of his own, with excited cracks of puberty in his voice he announced that his TikTok audience was growing steadily enough that he could bring in some money being an influencer. We celebrated each other’s sure-fire paths to cash and then I went back to the computer to check up on the progress of my cat-sitting application.
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I refreshed the page a dozen times, hoping that something was simply wrong with the Internet, but the text read loud and clear. A familiar shiver traveled through my chest. You’re a moron; obviously that was a fake job offer. Go drop off Tomko with the aunts and then ride your shitty car into a burning inferno. My eyes welled up. I refreshed the page again. The text didn’t change. I wept at my computer desk like an idiot. I couldn’t take it anymore, I didn’t want to be the butt of some twisted cosmic joke, I wanted to be a normal person who’s head is filled up with normal things. And then, as tears covered the screen, my phone lit up.
A Facebook messenger call. Unknown user.
“Hello?” I picked up the phone. On the other side I could hear a voice draped in static, it was saying something but I could barely hear it; the spectre of an old person with a smartphone. “You have to bring it closer to your ear,” I said, getting a faint memory of phone calls with my dad.
“Is this better?” a confused old lady inquired way too loudly.
“Yes, I can hear you now,” I replied.
“Are you the peasant who offered to look after my cats?” She punctuated the word with cheeriness, as if she was trying to assure me that she meant no disrespect, she was simply pointing out my status in life. I rolled with it; my internal monologue called me considerably worse things on a regular basis.
“Yes, that’s me! I left a comment on your post. Is the job still available?” I asked, wiping the mixture of snot and tears off my face and putting on the cheeriest tone I could.
“Well that depends, peasant, do you like cats?”
“Boy do I!” I exclaimed, “Cats are by far my favorite animal! I used to cat sit for my friends all the time.” I was sitting at my desk wearing a dirty hoodie and old underwear but over the phone I must’ve sounded like I was wearing a fancy turtle neck and slacks… or whatever people who cat-sit wear.
“This is good peasant, I am convinced. My home is at the edge of Divoké Mačice, it is the cottage with the chicken legs.”
“The chicken legs?”
“Ah, you will understand when you see it peasant, you will understand. So, can I expect you to look after my cats while I go see my gentleman caller?”
A dozen questions floated through my head. I asked the most important one: “It’s three thousand euros for the evening?”
“That is enough, yes, peasant? I pay a high price because I expect a job well done.”
“Okay,” I said, baffled by my good fortune, “You chose the right man for the job. I love cats!” I quickly added, just in case she was planning on changing her mind.
“Very good, and peasant, do come to my home hungry. I have cooked porridge and I do not want it to go to waste.” She hung up. Or she thought she hung up, all I could hear from the other side of the phone was strange rustling. I got violent flashbacks to my father’s handling of his cellphone. I hung up.
The Tatras are a beautifully terrifying mountain range. They’re pretty enough to be put on post-cards, shirts and whatever other chachskies the tourists will eat up, but if you stare at those snow peaked crowns for long enough you start to feel small. Those towering giants will proudly remind you just how tiny you are in the grand scheme of things, how they have stood there before you, how they will stand there after you and how if you stood anywhere near the peaks without proper equipment you’d be dead by sundown. It doesn’t help that the roads that surround the mountains are on freakishly steep hills, the kind of place where a millisecond of micro-sleep will send you tumbling down into a fiery death. You’re riding a horrible tight-wire made of road with an ever present reminder of your insignificance; it’s difficult not to get dizzy.
Whenever I was behind the wheel on those roads, even before the fire, there was always an ugly shiver in my lungs. Just drive off, just roll on down, let it all burn. Yet as I drove to Divoké Mačice those thoughts were nowhere to be found. The only thing that was keeping me company was the rumble of the engine and the bits of static filled folk from the radio.
“Is something wrong?” I audibly mumbled, unaccustomed to driving without self-destructive thoughts. We’ll see, my lungs answered.
It was a forty five minute drive, as the trees grew thicker and the hills grew steeper the other cars slowly disappeared. The border was somewhere close, as I drove my phone started to manically switch between welcoming me to Poland and then welcoming me to Slovakia, it didn’t shut up until we were out of cell tower reception. It’s not like I needed a GPS, there was only one road and it led straight to Divoké Mačice.
I could pick out the chicken legs as soon as I saw the cottage. The house was indistinguishable from the hundreds of humble wooden homes that littered the Slovakian countryside with one exception; it stood, a meter or two, off the ground with the support of logs that looked undeniably like chicken legs. The cottage was right at the edge of a particularly steep hill so parking rustled my nerves a bit but soon enough I was knocking on the front door.
“Ah! Yes, the peasant, come inside, come inside. But be quick! Do not leave the door open for too long, the cats might get ideas!”
There was a small cat flap embedded in the bottom of the door, if a cat truly desired to leave the house it should have been able to do so, but I didn’t let my mind grab ahold of the absurdities. I kept focused on the money and my faux love of cats.
The eyebrows were the first thing that popped out at me, she was an old lady through and through, stringy wisps of white hair, skin like a deflated balloon but her eyebrows were painted a dark, disturbing red. “Welcome, peasant, welcome! Thank you for coming on such short notice.” She clasped my hand in a handshake that felt like sandpaper, her nails, much like her eyebrows, were painted an obnoxious shade of red.
The eyebrows were so distracting that it took me a good minute before I realized she had a glass eye. I assured her of my love of cats and stared at her one good eye trying to not be weird. She didn’t seem particularly concerned with my qualifications for cat sitting; instead she was obviously giddy about her evening plans.
“How do I look? Do I look enjoyable?” She batted those horrible crimson face-wings at me. I tried to figure out how to answer that horribly loaded question, but I just ended up nodding.
“Well that is because I had my eyebrows done, tonight is a special night. The man I am meeting tonight, oh-ho-ho, I will not be needing the company of the cats anymore! ” She laughed a horrible creaking laugh, revealing the few teeth she had left. A part of me was happy that people in their twilight years can still have a love life, but a much bigger part of me, the part of me that likes to sleep at night, knew that if I pressed the subject further I would have horrible images seared into my brain until the end of time. I did not press the subject further. Instead, I asked to see the cats.
They were fat. So horribly fat, all five of them, they rolled around on the floor looking like hairy melons with toothpicks for limbs. She was a crazy cat lady all right.
“They have been fed, so do not dare give them any more food. These creatures are obedient, if you leave them be they will simply sleep,” she pointed to a group of black and gray cats that lay in some sort of insulin infused daze by the bed, “It’s this one that you have to look out for,” the old lady said as she fished a striped orange cat from under the table.
The cat looked like a live action version of Garfield, if Garfield’s obesity had been less endearing and more troubling. There was something else other than hatred for Monday in those eyes. That cat was pleading with me. I promised myself I would call animal control as soon as I was in cellphone range. Being someone who tends to break promises, I knew if she offered return work the authorities wouldn’t be involved.
“They are strange creatures, sluggish, moody, but they keep me company,” she said with a sort of wistfulness in her voice you only hear from old people, “But maybe tonight is the night. Tonight is the night that I will fall in love.” She battered those horrid monstrosities on her forehead and walked me over to the kitchen.
The porridge she had in the pot smelled heavenly. I ate before I got in the car, scared that whatever food she had in her home would have been cooked under the influence of senility but looking at that porridge made me hungry all over again. “Remember, peasant,” she said, closing the pot, “Do not offend my cooking, when I come home I want none of this porridge left. No one is allowed to leave my home without being fattened up. And do not be an animal, before you eat the porridge light a fire, there is wood in the basket and newspapers beneath the stove.”
“And the money?” I heard myself say.
“Ah yes, the money.” She fished out three crisp five hundred euro notes and passed them to me. I had never held a five hundred before. “You will get the rest tomorrow morning when I return from my meeting.” She winked. It looked as if a scarlet eagle was about to tear out her one good eye.
She called me peasant a couple more times, then bid her goodbyes and left the cottage. She hopped on the bicycle like a proper Slavic grandma and drove off down those horrible hill roads.
I held the three notes in my sweaty hands. They seemed real enough and the lady seemed crazy enough to give me more but somewhere in my chest a voice rattled. Something is wrong. I looked at the catatonic cats in the bedroom. No, not that. I turned my attention to the orange cat; he was clawing at the old newspapers beneath the stove. No, not that. Something about the house is off.
That’s when it hit me. The interior of the cottage was just like any of the other village houses you could find in Slovakia; the wooden furniture was chipped enough to suggest it’s been passed down a couple generations, there were old photographs that dated back to the Nazis and the Soviets that let you see the morose faces of those generations, but there was something missing, something that was a staple of every room in a rural household.
“Huh, no Jesus,” I mumbled to myself.
Weird, right? You met the one person in the countryside who doesn’t use the crucifix as a decoration aid. The walls that would usually hold the statuettes of a sad shirtless man instead had strange framed chalk drawings. Faint outlines of dark figures danced beneath a glowing moon with cats running between their feet. I clutched the money in my hands for comfort.
MEOW!
The orange cat was at my feet, with a torn bit of newspaper in its mouth. Out of the cat’s jaws a black and white picture of a chubby cheery man dressed in hiking gear stared back at me.
FAMILY PLEADS FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MISSING MUSHROOM ENTHUSIAST
I took the newspaper out of the cat’s mouth, crumpled it up and chucked it in the stove. I wasn’t meant to be feeding the cats, I was meant to be feeding myself. With some extra newspapers and some logs I got a fire started, within minutes the house filled with the intoxicating smell of delicious porridge. The Garfield-looking creature kept on staring at me, kept on meowing as if it wanted something from me, but I blocked it out. Instead I sat down on the couch and got lost in my thoughts.
It’s funny, in a sad sort of way, but the same shiver in my chest that haunts me with the recurring, intrusive thoughts is the same part of me that weaves memories so palpable that I disconnect from my body. Those memories are usually haunts; thoughts of arguments with exes, of disappointing social performances in middle school, of angsty teenage outbursts, but as I sat on that couch, the smell of oats soothing my mind, I was transported to a happier place. I was back in the forest picking blueberries with my mother, smoking cigarettes on the balcony and talking about girls with my dad, helping Tomko film TikToks about drunk dinosaurs.
Memories of Tomko gave me pause. The kid was so kind, so happy, so responsible and dependable. I couldn’t comprehend how the two of us were related. I found myself thinking that maybe I was adopted, that maybe there was a switch-up at the hospital and somewhere out there were two very unstable parents taking care of Tomko’s little brother. Was I adopted? I wanted to call up my mom and ask, perhaps in a joking way, but ask nonetheless. Then I remembered she was no longer alive. She burned to death. Burned.
I snapped out with that thought. The fire had gone out. It was dark now. I had somehow managed to stare at a wall for hours without moving an inch. Pathetic.
Crrrrkkk, Crrrrrkkk
The sound of sliding ceramic could be heard from the stove. The orange cat was propped up against the bricks, licking the inside of the pot with the porridge. I rushed over to the stove and lifted the cat away but the damage was done. There was no more porridge left. Wow, congratulations, you did specifically what you were told not to do. You fed the cat.
The moonlight bounced off those glassy eyes.
Meow.
The cat wanted something from me, but I was in no position to try to decipher its needs. I laid back down on the couch, exhausted by my inability to get anything done right. The voice in my chest grew to a deafening volume, it demanded that I get in my car, drive back home to drop off the money, get back in my car and crash. I fought it with every inch of my soul; I kept on trying to push myself towards thinking about literally anything else. I don’t know how long I struggled, time dilated into one long neurotic monologue that seeped away at every ounce of energy I had in me, but eventually sleep came. A hollow, dreamless sleep cloaked in heart palpitations.
I struggled to breathe. There was a pressure on my lungs. She was squatted over my chest, but this was not the crazy cat lady I had met before. The eyebrows had been wiped off and only faint traces of wispy hair remained, and her glass eye shined with a dreadful, bloody glow.
“You didn’t eat your porridge, peasant.” There was no joy in her voice this time. She pronounced the word peasant with the same intonation most people pronounce the word tapeworm.
“Wha? I ate the porridge! It was deli-“
“LIAR!” She screamed, her red nails curled into fists, “How dare you lie to me, peasant? How dare you disrespect me in my own home?”
“I’m not lying! I-“
She pointed towards the floor, her bony finger shaking with rage. Even in the dark I could see the faint outlines of the orange cat, but it was no longer a cat, it had gained so much weight that it was simply an amorphous orange blob. “You let him eat the porridge. You disobeyed me, peasant.”
The orange glob on the floor struggled under its own weight. “How was your date?” I tried changing the topic.
The hag scoffed, pressing down her knees on my chest. “I do not need him. No, I do not need anyone else. I have my cats peasant, and they keep me company.” She smiled, the wet remnants of her teeth shining in the dark. “And once I make you nice and plump with some porridge you will join the cats, you will join the hikers and the mushroom pickers and the other desperate peasants who have stumbled into my cottage. You will keep me warm on the cold winter nights.”
“I would like to go home now,” I said as I tried to get her off my chest. Yet as much as I would wiggle, as much as I would push, her knees simply dug deeper into me.
“You will stay,” she said with an air of calm. From the corner of my eye I could see a sea of slitted green orbs; the other fat cats were watching us. The hag took a deep breath and screamed, “You will stay!
The glass ball in her eye-socket burst forth a flood of light. My body froze. That color, that hateful hue of crimson, it did something to me. The same sensation that would keep me in bed until noon was back in my body, but where my depressive tendencies were a quiet jingle of suffering the witch delivered a demented symphony of hopelessness. I could feel myself slipping. I could feel myself breaking. I had to act.
I punched her in the jaw. I know this isn’t something that I should be proud of but the right hook I delivered to the eighty year old woman sent her fragile body clattering to the floor. I dashed towards the front door, car keys already in hand.
The mountain air outside tasted of freedom, I could have been in my car in a couple of strides, yet as I slammed the door behind me a bony hand grabbed at my ankle through the cat-flap. The old hag dug her scarlet nails into my skin, I could feel a warm trickle of blood travel down towards my socks.
“You are not going anywhere you filthy peasant!” She yelled from behind the door. Her grip was strong enough to send me crashing to the ground, the wood of the porch sent a stinging pain through my skull. “You will be my cat! You will keep me company! Just like the others! You will be with me forever!” Her voice grew dark, it echoed through the mountains “ČÁÁÁÁRY MÁÁÁRY FUK!
Suddenly a fuzzy wave of weakness shot through my limbs. Something was wrong. Something was happening to me. A feeling of weakness and fragility consumed me, an inhuman sensation traveled down my spine. She was pulling me in. My foot was covered in blood and halfway through the cat door.
“No one gets away from me peasant! You will be with me until the day you die! You are my-“ a wave of Meows rose from the other side of the door. Suddenly the hag’s grip loosened. “Get away from me you vermin! I will punish all of you for this! Get away from me!”
I freed my foot thanks to whatever struggle was happening on the other side of the door. I ran to my car, locked myself in, turned the ignition and that’s when I noticed it.
My arms were covered in a steadily thickening layer of gray fur, my clothes were starting to clump up around me, that strange sensation in my spine was a tail; I was turning into a cat. Shit, I thought this is not good.
I tried to keep my foot on the pedal, but my limbs kept on getting shorter, my vision became obstructed by my sweat drained shirt. My clothes piled up around me, my thumbs were gone, my limbs receded into furry paws; there was no way that I could operate a vehicle. Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get worse, like I had reached the ultimate rock bottom of the human experience, the door to the cottage burst open.
“COME BACK HERE YOU VERMIN!” Blood was dripping down the hag’s face; she was covered in scratches and filled with rage. Within seconds she was slamming her bloody fists against the window. Her glass eye painted the inside of the car a bloody red. I hid by the pedals.
I kept on spinning around in one place. I don’t know what came over me, but it felt as if I keeping my body in motion would help me come up with a means of escape. Only one solution presented itself, a familiar voice spoke within me Drive off a cliff. Let’s end this once and for all.
She slammed the window with such fervor that it became obvious that the glass would not hold. For a couple of seconds I desperately searched for a different solution, but in the blood red glow of her false eye I could only find one answer. I pressed my body against the gas pedal.

I woke up curled up in the backseat of a totaled Škoda Fabia. The car bounced down the hill so many times that it looked more like a modern art installation rather than a vehicle, it was absolutely ruined but I was, miraculously, whole. One life down, eight to go.
I crawled out from beneath the wreckage. The sun was rising off behind the mountains, birds were chirping in the forest, the place at the top of the hill where the cottage once stood was empty.
I was dazed and beyond confused, a part of me just wanted to lie in the grass and think about the whole cursed affair but something in the back of my head wouldn’t let me. Go home. One paw in front of the other. Tomko needs you.
The journey back home took a good three days. Not only were my new limbs significantly worse at traveling long distances, but I had to stop to satiate my newly found feline hunger. The first sparrow I killed was because I was starving; from that point onwards I would slaughter any bird that got in my way. The whole journey filled me with a strange sort of purpose.
I had to get to Tomko as soon as I could, yet as the Tatra Mountains came into full view I couldn’t help but to stop and take them in for a spell. Somehow, those majestic peaks looked a lot less intimidating when viewed from all fours. They were no longer terrifying reminders of how small I was, they were simply there, a part of the same insane world in which I was living.
Tomko, being Tomko, took me in as a stray after less than a day of following him. I watched him set out an extra plate for the microwaved pizza that he would eat every night, I was with him when he called the police, he took me along when he moved into our bible-thumping aunt's house.
Tomko’s TikToks have gotten quite a bit of traction as of late, he tells everyone that it’s because he has an insanely talented cat, but I know that it’s because he is a naturally funny person. Either way, I think that the kid has a very bright future laid out for him.
As for me, well, the world is a lot less intimidating from where I stand. All I do all day is sleep, act in TikTok videos and keep Tomko company. I still hear the shiver in my chest, but it’s considerably calmer now. Don’t feel much of a need to argue with it either, all it tends to say is lick yourself or get that door open or, on the truly boring days: murder that bird. This feline life ain’t bad at all.
This post has been quite difficult to write out with my paws, getting the accented letters down has been particularly difficult, but I wanted to make sure to let people know that if they see someone offering an absurd amount of money for a simple cat-sitting job to report the post for being a scam.
Hope everyone is well. There’s some really crazy TikTok's coming.
-MJL
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2020.05.06 15:14 Mel0n_Collie [OC] What if every world cup team had the same population? - Group H

Well here it is, the final group. It’s been a wild ride and my office chair's ass groove has developed its own ass groove, but if FIFA and/or The UN sees this and decides to reconstruct the fabric of political geography to emulate my idea, then it just might have been a worthwhile use of my time.
If you’ve just stumbled upon this then you have two options, either you call the day a write off and go back to read the first seven posts or you can close your browser and do literally anything else. Just incase anyone chooses option A, here are the groups in full…
Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G
Gentlemen, it’s been an honour writing with you, this final quartet strings together a titanic amount of talent.
The Final Countdown is fronted by Europe, I experience REM trying to find 22 Chinese Bro’s, and we take a visit to Drake’s home country Canada, for those of you not wanting to think about Drake today, I’m afraid if you’re reading this it’s too late.
CEUSAC
Canada, The Carribean, 24 most Easternly US states, Greenland
Population (millions): 242.42
Not to be confused with namesake John, this map to the stars is acronymically composed of ‘Canada, East US and Carribean’.
Five years ago it would be no exaggeration to say that this squad could have been an all-American draft, but a recent glut of Canadian and Jamaican talent makes this Atlantic amalgam a multi-national roster sweeter than maple syrup.
The Canucks have an underwhelming soccer CV, the ice-hockey adoring nation has the joint worst record of any team to qualify for a world cup, losing all three games without scoring a goal in 1986. Notable Canadians of the past include goalkeeper Craig Forrest who made over 250 appearances for Ipswich and won tournament MVP in Canada’s second and most recent Gold Cup triumph. Utility midfielder Paul Stalteri spent thirteen years playing between Germany and England’s top flights, while Les Rouges top scorer and 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario is the greatest player to never leave the continent.
Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago have all matched Canada’s solitary appearance, while the former are present throughout this squad, the other nation’s have failed to produce this generations Dwight Yorke.
Now-commentator Robbie Earle has just one less Premier League appearance than Eden Hazard and the midfielder scored Jamaica’s first World Cup goal. Earle was born in Newcastle, England, but some notable Islanders having traded allegiances the other way, the past and present pair of John Barnes and Raheem Sterling were both born in capital Kingston, and have gone on to be among the best wide players of their respective generation. A bitter loss to the Reggae Boys, Sterling may get some extreme boo’s if he starts against this team, provoking the irate of the Carribean. (come on it’s the last post)
Arguably the greatest player to represent an island nation is bulky Bermudan Shaun ‘feed the goat’ Goater; talented out-and-out forward scored over 220 times in English football, and an impressive goal every 85 minutes for his country.
The best former American from the strongest region of the three joined City two days after Goater left, Claudio Reyna has a century of caps spanning over a decade, even earning a spot in the all-star team of Japan/Korea 2002. The footballing genetics are strong in the Reyna family, the man from New Jersey sure to have produced a future USMNT star. Giovanni Reyna doesn’t make this squad on the count of a stacked midfield, but considering the 17 year old is already capable of goals like this it’s only a matter of time before he’s the first name on the team sheet.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Milan Borjan CAN Red Star GK Knin, Croatia 63 €1.00 32
Zach Steffen USA F. Dusseldorf GK Coatesville, PA 68 €17.50 25
Defenders
Walker Zimmerman USA LAFC CB Lawrenceville, GA 61 €3.10 27
Matt Hedges USA FC Dallas CB Rochester, NY 61 €3.60 30
Wes Morgan JAM Leicester CB Nottingham 66 €1.50 36
Alphonso Davies CAN Bayern Munich LWB Ghana 68 €7.30 19
Adrian Mariappa JAM Watford CB London 64 €5.00 33
Kemar Lawrence JAM Red Bull NY LB Kingston 61 €3.10 27
Ike Opara USA Minnesota Utd CB Durham, NC 62 €3.30 31
Timmy Chandler USA Frankfurt RB Frankfurt 64 €3.30 30
Midfielders
Daniel Johnson JAM Preston NE CAM Kingston 62 €8.20 27
Jonathan David CAN Gent CAM Brooklyn, NY 65 €9.50 20
Atiba Hutchinson CAN Besiktas CDM Ontario 65 €0.70 36
Cristian Pulisic USA Chelsea LW Hershey, PA 75 €43.30 21
Tyler Adams USA RB Leipzig CDM Wappinger, NY 65 €4.80 21
Leon Bailey JAM Bayer Leverkusen LW Kingston 76 €38.20 22
Osvaldo Alonso CUB Minnesota Utd CDM San Cristobal 63 €1.20 34
Romaine Sawyers STK West Brom CM Birmingham 65 €12.50 28
Forwards
Mariano Diaz DOM Real Madrid ST Catelonia 74 €29.80 26
Jozy Altidore USA Toronto ST Livingston, NJ 66 €5.40 30
Lucas Cavallini CAN Vancouver ST Toronto 65 €3.20 27
Kemar Roofe JAM Anderlecht ST Walsall 65 €8.80 27
Average/Totals 66 €214.30 25.82
Tempted to include his name in the title to break the subs upvote record, Christian Pulisic is a $73 million man receiving the attacking midfield tutorship of Frank Lampard at Chelsea. With 31 caps and 17 goals for his country at just 21, the man from Hershey has mounds of talent that might see him finish his career as the male Megan Rapinoe.
I’m hesitant to call Pulisic the star of the show, as the winger turned wingback Alphonso Davies looks almost certain to become a world-class player at Bayern Munich. Born in a Ghanian refugee camp to Liberian parents, the prodigy is a proud Canadian national who announced himself by scoring a 93rd minute winner against Sporting Kansas City aged just 15. He went on to score three times for his adoptive country in the 2017 Gold Cup the following year, sharing a continental golden boot award before being legally old enough to donate blood. In recent memory Davies displayed a man of the match performance knocking Pulisic’ Chelsea out of the Champions League.
Ronaldo’s brief successor to the number 7 shirt at Real Madrid, Mariano leads the line, despite just 1 cap for the Dominican Republic, I’m going out on a limb to predict he’ll bother turning up for this team
At one point believed to be the third in a trilogy of Anglo-Jamaican heists, Leon Bailey is a technically supreme winger with pace to match, now 22 he’s comparatively one of the older attacking role models in the tournament's youngest team. The average age is even more impressive when looking at aging leaders Atiba Hutchinson and Wes Morgan who collectively have a glistening trophy cabinet.
I think group winners will be a bridge too far but could this show what could be the beginning of a much more competitive CONCACAF in years to come. If my predictions are correct, the round of 16 will be a reenactment of the civil war.
East India
11 Indian states (Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal P, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Bihar)
Population (millions): 178.20
Never having to research this nation's footballing downfalls again will be an Indian tonic, in what is actually the best team on paper from the second most populated country, they might just manage to concede fewer than thirty in this strong group.
I don’t have anything of value to say about this part of the world, so I’m going to try a social experiment and see if anyone gets this far without skipping to the next team, so here is the first few paragraphs of the WIkipedia entry for former Chelsea and Newcastle defender Celestine Babayaro...
Babayaro spent the majority of his career playing in the Premier League, mainly for Chelsea from 1997 to 2005, and then later for Newcastle United, from 2005 to 2008. He had a brief stint at MLS club LA Galaxy, but never officially played for the club, and was a free agent, before retiring in 2010. He represented the Nigerian national football team from 1995 to 2004, and was part of two Olympic squads, two World Cup squads and three African Cup of Nations squads.
Born in Kaduna, he began his playing career at Nigerian side Plateau United, before moving to Belgian club Anderlecht in 1994, and eventually would make a name for himself, quickly gaining first-choice status although still a teenager. Babayaro set records as the youngest player to make an appearance and to receive a red card in the UEFA Champions League. He was sent off in a match against Steaua Bucuresti in a 1–1 draw, aged 16 years and 86 days.
Now that you know the history, let’s see the team.
Goalkeepers Birthplace Football manager Value Age
Dheeraj Singh IND ATK GK Manipur 24 €0.02 19
Lalthuammawia Ralte IND FC Goa GK Mizoram 20 €0.01 27
Defenders
Salam Ranjan Singh IND ATK CB Manipur 28 €0.02 24
Raju Galkwad IND Kerala Blasters CB Maharashtra 21 €0.01 29
Jerry Lalrinzuala IND Chennaiyin LB Mizoram 27 €0.02 21
Dhanachandra Singh IND Mohun Bagan LB Manipur 22 €0.02 33
Abhishek Ambekar IND East Bengal LB Maharashtra 20 €0.01 28
Chhuantea IND Odisha LWB Mizoram 20 €0.01 31
Robet Lalthlamuana IND Northeast United LWB Mizoram 20 €0.01 31
Rahul Bheke IND Bengaluru RB Maharashtra 33 €0.03 29
Midfielders
Udanta Singh IND Bengaluru CM Manipur 37 €0.04 23
Lallianzuala Chhangte IND Chennaiyin CAM Mizoram 35 €0.04 22
Halicharan Narzary IND Hyderabad CM Assam 30 €0.02 25
Jackichand Singh IND Jamshedpur CM Manipur 30 €0.02 28
Vinit Rai IND Odisha CDM Assam 29 €0.02 22
Amarjit Singh IND Jamshedpur CDM Manipur 29 €0.02 19
Lalrindika Ralte IND East Bengal CM Mizoram 29 €0.02 27
Eugeneson Lyngdoh IND Bengaluru CM Meghalaya 28 €0.02 33
Forwards
Semboi IND Bengaluru ST Manipur 20 €0.01 27
Jeje IND Chennaiyin ST Mizoram 38 €0.03 29
Samuel Lalmuanpula IND Mizoram CAM Mizoram 22 €0.02 21
Komal Thatal IND Sikkim CAM Sikkim 22 €0.02 18
Average/Totals 27 €0.44 25.73
Udanta Singh is the key player in this squad, the right winger doesn’t have the greatest goal record for India but the Bengaluru stalwart was key to an historic 2015-16 season that saw the South Indian club win the I-League while reaching the final of the AFC Cup (Asian Europa league), doing all this at age just 18 saw him voted young player of the year in his homeland.
At 21 years old, Jerry Lalrinzuala was enjoying his fourth season as a regular for Chennaiyin and played every game in a victorious ISL season two years ago, the Mizoram man is one of India’s brightest shining players in a generation.
I honestly can’t wait to see what the damage is to these teams once the tournament is simmed, I think the golden boot will be decided on which world-class striker shows the least mercy, and between his exploits against Panama and swearing on his daughter's life begging for a goal that his hair scored, Harry Kane might be the man to do it.
North & Central Europe
United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Population (millions): 243.13
Here it is the one you’ve all been waiting for, it’s the last megateam of the tournament and the region that contains Angela Merkal, the Chef from the muppets, and little old me.
The region combines for two world wars and five world cups (doo dah), and is dominated by two of the games fiercest rivals.
Die Mannschaft has seven major honours and football’s most ruthlessly efficient and consistent force, before the disaster of 2018, Germany’s worst finish this century was a bronze medal. Depressingly I had the best summer of my life cheering on an England team that finished fourth overall. With the group stage exit behind them and the Three Lion’s looking to build from their deepest run since 1990, these two nations are producing top players at a frightening rate and will no doubt renew the duel at some point this decade. With 18 of 22 players, the Anglo-Germanic mixture will face an existential crisis if they end up facing a penalty shootout.
The Nordic nations struggle to make an impact in the side, while Sweden and Finland have produced legends in the past like Sami Hyypia, Jari Litmanen, and striking duo Larrsson and Zlatan, Norway are patiently waiting for their newly foraged mix of raw ingredients to rise into a Golden generation. It will be a shock if Erling Braut Haaland and Martin Odegaard don’t become elite in their own rights, while the defensive minded likes of Sander Berge and Kristoffer Ajer may be a few rungs down but are physically capable of going to the top of the game.
Two times World cup runners up and 1976 Euro winners Czechoslovakia join forces once more but fail to grab a speaking role in this all-star cast.
Iceland are the darlings of population stats, whilst they don’t feature in this lineup they’ll be in the crowds showing off their famous synchronized noise making trick.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Marc Andre Ter Stegen GER Barcelona GK Mochengladbach 85 €57.10 27
Manuel Neuer GER Bayern GK Gelsenkirchen 88 €51.20 34
Defenders
Joshua Kimmich GER Bayern RWB Rotweil 80 €53.90 25
Mats Hummels GER Dortmund CB Bergisch Gladbach 83 €62.50 30
Andrew Robertson SCO Liverpool LWB Glasgow 79 €54.40 26
Trent Alexander-Arnold ENG Liverpool RWB Liverpool 80 €61.10 22
Niklas Sule GER Bayern CB Frankfurt 78 €60.10 25
Harry Maguire ENG Man United CB Sheffield 75 €39.00 27
Jerome Boateng GER Bayern CB West Berlin 78 €41.20 32
Milan Skriniar SVK Inter Milan CB Zlar nad Hronom 82 €60.20 25
Midfielders
Raheem Sterling ENG Man City RW Kingston, Jamaica 87 €86.60 26
Toni Kroos GER Real Madrid CM Greifswald 81 €72.30 30
Cristian Eriksen DEN Inter Milan CAM Middelfart 79 €60.90 28
Marco Reus GER Dortmund CAM Dortmund 84 €71.00 30
Leroy Sane GER Man City LW Essen 84 €77.30 24
Jadon Sancho ENG Dortmund RM Camberwell 78 €50.80 20
Thomas Muller GER Bayern CAM Wuilheim 80 €66.70 31
Leon Goretzka GER Bayern CM Bochum 75 €33.40 25
Forwards
Robert Lewandowski POL Bayern ST Warsaw 88 €93.60 32
Harry Kane ENG Tottenham ST London 89 €90.10 26
Timo Werner GER RB Leibzig ST Stuttgart 78 €54.00 24
Gareth Bale WAL Real Madrid RF Cardiff 87 €87.80 31
Average/Totals 82 €1,385.20 27.27
A ridiculous strike-force that begs the question of two up top, Kane and Lewandowski’s play styles may be too similar to gel but leaving one on the bench seems ungrateful. Timo Werner is the more natural second striker while Bale perhaps only makes the side on reputation.
Ever forward-thinking, Germany predicted the grouping in 2017 and chose to develop the world's greatest post-2000 player to date, despite normally batting for the other team. Jadon Sancho hasn’t quite made the mark in an adolescent international career but has his entire 20's ahead of him, the Englishman with all the speed and flare of an Aston Martin, he is positionally and tactically convertible, his meaning his potential has no ceiling. Sancho will most likely contend with Sterling for a spot in the lineup, with an industrious German midfield dominating. Joshua Kimmich holding the obvious way to go.
Liverpool’s wing back pair continue to compete for assists, while solo Slovakian Milan Skriniar should play alongside one of three German centre-halfs. Take your pick from the keepers.
Another contender for the title, not quite as perfect as their western counterparts, but if any team can top them, it might be the region on top of them.
East China
3 Chinese provinces (Henan, Hubei, Shandong)
Population (millions): 242.05
As I near the end, my last supper is a stale Chinese.
Three gargantuan provinces combine to complete the world’s most populous nation. These play home to four teams in the country's top flight, Qingdao Huanghai, Shandong Luneng, Henan Jianye and Wuhan Zall, with Marouane Fellaini the most recognisable name playing in the region, and probably the tallest human around.
China’s greatest goalscorer Hao Haidong was born in Shandong, with Yang Xu approaching his mid-thirties thirteen behind, Hao’s 41 goals for the team in red doesn’t look likely to be beaten anytime soon.
Goalkeepers Birthplace FM20 Value Age
Guo Quanbo CHN Beijing Guoan GK Hubei 37 €1.00 22
Zeng Cheng CHN Shanghau Shenhua GK Hubei 49 €2.90 33
Defenders
Yu Hai CHN Shanghai SIPG LWB Henan 52 €2.50 33
Yu Dabao CHN Beijing Guoan CB Shandong 51 €3.30 32
Zhang Linpeng CHN Guangzhou E CB Shandong 51 €3.70 31
Jiang Zhipeng CHN Heibe China Fortune LB Shandong 51 €3.60 31
He Guan CHN Shanghai SIPG CB Shandong 50 €3.00 27
Mei Fang CHN Guangzhou E CB Hubei 47 €3.10 31
Zheng Zheng CHN Shandong Luneng LB Shandong 47 €3.00 31
Li Lei CHN Beijing Guoan LB Shandong 46 €3.60 27
Midfielders
Hao Junmin CHN Shandong Luneng CM Hubei 54 €2.70 33
Zhang Xizhe CHN Beijing Guoan CAM Hubei 50 €4.50 29
John Hou Saeter CHN Beijing Guoan CDM Trondheim, Norway 46 €4.40 22
Li Hang CHN Wuhan Zall CM Hubei 46 €2.50 31
Zheng Kaimu CHN Jiangsu Suning CDM Hubei 46 €2.40 28
Zheng Long CHN Dalian Yifang LM Shandong 45 €0.38 32
Wang Yongpo CHN Shenzhen RM Shandong 46 €2.00 33
Pedro Delgado CHN Aves CAM Portimao, Portugal 53 €4.80 23
Forwards
Gao Lin CHN Shenzhen CF Henan 53 €1.50 34
Xiao Zhi CHN Guangzhou R&F ST Henan 46 €0.00 34
Shan Huanhuan CHN Dalian Yifang ST Henan 44 €0.36 21
Gao Xiang CHN Qingdao RF Shandong 43 €2.10 31
Average/Totals 48 €57.34 30
The Wuhan clan of Hao Junmin and Zhang Xizhe share 110 national appearances between them and steer a midfield that although the best of the Chinese teams, will struggle to dictate the play in a strong group.
This aging squad is waiting for a new wave of talent, one of only a few teams to exceed an average age of 30.
Third place a near certainty in this group, but they’ll be looking forward to knocking a few past East India.
So there we go, my work is done, I’m working on collaborating with someone to sim the tournament and will have that ready for you ASAP.
I’ll do some spring cleaning on some mistakes in past posts and try to put some of your lineups in there, until then, thanks so much for reading the series, I’m going to go back to playing miniclip pool infront of the Netflix ‘are you still watching’ screen. Cheers!
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2020.04.24 03:04 dmnaf A Slovakian retailer (the one that leaked the album artwork?) lists the Chromatica release date for May 29

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2020.03.30 21:57 pandogtv I am writing a book about dating and relationships during COVID-19 would love to get the view of Slovakians!

Hey guys, so I’m taking this opportunity while we are self isolating to write a book and I need your help!
It’s about dating and relationships during COVID-19 and want as many different perspectives as possible. Would love to know a bit more about dating/relationships in Slovakia and how Coronavirus has affected this. Need a little about your dating life before corona, a little bit about your dating life now, what you’ve learned, and what changes (if any) you think you’ll make after this is all over.
Want it to be a really comprehensive book with loads of different perspectives from people who are single/dating/in different types of relationships and all genders/sexual orientations. It’s completely anonymous so if you wanna get involved or are interested, please message me with an age, gender, and location. If you know anyone else who isn’t on here who would also be interested please also let them know!! I wanna try to speak to people from all over the world thank you all in advance xxx
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2020.03.15 16:18 Chicken_Remains Where can I learn Slovak?

Hi, I have been dating a Slovak for less than a year and have been trying to learn the language.
I have searched 6 library’s and desperately looked online and for apps and it’s incredibly difficult to find something to help me learn.
I found some really good YouTube videos from a man and woman from Radio Slovakia, but they made only a small handful years ago and they stopped. For me the best part about the videos is one of the two isn’t a native Slovakian and so struggles with the pronunciation on things like Dakujem so I can hear certain pitfalls.
Any help and advice would be great :)
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