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A Venezuelan Adventure

The World Is Not Enough
Started on 26 November 2014 by Walter
Latest Reply on 18 June 2015 by Walter

August 2015: A Tough Beginning

Could we make a good start to the season?

The day is marked out on fans', players' and managers' calendars all over the world. It's the first day of the football season, and it's an incredibly important game. The premiere match can decide your fate and if you don't get off to the right start it can put you in a downward spiral from the beginning.

August Results

Our first game of the season was a home one at the Polideportivo Misael Delgado, when we took on U. Central Venezuela FC, a team predicted to finish comfortably in mid-table, maybe towards the upper reaches of the standings. So to get a point there was fine. We were nervous, yes, but we still managed to keep a clean sheet but we lacked that end product that could've given us the win but that will come with time at this level.

Six days later, and we managed to score our first goal - but also fell to our first defeat - when we clashed with Estudiantes de Caracas. Despite going ahead in the opening ten minutes of the game, we failed to convert chances unlike our more experienced opponents.. meaning we left San Felix without a point. (pompeyblue, take note :P )

The final encounter of our opening month was against lowly Socopó, who were a side we needed to take advantage of. However, because of our inexperience they made life tough for us but credit to the boys for giving it their all. Reyes was our rescue man again popping up for two goals.

August Table

For our first month we only managed to accumulate two points, but we remain in fourteenth place, not a bad return. Getting that first win will be pivotal in ensuring survival. Getting that as quickly as possible is the target.

Player of the Month


It may be seen as harsh, but I genuinely don't believe we had a worthy winner this month. I think most of the players are still adjusting to the quality of this league and it will definitely be a test of their adaptability. I have faith, nonetheless, that we can find a good result soon enough.

On the Training Ground

On the training ground we shall focus on attacking set pieces. As a newly promoted side to the league we're up against faster, stronger and more intelligent teams. Teams that are capable of passing rings around us, running faster than us and out-muscling us. Set pieces are a valuable source of goals that can change games. All we need is a corner or a free kick, and if we brainstorm some routines or do it well, we can put ourselves back in games or ahead.

*This tip came from Justice, I suggest you use it if in the same situation*
Well not a great start but those draws are a good building block, means you don't start the season with horrid morale. Looking forward to seeing how the might HGFC develops :)
I can tell you that 2 wins or 2 losses at the start don't define a whole season, and if I'm right, that is good news for you.
Not the best of starts, but those draws could well provide the foundation for a more positive couple of months. The first win will be massively important in turning things and I'm sure you can get it soon enough!
Feliks Yeah, morale is still kind of intact.
Pauker Definitely is.
pompeyblue Yeah that first win will be very important. Hopefully we can pick up that first win and get on a roll.

Copa Venezuela Draws Valencia Sides

Carabobo FC will host Hermandad Gallega in the Cup

By Mauricio Blanco

Liga Movistar club Carabobo FC will play local neighbours Hermandad Gallega FC in the Copa Venezuela Second Round. The match will be played at the Polideportivo Misael Delgado, Valencia, which is home arena to both sides.

Hermandad Gallega play their football in the Segunda Venezolana, one tier below their big brothers who compete in the top division. 'Los Gallegos' have endured a difficult start to life in the second division, whilst Carabobo have begun their season brightly and in positive fashion.

Carabobo head into the clash as overwhelming favourites and are expected to brush aside their smaller and weaker opponents with ease. Hermandad Gallega may want to give it their all in this match and target a complacent Carabobo team to secure a much needed win.

James Bond, manager of 'Los Gallegos', did not accept our invitation to a press conference but his assistant, Alvaro Valencia, told the press that his team would be taking it seriously. "It's a chance for fringe players to really prove their worth," he stated. "We have a large squad and even though it can be considered a pretty meaningless fixture, players can still prove a lot in this clash."

The Carabobo head honcho refused to believe that Hermandad Gallega would be an easy opponent. Sharing his opinions to the media, he said: "It's a kind draw, certainly, but in no way, shape or form does this mean we are winners already - that is a self destructive attitude."
Let's go, demolish your 'friendly rivals' :P
good luck

hoping to have more images than text because I have difficulty with the language
so, who is home and who is in the away side :/ :P ?
Feliks It's friendly because they're neighbours, and there's a little edge to the game but we're not big enough to be considered true rivals :P
joaquimorais Thank you.
Pauker Now that is a tricky question ;)

September 2015: First Wins

September saw us grab two wins on the trot

After a short August which ended winless for our side we looked to work extra hard for a win this month as we had ample opportunity with many more games and chances to pull off a shock win or a hard-fought victory. Here's how the month played out.

September Results

September began in fairly ordinary fashion as although we managed to score three goals for ourselves our defence remained a litle leaky as we let in five goals to Ureña FC, which was a shame and it left us waiting for our first three points. I knew I had to keep encouraging the team to maintain morale, because a yelling would not solve our problems.

Carabobo B, who share a ground with us along with their parent club, were a club we knew we could defeat but we had to take our chances and shut up shop when in defence. Unfortunately we couldn't take advantage and a 2-0 loss has to be regarded as a disappointing result.

At half time in our away clash we were 2-0 down to Metropolitanos FC, looking gone. Passionately, I encouraged the lads to dig in a little deeper and make a fightback. An early goal would put us back in it - a second meant it was all square and we could work from there.

It took time but Reyes' 63rd minute strike was enough to put belief back in to the squad. There was a verve about our play and we controlled it and kept the ball moving quickly. The early goal theory worked a treat as almost immediately Freddy Granados stuck an equaliser into the back of the net. The game was on.

We pressed forward in search of a winner, but we knew that commiting too many men forward would be throwing our two goals away. Therefore we kept a deep defensive line in order to make sure we maintained the current scoreline. And let me tell you, there were a few scares over the course of the next half an hour.

The clock was ticking and we earned a last gasp corner and Reyes swung it in. It bounced around in the box for a bit, like pinball, before defensive midfielder Joan Thomas swung a foot at the ball and it cannoned into the roof of the net. The comeback had been completed!!

League-wise, the concluding encounter of the month was an easy one. Morale had been boosted and confidence was soaring. Mineros de Guyana B, predicted to be relegated, were dispatched with ease as the team put up an outstanding performance to make it two wins in two.

As the screenshot demonstrates we we put out of the cup relatively easily by Carabobo and that isn't too disappointing in my mind. As relegation candidates it gives us time to focus on avoiding the drop.

September Table

Those two vital victories mean we catapult up to a highly respectable 11th place, which is just outside the top half of the table. In all consideration, however, the season is only seven games old and the standings have yet to take real shape so we have to be wary.

September Player of the Month

Jhonny Aranguren put in a series of top class performances over September and managed to top it off with a goal in the rout of Mineros de Guyana B. He's a positive, attacking minded player and he really put in a good showing this month.

The Month Ahead

The pick of next month's set of fixtures is the clash against Atlético Venezuela - who we play host to on the 25th of October at the Polideportivo Misael Delgado. Other matches include games against Atlético El Vigia, Maragarita FC and Diamantes, all sides we have yet to play in our new season.
Great stuff gaining those vital wins, 11th isn't half bad but can you maintain it?
That's more like it! Great to see you get those two victories on the board and push up the table, the 6-0 victory in particular was brilliant and should provide a bit of a confidence boost to the players.
2015-02-09 17:22#207722 pompeyblue : That's more like it! Great to see you get those two victories on the board and push up the table, the 6-0 victory in particular was brilliant and should provide a bit of a confidence boost to the players.
I think that the thrashing of 6-0 win will boost morale after that harsh 5-3 loss.

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