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Springboks sign UCFA star

In finding a replacement for recently-departed Bert van der Meer, Manager Bartnel Botha completed Transvaal Springboks’ most expensive signing in thirteen months when he inked 28-year-old Nathan Archibald to a deal today.

Archibald is a former member of Transvaal’s UCFA squads who had since been playing top-flight football in England prior to his move to Liga Mundo.

“We needed some experience to step in right away to fill the hole left by Van der Meer” explained Botha, “so I started to track down and contact guys who had played for me back in the days of the UCFA Champions League. Nathan showed interest in returning to Transvaal so I was able to come up with a competitive deal with his club. Admittedly I did not think we would get him, as there were 5 other bids which came through and the last one pushed us to the limit I was prepared to pay.”

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Reds Look to Reload

Following a disappointing season where their manager spent half of the time in the hospital, the Redemptio Reds are looking to reload and meet their goal of getting out of Tercera. That reloading process already started taking place before the season starts. With the disappointment of the progress of 30 year old Abe Head, the veteran was sacked and 18 year old Aston Feeney has been brought up from the youth squad.

"We just weren't pleased with Abe's progress," said manager Harvery Carver. "The only thing he brought to the team was being a penalty kick specialist. Aston is 12 years younger with the same skill as Abe has, which gives us that much longer to bring him up."

It is debatable as to whether Aston will see any significant playing time early. Rodrigo Abreu, Brent Hogue, and Jim Mosesson are the obvious starters for the Reds, with Irvin Valezquez and Wayne Dorsey battling it out for the fourth spot.

At defense, Simon Le and Ed Osborn with Leslie Turner and youngsters Nate Morrison and Wes Parish duking it out for the other spots.

Oliver Ellison, Elliot Robertson, and Kelly Lloyd will rotate at forward, with 30 year old Karl Ingram providing a backup role.

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Atlético Undergoes Refurbishing

After a successful season and a medal for placing first in the Terceira, VTK spent no time celebrating: he went straight to business. Firstly, youngster Dirk Plum (16) was brought into the team as a replacement for André Carpiteiros (25), who decided to quit to pursue an engineering career. Secondly, veteran goalkeeper Mihail Orãseanu (29) was sold for a sum of 329,000 - no replacements for him have been found yet and a search is still ongoing. Thirdly, defender Jack Mans (32) also parted ways so swift Hugo Manhente (18) was hired and now shares a place with everyone else in the team. And skilled hero Tim Gillhaus (33) is also up for auction - rumors is that a top player from the junior team will replace him once the bidding ends.

The trend is obviously that VTK has chosen to replace cookie-cutter veterans for prospecting youth - an ante that may not really pay off this season, but will very likely bear fruits within two or three seasons.

"I will miss all of the guys that I let go.", stated the manager "But we've all got to move on. Our team needs to keep growing - we can't rely solely on good players that won't develop further - we must have people that may not be the best today, but will certainly achieve stardom tomorrow. I have no regrets about my decisions."

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Armed Forces loading up for season

The boys have been hard at work for their second season in Serie Tercera. As the only amateur team in the league, they nearly pulled the impossible and drove straight to the cusp of promotion in their first season. Led by last season's Golden Ball winner, Danny Glass, big things are expected out on Harvard Island. Over the last few days, the Armed Forces side has played twice with mostly reserve players in order to get them some playing time until the regular season kicks off. After a 4-0 drubbing from SiPS first team. the Armed Forces will be gearing up for the start of the new season.

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A nineteen year old keeper only needs about 2-3 games to get to 100% experience, then you just have to work on keeping his form up.

This. A six-bar 19-year-old goalkeeper is a keeper (considering 18 seems to be the youngest age for goalkeepers.) I use three keepers on all my teams and never have problems finding enough playing time for them. Easiest position to develop.

If I had the $$$ I would seriously consider buying him off you, but I don't think I can match what he should be worth.

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Voobaha National recently pulled in a 16/2 MF from the kiddie pool with the goal of making him into a very serviceable 20/6 or better. Not normally a player I'd take a chance on, but sometimes you have to roll the dice.

The change report was kind, with 12 positives for 7 bars, and one slight drop.

Since the end of the season,The Nats placed 32 year old MF Les Andrews and 34 year old Sven van der Werff on the transfer wires with no offers... ultimately both ended up being released.

To replace those two, VN has added a bit more depth at defence and forward, dishing our over 8 mil econ in the process.

The VooNat voodoo will be strong for season 7!

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Not normally a player I'd take a chance on, but sometimes you have to roll the dice.

That's what I have been trying to do with Ngwane and less extent Bathoen. The real downside to my progress report was neither Froggnarson nor McGorry went up a bar. I was also hoping Bathoen would have doubled to 4 instead of going to 3. Oh well.

Upside is I am finding that with almost no player movement, my teamwork values have been going through the roof. Never ever had 20s across the board until this season, then when it was happening it was back to back. I recall Voobaha got burned one game from that.

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If we have 27 teams, i am planning on starting the season with 4 divisions, 7 teams per division, and 1 division with 6 teams. Which division would you like to see as the one to have 6?

I don't think you have a choice which division gets the extra teams, I suspect the bottom division will be the one with 6 teams.

Also keep in mind that having divisions with different number of teams could result in some divisions finishing up two weeks before everyone else (and then sitting around waiting for the rest of the league to play out) due to different lengths of schedules. This is NOT counting byes which occur with odd-numbered teams.

This just happened in one league I am in (Super League) where our 2nd and 3rd divisions finished two weeks before everyone else in Division 1. That long a wait placed at the end of the season can have detrimental effect on progress reports. With 27 teams, we would be better to go with 3 x 9

I strongly recommend we find a 28th team so everything is balanced out (or re-activate one of the inactives and let them be a dummy team).

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Here's a radical idea. Why not just keep things as they are? People playing for promotion and to avoid relegation etc. will only get frustrated if the boundaries keep being changed every season making it unclear who is up and who is down. THe other thing is surely a top division of 7, meaning just 5 would stay up, would probably be much too elitist, making it very difficult for any newcomer to the Primera to establish themselves. Also, there's no point establishing a fourth division just for the sake of it if the league is not actually getting any bigger.

There is obviously some self interest here, but I would ask who is up and who down with the proposed new format?

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Here's a radical idea. Why not just keep things as they are?

I agree by and large.

8 team divisions seem to be the perfect balance that we should strive for - but between the two options I'd rather stick with the status quo (3 x 9) than go to 4 x 7 no matter how awesome having 4 divsions would be. Like you said:

there's no point establishing a fourth division just for the sake of it if the league is not actually getting any bigger
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I Just thinking about cutting the season length down, since it was a complaint by numerous managers over the seasons-not self interest....

It wouldn't be so bad if we didn't have 3 superdominant teams in the Primera. A reduced-size Primera would do wonders to kill off interest because as pointed out it will be difficult for promoted teams to stay up.

Smaller leagues only work really well when all the teams are close in competitive quality - we don't have that and I don't see that happening for quite some time.

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I'd agree with restructuring if we were getting the five extra teams that four divisions of 8 would require. But if we're staying as 27 then it would seem harsh on the Tercera teams that have to be relegated to make the 4th div. I actually think in the long run a pyramid system would be better for development, because the more removed from the Primera new managers are, the less involved they are likely to feel.

And yes, I have promoted the Liga on the MHA forums...

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