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  1. No Dev Update before 1940.....
  2. One direct encounter this week: Augusta vs Lexington: 3-1 Added Augusta and Dunkerque to their respective club despriction lists. Anyone remember Dunkerque? Maybe we should put her name past Wichita.... INPF1 not much changed at the top. Conte di Cavour reigns supreme.(Skip to 3:50 in the video for context.) Leningrad however slipped an stagnates. Luckily for Leni, Belfast, Kongou and to a lesser extent Algerié slip as well. But Augusta seized the moment an shot up on third place, bringing her slowly into striking range for Leningrad at least. Nothing changed at the bottom as all teams their either lost or had no match this week. INPF2 similar to the upper house, Arizona was pretty safe in her top position, but behind her Admiral Graf Spee managed a small victory row and now is in striking distance to Arizona with only two points behind. Exeter, Hood and Béarn all left points on the pitch and now find themselves below AGS. The only other action was Scharnhorst climbing from 11th to 8th, but that area of the table is all pretty even. Axum still has the remainder of this month to prove to me that her team will have a season 2019/2020.
  3. *sips his tea* Nice. >Admiral Bertrand, is our resident Belle, Axum. So the captain tells Axum, that Admiral Bertrand is our resident Belle? Does the Admiral know? A Dev Update is much needed. I hope it comes soon, but this year will be sufficient. So, Ark Royal would be nice too.
  4. Been a bit busy, so no club updates today. But a short overview about the direct duels this week: USS Salt Lake City vs USS Houston : 2-1 HMCS Saguenay vs USS Augusta : 1-1 Dunkerque vs Béarn : 4-1 (last week) Scharnhorst vs Nürnberg : 0-4 INPF1: Conte and Leningrad start to distance themselves a bit from the others. Now the hunter group of Belfast, Kongou and Algerie have to already hope for a mistake done by those two and can't simply outrun them. The midfield now is basically the area where the US Walküren steam around and with Houston they also define the beginning of the danger zone. Pola and Kumano could limp ahead of Moskva this week, taking them temporarily out of immediate demotion area, but not by much. Perth had no match this week, so no points were lost there actually. Maybe they win, next time? For the first time? INPF2: Not much changed at the top. Béarn catched up with the pursuers of Arizona since all three top ships let some or all feathers this week. The bottom however is a bit more interesting, since Nürnberg and Nagato got ahead of Takao, who was pretty midfield last week, but now became the border between the mediocre and the bottom area. Aoba left last place by kicking Nevada and Kitakami one down each.
  5. Fifth matchday is done. I added the clubs of Leningrad and Admiral Graf Spee in the league descriptions..... and the club of Rawalpindi, for a sad reason. INPF 1 is again topped off by Conte di Cavour and Leningrad managed to squeeze in on 2nd place, pushing Belfast one place down. But Leningrad has also one match more than the others under her belt. While Conte is stil lwithout defeat, Kongous first defeat cost her 5 places at once. At the bottom a lot happended at once. Pola won her first match, getting her on par with safe placed Walküren. At the same time a result of Perth was corrected, from victory to loss.... so she's now the only ship without points. That was my mistake, I misread a score. Also i switched from the Kölm mens team to the women team, which gave Köln a small boost in points. INPF 2 ... I start with the bad news: I eliminated Rawalpindi from the competition. After I picked up nothing, then something, then a bit more, but confusing news about pakistan football, I now suspect there will be no domestic club matches in the foreseeable future in Pakistan, at least none I can pick up. Sorry Rawa. Another "bad" news: Arizone is no loner USS Undefeated! She had to take in her first loss. This brings Exeter, Hood and even Béarn (two matches less than Arizona) in striking distance for the next matchday to snatch the lead position from that Yank. The bottom sees Axum still without matches, but unlike with Rawa, I have no reason to believe the season will not be held.... yet. So she stays on. While Kitakami couldn't score, because all teams not participating in the Tenno-Cup had no matches, Nevada and Aoba could. Aoba however failed to get any points, so she fell onto last place of teams with matches and Nevada could keep touch with the very narrow lower half of the table.
  6. This is it. This is the turning point. A few things I'd like to add: The Altona incident was very important to the Nazis own mythology. I read the Abel letters and a lot of Nazis mention it in a very "this was the uniting moment, where we found ultimate resolve to stand together against the forces destroying Germany" tone. And some even acknowledge that a) the police = the state was against them in that moment but b) had finally come to terms with the Nazis saving Germany. The move Göring made in the Reichstag (by being completely caught off guard, stubborness or cleverness, idc) actually was a sign to the public that you could make politics with the Nazis. Think about it: He tried to protect the Reichstag and he held a vote of no confidence against THE representant of the "old" Germany and it was a proposal by the KPD, the communists he eventually put through, although it was immaterial. It was a very misleading sign, but it helped consolidating their voting numbers against the negative impact of street violence. Oh and he broke the rules of the Reichstag by ignoring von Papen.... so yo ucan say the Nazis ignored it the moment they gained any power in it. But that's a truck full of hindsight. At the same time it showed (also falsely) that the Communists were actually the only force standing up if not for democracy, at least against all forces trying to destroy it, also giving them something positive in contrast to the negative impact of street violence caused by them and the Nazis on their image. Btw Hinderburg and von Papen had anticipated the commie move, by pre signing a dissolution order which only needed a date on it. That's how it only took 30 minutes to get it ready and into the Reichstag. Ironically its reason was "the try of the Reichstag to abolish my (the presidents) decree from November 4th" .... which did not exist.... yet? The Center party btw are not centrists, but political catholicism. They lost almost all voters after the CDU managed to form their idea in an all-chistian party, making the "Zentrumspartei" pretty much obsolete. Where the video stops is, what did von Papen have to say? If you saw the video, the only planned topic for the session was originally his declaration of government. Since there was no Reichstag in session anymore, he gave it via radio. In short summary: He complains how the Reichstag mistreated his government. He pats himself on the back for getting rid of reparations, without mentioning the 3 billion end payment (which he would've mentioned in the Reichstag along with heavily scolding the other nations.) Everyone talks about disarmament, but only Germany has to forcefully disarm itself in a world full of gunnuts. No wonder the Germans are afraid and at the same time don't believe their state can protect them. Von Papen actually heavily references Mussollini on this who declared that Italy is the only "Versaille state" to take Germanys concerns serious. He uses this to bridge from "Germany the suffering" (economically for the world, but the world does nothing for Germany) to "look how well my government handled economical reconstruction". On a personal note I'm a bit shocked how often he uses the word "social" here.... I thought that was a thing only after the foundation of the Bundesrepublik, but already in Weimar, even the most right wing monarchists had to signal with it not to be some "unsocial" coldhearted monster. Even if they were anyways. (In short: He's social, because he fights unemployment. His opinion, not a fact.) Von Papen then give the German economy runners, company bosses, whatever you call them, a carte blanche. Wow. (The free development of the economy will not be hindered by the government. The wording comes accross more drastic in German.) And then comes the good part: Weimar Republic is a failure and has to be replaced! He proposes a system similar to modern France, where the president is sometimes called "elected monarch", but with even less parliamentary power, no parties at best and the voting age lifted above University age. So at least 25 or older. He enviosions a (paraph.) "all-German strong leader with only the best for Germany on his mind".
  7. Dear @TwoHeavens I only agree on you on the use of the term hovercraft. The concept itself was in the heads of several minds long before the 1930s and it is only a very small fictional step from rocket science being spread by magazines, including blueprints of DIY rockets - which is a historical fact, without such magazines the manned moon landings would've never been done- to magazines like the Amazing Stories one in which Ziolkowskis stories he apparently wrote (yeah, looked that one up) would fit just fine. The other thing is, that we move ina fictional universe and one which was used before by another game. So if Sheherazade gets any hints at hovercraft/glideboats enthusiasts or magazines in the 1931 update (if it ever is released), your point is completely out of the window.
  8. Fourth matchday is done. I added the club of Belfast for INPF 1 and of Exeter for INPF2 in the descriptions. INPF 1 has suddenly Belfast up there with Kongou. Since Belfast has two matches more under her belt, it might not last. However Kongou is now the sole single unbeaten team of INPF 1 and Conte loses 2 places, but Wichita suddenly is only mediocre on 8th from 3rd last week. The dynamic between Moskva and Leningrad has balanced out as expected. While Kumano made it to safety for now, Tenryuu and Pola seem a bit stuck there. Perth has actually an advantage of one match less over Verdun and Köln. We'll see if that helps. INPF 2 Holey Moley Arizona! 7 (in words: seven. SEVEN!) matches undefeated grants her the undisputed top. Quite impressive. Another interesting thing is the kcik down, the Royal Navy gave the French Navy from the spots behind USS Undefeated. Bearn and Dunkerque had to make way for Exeter and Hood. Nevada finally scored, setting her apart from the still not playing Rawa and Axum... or at least I can't find it. All in all the INPF 2 is a bit more inequal, since the spread of points is way larger than in INPF 1. With two Royal Navy ships posted with their clubs and two Royal Navy ships kicking two French Navy ships down the ladder, please feel free to play "Rule Britannia". I also placed my bets. And I got a question: I follow the Köln mens team, but the Köln wmoen team also plays first class. Since we talking Walküren here, should I rather follow men or women teams?
  9. 7 and I bet you a pack of ground horrifying tar.
  10. Okay, here we go. I choose for both Questions Option 1. For everyone unfamiliar with it, Swarzchild metric propably refers to the mathematic description of the gravitation of an even, static und uncharged body of mass. It's usually what you see in all the science shows about space. Which is probably wrong, since they often show rotating bodies like planets or charged ones like stars..... but don't mind me, I'm really no physician. I'm a bit disappointed it's an Ami and a friend from afar, instead of a floating baguette after 29 asks "The enemy?". But I think she's too neutral and selfcontrolled for an emotional reaction, so nevermind. She calls it eccentric, the British admiralty calls it "fraternizing with the enemy", but it's just words, eh? Discussing Einstein-Rosen bridges can get you killed in a German harbour. Just saying. WIE ZUM GEIER KOMMT DIESE EMOTIONSGESTÖRTE KAPUZENTAUCHGLOCKE DARAUF, DASS ICH WAS MIT DEM OBERSCHWARZKITTEL ZU TUN HABEN KÖNNTE UND DANN AUCH NOCH IN SEINEM STAB????? Vielleicht meint sie ja mich? DAS hättest du wohl gern..... (yes, the SS holds a special place in my heart.) If U-29 has some of that Aquavit left somewhere, I accept her apology. Ts, only because I can reach the Wewelsburg in under 30 minutes from home....... That "dominating and manipulating at considerable distances" is disturbing. Expecially given U-29 is the one using the word "considerable" here. Belfast is just worried, because our coffee is called "Hag". And she should really stay clear of Saxons from Saxon proper. They take their coffee seriously there. And only horrifying tar is strong enough to have any effect on Germans. ... Yes, I'm always that humble. Yes, Arizona confirms a lot of unfortunate preconceptions about certain Colonists. Chiyoda is really touching here. And you can bully her into drawing "embarassing pictures", if not in front of the person depicted. I'll keep that in mind. *sigh* Felix America quod impudicus Arizona met suum vocatur. And hugging is only permitted, after swearing loyalty. There was a possessive pronoun in that sentence. Did I spot some German? Aber ja doch!
  11. So next update is Pola being after Ninja?
  12. I just want to point out, that laz's quotes are easily identifiable by his typical spelling errors.
  13. Oh boy, here we goooo!
  14. Third matchday is done. I added the club of Conte di Cavour for INPF 1 and of Béarn for INPF2 in the descriptions. INPF1 now has all teams played at least once. Kumano and Iga had no luck at all so far, while Conte di Cavour, Wichita and Kongou are flawless so far. An Interesting detail is the equal ranking of Moskva and Leningrad..... that's not reflected in the Russian league. One is 3rd and the other 13th there. It is similarily strange with Kongou and Chiyoda. But Tenryuu is where she belongs. INPF2 has the interesting fact of two ships with no matches yet outranking Nevada. Her team hasn't scored any points so far. But good news: As far as I could tell, Rawa and Axum will get matches played for them in a few weeks. By then Hood will probably have more matches on her than others in a whole season. The English are crazy, I tell you. Hood is paired with someone interesting for the moment. anticipate the answer to my question, if Béarn and Dunkerque can keep up with Arizona. All of them have won all matches so far, but Arizona has one more under her belt.
  15. Second match day is done and I slowly get a good grip on things. I'll start commenting on the table situations probably next matchday or the matchday there after. Table 1 is pretty straight, but on table 2 are teams that play crazy often (English) and teams I can't be sure if they'll have a season at all, yet (Pakistan Army FC). "Fun".... Let's hope I don't have to "kill" a team for too few matches. The club I'm not worried about is the only womens team Iga, they'll join the fray next week. Kumano or Perth will probably decide how many ranked matche will be on table 1. @Ninjapacman changed his bet given the new circumstances, natürlich. I hope others will join him when the league has its first few matches under its belt prior to October 3rd. The "no table" ships are done. I only found 4 I refused to list, because following them would be harder than following Ethiopian or Pakistan league. Interestingly enough only French clubs on the tables have titles won so far. I'm curious who else will have anything in the "Achievements category", when I'm done.
  16. Yeah, Mail IS a bit overdue.....
  17. The INPF 2 League now has 20 clubs and is full.
  18. Great writing, keep up the good work.
  19. Ships with clubs, but not on a table: Wait what? How did that happen? Well for one of two reasons: 1. I have overlooked a club or have no way of following its results. Tell me. 2. The club ranks below a national level. The moment a league level gets divided from "whole country" to "South Division/North Division" or something like that, the club is out. That's too low for my taste, standards and managing skills. That's the line I draw. 1. Surcouf - US Saint Malo Chosen for: First case of "associating a region with a namesake". Robert Surcouf was born and died in Saint Malo and reportedly called in whenever he could. They also built him a statue, so the love was/is mutual. Brief history until Sep. 1939: The club was founded in 1902. Founded on initiative of a former French player of the english Blackpool FC, so he could continue at home I suppose. They won their first Bretagne Cup in 1905, after the opponent refused to play extra time to decide the drawn match. They dominate the Bretagne league thereafter until 1914. The first World War brings football* in France to a stop. After the matches are resumed, USSM has lost its dominant role and enters professional, nationalised football in the first season of the Division 2 (2nd league) in 1933-34. They have it rough, achieve nothing and even have to fold from the competition. With the outbreak of hostilities in Sep 1939 all football activities are halted in France. Achievements until Sep 1939: Bretagne Champion 1905-1907 and 1910-1914. (8 titles) 2. Duca d'Aosta - Valle d'Aosta Calcio Chosen for: In case it isn't obvious, one is the Duke of the Aosta Valley (at least by name) and the other is the football* club of the Aosta Valley. It fits, ja? Brief history until Sep. 1939: The club was founded in 1997, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 3. Киров - Dynamo Kirov Chosen for: Dynamo Kirov is the club of the city of Kirov after which the ship Kirov is named. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Dynamo Kirov was founded in 1923 as Dynamo Vyatka, since the city of Yatka was renamed to Kirov only in 1934. Dynamo Vyatka played only on amateur level, but Dynamo Kirov managed to play in the lowest professional level in 1937. Next season they were back to amateur level, where they remain in 1939. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 4. de Ruyter - VC Vlissingen Chosen for: Vlissingen is the birthplace of Michiel de Ruyter and he lived pretty much his whole life in the city. So I looked up the local club and it's the VC Vlissingen. Sadly a 5th tier club. Brief history until Sep. 1939: VC Vlissingen was founded in 1912 and since then played mostly in the 'Tweede klasse' (second class), some few season were spent in the 'Deerde klasse' (third class) which in 1939, I believe was actually their actual level, since the three leagues aren't existing in 1939. Currently they play in the second class. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 5. Rawalpindi - Pakistan Army FC Chosen for: Rawalpindi is in modern Pakistan. And Pakistan has Premier League (PPL)..... which is held in highly irregular intervals. Rawalpindi has two football clubs in the PPL: Pakistan Army FC and Khan Laboratories FC. The latter is much younger, only founded in 1995, compared to PAFC in 1950 and Rawa always comes off as a fighting spirit. So the PAFC seems much more fitting for her. Sadly in 2019/2020 there seems to be no PPL season for internal reasons. It's bad from a football point of view. So I terminated her for the time being. Brief history until Sep. 1939: the club was founded in 1950, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: none
  20. Clubs of the INPF2 table: 1. Arizona - Phoenix Rising FC Chosen for: Well Arizona is a state, so I chose the highest playing soccer* club in the state. And that's PRFC. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 2014, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 2. 長門 - Renofa Yamaguchi FC Chosen for: 長門 (Nagato, the ship) was named after the old province of 長門国 (Nagato, the province). In modern day Japan, 長門国 (Nagato, the province) was erased and became a part of Yamaguchi prefecture. 長門市 (Nagato, the city) has no soccer* club I could reasonably find, so I went for the club of the prefecture capital the city is in today: Yamaguchi. Brief history until Sep. 1939: The roots of Renofa Yamaguchi FC actually date back to the "Yamaguchi-ken Sakkā Kyōindan" (teachers soccer club of Yamaguchi prefecture), but that one was founded in 1949. Ten years late. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 3. 加賀 - Zweigen Kanazawa Chosen for: The ship Kaga was named after the old province of Kaga. Today it is part of the Ishikawa prefecture. Both the modern prefecture and the old province had Kanazawa as capital since the Edo-era. And since Zweigen Kanazawa was the only soccer* club I could find in the area, it was settled. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded as Kanazawa Soccer Club in 1956, got its current name in 2004, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 4. Hood - Coventry City FC Chosen for: Come on guys. The mighty Hood and not in this thing? She was actually the reason, why I decided to use strong personal namesake connections to a place for allocating clubs to ships. It would've broken @Wellington99 heart, if I hadn't done it. Soooo HMS Hood was named after Admiral Samuel Hood, 1. Viscount Hood of Whitley. And the Whitley in question is today a suburb of Coventry. So there you have it, Coventry City. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Coventry City was founded in 1883 as Swingers FC and changed its name in 1898. They did not play in a football league until 1908, when they were accepted in the 'Southern League' a third level league. During The Great War football in Coventry ceased to be played but a somewhat formidable performance in the ragtag local league in the season 1918-19 gained them a spot in the Football Leagues second division the following season. A corruption scandal over fixed matches shook the club in 1923 and the club slumped into third division. Since 1931 it went slightly upwards and finally in 1936, being a solid team until the start of the war in 1939, when football in Coventry is stopped again. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 5. Béarn - Pau FC Chosen for: Pau was the capital of the historical province of Béarn and is capital of the Basses-Pyrénées departement, which was formed in 1790. So choosing its football* club seemed natural. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Pau FC was founded in 1920 as Bleuets de Notre-Dame de Pau (Cornflowerd of our lady of Pau), since Bleuets are one of the first flowers to bloom on a bombed out battlefield. Bleuets are also worn in France like Poppies in England in memory of the Great War. Although football wasn't played by that club until 1923. Recemtly Pau has joined the Pyrenne district league in 1935-1936, but nothing to show has come of it. Achievements until Sep 1939: none. 6. Exeter - Exeter City FC Chosen for: Well the ship is named Exeter, the football* club is named Exeter City FC and comes from the city of Exeter, the ship is named after. Perfect match? Yes! Brief history until Sep. 1939: Exeter City FC was founded in 1904 by fusing two other local clubs together and already became professional in 1908, replacing a totally insignificant club named "Tottenham Hotspurs" (Who? I got nothing.) from the second southern league in England. They made a famous South America tour in 1914, where they played the Brazilian national team among others and the legendary Brazilian player Arthur Friedenreich lost two teeth, courtesy of Exeter City FC. In 1920 they were invited to join the Football league in the Third Division. There ECFC is stuck pretty much in midfield, achieving nothing. Achievements until Sep 1939: none. 7. Admiral Graf Spee - CA River Plate Chosen for: River Plate is, where AGS still lays around. And since I couldn't see my only known reader witout his favourite ship getting a club..... y'know. Why not? So South America gets in at least. That's a nice Bonus I think. Brief history until Sep. 1939: CA River Plate was founded in 1901in the neighbourhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires. The name was chosen during a merger between two football* clubs. Legend has it they saw boxes used as goals by dock workers in the Buenos Aires Port reading "The River Plate" and since no one understood english the "enigmatic writing" was taken as a name. It took them a while to get a "proper" field, but after they had one, they joined the AFA (Argentinian Football Association) and played their first league match in 3rd division in 1905. Coincidently the year their future arch rival Boca Juniors was founded. In the following years the club was troubled by being forced to change fields every other year by always different circumstances. After getting promoted ater only one season to 2nd division, CA moved finally to 1st division in 1908. Their top division debut was in May 1909. In 1914 River Plate won the Argentinian Jockey club Cup, which allowed them to play the Uruguayan club Bristol FC for the Tie Cup, which they also won. The first national championship was won in 1920. In 1923 River Plate left Boca and moved to a new stadium, named Alvar y Talge in the Recoleta district, which they rented from a railway company. In 1931 football in Argentina was professionalised and CA River Plate immediately put huge sums out for players, earning them the nickname "Los Millionarios". After this move they are one of the super powers in Argentinian football starting in 1932, where they won the league, two national cups and the Copa Aldao (or Copa Rio de la Plata) against Uruguayan champions several times until 1939. In 1938 CA River Plate finally moved to the "El Monumental" stadium in the Nunez district of Buenos Aires. they will not leave it for a long time. Achievements until Sep 1939: National Champions 1920, 1932, 1936, 1937; Jockey Cup 1914; Tie Cup 1914; Copa de Competencía 1932; Copa d'Oro 1936; Copa Ibaguren 1937, Copa Aldao 1936, 1937 (11 titles) 8. Dunkerque - USL Dunkerque Chosen for: Dunkerque has a football team on natinal level, USL Dunkerque. No contenders, easy choice. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Founded in 1909 (*breathes heavy*) as Stade Dunkerquois, went through a few namechanges and got professionalised as Olympique Dunkerque in 1930. They reached 2nd Division by 1939. Achievements until Sep 1939: none.
  21. Clubs of the INPF1 table: 1. Wichita - Sporting Kansas City Chosen for: Right of the bat a good example of "loose geographical association". I honestly tried to give most of the Walküren a club to make it interesting. Now we ALL know USS Wichita is named after Wichita, Kansas. And it has no own soccer* club in the top three male leagues or top female league of the USA. So I looked where it is. The state of Kansas. And the highest playing club in Kansas is Sporting Kansas City in the Major League Soccer. So, there you have it, that's how Wichita ended up with Sporting Kansas City. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 1995, so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 2. 金剛 - Cerezo Osaka Chosen for: The 金剛山(Kongou-yama) is geographically nearest to Osaka of all towns having a soccer* team in the national leagues of Japan. And Cerezo is closer to it than Gamba Osaka, since the mountain is located south of Osaka and Gamba is actually from the town of Suita, north of Osaka. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 1957 as "Yanmar Diesel Football Club" (a company club), so none. Achievements until Sep 1939: see above. 3. Verdun- FC Metz Chosen for: I wanted Verdun in this very much, but could not find a football* club. I had to choose in the end between FC Metz and Stade Reims and chose the former for closer proximity to Verdun. Also the fortress Metz has a similar historical weight for WW1 as Verdun itself. This and FC Metz being currently in Ligue 1, made it worthy to me. And their emblem shows a dragon and a Croix de Lorraine, fits. Brief history until Sep. 1939: FC Metz itself was founded in 1932, but preceded by the Cercle Athletique Messin, founded in 1919.... by players of the former SpVgg 1912 Metz, Metzer SpVgg, FC Metis Metz und FC Alte Herren Metz, all founded before the war.... yeah. The CA Messin however was very succesful in the amateur league of Lorraine, winning it 8 times, before becoming the professional FC Metz in 1932. FC Metz started in the second division, but won it in 1935 thus being elevated to Ligue 1. At the outbreak of the war that's where it is, in a solid, but also unspectacular mid-field position. Achievements until Sep 1939: Lorraine champion 1920-1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1931 (8 times) 4. La Motte-Picquet- Stade Rennais Chosen for: The family of La Motte-Picquet had very close ties with the Bretagne and especially the City of Rennais. So I fit Stade Rennais, a French top division football* club to the ship La Motte-Piquet. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Stade Rennais was founded in 1901 by a group of breton students. They were the founding members of the Ligue de Bretagne in 1902 and won it in the second season against rival FC Rennais. FC and Stade Rennais soon fusioned to counter the overwhelming force of US Saint Malo, but it took them until 1908 to defeat it in the Ligue du Bretagne. After The Great War Stade Rennais focused on the newly formed Coupe de France, but was only able to be runner up in 1922 against Red Star Paris. Still the postwar time was of great success, since they won the Western ligue title 4 times, but departing from the ligue in 1929 over matchmaking issues. French football launched its first professional top division in 1932 and Stade Rennais was among the first 20, despite not having played in a ligue for 3 seasons. The clubs finances were in shambles, but local support was so overwhelming, that they could fulfill FFF regulations by donations from the citizens of Rennes. The support was in fact so thick that local businessmen and citizens pressured the mayor and the city of Rennes to back the club financially in the years to come. While being a very popular team, they haven't accomplished anything on national level yet and with the outbreack of the war, football in France is halted. Achievements until Sep 1939: Bretagne champion 1903, 1908, 1909 (3 times), Ligue de l'Ouest champion 1919-1921, 1923 (4 times) 5. Conte di Cavour- Juventus F.C. (also known as Juventus Torino or Juve) Chosen for: Conte di Cavour has the palazzo di Cavour as seat, which is in the Italian city of Torino. That city has not one, but two ringing names in italian football*: the FC Torino and the Juventus FC. Both play in the Seria A and have won the national championship and cup several times. Long story short: Juve is far more internationally prestigious AND the older club by 9 years. Also Conte is the Grand Lady of Italian Walküren, so who better to represent her than the grand old lady of Italian football. I mean that's what everyone calls her: The old lady. Or the grand lady. (yes, a club literally named "Youth F.C" is called "the grand old lady of European football. Unironically.) She's la Fidanzata d'Italia, she's the killer lady and her players are legend throughout Europe as bianconeri or la Zebras. Scusi Toros, she wins. (Also you're technically her child.) Brief history until Sep. 1939: At the beginning of our story, our lady Juve is already 42 years old. She was founded in 1897 by students in Torino and entered the Italian championship two years after its beginning and only three years after the foundation of the club in 1900. The current colours are worn since 1905, coincidently the same season Juve won the Italian championship for the first time. No one expected that. The colours btw were copied from Notts County FC in Nottingham (nickname: the Magpies). In 1906 there were considerations to move Juve out of Torino, which made staff and players split. The splinter club was the FC Torino. So yeah, she bore her own derby rival. This ripped the clubs forces apart, but Juve slowly consolidated and survived the Great War. After the war, in 1923, a certain Edoardo Agnelli, just the vice boss of the biggest Italian motorcar company FIAT, entered the club. With this Juve became the dreadnought she is today. Subsequently 1923 the first documented paid -read: professional- player transfer in history was undertaken by Juve. With the money from FIAT the team got enforced and gained its second national title in 1926 until she began her reign supreme in Italian football starting in 1930. From 1930 to 1935 she had her Quinquennio d'Oro, five golden years. She won all championships from 1931 to 1935 and her players where the base for the national team of Italy in the World Cup of 1934, which was held in Italy and won by Italy and its "Nazio-Juve" team. But since 1935 and the sudden death of her president, the old lady has a few problems to regain her power. Achievements until Sep 1939: Italian Champion 1905, 1926 and from 1931-35 (7 titles) 6. Belfast - Glentoran FC Chosen for: Belfast was one of those hard to choose. Belfast has several Northern Irish top division clubs. Namely the Cliftonville FC, Crusaders FC, Linfield FC and the Glentoran FC. Now I pondered back and forth which club I should choose. Usually I choose the oldest, but since they were ALL founded prior to 1900, I considered it inappropiate. So I read a bit around in HMS Belfasts history and found she was built at Harland & Wolff 8sadly defunct since August 2019). Now that put her birthplace right next to a stadium. Namely half a mile away from "The Oval" by foot, less in a direct line. Seriously, it's just on opposite sides of the A2. And the Oval is home to Glentoran FC. Please don't blow up my car, it would violate the German peace of rellgions founded in 1648, since my car is German. Brief history until Sep. 1939: Glentoran FC was founded in 1882 and has since 1890 participated in the several leagues around. It has won the early Belfast league once, the former irish league several times, including the last time it was held until the partition of Ireland in 1921 and also won the subsequent Northern Irish League on two different occasions. They also won the Irish Cup 6 times. And although it is only played by Northern Irish teams since 1921, it is still called the Irish Cup. As an anecdote counts the cup semi-final of 1920, where Belfast Celtic fans fired shots at fans and players of Glentoran FC, but Glentoran also got disqualified for fielding an illegal player. So by default the southern club Shelbourne from Dublin won the Cup a third time, making it only the 4th time a southern club could ever win the cup. Achievements until Sep 1939: Belfast and District Champion 1894; Irish Champion 1905, 1912, 1913 and 1921, Northern Irish Champion 1925 and 1931; Irish Cup 1914, 1917, 1921, 1932, 1933, 1935 (13 titles in total) 7. Ленинград - ФК «Зенит» Санкт-Петербург Chosen for: Leningrad is the soviet name for Petrograd, so I chose the top club FK "Zenit" Sankt-Peterburg (btw also the German name). Obvious, yes? Although in 1939 it is known under another name..... Brief history until Sep. 1939: In May 1925 the Stalin-Metalworks in Peterburg founded a football* team. It had no name and played local league football. In 1926, the second year, they called the team LMS for "Leningrad Metalworks Stalin" (it's the same acronym in Russian) and joined the City league. Shortly before the CCCP started its club league, the clubname was changed to Stalinez Leningrad (Сталинец Ленинград). And yes, the Stalinez was a reference to Stalin. They started in the 2nd division in 1936, but in 1939 they play in the top league for the first time and face the "invincible" Spartak Moscow in the Cup final.... and loose. Achievements until Sep 1939: none 8. Augusta - Atlanta United Chosen for: Augusta is named after the city of Augusta, Georgia. Georgias capital has a team in the US top division. Augusta has no team in the national leagues. So I ended up with Atlanta United. There is team, Statesboro, in the USL one, but that's third division. Brief history until Sep. 1939: It was founded in 2014 as your typical US sports franchise. So, none Achievements until Sep 1939: none
  22. Goooooood Day, good Captains! Since Bundesliga started again and I'm terribly bored apparently I organised a "small" INPF Football (Soccer) League. I'm so hyped. Rules are easy: Each Walküre I could reasonably pin a team in a national league to, gets a place on the two tables. If I could've attached more than one team I chose reasonably among the possible ones. (*sighs at Moskva*) I will update ideally once a week (usually after Bundesliga matchdays. Yes, Bias.). Pointing is according to league matchday outcome. A win gets 3 points, a draw 1 point and a loss 0. In case of equal points I will weigh in the strength of the league and if same league the actual position on the actual table. At the end of the season (I'm thinking 1st of May atm) I cut all matches that exeed the number of matches of the team with the lowest number of matches at a table to keep it fair. (Got it?) Worst three of table one relegate to table 2 and the top three of table 2 get promoted to table 1. Every team which gets added lands on table 3. And then the league expands. INPF3 would launch after 5 teams are on it. From time to time a team gets an team entry, with history until 1939, if it exists, and why I chose that particular team. Applications for missed teams only via discord. Only ships in Shiros magnificent list are eligible. INPF 1: INPF2: Bets may be placed here for a) Champion, b) top three on each table and c) bottom three of each table. Betting ends at 3rd of October 2019. For every team in the right position you get one point. Most point can be considered a lucky bastard, least points gets the Lebi-Medal of bad luck. BETS:
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