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Football in Ostehaar

Football is the most popular sport in Ostehaar (followed by Ice Hockey and Tennis). The Oster Association of Football is the sport's national governing body, with roughly 950,000 members (about 9% of the population) organized in almost 3,600 football clubs. The Oster premier league division, Daaftpehl (top-level), is regarded as one of the most difficult in the region, and it is currently led by the Lindastir Daarem (Lindastir Union) football club.


History and Competitions

Haalban City football club in 1919

A slow start

The sport was first introduced to Ostehaar by immigrants and expatriates from Noronica during the Noronnican period of the 19th century. The first Oster club team (Haalban City) was established by a Noronnican teacher at the King Praasder School in 1883 - at the height of the Independence War. It was mainly a symbolic move, as no other teams were established during the war and so Haalban City had no competitors to play against.

Noronnican football clubs tours in Ostehaar contributed to the spread and development of football in the country during the first years of the 20th century, when the young nation was struggling to stand on its feet. The southern part of Ostehaar was under Verdonian occupation at the time, but Oster football clubs still formed there - most notably Lindastir FC in 1909.

After the second war against Verdon, the Oster Tihdreher je Ohfgaan (Oster Association of Football) was established, and in 1929 Ostehaar joined the Gael section of the IFAF. The Porohare League was organized at the same year and the first championship was held in 1930. In 1957 the league split into the three professional divisions known today - Daaftpehl (top-level), Midenpehl (middle-level), and Vijepehl (advanced-level).

The national cup competitions, most notably the Reht Jun and Reht Super-jun (State Cup and Super-cup), are held since 1973 at the Campus Olympic Arena in Porohare. The Super-jun is the second most important national title in Oster football after the Daaftpehl championship.

Lindastir winning the Daaftpehl in 1988

The Golden Age

Oster football remained largely unnoticed for most of the 20th century, lacking the energy and funding needed to break-through to the highest level competitions. The turning point came in 1982, when Oster coach Ehrin Sjihnervan was appointed manager of Lindastir FC after a period of playing in Norstham and coaching the Norsan team Royal Austrabżur. His period in a country with a long tradition of professional football significantly contributed to his experience and abilities.

When he came to Lindastir FC, Sjihnervan had one condition to the club owners and board - complete control over club budget and youth programs. He emphasized education for teamwork, introduced a new approach to discipline and training, and hand-picked players from across the country and from other nations in the region. He led discussions between Lindastir FC and Lindastir Coast that eventually resulted in the formation of the Lindastir Daarem (Lindastir Union) football club in 1984.

Sjihnervan revolutionized the club, making Lindastir Union the leading team in Oster football. Within several years after his arrival, the team won three consecutive Daaftpehl championships (1988, 1989, 1990) and two consecutive super-cups (1988, 1989). By 1991 most players in the national team were Lindastir Union players (and not Haalban City players, as it was prior to 1991). This injection of vitality and enthusiasm to Oster football, coupled with the recovery period following the economic depression of the mid-1980's, motivated other clubs to re-invent themselves, leading to a period commonly known in Ostehaar as the "Oster football golden age" (roughly 1990-2000).

After a decade with Lindastir Union, Sjihnervan moved in 1993 to open the Oster Academy of Football in one of the city's suburbs. He initiated the Vijehaal je Ohfgaan Estaadir (Advanced Program for Football Students) Linkyouth system and club, with the goal of educating and training the next generation of Oster football players. Many of today's top Daaftpehl players started in the Vijehaal, as well as several players of foreign leagues (such as the Dragon Division of Athara Magarat). For his period in Lindastir and as the manager of the Vijehaal, Ehrin Sjihnervan is considered in Ostehaar the "godfather of Oster football" to this day. He passed away in 2004, at the age of 66, and left the academy in the caring hands of one of his former players, Martin Jeh Brent.

The national team playing in 2018

Decline and Resurgence

The early 2000's saw a decline in Oster football achievements, most attributed to the decrease in state funding of high-quality infrastructure and programs. This caused many talented Oster players to choose foreign teams over local ones, thereby reducing overall potential even further. In an attempt to protest the government's treatment of football in Ostehaar, the 2005 and 2006 super-cups were cancelled by the football association. In July 2006, after a staggering 5-0 loss of the Oster national team to Dormill and Stiura's in the Gael Qualifiers, nearly 300,000 Oster football fans demonstrated in front of the Darna in Porohare. As a result, one of the leading issues in the political campaign towards the March 2007 general elections was the status of Oster football.

In the following decade, Oster football quickly regained its high status. Lindastir Union and Haalban City ruled the domestic league and cup tournaments again, each of them with 3 Daaftpehl wins between 2007 and 2017. Other dominant teams were Porohare City, that won twice in the league during that time, and Teser FC and North Coast FC from Savarehat, each with a single league win.

For many Oster football enthusiasts, the 2017-2018 season marked a return to the "golden days" of Oster football. The Daaftpehl provided some favorably remembered moments and games that season, and in the summer of 2018 Lindastir Union (with Martin Jeh Brent as coach) won the Gael Championship Cup. A week after that, the national team - most of it composed of Lindastir Union players - won 5-1 against Michigonia.

Notable Clubs

The Ostehaar football league is is dominated these days by the two big clubs mentioned above - Lindastir Daarem (Lindastir Union) and Haalban City. The latter was the dominant club for most of the Daaftpehl's history, with over 20 league wins between 1957 and 1987. Lindastir joined Haalban at the top in the late 1980's, and between 1987 and 2017 both teams have won the tournament roughly 10 times. When these two clubs meet in the final of a league or cup tournament, the match is usually referred to as hehr faast (lit. king's match).

Lindastir Daarem (Lindastir Union)

Lindastir Union, also commonly known as Na Ehadir (The Towers) or the Lindas, is currently Ostehaar's most successful and highest-earning football club. It has won 15 Daaftpehl championships and 21 super-cups since it was founded in 1984. In 2018 it also won the Gael cup.

Oster sports commentator Behl Vehranfaar described the team's playing style as "offensive yet elegant and disciplined". Ehrin Sjihnervan, who played and coached in Norstham before returning home to form the club almost from scratch, brought with him some of the Norsan approach and playing philosophy - such as total football features like high fullbacks turning wingers and attacking midfielders, and running off-the-ball tactics.

Current squad

No.

Player

Usual Position

Nationality

1

Alex Brohnt

Goalkeeper

Ostehaar

2

Mathias Bjork

Defender

Polar Svalbard

3

Sihar Lohifer

Defender

Ostehaar

4

Ari Vehes

Forward

Ostehaar

5

Lavars Knudsen

Midfielder

Norstham

6

Quintus Muco

Forward

Covonant

7

Tobias Sharman

Midfielder

Dormill and Stiura

8

Fredrick Cloyd

Midfielder

Noronica

9

Eran Vandisj

Midfielder

Ostehaar

10

Ben Morgan

Defender

Ostehaar

11

Õvar Glerfoss

Defender

Norstham

12

Oskar Ryberg

Forward

Norstham

13

Mark Gaalgriner

Forward

Ostehaar

14

Tidhar Si Brohmir

Midfielder

Ostehaar

15

Alexi Orstev

Forward

Polar Svalbard

16

Bernat de Pausse

Midfielder

Verdon

18

Matthew Weston

Midfielder

Noronica

19

Lewai Alika

Midfielder

Polar Svalbard

20

Lovell Alderliesten

Defender

Dormill and Stiura

21

Daar Brikner (captain)

Midfielder

Ostehaar

22

Mik Sjihnerord

Defender

Ostehaar

23

Kita Spak‚ N‚

Forward

Menna Shuli

24

Lars Silanus

Defender

Covonant

25

Michel Barranha

Goalkeeper

Verdon

29

Rory McGynnlie

Defender

Noronica

30

Gregory Yrden

Defender

Noronica

31

Eli Bohrehem

Defender

Ostehaar

33

Lars Si Volakh

Defender

Ostehaar

35

Gehl Si Fuhreh

Midfielder

Ostehaar

36

Eraan Lahsjer

Midfielder

Ostehaar

38

Stewart Ciarach

Midfielder

Alteran Republics

39

Bryn Harlow

Forward

Dormill and Stiura

Lindastir Union is coached by Martin Jeh Brent since 2007, and the club manager is Ben Vulf Brahe (fondly nicknamed BVB by fans). Its current sponsor is Waterfall (Electronics) and the team's kit is orange and black, as seen in one of the above photographs.

The home stadium is Na Vrehe (The Crater), located close to the city center. With roughly 60,000 seats, it is the largest stadium in Ostehaar. The stadium was built on top of an older arena in 1980, when it was still the home grounds of Lindastir FC (prior to the Union). The club has a secondary stadium, which is also the second largest arena in Ostehaar - the "Lindas Open" in the city's suburbs (57,000 seats)

Haalban City player with the green uniform

Haalban City

Haalban City is better known in Ostehaar as Na Glahe Kraasir (The Green Demons), or simply Na Glahesir (The Greens), after the color of their uniform. It is the oldest club in Ostehaar and the winner in most of the competitions that took place in the country during the 20th century. Until Lindastir Union formed in the mid-1980's, it ruled the Oster football league.

The late 1980's Lindastir Union spree inspired some changes in the club during the 1990's. The team's coach at the time, Aamit Lindehn, tried at first to match Lindastir's more offensive approach, but eventually ended up formulating a different playing style. In the last two decades, Haalban's game has commonly been described as "aggressive" and "physical", and nowadays the team is considered Ostehaar's best defensive team.

Current squad

No.

Player

Usual Position

Nationality

1

Ehner Sjihmerlin

Goalkeeper

Ostehaar

2

Aarin Si Volakh

Defender

Ostehaar

3

Behl Vrikhtberg

Goalkeeper

Ostehaar

4

Ehdar Si Gruhn

Forward

Ostehaar

5

Wim Nigel

Forward

Dormill and Stiura

6

Jon Simonsen

Midfielder

Polar Svalbard

7

Tertius Pilus

Midfielder

Covonant

8

Eran Norcer

Forward

Ostehaar

9

Michel Gatevila

Midfielder

Verdon

10

Dihn Serger

Defender

Ostehaar

11

Mikahel Brohnt

Defender

Ostehaar

12

Milan Main

Midfielder

Athara Magarat

13

Johan Behlisj

Midfielder

Ostehaar

14

Howard Seong-Hun

Forward

Alteran Republics

15

GunnbjÝrn Andreassen

Forward

Norstham

16

Alen Brohmir

Defender

Ostehaar

17

Guilham Tosque

Forward

Verdon

18

Cassius Geta

Midfielder

Covonant

19

Tomas Elkin

Midfielder

Ostehaar

20

Dani Dohlikh

Forward

Ostehaar

21

Lihr Si Vakhs

Midfielder

Ostehaar

22

Kapil Yonghang

Defender

Athara Magarat

23

Rikard Aalter

Defender

Ostehaar

24

Florian Montgomery

Midfielder

Dormill and Stiura

25

Mark Ehnerisj

Midfielder

Ostehaar

26

Kih‚tkut HÍsuk Xal

Forward

Menna Shuli

28

Ale'ssio Del'Rosso

Midfielder

Aruia

30

Martin Cihneh

Defender

Ostehaar

31

Nihl Valkher

Defender

Ostehaar

32

Daar Si Hehes

Defender

Ostehaar

34

Ari Fuhrenahm

Defender

Ostehaar

35

Joma Haalbirken

Midfielder

Ostehaar

Haalban City is coached by Daar Ambrehsj, and the club manager is Lara Haardin. Its current sponsor is Echo Holdings, and its home stadium is the Druhin Arena (30,000 seats) in the suburbs of Haalban.

National Team

Ostehaar's national football team has represented the country in regional competitions since 1930. Since the early 1990's it is comprised mostly of Lindastir Union players, and the others are from the remaining top 4 teams in Oster football - Haalban City, Porohare City, Teser FC and North Coast FC from Savarehat. It is commonly called Na Barnir (The Rocks) and Rehtmand (State-team), and its green and blue uniform can be seen in one of the above photographs.

The team is coached by Evan Sjahn from Porohare - a former Lindastir Union player who played under the club's current coach, Martin Jeh Brent. Rather than developing innovative team formations or styles of play, Sjahn preferred to stick to Lindastir's approach and attempted to combine Haalban City's defensive strength into the mix. The team usually plays 4-3-3, 4-2-4, and 3-4-3 formations.

Most Oster football fans consider the national team to be inferior to the country's leading Daaftpehl teams as a result of this mix of attitudes. Nonetheless, the Rehtmand is considered a very good team, and as of mid-2018 it is one of the leading teams in the 2018 IFAF tournaments.

Current squad

No.

Player

Usual Position

Club

1

Daar Brikner (captain)

Midfielder

Lindastir Union

2

Ehner Sjihmerlin

Goalkeeper

Haalban City

3

Alex Brohnt

Goalkeeper

Lindastir Union

4

Mark Gaalgriner

Forward

Lindastir Union

5

Aarin Si Volakh

Defender

Haalban City

6

Sihar Lohifer

Defender

Lindastir Union

7

Ben Morgan

Defender

Lindastir Union

8

Ali Lohfer

Forward

FC Khumbuwan (Athara Magarat)

9

Tidhar Si Brohmir

Midfielder

Lindastir Union

10

Tomas Aserger

Midfielder

Porohare City

11

Ehdar Si Gruhn

Forward

Haalban City

12

Oraan Sjihnerlind

Midfielder

New Libang (Athara Magarat)

13

Ari Vehes

Forward

Lindastir Union

14

Ihren Jeh Vohter

Defender

Porohare City

15

Eran Vandisj

Midfielder

Lindastir Union

16

Gehl Si Vortmir

Midfielder

New Libang (Athara Magarat)

17

Dani Dohlikh

Forward

Haalban City

18

Ender Si Khover

Midfielder

Teser FC

19

Dihn Serger

Defender

Haalban City

20

Martin Heherfaar

Midfielder

Teser FC

21

Tomaas Gruhn

Midfielder

North Coast FC

22

Eraan Lahsjer

Midfielder

Lindastir Union

24

Lars Si Volakh

Defender

Lindastir Union

25

Mikahel Engelverg

Defender

Teser FC

26

Fred Gehlenfard

Defender

North Coast FC

28

Johan Ehervost

Defender

Porohare City

29

Mik Sjihnerord

Defender

Lindastir Union

Two Stadiums serve the national team - the Campus Olympic Arena in central Porohare, with 55,000 seats (the third largest in Ostehaar), and the Aserger Stadium in Porohare, with 30,000 seats.

The State of Ostehaar

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