CD Espanol Basel vs SC Basel Nord A

By 26/08/2015

Recap

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CD Espanol Basel 1-2 SC Basel Nord a

Das erste Spiel der Saison für die Eisbären und wie immer herrscht vor dem Saisonstart viel Euphorie in und um die erste Mannschaft des Kultclubs aus dem Norden.
Es hat sich einiges geändert in der kurzen Sommerpause; da sind die Neuzugänge Juan und Armands, welche sich schon nach wenigen Wochen hervorragend in die Mannschaft integriert haben und welche beim ersten Saisonspiel auch bereits mittun durften. Demgegenüber stehen die Abgänge von Metin und Suphi, die beiden türkischen Nationalspieler suchen ihr Glück zukünftig in der zweiten Mannschaft der Eisbären. Suphi als Mittelfeldstratege und Metin als Coach.

Die gewichtigste Änderung wurde aber auf der Trainerbank vollzogen. Anstatt bis anhin von Spielertrainer Kaiser die Anweisungen zu erhalten, hören die Jungs auf dem Feld von nun an auf die beiden Basel Nord Legenden Rolli „the brain“ Tschopp und Andre „Studinho“ Studer. Dass dies ein riesen Gewinn für die Mannschaft ist und noch mehr aus den Spielern herauskitzeln lässt, davon darf ausgegangen werden. Unterstützt werden die beiden weiterhin auch von Kaiser. Allen Beteiligten vielen Dank und auf ein gutes Gelingen!!

Das Ziel für diese Saison wurde vom ganzen Staff vor dem ersten Saisonspiel ausgerufen: der Aufstieg ,und nichts anderes, sollte mit dieser Mannschaft erreicht werden.

Dass die Mannschaft gewillt ist, dieses Ziel zu erreichen und dass die Motivation hoch ist, kann man auch daran erkennen dass zum ersten Pflichtspiel der neuen Saison sogar Spieler nicht im Aufgebot standen, welche eigentlich bereit gewesen wären zu spielen. Wann gab es solche Luxusprobleme im Norden zuletzt?
Das Spiel begann dann allerdings harzig auf dem Kunstrasenplatz der Sportanlage Pfaffenholz, auf welche die Gastgeber ausweichen mussten, da es auf dem Rankhof zu Champions- League Anspielzeiten nicht genug Licht gibt…

Die Spieler von BN führten zwar fussballerisch die feinere Klinge als die spanischen Gäste, wirklich gefährlich in Szene setzen konnten sie sich aber zunächst nicht. Man konnte sich zwar immer wieder vielversprechend in die Platzhälfte des Gegners spielen, allerdings fehlten auf den letzten Metern die Ideen und die Genauigkeit.

Der 0:1 Rückstand nach 30 Minuten kam dann sehr überraschend. Die Hintermannschaft der Eisbären konnte den Ball nicht konsequent genug aus dem eigenen Strafraum befreien, so dass die Spanier nach zunächst zwei abgewehrten Schussversuchen doch noch ins Tor trafen. Dass vor dem Tor zunächst Heutschi und dann auch Torwart Stöckli foulwürdig angegangen wurden, schien den Schiedsrichter nicht zu interessieren.

Die Antwort von BN liess aber nicht lange auf sich warten, nur 2 Minuten nach dem Rückstand traf der spanische Superstar Ignacio Huesa del Torro con Chilli blanco del Rey Accapulco, oder kurz Nacho genannt, zum 1:1 Ausgleich. Vorausgegangen war eine brillante Flanke von Andi und eine Kopfballvorlage von Jock. Damit aber nicht genug: beflügelt vom Ausgleich schnürte BN die Gäste nun immer mehr in deren Platzhälfte ein und so gelang kurz vor der Pause sogar der verdiente 2:1 Führungstreffer. Zum wiederholten mal lief der Ball gut durchs Mittelfeld und wieder war es Jock der den besser postierten Mann sah und den kolumbianischen Neuzugang Juan optimal in Szene setzte. Dieser traf aus 12 Metern unhaltbar in die linke Torecke. Wie wohl sich Juan schon nach wenigen Wochen als Eisbär fühlt, zeigte sich bei seinem Torjubel als er gar nicht mehr aufhören wollte das Vereinslogo zu küssen. Mit einer verdienten 2:1 Führung ging es in die Pause.

Nach dem Seitenwechsel flachte das Spiel ab, besonders die Eisbären konnten den Ball nicht mehr lange genug in den eigenen Reihen halten, sodass Espanol augenscheinlich mehr Druck erzeugen konnte. Allerdings blieben Ausgleichschancen Mangelware. Im Gegenteil, immer wenn BN nicht zu überhastet spielte und so den Ball schneller wieder verlor, boten sich viel versprechende Kontermöglichkeiten. Diese allerdings wurden zu oft verspielt, da man den richtigen Zeitpunkt für das Abspiel verpasste oder wenn das Abspiel dann erfolgte war dieses zu ungenau. Das Spiel war in der zweiten Halbzeit geprägt von vielen Nicklichkeiten und vor allem die spanischen Gastgeber fielen immer wieder durch ihr überhartes Einsteigen auf. Ein Spieler von Espanol hätte nach einer Tätlichkeit an Kaiser sogar zwingend den roten Karton sehen müssen. Ansonsten kam von den Gästen bis zum Schluss nicht viel zwingendes. Die gefährlichste Ausgleichschance hatten die Spanier nach einem Weitschuss, welcher Measor im Strafraum unglücklich an die Hand flog. Es gab schon Schiedsrichter, welche hier auf den Elfmeterpunkt gezeigt haben. Danach stand die Abwehr von BN wieder sehr sicher und liess nichts zu, so dass man den schlussendlich verdienten Sieg über die Zeit retten konnte.

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In 1936 the world’s best ever selling self-help book was written; How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, his book has currently sold over 15 million copies worldwide. How to Make Friends and Win Fussball Games written by Basel Nord is expected to surpass this amount of sales in its opening week, it’s sequel How to Drink Bier is currently being researched. Researched heavily. On a daily basis.

Pre-match Interview Interviewer – ‘You’re a Basel Nord legend Heutschi, what is the aim of the team this year?’ Michi Heutschi – ‘No come on mate I’m not a legend, ok I am but hey come on mate I play just for the team and maybe a little for myself, ok I play for myself come on mate. I want to see us win the title, I’ve been here for a long time and I want to see us win something. If we win the league and the team need new suits for the victory parade, ok come on mate I can do that no problem, special discount for the Bears come on mate I make no profit. Also if any of the fans want a good price come on mate that is no problem as well. Thank you mate.’

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The season started under the floodlights of Pfaffenholz on the border of Switzerland and France with the Bears lining up with a tried and tested 4-4-2 as opposed to the 4-3-3 they had experimented with in pre-season. A terse opening 5 minutes belied the underlying confidence of the team and almost immediately Basel took control of the game. Confident, calm and looking to play fussball, the Bears moved the ball around fantastically. The defence keeping possession and looking to get the ball to the two full-backs Leuggi and Matti who were then looking for Juan and Nacho. The wings were combining great, playing little one-two’s with Meas and Michi whilst Leuggi and Matti were willing to overlap and provide that extra outlet. Disciplined and positionally astute, Meas and Michi kept the team perfectly balanced and this was especially obvious on the odd occasions the Bears had to defend. Tactically Espanyol had nothing but the long ball over the defence which was dealt with easily by the Bears who remained compact and solid. The nearest Basel Nord came to taking the lead was the industrious Measor powering a header wide from a Heutschi corner. However, and there is always a however when we are talking about the Bears. Yep, you guessed it, thirty minutes into the game;

Basel Nord 0 – 1 Espanyol.

A long ball over the top led to a misjudgement from the Bears and Espanyol’s completely circular, follically-challenged forward managed to foul about five players, then what seemed like the entire Espanyol team took repeated shots whilst various Basel Nord players were either laid on the ground from previous fouls or about to be thrown to the ground. Was quite a bizarre spectacle, somewhere between Rugby and Gaelic football for 30 seconds which ended with the ball in the Bears net. The Bears reply was almost instantaneous. Basel Nord 1 – 1 Espanyol Great endeavour and commitment from Andi on the right hand side led him to cross for Jock, with a little flick the ball fell to Juan who unfortunately was mid-tango dancing with their centre-half, the ball then scrambled through to Nacho who was just in front of the penalty spot. He took his magic wand out, no the other one, then when the Moon, Saturn and Nacho aligned he buried a left-foot half-volley straight into the roof of the net. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the two girl teams playing on the other pitch had to take half-time early so they could recover from seeing his celebration.

Basel Nord 2-1 Espanyol Ten minutes later, on the verge of half-time the Bears took a deserving lead, by now in control of the game, with fantastic movement and passing, Espanyol were chasing shadows. Jock who had been a strong presence for the Bears all day, holding the ball well and with all his usual composure heard a noise emanating loudly from the edge of the box. ‘AH AHA AHA AH’ was the cry from our latest signing from Colombia, Jock in either terror or confusion at this noise found Juan who danced his way into the box and curled a wonderful shot into the far corner. Amidst the screaming fans, Rene was heard shouting to Bryan ‘he’s the best export out of Colombia since Shakira’ – a point that is not argued from any of the Basel Nord fans. A place cemented firmly in their hearts when he planted his lips on the Basel Nord badge, it brought a tear to the eye.

Half-time Second half started a lot more aggressively. Espanyol frustrated at chasing the ball started to get a bit more physical which is bread and butter for the Bears. Hunt replaced Juan on the right side of midfield and the Bears tried to play a more patient, defensive game getting the ball into Jocks feet and looking for the through-ball over the top for Andi. As time progressed, the Bears became a little disjointed, as Espanyol threw men forward into attack the game became much more of a battle yet the defence marshalled by Joe and Kaiser remained resolute and repelled everything thrown at it. The Spanish Lion Nacho was replaced by the Scottish mouse Bryan who was full of running and back in his preferred left wing role from which he had found goalscoring success there last year. Around the 75th minute the atmosphere of the game changed, a very robust tackle from Basel Nord veteran Kaiser on the volatile baldy from Espanyol led to him chasing Kaiser (who now had the ball) and smashing an elbow into his back. A bit of commotion and handbags at dawn was quickly resolved when the calming influence of Hunt arrived voicing soothing opinions and solutions to their strikers weight and hair issues. When the striker thanked him for his kind words, Hunt was seen returning to a very wide right position quickly, obviously eager to see play resumed.

Mr Nice Guy as he is known by the Basel Nord faithful, Measor didn’t want their striker to be lonely and the only one with a yellow card, so put in a rather dramatic leaping slide tackle, winning the ball clearly. The referee seeing the incident was also treated to a replay when one of Espanyol’s midfielders charged back to the scene of the crime and did his best Bruce Lee impression, flying through the air in some sort of ridiculous Jean Claude Van Damme avenging a dead brother/girlfriend/father flying kick, complete with slow-motion screaming. Not knowing whether to be amused or scared, Measor took a push in the chest from their captain and received a yellow card for his troubles. The level of fussball being played had degenerated by this point and was more of a case of being battling away to keep the 3 points.

The Beast from the East Armands replaced Heutschi and Hunt was moved into his more familiar centre-mid role with Armands staying right. Andi replaced by a lively Milan. Juan returned for the last five minutes of the game just to provide some energy and was rewarded by being fouled in the corner. Due to a bit of Espanyol diving and play-acting, Juan decided that the best way to calm the volatile atmosphere was to leap into the air like a salmon then on landing roll over a few times whilst making some sort of ridiculous noise. A melee ensued with their centre half sprinting to confront Juan who was currently laid on the floor chuckling. A group of Espanyol surrounded Juan who was left completely unprotected by the Bears, Hunt looked on amused until realising that Juan might be killed attempted a rescue. The referee deciding that this was all a bit too much trouble and that he had Eastenders recorded and and some leftover lasagne for dinner, simply blew his whistle and ended the game. None of the Bears players had been wearing a watch during the game but the entire Espanyol team now became timekeeping experts and fireworks commenced. During the loud noises and ridiculousness a rather amusing moment stood out when a very large and round gentleman for Espanyol decided to kick the substitute bench whilst there was still people on it, leading to several of his smaller team mates entering into near orbit.
Full-time All in all, a fantastic start. The Bears showed discipline, positional and tactical sense in the first half and looked always to get the ball down and play a short-passing attacking game. When it came to fight at the end and to be strong, they stepped up and showed physically the can stand up to anyone. Every player did their job well, worked hard and deserved plaudits with a special mention to Matti who coming back from pre-season showed strength, composure and maturity alongside a shout to Jock who ran further than he’s probably ever ran in his entire life, the fact he will barely be able to get out of bed this morning shows the graft he put in.

Post-match interview Interviewer – ‘Juan, coming from Colombia to ply your trade here, surely you’ve got to be overwhelmed by the support of the fans, how much have they helped and what did it mean to you scoring your first league goal for the Bears?’

Juan – ‘eth eth eth eth ah ah ah eth kissy badge eth eth ah ah eth ay no shower ay eth ay ah’

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