Atmosphere and sports

Where to watch the European Championship

Sport is all about atmosphere

This is no different when watching sports.
With Austria in it and in a group that leaves the knockout stages a real possibility, it is time to soak up some of that atmosphere with some fellow fans.

Austria top of group F

The table looks beautiful with Austria sitting in first place, you have to love the Alphabet

Rathaus – Fan Arena

This is going to be the place to be for the Austria games.
What better backdrop to get behind the Austrian team.
Austria vs Hungary
Austria vs Portugal
Austria vs Iceland

Herrmann Strandbar

This is for the more casual fan. Watching football in deckchairs with your feet in the sand is an experience, especially in a land locked country.
Probably better to watch one of the lesser games here as it will be packed for the local games.
We suggest:
Belgium vs Italy

Any international Pub

This is where the atmosphere will be for the English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Republic of Ireland games.
Our picks:
England vs Wales
Northern Ireland vs Poland
Republic of Ireland vs Belgium

At Home

This is might be the best location to watch the games that might get you a little emotional.

These are just a few of the places where you might find some of the OPD team watching a game or 20.

Looking forward to a great tournament.

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Fantasy Football

Premier League fantasy football

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The season starts this weekend

The season opener, the Charity Shield is this weekend between Chelsea and Arsenal. Though this game doesn’T count officially, it is always good to start with a win, especially if it is a convincing win.
But while it is the traditional curtain opener, it does not count for the Fantasy league that will officially kick off in a weeks time and that is what this post is about.

Which type of Fantasy league platforms are there?

As always, there are

  • Free Leagues
  • Paid Leagues

The obvious difference is the cost, that really needed to be cleared up right! The advantage of the paid league is that it there is generally a cash prize at the end of it.
The free ones are generally about “Banter”
We at One Player Down usually go for the free model, but it has been known to happen after the first 2 months of the season has passed that the password or even platform has been forgotten.

This year will be different!

Overview of Platforms

Not an exhastive list, just a taste of what is out there:

  1. Fantasy Premier League – Free, with a 1st Prize of “7-night break in Britain and will experience VIP hospitality at TWO Barclays Premier League matches during the 2016/17 season.”
  2. Telegraph Fantasy Football – Free and Premium league options – Free league winner: £5,000; Premium league Champion: £50,000.
  3. Togga – Free and statistic heavy as it is supported by OPTA, seems very detailed and much closer to the American versions of Fantasy sports.
  4. Premier Fantasy ESPN – Free, you can play against some of the ESPN columnist as a bit of a fun feature
  5. Sky Sports Fantasy Football – Free and the preferred platform for the Wiener Kickabouts, so this is one of the better Banter platforms

Extra dimension to the game

This is all about not just blindly following your team and helps offer a different dimension to being a fan. You can actually use it as a way to have a win win situation when your fantasy players are playing against your team.
There are many little tricks to help you gain a few more points like changing captains during the week etc. So it can get intense, just like The League tv show in the US.

If you want to start a One Player Down league please let us know.

Premier League banter

Here is just at taste of Premier league manager banter

Wenger vs. Mourinho
Jose Mourinho quotes
Alex Ferguson quotes

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A month in sports – the March edition

The month in sports

Wow, another month has passed, it seems a little shorter as we were so late with our last post so let see what happened in March

Quick Sporting roundup

Spring means that Formula 1, MLS, Davis Cup and March Madness are back, and the winter sports are coming to an end. It is a changing of the sporting guards as even Basektball and Hockey season in the US are coming to an end ready for the playoffs.

With the weather threatening to warm up athletes dare go outside again.

A deeper look

Australian Grand Prix – Formula One

The first race of the season was taken by Lewis Hamilton, where he averaged over 200 Mph throughout the race.

Lewis Hamilton claimed the 34th victory of his career when he led Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg home at Albert Park, the two Silver Arrows a crushing 33 seconds ahead of the third-placed Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

World champion Hamilton laid the foundations of his second Melbourne victory with a superb start from pole position as Rosberg struggled to keep the fast-starting Williams of Felipe Massa behind him.

A full report can be seen on the Grand Prix website

Malaysian Grand Prix

This time Sebastian Vettel was back up on the podium spraying the champagne

Sebastian Vettel needs just one more victory to equal Ayrton Senna’s tally of wins.

Vettel lies fourth on the all-time list of winners following his 40th grand prix victory yesterday, which also made him the first driver to win the Malaysian Grand Prix four times.

More can be read about this on the F1Fanatic blog

New(ish) to motorsports

Formula E race also took place in Miami this is the Electric version of Formula 1 and is a new entry to the motor sports world but the crowd seemed to dig it

MLS

The season is young and but the quality of Kaka is really standing out for Orlando and NYCFC still are awaiting the arrival of Frank Lampard even though, David Villa is keeping the fans happy.

March Madness

For those not in the know about this, March Madness is all about US College Basketball, the NCAA torunament, and is arguablly bigger than the NBA, at least during March.

It also holds a few stigmas as John Oliver points out

Obviously we could write up about a thousand more events but we will leave it at that for this month.

If you are lucky enough to live in Vienna then make sure that you look out on One Player Down for a surprise event in April, a small hint, you will need a partner and if you have played Eaton Fives or Volleyball it will help.

The real Vienna Derby

Football in Vienna/Austria is a bit of a mystery currently. Once upon a time Austria was a footballing nation that had talented players playing for some of the top teams around the world. At the moment, only David Alaba of Bayern München fills this description and is a great footballer.

The Wiener Kickabouts (who host a weekly game on OPD) decided to take a little group trip to see the Echter Wiener Derby between two lower league teams Wiener Sportklub and First Vienna FC.

It was a fantastic experience, even if the quality of football on display was not of the highest standard, it was a great introduction to the Viennese culture.

The game was action packed with 2 penalties and a 5-3 for First Vienna FC to the disappointment of the home fans. The game was described as “Trefferreich und schmerzhaft” translating to goal rich and painful.

What was fantastic to see was that with the visit of the right wing Dutch Politician Geert Wilders to the Austrian capital, both sets of fans decided to use the public forum to protest and show support for homosexual partnerships, with a combination of banners and then even a halftime Rainbow flag made out of balloons at both ends. In fact a member of the Wiener Kickabouts was so impressed with the amount of the banners being produced by the away fans, it was joked that they must have a arts and crafts section of the fan club.

This is locally known as the Derby of Love and that was shown from the first minute onwards. Before the game kicked off, there was a moment to remember a Wiener SK fan who recently passed away called Erwin, again First Vienna FC had a banner saying he would always be remembered.

It was a real eye opener to go to a game that was just filled with respect throught the stadium, really inspiring.

It is official, the Wiener Kickabouts are now officially a small Wiener SK fan club and all it took was one game.

If you are going to viist the city to watch a game then make your way out the the 17th district, pay €12 and enjoy an atmosphere that you will talk about for years to come. To feel like an insider, remember when Wiener SK have a corner, Free kick, or a penalty you have to pull your keys out and jangle them to help support the team.

The day that was…the Tag des Sport

Saturday saw Vienna host another successful Tag des Sport.

Tag de Sport

 

 

With the weather also “playing ball”, it was a great event, allowing thousands of people to test out sports that they might have only seen on TV, or heard about. It also gave unknown (at least to One Player Down) sports find new fans by showing how fun and easy they are to access.

The typical sports were attracting the most people, but it was sports such as Bassalo, Faustball,  Mini Squash and Prellball that caught our eye.

Bassalo is a very simple game that involves throwing a ball using a cup across a net to the other player, the scoring was not clear but the guess is the one who drops it loses.  It was not just the simplicity of the concept, it was the diversity of ages that tried them that we loved seeing.

Faustball, not so unknown here it seems but not exactly up there with football in its popularity was demonstrated by people trying to punch a ball through a hole.  From a look through YouTube, it looks like a similar game to volleyball but the ball is allowed to bounce on the ground

Mini Squash is really self explanatary, squash but mini.  Here it was plazed with a foam ball, closer to a tennis ball in size and with bigger raquets.

Prellball, is again similar to Volleyball in set up and thus very similar to Faustball, as the ball is allowed to bounce but it is played on a court the size of an indoor volleyball court.

All very interesting and there were a lot more sports on show as well.

Looking forward to next year where hopefully One Player Down will have a booth and you will get to meet the whole team.

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Sporting week

After the recent post about Donaupark it is time to update you on the Sporting Week according to One Player Down.

Monday Night football is back and will try and take advantage of all the good Mondays left in the summer.  As the photos from the “We love Vienna but…” post shows there is not a limit of how many players can play so the more the merrier, just sign up and get all the details on the platform.

The other mainstay this summer is Basketball on Thursdays, though this is not really looking for extra players, ever once in a while they need someone to join and the level is good.  That means, if there is space, bring your “A” game.

To help you keep your sporting calendar in order we have the export to calendar feature.  At the bottom of the event there is the opportunity to export to iCal

If you do not have an iPhone, then it is possible to download an app to convert ics files to google calendar or outlook files and they are free.  This is just a part-time work around while we update the system to cover every operating system.

 

 

We Love Vienna but…

That is a bit of a bad title for people trying to start something in Vienna but this is a post that needs to be written.

Pick-up games live and die on the availability of cheap – read free- facilities –  that are available to the masses.  Basketball in Vienna is great as there are a lot of places in and around the city, Beach volleyball too, skating has a lot of places as well.  Then we come to “the beautiful game”, the one that every bar in the city made sure that every patron was able to see a TV for fear of losing customers, Football, Soccer, Fußball, fotbol whatever you call it.  This is not really catered to in the city at all.  Yes there is cage football available but that is not as in demand as playing on grass, jumpers for goal posts and joy of playing on grass.

Prater or Donauinsel are built for picnics, to play football there is to risk serious injury.

In London from the moment work, school or university finishes on a weekday in the summer, the parks are filled with people of various skill levels playing.  By the end of the summer the ground though hard as a rock and as bald as Bruce Willis after a hair cut it is still flat.  That is the thing that separates these parks from Prater or Donauinsel; flat, level, even surfaces. There are no sinkholes, craters etc where the ball or even a smaller player might disappear down.

Then, in a random conversation, this complaint was turned on its head as the most pristine and fantastic secret of Vienna was unveiled.  The emerald paradise that is DonauPark:

DonauPark where Monday night football can live on

DonauPark the Emerald Paradise

The Vienese home of Football

DonauTurm in DonauPark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is time that this park was used for the good of Football, it is really the un appreciated gem of Vienna and hopefully the saviour of Monday night football.

If you are interested in Monday night football or more games organized in DonauPark just register at One Player Down to find out more or to create your own.

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