CEV Continental Cup Baden

One Player Down and Beach volleyball

We are going to be at the CEV Continental Cup Beach Volleyball tournament in Baden from the 10-12th June.

There you will be able to meet us and also see some of the stars of beach volleyball.

What we are bringing

We are not just bringing our beautiful faces we are helping spread the word about one of our great friends TriVolle.

What is TriVolle

Any of you that joined us at the MOVE – Movember launch party last year, will know that this was the opening act of the night. It is a great game, a mix between beach volleyball, four square (not the check-in startup, a school yard game from the US).

As you can see from the video…stop, watch it now.

Now as you can see from the video, this is an amazing game and one that takes 10 mins to get it to it and 5 mins to get addicted. That was not a mistake.

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Why should we do that you are asking, well, we talked with the TriVolle team and negotiated a fantastic deal for you all.

Be the coolest kid this summer and get one of these Trivolle sets for an amazing price, only available through One Player Down.

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Jobs in Sports

With sports being one of the most sought after career paths in entertainment we thought we would post a few jobs that we have heard about that relate to sports for our loyal fans:

Obviously these are not the only sports jobs available around the globe at the minute, it is just a small selection.

If there are any jobs that you hear about that you feel should be featured here please email us at support@oneplayerdown.com and we will post it in the next edition.

Please feel free to pass this around to your friends and contacts if you feel there is a job that might interest them.  In the future we will also feature jobs at One Player Down but in the meantime, if you are interested in working with us please just contact us as we are always looking for more members of the team to take this platform to the masses.

Have a good rest of the weekend.

The OPD Team

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Tag des Sport Wien 2014

On the 20th September the Tag des Sport 2014 will be taking place in Vienna and, while One Player Down is not officially a partner (at least not this year), we are behind all things sporting…so it goes without saying that we are great supporters of the Tag des Sport.

Also did we say that the enrty price is FREE!

This is a great opportunity for people to get to grips with Sports in Vienna, the options, the organizations behind them, etc.

There will be many thing taking place on the day so seeing it all might be quite the task, are you up for the challenge?

There will be famous athletes from all sporting backgrounds, ability to test out new games, free samples from all big bands (not a promise, just a likelihood) among many other things.

The traditional sports will all be represented there, Football (Soccer), Basketball, Skiing etc but it is the lesser know sports that have got us excited this year.

Bassalo
Bike Polo
PrellBall
and a few others.

Unfortunately, one is missing but that is not a problem, as we here at One Player Down have your back…all will be revealed soon, you just have to wait for the next post to find out all about it.
Visit Tag des Sports 2014 for more about what the day has in store and remember that One Player Down is the easy and quick way to organize all your sporting events watching or playing.

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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

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The Vienese home of Football

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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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It starts now

The group qualifiers are now in the past and it has been quite the ride so far.
We have had upsets, predictable scores – at least by the One Player Down team on Facebook – and a few controversies.

First the upsets and like a Rioja, Spain did not travel well. A tournament too far for some, a real shame for it to end like that for Casillas in particular.

Portugal proved that without Ronaldo is not a top team at the moment, lots of individuals.

In general it has been a bad cup so far for the European, African an Asian teams.

This has so far been the World Cup of the Americas, but the fun starts now.

For the top predictions follow One Player Down on Facebook, we have surprised ourselves with our accuracy. Yes that is us patting ourselves on our back that you can here.

To the controversies and there have been a few…the big one aka Count Suarez need not be approached here. The others have been some referee decisions, a few offside goals, some dubious penalties etc but these things happen. Brazil might have benefited more than others but a tournament with the home nation not getting a few calls is impossible and the World Cup is always richer with Brazil in it.

We predicted an Argentina win and we are gonna stick with that, there are shades of Mexico 86 and the one man show that Maradona put on then with Messi being the difference in all the games so far.

Just one side note, the support for the US team has been a massive surprise at this tournament. It can only be good for the game in general to have the US take to the beautiful game.

Now it is time to get behind your team and support them to the final.
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World Cup Fever – Brazil 2014

The World Cup in Brazil is just around the corner,starting with Brazil vs Croatia on Thursday.

It is time for predictions, fantasy teams, completing your Panini sticker album, following everything with a World Cup wall chart and beer, friends, shouting, chanting, excitement and tears.

Let’s get the One Player Down Predictions out to the way.

France and Belgium are the Dark Horses of the Tournament

Spain would be a great as we would have been part of viewing history

Brazil as the hosts are a good pick too but…

Argentina is the pick from One Player Down as Messi and Aguero clicking will be near impossible for any defense to stop.  The fact that they have one of the easier groups also allows the to work their way into the tournament too.

Back to professional opinions.

These events are all about the fans around the world, as we have heard on occasions that the players themselves get bored, something as as fan it is hard to fathom.

We are going to present some of the fantasy team leagues, share some professional predictions – some not so professional – and talk about some great places to view with games in Vienna.

 

Fantasy Teams:

Guardian
TelegraphMcDonalds

The Guardian have also added a nice twist by allowing people to pick their dream XI, have you ever wanted Zidane passing balls through to Maradona, see what Zico could have done with Ronaldo and Pele in front of him?  Here is your chance.

Predictions:

ESPN – here you can fill out your own predictions and see who will win
Sportsnet – Offers up their group predictions, from a Canadian perspective
BBC – British ex-pros opinions of how the world cup will turn out
Bleacher Report – Odds, Table Predictions and FIFA Tournament Preview

Where to watch the World Cup in Vienna:

Strandbar Herrmann
Wuk – FM4 WM-Quatier
Flex
Shebeens
Almost every bar in the city

It would be callous not to add a little about the political upheaval that the World Cup has caused in Brazil and the Manaus Stadium “White Elephant” issue.

John Olivier of the Last Week Tonight show has a comedic look at the situation, it has to be said that the views expressed in the clip are not the views of One Player Down

Though One Player Down is mostly for organizing to play sports, it can also be used to organize where you will view the games over the next month with friends, colleagues or fellow country men and women.

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