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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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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.

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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And the Tournament goes on

We know that we have been a bit World Cup heavy in the past few weeks and that will stop soon we promise.

Last night the final game of the second round was played, so all the Quarter Final games are now set.  The Second round was not filled with many surprises,  most of these teams would have been expected to be here at this stage except for Colombia and Costa Rica perhaps.

Chile played well but just couldn’t overcome Brazil

Uruguay didn’t show any teeth against Colombia (sorry for that really bad pun)

France over powered Nigeria, wearing them down

Germany rode their luck against a fantastic Algeria team

Holland borrowed the German’s lucky horse to ride it past Mexico – more on this game in a minute

Costa Rica took penalties to put Greece out of the cup

Argentina against Switzerland, I think the commentators even fell asleep.

Then came the game of the second round, Belgium vs Tim Howard!  The US might have opened up the Americans to enjoy how much fun a 0-0 game can be but it seemed that when needed, the German’s horse just needed a rest.

So we are left with

Brazil v Colombia
France v Germany
Holland v Costa Rica
Argentina v Belgium

There are hopefully a few upsets in the Quarter Finals as that makes it all the more interesting, only time will tell.

Now quickly back to the Holland Mexico game and now we come to the controversy of the round.  Robben must be a two sport athlete as his diving is as well if not more renowned as his football skills.  FIFA, UEFA and all the league bodies want to get rid of this kind of behavior and there is only one way.  A dive anywhere on the pitch,Yellow Card, in the penalty box however, instant Red Card.  The game, spectators, sponsors etc are trying to be cheated by that player.  If a straight yellow is something that Refs are not willing to give, then anytime a player rolls around as if their leg has just stabbed should be ushered off the field to be brought back on at the next opportunity, this would also stop the time wasting.  This needs to be stopped for the betterment of the game.

Final point here, if a player then admits to the dive after the game, it should be treated as if he has elbowed someone and he should face a ban, if it has changed the outcome of the game, it might be that the win should be awarded to the other team.  Harsh…but everyone wants diving out of the game.

While the Football has been going on there have surprisingly been many other sports events going on, including Wimbledon.

Wimbledon suffered it’s own upsets yesterday when Rafa Nadal went out to Krygios and Sharapova went out to Kerber.

If all this talk about sport has you chomping at the bit to play just Get in the Game at One Player Down

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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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