AUBG Soccer League Spring ’17 – Group Stage Results
On April 12, the AUBG Soccer League held the last group stage match of the Spring ’17 edition of the sports tournament. Twelve teams faced off each other in the preliminary rounds which started in the middle of February. Only eight of them proceeded to direct eliminations. The next stage of the tournament will begin on April 18.
The Spring ’17 edition of the AUBG Soccer League was initiated under the supervision of the two co-presidents Miroslav Kolev and Angel Dimitrov. Kolev, a second-year student, was part of the presidents’ team of the tournament during the Fall 2016 semester, while Dimitrov, also a second-year student, was chosen to organize the events by the captains of the participating teams at a captains’ meeting. The competition included 12 teams, three of which were the newly formed Green Walkers, Erasmus, and Crazy Wolves. According to Kolev, the two teams Oldies&Fatties and Banicharkata, which were part of the tournament during the Fall 2016 semester, split up and their members became part of Green Walkers, Black Jaguars, Erasmus, 0 Zatep, and Dve rakii, molq!. He shared that organizing the matches seemed easier compared to last semester and that the participation level remained the same.
“There were minor clashes between the players because everybody was passionate about the games,” commented Kolev.
Kolev pointed out that the major difficulty for the presidents team was the purchase of soccer balls. Before the start of the championship, the Athletics Director, Yasen Nedelchev, made the decision not to purchase new ones. The players had to face off using one of the five remaining balls – three of which were in a decent condition, according to Kolev. The co-president shared that the players had to deal with the unpleasant situation where one of the balls exploded during a match.
Kolev mentioned that the two most memorable games were 0 Zatep vs. Black Jaguars and Phoenix vs. 0 Zatep. According to him, the first one was intriguing to watch because of the unexpected comeback of one of the teams, while during the second one the players showed outstanding skills.
As the group stage proceeded, each of the teams received its tally of points, which reflected their standing. A win resulted in the receiving of three points, a draw – of two, and a loss – of zero. After the soccer matches on April 12, the teams that proceeded to the next stage were 0 Zatep, Laberia, K’vo Govorish, Reckless, Phoenix, All United, Black Jaguars, and Dve rakii, molq!.
The two presidents of the AUBG Soccer League scheduled the stages of direct elimination of the tournament to begin on April 18 with the following matches.
The match for the title of the AUBG Soccer League Spring ’17 Champion will be played during the first week of May, 2017.