Both goals of the game created by Venezuelan subs Emil and Raymond
The 11thgame between team Mexicanos and team Internacionalitos had no looser. Both teams tried hard to improve their statistics in the 11thencounter of El Clásico. The Mexicans received support from Niko, Fumi and Raymond from Argentina, Japan and Venezuela. Newcomer Gunther played for the first time for the Mexicans, occupying the striker position next to Ricardo. Internacionalitos had 4 players from France and Venezuela each, complemented by Mike, Manni and Edward form the US, India and Kenya. Due to having an overload of offensive players, captain Manny decided to go for an attacking 3-4-3 system. Mexicans relied on their 4-4-2, with captain Wen taking the “sweeper” position:
Today Team International might have gathered the two best teams in the history of Taxqueña Arena games. With Mohammed the group got to know its first star player from Qatar. He just arrived to Mexico, so he is still struggling with the altitude. Something most of us can realte to.
Arturo and Kim picked the teams in the beginning. Soon it was clear that it would be a special day at Taxqueña Arena. Special, because female midfielder Majo returned after her injury about two months ago. She was managing the game from outside. Special also, because both teams had top class players that allowed a very fast game. Well, two games.
Sunday soccer at Taxqueña Arena. The place where soccer players meet up on Sundays to have fun playing soccer like Messi, Ronaldinho and Chicharito.
Yesterday’s game was special because Amaury and a small part of his group showed up after having had the first 11 a side game of Team International against them about half a year ago (see photo below). It seems like soon they will be ready to have a revenge game.
Passion – Energy and Friendship at Thursday Games in CDMX
A lot of passion and energy could be felt at the Thursday game last week between the international crew of captain Carlos and Team International’s Mannichester FC. All players gathered together to have fun playing 1:30 hours in the north of Mexico City.
While Mannichester had a tremendous start of the day scoring 8:2 goals by strikers Edward and Joshua, Carlos’ crew came back strong into the game in the second part of the game.
Clash of Titans between the Captains of Jakeventus FC and Mannichester FC
On October 18th, Team International traveled to the north of Mexico City to play against another international team.
The players from France (Max & Pablo), England (Josh & Jake), Mexico (Alberto & Wen) India (Manni) and Germany (Kim) were ready to confront another team to get more competitive experience.
How serious the players take those competitive games can be shown by the effort put in by Wen. Living in Xochimilco he generally has it quite difficult to reach the games. For this game, he did not hesitate to take an Uber for 60 kilometers paying 700 pesos just for the Uber! That’s what we call commitment at Team International!
Fun, action and a lot of passion characterized the social soccer games at Taxqueña once more. At yesterday’s Fut7 games 19 soccer fanatics from England, Canada, El Salvador, Belgium, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, France, United States and Colombia played for two hours in the burning sun.
Three teams played at yesterday’s Sunday Casual Soccer Games at Taxqueña Arena. The first team was made out of pure British and North American players, or as Edward called it the British American Tobacco Team. The other two teams where mixed with people from every corner of the world. After having celebrated with Team International the Oktoberfest on Saturday night, one of our players still made the MVP award.
British American Tabacco
Mixed Team A
Mixed Team B
Carlos (Portero) (MX)
Mixed Team A with new goal keeper
Mixed Team A was lucky to count on the only goal keeper of the day. Goal keeper Carlos came for the first time to the games and impressively showed that he has been goal keeping all his life. Team British American Tabacco had a slight advantage over the other teams when it came to communication. They quickly agreed to maintain all communication in English, instead of having a wild mix between English and Spanish as it is the case usually with the teams. Mixed Team B on the other side mainly consisted of the latecomers. While Alberto is still on his vacation trip in Belarus, his friend Luis came in representation for him occupying the left wing of Mixed Team B. The team consisted of mainly offensive players with Elias, Edward, Santi and Luis. For the defensive part Wen, Cesar and Danilo were in charge, with Israel maintaining the equilibrium between both extremes.
Team International @ Oktoberfest
With a very active referee the teams tried to win every game. The players did not hesitate long to go for the shot. Especially Mixed Team A had some successful games in a row with Pablo aka Moctezuma leading the team to several victories. With Team International he celebrated the Oktoberfest the night before dancing on the tables and drinking beer like there is no tomorrow. Except of there was a tomorrow, in which he showed an excellent performance. He was voted as the MVP of the day by the players after the game. Congratulations Pablo!
While the teams competed in the social games for two hours, our best female player Majo celebrated her … birthday. Due to the injury that she is still recovering from she could not celebrate her birthday with Manni and the rest of the team. Soon she will be back on the pitch though making look several guys like amateurs. We all wish you a happy birthday Majo!!!
The numbers are skyrocketing at the famous Taxqueña Arena. At this past Sunday casual soccer meetup of our international community close to 30 people gathered together to show off their new skills.
For the first time in the history of the games of our group “Team International“ 4 teams competed for the golden banana award at Taxqueña Arena. Here a quick summary of each team:
Irving friend (MX)
Team Mexico consisted of purely Mexican players with the edition of English midfielder Jonny, who has not missed a game since his debut 2 months ago. Veteran Wen organized the game from the back in his efficient and calm playing style. His passing statistics: 100% passes completed successfully. Erick, Nicho, Jonny, Johnnie, Irving and his female friend all were in charge for the offensive actions. Especially comebacker Johnnie seemed to show the passionate crowd at Taxqueña Arena that he has not lost his skills despite his long lasting abstinence from the games.
Filled with veteran players of the original Jakventus team (Edward, Hazael, Jake, Hector), French international Côme, us-boy Danny and Mexican defender Cesar the team let some magic happen every once in a while in their tiki-taka like combinations. They started off quite hot with Hazael scoring some quick goals in the first game. Later on the level slowed down a bit with Côme and Edward occasionally firing up a ball in the direction of the opponent’s goal keeper.
Team 3 consisted of players from 5 different countries and 3 different continents, thus the prestigious name Team International. Similar to Team Mexico, Team International had a strong defender with Brazilian Danilo, who organized the team’s game from the back. Always a active member of the team was Canadian giant Tom who ran up and down on the right side going for the shot whenever possible. For the creative moments Rubinski, Diego and Jesus took charge, setting strikers Josh and Santi brilliantly up to score goals. A diverse but very effective team on the pitch!
Probably the most dangerous team of all the four teams. Team France came up with an even more complete version since their victory last weekend at Taxqueña Arena. This time, the team consisted of players 100% made in France. The team’s quality was shown in their mental capacity of always making the right decision and never giving up the ball unnecessarily. Stopping the ball and passing it to the best available team member was executed in a way Zidane could not have taught better. All team members made sure the ball was brought into the opponents half where star striker Antoine often found a way to get into a shooting position firing up a ball with his strong left foot.
Competitive Games in a Fair and Friendly Style
All teams won several games during the more than 2 hour lasting games… While the tournament style made the games a bit more competitive (of course no one wanted to have to leave the pitch loosing a game), the games always remained very fair. The referee and the players as well did a great job keeping it all friendly.
After the game some players introduced themselves to the Sport12 community in a small video clip that will be shown in the crowdfunding campaign at the end of this year.
* thanks to Fabi for the professional photos shots and Jake for the professional and slightly biased commentary
this Wednesday the Jakeventus A Team aka Mannichester City has a competitive 6-a-side game against the soccer team of the consultancy PwC in the north of the city. The casual soccer games this weekend will take place as usual, accessible for everyone!
23 goals were scored at yesterday’s Sunday Soccer meet-up at Taxqueña Arena. Hakim’s group consisting of French teachers from the Instituto Franco-Mexicano showed up with 5 guys. Antoine and Ronan played for the first time at the Sunday soccer games and brought in some skills to the group.
The French team was complmented by Canadian Tom, Belgium Pavel and English Josh, who made his first appearance for Team International at Saturday’s 11 a side soccer game.
On the other side, team Jakeventus played with the veterans: Wen, Hector, Jake, Edgar and Hazael, complimented by Jonny from England and Santiago from Colombia. Here is the initial lineup of the game:
GK: Jonny (ENG)
Wen (MX) – Hector (SV)
Jake (ENG) – Edgar (US) – Hazael (MX)
Josh (ENG) – Ronan (FR)
Victor (FR) – Pavel BEL) – Paul (FR)
GK: Tom (CA)
Subs: Antoine (FR), Andrew (US), Fer (MX)
Successful Implementation of Piramid System
The initial 3-2-1 piramid formation of team France seemed to be more effective than Jakeventus’ 2-3-1 formation. The slightly more motivated French team went with a sovereign 5:2 into half time. The defence of Jakeventus seemed to have some organizational problems in the beginning. After the half time break Jakeventus put in the effort that it takes to win a game. Newcomer Ronan was able to score the 6:2, but then Jakeventus got serious scoring two quick goals, 6:4. From that point on goals were scored on both sides every minute. After playing two times 40 minutes the teams finished exhausted due to the burning sun with an impressive 13:10 victory of team French. The defence of both teams seemed to be napping occasionally.
We are still missing our female player Majo at the games. She injured herself a few weeks ago and will have to recover 2 more months due to her severe incident. We wish her a quick recovery!
Score sheet: Team French vs Jakeventus
2:0 Hazael (EG)
8:4 Victor (golazo)
9:7 Jake (solo run)
10:9 Tom (EG)
* thanks to Fabi for the illustrations of the game