El Clásico – Mexicans vs Internationals. That is the mother of all games in Mexico City. Since the first game between an international and a Mexican 11 a side team on July 22nd of 2018, there have been 8 games between both teams. While the first game was won 2:1 by the at that time called Mexican All Star team, it is the internationals that hold more victories. They were able to win 4 times, while the Mexicans were able to win 3 times, with one 1:1 draw (see the table of all games below). The international team emerged from a team called Jakeventus, captained by English striker Jake. Now, “El Clásico” will remain between team “Internacionalitos” of players from all over the World and team “Mexicanos”.
On the Independence Day of México Jakeventus FC played a competitive game against the Mexican Team Karlsruher SC. The several visitors of the game saw two completely different halfs. The Mexican team played in a 3-5-1-1 formation while Jakeventus played in a 4-3-3 formation:
Carlos – Alejandro – Eduardo
Arturo – Mike – André – Rubén – José
Jonny – Edward – Hazael
Kim – Pablo
César – Héctor – Andrew – Manni
Karlsruher SC the better Team despite having only 10 Players
Karlsruher SC could not complete their team in the first half. While Ruben helped out the team they were still one man short in the first half. That provided some extra motivation for the team. The Mexicans were the more efficient team in the first half winning the decisive duels in the midfield and played without any mistakes in the defence. Consequently, the first goal of the day was scored by Karlsruher striker Aldo, who finished a superb pass from his teammate about 15 minutes into the game. Keeper Banano was left without a chance to stop the ball. Jakventus did not find a way in the first half to cope with the dense midfield of Karlsruher SC despite having one player more.
Jakeventus scores 5 goals in the second Half
This should change in the second half. Jakeventus made a small but crucial change in their lineup. French international Pierre came into the game. It took him about 8 minutes before scoring the first goal for Jakeventus. This was a massive mental booster for the whole team. Everyone from now on played with more confidence. 5 minutes after the equalizer Pierre made a run on the right side passing the ball in the right moment into the back of the defence of Karlsruher SC. Midfielder Jake had no problem to stop the ball and to circle it into the right upper corner of the goal in a way usually only Henry knew how to do it. But that was not enough yet. Jakeventus was still hungry for more goals. Pierre scored the 3:1 a bit after and Kim showed why they call him Diego in Germany increasing the score to 4:1 with a solo run. This is how the goal looked like more or less:
Despite getting 4 quick goals in the second half Karlsruher SC never gave up. Team captain Fernando received the ball in the box 10 minutes before the final whistle and took a precise shot into the left corner of the goal, 4:2. After a long ball from keeper Banano Pierre marked the final goal of the game with a magnificent finish once again.
At the end it was another successful competitive 11-a-side game for Jakeventus against a very fair Karlsruher SC team. The revenge game will not wait for too long!
* thanks to Fabi for the illustrations of the games, even capturing the goals!
Barcelona Star Alex scores winning Goal in Overtime
This past Saturday the international team of Jakeventus played a 11 a side friendly game against a slightly different version of the Mexican All Star team that defeated Jakeventus a couple of weeks ago 2:1.
Under best weather conditions both teams tried to score an early goal. Jakeventus played in a 4-3-3 formation with Kenyan Strikers Bhupi and Edward being complemented by star striker Pierre. For the new version of the Mexican All Star team it was a bit more difficult to organize their game and get to know each other since they have never played in this constellation before. But Oscar and David organized the game well in the midfield and striker Elias always finds a way to cause trouble in the opponent’s defence:
Manni (IN) – Hector (SV) – Pablo (FR) – Will (FR)
Edgar (US) – Kim (GER) – Alex (ESP)
Pierre (FR) – Edward (KEN) – Bhupi (KEN)
Mexican All Stars
Marcos – Arturo – Defensor Nuevo – Hazael
Ruben – Oster – David – Achille (FR)
Delantero Nuevo – Elias
French-Kenyan connection scores two Goals
After around 20 minutes Jakeventus managed to score the first goal when Pierre made his way up on the right wing all the way. He passed the ball in the right moment into the box. Edward was where he had to be as a central striker and had no problems entering the ball into the net, 1:0! After the goal Mexican All Stars put in more effort to score the equalizer, but it was once again the deadly effective French-Kenyan combination between Pierre and Edward that led to another goal, 2:0 Jakeventus!
Mexican All Stars come back strong!
After the half time break it was Mexican All Stars who pressured to score a goal. Jakeventus was able to “survive” the first attacks of the Mexican team and managed to get back into the game. However, towards the end of the game the team of keeper Banano showed themselves very decisive in wanting to score a goal. One of the many counter-attacks ended in a goal scored by Arturo, 2:1!
It was the same Mexican midfielder who also took charge of scoring the equalizer when he dribbled his way through the defence on the right wing and passing into the box, where El Salvadorian defender Hector stood at the right place to score an (own!) goal in the 88thminute, 2:2!
Cool Finish of Barcelona Star Alex in the last Minute
The players of the teams already thought that would be the end result, but Alex from Spain had a different opinion. In overtime Manni intercepted a ball in front of the opponent’s box. He chipped the ball into the danger area where the defence was not able to clear the ball away. Alex took advantage of the confusion that occurred right before the referee was about to blow the whistle. Alex took the ball, ran a few steps with the ball towards the goalie and shot the ball elegantly into the goal of Mexican All Stars, 3:2!
Jakeventus finished the final test before having the return game against the real Mexican All Star team in the next weeks. After the game the players voted for Pierre as the MVP of the game on the new Sport12 app. As usual Pierre dominated the right wing like Nedved in his best times.
One day before the world cup final 22 soccer players from 8 different countries played a competitive but always fair 11-a-side soccer game at the newly renovated blue soccer pitch at Centro Deportivo Benito Juarez. With our newcomers from Mexico, France and País Basco; Manuel, Tanguy and Aitor, we welcomed three new talented players to our Team International. All new players played in the team “Rest of Team International” against Jakeventus, captained by Manni and Jake.
Before the game Manni gathered his team together to give a motivational speech to everyone motivating each and every one of his players. Both teams played in a 4-4-2 system with the following lineups:
As both teams never had played in that constellation before, the main purpose of the first minutes was to get structure into the game. Similar to the world cup final the ball went quickly from one side to the other. Jakeventus had slightly more possession of the ball, which they used 20 minutes into the game when Pablo aka Moctezuma scored the first goal of the day.
After the goal the opponents changed their lineup slightly when Alex pushed more up to create more danger. That was a smart move. Towards the end of the first half newcomer Manuel played a long ball to Alex, who elegantly stopped the ball with his strong left foot and didn’t hesitate long to take the shot form outside the box: 1:1!
Jakeventus takes over control – Alex strikes back
Similar picture in the second half. The teams now played a better soccer with Jakeventus constantly pressuring, leaving team Rest of Team International only opportunities for some counter attacks. Center midfielder Pablo and Unai controlled the game a bit more, always making use of their wingers Pepa and Bhupi to create danger. One of these strikes ended up in a goal with Pablo again firing the ball into the net. But Rest of Team International also had their star player. Not long after the 2:1 spanish genius Alex took advantage of some confusion in the defense of Jakeventus and marked the 2:2, leaving goalkeeper Banano with no chance.
That was the final result in the second 11-a-side game of Team International at Centro Deportivo Benito Juarez. Next week Jakeventus, a selection of Team International, will face a Mexican all Star team captained by Hazael.
Due to there outstanding performance for their respective team Pablo and Alex got awarded as the MVP of the game. Congratulations!!!
Goals: Pablo (1:0), Alex (1:1), Pablo (2:1), Alex (2:2)
It was the first 11-a-side game for the international team of Jakeventus. Yesterday the team played at the newly renovated pitch at Deportivo Benito Juarez against the soccer team from UBER to determine the final winner. Both teams have won once in the two 7-a-side games they played before.
Jakeventus tries to withstand the pressure from UBER
The teams came early to the game to be able to warm up half an hour before. Indian player Manni-Mourinho gave a motivational speech before the game emphasizing the team play and a positive attitude towards the referee and linesmen.
With a solid 4-4-2 formation both teams tried to use the wings for their offensive play. The first two minutes belonged to UBER who did not give away the ball and circulated it well after starting the kick-off. When Jakeventus finally conquered the ball it was difficult to pass around the ball as the Uber team led by French player Pierre positioned themselves very well and did not provide much space. However, 10 minutes into the game Jakeventus organized themselves a bit better and slightly changed the formation into a 1-3-4-2 formation with Wen (MEX) being the last man. This provided more stability in the defense, left the midfielder Kim (GER) and Pablo (FR) with one person less though. With Alex from Spain and Pierre from France Ubers midfield continuously caused problems for Jakeventus. It was difficult to stop those high class players. Therefore, Jakeventus played mostly through their wingers; Pepa (MEX) and Hazael (MEX)/Max (FR) on the left side and Manni (IN) and Edgar (US) on the right side. Jake (ENG) and Edward (KEN) took the striking positions, with Jake covering the left part and Edward occupying the center position.
Jakeventus’ strikers Jake and Edward score the first goal
Goalkeeper Banano had to save some initial attacks from Uber, which he did without problems. Way into the second half one of our counter attacks was successful. Jake got the ball on the left wing up top and cut into the middle to go for the strike (kind of his move). The goalkeeper got his fingers on the ball but Edward did what a striker had to do and was there for the re-bounce which he managed to put into the net – 1:0 Jakeventus.
US-boy Edgar scores right after half time break
Both teams had a chance to drink some water at the 5 minute break. Edgar was the one that used the break most efficiently focusing on the second half. When he got the ball after the kick-off he dribbled around one guy, passed two other guys on the right wing and passed the ball perfectly to Jake who did not hesitate long and took the shot directly. The “goalie couldn’t handle Jake’s rocket, I (Edgar) picked up the trash and slotted it home for the team. 2-nil”, as Edgar explained after the game.
With the 2:0 cushion Jakeventus focused on the defense trying to withstand the attacks from Uber. A few changes where made in order to recharge batteries. Max came in for Hazael forming the left wing with Pepa. UBER came to a few chances. Most of them consisted of long distance shots that were not easy to save by Banano put he managed to maintain a clean sheet.
Therefore, 2:0 was the final end result making Jakeventus the final winner over UBER. It was 3 very fair, fun, but also competitive games against the international team from UBER. Thanks for the great fun!
LINEUPS UBER: Martin, Benjamin, Will, Edgar Gutierrez, Mauricio, Pierre, Alex, Arturo, Inigo, Mario Gutierrez, Nico Rojas, Valentin Jakeventus: Banano, Wen, Hector, Pepa, Manni, Hazael, Pablo, Kim, Edgar, Jake, Edward, Max
GOALS: Edward (1:0), Edgar (2:0)
MVP: The whole team, as it was a great team efford with everyone putting in a 100% to win this game
* Special thanks to Fabi and Julio Cesar for putting in as much passion and energy as us and taking the amazing pictures of the game.