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  1. Broncos218

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    Round of 16 Preview

    Now that we are at the knockout stage, time for some previews!

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    Broncos218 (1st in Serie A, 7-3-3; Cup Results: W 1-0 vs. FC Koln, L 2-3 vs. Palermo, W 3-2 vs. RSC Anderlecht)
    LasVegasFC (3rd in Serie C, 7-1-4; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Everton, D 2-2 vs. Fulham, L 0-2 vs. Stade Rennes)
    Werder Bremen has looked impressive in Serie A play, and currently sit in first in the tables. However, the club has been vulnerable at times, as shown recently in the club's 3-2 loss to Palermo in the group stage. VfL Wolfsburg escaped Group B by placing second, and have looked sharp in Serie C play. If Wolfsburg can duplicate the blueprint laid out by Anderlecht and Palermo in the group stage, and take advantage of Bremen's less than impressive recent form, this game could be closer than expected.
    Prediction: Werder Bremen 3-0

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    BESHIKTAS (T-2nd in Serie B, 7-2-3; Cup Results: W 3-0 vs. Flamengo, L 1-3 vs. Aston Villa, W 4-1 vs. Athletic Club)
    bigox1337 (6th in Serie A, 5-3-4; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Celtic, W 2-1 vs. Parma, L 1-3 vs. B. M'gladbach)
    Serie B mainstay QPR has slowly but surely climbed near the top of the Serie B table and now currently sit in 2nd place. However, the club has hard a hard time competing against Serie A clubs. In the group stage, QPR fell apart with a 1-3 loss against Aston Villa. For Stoke City, the club was expected to be in the relegation battle. But with a fantastic start, Peter Crouch put Stoke at the top early. However, with just 4 points in the club's last 5 matches, Stoke needs to a win here to regain some confidence. Don't be surprised if this one goes into extra time.
    Prediction: QPR 3-2

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    shiftee (T-8th in Serie A, 2-7-2; Cup Results: W 4-0 vs. LA Galaxy, W 3-0 vs. SC Braga, W 1-0 vs. West Ham)
    RedAL925 (T-8th in Serie A, 3-4-6; Cup Results: W 3-0 vs. Bolton, L 1-2 vs. Montpellier, D 1-1 vs. Fiorentina)
    In a battle of Serie A founders, both teams have disappointed thus far in league play. CSKA's 3-time defending champ manager has won just 2 of 11 league matches, while TSG Hoffenheim looked fantastic to start the year under its new coach, only to more recently fall down the table. Over each team's last 5 games, the two clubs have combined for just 1 win. And despite a 1-1 draw between the two on Matchday 8, someone has to win here, and CSKA did look impressive with 3 clean sheets in the group stage.
    Prediction: CSKA Moscow 2-0

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    Roger (7th in Serie B, 4-2-6; Cup Results: W 2-0 vs. Galatasaray, L 1-2 vs. Sunderland)
    CxMacx10 (T-3rd in Serie A, 4-8-1; Cup Results: W 2-0 vs. Dinamo Moscow, D 2-2 vs. Spartak Moscow, D 1-1 vs. VfB Stuttgart)
    Despite just a win and a loss in the group stage, Santos FC came out on top in Group G. And even with a trio of Neymar, Ganso, and Borges in attack, Santos FC has not lived up to their full potential in Serie B so far. As for the recently-promoted Wolves side, the club has struggled to do anything but draw this season, as evident by the English club's 8 draws in 13 Serie A matches, and 2 more in the group stage. Wolverhampton has begun to play in finer form more recently though, and let's not forget this is a team that has made the Coppa semis and final over the past two seasons.
    Prediction: Wolverhampton 3-1

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    HokieNYC (T-10th in Serie A, 3-2-6; Cup Results: D 1-1 vs. Fulham, D 3-3 vs. Everton, W 2-0 vs. VfL Wolfsburg)
    jb_banco (2nd in Serie C, 6-5-1; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Palermo, D 2-2 vs. FC Koln, L 2-3 vs. Werder Bremen)
    After starting out Serie A at the bottom of the table for weeks, manager HokieNYC has finally figured out Stade Rennes. Rennes recently had a 4-match win streak, including a Coppa win that bumped them to the top of Group B. As for Anderlecht, the club sits in 2nd in Serie C and will be fighting for promotion for the remainder of the season. The Serie C side is certainly no slouch in this match, as the club drew 2-2 against an impressive FC Koln and nearly managed another draw against Werder Bremen in the group stage. Both teams appear underrated, but it is tough to go against the hot hand.
    Prediction: Stade Rennes 2-1

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    Cimmy24 (12th in Serie A, 2-1-7; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Parma, W 1-0 vs. Celtic, W 3-1 vs. Stoke City)
    Zikry (T-3rd in Serie A, 5-5-4; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Athletic Club, W 3-1 vs. QPR, L 1-2 vs. Flamengo)
    In the basement of Serie A, Borussia Monchengladbach misses the days of sitting near the top of table in B. But while the club has struggled in league play, they dominated Group D with 3 straight wins against quality opponents. Meanwhile, Aston Villa has awoken from their early season slumber and again appear as poised as ever to make another deep Coppa run. The Villains have climbed in recent weeks to 3rd in Serie A and currently sport the finest form in the league, with 13 points in their past 5 matches. Expect to see both Bent and Agbonlahor help in continuing Villa's winning form.
    Prediction: Aston Villa 3-0

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    vipermansa (1st in Serie B, 8-2-2; Cup Results: W 3-1 vs. Fiorentina, W 2-1 vs. TSG Hoffenheim, W 2-0 vs. Bolton)
    UcanHateMeNow (T-2nd in Serie B, 7-2-3; Cup Results: W 3-1 vs. West Ham, L 0-3 vs. CSKA Moscow, W 3-2 vs. LA Galaxy)
    After impressing last year in Serie C, Montpellier also manged to reach the semis of the Coppa. This season, the French club sits atop Serie B and swept Group F with 3 wins, two of which were over Serie A sides. The knock against Montpellier has always been questionable defensive play, but the club has shored up their play in the back this season. SC Braga finally dropped from Serie A last season, but now sit just 3 points behind Montpellier for the Serie B lead. Braga looked impressive in the two club's past meeting, as the Portuguese side won 2-1 on Matchday 7. Along with similar recent form, this game is tough to predict.
    Prediction: Montpellier 3-1

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    Friz (T-3rd in Serie A, 6-2-5; Cup Results: W 4-2 vs. VfB Stuttgart, D 2-2 vs. Wolverhampton, W 5-1 vs. Dinamo Moscow)
    juanchoCT14 (7th in Serie A, 4-2-4; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Santos FC, L 2-3 vs. Galatasaray)
    After a hiccup in Serie A, Spartak Moscow is back on track with their winning ways. The club sits tied for 3rd in Serie A, and scored more goals than any other club in the group stage. However, the club's usually stout defense has been unimpressive thus far, allowing the second most goals in Serie A. As for Sunderland, the Black Cats have been relatively neutral this season. With an equal number of wins and losses in both league and cup matches, the club is hoping Bendtner will be able to boost them in the second half of the season. But with Spartak Moscow back on track, the Russians will be tough to beat.
    Prediction: Spartak Moscow 3-2
     
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  2. Zikry

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    Awesome job as always Broncos!! Love reading these every time
     
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  4. RedAL925

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    Do you know your success rate Bronc?
     
  5. Broncos218

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    haha nope. I know I have gotten some scores correct in the past tho. I think my biggest success was when I named Rhodolfo the "difference maker" for a semi between Sao Paulo and Aston Villa, and then he put in an own goal to lose the game.
     
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    This is really cool. It makes me wish even more that I hadn't skunked out in group play. I look forward to next season's Coppa, when I hope to have much better form.
     
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  7. BESHIKTAS

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    I have a hard time against serie A clubs ( not all of them ) LOL. Not against bigox :) . I win against him once in a while :) I was kind of hoping to face Cimmy tho. He hasn't been doing well with his new club.
     
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    bulletin board material, watch out for cimmy now
     
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    Well done Bronc!
    Very entertaining.
     
  10. Broncos218

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    Group Stage Roundup

    With the group stage complete, that means it's also time for a roundup of the group stage. Here's how things finished:
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    While all of the teams from Pot 1 ended up advancing, it wasn't always easy. Let's see who earned bragging rights in this season's Serie-by-Serie breakdown:

    Serie A: 5 in first, 5 in second, 1 in third, 1 in fourth
    Serie B: 3 in first, 1 in second, 4 in third, 2 in fourth
    Serie C: 0 in first, 2 in second, 3 in third, 5 in fourth

    Serie A vs. Serie B: 7-3-4
    Serie A vs. Serie C: 10-2-1
    Serie B vs. Serie C: 6-1-3

    Last season, Series B and C were neck and neck, while Serie A stood above them both. Serie A once again outshone the other leagues, but Serie B is closing in quick. But overall, only 3 groups finished in a 9-6-3-0 point format, and both of those finished in an A-B-C format as well.

    Key Takeaways
    1) Group B, voted the "Group of Life," appeared to be just that. With 4 draws in 6 matches, it appeared as if no one wanted to win it. Stade Rennes and HokieNYC would come out on top, but with only 5 points to show for it.
    2) The offensive juices have remained in Spartak Moscow, despite the manager change. Friz scored 11 times in the group stage, 3 more than anyone else.
    3) 17 different clubs managed a clean sheet, but only CSKA Moscow and shiftee went the entire group stage without allowing a single goal.
    4) Perhaps the biggest disappointment was rschwep and FC Koln. After leading for much of the early season in Serie A, FC Koln could only manage 2 draws and a loss in Group A, finishing 4th in the group.
    5) While some Serie C surprises over the past few seasons have made groups more interesting, that unknown flair is wearing off. Only 2 C clubs advanced to the knockout stage, while half of the lower-level league finished in the bottom of their group with 0 points.
    6) Borussia Monchengladbach is two different clubs. Or at least that's how it appears, as Cimmy24 is stuck at the bottom of Serie A, yet managed swept Group D with 9 points.
    7) We had out first two Coppa suspensions due to red card, yet in both cases, the penalized team still went on to win despite missing a starter.
    8) Aston Villa and Zikry lost a cup game!

    Short End of the Stick
    1) Flamengo and Go Devils have to be disappointed with an early exit after securing 6 points. While 2 wins nearly gurantees you advancement, the Brazilian club lost out due to its +0 goal differential.
    2) OhDaesu19 led Palermo to a valiant final-match comeback in Group A, but it was all for naught. The Italians had a roller coaster final match against Werder Bremen, but despite winning, the club finished in 3rd, losing out on the goals scored tiebreaker to jb_banco and RSC Anderlecht.
    3) StevenRhysCann and Fiorentina needed a win in their final match against TSG Hoffenheim and RedAL925, but with a draw, TSG Hoffenheim advanced on goal differential.
    4) In Group G, the group cut short a team, each team finished with 3 points apiece. With only goal differentials of +1, 0, and -1 separating the clubs, Galatasaray and Geneseo98 was the odd man out.

    Biggest Matchday 3 Group-Changers
    Palermo 3-2 Werder Bremen
    While actually being a Matchday 2 game, this was the final match played in Group A. Werder Bremen and Broncos218 had already secured first in Group A, while Palermo and OhDaesu19 needed to win by 2 to grab 2nd place over RSC Anderlecht. Despite being a heavy underdog, Palermo jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute. The cinderella story appeared to end once Werder Bremen scored to make it 2-1, but Palermo answered back with yet another goal, making it 3-1 with 15 minutes to play. But in the 81st, a second Werder Bremen goal would end Palermo's Coppa chances.

    Fulham 0-0 Everton
    In a matchup of two managers, hokie79 and IJGator, who have a history of being equal, a 0-0 draw was a fitting end to each club's Coppa hopes. To begin the final group matchweek, Fulham was level with Stade Rennes in 2nd, each having 2 points. Everton sat back in 4th with 1 point. In retrospect, had either team won, they would still be alive.

    VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 Stade Rennes
    VfL Wolfsburg and LasVegasFC had clinched advancement, but needed a win to finish 1st in Group B. With the 0-0 result in the Fulham & Everton match, Stade Rennes needed manager HokieNYC to at least a draw with Wolfsburg to advance, and the French club ended up securing victory anyways with a brace from Montano.

    TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Fiorentina
    Level on points, TSG Hoffenheim and RedAL925 held the tiebreaker over Fiorentina and StevenRhysCann for second place in Group F. A goal in the 22nd minute put the Germans on top, and Fiorentina could only answer with 1 goal, despite needing 2. The draw advanced TSG Hoffenheim into the knockout stage.
     
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    Awards Watch

    Along with the Group Stage Roundup and Round of 16 Preview, one last tidbit of extra content for the Coppa here. At the conclusion of the Coppa Tradizione, the following awards will be given out:

    :trophy: Golden/Silver/Bronze Boot (most goals, with ties broken up by assists and then least games played);

    :trophy: Golden/Silver/Bronze Creator (award for players w/ the most assists, with ties broken up by least games played and then goals);

    :trophy: Golden/Silver/Bronze Glove (most clean sheets, with ties broken up by GA per game and then most games played);

    :trophy: Most Proactive User (user who gets in their games the fastest, i.e. whoever has the lowest average of days it took to get a game in)

    To be considered for any award, your team must have made the Round of 16. There will be 3 writeups- before the Round of 16, before the quarters, and before the semis. So to start out, here's a look at the award races with the group stage complete.


    Pre-Round of 16 Awards Watch

    Golden Boot: What are the managers at Spartak Moscow feeding their players? E. Emenike (Spartak Moscow) may not have 8 goals like Welliton did the previous two seasons, but his 6 goals in the group stage are still 2 more than anyone else and were a major reason as to why his club leads the Coppa in goals scored. Sitting back with 4 goals are a group of scorers, including I. de Camargo (B. M'gladbach), S. Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), J. Utaka (Montpellier), and D. Cisse (QPR). 9 more players have 3 goals, and could enter the race with a strong performance in the Round of 16.

    Golden Creator: Leading the way with 4 assists is S. Camara (Montpellier). But right behind the talented forward is D. Bent (Aston Villa), last season's Golden Boot and Golden Creator award winner, with 3 assists. Also with 3 assists are S. Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) and J. Pennant (Stoke City). A large number of players have 2 assists, and as always, this award will likely remain wide open until the conclusion of the Coppa.

    Golden Glove: The lone keeper with 3 clean sheets in the group stage was I. Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow). Akinfeev may already have this award in hand, as no one else even has 2 clean sheets thus far. 16 other goalies recorded 1 clean sheet, but only 8 of them still remain alive in the Coppa. While the battle for the Golden Glove may already be wrapped up, the Silver and Bronze awards may end up being awarded to the goalie that can simply stay in the tournament the longest.
     
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  12. Go Devils

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    I totally blew it. If I had tightened up to BESHIKTAS and not gotten the doors blown off as bad as I did I would have had a chance. At the end of the day I was happy to rep Serie C as best I could. Zikry and BESHIKTAS are very good players and have a chance to really turn some heads.

    Best of luck to the Serie C boys moving on and thanks as always Broncos218 for running this whole thing. I love the analysis at the end. Need more! :)
     
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    You are the first person to beat me in the cup in 5 seasons :( dam you....LOL
     
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    Quarterfinals Preview

    8 teams left, so who will move on to the semis? (Previews written up before any game results)

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    Broncos218 (1st in Serie A, 9-3-4; Cup Results: W 1-0 vs. FC Koln, L 2-3 vs. Palermo, W 3-2 vs. RSC Anderlecht, W 2-1 vs. VfL Wolfsburg)
    BESHIKTAS (3rd in Serie B, 7-4-3; Cup Results: W 3-0 vs. Flamengo, L 1-3 vs. Aston Villa, W 4-1 vs. Athletic Club, W 3-0 F vs. Stoke City)
    With a late goal against VfL Wolfsburg in the Round of 16, Werder Bremen broke away from a draw and advanced into the quaterfinals. The German club is atop the Serie A leaderboard and appear focused on bringing home the league title. But with their focus on Serie A, cup results for the club this season have not been on par with what has been expected. 3 one-goal wins have put Werder Bremen on the brink of dropping out. QPR advanced to the quarters by forfeit, but don't rule out the English side. The club is displaying great form, with no losses and 11 points (highest in Serie B) over their past 5 matches. Cisse and Zamora have formed quite the tandem up front, and both will be needed in order to break down the Bremen defense. Werder Bremen's coach won the lone matchup between the two back in a Season 3 Coppa group stage match, but insider intelligence tells us that in nearly 20 friendlies between the two, the QPR manager's best result has only been a draw.
    Prediction: Werder Bremen 2-0

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    RedAL925 (T-9th in Serie A, 3-5-6; Cup Results: W 3-0 vs. Bolton, L 1-2 vs. Montpellier, D 1-1 vs. Fiorentina, W 3-2 vs. CSKA Moscow)
    CxMacx10 (3rd in Serie A, 6-8-2; Cup Results: W 2-0 vs. Dinamo Moscow, D 2-2 vs. Spartak Moscow, D 1-1 vs. VfB Stuttgart, W 2-2 [3-1 PEN] vs. Santos FC)
    After a dramatic comeback victory over CSKA Moscow, TSG Hoffenheim finds themselves in the quarterfinals. Hoffenheim started strong in Serie A, but faded fast. Will this win be a sign of things to come, or is it merely a blip in more recent poor form? Salihovic, the club's leading scorer in all competitions, will be tasked with facing off against Serie A's second-best defense in Wolverhampton. But when it comes to the Wolves, they like to keep things close. The club is on pace to break the league's record for number of draws, and with 2 more in the Coppa group stage, the English side made sure to keep it 2-2 after extra time against Santos in the Round of 16. But even with all these close results, the English club has only been defeated twice in 20 matches this season. Wayne Hennessey has been a brick wall in the back, and expect his fine form to continue in this one. Back on Matchday 9, the two clubs played to a predictable result- a 1-1 draw.
    Prediction: Wolverhampton 2-1

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    jb_banco (1st in Serie C, 8-5-1; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Palermo, D 2-2 vs. FC Koln, L 2-3 vs. Werder Bremen, W 5-3 vs. Stade Rennes)
    Cimmy24 (8th in Serie A, 5-1-8; Cup Results: W 2-1 vs. Parma, W 1-0 vs. Celtic, W 3-1 vs. Stoke City, W 2-2 [3-1 PEN] vs. Aston Villa)
    RSC Anderlecht, the lone Serie C side remaining, played in the most entertaining match in the previous round. With the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, 6 extra time goals saw Anderlecht finish on top 5-3 over Stade Rennes. Anderlecht once again proved their worth against Serie A sides, and now hold a 1-1-1 record, along with a positive goal differential, against the elite league in Coppa play. However, Anderlecht has been two different teams in league and cup play. In Serie C, Anderlecht is a defensive juggernaut, with 8 clean sheets in 14 matches. But forget that when it come to Coppa play, as the club is all offense, scoring multiple goals (and often allowing multiple) in each match. As for Borussia Monchengladbachghfdlkah, the club has sparked back from a disappointing start and appears as hot as ever. Along with knocking off the "Coppa King" on penalties in the previous round, the club has won 4 of their previous 5 matches. Will Marco Reus and de Camargo continue to show up in fine form, or will the Serie C side continue its run?
    Prediction: RSC Anderlecht 3-2

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    vipermansa (1st in Serie B, 10-2-2; Cup Results: W 3-1 vs. Fiorentina, W 2-1 vs. TSG Hoffenheim, W 2-0 vs. Bolton, W 3-1 vs. SC Braga)
    Friz (T-3rd in Serie A, 8-3-6; Cup Results: W 4-2 vs. VfB Stuttgart, D 2-2 vs. Wolverhampton, W 5-1 vs. Dinamo Moscow, W 3-0 F vs. Sunderland)
    Montpellier has been tearing up Serie B and looks to be on its way to successive promotions if they can get a few final positive results. The French side has clean up its weaknesses this season, and is looking to get back to where they got to last season- the Coppa semis. Montpellier sports a fearsome frontline, as Utaka, Giroud, and Camara play off of each other well and set up unstoppable goals. Montpellier's defense will be put to the test against Welliton and Emenike. While manager Friz has yet to turn one of his forwards into Season 4 MVP Antonio Di Natale, the tandem up front is surely capable of changing the putcome of a game on a dime. But what makes Spartak Moscow especially scary in this matchup is that the Russian club has taken 13 points over its past 5 matches, most in all of the Serie leagues. This match could easily go either way, but Spartak's Serie A experience may be the difference maker.
    Prediction: Spartak Moscow 3-1
     
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    Pre-Quarterfinals Awards Watch

    Golden Boot: With a pair of goals in the Round of 16, J. Utaka (Montpellier) now shares the lead at 6 with E. Emenike (Spartak Moscow). Pending Spartak's result against Sunderland, these two clubs appear to be facing off this week in a match that could determine a future Coppa finalist and a Golden Boot winner. I. de Camargo (B. M'gladbach) scored in the previous round to up his total to 5, and his club remains alive after a surprise win. S. Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) also scored to bring his total up to 5, but his club has been eliminated. D. Cisse (QPR) and D. Mbokani (RSC Anderlecht) sit back with 4 goals, and could easily find themselves atop the scoring sheet with a strong performance this week.

    Golden Creator: With another assist, S. Camara (Montpellier) brought his total up to 5. With no one else making a strong push, Camara now has a 2-assist lead over the closet competitor. Of those with 3 assists, only teammate O. Giroud (Montpellier) and M. Jovanovic (RSC Anderlecht) reamin alive in the Coppa. Camara appears to be running away with the Golden award, but with a plethora of players also having 2 assists, the Silver and Bronze awards will likely be awarded to players with strong game-changing performances in the final few rounds.

    Golden Glove: With no clean sheets in the Round of 16, the race for the Golden Glove remains unchanged. I. Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow) still leads the way with 3 clean sheets to his name. Despite being bounced from the Coppa, Akinfeev is still a heavy favorite to win the Golden Glove, as the next closest keeper only has 1 clean sheet. Yet of the 8 teams remaining in the Coppa, 6 of them have a keeper with a clean sheet. If any of those 6 can secure one more shutout, they will likely have a trophy coming their way.
     
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    will the final game be updated with montpellier v. spartak??
     
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    Semifinals Preview

    With the Semifinals now open, 4 teams are just one win away from reaching the Coppa Tradizione Final. With one semifinal already set, we'll look into a preview for that matchup. Once the other matchup has been finalized, the second preview will be posted. But for now, let's dig right into it!

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    Broncos218 ~ Werder Bremen
    T-2nd in Serie A, 9-3-4
    Cup Results (Group): W 1-0 vs. FC Koln, L 2-3 vs. Palermo, W 3-2 vs. RSC Anderlecht
    Cup Results (Knockout): W 2-1 vs. VfL Wolfsburg, W 5-1 vs. QPR

    CxMacx10 ~ Wolverhampton
    4th in Serie A, 6-9-2
    Cup Results (Group): W 2-0 vs. Dinamo Moscow, D 2-2 vs. Spartak Moscow, D 1-1 vs. VfB Stuttgart
    Cup Results (Knockout): W 2-2 [3-1 PEN] vs. Santos FC, W 3-1 vs. TSG Hoffenheim

    Defense, defense, defense. If there were ever a 0-0 match after 120 minutes, this might just be it. The two semifinalists are the only Serie A clubs to have an average of under 1.50 goals allowed per game, with Wolverhampton (1.29) ranked second and Werder Bremen (0.88) ranked first. Furthermore, both clubs have plenty of experience when it comes to cup semifinals. In Season 2, Werder Bremen fell in the semis of the TFL Cup. Then in Season 3, Werder Bremen would win in the Coppa semis by beating, of all teams, Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton would get back to the semis in Season 4, and broke through with a trip to the Final. So with the frequent sides back at it again, will Wolverhampton get revenge from seasons ago and make a return trip to the Final, or is Werder Bremen the destined one? Werder Bremen, as noted earlier, has been a defensive juggernaut in Serie A. Tim Wiese leads the league in clean sheets and has a strong set of defenders creating an iron wall in front of him. But don't sleep on the Bremen attack. The German club also leads Serie A in goals scored per game at 2.00, led by goal-machine Claudio Pizarro. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Steven Fletcher, and Kevin Doyle lead the charge for Wolverhampton, forming a talented attack capable of striking from any direction. Michael Kightly and Matt Jarvis will be the main contributors in the midfield. The two midfielders, along with others, will surely be looking to win the possession battle. These two clubs met earlier this season in Serie A, with Wolverhampton taking the victory on a 1-0 result. A corner kick lead to the lone goal, but perhaps most impressive was Wolverhampton's defense, holding Bremen to just one shot on goal. Along with a 57% possession in that match, Wolverhampton easily looked the better side in that match. The two clubs also meet in the final matchweek in a wide-open Serie A title race, so don't be surprised for some testy exchanges from the players throughout this match.

    Difference Maker: [​IMG] LM Matt Jarvis, Wolverhampton
    In order to win the midfield battle, Jarvis' efforts could prove to be monumental. Ball control and strong build-ups through precise passing will be needed to break down the Bremen defense. Jarvis also has the ability to kick in some lethal set pieces, which will be pivotal in a defensive battle. If Jarvis can string together some positive play, he could easily be a thorn in the side of Werder Bremen.

    Prediction: With Wolverhampton's strong play in the previous match between the two, I expect to see more of the same. The first goal in this match could easily be the winner.
    Wolverhampton 1-0
     
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    for the other semi, the earliest i'll be able to write a preview is sunday night. but feel free to play before then as well tho
     
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    I can write the preview if you want
     
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    Yeah, go ahead if you'd like to. Because Sunday night is the earliest I'd get around to it, and it may even be later than that, so I'd be pushing it pretty late
     
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    With another Coppa Tradizione in the books, time to recognize some award winners:

    Golden Boot: C. Pizarro, 8 goals (Werder Bremen) Broncos218
    Silver Boot: O. Giroud, 6 goals (Montpellier) vipermansa
    Bronze Boot: E. Emenike, 6 goals (Spartak Moscow) Friz

    Golden Creator: S. Camara, 7 assists (Montpellier) vipermansa *NEW COPPA RECORD*
    Silver Creator: M. Ekici, 4 assists (Werder Bremen) Broncos218
    Bronze Creator: S. Doumbia, 3 assists (CSKA Moscow) shiftee

    Golden Glove: I. Akinfeev, 3 clean sheets (CSKA Moscow) shiftee
    Silver Glove: G. Jourdren, 2 clean sheets (Montpellier) vipermansa
    Bronze Glove: M. ter Stegen, 1 clean sheet (B. M'gladbach) Cimmy24
    Bronze Glove: Rafael, 1 clean sheet (Santos FC) Roger

    Most Proactive User: BESHIKTAS (QPR)

    Two bronze glove awards again this year, as the two keepers could not be broken up on tiebreakers. Congrats to the award winners!
     
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