FC Tiki Tacoz
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- 1 Establishment
- 2 History
- 3 Cup Performance
- 4 Profile
- 5 Culture and Lore
- 6 External Links
FC Tiki Tacoz was established on May 7, 2005, just in time to draw its first match, 1-1, in the final week of Season 25. The offseason and lack of Cup play in the following season gave the club the chance to establish a midfield training program, and before long the club was on the road to success.
The Tacoz were placed in VI.88 to start, and tasted surprising success for a brand new club, finishing third in Season 26. The next season saw the club progress further, as the Tacoz finished a strong second with 37 points, falling only to rivals Costa SM but portending good things for the future. With Costa SM promoting in Season 27, there was little to stand in the club's way the following season, and the team cruised to a perfect record with a whopping +77 goal differential. The club's reward would be automatic promotion to V.228.
The Tacoz continued their success upon arrival in Division V, winning their first match 5-1 and posting a surprising third-place finish in Season 28. Subsequent seasons would see the Tacoz struggle somewhat, as V.228 has been one of the USA's strongest Division V series over the past several seasons. Over the next few seasons, the Tacoz would finish 5th, 4th, 4th, and 5th, at the same time cultivating strong rivalries with clubs such as derby rivals Mosby's Rangers, Hoboken Hitmen, Greedy Orphans Fighting and Biting, Twin Rivers, Mad Hools, and Lokomotiv United, aided mostly by the fact that few new teams promoted from Division VI were able to avoid an immediate drop (Mad Hools and Lokomotiv United being notable exceptions), while the fierce competition within the division ensured that no team dominated a single season enough to win autopromotion. Consequently, V.228 has seen considerable stability over the last several seasons, with only Greedy Orphans escaping to Division IV.
Season 34 started poorly for the Tacoz, as injuries and an unfortunate loss to Twin Rivers had the club questioning its future in V.228. An unprecendented run of success soon followed, however, including the club's first ever victories over Mosby's Rangers, culminating in the club's first Division V medal. In the club's qualification match, the Tacoz traveled to the home of Sandecja NS and left with a 2-0 victory, achieving promotion to IV.8.
The Tacoz landed in IV.8 for Season 35, and the club has experienced considerable success thus far.
After nearly climbing atop the D.IV rankings thanks to a 10-0 opening week victory, the club had a solid first half of the season and put itself in contention for the series title. A stretch of poor results in the second half of the season, however, left the club in 5th place, and despite being one of the highest-ranked 5th-place clubs in Division IV, the Tacoz had a difficult qualifier against Ryno's Reds. The visitors went up a goal in the first half on a counterattack, but the home side leveled in the second half and won it with another goal in extra time to ensure another season of Division IV football at TacozTown.
In the league, the Tacoz endured an up and down season but ultimately finished in 5th place and cruised to an easy 5-0 victory in their qualifier, ensuring another season of Division IV football at TacozTown.
Season 37 was a bizarre experience for the Tacoz, as the club started slow, losing matches it expected to win, only to defeat the top two clubs in the series in successive weeks! The club eventually overcame a late-season slump that threatened autorelegation and won a six-pointer on the last week of the season to finish fifth before cruising to an easy qualifier victory, ensuring another season of D.IV football at TacozTown.
Season 38 was an up-and-down season for the Tacoz, as the club won four of its first five games, only to stumble in the middle of the season. Fortunately, relegation was never really a danger thanks to the struggles of other IV.8 teams, and three straight victories to finish the season, including a battle to avoid a qualifier against rivals BoundToWin, ensured the Tacoz their first ever top-4 finish in Division IV and a break after six consecutive seasons of playing qualifiers.
Season 39 saw the Tacoz start strong out of the gate again in the league, as the club maintained a share of the lead for several weeks. A dip in form near the end of the first half saw them fall two points off the pace, but the club remained in control of its own destiny as the second half of the season began. The club surged near the end of the season, but couldn't quite catch the champions, falling two points short of the title.
The Tacoz were excited for Season 40, given their near-miss in Season 39, but their first match was an 8-0 thrashing at the hands of the champs, and the club couldn't manage a single road point or home victory, digging themselves a deep hole in the standings. Despite the presence of a bot team at the bottom of the league and a thumping 5-0 victory over the previous season's champions on the final day of the season, the club found that it could not escape relegation, dropping to Division V with a 7th place finish.
Division V (pt. 2)
The Tacoz currently find themselves in V.1 after six seasons in Division IV. Despite the setback, the club has high hopes for a quick return to Division IV.
The Tacoz have had a decent Cup record for a club of its stature, losing only one away Cup match in its history. The club has reached the fourth round three times and the fifth round for the first time in Season 35. The club's greatest Cup triumphs, however, came in Season 28, when the club scored an extra-time upset of then-Division V club Roaches, and in Season 36. Overall, the club has a 37-14 record in the Cup.
In Season 36, the Tacoz had their best Cup run ever, winning six matches, including two home matches, before finally succumbing to Division II thaumaturgists, coincidentally the same club that eliminated them the previous season.
In Season 37, the Tacoz had a disappointing Cup run, as their first three matches were easy away victories but the club underestimated its trip to TROGDOR the BURNINATOR, losing 4-3.
In Season 38, the Tacoz had an average Cup run, as the club won all four away matches, including a 5-4 thriller at The Voltron Force, as the team scored three times in quick succession in the second half to overturn a 4-2 deficit. Round 5 would be their downfall, however, as they suffered a home defeat to their old VI.88 rivals, NTServer, 4-2.
Season 39 fell into the Tacoz's usual pattern, with several easy victories in the early rounds before a tricky tie at Xtreme Gold. Despite having a superior midfield and strong attack, the home team would take advantage of its chances and come out on top, 3-1.
The Tacoz managed three victories in the Cup in Season 40 before falling at Earthquakes, 4-2.
The Tacoz believe that in Hattrick, midfield is king, and the club has always prided itself on its ball-control game. The club has ridden its powerful midfield to considerable success, culminating in the success of Season 34, a season that saw the Tacoz put together one of Division V's best midfields. Later seasons, particularly after promotion to Division IV, saw more emphasis placed on attack, especially on the wings. Recently, the club has started to devote some effort into its defense, with its young goalkeeping talent leading the way.
Culture and Lore
Not long after the Tacoz began league play, the club sought to become more than just another anonymous club striving for results but never getting into the spirit of the game. To that end, the club has attempted to make the story of the Tacoz an interesting one through its use of Press Announcements, player personalities, and orange wedges.
The Tacoz have a long history of regular Press Announcements, as the club puts out a new release following every competitive match as well as on select other occasions. The club also produces an occasional series, Great Moments in Tacoz History (GMITH), commemorating important achievements and milestones in the history of the Tacoz. Since April 2006, every press announcement has contained a quotation from Estonian midfielder Vootele Rammo.
Main Article: Vootele Rammo
Vootele Rammo is one of FC Tiki Tacoz's best players as well as the club's resident quotation machine. Acquired at the age of 18 from Canadian club 0-0-10, Rammo soon worked his way into the Tacoz's starting lineup and has served as the backbone behind the Tacoz's powerful midfield. He is best known, though, for his regular comments in the Tacoz's press announcements and has attracted a large following both inside and outside the club.
In honor of their star midfielder, the Tacoz hosted the Rammo Cup from Seasons 36-39.