Sealand Cup XI

From Hattrick
Sealand Cup XI
Tournament details
Season(s) 24 (15th Sealand)
Teams 8
Final positions
Champions Belgium The Jazz Messengers
(1st title)
Runner-up Netherlands Kein Engel!
Third place Netherlands Limburgia FC 
Fourth place Netherlands Achterhoek Admirals
Tournament statistics
Matches played 22 
Goals scored 109 (4.95 per match)
Top scorer Vincent Gutkas
(6 goals)
X XII

Sealand Cup XI was the eleventh edition of the Sealand Cup, the friendly competition of the Sealand federation and was held in (Dutch) season 24 (returning after being not played during season 23). The final was held at Glory of the Sea Stadium on 28 May 2008, where The Jazz Messengers defeated Kein Engel! 6–0. This was the second consecutive time that a Belgian club won the Sealand Cup. Defending champions KVC Aquila did not compete in the tournament.

Participating teams

8 teams participated in Sealand Cup XI, without any previous champion returning. This was the first time (except from the first edition) that no participant had won the Sealand Cup before. Four teams made their début.

Team Manager Participation Best Result
Netherlands Achterhoek Admirals Derkski 1st Début
Netherlands Granny United Damondo 1st Début
Netherlands Kein Engel! 8Noortje8 1st Début
Netherlands Limburgia FC Janco 1st Début
Netherlands Nat'Korima Koron Malarkan 4th Quarterfinals (VI, IX)
Netherlands SR Team NajTreb 2nd Quarterfinals (X)
Belgium The Jazz Messengers ArtBlakey 5th Third Place (VII)
Netherlands Utrechtseboys Whielckert 2nd Runner-Up (X)

Round and Draw Dates

Phase Round Draw date Match dates
Group Stage Matchday 1 17 April 2008 23 April 2008 (Week 9)
Matchday 2 30 April 2008 (Week 10)
Matchday 3 7 May 2008 (Week 11)
Knockout Stage Quarter-Finals None 14 May 2008 (Week 12)
Semi-Finals 21 May 2008 (Week 13)
Finals 28 May 2008 (Week 15)

The teams were ranked according to their ratings at Alltid Hattrick, with the odd-ranked teams playing in Group A and the even-ranked teams playing in Group B. The two lower seeded teams in each group played two home matches and the higher seeded teams played one home match.

Rank Team Ratings
1. The Jazz Messengers (A) 289
2. SR Team (B) 276
3. Nat'Korima Koron (A) 274
4. Utrechtseboys (B) 256
Rank Team Ratings
5. Limburgia FC (A) 214
6. Kein Engel! (B) 214
7. Granny United (A) 196
8. Achterhoek Admirals (B) 194


Group Stage

The Group Stage of the eleventh Sealand Cup ran from 23 April to 7 May 2008.

Format

The teams in each group played each other in a single round-robin format, playing the other teams in the group once (at home or away). All matches had to produce a winner, with each team earning 3 points for a win in regular time, 1 point for a win after extra time or penalty shoot-out and 0 points for a loss. This point system is similar to the system used by the (real-life) Major League Soccer from 1996 to 1999. All teams advanced to the quarterfinals. Teams that did not challenge their opponent or accept their opponent's challenge were penalized with an automatic 3–0 defeat.

Group A

Team MP W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
Limburgia FC 3 3 0 0 7 0 + 7 9
Granny United 3 2 0 1 9 2 + 7 6
The Jazz Messengers 3 1 0 2 8 5 + 3 3
Nat'Korima Koron 3 0 0 3 0 17 – 17 0
23 April 2008 (17:25)
Granny United 3 - 0 The Jazz Messengers Grand Stadium
(172531783)

Limburgia FC 3 - 0
Awarded
Nat'Korima Koron
(N/A)


30 April 2008 (13:00)
The Jazz Messengers 0 - 2 Limburgia FC Village Vanguard
(172802022)
30 April 2008 (17:10)
Granny United 6 - 0 Nat'Korima Koron Grand Stadium
(172856063)


7 May 2008 (17:10)
Limburgia FC 2 - 0 Granny United Arnold Swelsen Stadion
(173179355)
7 May 2008 (17:25)
Nat'Korima Koron 0 - 8 The Jazz Messengers Eska Alye'Tula
(173107088)

Group B

Team MP W W+ L GF GA GD Pts
Achterhoek Admirals 3 2 1 0 13 0 + 13 7
Utrechtseboys 3 2 0 1 9 5 + 4 6
Kein Engel! 3 0 1 2 5 9 – 4 1
SR Team 3 0 0 3 4 17 – 13 0
23 April 2008 (17:10)
Achterhoek Admirals 7 - 0 SR Team Temple of Doom (Kinker Warriors)
Note: Achterhoek Admirals chose to play this home match at a neutral venue
(172548586)
23 April 2008 (17:10)
Kein Engel! 0 - 4 Utrechtseboys Dromers Arena
(172569530)


30 April 2008 (17:10)
SR Team 4 - 5 a.s.d.e.t. Kein Engel! SR Team Arena
(172816975)
30 April 2008 (17:10)
Achterhoek Admirals 5 - 0 Utrechtseboys De Radstake
(172840607)


7 May 2008 (17:10)
Utrechtseboys 5 - 0 SR Team De Boterkuip
(173076662)
7 May 2008 (17:10)
Kein Engel! 0 - 1 a.s.d.e.t. Achterhoek Admirals Dromers Arena
(173264718)

Knockout Stage

The next stage of the tournament was the Knockout Stage. All teams qualified for this stage. The winners of each group would play the fourth-placed teams of the opposite group and the runners-up of each group would play the third-placed teams of the opposite group. In the semi-finals, the winners of the matches involving the Group A winner and the Group B runner-up faced each other and so did the winners of the matches involving the Group B winner and the Group A runner-up. The teams placing third and fourth in each group had home advantage in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, home advantage was allocated to even out the number of home and away matches between the teams. The final was held at a neutral venue. Glory of the Sea Stadium, the home stadium of Sealand FC, was selected as host of the final. This was the first time the final was played outside the Netherlands.

For the first time, classification matches were played between the losers of the quarterfinals. The winners and losers of those matches played also for fifth and seventh place. The losers of the semi-finals played for the bronze medal, this being the second time a third-place playoff was held.

Bracket

  Quarterfinals
Semi-Finals
Final
                           
 
  B4  SR Team 0  
  A1  Limburgia FC 4    
    A1  Limburgia FC 2  
  A3  The Jazz Messengers 4  
  A3  The Jazz Messengers 5
  B2  Utrechtseboys 1    
    A3  The Jazz Messengers 6
      B3  Kein Engel! 0
  A4  Nat'Korima Koron 0
  B1  Achterhoek Admirals 7    
    B1  Achterhoek Admirals
  B3  Kein Engel! FF  
  B3  Kein Engel! 2
  A2  Granny United 1  
  Small Final
 
  B1  Achterhoek Admirals 1
  A1  Limburgia FC 2
  Crossover Round Fifth Place Playoff
                 
 
B2  Utrechtseboys 7  
B4  SR Team 3  
 
 
 
    B2  Utrechtseboys 0
  A2  Granny United 1
 
Seventh Place Playoff
   
A2  Granny United 3 A4  Nat'Korima Koron 1
A4  Nat'Korima Koron 1   B4  SR Team 6

Quarterfinals

14 May 2008 (13:00)
The Jazz Messengers 5 - 1 Utrechtseboys Village Vanguard
(173310829)
14 May 2008 (17:10)
SR Team 0 - 4 Limburgia FC SR Team Arena
(173317579)
14 May 2008 (17:10)
Kein Engel! 2 - 1 Granny United Dromers Arena
(173305028)
14 May 2008 (17:10)
Nat'Korima Koron 0 - 7 Achterhoek Admirals Eska Alye'Tula
(173373431)

Classification Matches

Crossover Round
21 May 2008 (17:10)
Utrechtseboys 7 - 3 SR Team De Boterkuip
(173650845)
21 May 2008 (17:10)
Granny United 3 - 1 Nat'Korima Koron Grand Stadium
(173573216)
Seventh Place Playoff
28 May 2008 (17:10)
Nat'Korima Koron 1 - 6 SR Team Eska Alye'Tula
(173885070)
Fifth Place Playoff
28 May 2008 (17:10)
Utrechtseboys 0 - 1 Granny United de Tudorel Udreskoe Arena (FC Sammie de Cavia)
(173878559)

Semi-Finals

21 May 2008 (17:25)
Limburgia FC 2 - 4 The Jazz Messengers Arnold Swelsen Stadion
(173567324)

Achterhoek Admirals 0 - 5
Awarded
Kein Engel!
(N/A)

Small Final

28 May 2008 (17:10)
Achterhoek Admirals 1 - 2 Limburgia FC De Radstake
(173959369)

Final

28 May 2008 (12:25)
The Jazz Messengers 6 - 0 Kein Engel! Glory of the Sea Stadium (Sealand FC)
(173842367)
Sealand Cup XI Champion
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The Jazz Messengers
First title

Top Goalscorers

Vincent Gutkas (The Jazz Messengers) became top scorer of the tournament with six goals. In total, 109 goals were scored by 58 different players.

Rank Name Team Goals
1 Vincent Gutkas The Jazz Messengers 6
2 Pablo Sipán Achterhoek Admirals 5
3 Justus Breemen Granny United 4
Ferdi Hueting Achterhoek Admirals
Albert Kjærulff Limburgia FC
Fabio Neeskens Netherlands Granny United

Three hat-tricks were scored during the tournament:

Player (goals) Team Goals scored Result Opponent Round
Camiel van Aardenne Granny United 1–0, 2–0, 6–0 6–0 Nat'Korima Koron Group Stage (A)
Vincent Gutkas The Jazz Messengers 1–0, 4–1, 5–1 5–1 Utrechtseboys Quarterfinals
Pablo Sipán Achterhoek Admirals 0–2, 0–3, 0–5 0–7 Nat'Korima Koron Quarterfinals

Disciplinary

Card Number
Red card (direct) 0
Red card (second yellow) 2
Yellow card 38

No official fair play-award was given. The Jazz Messengers (two yellow cards in six matches) had the best disciplinary record.

Trivia

  • The total attendance was 49,585 - an average of 2,254 per match.
  • The match with the highest attendance was the Group A match between Nat'Korima Koron and The Jazz Messengers (4,388).
  • The match with the lowest attendance was the Group B match between Achterhoek Admirals and Utrechtseboys (1,090).
  • The overall Sealand Cup attendance surpassed 500,000 visitors (during the first round in the group stage).
  • Eise Gortemaker (The Jazz Messengers) scored the 1500th Sealand Cup goal in the semi-finalls against Limburgia FC.
  • The 300th Sealand Cup match was played (during the second round in the group stage).
  • The highest ratings were achieved by Achterhoek Admirals (203 Hatstats) in their quarterfinal against Nat'Korima Koron and in the small final against Limburgia FC.
  • The highest-rated match was the small final (352 Hatstats) between Achterhoek Admirals (203) and Limburgia FC (149).