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A HOST OF SURPRISES MARKED AN EXCITING CSL SEASON……reviewing the year just ended
Jan02

A HOST OF SURPRISES MARKED AN EXCITING CSL SEASON……reviewing the year just ended

While Serbian White Eagles would eventually win the CSL title, there was little to suggest in the opening game of the 2016 season on May 28 when losing 3-0 to Scarborough at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough that the longstanding team going back to the 70s in the forerunner National Soccer League would eventually be crowned champions on the same ground six months later. Two home defeats followed, a 1-0 home loss to Brantford Galaxy on June 3 and the same result at home one week later against York Region Shooters looked bleak for the team that won the CSL First Division just one year earlier, won the championship in 2008 and was the finalist a year later. But 2016 was unpredictable year in the CSL with two unlikely finalists in the championship game at the Birchmount location on October 28. Serbian Eagles ended their regular season fourth of eight teams in the CSL First Division, and Hamilton City a lower sixth spot after struggling for most of their regular season campaign. An unpredictable end to the season came on other fronts, the most notable being in the First Division goalscoring race won by unknown striker Sergii Ivliev of expansion team FC Ukraine United who found the net 15 times in the regular season to finish on top and ahead of more seasoned CSL players Richard West of York Region Shooters with 13, Milton’s Adrian Smajic with 12 and Adis Hasecic of Scarborough who scored 11. West was the CSL’s top scorer in 2015. The scoring ability of Ivliev became apparent during Ukraine United’s first CSL victory against Hamilton City on June 12 when the Canadian-born forward struck twice. While York Region Shooters captured the First Division title with no surprise following their outstanding unbeaten performance in 2014 and third place finish in 2015, the winning margin of 18 points in front of second place FC Ukraine United was a startling, unexpected wide gap not previously experienced in the professional CSL. The Shooters’ defensive record of allowing just 10 goals in 21 games resulting in only two defeats was responsible for creating the rare margin of victory. Despite their season-long remarkable performance, York Region failed to reach the CSL championship final in 2016, but were Second Division champions when their reserve squad survived a penalty in extra time to score a 2-1 overtime victory over Toronto Atomic reserves on October...

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CSL THOUGHTS ARE WITH CHAPECOENSE REAL OF BRAZIL…….most are lost in tragic air disaster
Nov29

CSL THOUGHTS ARE WITH CHAPECOENSE REAL OF BRAZIL…….most are lost in tragic air disaster

The thoughts and sympathies of the Canadian Soccer League, which has a number of Brazilian-born players within its ranks, are with the Chapecoense soccer club of Brazil following the loss of most of the entire team following the crash of a charter flight on its way to the first leg of the South American Cup in Colombia Monday. Most of the team from Chapeco, Brazil, with coaches, guests and 20 journalists, were among the 71 of the approximately 80 on board reported to have been killed. Early reports say at least three soccer players are listed as having survived. The Chapecoense Real team was set to play the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional of Medellin on Wednesday and the flight was nearing its destination at Medellin when the crash occurred in an area called Cerro El Gordo. Erik Barbosa, one of two part-time staff persons at the CSL office and a native of Bogota, Colombia, is a supporter of the home side Atletico Nacional in what what was considered to be a big match capturing the attention of South Americans throughout the continent.  “The loss of an almost entire soccer team is a loss of huge proportions to South Americans who like their soccer players, ” said Barbosa. The crash compares to the loss of the entire Torino of Italy team that lost all 22 players near Turin in 1949 and the Alianza Lima soccer team from Peru which lost 16 players and its coach in 1987 while returning home from a league match to the Peruvian capital.  Also, the  Manchester United team from England  that went down leaving Munich in 1958 after playing a key game in Germany. Eight Manchester United players and eight journalists were killed. The CSL has sent a message of condolences to the Chapecoense Real club....

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CSL Primetime – Episode #17 (November 3, 2016)
Nov13
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PROCESSION OF INCOMING TALENT KEY TO SUCCESS OF 2016 CHAMPIONS….never ending arrivals keep Serbian White Eagles on top
Nov12

PROCESSION OF INCOMING TALENT KEY TO SUCCESS OF 2016 CHAMPIONS….never ending arrivals keep Serbian White Eagles on top

Time and again, winger Sasa Viciknez slotted free kicks from just outside the penalty box inches inside the post while playing for Serbian White Eagles in the Canadian Soccer League, the skills of a dead ball specialist developed in northern Serbia and Bulgaria. When Eagles’ defender Mirko Medic was relentless in keeping the ball away from his penalty box, the skills were developed in Serbia, with lots of practice at higher levels in France and Denmark. Viciknez and Medic did not play when Serbian White Eagles defeated Hamilton City for the CSL Championship on October 30, but some new faces were a reminder that the procession of outstanding Serbian players arriving from Europe to play in the Canadian Soccer League is never ending. Serbian White Eagles have developed a reputation over the years of being attractive to watch. Making its first appeared in Hamilton in the late sixties, the team moved to Toronto in 1974,  winning the National Soccer League championship that year and continuing with some prominence  until  withdrawing from professional soccer in 1980 when the club maintained an amateur structure to focus on the development of young, local players. The professional team then re-appeared in the CSL in 2006 and was an immediate hit, drawing large crowds and reaching the championship final, losing to Italia Shooters. The team was a finalist again in 2007, won the CSL championship in 2008 and again runners-up in 2009. Serbian White Eagles also won the then CSL International Division in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and the CSL First Division in 2015. Mike Stojanovic was probably the best Serb player to arrive in Canada. The explosive centre forward  scored 54 goals in his first season with Serbian White Eagles of the National Soccer League (NSL) back in 1974. The NSL was a forerunner league of the CSL.  Stojanovic followed up with 42 goals the following season and was immediately sought by clubs in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the highest level club soccer in Canada and the United States at the time. The native of Lapovo, Serbia, signed for Rochester Lancers of the NASL, followed by San Diego Sockers and was named North American Player of the Year by the Professional Soccer Reporters Association. He was selected for Canada in 1980, the first year ruled to be eligible. The prolific striker made 14 appearances for Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2009. Mike Stojanovic died at Toronto in 2010 while maintaining his unstinting support for the CSL team. He is the only Serbian White Eagles player to have his number (9) retired. Players  Blagoja Tamindzic,...

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CSL Primetime – Episode #16 (October 27, 2016)
Nov02
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SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES CSL CHAMPIONS……defeat Hamilton City in final
Oct30

SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES CSL CHAMPIONS……defeat Hamilton City in final

Photo: Les Jones (Covershots) A winning goal by striker Milos Scepanovic just inside extra time following a 1-1 deadlock at 90 minutes gave Serbian White Eagles the CSL Givova Championship following a hard fought encounter with Hamilton City at Birchmount Stadium Sunday afternoon. Scepanovic  scored after moving through two Hamilton defenders to find the net from 8 yards past Hamilton goalkeeper Adrijan Becic in the second minute of extra time for a 2-1 victory. The deciding goal came after Hamilton took a 1-0 lead at 14 minutes on a goal by forward Domagoj Zubac, then Luka Bojic equalized  for Serbian Eagles  at 59 minutes when on the receiving end of goalkeeper  Becic’s  attempted clearance which rebounded off Bojic into the Hamilton net. Scepanovic came close to scoring a second goal when near the end of the extra time, his drive was saved by Becic. Serbian White Eagles had pressed most of the time during the overtime period, a contrast from the early exchange when Hamilton appeared to have the edge. It was Serbian White Eagles’ second championship victory since winning the title in 2008 and the club’s fifth championship game having been a finalist in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Serbian White Eagles captured the CSL First Division title in 2015. Uros Stamatovic, coach and GM of Serbian Eagles attributed the team’s strong second half to a determination to win. ”While I think fitness was a consideration, we showed a determination that paid off as the game progressed and that led to the two goals. The players really wanted to win and succeeded,” he said, while giving a mention to Scepanovic, Radenko Kamberovic, defenders Branislav Vukomanovic and Milan Kusic. It is Hamilton City’s first year in the CSL following a relocation of the previous London City and while GM Kathleen Nurse considered her team had a strong game, she also showed disappointment at the early injuries, one of which forced team captain Nikola Stanojevic to be substituted. “The injuries in a physical game obviously played a part, but the team played well and it was a close game to the final whistle,” said Nurse. COMPLETE PLAYOFF SUMMARY CSL Championship Final Serbian White Eagles 2, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) at Birchmount Stadium  Quarterfinals York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0  Semifinals Serbian White Eagles 1, FC Ukraine United 0 York Region Shooters 1, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) (Hamilton City won 3-1 on penalty kicks) CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Serbian White Eagles 2, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time)...

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IT’S SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES AND HAMILTON CITY SUNDAY……..Teams known for high level players in final
Oct28

IT’S SERBIAN WHITE EAGLES AND HAMILTON CITY SUNDAY……..Teams known for high level players in final

  Just when Hamilton City were feeling some disappointment at the team’s low finish in the regular season standings – sixth of eight teams in the CSL First Division – the side from Steeltown finds itself with an even chance to be crowned champions of Canada’s professional league. There were earlier signals, however, that Hamilton was underachieving and capable of a much higher standing. Results such as the 1-0 victory over York Region Shooters in a late season game on August 19  – one of only two defeats suffered by the First Division winners in their 21-game season  – provided reason to consider Hamilton as a championship possibility. A relocation of the original London City Soccer Club which launched in that city in 1973 and which  changed ownership twice in recent years, brought the team to Hamilton with high level signings from Europe for some attractive home games at the Cardinal Newman ground at Stoney Creek . To reach the final, Hamilton defeated Scarborough 3-0 in the quarterfinals and York Region Shooters in a penalty kick decider in the semifinals. “We had a difficult regular season but picked it up as we moved into the playoffs and we now look forward to the championship game at full strength and with confidence,” said Hamilton GM Kathleen Nurse. Serbian White Eagles have also signed players from Europe and will be bidding for their second championship victory having won the title in 2008. The same organization goes back much further with a championship victory in the National Soccer League in 1974. Serbian White Eagles finished the regular season in fourth spot in the regular season standings, went on the defeat Toronto Atomic 1-0 in the quarterfinals, then FC Ukraine United 1-0 in the semifinals. Dragan Bakoc, speaking for Serbian White Eagles, commented earlier in the week:  “We are looking forward to what we expect to be a difficult game with Hamilton, a team with some very good players with experience of big games in Europe. They  showed improvement toward the end of the season, but we are ready and with a good positive outlook, he said.” CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL  – How they got there ! Quarterfinals York Region Shooters 5, Milton 0 Hamilton City 3, Scarborough SC 0 FC Ukraine United 3, Brantford Galaxy 0 Serbian White Eagles 1, Toronto Atomic FC 0  Semifinals Serbian White Eagles 1, FC Ukraine United 0 York Region Shooters 1, Hamilton City 1 (after extra time) (Hamilton City won 3-1 on penalty kicks)                                                 CSL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Sun. Oct. 30 Birchmount Stadium 2 pm Serbian White Eagles vs Hamilton City  ...

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