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|/sp/ - Sports|
The /sp/artans Football Club is a simulated professional football team founded in August 2011, representing /sp/, the 4chan board dedicated to sports. They won the 2012 4chan Summer Cup before the title was revoked due to the Dragongate scandal. They also won the 2013 4chan Winter Cup, making them, for a time, the first and only two-time Elite competition champions. They also held the number 1 spot in the cup rankings from January 2012 to May 2013, currently the longest such reign, and from March to May, 2017.
The club's popularity among the proud posters of /sp/ has made them susceptible to negative press. Accusations of rigging lead to the Match Fixing Scandal in early January 2012. The team was implicated in the Dragongate scandal as well. Their almost-systematic shitposting on other boards during /sp/ Cup participation is often cited as one of the possible reasons for the global cup ban by 4chan moderation.
/sp/'s main rivals are, without a doubt, /a/, who knocked them out of the cup twice on top of being dirty weeaboos, but they also have minor rivalries with /k/, /toy/, /tg/, /v/, /fit/, and potentially any board who knocks them out of the cup (/gd/ and /i/ we're looking at you) or have a fanbase as rambunctious as theirs.
- For earlier history: /sp/ History
2018 Winter stayed on PES 2017 due to issues with moving aesthetics onto PES 2018. The tournament would use different medal and height formats to compensate and attempt to shake up the competition with something new. /sp/ were drawn into Group B with /toy/, 2017 Summer's 4th-place team and a familiar foe for the /sp/artans, /g/, attempting to remain Elite after a round of 16 run the previous Summer, and /pol/, a surprise knockout qualifier in Autumn after spooning the 2017 Spring Fetus. /sp/ opened group play with a 2-2 draw against /toy/, an acceptable result at the time. /pol/'s 2-1 triumph over /g/ seated the /pol/iticians at the head of the table. The GOATs fell square behind the 8-ball on the second matchday for Group B on a 2-1 loss to /pol/, leaving with broken hearts after a furious final attack failed to break through for an equalizer. An earlier /g/-/toy/ draw meant /pol/ won the group and /sp/ entered the final matchday fourth. /sp/ needed to defeat /g/ to stand a chance of promoting back into Elite status. The /g/entoomen, also desperate for a result to stay afloat, drew a tense 2-2 match, eliminating the /sp/artans and condemning them straight back to the Babbies. With /pol/-/toy/ also ending 2-2, /g/ would join /sp/ in Spring.
2018 Spring became a Megababby late in the run-up to the tournament, creating an even bigger headache for teams like /sp/ looking to bounce back in time for the Summer Cup. The GOATs were drawn out of Pot 2 into Group F with /wsg/, /p/, /vg/ and /i/. /sp/'s bid for promotion took an early blow with a stunning 2-1 loss to /p/ on the group's first matchday. /sp/ salvaged a 3-3 draw against /wsg/ on matchday 3 after George Costanza scored the game-tying goal at the 90+4' mark. With a 2-1 win over the /i/ on matchday 4 and Costanza making the difference late again, they waited for /p/-/vg/ to sort out the group stage math. While a /p/ win outright would have also sufficed, /vg/ won 3-1 and put the GOATs in a favorable position - win and get in. After Costanza and Messi built up the most dangerous lead early on and >Greg notched one for /vg/, /sp/ held on for the remaining tense 64 minutes. They defeated /vg/ 2-1 on matchday 5 to secure their place in Summer on goals scored at /p/'s expense.
In the Round of 16, /sp/ drew /ck/, the Group E winners who had whipped up a recipe for promotion after the last Babby handed them the Wooden Spoon. These two teams last met in the 2012 4chan Winter Cup, when the GOATs defeated the ro/ck/stars 4-0 twice. This time, /ck/ had it their way and ran the /sp/artans out of the kitchen 2-1 to win their first knockout game since 2015 Winter. Though the Ro16 defeat was bitter, /sp/ came out with a place in the 2018 Summer Cup, /a/ didn't and the GOATs went again in two months' time.
2018 Summer saw another magical run from the /sp/artans where they ran deep into the tournament and the fanbase grew ever more HYP by the game. The GOATs were placed into Group C with /sci/, who were on a streak of two quarterfinal appearances, /pol/, who had defeated them 2-1 in Winter, and /fit/, who /sp/ defeated 3-2 a.e.t. the last time they faced in the 2017 Autumn Round of 16. /sp/ opened group play taking vengeance on the /pol/iticians 2-1 with an early pair from new medal CAM ON INGERLAND SCORE SOME FACKIN GOALS and mainstay George Costanza. They held on for a tense 64 minutes after Hitler pulled /pol/ back in, though /sp/ locked them down and perpetuated the /new/remburg Curse. Facing off against /fit/ in another edition of their derby, the GOATs grabbed the only goal they needed through Punished Messi and held on to win 1-0 through solid defensive play. With /sci/ defeating /fit/ 2-1 on the first Group C matchday and /pol/ 2-1 on the second, /sp/'s win guaranteed they and /sci/ advanced while /fit/ and /pol/ relegated. Against /sci/, all they had left to play for was seeding, which /sci/ earned with a 2-1 win. Le Cut Inside Man contributed a goal, a right-back in this edition of the roster.
In the Round of 16, /sp/ drew /bant/, who were debuting in their first-ever Elite Cup after qualifying for 2018 Spring. The /sp/artans won the Banter Bowl 2-0, with George Costanza providing a brace - the 84th minute strike to open up the scoring and another at 90+2' to put the match to bed. /sp/ advanced to meet /gd/, the side behind the infamous IT'S TWO match that relegated /sp/ for the first time in club history in 2014 Summer. It would be two again today - however, the GOATs would cry back IT'S TWO as Messi opened scoring in the 51st and Untitled-1.ai punched a fly ball into his own net.
/sp/ were lined up against /tg/ in the semifinals, the only other side remaining with a star. The fa/tg/uys pulled ahead in the first half 1-0 from Mork (or Gork) striking at 10' as /sp/ tried a 3-at-the-back formation. They abandoned the scheme during halftime for the 4-1-4-1 setup they used to get this far, and in the second half, their strengths shone through once more. CAM ON INGERLAND dropped his second to level the score. On a free kick awarded near the penalty box in the 82nd minute, commentary wondered aloud why TSUUUUUUUUUUUUU was kept on. The captain scored on the free kick in a fashion similar to his real-life counterpart at the 2018 World Cup vs Spain, and the GOATs survived /tg/ throwing 8 forward. For the first time since 2013 Winter, /sp/ made it to the final.
The GOATs met /vg/ in the final after the Generals dispatched /jp/ and /int/ earlier in the day. /sp/ fans salivated at the chance to finally, legitimately, wear a second star on the crest. /sp/ had met /vg/ twice before in group stage matches where /vg/ were already through to knockouts, so this was the first match between them with high stakes. The Generals brought disaster quick, scoring from the kickoff sequence at the 3rd minute via Unity-chan, /vg/'s pariah-turned-ace as she notched her 8th goal of the Cup, all in knockouts. Git Gud brought the advantage to 2-0 after Tony Kornheiser spaghettied the ball straight to the opposing board's meta player and captain. Best Melty Player in Italy blasted a long-ranger to bring the scoreline to 3-0 within 25 minutes. /sp/ never recovered despite TSUUUUUUUUUUUUU bringing the GOATs to within two at 63'. The desperate +2 onslaught yielded nothing, and /sp/ fell for the first time in an Elite final as /vg/ became One-Star Generals.
/sp/'s excellent defensive play, sufficient attacking prowess and well-played adjustments opened the door for them to make a run like few others in their history. They will seek redemption and to bring football home in the 2019 Winter Cup.
Colors and Mascot
/sp/ is maroon, orange, black and white.
Maroon: R173 G17 B12
Orange: R200 G85 B5
For the first 4chan World Cup, /sp/ wore an all white kit with a simplistic green logo. Before the 2012 Winter Cup the team wore blue but eventually settled on the current iconic maroon and orange home kit, based on real world Italian divegrass team AS Roma. For away matches, /sp/ wears solid black kit with orange details. To continue the theme that the club's number one goalkeeper is DA BEARS, the uniform for the goalkeeper is a near representation of the uniform of the handegg team, the Chicago Bears.
The mascot of the club is Paul the Goat (named after the legendary Paul the Octopus), who has gained worldwide fame for his alleged psychic powers. When presented with two boxes containing goat food decorated with the club crest of the two teams who are about to play in a game, Paul has successfully picked the winning team 100% of the time from 25 attempts.
Two logos have been used to represent /sp/ Football Club. While one is the official logo and the other pointless, both are alright to use when depicting the /sp/ Club.
|The famous logo of /sp/ Fooball Club and currently the most widely used, it depicts Paul the Goat standing proud on an image of a Spartan soldier. The nickname of the club is the /sp/artans, which is the reason for the Spartan on the logo. The star under the Spartan is a representation of /sp/'s first cup victory in the 4chan summer cup. Football came home that night.|
|The lesser used logo. Paul the Goat is given orange colored horns and a shawl with the /sp/ name on it. While a lesser used logo, it is quite a classic among die-hard fans of the club.|
-Numbers and positions not final-
Reserves can be found here: /sp B/
Tactics & Aesthetics
/sp/ is known to have some of the most passionate fans in the game. Due to this passion, /sp/artans are often seen as whiners by other boards, especially in the wake of the 2012 SC Bracket Scandal. Due to this, /sp/ was the winner of the Worst Fans Award in that cup. However, /sp/ does boast some of the most supportive fans in all of 4chan, participating in the most watched game of the 2012 4chan Summer Cup. After claiming victory in this cup, /sp/ was flooded with celebratory "MESSIMESSIMESSI" and "THANK YOU BASED TORRES" posts.
- Some History
You might have some history,
But we don’t give a crud,
Your team will always be a joke until they have a cup
(Shout the Opposing team’s name)!!!
|The Derby of /sp/art/a/|
The biggest derby in the game of virtual divegrass–El Classico. A battle between GOATs of /sp/orts and Men of /a/nime to see who are the greater champions. This derby's history runs all the way back to the 2011 4chan Summer Cup semifinals–a moment /a/ refers to as Yamakan saving Anime and /sp/ remembers as BasedChoke. They did not meet again in an official match until the 2013 Spring Babby Cup friendlies, which /sp/ won. They met twice more in Official Cup games for the 2014 4chan Winter Cup round of 16 and 2015 4chan Spring Babby Cup group stage, with /a/ winning both.
|The Not-Sports Derby|
Whenever there was a WWE thread on /sp/, there was always at least one person who told WWE fans that pro wrestling is fake and that it belongs on /asp/. Eventually, /sp/ managed to get wrestling threads officially kicked off the board with the help of Hiroyuki Nishimura, who succeeded m00t as owner of 4chan in 2015, stoking the rivalry ever hotter. In the 4chan Cup, these teams have completely different mentalities, with /sp/ angrily sacking managers if they don't win cups and /asp/ exercising more patience with their managers. The two teams finally met in an official Cup match during the 2017 4chan Winter Cup quarterfinals, which /sp/ won 3-1.
|The e-Sports Derby|
/sp/ and /v/ are intense rivals in a feud that is essentially the alphas vs. the weeaboo gaming nerds, and this rivalry was only made worse after /sp/ sent /v/ to the Loser's Bracket in 2011. /v/ is also jealous of /sp/'s endless creativity, epic maymays and their ability to handle the banter. Despite this, /v/ took control of this rivalry for years, defeating the GOATs in the 2013 4chan Summer Cup round of 16 and twice in the 2016 4chan Spring Babby Cup–in the group stage and quarterfinals. This streak was broken in the 2017 4chan Winter Cup when /sp/ eliminated /v/ in the round of 16. /sp/ leveled the series in the 2017 4chan Autumn Babby Cup with a 1-0 win over /v/ in the group stage.
- Main article: /sp/ Match History
|All friendlies||4||6||5||>implying friendlies count|
|2011 4chan Summer Cup||3||0||2||Third Place||Double elimination bracket|
|2012 4chan Winter Cup||5||0||2||Runner up||Double elimination bracket|
|2012 4chan Summer Cup||Title vacated due to Dragongate|
|0||0||0||Nullified||Record after 2nd correction.|
|2013 4chan Winter Cup||6||0||0||Champions||One match striken, due to Dragongate.|
|2013 4chan Summer Cup||1||1||2||Ro16||>tfw almost relegated|
|2014 4chan Winter Cup||3||0||1||Ro16||>could've been relegated on 6 (six) points|
|2014 4chan Summer Cup||1||1||1||Group (Relegated)||>Moyes|
|2014 4chan Autumn Babby Cup||2||0||2||Group (Failed to promote)||>losing to a shit team and a new team|
|2015 4chan Spring Babby Cup||1||1||2||Group (Failed to promote)||>couldn't even beat any weeb team|
|2015 4chan Autumn Babby Cup||2||1||2||Ro16||Promoted|
|2016 4chan Winter Cup||0||1||2||Group (Relegated)||Killed after just two matches. |
|2016 4chan Spring Babby Cup||3||0||2||Quarterfinals||Promoted|
Broke the Curse
Won Round of 16 match for the first time since 2013 Winter Cup
|2016 4chan Summer Cup||1||1||1||Group (Relegated)||The final match of the group got /vp/ to second place over /sp/ via goal difference.|
>Let's go, /vp/ (but not by much)
|2016 4chan Autumn Babby Cup||3||0||1||Ro16||A combination of results got /sp/ past the group stage after just two matches.|
|2017 4chan Winter Cup||4||0||3||4th||/sp/ finally broke the yo-yo cycle and reached the #1 spot on the Rankings|
|2017 4chan Summer Cup||0||1||2||Group (Relegated)||Killed after /toy/ defeated /lgbt/ immediately before the final group match vs /o/.|
>one point (again)
|2017 4chan Autumn Babby Cup||3||1||1||Quarterfinals||Promoted|
Finished T-5th, the new highest for /sp/ in a Babby Cup
|2018 4chan Winter Cup||0||2||1||Group (Relegated)||>tfw too high iq to win a game|
>tfw back in the yo-yo cycle
|2018 4chan Spring Babby Cup||2||1||2||Ro16||Promoted|
|2018 4chan Summer Cup||5||0||2||Runner up||Broke the yo-yo cycle|
One win away from football coming home
/sp/'s current home is the Transatlantic Semen Pipeline Stadium, named in remembrance of Murrika's selfless donations to impoverished Yurop.
- Of the 10 teams to win a 4chan Cup elite tournament, /sp/ is the only one to win every match on their way to the title.
- Closest calls: /a/ won 2011 Summer 8-0-1 when it was a double-elimination tournament. Under the two-stage format, /wg/ (2013 Summer), /trv/ (2014 Winter), /tg/ (2015 Winter) and /mlp/ (2015 Summer) all won with 6-1-0 records.
- /sp/ became the first board to have a sticky thread for a 4chan Cup event during the 2012 Winter Cup, a feat that remained unique to the board until /s4s/ had their own sticky for the 2017 Summer Cup.
2011 4chan Summer Cup: 3rd place
2012 4chan Winter Cup: Runner-up
2013 4chan Winter Cup: Champions
2018 4chan Summer Cup: Runner-up
- 2012 4chan Summer Cup: Champions
- Greatest Comeback Of All Time - Witness the greatest comeback of all time brought to you by George Costanza.
- 2012 Summer Cup Promo
- 2012 Summer Cup: /sp/ vs /toy/
- 2012 Summer Cup: /sp/ vs /int/ and /ro11/
- 2013 Winter Cup Promo
- 2013 Summer Cup: Promo for /sp/ vs /g/
- 2013 Summer Cup: Round of 16 Promo
- 2014 Summer Cup Promo
- 2014 Summer Cup USA Promo
- 2014 Autumn Babby Promo
- 2015 Spring Babby Promo
- 2015 Spring Babby Promo by Edgar
- 2015 SBC /a/ match promo
- 2015 SBC /b/ match promo
- 2016 Winter Cup Promo
- Autumn 2016 Tactical Export
- Autumn 2016 Aesthetics
- Summer 2016 Tactical Export
- Summer 2016 Aesthetics
- Spring 2016 Tactical Export
- Spring 2016 A E S T H E T I C S
- autumn15 export
- winter 16 export
- PES16 Aesthetics
- /sp/autumn15 Aesthetics
2012 (Title vacated)
2013 (1st title)