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Altador Cup
The foundation of The Altador Cup is the sport of Yooyuball, which began as a game played by Altadorians and their Yooyu Petpets over a thousand years ago. After a millennial hiatus, both the sport and its homeland were brought back to life, forming the basis of a summer sporting event that now features additional contests and participation from lands throughout Neopia.
Name: Foltaggio
Species: Mynci (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Strength, Passing, Guarding
Weaknesses: Frustrated by expectations (his own)
The home team of this long standing tournament are still yet to come away with the trophy. They came close in the fabled runner up finish of AC VIII but followed it up with unfortunate performances, 18th in AC IX and then again last year. That said, they're known to be something of a wild card. They've neither been consistent bottom table finishers nor top table. No one knows which Altador team will show up on the day. While a podium finish is unlikely, it'd be no surprise if they landed mid-table this year.
Name: Salayne Ritad
Species: Elephante (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Size, Good Hands, Strong Instincts
Weaknesses: Quickness
Name: Lyvon Cibaire
Species: Gelert (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Tackling, Speed, Energy
Weaknesses: Inexperience
Name: Winberto Seliz
Species: Wocky (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Quickness, Toughness
Weaknesses: Defence
Name: "Trapper" Remis
Species: Poogle (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Toughness, Stealing the ball, Speed
Weaknesses: Passing
Name: Montecito
Species: Kacheek (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Tenacity, Tackling, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Size, Running Plays
The reputation of "bending the rules" has taken its toll on the Brightvale side. Their best performance still remains their 8th place in AC I and soon after they felt the bitterness of 16th. King Hagan is nothing short of a super-fan and has made no secret of his interference with team matters. Many consider this an unsettling approach but they remain consistent mid-table finishers. There's no reason to expect otherwise this year.
Name: Orie Dinelle
Species: Ogrin (Female)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Strong Instincts, Good Hands, Quickness
Weaknesses: Stamina
Name: Reb Weemelott
Species: Nimmo (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Toughness, Speed, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Scoring
Name: Gordo Gunnels
Species: Grarrl (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Size, Strength, Tackling
Weaknesses: Laziness, Passing
Name: Kayn Hireck
Species: Skeith (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Speed, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Consistency
Name: Layton Vickles
Species: Hissi (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Running Plays, Quickness
Weaknesses: Strength
The team with the iconic history. Winners in AC II and they've never felt the bitter taste of a bottom half standing. Their players are well known in the competition and are tough to break down. An upward climb of the table in the last four years makes their team "make or break" for anyone aiming for a podium spot. Keep your eye out on the results against this resilient side. They'll be a good indicator of who will walk away with the gold. As for the team itself, consistency tells the tale and in spite of their hiccup last year, they could be in for one or two places off that coveted podium in AC XV.
Name: Reshar Collifey
Species: Jetsam (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Quickness, Good Hands, Energy
Weaknesses: Inexperience
Name: Tormo "The Terror" Frein
Species: Bruce (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Guarding, Tackling, Tenacity
Weaknesses: Scoring, Passing
Name: Kep Bonnefie
Species: Buzz (Female)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Tackling, Stealing the ball, Experience
Weaknesses: Scoring, Strength
Name: Tandrak Shaye
Species: Gelert (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Consistency, Passing, Guarding
Weaknesses: Injury-prone, Scoring
Name: Kakoni Worrill
Species: Bruce (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Passing, Running Plays, Quickness
Weaknesses: Scoring, Strength
Their few outstanding performances in AC XI and AC XIII, a remarkable fourth place, still remains the only accolades they've been able to attain. They're known for finishing low in the bottom half of the table. Foul play allegations and the rumored "Faerie Curse" have done nothing to improve their confidence over the years. However, this team has nowhere to go but up and "no expectations" means "no pressure". For that reason, they're predicted to bounce up off of that bottom spot and maybe even pull off a mid-table finish this year.
Name: Valtonous Rea
Species: Uni (Female)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Consistency, Passing, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Speed
Name: Elbin Kroe
Species: Shoyru (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Tenacity, Stealing the ball, Passing
Weaknesses: Injury-prone, Consistency
Name: Delma Harrence
Species: Zafara (Female)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Guarding, Stamina, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Speed
Name: Ciona Broan
Species: Kyrii (Female)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Blocking, Tackling, Toughness
Weaknesses: Stealing the ball, Lack of concentration
Name: Krell Vitor
Species: Kyrii (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Leadership, Guarding, Tenacity
Weaknesses: Scoring
The infamous winners of AC I have long lost their position as one of the forces of the game. Consistent bottom table finishes over the last four years has made many wonder if the Faerieland curse rubbed off on them when they borrowed the other team's training field. They're still considered a "sleeping giant" with some of the best players in the game, especially in defense. However, this year no one's predicting the giant will waken. A mid-table finish seems inevitable.
Name: Fanetti
Species: Meerca (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Speed, Jumping, Good Hands
Weaknesses: Size
Name: Crade Talvos
Species: Draik (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Tenacity, Guarding, Quickness
Weaknesses: Scoring, Hands
Name: "Brains" Mortigan
Species: Usul (Male)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Strength, Stamina, Tenacity
Weaknesses: Quickness, Intelligence
Name: Zo Junior
Species: Korbat (Male)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Speed, "Clutch" Performer
Weaknesses: Guarding, Size
Name: "Poke" Cellers
Species: Kiko (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Stealing the ball, Toughness, Passing
Weaknesses: Scoring, Size
Injury prone, disqualification, underfunded, and even trapped by a landslide. You name it. Everything that could happen to this team has happened. That's why they're the heartwarming rags to riches tale of the competition. Even opposing fans confessed to shedding a tear of joy when they won the competition back in AC X. Since then, they've been steady in the upper echelons of the standings and are predicted to put in another top half of the table result this year.
Name: Erli Quinnock
Species: Peophin (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Consistency, Toughness, Intelligence
Weaknesses: Speed
Name: Meela Kitah
Species: Kiko (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Guarding, Powerful Shot
Weaknesses: Lack of forward experience, Passing
Name: Holbie Pinnock
Species: Kiko (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Speed, Scoring, Tackling
Weaknesses: Lack of starting experience
Name: Ditan Colb
Species: Kiko (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Quickness, "Clutch" Performer
Weaknesses: Consistency, Laziness
Name: Garven Hale
Species: Bori (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Quickness, Consistency, "Clutch" Performer
Weaknesses: Passing
They're a side to be respected in the Altador Cup and they've never fallen lower than 8th in the table. They're known for their defensive prowess, backed up by goalkeeper Garven Hale who many consider the best in the league. It's been a while since their win in AC IV but the team is far from over the horizon. Last year they were only a few places shy of a podium finish and this year they're considered more than likely to steal a place in the top three.
Name: Feldon "Dinksy" Collibridge
Species: Shoyru (Female)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Quickness, Versatility
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Size
Name: Coco Metrone
Species: Ogrin (Female)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Speed, Craftiness, Strong Nerves
Weaknesses: Tackling, Tenacity
Name: Nitri Cassale
Species: Moehog (Female)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Passing, Guarding, Tackling
Weaknesses: Injury-prone, Frustrated by expectations
Name: Zayle Sufhaux
Species: Grundo (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Guarding, Tenacity, Passing
Weaknesses: Inexperience
Name: Derlyn Fonnet
Species: Gnorbu (Female)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Tackling, Passing, Scoring
Weaknesses: Size, Inexperience
The squad has put together some inspiring performances recently and they've shown a real hunger since their last victory in AC VII. They're known for superstitious rituals before and during their games and boast technological advances in Yooyuball training. Two podium finishes in the last three years make them one of the favorites to come away with the gold this year.
Name: Jurin T.
Species: Ruki (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Stamina, Athleticism, Reflexes
Weaknesses: Hands, Athletic IQ
Name: Ealyn Hawkshanks
Species: Quiggle (Male)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Running Plays, Passing, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Scoring, Size
Name: Qlydae Wegg
Species: Grundo (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Passing, Jumping, Reflexes
Weaknesses: Lack of concentration, Leadership
Name: Zenor Kevix
Species: Grundo (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Energy, Running Plays, Quickness
Weaknesses: Strength, Size
Name: Leera Heggle
Species: Kau (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Energy, Toughness, Strong Instincts
Weaknesses: Speed
The well supported winners of AC V ended last year with a respectable 7th. In the past they were thought to be quick to bench team members, but these days they're considered right on the line between ambitious and unified. That said, many experts have considered them overdue for a slip up and claim they see "signs of complacency". We'll soon find out if those reports are well founded.
Name: Luvea Trivon
Species: Draik (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Consistency, Passing, Tackling
Weaknesses: Scoring, Inexperience
Name: Vonde Cayle
Species: Wocky (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Passing, Scoring, Tackling
Weaknesses: Jumping
Name: Rhee Solters
Species: Kiko (Female)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Tenacity, Guarding, Agility
Weaknesses: Hands, Size
Name: Derbi Azar
Species: Scorchio (Female)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Passing, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Inexperience
Name: Elon "The Black Hole" Hughlis
Species: Acara (Male)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Scoring, "Clutch" Performer, Toughness
Weaknesses: Passing, Leadership
Matching their best performance in last year's Altador Cup, means it's two podiums in three years for this up and coming side. Yet to record a win in the competition, possibly due to certain egos behind the scenes. Most notably Elon "Black Hole" Hughlis. Still, this could be the year for Maraqua's first trophy so long as they don't buckle under the pressure.
Name: Tonie Plessix
Species: Koi (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Size, Good Reflexes, Strong Instincts
Weaknesses: Quickness, Stamina
Name: Oten Runeu
Species: Skeith (Male)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Strength, Size, Tenacity
Weaknesses: Scoring, Craftiness
Name: Lamelle Turow
Species: Kiko (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Strength, Tenacity, Stealing the ball
Weaknesses: Guarding, Size
Name: Barit Jowes
Species: Techo (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Guarding, Blocking, Consistency
Weaknesses: Scoring, Inexperience
Name: "Wizard" Windelle
Species: Techo (Male)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Passing, Running Plays, Intelligence
Weaknesses: Scoring, Blocking
6th place last season after being runner up the year before has shown this team's difficulties with consistency. They've changed captains in the past and since then some cynics call them overambitious and punching above their weight class. Those voices seem to have curbed expert opinion and they're predicted to drop further this season, potentially to their first bottom table finish. Will this criticism affect the players?
Name: Yoris Obbles
Species: JubJub (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Energy, Stamina, Toughness
Weaknesses: Athletic IQ, Inexperience
Name: Ilsa Ellits
Species: Ixi (Male)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Passing, Tackling, Toughness
Weaknesses: Scoring
Name: Fiorina
Species: Eyrie (Female)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Stealing the ball, Toughness
Weaknesses: Tackling, Versatility
Name: Ethel Boortz
Species: Ixi (Female)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Toughness, Scoring, Tackling
Weaknesses: Experience, Speed
Name: Aldric Beign
Species: Kougra (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Leadership
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Passing
One of the younger teams of the Altador Cup, they joined the competition soon after they were discovered and made it to AC V. Their standout podium finish in AC IX remains their best performance and they've certainly dropped down the old Pteri pecking order since then. They were only one spot off bottom place last season and have been touted as a potential last place this year. That said, being the young team that they are, some outlying experts think they're overdue for a performance.
Name: Harlis Neyhbol
Species: Grarrl (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Good Hands, Reflexes, Passing
Weaknesses: Consistency, Nerves
Name: Tulah Kisner
Species: Acara (Female)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Passing, Speed, Tackling
Weaknesses: Easily Frustrated, Guarding
Name: Vere Polnicek
Species: Yurble (Female)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Quickness, Tackling, Toughness
Weaknesses: Consistency, Hands
Name: Zax Bannet
Species: Scorchio (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Guarding, Stamina, Speed
Weaknesses: Craftiness, Easily fooled
Name: Volgoth
Species: Mynci (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Size, Tackling
Weaknesses: Passing, Craftiness
"Mystery" by name and mystery by nature. You never know what you're going to get but that's part of the allure. Winners in AC XI followed by their worst performance, 16th in AC XII, really sums it up. Mid table last season has put pundits in an awkward position. It seems they're split down the middle. Half believe they'll be in or close to the podium, the other half think bottom table. Certainly not another mid table finish though.
Name: Lor Benneveldt
Species: Flotsam (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Reflexes, Strong Instincts, Passing
Weaknesses: Consistency, Stamina
Name: Teylor Nix
Species: Nimmo (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Passing, Scoring, Guarding
Weaknesses: Fails to step up in "clutch" situations
Name: Selmon Woulf
Species: Xweetok (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Tackling, Strength, Toughness
Weaknesses: Quickness, Passing
Name: Vela Binal
Species: Lenny (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Speed, Tackling, Stealing the ball
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Scoring
Name: Lilo Blumario
Species: Blumaroo (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Leadership, "Clutch" Performer
Weaknesses: Strength, Jumping
Once a small team, they're now considered one of the powerhouses of Yooyuball. They boast one of the best and most loyal Captains in the game and a remarkable sportsmanship record. Their last trophy was their "Cinderella Story" victory AC III and many wonder if they could pull it off again this year. Still, more pragmatic experts say, it'll be a solid top table finish for them this year.
Name: Clutch Billaban
Species: Pteri (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Quickness, Jumping
Weaknesses: Consistency
Name: Jair Tollet
Species: Eyrie (Female)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Passing, Experience
Weaknesses: Tackling, Stamina
Name: Fenny Vail
Species: Usul (Female)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Versatility, Scoring, Passing
Weaknesses: Size, Strength
Name: "Squeaky" Tressif
Species: Lupe (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Guarding, Consistency, Leadership
Weaknesses: Scoring
Name: Mirsha Grelinek
Species: Gnorbu (Female)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Running Plays, Speed
Weaknesses: Consistency, Strength
Still yet to record a victory and now considered to be firmly embedded in the mid-table mix. The closest they came was a runner up result back in AC IV. They'll be an interesting team to watch this year as many think they're capable of silently sneak away with some key results. An improved top table finish is the majority consensus.
Name: Xana DiLanche
Species: Lutari (Female)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Energy, Quickness, Good Hands
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Nerves
Name: Timu
Species: Lupe (Female)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Guarding, Tenacity, Craftiness
Weaknesses: Scoring
Name: Antola Maeir
Species: Zafara (Male)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Blocking, Jumping, Speed
Weaknesses: Easily fooled, Consistency
Name: Larcy Phu
Species: Grundo (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Tenacity, Craftiness, Tackling
Weaknesses: Dirty play
Name: Prytariel
Species: Aisha (Female)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Passing, Guarding, "Clutch" Performer
Weaknesses: Scoring, Lack of concentration
Champions last year and 3rd place the previous year, the slick side has gained some serious traction. Fans have come flocking back in full support for the team that looked almost unstoppable last season. A superbly adept Captain combined with some exciting up-and-coming stars pushed them to a superb first victory in the contest. Almost all experts think they're a team with the potential to do the double. It'll be down to the other teams to prove them wrong and find the chinks in their armor.
Name: Minae Mitora
Species: Chia (Female)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Good Reflexes, Steady Hands
Weaknesses: Laziness, Lack of concentration, Speed
Name: Rinok Fitel
Species: Bori (Male)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Tackling, Speed, Toughness
Weaknesses: Athletic IQ, Inexperience
Name: Evrem Guilako
Species: Scorchio (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Speed, Scoring, Tenacity
Weaknesses: Size, Strength
Name: Osielle Lidel
Species: Buzz (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Speed, Leadership
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Blocking
Name: Loryche
Species: Chomby (Female)
Position: Centre Forward
Strengths: Passing, Running Plays, Leadership
Weaknesses: Scoring, Speed
Also known as the "Forsaken Five", they have passion, drive and are almost literally "giants of the game". Their last win was back in AC VIII and they've been one of the most consistent podium finishers in the history of the game. So, it came as a bit of a shock when they ended up in the bottom half of the table last year. They're expected to regroup and finish top three this year but only if they can find that rich vein of form.
Name: Mor Gollog
Species: Moehog (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Stamina, Strong Instincts, Passing
Weaknesses: Quickness, Hands
Name: "Scrap" Taggert
Species: Moehog (Male)
Position: Centre Defender
Strengths: Toughness, Guarding, Passing
Weaknesses: Injury-prone
Name: Wila Benne
Species: Tonu (Female)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Stealing the ball, Experience
Weaknesses: Blocking, Lack of concentration
Name: "Spikes" Barmie
Species: Krawk (Male)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Tackling, Speed
Weaknesses: Dirty play, Easily fooled
Name: Keetra Deile
Species: Cybunny (Female)
Position: Right Forward
Strengths: Scoring, Speed, Experience
Weaknesses: Toughness
Weary opponents were once heard saying "They're machines!" as they left the field and that's not far wrong. Robotics research has proven to be an effective boost to the team's ability. It's taken them all the way to victory in AC VI and last year they were runners up. They're considered to be the hungry favorites this year and most likely to pull off a podium finish.
Name: Goltron Mk I
Species: Tuskaninny (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Consistency, Durability, Good Hands
Weaknesses: Easily fooled, Athletic IQ
Name: Sela Pretore
Species: Xweetok (Female)
Position: Left Defender
Strengths: Energy, Tenacity, Quickness
Weaknesses: Inexperience
Name: Weldar Xupenfarb
Species: Grundo (Male)
Position: Right Defender
Strengths: Blocking, Tackling, Strength
Weaknesses: Speed
Name: XL Striker 3.8
Species: Wocky (Male)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Consistency, Running Plays, Stamina
Weaknesses: Fails to step up in "clutch" situations
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