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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.
Choose your team
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 in AC XIII. 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
Although notorious for "bending the rules", Brightvale showed Neopia that they did not need to rely on dirty play last Altador Cup. They shattered their previous performance records and earned a coveted podium spot at 3rd place without having to rely on any cheap tricks. Super-fan King Hagan was thrilled that his team reached the top three and expects great things from them this year, as do most experts, who are predicting Brightvale has a high probability of another podium finish.
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 few years makes their team "make or break" for anyone aiming for a podium spot. Keep your eye out on the results against this resilient team. They'll be a good indicator of who will walk away with the gold. As for the team itself, consistency tells the tale and just missing the podium by coming in fourth place last year demonstrates they have a high chance of a podium finish this year.
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 rumoured "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, plus the new recruit they picked up offseason, they're predicted to bounce up off of that bottom half of the table 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: Whimsi Dia
Species: Vandagyre (Female)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Guarding, Passing, Consistency
Weaknesses: Stamina, Nerves
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
Although the infamous winners of AC I have long lost their position as one of the forces of the game, they are still considered fan favourites. Consistent bottom table finishes over the last six years has made many wonder if the Faerieland curse rubbed off on them when they borrowed the other team's training field. Despite this, they're still considered a "sleeping giant" with some of the best players in the game, especially when it comes to defence. However, most experts are predicting that giant isn't waking up anytime soon and that Haunted Woods will be lucky to see a mid-table finish this year.
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 managed to once again take home the Altador Cup last year. After their fiery performance last year, some suspect that Team Kiko Lake may even be able to defend their title as the reigning champs.
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
One of the most well-respected teams who has only fallen lower than 8th once in the table. Known for their defensive prowess, they are anchored by goalkeeper and team captain Garven Hale who many consider the best in the league. Although it's been a while since their win in AC IV, this team is far from over the horizon. After dropping down a few places last year, they're predicted to place just shy of the podium this Altador Cup.
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 continued to give inspiring performances the last few years and they've shown a real hunger since their last victory in AC VII. Known for superstitious rituals and technological advances in Yooyuball training, Kreludor came close to reaching the winner's podium last year but fumbled in the finals. Analysts say that Team Kreludor has realized the gravity of the situation this year and predict that have a high chance of taking home the Altador Cup.
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 popular winners of AC V ended last year with a less than ideal 11th place. 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
Team Maraqua sunk down the leaderboard falling from 3rd to 9th place between the last two Altador Cups. They have yet to record a win in the competition, possibly due to certain egos behind the scenes. Most notably that of Elon "Black Hole" Hughlis. Still, this could be the year Maraqua finally takes home the 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
Climbing back up to 2nd place last season after 6th place the year before has proven this team's determination to reach the top. Despite this, some cynics are still calling them overambitious and seem to think their podium finish was a fluke. With experts struggling to find a consensus, it’s difficult to predict where these runners up from last year’s competition may end up this year, making them the wildcards of this Altador cup.
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. Team Moltara hit rock bottom last season when they ended up in last place. 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. However, analysts are saying that the newest addition to Team Mystery island, Tulay Ada, may just give the team the advantage they need to consistently place higher on the table. With this speedy Cybunny on their squad, Mystery Island might be able to pull off a podium finish.
Name: Lor Benneveldt
Species: Flotsam (Male)
Position: Goalkeeper
Strengths: Reflexes, Strong Instincts, Passing
Weaknesses: Consistency, Stamina
Name: Tulay Ada
Species: Cybunny (Female)
Position: Left Forward
Strengths: Jumping, Scoring, Speed
Weaknesses: Tackling
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, not to mention a remarkable sportsmanship record. Their last trophy was their "Cinderella Story" victory AC III and many are wondering if they could pull it off again this year. Still, after Team Roo Island placed 16th last year, more pragmatic experts are predicting 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 take home the Altador Cup and now considered to be firmly embedded in the mid-table mix, the closest Team Shenkuu came was a runner up result back in AC IV. That said, they did climb from 14thto 8th place last year, and it will be interesting to see if this team can keep clambering their way up the rankings. If they are able to capitalize on their momentum, Team Shenkuu could be a real contender this Altador Cup.
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 in AC XIV and 3rd place in AC XIII, fans came flocking back in full support for the team that looked almost unstoppable. However, Team Terror Mountain was given the cold shoulder after dropping from 1st to 10th place between the last two Altador Cups. Predictions are that fair-weather fans will return if Terror Mountain can take home the cup this year, that is if they are able to climb back up to the top after plummeting so far down.
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, but this team isn't stuck in the past. They are focused on the future, and 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 yet again 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 from the truth. Robotics research has proven to be an effective boost to the team's ability, helping them to perfect their form. It's taken them all the way to victory in AC VI and 2nd place in AC XIV. Despite tumbling down the rankings last year, they're still expected to place high on the table this Altador Cup.
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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