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Velits
2013-14 season
Chairman Siva Pteropteriks
Manager Ceis Xaarven
Stadium Velit Arena
RIFA World League 2nd
Top goalscorer League:
Jonsson Gregory (31)

All:
Jonsson Gregory (31)
Highest home attendance 89,956 vs Toraters (29 February 2014)
Lowest home attendance 80,558 vs Bolters (1 December 2013)
Average home league attendance 88,249
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2013-14 season was the Velits' 37th in existence. They had won the league for the last three years in a row and were attempting to do it again. During the immediate aftermath of 2012-13 and pre-season of 13-14, there was speculation of a leave by the manager Ceis Xaarven, however he preceded to take Velits on their early pre-season tour and eventually had not left by August, so would see out the last year of his contract before the World Cup.

The new kit[edit]

The Velits' new kit designs were revealed in a separate press conference on the 30 May 2013. Siva Pteropteriks introduced the day before handing over the kit design feature introducer to chief kit designer Milo Peters (Australia). The home kit was received with a mixed reception from the fans. Some fans drew it criticism because of the hype they had heard that the Velits were reverting back to their traditional green colour (this was a false rumour). Others didn't like the change of gold trim to black, where as others greeted it well, saying it looked stylish and classic. One of the main reasons cited for keeping the white colour was because Velits' never won a league title wearing green. The away kit takes the same shaded hoops design, in a red colour. It is meant to symbolize power and was picked because of that and because it looked 'vibrant and modern'. The gold third kit was further criticized for not being green, as was the people who designed it. It takes the same design but will little be worn this season. The goalkeeper kit was recieved well with the classic light blue strip colour, resembling an original 1980's kit, where as the away goalkeeper kit, coloured incredibly vibrantly with a multicolour zigzag strip design, again drew a mixed reaction from the fans. All the kits were designed with help and input from the players.

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

The Velits' board announced the team's intention to travel on a 4 week tour around the continent, playing a total of 5 games in the process. This happened, Velits flew on their tour on the 2nd of June and reparted on the 28th. It was a succesful and thoroughly enjoyable tour for everyone. By the end of the tour Velits still had 3 more pre-season games to come as well as rehabilitation time, and no transfers had been made at this time apart from the release of players from their 2012-13 contracts, so Velits played on the tour with a relatively same team as to last season.

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
9th June 2013 Crolorkas A 2-2 Uplen 50', Marquiem 70' 28,284
14th June 2013 Mpenzas A 3-0 Ntongi 4', Gregory 49', Xavii 75' 17,306
23rd June 2013 Brustimens A 5-1 Gregory 12', Baker 30', Gregory 65', Valzarez 67', Biilis pen 84' 20,913
25th June 2013 Ayenas A 2-2 Uplen 13', Ntongi 90' 23,119
29th June 2013 Toraters A 4-8 Hooiver 46', Hooiver 53', Uplen 61'(p), Uplen 77' 68,805

After this and their recuperation time, Velits were to play three more friendlies. The new season was to start on the 17th August. Here are the three friendly results.

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
18th July 2013 Toraters H 0-0 74,530
27th July 2013 Zippers A 1-0 Aise 72' 31,451
9th August 2013 Sliders H 4-2 Amu 14', Gregory, 40', Parr 45', Ntongi 75' 69,794

Premier League[edit]

The fixtures for the 2012–13 season were announced on 18 June at 09:00 BST.[1]

United's first game was away from home at Goodison Park to Everton on 20 August 2012,[2] a game that they lost to a goal by Marouane Fellaini in the 57th minute. It was United's first Premier League opening game defeat since 2004.

United then returned to Old Trafford where they played against Fulham. The game started with Fulham taking the lead in third minute through a Damien Duff goal, a goal which marked Fulham's first goal at Old Trafford since 2006. United levelled the game seven minutes later through a spectacular volley from Robin van Persie who scored his first goal for United after joining the team a week before. United then took the lead in the 35th minute through Shinji Kagawa who, like Van Persie scored his first United goal. Rafael made the scoreline 3–1 just five minutes before half-time. In the second-half Fulham managed to reduce United's lead after an own goal by United defender Nemanja Vidić after colliding with De Gea and backheeling the ball into the net.

United's next game was against Southampton, and Southampton took shock 1–0 and 2–1 goal leads through Rickie Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin before a Van Persie hat trick saved United at the death after he earlier missed a penalty. In the next game United thrashed Wigan 4–0 with summer signings Alexander Büttner and Nick Powell scoring their first goals, with Hernández and Scholes also on the scoresheet. United's next game was against arch rivals Liverpool. Liverpool took the lead but United fought back with goals from Rafael and a penalty from Van Persie and won the game 2–1. United suffered a 3–2 loss at the hands of Tottenham. Tottenham took a 2–0 lead but at half-time Wayne Rooney made his return, and contributed with an assist but Tottenham held on.

The next match saw Manchester United win 3–0 against Newcastle United in St James' Park. Goals from Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra, both headed from corners gave United a 2–0 lead before Tom Cleverley scored a curling screamer from 25 yards. The next match saw United win 4–2 against Stoke City, Wayne Rooney scored an own goal in the 11th minute before equalising in 28th minute. Robin van Persie gave United the lead just before the break, and Danny Welbeck's diving header gave United a 2-goal advantage before Michael Kightly cut the margin in the 58th minute. But it lasted only seven minutes before Rooney scored to give United the lead to win the game 4–2.

United then played title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a place where they had not won in the past 10 years. In the first 12 minutes United struck twice. The first one was a David Luiz own goal after a Van Persie shot hit the post and bounced off the Brazilian, and then the dutchman himself scoring the second. Juan Mata scored for Chelsea just before half time, and Ramires equalised for the hosts ten minutes after the break. However, Branislav Ivanović saw red for a foul near the area, and nine minutes later Fernando Torres received a second yellow for diving. Then, substitute Hernández scored the goal that saw the visitors come out victorious.

The next game was at Old Trafford against rivals Arsenal, in which Van Persie scored against his former club within three minutes of the game. Wayne Rooney missed a penalty just before half time, but Patrice Evra doubled United's lead after heading Rooney's cross. Arsenal pulled a goal back in the final minute via Santi Cazorla. An away visit to Aston Villa turned out to be a thrilling game which saw United fall two goals behind from Andreas Weimann before substitute Hernández scored twice and assisted an own goal that gave United the victory.

United suffered their third defeat of the season away to Norwich City, falling to a 1–0 score. The scorer was none other than former Manchester United Youth Anthony Pilkington. United then entertained Queens Park Rangers and fell behind after 52 minutes. United responded strongly with Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher both netted from Wayne Rooney corners and Hernández did what he does best to make the points safe. United then had visiting West Ham United as their next rivals. United won the match 1–0 thanks to an early Van Persie goal after just 31 seconds that deflected over Jussi Jääskeläinen.

United established a 3-point lead over their closest rivals Manchester City after edging a seven-goal thriller against Reading at Madejski Stadium. Hal Robson-Kanu lashed home the opener, then Anderson cracked in an equaliser and Wayne Rooney slid home a penalty before Adam le Fondre and Sean Morrison quickly headed in from corners to have the hosts 3–2 up by 23 minutes. For all the nightmarish defending on show, however, their attacking play was just as irresistible, and Rooney clinically turned in Patrice Evra's cross to level again, before turning provider for Robin van Persie to spring the hosts' offside trap and beat Adam Federici to make it 3–4 in 34 minutes. United held on to the lead in a nervous second half to win the match.

United then played city rivals and closest contenders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Wayne Rooney scored two goals in the first half an hour to give United a 2-goal cushion. But the match looked to have turned completely with half an hour left as Ashley Young had a goal wrongly ruled out as offside before Yaya Touré netted within seconds. It allowed the Blues to stage a comeback that led to Pablo Zabaleta levelling from a corner on 86 minutes. Incredibly, Van Persie, with a deflected free kick, had the final say in stoppage time to end City's unbeaten run at home that lasted almost two years and inflict their first league defeat since April 2012. In winning the match, United stretched the advantage at the summit to six points.

In their next match, United faced Sunderland at Old Trafford and goals from Robin van Persie and Tom Cleverley gave United a two-goal lead at half-time before Wayne Rooney put United to a three-goal advantage in the second half. Fraizer Campbell scored the only goal for the visitors, heading in Stéphane Sessègnon's cross. United held on to win the game 3–1. United then played Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. Patrice Evra headed the Reds in front before Swansea striker Michu netted his 13th goal of the season in a see-sawing first half. The game ended at 1–1 – United's first draw of the season – but it was enough to ensure a lead of four points at the top of the table on Christmas Day.

Manchester United played Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day in what turned out to be a classic. United conceded first when James Perch scored for Newcastle in the fourth minute. Jonny Evans then scored for both teams in quick succession, first equalising for United before putting through his own net to restore Newcastle's lead; the goal was originally ruled out for offside against Papiss Cissé, who was lurking behind Evans, but referee Mike Dean allowed it to stand, having deemed that Cissé was not interfering with play. Patrice Evra scored close to the hour mark to make the scores level with a 25-yard strike to mark his best season in terms of goals. Papiss Cissé then scored with a sublime finish to make it 3–2 on 68 minutes, only for Robin van Persie to get United's third equaliser three minutes later. Then United did what they do best with Javier Hernández, dramatically then scoring a winner with just seconds of the 90 minutes left to win the game 4–3. With Manchester City losing away at Sunderland, United extended their lead at the top to seven points.

United then played West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, making five changes to the side that played on Boxing Day with Shinji Kagawa returning to the side behind Danny Welbeck. Ashley Young's drilled cross was deflected off Gareth McAuley into his own net in the 9th minute for United's opener. Later in injury time, substitute Robin van Persie scored a wonderful curling shot assisted by Antonio Valencia to make it 2–0.

United then played Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, making three changes to the side that beat West Bromwich Albion. Javier Hernández latched onto a rebound from Patrice Evra's shot and Robin van Persie rounded Iván Ramis and converted before half time. In the second half, Hernández smashed a volley after a blocked Van Persie free kick. Van Persie himself scored the 4th goal after receiving a short-driving cross from Danny Welbeck from the left hand side of the post to make it 4–0. The game was their fifth clean sheet in the league so far this season. United's next game was against arch-rivals Liverpool. Van Persie made it 1–0 and Evra's header which touched Vidić's head made it 2–0. Liverpool pulled one back but it was not enough. United then drew against Tottenham, Van Persie again opened the scoring with a header but Tottenham equalised in the dying moments of the game through Clint Dempsey.

In the next game, United played Southampton at home. After going 1–0 down within three minutes, United once again pulled it back with two goals from Wayne Rooney in the first half to win 2–1. After their midweek home win, United then travelled to London to play Fulham where the deadlock was finally broken by a goal from Wayne Rooney in the 79th minute. United held on for the 1–0 win to go nine points clear at the top of the table. United then capitalised on the defeat of their nearest neighbours and closest rivals at Southampton the day before by beating Everton 2–0 at Old Trafford to extend their lead at the top of the table to twelve points with goals from Giggs early in the first half and Van Persie just before half time and avenging the 1–0 defeat they suffered in their first match of the season.

After that Manchester United travelled to Loftus Road and had it easy with a 2–0 win over QPR where Rafael scored a 30 yard screamer and Giggs scored a clinical finish on his 999th Appearance. This meant that Manchester United have opened up a 15 points lead, but was recovered back to 12 points by Manchester City with their 2–0 win over Chelsea. Next Manchester United hosted Norwich City at the "Theatre Of Dreams" and again opened up a 15-point lead with a 4–0 win. Kagawa scored a hat-trick and became the first Asian player to do so in the Premier League.[3]

On 16 March, Manchester United took advantage of their neighbours and closest title rivals Manchester City's loss to Everton earlier in the day by beating Reading. The game finished 1–0 from a deflected goal by Wayne Rooney after a surging run from Rio Ferdinand. This extended Manchester United's lead to 15 points with 9 games to go and the title looked already won. After the international break United faced a trip to the stadium of light to play Sunderland on 30 March. Again United won 1–0 thanks to a Titus Bramble own goal after Van Persie's shot had deflected off him. By winning this game United set a new record by winning 25 of their opening 30 games.

On 8 April, Manchester United returned to Old Trafford to play their second Manchester Derby regarded as less pivotal that the first one. United were handed their first loss in 18 games as City won 2–1. James Milner scored the first for City with a deflected drive but United equalised after Phil Jones headed a Van Persie free kick against Vincent Kompany. However United's joy was to be shortlived as Agüero scored at the near post after a mazy run. United bounced back from derby disappointment by beating Stoke City at the Britannia. Michael Carrick scored a toe poke from a corner in the second minute and a late Van Persie penalty secured the points for United. Robin van Persie also ended his barren run of nine games without a goal.

Manchester United had to play a midweek fixture away to West Ham. This was a tough game that saw the hosts go ahead twice through Ricardo Vaz Te and Mohammed Diame. But United equalised twice through Antonio Valencia who netted his first goal of the season and Robin van Persie. The game ended 2–2.

On 22 April, Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3–0 to win their 13th Premier League title and 20th English championship after Manchester City had lost to Tottenham the day before. In the 2nd minute Robin van Persie scored after a lay off from Ryan Giggs to make the score 1–0. Van Persie scored again in the 13th minute with a volley from a through ball over the top by Wayne Rooney. Sir Alex Ferguson and many others hailed it as one of the goals of the season. In the 33rd minute, Van Persie completed his hat-trick with another assist from Giggs. United clinched their 20th league title and Sir Alex Ferguson clinched his 13th title with United.

On 28 April, Manchester United travelled to the Emirates Stadium to face fierce rivals Arsenal. The home team gave United a guard of honour but Van Persie received a torrid reception by his old fans. Arsenal scored first through a Theo Walcott goal in the second minute that was disputed to be offside. United scored at the end of the first half through a Van Persie penalty after the striker was fouled by Bacary Sagna. Both teams had chances to score in the second half but neither did and the score finished 1–1.

United then faced Chelsea at Old Trafford, recording their third straight defeat to the Blues in the season by losing 0–1, courtesy of a Phil Jones own goal. A week later, Sir Alex Ferguson managed his last game at Old Trafford against Swansea City. United took the lead through Javier Hernández, but conceded a strike from Michu in the 52nd minute. Quite oddly, it was Rio Ferdinand who scored the winner with three minutes to go, smashing home a Van Persie corner. Ferguson retired with dignity as he and his team received their medals.

Ferguson's last game in charge was against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, taking a 5–2 lead with ten minutes to go. But they failed to hold on and conceded a 5–5 draw, setting a record for the first match in the Premier League for both teams to score five goals each.

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance League
position
20 August 2012 Everton A 0–1 38,415 16th
25 August 2012 Fulham H 3–2 Van Persie 10', Kagawa 35', Rafael 41' 75,352 7th
2 September 2012 Southampton A 3–2 Van Persie (3) 23', 87', 90+2' 31,609 5th
15 September 2012 Wigan Athletic H 4–0 Scholes 51', Hernández 63', Büttner 66', Powell 82' 75,142 2nd
23 September 2012 Liverpool A 2–1 Rafael 51', Van Persie 81' (pen.) 44,263 2nd
29 September 2012 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–3 Nani 51', Kagawa 53' 75,566 3rd
7 October 2012 Newcastle United A 3–0 Evans 8', Evra 15', Cleverley 71' 52,203 2nd
20 October 2012 Stoke City H 4–2 Rooney (2) 27', 65', Van Persie 44', Welbeck 46' 75,585 2nd
28 October 2012 Chelsea A 3–2 Luiz 4' (o.g.), Van Persie 12', Hernández 75' 41,644 2nd
3 November 2012 Arsenal H 2–1 Van Persie 3', Evra 67' 75,492 1st
10 November 2012 Aston Villa A 3–2 Hernández (2) 58', 87', Vlaar 63' (o.g.) 40,538 1st
17 November 2012 Norwich City A 0–1 26,840 2nd
24 November 2012 Queens Park Rangers H 3–1 Evans 64', Fletcher 68', Hernández 72' 75,603 1st
28 November 2012 West Ham United H 1–0 Van Persie 1' 75,572 1st
1 December 2012 Reading A 4–3 Anderson 13', Rooney (2) 16' (pen.), 30', Van Persie 34' 24,095 1st
9 December 2012 Manchester City A 3–2 Rooney (2) 16', 29', Van Persie 90+2' 47,166 1st
15 December 2012 Sunderland H 3–1 Van Persie 16', Cleverley 19', Rooney 59' 75,582 1st
23 December 2012 Swansea City A 1–1 Evra 16' 20,650 1st
26 December 2012 Newcastle United H 4–3 Evans 25', Evra 58', Van Persie 71', Hernández 90' 75,596 1st
29 December 2012 West Bromwich Albion H 2–0 McAuley 9' (o.g.), Van Persie 90' 75,595 1st
1 January 2013 Wigan Athletic A 4–0 Hernández (2) 35', 63', Van Persie (2) 43', 88' 20,342 1st
13 January 2013 Liverpool H 2–1 Van Persie 19', Vidić 54' 75,501 1st
20 January 2013 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 Van Persie 25' 35,956 1st
30 January 2013 Southampton H 2–1 Rooney (2) 8', 27' 75,600 1st
2 February 2013 Fulham A 1–0 Rooney 79' 25,670 1st
10 February 2013 Everton H 2–0 Giggs 13', Van Persie 45+1' 75,525 1st
23 February 2013 Queens Park Rangers A 2–0 Rafael 23', Giggs 80' 18,337 1st
2 March 2013 Norwich City H 4–0 Kagawa (3) 45+1', 76', 87', Rooney 90' 75,586 1st
16 March 2013 Reading H 1–0 Rooney 21' 75,605 1st
30 March 2013 Sunderland A 1–0 Bramble (o.g.) 27' 43,760 1st
8 April 2013 Manchester City H 1–2 Kompany (o.g.) 59' 75,498 1st
14 April 2013 Stoke City A 2–0 Carrick 4', Van Persie 66' (pen.) 27,191 1st
17 April 2013 West Ham United A 2–2 Valencia 31', Van Persie 77' 34,692 1st
22 April 2013 Aston Villa H 3–0 Van Persie (3) 2', 13', 33' 75,591 1st
28 April 2013 Arsenal A 1–1 Van Persie 44' (pen.) 60,112 1st
5 May 2013 Chelsea H 0–1 75,500 1st
12 May 2013 Swansea H 2–1 Hernández 39', Ferdinand 87' 75,572 1st
19 May 2013 West Bromwich Albion A 5–5 Kagawa 6', Olsson (o.g.) 9', Büttner 30', Van Persie 53', Hernández 63' 26,438 1st
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Manchester United 38 28 5 5 86 43 +43 89
2 Manchester City 38 23 9 6 66 34 +32 78
3 Chelsea 38 22 9 7 75 39 +36 75

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

United entered the FA Cup at the Third Round stage with the other Premier League clubs, as well as those from the Championship. The draw was made on 2 December 2012, with the ties taking place on the weekend of 5–6 January 2013. United was drawn in an away match against West Ham United.[4] The game ended in a 2–2 draw which meant United had to play against West Ham United again, this time at Old Trafford on 16 January 2013, beating them 1–0 in the process.

The draw for the Fourth Round took place on 6 January 2013, and gave United an home match on 26 January against Fulham,[5] which United won 4–1.

The draw for the Fifth Round took place on 27 January 2013, and gave United another home match, this time against fellow Premier League club Reading.[6] The game which was played on 18 February 2013 gave United a 2–1 win.[7]

The draw for the Sixth Round took place on 17 February 2013, and gave United another home match,[8] this time against fellow Premier League club Chelsea.[9] The game which was played on 10 March 2013 ended in a 2–2 draw which meant United had to play against Chelsea again, this time at Stamford Bridge on 1 April. The game finished with United losing 1–0, meaning that United were knocked out, and it meant that Chelsea proceeded to face Manchester City in the Cup Semi-finals.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
5 January 2013 Round 3 West Ham United A 2–2 Cleverley 23', Van Persie 90+1' 32,922
16 January 2013 Round 3
Replay
West Ham United H 1–0 Rooney 9' 71,081
26 January 2013 Round 4 Fulham H 4–1 Giggs 3' (pen.), Rooney 50', Hernández (2) 52', 66' 72,596
18 February 2013 Round 5 Reading H 2–1 Nani 69', Hernández 72' 75,213
10 March 2013 Round 6 Chelsea H 2–2 Hernández 5', Rooney 11' 75,196
1 April 2013 Round 6
Replay
Chelsea A 0–1 40,704

League Cup[edit]

As one of seven English clubs who qualified for European competition in the 2011–12 season, United received a bye to the Third Round of the League Cup. The draw took place on 30 August 2012, with United being paired with fellow Premier League club Newcastle United.[10] United defeated Newcastle 2–1 on 26 September. Later that day they were drawn against Chelsea for their Fourth Round match.[11]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
26 September 2012 Round 3 Newcastle United H 2–1 Anderson 44', Cleverley 58' 46,358
31 October 2012 Round 4 Chelsea A 4–5
(a.e.t.)
Giggs (2) 22', 120' (pen.), Hernández 43', Nani 59' 41,126

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Having finished in the top three in the league last season, United began their Champions League campaign in the group stage. Courtesy of their UEFA coefficient, they were seeded in Pot 1 for the draw, which took place in Monaco on 30 August 2012.[12] United were drawn into Group H, along with Braga of Portugal, Turkish champions Galatasaray and Romanian champions CFR Cluj.[13] Manchester United were previously drawn with Galatasaray in both 1993–94 and 1994–95, while Braga and CFR Cluj are new opponents.[14]

United ensured qualification into the knockout stage on 7 November when they won away at Braga by a score of 3–1. United fell behind early in the second half when Braga was awarded a penalty as the result of a Jonny Evans challenge. Alan converted the penalty in the 49th minute to put the home side ahead. The match was halted for approximately 12 minutes due to the floodlights going out. When play resumed, Robin van Persie tied the match in the 80th minute with a long-range strike. United were then awarded a penalty in the 85th minute, which Wayne Rooney successfully converted. Javier Hernández then put the game away in stoppage time. With top spot in the group secured United, fielding younger squads, lost both of their final matches 1–0 to Galatasaray and CFR Cluj.

Date Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance Group
position
19 September 2012 Galatasaray H 1–0 Carrick 7' 74,653 2nd
2 October 2012 CFR Cluj A 2–1 Van Persie (2) 29', 49' 16,259 1st
23 October 2012 Braga H 3–2 Hernández (2) 25', 75', Evans 62' 73,195 1st
7 November 2012 Braga A 3–1 Van Persie 80', Rooney 85' (pen.), Hernández 90+2' 15,388 1st
20 November 2012 Galatasaray A 0–1 50,278 1st
5 December 2012 CFR Cluj H 0–1 71,521 1st
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 4 0 2 9 6 +3 12
Turkey Galatasaray 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10
Romania CFR Cluj 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10
Portugal Braga 6 1 0 5 6 11 −6 3

Knockout phase[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 was made in Nyon, Switzerland, on 20 December 2012. The first leg was played on 13 February 2013 away from home, and the second leg was played on 5 March 2013 at Old Trafford. As winners of their group, United were drawn against defending Spanish league champions, Real Madrid, who finished as runners-up in Group D. It was fifth tie between the two famed clubs and the first time they have faced one another since 2003 when Real Madrid won the quarter-final tie 6–5 on aggregate. This also marked the first time United faced Cristiano Ronaldo since selling him to Madrid in 2009 for a record £80 million. In the first tie, United draw 1–1 away from home thanks to a goal by Danny Welbeck. In the second tie, United lost 2–1 at home to Real Madrid after a controversial referee red card which was handed to United player Nani in the 56th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo scored against his former club in both ties.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F–A
Scorers Attendance
13 February 2013 Round of 16
First leg
Real Madrid A 1–1 Welbeck 20' 85,454
5 March 2013 Round of 16
Second leg
Real Madrid H 1–2 Ramos 48' (o.g.) 74,959

Squad statistics[edit]

First Team Squad[edit]

(released 16th August by RIFA official website)

Updated on 16 August 2013.
Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Since Date of Birth (Age) Signed from Games Played Goals Scored
Goalkeepers
1 Amon Miele Israel GK 2005 (1983-02-03) 3 February 1983 (age 34) Trainee 446 0
13 Vincent Omariga Nigeria GK 2013 (1988-12-04) 4 December 1988 (age 28) Edrins 2 0
55 Julio Woncounde Brazil GK 2013 (1977-05-01) 1 May 1977 (age 40) Rustimens 0 0
27 Cedric Carasso France GK 2012 (1990-09-07) 7 September 1990 (age 27) Alfrets 7 0
Defenders
2 Celsior Varone France RB 2013 (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 24) Linozas 26 1
13 Arabondo Belluschi Italy RB 2013 (1990-06-23) 23 June 1990 (age 27) Attackers 5 0
5 Barsche Parr Denmark CB / RB 2003 (1984-03-31) 31 March 1984 (age 33) Trainee 503 32
6 Gfonfthf Bàkër (VC) Germany CB 2001 (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 37) Trainee 697 26
14 Jior Gagis Chile CB/ RB 2012 (1989-11-17) 17 November 1989 (age 27) Sheffieldaras 32 1
51 Simonio Pinsi Malta CB 2013 (1992-06-06) 6 June 1992 (age 25) Blazers 5 0
24 Martinho Jamaica CB / CDM 2011 (1988-12-26) 26 December 1988 (age 28) Trainee 26 0
19 Liime Colprede Sweden LB 2004 (1985-06-29) 29 June 1985 (age 32) Trainee 389 9
33 Willias Tertanham Austria LB 2013 (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 22) Trainee 3 0
Midfielders
5 Michael Essien Ghana DM 2005 (1982-12-03) 3 December 1982 (age 34) France Lyon 248 26
7 Ramires Brazil RM / CM 2010 (1987-03-24) 24 March 1987 (age 30) Portugal Benfica 154 23
8 Frank Lampard (VC) England CM / DM 2001 (1978-06-20) 20 June 1978 (age 39) England West Ham United 613 204
10 Juan Mata Spain AM / LW / RW 2011 (1988-04-28) 28 April 1988 (age 29) Spain Valencia 119 32
11 Oscar Brazil AM / LW / RW 2012 (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 26) Brazil Internacional 68 13
12 John Obi Mikel Nigeria DM / CM 2006 (1987-04-22) 22 April 1987 (age 30) Norway Lyn 279 2
13 Victor Moses Nigeria RW / LW 2012 (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 26) England Wigan Athletic 43 10
14 André Schürrle Germany RW / LW 2013 (1990-11-06) 6 November 1990 (age 26) Germany Bayer Leverkusen 4 0
15 Kevin De Bruyne Belgium AM / CM / LW 2012 (1991-06-28) 28 June 1991 (age 26) Belgium Genk 2 0
16 Marco van Ginkel Netherlands CM 2013 (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 24) Netherlands Vitesse 2 0
17 Eden Hazard Belgium AM / LW / RW 2012 (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 26) France Lille 66 14
22 Willian Brazil AM / LW / RW 2013 (1988-08-09) 9 August 1988 (age 29) Russia Anzhi Makhachkala 0 0
Strikers
9 Fernando Torres Spain ST 2011 (1984-03-20) 20 March 1984 (age 33) England Liverpool 134 36
18 Romelu Lukaku Belgium ST 2011 (1993-05-13) 13 May 1993 (age 24) Belgium Anderlecht 15 0
19 Demba Ba Senegal ST 2013 (1985-05-25) 25 May 1985 (age 32) England Newcastle United 23 6
TBA Samuel Eto'o Cameroon ST 2013 (1981-03-10) 10 March 1981 (age 36) Russia Anzhi Makhachkala 0 0

[All appearance data taken from the Chelsea F.C. website- http://www.chelseafc.com/first-team.]

Transfers[edit]

On the 27th May 2013, at the end of the 2012-13 season, Velits said goodbye to their long-serving and loyal right midfielder Tethlis Kell. He was to retire at the age of 38 after 19 hugely successful years with the team. At the end of the season the Velits decided to release two other players who had signed a one-year contract at the start of the previous season. Harri Orlett and Mohamed Rista, 33 and 36 respectively, were relieved of their duties on the same day as Kell's retirement.

The Velits completed their first summer signing on the 29th May. Celsior Varone who had previously been on a 5 month loan deal signed from the Linozas as the Velits new main right back, since Ceis Xaarven had already announced his intention to play Barsche Parr at centre-back the following season. This led the way for Madin Nus to depart after less than a season at the club. However his deal to Bolters didn't go through until the 24th July.

The Velits waited till the 25th June to produce any more activity in the transfer window. Their second signing was a shocker: Hugo Aise, who had left the year before due to a lack of games, was resigned from the Alfrets for a whopping sum of over 8 million pounds. He is still only 18. The next they signed Vinc Omariga as a second choice goalkeeper after the departure of Rista.

On the 31st June, Dinolus Kasztrave departed the club. It came as a surprise to everyone, a one club player leaving the club for the first time. He cited that he expected to come back into the side after his critical knee and leg injuries, but felt unloved and disappointed that Akouzalam Lehwab had signed. The Lebiis bagged a bargain when they signed the injury prone midfielder for a cheap sum of 800,000 pounds. The next day, Velokarim Vyna returned to the Zippers after his full season loan spell.

Then the Velits started spending. They signed 5 players over the next two weeks spending a total of over £11 million on two midfielders, two defenders and a striker. Their last signing was Deivan Di Zie, 19 year old brother of the former Velits frontman Marcos. He was signed from the Destroyers and is tipped to be a big star in the future.

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
29th May 2013 DF France Celsior Varone Linozas £1.8 million
25th June 2013 FW Brazil Hugo Aise Alfrets £8.46 million
26th June 2013 GK Nigeria Vinc Omariga Edrins £450,000
3rd July 2013 MF Senegal Whatth Amu Durnets £4.8 million
7th July 2013 DF Italy Arobondo Belluschi Attackers £2 million
9th July 2013 DF Austria Willihoffman Tertenhaum Kriaelos £23,000
10th July 2013 FW Albania Deivan Di Zie Destroyers £3.7 million
18th July 2013 MF Netherlands Nic Ga Chelsetes £2.8 million
24th July 2013 MF United States Minigica Gatt Mistics £200,000
13th August 2013 DF Malta Simonio Pinsi Blazers £1.3 million
18th August 2013 GK Brazil Julio Woncounde Brustimens Free

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
27th May 2013 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina Tethlis Kell Retired N/A
27th May 2013 FW Bolivia Harri Orlett Released N/A
27th May 2013 GK Peru Mohamed Rista Released N/A
31 June 2013 MF New Zealand Dinolus Kasztrave Lebiis £800,000
1 July 2013 DF San Marino Velokarim Vyna Zippers Loan Return
24th July 2013 DF Serbia Madin Nus Bolters £12 million
3 August 2013 MF Honduras Lechovak Zeann Bolters £25 million
20 August 2013 MF Finland Cheve Lobre Cic Toraters £23 million

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