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Czech Cup[edit]

I see you are a member of Czech Republic and interested in Czech Cup, can you please create the early 4 seasons from the competition ? Thank you !--64.140.157.28 (talk) 11:05, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

There is quite a lack of readily available sources about these iterations, but I will try to put a stub online for them, at least. Thanks for the encouragement! C679 12:28, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
[1] Here is a good source, with 4th Round, QF, SF and F. Same for the rest editions and maybe someone else will find later the rest of the rounds also.--64.140.157.28 (talk) 13:09, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Do we have on Wikipedia a list with all cup finals in Czech Republic from whole history? (from 1906) - here is a good source [2] at least to have a table with all finals because we will not find more details about those old finals.--64.140.157.28 (talk) 13:09, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

Czech Supercup[edit]

Can you create the seasons from Czech Supercup ? with line-ups and match details, take models other pages with cup finals around the world.

Czech Supercup 2015, Czech Supercup 2014, Czech Supercup 2013, Czech Supercup 2012, Czech Supercup 2011, Czech Supercup 2010

Thank you !--216.75.21.50 (talk) 19:53, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

I did add infobox and improved a bit the page, you can create also a template for the editions of Czech Supercup.--216.75.21.50 (talk) 20:12, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

I'm not interested in making those articles, there is very little about them to note other than the scoreline. Even if you choose not to register for an account, you can still make the articles yourself by going to Wikipedia:Article wizard. Good luck! C679 20:18, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for supporting my RfA[edit]

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Tomáš Rosický[edit]

Hi Cloud, thank you for correcting the reference on my Tomáš Rosický edit. Liam E. Bekker (talk) 19:42, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for your support[edit]

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Thank you for participating and supporting at my RfA. It was very much appreciated, and I am humbled that the community saw fit to trust me with the tools. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 06:08, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Sumsky[edit]

Hello, please dont take me wrong for reverting you there, but that list is done in a way to include players without appearances as well. Reagrds, FkpCascais (talk) 20:39, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

"This is a list of foreign football players that have played in the Yugoslav First League or play in any of its successor top leagues" - seems like clear scope for inclusion in the first line, wouldn't you agree? C679 21:27, 17 February 2016 (UTC)
It is all explained up there. Cheers. FkpCascais (talk) 22:33, 17 February 2016 (UTC)
Such a deictic expression makes no sense here, but I see you are collecting cases like him (players left out) at the talk page of the mentioned article, so I guess you can put him there if that's how you do it. Thanks, C679 22:39, 17 February 2016 (UTC)
It was my mistake, I thought the lede from the List of foreign football players in Serbia was similar in that list as well, since I created both long time ago using the same criteriums. But I forgot the lede at the Yugoslav list is much more simplfied because the list is quite long and I wanted to spare bites. The intention of the Yugoslav list is to include all foreign players that were signed by any Yugoslav club. Also, there are some periods of some leagues we know players were part if certain club but we have difficulties finding the exact stats from that time. Since leagues from former Yugoslavia rely less on foreign players that most other European ones, it didnt looked dramatic to include the players without league apeearances as well. The list became popular ammong football statistics enthuiasts from the region cause one can see on spot which leagues brought most players from which countries and the general tendencies. Even if Yugoslavia broke away, there is still present major rivalry ammong the states that formed it and to see which league brought better players from what country.
Are you Czech? My grand-grand-father was Czech from Prague. He was a construction engeneer and he was in the team that projected and supervised the contruction of the Vienna-Istambul railroad, the Orient Exrpess. His company alocated him to their headquarters in Belgrade, and during the many years he worked there, he met a Serbian lady and married her (my grand-grand-ma). They stayed in Belgrade and had children and that is why I have a Czech surname and origins. Unfortunatelly, I am yet to visit Prague, but I found distant family there and in Switzerland. I love football history and statistics and I intend in some near future to create the list of foreigners in Czech Republic having as source synotliga.cz. FkpCascais (talk) 23:35, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: User:Huligan0/Cedric Itten[edit]

Hello Cloudz679. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of User:Huligan0/Cedric Itten, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: The reason given is not a valid speedy deletion criterion.

It's perfectly normal to draft an article in userspace, and since this footballer plays in the Swiss Superleague he passes WP:NFOOTY and it is a valid article as it stands. WP:FAKEARTICLE is only for things that are not valid articles being kept long-term in user space. JohnCD (talk) 10:13, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

Apologies - I see now that there is a mainspace article, and that is why you tagged this. FAKEARTICLE is still not a valid speedy reason (check out WP:CSD), so deletion of a page like this would need to be proposed at WP:MFD. Where the page was a userspace draft from which the mainspace article was derived, the usual answer there is to redirect to the main article, thus preserving the history, so I have done that, and the same for User:Huligan0/Manuel Akanji. JohnCD (talk) 10:27, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

Alexandru Sorian[edit]

He has 9 games played for Sageata Navodari in Liga 1. This information is on soccerway.com Rhinen (talk)

So he has. How confusing that Soccerway use the abbreviation LII for Liga I and Liga II as well. Thanks, C679 15:07, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it's strange. But anyway, I don't understand why Liga II is not a fully pro league, because Liga II and Liga III are considered professional leagues and are administered by Romanian Football Federation, in Romania only from Liga IV down are considered amateur leagues. Rhinen (talk)

Speedy deletion declined: Ådalen (Denmark)[edit]

Hello Cloudz679. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Ådalen (Denmark), a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: It passes the WP:A1 test: it obviously describes a place in Odense, Denmark. The problem here is that there doen't seem to be any verification that it is in fact a place in Odense. Thank you. Shirt58 (talk) 09:55, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Re:Just a minute[edit]

I'd suggest you list at separate AFDs, given they technically pass NFOOTBALL the debate will boil down to GNG and will be different for every one. GiantSnowman 20:32, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Sebastián Díaz[edit]

I already have put the references at Sebastián Díaz’s article as well as improved it, within the extent possible , What’s the problem now?, I wanna reach a consensus with you and I must to tell you that I don’t know much about Wikipedia’s bureaucracy in this kind of cases. I wait for your answer, greetings from Santiago de Chile. Ulof4 (talk) 21:27, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

The main policy is WP:GNG, as stated in the deletion discussion. For players based in Chile, showing they have played in the Campeonato Nacional may also be sufficient. Has he played there? C679 06:28, 17 March 2016 (UTC)

Alberto Schettino[edit]

Please read the list of Wikipedia:WikiProject Football/Fully professional leagues before nomination. Matthew_hk tc 22:34, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

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2 of the Mexican footballers who I have found dead links or rather pages that go elsewhere recently[edit]

Finding tons of these on the shortest articles, anyway these 2-Luis Fernando Télles and Mauricio Talancón, yeah might want to look for some refs! Wgolf (talk) 20:54, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

@Wgolf: sources added. Let me know if you need help with any others. Thanks, C679 05:23, 7 April 2016 (UTC)
Welcome, looking at the shortest bios, it seems the guy who created those articles owns nearly half of the list! (last year there seem to be tons of Indian politicians mentioned, this year Mexican footballers!), just look at some of the entries on Wikipedia:Database reports/Shortest biographies of living people, quite a few are the Mexican soccer players and quite a few have the BLP sources tag. Wgolf (talk) 19:12, 7 April 2016 (UTC)
Just found another one-Carlos Calvo Beristain, ref has nothing to do with him. Wgolf (talk) 19:09, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Nathan Boyle[edit]

G'Day Cloudz,

I'll need a bit of help from you around the whole deleting and GNG policies. I started doing a bit of research before I approached you and brought the text into my user space to continue working on it. I guess it's due to be deleted any minute now. I was keeping my random thoughts here for now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:SeanMack/Rescue Hopefully I've tagged it correctly as a fake article so I can keep working on it as time goes on until it does pass notability or I just get bored and delete it.

The reason for contacting you is to see if you can help me understand the rules a bit better around notability and deleting. I was also hoping to understand the difference between when there is a vote for notability and when there is a simple tag and delete?

Doing my reading around it I get the reason for deletions of articles because there is a wish to not have cruft and one line articles about nobodys...

In this case I did think he passed notability guidelines as I understood them.


I can see the notability debate has been going for literally years - with a lot of people agreeing it's not right but unable to improve the guidelines. My thought was that Boyle has had coverage in national papers so I thought that was enough for normal notability outside the football notability rules - but I guess not?

I read the guideline about players need to be in a *fully* professional league. I read other people rant about that - much of it seems fair as it penalizes countries that have soccer followings but not the same level of money to make something fully professional. Especially the case with a few countries like Ireland.

Seems there is a breakdown between the need for articles that should be there because there would be an actual demand to read them as a lookup and trying to have a policy that will hold over every league in the world - seems that bias in this case has gone the wrong way as we are writing articles in English on people that are from English speaking countries and will want to be read by people from English speaking countries. Seems trying to stop articles on minor players in leagues all over the world is interfering with a genuine need for information propagation. Anyway not to start a debate - it's something you've heard a million times... "Ah but I put work into that. Why are you deleting it..blah blah".

My main request is to help me define to myself what the minimum level is for Irish footballers - I don't want to waste my limited time and energy writing an article that doesn't last; when I could be doing something more productive, in or out of wiki

I'm really struggling with what "significant coverage" means even though I feel I've read a fair bit now. So if you could help me out with that, that would be cool.

To use the Boyle article as an example - I do get that things like the club site and some of the general data gathering sites aren't enough. But for this guy there is coverage in the BBC, the biggest local paper, and a national paper - eg:

So - I don't want to be writing articles that get deleted on sight - I've only recently returned to wiki after getting a bit disillusioned. Bottom line I guess is that I want to understand when it's worth putting the time into writing an article. You'd probably see the article I mention isn't just a few lines and has plenty of inline refs, so it did take effort.

I thought I read somewhere that notability would pass if a player played for a professional team against another professional team - but I'm not sure if I misread that or imagined it?

I was thinking about writing something on Niclas Vemmelund. The way I see it now he would pass the footy notability requirement. A heads up on that one would be good too. What would be your call on Vemmelund passing?

Cheers. SeanMack (talk) 06:19, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

@SeanMack: Hi Sean. The passing for one pro team against another is in fact teams from fully-pro leagues, which may happen in competitive matches (Europa League for example). You are right in not wanting to write only to find out it has been deleted later, not a good use of time. Regarding Boyle, the Derry Journal article seems to be exactly the kind of material which can help towards GNG. However the other ones you pasted above may be insufficient in themselves per WP:ROUTINE. You are welcome to challenge the proposed deletion of the article if you feel GNG is met - although the article may still be listed for discussion if any editor believes notability is in question. In this case I would say if you can find another article from, for example the BBC or Irish News, which deals with the player "directly and in detail" per WP:SIGCOV, then GNG would likely be met. The same applies to Vemmelund or anybody else. In any case, sources first, article second. You are right there are (and have been) a lot of one-liners about Dan Smith is a footballer, etc. So if you are adding players from your favourite team, start with the ones which have had the longest (and probably most media-covered) careers. Players who have played matches in any leagues listed at WP:FPL are at this time considered notable even when the meeting of GNG is not clearly established. So just to summarise, there is no "minimum level for Irish footballers" per se, but rather a minimum for any footballer who hasn't played in a fully-professional league, which I have tried to set out above. Others may be able to give further info at WikiProject Football. Thanks, C679 06:45, 9 April 2016 (UTC)
Hey. Thanks for the details. It does help clarify some of the stuff I've been trawling through. I can see some editors slapping on tags and then defending their position agressively - and you certainly haven't done that to your credit.
TBH, even though it sounds bad, it *was* a matter of finding out the bare minimum, because so many of the criteria for notability can be pretty arbitrarily applied - I wanted to know at what point would another editor be prepared to leave an article without deleting it because they aren't interested in smaller players.
I suppose looking at this conversation I'm an inclusionist I guess and believe in having articles when it seems to me a reader out there would be interested in this case in what WP is really good at - and that is a synopsis and jumping off point for other info. So, it's not so much that I'm creating pet pages for my favourite team - I'm trying to counter what I see as poor consideration (rightly or wrongly) of a league like Irelands (actually North and South). I certainly wouldn't be adding very junior players with fringe experience. To me the point is - will this be interesting to someone out there against is it so minor the article has no chance of growing. I think the notability criteria are a necessary evil to stop cruft.
If I take it as a rough guideline for myself that if I can't find 2 articles in reasonable news sources about the person themselves (not just mentioned in passing) - that's a sign for me to maybe wait till later until I invest energy. I realise there can be subjectivity on some of this stuff - but personally I now have a better guideline in my head.
Specifically back to Boyle again - to use him as a sounding board. When I read this:
I did think the articles would have fulfilled that, but it depends how someone subjectively defines "detail". I think my main problem is being able to boil that statement down, so that after a quick Google I can see whether the guidelines are met.
Do you think you would be happy to put this one to a vote so I can see how the process develops? Particularly as I found another article specifically about him:

Regards SeanMack (talk) 07:40, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

@SeanMack: Hi Sean. Having looked through your points from both posts here at my talk page, I am not fully convinced he meets GNG, but there is a sufficiently strong argument to make me doubt whether he would be deleted after a discussion (WP:AFD) so I have removed the deletion tag. As mentioned before, this doesn't preclude a discussion being initiated by another user, but integrating the sources you mentioned here into the article (if you haven't done so already) would certainly strengthen the article and add weight to the potential keep argument, were it to come to that. You are of course correct in your observations of subjectivism, hence the discussions allowing different interpretations of what we like to consider to be objective criteria. You seem to be doing a great job in increasing the verifiability of the articles, so keep up the good work. Thanks, C679 09:49, 9 April 2016 (UTC)
Hey. Thanks again for the info and guidance. Yep I appreciate Boyle might be borderline and the article isn't protected but, at least, it has a chance to grow for now.
By the way - on a completely separate issue - I just noticed something - do you think its a bit strange that the SoccerBase template links to a racing post wiki page - or is just me?
Cheers. SeanMack (talk) 11:30, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Omar Israel Mendoza and Omar Mendoza[edit]

Intresting how I found Omar Israel Mendoza and Omar Mendoza, both Mexican footballers whose DOB are the same date. Not sure is this the same person or 2 different people right now though. As they both have 2 separate Spanish wiki pages. Not sure what to say. Wgolf (talk) 03:37, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

@Wgolf: different dates of birth, one of them had been noted incorrectly. And finally they play for different clubs. Thanks, C679 04:52, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
Okay was making sure-the guy made a duplicate article earlier that was caught a few days ago! Wgolf (talk) 05:16, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
Just noticed they are both on the template for Cruz Azul Hidalgo squad. (The person the guy created twice was Oscar Villia, which one of the 2 was deleted) Wgolf (talk) 02:35, 16 April 2016 (UTC)
The squad template is hopelessly out of date. If you want to update it, the info is at Soccerway, but with 42 players, I am not going to update that myself. C679 06:33, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Thank you...[edit]

... for assessing and improving so many articles related to the Czech Republic. I am currently visiting CR (and having a great time!) so I am trying to create and make small improvements to articles when I can. Keep up the great work! ---Another Believer (Talk) 16:21, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

Footy Assessments[edit]

Hi Cloud, thank you for assessing Kermit Erasmus' page. I was wondering if you wouldn't be willing to do the same for the pages of Stephane Sparagna and Mahmoud Dahoud. I would do it myself but I've made a lot of contributions to those two pages and would prefer to avoid allegations of bias. It would be much appreciated. Liam E. Bekker (talk) 21:50, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Done. C679 04:26, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

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Talk:2015 Copa del Rey Final/GA1[edit]

Cloudz679, you took over this GA review from the original reviewer. As far as I can tell, the issues you raised have been addressed in some fashion—can you please return to continue the review process? Thank you very much. BlueMoonset (talk) 16:48, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

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Princess Jasnenka and the Flying Shoemaker[edit]

I saw you reviewed this; did you have a look at the Czech language online sources to verify I understood them correctly? Me no speak the language. Ribbet32 (talk) 21:20, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

@Ribbet32:I did, and there are no mistakes whatsoever. And the article you created is much better than the equivalent on Czech Wikipedia! Almost as if you had some kind of extra assistance? Working out the nominative noun forms from various other cases can take some doing! Thanks, C679 22:26, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
Thank you! No real "extra assistance" other than HAL 9000. The German Wikipedia version looked a bit better than the Czech version as well- this I put down to Czech Wikipedia being a smaller project. Ribbet32 (talk) 02:19, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

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Cheers from 3family6, Figureskatingfan, Jaguar, MrWooHoo, and Zwerg Nase. We apologize for the delay in sending out this message until after the competition has started. Thank you to Krishna Chaitanya Velaga for aiding in getting this message out.

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Europe 10,000 Challenge invite[edit]

Hi. The Wikipedia:WikiProject Europe/The 10,000 Challenge has recently started, based on the UK/Ireland Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge. The idea is not to record every minor edit, but to create a momentum to motivate editors to produce good content improvements and creations and inspire people to work on more countries than they might otherwise work on. There's also the possibility of establishing smaller country or regional challenges for places like Germany, Italy, the Benelux countries, Iberian Peninsula, Romania, Slovenia etc, much like Wikipedia:The 1000 Challenge (Nordic). For this to really work we need diversity and exciting content and editors from a broad range of countries regularly contributing. If you would like to see masses of articles being improved for Europe and your specialist country like Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/The Africa Destubathon, sign up today and once the challenge starts a contest can be organized. This is a way we can target every country of Europe, and steadily vastly improve the encyclopedia. We need numbers to make this work so consider signing up as a participant and also sign under any country sub challenge on the page that you might contribute to! Thank you. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 02:49, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

The Challenge Series[edit]

The Challenge Series is a current drive on English Wikipedia to encourage article improvements and creations globally through a series of 50,000/10,000/1000 Challenges for different regions, countries and topics. All Wikipedia editors in good standing are invited to participate.

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Cloudz679. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

WikiCup December newsletter: WikiCup 2017[edit]

On 1 January 2017, WikiCup 2017 (the 10th Annual WikiCup) will begin. This year we are trying something a little different – monetary prizes.

For the WC2017 the prizes will be as follows (amounts are based in US$ and will be awarded in the form of an online Amazon gift certificate):

  • First place – $200
  • Second & Third place – $50 each
  • Category prizes – $25 per category (which will be limited to FA, FL, FP, GA, and DYK for 2017). Winning a category prize does not require making it to the final round.

Note: Monetary prizes are a one-year experiment for 2017 and may or may not be continued in the future. In order to be eligible to receive any of the prizes above, the competing Wikipedia account must have a valid/active email address.

After two years as a WikiCup judge, Figureskatingfan is stepping down. We thank her for her contributions as a WikiCup judge. We are pleased to announce that our newest judge is two-time WikiCup champion Cwmhiraeth.

The judges for the 2017 WikiCup are Godot13 (talk · contribs · email), Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs), and Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email).

Signups are open now and will remain open until 5 February 2017. You can sign up here.

If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send.MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:02, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

Season's Greetings[edit]

Spread the WikiLove; use {{subst:Season's Greetings1}} to send this message

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year[edit]

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This greeting (and season) promotes WikiLove and hopefully this note has made your day a little better. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Happy New Year!

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DYK[edit]

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DYK[edit]

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Orphaned non-free image File:DDHN-OST.jpg[edit]

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DYK nomination of Antonín Cyril Stojan[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Antonín Cyril Stojan at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! BlueMoonset (talk) 02:39, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Please see new note on your DYK nomination. Yoninah (talk) 22:52, 26 February 2017 (UTC)