Another sweltering day in Bangkok and yet another mouth watering encounter with GAS VS Siam Celtic for the second time this season. GAS looking to continue their emphatic run and Celtic looking to avenge their 2-0 loss from the first time the teams met. Continue reading
The last weekend in January is normally the date for the annual ThaiGer Charity Tournament at the Swiss School in Minburi, so again in 2017.After winning the Tournament already two times in 2011 and 2013 and having no squad last year, we were very eager to put our names for the third time on the Cup donated by the German Embassy Bangkok in 2009.
Sunday 29th January was the day for the final group stage game of the Bangkok Casuals League Lufthansa cup with GAS taking on the newly entered team JAS FC. Conditions were once again superb and GAS knowing a draw was all that was needed to clinch first place and progress through to the quarters. Continue reading
Saturday 21st of January was GAS VS Sportsman FC in the Bangkok Casuals League Lufthansa Cup. Having being beaten earlier in the season by the stubborn English side, GAS were out for revenge.
GAS started with the 4-3-3 formation that saw us cruise past the defending champions PTT last week. With the temperatures still soaring despite a 4pm KO perhaps having an effect, the game started scrappy and somewhat slowly. Few chances created by either side. And neither team finding too much rhythm. GAS nonetheless starting the stronger of the two teams. Yan showing plenty of energy and returning Fede looking sharp. The best chance perhaps falling to Craig on the edge of the box after a squared pass by Dom and despite having plenty of time to pick his spot, shot straight at the keeper. Continue reading
Saturday 14th of January saw GAS take on the reigning champions in PTT Academy at Bangkok Patana. Conditions were perfect. The pitch was in good condition. All was set for a classic encounter. And a classic encounter it was! Action from start to finish.
With the manager opting to revert to a 4-3-3 it was clear we were going for the 3 points. However, it seemed also evident in the first 10 minutes that this was our first game back after the festivities with PTT dominating the match. Moving the ball around extremely well and GAS struggling to put together any sort of rhythm. The pressure inevitably finally told when PTT took the lead after 10 minutes through a very well worked goal. 1-0 PTT. Half way through the first saw GAS give themselves a kick up the backside and began to crawl back into the game. Julian having a glorious opportunity to pull things level when he found himself unmarked at the back post following a fine delivery from the reinstated center back Craig. Though, after 25 minutes GAS did finally find a way to break down their defence – Julian once again involved as he clipped forward an audacious pass over the top, which Yan wonderfully flicked over the onrushing keeper. Continue reading
The evening following the disappointing defeat to PTT, all was forgotten as the GAS society got together for the annual Christmas party in some field… in the middle of some village… in the middle of nowhere! Families, friends and players arrived en masse to see out the year and enjoy the excellent food and beverages on offer. Some members of the squad from the game the previous day were simply topping up from the previous night whilst many others were letting their hair down for the beginning of the festive period.
Entertainment was provided as ever by Senior Hartwig on the mic with special guest appearances from Ivan’s singing sensation daughter (no idea where she gets that voice from) and the annual appearance from Father Christmas and his helper, the Italian twosome (who ultimately helped themselves to most of the available alcohol)
Many a beer (and liquor) were consumed on this fine evening and everybody involved had a great time as presents were handed out (questionable football shirts included) and jokes and stories were shared.On behalf of GAS we would like to thank everybody involved for putting on a fantastic evening and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
The final game of the calendar year for the high flying German All Stars was somewhat of a revenge fixture against a PTT team who were very lucky to escape the reverse fixture at the beginning of the season with a point. This provided the motivation for all members of the GAS squad going in to this game.
After the near 2 hour drive up to Pattaya and visiting most of the football pitches in the province, the venue was finally decided upon and the GAS Team, led as ever by CT5, got us underway in the midday heat at FC Planet Stadium.