Tyrrinian National Football Team
|Association||Tyrrin Sports Commission (TSC)|
|Head Coach||Graig Montcalve|
|Assistant Coach||Hank Marcellus|
|Most Caps||Michael Willem|
|Top Scorer||Michael Willem (135 goals)|
|Home Stadium||Remembrance Park|
| Norwellia 2–1 Tyrrin|
Baptism of Fire 33 Group Stage
| Connar Republic 1–7 Tyrrin|
World Cup 52 Qualifying
| Golgothastan 5–0 Tyrrin|
Baptism of Fire 33 Second Round
|Highest Scoring Match|
| Canofa 4–7 Tyrrin|
World Cup 51 Qualifying
The Tyrrinian National Football Team is the team of football players that represents the nation of Tyrrin in international play.
History of Football in Tyrrin
Football was introduced to Tyrrin through the World Cup. Tyrrinians were first aware of the sport through World Cup 1, which was broadcast live in Tyrrin. This sparked a great interest in the sport, as the only sports in the nation at the time involved racing various vehicles or animals. Football was played extensively at a recreational level for about sixty years, though no leagues larger than local recreational tournaments emerged.
Around forty years ago, the Commander's League was formed around eight club teams that represented each of the eight state capitals. The quality of play at the start of this league was very low, so the governing body of Tyrrinian football, the TSC, did not feel confident sending a team to compete in the World Cup. Fortunately, the level of play increased, and the first national team was sent to the World Cup about 25 years later.
The Early Years
Brig. Gen. Graig Montcalve was named as the first manager for the national team. As his title suggests, he was an Army general before being named the manager of Tyrrin Royale. After several successful seasons with this club, the TSC gave him the national team job. He is known for being a strict disciplinarian, but he also lets his most talented players have control over what goes on on the field most of the time. His critics say that he uses his substitutions improperly quite often, sometimes taking a good player out too early, or neglecting to use several substitutions when they could be useful. However, he has generally done a good job with the team.
The first national squad was made up of talented players from the Commander's League. Though he was only 20 at the time, Michael Willem led the team on the field, as he was already emerging as a very talented striker. Other notable players included the crafty midfielder Alasdair Savas, the tough defender Tjaard Fedde, and the gigantic Angus Aulay in goal. At the time, they were a rather young group, eager to make an impression on international football.
As with most nations that are new to international football, Tyrrin began its journey in the Baptism of Fire. They entered in Baptism of Fire 33, which was hosted by Errinundera. The team finished 2-0-2 in the group stage and advanced to the knockout rounds, but were promptly defeated by Golgothastan and their triangle ball tactic by a score of 5-0, which remains the worst defeat that the national team has ever suffered. They then competed in World Cup 46, and finished last in their qualifying group.
World Cup 47 didn't go much better for Tyrrin, as a few tough losses left the team in fifth place in the group. This was a bit disheartening for the team, as they had hoped to finish a bit higher in this seemingly easy group that contained only Ad'ihan as an established football nation. Cup of Harmony 39 didn't go any better for the team, and changes had to be made.
For World Cup 48, Lorenz Raimondo was introduced to the national team. He was a young talent that was very creative on the ball. The quality of play on the team picked up noticeably with his arrival, and Tyrrin contended for a qualification spot, missing out on the final day to the Macabees and Jasĭyun, but still managing to finish ahead of Gordon Bay City, who were higher ranked at the time. The team went in to Cup of Harmony 40 with high hopes, but they barely made it out of the group stage and were finished off in the knockouts by Secristan.
After World Cup 48, Montcalve was convinced that he could get the national team to qualify for a World Cup. As a morale booster, the TSC christened the team with a new nickname, the Stallions. Also following their World Cup 48 success, many Tyrrinians were being signed to overseas domestic clubs, giving them added experience in tough competition. A few additions to the team were made before World Cup 49, most notably the young, hotheaded, but incredibly gifted Rio Fortunado.
The Stallions played very well in the qualifiers, even managing to defeat the Holy Empire 3-0. Michael Willem virtually carried the entire team, scoring 20 goals, which was far more than the next highest scorer. They also did very well against Vephrall, and this, combined with the relatively poor performance of the Auric Wolves, resulted in Tyrrin's first ever World Cup qualification, which sent all of Tyrrin into celebration. Even Grand Emperor Aidan XI attended the Stallions 2-0 home victory over Pays de Horreur on the final match day, which ensured the Stallion's qualification. Tyrrin performed as well as could be expected in the World Cup proper, only managing to defeat Jeru FC in their final group stage match, but they left the host nation of Newmanistan with high hopes for the future.
The landmark World Cup 50 brought several new players to the club as some of the original players were cut. Deandre Rodrigo, Melvyn Shahar, and Arne Duke would all have a prominent effect on the Stallions in the years to come. Unfortunately, their presence did not do much for the team in World Cup 50, as the Stallions fell short of Kelssek and Aguazul. They also split their matches with Delaclava, who had become somewhat of a rival of Tyrrin since their competitions in tennis. The followed this with a loss in the knockout stage of Cup of Harmony 42, though the team had a very good time playing in the Weegies.
Montcalve was hit hard by the backlash from World Cup 50. He was in danger of losing his job unless he could do better than he had ever done before in the next World Cup. Cup of Harmony 42 would go down in infamy as the first tournament covered by Benny Tjerd, the eccentric and fanatical columnist for the Tyrrin National News.
Recovery and Transition
With his job on the line, Montcalve was determined to do better in World Cup 51. A plethora of new players were added as old ones were booted out. Some of the new impact players included Kegan Diniz, Tomi Diya, Chase Koit, and Michael Mu. This squad benefited from plenty of abroad domestic experience, as well as an increased level of play in the Commander's League. They came out on fire in World Cup 51, only losing to Yafor 2 in the first half of qualifications, even managing to defeat the defending world champions from Cassadaigua. They qualified relatively easily alongside the Dagans. In the World Cup proper, the Stallions were drawn with two of their same opponents from World Cup 49, Cafundeu and Bears Armed, as well as the world's top ranked team in Candelaria and Marquez. After defeating Bears Armed, the Stallions lost in a surprisingly close and exciting 4-3 match to Candelaria and Marquez, and then defeated Cafudeu by the same score in an even more thrilling 90 minutes to move on to the knockout stages, where they were promptly defeated by the Babbage Islands.
This was an incredible result for the Stallions, as well as their best ever in international play. Montcalve kept his job, and Tyrrinians were jubilant at their team's success.
Players (past and present)
Current players are in bold. Club and goal information may not be updated regularly.
|Michael Willem||Striker||Ousevale Borough||135|
|Lorenz Raimondo||Midfielder||Foroch Raiders||18|
|Rio Fortunado||Midfielder||Greeningham City F.C.||18|
|Bernard Brecht||Striker||Icklyrri Icebirds||13|
|Chase Koit||Striker||Metropolis Alligators||4|
|Zia Thorvald||Striker||Coranto FC||4|
|Marcius Booker||Midfielder||Avidia United||3|
|Hubert Cipriano||Defender||Battle FC||0|
|Deandre Rodrigo||Midfielder||Mertag FC||2|
|Arcady Vincenzo||Midfielder||Racaw Sultan||1|
|Melvyn Shahar||Defender||Burningham City F.C.||1|
|Arne Duke||Defender||Royal Khaldoon||0|
|Donato Shlomo||Defender||Coranto FC||0|
|Emmerich Gerd||Midfielder||Icklyrri Icebirds||0|
|Juan Malik||Keeper||Icklyrri Icebirds||0|
|Kegan Diniz||Defender||Porto Lacruz||0|
|Keith Richardson||Midfielder||Oclia Mariners||0|
|Levi Abdul-Hamid||Defender||Kowa Foresters||0|
|Michael Mu||Keeper||Foroch Raiders||0|
|Tomi Diya||Defender||Callisto City F.C.||0|
|Suleiman Donnchadh||Midfielder||Cruzeiro do Sul, retired||15|
|Allan Fionnlagh||Midfielder||Tyrrin Royale||9|
|Wayne Ata||Midfielder||Oclia Mariners, retired||9|
|Alasdair Savas||Midfielder||Tyrrin Royale, retired||3|
|Greg Elias||Midfielder||Coranto FC||3|
|Ludwig Yasen||Midfielder||Foroch Raiders||3|
|Hugh Folami||Striker||Lok Kawi||1|
|Scott Pierrick||Defender||Skyte City, retired||1|
|Tjaard Fedde||Defender||Tyrrin Royale, retired||1|
|Yannic Jokum||Midfielder||AFC Hollybrent||1|
|Yavuz Aonghas||Defender||Oclia Mariners, retired||1|
|Allan Donnchadh||Midfielder||Mertag FC||0|
|Angus Aulay||Keeper||Icklyrri Icebirds, retired||0|
|Gabr Islay||Keeper||Tyrrin Royale||0|
|Greg Erol||Defender||Coranto FC, retired||0|
|Hank Marcellus||Striker||Racaw Sultan, retired||0|
|Marty Ruaridh||Defender||Kowa Foresters||0|
|Neil Colin||Defender||Icklyrri Icebirds||0|