Group stage has been finalized. The last round solved the two last QF positions that were open in Group A. As expected, Chelsea champion confirmed their role and they took a victory against Dvaro FC 1:0 despite the fact that it was their worst game this season (133). With 15 points in total, Bulgarian team won the group. Second place was taken by Sparta Palmeiras (12 points) - after the victory against Chelsea in previous round, they finished the group stage with 4:1 away victory - and as well with the best peformance of this season - 150! The interesting thing is, that although overally this season's performances are rather lower compared to last season, we could see a team reaching the 150 mark for the first time in last four seasons!
The only surprise of this round came in group C - FC Komunisti finished their first appearance with a 1:0 victory against U.C. SAMPDORIA. This game hasn't changed anything - as the situation in the group was already clear before the last round.
To summarize the season's group stage, after some time the rankings follow almost exactly the expectations. All teams from POT1 won their groups and teams from POT2 finished second. The only surprise is Lithuanian Dvaro FC (POT4) - they were fighting for the Quarterfinal till the last round and at the end they finished third with 9 points. On the other hand, Scolopax finished 4th without getting any point. Czech team wasn't the only zero team - FC Valid got also 6 losses.
I also made a full draw of Play-offs - you can find it in the main post. The quarterfinal round looks very interesting this season:QF1: lesbuffalos (BEL) - rogiboys (BEL)
We're starting with a Belgian derby! lesbuffalos is currently fighting for the promotion to A division and this might impact their performance in SPCL. If they send the best squad, they can make some drama here. But definitely, they would need to improve a bit - their current max is 141 (three times played below 140). For rogiboys this will be already third appearance in the Quarterfinals - this time they have a very good chance to go even further. Their average (143) is higher than opponent's max - and they can also focus more on SPCL, as they are in quite calm area of division A right now.QF2: U.C. SAMPDORIA (BUL) - Chelsea champion (BUL)
Another derby - this time it's a clash of teams representing Bulgarian flag. This seems to be the clearest Quarterfinal, but it can get tricky. Chelsea is fighting for a title in A division and they are the biggest favorite in SPCL as well - although here tehy're not showing the full potential so far (max 146). U.C. SAMPDORIA is leading B division and these two teams will most likely meet in next season's A division. Their maximum is same as Chelseas's (146).QF3: Sparta Palmeiras (BEL) - S.S. Wallachs (ROM)
First appearance for both teams - and as expected, they both qualified to the final 8. S.S. Wallachs won the group B without loosing a single game, but they lost 4 points (draws against KFC Heist and lesbuffalos). They will certainly need to improve if they want to continue in the tournament, because their opponent will be very strong. Sparta Palmeiras finished second in group A, but they are the holder of the best performance this season (150) - and if they repeat it, they'll most likely look into the Semifinals. QF4: FC Remedy (NED) - AC Draha Prague (CZE)
Winner of the very first SPCL season against the winner of last season
Very interesting duel and I really have no idea who will win this. Having in mind the previous games of the season and also situation in A division, I would see slightly higher chances for the Dutch - especially because this can be the most tight game and manager's experience can be the detail that will decide.
So - all 8 managers, good luck in the Play-offs. And as usual, thanks for the remaining participants for a smooth cooperation!