Sports Betting As a New Asset Class: Can a Sports Trader ...

How profitable is laying horse races? How about compared to the S&P 500 and hedge funds?

How profitable is laying horse races? Lovjit Thukral and Pedro Vergel Eleuterio, both quantitative research analysts from the UK, have studied this and published their results on June 13th, 2016.
 
They used historical Betfair data ranging from 1st January 2010 to 7th January 2016 and created the following trading strategy: [...]
 
This simple strategy of laying the favorites consistently in horse races in the UK achieved excess returns with low volatility, as can be seen in the graph below: [...]
 
click here for the article; I'm certain some people from here will find it useful to find out about this asset class
 
here is the study that was used for the article. I recommend reading my article instead though, because the study is not using constant nomenclature; for example, even in the title, they wrote "Sports Betting As a New Asset Class" when they're actually studying "Bet Laying As a New Asset Class".
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Brazilian Big12 series, Episode 10/12: Palmeiras

Previous episodes: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Grêmio, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Internacional, Corinthians, Santos
In this series I will present each of the 12 Brazilian teams that together compose the "Big 12". My point is to make them more knowledgeable to you, since each one of these teams have their share of the Brazil national team success and of Brazilian club football accomplishments as a whole. I'll try to be as smooth, efficient and non-boring as I can. If the feedback is positive, I'll keep bringing more to this series. So ok, let's do this!
Method: I'll present the teams in a chronological order, from the oldest foundation (Flamengo-1895) to the latest one (São Paulo-1930). The order will be: Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense, Grêmio, Botafogo, Atlético Mineiro, Internacional, Corinthians, Santos, Palmeiras, Cruzeiro, São Paulo. How many of these have you heard of?
Extra clubs: Due to a high number of requests, I'll also present 3 teams who don't belong to the Big12, but are also considered big clubs in Brazil: Bahia, Athletico Paranaense and Coritiba. Welcome to the club!
Geographical reference: Before we start, I'd like to ask something very simple from you. I want you to keep in mind that these 12 teams are spread in 4 different States in Brazil. The club's State name is written below, next to the club's name. It has a direct link to Google Maps, so that you can check it out to make this experience more accurate.

Episode 10/12: Palmeiras (State: São Paulo), founded in 1914

State rivals: Corinthians, São Paulo, Santos

Stadium: Allianz Parque (New) / Parque Antarctica (Old)

Mascot: Pig

Major achievements: 1 Copa Rio (1951), 1 Copa Libertadores (1999), 10 Brazilian Leagues (1960, 1967, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1993, 1994, 2016, 2018), 3 Copa do Brasil (1998, 2012, 2015), 1 Copa Mercosul (1998)

State League titles: 23 (Against Corinthians' 30, Santos' 22, São Paulo's 21)

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Palestra Italia and the first decades
Palmeiras was founded as Palestra Italia in 1914, by Italian immigrants in São Paulo. In the 1920s, they acquired the ground of the Antarctica company, which included the Parque Antarctica stadium. On this decade, Palestra won 3 State Leagues and finished 2nd on three other opportunities. At this time and until 1959, there wasn't a national league yet, due to Brazil's huge size and weak infrastructure, so the State Leagues were the main tournament, which Palestra would win 5 more times in the 1930s. They also won the 1st edition of the prestigious Rio-São Paulo Tournament, a regional league attended by big teams from São Paulo and Rio only.
1942: World War II and Palestra becomes Palmeiras
Brazil were neutral in the 2nd World War until 1942, when they declared war against the Axis (Italy, Germany, Japan). This forced every club name related to these countries to be reconsidered, so Palestra Italia became Palestra.
However, the Brazilian government demanded that Palestra was also removed from the club's name, despite it being a greek word. Palmeiras was then adopted, to keep the letter P and in honor of the Associação Atlética das Palmeiras, an extinct club that helped Palestra on their early days.
In the 1940s, they won 4 more State Leagues titles, but were still behind their rival Corinthians on the overall counting - they would only surpass Corinthians in State League titles for the first time in 1972, keeping the record until 1982, to never surpass them again.
1951: Copa Rio, Palmeiras' first club world title
The Copa Rio was the first attempt of a club world cup, preceding the creation of the Intercontinental Cup in 1960.
Group Club Qualification
A Palmeiras 1950 State League champion
B Vasco (Brazil) 1950 State League champion
A Juventus (Italy) 1950 Serie A champion
B Sporting (Portugal) 1950 Portuguese League champion
A Red Star (Yugoslavia) 1950 Yugoslavia Cup champion
B Austria Wien (Austria) 1950 Austrian League champion
A Nice (France) 1951 French League champion
B Nacional (Uruguay) 1950 Uruguayan League champion
Palmeiras placed 2nd inside their group, beating Nice 3-0, Red Star 2-1 and losing to Juventus 0-4. In the semis, they beat Vasco 2-1 and tied 0-0 in the return leg, before facing Juventus in the final.
Stage Result Attendance Venue
Final Palmeiras 1-0 Juventus 56.961 Maracanã
Final Palmeiras 2-2 Juventus 100.093 Maracanã
In the final 2nd leg, Juventus opened the score at '18, but Palmeiras tied at '47. Juventus scored again at '63, but Palmeiras equalized it at '77. The match ended 2-2, and Palmeiras were crowned club world champions.
The 1960s: the first Academy of Football
After the Copa Rio title in 1951, Palmeiras won one more Rio-São Paulo Tournament in 1951 and one State League title in 1959, beating Pelé's Santos 2-1 on the last and decisive match.
In the 1960s, the Brazilian press gave Palmeiras the alias Academy of Football, due to the extreme class and technique of their teams. Players of the caliber of Ademir da Guia, Djalma Santos, Dudu, Julinho Botelho, Zequinha and Tupãzinho won Palmeiras several titles in the 1960s: 4 Brazilian Leagues (1960, 1967, 1967, 1969), 2 State Leagues (1963, 1966) and 1 Rio-São Paulo Tournament (1965). The 1960s Palmeiras are notably known for stopping Pelé's Santos from winning almost everything in the decade.
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT caps Goals World Cup att.
Ademir da Guia 1962-77 902 153 14 - 1 (1974)
Dudu 1964-75 609 25 13 1 -
Julinho Botelho 1958-67 269 81 24 11 1 (1954)
Djalma Santos 1959-68 498 10 100 3 4 (1954, 1958, 1962, 1966)
Zequinha 1958-68 417 40 16 2 1 (1962)
Tupãzinho 1963-68 231 122 - - -
They also reached two Copa Libertadores finals: in 1961, Palmeiras lost to Peñarol (0-1, 1-1), and in 1968, to Estudiantes (1-2, 3-1, 0-2).
The 1970s: the second Academy of Football
The second wave of Palmeiras' Football Academy took place in the 1970s. Still led by Ademir da Guia and Dudu, the club was reinforced by Luís Pereira, Leivinha, César Maluco and Leão.
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT caps Goals World Cup att.
Luís Pereira 1968-75 346 19 38 1 1 (1974)
Leivinha 1971-75 268 108 27 7 1 (1974)
César Maluco 1967-75 327 182 13 1 1 (1974)
Leão 1968-78 617 - 105 - 4 (1970, 1974, 1978, 1986)
Together at Palmeiras, these monsters won 2 Brazilian Leagues (1972, 1973) and 2 State Leagues (1972, 1974). In the 1974 World Cup, Palmeiras provided Brazil with 6 players (Leão, Luís Pereira, Leivinha, César Maluco, Ademir da Guia and Alfredo), finishing in the 4th place.
In the end, the Palmeiras Academy won the same number of Brasileirão titles as Pelé's Santos (6) and reached the same number of Copa Libertadores finals (2). However, they won 6 fewer State League titles (4x10).
Highlights to the 1973 Brazilian League title, with only 3 defeats in 40 matches. In the final stage, Palmeiras beat 1-0 the strong Cruzeiro of Nelinho, Piazza, Palhinha and Dirceu Lopes, away at the Mineirão stadium, with this goal from Edu Bala at '74. Then they beat 2-1 another strong team, the Internacional of Figueroa, Carpegiani, Valdomiro, Falcão, Claudiomiro and Escurinho. After Internacional opened the score, Palmeiras tied at '77 with Ronaldo and Luís Pereira scored the winning goal at '80. On the last match, a 0-0 tie against São Paulo was enough for Palmeiras to be declared Brazilian champions for the 6th time. Only 35 years later, in 2008, would a new team (São Paulo FC) reach the number of 6 Brazilian League titles.
In 1974, Palmeiras met their archrival Corinthians in the State League final. Corinthians were on a 20-year title drought (since 1954) and desperately needed a trophy. In front of 122.522 supporters at the Morumbi stadium, Palmeiras won the final 1-0, with this goal from Ronaldo, and left their rivals trophyless for one more season.
In 1976, Palmeiras won their last title before a drought that would last until 1993. They won the 1976 State League title against XV de Piracicaba, 1-0 at home. It would also be Ademir da Guia last title at the club, before he left in 1977.
1993-2000: the Parmalat Era
Between 1976 and 1993, Palmeiras didn't win a single title, finishing 2nd in one Brazilian League (1978) and in two State Leagues (1986, 1992).
In 1992, however, the Italian company Parmalat signed a huge deal with the club, bringing expensive and talented players. In 1993 already, they won 1 State League, 1 Rio-São Paulo Tournament and 1 Brazilian League. In 1994, they once again won the State and the Brazilian Leagues. Until the end of the decade, they would win one more State League (1996), one Copa do Brasil (1998), one Copa Mercosul (1998), one Rio-São Paulo Tournament (2000), one Copa dos Campeões (2000), and the most important title, the 1999 Copa Libertadores. Therefore, in 8 years (93-2000), Palmeiras won 2 continental titles, 4 national trophies, 3 state leagues and 2 interstate tournaments - totalizing 11 major titles.
The coach appointed to start this new era of the club was Luxemburgo, who had done good works for Bragantino, winning the Serie B in 1989 and the 1990 São Paulo State League. He stayed at the club from 1993 to 1994, and in 1996.
1993-94: back-to-back State and Brazilian League titles
The 16-year title drought ended in the 1993 State League final against their archrival Corinthians. On the 1st leg, a 0-1 defeat, with a historical teasing by Corinthians' forward Viola, who imitated a pig when celebrating his goal. On the return leg, Palmeiras smashed them with a 4-0 victory (6mn33 video), with goals from Evair (2x), Edilson and Zinho.
Two months later, they won the Rio-São Paulo Tournament, again against Corinthians (2-0 and 0-0). In the Brazilian League, Palmeiras dominated with 81% of points, and only 2 defeats in 22 matches. In the final against Vitória, two victories: 1-0 away with a goal from Edilson, and 2-0 at home, with goals from Evair and Edmundo. Palmeiras became Brazilian champions for the 7th time, the first club to achieve so - the second would be Santos in 2002, then Corinthians in 2017 and Flamengo in 2019.
Four Palmeiras' players were elected to the League Best XI: Antônio Carlos, Roberto Carlos, César Sampaio and Edmundo.
Of the 1993 team, three great players were there since 1991: César Sampaio, Amaral and Evair. Parmalat brought Antônio Carlos, Cléber, Roberto Carlos, Mazinho, Edílson, Zinho and Edmundo. All of them (except Amaral, Cléber and Evair) played at least 25 matches for the Brazil NT, with two winning the 1994 World Cup (Zinho, Mazinho), three reaching the 1998 World Cup final (Roberto Carlos, César Sampaio, Edmundo) and two winning the 2002 World Cup (Roberto Carlos, Edilson).
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT caps Goals World Cup att.
Antônio Carlos 1993-95 58 5 37 3 -
Cléber 1993-99 372 21 13 - -
Roberto Carlos 1993-95 162 20 126 12 3 (1998, 2002, 2006)
Amaral 1991-97 107 3 12 - -
César Sampaio 1991-94, 99-00 304 25 47 6 1 (1998)
Mazinho 1992-94 127 2 35 - 1 (1994)
Edílson 1993-95 151 59 25 6 1 (2002)
Zinho 1992-94, 97-99, 01-02 460 95 57 7 1 (1994)
Edmundo 1993-95, 06-07 269 141 39 10 1 (1998)
Evair 1991-94, 99 245 126 11 5 -
In 1994, the team increased with the arrivals of Rincón, from América de Cali, Flávio Conceição, from Rio Branco and Rivaldo, from Mogi Mirim.
They began the season winning the 1994 State League, gathering 78% of the points, and losing only three times in 30 matches.
In the 1994 Brazilian League, Palmeiras led the 1st stage and then won 5 of the 6 knock-out matches. They beat Bahia twice in the QF (2-1, 2-1), and the strong Guarani of Luizão, Djalminha and Amoroso twice in the SF (3-1, 2-1).
In the big final against Corinthians, Rivaldo opened the score with this nice goal at '45. He scored again at '63, and Edmundo this nice 3-0 goal at '65. The match ended 3-1, and Palmeiras only needed a tie in the 2nd leg - which ended 1-1, with Rivaldo scoring the tie at '81.
Palmeiras were back-to-back Brazilian League champions, and had now 8 National League titles, a record only reached in 2004 by Santos.
Four Palmeiras' players were elected to the League's Best XI: Cléber, Roberto Carlos, Zinho and Rivaldo.
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT caps Goals World Cup att.
Rincón (Colombia) 1994, 96-97 93 30 84 17 3 (1990, 1994, 1998)
Flávio Conceição 1994-96 103 5 45 4 -
Rivaldo 1994-96 97 78 74 37 2 (1998, 2002)
However, in the 1994 Copa Libertadores, Palmeiras were knocked out by São Paulo in the ro16 (0-0, 1-2), but they applied a sonorous 6-1 victory against Boca Juniors, with this great goal by Roberto Carlos, assisted by Evair.
The team got dismantled, and in 1995 they only finished 2nd in the State League, 5th in the Brazilian League, and got epically knocked out in the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals against Grêmio (0-5, 5-1).
The 1996 superteam: 102 goals/30 matches and State League champions
In 1996, the coach Luxemburgo returned to Palmeiras, after a year span at Flamengo.
From the 1993-94 Palmeiras squad, Velloso, Cléber, Amaral, Flavio Conceição and Rivaldo remained.
New stars arrived at the club: Cafu from Real Zaragoza, Júnior from Vitória, Müller from Kashiwa Reysol, and Luizão and Djalminha from Guarani.
Together, they gathered 92% of the points, winning 27 of the 30 State League matches, scoring 102 goals and conceding only 19. Since a 100%-rate title campaign in 1932, the closest a team got to this 92% rate record were 1961 and 1965 Pelé's Santos with 87%, 1945/1953 São Paulo, 1939/1951 Corinthians and 1933/1934/1942/1947 Palmeiras with 88%, and 1946 São Paulo with 90%.
In terms of goals scored, they rank #9 in the history of the tournament, and have the highest record since 1962.
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT caps Goals World Cup att.
Cafu 1995-97 101 13 149 5 4 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Júnior 1996-00 337 20 22 1 1 (2002)
Müller 1995-96 69 38 59 12 3 (1986, 1990, 1994)
Luizão 1996-97 91 56 17 3 1 (2002)
Djalminha 1996-97 83 45 14 5 -
With the departures of Flávio Conceição, Rivaldo and Müller, Palmeiras had a certain quality drop. Nevertheless, they still finished 2nd to Cruzeiro in the Copa do Brasil (1-1, 1-2).
Luxemburgo left at the end of the season for a bigger salary at Santos. He won 149 of 232 matches (64% win rate), lost 36 matches (16%), and had an overall rate of 71%.
The 1997 season was a bit below due to the lack of titles, but Palmeiras finished 2nd on the league, and reached the semi-finals of the Copa do Brasil, of the State League and of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament. But it was the arrival of the coach Scolari, the Felipão, in mid-1997 that would ignite Palmeiras into higher flights.
1998-2000: the Felipão (Scolari) Era
In this period, Palmeiras won 2 continental titles (1998 Mercosul, 1999 Libertadores), 2 national cups (1998 Copa do Brasil, 2000 Copa dos Campeões) and 1 regional league (2000 Rio-São Paulo Tournament). They also finished 2nd in 1 club world cup (1999 Intercontinental Cup), 3 continental cups (1999 and 2000 Copa Mercosul, 2000 Libertadores) and 1 state league (1999 Paulista).
With the 1996-97 team dismantled, Scolari rebuilt the team by using more Marcos, Roque Júnior and Galeano, and bringing Arce, Junior Baiano, Oséas, Paulo Nunes, Euller and of course, the maestro number 10 Alex - the most capped Brazilian player (49) not to be called to a World Cup.
Player Period Apps Goals Brazil NT caps Goals World Cup att.
Marcos 1992-2012 534 - 29 - 1 (2002)
Roque Júnior 1995-00 206 15 48 2 1 (2002)
Júnior Baiano 1998-99 72 16 25 2 1 (1998)
Arce (Paraguay) 1998-02 242 57 61 5 2 (1998, 2002)
Galeano 1989-02 477 27 - - -
Oséas 1997-99 172 65 2 - -
Paulo Nunes 1998-99 138 73 2 - -
Euller 1997-00 115 39 7 3 -
Alex 1997-00, 2002 200 60 49 12 -
The team lacked the offensive talent and quality of the previous generations, but had a more solid defense. Palmeiras supporters wanted the Copa Libertadores more than anything - their state rivals Santos and São Paulo had two already, as well as Grêmio, while Flamengo, Vasco and Cruzeiro had one each. Scolari had the experience of winning the Libertadores in 1995, with Grêmio, along with the Paraguayan right-back Arce and the forward Paulo Nunes that he brought to Palmeiras.
The first step was the 1998 Copa do Brasil, which would give one Libertadores spot. Palmeiras didn't have difficulties until the semi-finals against Santos: they tied 1-1 at home, and Santos opened the score in the return leg. With these two nice goals, Palmeiras overcame the score 2-1 and left with a 2-2 tie that put them on the final, against Cruzeiro. They lost the 1st leg 0-1 away, and opened the score at '12 with Paulo Nunes in the 2nd leg. At '89, Oséas scored the second and title goal after a free-kick, as Palmeiras became Copa do Brasil champions for the first time.
Later that year, Palmeiras destroyed their Copa Mercosul group: 2-1 Independiente (Argentina), 5-0 Nacional (Uruguay), 2-1 U. de Chile (Chile), 3-0 Independiente (Argentina), 3-1 Nacional (Uruguay), 1-0 U. de Chile (Chile). Highlights to this assist by left-back Júnior against Nacional from Uruguay.
With their reserves, they beat Boca Juniors 3-1 in Brazil, and tied 1-1 in Argentina, for the quarter-finals. Olimpia from Paraguay didn't offer problems in the semis: 2-0 and 1-0 to Palmeiras. In the final against Cruzeiro, Palmeiras lost 1-2 away in the 1st leg. At home in the 2nd leg, Cruzeiro opened the score at '3, but Palmeiras overcame with Cléber at '8, Oséas at '52 and Paulo Nunes at '85. On the 3rd match, this goal from Arce at '62, at home, gave Palmeiras their first continental-second tier title, the 1998 Copa Mercosul.
The 1999 Copa Libertadores title
After finishing 2nd twice in their golden era (1961, 1968), Palmeiras finally conquered South America, with 7W-2D-5L.
Palmeiras shared their group stage with archrival Corinthians and the Paraguayans Cerro Porteño and Olimpia. At that time, three teams would advance, and Palmeiras qualified in the 2nd place, behind Corinthians.
In the ro16, they met the current champions Vasco, of Juninho, Ramón, Donizete and Luizão. They only tied 1-1 at home, and saw Vasco open the score at the Maracanã. Palmeiras scored twice, before conceding the second goal. In the second half, Palmeiras scored twice again, and won the match 4-2.
The derby against Corinthians in the quarter-finals saw two same results: 2-0 and 0-2. Their rival could have scored once in the 1st leg though, at '78, if this crazy shot that hit the upper post and then the back of goalkeeper Marcos had gone a few centimeters into the other side. In the penalties, Palmeiras won 4-2, with Dinei missing the target and Marcos saving Vampeta's shot.
In the semis against River Plate, Palmeiras left Argentina with a 0-1 defeat. At home, in Brazil, Alex opened the score with this great goal, and two minutes later, Palmeiras scored the second with Roque Junior. In the 2nd half, Marcos kept the goal safe, and Alex closed the Argentine coffin with this fine touch.
In the big final against Deportivo Cali, they lost the first leg away 0-1 like in the semis. At home, Palmeiras opened the score only at '65, from this penalty kick, but Deportivo tied 5 minutes later, also from a penalty kick. Five minutes later, however, Palmeiras scored the second with Oséas, and the title would be decided in the penalties.
Palmeiras missed the first shot with Zinho, hitting the upper post, while Deportivo scored. Both teams scored the second and third shots. Palmeiras scored the fourth, and Deportivo hit the right post. Euller scored the fifth, and Zapata lost Deportivo's final penalty. Palmeiras conquered South America for the first time in their history.
This title qualified Palmeiras to the 1999 Intercontinental Cup in Japan, against European champions Manchester United.
Palmeiras played a far better match than the Red Devils, but this unfortunate mistake by goalkeeper Marcos let them open the score at '35. Palmeiras also had this wrongly disallowed goal at '50, and Oséas missed this absurd opportunity at '74.
In 2000, Palmeiras kept the good shape, and began the season winning the Rio-São Paulo Tournament, beating 4-0 the strong Vasco of Edmundo and Romario in the final.
Five months later, they won the Copa dos Campeões, after beating Cruzeiro (3-1, 1-1), Flamengo (1-2, 1-0) and Sport (2-1), therefore picking a spot in the 2001 Copa Libertadores.
But the peak of the season was the Libertadores, which they finished in the 2nd place, losing to Boca Juniors in the final (2-2, 0-0), in the penalties (2-4).
First, Saint Marcos (Palmeiras goalkeeper), saved two penalties in a clutch moment against Peñarol in the ro16.
In the semis, the biggest derby in South American history: Palmeiras met their archrival Corinthians, current back-to-back Brazilian League champions, of the stars Dida, Kléber, Vampeta, Ricardinho, Marcelinho Carioca, Edilson and Luizão, once again in the knock-outs, just like in 1999. The first leg was a crazy 4-3 match in Corinthians' favor and the second leg, another crazy 3-2 match in Palmeiras favor. In the penalties, nobody had missed their shot, until Corinthians biggest idol, Marcelinho Carioca, had his penalty saved by Saint Marcos, who put Palmeiras in the final. No other derby played in South America have been higher than Corinthians x Palmeiras encounters in the 1999 and 2000 Copa Libertadores knock-out stages.
Unfortunately, the final against Boca Juniors was a refereeing disgrace: Boca had one goal wrongly disallowed and Palmeiras had at least two penalties not awarded in the 2nd leg at home, which ended 0-0, leading to penalties. Palmeiras played better football, while Boca parked the bus.
2001-2013: end of Parmalat Era, and humble times
In this period, Palmeiras got relegated twice (2002, 2012), won 1 State League (2008) and 1 Copa do Brasil (2012).
The peak of this period was the controversial elimination by Riquelme's Boca in the 2001 Copa Libertadores semi-finals: on the 1st leg in Argentina (2-2), the referee invented this penalty to Boca, which Schelotto scored, and he didn't concede a clear penalty in Palmeiras' favor on Fernando, sending the player off for "simulation". Boca were a great team, but it is generally agreed in Brazil - even by rivals - that Palmeiras was better, and if not for the referees shameful displays in 2000 and 2001, they would very likely end up with 3 consecutive Libertadores titles (1999, 2000, 2001).
In 2002, Alex scored this masterpiece of a goal against Rogério Ceni's São Paulo.
In 2009, Palmeiras led the Brazilian League for 19 rounds, but ended up in the 5th place, not even qualifying to the Copa Libertadores.
2014-today
In 2014, centenary year of the club, their new stadium Allianz Parque was inaugurated.
In 2015, Palmeiras won their 3rd Copa do Brasil title on the penalties (4-3) against Santos, in a crazy final. The 1st leg in Santos ended 0-1, with their rival missing the opportunity of the century at '95. In the 2nd leg, Palmeiras scored their second goal (2-0) at '84, but Santos scored at '86, leading it to the penalties, won 4-3 by Palmeiras.
In 2016 and 2018, Palmeiras won their 9th and 10th Brazilian League titles, a national record. They were led by the league MVP Gabriel Jesus in 2016 and by the most recent club idol Dudu in 2016 and 2018. They also finished second in 2017, and reached the Copa Libertadores semi-finals in 2018, losing to Boca Juniors (0-2, 2-2).
Player Period Apps Goals Assists Brazil NT caps Goals World Cup att.
Gabriel Jesus 2015-16 83 28 10 39 18 1 (2018)
Dudu 2015-20 305 70 75 3 1 -
As of 2020, the club won the State League (0-0, 1-1, p.k. 4-3) after 12 years, against their archrival Corinthians, coached by Luxemburgo and led by the young midfielder Patrick de Paula. Gabriel Menino and Gabriel Verón are the other young bets of the club for this season.
To this day, Palmeiras has the 4th largest fanbase in Brazil with 12 million supporters, and a stadium attendance average of 28.000, as of 2019.
If you have any questions about Brazilian football, feel free to join us at futebol, where you'll be very welcomed!
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A comprehensive guide to (most) transfers in the Bundesliga

A new Bundesliga season starts today! What a glorious day full of wonder and excitement. Bayern München won the treble last season after only drawing and losing four times each across all competitions. To phrase that differently: they’ve won every single match in the Champions League and never went to a penalty shootout in the DFB-Pokal. Here’s to another exciting Bundesliga season.
But what happened over the short summer break, you wonder? A lot for some clubs, astonishingly few for others. The transfer window may still be open until October, but I still decided to take a look at new arrivals and departures in the German top flight. And by “take a look”, I mean, “hurriedly cobbled together a brief overview today”. Can you spot where I started to lose interest?
Anyway, I hope some of you find this interesting or helpful in some way.

FC Bayern München

New first kit

Transfers out

Most of their outgoing players are loanees returning to their clubs, namely Ivan Perišić, Philippe Coutinho, and Álvaro Odriozola. Perišić came in to bolster the squad and be an experienced option for rotation. He did exactly that, playing quite regularly, accumulating eight goals and ten assists. Coutinho too rarely showed his class and most likely won’t be missed much. Odriozola played a grand total of 179 minutes across all competitions, so you can probably guess how sad everyone at the club is to see him go. One loss is much more important than all of these combined, however. Thiago, the midfield maestro, leaves for a rumoured fee of about €30 million to Liverpool. This departure weighs heavy. It’s tough to ascertain how much this will impact Bayern, but given they don’t want to sign a replacement, it will certainly be interesting to watch how well they’ll cope without him. Corentin Tolisso and Michaël Cuisance could step up and fill that Spanish gap, yet I remain doubtful that Tolisso has that quality or that Cuisance is ready for that.

Transfers in

Tanguy Kouassi is a young French centre-back signed on a free from PSG, who unfortunately missed the pre-season and will return in October. Rumours persist that Lucas Hernández could leave, and Jérôme Boateng ain’t getting younger either. Considering that, barring any further signings on that position, he’ll get his minutes. Adrian Fein returns from his loan to second league side Hamburg, where the young midfielder impressed in the first half of the season, only to drop off in the second half. Can he be the new Thiago? Probably not. Alexander Nübel comes in as a new goalkeeper to put pressure on Manuel Neuer. His contract supposedly ensures him 15 apps this season. If that’s true, we might see more of his trademark blunders that saw him temporarily lose his starting spot at Schalke last season. Last but not least, Leroy Sané. Bayern’s most important signing. An elite winger added to the roster, combining pace and technical skill, he’s sure to put his mark on his second stint in the Bundesliga, much to the detriment of every other German club.

Potential breakout players

Here I’ll highlight one or two players who I believe might have their breakout season, like Alphonso Davies last year (but probably no one I mention will reach that level, let’s be real). Joshua Zirkzee, the young Dutch striker, scored four times in the few matches he played last season. He won’t bench Lewandowski, but I can see him getting more minutes and developing further into a proper rotational player. Other than that, despite my reservations, Cuisance could very well make a huge step and be a more important player for Bayern this season behind the likes of Joshua Kimmich or Leon Goretzka.

Borussia Dortmund

New first kit

Transfers out

Probably their most famous yet completely unsurprising departure is the prodigal son Mario Götze. An overall disappointing second time at Dortmund comes to an anticlimactic close, his future still in the stars. More noteworthy from a sporting perspective is Achraf Hakimi leaving, who has set up camp at Inter where he’ll sprint up and down the right flank. Most Dortmund fans will agree that while he was incredibly important, he’s far from being irreplaceable. His defensive work left a lot to be desired, a weak spot he couldn’t always compensate for with great runs and goal-scoring instinct. Other than that, a couple youngsters left. Centre-back Leonardo Balerdi plays on loan for Marseille, while midfielder Immanuel Pherai will spend next season at Zwolle. Both could have a future in black and yellow, but it’s somewhat doubtful for both. Oh, André Schürrle also ended his career.

Transfers in

Reinier came in on loan from Real Madrid to strengthen the attack and provide much needed depth. Whether he’ll amount to more remains to be seen, as he was injured/unfit for most of the pre-season. Thomas Meunier was signed from PSG to offset Hakimi’s departure (along with Mateu Morey). The experienced right-back will likely be a starter and should help the youngsters in the team. Speaking of which, Dortmund also signed 17-year-old Jude Bellingham. Some wondered whether he’d be good enough to be an immediate help. His performance against Duisburg in the DFB-Pokal last Monday served as a first glimpse of his massive talent. He might not be an undisputed starter for all of the season, but he’ll be an important player nonetheless.

Potential breakout players

Bellingham, unsurprisingly. Other than that, Dortmund’s got another treat for the American fans: Gio Reyna should play regularly and continue his good showings of last season.

RB Leipzig

New first kit

Transfers out

A giant, Timo Werner-shaped hole yawns in Leipzig’s offense after his transfer to Chelsea. In 45 matches in the 19/20 season, he scored 34 goals and assisted 13 more. Impeccable numbers that are almost impossible to compensate for. Another significant loss is Patrik Schick, who was loaned from Roma. Not quite as proficient as Werner, he nevertheless scored 10 goals in the league. The Austrian midfielder Hannes Wolf missed significant parts of last season due to injury, after his return only playing for 53 minutes in five matches. Shouldn’t be too difficult to compensate for this loss. The same can be said about centre-back Ethan Ampadu, who returns to Chelsea after only having played a combined total of 277 minutes. Second goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo went to PSV on loan.

Transfers in

Filling Werner’s shoes is a daunting task, one that Leipzig hope Hwang Hee-Chan will accomplish. In a rare, unprecedented event no one could have seen coming, he came in from RB Salzburg for the huge sum of €9 million. He’ll score a couple goals and, being just 24 years old, could develop into a very fine player, but overall a downgrade in quality and depth (given he technically replaces both Werner and Schick). Spanish goalkeeper Josep Martínez, who I’ve never heard of before, replaces Mvogo. Benjamin Henrichs comes in from Monaco to provide depth on the right side. He knows the Bundesliga from his time at Leverkusen, thus he shouldn’t have too much trouble acclimating. Arguably the most interesting signing is Lazar Samardžić from Hertha BSC. The 18-year-old offensive midfielder is regarded as a huge talent, many big clubs were said to be interested in him. This move could have come too early for him, although training under Julian Nagelsmann shouldn’t be to his detriment.

Potential breakout players

After his somewhat disappointing debut season for Leipzig, Dani Olmo will be a mainstay for Leipzig and finally prove himself in a big league. The latter holds true for Hwang Hee-chan, who scored plenty of goals in Austria already.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

New first kit

Transfers out

This transfer window was rather uneventful for Gladbach. Both Raffael and Fabian Johnson have run out their contracts and are now free agents. The former will be dearly missed, if mostly just because of sentimental values and less so for his performances last season. 30-year-old midfielder Tobias Strobl, while always reliable, shouldn’t be difficult to replace either after his transfer to Augsburg.

Transfers in

Also very restrained, something we’ll be seeing more of now with the other clubs still to come. Hannes Wolf, mentioned just above, should improve Gladbach’s midfield as a regular starter. Valentino Lazaro joins on loan from Inter. Planned to be a starter as well, he is out injured for at least another month or two. Another one for the Americans: Joseph Scally, a young right-back, could play for a few minutes here and there until Lazaro’s return.

Potential breakout players

Hannes Wolf should finally be able to demonstrate his class.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

New first kit

Transfers out

On the one hand, merely two important players left Leverkusen this summer. However, these two players are none other than Kevin Volland and Kai Havertz. Volland was, is and never will be a world class player, but he could always be relied upon to score and assist a decent amount. I don’t need to tell you about Havertz, just ask a Chelsea fan.

Transfers in

Well, this one’s gonna be quick. Patrik Schick, after his loan at Leipzig ended, decided to come back to Germany and play for Leverkusen. He should comfortably fill in for Volland. That’s it for now, but Peter Bosz already said they’d like to sign more players, especially to compensate for Havertz leaving.

Potential breakout players

Florian Wirtz will be among the hottest young prospects in Germany and potentially Europe this season. The young winger played a decent amount already last season, where he showed his talent, and it’s likely he’ll make the next step now. Exequiel Palacios, an Argentinian midfielder, couldn’t establish himself last season, but I can see him become an important part of the squad.

TSG Hoffenheim

New first kit

Transfers out

Nothing too interesting, to be honest. Leonardo Bittencourt moves permanently to Werder Bremen after his loan, Steven Zuber goes to Eintracht Frankfurt after a disappointing season, and Gregor Kobel stays with VfB Stuttgart after his loan there.

Transfers in

A quick glance at their squad on Transfermarkt reveals that five of their defenders are injured, among them Konstantinos Stafylidis, their only trained left-back after Zuber left. You’d think they’d have signed someone else for that position, but nope, apparently not. Pavel Kaderabek played as left wing-back in the Pokal, but he’s also injured now. The only player they’ve signed thus far for the first team is Mijat Gaćinović from Frankfurt, a decently talented offensive midfielder who can’t score for the life of him, except against Bayern in a DFB-Pokal final.

Potential breakout players

Christoph Baumgartner, same as last season. While he was good, he wasn’t quite at the point of garnering as much (international) attention as he is capable of.

VfL Wolfsburg

New first kit

Transfers out

With Felix Udokhai, Marcel Tisserand, and Felix Knoche, three centre-backs left Wolfsburg.

Transfers in

To compensate for that, they’ve signed 20-year-old French Maxence Lacroix, who already scored a goal in their Europa League qualifier. As a backup for Wout Weghorst and Daniel Ginczek, they’ve also signed the 18-year-old Polish striker Bartosz Białek. For €5 million, they’re obviously certain of his abilities and talent.

Potential breakout players

Well, I don’t really see anyone else besides these two signings to potentially have a breakout season, so yeah, I suppose it’s them.

SC Freiburg

New first kit

Transfers out

Striker Luca Waldschmidt (now at Benfica) and centre-back Robin Koch (now at Leeds) will be difficult to replace for Freiburg. Regular goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow left for Hertha BSC, talented centre-back Nico Schlotterbeck will play for Union Berlin, and the experienced Mike Frantz also left. Quite a bloodletting, but all things considered, it’s to be expected for Freiburg.

Transfers in

A striker by the name of Ermedin Demirović arrived, who scored a respectable 14 goals for St. Gallen last season. As a reaction to designated first keeper Mark Flekken’s injury, Freiburg loaned Florian Müller from Mainz. Offensive midfielder Guus Til comes in from Spartak Moscow. And with defensive midfielder Baptiste Santamaria, Freiburg has a new record signing, with a fee of €10 million.

Potential breakout players

Freiburg produces new top talents practically every season. This year, it could be Woo-yeong Jeong, but if recent history has taught us anything, it’ll probably be someone no one’s heard of before.

Eintracht Frankfurt

New first kit

Transfers out

A lot of experience left Frankfurt in the form of Marco Russ, Jonathan de Guzmán, and Gelson Fernandes. As previously mentioned, Gaćinović was sold to Hoffenheim, who will be remembered as never having fulfilled what many fans hoped he one day would. Gonçalo Paciência was surprisingly loaned to Schalke.

Transfers in

Ragnar Ache, a young striker, could potentially fill Paciência’s gap. Zuber comes in from Hoffenheim and André Silva is bought after his loan. Aside from that, it’s mainly loanees returning, like Jetro Willems or Aymen Barkok. It’s quite likely we’ll see some of them leave again.

Potential breakout players

If Daichi Kamada manages to score and assist more (consistently), he could prove to be very important for Frankfurt.

Hertha BSC

New first kit

Transfers out

Vedad Ibišević left for Schalke, Per Ciljan Skjelbred is back in Norway, Salomon Kalou is also gone, Ondrej Duda now plays for Köln, and the aforementioned Samardžić who is now at Leipzig. The end of Marko Grujic’s loan will prove to be more severe, I reckon.

Transfers in

Alexander Schwolow from Freiburg, who made a poor first impression during Big City Club™ Hertha Berlin’s DFB-Pokal loss to promoted second division side Eintracht Braunschweig. Deyovaisio Zeefuik (you can bet your butt I copy-pasted that) comes in from Groningen. Since Berlin sold Duda to Köln, they thought they might as well get Jhon Córdoba from them. A good striker, if he keeps up his recent form.

Potential breakout players

Javairô Dilrosun, because it’s about time for him.

Union Berlin

New first kit

Transfers out

A lot of players left Union, but most of them aren’t too noteworthy. Striker Sebastian Andersson, now with Köln, is a heavy loss, as could be goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz, who was basically swapped with Augsburg’s Andreas Luthe.

Transfers in

Max Kruse comes back from Turkey to play for Union Berlin of all clubs. Not many people would’ve seen that coming a year ago, I assume. Felix Knoche from Wolfsburg and Niko Gießelmann from Düsseldorf should immediately strengthen the squad, and Schalke’s Cedric Teuchert can prove he’s good enough for the Bundesliga.

Potential breakout players

Max Kruse, obviously.

FC Schalke 04

New first kit

Transfers out

Juan Miranda and Jean-Clair Todibo leave Schalke besides Cedric Teuchert, and none of them need a direct replacement due to their negligible importance in the squad. Alexander Nübel leaves for Bayern, Daniel Caligiuri goes to Augsburg, and Weston McKenny will play for Juventus for whatever reason. Jonjoe Kenny also returns to Everton.

Transfers in

Several loanees return, like Steven Skrzybski, Mark Uth, Ralf Fährmann, Sebastian Rudy, and Nabil Bentaleb. Apart from Skrzybski, these are players with ambitions to be regular starters and at least a modicum of quality, even if most of them couldn’t demonstrate it in the royal blue kits. Otherwise, Vedad Ibišević adds… something to the squad, and Gonçalo Paciência could be a decent striker this season.

Potential breakout players

Can Bozdogan was one of the few bright spots of Schalke’s terrible last season. If he builds on that and David Wagner trusts him, he should develop nicely.

FSV Mainz 05

New first kit

Transfers out

Mainz, for once, don’t appear to have lost any vital players. Most important of the outgoing players is probably centre-back Jeffrey Bruma, now back at Wolfsburg after his loan. Goalkeeper Florian Müller left for Freiburg.

Transfers in

No big departures means no significant incoming transfers. Mainz signed centre-back Luca Kilian from relegated SC Paderborn.

Potential breakout players

17-year-old Paul Nebel was subbed in during Mainz’ DFB-Pokal victory, where he assisted a goal. Perhaps it’s a sign of things to come.

FC Köln

New first kit

Transfers out

Jhon Córdoba, the legendary Simon Terodde, and Mark Uth ー three strikers. No one of particular importance apart from that.

Transfers in

Coming in from Union Berlin, Sebastian Andersson is supposed to compensate for those three strikers leaving. Köln also brought in goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler as a backup and to put pressure on Timo Horn. Offensive midfielder Ondrej Duda also joins from Hertha BSC.

Potential breakout players

Left-back Noah Katterbach is in a similar position as Hoffenheim’s Baumgartner. Very promising previous season, but will show even more this year,

FC Augsburg

New first kit

Transfers out

Augsburg legend Daniel Baier left after his contract wasn’t renewed, as has Andreas Luthe. Striker Sergio Córdova will gather valuable playing time on loan at Arminia Bielefeld, similar to centre-back Kevin Danso at Düsseldorf. As has correctly been pointed out, I forgot about Philipp Max leaving Augsburg. The left-back joined PSV for €8 million, a steal even in these times. He's been an integral part of Augsburg's squad for the past years, staying longer than most would have thought.

Transfers in

Centre-back Felix Udokhai is signed permanently after his loan, Rafał Gikiewicz is the new regular goalkeeper, and Daniel Caligiuri will show his Schalke magic on the wings. Tobias Strobl will also add experience to the midfield.

Potential breakout players

I think Ruben Vargas could prove that he’s destined for greater things than playing for Augsburg, with all due respect.

Werder Bremen

New first kit

Transfers out

Nuri Sahin, Fin Bartels, Claudio Pizarro, Sebastian Langkamp, Philipp Bargfrede ㅡ a combined age of 168 years, or an average of 33.6 years. Centre-back Kevin Vogt also left, a greenhorn in comparison with his 28 years of age.

Transfers in

Leonardo Bittencourt stays permanently after his loan, as does Ömer Toprak. Left-back Felix Agu arrives from VfL Osnabrück on a free, same with Patrick Erras from Nürnberg. Bremen also loaned Tahith Chong from Manchester United, showing them how to sign a winger.

Potential breakout players

Probably Tahith Chong, who’s left a good first impression after scoring a goal against Carl Zeiss Jena in the DFB-Pokal. 18-year-old striker Nick Woltemade could see a lot of playing time, as well.

Arminia Bielefeld

New first kit

Transfers out

The loss of right-back Jonathan Clauss likely concerns many Bielefeld fans. He was an important player and integral to their promotion. Most of the other departures hurt from a sentimental perspective. Honestly, it’s remarkable how they’ve managed to keep their squad together.

Transfers in

Several interesting players. Ritsu Doan, a Japanese right-winger on loan from PSV, centre-back Mike van der Hoorn from Swansea City, and striker Sergio Córdova from Augsburg ㅡ all of them on loan. Add to that someone like Austrian winger Christian Gebauer, and you’ve got yourself a promising squad.

Potential breakout players

Centre-back Amos Pieper had a great last season in the second league, and hopes in Bielefeld are high that he continues where he left off. And finally, after all this time, Fabian Klos arrives in the Bundesliga to tear it apart. Dread it, run from, the Klos still arrives.

VfB Stuttgart

New first kit

Transfers out

Anastasios Donis and Chadrac Akolo, two attackers, left for French clubs. Just like right-back Pablo Maffeo, who now plays in Spain, they only ever showed glimpses of what they’re capable of. Sadly, we also have to bid farewell to the one and only Mario Gómez. Press the button to pay your respects.

Transfers in

Centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos arrives on loan from Arsenal, but faces tough competition from the other new centre-back Waldemar Anton. Wataru Endo bolsters the defensive midfield, goalkeeper Gregor Kobel stays after his loan.

Potential breakout players

What I’ve seen of Silas Wamangituka has been quite impressive, and I assume he’ll play at least an alright first season in the top flight.
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Your Pre Market Brief for 07/30/2020

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Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 28, 2020

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GMHI DD

Gores Metropoulos – GMHI
IPO Date: 2/6/2019 | Deadline: 2/5/2021
Target Industry: Food & Consumer
https://www.gores.com/portfolio/gores-metropoulos-inc/
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Dean Metropoulos has been our Chairman since August 2018. Mr. Metropoulos has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hostess since November 2016. Since 2013, Mr. Metropoulos has served as the Executive Chairman of certain subsidiaries of Hostess and a member of the Board of Directors of Hostess. Mr. Metropoulos also served on the Board of Directors of Pabst Brewing Company until 2014. Mr. Metropoulos has over 30 years of experience in acquiring and restructuring businesses in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, focusing on the food and consumer sectors. Mr. Metropoulos has been involved in approximately 80 transactions, including investments in Pabst Brewing Company, Utz Quality Foods LLC, Pinnacle Foods Group, Inc.(Swanson/Hungry-Man,Vlasic Pickles, Open Pit Barbeque Sauce, Duncan Hines, Log Cabin Syrup, Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup, Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast, Mrs. Paul’s Seafood, Van De Kamp’s Seafood, Celeste Pizza and Lender’s Bagels), Aurora Foods, Stella Foods, The Morningstar Group, International Home Foods (Chef Boyardee, Pam Cooking Spray, Gulden’s Mustard and Bumble Bee Tuna), Ghirardelli Chocolate, Mumm and Perrier Jouet Champagnes and Hillsdown Holdings, PLC (Premier International Foods, Burtons Biscuits and Christie Tyler Furniture), among others. Mr. Metropoulos holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Babson College. Mr. Metropoulos’ business expertise, financial acumen and business industry contacts make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Alec Gores has been our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since August 2018. Mr. Gores is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Gores Group, a global investment firm focused on acquiring businesses that can benefit from the firm’s operating expertise. Mr. Gores implemented an operational approach to private equity investing when he founded The Gores Group in 1987 by operating businesses alongside management, or in some cases in lieu of management, to build value in those entities. Since then, the firm has acquired more than 100 businesses including a current portfolio of more than 20 active companies worldwide. Mr. Gores began his career as a self-madeentrepreneur and operating executive. In 1978, he self-funded and founded Executive Business Systems (EBS), a developer and distributor of vertical business software systems. Within seven years, EBS had become a leading value-added reseller in Michigan and employed over 200 people. In 1986, CONTEL purchased EBS, and Mr. Gores subsequently began acquiring and operating non-core businesses from major corporations and building value in those entities, a decision that ultimately led to the founding of what has evolved into The Gores Group today. Under his leadership, The Gores Group has continued to acquire businesses in need of operational and financial resources, while creating value and working with management teams to establish an entrepreneurial environment as a foundation for sustainable growth. This philosophy has served the firm well. Mr. Gores served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gores Holdings I from its inception in June 2015 until completion of the Hostess acquisition in November 2016. Additionally, Mr. Gores has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gores Holdings II (Nasdaq: GSHT) and Gores Holdings III (Nasdaq: GRSH) since their inception in August 2016 and October 2017, respectively. Mr. Gores holds a degree in Computer Science from Western Michigan University. Mr. Gores’ significant investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Andrew McBride has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since August 2018. Mr. McBride has served as Director, Finance and Tax at The Gores Group since February 2010, where he is responsible for tax due diligence and structuring of acquisitions, compliance, planning, financial management and portfolio company reporting. Mr. McBride served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings I from January 2016 until completion of the Hostess acquisition in November 2016. Additionally, Mr. McBride served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings II (Nasdaq: GSHT) from its inception in August 2016 until October 2018 and he has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings III (Nasdaq: GRSH ) since its inception in October 2017. Previously, from January 2008 to January 2010, Mr. McBride worked in the High Net Worth group at Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner, and Hottman, P.C.. From January 2004 to January 2008, Mr. McBride was with KPMG, LLP, assisting international corporations with tax planning, structuring and compliance issues. Mr. McBride holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado.
Randall Bort will serve as a member of our board of directors upon completion of this offering. Mr. Bort is a Co-Founder of SandTree Holdings, LLC, a private commercial real estate investment firm since November 2012. Previously, Mr. Bort was an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert, BT Securities, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse First Boston, The Mercanti Group and Imperial Capital. Mr. Bort has significant financial, transactional and capital markets experience across multiple industries and has worked both domestically and in Asia. Mr. Bort earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bort served as a member of the Board of Directors of Gores Holdings I from August 2015 until completion of the Hostess acquisition in November 2016. Additionally, Mr. Bort has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Verra Mobility Corp. (Nasdaq: VRRM) (formerly Gores Holdings II (Nasdaq: GSHT)) and Gores Holdings III (Nasdaq: GRSH ) since their inception in August 2016 and October 2017, respectively. Mr. Bort also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Bureau, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles focused on foster care and the prevention of child abuse. Mr. Bort’s significant investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Michael Cramer will serve as a member of our board of directors upon completion of this offering. Mr. Cramer has been the Chief Administrative Officer & Executive VP at Hostess Brands, Inc. since 2013 and the Founding Director-Texas Program in Sports and Media at The University of Texas at Austin since 2010. Mr. Cramer was employed as a Director, SVP-Business Planning & Development by The Pabst Brewing Co. from 2010 to 2014, and was previously employed as an Associate Professor by New York University, a Chief Administrative Officer & Executive VP by Pinnacle Foods Corp., a President & Chief Operating Officer by Hicks Sports Group LLC and President of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and Dallas Stars Hockey team, an Executive Vice President & General Counsel by Morningstar Group, Inc., an Executive VP-Administration & General Counsel by Stella Foods, Inc., a Vice President by CDM Hostess Class C LLC, a Vice President by Fairmont Aviation LLC, a Principal by Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., and a Director & Executive Vice President by International Home Foods, Inc. He also practiced law for approximately 10 years in Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Albany and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School.
Joseph Gatto will serve as a member of our board of directors upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Gatto has been a partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, L.P., a leading independent global financial services firm providing corporate advisory and asset management services (“PWP”) since 2012. Prior to his employment at PWP, Mr. Gatto was an investment banker holding senior roles in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at Goldman, Sachs & Co., Lehman Brothers Inc. and Barclays plc. Mr. Gatto has significant financial, transactional and capital markets experience, particularly in the consumer products and retail industries, and has worked with clients in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Mr. Gatto has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Mr. Gatto holds an A.B. in economics and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Gatto’s significant investment banking, financial and strategic expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Positions: None right now, there's some time before we may see action. Currently commons are trading at $11 and warrants are at $2.2, the warrants are pricey right now. I'm in HCAC and SPAQ at the moment but this seems to be the next short term play after, long term for me would be IPOC or PSTH. I'm betting on the leadership.
The bad: no real forward purchase or PIPE investors or any external funding, which is okay. could indicate that the team is confident in their strategy without the need for additional funding ($400 mil in their own investment)
My thought process: if TWNK came out in this current SPAC market, would we see a hype? 1000% I think they can choose slightly above average known consumer targets and we'll see strong price action.
EDIT: added some inst holdings
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Educational Programs via Sports

https://www.si.com/college/2020/10/03/inside-colorado-pointsbet-deal
Imagine investing in a company that is focused on sports as an asset class in the middle of the biggest sports gaming surge of all-time and your management team focusing any time on a single reddit thread and not growing the business. To think Universities are now partnering with sports books and not a platform that can cure world poverty might be the saddest part of all of this.
The ability to get behind legalized gambling is simply to pull it onshore and gain transparency into the bets being made in a regulated environment. To turn a blind eye and concede this activity to off shore operators because gambling is "bad" is literally the most short sited view anyone can have, IMO.
That being said, a $30 Affiliate deal for CU....yikes. Hoping this can make it on a video to watch someones head explode.
All of this in the face of the educational program we have been being feed for 2+ years is also quite amusing. My opinion...I think ASM might be better served with new management. Clearly current staff has been ineffective given the current environment.
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Temporary Commander: Chapter 3

Hi again, I'm back with the continuation of the story. This one is longer than usual because of the "Choices" part, but give it a try and tell me what you think. Links to the earlier chapters are below.
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Temporary Commander: Crowe’s choices and a fateful meeting
In the Sakura Empire, enjoying a cup of warm green tea is one of their many customs that promote a serene state of mind, which is crucial for naval officers and high ranking KANSENs alike when they are on duty. The ample amount of caffeine in the tea would also keep their minds sharp, allowing them to see the bigger picture and react to unforeseen circumstances in an efficient manner. In the case when they are off-duty, the amino acids within the tea leaves would help the drinker relax as they soothe their strained mind while they rest in the beautifully decorated personal quarters like the one Crowe finds himself in right now.
It has been a few hours since the combat drill between Shouhou and Zuikaku ended in a catastrophic defeat for the latter due to the triple decoy and a little bit of psychological warfare. With most of the participants accounted for after a little hectic debrief on Shouhou’s deck and sent to their dorms, it would normally be considered as a commission complete for Crowe and he would already be on the Hellcat, heading back to his workshop.
Unfortunately for him, the client of this commission seems to take several issues on his conducts and has invited him up to her office for a discussion on his job performance. At least she was kind enough to offer him a bunch of rice crackers along with a cup of warm green tea, which is actually working its relaxing magic on him. Sadly, even a gallon of concentrated Theanine (the relaxing amino acids) would not help in soothing Crowe’s conversation partner who is pouring her 6th cup whilst keeping a deceptively calm outlook.
“Now, before we discuss your performance.” The Battleship-type KANSEN and senior instructor of the Sakura Empire Naval Academy, IJN Mikasa, said as she takes a sip from the ornate ceramic mug in her hands. “I would really appreciate it if you stop seducing our cadets.”
“Seduce?” Crowe chuckles as he takes a sip of his own. “You wound me, Mikasa-san. I was only going to give the girl some pointers, that’s all!”
“By inviting her to a dinner date and promising to buy her a new dress? I may be old but I’m not senile!” Mikasa retorted sharply, her amber eyes glaring at the man sitting comfortably on the guest sofa.
“Hey, that is just common courtesy for a Royal Navy gentleman Mikasa-san.” Crowe smirks as he answered. “Honestly though, Cadet Arisaka has really good basics.”
“You are speaking of her capabilities as a shikikan, am I right?” Mikasa’s eyebrow twitches as she pours the 7th cup, her calm outlook started to waver just a little as her irritation continues to build up inside.
“She has good assets too if you ask me.” Crowe smirks as he finishes his green tea and slumps onto the sofa. Prompting Mikasa to clear her throat audibly as a warning.
“Would you please continue with her evaluation?” Mikasa demands as she take another sip from her mug.
“Well, considering this was her first combat drill she did better than I expected. Better than those idiots from mainland that’s for sure.” Crowe snorted as he recalls the sad excuses that passes as “shikikans” at the Sakura Navy HQ.
Greedy, prideful, selfish buffoons mostly, with no real combat experience to back up their shiny badges. There are even rumors of high-ranking shikikans who strips their KANSENs of their parts to sell too, and the worst part of it is that they can’t be tried unless the KANSENs themselves lodge a complaint, which is neigh impossible since the command modules, the leashes, are held by the main perpetrator who would never let their victims run their mouth.
Should’ve left them to the sharks, like the worthless meatbags that they are.
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“Crowe?” Mikasa’s voice brought the brooding Hellcat pilot back to the present, he quickly clears his nasty thoughts and turn his attention back to his client.
“Sorry. As I was saying, Arisaka is solid. She just needs more experience in the field with someone who can handle themselves. Give her two years and she will undoubtedly become one of the best, I guarantee you.” Crowe said as he takes another sip to relax his mind.
“Then why did you intervene in today’s combat drill?” Mikasa poses her next question, her amber eyes still fixed on to Crowe.
“Intervene? Mikasa-san, I only did what you asked me to do.” Crowe replied casually as he counts his fingers. “Temporary commander for Shouhou during her combat drill, making sure that both parties come back in one piece, providing evaluation on cadet Arisaka, that should be it, no?”
“The part where your command vessel was used as a decoy to lure Zuikaku out into the clouds before flanking Arisaka’s command vessel with squadrons of dive bombers disguised as paper planes suggests otherwise.” Mikasa said as she pulls up several freeze frames pictures onto her desk, showing them to Crowe.
“If that wasn’t enough, you used your Hellcat to throw Zuikaku off-guard and tricked her into following you into the storm, drawing her further away from the command vessel she was supposed to protect.”
“To top it off, you personally saw to it that she was beaten by the same trick Grey Ghost always used on her.” Mikasa finished as she shows Crowe a picture of his Hellcat dropping the white smoke pellet onto Zuikaku’s head.
“Guilty as charged with the Hellcat part. Sorry, just wanted tease the lucky crane a little for old time’s sake.” Crowe throws his hands up as he answered, smiling wryly as Mikasa continued to glare daggers at him. “But the rest were all Shouhou’s ideas, Mikasa-san. I just helped make it a reality as any competent shikikans would.”
“Crowe, I have been training that girl for years and never once did she voice her opinion or suggest these kinds of tactics.” Mikasa frowned as she collects the pictures and put it away.
“You do remember that Amagi-san was her teacher too, right? Before she retired at least.” Crowe retorted as he eyes the rice crackers on the table. “Also, her usual shikikan is probably another one of those idiots who never listens to their KANSENs and denied her every opportunity to prove herself just to stroke their ego.”
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“Well….I can’t deny that.” Mikasa let out a small sigh as she recalls who Shouhou’s usual shikikan is. The man was loud, obnoxious, and egoistic like most of the IJN shikikan nowadays. His only saving grace was the number of medals on his uniform and most of those came from scrapping stationery Siren ships.
His treatment of KANSENs, except for high-ranking ones like her and Nagato seems to be abysmal according to the ones that served under him. There had been several complaints of him sending the KANSENs into battle without approving their combat gear, only to show up and “save” them later on too, but those complaints never got “officially” to the Sakura Navy HQ because he has friends in high places.
That was why Mikasa asked Takao to take Ayanami with her and get him off base while Shouhou proceeds with her combat drill. That was why she asked Crowe to fill in since she knew that he would treat Shouhou right and allow the little carrier to prove her strength.
But Mikasa did not expect Shouhou to win against Zuikaku or cadet Arisaka, the latter of whom was supposed to be given a sufficient challenge and grasp victory in the end for her graduation. Shouhou was supposed to get a chance to blow off some steam with the freedom Crowe would have given her, and it would have helped in building up her confidence so that she could ask to be reassigned, which Mikasa would be more than happy to help with.
Crowe’s independent actions have derailed her intended outcomes and she could only curse herself for not taking his usual antics into account, but that was not the only reason she’s feeling irritated at the man before her.
No, it is something much more basic than that.
Something that has been irking her ever since he came into her office.
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“See? Shouhou’s got potential, she just needed an opportunity.” Crowe said as he starts to munch on the rice cracker. “She could make a good combo with Arisaka too, come to think of it. They seem to be roommates in the dorm, that could help in building teamwork and trust. If you task Zuikaku with their training as her disciplinary punishment, I’m sure she would be more than happy to help the duo.”
“This way, you get two combat-ready KANSENs and a competent shikikan who has deep emotional ties with their subordinates. Not a bad deal, right?” Crowe finishes his evaluation as he gulps the rice cracker down with a satisfied smile on his face.
“Hah….If this was your plan all along, I would have appreciated it if you informed me beforehand, Crowe.” Mikasa sighed heavily as she downs the rest of her green tea in one go, coughing a little as the warm tea singes her throat.
“Want some honey-lemon candy? It’ll help with the cough.”
“Argh!! At least sit up straight will you?!” Mikasa roared as she catches the candies Crowe sloppily threw at her while feeling the irritation that has been building up inside reaching its peak. “When you suddenly showed your face a year ago, I didn’t expect you to turn out like this!!”
“Like the embodiment of awesomeness that I am? You flatter me, Mikasa-san.”
“Completely opposite of who you were!! Sloppily-dressed, ill-mannered, not to mention flirtatious like a Sardegna gigolo!!” Mikasa was on the verge of giving Crowe the what for with her fist until she saw the wrappings on the candies he threw at her. “Where did you get these?” She asked.
Crowe chuckles as he perks up and re-posture himself to meet the veteran KANSEN’s standard, earning him another frown from her. “Got those from Mutsuki. Poor thing lost track of her group when they went out at sea last night, I let her ride the Hellcat back here. She gave me those as thanks. You should keep better eyes on the destroyers, Mikasa-san.”
Mikasa’s irritated expression turned cloudy as Crowe finishes his explanation, she unwraps one of the lemon candies and gulp it down before handing the rest back. “I guess there are things that stayed the same too, huh? You Showa-born brat.”
“Heh...didn’t think I’d get to hear you say that again, Mikasa.” Crowe scratches the back of his head as he takes the remaining candies back. “Ah…. sorry, can I speak without honorifics? It’s really hard to keep this up, you know?”
The veteran KANSEN pondered for a few seconds before she smiles. “Well that depends on whether you choose accept my offer.” Mikasa said in a rather playful voice, making Crowe shudder a little. Her irritated and lecturing demeanor vanished as if they were never there as she circles around the wooden table and approaches Crowe with a worn-out IJN commander’s cap.
“You kept it? I thought the Sakura big shots wanted all trace of my existence wiped.” Crowe asks as he touches the old cap softly with a nostalgic smile on his face.
“They were too busy hogging the glory kills and keeping other factions from getting ahead, probably didn’t think some of us would keep your memoirs.” Mikasa chuckles as she makes her way towards the window of her office and cast her eyes on the lively docks below.
“As you must have seen during your stay here, the Sakura Navy right now is filled with spineless swines and corrupt leaders. Even with promising cadets like Arisaka in our academy, the amount of those sad excuses far outnumbers them, both at sea and in the mainland.” The veteran battleship said as she closes her eyes and pull the window shades down. She then walks over to the table and pull out a piece of paper from her drawer before coming over to Crowe.
“That is why we need men like you.” Mikasa declares firmly as she stares into Crowe’s eyes. “Would you be interested in making this temporary contract between us a permanent one?” She asked, handing Crowe the paper she just took from her table.
“Men like me? A lecher to the bone with ill manners and sloppy dress code is what the Sakura Empire needs? I’m sure there are better candidates.” Crowe chuckles as he takes the paper from Mikasa and reads what’s on it.
“Letter of recommendation for a naval officer candidate at the Sakura Empire Academy. Signed, IJN Mikasa”
“Those new habits of yours could be corrected once Takao gets her hands on you, I’m sure she would be more than happy to…...after she wipe the floor with you, of course.” Mikasa said as she hands Crowe an ink pen. “Would you come back to us already, Shikikan-dono?”
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Faced with the sudden offer Mikasa throws his way, Crowe chooses to;
[A: Consider the offer]
[B: Reject the offer]
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[Choice A: Consider Mikasa’s offer]
“You think Takao will let me off after a few strikes?” Crowe asks nervously as he signs the letter and hand it back to Mikasa who is smiling in satisfaction.
“Well, that depends on you, Shikikan-dono. You did hide the fact that you're still alive from her, after all.” Mikasa said as she grabs Crowe by his hand. “But I’m sure she will be happy to see you like I was.”
“Remember, Mikasa. I’m no longer the commander you used to know.” Crowe chuckles as he stands up from the sofa with a determined look on his face. “I’ve learned a few things from my otherworldly trips, and I intend to use them to their full effects.”
Mikasa shoots him an intrigued look. “Then I will place my expectation a little higher, Shikikan-dono.”
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Two years later
True to his word, Crowe used every knowledge and tricks he learned during his time in the Siren portal to its full effects. He quickly caught up with Arisaka in her class and graduated from the Sakura Academy in record time, rising up the ranks in their navy until he found himself a comfortable position as a fleet commander of Mikasa’s port. After that, he continued to build his fleet back to its former strength by recruiting abandoned KANSENs from all over the world and giving them a place to stay in his newly built home base on the old Azur Lane’s HQ.
There were obstacles, of course. Mostly from the jealous snobs that didn’t even think of working hard to get their high positions in the first place and the human leaders who saw him as a threat, but the worst they could do was slander Crowe with unfounded allegations or send incompetent assassins after him. Both of which are dealt with promptly, in a way that would leave the prepetators think twice before attempting it again.
The real threat to him actually came in the form of his KANSENs, most of the time by Takao and Zuikaku who reacted rather harshly to his identity reveal. And while the former one eventually mellowed out after several life-threatening therapeutic sessions together, the latter is still hounding him for aerial duels to this day. Still, Crowe considered the choice he made two years ago a great success, he has a solid home base, reliable friends, and now he is in the position to help improve the KANSEN’s situation as he sees fit.
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“Admiral Arisaka, I’m happy to see you in good health.” Crowe does a sharp salute at the newly appointed admiral as she disembarks from her vessel in full regalia with two bodyguards on her side.
“At ease, Crowe-san.” The admiral, Arisaka Michiru returns his salute with one of her own as she looks around the port, bustling with both KANSENs and human staffs alike. “I see you have been working hard to restore this base too, how have you been?”
“Things are moving along just fine, admiral.” Crowe bows his head respectfully and gesture Michiru towards his office building, which is decorated in the four faction’s flags, Eagle Union, Sakura Empire, Ironblood, and the Royal Navy. “Please, follow me.”
Michiru could only stare in awe at the sight of countless chicken-like creatures that roams the hall performing maintenance duties, she could only wonder what kind of strings Crowe had to pull in order to get each of the major factions to agree on giving him back the position of Azur Lane’s sole commander. But most of all, she could only shudder at the enormous fleet of KANSENs Crowe has under his command, most of whom are fanatically loyal to him even with their control modules removed.
“C-Crowe san….can we speak in private?” Michiru asks nervously as she feels the gazes of every KANSENs nearby burning into her back, most with curiosity, some with stronger feelings behind them.
“That is inadvisable, admiral Arisaka” One of the bodyguards interjected. “This man has been blacklisted on every nation’s entry for a reason.”
“We are only here for a negotiation per the Grand Admiral’s command.” The second bodyguard adds as he places his hand on his sidearm. “There will be no…”
*Thud* *Crash\*
There was no time for the two bodyguards to react as they were sent flying into the wall by the two Sakura KANSENs standing in their place, both sporting their signature katana and wearing a nasty look on their face as they sneer at the unconscious humans sliding down from the dented wall.
“Takao…..Zuikaku…..” Crowe could only sigh at his two KANSENs while he comforts the trembling Michiru in his arms.
“They were threatening you, Shikikan-dono.” Takao retorted as she signals the Manjuus to bring the bodyguards back to their vessel. “No one threatens you under my watch.”
“They asked for it, too. What kind of negotiators would bring weapons with them!” Zuikaku added as she sends out her origamis. “Sakura fleet approaching from the west, Shikikan. They are preparing for an all-out assault on our base. Some of the leftover KANSENs are leading the charge too, with explosive collars…..damned cowards….”
Crowe sighed again as he grabs Michiru by her shoulder. “Michiru, please stay inside my room until the alarm’s off. We can talk after I get rid of those meatbags. Takao, keep her safe with your life.”
“Understood, but do remember that your life holds more meaning to me than hers, Shikikan-dono. I will prioritize your safety above all else.” Takao declared flatly as she turns on her heel, beckoning Michiru to follow her with an indifferent look on her face.
“O…Okay, Crowe-san. I’ll wait for you.” Michiru said nervously as she followed Takao to Crowe’s office.
“Now, Zuikaku.” Crowe cracked his fists as he turns toward the Carrier beside him and grins devilishly. “Let’s see how those idiots fare against a real challenge.”
“No quarters?” Zuikaku asks as she sharpens her katana, wearing the same look Crowe has on his face.
“This is just a combat drill, Zuikaku.” Crowe chuckles. “Give them some handicaps and call it a day. Oh, be sure to bring those girls to our side too while you’re at it.”
“Hehe…Your wish is my will, Shikikan-sama.”
[Holy Moly…. She actually beat them all half to death]
[I’m more interested in this Crowe guy…. world domination in just two years? How the hell did he even get code T to work for him?]
[Indeed, after that fiasco with Ayanami I thought she was going to kill every human on sight.]
[This cycle is going to be interesting, a shame she couldn’t be part of it]
Alternate End: Tyrant Crowe (Sakura version)
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[Choice B: Reject the offer]
“Sorry Mikasa-san, I’m afraid I’ll have to decline.” Crowe replied, bowing his head slightly at the veteran battleship and returned the letter to her.
“May I ask why?” Mikasa asks as she takes the letter back with a disappointed look on her face.
“I’m doing just fine with all these commissions, see no need to anchor myself anywhere for the time being.” Crowe said as he flashes his full purse of gold coin. “Besides, I’m not really cut out for commanding KANSENs around anymore.”
“Crowe, I’ve served under you.” Mikasa narrows her eyes at Crowe and crosses her arms. “That excuse won’t work. Hero of the Siren war.”
“Exaggerations to the highest degree that one. I’m just lucky whatever I touched in that portal managed to shut the rest down.” Crowe replied nervously, thinking back to his bizarre experience in the siren portal.
“The amount of commissions you have completed this year alone, plus the result of this morning’s combat drill would suggest otherwise.” Mikasa said. “Despite your current demeanor, you are as good a commander that you were, on this I insist.”
“Oh, I’m not the commander you or the girls looked up to anymore, Mikasa-san. See? I don’t even look the same.” Crowe retorts as he points to his hair and eyes. “Aside from you, no one has even noticed yet and I plan on keeping a low profile since the chaps over at the Royal Navy would likely throw me into one of their political games if they know that I’m back from the dead."
"Seriously, it would only give me more headache than I care to deal with.” Crowe smiles as he spins one of the gold coins around his fingers.
“So that is why you refused to contact the Royal Navy?” Mikasa widen her eyes at Crowe’s confessions. “I’m sure that If her majesty hears of this, she would send the whole fleet after you.”
“That’s what I’m trying to prevent here, Mikasa-san.” Crowe said as he continue to play with the coin. “Aside from the Royal Navy, the human leaders would not take kindly to me disturbing their pecking order by hogging up their KANSEN’s attention.” Crowe sighed as he imagines what kind of trouble his “resurrection” would bring to this already shaky world. Not just for the Royal Navy, but for every factions that he had helped out during the war.
He knew that the ones who had served directly under him like Mikasa would somehow realize who he is and would come running, making the ones that follow them come after out of respect and curiosity. If he didn’t know better, he would think that he could just take over the world and solve the problem of KANSEN slavery that way, but alas, the world is not so simple.
“But know this, Mikasa-san." Crowe said in a deep, commanding voice, making Mikasa's shoulders jolt in response. "While I don’t plan on becoming a fleet commander again, I will do something about those blasted control modules. Of this, I promise.” Crowe said as he clenches the gold coin in his hand and stares intently into Mikasa's eyes.
“I....see." Mikasa replied as she feels her wisdom cube resonates with Crowe's voices. The nostalgic sensation of hearing her old shikikan's commanding voice sent waves of positive emotions throughout her body. Positive emotions...like butterflies in her tummies....
"With that said, can I get the gems now? Gotta go back home before dinner." Crowe winks at the veteran KANSEN who has a slight blush on her cheeks.
"Ha..!!" Mikasa yelped as she realized she has a sloppy look on her face. "Ghh...can't believe I let you sway me like that...." Mikasa grimaced as she realizes that she had been played by him again. “Here’s your payment you brat.....stay safe this time, will you?”
“Thank you for the patronage, Mikasa-san.” Crowe chuckles as he takes the box of red gems Mikasa prepared as payment for his commission. “And don't worry about me, I plan on having a peaceful retirement after I deal with the wankers who enslaved you all”. He gives Mikasa one final bow before leaving her office with a wide smile on his face.
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The Hellcat’s engines make a satisfying roar as Crowe turns the power on. It’s full-flap metallic wings let out small creaking sounds as the wind blows against them. “System’s all green. Ready for takeoff.” Crowe said to the radio in front of him, which is linked to the flight control tower on Shouhou’s deck.
“Have a safe flight, mister!!”
“Crowe-san!! I’ll be waiting for our date!!”
“You won’t get the drop on me next time we fight!!”
Crowe could only laugh at the combat drill trio waving their hands at him from the bridge, seeing them together like this reminded him of how relationship between humans and KANSENs used to be, an equal partner…..not master and slave as they seem to be right now.
“Crowe!!” The fourth voice came from Mikasa, who sounds more worried than usual. Crowe quickly switches over to his personal channel to answer her.
“Mikasa-san? What happened?”
“When you fly over the border, would you please look for a small patrol of two KANSENs? Their communication’s been cut for some reason.”
“They run into one of those Siren clouds?” Crowe asks worriedly.
“Possibly, their last transmission mentioned something about unusual thunderstorms too.” Mikasa replied.
“Got it, I’ll look around and tell you once I’ve got something. Keep the channel open and have medical teams ready for treatment. If I don’t contact you back then assume the worst and send out the search parties with two heavy cruisers and a carrier support. Get Zuikaku on the job, she will be more than happy to help.”
“See, shikikan-dono? You’ve still got it.” Mikasa chuckles at Crowe’s spitfire orders.
“Or the patrol could already be on their way back, who knows?” Crowe laughs heartily as he takes off from the flight deck towards the direction of the Sakura border. “And it’s just Crowe now, catch you later, Mikasa-san.”
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“Well that is a Siren cloud alright.” Crowe curses his luck as he observes the raging thunderstorm before him. It has been a few hours since he left Mikasa’s port in order to return to his workshop, but he took a detour to look for Mikasa’s missing patrol group.
Now where is that patrol…..hm!?” Crowe’s squinted eyes widen in surprise as he realized that a lone KANSEN destroyer is fighting for her dear life among the crashing waves just ahead of him, pursued by five Siren ships. A single destroyer? Where is her support group!!? Crowe curses as he flies his Hellcat downwards.
“Hey! Can you hear me!?” Crowe yelled through his IJN comms frequency at the girl beneath him, only to get statics as answers. Insufficient combat gears, damaged riggings, alone with no support ships…commander must be a real ass or he must have wanted this girl dead. Crowe grits his teeth as he lay out the possibilities.
“Damn it…. Repeat! Sakura destroyer down there!! Can you hear me!!?” Crowe yelled out again and this time he finally got something in return. What he heard from the comms however, turned his guts inside out.
[Shikikan, authorization to use combat gears please!!]
[Huh? I thought I told you to scout, what the hell did you do?]
[The Sirens woke up, desu!! Authorization to use….]
[Denied!! You have your sword and that should be enough to disable those ships. Now stop bothering me!!]

That girl’s gonna die at this rate… Crowe frowns at the gruesome sight below him as he hovers above her. There is no possible avenue of exit for this girl, she is alone without support from her group, her shittykan wouldn’t even let her fight at full strength and the other KANSEN is nowhere to be seen.
Even if he wants to guide her out of the storm, he can’t communicate with her properly due to her damaged riggings. Even if he wants to help her fight, his Hellcat machine guns won’t do any good against the Siren ship’s armored hulls and his single payload is barely enough to disable one of them. The pained scream from the destroyer that flows into his comms also doesn’t help, but he couldn’t just shut her off and leave her to die alone.
“Think…Crowe. You’ve survived five apocalypses already…. think, you idiot…” Crowe racks his head as he continued to curse his powerlessness.
It has always been like this for him, whenever he gets into a pinch, he would somehow find a way to get out of it alive, but when it comes to saving others…. he couldn’t do anything more than his “best”.
It was the same for his conscript friends when they faced off against their first Siren ship, his “best” couldn’t save them from drowning even though he got himself out. It was the same when he was caught in the Siren’s trap, his “best” couldn’t help the rest of his crew when they were fried to death. Even in the different worlds he finds himself in when he was inside that portal, it was the same…. even with all the allies and powerful weapons on his side, he couldn’t save anyone but himself in the end. His “best” amounted to fuck-all every single time it counted, and now he is witnessing another one of that moment right in front of him. The moment when his “best” is basically useless in the grand scheme of things.
“Give me something…come on!!” Crowe curses as he focuses deeper into his thoughts, shutting off almost everything except for the destroyer’s cry for help below him. “Hero of the Siren war, my ass….”
Then, as if to answer his call, a shrill voice rings inside his head.
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[Siren hulls…..laser penetration……movement-based targeting….]
[Payload….Decoy……Opening……]
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Crowe shudders at the sudden cryptic voice, he had no idea where it came from but there was no more time to think anymore. The voice gave him some ideas, and now he knows what to do.
*Whoosh\*
Crowe flies his sturdy Hellcat right into the thunderstorm where the destroyer girl is. She is still fighting for her life, narrowly dodging the Siren laser cannons and shielding the impact with her worn-out sword. But it was only a matter of time before she slips, so Crowe quickly put his hastily-formed plan into motion.
As one of the Siren ships on the backline takes its aim on the destroyer, Crowe flies his Hellcat daringly right in front of its primed barrels, tilting his fighter ever so lightly so that it barely dodged the laser blast and gaining its attention. That single siren ship quickly changed its target and kept on firing relentlessly, each shot grazing Crowe’s Hellcat by a hair’s breadth and making him feel the heat shooting right over his head, and that was what he intended. He kept on flying dangerously close it its primed barrels and fired his machineguns back from time to time, toying around with the significantly larger vessel until it started to change its original course and pursue him instead.
Once he was sure that the Siren ship has its eyes on him, Crowe pulls up and disappeared into the thunderous clouds above the ship, prompting it to shoot its lasers upwards repeatedly and lighting the dark clouds up in a spectacular red hue. With both the Siren laser and the thunderclaps coming after him, Crowe had to keep himself on edge every single passing seconds, one hit from either of those would put him out of commission. If that happens, he would die, the Sakura destroyer he wanted to save would also die, and his friends will remain as slaves to the worthless meatbags forever with no one to help them.
Screw that…. I’m going to save them all…. starting with this one!” Crowe yelled out loudly as he continued to dodge the lasers and thunderclaps, feeling a mix of rage, excitement, and fear for his life mixing up in one messed-up whirlpool of emotion that a pilot shouldn’t have when he’s flying in hostile environment. He kept on narrowly dodging everything this world throws at him until he noticed that the lasers started to come at him in a significantly lower interval and a loud warning sound could be heard from below him.
“Let’s go then….” Crowe grins as he pops one of Mutsuki’s lemon candies inside his mouth and dives down from the cloud, his eyes fixed on the Siren ship that is still firing at him, significantly slower than before with its burning barrels. As he continued his descent, Crowe eyes another Siren ship that has the Sakura destroyer surrounded, he shifts his fighter slowly towards its direction as he continued to dodge the slowed laser blast from the one that’s still firing. When he finally got to the altitude thar he wanted, Crowe quickly pulls his Hellcat up and let the payload go.
“Boom\*
The sound of high-explosive payload crashing on metallic hull would turn every head to its direction if not for the thunderstorms and raging waves drowning it out, and that was what Crowe was betting on. Out of the five Siren ships that had the Sakura destroyer cornered, two is now focused on Crowe and his Hellcat, firing their lasers at him sloppily as one had a burning barrel from overheating and the other one had its targeting systems disabled from Crowe’s payload. Normally, he would already be satisfied and let his KANSENs finish the job, but this time it is different, he had to finish them off by himself and give the struggling Sakura destroyer the opening to escape.
“Come get me, clankers…” Crowe chuckles as he circles around both Siren ships, painting him as their targets and dodging their laser blasts without a hitch, he then circles around and lowers his altitude so that he could position himself right between their barrels.
“Whoom* * Pshhh\*
The two Siren ships that had him sandwiched fired their laser simultaneously at their target, their algorithms calculated its certain destruction. Crowe could feel the heat of the lasers approaching him from both sides, then he grins.
“Friendly fire…incoming.”
Crowe pulls his Hellcat up with everything that he has got, feeling the lasers grazing barely past his cockpit’s window and burning some of the glasses off. The sudden impact of the wind coming through the glass hole shook him up a little, but Crowe quickly recovered and turns his Hellcat around to observe the labor of his works.
*Bzzt* *Crash\*
The two Siren ships that had fired at him now has a large gaping hole on both of their hulls, letting out a nasty electric buzzing along with loud warning sounds that would have penetrated Crowe’s ears if not for the wind blowing through his cockpit. Crowe smiles at the sight of his work and turns towards where the Sakura destroyer was, she seemed to have noticed the opening he had created for her and has started to dash towards the exit. With the immediate threat to her life gone, Crowe quickly gained altitude and followed the Sakura destroyer behind, keeping his eyes on her just in case.
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[Sakura KANSEN……partially damaged…maintenance advised]
[Pilot vitals…elevated….8 hours rest advised]
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Crowe was startled as the voices in his head suddenly came back again, but he was too tired to think about it after the stunts he pulled inside just minutes ago. His sole focus is on the Sakura destroyer below him, speeding through the storm like her life depends on it. Crowe tried listening in on the IJN comms channel again, this time he hears something that sounds like music to his ears
[IJN Ayanami, where the hell are you going?]
[Escaping. Too many Sirens, weird thunderstorm, Ayanami can’t fight properly because shikikan won’t let her. Shikikan is the worst, desu.]
Crowe chuckles at the words the destroyer just said and closed his comms, letting out a relieved sigh as the girl finally pushed through the storm and kept on moving full speed ahead.
“Atta girl, you’ll be fine now.” Crowe murmurs to himself as the strain of his aerial maneuvers coupled with the headwind blowing into his face makes him dizzy and blurring his sight. But he was content, he managed to save that destroyer, Ayanami, from certain death.
“Now I gotta find somewhere to land….” Crowe groans tiredly as he forces his eyes open, only to be met with one of the most bizarre things he has ever seen in his entire life.
That destroyer he just saved…..
she is flying up…..
…right into his Hellcat!!
“UWAHHHHH”
“Wha…”
*Crash**splash\*
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[Crowe, huh? Who exactly is he…]
[Who cares, he’s just a dumb human.]
[One that tricked our drones into shooting themselves, Purifier.]
[He did? You sure that wasn’t just his dumb luck?]
[That is what I intend to find out. Send another fleet at them, run the scans this time]
To be continued.
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