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Amass Amankona

Fredrick Amass Amankona is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for USL League One club Richmond Kickers as a midfielder. Amankona played three years of college soccer at the University of Dayton from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he'd spent a year at the University of Ghana. While at college, Amankona played with Premier Development League side Charlotte Eagles. On 19 January 2016, Amankona was selected 46th overall in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake. However, he wasn't signed by Salt Lake, instead joining their United Soccer League affiliate Real Monarchs. On 8 February 2018, Amankona joined the Indy Eleven of the United Soccer League. On 4 January 2019, Amankona made the move to USL League One club Richmond Kickers. Amass Amankona at USL League One Amass Amankona at Major League Soccer

ESV Ingolstadt

The ESV Ingolstadt is a general sports club in Ingolstadt, formed on 15 February 1919. Until 2004, the club operated a football department but after a merger with local rival MTV Ingolstadt to form FC Ingolstadt 04 the footballers left for the new club; the club has over 1,600 members in 21 sports departments. The club is associated with the German railways, as evident by the term railway sports club in its name, is a member of the Association of German railway sports clubs, the VDES; the earliest origins of the club lay with the Sängerverein Ringsee, a local choir. Upon the end of the First World War, a large number of clubs and associations were formed in Ingolstadt and the quite a few of them merged over time to form the ESV. In 1920, the following five clubs merged into the Turnverein Ringsee: Sängerverein Ringsee Glückliche Heimkehr Fröhliche Stunden FC Freiheit Ringsee Spielvereinigung Ringsee The TVR in turn was renamed RTSV Ingolstadt-Ringsee in 1930, RSG Ingolstadt in 1940 and TSV Ingolstadt-Ringsee in 1945.

As far as sport, therefore football is concerned, the ESV's foundation date results from the formation of the FC Viktoria Ingolstadt in 1919. Another sports club, the VfR Ingolstadt, was formed in 1921; these two clubs merged in 1925 to form the VfB Ingolstadt-Ringsee. It is this club who had by far the most success on the football field in the pre-Second World War years. In 1946, the TSV Ingolstadt-Ringsee and VfB Ingolstadt-Ringsee merged to form VfL Ingolstadt-Ringsee. In 1951, this club was renamed ESV Ingolstadt Ringsee but until 1953, the E in the club name stood for Erster. In 1953, this was changed to Eisenbahner to reflect that the club was now affiliated with the German railways Deutsche Bahn; the club first appears on the map of German league football in 1930, when VfB Ingolstadt-Ringsee earned promotion to the Bezirksliga Bayern the highest league in the region. After two seasons in this league fighting relegation, the team dropped back into the second tier in 1932. A return to first division football was made in 1936, when it won promotion to what was now the Gauliga Bayern, introduced by the Nazis in 1933.

Again, the club was only good for two seasons and disappeared from this level. It made one more return in 1943, now as KSG Ingolstadt, a war time merger with the MTV; the VfB Ingolstadt-Ringsee entered the tier-two Landesliga Bayern in 1945, now independent again from the MTV. In the 1946–47 season, this league was split into a northern and a southern division and this increase in numbers of clubs meant, the MTV Ingolstadt was admitted, starting a great number of post-war derbies between those two clubs; the club spent the next season as an upper table side with no real ambition for promotion to the Oberliga Süd. The Landesliga Bayern returned to single-division format in 1948 and became a tier-three league in 1950 with the introduction of the 2. Oberliga Süd. In 1951, it was renamed Amateurliga Bayern and in 1953 it split into two regional groups again. In 1953–54, ESV came second in the league, on equal points with SpVgg Weiden, making a decider necessary, which ESV lost 1–4 in Regensburg; the season after, ESV finished second to FC Penzberg and earned the right to play Kickers Würzburg for the right to enter the German amateur football championship but lost once again.

In 1956–57, the club finished third and from there on declined further, until a last-place finish in 1960 brought relegation. ESV won its division of the 2. Amateurliga Oberbayern, together with the Upper Bavaria championship and promotion back to the Amateurliga. Back in its old league, the club took out a championship there and earned promotion to the 2. Oberliga Süd. Continuing its rise, the team took out second place in this league, too. In any other season, this would have meant promotion to the tier-one Oberliga Süd but because this league was going to be replaced by the Bundesliga no promotion was possible that season. With the changes in the German football league system in 1963, the second tier now became known as the Regionalliga and in the south of Germany, the Regionalliga Süd took the place of the 2. Oberliga Süd. ESV had qualified for this league in which some well known former Oberliga Süd clubs were now competing, like FC Bayern Munich, Kickers Offenbach and Waldhof Mannheim. In its first two seasons, the club earned a 12th place each year.

The third season however, it was relegated back to the Amateurliga. Back in the Bayernliga, the club earned another second place in 1967 and competed for the first time in the German amateur championship, where it reached the quarter finals, going out to STV Horst-Emscher. In 1968, it earned direct promotion back to the Regionalliga; the team spent four seasons, until 1972, in the second division, earning lower table finishes only and being relegated back to the'mateurliga after a 19th place in 1971–72. Upon return to the Bayernliga, it finished second in 1973 to a rising FC Augsburg. In its second attempt in the German amateur championship, it reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by SpVgg Bad Homburg; the 1973–74 season was without the option of promotion due to the five Regionalligas being replaced by the two 2. Bundesligas. ESV came third that season; the club went through a couple of average seasons in the Bayernliga, finishing in the save mid-field of the table. Fortunes started to improve from 1977 onwards but in 1978, its local rival MTV earned promotion to the 2.

Bundesliga Süd due to the 1. FC Haßfurt, the champion, while ESV came third, it did however earn the club another shot at the amateur championship and this time it went all the way to the final, losing to SV S