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    I am busy trying to strengthen into this season, starting with a few friendlies, only 1 or 2 changes to the starting line-up and hoping I can run the game from here.

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    Well made it to mid-November and on a 9 game unbeaten streak, but currently really worried with the Injury Crisis at the club we have Afonso, Gomis, Franjic, Winter, Jehl & Ouaddou all on the injury list. Hopefully I can just keep the run going until my stars get back and then we should be ok, that above list is five of my first XI.

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    FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, 2026-27, Ligue 1


    League Position - 6th: Past Positions


    Squad

    Transfers

    Summary

    Transfer-wise in pre-season I saw the departure of first team Goalkeeper Erik Vorm, who left for Olympiakos for 5M. His replacement, Josip Grnja cost 2.7M and is arguably just as good/better. Our new record signing is quality left back Cezar who cost just over 4M, I don't like over-paying but he's definitely worth that much in my opinion. I also brought in experienced midfielder Steve Hardy on a Bosman from Liverpool, as well as striker Srdjan Hamidovic on a Bosman from Braga. Moustapha Fofana completed my transfer dealings in January, he cost 95K which was an absolute steal considering he's now my best right back!
    The league itself was pretty much a carbon copy of last season, aside from the fact we were never really that close to the leaders who were pretty dominant. I think we got about 3 or 4 points less than last season but we still managed to finish a position higher, which is always nice. One thing that is good is that our defence was a lot better than last year, we had one of the best defensive units in the league, at least statistically anyway. In order to reach the EURO Cup via the league you have to come 5th, 6th can get you a place if the winner of the French Cup is a team 5th and above, however this season it wasn't. Luckily the team that won the French Cup was in-fact none other than FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin!
    In the cups we managed to reach both domestic cup finals, we were runners up in the Coupe de la Ligue, but managed to win the French Cup. It was the first time we'd reached the semi final of either competition.
    On another good note the board have once again decided to improve the training and youth facilities, they were average at the start of the season so I am not sure what the next improvement is, I think it's above average?




    Onze de départ

    GK: Josip Grnja, 27, Croatia - The new Goalkeeper who replaced the deperating Vorm, I made a profit of about 2M on him and to be honest, he's just as good/better than Vorm anyway.

    DR: Moustapha Fofana, 26, Ivory Coast - He was brought in for an incredible price of 95K. The best right back at the club and did well whilst adapting to his new surroundings after signing in January.

    DL: Cezar, 19, Brazil - The young Brazilian is our record signing and has already begun proving why I paid the 4M+ for him.

    DC: Vladimir Stokic, 24, Serbia - The Serbian continued his partnership with Lacroix in defence and looked largely comfortable, together they're very good defensively.

    DC: Mateo Lacroix, 22, France - Another good season for the young French central defender

    MR: Jérôme Hebert, 25, France - Another good season for the homegrown hero.

    ML: Stephen Sharp, 22, Scotland - He continued his run at ML. He's definitely very replaceable, but will do in the position until I can find a suitable player to replace him.

    MC: Martin Leitner, 26, Austria - His pass ratio is one of the best in the league, despite not achieving much attackingly, he's good with link up play and starting attacking moves from the middle of the pitch.

    MC: Matthieu Causse, 30, France- With captain Sergio Marbus now a rotational player due to his struggles with match fitness, Causse led the midfield for the second year running. He did a good job.

    ST: Srdjan Hamidovic, 29, Serbia - The experienced Serb was a fantastic freebie and despite not scoring as many goals as I'd hoped, 11 is not too bad considering he cost nothing. I hope that he can improve on this total next year once he is more adapted to the French league.

    ST: Razvan Ionica, 29, Romania - Yet another good year for the Romanian striker, scoring 23 goals in 37 starts.

    -

    Official Fans Player of the Year - Matthieu Causse


    Unofficial Young Player of the Year - Mateo Lacroix




    Career Overview



    Code:
    Season     League   Position   Achievements
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2010/11  National    4th       None
    2011/12  National    5th       None
    2012/13  National    7th       None
    2013/14  National    2nd       Promoted 
    2014/15  Ligue 2    18th       Relegated
    2015/16  National    3rd       Promotion
    2016/17  Ligue 2    13th       None
    2017/18  Ligue 2    12th       None
    2018/19  Ligue 2     7th       None
    2019/20  Ligue 2     6th       None
    2020/21  Ligue 2     1st       Promoted as Champions
    2021/22  Ligue 1     18th      Relegated
    2022/23  Ligue 2     1st       Promoted as Champions
    2023/24  Ligue 1     13th      None
    2024/25  Ligue 1     15th      None
    2025/26  Ligue 1     7th       None
    2026/27  Ligue 1     6th       French Cup winners
    
    Trophies won:
    
    Ligue 2    (x2) - 2020/21 & 2022/23
    French Cup (x1) - 2026/27


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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    Razer - congrats on Cl football. great achievement. that's some season by Benfica too.
    Thanks, I'm already into February of the following season. CL football does wonders for the bank balance. Benfica are still very much my bogey team, including my current season we've failed to beat them in 15 meetings. Our best result a draw.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    Razer - A great season there from the Fafeful good to see them back at the top of the leagues, good luck in the new season.
    Cheers buddy - getting a little jealous of the fashionable Fafe shirt you're now wearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razer82 View Post
    Thanks, I'm already into February of the following season. CL football does wonders for the bank balance. Benfica are still very much my bogey team, including my current season we've failed to beat them in 15 meetings. Our best result a draw.



    Cheers buddy - getting a little jealous of the fashionable Fafe shirt you're now wearing.
    Benfica were also the team I struggled against the most, and as for the Jersey, I am loving it, cannot think of a better thing to have bought.

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    Well I have the closest half season table in a long time, I am only in 5th, but only 3 points separate the entire top 6. There is a bit of a gap after that, but I am also on track to beat the goal scoring record of 62 goals in a season for the Liga Vitalis. Below is the top half of the table.
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team              |       | Pld   | W-D-L     | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   |       | E. Amadora        |       | 15    | 8-4-3     | 25    | 15    | +10   | 28    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   |       | Varzim            |       | 15    | 8-4-3     | 27    | 17    | +10   | 28    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Trofense          |       | 15    | 9-1-5     | 16    | 11    | +5    | 28    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Freamunde         |       | 15    | 8-3-4     | 26    | 16    | +10   | 27    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 5th   |       | Lusitano de Évora |       | 15    | 7-5-3     | 32    | 18    | +14   | 26    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 6th   |       | Leixões           |       | 15    | 7-4-4     | 22    | 17    | +5    | 25    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

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    congrats on the Cup win Paul.

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    Congrats Paul on the Cup, and also an improved league season.

    On my side of things, I have been drawn in the Quarterfinals of the Portuguese Cup against Benfica, away from home. So that should be my cup run over, but now is the chance to show them what I can do, and make some money in the process.

    On the records chase:
    Liga Vitalis Goals Record: 62 - Evora 37 (16) - This means I need 26 from 14.
    Liga Vitalis Goalscorer: 24 - Gomis 13 (16) - This means he needs 12 from 14.
    Evora League Goalscorer: 23 - Gomis 13 (16) - This means he needs 12 from 14.
    Evora Goalscorer: 29 - Gomis 16 (18) - This means he needs 14 from 15.
    Those are really the only ones I am seeing chased this season.

    And the board made a 1.1m investment to get us out of the red, but now expect loan repayments of 6.5k a month til 2042...ummm yeah thanks for that.
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    good to see Gomis is doing the business again. Looks like you need the Benfica money after that crazy loan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    good to see Gomis is doing the business again. Looks like you need the Benfica money after that crazy loan!
    He also has a new striking partner, Hector Cruz of Spain (21), who has come in January. Currently 2(1) 3G 0A 7.57AR. That kind of helps, also with now three star midfielders, even after losing Manuel in July, we picked up Abraham of Spain (21), currently 2(0) 0G 2A 7.75AR. Leao of Portugal (32), currently 18(1) 4G 4A 7.04AR, Perez Rojo of Spain (26), currently 20(2) 2G 7A 7.15AR. With numbers like that around him the pressure is really off Gomis, but he just keeps on going.

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    Des Tiny's
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    End of Season
    2017/18 Liga Vitalis


    The Current Season

    The Quick Reference

    Predicted: 4th
    Actual: 1st
    Odds: 5th= (25-1)
    Portuguese Cup: Quarter Final vs Benfica
    League Cup: 1st Round vs Trofense - Leg 1 - Leg 2
    Finances: 2M (13th Por)
    Season Tickets: 368 (+7)
    The Squad: Squad 1 & 2
    Transfers: 2017/18

    The Season in General

    Well we got given a 1.1 million pound loan by the new director following the elections this season, we have to pay it back at 6.5k per month, but we are still in the black, and with the step up into Liga Sagres that money is going to come in handy. The transfer front saw a lot of movement this season as players left and joined.

    The League

    As the Position Graph shows we once more had a terrible end to the season, but we started to recover and managed to be in touch at the halfway point, then we went on a run of unbeaten matches. The real turning point was when we faced three of the top 5 in a row, first up was U. Madeira at home and we beat them 3:1, we followed this with a 2:0 victory over Trofense away, and a 2:0 victory over the league Runner-ups Varzim at home. To top this off we broke the record for goals scored in a Liga Vitalis season with 69, smashing the old record of 62. Evora was promoted with two games remaining, and Galiano was surprised, he also thought the board should make sure Des Tiny was with the club for years to come, the board were delighted with the unexpected promotion, and the fans were in an understandbly jubilant mood. Then as Evora won the Liga Vitalis, Galiano hailed the Wondermaker, for Des Tiny's great job with the players available, while the board were delighted with the result, and the fans were in a jubilant mood.

    Player Stats

    The Cups

    Wel we tumbled early in the League Cup again, losing to Trofense in the 1st Round. Our run in the Portuguese Cup was much better this season as we managed to get to the Quarterfinals once more, this time we drew Benfica and managed to hold them out pretty well, Jehl was gutted to put an own goal in, and then they scored two late goals to wrap it up. Pretty happy with the Cup run.

    The U19s & Reserves

    The Reserves had an average season as they finished 6th of 12 in their group, but a great season from our U19s saw them finish 5th in the league, but they made it all the way to the final of the cup to go down to Porto in the final.

    U19s Cup Final vs Porto 0:3

    The Club's History

    League Records
    Code:
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    |  Season  |  League  | Final Pos | Playoffs | Achievements |
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    |    6th    |          |     None     |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    |    1st    |    2nd   |   Promoted   |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    |    8th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    |    4th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    |    1st    |    N/A   |   Promoted   |
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    Goals Home & Away
    Code:
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    |  Season  |  League  |  Home   |  Away   | Total |
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    |  36-15  |  18-29  | 54-44 |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    |  39-10  |  31-20  | 70-30 |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    |  33-22  |  20-25  | 53-47 |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    |  27-17  |  26-19  | 53-36 |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    |  34-16  |  25-21  | 59-37 |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    |  41-14  |  20-22  | 61-36 |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    |  39-14  |  23-21  | 62-35 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    |  39-10  |  30-19  | 69-29 |
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    I was delighted to see us top goals scored, and goals allowed from previous seasons. We not only broke the Most goals in a season record we smashed it by 7 goals. Our away record was a major improvement and has us on our way to the Liga Sagres

    Code:
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  Season  |  League  |   Home   |  Away    | Total    |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    | 10-03-02 | 05-01-09 | 15-04-11 |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    | 13-03-01 | 07-06-04 | 20-10-05 |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    | 09-01-05 | 03-07-05 | 12-08-10 |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    | 07-06-02 | 08-04-03 | 15-10-05 |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    | 11-04-00 | 07-03-05 | 18-07-05 |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    | 11-02-02 | 04-03-08 | 15-05-10 |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    | 11-01-03 | 05-04-06 | 16-05-09 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    | 12-01-02 | 07-05-03 | 19-06-05 |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|


    1st Half vs 2nd Half
    Code:
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  Season  |  League  |   Open   |  Close   | Total    |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  2016/17 |    LV    | 06-02-07 | 10-03-02 | 16-05-09 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    | 07-05-03 | 12-01-02 | 19-06-05 |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    A huge second half to the season saw us blitz our way home, no one could even compare to the second half we had, coming from 5th to steal the title.

    Club Records & Competition History


    New Records: Highest League Position: 1st LV, Games Won in a Row: 8, Games without Scoring: 3, Career League Appearances: Federici (162), Career League Goals: Afonso (47)
    All Records: Part 1 & 2.
    Competition History: 2nd Division South - Winners 2012, Liga Vitalis - Winners 2018, 3rd 2014,2015,2017, Reserves Group 3 - 3rd 2017, U19s Cup - 2nd 2018

    The Players

    The Squad

    Current Teams Stats: This Season & Evora Career.

    Goalkeepers

    33. Leon van Gils - The young dutchman joined the club in July and only conceded 31 goals in the 34 games he started, a huge contribution at the back. He made a real difference to us in being able to win the Liga Vitalis in 2018.

    31. Mohamed Taouil - He is just not improving towards his potential (4*) at all, he has barely made time on the park so far this season, but he will stick around in case van Gils takes an injury.

    Right Backs

    63. Oier Torres - A true anchor at the back, he also made a couple of appearances on the Right wing, and with a new back-up alongside him Torres is looking to be able to make it in the top league. The young Spainard is going to be playing for Evora next year.

    8. Urtzi Garitano - The newest signing of them all, he came in as cover for Torres, he can also play at DC, MC & MR, he is clearly going to feature in our strengthened side. Garitano only played 9 games in this season, he will probably feature in a fair few more next year.

    36. Ander Suarez Rodriguez - He may be the longest serving of the right backs, but during the season he lost his place to Torres, and then his bench spot to the new man as well. Rodriguez has been signed for next season, but he is unlikely to feature.

    Left Backs

    51. Angel Luis - He joined the club in January and made 13 appearances after that, he was very good everytime he took the park. He surpassed Federici by the end of the season, but can the youngster step it up into Liga Sagres or will he be left behind?

    17. Gabriele Federici - Near the end of the season he was a bench warmer, but his early form still saw him put in 33 appearances and become the most capped Evora player of all time as he cracked the 200. Will be good to see him continue into 2018/19, but I expect he will be left behind.

    Centre Backs

    5. Alberto Fernandez Gonzalez - The number 1 central defender had a great season at the back, he featured in nearly every game and showed a good strong hand at the back. He will be looking to lead the club from the back in seasons to come.

    3. Darko Franjic - A huge season from the Croatian. He scored 4 goals in one game, and also was good at the back, his tackling was superior and helped us to keep our goals against down on previous seasons.

    7. Sebastian Visentin - The former Vice-Captain is off to Espinho in the new year, and this season he never really played, not surprising that the manager is willing to let him go.

    Right Wings


    47. Matteo Jehl - The frenchman played 35 games this season for 7 goals and 7 assists, he managed to keep his starting spot, and there is not really any competition for his slot. He is very good out there and he will be hoping to continue playing and build on his 132 appearances.

    Left Wings

    27. Hans Winter - The new signing on the left stepped straight into the starting line-up, he had an injury near the end of the season which hampered him. He was a feature in 29 games, with 4 goals, 6 assists & 3 Man of the Match awards. Twas the Winter of discontent, made glorious summer by this here son of Hans.

    99. Jose Saiz - He had an average season really, but sharing the starting position meant he never really got a flow going in his game. Hopefully he is able to make the step up, because playing Left wing and Striker will be great off the bench.

    Centre Mids

    29. Abraham - Another of the January signings this season, he slotted into the midfield in rotation with Perez Rojo & Leao, and they fired like nothing else. In just 17 games he got 9 assists and managed to confirm his spot for 2018/19 in the Liga Sagres, if he keeps improving I would like to see Benfica stop him.

    55. Andre Leao - A great season in the middle from Leao, and he has made it to 99 appearances for Evora, he will be back next season. Even if he only gets the single start to make his 100, he is hoping to not be overtaken by the young guns Perez Rojo & Abraham for his spot.

    13. Carlos Perez Rojo - Number 13 may be unlucky for some, but after a few seasons behind Manuel, Leao and oithers he finally got a break and stepped into the starting team with flying performances. 33 games and 8 assists, there is almost no question of the great competition in the midfield. Be good if at least two of them can step up.

    21. Carlos Infante - The Infant showed some rare skills, but he never really had a chance once Abraham came along, he will be hoping to jump into contention through the friendlies in the new season.

    12. Leon Evers - Another of the ones with the ability to play at multiple positions. He didn't play much this season, but he did show a little flair. Will he make it in the new season or will he go to other pastures.

    22. Popo - He started the season as the back up right winger, but ended up in the reserve squad, it is likely he will leave the club following an average season.

    44. Koen Koster - He only made a handful of appearances this season, and will be joining Fatima in the new year.

    Strikers

    38. Hector Cruz - The newest striker on the block brought some youthful enthusiasm into the front pairing, he lined up alongside Gomis from day one at Evora. With 13 goals from 18 appearances at the age of 22 there is no doubt he will feature next season. I cannot see the club being able to bring in a better striker.

    77. Marcel Gomis - He may have only scored 20 goals this season, but he was great in support of Cruz. He may be aging, but he is definitely in with a shot of leading from the front again in the new season. He had a few injuries this season, and still performed a great effort.

    23. Antonio Russo - The other of the young connection at Striker, he only made the park for 14 games, but during that time he featured reasonably well, he scored goals when they were needed. He will most likely be a back-up in the new season.

    88. Arsenio Bernard - He only made the field for 8 games this season, but with Afonso on the way out following his drop in both form and skills Bernard has a chance to step up into the new season. Can he score goals in the Liga Sagres?

    10. Guilherme Afonso - The clubs all time leading goalscorer has come to the end of his tenure at the club, his contract is up and Des Tiny is not going to renew it. With only 6 goals from 18 games he was clearly surpassed by the new young guns.

    The Best of the Best



    The 100 Club



    Gabriele Federici 200, Jose Manuel 179, Carlos Perez Rojo 169, Deigo Galiano 151, Sebastian Visentin 147, Raphael Lopes 146, Guilherme Afonso 132, Matteo Jehl 132, Jose Maria 113.

    The Awards

    Portugal

    Most Improved Club: Evora 3rd

    Liga Vitalis

    Manager of the Year: Des Tiny 1st.
    Player of the Year: Matteo Jehl 2nd.
    Golden Boot: Marcel Gomis 1st (17)
    Highest Avg Rating: Darko Franjic 1st (7.48)
    Team of the Year: Leon van Gils (GK), Darko Franjic (DC), Matteo Jehl (MR), Hans Winter (ML), Marcel Gomis (ST).
    Signing of the Season: Hector Cruz (free)
    Goal of the Year: Antonio Russo 2nd
    Quickest Goal: Marcel Gomis 3rd (26s)
    Manager of the Month - Sep: Des Tiny 3rd, Oct: Des Tiny 2nd, Jan: Des Tiny 2nd, Mar: Des Tiny 3rd Apr: Des Tiny 2nd.
    Player of the Month - Oct: Marcel Gomis 1st, Dec: Marcel Gomis 3rd, Feb: Darko Franjic 3rd, Mar: Abraham 1st, Matteo Jehl 2nd, Angel Luis 3rd.
    Goal of the Month - Dec: Marcel Gomis 2nd, Jan: Antonio Russo 1st.

    Evora

    Fans PotY: Darko Franjic
    Best XI: van Gils, Torres, Luis, Gonzalez, Franjic, Jehl, Winter, Abraham, Leao, Cruz, Gomis.
    Subs: Taouil, Afonso, Perez Rojo, Popo, Russo, Federici, Saiz.
    Overall XI: Martins, Rodriguez, M. Silva, Franjic, Galiano, Jehl, Lopes, Leao, Manuel, Gomis, Afonso.
    Subs: Saracino, Alves, Maria, Perez Rojo, Wesllem, Mauro, Willian.

    Where are they now?

    Evora: Rodriguez, Franjic, Jehl, Leao, Gomis, Afonso, Perez Rojo.
    Other Clubs Players: Martins (Braga), Galiano (Zamora), Lopes (Leiria), Manuel (Leixoes), Saracino (Catania), Alves (M.Cavaleiros), Maria (Sanjoanense), Willian (Aves).
    Other Clubs Staff: Silva - Manager (Sanjoanense), Mauro - Manager (Unemployed).
    Retired: Wesllem.

    The Next Season

    Aims

    This Season
    1. Promotion (Achieved)
    2. Make SFs of Cup (Sooo Close)
    3. Make 3rd Round League Cup (Nowhere near)
    4. Actual aim for points (60) (Complete - 63)
    5. Break LV Goals Record (62) (Complete - 69)

    Next Season
    1. Avoid Relegation
    2. Make SFs of Cup
    3. Make a Profit
    4. Get a win over top 3

    And the Rest

    Well the board wanted me to attempt to avoid relegation, but I have said I will avoid it. They are going to give me 875k transfer budget & 28.5k p/w wages. Considering I am currently spending under 8k this is HUGE! We were then given 1M for TV Rights which combined with a new sponsorship deal of 325k and a new Parent Club (I never asked, but won't say no) giving us 45.8k has seen us stay out of the red. Now to go see what players I can sign to improve this club.
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    Pre-Season
    2018/19 Liga Sagres

    Transfers


    Well I hadn't planned on bringing in many players, but when I saw what was out there, and what I could bring in I really had no choice I had to do it. So here are my signings so far.

    Code:
    |-----------|
    |   In      |
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | Date      | Person                  |  Pos  | Nat | From   | Fee   | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Gabrieli, Alessandro    |  AML  | ITA | None   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------|
    | 1.7.2018  | Santangelo, Gaetano     |  ST   | ITA | None   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Martínez, Antonio       | DM/MC | ESP | None   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Cabezas, Pablo          |  MLC  | ESP | None   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Morelli, Marcos         |  ST   | ITA | None   | Free  |
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Markovic-Skokic, Nikola |  MC   | SRB | None   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 8.7.2018  | Sorrentino, Alessandro  |  DC   | ITA | None   | Free  |
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 11.7.2018 | Addo, Benjamin          |  DL   | GHA | Naval  | £450K |
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 11.7.2018 | Guerra, Alessandro      |  ST   | ITA | Inter  | £400K |
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    | 18.7.2018 | Littmann, Carsten       |  GK   | AUT | LASK   | £475K |
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|--------|-------| 
    |           | Total                                          | £1.3M |
    |-----------|------------------------------------------------|-------|
    Our first signing of the window was Gabrieli, who is going to be the starter on our left wing, he will replace Winter in this position and looks like a possible star. Next I signed Santangelo who is most likely to start alongside Cruz for the new season, though he may be replaced by Guerra who is the star for the future at Striker, or Morelli who is pretty much the runner-up in this battle. But the change to young-guns over my older former strikers may come back to haunt me. The next move was to bring in some good solid Centre Mids, as the ones I had while solid were never meant to play at this level, so I brough in Martinez, Cabezas & Markovic-Skokic, all three of these will alternate with Abraham in the starting line-up. All along I had been trying to strengthen my defense, but most of those players would not sign for my club, I ended up bringing in Addo as the starting DL, and Sorrentino who will just be cover for DC. The final acquisition of July was to bring in a class GK for the team, I just couldn't see my current one making the step up. So now I had the team I was hoping to keep me clear of relegation.

    Of course I had to send some players out of the club to be able to get these ones in, no worries on wage budget. I am well under that, but these players were all likely to complain about the lack of play time. Was worried about sending another player to JD Evora, my cross town rivals, but it had to be done. Bringing in an extra £300k helped, but I still made it to £1M in debt once more.

    Code:
    |-----------|
    |   Out     |
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | Date      | Person                  |  Pos  | Nat | To       | Fee   | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Doménech, Alberto       |  DL   | ESP | JD Evora | Free  |  
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Koster, Koen            |  AMC  | NED | Fatima   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Visentin, Sebastian     |  DRC  | ITA | Espinho  | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Popo                    |  MRC  | ESP | Zamora   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Afonso, Guilherme       |  ST   | SUI | Zamora   | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 1.7.2018  | Escudero, Luis          |  DL   | ESP | None     | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 18.7.2018 | Xavier, Paulo           |  MC   | POR | None     | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    | 18.7.2018 | Augusto, Eduardo        |  ST   | POR | None     | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------|  
    | 18.7.2018 | Monteiro, André         |  ST   | POR | None     | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------|  
    | 18.7.2018 | Queirós, Bruno          |  ST   | POR | None     | Free  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------|  
    | 23.7.2018 | André Leao              |  MC   | POR | Red Star | £150K | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------|  
    | 23.7.2018 | Evers, Leon             | DC/MC | NED | Infesta  | £55K  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------|  
    | 25.7.2018 | Infante, Carlos         |  MC   | ESP | Olrvrnse | £40K  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------|  
    | 25.7.2018 | Sáiz, José              | ML/ST | ESP | Rio Ave  | £55K  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------|  
    | 25.7.2018 | Bernard, Arsenio        |  ST   | BEL | Louletno | Loan  | 
    |-----------|-------------------------|-------|-----|----------|-------| 
    |           | Total                                            | £300k |
    |-----------|--------------------------------------------------|-------|

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    Pretty average updates their Des ;)


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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Pretty average updates their Des ;)

    Oh you tease

    And to finish the reports, our first game of the season is against last years champions Benfica.
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    Congrats on the promotion Des

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    Quote Originally Posted by daemonic View Post
    Congrats on the promotion Des
    Thanks daemonic, it definitely took long enough, but pleased with how it has come about. I truly believe my club is more than strong enough to stay up our first season.

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    congrats Des. at last!! Looking forward to the new season - best not get relegated!! dome good signings in there. A few handy Italians been picked up. looks like they'll be more than capable in the top league.

    good luck.

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    Well yet again it is a close battle heading into the final 5 games. The only difference being that this season the battle is to avoid relegation. A surprise 1:0 away victory over Vit. Guimaraes has given us a chance. It is really waaay too close to call though.

    Code:
    | Pos   | Team              | Pld   | W-D-L     | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | 11th  | Boavista          | 25    | 7-4-14    | 26    | 43    | -17   | 25    | 
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 12th  | Vit. Setubal      | 25    | 6-6-13    | 16    | 35    | -19   | 24    | 
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 13th  | Lusitano de Évora | 25    | 5-8-12    | 25    | 44    | -19   | 23    | 
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 14th  | P.Ferreira        | 25    | 5-7-13    | 16    | 34    | -18   | 22    | 
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | 15th  | Belenenses        | 25    | 5-7-13    | 20    | 39    | -19   | 22    | 
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 16th  | Leiria            | 25    | 6-3-16    | 22    | 51    | -29   | 21    | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    I have come up with a mathematical method of figuring the best run in, take the current position of the teams they will face, add them together, the higher the total the better the 5 game run. (An expansion on this would be some form of multiplier for home and away games) So here we go:

    Boavista: vs Porto (2), at Braga (5), vs Evora (13), at Sporting (3), at Belenenses (15).
    Vit. Setubal: at Evora (13), vs Belenenses (15), at Academica (8), vs Benfica (1), at Beira Mar (9).
    Evora: vs Vit. Setubal (12), at Porto (2), at Boavista (11), vs Belenenses (15), at Academica (8).
    P.Ferreira: at Academica (8), vs Benfica (1), at Beira Mar (9), vs Leiria (16), at Maritimo (7).
    Belenenses: vs Varzim (10), at Vit. Setubal (12), vs Porto (2), at Evora (13), vs Boavista (11).
    Leiria: vs Sporting (3), at Nacional (4), vs Guimaraes (6), at P.Ferreira (14), vs Varzim (10).

    So that gives the following totals:
    Boavista: 38, Vit.Setubal: 46, Evora: 48, P.Ferreira: 41, Belenenses: 48, Leiria: 37.

    So according to my very poor method Leiria has to be really worried and will probably be the first team to go down. Evora, Vit.Setubal & Belenenses have to be happy with their run in, though all three of them have to face a top 2 team.

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    Des Tiny's
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    End of Season
    2018/19 Liga Sagres
    A Tale of Survival


    The Current Season

    The Quick Reference

    Predicted: 15th
    Actual: 10th
    Odds: 16th (2000-1)
    Portuguese Cup: 5th Round vs Feirense
    League Cup: 3rd Round: 3rd Group C
    Finances: 3.4M (10th Por)
    Season Tickets: 974 (+606)
    The Squad: Squad 1 & 2
    Transfers: 2018/19

    The Season in General

    This season I got a good amount of income from the TV Rights, a new sponsorship deal and a new parent club for a total of 1.7M pounds, which was going to be a huge help. I ended up losing about 1.5M over the season as I went a little crazy in the transfer market, I spent 1.3M & only got in 475k, so with that leaving me short and also the higher wage costs meant I was losing money from the beginning. The transfers though saw my team strengthened across the park, with the exception of right wing and my centre backs I was happy. After the season looking back I know a couple of solid centre backs would've been the difference, once my pair got into the game it was too late to do anything amazing.

    The League

    We had a reasonable start as we won 2 of our first 4 to stay right in the hunt, but then a horrible run where we couldn't score, though we didn't allow too many against lower teams the big boys spanked us. Nacional 0:5, Benfica 1:4, Beira Mar 2:5, saw us drop well into the relegation race. I knew coming into the last ten games that we need to pick up some points and quickly. We faced Sporting first and went down 1:6, it was not looking good, next up was Nacional, and we managed a huge 1:1 result which was massive considering our earlier loss to them. Then a 0:0 draw away to P.Ferreira another relegation battler, we followed this with a 2:2 against the other promoted team Varzim, and then a huge 1:0 victory over Vit Guimaraes who were in the top 6 all season, we followed this with results of Vit Setubal 2:0, Porto 0:3, & Boavista 4:1 at which point we managed to avoid relegation, we completed the season with results against Belenenses 2:2 & Academica 1:0. A pretty good first season in the top league.

    The Cups

    The League Cup saw us entering at the 2nd Round now, and we were drawn with Beira Mar & Espinho, a defeat of Espinho & a draw against Beira Mar saw us into the 3rd round where we faced Porto, Boavista & Nacional, the expected results here as we beat Boavista and lost to Porto & Nacional. In the Portuguese Cup we had a good run defeating U.Madeira first, and then beating Vit Guimaraes on penalties, but we were upset by Feirense in the 5th round and tumbled out.

    The U19s & Reserves

    This season both were safely near the top of their leagues, the U19s finished 5th and the reserves finished 2nd behind Sporting.

    The Club's History

    League Records
    Code:
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    |  Season  |  League  | Final Pos | Playoffs | Achievements |
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    |    6th    |          |     None     |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    |    1st    |    2nd   |   Promoted   |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    |    8th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    |    4th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    |    1st    |    N/A   |   Promoted   |
    |  2018/19 |    LS    |   10th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    Goals Home & Away
    Code:
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    |  Season  |  League  |  Home   |  Away   | Total |
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    |  36-15  |  18-29  | 54-44 |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    |  39-10  |  31-20  | 70-30 |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    |  33-22  |  20-25  | 53-47 |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    |  27-17  |  26-19  | 53-36 |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    |  34-16  |  25-21  | 59-37 |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    |  41-14  |  20-22  | 61-36 |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    |  39-14  |  23-21  | 62-35 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    |  39-10  |  30-19  | 69-29 |
    |  2018/19 |    LS    |  18-18  |  16-32  | 34-50 |
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    Code:
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  Season  |  League  |   Home   |  Away    | Total    |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    | 10-03-02 | 05-01-09 | 15-04-11 |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    | 13-03-01 | 07-06-04 | 20-10-05 |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    | 09-01-05 | 03-07-05 | 12-08-10 |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    | 07-06-02 | 08-04-03 | 15-10-05 |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    | 11-04-00 | 07-03-05 | 18-07-05 |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    | 11-02-02 | 04-03-08 | 15-05-10 |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    | 11-01-03 | 05-04-06 | 16-05-09 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    | 12-01-02 | 07-05-03 | 19-06-05 |
    |  2019/19 |    LS    | 05-05-05 | 03-04-08 | 08-09-13 |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|


    1st Half vs 2nd Half
    Code:
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  Season  |  League  |   Open   |  Close   | Total    |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  2016/17 |    LV    | 06-02-07 | 10-03-02 | 16-05-09 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    | 07-05-03 | 12-01-02 | 19-06-05 |
    |  2018/19 |    LS    | 03-04-08 | 05-05-05 | 08-09-13 |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|

    Club Records & Competition History


    New Records: Highest Attendance: 12107, Highest Gate: 130k, Games without Winning: 6, Games without Scoring: 4, Career League Apps: Federici (165), Highest Fee Paid: Littmann 475k, Highest Fee Received: Martinez 170k, Transfer Spending: 1.4M, Transfer Income: 325k,
    All Records: Part 1 & 2.
    Competition History: 2nd Division South - Winners 2012, Liga Vitalis - Winners 2018, 3rd 2014,2015,2017, Reserves: Group 3 - 3rd 2017, Group 2 - 2nd 2019, U19s Cup - 2nd 2018

    The Players

    The Squad

    Current Teams Stats: This Season & Evora Career.

    Goalkeepers

    33. Leon van Gils - The number one sub this season, he got three games and allowed three goals with 1 Clean Sheet, pretty good really.

    30. Carsten Littmann - Its hard to be the keeper when you have an average defense infront of you. It was a tough year for Littman, but he is expected to become a leading Liga Sagres Goalkeeper in the future so he should definitely be sticking around for the club. He is solid at the back when tested. 11 Clean Sheets from 35 games is stunning. Though that means the 56 goals were allowed in only 24 games.

    Right Backs

    63. Oier Torres - One of two Torres' in the squad, Oier is definitely the best right back in the squad, like the rest of the team it took him a while to get into form this year, but by the end of the season he was showing why I had picked him.

    8. Urtzi Garitano - He had a very average season playing at DC, DR & MR, he may stick around, but he is another member of the team who really is a fringe player, if I can find better then I will and Garitano will go walking.

    36. Ander Suarez Rodriguez - Dropping to the reserves for most of this season, he never even had a chance, but unlike Leao he actually made his 100th appearance for the club. Alberto Gonzalez will be hoping Tiny brings hm back next season or he will become another member of the 99 Club.

    Left Backs

    51. Angel Luis - He started the season as the third left back, but he stepped in during Addo's form slump and showed some real class on the left, and is starting to learn the centre back position as well.

    17. Gabriele Federici - Only 3 games this season, he will leave in July sometime.

    62. Benjiman Addo - The new vice captain, he had a mid season form slump which saw him dropped the the bench, but he is very good down the left side from the back. His speed, strength & Stamina lead him to being a great player.

    Centre Backs

    5. Alberto Fernandez Gonzalez - He is the best Central Defender we have in the club by a very very long way, but he also has bad games which leads to us getting in trouble. We need a good backline or we are not going to get anywhere near the top of the Liga Sagres.

    4. Francisco Javier Sanchez - The youngster looked solid and if I cannot find any better he will be in the starting line-up for the first game next season.

    3. Darko Franjic - He only had 2 games this season and was poor in both of them, I think we will be singing Hey Hey Goodbye!

    6. Alessandro Sorrentino - He came in after 3 of my scouts called him a future superstar, but really he wasn't.

    2. Miguel Angelo - This here was a useless decision, I brought in an older guy because I needed some experience in the back line and it backfired, he was useless.

    Right Wings


    47. Matteo Jehl - Of the current crop he has been around the longest, pretty much kept his spot because there is no one else around better than him willing to come to Evora, but he did end up having a solid season with 2G 8A 4MoM in his 37 games. I may just leave him in for the new year as I focus on building the defense.

    Left Wings

    27. Hans Winter - Solid off the bench, but no sign of the form he had in the previous season.

    73. Alessandro Gabrieli - The 25 year old Italian was very good down the left wing this season, he is definitely one to watch as we head forward. Hopefully he can pick up a bit more skill and show some class in the new season.

    Centre Mids

    29. Abraham - The 23 year old midfielder had a poor start, but he really started to get into it come January, and the rotation with Torres & Cabezas actually helped him to become a better player. I will most likely keep these three and send my other midfielders out.

    13. Carlos Perez Rojo - One game all season, Perez Rojo will leave even after all the loyal service to the club...I have 0 Player Loyalty.

    25. Pablo Cabezas - He played in 34 games this season, he had some real up and down periods during the season, but he does look to have the class needed for this level and I think he is better than the 10th place finish we had.

    24. Sergio Torres - The newest member of the club, the only one who joined us in January. He came into a club in trouble and played a few games late in the season, they were split evenly between MC & ST, but he was very good with an average rating very close to 7. He also became Evora's 100th player to receive a cap.

    22. Nikola Markovic-Skokic - The Serbian was solid if unspectacular this season he made 27 appearances, 10 off the bench, and he got no goals or assists, but a solid 6.81 average rating. A possibility as the 4th MC.

    Strikers

    38. Hector Cruz - He came to the club in January of 2018, he had a great end to the season last year, but this season he just failed to fire. Given the failure of our tactic and the way everything was going he had a good season, though I was surprised to see his name on the Liga Sagres Forward of Year Shortlist.

    77. Marcel Gomis - The captain and former superstar never was going to make the step-up this season, he only made two games for the club, but he did get his International Debut.

    23. Antonio Russo - He only played a few games this season and this is why he is leaving in July, the huge number of strikers needs to be culled.

    88. Arsenio Bernard - He spent the season on loan and had a solid one with 10 goals in 26 matches.

    82. Marcos Morelli - He was brought in as a possible future star in the striking postion, but he never really settled, given that the whole club was struggling to score his 6 goals from 17 matches looks pretty good.

    44. Gaetano Santangelo - One of the better players I brought in to start the new season, but with the whole team failing his stats suffered because of it. I am hoping that in the new season the communication improves and the team will start coming together by playing more games together.

    1. Alessandro Guerra - The youngster has oodles of potential, but he didn't show me anything at all this season and hence spent most of the season on the bench. In the new season he will be around but I don't know if I will stick him out.

    The Best of the Best



    The 100 Club



    Gabriele Federici 203, Jose Manuel 179, Carlos Perez Rojo 170, Matteo Jehl 169,Deigo Galiano 151, Sebastian Visentin 147, Raphael Lopes 146, Guilherme Afonso 132, Jose Maria 113, Ander Suarez Rodriguez 100.

    The Awards

    Liga Sagres

    Goal of the Month - Feb: Marcos Morelli 2nd
    Forward of the Year - Hector Cruz: Shortlist

    Evora

    Fans PotY: Carsten Littmann

    Best XI: Littmann, O.Torres, Addo, Gonzalez, Sanchez, Jehl, Gabrieli, S.Torres, Abraham, Santangelo, Morelli.
    Subs: van Gills, Markovic-Skokic, Winter, Cabezas, Cruz, Luis, Guerra.

    Overall XI: Martin, Rodriguez, Silva, Franjic, Galiano, Jehl, Lopes, Leao, Manuel, Gomis, Afonso.
    Subs: Saracino, Alves, Maria, Perez Rojo, Wesllem, Willian, Mauro.

    Where are they now?

    Evora: Rodriguez, Franjic, Jehl, Gomis, Perez Rojo.
    Other Clubs Players: Martins (Nacional), Lopes (Leiria), Manuel (Leixoes), Afonso (Zamora), Saracino (Lazio).
    Other Clubs Staff: M.Silva (Mgr: Sanjoanense), Leao (Sct: Unemployed).
    Retired: Galiano, Alves, Maria, Wesllem, Mauro, Willian.

    The Next Season

    Aims

    This Season
    1. Avoid Relegation (Achieved)
    2. Make SFs of Cup (Failed)
    3. Make a Profit (Failed - Stupid Transfers)
    4. Get a win over top 3 (Failed - Best Result: 0:1 vs Sporting)


    The Preseason

    Just a few quick notes, I have signed current Uruguayan International Jorge Fucile (Porto), and managed to steal a great 1:0 result at Upton Park, off to The Madejski Stadium for my next match.

    Well I completed my mini-tour of England with the following results:
    Garforth 0:8 Evora
    West Ham 0:1 Evora
    Reading 0:4 Evora
    Crewe 1:8 Evora
    So only Crewe managed to score a goal on us, and in general we did very well. I am hoping this will continue as we head back to Portugal for a home match against Trofense, away to Olhanense and then travel to Spain to face Ecija before the league season begins.
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    congrats on survival Des. now that hurdle is over sure you'll kick on now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    congrats on survival Des. now that hurdle is over sure you'll kick on now.
    I was preparing to go down right up until about the 4th to last game, it was not looking good before that as I just couldn't pick up the points.

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    Des Tiny's Evora
    Preseason Update


    The Club & The New Season

    For the new season we have been drawn in the League Cup group with Rio Ave & Santa Clara, both who were in the Liga Vitalis last season. A great draw for us and we should be able to advance with 6 points. We have lost Jehl for 2 months though with a hip injury, expect him back in October.
    And we have topped 1000 season tickets selling 1003 for the new year.

    The Friendlies


    Well we had a few friendlies, and we won every single one of them comfortably.
    At Garforth 8:0
    At West Ham 1:0
    At Reading 4:0
    At Crewe 8:1
    Vs Trofense 2:0
    At Olhanense 3:1
    At Ecija 9:0
    I was most pleased with a victory over West Ham at Upton Park, originally this match was going to be against Blackburn, but they rejected so I asked West Ham and then defeated them 1:0, a great result.

    The Signings

    Marti Crespi - He will be adding some seriously needed experience at the back, hopefully adding him alongside Gonzalez & backed up by Sanchez we will have the Centre-Back combination that will help us out.

    Theo Tsotetsi - He is clearly the future of the club, I have signed him with a look towards us getting nearer to the top. He is supposedly going to be world class at the striking position, but he is also capable of playing on both wings.

    Maurice van Dommlen - He was brought in as more cover for DC, but he looks to be the least of the five centre backs I have. I would hope to keep him, but with the stretched wage budget he may go, even though his wages are low. If I can sell him for a good transfer then it will help.

    Guglielmo Martinelli - He can play in the centre of the back line and in the midfield, his place is quite solid in this team, but his 1.1k wages may be a bit much for what he is going to do.

    Jorge Fucile - Former Porto star, and Uruguayan International Fucile is going to be a great addition as a full back for Evora. He may not have the skills he once did, but he will be great cover for Addo & Torres at the back.

    Alejandro - He has come in as cover for Jehl, but a 2 month hip injury to Jehl means he will start the season on the right wing, he will be looking to take his chances and keep the place when Jehl returns.

    The Youth Project

    First up we have a list of the young stars that I believe are the future of the club, and could make a step a few positions up the league, and then I have the group who are the best of my current youth team.

    Alessandro Guerra - He is listed as the next Christian Vieri, I couldn't ask for more from a current bench player, but if he does become that big of a star he will clearly be in with a look at leading the team in the future.

    Theo Tsotetsi - Really the definite future of the striking line, he looks to become a superstar, he is already playing for South Africa and as an unknown in the Portuguese leagues before I asked him to join us the media were hunting for clus as to how I found a star like this.

    Alejandro - The future of our right wing, he has the skills now he just needs to put them into action, he will start his first game against Sporting on Sunday, be good to see what he can do.

    Francisco Javier Sanchez - He already played a few games last season and looked solid, this year he will be in the line behind Crespi & Gonzalez, this is hopefully the way of the future for the centre back slot.

    Pedro Lopes - He is not a star by any count, but he has a few stats that I like the look of, with a full time contract he may yet improve and make it into the starting line-up even though the coaches think otherwise.

    Romeu Salgado - The youngster has some glaring weaknesses in his attributes, but I expect him to lead the U19s from the back this season. And it may just happen that he gets good enough to help us out.

    Jose Filipe Areias - I would say he is the best of my current youth crop by a long way, can some fulltime work improve him at all though or will he just be another has been?

    Jeronimo Rebelo - He may only be 16, but I believe he has a chance to improve so he will be another one to get a shot at some point this season. Maybe, just maybe he will improve.

    Gustavo Frangao - Again he just has a few attributes in the key areas for his position, if he can improve with full time training he will definitely give us a chance.

    The Possible Leavings

    Marcos Morelli - Being 5th on the striking line leaves him really without much chance of a start this season, so I may have to send him out. I will only sell him for the right price though.

    Nikola Markovic-Skokic - He is already on the transfer list and has received offers of about 200k + 10% profit, that is well worth it and I am going to send him somewhere, preferably not in Portugal.
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    some good signings there Des. Looks like the future is pretty safe if you can keep them all there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    some good signings there Des. Looks like the future is pretty safe if you can keep them all there.
    I am seriously over the wage budget sitting 5k over it per week, I need to get that down or the following players will be leaving at the end of the season: Abraham, Gonzalez, Gabrieli & Fucile as they all have expiring contracts and I am unable to renew them.

    Of course I am not too worried as 9 of my current starting XI have been signed through til 2022 or 2023. So I have a few years with a solid team building them together if I can.

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    assume there's no room for budget adjustments.....

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    Zero room, I was given no transfer budget considering I am 1.7M in debt. I managed to get an extra 1k wage budget by selling Markovic-Skokic. Hoping to trade Morelli for another 1k or so wage room, and then we will see what happens after that, a little at a time I think is the aim here. The other possibility is trading out one of my Centre backs given I now have 5 of them.

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    Jehl came back from his 2 month hip injury, first game back 2 assists 9.1 rating, 2nd game against Benfica injured out with a torn calf for 3-4 months. Half the season will be gone before he plays again.

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    wrong thread
    Last edited by PaulHartman71; 04-03-2010 at 16:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulHartman71 View Post
    bloody hell how many different ways for pronouncing a place can there be? I'm just going to call them 'The Bridge' when it's my turn
    Hmmm maybe this should be in the Wallace thread...but while on Pronunciation, anyone wanna have a go at the surname of my South African Starlet? I have no idea where to start.

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    i'd say "so-tet-see".....

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    just played our debut Serie A game at a sold out Collauto Park against Fiorentina. Finished 0-0 but we gave them a good game. Maybe there's hope yet???

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    just played our debut Serie A game at a sold out Collauto Park against Fiorentina. Finished 0-0 but we gave them a good game. Maybe there's hope yet???
    reality bites. our second game, also at home but this time to Juventus sees us lose 3-0. 19 shots to 2. work still to be done me thinks!!

    I will get the season preview up in the next day or so. Plenty of new players to introduce including our first seven-figure signing..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    i'd say "so-tet-see".....
    I'd agree with this Des, silent 'T' to begin with

    rlips not had a proper read of the thread in a while but notice you're in Serie A now - fantastic work. I'll catch up sometime soon but good luck and well done to anyone else who has gained promotion/survived/won a trophy

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    i am in Serie A yes - kee up!! came second.

    when will we see the Castillo save going again??? lonely without you... ;)

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    Now that the final (?) patch is out, I might take part in this challenge and report my progress here. I have one quwstion though. Here is a quote from the very first post in this thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    You may also go into 'custom' database and add 'top players' from any continent you choose.

    What does it mean to add "top players"? Players from top division clubs or from top clubs? Or does it matter? The two options have quite different effect on how many player will be loaded.


    I want to get my holiday going...

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    Quote Originally Posted by duccio View Post
    Now that the final (?) patch is out, I might take part in this challenge and report my progress here. I have one quwstion though. Here is a quote from the very first post in this thread:




    What does it mean to add "top players"? Players from top division clubs or from top clubs? Or does it matter? The two options have quite different effect on how many player will be loaded.


    I want to get my holiday going...
    first off welcome and good luck. as for the top players, i believe it's players from top clubs. i think it's so that the top teams are stronger and provide tougher competition in europe once you get that far but i might be wrong.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    first off welcome and good luck. as for the top players, i believe it's players from top clubs. i think it's so that the top teams are stronger and provide tougher competition in europe once you get that far but i might be wrong.....
    This was my belief on it as well
    And thanks for the pronunciation, I was thinking that bu was not 100% sure. Now on holiday back on Sunday hopefully I can finish another season before I hit work Tuesday haha.

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    looking forward to another season before Tuesday then!

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    Well I said fingers crossed, will be going to the Wellington Phoenix Semi-Final on the way home from holiday Be an excellent game 34500 tickets sold which is the biggest crowd ever for a domestic football game in NZ

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    Razer82 – Associacao Desporitvo de Fafe – Portuguese Liga Sagres – 2018/2019

    Liga Sagres – Media Prediction – 5th – Actual – 1st – Champions!
    Portuguese Cup – 6th Round – Lost 3-2 to Sporting
    Portuguese League Cup – Semi Final – Lost 5-4 on penalties to Benfica
    Champions League – 1st Knockout Round – Lost 8-1 on agg to Liverpool

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    Top Scorer: Oscar Cardozo (27)
    Top Assists: Adrian Vaquero (24)

    Starting the season with a win is always great and when Arsenal came calling for a friendly I never had thoughts of a win. A nice 2-1 result was a fantastic start to the year.

    Our league form starting brilliantly, with just two defeats in our first 14 games with the rest being wins. The losses, as always, were to Benfica & Sporting. We managed to pick our form straight back up after the defeats getting back to winning ways. These continued wins were helped greatly by Benfica & Sporting dropping points in other games and heading into the final 5 games we had a slim 4 point lead.

    Needing to at least match Benfica for the next few games things got off to the best start with a 3-0 away win over Porto followed by a 3-1 defeat of Portimonense. Narrow wins over Nacional de Madeira & Beira-Mar allowed us to secure our first Liga Sagres Title. The last match made the final league table look a lot closer, a 1-0 loss away to Sporting allowing Benfica to close the gap to just a single point.

    The cup runs were the same as always, making the later stages of both competitions before coming up against the bigger sides. Until we’re able to get past Benfica & Sporting, I don’t see either of these cups making it into Fafe’s trophy case.

    This season saw our first foray into the Champions League, we began the campaign in the Best Placed Qualifying Round 3 up against Aberdeen. A comfortable 4-0 home win set us up well to progress & we confirmed that with a 2-0 away win.

    Standing between us and the group stage were Fenerbache and the tie began with a trip to Turkey. A fabulous game followed but we ended up on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline but the away goals let me thinking we could make it. The return leg was close but we managed to score the 2 goals we needed to bring the score to 5-5 and we were in the group stage on away goals. Time to go up against the big guns of Europe.

    We were drawn into a group with Partizan Belgrade, FC Twente & Real Madrid. Knowing the we’d never be able to get past Real I would be looking to take points from the other sides. Heavy losses to Real sandwiched a win over Twente & two wins over Partizan, this left us needed just a point in the second game with Twente. A 1-1 got us what we wanted, progress to the Knockout stages. This round did not go well, after holding Liverpool to just 2 goals in the home leg, we were destroyed 6-1 at Anfield to send us out of the competition but the bonus of all the prize money didn’t leave me disappointed.

    Talking of finances – it was the prize money that allowed us to make our huge profits for the year – fingers crossed that I’ll get some of that to spend on improved the squad for next season.

    Benfica Watch




    Seeing as I've never managed more than a draw with Benfica, I'm going to keep a track of our games against them from now on. So far it's 16 games without a win.

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    Oh Razer, you'll not be popular with Des.... Winning the league with Fafe!! Ha Ha.

    congrats mate - great achievement. Cardozo looked a star for you.

    good luck in CL next season, and go and beat Benfica!

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    Venezia - Seria A - Season Preview 2017-18


    As mentioned previously, there has been a lot of investment this summer as I try to ensure our Serie A survival. So without further ado, I introduce the latest signings:

    Transfers

    Full Backs


    Mick McInnes - Scottish youth star signed from Modena. Highly rated and had some good seasons for one so young. One to watch.
    Diego Fernandez - Another RB, Argentine Diego was a bargain really at £230k from Olympiakos. Provides good strength in depth.

    Centre Backs


    Pedro Gallego - Young Spanish star signed from Barcelona. One for the future.
    Jose Javier - I like my Spanish youngsters. Another with great potential.
    Dmitry Yevdokimov - Ukranian Cb signed from Serie A rivals Siena for £1.6 million. Straight into the starting line up.
    Ruben Dario Guarino - Italian youth international signed from Murcia. We have had a complete overhaul of defence. Provides good competition.

    Wingers


    Predrag Djuricic - Promising Swiss youth international to provide cover to Cannone.
    Nicky Kole - fought off Inter Milan amongst others to get Nicky. Great potential
    Oswaldo Valdes - Colombian import from Steaua Bucharest. Great technical ability. Competition for Camolese.

    Centre Midfielders


    Fernando - You guessed it, a Spanish youth prospect signed with one eye on the future.
    Luca Cardarelli - Swiss Dm signed from Dinamo Kiev. Great stats, adds to the competition in midfield
    Leandro Lima - Another signing from Siena, Leandro offers qualities going forward from midfield. Couldn’t turn down opportunity to sign him really.
    Francisco Menendez - the £10 million pound man. Signed from Dinamo Kiev, he is great already for a young man. Massive outlay, he is the gamble for me.

    Strikers


    Davide Di Gennaro - Signed on a free following his release by AC Milan. I had Davide at Como on FM2008, and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to have him again.

    So as you can see there have been plenty of incomings. Obviously players had to leave to balance the books, and the main departures were Kostadinov (who had a year to run on contract and wouldn’t re sign), Alcibiade, Bartkowiak and Gangolf.

    I feel this has left me a good squad on paper and if I can find a tactic to provide more stability, we may do ok. Early season has been tough with a 0-2-4 record which sees us last at the moment. We’re outclassed by the top teams but some of the other matches have been close so there is some hope.

    FORZA LAGUNARI!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    Oh Razer, you'll not be popular with Des.... Winning the league with Fafe!! Ha Ha.
    lol I won the League once...was a struggle though, and had a great season to do it. Congrats Razer on the win, glad to see someone else leading the way with AD Fafe

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    Oh Razer, you'll not be popular with Des.... Winning the league with Fafe!! Ha Ha.

    congrats mate - great achievement. Cardozo looked a star for you.

    good luck in CL next season, and go and beat Benfica!
    pfft, Des has been there and got the t-shirt ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    lol I won the League once...was a struggle though, and had a great season to do it. Congrats Razer on the win, glad to see someone else leading the way with AD Fafe
    how could i forget..... love the comment Razer!!

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    FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, 2027-28, Ligue 1


    League Position - 12th: Past Positions


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    Transfer-wise in pre-season I sold Hamidovic to Bayern for 3.4M, so I needed to bring in a new striker. Da Silva was signed for a record deal at 8.25M, he had a good record for Feyenoord and looked good. However he was shocking and scored only 3 goals all season, if he doesn't score a lot of goals next season he will have been a massive waste of money. Sebastian Diaz was signed as rotational cover from Eflsborg for just over 2M. Anthony Rouault who's a fantastic central midfield prospect, was signed for 500K from feeder club Montpellier. Defender Jesper Jensen was signed for 2.3M from Shakhtar to replace out going left back Cezar. Another defender Stephen Crompton was signed in January to replace Lacroix who left for Chelsea at a record price of 10.75M.

    In our first season in European football we did extremely well in the EURO Cup, only narrowly missing out on the final. This is a results tree showing the later stages. The long European run had a big effect on our league campaign, with a small squad we picked up a lot of injuries and our league results sufffered because of this. Elsewhere we only reached the 9th round of the French Cup, we were runners up in the Coupe de la Ligue for the second year in a row. At the beginning of the season we won the Champions Trophy against Stade Malherbe Caen in a close 1-0 final.




    Onze de départ

    GK: Josip Grnja, 28, Croatia- Out of all the players Grnja was the one who probably suffered the most from the extended European run, playing in a total of 61 games. He did well though.

    DR: Moustapha Fofana, 27, Ivory Coast - He didn't have an amazing season but he's still the best DR at the club.

    DL: Jesper Jensen, 28, Denmark - He replaced Brazilian Cezar and did a reasonable job at left back.

    DC: Vladimir Stokic, 25, Bosnia & Herz. - He gave up on ever getting capped for Serbia and decided to accept a call up from his other nation, something I didn't have any idea about. He did a decent job in defence.

    DC: Stephen Crompton, 22, England - The Englishman replaced Lacroix in defence and did an okay job, hopefully he can settle and do better next season.

    MR: Jérôme Hebert, 26, France - An exceptionally good season for Hebert, scoring 12 and assisting 9.

    ML: Stephen Sharp, 23, Scotland - A good season for the young left winger.

    MC: Martin Leitner, 26, Austria - He was one of the best passers in the League again this year, he also managed to achieve a bit more attackingly.

    MC: Matthieu Causse, 31, France
    - Causse was the leading central midfield player yet again this season and continued to do well.

    ST: Da Silva, 26, Brazil - It's unbelievable that he only managed to score 3 goals. He's got the ability to score 20 or so a season like he did in the Dutch league, I expect a massive improvement next season.

    ST: Razvan Ionica, 30, Romania - Razvan continued his good return rate, scoring 28 in 46 starts.

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    Official Fans Player of the Year - Razvan Ionica


    Unofficial Young Player of the Year - Anthony Rouault




    Career Overview



    Code:
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    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2010/11  National    4th       None
    2011/12  National    5th       None
    2012/13  National    7th       None
    2013/14  National    2nd       Promoted 
    2014/15  Ligue 2    18th       Relegated
    2015/16  National    3rd       Promotion
    2016/17  Ligue 2    13th       None
    2017/18  Ligue 2    12th       None
    2018/19  Ligue 2     7th       None
    2019/20  Ligue 2     6th       None
    2020/21  Ligue 2     1st       Promoted as Champions
    2021/22  Ligue 1     18th      Relegated
    2022/23  Ligue 2     1st       Promoted as Champions
    2023/24  Ligue 1     13th      None
    2024/25  Ligue 1     15th      None
    2025/26  Ligue 1     7th       None
    2026/27  Ligue 1     6th       French Cup winners
    2027/28  Ligue 1     12th      Champions Trophy winners
    
    Trophies won:
    
    Ligue 2          (x2) - 2020/21 & 2022/23
    French Cup       (x1) - 2026/27
    Champions Trophy (x1) - 2027/28


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    unlucky season in the league Paul. Europe really affected you by the looks of it. hopefully you can get back on track next season. Da Silva looks a lot better than his 3 goals. hopefully he finds his scoring boots next season.

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    OK boys and girls.


    Perhaps one could call it a quirk, but I like to manage teams that are from places that have at least some redeeming qualities. I actually look at wikipedia and search the net for info and pictures of cities and towns before I decide which team I want to manage. So, as I chose Italy to be my destination in this challenge, I reloaded the save a couple of times to see which are the most likely clubs to be promoted to C2. After contemplating the likes of Pisa and Venezia, I took over at Casertana.


    A somewhat less well known, at least for me, town of Caserta is located in the southern region of Campania about 20 miles north and inland from the coastal city of Naples. Speaking of redeeming qualities, Caserta has been characterized as a sort of Italian Versailles, as this is where Reggia di Caserta, the Caserta Royal Palace, is located. One of the largest buildings erected in Europe during the 18th century, the palace has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been described as "the swan song of the spectacular art of the Baroque". Now this would be a great place to hold a party in celebration of Scudetto! ;)


    The football club Casertana, the "Falchetti", was founded back in 1908 and boasts adequate training facilities, minimal youth facilities and no corporate facilities. What is good about the stadium, Alberto Pinto, is that it is fairly large with a capacity of 12000 - there should not be any urgent needs for expansions or new stadia even after a couple of promotions. Though the club have been playing at a level as high as Serie B (1970-71 & 1991-92), they have not been in professional leagues since 1997. For this reason there cannot be a better time for a young and ambitious manager to lead the club to glory and make the fans and the whole town proud.


    Meet and greet the new manager:

    My name is Borghese, Renzo Borghese.



    The simple plan:

    1. Promotion to Serie B as quickly as possible
    2. Consolidate position in Serie B
    3. Promotion to Serie A
    4. Consolidate position in Serie A
    5. Become numero uno team in Campania (assuming they are in Serie A - beat Napoli)
    6. Challenge for the European qualification places/Scudetto
    7. Win Serie A and European Cups

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    welcome duccio - welcome to the challenge. like your style in picking clubs - i try to pick along similar styles (most of my recent teams tend to have played by water (Como, Real Oviedo, Venezia....) purely a coincidence!!

    looking forward to seeing how you get on.

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    Serie A is a nightmare!!! we've played about a dozen games and have still to record a win. We're bottom and in desperate trouble even at this early stage.... Need to find the winning formula.... and soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    welcome duccio - welcome to the challenge. like your style in picking clubs - i try to pick along similar styles (most of my recent teams tend to have played by water (Como, Real Oviedo, Venezia....) purely a coincidence!!

    looking forward to seeing how you get on.

    Thanks for the welcome rlipscombe.

    I think the Como stadium is so close to the shore a left back could pass the ball into the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duccio View Post
    Thanks for the welcome rlipscombe.

    I think the Como stadium is so close to the shore a left back could pass the ball into the lake.
    you should see Venezia. the away fans have to arrive by Gondola!!

    As for winning in Serie A, bang on cue we win 3-2 away to Bologna having been 2-0 down at half time!!

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    there you go.... not that we play there any more....

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    Well the league Cup has been stunning, in the Third Round we were drawn in a group alongside Maritimo, Vit.Guimaraes & Benfica, so predicted to be smashed and come last, first game out we were down 2:0 at halftime away to Maritimo, I told the boys I was disappointed, and we come back to win in the 93rd minute with a penalty, 3:2. Second game at home to Vit.Guimaraes and we were down 1:0 at halftime, again disappointed, and again we came back to win it, this time 2:1, and with two wins while Benfica drew both of theirs means we have qualified top of the group and will be in the Semi-finals.

    In the Semi we are travelling to Braga.
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    sounds pretty good that Des - you're the master of the half time team talk!! hopefully you can make that final....

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    there you go.... not that we play there any more....

    Instead of arriving in Bentleys and Ferraris, I can imagine filthy rich Serie A stars using yachts and speedboats to get there. I wonder if they bother to use lifejackets... What a silly thought!

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    Casertana - Serie C2/B 2010-11


    Building the squad
    From the get go it was obvious that the players already at the club were not going to amount to much anything. First and foremost there were too few of them, and their quality, apart from one called Francesco Ciro Lucarelli, left much to be desired. Since I like to use narrow formations and rarely employ wingers, even the left sided midfielder Lucarelli's role at the club was doubtfull.


    To have a successfull campaign the whole squad had to be built from scratch. At the same time I was phasing out the deadwood, I approached to sign a large number of players whose contracts were running out or who were without a club. Casertana's reputation is not exactly high, so practically every time I had to compete for a player the player decided Caserta was not the place to go to and buggered off to somewhere else. Despite this I manage to sign some interesting players like:

    GK - Giuseppe Ingrassia (Palermo)
    SW DC - Daniele Adani (unattached)
    DC DM MC - Vincenzo Orlando (unattached, regen)
    D WB MR - Dario Campagna (Juventus)
    MC - Antonio Tundo (Lecce)
    AM L ST - Alessio Campagnacci (Perugia, Casertana's firece rivals)
    ST - Roberto Grimaudo (unattached, ex Cavese and Palermo)


    To ensure I didn't end up with only half a squad I reqested a parent club and got Palermo. I had already signed Ingrassia and was about to sign Grimaudo, so this developement lead to a formation of a Panormitan ”mafia” at Casertana - I loaned no fewer than 7 players from Palermo. When the games were about to begin it was reassuring to notice that the squad I had managed to assemble was actually of a rather high standard for C2.


    The season of 2010-11
    After playing a couple of friendlies against local teams, it was time to begin the real battles. First was the group stage of the Serie C Cup. After some overall mediocre results (0-0 Isola Liri, 3-0 Nuovo Campobasso, 1-1 Manfredonia, 0-1 Barletta) Casertana finished 3rd in Group I, and thus did not qualify for further games. This did not bother me at all, because it meant my team could focus on the more important C2/B campaign.


    In the league the team played well, and played well consistently. During the whole season only 2 teams occupied the pole position: Barletta and Casertana. Barletta were a strong contender until the final 3rd of the season when their form stated to faulter.. Come the end of the season Casertana were crowned the champions of C2/B 11 points ahead of the 2nd place Barletta. Eventually Barletta were promoted aswell.


    The winners of the 3 regional groups of C2 compete against each other in C2 Super Cup. The other participants in the Super Cup were Alto Adige an Catanzaro. Catanzaro lost both of their games, so the Cup winner was decided between Alto Adige and Casertana. The game was played at Alberto Pinto in Caserta. Casertana dominated the game, having more possession of the ball and managing 14 shots on goal, where Alto Adige only had 1 shot on goal. But it was enough! The match ended 1-1, which meant Alto Adige won the Super Cup since they had scored more goals in the competition.


    A very good season where the most important goal was realized: promotion to C1.



    Final table | League graph


    Transfers | Squad at the end of the season


    Roberto Grimaudo - Casertana's top goal scorer


    Vincenzo Orlando - Promising youngster


    Antonio Tundo - Fans player of the year

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    welcome duccio - welcome to the challenge. like your style in picking clubs - i try to pick along similar styles (most of my recent teams tend to have played by water (Como, Real Oviedo, Venezia....) purely a coincidence!!
    I like it as well.
    My strategy for choosing teams is basically to reload several times (20+ normally), note the teams which come up and pick one that only appeared once, looks interesting and that no-one will ever have played before (UGS (Switzerland), Universidad de Oviedo (also influenced by the fact that loads of other people were playing with Real Oviedo), Renato Curi Angolana).

    Anyway, after a month off from the aforementioned RCA I have started the 2nd half of Season 5 and things are looking much better (had been 8 games w/o a win and out of the playouts only on GD). Will probably get the season finished sometime over the weekend.

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    congrats on promotion duccio - great effort at first attempt. Grimaudo is a great player.

    ghostwriter - good to see you back. looking forward to the updates.

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    Wooohooo in only my 2nd season in the Liga Sagres we have qualified for the Euro Cup by coming 5th, on the final day a stunning 2:1 away victory over 4th placed Braga took us from 7th (Outside Euro Spots) to 5th past Nacional (6th) & Maritimo (7th). Maritimo will qualify for the Euro Cup through the Portuguese Cup leaving Nacional out of the spots, a really gutting situation for them, but a great final day by my team. A 9-5-1 second half record on the season and 7-8-0 at home during the whole season including 3 draws against Porto (0-0), Sporting (1-1) & Benfica (1-1).

    I will give a full report tomorrow at some point, its bed time now

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    great stuff Des - no better way to gain Euro qualification than on a last day charge. good home record there too. something to build on for sure. look forward to the season review.

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    End of Season
    2019/20 Liga Sagres
    A Late run to Europe


    The Current Season

    The Quick Reference

    Predicted: 13th
    Actual: 5th
    Odds: 16th (2000-1)
    Portuguese Cup: 5th Round vs Academica
    League Cup: Semi-Final vs Braga
    Finances: 4.2M (10th Por)
    Season Tickets: 1003 (+29)
    The Squad: Squad 1 & 2
    Transfers: 2019/20

    The Season in General

    Well financially this season we didn't do quite as badly as the year before, we only lost about 800k not the 1.7M of the previous season, but we are now 2.5M in debt and there doesn't look to be much chance of improving it quite yet. Hopefully a run into Europe in 2020/21 will help a little bit, we need some serious money into the coffers if we are to have any real chance. As for Transfers we had a lot of players leave as I tried to cut the wages we were spending so that I could extend the core contracts in the squad. I actually believe the squad I have is just getting better and better, only a single loss in the final 15 games is a clear sign to me that my team is solid. Hopefully we can use that to build on with a couple of key signings and nothing more.

    The League

    Well this season my major aim was to build on my 10th place finish last season, and we did that perfectly as we moved up from 12th at the start of the season and steadily progressed until we jumped two spots on the final day of the season by beating Braga, this moved us past Nacional & Maritimo and into the European Spots. I was delighted with our second half run home, we ended with a thirteen game unbeaten streak in the league. This alone pulled us into the top half, and we also were unbeaten at home with 7 wins and 8 draws in the league. We have only lost 1 game at Campo Estrela all season which was a 2:1 defeat to Benfica in the League Cup Group Stage, even that result cannot make me think anything other than our home ground being a fortress.

    Player Stats

    The Cups

    Well an average run in the Portuguese Cup ended against Academica in the 5th round, while our League Cup round saw us through the 2nd Round beating out Rio Ave & Santa Clara, then the 3rd Round we went through over Benfica, Maritimo & Vit.Guimaraes. Of course the run ended as soon as we travelled to Braga for the Semi-Final, but it was still an awesome run and the prize money helped us a lot.

    Player Stats - League Cup
    Player Stats - Portuguese Cup

    The Club's History

    League Records
    Code:
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    |  Season  |  League  | Final Pos | Playoffs | Achievements |
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    |    6th    |          |     None     |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    |    1st    |    2nd   |   Promoted   |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    |    8th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    |    4th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    |    3rd    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    |    1st    |    N/A   |   Promoted   |
    |  2018/19 |    LS    |   10th    |    N/A   |     None     |
    |  2019/20 |    LS    |    5th    |    N/A   | Qualified EC |
    |----------|----------|-----------|----------|--------------|
    Goals Home & Away
    Code:
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    |  Season  |  League  |  Home   |  Away   | Total |
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    |  36-15  |  18-29  | 54-44 |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    |  39-10  |  31-20  | 70-30 |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    |  33-22  |  20-25  | 53-47 |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    |  27-17  |  26-19  | 53-36 |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    |  34-16  |  25-21  | 59-37 |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    |  41-14  |  20-22  | 61-36 |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    |  39-14  |  23-21  | 62-35 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    |  39-10  |  30-19  | 69-29 |
    |  2018/19 |    LS    |  18-18  |  16-32  | 34-50 |
    |  2019/20 |    LS    |  28-13  |  22-25  | 50-38 |
    |----------|----------|---------|---------|-------|
    Record Home & Away
    Code:
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  Season  |  League  |   Home   |  Away    | Total    |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  2010/11 |   2DS    | 10-03-02 | 05-01-09 | 15-04-11 |
    |  2011/12 |   2DS    | 13-03-01 | 07-06-04 | 20-10-05 |
    |  2012/13 |    LV    | 09-01-05 | 03-07-05 | 12-08-10 |
    |  2013/14 |    LV    | 07-06-02 | 08-04-03 | 15-10-05 |
    |  2014/15 |    LV    | 11-04-00 | 07-03-05 | 18-07-05 |
    |  2015/16 |    LV    | 11-02-02 | 04-03-08 | 15-05-10 |
    |  2016/17 |    LV    | 11-01-03 | 05-04-06 | 16-05-09 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    | 12-01-02 | 07-05-03 | 19-06-05 |
    |  2018/19 |    LS    | 05-05-05 | 03-04-08 | 08-09-13 |
    |  2019/20 |    LS    | 07-08-00 | 05-04-06 | 12-12-06 |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|


    1st Half vs 2nd Half
    Code:
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  Season  |  League  |   Open   |  Close   | Total    |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
    |  2016/17 |    LV    | 06-02-07 | 10-03-02 | 16-05-09 |
    |  2017/18 |    LV    | 07-05-03 | 12-01-02 | 19-06-05 |
    |  2018/19 |    LS    | 03-04-08 | 05-05-05 | 08-09-13 |
    |  2019/20 |    LS    | 04-06-05 | 08-06-01 | 12-12-06 |
    |----------|----------|----------|----------|----------|

    Club Records & Competition History


    New Records: Highest League Pos: 5th (LS), Avg Attendance: 6239, Youngest Goalscorer: Theo Tsotetsi - 18y 129d.
    All Records: Part 1 & 2.
    Competition History: 2nd Division South - Winners 2012, Liga Vitalis - Winners 2018, 3rd 2014,2015,2017, Reserves: Group 3 - 3rd 2017, Group 2 - 2nd 2019, U19s Cup - 2nd 2018

    The Players

    The Squad

    Current Teams Stats: This Season & Evora Career.

    Goalkeepers

    33. Leon van Gils - He is just a back-up and without playing for the senior side he has dropped off a bit, he is probably going to leave in the Summer, but if I cannot find a replacement he will sign a new back-up contract.

    30. Carsten Littmann - Conceding just over a goal per game in the Liga Sagres is pretty good at this point, hopefully with a good pairing infront of him that will improve even more. He is definitely one of the best around right now and still pretty young as well.

    Right Backs

    63. Oier Torres - He had a couple of down time in the middle of the season, but he was definitely a superior right back compared to a lot through the league, he had a very good season and made it past 100 appearances for Evora as well.

    36. Jorge Fucile - The Uruguayan International made the move from Porto to Evora in the summer and he may have only played 23 games, but he really was the solid, responsible player I needed in the back joining Addo & Torres to cover fullback.

    90. Pedro Lopes - With a single sub appearance and an assist in that game, Lopes was delighted. He will provide some extra cover into 2020 as we need some cheap reserves instead of the huge wages I have been paying.

    Left Backs

    62. Benjamin Addo - The club's captain had a solid season at the back and was good in his international side as well. He may never be great, but he is definitely strong on the left side of the field. If we can build a good central defense the team will be much stronger.

    93. Gustavo Frangao - He made just a single appearance off the bench, but he is likely to be kept around in the reserve squad as cheap injury cover when I desperately need it as he is solid without costing much.

    Centre Backs

    5. Alberto Fernandez Gonzalez - He is off to Tottenham in July which really disappointed me, but with the lack of a wage budget I couldn't keep him, hopefully I can find a good replacement for a very good central defender who had an average rating over 7 once more.

    4. Francisco Javier Sanchez - Javier Mk II has become the true star at the back, and this season the fans agreed with me and the 21 year old was named as Fans Player of the season. I am looking for him to become part of the Evora core for the next few years as I try to create a team of homegrown superstars.

    95. Americo Viana - One of the youth picks I have in the squad, he doesn't look great, but he has a bit of skill and he may be able to cover in my smaller sized squad that I am attempting to build.

    94. Jeronimo Rebelo - Another youngster who didn't get any game time, but as I try to cut my wage budget so I can try and make money I am likely to use these guys as cover.

    92. Romeu Salgado - He also made no appearances for the senior side, but with Gonzalez on his way out we are going to need cover at DC, so he will stick around on the reserve team.

    16. Maurice van Dommelen - He is just a sub, likely to be let go over summer if I can get someone to join Javier II in the starting line-up.

    Right Wings


    47. Matteo Jehl - The most capped of our current team started the season injured, and came back for just two games before going out again for another long period, with a greatly reduced workload in this season he still looked great when he played, if he can play a whole season in 2020/21 we may see some fireworks.

    55. Alejandro - Well he is not the best thing on the right wing, but he is solid enough and he was pretty good during the constant injuries to our number 1 Jehl. He is slowly building a name as a very solid reserve for our team, and a great fill in when he is needed.

    Left Wings

    27. Hans Winter - He was pretty much the cover from the bench, but he never really appealed too much this season. One of the lefties is likely to leave in summer, not sure which one and whether I will keep either.

    73. Alessandro Gabrieli - Well he was average at best, he may have played a lot of games this season, but he never really showed up. The return of utility Cabezas saw him out of a job.

    Centre Mids

    29. Abraham - He was only average, he played more games than he might've under other circumstances, but Cabezas had to play out on the left for a lot of his season meaning Abraham stayed in the starting line-up.

    25. Pablo Cabezas - Double figure assists is what I am looking for in a senior midfielder, and in his first full season that is exactly what Cabezas has done, he did spend more time on the left wing than in the middle though. At only 24 he could be a lynchpin of the midfield to lead us to a title.

    24. Sergio Torres - Young, Strong, Fit, and a true superstar. He played 26 games for 6 assists, he is just below the true player I want as my centre mid, but he is young enough that if he can improve more he will make us superior.

    91. Jose Filipe Areias - Another of the youth brigade, he actually got a game though, even if he didn't do much. He will provided much needed injury cover without bringing in more players.

    17. Guglielmo Martinelli - 19 average appearances sees him as no more than a back-up, but he is good in that role.

    Strikers

    38. Hector Cruz - 17 goals from 37 games, he went 15 hours in the middle with no goals, but he pulled out of that and ended up looking very good in our run to the finish line, expect him to start the season alongside Guerra.

    82. Marcos Morelli - He didn't play at all last season, and I am going to try and get a few dollars for him during the off season.

    44. Gaetano Santangelo - 19 games for 8 goals, an average outlook from the player who is supposed to be our best striker, Guerra replaced him later on and had a stunning run home, Santangelo never really made it back after that.

    1. Alessandro Guerra - A huge finish to the season saw him take the starting spot in my opinion and he will be there from the start of the new season. At only 21 he will be part of the core of my side as I move forwards.

    11. Theo Tsotetsi - The future of South African Football plays for Evora, if anyone wants him its going to cost them a fair few million pounds. He will be signing to an extended contract in summer and I hope I can keep him for many years to come.

    The Best of the Best



    The 100 Club



    Gabriele Federici 203, Matteo Jehl 169, Jose Manuel 179, Carlos Perez Rojo 170,Deigo Galiano 151, Sebastian Visentin 147, Raphael Lopes 146, Alberto Gonzalez 136, Guilherme Afonso 132, Oier Torres 122, Jose Maria 113, Ander Suarez Rodriguez 100.

    The Awards

    Portugal

    Most Improved: Evora 2nd.

    Liga Sagres

    Manager of the Month - Apr: Des Tiny 2nd.
    Player of the Month - Nov: Hector Cruz 1st, Apr: Sanchez 2nd.
    Forward of the Year: Hector Cruz - Shortlist
    Goal of the Month - Mar: Abraham 1st, Apr: Guerra 2nd.

    Evora

    Fans PotY: Francisco Javier Sanchez (Javier II)

    Best XI: Littmann, O.Torres, Addo, Gonzalez, Javier II, Jehl, Winter, Cabezas, S.Torres, Santangelo, Cruz.
    Subs: Frangao, Guerra, Martinelli, Alejandro, Tsotetsi, Fucile, Hunte (Loan).

    Overall XI: Martins, Rodriguez, Silva, Galiano, Franjic, Jehl, Lopes, Manuel, Leao, Gomis, Afonso.
    Subs: Littman, Alves, Maria, Perez Rojo, Wesllem, Mauro, Willian.

    Where are they now?

    Evora: Jehl, Littman.
    Other Clubs Players: Martins (Nacional), Rodriguez (Anorthosi), Franjic (KV Mechelen), Lopes (Leiria), Manuel (Beira Mar), Gomis (Zamora), Afonso (Zamora), Perez Rojo (Zamora).
    Other Clubs Staff: Silva (Manager: Sanjoanense), Leao (Scout: Unemployed).
    Retired: Galiano, Alves, Maria, Wesllem, Mauro, Willian.


    Just as a point of interest for anyone about Zamora. They have also signed Popo (MRC), and Abraham (ST), Galiano spent a season here before retiring, I don't know why they like signing our players, but that is 6 of ours.

    Long Term Deals: I want to build a core team and it is going to start with Guerra, Cabezas, S.Torres, Javier II & Littman. These five are strong, young and play through the middle well.
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    Hospitalet - Season 8 - Liga BBVA - 2017-18


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    The-Season

    Awesome season as we challenged on 3 fronts; Liga BBVA, Spanish cup and the Euro cup.

    LIGA BBVA

    The league season was excellent as we topped the league for the first time and did so for several weeks. We conceded the least number of goals in the league thanks mainly to our goalkeeper Carlos Kameni. We finished the season with a chance of winning the league as we were 2 points behind Real Madrid with 1 games to play. We managed a 2-0 win over Tenerife but a 4-0 win for Real Madrid over Valladolid gave them the title.

    Spanish Cup - Fixtures

    An nice draw in the fourth round enabled me to play a team which didn't consist of any of my first 11 against Ponferradina and win 4-0 on aggregate.
    The fifth round draw was not kind as we drew Real Madrid. A 2-1 away win set us up nicely and we were able to hold on in the home leg with a 0-0 draw.
    Villarreal were next up and a couple of well played 2-1 wins sent us into the semi-final were we faced Sevilla.
    Against Sevilla we lost the first leg 1-0 but with the second leg at home I was still confident of reaching the final and a 2-0 win took us there.

    The Spanish Cup Final saw us lineup against Barcelona who are the 1 team in the league I always struggle against as in the previous 8 games we had managed 2 0-0 draws and 6 defeats without scoring.
    The final however saw us score our 1st goal against them as Popov gave us the lead in the 43rd minute. Despite taking the lead I was never too confident as Barcelona were creating a lot of good chances (7 clear cut chances in the end to our 3). They eventually equalised in the 68th minute and the game then went into extra time.
    The screen shot of the final above shows that we lost the final on penalties but this didn't actually happen as Barcelona scored in extra time and therefore won the game 2-1. This sounds like a bug that has been previously mentioned on this forum by a couple of people but unlike LLR it didn't change the winning team!

    Euro Cup - Fixtures

    Our first foray into Europe was in the Euro Cup and it went very well. We had 1 round to get through before the group stage which saw us beat Hearts 5-1 on aggregate.

    The Group Stage saw us drawn in a tough group against Tottenham, PSV and Saturn. 2 excellent wins over Spurs 2-1 and 2-0 were our best results at this stage. With a draw and a narrow win over PSV as well as 2 big wins over Saturn 6-0 and 4-1 we finished on top of the group.

    A nice draw in the first knockout stage saw us easily beat Austria Wien 4-0 on aggregate.
    We then had to face our hardest challenge yet as well got Lyon who had been knocked out of the Champions Cup. 2 fantastic performances from Kameni enabled us to get 2 vital clean sheets and snatch a 1-0 aggregate victory.

    A 3-1 aggregate victory over Saint Etienne and a 4-1 aggregate win over Sevilla sent us into the Final.

    The Euro Cup Final was against Dortmund. The game had plenty of chances but we were able to limit Dortmund mostly to long shots (11 long shots out of 17 total) and only 1 clear cut chance. The game then changed when Dortmund's Seifert put the ball into his own net. Top scorer Gobel then completed the victory and claimed the trophy with a 93 minute goal.





    The Players

    Carlos Kameni - GK - Awesome keeper who had an unbelievable season which resulted in him being named Liga BBVA Keeper of the Year and 3rd place in the European Goalkeeper of the Year and named in the Liga BBVA Team of the Year
    Antonio - D RLC - Average defender who was used to rest my first choice players.
    Luca Bianco - DR - My main right back for the whole season who had a good season.
    Marcio - D RC - Player used rotationally whilst playing domestically. Played more percentage of games available in the Euro Cup due to the ineligibility of Evrard.
    Ricardo Alonso - D LC - Another fantastic season from this young Spanish defender. He has now earned a few caps for Spain as they see his potential as well. He also picked up 2nd place in the Spainsh Young Player of the Year
    Luca Milan - DL - Luca had an excellent season playing lots of games whilst he was fully fit and picking up a couple of assists along the way.
    Bobby Evrard - DC - Bought for 2.6m from Standard Bobby was a quality addition to the team and his performances throughout the season domestically were world class. His freshness for the team domestically was as a result of him being ineligible to play in the Euro Cup - something I don't have an answer for (and which was a total surprise) because Standard hadn't played any games at the start of this season. His form domestically resulted in him being named in the first 11 of the Liga BBVA Team of the Year.
    Jorge - DC / DMC - Jorge is described as a Wonderkid and his performances are certainly very good. He played a lot of matches during this season despite only being 19. His status as a forign player will also soon disappear as he is due to gain Spanish nationality in January.
    Rachid Marchal - DC / DMC - Racid joined the club in January for 5m from PSG. He is another young player who I needed in both DC and DMC to rest my main players due to the increase in the number of games we had to play. He also has the ability to go further and become one of my first choice players.
    Pele - DMC - Played most of his games during the first half of the season but with the arrival of Marchal he featured less and less. As a result he will be leaving when his contract runs out in the summer.
    Francesco Viola - MC - Francesco was used both as my starting central midfielder and also as an additional center mid when we had a lead to defend. He played well and contributed with several vital goals and assists.
    Andrea Guido - AMRC - Andrea was brought in for 2.9m from Roma to provide more quality from the center mid position and also cover on the right wing. His first season contribution of 8 goals and 9 assists made the 2.9m paid a bargian.
    Ivelin Popov - AM RLC - Ivelin was brought in as he was highly recommended by my scouts and also because he covered 3 of my midfield positions. He was brought in from Tottenham for 2.1m but mainly only played from the bench. Despite this he still got 6 goals and assists. At the start of the next season we have been able to make a nice profit of 2.3m on him because I sold him to Gimnastic for 4.4m.
    Zoltan Bagi - AMR - One of my most loyal ever present players, Zoltan had another good season (his 6th for the club) playing most of the games despite a couple of minor injuries. He managed 8 goals and 14 assists.
    Joaquim Romao - AMLC - Played in both centre mid and left wing positions. Had an excellent season as he provided the most assists of anybody with 16.
    Mihajlo Zaric - AML - Used a lot during the course of the season but I had expected a bit more.
    Daniel - ST - Another quality season from my young striker. His 28 goals and 10 assists was a fantastic contribution. He also won the Spanish Young Player of the Year.
    Jeroen Gobel - ST - His second season at the club was absolutely miles better than his first season. Jeroen finished the season as our top goalscorer with 32 goals and also contributed with the 3rd most assists with 12.

    Next Season

    Having finished 2nd in the league and qualified for the Champions Cup, finished runner-up in the Spanish Cup and Winning the Euro Cup we had an absolutely brilliant season.

    We also had some excellent end of season news as in our youth intake was Daniel Amengual who is just amazing.

    The board are now getting their full weight financially behind me as they have announced not only a Training Facilities Upgrade but they have announced we will leave our 6500 seat stadium for a New 26574 seat Stadium and they have also injected 5m into the Bank.

    The upcoming season is all about consolidating where we are for when we move into our new Stadium.

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    Just noticed my post above is the first post in 3 days, where has everybody gone?
    I know I'm not the greatest poster as i generally just put up my end of season reports but i always read through how everybody else is doing and now have nothing to read

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    Well I have been busy at work, and this weekend I am playing as Danny Roberts for the Southern Softies, as for the rest of them, I have no idea...

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    Think I'll have a go at this in Scotland now. I hope it's ok to do a second save after completing one? I just like the leagues available to this challenge and I always wanted to do a British one outside England.

    I went on holiday for a season and Queens Park ended last, but I don't wanna play with them. They have to big a reputation. Or at least I assume they do seeing as they have a 52k stadium and won the Scottish cup several times before the 1900s.

    Anyways, my question is when exactly do I take over the team I want in Scotland? Can I just take over the bottom team after the last game of the season? Or should I wait until the season update? Any idea which date this is in that case?

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    I took over after the last game as Elgin

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    Cheers LLR, just in time. I just finished my 3rd try and got Albion Rovers. Interestingly Elgin is in the playoff final, but they'll probably lose.

    Manager Profile | League Table

    Albion Rovers (aka The Wee Rovers) are a old team being founded in 1882, but have mostly been in the lower divisions. Their biggest achievement was being runners-up in the Scottish Cup back in 1920. The current stadium is called Cliftonhill and is based in Coatbridge. It's got room for 1238 fans, 538 of them in seats. The youth and training facilities are adequate and the chairman feels he will never leave the club of his own volition. The financial balance is £107 in the red.

    Time to get going. Any quick tips?

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    The free signings (Oldies) in Scotland will get you promoted immediately

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    Yea, I noticed. Lots of good players on free. A bit surprised I can already send my scouts to very foreign places. Australia, Spain, Norway, France, and many more are on the list. But not Italy, kinda weird. I never really understood that system anyways. I love it though, nice to be able to start a scouting network so early.

    Having a bit of a issue with wages though as I can only give £35 to key players and even less to staff. The really good ones want £100+. I can't find a single scout with 10+ in the right attributes that's willing to go that low on wages. Same for other staff.

    Another great surprise as well. We apparently have Celtic and Motherwell as parent clubs. Celtic already offered to play a friendly before the season. Think I might enjoy this.

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    Good to see you back in this thread Ohanzee, a double completion would be impressive work!
    It will be interesting as several people have done Scotland but Albion Rovers hasn't been attempted before!

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    Thanks StellaF1. Time is running out for me, season is starting to fast. I need 4-5 attacking players still. I don't feel like we have any star players though, but I guess no teams at this level do. If we could give £100 instead of £50 to key players we could assemble a great team, but my board rejected my request to increase the wage budget.

    Just played our friendly against Celtic. Amazing result, although extremely lucky. And they where playing with a really good team to. Hope this is a sign of things to come.

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    Albion Rovers 2010/2011
    1st in Scottish Third Division (pred: 9th) | Transfers | Finances | Graph


    The League
    We got off to a great start grabbing 4 straight one-goal wins and never looked back. At one point we went 19 games unbeaten in the league. We never completely battered any team, but with one exception never got outplayed either. The exception being a 6-0 loss to East Stirlingshire which I'm at a loss to explain. Just one of those games I guess. The game after we bounced back with a 4-1 win over Stranraer and that victory wrapped up the promotion with 3 games left to play. Promotion!

    The Cups
    We went out in the Challenge Cup 2nd round against Partick Thistle, who ended up winning the 2nd division. A good meassure of next season that, as they really outplayed us. So we'll need some improvements to have a shot at another promotion. In the League Cup we went out in the 1st round against our rival Hamilton who are a top 1st division team. The Scottish Cup was a little better, but not much. We got to the 4th round where we managed to hold Queen of the South to a draw to get a replay, but lost 1-0 at home in a very tight match. They got Rangers in the next round so it was a bit sad to go out there.

    The Players
    Not surprisingly two of the on loan players where our best performers. Young Dan Parker was very steady in our back line and chipped in his share of goals on set pieces. Kenny McLean was a very important presence in midfield. And Sean Burns was our top goalscorer.

    Of the contracted players Alan Brazil had a good season. In fact he scored more often than Burns, but played less because of injuries. Our captain Paul Stewart (who was already at the club) also had a very decent season setting up many goals.

    The Finances
    Looking at them our board sure could have given me a bit more of a wage budget to work with. Our gate receipts alone more than made up for the wages this year which is great. The profit was mostly price money. Our stadium was far from filled though with an average attendance of just 312. But that is a increase of 114 from the first season (before I took over).

    The Top Level
    In the Premier League Rangers where the best team this year after Celtic winning last year. Celtic came 2nd and there was a 20 point gap down to the 3rd best team Hearts. Celtic did Scotland proud in Europe by reaching the 1st KO round in the the Champions League where they got battered 7-0 over two games by Villarreal. Rangers also helped the Scottish reputation in Europe as they reached the Semi Finals of the EURO Cup, where Stuttgart knocked them out. None of the other Scottish teams made it to the group stages.

    The Future
    If we're gonna fight for another promotion we'll need some big improvements. I'd love to sign players good enough to do the job, but we might have to rely on loans to do the dirty work again. Hopefully with a healthy bank balance the board will increase our wage budget and maybe even go professional.

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    SEASON	LEAGUE	POS.	S-CUP		L-CUP		EUROPE		NOTES
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    10/11	3rdD	1st	4th round	1st round	-		Promoted
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    Scottish Third Division - 10/11
    Last edited by Ohanzee; 17-03-2010 at 20:42.

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    FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, 2028-29, Ligue 1


    League Position - 11th: Past Positions


    Squad

    Transfers

    Summary

    First of all lets talk transfers. Da Silva wanted to leave so I sold him for 10M. Matias left for 1.5M. Other notable transfers included Martin Leitner leaving in January for 4.9M. I signed Youssouf Fane and Dmytro Zubko on free transfers, both weren't as good as my scouts had made them out to be so were sold later on in the season. Taner Tas was a versatile defender brought in on loan. Nicola Valli was another loanee who was alright. Jose Antonio was a striker also brought in on a free. Maruis Vagnen was brought in for 3M, he became our first choice central defender. Donovan Leferink was brought in for 5.25M with big expectations, although in reality he didn't deliver. Alfredo Segovia was brought in on loan as well as cover, but he wasn't good enough to warrant a place in the team. Georges Wansi was brought in for a measely amount and turned out to be a pretty decent signing. Miguel Angel was also brought in late on in the season and played a few games.

    We were eliminated in the French Cup quarter finals and the 4th round of the Coupe de la Ligue. The league was a similar story to last season, the league is of course as open as ever and during the season there were moments where if we'd have won 2 or 3 matches we would have gone up to 2nd/3rd. At the end of the season we had a bad run of form which stopped any real progress on the league position.

    Financially things are actually starting to look very good, we have 15M in the bank which is a record high. The board agreed to upgrade all facilities from good to whatever comes next, this is for a cheap fee of just 750K. Our stadium currently holds 20650, the board agreed to upgrade it but the council blocked planning permission so for now we wont see any improvements unfortunately.




    Onze de départ

    GK: Josip Grnja, 29, Croatia - Another good season for the number 1 goalkeeper at the club.

    DR: Taner Tas, 19, Turkish - A good season for the loan signing from Besiktas, if I can get him for a reasonable price I will try to bring him to the club on a permanent basis.

    DL: Jesper Jensen, 29, Denmark
    - A pretty good second season at the club for the Dane who is a reliable penalty taker.

    DC: Vladimir Stokic, 26, Bosnia & Herz. - Another decent season at the back for Stokic.

    DC: Marius Vangen, 22, Norway - The Norwegian replaced the out going Stephen Crompton and did well, hopefully he can improve next season.

    MR: Jérôme Hebert, 27, France - Not the best of seasons for the homegrown hero, but he still had a pretty good season nonetheless.

    ML: Stephen Sharp, 24, Scotland
    - The scottish midfielder had a decent campaign this year.

    MC: Kyriakos Vogiatzis, 29, Greece - He was one of the best passers in the League again this year, he also managed to achieve a bit more attackingly.

    MC: Matthieu Causse, 32, France - Causse was the leading central midfield player yet again this season and continued to do well, how long he will continue to be first choice is interesting though as he begins to age.

    ST: Georges Wansi, 30, Cameroon - He was signed in January and did okay I suppose.

    ST: Razvan Ionica, 31, Romania - He didn't play as much this year because we had better strikers at the club, although ironically he scored more than them anyway.

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    Official Fans Player of the Year - Matthieu Causse

    Unofficial Young Player of the Year - Marius Vangen


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    A BIG 'goodbye' to the retiring midfield legend - Sergio Marbus


    Sergio was signed in 2015 when we'd just been promoted to Ligue 2, he stayed at the club following the relegation the next season and has been here ever since. He was made vice-captain of the club in 2017 and promoted to club captain in 2019. Sergio formed a legendary partnership in midfield with Matthieu Causse, the two were the main men in the middle of midfield during the years 2017-27. In all competitions Sergio Marbus played in 457 games for the club. He has decided to stay in football and will shortly become an official member of the coaching staff at the club. If the in-game system for players being on the information screen for legend/icon/favorite etc wasn't completely flawed, Marbus would indeed be a permanent legend on that list.

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    Career Overview

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    2010/11  National    4th       None
    2011/12  National    5th       None
    2012/13  National    7th       None
    2013/14  National    2nd       Promoted 
    2014/15  Ligue 2    18th       Relegated
    2015/16  National    3rd       Promotion
    2016/17  Ligue 2    13th       None
    2017/18  Ligue 2    12th       None
    2018/19  Ligue 2     7th       None
    2019/20  Ligue 2     6th       None
    2020/21  Ligue 2     1st       Promoted as Champions
    2021/22  Ligue 1     18th      Relegated
    2022/23  Ligue 2     1st       Promoted as Champions
    2023/24  Ligue 1     13th      None
    2024/25  Ligue 1     15th      None
    2025/26  Ligue 1     7th       None
    2026/27  Ligue 1     6th       French Cup winners
    2027/28  Ligue 1     12th      Champions Trophy winners
    2028/29  Ligue 1     11th      None
    
    Trophies won:
    
    Ligue 2          (x2) - 2020/21 & 2022/23
    French Cup       (x1) - 2026/27
    Champions Trophy (x1) - 2027/28
    
    Unofficial Club Hall of Fame/Alumni:
    
    Legends            - Joel Kouassi, Sergio Marbus 
    Icons              - Paul Hart, Matthieu Causse, Jérôme Hebert, Razvan Ionica 
    Favoured Personnel - Alexandru Musca, Chakib Saber, Vivaldy Joaquim


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    WoonwagenKamp Emmen End of season report 2015/2016

    No screenies as having some trouble with computer.

    Best season so far we finished 4th and were brilliant all season. Qualified for the Europa League. I figured out how to motivate most of my players now, so next season I think we can push for the title.




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      Jupiler       2012       8th            Promoted via playoffs
      Eredivisie   2013      15th          Survived!
      Eredivisie   2014      10th          Reached semis of cup
      Eredivisie   2015      8th            Lost in Euro Places Playoff
      Eredivisie   2016      4th            Qualified for the Europa League

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    You sure are persistent PaulHartman71. I really hope you can push for Europe soon, you'd deserve it!
    Good luck in Europe yababo.

    <off topic>
    I've been meaning to ask something, may as well do it here since one of my screenshots from the season review show what I mean. I play in windowed-mode, and sometimes when I browse the forums and then 'alt-tab' to Football Manager the tooltip from my mouse cursor stays through the FM window. You can see it in the League Table screenshot. Have anyone else experienced this? I'm wondering if this can be connected to the interface-lag I sometimes experienced in the extended English league challenge.
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    sorry i've been quiet guys.... been busy and not played Venezia save.

    Stella - great sason there. looks like your edging towards challenge completion
    Ohanzee - good to have you back. sure you'll be showing Celtic and Rangers the way soon.
    yabobo - well done on a good season. looking forward to european football next season
    PualHartman - looks like you were a little unlucky in end - you seem to be better than 11th. fingers crossed for next season.

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    Ohanzee - not sure what to say about that really. i get it occasionally but goes pretty quickly....

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    rlipscombe - Yea it goes away real quick, just clicking on the FM window where it is and it's gone. Was just wondering cause in the save I had the laggy/slow response issues it felt almost like FM didn't realize it was the front window sometimes. But I haven't had any of this interface-lag in this save so far so it must be more to it.

    Been reading through the last page of this thread. Not to much activity in here lately? I was expecting it to take off now that the last patch was out. I love this last patch by the way. Match engine seem to be very good right now. Not having weird stuff happen every match or 53252 one on ones only to miss them all. And I don't feel like the opposition is gonna get a huge chance every time they got the ball either. Everything just feels more balanced.

    StellaF1 - What an amazing season, congrats on the EURO Cup win. Knocked out some great teams there. I love that you got Kameni, he's one of my favorite goalkeepers. I dunno if I'd call him underrated, but I always thought he should be in a bigger club, and now he is. That Daniel Amengual looks brilliant!!
    LLR - Great progress, very well done! Especially with such financial troubles. YOu seem to have a very good squad, lots of options. Good luck in Europe next year!
    duccio - Well done, great first season. Good luck in the C1.
    rlipscombe - Good luck in Serie A. Or have you already finished the season? A while since that pre-season update. *cough* You got some good signings there, but I can see how you'd struggle against the top teams. Crossing fingers just in case you need it.
    Razer82 - Congrats on the league win. Good to see someone have success with Fafe this year also. Hope you can get a good group in the CL again and a lucky draw in the KO round. Liverpool are really tough to play against in this game. Torres is hopeless to handle. Good luck.

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    Hey everyone, hoping some of you can help, I have been looking around for some good kits, I want to try and get a new set, most of the ones I have are from 08 or 09 seasons. I just downloaded the Metallic Logos Megapack, and I seem to have logos for neaarly every team in the world now. So now I am hoping someone can suggest a set of kits that covers nearly everyone

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    ohanzee - i expected a little surge in interest but all we have had is the opposite. As for my game, i am in the January window. struggling a lot and in drop zone at moment. we have the players but i can't get a formation to keep the goals out at moment. only just uploaded latest patch so hoping it gives up an upturn in fortunes. might do a mid-season update if i can somehow make us look better than we are....

    Des - i get all my kits from FMGlive - they have a great range. i personally prefer the "SS" range, tohugh there is plenty to choose from. i use them for all my facepacks, kits, logos etc. i'd try there first

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    Default Re: FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    Des - i get all my kits from FMGlive - they have a great range. i personally prefer the "SS" range, tohugh there is plenty to choose from. i use them for all my facepacks, kits, logos etc. i'd try there first
    Thats the exact range I use, I just noticed that this season they seem to be missing a lot of the lower league ones. I might just build a set myself using theirs over the last few years.

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    I've decided to do this challenge, and I loaded up a France save, but now I'm considering a Portugal save instead. I'm stuck.

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    France >>>> Anywhere else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teezy. View Post
    I've decided to do this challenge, and I loaded up a France save, but now I'm considering a Portugal save instead. I'm stuck.
    I would vote for Portugal, its a crapload of fun, but it can take a while to get out of the bottom leagues.

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    Default Re: FM10 Small Club to Big Club Big Euro Nation Challenge

    After reading through the thread, I predicted a contrasting response from you two.

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    You can't take charge of a team from the CFA?

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    yeah, you have to start in the National division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulHartman71 View Post
    yeah, you have to start in the National division.
    Ahh okay. Why is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teezy. View Post
    Ahh okay. Why is that?
    The CFA is unplayable - so you start with a team promoted to the National.

    Welcome Teezy - wherever you play. I should campaign for Italy really!!

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    anyone got a win they want to let me buy??? things are not going well.....

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    You can have one from me. I'm pretty much in no mans land anyways. Sitting 2nd in the table, 10 points up to Livingston who are just to good for this division. But there's also 14 points down to 5th so playoff is more or less secure. Still 11 games to go though. Strange division this, everyone seem to be able to beat everyone. Almost all wins and losses so far have been with a 1 goal difference.

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    anyone want to let me buy a striker that will actually score? have brought in 3/4 strikers in the last 3 seasons who all in theory should be hitting in 15/20 a season, if I added them all up they wouldn't have that between them

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    here's the table at the start of February... a picture paints a thousand words.....

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    I know that feeling. I have 6 players rotating two striker positions and all of them play 5.8 or lower every 3 games or so. It's hopeless to figure out which of them I'm gonna give a long run as a starter. My top scorer so far have 16 goals in 29. Not so bad, but considering 7 of those came in 2 home matches where we hammered the opposition it's not much to talk about. That's 9 in 27 games if I take those 7 away.

    I have the same problem in defense. One of my central defenders is very steady, but who ever I put in the other spot he makes some huge mistake and plays 5.8 every other game. Very annoying.

    We just played Livingston away and had a 1-0 lead until 92' when they equalized. So there goes any hope of direct promotion. 10 points up and 7 games to go. Better start preparing for playoffs.

    *edit*

    Ouch rlipscombe. That's gonna be tough. What formation/tactic you using? I'm still playing my 41212 from 10.2 and it's very steady. I'm guessing you have wingers though?
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    and we have just gone to Fiorentina and lost 8-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohanzee View Post
    I know that feeling. I have 6 players rotating two striker positions and all of them play 5.8 or lower every 3 games or so. It's hopeless to figure out which of them I'm gonna give a long run as a starter. My top scorer so far have 16 goals in 29. Not so bad, but considering 7 of those came in 2 home matches where we hammered the opposition it's not much to talk about. That's 9 in 27 games if I take those 7 away.

    I have the same problem in defense. One of my central defenders is very steady, but who ever I put in the other spot he makes some huge mistake and plays 5.8 every other game. Very annoying.

    We just played Livingston away and had a 1-0 lead until 92' when they equalized. So there goes any hope of direct promotion. 10 points up and 7 games to go. Better start preparing for playoffs.

    *edit*

    Ouch rlipscombe. That's gonna be tough. What formation/tactic you using? I'm still playing my 41212 from 10.2 and it's very steady. I'm guessing you have wingers though?
    i've tried all sorts. started with usual 4-4-2, then tried 4-4-2 DM, tried 4-1-3-2, 4-5-1, 4-1-2-2-1..... defencive, standard, control, you name it, i've tried it.....

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    The 41212 I use is from this thread. I changed it to classic view and tweaked it a bit, and you can find that version in the first post as well (here). Not a world beater by any means, but it's been working for me in many saves. Just a fairly balanced tactic that gets better as your players gets better. I like it, cause I know it works well once my players get to know it. Gives me time to work on other aspects like training and scouting. Give it a go if you like, sounds like you have nothing to lose at this point.

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    i might give it a go tomorrow. always tried to stay away from other people tactics - no real reason really. Just reverted back to my Serie B formation and we lost narrowly 1-0 at home t oSiena. had a penalty shout too. might give that an extended run. nothing to lose now as 11 points off safety with 15 games to go.....

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    Albion Rovers 2011/2012
    3rd in Scottish Second Division (pred: 10th) | Transfers | Finances | Graph


    The League
    It started bad, or so I thought, as we started with a 2-3-3 record in the first 8 matches. But it turned out most teams in this league are very equal so that was still enough to be around playoff spots at that point. As the new players got to know each other we started playing better and we never looked like we'd fall out of the playoff spots. We lost our 2nd place in the last 8 games as I decided to rotate a lot more in the hope of one of my fringe players turning it on. But it didn't matter as we would meet East Fife in the playoffs either way. No one could do anything about Livingston at the top. They started the season with 12 wins in the first 14 matches and never looked back.

    The playoffs went well. We already beat East Fife 3-0 at home in the second to last game of the season and we had a very similar performance in the 2-0 win in the 1st leg. We where a bit lucky to win the 2nd leg, but we deserved our spot in the final. Brechin somehow had knocked out Dunfermline (1st div. side) and I love playing against Brechin. Always lots of goals in our games so far. I wasn't expecting to beat them 5-2 away, but after that it was really a formality as a record crowd of 1212 came to see us win promotion in the 2nd leg at home.

    The Cups
    Another bad year. We went out of the Challenge Cup in the 2nd round against Falkirk, who won the 1st division so it wasn't much of a surprise. The League Cup was worse as we went out in the 1st round this year with a 1-0 loss away to Partick Thistle. In the Scottish Cup we managed to hold First Division side Raith to a draw away, but lost 1-0 in the replay at home. That was in the 4th round.

    The Players
    A lot of new faces again this year, but the guy I was most excited about signing was Adam Pepper. He was released by Liverpool and I was really surprised we managed to get him. I wish I had a screenshot of him when he joined cause he's improved a lot this season. To give you an idea, my assistant thought he was a leading star for the Second Division when he joined. Now he thinks he's a good Premier League player. He started off slow, but improved all season and in the end was one of our best attacking players.

    In the back four two Spanish players, David Garrido and Paco Borrego, where our most consistent performers and they also got the highest average rating of any of our players this year.

    In midfield I had high hopes for several players, but only one managed to stay really consistent. Polish Maciej Biernacki never had a bad game and set up more goals than anyone. In October we signed another Spaniard on free, Rodri. He turned out to be our second most consistent midfielder after Biernacki.

    John Baird became the top goal scorer, but as already mentioned he was incredibly inconsistent.

    The Finances
    Looks decent still. We got over £200k from gate receipts this season, which more than covers our £105k expenditure on wages. It's nice to actually make a profit on that for once. Our average attendance went up to 575 this year from 312 last year.

    The Top Level
    In the top division Celtic managed to take back the title Rangers had gotten last year. Rangers actually ended 3rd with Dudndee Utd sneaking between the two giants. They ended on 74, 73 and 70 points so it was a close race. Behind them it was 11 points down to the next group lead by Motherwell in 4th.

    In Europe the Scottish teams did not follow up last years performance, but Celtic reached the Quarter Final of the EURO Cup where Sevilla proved to strong. Rangers came 3rd in their CL group and went out in the 1st KO round of the EURO Cup against Ajax. Also pleasing was that Motherwell managed to reach the group stage in the EURO Cup this year.

    The Future
    I hope we go professional now. Not that it matters much as I'm already giving most of my players fulltime contracts so they can train better. Not sure what to expect of the Fist Division, but I hope we can stay well clear of relegation and maybe push for playoffs depending on what kind of players we can pick up. Adam Pepper is the only player I've given a long term contract, and I really hope we can hang on to him as I feel he can take us up to the top level.

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    SEASON	LEAGUE	POS.	S-CUP		L-CUP		EUROPE		NOTES
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    10/11	3D	1st	4th round	1st round	-		Promoted
    11/12	2D	3rd	4th round	1st round	-		Promoted through playoff
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    TROPHY CABINET
    
    Scottish Third Division - 10/11
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