Possibly not making training schedules?
Possibly not making training schedules?
cardiovascular - i have no idea to be honest - can't say i pay much attention to my own profile and ratings...
PRDH - good season there though the European form still seems to avade you. any ideas why? Any plans to improve this. Reda Khellaf looks like a great prospect and could definately be the hier to the throne so to speak.
good luck next season.
i would've guessed things like taking your own team talks would affect hands-on approach...in team settings u can set the assistant to arrange friendlies, take team talks etc etc so doing that kinda stuff yourself i would guess would help the rating...bar that i have no idea
rlipscombe - I honestly have no idea why my European performance are so poor. I can pull off some great one-off performances - I've beaten Barcelona 4-2 in the Nou Camp before. But then I go and lose to Partizan it's very strange.
I'm excited by Khellaf - I can't believe he was transfer-listed at Liverpool - what were they thinking?
Not been a good start to the new season - lost the Champions Trophy to Lyon.
I've added more screenshots to the update too.
aha G-Wiz, makes sense.
I don't arrange or control friendlies, nor press conferences
I don't control or arrange friendlies, but I do do press conferences and team talks, or at least I supervise them.
I do friendlies and I try to do as many team talks as I can, but my Ass Man runs my conferences most of the time
Venezia's season is drawing to a close now with 7 games to go and i should have it done in the next couple of days.... suffice to say we're doing much better than last time, but we're not out of the relegation picture just yet......
Some European progress this season. I have qualified from my Champions League group. Excellent! Not convinced I'll go much further without a very friendly draw though. Oh well. On my day I can take anyone. Hopefully I'll have one of those days!
 - Been drawn against Galatasaray in the next round. I think that's actually one of the draws I have a hope with. I expect to beat Turkish sides. Especially as most of the young Turkish talent has passed through my club at some stage in the last 5 seasons!
Last edited by PRDH; 14-04-2010 at 10:05.
good draw that PRDH - at least you've avoided a giant from Spain, England and Italy... fingers crossed for you.
We got what I wanted. The title was ours with a game to spare. A truly great season - our steady improvements were all for this. Once we grabbed top spot, we never let go and although we looked like we may slip up late on, other results favoured us. In my opinion, I was deservedly named Manager of the Year. Bring on the Scottish Second Division!
Cups: Challenge Cup | League Cup | Scottish Cup
The Challenge Cup saw us scrape through then beaten by a better team, likewise the League Cup, except without the scraping through part, we were overpowered completely by Livi. The Scottish Cup was the biggest disappointment this year, we were struggling against St Cuthbert but we did get through, unfortunately Cowdenbeath were better than us although we should have progressed.
Annan Athletic Squad Stats | Transfers
Mark Smith - Mark was absolutely brilliant this year, the new boy settled in quickly enough to become our best player at the back. 5 MoM awards tells alot about his achievements this season; he also picked up Fans Player of the Year so he is a hit with them clearly.
Adam Waite - Another great buy. Despite having a difficult season with injuries, he chipped in with goals and assists from the AML spot and generally had a great season - he was named runner up in signing of the season.
Tom Cruise - As far as footballing came for us, he was as good as his namesake is in acting. Recovered from an average season last year to a have a great one this year.
Steve Maclean - Had his good games, had his bad games, had his great games and had his terrible games. Top scorer though and there isn't much you can ask for other than from a lone striker, can you?
Code:|Season | League | Finish | Achievements | |----------------------------------------------| |2010/11 | SD3 | 5th | None | |2011/12 | SD3 | 2nd | Lost in playoffs | |2012/13 | SD3 | 3rd | Lost in playoffs | |2013/14 | SD3 | 1st | Champions! |
Last edited by Cardiovascular; 14-04-2010 at 20:22.
congrats cardiovascular - good luck in Division 2. good to see Steven Maclean doing weel for you being an ex-Owl....
Welcome to live coverage of the First Knockout Round First Leg between SO Romorantin and Galatasaray. We're coming to you from SO Romorantin Stadium where a full house is expected for this tie.
Romorantin have practically no European history to speak of. Having only got to this stage in the competition once before where they lost to Atletico Madrid 3-0 on aggregate. They'll be hoping for better this time, that's for sure. And with the first leg at home, they'll be looking for a strong result here.
7 mins - GOAL!! Galatasaray take the lead. And that's the start they must have dreamed of. They get an early away goal. And it's going to be a struggle now for Romorantin. 0-1
-Romorantin need to pull something out of the bag here, and it seems they've taken club legend Kresic off at half-time, replacing him with the Russian youngster - Safin. A big gamble. Will it pay off. Well, we'll soon find out as the second half kicks off...
46 mins - Mosquera is played through on goal by Boateng. He controls it. Steadies himself. Shoots. Beats the keeper, but it comes crashing back off the post and away to safety.
49 mins - Another chance. Good work from Boateng down the left, as he brings it onto his right foot and plays it to left back Danilo who's on the edge of the box. He hits it first time, and the goalkeeper gets across to make a great save and beat it away. The rebound falls to Mosquera though. He takes a touch. And fires it home. That makes up for his earlier miss. And Romorantin are back in this game. 1-0
54 mins - Romorantin look a different team this half. And they have another chance as Mosquera plays a through ball for Safin to run onto. He's one-on-one with the 'keeper, but the goalie does well and saves.
62 mins - Boateng again causes chaos down the left side. He's eventually tackled but the ball runs to Danilo who swings in a cross towards the far post, where Mosquera is arriving at pace. And he lashes home a volley. Romorantin take the lead!! 2-1
71 mins - A second substitution as Jin replaces Chatzis on the left wing for Romorantin.
89 mins - Two substitutes combine for Romrantin's third. Jin gets down the left wing to whip an inviting ball into the six-yard box where Safin rises highest to nod home. 3-1
90 mins - You'd be forgiven for thinking that might be enough for Romorantin but they seem determined to make up for the poor start as they attack again. This time Boateng picks up the ball in the middle. Beats one man, and then squares to Safin. Safin brings the ball forward, and then puts it selflessly across goal for Boateng to slot low into an empty net. A great team goal. 4-1
90 mins - In the aftermath of the goal D'Angelo comes on to replace Pane. We imagine this will mean that young Raptis will move across to cover at right back with D'Angelo slotting into the middle of defence. Pane had been looking dead on his feet.
90 mins - Three minutes of time added on.
Full-time - A great turn around for Romorantin. The fans must have feared the worst when they went behind to an early goal. But a brace from Mosquera and one each from Safin and Boateng made it 4-1 and has left them in a strong position for their visit to Turkey. The Man of the Match, unsurprisingly, is Wilson Mosquera.
Last edited by PRDH; 15-04-2010 at 16:51.
good result there PRDH. sure you can bring it home in the second leg...
 - Back on the domestic front I just pulled off a huge result at Lyon. Before the game they were three points behind with a game in hand. I went into the game without three central defenders (Ropponen, The Boss and Jedidi all injured) so instead I had Raptis (19), D'Angelo (21) and Bilgin (21) in the squad. And they limited Lyon to one goal and then Jin snuck the win with a 93rd minute winner. Cracking game. Cracking result!
Last edited by PRDH; 15-04-2010 at 17:54.
A 3-2 win in Turkey means we progress to the next round where we will face Celtic - hopefully, another winnable tie.
decent draw there PRDH.
Wow. Real fixture pile up now. The squad is getting pretty bare, and I'm now off to Glasgow to face Celtic in the first leg.
Half-time - a drab first half means we come in level at 0-0 at the break. Romorantin won't be too disappointed at this scoreline so far. But they would like an away goal.
73 mins - Chatzis swings a cross into the middle of the area from the left. Safin rises highest and scores with a looping header into the far corner. And that's an away goal for Romorantin. 0-1
76 mins - All hell breaks loose. Safin plays a lovely ball behind the defence for Mosquera to run onto. He cuts inside, and squares it to Traverso who is breaking from midfield. He takes a touch and slams it high into the net. Romorantin are thrilled. 0-2
80 mins - This game gets better for Romorantin. Kostopoulos lofts a pass over the Celtic defence. Ugur Nergiz latches onto it, and again powers it home. 0-3
Full Time - A crazy 10 minutes for Romorantin has left them firm favourites taking three unanswered away goals back with to France. A great day for them a good team performance epitomised by man of the match Nikos Chatzis. Romorantin should be firm favourites to get through this round now.
Last edited by PRDH; 15-04-2010 at 21:48.
top result away from home there. surely you can stroll through the home leg
Yeah, hopefully. Now straight into the next game - the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. Kresic misses the game and we have seven players away on international duty. Tough!
[edit1] - Struggled through that game, into the French Cup Quarter Final and we have 14 (fourteen) players away on international duty. This should not be allowed, I don't have a right-winger! This will be very tough!
[edit2] - Well. Wow! A great performance from the weakened side, produced a 4-0 victory in the French Cup Quarter-final. Hopefully the players will be back in time for the next game!
[edit3] - Second leg against Celtic. 3-0 up after the first. Should be a win I'd have thought.
[edit4] - A 1-1 draw means we're into the Semi-final.
[edit5] - In the semi-final we will face Porto - Again, I think I've been lucky. As in the other tie Barcelona play Man Utd.
[edit6] - An astonishing performance from Romorantin 'keeper Korkmaz saw them survive 14 shots on goal in relation to there own 4 to win 1-0 in the first (home) leg of the Champions League!
[edit7] - Another great performance from the goalkeeper meant that we held on for a 0-0 draw in Portugal. And Romorantin are in the Champions League Final, where we will face the mighty Barcelona. And it's a first chance to complete the challenge.
[edit8] - An astonishing statistic here that has just appeared as the final with Barcelona is confirmed. We've played them twice, and haven't lost. Back in 2022 we faced them in the group stages and drew 1-1 at home before going to Spain and claiming a 3-2 win in the Nou Camp. Encouragement? Not really no!
Last edited by PRDH; 16-04-2010 at 01:06.
Right separate post time. We're here for the final of the Champions League with Barcelona taking on Romorantin.
33 mins - GOAL!! for Barcelona. Oh dear!
Half-time - Well, we're one nil down, but we have at least been in the game, and the scoreline isn't embarrassing. Which is part of what I'm looking to do here! 1-0
52 mins - Mosquera throw in from the right. Into the box. Safin is beaten to the ball. But the clearance falls to Mosquera again. He swings the ball in first time. Khellaf rises, and scores. The defender should have dealt with that. But I'm not complaining. We're back in this match. Slightly against the run of play. But I'm not worried. 1-1
71 mins PENALTY to Romorantin. Another throw from Mosquera into the box, this time Jin is hauled down and the referee points to the spot.
72 mins - It's Mosquera who steps up to take it. And it's IN!! He smashes it low to the 'keeper's right. Romorantin are ahead! 1-2
75 mins - Well that lead lasted an ominously short amount of time! Denilson (who you may recall spent a season on loan at Romorantin in his youth) scores a belter from 30 yards out. That's unstoppable. And it's 2-2
76 mins - Double substitution from Romorantin. Safin and Traverso come off to be replaced by Kresic and Reyes.
Full-time - Frankly Romorantin have done well to get this far. But they now have to play an extra 30 minutes to decide a winner.
First Half of Extra Time
104 mins - There's a freekick to Romorantin. 40+ yards out. Raptis steps up behind it. And he's going to shoot. Should we be wasting possession like this? Yes! YES WE SHOULD! An incredible strike. Struck with real venom into the top right hand corner of the goal. No one would save that! No one! And that's Romorantin in the lead again! 3-2 Just 15 minutes to hold out for the win.
Half time of Extra Time - Well surely no one could have expected that. The crowd went wild as, just before half time, the defender slammed that free-kick home. And Romorantin are just 15 minutes away from completing the fairytale!
Second Half of Extra Time
111 mins - The substitute Reyes picks up a second yellow card and he's sent off. Desperate re-jigging sees Kresic drop back into midfield for the remainder as Romorantin set about clinging on for the last 10 minutes with 10 men.
115 mins - Parvu plays the ball into Khellaf's feet on the edge of the box. He shoots, but the shot is charged down, it falls to Mosquera who lays it back to Khellaf who has another go. And it has absolutely flown past the Barcelona 'keeper. That must be it. 4-2 5 minutes to go. Surely the trophy is theirs?
Full time - It is! Rank outsiders SO Romorantin have come from behind to claim a 4-2 victory after being reduced to 10 men in extra-time. A heroic performance. One that will go down in history! Man of the Match, with two goals is unsurprisingly Khellaf. What a team performance. What a game!
CHALLENGE COMPLETED!! - Update will follow tomorrow sometime!
Last edited by PRDH; 16-04-2010 at 03:38.
Congrats PRDH a great season there
congrats PRDH - well done. about time you performed in europe!
FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, 2032-33, Ligue 1
SummaryFollowing on from our 10th place finish last season I was hoping we could repeat a mid-table kind of finish. Our finances have been gradually getting better each season giving me an increasing wage and transfer budget, this season I had around 5M to spend along with whatever I made through selling players. I didn't spend all of what I made though, preferring to keep it for next season. The big money signing I made was 6M for Argentina midfielder Gonzalo Rizzi from Salzburg. He's looking like a real quality player for this division and it's almost surprising that I've managed to not waste money on a player costing more than 5M. I brought in a few players in on loan, the bigger clubs all being tight ******** and charging me a loan fee wasn't nice. Other notable transfers included Jose Luis being sold to Leverkusen for a good price, he was good but not irreplaceable even with someone slightly less talented than him. Bright prospects Frank Nok and Anthony Rouault went out on loan to FC Guegnon and Espanyol respectively. Nok played in around 10 games for Ligue 1 side Guegnon, which will have given him some experience, not as much as I would have liked though. Rouault meanwhile picked up around 30 games for Liga BBVA side Espanyol, which will is brilliant and the improvements in him is significant enough for him to become part of the first team now.
The First XI
GK: Maxim Gavrilov, 26, Ukraine - He's decent, I could get better in but it would cost too much.
DR: Alberto Nocera, 26, Italy - He was Jose Luis' replacement, he looks just as good if not better.
DL: Marlon Dahm, 22, Belgium - He's fairly good but still hasn't reached his full potential, although he is only 22 to be fair to him.
DC: Lucas, 22, Brazil - He was good but Stade Malherbe came calling with a decent price and he wished to leave, so I sold him. I hope I can bring in a good replacement for him.
DC: Vladimir Stokic, 30, Bosnia & Herz. - He's alright as a rotational backup player but I wouldn't want to play him this much next season, hoping I can get someone better in.
MR: Jerome Hebert, 31, France - He's still good enough to be playing in the first team on a consistent basis, although I reckon he only has one or two 30 game seasons left in him.
ML: Stephen Sharp, 28, Scotland - Another fans player of the year quality performance from the Scot, he also made the Ligue 1 team of the year.
MC: Gonzalo Rizzi, 24, Argentina - The 6M new signing didn't have an amazing start to his career at the club, but he has the ability to do so. I'm hoping that he continues to play as well if not better than he did this year.
MC: Matthieu Causse, 36, France - Despite getting slower Causse still has some ability left in him which made him a good option to partner with Rizzi. I can't see him keeping his place next year and starting 30 games again though.
ST: Donovan Leferink, 28, Holland - He had an okay season but OM came calling and he wanted to go. He didn't show me the loyalty that I've shown him but he would never perform for me anyway, I fully expect him to score 20+ goals for them next year.
ST: Brice Gosset, 23, France - He had another decent goal scoring season.
Official Fans Player of the Year - Stephen Sharp
Unofficial Young Player of the Year - Lucas
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 2027/28 Ligue 1 12th Champions Trophy winners 2028/29 Ligue 1 11th None 2029/30 Ligue 1 17th None 2030/31 Ligue 1 16th None 2031/32 Ligue 1 10th None 2032/33 Ligue 1 9th 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, Vivaldy Joaquim, Stephen Sharp,
**Season Update - SO Romorantin - 2026/27 Season - Ligue 1**
The pre-season transfer market was pretty quiet for Romorantin. After last season I was confident I could compete again with largely the same team in France, and didn't really know how to strengthen for Europe. There was only one transfer in involving a fee. That of Anselmo, a young Brazilian striker - the deal had been struck some time ago.
Otherwise, a couple of players came in on frees for the reserves with me looking to sell them on for a profit.
The only transfer for the first team was the return of Richard Eros. He left 5 years ago or so, for £13M+ but returned on a free. He would be good competition for Parvu.
In January we strengthened slightly, but all of the signings were for the future predominantly.
A disappointing start to the season made me wonder whether I'd made the right decision neglecting to invest. We lost the Champions Trophy to Lyon and also a couple of our first three games. Fortunately we hit form again and rose up the table. We had another blip and dropped a few places, but regained focus and powered home from the midway stage to retain the title - our fifth overall.
We performed pretty well in both cups which actually caused some problems as the squad became incredibly stretched in the last third of the season. This was not helped by some unkind international call-ups leaving us with three first team players for a quarter-final. Eventually we lost in the French Cup Semi-final to PSG but won the Coupe de la Ligue. Interestingly PSG went on to lose to Ligue 2 side Pacy Football in the final - a real cup moment.
Well, you all know the result of my European run. A combination of lucky draws and some really great performances meant we got to the final, and won. Particular note here goes to Korkmaz the goalkeeper who was man of the match in both legs of the semi-final and managed to deny Barcelona any more than the two goals they got. We got through our group, finishing in second behind HSV, knocking Liverpool and Olympiakos out at that stage. We then beat Galatasaray 6-4 on aggregate to get to the Quarter-final where we beat Celtic 4-1 overall thanks to a great 3-0 victory in Glasgow. We face Porto in the semi-final snatching a 1-0 victory at home and then clinging on to a 0-0 draw in Portugal. It was then that we faced Barcelona, coming out eventual 4-2 victors after extra-time.
Where I've been as part of my European Adventures
Attempt 1 - Hungary, Serbia, Austria, England, Russia, Italy
Attempt 2 - Moldova, Montenegro, Slovakia, Belgium, Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Spain
Attempt 3 - Serbia, Italy, Germany, Spain
Attempt 4 - Greece, Spain, England, Germany
Attempt 5 - Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Belgium
Attempt 6 - Spain, Belgium, Germany, Germany, Italy, England
Attempt 7 - Germany, Greece, England, Turkey, Scotland, Portugal and then we beat a Spanish team in Portugal.
The same system stands - I will put the first choice player in each position in bold, and will italicise the players I think most important or interesting. So here goes:
Ibrehima Kone - Once again was Korkmaz's able deputy. Played a few cup games, did not embarrass himself.
Gokhan Korkmaz - Almost single-handedly won us the Champions League another great season, he'll leave soon, as he's not signing a new contract, and I can't afford to not get money for this type of player.
Vangelis Kostopoulos - I'm not convinced he's really good enough, but did a decent job for us. Wasn't trusted with the Champions League final, but then nor was Pane!
Dimitris Raptis - Rapidly becoming one of the world's best defenders despite only being 19. He was tasked with playing right back in the final, and did it brilliantly.
Anis Fekih - His injury proneness continues. He can not get a decent run of games going, and so is stalling somewhat. He's still a good defender.
Henk 'The Boss' Bosschaart - Another strong season for the commanding defender. Part of a formidable quartet of central defenders.
Nestor D'Angelo - The fifth best centre-half at the club, but given the quality of the other four, there is no shame in that! Due to injuries he played enough games to get a winner's medal
Savas Bilgin - Will really struggle to breakthrough the five ahead of him in line, so I may look to offload him, despite him being a good young defender.
Abderraouf Jedidi - Another quality defender at the club. It feels he ought to be much older than he is, as he's been around the squad for a while, but is turning into a very classy centre back.
Mikko Ropponen - The fourth of the much heralded group. I honestly believe they are four of the best in the world, and to have them all at one club and happy is great.
Pietro Pane - I'm not convinced by this right back either. He can do a job, but will he take us to the next level - that is the question.
Danilo - Another good season from the youngster. He's pretty good, but I may look to bring someone more experienced than him to take the pressure off him.
Wilson Mosquera - The winger just gets better and better. And that's quite some feat!
Dorel Parvu - Captain fantastic continued to command the centre of the park with his great all round skills. It's incredible to think he's 28. a real bargain at £475K when he was, I think, 18.
Richard Eros - Returned to the club, good competition, but was unhappy not to be an automatic pick. He's attracting interest and may be off again next season.
Josef Novak - Unfortunately Eros's return meant his breakthrough was halted. Fortunately for him Barcelona bid for him just after the final, and I accepted. It's a huge move for the youngster and I wish him well.
Alexandros Gesios - Back-up. Good back-up, and he's only young, but didn't have a huge impact on the season.
Yegor Safin - Couldn't quite live up to last season, but he's a real talent and he's signed a new contract keeping him around for some time.
Nikos Chatzis - A very good season saw him crowned Fans' Player of the Season, and it was well deserved. Something of an unsung hero, he didn't arrive for much money, but has been a great purchase.
Yunlong Jin - Rotated with Chatzis and never disappointed.
Francisco Reyes - The Honduran is playing fewer games as Traverso develops, but he is still another great player. This is, like centre back, a very strong position for us.
Fernando Traverso - Great player. That is all!
Marko Kresic - Well the legend keeps going! He's now won 16 medals with Romorantin, and his stats are holding up well. Should be at least one more season for him.
Emmanuel Boateng - Great breakthrough season for the Ghanaian finishing as top scorer. He just keeps improving too. And he's very young. He's an exciting prospect.
Reda Khellaf - Another to be plagued by injury, but came back in time to play a crucial role in the Champions League final, scoring two goals.
Ugur Nergiz - Fallen out of favour with the emergence of Boateng. May look to sell, depending on how he deals with being back up.
Salaheddine Zaboul - Another to suffer from Boateng's form, but still played occasionally and got some very important goals.
Top Scorer - Emmanuel Boateng (23)
Fans' Player of the Season - Nikos Chatzia
Cedric Bilger - Didn't play much first-team football!
I'll mention some at some point.
Aims For This Season Were
To improve my European form - a definite yes!
Aims For Next Season
- Win the Super Cup and World Club for completion's sake.
- Retain French crowns - not sure I'll be able to do Europe again!
So what else happened then. Well this:
Story So Far
Trophy CabinetCode:Season League Position Achievements/Wins -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2010/11 National 15th Avoided relegation 2011/12 National 10th Consolidated 2012/13 National 8th Steady progression 2013/14 National 1st Champions! 2014/15 Ligue 2 11th Survived 2015/16 Ligue 2 1st Champions! 2016/17 Ligue 1 18th Relegated 2017/18 Ligue 2 1st Champions! (Again) 2018/19 Ligue 1 6th French Cup winners 2019/20 Ligue 1 6th Consolidated 2020/21 Ligue 1 1st Champions, FC Winners 2021/22 Ligue 1 1st Champions 2022/23 Ligue 1 3rd FC + Coupe de la Ligue wins 2023/24 Ligue 1 1st Quadruple 2024/25 Ligue 1 3rd Trophyless 2025/26 Ligue 1 1st Champions + C de la L win 2026/27 Ligue 1 1st League, CdelaL, and CL wins -----------------------------------------Challenge Completed-----------------------------------------------
French National - 2013/14
Ligue 2 - 2015/16, 2017/18
French Cup - 2019, 2021, 2023, 2024
Ligue 1 - 2020/21, 2021/22, 2023/24, 2025/26, 2026/27
French Champions Trophy - 2023, 2024
Coupe de la Ligue - 2023, 2024, 2026, 2027
European Champions League - 2026/27
Last edited by PRDH; 16-04-2010 at 16:24.
The new season has started and Kresic has already managed to add two more medals to take him to a total of 18 (eighteen!). We've added another Champions Trophy win (we only needed to beat Pacy Football) and saw off AC Milan 1-0 with a goal courtest of the man himself (Marko Kresic) in the European Super Cup.
Now that the challenge is completed I can take over international jobs can't I? I hope Croatia offer me the job. I'll call Kresic up and give him the cap he so clearly deserves!
**Pre-Season Update - SO Romorantin - 2027/28 Season - Ligue 1**
Only three players in this pre-season.
First up is one for the future - Youssef Puydebois arrived from FC Lorient. He's only 16 but he looks to have the potential to go a long way in the game.
Next was back-up midfielder Nikos Sifakis from Austria Wien. He arrives as yet another Greek to join Romorantin. He's an excellent passer, and has a good all round game.
Last in was the the biggest name of spending, and also the most expensive. Omer Can Gonen arrived from Galatasaray. I wanted an experienced left back, and I now have one. He's a great player, hopefully he'll settle quickly and push us on to big things.
PS - sorry for the triple post!
Congratulations PRDH, a fine performance to win the Champions League.
In answer to your question, yes you can take an international job now.
congrats again PRDH - looking forward to seeing Romarantin dominating the European scene now and for some international recognition for you.
VfB Lubeck - 2013/2014 - End of Season Review
Predicted Position: 18th
Actual Position: 14th
Average Attendance: 16708
Season Ticket Holders: 3608
Overall the aim for the season was really to try and consolidate my position within the top division, and thankfully i was able to that. In part this was due to some BIG results, particularly against the teams round about the bottom of the table, but also due to 1 or 2 surprises against the bigger teams, none bigger than my 2-1 home win against Hamburg! best result of the season for me by far. The other notable wins were against Nurnberg, Hannover and Furth, scoring 21 goals in those 3 games alone.
The german cup was a non starter this season, and generally a disappointment after the exploits last year, only managing to make it to the 2nd round.
The board also announced a number of improvements to the clubs facilities, namely the stadium and the training facilities...good to see them investing some of the cash we've made over the last few years...
The more notable players for this season were...
Marco Mura - despite conceding a whopping total of 73 goals in 35 games, hit an average rating of 7.09 and was generally in good form. still first choice
Marco Castellani - an average of 6.87 over 36 appearances, easily 1st choice left back
Noah Gautheron - 1st choice right back, and attracting some interest from some of the top french sides, including Monaco
Marek Suchy - signed for 3 million from Steaua, was brought in to cover for the release of Gustavo and the phasing out of Sichone, not used too often this season but possible starter next season
Pedro Tur - young cb, again cover for cb positions
Milan Vilotic - signed for 4 million from Red Star, was a regular but yet to really settle. hopefully will improve this year in terms of average rating etc
Benjamin Weiner - the youth prodigy, who is continuing to improve gradually attribute wise. has now featured in 2 games for the Germany U-19's, and in his personal info tab under media comparison he is now "Touted as the next Jurgen Kohler"! fingers crossed he turns out half as good!
Ferhat Dag - one of the better performers this season, average of 7.04 over 34 games. will hopefully continue to improve over the coming season
Dusan Djuric - again one of the main creative influences in the team, an average of 7 from 36 games, with 12 assists. a good season.
Will Jenkins - again limited in chances, may be surplus this coming season
Mozart - another 6 goals from the midfield general this season, one of the more consistent performers, altho he is now starting to tire a bit quicker due to age i guess. may be time to start phasing him out
Timo Gebhart - signed on a free following his release by Stuttgart, and was one of the players of the season, playing on the right side of midfield
Toto Tamuz - signed for 700k from B. Jerusalem, averaged 7.07 over 28 appearances, scoring 12 goals, and proving a decent foil for Piszczek
Odion Ighalo - having been frozen out earlier in the season due to going awol from training, circumstances dictated he was brought back into the squad, and he quickly showed he is capable of finding the net, contributing 13 goals in 21 appearances
Lukasz Piszczek - once again the main man, stepping up and improving on his best ever goals tally in a season, surprisingly since we were in a higher division.
Top Scorer: Lukasz Piszczek - 23 goals
Most Assists: Dusan Djuric & Toto Tamuz - 12 assists each
Highest Ave. Rating: Lukasz Piszczek - 7.23
Fans Player of The Year: Lukasz Piszczek
My hopes for the upcoming season are to pretty much try and build on the fact we were able to stay in the division, try and bring in a few players to give us more of a cutting edge and maybe try and establish the team as a real contender for at least a mid-table position.
Code:Season Division Position Achievements 2010/2011 Third Division 1st Promoted 2011/2012 Second Division 9th 2012/2013 Second Division 2nd Promoted 2013/2014 First Division 14th
Really good first season in the top flight there G-Wiz - definitely something to build on for next season. Those three results are incredible! Three 7 goal matches in a season - Amazing!
great season there G-Wiz. solid foundations to build on.
Kresic comes off the bench to score a couple. The first of which is his 250th league goal for Romorantin.
After going on holiday for a year I decided to manage Chieti as Italian Keith
League– Serie C2/B
Media Prediction - 18th
Final Position - 2nd (Promoted through playoffs)
Started off with 3 draws, which were fairly common in a very short league. Before match day 33 I was 1st in the league but I lost my game while Sangiustese won their game pushing me to 2nd. Back-to-back wins against Melfi put me in the final against Cassino. The Final proved to be an uphill battle losing 2-1 away while going 1-0 down within two minutes of play at home, with Zedda and Signori scoring in regular time and Cianfruglia scored the winner after 111minutes of play.
Italian Serie C Cup
Started off pretty well winning all games but one, and managed to beat Serie C1 side Ternana winning mygroup However we were knocked out immediately in the first round against Pro Vercelli.
Despite healthy finances, some €500k, 40k to spend and only 3k out of 8k of wages being spentI tried spending the least I could both on players and their wages. Therefore I went for loans and my parent club, Udinese, was a real goldmine.
Fans Player of The Year
Juan Manuel Arostegui
Bought for 20k from Aldosivi and managed to be worth every single penny.
All in all it was an extremely successful season, now it’s up to prepare for the next season in C1 in order to make sure we remain there at least.
Kick off in the CLub World Championship against Kaiser Chiefs. It's an opportunity for Kresic to make it 20 career medals..
2 mins - Captain Parvu smashes in the opening goal from the edge of the area. 1-0
28 mins - Boateng latches onto Kresic's lobbed pass and fires into the top corner. 2-0
32 mins - Chatzis crosses to the far post where Mosquera volleys home. 3-0
41 mins - Glimmer of hope for Kaiser Chiefs as they slot home a penalty. 3-1
Half-time - Romorantin sitting comfortably, and the second half should see them wrap up this tie.
85 mins - Ropponen ties it up heading in the 4th. 4-1
Full-time - A comfortable win for Romorantin with Mosquera scooping the man of the match award.
Last edited by PRDH; 19-04-2010 at 13:44.
I was going to use my FM 2008 to do this challenge but I have just been out bought FM 2010. When I get in tonight the challenge will begin.
welcome ashton - good luck with whoever you choose
FC Libourne-Saint-Seurin, 2033-34, Ligue 1
SummaryIn a season where I falsely believed that I had improved the squad, it seemed that somewhere along the line I had made a few crucial errors. Somehow the squad that had comfortably finished mid-table last season managed to find themselves bottom of the table at the end of this season. After eleven straight seasons FC Libourne Saint Seurin are going back down to Ligue 2. This update will not be in as much detail as usual because there's not a lot I can say aside from the poor performances in the majority of our games. I'll definitely still be in charge next season, which gives me the chance to bring FCLSS back up on first attempt.
The First XI
GK: Jonas Magnussen, 19, Norway - A promising looking Norwegian Goalkeeper that I signed on the cheap, he's already better than his Ukrainian colleague.
DR: Alberto Nocera, 27, Italy -
DL: Marlon Dahm, 23, Belgium -
DC: Ard Geets, 22, Holland - A defender brought in for a fairly cheap price, he's looking like he has the potential to be very good.
DC: Mario Mendiboure, 31, France -
MR: Jerome Hebert, 32, France - He's not as good as he used to be but he started the most games out of everyone who played at MR. He was the fans player of the year.
ML: Stephen Sharp, 29, Scotland - He wasn't happy at the prospect of playing in Ligue 2 so I sold him for 7M to Lyon, a very good deal in my eyes.
MC: Gonzalo Rizzi, 25, Argentina -
MC: Anthony Rouault, 22, France- After going out on loan to Espanyol last season Anthony has developed into a good midfielder worthy of a place in the first team.
ST: Patrick Laschet, 18, Belgium - Bright Belgian prospect. Hopefully he can score quite a few goals in Ligue 2 next season.
ST: Brice Gosset, 23, France - He doesn't score that many and still demands massive wages. I'm not resigning his contract.
Official Fans Player of the Year - Jerome Hebert
Unofficial Young Player of the Year - Patrick Laschet
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 2027/28 Ligue 1 12th Champions Trophy winners 2028/29 Ligue 1 11th None 2029/30 Ligue 1 17th None 2030/31 Ligue 1 16th None 2031/32 Ligue 1 10th None 2032/33 Ligue 1 9th None 2033/34 Ligue 1 20th Relegated 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, Stephen Sharp Favoured Personnel - Alexandru Musca, Vivaldy Joaquim,
Bad luck Paul. That's a very odd season. I'm sure you'll be back soon enough though. Nothing worse than getting relegated though. I suppose one plus point is that at least they've not sacked you. Good luck for next season.
VfB Lubeck - 2014/2015 - End of Season Review
Predicted Position: 18th
Actual Position: 9th
Average Attendance: 17309
Season Ticket Holders: 3947
My main aim for this season was really just to build on the previous points total, and maybe overall make myself a bit harder to beat. Thankfully i was able to improve on the overall league position, finishing in 9th, just 7 points off a Europa League place! There was a bit of change at the club, witht the sale of Noah Gautheron, among others, freeing up some cash for me to actually try and improve on the squad. Overall i spent 14.5 million on 4 players, the majority of which was on the midfield, as with the aging Mozart struggling for fitness it was time to try and build on the team i already had with some fresh blood.
The main players for the season were...
Marco Mura - average of 6.96 over the season, conceded far less goals than last year, and had 6 league clean sheets, compared to just 2 the previous season
Marco Castellani - an average of 6.90 over 36 appearances, consistent 1st choice left back
Marek Suchy - average of 6.71 over the season, used more than previous year, but im yet to find my best central defensive partnership
Pedro Tur - used sparingly, on his way out i think
Milan Vilotic - failed to impress this season, too many mistakes etc. Has since been sold
Benjamin Weiner - was sent out on loan for the season, but will be back in contention for a starting place following reshuffle of defence
Holger Badstuber - signed for 2.5 million in January, played in place of Vilotic and did fairly well.
Jose Luis Prado - signed on a free in the 2013/2014 season, only really came to prominence after the sale of Gautheron, and made the rb position his own with some solid performances
Mesut Palaz - young rb brought in for 1.5 million, to provide cover for prado...solid enough when called upon
Ritchie Kitoko - one of 2 big signings, costing 5 million from Reggina. scored 7.08 from 27 matches, scoring a few screamers along the way
Ferhat Dag - another solid season, scoring 6.99 from his 24 apps.
Dusan Djuric - used mainly as a sub due to the arrival of Gonzalez
Mark Gonzalez - signed on a free, gelled pretty quickly and set up 13 goals in the season
Mozart - forgot to take a screenie with his stats, but played 18 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, averaging 6.74. his time to move on has come
Timo Gebhart - 11 assists from the right wing, together with Gonzalez was a constant threat
Nahuel Centurion - signed for 5.5 million from Dinamo Bucharest, formed a partnership with Kitoko in centre of park which hopefully they can build on this coming season
Toto Tamuz - another solid season, nearly overtaking Piszczek as top scorer with 13 goals from 26 apps overall
Odion Ighalo - 8 goals from 23 apps overall, an average of 6.96, mainly used as a sub for tamuz
Lukasz Piszczek - top scorer yet again, now has 75 goals in 130 apps overall since he signed. however, his star is beginning to fade, with less goals and even being pipped to Fans Player of the Year by new boy Ritchie Kitoko
Top Scorer: Lukasz Piszczek - 16 goals
Most Assists: Mark Gonzalez - 13 assists
Highest Ave. Rating: Ritchie Kitoko - 7.08
Fans Player of The Year: Ritchie Kitoko
Again, hopefully the board will give me some cash to spend, as moving forward i need to find a proven goalscorer to perhaps come in for the eventual phasing out of the one-time talisman Piszczek times change i guess. Hopefully a European place is also a realistic aim
Code:Season Division Position Achievements 2010/2011 Third Division 1st Promoted 2011/2012 Second Division 9th 2012/2013 Second Division 2nd Promoted 2013/2014 First Division 14th 2014/2015 First Division 9th
Last edited by G-Wiz; 21-04-2010 at 18:26.
Some good solid progression there G-Wiz. Ready for a push for Europe next season, or more?
the board have only given me 5 million to strengthen with this season, even less than last year, so i really need to try and move a couple of players on during this transfer market if i want to try and bring in any new faces who can really make an impact...
on the plus side however i just signed Stefano Okaka on a free transfer...hopefully he can pick up a few goals for me
seeing nothing mentioned in the opening post. i have finished my second season with chieti, more on that in the next couple of days when i have some time, i applied for england's u21 manager spot and was offered the job. does this go against the game's sake? thx
You're not supposed to take on an international job until the rest of the challenge is completed. I think U-21 jobs probably count too. Sorry!
seems fair because of the manager reputation. thx then prdh
It seems to me that if you have earned the right in the game to be an international manager then you should be allowed to do so. I sort of understand the reasons why though.
I notice that the Asian version of the small club to big club challenge is allowing international management this year.
paulHartman - gutted for you. i thought you'd finally cracked Ligue 1!! fingers crossed you can bounce straight back up. good luck.
crouchaldinho - i agree with you to be honest in that yes you've earned that right. it obviously just comes down to then being able to potentially sign better players from that nation due to international management. but is that a big problem???
G-Wiz - good season there - hopefully you can keep nibbling away at the big teams and breakthrough into the european places. good luck
rllipsombe and crouchaldinho - I guess it's just one way of controlling another variable to make sure everyone's on a totally even level. Depending on a whole range of factors outside your control - performance of U-21's manager and team, other managerial circumstances, people could gain an advantage in signing players. It just gives you something to look forward to once you've completed the challenge. I always find I don't have time for international management anyway on these. I took on the Brazil job after I completed when they offered it to me, but resigned after about a month, because I found the weight of in depth club management, and figuring out a system and players to fit for the international team too tough.
OMG!! Finally some progress in the German Cup! And against who else, but the mighty Bayern Munich!! coincidentally, its my first ever victory over them!
Wow! Well what a season that was. Expect a season update tomorrow. But I'd be expecting something exciting if I were you!
 - The Croatian national manager has just resigned. I've applied. I'm not going to lie, it's purely selfish. I'm going to take control (hopefully) and call-up Marko Kresic. Even if he is actually probably past it.
Last edited by PRDH; 22-04-2010 at 21:50.
Hospitalet - Season 10 - Liga BBVA - 2019-20
After doing the domestic double last season and getting to the Quarter-Finals of the Champions Cup my aim for the upcoming season was to try and continue my achievements domestically whilst improving on my performance in Europe.
My aims in the close season were to improve the squad by adding an extra striker, getting some quality on the left wing, improving the strength in depth of my defense and finally to be on the lookout for some good youth prospects.
Due to the expected increase in ticket sales and sponsorship revenues due to the move to a brand new stadium we were given a very healthy wage and transfer budget to improve the squad. But with many of the top club sniffing around a lot of my players it resulted in several being offered out to their minimum release fees as i felt i could improve on these players but needed as much extra money as possible to achieve this. As a result both Zoltan Bagi and Luca Bianco were both sold for 10m.
The big transfers coming in were Robert Savelsberg (DR, 20m) and Mario Balotelli (AM RL, ST, bargain at 4.3m). Also agreed at this time were the transfers of Igor Akinfeev (GK, End of Contract 1.8m) and Pereira (DC, after he turns 18 - 2.4m). Several good looking younger players were also picked up; Ignacio Gonzalez (DR/DMC/MC - 5m), Guillermo (AMC - 5m) and Aitor Llorente (AMR - 3m).
After feeling like I had adequately improved the squad and with the move into a brand new stadium I was looking forward and hoping for a good season.
Spanish Super Cup - Leg 1 - Leg 2
The Spanish Super Cup started off our season and despite not playing very well in either game as the team was still finding full match fitness we still mange to obtain 2 2-1 wins thereby winning the competition for the 1st time 4-2 on aggregate.
Another fantastic league season as we almost scored as many points as last season (fell 1 point short). We were pushed a lot harder this season as Real Madrid were hanging on only a few points behind for most of the season.
It was in January where we struggled a little bit in the league as we had a lot of midweek cup games against strong opposition as well as strong league opponents at the same time. I choose to rest some of my players for the league games so that they were fresh for the Spanish Cup as we had a gap to Real Madrid but this did mean we dropped a few points. In the end it was the right decision as we managed to maintain top spot throughout this period and through to the end of the season.
The fantastic Daniel managed to earn himself 2 goalscoring awards with the top Liga BBVA Goalscorer and top Spanish Goalscorer
In the Liga BBVA Team of the Year we got more players in it than ever before. All named in the starting 11 were; Robert Savelsberg, Ricardo Alonso, Victor Klochko, Jose Pablo Gala, Mario Balotelli and Daniel.
The Spanish League Player of the Year found Jose Pablo Gala receive the Runner-up award and in the Spanish Player of the Year award Daniel finished as Runner-up with Jose Pablo Gala in 3rd place.
Also, for the 3rd year in a row Daniel picked up the best Spanish Young Player of the Year.
Spanish Cup - Fixtures -
The Spanish cup was much tougher this year as the teams i faced were much more difficult to beat when compared to the easy run I had to the Semi-Final last year.
After the initial 7-0 aggregate win over Non-League Teruel we then faced a difficult set off matches in January and February. As previously mentioned in the league review I placed more importance on these cup ties than the league matches.
As a result we were able to best Valencia 2-0, Villarreal 4-2 and Barcelona 4-2 (after a fantastic first leg away win of 3-1) to reach the final of the competition.
Final - As you can see from the screen shot we dominated the game and I was left a bit disappointed the they beat Akinfeev twice. But that doesn't really matter as we picked up the Spanish cup for the Second time.
Champions Cup - Fixtures
We entered the competition in the group stage and were drawn into Group F along with Juventus, Celtic and CFR Cluj. After reaching the Quarter Finals last year my aims for this year were to at least match that achievement. I felt I could comfortably get through the group stages after this draw.
We won all our home games and also the away game at Cluj. The 2 away games at Juventus and Celtic both ended in 1-1 draws meaning we comfortably topped the group with 14 points.
First Knockout Round - Vs Olympique Lyonnais
Having beat Lyon on the way to winning the Euro Cup 2 years ago I was confident I could win the tie and get back to the Quarter Finals.
Leg 1 - The first leg was away at Lyon and we double the amount of chances and was disappointed not to get the away goal. But with this performance and going into the home leg level at 0-0 I felt confident we could win the tie.
Leg 2 - A fantastic 1st half performance saw us deservedly lead 2-0 at the break. We then cruised through the second half to take the game and the tie 2-0.
Quarter Final - Vs A.C. Milan
As you would expected the draw gave us difficult opposition in the form of A.C. Milan. I hoped we would be able to match them and hopefully get 1 stage further than last year.
Leg 1 - With the 1st leg again away from home the aim was to match them and try and gain that valuable away goal. It was this game that I began to play Klochko in the center mid position for European games as I felt it was a weak area of the team and his defensive abilities would help keep things tight. The tactic worked as we more than matched them in the 1st half and went into the break 1-0 up through a Balotelli goal. We weren't as good in the second half as they piled on the pressure but we stood firm and were able to keep a clean sheet. As a reult of the second half pressure our GK Ustari picked up the man of the match. The 1 downside came in the 94th minute when Jorge got himself sent off.
Leg 2 - Having the 1-0 away goal advantage going into this second home leg gave me confidence we could possibly get through to the Semi-Final. Though I was aware we had taken a 1-1 away draw into the home second leg last year and lost. A dominant performance as we had much more possession and created more chance. The tie was sealed when Lewandowski put us 1-0 (2-0 on agg) up in the 55th minute.
Semi Final - Vs Atletico Madrid
The semi-final draw put us against fellow Spanish team Atletico Madrid - the same team that knocked us out last year in the quarter finals. The other Semi was an all English affair with Man Utd taking on Arsenal.
Leg 1 - Disappointing home leg in a game with an even amount of chances but where we had much more possession. Just pleased to have kept another clean sheet and not let them get the valuable away goal. Both of us came close though as we both hit the woodwork.
Leg 2 - Wasn't too confident going into this 2nd leg, especially after going our against them last year, as i felt i had needed to win the home leg to give me any chance of getting to the final. Another quality first half performance eventually resulted in a Daniel goal to give us the lead in the tie, an away goal and the opportunity to exact revenge after last years defeat. In a game of even possession we went on to create a couple more chances to add to our lead and vital away goal but weren't able to. Despite Atletico's pressure in the second half and the 16 shots in total they had they weren't able to break us down and the 1-0 away win sent us through to our first Champions Cup Final.
The Final - Vs Arsenal
After 2 1-1 draws Arsenal beat Man Utd on penalties to book their place against Hospitalet in the Champions Cup Final in Spain at the Mestalla!
We got off to an absolutely flying start as from the left wing Balotelli popped up to score in the second minute to add to his list of important goals for the club. Balotelli is definitely a player for the big occasion. The rest of the game was very even with both sides having chances but the flying start we made was key and we held firm for another clean sheet and won our first Champions Cup.
In the Champions Cup Team of the Year we had 6 players picked; Ustari, Alonso, Evrard, Gatagov, Gala and Daniel.
My players also dominated the European Champions Cup Best Player as they filled all 3 places with Daniel winning it, Jose Pablo Gala being runner-up and Ricardo Alonso in 3rd place.
Daniel also finished as Runner-up in the Champions Cup Top Goalscorer.
In Europe, Daniel won the European Striker of the Year. Oscar Ustari also finished 3rd in the Euorpean Goalkeeper of the Year.
On the world stage, Daniel was named as a sub in the World Team of the Year.
Oscar Ustari - GK - What a fantastic season he had as he outperformed Akinfeev to my utter surprise. Thankfully Akinfeev was ineligable in Europe as this was where Ustari saved his best performances for as he kept 9 clean sheets in the 11 games he played!!!!
Igor Akinfeev - GK - Brought in from CSKA Moscow when his contract ended in January for 1.8m. Quality Goalkeeper who was only able to play in the domestic competitions as he was cup-tied in Europe. Maybe was expecting a bit more from him as I felt Ustari did a much better job especially considering Ustari's performances in Europe.
Robert Savelsberg - DR - My most expensive ever signing for Hospitalet at 20m. But with the sale of Bianco for 10m Robert is younger and definitely better in this position therefore i feel it was worth the expense. He had a great 1st season as shown with his average rating of 7.35.
Ignacio Gonzalez - DR, DM, MC - Great young player with a bright future. Was brought in for 5m from Fluminense as a backup for Savelsberg. He played in quite a few games and was a very good signing for a backup and future prospect.
Daniel Amengual - DL - Great prospect who had come through the clubs youth system. Was used in the early cup rounds and occasionally in midweek games where i was expected to dominate. A great future ahead of him I'm sure.
Luca Milan - DL - Used mainly as a backup to Alonso and played well in the games he did play in.
Ricardo Alonso - D LC- One of my favorite players as I have seen him develop so much since he since as barely a 16 year old many years ago for 130k. This season he broke the club record for number of league appearances and now has 245. Fantastic season as he was extremely consistent in his main position of left back.
Bobby Evrard - DC - Another excellent season for Bobby. His stats aren't that great but his performances are excellent and consistent which is exactly what I needed. His goals had always been a bonus but for some reason he scored far fewer this season.
Pereira - DC - Was brought in for 2.4m in January, once he had turned 18, and his attributes are just amazing. Maybe I was expecting too much from such a young player as his performances weren't what I expected. Still he will be a quality player in years to come.
Victor Klochko - DC, MC - Fantastic player, fantastic season. Played mainly at center back but when moved to center mid for the Champions Cup knockout games he was immense. Gets the odd goal and provided a few vital assists too.
Jorge - DC, DM, MC - Another season where his performances on the whole averaged under 7. I therefore used him less often than Marchal who performs a lot better and is developing much better too.
Rachid Marchal - DC, DM, MC - Good season for Marchal as he became my first choice DM as he outperformed Jorge. He is a player developing very well.
Guillermo - AMC - Another player who spent the season in the U18's and played in the early cup rounds and the odd league game. A good prospect for the future.
Aitor Llorente - AMR - Good youth prospect who mainly played in the U18's but played well when called upon when i was looking to rest Gala.
Jose Pablo Gala - AM RC - One of my best players who played almost exclusively on the right wing. He had an absolutely fantastic season with 13 goals, 16 assists and 11 Man of the Matches. His average rating in all competitions of 7.51 was astounding.
Andrea Guido - AM RC - Used almost exclusively as a sub either on the right wing or to add an extra man to the center of midfield and as a result didn't get much of a chance to provide anything of note.
Alan Gatagov - AM LC - Used mainly as a rotational player on the left wing but also in the center of midfield he was useful and especially consistent in the European games.
Mihajlo Zaric - AM L - Loyal servant to the club over the years he only played in a handful of games in the first half of the season mainly due to the arrival of Balotelli. As a result of few times I had played him and the arrival of another foreigner in January I had to unregister him so he didn't play in the second half of the season. He left at the end of the season for 5m to of all teams - Barcelona!
Ralf Noel - AM RLC - Ralf was mainly used in the center mid position but i felt that he lacked the quality i needed in this position for the bigger games and so played klochko, jorge or Marchal instead. As a result he played in plenty of games but was also left on the bench just as much. He gave a good contribution with his 15 assists.
Mario Balotelli - AM RL, ST - Cost a lot in wages and signing on fee but as he was unhappy at Arsenal and Transfer Listed for 4.3m i could miss this opportunity to gain a quality player. Quality was exactly was he brought to the team. Played mainly on the left wing (but also up front when needed) he brought quality to this area of the pitch that i had lacked in previous seasons. His 23 goals and 16 assists made his 4.3m transfer fee an absolute bargain.
Daniel - AM/FC - Has been an awesome player ever since i bought him 5 years ago but this season he was truly tremendous as he broke the club record for league goals in a season and total goals in a season. His league form of 28 goals and 14 assists was just unbelievable.
Jeroen Gobel - ST - Another good season for Jeroen despite him only being used rotationally with the other strikers and therefore playing less games.
Robert Lewandowski - FC - Used mainly as a rotational forward as I felt i had better options. Is extremely useful still as a 3rd/4th Striker as he still gave a good contribution with 13 goals.
As a result of the excellent season that we had I was honored when I became a Club Legend. I was also named Manager of the Year for the second year in a row.
Borrowing from LLR (Hope you don't mind?) I have created the 2 tables below for all the players who have played for Hospitalet in my game.
The 100 Club
Having now completed the challenge i will definitely keep the save going whilst doing some other challenges as well. Feel that to fully complete the challenge i want to try and win the world club championship. My main reason for carrying is to continue to see how my 2 favourite players develop other the coming years - Ricardo Alonso and Daniel both of whom I picked up for extremely low transfer fees when they were both around 16 years old.
Congrats Stella, a stunning season there And glad to see that you will be carrying on from here.
Leonardo Marchesi is the new manager of Domegliara in Italy's Serie C2/C. First thing to do, get a decent Ass Man. Second, try not to fail woefully first season in charge
Cheers LLR, the squad looks decent enough but i'm going to need to bring in plenty for some decent depth.
Great to see you at Domegliara elsybelsy. I had a great time there last year. I wonder whether you'll find anyone as heroic as Diego Pastore. LLR, at least, knows who I'm talking about! I'll be following your progress with interest. Good luck!
I've been tempted after I completed the challenge to go back to 09 and complete Pastore's career, he's probably got about 3 seasons left in him.
It's been a dreadful start so far. Four games in, i've lost four and haven't even scored a goal
Stella - congrats on completing the challenge. That's some squad you have there. i could see that team dominating Europe for a few seasons at least. look forward to seeing you continue it in some form.
elsybelsy - welcome and good luck. don't worry too much about the start. the only way is up.
Having completed the Monkeys season (and gaining promotion...) i'm back on the Venezia save.
I think my team may have finally gelled. I'm 16th, playing 15th and i'm 4-0 up at half time
sounds like you might have turned the corner elsybelsy.
In Serie A news, with four league games still to play Venezia have confirmed their survival and will play in Serie A once more next season....
Renato Curi Angolana - Serie B - New Year 2018
All the Summer activity
We started off by winning and then losing in the Coppa Italia before we welcomed Ascoli to the Luisi Arena for our first ever Serie B game; debut goals for Martinez and Dancs set up an easy 3-1 win. However, then relegated Bologna came to visit and left with a very convincing win, which was repeated when we visited Parma. A 3rd defeat in a row and I was starting to get slightly worried. And suddenly out of nowhere we woke up, 5 games unbeaten with only 2 goals conceded. This took us nicely into midtable.
We were then awful against Atalanta for 70 minutes (0-3) and then unstoppable for the final 20 but could only get 2 of the goals back. Arezzo were then thrashed before we should have won at bottom club Modena. Then highflying Salernitana visited for a live TV match; when we went behind after only 15 minutes but a combination of a red card and a magnificent Dancs' hat-trick brought us a fantastic 4-2 win. Another Dancs' goal put us 1 up at Frosinone but they quickly equalised and 2 late goals gave them a slightly undeserved win. Next, it was Napoli's turn to score a stunning hat-trick as he single-handedly thrashed Bari.
We took the lead in the next 2 away matches but only got 1 point from them. Then Triestina visited and more Dancs' magic brought us a slightly nervy but deserved 3-2 win. Next up leaders Padova visited and we actually took the lead but their stunning Australian forward soon had us reeling and they ran away with it slightly. We also lost the final game of 2017 via a very annoying 91st winner :mad:.
So, we are firmly entranched in mid-table in a very satisfactory 11th place. The position may be firmly midtable but we are nowhere near the bottom and only 6 points away from the playoffs (assuming there will be some, it is oddly complicated in Serie B, it all seems to depend on the gap from 2nd to 3rd). Can only be over the moon with that, this Serie B lark is a lot easier than I thought it would be. Again the low wage budget which is essentially a large problem has probably actually helped us a bit as there has been continuity again, only ML and MR are 100% changed whilst DR and one ST are more or less first choices, the rest were here last year, and the year before, and the year before. I have not checked but I think we must pay under half the wages of anyone else in the division (nobody is paid more than £1700pw) and we are more or less exactly on budget.
On the player front, Napoli is playing god-like again, the better quality the division the better he plays, similar story with Sarriegi who is leading the whole division in assists. Martinez is just as good as Vonk was whilst Revuelta, although nowhere near as good, is a solid Serie B winger. As for Dancs, he is ridiculously good for a 17yo, top scorer at the club, fantastic partnership with Napoli, he is going to be a star. Unfortunately I am not the only one to have noticed this, various Serie A clubs, Chelsea and Real Madrid have as well, it might be difficult to keep hold of him this Summer.
Also I will have an issue with my defence as 3 of them will probably not be there next year; both DCs (I moved Agudo across from DR) are out of contract in the Summer and grumpy whilst the DR is only on loan.
Barring total collapse, relegation should be avoidable. Given we are only 6 points from the playoffs I can't rule them out but if, God forbid, we actually gain promotion we would probably be the worst team (and worst paid team as well) in the history of Serie A so not sure I want that. Solid midtable would do me fine.
Domegliara – Season 1 – Serie C2/C – 2010/2011
I started poorly with 5 losses and no goals. However, my form soon started to get better and I went on a 6 game unbeaten run to drag myself out of the relegation playout spots. It was pretty easy once I started playing well and finished in a very respectable 12th.
Squad | Transfers
As you can see, I brought in plenty of new players and it really took its toll on my season. However, now I’m confident the team I have is only 1 or 2 players away from having the talent to win the league.
Cups: Serie C Cup
The Serie C Cup consisted of my first few games and was played whilst I was still building my squad. I lost the first game fairly comprehensively but I was heartened to see the improvement in the next game. Still didn’t win though.
Michele Contini – Had a great season in a very wobbly defence. He can cover all positions in the back as well which is very useful.
Vincenzo D’isanto – Did well playing on the wing and scored some very important goals.
Giovanni Lorusso – Did well playing on either wing and set up many goals with his crossing.
Federico Piazza – He joined in January and played well in central midfield.
Simone Dell’Acqua – Our top scorer with a goal every other game. When he was missing it really showed.
Morris Parrotta – Dell’Acqua’s strike partner. He’s still young but is showing great potential.
Aims for next season:Code:|Season | League | Finish | Achievements | |----------------------------------------------| |2010/11 | SC2/C | 12th | None |
Bring in players to challenge for the title
Reach the first round of the Serie C Cup
At the end of the season there was a takeover, unfortunately with no funds brought into the club. Also, there is going to be an expansion of the stadium \o/ - it’s going to cost A LOT though.
solid season there elsybelsy. and that's a good position in mid-winter ghostwriter.
elsybelsy - that's a huge sum of money to expand the stadium by under 1000 seats. I remember they were quite good at expanding the stadium though. And they built me a new stadium in Serie B.
The next update could take as long as a month to come. My computer is in bad shape, to the extent I can't do anything on it. It's getting like fixed/repaired/wiped etc some time next week. I haven't lost any save games or databases, so it's just a case of a big delay until another update as I have nowhere to play FM on.
Venezia - Serie A - Season 2019/20 - Season Review
Media Prediction: 18th
League Finish: 13th Graph
So on our return to Serie A we managed to survive and in fact finish well clear of the drop zone. It would be fair to say we're no way near the top teams but we have become much more difficult to break down and we scored more goals than last time. As a result we were never really under the threat of relegation. As a result of this in many ways it was my best season as Venezia manager.
In the Coppa Italia we managed to break trough the qualifying rounds and make it to the first round proper, where we lost to Fiorentina.
Transfers 1 Transfers 2
Squad 1 Squad 2
Here's a look at those players who led Venezia to their highest ever league finish:
Terranova - No.1 goalkeeper and did well between the sticks. Coming of age.
Spano - Did well when called upon, in some ways better than Terranova. Got two really promising young Italian keepers here
De Kok - Our overpriced Dutch LB struggled for a game the first half of the season due to poor form. Seemed to settle in after christmas though and finished the season pretty well.
Pocognoli - On loan Belgian held the LB spot for the 1st half of the season and did well before i decided to back De Kok and give him a long run in the team.
Lopez Martin - The young Spaniard filled in pretty well at RB although i don't think he's quite up for the challenge of Serie A football.
Guarino - Italian centre back is starting to find his feet now and played pretty well
Rosato - Our mid season signing did pretty well partnering Guarino.
Adamo - Solid if unspectacular in the games he played. Mainly back up
Cannone - Good season from the right winger saw him named in the Serie A team of the year. More to come next season hopefully.
Gaucho - Played well in a supporting role to Cannone. Good options on the right wing.
Handzic - the Bosnian performed pretty solidly on the left flank, especially after christmas.
Camolese - for the first time in his Venezia career, Simone found himself playing a supporting role. Still a good option to have.
Tajti - Possibly my player of the year alongside Danilo. Played well in a central role and justified the 7 million paid for him. Courted by Real Madrid.
Mattioli - Didn't really hit top form this season and found himself in and out of the team.
Papadopoulos - One of a number of players to have played as partner to Tajti. Solid
Anderson - Mid season signing to give cover to Tajti, he did exactly that. some decent performances
Gemmiti - Young Italian found himself making quite a few appearances this season as i gave him a go. can also play Centre Back which may be his best position.
Fernando - only a couple of appearances but he is still developing.
Danilo - Another top season from the young Brazilian. finished joint 2nd topscorer in the league. He is really blossoming now and is pretty much 1st name on the teamsheet.
Cavada - A Decent season from the Swiss striker. rotated with Orosz.
Orosz - started the season well but tailed off a bit in truth
Lintner - A quiet season for the Austrian but i know he can be a big hit for the club. just needs games.
Kolev - The Bulgarian was signed mid-season from Arsenal. Made the odd appearance.
On the Finances friont we continue to survive mainly through player sales, whether i like them or now. I think it might be a quiet summer with spending kept to a minimum. the squad is good enough for the league - we just need to develop as many of the players are young. the experience will help. Having said this i'll probably go and spend a fortune again!!
Targets for the new season
So we go into our second consecutive Serie A season for the first time. here's hoping we improve.
- Consolidate our league position and hopefully improve
- Reach the 1st round of Coppa Italia
- Keep hold of the stars.
Code:Season League Pos. Serie C Cup Cup Europe Achievements _________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2010/11 Serie C2/A 2nd group stage N/A N/A Lost in play-off semis 2011/12 Serie C2/A 3rd group stage N/A. N/A Promotion in playoffs 2012/13 Serie C1/A 8th N/A 2nd Qual. N/A None 2013/14 Serie C1/A 1st Winners 3rd Qual. N/A Serie C1/A Champions, Serie C Cup, Serie C Super Cup 2014/15 Serie B 9th N/A 3rd Qual. N/A None 2015/16 Serie B 9th N/A 2nd Qual N/A None 2016/17 Serie B 2nd N/A 3rd Qaul. N/A Promotion 2017/18 Serie A 20th N/A 4th Qual N/A Relegated 2018/19 Serie B 3rd N/A 1st Round N/A Promoted in play-offs 2019/20 Serie A 13th N/A 1st Round N/A
congrats on staying up rlipscombe, hopefully you can build on that progress next season
cheers - i hope so too. i've told the board i will avoid relegation but i expect more than that. the only difference was some extra wage & transfer budget but i don't plan on using it too much and we can't sustain our current wage budget so there is no point going too mad.... i think it will be a summer of little change unless my hand is forced by chairmen or unhappy players.
After my last attempt was aborted due to the save file screwing up I'm going again. This time in Portugal. will post screenies in a bit
Almost finished my second season. I am guaranteed first () and with that promotion. My report will come in the next few hours.
Euro Cup football coming soon at the Stadion Lohmuhle!!! 2015/2016 end of season report to come soon
looking forward to the season reviews elsybelsy and G-Wiz....
Domegliara – Season 2 – Serie C2/C – 2011/2012
Squad | Transfers | Finances
We’re in a dire position finance wise. Money is lost every month and the expansion of the stadium hasn’t done much to ease the strain. However, with the youngsters I’ve brought in, I am sure that we can at least become a permanent fixture in our new league.
Cups: Serie C Cup | C2 Super Cup
Meh about both of these really. We should have beaten Siracusa but just couldn’t score and then should have beaten Gela as well. It’s disappointing that I didn’t get through the group though. C2 Serie Cup waws also crappy but at least I managed to grab a win.
David Lizoain – Great link up striker who also grabbed a fair few goals. Signing of the season for me.
Federico Piazza – He was my playmaker and performed his role well. Attracting interest from bigger blubs now so I hope that I can keep him next season.
Juan Luis Ibarra – The second half of my strike force. He was injured for a few weeks and never really picked up his great form from before but still provided vital goals.
Salif Dianda – Fantastic winger who I brought in on a free. Played very well on the left.
Bram Hasselbaink – My ball winner who was fantastic. He was injured for the run in though and his absence was telling as we struggled without him. Great potential.
Antonio Conte – Great keeper. Attracted interest from big clubs and had to turn down a few offers. Hopefully my chairman doesn’t interfere.
Aims for this season:Code:|Season | League | Finish | Achievements | |----------------------------------------------| |2010/11 | SC2/C | 12th | None | |2011/12 | SC2/C | 1st | Promotion |
Bring in players to challenge for the title – Success
Reach the first round of the Serie C Cup – Fail
Aims for next season:
Survive in Serie C1
congrats on promotion elsybelsy - Conte looks like a promising keeper. good luck keeping him.
Venezia - Serie A - Season 2020/21 - Season Preview
So after achieving survival quite comfortably last season i intended on keeping my squad pretty much together and consolidating. As always i couldn't keep to it totally and splashed out some serious money on a couple of defenders.
Time to introduce the newbies:
Bruno - Portugese international RB signed on a free from Ukrainian side Metallist. Bruno is a good signing and should give us some extra quality at RB.
Carlos Hurtado - Young Ecudorian international CB signed from Boca Juniors for £6.25m. Got a bright future ahead
Jorge Ramirez - Another young South American international CB, Argentine Ramirez was signed from Sao Paulo for £12.5m. Very highly rated, he will be a star
Mark Jones - English U-21 captain brought in on loan from Rangers. Will add extra quality to the centre of the park given the dearture of the unhappy Mattioli.
Acoran Valle - A big star of the future, i had to sign him up from Real Madrid for £2.5m. Going to be a leading Serie A midfielder.
Mauro Zarate - THe experienced Argentine was signed on a free following his release by Chelsea. Will bring quality to the front line and hopefully he will partner Danilo.
The notable departures were Adamo and Mattioli who demanded a move and became unhappy after interest from Lazio. Decided to cut my losses and move him on. I finally managed to secure a Serie B club as feeder in Cremonese so i have farmed out some promising youngsters on loan for some experience.
Hopefully thes new additions can push the team towards the top half of Serie A.
Congrats elsybelsy - good luck in C1! Conte looks incredibly promising!
VfB Lubeck - 2015/2016 - End of Season Review
Predicted Position: 12th
Actual Position: 5th
Average Attendance: 17309
Season Ticket Holders: 4337
A fantastic season from the boys, putting together a strong run of results towards the end to help clinch 5th place and a Euro Cup spot! The financial rewards for my final position means the board have yet again sanctioned an increase in the staiums seating, adding another 6880 seats. Further improvements to the training and youth facilities are also underway, so its good that the board are continuing to support me in building this club into a force in German football.
This season brought an improvement in both the league and the German Cup, where i was able to actually get through to the final, before losing to Leverskusen. In the league i managed to secure a few big results, the biggest being my 2-0 away win at Bayern Munich. To win and keep a clean sheet at the Allianz Arena was something i had never imagined my team being able to achieve so soon but they've surprised me all season really.
Marco Mura - average of 7.09 over the season, with 8 league clean sheets, another improvement on the previous season
Marco Castellani - another solid season, contributing 10 assists and an ave of 7.10 over 37 appearances
Ezequiel Munoz - the big money buy of the season. i wasnt quite convinced by the competition i had for the CB positions after a few players left, so paid out 8 mil for Munoz. Maybe overpriced but a definite improvement on what i had already.
Benjamin Weiner - fresh from his loan last season, my youth project had a pretty good season, with 28 apps in total. Now dubbed the new Christion Worns, and has since broken into the German U-21s setup
Holger Badstuber - rotated with Weiner and Munoz and consistent throughout the season
Jose Luis Prado - now established as first choice RB, attracting interest from some bigger teams
Mesut Palaz - young rb, filled in when required
Ritchie Kitoko - pretty much an ever-present, alongside Centurion in the middle of the park. Started off in blistering form but inconsistent overall.
Ferhat Dag - as reliable as ever when called upon
Eduardo - undoubtedly signing of the season, only costing me 100k from Flamengo, didnt take long to impress
Mark Gonzalez - used sporadically, and delivered when called upon. Im currently trying to find some young german players to bring through, so he may be one of the first to go
Timo Gebhart - beside Okaka probably player of the season, setting up 16 goals and averaging 7.24
Nahuel Centurion - main man in midfield, scored 11 goals and averaged 7.01. making noises about wanting to move on, see if european football can tempt him to stay for a while longer.
Romelu Lukaku - bought for 3 mil from Athletico Madrid, scored some important goals from the bench. May see more action now Tamuz has moved on
Stefano Okaka - first full season, finished top goalscorer, and has already made his way into the Favoured Personnel list alongside Moses Sichone and myself
Toto Tamuz - mainly used as a sub, has since been sold on after moaning about competition for places
Lukasz Piszczek - now beginning to show his age, and unfortunately may be used even less this coming season judging by preseason performance
There are of course other players in the squad, but most of them were loaned out to my affiliates or floated about the bench, not featuring enough to warrant a mention or a screenie.
Top Scorer: Stefano Okaka - 27 goals
Most Assists: Timo Gebhart - 16 assists
Highest Ave. Rating: Romelu Lukaku - 7.30
Fans Player of The Year: Stefano Okaka
My main aim for the coming season is firstly to try and consolidate a european place through my league finish, and also try to make the most of my Euro Cup matches. Player-wise, there are a few players who are due to move on, and my plan is to try and bring back some of the German identity the club has slowly lost over the last few seasons. My domestic player bias is currently a 1!! lol
Code:Season Division Position Achievements 2010/2011 Third Division 1st Promoted 2011/2012 Second Division 9th 2012/2013 Second Division 2nd Promoted 2013/2014 First Division 14th 2014/2015 First Division 9th 2015/2016 First Division 5th German Cup Runner Up, Qualified for Euro Cup
Last edited by G-Wiz; 02-05-2010 at 11:55.
good season there G-Wiz and congrats on the european place. hopefully you can progress further next season and push for a CL spot maybe? Okaka had a great season roo.
Hello people! Long time....
I'm playing my Castillo file on/off for a little bit just to see how I can pick up on our La Liga venture.
The update is that we're sitting 17th after 25 games and are 2 points safe at present. 13 games to go and it really looks like it'll go down to the wire. Iniesta is out for 6 weeks unfortunately so Sergey Andreev will have to step up.
Being brutally honest, I have no idea how we're not 20th. The squad is nowhere near as good as any other side in the division but I think my kids are playing above themselves and thus we're just about picking up the wins we've needed. We have been on the back of a number of heavy heavy defeats though (6-1 Atletico, 4-0 Barca, 5-0 Villarreal, 4-0 Getafe) but we're just keeping our heads above the water!
**** falls of his seat ***
is, .... is that iacovone????? \o/ good to see you back mate.
Thanks mate! I like my sporadic emergence. Only have the internet for the rest of today as I'm back at the family home, then I'll be without for 2 weeks or so. Hopefully on my return I'll have plenty to report
On Castillo terms - we won 2 in a row for the first time this season! Real Madrid succumbed 3-1 on the Canary Islands before we went away to fellow strugglers Elche and won 1-0. Valencia put us back in our place with a 5-1 hammering though...
Still with 7 to go, we're 2 points safe...can we hold on?!
Well 3 games remain.
Betis (a) - 7th
Depor (h) - 13th
Valladolid (a) - 20th
I expect we'll lose at Betis making the last two biblically important! Before going into these we have 34 points, 1 above (and 2 places) relegation. It will be ridiculously close going into the home straight.
Well 3 games remain.
Betis (a) - 7th
Depor (h) - 13th
Valladolid (a) - 20th
I expect we'll lose at Betis making the last two biblically important! Before going into these we have 34 points, 1 above (and 2 places) relegation. It will be ridiculously close going into the home straight.
good luck for the run-in...
I see you survived your season in Serie A with Venezia
Missed so much of everyones progress
(also can't remember if you're a blade or an owl, but if the latter...)
1 game to play.
GULP. Away to 20th and relegated Valladolid, looks like we HAVE to win.Code:|Pos| Team | Pts | |---|----------|-----| 16th| Elche | 36 | 17th| Cordoba | 35 | ----|----------|-----| 18th| CASTILLO | 35 |
Castillo C.F. 2021/22 End of Season Review
the "by the skin of our teeth" edition
Predicted Finish = 20th
Season Ticket Holders: 258 (up 132)
Estimated Value: £13.5m (up £3.25m)
As the update title suggests this was an incredibly fortuitous escape this year. We hung around our fellow strugglers all year but just managed to secure a vital last day point to survive. If we'd finished level on points with Cordoba we'd have gone down on goal difference!
Here's a quick selection of the notable players of the season for the Canary Islanders:
Alberto Merola - The Castillo legend ended our top goalscorer (with 6 :o) to cap a reasonable season up front.
Christos Kantimoiris - with 1 year left on his contract Christos put together a season of good performances from central midfield. He may get a new contract now, even though I don't think he's great!
Andres Iniesta - Spanish legend came to the Island for one final swansong season in La Liga and overall did well. Couldn't last 90 minutes but captained the side well throughout. Well played.
Ake Gronlund - A great prospect for the future. Ake did well and I expect him to have many more good years for us.
Airam Cabezas - Young DM has been linked with Real Madrid but I'm hoping he'll see his future here. Was tutored by Iniesta all year so I expect he'll have learnt a lot.
Andoni - Finally, the mystery of the squad. Andoni was signed in Jan but wasn't registered in time for the 2nd half of the season! He should have a great impact next year and is amazingly labelled the next David Villa . Came from Barcelona.
Average Attendance: 6461 (last year 5790)
Fans Player of the Year: tbc
My Player of the Year: Ake Gronlund
The League Campaign...
As expected we struggled throughout. We were on the end of a number of heavy beatings away from home but largely picked up enough points to survive. Best results were 4-3 over Villarreal, 1-0 over Sevilla and 3-1 over Real Madrid - all at home. On our day we had the ability to spring a surprise.
Copa del Rey...
5th Round exit to Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate. Could be a while before we taste success in this cup.
Purely trying to improve the squad in any way we can. Judging by the standard of players I've been recommended it will be a long summer. We just don't have the reputation or resources to find true quality! I'll have to find players who will 'fit' with my current crop.
Progress so far...
Code:Season | Division | Position | Achievements | -------|-----------------|----------|------------------------------------------------------------------| 2010/11| 2nd Division B1 | 15th | N/A | 2011/12| 2nd Division B1 | 12th | N/A | 2012/13| 2nd Division B1 | 8th | N/A | 2013/14| 2nd Division B1 | 13th | N/A | 2014/15| 2nd Division B1 | 10th | N/A | 2015/16| 2nd Division B1 | 2nd | Lost in 2nd Round of Playoff Phase, Quarters of Federation Cup | 2016/17| 2nd Division B1 | 3rd | Promoted via the Playoffs | 2017/18| Liga Adelante | 18th | Survived | 2018/19| Liga Adelante | 13th | N/A | 2019/20| Liga Adelante | 5th | N/A | 2020/21| Liga Adelante | 2nd | Automatic promotion!! | 2021/22| La Liga | 17th | Survived |
Long time for me too, I have popped in and out, but kinda got out of playing my Evora game, everything is sooo busy here as I prepare for my first child... But I am getting some play in this morning before work, 13 games into the season 6pts clear at the top for our 3rd consecutive title, but we lost to Stade Rennais & Barcelona to drop out of the Champions League, so attempting to win the Euro Cup instead.
congrats on the child and good to see Evora in action again. good luck in the Euro Cup.
First child!? Wow, many congrats Des, good health and all that
This is so painful. No-one wants to join me if I get into a transfer wrangle with anyone remotely reputable
Hoffenheim just stole a quality young Finnish striker and CSKA nicked a great Turkish CM prospect too. Looks as if I'll be severely struggling to improve this squad
However I have poached two experienced big name players in RB Lorenzo De Silvestri and DM Etiene Capoue. Both 33 years old but should replace Iniesta's experience in the squad. I need a CB, a ST and probably a few more. Still don't have a single winger in the squad, such has been my reliance on strength through the middle. Guess it'll have to do for now
that's tough going iacovone... just gotta keep plugging away and someone will join soon...