Des Tiny's Mini Pre-Season Update
Juan Alvarado: America (MEX) 3.3M
Lorenzo Bertoli: Atalanta 1.3M
Michel van der Linden: Luzern 6.5M
Dietmar Reichert: Freiburg 1.4M
Eusebiu Axinte: Villareal 12.5M
Benny Dost: FC Groningen 1.8M
Melvin Gorter: sc Heerenveen 1M
Inaki Arroyo: Athletic 40k
Roland Raes: Club Brugge 350k
Cristian Buonocore: Atalanta 4.7M
Pedro Zubizarreta: Athletic 1.9M
Pasquale Lazzarini: Roma 2.4M
Oscar Alonso Basail: Osasuna 2.5M
Rayan Thuillier: LOSC Lille Metropole 800k
Unai Soria: Osasuna 2M
Georgi Tsochev: Levski 350k
Mustapha Chihab: Mallorca 3M
I may have spent 46M here, but I raked in a huge 52M so thats a little profit there.
(Just the Big names)
Dudu Cearense: He left after a huge offer of 10M from Sevilla was accepted by the Chairman, admittedly he is only worth about that much and was not going to make our senior side this year.
Kamil Sima: The Left back left in a storm, he was unhappy with playing every game and winning trophies so we sent him off to Barcelona for 9M.
Aleksander Lukic: The left midfielder had slipped out of the starting line-up following an injury and as such he left for 5.25M to Chelsea.
Fahrettin Senol: A former back-up he had dropped and left for 2M to Bolton.
Milos Bjelic: I was surprised to see such interest in him this season, but the season on loan at Sevilla became Permanent for 3.8M.
Barry Britton: He was supposedly our second best Central Defender, but he never got ahead of Javier and ended up behind Duruer as well, a great offer of 4.1M from AC Milan saw him off to the Serie A.
Emiliano Cappiello: The attacking midfielder decided he wasn't happy anymore so I offered him out for 16.25M and thats exactly the offer that Chelsea came back with so he left to join Lukic.
All these transfers led to a new record in fees received.
at Bologna (Feeder Club): Ricardo, Francisco Sanchez, Elicarlos, Jeremie Caron, Josu Ros, Sebastian Uriarte, Jose Pacheco, Oscar Afonso.
at Bolton: Ziga Ruis
at Gil Vicente: Nicolas Rodriguez
Our Matches were slight romps this offseason, even when I sent out my U19s to give them some top class game time. I also set up friendlies for the U19s and Reserves throughout the month of July as well. Our senior side got the folloing results:
vs Shakhtar 3:0
at Reserves 3:1
at FC Nantes 3:2
vs Arsenal 2:1
at Modena 7:0
at Catania 2:0
at Mantova 5:0
at Real Oviedo 2:0
Des Tiny's 1000th Match (Evora: 986, England: 2, Brazil: 12)
This milestone came up in the Portuguese Super Cup as we faced Varzim, the players wanted to do it for their boss, but myself I am looking forward to our 15th match of the year, this should be a Champions League Group match on November 2nd, but of course this could change with fixture movement. The team looked good all game, but we went through 90 minutes still tied up with us having 9 players out at the Olympics. In the first half of extra time we saw first Tsochev & then Babic step up to score a couple of goals to give us the 2:0 victory and our 9th consecutive Super Cup.
With the new signings combined with the strength of my squad I think we look pretty good for the coming season. Hopefully we can do better than last year, as we go for our 10th straight league win, and hope to regain the European Champions League, we also need a slight better performance than Manchester Utd in Europe to gain the top spot there. I am still a substantial way off catching Fergie at the top of the World Hall of Fame.