CAMBRIDGE CITY - PREMIER LEAGUE - 2016/17 (SEASON 7)
Media Prediction - The media are beginning to have a little bit more faith in us and predicted a finish of 5th!
League - By the middle of the season it was a two horse race between us and Chelsea. Usually I am clear by half way however the Chelsea boys did put us under some pressure. In the second half of the season they fell away though and we retained our title. Some interesting results included...
Cambridge City 6-0 Liverpool
Cambridge City 8-0 Sheffield United (In yer face Cleon )
A big disappointment this season however, was discipline. Over recent seasons it has become more and more of a pain. Including getting THREE SENT OFF away to Manchester City.
Once again some of our players excelled in the end of season Premier League stats.
Champions' League - Our first adventure at this level saw us drawn in a tough group that included Valencia and the team we beat in last season's Europa Final Inter Milan. Thankfully after game 4 we had qualified and in an attempt to lessen the fitness burden on our players toward the end of the season we played the reserves for the final 2 group games. In a tough Quarter Final we were drawn against rivals Chelsea. We went 2-0 up in the 1st leg at the Zola Arena but Chelsea manage an equaliser by the 92nd minute. The 2nd leg however was a different story and has to be one of the best performances in FM by a team of mine. The best XI featured no less than FIVE Cambridge City players.
FA Cup - Not many problems here apart from the Final v Arsenal where we trailed 1-0 for quite a while before dominating toward the end and ending up convincing winners. The 1st time in our history that we had lifted this historic trophy.
League Cup - For the 2nd successive season we made it to the Final however this time we fell to Manchester United (not for the 1st time this season) on penalties.
European Super Cup - Our 1st time in this event saw us face surprise Champions' League winners Benfica. With fitness not a problem at this stage of the season the lads absolutely dominated and Benfica were lucky to come away from Monaco with just a 1-0 loss.
Community Shield - Sadly a sign of things to come for the rest of the season. We dominated the game but got beat by Manchester United thanks mainly to central midfielder Billy Clifford being sent off.
Transfers - With a need to keep my awful youngsters who have come through our ranks from the youth system just to be able to name a squad I did not release any players this season. As far as the first team goes though we spent big. Amine Ziad was definitley my best purchase of the season. The youngster cost us a massive £13m but now not only plays on the right wing for Cambridge City but also is now a full French international. £12m was spent on Italian centre back Federico Bernado from Roma who also now has made it as a full international. £9.75m got me right back David Gonzalez from Atletico Madrid whilst our Spanish contingent increased with the £9m paid to Valladolid to secure left back Sergio Pavon. All these youngsters made their international debuts whilst playing for us but yet none of them thanked ME! (Ungrateful inbreds ).
SQUAD - The addition of these four youngsters and that of Charles N'Zogbia who was a transfer listed bargain at just £3.6m from Arsenal finally brought us up to decent squad that could easily replace any injury or suspension problems. Meanwhile Marc Spellman continues his goalscoring feats. However FM is a bit silly at times. Spellman notched 60 goals in 60 games this seasons, won Europe's golden boot, was voted the Champions' League's best player and top scorer etc and yet despite being only 24 years old still only has national reputation AND has not even been added to an England squad yet. And as to why NONE of the big clubs in the World are the slightest bit interested in him beats me!!! (Still using 10.1 by the way as I will only upgrade when I start a new game). More scouts have been added to our team but its now getting difficult to find real quality.
There are a couple of newgens I'd like to add but I refuse to pay £30m for a Manchester United reserve!
I would show our best xi and overall xi but it appears to broken at the moment with silly players from the reserves making it into our starting XI.
Finances - As requested heres the state of our healthy finances. Healthy but could be so much better if it wasn't for those pescy shareholders, an expansion of 5,400 seats to make our stadium capacity just under 19,000 as well as youth and training upgrades.
Season League Position Achievements
2010/11 Blue Square North 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 5th Round, FA Trophy Winners
2011/12 Blue Square Premier 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 4th Round, FA Trophy Winners
2012/13 League Two 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup Finalists, League Cup 2nd Round,
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Winners
2013/14 League One 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup 5th Round, League Cup 3rd Round,
Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2nd Round
2014/15 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted, FA Cup Finalists, League Cup 4th Round,
Europa League Qualification
2015/16 Premier League 1st Champions, Europa League Winners, FA Cup semi-finalists,
League Cup Winners
2016/17 Premier League 1st Champions, Champions' League Winners, FA Cup Winners,
League Cup Finalists, European Super Cup Winners, Community Shield Runners-UP