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    FC Sochaux-Montbéliard

    Football Club Sochaux-Montbéliard (French pronunciation: [soʃo-mɔ̃beljar]; commonly referred to as FCSM or simply Sochaux) is a French association football club based in the city of Montbéliard. The club was founded in 1928 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. Sochaux plays its home matches at the Stade Auguste Bonal located within the city. The team is currently managed by former Bosnian football player Mehmed Baždarević and captained by former French international defender Jérémie Bréchet.

    Sochaux was founded by Jean-Pierre Peugeot, a prominent member of the Peugeot family, and is one of the founding members of the first division of French football. Along with Marseille, Montpelllier, Rennes, and Nice, Sochaux is one of five clubs to have played in the inaugural 1932–33 season and still be playing in the first division today. The club has won both Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France twice and have also won the Coupe de la Ligue. Sochaux's last honour came in 2007 when the club, under the guidance of Alain Perrin, defeated favourites Marseille 5–4 on penalties in the 2007 Coupe de France final. Sochaux's colours are black, gold, and navy blue.

    Sochaux is known for its youth academy, which has regularly finished in the top 10 rankings of youth academies in France (4th in 2010). The most successful team in the academy is the under-19 team, which has won the Coupe Gambardella twice; in 1973 and 2007. In 2010, Sochaux finished runners-up to FC Metz in the 2010 edition of the competition. The academy has produced several notable talents, such as Yannick Stopyra, El-Hadji Diouf, Jérémy Menez, Bernard Genghini, and Benoît Pedretti, among others.


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    Season 1: FC Sochaux Montébeliard; 15th place, Ligue 1
    Season 2: FC Sochaux Montébeliard; 10th place, Ligue 1
    Season 3: FC Sochaux Montébeliard; 17th place, Ligue 1, sacked in February
    Season 4: C.F Badalona; 20th place, Segunda Division B2, resigned after 7 games
    Season 4: Go Ahead Eagles; 17th place, Dutch Jupiler League
    Season 5: Go Ahead Eagles; 17th place, Dutch Jupiler League, sacked in September
    Season 5: S.C. Covilhã; 11th place, Liga Orangina
    Season 6: S.C. Covilhã; 8th place, Liga Orangina
    Season 7: S.C. Covilhã; 8th place, Liga Orangina
    Season 8: F.C St. Pauli; 1st place, 3.Bundesliga, champions
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    Ha class thread name, Good luck

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    FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
    Transfer Window Review

    1 September 2010


    RESULTS



    Well, I took over at Ligue 1 club, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. We were expected to attempt to avoid relegation, there was no money for transfers and the £230k wage budget was right up against the limit. Ah. Still, in the spirit of all my other saves, I've gone with a new formation; a tight basic 4-4-2 with the two CM's being designated a Ball Winning Midfielder with a Defend assignment (MCR) and the other a Advanced Playmaker with Support assignment (MCL). The team is actually in excellent condition, so very little needs doing with it.

    My first game was the 2010-11 Ligue 1 season opener against AC Arles-Avignon. And it took all of 4 mins for us to get off the mark. A quick break and a 1-2 with Marvin Martin set Modibo Maïga free and he lashed home from 10 yards. 1-0. Five minutes later, we doubled our lead. The Arles keeper beat out a fierce drive from Maïga and it was simplicity itself for loan signing Aírton to cut back for Marvin Martin to fire home a low, deflected strike. 2-0 and we were crusing. On 36 mins, we had the game wrapped up. New signing Neri Cardozo picked the ball up on the left near the touchline and drove inside. He then looked up and floated a beautiful curling shot over the top of the keeper into the far corner. HT and we were rampant. After HT, things got interesting as we conceded a penalty after 10 mins of the restart, which was converted to put them back in the game at 3-1. However, equilibrium was restored on 66 minutes with a sumptuious left foot strike from 20 yards by Dani Pacheco, on loan from Liverpool. The shot arrowed into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance for 4-1. We completed the rout on 80 mins, Dani Pacheco again curling in a low 20 yarder past the keeper. There was still time for them to get one back in injury time, but the points were secured a long time ago. We ran out 5-2 winners. Not bad for my first game in charge.

    Our next game was away to AS Saint-Etienne and we came back with our tail between our legs after a very impotent display. We only had 5 shots on goal and went 1-0 down on 23 mins, when the St-Etienne striker beat our offside trap and ran on to slam home. We went further down five minutes later when a free-kick into our area was deflected out to a St-Etienne defender who hit an absolute screamer on the volley into the roof of the net from 6 yards out. We recovered enough not to concede any more, but not enough to threaten at all and we lost 0-2.

    We looked to bounce back against LOSC Lille-Métropole, a team who were expected to challenge for Europe at the least so it was going to be a tough game. We went one down on 30 mins, the defence again losing the striker on the through ball and the winger netted to make 0-1 to Lille. However, just after half-time we levelled as, on 49 minutes, Marvin Martin went on a barnstorming run, swerving through three players and as he made it into the area with all the attention on him, he laid the ball off to an unmarked Modibo Maïga who rolled home for 1-1. More joy came in the 62nd minute as a whipped cross caused haovc in the Lille area. The keeper fumbled the ball like a hot potato and it bounced out to the penalty spot, where it was met by Modibo Maïga steaming in to lash home into the roof of the net. 2-1 and we ran out winners.

    Our final game of the month was against Paris Saint-Germain. We incredibly took the lead on 14 mins, when loanee Sergio Araújo was felled in the area. Up stepped that man Modibo Maïga to send the PSG keeper the wrong way and put us up 1-0. It was then siege mentality for the rest of the game as they battered us, but we always looked dangerous on the counter. It took til the 84th minute for PSG to haul themselves level, courtesy of a 30 yard rasping strike that Pierrick Cros could only palm into the roof of the net, such was the power. However, we hung on for the draw and I was very proud of the lads for that!


    TRANSFERS


    Not much in the way of entrances and exits, simply as the squad had a lot of depth and players worth keeping. However, conversely, it left us with little money to spend and meant that I had to raise funds by selling. I got three loans in; AM/FC Daniel Pacheco from Liverpool, ST Sergio Araújo from Boca Juniors and DM Aírton from Benfica. This mean that a lot of any money that came in went out on wages. A small blip was DM/MC Sem Ogolong coming in on a youth contract. However, I utterly blew the hinges off any budget I had with a monster £2.3m signing of Monterrey's tricky winger Neri Cardozo. The deal was over 48 months, with Monterrey recieving £1.3m in cash, 50% profit sell-on clause and £1m when Cardozo makes 20 appearances for Argentina. He also took home £16k p/w. This left us with a gaping -£16k in the red in wages..

    So selling was paramount. We'd already sold DM Badara Séne for £1.1m to FC Utrecht and ST Eduard Butin to Málaga for £1.4m + 50% sell-on, in order to fund the Cardozo deal. However, we had to also gut the coaching staff and sell two more players. Next out was DC Mathieu Peybernes, for £1m + 50% sell-on to Atletico Madrid and finally, D/WB/ML Boukary Dramé was sold to Norwich for £1.1m.

    Finally, here is Neri Cardozo's goal in all it's glory

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    I don't know how happy I'll be following this thread given Maiga and his shambolic non-transfer to us (Newcastle) this summer, but I'll be following anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    I don't know how happy I'll be following this thread given Maiga and his shambolic non-transfer to us (Newcastle) this summer, but I'll be following anyway!
    Thanks man!

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    WTF?? I just double-checked on this guy in the reserves and he's on £27k p/w til the end of the season! That's nearly £1.5m in wages! I've GOT to get rid of him!

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    Loving the title

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackripper View Post
    Loving the title
    Thanks man!

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    FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
    2010-11 Season Review



    RESULTS



    If my start had got me dreaming, the rest of the season brought me down to Earth with a bump as we finished 15th in Ligue 1, barely escaping relegation. A 6 game streak without winning followed soon after , thanks in part to an injury to Modibo Maiga. His return saw us have a mini-run of three wins out of four, but another injury kept him out as we crashed to another 6 game winless streak. This streak took us over the Xmas break and I knew I had to do something.

    I tried switching to the bane of my FM life, a 4-5-1, signed two tall strikers, one on loan and hoped that my excellent wingers would provide some great ammo for him to score. I also put some faith in the youth players. Yeah. This promptly fell apart as we lost 0-3 to PSG and 0-2 to Stade Rennais. A wonderful 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille. courtesy of Neri Cardozo's low finish on 13 mins, made it look like we'd turned the corner. however, a 5-game winless streak followed this time. Three successive 2-1 results (two for, one against) led us to the business end of the season. We were around 11 points clear of relegation, but a bad run in the last seven games would see us in real trouble..

    With fate tempted, we went in to battle. Jan signing Nikita Rukavytsya netted the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Valenciennes and Neri Cardozo also did the same against AS Nancy-Lorraine in another 1-1 draw. And then the bottom fell out. Bordeaux beat us 0-2, AS Monaco beat us 0-1 and, in our worst result of the season, we got humped 0-4 by LOSC Lille-Métropole. Panic mode. Our only saving grace was the teams below us were just as bad. A Modibo Maiga strike wasn't enough to hold of AS Saint-Etienne as they came away with a 1-2 win. However, Stade Mulherbe de Caen had lost too and guaranteed us Ligue 1 football next season. A more relaxed side went out in our final game against AC Arles-Avignon and, although a double by Nikita Rukavytsya meant we'd scored more than one goal in a game for the first time in a month, we lost 2-3 to end our season on a 5-game losing streak.

    Coupe de Francais This was short and sharp as we lost in the Ninth Round, 1-0 to fellow Ligue 1 side FC Lorient

    Coupe de la Ligue This was a humiliating 0-1 defeat against National side, En Avant de Guingamp in the Third Round. We'd played the kids, but been outplayed.

    TRANSFERS


    We swooped for DM Pierre-Baptiste Baherlé for £275k from LOSC Lille-Métropole in the Joker Transfer window. Coming in during Jan were ST Nikita Rukavytsya for £700k from Hertha BSC. AMRLC/ST Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for £300k from Panathanikos and ST Angelos Charisteas on loan from Schalke 04. All in line with the new 'hump-it-into-the-box' philosophy. We also agreed a deal to bring in AM/ST Francisco Tavano from Torino on a free transfer on July 1.

    Outgoing for the Joker window was AMRL Geoffrey Tulasne for £1.6m to AS Saint-Etienne. With Christodoulopoulos coming in, he was surplus to requirements. He was also to be voted 'Worst Signing Of The Season'. I finally was able to free-transfer GK Teddy Richert. He was good, but not for £27k p/w, so despite the £675k it cost me to terminate his contract, it was good to get his money off the books. ST Ideye Brown went to Sevilla on a £3.5m + 50% sell on deal. He was great, but I needed the money.... Finally, AMRL Ryad Boudabouz, a real talent of the future, was shipped out to AC Milan for £5m. The price was too good for a struggling side and we were desperate.

    Goal of the season was Cardozo's first for the club, waaaaay back in August.

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    (stolen from rancer)

    And if you haven't heard in the news, there was a plane crash and all but one member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL hockey team died. Notable players include Pavel Demitra, Karlis Skrastins, Ruslan Salei, Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek, and Alexander Vasyunov, who all played in the NHL, as well as European veteran like Stefan Liv and Jan Marek. Brad McCrimmon was a former NHL assistant, and former NHL defenseman, who recently got the head coach position at Lokomotiv this summer, is also confirmed to have died in the crash. RIP to the players, coaches, and flight crew who died in this tragedy, as well as RIP to Derek 'Boogey man' Boogaard, Rick Rypien, and Wade Belak who all passed away this past summer.



    Especially sad at Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev losing their lives, both ex-St.Louis Blues (my other passion)

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    FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
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    1 September 2011


    RESULTS



    Well. It's been another roller-coaster month. We kicked off our Ligue 1 season by welcoming Stade Brestois 29 to Montbéliard. And as last season, we kicked off in style. Using a 4-4-1-1 formation again, we took apart Brest in a 5-3 victory! Francisco Tavano hitting FOUR and missing a penalty. He also set up Marvin Martin for the fifth goal before HT. We relaxed after HT and conceded three goals, which is something I'll have to look at.

    Next up was AS Monaco FC. This game couldn't have been more different as we were humped out of sight 1-4. However, this was one game where the score wasn't all. We hit the woodwork FOUR times, saw the Monaco keeper get a 9.3 rating for the match and only got one through Francisco Tavano, despite Monaco going down to 10 men on 66 mins. What a nightmare. Loan debutant Michelangelo Albertazzi got a 5.0 at left back for his first game.

    Coming next was Stade Rennais FC, and there were changes for this match. Jerzy Dudek was dropped for Mathieu Dreyer. Thiago made his debut too for the club after being away on U20 duty with Spain. They took the lead (as ever) and it took a nice close-range finish by Modibo Maiga to pull us level. We were given a penalty on the stroke of full-time, but Maiga, the best pen taker in the side, missed that one too, leaving us with a 1-1 draw.

    Finally this month, we played Olympique Lyonnais. Oh dear. They proceded to go through us like a knife through butter. It was only surprising that it took til the 36th minute for them to register their dominance on the scoreboard with a rasping angled drive from the left winger. Thiago needed to be subbed before HT, as he was on a yellow and had just gotten away with his second foul inside a minute. However, like Arsenal against Barcelona, we scored without hitting the target. Maiga chased down a long ball to the right flank. He knocked it past the defender and hit a hopeful low cross into the six-yard box. The Lyon left back attempted to clear, but only succeeded in driving the ball against another Lyon player, which then rebounded into the net. 1-1. The second half we came out with a lot more purpose and drive. However, I'd just made my last sub on 80 mins when Michangelo Albertazzi got injured. Wonderful. Which meant I was stick with 3 DC's at the back. However, despite a total onslaught, we walked away with a precious point in a 1-1 draw.

    TRANSFERS



    A number of arrivals this off-season, mainly experience to get us through. Coming in on free's were ST Francesco Tavano who's been an absolute hit with goals like this on your pre-season debut, experienced GK backup in Jerzy Dudek and an absolute steal in M/AMC Thiago, who'd been let go by Barcelona! I threw money at him and got him early on. Also coming in were DM/MC Jamal Ait Ben Idir from relegated AC Arles-Avignon for £350k. Next in was DC Sebastién Puygrenier for £950k from Zent. St Petersburg. Also on a DC trip came the co-owned Matteo Darmian for £1.1m overall from both Palermo and AC Milan. Finally, DM/MC Morgan Schneiderlin for £3m over 48 months from Southampton. Three loans also graced our door this season. ST Sergio Araújo returned for a second stint from Boca Juniors, AMRLC Nacer Barazite came in from Austria Wien and DLC Michelangelo Albertazzi came in from AC Milan for the season.

    Outgoings were a lot. Yassin Mikari (DRL, £3.9m, Stade Rennais), Charlie Davies (ST, £1.8m, Osasuna), Vincent Nogueria (AMRL, £3.6m, LOSC Lille-Métropole), Ivan Stevanovic (D/WBR, £700k, Siena), Pierrick Cros (GK, £1.5m, AS Monaco), Sloan Privat (ST, £1.6m, Lecce), Vaclav Sverkos (ST, £1.1m, OGC Nice), Jéremie Bréchet (DC, £1m, Bologna) and Maxime Jossé (DRL, £1.8m, Stade Caen)

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    10 September 2011
    Ligue 1
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    Olympique Marseille 2 - 0 FC Sochaux-Montébeliard
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    This was such a funny game. Marseille battered us throughout the game, outplaying and outshooting us. Mathieu Dreyer cemented his claim to the Number 1 shirt with a fantastic display in net. Marseille took the lead as a ball into the back of the six-yard box was bundled home for the lead. A Marseille midfielder then 'endeared' himself to the away support by first putting Matteo Darmian out of the game and the next two weeks with a gashed leg. Then he proceeded to upend a number of our players with wild challenges that didn't attact a single whistle from the referee. On the stroke of half-time, a deep, floated cross to the far post found Maiga in ACRES of space. However, he headed the ball down and wide. Sigh.

    After half-time, we improved and had a good number of chances to tie it up, but our strikers must have been paid by an Asian bookie as the ball went wide, high or straight at the keeper. We couldn't have scored in a brothel. They got a second late on, the substitute running down the left and thundering a shot past Dreyer. But I was happy with the result, if not the perfomance of the strikers and told them so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iHeadHunta x View Post
    Ha class thread name, Good luck
    Indeed. If I ever needed a reason to follow a thread, the name alone did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunners4eva View Post
    Indeed. If I ever needed a reason to follow a thread, the name alone did it.
    Cheers! Appreciated!

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    Seriously, you have to count us as one of the unluckiest teams in the league. Constantly hitting the woodwork, having goals disallowed and losing. Dammit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    [i]10 September 2011

    We couldn't have scored in a brothel.
    I thought about that when looking at your transfers (after letting go Ideye, Maiga, etc.). Tavano will be great for at least 2 seasons (had him in an old Monaco save and he was really immense, good as a deep lying type too...). Perhaps you could look to loan the likes of Yannis Tafer or Ishak Belfodil from Lyon. Young, but French and can contribute right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunners4eva View Post
    I thought about that when looking at your transfers (after letting go Ideye, Maiga, etc.). Tavano will be great for at least 2 seasons (had him in an old Monaco save and he was really immense, good as a deep lying type too...). Perhaps you could look to loan the likes of Yannis Tafer or Ishak Belfodil from Lyon. Young, but French and can contribute right away.
    Thanks for the advice dude, but I'm not really into picking up the big young players.

    [EDIT] I'm embarrassed now...
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    Not a bad effort for your first goal for the club...

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    FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
    2011-12 Season Review



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    Well, it was a successful season of sorts, as we finished in 10th place in Ligue 1. A formation change in Jan and better players helped us do better, but I always got the feeling we were a few bad results away from relegation again. Plus, with the players I'd picked up, it just seemed like throwing players at the situation and trying to cram them into a formation. So that is somethinng I have to work on in the close-season, whether it be sell some prize assets or re-jig the squad totally. We didn't win another game after the opener for another three months, losing game after game. The highlight was a three game streak of draws, a 2-2 draw with FC Lorient, a 2-2 draw with AS Saint-Etienne and a 0-0 with RC Lens. We broke our 12-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over AS Nancy-Lorraine with goals from Nacer Barazite and Matteo Darmian. In amongst another round of defeats and draws in December, two results stood out. First was a storming 4-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain. Rukavytsya, Christodoulopoulos, Schnederlin and Darmian getting the goals there. The other was a cracking 4-2 win over LOSC Lille-Métropole. This was more remarkable in that Sebastién Puygrenier hit, or rather, headed a hat-trick, with Morgan Schnederlin hitting the fourth.

    The transfer window came and, due to my out-of-control buying, I had to settle for a 4-2-3-1 formation to accomodate all of my midfielders. It started badly as we proceded to lose three in a row. 0-2 to Stade Rennais, 1-2 to Olympique Lyonnais and 0-6 to LOSC Lille-Métropole, gaining revenge for my 4-2 win earlier in the season. However, as the team got used to the formation, we went on an 8 match unbeaten streak with 6 wins and 2 draws. Highlights were a 3-0 win over Olympique Marseille and a 4-0 win over CS Sedan-Ardennes. Add to that, three 2-1 wins in a row and we were looking up! However, it was a semi-false dawn as we only managed two wins (4-0 vs AS Nancy and 2-1 vs Girondins Bordeaux) in the next 7 games to finish the season. Our final match was a woeful 3-1 drubbing by Stade Brestois 29, which helped them leapfrog us and push us down to 10th.

    Coupe de la Ligue: A terrible 1-2 defeat at home to FC Nantes put paid to our interest in the cup once more at the first hurdle

    Coupe de France: We actually won through the Ninth Round, beating Stade Rennais 3-0, with goals from Marvin Martin (2) and Modibo Maiga. However, RC Lens stopped us in the Tenth Round with a 0-2 defeat.

    TRANSFERS


    In came a quartet of heavy-hitters during January. First up was AMRLC/ST Marquinhos from Flamengo on a free. He was to be one of the high points of the season, playing on the right of the attacking three. Also coming in was AMC Isco for £150k from Valencia. He looked too good a prospect on the transfer list to turn down which, again, contributed to my overload of AMC's and formation change. GK Marco Amelia was signed on a free as Jerzy Dudek was woeful and Mathieu Dreyer was just not good enough for us at that point in time. Finally, I bit the bullet. I saw there was a player fallen out with this club and would be happy to join us. Now, having a fair wad of cash (£6m) available from transfers out, I put in a £20m (48mth) bid for Paulo 'Ganso' Henrique, figuring that I could really use him. Santos were disinclined to acquiesce to my request, however, another bid of £25m (48mth) had them biting my hands off. £33k p/w later and he was a Sochaux player. This meant I had 7 players that could play AMC. Ah.

    NEXT SEASON


    A new thing, because I want to try to coalesce what I've seen this season as problems and try to work it out on the pitch. For a start, I don't like the 4-2-3-1. We've got some EXCELLENT AMC's, but that seems to be about it. The main thing with be to build any new formation around Ganso as, at £25m, he'll be the fulcrum of this team. Which leads me back to using a variation of my Leiria 4-4-1-1. I tried getting the team to learn it, but even though they mastered the formation, it didn't seem to have the effect.

    So I'm thinking a 4-4-1-1 with a deep defensive line. Reasoning is that we were caught at the back a number of times last season and I want the players to not allow balls over the top as much as possible. The two MC's will have to be either Ball-Winning Midfielders (Defend) or Central Midfielders (Defend) as I want disruption of passing lanes and no fancy stuff in there. Team will play narrow, with a lot of closing down and pressing, with a more direct style of passing. However, I also worry that won't bring out the best in Ganso, who I have no idea what role to play him in. Treq? AMC (S)? AP (A)? Not a clue. Trial and error, it seems. The final pressing issue is the lone striker role. Tavano's done OK, but he's not going to be able to lead my line forever. Rukavytsya has been a disappointment and Maiga, well, Maiga was a ghost last season. So those three are for the chopping block.

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    Wait, what the hell?

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    Never seen this before. Good touch.

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    FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
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    Well, I went into this new Ligue 1 campaign full of confidence. This was the year we were gonna crack Europe. The board had given me a top-half finish as a target so I felt we had the chance. We kicked off the new season at home to Stade Brestois 29. Howeer, we went 0-1 down on 40 mins, a ball over the top completely stranding Kévin Anin and the Brest player had an easy time sliding the ball across for the right winger to finish. However, we bit back with two goals from Cédric Bakambu before HT. Both were products of through balls and his pace, taking him clear before slotting home. We were cruising, but we then fumbled the game by making a hash of a corner and the right winger popped up again with a looping header. The game ended 2-2, but I was reasonably happy with the run-out. Next up was an away trip to Stade Malherbe de Caen. Our incisiveness in the final third TOTALLY deserted us and we served up the kind of 0-0 draw that Mogadon would be happy about. So I swapped back to the 4-2-3-1, to fully maximise the attacking talent for our final game in August against OGC Nice. Marquinhos really didn't do himself any favours by rattling the underside of the crossbar from 6 yards after being put through by Ganso. We were so wasteful, it hurt. Our third draw and second 0-0 in a row meant we hadn't won in August for the first time since I'd joined the club.


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    Well, I went a little crazy on transfers this August, trying to get that blend just right. MRC Saphir Taïder came in for £1.2m from relegated Grenóble Foot 38. This was especially sweet as they wouldn't sell him for less than £4m until they dropped into Ligue 2. 15 year old DL Vincent Nyam came in for £275k from SC Bastia, his potential was rated at 4 stars, so it was a bargain. Finally, D/DM/MC Federico Fazio came in for £1.7m from Sevilla. Coming in on free's were GK Quentin Beaunardeau, DM Gaultier Mahoto, AMR/ST Gilles Sunu and AMRL Gai Assulin. We also loaned AMLC Thorgan Hazard from RC Lens and got DLC Michelangelo Albertazzi back on loan from AC Milan for another season.

    Selling-wise, it was a little more frantic. [B]Nikita Rukavytsya[/B was shipped out to AS Saint-Etienne for £2.9m, 17 year old AMC Sanjin Prcic went to Espanyol for £775k + 50%, DC Damian Perquis went to Genk for £1m and 17 year old ST Romain Davigny went to Lazio for £1.2m + 50%. The other sale was one not of my doing. Olympique Lyonnais came in for a £3m bid for GK Matthieu Dreyer. The chairman thought it was too good to turn down and accepted. I tried to get him to stay, but I couldn't and he left.

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    I can't see there being many more in my future with Sochaux....

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    Oh......f**kweasels!

    I'd lost the team by November to be fair. I bought so badly and couldn't rescue it.

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    Although you have to admit the juxtaposition of the last two posts was quite something.

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    unlucky with the sacking what now for you?

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    Ouch, bad luck there. Time for one more club before FM12?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Ouch, bad luck there. Time for one more club before FM12?
    There's always time for one more club!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackripper View Post
    unlucky with the sacking what now for you?
    See wherever it takes me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post


    Although you have to admit the juxtaposition of the last two posts was quite something.
    I thought it went rather well too!

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    So, my management career ended me up at C.F Badalona in the Segunda Division B2. Having taken the reins on 2 September, I have no chance to buy players, a threadbare squad and a wage budget that was £5k over what it should be. Errm...

    We played our first game a day after my arrival. I wish to God, it had been before my arrival as we lost 2-9 to CD Logrones. Injuries bit hard, including all three strikers out for a minimum of a month before the game and two players getting injured during the match AFTER all three subs were used. We then proceded to concede 4 goals in each of the next three games, losing 0-4, 1-4 and 0-4. Yeesh. This was hard work. We actually took the lead against FC Barcelona Athletic, however all for naught as we were hammered 1-3. We conceded a 90th minute heartbreaker against Real Acalá, losing 0-1. This made 6 games lost in a row. If this next game was a bad loss, I was getting out. Hospitalet were our opponents and I debuted the 4-4-2 I'd had them training on since the beginning of my reign. We took the lead on 42 mins when Grégory Ferreira stabbed home after good work down the left. We were comfortable and fielding everything they sent at us. I noticed that they were changing formation on the 80th min, so I took steps to combat this. They equalised in the 89th minute with a header from a corner and although I was gutted, we'd played well enough for our first point. However, a deep free-kick hoisted high into the area was headed home by the Hospitalet defender in the 94th minute. FFFFFUUUUUUUU.

    So, the next day I tendered my resignation. I couldn't handle this team and I had nothing to work with.

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    Hmm. It's been the only job I've been offered so far, but somehow I just want a bit more....

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    Hmmmm. Heavily in debt, no good players, a staggering £16k p/w over the wage budget... Why would I accept this?

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    Chapter 2: Fly like an Eagle. Drop like a Stone.



    The Go Ahead Eagles (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈgo əˈɦɛt ˈigls]) are a football club from Deventer, Netherlands, currently playing in the Eerste Divisie. The club's home stadium is De Adelaarshorst. To date, the club has won the national championship four times (1917, 1922, 1930, 1933). They have produced several international players over the years, such as Raimond Van Der Gouw, René Eijkelkamp, Marc Overmars, Paul Bosvelt, Jan Kromkamp, Victor Sikora and Demy de Zeeuw, whilst providing Henk Ten Cate and Leo Beenhakker with their first tastes of management.


    So, a team that's not won anything since God's dog was a puppy? Sounds like fun.

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    Well, I pitched up at Go Ahead Eagles, currently languishing in 14th place in the Dutch Jupiler League. The squad was extremely poor, with only one or two bright spots. Worst of all, three players made up nearly 50% of the current wage budget! It was time for action. I decided to play all-out attack until the end of the season, then craft something on the off-season. Our first match was against SBV Excelsior and we went down a goal on 6 mins, a freekick from the edge of the area arrowing to the top corner. Excuse me while I weep and have flashbacks to Badalona. Luckily, I was saved this as, two minutes later, a header from debutant Adrien Stoian off a deep cross hit the post and rebounded in off the goalkeeper. 1-1 and I'll take that anyway it comes! HT came and went however, on 62 mins, a low cross to the back post was fumbled out by debutant keeper Nial Burdon and the Excelsior striker slammed home the rebound into an empty net. 1-2. Again, we showed character in coming back. A break was started by yet another debutant, Mohammed Yattara. he fed fellow striker Blom, who was tackled just as he was about to pull the trigger, the resulting ball broke kindly for Yattara, who swept home to make it 2-2 on 72 mins. However, all resistance was broken three minutes later as debutant Gonzague Vandooren saw red for a second yellow card offence. Excelsior then netted two goals in 5 mins. A header from a corner and a penalty and we went down 2-4 and out in my first game.

    The next game against AGOVV Apeldoorn couldn't have been more different. We, again, went down a goal early on. A cross from the right rebounded off the back of Voorm's head and landed at the feet of the AGOVV striker just two yards out, who finished easily.. 0-1 and we were rocking again. We came out on fire after HT and Sedar Ozturk turned the defender and lashed home to tie it up at 1-1 on 52 mins. Defender Dave Bus then put us ahead on 58 with a firm header from a corner and Sedar Ozturk then put us 3-1 up on 65 mins by stroking the ball past the keeper after a wonderful ball from Rabiu Ibrahim. Rabiu Ibrahim would wrap it all up on 82 mins with another cool finish after being teed up nicely. 4-1 was the final score.


    TRANSFERS


    Well, this was a hard job. No funds or wage budget, so I clawed as many loanees off parent club FC Twente as possible, snagging 7 overall. Also coming in were Irish GK Niall Burdon and DLC Gonzague Vandooren on free's. 15 year old DL Alexandre De Bryun came in for £16k compensation from Hasselt and finally, the jewel in which I'll be building this team around, AMRC Adrien Stoien on a free + 50% of his sell on value + a £1m buy-back clause from AS Roma. I also got in DM Matthias Lambrich and ST Pato on loan from SC Bastia and Grémio.

    Leaving were ST Koen van der Bizen for £130k to Westerlo, ST Kaye Coppoolse for £120k to RW Ahlen and DM Olivier Bonnes for £16k to RK Molde. These represented nearly £20k in wages and finally put me into the black on the budget. I also free-transferred as many of the U-19 and Reserves as possible. Also leaving were Mels van Driel (D/WBL, £55k) to Lierse and Wouter Dronkers to Middlesbrough on loan.

    My goal of the month, technically isn't as it was the first game in Feb, but it was such a comedy goal, it needed putting up.

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    Well, that could have been closer....Christ...We finished 17th in the Dutch Jupiler League, staying up on goals scored. We seemed to really suffer with luck this season, conceding a number of goals from deflections off our players into the path of the opposition strikers, penalties that shouldn't have been given and having legal goals for us disallowed. The rot started in a 2-2 draw against SC Cambuur. They went ahead from a harsh pen, then we proceded to equalise in the 89th min and take the lead in the 94th. However they EQUALISED in the 96th minute. We then ended up 0-4 down after just 20 mins against Helmond Sport, on the way to a 3-5 defeat. We then proceded to lose another three in a row; 0-1 against MVV and FC Top Oss and then a humiliating 0-4 defeat against Willem II really put the skids under us.

    We salvaged some pride with consecutive draws against VVV (0-0) and BV Veendam (1-1) which put us into the crucial part of the season. Our penultimate game was against the team below us, FC Zwolle, Win and we were safe, draw and we lived to fight another day. Lose and we were deep in it. And lose we did, putting up a pathetic display in a 1-3 defeat. We weren't at the races in the slightest.

    JUDGEMENT DAY

    So, it came down to the last game of season. We HAD to win. Anything else and we were relying on other people. We kicked off against Fortuna Sittard and it started badly, closest rivals Helmond Sport took a 20th minute lead over SC Cambuur. We were down and out. HT came and they still were leading 1-0. We were holding on at 0-0, having survived Fortuna hitting the bar from 25 yards out early on.

    Helmond Sport 1 - 0 SC Cambuur HT
    Fortuna Sittard 0 - 0 Go Ahead Eagles HT


    but still relegated at this point. And it got even worse for us a minute after half time. Our defence was caught napping as the Fortuna player latched on a cute dinked ball over the top and finished low into the far corner. Fortuna 1 - 0 Go Ahead. This left us adrift by four points and there was not much time to save the game. Fortunately, help came from an unlikely source as SC Cambuur equalised in the 50th minute. A corner was drifted in and there was Cambuur's central defender to head the ball home. Helmond 1 - 1 Cambuur. And they took the lead just 20 mins later in exactly the same fashion, with the defender on hand again to head home. Helmond 1 - 2 Cambuur. This narrowed the gap to just one point and we were in far better shape in our game too, loan striker Pato being tripped in the box on 75 mins. However, despite even the commentators saying it was a stonewall penalty, the referee waved play on. I was ashen-faced on the bench. Was that our one chance? Would I be cursing all the decisions not given on the way to the unemployment line? Time ticked, ticked, ticked. Helmond hit the inside of the post on 85 mins, the striker rolling the defender and then delicately lifting the ball over the advancing Fortuna keeper, only to be denied by the combination of the post and defender hacking it off the line. On 89 mins, we came forward. Katsikogiannis moved just past the half-way line. He passed forward to Jerge Hoefdraad, who came forward.

    He looked for the pass, but seeing none there and the defence open up a little, drove on. With time almost up and the entire away support screaming for him to shoot, he steadied himself and hit a low shot from 20 yards that seemed to slow down in the air. Time elongated. The world stood still. I, along with every other Go Ahead fan, couldn't breathe. The ball curled agonizingly away from the goalkeeper's hand and nestled into the corner of the net. Silence. Fortuna 1 - 1 Go Ahead. Then, such a roar like you never heard, erupted. My ass man jumped on me and gave me a bear hug. But it still wasn't over. We still had 4 mins to go, but the supporters were celebrating like crazy. The news filtered through from Helmond that they'd lost the game 2-1, just as we entered added time, so our defensive play was ignored in the party atmosphere. Finally the whistle went and the players sank to their knees! They and I had avoid relegation by the skin of our teeth.

    Helmond Sport 1 - 2 SC Cambuur FT
    Fortuna Sittard 1 - 1 Go Ahead Eagles FT


    Here is the goal that saved my and the team's (but mainly mine!) bacon!
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    And, why not?

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    Ah that's fine, you had +12 goal difference between you - a veritable chasm

    Good luck next season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post


    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    Should have applied, then resigned. Of course that would have been a risk


    Good luck for next season with the Eagles, even if I personally would have gone for the Chaves job (assuming they weren't any lower than the Portuguese 2nd league...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunners4eva View Post
    Should have applied, then resigned. Of course that would have been a risk


    Good luck for next season with the Eagles, even if I personally would have gone for the Chaves job (assuming they weren't any lower than the Portuguese 2nd league...)
    Thanks man. They were Second Division - Central. I'm not going that low.

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    After 3 games of the new season, in which we were 4-0 down after 30 mins in our first game against FC Den Bosch, lost 0-1 after a 1st minute goal in the second against VVV and got an own goal in the 90th minute in a 1-3 defeat against Almere City, the board took action.

    It was probably my hardest job on any FM. No money, no wages, no players good enough. Oh, well. Back to the unemployment line.

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    Bad luck, seems like it was a bit of a poisoned chalice that job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Bad luck, seems like it was a bit of a poisoned chalice that job.
    Thanks man, it was seriously tough to get a formation working with the players there.

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    Chapter 3 - Covilhã up my past failures



    Sporting Clube da Covilhã


    Sporting Clube da Covilhã, commonly known as just Sporting Covilhã, is Portuguese football club from the city of Covilhã who currently play in the second-tier Liga Vitalis. Founded in 1923, Sporting Covilhã is one of the oldest and historic clubs in Portuguese football. Their nickname is the Leões da Serra, meaning "Lions of the Mountain Range," due to Covilhã's location in the Serra de Estrela, the highest mountains in Portugal. In 2007-08, they finished first in the Portuguese Second Division Serie C, out-scoring teams and exceeding expectations and also, in remarkable fashion, finishing first in the playoffs and beating historic club GD Chaves. Their current home ground is Complexo Desportivo da Covilhã in Covilhã, which holds a capacity of 3,000 spectators. Their current chairman is José Oliveira Mendes and current manager is Hélio Sousa, who has played for Vitória de Setúbal his entire career. They have won five Second Division in 1948, 1958, 1987 (second-tier), 2002, and 2005 (third-tier). Their most notable former player is former Portuguese international footballer Rui Barros.

    (info from Wikipedia)

    I negotiated a 1-year deal and was given nothing to work with. Again. Why do I always find these jobs??...
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    Wow, what a way to announce your loan debut




    Last minute 3-2 win over second place? Always good. Could things be looking up?

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    Sporting Clube da Covilhã
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    Well, I pitched up at Sp. Covilhã back in Portugal. My first Liga Orangina game in charge after the winter break was against second-placed Boavista. Covilhã had lost 6 in a row prior to my arrival and found themselves second bottom, 5 points from safety. And, although we got to HT drawing 0-0, we conceded just after the break. Sigh. However, I subbed on teenage loanee striker Francois Duhart and he changed the game. First of all, he thundered home a 25 yard strike to draw us level on the 74th minute. Then captain Paulinho netted the rebound after the Boavista keeper saved the first attempt ftom Miguel Pedro. Boavista got themelves back level on 84 with an easy header from a corner. However, we weren't finished and Francois Duhart made a solo run all the way from the halfway line before finishing low under the keeper for us to take a 3-2 lead and win in the 93rd minute.

    We then were up against league leaders Varzim. However, a spirited defensive display brought us home a point in a 0-0 draw. That was 4 points against the top two in my first two games! My last game of January was against Gil Vicente. They took the lead on 16 mins with a looping header from a deep free-kick. However, Paulinho drew us level on 29 mins with a stabbed effort from close range. We traded shots and possession, but we just couldn't force a goal. However, a defensive breakdown led to Vicente's 86th minute winner. A long ball into the box was controlled and passed into the back of the net and we lost our first game of the season.


    TRANSFERS

    We only loaned in three players, all sent from our parent clubs and all strikers. ST's Francois Duhart from Valenciennes FC and Guillermo Maldonado plus Claúdio Ribeiro from Nacional de Madeira.

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    Well, another nail-biting end to the season. With a lot of contracts expiring in the team, there was a lot at stake, however, I had been awarded an extention to my contract three to four games earlier. We started February in Liga Orangina with a 0-2 defeat against Fátima and we were in trouble. 5 points out of safety and panic was starting to set in. Young striker André Almeida hit the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Leixoes and then popped up with a double in a 4-2 win over the only team below us, Gondomar SC. This got us closer to getting out of the relegation zone as we gained a point on the teams above.

    March saw us snatch a point at Moreirense in a 1-1 draw, thanks to an own goal. Then came a 0-1 defeat to P. Ferreira. We then took a 2-0 lead over Trofense before surrendering it in a 2-2 draw. Back-to-back wins over Santa Clara (3-0) and Feirense (2-1) saw us draw to within a point of safety. We then took the lead three times against fellow relegation battlers SC Beira-Mar before being pegged back three times to end up in a 3-3 draw. We went 2-0 up again against Oliveirense, but again were pegged back to 2-2 for another draw. 2-2 was also the score against U.D Leiria, this time we pegged back them twice to land the draw.

    With 4 games to go, we were still a point out of safety. However, SIX different scorers netted for us against Estoril in a 6-0 win. That monster win lifted us out of the relegation zone and two points clear!. However, back-to-back defeats against Boavista (0-3) and Varzim (1-2) put us back into the relegation zone again. The brief for our last game was simple. Beat Gil Vicente. And we flew into this game with all we had. We took the lead on 21 seconds when André Almeida slammed home a deflection off the Gil defender. Defender Joao Pedro bundled home from a dangerous, curling free-kick into the far post on 30 mins. 2-0 up at HT, but with the memories of a number of games thrown away from winning positions still fresh, I got nasty with the team, telling them it wasn't good enough. Paulinho poked the ball past the keeper from 20 yards to put us 3-0 up on 56 mins and it looked like we were safe, however, a disintegration of our back line meant that Gil Vincente pulled a goal back on 77 mins and then had the ball in the net again on 83 mins, however that was whistled offside (rightly). The whistle went and we'd survived again. In fact, both teams in the relegation had pulled themselves out in that last game, leaving Oliveirense and SC Beira-Mar to suffer the ignomity of relegation.

    Goal of the season was this effort
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    We kicked off the season in the Bwin Cup Group A, along with U.D Leiria, Moreirense and GD Chaves. We started the group off with a 0-0 draw with Moreirense, which wasn't bad considering the amount of new players we'd brought in. Next was U.D Leiria. We took the lead from André Almeida's header from a cross that came back off the bar and then the keeper into the net. Leiria equalised after breaking our offside trap, but we 'netted' the winner in bizarre circumstances. So bizarre in fact, you have to see it to believe it! It's my goal of the month below. We came away from Leiria with a 2-1 win. Finally in the group, we played GD Chaves where we were runaway 3-1 winners, despite going 0-1 down. Austrian debutant Enrico Maier, fresh from top-scoring at the Euro U-19's, netted a double with the third goal, a penalty from 16 years and 3 days old Camillo Piacentini, becoming the youngest ever Bwin Cup scorer. This meant we qualifed in 1st place.

    Our season opener in Liga Orangina was against Gil Vicente, whose 3-1 defeat on the last day kept us up last season. We started well. Defender Duarte Araújo heading home on his league debut. Araújo then bundled over a Gil striker in the box, but the resulting pen was thundered against the underside of the bar and bounced out. Let-off. Gil Vicente equalised from a thumping free-kick from 30 yards that came back off the post then off our keeper, French U-21 international Lionel Mpasi. HT was 1-1. However, we had the last laugh with Enrico Maier netting the winner on 39 mins, sliding his shot underneath the keeper.

    TRANSFERS

    Well. We brought in 27 new players in order to do better this season, 24 on free transfers as I was given £0 in transfer money again. Some you've already heard about; a lot of them were youth players for the future and a few went into the first team. Apart from the ones mentioned, veteran striker Luigi Della Rocca came in, along with Mexican striker Andrés Lopez, a quick forward released by Cruz Azul. Jan Dembinny, a Czech U-20 World Cup striker who finished third overall in goals, also racked up on a free. Two England U-19 players also joined the club. MC/AMC Marc Warnock and M/AMRLC Alex Cardinale. The only player we paid for was £18k for Cesena's MR Alessio Innocenti.

    We also released a lot of players, only player commanding a fee was one of last seasons stars, DC Joao Pedro who was shipped off for an unable-to-turn-down £500k to Rayo de Vallecano.

    Goal of the month.. Well.. just watch. It's best in 720p

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    A real nothing end to the season as we finished 8th place in Liga Orangina. We actually only suffered three defeats up until Xmas, a 0-4 hammering at Rio Ave, who got all four goals before HT; a 1-3 defeat to Feirense in the very next game and a 2-4 defeat to Aves. Aves and Rio Ave were relegated last season, so this was heartening. Less heartening was the fact we only managed the same amount of wins. A 3-1 win over Gondomar SC, a 2-1 over Estoril and a 4-2 win over eventually relegated U.Madeira. The other results were 4 draws, all of them us surrendering a lead.

    The Xmas break came and went and we amazingly went on a run! 3 wins and a draw in the next four games. Wins against Moreirense (3-1), Trofense (2-1) and Boavista (1-0), along with the draw against Varzim (2-2) propelled us up the table. Then came the tail-spin. 3 defeats (Gil Vicente, Gondomar SC and Fátima) and 3 draws (Rio Ave, Estoril and Feirense) sent us back down the table. The last 9 games were a healthy 6 wins and 3 defeats to land us 8th. Andrés Lopez, the Mexican U-21 international broke the Sp. Covilhã league scoring record with 17 goals.

    Bwin Cup In the Second Round, we famously dumped Academica out, 3-2 on aggregate. A fantastic 2-0 win at home, with goals from Miguel Pedro and Miguel Oliveira put us in pole-position and, despite a 1-2 defeat in the second leg, we went through to the Third Round Group Stages. Where we finished bottom. A spirited 1-1 draw with Vít. Setúbal saw us then lose our next two games, 0-1 to Naval and 0-2 to parent club Nacional de Madeira.

    Taça de Portugal We suffered a horrific Second Round exit to Segunda Divisão Centrale side Torreense. We went behind early, a thundering finish put them two up and they scored their third just after HT. At 0-3 down, I just threw everyone forward and Artur Almeida's double made the score respectable, if not the performance.

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    Decent progress there, keep it up! Shame about the cups, but they're rubbish anyway ;)

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    Very enjoyable read so far KUTGW: thup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Decent progress there, keep it up! Shame about the cups, but they're rubbish anyway ;)
    Quote Originally Posted by jaycar View Post
    Very enjoyable read so far KUTGW
    Thanks guys, much appreciated!

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    I think you should change the thread title to "I'm so Sporting when I win"

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    Transfer Window Review

    1 September 2016


    RESULTS


    We kicked off the season in the Bwin Cup. Our First Round group consisted of Boavista, Varzim and Farense. Our opening game was against Boavista. Debuting the 4-4-1-1 again, we saw them go down to 10 in the 37th minute, then go 0-1 up in the 60th minute from an angled shot lashed into the far corner via the post. New signing Jordan Thompson saved our bacon with a low finish into the far corner in the 91st minute. Our next match was against Varzim and as much as we battered them in play, we couldn't find a way past the keeper and we lost 0-1. Final match was against Farense. Win and we were through. We again absolutely tore Farense apart, but couldn't break through again, mostly due to wastefulness. We drew 0-0, which meant we finished level on points with Boavista, however they'd scored one more goal than me in qualifying and therefore took the final qualifying spot, leaving me out in the cold.

    Our 2016-17 Liga Orangina campaign kicked off with a match against recently-relegated Vit. Guimarães. The 4-4-1-1 was holding well as we adjusted to it, however we went 0-1 down in 6 mins, a low cross into the box got Miguel Oliveira in a mess and the Guimarães striker netted with aplomb. We drew level on 19 mins; good play down the left saw a ball into the box land at Stephen Jones' feet. The England U-19 striker turned and curled a delightful ball past the keeper for 1-1. We then settled and although we were still suffering from corners, we held fast to escape with a 1-1 draw and a point.

    TRANSFERS

    For the second season in a row, we were given a £0 transfer budget and a wage budget that was right at the limit. I had to sell and sell big to give myself some breathing room. First out the door was Czech striker Jan Dembinny to Jablonec for £120k. Next, the chairman took matters into his own hands and agreed a £425k deal with Real Betis S.A.D for last season's bright spot, Andrés López. Next out the door were Rafa for Penafiel for £190k and Sebastian Hertner for £110k to Kassel. The chairman interfered yet again in the club, by agreeing a £250k deal for Lionel Mpasi with Marítimo. Normally, I'd be screwing, because I hate chairman interference. However, I needed the wages off the bill. Finally, MR Alessio Innocenti went to Portimonense for £160k to leave us finally in the black. Two loans to Pafos completed the deals. Enrico Maier and Marcos Rodrigues leaving for money plus buyout clauses.

    Incoming, 24-year old ex-Arsenal, Roma and Real Madrid M/AMC/ST Julío Baptista was picked up as a marquee signing on a free. Also coming in on free's were England U-19 players Jordan Thompson, Stephen Jones and GK Terry Elmes. 16 year old Italian winger Nicolas Fiorin also came in on a free, along with 34-year old DC/DM/MC Farhal and 28 year old Argentinian right back Gastón Díaz. Finally, I paid £2k for Varzim's experienced fullback Nélson Souza. This left me with about £2k spare on wages.
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    Bizarre career path here. Failed at first top level experience (Sochaux isn't strictly "top level" but as soon as you got Ganso...), dropped immediately to a very low level (spanish 3rd tier???), then steadily improved afterwards after a few bumps. Odd, but if you keep going like this you're on your way to buy the likes of Ganso again in a few seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    Bizarre career path here. Failed at first top level experience (Sochaux isn't strictly "top level" but as soon as you got Ganso...), dropped immediately to a very low level (spanish 3rd tier???), then steadily improved afterwards after a few bumps. Odd, but if you keep going like this you're on your way to buy the likes of Ganso again in a few seasons.
    Yeah, I started with automatic career rep, so when I was sacked by Sochaux, I had no rep to speak of.

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    TROLOLOLOLOLOL

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    Ghana - The Black Stars


    I was offered the chance of Ghana manager after their failure to qualify for the World Cup. My first port of call was to try to do well in the 2017 African Cup Of Nations, which would be a tough ask. My 23 man squad contained no surprises, apart from possibly the inclusion of 23 year old Charles Boakye from Le Havre AC.

    ACoN Group B

    Ghana 2-0 South Africa
    A nice run out to start with. Our opening goal came after 27 mins with a crisp finish by Eric Bekoe after good work from Kevin-Prince Boateng to free him with a through ball. We sealed the deal on 63 mins when defensive midfielder Kwadoh Asamoah hit a 25 yard piledriver into the top corner after some good build-up play.

    Ghana 0-0 Ivory Coast
    A tough battle in which neither of us could muster any meaningful pressure, having only 4 shots on goal between us. However, left back David Addy suffered a tournament-ending injury and left us a little short.

    Ghana 1-0 Zimbabwe
    I played a lot of the fringe players in this match and it showed as we were disjointed and incoherent. We took the lead on 3 mins with Michael Essien's bundled shot that was forced over the line from a corner but, as with the last game, our lack of a cutting edge really made us suffer until the final whistle.


    ACoN Quarter Final


    Ghana 3-0 Togo
    The rest seemed to do the guys well and we tore apart Togo to sail effortlessly into the semis. A drilled finish into the far corner from Charles Boakye on 24 mins set us on our way, before a wonderfully outragous chip by Kevin-Prince Boateng three mins later made it 2-0. Finally Eric Bekoe popped up to head home number 3 from a K-PB cross on 67 mins.

    ACoN Semi Final

    Ghana 2-1e Mali
    This was a bit more of a challenge. We took the lead on 2 mins, Bekoe's ball out wide saw Kwadoh Asamoah bulldoze his way past the fullback before scoring low into the corner. Things got even easier on 79 mins as a Mali player was dismissed for a second bookable offence. We were home and dry when, after giving away a silly free-kick on the far side of the area, Mali equalised on 91 minutes. D'oh. However, within minutes of the restart of ET, André Ayew scored what was for me, the goal of the tournament.

    2017 ACoN Final

    Ghana 1-2 Ivory Coast
    We'd come so far, but ultimately failed. After Ivory Coast went 2-0 up inside 25 mins, all was lost. We battled hard and all we had to show for it was a 67th minute strike by Charles Boakye, running at the heart of the defense before slipping it out wide and converting the resulting cross.

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    So, first off I get this. It's REALLY tempting and, although St Pauli are in the 3.Bundesliga, I think there's a LOT of potential there, plus money to spend. So I asked to think about it til the end of the season and got it.


    Then I got this offer. Nope. Not for me.


    Oh, f****** wonderful. You couldn't do this before I commited to leaving, could you? FFS!

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    Sporting Clube da Covilhã
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    RESULTS


    Well, we finished 8th in Liga Orangina again. A great run up to the end of October saw us only draw two games, a 0-0 against Fafe and a 1-1 draw against Santa Clara. However from November to January, we lost 5 out of 6 games, the other was a 3-3 draw against Moreirense. We then had a deeply inconsistent end to the season. We'd lose, draw then win. Lose, draw and win. The highlight of our run in was a 9-1 win over Moreirense. We tore them apart and it REALLY frustrated me as we just couldn't do anything like that before and then fell to a draw and two defeats at the end of the season.

    Bwin Cup: We were knocked out in the first round

    Taça de Portugal
    : A good 2-0 win over Atlético Reguengos in the Second Round. However, this momentum came to a crashing halt in the Third Round as we lost 0-2 to Trofense.

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    Chapter 4 - Patience of a St. Pauli



    F.C St. Pauli

    Fußball-Club St. Pauli is a German sports club based in the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg. The football section is part of a larger club that also has Rugby (FC St. Pauli Rugby), American football, baseball, bowling, boxing, chess, cycling, handball, skittles, softball and table tennis teams. In 2003/04 they dropped down to the Regionalliga, at that time the third football division in Germany and remained there for four years. In 2007, St. Pauli were promoted back to the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga and in 2010, FC St. Pauli was promoted into the Bundesliga. However, they went on a downward spiral and ended up in 3.Bundesliga in 2017. While the footballers have enjoyed only modest success on the field, the club is widely recognised for its unique culture and has a large popular following as one of the country's "Kult" clubs.


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    F.C St. Pauli
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    RESULTS

    Well, I carried on my inconsistancies into my new club. we opened up the new 3.Bundesliga season with a 1-2 defeat to FSV Frankfurt. We took the lead and looked good, but two goals in the last 10 mins meant I started my reign with a defeat. However, we snapped that with a 3-0 win over Stuttgart II. A 0-1 defeat to Onasbruck was frustrating, however we then beat FC Carl Zeiss Jena 3-1.

    TRANSFERS

    I picked up an number of free transfers to try and make this team better than the one that finished 17th last season. AMR/L Manuel Silva, DC/DM/MC Emanuel Duarte, MC Reuben Mendes, GK Pavel Londak, DC Ramzi Aya, MC Cristian Benavente, DRL Lorenzo Pique, ST Giovanni Kyeremateng, DRC Toni Wachsmuth, ST André Martins, DC Sebastian Neumann, D/ML Goran Jandric and DM/MC Christian Jung. I also brought Italian starlet Camillo Piacentini for £325k from Sp. Covilha and young GK Luis Goncalves for £1m over 48 mths from Naval.

    I junked a lot of the useless players. Star of the team, GK Patric Klandt was being sold to Valladolid for £700k, as his £7k wages were hard to swallow. Backup GK's Andy Hubert and Max Bimar went to Kickers Offenbach and SV Wehen respectively.

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    F.C St. Pauli
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    RESULTS

    We finished the season with my first trophy as a manager, the 3.Bundesliga, as we finished 1st. We ran away with the league from the start, a five-game winning streak was only halted by a 0-1 defeat by FC Erzgebirge Aue at the end of September. We then stuttered to a 1-1 draw with Stuttgarter Kickers before launching into another fantastic six-game run of wins. Following that was a 2-2 draw with Elversberg and a 1-1 draw with FSV Frankfurt, sandwiching a 3-0 win over Union Berlin. We didn't infact lose another game until the end of April, only dropping points in two 1-1 draws with SV Paderborn and Hansa Rostock. Our unbeaten streak finally came to an end in a 0-1 defeat to Kiel. We then lost two of our last three games, a 1-3 defeat to Magdeburg and a 1-3 defeat to Union Berlin on the last day of the season. Ths didn't matter as we had already clinched the title. However, after my chairman's actions in the January transfer window, I didn't want to stay at the club and will hand in my resignation on 1st July.

    RESULTS

    I didn't bring anyone in during January, but the chairman accepted bids over my head for Camile Piacentini (£675k to Bellinzona), Daniel Divadi (£625k to 1860 Munich) and Cristian Benevente (£325k to SV Ried). This was intolerable to me, especially as I'd brought two of those players to the club and I did not want to see them go.
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    Hold the phones...

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    Ghana - The Black Stars


    I then had the 2018 World Cup in Russia to guide Ghana through. Our group stage consisted of Japan, Spain and Turkey, so I was looking for a runners-up spot at best.

    World Cup Russia 2018 Group Stage

    Ghana 3-0 Japan
    Well, we cruised our opening group game against Japan. André Ayew's cool finish put us 1-0 up on 25 mins, then was tripped in the area on 35 mins for Michael Essien lash home the resulting penalty. Finally, Charles Boakye rubbed salt in the wound on 90 mins with a solo strike.

    Ghana 0-1 Spain
    A good display against a far superior team. They took the lead on 18 mins and although we had the ball in the net on 47 mins, it was flagged for offside. The rest of the time we were chasing shadows, but we worked hard and limited them to just the one goal.

    Ghana 3-1 Turkey
    A great moment for Charles Bokaye as he scores a World Cup hat-trick. He tapped in at the far post on 3 mins for his first, then put us ahead on 24 minutes with a another tap in after confusion in the Turkish box led to the ball rebounding off the post. Between those goals, Turkey had equalised with a header from a corner. Anthony Annan was sent off for his second booking on the stroke of half time which put our position under question, but that man Boakye finished the game off in the 80th minute, driving in the rebound from Agyemang's shot that the keeper had parried.

    World Cup Russia 2018 Second Round

    Ghana 0-2 Uruguay

    Well, this was to be expected. We had a young, exciting team, but against Brazil 2014's winners Uruguay, there was only one winner. We worked hard however and took them to extra time, despite Samuel Inkoom's red card for a second booking on 82 mins before the team tired too much and we fell prey to a classic counter on 103 mins and an unfortunate own goal on 109 mins.

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    Awwwww...



    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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    Very successful first season with St. Pauli, champions by a mile. Hopefully, you'll enjoy your time in Germany

    Bad luck in the World Cup. A tight game by the sounds of it, very much like the 2010 World Cup quarter-final between these two teams (minus the last minute of extra-time handball, red card and penalty miss )

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Very successful first season with St. Pauli, champions by a mile. Hopefully, you'll enjoy your time in Germany

    Bad luck in the World Cup. A tight game by the sounds of it, very much like the 2010 World Cup quarter-final between these two teams (minus the last minute of extra-time handball, red card and penalty miss )
    Thanks man. It was a tight one, but we just ran out of steam in the end. They ended up winning the World Cup again too.

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    *bows*

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    17 August 2018
    DfB Pokal, 1st Round
    Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart
    Att: 38,106


    VfB Stuttgart 2 - 3 F.C St. Pauli
    Vincent Pajot 23....................Boris Vukic 36, 87
    Nolan Roux 78......................Ziguy Badibanga 60


    Wow. just wow!


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    Nice result! This can surely only mean a successful season with promotion *jinx*.

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    What the hell? This just gets more and more bizarre. How did you get the Ghana job? How can you be offered both an utterly **** job and a nice one at the same time? And that 9-1 away win out of nowhere?

    My theory is that the game sometimes thinks you have high rep and sometimes thinks you have none lol

    I'm also a bit confused, weren't you going to leave St Pauli? "I didn't want to stay at the club and will hand in my resignation on 1st July." Changed your mind then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    What the hell? This just gets more and more bizarre. How did you get the Ghana job? How can you be offered both an utterly **** job and a nice one at the same time? And that 9-1 away win out of nowhere?

    My theory is that the game sometimes thinks you have high rep and sometimes thinks you have none lol

    I'm also a bit confused, weren't you going to leave St Pauli? "I didn't want to stay at the club and will hand in my resignation on 1st July." Changed your mind then?
    I was offered the Ghana job totally out of the blue. Literally stunned when it happened. But I'm guessing that it was because I managed to keep Covilha in and around 8th place. The 9-1 came as I went all out attack as they were limping along and had a very slow defence.

    And I was going, but the chairman who I had issues with decided to sell up and leave. That made me
    hang around, along with the fact I got half-decent strikers this time. I thought the new chairman might be the one to give me a break, however he also sold someone over my head.
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    F.C St. Pauli
    Transfer Window Review
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    RESULTS


    Well, we raised the curtain for this season with a tricky DfB Pokal First Round tie away to 1.Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart. And what a match it was as we triumphed 3-2 to set up a Second Round clash with another 1.Bundesliga side, FC Energie Cottbus.

    In 2.Bundesliga, we kicked off our season away to MSV Duisburg. Duisburg were 0-2 up at HT, a simple tap-in on 26 mins and a lovely run and finish, btoh goals beating our offside trap. I was angry with the players and let them know it! First, Bojan Vukic tapped home a Charlton Vicento cross, a minute after HT. Then Almen Abdi equalised with a rasping strike from 20 yards on 68 mins. But we weren't finished there as we improbably took the lead. Ziguy Badibanga using a 1-2 with Vukic to break the offside trap and slot home for 3-2 on 81 mins. But the drama and tension didn't end there, oh no! Duisberg equalised on 84 mins, as a cross into the box had full-back James Shaw at sixes-and-sevens and the striker netted his own rebound. Incredibly, we STILL weren't finshed as right on full-time, a deep corner was slung over and there was 17 year old Abou Soulama to head home his first ever goal for the club. 4-3 it finished.

    Things were less frantic in the next match, against pre-season title favourites Hannover 96. We took the lead on 4 mins as Vincento burst down the right and sent in a dangerous low cross that was met by Almen Abdi virtually on the goal line. 1-0 and we were rocking. The game wasn't a classic and Hannover equalised on 32 mins with a swirling corner that was bundled in at the far post. The game then disintegrated into scrappy play with lots of tackling and wayward shots and it ended 1-1.

    TRANSFERS

    I brought in a number of players in the off-season, simply as the players we had were not going to keep us up under any circumstances! Coming in on free transfers were D/WBL Marvin Plattenhardt, AMRL Ziguy Badibanga, D/MR James Shaw, AMRL/ST Charlton Vicento, ST Bojan Vukic, DM/MC Blerim Dzemali and England U-19 duo Jamie Ellis and David Barnett. Also coming in on free's were M/AMC Almen Abdi from Stade Brestois 29 and GK Jan Kjell Larsen from Grasshoppers Zurich. Cash-wise, I picked up AMR Ousamane Karbo for £5k, ST Nasser Benhamou for £180k and DC Abou Soulama for £5k, all from Académie JMG in the Ivory Coast. Also in came AMRLC Alexander Farnerud for £22k from SC Eibar and Czech U-19 starlet, MC Jakub Sivakov for £120k from Mlada Boleslav. Finally, I loaned two keepers. Filip Bednarek (who I sold from Go Ahead Eagles) from Montepellier SC and Jamie John from DC United.

    Lot of players left on free's. ST André Martins went to VfR Ahlen for £100k, D/WBRL Lorenzo Piqúe was sold to Willem II for £95k, AMLC Manuel Silva went to Feirense for £22k, ST Giovanni Kyeremateng was shipped out for £120k to Cremonese and 38 year old GK Pavel Londak was sold to Salernitana for £100k. However, we had a board takeover and I was looking forward to not having any interference from this chairman. However, this one proved himself the same as the last by accepting a £1.2m bid from Werder Bremen for defensive lynch-pin Ramzi Aya.

    Goal of the Window

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    Far more cash and a monster striker to boot. Tempting, yet they're well below me in the table.

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