Lusitânia Açores - Season Summary - 2042/43
Finances | Summary
Slightly incongruously, by stopping spending money on players I have started to leak money almost unstoppably. I really need the stadium to hit that 20-year-old mark soon so I can build a new one because otherwise I'm going to be in the red in the not too distant future. This is one side effect I wasn't expecting if I'm honest. Although I suppose it's also down to lack of progress in the Champions League, and that is definitely my fault!
Transfers | Frees | Loans
Only free transfers and loans out this year, part of the reason I lost so much money with no transfer income to speak of. The loans once again helped Fatima compete in the top half of the Premier League, but they couldn't get Penafiel or Oriental out of the Second League, in fact Oriental went straight back down again. I'm thinking about starting to bring players in on free transfers with the sole intention of selling them on to try to help me break even. I'm not sure how well it'll work, might give it a go next season, see what happens.
Domestic | Table | Graph | Supertaça | Taça de Portugal | League Cup
Same as ever. Fairly comfortable league victory, dominate display in the curtain raiser and then slightly disappointing results by the youths/reserves in the domestic cups.
European | Group Table | First Round 1st/2nd Leg
Once again an almost carbon copy of last time out. We were very good in the Group Stage before falling at the first knockout hurdle. This time round to Juventus who thumped us Turin before we came back to Angra and couldn't turn it round enough.
The Team | Overview
Ricardo Dias - 45 apps, 40 conc, 24 cln - The 27-year-old continues to be undisputed first choice and doesn't look like being replaced any time soon. He has no viable competition at the club. Fortunately, as he's a goalkeeper he could potentially play in the first team for a decade, which, if I get that far, should be enough time for the academy to produce another decent one!
Gonçalo Santos - 0(1) app - Won't waste your time with much on this guy, I gave him his league debut in the second half of the final game when the title was already sewn up. He's signed a new 5 year deal to avoid the Nelson Martins situation (who has now retired after not finding a club). He's not a viable alternative.
Rui Fernandes - 0(1) app - Single appearance in the cup from the bench, he has long been passed over as next right back. I think next season may seem him out on loan.
Shéu Sousa - 17(11) apps, 3 asts - The 18-year-old has been made the captain of Portugal's U21 side, which is a pretty good advert. He has started to get more game time as the battle between him and Duarte continues to intensify. I think Sousa has slightly more potential, but it'll be interesting to see who has more appearances by the time their careers end. Progressing nicely.
Duarte - 28(3) apps, 5 asts - One year older than Sousa and one year further in his progression. He doesn't have the raw pace of the younger man, but is a very decent defender. Still just about first choice although soon I think it'll definitely be a case of rotation.
Ricardo Aleixo - 38 apps, 1 gl, 1 ast, 2 MoMs - Very good season from the rapidly maturing left back. At just 20 he has already made 84 league appearances for the club and become undisputed first choice. Although there could be pressure on that place eventually.
António Reis - 6 apps, 1 ast - The man who might eventually provide that competition. He is by no means ready for regular football yet but is progressing nicely in training and starting to get more time on the pitch can only be a good thing. One to develop.
João Paulo - 25 apps, 2 gls, 2 asts, 2 MoMs - Injuries restricted his game time this season but when fit he was by far the best central defender in the squad and most likely all of Portugal too. Not a lot to add really, still a great player.
Paulo Silva - 1 app - A player who has been lurking around the reserve side/out on loan for the last few years, he was drafted into the first team squad as cover during injury crises. He got onto the pitch once and didn't embarrass himself. Only going to be back up I'm afraid and has been making a lot of noises about wanting first team football. Probably out on loan next year.
Luis Miguel - 21(6) apps, 2 gls, 1 ast, 1 MoM - The man to benefit from Paulo's injury issues this season as he got plenty of time on the pitch. He didn't let us down and solidified his role as current number three centre back. I don't see him necessarily replaced Lopes as he ages, more Paulo eventually as he doesn't have much ball skill.
Saad Falah - 3(4) apps - Continues his role as back up/cup squad player and he seems relatively happy with that at the moment. May change at some point, but for now he's decent back up to back ups.
Rui Lopes - 29 apps - Rui made his 200th league appearance for the club this season and it's an illustration of the great service he's given. No doubt, if I'd started this project sooner he'd have far more games under his belt than that as he hits 30. The good news is he's looking likely to become a coach so that's another back room staff member sorted for the future.
Flávio Carvalho - 11(8) apps, 1 ast - This is the guy I am predicting will take over from Lopes when he gets too old. He has the ball-playing abilities in common as well as decent defensive stats. He isn't ready yet, but hopefully continued training, tutoring and game time will get him there in the next few years. One of the extraordinary number of my players who'll be at the Euro U21s with Portugal, I believe it's 10 in total.
Omar Omar - 1 app - The last surviving non-homegrown defender and he's off to Italy this summer. Didn't really play, so won't be missed, he would've been a great player for us if I hadn't gone down the route I chose.
Paul Bossman - 20(9) apps, 1 gl, 2 asts, 1 MoM - Continues to improve and continues to get more time playing. He is progressing very nicely, I hope he gets recognised by the Portuguese national side soon because otherwise I can see him picking Ghana in the not too distant future. Depending on how Lopes holds up to the ageing process he may have a season in defence sooner or later.
Miguel Teixeira - 25(3) apps, 2 gls, 2 asts - Another to pass 200 league appearances this season and the 27-year-old looks set to add considerably to that tally. He has turned into an all round midfielder that I have to admit to not expecting. He can pick a pass, score the odd goal and help out the defence brilliantly. A real asset to the team.
Luís Pereira - 14(10) apps, 2 asts - The first really viable candidate to takeover as our left winger. He's only 16, and he needs to get some real game time under his belt but his improvement over the first year, while also learning to play on the left as well as the right has been phenomenal. He could be the future of the role for a long time. Mentally he obviously needs work, but the should come through experience and some good tutors.
Moussa Sidibé - 2(1) apps, 1 gl, 1 MoM - With the emergence of the new right winger in the new youth crop it is time for Moussa to sink or swim. He's no longer the up and coming talent, nor has he shown any signs of establishing himself. It may be time for him to go out on loan and get some proper experience of first team football.
Atanas Radkov - 3(1) apps, 1 gl, 2 asts - Has decided he wants to play for Portugal rather than Bulgaria but he isn't getting the game time he needs with me to improve, I may let him out on loan, or look to sell over the summer as he's another non-homegrown guy I could just about afford to get rid of now.
Paulo Jorge Vieira - 30(8) apps, 4 gls, 15 asts, 2 MoMs - Paulo was back to his imperious best this season and it was great to see. It was a season of milestones for him as well. Not only did he make his 300th league appearance this time out, he also got his 50th league goal. Again, at 28 he could be looking at getting to some impress appearance statistics when he eventually decides to call it a day.
Luís Santos - 15(10) apps, 4 gls, 5 asts - Still nipping at his heals though is young Luís. He must be slightly frustrated, although I do a good job of rotating them, but his time will come. He's only 22 and has a great future ahead of him. Nice to have him as a replacement for Vieira if he's not doing well. Great bench option and injury cover.
Álvaro Pinto - 24(1) apps, 3 gls, 3 asts, 1 MoM - Another of the ageing players in the squad. His loyalty was rewarded this season with a good run of games during times of injury worry. He wants to become a manager when he retires, hopefully I can keep him as a coach for a time before someone swoops for him.
Sérgio Rodrigues - 16(1) apps, 11 gls, 5 asts, 3 MoMs - An astonishing, but injury hit, season for the winger. He was back to his best in front of goal but also saw a return of the niggling injuries that plagued his early career. At 24 though he already has 50 international caps and more than 150 league appearances for us. He's going to be an all time great, and if he can keep fit he has a terrifying season in him at some stage.
Lasse Tuominen - 31 apps, 12 gls, 13 asts, 3 MoMs - Not homegrown, but someone I'm not looking to replace necessarily. I'm not sure whether it's because I signed him as a 15-year-old or because it cost only £500 but I don't see him as an import. One of the greats and continues to be a real menace on the left. Top player.
Nuno Rosa - 2(14) apps, 1 gl, 1 ast - Yet to set the world alight, but has done well while learning from Cardoso and his stats have shown a welcome leap forward. He is now competing with Marques for a place on the bench/rotation time and that could be tricky to handle, but he is still a decent prospect, particularly if he can grow more prolific.
Pedro Cardoso - 35(1) apps, 33 gls, 13 asts, 12 MoMs - The man, the legend. I'd been beginning to worry his star was on the wane but he proved me wrong in fantastic style this season by really returning to his best. He scored at more than a goal a game in the league while also laying on a hat load for his teammates. Great to see him back, and at 29 hopefully this shows his intention to keep playing at the highest level into his 30s. Passed 300 league games and 250 league goals this season. His productivity and loyalty continue to amaze me.
Abakar Tigabe - 40(1) apps, 24 gls, 11 asts, 6 MoMs - His best season yet as he really arrived as a top flight striker breaking the 20 goals in a season for the first time. He was also good enough to lay on goals for those around him as he looked a quality player alongside Cardoso. He faces pressure for this role though as the youngsters press for inclusion.
Rodolfo Marques - 11(23) apps, 7 gls, 3 asts, 2 MoMs - A similar first season to Cardoso's back in the dim and distant past. Not consistent but real touches of class occasionally. I continue to be excited about his potential and see him as an excellent partner for Cardoso if/when his pace goes. The plan at the moment for that eventuality is to shift Cardoso deeper and put Marques up top. Hopefully it will work and there might be some experimentations in that direction next season.
Story So Far...
Season League Position Achievements
2012/13 Second Division - South 12th Avoided Relegation (just)
2013/14 Second Division - South 1st Promoted!
2014/15 Second League 14th Avoided Relegation
2015/16 Second League 2nd Promoted!
2016/17 Premier League 13th Avoided Relegation
2017/18 Premier League 3rd Qualified for Europa League
2018/19 Premier League 4th Europa League again
2019/20 Premier League 5th Europa League again
2020/21 Premier League 1st Champions!
2021/22 Premier League 2nd CL Qualification again
2022/23 Premier League 1st Champions!
2023/24 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
2024/25 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
2025/26 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
2026/27 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
2027/28 Premier League 1st CL Semi Final
2028/29 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
2029/30 Premier League 1st CL Semi Final
2030/31 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
2031/32 Premier League 1st CL Quarters
2032/33 Premier League 1st CL Quarters and domestic quadruple
2033/34 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
3034/35 Premier League 1st CL Quarters
2035/36 Premier League 1st CL 1st Knockout Round
2036/37 Premier League 1st CL Quarters
2037/38 Premier League 1st Champions' League winners
2038/39 Premier League 1st CL finalists
2039/40 Premier League 1st CL 1st Rd
2040/41 Premier League 1st CL Semis
2041/42 Premier League 1st CL 1st Rd
2042/43 Premier League 1st CL 1st Rd