Real Sport Clube – 2018/19 Liga Orangina
Media Prediction: 12th
Board Expectation: Mid-Table
My Target: Promotion Challenge
League Table: 2nd ǁ Position Graph
My aim for the first half of the season was to try and not lose distance to the top two positions whilst me were kept busy with Europe and the cups. I figured we’d be out of it after Christmas and if we were in a good position for the second half of the season we would be able to go up. We did exactly that and at the half way stage we were third, only 2 points off promotion. We were devastating in the second half of the season with a record of 11-3-1 and guaranteed promotion with a couple of games to go.
UEFA Europa League
Group K: 4th ǁ Fixtures
I was delighted with our first European adventure! First up we beat Lithuanina side Ekranas quite easily 5-0 on aggregate before scraping past St. Mirren 2-1. When we were drawn against Dinamo in the final qualifying round I did not think we would be able to get into the group stage, but a brilliant 2-1 win in Zagreb meant we could qualify with a draw at home. They battered us but we held on to progress to the group stage!
We were drawn with Ajax, Schalke and Rapid Wien and my target was automatically 3rd place, as I thought Ajax and Schalke would be too good for us. And so it proved to be, with us losing all games against those two. We won 3-2 against Rapid at home, but a 2-1 loss in Wien meant we finished last in the group. I was not too bothered and thoroughly enjoyed the campaign.
Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
Porto 1 - 0 Real
Porto were dominant against us agan, but I was happy to lose by just one goal.
Taça de Portugal Millennium
We didn’t manage to repeat our good run this year. As a matter of fact we didn’t go far at all. After a 5-0 thumping against non-league side Limianos we were drawn against Liga Zon Sagres side Olhanense away and couldn’t do enough to go further.
First Phase Group A: 2nd ǁ Fixtures
Never really tried hard in the competiton, getting out of the group was a pleasant surprise given the side I put out for those matches. In the end Leiria proved too good for us in the second round.
Transfers 1 ǁ Transfers 2 ǁ Squad 1 ǁ Squad 2
A season of many changes. I let go all those average youngsters I brought in when I was first promoted, whilst bringing in some quality loan signings to strengthen the overstretched squad. Again, my big two signings came from Brazil in the January window. Cléber came to take over plamaking duties from Momotenko, whilst Edson came into the supporting striker role, both had an immediate positive impact. I also loaned out quite a few youngsters to 1º Dezembro in order for the to avoid relegation from the third tier. My players helped them do just that with a win in the last game, getting them out of the relegation places on the final day of the season.
GK: Buick – By far the highest rated player in the club. Wanted to leave at the start of the season but I convinced him to stay. Interest is still high though.
DR: Antônio – Another one who keeps attracting interest from other clubs.
DC: Felipe – Looks like this could be his last season as a starter for the club. After almost 200 league games I feel that he will not be able to make the step up and a new defender is already coming in on a Bosman.
DC: Ahmed Yilmaz – Signed on loan for the seond time from Raja Casablanca. Whilst he was just a back-up the first time this time he was a key player in defence, replacing the former captain Eduardo at the back. Will join the club on a Bosman at the start of December.
DL: André Dias – Had a decent season, but is another one who I think has gona as far as he can.
DMC: Bruno Mendes – Portuguese U21 international and Porto youth product. Was immense this season and there is a lot more to come from him.
MC: Esteban Cardona – Came in on loan from Atlético Nacional and even though he is only 18, was ever present in the side. His contract expires at the end of January, hopefully I can snap him up on a free.
MC: Illya Momotenko – Started the game as the playmaker but was given a more central midfield role with the arrival of Cléber. Had another 3 month injury this season, but he is too good to let go and still very useful to the squad.
AMC: Cléber – My best signing of the season, was key to our brilliant run in the second half of the season.
ST: Edson – Came in as aprt of our reshuffle in the front line. I felt we were a bit too slow with Gil and Milton up front, Edson gives us a bit more mobility.
ST: Milton – Changed him from a supporting target man to an advanced forward halfway through the season and he has not stopped scoring since then. Lots of interest in him, let’s hope I can keep him.
Finances – Though European football would guarantee us financially but we leaked so much money that we managed to make a huge loss regardless. Please let the money be better in the first league!
We were selected the overachievers of Liga Orangina and most improved in Portugal again.
Personal awards were handed to me as Manager of the Season and Ahmed Yilmaz who was selected in the Team of the Season.
This Season Targets
1. Promotion Challenge Success – Always in the mix and promoted quite easily in the end.
2. Enjoy Europe, try to get through one stage Success – Very proud of our European campign, did not think we would make it to the group stages.
3. Strengthen the midfield Success – Three new midfielders in the starting eleven, meaning Momotenko went from essential to useful.
Next Season Targets
It is all about survival this season. The board has raised the wage budget to 26k p/w, but we are still the smallest club in the division by a mile. Our long servong back line is starting to look like it needs replacing, so I will be bringing in some defenders.
Season League Pos Taça de Portugal Bwin Cup Europe Achievements
2012/13 2. Divisão - Zona Sul 7th First Round N/A N/A None
2013/14 2. Divisão - Zona Centro 3rd Second Round N/A N/A None
2014/15 2. Divisão - Zona Centro 1st Third Round N/A N/A Promotion
2015/16 Liga Orangina 10th Second Round First Phase N/A None
2016/17 Liga Orangina 10th Fourth Round Second Phase N/A None
2017/18 Liga Orangina 8th Runners-Up First Phase N/A Europa League Qualification
2018/19 Liga Orangina 2nd Third Round Second Phase EL Group Stage Promotion