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    aldojags - That's pretty harsh, hopefully the takeover comes out with bonuses for you, and you still make the promotion. Also makes you remember for future to make sure your African starlets have ample back-up in African Cup year, not as likely, but remember to do the same with Oceanian ones.

    I am having an issue in my game, Bumbera spent 6 months injured from November to April, his contract expires in July, he wouldn't agree to one before his injury, so I was waiting to try again in early December and then sell him, of course with a major injury he wouldn't sell. Now he has returned from injury, but still won't sign a contract so it looks like I am about to lose a player on a free that could've been sold for about 1 million euros. Also I desperately need to get promotion, this season has been hell on my finances, the Stadium loan + transfers + wages are all really set-up for Liga BBVA levels and as such the income is not enough to sustain us.

    Also 3000 posts.

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    Superb on the 3000 posts!

    Yeh LLR it was a bit of an error on my part that I overlooked that! The fact that the Central American Cup robbed me of my back up striker from Costa Rica was a right kick in the nuts!

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    Good luck for the second leg PRDH, getting an away goal is always good. You've been really unlucky again though in conceding that late.

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    Good Luck PRDH, hopefully you can take advantage of that away goal and finish them off at home.

    On the Parla front we have now guaranteed at least a playoff spot with 8 games to go, and to top it off we are now 14pts clear in first after Cartegena suffered another loss and we defeated Mallorca 2:1 after going behind early on. My boys have got pretty good at turning around that first goal deficit lately something I am very proud of.

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    Barakaldo 2014 Preseason Report



    Club Situation

    Media Prediction: 7th
    Captain: Inaki Astiz
    Vice Captain: Joseba Zaldua
    Season Ticket Holders: 3571
    Finances: -£140k
    Transfer Budget: £0
    Wage Budget: £13,687 (£15,470 in use)


    Transfers

    After hectic summer transfer windows in the first two seasons the situation has stabilised somewhat with most of this year's signings joining early on. The squad now looks like this.


    Key Players

    Inaki Astiz - The captain will be leading from the back and hopefully help the youngsters around him.

    Inigo Eguaras - Some tough negotiating got him to join after his agent offered him out. He's another reason for having to get promoted as he wouldn't join without a non-promotion release clause of £0.

    Joseba Beitia - An offensive minded midfielder that is expected to shine alongside Eguaras.

    Mikel Orbegozo - The topscorer from the first season joined permanently and is a great targetman.

    Juan Dominguez - Last season I thought we lacked a top class striker, now we have two with two very promising youngsters behind them.


    First Choice Lineup

    GK Jon Ander Serantes
    DR Joseba Zaldua
    DC Inaki Astiz
    DC Jon Gaztanaga
    DL Jon Manuel
    MC Inigo Eguaras
    MC Joseba Beitia
    RW Daniel Suarez
    LW Gorka
    ST Mikel Orbegozo
    ST Juan Dominguez


    Aims For the Season

    Promotion

    Continue to give youth players a chance

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    Season Review - 2016/17 (5th Season)


    Ligue 2 - Predicted: 13th | Finished: 2nd | Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2

    Unbelievably nervy season! Delighted to say I managed to win promotion to Ligue 1 after a really tough campaign! Started well enough 1st 5 games or so, got in a good position, and barring a few weeks mid season, was in promotion places for most of the time. As you can see from the table and my fixtures, I lost my fare share of games for a team that won promotion, but I was actually about 10 seconds from winning the league - but Cannes scored a 93rd minute winner to steal it from me at the death, but I can't say I was that bothered, would've been great, but I went into last day with 4 teams: Cannes, ourselves, Stade Bretois 29, and Guingamp all able to win promotion, and we were all at home on the final day. Guingamp drew, the rest of us won, so they missed out. Look here at Guingamps fixtures 1 + 2, they were in a commanding position for most of season, but went on a spectacular meltdown that allowed Bretois to sneak up in front of them. What a nervy season!

    So many points I thought we were losing our nerve, lost games at home to bottom of the league etc, couldn't get on a run of any sort. I've picked out 2 games that were key, as you'll see, we had 2 away games in a row toward end of year, to Stade de Reims and Lemans, and stole 4 points when we losing both games going into last 5 minutes, that was unbelievable! Have a look at the LeMans game - stuff of heroes! Stade de Reims was a lucky one too!

    Largely the same team that won us the National league 2 years ago, my squad is really young and is maturing together, anyone whose read my previous updates will notice the improvement in some of the players over the seasons.

    On last seasons review, I said at the end of it, if I sign a 15-20 goal man, I'll be in with a shout, I spent my entire transfer budget on Diagne, from Hungarian side PAKS, and he was the man that played the most important role, although there were plenty of strong performers.

    Period in January was vital also, still picked up a few precious points down to the bare bones of squad - I lost Abidoun, Abiola, Affo, Diagne, Kessou, Videgla all to the African nations. I also lost Alvarado to the Central American Nations. So be wary of this if, like me, you've a team full of Africans.

    All in all, superb achievement to get up, again with one of the lowest wage budgets and average attendances.

    French Cup | Fixtures

    Went a good bit further this season, eliminated to Ligue 1 side Nice, I played my reserve squad as it really wasn't a priority.

    League Cup | Fixtures

    Good season in this competition also, eliminating Ligue 1 side RC Lens. Went out to PSG away, although embarrasingly they were full of 16-17 year olds, but beat me quite easily.

    Players

    GK

    Quentin Beunardeau continues to improve, got him tied down long term now without a release clause, as big clubs were looking at him. He's my highest paid player but worth it for me. Won goalkeeper of the year, deservedly so, best defence in the league.

    Abdel Adjahouinou is back up keeper. 3rd choice for Cameroon too.

    Defence

    Sophiane Boussebaine did well when called upon but is very much my 2nd choice left back.

    Christophe Lowinsky had a great season alongside Lienard at centre back, not sure whether he'll be up to it next season?

    Jerry Affo is my 2nd choice right back. Capped by Cameroon - don't ask why, he's pretty average (Cameroon are ranked 7th in world and he gets a game, strange!)

    Stephen Junglas was a young german right back I brought in as Affo started season poorly, and this guy slotted right in and looks to be a prospect for the future.

    Abou Diallo is 2nd choice centre back, good back up.

    Thorgan Lienard continues to improve, and I think he's already a Ligue 1 defender, he's one guy I won't need to worry about making the step up. Solid as a rock in his 4th season with me. Already racked up 95 appearances which is quite good for a centre back of 20 years old, considering he's started most if not all of them.

    Dalibor Lidac was brought in to give competition to Boussebaine, and he ended up my first choice left back, impressive debut season.

    Claude Videgla is the oldest member of my entire squad at 27, struggled to get in team but reliable back up.

    Midfield

    Ray Herbert is a young American talent, mainly substitute appearances, not ready for first team yet.

    Alex N'Doumbou had a decent season, another one who is quite versatile and played well in a number of positions.

    Rhys McCabe was brought in after being released from Rangers. Really versatile, and can also do a job up front, was my utility man, done a decent job.

    Servet Ak has a lot of promise, but didn't produce, so he was dropped. Then moaned about this and subsequently demanded a transfer. Definitely some promise there but he doesn't want to be here anymore.

    Valentin Eysseric had a really good season. I had him on loan last season, he didn't really impress but his stats told me to take him on a bosman and there was more to come. Really important player for me this year.

    Tony Juma was a young midfielder I got in bosman, stepped in admirably for one so young when Abidoun and Abiola left for African Nations, one for the future.

    Dominique Abioula had a crackin season played as advanced playmaker, technically excellent, and his physical attributes are catching up. Think he'll do well in Ligue 1.

    Dominique Abidoun had a good solid season also, should be good enough for Ligue 1.

    Forwards

    Mohamed Diagne was the star man this season. Great piece of business pre-season (£550,000), was in outstanding form early season, went to African Nations in Jan, came back and didn't hit the same form but still scored important goals. Top scorer in league. Knocked back £2m from Bordeux in January (who missed out on Ligue 1 title by a point) so that shows what good form he was in.

    Mondor Kessou has developed his stats well, but he struggled to compete with Diagne, and wasn't first pick all season. Still think he can be an important player for me. Called up to senior international squad too.

    Dramane Koffi had a good solid season, equally adept on right wing or up front.

    Kenneth Alvarado was brought in for his potential, gave him a hefty wage as I had a hunch he'd turn out a gem. Was pretty average all season, but as you'll see from further up the post, he came off the bench and scored 2 goals in the last 3 minutes to win at LeMans with a few games left to keep us in the hunt, also scored a couple when Diagne was on international duty.

    Club Info

    Had to build yet another 10,000 seats in my stadium to comply with Ligue 1 rules, which has put me £12m in debt. This is the 2nd time in 3 seasons I have been bankrupted by stadium development, absolute nightmare, the board have kept my budget (wage) at what it was, and all my promotion pay rises have yet to kick in, so I'm basically going to be unable to sign anyone, really REALLY frustrated with this!! I have an average crowd of 2000 but I've spent 12m to take my capacity to 20,000, torture, has basically snuffed out my chances of staying up this season.

    Finances

    Had a good year outwith the stadium development, made some money and sat comfortably in the black.

    Transfers

    Diagne was the main one, few youngsters came in and done well.



    Next Season

    My lack of finances means I'm basically screwed for next season! Just going to try and make it through the season and keep my star players so if/when I do go down, I can come straight back up.

    Hope you enjoyed the read, it was some season!

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    Season     Division        Pos    French Cup      League Cup         Europe        Notes
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    2012/13     National      4th      8th round        N/A                            Survived Relegation
    2013/14     National      8th      7th round        N/A                            N/A
    2014/15     National      1st      8th round        N/A                            Champions
    2015/16     Ligue 2       6th      7th round        2nd round                      Consolidated
    2016/17     Ligue 2       2nd      11th round       4th round                      Promotion
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    Iosu Saiz didn't have a half bad start to the season. New Segunda B3 record as well.

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    Great job aldojags! Ligue 1 awaits, great effort.

    The away goal turned out to be unnecessary. We brought Milan back to Terceira and beat them 3-0 to take our place in the quarters.

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    LLR - Should win it at a canter, especially if your players are clawing back wins from a goal behind.
    aldojags - Congrats on the promotion. I think you could easily stay up next season without making too many transfers. Your board really are idiots though.
    PRDH - Good luck for the quarters.

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    Well done LLR you sound like your home and dry.

    Hope you get up this season Romanista, if you can keep Astiz fit at the back you should keep it solid. Dominguez up front too should do the biz if you keep him injury free! Solid spine to your team, good luck mate.

    Edited to add well done PRDH on the 3-0, this could be the year...

    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    aldojags - Congrats on the promotion. I think you could easily stay up next season without making too many transfers. Your board really are idiots though.
    Tell me about it!!!!T The stadium stuff is really getting me down! 2nd season out of 3 we'll be playing at someone elses ground whilst we build seats we don't need! I thought they'd get a loan, not put us in that much debt!

    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Iosu Saiz didn't have a half bad start to the season. New Segunda B3 record as well.
    Outstanding mate, great omen for rest of season...
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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    Hope you get up this season Romanista, if you can keep Astiz fit at the back you should keep it solid. Dominguez up front too should do the biz if you keep him injury free! Solid spine to your team, good luck mate.

    Outstanding mate, great omen for rest of season...
    Cheers man, I definitely share those hopes of promotion. Saiz has now exceeded his goals total from last season after just four games by bagging a brace in the Cup against Llagostera which brings him up to eight goals scored.

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    A consortium of local businessmen are planning a takeover within weeks, involving a high profile former professional. I'm always worried for my job they sometimes punt the manager don't they? But hey they might also clear the debt and give me millions! Is that allowed in the rules of the challenge?

    By the way, on somethin completely unrelated, what is the resource archiver?

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    aldojags - They sometimes threaten to get rid of the manager, but if you've just got promoted it's pretty unlikely. Tycoons are allowed, luck of the game, hope you get someone with sacks of cash!

    Edit - Quarter finals have just been drawn. After defeating AC Milan in the last round, I'm back there to play Inter. Not the easiest draw, will need two good performances to progress.

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    Can someone explain to me how I get offerred and sign contract extension on July 2nd, then few days later I'm being touted for the sack...if I get binned then honestly think there will be nothing for it but to snap my laptop into a thousand pieces!!


    edited to add....

    well that was a close shave! at least on the bright side i got the achievement "takeover survival!".

    really thought they were going to punt me, got a message about how all along they planned to appoint their own man etc. But then I got a message saying they were impressed by me (given that I've got them 2 promotions in 5 years they should be!) and I was being kept on.

    They got a loan out, cleared the debt from the stadium redevelopment, and we currently have £3m in the bank at the minute. But I'm 14k a week over my wage budgt and they won't let me increase it. Seriously going to struggle this season. Can't see where I'll get enough wins to get 40 points. But hey who cares at least I'm still in a job!

    By the way, much respect to you boys who are in Champions League every year, getting to top League is the easy part, the challenge has well and truly started!
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    Argh! I don't know what to do. This is surely my Champions' League campaign over for another season. I'm 3-0 down in the San Siro.

    Edit - Make that 4-0 down. So frustrating. I've just about managed to resist smashing my computer with any nearby heavy objects. When can I catch a sodding break!
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    End of 2012/2013 Season Report, Salerno, Italy, June 18th, 2013
    I finally have internet access at the dinky little place I call home! Yay! I'm not going to say that winning Serie C2/A had any influence on that finally getting done or not, but it totally did. Believe me, if I had sucked as much as everyone expected me to, I would have to connect to the internet via smoke signal from my place still.

    Now, in spite of all that, of my staff, only my dear assistant Roberto Bandirali has agreed to sign on for next season with me. That may be because the rest of my staff were so horrible that I didn't offer any of them new contracts. I just wish I could get Roberto to lose his internet access. He emails me almost every single day with the same goddamn message and, no matter how much I yell at him, "I don't want to hear another WORD ABOUT MATCH PREPARATION!!" he just ignores me. Even when I yell it in Italian!

    On average I get one email like this about it at least every match:

    I can't tell if he thinks I'm too drunk/incompetent to handle the match prep or if he just has horrible match preparation anxiety and that's the only way he can address it.

    So anyway, we won that and we won the Serie C Super Cup like a bunch of bosses 5-2 on aggregate. Hah! Suck on that Perugia!


    Overall it was a pretty amazing year. No one expected us to do anything this year after crawling out of Serie D. The media expected us to finish 9th. Shows what they know.

    Yearly Transfers
    Here are the transfers we made this year: Transfers
    I tried like hell to get someone, anyone worth a damn really, to come on loan at the beginning of the year but no one was even remotely interested in playing for us. By mid season, we had almost topped the table and finally, after harassing the board into signing a new parent club agreement with Udinese, we were able to pick up three very handy players on loan for the end of the season. Our backfield is still pretty woeful and some of these guys are too old to even extend their contracts on but with them leaving, I'll have more cash available for transfers for next year. Overall the best transfers in were the three loaners, Stefano Olivieri and Giuseppe De Luca. De Luca snagged top goal scorer for Serie C2/A with 20 goals. The last kid I picked up, Florian Müller looks like he may be very promising. My scouts found him out free from the youth system at FC Bayern. Time will tell as it always does. I think he'll do ok but the fans think he was a bad signing.

    2012/2013 End of Year League Table: Yes, we won by +1 goal difference, we still are the champs though!

    Promoted Serie C2/A: Salerno(C), Bellaria (P), Pro Patria(PL)
    Promoted Serie C2/B: Perugia(C), Feralpi Salò (P), Virtus Entella (PL)
    Promoted Serie C1/A: Varese(C), Benevento (P)
    Relegated Serie C1/A: Spal, Reggiana, Carpi
    Promoted Serie C1/B: Piacenza (C), Spezia (P)
    Relegated Serie C1/B: Portosummaga, Paganese, Aprilia (That's what they get for knocking us out of the Serie C Cup)
    Promoted Serie B: Torino (C), Novara (P), Cagliari (PL)
    Relegated Serie B: Triestina, Avellino, Juve Stabia, Livorno
    Relegated Serie A: Siena, Brescia, Padova
    Serie A top 3 teams: Roma (77pts), Juventus (76pts), Inter (76pts)

    Here's my current squad: SQUAD

    Here's my Profile and my Personal info.

    And here's the Salerno information, nice to see I'm one of their favored personnel. Our rep went up (duh) and we're 55th in Italy financially @725k value.

    Plans for next year
    Playing our home games in Serie C in a stadium that seats about 37,000 people where our average attendance was about a tenth of that it was a reminder of how low the club had fallen from once lofty heights. Hopefully we can bring that attendance up next year and sell more than 4,000 season tickets. In all honesty, the skill jump from Serie C2 to Serie C1 is almost negligible so I'm going to push these guys to try and get promoted two seasons in a row. I doubt we'll be able to directly trump whoever gets relegated from Serie B and win but we should be able to at least hold our own in the playoffs and edge out victory in the end. In any case, I should be able to afford some better wine next season, I'm sure they'll offer me a raise...

    Previous updates:
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    Good job on avoiding the sack aldojags.

    The ongoing frustrations must be getting to you PRDH, but you will get there sooner or later.

    Congrats on the league victory 18Rabbit, good luck in the new season.

    Parla have made it back to the Liga BBVA, with 6 games remaining we hold a 12pt lead over 2nd, and have got 19pts clear of third. Bumbera has now agreed to at least talk about a contract extension, I am going to sign him on with the hope that if he doesn't beat out Tayfun Sen then he will be able to be sold in the Summer for a large sum of money. Then the next plan is to stay up and avoid getting knocked straight back down, hopefully the improvements to my team over this season will give us a better overall shot.

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    tough luck PRDH, I don't know what to say that's not been said? It is a solid competition I wouldn't be too annoyed, you'll figure it out.

    Well done 18rabbit on the promotion. Someone recently won back to back promotions in Italy on the forum I'm sure so hopefully you do the same. I'm sure your assistant means well!

    Well done LLR on the promotion so soon.
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    18rabbit - Excellent season there. Yeah, the jump between C2 and C1 isn't that big, good luck next time out.
    aldojags - Glad to hear you've kept your job, sounds like you've got a tough season ahead though. Keep scrapping though and hopefully you can get the points.

    Just played the second leg against Inter, lost 0-1. Why do I save some of my worst performances for the most important games, so frustrating.

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    aldojags - Glad you got rid of your board without the next one getting rid of you. I'm still confident that you'll stay up this season.
    18Rabbit - Good luck in C1! Glad that in your Roma won the Serie A.
    LLR - Promoted in style, excellent bouncebackability.
    PRDH - Real shame that you went out that way. Reckon it'll soon be yours though.

    Edit: In Barakaldo news we've been drawn against Real Madrid for the Spanish Cup Fourth Round after we were given a bye from the Third Round. This means we'll be headed to 80,354 seat Santiago Bernabeu, while Los Merengues will have to make a trip up to Estadio Lasesarre.
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    Do you split the gate receipts in the Spanish cup Romanista?

    That'll be a handy wee payday.

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    Lusitânia Açores - Season Summary - 2036/37



    Finances

    Key figure - £40,636,477 | Summary

    Right, finances stayed fairly stable, I spent more money, but still tried to keep a handle on wages and not go over the top. The rotation of the old big three around the remaining CL places has seen their finances improve and my wage expenditure is now lower than all of them, it's obviously still miles ahead of the rest of the league.

    Excitingly we've got a sponsorship deal up for renewal, so hopefully the board will pull out some absurd deal, I've not got too high hopes!

    Club News

    1/ Training facility upgrade completed.
    2/ Youth facilities to be upgraded over the summer.
    3/ Takeover went through eventually, no new investment or anything.
    4/ As it stands Portugal will move above Italy and France in the coefficients and that means next year we'll have 4 places in the Champions' League meaning the big four will all qualify and also that a quarter of the league will be in Europe's top competition.

    Transfers | 9 in (£13m) + 1 loan and 10 out (£36m) plus 15 loans

    I wasn't intending to let any of my established players leave this summer but then Real Madrid came in and matched Nicastro's release clause and he left, we then let Pitoco leave leading to the situation where the likelihood was that we needed to replace the entire back line. We went out, spent some cash and found some pretty decent player which have been highlighted earlier. It was also goodbye to a couple of legends as the strike force that won us so many titles departed in one season. Mendes went on a free and Neira found himself sold to Juventus.

    League | Predicted - 2nd

    Table | Graph

    Pretty exciting league campaign for a couple of reasons. Firstly, Benfica pushed me very close this year. We were level on points until about three games from the end when they drew with Sporting. Part of the Portuguese league is that they have a weekend's game spread over most of the week and Benfica played first most of the time which explains the exciting up and down graph.

    The second reason for the excitement was that Porto and Sporting had a great battle for 3rd too, and Fatima (my feeder team) stayed up yet again, not making much progress, I'm very tempted to go out and try to sign them a better team to send them on loan.

    Cups

    The season started well with a win over Sporting in the Supertaça, after this as usual we let the kids loose on the remaining cup fixtures. They got knocked out by Benfica in the 5th round of the Taça de Portugal and they then lost out to them again in the League Cup final.

    Europe

    Group Stage | Table

    Fairly comfortable group, qualified top after beating Chelsea twice and only dropping points in a draw with Rangers.

    First Knockout Round | 1st Leg | 2nd Leg

    Any hopes of a simple draw were dashed when we were drawn against AC Milan. However a decent performance in Milan and a dominant win back in Angra sent us through.

    Quarter Final | 1st Leg | 2nd Leg

    We were getting sick of Milan by the time we went back to the San Siro to face Inter in the Quarter final and we were even more sick of it when we left after a 4-0 defeat. It was never likely after that result that we would progress and indeed we didn't. We lost again at home to bring the curtain down on yet another disappointing European campaign.

    Squad | Overview

    'Keepers | The goalkeeping brigade is really Dias + 2 others, it's a situation I'm fairly happy with.

    Pablo García - 4 apps, 9 conc, 1 cln - Back up to Dias in the league and Martins in the cup squad, he's a good keeper and I may let him go this summer and get another decent youngster in as back up.

    *Nelson Martins* - 4 apps, 8 conc, 2 cln - Cup keeper, it's very clear he's never going to play in the league regularly, but he's a decent number 3 and cup squad member.

    *Ricardo Dias* - 41 apps, 30 conc, 19 cln, 1 MoM - Undisputed number 1 for me and also for Portugal now. Bit of interest from other clubs but I've got him tied down onto a five-year deal, so that's nice.

    Defenders | Some heavy surgery on this part of the team over the summer and it was largely successful, I think I've got the makings of a solid unit.

    Cláudio - 38 apps, 1 gl, 7 asts, 1 MoM - Excellent first season in Portugal for the right back. He has terrific physical abilities and was a real handful on the right of defence. Very happy with him going forward.

    Jonathan Bazán - 32 apps, 6 gls, 3 asts, 1 MoM - Another to excel in his first season at the club. He formed a great partnership with Paulo in the centre of defence and got up the other end to score a few goals.

    Juan Ignacio Cortez - 2(2) apps - Useful, versatile defender who doesn't seem quite good enough when he starts.

    Abdulrahman Mesbeh Mahmoud - 4(1) apps - After not really impressing me last season he found himself out of the first team this time round and, if I'm honest, we looked better for it. He got stroppy asked to leave, I was more than happy to let him and he's going to Spain when the transfer window opens.

    *João Paulo* - 37 apps, 6 gls, 2 asts, 1 MoM - Real breakthrough for the youth product. I decided he was ready for first team football and he proved me right. His physical presence at the back is very handy though he and Bazán are potentially the worst defenders I've had at playing the ball out I've had for a long time. Didn't seem to matter and the rest of the team make up for that.

    Shimon Ginzburg - 3 apps, 1 gl - Brought in cheaply from Israel and he looks like he's got potential to get into the first team, at the moment he's a member of the cup squad.

    *Rui Lopes* - 9(19) apps, 1 gl, 1 MoM - Added another string to his bow as he learned the DM position which makes him a handy guy to have around the squad. He's wanting to play more regularly, but I'm managing to keep him reasonably happy for now.

    Meraneh Descazals - 8 apps, 1 gls - I think last season marked his last as a major force. His abilities still look good but he no longer performs on the pitch, sad to see him fade, he has another year on his contract and will hopefully stick around on the staff at the end of that.

    Stipe Pesic - 9 apps, 1 ast - I suppose I'll either have to give him more of a chance or let him got soon as he's starting to stagnate in his current role of back up right back.

    Christian Minniti - 26 apps, 2 asts - Rotated with Carranza this season, I think he was just about first choice, as I picked him for the bigger games.

    John Carranza - 23 apps, 2 asts - See above. Very even split, I'm not sure either of them are quite good enough, will be looking for a new player for this position over the off-season.

    Giannakis Louka - 6 apps - He's progressing well in training, and with the decline of Descazals and the departure of Mahmoud I'm looking to try to get him involved in the league squad next season. He's a very interesting young defender.

    Midfielders | Home to some great footballers, and some others who look like they might, with a few years, also find themselves in that category.

    *Miguel Teixeira* - 9(19) apps, 1 ast - Continues to be a very able deputy, he played slightly less this season for no real reason other than that I forgot to rotate as much as normal.

    Betu Tshimpi - 37(2) apps, 3 gls, 8 asts - Incredibly grateful to PSG for releasing this lad when they did. He's a cracking midfielder and is definitely one player who will be here for a long time if I have my say.

    Luis Ventura - 5(3) apps, 1 ast - Interesting young winger. Needs to work on his pace, but apart from that he has a lot of skills.

    Hacene Bentalaa - 18(2) apps, 4 gls, 11 asts, 1 MoM - Struggled with injuries this season which meant he missed a large chunk of the second half of the season. He struggled in the league at times but was imperious in Europe and we definitely missed him in the knockout stages.

    Stefan Fink - 35(5) apps, 4 gls, 19 asts, 5 MoMs - Another good season for the winger. He's been around for a long time and is still performing well, pressure coming on him now though. We'll see how he copes with that next year.

    Bernardo Hoyos - 5 apps, 3 gls - Progress has stalled somewhat, might be time to let him move on, or at least send him out on loan to get first team football.

    *Paulo Jorge Vieira* - 40 apps, 9 gls, 22 asts, 5 MoMs - A great season for the midfielder, he is rapidly turning into one of the best players around in his position. Proud that he came out of my youth academy.

    *Jorge Mendes* - 2(1) apps - I think it's time for this lad to move on. He's a useful player and might have a career in the top flight, but he's never going to be good enough for my first team. Not before I win a CL anyway.

    *Luís Santos* - 2 apps - Latest youngster through the youth academy and I think he's got a cracking future in the first team squad.

    *Álvaro Pinto* - 15(12) apps, 7 gls, 8 asts, 1 MoM - A good season for the winger, he made his 100th appearance and got a few goals. His season was improved my Bentalaa's injury woes.

    *Sérgio Rodrigues* - 16(8) apps, 5 gls, 4 asts - The right wing department is well-stocked at the moment. He's progressing nicely and has found himself in the Portugal squad.

    Lasse Tuominen - 9(12) apps, 1 gl, 11 asts - The young man who is making me consider Fink's place. He's an exciting player with a great left foot and exceptional delivery from set pieces. He's getting better with age and working on his pace and soon I can see him nicking the first team place from the more established Slovenian.

    Forwards | Big changes at this end of the pitch as Neira and Mendes, two players with almost 350 combined goals for the club, left. Would they be missed? Short answer - no. Long answer - read on...

    Mihajlo Djokovic - 33(2) apps, 24 gls, 13 asts, 7 MoMs - The big Serb continued to repay the faith I showed in him last season and picked up his first international cap as well being named League Player of the Year. A great season as he scored and assisted a huge number of goals. He could be around for a number of years.

    Enol - 14(9) apps, 7 gls, 7 asts, 1 MoM - A little stumped on this guy. He started brilliantly after I brought him in on loan as he played wonderfully in the Supertaca. However, after that he fell away slightly. He played well enough in Europe but could not get a goal to save himself in the league. In fact his 4 league goals all came in the last two games of the season. I was ready to let him leave and say no more about him, but then that run at the end of the season when he looked great and now I just don't know. I may see if I can get him back on loan next year, or even launch a cheeky bid.

    *Pedro Cardoso* - 41(1) apps, 55 gls, 11 asts, 11 MoMs - Erm. What to say except - Wow! He went goal-crazy this year breaking club records with tallies I can't see being broken for a long time. 36 in the league and 55 overall is a phenomenal return and seems to have alerted a few clubs to his talent. I have however got him tied down for another 5 years which is reassuring.

    *Abakar Tigabe* - 3(15) apps, 7 gls, 1 ast, 1 MoM - If I'm honest I was expecting slightly more this season after how he performed last time out. He suffered from injuries which is part of the reason, but also he just didn't look quite as sharp. Having said that he may have, indirectly, won us the league with a quite superb substitute appearance. It came in an away game at Academica, a team we should, frankly, be beating easily. It was 5 games before the end of the season and Benfica were winning elsewhere. We went ahead early but found ourselves 3-1 down after 48 minutes. We got one back through Djokovic in the 70th minute but we looked to be whimpering to a defeat which would have seen us fall three points behind. He came on in the 82nd, scored an equaliser in the 87th and the winner in the 90th+1. I did a lap of my flat in celebration!

    Iakovos Papadopoulos - 5(1) apps, 1 gl, 1 ast - Arrived in the summer as an exciting striking prospect. If I'm honest I thought I was buying a useful 18-year-old, I was therefore thrilled when he turned up and I realised he was only 16. He was predominantly a reserve/cup striker this season out, but should glimpses of talent, largely through the goal he scored, an absolute screamer from the edge of the box.

    Aims For This Season Were...

    1/ Thin out some of the excess players - Yes, ish
    2/ Sort out central defence, either decide on a stable pair from what's already at the club, or invest in some new players. - Yup
    3/ Champions League progress - please! - No, not really

    Aims For Next Season Are...

    1/ CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!

    Story So Far...

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    Season		League			Position		Achievements
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    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

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    PRDH I love looking through your team, I am insanely jealous of your youth products, what facilities/youth recruitment do u have? Cardoso is ridiculous, do you think one day you'll have to go against your financial principles and pay him stupid wages, 40k per week is a bargain for him. Your keeper is ridiculous for someone so young too, he'll be a legend for you. I know you must be frustrated with the european situation, but you must love the domestic stuff and seeing the youth develop.

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    aldojags - youth/training facilities are top of the range and I maintain them there by upgrading them whenever the option becomes available, my junior coaching is exceptional and I have above average recruitment. I've seen higher recruitment levels than that, but I don't even have the option to request mine is increased. I don't know whether that's a Portugal thing or because of the island's population etc. Yeah, it's fun domestically, but I really want to get a breakthrough, I've not even made it to the semi final for seven years.

    As for Cardoso, he's ludicrously good, I don't intend on ever letting him leave and that will probably see his wages continue to rise, but I'd be willing to do that just because he's so good.

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    aldojags - congrats on gaining promotion to Ligue 1. it'll be tough but i reckon you can survive there. good luck.
    PRDH - seriously feel for you mate - it must be so frustrating hitting a ceiling like you have. hope for your sanity you break through it soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    Do you split the gate receipts in the Spanish cup Romanista?

    That'll be a handy wee payday.
    I don't know actually, I hope they are split.

    PRDH - Are there other teams in the top division that started off at the same level as you? I'd also like to echo aldojags' sentiments about your youth players, Cardoso, Vieira and Dias are just incredible players and the new kid is a fantastic prospect as well.

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    interesting to see a new burst of starts in this thread - a second wave of attempts!

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    Romanista - Interesting question. Quite possible, or at least there have been at various stages. Some clubs have been rising and falling ridiculously. Currently of the teams in the league Chaves were in the Second Division - North (bottom playable division) when I was in the Southern section, as were Varzim. Espinho were in the Central section in that same season. I think that's all of them. In terms of the reverse. Of the teams in the Premier League during my first season in charge; Naval, Gil Vicente, Vit Setubal and P Ferreira are in the Second Division.
    rlips - It's so aggravating! Also (LLR can help here too) I've been thinking - imagine Cardoso and Pastore in the same side!!

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    Those are indeed some pretty big changes, PRDH. Where was your feeder club Fatima when you began and when you took them under your wing? It would be awesome to sustain two clubs in the same league and try to get them both into CL places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Those are indeed some pretty big changes, PRDH. Where was your feeder club Fatima when you began and when you took them under your wing? It would be awesome to sustain two clubs in the same league and try to get them both into CL places.
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    They got promoted into the Second League as we were getting promoted into the bottom league. Got into the topflight in 2017 but got relegated straight away and were Second League when I started guiding them.

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    I just played the home leg of the Cup against Madrid.

    We lost 2-3 in front of 8,000 spectators at Lasesarre and despite Real not fielding a full strength team (Xabi Alonso was probably the highest profile player and probably also the highest profile Basque to ever grace the grass at Lasesarre) I'm delighted with how we've done getting two goals back when 3-0 down. I also rested some players and set out to contain them so scoring twice and managing eleven shots against the team that is currently dominating the top division is very pleasing and encouraging.

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    Hmph! Y'know that thing I was saying above about being very happy with Cláudio, the right back? Well the board have just sold him. Baffling decision. I'm rolling in cash, and they take it out of my hands. I was tempted to walk out. There are absolutely NO good right backs available, it looks like Pesic is going to get that chance to sink or swim. Really, really unimpressed.

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    Lost the away leg 4-0, but that game brought in £1.7 million in gate receipts (so yes, the money is definitely shared) and we are now a million in the black.

    PRDH - Claudio was a beast, board is stupid for selling him. Good luck in finding a suitable replacement for him.

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    how long in pre-season do u guys use conditioning training?

    also, i'm going away for a week in 3 weeks time, i wont have internet access,can i set this up so i dont need steam or the internet to work fm?

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    As far as I know you don't need an Internet connection to use Steam or play games through it, you just obviously won't be able to use the online features or to unlock achievements.

    I've had absolutely zero free time to play FM due to multiple term papers that I'm being forced to work on, but I did manage to play a few hours today and I'm about halfway through my first season with Romorantin. No time for a full report but suffice it to say that this is incredibly frustrating. This team is either hot or cold, we were in the relegation zone after a horrendous start through the first 8 games. A team meeting improved morale and we then went on an 8 or 9 game unbeaten streak and climbed all the way to 9th, where we promptly forgot how to play anywhere near a competent level of football and have since lost 6 straight matches in which we have also failed to score. We are now back in the relegation zone, morale sucks, and I can't motivate the team for *****. If we don't figure it out we're going back down and I'll be out of a job.

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    efrumttr just stay patient and persist with things and you'll turn it around. The National is a hard league to get out of. Have you had a look at scouting Cameroon and Ivory Coast? In particular the teams KSA and Brasserie, I have honestly signed approx half my first team from those 2 teams, and most of them are now International players. You can get them quite cheap too, as they are on like £5 a week, they will usually accept £20-£50 a week. Worth having a look mate honestly. But I know how frustrating it can be your hands are tied at that level. What formation you playing? I won that league with 433, if you've anything resembling 3 decent strikers, it might be worth a try?

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    Right then, I've not updated for a while so to try and grab some attention away from PRDH's phenomenal youth academy, I thought I'd introduce you to the Novese Wonderkids!

    Now to clarify, Klein and Hoxha are not 'Wonderkids'. The others all are. Hoxha, I think, will get that description in the next year and Klein had it previously. Anyway, I'll preface by adding that NONE of them came through my academy. In that respect we're a LONG way off PRDH's success!

    Vadim Lyamin
    (GK) - £1.7m spent to bring him over from Spartak Moscow.

    Oier Perez (GK) - taken on a free transfer from Lyon.

    Jelle Klein (CB) - signed from AZ for £1.5m.

    Antonis Koltzos (CB) - signed for £1m from AEK three years ago.

    Enrique Alvarez Ruiz (M/AMC) - a huge £9.5m signing from Atletico Madrid. Yet to make a breakthrough for us.

    Emiliano Malbernat (M/AMRC) - signed from River for £3.3m.

    Matias Lezcano (M/AML) - signed from Barca for £2.6m this summer.

    Marsel Hoxha (AML/ST) - signed for a massive £7.25m from Stuttgart.

    Robert Van Gool (ST) - a £2.2m signing from Ajax as a 16-year-old. Look at his youth team record!

    Eduard Dobrovolny (ST) - signed for just £45k from Mlada Boleslav as a 16-year-old.

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    iacovone those are some exciting prospects! You basically don't need to sign anyone for about 10 years with those guys thats you first team sorted for seasons to come!

    Can't wait for the day Viry-Chatillon give me somethin better than 1.5 stars out the youth academy. edited to add can't wait for the day we have a youth academy!

    PRDH if you can remember what was the likes of Cardosos potential ability when they came through? Did they have 5 stars ?
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    iacovone - Fight! Seriously though, they're some great players, agree with aldojags, you don't really need to worry about signing new players for a good while. Nice place to be in.
    aldojags - I think he was 4 stars, same with Vieira and Dias.

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    Cheers guys, it's an exciting future I've set-up for Novese. I'm planning on spending much less in the coming years and trying to really build the infrastructure of the club. I don't need to spend tens of millions on players as I have a great squad at the moment with promising youngsters maturing. I'll only spend cash on the very best youth prospects.

    As for my file, I finally got round to the 1st Knockout Round of the CL. I think I mentioned we had Liverpool which traditionally is a very hard game. The 1st leg was at Anfield and at half-time we were 1-0 down without registering a shot. Their 3-4-3 was carving our 4-4-2 to pieces. So I risked it all and went back to my 3-1-4-2 and attacked them. With their three strikers occupied by my three defenders we outplayed them and won 3-1! A stunning result really and a hell of a comeback. It should mean, barring a terrible collapse, that we'll be moving to the quarter-finals...

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    3 games into my first season in Ligue 1, doing quite well, feeling slightly more optimistic, had Monaco at home first game, I tore them apart, played them off the pitch, they scored with their only 3 efforts on goal! Beat me 3-2, I was fearing for us already after playing so well and losing.

    Next up we were away to CS Sedan Ardennes, they were the better team, but we rode our luck on the break to an impressive 3-1 win. Next game the best performance in my time at the club, as Montpellier came to us, we won 5-0, going on 10, an absolute demolition. My midfield has been brilliant, as has my keeper. Still a bit weak in the centre back area for my liking, and the balance up front isn't quite right yet, I've quite a few forwards, and as I play 3 strikers, I'm trying to find who to play, and what role to assign them. My assistants recommendations don't seem to work so well. He thinks they are all poachers, but I've never had too much success with a poacher. But great start, yet to play any of the big guns, but after 3 games I've scored 10 goals, the most in the league, looking around, I think I could survive if I keep up the good form. The better teams in the league, Marseille Bordeux PSG will hammer me, maybe Tolouse aswell, but outside that, I think on my day I could get points off most teams...exciting season ahead!

    My new board are getting on my nerves. My wage budget is frozen from last season, but obviously I won promotion and a lot of the team had promotion clauses to get a payrise. So now I'm 15k over my budget, I've got £4m in the bank, and they won't increase my budget "as we don't have faith in your budget skills". They basically think I'd waste the money. Doing my nut in, really going to hold me back if this is there attitude. They could easily double my wage budget and still make a profit over the year, and I'd comfortably keep them up with that cash. See how it goes. How often can you ask for more wages? 6 month?
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    PRDH - seriously frustrating the board selling in your position... good luck finding someone half decent
    iacovone - some cracking signings there - you really are set for a few years there.
    aldojags - good start to Ligue 1 there! keep that up. feel your pain on the wage front.

    I am hoping to get my season review up tonight. actually through to september now so i'll have to crack on with the season preview soon too!

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    Wow Iacovone, all those youngsters can make me dream, hoping that I can start to do the same with the money in Spain.

    Looking forward to heading back to Liga BBVA, hoping to do it with a personal record over 100pts (Will tell you once the season ends). Bumbera did sign a new contract, looking forward to the dilemma of Ferrari or Krasic on the right wing, Ferrari is the guy I bought in to replace Krasic, but then Krasic went and scored 23 goals and counting this season and over 20 assists. A bit gutted as delays mean our stadium now won't be ready until October 2022, so I will have to wait another whole season before moving in, expect a lot of sell-outs of our 6000 seater. Hopefully the season review will make it up over the weekend.

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    rlips - Yeah, it surprised me slightly. With £40m in the bank surely they can leave me to it! I've got a semi-decent replacement but Pesic has done well so far. Four league games so far, four clean sheets.

    Edit - Not sure whether that was the forum jinx, or just part of playing Porto at their place, but I just conceded my first league goal of the season!

    Edit - Just been offered a player who is being touted as the next Nobby Stiles! That's amazing!
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    PRDH I've found, particularly in FM11 but also in this 1, that putting ridiculous asking prices on players tends to scare off potential buyers? Have you tried that? Like slap £100m on every player your desperate to keep.

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    efrumttr - Sounds like you're having a hard time this season. The best of luck for the second half!
    iacovone - Great players you've got there, Novese's future looks very bright.
    aldojags - I knew you'd do well, some of your players from last season were already way above Ligue 2 level.

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    SV Waldhof Mannheim – German Bundesliga – Season 2021/22

    Season Review


    League Finish: 6th Graph Club Overview Club Information

    Pre-Season

    After a season of disappointment I was determined to try and bounce back and regain our place amongst the Bundesliga elite. Unfortunately it seemed as though my board didn’t share this determination, giving me about £6 million to strengthen and a marginally improved wage budget. Once the yearly wage rises kickd in, we eclipsed this figure before the transfer window began. This meant a quiet summer by Mannheim standards in terms of transfers.



    The League

    Another 6th place finish but this time no European qualification for it, this was a season of massive frustration. Early season struggles saw me decide to drop my 2 CMs into DM roles to tighten the defence and then rely on my wingers for creativity. For a while it worked as performances picked up but into 2022 results started to falter as we suffered with a number of injuries and a lack of form. At the end of the season I switched back to our regular formation and we won the last 5 matches on the bounce. Looking at the table and the fact we were close to the top spot in terms of points frustrates the hell out of me – why didn’t I abandon the formation earlier?!?!? Given the poor quality of the opposition this season I really feel like this was one title that got away….



    German Cup

    Another disappointing season in the cup. an away win at Bamberg in the 1st round saw us drawn at home to Leverkusen. we managed to get a 3-1 win against our bogey team to see us through to face Werder Bremen. we crashed out of the cup after extra time to once more leave in the 3rd round.



    Europa League


    3rd Qualifying Round

    Mannheim 2 – 0 Omonoia
    Omonoia 2 – 3 Mannheim

    A comfortable home win was followed up by a slightly difficult away win although I did play a number of squad players in the away leg. Still progress was made which was the only aim.

    4th Qualifying Round

    Mannheim 7 – 0 Levski Sofia
    Levski Sofia 1 – 1 Mannheim

    A crushing home win where everything clicked saw us take a second-XI team to Bulgaria where we strolled to a draw and a place in the group stage.

    Group Stages

    We were handed a decent draw in the group stages, being drawn against Vit. Guimaraes, Lierse and Olympique Marseille. Five comfortable wins and a draw away at Marseille saw us cruise through the group and into the knockout rounds.

    First Knockout stage

    Udinese 0 – 1 Mannheim
    Mannheim 2 – 0 Udinese
    A gritty away win saw us return to the Carl-Benz stadion with an away goal and we eased to a 2-0 home win to take us through to the next round.

    Second Knockout Stage

    At. Madrid 1 – 0 Mannheim
    Mannheim 2 – 0 At. Madrid

    Progress was made to the quarter finals but Atletico made it tough for us and we had to come from behind in the second leg to progress.

    Quarter Finals

    Mannheim 0 – 3 Bayer Leverkusen
    Bayer Leverkusen 2 – 1 Mannheim

    We were drawn against our bogey team Leverkusen in the quarter finals and we were outplayed in the home leg losing heavily. We were always going to struggle away and it wasn’t to be as we bowed out of European football in the quarter finals.

    The Players


    Transfers

    Squad 1 Squad 2

    Goalkeepers

    1. Hugo Anzarda - Hugo continues to be the No.1 for Mannheim but his performances are starting to be a bit erratic. Needs more consistency.
    13. Raymond Dekker - Raymond continues to be back-up although he did get a few run outs as I tried him in place of Anzarda. To be fair he did reasnobly well but he isn’t a first choice keeper for me – yet anyway.


    Full Backs

    22. Andreas Schroder - after playing second fiddle to Escobar, the club captain wrestled back the RB spot in the team back and did well. Much better showing from the Austrian international.
    2. Victor Escobar - Victor lost out to Schroder in the battle for RB and his position is starting to come into question long-term.
    3. Rafael - Rafael was backup to Rodriguez again this season but did get quite a few run outs. A good squad player.
    43. Cesar Rodriguez - Cesar had a good season and is our first choice LB. still heavily courted he has 1 year left to run on his contract.


    Centre Backs

    6. Amadou Traore - Amadou continues to be a frustrating player. Good on paper, he doesn’t hit the heights on the field and spent a lot of time out of the team. Starting to get a little frustrated with him, he needs to kick on a bit soon.
    15. Vasilis Baxevanidis - Valisis had a good season but was blighted by injuries and missed chunks of the season. Hopefully he can stay fit next season.
    55. Alexandr Kuznetsov - Alexandr did a reasonable job this season and featured heavily in the starting lineup. A solid centre back
    35. Aidar Solosin - Aidar was unhappy with not playing last season so I decided to involve him more. Did well when he played, he ended up pretty much being my first choice CB as he repaid my faith in him.
    Marcello Moschini - the young Italian spent another season out on loan but his development is stalling a bit. I may move him on in the summer.

    Midfielders

    4. Zafer Balikci - Zafer was the one to miss out when we reverted to two DMs but came back in to the team and performed well when I reverted back to my 442 formation late in the season. Performances outweigh the reports on him.
    7. Christoph Jung - Christoph got some more game time this season when Cook’s form started to wane in the second half of the season and he did a solid job.
    8. Roland de Jong - the Dutchman joined from PSV and did a good job in his first season. We have a lot of depth in the middle of the park.
    11. Denis - The Brazilian winger joined us on a season loan from Bayern but a few dodgy early season performances saw him sidelined for the rest of the season.
    14. Migen Toma - Migen is the rock around which our team his built – real quality in the centre of the park. Great to see how he has developed since I picked him up as a rookie.
    21. Marko Jakovic - Marko signed from Dortmund and did a good job in his first season with Die Buben. Form did tail off a little at the back end of the season though.
    23. Carl Cook - Carl joined the club on a permanent deal in the summer and he did pretty well although his form tailed off as the season went on.
    24. Mario Teunis - Mario had to make do with cameo appearances and he is a little unsettled. Like I did with Solosin, I may have to integrate him into the team more next season.
    27. Luca Oliveti - the young Italian was back up to Jakovic and had to make do with that. Still young though.
    28. Omer Ahmetovic - Omer has stalled in his development and the exit door beckons for the Australian this summer.
    Szymon Kaplon - The polish defensive midfielder arrived in the winter to strengthen my opyions in that area of the park. His future is up in the air though for the coming season.


    Strikers

    9. Daniel Axelsson - Daniel had a difficult season blighted by injuries and he slipped a little in the pecking order due to the form of Mofokeng and Freitas.
    10. Vladislav Scherbakov - Vladislav got the odd run out and did ok but he is likely to leave in the summer.
    19. Ricardo Freitas - Ricardo was the star striker in his first full season at the club and lead the line well. A good target man he will again lead the line next season.
    66. Godfrey Mofokeng - In his first full season at the club Godfrey settled in well and did well as a foil to Freitas. Looks likely to edge out Axelsson in the team on this form next season.


    Finances

    Finances Suffered a little due to our non-participation in the CL, we will suffer further next season with no European football. Some wheeler dealing may be required this summer in order to freshen up the team.

    The Future

    Have we found our level in the Bundesliga? Two 6th place finishes in a row would suggest so but we will look to reinvigorate the squad this season in order to make a push for the European places. Going to be a big summer...


    Career History
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    Season      League        Pos.    German Cup  Europe     Achievements
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    2012/13   3rd Division    12th     N/A         N/A      
    2013/14   3rd Division    2nd      N/A         N/A        Promotion
    2014/15   2nd Division    3rd    1st Round     N/A        Lost in Play-offs
    2015/16   2nd Division    3rd    3rd Round     N/A        Lost in Play-offs again
    2016/17   2nd Division    2nd    3rd Round     N/A        Promotion
    2017/18   Bundesliga      12th   3rd Round     N/A
    2018/19   Bundesliga      3rd    2nd Round     N/A        Champions Leage Qualification!
    2019/20   Bundesliga      3rd    1st Round   EUro Semi    Europa League Semi-finalists
    2020/21   Bundesliga      6th    3rd Round   CL Q/Final   CL Q/Finals, Europa League Qualification
    2021/22   Bundesliga      6th    3rd Round   Euro Qtrs
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    rlips - Tricky season there. I don't think you're far away from having a really cracking side. A top class centre back and deeper-lying midfield enforcer and I think you'll be right up at the top of the league again. Really like you're Portuguese lad, Freitas up front - give him the chances and he looks like he should put them away. He's a really beast physically too, should be able to trouble any defence around.

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    rlipscombe - What PRDH said basically, your team is really good and could challenge with a couple of key additions. Also, you seem to have very bad away form in the Europa League? Is it the same in the league? If it is that could be one thing to look at improving.

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    PRDH - was a tricky season. i got really despondant in the spring but the summe rhas got me going again. Freitas is a great target man - a little more consistency would make him a star.
    Romanista1994 - our away form isn't brilliant to be honest and is an area to improve. something to work on.

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    rlips basically what the guys said. Freitas is top drawer, so your sorted up front. Yeh only one or 2 additions and I've a feeling it'll be
    Champions League sooner rather than later. A player like Jakovic would be handy to train a new position, maybe more central, he could do some damage in the middle too.

    Thanks Romanista. The amazing run has continued. Played 3 league games since my last update, away to Lille, won 2-0, home to Bordeux, getting beat 2-0 at half time, won 3-2, and away to Stade Bretois 29, won 3-0. Superb. 5 wins from my first 6 games, got 15 of my targeted 40 points already. The boys have really stepped up, some of the guys I wasn't sure in Ligue 2 are rippin it up in Ligue 1. I'll stop updating you all now as if I keep going I won't need a season review! But I'm a lot more positive about my chances than I was 6 games ago.
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    Unlucky rlips, I'm sure this plateau is only temporary. Having Freitas can only be a good thing in the long-run!

    As for Novese - we beat Liverpool 5-4 on aggregate (after losing 3-2 at home) in the first KO round of the CL. Next up?

    Atletico Madrid. Our past record against them is 2-1-1 from four group games down the years. If we beat them it's...

    Lyon or Lazio. GREAT news. Lazio are eminently beatable and Lyon I'd fancy our chances. The other half of the draw has another two Italian sides - Inter and Genoa - both very beatable. United and Chelsea are the remaining sides and probably represent the worst case scenario.

    At the risk of jinxing it...I feel this could be the year...


    PS. New youth candidates joined - best was 2 star potential

    EDIT: Update. We're through to the semi-final in the most nerve-wracking circumstances and face Lazio. Genoa vs Inter in the other semi-final. It's ALL ITALIAN from here and given our league superiority, that makes us favourites!
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    Iacvone - sounds like this'll be your year. Hope you can avoid a shock.
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    Definately your year iacovone, best of luck!

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    Cheers fellas. We beat Lazio 6-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Inter in the final at the Ataturk Stadium. They're 8th in Serie A...

    Think it might well be third time lucky for us in the CL final

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    iacovone - Congratulations! I can't imagine how tense you must have been when Inter scored their second. Great job!

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    iacovone well in! You going to keep going even though you've completed?

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    Well done iacovone! Is it just me or is the stadium half empty?!

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    End of Season Report - Novese - 2035/36 (Season 24) - Serie A

    Serie A - 1st

    For the first time in a while, the league campaign was tricky. We got off to a bad start as I tweaked the tactic into something more similar to a 4-4-2 as I seeked more balance. After a series of draws, a surprise loss to Atalanta we finally pulled it together and chased down Fiorentina.

    By the midway stage we barely dropped points and we stormed to the title. As rotation became more necessary towards the end of the season, we did lose to Roma and Genoa but the league was effectively wrapped up at this stage.

    So it was tighter than I'd have liked but was all part of the masterplan.


    Results 1 | Results 2
    Progess

    Champions League:

    Our group was simple enough and we won four and drew two to qualify atop PSG, Maccabi Haifa and Atletico Madrid.

    Liverpool awaited us in the 1st KO round and an impressive 3-1 win at Anfield put us in charge. Though we lost the return game 3-2, we qualified for the quarters.

    Here we met our group rivals Atletico Madrid. The first game in Madrid was difficult and although we looked to have escaped with a 1-1 draw courtesy of Steve's strike, they snatched a late winner meaning we'd have to overturn a deficit at home.

    A good first half saw us in at the break ahead 2-1 with the tie level on aggregate. In an even second half we couldn't find a winner and saw the game to extra time. An early disallowed goal suggested it may not be our night but after Mensah was red-carded, van Roosmalen stepped up to the spot to convert a penalty for his 2nd of the night and to see us into the semi-finals.

    Here it was an all-Italian affair.

    We'd beaten Lazio 2-1 and 2-0 in the league but the first semi-final at the Olimpico was tougher. We fell behind but a Bardales double looked to hand us a huge advantage. Lazio's pressure told though and two late goals consigned us to a 3-2 defeat.

    We raced into the lead at home and doubled it through Bardales again in the 70th minute. Though they pulled one back, Della Corna grabbed his second at the death to take us to the final.

    We faced Inter, a team we'd drawn 2-2 with and hammered 6-0 when under different management earlier in the season. Not much had changed as we flew into a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to Dobrovolny and Della Corna. Dobrovolny's second after the break looked to have sealed it until Inter pulled two back. van Roosmalen's late solo goal wrapped it up for us though and I can proudly say CHALLENGE COMPLETE.

    Best Squad

    TIM Cup:


    Played the reserves and they went all the way to the final where they overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat Genoa 4-2.

    The Squad:

    Goalkeepers

    Lautaro Corno (GK) - Number one for the whole season and was ever reliable

    Wallace (GK) - lost his place and then lost his rag, asking to leave in January. He'll be off in the summer after just two years here. A rare flop at £10.25m

    Oier Perez (GK) - played in the TIM Cup and the softer league games, looks a great prospect.


    Defenders

    Kevin Schultz (DRC/WBR) - a colossus as usual. Started at CB but following a four month injury to Iglesias played the rest of the season at RB.

    Djelimory Macalou (DLC/WBL/DM) - played lots of games this year primarily at left-back as he shared the role with Andreuzza. Improved drastically over the year.

    Pirulito (DC) - had to be the main man at CB once Schultz went to RB and did very well. Suffered a dip in form at the end of the year but was impressive overall.

    Emiliano Caro (DC/DM/MC) - with Iglesias injured, Caro moved to CB for the second half of the season. Not his natural position but did very well for us.

    Carlos Matias Iglesias (D/WBRL) - began the year well but suffered a torn calf and was out for half the year.

    Oscar Andreuzza (D/WBL/DM/MC) - started as first choice LB but now I'm not sure. Happy to have him competing with Macalou over the next few years.


    Midfielders

    Saul Garcia (DC/DM/MC) - found it hard to play regularly for us and has his contract expiring in the summer. He'll be gone.

    Omer Yoney (DM/MC) - was more integral this year and contributed slightly more. Wasn't as consistent but a dependable midfielder.

    Bernardo Velazquez (MRC) - a torn calf in the middle of the season disrupted his campaign but he came back well to help win us the treble.

    Apostolos Zarkos (MRL/AMR) - rotated with Della Corna and provided plenty of assists from the right.

    Alfredo Casillas (MC) - not as good as his first season which was disappointing because Velazquez's injury gave him a chance to shine. Still very talented.

    Luca Della Corna (M/AMR) - as ever, contributed goals and assists including one in the CL final. He's hit 30 now but is still retaining his pace so it'll be a while before he bows out.

    Emiliano Malbernat (M/AMRC) - came up from the U20s this year to contribute in the cups and the more straightforward league games. In his 24 games he did well and showed plenty of promise for the coming years.

    Ally Guillano (M/AML) - will only ever be back up to van Roosmalen but he does his job admirably on the left. He's a great back-up to have.

    Peter van Roosmalen (AMRL/ST) - the World Player of the Year broke his own assists record this year with 29. He also scored a stunning 27 goals meaning he contributed to a whopping 56 of our goals this year! Such a player and still 28.


    Forwards

    Carlo Ripa (AMRC/ST) - struggled to get games this year but did play enough to set a new record. His 371 league appearances beat Ricardo Tantardini and his haul of 140 league goals stands as a Novese record. His contract is up and at 32 it's time to say goodbye to a club legend.

    Sebastian Pasquali (ST) - not at his absolute best this year but still managed 28 in 35. A pulled hamstring kept him out of the CL final.

    Steve (ST) - became 3rd choice this year but was always ready to come in and bang the goals away. Hit 21 in 22 starts and was a reliable back-up.

    Oscar Bardales (ST) - the new £30m man came in and immediately looked at home. He and Pasquali up front are formidable in the extreme. 30 in 33 starts indicates just how potent he can be.

    Eduard Dobrovolny (ST) - I love him. He was 3rd choice last year but 4th choice this year and still hit 18 goals in 22 starts. It was between him and Steve for the CL final and I went with the Czech man. He didn't disappoint bagging two in the final! He has a great future here and at 21 has at least 10 years in Novese colours.

    Honourable Mention

    Robert van Gool (ST) - I've honestly not had a player dominate a youth season as much as van Gool. At 19 he's a serious prospect, confirmed by his 81 goals in 47 youth team games that won the U20's the cup and league double! Worth keeping an eye on!

    Squad Stats
    Finances
    Club Information
    Facilities
    Transfers

    The news I've been waiting for!

    The loan is pretty hefty at £161m but regular CL participation should cover the £1.3m we owe monthly. Cilona Park - has a nice ring to it

    I also managed to convince the board to improve the youth facilities again as well as increase the junior coaching budget. I'm hoping to expand the recruitment network too. We're still yet to find a single player with a potential of over 2 stars since making Serie A. This is not good.

    Objectives Complete?
    • Make the CL semi-finals
    Success! Yep. Won the thing!
    • Devise a more robust tactic
    Success! Moving the anchorman into CB achieved that.
    • Have an unbeaten league season
    Failed. Lost three in the end.

    New Objectives:
    • Win the World Club Cup
    • Win back-to-back CL's
    • Have an unbeaten league season
    With the challenge complete it's now time to aim for the stars. We need to first claim the WCC and hopefully begin retaining the CL. We have a new stadium on the way and hopefully by then we'll have some decent academy prospects coming through. I'd love to develop a squad of academy graduates in time.

    Joining us in Serie A this season are: Verona,. Departing Serie A are: Albinoleffe, Livorno and Bari - all three promoted clubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    iacovone - Congratulations! I can't imagine how tense you must have been when Inter scored their second. Great job!
    I thought we'd wrapped it up after the 3rd so had massively relaxed. Even after the 1st I was ok. Then the 2nd went in and it was all hands to the pump! Tactical changes, subs, everything. Then van Roosmalen stepped up to seal it

    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    iacovone well in! You going to keep going even though you've completed?
    Yep 100%. I am considering opening up a few more leagues though just to get a bit more depth going forward. Would anyone have any objections to that?

    Quote Originally Posted by corinthiano View Post
    Well done iacovone! Is it just me or is the stadium half empty?!
    I thought that too! But the news item said over 80,000 tickets had been sold

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post

    Yep 100%. I am considering opening up a few more leagues though just to get a bit more depth going forward. Would anyone have any objections to that?

    Why would anyone have a problem, you've completed the challenge, getting a stadium named after you! Mate your a legend, do what you want! How cool is that getting the stadium named after you, I would never want to quit that save, that is phenomenal!

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    Great stuff iacovone, congrats for the completion! How many times have you completed the challenge now? Glad that you're going to be continuing, I think you'll be able to make Novese bigger still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    Why would anyone have a problem, you've completed the challenge, getting a stadium named after you! Mate your a legend, do what you want! How cool is that getting the stadium named after you, I would never want to quit that save, that is phenomenal!
    Yeah you're right! Screw it - added the Spanish, French, German, English and Russian leagues as they're the top 6 in the world. I'm absolutely ecstatic that I've had the stadium named after me. I think it's the first time I've achieved that on any FM, which given how many long-term saves I play, is quite surprising.

    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Great stuff iacovone, congrats for the completion! How many times have you completed the challenge now? Glad that you're going to be continuing, I think you'll be able to make Novese bigger still.
    That's the second time I've completed the challenge. Did it with Savona on FM09 IIRC. I made the final of the CL with Slavonija in Gundo's challenge on FM07 but Savona was my best attempt for this challenge. I don't see the point in starting a new file. I'm so immersed in my game world that it would be a waste of time restarting. Plus being able to add and remove leagues means I can move my career around the world if I decide to leave Novese. I may do that at some stage but not just yet.

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    iacovone - Of course you have to stay around here with your new leagues!! I've never stopped playing the games after completion either, I'm too involved in the universe it feels wrong going back to having real players knocking about. When (please, please, please) I complete I'm definitely sticking around. I think my Romorantin team moved into the Harmer Arena eventually. It was a cracking stadium. Retractable roof, 70k seats, marvellous.

    Edit - Blimey! In my universe Barcelona have just failed to emerge from the CL Group. Does that open the door for me? No, almost certainly not...
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    Hey I might start this challenge, recently I've much preferred starting in lower divisions and building my way up to the top, rather than just starting as a big club. Do you find that having just 1 league active means you don't get that many players and are the Europa Cup and Champions League still really competitive? And I guess the game is a lot quicker? As my computer is very slow, it might be best if I have very little leagues running, like this Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thandui View Post
    Hey I might start this challenge, recently I've much preferred starting in lower divisions and building my way up to the top, rather than just starting as a big club. Do you find that having just 1 league active means you don't get that many players and are the Europa Cup and Champions League still really competitive? And I guess the game is a lot quicker? As my computer is very slow, it might be best if I have very little leagues running, like this Thanks
    Jump in. It's great fun, but then I'm biased, I've been here for the past five years! There seem to be plenty of players around in my game and the European competitions are still competitive enough for me, too competitive if anything, I can't win the pesky thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thandui View Post
    Hey I might start this challenge, recently I've much preferred starting in lower divisions and building my way up to the top, rather than just starting as a big club. Do you find that having just 1 league active means you don't get that many players and are the Europa Cup and Champions League still really competitive? And I guess the game is a lot quicker? As my computer is very slow, it might be best if I have very little leagues running, like this Thanks
    Talk to PRDH about whether the CL is still competitive...

    In terms of players, my Italian league is full of Brazilians, Argentinians, Frenchmen, there's barely any room for the Italians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thandui View Post
    Hey I might start this challenge, recently I've much preferred starting in lower divisions and building my way up to the top, rather than just starting as a big club. Do you find that having just 1 league active means you don't get that many players and are the Europa Cup and Champions League still really competitive? And I guess the game is a lot quicker? As my computer is very slow, it might be best if I have very little leagues running, like this Thanks
    It is allowed to load players from the top clubs from every continent, which means the European Competitions remain competitive and there is plenty of talent to scout on a worldwide basis

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    Thanks for the quick responses I'm really tempted to join in now, might start posting as well, to make sure that I keep up my interest in it, now just to decide which league, I'm thinking either Spain or France?

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    Phew! Almost had a disastrous start to the next season! Man City met the £54million release clause for Kevin Schultz. Luckily I upped his wages to a staggering £160,000 per week to keep him here. Relief! He is a world-class centre-back in the description btw

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    Just found a nice touch from SI. I have Roma set as a favourite club for my manager and they have produced a Spanish/Basque centreback who is born in Barakaldo (and is 203 cm tall). I'll be looking to sign him/loan him in the future.


    Good luck Thandui wherever you decide to go.

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    Also I want to document the rise of Adiel Vergara, our 15-year-old winger. Signed for £5m as a 14-year-old I'm still not convinced he's going to be all that special. Coaches suggest he has 4 star potential and will be one of the great players in the world. We shall see!

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    Woohooo Well Done Iacovone, delighted to see you complete. That was just an epic season, and your team is truly full of world class players.

    Glad to hear you will be continuing, and at Cilona Park nonetheless. I remember Tiny Stadium with Evora on FM 10, was just epic.

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    Cruel iacovone!

    Draw for the 1st Knockout Rd has been made. We're off to Besiktas. That's a winnable game I think.

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    I've gone with Spain and I should have my team and my manager screenshot up as soon as the holiday is complete!

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    iacovone - \o/ well done!! delighted for you. must admit i was getting tense watching the highlights - great touch by the way doing that! great to hear you're continuing and in a new stadium. looking forward to seeing your future progress
    PRDH - good luck against Besiktas - winnable for sure.
    Thandui - welcome to the challenge and good luck in Spain.

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    After long deliberation and the Chelsea game, I can finally post some details on my team. Firstly here is my manager profile.

    As you can see from my profile, I am now the proud manager of Terrassa!

    It seems I have a decent squad, not terrible and not amazing, just right for me to influence (hopefully)

    and my targets set by the board, I hope to aim for mid-table

    Now all I can say is:
    "Terrassa, Terrassa,Terrassa, Terrassa.
    Endavant, endavant,
    endavant, endavant,
    el Terrassa sempre triomfant.!"

    ​Will do a bit more later, just want to get into it atm.
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    Ack! First points dropped of the season. Admittedly it's the 14th game of the season, but still - shoddy!

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    Thandui - I just had a look in-game at Terrassa and they look like a club that could be built up quite well, the big stadium will be useful once you get promoted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Thandui - I just had a look in-game at Terrassa and they look like a club that could be built up quite well, the big stadium will be useful once you get promoted.
    Ah good to know The stadium was one of the key reasons I chose them, as well as their "Good training facilities".


    EDIT: Just managed to sign this guy: Nico - Looks phenomenal!
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    Cardoso has just become the leading goalscorer in Lusitânia Açores history. He's 23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    Cardoso has just become the leading goalscorer in Lusitânia Açores history. He's 23.
    Epic! Welcome Thandui, good luck with Terrassa

    As for Novese - I've loaded the five leagues I mentioned and noticed an immediate difference. I hadn't thought about it before but because a lot of the squads in the leagues I loaded weren't complete, FM has generated players of all different ages to fill gaps. So, suddenly there's a large influx of top class talent in my game! Whilst I've not looked to bolster my squad, the rest of Serie A has. So I'm expecting this season to be really tough to be honest. We'll see how it plays out

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    Good on you mate continuing with your game. Be a shame to lose you from the thread!

    Best of luck to thandui looking forward to your progress through the leagues comrade.
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    First leg of the Besiktas tie played. I said it might be a winnable tie. I'm not so sure now. We went to Turkey in the first leg and, with Cardoso injured, we only managed a 0-6 victory. Puts our place in real peril for the return leg. </sarcasm>

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    NIce win PRDH, good to be able to rest some players for the return.

    Just got knocked out of Europe last night, Lost 5-3 on aggregate to Stuttgart in the Quarters of the EL, seeing as it is only our third European campaign I am pretty pleased, although Stuttgart was winnable as we had knocked out teams like Werder Bremen, Osasuna, Galatasaray and HSV before.

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    PRDH - cracking away win there. comfortable home leg to come and a chance to rotate the squad.
    Thandui - good luck with Terrassa. a solid team there to get you on your way.
    iacovone - be interesting to see how the adding of the leagues changes the strength of Serie A over the next couple of seasons....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    PRDH - cracking away win there. comfortable home leg to come and a chance to rotate the squad.
    Thandui - good luck with Terrassa. a solid team there to get you on your way.
    iacovone - be interesting to see how the adding of the leagues changes the strength of Serie A over the next couple of seasons....
    Absolutely, I'm really intrigued by it actually. There's so many more transfers occurring in Italy and abroad now. First test is in the European Super Cup against Leverkusen but I have a feeling the CL will become a bit tougher (although I still found the latter stages tough anyway!)

    PRDH - decent effort I suppose...is Cardoso badly injured?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    PRDH - decent effort I suppose...is Cardoso badly injured?
    Achilles problem, 2-3 months out, he's now halfway through it. Might be back for the CL quarters, if I can pull result out against Besiktas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    Achilles problem, 2-3 months out, he's now halfway through it. Might be back for the CL quarters, if I can pull result out against Besiktas.
    Tough break. Sounds like he might have the chance to play in a quarter final though

    I've just looked at the worldwide club reputations in my game and we're 9th worldwide and 1st in Italy. So despite having 4 teams in the semi-finals of last year's CL, a winner and a winner of the European Super Cup we're still lagging as a nation. Oh and Italy won Euro 2036....I reckon it's something to do with playable leagues - perhaps reputations are fixed in non-playable leagues, I don't know. Nonetheless it'll be another interesting experiment to see how this alters over the next few years.

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    iacovone - Yeah, hope so. I wouldn't fancy playing a better team without him.

    Rested a few players for the return leg and got a 1-1 draw. Into the quarters.

    Edit - In terms of turnarounds though. Benfica just came back from 3-0 down after the first leg to put out Man Utd. A few shocks falling around this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    iacovone - Yeah, hope so. I wouldn't fancy playing a better team without him.

    Rested a few players for the return leg and got a 1-1 draw. Into the quarters.

    Edit - In terms of turnarounds though. Benfica just came back from 3-0 down after the first leg to put out Man Utd. A few shocks falling around this season.
    Very impressive. Who do you have next?

    Last year I only met Lazio in the semi's because they overturned a 3-0 deficit to Lyon too. Won 5-0 at home

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Very impressive. Who do you have next?

    Last year I only met Lazio in the semi's because they overturned a 3-0 deficit to Lyon too. Won 5-0 at home
    Draw not been made yet. Still waiting for the rest of the matches to be played.

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    Cool. We've been made 11/1 shots for the CL. I'd be all over that IRL!

    We're in a group with Bayern, PSG (again) and APOEL. Should be straightforward enough.

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    iacovone - I'd be willing to put money on that if you offered those odds!

    It's that time of year again. The time for new youth products. It's a slightly disappointing crop this year, no real stand outs, but a few players who might make the grade, just. Also, none of the decent lot come from the Azores. Anyway, I'll do a little introduction as they won't get mentioned in the end of season report as there are no games for them to play in.

    Paul Bossman is the highest rated of the bunch, I'm not convinced by him, but there is a decent grounding in his technical abilities, while mentally he's already decent. His physical stats need some real work. He's Ghanaian by birth but does have Portuguese citizenship. My assistant gives him three stars, which is what Teixeira emerged with I believe.

    Moussa Sidibé also has three-star potential. This time a winger, he again doesn't have stand out ability, he's certainly not ready for the first team, but has passable stats in some key areas. Born in Guinea he also has Portuguese nationality.

    Luis Miguel is a Portuguese centre half who was born on the mainland, slightly disappointed not to have any good Azoreans as most of the other top prospects do have their roots on one of the islands, and most of them on my little island of Terceira. Again, not first team ready, but with the right training could turn into a decent centre half. He has 2.5-star potential.

    Finally is another centre half. Saad Falah was born in Iraq but again has secondary Portuguese nationality. He only has two-star potential, but I think, depending on how he progresses in training, that he could have some future at the club.

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    That is apretty international intake there! At what level is your Youth Recruitment Network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by corinthiano View Post
    That is apretty international intake there! At what level is your Youth Recruitment Network?
    It's 'Above Average', it has been for around 15 years now. In all that time it has never been an option to get it higher. Not sure whether that's down to club reputation, league reputation or just that the higher levels are restricted to certain clubs for whatever reason.

    Edit - Champions' League draw has been made

    Code:
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    Real Madrid v AC Milan
    Liverpool v Lusitânia Açores
    Inter v Arsenal
    Chelsea v Benfica
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    Liverpool or Lusitânia Açores v Real Madrid or AC Milan
    Inter or Arsenal v Chelsea or Benfica
    Not too unhappy with Liverpool. I think if I play properly I could take them over two legs. Stinker of a semi final would be waiting if I got through though.
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    need some advice guys.

    got a cracking young talent, czech right winger. He's missed two matches now out on the lash in the town, photographed by paparazzi. I've fined him 2 weeks wages both times. I warned him I'd transfer list him for his behaviour, he said I was over reacting. He has 4.5 PA, he does look the part. But he's one of my highest earners, I'm playing 433 so can't accomadate a winger, should I chuck him?

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    How much do you think you can get for him, aldojags?

    PRDH - Fantastic from Cardoso and not a bad youth intake to get.

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    aldojags - I've never seen that before. Shocking attitude. Have you got any senior players you can get to take him under their wing? How old is he? If he's 18 or younger I'd definitely keep him around and try to get him back on the straight and narrow. If he's older than 21 I'd definitely cut my losses and sell him for as much as I could get. In between those, it's case of how good you think he can be and whether you're willing to put up with his idiocy.

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