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    End of Season Update 2012/13 (1st Season)

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    Season Summary:
    The season started poorly with 3 straight losses and we toiled around the relegation places for the first half of the season or so. The defense was ok, but our big inability was scoring goals. Two January signings of Sékou Guessan for 60K from Africa Sports and Adebayo Opara also for 60K from Heartland changed our fortunes and their combined 13 league goals helped to propel us up into a very credible final position of 6th. In the cups we reached the 3rd round of the Couple de la League, and the 7th round of the Coupe de France.

    Other news and notes:
    Fortunately we have an owner with fairly deep pockets who was able to pump nearly £6m into the team to pay off some debts. The youth intake was a duff one. Highest potential was 2 stars. I didn't offer any of them contracts.

    Next Season Targets:
    Promotion, and a couple of new defenders, perhaps.

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    Des Tiny's AD Parla

    Pre-Season 2021/22
    Liga BBVA
    September 1st Update

    The Transfers

    In Brief
    In: 10 Players (€3.9M)
    Out: 5 Players (€160k)
    Loans: 4 Players (€107k)
    Wages Total: €121,489 (p/w)
    Wage Budget: €144,056 (p/w)
    Remaining Transfers: €455k

    New Signings

    First Team

    Sammy Ogweno (MRC,Free) - I needed a bit more cover in the midfield, and this guy seems to fit the bill and have a bit more for the future as well.
    Thabang Radebe (ST,
    €60k) - A brilliant little signing, he will provide cover for Montiquin and possibly become our new striker in the future. I love the attributes of this young South African.
    Aaron Garner (DR,Free) - His contract at Liverpool expired and I snapped him up as right back was a weakness once again last season, hopefully this makes a difference.
    David Frydych (GK,
    €55k) - I needed a new young back-up for Re, and this guy is willing to be a back-up, that gives him the job.
    Ondrej Linhart (AMRC,€65k) - The next Tomas Rosicky is going to start the season on the bench as a utility midfield cover, if he can grow into any of the three places he can play I will have another star.
    Oumar N'Dao (AMLC,€1.6M) - Another player brought in as cover for my midfield, looking forward to seeing what he can do.
    Miguel Herlein (ST,Free) - Club Legend, will tutor my strikers.

    Youth

    Aykut Erden (ST,Free) - He was actually planned long before Radebe came, looks to be our third striking option will play mostly for the U19s.
    Vyacheslav Yershov (MR,2M) - The youngster may get some bench play, but mainly he is a future replacement down the right.
    Besik Gabelia (AMR,
    €140k) - He is well down my list of right wingers.

    The Friendlies

    Results

    Well I mixed it up a bit and played as many combinations as I could, so the results aren't really indicative of the skill of my team, I was overall happy with the way it went.

    Liga Adelante

    22.08 at Betis - 2:4
    Arregi (13), Radebe (70)
    Montiquin was suspended for this match, and we were chasing a record unbeaten streak. We were chasing the game the whole time and it never really looked likely, Arregi played really well, and Radebe impressed me as well.

    29.08 vs Athletic - 3:1
    Montiquin (65,68), Linhart (82)
    This game we also went behind really early on, and from there it was a fight, we dominated most areas of the game and finally managed to get a pair of quick goals to Montiqun, and that was that as we took our first win of the season, and the 200th win with me in charge in 390 games.

    The Team

    So without Further ado, here is the team I expect to lead Parla in the Liga BBVA this season:
    GK: Re
    DR: Garner, DC: Paulinho & Sedlacek, DL: Moravec
    MC: Yildrim & Bife
    AMR: Ferrari, AMC: Arregi, AML: Bumbera
    ST: Montiquin

    Well the changes see Garner come in at the back and Paulinho move into the central role to replace Ruiz, Bife has made a move past Mitorvic in the midfield and Ferrari steps into the right wing slot that I brought him in for, I am a bit worried about his performance so far, but hopefully it is just new team nerves and he will settle and takeover.

    The season tickets have jumped up to 11,746 this season and our first home game saw over 16,000 fans turn up meaning we beat our best previous attendance by more than 10,000. Looking forward to playing this season out at Parla Stadium and seeing what we can do as a best attendance.

    For the U20 World Cup we had players in the French, Brazilian and Argentina squads, Bife, Paulinho & Willian ended up with Gold Medals as Brazil defeated France in the final. We also had several players attempting to make their international debuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    Belgium have just beaten hosts Russia in the 2018 World Cup Final! Hmmmm, a bit far fetched there maybe!

    Who are the current world and european champions in your games? Mines is world-belgium. Europe-germany.

    Any of you guys who've been playing for 10 years+, have any african/asian teams won the world cup?
    Euros: Italy

    World Cup: Argentina

    Colombia and Uruguay are the smallest nations to win the World Cup on mine and Cameroon lost the final to Colombia back in 2014!

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    Really like the look of Radebe LLR

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    aldojags - World Cup '38 winners were Holland who beat France in the final and Italy won Euro '36. The weirder Euro results were Czech Republic winning in 2016 and Ukraine in 2020. The World Cup has also had a bit of an Eastern European run with Russia winning it in 2026 and Croatia runners up in 2022 and 2030.
    LLR - I also like the look of Radebe, how much potential do your back room staff think he has?

    Edit - I thought I'd whisper this very quietly, but we're only around 100 posts shy of dafuge's challenge this year. That's astonishing. We're awesome!

    Meanwhile, in my universe, I just finished the my CL group with a win against Fenerbahce. The nice thing was that I finished the game with 8 of the 11 players on the pitch products of my youth set up. Now, if only I could produce a decent left back!
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    PRDH that is ridiculous! 8 out 11, that must be so satisfying! I've got one decent prospect, I've already included him in some squads like the cups etc, he's got 3.5 potential, young Scottish DRLC, so it's my interests for both club and country to train him well! But that is amazing, playing in a competition as high standard as Champions League with that many youth products.
    Good 1st season there mooping, I came 6th in my season in the National too, good start. Sure your only a season or 2 away from Ligue 2. Cannes have got decent stadium too if I'm not wrong? So you won't be handicapped by Stadium redevelopment as you climb through the leagues, so your well set

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    aldojags - World Cup '38 winners were Holland who beat France in the final and Italy won Euro '36. The weirder Euro results were Czech Republic winning in 2016 and Ukraine in 2020. The World Cup has also had a bit of an Eastern European run with Russia winning it in 2026 and Croatia runners up in 2022 and 2030.
    LLR - I also like the look of Radebe, how much potential do your back room staff think he has?

    Edit - I thought I'd whisper this very quietly, but we're only around 100 posts shy of dafuge's challenge this year. That's astonishing. We're awesome!

    Meanwhile, in my universe, I just finished the my CL group with a win against Fenerbahce. The nice thing was that I finished the game with 8 of the 11 players on the pitch products of my youth set up. Now, if only I could produce a decent left back!
    PRDH - how are you finding this first season after completion? I'm a bit 'meh' at the moment. Coming towards the end of a ridiculously successful season (so far) but don't seem to be getting any great kicks out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    PRDH - how are you finding this first season after completion? I'm a bit 'meh' at the moment. Coming towards the end of a ridiculously successful season (so far) but don't seem to be getting any great kicks out of it.
    Yeah, I'm feeling a bit similar. My team seem to be too, we've just not hit the form of last season, or the previous ones. I mean we're still top of the league, and through the CL groups, but everything seems more of a struggle.

    What's keeping me going at the moment are the youth team graduates. I'm determined to finish Cardoso's career, I want to see what absurd records he can set.

    Have you thought about taking over an international side? I'm tempted to take over Portgual and instil an Azorean only policy!

    Also, Club World Cup coming up now. That'll be exciting! Speaking of which...
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    Welcome to the Club World Championship Semi final between Santos Laguna and Lusitânia Açores.

    The Azorean club go into this game without a fit right back and it'll be interesting to see how that affects them.

    Kick off

    6 mins - Cardoso is through on goal and picks a spot in the bottom right hand corner of the goal and fires left-footed past the keeper. 0-1
    12 mins - Tuominen makes a stunning run up the left touchline and whips a ball in towards Cardoso, but the Mexican's 'keeper bravely throws himself at the striker's feet to cut out the danger. The 'keep rolls the ball out to the centre half who knocks the ball out to the left winger who runs at our not a right back. He cuts inside and has a shot from distance but it's straight at Dias who makes a comfortable save.
    35 mins - Cardoso's shot, comes back off the post.
    37 mins - Cardoso challenges the keeper who makes a hash of it, the ball falls to Bentalaa whose deflected shot puts the Portuguse team two up. 0-2
    43 mins - Bentalaa surges up the right and flashes a cross across goal where Djokovic is lurking to nod home. 0-3

    Half time - Suitably comfortable so far.

    68 mins - Djokovic slips a ball through to Cardoso who hammers it into the net. 0-4
    78 mins - Carranza knocks a cross in from they right and Rodrigues' shot goes under the 'keeper. 0-5

    Full time - comfortable win for the Angra team.
    Last edited by PRDH; 23-04-2012 at 14:54.

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    Sounds very similar to my Club World Cup experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Sounds very similar to my Club World Cup experience
    Yeah, pretty comfortable! And in the final we're facing Al-Hilal (KSA) so that should be another comfortable game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    Yeah, pretty comfortable! And in the final we're facing Al-Hilal (KSA) so that should be another comfortable game.
    We faced them in the final too. Won 2-0 and discovered an incredible 21 year old Egyptian striker!

    I'm having a tough time in the CL at the moment. It took penalties for us to beat Benfica in the quarters after losing the second leg 3-0

    Now in the semi's we drew the home leg 0-0 after going down to ten men. Need to put in a monumental second leg performance vs Atletico Madrid if we're to retain the trophy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    We faced them in the final too. Won 2-0 and discovered an incredible 21 year old Egyptian striker!

    I'm having a tough time in the CL at the moment. It took penalties for us to beat Benfica in the quarters after losing the second leg 3-0

    Now in the semi's we drew the home leg 0-0 after going down to ten men. Need to put in a monumental second leg performance vs Atletico Madrid if we're to retain the trophy!
    Well, I don't wish to boast, but I just beat them 3-0! No incredible Egyptian striker though, I'll just have to make do with Cardoso who got two goals in the win.

    Although, now I look they do have an Egyptian defender I thought about buying a while back. He's developed well, but probably not quite good enough for my side.

    I'd be amazed if I retained my CL trophy. I reckon you can pull off a win in Madrid though, although it only needs to be a score draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRDH View Post
    Well, I don't wish to boast, but I just beat them 3-0! No incredible Egyptian striker though, I'll just have to make do with Cardoso who got two goals in the win.

    Although, now I look they do have an Egyptian defender I thought about buying a while back. He's developed well, but probably not quite good enough for my side.

    I'd be amazed if I retained my CL trophy. I reckon you can pull off a win in Madrid though, although it only needs to be a score draw.
    Well, you were right. But it was so so tense!

    This time they were reduced to ten men in the first half but we couldn't score. So 0-0, extra time again. Penalties are being denied on both sides by the ref. We then score the winner in the 121st minute but it's ruled out by the officials! Off to penalties, both miss 3 of our first 5. Sudden death, both score, they miss, we miss, they miss, we score! We're through to the final - just

    Barcelona in the Stade de France. Will we get our revenge over them finally?

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    Smashed Barca 3-0 this time

    I've made into the worldwide hall of fame after this trophy-laden season.

    That's:

    Italian Supercup
    European Supercup
    World Club Cup
    Italian Cup
    Serie A
    Champions League

    I feel like I've completed FM

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    End of Season Report - Novese - 2036/37 (Season 25) - Serie A

    Serie A - 1st

    We started off with a late win over Juve in the Supercup before embarking on another excellent Serie A season. After winning our first 13 games we inexplicably lost at Palermo which really angered me as I thought we'd go unbeaten this year.

    Despite that minor setback we went onto romp to our 7th straight Scudetto and set a record number of points with 107. Our goal difference of +100 is a record too. Easy.

    Results 1 | Results 2
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    Champions League:

    The European adventure began with a 2-0 win over Leverkusen to claim the European Super Cup. We then waltzed through our group with ease, winning all 6 against APOEL, Bayern and PSG to qualify for the knockouts.

    Porto were first and a good 2-2 draw there set us up well for a 3-1 home win to put us in the quarters.

    We comfortably beat Benfica 3-0 in the first leg at home but after a war of words with manager Benito Carbone, we found ourselves on the end of a hiding back in Lisbon. 3-0 we were beaten and that meant extra time. No-one could break the deadlock and so it was to penalties where we just sneaked through 4-2.

    Atletico Madrid were next and they came to our place and held onto a 0-0 after being significantly helped by a Della Corna red-card. The return game saw the centre-back I antagonised in the build-up receive his marching orders. However, the score stayed 0-0 until the 120th minute. I thought we'd won it our 'winner' was disallowed. Penalties again and we crept through after an epic 8 penalties each. 5-4 to us!

    The final was straightforward. Barcelona were poor, we were great and van Roosmalen, Dobrovolny and Bardales scored the goals.

    TIM Cup:


    Once again I played the reserves and we went all the way to the final, winning the trophy 3 days before the CL Final after extra time.

    Club World Cup:

    Won the semi-final 3-1 against Ismaily before beating Al-Hilal 2-0 in the final.


    The Squad:

    Goalkeepers

    Oier Perez (GK) - took the number one shirt and looks set to keep it for many years.

    Defenders

    Kevin Schultz (DRC/WBR) - avoided injuries for the first year in a while and did very well. What a skipper.

    Jelle Klein (DC) - had a successful loan spell at Cesena last year and was pushed into first team football this season. Reacted very well.

    Sandor Molnar (D/WBR) - new Serbian full-back had a brilliant debut season.

    Midfielders

    Omer Yoney (DM/MC) - paid a fortune but justified it this year, particularly in Europe. Won best player in the CL this season.
    Bernardo Velazquez (MRC) - injury free as well and back to his best. A pleasure to have him as playmaker for us.

    Peter van Roosmalen (AMRL/ST)
    - showed his class all year but missed an early part of the season. Scored in both the TIM and CL cup finals. Legend.

    Emiliano Malbernat (M/AMRC) - youngster beginning to show serious potential. Bit part player this year but I'm selling a CM to make more room for regular football for the 20-year-old.

    Luca Della Corna (M/AMR) - added an unwelcome dirty streak to his game this year (2 reds) but was always proficient when playing.

    Forwards

    Oscar Bardales (ST) - phenomenal year. Top goalscorer, Mr Reliable. Good guy!

    Sebastian Pasquali (ST) - was going superbly til he tore his calf. Look forward to having him back next year.

    Robert van Gool (ST) - youngster had his first full year with the first eleven and contributed very well.


    Squad Stats
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    Club Information
    Facilities
    Transfers

    So we had both facilities upgraded this year as well as our junior coaching and recruitment network expanded. It made no difference to the academy intake though - poor again. We're just one year away from Cilona Park


    Objectives Complete?
    • Win the World Club Cup
    Success! Yep, nice and easy.
    • Win back-to-back CL's
    Success! Hell yes. Rode our luck in the knockout stages but dominated the final.
    • Have an unbeaten league season
    Failed. So close. One inexplicable loss at Palermo killed this particular dream.

    New Objectives:
    • Win everything again
    • Try and get the Italy job
    • Have an unbeaten league season
    Not much more I can aim for given I've just won all six trophies we entered for! This was a ridiculous season and my best on any FM. Ever. Now I'd like to take over the national team when it becomes available.

    Joining us in Serie A this season are: ,. Departing Serie A are: Empoli, Perugia and Nocerina.

    Seasonal Best Eleven
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    Radebe has "Leading BBVA Striker" potential according to my Ass Man, though he has pretty poor judging qualities, my own eye seems to agree. He has also made his first two caps and managed to score as South Africa attempt to qualify for the World Cup.

    As for the World Cup winners: 2014 - Portugal, 2018 - Italy, Euros: 2012 - Scotland, 2016 - Italy, 2029 - Belarus.

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    Mooping - Great first season, those two players look fantastic.
    LLR - Some great signings, I like the look of Garner and Radebe in particular.
    iacovone - A season most of us can only dream of. Your junior coaching is only 'good' however, so no wonder your intakes have been poor considering the level of players you have. Should be able to make it exceptional in the next two years though.

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    This is going to be one tough week, though all spent in Madrid. We just hosted At. Madrid on Sunday in a 1:1 draw (We did lead til the 88th minute), now on Wednesday we have a visit to Real Madrid, and to follow that on Sunday we see Barcelona coming to town. I think if I can get out of here with another point I will be delighted, even staying close and keeping morale up would be good enough.

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    ghostwriter - solid 1st season there with Lyon - good luck next season.
    18Rabbit - great stuff on promotion!! good luck next year

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    This has worked out rather nicely. Italy flopped in the summer's Confederations Cup and the manager was sacked. I applied and got offered the job. Time for some international management

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    Preseason Report 2013/2014 (2nd Season)

    Not much to report here, this will be a short post. Our preseason was pretty successful. We played some top Ligue 1 teams away, which was a fantastic way to get some much needed cash back into the club (I think we made a total of about $250k from those 3 matches alone). The 1-1 draw with Lyon, who made the CL final last season, was great even if it was only preseason. A very convincing win over a Belgian side from their top league and a fun 6-1 romp over a French regional division team has us entering league play again on a high note.

    Transfer wise, we let 14 players go during the offseason when their contracts expired. As it turns out, that really clears out the wage budget It did clear about 10k out total in wages, and I'm already scouting like a madman trying to find players with both high potential for the future jump to Ligue 2 (whenever it happens) AND high current ability. Not always easy at this level but we've added 2 transfers who I think can help this season:

    Philippe Liard--Left back was a nuisance all of last season. We're still thin there, but bringing this guy in from his African side for $9k should help. Incidentally, that set the club record for highest amount spent on a transfer, which really shook up the locals--just wait until we get to the top league

    Mohamed N'Diaye--Going to try playing this guy as an attacking midfielder to start with as I have other guys I trust more at the forward position. Hoping he can bang a few in and generally just help our offense to threaten more consistently. Cheap too, only a $300 transfer fee.

    We're still looking for transfers, I have bids in on two centrebacks right now and another central midfielder for hopefully just more depth. We've got plenty of wages and transfer budget left to spend, but I'm trying to be judicious and find better transfers than I did last season. I did get the 'Shrewd Spender' achievement on Steam, so I must be doing something right

    Anyways, we're off into league play again the next time I fire the game up. I'm a little nervous but I really think we'll be better than last season, it feels like I'm more in control of the team already and I have a general idea of what everybody can do now. The board's expectation was just to avoid relegation again but I'm expecting at least a mid-table finish, with my real private expectations being ideally a finish around the middle of the table or even top-half.

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    I have to post this and take the Curse that may come with it, Parla's week of Hell started with a 1:1 draw against At.Madrid, followed up by a 3:0 loss to Real Madrid (Goals @ 88 & 90), and then we headed home and Barcelona came to town, in the 52nd minute we took the lead care of Linhart, they instantly changed to a more attacking 4-4-2, and brought on Messi, before i had changed tactic to counter, Messi scores and it is 1:1, the game continues to go back and forward, both teams with good chances, and Re saving me on more than one occasion and then a badly cleared corner falls to Bife just outside the box and he slams it home for an 86th minute goal, then fingernail stuff as we had to hold on to record a HUGE 2:1 victory over Barcelona. 4pts from that week is more than I could have ever imagined.

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    moonpig - solid first season there mate - good luck for the promotion push
    LLR - good signings there - agree with all of the comments about Radebe. great win over Barca too!
    iacovone - dominant season again - shame about missing out on the unbeaten season. and good luck with Italy!
    PRDH - i had noticed that too about dafuge challenge.... We might well overtake it soon to become the top challenge of FM12!!

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    Mooping - A good first season there, the main aim is always to avoid relegation, good to see a 6th place finish. Opara looks like a very solid prospect, and could lead your goalscoring charts for the future.
    Everybody - Thanks for the congrats, and yes Radebe looks epic, I am looking forward to his development, especially as he is about the same height and weight as me too. He has skills in every area I want in my sole striker and I can't wait to see his development, As for Potential it ranges from 4.5 - 5 stars (Leading Liga BBVA, looks good). I am looking forward to trying to keep the core of the team together, I only have a couple of older guys and most can grow in this squad.
    PRDH & Iacovone - Congrats on World Club Cup success, maybe it is just a hangover from the effort of finally completing. Maybe you need to find a new challenge, whether that involves jumping to a smaller Club, bigger club, continuing with a youth squad or something else.
    Iacovone - A huge season there as you won sooo much, really hard luck on the unbeaten season, but just a single loss is awesome, better luck next year if you continue. Good Luck managing the Italian side as well, going to do both jobs?
    Efrumttr - Good Luck with this season and hopefully the few changes in the Preseason are successful and lead you to a push upwards.

    As for the thread getting close to Dafuge, not sure what has happened over there, but our thread continues from strength to strength. We have a good core who are always around, and you guys make it all worthwhile.

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    Did you guys watch the Chelsea game tonight? What a performance eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    Did you guys watch the Chelsea game tonight? What a performance eh?
    It's crazy what can happen when one team has to score goals and the other is willing to just sit back and pounce on errors. No idea what is wrong with Barca lately though, they couldn't score to save themselves a week ago, and tonight they had Chelsea done, let them back in and then couldn't kill them off. Interested to see what happens in the Final now, because if Chelsea do win it then they take England's fourth Champs League spot meaning only one of Arsenal or Newcastle will make it.

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    Got a dilemma I need help with!

    Pickedhi this guy up on a bosman in the summer from Barcelona. He's been really good at both centre back and right back, got 4.5 potential. But Marseille enquired about him, I said I wanted 10m, they've come in with 7m offer. That's A LOT of money for a club my size, still only getting crowds of 2-3000. That money would be fantastic. Also, my assistant said something to me recently about off field problems affecting his development. So do I keep the player (he's on a 5 yr deal) and hopefully turn him into a strong player for us. Or take the money and use to rebuild? I really like him and I'm leaning toward rejecting the cash. But the stuff about poor development due to off field things bothers me, is he likely to drop his PA with this talk?

    Dunno what to do!! I'm going to sleep now, and got stuff to do tomorrow so won't be back on until tomorrow afternoon/night so any help would be great if you've had issues with this stuff before like the assistant saying hes worried about player development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    It's crazy what can happen when one team has to score goals and the other is willing to just sit back and pounce on errors. No idea what is wrong with Barca lately though, they couldn't score to save themselves a week ago, and tonight they had Chelsea done, let them back in and then couldn't kill them off. Interested to see what happens in the Final now, because if Chelsea do win it then they take England's fourth Champs League spot meaning only one of Arsenal or Newcastle will make it.
    I would feel so sorry for Newcastle if they lost out like that, they've been outstanding this year. Can't see Chelsea minus Terry, Ivanovic, Mereiles, Ramires, maybe Cahill, beating Real or Bayern at their own stadium.

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    aldojags - Always a horrible situation to be in, and very tricky decision to make. I'd be tempted to sell him, but as you've seen, I do like making a profit! The big question is always what you can do with the money. Is there someone you could get in to replace him for considerably less? Is there someone in the team who might make the step up? Basically, if that £7m will allow you to make the team stronger overall then I think I'd take the money and invest it in the rest of the squad.

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    aldojags - Oh I think Newcastle fully deserve champions league, would be gutting for them to miss out. As for your player I am with PRDH, I will always sell for sums of money if I think I can use it to overall improve my team. I generally have a ready made replacement for every position, even if sometimes they might be a bit young. SO if you think you can improve the team by selling him then I would go for it, it is a lot of money.

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    LLR - I'm doing both jobs. We're halfway through the World Cup qualifiers when I took over with a perfect record of 6 wins from 6. It's all building up to USA '38

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    Well, it looks like last year's Champions' League performance was as out of character as I feared. Normal service looks to be resumed. Losing 2-0 to AC Milan in the 1st Knockout Round at the moment. Wait, we've literally just scored, 2-1, an away goal that could be very handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    LLR - I'm doing both jobs. We're halfway through the World Cup qualifiers when I took over with a perfect record of 6 wins from 6. It's all building up to USA '38
    God I hope the U.S. gets another World Cup waaaaaay before '38. I'm still holding out dim hope that the U.S. will be a last minute replacement for Qatar.

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    What a comeback. 2-1 down after the first leg, another goal down at half time, my lads scored three goals in the 25 minutes to make it past AC Milan and into the quarter finals.

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    Good work PRDH, looking forward to your quarterfinal now.

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    I took your advice and let Morillo go. £7m was just too much to resist, and I have a few decent defenders to come in and take over, so I took the cash. Also got £5m from Juve for a winger I brought in, also on a bosman, also from Barca! So that's £12m I've made on 2 players who both joined for free, played 4 months for me, then I made that much profit. Think I'm going to have to do my fair share of selling throughout the challenge, the attendances haven't picked up at all, despite me having a decent season (sitting 5th halfway through) so I'll need to raise cash other in ways. But I'm pleased with the £12m made in January.

    Looky here what I've spent £6m of it on...coming in in the summer, couldn't get him now due to an injury, think he'll be excellent for me...

    Saving the rest as I'm getting my training and youth facilities done again. Let me know what you think of Lubos Matta.

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    aldojags - Definitely the right choice, and Matta looks like a cracking player.

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    That time of year again. Time to welcome our new recruits to the club.

    First, and the player my assistant is most excited about, is Nuno Rosa. Rated as having three-and-a-half-star potential, the striker, born on the mainland, looks to have decent stats in the important areas. He is never going to be a playmaking forward, but looks like he could do a decent job of getting on the end of other people's play. A determined player I have high hopes about him fulfilling his potential.

    Also with three and a half stars is Ricardo Aleixo, a left back who was born in Angra do Heroísmo itself. I'm not convinced by him, but the coaches think he can become a leading Premier League player, and they've been accurate so far so he is going to be joining the elite youngster group along with Rosa. Hopefully he can mature nicely and take a place in the first eleven eventually. He is already a decent player defensively (for a 15-year-old) but will really need to work on the attacking side of his game to fit into the team. I think he'll benefit from some tutoring to improve his mental stats, in particular his determination, to get him towards fulfilling his potential.

    The second tier of products is headed by Rui Fernandes, a right back who was also born in Angra do Heroísmo. His initial stats look on a par with Aleixo, but the coaches only rate him as having two and a half stars potential, so in theory once they get into the youth regime he might get left behind. Anyway, he comes ready with passable physical stats and his arrival means we have a decent back line of potential youth players when combining this year's intake with that of last year.

    Finally is Luís Miguel (this might get confusing as last year had another player come through with the same name) another lad born n Angra do Heroísmo, he is the player I'm least excited about for two reasons. Firstly, he is the lowest rated of the decent prospects, coming in at just two stars, but also because he plays a somewhat troubling position for me. He is a natural right wing back, a position I do not use. He does however look like a player who could become a decent winger/wide midfielder, and that is the direction I will be asking him to focus his attention.

    Lastly, two players who are not really good enough to get through the recruitment on their own merit, but make it through because of their novelty value are Ying Yunqi and Zoljargal Bazar who are from China and Mongolia respectively. I have it my mind that they might add to the adaptability of the squad, and maybe even boost merchandising in the long run. Both are only blessed with half a star of potential and are unlikely to ever make it into the senior set up, but we'll see what our coaches can turn them into.

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    LLR - did you know Rui Costa once played for Fafe!? I just found that out - it made me happy

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    I like the look of Nuno Rosa PRDH. He could develop well given his determination. As you rightly say, with the right tutoring Ricardo Aleixo could also become a decent squad player. Nice round-up.

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    Yeah that's decent round up, how do you get the varied nationalities? Do you have asian feeder clubs? Is Cardoso the best you've ever had PRDH? If you had to, could you field a matchday squad entirely of your own players and still win say a league match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    Yeah that's decent round up, how do you get the varied nationalities? Do you have asian feeder clubs? Is Cardoso the best you've ever had PRDH? If you had to, could you field a matchday squad entirely of your own players and still win say a league match?
    Cardoso is certainly the best I've had in this game, although Vieira and Dias push him close. I've had some pretty decent players in the past. If you give me a second I might have a trawl through and find the selected highlights.

    I just played an all youth product team in a League Cup match against Academica. It was slightly weakened through injuries and international call ups, and it lost 2-0. It looks like (without wishing to incur the forum curse) I will win the league this year with a few games to spare, so will try the final few games in an all home-grown style.

    In other news, the Portugal manager has, finally, been sacked. I've applied for the job. If I get it, I can see it taking on a decidedly Azorean flavour!

    Edit - As for the array of nationalities, I don't know. I have a pretty good knowledge of the world and always have scouts stationed in Asia, I've also got this established youth recruitment now, which presumably helps, they all also have Portuguese as a second nationality though, so I wonder whether it's just the came throwing up weird combinations as it gets bored.
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    Selected highlights from PRDH's youth academies.

    1/ Diego Pastore - A stunning player and the man who launched a thousand 'the next-Pastore' comments in the versions of this challenge since (admittedly mainly from me - alright, entirely from me). He was the first properly world class player I ever got through an academy and was a big part in me falling in love with this challenge when he appeared for Domegliara in Serie B. As a playmaking forward he was unmatched and I honestly think he would have made an excellent partner for Cardoso.
    2/ Gianfranco Dalla Bona - Italian left back who came through the youth academy the year after Pastore and made the full-back position in the all-conquering Domegliara side. Blessed with the pace and stamina to allow him to make his marauding overlapping runs throughout the game. He was however, not a one-trick pony, he was a solid defensive player too.
    3/ Cedric Bilger - The only player to emerge from the academy of French powerhouses SO Romorantin, but a good one. He, like a lot of my youngsters, emerged with no pace at all, but slowly developed it. He never really reached his potential with my team as the board sold him to Liverpool without my leave, very disappointed because he had some of the most absurd technical abilities I've seen. He largely played as a central midfielder for me, but probably would have, in time, become a striker.
    4/ Miguel García - A player whose career got slightly lost when my updating fell by the wayside in the last version of the game when I was at Pajara Playas. He was, again, the only player worth mentioning to emerge from the youth set up, but what a player. The perfect deep-lying playmaker in my tactics, he's like Miguel Teixeira from this year, but a couple of notches up the food chain. He controlled the temp beautifully and would have had a stunning career had I continued it.

    It's pretty close I think over all between García and Cardoso in terms of pure ability, but Pastore has a place in my heart for the amount of time served. Of them all I think Pastore, Dalla Bona and García would all improve my current squad. Bilger may do too, but I have less emotional attachment as he never quite made it with me. He instead went on to have a decent career with Liverpool, in fact I think he lost a couple of Champions' League finals to us with them.
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    @PRDH - Pastore screenshot shows up as Dalla Bona mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve.rush View Post
    @PRDH - Pastore screenshot shows up as Dalla Bona mate
    So it does, sorted now. Cheers!

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    Iacovone - I did know about Rui Costa, on loan in 1990 I think, looking back I believe it was part of the reason I chose the club. This season I am Parla, in part because Rafa Benitez used to play for them.

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    Into the CL final again, and once again Cardoso will be suspended. This time for picking up too many yellows rather than for a red, he's getting closer to appearing in the biggest club game!

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    PRDH they are some ridiculously excellent players, especially the first and last! I can't understand it, I must just be unlucky, but I've played FM solidly for about 10 years, been a huge hobby of mine in that time, and it was like CM 01/02 was the only time I ever got a real superstar through, I was at Crewe Alexandra, and got a 16 yr old striker who went on to play for England, he was deadly, even at that age! But since then, the only youth player I remember was in FM11 I had a 2 star DM/AMRC, when I was Celtic. He played for Scotland etc, and was ok in Scottish leagues, but you wouldn't pick him out a line up. I'm quietly encouraged by this game though...got a 3.5 star DRLC, I can't say his stats do anything to encourage me just now, but I'll persevere. My youth facilities etc are still a work in progress so I'm not holding my breath. But would love a world beater to come through the ranks! I'm in Feb now, so my next intake will be due soon will they not?

    Who you got in CL final?

    Toulouse have just beat me to end my 17 game unbeaten league run. Don't get me wrong, plenty of draws in there, but still well chuffed with this season so far.

    Edit: Scrub the "especially the first and last one" on the players, had another look at them, they're all stunners!
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    aldojags - Got Arsenal in the final. Amazingly, I've never played them so I've not really got any clue what to expect.. Not sure I'll get the game played tonight as I've got an early start tomorrow, so should probably do the responsible thing. (Edit - Although that resolve is being tested as I've just remembered it's NFL Draft night)

    In other news, I got the Portugal job. Halfway through the qualifying for Euro 2040, hopefully I can turn the form around and get Portugal to the tournament.
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    Congrats on the national post. How many of your own team you called up?

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    Nice work on the national job PRDH

    Hoping for more good things in the CL! Back-to-back wins...

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    Hmph. Lost the Italian Super Cup to Lazio. Not impressed. We did beat Genoa in the European Super Cup to take that title though, so that's pleasing.

    I've started off big changes at the club now though. Sold £65m worth of talent this summer, dwarfing the £23.5m I spent. The big signing of the window was a young winger from Villarreal I've tracked since he was 16. Juan Ignacio Gras (£17.25m). Should be the long-term successor to Luca Della Corna on the right wing. Other than that, I just signed two young prospects, Jonathan Gimenez and Umberto De Marco.

    Departed are Alfredo Casillas (£20m), Antonis Koltzos (£9.5m), Lautaro Corno (£15m) and Apostolos Zarkos (£20m). Time to start introducing the youth...

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    Gras looks stunning iacovone. The players you sold are phenomenal, was it the age then that forced you to sell? £20m for a 29 yr old is quite good business I suppose. Casillas is phenomenal.


    Just got my youth recruits, rubbish. got a 2 star keeper, Ludovic Barbier, and 1.5 star left wing back Girolamo Masciantonio. Signed those 2, released the rest, rubbish!
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    With Casillas, I figured I could never play him all the time. Velazquez is the main playmaker and then I play a more defensive CM alongside him. Plus we have some brilliant young CMs coming through so I thought I couldn't pass up on £20m. He is amazing though.

    Gras should turn out to be a fine player.

    Bad luck with the academy - sounds just like mine

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    My computer does not recognize my hard drive when I load it up... cant even get the laptop started

    Will try to see if I can get it fixed over the weekend, hope I dont lose the save...

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    corinthiano I don't know much about computers but to me it sounds like something a shop will be able to repair? The data will still be there, just obviously something wrong with accessing it. I hope it works out ok mate

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    Some good and some great signings up the page.

    I will probably have a season update done in the weekend, but after that things will slow down because I'll have some pretty important school stuff coming up in the next few months. The youth intake was pretty good again with six players being signed up and five having 4.5/5 star potential (good liga adelante/leading liga adelante players in the future), but they're nowhere near PRDH's (that last intake was back to the usual standards).

    Good luck in retaining the CL, PRDH!
    corinthiano - Hope your computer troubles get sorted and you manage to get your save back as well.

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    Guys, I'm going to take a mini-break from the file. Can't seem to get into the next season so it's best to put it to one side for a tick until the motivation comes back.

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    What you doing in the meantime iacovone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    What you doing in the meantime iacovone?
    This?

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    Sad to see you go Iacovone, but good luck in Eastern Europe.

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    Don't worry I'll keep dropping in here. Good luck with all your respective files!

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    Mid-Season 2021/22
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    LIGA BBVA

    Well I went into the season wanting to do nothing except avoid relegation, well the first half of the season has blown that expectation aside. I am guessing a season back down and some rebuilding really made the difference, we have been amazing in our new stadium, in fact we are unbeaten at Parla Stadium going 10-1-0 to this point, including victories against Barcelona & Athletic. Our form away from home is nowhere near as good, we have gone 2-0-8 at other teams stadiums. In our home games we have scored 24 goals and conceded only 5, while away from home we have scored 16 and conceded 29, our away defense is not as good, I am thinking about pulling the boys back a bit and not going for the goal as much away. Well some players stepped up and others let me down, Ferrari was terrible, I am now looking at how to sell him off, but the best offer I got was 5M from Real Madrid who I didn't want to have him. Linhart (Next Rosciky) has really stepped up, he has played at Right Wing, in the middle and a bit deeper and has not once let me down.

    My Stars of the Half: Def: David Sedlacek (DC), Mid: Ondrej Linhart (AMRC) , Fwd: Jesus Montiquin (ST)

    Good Results: vs Barcelona 2:1, vs Athletic 3:1
    Bad Results: at Real Madrid 0:3, at Valencia 1:5

    The Table
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    | Pos   | Inf   | Team        |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   |
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    | 1st   |       | Barcelona   |       | 21    | 13    | 6     | 2     | 50    | 17    | +33   | 45    | 
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    | 2nd   |       | R. Madrid   |       | 21    | 13    | 6     | 2     | 46    | 22    | +24   | 45    | 
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    | 3rd   |       | Athletic    |       | 21    | 12    | 2     | 7     | 37    | 36    | +1    | 38    | 
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    | 4th   |       | Parla       |       | 21    | 12    | 1     | 8     | 40    | 34    | +6    | 37    | 
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    | 5th   |       | Espanyol    |       | 21    | 9     | 7     | 5     | 36    | 30    | +6    | 34    | 
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    | 6th   |       | Sevilla     |       | 21    | 10    | 4     | 7     | 28    | 24    | +4    | 34    | 
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    | 7th   |       | Sporting    |       | 21    | 9     | 6     | 6     | 32    | 27    | +5    | 33    | 
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    | 8th   |       | Almería     |       | 21    | 10    | 2     | 9     | 33    | 34    | -1    | 32    | 
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    Relegation Battle
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    | 17th  |       | Cartagena   |       | 21    | 6     | 4     | 11    | 27    | 33    | -6    | 22    | 
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    | 18th  |       | Málaga      |       | 21    | 7     | 1     | 13    | 21    | 42    | -21   | 22    | 
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    | 19th  |       | Villarreal  |       | 21    | 4     | 7     | 10    | 17    | 25    | -8    | 19    | 
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    | 20th  |       | Celta       |       | 21    | 1     | 6     | 14    | 13    | 44    | -31   | 9     | 
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    The Transfers
    Since September 1st

    In Brief
    In: 4 Players (€3.3M)
    Out: 8 Players (€3.05M)
    Loans: 4 Player (€0)
    Wages Total: €122,834 (p/w)
    Wage Budget: €131,229 (p/w)
    Remaining Transfers: €2.52M

    New Signings

    First Team
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    | Player              | Position | Price | Comments                                        |
    |---------------------|----------|-------|-------------------------------------------------|
    | Juan Carlos Sanchez |    DC    | Free  | Brought in as my third DC, future star.         |
    | Pal Antal           |    AMC   | €1.7M | My Arregi replacement, has a huge future.       |
    | Charles Yohanes     |    DL    | €1.6M | To replace Wagner who is leaving in July        |
    | Taha Akdogan        |    DC    | Free  | I needed to add some DC Depth, he is it.        |
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    Future Transfers
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    | Player             | Position | Price | Comments                                        |
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    | Liam Parry         |    DC    | Free  | This guy is a huge prospect, couldn't say no.   |
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    Transfers Out
    First Team
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    | Player                | Position | Price | Comments                                        |
    |-----------------------|----------|-------|-------------------------------------------------|
    | Radisa Krasic         |   AMRC   |  €1M  | Surplus to requirements. Good Price.            |
    | Alessandro Schwangart |   DRC    | €750k | Surplus, Good Price                             |
    | Norberto Ruiz         |    DC    |  €1M  | Lots of Better DCs now, good value.             |
    | Ales Mitrovic         |    MC    | €300k | Now 5th best MC, got what I could for him.      |
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    Players out on Loan

    The only loans went to our feeder club Jerez, some good looking stats coming from there as well.

    Other News

    We added a third feeder club as Xerez joined our stable, hoping to pull them back into Liga Adelante and see what I can do from there. And then our 3rd home game of the season was a sell out as we saw Barcelona come to town and 20,926 fans filled the stands. And we made it to 400 games with myself in charge, winning that game 5:0 against Celta. After that game we dominated the team of the week with 8 starters.

    I have been turning down jobs everywhere this season, our amazing league form has seen almost every club in the league chasing my signature: At. Madrid, Athletic, R. Sociedad, Deportivo, Villareal, Granada, Cartagena, & Malaga.

    We have also seen some international debuts and first international Goals as well: Sedlacek Debut, Radebe Debut & Goal, Bumbera Goal.

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    End of 2014/2015 Season Report, Salerno, Italy, June 23rd, 2015
    For a team that barely squeaked into Serie B last year, we did pretty damn good. We finished 11th which is a little better than the 14th I was hoping to reach, but kicked the hell out of the 22nd place the media predicted. We started off strong and lucky beating some much better teams than us (including Padova who won the league by 12 pts and only had 7 losses for the season). Then in February, we lost 5 games in a row. I think mainly this was due to a rash of injuries we experienced. Really the only reason we did so well this season was because of our defensive line and the lightning reflexes of our young new keeper. In February our defenders started dropping like flies, including a broken leg (that still isn't healed) and twisted ankle. We went from a team that had a surplus of a few players to a team that couldn't field a full roster without pulling in the reserves. If it weren't for that stretch we could have done even better. Really, the best thing about this team is that we have a giant stadium already. This let us pull in about the 6th highest attendance figure for the league even when we were playing terribly.

    Competitions: Italian Cup
    We finally beat expectations in the Italian Cup and made it to the 4th qualifying round where we were narrowly edged out by Lazio away 1-0. We played well though so there was no shame in that defeat.

    Yearly Transfers
    Here are the transfers we made this year: Transfers
    The top three transfers (and players currently):
    1. The best purchase I made, by far, was a young keeper who played for CSKA(Sofia) named Tsvetan Pirgov. He has cat like reflexes and saved us a lot of misery this year. He's still young and a little eccentric sometimes but he'll be a beast in a few years.
    2. The next one is a youngster named Thorsten Bellanave who was released by Stuttgart. He's our set piece man and is developing into a pretty great playmaker.
    3. My third most promising purchase this season is Noé Schweitzer a 21 year old of French and Qatar ancestry. He looks to be a pretty respectable centermid. Good creativity and passing and bags of potential.
    We also took César Valenzuela on loan from Udinese again this year and had an option to buy him but he just hasn't really had the punch that I wanted. Instead I picked up Sasa Zivec on a free because my scouts are awesome. He's not really amazing in any area but he is fast and pretty solid overall.

    2014/2015 End of Year League Table:

    Promoted Serie C1/A: Treviso (C), Cittadella (P)
    Relegated Serie C1/A: Foligno, Bellaria, Bassano
    Promoted Serie C1/B: Cremonese (C), Avellino (P) (fierce rivals)
    Relegated Serie C1/B: Catanzaro, Frosinone, Carrarese
    Promoted Serie B: Padova (C), Lecce (P), Benevento (PL)
    Relegated Serie B: Novara (oh how the mighty have fallen, they left Serie A just last season), Piacenza, Verona, Crotone
    Relegated Serie A: Genoa, AlbinoLeffe, Brescia
    Serie A top 3 teams: Inter (70pts), Roma (68pts), Juventus (65pts)

    Here's my current squad after the free releases at the end of the season: SQUAD

    Here's my Profile and my Personal info. I'm still not a fan of the press.

    And here's the Salerno information. Our rep was stagnant this year but we did move up financially (yay big stadium!) and are now 34th in Italy financially @3.2M value. Our expected ticket prices should double and our attendance should more than double I hope.

    Youth Uptake
    I haven't posted about our youth intake before because they have almost universally sucked incredibly. The exceptions have been two strikers, Giacobbe Bandiera and Osmar González and this season we picked up a DM named Matteo Tiozzo. Giacobbe is getting close to being able to start seeing some backup first team action (or to get sold).

    Plans for next year
    For 2015-2016 I think we can get to the playoffs for Serie B. At a minimum we should at least have a top half finish. Our squad is one of the youngest in the league and they're still growing and improving. As for the transfer markets this year, I need to find someone to feed our front line a little more reliably. Our scoring was pretty horrible this season and we had a lot of trouble creating chances. I may look for a better backup GK also, our Serie C1 keeper is still with us but he's 39 years old and is showing his age and our third keeper is pretty meh. Other than that, I'll just have to see who I can see out in the transfer market and be very picky with who I bring on. As always, the wine will flow.

    Previous updates:
    June 28th, 2012
    December 31st, 2012
    June 18th, 2013
    June 30th, 2014

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    A nice season there 18Rabbbit, its always good to be able to solidify in mid-table and prepare for a push forwards. I really like how evenly the attributes are spread on Pirgov, what are your coaches saying about him? Will he be able to grow with the club into a top keeper at Serie A level?

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    It's the little things that make us love this game. Sammy Ogweno had started to complain about a lack of first team appearances, Ercan Yildirim had been a bit flat this season so I decided to give Ogweno a chance. After his first game he went to the paper to tell them he was complaining about it, then the next day they had done a survey of fans and he only got 12% support. Of course his performance since joining the side means he will stay in the spot for now: 2 Games, 2 Assists, 7.3 avg Rating.

    Edit: Well I thought we might finally lose our unbeaten home record as Real Madrid came to town, but Linhart & Bife fired us to a 3:0 half time lead, and even Ronaldo & Higuain coming on made little difference as we finished them off 4:1, incredibly we now are 12-2-0 at home this season, 3-0-8 away.
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    It's been a while but...

    ... finally got some free time to return and finish what I started with Keçiörengücü in Turkey.

    I am going to be balancing my save with an MA dissertation though (that's why I've been off the boards for a while) so progress may be slow....

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    Wow. I'm really struggling for motivation, as it seems is iacovone, currently in an end of season limbo and really can't build up the interest to write it up. I think my reports will seriously contract from this point on. I'm tempted to run off and do another career as iacovone has, but I also really want to finish Cardoso's career. I'm in a quandary guys.

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    Well PRDH, another option might be to instead open a bunch of leagues, see what jobs are available to you, and maybe find one with enough money to buy Cardoso and go there Gives you a new challenge and also keep your star player.

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    End of Season Update 2013/14 (2nd Season)

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    Season Summary:
    I had been hoping for promotion coming into this season after a fantastic second half to last year, but it ended up being a very disappointing and frustrating season in terms of results and we ended up finishing 8th. It seemed like we were always able to score goals, and actually finished 2nd in the league for goals scored, and our defense was decent, too, finishing 7th in goals conceded, which resulted in the 2nd best goal difference in the league at +23. That's why it was such a frustrating season. We should have finished much higher. I think the main problem for us was a complete inability to win away from home, as well as an inability to get results against the big teams in the league. I'm not sure how to remedy that problem, but I'll have to figure it out.

    Other news and notes:
    The youth intake was a weak one again. Highest potential was 2 stars. I didn't offer any of them contracts. Adebayo Opara continues to shine, as he finished top scorer in the league with 25 goals. He has also taken over as captain of the Nigerian u20 team. The finances are in a bad state. Hopefully the chairman helps us out again with some more cash.

    Next Season Targets:
    Promotion, and improvements across all defensive positions if possible, with a right back to replace the departing Cristian the priority.

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     2012/13 | National  |   6th    | 7th Round  |    2nd Round    |               |
     2013/14 | National  |   8th    | 8th Round  |    3rd Round    |               |

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    Mooping - Well that was a bit of a let-off, I know how it feels being unable to win away from home. I am currently trying to work on an away tactic to do something about it, but I am not sure what exactly the problem is, we just seem to allow that first goal and then find it hard to get back, but if I score first away it's easy. Good Luck in the new season, I'm trying to recover from a 5:2 loss at Camp Nou at the moment.

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    Aldojags - Matta looks an awesone signing! Don’t blame you taking the £12 million. Not bad profit in 4 months!
    PRDH - congrats on the Portugal job. EDIT: understand your struggles for motivation… hope you find it again…
    Iacovone - Gras looks like a stunning winger!! A handful for any fullback. Shame we won’t get to see how he develops you turn coat!!
    LLR - going great guns in La Liga there!
    18Rabbit - solid debut season in Serie B there. Good foundations to build on for next season…
    Moonpig - feel your frustration mate but keep plugging away. You’ll find your away form soon.

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    LLR/rlips - I'm sure I'll be back. I think it's just been such a marathon game that now it's done I've just collapsed. It's a Guardiola moment! Just need a bit of a break.

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    LLR what a great home record, if u could just throw in an away result more often you'd be looking at Champions League!

    Mooping-you have exactly replicated my 1st 2 seasons with Viry-Chatillon, 6th, then 8th, sometimes you need to go back to go forward! I then won the league in my 3rd season, I've a good feeling you'll get promoted too!

    18rabbit good solid season there, well done.

    rlips-cant wait for Matta to join up. I've got a couple of bosmans lined up too, should be a strong squad next season. I'm trying to get a system that will compliment Matta, I've played 433 for near enough whole challenge, but I'm finding the higher up the leagues I climb, the better quality strikers tend to be too crowded out with 3 forwards playing, and getting service with only a 3 man midfield can be a bit hit or miss sometimes. But if I get him the chances and he stays fit, I'm convinced he could lead the line for the next 10 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    LLR what a great home record, if u could just throw in an away result more often you'd be looking at Champions League!
    It appears I may be looking at Champions League Football anyway, my team still sits 4th: (H) 13-3-0, (A) 4-0-10 => Top 3 in Spain go to group stage and 4th goes to the Playoffs, the Spanish Cup will be won by Real or Barcelona, so 5th-7th will qualify for Europa League. Happily I am 12pts clear of 8th, so I should at the very least be on my way to Europe. One thing is for sure, I am in the Liga BBVA next season as I am 24pts clear with 8 games remaining, and have two wins over Osasuna.

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    Well I had my Youth Intake, my best player is only 3 stars potential, a Central Defender born in Parla who is also a competent Right Back, Pablo Jose, I have also given offers to 12 other players in an attempt to start filling out an Under 19s squad with real players. They will be freely cut if better replacements come in. 4 Players have been offered Fulltime Contracts, the other 8 Youth Contracts.

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    18Rabbit - Good first season in Serie B. How much are you making from gate receipts with your huge stadium?
    Mooping - Seems you've started like aldojags, so the next few seasons will see you go up the leagues pretty quickly.
    LLR - Wow, that is some season for a side just promoted. Good luck in securing your CL spot. Pablo Jose looks pretty decent as well, his attributes are similar to Usandizaga's who is coming along nicely in my save.

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    Has been an amazing season, thanks Romanista. Was unbelievable to me as well, I have completed it, missed the Champions League, and done some work on my update, but not getting it up tonight time for some sleep.

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    Barakaldo End of Season Report 2015/16



    Brief Roundup

    Media Prediction: 22nd
    Actual Position: 14th
    Topscorer: Javi Ros (9)
    Most Assists: Miguel Angel Etxaburu (10)
    Best Rating: Miguel Angel Etxaburu (7.17)
    Club Value: £3.3M
    Finances: £114,095
    Wage Budget: £36,019 (£30,139 in use)
    Transfer Budget: £3.19k


    Transfers

    Javi Ros was the only player to join after the summer transfer window closed. In October I finally managed to get him to agree to wages that weren't outside of our reach.


    Liga Adelante

    Table|Graph

    We won the first two games with very negative tactics before going on a terrible run of defeats. I changed to all out attacking and that seemed to work for a few games before we were found out. In January I seemed to have struck gold with a narrow 4-4-2 diamond which ruthlessly exploited the space left by other teams. We got up to 9th at one point, but dropped back to 14th as I gave a few youngsters starts as soon as we were definitely safe.


    Copa del Rey

    Run

    A loss against Cartagena as we didn't have a response to late goals with the ultra-defensive approach I used at the start of the season.



    Squad

    Goalkeepers


    Jon Ander Serantes - Continues to be a mainstay between the sticks, kept us in a number of games.


    Defenders


    Jonas Ramalho - Was better as a centreback than as a rightback, so that is where he'll play in a few years.

    Joseba Zaldua - Not the best season for the backup rightback, but he didn't have many games at full fitness.

    David Usandizaga - Developed well, especially after I made him available for the youth team to ensure he stayed fit.

    Jon Manuel - Looked like he would be our first choice leftback after outperforming Ruiz, but injuries and a bad recovery saw him fall back to a backup status.

    Inaki Astiz - Didn't start off too well, he recovered to have a good season.

    Mikel Santamaria - Scored once and was a largely unused backup.

    Jon Gaztanaga - Was impressive this season with five goals and lots of fantastic defensive performances.

    Iker Ruiz - Very disappointing in the first half of the season. In the latter part he did decently. Still has a lot of potential.


    Midfielders


    Jon Erice - A consistently solid player.

    Javier Eraso - Was injured for two months and spent most of the season coming on from the bench.

    Javi Ros - A star in our team, his performances after joining turned our season around and fully justified his high wages.

    Inigo Eguaras - Rotated with Beitia and had a decent season.

    Joseba Beitia - Scored a couple and got a few assists in what was a good season for him.

    Gorka - Was one of the few to do well in 2015, he will be let go as he deserves to play and our current formation doesn't use wingers.

    Miguel Angel Etxaburu - Made his debut in 2016 as the latest of our youngsters to make an impact on the first team. Was a revelation with ten assists and two goals as he thrived in the attacking midfield role. He could potentially be a good Liga BBVA player.

    Daniel Suarez - Not too bad, though I'll try to sell him in the summer because he continues to injure teammates and is another winger who won't be used.

    Juan Imaz - Not great on the wing, will be backup to Etxaburu in attacking midfield for next season as he did better there.


    Forwards


    Asier Iribarren - Was terrible when the team did badly in the first few months. Liga BBVA potential and a some goals redeemed him.

    Iosu Saiz - Broke Barakaldo's top league goalscorer record, and created a decent amount of goals.

    Juan Dominguez - Not sure yet whether to keep him as a backup on lower wages or allow him to go. I'll have to see what becomes available and how far his wage demands will drop.

    Mikel Orbegozo - Scored some important goals.


    Youth Intake

    Aingeru Ibero and Javier Segura both look like they could be good players in the future (decent Liga BBVA and good Liga Adelante potentials respectively) and they are being tutored by Juan Dominguez and Inaki Astiz. I'll be offering contracts to a few youngsters during preseason so that they can go on loan to feeder club Amurrio where David Bilbao had a good spell.


    Aims for This Season

    Survive - Success. It looked like we would get caught up in a relegation battle after the first half of the season, but a couple of morale boosting friendlies in the winter break and a new tactical approach saw us survive comfortably and even go within touching distance of the playoff spots at one point.


    Career

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    2012/13    5th         N/A     N/A        £1.1M          3825          None
    2013/14    2nd         R2      N/A        £1.2M          4508          None
    2014/15    1st         R4      N/A        £1.6M          4708          Promotion
    2015/16    14th        R2      N/A        £3.3M          7269          None
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    well done romanista, some good prospects there, what you thinking for next season, good season for Javi Ros, 7.12 is a great average rating for a season. I like that your using a few of your youth products and still doing well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    well done romanista, some good prospects there, what you thinking for next season, good season for Javi Ros, 7.12 is a great average rating for a season. I like that your using a few of your youth products and still doing well.
    I hope to consolidate our position in the Liga Adelante next season, while improving the club's infrastructure. I'm really delighted that my youth players have been able to do well, I certainly hope this trend continues in the future.

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    End of Season Update 2014/15 (3rd Season)

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    Yes, I play quickly!
    Season Summary:
    That's more like it! After the disappointment of last season, we played up to our ability and our expectations this term, dominating the league from start to finish. We put to bed our away game demons with a record of 19 GP, 14W, 4 D, 1 L, 49 GF, 17 GA away from home, and our inability to beat the big teams in the league was put to bed also. In the process we set several team and league records, such as for most goals scored in the NAT with 107 and most points recorded in the NAT with 96. We also has an amazing run in the Coupe de la Ligue, reaching the semi-finals before being knocked out on penalties by Le Havre after a 0-0 draw. We didn't have the toughest draw in the cup, but did beat some big teams such as Bordeaux (2nd Rd.), Toulouse away (on penalties) (3rd Rd.), Nice (4th Rd.) and Bastia (QF).

    Other news and notes:
    Highest youth candidate was 2.5 stars, he was the first to receive a contract. Sékou Guessan took over from Adebayo Opara as our star man. Guessan led the lines with 40 league goals, and 48 goals all competitions, despite missing time at the African Cup of Nations. Together they combined for 70 goals in all competitions, and both made their senior international debuts.

    Next Season Targets:
    Ligue 2 survival. Strengthen at the RB, CB and CM positions.

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     2013/14 | National  |   8th    | 8th Round  |    3rd Round    |               |
     2014/15 | National  |   1st    | 9th Round  |    Semi Final   |   Champions   |

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    Season Review 2018/19 (7th Season)


    Ligue 1

    Predicted: 14th | Finished 6th | Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2

    Improved on last seasons 10th, and was unlucky to miss out on European football, 2 points robbed me of Europa League. Conceded far less goals than I did last season, my new look defence contributed to that, despite selling Pep Morillo to Marseille halfway through season, I kept up decent defensive record. Scored less, my strikers struggled a bit this season, created plenty chances in most matches, just couldn't put them away. Pulled off some good results with wins at home to Lyon and Marseille.

    Started poorly, drew my first 6 or 7 home games, couldn't buy a win at home, but as you can tell from my graph, slowly improved over the season. Unlike few years back, half my squad disappearing to African Nations didn't upset me too much, had plenty of cover this time round!

    Pleased with the progress I've made this year, well and truly established ourselves now, disappointed to still only be drawing an average crowd of just over 4,000 despite being premier league team for 2 seasons now. That average would have been a lot lower if it wasn't for the 14,000 who showed up on the last day for the Parisian derby with PSG.

    Played 433 for most of season, but feeling that is too hit or miss to progress, need to find something else that joins midfield to attack better, maybe going to try a diamond in midfield next season, see if we can push on to a 5th place finish next season maybe.

    French Cup | 11th Round | Fixtures

    Couldn't emulate my run to the final that I had last season, but getting knocked out away to eventual winners Marseille was not real suprise

    Coupe de la Ligue | 3rd round | Fixtures

    Really annoyed with this, knocked out at home to whipping boys Angers SCO, who finished bottom of our league and whom I beat twice in league. That really annoyed me.

    Club Info

    Information

    Facilities - getting training and youth facilities improved in November for 2nd time in 2 years.

    Transfers 1 + 2

    Finances - looks a lot healthier than it really is. I sold quite a few players this season for decent money. Was losing money every month, my crowds are just far too low. My wages are currently sitting at £180,000 per week, but I've got a few signings coming in in the summer that will push it near to £230,000. Going to lose a lot of cash next season barring a miracle.

    Squad

    GK

    Quentin Beunardeau had decent season, playing behind a better defence will have helped. Been my number 1 for about 5 seasons now, been a good player for us.

    Defence

    Thorgan Lienard found himself out the team, has been a mainstay for our climb up the leagues, still has a future with the club, but the quality of the centre backs I brought in meant he didn't feature much.

    Ryan Ryder - squad player, didn't feature much, but is a good cheap option when I've got injuries.

    Nathaniel Chalobah was brought in from Chelsea, played him as a ball playing CB with duty of cover, did well, was an ever present in the league, good player, hoping his stats will improve slightly in the next few seasons to become a top player.

    Nassim Wolf was brought in on loan from Benfica. Did well, would ideally like to sign him, but already got one big transfer this summer, couldn't afford the 3-4m it would cost. But really pleased with his contribution. His long throw ins were alwasy a danger too.

    Juan was brought in from Inter, and he did well. Initially found himself reserve choice, due to the impressive form of Pep Morillo, but when Marseille took him for £7m, Juan stepped in to partner Chalobah, and they were solid.

    Dalibor Ladic has been solid for 2-3 seasons for me now, so I rewarded him with a new contract of 10k per week. Still gets booked way too often (14, yes 14, yellow cards this season).

    Andrew O'Neill was brought in from Toronto on a bosman in January. Has 4.5 potential, going to give him more first team action in the coming season. Did well when called upon though.

    Midfield

    Morgan Scheiderlin was brought in from relegated Lille in the summer. Did ok, got a few goals here and there, was steady.

    Federico Oliva was brought in on loan from AC Milan, he didn't feature much to be honest, no better than what I had already, just wanted to boost my numbers.

    Dominique Abidoun should probably be performing slightly better given his stats. Coaches say his best position is wide right, which we don't play in our system, so as a centre mid he's solid but unspectactular. Still good player to have in squad.

    Lewis More had a good first season, good number of assists, got the odd goal, and made his Scotland debut. Got high hopes for this kid.

    Rouven Weymeher - young German defensive mid, got great potential, gave him a run end of season and he didn't let me down, could be a good player for years to come.

    Christer Westrum is another German youngster, good potential, didn't feature too much, but like Wehmeyer, I hope he can progress into a first team regular for me in years to come.
    Dominique Abiola- decent season, more competiton this season with the form of Lewis More, so no longer an automatic pick. But he's listed as an icon of the club, fans love him, so do I.

    Darko Borozan - one for the future. Featured in a few matches, started him a couple of times when Abidoun and Abioula were on International duty, he looks like he'll have a bright future, hopefully with me.

    Attack

    Mondor Kessou was the suprise of the season, he's been a sub mainly in his time with us, but he really stepped up this season when given the chance and has established himself as a big part of my plans moving forward.

    Dramane Koffi -only including him here out of loyalty, been with us a long time, but didn't do much this season, no really just a back up player, but been with us since the National so I feel loyal to his service!

    David Harte was brought in on loan when Diagne went to African Nations. Didn't do much to earn his 8k per week. Would've been better sticking with squad I had. I got seduced by his stats but he didn't do much.

    Alvar Agbessi - mainly a bench player this year, still has 4 star potential according to coaches, and his stats look promising, but he's done next to nothing in the past 2 seasons. I tried loaning him out but no-one would take him who played at any decent level, so he played for reserves all year.

    Emilio Nocera did ok, again, sufferred a few injuries that robbed him of a consistent run in the team, still hoping he can do good things next year.

    Mohammed Diagne had a fine start to season, but is currently stuck in a 15 hour goal drought. He's still got the stats of a top player, and has model professional as his description, so definitely a good man to have around the club.
    Rui Silva - done ok when fit, too many injuries this season, he'd be back a few weeks then be out again. But got a few goals and I'm hoping for more next season
    Samuel Preston - disappointing season considering his stats. Was expecting better things, he'll hopefully deliver next year. Had a few injuries so I'll give him benefit of the doubt.



    Youth prospects

    Jimmy Donaldson came in over a year ago through our youth teams. Goes between 3-4 star potential, I just don't see it. His natural fitness is too low, and there's no stats that jump out and say he'll be a 3 or 4 star left back. He's 6ft 6 inches, so I'd think he'd make a better centre half, but his heading isn't that great. Don't know what to do with him, if any of you have any tips I'd like to hear them! Brought him off the bench, and I'm going to bite the bullet and make him my 2nd choice left back this year as an experiment, see how he does with exposure to 1st team football. He's nowhere near ready, but I want to try it to see how he handles it. Pele was 17 when he won World Cup, so I'm going to give it a shot! Got him tutored by Juan at the minute, hoping he'll pick his stats up soon, my 1st choice left back Dalibor Ladic likes a booking, so he's suspended quite a bit, so he'll get his chance this year. Watch this space...

    Ludovic Barbier - 2 star keeper, will be backup at best, if he ever reaches potential. He's the best prospect I got through this season. Rubbish.

    Next Season

    Always aiming to improve, so hoping for a 5th place finish, going to be tough, the other clubs are outspending me by millions, and I've still quite a young squad. The big 3 (PSG, Marseille, Lyon) are out of sight at top of table, so the Champions League places are out of reach for a while, but outside of that, I don't fear anyone, if we have a good season, top 5 could be possible.

    Would also like to reach another cup final.

    Got these players lined up to come in.

    Lubos Matta- spent 6m to get him in from Slovan Bratislava, looks a cracking striker, could be the jewel in the crown, hoping for a 1st season 20 goal return. Will hopefully bring out the best in Diagne and Preston etc, give them a kick up the backside cos this guy will start my first choice striker. Would have got him in Jan but he failed a medical, so lined it up for summer.

    Ali Jellasi from Rennes, looks class for one so young.

    Stanislav Kostov - looks good technically, I'm not impressed by the 1 in positioning right enough! But he'll give me more options up front/in attacking midfield if I play the diamond.

    Oneill Tatlot is an attacking mid with great looking stats coming from Marseille. Hoping he could also play at the tip of the diamond if/when I play it. He looks to have great potential.

    Raul Gil - coming from Barca, looks to have a bright future, will give me more options in midfield where I was a bit stagnant this season

    Season Objectives

    Consolidate with another top 10 finish - success. Pushed on to 6th place, pleased I didn't suffer "2nd season syndrome".

    Concede less goals- success. Juan and Chalobah were solid, Morillo was great before he left for Marseille, look a far better team defensively.



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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
    2017/18     Ligue 1       10th     Runners Up       4th round                      Survived
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    Mooping - Great stuff, your players already look like they could do a good job at the top level so survival should be easy enough. Good luck anyway.
    aldojags - Your team is rapidly becoming fantastic. It might be worth giving Donaldson some appearances when you're winning by a few goals. If he swims then you have a homegrown prospect on your hands, if he sinks your initial suspicions will have been proven right. Win-win situation.

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    romanista-yeh thats the plan. Obviously I hope he handles it, but I can't see where the coaches are getting their predictions. The team is coming on, but long term- I'm struggling to see how I'll over haul the top 3.

    Ali Jellasi has just arrived from Rennes, and he's got wonderkid status, superb!

    Edited to add - I don't really understand the co-efficients, PSG won the Champions League last season, and yet France still remain 6th in the ranks, with Russia in 5th, whose teams haven't really done very much in Europe from what I can tell. Very strange.
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    Romanista1994 - well done on survival and solidly so. Good foundations to build on.
    LLR - I also have made a conscious decision to have a fuller U19 team this season. If they don’t make the grade then might make a few pennies for them…
    Moonpig - that’s it!! Dominated the league there, I am sure you’ll perform well next season.
    Aldojags - unlucky missing out on Europe but that’s a good season nonetheless. Sure you’ll make it next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlipscombe View Post
    LLR - I also have made a conscious decision to have a fuller U19 team this season. If they don’t make the grade then might make a few pennies for them…
    I think my decision is going to result in the aim being a squad of 44 players all up with at least 22 under 19s, part of it being the aim for homegrown players, but also wanting to have that cover for injuries, I ran out of defenders in november with suspension, internationals and injuries...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    I think my decision is going to result in the aim being a squad of 44 players all up with at least 22 under 19s, part of it being the aim for homegrown players, but also wanting to have that cover for injuries, I ran out of defenders in november with suspension, internationals and injuries...
    yeah my thinking relates to the homegrown requirements of european football... not getting enough quality through the acadamy so need to beef it up a bit.

    As for Die Waldhof-Buben, the season has been completed. will try and get a review up in the next few days.

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    Which patch are the saves in #1 post made on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    A nice season there 18Rabbbit, its always good to be able to solidify in mid-table and prepare for a push forwards. I really like how evenly the attributes are spread on Pirgov, what are your coaches saying about him? Will he be able to grow with the club into a top keeper at Serie A level?
    Easily I think. Sorted by potential he's the top of the list on my squad and last year at the mid-season break A.C. Milan made several offers to co-own him (till I set the asking price at 10M so they'd bugger off). I'm actually more worried about the board selling him out from under me but I figure I can hang on to him for a couple more years and hopefully he can get us into Serie A.

    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    18Rabbit - Good first season in Serie B. How much are you making from gate receipts with your huge stadium?
    We made 3.1M in gate receipts last season and 1M in season tickets. I think our average attendance was around 9.1k per game last season (usually about 6th on overall attendance) but it's really nice being able to pack in >20k fans for the big matches. We're getting the field relayed right now so it'll be all nice and shiny for this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18Rabbit View Post
    We made 3.1M in gate receipts last season and 1M in season tickets. I think our average attendance was around 9.1k per game last season (usually about 6th on overall attendance) but it's really nice being able to pack in >20k fans for the big matches. We're getting the field relayed right now so it'll be all nice and shiny for this year.
    So we get similar amounts of money for season tickets, but the size of your stadium really helps with gate receipts (I only got 600k from that). Mine will probably not be improved anytime soon as the chairman is now only 'happy to stay' and has rejected all of my recent requests. I guess I'll have to wait until someone new comes in to build the club up further. The only thing I will avoid, however, is relaying the pitch. I want Lasesarre to be a nightmare for visiting teams, with mud flying all over the place on the 90m by 55m pitch and hard-tackling, energetic Basque beasts closing the opposition down for ninety minutes.

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    All the games in the opening post were made with the first patch. (Though as all patches were save game compatible, the only difference would be the transfers made in patch 3.

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    Des Tiny's
    Agrupación Deportiva Parla

    Liga BBVA
    End of Season 2021/22
    Blowing out Expectations

    The Season

    In Brief
    Predicted: 20th
    Actual: 5th (Graph)
    Cup: 4th Round vs Athletic - 1st Leg - 2nd Leg
    Manager: Des Tiny - History
    Season Tickets: 11,746 (^7,761 [Avg Att: 18981])
    Finances: €29M (16th in ESP [^18])
    Transfers: 2021/22 - 14 In (€7.25M) 13 Out (€3.2M) 8 Loaned (€107k)
    Squad: First Squad, Under 19s, On Loan

    General News

    Financially we have recovered once again, and now we are looking forward to the money that will come with European participation. During the season we managed to get our new stadium, which we sold out 11 times in 19 games, we managed to upgrade Youth Facilities, Youth Recruitment & Junior Coaching. We have currently planned Training & Youth Facility upgrades due to complete in October, so we are hoping to continue building the club and our Chairman likes to make the club better as well.

    The League

    Well again we lost our first game of the season, but that was not a sign of relegation coming. Somehow we managed to perform some miracles all season long, at home we were incredible, through the 1st half of the season we went 9-1-0 at home, and 2-0-7 away, a slight turn around away in the second half was matched by a slip-up in April at home, we lost 3 games at home in April to end the season with a 13-3-3 home record & 6-3-10 away from home going 4-2-3 & 4-3-3 in the second half. I was hugely impressed with the players effort in the league this season, and it was incredible to see wins over both Barcelona & Real Madrid in only our second season facing them. Valencia & Almeria are the only teams we failed to beat this season as they both defeated us in April at Parla Stadium.

    Best Results: vs Barcelona 2:1, vs Real Madrid 4:1, at At. Madrid 3:2
    Worst Results: vs Almeria 1:2, at Valencia 1:5, at Barcelona 2:5
    Season Review
    Golden Boot: Montiquin 2nd (22)
    Most Assists: Bumbera 1st (14)
    Man of Match: Montiquin 3rd (6)
    Manager of the Year: Des Tiny
    Team of Season: David Sedlacek (DC), Subs: Paulinho (DC), Ondrej Linhart (AMR), Jesus Montiquin (ST)
    Most Improved: Parla
    Overachievers: Parla
    Young PotY: Ondrej Linhart 1st, David Sedlacek 2nd.
    European Golden Boot: Jesus Montiquin 3rd

    Fixtures 1-19
    Fixtures 20-38
    Player Stats
    Team Stats

    Cup

    Well we disappointingly lost the two-legged 4th round to Athletic Bilbao, hopefully next season we can get a better draw and have a shot at going a bit further.

    Fixtures

    The Players

    Squad Stats

    Key Stars
    Bold: Starter, Italic: Youngster

    Goalies
    GK: Pablo Re (ARG) - The only keeper I needed this season, he is not amazing, and will probably be replaced by someone better in the off season, but clearly was good enough to help us into a top 5 slot this season.

    Defenders
    DC: David Sedlacek (CZE) - The central point of our defence, Sedlacek led the way all season, he managed to assist up front with a few goals. Generally though his clearance off the line and tackling was the mainstay of all our games. He also ended the season as the only member of our squad to make the starting XI of the team of the year.
    DRC: Paulinho (BRA) - He had a bit of a temperamental season, he never really settled into the role, though he was clearly the second best and managed to make it on the reserve bench of the team of the year. I was happy enough with him, but the defenders need some work in the offseason.
    DL: Zednek Moravec (CZE) - The youngster continues to improve and hopefully will step it up as we head into the Europa league.
    DR: Aaron Garner (ENG) - I had signed him in the last offseason hoping he would be the complete answer for my right back issues, but he never achieved it much early on. I ended up having words with him, and he seemed to buck up his ideas after that. Made a bit of a change and I never looked back.
    DC: Juan Carlos Sanchez (MEX) - This guy was quite a signing, he is currently third on my central defender depth chart, and I have no idea where he ends up in the new season with more signings. He did well when he was in the team with a good rating over 7.

    Midfielders
    MC: Bife (BRA) - A pretty good season from my young central midfielder, he did brilliantly and led the team at free kicks, he also managed to feed some good balls through to the attack, he did need a couple of rests during the season as he started to get jaded. If Bife can continue to improve season on season as he gets older we have a superstar on our books.
    MC: Sammy Ogweno (FRA) - He replaced Yildirim and showed that the more defensive midfield role could actually show some good average ratings, he was good on the tackle and then spreading the ball forward to the others.
    AMR: Ondrej Linhart (CZE) - What a season, it seems that my right wing is going to be a stellar position, I signed Linhart as a possible starter. Ferrari was having issues, so in stepped Linhart and I never once looked back as he rattled off 9 goals and 12 assists through the season, he really is going to be the next Rosicky
    AMC: Pal Antal (SRB) - I thought it would take a season or two before he overtook Arregi for the attacking midfield role, but after a very short time he was stepping up and he showed he is very capable, even with media pressure as he scored 4 goals and assisted on another 7.
    AML: Mario Bumbera (SVK) - Our current strongest left wing, I am looking for other options though. He did manage 15 assists, and that is a very good sign, but I am just not sure if he is actually the future of the club and good enough for this level.
    MC: Ercan Yildirim (TUR) - I was a bit disappointed with him this season, I thought early on that it was just because the position he was playing for the side was never going to get good ratings, but I dropped Ogweno in and he excelled, this saw Yildirim drop to the bench as cover through the midfield.
    AMC: Javier Arregi (ESP) - He was solid, but really this season was about him training his replacement. I had Antal join in January and Arregi did some good training and also ended up slipping out of the starting line-up. Not sure what my Vice-captain will be up to next season.
    MC: Oumar N'Dao (FRA) - Next down the line, if someone falls over he will step in, but is really just cover across the board.

    Strikers
    ST: Jesus Montiquin (ARG) - Another excellent season from the Striker, he is now only 4 goals short of 50 for the club. I was delighted to see him able to keep stepping up, he did have a couple of dry spells, but was always able to overcome them and keep scoring, and it led him to the team of the year.
    ST: Thabang Radebe (RSA) - Currently my back-up striker, but he is quickly closing on Montiquin, not sure what I will do when I decide that Radebe is needing first team football. I want him to develop as the potential is soo much greater, just not sure I want to risk the loss of goalscoring we have already.

    The History

    The 100 Club
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    Herlein, Miguel            POR   ST   175 (4)  139    46      0     0  36    19    1   7.56
    Taygun Kuru*               TUR   MLC  164 (1)   18    72      0     0   5    24    0   7.14
    Ercan Yildrim              TUR   MC   157 (7)   12    22      0     0   6    13    1   6.99
    Gomes, Andre*              POR   MC   144(12)   24    36      0     0   8    32    1   7.15
    Aranda, Juan Francisco*    ESP   DR   126(10)    0    14      0     0   0    45    2   6.98
    Guillou, Bruno*            FRA   DM   132 (0)    2     8      0     0   0    22    1   7.02
    Bumbera, Mario             SVK   ML   105(18)   24    46      0     0   7    25    1   7.11
    Kivanc Ozlu*               TUR   DC   121 (0)   36     7      0     0  18    23    1   7.31
    Wagner, Tobias             GER   DL    87(27)    5     7      0     0   5    28    2   7.09
    Tayfun Sen                 TUR   ML    78(34)   23    32      0     0   2    10    0   7.12
    Delgado, Roberto (YP3)*    ESP   MLC   80(31)    5    38      0     0   3    18    2   7.00
    Malheiro, Nuno*            POR   DL    84(26)    1    17      0     0   2    16    0   6.94
    Perego, Andre*             SUI   DC    99(10)   30     5      0     0  13    15    2   7.16
    Briand, Erwan*             BEL   ST   106 (2)   71    21      0     0  12    13    0   7.40
    Lopez, Miguel*             ARG   MR    99 (7)   13    26      0     0   3    15    1   6.94
    Kaminski, Lukasz*          POL   GK   102 (0)    0     0    166    31   0     1    0   6.78
    The Club Awards
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    | Season  | Division |     Fans PotY     | Best XI | Overall XI |
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    | 2012/13 |   2DB3   | Guillaume Dumast  | 2012/13 | 2012-2013  |
    | 2013/14 |   2DB3   | Miguel Herlein    | 2013/14 | 2012-2014  |
    | 2014/15 |   2DB3   | Miguel Herlein    | 2014/15 | 2012-2015  |
    | 2015/16 |    LA    | Miguel Herlein    | 2015/16 | 2012-2016  |
    | 2016/17 |    LA    | Miguel Herlein    | 2016/17 | 2012-2017  |
    | 2017/18 |    LA    | Erwan Briand      | 2017/18 | 2012-2018  |
    | 2018/19 |    LA    | Erwan Briand      | 2018/19 | 2012-2019  |
    | 2019/20 |   BBVA   | Norberto Ruiz     | 2019/20 | 2012-2020  |
    | 2020/21 |    LA    | Norberto Ruiz     | 2020/21 | 2012-2021  |
    | 2021/22 |   BBVA   | David Sedlacek    | 2021/22 | 2012-2022  |
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    | Season  | Division | Position |       Cups       | Europe |      Comments      |
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    | 2012/13 |   2DB3   |    6th   |        NA        |   NA   |        None        |
    | 2013/14 |   2DB3   |    4th   |   SC 2nd Round   |   NA   |  Lost in Playoffs  |
    | 2014/15 |   2DB3   |    2nd   |   SC 2nd Round   |   NA   |      Promoted      |
    | 2015/16 |    LA    |   10th   |   SC 2nd Round   |   NA   |        None        |
    | 2016/17 |    LA    |    7th   |   SC 4th Round   |   NA   |        None        |
    | 2017/18 |    LA    |    3rd   |   SC 2nd Round   |   NA   |  Lost in Playoffs  |
    | 2018/19 |    LA    |    1st   |   SC 3rd Round   |   NA   |     Champions      |
    | 2019/20 |   BBVA   |   19th   |   SC 4th Round   |   NA   |     Relegated      |
    | 2020/21 |    LA    |    1st   |   SC 3rd Round   |   NA   |     Champions      |
    | 2021/22 |   BBVA   |    5th   |   SC 4th Round   |   NA   | Qual Europa League  |
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    The Future

    In Brief
    Predicted: 15th
    My League Aim: Europe Qualification
    Expectations: Mid Table
    Transfer Budget: €7.54M
    Wage Budget: €190k
    Wages at 01.07.22: €144,740

    Future Signings: Jose Freitas (ST,Leixoes,
    €110k), Jonas Johannsen (DL,Lyngby,Free), John Kieffer (ML,Standard,€2M), Mikhail Lapin (ST,Spartak Moscow,€3M), Soren Ostergaard (DR,Nordsjaelland,Free), Liam Parry (DC,Man Utd,Free), Perninha (GK,Gremio,€250k), Christophe Legendre (AMC,Free), Darren Thidiela (MC,€300k)

    Basically made so many signings because I wanted to get a large number of young prospects in, spent a bit more than I expected, but eight possible superstars have joined the club, and between them they cover All my clubs major issues, I am still looking for another central midfielder and possibly a right winger, but there are plenty of prospects out there.

    Teams Relegated: Osasuna, Malaga, Celta
    Teams Promoted: Gimnastic, Las Palmas, Leganes

    The Start of the season will be the difficult bit: Espanyol, Real Madrid, At.Madrid & Athletic, in the middle the game before this run is Barcelona (Also my final game).

    My Aims for 2022/23

    1) Qualify for Europe
    2) Get through Europa Group Stage
    3) Concede Less Goals (<63)

    In the new season I also want to celebrate the 50th year of AD Parla in some way, would be great to gain a trophy, but not sure which one is even possible. The start of the season has seen Tiny climb into the Legends list alongside Herlein who left again as he refused to sign a cheaper contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    The only thing I will avoid, however, is relaying the pitch. I want Lasesarre to be a nightmare for visiting teams, with mud flying all over the place on the 90m by 55m pitch and hard-tackling, energetic Basque beasts closing the opposition down for ninety minutes.
    This made me laugh out loud, nice one mate

    Excellent season LLR, is your happiness at your great season tinged with disappointment at how close you were to Champions League?

    I've started season well, with 3 wins out of 3, with away wins at both Bordeux and Lyon. New signings have gelled well so quickly, there's some real quality players who can't get on the bench let alone the team, so I'm really wanting European qualification this year.

    The young left back I mentioned earlier in the thread, Donaldson, my youth coach has came to me saying his development has stalled due to needing a new challenge? Do you think I should loan him out? I'm worried I loan him out and he doesn't play, he's still only 16, be 17 very shortly. I still plan to give him some game time when possible, but the "needing a new challenge" thing with the coach has worried me, don't know what to do.

    Anyone had experience of this?

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    Yeah there was a little disappointment there, but given victories over the top teams, I am reasonably happy. Really it was over when I lost to Espanyol, and from that point my battle was always going to be to qualify top for the Europa League. With the refreshing of my team and strength of my young squad I think I can push on from here.

    As for the needing a new challenge I am not sure as I have never had it, I would think about loaning him out. If you have a feeder club one level below you that might be the best option.

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    LLR - good season there - looking forward to seeing you compete in Europe next season. some good signings there for the future too.
    aldojags - not seen that one either. i would see if i could get him a loan move where he'd get some football. as you say there is no point sending him somewhere else where he won't play.

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    I've just held onto him for now and giving him some game time when I can. Do you guys have issues with PA moving around quite a bit. Donaldson came through the system with PA of 3 stars. Now he's at 4 (not complaining!)

    Likewise, signed a 2 star keeper last intake, just looked at him, he's now 3.5, again not complaining! Is this because I've got 4-4.5 coaching in everything? My facilities are still crap but getting them upgraded, but I never knew players potential could improve so much.

    Another issue I have. Really annoying me. My scouts, when I go to review their reports in my scouting page to see what players they've found, although for example it will say they've found 334 players in central europe, i click on the report, and a lot of the time there's no players listed. Really annoying me. got 14 scouts im paying and i can;t look at any players they find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    This made me laugh out loud, nice one mate
    Glad you liked it.

    The wanting a new challenge seems very strange for a youngster, does it say that in his profile as well or is it just the coach? It might be that he feels he has outgrown the youth team and needs first team football, either with you or on loan.

    LLR - Good luck in the Europa League next season, hopoe you can repeat the performance in the league as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aldojags View Post
    Do you guys have issues with PA moving around quite a bit.
    Their potential is always the same, it gets a rating up to 200 and stays at that for a player's career (I heard that some injuries can lower it though). The star rating is just how good your coaches/scouts think the player could become in the future, it's not necessarily accurate. Coaches with a better 'Rating Player Potential' attribute will obviously be more better at this, but even they can be way off.

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