Vikeologist’s 2030/31 End of Season Report
Season League Pos Cups Europe Award
2012/13 Sc Div 3 1st No comment n/a Manager of the Year
2013/14 Sc Div 2 1st Challenge Cup Finalists n/a Manager of the Year
2014/15 Sc Div 1 3rd CC Winners & SC Final qual None
2015/16 Sc Div 1 2nd CC & SC Winners, LC R/U EC 3Q Manager of the Year
2016/17 Sc Div 1 1st Challenge Cup Winners EC 4Q Manager of the Year
2017/18 Sc Prem 5th LC Final qual None
2018/19 Sc Prem 7th LC Winners EC R2 Manager of the Year
2019/20 Sc Prem 1st SC Winners, LC R/U n/a Manager of the Year
2020/21 Sc Prem 1st SC & LC Winners EC Winners Manager of the Year
2021/22 Sc Prem 1st SC Winners cc Q/F Manager of the Year
2022/23 Sc Prem 1st LC R/U CC R1 Manager of the Year
2023/24 Sc Prem 1st LC R/U, SC Winners CC R1 Manager of the Year
2024/25 Sc Prem 1st SC R/U CC Q/F Manager of the Year
2025/26 Sc Prem 1st SC, LC CC Q/F None
2026/27 Sc Prem 1st SC, LC CC Q/F Manager of the Year
2027/28 Sc Prem 1st LC CC Q/F None
2028/29 Sc Prem 1st LC CC Q/F Manager of the Year
2029/30 Sc Prem 1st LC, SC CC Final Manager of the Year
2030/31 Sc Prem 1st LC, SC Winners Manager of the Year
After winning the league for 11 seasons by a country mile, this season was much closer. In fact, technically it went to the last match of the season, although Rangers would have had to make up not just the 3 points they trailed us by, but also a 77 goal difference differential. With 103 points from 38 games, we were as good as ever, but it’s safe to say that Rangers did pretty well as well. Thanks to the improved coefficients, they will now join us as the second Scottish team that qualifies straight into the group stage of the Champions League. Their salary total is far less than half ours, so we may have a challenge on our hands. Then again, their manager left at the end of the season, so it’s probably more likely that they’ll regress.
We won the League Cup and Scottish Cup as usual.
Of course, the only thing that really counted was the Champions League. After going out in the quarter finals 5 seasons in a row, the previous season we had reached the Final, where we were 4-0 down to Inter after just 24 minutes. In the remaining gung ho minutes we managed to pull it back to 5-3. In any case, it had been a more promising season.
However, this season we looked as though we had self-destructed again when we found ourselves 3-0 down at Porto in the 1st knockout round. A late away goal somewhat helped to reignite hope, but nearly as much as the 4-0 thumping we gave them in the second leg.
Bayern and Roma posed few problems in the quarters and finals where we won all 4 legs.
That meant a final against Athletic Madrid. I was, as you can appreciate, fairly tense, until the match started which was frankly a very one-sided affair. The only stress involved during the actual match was that my girlfriend started sending me instant messages during the second half. I’m not sure what the Chinese is for, ‘I love you, but I’m about to achieve the Big Euro Nation Challenge so please for the love of God leave me alone for a few minutes’. This unwelcome pull of real life and things in my life that matter did dampen my euphoria, but never mind. I think in any case, my principal emotion was going to be, ‘Thank God that’s over’.
I did plan to leave the club as soon as I achieved the challenge, but I’m going to do the subsequent season World Club Championship victory lap for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it took me 19 seasons to achieve and I might as well get the Steam achievement for staying 20 seasons. Mostly though, I’m keen to see whether rangers (or indeed Celtic who were also quite good this season) can challenge me again.
After that I plan to do the challenge in Spain, or at least get a club to the top division. I loaded the leagues for a trial run, and one club came up for 31/32 that had never been in the second division B before; Ejea. Of course, I’ll have to see who comes up next year.
So I have a question to ask now. Would I have to pick a team like Ejea that have never been in in 2DB before, or can I choose a club that have been there before, and are now just reappearing.
This may be a mute question, as I lost my enthusiasm for posting season updates during the frustration of going out in the quarter finals, often in the most heartbreaking and frustrating fashion, and as I say, I’m not sure I’m up for another whole challenge. I’m just hoping for the game to become fun again. Of course, the rub is that last season the game was fun again, for the first time in ages.
I may take over Hibs instead, if the opportunity arises, and take advantage of the Scottish league’s reputation. Despite them being my boyhood team, I’ve never so much as won the league with them.
I briefly took over Mexico for the Copa America, (post challenge achievement) and reached the semis where we lost 1-0 to World Champs Argentina. Hopefully the Scotland job will become available some time.