After last years second place finish we had funds to improve the squad with a couple of long term targets and after getting them both we never looked back. Lyon and PSG both tried to keep up but we were clear and deserved winners, sewing up the title with two games to spare. 93 goals scored compared to last years 65 makes it clear where the improvements have come. After securing the Ligue 1 title I became a club Icon alongside famous names such as Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Viera and also our very own Mads Neilsen and Denny Helmund.
Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
Our first Champions League adventure saw us face some famous some of the Worlds most famous club sides. Man Utd, Juventus and Sporting were drawn in our group because of our seeding and that was always going to be a massive ask. Despite two losses to Man Utd we qualified after taking 6 points from Sporting and 4 from Juventus. The final group match saw us at home against the might of Juventus and, despite Juventus being disappointing this year, I was delighted to secure qualification with a massive 6-0 win. Our most famous result to date and may take a while to better.
The first knockout round drew us against the most successful club side of all time, Real Madrid. The first leg was in France and we battled to a 0-0 meaning we would need a score draw or even a win to progress to the quarter final. The second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu was a lesson for us as we crashed to a 0-3 defeat.
COUPE DE LA LIGUE
We reached our first domestic cup final this year and deservedly went on to beat Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 AET. I was delighted with Jansen's goal and to be fair we had dominated the match so it a just reward.
Another disappointment with a tenth round loss to RC Lens. 0-0 but lost penalties.
We recouped what we spent with a bit of dealing and two of the signings were straight into the first team with the others being on the fringes. I still loaned in a couple to cover positions, mainly the defense. With some proper funds available the defense is the main area to be strengthened this summer.
Axel Jansen - Massive target man had been tracked for two years and finally arrived for £5.5m from Besiktas. His is a partner to Marc Mitchell up front and the pair have been immense and form a very good strikeforce. As well as his decent goals tally he is also the Ligue 1 top assist maker.
Rubén Dario Juárez - Got an injury almost immediately after arriving which hampered his settling in but got going slowly. Finished with the highest pass completion % in Ligue 1 which is very encouraging.
Diego Micillo - New number 1 keeper although there is little to choose between him and Hayesso.
Marc Mitchell - Ligue 1 player of the season would also have been top scorer if not for a little injury layoff. A terrific first full season for the young man. Has really flourished playing alongside Jansen.
Denny Helmund - Still the number one defender with another good season. Has become a French citizen after Germany failed to hand him a senior cap. He has now been capped by France.
Leonidas Basinas - After making a big decision selling Kern I turned to this guy to fill the gap in left midfield.
Mads Neilsen - Club Icon has been relegated to the bench for most of this year but still reliable cover.
Mathieu Chauvet - Young midfielder is one of the highest rated players in the squad in terms of potential and is a current first choice. I am hoping for big things from him over the next few years.
Yasir Ertem - After selling Ruiz this guy has filled his place while also providing cover in the center.
Have taken five of this years intake on youth contracts:
Valentin Moulin - The highest rated of this years youth intake.
Cristophe Kapriélian - Potential for a leading Ligue 1 player and ambitious personality.
Jean-Yves Peuch - Leading Ligue 1 potential.
Laurent Dubois - Leading Ligue 1 potential.
Yann Da Rosa - Also Leading Ligue 1 potential. The weakest rated of those offered contracts.
We are in an excellent financial position following the summer transfer deals. We recouped what we spent and improved the squad in the process meaning we have a sizable transfer kitty for next year. The Ligue and the Champions League were worth over £30m in prize money alone. We do not need to spend money on facilities at the moment either after recent upgrades see us in good shape going forward.
Holstein Kiel - 2021/2022
League Finish - 4th
Media Prediction - 6th
Average Attendance - 14258
Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
Fans Player of the Year - Santos
Silva - <35(11) apps, 9 goals, 9 assists, 1 MoM> - Brought him as a backup for Paulinho but he got to play as a first team regular after Paulinho left.
Hugo Cano - <38(6) apps, 11 goals, 1 assist, 5 MoM> - My most expensive transfer ever as i wanted to make my defense stronger. He ended up being a key player for us during the season.
Jaguaré - <11(9) apps, 1 assist> - Signed him during the winter break because we were weak on the left side of our defense and he played in most of our games in the rest of the season.
Paulinho - <21(2) apps, 5 goals, 5 assists, 1 MoM> - As i explained in my previous posts i had to sell him to AC Milan so i would not lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Alot of ups and downs during the first part of the season. After the second part we managed to get to 2nd place and stay there until the last 4 games when we lost 3 in a row. Another year in 4th place and this is geting annoying. Again we lost points in games that we really shouldn't.
Another year that we stop in the 2nd round of the cup. Won the first round 2-0 away at Bielefeld but managed to lose in the second round against Lubeck.
If the league results disappointed me i am glad that we improved in Europe by reaching the semi-finals of the EURO Cup in a succesfull campaign only losing one game away at Sevilla. The group stage was again pretty easy and we managed to get a 9-0 win against Steaua. The knockout stages were tougher than in last years but we still managed to get some pretty damn good wins.
Santos - <45(1) apps, 39 goals, 7 assists, 12 MoM, 7.48 Av R> - A true goalscorer. 39 goals in a single season and he made the other strikers that played for the club like children. He finished as 3rd goalscorer in the league.
Francesco Melchiorre - <37(2) apps, 22 assists, 3 MoM, 7.348 Av R> - Another wonderfull season from Melchiorre.
Hugo Cano - <38(6) apps, 11 goals, 1 assist, 5 MoM, 7.37 Av R> - First season and already a key player for us.
Paulo Ferreira - <48(1) apps, 5 goals, 2 assists, 4 MoM, 7.28 Av R> - Good season overall for Ferreira and together with Cano made a good defense during the season.
Luís Barros - <31(5) apps, 10 goals, 13 assists, 4 MoM, 7.24 Av R> - Not much to say about Barros, just another solid season from him.
Joel - <48(1) apps, 9 goals, 13 assists, 2MoM, 7.20 Av R> - He showed some progress in his play this season contributing more to the team than before.
Madson - <48 apps, 41 allowed, 23 shutouts, 1 MoM, 7.12 Av R> - Good season and a little progress from Madson too. He is still young for a goalkeeper and i expect more to come from him. He got the most shutouts in the league keeping the goal clean in 15 games. And he got his first international call up. From Germany...
Conclusions and plans for the future
We managed to stay close to Bayern for a while this season but we lost some easy games and had a really bad season ending so we just finished 4th again. I don't really know what else to try in our games against the easier teams as i already tried alot of stuff like changing the tactics, changing my pep talk etc. It's becoming frustrating.
I have Luis Lucero and Alessio Natale joining the club in the summer so this should give some more strength to our squad. I still have my eyes on some players but they don't seem to want to join us.
Our finances are still ok and the board planned to upgrade our training facilities this summer.
Competition WinnersCode:Season League Position Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/2013 German Third Division 14th Avoided Relegation 2013/2014 German Third Division 9th N/A 2014/2015 German Third Division 1st Promotion & Third Division Winners 2015/2016 German Second Division 13th Avoided Relegation 2016/2017 German Second Division 2nd Promotion 2017/2018 Bundesliga 14th Avoided Relegation 2018/2019 Bundesliga 4th Qualified for Champions League, German Cup Winners 2019/2020 Bundesliga 3rd Qualified for Champions League, EURO Cup Quarter-Finals 2020/2021 Bundesliga 4th EURO Cup Quarter-Finals 2021/2022 Bundesliga 4th EURO Cup Semi-Finals
Code:Season Bundesliga German Cup Champions League EURO Cup Euro Champ World Cup ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/2013 FC Bayern Stuttgart R. Madrid Man City 2013/2014 Schalke Leverkusen R. Madrid Olympique Lyonnais Scotland 2014/2015 FC Bayern Koln Benfica Liverpool 2015/2016 FC Bayern Leverkusen Man Utd Roma Belgium 2016/2017 Leverkusen FC Bayern Barcelona Sporting 2017/2018 FC Bayern Hoffenheim Liverpool OM Belgium 2018/2019 FC Bayern Kiel FC Bayern Man City 2019/2020 FC Bayern Koln Man Utd Juventus Germany 2020/2021 FC Bayern FC Bayern At. Marid Valencia 2021/2022 FC Bayern Mainz Barcelona Sevilla Croatia
Last edited by Andy Sava; 10-07-2012 at 14:16.
Andy Sava - Unlucky missing out on the Champions League spot but that was a tough run in and the Euro cup semi-final probably didn't help.
Going to give this a go, trying in Scotland. Got the game simulating season 1 now!
In case Queen's Park are my side, has anyone ever got to the SPL with them?
End of Season Update - 2015/2016 - Alicante Club de Fútbol
Media Prediction - 20th
Actual Position - 7th - Graph
Finances - Overall
Average Attendance - 6000
La Liga: Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2
Very optimistic about this season, i was expecting a very hard battle to stay in La Liga. The media tipped us for relagation, and only then did it sink in what we were in for. We started the campaign poor with 1 win in 5 games, by the time Christmas hit we were sitting in 10th place which was awesome but we were also on a winless run of 5. The second half of the season did pick up and we did manage to stay in the top half of the table.
The last 5 games of the season was the hardest run we'd had all year, and i was found myself fighting for the last Europa League spot, With only 3 points from 15 it was looking like had were about to miss out, that was until Malaga lost there last game and we sneaked in through the back door. Europa League next season it is then.
Copa Del Rey: Fixtures
We had a very good cup run this year which saw us beat La Liga winners Real Sociedad 3-2 on agg in the Quarter Final, but also saw us get smashed to Real Madrid 6-1 away from home and 1-0 at home.
All in all i am very please the team got to the Semi Finals.
Players: Players 1 - Players 2
Mariano Barbosa - Barbosa was sign as our No.1 keeper from Las Palmas for £650k and he proved his worth this season, and hopefully he'll in between our sticks for many more years.
Kyle Bartley - Another new signing and Kyle went straight into the starting 11 and has played well all season, scoring 6 goals in the process and also gaining his 1st cap for Jamaica.
Iuri Medeiros - Yet another new signing, i pushed the boat out with this one and paid £3.5m nearly half my budget for him, and worth every penny, Iuri has also been a regular in the Portuguese u21's.
Rodri - Our star from last season was again our star of this season, scoring 14 goals in 31 games.
In's & Out's
We had brought in 11 players at the start of the season and released 10. Spending pretty much all of my budget and most of the clubs finances we notched up a bill of around £8m, but money well spent. 6 of the 11 were key players and the other 5 were to later play a big part of our season.
Other Club News
Manager of the Year Runner Up
Most Improved Club
New 22,250 Stadium Announced
Youth Facilities Improved
Fans Player of the Year
Next Season Aims:
- Improve club facilities.
- Push for Europa League footbal again.
- Improve current youth set up/players.Code:Season | Division | Position | Comments --------------------------------------------------------
2012/2013 | Segunda B3 | 3rd | 2013/2014 | Liga Adelante | 4th | Lost in Play-Off Final 2014/2015 | Liga Adelante | 1st | 2015/2016 | La Liga | 7th | Europa League qualification, Copa del rey Semi Final
Right guys. Got a new laptop and FM runs pretty smoothly so will be giving this challenge a go again. Germany is my challenge home so that is where I shall go. Might try for someone different from RB Leipzig though.
Great first season in La Liga danger_mouse.
I'm having a great season beating everything that comes my way...except Bayern. And the thing is they are having a terrible season and i still can not win against them while playing at home.
Andy Sava - unlucky missing out on top 3, but Euro Cup semi is a good achievement. What a season from your striker Santos, that is superb. I like the look of the 2 players you've got coming in too, the left back looks physically great, he'll be fine running up and down the wing all day. I'm interested to see the similarities in our saves, Belgium won the World Cup & Euro's in my save too! Scotland winning the World Cup though - that never happened! It's something I've noticed, SI have given us way more credit than we're due, Scotland are hopeless yet for some reason FM always makes us solid.
marty - just when I think you can't do any better, you go and win the league. Forget an icon, you should be a legend for what you've achieved and how fast, unbelievable. Good on you mate.
Welcome lenzar and good luck.
danger mouse - like marty, you are steaming through this challenge, to be sitting 7th in la liga so early is incredible.
Well that's the completion over for another season, got Man City in 1st KO round of Champ League, beaten 3-2 on aggregate. Another season goes by and my golden generation are all getting toward 30, I reckon I've got 2-3 seasons to complete until this lot are too old, then there's a complete rebuilding job on that I really don't have the funds for.
ghostwriter - that sounds tough going mate. looking forward to seeing what you do next
Andy Sava - tough luck mate though 4th is still nothing to be sniffed at and you've really established yourself as a leading force in Germany.
danger_mouse - good season there mate. good luck next season.
marty78 - Wow. incredible mate. you'll have this challenge completed in a couple of seasons...
I have taken over at Wuppertal who play at the Stadion am Zoo which is nicely named.
So yeah, looks a pretty solid club. Got 15k spare in the wage budget and a transfer budget of 26k
Looking to play a 451 to give me a solid base seeing as I have 3 solid players who could play at DM. Beat my reserves 3-1 in my first game without my first choice striker.
Impressive progress being made all round.
marty - Great season, and impressive to get out of that group in your first CL attempt. No shame in going down to Real Madrid. Very encouraging for next season.
Andy Sava - Good solid consolidation in the league. It must be annoying to just miss out on 3rd like that, but the progress in the Europa League is, I think, encouraging for when you hit the big one. I can see a breakthrough season next time out. The margins are so small that a little bit more luck will see you challenging for the title.
danger_mouse - Amazing first season in the top flight. Hugely encouraging. If you can make the same progress next year you'll be a real force to be reckoned with.
minisav - Welcome aboard, good luck with Wuppertal. They look a nice club. Very good set up with the stadium and wage budget.
Lenzar - Good luck in Scotland. Not many people have attempted Scotland yet. If vikeologist wanders in he's the man to ask though.
aldojags - I wouldn't get too worried about the passing of the generation of talent you've got now. Often it's a good thing, it's hard to move on players who've been around for a long time, but the fact you've not won the CL yet means there is improvement to be made, and maybe the ageing will be the catalyst needed to push the squad to new, even higher standards.
Andy Sava, aldojags, ribscombe and PRDH, It feels good to be back fighting this challenge, my last post was Jan 1st lol My team just doesn't feel as strong as last years challenge did at this stage but ill keep improving where i can and the new 22k seater Stadium will help me out loads too.
Already beginning to think Scotland is a no-go. As I'm Queen's Park, who are rather unique in their approach, but the best players are always going to get poached.
I'll try for a few weeks, but if things get bad, I'll try again in Germany or Italy.
Danger_Mouse - It's a shame they didn't name the stadium after you. I'd quite like the idea of visiting a stadium called 'The Mouse Hole' ;)
Last edited by Lenzar; 10-07-2012 at 20:49.
Thistle are my team Lenzar so whilst I hope you do well in the challenge I won't be sad to see the Jags win! Hahaha
Lyon Duchère Association Sportive – Championnat National – 2015-2016 (aka how I managed to get sacked)
Pretty quiet until 2 things happened, 1) my German winger went to the Euro U19 Championships and I decided to scout (or invite for a trial) any unattached players there, that resulted in 4 players arriving and 2) my European scout discovered Portugal, nearly a whole team of great players found there, of which I signed 4, 2 of whom became 1st choice players. Apart from that, the only other arrival of note was an ST I stole from the club he was on trial at.
A fine start as we picked up 13 points from our 1st 4 games before one defeat was followed by 17 points from the next 7 games. Rouen were equally on fire but we were 2nd and safely in the promotion places at this time. Then we went to mid-table Orléans and were inexplicably utterly trashed, 5-1. Out the cup in the next match and then one point from the next 2 games and we were definitely in a blip. We were down in 3rd and our final match of 2015 was at home to 2nd placed Istres. And there followed the most unexpectedly one-sided match I have played for a while – we had 28 shots at goal and the only reason we did not scored hoards was there gk. That meant we ended the year in 2nd, albeit only 4 points ahead of 4th.
Nobody left and only 2 backup GKs and a great ST on a free from Africa arrived. The year started solidly with 3 wins and 2 draws from the 1st 5 matches until we lost another home match, this one to Gazelec. That did not appear to cause us too many problems as we won the next 3 to put miles clear in 2nd and seemingly on course for promotion
This is where things went wrong, very wrong. The 1st sign was a 4-2 defeat at relegation threatened Dunkerque, the 2nd was losing 3-0 at leaders Rouen, the 3rd was losing 4-1 at promotion chasing Le Mans, the 4th was losing 3-0 at home to mid-table Orléans. Oh dear. 14 goals conceded, 0 points gained and in 4th we were. And despite a win in our next match, things did not get any better. I won’t go into too much detail but we won 1 of our last 7 (overall 2 of our last 12) and plummeted from the promotion spots to very average mid-table, miles away from the certain promotion we were looking at 2 months previously. And these weren’t even close defeats; we conceded 4 goals 4 times and 3 on 3 occasions. I can’t really blame injuries or suspension, we were just **** basically.
So we finished in 9th place, which is the lowest we were in all season. Well, that was pretty horrific. 7 points from our last 12 games is probably the worst ever finish to a season I have had in FM. We conceded a goal a game in our first 26 matches; we conceded 30 in our last 12. That is impressively bad! I can’t entirely blame our defence as it is not as if we were rattling in the goals at the other end either. It is pretty pathetic, we have one of the best squads in the division and this is what we do, clearly I am at fault somewhere here as well. We really should have gone up this season and given that I expect some of our better players to leave, I foresee issues next season. Great .
Finances – not entirely sure but we actually made a profit this season, think there must have been a cash injection from the board at some stage but I have forgotten about it
Transfers – Campagne was good (to begin with), the 4 from the U19s are more for the future but Leinau should be fantastic, amongst the arrivals from Portugal, Bruno and Agu were very solid 1st choices while Diallo is going to be great although it does mean I do now have far too many STs
The players who started off the best and faded the least:
Best GK –Marcel Ngouadjio – did not convince half as much as I would have liked him to, was solid to start with but lost his form so much during the end of season run that I dropped him twice, unfortunately his replacements were even worse(!), however I have faith so he will start 1st choice next season unless a superstar becomes available
Best Defender – Jacopo Galimberti – 3rd season here and his best by far, never really lost him form and contributed with a few goals as well, however he is off back to Italy in the Summer, kind of my fault as he was willing to sign a new contract but he wanted a hefty wage increase so I thought I would wait a while before offering him the money, I waited too long, initially I was not too unhappy as I thought we would get promotion and be able to get better players, however I am now not happy about this at all as I doubt we will have anyone as good as him next season
Best Defensive Midfielder – Mikel Ndubusi Agu – the most successful of the 4 imports from Portugal, was not looking for a new DMC but he is far better than the one I had so in he came as 1st choice, had a slow injury-prone start but once he settled he was very solid, another who did not really lose too much of his form at the end of the season, more of the same please
Best Attacking Midfielder – Rafik Bouderbal – [exact copy and paste from last season] the usual, our best player and one of the best AMCs in the division (in team of the year), loads of assists and although a few more goals would not go amiss, I shan’t complain, some back-up would be nice as we are nowhere near the same team when he is out and he was a little injury-prone last season, like Benhamida he is one of the only original players still here
Best Winger – Achène Ouahchia – a ridiculously good start, nearly an assist a goal for the 1st couple of months, inevitably slowed down a bit and then unfortunately a bit more towards the end of the season, he is improving his attributes week on week and he must be one of the best wingers in the division and, to be honest, if I had a 21yo this good and still improving in my squad in the top flight I would not complain, I really hope I can keep him
Best Strikers – Killian Campagne + Hamed Touré – the former did little but score in the 1st half of the season which was what he was there to do, however, he faded quite considerably in the 2nd half, not certain to keep his place in the coming season, as for the latter, he was pretty solid all the way thru although a few more goals certainly would not go amiss
This Season’s Aims
- We finished 3rd in our U19 group, level on points with Bordeaux and ahead of 3 L1 clubs, promising for the future
- First season where we had no home matches postponed, just the one away one for, of course, a waterlogged pitch
- We finally sold a player, our backup Belgian AMC went back to Belgium last Summer for £40k, odd, especially as he had just signed a new contract, but he would have hardly played given all the Summer signings at MC so I was certainly very happy with that
Next Season’s Aims
- Sort out the left side of the team – NO(not this season anyway) – not one player who could even play with any ability at DL or ML was signed in the Summer, given the start we made that was not much of an issue but I think at least a few more quality alternatives would not have gone amiss, part of this was, however, solved a few weeks ago as a brilliant Cameroonian (released from African club, of course) has signed up, he is by far the best DL at the club and can play at ML as well
- Concede fewer goals – NO – 10 more conceded, oh dear, but that was principally down to the final games
- Promotion! – NO – until about game 30 this was going not badly, and then, well, you know the rest...
12/13 – National – 10th
- Keep the stars of the team – if Ouahchia is here next season then I will be very happy, if I can keep Amadou as well plus the STs then great
- Concede fewer goals – should definitely be achievable!
- Promotion! – I am taking this end of season to be an anomaly and that normal service should resume next season and we shall play more like the start of the season rather than the end, and if we don’t get promoted after our 5th season here it would start to get a bit embarrassing especially given the quality of our squad
13/14 – National – 10th
14/15 – National – 5th
15/16 – National – 9th
Team I Would Like To Play Every Week – Angers (17th, relegated) (A2-0, A2-0), Raon-l’Etape (13th) (H3-0, A2-1), Cherbourg (11th) (A2-1, H4-1)
Team I Would Not Like To Play Every Week – Orléans (9th) (A1-5, H0-3) – really, really bad...
Anyway, as I mentioned, this was all written out before pressing “continue” after our last match. And pressing “continue” gave me the following message! Oh...
Yes, I told them I would get promoted this season, which was because a) I thought I would and b) I needed the wage budget and yes, 9th is a long way from 3rd but come on, 10 games ago we were in the promotion places and 5 games ago we still had a chance of going up. And on top of that, the media prediction was for us to finish in....9th! There were no warnings, they were happy with my management at the end of last month, no nothing, just that message. I am pretty shocked at this to be honest. Sacked for finished 9th seems pretty unreasonable to me, if I had said I would win the title, I could maybe understand it a bit but not this. Plus I would not have written this whole report if I thought I was going to lose my job!!
Anyway, I guess I had better find another club.
The 4 promoted clubs consist of:
Out of those, I would choose Calais and they could be interesting as they evidently have a lot of money (I paid one player more than £500p/w, they have 21 players on over £1000p/w!!), are professional (hence the high wages), have a national reputation plus a great stadium. And on top of that they have a couple of fantastic players I already know about plus probably several others that I don’t know about. My job would be much easier there than it was in Lyon!
- Calais - admissible and started the game in CFA2
- Red Star - out as they played 1st season in National
- Rodez - admissible as they were relegated before the game started
- Romorantin – out as they got promoted to National at same time as Lyon
Before choosing them, I think I will holiday thru the next season a few times to see if any other interesting teams come up next Summer, if not then I will go with Calais...
...TO BE CONTINUED...
Last edited by ghostwriter; 10-07-2012 at 23:20.
ghostwriter- Some real bad luck there pal. Good luck next time.
Danger-Mouse- I am pretty sure that most newly built stadiums can be extended to double the size. I am not sure if that is always the case but, from what I've seen, it seems to be.
Lenzar and minisav Best of luck in the challenge.
aldojags. Unlucky drawing Man City. After facing Man Utd and Real Madrid last year I know just how good these big sides are. Different class.
Last edited by marty78; 11-07-2012 at 08:32.
We are in a very good financial state, and the board is constantly upgrading our facilities. Our players are developing and young talents seem to want to play for us, it’s good times in Pontedera!
1-quarter finals in the CL
2- final in Coppa Italia
3- retain the league title
ST – Alberto Fabi : Record signing of 13m£. Followed this player for a couple of years, and with 1 year left of his contract I was able to get him. We have a lot of future Italian internationals in our team with Fabi’s arrival.
DMC – Marius Gauthier : This solid DMC was meant to be cover for our captain Valentino Flavi, but as he impressed so much in training and in friendlies I tweaked our formation to fit them both. He arrived on a free from Lyon as his contract was running out.
DC – Arcangelo Martinelli: Arrived on a free from Lazio as his contract was running out. Described as a wonderkid and dubbed the new Giorgio Chiellini. Will definitely get some playing time this year.
Promoted to the first team:
GK – Edwin Mebratu : Great talent. Steady progress in training might earn him a few games this year, or I will perhaps loan him out for first team experience.
silkeape - those signings are mouthwatering, Gauthier for me is going to be one of the best defenders in world football, he looks stunning. Your keeper looks like he'll be a star too, bright future for you mate!
I'm bringing this guy in for £3.6m in the summer, what do you think?
Technically, he's stunning, I reckon if I train him up physically, I'd have a top player? But my mate was looking at him there and thought I'd bought a mug, got me worried! I think there is definite potential there.
Id say your mates jealous, Id say tutor him so his determination increases, try and train his balance and strength and you'll have a world beater.
Anselmo looks promising aldojags. I'd personally intensively train his tactics with balance trained as an individual training focus as I like my players mentally strong.
Wonderful signings there silkeape. Gauthier's my pick thanks to his versatility.
Just beat top to go joint top 2-0 at home. Stuff you Munster! The season didn't start too well with a 3-0 loss. Got offered a 39 year old German GK immediately afterwards who was out of contract who has shored things up immensely. 16 games in I've conceded only 7 goals which includes the 3 goals in the first match! Strikers sharing the goals pretty evenly which is nice. Not too reliant on one player. If we go up I've not really signed too many new contracts as the quality outwith the first team is poor so will be looking at a clear out and a lot of wages to play with. If I don't go up I still have the space to improve the team to make sure I go up next season. Win win really.
Minisav - good luck with Wuppertal. Solid club there.
Lenzar - good luck with Queens Park. Be a tough but interesting challenge with it not being possible to go pro with them.
Ghostwriter - reading your season review it still seems harsh to me you were sacked. Yes you promised promotion (which is something I never do) but you rightly thought that it was possible. Without the rotten run of form I am sure you’d have been fine. Calais sounds like an intriguing club to take over but it’ll be interesting to see if any others crop up.
silKEAPE - Fabi looks like a promising young striker. Should do well for you. Martinelli does looks to be a promising player who will do well with the right development. Good luck with them.
Aldojags - to me he looks like he’ll be better suited to the wing. I would have paid that to gamble on him and as you say with some strength training he COULD be a cracking player.
Cheers. It's what attracted me to them. A stable base but not too far like Leipzig can be. Also, I really like the colours.
What do you guys reckon to the PPM "hits first time shots"?
Ilan Roger, whose got all the credentials to be good at this, has it as a PPM. But he rarely scores, shoots early as it says, and possibly wastes moves by shooting when he should pass. He's got good finishing long shots first touch technique etc, so I'm reluctant to untrain, but it's frustrating watching so many wasted attempts, when he rarely scores.
A certain website marks finishing, technique, anticipation, composure, creativity, decisions and flair as key attributes for this PPM aldojags, which is a reasonable judgement. Roger's flair is a bit lacking but that just means amazing shots are low on his list, doesn't it? I'd say his technique and his first touch needs to go up to about 16 (his is 14 for these in the last screenshot I found) to be "amazing" with this PPM. I'd say keep it to avoid wasting training time knowing his injury problems myself. I assume he doesn't sit deep so he has plenty of opportunities in range with this PPM, yes?
missioner - no he doesn't sit deep, played as adv forward.
Yeh I think I'll leave it for now, thanks for advice
DR POODS - USL DUNKERQUE SEASON REPORT 2015-16
End of Season Report
9TH FRENCH LIGUE 1
The Squad (1)
The Squad (2)
We had a wage budget of 39,000 pounds. We had no transfer budget. We had debts of 14 million. We came 9th!
Another successful season in which we had some very good results. We beat PSG away in matchday 1 and never looked back, pretty much floating between 8th and 11th all year. No-one absolutely killed it, but we have Gabriele Ivani to thank (see awards) for a lot of our success. In his first season, he was the club leading goalscorer and along with Yann Kermorgant (retired) gave us the vast majority of the goals we needed. We did have a chance of 7th to finish the year, but some average to poor results gave us the highest ever Dunkerque finish. After this season, I became a club Icon (which is nice).
The only thing that is really aggravating me is our abysmal performances in the cup competitions under my watch. Yes, I believe the league is more important, but we need to start making a mark on the cups for several reasons. First, I think it would be a boon to our reputation if we were able to win a cup and also it gives us European competition which will help to get a wider range of quality players to fill some holes in the lineup. CB being a glaring one. Still, I don't think anyone could have guessed that we would finish in the top half (I certainly didn't), and we have basically wiped out the debt. The board have accepted an increase to youth recruitment and junior coaching which may be of benefit in the future.
9th in Ligue 1
League Position Chart
Obviously (to me anyway), the squad as a whole wasn't quite up to what was expected in Ligue 1 and required a lot of spring cleaning. With 16 players in and 21 players out it was a busy transfer market for us. Interesting was the case of Isaac Donkor. Was signed at the start of the season as a future starting centre-half, but at about the mid point of the season started continuously moaning about not being in the team. Every game day (almost), he demanded his contract be torn up and in the end I agreed. One of our other CB backups did the same thing and left. We don't do whingers up here! Kurtovic, Won-Jae, Nardini and Ivani were the best apart from the evergreen Yann Kermorgant, who retired at the end of his only season for The Doves.
Transfers - 16 IN, 21 OUT
THE DR POODS' PLAYER AWARDS
As usual, I will be giving four players special recognition for their achievements this season.
First up is the young striker Ivani. Had a great first season and was the club leading goalscorer. I am bringing in/ have brought in some real quality up front, but I still expect him to be leading the line next season.
Kurtovic was signed as a full time starter and RB for the next decade. And he did not disappoint with a 7.07 average from 31 apps. Had a bit of a card problem, but that always happens with the way I set up the team.
For a little man (5'8''), Kim Won-Jae was a rock in goal for Dunkerque. Conceding 40 goals in 34 games he had a fantastic debut term and his attributes have improved a lot since he arrived. 40 goals may sound a lot, but given our injury woes in the heart of defence, I am surprised it was not more. Also, some of you may know he is becoming a cult favourite of mine, so expect to see him here again!!
Finally, Yann Kermorgant was signed to be an experienced attacker who scores and aids the younger players development. He delivered in spades and I am slightly saddened that he chose to retire at the end of the year. As you can see, his attributes are still good enough to get a game, but he is now a handy coach, who we will consider offering a contract.
THE DUNKERQUE TEAM AWARDS
Tralka - Fans' Player of The Year
Overall Best XI
Prize money, monthly profits and TV money worked to our advantage as we struggled to get our finances under control. We have delivered in this area, with our debt dropping by an astonishing 12.5 million over the year. With the wage budget going from 39,000 to 49,000 (approximately), we should be able to make a big profit again this year. This is dependent on careful use of the 4m+ transfer budget I have been given.
LIGUE 1 AWARDS
This is the only award we picked up this year.
Manager of The Year
Here's hoping we can keep moving up the table, but the goal is top half and hopefully if things go right, we can snare a European place.
Last edited by Dr Poods; 12-07-2012 at 04:32. Reason: Typo
Lenzar - Like other people have said, maybe Queens Park will always be an amateur team, so it might be almost impossible to achieve the challenge with them. Even if you get any good players, another team would be able to sign them for free whenever they like. Not just now; forever. I was warned off queens park at the start ofd the challenge, and I'm fairly certain no-one else has even tried it this year.
However, I'm not sure if it is hardwired into the game. Maybe if you get them promoted once, they'll be able to go at least semi-pro, and then the challenge may even be a little easier, because of the ground capacity, but in my game they were promoted to division 2, and I don 't think they went semi-pro. (Unfortunately this change doesn't appear in History landmarks, and I didn't keep a save opf either their promotion or relegation seasons, which perhaps unsurprisingly were consecutive). If they ever did go semipro, they're back to being an amateur club now.
So although I'll be interested to see what happens with your save, it may save you a lot of frustration to re-run the first season and go with any other team, none of whom will have this problem. (If you save the game a few months before the end of the season, you should be able to re-run it so someone else finishes bottom.
Queens Park will always be amateur. It is hard coded.
Dr Poods- Well done. 9th with that wage budget is amazing. I had a higher budget at the start in the National.
vikeologist and marty78 - Thanks for the advice. I'm going to jack Queen's Park in (a shame, they have excellent youth facilities for SFL3 level).
I'll restart with another SFL3 team later today.
31 matches in and 11 points ahead. Looking good. However, my next match shall be played with no senior strikers as they are all injured
So the other teams made a pact when they noticed we can't lose and in the end Leverkusen injured Santos and now he is out for 6 weeks.
Well done Dr Poods finishing 9th.
And yey my board is building a new stadium.
Last edited by Andy Sava; 12-07-2012 at 14:37.
Good luck Lenzar.
Ugh..they definitely need to fix realism for amateur/semi-pro clubs.
When I was Queen's Park, I signed a Turkish scout. He was obviously getting nothing.
Now, as Annan, he wants £100s a week!
I second that, you'll need it in Scotland! Last year I got to the Prem, before giving up iirc. It may be considered a 'big' nation but trying to win the CL is as difficult as most of Gundo's leagues.
dr poods what a fantastic season on such a modest budget. To have pretty much cleared your debt and finished top half has to be considered a phenomenal season. Your right back looks fantastic, same with my right back, has got around 15 yellows in each of the past 3 seasons.
Didn't expect this at all, even though we played well.
Lost in the League Cup to Dunfermline, though.
EoS report to pop up at some point tonight.
Holstein Kiel - 2022/2023
111 years of waiting
League Finish - 1st
Media Prediction - 7th
Average Attendance - 14228
Fans Player of the Year - Hugo Cano
Luis Lucero - <29(3) apps, 17 goals, 6 assists, 5 MoM, 7.48 Av R> - He replaced Paulinho on the left side of my attack and he did it very well for a first season with us. He quickly became one of my key players and it shows from the goals he scored and from the fact that he was named in the Team of the Year.
Alessio Natale - <40(2) apps, 4 assists, 1 MoM, 7.13 Av R> - I needed a left fullback and Natale was the perfect guy to get. A good first season from him and i expect more.
Neal Evans - <6(2) apps, 3 goals, 1 assist, 6.99 Av R> - He was offerd to me by an agent and i got him so i have a decent backup for Santos. Played a few games while Santos was injured and he did well.
Esteban Mansilla - <2(7) apps, 6.58 Av R> - I payed 1.5M Euros for this youngster and i am not sure if i made the right decision. I thought that he would make a good long term replacement for Caceres. Now only time will tell if it was a good deal or not.
Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
It's been 111 years of waiting for Kiel fans all over the world but the day has finally come, the day when Holstein Kiel is crowned as Bundesliga champions!!! It's been a long and hard season and there were moments when it seemed like the other teams are catching up with us and we will lose the battle in the end. But no, not this time! Only losing to Bayern, Dortmund and Shalke all season, we managed to stay at the top of our game and conquer Germany. However, in a season where we scored 82 goals (2 less than Bayern) and only conceding 32 goals (we had the best defense in the league), FC Bayern still came away on top in both games. It scares me knowing that in Champions League i will most likely have to beat teams as strong, if not stronger, than Bayern.
Now comes the hard part. Defending our title!
I don't think it's even worth writing about this anymore. We lost in the 2nd round again, this time against Hannover.
The group stage went well again only losing one game away at Lille after we had a 3-0 lead. The fotball gods gave us Fiorentina in the 1st Knockout Round and we lost the first game away 2-3 and got a 1-1 draw at home. This ended our European adventure this year way to early compared to previous years.
Santos - <33(2) apps, 30 goals, 17 assists, 9 MoM, 7.78 Av R> - I really can't say anything about Santos except that he has been sensational once again. He will surely become a legend for the club if he manages to keep this up. He came up 3rd in the Top Goalscorer competition behind 2 Bayern strikers.
Francesco Melchiorre - <36(1) apps, 1 goal, 20 assists, 6 MoM, 7.58 Av R> - Team of the Year player and another great season for him. His Physical stats are just...awesome.
Hugo Cano - <44 aps, 10 goals, 8 assists, 5 MoM, 7.49 Av R> - Another Team of the Year player for our side. Improved on last season's performance and i am very happy with him.
Luis Barros - <39 apps, 17 goals, 9 assists, 6 MoM, 7.29 Av R> - He was also named in Team of the Year and did better than last season. Great season for him.
Joel - <42 apps, 18 assists, 7.16 Av R> - Good season for him contributing with 18 assists overall. I can't see me replacing him unless some sensational player comes our way.
Madson - <40 apps, 42 conceded, 15 shutouts, 6.96 Av R> - He became a regular for Germany after last season and has 11 caps so far for them. Brazil's loss i guess.
Players to watch
Silva - <18(16) caps, 14 goals, 2 assits, 4 MoM, 7.22 Av R> - I'm watching his development close because he might replace Barros soon, after he completes his training for the AMR position.
Conclusions and plans for the future
We won the title now we have to keep it. The board has agreed to build a new stadium which will be ready in april 2024 and after completion i hope this will help get a little bit more money. Germany also got an extra place for Champions League this season.
Competition WinnersCode:Season League Position Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/2013 German Third Division 14th Avoided Relegation 2013/2014 German Third Division 9th N/A 2014/2015 German Third Division 1st Promotion & Third Division Winners 2015/2016 German Second Division 13th Avoided Relegation 2016/2017 German Second Division 2nd Promotion 2017/2018 Bundesliga 14th Avoided Relegation 2018/2019 Bundesliga 4th Qualified for Champions League, German Cup Winners 2019/2020 Bundesliga 3rd Qualified for Champions League, EURO Cup Quarter-Finals 2020/2021 Bundesliga 4th EURO Cup Quarter-Finals 2021/2022 Bundesliga 4th EURO Cup Semi-Finals 2022/2023 Bundesliga 1st Bundesliga Winners, EURO Cup 1st Knockout Round
Code:Season Bundesliga German Cup Champions League EURO Cup Euro Champ World Cup ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/2013 FC Bayern Stuttgart R. Madrid Man City 2013/2014 Schalke Leverkusen R. Madrid Olympique Lyonnais Scotland 2014/2015 FC Bayern Koln Benfica Liverpool 2015/2016 FC Bayern Leverkusen Man Utd Roma Belgium 2016/2017 Leverkusen FC Bayern Barcelona Sporting 2017/2018 FC Bayern Hoffenheim Liverpool OM Belgium 2018/2019 FC Bayern Kiel FC Bayern Man City 2019/2020 FC Bayern Koln Man Utd Juventus Germany 2020/2021 FC Bayern FC Bayern At. Marid Valencia 2021/2022 FC Bayern Mainz Barcelona Sevilla Croatia 2022/2023 Kiel Mainz Barcelona At. Bilbao
Last edited by Andy Sava; 12-07-2012 at 20:01.
Congrats on the title Andy Sava!
Must be amazing to watch Melchiorre play, does he have the "knocks ball past opponent" preferred move?
andy sava- well done on the league title, I knew you'd catch Bayern at some point! Cano is stunning, and I agree with silkeape if you can melchiorre one on one with a full back and he knocks it past them, there's not a player in world football that will catch him! Now you've got experience of what it takes to win the league, you'll feel more confident. Only thing you have to consider is do you have a squad of essentially 2 good players for each position, as the Champ League is very demanding on a squad.
Season Review 2026/27
Finished 1st | Table | Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
Won the league quite easily to make it 5 in a row, amassing 95 points and scoring 100 goals (helped by 10-0 and 8-0 wins), best defence in league too. Marseille, as in previous years, mounted a late fightback but I was far too many points ahead for them to catch us.
Got Man City in the 1st knockout round, played well in both games but lost 3-2 on aggregate. For the 2nd season in a row, we were knocked out by the eventual winners.
Coupe de la Ligue French Cup Champions Trophy
Fixtures Fixtures Fixtures
Following last years success in the Coupe de la Ligue, I reverted to my normal style of being awful in the domestic cups. Won the season opening Champions Trophy away to Marseille on pens.
General Club Info
Facilities - got the best money can buy. Averaged 17k fans at home, again continuing to rise, my attendance has max of 20k, so if this keeps up I may ask for a new stadium. Mainly as I'm a club legend, it may get named after me!
Finances - sold a lot of players this year, and actually cut my wage bill for the first year in a while! So looking very healthy.
Transfers - Damian Linka and Magro were great bargains. Made some good money on Gutierrez to Bayern for £7m, he was 31 and not getting a game.
Bold = First choice
*Star* = Youth academy player
Haven't screenshot every played, too late and I'm too tired, so just profiling the main guys plus few youngsters.
Pavol Skrobak - excellent season from Pavol, so many clean sheets. Can't see him being replaced anytime soon.
Daniel Meira - brought this guy as reserve. Barely played for all season, yet earned his first French Caps. He's solid back-up.
Viv Cable - Good season but get's booked nearly every game.
Damian Linka - £3.1m recruit in the summer from Belgian football, bargain, top player. 2 footed, class act.
Karl Thorpe - Initially wasn't in my plans for the first team, as I sought to get Van der Weg and Rabie more football, but he played well and got a few goals, and ended up forcing me to keep him in the team. Solid player and been a great servant to us.
Magro - Like Thorpe, didn't start first choice in his position following his £1,2m arrival from Brazilian football, but he forced his way into team and stayed there.
*Recep Alici* - good season from the young right back when called upon.
*Jimmy Donaldson* - finally decided he wanted to play for his native Scotland this season, earning two caps. Decent squad player due to his versatility.
Mahmoud Rabie - got high hopes for him.
Bert van der Weg - will be a top defender when he peaks.
Raul Gil - Spanish international is a decent player.
Cedric Hue - competed with Magro for left back.
John Larrson - unspectacular player in the holding role, does what is needed of him.
Pituca - class act, won player of the year for Ligue 1.
Ali Jelassi - love this guy.
Daniel Michel - really stepped out of Oneil Tatlot's shadow this year to become our best AM, really good player.
Oneil Tatlot - injuries have ruined him, he's nowhere near as effective as he was 2 years ago. Amazingly, I am considering selling him, which if you'd told me a few years back I'd sell Oneil Tatlot I'd laugh you out the building. But he's not producing the goods and he's approaching 30. I love the guy to death though, he's one of the main reasons we are an established title winning team, and definitely the best player I've had yet in this challenge.
*Alexandre Pruvot* - young midfielder is improving all the time.
*Charles Modeste* - hoping he'll take over from John Larsson in the holding role.
Pablo Roig - does well when needed.
*Ilan Roger* - good comeback season, scoring over 20 goals. Stalled a bit last year, but he's came back well, so much so that Man United are sniffing about, but the £100m asking price has held them off so far...
Tony Champion - another top season, class act.
Bartlomiej Onyskzo - 2nd year with us, I paid about £3m for him, and he's not really impressed. EVeryone of my coaches rate him as the best striker at the club, Chelsea have a major interest in him, if the right bid came in I'd sell him though.
Dude - got the Brazilian on a free in Jan. Definitely more to come, didn't do much this season.
Code:Past Seasons Season Division Pos French Cup League Cup Europe Notes ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 2018/19 Ligue 1 6th 11th Round 2nd round Consolidated 2019/20 Ligue 1 3rd 11th Round 3rd Round Qualified for Champ League 2020/21 Ligue 1 3rd 11th Round 4th Round EL QF Qualified for Champ League 2021/22 Ligue 1 4th 11th Round Semi's CL Group Stages Qualified for Europa League 2022/23 Ligue 1 1st 11th Round Semi's EL 2nd KO Round Champions 2023/24 Ligue 1 1st 9th Round Quarters CL Group Stages Champions 2024/25 Ligue 1 1st 9th Round Quarters CL Group Stage, & EL Semi's 2025/26 Ligue 1 1st Quarters Winners CL QF Domestic Double 2026/27 Ligue 1 1st 10th Round Quarters 1st KO Round
Code:Season Ligue 1 French Cup Coupe de la Ligue Champions Lg Europa World Cup/Euros ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2011/12 PSG PSG OM Barcelona Roma Euros-Germany 2012/13 Lyon Toulouse Lyon Inter Liverpool 2013/14 Lyon PSG Toulouse Barcelona Porto WC-Argentina 2014/15 Lyon Toulouse Lyon Man Utd Stuttgart 2015/16 PSG Lorient Lyon Juventus Man United Euros-Germany 2016/17 PSG Sochaux PSG Benfica Arsenal 2017/18 OM Lorient OM PSG Arsenal WC- Belgium 2018/19 OM OM RC Lens Man Utd Barcelona 2019/20 PSG St Ettiene Sedan Valencia Hamburg Euros-Belgium 2020/21 PSG Valenciennes OM PSG Benfica 2021/22 OM Lyon Lyon Arsenal Fiorentina WC-England 2022/23 Viry-Chatillon Lyon OM Barcelona Leverkusen 2023/24 Viry-Chatillon FC Rouen OM Barcelona Rubin Kazan Euros - Spain 2024/25 Viry-Chatillon Bordeux FC Rouen Real Madrid Sporting Lisbon 2025/26 Viry-Chatillon OM Viry-Chatillon Barcelona Man United WC - England 2026/27 Viry-Chatillon OM RC Lens Man City Zenit
Last edited by aldojags; 22-07-2012 at 21:39.
Thanks guys!! In the new season we are on a 4 match unbeaten run. Sitting 4th after 12 games.
Aventure française de Berty Bassett
La Vitréenne FC - 2026/27 (French Ligue 1)
League - Graph
Champions trophy winners
European super cup winners
CL group stage
CL quarter final
Squad - Team report -
Best XI - Best XI overall
GK - Lincoln
DC - Daniele Reali
DC - Roberto
DR - Bjorn Stemmer
DL - Andreas Panagiotou
DM - Wassim Amrani
MC - Miguel Angel Rodas
AMR - Riccardo De Luca
AML - Christopher Ryan
ST - Patrick David
ST - Jacaré
Code:Season | League | Position | Cup |Coupe de la Ligue| Europe | Achievements | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 | National | 10th | 7th Round | | | Overachievers | 2013/14 | National | 6th | 6th Round | | | | 2014/15 | National | 6th | 7th Round | | | | 2015/16 | National | 3rd | 8th Round | | | Promotion | 2016/17 | Ligue 2 | 14th | 10th round | 1st round | | Survived | 2017/18 | Ligue 2 | 7th | 11th round | 3rd round | | Overachievers | 2018/19 | Ligue 2 | 9th | 7th round | 1st round | | | 2019/20 | Ligue 2 | 2nd | 11th round | 3rd round | | Promotion | 2020/21 | Ligue 1 | 9th | Semi-Final | Semi-Final | | | 2021/22 | Ligue 1 | 5th | 10th round | 4th round | | | 2022-23 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | Quarters | | Qualified for CL groups | 2023-24 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | 11th round | Winners | CL Quarter-finals | | 2024-25 | Ligue 1 | 4th | Semis | Semis | CL Semi-finals | | 2025-26 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | 4th round | Euro Cup winners | First continental win | 2026-27 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | Quarters | 4th round | CL Quarter-finals | Euro super cup winners |
Not much of an update but I've fallen behind, not been in here for a while so got a lot to catch up on.
Doing really well berty1978, not far to go now!!!
Andy Sava Congratulations on the Bundesliga win. Makes up for the disappointment of missing the Champions League last year. A new stadium coming as well so looking good.
Aldojags Well done on yet another Ligue 1 win. 5 in a row is excellent. After winning it last year I am 10 points behind Lyon with 10 to play so know how well you are doing. Good to see Roger is back to form and I notice you have few youth products coming through.
Berty1978 Strange to see Monaco doing so well as in most games they seem to be poor, and in mine they are a yo-yo side between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. You must be due a title soon though.
aldojags - I don't think i have every role covered completely and i am expecting to strugle in my first CL season. Because i asked for a new stadium i only have 4M Euros for transfers so i don't think much will happen this season in this area. I am regularly scouting the top nations youth squads for new talent so i am hoping i'll find something there and i am praying to the FM Gods for my scouts to find something good. Grats on another league win!!!
Berty - Solid season. You have some really good players there.
Last edited by Andy Sava; 13-07-2012 at 14:36.
We got Man City, Valencia and Sparta Prague for our first year in CL groups.
A decent first half of the season was eventually ruined by injuries and poor form. We just could not keep up with Lyon and they won the title by a comfortable 10 point margin. Marseille failing to win at home on the final day allowed us to leapfrog them into 2nd and restore a bit of pride.
Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
We were drawn with Real Madrid, Schalke and CFR Cluj in the group stages and an opening day defeat at home to Schalke did not fill me with confidence . A draw away to Madrid gave us some hope and then a remarkable 6-2 in the reverse tie put us in pole position. We secured qualification with a home win against Cluj on the final day, knocking Real Madrid out in the process.
Our reward was a tie with Barcelona in the first knockout round. A superb home leg saw us take a 3-1 lead but unfortunately we lost 3-0 away and lose 4-3 on aggregate.
Our record in this cup is very poor and that continued with a frustrating 0-1 defeat to Lille.
COUPE DE LA LIGUE
We failed to retain our trophy after crashing out in the semi-final with a 0-2 defeat versus PSG.
Drazen Sucevic - Solid wide man can play either side of midfield.
Emmanuel Tapoko - Absolute bargain at £375k.
Richard Basit - A good first season for the young LB from Southampton.
Petrit Shala - Suffered from a four month lay off after a slow start. Has taken a bit of a hit to his attributes and has a big question mark against him now.
Sebastián Milla - One for the future and just a back up for now.
There were very few shining lights in the squad and only Axel Jansen deserves a mention as he was head and shoulders above the rest.
This years youth intake was not the best but a couple are worth keeping an eye on.
The one plus this year is that we are still doing very well financially and have money to improve the squad in the summer.
Last edited by marty78; 13-07-2012 at 17:05.
Solid season marty. That win against Real was sensational.
Good season there Marty, you've won the league already so as long as you stay amongst top 3-4 to qualify for Champ League I'm sure your board will be happy.
Great season from Jansen there. Takopo was a bargain indeed, and your young centre back N'Diaye looks like he'll be a top defender, already prob could play at lower Ligue 2 level at 14!! He'll be a star I'm sure of it.
Good season! Pity about Lyon the ********. And that CL loss is sickening. I remember on FM10 I went out on away goals to Man Utd in the CL with Darmstadt. Was hard to take. Good luck with the next one
minisav - 2012/13 - Wuppertaler SV Borussia (Wuppertal) - German 3rd Division
Well, we won the league! Was pretty smooth in the end bar a little blip near the end but the lead was a big one and we won it with a few games spare. Started slow, especially with that 3-0 loss but after that I think we went 6 games without conceding. Then went on all sorts of winning/unbeaten runs to hop into first. Massive match was the home match against Munster which we won to go joint top with Munster.
You may recognise one of my strikers, Roman Prokoph. I bought him for 85k when I was Leipzig in my first challenge attempt and he was a back up. In this save he was free and my main man and earned himself all sorts of bonuses including 55k for reaching 15 goals. Should have stipulated more goals!
Apparently the finances aren't the greatest according to one news item, but I reckon with the money boost of promotion we should be fine. Just looking forward to playing in the cup. That's always fun, can get good runs there for financial boosts.
Oh and my parent club, Mainz, who I didn't know I had, were kind enough to send a very competent full back in January so that was a nice boost. Especially as it meant Andersson could be pushed further up the park and utilise his talent for going forward. Although he mainly came on as a sub as Wemmer and Peter were superb on either wing.
If anybody wants more Screenshots, let me know
Table - Graph - Fixtures 1 - Fixtures 2
Squad - Transfers - Information - Roman Prokoph
Congratulations everyone. I'll probably forget something because I've had a big chunk of stuff to catch up on, but special mention to Andy Sava for the first Bundesliga win, hopefully it signals the start of some domestic dominance. Aldo for another Ligue 1 win, Roger has bucked up his ideas again which is great news, at 21 he should have another 5 years of improvement before he reaches the peak of his powers. He could be a truly terrifying player!
marty - Great win against Real, very unlucky to then come up against Barcelona in the next round, but to be so close to knocking them out too is an amazing marker to lay down for next season.
I've taken a bit of a break recently but am firing the game up now after finishing my work for the day, I've got a big chunk I need to replay after my computer decided it would turn off a few days ago when I was about two days from the monthly autosave. Incredibly frustrating. Fortunately I've now forgotten the results so won't be obsessing about recreating them.
Edit - very solid promotion season there minisav, ready for the next tier? Are you expecting to challenge again or just consolidation?
I'm thinking consolidation tbh. But, I am letting a lot of players go so hopefully I get a good budget to make use of. The shame part about this season was that I had 28k of a transfer budget, but they wouldn't let me transfer it to extra wages. My scout has picked out a few potential signings already but I'll wait for the reset date before looking to make sure I am 2nd division in the eyes of the players!
I can not, for the love of god, get a win over Bayern. Geez this is getting annoying.
Aventure française de Berty Bassett
La Vitréenne FC - 2027/28 (French Ligue 1)
League - Graph
CL group stage
We went out to Juventus in the first knockout round, not to say I'm unlucky or anything. ;)
Squad - Team report -
Best XI - Best XI overall
GK - Lincoln - Looking like a bargain buy now, paid £975k for Lincoln in January 2025 and took over from Butland.
DC - Daniele Reali - World class, our only player my coaches give 4.5 stars.
DC - Roberto - Been at the club for 8 seasons now, and solid as ever.
DR - Bjorn Stemmer - Took a bit of a gamble paying £11m for Stemmer 3 seasons ago but he's been excellent.
DL - Carlos Silva - Bought in as a 14 year old from Vitoria Setubal for the measly sum of £300k. Already considered as part of the first team.
DM - Wassim Amrani - Amrani was sitting in Marseille reserves when I picked him up on a free, gives me satisfaction how well he is doing now.
MC - Sam Vardy - Signed for £5m from the obscurity of English championship side Sheffield United, I see him as a Joey Barton style player as he's been sent off a couple of times already, hopefully he'll lose some of that aggression.
AMR - Riccardo De Luca - De Luca was a freebie from Roma as a 17 year old, another who has made amazing progression at the club.
AML - Miguel Angel Rodas - Used more as a winger this season ahead of Ryan, did well. Has progressed well since I signed him at 16 (being Argentinian he didn't move until he was 18).
ST - Patrick David - Club legend David, now coming into his ninth season at the club, not much more to say.
ST - Jacaré - Made a bit of a slow start to hos career at the club after signing for £1.6m but has found his feet in the last couple of seasons and has a few Brazil caps too.
ST - James Russell - Another player plucked from the championship, signed from Reading for £1.4m! I was surprised when the scout report came up because they gave him a current ability of 4 stars, must have been a beast in the championship.
Probably got my record fee for an Ass Man as Francois Modesto moved to Lyon for £525k.
Christopher Samba wasn't in the Monaco job for long, 7th is a travesty for the current Monaco side, I didn't get offered the job.
I bet Henning Grob is popular in Germany for switching allegiance.
Code:Season | League | Position | Cup |Coupe de la Ligue| Europe | Achievements | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 | National | 10th | 7th Round | | | Overachievers | 2013/14 | National | 6th | 6th Round | | | | 2014/15 | National | 6th | 7th Round | | | | 2015/16 | National | 3rd | 8th Round | | | Promotion | 2016/17 | Ligue 2 | 14th | 10th round | 1st round | | Survived | 2017/18 | Ligue 2 | 7th | 11th round | 3rd round | | Overachievers | 2018/19 | Ligue 2 | 9th | 7th round | 1st round | | | 2019/20 | Ligue 2 | 2nd | 11th round | 3rd round | | Promotion | 2020/21 | Ligue 1 | 9th | Semi-Final | Semi-Final | | | 2021/22 | Ligue 1 | 5th | 10th round | 4th round | | | 2022-23 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | Quarters | | Qualified for CL groups | 2023-24 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | 11th round | Winners | CL Quarter-finals | | 2024-25 | Ligue 1 | 4th | Semis | Semis | CL Semi-finals | | 2025-26 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | 4th round | Euro Cup winners | First continental win | 2026-27 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | Quarters | 4th round | CL Quarter-finals | Euro super cup winners | 2027-28 | Ligue 1 | 1st | 10th round | Quarters | CL 1st Knckout | First league title |
Last edited by berty1978; 13-07-2012 at 18:58.
Great season berty. Reali is a stunning player and for Silva to be playing that much as a 15-year-old is amazing. He could turn into a wonderful player. Now for the CL!
Last edited by PRDH; 13-07-2012 at 22:37. Reason: Whim
Thanks, I'm still a season behind but will get that up later, not giving anything away by saying I'm still struggling in the knockout stage of the CL.
Well done minisav for getting promotion in your first season.
Unlucky going out of the CL like that marty78, nice to see Monaco struggle there though.
Another excellent season aldojags, hopefully make the breakthrough in the CL soon.
Dr Poods, amazing progress, finishing 9th in Ligue 1 as soon as 2016 puts me to shame.
Well done Andy Sava for the Bundesliga win, good luck in the Champions league.
well done on the league berty!
I agree with prdh about the young full back, he's goin to be a top player.
So was Patrick David a youth product? He looks excellent.
First teamer at 15? That's amazing Berty! Fantastic season too. 50% done!
Young Rodolfo Marques is having an excellent start to the new season. 9 games, 12 goals. Not bad for a kid who's still 18.
A mixture of good news and bad news. The bad news is that I've lost Prokoph & Knappmann plus the promising Brinkies. On the upside I got 3 million for them! On the downside the club refuse to give me any more wage budget so I'm stuck with 230k to spend on a player but no wages to pay him. Annoying really. Going to have a very thin squad so praying for no injuries next season!
he playing alongside Cardoso prdh?
He's goin to be a star that boy
Eventually they changed their mind but I'm still over my wage budget by 6k. And I still only have about 21 registered players.
great season there berty... congrats on the title. good luck winning the Cl now...
Blatant act of self-servingness from Tigabe. He decides to injure the man who's keeping him out of the first team (Marques).
hahahaha got to admire his "at all costs" mentality!
I always have found it a strange feature, that bit when they say "player x injured player y in a challenge at training", what is the purpose of that? Are we supposed to take from it that they don't like each other?
Well done Andy Sava on a superb comeback!
Holstein Kiel - 2023/2024
League Finish - 2nd
Media Prediction - 2nd
Average Attendance - 14875
Fans Player of the Year - Francesco Melchiorre
Florent Sarda - <35(5) apps, 8 goals, 9 assists, 4 MoM, 7.221 Av R> - Got him for free in the summer and it was a good thing i did because Luis Lucero was injured alot this season and Sarda turned out to be an important first team player for us.
Philippe Le Goff - <1 app, 2 conceded, 6.90 Av R> - Backup goalkeeper signed on a free transfer.
Claudio Ceballos - <1(17) apps, 1 assist, 6.83 Av R> - Decent prospect for the future but i kind of regret spending money on him.
Nuri Sahin - <7(4) apps, 6.63 Av R> - The turkish veteran that played for R. Madrid was signed to help the young players at the club and got to play a few games during the season.
Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2
It has been another good season and we could have won the title if we didn't drop points in easy games. Overall it was great and we didn't drop below 3rd spot during the entire season. I am glad that we established ourselves as a top team in Germany, now we just have to conquer Europe. Bayern was again in shape and even if we beat them in 4-2 at Allianz-Arena they didn't lose easy points like us.
A better campaign in the German Cup as we reached the semi-finals where we play Dortmund at home. It was a terrible game that we lost but still better than just 2nd round.
Man City and Valencia were tougher than i expected and even we had chances to qualify until the very end we failed and went into EURO Cup. It's been a testing rung for us to see how we play at this level and i am hoping for improvement next season.
The 1st Knockout Round gave us Ajax with the first game at home where it finished 2-2. Away i went all in but lost 1-3 and thus ends another disappointing European campaign.
GK - Madson - <46 apps, 49 conceded, 18 Shutouts, 1 MoM, 7.01 Av R>
DR - Francesco Melchiorre - <37 apps, 2 goals, 15 assists, 4 MoM, 7.35 Av R> - Team of the Year player.
DC - Hugo Cano - <38(2) apps, 10 goals, 2 assists, 6 MoM, 7.40 Av R> - Team of the Year Player.
DC - Paulo Ferreira - <47 apps, 2 goals, 2 assists, 7.08 Av R>
DL - Alessio Natale - <44 aps, 1 goal, 6 assists, 2 MoM, 7.24 Av R> - Team of the Year Player.
DM - Carlos Cacéres - <39(6) apps, 4 goals, 5 assists, 7.07 Av R>
MC - Jelle Maes - <24(12) apps, 2 goals, 3 assists, 6.86 Av R>
MC - Joel - <41 apps, 3 goals, 4 assists, 1 MoM, 6.92 Av R>
AMR - Silva - <33(9) apps, 15 goals, 14 assists, 4 MoM, 7.24 Av R> - Team of the Year Player.
AML - Florent Sarda - <35(5) apps, 8 goals, 9 assists, 4 MoM, 7.22 Av R>
ST - Santos - <35(1) apps, 21 goals, 9 assists, 6 MoM, 7.34 Av R>
Neal Evans - <19(7) apps, 19 goals, 6 assists, 4 MoM, 7.57 Av R>
Jaguaré - <13(16) apps, 1 assists, 6.94 Av R>
David Freitas - <18(1) apps, 2 goals, 3 assists, 6.95 Av R>
Luis Barros - <18(2) apps, 3 goals, 1 assist, 6.67 Av R>
Conclusions and plans for the future
We managed to establish ourselves as a force in Germany and i am pleased with this. The new stadium will be finished in one year at a cost of 36M Euros.
the plan for next season is to get out of the Champions League groups and give Bayern a run for their money in the league.
Competition WinnersCode:Season League Position Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/2013 German Third Division 14th Avoided Relegation 2013/2014 German Third Division 9th N/A 2014/2015 German Third Division 1st Promotion & Third Division Winners 2015/2016 German Second Division 13th Avoided Relegation 2016/2017 German Second Division 2nd Promotion 2017/2018 Bundesliga 14th Avoided Relegation 2018/2019 Bundesliga 4th Qualified for Champions League, German Cup Winners 2019/2020 Bundesliga 3rd Qualified for Champions League, EURO Cup Quarter-Finals 2020/2021 Bundesliga 4th EURO Cup Quarter-Finals 2021/2022 Bundesliga 4th EURO Cup Semi-Finals 2022/2023 Bundesliga 1st Bundesliga Winners, EURO Cup 1st Knockout Round 2023/2024 Bundesliga 2nd Bundesliga Runners-Up, EURO Cup 1st Knockout Round, German Cup Semi-Finals
Code:Season Bundesliga German Cup Champions League EURO Cup Euro Champ World Cup ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/2013 FC Bayern Stuttgart R. Madrid Man City 2013/2014 Schalke Leverkusen R. Madrid Olympique Lyonnais Scotland 2014/2015 FC Bayern Koln Benfica Liverpool 2015/2016 FC Bayern Leverkusen Man Utd Roma Belgium 2016/2017 Leverkusen FC Bayern Barcelona Sporting 2017/2018 FC Bayern Hoffenheim Liverpool OM Belgium 2018/2019 FC Bayern Kiel FC Bayern Man City 2019/2020 FC Bayern Koln Man Utd Juventus Germany 2020/2021 FC Bayern FC Bayern At. Marid Valencia 2021/2022 FC Bayern Mainz Barcelona Sevilla Croatia 2022/2023 Kiel Mainz Barcelona At. Bilbao 2023/2024 FC Bayern Dortmund Barcelona Roma Belgium
Last edited by Andy Sava; 19-07-2012 at 08:55.
Aventure française de Berty Bassett
La Vitréenne FC - 2028/29 (French Ligue 1)
League - Graph
Very disappointing season overall only highlighted by a French cup win, we were well out of the title race, not helped by 2 defeats in our first 2 games, we were always playing catchup. I guess we did well to come so close but Monaco were strong. As it happens we were level on points going into the final match, we were at Bordeaux (who we lost 2-0 at home to in our opening match, although we had been better since) and Monaco were at PSG (a tough match) so was quietly confident. Keeping an eye on the scores Monaco were winning 2-1 while we were at 1-1 so I went all out attack in the hope we can sneak a winner as PSG can find an equaliser. It was even more annoying as we conceeded a last minute penalty only to find PSG had ended up winning 3-2 as a draw would have been enough for us. Final match
Yet again we sailed through our Champions League group and after a 6-1 aggregate win over Juventus I was quietly confident but came against a very resiliant Bayern side in the quarters. We should have beaten them at home but only managed a 0-0 draw, and narrowly lost 1-0 away much to my disappointment.
Squad - Team report - Best XI - Best XI overall
GK - Lincoln - One of the best keepers I've ever had on FM, which isn't saying much but Lincoln got Ligue 1 best 'keeper.
DC - Daniele Reali - Another excellent season for Reali.
DC - Roberto - Not outstanding but solid and could become our first player to reach 500 appearances.
DL - Carlos Silva - Now 16, played in about half the games this season as he continues to improve.
DM - Wassim Amrani - Another excellent season as Amrani continues to flourish, has wanted to move to a bigger club.
MC - Charles-Emmanuel Cadiou - A lot of money spent for a 16 year old, but hopefully he'll be worth it.
ST - Patrick David - My first £30m player on FM12, not bad since I signed him for £1m.
ST - Jacare - Looking really good and has EU citizenship too.
Code:Season | League | Position | Cup |Coupe de la Ligue| Europe | Achievements | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 | National | 10th | 7th Round | | | Overachievers | 2013/14 | National | 6th | 6th Round | | | | 2014/15 | National | 6th | 7th Round | | | | 2015/16 | National | 3rd | 8th Round | | | Promotion | 2016/17 | Ligue 2 | 14th | 10th round | 1st round | | Survived | 2017/18 | Ligue 2 | 7th | 11th round | 3rd round | | Overachievers | 2018/19 | Ligue 2 | 9th | 7th round | 1st round | | | 2019/20 | Ligue 2 | 2nd | 11th round | 3rd round | | Promotion | 2020/21 | Ligue 1 | 9th | Semi-Final | Semi-Final | | | 2021/22 | Ligue 1 | 5th | 10th round | 4th round | | | 2022-23 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | Quarters | | Qualified for CL groups | 2023-24 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | 11th round | Winners | CL Quarter-finals | | 2024-25 | Ligue 1 | 4th | Semis | Semis | CL Semi-finals | | 2025-26 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | 4th round | Euro Cup winners | First continental win | 2026-27 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | Quarters | 4th round | CL Quarter-finals | Euro super cup winners | 2027-28 | Ligue 1 | 1st | 10th round | Quarters | CL 1st Knckout | First league title | 2028-29 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | Winners | 4th round | CL Quarters | Cup winners |
Last edited by berty1978; 15-07-2012 at 13:07.
Good season Andy Sava, good luck in beating Bayern to the title again, as you can see I had a problem with them last season. Also good luck in progressing in the CL.
Yas Berty. Congrats Looking forward to the report
Well done Berty! Good to see a completion from France, I'm not getting anywhere any time soon so you've shown me there's light at end of tunnel!
Great season andy sava
Good job berty and grats on completion.
Playing a risky game right now. Pushing myself further over my wage budget by signing youngsters that I hope to sell at the end of the season as it's going to be the only way to make money for now. Although 1 I've signed is actually already better than my first choice at 19 so might try and hold on to him!
Andy Sava - good to see you sticking at the top of the league - unlucky on missing out on retaining the title. good luck next season
berty1978 - congrats on winning the CL final!
Right, a decision about my future employment has been made. I ran thru the following season a few times to see who came up and there were a few interesting candidates, including a couple without managers. I then accidently overwrote the game where I had Calais as an option so that was out . Oops, although I had already decided that I would not take them.
I chose one of the 2 teams without managers and then waited for the new season to load up so I could apply for the job. However, by that time, they had already employed someone. OK, no problem, I added and then retired a manager and applied for the job myself. They then decide to turn down my application and employ someone else! :mad: FFS, I did not do that bad a job at Lyon! So I have had to go back to the reload date of the new season and create a new manager to manage them. Which was not really what I wanted to do and was actually one of the reasons I was not going to manage Calais. Not ideal but it does not have much impact.
So, instead of the sensible option of Calais with their national reputation, large all-seater stadium, professional status and being situated in a large town, I have gone to the other end of the spectrum...
Jura-Sud Football – local reputation, medium sized stadium (which they aren’t even playing in at the moment), semi-professional, from a village of 2,000 basically in the middle of nowhere.
They are from the village of Lavans-lès-Saint-Claude which is in the middle of the Jura mountain range in eastern France, not far from the Swiss border. I don’t know the altitude of the actual stadium but the village itself has an average altitude of 540m. The nearest place of any size is Geneva which is over 60km (and a few large hills) away. They play at the Stade Municipal but as it is under renovation we will play most of this season in Lons-le-Saunier 50km away. That should get the crowds coming!
They started the game in the CFA, got relegated straight away, came up last Summer and have just got their 2nd straight promotion (albeit by finishing only 6th, the 1st 5 were reserve teams).
So, here is Jacques Christophe part 2, part 1 has been put out to pasture. And here is the squad I start with. It does not look very good to be honest, but a load of players are going to be out of contract in a couple of weeks so I should be able to improve it.
A few surprises as I, rather unexpectedly, have a useful looking Brazilian assistant manager, quite how he ended up here, I don’t know. Plus I have a £60k transfer budget, never had money to spend before.
Clear aim for this season is to avoid relegation.
ps. look at who got relegated from the National last season . And not even unluckily, they finished 2nd last! That serves the board right! I might easily have failed again to get them promoted but it is safe to say that I certainly would not have relegated them. I hope they stay in the CFA for a while [/notatallbitter].
pps. both Strasbourg (start in CFA2) and Cannes (start in CFA) won promotion to Ligue 1 last season, whilst Grenoble (start in CFA2) weren’t miles away. Yes, they are all big sides who got relegated for financial reasons but that is pretty impressive going in 6 seasons, gives me a bit of hope as well.
Same with my game GW, Cannes flew up the leagues in no time, currently Ligue 2, but yo-yo between 2 & 1. Likewise GF38, who have been in Ligue 1 a few seasons, just got relegated last year. More notably in my game are the teams who started in Ligue 1, and have plummeted to National or even the CF leagues.
Well done Berty!
Aventure française de Berty Bassett
La Vitréenne FC - 2029/30 (French Ligue 1)
League results 1
League results 2
Cup results 1
Cup results 2
League - Graph
Reserve squad - CFA Table
Youth squad - Youth league table
We started the season well as we beat Monaco again to win the Champions trophy with 2 goals from new striker Rodrigues. The league started better than I could have hoped, apart from a disappointing defeat to Stade Rennais. Our only other defeat came at Monaco and if it wasn't for a few dodgy draws in there we would have easily amassed 100 points, in fact we only had to beat Marseille in our last match to get that but we let a 1-0 lead slip to only draw.
We also won the Coupe de France again.
The Champions league campaign started as it had the last few seasons as we flew through the group stage. The knockout draw was actually kinder to us this season as we got Porto in the first round, managing a draw there (the only match we didn't win in the CL), and a 3-1 home win. Again a kind draw saw us against Shakhtar (who we beat in the Europa league final) in the quarters, we won both matches 2-0 to set up a Semi-final tie against Real Madrid. A 2-1 victory at the Bernabeu set us up nicely and a 1-0 win at home saw us against Bayern in the final. It was a famous victory it wasn't a classic as the player ratings suggest, but the fact their 'keeper got MOM shows we weren't lucky to win. The ususl messages followed including this from an old club favourite (you'd have to go back a few pages to find out more about him ;)). Although Patrick David had a poor final it was fitting he won the best player.
Squad - Team report - url=http://i693.photobucket.com/albums/vv293/craig_wright24/La%20Vitreenne%20FM/LaVitrenneFCHistory_BestEleven-16.png]Best XI[/url] - Best XI overall
GK - Lincoln - Definately one of the best 'keepers I've ever had on FM, named in the World Cup dream team. Ever present, playing 60 matches.
D(LC) - Daniele Reali - Probably his best season with the club, and scoring 15 goals helps (not using the corner exploit ;)). Still wants to move to a bigger club.
D(C) - Matías Alvarez - With a copule of our Brazilian players gaining EU nationality I had spaces for more non EU's, so I bought in Alvarez to strengthen our defence and ended up playing all but 2 of our matches.
D(C) - Pablo Herrera - Never really been a regular but been at the club for an incredible 13 seasons, played for us in Ligue 2.
D(RC) - Roberto - Now a club legend, Roberto had another outstanding season playing mainly as right back due to the signing of Alvarez.
Bjorn Stemmer - Didn't play as much this season as Roberto played as RB, our coaches only rate him 2 stars now which is surprising because big clubs have been interested, my Ass Man recommended me to listen to any offers, but I still issued a hands off warning.
D(L) - Carlos Silva - Season cut short by injury, would be good if he could remain uninjured now to rack up as many appearances as he can, still only 17.
(RL) - Andreas Panagiotou - Only played so many due to Carlos Silva being injured, still very solid when asked to come in, a great backup player.
Alain Reynaud - Gave him a few appearances but was pretty poor, which is disappointing as he's a member of our youth academy, I'll try and give him more game time but will have to improve.
DM/M(C) - Wassim Amrani - Still wants to move to a bigger club, however I want to keep hold of the French players.
DM/M(C) - Selemani Kwaisi - Outstanding season frm Kwaisi as he looks like he can be better than Amrani, and incidently, like Amrani was a freebie from Marseille, someone sack that Marseille youth coach. ;)
DM/M(C) - Juan Pedro Carrillo - Was playing in the reserves due to the form of Amrani and Kwaisi, but with both the latter injured, Carrillo was asked to come in at the drop of a hat. His first match was the home leg against Shahktar and he scored both goals in a MOM performance, is now staying in my first team plans.
M(C) - Sam Vardy - A good season from the England international, not an outstanding player but works well as a ball winning midfielder.
M(C) - Miguel Angel Rodas - Solid season from the attacking central midfielder.
M(C) - Inaki Espinosa - Had high hopes when I signed him for £8m a couple of seasons ago but not really progressed as well as I hoped, needs more game time.
M(C) - Charles-Emmanuel Cadiou - Could do better, still has massive potential but has to fit in better with my system, may work better as a playmaker.
ST - Patrick David - Another excellent season for David, won the champions league best player.
ST - Hamilton Rodrigues - Turned out to be a bargain buy from Celtic of all teams for £8.5m, don't know how I missed him before because he signed for Celtic for free 3 seasons back, obviously matured well there. He did amazingly well breaking all club scoring records, even though he was injured for the last 2 months of the season, shame. Won european golden boot.
ST - Jacaré - Didn't score many goals for the club but got the most important goal of all in the CL final, also got World Cup golden boot.
ST - James Russell - Backup striker but played a lot because one of our strikers was usually out.
ST - Riccardo De Luca - I don't want to lose him but as we don't currently use wingers retrained as a striker and did ok, improving in that position.
ST - Victor Nyborg - The stats in the screenie were from the reserve team, but a few excellent seasons in the reserves has persuaded me to promote him to the first team.
I was watching the World cup with interest with the intent of going into international management. England and France both had relatively disappointing tournaments, both going out in the quarter finals, to Argentina on penalties and hammered by Brazil with our very own Jacaré with two goals. Brazil lost out to Spain in the final but Jacaré added to his CL final winner by winning the World cup golden boot. Our 'keeper Lincoln was also included in the dream team.
There were plenty of international jobs as usual, but I got offered the France job which I accepted.
Code:Season | League | Position | Cup |Coupe de la Ligue| Europe | Achievements | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 | National | 10th | 7th Round | | | Overachievers | 2013/14 | National | 6th | 6th Round | | | | 2014/15 | National | 6th | 7th Round | | | | 2015/16 | National | 3rd | 8th Round | | | Promotion | 2016/17 | Ligue 2 | 14th | 10th round | 1st round | | Survived | 2017/18 | Ligue 2 | 7th | 11th round | 3rd round | | Overachievers | 2018/19 | Ligue 2 | 9th | 7th round | 1st round | | | 2019/20 | Ligue 2 | 2nd | 11th round | 3rd round | | Promotion | 2020/21 | Ligue 1 | 9th | Semi-Final | Semi-Final | | | 2021/22 | Ligue 1 | 5th | 10th round | 4th round | | | 2022-23 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | Quarters | | Qualified for CL groups | 2023-24 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | 11th round | Winners | CL Quarter-finals | | 2024-25 | Ligue 1 | 4th | Semis | Semis | CL Semi-finals | | 2025-26 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | 10th round | 4th round | Euro Cup winners | First continental win | 2026-27 | Ligue 1 | 3rd | Quarters | 4th round | CL Quarter-finals | Euro super cup winners | 2027-28 | Ligue 1 | 1st | 10th round | Quarters | CL 1st Knckout | First league title | 2028-29 | Ligue 1 | 2nd | Winners | 4th round | CL Quarters | Cup winners | 2029-30 | Ligue 1 | 1st | Winners | Quarters | CL winners | Challenge complete |
Hope you have better luck this time round ghostwriter, nice to see your old club relegated there.
USL Dunkerque have qualified for the EURO Cup!! Will finish 4th or 5th depending on the last day. Currently 4th, 3 points ahead of St Etienne, but with worse goal difference
Berty1978- Congratulations completing the challenge and good luck with France. Are you staying with your club also?
Ghostwriter- Good luck this time round. You should get Lyon as a feeder club just to take the **** out of the board. As aldojags said there are a few teams that make it up to Ligue 1 under AI control.
Dr Poods- Your flying mate, well done.