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    GAME CRASH

    Great ****ing news. Now I have to go back to Jan 1st. I hate this game.

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    So what's changed:

    We've got a harder draw in the Copa Libertadores:



    Jorge Luna has demanded to have his contract torn up:



    I love how I'm getting punished for the game ****ing up. Thanks SI.

    EDIT:

    Fluminense have come back with an identical offer for Fernandez, so at least something has stayed the same.
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    I feel quite dirty for winning this match. I mean there's nothing I can do about it, but it still feels wrong.

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    A pretty comfortable victory that puts us through to groups stages. Espinoza's made a good start to his career, his pace is far more dangerous than Ledesma was able to be against opposition right backs.

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    The joy of being seeded fourth; you draw one of the best teams in Brazil, probably the best team in Paraguay and a team from your own country you have never beaten... ever. I can't wait for these six rounds of punishment.

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    Hope you get a couple of results from that.

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    Ouch! Tough draw! Good achievement though, qualifying for the group stages

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Ouch! Tough draw! Good achievement though, qualifying for the group stages
    Yep and we're already off to a cracker:



    Still yet to beat Lanus since I've been managing them. I don't understand what it is that they have that we can't combat. We create chances, we play well but we either draw or they scrape it by a goal. I hate having a bogey team.

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    Still doing well, with a few difficulties. Have you thought about moving on yet, or staying in Argentina for a while longer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vizrahen View Post
    Still doing well, with a few difficulties. Have you thought about moving on yet, or staying in Argentina for a while longer?
    Erm, it hasn't really crossed my mind. I'm enjoying managing this club in particular, despite my problems. The glass ceiling in terms of financial growth will grind more frequently, but I won't move until I'm sacked or I've won something.

    Saying that, its best not to make plans because I'll only break them.
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    With seemingly every big star at my club angling for a move to a "bigger" club, I felt it was prudent to lock these two child geniuses to extra long contracts. Worst case scenario is that I have them until 2021. Best case? Baby, I'm gonna get paid.

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    I'm going to be at work all day today, so here's a brief update:



    We've had a much more impressive start to the Clausura, despite a number of injuries. Espinoza, Amieva, Prieto, Marquez and a few here and there which have affected us. Despite this we've managed to come back from last year's horror half and show the league what we're capable of. Indeed our 6-2 demolition of Argentinos is easily the standout result.

    I'll keep the Copa Libertadores cards close to my chest for now, but things are getting interesting on that front,

    Enjoy your Saturday, I won't be.

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    Excellent so far.

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    I am so happy with this result. A draw away at Internatcional (aided by a red card for them) and a home victory against them too has ensured we will progress to the knockout stages. Lanus are still completely unbeatable when we play them, but a sneaky draw in the last match shows that maybe one day we can beat them. I'll be honest, when we drew this group I didn't expect to qualify, so really anything upwards from here is just a bonus. My priority here is still to win the Clausura, to get maximum points to ensure we can qualify for the Copa Libertadores next year.

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    I'm going to tempt fate here, but I think this is one of the easier draws we could have gotten. It'll still need to be full blooded, but thankfully we didn't scrape a top tier Brazilian side.

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    Why can't my players play like this when my board decides to have a family fun day. I've been given two opportunities a few years back and we lost both scoring no goals. Masters at mistiming everything.

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    We almost ****ed this up, but to be fair I did play a shell squad to conserve our energy.



    Another Ecuadorian side in the Quarter Finals, should be an interesting tie.

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    Phew, just about came through that. With us 2-0 down I had to do something, on came Espinoza and he scored a magical solo goal. It took a while to get the second, but it's going to make things easier in the home leg. But Emelec have shown they can be dangerous and we need to guard against that.

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    After ten mother****ing tries, FINALLY. Not only have I got this monkey off my back, I've kicked it square in the face, burned both of its eyes out with cigarettes and tossed its wasted carcass into a nearby river. Lanus are not my problem any more.

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    Useless ********. A golden opportunity, probably the most golden opportunity since Whitney Houston discovered methamphetamines. But we pissed it away. What's worse was that because of their stupidity, I had to tell the team they are a group of morons, which now means their morale is miserable. I'm adding Emelec to my list of people/things I hate more than mushrooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fantastic View Post

    Useless ********. A golden opportunity, probably the most golden opportunity since Whitney Houston discovered methamphetamines. But we pissed it away. What's worse was that because of their stupidity, I had to tell the team they are a group of morons, which now means their morale is miserable. I'm adding Emelec to my list of people/things I hate more than mushrooms.
    Good man. Barcelona is the best team in Ecuador!

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    Just discovered this button, it just flipped my world upside down.

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    I didn't ask for a parent club, this was a deal done without my knowledge. I don't imagine anything coming from this, I mean Lens aren't renowned as a rich club, still it's nice to know my chairman does some work behind the scenes.

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    A much more solid half campaign which leaves me on a high for the end of the 2015/16 season. At one point we were looking close to matching Independiente, our 3-0 victory over them made me think we could power through to the end, however injuries and some bad football in the last three or four means we tailed off slightly.

    But the good signs are there and if we can stay relatively injury free we may very well be the top boys next season.

    My main priority though is to ensure we qualify for the Copa Libertadores. With our lack of gates and increasing wage costs, we really need to maximise our earning potential in every feasible manner. The best way is to get paid extra winning matches and there is no bigger earner than the Copa Libertadores.

    Things are looking good again.

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    I can imagine you've got a bit of a taste for the Libertadores now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I can imagine you've got a bit of a taste for the Libertadores now.
    We used to drink dirty water in a cup made of faeces. Now we've been given a sample of the purified mineral water from a cup made of diamonds, well we can't say no. We want it and we want it now. I can't go back to living in a studio with three other grown men.

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    A difficult decision to make but necessary. Parra refused to sign a new contract and only had a year left. I could have probably got more if his contract was longer, but £5m is still a fair price. Everyone else who wanted to mutiny against me has signed a new deal, including Ledesma. I'm going to need a replacement, but down here in the deep dirty south this kind of money can go a long way. I'll miss him, but at least I'm not turning up to party with an empty hat.

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    Transfers - 2016/17 season.



    This boy is where I spent my Parra money. A hefty price tag, but he has enough ability to justify it. His age guarantees a level of resale value and that alone satisfies me in terms of the price. He's a very competent central midfielder and I'm hoping he'll give us a smoother edge when playing against teams, Podio is still with us, I love him but he can be very aggressive at times.





    These two were brought in to cover the right midfield slot vacated by Parra. Unfortunately Machado's citizenship papers didn't clear by the time registration closed so unfortunately I won't be playing Busao until the new year begins. It's my own fault, but trust me when I say this: I could not find one, not even one, truly standout candidate to replace Parra. That's why I got these two and a loan.



    Nothing else too interesting. A young CB and some outgoings. I like the squad we have. Other than the RM slot I'm happy with every position in the team and we can do as well as we did last year as long as people turn up to matches. I think it could be a good season, but knowing my luck I could be unemployed in four months.

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    I've got to say, I was not expecting that at all. Apparently they like the fact we got a good deal for him and that we'll get a cut of any future money. Go me, I think.

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    You know you're in for an interesting season when both of your first choice fullbacks are injured in the same training session.

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    Best thread in this forum, why haven't I found this before.

    Shouldn't take too many seasons now to win either the Apertura or the Closura I think - or even the Libertadores. Team's getting more and more solid every season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    Best thread in this forum, why haven't I found this before.

    Shouldn't take too many seasons now to win either the Apertura or the Closura I think - or even the Libertadores. Team's getting more and more solid every season.
    I'm huffing and puffing but we seem to hit that glass ceiling every year. One pleasing factor is that we're no longer a form team. If we suffer a defeat it isn't automatic that everyone will drop off. It's hard sometimes to cut players who play well for you, but being more aggressive with my management has helped. I'd like to win at least one of the Clausura or Apertura, but if I was to tell anyone I really achieved with Gimnasia then I'd like to be able to have a single season where I take both of them. The Copa Libertadores? That's a dream I'd like, but it isn't a priority. There's more than enough time to win it with a club, be it this one or another.

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    Remember how I said earlier how I was happy with the team? Remember how I said I had confidence in their ability to push through defeats and get back on the horse? I was lying. That was me being positive. Or maybe it was me being honest and then having my words stuffed down my throat by a giant hammer made of pictures of me with eggs on my face. I'm disgusted. Truly and utterly ****ing disgusted at this sorry sack of losers. Oh, I'm not overreacting either:





    That's what we call in my game an utter collapse. That's the fall of the Berlin Wall when it comes to capitulation. Every single time I try to build Rome this group of morons manages to find a way to destroy it in a day. It's embarrassing. If the game was actually sophisticated at replicating the real life football media I would have been branded a cursed manager. Or worse, just simply inept. Yet I don't see what more I can do, in fact if I see these words ever again:



    I might just go outside and kick the living **** out of the first animal I can get my hands on.

    It's beyond poor. This is a team who can beat the champions 5-1 but somehow can't string a set of results together right when it matters. I constantly wonder why our average gate doesn't increase year on year, but now I know why; who in their right mind would pay to go to a strip club where the girl gets on stage, dances the best dance of her life and then just as you're about to finally get a glimpse of her quim she crumbles to the floor, has a seizure and soils herself. It's not entertainment it's masochism and the national statistics are very accurate on these details: less than 50% of the population want to purposefully hurt their brains and pay for it at the same time.

    I'm angry, really ****ing angry. I don't mind not being good enough to win the league, if that's the case then so be it. I can accept limitations. But christ, there aren't any. We can beat any team in this division and we prove that consistently. I can't bear to imagine the number of times I see our name at the top of the table, only for it to not be there when it matters.

    I really wish the board would sack me, I'm too much of a pussy to resign because I still feel as though there is something to fight for, but I really, really do not want to manage these ****ing idiots any longer.

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    I'd be interested to see how Lautaro Fernandez ends up on other people's games. I nurtured him from a pretty rank outsider to a fairly decent standard as a left back. I'm pleased we're getting good money for him, Navia is a far better player. I've had a nap and I feel much better now.

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    I'm taking bets if anyone's interested. After that performance I'm making us odds on to not even finish in the top half of the table, such is my luck.

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    Two transfers during the break:



    Perez will be coming in as first choice right midfielder. I haven't felt super comfortable with Ledesma playing on the right side and despite his age I think Perez will be a great player for the club. He came in on a free from Benfica which means he's on a high wage, however I think the cost is justified because of his ability.



    Another signing from the Barcelona academy in Argentina. My coaches believe his potential to be higher than Russo's however I'm going to need to get him tutored to hopefully raise his mental attributes. I'm not too sure how he's going to fit into the team just yet, but that isn't an issue just yet because he is fairly young. Depending on how soon my two star strikers leave the club I may even retrain him as a striker, but that's further down the line than I'd like to imagine for now.

    I also sold Sergio Forlin to a Hungarian side, Gyor, for £400k. He made a few first team appearances but was never going to be a regular and that was a decent amount of money for a youth player from our academy.

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    I normally don't update on what's going on in the Copa Argentina because we always get knocked out in the fifth or sixth round, but this year we've made it to the quarter final stage for the first time in my period managing here. It's not a major priority, but I might start fielding a stronger side now we're up in the higher echelons.

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    A day between fixtures is a bit much, no? I'll update with what the result is, but I'm going to envisage a defeat and maybe some injuries just to make the cake just that little bit sourer.

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    In the circumstances I'd say a 0-0 against the Apertura runners-up is a great result. Freddy Prieto picked up a slight injury so I subbed him off, luckily there's been no lasting damage.



    Now's an appropriate time to show you how we're doing in the league. We are experts at getting 30 points, but it is around this point that we fall apart. God knows why it happens, god knows but it is usually here. I just want to document how strong our position is at the top of the league. I don't want it to happen, but if it does then at least people can get a good sense of why exactly I get so angry at this side come the end of each half season.

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    Still got a good margin in case things do go a bit pear-shaped.

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    A 3-0 victory over All Boys means we're through to the semi-final of the cup. This could be the first major competition the club wins, but I'm not putting my hopes up, they'll only be brutally shattered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Still got a good margin in case things do go a bit pear-shaped.
    Fingers crossed, we managed to beat Instituto 3-2, but after being 3-0 up in that match I feared the worst. It's going to be exciting to say the least.

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    Yeah, I'd be delighted to take over the position of manager at a club fourteen places below me in the league, especially when I'm closer than I ever have been to actually finishing something this club has started.

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    I'd say that was a statement of intent.

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    Go away!

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    Here's a memory that will forever be indelibly etched into the back of my mind:



    Housewives' favourite Gonzalo Rovira scoring the winning penalty in a dramatic 4-3 penalty victory over Boca Juniors.



    It was a pretty ****** game and despite some great chances for us, no one seemed able to score. An injury to Machado meant on came Rovira and he managed to square things up. When they saved our second penalty I felt sure they would wrap it up, but Lerda pulled us back into things and then there was only one man to take it.

    I'm delighted, finally I can put something on my shelf that isn't a picture of me at a theme park. We've worked hard over the last few years to put ourselves into these kinds of positions where we are capable of winning things. It's justified and certainly no group of players in this division deserves success more than this lot do, no matter how hard they try to avoid it come the end of every season.

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    Just noticed this thread and read the whole thing, Absolutely brilliant and can take a lot of inspiration in helping me do my career thread 'The Road to Continental Dominance'

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    Two-faced *******. Saying that, well done to him, Uruguay are the world champions and if he can keep on playing for them he may very well become a proper regular. Also, I wouldn't mind the £15,000,000 asking price I set for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iHeadHunta x View Post
    Just noticed this thread and read the whole thing, Absolutely brilliant and can take a lot of inspiration in helping me do my career thread 'The Road to Continental Dominance'
    I'll keep any eye out for it, good luck.

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    Do you just leave every concern any player has be and hope it goes away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caravanmaster View Post
    Do you just leave every concern any player has be and hope it goes away?
    No, I talk to my players as and when it's necessary. Both Russo and Machado both demanded moves to bigger clubs, but I told them both that I wanted the club to grow with them and to see where we are in a year. They still want to move, but it's not actively being played out in the media and with them constantly telling the other players.

    I'm used to it, when you play in gateway leagues you have to constantly battle to keep players and to make sure the expectations are managed correctly. I know when the right time to sell Machado and Russo will be, but it isn't now and it isn't a pressing concern, because I've managed their expectations in a fairly sensible manner. I couldn't get Parra onside, so I had to sell him, but the rest have been fairly easy to work in my favour.

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    One defeat in the whole of the Clausura. On the final day against Boca Juniors. In the last five minutes. Not a tragedy, but it would have been nice to say we were undefeated for half a season. Saying that, thank god it came then, because I'd imagine the players would have melted into the ground after a loss like that.

    What a Clausura though. We led, dominated, controlled, whichever phrasing you prefer to use, we did it. After the pathetic end to the Apertura, we needed this. Or more importantly, I needed this, to maintain my sanity. We were special, often untouchable, but it was a squad effort. We get infected with injuries quite frequently so it's nice to see that a player like Francisco Hernandez has now clocked over 125 appearances under my management, despite never being a first choice player.

    I think chief among the changes was bringing in Albarracin and Nava, they've been crucial to plugging the gaps in our defence. We all know the quality of our attack, but it's the whole team that should be celebrated for this.

    From here, it's going to be a very interesting time. We've broken that glass ceiling that we could get through and now we can make something of the opportunities in front of us. I've said before, I want to win an Apertura and a Clausura in the same season. My current feeling is that there's still some time left for me at Gimnasia, we're Clausura and Cup champions int he same season, six years after I took over.

    A drink to the 2016/17 season.

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    Brilliant mate, This thread is one of the best on the forums so KIU

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    Some more good news, the board finally pulled their fingers out and managed to negotiate a much better sponsorship package for us. Almost double our previous annual income. We're still pretty porous when it comes to money coming in and out of the club, but at least we're starting to get paid more adequately in relation to our improved stature within the South American game.

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    Some nice money coming in to balance out finances

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    Quote Originally Posted by iHeadHunta x View Post
    Some nice money coming in to balance out finances
    We need as much as we can get. My compulsion of buying every player on 48 month payment plans means I often sit with my mouth wide open at our monthly losses. We recuperate most of it back in prize money and player sales, but I'd much rather be in charge of a profit making enterprise.

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    Like me in every save I have i always seem to get a loss every month :/

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    That's normal, you should get a loss every month. Because usually that's not actually a loss but a calculated investment, only to be covered and generally profited at the end of season with prize money, sponsorship and tv revenue

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    Great thread, great progress. Be interested to see your next move, after the unfinished business here of course.

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    There, no problems this time.

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    Great second period of the season. Big improvements on the opening stage

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Great thread, great progress. Be interested to see your next move, after the unfinished business here of course.
    I haven't received any job offers from outside of Argentina yet, but I am at the stage where I'm thinking about where I'd head next. I'm hoping the reputation system has been fixed because last year it was nigh on impossible to get a job.

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    Transfers - Season 2017/18



    A free transfer from Argentinos, I felt he was good enough to come into the team as backup, but one Rovira gets too old or Machado/Russo moves on he should be able to make the step up to regular first team action. His pace is a real threat, similar to Antonio Medina, except thankfully he is also a decent finisher and mentally capable.



    Correa was another free transfer from Velez. I'll be honest it was simply the fact he was available that I went ahead and signed him. I don't really have any larger plan for him, but he is a very good player and I made a decision that in time a space would open up somehow.



    My annual big money signing this year was Diego Segales. He's a Uruguayan international and looked perfect for the defensive central midfield slot that I've found it difficult, at times, to master. He's a real catch, expensive yes, but he definitely justifies the price tag.



    The future replacement for Danilo Lerda. He's got some very good attributes and is almost ready to come into the team as is. However out of loyalty to Lerda I won't be letting that happen, Lerda has been the longest serving player for me since we got promoted and it's only fair I let him see out his contract with us while playing.

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    I had some interesting offers during the break, including a £2.3m loan offer (no future fee) for Eduardo Sanchez. However with Albarracin's contract only running until 2019 and him being a little difficult during negotiations I'm going to hold off until next year to decide the course of action.

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    I took a while to consider this. I've already got a lot of football on my plate every season, but then I decided that a country like Tunisia is considered a top 10 nation in Africa and that could mean a good opportunity to spread the word of my existence. If I can start some kind of cult or a religion based around me than it's possible it could spread across the world. Either way, I'm looking forward to it.

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    Should be a good move.

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    Good move mate

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    Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome you to the Gonzalo Berardi show:







    Machado and Russo are out injured for a few months. My mind is slightly more at ease now.

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    **** this, it's happening again.

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    I can't be arsed with that lot any longer. I need a fresh start. I keep making all the right moves, I keep adding depth to this team, I keep managing their happiness, I keep playing tactics that win us games. But one defeat, one defeat and that's it. We go to ****. I can't be arsed with them any longer. Let the club sell the best players, let them sink back into obscurity, if they can't survive as a unit then that's their own perogative, I won't be in charge of that fragile ship.

    I need a fresh start.

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    It's what an American would call a no-brainer. The current world champions wanted me as their manager, I didn't apply for it, but they wanted me. So I accepted. They have one game remaining in the World Cup qualifiers, this is how it stands:



    The final game against Peru, in three days, is a must win to ensure we make the play-offs at least. There is a real abundance of talent in Uruguay at the moment and I've been given a huge opportunity to make my mark as a manager on the global stage. I'm excited, the day-to-day management of Gimnasia was beginning to hurt me and I needed a fresh start. Hopefully I can make something that really shouldn't be happening, I mean six and a half years ago I was a Sunday League manager.

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    So we qualify, but only just. After going 3-0 wonderboy Martinez pulled two back and I was genuinely scared I was going to have to wait four years. So I did what any coward would do, I played a 5-4-1 and prayed like I've never prayed before. It worked, but by god I don't want to be in that position again. Peru are a weak side and if we play like that we'll get **** on at the World Cup. I'm going to need to play as many friendlies as possible and get a tactic working that is secure. I do not want to embarrass myself.

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    Looking at Uruguay, the options in attack are almost limitless. But there are four key players that stand out; Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Abel Hernandez and Nicolas Lodeiro. I am normally a firm believer in strike partnership, it breeds a certain level of competitiveness in the final third. But in this instance it seems a waste, in my eyes, excluding one of the three strikers. But playing a flat three up front always gives me worries over the midfield being exposed by the team becoming too attacking and lacking any real width. For this purpose I have decided to go with a 4-5-1/4-3-3 composite:



    The principal idea is to take the fact Suarez and Cavani are both equally adept at playing in the wide AM roles and therefore push them there, to give me peace of mind over the shape of the formation, without removing one or the other, missing out on a star player.

    The three man midfield will need some work in terms of selection. Uruguay are not so blessed in the central midfield department, a combination of either two defensive central midfielders and one attacking or vice versa is something I will need to mull over. Lodeiro needs to be included, but given his natural ability as an attacker partnering him with another attacking central player could mean our anchor comes under far too much pressure.

    We have a friendly against Italy coming up and it will be interesting to see how we fare under this formation against first class opposition. The nature of the match is most important, but this is not only my first idea, but my best one too. I can't see how Uruguay can play utilising all their best options in any other manner. I shall be crossing my fingers that I am correct on this occasion.

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    As promising a start as any. Going to get back into club management as well?

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    Hmm, we were pretty much outplayed. We had one shot on target and generally speaking we were lucky. I need to go back to the drawing board.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    As promising a start as any. Going to get back into club management as well?
    At the moment, no. I always think I can manage a club and a country at the same time, but the reality is that I never focus on the country because the club takes up so much of my day to day play. I'll evaluate my position after the World Cup.

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    Right, I've decided the best plan of attack is to face the best in the world. I'm going to do what I said wasn't, i.e. play a 4-3-3, and I'm going to try to outscore them. I didn't like only having one shot on target against Italy, it isn't how I like my teams to play football. If we're going to the World Cup, we're going to entertain people.

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    I have to say, I'm very happy with that draw. New Zealand should be an easy three points, so a win in either of the two games should see us through, but realistically we should be topping the group. There were a lot of difficult draws so I'm glad that we managed to get an easier ride.

    My job now is to organise a few more friendlies to make sure we're prepared for the World Cup.

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    So that's the schedule. A prestige friendly against Spain, followed by staggered warm ups against increasingly difficult opposition, then into the lion's den. The theory is to have the team kicking and screaming, ready to launch into the competition all guns blazing. Of course that's the theory, I expect the unexpected.

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    We've got our formation. Despite the fact we lost, we played well, very well in fact. They scored from a solo effort off Felipe and an own goal. We outplayed them, should have scored at least three and we looked good. The three man midfield wasn't swamped, Hernandez, Suarez, Cavani combined so effectively the Spanish didn't know what hit them. I'm ready for the World Cup now.

    Are they ready for us?

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    Great move, good luck in the World Cup!

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    I'm excited, although these are only friendlies we've looked remarkably dangerous against teams. The first friendly was just a warm up, but the players did what was required and got in the mood to start scoring. Against Belarus we didn't take the chances, but we created large number of them and the fact the players were getting into good positions was good enough for me. The final game was the icing on the cake. We went up against one of the strongest sides in the world and we came out on top. We weren't over-run, we pushed them to the edge and to top it off, we came back from a goal down.

    That's why I'm excited. I feel as though the team is playing in a manner that I am comfortable with and I feel as though we can do well in the competition. The preferred line up is as follows:



    Abel Hernandez picked up an injury a few weeks ago, he's still in the squad but has only just recovered. Because of that, as the keen eyed readers of this career will have noted, Leandro Machado is starting up front. Joining him in the centre of midfield is fellow Gimnasia team mate Diego Segales. My only real concern is that Lodeiro hasn't been receiving enough game time at Liverpool and therefore his match fitness is shot. At the moment he's only getting about 60% through games before I have to sub him off. Hopefully he can build things up through the group stages. Other than that, we're full strength and ready to kick some arse.

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    Tobol Toboklsk was a bit of a random friendly to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Tobol Toboklsk was a bit of a random friendly to have.
    I wanted to play a Russian side, like how real sides do when they go over to acclimatise at the start of their world cup. It was worth watching the net bulge a lot.

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    A powerful start to our group. We looked very dangerous, I don't recall Bosnia having any shots on target. My only worry is that first choice goalkeeper Muslera damaged his elbow and will be out for two weeks. Luckily Martin Rodriguez, our backup, is suitably qualified to perform the task.

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    I don't know how we didn't win this match. Oh wait, I do: Igor ****ing Akinfeev. Jesus, that man was possessed. He was everywhere, literally everywhere. Thank god we didn't concede because we couldn't put the ball past him. If this wasn't a video game I'd put it down to home advantage, but all the same, it puts us in a good position to top the group.

    Still can't believe we didn't win this game though. Wait, just remembered: Igor ****ing Akinfeev.

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    A demolition job was called for, a demolition job was received. It means we top the group and go into the second round in scintillating form.



    A difficult tie, my experience of Portugal isn't too hot but I'd imagine they're still a top quality side.

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    Domination over New Zealand. Tight game against Portugal. 2-1 to you I reckon.

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    Urgh, Cristiano Ronaldo. I was so scared he was going to single handedly drag Portugal back into this game. So scared I was that I actually reverted to my pussy five man defence. Then they go and shock me by scoring a fourth to put my mind at ease. This was not an easy match and despite Portugal playing a narrow formation, we were exposed out wide a few times. Thankfully some serious performances by Machado and Lodeiro created enough chances for this lot to hit the net and we did what I asked of them: outscore the ********.

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    Great result. Potential to go all the way!

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    Ooh, it was either them or Germany. Either way, hard tie.

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    A surprisingly routine victory over Holland. They never really threatened us as such and once the third went in I pulled off key players and sat back. However that worked against us because we had to play the final ten minutes with ten men after Segales was injured.

    Speaking of injuries, Segales is out for at least a week while Coates (of Liverpool) is out for month with a broken arm. Luckily Godin is able to come in and is his equal in defence, however Segales is harder to replace and we will miss his defensive capabilities in the next round.

    Bring on the semi-finals, I can't wait to see who we draw.

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    Oh baby, what a semi-final. But then I wasn't expecting any less, it's not exactly often you get an easy tie in the semi-final of the World Cup. I'm excited though, this is really into the danger zone.

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    Nothing needs to be said. We're in the final.

    We are in the final.

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    What a final. Two classic rivals in the biggest final in professional sport. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

    In fact... yeah, I'm going to record it.

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    Best of luck in the final mate, great career so far.

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    Well I was going to record the match, except it over-ran 4gb and won't play when I open it, so you'll have to make do with my report:



    People are used to seeing me get angry, ridiculously angry over situations in this game where, in context, I shouldn't allow them to. But not in this situation. I finished this match smiling. We played so well throughout this entire tournament and despite losing in the final to an awesome Argentina, we were the tournament's entertainers.

    The match was a classic, they scored within thirty seconds due to some comical defending, but and instant double salvo, followed by a third on the half hour mark and suddenly it was looking amazing. But they came back, stalked us, hunted us down and found their footing. They got the required two goals, we had a goal disallowed in injury time, then they almost won it in extra time before our pathetic attempt at penalties saw us finally lose.

    But you know what, who cares. Argentina did just enough to win this competition, but we made this tournament. Averaged over four goals a game, scored some outstanding ones as well and we carried ourselves with honour defending the title won four years ago.

    What an experience, probably one of my favourite few hours playing this game since I started more than a decade ago. Truly mesmerising.



    Says it all, only one Argentinian in the dream team.
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    This makes sense to me. I've only been in charge for eight months, but that eight months has easily been my favourite period managing in Football Manager for quite some time. I don't want to tarnish it, I want to preserve it as something special. It's good to step down when I'm hot, when I'm in a good mood, when I feel I can get back into club management. Thank you Uruguay.

    The date is 18th July 2018.

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    No thanks, don't feel like managing in Italy.

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    I like the idea of managing in Russia. I was looking at options in Brazil and in Singapore, but then out of nowhere CSKA Moscow came along. It was probably too tempting, they're set up so ridiculously well, but then that also means the pressure is on to get results quickly. I don't know, this could be a great move, it could be a horrible one. But right now I'm on a real high so I'm walking into it with a positive attitude.

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