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    I also approve!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    I also approve!
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    That's one for the album.
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    Cheers guys

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    When you can go half a season in the RPL conceding 2 goals I will be impressed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamers View Post
    When you can go half a season in the RPL conceding 2 goals I will be impressed
    With Newcastle?

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    With any team other than CSKA or Anji

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    SnakeXe's Career - Season 23 - 2034/35

    Story of the Season:
    Premier League - 1st
    We led for pretty much the whole rest of the season, and had the title all but sewn up with 3 games to go, took the foot off the gas and let Arsenal close up, but still a good season.

    FA Cup - Winners
    Ridiculously easy, apart from needing a replay against MK Dons. Scored 23 without reply, including 4 in the final against last year's conquerors Blackburn.

    League Cup - Fourth Round (lost v Man City)
    Incredibly spawny win for Man City ended our defence of the trophy.

    Community Shield - Winners
    Revenge was sweet over Blackburn - the only side to eliminate us from any competition last season - although not as sweet as beating them in the FA Cup final later in the season.

    Champions League - Winners
    Sevilla nearly ended our challenge far earlier than I'd have hoped for, beating us 2-0 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, against the run of play as usual, but we produced an incredibly professional performance at Fortress St. James', pegging them back 2-0 in normal time before smashing 3 past them in extra time for a 5-2 aggregate win. Liverpool provided far less resistance in the QF, as we smashed them 4-1 at home before producing a much better away performance on Merseyside, nicking a 2-1 win.

    AC Milan edged out Werder Bremen on away goals to ruin my dream semi-final, and things got off to a terrible start in the San Siro, as Fred got himself sent off inside a minute. He's not played since and I'm considering binning him in the summer. Fortunately Wakefield plundered a goal on the counter, and despite conceding twice, 1-2 wasn't a bad result to take back home considering how it started. Once again, we went goal-crazy at home, smashing them 4-0 to set up a final with city rivals Inter. Despite a shakey start we took control of the game, and won 2-0 for my fourth continental triumph with my third different team!

    Results 1 - Results 2 - Squad

    Transfers - £18m recouped
    God knows how we got £25m for the decent-but-unspectacular pair of Skowronski and Mathebula, but it helped us on the way to a massive profit. The ex-Crvena Zvezda pair of Jeftic and Martac were utterly bargainous on the ins, as was ex-Liverpool-reserve now Newcastle-record-breaker Andy Wakefield.

    Finances
    Looking very very healthy now.


    5 Most Important Players:
    5. Mario Méndez - AML/ST - Like Júnior before him, had a slightly difficult second season in the inside left position, but was still one of our most dangerous players - 14 goals and 20 assists aren't to be sniffed at. I'm expecting better next season though.
    4. Gil Reis - D/MR - Another unbelievably good and consistent season for the right-fullback.
    3. Blazo Jeftic - DC - Spectacular debut season for the "Beast of Belgrade". A towering presence in both boxes.
    2. Andy Wakefield - ST - Snapped up from Liverpool's reserves, he scored well in easier games whilst Maciulevicius was fit, and then stepped up very nicely to fill the void when the Lithuanian got a serious injury. Sometimes went missing in the big games, but you can't argue with a club-record 37 goals in 31 starts.
    1. José Manuel Ocles - DM/M/AMRC - Another record-breaker, smashing his own record number of assists, with a whopping 26 in 28 starts. We just aren't the same team without him.


    History:
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    | Season  | Team            | League/Competition    | Country      | Position | Notes                                                 |
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    | 2012/13 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Semi-finalists                                |
    | 2013/14 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 3rd      | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2013/14 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 14th     | 15th on arrival in October                            |
    | 2014/15 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Winners                                       |
    | 2015/16 | Darlington      | League Two            | England      | 16th     | Resigned in January                                   |
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    | 2015/16 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 21st     | Relegated, 24th on arrival in March                   |
    | 2016/17 | Southend United | League Two            | England      | 1st      | League Two Champions                                  |
    | 2017/18 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 2nd      | Promoted                                              |
    | 2018/19 | Southend United | Championship          | England      | 17th     | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2018/19 | Wigan Athletic  | Championship          | England      | 4th      | 13th on arrival in October, Playoff Winners           |
    | 2019/20 | Wigan Athletic  | Premier League        | England      | 15th     | Left in December                                      |
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    | 2019/20 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 8th      | 14th on arrival in December, DFB-Pokal Winners        |
    | 2020/21 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Supercup Winners, EL Semi-Finalists |
    | 2021/22 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 2nd      | Supercup Winners, CL & DFB-Pokal Semi-Finalists       |
    | 2022/23 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Champions League Winners            |
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    | 2023/24 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 2nd      | Champ's League Semi-Finalists, League Cup Finalists   |
    | 2024/25 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners, League Cup Finalists          |
    | 2025/26 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners                                |
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    | 2027    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & Paulista Winners, Libertadores SF       |
    | 2028    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 2nd      | Paulista & Copa Libertadores Semi-Finalists           |
    | 2029    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & L'dores Winners, CWC RU, Paulista SF    |
    | 2030    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | B'leirao, L'dores, Paulista, Recopa Winners, CWC RU   |
    | 2031    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao, Paulista, Recopa Sudamericana Winners    |
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    | 2030    | Brazil          | Friendlies            | Various      | N/A      | Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1                        |
    | 2031    | Brazil          | Copa América          | S. America   | R-Up     | Copa América Runners Up, Resigned in July             |
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    | 2031/32 | Vélez           | Clausura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Clausura Winners, Joined in February                  |
    | 2032/33 | Vélez           | Apertura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Apertura Winners, Left in December                    |
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    | 2032/33 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 7th      | FA Cup Runners Up, Joined in December                 |
    | 2033/34 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League & League Cup Winners                   |
    | 2034/35 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League, FA Cup, & Champions League Winners    |
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    Next Season:
    How do you follow that? By winning it all again I guess! I'd be happy with retaining the league and not embarassing ourselves in the others, though.

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    And adding the league cup. Not massively important though beyond giving you a better sweep for the season.

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    XML error on my save after the CL final so I have to replay the last league game of the season and the CL final.

    I rarely swear on here, but for ****s ****ing sake.

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    Replayed it and got pretty similar results - 0-4 against Chelsea and 3-0 win over Inter. Let's hope it doesn't crash again.

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    Whereabouts are you playing Ocles? I'm assuming right-wing, due to his pace, but he could quite easily play in 'the hole'. You've done well to get so many assists out of him, considering he does lack a bit technically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    And adding the league cup. Not massively important though beyond giving you a better sweep for the season.
    Indeed! On a side-note I find it quite funny that I've won both the FA Cup and League Cup with Newcastle having played just one decent side in both of the campaigns, haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Whereabouts are you playing Ocles? I'm assuming right-wing, due to his pace, but he could quite easily play in 'the hole'. You've done well to get so many assists out of him, considering he does lack a bit technically.
    Yeah AMR as an orthodox winger with attack duty. To be honest he was a player I was looking at improving on even from when I first joined the club, but his performances have been absolutely top notch. His good Decisions stat helps I think, he's just very intelligent with his movement. A typical goal for us would be the MCR playing an early ball into Ocles' feet him drawing the fullback out before turning him and charging to the by-line before cutting it back for one of the other front 4.

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    Former Club Watch:

    Weymouth F.C.:


    Boo.

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    2012/13*  Blue Square South       2nd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2013/14*  Blue Square South       9th       I left in October (resigned)
    2014/15   Blue Square South       10th      -
    2015/16   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2016/17   Blue Square South       9th       FA Cup 2nd Round
    2017/18   Blue Square South       3rd       Playoff Winners
    2018/19   Blue Square Premier     21st      Relegated
    2019/20   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2020/21   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2021/22   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2022/23   Blue Square South       18th      -
    2023/24   Blue Square South       22nd      Relegated
    2024/25   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    2025/26   N/A                     N/A       -
    2026/27   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 3rd Round
    2027/28   N/A                     N/A       -
    2028/29   N/A                     N/A       -
    2029/30   N/A                     N/A       -
    2030/31   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 1st Round
    2031/32   N/A                     N/A       -
    2032/33   N/A                     N/A       -
    2033/34   N/A                     N/A       -
    2034/35   N/A                     N/A       -
    
    NB * indicates that I was in charge for at least part of the season.
    Darlington F.C.:

    Amazing season for the Quakers, unfortunately ending in heartbreak at the hands of Leeds in extra time in the playoff final. That is, until my game crashed and they won it the second time, so at least someone benefitted from it!

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    2013/14*  Blue Square Premier     14th      I joined in October
    2014/15*  Blue Square Premier     2nd       Playoff Winners
    2015/16*  League Two              18th      I left in January (resigned)
    2016/17   League Two              17th      JPT North Quarter Final
    2017/18   League Two              15th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2018/19   League Two              3rd       Promoted
    2019/20   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   League Two              20th      -
    2021/22   League Two              6th       FA Cup 4th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2022/23   League Two              9th       JPT North Quarter Final
    2023/24   League Two              16th      JPT North Semi Final
    2024/25   League Two              11th      -
    2025/26   League Two              19th      -
    2026/27   League Two              19th      -
    2027/28   League Two              18th      -
    2028/29   League Two              20th      -
    2029/30   League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2030/31   League One              12th      FA Cup 4th Round
    2031/32   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   League Two              2nd       Promoted, FA Cup 3rd Round
    2033/34   League One              18th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2034/35   League One              4th       JPT N SF, FA Cup R3, Playoff Winners
    Southend United:

    Similarly to Darlington, their fantastic season ended disappointingly - this time to the Quakers themselves on penalties in the playoff semi-final.

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    2015/16*  League One              21st      Relegated, I joined in March
    2016/17*  League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2017/18*  League One              2nd       Promoted
    2018/19*  Championship            15th      I left in October (resigned)
    2019/20   Championship            20th      -
    2020/21   Championship            12th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2021/22   Championship            9th       -
    2022/23   Championship            15th      -
    2023/24   Championship            16th      FA Cup Semi Final
    2024/25   Championship            21st      -
    2025/26   Championship            19th      -
    2026/27   Championship            16th      League Cup Runners up
    2027/28   Championship            21st      -
    2028/29   Championship            22nd      Relegated
    2029/30   League One              3rd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2030/31   League One              7th       FA Cup 4th Round, JPT Finalists
    2031/32   League One              17th      JPT South Quarter-finalists
    2032/33   League One              11th      -
    2033/34   League One              11th      JPT South Semi-finalists
    2034/35   League One              5th       FA Cup 3rd Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    Wigan Athletic:

    Four seasons of rock-solid mid-table is about as good as it's going to get league-wise for Wigan.

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    2018/19*  Championship            4th       I joined in October, Playoff Winners
    2019/20*  Premier League          11th      I left in December (job offer)
    2020/21   Premier League          18th      League Cup Winners, Relegated
    2021/22   Championship            2nd       Promoted, League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2022/23   Premier League          17th      FA Cup 6th Round
    2023/24   Premier League          19th      Relegated
    2024/25   Championship            5th       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2025/26   Championship            4th       Playoff Winners, FA Cup 6th Round
    2026/27   Premier League          5th       FA Cup 6th Round, EL Qualification
    2027/28   Premier League          19th      League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2028/29   Championship            6th       FA Cup 5th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2029/30   Championship            4th       Playoff Runners Up
    2030/31   Championship            2nd       Promoted
    2031/32   Premier League          11th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   Premier League          14th      -
    2033/34   Premier League          12th      -
    2034/35   Premier League          10th       -
    Werder Bremen:

    Die Werderaner finally look like a club on the up again - successive Champions League qualifications secured along with a deep run into the competition.

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    2019/20*  1. Bundesliga           8th       I joined in December, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2020/21*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, S'cup Winners; EL Semi-finalists
    2021/22*  1. Bundesliga           2nd       S'cup Winners; EL, DFB-P Semi-finalists
    2022/23*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, Champs League Winners
    2023/24   1. Bundesliga           2nd       CWC, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2024/25   1. Bundesliga           4th       Champs League, DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2025/26   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2026/27   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal Winners
    2027/28   1. Bundesliga           5th       Europa League Semi-finalists
    2028/29   1. Bundesliga           4th       Europa League QF, DFB-Pokal RU
    2029/30   1. Bundesliga           3rd       Europa League Quarter-finalists
    2030/31   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2031/32   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2032/33   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Quarter-finalists
    2033/34   1. Bundesliga           2nd       DFB-Pokal Runners Up
    2034/35   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal & Champions League QF
    Arsenal:

    Ran us close in the Premier League, but surely should have done better than the first knockout round of the Europa League.


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    2023/24*  Premier League          2nd       CL Semi-finalists, LC Runners up
    2024/25*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, LC Runners Up
    2025/26*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners
    2026/27   Premier League          1st       PL & CL Winners, FA Cup Semi-finalists
    2027/28   Premier League          1st       PL, CL, CWC & LC Winners, FA Cup Final
    2028/29   Premier League          3rd       League Cup Runners Up, Champ's Lg SF
    2029/30   Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, Champ's Lg RU
    2030/31   Premier League          1st       PL & LC Winners, CL Runners Up
    2031/32   Premier League          1st       Prem League Winners, FA Cup Runners Up
    2032/33   Premier League          2nd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Premier League          6th       Champions League Runners Up
    2034/35   Premier League          2nd       FA Cup 6th Round
    Santos:

    A very poor season by their high standards, finishing with a meagre total of 70 points in the Brasileirao and chucking away both the Paulista final and the Copa Libertadores semi-final from commanding positions. Bizarrely were still entered into the Recopa Sudamericana, which they at least won.


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    2027*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, Paulista Winners, L'dores SF
    2028*     Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista, Libertadores Semi-finalists
    2029*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & L'dores W, P'lista SF, CWC RU
    2030*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, P'lista & Recopa W, CWC RU
    2031*     Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao, Paulista & Recopa Winners
    2032      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2033      Brasileirao             2nd       CL, Recopa & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2034      Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista RU, CL SF, Recopa Winners
    Brazil:

    Realised I should probably include these guys as well. Absolute debacle of a World Cup, drawing with Greece and losing to Congo and Iran to finish bottom of the group. Decision to leave vindicated.


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    2030*     Friendlies              -         Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1
    2031*     Copa América            R-Up      Copa América R-Up, Resigned in July
    2032      Friendlies              -         P3 W2 D0 L1
    2033      Confederations Cup      3rd       Confederations Cup 3rd Placed Team
    2031-33   CONMEBOL WC Qualifiers  2nd       Qualified for World Cup
    2034      World Cup               Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of WC
    Vélez:

    Esmerado and Esteche have gone as well now, and the manager seems to be playing rubbish players ahead of youngsters who performed excellently for me. Such a disappointment.


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    2031/32*  Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, Joined in February
    2032/33*  Apertura                1st       Apertura Winners, Left in December
    2032/33   Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, CA 7th Rnd, CL SF
    2033/34   Apertura                2nd       Copa Sudamericana Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Clausura                5th       -
    2034/35   Apertura                5th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2034/35   Clausura                3rd       Copa Libertadores 2nd Round

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    600% payrise? Don't mind if I do!

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    Would be silly if you didnt take it.

    Cracking season with Newcastle & also a great season for Darlo .

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    Give me some of that payrise!

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    SnakeXe's Career - Season 24 Preseason Update - Newcastle United


    Board Expectations:
    Premier League - Champions League qualification (minimum of Champions League qualification, predicted 3rd out of 20)
    FA Cup - Semi Final
    Carling Cup
    - Unimportant
    Community Shield - Unimportant
    Champions League - Quarter Final
    European Super Cup - Learn from experience

    My Expectations:
    Premier League - A title challenge, whether successful or not, is surely expected
    FA Cup - Not losing to anyone rubbish will do me
    Carling Cup
    - I'd hope to do better than last season's poor 4th Round exit
    Community Shield - I'll never turn down the chance to beat Arsenal, but it's not a priority
    Champions League - Quarter Final sounds about right, but if we got a decent draw I'd hope to go further

    European Super Cup - It's against Barcelona, so it'd be a great scalp

    Budgets:
    Transfer: £51,050,000 (£50,610,000 remaining)
    Wages: £1,146,897/week (£957,285/week currently)
    Balance:
    £45,602,866 (+£16,651,442 since last season)

    Squad:
    We don't really have any weaknesses now apart from a lack of players home-grown at the club. Jones plugs the hole opened by Lomas retiring, we have loads of options going forwards, and confident, strong defenders in depth at the back.

    Transfers:
    Sold off a few guys who were on loan last season but weren't going to crack the first team squad, as well as Makweni, who had never really performed consistently enough for us. Coming in were Mitchell Heath, a young English right-footed left winger who Arsenal were surprisingly keen to get rid of, and promising right back Greg Jones from Southampton.

    Key Men:
    Goalkeeper/Defence

    Gil Reis - D/MR - Even with Jones signed to give him some competition he's our key man at the back.


    Midfield
    Michel Bellucci
    - DM/MC - Added goals to his excellent all-round game last season.
    Mario Méndez - AML/ST - Was very productive last season despite not playing exceptionally well - I'm hoping for a bit more this year.

    Strikers
    Marius Maciulevicius
    - AMC/ST - I'm hoping for one or two more big seasons from him - after his bad injury at the end of last season it's key to our chances that he gets back into the swing of things.

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    Here's to the next 1,300

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    Nice landmark there Snake and good luck with the season ahead .

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    Cheers man

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    I'd be interested to hear some tactical insight into how you set up your Newcastle United team, SnakeXe!

    Loving the goals to games ratio from Wakefield. You know that I love a goal scorer!

    Do you set up with a playmaker?

    Good luck for next season btw!

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    Just for you, Crouchy ;)

    Newcastle Tactics Breakdown



    The overarching idea behind the system is to create the maximum amount of space for the front four to exploit with intelligent movement. Each fullback is told to hug the touchline, which naturally enlarges the effective playing area whilst the inside left is told to move into channels, rather than the default "cut inside" for an inside forward. This lends itself to the player attacking the space rather than blindly cutting inside every time. Obviously him being a right-footed converted striker, he does still tend to cut inside more often (as Fergie himself says, a player is far more dangerous coming inside from outside rather than out from in), but it just adds a bit more variation to the play.

    On the opposite flank, Ocles is an orthodox pacy winger, who is often fed by any one of the other members of the front four, as well as the deep lying playmaker (who we'll come to in a bit). His remit is to turn the opposing defence and either hit an early ball into the striker or inside left, or hit the byline and pull it back. The AMC's role I haven't really specialised too much as of yet, I haven't quite decided exactly what I want him to do. At the moment he's just there as another passing option, and often finds himself on the end of knockdowns or rebounds. Of course, he does occasionally knock a decent through ball in for one of the other three forwards. The guy I generally use there, Delando Moke, is a hell of a physical specimen - he has pace, strength, height and a great leap - as well as being technically sound. This results in a lot of turnovers high up the pitch where he'll win the ball through being faster, stronger, or bigger than the defenders.

    The striker's role is pretty straightforward tactically, if not in execution technically - think Torres at Liverpool when he was at his best. Pick up the ball in space and run towards goal, or with his back to goal and lay it off for a midfielder. I think we play best overall with Maciulevicius in this role, as he's better with his back to goal than Wakefield. The Englishman beats Marius for sheer pace, however, which is how he plundered so many goals himself.

    The central midfield pair is almost exactly the same as I had at Werder - a double pivot that plays fairly high up the pitch in comparison to the likes of Alonso/Mascherano or Schweinsteiger/Khedira. The idea is to contain the ball high up the pitch, always being available for a pass from any one of the front four, as well as being straight on top of the opposition as soon as they get a chance to break. The deep-lying playmaker is more of a Xavi style than a Pirlo style - short, intelligent passes to keep things ticking over, with the occasional subtle through ball, rather than frequent raking passes. The defensive central midfielder ends up playing a very similar role to be honest, but just playing maybe 5 yards deeper, and even less frequent through balls.

    This high double pivot means the defence has to be strong and able to cut out attacks effectively if they develop beyond the midfield pair, and there's none better at this than Blazo Jeftic, who usually plays in the position Nestor Brenes occupies in the image. His interventions are usually decisive, and very early, allowing the team scope to recover the defensive shape whilst the opposition recycles the ball through a throw in or collecting it again further towards their own goal. Of course, we often win it back high up the pitch and create a chance ourselves! The other defender is ideally a bit more mobile and positionally sound. I don't think any of the other guys I have (Fred, Kroulik and Selemani) are perfect for the role, but they all do a good enough job. I have hopes Kroulik will develop into the ideal player for the role as he's still quite young.

    The fullbacks cover more ground than anyone else in the team, and are hence very fit and quick. I'm lucky to have four excellent examples at the club, meaning even when I rotate players we're always strong in that position, one which is absolutely fundamentally important in top level football. The left back tends to get involved more high up the pitch as the inside left's movement generally gives him the room to move forward, although their instructions are exactly the same.
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    Very nice write up, SnakeXe!

    How does the DLP perform for you? Does he get many assists? Or perhaps not as he is in a deeper role. What's his pass ratio like?

    Interesting that your orthodox winger, Ocles, is the one with the most assists from last season.

    The AMC position is interesting. He seems to be doing well but isn't contributing half as much as the winger and inside forward. I've always found it hard to get good performances from AMCs without having them as playmakers on FM.

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    If you take a look at my squad screenshot from last season, the two players I used in the DLP position mostly were Dusan Krivokuca and Tochukwu Daniel. Looking at their stats, they have a small number of assists each, but a decent enough AvR. I'd have to look at it more closely to confirm, but my feeling would be that they get a high proportion of "key" passes per game, i.e. they'll assist the assister. A typical sort of play for us is a ball cleared from the back, won in the air by Moke for the DLP, who then hits a pass in behind the opposition left back for Ocles, who drives forward then pulls it back for the inside left or striker to score an easy finish. I'll check their pass ratios next time I load the game up.

    With regards to the AMC, again looking at the squad screenshot, Delando Moke has 15 goals, 12 assists and a 7.39 AvR - he's behind the winger and inside left, but not massively. A slight contributing factor would be that I had four great candidates for the position in Moke, Fresnel Makweni, Ramon and Sedat Yucel, so they were rotated a lot more frequently than the other two positions. For this season Moke is a more established first choice pick with Makweni leaving and no room for Yucel in the Champions League squad so it'll be interesting to see the contrast in how he performs this time.

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    Passing stats from last season:

    Dusan Krivokuca - 92%
    Tochukwu Daniel - 92%

    Doesn't seem to retain data on key passes though unfortunately.

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    Go to the league table, and click Stats. Go to PLayer stats and from the drop-down menu, choose Key Passes. It'll tell you how many key passes they've played that season.

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    Can't believe I almost didn't bother signing him! £2.5m well spent.

    Neither of my DLPs place on the "Key Passes" rankings, which surprises me. I thought a key pass was one which sets up a move for a chance or something like that? From observing the ME they make loads of them. Delando Moke is equal top with 22 so far this season, Mario Méndez equal third on 20.

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    Very well spent it seems.

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    Season 24: Halfway House Update

    The Community Shield opened the season as it usually does, and we faced league runners up Arsenal having claimed both the Premier League and FA Cup ourselves last season. Despite it finishing 3-2, there was only really ever one winner, a Moke brace helping us start the season in style.

    The European Super Cup was a first for us, the competition not having been in existence for our last European trophy - the 1969 Fairs Cup. Our greenness didn't shine through though, as Barcelona were sent home with their tails between their legs - a 5-1 thumping! One of my most career's most satisfying results, despite it being in a pointless cup.

    We were hoping to do better in the League Cup this year, having been knocked out slightly unfortunately quite early last year. We took Crewe to bits away in the 3rd Round with a 6-0 win, before edging Spurs 3-2 in North London. Cardiff were next up in the quarter final - our first home tie of the competition. We eased them aside 4-2 to set up a semi final against West Ham. Wrexham and Fulham make up the other semi so we're heavy favourites to come away with the trophy.

    After an opening day 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium, league matters took a downturn as Arsenal inexplicably came away with a 2-1 win from St. James' Park. Three successive wins eased the worries, but then we threw away another game we dominated against Chelsea away from home. We just couldn't get the ball in the net despite a plethora of chances, before Blazo Jeftic had a completely out-of-character 5 minutes as he first scored an own goal and then got himself sent off for throwing an elbow in the other box trying to make amends. 0-1 it stayed for another disappointing defeat. Just one game later Man City repeated Arsenal's trick in coming away with an inexplicable 2-1 win from St. James', and I was getting a bit concerned about our non-performances against the bigger teams. This was somewhat mitigated as we won every other game in the league, as part of a record-breaking 20-game winning streak in all competitions, to take top spot at the halfway point.

    Champions League matters were simple enough, we were drawn with Atletico Madrid, Zenit, and Sturm Graz, and we won every match with room to spare. Portuguese side Braga are up next in the knockouts. Surprisingly the other teams that have progressed look quite weak by the names, but then you can't judge a book by its cover - Newcastle aren't exactly a European powerhouse name (yet).

    That just leaves the Club World Cup - a competition I'd yet to win in FM12. I suspected that unwanted record wouldn't last much longer, and a 4-1 spanking of Sepahan in the semi final seemed to confirm my suspicions. I played an even stronger team in the final just to make sure, and was rewarded with a 5-1 thumping of Mexican side Tigres.

    The Good
    • Three trophies already, and on for a clean sweep
    • Awesome winning streak
    • Méndez, Maciulevicius, Moke and Wakefield are all firing on all cylinders
    The Bad
    • Ocles looks like he has been found out, or has just lost form
    • Poor defeats against Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea in the league
    • Anything else would just be nitpicking
    Results - Premier League Table - Squad

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    Cracking first half to the season .

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    Definately so.

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    Almost perfect.

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    Thanks guys, of course the forum curse got me as we scored not one goal from a good 60-odd attempts in the next three matches, but we've overcome the blip now (knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, turn around three times, etc).

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    Lucky rabbit's foot?

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    I must have forgotten it, Nobby, as I've not had a moment to play FM in the last couple of weeks! The weekend before last was the Diablo III beta so I was all up in that, then this weekend I had a cumulative total of 12 hours of band practice. Not to mention I've actually been doing a bit of work towards my PhD for once, so a little casual gaming has been off the cards during the week.

    Today, however, I'm allowing myself the day off as I'm utterly shattered, so I'm watching some of Crouchy's Minecraft videos and getting down to some quality FM time .

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    Brilliant season so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Today, however, I'm allowing myself the day off as I'm utterly shattered, so I'm watching some of Crouchy's Minecraft videos and getting down to some quality FM time .
    I approve!

    A good way to spend your time for sure. ;)

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    Not the worst way to start your Champions League semi!

    Jeftic increased his goal tally for the season by 50%, haha.

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    Wow!

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    That's just...!!!

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    Super victory, shame it wasn't the final though

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    Quote Originally Posted by arinceo View Post
    Super victory, shame it wasn't the final though
    Yeah, I played the final last night - think I used up all my good luck in that game, cause I had the worst! I'll write up the report sometime soon.

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    Great win over Lyon .

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    I was going to say don't lose the away leg 9-0 but you wrote you have played the final.

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    SnakeXe's Career - Season 24 - 2035/36

    Story of the Season:
    Premier League - 1st
    After a tight race for the majority of the season, the other teams just seemed to give up and decide we should have the title.

    FA Cup - Fifth Round (lost v Aston Villa)
    Easy enough wins over Colwyn Bay - who are doing a great job rising up the leagues incidentally, they'll be in League One next season - and York City were for naught as Aston Villa did enough to knock out a slightly weakened team at Villa Park.

    League Cup - Runners Up (lost v Fulham)
    Really annoying to lose the final after doing all the hard work to get there. Fulham just turned up on the day and we didn't.

    Community Shield - Winners
    Arsenal were dispatched in an entertaining game.

    European Super Cup - Winners
    An amazing 5-1 destruction of Barcelona.

    Club World Cup - Winners
    It just shows the gap in quality that this competition is a gimme for us, yet for Santos is was the holy grail.

    Champions League - Runners Up (lost v Marseille)
    The knockout phase was surprisingly easy - a 9-0 aggregate thumping of Braga in the first knockout round wasn't even our most impressive result.

    Juventus away in the quarter-final first leg was the only difficult match we faced really. We took the lead twice but ended up 3-2 down at the break. Whilst we were doing damage against their defence, ours just wasn't coping with their 3-5-2 system, and I wasn't so sure we could outscore them if it continued on this path. I took the drastic step of taking our striker - who wasn't faring well against the 3 Juve centre-backs - off for another centreback, going 5-2-3-0. The ploy worked, as we scored two unanswered goals in the second half to win 4-3!

    An easy 2-0 win in the home leg finished the job, before that spectacular 10-1 annihilation of Lyon you saw earlier. A second-string put in a solid performance to take a 0-0 from the away leg, setting up a final against their great rivals, Marseille.

    The final was an absolute traversty. We dominated the game until left-back Busao was sent off for a needlessly reckless challenge - and were the better side even after that. Zagnon finally scored for them from a corner against the run of play, and Mikic got himself another straight red as we chased the game. The ridiculous thing is we still could have taken it to extra time - Maciulevicius blazing over in injury time from a great position.

    Results 1 - Results 2 - Squad

    Transfers - £750k spent
    Makweni was the only real first teamer who left - Knight and van der Belt were both talented but not quite good enough to break into our squad. On the ins came Breach, who will probably leave this summer (very much a flatters-to-deceive flashy-but-no-end-product sort of winger) after failing to break into the team, and Greg Jones, a highly promising (and crucially English) right full-back.

    Finances
    Not much longer til we've paid that loan off now, then we'll be in cracking shape.


    5 Most Important Players:
    5. Samson Nworuh - DLC/ML - Struggled for the honour with Busao for a couple of seasons, but has become our number one left-back now.
    4. Blazo Jeftic - DC - Would be higher on this list but for a couple of stupid sendings-off that cost us points in the league. He and Nworuh missing the Champions League final probably contributed to our implosion.
    3. Marius Maciulevicius - AMC/ST - The Lithuanian legend was bang in form this year.
    2. Delando Moke - M/AMC - The guy was a wonderkid at the club when I joined, but never really found his feet until now. So glad he has.
    1. Mario Méndez - AML/ST - Difficult second season out of the way, a ridiculous 7.93 average rating, 22 goals and 21 assists.
    Wow.

    History:
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    | Season  | Team            | League/Competition    | Country      | Position | Notes                                                 |
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    | 2012/13 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Semi-finalists                                |
    | 2013/14 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 3rd      | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2013/14 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 14th     | 15th on arrival in October                            |
    | 2014/15 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Winners                                       |
    | 2015/16 | Darlington      | League Two            | England      | 16th     | Resigned in January                                   |
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    | 2015/16 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 21st     | Relegated, 24th on arrival in March                   |
    | 2016/17 | Southend United | League Two            | England      | 1st      | League Two Champions                                  |
    | 2017/18 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 2nd      | Promoted                                              |
    | 2018/19 | Southend United | Championship          | England      | 17th     | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2018/19 | Wigan Athletic  | Championship          | England      | 4th      | 13th on arrival in October, Playoff Winners           |
    | 2019/20 | Wigan Athletic  | Premier League        | England      | 15th     | Left in December                                      |
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    | 2019/20 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 8th      | 14th on arrival in December, DFB-Pokal Winners        |
    | 2020/21 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Supercup Winners, EL Semi-Finalists |
    | 2021/22 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 2nd      | Supercup Winners, CL & DFB-Pokal Semi-Finalists       |
    | 2022/23 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Champions League Winners            |
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    | 2023/24 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 2nd      | Champ's League Semi-Finalists, League Cup Finalists   |
    | 2024/25 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners, League Cup Finalists          |
    | 2025/26 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners                                |
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    | 2027    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & Paulista Winners, Libertadores SF       |
    | 2028    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 2nd      | Paulista & Copa Libertadores Semi-Finalists           |
    | 2029    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & L'dores Winners, CWC RU, Paulista SF    |
    | 2030    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | B'leirao, L'dores, Paulista, Recopa Winners, CWC RU   |
    | 2031    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao, Paulista, Recopa Sudamericana Winners    |
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    | 2030    | Brazil          | Friendlies            | Various      | N/A      | Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1                        |
    | 2031    | Brazil          | Copa América          | S. America   | R-Up     | Copa América Runners Up, Resigned in July             |
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    | 2031/32 | Vélez           | Clausura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Clausura Winners, Joined in February                  |
    | 2032/33 | Vélez           | Apertura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Apertura Winners, Left in December                    |
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    | 2032/33 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 7th      | FA Cup Runners Up, Joined in December                 |
    | 2033/34 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League & League Cup Winners                   |
    | 2034/35 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League, FA Cup, & Champions League Winners    |
    | 2035/36 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League & CWC Winners, League Cup & CL R-Up    |
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    Next Season:
    Actually very close to a clean sweep this year - arguably we were better than we were last season when we ended up winning more. I'd like to reclaim the Champions League really, and obviously retaining the league is important. Anything else is gravy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    I was going to say don't lose the away leg 9-0 but you wrote you have played the final.
    Yeah we managed that bit ok - the next part was where it went pear-shaped!

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    Former Club Watch:

    Weymouth F.C.:


    Boo.

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    2012/13*  Blue Square South       2nd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2013/14*  Blue Square South       9th       I left in October (resigned)
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    2015/16   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2016/17   Blue Square South       9th       FA Cup 2nd Round
    2017/18   Blue Square South       3rd       Playoff Winners
    2018/19   Blue Square Premier     21st      Relegated
    2019/20   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2020/21   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2021/22   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2022/23   Blue Square South       18th      -
    2023/24   Blue Square South       22nd      Relegated
    2024/25   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    2025/26   N/A                     N/A       -
    2026/27   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 3rd Round
    2027/28   N/A                     N/A       -
    2028/29   N/A                     N/A       -
    2029/30   N/A                     N/A       -
    2030/31   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 1st Round
    2031/32   N/A                     N/A       -
    2032/33   N/A                     N/A       -
    2033/34   N/A                     N/A       -
    2034/35   N/A                     N/A       -
    2035/36   N/A                     N/A       -
    
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    Darlington F.C.:

    Promotion probably came too soon.

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    2014/15*  Blue Square Premier     2nd       Playoff Winners
    2015/16*  League Two              18th      I left in January (resigned)
    2016/17   League Two              17th      JPT North Quarter Final
    2017/18   League Two              15th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2018/19   League Two              3rd       Promoted
    2019/20   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   League Two              20th      -
    2021/22   League Two              6th       FA Cup 4th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2022/23   League Two              9th       JPT North Quarter Final
    2023/24   League Two              16th      JPT North Semi Final
    2024/25   League Two              11th      -
    2025/26   League Two              19th      -
    2026/27   League Two              19th      -
    2027/28   League Two              18th      -
    2028/29   League Two              20th      -
    2029/30   League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2030/31   League One              12th      FA Cup 4th Round
    2031/32   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   League Two              2nd       Promoted, FA Cup 3rd Round
    2033/34   League One              18th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2034/35   League One              4th       JPT N SF, FA Cup R3, Playoff Winners
    2035/36   Championship            24th      Relegated
    Southend United:

    A real disappointment after the near-miss last season. At least they had a good run in the JPT.

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    2015/16*  League One              21st      Relegated, I joined in March
    2016/17*  League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2017/18*  League One              2nd       Promoted
    2018/19*  Championship            15th      I left in October (resigned)
    2019/20   Championship            20th      -
    2020/21   Championship            12th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2021/22   Championship            9th       -
    2022/23   Championship            15th      -
    2023/24   Championship            16th      FA Cup Semi Final
    2024/25   Championship            21st      -
    2025/26   Championship            19th      -
    2026/27   Championship            16th      League Cup Runners up
    2027/28   Championship            21st      -
    2028/29   Championship            22nd      Relegated
    2029/30   League One              3rd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2030/31   League One              7th       FA Cup 4th Round, JPT Finalists
    2031/32   League One              17th      JPT South Quarter-finalists
    2032/33   League One              11th      -
    2033/34   League One              11th      JPT South Semi-finalists
    2034/35   League One              5th       FA Cup 3rd Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2035/36   League One              15th      JPT South Runners-Up
    Wigan Athletic:

    Slow, steady, solid. Will they hit a glass ceiling or can they continue the progress?

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    2018/19*  Championship            4th       I joined in October, Playoff Winners
    2019/20*  Premier League          11th      I left in December (job offer)
    2020/21   Premier League          18th      League Cup Winners, Relegated
    2021/22   Championship            2nd       Promoted, League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2022/23   Premier League          17th      FA Cup 6th Round
    2023/24   Premier League          19th      Relegated
    2024/25   Championship            5th       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2025/26   Championship            4th       Playoff Winners, FA Cup 6th Round
    2026/27   Premier League          5th       FA Cup 6th Round, EL Qualification
    2027/28   Premier League          19th      League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2028/29   Championship            6th       FA Cup 5th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2029/30   Championship            4th       Playoff Runners Up
    2030/31   Championship            2nd       Promoted
    2031/32   Premier League          11th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   Premier League          14th      -
    2033/34   Premier League          12th      -
    2034/35   Premier League          10th      -
    2035/36   Premier League          9th       -
    Werder Bremen:

    A disastrous season after the progress made recently. A loss in the Champions League qualifying round in a tough draw with Juventus set the scene for a highly disappointing year.

    Code:
    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    2019/20*  1. Bundesliga           8th       I joined in December, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2020/21*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, S'cup Winners; EL Semi-finalists
    2021/22*  1. Bundesliga           2nd       S'cup Winners; EL, DFB-P Semi-finalists
    2022/23*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, Champs League Winners
    2023/24   1. Bundesliga           2nd       CWC, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2024/25   1. Bundesliga           4th       Champs League, DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2025/26   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2026/27   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal Winners
    2027/28   1. Bundesliga           5th       Europa League Semi-finalists
    2028/29   1. Bundesliga           4th       Europa League QF, DFB-Pokal RU
    2029/30   1. Bundesliga           3rd       Europa League Quarter-finalists
    2030/31   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2031/32   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2032/33   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Quarter-finalists
    2033/34   1. Bundesliga           2nd       DFB-Pokal Runners Up
    2034/35   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal & Champions League QF
    2035/36   1. Bundesliga           6th       Europa League 2nd Knockout Round
    Arsenal:

    Disappeared in the league, and will be disappointed with losing 4-0 in the Stade Vélodrome in the
    Champions League semi-final second leg, even if Marseille were the eventual winners.

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    2023/24*  Premier League          2nd       CL Semi-finalists, LC Runners up
    2024/25*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, LC Runners Up
    2025/26*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners
    2026/27   Premier League          1st       PL & CL Winners, FA Cup Semi-finalists
    2027/28   Premier League          1st       PL, CL, CWC & LC Winners, FA Cup Final
    2028/29   Premier League          3rd       League Cup Runners Up, Champ's Lg SF
    2029/30   Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, Champ's Lg RU
    2030/31   Premier League          1st       PL & LC Winners, CL Runners Up
    2031/32   Premier League          1st       Prem League Winners, FA Cup Runners Up
    2032/33   Premier League          2nd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Premier League          6th       Champions League Runners Up
    2034/35   Premier League          2nd       FA Cup 6th Round
    2035/36   Premier League          3rd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    Santos:

    Back on top domestically, they'll be disappointed with a Libertadores quarter-final exit, however.


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    2027*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, Paulista Winners, L'dores SF
    2028*     Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista, Libertadores Semi-finalists
    2029*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & L'dores W, P'lista SF, CWC RU
    2030*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, P'lista & Recopa W, CWC RU
    2031*     Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao, Paulista & Recopa Winners
    2032      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2033      Brasileirao             2nd       CL, Recopa & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2034      Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista RU, CL SF, Recopa Winners
    2035      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & Paulista Winners, L'dores QF
    Brazil:

    I think this is starting to show what a good job I actually did in charge.
    They are, however, flying high in 2nd in the World Cup qualifying group at the moment, so it's not all bad.

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    2030*     Friendlies              -         Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1
    2031*     Copa América            R-Up      Copa América R-Up, Resigned in July
    2032      Friendlies              -         P3 W2 D0 L1
    2033      Confederations Cup      3rd       Confederations Cup 3rd Placed Team
    2031-33   CONMEBOL WC Qualifiers  2nd       Qualified for World Cup
    2034      World Cup               Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of WC
    2035      Copa América            Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of C. América
    Vélez:

    The wheels are really coming off now, such a shame. The Clausura is going worse currently.


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    2031/32*  Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, Joined in February
    2032/33*  Apertura                1st       Apertura Winners, Left in December
    2032/33   Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, CA 7th Rnd, CL SF
    2033/34   Apertura                2nd       Copa Sudamericana Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Clausura                5th       -
    2034/35   Apertura                5th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2034/35   Clausura                3rd       Copa Libertadores 2nd Round
    2035/36   Apertura                9th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists

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    Excellent season again Snake.

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    Great season, so close in the CL.

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    Thanks chaps!



    Pretty tempting, and I'd like to go to Italy at some point - but my experience at Arsenal means I don't think I'm that interested in dealing with another big-budget high-expectation high-pressure job. It's not like I'm short of cash at Newcastle anyway, and besides, I've not quite established the Toon as Europe's top club yet - which is my aim.

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    2036 UEFA European Championship
    Hosts: Belgium
    Holders: Netherlands

    Group Stage:
    Group A:
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team    |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Italy   |       | 3     | 2     | 0     | 1     | 3     | 2     | +1    | 6     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | England |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 4     | 3     | +1    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   | Q     | Wales   |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 3     | 4     | -1    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Spain   |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 3     | 4     | -1    | 3     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


    Group B:
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team           |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Serbia         |       | 3     | 1     | 2     | 0     | 5     | 2     | +3    | 5     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Czech Republic |       | 3     | 1     | 2     | 0     | 2     | 1     | +1    | 5     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   | Q     | Sweden         |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 4     | 6     | -2    | 3     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Norway         |       | 3     | 0     | 2     | 1     | 3     | 5     | -2    | 2     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


    Group C:
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team    |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Poland  |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 9     | 3     | +6    | 7     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Croatia |       | 3     | 2     | 0     | 1     | 5     | 6     | -1    | 6     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   | Q     | Belgium |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 3     | 4     | -1    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Turkey  |       | 3     | 0     | 0     | 3     | 1     | 5     | -4    | 0     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


    Group D:
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team        |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Germany     |       | 3     | 3     | 0     | 0     | 7     | 1     | +6    | 9     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Russia      |       | 3     | 2     | 0     | 1     | 6     | 5     | +1    | 6     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Switzerland |       | 3     | 0     | 1     | 2     | 5     | 8     | -3    | 1     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Montenegro  |       | 3     | 0     | 1     | 2     | 3     | 7     | -4    | 1     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


    Group E:
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team                 |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | France               |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 5     | 1     | +4    | 7     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Austria              |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 2     | 2     | 0     | 4     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Bosnia & Herzegovina |       | 3     | 0     | 2     | 1     | 3     | 5     | -2    | 2     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Denmark              |       | 3     | 0     | 2     | 1     | 2     | 4     | -2    | 2     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


    Group F:
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team             |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Ukraine          |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 8     | 5     | +3    | 7     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Netherlands      |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 3     | 1     | +2    | 7     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   | Q     | Portugal         |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 5     | 5     | 0     | 3     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Northern Ireland |       | 3     | 0     | 0     | 3     | 1     | 6     | -5    | 0     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


    Knockout Stage:
    Second Round:
    Italy 3 v 0 Czech Republic
    Netherlands 1 v 0 France
    Serbia 0 v 2 Wales
    Sweden 2 v 1 Ukraine
    England 2 v 0 Austria
    Poland p1 v 1 Belgium
    Germany 2 v 3 Portugal
    Russia 2 v 1 Croatia

    Quarter Final:

    Italy 0 v 2 Netherlands
    Wales e2 v 1 Sweden
    England 1 v 1p Poland
    Russia 2 v 0 Portugal

    Semi Final:
    Netherlands 2 v 1 Russia
    Wales 3 v 0 Poland

    Final:
    Netherlands 3 v 1 Wales

    An absolutely incredible effort from Wales, only to fall at the last hurdle to a Netherlands team who will go down as one of the all-time greats, having sandwiched a World Cup 2034 win with triumphs at the Euros in 2032 and 2036.
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    This is weird - the new England manager:



    Terrible stats and not a single previous position either as a player or non-player.

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    SnakeXe's Career - Season 25 Preseason Update - Newcastle United


    Board Expectations:
    Premier League - Champions League qualification (minimum of Champions League qualification, predicted 2nd out of 20)
    FA Cup - Semi Final
    Carling Cup
    - Unimportant
    Community Shield - Unimportant
    Champions League - Quarter Final

    My Expectations:
    Premier League - If the standard of challenge is as poor as last season then I'd be very disappointed to not win it again
    FA Cup - I'd like to do better this time after a poor showing last season
    Carling Cup
    - We'll see what the second XI can do
    Community Shield - I never, ever tire of beating Man Utd
    Champions League - Winning it again to exorcise last season's disappointment would be great


    Budgets:
    Transfer: £50,540,000 (£71,130,000 remaining)
    Wages: £1,213,983/week (£
    933,491/week currently)
    Balance:
    £86,955,594 (+£41,352,728 since last season)

    Squad:
    With a few older heads moved on, the squad looks a little lighter on experience, but I'm still confident we can do well. Emeka Cole is my first decent prospect through the academy, whilst Killpatrick and N'Diaye have served their apprentiships in the development squads and deserve a crack at first team football.

    Transfers:
    Just the one guy coming in this year, Mohamed Saad, who had a bargainous release clause at Innsbruck. His arrival precipitated the departure of Felipe, who never really fit into my plans properly, whilst Álvarez Toca and Daniel move on to make room for Killpatrick and N'Diaye respectively. I wasn't planning on selling Daniel - he'd really come into his own in the last season - but Inter's offer matched my asking price so off he went. Breach leaves on loan again (I can see why Arsenal wanted rid), whilst veteran legend Brenes moves on after his contract expired. Hopefully he finds a new club soon - he's still plenty good enough for the Premier League.

    Key Men:
    Goalkeeper/Defence

    Blazo Jeftic - DC - The leader at the back. Reis is still important, but I worry more when we're missing this guy.


    Midfield
    Delando Moke
    - M/AMC - If he can continue in last season's vein he'll be crucial for both us and England for years to come.
    Mario Méndez - AML/ST - Probably our one properly world-class attacking player, everything ticks when he's on song.

    Strikers
    Marius Maciulevicius
    - AMC/ST - Perhaps his last season as first choice now. If not, then almost certainly penultimate.

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    How did Albania qualify for the Second Round and yet Czech Republic played in it?

    Great performance from Wales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    How did Albania qualify for the Second Round and yet Czech Republic played in it?

    Great performance from Wales.
    Because for some reason Group C didn't paste so it was a relic of 2032. Fixed it now, well spotted, thanks.

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    What a weird appointment as England manager.

    Surprised you weren't more tempted by Inter!

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    Season 25: Halfway House Update

    Community Shield first up, and this year we faced Man Utd. Despite an even game, we approached full-time 1-0 down, only for Schwartz to grab a goal from the bench two minutes from time. Penalties followed, and 5 perfect kicks for us won us the trophy for the third year running.

    The League Cup kicked off against Blackburn at Ewood Park, and our second XI found things difficult to begin with - despite going 1-0 up, we went 2-1 behind, before an own goal equalised things at the break. Blackburn scored straight from the kickoff to put the pressure back on us, and as time ticked away it looked like our challenge would be over before it had started. Luckily, Ocles came off the bench to steal a deserved injury-time equaliser, before we ran away with it 5-3 in injury time. West Ham were a bit more straight forward next, as a Ramón inspired team took them apart 3-1, whilst Aston Villa somehow stayed in the game until the very end despite being rubbish, but we beat them 3-2 to set up a semi-final against Leeds.

    The Champions League group draw was a little difficult, since we were back in the group of second seeds having lost in the final last year. The draw was fairly tough, with Inter as top seeds, but we would be confident of getting past PSV and Olympiakos. The three-match suspensions of Mikic and Busao after the debacle of the Marseille clash were compounded by a bad injury crisis, meaning we had to send out very weak sides for the first three games of the group. We snuck past PSV 2-1 at home, as my weak bench nearly cost us the points, whilst a very disappointing 0-0 draw away in Greece followed. The away game against Inter became very important. Fortunately Inter had managed to lose to PSV, so weren't in any danger of running away with things.

    Despite going in at half time 1-0 down, an excellent second half display saw us batter them 3-1, putting us right back in charge of the group. A 0-0 at home was slightly disappointing, but no disaster, and a 1-0 win away in Eindhoven secured both qualification and top spot as Olympiakos beat Inter - who were in severe danger of going out. Going into the last game, they had to beat PSV at home and hope we could do the same against Olympiakos. Having already won the group, I sent out a weak side - with mounting injuries causing problems I wasn't in the mood to unnecessarily stress my remaining players.

    Olympiakos took an early lead against us, but posed no more attacking threat for the rest of the game, despite the fact that they could easily have picked apart our cobbled-together defence. Two goals in the last 5 minutes turned things around as we won 2-1, but the news from Milan was more surprising - PSV had beaten them again, 2-1! Inter were out, and PSV progressed as runners-up. We face Bayern in the next round.

    We had a really rough start in the league, losing our first three away matches on the spin, meaning we picked up just 6 points from the first 15. Losing away to Arsenal and Tottenham was perhaps understandable, if not desirable, but the performance away at Huddersfield was execrable. After taking an early lead we found ourselves 3-1 down. Heroicly battling back to 3-3, the momentum seemed to be with us, but we shipped another in injury time to lose 4-3. An 11-match winning streak put us back at the sharp end, before another injury-time concession cost us a point at Anfield. Back-to-back home wins against Man Utd and Chelsea closed out the year in a more satisfactory way. Looks like I've got the title fight I was after!

    The Good
    • Winning the Champions League group despite serious selection issues
    • The 11-game league winning streak
    • Ramón and Sedat Yucel in particular have found their creative feet
    The Bad
    • Horrendous injury problems have limited Bellucci to 6 starts, with Méndez's disastrous broken leg an even worse set back
    • Crap away performances against good sides still dog us
    • Moke has been really disappointing (although in mitigation he's had to fill in out of position far too often)
    Results - Premier League Table - Squad

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    I have to say, I'm really enjoying this season! We're having injury crises a-plenty, which means I have to cobble together teams putting square pegs in round holes and playing youth teamers in key roles. My first choice left-winger for the last 5 or 6 games has been my second choice right-winger, and my only option at left back for the next game is my fourth choice centre-back! Fantastic.

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    Bring on 1,500

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    Tough competition to retain the title.

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    SnakeXe's Career - Season 25 - 2036/37

    Story of the Season:
    Premier League - 1st
    The toughest race in a while, we only secured the title in the penultimate game with a 1-0 home win over Liverpool.

    FA Cup - Fourth Round (lost v Hull)
    It took a replay to get past Villa (who we played 5 times this season), and then we had an absolute shocker in front of goal as Hull knocked us out with their only decent chance.

    League Cup - Winners
    A difficult run until the semi-final, with all Premier League sides, but Leeds were quite accommodating in a 0-5 surrender. Spurs looked a tough ask in the final but we made short work of them to put last year's problems behind us.

    Community Shield - Winners
    It took penalties to eventually get past Man Utd for our third in a row.

    Champions League - Winners
    Bayern put up a fight at home, running us close in a 2-1 win, but we finished the job with aplomb at home - 4-0. From then on things got difficult. Atlético Madrid somewhat fortunately beat us 1-0 at the Calderón, but we managed to win 1-0 at home in a nervy display. Extra time was goalless, before we prevailed 4-3 in the shootout. We were at home first against Valencia, and we massively outplayed them, only to come away with a fairly poor 3-2 scoreline. This put the pressure on as we went to the Mestalla (Nuevo Mestalla still not finished, guys?). They took the lead on the night and on away goals on aggregate early, and it was certainly squeaky bum time as we came in at half time having performed quite poorly. A rocket up the jacksie seemed to perk them up a bit, and we got our just desserts, Saad equalising with 9 minutes to go. I reshuffled the system and told the lads to hole up, which they did successfully, putting us into a third successive final.

    We were up against Arsenal, who were sure to be a tough opponent - we'd only beaten them once in the last two seasons. Fortunately they were in obliging mood, giving us a penalty towards the end of the first half, which Moke stuck away coolly. Mikic then exorcised his own personal demon of a red card against Marseille with an unlikely brace, before Sukhanov pulled one back. Moke then came up with a belter from 30 yards to finish things off - 4-1 on the night, and Champions of Europe once more!

    Results 1 - Results 2 - Squad

    Transfers - £22.1 recouped
    A bit of a selling season this time - although Tochukwu Daniel was the only important first teamer. Coming in was Mohamed Saad at a bargain price from Innsbruck. Intended as a replacement for Felipe, he ended up half replacing him, and half replacing Daniel. It worked out ok in the end, but it's not an ideal solution.

    Finances
    Looking fantastic.


    5 Most Important Players:
    A bit of an unusual list this year, due to a year-long injury crisis!
    5. Francis Selemani - DC - The one-time £8.25m signing finally made a big splash this season, showing some outstanding form when filling in for Jeftic and Kroulik during injury-related absences. Scored a few goals too!
    4. Blazo Jeftic - DC - Another imperious season. Surely captain material once Maciulevicius hangs up his boots.
    3. Fabijan Vujadinovic - AMR/ST - I love this guy. The Bosniak isn't the most talented of players (although he's certainly no lump), but he stepped up this season and really helped fill the massive holes caused by injuries to Ocles and Méndez.
    2. Sedat Yucel - AMC - The Turk stepped up as the established creative forces stuttered and broke.
    1. Marius Maciulevicius - AMC/ST - The club legend keeps on delivering.


    History:
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    | Season  | Team            | League/Competition    | Country      | Position | Notes                                                 |
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    | 2012/13 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Semi-finalists                                |
    | 2013/14 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 3rd      | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2013/14 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 14th     | 15th on arrival in October                            |
    | 2014/15 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Winners                                       |
    | 2015/16 | Darlington      | League Two            | England      | 16th     | Resigned in January                                   |
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    | 2015/16 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 21st     | Relegated, 24th on arrival in March                   |
    | 2016/17 | Southend United | League Two            | England      | 1st      | League Two Champions                                  |
    | 2017/18 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 2nd      | Promoted                                              |
    | 2018/19 | Southend United | Championship          | England      | 17th     | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2018/19 | Wigan Athletic  | Championship          | England      | 4th      | 13th on arrival in October, Playoff Winners           |
    | 2019/20 | Wigan Athletic  | Premier League        | England      | 15th     | Left in December                                      |
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    | 2019/20 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 8th      | 14th on arrival in December, DFB-Pokal Winners        |
    | 2020/21 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Supercup Winners, EL Semi-Finalists |
    | 2021/22 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 2nd      | Supercup Winners, CL & DFB-Pokal Semi-Finalists       |
    | 2022/23 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Champions League Winners            |
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    | 2023/24 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 2nd      | Champ's League Semi-Finalists, League Cup Finalists   |
    | 2024/25 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners, League Cup Finalists          |
    | 2025/26 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners                                |
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    | 2027    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & Paulista Winners, Libertadores SF       |
    | 2028    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 2nd      | Paulista & Copa Libertadores Semi-Finalists           |
    | 2029    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & L'dores Winners, CWC RU, Paulista SF    |
    | 2030    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | B'leirao, L'dores, Paulista, Recopa Winners, CWC RU   |
    | 2031    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao, Paulista, Recopa Sudamericana Winners    |
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    | 2030    | Brazil          | Friendlies            | Various      | N/A      | Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1                        |
    | 2031    | Brazil          | Copa América          | S. America   | R-Up     | Copa América Runners Up, Resigned in July             |
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    | 2031/32 | Vélez           | Clausura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Clausura Winners, Joined in February                  |
    | 2032/33 | Vélez           | Apertura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Apertura Winners, Left in December                    |
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    | 2032/33 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 7th      | FA Cup Runners Up, Joined in December                 |
    | 2033/34 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League & League Cup Winners                   |
    | 2034/35 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League, FA Cup, & Champions League Winners    |
    | 2035/36 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League & CWC Winners, League Cup & CL R-Up    |
    | 2036/37 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League, League Cup, & Champ's League Winners  |
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    Next Season:
    This season was a constant battle as we faced massive problems with injury and loss of form all season long. Despite this, it was a far more successful year in terms of trophies than last year - where we played far better! Hopefully next year we can put both together - good football, and plenty to celebrate. I think this side has a clean sweep in them - but I might need to make a couple of signings first.

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    Former Club Watch:

    Weymouth F.C.:


    Boo.

    Code:
    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2012/13*  Blue Square South       2nd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2013/14*  Blue Square South       9th       I left in October (resigned)
    2014/15   Blue Square South       10th      -
    2015/16   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2016/17   Blue Square South       9th       FA Cup 2nd Round
    2017/18   Blue Square South       3rd       Playoff Winners
    2018/19   Blue Square Premier     21st      Relegated
    2019/20   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2020/21   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2021/22   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2022/23   Blue Square South       18th      -
    2023/24   Blue Square South       22nd      Relegated
    2024/25   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    2025/26   N/A                     N/A       -
    2026/27   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 3rd Round
    2027/28   N/A                     N/A       -
    2028/29   N/A                     N/A       -
    2029/30   N/A                     N/A       -
    2030/31   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 1st Round
    2031/32   N/A                     N/A       -
    2032/33   N/A                     N/A       -
    2033/34   N/A                     N/A       -
    2034/35   N/A                     N/A       -
    2035/36   N/A                     N/A       -
    2036/37   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    
    NB * indicates that I was in charge for at least part of the season.
    Darlington F.C.:

    At least they avoided the double-dip. Need to turn the momentum around again.

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    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2013/14*  Blue Square Premier     14th      I joined in October
    2014/15*  Blue Square Premier     2nd       Playoff Winners
    2015/16*  League Two              18th      I left in January (resigned)
    2016/17   League Two              17th      JPT North Quarter Final
    2017/18   League Two              15th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2018/19   League Two              3rd       Promoted
    2019/20   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   League Two              20th      -
    2021/22   League Two              6th       FA Cup 4th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2022/23   League Two              9th       JPT North Quarter Final
    2023/24   League Two              16th      JPT North Semi Final
    2024/25   League Two              11th      -
    2025/26   League Two              19th      -
    2026/27   League Two              19th      -
    2027/28   League Two              18th      -
    2028/29   League Two              20th      -
    2029/30   League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2030/31   League One              12th      FA Cup 4th Round
    2031/32   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   League Two              2nd       Promoted, FA Cup 3rd Round
    2033/34   League One              18th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2034/35   League One              4th       JPT N SF, FA Cup R3, Playoff Winners
    2035/36   Championship            24th      Relegated
    2036/37   League One              18th      JPT North Quarter-finalists
    Southend United:

    They need to turn this around fast - just one point off the drop.

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    2015/16*  League One              21st      Relegated, I joined in March
    2016/17*  League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2017/18*  League One              2nd       Promoted
    2018/19*  Championship            15th      I left in October (resigned)
    2019/20   Championship            20th      -
    2020/21   Championship            12th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2021/22   Championship            9th       -
    2022/23   Championship            15th      -
    2023/24   Championship            16th      FA Cup Semi Final
    2024/25   Championship            21st      -
    2025/26   Championship            19th      -
    2026/27   Championship            16th      League Cup Runners up
    2027/28   Championship            21st      -
    2028/29   Championship            22nd      Relegated
    2029/30   League One              3rd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2030/31   League One              7th       FA Cup 4th Round, JPT Finalists
    2031/32   League One              17th      JPT South Quarter-finalists
    2032/33   League One              11th      -
    2033/34   League One              11th      JPT South Semi-finalists
    2034/35   League One              5th       FA Cup 3rd Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2035/36   League One              15th      JPT South Runners-Up
    2036/37   League One              20th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    Wigan Athletic:

    Looks like they hit their head on that glass ceiling and fell down a bit.

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    2018/19*  Championship            4th       I joined in October, Playoff Winners
    2019/20*  Premier League          11th      I left in December (job offer)
    2020/21   Premier League          18th      League Cup Winners, Relegated
    2021/22   Championship            2nd       Promoted, League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2022/23   Premier League          17th      FA Cup 6th Round
    2023/24   Premier League          19th      Relegated
    2024/25   Championship            5th       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2025/26   Championship            4th       Playoff Winners, FA Cup 6th Round
    2026/27   Premier League          5th       FA Cup 6th Round, EL Qualification
    2027/28   Premier League          19th      League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2028/29   Championship            6th       FA Cup 5th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2029/30   Championship            4th       Playoff Runners Up
    2030/31   Championship            2nd       Promoted
    2031/32   Premier League          11th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   Premier League          14th      -
    2033/34   Premier League          12th      -
    2034/35   Premier League          10th      -
    2035/36   Premier League          9th       -
    2036/37   Premier League          16th      -
    Werder Bremen:

    If things continue at this rate I will have to make a rescue attempt when I'm finished on Tyneside. This isn't on.

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    2019/20*  1. Bundesliga           8th       I joined in December, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2020/21*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, S'cup Winners; EL Semi-finalists
    2021/22*  1. Bundesliga           2nd       S'cup Winners; EL, DFB-P Semi-finalists
    2022/23*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, Champs League Winners
    2023/24   1. Bundesliga           2nd       CWC, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2024/25   1. Bundesliga           4th       Champs League, DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2025/26   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2026/27   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal Winners
    2027/28   1. Bundesliga           5th       Europa League Semi-finalists
    2028/29   1. Bundesliga           4th       Europa League QF, DFB-Pokal RU
    2029/30   1. Bundesliga           3rd       Europa League Quarter-finalists
    2030/31   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2031/32   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2032/33   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Quarter-finalists
    2033/34   1. Bundesliga           2nd       DFB-Pokal Runners Up
    2034/35   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal & Champions League QF
    2035/36   1. Bundesliga           6th       Europa League 2nd Knockout Round
    2036/37   1. Bundesliga           12th      -
    Arsenal:

    At least made a title challenge this year in the league, whilst they fell to us at the final hurdle in Europe.


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    2023/24*  Premier League          2nd       CL Semi-finalists, LC Runners up
    2024/25*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, LC Runners Up
    2025/26*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners
    2026/27   Premier League          1st       PL & CL Winners, FA Cup Semi-finalists
    2027/28   Premier League          1st       PL, CL, CWC & LC Winners, FA Cup Final
    2028/29   Premier League          3rd       League Cup Runners Up, Champ's Lg SF
    2029/30   Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, Champ's Lg RU
    2030/31   Premier League          1st       PL & LC Winners, CL Runners Up
    2031/32   Premier League          1st       Prem League Winners, FA Cup Runners Up
    2032/33   Premier League          2nd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Premier League          6th       Champions League Runners Up
    2034/35   Premier League          2nd       FA Cup 6th Round
    2035/36   Premier League          3rd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2036/37   Premier League          3rd       FA Cup 6th Round, CL Runners Up
    Santos:

    Another good domestic season spoiled by a shocking 2nd Round exit in the Copa Libertadores. They still have Xaropinho, Deivid, Júnior Andrade and Evandro - what's wrong with them?!


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    2027*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, Paulista Winners, L'dores SF
    2028*     Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista, Libertadores Semi-finalists
    2029*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & L'dores W, P'lista SF, CWC RU
    2030*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, P'lista & Recopa W, CWC RU
    2031*     Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao, Paulista & Recopa Winners
    2032      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2033      Brasileirao             2nd       CL, Recopa & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2034      Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista RU, CL SF, Recopa Winners
    2035      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & Paulista Winners, L'dores QF
    2036      Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao Winners, Paulista Runners Up
    Brazil:

    Losing a friendly to Morocco is surely a new low. Still 2nd in the World Cup Qualifiers though, so it's not quite armageddon.


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    2030*     Friendlies              -         Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1
    2031*     Copa América            R-Up      Copa América R-Up, Resigned in July
    2032      Friendlies              -         P3 W2 D0 L1
    2033      Confederations Cup      3rd       Confederations Cup 3rd Placed Team
    2031-33   CONMEBOL WC Qualifiers  2nd       Qualified for World Cup
    2034      World Cup               Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of WC
    2035      Copa América            Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of C. América    
    2036      Friendlies              -         P3 W0 D2 L1
    Vélez:

    Much better!


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    2031/32*  Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, Joined in February
    2032/33*  Apertura                1st       Apertura Winners, Left in December
    2032/33   Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, CA 7th Rnd, CL SF
    2033/34   Apertura                2nd       Copa Sudamericana Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Clausura                5th       -
    2034/35   Apertura                5th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2034/35   Clausura                3rd       Copa Libertadores 2nd Round
    2035/36   Apertura                9th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2035/36   Clausura                7th       -
    2036/37   Apertura                3rd       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2036/37   Clausura                3rd       -
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    Poor Wymouth. 13 years out of the playable leagues.

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    I know - surely their rep must have gotten a decent boost from the season in the BSP, so why have they never come back?

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    Another great season Snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Another great season Snake.
    Cheers Nobby - very satisfying one too, the season-long struggle with injuries ending with the gratification of reclaiming the Champions League - can't beat that.

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    SnakeXe's Career - Season 26 Preseason Update - Newcastle United


    Board Expectations:
    Premier League - Champions League qualification (minimum of Champions League qualification, predicted 2nd out of 20)
    FA Cup - Final
    Carling Cup
    - Unimportant
    Community Shield - Unimportant
    Champions League - Semi Final
    Super Cup - Win it

    My Expectations:
    Premier League - With the upgrades to the squad anything less than a 5th successive title would be disappointing
    FA Cup - Surely we have to not mess it up at least one year?
    Carling Cup
    - With our good record in this competition it'd be nice to keep it up
    Community Shield - Not too bothered either way
    Champions League - I haven't managed to retain it yet, so that has to be the aim

    Super Cup - It's against Marseille - revenge would be sweet

    Budgets:
    Transfer: £54,710,000 (£52,840,000 remaining)
    Wages: £1,447,887/week (£1,168
    ,925/week currently)
    Balance:
    £63,446,798 (-£23,508,796 since last season)

    Squad:
    Looking a lot better than last season. With Cardinal coming in and Breach given a second chance, we should have plenty more strength in depth to cope with the sort of injury problems we suffered. Of course, now we can cope with it, I probably won't need them.

    Transfers:
    A rare large net spend for us this year - José Manuel Cardinal is a belated replacement for Tochukwu Daniel, whilst Ioan Micu replaces the retiring Tom Baker as second-ish choice keeper, and Lucas Henry is one for the future. N'Diaye and Killpatrick leave on loan in search of first team football.

    Key Men:
    Goalkeeper/Defence

    Blazo Jeftic - DC - With three fairly interchangeable players available for his partner, plus good backups for both fullbacks, he's the key man to stay fit and in form.


    Midfield
    Michel Bellucci
    - DM/MC - After a couple of campaigns disrupted by injury, we need him to be back at his best.
    Mario Méndez - AML/ST - Last season was pretty much a write off, and with fleeting glimpses of his quality when he came back at the end of last season we have to hope he can be the player he was.

    Strikers
    Andy Wakefield
    - ST - As Marius Maciulevicius enters the twilight of his career, can this guy shoulder the burden of being the main forward? He's done well as backup, let's see what he's made of.

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    Looks like the days of splurging aren't exactly over at Arsenal.


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    :O

    Not tempted by the transfer budget then? ;)

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    Made that mistake once already this career! My manager knows his type ;)

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    To be honest, I forgot how much you spent at Arsenal when you were there!

    I've never had a massive transfer budget on FM like that. I would love to have a go although I guess maybe it becomes boring quite quickly?

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    What I think the actual problem was is I could win the league with the players performing at 75% of their ability, because I had world-class players across the park. That made it difficult to work out the best way to play with them all, when I didn't need them to be that good apart from maybe one game in ten. Hence the problems in the Champions League.

    It's telling that probably only two or three of my Newcastle players (Mendez, Reis and Nworuh) would have even the slightest chance of getting into my Arsenal team, such was the individual quality, and yet I've been vastly more successful. But then with so many great players, maybe the egos clashed or the balance of the personalities wasn't right? Too many chiefs and not enough braves?

    Possibly another factor was the pressure for instant success brought by spending so much money. It didn't leave a lot of room to build a functioning team when I needed results from day one. In fact I don't think I've had a more dysfunctional team relative to the ability of the players in my career. The experience at Arsenal has really shaped my career actually - I've not gone to a top club with massive budgets at all since. Even now at Newcastle when I have £50m transfer budgets, every really key player for me has either already been at the club (Maciulevicius, Reis, Moke, Ocles, Vujadinovic) or signed for a very small fee relative to their ability (Nworuh, Mendez, Bellucci, Jeftic, Martac).

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    I certainly always feel that personality counts for a lot when building teams and that could be why you've done so well away from top clubs with huge budgets. Maybe you are building better teams with better character and therefore getting more out of the players plus a better team spirit going.

    I'd still love to have a massive budget to play with. Just once! Maybe in my current career I'll end up having a go at this and, most likely, I'll regret it as I imagine that it won't be as fun as playing the way you are playing.

    My managerial style is like yours in that sense as I think I'm probably more comfortable with clubs that might be considered more 'outsiders' rather than the established top clubs. It suits my managerial style more, I would imagine, anyway.

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    Just an FYI for those who found the Argentinean league structure and relegation/continental qualification rules stupid/confusing when I managed there briefly, this season Tigres may win the title and then be relegated! Ridiculous.

    In terms of this save I should be getting back to it soon, I think I'm running out of steam at Newcastle. I think the squad needs a reshuffle soon and I don't know if I can be the person to do it. The likes of Ocles, Vujadinovic and Krivokuca can still do a job for us but really I should be signing top class players ahead of them. I just like them too much. Since it's a World Cup year I may well end up finishing this season and then making another foray into international management - this time quitting my club job as I intended to. I think the work I've put into improving the finances alongside the youth of the majority of our key men should mean Newcastle will stay a top club. Perhaps I'll come back and rescue them again if they slip once more, but my job feels pretty well done right now.

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    Season 26: Halfway House Update

    First the mickey mouse stuff. Community Shield - good, beat Man City 2-1. European Super Cup - bad, lost another final to Marseille in a dire 0-1.

    In slightly more serious competition we brushed Villa aside 2-0 in the League Cup 3rd Round, before a needlessly prolonged 3-1 win over Fulham after extra time. Blackburn put up a good fight to restrict us to a 3-2 win in the quarter-final, but we'll be the ones going through to face sort-of-rivals-although-they-care-a-lot-more-than-we-do Middlesbrough in the semi.

    The league started off pitifully, a 1-4 defeat at Anfield a real sickener. As usual we won most of the rest, with the trend of stupid defeats away against good sides continuing with a 3-2 defeat against Chelsea in west London and a 2-0 defeat in the north of the capital against Arsenal. Other than that things were going great for the first 15 games, a 0-0 away in Cardiff the only other blot on the copybook. However, the twin fixture-congestion generators of the Club World Cup and World Cup conspired to give us a ridiculous run of four league games in a week over the New Year. To the players' great credit we dominated all four, but to my great disgust we won none of them, four successive draws dropping us 10 points behind leaders Man City, albeit with 2 games in hand.

    The Champions League group was straightforward as is usually the case these days, 5 straight wins over Sporting and Zilina home and away, and Juventus at home tying up the group win before a meaningless 2-1 loss in Torino. We face AC Milan in the first knockout round.

    The Club World Championship wasn't quite the usual turkey shoot, but we still waltzed to the trophy with a 2-1 win over Tigres followed by 4-2 against Newel

    The Good
    • Progress/success/challenging in everything that's not the European Super Cup
    • Sedat Yucel continues his impressive form
    • Sunderland are bottom
    The Bad
    • Losing another (albeit less important) final to Marseille, who really aren't all that
    • 10 points behind a good Man City team is quite a margin to close
    • Méndez hasn't quite been back to his best since returning from injury
    Results - Premier League Table - Squad
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    Any game where Newcastle win four league titles in a row is a great game

    You missed a positive off in your half year summary: Sunderland are bottom of the league Acidburn would not agree here

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Any game where Newcastle win four league titles in a row is a great game

    You missed a positive off in your half year summary: Sunderland are bottom of the league Acidburn would not agree here
    I'm so editing that in!

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    Looks like quite a fight on your hands. Sunderland bottom is fine by me

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Looks like quite a fight on your hands. Sunderland bottom is fine by me


    Yeah it'll be a real achievement to retain the title from this position. I've given us a fighting chance, though:



    Deivid played for me at Santos, I nabbed him as a 15 year-old for a bargain £55k - quite the profit for the Brazilians! He should prove to be worth it, though, he should excel in the deep-lying playmaker role in my preferred system.

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    4 draws in a row hasnt helped the gap at the top I bet?

    Deivid looks a real talent .

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    Now I know the Argentine league is stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    4 draws in a row hasnt helped the gap at the top I bet?

    Deivid looks a real talent .
    He's started pretty well

    Yeah we were top before we went off to the Club World Championship, then that run of games came straight after.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Now I know the Argentine league is stupid.
    It's laughable. Brought the system in to stop River going down, then they went down anyway in the end.

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    Deivid looks a fantastic player, worth splashing that money out on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Deivid looks a fantastic player, worth splashing that money out on.
    He just helped us engineer a 5-0 home win over AC Milan to overturn a 0-2 first leg deficit! It was 2-0 to us until the 80th minute, such a tense match.

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    Just read this whole thing over the course of the evening, great stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeLikeFM View Post
    Just read this whole thing over the course of the evening, great stuff
    Thanks, glad you enjoyed it - and good effort reading it all in one go!

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    SnakeXe's Career - Season 26 - 2037/38

    Story of the Season:
    Premier League - 1st
    Liverpool put in a great title challenge - despite winning 17 out of our 19 games in an unbeaten second half of the season they only finished 3 points behind us.

    FA Cup - Winners
    Finally won this trophy again, only the second time in my career. Championship Leeds and Wrexham were a fairly untaxing start, and Middlesbrough weren't much better. Dipping back into the Championship for the next two rounds kept things simple, as Reading and MK Dons were dispatched in professional manner. Fulham in the final were a different prospect - somewhat of a bogey team for us and ended up just 1 point from Champions League qualification this season. Fortunately we overcame them 1-0 after extra time to claim the trophy.

    League Cup - Winners
    Boro were weak opponents in the semi-final, and another Championship side in Swindon lay down to have their tummy tickled in the final.

    Community Shield - Winners
    Goals in the 87th and 90th minute turned it around for us against Man City.

    European Super Cup - Runners Up (lost v Marseille)
    Our European bogey team snuck a ridiculous 1-0 win.

    Champions League - Runners Up (lost v Atletico Madrid)
    We didn't win a single away tie in Europe after a 4-1 thrashing of Sporting in Lisbon back in October - the irrelevant loss against Juventus followed by a 2-0 loss in the San Siro against AC Milan, and 1-1 draws in Leverkusen and Paris. Fortunately our home form was up to the job, with 5-0 wins over the Rossonero and Bayer, although another 1-1 draw meant penalties were required against PSG. Fortunately we held our nerve to convert 4 from 5 to progress.

    Atletico are a good side, featuring my former star man at Vélez, Alan Esmerado. We would have to bring our A-game to beat them. However, we did not. We brought our E-game if that. Still, we outplayed them, but that's no good when you can't finish until the 2nd minute of added time, and you've already conceded twice and made your goalkeeper save a penalty to boot. Gutted.

    Club World Cup - Winners
    Tigres and then Newell's tasted our steel.

    Results 1 - Results 2 - Results 3 - Squad

    Transfers - £58m spent
    A massive net-spend this time as I broke the club transfer reord twice, first for José Manuel Cardinal from PSV, then for my Santos old-boy Deivid at £32m.

    Finances
    Debt-free and massively profitable.


    5 Most Important Players:
    5. Mario Méndez - AML/ST - Not back to his best, but a huge contribution as always.
    4. Mohamed Saad - M/AMRC - After the customary slow-ish start our new signings seem to make, he showed great quality playing wide right or just behind the striker.
    3. Gil Reis - D/MR - A real club legend. Consistent excellence.
    2. Sedat Yucel - AMC - Another great season from the criminally underused Turkish international.
    1. Marius Maciulevicius - AMC/ST - Rolled back the years to smash in just under a goal every star


    History:
    Code:
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    | Season  | Team            | League/Competition    | Country      | Position | Notes                                                 |
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    | 2012/13 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Semi-finalists                                |
    | 2013/14 | Weymouth        | Blue Square South     | England      | 3rd      | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2013/14 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 14th     | 15th on arrival in October                            |
    | 2014/15 | Darlington      | Blue Square Premier   | England      | 2nd      | Playoff Winners                                       |
    | 2015/16 | Darlington      | League Two            | England      | 16th     | Resigned in January                                   |
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    | 2015/16 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 21st     | Relegated, 24th on arrival in March                   |
    | 2016/17 | Southend United | League Two            | England      | 1st      | League Two Champions                                  |
    | 2017/18 | Southend United | League One            | England      | 2nd      | Promoted                                              |
    | 2018/19 | Southend United | Championship          | England      | 17th     | Resigned in October                                   |
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    | 2018/19 | Wigan Athletic  | Championship          | England      | 4th      | 13th on arrival in October, Playoff Winners           |
    | 2019/20 | Wigan Athletic  | Premier League        | England      | 15th     | Left in December                                      |
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    | 2019/20 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 8th      | 14th on arrival in December, DFB-Pokal Winners        |
    | 2020/21 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Supercup Winners, EL Semi-Finalists |
    | 2021/22 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 2nd      | Supercup Winners, CL & DFB-Pokal Semi-Finalists       |
    | 2022/23 | Werder Bremen   | 1. Bundesliga         | Germany      | 1st      | B'liga Champions, Champions League Winners            |
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    | 2023/24 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 2nd      | Champ's League Semi-Finalists, League Cup Finalists   |
    | 2024/25 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners, League Cup Finalists          |
    | 2025/26 | Arsenal         | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League Winners                                |
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    | 2027    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & Paulista Winners, Libertadores SF       |
    | 2028    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 2nd      | Paulista & Copa Libertadores Semi-Finalists           |
    | 2029    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao & L'dores Winners, CWC RU, Paulista SF    |
    | 2030    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | B'leirao, L'dores, Paulista, Recopa Winners, CWC RU   |
    | 2031    | Santos          | Brasileirao           | Brazil       | 1st      | Brasileirao, Paulista, Recopa Sudamericana Winners    |
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    | 2030    | Brazil          | Friendlies            | Various      | N/A      | Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1                        |
    | 2031    | Brazil          | Copa América          | S. America   | R-Up     | Copa América Runners Up, Resigned in July             |
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    | 2031/32 | Vélez           | Clausura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Clausura Winners, Joined in February                  |
    | 2032/33 | Vélez           | Apertura              | Argentina    | 1st      | Apertura Winners, Left in December                    |
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    | 2032/33 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 7th      | FA Cup Runners Up, Joined in December                 |
    | 2033/34 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League & League Cup Winners                   |
    | 2034/35 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League, FA Cup, & Champions League Winners    |
    | 2035/36 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League & CWC Winners, League Cup & CL R-Up    |
    | 2036/37 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League, League Cup, & Champ's League Winners  |
    | 2037/38 | Newcastle       | Premier League        | England      | 1st      | Premier League, FA Cup, Lg Cup & CWC Winners, CL R-Up |
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    Next Season:
    I think this might be the end for me at Newcastle. I've won everything there is to be won multiple times, I've erased the club's debt, and built a vibrant young squad full of quality on a budget. It's a massive wrench, but time to move on. The plan is to watch the World Cup from my comfy sofa then pick up the pieces for whatever country takes my fancy afterwards. I think I'd prefer a European country at this stage.

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    Former Club Watch:

    Weymouth F.C.:


    Boo.

    Code:
    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2012/13*  Blue Square South       2nd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2013/14*  Blue Square South       9th       I left in October (resigned)
    2014/15   Blue Square South       10th      -
    2015/16   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2016/17   Blue Square South       9th       FA Cup 2nd Round
    2017/18   Blue Square South       3rd       Playoff Winners
    2018/19   Blue Square Premier     21st      Relegated
    2019/20   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2020/21   Blue Square South       14th      -
    2021/22   Blue Square South       19th      -
    2022/23   Blue Square South       18th      -
    2023/24   Blue Square South       22nd      Relegated
    2024/25   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    2025/26   N/A                     N/A       -
    2026/27   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 3rd Round
    2027/28   N/A                     N/A       -
    2028/29   N/A                     N/A       -
    2029/30   N/A                     N/A       -
    2030/31   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 1st Round
    2031/32   N/A                     N/A       -
    2032/33   N/A                     N/A       -
    2033/34   N/A                     N/A       -
    2034/35   N/A                     N/A       -
    2035/36   N/A                     N/A       -
    2036/37   N/A                     N/A       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    2037/38   N/A                     N/A       -
    
    NB * indicates that I was in charge for at least part of the season.
    Darlington F.C.:

    Well that went well.

    Code:
    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2013/14*  Blue Square Premier     14th      I joined in October
    2014/15*  Blue Square Premier     2nd       Playoff Winners
    2015/16*  League Two              18th      I left in January (resigned)
    2016/17   League Two              17th      JPT North Quarter Final
    2017/18   League Two              15th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2018/19   League Two              3rd       Promoted
    2019/20   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 4th Round
    2020/21   League Two              20th      -
    2021/22   League Two              6th       FA Cup 4th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2022/23   League Two              9th       JPT North Quarter Final
    2023/24   League Two              16th      JPT North Semi Final
    2024/25   League Two              11th      -
    2025/26   League Two              19th      -
    2026/27   League Two              19th      -
    2027/28   League Two              18th      -
    2028/29   League Two              20th      -
    2029/30   League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2030/31   League One              12th      FA Cup 4th Round
    2031/32   League One              22nd      Relegated, FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   League Two              2nd       Promoted, FA Cup 3rd Round
    2033/34   League One              18th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2034/35   League One              4th       JPT N SF, FA Cup R3, Playoff Winners
    2035/36   Championship            24th      Relegated
    2036/37   League One              18th      JPT North Quarter-finalists
    2037/38   League One              22nd      Relegated
    Southend United:

    Finally some good news! The Shrimpers are back on the up.

    Code:
    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2015/16*  League One              21st      Relegated, I joined in March
    2016/17*  League Two              1st       League Two Winners
    2017/18*  League One              2nd       Promoted
    2018/19*  Championship            15th      I left in October (resigned)
    2019/20   Championship            20th      -
    2020/21   Championship            12th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2021/22   Championship            9th       -
    2022/23   Championship            15th      -
    2023/24   Championship            16th      FA Cup Semi Final
    2024/25   Championship            21st      -
    2025/26   Championship            19th      -
    2026/27   Championship            16th      League Cup Runners up
    2027/28   Championship            21st      -
    2028/29   Championship            22nd      Relegated
    2029/30   League One              3rd       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2030/31   League One              7th       FA Cup 4th Round, JPT Finalists
    2031/32   League One              17th      JPT South Quarter-finalists
    2032/33   League One              11th      -
    2033/34   League One              11th      JPT South Semi-finalists
    2034/35   League One              5th       FA Cup 3rd Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2035/36   League One              15th      JPT South Runners-Up
    2036/37   League One              20th      FA Cup 3rd Round
    2037/38   League One              5th       Playoff Winners, Promoted
    Wigan Athletic:

    A quite literal copy and paste of last season.

    Code:
    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2018/19*  Championship            4th       I joined in October, Playoff Winners
    2019/20*  Premier League          11th      I left in December (job offer)
    2020/21   Premier League          18th      League Cup Winners, Relegated
    2021/22   Championship            2nd       Promoted, League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2022/23   Premier League          17th      FA Cup 6th Round
    2023/24   Premier League          19th      Relegated
    2024/25   Championship            5th       Playoff Semi-finalists
    2025/26   Championship            4th       Playoff Winners, FA Cup 6th Round
    2026/27   Premier League          5th       FA Cup 6th Round, EL Qualification
    2027/28   Premier League          19th      League Cup Quarter-finalists
    2028/29   Championship            6th       FA Cup 5th Round, Playoff Semi-finalists
    2029/30   Championship            4th       Playoff Runners Up
    2030/31   Championship            2nd       Promoted
    2031/32   Premier League          11th      FA Cup 5th Round
    2032/33   Premier League          14th      -
    2033/34   Premier League          12th      -
    2034/35   Premier League          10th      -
    2035/36   Premier League          9th       -
    2036/37   Premier League          16th      -
    2037/38   Premier League          16th      -
    Werder Bremen:

    A much improved season for Die Werderaner.

    Code:
    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2019/20*  1. Bundesliga           8th       I joined in December, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2020/21*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, S'cup Winners; EL Semi-finalists
    2021/22*  1. Bundesliga           2nd       S'cup Winners; EL, DFB-P Semi-finalists
    2022/23*  1. Bundesliga           1st       B'liga, Champs League Winners
    2023/24   1. Bundesliga           2nd       CWC, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2024/25   1. Bundesliga           4th       Champs League, DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2025/26   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2026/27   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal Winners
    2027/28   1. Bundesliga           5th       Europa League Semi-finalists
    2028/29   1. Bundesliga           4th       Europa League QF, DFB-Pokal RU
    2029/30   1. Bundesliga           3rd       Europa League Quarter-finalists
    2030/31   1. Bundesliga           4th       -
    2031/32   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Semi-finalists
    2032/33   1. Bundesliga           4th       DFB-Pokal Quarter-finalists
    2033/34   1. Bundesliga           2nd       DFB-Pokal Runners Up
    2034/35   1. Bundesliga           3rd       DFB-Pokal & Champions League QF
    2035/36   1. Bundesliga           6th       Europa League 2nd Knockout Round
    2036/37   1. Bundesliga           12th      -
    2037/38   1. Bundesliga           5th       -
    Arsenal:

    A bit of a nothing-season.


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    Season    League                  Position  Notes                  
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    2023/24*  Premier League          2nd       CL Semi-finalists, LC Runners up
    2024/25*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, LC Runners Up
    2025/26*  Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners
    2026/27   Premier League          1st       PL & CL Winners, FA Cup Semi-finalists
    2027/28   Premier League          1st       PL, CL, CWC & LC Winners, FA Cup Final
    2028/29   Premier League          3rd       League Cup Runners Up, Champ's Lg SF
    2029/30   Premier League          1st       Premier League Winners, Champ's Lg RU
    2030/31   Premier League          1st       PL & LC Winners, CL Runners Up
    2031/32   Premier League          1st       Prem League Winners, FA Cup Runners Up
    2032/33   Premier League          2nd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Premier League          6th       Champions League Runners Up
    2034/35   Premier League          2nd       FA Cup 6th Round
    2035/36   Premier League          3rd       Champions League Semi-finalists
    2036/37   Premier League          3rd       FA Cup 6th Round, CL Runners Up
    2037/38   Premier League          4th       -
    Santos:

    Another Brasileirao win, but poor performance in the Paulista and abject failure in the Libertadores - not even getting past the group phase.


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    2027*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, Paulista Winners, L'dores SF
    2028*     Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista, Libertadores Semi-finalists
    2029*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & L'dores W, P'lista SF, CWC RU
    2030*     Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, P'lista & Recopa W, CWC RU
    2031*     Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao, Paulista & Recopa Winners
    2032      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao, CL, & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2033      Brasileirao             2nd       CL, Recopa & Paulista Winners, CWC RU
    2034      Brasileirao             2nd       Paulista RU, CL SF, Recopa Winners
    2035      Brasileirao             1st       B'leirao & Paulista Winners, L'dores QF
    2036      Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao Winners, Paulista Runners Up
    2037      Brasileirao             1st       Brasileirao Winners, Paulista SF
    Brazil:

    Qualified for the World Cup, let's hope they do better than the embarassing group exit last time.


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    2030*     Friendlies              -         Appointed in July, P5 W2 D2 L1
    2031*     Copa América            R-Up      Copa América R-Up, Resigned in July
    2032      Friendlies              -         P3 W2 D0 L1
    2033      Confederations Cup      3rd       Confederations Cup 3rd Placed Team
    2031-33   CONMEBOL WC Qualifiers  2nd       Qualified for World Cup
    2034      World Cup               Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of WC
    2035      Copa América            Grp Stage Eliminated at Group Stage of C. América    
    2036      Friendlies              -         P3 W0 D2 L1
    2037      Friendlies              -         P2 W0 D2 L0
    2035-37   CONMEBOL WC Qualifiers  2nd       Qualified for World Cup
    Vélez:

    A good season in continental competition spoiled by a poor performance in the Clausura table.


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    2031/32*  Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, Joined in February
    2032/33*  Apertura                1st       Apertura Winners, Left in December
    2032/33   Clausura                1st       Clausura Winners, CA 7th Rnd, CL SF
    2033/34   Apertura                2nd       Copa Sudamericana Semi-finalists
    2033/34   Clausura                5th       -
    2034/35   Apertura                5th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2034/35   Clausura                3rd       Copa Libertadores 2nd Round
    2035/36   Apertura                9th       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2035/36   Clausura                7th       -
    2036/37   Apertura                3rd       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2036/37   Clausura                3rd       -
    2037/38   Apertura                3rd       Copa Sudamericana Quarter-finalists
    2037/38   Clausura                9th       Copa Libertadores Quarter-finalists

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    And off I go.



    I think I have something in my eye



    Sensibly, the board replaced me with the guy who beat us in the Champions League final.

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    2038 FIFA World Cup
    Hosts: United States
    Holders: Netherlands


    Group Stage:
    Group A
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team          |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Brazil        |       | 3     | 3     | 0     | 0     | 10    | 1     | +9    | 9     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Romania       |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 4     | 6     | -2    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | New Zealand   |       | 3     | 0     | 2     | 1     | 2     | 4     | -2    | 2     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | United States |       | 3     | 0     | 1     | 2     | 2     | 7     | -5    | 1     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Group B
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team         |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Portugal     |       | 3     | 2     | 0     | 1     | 4     | 3     | +1    | 6     | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Germany      |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 9     | 7     | +2    | 4     | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Ghana        |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 6     | 6     | 0     | 4     | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Saudi Arabia |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 4     | 7     | -3    | 3     | 
    | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Group C
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team      |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | England   |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 6     | 0     | +6    | 7     | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Mexico    |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 7     | 2     | +5    | 7     | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Argentina |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 6     | 8     | -2    | 3     | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Bahrain   |       | 3     | 0     | 0     | 3     | 1     | 10    | -9    | 0     | 
    | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Group D
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team    |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Uruguay |       | 3     | 3     | 0     | 0     | 5     | 1     | +4    | 9     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Serbia  |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 5     | 2     | +3    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Turkey  |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 3     | 1     | +2    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Canada  |       | 3     | 0     | 0     | 3     | 0     | 9     | -9    | 0     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Group E
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team       |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Cameroon   |       | 3     | 3     | 0     | 0     | 7     | 1     | +6    | 9     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Finland    |       | 3     | 2     | 0     | 1     | 2     | 2     | 0     | 6     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Spain      |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 5     | 5     | 0     | 3     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Costa Rica |       | 3     | 0     | 0     | 3     | 1     | 7     | -6    | 0     | 
    | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Group F
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team        |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Sweden      |       | 3     | 2     | 0     | 1     | 6     | 4     | +2    | 6     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Ivory Coast |       | 3     | 2     | 0     | 1     | 5     | 6     | -1    | 6     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Denmark     |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 7     | 6     | +1    | 3     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Jamaica     |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 3     | 5     | -2    | 3     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Group G

    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team                 |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | South Africa         |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 5     | 2     | +3    | 7     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | France               |       | 3     | 1     | 2     | 0     | 4     | 1     | +3    | 5     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Bosnia & Herzegovina |       | 3     | 1     | 0     | 2     | 2     | 6     | -4    | 3     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Australia            |       | 3     | 0     | 1     | 2     | 0     | 2     | -2    | 1     | 
    | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Group H
    Code:
    | Pos   | Inf   | Team    |       | Pld   | Won   | Drn   | Lst   | For   | Ag    | G.D.  | Pts   | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 1st   | Q     | Russia  |       | 3     | 2     | 1     | 0     | 9     | 3     | +6    | 7     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 2nd   | Q     | Nigeria |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 5     | 4     | +1    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 3rd   |       | Chile   |       | 3     | 1     | 1     | 1     | 3     | 6     | -3    | 4     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | 4th   |       | Iran    |       | 3     | 0     | 1     | 2     | 1     | 5     | -4    | 1     | 
    | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    Knockout Stage:
    Second Round:
    Brazil p2 v 2 Germany
    Romania 0 v 1e Portugal
    England 2 v 1 Serbia
    Uruguay 1 v 2 Mexico
    Ivory Coast 3 v 4e Cameroon
    Sweden 0 v 1 Finland
    South Africa 0 v 1 Nigeria
    France 1 v 1p Russia

    Quarter Final:
    Brazil 4 v 1 Mexico
    Portugal p1 v 1 England
    Cameroon 2 v 0 Russia
    Finland 2 v 3e Nigeria

    Semi Final:
    Brazil 1 v 0 Nigeria
    Portugal 1 v 1p Cameroon

    Third Place Playoff:
    Nigeria 4 v 0 Portugal

    Final:
    Brazil 0 v 1 Cameroon

    An amazing win by Cameroon, becoming the second ever African World Champions, after Ghana in 2018. The Netherlands didn't even qualify to defend their title.

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    Well despite there being a lot of jobs available, including France and Spain, and an intriguingly 3rd-ranked Serbian team, I only really had one in mind.



    It's nice to be made welcome.



    Sounds fair.


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    Name: England
    Nickname: The Three Lions
    First International: Scotland 0 v 0 England, 30 November 1872
    Stadium: Wembley, 90,000 (all-seater) capacity

    From Wikipedia:
    The England national football team represents England in football and is controlled by the Football Association, the governing body for football in England. England is the oldest national football team in the world alongside Scotland, whom they played in the world's first international football match in 1872. England is one of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, meaning that it is permitted by FIFA to maintain its own national side.
    What with Euro 2012 and Crouchy's excellent Roy Crouchson thread, I've been hankering for a bit of international management, and in particular, managing England! England have been really successful by our standards, with World Cup wins in 2014 and 2030, plus a European Championship win in 2020 and a second place in 2016. However, for the past couple of years we've languished outside the top 10 in the World Rankings, and in the World Cup qualifying managed just 4 wins agains teams other than San Marino.

    Following the World Cup we've shot up to what I expect is a very artificially high ranking of 4th - considering that's the only time in the past 2 years it's been in the top 10 - so my challenge will be to make us earn the right to be a top 10 side once more, and then hopefully deliver some more success. I haven't won anything internationally since FM10 so this will be a great challenge.

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    I think I'll move to a match-by-match style of updating now I'll be exclusively England manager. Sound good?

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    Brought in my assistant from Newcastle, plus a coach and goalkeeping coach.

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    England Squad v Saudi Arabia 11.08.38 (Friendly)


    Code:
    | Pkd     | Inf     | Name                | Position       | Club                | Height  | Weight       | Age     | Value   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Tristan Smith       | GK             | Wigan               | 5'11"   | 12 st 6 lbs  | 30      | £6.5M   | 
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    | -       | IPR     | David Seasman       | GK             | Man Utd             | 6'0"    | 12 st 12 lbs | 28      | £4.8M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | IPR     | Chris Leigh         | GK             | Fulham              | 6'0"    | 12 st 10 lbs | 25      | £3.9M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Tom Cruse           | D (RC)         | Huddersfield        | 5'9"    | 11 st 2 lbs  | 26      | £10.25M | 
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    | -       | IPR     | Boubacar Compaoré   | D (RC)         | Liverpool           | 6'4"    | 13 st 12 lbs | 20      | £2.4M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Craig Evans         | D (L)          | Chelsea             | 5'10"   | 11 st 6 lbs  | 30      | £4.5M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Karl Joseph         | D (L)          | Man City            | 6'0"    | 12 st 3 lbs  | 30      | £15.25M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Danny Oakley        | D (C)          | Liverpool           | 6'4"    | 13 st 9 lbs  | 31      | £7.25M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Fred                | D (C)          | Newcastle           | 6'2"    | 13 st 5 lbs  | 28      | £4.4M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Greg Jones          | D/M (R)        | Newcastle           | 5'11"   | 11 st 13 lbs | 22      | £6.25M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Jake Mapes          | D/M (C)        | Arsenal             | 6'7"    | 14 st 13 lbs | 28      | £6M     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Karl Smith          | DM, M (C)      | Everton             | 6'0"    | 12 st 6 lbs  | 31      | £16M    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Dan Vigurs          | DM, M (C)      | Juventus            | 6'3"    | 13 st 5 lbs  | 30      | £8.5M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | IPR     | Reece Norman        | DM, M (C)      | Fulham              | 6'0"    | 12 st 10 lbs | 26      | £5.75M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | Inj     | Andrew Stewart      | M (R), AM (RC) | Shamrock Rovers     | 5'10"   | 11 st 13 lbs | 22      | £2.3M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Mike Preston        | M (L)          | Paris Saint-Germain | 5'11"   | 11 st 9 lbs  | 26      | £20.5M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Mbala Mbuta N'Shole | M (C), ST      | Man City            | 5'10"   | 11 st 4 lbs  | 23      | £12.75M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Branko Eric         | M/AM (R), ST   | Liverpool           | 6'5"    | 13 st 12 lbs | 27      | £12.5M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Mitchell Breach     | M/AM (L)       | Newcastle           | 5'8"    | 11 st 4 lbs  | 25      | £6.25M  | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Delando Moke        | M/AM (C)       | Newcastle           | 6'4"    | 13 st 3 lbs  | 24      | £13.75M | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | John Holland        | ST             | Man Utd             | 5'11"   | 11 st 9 lbs  | 25      | £7.5M   | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       |         | Andy Wakefield      | ST             | Newcastle           | 5'11"   | 12 st 3 lbs  | 25      | £23M    | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
    | -       | IPR     | Oscar Hall          | ST             | Cardiff             | 5'11"   | 12 st 1 lbs  | 23      | £6M     | 
    | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    I based this roughly on what my assistant recommended - however he left out some excellent players I knew of, such as star-man Mike Preston, so I'm sure there'll be more I've missed that I didn't know about. All in all I think it's a decent enough squad, and we should certainly have enough to qualify for Euro 2040. Andy Wakefield is my captain, with Karl Smith vice. The previous captain and vice-captain were 35 so I thought it was time to give them their gold watches.

    NB: In future I'll just show the changes to this squad, with screenshots for any new players coming in. I'll show the whole squad again for any tournaments I qualify for.
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    England 3
    Josh Holland (26, 38)
    Mike Preston (43)

    Friendly International
    Wembley, 73,976
    Saudi Arabia 1
    Aied Al-Maghrabi (88)
    Lineup (4-4-2) Lineup (4-4-2)
    1. Tristan Smith
    2. Tom Cruse (sub 73)
    4. Boubacar Compaoré
    5. Danny Oakley
    3. Karl Joseph
    7. Branko Eric (sub 61)
    6. Delando Moke
    8. Karl Smith (sub 61)
    11. Mike Preston (sub 73)
    9. John Holland*
    10. Andy Wakefield (c) (sub 73)
    ------------------------------------
    12. Mbala Mbuta N'Shole (on 73)
    14. Mitchell Breach (on 73)
    15. Andrew Stewart (on 61)
    16. Reece Norman
    17. Dan Vigurs (on 61)
    18. Jake Mapes
    19. Greg Jones (on 73)
    20. Craig Evans
    21. David Seasman
    1. Khalid Al-Maghrabi (sub 73)
    2. Nassar Al-Balawi
    4. Sattam Hadi
    5. Bassam Al-Jizani (sub 63)
    3. Basim Ghulam (sub 57)
    10. Nayef Barnawi (sub 45)
    6. Fahad Al-Salman
    8. Naser Al-Khamees (sub 45)
    11. Bassam Fallatah (c)
    9. Adil Al-Eid
    7. Hassan Al-Haddaf
    --------------------------------------
    12. Yehia Al-Fahad (on 73)
    14. Abdul Razzaq Al-Qarni (on 45)
    15. Fahad Al-Bishi (on 57)
    16. Craig Nongwele
    17. Hani Al-Jasim
    18. Fahad Al-Zahrani
    19. Abdulaziz Al-Inzi (on 63)
    20. Fahad Al-Ka'abi (on 45)
    21. Aied Al-Maghrabi
    Last edited by SnakeXe; 21-06-2012 at 16:15.

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    A good start then, Holland justified his selection ahead of the more heralded N'Shole with a brace, and when 3-0 up at half time I was anticipating a few more goals after half time. The fluency wouldn't quite come back however, and they got a consolation towards the end.

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    Good luck with England

    Some tiny keepers you have there...

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    Do you miss Newcastle.

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    And an England international playing for Shamrock Rovers

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    England Squad v Albania (h) 04.09.38 (Friendly) and Moldova (a) 08.09.38 (Euro Qualifiers)

    In Out
    Karl Smith - DM/MC - Man Utd
    Lewis Thomson - ST - Blackburn
    Jed Smith - DM/MC - Everton (injured)
    Andy Wakefield - ST - Newcastle (injured)


    I would have gone with the same squad, but Karl Smith picked up an injury so he's replaced by his namesake Jed. If there's a Ward Smith I may have to delete my save and burn my harddrive.

    Edit: Wakefield suffered torn knee ligaments so I called up the most experienced replacement, which turns out to be Lewis Thomson of Blackburn. Technically limited, but quick, although hopefully we won't need him.
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