THE FUTURE IS NOW
Vurogj's Belgian mission | Sprimont | Belgian Pro League | 2024-25 Season
League : 1st | Progress chart | Fixtures
Championship playoff : Winner | Fixtures
Belgian Cup : Winners
Champions League : WINNERS | Group | Fixtures
I have a very good squad. Despite that, there will always be room for players whose contracts are criminally allowed to expire by top class teams who should know better, or potential talents I can get on or before their 18th birthdays.
Belgium, once again, was the relaxing break in between the tense, exciting challenge of ultimate glory. Three games away from a perfect domestic campaign, we also outshot the opposition in those three games but football is what it is.
Seeded first in our group, losing at home was a bit of a wake up, and we didn't concede again to secure top spot. In the knockout stages, Manchester United were up first, and mini revenge was gained for our semi-final defeat to them two seasons ago. We are yet to lose to them in four games now. We weren't finished with Manchester though, and went back to City to avenge a 4 year old debt. Cold dishes all round. Then, strangely, it got a bit anti-climactic. Schalke have always been a favourite opponent for Sprimont, and Porto in the final? We were beating them for the Super Cup 6 years ago with a much worse side than we are now. 3-0 up long before halftime, the final just became a matter of whether Fernandez could complete his hat-trick to secure the Champion's League Golden Boot ahead of Porto's Soares. He could.
All competitive appearances for Sprimont included
Short term plan from last season
Player Position Signed on Transfer details Played Assists Goals MoM
Ruben Sanchez GK 1/7/2018 £100k from Bella Vista 364 0 0 6
Abzal Ul'shin GK 1/7/2018 Free (released by Bayern Munich) 60 0 0 0
Johan Borup DRLC 3/1/2017 Free (released by Midtjylland) 280 18 24 8
Klaus Thiesen DRL WBR DM 9/1/2024 £1.9M from Mainz 52 2 0 0
Regis Tessier DRL WBL 31/7/2022 £5M from Olympique Lyonnais 99 9 0 1
Donny Dekkers DC 7/7/2020 £2M from Feyenoord 189 17 78 17
Cas Willems DC 13/7/2021 £1.1M from AZ Alkmaar 113 7 31 6
Carlos Fernandez Jimenez DC 1/7/2024 Free (released by Barcelona) 32 5 16 3
Santiago Jesus DC 1/1/2024 £10k from FCB Juniors Lujan 43 1 4 0
Lorenzo Lamboley DC DM MC 1/7/2019 Free from FC Sochaux 163 32 18 2
Remi Decroix DL WBL DM MLC 16/8/2022 £1.6M from RC Lens 100 15 0 0
Manuel Buzaglo DM MC 11/8/2018 £1.6M from Velez 192 99 45 12
Toquinho MR AMRL 1/7/2022 £5M from Watford 67 54 19 4
Baptiste Guillot MLC AMRL 6/7/2019 £1.8M from FC Nantes 181 92 41 7
Ousmane Traore MC 1/7/2019 £7M from Havre AC 186 41 19 3
Norberto Maciel MC 1/1/2020 £1.3M from Velez 160 79 10 5
Ando Avisoa M/AMRL 23/10/2019 Free (released by Olympique Lyonnais) 104 55 34 7
Josue Garcia AM RLC 5/7/2021 £4.5M from Sevilla 129 82 58 16
Ghiles Mazari AMC ST 5/7/2015 Free (released by STVV) 378 119 400 96
Dmitry Romanenkov AMC ST 12/1/2025 £1.3M from Krasnodar 13 10 9 1
Francisco Fernandez ST 1/1/2019 £30k from FCB Juniors Lujan 284 131 299 69
Jan Bungert ST 1/1/2022 £1.7M from Dortmund 108 50 90 15
Je ST 1/1/2023 £2.6M from Santos 46 32 29 8
"Win the Champions League." Mission complete, and now there are new challenges to take on. Sprimont, and Belgium, are still underranked in Europe. This must be fixed.
Short term plan for next season
Overtake Portugal in the European coefficients.
Tycoon watch : Standard manager Michael Preud'homme retired at the end of last season, and (after I turned the job down) was replaced by ex-Bayern player Daniel van Buyten. He only spent £12 Million in the summer window, including a rather odd £5.5 Million for a 33 year old Dedryck Boyata, and they never came close to keeping up with us. The last straw for the fans was taking Inter's £17.25M offer in January for Juan Cotella, who with 74 goals in only 82 games was already endearing himself to the Standard faithful. van Buyten duly failed to see out February, and (after I turned the job down again) Standard picked Ricardo Gomes to try and waste the tycoon's money.
Other other news
During the course of this season, I hit the 700 game mark, and winning the Champion's League earned me a place in the World Hall of Fame list.
Belgium in the world
Well, the other Belgian teams weren't great, as usual. Standard led the way though, blowing a 3-0 first leg lead over Galatasaray in the Champions League qualifiers, then losing the penalty shootout, stumbling through their Europa League group, then losing 2-0 to a Werder Bremen team that only managed one shot on target. No wonder van Buyten bit the bullet.
Season Div Place Cup C.League Europa Other Pro League rank Belgium coeff. Sprimont coeff
2012-13 3A 1st 4th N/A N/A Promoted as champions 19th 11th N/A
2013-14 2 3rd 6th N/A N/A 2nd in promotion playoff 16th 10th N/A
2014-15 2 2nd WON N/A N/A Promoted through playoff 14th 10th N/A
2015-16 1 9th S/F N/A 4th Qual 11th 10th N/A
2016-17 1 1st Final N/A N/A Champions! 10th 11th N/A
2017-18 1 1st S/F 3rd in grp Q/F 14th 11th 180th
2018-19 1 1st WON 3rd in grp WON Treble! 12th 11th 78th
2019-20 1 1st WON Q/Final N/A Euro Super Cup winners 14th 11th 42nd
2020-21 1 1st WON 3rd in grp Final Unbeaten in Belgium 13th 11th 29th
2021-22 1 1st WON Q/Final N/A 12th 10th 19th
2022-23 1 1st WON S/Final N/A 12th 8th 10th
2023-24 1 1st WON S/Final N/A 9th 8th 6th
2024-25 1 1st WON WINNERS!!! N/A CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!!! 9th 8th 5th