Well I didn't expect it to be so easy even if we were expected to bounce straight back up. First match was away to a team above us and surprisingly, we hammered them 7-0, which was my biggest win while in charge. It was all too easy as we were undefeated since I took over and although Baxy stayed with us all the way, we didn't give them any chance to overtake us and we took out the title and now we will be in the Super League next season. We've got a few good prospects coming though, especially a 16 year old attacking midfielder with 5 star PA.
The FA Cup was well out of the way as the 3rd round had already been played and the rest of the tournament was played after the end of the league season which was good. The quarter final was all too easy as we smashed Super League side, Changchun 5-1 away from home. We then had to play Chanba at home in the semi final who finished 4th in the Super League. The semi final was just as easy as the quarter final, winning 5-1 at home to book ourselves a spot in the final against Tianjin and only a win away from a Champions League birth. In a nailbiting encounter, it was a 93rd minute own goal from Marko Zoric which gave us a narrow 3-2 win to grant us a spot in the Champions League group stage next year.
And I may as well give some winners around the world from last season.
China: Shandong, Guangzhou, Beijing
England: Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal
Australia: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth Glory (based on Playoff positions - Adelaide actually finished 6th, Mel/Per 1st/2nd and Brisbane came third)
New Zealand: Auckland City, Waitakere United, YoungHeart
South Africa: Orlando Pirates, Ajax CT, Swallows
Europe: Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow (CL) - FC Bayern, Tottenham (EC)
Africa: ES Tunis, Al-Ahly (CL - 2011) - Ismaily, Zamalek (CC - 2011) - Raja Casablanca, Al-Merreikh (CL - 2012) - Primeiro de Agoso, ENPPI (CC - 2012)
Asia: Jeonbuk, Okayama (2011) - Suwon, Seongnam (2012)
North America: Santos Laguna, Pumas
Oceania: Hekari United, Rangers Honiara (both New Zealand sides were lower division sides for some reason and finished 3rd and 4th in their respective groups)
South America: Sao Paulo, Universidad de Chile (CL) - Estudiantes, Flamengo (CS)
Well finances again ruined by 900k in bonuses at the EOS while only receiving 30k in league prize money as we went from being above 1M all season to 60k in debt after the FA Cup final. Hopefully the prize money in the Asian Champions League can be enough to keep us out of trouble. I have got rid of a lot of the players wasting our wages and things will start getting better once all the deadwood goes. I'll stay here for one more season and see how it goes after that.
Season Team Nation League Position Achievements
2011/12 United FC South Africa National First Division 1st Promotion, FA Cup Semi Finalists, Resigned at EOS
2012 Hangzhou China First Division 1st Promoted as Champions, FA Cup Winners