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    What's this you see? An update? Surely not...



    Real Madrid: A Blazing Start

    On arriving in Madrid, straight away, expectations were high, so I wanted to ensure we would hit the ground running from the off. Factoring in that we are La Liga's defending champions, and there could be few excuses for a slow start to the season.

    Off the field, the board have already agreed to improve the youth facilities and the youth recruitment network, so we can start to build for the future. Ideally, going forward, I would really like to focus on bringing the best possible Spaniards through the ranks, establishing a young core of homegrown talent to sculpt the future of the club around. It may take a couple of seasons to do so, but I'd eventually like to be able to rival what Barcelona were able to achieve with Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta etc in the current real-life era.

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    We've made a terrific start to the domestic season, and must already be odds-on favourites to lift the trophy come May. Factor in that we haven't conceded a goal since late September (a 13 game run), and it's going to take a quite spectacular collapse to allow any of the chasing pack
    to catch up, let alone overtake us.

    There's some really poor teams in this division too, so it's no surprise we're averaging nearly three goals a game on the scoring front. Levante, Elche, Almeria and Celta are all pretty terrible defensively, and will do well to avoid relegation this season. Due to this, I'll be disappointed if we don't get close to scoring 100 goals this season, although we'll need to beat 105 to break Barcelona's record.

    Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid - My first El Clasico was hardly, er, a classic...
    Real Madrid 5-0 Levante - As one sided as you get.
    Sevilla 1-4 Real Madrid - Sevilla are no longer a top four side, but still, this was a great performance.
    Real Madrid 3-1 Villarreal - Three big points against one of our title challengers.
    Atlético Madrid 0-1 Real Madrid - This was daylight robbery; one shot on target, one goal, three points. Thanks very much, neighbours!
    Real Madrid 5-0 Celta - A thoroughly convincing win against poor opposition.


    Champions League Group Stage (Group B)



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    As good as we've been in the league, the Champions League has been a completely different story, and we've been extremely lucky to go through to the next round as group winners.

    We've had a pretty rough ride on our travels so far, coming home from Scotland and Turkey point-less, when, as favourites, we should have done a lot better. We've looked far too complacent in these matches, and I'd be amazed if we make it into the latter knockout rounds. In fact, if results had gone differently in the final round of games, we could have finished second, and got a very tricky draw in the last sixteen. Instead, we've got Zenit St Petersburg, who won't be a gimme, but we should still see them off relatively comfortably over two legs.

    Celtic 2-0 Real Madrid - We had a shocker in Scotland, and thoroughly deserved to come home without any points.
    Fenerbahçe 2-0 Real Madrid - Our visit to Turkey was no better, although we could feel slightly aggrieved not to have at least drawn.
    Real Madrid 3-0 Maribor - A much needed win on match-day six, which saw us top the group.

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    The Champions League matches haven't seen to have affected your standing. Congrats on going through.

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    Great work in the league to have such a comfortable lead so far. Always good to finish top of the CL group too, even if you did lose twice it hasn't come at a cost.

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    Looking too easy for you in the league,the CL was a bit tougher but you got through in the end.

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    I might have to pull out the video I posted in BWG's thread ;).

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    Blowing the rest of La Liga away.

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    Not as convicing as I thought it would be in the CL group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    There's something odd about Peru's ranking, and quite possibly, could be a bug. They got to the QF of the Copa America in 2035, and the group stages of the World Cup in 2034, but asides from that, they've done nothing!
    Hey - if England can be 4th in the world rankings after losing in the European Championship QF's then anything is possible!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chile_paul View Post
    Hey - if England can be 4th in the world rankings after losing in the European Championship QF's then anything is possible!!
    Indeed, it's almost as if Fifa have a system that rewards consistency (especially competitively) over 4 years (including losing just 1 game in the last 16), and that other teams had only won 1 in 6 before the tournament, finished bottom of their world cup group (and now won just 2 games in 9) or not had competitive games this summer.
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    Cheers for the comments- all is going very well in Madrid. Should have an end of season update shortly

    Regarding the FIFA rankings- I don't pay that much attention to them in real life; the logic behind them is difficult to understand, and most usually, do not accurately reflect who are currently the best national teams!

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    Real Madrid: A Piece of Cake

    I've had a pretty busy first season at the club, strengthening the team with eight new signings; six of these were under 22, and are very much earmarked for regular first team action in a couple of seasons time. I've also got the luxury of having £800m+ in the bank, so will be able to make further signings in the summer.

    Off the pitch, things are also on the up, with improvements being made to the youth facilities and junior coaching budget, so I'm expecting to see a good crop of youngster coming through the academy over the coming years.

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    La Liga BBVA 2036/37 End of Season



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    Barcelona gave us a good run for our money, and arguably, over the second half of the season, they were probably the more consistent team. Thankfully, the huge advantage we had over them at Christmas gave us a buffer of points that we could afford to drop when things started to go off the boil. In particular, February and March was our main sticky patch, where we won only three of out the eight games played, allowing Barcelona to reduce the deficit to just two points.

    After looking invincible for so long, our bums severely squeaked! Luckily, our defence remained resolute throughout, which meant we could rely on keeping enough clean sheets to keep our heads above water until our good form returned. And that it did, on April Fools Day, against our Madrid rivals, which was the catalyst to string enough results together to lift the trophy with two games to spare!

    Real Madrid 3-0 Barcelona - Barcelona lost the plot in this El Clásico, allowing us an easy win.
    Real Madrid 5-0 Almería - Total control!
    Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid - Our first league defeat of the season, in the middle of our blip.
    Real Madrid 4-0 Atlético Madrid - Another derby day victory, sparking us into life again.
    Real Madrid 4-1 Valencia - Guri had a field-day, bagging himself a hat-trick.
    Mallorca 0-2 Real Madrid - This was the victory that crowned us as champions. Both goals were own goals!
    Alcoyano 1-0 Real Madrid - The final game didn't quite go to plan, but never mind, Alcoyano avoided relegation with these three points.


    Copa del Rey

    Overview

    After playing the reserves for most of the competition, I pulled out all the big guns for the final, and was rewarded with a second domestic trophy!

    Real Madrid 3-0 Barcelona - Barcelona dominated proceedings, but couldn't find a way through. Three clinical goals from us was enough to win another El Clásico, and more importantly, lift the Copa del Rey.


    UEFA Champions League



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    If you remember, we were pretty flaky in the group stages, and extremely lucky to top our group, however, the further we got into the competition, the more likely we looked like winning it!

    Once again, it wasn't overly convincing against Zenit in the first knockout round, although we just about did enough to get through. But, from the quarter-final forward, we started to play some fantastic football. Terrific wins against Man Utd and Arsenal followed, which set up a final against the 2033 Champions League winners, Marseille. We kept our momentum going in the final, running out comfortable winners, and making it a majestic treble-winning season!

    Real Madrid 3-0 Man Utd - After losing in Manchester, we needed a great performance back in Spain to overturn the deficit.
    Arsenal 0-3 Real Madrid - We took our chances well, allowing us the luxury of a three goal advantage going into the second leg.
    Real Madrid 2-0 OM - After being in control for most of the match, we left it late to secure victory, bagging my second Champions League success.


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Erion Guri (24 goals), Camilo Castro (19 goals, 18 assists), Alexander Tesarik (18 goals, 15 assists), Manu (22 assists), Sibusiso Tshabalala (17 assists), Shahram Hatami (40 clean sheets), Rodrigo Carrabs (AvR 7.36), Giacomo Verdiani (AvR 7.29)
    Fans Player of the Year: Camilo Castro
    Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

    It's a great squad, and one that is capable of matching it's success again next year. However, they are all starting to age, so expect to see an odd youngster or two bled into the first team next season, in preparation for a major overhaul the following summer.

    To highlight our dominance, we had six players in the Spanish Team of the Year, including Alexander Tesarik, who also won Player of the Season; 40 clean sheets from our 'keeper is no mean feat either!


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    2011/12    Unemployed
    2012/13    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet South      3rd       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
    2013/14    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet Premier    3rd       FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
    2014/15    Kingstonian       npower League Two          16th      FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
    2015/16    Kingstonian       npower League Two          17th**    **Resigned 19/12/2015
               Hull City         npower League One          6th       FA Cup 4th Round
    2016/17    Hull City         npower League One          1st       FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
    2017/18    Hull City         npower Championship        2nd       FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
    2018/19    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    5th       FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
    2019/20    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    7th       Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
    2020/21    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    8th**     **Resigned 13/11/2020
               Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    6th       Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
    2021/22    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    3rd       Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2022/23    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2023/24    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
    2024/25    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    2nd       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
    2025/26    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  4th       N/A
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Argentina QF
    2026/27    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  1st       Copa Sudamericana SF
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
    2027/28    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  2nd       Copa Sudamericana Winner
                                 Primera División Clausura  1st       Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
    2028/29    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
    2029/30    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2030/31    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 2nd       Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
    2031/32    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Runner-Up
    2032/33    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 3rd**     **Resigned 25/11/2032
               Genoa             Serie A                    7th       TIM Cup Quarter Final
    2033/34    Genoa             Serie A                    3rd       TIM Cup Runner-Up
    2034/35    Genoa             Serie A                    2nd       Champions League QF, TIM Cup QF
    2035/36    Genoa             Serie A                    1st       Champions League SF, TIM Cup Winners
    2036/37    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners
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    Brilliant season with a brilliant treble.Looks like Cordoba have become a very good side as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    In particular, February and March was our main sticky patch, where we won only three of out the eight games played, allowing Barcelona to reduce the deficit to just two points.
    Yep but your defence got you through. You only conceded two goals in this time.

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    Brilliant season Congrats on winning the league and Champions League.

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    Fantastic season.

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    Eh...could have been better ;) Seriously, amazing job on the Treble!

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    Thanks chaps, much appreciated

    Cordoba have been a bit of a revelation this season, finishing third and getting into the Champions League- this equals their highest ever finish. It's not like they've had heavy investment either; their squad is quite modest, and their highest paid player is earning £26k per week, so perhaps they just had an exceptional season where they majorly overachieved.

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    Real Madrid: Pre-Season 2037/38

    After the success of last season, we're going to have to go some if we're going to match it! That said, as defending Champions of Europe, we'll have the honour of representing our continent at the Club World Cup in December, and potentially adding another trophy to the cabinet.

    Over the summer, I've had to employ a new assistant manager, as Aitor Karanka (the Ass Man I inherited) decided to retire aged 66. The chap I decided to hire is former Ukrainian international, Anatoliy Tymoschuk, who's attributes are ticking all my boxes, and should be a solid number two.


    Board Expectations

    La Liga: Win it
    UEFA Champions League: Reach the Final
    Copa del Rey: Not important
    UEFA Super Cup: Win it
    Supercopa de España: Not important

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Transfer Budget: £439m
    Wage Budget: £5m per week (currently spending £2.2m per week)


    Transfer Summary

    Key Signings: Ruben Baio (GK) Free, José Carlos (ST) £4.5m, Marco Soares (MR) £1.7m, Andrey Rebko (MC) £30m, Jere Koskela (DLC) £16m, Branislav Demeter (AMR) £30m

    I've had a pretty busy summer again, spending a fair bit of money on the process. Two big money moves for Russian midfielder, Andrey Rebko, and Slovakian winger, Branislav Demeter, will take all the headlines, but it is the free transfer signing of 'keeper, Ruben Baio, who will probably turn out the pick of the bunch. I've also tracked down a couple of talented youngsters, who will need to spend a couple of seasons in the under-19's before getting their chance in the first team; in particular, José Carlos, should turn out to be one of the best strikers from his generation, not just at club level, but also for his nation too.

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    On a side note, they don't do boring at the Gold Cup....


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    Poor Ramirez. 5 goals (and a penalty) and still lost against 9 men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Poor Ramirez. 5 goals (and a penalty) and still lost against 9 men.
    My thoughts exactly! He must have been inconsolable at the end!

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    He probably needed to be pulled off his teammates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    He probably needed to be pulled off his teammates.
    "I can't do this on my own!"

    I don't think I have seen that before. 5 goals by one player...yet they don't win. Very funny!

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    Real Madrid: On A Sticky Wicket

    Trying to match the success from my début season was always going to be difficult. However, this is Real Madrid, and expectations are always high, so I've still got to be winning at least one major trophy in order to keep everybody happy.

    Domestic Football - 2037/38 Winter Break



    Domestic Fixtures

    We started the new campaign well, convincingly beating Barcelona over two legs in the Supercopa. However, our Catalan rivals soon got their revenge, winning an early league El Clasico fixture, and crushing any dreams I had of an unbeaten season. Following that defeat, though, things started to click into gear, and we went on a very handy 12 game unbeaten run which included the demolitions of Getafe, Haro and Real Oviedo.

    Unfortunately, things have started to unravel somewhat, recently, and we've lost the five point advantage we had opened up at the top of the league. In fact, we've only won one of the last five games, contributed to by horrendous injury problems, as well as an increasingly error-prone defence. We'll need to snap out of this sharply, before we lose too much ground at the top, in what is turning out to be a more competitive La Liga season this time around.

    Real Madrid 4-0 Barcelona - The first competitive game of the season, and Dave Bracke took our rivals to the cleaners.
    Barcelona 0-2 Real Madrid - We were very lucky here, as Barcelona deserved better than a 0-6 aggregate defeat.
    Barcelona 2-0 Real Madrid - My first El Clasico defeat came in our second league fixture.
    Real Madrid 6-1 Deportivo - A very commanding victory.
    Real Madrid 8-1 Getafe - Alexander Tesarik had a perfect day, scoring five of the eight goals.
    Haro 0-8 Real Madrid - Another one-sided field-day.
    Real Oviedo 0-7 Real Madrid - Three more from Tesarik.
    Real Madrid 1-1 Atlético Madrid - We should have beaten our neighbours, but gave away a sloppy penalty.
    Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid - Another poor display, where we lost against 10-men.
    Cartagena 3-0 Real Madrid - Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...


    Champions League Group Stage (Group C)



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    Asides from defeat to Besiktas (after we had qualified), it's been a very routine Champions League group stage. Qualification was never really in any doubt, as you expect from defending champions, and having topped the group, we've set up a favourable tie against PSV in the First Knockout Rounds.

    The Club World Cup was also a pretty straightforward affair, as we enjoyed our visit to Japan, beating Al-Ittihad and Godoy Cruz to lift our third piece of silverware of the season so far.

    Real Madrid 2-1 Saint-Etienne - Saint-Etienne looked like walking off with the European Super Cup until we equalised from a corner in the fourth minute of added time. Two minutes into extra time, we then scored the winner!
    Real Madrid 4-0 Besiktas - The best performance of the CL group stages.
    Besiktas 1-0 Real Madrid - A half arsed effort, which we should have still won.
    Real Madrid 4-0 Dinamo - Dave Bracke had a great game, and took the match ball home with him.
    Al-Ittihad 0-4 Real Madrid - 3 more goals from Bracke, booking our place in the final.
    Godoy Cruz 0-2 Real Madrid - A close final, but we still did enough to be comfortable winners.

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    Very tight at the top of La Liga.

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    Very tight at the top. Barcelona struggling somewhat!

    Will you be strengthening in January? An injury crisis and poor form could lead to an impatient board!

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    A bit of a tough fall. May be time to look for some new strength.

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    Tough at the top but your close to the leaders so it's not too bad,good luck in the knockout stages in the CL.

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    Poor Barca

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Very tight at the top of La Liga.
    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Very tight at the top. Barcelona struggling somewhat!

    Will you be strengthening in January? An injury crisis and poor form could lead to an impatient board!
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    A bit of a tough fall. May be time to look for some new strength.
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Tough at the top but your close to the leaders so it's not too bad,good luck in the knockout stages in the CL.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Poor Barca
    Yeah, it is all pretty close at the top, and for that main reason, I've decided not to strengthen the squad in the January window. The squad's just as good as last year, if not better, so I'm hoping it's just a matter of time before we start to pull away. I'm also pretty certain that Valencia will fall away, as they're majorly overachieving, so it's most likely to be a two horse Madrid title race come May.

    Barcelona are in total disarray, having gone severely downhill since Darren Bent(!) left the manager's position to take over as England boss. They'll have to write this season off, and build for next year; they've certainly got the resource to do a lot better, so I expect it to only be a small blip.

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    Real Madrid: Six of the Best

    We're by far the richest club in the world, with assets now totalling £1.71B, all the facilities are top notch, and can't be improved; the only thing we could do with is a new stadium. The Bernabéu is now maxed out at 95000, which we're selling out most games, and with no further room for expansion, surely it's time to start planning for the future at a new location.

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    Considering we were down in third place at Christmas, the run of form seen since has been nothing short of spectacular!

    Since the winter break, we won 20 of the 22 league games contested, including a terrific 14 game winning sequence. This run of results quickly established us as runaway leaders, opening up a huge and unassailable gap at the top of the La Liga table. By the end of March, it was very clear to all that baring an astonishing collapse, the La Liga trophy would be returning to Madrid for another season, and even though we dropped points to Espanyol and Valencia, the title was secured on the 17th of April in Malága.

    With the league being our fourth trophy of the season, I was eager to make it five by lifting the Copa del Rey. In what could be described as 'not the easiest' path, where we had to fend off rivals Atlético Madrid and Barcelona, we finally faced Villarreal in the final. Having gone behind, we recovered well to score the winner with five minutes to go, adding another trophy to our haul for the season.

    Real Madrid 1-0 Atlético Madrid - The Copa del Rey threw up a tense local derby in the quarter final, played in the snow, settled by a last minute winner.
    Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona - Tesarik settled this Copa del Rey El Clasico with a superb hat-trick.
    Real Madrid 3-0 Barcelona - Three days later we met again, in the league, with a very similar outcome.
    Real Madrid 4-0 Villarreal - Another match-ball for Tesarik's collection.
    Real Madrid 6-0 Celta - Four more goals for Tesarik.
    Real Madrid 7-0 Real Oviedo - A good game for our goal difference!
    Espanyol 2-1 Real Madrid - Our first league defeat of 2038 came against surprising opposition.
    Atlético Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid - A well battled Madrid derby, coming back from a goal down.
    Málaga 0-3 Real Madrid - The three points that secured the title!
    Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal - The Copa del Rey final; after coming from behind, we secured our fifth trophy of the season with an 85th minute winner!


    UEFA Champions League



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    Very few teams win back-to-back Champions Leagues trophies, so by doing so, my Real Madrid team have announced themselves as one of the best of all time. Not that it was plain sailing, by any means, as the knockout rounds were all extremely close affairs, separated by very fine margins. In fact, since the group games, we only found the net six times over the course of the following seven matches, highlighting just how tight it really was. Thankfully, we probably have the best defensive unit in Europe, so I'm quite content to play 'cat and mouse' with the opposition as/when required.

    By lifting 'Big Ears' again, it was our sixth trophy success of the season, which helped to establish me as an icon of the club, alongside the likes of Roberto Carlos, Fernando Hierro, Michael Laudrup and Ronaldo!

    Real Madrid 1-0 PSV - Our Dutch opposition were a lot tougher than I anticipated, and we did well to beat them.
    Leverkusen 1-1 Real Madrid - We played one of my former club sides in the quarter final. In the second leg, we were completely outplayed, and were lucky to go through.
    Real Madrid 1-0 Dortmund - The semis threw up further German opposition, and although we played brilliantly in the second leg, we needed penalties to decide the tie. That's right, the Germans lost at penalties!
    Man City 0-1 Real Madrid - A pretty cagey final, which only saw 3 shots on targets over the course of the match. Thankfully, we made one of those count, and successfully defended our trophy.


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Alexander Tesarik (39 goals), Branislav Demeter (20 goals, 14 assists), Dave Bracke (19 goals), Camilo Castro (14 goals, 13 assists), Norbil Gonzáles (AvR: 7.41), Sibusiso Tshabalala (17 assists), Ruben Baio (37 clean sheets), Andrey Rebko (16 assists), Antonio Flores (AvR: 7.47)
    Fans Player of the Year: Camilo Castro
    Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

    Having sold off our topscorer from last season, it was crucial that I found a decent replacement to vindicate my decision. Having scoured the transfer market, I really couldn't find anyone with the talismanic quality to play in our lone striker role. Thankfully, I already had Alexander Tesarik in the ranks, a first team regular who was playing the advanced right winger role, who was switched to the more attacking central position. And what a move that was, as he went on to score 39 goals over the course of the season, becoming the top scorer in Spain, and the third highest in Europe. Unfortunately, he's 32 now, so this is only a short term solution, but even at that age, I still think he's still got another season at the top of his game.

    Of course, we're certainly not a one man team, and the rest of the squad have all heavily contributed to our success. We had eight players in the Spanish Team of the Season, with notable performances from Spanish Player of the Year, Camilo Castro, and Spanish Goalkeeper of the Year, Ruben Baio. It's been a very dominant year!


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    2011/12    Unemployed
    2012/13    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet South      3rd       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
    2013/14    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet Premier    3rd       FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
    2014/15    Kingstonian       npower League Two          16th      FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
    2015/16    Kingstonian       npower League Two          17th**    **Resigned 19/12/2015
               Hull City         npower League One          6th       FA Cup 4th Round
    2016/17    Hull City         npower League One          1st       FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
    2017/18    Hull City         npower Championship        2nd       FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
    2018/19    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    5th       FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
    2019/20    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    7th       Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
    2020/21    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    8th**     **Resigned 13/11/2020
               Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    6th       Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
    2021/22    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    3rd       Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2022/23    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2023/24    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
    2024/25    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    2nd       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
    2025/26    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  4th       N/A
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Argentina QF
    2026/27    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  1st       Copa Sudamericana SF
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
    2027/28    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  2nd       Copa Sudamericana Winner
                                 Primera División Clausura  1st       Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
    2028/29    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
    2029/30    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2030/31    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 2nd       Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
    2031/32    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Runner-Up
    2032/33    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 3rd**     **Resigned 25/11/2032
               Genoa             Serie A                    7th       TIM Cup Quarter Final
    2033/34    Genoa             Serie A                    3rd       TIM Cup Runner-Up
    2034/35    Genoa             Serie A                    2nd       Champions League QF, TIM Cup QF
    2035/36    Genoa             Serie A                    1st       Champions League SF, TIM Cup Winners
    2036/37    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners
    2037/38    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
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    Absolutely brilliant season,I did have to double check where Barcelona were as their finish was quite shocking.

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    Wow! Barcelona has really dropped down the table. Congrats on the win!

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    Well done on another Liga/CL double.

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    Looking good here AK . Been a while since I've been in here but you're making great progress. Absolutley dominating it

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    Excellent work AK.

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    I'm back! Thanks for the comments

    Had a good summer break (been on holiday, as well as embracing the Olympics), and feel suitably refreshed for the new football season. Just starting to get back into FM too, and will be continuing this save- probably going to have one more season with Madrid before embarking on one last challenge before FM13.

    I have a lot of catching up to do, so bear with me...

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    Welcome back.

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    Thanks, deltablue, time for an update or two now...



    Real Madrid: Pre-Season 2038/39

    I'm 99% certain this will be my final season in Madrid, so I'm determined to go out in a blaze of glory. I'm second on the worldwide 'Hall of Fame', about 100-odd points behind Fergie, and would love to sign-off by making myself the best ever manager. I reckon another Champions League trophy will do it, although winning three on the trot is completely unprecedented, so it's not going to be easy!


    Board Expectations

    La Liga: Win it
    UEFA Champions League: Reach the Final
    FIFA Club World Cup: Win it
    Copa del Rey: Not important
    UEFA Super Cup: Win it
    Supercopa de España: Not important

    Media Prediction: 1st

    Transfer Budget: £509m
    Wage Budget: £5m per week (currently spending £2.2m per week)


    Transfer Summary

    Key Signings: Karl-Heinz Amrhein (AM) £11m, Iñigo Martínez (DLC) £51m, Alen Milovic (DL) £4.9m, Soeiro Sousa (DM) Free

    Although only four new signings joined the club over the course of the summer, I've still managed to spend £67m, which included £51m on defender extraordinaire, Iñigo Martinez. He's a great player, but the price I've paid is severely overinflated due to the fact he is home-grown Spanish talent. The other three signings will all be squad players, who will have to make do with an odd game here and there- they're all still exceptional players, though!

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    Go out in a blaze of glory! Burn the stadium and force them to build a new one ;) That can be your legacy

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    Real Madrid: Still Not Invincible.

    Never ever have I gone a whole season unbeaten in FM, and this is something I would love to rectify. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's going to happen with Real Madrid, even though we've got the best team in the world...


    Domestic Football - 2038/39 Winter Break



    Domestic Fixtures

    We've certainly not had things our own way so far, and are most definitely embroiled in a fierce title race. In fact, in early November, we were down in seventh place, and players were concerned that we were underachieving. What they didn't take into account were the three games in hand we had over the top six, meaning that we soon closed the gap, eventually topping the table going into the Christmas break.

    A slight concern is that we're not quite the free-scoring force we have been previously, largely contributed to by the injury to key striker, and last season's topscorer, Alexander Tesarik. That's no excuse, though, as we're certainly not a one-man team, so will be looking to improve the goal difference in the second half of the season (at least the defence is still watertight!)

    Real Madrid 4-0 Villarreal - The first leg of the Supercopa was a great season opener, although Villarreal being reduced to 10 men was a huge help!
    Almería 1-0 Real Madrid - A disappointing early season defeat- very sloppy all-round.
    Villarreal 1-3 Real Madrid - Much more like it, and a fantastic away win against one of our title rivals.
    Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid - The first el Clasico of the season was a very even affair.
    Real Madrid 0-1 Atlético Madrid - Dismay! We shouldn't be losing at home, especially not to the neighbours!
    Real Madrid 8-0 Manlleu - Very one sided, and a hat-trick from my centre-back!

    Champions League Group Stage (Group H)



    Champions League Fixtures | Club World Cup Overview

    Our adventures outside of Spain have all pretty much gone to plan, so far, although drawing Manchester United in the First Knockout Round of the Champions League certainly wasn't in my copy of the script. If we are going to defend our trophy again, we're definitely going to have to do it the hard way!

    Fiorentina 0-0 Real Madrid (4-5 on pens) - The Super Cup had to be settled by penalties, making it two trophies in the cabinet by the end of August.
    Schalke 4-4 Real Madrid - Our opening Champions League fixture was a thriller! 0-3 down, we made an excellent recovery to earn a point.
    Real Madrid 5-1 AJ Auxerre - Dave Bracke scored a hat-trick in a dominant display.
    AJ Auxerre 1-0 Real Madrid - We had already qualified, but it was still a disappointing display by us.
    Boca Juniors 0-5 Real Madrid - Three trophies out of three, and what a result it was against South America's finest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Go out in a blaze of glory! Burn the stadium and force them to build a new one ;) That can be your legacy
    That literally would be a blaze of glory! They would never forget me, then!

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    Going along very nicely.

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    Perhaps underachieving a bit with a team like that

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    Everything is going well so far,hopefully you can finish the season with a clean sweep.

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    Great career this mate, how long do you see your stay in Spain?

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    Cheers everyone!

    This will definitely be my last season with Real Madrid, as even though it's quite fun having the best team and winning loads of trophies, I prefer to have a long term goal with any team I manage. I don't really have this with my current side, so will be on the search for a 'project' come the end of the season.

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    Any ideas where that "project" may be? Any interests?

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    Intriguied !!!!

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    I've got a few ideas, but nothing definite, and will be determined by what jobs are available come the end of the season.

    That said, it's likely to be a team from the second or third, who I can totally transform from top to bottom over the course of five/six/seven seasons. This should ensure I break the 2000 games barrier (currently at 1700), and keep me occupied up to FM13.

    I've also got a week off work, with a fair amount of free time, so I should get a fair bit of game time in over the next ten days!!

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    Sounds like a plan ;)

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    Real Madrid: Nearly The Perfect Ending

    I'll leave the club in great shape for the future, with near enough £1b in the current account, and assets totalling £1.7b; without no shadow of doubt, this is the biggest team in the world! The only thing they could do with is a new stadium, as with an average crowd of 93000, the Bernabéu is no longer big enough to satisfy the demand.

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    Domestic Football - End of Season 2038/39



    Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Season Summary | Equipo de la temporada | Copa del Rey Overview

    Of the three La Liga titles I've won, this has to be the least convincing of the lot. At stages this season, we almost completely forgot how to play, and have been on the wrong end of some shocking defeats- we shouldn't be losing at home to the likes of Celta. Due to this inconsistency, Sevilla seized the opportunity to put themselves right in contention, and for a couple of weeks, topped the table. However, they soon had their own crisis of confidence, failing to win any of their last six matches, and allowed us the luxury of stumbling over the line to win the title with a couple of games to spare.

    Having a close rival this season certainly helped to keep us on our toes, and I'm pleased that we managed to pull through our sticky patch to claim the title. However, it has highlighted a few inefficiencies that will need rectifying. Most concerning of all is the fact we were outscored by two other teams in the league, so a new striker or two will be needed over the summer if the club is to get back up towards the 100 goals mark.

    Málaga 1-4 Real Madrid - One of our best results on the road.
    Real Madrid 3-0 Sevilla - A great performance in the first leg, almost securing our place in the final.
    Real Madrid 5-0 Elche - Elche were terrible, and didn't even register a shot at goal.
    Real Madrid 0-1 Sevilla - This was a HUGE match, which got Sevilla right back into the title race.
    Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid - A couple of weeks later, Sevilla did the double over us, and went to the top of La Liga.
    Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona - One last el Clasico victory!
    Real Madrid 0-2 Celta - What a shambles! That's three defeats at home this season.
    Real Madrid 1-0 Córdoba - The Copa del Rey final, which we just about nicked. That's the third one of those I've won too!


    UEFA Champions League



    Fixtures

    To be honest, I thought we had this in the bag too. Having beaten Manchester United and Fiorentina in the early knockout rounds, and then being 3-0 up with half an hour to go of the semi-final, I was already dreaming up the headlines for our back-to-back-to-back Champions League success! But then I woke up, and found out that we managed to throw away our three goal advantage over Marseille in the space of twenty minutes, and had to return to Madrid with a serious amount of egg on our faces. Credit where credit's due, the French side showed tremendous spirit to make such a comeback, but I'm still absolutely livid that we threw it all away.

    Man Utd 0-2 Real Madrid - We certainly did the business in Manchester.
    Fiorentina 2-3 Real Madrid - Fiorentina may feel aggrieved by the result, as they completely dominated the proceedings.
    Real Madrid 0-0 OM - The first leg of the semi was a tight, dirty affair, with neither team playing their best football.
    OM 4-3 Real Madrid - 3-0 up, and strolling into the final, we then fell head first into a disaster, allowing Marseille to score four times in twenty minutes.


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Dave Bracke (30 goals), Alexander Tesarik (20 goals), Manu (23 assists), Andrey Rebko (19 assists), Camilo Castro (12 goals, 13 assists), Giacomo Verdiani (AvR: 7.26), Ruben Baio (36 clean sheets)
    Fans Player of the Year: Andrey Rebko
    Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

    In summary, the squad is still great, and my successor will inherit a team capable of winning instant silverware. He'll probably want to look at bringing in a top striker, as Tesarik's now 33, and can't play every game. That said, Tesarik and Bracke still scored 50 goals between them, so they've both still got a role to play at the club. He may also want to start bringing some of the talented youngster at the club into the first team set-up, and give them a bit more game time than I was able to.


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    2011/12    Unemployed
    2012/13    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet South      3rd       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
    2013/14    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet Premier    3rd       FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
    2014/15    Kingstonian       npower League Two          16th      FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
    2015/16    Kingstonian       npower League Two          17th**    **Resigned 19/12/2015
               Hull City         npower League One          6th       FA Cup 4th Round
    2016/17    Hull City         npower League One          1st       FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
    2017/18    Hull City         npower Championship        2nd       FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
    2018/19    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    5th       FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
    2019/20    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    7th       Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
    2020/21    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    8th**     **Resigned 13/11/2020
               Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    6th       Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
    2021/22    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    3rd       Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2022/23    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2023/24    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
    2024/25    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    2nd       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
    2025/26    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  4th       N/A
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Argentina QF
    2026/27    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  1st       Copa Sudamericana SF
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
    2027/28    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  2nd       Copa Sudamericana Winner
                                 Primera División Clausura  1st       Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
    2028/29    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
    2029/30    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2030/31    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 2nd       Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
    2031/32    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Runner-Up
    2032/33    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 3rd**     **Resigned 25/11/2032
               Genoa             Serie A                    7th       TIM Cup Quarter Final
    2033/34    Genoa             Serie A                    3rd       TIM Cup Runner-Up
    2034/35    Genoa             Serie A                    2nd       Champions League QF, TIM Cup QF
    2035/36    Genoa             Serie A                    1st       Champions League SF, TIM Cup Winners
    2036/37    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners
    2037/38    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
    2038/39    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League SF, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
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    As previously indicated, and after three season and 15 trophies, my resignation was announced.



    I've had an incredible time in Madrid, securing three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues, three Copa del Reys, two Club World Cups, two European Super Cups, and three Spanish Super Cups, with an overall 76% win ratio. However, this was still not enough to replace Fergie at the top of the Hall of Fame, so I'll remain in second place for now.



    It's good to see that I've remained a icon at the club, even after resigning. I reckon that third Champions League would have made me a legend, though!!


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    So, what's next for me? The answer, the French third tier, and Balma SC.


    Why Balma? Well, why not? Newly promoted to the Championnat National, this was the first job on offer that grabbed my attention, mainly due to the complete blank canvas that I would inherit. On arrival, the squad was scarily threadbare, with the backroom staff totalling an almighty zero, so I've got a great opportunity to transform the club from top to bottom.

    I've signed a three year deal on £1.5k a week, quite a step down from the money I was earning at Madrid, but certainly not a pittance either.

    Transfer Budget: £100000
    Wage Budget: £38k
    Currant Wage Total: £33.48k
    Finances - Not too bad, but I'm going to have to keep a tighter eye on things than I have needed to do in the previous few seasons.

    For those unaware of where in France Balma is, here's a handy little map. We're just on the outskirts of Toulouse (I've heard they do a nice sausage there). Unfortunately, as a general sweeping statement, I don't get on with the French, so I try to avoid visiting there at all costs.


    Looking at the history of the club, there's very little to sum up. In fact, there's none. They don't even have a nickname. This is the first season in the club's history that they will be above the fourth tier, so the trophy cabinet's only full of dust and cobwebs- hopefully, things are about to change!

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    And here's a snap of my new 'Theatre of Dreams' in all it's glorious glory. You have to agree the similarities with the Bernabeu are quite staggering...

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    Best of luck with you project at Balma SC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Best of luck with you project at Balma SC.
    Thanks, B.W.G. I think it's going to be fun!

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    This is going to be interesting after your high profile time at Real in particular. I assume you're going to make this a long term project?

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    Balma SC: Pre-Season 2039/40


    On close inspections, there's some big teams stuck down in the third tier; Montpellier, Metz and Nantes are just three that stand out as sides who have severely fallen from grace. That said, quite a few of the sides here are only semi-pro units now, so as we're one of handful of full time, professional clubs, I reckon we should be in for a decent enough first season. We've also got one of the largest wage budgets in the division too, so I very much feel we won't be the relegation fodder everyone expects us to be.

    I've also been able to find myself a credible assistant manager, Emmanuel Berthelot, who's knowledge of this level should be a valuable asset.


    Board Expectations

    Championnat National: Stay clear of relegation
    Coupe de France: Reach the Ninth Round

    Media Prediction: 14th

    Transfer Budget: £100k
    Wage Budget: £38k per week (currently spending £33.48k per week)


    Transfer Summary

    Key Signings: Youssou Boubacar (GK) Free, Celio (ST) 18k, Yvan Verge (DC) Free, Cédric Essomba (DMC) Free

    There's no doubt that my reputation has helped with the transfer activity over the summer; several quality players are interested on joining the club simply due to the opportunity to be coached by a 'world class' manager. Another major bonus is the liberal scouting policy, where as in addition to the whole of Central Europe, I can send my scouts off to several parts of Africa, including Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Algeria, whose national teams are all in the top 20 of the FIFA rankings.

    I'm more than content with the players I've brought into the squad, and now have a very solid core of the team. In particular, Boubacar, Verge and Essomba, are all relative youngsters, but are already good enough to hold down a first team place for several years to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dexter_Morgan View Post
    This is going to be interesting after your high profile time at Real in particular. I assume you're going to make this a long term project?
    I think so. On rough calculations, there's probably about 8/9 weeks until the release of FM13, so I'm planning on this being my last FM12 club. Ideally, I would like to establish Balma as a top flight side in that time, maybe sneaking into Europe too. Of course, this depends a lot on my playing speed, which has been somewhat sporadic recently

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    Balma SC: Flying Out Of The Traps


    Now, which imbecile determined the wage budget, then? We're losing money hand over fist, and if I had been better informed, I certainly wouldn't have signed so many players on top wages.

    Since taking over at the club, we've been losing near enough £200k per month, and have plunged severely into the red. Someone's obviously not done their sums right, as we're only bringing in £15k per month on gate receipts, due to averaging only 375 per home game, and that's only covering about 10% of the wage bill. Whoever the fool is, they're going to have to get us out of this mess soon, as currently, we're steadily sailing the wrong direction up **** creek without a paddle in sight.


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    Domestic Fixtures

    As concerning as our financial state is, matters on the pitch have been a lot more encouraging.

    As new boys to the division, it's always quite difficult to judge how performances are going to go, and when there is a need to attack or when it's time to shut up shop. Playing the 4-5-1 system I used at Madrid, we made a great start, winning our opening three fixtures, and only losing one of the first nine league games played. This established us as early pace-setters, and surprising league leaders!

    Things got slightly more tricky come late September/early October when we suffered back-to-back defeats to Metz and Noisy-le-Sec, as well as dropping points in another couple of games. This little blip dropped us down outside the promotion places (top three go up), and with a bit of work to do if we were going to keep ourselves in the mix. We recovered well, though, winning our last five fixtures before the Christmas break, and will start the new year as a good outside bet for promotion.

    No doubt the second half of the season will throw up several challenges, and we will do well to remain in third position, especially with the more established Metz and Rouen in the chasing pack. But, regardless of what happens, my opening season looks like being a success.

    Balma SC 1-0 Chamois Niortias - My first competitive game in charge, and a solid start to boot. Henri Joinville scored the goal to get us up and running.
    US Concarneau 0-5 Balma SC - Game number two was an even better result!
    Balma SC 2-1 Montpellier - Three points against one of the promotion favourites shows we're going to be a force to be reckoned with this season.
    SR Colmar 0-5 Balma SC - Another fantastic road trip.
    Balma SC 0-3 FC Metz - Talk about bursting our bubble, although you could argue we were unlucky to be beaten so heavily.
    FC Nantes 1-3 Balma SC - Nantes aren't the side they used to be, but are still one of the larger stature clubs in the division.
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    Very good start with Balma SC.Quite surprised to see Evian down there as well.

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    Having caught up, this is quite a surprising move.

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    Good luck on this interesting project

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    Very surprising move! The Board must have been choked to get a manager of your calibre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    And here's a snap of my new 'Theatre of Dreams' in all it's glorious glory. You have to agree the similarities with the Bernabeu are quite staggering...

    No roof on any stand and a green pitch.

    Some drop down from Madrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Very good start with Balma SC.Quite surprised to see Evian down there as well.
    Yeah, Evian is a bit of a shock too. They're having a terrible season, and most likely will end up in the CFA before long.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Having caught up, this is quite a surprising move.
    It is a bit left-field, but it's a refreshing challenge, and completely different from my past few seasons.

    Quote Originally Posted by o JaY View Post
    Good luck on this interesting project
    Thanks o JaY!

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Very surprising move! The Board must have been choked to get a manager of your calibre.
    I'm sure they couldn't believe their luck! A bit like the day I won first prize in the meat raffle!! ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    No roof on any stand and a green pitch.

    Some drop down from Madrid.
    It sure is worlds apart! Plenty of room for expansion though!

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    Like my Milan-Dunfermline move then, interesting and probably much needed change of pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Like my Milan-Dunfermline move then, interesting and probably much needed change of pace.
    Spot on. I've got my FM addiction back too! (Although I'm not sure that's a good thing...)

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    Good luck with your new club

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    That's quite a drop but sounds like a fun project - will be instresting to see what kind of players your world class rep can attract

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    Balma SC: We're Going Up, Up, Up, Up, Up, Up!


    Oh dear, the finances are in quite a mess. Thankfully, the increased revenue promotion will bring will certainly help, but long term, we're going to need a better strategy if we are going to break-even, let alone make any kind of profit. In hindsight, I should have enforced a somewhat different transfer policy, but then again, results on the pitch would have probably been a lot different too.

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    Domestic Football - End of Season 2039/40


    Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Season Summary | Equipe des Etoiles France Football

    What a cracking season! And really, we should have gone up as champions too!

    Coming off of the winter break, we went on a great 13-game unbeaten run, opening up a seven point gap over Toulouse Fontaines and Montpellier, and looking a shoe-in for promotion. However, our bums then started to squeak a bit! Of course, at this stage, it was never in any doubt that we wouldn't get promoted, as the top three was so far ahead of the chasing pack, but we did slip down to second on the final day of the season after failing to beat Chamois Niortais. This was the third defeat in our final seven games, which, ultimately, gave Montpellier their opportunity to pip us to the title.

    Although we seriously ran out of steam towards the end, I can't be disappointed at how things finished; it was the best season in the history of the club!

    Toulouse Fontaines 0-2 Balma SC - Three big points against the neighbours and title rivals.
    Balma SC 0-1 Toulouse FC - The Coupe de France threw up a huge tie against our big-time neighbours, and we were close to stealing the headlines too!
    Montpellier 0-1 Balma SC - Another big six-pointer, which saw us steal the win from a corner.
    FC Metz 0-1 Balma SC - A late, late winner, against one of the sleeping giants in the National.
    Balma SC 3-3 Olympique Noisy-le-Sec - We should have easily won this, but let a three goal lead evaporate in the second half.
    Evian TG 1-3 Balma SC - This was the victory that clinched promotion!
    Chamois Niortais 1-0 Balma SC - Final day of the season, and a win would have seen us go up as Champions.


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Léo Bertrand (22 goals), Henri Joinville (19 goals), Mohamed Saïdi (12 assists), Halim Belaïd (9 assists), Mulopa Nkuwu Nlandu (AvR: 7.24)
    Fans Player of the Year: Léo Bertrand
    Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

    I've managed to knit together quite a handy little team over the course of the season, with solid players in all areas of the pitch. Léo Bertrand deserves a lot of credit, and contributed hugely to our promotion push. He may not look much on paper, but by being a right-footed player on the left wing, he was completely unplayable at times, and was unlucky not to finish as the league's topscorer (he did win Player of the Year, though).

    I can already foresee next season being a huge problem, though; the majority of the squad were signed on one year only contracts, and are now demanding a fortune to sign-on again. I just don't have the budget to give anyone a payrise, and given our financial peril, I can't really justify pandering to anyone's extortionate demands. Unfortunately, this probably means a huge overhaul of personnel over the summer, and a threadbare squad with very few familiar faces to start the new season with.


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    2011/12    Unemployed
    2012/13    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet South      3rd       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
    2013/14    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet Premier    3rd       FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
    2014/15    Kingstonian       npower League Two          16th      FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
    2015/16    Kingstonian       npower League Two          17th**    **Resigned 19/12/2015
               Hull City         npower League One          6th       FA Cup 4th Round
    2016/17    Hull City         npower League One          1st       FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
    2017/18    Hull City         npower Championship        2nd       FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
    2018/19    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    5th       FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
    2019/20    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    7th       Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
    2020/21    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    8th**     **Resigned 13/11/2020
               Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    6th       Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
    2021/22    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    3rd       Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2022/23    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2023/24    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
    2024/25    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    2nd       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
    2025/26    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  4th       N/A
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Argentina QF
    2026/27    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  1st       Copa Sudamericana SF
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
    2027/28    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  2nd       Copa Sudamericana Winner
                                 Primera División Clausura  1st       Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
    2028/29    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
    2029/30    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2030/31    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 2nd       Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
    2031/32    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Runner-Up
    2032/33    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 3rd**     **Resigned 25/11/2032
               Genoa             Serie A                    7th       TIM Cup Quarter Final
    2033/34    Genoa             Serie A                    3rd       TIM Cup Runner-Up
    2034/35    Genoa             Serie A                    2nd       Champions League QF, TIM Cup QF
    2035/36    Genoa             Serie A                    1st       Champions League SF, TIM Cup Winners
    2036/37    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners
    2037/38    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
    2038/39    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League SF, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
    2039/40    Balma             Championnat National       2nd       Coupe de France 10th Round
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    And, of course, upgrading the stadium isn't helping the balance sheet much...



    Surely we're being fast-tracked to administration...


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    Congrats on winning promotion,shame about the financial situation which hasn't been helped by the board.Hopefully you can stay out of administration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    Good luck with your new club
    Thanks John- we've started well!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DodgeeD View Post
    That's quite a drop but sounds like a fun project - will be instresting to see what kind of players your world class rep can attract
    I definitely think there's a difference already. Not that I'm able to sign them, but there's players in the top leagues of some mid-tier European sides who are all interested in joining me in Southern France. I can't imagine they would bat an eyelid, normally, so it must be solely down to my manager's reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Congrats on winning promotion,shame about the financial situation which hasn't been helped by the board.Hopefully you can stay out of administration.
    Thanks B.W.G! We're listed as 'insecure', and will start the season with zero money for transfers, and the same wage budget as last season; it's going to be a bumpy ride!

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    Great job on promotion! Hope a higher league helps with finances and such.

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    I know it's 2039/40 but there are some big(ish) clubs in that division. Nantes going down More importantly though well done on promotion and the stadium increase You just need to try and make some money now

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Great job on promotion! Hope a higher league helps with finances and such.
    Thanks, cerud, I'm hoping so too! The £5m of TV money will help a lot

    Quote Originally Posted by Dexter_Morgan View Post
    I know it's 2039/40 but there are some big(ish) clubs in that division. Nantes going down More importantly though well done on promotion and the stadium increase You just need to try and make some money now
    Cheers Dexter! I was pretty shocked with Nantes going down too, especially considering they were the champions of France in 2001. 40 seasons on, and they'll be down in the fourth tier!

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    Fantastic to see you get promoted!

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    Thanks, iHeadhunta!





    Balma SC: Pre-Season 2040/41


    After such a glorious début season in Balma, my main ambition for this year is just to survive in Ligue 2. That's all that we can really aim for, too, as we're severely out of our depth in this division; we'll be playing teams of a similar calibre to Bordeaux, Sochaux and Stade de Brestois week-in, week-out, so I can categorically rule out any chance of us going under the radar and securing a back-to-back promotion.


    Board Expectations

    Ligue 2: Stay clear of relegation
    Coupe de France: Reach the Ninth Round
    Coupe de la Ligue: Learn from the experience

    Media Prediction: 19th

    Transfer Budget: £0
    Wage Budget: £37.5k per week (currently spending £37k per week)


    Transfer Summary

    Key Signings: Christian Aballo (ST) Free, Halmers Ortiz (DR) Free, Abdou Haïdara (DC) Free, Eddie Marchand (GK) Free, Philippe Bebey (MC) £2.5k

    I think I've done the best I can, transfer wise, considering the lack of funds the club has at the moment. To give myself some room to manoeuvre, I've had to release a lot of players, including some who were first team regulars last season, replacing them with those who had slightly lower wage demands but with similar levels of ability. Of course, this is no means ideal, as we'll have to integrate the new players into the squad, so we may suffer from a lack team cohesion for the first couple of months; hopefully, we won't be cast away at the bottom of the table by then.

    My main concern is whether we'll score enough goals to keep us out of trouble, as I've been unable to find an unattached striker who has the quality to find the net 20+ times a season; I have signed Christian Aballo, who is rated highly by my scouts, but as he's only 20, and new to the country, it's unlikely that he'll be a first team regular from the off.



    We've had a bit of good news off the pitch, though:



    Credit where credit's due, the board's done well here. They've sorted out a £7.75m gift loan, which we only have to pay back £32k per month when in profit. We're now back on a much firmer footing, with a little bit of cash to play with, if the board see fit. Even if I don't see any of this extra money, it's good to see the club back in the black, and well away from the clutches of the administrators.

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    For once a board does something right.

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    Philippe Bebey and Eddie Marchand in particular look like they can become key players for this year at least. If you can get Christian Aballo's composure up he should bag quite a few for you as well, his pace is certainly going to cause a lot of problems.

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    Good to see the debt restructured,also very impressive signings of Bebey and Marchand.Not every day you get can get a fully capped French international on a free

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    Well done getting promoted and well done to your board for putting the club's pockets first rather than their own.

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    Having a good time in France then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    For once a board does something right.
    I know! It's quite unusual to have a chairman with a brain (he's called Jean-Luc Picard !)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dexter_Morgan View Post
    Philippe Bebey and Eddie Marchand in particular look like they can become key players for this year at least. If you can get Christian Aballo's composure up he should bag quite a few for you as well, his pace is certainly going to cause a lot of problems.
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good to see the debt restructured,also very impressive signings of Bebey and Marchand.Not every day you get can get a fully capped French international on a free
    Cheers! I'm reasonably happy with the signings, although we may still be a couple players short of the squad I would like to have. Marchand is a top 'keeper, having been capped three times during his spell at Marseille. At 27, he's going to get better over time too, so he's a sound investment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Well done getting promoted and well done to your board for putting the club's pockets first rather than their own.
    Thanks Nobby. Things were looking rather bleak for a while, but it's a much steadier ship now

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Having a good time in France then.
    So far, delta, so far!

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    Wow! A sensible Board! The myth of their existance is true!!!!

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    Balma SC: Boring, Boring Balma


    As a result of our promotion, the board decided to increase our scouting range so that we can now scout the whole of Europe, in addition to parts of Africa. They've also allowed me to increase the number of back-room staff on the payroll, doubling my coaches to eight in total, as well as raising the number of scouts to five. I just need them to start investing in the facilities, as we're quite behind the times here, which I hope will be forthcoming now we're back in the black and turning over a small profit each month.


    Domestic Football - 2040/41 Winter Break




    Domestic Fixtures

    Our brand of football is certainly more functional than it is entertaining, at the moment, but you can't argue with the results it's currently bringing! We go into the Christmas break in a nose-bleed inducing 8th place, on the back of a six game unbeaten run, and having not conceded a league goal since October. We've got the third best defensive record in Ligue 2, and if you discount the nine goals we conceded against Angers and Strasbourg, it shows how difficult our rivals have found us to breakdown. Of course, there's still a lot of work to do going forward, as we're really struggling to put away our chances, but if we can maintain a top half finish, I'll be a very happy boy come the summer.

    Balma SC 1-1 Caen - Our first ever Ligue 2 fixture, in which we somehow escaped with a point.
    Guingamp 0-2 Balma SC - Our first ever Ligue 2 win, and against tough opposition too.
    Châtellerault 2-3 Balma SC - Another great road trip, helped by a calamitous own-goal.
    Lemans 2-3 Balma SC - It's evident that we like playing away!
    Balma SC 0-5 Strasbourg - A terrible day at the office for us. The opposite applied to Strasbourg's star striker, Cuesta, who bagged four of the five goals! Thankfully, this heavy defeat didn't affect us too badly, as we bounced back to win the following match.
    FC Lorient 0-1 Balma SC - Another fine away day.


    The expansion to Stade de Municipal has now been completed, so just before Christmas, we moved back home.



    We now comply the league's regulations and have a decent capacity of 10000; although as we're only averaging about 900 paying fans per home game, it' may be a while before we see our first sell-out!

    I've also been given the luxury of £350k to spend in the January transfer window. Some of the money has been transferred to the wage budget, which I hope will prevent another mass exodus come the summer; with the rest, I've been able to make four strong signings, who are all a huge improvement on the current team, and who, I hope, will give us added impetus in the second half of the season:

    Hasan Sönmez - What a gem of a signing! £1k for a centre forward who is rated as good enough to play in Ligue 1 is great business, let alone the fact he only wants to be paid £250 per week too. He's spent the previous six seasons with Besiktas, but has never played a competitive fixture, so this is his chance to shine.
    Umit Ozan Hacisalihoglu - A bit of mouthful, but still a decent left-back.
    Tarkan Topalak - My third Turkish signing (major credit due to my Southern European Scout!), and one who should be able to boss the centre of the park with ease.
    Frode Berland - Signed for a club record £80k, I'm hoping for plenty of pacey runs and attacking crosses from my new right winger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Wow! A sensible Board! The myth of their existance is true!!!!
    It may never be seen again! The Balma board will live on folklore, though .

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    Mid-table dullness is a good thing at this stage.

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    Got to agree with deltablue, you seem pretty much safe. Another season in that division would probably be a good thing and then push on next year.

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    Good first half to the season and some greats signings have been made.Good luck for the next half

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    Thanks chaps!

    Mid-table is definitely fine for now, although we would be laughing all the way to the Ligue 1 if we could score more goals; I'm still trying to find the right balance between defence and attack, and may need to consider a more cavalier tactic next season.

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    Balma SC: Parking The Bus


    It was a very active season in the transfer market for us, as I knew that we had to massively improve the squad if we were to stand any chance of competing in the French second tier. Over the course of the year, my scouts have done a terrific job, tracking down some absolute bargains (especially in Turkey!), and building up a decent shortlist for me to work with over the summer.

    Finances | Transfer Summary


    Domestic Football - End of Season 2040/41


    Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Season Summary | Equipe des Etoiles France Football

    The second half of the season was pretty much a replica of the first half; scrappy wins, clean sheets and plenty of failings in front of goal. Not that I'm complaining, as we managed to improve to 6th place when the curtain was brought down, and were only three points off the promotion places. For one week only, we did get as high as 4th, and were always being considered in the race for a place in Ligue 2. Like the Championship in England, this league is very competitive, and pretty much any of the teams in the top half could have snuck in behind Caen to take the remaining two promotion spots; to have been in contention for this all season long is real vindication of how well we've played.

    Next season is going to be difficult, though; I will need to decide whether to go on the offensive foot, playing a more attacking brand of football, and try to improve our weak goals scored column. But, at the same time, I don't want tarnish the excellent defensive record that our slightly cautious approach has bred, either. Ultimately, I'll be more than happy with a similar points total, and another top half finish.

    AC Ajaccio 1-3 Balma SC - Playing against ten men made it easier, but it was still a great team performance.
    Balma SC 3-0 Guingamp - Three big points that kept us in touching distance of the top three.
    Valenciennes 3-0 Balma SC - A very poor show.
    Havre AC 4-1 Balma SC - In the end, Le Havre achieved promotion, but it was another disappointing display by us.
    Balma SC 2-0 FC Lorient - We secured a very handy league double over Les Tangos!
    Caen 0-2 Balma SC - Travelling to the Champions on the final day of the season was always going to be tricky. However, we somehow managed to rob them of all three points, and finish the season off on a huge high!


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Henri Joinville (11 goals), Léo Bertrand (7 assists), Tarkan Topalak (5 assists), Eddie Marchand (18 clean sheets), Mohamed Saïdi (AvR: 6.97)
    Fans Player of the Year: Mohamed Saïdi
    Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

    On paper, our players don't look that much, but they fit the system well, and have all been fairly consistent over the course of the season. That said, there's plenty of areas that need improvement, with the biggest need being a regular goalscorer. This is nicely summed up by the fact that our topscorer only found the net 11 times, despite making 33 appearances for the club. I also need to look at the midfield too, as in some games we've been severely over run in the centre of the park; we need some more physical athletes in there, the type who use their strength and determination to break-up play and stop the opposition.

    Although we have suffered a couple of hidings against tough opposition, all-in-all, the back four and 'keeper have been resolute all season long. Signing a French international in goal was a huge coup for us, as his presence has helped to galvanise the defensive unit, but I will still need to strengthen in the centre-back department due to there being very little cover behind our first choice partnership.


    Career Summary

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    Season     Team              League                     Finish    Cups
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    2011/12    Unemployed
    2012/13    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet South      3rd       FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
    2013/14    Kingstonian       Blue Square Bet Premier    3rd       FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
    2014/15    Kingstonian       npower League Two          16th      FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
    2015/16    Kingstonian       npower League Two          17th**    **Resigned 19/12/2015
               Hull City         npower League One          6th       FA Cup 4th Round
    2016/17    Hull City         npower League One          1st       FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
    2017/18    Hull City         npower Championship        2nd       FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
    2018/19    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    5th       FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
    2019/20    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    7th       Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
    2020/21    Fulham            Barclays Premier League    8th**     **Resigned 13/11/2020
               Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    6th       Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
    2021/22    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    3rd       Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2022/23    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
    2023/24    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    1st       Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
    2024/25    Liverpool         Barclays Premier League    2nd       Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
    2025/26    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  4th       N/A
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Argentina QF
    2026/27    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  1st       Copa Sudamericana SF
                                 Primera División Clausura  3rd       Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
    2027/28    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  2nd       Copa Sudamericana Winner
                                 Primera División Clausura  1st       Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
    2028/29    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
    2029/30    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners
    2030/31    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 2nd       Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
    2031/32    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 1st       Champions League Runner-Up
    2032/33    Leverkusen        Bundesliga                 3rd**     **Resigned 25/11/2032
               Genoa             Serie A                    7th       TIM Cup Quarter Final
    2033/34    Genoa             Serie A                    3rd       TIM Cup Runner-Up
    2034/35    Genoa             Serie A                    2nd       Champions League QF, TIM Cup QF
    2035/36    Genoa             Serie A                    1st       Champions League SF, TIM Cup Winners
    2036/37    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners
    2037/38    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League Winners, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
    2038/39    Real Madrid       La Liga                    1st       Champions League SF, Copa del Rey Winners, CWC Winners
    2039/40    Balma             Championnat National       2nd       Coupe de France 10th Round
    2040/41    Balma             Ligue 2                    6th       Coupe de France 7th Round, Coupe de la Ligue 4th Round
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    Good season for your first in this league. Finances are looking better after that gift loan too.

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    Excellent first season in Ligue 2,think I'm more interested in who your scouts are going to find as they have certainly earned their money so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Good season for your first in this league. Finances are looking better after that gift loan too.
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Excellent first season in Ligue 2,think I'm more interested in who your scouts are going to find as they have certainly earned their money so far
    Thanks! It certainly was a great season, and much better than I had anticipated.

    I can already confirm the signing of another Turk, bringing the total to four. We'll have our own mini-Galatasaray before you know it!

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    30 Years of World Football



    France have been the only team to win the World Cup multiple times over the past 30 years, winning in Qatar, then defending it four years later in 2026. However, it's the 2030 competition that provided the biggest shock of all, with both Mali and Cameroon making the final.



    The Under-20's World Cup has been slightly less consistent, although I think it's more than a coincidence that Mexico managed to win the youth competition in 2035 before winning the World Cup 'proper' three years later.



    After a few years of instability, the major forces of world football are slowly returning to the top of the FIFA World Rankings. Nigeria and Columbia are the biggest surprises, but these two aside, there hasn't been too much change over the past 30 years.


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    30 Years of World Club Football




    The big two in Spain are still leading the way in the club finances, although Arsenal are closing in on them. Fiorentina have recently been tycoon backed so that's why they've emerged as one of the richest clubs in the world.



    I'm quite honoured to have made the biggest transfer of all time! Surprisingly, Marseille have made five £40m+ transfer, more than anybody else.

    Ballon d'Or Winners 2012-2026
    Ballon d'Or Winners 2026-2040

    Messi only won it the eight times in a row. Claudio Pansera has won five out of the last six, though.


    The best players of the current era

    Iñigo Martínez (Real Madrid)
    Claudio Pansera (AS Saint-Etienne)
    Mauricio Abundis (Manchester City)
    Christian Ehret (Olympique Lyonnais)
    Philippe Menard (Olympique Marseille)
    Florian Kirn (Borussia Dortmund)
    Eduardo (Fiorentina)
    Lorenzo Nossa (Genoa)
    Katlego Nhlapo (Arsenal)
    Yusuf Uçak (Chelsea)



    European clubs haven't had it all their way in this competition. Al-Ahly were the biggest shock winners, back in 2029, beating Costa Rican side, Alajuelense, in the final.



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    30 Years of European Football




    Croatia have emerged as one of the powerhouses of European football, winning the Euros twice in eight years.



    Real Madrid are still dominating Champions League finals, having made 13 appearances in the past 30 years.



    Europe's 'second' competition has seen plenty of big-time winners too.





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