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.
Finances | Transfer Summary
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.
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.
Season Team League Finish Cups
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