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    I'd have taken the Werder Bremen job - perhaps on paper there's nothing more currently but they're historically one of the big German clubs, certainly bigger than Fulham.

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    Thanks for all the comments I'm hoping to push for the top six again next season, and without any European distractions, I hoping we can replicate (or better!) our fifth position from two seasons ago.

    Hope you're all having an enjoyable festive period! I've managed to wrangle an hour of free time, so thought I'd use it to catch up on the forums, as unfortunately, I probably won't get enough time to get a decent FM session going today.

    Just to give you a bit more of an insight to why I turned Werden Bremen down; I know on paper, Werder are a bigger club side than Fulham, and that financially they are in a slightly better position too, however, there was no big attraction for me. Firstly, I don't really have any affiliation with the club in real life; I've never really followed them and there is nothing in their history that interests or intrigues me. Secondly, their squad is in a worse state than what I've already got at Fulham. Fair enough, I'd probably have a bit of money to rectify this, but I doubt we'd achieve Champions League qualification in the first season. Also, if I'd left Fulham, it's unlikely I'd be able to take my star players with me; I really want to follow the development of John Itubu and the two Egyptians, so I think I owe it to them to have another season developing them at Fulham before moving on. That being said, if a 'too good to refuse offer' came in from one of my favoured clubs, I would definitely consider it.

    On a side note, I was fortunate enough to get a couple of PS3 games (FIFA 12 and F1, if you're interested) as gifts yesterday, so even though I had some FM time planned over the forthcoming days, it looks like my attention may be split somewhat before I go back to work on the 3rd. I may need to pull in a FM all-nighter to keep my hand in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    I'd be ashamed, letting Blackburn finish above you.
    I am :hangshead:

    Quote Originally Posted by roganp View Post
    Ouch. I wasn't expecting you to fall that much, but it seems you were very unlucky with your main man suffering injuries throughout the season.

    I guess we'll be seeing Amer at the cottage next season ;)
    The sod has signed for Fiorentina :mad: I offered to make him to highest paid player at the club too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    On a side note, I was fortunate enough to get a couple of PS3 games (FIFA 12 and F1, if you're interested) as gifts yesterday
    We have an OTF F1 Championship over in, well, OTF if you fancy it. It's sponsored by Tesco Finest beef.

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    Unlucky on the end of season form. Looked like you were on for a good season. Disappointed not to be seeing Amer at the cottage next year too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    We have an OTF F1 Championship over in, well, OTF if you fancy it. It's sponsored by Tesco Finest beef.
    Cheers Nobby. I'm not very good though! And I'm not sure I can commit to anything regular, but I'll certainly take a look

    Quote Originally Posted by ShyBaldBuddhist View Post
    Unlucky on the end of season form. Looked like you were on for a good season. Disappointed not to be seeing Amer at the cottage next year too.
    I'm actually really annoyed with myself. I could have organised the transfer a lot earlier, but wanted to see my budgets for the forthcoming season before committing to anything. Due to my stalling, other teams become interested in him, and snatched him away from right under my nose. That may be it for my Egyptian signings, I can't afford anyone one else now! :mad:

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    European Championship 2020


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    Group Stages





    Knockout Rounds



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    Netherlands 2-3 Germany

    In what was a fairly routine tournament, the trophy was finally won by Germany in a thrilling final against The Netherlands, where all five goals where scored in 27 minutes either side of half time. 'The Special One' stepped down from his England coaching role after failing to get past the Quarter-Final, and has now been replaced by former Manchester United defender, Henning Berg!


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    Fulham F.C.



    Pre-Season Summary 2020/21


    Wage: £19750 per week | Contract Length Remaining: 2 years

    After much speculation over my future throughout the course of the summer, I will definitely start the season still as the manager of Fulham.


    Board Expectations


    Barclays Premier League: Respectable Position
    FA Cup: Sixth Round | Carling Cup: Not Important

    Transfer Budget: £7.78m
    Wage Budget: £675k per week | Current Player Wage Total: £605k per week

    Media Prediction: 8th | Title Odds: 100/1

    It's pretty obvious that we won't be troubling the major teams in the title race this season, but my main objective will be to try and get us back into the Europa League. Outside of the top four (Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea), there's a group of four/five sides all capable of fighting for a Europa League place; we're one of these teams, but will face competition from Liverpool, Blackburn, Stoke and Tottenham. Alternatively, a good cup run would suffice, but I'd much rather have a steady league performance, but without the post-Xmas horror shows that have plagued us in the previous two seasons.


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    Club Signing of the Window: Francisco Jose
    Total Amount Spent: £5.5m | Total Amount Received: £6m

    As much as I would have liked to bring in some big names over the summer, I had to make do with who I could afford. Top of my shopping list was a new striker, someone I hoped would be able to support John Itubu, and share the goalscoring burden. In fact, I ended up signing two strikers; Francisco Jose should turn out a bargain at only £1m, after Inter Milan offloaded him to us, and Andy Carroll should still offer a aerial threat despite being the wrong side of 30 now. Raymond Gardiner will also be in consideration for a starting place, as he's a midfielder who has to creativity to fashion plenty of chances for us.


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    This is my initial formation and team instructions:





    I'm going to persevere with the formation I used last season. There's been a few tweaks to the individual player roles, but the impetus is still the same. I'm hoping we'll still be difficult to beat, but hopefully, the new signings will make us slightly more prolific in front of goal.


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    Francisco Jose looks a top player and a bargain at £1m!

    Good luck this season AK

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    Agree with HotChocolate - £1m is a steal for a player with that talent!

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    How did you get him for 1 Million?
    Im useless at getting bargain tranfer fees :/

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    1 million for a guy like that is impressive. Did you have sensitive information on the club's owners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Francisco Jose looks a top player and a bargain at £1m!

    Good luck this season AK
    Quote Originally Posted by o JaY View Post
    Agree with HotChocolate - £1m is a steal for a player with that talent!
    Quote Originally Posted by buzz2k7 View Post
    How did you get him for 1 Million?
    Im useless at getting bargain tranfer fees :/
    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    1 million for a guy like that is impressive. Did you have sensitive information on the club's owners?
    Signing José was far too easy; Inter Milan offered him to me for £1.5m, I got my scout to do a report, and he came back saying we could get him for £1m. Cue, £1m bid, accepted by Inter, and now he's a South London resident. To be fair, Inter really didn't need him, as he's been out on loan for the previous four seasons, never actually making a full appearance in the famous black and blue stripes.

    After the window shut, I also signed another striker on the cheap. I'm not sure if you've heard of Wayne Rooney? ;)



    Not too bad for someone who's just about to turn 35. He's still in the England picture too, so there's a chance he may add to the record breaking number of caps and goals for his country.

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    Also in the news ticker...





    Two great offers from two clubs I admire. The Roma job would definitely be a big step-up from Fulham, and it would be a great opportunity to manage outside of England, however, the Liverpool offer is even more impressive. That, and the fact that they are the club I support in real life, can only mean one thing; pack your bags, we're all off to the North-West (and I can afford to take my Egyptians with me ;)).

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    That's not the same Wayne Rooney, he only has aggression of 14.

    Great move to Liverpool, good luck

    Have they made the top 4 in the game at any point?

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    Good luck with Liverpool

    I'm off to wash my mouth out with soap

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Also in the news ticker...





    Two great offers from two clubs I admire. The Roma job would definitely be a big step-up from Fulham, and it would be a great opportunity to manage outside of England, however, the Liverpool offer is even more impressive. That, and the fact that they are the club I support in real life, can only mean one thing; pack your bags, we're all off to the North-West (and I can afford to take my Egyptians with me ;)).
    All the best at Liverpool.

    I could never manage my club. If Yeovil came in for me I would decline - the losses hurt a lot more, despite being just a game. My keyboard would get thrown out of the window for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    That's not the same Wayne Rooney, he only has aggression of 14.

    Great move to Liverpool, good luck

    Have they made the top 4 in the game at any point?
    Quote Originally Posted by roganp View Post
    Good luck with Liverpool

    I'm off to wash my mouth out with soap
    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    All the best at Liverpool.

    I could never manage my club. If Yeovil came in for me I would decline - the losses hurt a lot more, despite being just a game. My keyboard would get thrown out of the window for one.
    Cheers fellas

    Normally I wouldn't manage them either, simply because it would distress me if I couldn't achieve any success with them. However, Man Utd have now won 25 league titles in my game (Liverpool did win the 2012/13 title though), and someone needs to put a stop to that!! I've signed a five year deal with them, and for the sake of keeping my interest in the save going, it's unlikely I will outstay my welcome at Anfield, so it's going to be a case of trying to upset United's apple-cart, build some strong foundations, then pass the baton on to someone else. Well, that's the plan anyway, it could all go horribly wrong, and I'll turn out to be the 'New Roy Hodgson'.

    Oh, hang-on, I was the 'New Roy Hodgson' at Fulham. I hope that's not an omen ;)

    Here's my career history at Fulham:



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    Congrats on the big move, hope you have some great success at your favourite club!

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    Good move,hopefully you can shake off the new Roy Hodgson tag off otherwise you'll be out of a job come January

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    Quote Originally Posted by o JaY View Post
    Congrats on the big move, hope you have some great success at your favourite club!
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good move,hopefully you can shake off the new Roy Hodgson tag off otherwise you'll be out of a job come January
    I hope so too! But to be fair to Woy, he did his best, there was so much going on at the club with all the off-field sagas, that it was never going to be easy. I'm sure King Kenny standing in the shadows whispering sweet nothings into the owners ears didn't help matters much either ;)

    This is the juggernaut I'm trying to stop:


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    Congrats on the Liverpool job. I always love managing my hometown team especially now that I can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    I hope so too! But to be fair to Woy, he did his best, there was so much going on at the club with all the off-field sagas, that it was never going to be easy. I'm sure King Kenny standing in the shadows whispering sweet nothings into the owners ears didn't help matters much either ;)

    This is the juggernaut I'm trying to stop:

    That's how it should be

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    Liverpool F.C.

    Wage: £30.5k per week
    Contract Length: 5 years
    Transfer Budget: £44.5m
    Wage Budget: £2.1m per week
    Current Player Wage Total: £1.28m per week





    Year Founded: 1892
    Nickname: The Reds
    Rivals: Everton, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal


    Stadium: Anfield
    Capacity: 45362 all-seater






    2020/21


    Media Prediction: 5th
    Title Odds: N/A

    As it stands 13th November 2020: 13th
    Table | Fixtures


    Board Expectations

    Barclays Premier League: Qualify for the Champions League (Won't be judged at the moment)
    UEFA Europa League: Reach the Final (Won't be judged at the moment)
    FA Cup: Semi Final
    Carling Cup: Not important (Knocked out already)


    Initial Impressions

    Squad Overview | Past Managers | Finances | Facilities

    I'm really up for the task of making Liverpool the biggest club in England again, but it certainly won't be an overnight transition. Even though the squad is a lot better than the 13th league place suggests, there are a lot of golden-oldies coming to the end of their careers. From the players left behind from the Alex McLeish regime, I've inherited a 38 year-old Pepe Reina, a couple of 34 year-olds in Cristian Ansaldi and João Moutinho, and Luis Suarez, who is 33. Aaron Ramsey and Rafinha are probably the pick of the bunch at the moment, and my initial task will be to set up a tactic that gets the best out of these two quality midfielders, and push us back the table towards the top six. Looking at the youth team, there does seem to be some potential with Sam van der Meulen being the brightest spark, but none of which are ready for immediate first team action. For now, it will be a case of making do, and seeing who's available in January. I've got the money to spend, but do not want to overpay unless absolutely necessary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Congrats on the Liverpool job. I always love managing my hometown team especially now that I can!
    Thanks cerud

    Quote Originally Posted by roganp View Post
    That's how it should be
    Haha, we'll see roganp, we'll see ;)

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    Welcome to Anfield. At least you'll know you're at the right place.

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    Sorry to see you move to Liverpool just when things were clicking in Fulham.

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    Strange to see only average Junior Coaching...

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    van der Meulen is going to be a star for sure - I can sense your excitement to get your Liverpool career started Good luck!

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    All the best with Liverpool. I see McLeish was working his usual "magic"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Welcome to Anfield. At least you'll know you're at the right place.
    I'm hoping there might be a new stadium on the horizon soon though. We can't play at Anfield forever!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Sorry to see you move to Liverpool just when things were clicking in Fulham.
    To be fair to Fulham, if the start of the season had been better, and we were pushing the top four, then I might have considered saying. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case, and the draw to Liverpool was too big to resist. They'll be ok though, they've just replaced me with Gareth Southgate!

    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Strange to see only average Junior Coaching...
    Not ideal, but we should be able to improve this.

    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    van der Meulen is going to be a star for sure - I can sense your excitement to get your Liverpool career started Good luck!
    Quote Originally Posted by psychonaut View Post
    All the best with Liverpool. I see McLeish was working his usual "magic"!
    Thanks abulezz and psychonaut. That's McLeish second sacking in the past two seasons after being replaced at Tottenham last year.

    I've just realised we don't have one defensively minded midfielder in the squad, so this may be the stem of the problems at the club. I've got no-one who can play as a ball-winner, let alone someone who can play the 'Makelele role', so roll on January. Until then, we'll have to ride it out with a 'we'll score one more than you do' approach!

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    Good luck with Liverpool!

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    As an Evertonian, it's through gritted teeth I wish you good luck at Liverpool

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    Good luck! Worth looking at a 5-man defence until you can pick up the defensive midfielder? Means you can have suicidally attacking fullbacks, which I absolutely love

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    Good luck with Liverpool!
    Quote Originally Posted by ShyBaldBuddhist View Post
    As an Evertonian, it's through gritted teeth I wish you good luck at Liverpool
    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Good luck! Worth looking at a 5-man defence until you can pick up the defensive midfielder? Means you can have suicidally attacking fullbacks, which I absolutely love
    Thanks for the comments

    I've actually started with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with a deep-lying playmaker (defend) and central midfielder (support) as the two men in the middle of the park. I did consider going with three centre-backs, but would have had to sacrifice my wingers to keep some kind of coherency to the formation, so decided against it in the end. I will be aiming to go 4-5-1 (with a winger and inside forward on the flanks) once I've got the squad to be able to do so.

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    In all honesty, not the start I was hoping for. I obviously underestimated the task in hand, as no way did I think it would take six games to register my first win as Liverpool boss. The draws at home to Leicester and Cardiff were both pitiful displays, but nowhere near as bad as the performances we put in away to West Ham and Chelsea. Thankfully, the win against Espanyol was the tonic we needed to turn the tide, and we followed this up by beating our rivals, Man Utd, to secure my first league win at the club, and put a huge dent in their title hunt.

    Generally, things are now on an upwards track, with the team gaining confidence, and putting some points on the board. It did look a bit scary at one stage, when we slipped down to 17th and were only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. With £44.5m to spend, a few new faces will be joining in the January window as I look to freshen up the squad. A solid holding midfielder will be the main target, but I wouldn't mind another striker and another wide-man which will give me a stronger bench to play with when things aren't going our way.


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    Sixth place and another foray into Europe should be your target?

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    I hate the Boston Red Sox, which means I hate Liverpool. On top of that, one of my favourite English teams is Everton! (who I don't see on the table... )

    Good luck! (*Washes mouth*)

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    Wow, it's all happened in here! Don't blame you for moving especially as it's the team you support. Still more than enough time to qualify for a European place although not much chance of a title challenge I think. Disappointed to see Forest in the relegation zone .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Sixth place and another foray into Europe should be your target?
    Realistically, that's the best we can do. It will take a lot to close down the 11 point gap to the Champions League places, but sixth place is a lot more manageable.

    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    I hate the Boston Red Sox, which means I hate Liverpool. On top of that, one of my favourite English teams is Everton! (who I don't see on the table... )

    Good luck! (*Washes mouth*)
    There's a lot more support for Everton on the forums than I ever knew! ;)

    The Toffees are doing spectacularly well... in the Championship, where they currently sit 21st!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    Wow, it's all happened in here! Don't blame you for moving especially as it's the team you support. Still more than enough time to qualify for a European place although not much chance of a title challenge I think. Disappointed to see Forest in the relegation zone .
    No work for me this week, and I've had a solid 12 hours playing time over the last day No chance of a title challenge this season, but I'll be aiming for the top four next year. All really depends on how generous the chairman is in the summer, as the squad will need at least another three players for us to sustain a challenge.

    Forest are yo-yoing a bit at the moment, but there's plenty of time for a rescue job. I've just beat them 2-0 though, sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Cheers Nobby. I'm not very good though! And I'm not sure I can commit to anything regular, but I'll certainly take a look
    Judging by last night's race, neither am I.

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    Ooof, thats a rough start to your Liverpool career - still, it looks like you've righted the ship. Topping your Europa League is also a plus!

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    Steady progress, as abu said, well done topping the Euro group. Could be a chance of silverware?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    In all honesty, not the start I was hoping for.
    Look on the bright side. Liverpool are in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Look on the bright side. Liverpool are in Europe.
    Something else that makes FM unrealistic?

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    Yikes! Tottenham's having a bit of trouble!!!

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    Still can turn it around a bit.

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    Big move to Liverpool, good luck! Looks like a bit of work is needed with the squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Judging by last night's race, neither am I.


    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    Ooof, thats a rough start to your Liverpool career - still, it looks like you've righted the ship. Topping your Europa League is also a plus!
    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Steady progress, as abu said, well done topping the Euro group. Could be a chance of silverware?
    Possibly, although winning the Europa League is pretty tough. Depends on how serious the other major teams take the tournament.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Look on the bright side. Liverpool are in Europe.
    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Something else that makes FM unrealistic?
    Good job I've got a sense of humour! I suppose I need one to support Liverpool

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Yikes! Tottenham's having a bit of trouble!!!
    They're in serious danger of being relegated. David Moyes only lasted five months in job before being sacked!

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Still can turn it around a bit.
    Quote Originally Posted by City2000 View Post
    Big move to Liverpool, good luck! Looks like a bit of work is needed with the squad.
    I'll be happy with a top six finish, strengthen the squad over the summer, then aim for the top four next season. I'm going to have to get rid of several 'dinosaurs', which will lower to wage bill considerably, but does mean it may take a while for the new squad to gel together.

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    By the looks of things, there's life in the old girl yet...



    No new stadium on the horizon though

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    Liverpool F.C.



    Season Review 2020/21

    Competitions

    Barclays Premier League: 6th
    Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2



    UEFA Europa League: 1st Knockout Round | FA Cup: 5th Round | Carling Cup: 4th Round (Knocked out prior to my arrival)

    Season Summary

    Match of the Season Highlights: Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd

    The recovery job was easily done, but I'm fairly disappointed to finish seven points my former club.

    A run of twelve games unbeaten in the league pushed us back up the table and in contention for Europa League qualification, but the season soon fizzled out, as we only managed to win one of our final nine games, leaving us well behind Fulham in fifth place. This is the third season in a row that the team I've managed have had a shocking end to the season; I seriously need to review how to keep the momentum right up to the very last day, as this is, quite simply, not good enough. As a team, it looks like we have some serious motivational issues, with the players able to up their game and put in great performances against teams such as Man Utd and Chelsea, but don't seem to turn up against the likes of Wigan and West Ham. Too many big egos, who may find themselves in the reserves soon enough!

    The Europa League and FA Cup performances were nothing to write home about either. Drawing the Russian champions, Zenit St Petersburg, in the First Knockout Round of the Europa League was pretty bad luck, but I still expected us to go through. We played out a solid 0-0 in Russia, before allowing them to score an 88th minute away goal at Anfield to knock us out. Very frustrating! Our defeat to Cardiff in the FA Cup was nothing short of dismal, and completely what we deserved.


    Financial

    Bank Balance: £76.6m
    Average Attendance: 43522 | Season Ticket Holders: 35004


    There's loads of money in the bank, helped mostly by the chairman's frequent cash injections. His latest investment of £53m means that I will have a decent transfer kitty to play with over the summer. The improvements to Anfield should be completed over the summer, so we should start the season with a 50k capacity too.


    Squad

    Squad Overview | Transfer Summary
    Team of the Year | Overall Best Eleven

    Fan's Player of the Year: Angel Di María
    Manager's Player of the Year: Angel Di María
    Top Goalscorer: Abel Hernández (17 goals)

    This squad is too old, too slow and too complacent. It's disturbing that our best player, Angel Di María, is 33, so we mustn't rely on him for much longer, as he surely must be coming to the end of his career. Even though I signed two new midfielders in January, major reinforcements will still be required in the summer. A replacement for Reina in goal will be a high priority, as will another pacy striker. Hernández certainly still has the ability to bang in 20 goals a season, but when he got injured, the back-ups in the squad didn't cut the mustard at all.

    Other News


    Kingstonian - Missed out on the BSP playoffs by two points, finishing 6th in the table.

    Hull - 10th in The Championship, five points off the playoffs.

    Fulham - Finished 5th, and seven points above us. The ********!


    Career Summary

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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


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    Picked up well there.

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    Nice finish 5th

    Oh wait, you moved didn't you? Down the table I see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    We have an OTF F1 Championship over in, well, OTF if you fancy it. It's sponsored by Tesco Finest beef.
    Should have mentioned before... we race every Monday and Wednesday night but it's entirely up to each racer how often they race.

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    Congrats on qualifying for the Europa League.

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    Good recovery there

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    Australia



    World Ranking: 50th


    2020/21 AFC World Cup Qualifiers Final Round

    Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2



    What a total shambles! We managed to beat the top seeds, South Korea, both home and away, but still conspired to finish third in the group behind a surprisingly good Iranian side. In hindsight, it was the two draws against Iraq that cost us the most, as with those extra four points, we would have finished second in the group. The fact that those two games were the only matches that Iraq took some points from, makes it even more of a bitter pill to swallow.

    So that means we have to face the UAE in the playoff. This really is a do or die affair; win, and we qualify for the World Cup. Lose, and it will disappointment all round, and most likely the sack for me too. September will be a huge month, for both me, and the Australian national side!

    Team of the Year 2020 | Overall Best XI


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    Horrible going in the group stages, hopefully you will save yourself in the playoffs.

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    Probably deserve the sack if you end up losing to the UAE, but I'm sure you'll go through without any real problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Nice finish 5th

    Oh wait, you moved didn't you? Down the table I see
    ^^WHS.

    Good luck with Australia though in the playoff.

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    I'm surprised - Abel Hernandez looks quite poor compared to how he was on my game at 32/33 (he was at Leverkusen when I was managing in Germany). I guess if he's still doing the business it doesn't matter!

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    Good recovery job with Liverpool although your cup performances seem a bit concerning but you should turn that around seeing as it's you

    Good luck with Australia in the playoffs in which I do expect you to go through

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Picked up well there.
    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Nice finish 5th

    Oh wait, you moved didn't you? Down the table I see
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Congrats on qualifying for the Europa League.
    Cheers, although I'm sure I was destined to finish below Fulham I'm pleased to have qualified for Europe, but the Europa League won't be a priority next season as I'll definitely be taking the opportunity to rotate the squad in these games.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Should have mentioned before... we race every Monday and Wednesday night but it's entirely up to each racer how often they race.
    I need more practice first! I'm like a moving chicane at the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Horrible going in the group stages, hopefully you will save yourself in the playoffs.
    Quote Originally Posted by roganp View Post
    Probably deserve the sack if you end up losing to the UAE, but I'm sure you'll go through without any real problems.
    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    ^^WHS.

    Good luck with Australia though in the playoff.
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good recovery job with Liverpool although your cup performances seem a bit concerning but you should turn that around seeing as it's you

    Good luck with Australia in the playoffs in which I do expect you to go through
    On paper, we should beat UAE hands down, but going on current form, this is the type of team we'll play total garbage against. If we don't get through, and I don't get sacked, I'll resign anyway. There isn't much of an incentive to stay much longer even if we do make the World Cup, so I don't want to spend all of 2022 twiddling my thumbs in pointless friendlies.

    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    I'm surprised - Abel Hernandez looks quite poor compared to how he was on my game at 32/33 (he was at Leverkusen when I was managing in Germany). I guess if he's still doing the business it doesn't matter!
    He's certainly not in the 'World Class' bracket of strikers, but he's still able enough (or should I say Abel enough ). He's got a 0.55 goals per game ratio for Liverpool, so he's certainly no mug, but as I'm on the look out for younger, pacier striker, he may need to play second fiddle next season.

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    A decent recovery with Liverpool, but as you say you should probably be looking to head on up the table next year. With that financial backing though, I'm putting money on comfortable top four next season!

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    Nicely turned around but I'm sure the Fulham fans loved seeing you finish below them ;). Not next season though, as EvilDave said, with that kind of money a spot in the top four should be possible.

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    Arsenal were a bit good. 116 goals. Damn!

    Back into Europe. Well done.

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    Good recovery, but looks like tough going for Australia - you should be able to win the play-off, though

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    hope you fail with loserpoo hahha

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilDave View Post
    A decent recovery with Liverpool, but as you say you should probably be looking to head on up the table next year. With that financial backing though, I'm putting money on comfortable top four next season!
    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    Nicely turned around but I'm sure the Fulham fans loved seeing you finish below them ;). Not next season though, as EvilDave said, with that kind of money a spot in the top four should be possible.
    Yeah, we should be aiming for the top four. It won't be straight forward though, as Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Arsenal have had it locked out for the previous four seasons, so we'll need to break their stranglehold. Thankfully, I do have good financial backing, which helps to balance out their Champions League revenue, which will give us a good chance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Arsenal were a bit good. 116 goals. Damn!

    Back into Europe. Well done.
    Arsenal were pure quality, weren't they?! They've got probably the best striker in the world in their squad, a Nigerian regen called Dele Martins, who single-handedly won them to the Premier League title. Last season, he scored 43 goals in 30 matches, winning the Ballon d'Or too.

    Quote Originally Posted by o JaY View Post
    Good recovery, but looks like tough going for Australia - you should be able to win the play-off, though
    Cheers o JaY, it's all been a bit of a disaster so far, but at least we're not out of it yet. Hopefully we'll reach the World Cup!

    Quote Originally Posted by jackripper View Post
    hope you fail with loserpoo hahha
    Thanks for your support, Jack

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    Can we get a career shot and Biography shot of Dele Martins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    Can we get a career shot and Biography shot of Dele Martins?
    Of course!




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    Right, I'm going to do a review now of how the footballing world has evolved (or not!) over the past ten seasons:



    World Overview - 10 years on





    World Rankings - 01/07/2021




    A few surprises here; Ghana in 6th place, Spain down to 10th and Peru in 12th are probably the biggest shocks.


    World Cup Winners

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    2014    Germany      Russia         Brazil         Brazil
    2018    Italy        Uruguay        Cameroon       Russia


    U20s World Cup Winners

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    2013    Denmark      Germany        Argentina      Turkey
    2015    Italy        Argentina      Sweden         France
    2017    Mexico       Argentina      Brazil         Switzerland
    2019    Argentina    France         Spain          Spain
    The future's looking good for Argentina.


    Confederation Cup Winners

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    2013    Spain         Brazil         Portugal       Brazil
    2017    France        Germany        Argentina      Russia
    2021    South Africa  Italy          Mexico         Qatar



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    Richest Clubs



    Marseille are flying the flag for France here.


    Club Reputations



    AC Milan are the biggest team in the world at the moment.


    Leading Transfers




    Notable Players

    Erik Lamela
    Zvonko Mihaljevic
    Javier Llama
    Dele Martins
    Thomas Müller
    André Schürrle
    Javier Pastore

    Surprisingly, not all the best talent is at Barcelona or Real Madrid.

    Ballon d'Or Winners



    And the latest winner... isn't Messi!



    Club World Cup Winners

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    2012    Barcelona    Corinthians    Al-Ahly
    2013    Marseille    Cruzeiro       Cruz Azul
    2014    Barcelona    São Paulo      Seoul
    2015    Man City     Al-Ahli (KSA)  Vélez
    2016    Corinthians  R.Madrid       Al-Hilal (KSA)
    2017    Cruzeiro     Lyon           Pumas
    2018    Man Utd      Corinthians    Seoul
    2019    Corinthians  AC Milan       América (MEX)
    2020    R.Madrid     Corinthians    Pumas

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    Peru 12th!

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    Fanastic read on your career, really like the way you structure your updates. Congratulations on getting the Liverpool job. A job you thoroughly deserved with your great management of your previous teams. The back-to-back promotion.

    It's really interesting seeing how the game changes in-game. Modric to Man City! Also, Liverpool can't get rid of Glen Johnson on my save and on your save he sold for 27million!

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    Europe - Overview




    European Competitions



    Not that much movement here.




    UEFA European Championship Winners

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    2012    Spain        Portugal         Ukraine/Poland
    2016    France       Norway           France
    2020    Germany      Netherlands      Belgium


    UEFA Champions League Winners

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    2012    Barcelona      R.Madrid         Allianz-Arena
    2013    Marseille      Villarreal       Wembley
    2014    Barcelona      Man Utd          Amsterdam ArenA
    2015    Man City       Man Utd          Estádio da Luz
    2016    R.Madrid       Man Utd          Ibrox
    2017    Lyon           Man Utd          Stade Roi Baudouin
    2018    Man Utd        Liverpool        Swedbank Arena
    2019    AC Milan       Man Utd          Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi Türk Telekom Arena
    2020    R.Madrid       Arsenal          Stadion Slaski
    2021    AC Milan       R.Madrid         Atatürk Olympic Stadium
    Man Utd runners-up five times in six years!


    La Liga Winners

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    2012    Barcelona    R.Madrid       Villarreal
    2013    Barcelona    R.Madrid       Sevilla
    2014    Barcelona    R.Madrid       Sevilla
    2015    Villarreal   R.Madrid       Sevilla
    2016    R.Madrid     Sevilla        Barcelona
    2017    Barcelona    At.Madrid      R.Madrid
    2018    Barcelona    Sevilla        At.Madrid
    2019    At.Madrid    R.Madrid       Barcelona
    2020    R.Madrid     Barcelona      Sevilla
    2021    R.Madrid     Barcelona      At.Madrid
    All fairly routine, except for Villarreal in 2015.


    Premier League Winners

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    2012    Man Utd       Liverpool      Man City
    2013    Liverpool     Man Utd        Chelsea
    2014    Man Utd       Chelsea        Man City
    2015    Chelsea       Man Utd        Man City
    2016    Man Utd       Liverpool      Arsenal
    2017    Man Utd       Chelsea        Arsenal
    2018    Arsenal       Man City       Man Utd
    2019    Man Utd       Arsenal        Chelsea
    2020    Man Utd       Arsenal        Man City
    2021    Arsenal       Man City       Man Utd

    Serie A Winners

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    2012    Inter        AC Milan       Juventus
    2013    Inter        Napoli         Udinese
    2014    AC Milan     Fiorentina     Inter
    2015    Napoli       Fiorentina     AC Milan
    2016    AC Milan     Fiorentina     Sampdoria
    2017    Napoli       Fiorentina     AC Milan
    2018    Fiorentina   AC Milan       Roma
    2019    AC Milan     Fiorentina     Inter
    2020    AC Milan     Fiorentina     Sampdoria
    2021    AC Milan     Fiorentina     Sampdoria

    Fiorentina runners-up seven times!


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    2012    FC Bayern    Schalke        Dortmund
    2013    FC Bayern    Dortmund       Schalke
    2014    Stuttgart    FC Bayern      Dortmund
    2015    Schalke      Leverkusen     FC Bayern
    2016    FC Bayern    Leverkusen     Schalke
    2017    FC Bayern    Schalke        Leverkusen
    2018    FC Bayern    Dortmund       Leverkusen
    2019    FC Bayern    Leverkusen     Dortmund
    2020    FC Bayern    Leverkusen     Dortmund
    2021    Leverkusen   FC Bayern      Stuttgart

    Bayern as dominant as ever.


    Ligue 1 Winners

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    2012    Lyon           Marseille      PSG
    2013    PSG            Lyon           Marseille
    2014    Lyon           PSG            Marseille
    2015    Marseille      Lyon           PSG
    2016    Marseille      Lyon           PSG
    2017    PSG            Lyon           Marseille
    2018    Marseille      PSG            Lille
    2019    Saint-Etienne  Lyon           Marseille
    2020    Marseille      Lyon           Lille
    2021    Marseille      PSG            Lyon

    Liga ZON SAGRES Winners

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    2012    Porto         Sporting CP    Benfica
    2013    Porto         Sporting CP    Benfica
    2014    Sporting CP   Porto          Vit Guimarãres
    2015    Benfica       Sporting CP    Porto
    2016    Sporting CP   Porto          Benfica
    2017    Porto         Sporting CP    Benfica
    2018    Benfica       Porto          Sporting CP
    2019    Sporting CP   Porto          Benfica
    2020    Braga         Porto          Sporting CP
    2021    Porto         Benfica        Sporting CP

    Braga shock winners in 2020.


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    2012    Zenit         CSKA Moscow    Dinamo Moscow
    2013    CSKA Moscow   Zenit          Dinamo Moscow
    2014    CSKA Moscow   Zenit          Rubin
    2015    Zenit         CSKA Moscow    Rubin
    2016    Zenit         CSKA Moscow    Rubin
    2017    CSKA Moscow   Zenit          Spartak Moscow
    2018    CSKA Moscow   Zenit          Dinamo Moscow
    2019    CSKA Moscow   Zenit          Spartak Moscow
    2020    CSKA Moscow   Rubin          Zenit
    2021    Zenit         Anji           CSKA Moscow
    I'm surprised it took until 2021 for mega-rich Anji to appear on the radar.


    Eredivisie Winners

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    2012    Ajax          AZ             Feyenoord
    2013    PSV           Feyenoord      FC Twente
    2014    AZ            PSV            FC Twente
    2015    Feyenoord     FC Twente      PSV
    2016    Feyenoord     Ajax           FC Twente
    2017    PSV           Heerenveen     FC Twente
    2018    Feyenoord     Ajax           PSV
    2019    AZ            Feyenoord      PSV
    2020    Feyenoord     FC Twente      Ajax
    2021    Ajax          Vitesse        AZ

    Spor Toto Süper Lig Winners

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    2012    Galatasaray   Besiktas       Fenerbahçe
    2013    Galatasaray   Fenerbahçe     Besiktas
    2014    Besiktas      Fenerbahçe     Galatasaray
    2015    Galatasaray   Fenerbahçe     Besiktas
    2016    Galatasaray   Fenerbahçe     Besiktas
    2017    Galatasaray   Besiktas       Fenerbahçe
    2018    Fenerbahçe    Besiktas       Galatasaray
    2019    Besiktas      Trabzonspor    Bursaspor
    2020    Besiktas      Fenerbahçe     Galatasaray
    2021    Besiktas      Gaziantepspor  Galatasaray

    EpiCentre Premyer-Liha Winners

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    2012    Shakhtar      Dynamo Kyiv    Metalist
    2013    Shakhtar      Dynamo Kyiv    Metalist
    2014    Shakhtar      Dynamo Kyiv    Metalist
    2015    Shakhtar      Metalist       Dynamo Kyiv
    2016    Shakhtar      Dynamo Kyiv    Metalist
    2017    Shakhtar      Metalist       Dnipro
    2018    Shakhtar      Dynamo Kyiv    Metalist
    2019    Shakhtar      Metalist       Dynamo Kyiv
    2020    Shakhtar      Metalist       Dynamo Kyiv
    2021    Shakhtar      Dynamo Kyiv    Dnipro
    Dominant Donetsk!


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    2012    Rangers       Celtic         Dundee Utd
    2013    Celtic        Rangers        Hibernian
    2014    Celtic        Rangers        Dundee Utd
    2015    Rangers       Celtic         Hibernian
    2016    Celtic        Rangers        Hibernian
    2017    Rangers       Celtic         Morton
    2018    Rangers       Celtic         Motherwell
    2019    Aberdeen      Hibernian      Celtic
    2020    Rangers       Celtic         Hamilton
    2021    Rangers       Celtic         St.Mirren
    What the heck happened in 2019?!

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    This has to be my favourite


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    North America - Overview




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    Gold Cup Winners

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    2013    Mexico         United States    United States
    2015    Mexico         United States    United States
    2015    Mexico         United States    United States
    2017    United States  Mexico           United States
    2019    Mexico         El Salvador      United States

    CONCACAF Champions League Winners

    Code:
    Year    Winners        Runner-Up        
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    2012    Monterrey      Pumas
    2013    Cruz Azul      San Jose
    2014    Monterrey      Cruz Azul
    2015    Pachuca        Los Angeles
    2016    Monterrey      Santos Laguna
    2017    Pumas          Cruz Azul
    2018    América        Pumas
    2019    América        Saprissa
    2020    Pumas          New York
    2021    Chivas         Columbus
    Unusual to see Saprissa from Costa Rica making the 2019 final.


    Primera Division de Mexico Winners

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    Year    Stage       Winners        Runner-Up         
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    2012    Closing     Morelia        Monterrey
    2012    Opening     Monterrey      Cruz Azul
    2013    Closing     Pumas          Monterrey
    2013    Opening     América        Jaguares
    2014    Closing     Chivas         América
    2014    Opening     Atlas          Monterrey
    2015    Closing     Pumas          Santos Laguna
    2015    Opening     América        Cruz Azul
    2016    Closing     Pumas          Morelia
    2016    Opening     Monterrey      Pumas
    2017    Closing     América        Chivas
    2017    Opening     Pumas          América
    2018    Closing     Chivas         Pumas
    2018    Opening     América        Pumas
    2019    Closing     Tigres         Pumas
    2019    Opening     Morelia        Chivas
    2020    Closing     Chivas         Necaxa
    2020    Opening     Monterrey      Toluca
    2021    Closing     Chivas         Pumas


    MLS Winners

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    2012    CD Chivas USA         Los Angeles
    2013    Seattle               New York
    2014    New York              Los Angeles
    2015    Real Salt Lake        New York
    2016    New York              Chicago
    2017    Sporting Kansas City  Real Salt Lake
    2018    New York              FC Dallas
    2019    Columbus              DC United
    2020    CD Chivas USA         Columbus


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    This has to be my favourite
    Great spot!




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    2015    Argentina    Uruguay        Brazil         Brazil
    2019    Argentina    Peru           Columbia       Chile


    Copa Libertadores Winners

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    2012    Corinthians    Santos
    2013    Cruzeiro       Estudiantes
    2014    São Paulo      Independiente
    2015    Vélez          Internacional
    2016    Corinthians    Atlético Mineiro
    2017    Cruzeiro       River
    2018    Corinthians    Cruzeiro
    2019    Corinthians    Boca
    2020    Corinthians    Boca
    2021    Botafogo       Independiente


    Primera Division de Argentina Winners

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    2012    Closing     Independiente   Estudiantes     Arsenal de Sarandí
    2012    Opening     River           Estudiantes     Boca
    2013    Closing     Boca            Vélez           Belgrano
    2013    Opening     River           Vélez           Banfield
    2014    Closing     River           Lanús           Independiente
    2014    Opening     Boca            Independiente   Belgrano
    2015    Closing     Boca            River           Racing Club
    2015    Opening     Boca            River           Huracán
    2016    Closing     Boca            Racing Club     Independiente
    2016    Opening     River           Vélez           Newell's
    2017    Closing     Boca            Racing Club     Vélez
    2017    Opening     Vélez           River           Independiente
    2018    Closing     Newell's        Vélez           Independiente
    2018    Opening     Independiente   Colón           Newell's
    2019    Closing     Vélez           Boca            Independiente
    2019    Opening     Lanús           Vélez           Boca
    2020    Closing     Vélez           Independiente   Tigre
    2020    Opening     Independiente   Boca            Vélez
    2021    Closing     Independiente   Boca            Argentinos


    Campeonato Brasileiro Winners

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    2012    Corinthians     São Paulo         Cruzeiro
    2013    São Paulo       Cruzeiro          Internacional
    2014    Internacional   São Paulo         Atlético Mineiro
    2015    Cruzeiro        Corinthians       São Paulo
    2016    Botafogo        São Paulo         Palmeiras
    2017    Corinthians     Flamengo          Cruzeiro
    2018    Cruzeiro        Flamengo          Corinthians
    2019    Cruzeiro        São Paulo         Atlético Mineiro
    2020    Corinthians     Botafogo          Cruzeiro


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    I am not surprised with the amount of sheer talent Argentina has produced in your save. In mine, my four best players are all Argentinian - they are all NewGens and are all world superstars.

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    Asian Cup Winners

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    2015    South Korea  Australia      Japan          Australia
    2019    China        Australia      South Korea    India


    AFC Champions League Winners

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    2012    Al-Hilal       Jeonbuk             Jeonju World Cup Stadium
    2013    Al-Hilal       Melbourne Victory   King Fahd International Stadium
    2014    Seoul          Frontale            Todoroki Athletics Stadium
    2015    Al-Ahli        Al-Ittihad          Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium
    2016    Frontale       Al-Hilal            King Fahd International Stadium
    2017    Al-Ittihad     Al-Hilal            King Fahd International Stadium
    2018    Seoul          Al-Hilal            Seoul World Cup Stadium
    2019    Al-Ain         Antlers             Tahnoon bin Mohammed Stadium
    2020    Al-Hilal       Al-Ittihad          King Fahd International Stadium

    K-League Winners

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    2012    Seongnam      Seoul          Pohang
    2013    Ulsan         Jeonbuk        Seoul
    2014    Suwon         Seongnam       Ulsan
    2015    Pohang        Seoul          Sangju
    2016    Seoul         Suwon          Ulsan
    2017    Suwon         Seoul          Ulsan
    2018    Seoul         Incheon        Suwon
    2019    Seoul         Ulsan          Suwon
    2020    Gangwon       Suwon          Seoul


    A-League Winners

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    2012    Sydney              Melbourne Victory       Adelaide Utd
    2013    Melbourne Victory   Melbourne Heart         Newcastle Utd Jets
    2014    Adelaide Utd        Sydney                  Melbourne Victory
    2015    Melbourne Victory   Sydney                  Brisbane Roar
    2016    Melbourne Heart     Central Coast Mariners  Melbourne Victory
    2017    Newcastle Utd Jets  Melbourne Heart         Melbourne Victory
    2018    Perth Glory         Sydney                  Newcastle Utd Jets
    2019    Melbourne Victory   Brisbane Roar           Perth Glory
    2020    Perth Glory         Central Coast Mariners  Brisbane Roar
    2021    Perth Glory         Melbourne Heart         Brisbane Roar

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    African Cup of Nations Winners

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    2012   Cameroon      Togo          Nigeria        Equatorial Guinea/Gabon
    2013   Ivory Coast   Morocco       Cameroon       South Africa
    2015   Senegal       Mali          Cameroon       Morocco
    2017   Senegal       Cameroon      Morocco        Libya
    2019   South Africa  Ghana         Togo           Tunisia
    2021   Ghana         Ivory Coast   Egypt          Ghana

    CAF Champions League Winners

    Code:
    Year    Winners            Runner-Up        
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    2012    Al-Ahly            Al-Ittihad
    2013    Al-Ahly            ASO Chief
    2014    Club Africain      Raja Casablanca
    2015    Zamalek            ASO Chief
    2016    Etoile du Sahel    FAR Rabat
    2017    Zamalek            Wydad Casablanca
    2018    Wydad Casablanca   Ismaily
    2019    Etoile du Sahel    ES Tunis
    2020    Heartland          Zamalek

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    OFC Nations Cup Winners

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    2012    New Zealand    Solomon Islands  Fiji
    2016    New Zealand    Solomon Islands  New Zealand
    2020    New Zealand    New Caledonia    Fiji

    OFC Champions League Winners

    Code:
    Year    Winners         Runner-Up        
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    2012    Auckland City   Waitakere Utd
    2013    Waitakere Utd   Auckland City
    2014    Waitakere Utd   Auckland City
    2015    Auckland City   Waitakere Utd
    2016    Auckland City   Ba
    2017    Waitakere Utd   Auckland City
    2018    Waitakere Utd   Auckland City
    2019    Waitakere Utd   Auckland City
    2020    Auckland City   Waitakere Utd
    2021    Auckland City   Waitakere Utd


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    And after that rather heavy stat overload, this is where I leave you for 2011.

    Thanks for all your comments in the thread so far. See you all next year!

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    Exceptional overview - I thoroughly enjoyed that! Great, great work

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    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    Exceptional overview - I thoroughly enjoyed that! Great, great work
    totally agree was very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    I need more practice first! I'm like a moving chicane at the moment
    You're like Kev then.

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    Glad you enjoyed the summaries; it kept me out of mischief for a couple of hours

    Quote Originally Posted by dkpark51 View Post
    Fanastic read on your career, really like the way you structure your updates. Congratulations on getting the Liverpool job. A job you thoroughly deserved with your great management of your previous teams. The back-to-back promotion.

    It's really interesting seeing how the game changes in-game. Modric to Man City! Also, Liverpool can't get rid of Glen Johnson on my save and on your save he sold for 27million!
    Thanks dkpark51, although the footballing world hasn't moved on that much really; the leagues are still being dominated by the teams you would expect to be challenging. I'll probably do something similar after 20 seasons where I would expect the changes to be more severe.

    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    I am not surprised with the amount of sheer talent Argentina has produced in your save. In mine, my four best players are all Argentinian - they are all NewGens and are all world superstars.
    Argentina always churns out great talent in real life too, so I'm not overly surprised that the FM world is dominated by them. Although there's not so many with the surname Llama, that's pretty original!

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    Liverpool F.C.



    Pre-Season Summary 2021/22


    Wage: £30.5k per week | Contract Length Remaining: 4 years

    Plenty of time to run on my existing deal, and plenty of time to get this club back up the league.


    Board Expectations


    Barclays Premier League: Qualify for Champions League
    Europa League: Reach The Final | FA Cup: Semi-Final | Carling Cup: Not Important

    Transfer Budget: £40.95m
    Wage Budget: £2.1m per week | Current Player Wage Total: £1.37m per week

    Media Prediction: 5th | Title Odds: 20/1

    With the amount of money I've got at my disposal, it would be disappointing if we don't finish in the top four this season. Even though we're not that far behind Arsenal, Man Utd or Man City talent-wise, I think it's unlikely we'll challenge for the title this season, using this term to build for a main title push next year. I'm not that bothered about the Europa League, and I'll be using the opportunity to give the reserves some game time. As long as we reach the knockout rounds, I'm sure that will be enough to pacify the board.


    Transfer Activity

    Transfer Summary
    Club Signing of the Window: Eric Diallo
    Total Amount Spent: £45m | Total Amount Received: £7.5m


    The bulk of the money spent was on three players; Eric Diallo is the strong, pacy striker that we need to spearhead our attack, Roberto Poison has all the attributes required to play the Inside Forward role on the left wing, and I went back to Fulham to sign my former-Egyptian 'keeper, Mohamed Ismail. I'm hoping these signings will all add some much needed pace, vigour and quality that the side was lacking last season. In addition to these three marquee signings, I signed four other youngsters who should come to fruition over the next couple of years.


    Tactical Outlook

    This is my initial formation and team instructions:





    After the signing of Poison, I can now finally set the team up in a way that I think we bring the best results for us. A fluid 4-5-1 should get the most out of the attacking talent I have available to me, but with the inclusion of an anchorman, we should be pretty sound at the back too. I may also decide to push the defensive line up further, to contain the opposition in their own half, allowing us to dictate the pace of the game.

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    Good luck this season mate!

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    I quite like the look of Erica Diallo, Drogba-esque. Should be a fine player to lead the line.

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    Some excellent buys there with the future ahead of them. Good luck.

    Slim chance, but the Diallos aren't brothers, are they?

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    Zonal marking. You're doomed. Best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by iHeadHunta x View Post
    Good luck this season mate!
    Cheers iHeadHunta x

    Quote Originally Posted by dkpark51 View Post
    I quite like the look of Erica Diallo, Drogba-esque. Should be a fine player to lead the line.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Some excellent buys there with the future ahead of them. Good luck.

    Slim chance, but the Diallos aren't brothers, are they?
    I hoping the signings settle in well. On paper they all looked pretty solid, but by bringing Africans and South Americans to Europe always has an element of risk involved.

    The Diallos aren't brothers, unfortunately. The defender's from Guinea, and the striker's from Ivory Coast. Actually, thinking about it, I'm not sure I've ever seen regen siblings before; perhaps this should be something that is introduced in the future.

    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Zonal marking. You're doomed. Best of luck
    Thanks HC. I've always found zonal works best with a talented fluid team, as when players move out of their natural positions, the next nearest team-mate picks up the opposition. However, in some matches, I still man mark certain individuals if I feel they pose an exceptional risk to our gameplan, so all bases are covered.

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    Now, I know we like a lot of football over the Christmas period in England, but this is just ridiculous...



    Full Premier League fixtures three days in a row! :mad:

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    That is horrible, I'm surprised the Man City game hasn't been moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    That is horrible, I'm surprised the Man City game hasn't been moved.
    My thoughts too, but I suppose we're not at any more of a disadvantage than the other Premier League teams; they've all got to play three games in three days too. Will certainly push the squad to the limits though.

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    Ah, that's good then! I wouldn't have been pleased if you were one of a select few that had it.

    Talking about weird fixtures, in my game, the last game of the season was moved from Saturday to the Wednesday before (everyones game) reason: Wrexham (who were in my league) were in the Welsh FA Cup Final which was to be played on the Saturday, so let me get this right, they moved a whole entire league of fixtures for the FA Welsh Cup final? Seriously? It made me laugh when I realized.

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