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    Probably only by so much if you're losing that much a year, but should at least minimize the losses considerably.

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    Very sticky situation financially, but hopefully the Champions League will help you make some profit next season.

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    Those 2 loans don't help either. Nothing you can do about those unfortunately. I wish we would be able to pay off loans early if we have the money.

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    Continuing to make an impact at Genoa . How are you fairing with the transfer system? I always found the '1 foreigner allowed to be signed' rule quite annoying.

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    I'm facing it at Milan and while generally I haven't minded too much it does mean you have to be very careful about it. Still, not like there aren't many quality EU players around or a few non-eu players in Italy so could be much worse.

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    Well done on getting to the Champions League. Get through the groups and you won't have to worry about a £22million loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    The CL will really help things financially.
    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    As Deltablue says, the finances will be eased massively by CL income.
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    Probably only by so much if you're losing that much a year, but should at least minimize the losses considerably.
    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    Very sticky situation financially, but hopefully the Champions League will help you make some profit next season.
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Those 2 loans don't help either. Nothing you can do about those unfortunately. I wish we would be able to pay off loans early if we have the money.
    Cheers guys Yeah, unfortunately there's not much I do with the finances; I've been pretty frugal with the transfers, and I'm continuously reducing the wage-bill too, so that's really the maximum I can do (asides from selling off our key assets).

    I'm not surprised it's got to this state though; we've only been averaging about 26000 attendance wise, so with a weekly wage bill of about £1m, we're operating at a huge loss. The Champions League revenue will certainly help this season, as will the increase in the club's profile from appearing in that competition, so gate receipts should be a tad higher too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    Continuing to make an impact at Genoa . How are you fairing with the transfer system? I always found the '1 foreigner allowed to be signed' rule quite annoying.
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    I'm facing it at Milan and while generally I haven't minded too much it does mean you have to be very careful about it. Still, not like there aren't many quality EU players around or a few non-eu players in Italy so could be much worse.
    It can be a bit frustrating at times, especially considering the majority of the best players in my save are African or South American, so I have to be quite strategic at times! However, we're hardly at the stage yet when we are competing to sign the world's best talent, so I'm fairly happy stringing together a squad with a lot of Europeans. That said, I still make sure I taken full advantage of the rule, signing the best two non-EU players I possibly can, normally early on in the transfer window.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Well done on getting to the Champions League. Get through the groups and you won't have to worry about a £22million loss.
    Thanks, Nobby. I doubt we'll get any further than the group stages though, as we're likely to be bottom seeds due to our lack of recent European participation. I'd happily take third, and the Europa League knockout stages, which will help us to continue to raise our profile as a club.

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    Italy: 4 Weeks Down Under


    World Cup 2034

    Hosts: Australia
    Holders: Mali
    Odds: 6-4F Germany , 2-1 Spain, Argentina, Italy, Brazil, 5-2 Netherlands.

    Going into the tournament itself, it was clear that we were one of the favourites to do well this time around. The FA wanted a semi-final appearance, and realistically, this was quite a fair expectation; anything else wouldn't be a total disaster, but definitely a severe underachievement.

    Group Stages

    Group B - Italy 4-2 Iran - A fairly decent start to our campaign, although I'm disappointed to have let Iran score twice.
    Group B - Brazil 1-0 Italy - Perhaps we should have won, and if not won, at least drawn; Brazil got a dodgy penalty decision in their favour, which was enough to win the match.
    Group B - Italy 2-1 Mexico - My former nation hadn't improved much, but still managed to score with their only shot on target.




    The hosts had a total shocker, failing to find the net in all three games, on their way to nuls points. England weren't much better either, but the biggest shocks came in Group E where Spain and favourites, Germany, crashed out at the expense of South Africa and my old nemesis, Guatemala!


    Knockout Rounds

    2nd Round - Italy 2-1 Egypt - We met another of my former nations in the next round. Once again, this was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
    Quarter-Final - Italy 2-2 Greece (4-2 on penalties) - This was a tense affair, which we should have put to bed long before the need for extra-time and penalties. Thankfully, we held our nerve, scoring all of our spot-kicks.
    Semi-Final - Italy 3-4 Argentina - We made a terrible start, finding ourselves 3-0 down after 39 minutes, A tremendous comeback followed, and having equalised with about quarter of an hour to go, I was confident that the momentum had swung in our favour. I was wrong; we conceded a penalty, which handed victory to the Argies.
    3rd Place Playoff - Columbia 1-0 Italy - Pah! Nobody cares about this match right? There's something quite ironic about the fact that the only goal was scored by my 'keeper.



    With several of the favourites failing to get out of their groups, the knockout stages really opened up nicely for Argentina's and Brazil's route to the final. Unfortunately for Brazil, Columbia didn't read the script, knocking them out in the quarter-final. However, undoubtedly, the surprise-package of the tournament has to go to South Africa, who made it all the way to the final before losing a very defensively-minded game against Argentina.

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    So close! Damn those Argies Interesting to see Guatemala make the Quarters let alone qualify fom group E

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    And qualifying ahead of Germany and Spain!

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    Some very interesting teams making the later stages.

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    England.

    South Africa.

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    Definitely seeing a possible changing of the guard there. Tough beat against Argentina.

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    Some World Cup there. Guatemala did brilliantly.

    Group C was incredibly close, how were the top three sorted out given they all drew with Turkey and therefore beat and lost to each other?

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    Goals scored in head to head perhaps? Uruguay-Tunisia might have been 2-1 (or 3-2) and the 2 England games 1-0, for example.

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    Sad that Iran came last in the group!

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    Yep, it's official, the world has gone nuts! Here's a glance at the latest rankings (post WC), which shows Greece at 3rd, Columbia at 4th and South Africa at 5th. Burkina Faso at 17th is quite interesting too!

    Not too sure how Group C was decided (deltablue might be right though)... here's the results:

    England 2-1 Uruguay
    Tunisia 2-2 Turkey

    England 0-1 Tunisia
    Uruguay 1-1 Turkey

    England 2-2 Turkey
    Tunisia 1-2 Uruguay

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    Almost, Uruguay have 3 head-to-head goals, Tunisia and England have two, so maybe that meant applying head to head again as Tunisia beat England. Talk about narrow.

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    Ahh yes. Greece. The powerhouse of European football!

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    Genoa: Pre-Season 2034/35

    The takeover saga rumbled on over the early part of the summer, and due to the enforced transfer embargo, my initial transfer activity was severely limited. Thankfully, it was all done and dusted by early July, and even though the new chairman had indicated that he was to replace me, he finally decided that I was the right man to take the club forward.

    We're now a consortium-led club, headed by British businessman, Ryan Holmes, and backed by a mixture of Italian, Portuguese and English directors. They've invested £15m into the club coffers, which has certainly steadied the ship, in addition to agreeing to improve the training facilities as well the youth recruitment network. It seems they are a bit more ambitious than the previous head honcho, which, generally speaking, is no bad thing, although they have already upped the anti considerably when it comes to the expectations for the season; I suppose they want value for the money they've invested!!


    Board Expectations

    Serie A: Qualify for the Champions League
    UEFA Champions League: First Knockout Round
    TIM Cup: Not important

    Media Prediction: 5th

    Transfer Budget: £5.25m
    Wage Budget: £1m per week (currently spending £939k per week)


    Transfer Summary

    Key Signings: Varcán Moreno (DC) Free, Eslin Van Wijk (ST) £500k, Edward Konieczny (DL) £2m, Krum Zafirov (MR) Free, Zlatko Novakovic (ST) £2m, Jérôme Leblanc (ST) £1.2m, Alex (MC) Free, Michal Blad (ML) £3.6m

    The search for that elusive goalscorer continued over the summer. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find someone of Helguera's calibre again, so plumped for three individuals who should all have a decent chance of finding the net every once in a while. All the other signings should be an improvement on what we already had at the club, making the overall squad slightly stronger than last season's, although I'd be amazed if we finish any higher than fourth place. Realistically, as long as we finish in the top six again, I'd rate this as another successful season.

    By far my biggest concern, is the lack of home-grown Italians in the first team squad, which will have severe implications when it comes to naming my 25 man Champions League squad. If I hadn't have signed midfielder, Alex, it would have been likely that the first team would have had zero home-grown players in the ranks, and I would have had to name a minute CL squad. Unfortunately, this is something that is unlikely to improved upon in the near future, as a good deal of long term planning and strategy will be needed to ensure we blood the necessary Italian talent into the first team squad; for now, we'll just have to grin and bear, taking as much CL prize money as possible!
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    Some good recruits with the limited money you had available. I guess you didn't rate your current strikeforce, having signed three new ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Yep, it's official, the world has gone nuts! Here's a glance at the latest rankings (post WC), which shows Greece at 3rd, Columbia at 4th and South Africa at 5th. Burkina Faso at 17th is quite interesting too!

    Not too sure how Group C was decided (deltablue might be right though)... here's the results:

    England 2-1 Uruguay
    Tunisia 2-2 Turkey

    England 0-1 Tunisia
    Uruguay 1-1 Turkey

    England 2-2 Turkey
    Tunisia 1-2 Uruguay
    Of course the actual FIFA rules state that if all else is equal then the teams who go through will be decided upon by drawing lots - don't think this has ever happened but I think it was very, very close a couple of years ago. I think FM would rank the teams alphabetically in this situation.

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    Drawing lots happened in the qualifiers once I think, Turkey-Spain for 1954, though not even 'aggregate score' applied let alone away goals.

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    Genoa: Right In The Thick Of It

    Serie A is definitely one of the most cagiest leagues to play in, so I need to make the most of my tactical nous if we are going secure another top four position this season. We certainly don't have the strongest squad in the league, meaning that we will need to prove ourselves extremely difficult to beat if we're going to match the dizzy heights of last year; I'm more than happy to win matches 1-0 if that guarantees another season of Champions League football!


    Serie A 2034/35 Winter Break



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    35 points on the board, and only eight goals conceded; the first half of the season has most definitely been a success! Of course, there has been a couple of minor blips, but I'm still delighted to be only three points behind the league leaders and right in contention for Champions League qualification. Once again, the only slight concern is the lack of goals, where we could do with being slightly more clinical with the chances we are creating, as we're still missing the composed striker that can score 20+ a season. However, it's not been overly detrimental to our campaign so far, and the squad is chipping in the best they can. Perhaps I'll pull a rabbit out of the hat in the January transfer window, again?

    Sampdoria 0-3 Genoa - Our first league fixture of the campaign was away to our main rivals, and we definitely started the season well!
    Inter 2-0 Genoa - A sloppy defeat against one of the other teams challenging for the Champions League spots.
    Genoa 3-1 Fiorentina - Three massive points against the Serie A bookies favourites.
    AC Milan 2-1 Genoa - We played so well against the defending champions, and should have taken at least a point home with us.
    Genoa 1-1 Bari - Disappointing. Bari are one of my bogey teams (alongside Lecce), and held us to a draw.
    Napoli 0-2 Genoa - The last match before Christmas, and another three points in the bag.


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    What a pleasant surprise European football has been!

    Having been fourth seeds, I wasn't confident of getting any further than the group stage, and would have quite easily dropped down into the Europa League. Having then drawn Arsenal (8 times consecutive Premier League champions) and At. Madrid, I knew something quite special would need to happen if we were going to reach the knockout rounds. Somehow, something special did happen, and we managed to top the group!

    Arsenal 1-2 Genoa - I certainly didn't expect to take all three points back from my travels in London!
    Rangers 1-2 Genoa - Another successful trip back to the UK.
    Genoa 3-0 Arsenal - We did the double over the Arse, securing our qualification to the knockout stages.

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    Good stuff in a tough group.

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    Doing brilliantly with Genoa and that World Cup was something else but unlucky in your loss to Argentina!

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    Did very well in that Champions League group.

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    Great news on qualifying from the Champions League! Even better that you defeated Arsenal

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    Good to see things still progressing nicely AK. Milan still look a class above everyone else though. How far behind them d'you think you (and I suppose the rest of Serie A) are?

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    Milan aren't that far ahead.

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    Caught up with like 4 pages during today, great job in Estudiantes and later for Leverkusen, albeit I'd be frustrated at coming so close twice and not getting the Libertadores, and at not getting much dominant consistency in Leverkusen. You were due a Champions League tho after the Liverpool times.

    Odd move to Genoa then altho I can understand wanting a challenge this much into the future, with such a large trophy cabinet. Coming nicely now.

    With the national sides I don't think it's been as impressive as with clubs, par for the course with Mexico then always positive to reach a WC semi-final and Argentina were very tough opponents, nevertheless it's a world class team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good stuff in a tough group.
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Doing brilliantly with Genoa and that World Cup was something else but unlucky in your loss to Argentina!
    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Did very well in that Champions League group.
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Great news on qualifying from the Champions League! Even better that you defeated Arsenal
    Cheers! The Champions League performances were a huge surprise. We've got Dortmund up next, which is certainly a winnable tie, so maybe we might make the last eight of the competition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    Good to see things still progressing nicely AK. Milan still look a class above everyone else though. How far behind them d'you think you (and I suppose the rest of Serie A) are?
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Milan aren't that far ahead.
    Milan and Fiorentina are definitely the ones to beat at the moment. Although we only finished two points behind them last season, and the gap's still about the same this season so far too, I'd say it's going to take something quite special for any side to overturn them at the top of Serie A. Realistically, I'm looking at three or four seasons of continuous CL qualification in order to raise enough money to build a squad capable of challenging for the title. Siena have started well though (but are severely overachieving!)

    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    Caught up with like 4 pages during today, great job in Estudiantes and later for Leverkusen, albeit I'd be frustrated at coming so close twice and not getting the Libertadores, and at not getting much dominant consistency in Leverkusen. You were due a Champions League tho after the Liverpool times.

    Odd move to Genoa then altho I can understand wanting a challenge this much into the future, with such a large trophy cabinet. Coming nicely now.

    With the national sides I don't think it's been as impressive as with clubs, par for the course with Mexico then always positive to reach a WC semi-final and Argentina were very tough opponents, nevertheless it's a world class team.
    Thanks, noikeee; I think I'm about to give up on international management soon, as I don't particularly enjoy it, and I'm not having much luck on this save either. That said, I've continued with Italy since the WC, as I still think there's a trophy in the squad I've got there, so will have a good as chance as any when the Euros come around in 2036. After that, I might call it a day with the national sides, and just focus on my domestic club. Really enjoying Genoa, though, as I'm seeing definite signs of improvement- just a shame real life is preventing me putting in the hours I would like to!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Almost, Uruguay have 3 head-to-head goals, Tunisia and England have two, so maybe that meant applying head to head again as Tunisia beat England. Talk about narrow.
    yes, I think that is exactly the technique. Eliminating the results against Turkey means Uruguay come top on goals scored. Then it can go head to head to separate Tunisia and England. Kudos to SI if their algorithm worked all that out.

    great career btw AK22

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    Genoa CFC: Punching Above Our Weight

    As we continue to improve dramatically on the pitch, things off the field are starting to look more rosy too. We made a £44m profit this season, helped mainly by the extra £40m we received from the Champions League TV revenue and prize money, but also by the frugality I've shown in the transfer market. I've also significantly reduced the wage bill by about £100k per week, making us only the 8th biggest spenders in the league, and well within our means. Probably, this will need to change over the coming seasons if we are going to consistently compete for silverware, but for now, I'm delighted to have righted the ship.

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    Serie A 2034/35 End of Season



    Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Season Summary | Miglior Squandra dell'Anno

    Asides from a couple of sloppy defeats, I couldn't be happier with the way the season has panned out; even more so by the fact we sneaked into second place on the final day of the season, when Milan lost at home to Palermo!

    More often than not, 84 points would be enough to lift the Scudetto trophy, so although it's slightly disappointing to end the season empty-handed, I'm delighted that we've now got a side couple of racking up enough points to be considered as genuine title challengers. Unfortunately for us, and the rest of the league, Fiorentina had a terrific year, and were thoroughly deserved of their success; the six point advantage over the chasing pack does not do justice to just how dominant they've been.

    Genoa 4-0 Portosummaga - The first fixture back after Christmas, and a commanding victory to match.
    Genoa 4-0 Sampdoria - We comfortably won another Genova derby, helped by two Sampdoria own goals.
    Genoa 1-2 Lecce - A very poor show, and three points thrown away against mid-table opposition.
    Genoa 0-4 Inter - The bad run of form continued as we were trounced at home by Inter.
    Vicenza 0-5 Genoa - Much better; five shots on target, five goals. Clinical!
    Juventus 0-4 Genoa - A pleasant trip to our neighbours in Turin.
    Genoa 1-0 AC Milan - We outplayed the defending champions, and fully deserved the victory.
    Genoa 3-0 Napoli - This result guaranteed Champions League football for another season.

    UEFA Champions League



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    Our return to Champions League action has gone a lot better than expected. Besides the fact, I didn't really expect to make it out of our group, getting into the Quarter-Final was a lot more than anyone at the club could have hoped for; especially considering our lack of European football experience.

    Perhaps we should have done even better, as we really should have beaten CSKA Moscow, and I would have fancied our chances against OM in the semis, so it may have been an opportunity lost. That said, I've got no real reason to grumble, as making the last eight is still a great achievement, and as CSKA went on to reach the final, they're probably not as bad as I previously thought they were.

    Dortmund 1-1 Genoa - A solid first leg in Germany, setting us up nicely for the return match.
    Genoa 5-0 Dortmund - Better than I could have ever imagined, we totally put the Germans to the sword. Mark Akanakimana stole the headlines with four tremendous goals.
    Genoa 1-2 CSKA Moscow - We started the quarter-final slowly, and found ourselves 0-2 down before we knew it.
    CSKA Moscow 0-1 Genoa - Disappointingly, we went out on away goals, after a decent showing in Moscow.


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Javier Benavides (20 assists), Varcán Moreno, Edward Konieczny, Dave Nooij, Lawrence Nyarko (24 clean sheets), Mark Akanakimana (17 goals), Lapa (12 goals), Eslin Van Wijk (9 goals)
    Fans Player of the Year: Javier Benavides
    Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

    The stand-out figures in the squad this year has to be the defence and goalkeeper; Moreno, Konieczny, Nooij and Nyarko have all contributed to the 24 clean sheets we registered, making ours the second best defence in Italy. Unfortunately, Moreno will be leaving in the summer, as a Man Utd bid proved too difficult for him to refuse, and will leave a huge gap that will need filling over the summer. At least, I'll be able to guarantee Champions League football to any new recruit.

    You could certainly say that being hard to beat has been our trademark this season, but we've also looked stronger going forward too, even without the natural goalscorer we're still lacking. I think Van Wijk has the potential to be the talismanic front man we need, but he's extremely injury prone, and missed nearly half of our league fixtures this season through ailments. They'll be a few new recruits over the summer, so hopefully I can improve further on our scoring record.


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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
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    Brilliant stuff AK!

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    A very good season,some signings in the areas you need should see you get silverware.

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    Serie A's mega tough at the top as I know from experience.

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    Next year, finish 1st to keep up with the pattern.

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    Great job on getting to the quarter finals in the CL! Only lost out on penalties; could have easily gone your way

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    Cracking season fella.

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    Cheers for the comments

    It's really rewarding at the moment, seeing the team getting better season on season, although I'm not convinced we're good enough yet to be considered as one of the big three/four in Italy. Considering the amount of investment recently (or lack of it), we're definitely overachieving at the moment; whether we can go one better next season depends on the impact of any new signings over the summer. I really want a top-rate striker though!!!

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    Genoa: Pre-Season 2035/36

    The board offered a new contract my way over the summer, an extension of five years. After negotiating a small payrise (£5k per week), I've signed on the dotted line, which will see me at the club until 2040. Hopefully, this will keep the continuity going at the club, and gives me plenty of time to chase down that elusive Serie A title. It will also help with my job security, ensuring that even if we have a small blip in the coming seasons, it will cost the board a small fortune to get rid of me!

    Board Expectations

    Serie A: Qualify for the Champions League
    UEFA Champions League: First Knockout Round
    TIM Cup: Not important

    Media Prediction: 5th

    Transfer Budget: £48.5m
    Wage Budget: £925k per week (currently spending £813k per week)


    Transfer Summary

    Key Signings: Daniele Savi (ST) £5m, Antonio Augusto Gomes (GK) £6m, Jan Kobr (DC) £6m, Rok Panic (MC) £2.8m, Subhash Sharma (AMRL) £3.3m, Noureddine Yildrim (ST) Free, Cristian Griffa (ST) Free

    A big summer of transfer activity, which saw a huge overhaul of the playing squad and a lot of money change hands.

    Having sold off both my leading defender and strongest goalkeeper for a combined £34m, I was left with a considerable amount of money to invest into the playing staff, with Rok Panic probably being the pick of the bunch (plus he has a fantastic name!); Jan Kobr and Antonio Augusto Gomes were signed as the main replacements for the players who left.

    I've also signed a further three strikers to add to the increasing numbers already at the club; I hope that I have now finally found 'the one', although I'm not too certain who that might be yet!

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    I think you seriously ripped Sturm Graz off. Panic looks an absolute bargain!

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    I agree with Matt - No Panic buy there!

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    Panic all around! ... for the other guys

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    Slowly slowly catchy monkey. Inching ever closer to the Scudetto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattSpurs94 View Post
    I think you seriously ripped Sturm Graz off. Panic looks an absolute bargain!
    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    I agree with Matt - No Panic buy there!
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Panic all around! ... for the other guys
    One of my favourite FM names of all time! Shame he can't get a place in the starting eleven at the moment- my current central midfielders are on fire!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Slowly slowly catchy monkey. Inching ever closer to the Scudetto.
    Thanks Nobby- we're getting there! We've also started the new season exceptionally well...

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    Rok Panic: Great name, great player.

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    Genoa: On The Right Track

    After such an intense summer of transfer activity, my immediate concern was how quickly the new signings would settle in and gel with their team-mates. Also in the back of my mind was a shadow of doubt regarding how the defence would hold up, considering I had sold off my first choice 'keeper and centre back in the summer- would the shop be as tight as the previous couple of years? No doubt, the basis of any success in Italy is a solid defensive unit, so selling two of last season's back five could be considered a bit risky.


    Serie A 2035/36 Winter Break



    Fixtures

    After a slow start, which included a defeat at home to Napoli, it took a few games for the team to find their rhythm. Once they did, the goals flowed, and back-to-back wins started to build up. In fact, nine straight Serie A victories catapulted the team to the top of the table, and in to pole position at the Christmas break.

    As good as our position looks on paper, we've yet to be overly tested against by the chasing pack, and will have to play tricky fixtures away to Milan, Fiorentina and Inter, all in the New Year; a couple of defeats in those games and things will look a lot different. That said, currently, we've got the best away record in the league, winning seven out of the eight matches played, conceding only six goals, so will go into those games with a fair bit of confidence knowing that we are quite capable of taking points off our rivals.

    Roma 0-1 Genoa - We won our tricky opening fixture against tycoon-owned Roma... just!
    Genoa 0-1 Napoli - A sloppy early season defeat.
    Genoa 2-0 Fiorentina - Three well deserved points against the defending champions.
    Sampdoria 1-5 Genoa - Javier Benavides was the talk of the town after bagging a hat-trick in the Genova derby.
    Genoa 7-0 Verona - Poor Hellas Verona- they never stood a chance!
    Genoa 2-0 AC Milan - Another crucial six-pointer victory.
    Genoa 6-1 Lecce - The curse of Lecce has finally been broken... and convincingly so!


    Champions League Group Stage (Group D)



    Fixtures

    The group stage was fairly routine this year, picking up five wins from the six matches played. Really, we should have won all six, as we were comfortably leading in St Petersburg before surrendering our advantage. By far the biggest surprise was how **** poor my former side, and once Champions of Europe, Leverkusen, were, scraping together only four points, and stumbling into the Europa League by the skin of their teeth; their squad's still full of players I signed in my tenure there, so it's very disappointing to see such a meek offering from them.

    Next up for us... Arsenal.

    Genoa 2-0 Leverkusen - We dominated from start to finish against my former club.
    Zenit 3-2 Genoa - Two late goals robbed us of our 100% record.
    Leverkusen 1-3 Genoa - A great return to Germany, matched by a fantastic team performance.

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    You make it look so easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    You make it look so easy.
    Yeah, it has been pretty easy this season so far. However, I do expect a much tougher second half, especially with the fixture list the way it is. Although, if we can get to 85 points, I reckon we'll be there or thereabouts.

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    You say you have not been tested by the chasing pack, yet you beat 2nd place 2-0 at home, 3rd place 2-0 at home and 4th place 5-1 away from home!

    In short, stunning.

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    Italy: Stumbling To The Euros

    UEFA European Championships Qualifying Campaign 2034/35

    With such a tricky group to contend with, I knew this qualifying campaign wouldn't be a cake-walk, but still expected us to qualify a lot more convincingly than we did. In fact, it went down to the final round of fixtures, where we had to hope that Switzerland would do us a favour against Northern Ireland; we did our part against Luxembourg, and thankfully for us, the Swiss helped us out by holding NI to a draw.

    We've really struggled to find the net over the course of the eight games, meaning that we've dropped more points than I would have liked. Asides from the two defeats to France, goalless draws in Switzerland and Northern Ireland, proved how lacklustre we've been and what a struggle Portugal 2036 is likely to be if we don't take our chances.

    I imagine I'm coming to the end of the road with this national team, and the Euros will be my last swansong with Italy. The squad is now starting to age, and there doesn't seem to be the talent coming through to replace the existing set-up, so it's now becoming difficult to select a squad that is capable of winning a tournament. If the Euros go well, I may have a change of heart, but for now, I'll just be looking to resolve our profligacy, tinkering with the formation a tad.



    France 2-1 Italy - An underwhelming performance against the group leaders.
    Italy 0-1 France - We needed three points here, but, instead, suffered from a complete crisis of confidence.
    Italy 2-0 Switzerland - Anything short of a win here would have been curtains, and would have left us with no chance of qualification.
    Luxembourg 0-4 Italy - Going into the final round of fixtures, we needed to win and hope that Northern Ireland slipped up (which they did).

    Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Team of the Year 2034 | Team of the Year 2035 | Overall Best XI

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    And here's the draw for Euro 2036:



    Not a bad group, although Croatia are ranked eighth in the world, so I'm confident that we'll get into the knockout rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    You say you have not been tested by the chasing pack, yet you beat 2nd place 2-0 at home, 3rd place 2-0 at home and 4th place 5-1 away from home!

    In short, stunning.
    Good point, well made! Perhaps, I'm just managing expectations!

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    Croatia may be an interesting challenge.

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    Scudetto is yours to lose now.

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    Good luck in the Euros!

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    Doing superbly well with Genoa.Good luck in the Euros

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    Quite a decent group for the Euro's.

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    Thanks for the comments!

    I'm still ploughing through the season, and should have an update soon. Unfortunately, I'm really busy at the moment, and any spare time I do get is currently being taken up by Euro 2012, which (so far) is shaping up to be one of the best tournaments I've watched

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    So, with no Euro 2012 action tonight, it seems a good opportunity to get my thread up to date...



    Genoa CFC: No More Years Of Hurt

    Even with £87m worth of debt, the day-to-day finances are looking more than acceptable now, and should allow me the luxury of a decent spending spree in the forthcoming summer transfer window. Once again, the board have been busy too, and have agreed to improve the training and youth facilities; this should put us right up there with the best once it has been completed. They've also negotiated some new lucrative sponsorship deals, which will bump up our income by about a handy £7m per season.

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    Serie A 2035/36 End of Season



    Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Season Summary | Miglior Squandra dell'Anno

    After 112 years of pain, Genoa have finally, once again, become the Champions of Italy! It's been a tough season, though, where it could have quite easily gone one way or another, due to having the fierce competition of Fiorentina throughout.

    Despite looking so comfortable at Christmas, our seven point advantage quickly evaporated in the new year, and come March, we had slipped down to second behind the resurgent Fiorentina. Thankfully, due to our other fixture commitments, we had a game in hand in our back pocket, which would put us top with a win. Helped by Fiorentina losing their penultimate game, we won the title with a game to spare, and finally got our hands on the Scudetto trophy!

    Genoa 4-1 Roma - A big win against a side with a big budget.
    Fiorentina 1-1 Genoa - One of the biggest matches of our season, and a credible point.
    Genoa 0-1 Sampdoria - For the first time in a while, we actually lost the della Lanterna derby.
    AC Milan 2-0 Genoa - This was the start of our mini-wobble, where we lost our rag a bit too.
    Genoa 3-0 Torino - These three points, from our game in hand, put us top, and our destiny back in our own hands.
    Genoa 3-0 Novara - The game that sealed the deal, and a top performance to boot!


    TIM Cup

    Fixtures

    Just like London buses, if you wait long enough, two will come at once, as we added the Coppa Italia to the trophy cabinet in a historical league and cup double (ending a 99 year wait). Once again, Fiorentina found themselves as bridesmaids, having finished on the losing side of a close final.

    Genoa 5-0 Sassuolo - A nice big quarter-final victory.
    Fiorentina 0-1 Genoa - The final was pretty cagey, but we still did enough to edge it, and lift the trophy.


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    And we nearly made it three, with a spectacular Champions League campaign!

    Having scraped through against Arsenal, we totally demolished Liverpool in the quarter-final- particularly uncomfortable viewing for a Liverpool fan to sit through! This set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Barcelona, where, as severe underdogs, it was always unlikely that we would progress any further. In fact, what happened next, was two very even legs, which could have quite easily gone our way on a different day.

    Genoa 1-0 Arsenal - Another feisty game, which needed a penalty shoot-out to get us through.
    Genoa 4-1 Liverpool - British opposition again, and we destroyed my favourite club!
    Liverpool 0-1 Genoa - And we then won at Anfield too.
    Genoa 1-2 Barcelona - We gave Barcelona a good go, and could feel slightly hard done by with the result.
    Barcelona 3-1 Genoa - Once again, another fine effort, which on another day could have seen us reach the final.


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Cristian Griffa (15 goals), Loris Decugis (13 goals), Eslin Van Wijk (11 goals), Subhash Sharma (10 goals, 15 assists), Michal Blad (14 assists), Javier Benavides (13 assists), Antonio Augusto Gomes (23 clean sheets), Edward Konieczny (AvR 7.22), Noureddine Yildirim (10 goals)
    Fans Player of the Year: Javier Benavides
    Team of the Year | Overall Best XI

    Although we're still missing that lethal marksman, five players chipped in with 10+ goals each, which meant that we ended up as the league top-scorers! Unfortunately, neither of the five strikers seem capable of consistently finding the net, and will find form for only a couple of games before completely losing their shooting range. This wasn't too much of a problem this season, as the next taxi off the rank took their place, normally scoring a goal or two in the process, but there is still a need to find a clinical striker.

    The rest of the squad remained as strong as ever, and will need very little improvement over the summer. That said, we could probably enhance our defensive ranks somewhat, and another centre-back may prove a prudent signing, if the opportunity presents itself.


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    2015/16    Kingstonian       npower League Two          17th**    **Resigned 19/12/2015
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    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
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    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
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    2026/27    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  1st       Copa Sudamericana SF
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    2027/28    Estudiantes       Primera División Apertura  2nd       Copa Sudamericana Winner
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    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
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    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
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    Congrats on the title again It's always nice to have goalscoring from multiple players; however, having that pivotal player is important too. Hope you find your striker.

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    Great stuff AK. Congratulations on winning the league! Even better to see Sampdoria just miss out on the Champions League

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    Italy: A Trip To Remember


    UEFA European Championship

    Hosts: Portugal
    Holders: Croatia
    Odds: 6-4F France, 2-1 Germany, Spain, 5-2 Italy, 3-1 Netherlands, 5-1 England

    Once again, we went into the tournament as one of the favourites. The FA expected a semi-final appearance, which seemed fairly realistic and definitely achievable.

    Group Stages

    Group B - Italy 2-0 Ireland - We really sprung out of the traps, scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes of our opening fixture.
    Group B - Denmark 0-1 Italy - A tougher second fixture, although we scored another early goal.
    Group B - Croatia 0-0 Italy - This made it three clean sheets out of three, and ensured we topped the group, ahead of the defending champions.




    Not too many shocks in the group stages, although England did make very hard work of a fairly routine group.


    Knockout Rounds

    2nd Round - Israel 0-1 Italy - Not our finest hour, as we failed to register a shot on target and had to rely on an own goal to progress.
    Quarter-Final - Italy 1-1 Norway - We probably could have won this in normal time, without risking a penalty shoot-out.
    Semi-Final - Italy 1-0 France - Up next were the pre-tournament favourites. They were abysmal, but it still took us 88 minutes to find a breakthrough.
    Final - Netherlands 1-2 Italy - The Netherlands are a top side, so we did extremely well to win the final and lift the trophy!



    What a fabulous tournament for my Italian side, ending a 70 year drought since they last won the Euros. It was a typically Italian performance throughout, which saw us only concede two goals over the course of the seven games we played. Fair enough, our matches weren't the most riveting to watch, and most neutrals would have fallen asleep after 20 minutes, but we did what mattered most, and ended the tournament as champions!

    UEFA European Championship Dream Team 2036

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    With the World Rankings (post Euro 2036) looking like this, I've decided to end my time as Italy manager. Six years with any nation is long enough, and it also seems a good time to bow out, considering our Euros success.



    And, here's my overall Italy record.



    I'm not in any rush to go back into international management, and would probably only consider an offer from Brazil or England now, if they came up.
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    What a season for you! Another congratulations - this time for Italy becoming European champions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Congrats on the title again It's always nice to have goalscoring from multiple players; however, having that pivotal player is important too. Hope you find your striker.
    Thanks cerud. I've been looking for three seasons now, though, so I'm not overly optimistic!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Great stuff AK. Congratulations on winning the league! Even better to see Sampdoria just miss out on the Champions League
    Cheers Daz. Sampdoria have been much improved this season, but we're still very much the number side in Genova currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    What a season for you! Another congratulations - this time for Italy becoming European champions.
    Thanks again, Daz- I'm now finally up to date with everything

    However, I now have a bit of a quandary...



    They've been chasing me for quite a few seasons, and with me winning Serie A with Genoa a lot earlier than I anticipated, it has certainly caught my eye. I'm not normally one to join a massive European club, but the £532m transfer budget has definitely made me stop and stare for a bit!

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    Only one option.

    See you in Madrid. I dare you to blow that money and buy the best ten players in world football.

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    Not short of a few quid then

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Only one option.

    See you in Madrid. I dare you to blow that money and buy the best ten players in world football.
    This. It'll be fun.

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    With that sort of money,you may be able to buy last years World XI

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    Also, if you, er, run out of transfer budget, you can always adjust the wage budget as you have a pound or two in reserve there.

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    Go for it!

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    Congrats on ending all those long waits in Italian football with the double for Genoa and the Euros for Italy.

    Real madrid sounds tempting - I dare you to go there and build a squad of free transfers

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    Great work winning the euros. Real Madrid is tempting, afterall, you've never managed in Spain.

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    Four top titles now. Excellent work.

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    Thanks chaps- decision coming up shortly

    On a side note, I think I've now got my money's worth from FM12...



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    It was a tough decision, as I was feeling very settled at Genoa. However, my head was seriously turned by the obscene amount of money offered by Real Madrid, and thinking realistically, it seems the right stage of my career to take on one of the elite clubs. I'm now 25 seasons into my save, so I feel I've earned the chance to manage a club the size of Madrid, and although the job will be highly pressurised, it gives me a great opportunity to add some more trophies to my CV.



    It's nice to be loved!

    And here's my overall Genoa record:


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    A good call. Best of luck in Madrid!

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    Real Madrid Club de Fútbol: The Biggest Club In The World!

    You all know about Real Madrid, don't ya? However, for those who have been living in an underground nuclear bunker since 1945, here's a brief snapshot of who they are.

    Formed in 1902, Real Madrid are arguably the most successful club in the history of European football, having won the European Cup/Champions League 13 times (including four since 2011/12), in addition to 43 domestic title and 22 domestic cups. The club itself holds many long-standing rivalries, with the most notable being the fiercely competitive El Clásico against Barcelona, and the El Derbi madrileño against neighbours Atlético Madrid.

    The origins of the club go back to when football was introduced to Madrid by the academics and students of a local university, which included graduates from Cambridge and Oxford. They founded Football Club Sky in 1897, playing their matches on Sunday morning. Three years later, it split into two clubs, leading to one of these clubs being named as Madrid FC in 1902. The Real was added to the name of the club in 1920, after being granted the royal title by King Alfonso XIII, also meaning that a crown could be added to the club's logo.


    La Liga BBVA - 20 teams compete this tournament, playing each other twice on a round-robin basis. The team with the most points at the end of the season is crowned as champions, with teams 2nd-4th qualifying for the following season's Champions League competition. Teams finishing 5th-7th qualify for the Europa League (dependant on the Copa del Rey Winners), with the three bottom teams being relegated to Liga Adelante.



    Club Finances | Club Reputations

    Only four different teams have won La Liga over the past 25 seasons, with biggest shock being Levante's third place finish in 2033.




    Copa del Rey - The early rounds are contested by the lower divisions in one-off games. Then when they are 32 teams remaining, all ties are played over two legs, except for the final, which is a one-off game played at a neutral venue.


    Real Madrid: The State of Play

    Facilities | Finances | Past Managers

    Contract Length: 5 years | Wage: £62k per week
    Transfer Budget: £532m | Wage Budget: £5m (currently spending £1.9m)

    I've had a big increase in my salary, and been given a huge budget to play with. The board want me to win La Liga, and get to the final of the Champions League, so the pressures on to hit the ground running straightaway!


    Squad Overview
    Key Players: Alexander Tesarik, Giacomo Verdiani, Erion Guri, Sibusiso Tshabalala
    Promising Youngsters: Furkan Tutcuoglu, Acacio Emeka

    After my early assessment of the team, we're probably already good enough to be competitive right up at the top end of La Liga, which isn't that surprising considering we're the defending champions. That said, it is an ageing squad, with few exceptional youngsters on the ranks, so my main task will be building for the future. Of course, I've got the luxury of a lot of money to spend, so can go hard in the transfer market if needs be, but my main focus will be on securing the signatures of the finest youngsters my scouts can shortlist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DodgeeD View Post
    A good call. Best of luck in Madrid!
    Thanks DodgeeD- should be fun

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    Good luck with Real, hopefully you don't have the same problems I had at Arsenal.

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    Taking the helm at Real Madrid. This could get ugly...for other clubs

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    Good luck at Real Madrid, good move i think.

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    A fifth top title likely to be on the way.

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    Good luck in Madrid!

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    Cheers guys! All is good so far- we've made a cracking start!

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    Brilliant thread so far interested to see how long it will take you to conquer the world with £532 mill to spend

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz2k7 View Post
    Brilliant thread so far interested to see how long it will take you to conquer the world with £532 mill to spend
    Thanks buzz! I've only spent £39.5m so far... so I've got plenty to play with still

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Thanks buzz! I've only spent £39.5m so far... so I've got plenty to play with still
    You are so disciplined compared to me. I spent £350m+ in the first six months at Barcelona, though only fair to say they were in the doldrums.

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    Surprised to see Northern Ireland beat Germany in the Euros

    Good luck with Real Madrid, not that you'll need it

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    Real Madrid manager now,best of luck.Hopefully you can avoid dropping too many points as that may crank the pressure up.

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    Like Real Madrid need you based off their past history .

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    More importantly - how did Peru get to be second in the world rankings? And Argentina down in 22nd!!!

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    And how is Burkina Faso so high???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    You are so disciplined compared to me. I spent £350m+ in the first six months at Barcelona, though only fair to say they were in the doldrums.
    I just don't like to blow money for the sake of spending it! If someone's worth £20m+, and they're the best person I can buy, then I'll spend big, but usually, I'll way up a lot of factors (age, contract length, potential) before deciding to purchase anyone. I'm quite thrifty in real life too, so it's no surprise that this has transferred to my FM transfer negotiations!

    Quote Originally Posted by markyosullivan View Post
    Surprised to see Northern Ireland beat Germany in the Euros

    Good luck with Real Madrid, not that you'll need it
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Real Madrid manager now,best of luck.Hopefully you can avoid dropping too many points as that may crank the pressure up.
    Thanks chaps.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Like Real Madrid need you based off their past history .
    Yeah, they've been fairly successful over the past few season

    Quote Originally Posted by chile_paul View Post
    More importantly - how did Peru get to be second in the world rankings? And Argentina down in 22nd!!!
    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!

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    And how is Burkina Faso so high???
    They came third in the 2035 African Cup of Nations, but not a lot else!

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    Bloody hell 532M to spend?! Good luck with Real Madrid

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    Looks like you need some CLs to really achieve anything

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