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    I like it as it is.

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    I like this format as well, it's good to see the league table each update especially.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I was wondering whether it was too much to keep up with, or too heavy in terms of pictures (the page taking ages to load).

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    Analysis, highlights and numbers – 2013/2014 season


    Tactics



    The most attacking of my various combinations, and which I’ve been playing regularly lately because the opposition in the Euro Playoffs allowed for more risk – in theory.

    Squad



    Top 5 key players of the season

    5. Fredy Montero (ST) – Good but not made as much impact as I expected him to, a long injury didn’t help.

    4. Jair Céspedes (AML) – Arrived in January in superb form but never quite followed that up the rest of the season.

    3. Mathías Abero (DL / ML) – Excellent in both full-back and winger roles.

    2. Jorge Caballero (DC) – Undoubtedly a great signing, most MOM mentions from the entire squad (5). Got himself a Paraguay cap since arrival.

    1. Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo (AMR) – By far the top goalscorer and most assists too, which emphasizes how disappointing my forwards were. Nevertheless very good season from Jeanvion.

    Match of the season



    Most definitely the best performance of the season, we taught a lesson to the eventual champions, a club who spent a ridiculous amount of money last Summer and just can’t be compared in terms of budget to us.

    Awards

    None.

    Season Summary Mentions

    None.

    Career overview

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    Season   Club (nation)         League (tier)                          Notes
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    11/12    Delémont (SWI)        Challenge League (2) - 1st             Promoted
    12/13    Delémont (SWI)        Axpo Super League (1) - 9th            Avoided relegation, Swiss Cup semi-finalists
    13/14    Westerlo (BEL)        Jupiler Pro League (1) - 8th           2nd in Euro Playoffs Group, Belgian Cup semi-finalists

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I was wondering whether it was too much to keep up with, or too heavy in terms of pictures (the page taking ages to load).
    Well, as you're talking about that (which I didn't realize you meant) it is a bit, I remember seeing your post asking for feedback and I was thinking 'when the page stops shifting because of all the screenshots appearing I will'. It's rarely that annoying but it is one of the reasons why I almost always use links. Perhaps there are a few like tactics that are interesting but can be done without.

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    I like the format. If I've got the time, I'll read the detailed bits, but if not, I can skim through, looking at the pictures

    Anyway, good first season with Westerlo. Unlucky to miss out on Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Well, as you're talking about that (which I didn't realize you meant) it is a bit, I remember seeing your post asking for feedback and I was thinking 'when the page stops shifting because of all the screenshots appearing I will'. It's rarely that annoying but it is one of the reasons why I almost always use links. Perhaps there are a few like tactics that are interesting but can be done without.
    Yeah I do remember myself having the same issue with a few other threads around when I was on a slow connection, haven't had it much lately tho. It's a tad frustrating because I think it looks better this way but with the forum having a mammoth 100 posts per page it may be a bit too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    I like the format. If I've got the time, I'll read the detailed bits, but if not, I can skim through, looking at the pictures

    Anyway, good first season with Westerlo. Unlucky to miss out on Europe.
    That was sort of what I was aiming at with the format.

    Tks, don't think that was that much of a season but I'm fairly happy with it to kick off things in the club - am now leaning towards staying in Westerlo for a long while.

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    Pre-season: June/July 2014


    Transfers (in)

    I went absolutely fuc*ing mental and hired 18 players, almost all of still them in diapers. All free transfers!

    Arthur Lecat (DM / MC) – 18 year-old Belgian with 4* PA and good enough to be a backup DM already.

    Francisco Alex (AMC / MC) – Excellent experienced playmaker who will be first choice for the position most likely.

    Tomás Costa (M / MR) – Spectacular flop a couple years back for my club FC Porto, but rather very good for my team albeit he doesn’t fit my current tactics!

    Anthony D’Alberto (DR / WB/M/AMR) – Another young Belgian with potential but backup atm.

    Konstantine Tskipurishvili (ST / AMR) – Lightning quick young Georgian who shall be another backup.

    Errol Hines (M/AMR) – 18y.o. backup Jamaican winger.

    Aleksa Bajic (AMC/ ST) – 2nd choice for AMC, a very exciting Serbian youngster.

    Koffi Djidji (DC) – Rotation 21 y.o. centre-back w/ 4* of PA.

    Nermin Djerlek (MC) – One of the most exciting of all the youngsters with 4.5* of PA.

    Jürgen Coppens (DM / D/MC) – Almost equally as exciting, and Belgian which is always a plus given the homegrown rules.

    Rune Rasmussen (DL) – 18 year old Danish full-back who is already very good despite his age! Probably the very best of all the youngsters.

    Other players I hired but currently in the U21s or loaned or something, were Stavros Iliadis (AML), Cédric Mingiedi (MC), Miro Saarinen (DL), Lamisha Musonda (AMC), Alan Romanov (DC), Brandon Mechele (DC), Jorgen Rogiers (DC).

    Transfers (out)

    I also went mental here, for different reasons because I wanted to stabilize the club financially so won a pile of money by selling half of my team. Chinese playmaker Zheng Zhi went for 40K€, rubbish midfielder Oftense Nato for 30K€, overpaid striker Ahmed Al-Suwaileh for 130K€ (a relief!), backup centre-backs Alexandre and Arnaud De Greef for 70K€ respectively, attacking midfielder Lucas Silva for 100K€, striker Fabián Bordagaray for 325K€, keeper Mike Vanhamel for 100K€. Also leaving on frees were midfielder Rodolfo Rodriguez and Dickson Agyeman.

    But what annoyed the most was having to sell Mathiás Abero, one of the club’s top stars, and cheap too. He wouldn’t renew his contract (which was running out next Summer) and was paid very highly – so I had to let him go to Panathinaikos for 180K€.

    All of this did sort the finances as we’re now 771K€ in the green.

    Fixtures
    Friendly: Barendrecht 1-8 Westerlo (Djidji, Montero, Yulu-Matondo, Perea(2), Alexandre, Liliu(2))
    Opposition were utter rubbish but that’s a great start to the season.

    Friendly: Bennekom 0-5 Westerlo (Yulu-Matondo, Montero(3), Agyeman)
    Got bored with friendlies and already left this one to the assman.

    Friendly: De Treffers 0-2 Westerlo (Bajic, Yulu-Matondo)
    Again.

    Friendly: RKVVL 0-4 (Francisco Alex, Perea(2), Bah)
    Again. Mohammed Bah is a youth player.

    Friendly: SC Veendam 0-1 Westerlo (Montero)
    And again.

    Friendly: Westerlo 0-2 Viktoria Plzen
    Another one.

    Friendly: Westerlo 1-2 Union Berlin (Liliu)
    Yet again.

    Friendly: Oberhausen 1-7 Westerlo (Céspedes(3), Montero(2), Perea(2))
    Decided to take care of the final friendly after two losses, and the team were amazing. Oberhausen aren’t THAT rubbish.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League: About to start.

    Cofidis Cup: Likewise.

    Summary

    Crazy crazy summer, I think our squad isn’t any better than last year but I’m still pumped up for this season and it feels nice to have the club sorted – the finances sorted, tons of players with potential hired, and after much much dealing I got many first team players to renew their contracts which were running out the end of the year. I think Westerlo have got a future and I’ve signed a new 3-year contract.

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    Clearly they have a future, you just signed their future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Clearly they have a future, you just signed their future.
    Thanks, I did hire a very nice bunch of kids!

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    August 2014


    Transfers (in)

    Aleksandar Jovanovic (DC) (120K€) – My final signing was this aussie centre-back, rather expensive but adds another solid, necessary option, given that Stef Wils is getting old and may need replacing soon. Aleksandar is a monster in the air.

    Transfers (out)

    Peruvian keeper Diego Penny leaves after an unsuccessful six months at the club, back to his homeland to Léon de Huánco, for 190K€.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 6-0 Lokeren (Céspedes, Perea (2), Montero(2), van der Heijden(og))
    WOW, what a start! We completely annihilated them – even if it was only 1-0 at half time. And it all started with an excellent solo goal from Jair Céspedes, dribbling through the middle of the Lokeren defensive line.

    Jupiler Pro League: OH Leuven 2-5 Westerlo (Céspedes (2), Francisco Alex, Perea, Tomás Costa)
    I’ve no idea what am I doing so wildly different but it’s working. It was 4-0 at half-time!! Both teams had about an equal amount of chances tho, which is weird.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-3 Genk
    Now that was a shock, from hero to zero. We were losing 3-0 at the 30 minutes mark and never could come back from it. Clear cut chances = 1-1. How random.

    Jupiler Pro League: AA Gent 0-0 Westerlo
    After 3 games of all out attack, I decided to go for ultra defensive and it worked. We made an excellent game and should actually have won it.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 3-1 Beerschot AC (Perea, Montero, Tomás Costa)
    We found ourselves losing 1-0 after 3 minutes, but turned it round quickly and added a penalty kick goal in the second half. Rachid Farssi got sent off later in the game but it was too late for our opponents. Fun game.

    Player of the month

    Luis Perea (ST) – In last season’s 6 months for our club he didn’t score a single league goal (but starred in the cup), this time his stats already read: 4 goals, 3 assists and 2 MOM mentions in 5 games. Very well done, Luis.

    It was Fredy Montero who was chosen as the league’s Player of the Month award tho, he did have a great month too.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: We haven’t entered the draw for it yet.

    Summary

    A very good start, would call it brilliant if not for the Gent game which went horribly wrong. It’s all looking very positive at this moment, I just need to find some balance because our intermediate tactic isn’t working, it’s either the gung-ho 4-1-3-2 or the very defensive 4-1-4-1.
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    Squad - 2014/2015




    Look at those player potential stars. Look at them. They are so pretty.

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    September 2014


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: FCV Dender 1-5 Westerlo (Liliu, Montero, Perea (3))
    Very easy win over recently promoted Dender who aren’t very good. Luis Perea got an hat-trick and could’ve scored another one if he wasn’t so wasteful.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-1 KV Mechelen (Tomás Costa, Montero)
    Went for a slightly more cautious version of my attacking 4-1-3-2. It worked in this difficult match, but it took two shots from just outside the area.

    Jupiler Pro League: Anderlecht 1-3 Westerlo (Tomás Costa (2), Perea)
    Excellent result! We set out very defensively, did found ourselves losing but remarkably turned it around, even if it took two penalty kicks converted by Tomás. This match puts us top of the league table!!

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 5-0 Charleroi (Caballero(2), Liliu(2), Donayre(og))
    Very comfortable win, which got particularly easy after Charleroi’s DM Ken Leemans got sent off in the 8th minute.

    Player of the month

    Luis Perea (ST) – Again it was a coin flip between either of my Colombian forwards, Perea and Montero, I’ll pick Luis again for his wonderful hat-trick against Dender, also got a goal in the Anderlecht game and an assist vs Charleroi.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: First opponents are lower league side Visé at home next October.

    Summary

    What a fantastic start to the season, it just keeps getting better and better. I don’t think we can keep going at this level, the high morale effect is functioning as a platform for every next result and once it drops we’re not going to be this good. But I’m definitely confident of making the Championship Playoff this time, and who knows, maybe time to qualify for Europe now? The title is a bit of a pipe dream atm tho – this is just a good run, let’s not get carried away shall we?
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    I vote we get carried away for as long as it feels good.

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    Looks like the new signings are starting to click already!

    As you've beaten Anderlecht in their own back yard, I consider you as definite title contenders now!

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    Great month, keep it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I vote we get carried away for as long as it feels good.
    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Looks like the new signings are starting to click already!

    As you've beaten Anderlecht in their own back yard, I consider you as definite title contenders now!
    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    Great month, keep it up!
    Thanks guys, we had a little setback after those games but still keeping up with the lead pack.

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    October 2014


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Club Brugge 0-2 Westerlo (Céspedes, Montero)
    Another astonishing performance and result, I am delighted with my players. Club Brugge were level on points with us so this was a very important match for the early league lead, amazingly we restricted them to a mere 4 shots all game long. On their stadium.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-0 KV Kortrijk (Liliu)
    Bizarre one, Liliu scored one then got sent off immediately afterwards, thankfully Kortrijk weren’t dangerous at all despite the man advantage.

    Jupiler Pro League: Sint-Truiden 3-1 Westerlo (Montero)
    So the great run suddenly crashes. We were outplayed, and lost 1st place in the table to Standard.

    Cofidis Cup: Westerlo 2-0 Visé (Horemans, Tomás Costa)
    I gave a chance to a few kids and whilst they were effective, scoring 2, we weren’t very convincing against a team much weaker than us.

    Player of the month

    Fredy Montero (ST) – Continuing his epic season with another two goals, this time his victims were Club Brugge and Sint-Truiden. Now up to 7 goals.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: Qualified for the seventh round (last 16), yet to be drawn.

    Summary

    If we were making a serious title bid I’d be p*ssed about the loss to Sint-Truiden but can’t really complain when we’re keeping up that high in the table, and we’ve again caused sensation by winning convincingly away at the mighty Club Brugge. Meanwhile, the club is under takeover discussions! Apparently it's an internal director or something, and there hasn't been any talk about managers, I hope it remains that way.

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    November 2014


    Transfers (in)

    An unscheduled transfer here as my scouts found two young promising Danish players available on a free… Unfortunately the most promising of them escaped us and signed for a Icelandic club instead – yes you read that right, he preferred Iceland.

    Jens Skovsbol (MC) – 4* of PA and still 17 which means he comes just within time to become homegrown 3 years from now.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Zulte Waregem 4-2 Westerlo (Liliu, Bajic)
    Strange game: few chances, lots of goals. We’re doing poorly lately in these away matches against mid-level teams, probably need to review my strategy again.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 5–1 Mons (Liliu, Céspedes, Perea, Johnson(og), Montero)
    Mons scored in the very first minute through a free kick but we turned it round still in the 1st half then it turned into an easy win later on. However we lost key players Caballero and Céspedes to injuries. Céspedes was in superb form and may stop for 2 months.

    Jupiler Pro League: Standard 1-0 Westerlo
    We ran out of upsets and lost at the home of Belgium’s most powerful side at the moment, without harassing them much, still did ok to restrict them to few chances and a single goal.

    Jupiler Pro League: Lokeren 2-0 Westerlo
    Ouch. Help, we’re self-destructing. Tight game, the luck wasn’t on our side, then they scored the 2nd when we were desperate to equalize it.

    Player of the month

    Liliu (MR / AMRL) – Continuing a stellar season with 2 goals and 1 assist this month. He’s relegated last year’s #1 Westerlo star Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo to the bench!

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: Cercle Brugge away right next, then if we win Beerschot AC or Wetteren in the quarters. Good draw.

    Summary

    Not a good month, 1 win 3 defeats and the win was expected. Nevertheless the league table still looks pleasing, 4th is very nice. Our real goal is 6th place to make it into the Championship Playoff and while we’re on course to make it, the likes of Lokeren are getting dangerously closer, only 4 points behind us.

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    December 2014


    Fixtures

    Cofidis Cup 7th Round: Cercle Brugge 0-3 Westerlo (Bajic, Montero(2))
    We scored in the first minute through Bajic, and then grabbed a convincing win over this 2nd tier side. This despite being most of the game down to 10 men after young Hugo Horemans saw the first red card of his career for a crazy tackle.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 OH Leuven (Francisco Alex, Perea)
    As easy as expected, Leuven are rubbish and we clinched it early in the 1st half.

    Jupiler Pro League: Genk 3-0 Westerlo
    We set out to bore everyone to death and managed it for a while, even after Tomás Costa got sent off (we’re having quite a few discipline problems lately!!), but eventually they cracked our fortress and we fell apart.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-1 AA Gent
    We did well to dominate the game after a 3rd minute owngoal but it wasn’t our day.

    Jupiler Pro League: Beerschot AC 1-3 Westerlo (Caballero, Perea, Djidji)
    Good finishing in a tightly-fought match gave us a solid away win.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 FCV Dender (Liliu, Céspedes)
    Unconvincing win with both goals in the 2nd half, I would’ve expected to do more against the last placed team.

    Player of the month

    Koffi Djidji (DC) – Bit of a strange one, he’s probably only 4th centre-back in the pecking order, but was moaning he deserved a go at the first team and actually performed really well once I decided to cave in to his request.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: Again playing a 2nd tier side as we attack the two-legged quarter-finals in January to face Wetteren.

    Summary

    Despite the two losses to Genk and Gent, we’re still keeping up there with the top sides and crucially, also won a few points this month over the teams trying to get into the top 6, namely Sint-Truiden and Lokeren. And we’re looking very good for reaching the semi-finals in the cup for the 2nd consecutive season.

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    i like the use of that attacking tactic , i swear by my 4-5-1 and diamond 4-4-2 to great effect in the dutch leagues in particular , may try your twist i never have just one standard cm

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    Quote Originally Posted by direstark View Post
    i like the use of that attacking tactic , i swear by my 4-5-1 and diamond 4-4-2 to great effect in the dutch leagues in particular , may try your twist i never have just one standard cm
    Frankly I've been all over the shop this season, been ultra-attacking or ultra-defensive depending on the games!

    Been over a week away from FM now but found some time to play tonight, here's coming the January 2015 update.

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    January 2015


    Transfers (in)

    Cristian Guerra (GK) (free) – Promising 20 yo Chilean keeper.

    Youssouf Koné (ST / AMR) (60K€) – Massive star in the making, this Ivorian teenager already is talented enough to be one of the best strikers at the club, and is rated a full 5 stars for potential.

    Ulisses Dávila (AMC / ST) (loan) – Very classy player on loan from parent club Chelsea. He’s played for us for 6 months in the season before I arrived, and scored 4 in 11 then, I will be expecting good things from him.

    Jente Daniels (WBR / DR) (free) – Promising Belgian wing-back I found in the U19 national squad.

    Kurt Theys (DC) (free) – The scout told me good things about him but I now doubt it as he’s only rated 2 stars of potential by the assman.

    Transfers (out)

    Time to make some money to offset the running costs of the club. I sold Rachid Farssi for 30K€, forward Jorge Córdoba was loaned for 22K€ plus some future fee clause, and I managed to con FCV Dender to buy me two youngsters that seemingly weren’t going anywhere, for ridiculously huge prices: Kostantine Tskipurishvili went for 220K€ and Anthony D’Alberto for 375K€. Remarkable.

    Fixtures

    Friendly: Tournai 0-3 Westerlo (Koné(2), Montero)
    Friendly to maintain match fitness, with a nice debut from new signing Youssouf Koné – scored a brace.

    Cofidis Cup Qtr Final 1st Leg: Wetteren 1-1 Westerlo (Collée(og))
    Not very happy to draw with a team from the 2nd tier but it sets up the 2nd leg nicely with the away goal.

    Friendly: Westerlo 1-2 Lyon (Céspedes)
    I only agreed to this friendly to make money. We used mostly backups and only lost by one, which was alright.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Mechelen 0-2 Westerlo (De Decker, Dávila)
    Awful game of football turned into a 2-0 win in the final 10 minutes as we benefitted from a penalty kick and a monumental defensive co*k-up (their defender passing the ball to an unmarked one-on-one Ulisses Dávila).

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 Anderlecht (Djidji, Casco(og))
    Holy upset!! We defended all game long, reducing Anderlecht to little danger, whilst also taking our chances in set pieces and in the counter.

    Cofidis Cup Qtr Final 2nd Leg: Westerlo 2-1 Wetteren (Montero, Dávila)
    Much tougher than I expected, as we had to turn the game around after Wetteren scored first. Credit for them for the fight they gave us, but we’re onto the semi-finals again.

    Jupiler Pro League: Charleroi 0-2 Westerlo (Céspedes, Perea)
    Well, that was a perfect repeat of the Mechelen game all over again, rubbish game but we somehow score 2 right at the end.

    Player of the month

    Rune Rasmussen (DL) – Not really getting himself involved in goalscoring or assists or anything like that, but bloody excellent form regardless. MOM in the first leg of the cup quarter-final. The kid’s only 18 and he’s this good already!!

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: I am delighted to be meeting Jupiler Pro League’s last placed team FCV Dender in the semi-final, leaving the other remaining sides Anderlecht and Standard to face each other. That’s a great draw, and another golden chance to play a final, but we had one just like this last year and squandered it.

    Summary

    A truly great month! 2 league wins away, a home win over top opponents, and a cup semi-final reached. Plus we hired two excellent players in Koné and Dávila, and sold unnecessary players for big profit. Qualification for the Championship Playoff is now just a mere formality - let’s see how far we can take this season from there.

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    February 2015


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 Club Brugge
    We did our usual bus-parking exercise, whilst focusing on holding onto possession as much as possible. And it worked again, despite a 73rd minute red card for Caballero.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Kortrijk 0-2 Westerlo (Jovanovic, Perea)
    Even game, we had better finishing than them and won 2-0 away again.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-0 Sint-Truiden (Montero)
    Nice solid win albeit we were a little wasteful. Mathematically qualifies us for the Championship Playoff.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 Zulte Waregem (Céspedes, Dávila)
    Quite a weird game, they dominated the match but we were the ones who scored.

    Player of the month

    Glenn Verbauwhede (GK) – Superb month from my keeper with 4 clean sheets in 4 games and a MOM performance against Zulte Waregem. A shame that he’s been intent on leaving the club at the end of the season on a Bosman for ages now.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: Semi-finals next month against FCV Dender.

    Summary

    Another great consistent month, I am delighted to have gotten 10 points from 12 possible and not even have conceded a goal. We’re firmly in 3rd now too, 2 matches to go before it all enters the final stage, time to consider whether I should move to a more balanced tactic because all of the final stage matches will be against top sides and I always go ultra-defensive in those.

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    Westerlo - Youth intake 2015



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    Well, that was sh*t.

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    Anyway, still have a shot at the title in the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Anyway, still have a shot at the title in the playoffs.
    Yes indeed, it's all so tight there that anything can happen.

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    March 2015


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Mons 3-1 Westerlo (Céspedes)
    I rested almost all of my starting 11 thinking of the cup semi-final 3 days afterwards. It backfired.

    Cofidis Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: FCV Dender 0-6 Westerlo (Tomás Costa(2), Liliu(3), Perea)
    Or maybe it didn’t backfire at all, as the cup game turned into a pi*stake. 6-0, all goals scored in the first half!!

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 Standard (Montero)
    When we set out to not concede, we don’t. This closes the regular stage of the league nicely, albeit if we wanted to move one step forward and challenge for the title, beating Standard who are in 2nd just above us, would’ve been a priority.

    Cofidis Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Westerlo 1-2 FCV Dender (Koné)
    Well we’re through to the final obviously, but this was sh*t. Even if I fielded a team of kids and backups. Dender had a ton of clear cut chances.

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Club Brugge 0-1 Westerlo (Céspedes)
    We were absolutely superb defensively and scored in our only shot of the match! Great way to start the final stage!

    Player of the month

    Jair Céspedes (ML / AML) – Don’t think I’ve named him before, but the Peruvian winger has been on very good form all season and had a few magnificent performances recently. 2 goals and 2 assists this month.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League final league table:



    Current Championship Group standings:



    Cofidis Cup: Facing Standard in the final next May.

    Summary

    Delighted to have reached the cup final! On the league front I have no idea what we can do, the playoff table is very very tight. Top 2 go into the Champions League. Meanwhile a new board took over the club and took a very long term bank loan (ends 2040) to stabilize the club’s finances. You never want to see your club in debt but that actually seems sensible.

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    April 2015


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Westerlo 4-0 Genk (Caballero, Liliu, Montero, Perea)
    I risked going a little less cautious into this to try to catch them as they were the league leaders, and the result was nothing short of phenomenal! Astonishing performance, I am delighted with my players. We move to joint 1st with Genk!

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Westerlo 2-2 Anderlecht (Liliu, Perea)
    Frenetic game of football, total classic for the spectators, but as a manager I am disappointed we dropped a lead twice. Genk pull a table lead again.

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Standard 1-0 Westerlo
    An early goal ruined our game plan and we never threatened to equalize. Standard overtake us for 2nd.

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Westerlo 2-0 Zulte Waregem (Dávila, Liliu)
    A worrying start to the match as we didn’t shoot until the half hour mark, but then it all worked out nicely.

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Westerlo 1-0 Club Brugge (Caballero)
    Game plan executed to perfection, it was an extremely dull affair just like I wanted and then we scored the winner in a corner. With this we move back to a Champions League place (2nd) and pretty much clinch qualification for the Europa League at least. 3 points behind leaders Genk with the next game being against them…

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Genk 1-0 Westerlo
    Absolutely vital match as we knew winning here would put us in a realistic position to win the title, so we set out do it, but weren’t inspired and moreover conceded a 86th minute goal which kills our hopes entirely.

    Player of the month

    Rune Rasmussen (DL) – The Danish teenage fullback remains on very consistent top form and put in a blinder of a game against Zulte Waregem getting the MOM award.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: Facing Standard in the final next month.

    Summary

    3 matches to go in the league and albeit the title is surely lost now, this is still shaping up for an historical season for the club, as we’re just hanging on to a Champions League qualification slot and are also within a shout for winning the club’s second ever domestic cup (first and only was in 2001, also reached the final in 2011). In both fronts our opponents are the very rich Standard, who pay their players exactly 5 times more than us, and we still have to face them again in the league. It’s going to be an absolutely thrilling month of May.

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    Should be a close cup final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Should be a close cup final.
    This is hilarious, you'll soon understand why.

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    May 2015


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Anderlecht 3-0 Westerlo
    Oh dear, this could prove very costly (Standard move back into 2nd) and comes at completely the wrong time in terms of morale. We weren’t dominated at all tho, they just had far better finishing than us.

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Westerlo 1-2 Standard (Montero)
    We did equalize early in the 2nd half but then they scored again. They beat us to a Champions League place but we also mathematically clinch a very honorable 3rd.

    Jupiler Pro League Championship Group: Zulte Waregem 2-0 Westerlo
    With everything decided I did give a chance to 2 or 3 kids but was still disappointed with a pretty bad performance.

    Cofidis Cup Final: Westerlo 0-5 Standard
    Disastrous. We conceded a goalkeeper owngoal early on, and were forced to attack, but it only made things worse, and worse and worse. Standard lift the cup.

    Player of the month

    Rune Rasmussen (DL) – Yep Rune again. He was the least sh*t of my regular starting players in this appalling month.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: Lost the final to Standard.

    Summary

    This was still an excellent season, but I sure as hell didn’t expect to finish the season in such a low note, after all we’ve done. I’m most definitely very disappointed. 5 consecutive defeats ending in a 5-0 drubbing in the final… ouch. The consolation prize is that 3rd is the club’s best ever league finish position. We will enter the Europa League in the 4th qualifying round, looking forward to that next season, hopefully our reputation will have increased substantially too.

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    Ouch!!!!

    But still, great season though.

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    Analysis, highlights and numbers – 2014/2015 season


    Tactics and usual starting eleven



    This was the most balanced of my 3 trained tactics, the others being a 4-1-3-2 similar to this but with attacking mentality and the 3 midfielders pushed into the AMR/L/C line; and a very deep 4-2-3-1 with 2 DMs and 1 ML, 1 MR, 1 MC, lone striker upfront.

    Squad




    Top 5 key players of the season

    5. Luis Perea (ST) – Top scorer on 16 goals and the guy I trusted the most on the lone striker role for difficult games, however had a few psychological issues (nervous, complacent etc) and went into a goal drought in the last couple of months.

    4. Liliu (M/AMR) – The Brazilian winger completely outshone Yulu-Matondo who was the absolute king of this position last season. Liliu was stunning in the first half of the season, and albeit went missing later, still ended on 13 goals which is brilliant for a winger.

    3. Rune Rasmussen (DL) – Undisputed owner of the DL position for the whole season with very good performances despite not getting himself involved in the attack (0 goals, 1 assist). That would already be remarkable but he’s also an 18 year old kid who just arrived at a foreign country!

    2. Fredy Montero (ST) – Extremely good at the start of the season, lost a bit of his killer instinct later on but still finished on 14 goals, 11 assists. Probably the most spectacular of my players when on fire.

    1. Jair Céspedes (M/AML) – Whereas he may not have reached the heights of Montero or Perea at the peak of their powers, Jair was consistently bright throughout the whole season, finishing the season with a record of 10 goals, 11 assists, which is very good for a winger.

    Match of the season

    Westerlo 4-0 Genk

    The absolute peak of the season, as we spanked the future champions and moved into a joint lead with them, already in the final stage of the league. Unfortunately it only went downhill from here.

    Awards

    Jupiler Pro League Manager of the Year – Cláudio Alegria (3rd)
    Jupiler Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year – Glenn Verbauwhede (3rd)
    Jupiler Pro League Best Average Rating of the Year – Luis Perea (3rd)
    Jupiler Pro League Golden Eleven – Jair Céspedes (on the bench)
    Jupiler Pro League Young Player of the Year – Rune Rasmussen (2nd)

    Season Summary Mentions

    Jupiler Pro League Highest Average Rating - Jair Céspedes (7.29)

    Career overview

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    11/12    Delémont (SWI)        Challenge League (2) - 1st             Promoted
    12/13    Delémont (SWI)        Axpo Super League (1) - 9th            Avoided relegation, Swiss Cup semi-finalists
    13/14    Westerlo (BEL)        Jupiler Pro League (1) - 8th           2nd in Euro Playoffs Group, Belgian Cup semi-finalists
    14/15    Westerlo (BEL)        Jupiler Pro League (1) - 3rd           Qualified for Europa League, Belgian Cup finalists

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Ouch!!!!

    But still, great season though.
    You bloody bet that hurt, what a massive f*ck-up at the end. Never expected my squad to choke so badly.

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    Pre-season: June/July 2015


    Transfers (in)

    Busy transfer season here:

    Henrique Miranda (DL / WBL) (free) – I hardly needed a leftback having Rasmussen but he’s sheer class.

    Lisandro Magallán (DC) (free) – 21y.o. centreback moving at the right time to Europe, not commanding as he’s a little shaky in the air but good pace, tackling and quality mental stats.

    Zac McMath (GK) (free) – USA international and one of two excellent keepers we signed this transfer season.

    Julius Holm (MC / MR, AMC) (free) – 18 y.o. on the verge of first-11 quality and with brilliant potential, will retrain him to AMR.

    Remi Naert (ST/ AMR) (free) – Another 18 y.o. superstar in the making, Belgian to top it off which is such a bonus given the restriction of 6 Belgian homegrowns in the match squad.

    Jonas Andersen (ST / AML) (free) – Shall be slightly behind Naert in the pecking order but this 17y.o. Dane is super promising too.

    Silvio Proto (GK) (free) – The other great keeper, 12 caps for Belgium says it all, top class, I was amused that Anderlecht couldn’t hold on to him so he left on a free but then had nowhere to go so settled for us.

    Islam Abdel Aty (M/AML) (loan) – I’m pi*sed he’s only on loan, because this 19y.o. Egyptian is yet another star in the making, probably on par with Céspedes on current ability for the left wing.

    Juan Carlos Espinoza (DR / DL, WBR) (200K€) – I may have overpaid, but really really really needed a right-back, he’s miles better than all the other available in the squad.

    Also hired keeper Guillaume Hubert who would’ve been good enough for a 1st team place but finds himself as 3rd option with the arrivals of McMath and Proto at the same time, a young attacking midfielder named Radouane Benali, and a young right-back named Dalibor Maksimovic.

    Transfers (out)

    Hordes of players left. Glenn Verbauwhede went on a Bosman despite all my efforts to retain him, opening up the opportunity for my revolution in keepers. I also let Wim De Decker’s contract run out. I managed to get money for a long list of players tho: Lukas Schwaiger, Lamisha Musonda, Oscar Ruiz, Leandro Silva, Bright Edomwonyi, Stavros Iliadis, Günther Vanaudenaerde, Jente Van Gucht, Jorgen Rogiers, Stefaan Roef, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Jorge Córdoba. All together we cashed in 750K€.

    Sum TV and prize money from the last season, and the finances now suddenly look remarkably positive. We have 3.2M€ in the bank!!! And the Europa League to come.

    Fixtures

    I’m not even going to bother writing much, we just played a few friendlies, all of them with the assman in charge.

    Competitions

    Everything yet to start. We’re entering the Europa League in the 4th qualifying round iirc.

    Summary

    Looking good, this may be an exciting season, maybe an outside shot at the title? I am playing at a super slow rate tho, been ages since I posted, plus FM crashed twice for me which annoyed to no end and set me back. It happens every time I click the “ask assistant for loan reports” button. Needless to say I won’t click it again.

    I messed up picking the captain tho, Fredy Montero had the highest influence plus good determination, so I ignored the assman’s advice and went for him. Half of the team was annoyed with it.

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    You're not short of good youngsters.

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    A very good season despite the finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    You're not short of good youngsters.
    Well yeah, the whole business model I'm trying to implement here is to buy them young and promising, develop them and make them first team stars or sell them for more. Over half of my first team squad is made of exciting under 21s.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    A very good season despite the finish.
    Thanks, time to move on to the new season now, I already have some news.

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    August 2015


    Transfers (in)

    Geovanny Ortiz (MC) (free) – Already broke into the Ecuador national team at the age of 18, that says it all really.

    Cris Martínez (AMC, ST) (free) – I’m not entirely sure he’s all that but he’s highly rated by my staff as one of my best AMCs and STs.

    Cidinho (AMC / AMR) (220K€) – I could’ve done with a little more versatility as I often use a trio of MR/ML/MCs and he doesn’t fit there but a quality player indeed and my new best AMC.

    Cristian Villagra (DR / DL, WBRL) (free) – Great full-back, no doubt one of the best players in the squad now. I’m paying him like a prince though.

    Also hired young Slovenian defensive midfielder Andrej Music who shall be in charge of the U21 squad’s audio system, and yet another keeper, Jasper Otte. He’s not very good but the story about that is that I really needed another Belgian homegrown to allow for more versatility in the league match squads. I hadn’t noticed Belgian keeper Guilaume Hubert didn’t count as homegrown…

    Transfers (out)

    Somehow I managed to sell midfielder Nermin Djerlek to Boavista for 800K€ plus 25% profit from next sale. He supposedly had big potential when he arrived but never developed his skills and it’s getting late for it. I’m delighted with this deal. Also, full-back Thabo Matlaba left on a loan to Sint-Truiden, so I could save on his wages.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Anderlecht 0-0 Westerlo
    Our typical strategy of “let’s make this as dull as possible” for these matches, worked perfectly.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 Antwerp (Montero, Perea)
    Fairly routine, easy win.

    Jupiler Pro League: Beerschot 1-1 Westerlo (Abdel Aly)
    Bizarre game as I rested most of the squad thinking of the Europa League. We conceded in the 1st minute thanks to a massive defending f*ck-up, then scored in the last minute of extra time through a penalty.

    Europa League 4th Qual. Round 1st leg: Mainz 2-1 Westerlo (Montero)
    Considering we could’ve drawn Man City, I was pleased to get Mainz. However we were outplayed all game long and things looked very grim, yet somehow Fredy got an away goal right at the end of the match, giving us a slight glimmer of hope.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-2 Genk
    I know Genk are the champs but this was still pretty bad, I should’ve used the defensive tactic.

    Europa League 4th Qual. Round 2nd leg: Westerlo 6-2 Mainz (Perea(4), Liliu, Tomás Costa)
    Awesome, terrific, exhilarating. I thought we were completely done when Mainz scored early, instead our team pulled a tremendous comeback tying the round, then scored another 2 to make it 4-1. Then they got one too and we feared they’d score another to go through on away goals, instead we got a penalty and another great counter made it 6-2. Sublime game by Luis Perea scoring 4. To top it off, we cashed in over 1M€ of prize money.

    Jupiler Pro League: Lokeren 2-1 Westerlo (Perea)
    Appalling. After such a great performance in Europe, I have no idea why we’re so consistently bad in the league so far.

    Player of the month

    Luis Perea (ST) – Rasmussen back there as left-back has been on brilliant form as ever, but it’s got to be the guy who scored a poker (double brace?) in Europe.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: Not drawn yet.

    Europa League: Our group consists in Juventus, Twente and Dinamo Bucharest. We’re unlikely to go through but will do our best, surely we can get a result against Dinamo and perhaps hassle Twente a little?

    Summary

    Pretty bad start in the league but I am delighted to have clinched the qualification for the Europa League Group Stage!

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    Squad - 2015/2016





    The squad is gigantic, I know. There's at least 3 players I wanted to sell and couldn't, the rest is just me not knowing how to restrain myself not to hire too many players, and struggling with the homegrown rules hence being forced to hold on to mediocre Belgians.

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    Not great so far.

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    Tough start but still plenty of time to go yet.

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    September 2015


    Transfers (in)

    Hired a 16yo Czech def. midfielder named Vaclav Stepanek.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-4 Standard (Perea)
    Oh ffs, how much worse can this calendar get, we’d already played Anderlecht and Genk, now Standard too? And it turned into a total fu*king nightmare when they basically scored with their first 3 shots – we were hammered despite not really playing any worse than them. We need some easy games to get into some form.

    Europa League Group Stage: Juventus 1-0 Westerlo
    This was pretty funny because Juve played a very narrow formation while we set out more defensive and narrow than ever, so they invariably tried to play through a barrier of about 30 players. Eventually they did get a goal but I’m pleased with my players.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 Sint-Truiden
    Disappointment again, we failed to be dangerous and I was a little wary to risk too much.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Kortrijk 0-2 Westerlo (Caballero, Martínez)
    Slightly lucky win with two late goals in a tight match, but bloody well we were starting to NEED a win badly.

    Player of the month

    Rune Rasmussen (DL) – Consistently the one player who never embarrasses himself, albeit he did have a very rare bad game against Standard, but then so did the whole team. MOM against Sint-Truiden.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: 2nd tier side Waasland-Beveren are the first opponents, away.

    Europa League:



    Summary

    I’m starting to feel the pressure a little bit here. The early season calendar was unbelievably difficult but we’ve certainly not made the most of it, and I haven’t stabilized a starting 11 yet. Europe’s being a bit of a distraction too.

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    October 2015


    Fixtures

    Europa League Group Stage: Westerlo 1-3 Dinamo Bucharest (Caballero)
    Another total disaster. Two penalty kicks and a red card in 10 minutes killed the game early against us.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-1 Zulte Waregem
    Oh dear, epic fail, we couldn’t have lost this game. Waregem are dead last. Things are now really bad in the league table and I’m starting to wonder whether I should resign.

    Jupiler Pro League: AA Gent 2-1 Westerlo (Yulu-Matondo)
    In normal circumstances this would’ve been nothing to be ashamed of, but I badly, badly need a win.

    Jupiler Pro League: OH Leuven 2-1 Westerlo (Henrique Miranda)
    Surely I must be about to be sacked. Unacceptable.

    Europa League Group Stage: FC Twente 2-0 Westerlo
    Hardly unexpected.

    Cofidis Cup 6th Rnd: Waasland-Beveren 1-2 Westerlo (Naert, Horemans)
    At least that run of 5 consecutive defeats is over, but we struggled to beat a 2nd tier team and indeed had to turn the match around.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Mechelen 0-2 Westerlo (Naert, Céspedes)
    Finally, a proper performance. We won it fair and square, and away.

    Player of the month

    Remi Naert (ST) – I gave the young forward a go in the cup game out of the bench and he delivered, so I stuck with him for the following game... he promptly repaid me by scoring and stealing the show.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: Not sure who we’ll face next.

    Europa League:



    Summary

    This very quickly turned into a nightmare season, I must build on the last 2 wins otherwise the sack is coming. Thankfully November’s calendar features only home matches, albeit Club Brugge and Anderlecht aren’t exactly comfortable opponents.

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    Not much going your way this season.

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    Better tuurn it around. And soon.

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    MLS represent with a couple of those real players you got!

    Hope you can turn it around quick.

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    Finding it a lot tougher than last season.

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    It's all really gone completely wrong, issue #1 is that I'm missing a lot more the homegrown players that left than I thought. Silvio Proto has been a poor replacement for Verbauwhede and a keeper makes such a big difference, I can't pick anyone else because he's homegrown and I'm so tight on homegrowns. Letting De Decker go too turned out to be a bad idea as Coppens and Lecat are both injured and now I have no-one for defensive midfielder, Vanadenaeurde was too old but nevertheless was another homegrown giving us loads more versatility in team choices.

    Then appointing Fredy Montero as captain was a morale disaster, Villagra has been a dreadful signing, Martinez and Cidinho have shown glimpses of the quality that made me hire them but haven't been anywhere near consistent enough, my centre-backs and wingers which all continue from last year have all been on abject form. The overblown large squad is also making a lot of players unhappy they're not playing, and it's hard to keep all viable options match fit.

    I've decided I'm not resigning and will try to resist the sack as much as possible, it's going to be almost impossible because we're so far back in points, but if I resist I have a quality foundation of promising youngsters to attack the next season even if I forfeit this one. It's gotta be just a matter of band-aiding the squad issue by issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    MLS represent with a couple of those real players you got!
    Other than McMath and Montero iirc (pretty sure it's him or another of my forwards who have MLS draft info on his profile), not sure who else you're talking about!

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    Hope you can pick it up.

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    November 2015


    Transfers (in)

    Bernardo (DC) – This Colombian adds quality in the defensive sector and is now rated in theory my best centre-back.

    Fixtures

    Europa League Group Stage: Westerlo 3-2 Twente (Caballero, Djidji, Liliu)
    Certainly didn’t see this coming. Great win over opponents who are several levels of experience and quality above us. 3 assists from the superkid Remi Naert!

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-1 Club Brugge (Tomás Costa)
    A good result but there’s rumors my board is losing patience with me and I need wins.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 FC Brussels (Naert(2))
    The increasingly impressive Naert bags 2 goals and saves my ass yet again, making it a fairly easy game.

    Cofidis Cup 7th Rnd: Westerlo 2-0 AA Gent (Caballero, Tomás Costa)
    Baffling – despite setting out in our most defensive form, we dominated the match and got a very pleasing victory.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-2 Anderlecht
    The mid-week cup game tired our legs but it could’ve gone either way, we were a little unlucky here.

    Player of the month

    Remi Naert (ST) – This kid is suddenly becoming a star. Superb games against Brussels (2 goals) and Twente (3 assists), plus another assist vs Club Brugge.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: Anderlecht are the opponents in the quarter-finals. I’m not very happy with that…

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    Summary

    This was a positive month given we beat two teams superior to us and also drawn with another, but we’ve not climbed in the league table (albeit trimmed down the points deficit somewhat) and we’re miles behind the pre-season goal of making it to Europe, so the danger of getting myself fired is still very much high.

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    I know the feeling of quite a bit of a step back

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    Turning out to be quite the anticlimax! Fingers crossed for a recovery

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    Not going well at all Noikee.

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    I do have some good news about the following month tho.. ;)

    (no I didn't get sacked and picked up by Barcelona)

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    December 2015


    Fixtures

    Europa League Group Stage: Westerlo 3-0 Juventus (Céspedes, Naert(2))
    You’ve got to be sh*tting me. What the hell? This is amazing. We were genuinely better than them, too. I’m about to be sacked and I grab the most sensational win of my career.

    Jupiler Pro League: Antwerp 0-2 Westerlo (Naert(2))
    Remi Naert again! We benefitted from a red card but it wasn’t straightforward, the 2-0 only came in injury time.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 Mons
    We were firmly on the rise before this game so it was quite disappointing not to take points from these mid-table rivals.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 Beerschot AC (Cidinho, Djidji)
    Tough game, took quite a while for us to grind out the first goal but it went smoothly after that.

    Europa League Group Stage: Dinamo Bucharest 1-2 Westerlo (Caballero, Yulu-Matondo)
    A very good win, unfortunately we lost qualification on direct results between teams as they had won 3-1 in Belgium. One more goal would’ve seen us through.

    Cofidis Cup Qtr Final 1st Leg: Anderlecht 1-0 Westerlo
    Completely unfair. 4-0 in clear cut chances in our favor and we lose.

    Jupiler Pro League: Standard 0-2 Westerlo (Tomás Costa, Naert)
    Excellent win. We went to the league leaders’ field, restricted them to 0 chances and scored twice in counter-attacks.

    Jupiler Pro League: Genk 0-0 Westerlo
    Good away draw with a strong team, nevertheless it’s a team we should be gaining points to.

    Player of the month

    Tomás Costa (MC/MR/DM) – An excellent month by the argentinian midfielder with superb defensive performances all month long plus 2 assists versus Juventus and 1 goal vs Standard. Unfortunately his contract is running out and he doesn't want to renew.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: 1-0 down to Anderlecht in the mid of the quarter-finals.

    Europa League:



    Summary

    A very, very good month. Considering we went against Juventus, Anderlecht, Genk, only conceding 2 goals in 8 matches is sensational. Even better was the fantastic 3-0 win over Juve, unfortunately our European adventure is over. We’ve been improving steadily from our earlier terrible league run and I’m now less likely to get sacked, albeit we’re still 6 points behind 6th place which is my main goal (top 6 = Championship playoff and almost guaranteed an European place).

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    Wow, good end to the Europa league group, shame it was too late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Wow, good end to the Europa league group, shame it was too late.
    Yep, it's all going too late really, we're doing much much better in the league now too but won't make it to our pre-season goal.

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    January 2016


    Transfers (in)

    Giorgi Merebashvili (AMC / M/AMRL) (120K€) – I’m giving him a bit too much money, but fancied him for his versatility, this experienced Georgian international should be a very useful squad player.

    Transfers (out)

    Time to trim down the huge squad a little. Francisco Alex was sold by 20K€, keeper Zac McMath by 220K€, and most significantly, promising striker Youssouf Koné by 575K€ + 50% profit of next sale – to Lille. Koné had huge potential according to my assistants but he wasn’t developing at all and was always nervous when I tried to give him playing time. Another big sale was Cris Martínez to Standard for 550K€, another good player on theory who wasn’t confirming the theory on the pitch.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-1 Lokeren
    Erm, this wasn’t part of the plan. They were luckier than us in this tight match.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 3-1 AA Gent (Naert, Céspedes, Maertens(og))
    An important win over the team that was in 6th place, this opens up a whole new lot of mathematical possibilities mid-table.

    Jupiler Pro League: Sint-Truiden 1-0 Westerlo
    I watched my team play well, I watched Céspedes hitting the bar twice, but we came out of it with 0 points.

    Cofidis Cup Qtr Final 2nd Leg: Westerlo 5-0 Anderlecht (Casco(og), Yulu-Matondo(3), Cidinho)
    I noticed Cidinho was getting acres of space in-between the lines on the counter, so I set the team to get the ball forward quickly whilst setting him as playmaker. It worked beautifully as we put in an absolutely sensational performance, and are obviously through to the semis.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 3-1 KV Kortrijk (Naert(2), Djidji)
    Quite pleased that we turned the game around after going 1-0 down early, and our first goal was a great team move. We’re playing some nice football at the moment.

    Player of the month

    Remi Naert (ST) – It was between him and the increasingly impressive Cidinho, but the kid gets it, again. 1 goal vs Gent, 2 goals vs Kortrijk, and 2 assists vs Anderlecht. Having a mighty breakthrough season.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: Qualified for the semi-finals and the opponents are OH Leuven who should be well within our reach.

    Summary

    Unfortunately unexpected defeats to Lokeren and Sint-Truiden have cut the legs of our surge to still make it into 6th place. It’s not impossible but 7 points in 6 matches may be too much, 7th should be possible tho, which would smooth the feeling of an underachieving season. In the cup it’s all wonderful, that 5-0 win over Anderlecht was amazing and we have an easy opponent in the semi-finals, looking good to reach the final again.

    Meanwhile the board agreed to my request and will invest 3.4M€(!) in new youth facilities.

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    February 2016


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Zulte Waregem 1-5 Westerlo (Céspedes, Naert, Yulu-Matondo, Montero(2))
    High quality display of counter-attacking football, and Fredy Montero came out of the bench to end his long goal drought with a brace. Excellent game by Jair Céspedes too.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 OH Leuven
    We pushed and pushed and the ball wouldn’t go in, even with clear one-on-ones.

    Cofidis Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: OH Leuven 1-3 Westerlo (Yulu-Matondo, Naert(2))
    Same opponents, different competition, away disadvantage, much better performance and result. It’s strange but we’re playing better away from home at the moment. We should be through to the final with this.

    Jupiler Pro League: Mons 0-0 Westerlo
    Again not a bad result, but again we would’ve wanted to gain points over them.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 KV Mechelen (Céspedes, Van Hoevelen(og))
    Solid win which was never in doubt.

    Jupiler Pro League: Club Brugge 1-0 Westerlo
    An early goal and a red card to centre-back Bernardo didn’t help, nevertheless we held our own and were a little unlucky to lose.

    Player of the month

    Jair Céspedes (ML) – The experienced Peruvian winger is showing his best form at the moment, superb game against Zulte Waregem scoring 1 and assisting 2, then 1 assist in the cup semi-final and 1 goal vs Mechelen.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: 3-1 up on OH Leuven after the 1st leg of the semi-final.

    Summary

    Despite our much better second half of the season we never made it as high as we should in the league, from 3rd last season to 9th (potentially 8th at best) is quite disappointing. Nevertheless we’re into the European playoff, we need to win the group then win a knockout round then a final playoff vs a team from the top 6 to make it, which sounds mega difficult – the good news is that we’re well on our way to qualify for the Europa League through the cup anyway.

    Don't think I'm going to get sacked anymore, and I have 1 further year of contract.

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    Westerlo - Youth intake 2016



    Best player



    Not a terrible intake, but not amazing neither. I could really do with an homegrown keeper so I won't complain much.

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    March 2016


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: FC Brussels 1-2 Westerlo (Céspedes(2))
    We completely dominated the game, it’s a joke that we only won by 1 goal difference. We finish the regular season in 8th.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Grp B: Westerlo 3-0 KV Mechelen (Coppens, Naert, Djidji)
    Great way to start the playoffs, with nice goals too, Coppens scored a freekick and Naert a wonderful solo goal.

    Cofidis Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Westerlo 2-0 OH Leuven (Montero(2))
    Easy straightforward win and we’re through to the cup final!!

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Grp B: OH Leuven 2-2 Westerlo (Yulu-Matondo, Montero)
    I’m very disappointed we squandered a 1-0 lead and even trailed 2-1, but we did still get the equalizer. We’re superior to them and should be winning these games if we’re to go through (only 1st place in the group is enough).


    Player of the month

    Jair Céspedes (ML) – Still on great form, MOM against Brussels with a brace, then 1 assist in the Mechelen game and another in the league Leuven game. With this he reached 12 assists which is a Westerlo record. Fredy Montero seems to have rediscovered his scoring mojo too.

    Competitions

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    Cofidis Cup: Facing Club Brugge in the final the 21st of May.

    Summary

    Decent start to the euro playoffs albeit I think losing points to Leuven was disappointing, nevertheless we’re on good form and should use this as good momentum. In the cup we’re again in the final and again versus one of the best teams in the nation, however it seems pretty unlikely we’ll repeat the feat of losing by 5-0!
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    April 2016


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Grp B: Zulte Waregem 1-1 Westerlo (Bernardo)
    Quite poor performance and we’re lucky to get a point. Strange to think that only 2 months ago we won the same fixture 5-1, playing the same strategy (set out narrow then exploit the flanks quickly to counter their weird 4-1-2-2-1 5 CMs formation). Not a good time of the season to be losing form.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Grp B: KV Mechelen 0-2 Westerlo (Djidji, Montero)
    Very important win which could prove the clincher for 1st place in the group. I tinkered all game long with tactics as Mechelen continuously changed shape, and it paid off.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Grp B: Westerlo 5-0 OH Leuven (Montero, Cidinho, Djidji, Merebashvili, Perea)
    Our creative players on fire vs Leuven’s shoddy defense = goals. Gives us important goal difference advantage over Waregem going into the last fixture.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Grp B: Westerlo 2-0 Zulte Waregem (Montero, Tomás Costa)
    We won a ton of set pieces and used them to our advantage to qualify from the group.

    Player of the month

    Jair Céspedes (ML) – 6 assists in 4 games this month. Brilliant!

    Competitions

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    The playoff semi-final is against KV Kortrijk. If we beat them and qualify, we face a team from the top 6 championship playoff for the final European place.

    Cofidis Cup: Still facing Club Brugge in the final the 21st of May.

    Summary

    A great month sees us qualify with great momentum. I think we’re better than Kortrijk, and Club Brugge will be shocked to have gone out in the playoff, so we have a good chance in both fronts, league and cup, to still get into the Europa League. And I’d like to win the cup, obviously!

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    Good chance to save the season.

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    Europe would be a great achievment!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good chance to save the season.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Europe would be a great achievment!
    Well, I have good news...

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    May 2016


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Semi-Final 1st Leg: KV Kortrijk 1-2 Westerlo (Tomás Costa, Cidinho)
    Proper away win and we missed a penalty too. Looking good for making the final then – we lost both Tomás Costa and Coppens to injury though.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Westerlo 3-0 KV Kortrijk (Cidinho, Keet(og), Naert)
    We completely unsettled Kortrijk by (needlessly) playing the most defensive version of our football. Our keeper Silvio Proto had a wonderful game and at the other end we scored 3 anyway! Remi Naert’s 17th goal of the season becomes a new club record. Now onto the final against AA Gent…

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Final 1st Leg: Westerlo 1-1 AA Gent (Montero)
    Gent are a good side but this was a fairly poor result, leaving us in the position of almost needing to win away in the 2nd leg to grab that final Europa League spot. It could’ve been worse tho, without Fredy’s great goal 10 minutes before the end.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoff Final 2nd Leg: AA Gent 2-0 Westerlo
    We were outclassed and nothing went our way. It’s disappointing to get within 1 game of saving our season in the league but that’s football. Time to focus on the cup final now.

    Cofidis Cup Final: Club Brugge 1-2 Westerlo (Vansteenkiste(og), Tomás Costa)
    Yes!! What a great finale, after all we still made Europe and I lifted my first major trophy. Two early goals got us into a quite comfortable lead but the game got tenser and tenser later on, as they scored 1 too and continuously threatened to equalize, whilst we were on worse physical condition than them and played more and more defensive. At the end we just managed to hold on to the win and the cup.

    Player of the month

    Silvio Proto (GK) – I feel bad about criticizing him here earlier in the season, because he’s playing brilliantly now. Superb performance in the 2nd leg vs Kortrijk, including.. an assist.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League: Lost in the European Playoff final to AA Gent.

    Cofidis Cup: Winners! For the second time in the club’s history.

    Summary

    This was a great way to finish the season! No doubt the league performance was disappointing, it’s quite a drop from 3rd last season to 8th this time. But all things considered, I’m very optimistic for the future. I’ve got a young squad packed with fantastic teenage talents, and when the team is at its best we are amazing. We’ve really had some brilliant games this season: the 3-0 over Juventus, the 5-0 over Anderlecht, 6-2 vs Mainz, 2-0 away vs Standard, 5-1 away vs Waregem. We’ve also won the cup and did pretty well in the Europa League. And after prize money, we have a fantastic 5.3M€ in the bank at the moment.

    I’ve got one more year of contract and hopefully I’ll stay for longer! Belgium’s being quite enjoyable so far.

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    Analysis, highlights and numbers – 2015/2016 season


    Tactics and usual starting eleven



    I used this as my base tactic since the middle of the season or so as I looked into getting more stability into my midfield (compared to the 4-1-3-2), but got creative later on with all sorts of mini tweaks in terms of shouts, roles and occasionally setting Cidinho as playmaker.

    Squad




    Top 5 key players of the season

    5. Tomás Costa (MC) – Another great season from the experienced Argentinian midfielder, to my delight he still agreed to renew for a further year.

    4. Henrique Miranda (DL) – There was absolutely nothing separating the high quality of my two left-backs (him and Rasmussen), he got more minutes tho. Great signing.

    3. Cidinho (AMC) – Took him quite a while to start showing his skills, but once he got going he became a key part of our attack, working remarkably well in-between the lines. Very fun player to watch in the game engine.

    2. Remi Naert (ST) – Amazing breakthrough season from the kid, breaking the club’s goals in a season record with 17. Also just got called up to the main Belgium squad!

    1. Jair Céspedes (ML) – If last year I picked him as player of the year for consistency throughout the season, this year he dominated attentions for 3 spectacular months. Completely blown away the previous record of assists per season, finishing with 20.

    Match of the season

    Westerlo 3-0 Juventus

    It was either this or the 5-0 over Anderlecht, but come on. Surely the best result of my career so far.

    Awards

    Jupiler Pro League Best Average Rating of the Year – Jair Céspedes (1st)
    Jupiler Pro League Most Assists – Jair Céspedes (2nd)
    Jupiler Pro League Pro of the Year – Jair Céspedes (3rd)

    Season Summary Mentions

    Jupiler Pro League Signing of the Season - Remi Naert (0€) (1st)
    Best Average Rating - Jair Céspedes

    Career overview

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    11/12    Delémont (SWI)    Challenge League (2) - 1st               Promoted
    12/13    Delémont (SWI)    Axpo Super League (1) - 9th              Swiss Cup semi-finalists
    13/14    Westerlo (BEL)    Jupiler Pro League (1) - 8th / EP group  Belgian Cup semi-finalists
    14/15    Westerlo (BEL)    Jupiler Pro League (1) - 3rd             Belgian Cup finalists 
    15/16    Westerlo (BEL)    Jupiler Pro League (1) - 8th / EP final  Belgian Cup winner
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    I thought this one was almost an insult, smaller club than Westerlo...



    However this one is tempting! Rapid Wien are a big club with some history, think I recall them reaching a Cup Winners Cup final? Finances-wise they're on par with us but the club's worth twice as much money. I have great foundations being slowly built here in Belgium though, am enjoying my time here and will probably stick around.

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    Well done on the cup.

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    Job offer



    Now this was an amazing offer. Dnipro are probably the biggest team in Ukraine behind Shakhtar and Dynamo Kyiv, and the wage budget was extraordinary. If I was looking into climbing the ladder of management blindly, I'd certainly have taken it. I think it'd be a very interesting challenge to try to unsettle the big 2 too. I really did consider this, but I'm building a long term project in Belgium and intend to remain here for a long time.

    A detail that turned me away from Dnipro was that they've had a very underwhelming season and failed to qualify for Europe this season - the same applied to Rapid Wien. Dnipro also were a bit of a one-man team, brazilian international Giuliano pulling the strings from the midfield but paid like a prince too.

    Rejected both offers. I feel more will come!

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    And as I talk about Dnipro and Guiliano, I watch Giuliano come in for Brazil in the friendly against Denmark in TV right now, heh. Funny coincidence.

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    Great Job winning the cup!!

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    What TGT said.

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    Thanks guys.Have been planning the new season today and it's looking good.

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    Pre-season: June/July 2016


    Transfers (in)

    Steven De Petter (DC / DM, MC) (free) – Very intelligent, hard-working defensive player who is homegrown, high quality and goes straight into the squad as the new captain.

    Bernard Malanda (DR / DC, WBR) (240K€) – Another Belgian, this 21yo is hopefully good enough to be my first choice full-back already (I’m only a little dubious on his pace). Again, homegrown which is hugely useful.

    Kilian Overmeire (DM) (free) – Yet another Belgian homegrown, squad player only tho, possibly 3rd choice DM. Given I use a 2 DMs tactic sometimes, he was necessary.

    Filip Scrbec (ML / MR, AMC) (45K€) – Versatile winger, not particularly flashy but probably good enough to be a settled squad player. I use withdrawn wingers (MR / ML) and sometimes even on defensive winger role so needed a player like this, particularly with my main left-wing man Céspedes starting to lose pace.

    Keko (AMR / MR) (free) – If Scrbec is a non-flashy hard-working man, Spanish Keko is the opposite, loads of pace, flair and dribbling and little else.

    Logan Bailly (GK) (free) – Another Belgian homegrown, very good keeper who would be first choice if not for the slightly more awesome Silvio Proto being on the squad too.

    José Carlos Larrosa (DC) (free) – Ready to fight for a first team place already at the age of 19, and with plenty of potential untapped.

    Jorge Vera (DR) (free) – Another Uruguayan kid very similar to Larrosa but plays on the right.

    Beyond these 1st team players, a few youngsters not ready for first team action were hired too, as usual: Tunisian centre-back Mohamed Sassi, Bulgarians Yulian Atanasov and Ayhan Kuzu (centre-back and centre-midfielder, respectively), Defensive midfielders David Ulloa and Dede Sanou (Argentinian and German), and Georgian left winger Beka Sharangia.

    Also worth noting 18yo striker Jonas Andersen was promoted to the first team after a year out on loan to Utrecht, he seems more than ready so could make as much an impact as any big signing.

    Transfers (out)

    Two very big names were sold, this was because of highest earner clauses which bumped them up to ridiculous wages I couldn’t afford, and they were on the wrong side of the 30’s anyway. Right-back Cristian Villagra went for 1M€ back to Argentina to play for Unión, whereas star midfield man Tomás Costa after all was sold after the contract renewal and went to ADO Den Haag for a mere 325K€.

    Tons of other players left. Aleksa Bajic, Juan Carlos Espinoza, Luis Perea, Cristián Guerra, Cédric Mingiedi, Miro Saarinen, Mohammed Bah and Guillaume Hubert were sold by money. Thabo Matlaba and Liliu loaned out to save wages. Youngster Denis Cardarelli released on a free. And 8 youngsters loaned out to get some playing experience. Total player sales money: 2M€.

    This means the current bank account reads 3.7M€ in the black, and that is after the huge money invested in the new youth facilities was taken into account. Hopefully we’ll get some prize money from the Europa League too, but it’s all looking solid finances-wise.

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    Fixtures

    First some friendlies as usual. Then two big competitive matches already:

    Supercoupe: Standard 1-1 Westerlo (3-4 p.k.) (Andersen)
    A tense thriller, and then a trophy our way to kick off the season! We held on for ages whilst seriously threatening Standard on the counter until they scored in the 65th minute. That forced us to went for it and we genuinely pushed Standard back until youngster Jonas Andersen scored on his debut with 7 minutes to go.
    No extra time so the game went straight to penalties, and there it was nerve-wrecking, they missed, we had an advantage but then blew it, then we missed one again and Hurtado had the chance to win the trophy for them but put it wide. By the 6th penalty Cidinho scored for us, then Milosevic missed and handed us the Supercoupe.

    Jupiler Pro League: Club Brugge 0-3 Westerlo (Céspedes(2), De Petter)
    Fantastic way to kick off the league, we were deadly in the counter and cynically screwed Brugge with nearly every chance we had.

    Player of the month

    Jair Céspedes (ML) – Who else? He seems to get better with age. Fantastic game against Brugge, scoring two.

    Competitions

    Supercoupe: Winners!

    Jupiler Pro League: 1st on goal difference after the 1st fixture.

    Cofidis Cup: Long way until we enter this.

    Europa League: into the 4th qualifying round, we should know our opponents soon.

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    Summary

    Superb start to the season with a trophy already (1st Supercoupe in the club's history) then a huge win away over a big team. I am very happy with the squad I’ve put together too, don’t think we’ll miss Villagra and Tomás Costa too much. I have a very good feeling about this season, our core bunch of kids is getting better and better at a fantastic rate.
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    August 2016


    Transfers (out)

    Defenders Jens Cools and Dalibor Maksimovic were loaned out for money as they had no place in the squad at the moment, a couple other youngsters went on loan too to get experience.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 KV Mechelen
    We tried all game long, but just couldn’t break past their deep flat 4-4-2 with 2 DMs.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Kortrijk 1-0 Westerlo
    There goes the optimism, this was a pretty bad performance, we couldn’t contain Kortrijk neither cause much danger. Andersen did come off the bench to hit the bar twice though.

    Europa League 4th Qual Round: Westerlo 1-0 IF Elfsborg (Céspedes)
    Elfsborg was a very easy draw considering we could’ve got Chelsea or Inter, nevertheless I knew they could still be a challenge given our sudden dodgy form. Eventually Céspedes barged past a narrow sea of players and scored a narrow shot, but later on we lost Scrbec to injury (a bad, lengthy one) hence were reduced to 10 men and finished the game cornered in our own area, painfully surviving 2 shots to the woodwork.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 4-0 OH Leuven (Andersen, Cidinho, Montero, Djidji)
    It was all looking nice when Andersen finally broke the deadlock with a nice rotation and placed shot, but minutes later he assaulted an opponent with a horrible tackle, obviously getting a red card. Strangely the team wasn’t affected at all and we hammered them with 10 men.

    Europa League 4th Qual Round: IF Elsborg 0-0 Westerlo
    Boring game with no chances, but we showed some good passing moves, and ultimately did not concede and qualified for the groups which is what this trip to Sweden was all about.

    Jupiler Pro League: Beerschot AC 1-2 Westerlo (Naert, Merebashvili)
    Hugely frustrating because we had tons of chances but Remi Naert kept on squandering them, eventually he scored one of them and equalized, then late in the game we got the winner. Should’ve won by many more goals.

    Player of the month

    Kofi Djidji (DC) – Very good month from the Ivorian centre-back, not unsettled with the much tighter competition for a first team place this season. Got a goal vs Leuven.

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    Cofidis Cup: Still no news yet.

    Europa League: after the huge lucky break in getting Elfsborg, next up we’re facing Chelsea, Panathinaikos and Lazio in the group stage. I might as well not bother tiring my first team players in those games then. Could it be any tougher?

    Summary

    Dodgy month as we look very uncomfortable breaking past deep defences, the finishing has been very poor too apart from the Leuven game. Anyway we’ve scrapped through in the Europa League and gained 1M€ in the process which was very important, and the start in the domestic league has been much much better than last year’s disaster.

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    Squad - 2016/2017





    I'm very happy with the squad, a good enough amount of homegrowns and plenty of kids with potential coming good as first team regulars.

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    September 2016


    Transfers (in)

    Oleg Patotski (M/AMR / M/AMC) (free) – I was finding the performances of my new winger Keko dodgy, so when this man shown up it was a no-brainer to sign him, he’s slightly better in theory.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-0 Tubize (Megateli(og))
    Pretty bad to only score 1 past the worst team in the league, but at least it was the funniest own goal ever.

    Europa League Group H: Westerlo 0-1 Lazio
    Not exactly surprising, but we did not ashamed ourselves and did have a couple of chances.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 6-1 Lokeren (Montero(3), Djidji, Holm, Keko)
    Our former striker Tskipurishvili missed a penalty for Lokeren in the 4th minute, but we didn’t miss ours later in the 1st half and that opened up the gates for hordes of goals to flow in.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-1 Standard (Naert, Ortiz)
    Great win over the leaders. A boring game quickly turned into a memorable one when I watched Remi Naert score the best goal I’ve ever had a player score in FM. Standard quickly equalized but in the 2nd half the increasingly impressive teenage MC Geovanny Ortiz scored his first goal for the club and gave us the win.

    Europa League Group H: Panathinaikos 3-1 Westerlo (De Petter)
    We got to a great start by scoring in a set piece in the 6th minute, but very soon Djidji would get sent off and our former star Matias Abero equalized from the ensuing freekick. Later on they scored another two, but we had our chances too and squandered them.

    Player of the month

    Henrique Miranda (DL / ML) – Montero’s hat-trick vs Lokeren was great, so was Naert’s supergoal vs Standard, but the most consistent man has been Henrique, great performances barging up the field from the DL position in those two matches.

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    Cofidis Cup: FC Brussels away are the first opponents.

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    Summary

    Europe’s gone to hell albeit we’re not shaming ourselves, no surprise giving the incredibly difficult group. Domestic-wise it’s looking very bright, we’re on a roll here, 3 points behind with a game in hand is a great position to be in.

    In other news, I’m constantly linked to jobs nowadays. In the summer I was linked to Zenit(!!), recently to Brazilian side Internacional, West Ham languishing in the Championship, Rubin Kazan, and Hertha. I’m not leaving, certainly not right now when things are starting to come together really nicely.

    The extension to our youth facilities is nearly complete too, and the board have agreed to another expensive expansion, but to the training facilities. Our solid financial standing allows us to do this.
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    Good to see this season going better.

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    Good start to the season, but bad luck in getting such a hard EL group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good to see this season going better.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Good start to the season, but bad luck in getting such a hard EL group.
    Thanks, the team is not ready to go far in Europe anyway so not a big deal, at least we got the 1M€ prize plus gate receipts from making the groups, all I've got to be careful now is not to let the inevitable defeats affect morale too much.

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    October 2016


    Transfers (in)

    Pablo Ceppelini (AMC / MC, AMR) – Another player I couldn’t pass on once he was brought to my attention by his agent. Very talented creative force.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 Anderlecht
    Shows our progress that we were the bookies favourites for this game, I still felt more comfortable playing very defensively, and despite it dominated the game, we were very unlucky not to have won it. The Anderlecht manager was sacked right after the game and I was linked to the job…

    Europa League Group H: Chelsea 3-1 Westerlo (Henrique Miranda)
    Not a pleasing trip to England as our parent club tore us apart with 3 first half goals, Henrique did still get one for us in injury time.

    Jupiler Pro League: Antwerp 1-1 Westerlo (Montero)
    The sort of game we should not be losing points in, if we’re to build on this early season form and have a proper go at fighting for the title.

    Cofidis Cup 6th Rnd: FC Brussels 0-2 Westerlo (Merebahsvili, Andersen)
    I picked a side of backups and youngsters, and it was enough.

    Jupiler Pro League: Sint-Truiden 0-0 Westerlo
    A game dominated by set pieces, we had plenty of chances in them and failed to profit on it. Both keepers had great games.

    Player of the month

    Henrique Miranda (ML / DL) – Still the best player at the moment, got a goal vs Chelsea and an assist vs Antwerp, I’m playing him more on left midfielder now as Céspedes is injured.

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    Cofidis Cup: Antwerp away in the last 16, then if we go through it’s Charleroi or Standard (hopefully the former).

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    Summary

    Bad month as we only get 3 points from 3 league matches, nevertheless we’re still up there with the lead pack with 2 games in hand. The Europa League matches certainly aren’t helping, neither is our dreadful finishing. The problem isn't creating chances, it's putting them in...

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    November 2016


    Fixtures

    Europa League Group H: Westerlo 2-1 Chelsea (Cidinho(2))
    Absolutely extraordinary, even if very lucky. We scored with our only 2 shots of the match and defended superbly to get a memorable victory.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-0 Mons (Cidinho)
    Big win as Mons are surprisingly up there in the table. We scored early so I immediately set out to defend the lead, it nearly backfired later but we kept the clean sheet.

    Cofidis Cup 7th Rnd: Antwerp 2-3 Westerlo (a.e.t.) (Cidinho, Naert, Henrique Miranda)
    Hugely frustrating to drop a lead twice, but later in extra time we got the winning goal. Into the quarter finals now.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 3-0 Club Brugge (Bernardo, De Petter, Naert)
    We were as solid as ever defensively, then added to it attacking power as we started scoring our chances in the 2nd half. Very big win over another title/CL place rivals.

    Jupiler Pro League: Zulte Waregem 2-4 Westerlo (Djidji(2), Ceppelini, Naert)
    Unusually wild, open game which went from 0-1 to 2-1 to 2-4. What matters is we got the 3 points.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Mechelen 0-3 Westerlo (De Petter, Naert, Patotski)
    Job done in style with 3 first half goals.

    Player of the month

    Cidinho (AMC / MC) – It could’ve been Remi Naert who finally rediscovered he could score goals and did so in the last 4 matches, but the Brazilian playmaker scored in 3 consecutive ones too, including a brace against Chelsea! Unfortunately he’s got injured vs Waregem and will stop for a while.

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    Cofidis Cup: Next are Standard over two legs in the quarter-finals.

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    Summary

    Fantastic month with 6 wins from 6 matches, including a lucky one over the mighty Chelsea, and worthy wins over top half rivals Club Brugge and Mons, too. We’re emerging as the main challengers to Standard’s title bid, it’s all so much brighter than last season’s disaster. Disregard last season and it’s a steady slow climb up the league throughout my reign, don’t forget 2 years ago we held an outside shot at the title up until 3 or 4 fixtures from the end, and just lost out on a CL spot for the 2nd place too.
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    Right in the thick of it then, maybe a chance at the league title too?

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    Great season it seems. Atleast compared to the last one.

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    Thanks. I'm aiming at 2nd place, would be the club's best ever league result (beating the record of 3rd we set 2 years ago) and awards a Champions League spot albeit in the qualifying rounds. Standard are still a little too competitive for us over a season but I intend to make things hard for them at the top of the table indeed.

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    You've built quite a team up with Westerlo,doing well in the league so far and you did the best you could in a very hard Europa League group.

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    Well the Europa League isn't over yet, but we'd probably need to beat Lazio and Panathinaikos in the two remaining games, which just isn't going to happen.

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    December 2016


    Transfers (in)

    Tarek Dridi (M/AML) (free) – I had agreed to this one a long time ago, and not sure whether I’d have signed him now, he has some potential but it’s getting late for him to reach it.

    Fixtures

    Europa League Group H: Lazio 0-2 Westerlo (De Petter, Malanda)
    Wait, what? Lazio did have one or two glaring chances in the first half but other than that were utterly harmless. We scored a very scrappy one in a corner just before half time, then early into the 2nd half I thought we were doomed as Djidji got himself sent off for a professional foul. Instead, we defended just as well with 10 men and right-back Malanda even went all the way up there to finish a team move in the area to make it 2-0. Unfortunately Chelsea won their game and we’re out of the competition.
    Lazio are weird, they had a rubbish Argentinian striker upfront and a 35 year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing behind him as AMC.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 KV Kortrijk (Larrosa, De Petter)
    A corner and a penalty kick is an ugly way to win a game, but I don’t really care. We earned it anyway.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-1 AA Gent (Keko)
    We sliced through the middle of Gent’s 2 banks of 4 over and over again, but only bagged one, then to my dismay keeper Proto made a total mess of a backpass and it ended in a Henrique Miranda owngoal. We should’ve won this by loads.

    Jupiler Pro League: OH Leuven 0-2 Westerlo (Montero, Malanda)
    Decent routine win, nothing wildly spectacular.

    Europa League Group H: Westerlo 0-3 Panathinaikos
    Knowing it was a dead rubber and that a few days later we had a big match vs Standard, I rested players. It turned out to be a morale killer as my former player Matias Abero had a fabulous game and scored twice. Poor way to finish our European campaign.

    Cofidis Cup 1/4Final 1st Leg: Westerlo 4-1 Standard (Ortiz, Naert(3))
    Wow. Awesome win over our title rivals which pretty much settles the cup tie, albeit I didn’t like the injury time away goal we conceded. Naert had a superb day. I wish this game was for the league.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-0 Zulte Waregem (Jovicic(og))
    Geovanny Ortiz seems to suddenly have developed awesome free kick skills, and this time it bounced into the keepers’ back to give us the win.

    Player of the month

    Geovanny Ortiz (MC) – It was a weird month in terms of player performances, loads of guys impressing but not regularly, Uruguayan playmaker Ceppelini had 2 brilliant games then disappeared, Remi Naert had an astonishing game vs Standard but was poor otherwise, Montero did great vs Leuven, winger Patotski is coming good on the right. But it’s the teenager Colombian midfielder who I have to pick, I’ve no doubt he’s well on his way to becoming a worldwide superstar.
    Best thing I did was to sell Tomás Costa to open up a space for him on the team.

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    Cofidis Cup: 4-1 over Standard into the 2nd leg of the quarter-finals.

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    Summary

    Another great month, on the league front we’re settling ourselves clearly as the only team Standard should fear, and with the 2 games in hand we could be top of the table if we win them. The title clearly will only be settled in the mini-league at the end of the season, however. Europe went to hell as expected, but the Lazio win was again hugely encouraging even if it ended with a shocker vs Panathinaikos, and in the cup it’s all looking wonderful, perhaps we’re on our way to retaining the trophy?

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    Great win over Lazio, shame it was too late.

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    Great results indeed! How has Montero been doing this season.

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    Have you had any decent loans from Chelsea?

    I don't think the AI is smart enough to use the loans, sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Great win over Lazio, shame it was too late.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Great results indeed! How has Montero been doing this season.
    Thanks. Montero's actually been doing really good in the odd few appearances, I think he has 6 goals in 9 starts or something like that. I'm not using him much because I feel Remi Naert's skills fit my style of play much better as he's much quicker and a much better dribbler which helps as a lone isolated striker in a counter-attacking system. But he's clearly finding the net a lot more often than Naert and I'm considering giving him more playing time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenzar View Post
    Have you had any decent loans from Chelsea?

    I don't think the AI is smart enough to use the loans, sadly.
    Funny you would mention that because they just sent me a player. Chelsea seem to send us about one player per season but it's always in January. In the Summer I try to loan players and they won't let me, 5 months later they send me those players out of their own initiative.. it's frustrating.

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    January 2017


    Transfers (in)

    Christoffer Lund (MR / AMR) (loan) – We didn’t need another winger at all but Chelsea sent him our way, he’s decent, hugely promising and costs nothing in wages so why not.

    Merveille Goblet (GK) (40K€) – Homegrown keeper for the bench.

    Transfers (out)

    Usual bench midfielders Giorgi Merebashivili and Filip Scrbec were sold by 95K€ and 45K€ respectively, then I was delighted to send the hugely problematic keeper Logan Bailly to Danish side Silkeborg for 525K€ because the little f*cker showed up for training only once in a while then had the nerve to complain his fines were unfair. F*ck off and never come back.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Genk 6-3 Westerlo (Céspedes, Tshimanga(og), Keko)
    Oh dear, bizarre game and a very heavy defeat, we nearly conceded as many in this as in all the previous league games before it. I made a very bad tactical mistake by not lining up in our most defensive form, and with 3 very quick goals before half-time we found ourselves losing 3-0. However, my players were woken up by my harsh team talk and quickly scored 3 too, remarkably tying the game again. A period of tension ensued only for a Djidji owngoal a little later to open up the road for another 2 quick successive Genk goals.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-1 Beerschot AC (Naert, Patotski)
    We were not in a very inspired day and let them catch up with the equalizer after going 1-0 up, then Naert got injured after we had made all subs and we ended with a strikerless formation needing a goal. Surprisingly, Patotski did score one and we won.

    Jupiler Pro League: Tubize 1-1 Westerlo (Patotski)
    We were into injury time losing away at the league’s last placed team, when Patotski again gave us points with a late goal. Very bad result but at least 1 point is better than 0.

    Jupiler Pro League: Lokeren 0-1 Westerlo (Djidji)
    Again not one of our most inspired performances ever, but we scored in a corner and did overall deserve the win. With Standard having some poor results lately, we overtake them into the league table lead!

    Cofidis Cup 1/4Final 2nd Leg: Standard 3-0 Westerlo
    Oh ffs. We headed into this game with 3 goals advantage and held on to the 0-0 into half time, after missing a penalty kick. In the second half we missed another sitter whereas Standard scored twice. They needed a 3rd goal and it looked like we were going to just get away with it when in the final minute of injury time my former forward Cris Martínez scored the winner for them looking suspiciously offside. We’re out of the cup and it’s a terrible rehearsal for the league game vs Standard again 3 days later.

    Jupiler Pro League: Standard 1-0 Westerlo
    This was worse than the cup game. We made two shots all game long… They win the table lead back again.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-2 Genk (Caballero)
    We conceded right after kick off and another one 20 minutes later, Genk’s first two half-chances. We’d dominate the remainder of the game but only got one already in the 90th minute and that wasn’t good enough.

    Player of the month

    Henrique Miranda (DL) – Again the most consistent player in a month where few excelled.

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    Cofidis Cup: Knocked out by Standard in the quarter-finals, in spectacular fashion after dropping a 3 goal lead from the 1st leg.

    Summary

    Astonishing, huge choke in the cup, in the league we briefly flirted with the table lead but then crashed too, let Standard run away and allowed Genk to get into the mix. Definitely January wasn’t one of our finest moments.
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    Flattering but no thank you, am still very much committed to this project in Belgium.

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    February 2017


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Anderlecht 1-1 Westerlo (Cidinho)
    We so nearly got away with one of our typical big game big performances, where we sit back and restrict the opponents to nothing, then score on the break. But they equalised very late in the game. Unfortunately Geovanny Ortiz got injured badly, 3 months stoppage for the hugely talented teenager.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 3-0 Antwerp (Caballero, Cidinho, Patotski)
    Probably the most dominant I’ve ever seen my team play, we had all the possession and spent all game in the final third of the pitch. Fantastic!

    Jupiler Pro League: AA Gent 0-3 Westerlo (Montero, Keita(og), Cidinho)
    Another great performance, perhaps slightly less dominant but equally spectacular and effective.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-1 Sint-Truiden (Naert(2))
    Remi Naert saved us with a tremendous performance straight back from injury, from the bench, in an unexpectedly difficult match. We were down to 10 after Cidinho got injured yet Remi still got us the winner, only 3 minutes before the final whistle.

    Player of the month

    Cidinho (AMC, MC) – 3 goals in 4 matches from the ever impressive Brazilian playmaker, unfortunately will now stop for roughly a month and a half.

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    Summary

    The regular season is about to close and we’re in an excellent position to fight for the title in the final mini-league. This was an absolutely inspired month with some tactical breakthroughs (back to AML/AMRs instead of ML/MRs, but given tight man marking to make sure they track back the opposition winger; team no longer told to play down the flanks allowing us to profit more from an inspired midfield pairing of Ceppellini/Cidinho), and the atmosphere around the team is far more positive now.

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    Good luck in the final stage.

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