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    Good night ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my first venture into FM12 as I'm literally yet to do a single match - just bought it last Friday and hadn't touched not even the demo before. The interface doesn't look as daunting as you all made it to be, as I've figured out how to browse players and teams by now.

    After being used to the heights of fame and fortune through the last few seasons of my FM11 adventure, it's time to go back to earth and start from the bottom again, almost certainly I'll despair at how rubbish my new players are compared to the likes of Bagayoko and Duval. However I do not have a clear concept of where I want to go with this career, it's meant to be some sort of journeyman but if I fancy a club I'm free to stick there for 10 seasons if it happens. I don't have any preset tactical ideas I want to implement neither, this time. I'm approaching this with an open mind. Format-wise I'm going to try monthly updates for a while, taking some hints from other careers around, and start from there.

    I am starting unemployed, automatic experience, an insane amount of leagues loaded (think I got carried around there). Already found myself a club and I will expand on it soon.

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    SPOILERS - SKIP THIS POST IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ A SUMMARY OF CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
















    Trophy cabinet

    Lower league
    * Challenge League champion 2012 (Delémont)
    * Promotion from Challenge League 2012 (Delémont)

    Domestic cups
    * Cofidis Cup winner 2016, 2018 (Westerlo), runner-up 2015 (Westerlo)
    * TIM Cup winner 2019, 2020 (Torino)
    * Copa del Rey winner 2021, 2022 (Real Madrid)
    * FA Cup runner-up 2023 (Tottenham)
    * KNVB Beker winner 2025, 2027, 2028 (Ajax)

    Domestic supercups
    * Supercoupe de Belgique winner 2016 (Westerlo)
    * Supercoppa di Lega TIM runner-up 2019 (Torino)
    * Supercopa de España winner 2021 (Real Madrid)
    * Johann Cruijff Schaal winner 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 (Ajax)

    Domestic leagues
    * Jupiler Pro League champion 2018 (Westerlo)
    * Serie A runner-up 2019, 2020 (Torino)
    * Liga BBVA champion 2021, 2022 (Real Madrid)
    * Premier League champion 2024 (Tottenham), runner-up 2023 (Tottenham)
    * Eredivisie champion 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 (Ajax)

    International club competitions
    * UEFA Europa League winner 2021 (Real Madrid)
    * UEFA Super Cup runner-up 2021 (Real Madrid)
    * UEFA Champions League winner 2022 (Real Madrid)

    National team competitions
    * none


    Career progress/summary table - club

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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       
    13/14    Westerlo (BEL)    Jupiler Pro League (1) - 8th / EP group  
    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 winners
    16/17    Westerlo (BEL)    Jupiler Pro League (1) - 3rd             Belgian Supercup winners
    17/18    Westerlo (BEL)    Jupiler Pro League (1) - 1st             Champions + Belgian Cup winners
    18/19    Torino (ITA)      Serie A (1) - 2nd                        Runner-ups + Italian Cup winners 
    19/20    Torino (ITA)      Serie A (1) - 2nd                        Runner-ups + Italian Cup winners 
    20/21    Real Madrid (SPA) La Liga (1) - 1st                        Champions + Spanish Cup winners +
                                                                        Europa League winners
    21/22    Real Madrid (SPA) La Liga (1) - 1st                        Champions + Spanish Cup winners +
                                                                        Champions League winners + Spanish SC
    22/23    Tottenham (ENG)   Premier League (1) - 2nd                 Runner-ups + FA Cup finalists 
    23/24    Tottenham (ENG)   Premier League (1) - 1st                 Champions 
    24/25    Ajax (HOL)        Eredivisie (1) - 1st                     Champions + Dutch Cup winners + Dutch SC 
    25/26    Ajax (HOL)        Eredivisie (1) - 1st                     Champions + Dutch SC 
    26/27    Ajax (HOL)        Eredivisie (1) - 1st                     Champions + Dutch Cup winners + Dutch SC  
    27/28    Ajax (HOL)        Eredivisie (1) - 1st                     Champions + Dutch Cup winners + Dutch SC
    Career progress/summary table - international

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    Years    Nation     Competition            Performance             Notes
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    21-24    Turkey     Euro 2024 qualifiers   1st                     Qualified
                        Euro 2024              2nd round

















    (END OF SPOILERS)
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    *Settles down*


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    Delémont - 6th of July, 2011


    Look at this, it's got a running track! A HUGE running track! I'm going to have to exert some proper pressure on my vocal chords to get those insults through to the field!


    I am baffled at how in demand a football manager with no experience whatsoever is these days. I got plenty of offers from many corners in the world. To be honest I could've started lower than in the swiss second tier, the Challenge League with SR Delémont. They've got some fairly handy players already, and it's a professional club. I had loaded stuff like the full scottish or swedish ladder so definitely expected a shittier job to start with. I did have one offer from a 4th tier swedish side but they were mid-season, and leading their league, so it didn't feel right to go there and receive the plaudits for a job already done. Other options were Ukraine were some random club had youngsters valued like 500K€+ already; Brazil to manage Santo André who are way too big and known a club to start with; and Mexico to some club loaded with cash but somehow in the 2nd tier. I've never managed in Switzerland and this looks like a good place as any to start.



    Now who are Delémont? I only know more than you because I've read the Wikipedia artice. They're a yo-yo club in the french-speaking part of Switzerland who has got promoted and relegated through the last decade more times than I can count. They've briefly been in the top tier but were rubbish, and briefly flirted with the 3rd tier too, which is unplayable in FM. It's not entirely unlikely I may make them fall into there too, because the club is predicted 9th by the media in this 16-team league, and the bottom SIX sides go down. Now that's going to make for an epic relegation battle. Thankfully we already have some talents in our squad to help us escape it, albeit the squad is hilariously unbalanced:



    Likely key players:

    Johnny Szlykowicz (AMC) - Wow, that is a much much better player than I'd ever expected to find at this level. The undeniable star of this side. I'm just pissed his name is so unpronounceable because I may have to write it often.

    Mickaël Rodriguez (ST) - Recent history tells me he's scored 18, 19 and 22 goals in the last 3 seasons for the club. I believe it, he looks handy.

    Luca Ferro (GK) - Not sure how he'll get on with all the frenchies in the side but that looks a decent goalie.

    Finances and transfers

    52K€ in the bank, they give me 32K€ for transfers, and a monthly wage budget of 64K€ (61.5K€ of it used), which is huge and I can't quite figure out why, where on earth is the money going to come from to pay this lot. I need to bring in lots of players for many positions and this may mean having to sell someone to fund it.

    A positive thing about this league is that the only foreign players restriction is a maximum of 10 Non-EU players. That's a HUGE freedom compared to most nations I've managed in...

    Goals for this season

    I have no idea. Avoid relegation, yes surely. Better than the media prediction of 9th would be good.
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    Good luck in Switzerland,looks like you have some decent talent in the side.Hope you can do well during the season

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    Good luck, mister noike.

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    Johnny looks immense for that level! Good luck with the season.

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    Host marathons and that'll protect the players from pitch invasions.

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    Looks like a good place to start as any. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    That .gif is freaking me out, has so few frames it makes it look like my computer is freezing.

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good luck in Switzerland,looks like you have some decent talent in the side.Hope you can do well during the season
    Tks.

    Quote Originally Posted by dumble View Post
    Good luck, mister noike.
    Hello mate. You should start posting, it's great english practice. You wouldn't believe how bad my english when I started posting in international forums about 11 years ago!

    Quote Originally Posted by bjoggi33 View Post
    Johnny looks immense for that level! Good luck with the season.
    Tks, not sure I can get the best out of him but let's see.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Host marathons and that'll protect the players from pitch invasions.
    Half the pictures I could find of the stadium involved some kind of athletics so it seems like the running track is being used.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Looks like a good place to start as any. Good luck!
    Tks, enjoying it so far.

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    July 2011


    Transfers (in)

    Ermin Alic (ML / MC, AML) (free) – I was desperate for wingers and found it hard to hire decent ones, at least he has some potential.

    Stefan Jarosch (DR / DL, WB/MR) (free) – Very pleased with this signing, excellent attacking full-back.

    Radek Spilacek (DM / DC) (free) – I sort of regret hiring him already because of the huge wage, but definitely one of our best players now.

    Pape Sarr (DM / MC) (free) – Another very good player meaning that with Spilacek + Sirufo that’s one quality DM too many.

    Gustavo Pinedo (AMR / MR) (1K€) – A better signing than Alic on the other wing but I’m not fully convinced, has serious problems with teamwork, composure and stamina.

    Transfers (out)

    Josip Budimir (free), Muharrem Xhaqku (14K€), Sofian Allali (5K€).

    Fixtures

    Friendly: Aalst 0-2 Delémont (Macio, Baudry)
    We had a friendly in my very first day at the job. Set up a 4-2-3-1 based on my FM11 Roma formation, told the assman to choose the players, and off we go. I was quite surprised that it worked!

    Friendly: Delémont 1-4 Clermont (Chappuis)
    Or maybe things aren’t going to be that easy. We fell apart in the second half.

    Friendly: Delémont 4-0 Blue Stars (Rodriguez, Baudry(3))
    Just the routine friendly against terrible opposition to boost morale. I already had some of my signings by this point, but it was the 38 year-old winger Baudry who somehow bagged an hat-trick.

    Challenge League: Kriens 1-2 Delémont (Ochs, Rodriguez)
    An away win made for a great way to kick off our league campaign. Kriens nearly engineered a comeback from 2-0 down but we held on.

    Challenge League: Delémont 1-0 Lugano (Szlykowicz)
    Ermin Alic did miss a penalty early on, but I think we were quite lucky to come out of this with a win against tough opposition. Our star Johnny finally used his talent by scoring the winner, even if it was just a tap-in.

    Competitions

    Challenge League: 2nd, 6 points from 2 matches.
    Schweizer Cup: yet to be drawn.

    Summary

    2 wins out of 2 is a nice way to start, albeit I felt we were unconvincing in both matches. Not happy with the squad yet as my tactics rely a lot on wingers and we’re very bad in that department – besides I went mad with wages and am now way over the wage budget already.

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    Some nice signings there. Good luck in Switzerland.

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    Good to see you carrying the spirit of your Roma side.

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    Got some good players there, good luck

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    Good start to the season

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    Stand on the track and you'll be heard.

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    August 2011


    Transfers (in)

    Berat Djimsti (DC) (loan) – Very promising 18 yo. centre-back pretty good for this level already.

    Abdul Ganiyu Iddi (AML / ML) (free) – Another winger as I strive to improve this weakened area of the squad.

    Domnik Stadlbauer (DR / MR) (5K€ loan) – Maybe an unnecessary signing but I had no backup DR at this point.

    Dylan Duventru (AML) (free) – I would have skipped the siging of Ganiyu Iddi (or Alic) had I found him earlier, he’s our better winger now.

    Sebastião Nogueira (AMR / MR) (free) – New alternative to Pinedo on the right, my staff don’t rate him as high but I think he’s a clever, more balanced player.

    Kewullay Conteh (DRC) (free) – I was having some serious issues with aerial balls so needed another tall centre-back, he can do the right-back position too.

    Jonathan Jaubert (GK) (free) – I didn’t have a 3rd keeper and this youngster is packed with potential.

    Transfers (out)

    Gianluca Gabriele (free), Kevin Eigenmann (free), Francis Sarret (free), Olivier Baudry (free)

    The first 3 were in expensive contract terminations (they were rubbish and I needed to free up wage budget), veteran Baurdy was sold for no fee to a French side.

    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Etoile-Carouge 0-4 Delémont (Szlykowicz(2), Rodriguez (2))
    WOW! Johnny and Mickael are suddenly getting on brilliantly and assisted each other, then bagged another goal each. Great result.

    Challenge League: Delémont 0-2 Wil
    I didn’t expect this, there goes all the momentum. Utterly terrible performance.

    Challenge League: Locarno 5-1 Delémont (Baudry)
    A wildly exaggerated result, but a total disaster nonetheless.

    Challenge League: Delémont 3-0 Chiasso (Szlykowicz, Rodriguez (2))
    And suddenly it’s as if nothing had happened, our 2 stars playing to their best on an emphatic win. Good game from new signing Duventru too.

    Challenge League: Delémont 1-0 St. Gallen (Szlykowicz)
    An excellent gritty performance and win over the leaders and best side in the league.

    Player of the Month



    Coin flip between him and striker Mickael Rodriguez as both have been on magnificent form with 4 goals and 2 assists each this month.

    Competitions

    Challenge League:



    Schweizer Cup: First round is away against lower league side Menzo Reinach next month.

    Summary

    A bizarre month where we were both excellent and dreadful, nothing in-between. Thankfully our poor moments did not make us miss the train at the top and we’re fighting for the early lead of the table.

    Finances-wise I’m following a very bold risky strategy as I’m way over the wage budget and have spent some considerable chunks of money on contract terminations. 347K€ on the red.

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    Squad

    With the transfer deadline now over (albeit we can still sign players from swiss sides for a couple weeks), here’s our full squad for the 2011/2012 season:




    As I like it: oversized and overpaid for our means.

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    September 2011


    Transfers (in)

    Venn Touré (DM / MC) (free) – I wasn’t intending to hire more players with the wages being so high already, but with Spilacek being given a leave of absence, and now firmly playing regularly a 2 DM formation, I really needed a 3rd available DM in the squad.

    Transfers (out)

    Jules Hamidou (1K€) – I had about 6 players in the pecking order ahead of him, that’s more wages saved.

    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Winterthur 2-0 Delémont
    An uninspired performance in a difficult field facing early season promotion rivals.

    Schweizer Cup: Menzo Reinach 1-3 Delémont (Duventru, Bouziane, Rodriguez)
    The expected straight-forward win over very poor lower league opposition.

    Challenge League: Wohlen 2-3 Delémont (Bouziane, Pinedo, Germann)
    We should’ve won this by a bigger margin, nice to see a confident performance away from home.

    Player of the Month



    Man of the match against both Menzo Reinach and Wohlen, quite clearly so far my best signing.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: Second round opponents are FC Luzern, which isn’t good news as they’re a Super League side. At least the match is at home, next month.

    Summary

    A short month in terms of fixtures, but one that spawned a tough test as midfield star Johnny Szlykowicz injured himself in training and the expected stoppage is between 2 and 3 months. Thankfully Bouziane has filled his shoes nicely with 2 goals in his first 2 matches but let’s see if there’s not an impact in the team’s performance in the coming challenges.

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    October 2011


    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Delémont 3–2 Stade Nyonnais (Duventru, Djimsiti, Macio)
    Action-packed, close game, but we scrap an important win over upper midfield challengers – and take the table lead as St. Gallen lose points.

    Schweizer Cup: Delémont 2–1 FC Luzern (Pinedo, Djimsiti)
    Awesome result! We pulled an excellent deserved win over a Super League side, albeit they had a man sent off midway through the 2nd half, but we also had 2 men injured after having made all 3 subs, and came back from an equalizer to make it 2-1 late on, in a corner. Unfortunately Gustavo Pinedo’s injury will stop him for 4 to 5 weeks.

    Challenge League: Delémont 2–0 Aarau (Bouziane, Rodriguez)
    5 shots, 3 clear cut chances, 2 goals. That’s what I call an efficient performance.

    Challenge League: Brühl 0-2 Delémont (Djimsiti(2))
    Better the result than the performance tbh, we should’ve been more convincing against the worst side in the league.

    Player of the Month



    4 goals in 4 matches this month, superb attacking performance from my teenage centre-back. I swear I don’t use any dodgy corner routines, he’s just been inspired.

    Competitions

    Challenge League:



    Schweizer Cup: Very pleased to have beaten a top tier side, next up is fellow Challenge League side Aarau, at home, in the third round (round of 16).

    Summary

    Excellent month as the team hits a peak of form, grabs the lead at the top then consolidates it, now with a 3 point gap. Fantastic result in the cup too. I feel we’ve been flattered by the calendar though, that was 3 home matches and a away game against the poorest side in the league. On the other hand, we haven’t felt the absence of our best player Johnny at all which is greatly encouraging.

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    Looking good so far although it is very close in the league.Hope you can have a good cup run as well

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    So far so good, keep up the good work.

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    That's a very big drop zone. Look to be going the other way though.

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    November 2011


    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Delémont 1-1 Bienne (Rodriguez)
    Disappointing result against poor opposition, we were uninspired and even conceded an equalizer against 10 men.

    Challenge League: Bellinzona 1-1 Delémont (Conteh)
    The opposition were the better side here, albeit we could’ve won after leading during most of the match. Winterthur overtook us in the table, and we drop to 2nd.

    Schweizer Cup: Delémont 3–0 Aarau (Rodriguez (2), Duventru)
    A far far better performance this time, Rodriguez and Duventru both had excellent games and we’re through to the quarter-finals.

    Player of the Month



    A brace against Aarau including an excellent solo goal, and another goal against Bienne make him a clear choice in a month where not many players were inspired.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: Quarter-finals opponents are Zurich at home, next February. They’re a top tier side but penultimate in the table, we have an outside chance I think.

    Summary

    Bit of a form blip here and we lose the table lead, but we’re still firmly in the mix upfront as things are shaping up for a three-way fight between us, Winterthur and St. Gallen. Nice to keep the cup run going, nice outside chance of reaching the semi-finals here which would be a quality achievement.

    In terms of finances I’m starting to get seriously worried, we’re now a very alarming 800K€ in the red and I may have to sell someone, possibly young centre-back Jimmy Kollar who has potential but is poor in the air and has been moaning about not getting any games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Looking good so far although it is very close in the league.Hope you can have a good cup run as well
    Quote Originally Posted by cpfc543 View Post
    So far so good, keep up the good work.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    That's a very big drop zone. Look to be going the other way though.
    Thanks folks, it is indeed starting well and I'm surprised by it, albeit I'm sort of buying success with the large wages I'm paying putting the club in dangerous debt.

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    December 2011


    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Delémont 8-1 Vaduz (Rodriguez (3), Duventru (2), Szlykowicz, Djimsiti, Bouziane)
    Wow. An amazing performance as we steamrolled past Liechenstein’s most famous side with by far the season’s best match so far – it’s going to be difficult to top this.

    Challenge League: Delémont 3-0 Kriens (Rodriguez, Touré, Nogueira)
    Another very good game, we are on a high here. Unbeaten for 8 games now.

    Friendly: Delémont 1-4 Basel (Hulmann)
    The first in a series of home friendlies against bigger sides, in an effort to keep match fitness and get some revenue from attendances during the winter break. More games like this and our confidence may be ruined though.

    Friendly: Delémont 2-1 Sion (Germann, Szlykowicz)
    Results are unimportant in these matches but always nice to beat a side from an higher level.

    Player of the Month



    Keeping up with his impressively consistent stream of goals, this time got this season’s first hat-trick in official matches for Delémont, then scored again versus Kriens. Is now the top scorer in the league.

    Competitions

    Challenge League:



    Schweizer Cup: Still waiting for the quarter-finals match next February.

    Summary

    Short month as we enter the winter break and past the halfway mark of 15 league fixtures, but those were 2 superb performances and results, even if we’re in the same situation we were in before in the table. Next up, no competitive fixtures in January as it’s the winter break.

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    January 2012


    Fixtures

    Friendly: Delémont 0-2 Young Boys
    Didn’t even bother to pick the side, telling the assman to do it, and then simming the game at full speed. It didn’t go well.

    Friendly: Delémont 3-1 Brühl (Szlykowicz, Rodriguez, Bouziane)
    More of the same, better result.

    Friendly: Delémont 4-2 Servette FC (Rodriguez(3), Ochs)
    It’s always pleasing to beat a team from the Super League even if for peanuts.

    Friendly: Delémont 6-0 Black Stars Basel (Rodriguez(2), Pinedo, Duventru, Jarosch(2))
    The obligatory confidence boosting training exercise. Bizarre brace from right-back Jarosch as he converted two penalties.

    Challenge League: Stopped for the winter break.

    Schweizer Cup: Stopped for the winter break.

    Summary

    Most definitely a very boring month, the winter break sucks. I tried to sell players to stabilize the finances, but nobody wants them for a decent price so I’m not bothering. Now already 1.1M€ in debt, ouch.

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    Looks like your doing really well so far and some good players in their. Best of luck for the rest of the season!

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    It all seems very easy for you so far. Keep it up!

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    Doing very well so far,hope you can continue through the season with sort of form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tactic Master View Post
    Looks like your doing really well so far and some good players in their. Best of luck for the rest of the season!
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    It all seems very easy for you so far. Keep it up!
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    Doing very well so far,hope you can continue through the season with sort of form.
    Thanks, I'm surprised it has gone this well, the barely changed tactics engine from FM11 has helped me. I'm sort of worried that if we don't get promotion this season the club may collapse financially though.

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    February 2012


    Fixtures

    Schweizer Cup: Delémont 0-2 Zürich
    Dream over, that’s the end of the cup run. We were pretty poor in the first half, got far better in the second but not enough to score.

    Friendly: WAC - St. Andrä 1-2 Delémont (Macio, Touré)
    Yet another friendly, this time a successful trip to neighbor Austria.

    Friendly: Delémont 3-0 Pleigne (Szlykowicz, Duventru, Djimsiti)
    The final friendly, another usual confidence booster.

    Challenge League: Lugano 1-1 Delémont (Conteh)
    Dullest match I’ve ever seen in FM, I’m amazed somehow there were two goals. There were only 2 shots the whole of the first half! We lost further ground to Winterthur at the top of the table.

    Challenge League: Delémont 3-1 Etoile-Carouge (Steinmann, Duventru, Szlykowicz)
    Could’ve been a total disaster as we found ourselves losing at home and being comprehensively outplayed by the league’s worst team, but we ultimately pulled through.

    Player of the Month



    Man of the match and scorer against Etoile-Carouge.

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    Challenge League:



    Schweizer Cup: Knocked out in the quarter-finals by Zurich.

    Summary

    Things got started again, first with the disappointment of the cup defeat, and losing ground to the leaders in the table, but given that Lugano are one of the best sides in the league it was alright to get a point away. Most importantly, the board injected a mammoth 625K€ into the club’s finances so the accounts look a lot… less bad.

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    Youth intake 2012



    Best player



    This was underwhelming, Topalovic's decent and I signed Brugger too, but in terms of youth talent Delémont clearly isn't the swiss version of Ajax or Barcelona.

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    Topalovic seems good though.

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    March 2012


    Transfers (in)

    Matthew Edile (DL/WBL) (free) – I had to stretch my already stretched wage budget even further, and left-back wasn’t one of my biggest priorities, but an excellent signing who will greatly boost the team filling in for the currently injured Patrick Ochs.

    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Delémont 1-3 Locarno (Germann)
    Ouch, terrible game and result. We can’t afford matches like this if we want to go up.

    Challenge League: Chiasso 2-1 Delémont (Rodriguez)
    This month really isn’t going well, the morale has gone down, we thrown away a lead and a golden chance to profit on a couple of slip-ups from former leaders Winterthur – instead we’ve been overtaken by St. Gallen now too.

    Challenge League: St. Gallen 2-0 Delémont
    We actually did pretty well in the toughest stadium to visit in the league, but the woodwork, an unbelievable amount of missed one-on-ones by our right winger Pinedo, and clinical finishing from St. Gallen pretty much killed our promotion dreams.

    Challenge League: Wil 0-3 Delémont (Duventru(2), Djimsiti)
    A team meeting that went very well boosted our spirits into getting this much needed superb result. This game was originally postponed due to snow, first time I’ve seen this happening since the days FM was still CM.

    Challenge League: Delémont 3-2 Winterthur (Pinedo, Duventru, Conteh)
    A spectacular match and a very important win over promotion rivals. They pulled level from 2-0 down just before the break, but centre-back Conteh still managed to score the winner for us in a 2nd half corner. Deserved winner, too.

    Player of the Month



    It's Dylan yet again on very good form, man of the match in both our wins versus Wil and Winterthur, with 3 goals in those games.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: Knocked out in the quarter-finals by Zurich.

    Summary

    A disastrous month as we nearly fell for good from the fight at the top with 3 consecutive defeats, thankfully we bounced back nicely with a win away to very difficult opponents, then beating one of our main rivals to come within 1 point of the playoff place again. We’re in a considerably worse position now than last month, but it’s still wide open with 7 fixtures to go.

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    Hang in there and you'll make it to 2nd at least.

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    April 2012


    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Delémont 2-1 Wohlen (Duventru, Szlykowicz)
    Tougher than expected, we went into half-time losing by 1-0, but ultimately got the win.

    Challenge League: Stade Nyonnais 1-2 Delémont (Pinedo, Edile)
    Despite playing with 10 men we got a crucial last-minute winner from my recently signed left-back, and again boost past Winterthur in the table as they lose to St. Gallen.

    Challenge League: Aarau 1-1 Delémont (Garat (og))
    I’m happy to get an away point in what was a fairly poor performance from us.

    Challenge League: Delémont 1-0 Brühl (Djimsiti)
    Decent showing, we could and should’ve scored more against a team already relegated.

    Player of the Month



    Another good month from our loanee teenage centre-back, scoring the winner against Brühl.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: Knocked out in the quarter-finals by Zurich.

    Summary

    We were pretty much unconvincing in every match, but got 10 points from 12 possible so I can’t complain – particularly with Winterthur doing us a massive favor by imploding out of contention, almost mathematically so. 3 fixtures to go which will decide everything now between us and the mighty St. Gallen, if we don’t get direct promotion I don’t see us going up as we’d face Sion who are much better than us.

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    Who has the better run-in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Who has the better run-in?
    It's pretty much equivalent, 2 away games, 1 at home, 2 to relegated or near-relegated sides, 1 to mid-table opponents. Though something unexpected just happened, St. Gallen lost their home match and we barged through to 1st place with 2 games to go!

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    Really? Great chance then.

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    May 2012


    Fixtures

    Challenge League: Bienne 1-3 Delémont (Duventru, Pinedo, Rodriguez)
    As clinical as it gets as we score 3 in our first 5 shots. We guarantee at least a playoff spot, and remarkably St. Gallen lose at home to Wohlen gifting us the table lead!

    Challenge League: Delémont 4-0 Bellinzona (Pinedo, Bouziane, Djimsiti, Touré)
    An emphatic win with 4 different goalscorers, what an excellent way to build confidence and morale into the final decisive fixture.

    Challenge League: Vaduz 1-5 Delémont (Djimsiti (2), Germann, Pinedo(2))
    So it all came down to a crazy finale in a trip to Liechtenstein. We needed a win or at least a result as good as St. Gallen’s, but found ourselves losing by the 3rd minute and it remained 1-0 all the way until half time, as St Gallen were 0-0. It was looking like a massive choke from us, but then Djimsiti tied the game. Not enough – St Gallen were now winning at Aarau. Then to my delight Germann scored and completed the comeback. Or so I thought, we had an amazing second half and scored 3 more goals, whereas Aarau turned their game too! We have just been promoted to the Axpo Super League! Amusingly, this game relegated Vaduz, we had already been very mean to them with a 8-1 win a few months ago…

    Player of the Month



    Amazing end of season form from the bolivian winger as he scores 4 in 3 games.

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    I’m amazed Winterthur managed to drop so badly in the end that they finished 12 points behind us! Eventually St. Gallen beat Sion in the playoff and went up too.

    Schweizer Cup: Knocked out in the quarter-finals by Zurich. Thun beat Servette in the final.

    Summary

    That was an awesome season, it looked like we had thrown the league a couple of times – particularly after those 3 consecutive defeats in early March – but we came good at the right time and found the mental strength to overcome what could’ve been a catastrophic choke in the Liechtenstein finale. I didn’t sign for the club expecting to get promotion on the first season, and it’s going to be pretty difficult in the Super League as it seems much more competitive. I took our finances into a pretty shambolic state so it’s going to be hard to sign players good enough for that level, but I suppose it’s also going to give us more income than another year here, so it’s always nice to go up.

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    Very nicely done, great comeback from a slump, and again at Vaduz.

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    Congrats on winning the league and was a nice comeback from the slump.

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    Great finish of the season, good luck in the Superleague.

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    Thanks folks, I think I'll need some luck next season, looks like quite a step up, specially given the finances. I'd consider buggering off into another club already but it wouldn't be fair to Delémont, I want to sort them out first.

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    Analysis, highlights and numbers – 2011/2012 season


    Tactics



    This is the formation and instructions we used for most of the season, nothing out of the ordinary, fluid and with an emphasis on pace, balls on the ground, and passing into the runs of the mobile forward and the wingers – but also a balanced formation with 2 DMs. Usual shouts: “run at defence” and “work ball into box”. An alternative formation for tougher matches pushed the AMR and AML into MR, ML positions with “Counter” strategy and a little less fluidity; whereas there was also a version of the 4-2-3-1 with one of the DMs moved into the MC slot but I rarely used this. Also used: “attacking” strategy when losing, and “retain possession” shout when winning in the final minutes of a game.

    Squad

    These are the numbers that the Delémont players set:



    Top 5 key players of the season

    5. Gustavo Pinedo (AMR) – Took a while to impress, but came really good at the end of the season, I thought his very bad teamwork and composure would cause problems but he added value to our attack.

    4. Johnny Szlykowicz (AMC) – Pure class on our midfield, a few injuries hindered from even better attacking numbers.

    3. Mickaël Rodriguez (ST) – Our top scorer on 16 goals, unfortunately starting to get a bit old, not sure he’ll be good enough at the top level next season.

    2. Berat Djimsiti (DC) – This young centre-back will have a stellar future for sure, I’d like to renew his loan but doubt I’ll pull it off. 11 goals was a superb tally, certainly his performance in set pieces was important for us.

    1. Dylan Duventru (AML) – Definitely our best signing as the French winger terrorized defenders all season long in the league. 11 goals and 17 assists says it all.

    Match of the season



    No doubt our better performance as we helped sink the morale of Liechtenstein’s top side – the 5-1 of the final fixture, again versus Vaduz, wasn’t bad neither.


    Awards

    Challenge League Manager of the Season – Cláudio Alegria (1st)
    Challenge League Team of the Season – Berat Djimsiti, Gustavo Pinedo, Dylan Duventru, Johnny Szlykowicz, Mickaël Rodriguez
    Challenge League Young Player of the Year – Berat Djimsiti (2nd)
    Challenge League Midfielder of the Season – Dylan Duventru (1st), Gustavo Pinedo (2nd)
    Challenge League Striker of the Season – Mickaël Rodriguez (1st)

    Season Summary Mentions

    Challenge League Most Assists – Dylan Duventru (14)
    Challenge League Highest Average Rating – Dylan Duventru (7.56, 25 apps)
    Challenge League Overachievers – Delémont
    Challenge League Signing of the Season – Dylan Duventru (€0) (1st), Gustavo Pinedo (1K€) (2nd)

    Career overview

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    11/12    Delémont (SWI)        Challenge League (2) - 1st             Promoted
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    Don't get Swiss Rolled.

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    Pre-season: June/July 2012



    Transfers (in)

    All frees bar Sani who is on loan:

    Darryl Roberts (ST / AMRL) – Class forward albeit of a slightly different kind as he’s best in the air, may be good for as a support target man in a 4-4-2 variant. 4* CA.

    Alfred Duncan (MC / DM) – Very promising 19 y.o. midfielder, already our better MC. 5* PA!!!

    Sidi Keita (DM) – Superb signing, once a 6M€ signing by Lens and still comfortably in his prime. 4* of CA.

    Emmanuel Sani (ST / AMR) – I was delighted when the board made a feeder club deal with Lazio and sent him our way, good young forward.

    Christophe Lowinsky (DC) – With both my first 11 centre-backs gone I had to sign quite a few, this 20 y.o. Frenchman is good but more of a long-term investment with 4.5* of PA.

    Sébastien Robert (GK) – I definitely needed a better keeper, not a huge improvement on Weber/Ferro but still better.

    Baltasar Rigo (DC) – Classy centre-back very good in the air. 3.5* of CA.

    Roberto Candido (AMC / MC) – Was given the free transfer by Inter and I was pleased to pick him up, huge future star, the 19 y.o. talent has 4.5* of PA.

    Guillaume Katz (DC / DL) – My only swiss signing is now the best defender in the whole squad, 3.5* CA, 4.5* PA.

    Eros Pellegrini (DR / DL) – I’d like a tad more pace but good full-back released by Palermo, 4* PA.

    Najib Ammari (AML / ML) – Yet another 2nd choice for a position (AML is Duventru's, clearly) but with big potential, 4.5* PA for this 20 y.o.

    Gilson Silva (AMR / MR, AML, ST) – May very well steal Pinedo’s place as AMR or even play as ST, high quality player on 4* CA.

    Transfers (out)

    A lot of contracts ran out, I agreed mutual termination, released or sold by 0€ to other clubs quite a few players so this is a very long list: Sebastião Nogueira, Pape Sarr, Sid Bouziane, Kewullay Conteh, Radek Spilacek, Abdul Iddi, Garry Germann, Florian Hengel, Ermin Alic, Luca Ferro, Cédric Hulmann, Dylan Choulat, Gaetan Frund and Macio. Also the loans of Berat Djimsiti and Dominik Stadlbauer ended.

    A few of those were first team players, particularly the centre-backs Conteh and Djimsiti, the latter of which a huge part of our promotion success, let’s see if we don’t miss him.

    Fixtures
    Friendly: Kapfenberger 0-3 Delémont (Duventru(2), Jarosch)
    I forgot to set up the friendlies myself and ended up with a nonsense schedule. Got it going started well though.

    Friendly: Cambuur 1-0 Delémont
    Not quite as good.

    Friendly: Austria Lustenau 3-0 Delémont
    Even worse.

    Friendly: Veendam 1-1 Delémont (Lowinsky)
    Already the final friendly, and not the morale-booster I usually set up.

    Super League: Delémont 1-0 St. Gallen (Rodriguez)
    A good start with a win despite playing with 10 men for a while as Jarosch got himself sent off, but this is one of the easiest fixtures of the year, at home against our former Challenge League rivals.

    Super League: Young Boys 1-0 Delémont
    Good showing in one of the toughest fixtures of the season, we were unlucky to lose.

    Player of the Month



    Good start to his life in Switzerland from my new Spanish centre-back.

    Competitions

    Axpo Super League:



    Schweizer Cup: First round to be drawn late August.

    Summary

    The squad’s looking better than I imagined, we got a lot of talented signings and I’m now cautiously optimistic of avoiding relegation, particularly with a decent start in the league. Finances look settled, still 770K€ in the red but this league gives rather good TV revenue, I think the news item said something like 1.5M€ through the season.
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    Very good bunch of frees.

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    Well done getting promoted at the first attempt. Encouraging start in the Super League too

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    Thanks guys, it's all gone easier than I expected so far.

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    August 2012


    Transfers (in)

    Only one transfer this month, a loan from Brazil:

    Willie (AMC / ST) – Cheap extra option for AMC.

    Fixtures

    Super League: Delémont 3-0 Zürich (Roberts(2), Keita)
    Wow, that’s a superb result, I’m delighted. Even if it wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline makes it seem.

    Super League: Servette 1-1 Delémont (Sani)
    Good result but we could’ve won as Servette played with 10 almost the entire second half.

    Super League: Delémont 0-2 Basel
    No shame here, Basel’s comfortably Switzerland’s best side.

    Super League: Thun 0-0 Delémont
    Plenty of chances for both sides, we even hit the bar in injury time, but it’s the first 0-0 of my career.

    Super League: Lausanne 1-1 Delémont (Roberts)
    We did well to equalize late on, if we had lost Lausanne would’ve caught us from last place.

    Player of the Month



    Starting to come good, scored 3 of the team’s 5 goals this month.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: First opponents are lower league side Chippis, away.

    Summary

    Looking good, it’s awesome to be in 3rd place, but in this extremely tight league we’re only a mere 3 points above the dreaded 10th place which gives relegation. It all promises to be a very exciting season.

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    Squad - 2012/2013


    The full roster that will attack the new season for Delémont:


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    September 2012


    Fixtures

    Super League: Delémont 1-0 Grasshoppers (Pinedo)
    Lucky to scrap a late winner in a corner in a dull uninspired game.

    Super League: St. Gallen 2-4 Delémont (Szlykowicz, Sani(3))
    Wow. We were playing awfully and being comprehensively outplayed, even briefly losing by 2-0, when Emmanuel Sani decided to have a blinding game scoring an hat-trick, one of his 3 goals a sublime lob.

    Super League: Luzern 5-2 Delémont (Szlykowicz, Sani)
    Wild goalfest as we paid the price for trying to play an open game. A very abrupt end to a great run. Moreover Gilson Silva picked up a 10 month injury… oh dear.

    Schweizer Cup: Chippis 0-2 Delémont (Rodriguez, Ammari)
    A hilariously never-ending festival of missed chances.

    Super League: Delémont 1-1 Young Boys (Rigo)
    Good to get a point against a top team, not so good to throw away a lead against 10 men.

    Player of the Month



    Could’ve been Emmanuel Sani for that astonishing performance versus St. Gallen, but Johnny scored and/or assisted in every league match this month.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: Next up are FC Wabern. Who?

    Summary

    I’m quite pleased with how things are going, despite being well aware that 16 points in 11 games isn’t a tally that would usually give us 3rd place. We’re benefitting from the fact no team in this league other than Basel gets a decent consistent run of form.

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    October 2012


    Transfers (in)

    A scouting trip to Denmark proved inspired:

    Daniel Meineke (GK) – Promising keeper I picked up on a free, already near the level of my #1 choice Sebastien Robert, at the age of 19. 4,5* PA.

    Jimmy Jespersen (AMC / MC, ST) – I’m placing big hopes on him and his 5* of PA.

    Joachim Thygesen (ST / AMC) – Another 5* of PA. I think my staff are trolling me, I can’t possibly have just signed two future Michael Laudrups and one half-a-Schmeichel.

    Fixtures

    Super League: FC Zurich 3-2 Delémont (Rodriguez(2))
    Good old Mike tried his best, scoring a brace after coming from the bench, but we lost deservedly to a superior side even if we had clearer chances.

    Schweizer Cup: Wabern 0-3 Delémont (Rodriguez (2), Lowinsky)
    As expected.

    Super League: Delémont 0-0 Servette
    We were lucky to get out of this with a point after a dreadful home performance against a team that dropped to dead last with this result.

    Player of the Month



    Not sure whether I should be happy he’s outperforming my theoretical better forwards, or worried that we seem to be relying on a third-choice 32 year old striker and his… hints of pace. Either way, 4 goals this month.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: Third round opponents are Bellinzona who we faced last year in the Challenge League.

    Summary

    Boring month with only 3 competitive matches. Plenty of the season to come up yet and I believe we need to cling on to that 3rd place for as long as possible, scrapping as many points as possible from every match, as we may really need them later on. The whole league feels like a giant relegation battle – and then Basel.

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    Basel are dominating. Surprised that Young Boys aren't up there too.

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    Good job keeping up such a strong first season up.

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    Good start to the season and it seems second place isn't too far out of reach.

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    November 2012


    Transfers (out)

    I released on a free the veteran midfielder Anthony Sirufo, who was about to retire at the end of the season anyway.

    Fixtures

    Super League: Basel 3-0 Delémont
    I didn’t even bother to attack to avoid being battered. It didn’t work.

    Super League: Delémont 2-1 Thun (Szlykowicz, Jarosch)
    Quite pleased to grab a league win again, it’s been a while. Particularly against the 2nd placed in the table. A team meeting helped to motivate the team for this very scrappy game.

    Super League: Delémont 1-0 Lausanne (Ortlechner(og))
    Another lucky win in an extremely tight game – we benefitted from an early owngoal. I’ll take the 3 points.

    Player of the Month



    Everyone was very average this month so better pick my top class but unspectacular player who was suspended for the Basel shambles, and then did well in the other two matches.

    Competitions

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    Schweizer Cup: Bellinzona away right up ahead in the 1st of December.

    Summary

    Well the trouncing at Basel was to be expected, otherwise the 2 wins were a great boost even if we were quite lucky in both games. The field is starting to spread apart a little in the league and while it’s still early days, the top 5 places give European qualification, even the 2nd place goes to the Champions League. I’m daring to starting to think of it a bit.

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    December 2012


    Transfers (in)

    I signed two guys on frees:

    Mirko Barbero (DM / MC) – I needed a backup DM after releasing Sirufo on a free and this kid fills that role, whilst also having 4* of PA.

    Juan Albín (AMC / AML, ST) – I sort of bankrupted the club with the loyalty bonus and agent fee to bring him in, but it’s got to be worth it, he’s easily the most talented played in my whole squad now. 5* of CA…

    Fixtures

    Schweizer Cup: Bellinzona 2-3 Delémont (Sani(2), Duventru)
    I’d like to thank our opponents for opening up highways for Emmanuel Sani. Nice to see Duventru scoring his first of the season too, he’s been underwhelming compared to last year.

    Super League: Delémont 1-4 Luzern (Pinedo)
    Would be the understatement of the century to say everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong. By 10 minutes we were losing 2-0, and they’ve only had had one shot – Guillaume Katz scored in his own goal the other one. Then 20 minutes later he scores another owngoal. Awesome.

    Super League: Grasshoppers 0-0 Delémont
    Superkeeper bug. Thankfully the superkeeper played for us – Sebastién Robert. I can’t believe we went out of this without conceding, it got to a point it was funny, they even hit the woodwork twice in succession.

    Friendly: Delémont 0-2 Basel
    First of the winter break friendlies – and it’s not like I thought we’d win this one.

    Player of the Month



    Emmanuel is amazing on his day, it’s just a shame his days come once every 3 months or so. It came against Bellinzona with a brace and MOM performance.

    Competitions

    Super League:



    Schweizer Cup: Still waiting for the St. Gallen game in the quarter-finals.

    Summary

    Not a very positive month, we were amazingly bad against Luzern, wildly lucky to get a point from the hoppers, barely scrapped the win against lower league Bellinzona in the cup. And dropped a bit off the pace at the top of the table, now down to 4th. The good news is we seem clear from relegation at this stage, we’re at the halfway mark still but looking much closer to Europe than to a return to the Challenge League.

    I’m on holidays this week and looking forward to play a little faster, hopefully finish this season. I’m playing this career very slowly due to lack of time and I don’t want that to kill my motivation because what I really fancy in FM is going way into the future.

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    Winter break - January/February 2013


    Transfers (in)

    One loan:

    Deivisson (DC) – Cheap backup centre-back for the rest of the season.

    Transfers (out)

    I finally managed to get rid of the overpaid centre-back Jimmy Kollar, who went on a free to Tuggen. And I once thought I’d be able to get a very big paycheck for him.. well no.

    Fixtures

    Friendly: Delémont 1-0 Aarau (Duventru)
    Another friendly.

    Friendly: Delémont 4-0 Baden (Pinedo(2), Breton (og), Keita)
    Yet another.

    Friendly: Aalen 4-2 Delémont (Pinedo(2))
    And another.

    Friendly: Sion 1-2 Delémont (Duncan, Pinedo)
    This is boring.

    Friendly: Delémont 4-0 La Sarraz (Albín(2), Szlykowicz, Sani)
    Enough.

    Super League: Delémont 1-1 St. Gallen (Ammari)
    Slightly unlucky not to win this but we were not convincing. We lose Pinedo to an injury for at least 7 weeks – when he was on blindingly good form and there’s no other decent right winger.

    Super League: Young Boys 1-2 Delémont (Rigo, Duventru)
    A great win in a difficult stadium even if Young Boys may be struggling.

    Player of the Month



    Magnificent game against Young Boys with 2 assists, given a 9.0 rating.

    Competitions

    Super League: Forgot to take a screenie. 4th place.

    Schweizer Cup: Still waiting for the St. Gallen game in the quarter-finals.

    Summary

    The winter break sucks arse and feels like a waste of time playing, no progress in over 2 months basically. I think FM’s a bit too slow so have removed a bunch of lower leagues from a couple nations that I don’t think I’ll be visiting at that low a level.

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    Youth intake 2013



    Best player



    Dreadful. I’m only signing Ruben and even then I highly doubt he’s ever going to be anywhere near good enough.

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    March 2013


    Fixtures

    Super League: Delémont 1-0 Zürich (Roberts)
    Darryl Roberts breaks an 8 hour goal drought to give us the 3 points in a match that could’ve gone either way.

    Super League: Servette FC 4-0 Delémont
    Our worst performance of the season so far, 1 single shot in 90 minutes against a team like Servette isn’t acceptable at all.

    Super League: Delémont 1-3 Basel (Sani)
    Having to face Basel is the last thing we needed after that Servette match.

    Super League: Lausanne 1-2 Delémont (Roberts, Szlykowicz)
    Lausanne are dead last now and this fixture came exactly when we needed it.

    Super League: Thun 1-0 Delémont
    Massive injury crisis, early Roberts red card, and another failure.

    Schweizer Cup: Delémont 1-1 St. Gallen (a.e.t.) (4-2 pens.) (Sani)
    Took us 120 minutes, but we’re in the semi-finals. We got an extra-time lead through Emmanuel Sani but Matthew Edile nearly thrown it all away for us as he got a red card and then St. Gallen equalized from the free-kick. We held on for the remaining 10 minutes, it went to penalties, and despite Roberts missing the first one, we scored all the others and beat St. Gallen.

    Super League: Delémont 0-3 Grasshoppers
    Another disaster. No wonder, we had about half of our team injured or suspended, and the other half exhausted from the mid-week cup marathon.

    Player of the Month



    Couple of very impressive defensive performances from the young midfielder this month.

    Competitions

    Super League:



    Schweizer Cup: The semi-final is away, and against Thun.

    Summary

    We’re falling apart. Champions League? Yeah right. This is still quite a positive season, but if I stick with this club for next season (and at this moment I’m leaning towards that), I’ll look into making a large reevaluation of the squad.

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    Looks like Laussanne is going down, 10 points adrift. Maybe make a push for EL? you;re only 3 points away.

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    More than positive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Looks like Laussanne is going down, 10 points adrift. Maybe make a push for EL? you;re only 3 points away.
    Yes, it's remarkable just how bad Lausanne suddenly have become, 3 points in the last 10 games, so that's relegation settled.

    Europa League is closer than that, we're in 5th and 5th gives qualification depending on the Cup winner, 4th gives qualification for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    More than positive.
    Well, thanks. I know it's been good, what's p*ssing me off is that when we're bad we're very bad, some heavy defeats lately so that's why I sound so negative. Also the league's midfield is still really tight, 2 points separate 4th from 8th, I think in a normal season our points tally wouldn't have been enough to be sitting 5th.

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    April 2013


    Fixtures

    Super League: Luzern 3-0 Delémont
    Ouch. The team was still very tired and we put in another abysmal performance. We’re in very bad form at the moment.

    Super League: St. Gallen 0-1 Delémont (Lowinsky)
    I tried a tactical twist, Szlykowicz on a MC position and Albín as playmaker on AMC, telling the team to hold the ball as much as possible. It worked remarkably well and we grabbed an important result to boost morale, whilst putting in a performance like I hadn’t seen in a very long time.

    Super League: Delémont 0-1 Young Boys
    Very disappointing, I thought we’d build up on the result of the previous match.

    Schweizer Cup: Thun 3-1 Delémont (Pinedo)
    I usually would be frustrated that the cup run ended so close to the final, but this was another very bad performance from us and Thun deserved to go through.

    Super League: Zürich 3-1 Delémont (Roberts)
    I’m starting to get tired of being battered.

    Super League: Delémont 1-3 Servette FC (Sani)
    A team meeting went horribly wrong and it shown on the pitch.

    Super League: Delémont 0-4 Thun
    3 goals down on the first half, 1 player sent off, another player injured after all subs were over, it doesn’t get any more depressing than this.

    Player of the Month



    By player of the month I mean least sh*t player of the month, remarkably Dylan has come out of this shambles with some credibility.

    Competitions

    Super League:



    Schweizer Cup: Lost in the semi-final to Thun.

    Summary

    Well now it’s all really fallen apart. I always knew there was a danger of this happening despite the very strong beginning to the season, but we’ve entered a poor morale/poor results spiral of doom and can’t seem to get away from it. I didn’t help neither with a disastrous team meeting. We’re still fulfilling the minimum goal of not going back down to the Challenge League, and added to it a nice cup run, but I’m now thinking of leaving the club at the end of the season when the contract runs out. I think it’s best for both me and the club, they need a morale injection from somewhere.

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    May 2013


    Fixtures

    Super League: Basel 3-1 Delémont (Sommer(og))
    Well, it’s Basel, I knew this was coming, we weren’t too bad actually. 6 defeats in a row, new record!

    Super League: Delémont 2-0 Lausanne (Rigo, Roberts)
    Trust Lausanne to allow us to get a win, we really needed it, however Roberts was sent off and then Jarosch got injured which meant we ended the game on 9 men!

    Super League: Grasshoppers 2-2 Delémont (Albín, Katz)
    So close to a great win, we led this game twice and had more chances than them.

    Super League: Delémont 0-1 Luzern
    Both our full-backs Pellegrini and Edile got shown 2 yellow cards and that ruined our game plan.

    Player of the Month



    2 assists this month playing as AMR, against Grasshoppers and Lausanne.

    Competitions

    Super League:



    Schweizer Cup: Lost in the semi-final to Thun.

    Summary

    A much better month but we couldn’t improve the league position, and finish the season in 9th. I’m really torn here on whether I should leave the club or ask for a new contract (and they want me to stay, offered contracts twice, I rejected both). This season got depressing on its final stages, and we’re 1M€ on the red in terms of finances so there’s good reasons to move and look for a new challenge. On the other hand, straightening this club and settling it on the top tier is a big challenge as well, and we have some really exciting youngsters. Opinions?

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    I say Leave. You've done enough for them already by simply getting them promoted AND surviving 2 seasons in a row, and I feel you should look for a job elsewhere.

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    Analysis, highlights and numbers – 2012/2013 season


    Tactics



    Slightly different now as I’ve moved one of the DMs to MC, given playmaking duties to our AMC, and given up on the target man. This 11 was the most usual starting lineup albeit I’ve tried billions of combinations.

    Squad

    Here’s some numbers, stats and sh*t, yo:



    Top 5 key players of the season

    5. Matthew Edile (DL) – I could’ve done without the 2 red cards, and with a much better ability to tackle (or defend in general), but somehow he was our best defender.

    4. Dylan Duventru (AML) – 2 goals and 4 assists looks very bad compared to what he did last season, but he still was one of our most convincing players.

    3. Sidi Keita (DMC) – I could’ve picked any of our 3 usual DMs as they’re all reliable but Sidi’s got an extra level of class about him.

    2. Emmanuel Sani (AMR / ST) – Top scorer on 10 goals, amazing on occasion, anxious and useless most of the time.

    1. Johnny Szlykowicz (AMC) – The only player in the team that seemed to make the transition from the 2nd to the top tier seamlessly.

    Match of the season



    A superb early season win that propelled us to a great start.

    Awards

    Swiss Cup Team of the Year - Delémont

    Season Summary Mentions

    None.

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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

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    20th of June 2013


    With a level of indecisiveness that would've made a woman proud, I ask for a new contract and sign it, only to resign two weeks later and start looking for a new job. No idea on where I'll land next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noikeee View Post
    No idea on where I'll land next.
    In an airport

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    Still, a great job well done with Delémont. Definitely no shame in leaving now.

    I can see you getting a top tier job in a mediocre European league, i.e. Norway, Hungary, something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManUTactician247 View Post
    In an airport
    No sh*t?

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Still, a great job well done with Delémont. Definitely no shame in leaving now.

    I can see you getting a top tier job in a mediocre European league, i.e. Norway, Hungary, something like that.
    Spot on, that was what I was aiming at, and the job I got is very much along those lines. Not too far away from Switzerland actually.

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    Westerlo - 6th of July, 2013


    My new job is in Belgium, and my team plays in the rather ugly/boxy-looking Het Kuipje:



    I could’ve gone to the English League Two to manage Shrewsbury, or to the Liga Orangina in Portugal to manage the recently relegated Beira-Mar, but I took KVC Westerlo in Belgium instead. I wanted to try another country I’ve never managed in before, and staying in a top tier was almost obligatory given that was where I was with Delémont.



    Westerlo are a settled mid-table Jupiler Pro League, and have been there hopping between 6th and 14th place for the past 16 seasons – so that’s the opposite of yo-yo Delémont all over the place. They have qualified for Europe a couple times but been pretty much rubbish each time, best result was in the 2011/2012 season (already within my FM world) when they beat Split and PAOK in the qualifying rounds then lost to Schalke before the groups.



    Likely key players:

    Günther Vanaudenarde (DR / WBR) – Brilliant full-back!

    Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo (AMR / MR, ST) – Pacey winger.

    Stef Wils (DC / DM) – Very intelligent experienced defender, lacking the physical attributes I like in defenders tho.

    Finances and transfers

    Westerlo are well off financially with 1.1M€ on the bank (albeit also a loan debt of 400K€), indeed I have a luxurious 331K€/month wage budget – of which 244K€/month are in use – and even a transfer budget of 277K€. It’s all a huge increase from what I had in Switzerland.

    Goals for this season

    The Belgian league has a funny format where it’s all divided in mini-groups mid-season, I’m aiming at just about making the championship group (top 6), or be among the best in the following group who fight for an European spot. The media only predicts a 15th place however, so I may be a little optimistic. The board puzzlingly only wants me to “learn from the experience of playing in the Jupiler Pro League”. I removed the Belgian league third tier recently (before even dreaming I’d take this job), I hope I didn’t mess anything up here with that.
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    Good luck with Westerlo! I love the Belgium leagues, some of the most fun leagues in the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Good luck with Westerlo! I love the Belgium leagues, some of the most fun leagues in the game.
    Thanks, I certainly hope it'll be fun!

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    Pre-season: July 2013


    Transfers (in)

    Jorge Caballero (DC) (85K€) – Excellent centre-back who I am convinced will be a top signing.

    Leandro Silva (DR) (free) – Youngster with some potential, 4* of PA.

    Oscar Ruiz (AML) (22K€) – Arrived from Libertad together with Caballero and will fill the AML spot as we desperately needed players for that position.

    Fabián Bordagaray (ST / AMR) (free) – We really needed strikers and I am delighted to bring him in, he looks class and can do the right-winger position too.

    Transfers (out)

    I got rid of William Vanvoorden, Roy Wohrmann, Jens Michiels, Marcão and Jimmy Mulisa on frees, whilst also loaning Oftense Nato for a 10K€ fee to De Graafschap.

    Fixtures
    Friendly: FC Brussels 0-0 Westerlo
    If every game in Belgium is going to be this boring I may as well resign right now.

    Friendly: Westerlo 3-0 Vaduz (Al-Suwaileh, Liliu, Zheng Zhi)
    Or not quite. I missed hammering my friends there in Liechtenstein.

    Friendly: Virton 0-3 Westerlo (Liliu, Abero, Zheng Zhi)
    This team is actually looking good.

    Friendly: Westerlo 1-4 Nîmes (Caballero)
    Spoke too soon.

    Friendly: Pacy 0-2 Westerlo (Al-Suwaileh, Bouteiller(og))
    Decent finish to the pre-season.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League: Starts early August.

    Cofidis Cup: I have no idea in which round we’ll enter.

    Summary

    I’m finding it more difficult to build the squad than I expected, have had to search the transfer market extensively and have not found many players that we could use to improve our level.
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    Goals

    Bit of a special feature here as I forgot earlier to post the video of this amazing Emmanuel Sani goal a couple months back for my Delémont side:



    And a fun Bordagaray goal in his debut match for Westerlo, coincidently my first official match in charge of the club as well (more info soon on my August update):



    My vids are on 1080p, make sure to choose that unless you like watching unrecognizable blurred pixels.

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    August 2013


    Transfers (in)

    Jorge Córdoba (ST) (free) – Another very good striker, unfortunately got a serious injury almost immediately upon arrival.

    Kylian Hazard (AMC / MC) (free) – Promising youngster, brother of the famous Eden Hazard I believe?

    Lucas Silva (AMC / MC, ST) (free) – Great attacking midfielder, will put one hell of a fight to 1st choice Zheng Zhi.

    Jente Van Gucht (DC) (10K€) – Another promising Belgian youngster.

    Lukas Schwaiger (GK) (free) – Yet another youngster, but he comes from Austria.

    Alexandre (DC) (75K€) – Good centre-back who was stuck in Venezuela playing for Caracas FC.

    Wim De Decker (DM) (free) – I didn’t really need another DM but this Belgian international is better than all of the many I had in my squad.

    Transfers (out)

    Jonas Bogaerts (40K€) and Wouter Scheelen (35K€) were sold, Arnaud De Greef was loaned for a 3K€ fee, and Stig Engelen released on a free.

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: AA Gent 4-2 Westerlo (Bordagaray, Yulu-Matondo)
    Hectic start to the season! We did well to have more chances than them in a difficult away fixture, but still lost and didn’t take a 1 man advantage after they had their full-back sent off. Bordagaray scored a great goal on debut.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-0 Antwerp (Bordagaray, Liliu)
    Delightful to watch, we dominated the match.

    Jupiler Pro League: Beerschot AC 0-2 Westerlo (Yulu-Matondo (2))
    Quality performance with my right winger excelling, scoring a brace.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-0 KV Mechelen (Caballero)
    Very, very lucky to get a win here: after we were outplayed all match, we scored in the 92th minute.

    Jupiler Pro League: Charleroi 0-4 Westerlo (Lucas Silva, Yulu-Matondo, Vanaudenaerde, Bordagaray)
    We put a brilliant showing both attacking and defending. Superb result.

    Player of the Month



    4 goals, 1 assists, 1 MOM award, despite being very annoyed with me because I won’t let him move to a bigger club.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: I still have no idea in which round we’ll enter.

    Summary

    Very pleased with this start! We’re playing an expansive, flowing version of football with 2 robust DMs to cover the highly attacking front 4 and my two superb full-backs (Mathiás Abero and the unpronounceable Günther Vanaudenaerde) bombing from the back. It’s all very positive stuff and pleasing to watch.
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    Squad - 2013/2014


    With the transfer window now over, this is how my squad looks like:



    Pretty pleased with this now, and there's another 3 south american stars arriving on frees on January.
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    I see you're meeting your Westerlo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I see you're meeting your Westerlo.
    Pretty certain that's a pun, but I don't get it.

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    September 2013


    Transfers (in)

    Fredy Montero (ST) (free) – Probably irresponsible to hire a ST when I already had 3, plus 2 other players who can do the position, plus a ST lined up to join in January. And I usually play a lineup with only 1 striker! But I couldn’t let go such an amazing player!

    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-3 Genk
    No resemblance whatsoever to the last few matches, we caused no danger and they were incredibly efficient.

    Jupiler Pro League: OH Leuven 1-0 Westerlo
    We slowly took control of the match, then conceded one when we didn’t deserve it, and couldn’t turn it around.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-1 KV Kortrijk (Yulu-Matondo, Kumedor(og))
    I played an attacking 4-4-2 wide diamond and dominated the whole game, we should’ve won by a bigger margin.

    Jupiler Pro League: Lokeren 0-0 Westerlo
    Tried a much more defensive approach to this match and we held on to the draw – just. Had a few scares late in the game…

    Player of the Month



    Not many players shone this month, but our Chinese playmaker had a very good game against Kortrijk (MOM in fact, with an assist), and held his own in the other matches.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: We’ll finally enter in the 6th Round, facing La Louvière (3rd tier team) at home late October.

    Summary

    Not as good a month as the Genk and Leuven matches went very badly. It’s hard to read the potential of this team with any degree of precision yet.
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    October 2013


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-1 Mons (Caballero)
    Disappointing, Mons are penultimate in the table, we should’ve won this and played better.

    Jupiler Pro League: Sint Truiden 0-0 Westerlo
    We’re getting quite good at scrapping 0-0s when we feel like trying it.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-1 Anderlecht (Zheng Zhi, Yulu-Matondo)
    What a match, I’m so proud of my players. I played a very defensive version of my 4-2-3-1 but put lots of emphasis in trying to hold onto the ball as much as possible and play out of defence. The result was that we frustrated Anderlecht for most of the game, whilst also having most of the ball and eventually making use of it to win the game.

    Cofidis Cup: Westerlo 3-0 La Louviére Centre (Montero (2), Al-Suwaileh)
    We set out to steamroll the minnows and met the expectations. Fredy Montero scores his first 2 for the club, ending a lengthy goal drought that had started in his previous club.

    Player of the Month



    Has been a very successful signing so far, can’t recall a poor performance yet, MOM and goal scorer against Mons this month.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: I don’t know who the next opponents will be yet.

    Summary

    A positive month, really enjoyed the win over Anderlecht and have now developed a set of varied tactics that I tweak according to the opposition and the way the games evolve. Currently constantly switching between a game-controlling 4-2-3-1, a gung-ho 4-4-2 wide diamond and a very defensive version of the 4-2-3-1. Am also using a varied array of shouts.

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    November 2013


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Standard 1-3 Westerlo (Yulu-Matondo, Abero, Bordagaray)
    Brilliant, brilliant result, winning by 2 goals away at the league leaders is just superb (and it was their first defeat), Zheng Zhi even missed a penalty too!

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-1 Club Brugge (De Decker)
    We tried to pull the same stunt we used to beat Anderlecht and Standard, but the game plan nearly went to hell when we conceded a goal in the very first minute. A late penalty gave us the equalizer, and another great result.

    Cofidis Cup: Westerlo 3-1 KV Mechelen (Montero (2), Caballero)
    Took us a while to get the hang of this game but we pulled it off with a determined display in the 2nd half. Fredy Montero becoming a bit of a cup specialist with another brace.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 Zulte Waregem
    Very poor performance, not at all on par with what we’ve been doing lately. 20-3 for the opposition on shots…

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 2-2 AA Gent (Montero, Abero)
    Bloody hell, so close to another great win over a top side, unfortunately they bounced back from 2 behind to equalize already in injury time. Montero was amazing for us, a magnificent goal and a superb assist.

    Player of the Month



    What a player, he’s been very good as a left-back and even better as a defensive winger in the big games. On stellar form at the moment, goals and brilliant exhibitions against Standard and Gent this month.

    Competitions

    Jupiler Pro League:



    Cofidis Cup: Now into the quarter-finals where we’ll meet KV Kortrijk in a two-legged round in January.

    Summary

    Considering just how tough the fixtures for this month were, I’m very, very pleased with what we did. Only worry is that we don’t seem as good at controlling a match when we must set out to win, than when given the underdog tag - we’re much more comfortable sitting deep and frustrating the opposition. Mid-season still, but we’re currently well on course for a top 6 finish which would qualify us for the Championship Group.

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    Championship will probably be out of reach, but you can fight for the third place. Keep up!

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    December 2013


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Antwerp 0-0 Westerlo
    Even cagey game, I don’t mind these results when we play away but it must bore the spectators out of their minds.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-1 Beerschot AC (Montero)
    Not good, we should be winning games like this.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-0 Charleroi
    We dominated the match, had about a billion set pieces but failed to score.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Mechelen 1-0 Westerlo
    Disappointing performance and we could’ve lost by more.

    Jupiler Pro League: Genk 1-0 Westerlo
    Tough to take, we put up a fight but a goalkeeping error by Verbauwhede ruined it all.

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    With the attacking players gone missing, the defensive have shone and Caballero continues on brilliant form, MOM in the 0-0s against Antwerp and Charleroi.

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    Cofidis Cup: Waiting for the quarter-finals against KV Kortrijk.

    Summary

    Not a good month, maybe I’ve become too cautious with our tactics but we forgot how to score goals. I’ve been playing with ML/MRs every game, maybe time to use AMR/AMLs again. The loss to Genk may prove to be costly, we lost the top 6 position to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikulec View Post
    Championship will probably be out of reach, but you can fight for the third place. Keep up!
    Tks, I really don't think we can get into the actual championship fight, those teams up there have far more resources than us, what I'm aiming at is a top 6 position which qualifies us for the title deciding mini-league (and a few european spots).

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    January 2014


    Transfers (in)

    Jair Céspedes (AML / ML, AMC) (free) – Really good left winger, we badly needed one.

    Diego Penny (GK) (free) – With Verbauwhede having a great season, I probably could’ve done without him but he’s our best keeper in theory, in practice will start as 2nd choice.

    Luis Perea (ST) (free) – Transfer agreed a long time ago, before hiring Fredy Moreno, nevertheless a very good forward.

    Jacob Nielsen (DC, DMC / MC) (loan) – Our parent club Chelsea decided to send him our way and I was delighted to receive him, in fact I had already tried this loan in the Summer but they didn’t agree to it then.

    Transfers (out)

    Loaned out a few players: Forward Ahmed Al-Suwaileh went to NAC Breda so I could save on his extortionate wages, youngsters Stefaan Roef and Jente Van Gucht went to clubs where they can get some first team football.

    Fixtures

    Cofidis Cup Quarter-Finals 1st Leg: KV Kortrijk 1-2 Westerlo (Wils, Perea)
    About bloody time we got a win again, our new signings Céspedes and Perea pulling the strings, albeit it took a goal in injury time.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 4-0 OH Leuven (Córdoba, Lenaerts (og), Yulu-Matondo, Wille(og))
    We benefitted from two own-goals and some above-average finishing, but still one of the best matches of the season, excellent win.

    Jupiler Pro League: KV Kortrijk 2-3 Westerlo (Wils, Córdoba, Yulu-Matondo)
    Fun wild game, we were slightly more dangerous than them and scored one more.

    Cofidis Cup Quarter-Finals 2nd Leg: Westerlo 1-1 KV Kortrijk (Perea)
    Not as comfortable a game as I’d have liked, we trailed for most of the game, but we’re through to the semi-finals.

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    3 assists and 3 MOM mentions in the 3 games he’s played for the club in the starting 11. An excellent arrival to Belgium! Won the Player of the Month award.

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    Cofidis Cup: Semi-final opponents are Sint-Truiden, I think we’ve got a genuine big chance of reaching the final here!

    Summary

    I decided to play a much more expansive branch of football this month, and it paid off, with 2 league wins and the qualification for the cup’s semi-finals. We’re still 7th but fighting strongly to reach our goal of 6th. Unfortunately the remaining 7 fixtures of the league are quite difficult, they include consecutive games against Anderlecht, Standard and Club Brugge.

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    It's up for grabs now.

    Oh and it was a reference to how Napoleon 'met his waterloo'. It was either that or quoting 'Abba' (who won Eurovision with a song called 'Waterloo') and this didn't seem the right crowd for that sort of thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    It's up for grabs now.

    Oh and it was a reference to how Napoleon 'met his waterloo'. It was either that or quoting 'Abba' (who won Eurovision with a song called 'Waterloo') and this didn't seem the right crowd for that sort of thing.


    Okay then.

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    February 2014


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-0 Lokeren (Céspedes)
    Pretty good, we could’ve scored more.

    Jupiler Pro League: Mons 2-1 Westerlo (Córdoba)
    A little unlucky but no excuses for losing to the last placed in the league.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 1-1 Sint-Truiden (Córdoba)
    Decent rehearsal for the cup match but they were probably a little more dangerous than us.

    Cofidis Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg: Sint-Truiden 2-0 Westerlo
    Oh dear, that’s the cup dream over most likely. Very harsh result IMO, it was an even game.

    Jupiler Pro League: Anderlecht 2-1 Westerlo (Liliu)
    Not a terrible effort but we couldn’t engineer an upset this time.

    Jupiler Pro League: Westerlo 0-1 Standard
    Started pretty well but then De Decker got sent off stupidly and that didn’t help us.

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    No-one shone this month but I’ll pick Glenn for his MOM performance against Sint-Truiden in the league match.

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    Cofidis Cup: Hanging on in the semi-final against Sint-Truiden but it’s very unlikely we’ll turn it around.

    Summary

    A poor month – even considering the very difficult calendar – takes us out mathematically of my goal of a top 6 position, and Sint-Truiden also open up a gap for 7th spot. The last 2 fixtures are pretty much meaningless as the 8th position is almost certain, we should be focusing now on the European Places Playoff which will come after that. Injuries to my three 'bero's - Caballero, Abero and Montero - who are key players, haven't helped.
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    He looks like a pretty good keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    He looks like a pretty good keeper.
    He is, I'd have thought the high eccentricity would result in him doing wild stuff but haven't seen him dribbling forwards or anything like that.

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    Westerlo - Youth intake 2014



    Best player



    Vanderbergh has a long way to go but 4.5 stars is very exciting, everyone in the club agrees he's going to be a star. Also signed Gómez and Linetty.

    Talking about youngsters, I haven't mentioned Hugo Horemans yet. This is a player I inheritted at the club already but looks superb for a 16 y.o., including full 5 stars potential recommendation from the assman, and I'm starting to give him the odd first team chance. Westerlo looks like a great breeding ground for strikers, even if they seem to come lacking in finishing - but that can be trained.

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    March 2014


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League: Club Brugge 3-1 Westerlo (Yulu-Matondo)
    I really could’ve done without Farssi deciding to get a daft red card on the 6th minute, but we held on remarkably to go into half-time 0-0, then even equalized with 10 men but Club Brugge scored 2 in the final 10 minutes. I gave the hugely exciting 16 year old Hugo Horemans a first team chance and he became Westerlo’s youngest ever player – whilst making the assist to the goal!

    Jupiler Pro League: Zulte Waregem 1-2 Westerlo (Caballero, Córdoba)
    We set out to have some fun in the final match of the regular season and it turned out to be lots of fun indeed! 7 clear cut chances and Jorge Córdoba scoring a superb solo goal.

    Friendly: Westerlo 4-0 Etoile Bxl Capitale (Perea(3), Caballero)
    Little bit of a morale-boosting, match fitness keeping friendly in the off-week before the Euro Playoffs start.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoffs Grp B: Lokeren 0-0 Westerlo
    Not a very good start to the playoffs, we were lucky to come away from this with a point.

    Cofidis Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Westerlo 2–0 Sint-Truiden (aet) (2-3 p.k.) (Céspedes, Bordagaray)
    Awesome, what a fantastic match! We ultimately lost on penalties but I can be very proud of my players. Despite Stef Wils being sent off, we scored 2 in the final 10 minutes and tied the semi-final dramatically. We so nearly made the final…

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoffs Grp B: Westerlo 3-2 Beerschot AC (Horemans, Córdoba, Lucas Silva)
    I decided to play ultra-attacking all game long and it turned out to be a thriller, we could’ve hammered them but the finishing wasn’t all that. Hugo Horemans breaks another club record becoming the youngest ever goalscorer (and the Belgian league’s youngster ever scorer), plus he got another assist too.

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    We’ve not had reliable goalscorers this season but Córdoba lately has been the closest thing to it, goals against Zulte Waregem and Beerschot this month.

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    Those were the regular stage final standings, whereas this is how the Euro Playoffs are looking like:



    Cofidis Cup: Defeated on penalties in the Semi-Final versus Sint-Truiden

    Summary

    I’d say things are looking on the up again, but the chances of making it to the Europa League are still slim because only one team from the 8 in the playoffs gets to play in the final for that spot, and even then you have to play one team from the Championship Playoff. Gutted that we nearly pulled a miracle and made the Cup final but just about missed out.

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    April 2014


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoffs Grp B: Westerlo 2–0 Charleroi (Yulu-Matondo, Caballero)
    We’re getting good at dominating games at home now, quite pleasing.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoffs Grp B: Westerlo 1–1 Lokeren (Montero)
    Bloody hell, we didn’t deserve to concede the late equalizer. Fredy Montero scored a monster of a volley in his first match returning from a long-term injury.

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoffs Grp B: Beerschot AC 3-1 Westerlo (Lucas Silva)
    Another game with tons of chances, they were luckier than us and turned the game around after we got the first goal. We drop the 1st place in the group to Lokeren with 1 match remaining.

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    Remarkable game against Charleroi including a goal.

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    Cofidis Cup: Defeated on penalties in the Semi-Final versus Sint-Truiden

    Summary

    1 fixture to go, we need to win at Charleroi and hope Lokeren doesn’t win at Beerschot, to keep going in the competition. Disappointing, even more so because if it wasn’t for the undeserved late equalizer at home to Lokeren we’d be through.

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    May 2014


    Fixtures

    Jupiler Pro League Euro Playoffs Grp B: Charleroi 2-2 Westerlo (Céspedes, Yulu-Matondo)
    We had the lead but we conceded a late equalizer (yet again) from long range, and it didn’t matter anyway as a 10-men Lokeren won at Beerschot.

    Player of the Month



    MOM in this month’s only game, with an assist.

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    Cofidis Cup: Defeated on penalties in the Semi-Final versus Sint-Truiden.

    Summary

    That’s it, season over already – at the start of May! I think it’s been highly fun at times but also very frustrating: being on target for the top 6 finish then crumbling apart at the wrong time of the season; coming from the dead in the cup semi-final only to lose on penalties; playing very well in the Euro Playoffs but watching our opponents take their chances. Ultimately I’d say it was a good season but not particularly remarkable, I’m sticking for another year at least, but I’ve got a big job to do as I screwed up the finances this season and we’re 1.3M€ in the red.

    I'd like some tips from whoever's reading this on the career format, I'm going to far more detail than my previous venture into FMCU, but haven't generated much interest. Thinking of doing updates every 3 months instead of every month maybe, albeit I'm enjoying this.

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