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    Default [FM12] Bad Management - A Chronicle of Failure

    Before I start, please be warned that updates may not be as frequent as with other people. My main FM game is with my brother and not this one. Plus there is a full time, and often enough overtime, job and something which almost resembling a life as well. So time might be short to do this.

    Now to start proving my ineptitude on a broad scale.

    Game setup

    Database 12.2.0, starting July 2011 with players added to playable teams without enough players
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    Nation / Lowest League
    Argentina : Second Division (2nd Tier)
    Australia : A-League (Only Tier)
    England : Blue Squre North/South (6th Tier)
    Italy : Serie C2 (4th Tier)
    Peru : First Division (Ony Tier)
    South Africa : National First Divison (2nd Tier)
    USA : MSL (Only tier)

    And so it begins

    Jobs are available in the top tier in Argentina, League 2 in England, the MLS and A-League. The lowest league with jobs available is the second, and bottom tier, in South Africa.
    Atlie, MP Black Aces, United FC and Witbank Spurs are all available in that league. Applying for Atlie and Witbank, the two I expect are more likely to be obtained.

    July 5 and both applications were successful, both with two year deals on offer. The choice is now which to pick. Both have the same wage budget of ₤13.25k. Both clubs are over their wage budgets, spending ₤17.1k at Witbank and ₤17.72 at Atlie.
    Witbank is the bigger club but has no transfer budget. Atlie have a transfer budget of ₤10.75k.

    I think that Atlie have more scope for clearing out some excess players to get back under the wage budget, so have chosen to go there.

    Atlie Football Club

    Sinaba Stadium is a 7000 all-seater stadium, facilities are basic for youth and junior coaching. Fairly basic training and corporate facilities.
    Atlie is based in the city of Benoni in South Africa's north-east. Last season, in the First Division Coastal, the club won just three matches.

    The team report suggests a few weaknesses exist


    Media Prediction : 6th

    Board Expectations
    League - Respectable position
    Cup - First Round
    First Division Cup - Unimportant
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    The pre-season started with a friendly against the reserves. Things started out well enough, with a three goal lead and players looking OK. But it fell apart badly, the right hand side was opened up a lot, and a 4-3 loss ensued without there really loking to be many in reserves ready to step into the senior squad.
    A poor start.

    Eight days later we travlled to non-league side The Vardos. A comfortble 4-1 showed some promising signs, but the opposition is supposed to be a level below us and there were also some signs that the defence is not yet gelling. The conceded goal was a bad one, and the team seemed to make mistakes for a while after conceding as well. Also concerining is that we only had 49% possession against a much weaker side than we will face once the season begins.

    Next we hosted SA Premier side Bloem Celtic, who should have been a far sterner test. We dominated the first half to deserve the 2-0 lead. Things fell away a bit in the second, with a 3-3 result. Daniel Ogbeche, promoted from the reserves, has scored twice in each game so far.

    Sasolburg Juventus was next. And again we dominated early only to fall away badly against the Free State Lower League side. A 3-2 win, after an early 2-0 lead wasn't really good enough.

    The final friendly was against the lowly African All Stars. This was never supposed to sanything more than a final fitness run. It turned out pretty much that way with a comfortable 4-0 win.

    Overall, the pre-season games showed a trend to fall away as the games wore on and a capacity to give up some stunningly poor goals. On the plus side, we did seem to score on a regular basis. That is not something my sides normally do in FM, I very much build my teams from the back.


    Coming in durng the pre-season:
    Brandon Barkhuisen should give better cover on the right. Unfortunaltely he is on big wages for this level, compounding the wage budget issues.
    Cyril Mashego on a long term loan. He is apparently keen to make the deal permanent.

    As yet, with about four weeks of transfer window to go, I have not managed to off load anyone and the wage expenditure compared to budget is somewhat stretched.

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    Solid pre-season. Good luck in South Africa mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Solid pre-season. Good luck in South Africa mate.
    Thanks mate, but the fact that we played a lot of teams below the National First Division was shown for what it was once games got underway.


    Competitive games began with the First Division Cup, and MP Black Aces (aka Aceholes). The media has them finishing second, so it was a tough first up game but a needed test before the league began. Injuries before the game proved to hurt, as did a big gap between further injuries and the next stoppage, and hence chance to replace the injured, during the second half. Black Aces got the winner while I was waiting to sub three players, two injured and one hopelessly tired. A 3-2 loss and out of the First Division Cup. We enter the league with an unacceptably long injury list for this point in the season.

    The league got underway with a home game against relegation favourites, Sivusta Stars. Terrible from start to finish. We couldn't penetrate the area, or do anything in defence. The 3-0 loss was probably a slightly larger margin than the flow of the game would suggest, but to lose against those guys is a big blow. I might not be at this club very long, even if I want to be.

    In betwen games a couple of players, including key midfielder Gerald Modabi, came back to full training. We also picked up a young central midfielder on loan as back up for an area where we lack depth.

    Next up was Witbank Spurs, who were coming off a solid cup win over Black Aces. We were vry much on top early, but took time to get make the breakthrough. Then the second came soon afterwards. Spurs came back through a blatant offside, and then levelled with a mad scramble on the line before the half. We played well enough to be leading comfortably, but weren't in front at all. The second half started dismally, being utterly outplayed and conceding early. The whole half belonged to Spurs, although we wasted a couple of easy header chances. On the 90th minute a cross found Mncube who levelled for us to retain a point.

    August Fixtures - competition games only

    Early days, but sitting 15th of 16 is not a good start.
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    We started favourites with the bookies at hame against Vasco. We generally played that way through the first half, but never looked like scoring in the forward moves. Our best attack came early in the second half, and we could not score even from that. Thankfully Vasco's ulius did that for us to give us the lead. And then, the predictable happened with around 20 to play. A stupidly conceded goal, and Julius had scored for boh teams. A draw when a win was there for the taking.
    Adding to the dropped points, first choice right back Brandon Barkhuizen is also out for 4-5 weeks.

    The first of two tough away games, to Thanda Royal Zulu, began with a lot of wasted moves. Tsepho Mashego made a run down the left to send us in front through Walaz in he 23rd minute. Daniel Ogbeche put us two up after 80 and all looked good. The demons then looked like returning as we conceded in the 91st, but held out to claim our first win in competitions. Another injury though, with T Masego probably out for three weeks.

    Visitng second placed FCAK was always going to be tough. Being a goal and a man down inside the opening 15 minutes didn't help matters. We did draw level at one point, but deserved no points and a 2-1 loss could be seen as fortunate. After receiving his red card, Maybana copped a three game ban. Our already shaky defence gets dealt another blow.


    I was hopeful October would turn out to be a better month, and get us clear of the relegation zone.

    First up, fellow strugglers Carara Kicks. No wasted opportunities in this game. The decision to bring Ngcepe in paid dividends, as he had our second by the eight minute mark aftermidfielder Mothibantwa had opened the scoring in the fourth minute. We were dominant throughout the first half, with 13 shots to 2 and a 2-0 lead. As always, the question was whether we could play out 90 minutes. The second half saw Carara have more of the ball, but we extended the lead early through a corner which found the head of an unmarked Mkhwanazi. Carara clawed one back late, with the ball going straight through our keeper. It was not that they deserved to score, but we did deserve to concede. A 3-1 win at home should keep the fans happy for a week.

    In fact, for two weeks as we had a break before taking on mid-table FC Cape Town at their place. If ever a team dserved a 2-0 half time lead, it wasn't us. Cape Town utterly slaughtered us in play, but switching to a counter-attacking strategy as a panic move against their 3-5-2 formation seemed to pay undeserved dividends. Despite constant pressure we held them out 45 minutes, scored one early ourselves again from a corner, and the second came from a true counter as Ngcepe found himself with the whole of the opposition half to work solo in and beat the keeper almost on the whistle. Cape Town pulled one back right on the hour mark, but we instantly replied. That seemed to take the spirit out of the Cape, as we ran away with a 5-1 result.

    The next game was at home to Dynamos, who recently took out the First Division Cup. We looked out of it early, our back four opened up easier than a hooker's legs, and Dynamos had one on the board before we started to get interested. We needed something, and a superb ball to allow Walaza to run into the area in the 36th minute was enough to draw level. It was 17 into the second half when Ngepe found Walaza again on the edge of the area and a little to the right of centre for our second and the lead. Then, right on the end of regular time Dyanmos scored an equaliser; only for Walaza to be found in the same spot a third time to complete his hattrick and secure the full three points.

    Second placed Tuks provided the last opposition of the month, and of this update. The first half turned out to be a strugle, with Tuks probably playing slightly better football. We were saved by a dodgy offside call when Tuks scored, and they later hit the woodwork solidly with the ricochet going to one of their strikers who was dispossessed in vicious fashion - that we got away with. In stoppage time we took a corner, and scored off the head of defender Mncube. Within 80 seconds of the second half beginning, Tuks levelled through a fantastic move. A superb team effort of our own found Walaza in his faourite spot again. This time he passed off to Ngcepe virtually on the penalty spot, who slotted it wide of the keeper to regain the lead. Walaza was taken off injured with around 15 minutes to play. That didn't stop us as Mothibantwa set up Ngcepe for our third. 3-1 with 10 to play. And that's the way it stayed.

    October was far better than I ever hoped, the only down side being we still have not kept a clean sheet. There was more than a bit of luck along the way, but going from the edge of the relegation zone into a playoff spot by taking all the points on offer is a good month.

    September and October results


    The table looks far better than it did two mnths ago.
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    As the new month rolled around, news came through that first pick right back Brandon Barkhuizen will be out for seven weeks to two months. This is a spot where we lack suitable backup.

    Our first game in this update was against MP Black Aces, who booted us from the First Division Cup at the start of the season and were coming off a 6-0 win. We pressured their goal for the entire first half, but it was a speculative floater just before that saw us open the scoring. That lead doubled early in the second half, and that's the way it stayed. Our first clean sheet.

    The bookies had us as strong favourites away to Chippa United. It wasn't to be though, as we proved wasteful up forward and could only take a 1 all draw.

    We started out big favourites again at home to mid-table Blackburn (the South African version). What a frustrating game it was. We barely made their keeper work, but gave the fans behind the goals plenty of reasons to duck and weave. The stalemate was broken by Komane getting on the end of a corner and heading one home. The defender really is proving dangerous on corners. 1-0 the final result, and I'll take the three points but we should have won by more.

    A rainy day away at Bay Utd and the stands were empty. It was all action in the opening half hour though, as we took a three goal lead; including a cracker by Mothibantwa for the third; and then conceded one. After that the game kept flowing but the goals dried up and no more scoring took place.
    That turned out to be Bay Utd's last game under that manager, as three managers got sacked in the division on the one day.

    Lowly African Warriors at home was the next game. Again, we failed to really take advantage of how much we controlled the game, but took the three points with a scrappy one nil victory. After the game we sat two points clear on top of the table, one game before the halfway point of the league season.

    The South African FA Cup Preliminary Round saw us drawn to play Cape Town away. Cape Town played all over us early, to slow things down we started playing a possession game. That took the edge out of Cape Town but they were still playing far better than us. Nkoana scored for us against the flow, to give us a vital lead. At that stage we tried to shut things down more. Komane brought down a striker very late and received a red card; the resulting shot from the edge of the area went high. That reprieve was enough to advance courtesy of a 1-0 win.

    New Years Eve saw us visit United FC. A great start as we went out to a 3-0 lead in the opening half hour. A goal just after our third saw them get back in the game. The second half was simply poor, a second goal to United and we were really struggling. Some luck late meant we kept the three points, but I was not happy with the performance in our last two games.

    The end of the year also saw the halfway point of the league.

    After a dreadful start, we haven't lost since September.


    And that run has us in a good position.


    There are far too many players on the list, I need to get rid of some with the transfer window opening up again even if they go for free.
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    It was never really my intent to ramble on about each match as much as I have. Hopefully from now on updates will be shorter.

    End of calendar year awards were handed out
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    |Year|World Golden Ball          |World Player of the Year   |
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    |2011|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
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    January was a poor month for us. Only the one win out of four games, and that was courtesy of a lucky comeback with ten men. Not surprisingly top spot was conceded during the month. Everything that was working started to fail. Our twelve match unbeaten run came to a grinding halt. And I couldn't offload any players at all, not even for no cost.
    Things got little better in February. Morale hit rock bottom as well. A win at the end of the month helped give some hope, but things are just not working.


    Thankfully it didn't cost us too much ground on the table.


    With the salaries way over budget, I need to get some wins on the board or my job might be on the line. Staying in a playoff spot should be enough but I'm way over budget, and finances overall are terrible. Even if I was paying no wages he club would be losing 40k a month.

    The African Cup of Nations was held over January and February.
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    |Group A          |Group B          |Group C          |Group D          |
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    |           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|
    |Cameroon     7 +4|Sth Africa   5 +2|Mali         7 +6|Nigeria      6 +3|
    |Senegal      7 +4|Ghana        5 +1|Nigeria      7 +6|Ivory Coast  6 +3|
    |Gabon        3 +1|Morocco      2 -1|Eq. Guinea   1 -6|Togo         6 +1|
    |Angola       0 -9|Namibia      2 -2|Libya        1 -6|Tunisia      0 -7|
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    |Cameroon     2   |                 |3rd Placed Playoff                 |
    |Sth Africa   0   |                 |                                   |
    |                 |Senegal      0   |Ivory Coast                        |
    |Algeria      1   |Mali         1   |Senegal                            |
    |Mali         2e  |                 |                                   |
    |                 |                 |-----------------------------------|
    |Ghana        1   |                 |African Cup of Nations Final       |
    |Senegal      2   |Cameroon     3   |            HT     FT              |
    |                 |Ivory Coast  0   |Mali         0      1              |
    |Nigeria      3   |                 |Cameroon     1      2              |
    |Ivory Coast  3p  |                 |                                   |
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    |Best Player : Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon / Anji (Russian Premier)         |
    =========================================================================
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    I had planned on the next update to be an end of season one, but time has beaten me and I probably won't get a chance to finish the season for a few days. One game to go before playoffs, and its an interesting point to stop anyway.

    Our form has been patchy at best, we haven't won a home game since 10 December and its now the end of April.

    The Tuks and Bay Utd games were particularly aggrevating, as in both cases we utterly dominated play. The Tuks game the gods of the game had decreed that nobody would score. We must have hit the woodwork three or four tiimes and they did so once. Unmissable shots were missed by huge margins.
    And ay Utd seemed to score every time they touched the ball, including an impossibly long shot and gettimg away with a brute of a challenge that would normally draw a red card as we were aout to clear the ball from the box.

    Thankfully, other sides near the top have also been somewhat up and down over the time.

    So, with one game to go we can win the title if we win the game, not having won at home in over four months; and if top of the table Witbank loses. They lost in the previous round, we started that game six points behind.

    We play 8th placed United FC at home, Witbank should defeat the 14th placed Thanda Royal Zulu. If we don't jump into top spot (and we won't), we will finish second.

    Next update: the final game of the regular season, the likely playoffs, and the pre-season.
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    Sorry for yet another long delay. I'm still in pre-season, so will do a brief update with the final game and stuff that's hapenning in the off-season.

    Firstly, the final match of the 2011-12 season. A win could see us take the title, if Witbank Spurs failed to take a point against Thanda Royal Zulu.

    I'll do this a little differently, it might be rubbish. (If so, let me know, I won't try it again; its just an attempt at a different way of showing crucial game.) A timeframe of goals from both games as they progressed.

    17 min - Atlie v United FC - Mdlolose's (Atlie) strike is parried by the United FC keeper, but only to the feet of Excellent Walaza (Atlie) who taps in to give us the lead. Atlie 1 United 0.

    HALF TIME : Atlie 1 - United 0. Witbank 0 - Thanda 0. Table : 1st Witbank 55 points, goal diff +12; 2nd Atlie 54 points, goal diff +13

    47 min - Atlie v United FC - Nkoana's (Atlie) throw is returned to him, he crosses from next to the corner flag. The cross finds Excellent Walaza (Atlie) who again taps in from close range. Atlie 2 - United 0.

    56 min - Witbank v Thanda - Hendricks (Thanda) received the ball wide on the left and went for a short run before crossing it in. M Ngwenye was the target, and met it superbly with the head to give Thanda the lead. Witbank 0 - Thanda 1.

    70 min - Atlie v United FC - As he takes the ball into the box United's Zuma is brought down with a trip by Barkhuizen. The penalty is awarded, and Oppenheimer (United) makes no mistake. All of a sudden the match is brought to life. Atlie 2 - United 1.

    FULL TIME: Atlie 2 - United 1. Witbank 0 - Thanda 1.

    The final table for 2011/12


    So, a last day clinching of the title and automatic promotion. After some ordinary patches througout the season, to walk away with the title seems to be a little lucky.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the best performers for the season Excellent Walaza and loanee Khunande Nkoana. Nkoana slightly less so in the second half of the season, as the assists from crosses started to dry up - but the pair were crucial in that all-important last game.
    As yet we haven't been able to extend Nkoana's loan deal until next season, and I still have no money to keep him. Rightback Barkhuizen has also left the club, leaving a gaping hole in a defence that will require strengthening to be ready for the South African Premier Division.
    Veteran defender Nhlanhla Mcube also departed the club, making the defensive hole even bigger. I wanted to keep him for one more year, he did play 22 games for us during the season, but the asking price was just too high.

    Once the playoff wrapped up, the Manager of the Season award came my way. A nice way to round out the year.

    Code:
    Career Summary
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    |Season |Club                      |League               |Position|Cup      |Notes                 |
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    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |SA First Division    |1 of 16 |1st Round|Promoted as champions |
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    |Season |Club                      |Competition              |W |D |L |GF |GA |GD  |               |
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    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa First Division|15| 9| 6| 53| 40| +13|Winners        |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 1|  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |SA First Division Cup    |  |  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |16| 9| 8| 57| 46| +11|               |
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    Titles and Awards
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    |Club                     |League                          |Seasons                              |
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    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
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    |Nation                   |Competition                     |Years                                |
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    |Club                     |League                          |Seasons                              |
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    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
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    |Club                     |League                          |Months                               |
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    My plan is to cut and paste the above summaries each season as the career progresses (or regresses, as the case may be) adding the season's details each time.

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    Also happening between seasons have been some international championships in Oceana and Europe. Below is shown by finishing order.

    Code:
    Oceanian Nations Cup in Fiji
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    |Group A          |Group B          |  Semi Finals                      |
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    |           Pts GD|           Pts GD|New Zealand            5           |
    |New Zealand 9 +11|Solomon Is   7 +3|Papua New Guinea       0           |
    |Fiji         6 -1|PNG          4 -2|                                   |
    |N Caledonia  1 -3|Samoa        3 -2|Solomon Islands        1           |
    |Vanuatu      1 -7|Tahiti       2 -3|Fiji                   2 (et)      |
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    |OCEANIAN NATIONS FINAL                                                 |
    |                     1/2 Time         Full Time                        |
    | New Zeland                 1                  3                       |
    | Fiji                       0                  0                       |
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    No surprises in Oceania. What is a surprise, but nothing to do with that tournament, is that Fiji have qualified for the Olympics.

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    Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland
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    |Group A          |Group B          |Group C          |Group D          |
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    |           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|
    |Croatia      6 +3|Turkey       5 +3|England      7 +2|Spain       5  +3|
    |Ukraine      6  0|Poland       4 -2|Holland      4 +1|France      5  +2|
    |Portugal     4  0|Italy        4  0|Ireland      3  0|Germany     3   0|
    |Serbia       1 -3|Czech Rep    2 -1|Sweden       3 -3|Bosnia&Herz 1  -5|
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    |Quarter Finals                     |Semi Finals                        |
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    |Poland    2       England    1     |Croatia         1                  |
    |Croatia   3       France     2     |Holland         3                  |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Ukraine   1(pen)  Holland    1(pen)|Ukraine         1                  |
    |Turkey    1       Spain      1     |France          3                  |
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    |EURO FINAL                                                             |
    |                     1/2 Time         Full Time    Extra Time          |
    | Holland                    0                 1             2          |
    | France                     0                 1             1          |
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    |Best Player : Franco Cangele - Turkey / Kayserispor (Turkish Premier)  |
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    Italy and Portugal not making it out of the group stages, as the hosts seemed to take advantage of being at home.

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    I enjoy your thread. especially the other international tournaments. It maybe would be also cool to see the Champions League.

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    Very professional CODE layout .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr5Nascar View Post
    I enjoy your thread. especially the other international tournaments. It maybe would be also cool to see the Champions League.
    Only those which have begun and ended since my career began have been included below. In each case, from the group stage onwards are shown and not any qualifying rounds. For others, only the final result is listed.

    African Champions League - Final to be played over Nov 3 & 17
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    |2011 |Zamalek (Egypt)         3    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)               0    |
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    Asian Champions League - Final to be played on Nov 17
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2011 |Al-Shabab               2    |Okayama FC (Japan)            0    |
    |     |(Saudi Arabia)               |                                   |
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    European Champion League
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
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    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Arsenal (England)             11 +4|Lille Metropole (France)     13  +4|
    |olympique de Marseilles (Fra)  9  0|Chelsea (England)             9  +4|
    |Leverkusun Germany)            8 +1|Valencia (Spain)              9  +1|
    |Basel (Switzerland)            2 -5|Otelul (Romania)              1  -9|
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    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
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    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Trabzonspor (Turkey)         11  +5|Barcelona (Spain)            14 +13|
    |Inter (Italy)                10  +3|Dortmund (Germany)           10  -1|
    |SLB (Portugal)                7  -1|Ajax (Netherlands)            8   0|
    |Rangers (Scotland)            4  -7|CSKA Moscow                   1 -12|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |AC Milan (Italy)             13  +6|Villareal (Spain)            12  +5|
    |Manchester City (England)    12  +3|FC Bayern Munchen (Germany)  11  +4|
    |FCP (Portugl)                10  +4|Olympiakos (Greece)          10  +3|
    |Rosenborg (Norway)            0 -13|GNK Dinamo (Croatia)          1 -12|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Olympique Lyonnaise (France) 13  +5|Manchester United (England)  16 +13|
    |Real Madrid (Spain)          10  +1|Zenit (Russia)               10  +2|
    |Napoli (Italy)                8  +3|Shakhtar (Ukraine)            7  -3|
    |FC Kobenhavn (Denmark)        3  -9|Litex (Bulgaria)              1 -12|
    =========================================================================
    |Knockout Round                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Arsenal (England)                      4       4            8          |
    |Inter (Italy)                          2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Villareal (Spain)                      0       1            1          |
    |Olympique de Marseilles (France)       2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique Lyonnaise (France)           1       2            3          |
    |Chelsea (England)                      0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Lille Metropole (France)               0       2            2          |
    |Manchester City (England)              3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Manchester United (England)            0       2            2          |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      4       3            7          |
    |Zenit (Russia)                         1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       0       4            4 (pen)    |
    |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany)            4       0            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Trabzonspor (Turkey)                   1       1            2          |
    |Dortmund (Germany)                     4       1            5          |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Manchester City (England)              3       0            3          |
    |Dortmund (Germany)                     0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       1       2            3          |
    |Arsenal (England)                      2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique de Marseilles (France)       2       2            4 away gls |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    3       1            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      0       6            6          |
    |Olympique Lyonnaise (France)           2       2            2          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      2       2            4          |
    |Manchester City (England)              1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique de Marseilles (France)       0       0            0          |
    |Arsenal (England)                      1       0            1          |
    =========================================================================
    |EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL at Wembley, London, England            |
    |                                1/2 Time   Full Time                   |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      3           3                   |
    |Arsenal (England)                      0           0                   |
    =========================================================================
    |Best Player                                                            |
    |Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona / Argentina                                           |
    =========================================================================


    North American Champions League
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Morelia (Mexico)              11 +8|Los Angeles (USA)            12 +11|
    |Colorado (USA)                10 +3|Santo Laguna (Mexico)        12  +8|
    |Puerto Rico Islanders          6 -2|Vancouver (Canada)            8  -2|
    |Alajuelense (Costa Rica)       4 -9|Communicaciones (Guatemala)   0 -17|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Seattle (USA)                15 +13|FC Dallas (USA)              15  +6|
    |Monterrey (Mexico)           13  +3|Pumas (Mexico)               13 +10|
    |Real Espana (Honduras)        5  -8|Tauro (Panama)                3  -6|
    |Herediano (Coasta Rica)       1  -8|Isidro Metapan (El Salvador)  2 -10|
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Seattle (USA)                          0       0            0          |
    |Pumas (Mexico)                         0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Morelia (Mexico)                       2       3            5          |
    |Santo Laguna (Mexico)                  0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Los Angeles (USA)                      0       2            2          |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |FC Dallas (USA)                        2       1            3          |
    |Colorado (USA)                         1       1            2          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Morelia (Mexico)                       1       1            2          |
    |Pumas (Mexico)                         0       2            2 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |FC Dallas (USA)                        2       1            3          |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     2       1            3 away gls |
    =========================================================================
    |NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL  Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate       |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Pumas (Mexico)                           2       0            2       |
    | Monterrey (Mexico)                       1       2            3       |
    =========================================================================

    Oceanian O-League
    Code:
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Ba (Fiji)                    16 +10|Auckland City (New Zealand)  18 +15|
    |Waitkere United (New Zealand)12  +7|AS Magenta (New Caledonia)    8  -3|
    |Kossa FC (solomon Islands)    7  -6|AS Venus (Tahiti)             5  -4|
    |Hekarri Utd (Papua New Guinea)0 -11|Tafea (Vanuatu)               2  -8|
    =========================================================================
    |O-LEAGUE FINAL                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand)            4       3            7          |
    |Ba (Fiji)                              0       0            0          |
    =========================================================================

    South American Copa Libertadores
    *Invitational club
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Fluminese (Brazil)           10  +3|Botafago (Brazil)            16 +14|
    |Universidad de Chile (Chile)  9   0|Libertad (Paraguay)           9  +1|
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)       8  +3|Atletico Nacional (Colombia)  7  -5|
    |Junior (Colombia)             4  -6|Barcelona (Ecuador)           1 -10|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Santos (Brazil)              13  +9|Corinthians (Brazil)         18 +11|
    |Gody Cruz (Argentina)         9  -1|Colo Colo (Chile)             7  -1|
    |Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)   7  -3|Caracas (Venuezala)           6  -6|
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)*           5  -5|Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)      4  -4|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Flamengo (Brazil)            11  +8|Velez (Argentina)            16  +7|
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)     11  +2|Juan Aurich (Peru)           12  +1|
    |Chivas (Mexico)*             10  +3|Olimpia (Paraguay)            4  -4|
    |Nacional (Uruguay)            0 -13|Deportivo Quito (Ecuador)     3  -4|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Estudiantes (Argentina)      16 +12|Racing Club (Argentina)      14  +7|
    |Sport Boys (Peru)             8  +2|Sao Paulo (Brazil)           12  +5|
    |Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia)   6  -4|America (Mexico)              6   0|
    |Mineros de Guyana (Venuazala) 2 -10|Bolivar (Bolivia)             1 -12|
    =========================================================================
    |Second Round                        Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Santos (Brazil)                        2       1            3          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               0       4            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   1       2            3          |
    |Colo Colo (Chile)                      0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Racing Club (Argentina)                2       1            3          |
    |Gody Cruz (Argentina)                  0       4            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Fluminese (Brazil)                     0       3            3          |
    |Juan Aurich (Peru)                     1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Velez (Argentina)                      0       3            3          |
    |Libertad (Paraguay)                    3       4            7          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      0       0            0          |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     0       3            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Botafago (Brazil)                      4       1            5          |
    |Sport Boys (Peru)                      0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Estudiantes (Argentina)                1       1            2          |
    |Universidad de Chile (Chile)           0       1            1          |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Final                       Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               2       3            5 away gls |
    |Estudiantes (Argentina)                2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Fluminese (Brazil)                     2       1            3          |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Libertad (Paraguay)                    0       0            0          |
    |Gody Cruz (Argentina)                  3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     1       1            2 away gls |
    |Botafago (Brazil)                      0       2            2          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Final                          Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Gody Cruz (Argentina)                  1       1            2          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     1       0            1          |
    |Fluminese (Brazil)                     1       2            3          |
    =========================================================================
    |COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL             Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               0       0            0          |
    |Fluminese (Brazil)                     1       0            1          |
    =========================================================================
    |Best Player : Leonardo Benitez - Estudiantes / Argentina               |
    =========================================================================

    Club World Championship
    I missed this in December
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan                                       |
    =========================================================================
    |Playoff                            |Quarter Finals                     |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Okayama FC (Japan)          3      |Monterrey (Mexico)          3 (et) |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand) 1      |Zamalek (Egypt)             2      |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |                                   |Al-Shabab (Saudi Aabia)     4      |
    |                                   |Okayama FC (Japan)          1      |
    =========================================================================
    |Fifth Placed Playoff               |Semi Finals                        |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Zamalek (Egypt)             1      |                                   |
    |Okayama FC (Japan)          2      |Monterrey (Mexico)          1      |
    |-----------------------------------|Santos (Mexico)             0      |
    |Third Placed Playoff               |                                   |
    |-----------------------------------|Al-Shabab (Saudi Aabia)     0      |
    |Santos (Mexico)             2      |FC Barcelona (Spain)        2      |
    |Al-Shabab (Saudi Aabia)     0      |                                   |
    =========================================================================
    |WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL                                          |
    |                                1/2 Time    Full Time                  |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     0            0                  |
    |FC Barcelona (Spain)                   2            4                  |
    =========================================================================
    |Best Player: Xavi - Barcelona / Spain                                  |
    =========================================================================

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    The off-season didn't produce the signings I wanted and we will start in the top flight with a severely under-whelming team.

    The friendlies went by slightly better than expected, but without a win and we played close to a first eleven in most games. All games were against teams in the SA Premier.


    The signings that did come in aren't up to SA Premier standard, but are the best my scout found that are within the club's resources. I don't see how we can be competitive in the top flight with this squad. Only the two are likely to play and both came in for free
    Ashley Volschenk comes from Jomo Cosmos where he played just 12 games last season. He should help fill the hole left by the departure of Barkhuizen.
    Veteran Glen Salmon was not with a club and was a panic signing in some respects. I'm hoping he will hold up for one season and his experience might add something to the team.

    Our wage budget is 16.2k, and I'm spending 17k. I coiudn't get rid of any of the excess baggage without paying them out, there were no takers even at no cost. And I couldn't get an extension on the Nkoana loan.
    I suspect I will be living off goodwill earned last season if I am to see this one out.


    Media Predicition : 16th (of 16)

    Board Expectations - My expectations in italics
    South African Premier : Stay clear of relegation - Sink without trace
    South African FA Cup : 2nd Round - Assuming an average draw, 2nd round
    South African Knockout Cup : Unimportant - A win or two

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    August 2012


    Atlie's first ever match in the top flight began a lot as expected. Occasionally we looked like we could match it with Golden Arrows. But the lapses were costly, and being two down at the break was deserved. Then we turned it around, Walaza had a couple of blistering runs, one of which allowed Salmon to tap in on his debut. Mabyana put one in to level scores, and that was the way it stayed.




    Under-resourced is one way of looking at things, but its nothing like by as much as I expected.


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    Nice win over Orlando Pirates .

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    September 2012

    September wasn't a great month. The final game against Bidvest Wits was the first time for the season we had controlled play, despite being a loss. We only got two points in four games for the month, but I came in to this season expecting to lose most games. The worrying sign is that we have now lost two in a row. I hope that isn't indicative of what's to come.
    The positives are that we should have won the final game, and we could have had a win over Platimum Stars if a four minute lapse had not cost us a two goal lead. A draw was probably a fair result on the balance of play though.



    Komane's goal came from a source that was as successful as anything else we did last season; a header from a corner.
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    October 2012

    There were only the two league games, which proved to be a mixed bag. The gap between games seemed to work in our favour, with the losing run temporarily halted with an imprssive win.
    The Knockout Cup includes only the 16 SA Premier sides, we drew the top team at home. Not surprisingly we were knocked out.
    Excellent Walaza had been out for around six weeks, and came back in the final 30 minutes or so of the cup game. Hopefully he will regain match fitness quickly and give some hope up forward. (He's really not very good, but is important to this team.)




    The table is starting to take shape. We are placed OK to survive, but can't afford to hit the bad run that has to be expected.


    Financially, being in the top flight is proving to be vital in keeping the club afloat. Losing the first round of the knoeckout cup was worth 180k and for the first time since I've been at the club the bank account is positive. We were half a million in the red in May. I expect to situation to get worse again by season's end, as the current figures have that cup prizemoney and 300k in season ticket sales, but not half a million overdraft.
    If we survive maybe I'll have a bit more to play with next season. The problem is making that "if" come true.
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    November 2012


    November was a pretty solid month for us. Only the one win, but four games without a loss is a solid result. Komane managed to get himself a three match suspension in the same game that he scored - again heading home a corner, he's become quite important really. A couple of trialists have helped strengthen the squad while not costing anything in wages. Its a pity I can't secure them, but the wages are beyond our means.





    November saw the African Champions League wrap up

    Previous winners
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2011 |Zamalek (Egypt)         3    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)               0    |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |TP Mazembe (DR Congo)         15 +7|ES Yunis (Tunisia)           13  +5|
    |ASEC (Ivory Coast)             9 +1|Zamalec (Egypt)              12  +5|
    |CS Sfax (Tunisia)              5 -1|Ismaily (Egypt)               6  -1|
    |Africa Sports (Ivory Coast)    3 -7|Dynamos Harare (Zimbabwe)     2  -9|
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |TP Mazembe (DR Congo)                  2       1            3          |
    |ES Yunis (Tunisia)                     4       1            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Zamalec (Egypt)                        2       2            4 away gls |
    |ASEC (Ivory Coast)                     1       3            4          |
    =========================================================================
    |AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Zamalec (Egypt)                       2       2             4         |
    | ES Yunis (Tunisia)                    1       4             5         |
    |                                                                       |
    =========================================================================
    And the Asian Champions League as well.
    Previous winners
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2011 |Al-Shabab               2    |Okayama FC (Japan)            0    |
    |     |(Saudi Arabia)               |                                   |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Esteghlal (Iran)             16 +12|Persepolis (Iran)            10   0|
    |Al-Ahli (Saudia Arabia)      10   0|Al-Jazira (UAE)               9  +5|
    |Al-Shabab (UAE)               8   0|Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)     8  -1|
    |Neftchi Farg'ona (Uzbekistan) 0 -12|Al-Rayann (Kuwait)            5  -4|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)      13 +11|Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)    13  +7|
    |Sepahan (Iran)               12  +4|Zob-Ahan (Iran)              11  +1|
    |Nasaf (Uzbekistan)            5  -9|Al-Arabi (Qatar)              8   0|
    |Al-Nasr (UAE)                 4  -6|Baniyas (UAE)                 1  -8|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Seongnam (S Korea)           16 +11|Jeonbuk (S Korea)             9   0|
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)          9  +2|Beijing (China)               9  +1|
    |Shandong (China)              7  +2|Hacioji Tigre (Japan)         7   0|
    |Osotsapa (Thailand)           1 -15|Brisbane Roar (Australia)     5  -1|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Suwon (S Korea)              13 +11|Pohang (S Korea)             12  +7|
    |Adelaide United (Australia)   8  -3|Funabashi Bandits (Japan)    11  +7|
    |Guangzhou (China)             7  -3|Changchun (China)             7  -3|
    |Osaka AC (Japan)              5  -5|Persipura (Indonesia)         3 -11|
    =========================================================================
    |Second Round                                                           |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Esteghlal (Iran)               1   |Seongnam (S Korea)             2   |
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)                2   |Funabashi Bandits (Japan)      3 e |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Persepolis (Iran)              1   |Jeonbuk (S Korea)              3   |
    |Sepahan (Iran)                 0   |Adelaide United (Australia)    2   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)        2   |Suwon (S Korea)                5   |
    |Al-Jazira (UAE)                1   |Beijing (China)                0   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)      0   |Pohang (S Korea)               0   |
    |Al-Ahli (Saudia Arabia)        1   |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)           2   |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)                        2       0            2          |
    |Jeonbuk (S Korea)                      0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Persepolis (Iran)                      1       1            2          |
    |Suwon (S Korea)                        2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ahli (Saudia Arabia)                1       3            4          |
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)                   1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Funabashi Bandits (Japan)              0       0            0          |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                2       3            5          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ahli (Saudia Arabia)                3       4            7          |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                3       0            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)                        2       2            4          |
    |Suwon (S Korea)                        2       2            4 pen      |
    =========================================================================
    |ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL   1/2Time    Full Time   Extra Time  Pens |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ahli (Saudia Arabia)              1            3            4     2 |
    |Suwon (S Korea)                      3            3            4     4 |
    =========================================================================

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    December 2012



    There were just the two matches for the month of December, but the fans were treated with a fantastic first game. It looked dire when we slipped behind by two in the first 15 minutes, including a mighty solo run by Jomo Cosmos' Siyabonga Nontshingwa. Excellent Walaza replied with a hattrick, and Komane headed another one in from a corner. The, in the second half, nothing happened. What had looked like a very bad result early on turned out to be our best result yet.
    In the other game we slotted a penalty to take a lead, and that was cancelled out shortly into the second half.



    A win and a draw, I'd be reasonably satisfed with that out of four games in a month. And we stay floating around that mid-table area one game short of the halfway point. The board is happy with that, and so am I.



    There is still a very long way to go, but I'm starting to build hope of staying up.

    The end of year awards have been announced, David Villa claiming the double
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    |Year|World Golden Ball          |World Player of the Year   |
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    |2011|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
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    |2012|David Villa                |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Spain            |Barcelona/Spain            |
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    January & February 2013


    We had the Indian captain Sunil Chetri on trial for a short while during this period, but could not come close to affording the 3k a week wage demands. He did well during his stint with us though.
    Due to a big gap between league games we played a couple of mid-season friendlies, embarrassingly losing to our own reserves (the assistant took over for the friendlies).

    Generally good results, even if the Orlando Pirates game didn't go to plan. We played as well as most other matches during that game, but were just wiped off the park by a far superior team. It happens when you are among the lower resourced clubs. We did bounce back straight away with a convincing win over Golden Arrows.
    Three wins, of which two were fairly comprehensive, a draw and a big loss. Not bad for a side that seemed destined for last spot when the season began.



    That set of results saw us climb well into the top half. The initial aim of avoiding the drop can almost be cosidered acheived. It would take a big fall in form by us, and equally big improvement by sides at the foot of the table, to see us drop back.



    The South African Cup draw was not kind to us, we have landed Premier League rivals Sundowns (11th) away in our opening round to be played next month. I'm hoping to advance a couple of rounds and get into the decent prize money.

    International tournaments to concluded in the last two months include the African Cup of Nations.

    Previous winners
    Code:
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Cameroon                2    |Mali                          1    |
    |     |Best Player: Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon / Anji (Russian Premier)    |
    =========================================================================
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    |Group A          |Group B          |Group C          |Group D          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|
    |Mali         5 +1|Ivory Coast  9 +3|Cameroon     7 +4|Nigeria      7 +3|
    |Sierra Leone 4 +3|Mozambique   3  0|Senegal      7 +4|DR Congo     6 +2|
    |Sth Africa   4 -3|Libya        3 -1|Angola       3 -1|Algeria      4 +1|
    |Tunisia      3 -1|Ghana        3 -2|Togo         0 -7|Gabon        0 -6|
    =========================================================================
    |QUARTER FINALS   |SEMI FINALS      |                                   |
    |Ivory Coast  4   |                 |3rd Placed Playoff                 |
    |Mozambique   1   |                 |                                   |
    |                 |Senegal      2p  |DR Congo            2              |
    |DR Congo     0p  |DR Congo     2   |Ivory Coast         1              |
    |Nigeria      0   |                 |                                   |
    |                 |                 |-----------------------------------|
    |Mali         0   |                 |African Cup of Nations Final       |
    |Cameroon     3   |Cameroon     1p  |            HT     FT              |
    |                 |Ivory Coast  1   |Cameroon     0      2              |
    |Senegal      2   |                 |Senegal      0      0              |
    |Sierra Leone 0   |                 |                                   |
    =========================================================================
    |Best Player : Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon / Anji (Russian Premier)         |
    =========================================================================
    Back to back titles for Cameroon, and likewise for their star Eto'o.
    Last edited by BadManager; 23-05-2012 at 03:50.

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    March & April 2013

    Now, what did I say last update? Ah, yes, "It would take a big fall in form by us, and equally big improvement by sides at the foot of the table, to see us drop back." I think its fair to say we started to live up to that bargain. March began with games against first and third, and neither were particularly good for our standing.

    Ajax Cape Town were simply impenetrable. Everything they did was just pure solid football. We couldn't get near their goal, we couldn't stop their runs or their passing game. We were just completely dominated all over the park. That we held them out for 75 minutes was testament to nothing more than luck. It could have been ten-nil as easily as one-nil. We didn't seem to play badly, we just weren't allowed to play at all.
    Against Bidvest Wits we almost looked competitive, but started on what would become a costly habit of making one amazingly terrible pass. Their first goal was simply too good for us, their second was horrible. Back-passing to unmarked opposition strikers is not clever - even I know that, my players appear not to.
    It got little better after that. Against Supersport we had a lead early, and then managed to gift two goals in a game which was probably even in play. That gave us three losses in a row and morale was starting to sink.

    Which meant we had fine form heading into the cup opening round. "I'm hoping to advance a couple of rounds and get into the decent prize money." No. Out at the first opportunity. I really am failing cup games so far this career. We had most of the shots, and they weren't from long range. Things go wrong when morale drops away though, and the loss came with a certain inevitability about it.

    That run spurred a team meeting. Morale improved a little, and a win against Black Leopards ensued. Things were looking up again at half time in the next game, 3-0 up against Ama Zulu. However, despite the half tome warning, my players appear to be addicted to complacency. We were very lucky to get a draw.
    Against Swallows we had to fight back from a two goal deficit at the break. We did so, and I thought things might be improving again.
    That seemed right as we barely let Santos FC have a touch. We couldn't put them away, but with 67% possession and 10 shots to 1, surly it was only a matter of time. See below for how that turned out.



    Despite scoring a couple of goals, Excellent Walaza missed some he would normally slot quite easily. Komane was nowhere to be seen, and had to be rested for a couple of weeks after some lacklustre performances. All the reliable players turned quite unreliable. And the others are just not up to scratch at this level.
    Thankfully we didn't drop too far on the table, and are safe from the drop. I would like to finish top half though.



    With four games left in the season, I want to come home strong. There are some contracts I want to tie up as well.

    Finances are far better than at the start of the season, so I'm hoping I might have a little more to play with next season. I will need it.

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    You're having a great debut season in the Premier League, especially considering how small your budgets are in comparison to some teams in the league.

    Good luck for the remaining games, got a chance at grabbing a top half finish.

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    Thanks, Razer82. The final games have been played, I hope to get an update on here tomorrow.

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    The jump to Premier League football in South Africa is huge! Doing well for for an inaugural season.

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    May 2013



    The last four games of the season saw us start out with the aim of climbing into the top half. There is a Super 8 Cup in South Africa, and while its not stated anywhere I assumed the top eight go into this. So its not just a "top half" thing, but trying to qualify for a new tournament. Its not particularly lucrative, so its not a huge deal if we miss out. It wold be nice to get there though.

    The month started out with a comprehensive win away to Maritzburg United. The 3-0 victory was fully deserved and saw us into 8th place.
    We dropped back to nonth, however, with a draw away to Jomo Cosmos. We slipped behind just before half time with our defensive formation going completely wrong and leaving a gaping hle in the area. We drew level courtesy of a solid header from Tsepho Mashego, and then were down to men not long afterwards.
    Defence became a problem from then on. In the final two games we scored three times in each, and only managed one point. A see-sawing game at home to Sundowns saw both sides have the lead at various times, but we had no answer for the hattrick of Sundowns' Surprise Moriri. Lost 3-4, at least the fans got to see some goals.
    At Kaizer Chiefs we had a 2-0 lead, but managed to blow it. A 3-3 result was not going to be enough to see us get that extra spot up the table.
    Glen Salmon scored in his last match before retiring as a player. I really only got him in for the one season, and that seemed to work. If he hadn't retired I probably would have kept him for another year, but wasn't desparate to do so.

    Results


    As has been said, we didn't quite make top half. I'm more than happy with 9th, considering where I tought we would be when the season began.
    Final Table




    Career Update - as of end of South African Season 2012/13
    Code:
    Career Summary
    ====================================================================================================
    |Season |Club                      |League               |Position|Cup      |Notes                 |
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |SA First Division    |1 of 16 |1st Round|Promoted as champions |
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |SA First Division    |9 of 16 |1st Round|                      |
    ====================================================================================================
    |Season |Club                      |Competition              |W |D |L |GF |GA |GD  |               |
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa First Division|15| 9| 6| 53| 40| +13|Winners        |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 1|  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |SA First Division Cup    |  |  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |16| 9| 8| 57| 46| +11|               |
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 9|12| 9| 51| 41| +10|               |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     |  |  | 1|  1|  2|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  0|  2|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    | 9|12|11| 52| 45|  +7|               |
    ====================================================================================================
    |GRAND TOTALS                                                                                      |
    |Club / Nation                  Won  Drawn  Lost  Goals For Against   Diff   Date in Charge        |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Atlie FC (South Africa)         25     21    19        109      91    +18   06/07/2011 - present  |
    ====================================================================================================
    
    
    
    Titles and Awards
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    |League Wins                                                                                     |
    |Club                     |League                          |Seasons                              |
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
    ==================================================================================================
    |Cup Wins                                                                                        |
    |Club                     |Cup                             |Seasons                              |
    |N/A                                                                                             |
    ==================================================================================================
    |International Trophies                                                                          |
    |Nation                   |Competition                     |Years                                |
    |N/A                                                                                             |
    ==================================================================================================
    |Manager of the Year                                                                             |
    |Club                     |League                          |Seasons                              |
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    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
    ==================================================================================================
    |Manager of the Month                                                                            |
    |Club                     |League                          |Months                               |
    |N/A                                                                                             |
    ==================================================================================================
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    May 2013 continued - due to the limit of 4 images per post, the update has been split

    Other than the matches a few other things happened over the month.

    This was announced on May 27.

    Given we haven't come close to selling out the 7000 capacity we currently have, that looks premature. I was going to ask about improving our training facilities, but with a new loan of that size will hold off. I don't think I'll get very far asking for any input like that. I just hope it desn't impact on the wages budget.

    A big slice of budget got freed up when a mass exodus occurred. Some were players I wanted to keep but hadn't managed to get a contract deal with. In some cases I had planned to keep whichever oif two or three similar players didn't walk.As it turned out, everyone who wasn't signed walked. Modabi is the one that hurts the most.

    The plus side is, I should have enough salary spare to get some decent players in. The downside is that I may end up with a lot of new starting players who will tke time to gel as a team.

    I will be around to do it, or at least that is the agreed plan.

    At this stage, my plan is to see the new contract out and see where I stand from there. Unless it all goes horribly wrong - which is how my FM games normally turn out. So, tune in for the impending train wreck.

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    2013 Off Season (Part 1)


    With so many players having departed, the pressure was on to fill gaps so we could fill a team. Expecting an increase in wage budget following an improvement in finances and staying in the top flight we managed to sign the folowing four players.


    I'm a little concerned about Dladla's stamina, but he will hopeuly fill a role on the right wing.



    Injured early in the pre-season. When fit, Duiker shold provide a much more solid midfield than we have had in my time at this club. He could well become our best player, and will want to on that wage.


    Will take the left wing spot, taking over from Maskego in that role.


    I had hoped to sign a better goalkeeper for this season, but couldn't get any without spending money we don't have. Whether he will be the first choice in goal is a 50-50 call. I still don't have anyone in goal who is good enough for this level.

    International tornaments held in the off season were highlighted by the Confederations Cup

    Code:
    Confederations Cup in Brazil
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Uruguay                       9  +6|Spain                         9  +4|
    |Holland                       4  +1|Japan                         4  +2|
    |Cameroon                      4   0|Brazil                        3  -2|
    |New Zealand                   0  -7|Mexico                        1  -4|
    =========================================================================
    |Semi - Finals                      |Third Place Playoff                |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Japan                        0     |                                   |
    |Urugray                      4     |Japan                         1    |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Spain                        1     |Spain                         3    |
    |Holland                      3 et  |                                   |
    =========================================================================
    |Final                     1/2 Time   Full Time   Extra Time  Penalties |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Uruguay                          0           1            1          3 |
    |Holland                          0           1            1          2 |
    =========================================================================
    Following that, the Gold Cup was held in the United States
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |USA                           7 +10|Trinidad & Tobago             9  +4|
    |Canada                        5  +3|Costa Rica                    6  +1|
    |Honduras                      4  -1|Guatemala                     3  -1|
    |St Kitts & Nevis              1 -12|El Salavador                  0  -4|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |                                   |
    |                            Pts  GD|Third Place Qualifiers             |
    |Mexico                        9  +9|                                   |
    |Jamaica                       4  -1|Guatemala, Honduras                |
    |Panama                        2  -3|                                   |
    |Antigua & Barbadua            1  -5|                                   |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                     |Semi Finals                        |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Honduras                      0    |                                   |
    |Jamaica                       1    |                                   |
    |                                   |Jamaica                       0    |
    |Costa Rica                    0    |Mexico                        2    |
    |Mexico                        3    |                                   |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |USA                           3    |                                   |
    |Guatemala                     0    |USA                           3    |
    |                                   |Canada                        0    |
    |Canada                        2    |                                   |
    |Trinidad & Tobago             1    |                                   |
    =========================================================================
    |Final                     1/2 Time   Full Time   Extra Time  Penalties |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Mexico                           1           2            2          3 |
    |USA                              2           2            2          2 |
    =========================================================================

    And various continental championships wrapped up a club level.

    European Champions League

    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Barcelona               3    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Valencia (Spain)             18 +14|Inter (Italy)                14  +5|
    |FCP (Portugal)               10  +3|Olumpique de Marseilles(Fra) 10  +3|
    |Anderlecht (Belgium)          4 -10|Leverkusen (Germany)          9  +1|
    |FC RB Salzburg (Austria)      3  -7|Sparta Prague (Czech Rep)     1  -9|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Barcelona (Spain)            13 +12|Lazio (Italy)                11  +6|
    |Tottenham (England)          12  +4|Arsenal (England)             9  +2|
    |Dortmund (Germany)            6  -1|Zenit (Russia)                8  -1|
    |Celtic (Scotland)             1 -15|FC Kopenhaven (Denmark)       3  -7|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Real Madrid (Spain)          15 +13|Liverpool (England)          13  +6|
    |Shakhtar (Ukraine)           12  +2|Atletico Madrid (Spain)      12  +3|
    |Napoli (Italy)                9  +1|Paris Saint-Germain (France)  7  -2|
    |Dinamo Bucharest (Romania)    0 -16|PAOK (Greece)                 3  -7|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)  15 +14|FC Bayern (Germany)          16 +11|
    |CSKA Moscow (Russia)         10  -1|Manchester City (England)    10  +4|
    |SLB (Portugal)                9  +3|Galatasary (Turkey)           7  -6|
    |Rosenberg (Norway)            1 -16|Ajax (Netherlands)            1  -9|
    =========================================================================
    |Knockout Round                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Liverpool (England)                    2       0            2          |
    |Olympique de Marseilles (France)       0       3            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Lazio (Italy)                          1       1            2          |
    |Atletic Madrid (Spain)                 3       0            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Valencia (Spain)                       0       0            0          |
    |Tottenham Hotspur (England)            1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      1       4            5          |
    |Shakhtar (Ukraine)                     2       0            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    0       3            3          |
    |Arsenal (England)                      3       1            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            1       3            4          |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         4       1            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Inter (Italy)                          3       0            3          |
    |Manchester City (England)              0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    3       2            5          |
    |CSKA Moscow (Russia)                   3       0            3          |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    1       3            4          |
    |Olympique de Marseilles (France)       1       0            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         1       1            2          |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Tottenham Hotspur (England)            2       0            5          |
    |Arsenal (England)                      2       3            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Inter (Italy)                          1       0            1          |
    |Atletico Madrid (Spain)                0       2            2          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      1       7            8          |
    |Atletico Madrid (Spain)                2       0            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    1       2            3          |
    |Arsenal (England)                      1       5            6          |
    =========================================================================
    |EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL at Estadio de Luz, Lisbon, Portugal    |
    |                                1/2 Time   Full Time                   |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      2           6                   |
    |Arsenal (England)                      0           0                   |
    =========================================================================
    |Best Player                                                            |
    |Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona / Argentina                                |
    =========================================================================
    Back to back Champions League titles for Barcelona, and Messi again with player of the tournament.


    In North America
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Monterrey               3    |Pumas                         0    |
    |     |(Mexico)                     |(Mexico)                           |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Chivas (Mexico)              14  +8|Monterrey (Mexico)           14  +5|
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)         10  +2|Toronto FC (Canada)          13  +5|
    |Saprisa (Costa Rica)          7   0|Seattle (USA)                 5  -1|
    |Communicaciones (Guatemala)   1 -10|Marathon (Honduras)           1  -9|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Los Angeles (USA)            15  +9|Santos Laguna (Mexico)       14 +11|
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)           15 +14|Municipal (Guatamela)        10  -2|
    |Olimpia (Honduras)            6  -4|Alajuelenese (Costa Rica)     8  +2|
    |Tauro (Panama)                0 -19|Aguila (El Salvador)          1 -11|
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     3       1            4          |
    |Municipal (Guatamela)                  0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chivas (Mexico)                        1       0            1          |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                     1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)                 1       3            4          |
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)                   0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Los Angeles (USA)                      5       1            6          |
    |Toronto FC (Canada)                    0       3            3          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Los Angeles (USA)                      2       0            2          |
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)                 2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     2       2            4          |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                     1       0            3          |
    =========================================================================
    |NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL  Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate       |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | Santos Laguna (Mexico)                   1       1            2       |
    | Monterrey (Mexico)                       1       0            1       |
    =========================================================================

    In Oceania, the O-League
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Auckland City           7    |Ba                            0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(Fiji)                             |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Waitakere United(New Zealand)15 +10|Auckland City (New Zealand)  14 +10|
    |Ba (Fiji)                    10  +3|Kossa FC (Solomon Islands)    7   0|
    |AS Venus (Tahiti)             7  -5|Tafea (Vanuatu)               6  -2|
    |Hekari Utd (Papua New Guinea) 3  -8|AS Magenta (New Caledonia)    5  -8|
    =========================================================================
    |O-LEAGUE FINAL                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Waitakere United (New Zealand)         2       1            3          |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand)            0       2            2          |
    =========================================================================

    And finally in South America, the Copa Libertadores
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Fluminense              1    |Boca Juniors                  0    |
    |     |(Brazil)                     |(Argentina)                        |
    |     |Best Player : Leonardo Benitez - Estudiantes / Argentina         |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)           16  +7|Colo Colo (Chile)            12  +2|
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)       6   0|Alianza (Peru)               11  +6|
    |Universidad Catolica (Chile)  6  -3|Cienciano (Peru)              8  -2|
    |Morelia* (Mexico)             3  -4|Tolima (Colombia)             2  -6|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Santos (Brazil)              12  +7|Flamengo (Brazil)            12  +6|
    |Fluminense (Brazil)          10  +1|Pachuca* (Mexico)            10  +2|
    |Libertad (Paraguay)           9  +1|Boca Juniors (Argentina)      9  +2|
    |Millonarios (Colombia)        4  -9|Nacional (Uruguay)            2 -10|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Internacional (Brazil)       13  +5|Estudientes LP (Argentina)   14  +9|
    |Oeriente Petrolero (Bolivia) 10  +5|Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)     11  +5|
    |Jose Galvez (Peru)            8  +1|Bolivar (Bolivia)             6  -4|
    |Deportivo Tachira (Venezuala) 2 -11|Elemec (Ecuador)              3 -10|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Pumas* (Mexico)              16 +19|Corinthians (Brazil)         14 +11|
    |Belgrano (Argentina)          8  -3|Velez (Argentina)            10  +2|
    |Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)   5  -6|Independiente (Argentina)     7  -3|
    |Caracas (Venezuela)           4 -10|Olimpia (Paraguay)            1 -10|
    =========================================================================
    |Second Round                        Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)                2       0            2          |
    |Pumas* (Mexico)                        2       2            4          |
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    |Belgrano (Argentina)                   1       0            1          |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Velez (Argentina)                      2       1            3          |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   0       4            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Fluminese (Brazil)                     0       2            2          |
    |Estudientes LP (Argentina)             2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Pachuca* (Mexico)                      0       1            1          |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 1       0            1 pen      |
    |                                                                       |
    |Oeriente Petrolero (Bolivia)           0       0            0          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        1       4            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)               0       0            0          |
    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Alianza (Peru)                         2       2            4          |
    |Colo Colo (Chile)                      3       1            4 away gls |
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    |Colo Colo (Chile)                      3       0            3          |
    |Pumas* (Mexico)                        5       3            8          |
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    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      2       0            2          |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     2       0            2 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        0       1            1          |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   0       4            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 3       2            5          |
    |Estudientes LP (Argentina)             0       1            1          |
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    |Semi Final                          Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
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    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     2       1            3          |
    |Pumas* (Mexico)                        0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 4       0            4          |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   1       0            1          |
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    |COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL             Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
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    |Internacional (Brazil)                 2       1            3  pen4-3  |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     2       1            3          |
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    |Best Player : Lucas Moura - Sao Paulo / Brazil                         |
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    2013 Off Season (Part 2)



    A good profit was recorded over the first year in the top flight.

    This is the situation on 3 August; the season clicked over in July.


    With improved finances and a second run at the South African Premier, I anticipated a modest rise in the wage budget. How wrong I was. It was slashed.

    Consequently, I am 50% over my new wage budget before having anywhere the team assembled that I wanted to (that says 8k, two of the above signings occurred since then and I am now spending just over 10k). I can only assume that having 15k a month going on the loan for the new stadium has spooked the board when it comes to spending anything.

    Seaon Expectations:
    League - Board: mid-table - Me: If we can repeat last season I'll be happy - Bookies: 13th of 16
    SA FA Cup - Board: 2nd round - Me: 3rd if we get a decent draw
    Knockout Cup - Board: Unimportant - Me: Unimportant, I just want the prize money

    To be honest, I could lose my job this season. The first team is probably a little stronger than last year but the squad has no depth and I am way over budget; something that often spells doom in FM. I am starting to rethink my plans of staying here another two seasons.
    If we stay relatively injury free, top half is possible. If injury hits, relegation will be tough to avoid.

    Pre-season friendly results were mixed. The first game was quite bad, but better than it looks as most of the squad were on extended leave. Half the side was called up from the under 19 squad. It wasn't unil the FCAK game that we had something approaching a full team available, though new signing Duiker was out injured by then. Komane picked up an injury during that game as well and will miss the first three weeks or so of the season.
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    26 players and staff .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    26 players and staff .
    Yes, a lot of those were under 19s who were never going to make it and having them walk saved me the time of going through the list and cutting them. Not surprisingly, it did leave me with less than eleven players at the start of the pre-season. Had I known the board were actually going to cut my wage budget, rather than use the improved financial position to push on, I would not have hired the people I did. I was surprised everyone walked who could, even those getting a regular game, as there was no sign of a morale problem at season's end.

    By the way, I promised a train wreck, and hopefully there will be an update soon on its delivery. The first update will be as at the end of October, or the sack whichever comes first. I've played until early October.

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    August - October 2013



    Train wreck promised, and delivered.
    Its started out with disappointment, which looking back seems like glory days. A draw against Sundown when were favour to start with a win. From that point on, we got utterly schooled in every game. The Bidvest Wits game doesn't look on bad if you look purely at the result. The shot count of 22-0 was more reflective of the game. Four games with a point, or a goal was broken with a very lucky draw against Bloem Celtic.
    A team meeting later and things looked a bit better with a solid 4-1 win over Black Leopards. That bright spot was soon dimmed with four goals conceded in the first half against SuperSport United. This was enough for me to decide my new, hugh wage, goalkeeper had to go. He had been a disaster in the games he started to that point. He hadn't cost us any points, just increased the losing margin.
    The league was broken up by the Knockout Cup and agin we were knocked out. In the opening 20 minutes, with key highlights on, there were only two touches I saw which were not putting the ball out for a corner. One of them was a own goal. Komane scored at he right end last season, and put away two at the wrong end in this match. We had pulled a 3-0 deficit bck to 5-4 before he scored his second one. Its just the way things hae gone, even the best players are making calamitous mistakes.
    The final game of the month saw us slip behind last on the table before I gave the boys a blast at half time. They still outplayed us until we got alucky one, then the floodgates opened.



    With results well below expectations and the salaries hugely above, it is getting close to decide when I should jump ship before being pushed overboard. I can't see this being turned around. I might survive if I can slash wages.



    The only positive has been that Andile Khena has come from nowhere to notch up a few goals in recent games.

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    Looks like this season is going to be more of a challenge for you, good luck!

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    Tough start so far, but you turned it around after losing your first 4. Hopefully you can continue to pick up points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markyosullivan View Post
    Looks like this season is going to be more of a challenge for you, good luck!
    Challenging ... yes, that one word that can be sued to replace infuriating. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Tough start so far, but you turned it around after losing your first 4. Hopefully you can continue to pick up points.
    Read on to see how continuing to pick up points has worked out so far.

    November and December 2013


    or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Loss


    After a 4-1 victory, morale had shot back up to average and I had some hopes heading into a very winnable game against Golden Arrows. Dominant in general play we fald to capitalise on anything, and succumbed to an unlucky 1-0 loss. Losing points like that against a fellow struggler was not the plan at all. The next game was also against a side down with us on the table. On the scoreboard we got thumped. Four-nil. While I didn't see it, the media said we were unlucky to lose. Not just unlucky to lose by that margin, but unlucky to lose at all. Needless to say, morale went back to a series of vrey poor with the occasional abysmal thrown in. That was the last game in which anyone could call us competitive in any respect. By the final game I was playing a 5-5-0 for a while just to gain some sort of control over the back third. Every thought through attempt to do anything had failed, so it was panic time. Thankfully there were only five games over the two month stretch, not a solitary goal or point amongst them.



    I don't think anyone will be surprised to learn that we haven't been climbing up the table with those results.


    Surprisingly the FMCU Hall of Fame/Shame doesn't seem to have records for most consecutive losses or most consecutive games without a goal. I'm hoping to stop both at five, otherwise they might both stopped with my sacking.



    Now for the updates on things far removed from this club. Barcelona continue to dominate the Player of the Year and Golden Ball awards. This time Lionel Messi claimed the double.

    Code:
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    |Year|World Golden Ball          |World Player of the Year   |
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    |2011|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
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    |2012|David Villa                |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Spain            |Barcelona/Spain            |
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    |2013|Lionel Messi               |Lionel Messi               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Argentina        |
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    The African Champions League for 2013 finished
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    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2011 |Zamalec (Egypt)         3    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)               0    |
    |2012 |ES Tunis (Tunisia)      5    |Zamalec (Egypt)               4    |
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    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Heartland (Nigeria)          13  +5|Al-Ahly (Egypt)              15  +5|
    |Wydad Casablancs (Morocco)    8  -1|Club Africain (Tunisia)      11  +5|
    |ES Tunis (Tunisia)            6  +1|ES Setif (Algeria)            4  -4|
    |Sundowns (South Africa)       5  -5|TP Mazembe (Ivory Coast)      5  -6|
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    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)                        0       2            2 away gls |
    |Heartland (Nigeria)                    0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Club Africain (Tunisia)                2       1            3          |
    |Wydad Casablancs (Morocco)             0       2            2          |
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    |AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)                        3       1            4          |
    |Club Africain (Tunisia)                0       2            2          |
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    And in Asia
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    |2011 |Al-Shabab               2    |Okayama FC (Japan)            0    |
    |     |(Saudi Arabia)               |                                   |
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    |2012 |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)  4pen |Suwon (South Korea)           4    |
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    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Qatar SC (Qatar)             10  +4|Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)      15 +11|
    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)     9  -1|Estghlal (Iran)              10  +1|
    |Al-Nasr (UAE)                 7  -1|Paxtakor (Uzbekistan)         6  -6|
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)               0 -12|Al-Jazira (UAE)               4  -6|
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    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
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    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Bunyodor Toshkent (Uzbek)    13  +4|Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)    13  +5|
    |Al-Wahda (UAE)                8  -2|Al-Ain (UAE)                 11  +2|
    |Al-Shahbab (Saudi Arabia)     7   0|Al-Sadd (Qatar)               5  -1|
    |Foualad (Iran)                5  -2|Sepahan (Iran)                4  -6|
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    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Okayama FC (Japan)           16 +14|Higashiosaka Rosa (Japan)    11  +2|
    |Beijing (China)               8  -5|Jeonbuk (south Korea)        11  +7|
    |Suwon (South Korea)           6  -1|Brisbane Roar (Australia)     5  -4|
    |Arema (Indonesia)             2  -8|Shandong (China)              5  -5|
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    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Tianjin (China)              15  +7|Funabashi Bandits (Japan)    12  +7|
    |Giurare Yokohama (Japan)     10  +4|Changchun (China)            11  +7|
    |Busan (south Korea)          10  +5|Melbourne Victory (Austalia)  5   0|
    |Buriram PEA (Thailand)        0 -16|Pohang (south Korea)          5  -7|
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    |Second Round                                                           |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Qatar SC (Qatar)               4   |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)        3   |
    |Al-Ain (UAE)                   1   |Al-Wahda (UAE)                 1   |
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    |Bunyodor Toshkent (Uzbek)      1   |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)      1   |
    |Estghlal (Iran)                5   |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)      2   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Okayama FC (Japan)             2   |Higashiosaka Rosa (Japan)      1   |
    |Changchun (China)              1   |Giurare Yokohama (Japan)       0   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Tianjin (China)                0   |Funabashi Bandits (Japan)      2   |
    |Jeonbuk (south Korea)          2   |Beijing (China)                0   |
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    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Qatar SC (Qatar)                       3       1            4          |
    |Jeonbuk (S Korea)                      0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Funabashi Bandits (Japan)              1       0            1          |
    |Estghlal (Iran)                        1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                3       3            6          |
    |Higashiosaka Rosa (Japan)              1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudia Arabia)             5       1            6          |
    |Okayama FC (Japan)                     1       1            2          |
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    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Estghlal (Iran)                        2       0            2          |
    |Qatar SC (Qatar)                       5       4            9          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)              1       0            1          |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                0       0            0          |
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    |ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL   1/2Time    Full Time   Extra Time  Pens |
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    |Qatar SC (Qatar)                     2            2                    |
    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)            0            0                    |
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    January and February 2014



    The run of consecutive losses and scoreless games ended at five. (I need to update the records both for FMCU and overall.)



    A mixed bag over the last two months, something of an improvement to the prior two. The lack of confidence, defenders deciding to run away from the ball, and a lack of finishing cost us a few points along the way too.
    The final game was particularly aggrevating, wih strikers seemingly waiting for the opposition goalkeeper to get off the ground before shooting the ball straight at him. Conceding in the 93rd minute with two minutes stoppage time, when we should have been leading at least 5-1 almost saw things fly around the room. Even in the Bloem Celtic game we were more or less even in general play.
    Mind you, we did get schooled in a couple of games as well. The Orlando Pirates game was pure embarrassment.

    The good news we got off the bottom of the table. Just.


    For those who haven't managed South Africa, or never have to worry about what the bottom of the table looks like (i.e. those of you who know what you are doing), last automatically relegates while second last goes into playoff with 2nd to 4th in the National Division.

    I really need to get a run of wins at some stage to meet the board's mid-table expectation.
    Three league matches in March, all against the sides in the lower reaches of the table. Chippa Utd at home, Golden Arrows away and Maritzburg Utd at home.

    In the cup, we have drawn SuperSport Utd for the first round.
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    March - April 19 2014


    Decision Time


    Ordinarily I've been doing two month blocks except around the seaso turnover period. Something has come up which I shall take the great unwashed, and then probably ignore your decision.

    Anyway, the games against the other cellar dwellers went well; even if there was luck involved in the Chippa Utd game. We knocked over the teams near us, and edged out SuperSport in the opening round of the cup.


    Overall good results, the final game not withstanding, saw us elevate from the danger spots. While we are not going to get near mid-table, we should now be able to survive.

    Only three league games, and I'm fairly sure there would be just one cup game, follow before season's end.


    That leaves me seeking an answer to this question:

    The Jets are scraped into 6th place after the regular season and bowed out in a Minor Semi-Final to Gold Coast United (who are now defunct in real life). Given the media had them predicted to finish 4th, a sacking for finishing 6th seems fairly harsh.

    My first thought is to stay at Atlie and hope for an improved budget next season. On the other hand, the way the board treated things for this season; and the way every uncontracted player walked as soon as possible last off-season; does not give me much confidence any increase will be forthcoming.
    I did say that I wanted to stay at Atlie long enough to see out my contract, and that still holds true. But the A-League holds some interest, as I am Australian, and I've never played FM in a salary capped league before. The lack of any cup competition in Australia is a downside.

    Thoughts anyone?

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    I would probably leave to honest. If the board havent been helpful to be frank then you will be better off at Newcastle.

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    Apologies to the few that read this, I have been ill and unable to focus for any period of time. Hopefully I will get going again some time in the next ciuple of days.

    SRL88, you are probably right. Heading to the Jets is probably what I should do, its still tempting to stay though - there is unfinished business at Atlie and the board may have been stingy with the budgets for a reason.

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    I'm inclined to agree wtih SRL88 as well. If everyone is jumping ship, might be time for you as well.

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    Given the huge gap, for a number of reasons ranging from illness (nothing serious, just tiring) to simply not finding time for FM, the attachment to Atlie is not there any more - so the decision has been made. Off to Australia it is, and the Newcastle Jets.
    I leave Atlie with three games remaining in the South African league season. It is the off season for the A-League, so there will be a chance to learn something about the squad before the league comes around.
    No cups in Australia, just the league; which has a finals system - I'll explain that I f I get into it. No relegation either, so if finals aren't on offer the latter part of the season could get tedious.

    It turned out that after accepting the offer, I have one final game with Atlie. A cup tie against the highly fancied Orlando Pirates. And it was one final upset victory, 2-1 away.





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    |Season |Club                      |League               |Position|Cup      |Notes                 |
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    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |SA First Division    |1  of 16|1st Round|Promoted as champions |
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |9  of 16|1st Round|                      |
    |2013/14|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |11 of 16|         |Resigned - 3 to play  |
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    |Season |Club                      |Competition              |W |D |L |GF |GA |GD  |               |
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    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa First Division|15| 9| 6| 53| 40| +13|Winners        |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 1|  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |SA First Division Cup    |  |  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |16| 9| 8| 57| 46| +11|               |
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    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 9|12| 9| 51| 41| +10|               |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     |  |  | 1|  1|  2|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  0|  2|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    | 9|12|11| 52| 45|  +7|               |
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    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 8| 4|15| 34| 47| -13|3 games to play|
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 2|  |  |  3|  1|  +1|in 2nd Round   |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  4|  6|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |10| 4|16| 39| 53| -16|               |
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    |Club / Nation                  Won  Drawn  Lost  Goals For Against   Diff   Date in Charge        |
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    |Atlie FC (South Africa)         35     25    35        148     144     +4   06/07/2011-19/04/2014 |
    |Newcastle Jets (Australia)                                                  20/04/2014-present    |
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    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
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    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
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    The Jets play at the 33000 capacity Ausgrid Satdium, primarily a rugby league ground and home to the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

    After finishing 6th of 10 in the regular season and being knocked out in week one of the finals the previous manager was sacked. Presumably the pressure will be on to produce a finish around the top four in my first season.
    The finances are not good, a big loss being made this season. There appears to have been a big spike last season around Decmber that did not occur this time. I'm guessing that may have been Asian Champions League money.

    A few different rules to work with include a salary cap plus marquee players outside the cap - one from anywhere, one Australian and three under-23s. There is a maximum squad size of 23, no more than 20 of whom are to be over 21 years old, and there are no more than 5 non-Australian players allowed.
    There are currently 18 players in the squad, with four having contracts due at the end of next month. As I write this, I have done no more than turn up - I haven't looked at the players yet.

    I would expect some changes to occur before the next update, which will probably be at the end of June and include all the champions leagues which are to finish up and the man international tournaments. Being 2014, there's a world cup being played over June and July.

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    Pre-Season 2014 (Update #1, 1st September)

    The pre-season sure is long. I'll start with all the champions leagues that finished since I left Atlie. Some signings, leavings, etc, so far will follow.
    There is also a World Cup update to come.

    Firstly, the European Champions League
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    |2012 |Barcelona               3    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
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    |2013 |Barcelona               6    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    =========================================================================
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Juventus (Italy)             13  +6|Real Madrid (Spain)          12 +10|
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)  11  +3|Paris St Germain (France)     9  +1|
    |Shakhtar (Ukraine)            8  -2|CSKA Moscow (Russia)          8  -4|
    |Olympiakos (Greece)           1  -7|Fenerbahce (Turkey)           3  -7|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Sevilla (Spain)              15 +14|Napoli (Italy)               14  +5|
    |Arsenal (England)            15  +4|FC Bayern (Germany)          10  +6|
    |Anderlecht (Belgium)          4  -5|Sporting (Portugal)           7  +6|
    |PSv (Netherlands)             1 -15|Rosenberg (Norway)            1 -17|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Barcelona (Spain)            13 +10|Manchester United (England)  16 +11|
    |Werder Bremen (Germany)       8  -1|HSV (Germany)                 8   0|
    |FC Kopenhavn (Denmark)        8  -2|Olimpique de Marseille (Fra.) 7  -2|
    |SK Rapid Vien (Austria)       4  -7|Sparta Prague (Czech Rep.)    2  -9|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Manchester City (England)    16  +9|Valencia (Spain)             14  +7|
    |Celtic (Sctoland)            10  -1|AC Milan (Italy)             12  +9|
    |FCP (Portugal)                7   0|Rubin (Russia)                7   0|
    |Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)         1  -8|Basel (Switzerland)           0 -16|
    =========================================================================
    |Knockout Round                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Arsenal (England)                      2       1            3          |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      6       5           11          |
    |                                                                       |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       4       1            5          |
    |Manchester City (England)              1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Paris St Germain (France)              0       2            2 away gls |
    |Juventus (Italy)                       0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Werder Bremen (Germany)                0       1            1          |
    |Napoli (Italy)                         0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Celtic (Sctoland)                      0       1            1          |
    |Manchester United (England)            2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            4       0            4          |
    |Sevilla (Spain)                        2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |HSV (Germany)                          0       0            0          |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    4       2            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    1       0            1          |
    |Valencia (Spain)                       0       4            4          |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Werder Bremen (Germany)                2       2            4          |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       1       5            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    2       1            3          |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      2       1            3 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |Manchester United (England)            0       3            3          |
    |Valencia (Spain)                       1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            1       1            2          |
    |Paris St Germain (France)              1       3            4          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       1       0            1          |
    |Paris St Germain (France)              2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      1       2            3          |
    |Manchester United (England)            0       1            1          |
    =========================================================================
    |EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL at Estadio de Luz, Lisbon, Portugal    |
    |                                1/2 Time   Full Time Extra Time Pens   |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      0           0          0    5   |
    |Paris St Germain (France)              0           0          0    4   |
    =========================================================================
    |Best Player                                                            |
    |Andre Iniesta - FC Barcelona / Spain                                   |
    =========================================================================
    And Barcelona's domination continues. Hammerred recent duel finalists Arsenal in the first knockout round.


    To North America
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Monterrey               3    |Pumas                         0    |
    |     |(Mexico)                     |(Mexico)                           |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |2013 |Santos Laguna           2    |Monterrey                     1    |
    |     |(Mexico)                     |(Mexico)                           |
    =========================================================================
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |America (Mexico)             16 +10|Monterrey (Mexico)           12 +11|
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)         10  +6|Alajuelense (Costa Rica)      7  -7|
    |Puerto Rico Islanders         9  -3|Communicaciones (Guatemala)   6  -6|
    |Arabe Unido (Panama)          0 -13|Orlando City SC (USA)         4  -4|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Toluca (Mexico)              13  +6|Chivas (Mexico)              15  +6|
    |Los Angeles (USA)            13  +5|Vancouver (Canada)            9  +5|
    |Saprissa (Costa Rica)         8  -1|Colombus (USA)                3  -6|
    |Marathon (Honduras)           0 -10|Olimpia (Hinduras)            0 -12|
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)                   1       1            2          |
    |Toluca (Mexico)                        2       2            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Alajuelense (Costa Rica)               0       0            0          |
    |America (Mexico)                       5       1            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Vancouver (Canada)                     0       0            0          |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chivas (Mexico)                        2       1            3          |
    |Los Angeles (USA)                      0       2            2          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Toluca (Mexico)                        2       1            3 away gls |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chivas (Mexico)                        3       1            4          |
    |America (Mexico)                       1       2            3          |
    =========================================================================
    |NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL  Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate       |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Chivas (Mexico)                           2       0            2       |
    |Toluca (Mexico)                           0       1            1       |
    =========================================================================
    Once again, its the Mexican clubs that are still there at the business end.


    To the O-League
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2012 |Auckland City           7    |Ba                            0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(Fiji)                             |
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    |2013 |Waitakere United        3    |Auckland City                 2    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Waitakere United(New Zealand)18 +20|Auckland City (New Zealand)  16 +20|
    |Kossa FC (Solomon Islands)   10   0|Tafea (Vanuatu)               8  -6|
    |AS Venus (Tahiti)             7  -8|Ba (Fiji)                     6  -2|
    |Hekari Utd (Papua New Guinea) 0 -12|AS Magenta (New Caledonia)    2 -12|
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    |O-LEAGUE FINAL                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Waitakere United (New Zealand)         2       4            6          |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand)            1       0            1          |
    =========================================================================


    Finally the South American Copa Libertadores
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Fluminense              1    |Boca Juniors                  0    |
    |     |(Brazil)                     |(Argentina)                        |
    |     |Best Player : Leonardo Benitez - Estudiantes / Argentina         |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |2013 |Internacionale          3    |Sao Paulo                     3    |
    |     |(Brazil)                pens |(Brazil)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Lucas Moura - Sao Paulo / Brazil                   |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)     15 +13|Pachuca (Mexico)*            16 +10|
    |Santos (Brazil)              13  +4|Cesar Vallejo (Peru)          8   0|
    |Penarol (Uruguay)             5  -5|Once Caldas (Colombia)        5  -5|
    |Millonarios (Colombia)        1 -12|Nacional (Uruguay)            4  -5|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Flamengo (Brazil)            16  +8|Estudientes LP (Argentina)   12  +5|
    |Libertad (Paraguay)           8  +2|Olimpia (Paraguay)           11  +3|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*       6   0|Universidad Catolica (Chile)  5  -2|
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)       2 -10|Barcelona (Ecuador)           5  -6|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |River Plate (Argentina)      13  +7|Sao Paulo (Brazil)           16 +10|
    |Corinthians (Brazil)         10  +1|Racing Club (Argentina)       8  +5|
    |Colo Colo (Chile)             9  -1|Deportivo Tachira (Venezuala) 7  -5|
    |Tolima (Colombia)             3  -7|Bolivar (Bolivia)             2 -10|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)*          15  +3|Gimnasia (Argentina)         13  +6|
    |Fluminese (Brazil)            9  +3|Gremio (Brazil)              10  +2|
    |Alianza (Peru)                9   0|Caracas (Venezuala)           5  -2|
    |Oriene Petrolero (Bolivia)    3  -6|Universidad de Chile (Chile)  3  -6|
    =========================================================================
    |Second Round                        Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Cesar Vallejo (Peru)                   0       2            2          |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Libertad (Paraguay)                    2       1            3          |
    |Pachuca (Mexico)*                      2       2            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Racing Club (Argentina)                1       1            2          |
    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Fluminese (Brazil)                     4       0            4          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               2       2            4 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |Gremio (Brazil)                        2       1            3 pen      |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)*                    1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   3       1            4          |
    |River Plate (Argentina)                0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olimpia (Paraguay)                     1       0            1          |
    |Gimnasia (Argentina)                   1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        1       0            1          |
    |Estudientes LP (Argentina)             2       2            4          |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Final                       Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Estudientes LP (Argentina)             3       1            4          |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     3       3            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Gimnasia (Argentina)                   2       2            4          |
    |Pachuca (Mexico)*                      1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   1       2            3          |
    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Gremio (Brazil)                        1       1            2          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               1       3            4          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Final                          Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Gimnasia (Argentina)                   2       1            3          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   3       0            3          |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     0       0            0          |
    =========================================================================
    |COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL             Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   0       0            0          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               3       1            4          |
    =========================================================================
    |Best Player : Denis Stracqualarsi - Boca Juniors / Argentina           |
    =========================================================================


    Previous Club Update
    Atile FC picked up two points in their final three games after my departure to reamain in 11th.
    Code:
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    |Atile FC, South Africa                                                  |
    |Year   |League                       |Cups            |Notes            |
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |2013/14|SA Premier 11th of 16        |FA - 1/4 Finals |Departed with 3  |
    |       |                             |                |games to play    |
    ==========================================================================


    Just the two friendlies played so far, with the league not beginning until October. Not good results, particularly given I played close to a first choice team.


    Possibly my best pick-up so far has been Nagamura. While he's nothing really special, he should do more than just fill a gap. I am chasing a few others, but feel reasonably settled that once the side gels it should be competitive in the league - once it finally gets underway.


    Hopefully there will be some more news regarding signings in the next update, and the World Cup wrap.
    Last edited by BadManager; 26-08-2012 at 03:12.

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    Good move to the A-League. Not sure if you know, but do salary caps increase as the league increases in stature? I'd imagine they'd hamstring the league from developing much if not.

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    Mongrel, good question, and I don't know the answer to how SI manage that side of things. As it is, I'm well under the cap at the present time but still hoping to sign some quality.

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    I don't hold out in hope, to be honest. I have the A-League loaded, and the amount of times a transfer is cancelled because "X already has one marquee player" is comical.

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    Pre Season Update #2, 1st October


    Unfortunately not much action on the transfers in or out. I need to offload a few who are wasted, over-age and not fitting into the maximum squad size.

    A goalkeeper was the only player to come in. Again, nothing special but an improvement on what wa available.

    Overall, I'm fairly confident this squad can do OK in the league, hopefully even a little better. The remainder of the friendlies were against slightly beter oposition than the first couple. Only one was against A-League quality opposition though, in the form of Melbourne Heart. Apart from the opening minutes, we controlled the game and the eventual scoreline perhaps wasn't a true reflection of how much we were on top across the park.


    And finally, as promised

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup



    Code:
    ==================================================================
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP A                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Cyprus          0 - 2 Brazil                                   |
    | Nigeria         0 - 0 Japan           BRAZIL           7  +6   |
    | Brazil          1 - 1 Nigeria         CYPRUS           4  -1   |
    | Japan           0 - 1 Cyprus                                   |
    | Japan           0 - 4 Brazil          Nigeria          3   0   |
    | Nigeria         0 - 0 Cyprus          Japan            1  -5   |
    |                                                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP B                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Italy           2 - 0 Saudi Arabia                             |
    | Peru            1 - 5 Russia          ITALY            9  +5   |
    | Russia          2 - 3 Italy           RUSSIA           6  +4   |
    | Saudi Arabia    2 - 4 Peru                                     |
    | Peru            0 - 2 Italy           Peru             3  -4   |
    | Russia          2 - 1 Saudi Arabia    Saudi Arabia     0  -5   |
    |                                                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP C                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Costa Rica      0 - 1 Croatia         COLOMBIA         7  +3   |
    | Sctoland        1 - 1 Colombia        SCOTLAND         5  +1   |
    | Croatia         1 - 2 Scotland                                 |
    | Colombia        2 - 0 Costa Rica      Croatia          3  -1   |
    | Costa Rica      0 - 0 Scotland        Costa Rica       1  -3   |
    | Croatia         1 - 2 Colombia                                 |
    |                                                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP D                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Chile           1 - 1 Germany         SOUTH KOREA      5  +1   |
    | England         1 - 1 South Korea     GERMANY          5  +1   |
    | South Korea     1 - 0 Chile                                    |
    | Germany         1 - 0 England         England          4  +1   |
    | Chile           0 - 2 England         Chile            1  -3   |
    | Germany         1 - 1 South Korea                              |
    |                                                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP E                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Cameroon        2 - 1 Mexico          CAMEROON         9  +4   |
    | Czech Republic  0 - 3 Uruguay         URUGUAY          6  +3   |
    | Mexico          1 - 2 Czech Republic                           |
    | Uruguay         0 - 1 Cameroon        Czech Republic   3  -4   |
    | Cameroon        2 - 0 Czech Republic  Mexico           0  -3   |
    | Mexico          0 - 1 Uruguay                                  |
    |                                                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP F                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Argentina       2 - 1 Portugal        ARGENTINA        9  +6   |
    | China           2 - 2 Ivory Coast     IVORY COAST      4   0   |
    | Portugal        2 - 0 China                                    |
    | Ivory Coast     0 - 3 Argentina       Portugal         3  -2   |
    | Argentina       4 - 2 China           China            1  -4   |
    | Portugal        1 - 4 Ivory Coast                              |
    |                                                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP G                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Mali            1 - 1 USA             SWITZERLAND      9  +7   |
    | Spain           0 - 1 Switzerland     SPAIN            4  +1   |
    | Switzerland     4 - 0 Mali                                     |
    | USA             1 - 3 Spain           Mali             2  -4   |
    | Mali            1 - 1 Spain           USA              1  -4   |
    | USA             0 - 2 Switzerland                              |
    |                                                                |
    |----------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                |
    | GROUP H                                                        |
    |                                                      PTS  GD   |
    | Bosnia & Herz.  0 - 2 Congo           HOLLAND          9  +5   |
    | Australia       0 - 3 Holland         CONGO            4  +1   |
    | Congo           0 - 0 Australia                                |
    | Holland         1 - 0 Bosniz & Herz.  Australia        2  -3   |
    | Australia       0 - 0 Bosnia & Herz.  Bosniz & Herz.   1  -3   |
    | Holland         1 - 0 Congo                                    |
    |                                                                |
    |================================================================|
    |                                                                |
    | SECOND ROUND                                                   |
    |                                                                |
    | Russia       1 - 3 Brazil       | HT 0-1                       |
    | Cyprus       0 - 1 Italy        | HT 0-1                       |
    | Colombia     2 - 0 Germany      | HT 0-0                       |
    | South Korea  1 - 0 Scotland     | HT 1-0                       |
    | Ivory Coast  1 - 1 Cameroon     | HT 1-0  FT 1-1 Pen 6-5       |
    | Argentina    0 - 2 Uruguay      | HT 0-2                       |
    | Congo        0 - 2 Switzerland  | HT 0-1                       |
    | Spain        3 - 0 Holland      | HT 1-0                       |
    |                                                                |
    |================================================================|
    |                                                                |
    | QUARTER FINALS                                                 |
    |                                                                |
    | Brazil       3 - 0 South Korea  | HT 1-0                       |
    | Italy        2 - 1 Colombia     | HT 0-0                       |
    | Ivory Coast  2 - 3 Spain        | HT 0-0  FT 2-2               |
    | Uruguay      4 - 0 Switzerland  | HT 3-0                       |
    |                                                                |
    |================================================================|
    |                                                                |
    | SEMI FINALS                                                    |
    |                HT         FT         ET      Pens              |
    | Brazil          1          3                                   |
    | Uruguay         0          1                                   |
    |                                                                |
    | Italy           0          1                                   |
    | Spain           2          3                                   |
    |                                                                |
    |================================================================|
    |                                                                |
    | THIRD PLACED PLAYOFF                                           |
    |                HT         FT         ET      Pens              |
    |                                                                |
    | Italy           0          0          2                        |
    | Uruguay         0          0          0                        |
    |                                                                |
    ==================================================================

    2014 FIFA World Cup Final
    v

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    |          BRAZIL                            SPAIN               |
    |                                                                |
    |               0          HALF  TIME            0               |
    |               0          FULL  TIME            0               |
    |               0          EXTRA TIME            0               |
    |                                                                |
    |               2           PEALTIES             4               |
    ==================================================================

    SPAIN won the World Cup on penalties


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    Nice move to the Jets. I managed Gold Coast before. Australia can be fun...and good practice for MLS!

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    Cheers, cerud. I must admit I hdn't really thought about MLS, but you just never know wher FM will take you.

    October, 2014


    Season Expectations:
    Board: Safe mid-table
    Mine: Unsure really, certainly make finals, maybe aim for around 4th
    Media Predicition: 8th

    The season began with a trip to the Gold Coast. After some early trouble we got away with a solid enough 3-1 win and all was looking good.
    Our first home game was less successful, going down to local rivals Central Coast in a game that was probably even overall.
    Then the trip to Adelaide. Adelaide hadn't scored before we made our trip there. And they dominated us, but our defence held firm and we opened the scoring against the run of play. That was quickly followed by a second and we started to control the flow of the game as well as the scoreboard. That was, until Billy Mehmet tore the game open for Adelaide. Two goals in three minutes and we were reeling. We held out for a draw against the bottom of the table.
    Back home against Melbourne Heart, the ball was all ours, but despite quite a few good chances we failed to find the net. Nil-all really was not the result the way the game was played would suggest. Somtimes luck just doesn't go your way, the Heart game was one of those times.





    And my next match:

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    November, 2014


    Another mixed month in November.
    First up, a trip to Sydney to take on "Bling FC". Dudu brought us back from behind twice to snatch a 2-2 draw. Other than him, we struggled to make much of an impact despite holdoing our own for most of the game.
    Follwong that, we hosted Perth Glory for the first home win under my reign. A narrow 1-0 victory help edlift player morale before taking on last season's winners - who are struggling this season.
    Brisbane came to Newcastle and didn't look at all threatening. We had to put a goal in for them, as they put in a floater which Cecchetto slammed home an own goal. We did come back to get the 2-1 win, but left the winner until later than it should have been - especially after the Roar were down to ten men.
    The trip to Melbourne was not looking likely to be successful at the beginning. I don't why, maybe playing in front of a corws rather than a sparse attendance had an impact, but my guys didn't settle into the game. Worse than that, they never got better.
    Last, and least, bottom of the table Wellington Phoenix. We stunk this game up big time. 60% possession, 12 shots to 5, the stats sugest we were on top. Reality was, we struggled but came out with an unconvincing, perhaps undeserved, win.



    After having played every side once, the table is taking shape. Mid-table is looking likely at this point.


    During November the African Champions League concluded
    Code:
    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2011 |Zamalec (Egypt)         3    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)               0    |
    |2012 |ES Tunis (Tunisia)      5    |Zamalec (Egypt)               4    |
    |2013 |Al-Ahly (Egypt)         4    |Club Africain (Tunisia)       2    |
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    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)              14  +8|ES Tunis (Tunisia)           10  +2|
    |Wydad Casablancs (Morocco)    9  +2|Enyimba (Nigeria)            10  +2|
    |Asante Kototko (Ghana)        5  -6|Ajax Cape Town (South Africa) 8  +2|
    |ASEC (Ivory Coast)            3  -4|Heartlan (Nigeria)            6  -6|
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)                        5       2            7          |
    |ES Tunis (Tunisia)                     1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Enyimba (Nigeria)                      3       0            3          |
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)             1       2            2 away gls |
    =========================================================================
    |AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)                        4       0            4          |
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)             1       1            2          |
    =========================================================================
    As did the Asian Champions League
    Code:
    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2011 |Al-Shabab               2    |Okayama FC (Japan)            0    |
    |     |(Saudi Arabia)               |                                   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012 |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)  4pen |Suwon (South Korea)           4    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Qatar SC (Qatar)        2    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)     0    |
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    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)              12  +2|Persepolis (Iran)            13 +11|
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)     9  -1|Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)      13  +4|
    |Esteghal (Iran)               8   0|Al-Wahda (UAE)                6  -2|
    |Paxtakor (Uzbekistan)         4  -9|Bunyodor Toshkent (Uzbek)     1 -13|
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    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)    13  +7|Al-Jazira (UAE)              11  +2|
    |Lekhwiya (Qatar)              8  -2|Al-Shabab (Sauda Arabia)     10  +6|
    |Al-Ain (UAE)                  7  +2|Mes Kerman (Iran)             5  -1|
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)               4  -6|Qadsia (Kuwait)               2  -8|
    =========================================================================
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)         15  +6|Okayama FC (Japan)           15  +4|
    |Seoul (South Korea)          12 +10|Pohang (south Korea)         13  +6|
    |Changchun (China)             7  -4|Perth Glory FC (Australia)    4  -4|
    |Muangthong Utd (Thailand)     1 -12|Tianjin (China)               3  -6|
    =========================================================================
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Jeonbuk (South Korea)        15  +8|Shandong (China)             13  +8|
    |Guangzhou (China)            10  +2|Seongnam (South Korea)        9  +3|
    |Brisbane Roar (Australia)     5  -3|Osaka AC (Japan)              7  -2|
    |Sendei Lumiere FC (Japan)     2  -7|Persipura (Indonesia)         4  -9|
    =========================================================================
    |Second Round                                                           |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                1 e |Persepolis (Iran)              2   |
    |Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia)       0   |Lekhwiya (Qatar)               0   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)      2 e |Al-Jazira (UAE)                1   |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)        2   |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)      2   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)           2   |Okayama FC (Japan)             0   |
    |Seongnam (South Korea)         4   |Guangzhou (China)              0 p |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Jeonbuk (south Korea)          0   |Shandong (China)               1   |
    |Pohang (south Korea)           1   |Seoul (South Korea)            3   |
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Pohang (south Korea)                   2       1            3          |
    |Guangzhou (China)                      3       0            3 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)              1       0            1          |
    |Seoul (South Korea)                    3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                        2       2            4          |
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)              1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Seongnam (South Korea)                 1       2            3          |
    |Persepolis (Iran)                      0       2            2          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Seongnam (South Korea)                 1       0            1          |
    |Guangzhou (China)                      1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Seoul (South Korea)                    2       1            1 away gls |
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                        0       3            0          |
    =========================================================================
    |ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL   1/2Time    Full Time   Extra Time  Pens |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                       |
    |Seoul (South Korea)                  0            2                    |
    |Guangzhou (China)                    0            1                    |
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    Definitely a mixed start to the season, but things could be worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Definitely a mixed start to the season, but things could be worse.
    Certainly a mixed bag, but perhaps slightly ahead of where I thought we might be. The all-important top two looks out of the picture, but third or fourth would give a home final in the first week.

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    December, 2014


    The good news is the mixed run is over. The bad news is things are now uniformally poor, trending to bad. By March, it could be tragic.

    It started out well, with a win against Gold Coast. Clearly on top all game, it was alittle disappointing to conceded twice. The three points were nice, and things were looking good.
    In the second derby against Central Coast, wer took the lead early and controlled the game masterfully until one fateful moment. The Mariners had barely made a forward move, but Benedek took it upon himself to slide home an own goal. From that moment, the only time we touched the ball was to either fish out of the back of the net or kick off. Terrible all around, and set the tone for the remainder of the game in December.
    Against Adelaide, Billy Mehmet again caused no end of strife. The home hans were treated to an unlikely draw. The media said Adelaide were lucky, but my reading of the game was that we were slaughtered right across the park. Not one player could be said to have had a good, or even acceptable, game.
    That sort of form is what you wnt taking on top of the table. We took it up to Melbourne Heart at first, for perhaps three minutes.

    Needless to say, morale is starting to drop, and it is becoming rare that any player gets a rating above 6.5.





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    |2011|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012|David Villa                |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Spain            |Barcelona/Spain            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013|Lionel Messi               |Lionel Messi               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Argentina        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014|Lionel Messi               |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Spain            |
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    January, 2015


    Two words. Dismal and dismal. OK, technically that's one word, but I thought it was worth repeating. Dismal. See, there it is again.

    Dud has completely stopped scoring and we don't have anyone else. Combine that with that in every match we seem to have a lapse of anywhere from two to ninety minutes in the defence, and I can't see a way of saving this season. Jose Guerrero has scored one goal for the season, but keeps getting games as a striker simply due to how much others have stunk the place up and he does sometimes look likely. He does have a couple of assists as well, from early in the season when Dud was scoring.
    In almost all games we've had the majority of possession, often we have had more (and more likely looking) shots, but failed to do anything at either end. I haven't been able to sign anyone, the players that have been available all preferred other clubs and very few have been available that fits my needs and budget.

    We started out 2015 with a win over Sydney, and that was it. In the following four game sin the month we only scored in one, only for Melbourne Victory to score a lucky late one to sink us. Even finishing top six, and a finals spot, is looking highly unlikely now. We just can't get a win from anywhere and nothing I can come up with in terms of tactics or selection seems to help. Even a very minor deviation from my standard set-up seems to only make things worse.
    The Gold Coast game, in particular, showed we jusyt lack that bit of creative spark. The goals we gave up came from the sort of play we just don't seem to be able to produce ourselves. Some clever passing, opening up an easy through ball and slotetd away. That said, Dudu did get one on one with the keeper three times well inside the box, and put them all wide.

    The only real positive from the month was the signing of:

    I'm probably over-paying him, and he is swallowing up my Australian Marquee spot, but needs must.

    There really is little to say about the results other than


    We still just cling to a finals spot, with six out of ten making finals you would hope so too - but I have real doubts about making the post-season.

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    February, 2015


    Well, well, well. Nothing left to say or to do. Its just about time to jump ship before the decision is made for me. There is no saving this season. Not that we've been playing that badly, bu we simply can not gain a point from anywhere.

    We did win the first game of the month, finally winning a derby game with Central Coast Mariners.

    On the trip to Adelaide, Dudu opened the scoring by chipping the keeper right on half time. Adelaide were well on top in the second half and we couldn't hold them out. At least Billy Mehmet didn't carve us up for once, and so we held on for a point.

    Another run of the mill loss to Melbourne Heart followed, and this was the one game where we were clearly outplayed for 90 minutes. It wasn't a big loss, just another loss.

    Sydney FC has been a side we have had the wood on this season, but that was not to be in the final meeting. It was fairly even in general play, a stupid penalty being the difference in the final washup. Another poor month, with no sign of any improvement to come in the final weeks.



    And that sees us fall all the way out of a finals place.



    edit:
    I realised I missed the 2015 African Cup of Nations, so here it is.

    Previous Winners
    Code:
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    |=======================================================================|
    |2012 |Cameroon                2    |Mali                          1    |
    |     |Best Player: Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon / Anji (Russian Premier)    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Cameroon                2    |Senegal                       0    |
    |     |Best Player: Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon / Anji (Russian Premier)    | 
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A          |Group B          |Group C          |Group D          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|           Pts GD|
    |Cameroon     7 +3|Sth Africa   7 +3|Senegal      7 -5|Morocco      7 +4|
    |Tunisia      4  0|Ivory Coast  5 +1|Nigeria      4  0|Togo         6 +2|
    |Uganda       3 -1|Ghana        4 +1|Egypt        3 -2|Sudan        4  0|
    |Mali         2 -2|Cape Verde   0 -5|Guinea       2 -3|DR Congo     0 -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Morocco      0   |                 |3rd Placed Playoff                 |
    |Senegal      2   |                 |                                   |
    |                 |Cameroon     0   |Cameroon            2              |
    |Nigeria      5   |Nigeria      0p  |Senegal             1              |
    |Togo         1   |                 |                                   |
    |                 |                 |-----------------------------------|
    |Sth Africa   1   |                 |African Cup of Nations Final       |
    |Cameroon     2et |Senegal      1   |            HT     FT              |
    |                 |Ivory Coast  2   |Nigeria      1      1              |
    |Tunisia      0   |                 |Ivory Coast  0      0              |
    |Ivory Coast  1   |                 |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player : Yaya Toure - Ivory Coast / Menchester City               |
    =========================================================================
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    March, 2015


    Four matches were played in March, and we needed to realy turn form around to salvage the season.

    For once we got the points when controlling a game with a good display at home to Perth. A pretty convincing 3-0 home victory was soured a little with an injury to new signing Dugandzic. The important thing though was to get three points and stay in the hunt for post-season action.
    After that we travelled to Melbourne and took on the Victory. This was probably our best pefoance for the season, an away 2-1 win against a side who were really on the rise. 18 shots to 7, 57% possession, and a stunning 91% passs completion rate in the attcking area sums up how we played - all against top quality oponents on their turf.
    Then it turned aour again. At home to bottom side Brisbane we gave up two first half goals and looked horrible. Nothing was working. After the break a quick burst had us draw level, for reasons not yet explained. We had got on top, with plenty of time remaining. A comeback win looked likely. That was, until we conceded two more in three minutes. A bitter 4-2 loss at home to leave us on the brink with a game to play.
    Results went our way in the final round, and we went into a Sunday game having qualified for finals through other games. A win would see at home in a knockout match, anything else and we would be away. Two of our defenders were on international duty, others were suspended or injured, so into the youth squad we delved plucking out 15 and 16 year olds - the first choice of those was on under 19s national duty as well. So, I didn't have a lot of confidence going into the match as three of the back four were debutants no older than 16. As it was, the defence was barely tested. Dudu secured a hattrick, and while we conceded one late we already had four on the board by then and I was resting the central midfielders having subbed them off.

    All in all, a much better month.





    Now, as most will not have managed in the A-League, to explain the finals system used in Australia.
    Australia doesn't use a Eurpoean style system where the table toppers are the champions. That is partly a result of the other sports in this country, both Australian Football and Rugby League's highest competitions use finals systems and finals are just part of the Australian sporting psyche.

    The system used (and it is changing in real life):

    1st v 2nd over two legs. The winner advances directly to the Grand Final, which they host.

    3rd v 6th, with third at home
    4th v 5th, with fourth at home
    These games are one knockout match.

    The winners of the two knockout games play off in the second week in another knockout match.

    The winenr of that match plays the loser of the tie between the top two sides, the winner then goes on to the Grand Final.
    I'm not sure this really makes it any clearer.
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    1st                1st ------------Rest---------
    v                  v                            |
    2nd                2nd --LOSER-                 |
                                   |                - WINNER 1 v 2
                                   |
                                   |                  versus
    3rd                            - LOSER 1v2-----
    v   ------                                     |
    6th      |                       vs            -- WINNER Week 3 game
              ---------WINNER 3v6-                 |
                                  |- WINNER3/4/5/6-
              ---------WINNER 4v5-
    4th      |
    v   ------
    5th


    As can be seen, there is a distinct advantage to finishing in the top two.

    Using this year as an example, looking at the above table:
    Melbourne Heart and Central Coast play over two legs, while Melbourne Victory host Sydney and we host Gold Coast in knockout games.

    If we beat Gold Coast we would then play the winner of the Victory v Sydney game.
    If we won that, we would play the loser of the two-legged tie between Heart and Central Coast.
    If we won that, we would then play the winner of that tie.

    Basically, to win the title, we would need to win four games straight.

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    Minor Semi-Final
    Newcastle Jets v Gold Coast United


    The finals campaign began sensationally, with Dudu putting one home from the edge of the box in the fourth minute. Gold Coast appeared to level after 11 minutes, but the offside flag was up. While we seemed on top according to the highlights, Gold Coast had actually put more shots on goal. Defender Matoukou doubled the lead after 25, things were looking good. Nagamura was lost to injury in the 29th minute, weakening our midfield a little. Scores didn't change for the remainder of the half.
    Gold Coast's Bryan Bran pulled one back for the visitors after 56. Very late in the piece Gold Coast's McCord went on a dangerous run, and took a close range shot. Thankfully, that was off target and we take a 2-1 win advancing to the next week.

    In the other knockout game, Melbourne Victory prevailed 1-0 over Sydney FC. In the first leg of the major semi-final, a 1-1 draw will see the Heart with an advantage in their home leg.

    Injury report: Nagamura will miss 3-4 weeks, effectively ruling him out for the season.
    Ben Kantarovski should be able to start, having played the last 15 minutes or so, giving us a full back four to choose from.

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    Minor Final
    Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets


    Once again, the Victory were all over us. From start to finish we coiuld not find a way into the match. Mike Black opened scoring for the Victory after 12 minutes. While the Victory were dominant we did at least make them fight for goals. Despite numerous chances they did not score again in the first half.
    We still had some hope of an equaliser against play, until Fabio scored for the Victory with twenty to play. Not long after that the Victory put away a third and our season was over.
    A 3-0 loss to get booted form the finals.

    Overall, the season ended up fairly much where I expected despite a run that look set to make us miss finals altogether. We need firepower to back up Dudu and some extra depth in defence for next season.

    In the major semi-final, the Heart made it a good weekend for the Melbourne sides to secure their spot in the grand final for the A-League of 2014/15.

    --------
    edit: Preliminary Final : Melbourne Victory 2 - 0 Central Coast Mariners

    2014/15 A-League Grand Final : Melbourne Heart 1 - 2 Melbourne Victory
    Well, at least when we got taken apart in finals it was by the eventual winners.
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    April, 2015


    Code:
    Career Summary
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    |Season |Club                      |League               |Position|Cup      |Notes                 |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |SA First Division    |1  of 16|1st Round|Promoted as champions |
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |9  of 16|1st Round|                      |
    |2013/14|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |11 of 16|         |Resigned - 3 to play  |
    |2014/15|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League  |4  of 10|         |Semi-Finals           |
    |==================================================================================================|
    |Season |Club                      |Competition              |W |D |L |GF |GA |GD  |               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa First Division|15| 9| 6| 53| 40| +13|Winners        |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 1|  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |SA First Division Cup    |  |  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |16| 9| 8| 57| 46| +11|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 9|12| 9| 51| 41| +10|               |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     |  |  | 1|  1|  2|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  0|  2|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    | 9|12|11| 52| 45|  +7|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013/14|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 8| 4|15| 34| 47| -13|3 games to play|
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 2|  |  |  3|  1|  +1|in 2nd Round   |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  4|  6|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |10| 4|16| 39| 53| -16|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014/15|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League      |10| 7|10| 37| 34|  +3|               |
    |       |                          |A-League Finals          | 1|  | 1|  2|  4|  -2|               |
    |==================================================================================================|
    |GRAND TOTALS                                                                                      |
    |Club / Nation                  Won  Drawn  Lost  Goals For Against   Diff   Date in Charge        |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Atlie FC (South Africa)         35     25    35        148     144     +4   06/07/2011-19/04/2014 |
    |Newcastle Jets (Australia)      11      7    11         39      38     +1   20/04/2014-present    |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                46     32    46        187     182     +5                         |
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    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
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    One player made the A-League All-Star XI


    And one was named on the becnh of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Team of the Year

    Some older Brazilians doing the club proud. I expect Dudu to win the fans player of the year.
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    Finances are a desparate concern, the season seems to roll over in early May in monetary terms.



    The North American Champions League wrapped up again in April. No prizes for guessing which nation's clubs dominated. No non-Mexican side has made it to the semi-finals so far.

    Code:
    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Monterrey (Mexico)      3    |Pumas (Mexico)                0    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Santos Laguna (Mexico)  2    |Monterrey (Mexico)            1    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Chivas (Mexico)         2    |Toluca (Mexico)               1    |
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |America (Mexico)             15 +13|Cruz Azul (Mexico)           15 +10|
    |Chicago (USA)                13  +3|Colombus (USA)               12  -2|
    |Toronto FC (Canada)           7   0|Puerto Rico Islanders         9   0|
    |Tauro (Panama)                0 -16|Municipal (Guatemala)         0  -8|
    =========================================================================
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Monterrey (Mexico)           16 +16|Real Salt Lake (USA)         13  +7|
    |Communicaciones (Guatemala)  12  +6|Olimpia (Honduras)           12  -1|
    |Motagua (Honduras)            3 -10|Pachuca (Mexico)              7   0|
    |Saprissa (Costa Rica)         2 -12|Alajuelense (Costa Rica)      3  -6|
    =========================================================================
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     3       4            4          |
    |Olimpia (Honduras)                     0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Communicaciones (Guatemala)            0       0            0          |
    |America (Mexico)                       2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chicago (USA)                          0       0            0          |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                     1       4            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)                   1       1            2          |
    |Colombus (USA)                         0       1            1          |
    =========================================================================
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     3       3            6          |
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)                   0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |America (Mexico)                       2       2            4          |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                     1       1            2          |
    =========================================================================
    |NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL  Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate       |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                        1       0            1       |
    |America (Mexico)                          0       2            2       |
    =========================================================================
    Last edited by BadManager; 15-09-2012 at 02:31.

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    May, 2015


    The long pre-season has begun. I don't plan on an update every month in the pre-season, but with contracts expiring at the end of May it seems worth metioning a biref outline.
    Last season's first choice left back Mario Simic has left the club on a free. He got snapped up during the season, and while he was a bit of surprise packet - and eanred his first two games for Bosnia & Herzegovina, he wasn't a briliant player and can be replaced. Hopefully the place will be filled by an Australian, freeing up an internatonal spot - I have a target but Brisbane put in a late bid for his services as well. A few others have left, but they didn't play much part last season and weren't going to into the future.
    One early signing has been made. A new right back, signed on a free. It took over a season to sign him, as other clubs getting putting in bids for him as a marquee player only to have the bid rejected because they already had their marquee player place filled (hopefully SI will fix that in FM13). Before anyone asks, no he wasn't the only guy I was after for the role, but he was clearly the best around and I did keep coming back to him. They guy I did sign into the spot will hang around and is being retrained to handle any place in defence, and is only 19 so could be a star (or a worthwhile sale) later.


    Seasons wrapped up around the world, including some of the continental champions leagues.

    Firstly to Europe
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Barcelona               3    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Barcelona               6    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Barcelona               0 pen|Paris St Germain              0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(France)                           |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Sevilla (Spain)              13  +8|FCP (Portugal)               13  +8|
    |Chelsea                      11  +8|CSKA Moscow (Russia)          8  +1|
    |FC Kopenhavn (Denmark)        5  -8|Panathinaikos (Greece)        7  -5|
    |Rangers (Scotland)            4  -8|Werder Bremen (Germany)       6  -4|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Inter (Italy)                13  +7|Manchester City (England)    18 +16|
    |Real Madrid (Spain)          12  +5|FC RB Salzburg (Austria)     10  -3|
    |Dortmund (Germany)            8  +4|Olympique Lyonnais (France)   7  +2|
    |Fenerbahce (Turkey)           0 -16|Steaua (Romania)              0 -15|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Manchester United (England)  13 +17|AC Milan (Italy)             13  +5|
    |Sporting (Portugal)          12  +3|Liverpool (England)          11  +5|
    |Olimpique de Marseille (Fra.) 9  +2|Valencia (Spain)              8  +1|
    |Anderlecht (Belgium)          1 -12|Sparta Prague (Czech Rep.)    1 -11|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |FC Bayern (Germany)          16 +13|Barcelona (Spain)            14 +11|
    |Napoli (Italy)                8  -2|SLB (Portugal)               12  +1|
    |Paris St Germain (France)     7  -4|PSV (Netherlands)             4  -2|
    |Basel (Switzerland)           2  -7|Metalist (Ukraine)            2 -10|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Knockout Round                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Chelsea (England)                      2       1            3          |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    2       0            2          |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Sporting (Portugal)                    0       1            1          |
    |Manchester City (England)              3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |SLB (Portugal)                         0       1            1          |
    |Manchester United (England)            0       4            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Liverpool (England)                    0       2            2 away gls |
    |Sevilla (Spain)                        1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Napoli (Italy)                         1       1            2          |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |FC Salzburg (Austria)                  0       0            0          |
    |Inter (Italy)                          4       1            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |CSKA Moscow (Russia)                   2       0            2          |
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    0       4            4          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    4       0            4          |
    |Liverpool (England)                    1       4            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Napoli (Italy)                         3       2            5          |
    |Manchester City (England)              1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chelsea (England)                      2       3            5          |
    |Inter (Italy)                          0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       3       0            3          |
    |Manchester United (England)            1       4            5          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Liverpool (England)                    3       0            3          |
    |Manchester United (England)            2       1            3 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |Napoli (Italy)                         1       0            3          |
    |Chelsea (England)                      1       2            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL at Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   |
    |                                1/2 Time   Full Time Extra Time Pens   |
    |Chelsea (England)                      2           4                   |
    |Manchester United (England)            2           3                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player                                                            |
    |Luis Suarez - Liverpool / Uruguay                                      |
    |=======================================================================|

    And to Oceania
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Auckland City           7    |Ba                            0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(Fiji)                             |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Waitakere United        3    |Auckland City                 2    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Waitakere United        6    |Auckland City                 1    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Waitakere United(New Zealand)18 +14|Auckland City (New Zealand)  14 +13|
    |Ba (Fiji)                     9  -1|AS Venus (Tahiti)             8  -1|
    |Hekari Utd (Papua New Guinea) 7   0|Kossa FC (Solomon Islands)    7   0|
    |Tafea (Vanuatu)               1 -13|AS Magenta (New Caledonia)    3 -12|
    |=======================================================================|
    |O-LEAGUE FINAL                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Waitakere United (New Zealand)         0       0            0          |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand)            1       0            1          |
    =========================================================================
    The Copa Libertadores in South America is not yet complete. That will be in the next update.



    Finally, a quick look at my previous club
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    |Atile FC, South Africa                                                  |
    |Year   |League                       |Cups            |Notes            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013/14|SA Premier 11th of 16        |FA - 1/4 Finals |Departed with 3  |
    |       |                             |                |games to play    |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014/15|SA Premier 13th of 16        |FA - 1/4 Finals |                 |
    ==========================================================================
    They won the last three games of the season to pull themselves out of 15th and a relegation playoff. Atlie's wage bill is now 14th highest out of the 16 clubs, or roughly a third of the likes of the nation's big clubs.
    Last edited by BadManager; 15-09-2012 at 04:34.

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    June - September, 2015


    There wasn't much more action on the transfer front, the main action being this signing:


    I am not sure how to interpret the pre-season friendly results. We couldn't beat our own youth team again, and but went undefeated through the five games - including away to both finalists from last season. Both the Victory and Heart seemed to have our measure in general play, but the way we ground out the results themselves gives some hope.
    There is still a distinct lack of firepower and some of our passing still lacks cohesion, but the season will begin with some hope (which will no doubt evaporate with two or three matches).


    As mentioned last update, the Copa Libertadores wrapped up during our off-season.

    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    |=======================================================================|
    |2012 |Fluminense              1    |Boca Juniors                  0    |
    |     |(Brazil)                     |(Argentina)                        |
    |     |Best Player : Leonardo Benitez - Estudiantes / Argentina         |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Internacionale          3    |Sao Paulo                     3    |
    |     |(Brazil)                pens |(Brazil)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Lucas Moura - Sao Paulo / Brazil                   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Boca Juniors            4    |Corinthians                   0    |
    |     |(Argentina)                  |(Brazil)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Denis Stracqualarsi - Boca Juniors / Argentina     |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Independiente (Argentina)    12  +7|Gimnasia (Argentina)         15 +14|
    |Vitoria (Brazil)             11  +4|Nacional (Uruguay)            9  -2|
    |Tigres (Mexico)*             10  +3|Cesar Vallejo (Peru)          6  -4|
    |Bolivar (Bolivia)             0 -14|Atletico Nacional (Colombia)  6  -8|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Internacional (Brazil)       16 +10|Universidad Catolica (Chile) 14  +5|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*       8  +2|Atletico Paranaense (Brazil) 11  +3|
    |Alianza (Peru)                5  -3|Caracas (Venezuala)           4  -4|
    |Colo Colo (Chile)             5  -6|Emelec (Ecuador)              2  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)     18 +15|Estudientes (Agentina)       14 +10|
    |Defensor Sporting (Ururguay)  6  -6|Flamengo (Brazil)            10   0|
    |Once Caldas (Colombia)        5  -3|Newell's (Argentina)          5  -2|
    |Penarol (Uruguay)             5  -6|Libertad (Paraguay)           4  -8|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Chivaz (Mexico)*             14 +10|Santos (Brazil)              18 +12|
    |Deportivo Tachira (Venezuala) 8   0|Olimpia (Paraguay)            7   0|
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)       8   0|Universidad de Chile (Chile)  6  -8|
    |Blooming (Bolivia)            3 -10|Universitario (Peru)          4  -4|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Second Round                        Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*                2       3            5          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Defensor Sporting (Ururguay)           1       0            1          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        4       4            8          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olimpia (Paraguay)                     2       3            5          |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Deportivo Tachira (Venezuala)          0       1            1          |
    |Gimnasia (Argentina)                   4       0            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Nacional (Uruguay)                     0       0            0          |
    |Chivaz (Mexico)*                       2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      3       3            6          |
    |Estudientes (Argentina)                1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Vitoria (Brazil)                       0       1            1          |
    |Universidad Catolica (Chile)           2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Atletico Paranaense (Brazil)           2       2            4          |
    |Independiente (Argentina)              1       0            1          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Final                       Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*                0       2            2          |
    |Atletico Paranaense (Brazil)           0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Universidad Catolica (Chile)           1       1            2          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olimpia (Paraguay)                     0       0            0          |
    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      6       4           10          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chivaz (Mexico)*                       0       2            2          |
    |Gimnasia (Argentina)                   0       2            2 away gls |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Final                          Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Flamengo (Brazil)                      1       1            2          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        2       0            2 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*                4       3            7          |
    |Chivaz (Mexico)*                       1       2            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL             Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*                2       0            2          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        3       0            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player : Neymor - Santos / Brazil                                 |
    =========================================================================

    There were also international tournaments including the Asian Cup
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Saudi Arabia                  7  +5|Australia                     6  +4|
    |Kuwait                        5  +3|United Arab Emirates          4  +1|
    |Japan                         4  +5|Uzbekistan                    4   0|
    |Philippines                   0 -13|India                         3  -5|
    |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Iran                          9 +10|South Korea                   9  +8|
    |Oman                          6  +3|China                         6   0|
    |Tajikistan                    3  -6|Syria                         3  -3|
    |Maldives                      0  -7|Qatar                         0  -5|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                     |Semi Finals                        |
    |-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
    |Iran                          3    |                                   |
    |Kuwait                        4 et |Kuwait                        1    |
    |                                   |South Korea                   1    |
    |Saudi Arabia                  1    |                                   |
    |Oman                          2    |Oman                          1    |
    |                                   |Australia                     0    |
    |United Arab Emirates          1    |-----------------------------------|
    |South Korea                   4    |Third Placed Playoff               |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |China                         2    |South Korea                   1 pen|
    |Australia                     3    |Australia                     1    |
    |=======================================================================|
    |ASIAN CUP FINAL         1/2Time        FullTime   ExtraTime  Penalties |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Oman                          2               3                        |
    |Kuwait                        0               1                        |
    =========================================================================
    North America's Gold Cup was also held
    Code:
    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winners                       |Runners-Up                        |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |USA                     2 pen |Mexico                       2    |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |USA                           9  +6|Mexico                        7  +5|
    |Canada                        4  +1|Guatemala                     5  +2|
    |El Salvador                   4  -1|Jamaica                       4   0|
    |Puerto Rico                   0  -6|St Lucia                      0  -7|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |                                   |
    |                            Pts  GD|Third Place Qualifiers             |
    |Panama                        5  +1|                                   |
    |Antigua & Barbadua            3   0|El Salvador, Jamaica               |
    |Costa Rica                    3   0|                                   |
    |Honduras                      2  -1|                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                     |Semi Finals                        |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Canada                        2    |                                   |
    |Panama                        0    |                                   |
    |                                   |Jamaica                       0    |
    |Guatemala                     1    |Mexico                        3    |
    |USA                           3    |                                   |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |El Salvador                   0    |                                   |
    |Mexico                        4    |USA                           2    |
    |                                   |Canada                        1    |
    |Jamaica                       4    |                                   |
    |Antigua & Barbadua            0    |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |2015 GOLD CUP FINAL                                                    |
    |                          1/2 Time   Full Time   Extra Time  Penalties |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Mexico                           1           3                         |
    |USA                              1           1                         |
    =========================================================================
    And finally, back to South America where the Copa America was held
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Brazil                        9  +7|Uruguay                       7  +3|
    |Chile                         4   0|Mexico                        6  +1|
    |Paraguay                      4  -1|Colombia                      3   0|
    |Costa Rica                    0  -6|Ecuador                       1  -4|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |                                   |
    |                            Pts  GD|Third Place Qualifiers             |
    |Argentina                     9  +7|                                   |
    |Peru                          6  +1|Paraguay, Colombia                 |
    |Venezuela                     3  -1|                                   |
    |Bolivia                       0  -7|                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                     |Semi Finals                        |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Argentina                     3 et |Brazil                        2    |
    |Paraguay                      1    |Argentina                     1    |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Brazil                        3    |Peru                          2    |
    |Colombia                      1    |Mexico                        1    |
    |                                   |-----------------------------------|
    |Uruguay                       0    |Third Placed Playoff               |
    |Peru                          2    |                                   |
    |                                   |Argentina                     2    |
    |Mexico                        2    |Mexico                        3    |
    |Chile                         1    |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |2015 GOLD CUP FINAL                                                    |
    |                          1/2 Time   Full Time   Extra Time  Penalties |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Peru                             0           2                         |
    |Brazil                           1           1                         |
    =========================================================================
    Peru. Seriously.

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    October, 2015


    The season finally got underway.
    The board are expecting a respectable league position, my minimum is a repeat of last season while a top two finish would be at the top of end of expectations.
    The media predicts a repeat and a 4th placed finish.

    The season kicked off with the local derby against Central Coast. The had most of the shots in a game that wa soverall fairly evenly poised. It took 80 minutes to break the deadlock, when a Nagumura free kick found Eric Matoukou a bit wide of the far post and he headed home. Our fans went home happy with a 1-0 win.
    Next up we went up to Brisbane and that game was a bit more comfortbale. We were on top, and took 2-0 win. Certainly not emphatic, but a comfortable win all the same.
    Melbourne Victory, last season's champions, and they are really very good. I was forced to change formation to try and stem the Victory's control of the game. That failed to work so we went defensive. That failed, as two were slotted home past us straight after the change. And that was the half. A little into the second half we started to try and play a slightly more attacking game to see if we could get anything. Eventually things turned, we had two goals of our own and looked set for a draw late in the match. The Victory then snatched a third in the 87th minute. Right on time, Matoukou was the hero and we gained a point in Melbourne.
    We had the run of play at home to Perth (who had lost 6-1 to the Victory earlier in the season), but it ook 65 minutes for us to break through. In the end a 2-0 win was perhaps understating our control of the match.
    The last game of the month we hosted Gold Coast. A solid 3-0 win for us, rounding out a good start to the season.





    I'm pretty happy with that start, but I can't see the Victory losing many games (if any) this season. We've only conceded in one match so far. It is very early days though, and I should have a better guide to where we sit over the next month or so. By then we will have played everyone once.

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    Solid start to the season. Melbourne are hammering the goals in at this early stage!

    As you're the Newcastle Jets, you have any interest in bringing Emile Heskey like it looks like they have done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikal View Post
    Solid start to the season. Melbourne are hammering the goals in at this early stage!

    As you're the Newcastle Jets, you have any interest in bringing Emile Heskey like it looks like they have done?
    I'll have to check on Heskey, but I suspect he might be retired by 2015.

    The Victory are looking really good, its hard to see anyone stopping them this season unless they get a run of injuries.

    edit: Heskey is assistant manager at Darlington in League 1.
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    November, 2015


    The month began with a trp to last placed Adelaide. It was a sign of things to come up forward. We destroyed them everywhere except the scoreboard. A 2-0 result was really a long way from how the match panned out. At half time we had taken 22 shots to 3, and very few were difficult shots. It was that sort of game.
    Next up was Melbourne Heart. Last year the topped the table before finals. This year they are sitting mid-table. Again we were on top in general play, but had to wait for a late goal to acheive a 1-1 draw.
    The third game of five in the month saw us host second last Wellington. Much like the Adelaide game, we belted them except in the score. Three-nil in the end, which was fair enough, but early on it looked it could be a draw and two points thrown away.
    After that, the rot that been up forward spread throughout the side for the next two games. We were incredibly lucky to gain a point agsinst Sydney. I'd like to claim our defence held firm for 90 minutes, but that wasn't the case. To be fair, the defence did well for the pressure they were under but there was more than a share of luck as well. After Dudu was sent off were down to ten men and to stem the tide we ended up playing nobody ahead of midfield. While this was happening, Brisbane were busy beating the Victory. We had played everybody once and were undefeated, one point off the top.
    Next up, to round out the month, we played Brisbane. Bad things happened. We were never in the game, none of my changes did any good, and the 2-0 loss was well deserved.





    November saw the African Champions League conclude
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    |=======================================================================|
    |2011 |Zamalec (Egypt)         3    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)               0    |
    |2012 |ES Tunis (Tunisia)      5    |Zamalec (Egypt)               4    |
    |2013 |Al-Ahly (Egypt)         4    |Club Africain (Tunisia)       2    |
    |2014 |Al-Ahly (Egypt)         4    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)    2    |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Ismaily (Egypt)              16  +6|Club Africain (Tunisia)      16  +8|
    |USM Alger (Algeria)          10  +2|TP Mazembe (DR Congo)        10  +2|
    |Zamalek (Egypt)               5  -2|Ajax Cape Town (South Africa) 7  -3|
    |Africa Sports (Ivory Coast)   3  -6|Hearts of Oak (Ghana)         1  -7|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Club Africain (Tunisia)                1       0            2          |
    |Ismaily (Egypt)                        1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |USM Alger (Algeria)                    2       1            3          |
    |TP Mazembe (DR Congo)                  0       0            0          |
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    |AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
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    |Club Africain (Tunisia)                1       0            1          |
    |USM Alger (Algeria)                    1       1            2          |
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    The Asian Champions League also wrapped up in November.
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    |2011 |Al-Shabab               2    |Okayama FC (Japan)            0    |
    |     |(Saudi Arabia)               |                                   |
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    |2012 |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)  4pen |Suwon (South Korea)           4    |
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    |2013 |Qatar SC (Qatar)        2    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)     0    |
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    |2014 |Seoul (South Korea)     2    |Guangzhou (China)             1    |
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
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    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Ain (UAE)                 15  +6|Sepahan (Iran)               13  +6|
    |Persepolis (Iran)             9  -1|Baniyas (UAE)                 9  -5|
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)       6  -1|Al-Gharrafa (Qatar)           7  +1|
    |Kazma (Kuwait)                6  -4|Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)        5  -2|
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    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Paxtakor (Uzbekistan)        12  +3|Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)    13  +5|
    |Al-Shabab (Sauda Arabia)     10  +4|Al-Sadd (Qatar)              10  +1|
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)               8  -1|Esteghal (Iran)               9  +3|
    |Al-Wahda (UAE)                4  -6|Bunyodor Toshkent (Uzbek)     2  -9|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Seoul (South Korea)          13 +10|Seongnam (South Korea)       15  +8|
    |Shandong (China)             11  +3|Nagoya Stolz (Japan)         13  +9|
    |Okayama (Japan)               7  -2|Central Coast (Australia)     7  -2|
    |Persiba (Indonesia)           2 -11|Renhe (China)                 0 -15|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Suwon (South Korea)          13  +8|Guangzhou (China)            13  +8|
    |Melbourne Victory (Australia)12  +4|Osaka AC (Japan)              9  +3|
    |Giurare Yokohama (Japan)      5  -2|Pohang (south Korea)          7  -2|
    |Dallan (China)                4 -10|Persipura (Indonesia)         4  -9|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Second Round                                                           |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ain (UAE)                   0   |Sepahan (Iran)                 1   |
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                2   |Al-Shabab (Sauda Arabia)       2   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Paxtakor (Uzbekistan)          2   |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)      2   |
    |Baniyas (UAE)                  1   |Persepolis (Iran)              1   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Seoul (South Korea)            2   |Seongnam (South Korea)         1   |
    |Osaka AC (Japan)               4   |Melbourne Victory (Australia)  0   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Suwon (south Korea)            2   |Guangzhou (China)              1   |
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)           1   |Shandong (China)               0   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)              3       2            5          |
    |Seongnam (South Korea)                 0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Shabab (Sauda Arabia)               0       2            2 away gls |
    |Guangzhou (China)                      0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Suwon (south Korea)                    1       1            2          |
    |Seoul (South Korea)                    1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                        1       2            3 penalties|
    |Paxtakor (Uzbekistan)                  2       1            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                        1       0            1          |
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)              1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Suwon (South Korea)                    2       1            3          |
    |Al-Shabab (Sauda Arabia)               1       1            2          |
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    |ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL   1/2Time    Full Time   Extra Time  Pens |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
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    |Suwon (South Korea)                  0            0            0       |
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                      0            0            1       |
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    December, 2015


    December began with the second edition of the F3 Derby for the season, our one trip away to the Central Coast. We conceded in the 21st as Ibini-Isei managed to find a way through two pressure from defenders and the keeper from a stnading start. It was actually a pretty good individual goal, though disappointing to give up obviously. It took all match for our making the tun of play to be rewarded with an equaliser.

    Next up, the much-feared and absolutely rapant Melbourne Victory. We were again outgunned all game, but for the second time in two games winger Mate Dugandzic pulled us back level after 80 minutes. Two games against the Victory for two draws so far this season. The first meeting was a classic match, this one was us holding on for dear life as were swamped from start to finish.

    The trip west to Perth saw us go two up and seem in control after the opening half hour. We had extended that to three before the Glory snared one right on the break. It was 4-1 courtesy of a penalty just after resumption, and then the Glory came back hard. We still controlled the bulk of the possession, but Perth got it back to 4-3 late to put the pressure back on. Thankfully, we didn't have to hold on very long and we escaped with what had looked like an easier three points than it turned out to be.

    Over the state border and into the Gold Coast for the next game. We came in as slight underdogs with the bookies, and put in the closest to a complete game that we had played for some time. GC had no answer to our passing and running. It was disappointing to not keep a clean sheet, but a 5-1 away win was just what was required.

    New Years Eve saw us see out the year at home to the lowly Adelaide. A comfortable win was in the making, and the chance to stay with the table topping Melbourne Victory. Ben Kantarovski was the story of the match. He gave up the panalty that put Adelaide in front. He also scored the goal which allowed us to scrape one point out of the game. A very disappointing result to round out the calendar year.


    We have still only lost once, and are in touch with the Victory but they do have a game in hand. Top two is important in the finals set-up, whoever finishes top of the regular season table qualifies for the Asian Champions League. So long as things do not fall away too badly, we will still need to hold off Brisbane to retain second.


    Some good news for an off-season signing who had an injury early and found his way into the team the start of the month.


    With the mid-season transfer period coming up Kantarovski looks to be on the way out. He wants to go to a bigger club, and I can't blame the 23 year old. He has been very good for us, that penalty against Adelaide not withstanding, but won't even discuss terms on a contract extension. I hope I can sell him, to see him walk in five months time will be disappointing but looks to be the most liekly scenario. I wil be very disappointed if he ends up at another A-League club, I think his future may be in Europe.
    There has also been somebody looking at another central defender, 31 year old Paco Cecchetto at our last couple of matches.

    The end of year awards have been announced, Lionel Messi still dominates the world. Indeed 2015 is a carbon copy of 2011.
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    |Year|World Golden Ball          |World Player of the Year   |
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    |2011|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012|David Villa                |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Spain            |Barcelona/Spain            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013|Lionel Messi               |Lionel Messi               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Argentina        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014|Lionel Messi               |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Spain            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
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    This seems a little unfair



    except it about Alan Shearer at the more famous Newcastle, whose home strip is similar to our away one.

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    January, 2016


    Now, what did I say last month? Ah, yes, "So long as things do not fall away too badly". January can be summed up with "Things did fall away too badly".

    We were completely outclassed by Melbourne Heart, the 1-0 loss courtesy of Heart's Konstantinidis rising above the pack from a corner and heading home.
    The only points of the month came at home to Sydney FC. We really struggled to make anything out of controlling the game. In the end only a penalty allowed us to take the win.
    Over the Tasman to Wellington, the Phoenix had barely scored a goal all season. And they utterly trounced us. From start to finish we may as well not been there as the Phoenix did whatever they liked without us doing so much as bothering to watch them do it. Utterly terible stuff, and we were lucky to go down only 3-1.
    The team we had to hold off was the Brisbane Roar. So when we got our chance to do just that, we decided it was all too hard. We touched the ball only to get it out of the net and for one touch at the kickoffs. 2-0 could, and should, have been 20-0.
    Morale was very close to rock bottom before I held a team meeting. After the team meeting the "very close to" is no longer required.



    Not surprisingly, we are now back in the mix for the knockout finals.

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    February, 2016


    Any thoughts of challenging for the top, or for second went way out the windo during February. At this rate, we won't be making it to the finals.

    The month began with the third and final derby against Central Coast. The Mariners were on top pretty much all match, but both sides only managed one shot and target each. Neither of those scored, and our fans left disappointed with a nil all draw against the team down the highway.

    Not surprisingly when morale is low and every player seems determined to stuff up everything they can, Melbourne Victory tore us to shreds. A 3-0 loss left me feeling very lucky indeed. I didn't find any positives from this game other than we don't play the Victory again.

    Perth's form had fallen away to the point where they had reched the bottom of the table when we hosted them. They soon were in front, and it took us all match to draw level and scrape a point from the game. Our midfield looked OK this game, but nobody was prepared to take the responsibiity to take a shot. At times we had an open net, and players decided to pass backwards or sideways rather than take simple tap-ins.

    And the month finished with the worst game of the lot. Every time the Gold Coast go the ball our defence parted like the Red Sea for Moses and allowed them to walk the ball in. In all my FM years I have never seen a defence ake it so easy for an opposition. Not one of Gold Coast's five goal demanded any good play, they were all basically gifts.



    We will not finish top two now, and will be very lucky to replicate last season's finish. Melbourne Victory have taken the premiership, with four games to play.


    I realy cn not belive how badly the season has fallen apart. There just doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it either. I will attempt to get a bit more game time into some young players, because the first team is - to a man - playing pathetically.

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    Yikes! Would love to forget those last two months...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Yikes! Would love to forget those last two months...
    Yeah, it wasn't pretty. I've had teams play worse before, but I can't recall one that had been doing well falling apart quite like that.

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    March, 2016


    The last four games of the regular season were upon us. As was the feeling of doom.


    Hosting Melbourne Heart we showed a bit of promise that things might be slightly less dire than they seemed. Things were fairly even in general play, though the Heart probably did look the better side. Heart's Hoffman got on the end of a good bit of play and slotted one to send us behind. While we won the shot count 11-5 we never really looked like getting the goal back, and a 1-0 loss was our best effort for a few weeks.

    Away to the lowly placed Adelaide we showed some of our old form. We won just about every statisticl measure going, but only scored once from 14 shots. That was enough to take three points and at least keep us in position for a home knockout final in the first week. But with two games to play, we needed to gain more points - and improve morale before the finals.

    Next up, a trip to Sydney. Cecchetto put us ahead early, which Sydney dragged back not long after. From then on it looked to be a matter of whether or not we could score again. It took well into the second half for the 18 year old Ryan Edwards, playing under the "what the hell, get some game into some younger players" panic strategy, to put us ahead. Thankfully, we held on. A finals place was secure, the question now was home or away.

    The last game saw us host Wellington. The Phienix needed the win in order to play finals, we needed the win to be assured of playing the first final at home and top hopefully avoid Melbourne Heart. We were clearly on top, but scoreless, for the opening half until striker Guerrero was sent off and key midfielder Marveggio came off injured. That levelled the flow of play somewhat, and Wellington probably had the better of the final twenty minutes when I tried to go a little more attacking. Neither side scored, leaving Wellington's season over and us to face the Heart.



    And the final table


    An astonishing season from Melbourne Victory, who really should take the premiership/championship double. While their defence may not have been the best in the competition it was certainly good enough, and scoring 77 goals in 27 games means the defence doesn't need to do a lot.

    As the regular season wrapped up, a few awards for the players were handed out.

    Dudu managed to snare the goal of the year award for an effort in the 3-3 draw with the Victory back in October. Honestly, I didn't think it was that good a goal. The fact that Dudu hasn't scored since Boxing Day says a lot about our run over the calendar year.

    Despite the second half of the season. Matoukou and Marveggio made it into the A-League All-Star XI. The same two made into the players association eleven, with Dugandzic also named on the bench. Not surprisingly, the Voctory had five starters in the All-Star side, and four in the PFA team.

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    Minor Semi-Final
    Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Heart


    The milestones coming into this game did not make for pleasant reading. Dudu hadn't scored for 533 minutes, and the Heart goalkeeper not conceded for 180. That's only two matches with no goals conceded, so not a great worry. Our lack of scoring was.
    In the three games this season, it had been level. One win each and a draw.

    A fairly uneventful first half. We had the bulk of the play, the bulk of (and better) chanes, but neither side looked like making a breakthrough.
    The second half was much like the first. We started out with a close curling shot which their keeper slapped away. From the ensing corner Kantarovski came close with the head for no result. Play stteled into a more even pattern after that, with neither side really threatening again. I had taken Dudu off and switched to a 4-5-1 when Heart started to control the ball more, but it didn't really help anything.
    Extra time began superbly as Stella, playing as the lone striker, found range from just outside the box to put us one up. The Heart pressed for the remainder of the period before Kantarovski was again on the end of a corner in stoppage time of the first period of extra time. This time, with the foot, he made no mistake. We hald out for thinal fifteen minutes and survive to next week.

    Newcastle 2 (Stella 91, Kantarovski 105+1) - Melbourne Heart 0


    In the other knockout game, Central Coast 3 - 1 Gold Coast. We will travel to Gosford for the next game.

    In the two-legged playoff for hosting the grand final, Brisbane 2 - 1 Melbourne Victory. The Roar will take a one goal advantage to Melbourne.

    Word has also come through that Jose Gerrero will miss two more games through suspension. He would be available for the grand final if we were to make it that far. In other words, he has played his last game for the season.

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    Minor FInal
    Central Coast v Newcastle


    We had won once and drawn twice against the Mariners this season, having played away once for a draw.

    The game sttled into a pattern of Central Coast applying pressure and us rebounding. Eventually that had to fail, and it was Ibini-Isei, a hattrick scorer against Gold Coast in Central Coast's previous match, who prved to good for us. I had him tightly marked, and he was, but he was just straight out too skillful in scorog the opening goal. The team's collective heads dropped after that and we headed to the break two-nil and looking outclassed.
    It was three-nil after Ibini-Isei, now with two men set to mark him and do nothing else, found himself alone with the ball in our half. His run ended with a superb shot and the season was over. Maoukou scopred one for us to get some sort of respetability to the score, and debutant 27 year old substitute Leigh Irvine almost created false hope on the 81st minute with a poacher's goal. That was the end of the matter though, and after a good start and dismal fade-out, the season ends just like last one.

    Central Coast 3 (Ibini-Isei 25, 50; Jovanavic 43) - Newcastle 2 (Matoukou 57, Irvine 81)


    Melbourne Victory will host the grand final. They led Brisbane 2-1 at full time, and made it out to 5-1 in extra time.

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    April, 2016


    Only the two finals were played in April, as our season ended.
    Brisbane went on to defeat Central Coast in the preliminary final, and then took Melbourne Victory to extra tie in the grand final but the Victory were, well...victorious and claimed the double of topping the table and winning the finals series.

    Our finances have gone from poor to broke, and training facilities have been downgraded with no hoe of the board putting any money in to rectify the downgrade.
    On the signings front, Nagamura has talenm a pay vut to play out one final year with us. Kntarovski has at least been willing to talk again, but wants a marquee contract and will not be getting it. o, it looks like he will walk. I hope he finds a good European club to advance his career (and not be a threat to mine as he might be in the A-League).
    Dudu's contract is also up, but I do not think I will be re-signing him. The second half of the season was too disappointing to have hime take one of the few foreign spots available. He probably only has one or two years left in him anyway. I will be letting a couple of others walk as well, but nobody else as high profile.


    Career Summary
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    |Season |Club                      |League               |Position|Cup      |Notes                 |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |SA First Division    |1  of 16|1st Round|Promoted as champions |
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |9  of 16|1st Round|                      |
    |2013/14|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |11 of 16|         |Resigned - 3 to play  |
    |2014/15|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League  |4  of 10|         |Semi-Finals           |
    |2015/16|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League  |4  of 10|         |Semi-Finals           |
    |==================================================================================================|
    |Season |Club                      |Competition              |W |D |L |GF |GA |GD  |               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa First Division|15| 9| 6| 53| 40| +13|Winners        |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 1|  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |SA First Division Cup    |  |  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |16| 9| 8| 57| 46| +11|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 9|12| 9| 51| 41| +10|               |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     |  |  | 1|  1|  2|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  0|  2|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    | 9|12|11| 52| 45|  +7|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013/14|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 8| 4|15| 34| 47| -13|3 games to play|
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 2|  |  |  3|  1|  +1|in 2nd Round   |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  4|  6|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |10| 4|16| 39| 53| -16|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014/15|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League      |10| 7|10| 37| 34|  +3|               |
    |       |                          |A-League Finals          | 1|  | 1|  2|  4|  -2|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015/16|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League      |11| 9| 7| 37| 30|  +7|               |
    |       |                          |A-League Finals          | 1|  | 1|  4|  3|  +1|               |
    |==================================================================================================|
    |GRAND TOTALS                                                                                      |
    |Club / Nation                  Won  Drawn  Lost  Goals For Against   Diff   Date in Charge        |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Atlie FC (South Africa)         35     25    35        148     144     +4   06/07/2011-19/04/2014 |
    |Newcastle Jets (Australia)      23     16    19         80      71     +9   20/04/2014-present    |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                58     41    54        228     215    +13                         |
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    |Club                     |League                          |Seasons                              |
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    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
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    |Manager of the Month                                                                            |
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    Elsewhere, the North American Champions League finished in April
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2012 |Monterrey (Mexico)      3    |Pumas (Mexico)                0    |
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    |2013 |Santos Laguna (Mexico)  2    |Monterrey (Mexico)            1    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Chivas (Mexico)         2    |Toluca (Mexico)               1    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |AMerica (Mexico)        2    |Monterrey (Mexico)            1    |
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Tigres (Mexico)              13  +9|Cruz Azul (Mexico)           13  +9|
    |Philidelphia (USA)           11  +5|Real Salt Lake (USA)         12  +5|
    |Puerto Rico Islanders        10  +2|Saprissa (Costa Rica)         7  -5|
    |Tauro (Panama)                0 -16|Harbour View (Jamaica)        3  -9|
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    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Monterrey (Mexico)           16 +12|Chicago (USA)                13  +6|
    |Alajuelense (Costa Rica)     10  +2|Santos Laguna (Mexico)        8   0|
    |Municipal (Guatemala)         7  -3|Motagua (Honduras)            7  -2|
    |Isidro Metapan (El Salvador)  1 -11|Williams Connection (Trin&Tob)6  -4|
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    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Philidelphia (USA)                     1       3            4 away gls |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                     2       2            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chicago (USA)                          1       0            1          |
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)                   0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     0       0            0          |
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)                 3       3            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Alajuelense (Costa Rica)               2       2            4 pens     |
    |Tigres (Mexico)                        2       2            4          |
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    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Philidelphia (USA)                     1       1            2          |
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)                 3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Alajuelense (Costa Rica)               1       0            1          |
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)                   2       2            4          |
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    |NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL  Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate       |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)                    0       1            1       |
    |Real Salt Lake (USA)                      0       0            0       |
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    Missed in a previous update, the Club World Championship was in December:
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    |2011|Barcelona (Spain)         4     |Monetrrey (Mexico)         0     |
    |2012|Okayama FC (Japan)        2     |Barcelona (Spain)          1     |
    |2013|Barcelona (Spain)         9     |Al-Ahly (Egypt)            0     |
    |2014|Barcelona (Spain)         4     |Boca Juniors (Argentina)   2     |
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    |WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP in Morocco                                     |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Playoff                            |Quarter Finals                     |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  4      |Al-Sadd (Qatar)             4      |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand) 2      |America (Mexico)            1      |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |                                   |USM Alger (Algeria)         2      |
    |                                   |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  1      |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Fifth Placed Playoff               |Semi Finals                        |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  0      |                                   |
    |America (Mexico)            1      |Al-Sadd (Qatar)             0      |
    |-----------------------------------|Santos (Mexico)             1      |
    |Third Placed Playoff               |                                   |
    |-----------------------------------|USM Alger (Algeria)         0      |
    |USM Alger (Algeria)         1      |Chelsea (England)           4      |
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)             0      |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL                                          |
    |                                1/2 Time    Full Time                  |
    |Santos (Mexico)                        0            1                  |
    |Chelsea (England)                      2            4                  |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player: Douglas Costa - Chelsea (England)/ Brazil                 |
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    May-June, 2016
    Off-Seson Part One



    The big news is that the board tipped in a cool 4mil. We are now officially broke, instead of 4 million worse than broke.
    Other than that, Kantarovski and Dudu have both walked for nothing, but we did manage to keep fans player of the season Matoukou.

    Really, this update is about the rest of the world.

    My former club:
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    |Atile FC, South Africa                                                  |
    |Year   |League                       |Cups            |Notes            |
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    |2013/14|SA Premier 11th of 16        |FA - 1/4 Finals |Departed with 3  |
    |       |                             |                |games to play    |
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    |2014/15|SA Premier 13th of 16        |FA - 1/4 Finals |                 |
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    |2015/16|SA Premier 14th of 16        |FA - 2nd Round  |                 |
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    They survived relegation by one place and only by goal difference and the manager was sacked at season's end.



    Various champions leagues have been wrapped up fo 2015/16

    Including in Europe
    Code:
    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Barcelona               3    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Barcelona               6    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Barcelona               0 pen|Paris St Germain              0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(France)                           |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |Chelsea                 4    |Manchester United             3    |
    |     |(England)                    |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Luis Suarez - Liverpool / Uruguay                   |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)  15 +10|Real Madrid (Spain)          14 +13|
    |Sporting (Portugal)          13  +6|SLB (Portugal)               10  +2|
    |Chelsea (England)             7  +4|Partizan (Serbia)             4  -9|
    |SK Sturm Graz (Austria)       0 -20|FC TWente (Netherlands)       4  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Atletico Madrid (Spain)      12  +5|AC Milan (Italy)             13  +2|
    |FC Bayern (Germany)          12  +6|Manchester City (England)    12  +5|
    |Shakhtar (Ukraine)            7  -2|Olympiakos (Greece)           5  -3|
    |CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria)         4  -9|Rubin (Russia)                4  -4|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Valencia (Spain)             13  +4|Barcelona (Spain)            13  +8|
    |Arsenal (England)            11  +7|Napoli (Italy)               13  +9|
    |Celtic (Scotland)             5  -7|FC Kobenhavn (Denmark)        8  -9|
    |Schalke (Germany)             4  -4|Trabzonspor (Turkey)          0  -8|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Manchester United (England)  16 +14|FCP (Portugal)               13  +4|
    |Juventus (Italy)             10  -2|Paris St Germain (France)    13  +7|
    |Werder Bremen (Germany)       7  -3|Zenit (Russia)                7  -2|
    |Olympique de Marseille (Fra.) 1  -9|Sparta Prague (Czech Rep.)    1  -9|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Knockout Round                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    1       1            2          |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       0       3            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Paris St Germain (France)              2       2            4          |
    |Manchester United (England)            2       0            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Manchester City (England)              1       1            2          |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Napoli (Italy)                         1       0            1          |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Sporting (Portugal)                    1       2            3          |
    |Valencia (Spain)                       2       4            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |SLB (Portugal)                         1       0            1          |
    |Atletico Madrid (Spain)                3       3            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Arsenal (England)                      2       2            4 away gls |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Juventus (Italy)                       1       1            2          |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    1       4            5          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Paris St Germain (France)              1       1            2          |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Arsenal (England)                      2       2            4 away gls |
    |Atletico Madrid (Spain)                1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       1       0            1          |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Valencia (Spain)                       2       0            2          |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    1       2            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |FCP (Portugal)                         2       1            3          |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    4       2            6          |
    |Arsenal (England)                      1       3            4          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL at San Siro, Milan, Italy              |
    |                                1/2 Time   Full Time Extra Time Pens   |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    1           2                   |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         0           0                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player                                                            |
    |Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid (Spain) / Portugal                     |
    =========================================================================
    Oceania's O-League concluded
    Code:
    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Auckland City           7    |Ba                            0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(Fiji)                             |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Waitakere United        3    |Auckland City                 2    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Waitakere United        6    |Auckland City                 1    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Auckland City           1    |Waitakere United              0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Waitakere United(New Zealand)18 +16|Auckland City (New Zealand)  18 +21|
    |Ba (Fiji)                     8   0|AS Venus (Tahiti)            10  -4|
    |AS Magenta (New Caledonia)    5  -7|Kossa FC (Solomon Islands)    7  -2|
    |Hekari Utd (Papua New Guinea) 2  -9|Tafea (Vanuatu)               0 -15|
    |=======================================================================|
    |O-LEAGUE FINAL                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand)            0       3            3          |
    |Waitakere United (New Zealand)         1       0            0          |
    =========================================================================
    And the Copa Libertadores
    Code:
    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    |=======================================================================|
    |2012 |Fluminense              1    |Boca Juniors                  0    |
    |     |(Brazil)                     |(Argentina)                        |
    |     |Best Player : Leonardo Benitez - Estudiantes / Argentina         |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Internacionale          3    |Sao Paulo                     3    |
    |     |(Brazil)                pens |(Brazil)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Lucas Moura - Sao Paulo / Brazil                   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Boca Juniors            4    |Corinthians                   0    |
    |     |(Argentina)                  |(Brazil)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Denis Stracqualarsi - Boca Juniors / Argentina     |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |Santos                  3    |Santos Laguna                 2    |
    |     |(Brazi)                      |(Mexico)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Neymor - Santos / Brazil                           |
    =========================================================================
    Code:
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Internacional (Brazil)       12  +7|Cruzerio (Brazil)            11  +7|
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)           11  +4|Tolima (Colombia)            11  +1|
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)      10  +3|Universidad de Chile (Chile)  6  -2|
    |Nacional (Uruguay)            0 -14|Deportivo Tachira (Venezuala) 4  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Chivaz (Mexico)*             14 +12|Santos (Brazil)              16 +10|
    |Juan Aurich (Peru)            9  +1|River (Argentina)            10  +1|
    |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay)      8  +4|America (Mexico)*             7  -2|
    |Deportivo Petare (Venezuala)  1 -17|Colo Colo (Chile)             1  -9|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Sport Recife (Brazil)        18 +10|Estudientes (Agentina)       16 +10|
    |Emelec (Ecuador)              6  -1|The Strongest (Bolivia)      10  -1|
    |Libertad (Paraguay)           5  -1|Bolivar (Bolivia)             9  +1|
    |Atletico Nacional (Colombia)  3  -8|Caracas (Venezuala)           0 -10|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Independiente (Argentina)    13  +6|Boca Juniors (Argentina)     14  +6|
    |Gimnasia (Argentina)         11  +2|Toluca (Mexico)*              7  +1|
    |Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)     9  +1|Alianza (Peru)                6  -2|
    |Penarol (Uruguay)             0  -9|Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia)   5  -5|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Second Round                        Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Emelec (Ecuador)                       1       0            1          |
    |Sport Recife (Brazil)                  1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Toluca (Mexico)*                       2       1            3          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Juan Aurich (Peru)                     2       1            3 pens     |
    |Estudientes (Agentina)                 1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |The Strongest (Bolivia)                0       0            0          |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 4       4            8          |
    |                                                                       |
    |River (Argentina)                      3       1            4          |
    |Chivaz (Mexico)*                       1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Tolima (Colombia)                      0       1            1          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Gimnasia (Argentina)                   0       2            2          |
    |Independiente (Argentina)              3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Sao Paulo (Brazil)                     2       1            3          |
    |Cruzerio (Brazil)                      2       1            3 away gls |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Final                       Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Cruzerio (Brazil)                      2       0            2          |
    |Sport Recife (Brazil)                  0       5            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Toluca (Mexico)*                       5       0            5          |
    |Independiente (Argentina)              0       3            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Juan Aurich (Peru)                     1       0            1          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               2       3            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |River (Argentina)                      0       2            2          |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 6       1            7          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Final                          Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Toluca (Mexico)*                       0       3            3 away gls |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               2       1            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 1       0            1          |
    |Sport Recife (Brazil)                  0       0            0          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL             Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Toluca (Mexico)*                       1       0            1          |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 2       4            6          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player : Ruan - Sport Recife / Brazil                             |
    =========================================================================

    International tournaments to wrap up in June include the Oceanian Nations
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |2012|New Zealand              3       |Fiji                   0        |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    2016 Oceanian Nations Cup in New Zealand
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                              |Group B                          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                           Pts  GD   |                       Pts  GD   |
    |New Zealand                  7  +5   |New Caledonia            7  +3   |
    |Solomon Islands              6  +1   |Vanuatu                  6  +1   |
    |Tahiti                       3  -3   |Papua New Guinea         2  -1   |
    |Fji                          1  -3   |Cook Islands             1  -3   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Semi Finals                                                            |
    |                                                                       |
    |New Zealand                  4       |New Caledonia            2 e.t.  |
    |Vanuatu                      1       |Solomon Islands          1       |
    |=======================================================================|
    |OCEANIAN NATIONS FINAL                                                 |
    |                     1/2 Time         Full Time                        |
    | New Caledonia              0                  3                       |
    | New Zealand                2                  2                       |
    =========================================================================

    Euro 2016 is underway, and will complete in July.
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    I remember managing at Gold Coast and having financial trouble. Mainly, it was due to horrible gates...I don't even know it the city knew they had a football club!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    I remember managing at Gold Coast and having financial trouble. Mainly, it was due to horrible gates...I don't even know it the city knew they had a football club!
    In real life, they no longer do. I presume FM13 will have no Gold Coast United and will have Western Sydney Wanderers.
    There were all sorts of issues with Gold Coast, which is something of a sporting graveyard in this country. They have had rugby league and basketball teams collapse, or be stripped away in one of the rugby league attempts. In the AFL the Brisbane Bears were originally based there, before moving to (quite logicaly) Brisbane, never drawing a crowd and barely winning a game while based on the GC.
    Gold Coast United had issues with the stadium as well as public apathy. There was apparently a state tax based on the crowd size, if it was above a certain number an additional fee was paid for the road congestion, etc, caused. The tax wasn't excessive (the newest attempt at a rugby league franchise seems to have no problems with it, but they do come close to a sell-out fairly often) but the club's oner decided to close most of the stadium to stay under the tax limit; largely for political reasons, big Clive is a very outspoken opponent of the party in government in the state of Queensland at the time. He is also probably the world's nuttiest billionairre (and a lover of pointless litigation, so I need to be careful). He cracked the sads that the FFA (Football Federation of Australia) had control over the game, and not himself, so he pulled the funding from GCU and they immediately went belly-up.
    Newcastle almost followed suit with another mining billionaire talked from the brink of pulling the pin on the club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadManager View Post
    In real life, they no longer do. I presume FM13 will have no Gold Coast United and will have Western Sydney Wanderers.
    There were all sorts of issues with Gold Coast, which is something of a sporting graveyard in this country. They have had rugby league and basketball teams collapse, or be stripped away in one of the rugby league attempts. In the AFL the Brisbane Bears were originally based there, before moving to (quite logicaly) Brisbane, never drawing a crowd and barely winning a game while based on the GC.
    Gold Coast United had issues with the stadium as well as public apathy. There was apparently a state tax based on the crowd size, if it was above a certain number an additional fee was paid for the road congestion, etc, caused. The tax wasn't excessive (the newest attempt at a rugby league franchise seems to have no problems with it, but they do come close to a sell-out fairly often) but the club's oner decided to close most of the stadium to stay under the tax limit; largely for political reasons, big Clive is a very outspoken opponent of the party in government in the state of Queensland at the time. He is also probably the world's nuttiest billionairre (and a lover of pointless litigation, so I need to be careful). He cracked the sads that the FFA (Football Federation of Australia) had control over the game, and not himself, so he pulled the funding from GCU and they immediately went belly-up.
    Newcastle almost followed suit with another mining billionaire talked from the brink of pulling the pin on the club.
    Yeah, I remember reading about some of this. I always like to research the real life teams that I manage in FM Was surprised that an owner could torpedo his own club so quickly and maliciously.

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    July-September, 2016
    Off-Seasom Part 2


    Apologies for the delay, I had a crash part way through the pre-season which took some of the fun out of things and another few things in real life intervened as well.

    I will start with the missing international tournament, Euro 2016.
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    Previous Winners
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    |Year|                                |                                 |
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    |2012|Holland                  2 e.t. |France                     1     |
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    Euro 2016 in France
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                 |Group B                |Group C               |
    |                 Pts GD |                Pts GD |               Pts GD |
    |Germany            7 +5 |Belarus           4 +1 |Belgium          5 +1 |
    |Italy              6 +4 |Czech Republic    4  0 |Holland          5 +1 |
    |Ireland            2 -3 |France            4  0 |Ukraine          4  0 |
    |Switzerland        1 -6 |Denmark           4 -1 |Slovakia         1 -2 |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Group D                 |Group E                |Group F               |
    |                 Pts GD |                Pts GD |               Pts GD |
    |England            7 +5 |Austria           9 +6 |Portugal         7 +2 |
    |Serbia             4  0 |Spain             4  0 |Croatia          6 +3 |
    |Russia             4 +1 |Sweden            3 -2 |Scotland         2 -1 |
    |Norway             1 -6 |Northern Ireland  1 -4 |Poland           1 -4 |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Second Round                                                           |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Germany   3       Czech Rep 0      |Italy     1       Spain     2      |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Austria   2(et)   Croatia   1      |Belgium   2       Russia    0      |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |France    1       Belarus   2      |Sweden    0       England   2      |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Ukraine   0       Portugal  3      |Holland   0       Serbia    2      |   
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                                                         |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Germany   1       Austria   0      |Spain     2       Belgium   1      |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Belarus   0       Portugal  0 (pen)|England   2       Serbia    0      |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                                                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                     1/2 Time         Full Time    Extra Time          |
    |Germany                     1                 2                        |
    |England                     2                 4                        |
    |                                                                       |
    |Portugal                    0                 1             1          |               
    |Spain                       1                 1             2          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |EURO FINAL                                                             |
    |                     1/2 Time         Full Time                        |
    | England                    0                 0                        |
    | Spain                      1                 1                        |
    |                                                                       |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player : Wayne Rooney - England / Manchester United (England)     |
    =========================================================================
    A big run from Belarus to get to quarters and hold Portugal to penalties.
    We had Yakymenko line up for Ukraine in all four games, playing the full 90 minutes in two of them. He did his job, but nothing special.

    To club matters, and it was another very quiet signing season at the Jets.
    The main signing was probably that of Chris Payne, who will replace Dudu up forward. He is not going to be a star, but comes at a reasonable wage and will hopefully turn out to be productive. Our backup goalkeeper woes have been fixed with the signing of Sebatian Mattei from Wellington Phoenix, who may well find himself starting a fair few games depending on form.
    There were a couple of other signings who I do not expect to play a major role this season, but look good for the future. All came in for free, unfortunately I haven't made a sale either. Offers have come in for Nagamura, but very much on the low side. (This club has both received and earned nothing from transfers since the game began in season 2011/12.)

    Our form in pre-season friendlies was not crash hot. We did have a few on international duty for the Gold Coast game, bt we were taken apart terribly. A draw with Melbourne Victory is one of those where the result makes the game look better than it was.


    Heading in to the season, the media is predicting another 4th placed finish. I'm not confident at all that we are as good as last season, the changes have been minimal but may have been slightly backwards.
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    October, 2016


    The new season got underway, beginning at home to the Gold Coast. The fans didn't need to wait long, with six minutes gone we were on the board. In the end, a comfortable win to start the season.
    Melbourne Heart came to visit next, and the game was much closer in terms of the flow of play. On the scoreboard too. But we deserved the win, and Heart's goal was too late to really threaten our grip on the three points.
    Our first road trip was to last season's stugglers Adelaide. We didn't really boss them, but came away with the points and new striker Chris Payne got his first goal for the club.
    The first highway derby of the season was an early first v second. We travelled to Central Coast and they pummelled us all game. Somehow, they failed to score and we escaped with a point. The game was a little bit brutal, and we played around 70 minutes with ten men - that could easily have been nine with about half an hour to go.
    The last game of the update saw us host Perth Glory who, like Adelaide, were bottom feeders last season. We fell behind early, and were not particularly convincing at any point but did gain the points.


    Dugandzic moving from the wing to a forward role alongside Payne seems to be paying early dividends.

    Not surprisingly, given we have dropped points in only one game, we sit on top at this early stage. We have been near the top before at this point of the season, only for it to fall through.


    In other news, 21 year old Ukranian international Olexandr Yakymenko will leave us at the end of the season. The deal is worth 450k plus 20% of next sale. Hopefully his time in Japan will see his value rise and the club will get something useful out of that 20%.
    We also have a midfielder lined up for next season to replace Nagamura.

    We also have Tolouse as a parent club now. Whether that will amount to anything more than the annual fee I have no idea.
    The board have also agreed to upgrade the run-down youth facilities and allow scouting around the world.

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    November, 2016


    November was a fairly busy month by Australian standards, with six games to be played. It was a trying month in a few ways, with iternationals missing early and some injuries throughout.
    The month began with three away games in a row, first up across the Tasman to Wellington. The Kiwi side haven't been crash hot since my arrival in the A-League but its dangerous trip, and not just because of all the drugs my players have to get through customs (our major sponsors are not US Postal, who seem to know how to do these things). While the Pheonix took the game up to us, we had all the on target shots. Coming in I would have liked more than a 1-0 win, but that probably was an accurate reflection to the match.
    From the windy city to sunny Brisbane. From a slightly disappointing win to a humiliating loss. Brisbane won everything, we never had any room to move and could not stop anything they tried. A 4-1 hammering was we ll deserved. For the first time this season I was truly angry with the players. There din't seem to be any real reason for it. Brisbane are good, and certainly a game up there is not easy, but we should have at least showed something other than ineptitude.
    Following that was the trip to Sydney. We had to work hard, and weren't really on top the game but came away with a slightly lucky 1-0 victory. A draw perhaps could have been fair, but if either side deserved a win it was probably us.
    After missing through injury and internationals, Yakymenko finally played his first game of the season when we hosted Melbourne Victory. He celebrated with the winning goal, and an injury. Erik Matoukou also came away with a short term injury.
    On the road again, it only took about 80 seconds to take the lead against the Gold Coast. Katsikis, in for Matoukou, extended the lead after 14 minutes and that is where it stayed. We could have win by more, but I was reasonably satisfied with 2-0.
    I had confidence heading into the home game against Adelaide. That confidence proved unfounded as Adelaide got one i early. I still thought we would come back, but we didn't quite manage to string good passages of play together. When we did look dangerous, we suffered the brunt of some dodgy offside calls as well. Just after break Adelaide's Daniel Young scored his second to double our deficit. We pulled one back late, and had two disallowed (one very bad call, the other touch and go) on offside decisions. Adelaide took the points, probably deservedly so as we were unlucky but quite poor to go with it.



    The last game of the month had been our chance to gain a break on the rest of the competition, but it was not to be.



    Around the world, African and Asian champions leagues concluded:
    First Africa
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2011 |Zamalec (Egypt)         3    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)               0    |
    |2012 |ES Tunis (Tunisia)      5    |Zamalec (Egypt)               4    |
    |2013 |Al-Ahly (Egypt)         4    |Club Africain (Tunisia)       2    |
    |2014 |Al-Ahly (Egypt)         4    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)    2    |
    |2015 |USM Alger (Algeria)     2    |Club Africain (Tunisia)       1    |
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    2016 African Champions League
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |ES Tunis (Tunisia)           14  +8|Al-Ahly (Egypt)              16  +7|
    |Raja Casablanca (Morocco)    11  +4|USM Alger(Algeria)            8  -1|
    |Kano Pillars (Nigeria)        4  -5|ASEC (Ivory Coast)            6   0|
    |Ashanti Gold (Ghana)          2  -7|Stade malien (Mali)           2  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)                        2       0            2          |
    |ES Tunis (Tunisia)                     3       1            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |USM Alger (Algeria)                    2       0            2          |
    |Raja Casablanca (Morocco)              1       4            5          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |ES Tunis (Tunisia)                     1       2            3          |
    |Raja Casablanca (Morocco)              2       3            5          |
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    And Asia
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2011 |Al-Shabab               2    |Okayama FC (Japan)            0    |
    |     |(Saudi Arabia)               |                                   |
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    |2012 |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)  4pen |Suwon (South Korea)           4    |
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    |2013 |Qatar SC (Qatar)        2    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)     0    |
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    |2014 |Seoul (South Korea)     2    |Guangzhou (China)             1    |
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    |2015 |Al-Sadd (Qatar)         1    |Suwon (South Korea)           0    |
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    2016 Asian Champions League
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
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    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)    18 +11|Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)       13  +7|
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)              10  +5|Esteghlal (Iran)             11  +2|
    |Al-Ain (UAE)                  5  -4|Al-Arabi (Kuwait)             7  -3|
    |Nsaf (Uzbekistan)             1 -12|Al-Jazira (UAE)               2  -6|
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    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia)      13  +5|Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)      15  +8|
    |Sepahan (Iran)                7  -1|Al-Sadd (Qatar)              10  +2|
    |Bunyodor Toshkent (Uzbek)     7  -3|Persepolis (Iran)             7  -4|
    |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar)           6  -1|Baniyas (UAE)                 3  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Seoul (South Korea)          15 +10|Seongnam (South Korea)       11  +3|
    |Shandong (China)             11  +4|Guangzhou (China)             8  -1|
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)          8   0|Okayama (Japan)               8  -1|
    |Persiwa (Indonesia)           0 -14|Melbourne Victory (Australia) 5  -1|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Pohang (South Korea)         13  +7|Jeonbuk (South Korea)        18  +9|
    |Sakai FC (Japan)             12  +3|Funabashi Bandits (Japan)    10  +3|
    |Beijing (China)               4  -2|Changchun (China)             7  -1|
    |Melbourne Heart (Australia)   4  -8|Persipura (Indonesia)         0 -11|
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    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)      2et |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)         2   |
    |Al-Sadd (Qatar)                0   |Sepahan (Iran)                 0   |
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    |Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia)        1   |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)        3   |
    |Esteghlal (Iran)               0   |Zob-Ahan (Iran)                1   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Seoul (South Korea)            3   |Seongnam (South Korea)         2   |
    |Funabashi Bandits (Japan)      0   |Sakai FC (Japan)               1   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Pohang (South Korea)           0   |Jeonbuk (South Korea)          2   |
    |Guangzhou (China)              1et |Shandong (China)               1   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia)                2       2            4          |
    |Seongnam (South Korea)                 0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Jeonbuk (South Korea)                  1       0            1 penalties|
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)              0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)                 0       1            1          |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                0       5            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Seoul (South Korea)                    3       1            4          |
    |Guangzhou (China)                      4       2            6          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Jeonbuk (South Korea)                  2       2            4          |
    |Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia)                1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                1       4            5          |
    |Guangzhou (China)                      1       2            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL   1/2Time    Full Time   Extra Time  Pens |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                       |
    |Jeonbuk (South Korea)                0            0            0       |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)              0            0            1       |
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    December, 2016


    December had four games, and wasted oportunities.

    Fristly a trip to melboune to take on the Heart. We won the shot count 15-6, and that was a fair indication of the way the game went. We went behind courtesy of an own goal, however. We did eventually equalise, also courtesy of an own goal.

    Next up we hosted Central Coast who were making a push for our spot at the top. We went ahead early with Marveggio finding Yakymenko almost at the penalty spot. Marveggio tied the A-League season record for assists with that goal. We came under pressure for much of the remainder of the game, but sealed it late with a short range shot from Dugandzic.

    After the top of the table clash, we headed west to take on lowly Perth Glory. We were in top across the ground for no reward until Payne broke his drought getting near to half time. The Glory hit back straight away from one of very few chances they had created. We got away to 3-1 lead in the second half before the Glory brought it back to 3-2. At that point we started looking shaky, but held on in an uninspiring effort.

    Hosting Wellington, I was loking to gain a break on the field again. And again it came unstuck. he opeing twenty minutes saw their goalkeeper regularly tested, and passing each test including two spectacular saves. The inability to break through hurt when Wellington took the lead after an hour's play. We pushed forward relentlessly, for no result. A 1-0 loss in a game we were clearly better in all positions except their goalkeeper.



    Brisbane have a game in hand, and the traditional mid-season slump may have struck.



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    |2011|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012|David Villa                |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Spain            |Barcelona/Spain            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013|Lionel Messi               |Lionel Messi               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Argentina        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014|Lionel Messi               |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Spain            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016|Cristiano Ronaldo          |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Real Madrid/Portugal       |Manchester Utd/England     |
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    January, 2017


    We hosted second placed Brisbane to start the year, and controlled the game. We had to wait for the only scor though as right back Nevile found Yakymenko who scrambled the ball home despite the attention of two Rora players. Brisbane dropped to fourth, and Melbourne Victory climbed to second five points behind us.

    We followed that game up with a trip Melbourne Victory, and the opportunity open up a substantial gap at the top. The Victory started stronger but when Alex Read powered one home from outside the box for us, the possibiulity existed of getting something from the game. That wasn't to be though, as the Victory twice managed to find a way to our goal. We stayed on top, but the gap had closed and after a slow start by their standards the Victory are on the hunt for top spot again.

    With the mid-season registration window, we finally managed to get the new free signing and marquee player eligible. James Brown (the link is after playing two games with us) should prove a good signing, though his stamina is alittle low for midfielder at this stage (and his first two games were not great, but a lack of match fitness may have accounted for some of that).

    Two easier games rounded out the month. We got away to 3-0 lead over Sydney, giving the fans the type of play they wanted to see. That was, until Sydney came back. Right on half time pulled it back to 3-1. Not long after the break it was 3-2. We made it 4-2 in stoppage time to make it look more clear-cut that it was.

    Gold Coast have not been performing well, but we could not get the win. A complete waste of two points as we could only manage a 3-3 draw. Aziz Behich has been playing more as a wing this season when not needed in defence and scored two goals, including one where he ran around the goalkeeper and two defenders to walk the ball into the net.


    Once again, we have had a chance to secure a break at the top of the table and failed to capitalise. With the Victory so close we can not afford any more slip-ups in easy games.

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    February, 2017


    The season moved into its final stages, with eight games remaining as February began. Melbourne Victory were right on our heels at the top of the table.

    Yakymenko came in twice from the left wing to score against Adelaide before being injured. He would miss the next game. The second was a volley that he slid on to.

    At home to Melbourne Heart we were probably the better side, but struggled to capitalise on any our possession and advances on the Heart goal.

    The trip up te highway to Central Coast also resulted in just one point when we perhaps could have snared the two. Goals seemed to have dried up. Melbourne Victory took ourspot at the top of the table.

    Facing lowly Perth, we moved to a 4-6-1 formation in order to capitalise on our relatively string midfield. Chris Payne had been suffering a goal drought and so mved into a right wing role which he can also play. That seemed to work as he scored twice and a 4-0 win ensued. The Victory drew the Melbourne derby, and we reclaimed top spot narrowly.




    So, with four games to go, we are back on top narrowly. We have qualified for finals, and should finish top two - which would mean qualifyng for the Asian Champions League.

    The remaining games will see us at home just once, against the Victory.


    edit: I missed the Club World Championship in December.
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    |2011|Barcelona (Spain)         4     |Monetrrey (Mexico)         0     |
    |2012|Okayama FC (Japan)        2     |Barcelona (Spain)          1     |
    |2013|Barcelona (Spain)         9     |Al-Ahly (Egypt)            0     |
    |2014|Barcelona (Spain)         4     |Boca Juniors (Argentina)   2     |
    |2015|Chelsea (England)         4     |Santos (Mexico)            1     |
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    |WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP in Morocco                                     |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Playoff                            |Quarter Finals                     |
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    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  3      |Santos Laguna (Mexico)      0      |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand) 0      |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)     1 e.t. |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |                                   |ES Tunis(Tunisia)           6      |
    |                                   |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  1      |
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    |Fifth Placed Playoff               |Semi Finals                        |
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    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  1      |                                   |
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)      1 pens |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)     2      |
    |-----------------------------------|Internacional (Brazil)      1      |
    |Third Placed Playoff               |                                   |
    |-----------------------------------|ES Tunis (Tunisia)          1      |
    |ES Tunis (Tunisia)          1      |Real Madrid (Spain)         3      |
    |Internacional (Brazil)      2      |                                   |
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    |WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL                                          |
    |                                1/2 Time    Full Time                  |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    1            1                  |
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                0            0                  |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid (Spain)/ Portugal         |
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    The African Cup of Nations final was in February
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    |2012 |Cameroon                2    |Mali                          1    |
    |     |Best Player: Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon / Anji (Russian Premier)    |
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    |2013 |Cameroon                2    |Senegal                       0    |
    |     |Best Player: Samuel Eto'o - Cameroon / Anji (Russian Premier)    |
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    |2015 |Nigeria                 1    |Ivory Coast                   0    |
    |     |Best Player: Yaya Toure - Ivory Coast / Manchester City (England)|
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    |Senegal      7 +3|Nigeria      7 +3|Cameroon     7 +5|Morocco      7 +4|
    |Congo        6 +3|Tunisia      7 +3|Algeria      6 +2|Mali         4 +2|
    |Malawi       3 -3|Ghana        1 -3|Angola       3 -1|Libya        3 -1|
    |Gabon        1 -3|Zambia       1 -3|Benin        0 -8|DR Congo     3 -5|
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    |Algeria      4 - Mali         5    |Morocco     4 - Tunisia       2    |
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    |Cameroon     0 - Nigeria      3    |Congo       0 - Senegal       3    |
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    |SEMI FINALS                        |3rd Placed Playoff                 |
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    |                                   |Nigeria             2              |
    |Morocco        2                   |Morocco             3 extra time   |
    |Senegal        3  extra time       |                                   |
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    |                                   |African Cup of Nations Final       |
    |Mali           5                   |            HT     FT    ET  PENS  |
    |Nigeria        1                   |Senegal      1      1     1     6  |
    |                                   |Mali         0      1     1     5  |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player : Mahame Triore - Mali / OGC Nice (France)                 |
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    March, 2017


    The final four games of the regular season, and the month began with the premiership up for grabs. We started with a one point lead on Melbourne Victory, but trailing if it came to goal difference.

    And it started disastrously. Brisbane put on three before half time and we were sunk. Just before the break we pulled one back, but were playing very poorly across the park. We did get another goal late, but were never looking likely to scrape a point out of the game. The Victory defeated Perth 2-0.
    Table update: Melbourne Victory 49 points, +27 goal difference -- Newcastle 47 points, +18 goal difference

    A tricky trip to New Zealand followed, and while we were somewhat patchy we did manage to claim the three points through Marveggio's first goal of the season, after dishing off 18 assists. Central Coast held the Victory to a 1-1 draw, getting us back in the race.
    Table update: Melbourne Victory 50 points, +27 goal difference -- Newcastle 50 points, +19 goal difference

    The second last game off the season, and an absolutely vital game as we host the Victory. A loss here would see the Victory finish on top again, a win would give us a three point break and we would only require a draw in the final game.
    Eleven minutes in a Nagamura free kick found Matoukou, who headed home to give us first blood. We controlled possession for the remainder of the half with the Victory probably had more chances. We went to the break holding that lead. The second half saw the Victory out the pressure on a bit more. However, our defence held firm and we went to the top of the table.
    Table update: Newcastle 53 points, +20 goal difference -- Melbourne Victory 50 points, +26 goal difference

    In the final week, we had a Sunday game. The Victory played on the Saturday, beating Brisbane 3-0.
    Table update: Melbourne Victory 53 points, +29 goal difference -- Newcastle 53 points, +20 goal difference (game in hand)
    We headed to Sydney needing at least a draw. During the week, right back Richard Neville was injured in Australia's world cup qualifying win over UAE, Benedek was injured playing for Hungary's win over Belarus, and Yakymenko picked up a knock in Ukraine's win over Albania. As it turned out, only Neville would miss - and he will be out for the finals as well.
    The game turned out to be quite a boring affair, with neither side producing any chances of note. That was fine by me.



    Just enough, as I get the second bit of silverware in my career - and Newcastle take their fitst title in the A-League or the old NSL.


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    ... continued



    A nice personal honour, and it wouldn't be often a one goal midfielder wins a player of the year award.

    In the finals, we will start with a two legged tie against the Victory for the quick route to the Grand Final.

    edit: Apologies for the way the pictures look, I tried to combine them into one and it doesn't look good on here.
    Neville, Matoukou and Marveggio all made both best elevens, and Aziz Behich made the bench for the Professional Footballers Association eleven.
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    Major Semi-Final
    Newcastle v Melbourne Victory

    First Leg

    We went in with a highly defensive line-up and mindset. It seemed to backfire early, as this meant that the ball was always in our half. In the opening twenty minutes the Victory had forced Redmayne into two saves I didn;t belive him capable of, hit the woodwork three times and had numerous other dangerous looking advances. We could easily have been down 6-0 at that point rather than it be in nil-all.
    What was only our second move forward on the highlights (I always play with key highlights), Nagamura took a free kick and found Matoukou's head. The defender made no mistake, and after 13 shots to 2 we hit the lead completely against the run of play - just 32% possession. I had made some tweaks to the tactis, but it was too early to see if they were producing any result. This was pure luck. Nothing much changed, maybe the Victory were forced to start their attacks from a little further back but the dominated everywhere. Our best period came in the final ten minutes of the game. A thoroughly undeserved 1-0 win. We should be out of the tie, but instead will take a lead into the home leg.
    Some key stats underlibe the luck. Shots 22-4, Woodwork 3-0, Possession 67-33, Pass Completion % 85-61, all in favour of the Victory.

    In the Minor Semi-Finals:
    Brisbane 1 - Adelaide 0
    Wellington 1 - Central Coast 0

    Second Leg

    We went in with the same line-up, but slightly less defensive strategy. The Victory ddn't take long to hit the woodwork again, but were not as dominant. Our best chance came on the counter, when a clearna ce landed at Yakyemnko's feet and he sent it long to Payne who ran into the box and attempted to chip the keeper. The effort went wide however. And that was the first half action.
    The second half started with us maintaing possession a little better. On 52 minutes played, a Meveggio corner found Brown just outside the six yard box. The midfielder had little space, but turned and placed the shot home. In the 74th minute, the Victory had a nice piece of end to end play with the goalkeeper rolling the ball out to a defender who found Taggart. Taggart then went on a solo run to make the match level. That made me nervous, conceding one more would mean losing on away goals. The decisive moment came late. Again on the counter substitute Guerrero found himself with the Victory half to play with, got just incside the box, chipepd the keeper and found the net - doing one better than the man he replaced had done with a similar oportunity. It stayed 2-1 for the match and 3-1 for the tie. Newcastle enter the Grand Final.

    In the Minor Final: Brisbane 0 - Wellington 1

    In the Preliminary Final: Wellington 2 - Melbourne Victory 0

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    Newcastle United Jets v Wellington Phoenix


    A wet day in Newcastle for the Grand Final. We went in with an unchanged lineup. I started pretty confident of knocking over Wellington at home. In Wellington, or against the Victory, I would have been a little more doubtful.

    The first half began with Wellington taking around 65% possession over the opening twenty minutes. At around this time I went back to the normal short passing, and asked for the players to retain possession. They didn't do the second bit, but we won a corner on the half hour mark. That corner found Cecchetto on the near post who knocked the volley home. Newcastle 1 - Wellington 0. A fairly uneventful first half, just 2 shots to 1 Wellington's way completed without further incident.

    The second half was much like the first. Little action for some time. The first real highlight came when Benedek was brought down and dipossessed by Wellington's McGough. With the right back face down on the wing, McGough ran forward and crossed from near the corner flag. The ball was fought over by a group of players, and it was Welington's Jeremy Walker made the scores level. Almost on the end of regular time, Guererro was goven the ball just inside the box. His fired shot was parried by the Wellington goalkeeper. We had one more half-chance in stoppage time, but the extra thirty minutes had to be played.

    The first half of extra time was controlled by us, but without any realistic chances to show for it. At this point I started lamenting our lack of penalty takers.
    I substituted a couple of tired players, hoping we could get something going in the last 15. It didn't work, and while again we were the better side for that period there was nothing to show for it.

    Penalties:
    1st Penalty : Wellington scored. Newcastle (Matoukou) saved. Newcastle 0 - Wellington 1.
    2nd Penalty : Wellington scored. Newcastle (Yakymenko) saved. Newcastle 0 - Wellington 2.
    3rd Penalty : Wellington scored. Newcastle (Brown) woodwork. Newcastle 0 - Wellington 3.
    Staight sets on penalties.

    In the end, our inability to get goals out of our forwards in the second half of the season cost me dearly, and perhaps I should have gone more attacking in extra time. Oh well, a disappointing end to a season which overall delivered more than expected.

    Season wrap, career update, etc to come next post.

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    April, 2017


    April saw the finals series played out, as already discussed.

    Despite the disappointment of the final match, the season went very well.

    Other things to occur during April were:
    - due to finances, the board srapped the almost completed upgrading of youth facilities
    - I signed a new one year deal, I was offered three but I had considered leaving if we hadn't qualified for the 2017/18 Asian Champions League

    In keeping with a few other threads, I think I might start naming my top three players for the season:
    1st was the A-League player of the season Andrew Marveggio - Profile - Stats
    2nd I gave to the young Ukranian Olexandr Yakymenko, who was only worth 300k when I agreed to sell him for 450k to Japanese outfit Nagoya Stolz - Profile - Stats
    3rd was hard to decide. Scott Neville or Erik Matoukou could have got it, but I gave it to another defender of roughly equal importance largely because he played all 30 games - Profile - Stats
    One thing I did learn from that is that both my first choice central defenders are getting old.

    Finaces are a major concern. The financial year seems to have ticked over on 1 May, we made a profit of just under 2.5m - but that was with the 4m put in by the board at the start of the season. The real loss was a touch over 1.5m.

    With another season gone, my career summary looks like:
    Code:
    Career Summary
    ====================================================================================================
    |Season |Club                      |League               |Position|Cup      |Notes                 |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |SA First Division    |1  of 16|1st Round|Promoted as champions |
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |9  of 16|1st Round|                      |
    |2013/14|Atlie FC                  |SA Premier Division  |11 of 16|         |Resigned - 3 to play  |
    |2014/15|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League  |4  of 10|         |Semi-Finals           |
    |2015/16|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League  |4  of 10|         |Semi-Finals           |
    |2016/17|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League  |1  of 10|         |Beaten Grand Finalists|
    |==================================================================================================|
    |Season |Club                      |Competition              |W |D |L |GF |GA |GD  |               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2011/12|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa First Division|15| 9| 6| 53| 40| +13|Winners        |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 1|  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |SA First Division Cup    |  |  | 1|  2|  3|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |16| 9| 8| 57| 46| +11|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012/13|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 9|12| 9| 51| 41| +10|               |
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     |  |  | 1|  1|  2|  -1|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  0|  2|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    | 9|12|11| 52| 45|  +7|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013/14|Atlie FC                  |Sth Africa Premier       | 8| 4|15| 34| 47| -13|3 games to play|
    |       |                          |South African FA Cup     | 2|  |  |  3|  1|  +1|in 2nd Round   |
    |       |                          |Sth Africa Knockout Cup  |  |  | 1|  4|  6|  -2|1st Round      |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |10| 4|16| 39| 53| -16|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014/15|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League      |10| 7|10| 37| 34|  +3|               |
    |       |                          |A-League Finals          | 1|  | 1|  2|  4|  -2|               |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |11| 7|11| 39| 38|  +1|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015/16|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League      |11| 9| 7| 37| 30|  +7|               |
    |       |                          |A-League Finals          | 1|  | 1|  4|  3|  +1|               |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |11| 9| 8| 41| 33|  +8|               |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016/17|Newcastle Jets            |Australian A-League      |16| 6| 5| 44| 24| +20|               |
    |       |                          |A-League Finals          | 2|  | 1|  4|  2|  +2|               |
    |       |                          |TOTAL                    |18| 6| 6| 48| 26| +22|               |
    |==================================================================================================|
    |GRAND TOTALS                                                                                      |
    |Club / Nation                  Won  Drawn  Lost  Goals For Against   Diff   Date in Charge        |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Atlie FC (South Africa)         35     25    35        148     144     +4   06/07/2011-19/04/2014 |
    |Newcastle Jets (Australia)      41     22    25        128      97    +31   20/04/2014-present    |
    |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                76     47    60        276     241    +35                         |
    ====================================================================================================
    
    
    Titles and Awards
    ==================================================================================================
    |League Wins                                                                                     |
    |Club                     |League                          |Seasons                              |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
    |Newcastle United Jets    |Australian A-League (Regular)   |2016/17                              |
    |================================================================================================|
    |Cup Wins                                                                                        |
    |Club                     |Cup                             |Seasons                              |
    |N/A                                                                                             |
    |================================================================================================|
    |International Trophies                                                                          |
    |Nation                   |Competition                     |Years                                |
    |N/A                                                                                             |
    |================================================================================================|
    |Manager of the Year                                                                             |
    |Club                     |League                          |Seasons                              |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Atlie FC                 |South African First Division    |2011/12                              |
    |Newcastle United Jets    |Australian A-League             |2016/17                              |
    |================================================================================================|
    |Manager of the Month                                                                            |
    |Club                     |League                          |Months                               |
    |N/A                                                                                             |
    ==================================================================================================

    Around the world in April the North American Champion League concluded
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Monterrey (Mexico)      3    |Pumas (Mexico)                0    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Santos Laguna (Mexico)  2    |Monterrey (Mexico)            1    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Chivas (Mexico)         2    |Toluca (Mexico)               1    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |America (Mexico)        2    |Monterrey (Mexico)            1    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016 |Santos Laguna (Mexico)  1    |Real Salt Lake (USA)          0    |
    =========================================================================
    
    2016/17 North American Champions League
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Houston (USA)                 9  +5|Monterrey (Mexico)           18 +13|
    |Communicaciones (Guatemala)   8  +1|Puerto Rico Islanders         7  +2|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)        7  -4|Nashville Metros (USA)        7  -6|
    |Saprissa (Costa Rica)         6  -2|Arabe Unido (Panama)          3  -9|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)           13  +8|Los Angeles (USA)            15 +10|
    |Alajuelense (Costa Rica)     10  +6|Chivas (Mexico)              11  +6|
    |Chicago (USA)                10  -1|Olimpia (Honduras)            4 -10|
    |Municipal (Guatemala)         1 -13|San Francisco (Panama)        4  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Puerto Rico Islanders                  2       1            3          |
    |Los Angeles (USA)                      0       0            0          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chivas (Mexico)                        4       2            6          |
    |Houston (USA)                          1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                     2       3            5          |
    |Communicaciones (Guatemala)            0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Alajuelense (Costa Rica)               0       1            1          |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     3       0            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Puerto Rico Islanders                  0       2            2          |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Chivas (Mexico)                        2       0            2          |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                     2       2            4          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL  Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate       |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                        2       2            4       |
    |Cruz Azul (Mexico)                        0       2            2       |
    =========================================================================
    Last edited by BadManager; 26-10-2012 at 09:13.

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    nice career - well written and nicely presented. It was unlucky for you to not go all the way and win the Grand Final, but I'd definitely be pleased with the season overall. Good luck in the Champions League, hopefully it won't be too draining on the players, and hopefully you can follow up with another solid season!

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    Thanks, shnen. The timing of the A-League and ACL is such that the ACL doen't start until farily deep into the league season so I don't think the workload will be too great. I may need to change the line-up around a little to compensate, but the A-League isn't a particularly heavy load to begin with.
    To be honest, I don't expect to get out of the group stage in the ACL but simply taking part is a new thing for me. The Japanese and Koreans are usually dominant, the next update should include whether that continues to be the case or not for the 2016/17 season.

    You have probably noticed the layout changing somewhat along the way. I think it is better now, even if much more like many other threads. I guess the reason people tend towards a similar layout is because it works. Any thoughts on ways to improve would be appreciated.
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    May - June 2017



    Off Season - Part One


    Some departures of players who I had not been able to re-sign, or not at a reasonable price.
    Nagamura walked. I had wanted to keep him for one more season, given he played more than I expected in 2016/17, but the asking price was too high given I had already signed another player to play his role.
    The other one who walked was Mate Dugandzic. There are a few glitches with the A-League marquee system in FM12. I offered him a new deal, but it was rejected as (according to FM) it would have given us more than one Australian Marquee - even though he was already the Australian Marquee player.

    The midfielder coming in is 28 year old South African Dean Furman, who I will probably play more as a defensive midfielder. That was the position Nagamura played a lot in the latter part of the season. He isn't great, but should be good enough for the position.
    There are a couple of others hopefully coming in but deals need to be finalised, etc.

    Also sold were:
    • As already mentioned many times Ukranian international Yakymenko to Nagoya Stolz of Japan
    • Scott Neville had been wanting to go to a bigger club, so I put him on the market for something well above his value to see if there were any bites. The right back leaves for QPR who just won promotion from the Championship for 2.2 million pounds. This is easily an all time Newcastle Jets record sale. I wish I had added a percenage of next sale clause ... oh well.
    Maybe the Neville sale will see the board re-start the youth facility upgrade.
    I approached the board, but wasn't given the option of youth upgrade. I asked for a training facility upgrade, and the board are spending 950k with the work to be completed by December of this year.

    When the season summary rolled around, we were named as the overacheivers.

    Andrew Marveggio was, not surpirisingly, named the fans player of the season.

    I only have one former club, and this is how they went:
    Code:
    ==========================================================================
    |Atile FC, South Africa                                                  |
    |Year   |League                       |Cups            |Notes            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013/14|SA Premier 11th of 16        |FA - 1/4 Finals |Departed with 3  |
    |       |                             |                |games to play    |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014/15|SA Premier 13th of 16        |FA - 1/4 Finals |                 |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015/16|SA Premier 14th of 16        |FA - 2nd Round  |                 |
    |------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016/17|SA Premier 13th of 16        |FA - 1st Round  |                 |
    ==========================================================================
    They actually secured two less points than the previous season, and may be facing the drop next season.


    Around the world, the international tournaments and champions leagues which concluded in May or June were:

    - the European Champions League
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Barcelona               3    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Barcelona               6    |Aresenal                      0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Barcelona               0 pen|Paris St Germain              0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(France)                           |
    |     |Best Player: Lionel Messi - Barcelona/Argentina                  |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |Chelsea                 4    |Manchester United             3    |
    |     |(England)                    |(England)                          |
    |     |Best Player: Luis Suarez - Liverpool / Uruguay                   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016 |Real Madrid             2    |FCP                           0    |
    |     |(Spain)                      |(Portugal)                         |
    |     |Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid / Portugal          |
    =========================================================================
    
                        2016/17 European Champions League
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Manchester City (England)    16 +15|AC Milan (Italy)             15  +6|
    |Olympique de Marseille (Fra.)10  +2|Shakhtar (Ukraine)            8  -1|
    |Sampdoria (Italy)             9  +5|Sporting (Portugal)           7  -1|
    |Omonoia (Cyprus)              0 -22|Fenerbahce (Turkey)           4  -4|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |CSKA Moscow (Russia)         16  +7|FCP (Portugal)               14  +7|
    |Werder Bremen (Germany)       9  +1|Tottenham (England)          13  +9|
    |Atletico Madrid (Spain)       8  +3|FC Kobenhavn (Denmark)        6 -10|
    |Rangers (Scotland)            0 -11|Anderlecht (Belgium)          1  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |FC Bayern (Germany)          16 +10|Manchester United (England)  16 +12|
    |Villareal (Spain)            10  +4|Napoli (Italy)               11  +4|
    |SLB (Portugal)                8  +1|PSV (Netherlands)             7  -1|
    |Sheriff (Moldova)             0 -15|Sparta Prague (Czech Rep.)    0 -15|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Barcelona (Spain)            16  +8|Olympique Lyonnais (France)  16 +12|
    |Genoa (Italy)                10  +5|Real Madrid (Spain)          12  +9|
    |Chelsea (England)             8  +4|Zenit (Russia)                5  -5|
    |Olympiakos (Greece)           0 -17|SK Rapid Wien (Austria)       1 -16|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Knockout Round                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Villareal (Spain)                      1       1            2          |
    |AC Milan (Italy)                       1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Tottenham (England)                    3       1            4          |
    |CSKA Moscow (Russia)                   1       4            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique de Marseille (Fra.)          2       0            2          |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      1       1            2 away gls |
    |                                                                       |
    |Genoa (Italy)                          0       0            0          |
    |Manchester City (England)              2       5            7          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Werder Bremen (Germany)                0       0            0          |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            4       4            8          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Napoli (Italy)                         1       1            2          |
    |FC Bayern (Germany)                    0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Shakhtar (Ukraine)                     0       0            0          |
    |Manchester United (England)            1       4            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Real Madrid (Spain)                    1       0            1          |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         1       2            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Manchester City (England)              1       1            2          |
    |Villareal (Spain)                      0       1            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Manchester United (England)            3       2            5          |
    |Napoli (Italy)                         1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |CSKA Moscow (Russia)                   0       1            1          |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      3       3            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Olympique Lyonnais (France)            2       1            3          |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         2       1            3 away gls |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      2       1            3          |
    |Manchester United (England)            0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Manchester City (England)              2       1            3          |
    |FCP (Portugal)                         1       1            2          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL at San Siro, Milan, Italy              |
    |                                1/2 Time   Full Time Extra Time Pens   |
    |Barcelona (Spain)                      0           0                   |
    |Manchester City (England)              0           2                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player                                                            |
    |Wayne Rooney - Manchester United (England) / England                   |
    =========================================================================
    -Oceania's O-League
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    =========================================================================
    |2012 |Auckland City           7    |Ba                            0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(Fiji)                             |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Waitakere United        3    |Auckland City                 2    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Waitakere United        6    |Auckland City                 1    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |Auckland City           1    |Waitakere United              0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016 |Auckland City           3    |Waitakere United              0    |
    |     |(New Zealand)                |(New Zealand)                      |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Waitakere United(New Zealand)18 +18|Auckland City (New Zealand)  18 +21|
    |AS Magenta (New Caledonia)   12  +3|Kossa FC (Solomon Islands)    9  -4|
    |Tafea (Vanuatu)               4  -8|Ba (Fiji)                     7  -7|
    |Hekari Utd (Papua New Guinea) 1 -13|AS Venus (Tahiti)             1 -10|
    |=======================================================================|
    |O-LEAGUE FINAL                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Waitakere United (New Zealand)         2       1            3          |
    |Auckland City (New Zealand)            0       0            0          |
    =========================================================================
    - Copa Libertadores in South America
    Code:
    Previous Winners
    =========================================================================
    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    |=======================================================================|
    |2012 |Fluminense              1    |Boca Juniors                  0    |
    |     |(Brazil)                     |(Argentina)                        |
    |     |Best Player : Leonardo Benitez - Estudiantes / Argentina         |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Internacional           3    |Sao Paulo                     3    |
    |     |(Brazil)                pens |(Brazil)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Lucas Moura - Sao Paulo / Brazil                   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Boca Juniors            4    |Corinthians                   0    |
    |     |(Argentina)                  |(Brazil)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Denis Stracqualarsi - Boca Juniors / Argentina     |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |Santos                  3    |Santos Laguna                 2    |
    |     |(Brazi)                      |(Mexico)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Neymor - Santos / Brazil                           |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016 |Internacional           6    |Toluca                        1    |
    |     |(Brazil)                     |(Mexico)                           |
    |     |Best Player : Ruan - Sport Recife / Brazil                       |
    =========================================================================
    
    
    
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)     14  +6|Pachuca (Mexico)*            11  +7|
    |America (Mexico)*            11  +5|Instituto (Argentina)        11  +1|
    |Botafogo (Brazil)             6  +0|Oriente Petrolero (Bolivia)   6  -2|
    |Nacional (Uruguay)            1 -11|Atletico Nacional (Colombia)  4  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Internacional (Brazil)       13  +8|Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)    15 +11|
    |Independiente (Argentina)    11  +2|Once Caldas (Colombia)        8  +2|
    |Olimpia (Paraguay)            7  -3|Colo Colo (Chile)             7  -4|
    |Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)   3  -7|Barcelona (Ecuador)           4  -5|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)      15  +5|Estudientes (Agentina)       18 +15|
    |San Lorenzo (Argentina)      11  +6|Universidad Catolica (Chile)  6  -1|
    |Libertad (Paraguay)           5  -3|Universidad San Martin (Peru) 5  -6|
    |Caracas (Venezuala)           2  -8|Bolivar (Bolivia)             4  -8|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Santos (Brazil)              16 +10|Corinthians (Brazil)         12  +9|
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*      10  +2|Penarol (Uruguay)            12  +4|
    |Universidad de Chile (Chile)  4  -5|Alianza (Peru)                8  +2|
    |Deportivo Tachira (Venezuala) 4  -7|Deportivo Tachira (Venezuala) 0 -15|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Second Round                        Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Universidad Catolica (Chile)           2       0            2          |
    |Estudientes (Agentina)                 3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Once Caldas (Colombia)                 0       0            0          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        3       3            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Santos Laguna (Mexico)*                2       0            2          |
    |Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)              2       2            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Independiente (Argentina)              1       0            1          |
    |Pachuca (Mexico)*                      1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |America (Mexico)*                      5       0            5          |
    |Liga de Quito (Ecuador)                0       2            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |San Lorenzo (Argentina)                4       1            5          |
    |Boca Juniors (Argentina)               1       1            2          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Instituto (Argentina)                  2       2            4          |
    |Internacional (Brazil)                 1       2            3          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Penarol (Uruguay)                      2       0            2          |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   2       3            5          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Final                       Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   3       3            6          |
    |Estudientes (Agentina)                 2       2            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Instituto (Argentina)                  0       1            1          |
    |Santos (Brazil)                        1       3            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |San Lorenzo (Argentina)                1       1            2          |
    |Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)              2       4            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |America (Mexico)*                      0       1            1          |
    |Pachuca (Mexico)*                      1       2            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Final                          Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Santos (Brazil)                        0       1            1          |
    |Pachuca (Mexico)*                      1       5            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Corinthians (Brazil)                   1       1            2          |
    |Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)              2       1            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |COPA LIBERTADORES FINAL             Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Pachuca (Mexico)*                      0       0            0          |
    |Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)              0       4            4          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player : Diego Morales - San Lorenzo / Argentina                  |
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    July - September 2017



    Off-Season Part Two


    There is not much to report from the remainder of the off-season. I haben't been able to get rid of a couple of players who still have time on their contracts, and brought in just a few new signings.

    Dean Furman was mentioned last update.
    A new goalkeeper has joined us. Alex Cisak will become the new first choice pick in goal. He comes at quite a cost in terms of wage, but should be a significant improvement over Redmayne. Cisak spent two years with Fulham but could not get a game.
    We also went after a new striker. 22 year old Moldovan Dmitry Nikitin joins on a long term deal. With any luck he will develop into a fine player, or be sold for a handsome price.
    We also picked up two new defenders, one of whom I excpect to play a regular part this season; the other will get some game time.
    That was it for the main signings, not a penny spent on any of them.

    At the end of September we have one more friendly to play. Results have not been great, but I seem to have that in friendlies so hopefully a few things wil click into place once the season begins. Scoring again looks like it may be a problem for us.


    The bad news came out of the Sydney game.

    The league player of the season will miss much of the new season. On the plus side, this might allow youngster Paul Somerville to get more time on the pitch. I am hoping he can develop into a key player for the club but a lck of game time has held him back a little.

    Other things were happening aorund the world, particularly in July. This included the Confederations Cup.
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    Previous Winners
    
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    |Year|Winners              |Runners-Up     |Third         |Fourth       |
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    |2013|Uruguay       1 pens |Holland      1 |Spain         |Japan        |
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    2017 Confederations Cup in Russia
    =========================================================================
    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Peru                          9  +6|Mexico                        9  +8|
    |Oman                          4  -1|Spain                         6  +3|
    |Russia                        3   0|New Zealand                   1  -5|
    |England                       1  -5|Nigeria                       1  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi - Finals                      |Third Place Playoff                |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Peru                         2     |                                   |
    |Spain                        3 et  |Peru                          3    |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Mexico                       3     |Oman                          0    |
    |Oman                         1     |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Final                     1/2 Time   Full Time   Extra Time  Penalties |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Mexico                           0           0                         |
    |Spain                            1           1                         |
    =========================================================================
    Spain add the Confederations Cup to the World Cup.



    The Gold Cup was also held in North America
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    |Year |Winners                       |Runners-Up                        |
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    |2013 |USA                     2 pen |Mexico                       2    |
    |2015 |Mexico                  3     |USA                          1    |
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    2017 Gold Cup
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Mexico                        9  +6|El Salvador                   6  +1|
    |Cuba                          4  +1|Honduras                      4  +2|
    |Jamaica                       4  -1|Costa Rica                    4  -1|
    |St Vincent                    0  -6|Guatemala                     3  -2|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |                                   |
    |                            Pts  GD|Third Place Qualifiers             |
    |USA                           9  +6|                                   |
    |Canada                        6  +3|Jamaica, Costa Rica                |
    |Belize                        3  -6|                                   |
    |Trinidad & Tobago             0  -3|                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                     |Semi Finals                        |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Honduras                      1 et |                                   |
    |Canada                        0    |                                   |
    |                                   |Honduras                      2    |
    |Jamaica                       0    |El Salvador                   1    |
    |El Salvador                   0pen |                                   |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |Costa Rica                    3    |                                   |
    |Cuba                          0    |Costa Rica                    1    |
    |                                   |Mexico                        2    |
    |Mexico                        4    |                                   |
    |USA                           0    |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |2017 GOLD CUP FINAL                                                    |
    |                          1/2 Time   Full Time   Extra Time  Penalties |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Honduras                         0           0                         |
    |Mexico                           1           3                         |
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    October, 2017


    The last friendly appeared to confirm that there are serious problems at either end of the pitch. The middle is ours, but scoring is done at the ends. We played well, except for the whole 1-0 loss to an iferior opponent thing.

    The season got underway in Sydney. We were missing a few players on international duty. And then we lost Stella to injury in the 8th minute. He will be out for most of the season. The problems coninued, with the forward moves totally unproductive and giving up a imple goal to Sydney. We should have been down a second except Sydney missed the penalty that Irvine gave up for no reason. We swapped formation again early in the second half, with good results. We manged to claw two goals from nowhere to claim an unliekly comeback win.

    The first home game of the season saw us host Melbourne Heart, and could the fans be any more bored? No. Not even if they read this thread. The only real action was Irvine again going the stupid penalty when under no pressure. Of course, he left that until stoppage time. Again the spot kick went wide. Nil all.

    Next up, Perth Glory at home. And we were bad at the back. Perth went forward twice in the first half, we were three nil down at half time. Nothing much worked. A slightly angry speech at half time seemed to have no effect. But something did a bit later on. It was pulled back to 3-3 and we escaped with a point.

    The last game for the month was the trip to New Zealand. Wellington peppered our goal a bit, but in a reeversal of trend we were the ones to score. New, expensive, defender Buland got one from the penalty spot on debut.



    Not surprisingly, we aren't at the top of the table. In fact, it already looks tough for us to have a shot at retaining our regular season trophy.



    Melbourne Victory, again, look the goods this season.

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    November, 2017



    Our inability to talke advantage of controlling general play shopwed up again when we played Adelaide. We went 1-0 down early in the second half when two Adelaide players went on scintillating runs. Chris Payne levelled for us late to secure one point of the three we shold have obtained. Over 60% possession, most of it in Adelaide's third, but we just could not put together anything useful.

    We finally had a bit of luck, at least at the start, when we travelled to take on the Victory. One of corners as badly intercepted by a Victory defender and knocked into the goal. I hoped to hold on for at least a whoile from there, but it was not be as the Melbourne side puleld the goal back quickly. As the game settled we started to be more involved and it was not a total shock when we went 2-1 up. The second half, though, just showed the gulf in class as we succumbed 3-2 to a far superior side.

    Next up Gold Coast at home. Gold Coast striker Tim Payne, always a dangerman, gave them the lead very early. We equalised not long after, and it looked like the crowd might be in for a humdinger of a game. Tim Payne rose above his above marker to head home a Gold Coast corner and we trailed at half time. Guerrero levelled for us again in the second half, before a stoppage time free kick form Nikitin was slapped by the keeper into the crossbar and back off the keeper to get us the win.

    For the Brisbane game we were missing a number of key players due to international duty, and their replacement due to under 21s duty. Not that it mattered. We called up 17 year old Beau Ruthven from the youth squad for his debut. Within half an hour he had an assist and two yellow cards. Being down to ten men didn't really stop us, and we went to the break 2-0 up. It ended 3-0 as we actually scored a few, for once reflecting the general run of play.

    For the derby game against Central Coast we left Alex Read in the side at the expense of the underperforming Nikitin. It paid off as he scored the first. A second came courtesy of a goal line scramble after a corner. With that, we had changed tactics a little and put on three wins in succession.



    We currently sit in second, but the Victory have a game in hand and shold beat Wellington.




    Continental club competitions finished in Africa and Asia.

    Africa
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    Previous Winners
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
    |=======================================================================|
    |2011 |Zamalec (Egypt)         3    |Al-Ahly (Egypt)               0    |
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    |2012 |ES Tunis (Tunisia)      5    |Zamalec (Egypt)               4    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013 |Al-Ahly (Egypt)         4    |Club Africain (Tunisia)       2    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Al-Ahly (Egypt)         4    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)    2    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015 |USM Alger (Algeria)     2    |Club Africain (Tunisia)       1    |
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    |2016 |Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 5  |ES Tunis (Tunisia)            3    |
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    2017 African Champions League
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)   11  +3|Club Africain (Tunisia)      12  +4|
    |Ismaily (Egypt)               9  +4|Kano Pillars (Nigeria)       11  +4|
    |Primiero de Augosto (Angola)  7  -3|Raja Casablanca (Morocco)     7  -1|
    |Enyimba (Nigeria)             5  -4|OC Khouribka (Morocco)        4  -1|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)             1       2            3          |
    |Club Africain (Tunisia)                4       2            6          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Kano Pillars (Nigeria)                 2       1            3          |
    |Ismaily (Egypt)                        3       0            3 away gls |
    |=======================================================================|
    |AFRICAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
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    |Ismaily (Egypt)                        0       1            1          |
    |Club Africain (Tunisia)                1       2            3          |
    =========================================================================
    In Asia
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    |Year |Winner                  Score|Runner Up                     Score|
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    |2011 |Al-Shabab               2    |Okayama FC (Japan)            0    |
    |     |(Saudi Arabia)               |                                   |
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    |2012 |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)  4pen |Suwon (South Korea)           4    |
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    |2013 |Qatar SC (Qatar)        2    |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)     0    |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014 |Seoul (South Korea)     2    |Guangzhou (China)             1    |
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    |2015 |Al-Sadd (Qatar)         1    |Suwon (South Korea)           0    |
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    |2016 |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) 1pen |Jeonbuk (South Korea)         0    |
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    2017 Asian Champions League
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    |Group A                            |Group B                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia)      15  +9|Bunyodor Toshkent (Uzbek)    13  +7|
    |Paxtakor (Uzbekistan)        10  +4|Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)       11  +2|
    |Zob-Ahan (Iran)              10   0|Teraktor-Sazi (Iran)          7  -3|
    |Dempo (India)                 0 -13|Al-Wahda (UAE)                2  -6|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group C                            |Group D                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)    10  +4|Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)      11  +5|
    |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar)          10  +1|Perspolis (Iran)             10  +3|
    |Sepahan (Iran)                8   0|Al-Ain (UAE)                  8  -1|
    |Al-Jazira (UAE)               3  -5|Qatar SC (Qatar)              2  -7|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group E                            |Group F                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)         12  +4|Jeonbuk (South Korea)        12  +4|
    |Seongnam (South Korea)       11  +3|Funabashi Bandits (Japan)    10  -1|
    |Guangzhou (China)             9  +1|Changchun (China)             7   0|
    |Brisbane Roar (Australia)     1  -8|Buriram PEA (Thailand)        5  -3|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Group G                            |Group H                            |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                            Pts  GD|                            Pts  GD|
    |Shandong (China)             14  +9|Melbourne Victory (Australia)13  +7|
    |Pohang (South Korea)         11  +5|Suwon (South Korea)          13  +1|
    |Osaka AC (Japan)              6  +1|Beijing (China)               5  -3|
    |Persib (Indonesia)            1 -15|Okayama FC (Japan)            3  -5|
    |=======================================================================|
    |Second Round                                                           |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia)        2   |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)      3   |
    |Perspolis (Iran)               0   |Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia)         0   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Bunyodor Toshkent (Uzbek)      0   |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)        5   |
    |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar)            2   |Paxtakor (Uzbekistan)          1   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Nagoya Stolz (Japan)           1   |Shandong (China)               2   |
    |Suwon (South Korea)            2et |Funabashi Bandits (Japan)      1   |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Jeonbuk (South Korea)          0   |Melbourne Victory (Australia)  0   |
    |Pohang (South Korea)           1   |Seongnam (South Korea)         1   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Quarter Finals                      Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)                2       2            4          |
    |Suwon (South Korea)                    3       2            5          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar)                    1       3            4          |
    |Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia)                1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Shandong (China)                       1       0            1          |
    |Seongnam (South Korea)                 2       2            4          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)              3       1            4          |
    |Pohang (South Korea)                   1       2            3          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Semi Finals                         Leg1    Leg2    Aggregate          |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar)                    0       3            3          |
    |Suwon (South Korea)                    1       0            1          |
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)              1       1            2          |
    |Seongnam (South Korea)                 0       0            0          |
    |=======================================================================|
    |ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL   1/2Time    Full Time   Extra Time  Pens |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |                                                                       |
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)            0            1                    |
    |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar)                  0            0                    |
    =========================================================================
    Next time around, Newcastle Jets will be in the group stage - and probably not any further.

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    December, 2017




    December began with a deserved home win against Sydney. We lost Bendek early in the second half, but his replacement scored the only goal in the game.

    Against Melbourne Heart we went down in just the second minute. We looked like going in to the break down by that goa, but managed to equalise one minute into stoppage time in the opening half. Cecchetto got his second to put us in front just after the hour mark. Nikitin got one to extendthe lead, before the Heart pulled one back late. A good game for our fans and for the neutrals.

    Following that was the long trek to Perth. We got the lead, but ou winning streak ended at five as Perth Glory drew level through a superb strike from just outside the area. 1-1.

    Hosting Wellington Phoenix, we lost second string midfielder Paul Somerville in the 5th minute. We maganed to come out with a 2-0 wikn regardless.

    We finished the year in Adelaide, and entered the game with high hopes. Those hopes were given a blow with nother early injury, Leigh Irvine forced from the field. Another stunner from outside the area saw us go down by a goal. And we never looked like recovering, a very disappointing result against a low ranked side.



    The Victory look assured of winning the league, but its tight for spots from second to fourth. We really need second.




    Wayne Rooney took the double for the global players awards
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    |Year|World Golden Ball          |World Player of the Year   |
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    |2011|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2012|David Villa                |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Spain            |Barcelona/Spain            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2013|Lionel Messi               |Lionel Messi               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Argentina        |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2014|Lionel Messi               |David Villa                |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Barcelona/Spain            |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2015|Lionel Messi               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Barcelona/Argentina        |Manchester Utd/England     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2016|Cristiano Ronaldo          |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Real Madrid/Portugal       |Manchester Utd/England     |
    |------------------------------------------------------------|
    |2017|Wayne Rooney               |Wayne Rooney               |
    |    |Manchester Utd/England     |Manchester Utd/England     |
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    I missed the Club World Championship in the December update

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    Previous Winners
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    |2011|Barcelona (Spain)         4     |Monetrrey (Mexico)         0     |
    |2012|Okayama FC (Japan)        2     |Barcelona (Spain)          1     |
    |2013|Barcelona (Spain)         9     |Al-Ahly (Egypt)            0     |
    |2014|Barcelona (Spain)         4     |Boca Juniors (Argentina)   2     |
    |2015|Chelsea (England)         4     |Santos (Mexico)            1     |
    |2016|Real Madrid (Spain)       1     |Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia)    0     |
    =========================================================================
    
    
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    |2017 WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP in Morocco                                |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Playoff                            |Quarter Finals                     |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  2      |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)   2      |
    |Waitakere Utd (New Zealand) 1      |Monterrey (Mexico)          2 pens |
    |                                   |                                   |
    |                                   |Club Africain (Tunisia)     0      |
    |                                   |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  2      |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Fifth Placed Playoff               |Semi Finals                        |
    |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia)   1 pens |                                   |
    |Club Africain (Tunisia)     1      |Monterrey (Mexico)          2      |
    |-----------------------------------|Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)   0      |
    |Third Placed Playoff               |                                   |
    |-----------------------------------|Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  1      |
    |Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)   1      |Manchester City (England)   4      |
    |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)  0      |                                   |
    |=======================================================================|
    |WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL                                          |
    |                                1/2 Time    Full Time                  |
    |Monterrey (Mexico)                     1            2                  |
    |Manchester City (England)              2            4                  |
    |=======================================================================|
    |Best Player: Samir Nasri (Manchester City - England) / France          |
    =========================================================================
    Manchester City extend the winning run of European clubs out to five.

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