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    A.S Monaco FC

    Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club (French pronunciation: [a.sɔ.sja.sjɔ̃ spɔʁtiv də mɔnaˈko]; commonly referred to as AS Monaco or simply Monaco) are a French football club based in Fontvieille, Monaco. The club was founded in 1924 and currently play in the National, the third tier of French football. The team plays its home matches at the Stade Louis II located within Fontvieille.

    Though based in Monaco, the club is regarded as a French club, as the club plays in the French football league system, and because the principality of Monaco is not a member of UEFA. Monaco used to be one of the most successful clubs in France, having won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies. The club has also used to regularly compete in European football having been runners-up in both the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Champions League in 1992 and 2004, respectively.

    Monaco enjoyed success in the 1970s and late 1980s during the managerial tenures of Lucien Leduc and Arsène Wenger, during which the club was amongst the leading lights of European football. Monaco's traditional colours are red and white, and the club is known as Les Rouge et Blanc (English: The Red and White). Monaco is also a member of the European Club Association. In December 2011, two-thirds of the club was sold to an investment group led by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. However, he left the club with a number of debts and the club were relgated from Ligue 1 in 2018. An eight year spell in Ligue 2 followed, but for one brief season back in Ligue 1. However, the club were riddled with debt and, with performances not being what they should be, the club sunk ignomously into the French National division and stayed there, finishing 11th last season. In May 2027, AS Monaco appointed eminent Santarcangelo manager Andrea Managerino to the position of manager...

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    So this is a complete departure from the previous thread (although the same save). No restrictions although, as ever, I will try to keep a mainly French flavour to the proceedings. I removed Italy from my leagues available, simply as I want no way to go back to Santarcangelo. I also resigned from Italy to stop me missing them! So here we go. I sacked all the staff and it's time to write a new chapter in this club's long history!

    Who's bloody with me??

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    Vive les Monegasques!

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    I'm bloody with you!

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    Look forward to it- enjoyed the Santarcangelo thread a lot, and am interested to see how your fare here.

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    If anyone can turn it around then it is most definitely you!

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    Thanks guys!! I'm in the middle of ripping this team apart and putting it back together, but this announcement below makes my job harder...


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    Ouch... that sucks.

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    Well, I just lost a friendly 0-1 to my U-19's. In the 90th minute. With an own goal. We're shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit...

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    Plus in that matchup, I now have 4 players missing for the start of the season and up to 2 months. And an experimental formation that really didn't work....

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    So, I tried a experimental 4-4-2, with the second striker wide-out on the left in the AML position playing as a Inside Forward. However, this was a terrible idea as we got turned over time and time again in the pre-season. So, sadly, I had to change formation late on in the pre-season to the following.



    We have a huge lack of talent and this should be enough to avoid relegation (yes, that was my brief!)

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    allez les Monégasques, je souhaite que tu as la chance de reussir. bon chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lozzer83 View Post
    allez les Monégasques, je souhaite que tu as la chance de reussir. bon chance
    Merci, j'espère que pour diriger ce club à la gloire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    Merci, j'espère que pour diriger ce club à la gloire.
    De rien, je sense que peut-etre il y a une challenge difficile, mais je pense que tu va etre la mec qui va remporte la glorie a la principalitie

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    Love your name...Managerino, that means little manager in Italian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by higgins View Post
    Love your name...Managerino, that means little manager in Italian.
    That was the plan! ;) How is your side of the city dealing with the seemingly-unbeaten neighbours?

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    I see you have gone for a slightly more attacking formation since you left Italy.

    Is your aim still to take over Torino?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nava View Post
    I see you have gone for a slightly more attacking formation since you left Italy.

    Is your aim still to take over Torino?
    Yeah, having only used the catenaccio formation since FM12 was released, it'll be nice to try something else. And yeah, eventually. But who knows where I get to in the meantime.

    This was just too good an opportunity to turn down.

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    AS Monaco FC, August 2027 Review

    Well, here I am, my first pre-season in football management at a new club. And what a mess this club was in. They'd accumluated so much debt that the first team was bought of their contracts and the club put into a CVA. The name means nothing anymore and the board (who had also turned us semi-pro) considered our target for this season was Avoid Relegation . That's right, the club that once boasted Barthez in goal and Saviola & Morientes up front are now part-time and content to avoid relegation to the CFA!! The club gave me an £11k transfer budget and a £15k wage budget. Time to go dumpster diving. I also had to employ a whole new backroom staff. Finally, I got them to increase the junior coaching in a vain attempt to perhaps get some gems in.

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    07.08.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 0 AS Nancy-Lorraine (Championnat National)
    We were swamped in our first game. Biggest problem being a number of new players and a complete formation change a week before the start of the season.

    11.08.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 1 ES Wasquehal (Championnat National)
    A very flat performance in which we conceded a crappy goal.

    14.08.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 0 Pau FC (Championnat National)
    Boom! Our first win and goal, courtesy of ex-Marseille youth Ryan Mouchel. He ran onto a flick on and finished low from 20 yards.

    21.08.27
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 2 AS Moulins (Championnat National)
    Hervé Raymond fired home from 20 yards to put us in the lead and then we got an own-goal to double our money. However, after conceding early on in the second half, Ryan Mouchel hooked the ball home after Ivan Popov's shot was spilled. A late goal against gave us a few scares, but we rode out the win.

    11.08.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 2 US Concarneau (Championnat National)
    I hate bundled home goals from corners. Ryan Mouchel put us in the lead, but a cute lob from the edge of the area and the afore mentioned scrappy goal sank us.

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    Too many signings to note, however I did pick up some gems in GK Dino Preto, DM/AMC Dejan Pavlicic, ex-Santarcangelo players MC Daniele Moruzzi & ST Emanuele Paramatti, ST Ivan Popov and finally, the jewel in the pickups, AML/ST Ryan Mouchel.

    Also, I raided parent club Olympique Lyonnais for DR Esteban Lecomte and DL Grégory Tangay

    The only player to leave for cash was ST Maurice Perrin to AST Tripolis for £130k.

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    Tough start so far,hopefully your signings will gel quickly and performances pick up.

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    Tough start. Blame the crap decision to go to semi-pro.

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    keep the faith mon ami

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    Got a bit of a struggle on your hands then, but doing well enough for now.

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    You are not using Dirar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purefun View Post
    You are not using Dirar?
    ???? Wait, what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purefun View Post
    You are not using Dirar?
    It's 2027 now. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    That was the plan! ;) How is your side of the city dealing with the seemingly-unbeaten neighbours?
    Well, I live in Torino but I'm a huge fan of that unbeaten side of the city!

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    AS Monaco FC, September 2027 Review

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    04.09.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 0 Angers SCO (Championnat National)
    The 4-1-3-2 isn't working as well as I hoped.

    07.09.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 2 Toulouse Fontaines (Championnat National)
    Flat, dull, lifeless.

    10.09.27
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 0 U.S Dunkerque (Championnat National)
    A change to a 4-2-4/attacking 4-4-2 saw our fortunes change immediatedly! Robin Lebourg headed home to give us the lead and Emmauele Paramatti netted his first goal for the club.

    18.09.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 2 Rodez Avreyon Football (Championnat National)
    Ryan Mouchel scored a late consolation, but we were grossly outplayed.

    25.09.27
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 2 AC Ajaccio (Championnat National)
    We had no hopes or expectations, going into the game against league-leaders Ajaccio. Yet, a Ryan Mouchel hat-trick gave us a stunning win, despite being pegged back twice.

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    We finished September in 10th place.

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    AS Monaco FC, October 2027 Review

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    01.10.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 1 FC Metz (Championnat National)
    Ngggh. We're just so inconsistent.

    08.10.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 2 CS Louhans-Couseux (Championnat National)
    Igor Pavlov scored our only consolation in this disappointing result.

    12.10.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 2 AS Yzeurienne Football (Championnat National)
    This was just f******* embarassing.

    16.10.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 1 US Creteil-Luistanos (Championnat National)
    Aymar Roponat put us in the lead on 85 mins, but we were cruelly denied in the 92nd minute by a late equaliser.

    31.10.27
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 0 Union Athletiéque Valettoise Football (Coupé De France, Sixth Round)
    An easy, easy passage into the next round. Jéan-Christophe Ruiz netted after only 34 seconds and we dominated all the way from there. Goals from Robin Lebourg and Aymar Roponat gave us the scoreline our dominance deserved.

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    We finished October in 14th place, a really bad month for us.

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    What is your league predicted finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    What is your league predicted finish?
    13th. Avoid Relegation.

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    AS Monaco FC, November 2027 Review

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    06.11.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 0 AS Cherbourg Football (Championnat National)
    Boom! Emanuele Paramatti netted his first goal for us as he gave us the win.

    20.11.27
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 2 US Dunkerque (Coupé de France, Seventh Round)
    Jean-Christophe Ruiz netted a double to put us 2-0 up, but then two quick second half goals pulled them level. However, Gil scored a great long-range strike to give us another win.

    27.11.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 1 Paris FC 2000 (Championnat National)
    This juggernault was stopped in it's tracks by a crappy performance.

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    We finished November in 15th place, upsettingly. Simply as we took 6 points from 9 and still dropped a place.
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    AS Monaco FC, December 2027 Review

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    04.12.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 1 Calais Racing Union Football Club (Championnat National)
    Ryan Mouchel popped up in the 91st minute to tie it up, after going behind in the third minute to a disputed penalty.

    12.12.27
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 3 FC Nantes (Coupé de France, Eighth Round)
    Robin Leboug headed home in the 76th minute, but by that point, we were 0-3 down.

    21.12.27
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 0 Clermont Foot 63 (Championnat National)
    No cutting edge. Arse.

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    We finished 2027 in 15th place. We've got the tools and the talent (possibly) to escape the relegation zone, but we need some luck.

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    Proving to be a real struggle with Moncao but after your success with Santarcangelo I'm sure you'll be sitting in 13th or higher come season's end.

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    How many teams are there in the league?

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    Twenty, but the bottom four is relegated.

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    Did you imagine things would be this slow to start off with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arinceo View Post
    Proving to be a real struggle with Moncao but after your success with Santarcangelo I'm sure you'll be sitting in 13th or higher come season's end.
    I hope so, dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Did you imagine things would be this slow to start off with?
    I had no conception what would be a decent timeframe, but I didn't think the club was this bad.

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    Been inspiring though, was contemplating a 'lower league only' career ever since starting the last one (yes I do think of these things that far in advance), but this has definitely strengthened the case given the prospects for rescuing prett big clubs in any nation from obscurity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Been inspiring though, was contemplating a 'lower league only' career ever since starting the last one (yes I do think of these things that far in advance), but this has definitely strengthened the case given the prospects for rescuing prett big clubs in any nation from obscurity.
    Yeah, I mean if you take the time to go through a few seasons, you see a few big clubs just nosedive.

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    Certainly by the time I will have the complete freedom of choice there should be some interesting movements.

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    Renaissent de leurs flammes. It's plural. :mad:

    I do hope you manage to turn the club into a French powerhouse again, however.

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    AS Monaco FC, January 2028 Review

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    15.01.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 0 Gap Hautes Alpes Football Club (Championnat National)
    Gil scored to give us a win in a tight matchup .

    29.01.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 0 Pau Football Club (Championnat National)
    Jéan-Christophe Ruiz headed home midway through the first half, then converted from close range in the second to put us 2-0 up. A late OG just reinforced our superiority.

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    We finished January in 11th place. Those two wins were invaluable in pushing us up the table. No-one came in or out during the transfer window, although four players wanted to terminate their contracts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Renaissent de leurs flammes. It's plural. :mad:

    I do hope you manage to turn the club into a French powerhouse again, however.
    Damn you, Google Translate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    Damn you, Google Translate.
    Haha, there was also some amusing French near the start of the thread (not just from you, mind).

    Had a good month in January. Your players will be rested and confident going into the second half of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Haha, there was also some amusing French near the start of the thread (not just from you, mind).

    Had a good month in January. Your players will be rested and confident going into the second half of the season.
    I'm really hoping. I'm also looking forward to my youth intake. Hopefully, I'll have a few gems that will be first team-ready and I can start to look towards next season.

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    AS Monaco FC, February 2028 Review

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    02.02.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 1 ES Wasquehal (Championnat National)
    Ryan Mouchel put us in the lead, but a goal in first half ET pegged us back.

    12.02.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 0 US Concarneau (Championnat National)
    Aymar Roponat struck a double and Dejan Pavlicic struck a low shot to top it all off.

    15.02.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 1 AS Moulins (Championnat National)
    Aymar Roponat struck a double again and Dejan Pavlicic struck a low shot to top it all off. Erm, again.....

    19.02.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 2 Angers SCO (Championnat National)
    Jéan-Christophe Ruiz got the consolation goal in a bad defeat.

    26.02.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 0 Toulouse Fontaines (Championnat National)
    Jéan-Christophe Ruiz scored again, to give us another win
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    We finished February in 9th place. We're on the up! We also sold ST Ivan Popov for £60k to Smena-K in Russia.

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    My prayers are answered....

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    Woo, with those youngsters, things should start to turn a corner.

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    AS Monaco FC, March 2028 Review

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    04.03.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 2 US Dunkerque (Championnat National)
    Emanuele Paramatti scored our consolation in our second 1-2 defeat in three games.

    11.03.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 0 Rodez Aveyron Football (Championnat National)
    Killian Labbe headed home for his first goal of the season. Aymar Roponat doubled our advantage late on in the second.

    18.03.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 2 AC Ajaccio (Championnat National)
    Emanuele Paramatti scored to open our account, then Junior Yega headed home to give us a late equaliser

    25.03.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 1 FC Metz (Championnat National)
    Jéan-Christophe Ruiz got the opener, before Daniele Moruzzi rammed home to give us the winner.

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    We finished March in 9th place. We're only 6 points off a promotion spot.... 8 games to go? Doable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Woo, with those youngsters, things should start to turn a corner.
    I really hope so!

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    Good read so far, I am enjoying this

    I have had four games in FM2012 and in every single one, Monaco have failed to get out of Ligue 2.

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    AS Monaco FC, April 2028 Review

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    01.04.28
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 1 CS Louhans-Cuiseaux (Championnat National)
    A terrible result.

    08.04.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 0 Yzere (Championnat National)
    Emanuele Paramatti scored twice and Dejan Pavlicic fired home to top it all off.

    14.04.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 0 US Créteil-Luistanos (Championnat National)
    Gil scored the only goal to give me an early birthday present and move us closer to an unexpected promotion spot.

    22.04.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 1 AS Cherbourg Football (Championnat National)
    Emanuele Paramatti has caught fire at the right time and his double saw us win another game.

    26.04.28
    AS Monaco FC 4 - 0 Paris FC 2000(Championnat National)
    Emanuele Paramatti scored twice again, sandwiched between a header from Robin Lebourg and a Aymar Ropomat strike..

    29.04.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 0 Calais RUFC (Championnat National)
    Jéan-Christophe Ruiz stabbed home to give us the lead and then, Aymar Ropomat rounded the keeper and stroked home to double the advantage.
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    We finished April in 4th place!!!. We stormed up the table on the back of some excellent wins and we find ourselves just a point behind third!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Good read so far, I am enjoying this

    I have had four games in FM2012 and in every single one, Monaco have failed to get out of Ligue 2.
    Thanks man! It's a very different animal from Italy, but it's enjoyable, nonetheless

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    Wow, really starting to go places.

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    The biggest problem I'm going to face is that I'm £4.5k over my wage budget and I don't have the resources to resign a lot of my key players. Either I get promoted and get the boost to buy better players or I just go with my youth for my next season in Championnat National

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    Doing well Deisler. Keep pushing.

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    AS Monaco FC, May 2028 Review

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    06.05.28
    AS Monaco FC 0 - 0 Clermont Foot 63 (Championnat National)
    A slight wobble, still a point behind third.

    13.05.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 0 Gap HAFC (Championnat National)
    Emanuele Paramatti scored the only goal to keep us well in the hunt for a promotion spot.

    20.05.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 3 AS Nancy-Lorraine (Championnat National)
    The last day of the Championnat National season dawned dry and cold, however things were soon to heat up. We went 0-1 down after 10 minutes, but equalised on 18 mins when Jéan-Christophe Ruiz fired home. This, coupled with Toulouse F losing, meant that we were promoted on goal difference. Things got even better in the second half as Hervé Raymond netted to give us the lead. The wheels then fell off in spectacular fashion. Gregory Tanguy saw a straight red for a hack inside the box and they scored the resulting penalty on 77 mins then, with the principality holding it's breath, they scored in the 89th minute to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and finish above us in the league.
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    We finished the season in 5th place. Still a point behind the eventual promotees. Heartbreaking.

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    The worst thing was that their 89th min winner was scored from the position my left back should have been in...

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    Will you take it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Will you take it?
    Totally. .....

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    Tough beat in the final minutes, but the Belgium job is cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Tough beat in the final minutes, but the Belgium job is cool!
    Thanks man. It got better... *taps nose*

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    Well... Let's hope putting all my eggs in one basket helped...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post


    My prayers are answered....
    Wow. Some serious talent there. Could you link any of them please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Wow. Some serious talent there. Could you link any of them please?
    GK Evan Allain

    ST Vladen Arsenijelvic

    AMC Yoann Robert

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    Great intake, hopefully the under 23's will give you a bit of a rep boost too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackJCFC View Post
    Great intake, hopefully the under 23's will give you a bit of a rep boost too.
    Rep-wise, I'm fine for the minute. Simply as my tenure with Santarcangelo and Italy has helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    Rep-wise, I'm fine for the minute. Simply as my tenure with Santarcangelo and Italy has helped.
    Forgot about the stint in Italy . Whats the reason for taking the Belgium job then?

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    I don't normally enjoy non-English threads, but I like the quick style of this one.

    Hope you get somewhere with Monaco! ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackJCFC View Post
    Forgot about the stint in Italy . Whats the reason for taking the Belgium job then?
    Wanted to get back into international management and look at some of the young Belgian hopefuls. Plus, it's only the Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenzar View Post
    I don't normally enjoy non-English threads, but I like the quick style of this one.

    Hope you get somewhere with Monaco! ;)
    Thanks man, appreciated!

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    AS Monaco FC, Preseason/August 2028 Review

    Well, after last year's heartbreak, I was determined to avenge it and get us promoted this season. Our great run at the end of the season meant that our rep was slightly boosted too. This meant the board wanted mid-tabe obscurity this time and would give me a £53k transfer budget and £18k p/w wages in which to achieve it. We had no money to upgrade the facilites, but I'd managed to get them to agree to upgrade our junior coaching to an 'Excellent' level.
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    22.07.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 1 ESTAC Troyes (Coupe de la Ligue, First Round)
    A tough season opener against Ligue 2 opposition. Jimmy Da Costa opened his account for the club early on and then an own-goal and a great solo goal by loanee Cédric Lesage to see us through to the next round.

    02.08.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 1 Racing CF Lavallois 92 (Championnat National)
    Boom! Boom! Jimmy Da Costa hit a hat-trick in this game to see us start off the Championnat National in sizzling fashion.

    05.08.28
    AS Monaco FC 5 - 0 FC Metz (Championnat National)
    We ran riot against a promotion contender for this year as we put five past them! Aymar Ropomat came back from a pre-season injury to put us in the lead, then the on-fire Jimmy Da Costa hit a double. Returning loanee Esteban Lecomte headed home for the fourth and Cedric Lesage outstripped the defence to score the fifth.

    08.08.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 1 Toulouse Fontaine (Coupe de la Ligue, Second Round)
    Our next cup game pitted us against the team that beat us to promotion by a point last season. However, we gained a measure of revenge, thanks to goals by Aymar Ropomat and Jimmy Da Costa that saw us dump out the Ligue 2 team and look forward to the next round.

    12.08.28
    AS Monaco FC 6 - 1 Calais RUFC (Championnat National)
    Another team was put to the sword by this rampant side. Ex-PSG youth Mathieu Maigan headed home twice from corners to give us a 2-0 lead, then came young Vladan Arsenijevic's time to shine. Played because of Jimmy Da Costa's suspension, he scored twice to become our youngest ever goalscorer at 15 years and 137 days. Aymar Ropomat hit a fifth and then Dejan Pavlicic fired home from 20 yards to complete the rout.

    19.08.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 1 Rodez Aveyron Football (Championnat National)
    We can't be stopped at the minute. One of our transfer steals of the season, Samir Medjahad, scored his first goal on recovery from injury and Ryan Mouchel scored twice after being moved to a striking role.

    25.08.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 1 Clermont Foot 63 (Championnat National)
    Ryan Mouchel seems to be revelling in the striking role and he netted another in this one, with Jimmy Da Costa scoring the winner late on in the second half..

    19.08.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 0 Stade Rennais FC (Coupe de la Ligue, Third Round)
    We weathered a tough storm at the hands of the Ligue 1 team, but Ryan Mouchel broke away to score in the 70th minute and then Aymar Ropomat scored a carbon copy on 90 minutes to give us a famous (well, recently) win!!.
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    I decided to throw caution to the winds and break the bank in an attempt to get promotion. If we get it, we're safe. If not, we're selling. And quick! I trawled the Ligue 1 expiring youth contracts in February and identified three players that I thought would enchance the team. I managed to sign DC Mathieu Maigan on a free from Paris Saint-Germain, but my other two targets wanted £23k p/w to sign. Erm. No. So I tracked them all the way until they were released by their respective clubs. I then kept making offer after offer to them. A lot of 50% wage rises and high goal bonuses and large signing fees led to first, ST Jimmy Da Costa signing after being released from Olympique Lyonnais then, later, came AMR/ST Samir Medjahed. Also coming in, after being released by Ligue 1 clubs were; DC Bilal Yilmaz; D/WBL Mehdi Sbai; GK Gael Romero; DRL Sébastien Thomas and finally DR Jacques Njock. Finally, I signed WB/L Petr Jursa, star performer in the Czech Republic Euro '28 U-19 winning side. Coming on loan were AMR/ST Cédric Lasage from GF38 and DRC Esteban Lecomte from parent club Olympique Lyonnais.

    A lot of players left the club as I wanted to reshape for an assault on the Championnat National title. The only cash departure was MC Daniele Moruzzi who went to Vicenza for £140k + 50%

    I also lasted a few days as Belguim U-23 manager as Italy came calling again. I'm weak.

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    An excellent start. Seems you're well ahead of the competition this year.

    To Ligue 2!

    As an aside, do you know if a human gets sacked if relegated to CFA? I've heard from others that it's unplayable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenzar View Post
    An excellent start. Seems you're well ahead of the competition this year.

    To Ligue 2!

    As an aside, do you know if a human gets sacked if relegated to CFA? I've heard from others that it's unplayable.
    It is unplayable, so you will be sacked before the season starts.

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    Looking good for a promotion season so far.

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    Hope those signings pay off. 50% wage raise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    Hope those signings pay off. 50% wage raise!
    Dude. They are lower Ligue 1 level prospects! I needed to give them that simply to get them to sign!

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    Da Costa looks good for your level.

    Is he only French? The name sounds Spanish.

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    Seems more Portuguese to me.

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    I hope the wage gamble pays off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    Dude. They are lower Ligue 1 level prospects! I needed to give them that simply to get them to sign!
    I realize that. You are certainly going all-in.

    I would also say very shrewd and creative.

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    Some cracking results there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenzar View Post
    Da Costa looks good for your level.

    Is he only French? The name sounds Spanish.
    Only French. Signed from Schalke 04 at 15 from £3.4m from Lyon. Played at FC Istres for a season on loan.

    NOTE: He's equalled his best ever goal tally for a season (7 in 27 for Istres) in just 4 games...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    I hope the wage gamble pays off
    Me too. This club will continue going to the wall constantly unless I get them up into Ligue 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    I realize that. You are certainly going all-in.

    I would also say very shrewd and creative.
    We'll find out at the end of the season... *crosses fingers*

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Some cracking results there.
    Thanks man.

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    Tactical Breakdown

    Right, this season, I decided that I wanted to move away from my rigid catenaccio and embark on an attacking flow for my time with Monaco. It evolved from the 4-1-3-2 into a 4-4-2A and now, this season, is this.



    I went for a more balanced philosophy, simply as I need to cover that hole in the middle. An attacking mentality with direct passing and little timewasting means we're always looking to hit the wingers or the TM to setup a break. The defensive line is deep enough to counter any attacks, but not so deep that we invite pressure

    GK: Default instructions. Once we hit Ligue 2, these things will matter

    DR/DL: A more defensive mindset than I used previously, to counteract the space given away by the two wingers.

    DC: A 'one up, one down' scenario, with the slower stopper going forward and the quicker one of the pair covering.

    DMC's: One is the 'Makelele', he holds it all together, with a greatly reduced mentality and the other is the 'Pirlo', advancing from deep to make a pass.

    AMR/AML: Both are quick strikers that are given licence to cut inside and go for goal. With the formation being quite narrow, it means that they're often 1-on-1 with a DC/FB

    ST's: The Target Man comes deep to feed either his fellow ST or to play in the wingers.

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    AS Monaco FC, September 2028 Review

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    02.09.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - Balma SC (Championnat National)
    We continued to march on. Dejan Pavlicic put us ahead early, then Mathieu Maignan headed home for his third goal of the season. Finally, Ryan Mouchel slotted home to top off a great win.

    05.09.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 2 Le Poiré-Sur-Vie VF (Championnat National)
    A game of two halves here. Ryan Mouchel put us in the lead and then goals from Mathieu Maignan and Samir Medjahed put us up 3-0 by half time. But two goals in the 86th and 88th minutes made me panic.

    09.09.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 1 Pau FC (Championnat National)
    Vladan Arsenijevic scored just before half-time to give us the lead, then a goal for both sides in the first 20 minutes of the second half finished the scoring, ours coming courtesy of Aymar Roponat .

    16.09.28
    AS Monaco FC 1 - 2 AS Cherbourg Football (Championnat National)
    TWO mistakes by Mathieu Maignan meant that we were consigned to defeat, with Jéan-Christophe Ruiz scoring our consolation.

    23.09.28
    AS Monaco FC 2 - 1 US Créteil-Luistanos (Championnat National)
    This game was settled in 12 second half minutes. Samir Medjahed put us ahead on 58 minutes and then Aymar Roponat broke away to finish smartly.

    30.09.28
    AS Monaco FC 3 - 0 AS Nancy-Lorraine (Championnat National)
    Ryan Mouchel scored twice to put us in the lead and then Hérve Raymond lashed home a penalty when Mouchel was hacked down in the box.

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    We finished September, top of the pile! 9 points clear.

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    It's happening again...

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    Don't want to jinx you, so will just say it's been great so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Don't want to jinx you, so will just say it's been great so far.
    Everything is crossed and a lot of black cats have been shot on sight.

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    Good luck at Monaco.

    It's actually quite humbling and pleasing that in another save Monaco ended up crippled with debt and in the National. In my French save I can't beat them to the title, they have finished the last few seasons with 90+ points, reached a CL final and have a 55,000 odd stadium which they fill every match, what a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berty1978 View Post
    Good luck at Monaco.

    It's actually quite humbling and pleasing that in another save Monaco ended up crippled with debt and in the National. In my French save I can't beat them to the title, they have finished the last few seasons with 90+ points, reached a CL final and have a 55,000 odd stadium which they fill every match, what a difference.
    What I wouldn't give for that to happen here! Thanks for the support, dude!

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