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In this thread we are looking at the progress of me doing the Ultimate Challenge career with the original thread being found here.

Basically, it’s my job to win 10 different top tier leagues (which have to include England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), 10 cups in different countries that contain top tier clubs (i.e. For England we are looking at the League Cup or FA Cup and not something like the EFL Trophy), the 5 continental titles and Club World Cup at club level as well as the 5 confederations titles and the World Cup at international level.

Here's my profile at the start:

Stigarakis Starting Profile

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Trophy Cabinet - those in bold count towards the challenge:

2017 - Icelandic Second Tier

2018 - Icelandic Cup

2018 - Icelandic First Tier

2018 - Icelandic Manager of the Year

2019 - Icelandic Upper Cup

Progress For The Challenge:

Domestic Leagues Won: 1 - Iceland

Domestic Cups Won: 1 - Iceland

Continental Cups Won: 0

Confederation Titles Won: 0

World Cup/World Club Cup Won: 0

 

Languages Spoken: English (Fluent, Start of Game), Greek (Fluent, Start of Game), Icelandic (Fluent), Arabic (Basic)

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As I am several years into the game at this point I will give you a run-down of the career to date in this and the next post.

Domestic Career:

July 2015 – Aug 2019 Fram (Iceland)

After spending time applying for what feels like hundreds of jobs, it was off to the Icelandic 2nd tier to manage Fram from the capital Reykjavik. With the league season running from May to September, it was a good chance for me to get a system in place for getting promoted the following season. After finishing 9th in my first half-season and 8th in my first full season, I made a number of signings to aim for promotion in 2017.

The 2017 season saw promotion as champions for the club thanks largely to my left winger getting into double figures for both goals and assists and even a cup final before the following season we managed to win both the Icelandic Premier League (the club’s top flight league since 1990), the Upper League Cup and a Manager of the Year award for me. I also picked up the Icelandic Cup in 2019 before resigning following our European campaign in late August (although I had contemplated sticking the rest of the season out seeing as I was top and unbeaten).

Jan 2020 – May 2025 Falkirk (Scotland)

Club 2 saw a move to Scotland and another second-tier club with Falkirk being the next job and a difficult challenge to keep us in the division as I had 12 games to overturn a 5 point deficit to the side above me. Not only did I overturn that deficit, I also stayed up that season after winning the relegation play-off.

Once again, it was about stability my first full season and improving towards getting a job in the SPL in the future. The 20/21 season saw me finish in 6th place while the following season saw another final as I lost the Challenge Cup final but promotion as champions. The first SPL season saw regen striker John Chalmers become the youngest SPL scorer in a season that saw us finish in a solid 8th place with an 11th place finish and survival via the relegation play-off the following season. My final season at Falkirk was one that I spent looking to move on to either a bigger SPL side (both Edinburgh clubs turned me down) before Rangers became the 3rd team to reject my advances. I had the last laugh over them though as I beat them in the 3rd meeting of the season before repeating the feat post-split as we finished in 10th place.

Sep 2025 – Dec 2025 Henan Jianye (China)

The last of my previous clubs sees a short 7 game spell in charge of strugglers Henan who were sitting in 15th of 16 when I took over with the bottom 2 going down. After 4 draws in the opening 5 games, it was the final 2 games that saw the first wins for the club since early in the season as relegation was avoided, with us finishing in 14th place. Both Guangzhou and Jiangsu had openings available post-season after finishing in 5th and 6th respectively, me taking the former of those roles.

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International Career:

Feb 2018 – Feb 2023 Nigeria (Africa)

Out of the African Cup of Nations in the group stage in 2019, not playing in the tournament in 2021 (no idea why as I won all 6 qualifying games) before finishing bottom of the group in 2023 and rightly sacked.

Feb 2025 – present Egypt (Africa)

Had a break from international management but was offered both Egypt and Ghana as options post ’25 ACoN. Having already qualified for the World Cup (under the previous management), I’ll be using that to build towards the ACoN tournament the following winter in D.R. Congo.

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Career Statistics:

Domestic Stats:

Fram -  1496 Days P* W* D* L* GF* GA* Win%

Falkirk - 1967 Days P 233 W 87 D 51 L 95 GF 297 GA 321 Win% 37

Henan - 108 Days P 7 W 2 D 4 L 1 GF 10 GA 7 Win% 28

Guangzhou In Progress

International Stats:

Nigeria - 1814 Days P* W* D* L* GF* GA*

Egypt In Progress

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2026 - Time To Move

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After a slight rebuild at Henan before jumping ship, it was off to Guangzhou who had won the league title 2 years ago but had disappointed, finishing last season in 5th place.

After a few incomings that i'll review at the end of the season, the board decided that it was a good idea to sell my only senior right-back (I presume because they are complete morons) so I was left with a centre-back covering there for the season.

Matches from March to the end of May

Mar 7th – Shanggang (A) W 2-1 [Nickson 21, Djiteye 33]

My first game in charge of Guangzhou saw a trip to Shanghai SIPG or Shanggang as they are known in FM16. There were 5 debutants in this game with Malian striker Sanoussy Djiteye setting up Brazilian CAM Nickson before getting on the end of right-back Yuanzong’s cross for his goal. The hosts would score early in the second half in a performance that will need to be improved against the better teams in the league.

Shu Yong; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius (Dong Jiajun 62), Han Pengfei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie (Dong Hao 62); Wu Lei (c, Maclaren 62), Nickson, Wang Sheng; Djiteye

Mar 11th – Quanijan (H) W 3-1 [Djiteye 15, Xiong 86, Xufeng 89 (pen)]

A meeting between two sides who both won on the opening night. We took the lead in the 15th minute with Nickson’s lobbed through ball perfectly into the path of Djiteye who beat the keeper at the near post. Su Yujie took a knock just before half-time (he’ll be out for a week) and was replaced at the break by Hao while the equaliser came midway through the second half as Frank Nouble’s through ball was tucked under Yong by Han Xin. We took the lead with 4 minutes from time as a back-pass from the right-back was intercepted by Xiong to slide past the keeper before the lead was extended 3 minutes later as a penalty was won by substitute Jamie Maclaren, Xufeng sending the keeper the wrong way.

Shu Yong; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Han Pengfei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie (Dong Hao 46); Wu Lei (c), Nickson (Maclaren 61), Wang Sheng; Djiteye (Xu Xiong 61)

Mar 15th – Belkong (A) W 2-0 [Djiteye 1, Wang Sheng 53]

Another game where both teams went into it with 2 wins from 2 with the potential victor taking top spot. 2 changes for us see Yang Peng make his debut in goal while Dong Hao comes in for the injured Su Yujie in midfield. Once again, we took the lead from Nickson finding Djiteye with a through-ball with the striker beating a defender before smashing it past the keeper with the lead doubled 8 minutes after the break with Sheng heading home from a Nickson free-kick.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Han Pengfei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng (Dong Jiajun 60), Dong Hao; Wu Lei (c), Nickson (Yun Il-Lok 60), Wang Sheng; Djiteye (Maclaren 60)

Mar 28th – Shanghai Shenhua (H) W 1-0 [Wang Sheng 71]

Shenhua came into the game in 9th position with a win, a draw and a defeat from their opening 3 games. 2 changes for us with record signing Qi Fei (£2.6m) makes his debut at centre-back while Yujie is back in the midfield. Nothing happened in the game until the 71st minute where Yang Sheng drove one from Nickson’s pass from just outside the D.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie (Dong Hao 60); Wu Lei (c, Maclaren 60), Nickson, Wang Sheng; Djiteye (Xu Xiong 60)

Apr 1st – Beijing Guo’an (A) W 2-1 [Djiteye 45 & 54]

Guo’an came into the game with a win, 2 draws and a defeat as they sat in 10th place as we named an unchanged line-up. They took the lead on 28 minutes at the near post through Zhang Yuning’s eighth of the season from a Wang Shangyuan through ball before Djiteye would pounce on a short back-pass just before half-time with the striker adding his second 9 minutes after the break as he got on the end of Nickson’s through-ball.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei (Han Pengfei 61), Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie (Dong Hao 61); Wu Lei (c, Xu Xiong 80), Nickson, Wang Sheng; Djiteye

Apr 4th - Jiangsu Suning (H) D 2-2 [Wang Sheng 53, Xu Xiong 68]

Jiangsu would come into the game in 4th with 3 wins and 2 defeats so far this season as we remained unchanged. Despite dominating the first half, we had to wait until after the break to take the lead with Djiteye finding Sheng who beat the keeper at the near post before the visitors levelled a minute later as Yang Di converted Ri Hwang’s cross. We took the lead midway through the second-half with substitutes Jamie Maclaren and Xi Xiong as the Chinese striker scored from 30 yards out before a penalty was conceded by left-back Abdollah Heydari in the 71st minute with Liu Ruofan rolling it down the middle as Peng dived to his right.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie; Wu Lei (c, Yun Il-Lok 63), Nickson (Maclaren 63), Wang Sheng; Djiteye (Xiong 63)

Apr 12th Yifang (A) W 1-0 [Wen Jun 49]

Yifang would sit bottom of the table after one draw and five defeats in the opening 6 games as we made one change as Wu Lei would drop out of the team for club Wen Jun to make his first appearance of the season after injury, also taking the captain’s armband. The skipper would score the only goal of the game 4 minutes after the break after playing a 1-2 with Djiteye although he’d come off a few minutes later with a knee injury (fortunately only a 2-3 week injury for the unlucky midfielder).

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei (Han Pengfei 64), Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie; Wang Sheng (Xu Xiong 64), Wen Jun (c, Wu Lei 53), Nickson; Djiteye

Apr 15th Guangzhou Fuli (H) W 3-1 [Djiteye 17, Nickson 22, Xu Xiong 88]

Fuli would sit in 14th with 2 wins, a draw and 4 defeats from the first 7 games as we made one change with Wu Lei back into the team for Jun. A cross from the right was turned into the path of Kim Kyung-Hwan by Wei Tianlong to open the scoring in the 13th minute before Lei would find Djiteye to level 4 minutes later. We would lead on 22 minutes as our Malian forward set up Nickson before Wu Lei was fouled for a penalty with 4 minutes to play with his spot kick knocking out a fan with Xu Xiong adding the third a couple of minutes from time from fellow sub Maclaren’s through ball.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng (Dong Hao 62), Su Yujie; Wu Lei (c), Nickson (Maclaren 62), Wang Sheng; Djiteye (Xu Xiong 62)

Apr 19th Chengdu (H) W 5-0 [Qi Fei 3, Djiteye 5, Nickson 35 & 68, Heydari 78]

Chengdu sit in 14th place going into this game following 2 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats with ourselves again unchanged. The 3rd minute saw us take the lead with Nickson’s corner headed in by Qi Fei before it would be doubled 2 minutes later as Wang Sheng would square it for Djiteye to score from 10 yards out. The third would come 10 minutes before the break with Wu Lei’s through ball allowing Nickson to score his 3rd of the campaign while he would also add the fourth midway through the second half from sub Maclaren’s pass. Left-back Abdollah Heydari headed home the fifth from Nicko’s free-kick before Xu Xiong would leave the pitch with an ankle injury a couple of minutes from time (he’ll be out for 3-4 weeks).

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng (Dong Hao 63), Su Yujie; Wu Lei (c, Maclaren 63), Nickson, Wang Sheng; Djiteye (Xu Xiong 63)

Apr 25th Huaxia Xingfu (A) L 0-3

The hosts would sit in 5th place after 4 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats and surprisingly, once again, the same starting 11 for us. Liu Chen gave the hosts a 9th minute lead from Fernandinho’s through-ball with their second coming 6 minutes after the break with Wang Zihao, against his former club, turning in Ansari’s cross before Zihao would turn provider for Zeng Wei to curl it into the top corner on 53 minutes. An off-day for ourselves here but we sit 5 points clear at the top following the opening 10 games.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari (Liu Lijun 57); Zheng Xufeng (Dong Hao 57), Su Yujie; Wu Lei (c, Li Kai 57), Nickson, Wang Sheng; Djiteye

May 2nd Shandong (A) W 3-0 [Qi Fei 13 & 76, Wang Sheng 36]

Shandong would come into the game in third following 5 wins, 4 draws and one defeat as we made one change with Wen Jun returning to the starting 11 for Wu Lei. Qi Fei would head home from a Nickson corner against his former club to give us the lead on 13 minutes before Wang Sheng would double the lead from Su Yujie’s pass in the 36th minute. The third would come 14 minutes from time with Nickson’s corner headed back across by Vinicius for his centre-back partner to score his second.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie; Wang Sheng (Wu Lei 61), Wen Jun (c, Maclaren 61), Nickson; Djiteye (Li Kai 61)

May 9th Hangzhou (A) W 2-1 [Qi Fei 39, Djiteye 63]

The hosts sitting in 4th following 6 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats as we picked the same starting 11. We took the lead on 39 minutes with Qi Fei a similar header to his second in the previous game, this time for Su Yujie’s corner before the hosts levelled a minute before half-time thanks to Xu Li’ao getting on the end of a low cross from Yan Xiaoyu from the Hangzhou right. After Wu Lei replacing Wang Sheng at the break (the former with a shin injury that’ll keep him out for a week), we retook the lead with Djiteye heading home a Nickson corner just after the hour-mark.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie (Dong Hao 77); Wang Sheng (Wu Lei 46), Wen Jun (c), Nickson; Djiteye (Maclaren 77)

May 17th Tianjin (H) D 1-1 [Wu Lei 20]

The visitors sitting in 11th with 3 wins, 5 draws and 4 defeats and one change for us sees Wu Lei replace Wang Sheng in the advanced midfield trio. Wu Lu volleyed home a left-wing cross from Chen Minghui in the 4th minute before we would equalise in the 20th minute with Wen Jun finding Wu Lei with a through-ball to fire in at the near post.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie; Wu Lei (c, Maclaren 62), Wen Jun (Wang Sheng 62), Nickson; Djiteye (Xu Xiong 62)

 

2026 End of May table

 

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2026 June and July League Action:

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Jun 3rd Xiangtao (H) W 2-1 [Wu Lei 17, Nickson 41]

The visitors sit in 8th place after 5 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats. We make 3 changes to the side as Yu Yuanzong and Su Yujie both picked up injuries in training and Heydari has started his World Cup duty for Iran, Sami Al-Sanea makes his first appearance for me at right-back with Liu Lijun making his first start on the other side of the defence as Wu Lei returns to the side and Wen Jun moves alongside Zheng Xufeng. The visitors took the lead on 11 minutes with Xu Ye finding Ye Chugui with a through-ball and him curling it past Peng before our leveller came 6 minutes later with Wu Lei scoring from Nickson’s pass. We’d take the lead 4 minutes before the break with Nickson getting onto Jun’s through-ball while we lost sub Jamie Maclaren to injury for 5-6 weeks minutes after coming on.

Yang Peng; Al-Sanea, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Liu Lijun; Zheng Xufeng, Wen Jun; Wu Lei (c, Maclaren 62), Nickson (Li Kai 62), Wang Sheng (Xu Xiong 62); Djiteye

Jun 6th Henan (A) W 3-2 [Wang Sheng 33, Djiteye 46, Xu Xiong 75]

My return to Henan saw them sitting in 13th place after 4 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats and we went unchanged. The opening goal of the game came in the 3rd minute with Li Jichao volleying a chipped through-ball from Wasiyanto across Yang Peng whilst our leveller came in the 33rd minute with Wang Sheng curling it past the keeper from Wen Jun’s pass. We’d take the lead a minute into the second-half as Zheng Xufeng would intercept the ball with Djiteye beating the keeper at his near post before Xufeng would assist the third 15 minutes from time, finding sub Xu Xiong at the back post. Chen Binbin would score a consolation from 25-yards in the first minute of stoppage-time but we held on for the win.

Yang Peng; Al-Sanea, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Liu Lijun; Zheng Xufeng, Wen Jun (Dong Hao 61); Wu Lei (c, Li Kai 61), Nickson, Wang Sheng; Djiteye (Xu Xiong 61)

Jul 5th Shanggang (H) D 3-3 [Wen Jun 17, Nickson 41, Djiteye 63]

The visitors come into this game sitting in 3rd place with 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats as we make 4 changes from our last league game as Yu Yuanzong returns from injury at right-back, Abdollah Heydari came in at left-back following World Cup duty, Han Pengfei replaces the injured Vinicius at centre-back and Su Yujie replaces Wu Lei in the midfield. The opening goal came in the 17th minute with Wen Jun getting on the end of Djiteye’s through-ball with the equaliser coming from Caoloan Lavery on 31 minutes as Wang Jianming set up the forward. We retook the lead 4 minutes before the break with Djiteye feeding Nickson to score at the near post before the second leveller saw Wu Jingwei head home a Tim Chow corner. We’d take the lead for the third time in the game with Nickson returning the favour for Djiteye in the 63rd minute with Chow volleying home Tyias Browning’s cross with 4 minutes to play.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Heng Pengfei (c), Qi Fei, Heydari (Liu Lijun 60); Zheng Xufeng (Dong Jiajun 60), Su Yujie; Wang Sheng, Wen Jun (Wu Lei 60), Nickson; Djiteye

Jul 11th Belkong (H) W 2-0 [Djiteye 18, Wen Jun 43]

Belkong come into the game with as they sit in 7th place with 6 wins, 4 draws and 6 defeats as we go unchanged. The opening goal of the game came in the 18th minute with Zheng Xufeng’s cross headed home by Djiteye with the striker setting up the second a couple of minutes before the break, feeding Wen Jun who curled it past the keeper.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Heng Pengfei (c), Qi Fei (Dong Jiajun 62), Heydari; Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie; Wang Sheng (Yun Il-Lok 62), Wen Jun (Wu Lei 62), Nickson; Djiteye

Jul 26th Quanjian (A) D 2-2 [Wu Lei 12, 58]

The hosts sat in 12th place after 4 wins, 8 draws and 5 defeats and we make 2 changes with Vinicius returning to the back 4 and Wu Lei coming into the right-wing position, Han Pengfei dropped down to the bench while Wen Jun missing out due to a knock. We took the lead in the 12th minute through a free-kick from Wu Lei while the equaliser came in the 35th minute with Liu Zhi turning in Chen Xiaorui’s low cross. They would take the lead in the 57th minute with Frank Nouble scoring at the near post from a Gorassi cross before Lei would score his second after a goalkeeping error a minute later.

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius (Han Pengfai 60), Qi Fei, Heydari; Zheng Xufeng (Dong Jiajun 60), Su Yujie; Wu Lei (c, Xu Xiong 60), Nickson, Wang Sheng; Djiteye

Jul 29th Shenhua (A) W 1-0 [Wang Sheng 18]

The hosts sat in 6th place with 7 wins, 4 draws and 7 defeats with me naming the same starting 11 again. We’d take the lead in the 18th minute with Wang Sheng finishing from Wu Lei’s pass

Yang Peng; Yu Yuanzong, Vinicius, Qi Fei, Heydari (Liu Lijun 60); Zheng Xufeng, Su Yujie; Wu Lei (c, Maclaren 60), Nickson, Wang Sheng (Xu Xiong 60); Djiteye

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