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3 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

@Jogo Bonito You should do a seperate career thread called Jogo & Mario and you spend your whole career bringing Mario with you lol.

You can chronocile your interactions with him. It would be hilarious to post about it.

He's an absolute nutter! I criticise him and he says it's unfair. I praise him when he has trained badly and he says I have standards too low. I continue to praise him and put him in the team against all wisdom and he is complacent. It's really commendable how he has been portrayed to be like this and it adds an extra layer of immersion to my game.

Not a bad idea to do that, I like the Jogo & Mario idea. But at 30 he would not last long I think. My guess is that he will retire at the end of this one year deal.

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Just now, Jogo Bonito said:

He's an absolute nutter! I criticise him and he says it's unfair. I praise him when he has trained badly and he says I have standards too low. I continue to praise him and put him in the team against all wisdom and he is complacent. It's really commendable how he has been portrayed to be like this and it adds an extra layer of immersion to my game.

Not a bad idea to do that, I like the Jogo & Mario idea. But at 30 he would not last long I think. My guess is that he will retire at the end of this one year deal.

You think he would retire at 31 years old?

I would of thought he would want a few years in the MLS, China or Saudi Arabia first.

Maybe you could do a journeyman save and bring him with you to every club you manage :brock:

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After an up turn in form, Lorenzo Di Parmalat was able to look forward to the winter months with optimism

December went fairly average with losses away to Crotone and Roma balanced out by home wins over Fiorentina and Sampdoria

The most pleasing result of the month was probably a fine 1-1 draw away to AC Milan 

January was arguably better with four wins and a draw in the league, and only narrow losses at Atalanta (2nd) and Napoli (who also won the Copa Italia clash too) 

And in February there were also some good performances even though only four points were picked up from four fixtures

Although the win against struggling Genoa looks to be the pick of the results, the point away at high-flying Lazio (2nd) was even more satisfying for Di Parmalat

The biggest margin of defeat all season was a 3-0 defeat away to Inter Milan, but it was one of the most spirited displays of the campaign

A straight red card after 16 minutes put the team on the back foot and they finally conceded after 56 minutes against the team who would go 2nd if they won the game

If that wasn't a tough enough challenge, a second man was dismissed after 69 minutes for a second yellow card as it remained 1-0 to the hosts

It got even worse after after 79 minutes when another straight red saw the team reduced to just eight men - at the same time giving away a penalty too

That was slotted home and the home side grabbed another after 94 minutes to give them a very flattering 3-0 win

It was unclear what had prompted this to unfold as there had only been one other red card all season for a generally well-disciplined bunch of players 

The last game of the month couldn't have been any worse - hosting leaders Juventus with those three defenders an another player (totting up) all suspended

With a host of enforced changes and a debutant in defence, the big boys from Turin had a really tough day - but CR7 scored the only goal of the game for the visitors late on

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Here is the match summary from the crazy game against Inter Milan - and the warning delivered to a fuming Di Parmalat after the event

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Despite how February ended, the last two defeats have really only been significant in preventing the side from gaining on those just ahead of them

Di Parmalat has installed a confidence in the team over the last three or four months that has them looking up rather than down, and safety virtually assured already (10th) 

The form of strikers Lucas Alario & Roberto Inglese has been particularly encouraging, whilst left wing-back Emerson has also contributed enormously

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The January transfer window was quiet, with a couple of young players arriving and just a couple of players exiting the club

The first to leave was on-loan midfielder Brunetta who returned to parent club Godoy Cruz as there was no purchase option in his deal

This was something the manager didn't feel comfortable with - all three remaining loan men have low purchase options or an agreed future transfer in place

The other departure was defender Gagliolo who joined AC Milan for £1.5 million on deadline day as he was not remotely interested in extending his deal by a further year

The players coming in are two young central defenders to join the U20 squad for a combined outlay of just £215,000

Frenchman Etienne Youte Kinkoue (19) arrived from Inter Milan for a fee of £200,000, whilst Italian Riccardo Capellini cost just under £15,000 from Juventus

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There will be more from Parma soon as we get a chance to report on the final 13 games of the season 

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48 minutes ago, Jogo Bonito said:

Di Parmalat has installed a confidence in the team over the last three or four months that has them looking up rather than down

I don't know much about Italian football, but that looks like a decent season so far and - to my untutored eye - you're only losing the games you'd expect to lose :thup:

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11 hours ago, warlock said:

I don't know much about Italian football, but that looks like a decent season so far and - to my untutored eye - you're only losing the games you'd expect to lose :thup:

Thanks, yes that mirrors my assessment so far too.

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Making for a very good read this. I really wish Balotelli would just shut you up by banging in a 30+ goal season though. Don't actually know how you would go about writing that up!

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7 minutes ago, goonergez said:

Making for a very good read this. I really wish Balotelli would just shut you up by banging in a 30+ goal season though. Don't actually know how you would go about writing that up!

Thank you! Trust me, I would love Mario to do that too. But I don't think he has trained above 5.7 throughout the whole season. Praising him regardless didn't help so it looks like his time will just peter (should that not be mario?) out. In fairness, my two main strikers have done really well so he has had to bide his time more than even I would have liked.

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3 minutes ago, Jogo Bonito said:

Thank you! Trust me, I would love Mario to do that too. But I don't think he has trained above 5.7 throughout the whole season. Praising him regardless didn't help so it looks like his time will just peter (should that not be mario?) out. In fairness, my two main strikers have done really well so he has had to bide his time more than even I would have liked.

Have you tried training and playing him in a different position to see if that somehow does anything. I am just thinking outside the box to try fix him.

I assume you have tried to put him an mentoring group to see if other players rub off on him.

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A special update for all those interested in Mario Balotelli 

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Having done nothing all season other than training virtually every week at less than 6.0 and sulking whenever he was given opportunities it was time to act

Yes, that's right - Mario was offered a new one year contract on only slightly reduced wages of £27,000 per week

He wanted £45,000 over two years (an increase of 50% on his current wage) and talks ended very quickly

Days later, we learned that Mario accepted a one year deal (with club option for an extra year) with AEK in Greece on the very same £27,000 per week sum

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He was given a few more games to try and drag some fond lasting memories out of his soul

But he didn't offer anything (again) and within two weeks rewarded the show of faith with this...

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Farewell sweet prince, thanks for all your hard work

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An end of season update will follow from Parma soon

 

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1 hour ago, Jogo Bonito said:

But he didn't offer anything (again) and within two weeks rewarded the show of faith with this...

:lol: I upvoted for persistence and the general hilarity. Can't say you didn't try!

Equally, I'm always impressed/stupified by managers who look at a player like Mario and think, "Yes, I will be the one to make him shine" :idiot:

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8 hours ago, Jogo Bonito said:

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A special update for all those interested in Mario Balotelli 

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Having done nothing all season other than training virtually every week at less than 6.0 and sulking whenever he was given opportunities it was time to act

Yes, that's right - Mario was offered a new one year contract on only slightly reduced wages of £27,000 per week

He wanted £45,000 over two years (an increase of 50% on his current wage) and talks ended very quickly

Days later, we learned that Mario accepted a one year deal (with club option for an extra year) with AEK in Greece on the very same £27,000 per week sum

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He was given a few more games to try and drag some fond lasting memories out of his soul

But he didn't offer anything (again) and within two weeks rewarded the show of faith with this...

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Farewell sweet prince, thanks for all your hard work

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An end of season update will follow from Parma soon

 

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#F..K OffMario :hammer:

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Balotelli really is a frustrating player. I personally feel he had the talent to be an unbelievable player if he could’ve got his attitude and drive in gear. Shame you couldn’t get the best out of him but love the fact that you still tried to keep hold of him on a new deal 🙈

Looking forward to your update and seeing how you finished the season!

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16 hours ago, goonergez said:

Balotelli really is a frustrating player. I personally feel he had the talent to be an unbelievable player if he could’ve got his attitude and drive in gear. Shame you couldn’t get the best out of him but love the fact that you still tried to keep hold of him on a new deal 🙈

Looking forward to your update and seeing how you finished the season!

Cheers, yes I really wanted one more year to get Mario playing well but alas it wasn't meant to be. As has been said above by @warlock @Ronaldo Beckham and @Hootieleece we will definitely be better off without him anyway. The end of season update may follow tonight.

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7 minutes ago, Jogo Bonito said:

Cheers, yes I really wanted one more year to get Mario playing well but alas it wasn't meant to be. As has been said above by @warlock @Ronaldo Beckham and @Hootieleece we will definitely be better off without him anyway. The end of season update may follow tonight.

We should all do a Mario Balotelli challenge to see who can get the best season out of him for a laugh.

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1 hour ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

We should all do a Mario Balotelli challenge to see who can get the best season out of him for a laugh.

Can I put him in a conference side 😂

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3 minutes ago, goonergez said:

Can I put him in a conference side 😂

I don't think it will matter cos whomever he plays for if he aint up for it then he aint going to score.

It would be a quick fun challenge. You could just do it for 1 season etc.

I would start it but I don't think anyone else would do it with me.

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2 hours ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

I don't think it will matter cos whomever he plays for if he aint up for it then he aint going to score.

It would be a quick fun challenge. You could just do it for 1 season etc.

I would start it but I don't think anyone else would do it with me.

I'm out as I have already done my one season with Mario. Two goals is an easy target to beat if you play him every week :lol:

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By the end of February, Lorenzo Di Parmalat's improving Parma side sat 10th in Serie A having recovered from a dismal start in the early months of the season

However, the last two fixtures had been defeats against high-flying Inter Milan and runaway leaders Juventus

The gap to 7th (which would see Europa Conference League qualification, whatever the point of that is) was only four points and 13 games remained

March was a short month with just three league fixtures but a massive away win at Sassuolo (4th) teed up additional victories over Bologna & Udinese too

April saw five fixtures with routine wins over Crotone & Sampdoria sandwiching hard-fought draws with Fiorentina & Roma as the side went seven unbeaten

AC Milan proved too strong in the final fixture of the month to end that little run, but confidence was still reasonably high for Di Parmalat's men with five to go

Depending on the order of fixtures and results, Parma were 7th or 8th - with Sassuolo dipping badly and Napoli emerging from the depths of the lower reaches

May didn't start too well with disappointing draws against mid-table Torino & Verona preventing that final push really kicking on

A narrow victory over soon-to-be relegated Crotone in GW36 put the side back to 7th - but the remaining two games were both against teams in the top-six

Next up was Cagliari who were about to book a Europa League spot, with the final game at home to Atalanta who were 3rd and chasing a Champions League spot

The trip to Sardinia saw a tense 0-0 draw with Cagliari - a good result but one that saw resurgent Napoli close the gap to just one point in 8th

Sassuolo were still plummeting and remained a further point back from them, but Di Parmalat needed a big performance to overcome Atalanta and seal 7th on the final day

It was 0-0 at the interval, but his Parma side stepped up a gear in the second half to claim a seemingly comfortable 3-0 win which condemned Atalanta to 4th 

They missed out on the Champions League, but Parma were left celebrating their own mini success (7th) - the win being vital as both Napoli & Sassuolo had done the same 

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Here is a brief summary of the season, the performance graph showing a fairly steady second half helping to reach a fine 7th place finish

Striker Lucas Alario (whose loan will become a permanent £5 million transfer in July) had a great season with 22 goals in all competitions, with 20 of them in Serie A

And thanks to that financial boost at the end from the league performance, the club now had a very healthy balance sheet too

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Here is the final Serie A table, with Juventus storming the league with a clear 14 point gap to 2nd (they won all 19 home games and lost only once all season)

Whilst Di Parmalat was happy to claim 7th, he expressed sympathy for Sassuolo who had fallen from lofty heights with a tragic run of form over the last few months

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Here are the player stats across all competitions (three Coppa Italia games on top of the Serie A matches)

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Despite Alario's great goal return, it was goalkeeper Luigi Sepe who won the fans Player of the Season award after a very good year between the sticks

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Di Parmalat revealed there will be a few departures during the off-season as contracts and loans expire

Future fee deals for both Andrea Conti & Roberto Gagliardini might be signed off but will depend on whether they fall in line with the wage structure of the club

He added there will probably be an exodus of U20 players leaving too, hopefully including a number that had been out on loan last term

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Congrats on a great end to the season @Jogo Bonito! Qualifying for Europe with Parma's modest resources is an impressive start to this career. I look forward to following how you fare in the Europa Conference League (UEFA could have come up with a better name for it than that, surely...).

Only recently discovered your posts here in FMCU the other day and have caught up on everything - an enjoyable read, as I have come to expect, with an interesting narrative. :applause:

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2 minutes ago, Dong21 said:

Congrats on a great end to the season @Jogo Bonito! Qualifying for Europe with Parma's modest resources is an impressive start to this career. I look forward to following how you fare in the Europa Conference League (UEFA could have come up with a better name for it than that, surely...).

Only recently discovered your posts here in FMCU the other day and have caught up on everything - an enjoyable read, as I have come to expect, with an interesting narrative. :applause:

Many thanks, greatly appreciated. I saw a few 'likes' coming through so nice to know you have enjoyed the content.

I'm not sure what the point of the Conference League is? Rewarding mediocrity and fixture congestion is all I can see, so it was by no means important to me. I suppose there might be some extra revenue to come, but I would have traded that if given the choice. However, yes I am delighted with 7th and so are the board and fans. Old sponsors Parmalat will presumably be happy for us too.

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8 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Well done in getting Parma European football @Jogo Bonito now get Mario back into the club to create some special European nights lol.

I am really enjoy your Parma adventure. I also look forward to seeing who you bring into the club.

Thanks for liking and enjoying. Alas Mario is already in Greece having completed his move to AEK Athens now. He may regret choosing to leave, but won't be coming back.

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Just now, Jogo Bonito said:

Thanks for liking and enjoying. Alas Mario is already in Greece having completed his move to AEK Athens already. He may regret choosing to leave, but won't be coming back now.

You watch him go on and score loads for them now lol.

Can you give us Mario updates as you go along please buddy ?

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17 minutes ago, Jogo Bonito said:

I'm not sure what the point of the Conference League is? Rewarding mediocrity and fixture congestion is all I can see, so it was by no means important to me. I suppose there might be some extra revenue to come, but I would have traded that if given the choice.

Yes it does seem a lot of extra effort with little reward. I guess the idea is to give sides outside of the 'elite' or top leagues a chance to win a European trophy as the bigger sides are preoccupied, but I suppose the prestige is somewhat decreased by the fact it's a third rung competition. Still, maybe it will throw up some interesting ties for you. It will be nice if you can find some links to Parma's past appearances in Europe.

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45 minutes ago, Jogo Bonito said:

Rewarding mediocrity and fixture congestion

All must have prizes :lol:. But that was a solid end to the campaign - one defeat in 13 is impressive anywhere, but especially when the pressure is on.

Nice to see a 'keeper get some recognition, too - don't remember that in any of my saves.

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3 minutes ago, warlock said:

All must have prizes :lol:. But that was a solid end to the campaign - one defeat in 13 is impressive anywhere, but especially when the pressure is on.

Nice to see a 'keeper get some recognition, too - don't remember that in any of my saves.

With life as it these days, all mediocrity needs to be celebrated I guess :lol:

Yes, a consistent run at the end helped. The 'keeper saved a few penalties and rarely made mistakes. It probably demonstrates we were under the cosh a fair bit - which was to be expected.

We also added this staff member on 29th May, which is quite a coup. 

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Galli looks good - just looked him up in game. Model citizen in mine, but a couple of differences in stats... yours has much better judging staff ability, mine has better negotiating. But a good one to remember for future saves :thup:

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19 minutes ago, warlock said:

Galli looks good - just looked him up in game. Model citizen in mine, but a couple of differences in stats... yours has much better judging staff ability, mine has better negotiating. But a good one to remember for future saves :thup:

Indeed, an ideal appointment for a progressive Italian club.

I've just had lunch and enjoyed my Italian-inspired Genoa ham much more than they enjoyed their relegation season :lol:

 

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8 minutes ago, Hootieleece said:

Congratulations on European Football! Parma are easily a "Fallen Giant"

Thanks, it's not really 'proper' Europe but it will do for now as the first step back :)

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3 hours ago, Jogo Bonito said:

Thanks, it's not really 'proper' Europe but it will do for now as the first step back :)

I'm happy with it in Grenoble.....

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That is a very promising first season @Jogo Bonito. Echo @Ronaldo Beckhamin being very interested with who you may bring in? I’d be interested to see if any players I’ve looked at or signed pop onto your radar. Funny with Genoa too, as on my save they’ve been up and down a couple of times so far. 

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2 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

I'm happy with it in Grenoble.....

Indeed you should be. I'm waiting to see what the format is as it's not something I paid any attention to before.

1 hour ago, Cheez3y said:

Good first season.

Hopefully the team can handle the early pressure of beein in 3 competitions.

Thanks, yes I am very satisfied with that. I hope so too on the pressure and extra fixtures.

Interesting to you might be that my search for a 3rd choice striker has seen me visiting Qatar. Just one of a few options so far but will let you know if he becomes the chosen one.

42 minutes ago, goonergez said:

That is a very promising first season @Jogo Bonito. Echo @Ronaldo Beckhamin being very interested with who you may bring in? I’d be interested to see if any players I’ve looked at or signed pop onto your radar. Funny with Genoa too, as on my save they’ve been up and down a couple of times so far. 

Thanks again. Low-key recruitment so far. I'd have been better suited for signings at Serie B level as now feel I need a certain amount of quality but without breaking my strict wage structure. I'll have to check your latest updates to see if any similar names come up. However you are 4-5 years ahead so it's not likely we will be looking at the same players.

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11 hours ago, Jogo Bonito said:

Interesting to you might be that my search for a 3rd choice striker has seen me visiting Qatar. Just one of a few options so far but will let you know if he becomes the chosen one.

Mohanad Ali? He looks like he could do a job in Europe.

Or Han back to Italia?

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1 hour ago, Cheez3y said:

Mohanad Ali? He looks like he could do a job in Europe.

Or Han back to Italia?

Not the correct guess, but it is a striker. Actually the deal may not be possible. Despite my awareness of the non-EU slots, it seems to think I have used them up already. I thought if one came from within Italy and was under the age requiring registration that it wouldn't count. The other non-EU signing was also under the registration age but he joined from a club elsewhere in Europe. It seems these two count as my allowance, which isn't ideal as both were for 'future years'.

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25 minutes ago, Jogo Bonito said:

Not the correct guess, but it is a striker. Actually the deal may not be possible. Despite my awareness of the non-EU slots, it seems to think I have used them up already. I thought if one came from within Italy and was under the age requiring registration that it wouldn't count. The other non-EU signing was also under the registration age but he joined from a club elsewhere in Europe. It seems these two count as my allowance, which isn't ideal as both were for 'future years'.

Italia and his registration rules..always fun.:lol:

I do every year a Cagliari beta save, but I always fail atleast one transfer. 

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16 minutes ago, Cheez3y said:

Italia and his registration rules..always fun.:lol:

I do every year a Cagliari beta save, but I always fail atleast one transfer. 

You're right there! I spend ages during the season breaks trying to find the right players without overhauling the squad too much. Not only has that gone wrong, but the few 'key targets' I had agreed deals for then seem to get poached at the last minute by bigger clubs (usually Italian ones). That's happened to Rugani (free) who joined Valencia for £10k per week less, and a handful of others. After wasting months trying to coax Gagliardini back to Parma, I found a replacement who accepted a permanent transfer. Now it looks like he will be stolen away too by AC Milan at the last minute for a transfer fee £1.5 million lower than mine.

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I spend ages trolling the "Free Agent Lists" and waiting for the "Failed Youth Players" List from PSG to build up the depth of my team. I also use find Comparable players Search Feature to help, because I like, Like for Like replacements for players I am losing especially "Key" players.

 

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Great first season. 

I genuinely think the Europa Conference League is just a way to add more TV revenue to uefa. 

Also winning it sees you qualify for next seasons Europa League I'm sure. 

Anyway you will be one of the strongest squads in it and its a relatively easy trophy for you to aim for next season. 

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Cheers fellas. Edging towards my first friendly in the 'Ham Derby' against relegated Genoa. But I-Follow will soon take me away from that for a few hours :onmehead:

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Solid first season there, even if I found the Mario chronicles more entertaining :lol:

I wouldn't discount the conference league, I've found it to be a quite fun and very winnable competition with clubs on the way up. You should be able to reach the knockouts with a rotated squad and then take it from there. 

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1 hour ago, karanhsingh said:

Solid first season there, even if I found the Mario chronicles more entertaining :lol:

I wouldn't discount the conference league, I've found it to be a quite fun and very winnable competition with clubs on the way up. You should be able to reach the knockouts with a rotated squad and then take it from there. 

Cheers. Why always him? :lol:

Very winnable unless your first draw is against possibly the strongest team in the competition: Bayer Leverkusen :rolleyes:

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