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The Ultimate World Football Manager Save– The Set Up Part 1

 

Saturday 26th December 2020 (in real life)

Boxing Day is arguably the most important day in the world sporting calendar. Traditionally and in a normal year it was the day when men would ‘escape’ after spending the previous day with family and loved ones. This year was different, the year we were advised to be ‘jolly careful’ by our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and it was a year where I only had one day to see my parents on Christmas Day.

My original plans for Boxing Day 2020 had been kyboshed by the tightening of restrictions just days before. My Dad though has a saying, ‘Preparation meeting opportunity’ Sat in my living room with just my laptop, a can of coke and some background telly, Boxing Day 2020 was the perfect day to start my epic footballing journey. The one I had been planning for the past three months…

Back in October and with a second lockdown in the UK looming I had an idea. Having relegated my Football manager fix from FM18 to Football Manager Mobile 2019 and 2020 over the past couple of years due to family reasons I was ready to make a comeback to the full fat FM. As a trial I downloaded a free version of FM20 from Epic in September 2020 and started messing around on it, starting random saves, but not really settling on one. Then the beta version of FM21 came out on 14th November 2020 and so I downloaded this from Steam, loaded England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and started Unemployed with not many badges or reputation. I ended up at Brechin City and then probably wished I hadn’t. (Their club vision was to qualify for the Relegation Play Off in Scottish League 2). While I could not help but admire the pragmatism of the Brechin board, nor could I ever accuse them of being overambitious, which was in line with the pretty weak squad that I had inherited, the seeds of an idea started forming in my head.

What if I could download or create on the editor every league in the World and find a way of choosing any team at random and take them on, regardless of the country and their standing in the football world.  

In other words, the ULTIMATE world journeyman save which could take me to any country in the world, manage any club, in any situation and in any league.

Collecting Every League In The World – November/December 2020 (in real life)

 

So where do you start in collecting the leagues from all the countries in the world on FM? The rule was that I must have a representation of every country in the FIFA World Rankings, plus any others which were available, such as Greenland, The North Mariana Islands and Kiribati for example. I would really have to find my inner Richard Osman here!

Football Manager already gives you 52 default nations, including all the major European and South American countries, you know the ones. However, there’s only one African nation, South Africa, only Australia in Oceania and Mexico is the only default representation in Central America and The Carribbean.

I did have a few things in my favour though, one I have had previous experience and a working knowledge of the Pre Game Editor in creating new leagues, which I have used on previous versions. Secondly, despite having never travelled beyond Italy, my world geography is pretty good, although I did have to look up where on earth Mayotte was? Turns out it’s a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean in case you didn’t know...

From the 24th November, the official release date for FM21 onwards I was on the Steam Workshop every night hastily subscribing to any created league that appeared. I don’t know who you are but @Timo, you are the man! This guy must sit in his bedroom morning, noon and night churning out these extra league files and uploading them to Steam, from Kiribati and Angola to The Cape Verde Islands and French Guiana @Timo (and a few others) cover the lot and in a matter of just weeks.

By mid-December my collection of editor files was getting close to my target of every league in the FIFA World Rankings. I was determined to get the lot. I also expanded some of the larger nations, for example the ubiquitous ‘England leagues down to Level 10’ file was included and Holland down to Level 8 (every square inch of this small country must have a football team) and other major nations.

Just one week before Christmas I had downloaded most of them, except for a few outstanding countries dotted around the globe. Jamaica was an obvious missing country, El Salvador was another, while I nearly left out Kyrgyzstan because I almost forgot this country even existed, let alone spell it! The missing countries were filled by my own basic FM editor skills which can just about join a few leagues together with promotion and relegation, along with a cup competition if available to a reasonable standard of realism.

By around the 21st Dec I was ready with all leagues sat squashed like sardines in my editor data folder on my laptop. After a couple of test runs, to make sure by loading every league in the world at the start of the game didn’t result in steam coming out of the side of my laptop and that I wasn’t waiting two hours for the game to load I was ready to go. Boris’ last minute change of rules meant I was game on for Boxing Day night to start the ultimate footballing journey.

The Aim Of The World Football Manager Challenge

The aim of this was to manage a team picked at random from any of the 200+ nations and leagues in the world. How was I to determine the country and the club that I would take over and become my first team on the save?

Boxing Day night and I switch on my laptop and load Football Manager 2021, select start new career game and load up all the leagues. I then made a cup of tea because this may take a while. In fact it took around 10-15 minutes to get to the 'Choose Nations To Manage In' screen, which listed each country by Continent and a nice little flag next to them. Which country, league and club will I end up in?

 

 

In Part 2 I will explain how I chose completely at random the club which would become my first team to manage on The Ultimate World Football Manager Save!

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Hey Jon1982, good to have you join us on our corner of the Boards......

However. Your opening post is breaking a number of our Forum Rules, particularly the rules about images and links to third party websites, which I've removed from the post now.

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Hi Neil,

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Thank you Jon.

Good luck with your story. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

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Z Thanks mate. Not very technical when it comes to computers  but its a Hewlett Packard intel core i5 laptop bought in 2018. It takes a little while for the leagues to load but you only have to do it once so its not too bad. 

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The Ultimate World Football Manager Save - The Set Up Part 2

 

      Choosing The Nation & Choosing The Team

To choose the ten random countries I opened my web browser and found a fantastic online random country generator.  (I cannot link it on here but just type random.country into Google) This website is a beast and in the run up to Boxing Day I had been testing this site to make sure that all countries in the world had an equal chance of being selected. I wasn’t disappointed as places that were not even recognised countries came up such as Guernsey and Northern Cyprus. The site even showed you where it was in the world and a little bit of information about it. I guess this site is perhaps used by travellers who cannot decide where to go on their next exciting expedition. I also think this site must not have been used much recently as travelling had just about come to a standstill in 2020.

I had to generate ten random countries by pressing the ‘next random country’ button on the site. It’s dead simple, have a go its fun!  The full ten countries are shown below in the order they came up in.

 1. Hong Kong

2.  Namibia

3.  North Korea

4.   The Maldives

5.   Gibraltar

6.   Cambodia

7.   Bolivia

8.   El Salvador

9.   Fiji

10. Lithuania

 

A good variety of countries were drawn and they are dotted around the globe. Two European, Gibraltar and Lithuania, one African, Namibia, three Asian, Cambodia, The Maldives and North Korea, one South American, Bolivia, one Central America, El Salvador and one from Oceania in the shape of Fiji.

I then found an online random number generator to determine which country I would start the game in. This came out as number four which meant the game started in the Maldives  in July 2020 (There’s worse places in the world to start and it could have been North Korea at the end of the day)

Managerial Ability and Reputation

In order to maximise the amount of clubs available to possibly join I decided that I would put myself somewhere around the middle in terms of coaching badges and reputation. Now admittedly none of the ten nations selected are hardly powerhouses of world football and to my knowledge only two out the ten, Bolivia and North Korea have ever qualified for The World Cup. I started the game with a National A License coaching badge and a Regional Professional Footballer reputation. My managerial stats are as below which gives me something to work with at least on the training field wherever I end up.

Attacking 10                                                                                    Adaptability 10 (important for this game)

Defending 8                                                                                    Determination 3

Fitness 1                                                                                          Player Knowledge 5

All Goalkeeping Stats 1                                                                  Youngster Knowledge 10

Tactical 6                                                                                         Man Management 8

Mental 6                                                                                          Level of Discipline 8

Technical 10                                                                                   Motivating 10

Working with Youngsters 12

 

Job Centre and Applying for Jobs

I went into the Job Centre and filtered on each individual nation, starting with 1- Hong Kong. Unfortunately there were no jobs available in Hong Kong, probably because it is a default nation on the game and there are only eight teams in the league, so I started with country 2, Namibia. Every club in Namibia was in the Job Centre, so I ahd to find a way of determining which clubs I applied to in each nation. The rules were that I could apply to two clubs per country. To determine which clubs I applied for I found a random letter generator on the Internet. From here I chose a random letter which the clubs I applied to must begin with. If there was more than two clubs which began with the same letter I would draw a second letter which the club’s name must also contain. I did this if necessary until it was whittled down to two clubs per available nation.

If there was only one club which started with the chosen letter then I simply drew another letter for the club’s name to begin with, which is why some countries have two letters in the list below. There were no available teams in my first country, Hong Kong

 

The second country was Namibia. The letter drawn was C. I applied to two clubs called Chief Santos and Citizens. I repeated this process for the other 8 nations as below.

North Korea – RY – Ryongaksan & Ryongnongen

Maldives – T&G – TC Sports & Gaamagu

Gibraltar (No available teams)

Cambodia – E & R – Eléctricitié Du Cambodge & Rithy Sen

Bolivia – V – Vasa Diez & Virgen De Chijipata

El Salvador – J & I – Juaye & Ilopaneco

Fiji – R & S – Rewa & Suva FC

Lithuania – J & N – Juventa 91 & Neptunas

 

I then attended each of the job interviews that I was offered from the applied jobs. Only two, TC Sports of the Maldives and Ryongaksam of North Korea did not offer me the job and employed somebody else. All the other clubs I applied to offered me the job. To decide which team I would start the game in, I loaded the first letter of each club who had offered me a job into the random letter generator.

 

The letter generator drew the letter E, which meant the club I would be starting the game with was Eléctricitié Du Cambodge of Cambodia… 

Through the turn of a random country generator and the spin of a letter wheel my footballing journey starts in the South East Asian Kingdom of Cambodia at a club called Electricitie Du Cambodge, who are also known as EDC!

Let the footballing journey begin.......

Next time.... In Part 3- I start my world footballing journey with a struggling Cambodian C-League outfit, Electricitie du Cambodge in the middle of the league season, in a completely unknown country. I have already bought my apartment in Phnom Penh, but know not one word of Khmer. How will I get on?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About EDC

EDC are the Cambodian Electricity Company’s football team, or I suppose the country’s equivalent of the National Grid. They are based in Phnom Penh the capital and play at a ground called Prey Veng. EDC were only formed in 2015 and are semi-professional. They play in the C-League, the top flight of the Cambodian domestic league.  Thanks to @Timo I have the C-League, along with the Cambodian Second League, which is split into three groups of fourteen teams. The Cambodian season runs from March to October, which means as I am starting the game in July 2020, I take over EDC halfway through the season. After 14 games we lie in 10th place, but a reasonably comfortable 7 points above relegation. My remit from the board is for me to keep EDC in the C-League this year. This would not normally be a problem if this was say in The Conference North, where I know the teams and league inside out, but as I am on complete unknown territory here, it makes the task somewhat harder. Such is the beauty of the journeyman save! By the way I absolutely love the fact that the EDC club badge has electricity pylons on it. Brilliant!

What I Know About Cambodia

 

I know little about Cambodia, other than where it is in the world, sandwiched between Thailand to the West and Viet Nam to the East. It has a coastline on the Gulf of Thaliand and its capital is Phnom Penh. The country is perhaps sadly most known for the horrendous regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s which resulted in a mass genocide of the population. Thankfully the Khmer Rouge was thrown out of office and the current President is called Hun Sen and he has been in power since 1985. He even has the Cambodian FA cup named after him, the Hun Sen Cup, also known as the Prime Minister’s Cup which EDC will be competing for.. In 1993 the country’s monarchy was restored and the King of Cambodia is in office as a figurehead for the nation. As far as I know he doesn’t have any trophies named after him.

I guess I will get to know this country better as I go along managing their Elecrticity Company’s National Grid's football team…

What I know about Cambodian Football

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting The Players and The EDC Squad – First Impressions

 

Having sorted my squad in terms of ability according to my Assistant Manager (whose name escapes me for now) the stand out here is a 15 year old left back (obviously a Regen) called Ouk Ratana, who has a 5 ability and potential star rating. The other names to look out for are Suon Veasna (AMR/L, Moul Daravaon (DC), Sok Chanraksmy (ST), Tum Saray(AMLRC) and Moun Nara (D/MC), who according to my assistant are my best players.

The First Team Squad

Goalkeepers

Sam Chammoureun - At 28 he should be my first choice, but his stats are not that great

Kong Rafat- At 17 he has quite a bit of potential and so I will consider making him my no1 if he can take the pressure at his tender age.

Kouch Vandeth A young 16 year old keeper with some potential

Defenders

Ouk Ratana DLC - A player of high promise, though only 15. A tackling of 12 and many other stats above 5 make him a decent choice with plenty of room for improvement. Can also play in Central defence

Chan Dara DL - A veteran left back aged 34, who looks as though he was decent but the stats are going south, Might be useful in big games where experience is needed.

Ouch Panaseth DL - A 20 year old left back with not great stats. A back up option at best,

Maul Daravon  DC - Statistically our best defender and a key player.

Suon Makara D/MC - A versatile and experienced defender who will probably partner Daravon

Moun Nara D/MC A decent back up who can play in defence or midfield

Nhem Theara - We are not overly blessed with right backs, so I've plucked this kid out of the Reserves as there is nobody else. We'll see how he does.

 

Midfield
 
Nan Punlock DMC/MC - A decent ball winning midfielder. with a tackling of 11
 
Savy Sedsody DMC/MC - A decent young prospect who will be there or thereabouts in my plans.
 
Ouch Udom MC/AMC- A young 16 year old attacking midfielder with potential
 
Suon Veasna MR/L A good winger who can play either side. Dribbling 10, Crossing 8 Pace 12
 
Tum Saray AM/LRC A highly rated player but his stats don't convince me on first impressions.
 
Ly Pheng ML - A pretty useless left winger with no pace
 
Hem Chetra  AMR/L - A pacy winger who can play on both flanks
 
Long Rothsery MLC - A young midfield prospect who has already broken into the 1st team
 
Sok Sengdara MC - An experienced midfielder who could do a job
 
Mao Mol AML - A young left winger with decent potential
 
 
Forwards
 
Sok Chanraksmy - Our best and most experienced striker with a finishing of 12 and with International experience. Finishing 12, Pace 10, Heading 10
 
Phanny Y Rotha -  A good striker with pace and decent finishing, but little else.
 
Choum Chum - An experienced striker with International experience, but at 34 years old probably past his best.
 
Math Voeuen - A young striker with a finishing 0f 14, but little other endearing qualities.
 
Sam Chammeroun - A young striker with some potential but not ready for first team yet.
 
There are other regen young players in my Reserves and Under 21 teams which may pop up from time to time.
No Nicknames Needed & Currency

One thing I like about Cambodia already is the names are quite easy to learn and pronounce, which means I will not have to use the ‘Set Nickname’ feature to simplify their names! For the purpose of simplicity I have kept the Currency as the default Pound Sterling, meaning that wages and transfer fees will be conducted in English currency rather than the Cambodian Riel or US Dollar, which in real life are the units of currency in Cambodia.

My First Press Conference

Eyebrows were certainly raised across the world of football at the appointment of Jonathan Rudd as manager of EDC. 'You cannot speak Khmer' barked the hacks in Phnom Penh 'Football is a universal language,' I cooly replied. You may not be able to hold onto Tum Saray.. 'Well we'll see what happens with that..not really sure who he is to be honest...' According to my Press Officer, this was just fine!

 

Betting Odds & Expectations

As the odds of us to win the C-League are 450-1, then I don’t think we are really much cop against the rest of the division, apart from the few teams below us. The only way I will find out is by looking at the other teams, assessing their strength and try to pick up as many points as I can in order to stay clear of the relegation zone. I can see Veasna and Chanraksmy are the best two players at the club, but I have no idea how they match up to the players in the top teams in the league, such as 6-5 favourites Vishaka and 10-3 shots, Beoung Ket. EDC are 11th most likely to win the C-League out of 14, so I can see we are certainly not the biggest fishes in this particular pond. The only thing I can compare this team to is where they would sit in the English League pyramid and on first impressions they would be a mid-table Conference North/South side.

Board Expectations and Club Vision

Luckily the expectations from the board are pragmatic, but not quite as bad as Brechin City! They want us to avoid relegation from the C-League. EDC had already been knocked out of the Prime Minister's Cup before I took charge, so I will not be judged on this. Moving forward they just want us to establish ourselves as a consistent C-League team. Judging by the fact that EDC are only 5 years old this seems to be a sensible approach.
 

Our Stadium & Facilities

Our ground is called Prey Veng, with a capacity of only 1,000, which is hardly conducive to an electric atmosphere. However, with a team full of electricians, at least the floodlights will always work.. The training and youth facilities are rated Poor, but I didn't really expect anything else. Despite this we have a few decent young prospects in the squad.

The 2020 Season So Far
 
In the season so far, EDC actually got off to a decent start with three straight wins, but then hit a slump in form, losing seven games in a row. I pick up the season after 14 games, halfway through the campaign and we are 10th in the table, but a healthy 7 points away from trouble. My first game is against Bati Youth who are deep in the relegation zone. I haven’t a clue what they are like, or what EDC are in comparison, such is the beauty of managing a football team in a completely unknown country like Cambodia! 
The C-League Table (after 13/14 games)
 
1st - Svay Rieng  35pts
2nd - Nagaworld  31pts
3rd - National Police 27
4th - Boeung Ket 25
5th - Phnom Penh Crown 25
6th - Ankhor Tiger 22
7th - Vishaka 22
8th - National Defence 19
9th - Kirivong 17
10th - EDC 15
11th - Asia Euro United  14
12th - Solitio Angkhor 8
13th - Bati Youth 5
14th - Kampong Cham 3
 
 
My First Game in Charge
 
Amidst all the chaos of taking charge of a new club in an unknown country and league I also have a game. 
 

Game 1- Bati Youth (H) 25/07/20

 

Pre Match expectations

My first game in charge of EDC on the day after I take over the job, yikes! I have no idea what to expect from my players. I know we are far from the best team in the league, but looking at the squad and results before I took over the reigns we are a capable team and can compete in this league if we play well. Looking at Bati Youth they are as the name suggests, an academy team who are struggling in 13th in the league and are full of kids. This should hopefully be a nice easy three points to pull us further away from the bottom of the league towards mid-table. In the process it will give me a nice first look at my players and hopefully a successful start to my

 

 

                                                                                                                Rotha                 Chanraksmy

    

                 Saray                                                                                                                                              Veasna                           

Sengdara                                    Punlock

                                                       

 Ratana    Daravon    Makara   Theara                   

    Kong Rafat

Subs: Sam Chammeroun (GK) Ly Pheng, Choum Chum, Hem Chetra, Moun Nara, Ouch Udoum, Chan Dara
 

Result: EDC 1-2 Bati Youth

                                                                                                                               Chanrakmy (pen) 21                 Sambo 27, Oudoum 51
                                                                                                                               Sengdara s/off 55

 

I’m not really sure how this game was lost against a team full of 16/17 year olds, but it really is not as bad as it sounds. All was going to plan when Chakraksmy drilled a penalty into the bottom corner and the game in our favour. Like England v Iceland it was a case of how many we could score. However some poor marking from a corner let in their player Sambo to hammer the ball into the top corner for 1-1 from their only attack before half time. At the interval I was confident we would win the game comfortably. Chance after chance went a- begging and their keeper was like a Cambodian Thomaschevsky. Then 5 minutes of madness when a breakaway was briefly halted by Ratana our 15 yr old full back only to slide tackle the ball into their onrushing player who squared it for Oudom to sidefoot it into the net unmarked. Then an innocuous 2nd booking for our midfielder, Sengdara, who was having a decent game from a free kick put us down to 10. Even then after that we still pushed forward for an equaliser, with sub Chum going close. Really unlucky to lose this one against a team we should be beating if we want to play C-League football next season...

Oh dear! Not quite the glorious start to life at EDC I'd hoped for. In fact I lost to a bunch of acne ridden kids in my first game. Things can only get better surely, Can I rally the troops and keep the lights on in our season, or will this be the worst footballing mistake of my life? Find out next time....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Its certainly interesting to do a save in a country I know little about. The biggest thing is how cheap the players are as you will see when I reach the Transfer window. 

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Can I chuck in an early nomination for Funniest Story in this years awards.

Laughed harder than I should have a 'What I know about Cambodian Football'.

Jon, call me Mikey. Everyone else does.

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14 hours ago, Celtic_1967 said:

Can I chuck in an early nomination for Funniest Story in this years awards.

Laughed harder than I should have a 'What I know about Cambodian Football'.

Jon, call me Mikey. Everyone else does.

The oldest jokes are sometimes still the best! :)

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Trying to find a spark

 

The next three matches

As I drove into training the day after the Bati Youth defeat I passed a local high school. As the teenagers crossed the road and hung around the school gates, the nightmare of my opening defeat came flooding back, as their youthful striker, Oudoum wheeled away in jubilation at scoring the winner, accompanied by whoops of delight and that sort of immature celebration that only 16/17 year olds do on a football field. (If you watch any U19s or U17s football you'll probably know what I mean. 

So, to the next game, a team against men, one of the biggest teams in Cambodia and as they are also based in the capital, a local derby, Phnom Penh Crown.

Game 2- EDC v Phnom Penh Crown (H) 02/08/20

Pre Match Thoughts

After the defeat against Bati Youth I cannot take this league lightly. Although we were very unlucky to lose, the FM gods were not on my side, even on my debut game. Crown sit 5th in the table and look as though they can play. They have a decent South African striker, Booyens up front and a Colombian by the name of Monteiro on the wing amongst others who all look much better than my lot... I really don’t hold out much hope for this one and will play a Cautious mentality with 2 DMCs sitting in a solid 4-2-3-1 formation. Chetra comes in on the Left Wing to show me what he can do after a good week in training, while Saray starts behind the lone striker, Chanraksmy Fingers crossed we keep the score down in this one. I also make my debut on Cambodian TV, as this match is being broadcast live! 

Team: 4-2-3-1: 

                                                                                                    Chanraksmy

                                                Chetra                                            Saray                                       Veasna

 

                                                                               Nara                                      Punlock

                                            

                                               Ratana                        Makara                      Daravon                      Theara

                                                                                                    Kong Rafat

 

 

 

          Phnom Penh Crown 1-1 EDC

                                                                                                           Shirota  59                                                            Saray 28

A point at against the team who are 5th in the league., I’ll take this! The game started badly as our best attacking player, Suon Veasna hobbled off injured and was replaced by the youngster, Ouch Udom with Suray moving to right wing. Phnom Penh Crown have a few foreign stars, but for large parts of the game our bunch of 11 semi pro Cambodians  kept them at bay. Shockingly we took the lead as Chanraksmy got in behind the defence before floating a lovely ball to the far post where Tum Suray smacked it into the top corner with an acrobatic volley Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of. Then the game just ticked along until half time with our lead still in tact. In the second half the inevitable pressure from the home side materialised and a free header from their Japanese defender, Shirota into the bottom corner from a corner levelled the scores. However EDC held strong and kept a very good defensive shape. We could have almost won it when a breakaway from defending a corner, the ball landed at the feet of defensive midfielder Nan Punlok, who could only find the defender when an easy through ball was on to the onrushing Chanraksmy. Never mind I’ll take the point. 

 

Game 3- National Defence (H) 08/08/20

Pre Match Thoughts

 

EDC stand a cat in hell’s chance of a result here. However, National Defence sit only 2 places above me and despite having a lost Brazilian upfront, Romario and a very useful looking South Korean you just never know. Chan Dara replaces our 15 year old left back. He is 34 and have gone for experience. Udom comes in at AMC with a recovering Veasna on the bench.

                                                                                                       Chanraksmy

                                          Chetra                                                         Udom                                            Saray

                                                                                    Nara                                     Punlock

                                        Dara                                Makara                                 Daravon                       Theara

                                                                                                          Kong Rafat

 

 

EDC 1- 0 National Defence

                                                                                                         Chanraksmy 60 (pen)  

 

Whoop Whoop our first win! No it wasn’t pretty and we had to grind this one out. While we may lack quality we lack nothing in fighting sprit, toughness and togetherness. The first half was evenly matched with both sides trading blows, but Daravon and Makara in the heart of the defence were first to every ball and their Brazilian, Romario looked very lost and was eventually substituted in the second half, a shadow of his more illustrious namesake. It was 0-0 at half time. My only concern was Chanraksmy looked a bit isolated up front, so Suray and Chetra were pushed up alongside him to try and give him some support. On the hour our lone striker was upended in the box from a free kick and he duly got up and calmly slotted the penalty past their keeper, sending him the wrong way. Soon after National Defence won a corner and hit the bar but seldom came close apart from that, with our keeper Kong Rafat barely making a save. Sengdara came on as a sub, back after his ban and went close with a long range effort, as we kept the ball superbly in the dying minutes of the game to secure the win. 

Game 4- Vishaka v EDC – 15/08/20

Pre-Match Thoughts

Like the previous game against National Defence I do not hold out much hope of a result here. Our hosts sit in 5th place in the league and looking through their team have a talented contingent of escaped North Koreans to contain plus an experienced Croatian striker, Mihaljevic, who has somehow ended up in Cambodia via stints in Poland and Bulgaria. Having seen our resilience against stronger opposition in the last 2 games we have a chance if we work hard.

                                                             Chum                Chanraksmy

                         Chetra                         Nara                    Punlock            Saray

                         Dara                            Makara                Daravon           Theara

                                                                         Kong Rafat

 

 EDC 2-3 Vishaka

                                                                                  Chetra 30, Punlock 49       Pak Song Chul 59, Keo Sokpheng 69,  Choe Meong Ho 81                                                                                                      

Where to start? Vishaka begin the game well and win a penalty, Mihalevic though pulls the ball wide. Then, Saray drifts in from the right flank and plays a delicious through ball for Chanraksmy to force a fine save from their goalkeeper, Nhem Polroth. From the resulting corner, Suray drifts it in to be met by Hem Chetra who leapt like a salmon to head home, giving us a shock 1-0 lead, which is how it stayed until the interval. At half time I told them to keep up the good work. Then, 4 minutes into the second half, our veteran striker, Choum Chum held up the ball before laying off to the onrushing Nan Punlock who unleashed a stunning piledriver into the bottom corner and EDC were together in Electric Dreams! However, this only seemed to galvanise Vishaka, who were beginning to look more and more dangerous as their North Korean contingent began to pick up the ball and run with it. Ri Hyok Chol on the left wing was finding too much space, against young Theara , our right back. His pass found his compatriot, Pak Song Chol who fired in an unstoppable angled shot past Kong Rafat for 2-1, the comeback was on. Then, Keo Sokpheng drifted in unmarked from the right to equalise after another raid down the left. EDC hearts were broken when Choe Myong Ho won the game for Vishaka with a 25 yard strike into the top corner, pouring water over EDC’s charges. Not too disheartened in that it shows we can compete with the bigger C-League teams, but it is never nice to lose from a 2-0 winning position.

 So a win, a draw and a defeat in my next three matches. It could have been worse, could have been better. However with a relegation six pointer next up against the team directly below us, Solitio Angkhor, can EDC stave off relegation fears once and for all?

                     

 

 

 

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Great start to this Jon. As you can see from the amount of interaction you're getting, the journeyman saves are very popular among the natives in this corner of the boards, particularly when they involve far flung places.

After your last couple of updates, I'm particularly looking forward to the Transfer Window, to see if you're able to bring in any foreign players of your own. It will give us a better idea of whether your club will be amongst the 'haves' or 'have not's' in the C-League, or if you're going to have to rely on domestic talent to keep the lights on at the electric company.

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Glad you are enjoying this so far neilhoskins77. The Transfer Window is a few posts off yet but it is interesting once we do get there which will be in the Cambodian pre-season from December to March. There is also a mid season one in May-June. Secondly as I go along which I will explain more in a later post I will remove the other leagues I originally drew except Hong Kong and The Maldives and replace them with neighbouring countries around Cambodia, such as Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos and China etc. This is to make the game more realistic and attract talent from these nearby countries, plus giving me opportunities to eventually move clubs if desired. 

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A Relegation 6-Pointer

 

A mixed bag of results has seen EDC lose two draw one and win one game during my 4-game tenure at EDC so far, On our day I believe we can compete with anyone, but there are weaknesses in the team especially in defence. As the next transfer window is not until the end of the season, I have only free agents to sign, of which in a small nation like Cambodia are few and far between. In fact my first player search resulted in no players in any position being available. For now I will have to work with what I have.

Our next match is a real six-pointer, against the team directly below us, Soltilo Angkhor. While the North Koreans were running rampant to steal the match from us against Vishaka, our relegation rivals recorded a comfortable 5-2 win over bottom of the table side, Kampong Cham, reducing the deficit between the sides to four points. Therefore a win for them in our forthcoming fixture would cut that to just one point. Then anything could happen...

Match 5- Soltilo Angkhor v EDC 22/08/20

Pre-Match Thoughts

Big game this, if you look at the table. Soltilo Angkhor lie 4 points below us in the first relegation spot. A win for them puts them only 1 point behind and drags EDC firmly into a relegation scrap, while a win for us pulls us up the table and 7 points clear of trouble. I’m going in with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Veasna starting on the right, Udom in the AMC role behind Chanraksmy. They have a lost Brazilian which needs containing called Matheus who can pull the strings from midfield, plus a talented Japanese expat, Kogure who will need watching, so Nara stays in the midfield with his marking of 11 to try and snuff him out. Fingers crossed!


Team: 4-2-3-1 Kong Rafat, Dara, Daravon, Makara, Theara, Nara, Punlock, Saray, Udom, Veasna, Chanraksmy

Subs: Chammeroun, Ratana, Rotha, Chum, Chetra, Sengdara, Sedsody

                                   Chanraksmy

Saray                          Udom                                 Veasna

                     Nara                 Punlock

Dara           Daravon             Makara          Theara

                                     Kong Rafat

 

Soltilo Ankgkor 2- 2 EDC

                         Kogure 53, 91                       Punlock 53, Rotha 93

Phewww we were lucky to come away with a point here. After a drab first half, with the only two highlights being a saved penalty from our ever improving goalkeeper, Kong Rotha and Chanraksmy hitting the bar with a header from a delicious Veasna cross. Enter the second half and I switched to 4-4-2 with Udom making way for Chum up front. I kept the two holding midfielders to keep their talented midfield at bay. We took the lead. Veasna floated a far post corner and Nun Punlock arrived late to nod home. We looked threatening for a 2nd goal, but then in true FM style a corner out of completely nowhere for them resulted in an equaliser courtesy of their impressive Japanese player, Kogure. Then EDC pushed forward with Veasna pulling the strings down the right and Chansraksmy going close. Chum then had a goal disallowed, but he was clearly offside (no VAR in the C-League.)  Just when I thought we had gained a point, a breakaway from our throw in down the left saw Long Makara square for Abban whose shot hit the post, only for Kagure to pounce on the rebound to seemingly break EDC hearts in the 91st minute. Ten minutes earlier I took a punt and introduced a striker, Phanny Y Rotha who I had not used much before, but already had 4 C-League goals to his name for Chanraksmy our best striker. In the dying moments of the game, Dara ran forward from left back, who found another sub, Chetra in the box, who cleverly squared it to the onrushing Rotha to poke home at the far post for 2-2 in the last kick of the game!. Relief! I’ll take this, I would have preferred a win, but Soltilo proved to be a good side, whose position in the table belies their ability. That last minute equaliser from Phanny Rotha could be a lifesaver this season!

A point did us more favours than them, but with 7 more games left can EDC carry on keeping their heads above water in the C-League?

 

 

 

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Phanny's Keeping The Lights On

Phanny Y Rotha is already a legend. I've never asked him what the 'Y' stands for, but in the last match it stood for 'You Beauty!; Brought on for only his second appearance in Rudd's regime and he scores what could turn out to be the most important goal of our season. Dara and Chetra deserve some credit for setting up the goal, but Rotha's timing on the run to the far post and his cool finish, squeezing the ball through the eye of the needle between goalkeeper and the upright is the moment of the season so far. Had he missed, Solitio Angkhor would have been just one point behind us and with some tricky fixtures coming up against the top teams in the C-League  it could have got a bit messy. Anyway with Rotha's timely intervention we are four points clear of trouble, but given the undoubted ability on our relegation rivals from Angkhor I would not put it past them to go on a decent run themselves. Therefore it is important we keep picking up points and hope they lose or draw. 

Match 6- EDC v National Police 30/08/20

Ello Ello Ello, the National Police are in town, so we’ll have to mind our Ps and Qs. They lie in 5th place in the C-League and once again are smattered with overseas talent, including a globe-trotting Nigerian, Mathew Osa, who has taken the C-League by storm, netting 6 times in 10 games. Daravron & co will have to be on their mettle to contain him. Osa aside I think we can get a result here. They play a very narrow formation, so will revert to a 4-4-2 in order to try and attack them down the flanks, with Veasna and Suray, but maintaining solidity in the middle with Nara and Punlock. Chetra misses out with strained knee ligaments, so young prospect, Long Rothserey takes his place on the bench. Otherwise it’s the same team which started the second half against Angkhor.

Team 4-4-2: Kong Rafat, Dara, Daravon, Makara, Theara, Nara, Punlock, Saray, Veasna, Chun, Chanraksmy

Subs: Chammeroun (GK) Ratana, Rotha, Long Rothesary, Sengdara, Sedsody

EDC 3-4 National Police

                                                                          Chanraksmy 41, 88    Rotha 87              Osa 17,24  Oudoum 37 Kumagai 65

We very very nearly pulled off a miracle comeback. At 4-1 down the home fans were leaving the stadium in disgust, but then some electrifying football saw EDC claw it back to 4-3. So lets start from the beginning. Mathew Osa, the globetrotting Nigerian lived up to his rep. The first goal came as he raced onto a flick on before squeezing the ball inside the far post with a fine finish. The second was somewhat fortuitous, as our young full back, Theara attempted a cross which rickashyed off the defender’s legs and the ball was just kept in play, before Osa was sent racing clear and cheekily dinked it over Kong Rafat for 2-0. Worse was to follow when Srey Odom nodded in a third from a corner, which slid under Rafat’s body. Then, a glimmer of hope when Saray crossed from the left and Chanraksmy found the top corner with a fine header. Kumagai made it 4-1 before we got our act together as Chanraksmy played a delicious through ball for sub Rotha to bag his second goal in 2 games. Then substitute Ouk Ratana crossed for Chanraksmy to glide another header in for 4-3. Unfortunately EDC could not complete a miracle and now find themselves just 3 points from safety. 

A Bit of Staff Recruitment

Chea Makara - New Scout

Given our indifferent form in the league I have been trying to scout some players to fill especially our problem area of right back. The current incumbent, is 16 year old regen, Nhem Theara, who is not really ready for first team football and perhaps should stick to his paper round for now. In the future he may become a decent player, but at present he is just cannon fodder for any decent left winger in the C-League. To help with the search for better players I have signed this guy as a scout. Welcome to EDC, Chea Makara!  

Although his stats aren’t that great, 5-5 in Judging player ability and potential he does have a Determination of 9 and Discipline of 14 which may be of use as he combs Cambodia for footballing talent. Some might say a thankless task..

Nhem Mony Udom - New U21s Coach

 I have sought to boost the fortunes of some promising youngsters in my squad. Again he is hardly brilliant but is about the best we can get. Welcome to Electricitie du Cambodge, Nhem Mony Udom!

 

A Rare win for our Reserves

With no game for 2 weeks I decided to give a run out to some of the first teamers and fringe players in the reserves to help boost their fortunes and it worked. They recorded a 4-3 win over Boeung Ket Reserves. Veteran striker Chum bagged 2 goals to help give him some much needed confidence, while a promising young striker, Ouch Samnang scored and new discovery Rotha goy the man of the match award. A good exercise and confidence boost before the relegation scrap re-commences against 6th place Kirivong. I have also scheduled a ‘Team Bonding’ session to try and bring the squad together before the remaining games.

The feelgood factor also went to our U21s team who carved out a 1-0 victory over Posenechey Reserves, with another young striking prospect, Sam Chamrouen netting the only goal. It also marked Udom’s first match as U21s coach.

 

Match 7 – EDC v Kirivong 12/09/20

I fancy our chances in this one somehow, despite them having a decent Guinean striker up front, Lelouma and the usual contingent of foreign players adorning the team. I believe in playing positive football and this is what I aim to do here. Rotha looks like a real find up front, so he will partner Chanraksmy. Ratana will replace Theara at right back after showing promise in the last game playing in a new position that the coaches have been training him in; so he can play all across the back four and solve a problem position for us until the window re-opens to sign a full back.

Team: 4-4-2 Kong Rafat, Dara, Daravon, Makara, Ratana, Nara, Punlock, Saray, Veasna, Rotha, Chanraksmy

Subs: Chammeroun (GK) Sedsody, Sengdara, Chum, Udom, Rothesary, Theara
 

EDC 7-3 Kirivong

                                                                                            Rotha 5, 8, 38, 69 Chanraksmy 42, 51, 53           Sasaki 28 Chandara 49, Wiang-in 52
 

What the hell was going on here? What a performace! Rotha and Chanraksmy set about dismantling the Kiriving defence with an electrifying display of attacking football. Think Cole and Yorke against Juventus in '99, or Sheringham and Shearer in Euro '96 for two devastating strikers ripping a defence apart. On 4 minutes Veasna curled the ball in and Rotha headed in the opening goal. Then Rotha picked up the ball from just inside the Kirivong half and ran to the edge of the area and unleashed a shot which slipped under the body of the keeper. 2-0. Sakai their one threatening player slipped his marker to race clear from the right wing and slot in goal back, 2-1. Then Rotha completed his hat trick when he raced clear from a precise through ball from Dara to slot in the corner. Chanraksmy headed in a 4th with a looping header from a Veasna free kick to make it 4-1 at half time.  Chandara headed in from a corner to make it 4-2 on 48 minutes. Then, Ratana crossed in low for Chanraksmy to fire in an angled shot, 5-2. Makara missed a header to allow Lelouma to run onto the ball and find Thai left winger Wiang-in to make it 5-3. Punlock won possession in the midfield and strode forward before sliding in Chanraksmy to fire in EDC’s 6th into  the top corner. Substitute Sedsody, a midfielder making his first appearance under my tenure delivered a lovely ball over the top for Rotha to run onto and round off the scoring with a shot into the corner of the net. Fantastic display and performance. We looked like scoring every time we went forward. A big three points here and in some style too! 

EDC continue to keep their heads above water. Phanny Y Rotha has cemented legendary status. Can EDC complete the job of staying in the C-League, or is there a cruel twist in the tale? Find out next time on the Ultimate World Football Manager Game! 

 

 

                                               

 

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