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1 hour ago, Mikaelinho said:

Oh wow! Great form. It looks like a tough task to catch Dortmund though!

The good thing is we don't need to catch Dortmund, the aim is to win the Champions league so as long as we qualify I'm happy!

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5 minutes ago, TheLutterworthFox said:

The good thing is we don't need to catch Dortmund, the aim is to win the Champions league so as long as we qualify I'm happy!

That's right! I totally forgot about that. Then things are looking really good!

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2024 Youth Intake

I was promised a Golden Generation and there were lots of green on the preview, so let's see if it's as good as it says!

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It looks decent on the face of it so let's delve deeper!!!

Maxime Majerus

The highest rated prospect is this lad, a Central Defender from Luxembourg. On the face of it he looks good, 9+ for all the main attributes with really high Bravery and Natural Fitness, 2 of the attributes I look for most in a player. His Personality could be better, I wouldn't say "Light-Hearted" was a positive one although I'm not sure.

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James John

This lad looks really good, yeah OK his techincal's aren't great but how many 15 year olds old? His mental attributes however are absolutely amazing! I am very very excited for this lad!

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Jan-Philipp Capel

This guy looks tasty, a playmaking midfielder who has some really good mental attributes and some decent technical one's too. The main thing is to get that passing attribute up. He also has "Driven" as a personality which is really good.

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Antonio Leon

Another Left Back although this lad can play anywhere up the left-hand side. His attributes are really balanced with nearly all his mental ones over 10. I think I can retrain his as a Left Winger. 

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Vladislav Sheffer

Another central midfielder, again this lad has some really good attributes with the majority of his required mental's over 10. I think I'll get him trained up as a BBM. Most of his technical's point towards that.

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So a really really good intake, a good few players who look really good and if the 2021 Intake was anything to go by in a few seasons a few of these lads could be in and around the first-team.

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2023/24 Champions League Update

I just had to update you instead of waiting nearly 6 weeks of game. After drawing Man City 0-0 in the Home leg, we went to their gaff and, well just see for yourself.....

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TAKE THAT!!!!!! Into the Quarters!

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2023/24 Champions League Draws

The draw has been made and to be honest I am pretty happy with it.

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We faced Barca in the group and drew both games so I feel we have a chance. Then it'll be Milan or Man U. 

*Please ignore Zebre, I have put the real name fix in but for some reason it won't work on any game/save I play

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2023/24 Season - March 

Seeing as I have the German Cup and Champions league coming up I'm going to talk about March's results now and then after this, talk about important results as the season draws to a close.

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With games coming thick and fast we have had to rotate the team, overall though it's gone well. A home defeat to Bayern has pretty much ended our title push but with the Champions League the most important thing due to the challenge I'm not too fussed.

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With 7 games to go we are 11 points clear in the Champions League spots. Another good season, Dortmund are having a season and a half though!

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2023/24 Season - Champions League Quarter Final

It started really well, first leg at home and we came out with a 1-0 win, we played really well and to be honest we should've won by more.

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We tried to defend our lead in the second leg going with the more defensive 4141 formation. Unfortunately it didn't go well as Barca showed their class to win the game 3-1and the tie 3-2.

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Gutting but we went one step further than last season and have also showed we can match it with the big boys. Fingers crossed we can continue to progress a little bit each season.

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Ah you were so close of getting to the Semi Finals :( Hope you can manage it next season if you decide to stay at Stuttgart

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2023/24 Season - German Cup Semi Final

We had the toughest draw but I always back my lads, this however was total and utter chaos!

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Absolutely fuming. We conceded early but it was the red card that killed it. We went in at half time 4-0 down, I gave them a rocket in the break and it worked with Koch and Wamangituka getting it back to 4-2. Moukoko grabbed a 5th for Dortmund before Koch got a late consolation. Sutalo you tit!!!!! It was a ridiculous tackle!

And that's our season pretty much over. Out of the Cup and the Champions League and with 4 games left in the league we're 10 behind Dortmund and 8 ahead of Bayern so 2nd looks wrapped up.

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2023/24 Season - End of Season Review

My 4th season down and the most frustrating yet. League runners-up, German Cup Semi finals and Champions League Quarters. Our only trophy is the German Super Cup. 

After last seasons title win I hoped we could win something major once again but Dortmund were just way too good domestically, the Champions League run however was good, we went one step further than last year and even put out Man City!

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Funnily enough we actually ended up 2 points better off than our title winning season!

So 2nd place and that means Champions League Group Stage Qualification for next season which is the main thing.

Let's take a look at the key men throughout the season..

Ryan Gauld once again wins the club Player of the Season. 7 goals and 16 assists in 39 starts, sensational!

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Right Back Gabriele Zappa wins the Young Player of the Year,although he wouldn't be my choice! Overall though a good season and by far my best defender. 4 goals and 5 assists as well from 40 starts.

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My choice would 100% have gone to 2021 Intake player and forward Helge Koch, with Suarez out for most of the season we needed someone to step up and in the final couple of months he was brilliant. He ends with 9 goals in the Bundesliga from 16 starts and 8 goals in his final 9 games. This lad is going to be incredible but I now have a big choice with Suarez back fit for next season.

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Talking of Luis Suarez, he ends as the signing of the season even though he missed 6 months of it! Up until his injury he was immense, scoring 14 goals in 18 games.

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The other "Class of 2021" player to get a good amount of games this season was Defender Matthias Ruhle, what I like about this lad is he can play in numerous positions, he's played most of the season at CB but has also filled in at LB and as a CM. He started 21 games with 10 sub appearances scoring once. Another lad who is going to be amazing.

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So some great performances, here for your perusal is the whole squad...

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Personally the squad looks good and with so many good youngsters coming through I don't need to make too many changes. There are two areas I want to look at, firstly is the GK< Burki is 33 and I don't really have any good enough to replace him, I need to go out and buy someone. Secondly is the defence. RB is great but at LB and CB we have struggled at points with injuries, fitness and suspensions. Also the vultures are circling around Rudiger and Sutalo. So I will be looking to improve those positions.

The board have given me £68m to spend and around £180k per week in spare wages so I have enough to bring in what I need. Other than that I will buy if and when I sell anyone.

So another season down, personally it's gone well, yes we didn't win anything major but we are improving all the time.

In other news the Champions League was won by Barcelona, they beat Liverpool 2-1 in extra-time, in the Europa League Spurs beat Zenit 3-1, as all 4 teams have already won a major European trophy the list doesn't need changing.

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2024/25 Season - Pre-Season Review

Well here we are, another season is ready to go. Let's firstly take a look at the transfers in and out.

Transfers Out

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We say goodbye to a couple of first team player. Sutalo was probably the biggest one to leave, the bloke loves to moan, he had a £40m release clause, I got just less than that but I'm glad to be shot of him to be fair! Amartey and Coulibaly also leave, they just hadn't featured anywhere near enough and with me wanting to bring the youth into the first team I let them go. Left Back Robinson also leave after his contract expired. Constantin is a reserve player I've never used.

Transfers In

I said in the last end of season review that I wanted to sign myself a new GK and a new CB, with Sutalo leaving I probably needed to buy 2 CBs instead. Other than that it was just looking for bargains.

Matias Palacios - Attacking Midfield - £17.5m from Basel

When this one popped up on my scout report I just couldn't say no. I nabbed him from under the noses of both Bayern and Dortmund. That £17.5m release clause was too good to turn down as you can see as he is already valued ay £40m. It's not pleased Ryan Gauld though but I have to keep improving the squad.

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Marco Carnesecchi - Goalkeeper - £18m from Atlalanta

My new GK who will replace Burki in the next season or two. He is happy to come in and be the Cup GK for now. A really decent signing.

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Goven Buruk - Central Defender - £14.5m from Brondby

Another release clause way too low, he is probably the best CB I could find at a decent age and price. A really exciting signing and he will go straight into the first XI.

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Pipi - Central Midfield - Free Transfer from Real Madrid

He turned down a deal at Real to sign for me! A cracker of a signing for no money. He doesn't fit into my plans at the moment so will be sent out on loan for a season or two.

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Armando Obispo - Central Defender - Free Transfer from PSV

A backup CB signing who can also play as a DM if needed. A really decent looking player but he will have to settle for at most a place on the bench.

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So some good business so far, with another month of transfer window left there could be some more business but nothing as of yet.

Youth Inclusions

2 new players have been added to first team with from youth ranks

Right Back and 2021 Intake player Vincent Wentzel comes in as a back-up RB

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After having a really productive loan spell last season at Arminia Bielefeld I have promoted Armagan Baydemir to the first team, he also came through the 2021 Intake and will be a back-up CM.

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Friendlies

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It's been a very short pre-season, with the Euro's and an early domestic start we only played 3 friendlies but won all 3. Koch again playing well!

Season Preview

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How far ahead are Dortmund?! 3rd is probably about right for us but I didn't expect Dortmund to be odds-on favourites!

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2024/25 Season - August

What an amazing start it's been!

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An epic game in the German Cup see's us go through 6-2, the league start as well has also been amazing with 7 points from 3 games, none conceded and a solid 0-0 draw to Bayern.

The transfer window has also slammed shut, no more players left but I did bring in another player.

Saul Salcedo joins for £700k from Olimpia. That release clause was absolutely ridiculous so I had to sign him up!

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The Champions League group draw has been made and seeded 4th we have been handed a really tough draw.

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It will be tough to qualify for the knockouts but I have faith!

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2024/25 Season - September to December

Well I've reached the mid-season break and my word, the boys have been absolutely sensational so far! 

Bundesliga

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Absolutely incredible, 17 games, only 4 points dropped! There's no words for how amazing we have been so far! Every single player has played their part.

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Take that Dortmund!!!! Odds-on favourite my arse!! 

German Cup

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So far the ties have been relatively easy, we're into the 3rd Round with a tie against fellow Bundesliga side FC Koln. Koch is smashing it so far, 5 in 2 games!!

Champions League

We had what looked like a shockingly tough group and even though we had a couple of poor defeats we played brilliantly nearly all the way through.

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The Spurs game aside where we were totally trounced we did really well. We went into the final game sitting in 2nd knowing a win was needed guarantee qualification for the knockouts, Spurs and Inter drew 0-0 meaning our 2-1 win over Ajax was enough to top the group! Stunning!

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And in the knockouts, for the first time so far in this save, we have what looks like a winnable tie in the Last 16!

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Youth Intake Preview

For a fifth straight year it's another Golden Generation!!!

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2024/25 Season - January

I just wanted to update quickly on a couple of results and also the Window window transfers.

There have been a couple of out's

GK Burki has left for £9.5m, with a new keeper coming in he fell out of favour and I cashed in, Winger Musaba has also left for £6m. He never really got a good run in the team but with much better players coming in he had to go

And there's been one huge in!

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Marcus Edwards joins from Hertha Berlin for a whopping £59m. I spent my whole transfer kitty on a new Winger. He can play either side and is miles better attacking-wise than any Winger I've got! Tasty!

There has only been 2 matches this month and they have been rather contrasting!

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A first defeat of the season to Bayern which I can kind of take but just look at that second match. A 4-0 hammering of Hoffenheim which included a debut hat-trick for Edwards!! STUNNING!

Dortmund also slipped up meaning our lead at the top is now 8 points.

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Champions League Update - Last 16 (+ A really poor Youth Intake)

The knockouts are here and we have Sporting Lisbon standing in our way, this is the first time we've had a winnable tie in this round. Last year was Man City (we won), the year before was PSG (we lost)!

First leg away and we played really well to claim a 2-1 win, personally we didn't play great but Sporting hardly had a chance. Second half goals from Gauld and Edwards giving us the advantage going into the home leg.

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Where we eased through with 2-0 win, we were hardly troubled and played well. Koch scoring early and Palacios wrapping it up mid-way through the second half

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Into the Quarters where we will face Spurs, we have already played them this season in the Group stage, we drew 1-1 at home and got hammered 5-1 away!

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If we somehow get through we will face Liverpool or PSG in the Semi final.

A quick update on the Youth Intake, as the title says it was rubbish, an expected Golden Generation but there was only one stand-out player with everyone else being way off the level.

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Goran Paric is a left back and looks decent, some really good mental's and even some good technical's which is rare in a youth player. One to look out for moving forward

 

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2024/25 Season - Champions League Quarter Final & League Update

Here we are, another season in the CL Quarters and we have a tough match against Spurs, first leg at home and it was far from tough!

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A stunning 3-0 win, we played amazingly, but we still have the 2nd leg to come, we lost 5-1 to them in the Group Stage so the tie isn't over!

Or so I thought, revenge for that 5-1!

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A stunning 2-0 win, 5-0 on aggregate overall and with that we are into the Champions League semi's where we face Liverpool who beat PSG 6-3 on aggregate!

Now to the League, it's been 2 and a half months since my last update, at that point we sat 8 points clear of Dortmund, our form has tailed off, too many draws!

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And to cap it off we got smashed by Dortmund in the last league game, this was sandwiched in between the Spurs game and fitness levels were really low, Dortmund had a nice break and they showed their class to win 4-0. The last 5 games have been really poor. 6 points from those 5 games means Dortmund have closed the gap.

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5 games left and our lead it now 2 points, Obviously with the challenge the Champions League is the most important thing but it would still be nice to win the League! It's going to be a tough end to the season, 5 league games, at least 2 more Champions League games and a German Cup semi final to come as well!

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A tough run-in with the sheer amount of games, our league run-in isn't too bad!

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2024/25 Season - Champions League Semi Final + League and Cup Update

Let's start with one piece of bad news and that's the German Cup, we faced Eintracht Frankfurt away and bottled it, losing the tie 3-2. We went 2-0 down and the main man Helge Koch scored 2 second half goals to level the tie, it looked the going to extra time before they nabbed the winner with 3 minutes to go.

Right, let's crack on with the Champions League semi v Liverpool. First leg at home and it didn't start well. GK Carmesecchi turning the ball into his own net to give Liverpool an early lead. After that we played well and eventually our dominance paid off, McTominay scoring before half-time to level the game and then, with 19 mins to go 2021 Intake star Baydemir scored to put us into the lead, after that we shut up shop but we failed as right at the end Liverpool scored a goal from a corner, the tie ended 2-2 and now we have a huge uphill task going into the away leg.

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Into the away leg, fitness issues were rife with league games in between but that's no excuse, Liverpool were just the better team on the day. They were just so much better than us and we couldn't cope.

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What a run though, one step further than last season and a great 2-legged win over Spurs along the way. Now we have to dust ourselves down and try and go that one step further next season!

Now to the league and this is getting tight! Since the last update we have played 3 and won 3, Dortmund have also played and won 3. Our games have been relatively tight, Dortmund have won their with an aggregate score of 12-2!

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So this is how it stands, 2 games to go and we are 2 points clear but just looked at Dortmunds GD!

Now both of us have games we should be expecting to win, we have Freiburg and Eintrach Frankfurt (they beat us in the cup!), Dortmund have Mainz and Hamburg. One slip up from us and it's goodbye league title! We HAVE to win both games! Nervy times!

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2024/25 Season - Can we clinch the title?

Yes we bloody can!

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And it only took one game of the two we had left! We managed to beat Freiburg 3-1 away, Dortmund, after winning 13 straight league games to get them back into the title race, only managed a draw at Mainz!

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Koch is just a legend!!!!!

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GET IN!!!!!

But I have to say we deserved it, we have been way ahead all season and even with a mini-wobble during those Champions league knockout games we still kept going.

Now we have to win the Champions League!!!

I'll be back more than likely tonight with an end of season review of sort.

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2024/25 End of Season Review

What an amazing season it's been!

Bundesliga

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Dortmund drew their final game meaning the gap at the top ended as 6 points. What a stunning season, our second league title in three seasons and after Dortmund running away with it last year it was nice to topple them and improve our points tally by 7 points. Only 2 defeats and that was to Bayern and Dortmund away and bar a mini slump in April we dominated from start to finish! Sensational!

German Cup

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Our German Cup run was decent, we got all the way to the semi's with some good wins along the way but the sheer number of fixtures towards the end of the season meant fitness was an issue and we slipped up in the semi's. A good run though.

Champions League

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It was also our furthest run in the Champions league so far where we got to the semi finals. We had a shocker of a group but somehow managed to top it, we had some good wins along the way as well. We also knocked out Sporting Lisbon and then got revenge on Spurs in the quarters. Liverpool were just too much for us in the semi finals but another great season, we seem to be going one step further each season so fingers crossed next time out we can reach the final.

Star Men

There is literally nowhere else I can start!

Helge Koch, the star of the 2021 Youth Intake has had an absolutely stunning season. It's been his first season where he has been pretty much an ever-present and my word has he been good!

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44 starts, 34 goals overall with 23 in 31 in the Bundesliga, he ends as the leagues top scorer and the club Player and Young Player of the Year! Let's hope we can keep hold of him, he has a £106m release clause which I cannot remove currently and I can just see one of the massive clubs coming in for him and turning his head.

Signing of the season goes to Goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi.

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There were no plans to play him this season but Burki got an injury and that was it, he never left the side. 44 games and 22 clean sheets, averaging over 7 as well which is very good for a keeper.

Next is Winger Yeremi Pino

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Funnily enough I saw him play in real life the other night for Villarreal. This lad has been amazing this season, whether it's on the left or right side of the attacking midfield he is always brilliant. He ends with 11 goals and 17 assists from 37 starts. Another fantastic player.

And finally for your perusal is the whole squad.

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What a great season, a second league title and we are edging closer to that Champions League win. I really don't feel much is needed to improve this squad, we have proved we are good enough in the league and got to the final 4 of the Champions League. For me now it's trying to keep this group together but clearly some players are going to get bidded for and their heads turned. Transfer wise we have £51m to spend this season which isn't tonnes, that would probably get us 1 decent player. Maybe the only position I need to look at is at CB. We have a lot of player who can play there but are all natural in another role. Also with Rudiger getting on and Kempf going downhill I really need to look at replacing them with 1 top quality player.

Here's hoping for a quiet Summer, KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY KOCH!

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As you can see from the picture above Man City got to their first ever European final and won! If they had lost they would've been added to the list

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2025/26 Season - Pre-Season Transfers

Here we go, another season is here and I am going all out to win the Champions League this season! I know we can do it!

But before it all starts let's take a look at the transfer activity throughout the Summer prior to the season starting.

Transfers Out

I have shipped out quite a few players, there were way too many lads sitting in the first team not playing and being paid for it, I have enough youth players who are progressing really well and a lot of players with good versatility to cover the losses.

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5 first teamers leave, None of them really have held down a place in the first XI for a season or two and I felt it best to move them on. They were just taking up wages which could be spent elsewhere. The big loss was Winger Gonzalez who refused a new contract and left for Bournemouth. Sasa Kalajdzic also leaves, the main man in the first couple of seasons but with Luis Suarez coming in and the meteoric rise of Helge Koch he fell way down the pecking order.

Transfers In

I said at the end of the last season I only wanted to improve 1 area and that was in central defence, I have brought in a superstar and also another player for nothing!

Bukayo Saka - Winger - Free Transfer from Arsenal

This lad was out of contract and Arsenal being Arsenal were happy to let him go for nothing. I just had to get him. Costs me nothing and is already worth £61m, a great player and can cover numerous positions, also how is he only 23!?!?!?

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Wesley Fofana - Central Defender - £51m from Leicester

Little Wes joins! Champions League football swayed him to join us above a few other teams. A big fee but he is just brilliant (and I love him in real life). A top quality ball playing defender, oh yes!!!

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And so far that's it! To be honest I need no-one else. I have brought in a load of youth players to cover the squad, we have good depth in all areas. This is the current squad, I'm really pleased with how it's shaping up!

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Obviously it's only early August and there are around 3 or 4 weeks until the transfer window slams shut. I really hope I don't lose anyone!

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2025/26 Season - August

The first month of the season is down, it's been a busy month, we've had the Super Cup, the opening games of the league and German Cup and the Champions League group draw.

German Super Cup

What a great start! We faced cup winner Bayern and hammered them, it ended 3-0 and we also had 2 goals disallowed!

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Koch the man once more!

League and Cup

Into the domestic season and we've had a good start. We smashed Oberachern in the German Cup to start the season and have got 7 points out of our 3 league games. The Werder away game we should've won but they scored late on to score a rather undeserved equaliser. But we ended the month with another battering of Bayern!

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Champions League Draw

The Group stage draw has been made and we have been handed a great group. We were seeded first as the league winners and, well, the group is as easy as it can get. If we don't qualify out of that I'll quit on the spot (did I just say that?!)

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The transfer window has also closed but there was no more business. No one came in and it's pleasing that no one left, to be honest there were no bids whatsoever!

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2025/26 Season - September to December

Half way through the season and so it's so far, so good!

Bundesliga

It's gone pretty well in the league, we have however lost a couple of games. Our home form is immaculate, 9 out of 9, our away form however is pretty poor with only 4 wins in 8 games.

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Some good wins though, a great away win over Dortmund right at the end of the first half of the season has helped us establish a 6 point gap at the top of the league.

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Champions League

I said I'd quit if we didn't qualify for the knockouts, well luckily for me we ended top! Once again though our away form was annoying, 2 draws in the first 3 games and we looked to be struggling but in the end it was pretty easy.

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We quality in top but our next round opponents are pretty tough as we face Real Madrid!

As for the youth intake, well for the first time in 6 seasons it's not a Golden Generation.

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