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FM19 - A Director of Football challenge in Hong Kong.


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In this save, the year is 2167 and I am 7 seasons into my 3rd spell in charge of Dreams FC in Hong Kong. Our Director of Football is Roberto Cañete, who is in charge of all 1st team transfers.

In the summer 2167 transfer window, our DoF brought in 4 players. The 1st 2 were both loan players. They were, English striker Sean Ferguson from Tottenham Hotspur and Chinese striker Huang Jiangshan from Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC. The permanent transfers in for the window, were free transfer Scottish winger Michael Morrison, who is one for the future and Georgian forward Nika Tabukashvili for a fee of £19.75M.

The notable outgoing players were, Columbian forward Juan Carlos Serna who joined FC Spartak Moscow for £7.75M and club record sale Spanish defender Juan Pedro Vázquez to FC Krasnodar for £41.5M.

I will post updates every 3 months from the next winter transfer window.

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End of January 2168 transfer window update:

Our preseason went pretty well, as we won all of our games and scored 3 goals in each of them. The 3-1 home win against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC, was the standout result.

So far, we sit top of the league after 10 matches played. We have not lost any of these 10 fixtures so far and are 6 points ahead of the 2nd placed team Sha Tin Sports Association.

In the cup competitions, we won the Community Cup beating Eastern AA 3-0. However, we did unfortunately get knocked out of the Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield 1st round as we lost 2-1 to Tai Po FC. Fortunately though, we did get 1st place in our Hong Kong Sapling Cup group stage to advance to the next round. We did not lose in the process and will play 2nd tier side Mutual Football Club in the Hong Kong FA Cup 1st round at home.

The draw for our AFC Champions League group games will take place on 12th February. In this competition last season, we were knocked out by two time defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim FC, in the 2nd round, losing by 4 goals to 2 over the 2 legs.

In the winter transfer window, we raided fellow Hong Kong First Division League team Tai Po FC for 2 of their players. The 1st of them was Brazilian striker Gílson, who was signed for £2M and the 2nd transfer for a potential fee of up to £1.3M was 16 year old striker Leung Wai Yin for the future. The only other signing of the window was the experienced Hong Kong international winger Choi Tsz Lung from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a fee of up to £14.75M. This took our overall transfer spending up to £34M for the season.

The only player to leave was fullback Kwong Kai Ming who went to FC Lokomotiv Moscow for up to £825K.

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End of March 2168 update:

In our Asian Champions League group stage, we were drawn against Shanghai SIPG FC, BG Pathum United and Brisbane Roar FC. We should get 2nd place in this group and advance to the knock out rounds. I would say 1st place is achievable, but Chinese teams are pretty good in this save and Shanghai SIPG FC have been our bogey team throughout the save. Although, we started the group well beating Shanghai SIPG FC 3-0 away from home and then we won the next game before drawing against Brisbane Roar to now sit top of the group after 3 games.

Unfortunately, after our transfer window ended our DoF sold our American midfielder Michael Scott, to FC København, for £5.5M.

In the league, we are still top and unbeaten after 14 games. We are into the Sapling Cup Final, after beating Hong Kong Pegasus Football Club in the semis and will now play Tai Po FC for the chance to win it. We also made it to the FA Cup semi final, with that match yet to be played.

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