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End Of Season

Results

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We had a struggle for February but we really pulled it back well in the last few months of the season and embedded more youngsters from the newest intake into the first team.

League Table

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We have qualified for European football for the first time in the clubs history! An amazing achievement!

Spanish Cup

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Our longest run in the Spanish Cup and the game against Betis was much closer than the 3-0 suggests.

Goalkeeper Watch

Kerr scored 5 goals and got 1 assist in 25 games and Lauren scored 5 goals in 17 games!

Player Review - Marcelino Perez (YP29D)

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Perez has progressed really well this season. Jumping a massive 23 CA points. It could spell the end of Sanchez's time at the club!

Player Of The Season - Ben Merchant (YP24A)

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His first year back and Merchant was our main man again. Finished with 23 goals in the league which is just the 1 behind the top scorer in La Liga!

Young Player Of The Season - Juan Collado (YP28B)

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Now our main centre back. Crazy development here in Collado and he really is becoming an all rounder. Mentally he is fantastic and will be a mainstay for a good few seasons!

Other News

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Great to see this improve again! Unfortunately training facilities was rejected but we are getting there with the facilities!

Youth Review

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Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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Improvements

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We got the board to agree to the training facilities now. Our facilities look like this currently:

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Stadium

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We moved into our new 15k stadium this summer and I have managed to get that increased to just over 18k. The expansion capacity goes up to 43k which hopefully we can get to in the future!

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Euro Cup II Qualifiying

1st Leg

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A slightly rotated team here and we were clinical. We are in a huge advantage here to qualify!

2nd Leg

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We complete the job with our main man grabbing a double to send us through to the group stages!

Draw

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Not the easiest of draws but we can definitely qualify from this!

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Transfers

Loans

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A lot of loans out this season although only ,maybe 5 or 6 will be challenging for the first team in the future with 3 of those being keepers! Paco and Jordi have long term potential whereas Bozic could have been our backup this season. Traore will be our 4th choice centre back from next season but should benefit more from a loan this season and Diaz will be in our first team squad next season.

Out

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Ismael and Cissokho and Jorge never played a game for the club and were never going to be a part of the first team squad. The other 3 were main stays of the club. Sanchez played 299 games for the club scoring 23 goals and providing 29 assists for the club. This was his 10th year at the club! Sayabera was one of the main reasons we are were we are. He currently has the most appearances in the clubs history at 301 and also provided 132 goals for the club and 129 assists including a club record 28 in one season! He definitely could have been a part of the first team squad still but with young players coming through I didn't want to hinder their development. The last of our big 3 sales is Samb who played 296 times for the club scoring 83 goals and providing 69 assists. 

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Mid-Season Review

Results

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A fantastic first half of the season as our players finally start to become not just a good team but some very solid individual players. Still some big defeats against the bigger sides but we are winning a lot against the "smaller sides" including a crazy 6-5 win over Villareal were we were 5-1 down!

League Table

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We currently sit in a champions league spot! Would be amazing if we were able to pull a top 4 off!

Spanish Cup

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Back to the same old story!

Euro Cup II

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Unbeaten in our group with only a disappointing away to trip to Albania letting us down. Other that that it was goals goals goals and a lot of game time for backup players.

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That meant we finished top of our group. We go straight to the 2nd knockout stage so not sure who we are playing yet.

Goalkeeper Watch

Kerr has 1 goal in 18 games whilst Lauren has 1 goal in 9 games!

Player Review - Jose (YP30A)

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Starting to develop nicely and is getting more game time now that Sayabera has left. He has 1 goal and 4 assists in 10 (6) appearances so far and is nearly at the 100 CA mark!

Youth Intake Preview

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This could be very good!

Youth Review

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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Euro Cup II 2nd Knockout Stage

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We faced Hearts again! This time we comfortably beat them over 2 legs to put us into the quarter final!

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A much tougher tie with the winners getting AZ or Gladbach in the semis!

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Euro Cup II Quarter Final

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What a comeback! 3-1 down from the first league we had some of our big players back for the 2nd. The main one being Merchant! A thumping home win puts us into the semi final of the Euro Cup II against...

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The other semi final is Everton vs St Etienne!

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Player Sell

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Argamani leaves us as his development has stopped and he isnt really good enough for this level. He was a very good player for us in the previous seasons and has 2 caps for Israel. He scored 98 goals and provided 30 assists in 174 appearances for the club. Off to Brazil now!

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Euro Cup II Semi Final

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Well a rollercoaster of 2 games! Over the 2 legs Gladbach could probably count themselves unlucky as they were the better team and they were going through until 11mins left of the 2nd leg! But our first ever final will be a European one!

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We will play Everton in the final who overcame St Etienne. We will be big underdogs but we will give it a good go!

 

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Euro Cup II Final

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Amazing scenes as a Kovacec late show provides us with a Euro Cup II win. The game prior had been relatively dull outside of the opener from Merchant and equaliser from Janssen. But we kept it tight and punished them in the last 10mins! Our first ever trophy!

 

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End Of Season

Results

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Another fantastic performance in the league and we pretty had our spot wrapped up by Almeria in April meaning I was able to give more game time to the younger players for the last games!

League Table

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We will be playing CL football next season! Our team is really developing and able to compete very well at this level!

Spanish Cup

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The usual story here!

Euro Cup II

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An unbelievable season in Europe. Fantastic up until the quarters and semis were we rode our luck a bit but a very impressive performance against Everton assured us of a first ever trophy!

Goalkeeper Watch

Kerr got 3 goals in 35 games whilst Lauren got 2 goals and 1 assist in 19 games!

Player Review - Andres (YP31A)

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With himself and Gomes in the AMC Rolle we are pretty much set for the next decade at least. He played 19 (18) times this season and scored 5 goals and got 8 assists. Fantastic for a 16 year old!

Player Of The Season - Merchant (YP24A)

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I was trying to see who else I could give it to but it had to be him. 43 goals and 18 assists this season and only 2nd in the La Liga top scorer to a ridiculous Almeria striker Garcia who netted 40 in the league!

Young Player Of The Season - Marcelino Perez (YP29D)

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A great season for Perez has he not only showed great development but became very reliable on the field as well. Still only 18 and still able to develop he has a big future with us! 

Youth Review

Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Att. Mid

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2 hours ago, deez0r said:

Dirty Lee....Benidorm

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@Jimbokav1971 I remember you doing a save trying to be the dirtiest team you could be. We have just wrapped up the 1,2,3 in yellow cards this season!

Like it. :applause:

I can't remember what the highest yellow cards I got was, but I think it was 23 or possibly 24, (but that seems ridiculously high now I write it so maybe not).

Anyway, yellow cards mean that they are not getting red cards so aren't really trying so bin them off and get some dirtier blokes in! :lol:

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Mid-Season Review

Results

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A much more need to rotate this season as we are now in the CL has lead to a much tougher season in the league thus far. Need another season or 2 for the others to be off a sufficient level before really getting into Europe each season.

League Table

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CL will be out of reach this season but hoping we can perhaps push on for some form of European football.

Spanish Cup

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Still playing the backup players here and we have finally got past the first round again! A kind draw in the 2nd round also.

Champions League

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A very good group stage for us with the win over Inter at home turning out to be the vital match! Utd awaits us in the first knockout stage!

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Goalkeeper Watch

Kerr is yet to get off the mark in 13 games whereas Lauren has 1 goal in 12 games!

Player Review - Alseny Bangoura (YP31E)

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Really starting to improve now and becoming a more rounded striker. Has 4 goals and 2 assists in 10 games thus far.

Youth Intake Preview

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Good potential here!

Youth Review

Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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End Of Season

Results

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A fantastic 2nd half go the season outside of the Barcelona game (they actually went unbeaten all season).

League Table

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We were in for a shot for CL football but too many draws stopped us but Europa League it is for us next season!

Spanish Cup

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A good run in the Spanish Cup was ended in heartbreaking fashion. A 93rd minute own goal sending us out away to Barcelona.

Champions League

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We did very well to get out of the group stage but were thumped by Utd in the first knockout stage!

Goalkeeper Watch

Kerr scored 1 goal and got 1 asset this season whereas Lauren got 1 goal. 

Player Review - Jaume Haro (YP32C)

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Developing fantastically well. 7 goals and 5 assists in his first season is very good. He and Bangoura will be displacing Kovacec next season in terms of starting and 3rd choice striker.

Player Of The Season - Juan Carlos Fernandez (YP28C)

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One of the first names on the team sheet. 11 goals and 15 assists from the wing is incredible numbers. Reached pretty much his top PA now but is our best winger.

Young Player Of The Season - Andres (YP31A)

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Playing 2nd fiddle quite a bit to Gomes but when he has played he has performed. 4 goals and 7 assists in 18 starts. He will continue to be a big prospect for us next season.

Youth Review

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Mid-Season Review

Results

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I have tried to rotate a bit less in these games and the results have showed. We have been fantastic thus far in the league and have been scoring a lot go goals. The only team to truly play us off the park is Barcelona who have lost only 1 game in 55 games.

League Table

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We sit comfortably inside the top 4 which is great. Getting back into CL football next season would be a big achievement for us.

Spanish Cup

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We got lucky that Merchant was on the bench. Rescuing a draw which led to a penalty shootout win. Another kind draw in the next round for us.

Europa League

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Probably the easiest group we could have asked for. Hibs being the seeded team. We won all games with our backup players which means we go straight into the second knockout round.

Goalkeeper Watch

Lauren has scored 4 goals in 21 games whereas Jordi has 0 goals from 5 starts

Player Review - Andres Olmedo (YP32A)

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Our up and coming prospect at centre back as been developing really well. Probably more suited to the deep lying playmaker role but as we utilise ball playing defenders he could become very useful. 

Youth Intake Preview

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Let's see what comes off this!

Youth Review

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First Team Transfers Out

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The big one is Kerr. His minimum release fee was met by Sampdoria who signed him for 9m. With Lauren coming through and Jordi being a solid prospect its not a big a loss as it normally would have been. He scored 51 goals in 344 appearances in all competitions making him our all time leading appearance maker. 

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The other player to leave is Allende who was one of our main full backs for 9 seasons before losing his starting spot last season. He played 287 times for us scoring 4 goals and getting 38 assists! He went to Elche for 155k.

 

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Spanish Cup Semi Final

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We reach our first ever Spanish Cup final after overturning a 2-1 deficit from the 1st leg with a thumping 4-0 win at home! Unfortunately we will be playing....

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Europa League

2nd Knockout Stage

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An away win in Eindhoven meant that if we avoided defeat at home we would be through. A 1-1 draw at home meant we would face fellow La Liga side Villareal in the quarter finals.

Quarter Final

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A big win at home set us up perfectly for the 2nd leg and despite some rotation we got a draw which sent us through to the semi finals.

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Spanish Cup Final

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It was always going to be a tough ask and we gave it our best but Barca are just too good for us right now and were able to put us away 3-1 in the final. 

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Europa League Semi Final

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We tried our best to throw it away but a 93rd minute Aybar goal means we are through to the finals where we will face:

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Chelsea! The team I support. We will be big underdogs but we will give it our best shot!

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Europa League Final

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2 finals and 2 defeats this season this time it was a hammering although they scored 4 times after we went down to 10 men. Simply a gulf in class at this level which we will need a few superstars in our intakes to beat!

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End Of Season

Results

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A struggle through February and March were it looked like we might through our CL spot away however the win over Atletico in April sent us on a winning run which meant in the end we were comfortable.

League Table

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We finish in our highest ever position in 3rd place!

Spanish Cup

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We made it to our first Spanish Cup final were unfortunately we met Barcelona who comfortably beat us.

Europa League

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A fantastic run ended up with a thumping in the final! Much further than I expected!

Goalkeeper Watch

Lauren scored 4 goals in 42 games and Jordi scored 2 goals in 17 games!

Player Review - Domingo

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Developing quite well as our backup right back with some development still left. 1 goal and a fantastic 8 assists this season!

Player Of The Season - Serafin Aybar

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Our starting right winger this season and he really upped his numbers. 13 goals and 13 assists is an amazing achievement! 

Young Player Of The Season - Jaume Haro

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Our 3rd choice striker but is really pushing to be a starter next season. 16 goals and 12 assists in 28 games is great numbers!

Other News

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A much bigger expansion than we first though! Nearly 35k is fantastic!

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Squad Review

Some first team players last season have went out on loan whilst some of those out on loan have come back into the first team squad.

Goalkeepers

Jordi

Lauren

Centre Backs

Marcelino Perez

Juan Pablo

Andres Olmedo

Juan Collado

Full Backs

Domingo

Pau

Ismael Juan

Adan Iriarte

Def. Mid

Fernando Burgos

Jorge Marrero

Att. Mid

Andres

Carles Gomez

Higinio Diaz

Wingers

Adalberto

Juan Carlos Fernandez

Serafin Aybar

Jose

Strikers

Juan Lorens

Ben Merchant

Alseny Bangoura

Jaume Haro

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Mid-Season Review

Results

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A great first half to the season which would have normally meant we were in a title race but unfortunately we are in the same league as Barcelona.

League Table

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We are in the top 4 again but Barca are undefeated thus far so are running away with it.

Spanish Cup

I think as we are in the Super Cup we enter this at a later stage.

Champions League

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A very kind CL draw meant we were able to qualify in 2nd place. A tough draw in the knockout stage against Liverpool.

Goalkeeper Watch

Lauren has 2 goals in 13 games whilst Jordi has 1 goal in 10 games!

Player Review - Juan Lorens (YP33F)

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Youth Intake Preview

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Again looks promising!

Youth Review

Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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Strikers

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Spanish Super Cup

Semi Fina

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Our first trip into the Super Cup and we beat Real on penalties. I changed the team quite a bit and we rode our luck but a fantastic win! Off course we face Barca in the final....

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End Of Season

Results

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A very solid 2nd half of the season apart from April. We bounced back in May though! Was it enough for CL?

League Table

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Just! Atletico drew 0-0 with Leganes on the last day of the season to let us leapfrog them into the last CL spot!

Spanish Cup

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We managed to get to the 5th round before Sociadad battered us!

Champions League

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A very good season in the CL was ended in the first knockout stage against Liverpool.

Goalkeeper Watch

Lauren (YP30B) scored 5 goals in 29 games and Jordi (YP31C) got 1 goal in 22 games.

Player Review - Juan Llorens (YP33F)

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A solid first season in the first team was ended prematurely by injury. Fantastic stats though as he scored 6 goals in 7 games which is a great return.

Player Of The Season - Juame Haro (YP32C)

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Haro scored 16 goals and got 10 assists this season. Developing pretty well and upping his output which is great. A very solid player for the team now with more room to develop.

Young Player Of The Season - Andres (YP31A)

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With me looking to sell Marrero next season I am been training Andres to play the deep lying role. 9 goals and 12 assists (although not all from this role) shows he is capable. 

Youth Review

Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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Strikers

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Mid-Season Review

Results

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Except for the Zaragoza game we have been fantastic. The Bilbao game we were down to 9 men so kept it respectable. We have been much more consistent this year and seem to be picking up those wins which we were drawing last year!

League Table

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We sit top by a point from Barca who have been dominant in La Liga winning 11 out of the last 13 titles. Still suspect they are heavy favourites!

Champions League

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A disappointing CL with the defeat away to Molde costing us a place in the knockout stages. We do drop into the Euro Cup were we will play PAOK in the knockout stage!

Spanish Cup

We don't enter until the 3rd round which is mid January!

Goalkeeper Watch

Jordi has 3 goals in 19 games and Lauren hasn't got off the mark in 5 games thus far.

Player Review - German Marquez (YP33A)

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Called up the the first team this year after Marrero left and he has been our backup DMC. In 6 (4) appearances he has an impressive 4 assists!

Youth Intake Preview

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A big centre forward prospect here would be great!

Transfers Out

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Some first team players shave left mainly to let some of the other players coming through get more games. Marrero, Iriarte, Perez all played for the first team but we cashed in. A couple of youngsters I would have liked to keep but I cashed in on big sell on fees as we have better prospects.

Youth Review

Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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Strikers

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Spanish Cup Away Days

Having this season played away from home in every round so far it got me thinking it seems like a very long time since we had a home tie. It turns out out off the last 23 Spanish Cup games we have played 22 away from home. The only home tie I hear you ask? A 2nd leg semi final game!

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Youth Intake 2036

Overview

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I quite like the look of this intake. There is much more depth in it than you first see. I would say 7 or 8 of these players have a good chance of being in our first team squad in a few years and really nice to see a Northern Irish man coming through!

Players

YP36A - Saul Aznar

YP36B - Jaume Marti

YP36C - Ethan Murray

YP36D - Sebastian Sanchez

YP36E - Jose Vicente Prados

YP36F - Dani

YP36G - Max Barfoot

YP36H - Lucio Sunen

YP36I - Blas

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End Of Season

Results

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A great second half of the season as well. Was it enough to win it?

League Table

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Unfortunately not. Barca were relentless in the 2nd half of the season losing only once. Our best ever season though is a big positive!

Champions League

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A poor season in the CL for us!

Europa League

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A big win in the first knockout stage before a small win at home to Liverpool was emphatically overturned by them at Anfield.

Spanish Cup

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Our first Spanish Cup. After defeats against Barca in a lot of competition finals we finally put one over on them with a thumping win!

Super Cup

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A great win over Real in the semis before Barca comfortably beat us in the final.

Goalkeeper Watch

Jordi scored 4 goals in 46 games including our goal of the season winner and Lauren scored once in 10 games.

Player Review - Sergi Cagigas (YP34A)

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A really solid year of development for Cagigas. He played 13 (1) games scoring 3 goals and getting 3 assists. Will feature more next season!

Player Of The Season - Ismael Juan (YP28A)

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Its not often a full back gets player of the season but he has been fantastic. 8 goals and 7 assists means he was vital going up and down that left hand side!

Young Player Of The Season - German Marquez (YP33A)

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Another who has developed really well this season. He played 20 (9) games scoring once and getting 9 assists. Could be a big player for us!

Other News

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Our u19 team made the semi finals last year losing on penalties! This year they made it to the final and only went and won the competition! 2 players I have already earmarked to come into the first team next season!

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A big expansion for us up to just over 43k. Could really help us move to the next level!

Youth Review

I have decided for this to just keep those players who are 23 and under in here. I will do additional squad reviews for the other players.

Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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Strikers

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New First Team Players 2036/37

I ended up calling 2 players up to the first team for this season.

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Firstly De Bondt (YP35B) who I have been training as a right back over the last season or so as I think his stats suit the type of player I need there plus he has much more opportunity to get game time as we have a lot of centre midfielders currently. With me looking to move Pau on there is room for him to grow at right back.

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The second player is Sanchez (YP36D) who will become our 4th choice striker. His stats whilst not world class are very solid across the board and he could be very handy for us!

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Mid-Season Review

Results

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We have been fantastic so far this season with only the 1 lost and 2 draws. Could this finally be our year to win the League?

League Table

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We sit 5pts clear of Real whilst current champions Barca are 9pts behind use in 5th!

Champions League

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For the 2nd year in a row we fail to qualify from the group with a disappointing defeat at home to Nice confirming our exit to the Europa League.

Spanish Cup

Again we dont enter this until the new year!

Super Cup

We play Bilbao in the semi final in January!

Goalkeeper Watch

Jordi has 5 goals in 22 games whilst Lauren has 1 goal in 2 games!

Player Review - Adalberto (YP32B)

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He has become more of a first team player this season with 2 goals and 3 assists in 9 (4) games. Still room to develop here as well.

Youth Intake Preview

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Disappointing that no defenders seem to be coming through again. I am currently re-working some midfielders as full backs to cover our gaps.

Youth Review

Goalkeepers

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Centre Backs

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Full Backs

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Def. Mid

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Att. Mid

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Wingers

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Strikers

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January Transfers

Out

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Both of these were big players for us throughout the save. Burgos unfortunately was caught behind Andress and Gomes which halted his game time and with some big prospects coming down the line was no longer needed.  He played over 200 games for the club scoring 5 times and providing 29 assists! Fernandez I wasn't sure about selling. He was still performing very well in the first team but with a couple of younger bigger prospects coming through I decided to take the 17m. He was a massive part of the club for a decade playing nearly 340 times scoring 75 times and providing 102 assists for the club.

Promoted Players

With the 2 above going I decided to call up 2 players to provide backup to our first team.

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Ramzi scored a hat trick in his debut in the Spanish Cup and will be a first team starter in the next few years. Already capped at u21 level for Belgium he has a big future.

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Aznar is being utilised as our 4th choice winger currently. Probably more suited to the centre of the pitch but game time will be limited there currently. 

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