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Part 3: Stade Balmont: Homecoming (SC Lyon Youth-Only)


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36 minutes ago, kingjericho said:

Excellent season. You're getting closer to the CL, who knows if the current generation can get the job done or you will need to wait for a new crop. Having a complete XI of youth players from a State of the Art system will be stronger.

Cheers, fingers crossed the current crop can do it, but considering how elusive the Coupe de France was for us I think it could be a while :lol:.

13 minutes ago, Dereka said:

Impressive, you've really established yourself as the top team in France in the last two seasons. Could you share the tactic(s) you're using these days?

Thanks. Yes of course, actually the tactics haven't changed at all :D :


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12 hours ago, kingjericho said:

If you can, keep monitoring the attributes for corners/free kicks/set pieces for your newgens. I'm not entirely sure this is not a bug, because I find it really hard to find newgens with high attributes in the mentioned areas.


This is the breakdown of set piece takers in my first team. As you can see, free kicks don't seem to be too much of a problem but corners are bad and our penalty taker situation is terrible!

1 hour ago, deltablue said:

PSG! *shakes fist*

It just makes the feeling when you actually beat them sweeter :brock:

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How do you handle individual training for young players? Do you train them in broad roles such as Complete Forward and B2B Midfielder or do you train them in the roles you play with, Defensive Midfielder, Full Back, etc?

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1 hour ago, Jiggins said:

How do you handle individual training for young players? Do you train them in broad roles such as Complete Forward and B2B Midfielder or do you train them in the roles you play with, Defensive Midfielder, Full Back, etc?

As soon as they come through the intake I start training them in the role I anticipate them playing if they get to the first team. I think it helps that the roles I use are quite broad - (sweeper keeper support, full back support, BPD, def mid support, winger attack, complete forward support and advanced forward). For individual the most used is quickness as pace is absolutely necessary in all roles (average pace for DM is ok), while passing, attacking movement and defensive positioning are used on those with deficiencies there.

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Hugo Pastor was kicking up a fuss when bids were rejected, so despite not really needing the money we let him go when we received a bit at what was 150% of his value. Shame as he was a good squad option, but it just opens the spot up to a youngster.

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Roger Assale, who has really developed as a coach and now looking to complete his Pro Licence, has moved on to become our 2nd Team Manager. He needed a huge wage rise to agree to it though! Our previous 2nd Team Manager Wesley Lautoa becomes a 1st Team Coach.

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2033-34 Mid-Season Review


The last game before the break coincided nicely with Florent Balmont's 700th.

Ligue 1 Results


Complete domination so far this season, only Rennes were able to pinch any points off us. PSG caused us no trouble in Dijon, a comprehensive 3-0 victory. Balmont's 700th game was his biggest league victory. Vega kept up his league scoring form by scoring 10 games in a row, went 3 games without one, then hit his 6th league hat-trick of the season. Insane :eek:

Ligue 1 Table


Bar losing to us PSG have been in solid form. We need to make sure we don't blip in the 2nd half of the season and avoid defeat in Paris.

Champions League




Two great wins stand out - the record-breaking 12-0 over Slavia and the 6-1 demolition of Dortmund - in an impressive group stage phase.


Spurs could cause us issues

Player Stats


We're performing on all fronts so far, Vega has 28 league goals at the halfway mark. He needs to get more than 45 goals to break the Ligue 1 record set by Mason Greenwood (PSG).

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23 hours ago, Deisler26 said:

It's too easy now!

Yeah this team has grown into a force of nature now :brock:

Update to follow for the second half of the season!

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Ligue 1



A few more draws than in the first half of the season but crucially no defeats to confirm our 2nd unbeaten season! We scored a whopping 143 Ligue 1 goals!

Coupe de France


Our 2nd Coupe de France trophy, and we didn't even have to face PSG who went out to Nancy.

Champions League



It looks as though the stars were aligning this season for Dijon, but Juventus were having none of it. We were seconds away from reaching the Champions League Final only for Juve to smash home a 93rd minute away-goal-leading winner.

Youth Intake


This is one where the written report and the PA don't seem to add up together.


I agree with the HOYD that Saillard is an excellent prospect, let's hope the PA stars are wrong.

Player Stats


Plenty of rotation this season to handle all competitions and we can be very happy with the star quality and depth in the squad. The only players that didn't get over 7.00 average ratings were backups who made more sub appearances than starts.

Emmanuel Vega



What a goalscoring machine! Vega smashed Greenwood record (which broke a 60 year old record itself) by scoring 48 league goals in just 31 games. His incredible record of grabbing hattricks was insane, eleven hattricks in total :eek:

Lilian Bouyer


Bouyer is the first of our players to be described as 'elite' and is thus one of the best players in the world.


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6 hours ago, Deisler26 said:

Classic France. Dominate the league, don't win the CL :lol:

100%. That's got to be the aim, after that perhaps Balmont may move on either within France or to Spain / Germany.

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2034-35 Mid-Season Review

Ligue 1



Monaco were the team to break our 54-game unbeaten record and they're having a cracking season. We're just about top as it stands.

Champions League


A little bit disappointing in the group stages as we finish second behind Inter, but getting through is the most important part and we'll face Chelsea in the knockouts.

Player Stats


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We're in a title run in, but it's not PSG pushing it to the wire it's Monaco! PSG did managed to knock us out in the cup on penalties, however.


Excellent progress in the CL as we thump Chelsea 11-4 on aggregate and sneak past Roma to match last seasons run to the semi finals. Arsenal were the best tie we could have got, the other semi is PSG vs Real Madrid.



Decent intake and a potential star striker :)


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6-3 on aggregate, Champions League final here we come :D


We face the best side in the world on paper - Real Madrid. They have a familiar foe in Biagotti, former PSG and 4 x Balon D'Or winner.


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Halfway through extra time and we're just 1 goal up, but thanks to a moment of madness from Ramsden we've got the upper hand. Come on lads, see it out!

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120th minute and it's that man Gio Boyer again! His quick feet fool the lunging defender then he rounds the keeper with the utmost composure. 4-2, that's gotta be it!!!

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8 hours ago, KlaaZ said:



7 hours ago, kingjericho said:


i guess you stay for the uefa super cup and the cwc

Cheers guys :D - I'm not 100% sure yet what the plan will be going forward.

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Robin --- Addae --- Leger

Right Backs

Benali --- Jaziri

Left Backs

Simon --- Lucas

Centre Backs

Azong --- Vuillemin --- Michel --- Morin

Defensive Midfielders

Elmabrouk --- Mveumba --- Henry --- Landre-Coman --- Simonin

Right Midfielders

Traore --- Grimaldi

Left Midfielders

Galmiche --- Delem --- Haddad


L. Bouyer --- Vega --- G. Boyer --- Valmy --- Benamara

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1 hour ago, deltablue said:

That's quite a gap between the top 4 and the rest!

It certainly is, very much established as the big 4. Also just out of view from that screen are Marseille, who were relegated :eek:

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Despite the success on the pitch, the vision between manager Florent Balmont and the Dijon board has mismatched for a while now and the board's lack of willingness to develop a new stadium was the final straw, leaving Balmont to resign over irreconcilable differences. 

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Auxerre are a club in complete turmoil. There was a glimmer of hope for fans when icon Philippe Mexes returned to the club, only to run out the door as soon as he saw the state they were in.

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