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Moneyballing My Way To A Champions League Title in Every European Nation Part VI: Portugal


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April 2028

 

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It looks like we'll be finishing 4th in the league, and will make our debut in the Europa League as a result. Meanwhile in the Conference League, our journey is close to an end against Leverkusen, but to make the last 4 is an incredible achievement this early in the save.

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A lacklustre end to the season, but it's our best season yet. A comfortable 4th place and Europa League qualification, and a Conference League semi final. It's only going to get better from here, but the big 3 is proving hard to crack.

 

 

 

Best XI

 

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Xavi Sintes  -  André Dias  -  Yan de Jesus

 

 

 

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Record Breakers

 

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Award Winners

 

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Progress

 

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2028 Preseason

 

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We finally have a decent transfer budget, and that allows us to make moves for players that can feature in the first team!

 

 

 

Central Defender

 

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Right Wing Back

 

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Central Midfielder

 

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Picked up our form as we progressed through our matches.

 

 

 

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We have done nothing but finish in the European places since we've been here, yet we're still not good enough to be predicted top half.

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August 2028

 

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An average start to the league, punctuated by the flogging away to Belenenses.

 

 

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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Silveira leaves for a significant loss.

 

 

 

 

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It's a tough-ish group, but I think we can grab second. 

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November 2028

 

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We've qualified comfortably for the Europa League knockouts, but what on earth is going on in the league?! Couldn't buy a win, and the board has hauled me in for questioning. It's getting a little tense.

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December 2028

 

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We have two strong wins against Boavista and Braga to end the year, could this be the turnaround we need?

 

 

 

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We have the chance to exact revenge on PSV, but there are some pretty scary teams here should we progress, including Sporting and Benfica.

 

 

 

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We're upgrading our facilities consistently, but I refuse to believe this.

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that intake certainly looks too good to be true! but fingers crossed!

nice to see a positive month in the league too

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1 hour ago, vara said:

that intake certainly looks too good to be true! but fingers crossed!

nice to see a positive month in the league too

I don't know what's happened, we're stronger on paper than last year.

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23 minutes ago, shaunvamos said:

I don't know what's happened, we're stronger on paper than last year.

helped by consistent underdog status perhaps?

still no shortage of goals scored...just the other end also highlighted

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February 2029

 

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Some sort of normality is restored, and we're two wins off 3rd. 

 

 

 

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We got our revenge against PSV, and now face another opportunity for revenge against Gladbach. It looks like Benfica already have their spot in the last 8 sealed after flogging Atletico.

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13 minutes ago, vara said:

helped by consistent underdog status perhaps?

still no shortage of goals scored...just the other end also highlighted

Defence has always been a hassle across all saves for me. Might be worth a tinker or two next country.

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2029 Youth Intake

 

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José Henrique 8A  -  Duarte Morais 8B  -  Cristiano Nascimento 8C

 

This is it.

 

This is the intake that will launch our youth development. I mean sure, the quality isn't amazing, but the depth is the most important thing, and we keep 13 of the available 16. 

 

 

 

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March 2029

 

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Out of the Europa League, and we've clawed our way to 8th, 7 points behind 3rd place and a win away from the European spots. We have 3 home games and 3 away games left. This next month will be ridiculously important. 

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2029 Preseason

 

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Most of the players we had our eyes on chose to sign elsewhere over us, and given our limited finances I don't blame them. The one expensive signing for us is an emergency signing, as our starting keeper broke his leg and his season is done. Alanzinho is much better anyway.

 

 

 

Goalkeeper

 

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Centre Back

 

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Striker

 

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A strong preseason against some decent teams.

 

 

 

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I'm a little apprehensive given last season's efforts, but I'd like Europe again.

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August 2029

 

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We navigate a difficult start in the league, buoyed by a good win over Sporting.

 

 

 

 

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Decent group, hopefully we can top it.

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November 2029

 

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We lose to Benfica, but we still stay on top of the table, and a win over Dundalk will see us through to the 2nd knockout round of the Conference League.

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December 2029

 

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Another perfect month, and we're 6 points clear to end the year. We're also through to the last 16 of the Conference League after our win over Dundalk.

 

 

 

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What a preview :eek:

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February 2030

 

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We have a nice gap to Sporting with the potential to extend it with our next game.

 

 

 

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We get a favourable draw to hopefully make the quarter finals.

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March 2030

 

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Top 3 is looking more and more possible!

 

 

 

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Feyenoord are a team we haven't lost to yet, but the major story is the appearance of Glentoran at this stage of the competition.

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April 2030

 

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With 3 games to go, we have a 5 point advantage. If we maintain it, we get a sport in the Champions League qualifiers.

 

 

 

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This will probably be where it ends for us, but we've equalled our best ever performance from two seasons ago.

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Champions League football next season :D I'm not sure if we'll make the groups, but at least the opportunity is there!

 

 

 

Best XI

 

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Iván Ortiz  -  André Dias  -  Javi

 

 

 

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Record Breakers

 

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Award Winners

 

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Progress

 

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2030 Preseason

 

Transfers

 

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An experiment in using a different way of recruitment using stats rather than attributes backfired spectacularly, but I might revisit it in a later save. None of these guys even make the subs, but they might develop later on.

 

 

 

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PAOK were no match for us, which is encouraging.

 

 

 

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Now predicted equal 4th!

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July 2030

 

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It's a strong start, and we're through to our first ever Champions League group stage!

 

 

 

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There are no easy groups at this stage, and ours is no different. I'd like to think we can beat Salzburg though.

 

 

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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We sell Aguilar for double what we paid. We're looking for a similar player as his replacement. 

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September 2030

 

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Some good wins, but an opening loss to Salzburg.

 

 

 

Transfers (In)

 

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Before we bought him, he was good enough to start, but he regressed to now just being a sub.

 

 

 

National Team

 

Forgot to mention, Portugal didn't make it past the Second Round, so they sacked Jose Mourinho. Leaving some very large shoes to fill, in I step to see what I can do.

 

 

 

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October 2030

 

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Our form has slowed a little, but we've had a few road trips.

 

 

 

National Team

 

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A strong away win next door in Spain, and we're in the box seat in the group.

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January 2031

 

Transfers (Out)

 

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A bit of a cleanout in January, with the only notable sale being our keeper Alanzinho to Arsenal for a strong price.

 

 

 

Transfers (In)

 

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Alanzinho's replacement, not as good but he's the best we could find.

 

 

 

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We've shot into 2nd, and we look good to be there for a bit. We still have to play the big teams, but top 3 is still quite realistic.

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April 2031

 

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Our first ever win over Benfica sees us go top of the table, and a guaranteed spot in the Champions League spot next season.

 

 

 

National Team

 

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A great win over Azerbaijan.

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2031 Preseason

 

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We finally are able to buy players that can make an immediate impact on the team!

 

 

 

Right Wing Back

 

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Central Midfielder

 

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Result to Ajax aside, we've done pretty well.

 

 

 

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Predicted 6th, but I think we can get top 3 again. Maybe even push for the win?

 

 

 

National Team

 

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Two losses to strong teams, but at least we beat Paraguay.

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November 2031

 

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Okay, we're really struggling here in the league, but we could possibly enter the Europa League if we beat Celtic.

 

 

 

National Team

 

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8 games, 8 wins. It's looking good.

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December 2031

 

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We're really going to have our work cut out to qualify for Europe next season if we keep this up.

 

 

 

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A ridiculous knockout draw first up, looks like we won't progress very far here either.

 

 

 

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Wow!

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January 2032

 

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We navigate a tough month and come away with just the one loss. There's quite a gap to the top 6, but with all the big teams out of the way we can hopefully close it a bit.

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