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  1. World Cup 2030 Group Stage France 3-0 Chile (Guebbels, Cuisance, Bertrand) - a comfortable win but came with the cost of losing Guebbles (our first choice striker) for the rest of the tournament. France 4-2 New Zealand (Banza, Bertrand, Mbappe x2) - this was a lot closer than it looked as I rotated the side expecting a comfortable win, we fell behind but grabbed the equaliser just before the break. We fell behind again on 60 minutes, we equalised again but was still 2-2 at 90 mins before 2 very late Mbappe goals won us the game. This was uncomfotable 2nd Round France 4-0 Curacao (Mbappe x3, Bertrand) - a very comfortable win thanks to a hat trick from the main man Mbappe. 3rd Round France 2-0 Uruguay (Dembele, Mbappe) - a good win over a solid side thanks to a goal in each half from the old boys (feels odd saying that about these two) Qtr Final France 1-0 Germany (Mbappe) - that man again, stepping up to grab a goal from the penalty spot in the first half. Semi Final France 1-2 Spain (Cuisance) - injuries, suspension and just tiredness (I really need to remember to rest people after matches in tournaments as my sides always tire towards the end when games come thick and fast) caught up with us in this game. We never really got going and Spain fully deserved their win. The scoreline makes it look closer than it was. 3rd place playoff France 2-1 England (Mbappe, Bertrand) - the game no one wants to be in. Well went behind right on HT, grabbed a late equaliser from Mbappe taking it to extra time, just what everyone wanted, a goal early in ET from Bertrand (our back up forward that ended with 4 goals) won us the bronze medal Aftermath I resgined from France to explore other options with South Korea (Asian cup is only 6 months away so would be good to win that) and Argentina jobs the ones I've gone looking for.
  2. Taken me a couple weeks but finally finished my first season at Lyon Season 2029/30 - Lyon My first season at Lyon and upon looking at the squad we didn't need much so only transfers were a couple players I knew from my France team while selling near £50m of talent. Lyon being Lyon they have some great young talent so I was more than happy to give them game time instead of spending. We started brilliantly winning 17 of our first 19 games (drawing the other two) which kept us neck and neck with PSG, a 2-0 win over tham at the turn of the year took us ahead and we were near perfect for 4 months and opened a 7 point lead with 3 games to play. We fell apart here losing our next game before drawing the one after meaning our lead was 2 points going into the final day. PSG had a better GD so if they won (they did) we would need to beat local rivals Saint-Etienne. 0-0 at HT had me worried, a couple early injuries meant I went for broke and we won 6-0 to win the league for the first time since 2008!! In the Domestic cups we had a fairly easy run to the final of the League Cup where we played PSG 3 goals in 11 first half minutes gave us a comfortable lead before a 4th late on secured us the cup. The French cup was a tough run where again we would play PSG in the final. This game was a lot tighter and ended 0-0. In extra time we grabbed late lead but PSG scored right away to take it to pens. 1 miss from us but 2 from them meant we won the cup and completed a domestic treble. In the champions league we were fantastic winning our group easily. In the knockout rounds we had a scare away to Juventus where we only made it threw on away goals after nearly throwing away our first leg advantage. In the Semis me smashed United 3-0 at before an even worse game than we had away at Juve saw us throw away the tie losing 4-0 on the night. I don't really want to leave Lyon, there's 4 or 5 really good young players in the U19s who could go on to be really special. However there are some jobs close to coming up and there is also a world cup (I'll do a report on that once I've played it) which should start some kind of merry go round with managers this summer. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league 2024 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Won league, cup and champions league 2025 LAFC USA MLS 1st Won supporters shield and MLS Cup 2026 LAFC USA MLS 8th won champions league and cup 2026/27 Borussia Dortmund GER Bundesliga 5th Took over in 5th with 8 games to go 2027/28 Borussia Dortmund GER Bundesliga 2nd 2028/29 Borussia Dortmund GER Bundesliga 1st League and cup double 2029/30 Lyon FRA Ligue One 1st League Cup and French Cup winners International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners 2024 Wales Qualified for Euro’s 2028/29 France Won Nations league group Challenge Progress Club 5/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2025 USA – LAFC, 2028 Germany – Borussia Dortmund, 2030 France - Lyon) 5/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup – Tshakuma, 2024 Chinese Cup – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 US Open Cup – LAFC, 2028 Germany – Borussia Dortmund, 2030 French Cup - Lyon) 3/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates, 2024 Asian Champions League – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 North American Champions League - LAFC) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments ()
  3. I didn't really want to resign from Dortmund but I had to because the club I was going to couldn't afford the financial package to buy me out but here I sit as a new manager of Lyon. Like Dortmund I think this will be a bit of a project to get them the title.
  4. Season 2028/29 - Borussia Dortmund Before the season started I took over as manager of France after the 2028 Euro's. After finishing 2nd last season we entered the transfer market as I continued to lower the age of the squad and as a result we even made a profit while doing so. In the 2 and a bit season's here I've lowered the age from 27 to 24. Bayern had a shocking start and we had a 7 point lead over them after just 6 games and it turned out that Red Bull would be our biggest challenge. A shock home defeat to Dusseldorf in the last game before the winter break meant we went into that break level on points with Red Bull. 9 straight league wins coming out of that (including beating Red Bull and Bayern) opened up a nice lead that we never lost and we won the title by 6 points in the end. In the cups we had a pretty tough group of PSG, Napoli and Legia. We ended up finishing 2nd behind PSG. We then beat Juventus both home and away, 1/4 finals and we had Liverpool, 3 late goals from us (all after the 85th minute) gave us a slightly flattering 4-0 win. The 3-1 away defeat meant little. Man City in the Semis and a 1-0 home win gave us a chance but another 3-1 defeat ended our run. In the German cup we had a few struggles but managed to get to the final where we beat Mainz to secure a double. No interesting jobs currently so I might stay here for another crack at the champions league while keeping an eye on the job market. Not a great deal to say here, a bit like with Dortmund I'm trying to lower the age of the squad (I dropped the 35 year old Paul Pogba) we won our Nations League group but then fell in the semi finals to Germany. World cup at the end of this season which is the target. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league 2024 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Won league, cup and champions league 2025 LAFC USA MLS 1st Won supporters shield and MLS Cup 2026 LAFC USA MLS 8th won champions league and cup 2026/27 Borussia Dortmund GER Bundesliga 5th Took over in 5th with 8 games to go 2027/28 Borussia Dortmund GER Bundesliga 2nd 2028/29 Borussia Dortmind GER Bundesliga 1st League and cup double International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners 2024 Wales Qualified for Euro’s 2028/29 France Won Nations league group Challenge Progress Club 4/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2025 USA – LAFC, 2028 Germany – Borussia Dortmund) 4/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup – Tshakuma, 2024 Chinese Cup – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 US Open Cup – LAFC, 2028 Germany – Borussia Dortmund) 3/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates, 2024 Asian Champions League – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 North American Champions League - LAFC) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments ()
  5. Season 2027/28 - Borussia Dortmund After my short spell and the tale end of last season this was my first season at the club. I went about my business of reshaping the squad as you can see with the transfers. We spend a load but also raised lots and actually lowered the wage bill and average age of the squad. Very happy with that. The league went well, we ended up 2nd 7 points off of Bayern but it could and should have been much closer. it took me the best part of 3 months to find my best team and we had a slow start to the season. Once I did though we went 20 games unbeaten and got to within 4 points of Bayern and we played Schalke early with a chance to go to a point of them and pressure them, this was of course where we would lose our unbeaten run. Typical. I have high hopes for next season though. The cups went ok but could have been better. In Europa I played back up players in every game to save the first team for the league (as Europa isn't a concern for this challenge) and we had a good run till Napoli proved a bit too much for us. In the German cup we were really good and unlucky to lose the semi to RBL. We hammered them with 30 shots to their 5 but all our forwards had off days. We played against 10 men for mist of extra time and even had a pen to win it after 118 mins - which was of course saved. So overall not a bad season but one in which we came pretty close. A nearly season if you will. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league 2024 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Won league, cup and champions league 2025 LAFC USA MLS 1st Won supporters shield and MLS Cup 2026 LAFC USA MLS 8th won champions league and cup 2026/27 Borussia Dortmund GER Bundesliga 5th Took over in 5th with 8 games to go 2027/28 Borussia Dortmuns GER Bundesliga 2nd International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners 2024 Wales Qualified for Euro’s Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2025 USA - LAFC) 3/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup – Tshakuma, 2024 Chinese Cup – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 US Open Cup - LAFC) 3/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates, 2024 Asian Champions League – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 North American Champions League - LAFC) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments ()
  6. Yeah feel free, I've tried to make this thread this year just a general youth challenge thread and not just the FM19 version. Mainly so people can continue saves past when the new game comes out or do it on older versions if they prefer.
  7. Thanks mate - just what I needed for bank holiday monday Loaning back a player, even as part of the deal to sell them, is against the "no transfer rule" because when the player is sold his registration is transferred to the buying club and therefore no longer your player. So while there isn't a rule written down that says that can't loan a player back due to the sale that's because it comes under the no transfers part. A loan is still a transfer. Maybe we should have been more detailed with what counts as a transfer in the rules? (I'll update them later I guess) so I'd say carry on with the save and still post about it because from look of things you just were not aware a loan back as part of a deal counts as a transfer (best thing to do with this try and get the deal go through at end of the season instead of a loan back as then the players registration will still be yours) but don't loan back again is what I suggest.
  8. So after leaving LAFC I had to wait 4 or so months for a new job . Season 2026/27 - Borussia Dortmund A real heavyweight of the footballing world. They had just been knocked out of the Europa League when they sacked Rafa Benitez and lying in 5th place in the league. I had 8 games to try and get into the top 3 and a Champions League place. We started well b y winning our first 3 games but in the final 5 we just couldn't score. Only 2 goals for us as we drew 3 and lost 2 and staying in 5th place. We also had a Cup 1/4 final to play but a mistake from our keeper meant Leverkusen advanced instead of us. The club has a philosophy of singing young players for the first team which is right up my street but the squad I have is full of ageing players on large deals so this summer will be a revolution in the transfer market as we move many players on. In club looks like it can be a real project for me over the next 3 or 4 seasons and that's the plan. Have to make sure we get back into the Champions League next season though. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league 2024 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Won league, cup and champions league 2025 LAFC USA MLS 1st Won supporters shield and MLS Cup 2026 LAFC USA MLS 8th won champions league and cup 2026/27 Borussia Dortmund GER Bundesliga 5th took over in 5th with 8 games to go International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners 2024 Wales Qualified for Euro’s Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2025 USA - LAFC) 3/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup – Tshakuma, 2024 Chinese Cup – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 US Open Cup - LAFC) 3/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates, 2024 Asian Champions League – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 North American Champions League - LAFC) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments () Hopefully a longer update next season
  9. Season 2026 - LAFC After winning the title last season I planned to dominate this year. It did not go to plan. First half of the season we were very good but around the summer time we just stopped playing well, think it was the volume of games. We played 50 games this season and for a squad of our size (just 25 players) it was too much, playing during the world cup also didn't help nor did the injuries. These are all excuses though and the truth was I think I overestimated how good our squad was. In the run in we didn't win a single game of our last 7 (6 draws) which meant we finished 3rd in the conference and 8th overall. This run of form lead to lots of speculation about my job. In the playoffs we beat Seattle 2-0 and looked good for the first time in 3 months. In the Semi final we played Houston and had a man sent off after 13 mins and another after 65 mins and lost 2-0. This lead to a board meeting where we "agreed" I should resign. Not how I wanted this spell to end. What made the above even more annoying was the reasons we played so many games this year -our run in the cups. In the US Open Cup we had a good run and played New England in the final during our poor league form. We ignored the poor form to win 2-0. We also had a good run in the North American Champions League where we made it to the final and played America from Mexico who were looking for their 4th straight title. We got a 0-0 draw away before also drawing the home game 0-0 meaning extra time. The sides woke up and we shared 4 goals with them to run out 3-1 winners to give us a double. We also played in and won the Campeones Cup for whatever it's worth to give us a cup treble and a sacking. What a season. During the season I got very close to the Boca Jrs job (bookies and fans had me down for the job) but they went elsewhere. Also after the World Cup I got none of the international jobs I went for and I really need to get back on that international treadmill soon. So for now I'm off to hope someone losses their job soon. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league 2024 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Won league, cup and champions league 2025 LAFC USA MLS 1st Won supporters shield and MLS Cup 2026 LAFC USA MLS 8th Won champions league and cup International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners 2024 Wales Qualified for Euro’s Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2025 USA - LAFC) 3/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup – Tshakuma, 2024 Chinese Cup – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 US Open Cup - LAFC) 3/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates, 2024 Asian Champions League – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2026 North American Champions League - LAFC) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments ()
  10. Season 2025 So my first season in LA, took over just before pre-season for the new season so loads of time to set the team up. We were predicted 5th so it wasn't a squad set up like my previous job ready to conquer. With the mental MLS transfer rules that I have never been able to get my head around no matter how many times I manage here I left my transfers to my DoF and safe to say he did a decent job. We started the season with a 2-0 home defeat to Atlanta and I was getting ready for a long season. We won the next 6 straight to settle me down. The season came down to a battle between us and Sporting City Kansas and when they beat us (to complete a double over us) they would win 9 in a row going into the final day 2 points clear of us but they slipped up while we won to snatch the Western Conference by a point. This also meant we won the Supporters Shield by the same margin from the same side. In the playoffs we had a bye to the semi finals where we would play San Jose and a comfortable 2-0 win had us in the final against a Portland side that shocked Kansas in the semi final. A tight match ended 1-1 and it was penalties where we held our nerve to win 5-3. In the MLS final we would play Columbus Crew who finished 2nd in the Eastern conference. Another tight affair and it was Moussa Dembele off the bench while carrying an injury who popped up with a rocket from 20 yards to win us the trophy. In the US Cup we had a shocker. We had LA Galaxy 2 and had a men sent off before the break and went on to concede a goal in the 91st minute before losing on penalties. This really annoyed me as not only did we lose to a MLS 2nd side it was our local rivals 2nd team. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league 2024 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Won league, cup and champions league 2025 LAFC USA MLS 1st Won supporters shield and MLS Cup International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners 2024 Wales Qualified for Euro’s Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande, 2025 USA - LAFC) 2/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup – Tshakuma, 2024 Chinese Cup – Guangzhou Evergrande) 2/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates, 2024 Asian Champions League – Guangzhou Evergrande) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments () Halfway through next season is the 2026 World Cup so am hoping for a good international job off the back of that. Hoping for a big country that I can do a whole 4 year world cup cycle with.
  11. It didn't take too long for a new job. After failed interviews with Santos and River Plate it's off to LA I go
  12. Season 2024 Guangzhou After winning the title in my first 13 games last season it left me with just the cup and champions league to target this year. Well this turned out to be one of the best seasons I've had on any FM. We didn't spend a lot on transfers, just enough to help make the squad feel like my own. We, as I always do, targeted talented young players rather than the ageing stars you usually find in China. With that in mind we had a slow start as we struggled to break teams down as well as juggling the champions league games. Eventually we stopped drawing games and started winning, opening up a lead at the top that was never threatened and we won the league by 16 points and remained undefeated. However I'm happiest with the fact we only conceded 9 goals all season. In the cup we had a comfortable route to the final and won it easily. In the champions league we were pretty untroubled on route to the final and a 2-1 away win in the first leg made the 2nd a mere formality and we had a treble for the season. This meant we had my first shot at the Club World Cup, we made it to the semi's but extra time was too much for us as Flamengo won. We did end up 3rd. That's me done domestically in China and the only game I lost as manager of Guangzhou was the Club World Cup semi final. A 69 game unbeaten run. Nice Internationally I had a short spell with Wales Took over just before a playoff for the Euros's. We drew Montenegro at home and a nice 3-1 win saw us to the playoff final away to Austria. A battling 0-0 draw saw it go to pens and we kept our cool to win 5-3 and make the European Cup finals of 2024 Euro's Group Stage 2nd round (if applicable) Quarter Final (if applicable) Semi final (if applicable) Final/3rd place playoff (if applicable) Aftermath Left wales and am currently waiting for a decent international post to appear. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league 2024 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Won league, cup and champions league International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners 2024 Wales Qualified for Euro’s Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande) 2/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup – Tshakuma, 2024 Chinese Cup – Guangzhou Evergrande) 2/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates, 2024 Asian Champions League – Guangzhou Evergrande) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments ()
  13. Not been able to play much (nor has anyone else by look of things) lately as moved to a new flat last week. Did get some time recently though. So after leaving Pirates and Ivory Coast it took around 6 weeks to get a new job, after a couple failed interviews in South Korea I did get a job in China with..... With a motto of "Be The Best Forever" there was no pressure here I took over in August with the club in 8th place but only 6 points off the top 4 (and champions league) so that was the aim. We went 9 straight games after I took over without conceding a goal, winning 7 of them. The 10th game of that run was away to the league leaders Beijing Guo'an and thanks to a 91st minute own goal we won, we followed that up with a 2-0 win away to 2nd placed Shanghai SIPG and with 2 games to go we were 3 points off the top and in a title challenge with 3 sides (the 4th side was Changcum who we beat 2-0 2 games before the Beijing game) another comfortable win in the next game saw us pull level with Beijing as they continued to stutter but were behind them due to head to head. The final round saw all 4 teams within 2 points of each other. All we could do was win and hope for the best. We battered Shanghai Shenhua nut could only draw 0-0 with me pulling my hair out. However our other 3 rivals all lost (to teams in 11th, 13th and 14th!) in a crazy final round of matches and we had won the league by 1 point! While this was a fun run it feels kinda cheap, I didn't really do much (though 13 games, 10 wins and only 1 conceded I'm happy with) other than pick the best players to suit my formation and didn't sign anyone but won the league. Does mean I can now focus on the cup and champions league next year though. Should add that Guangzhou were favourites for the title at the start of the season so that obviously helped when we found form. Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners 2023 Guangzhou Evergrande China CSL 1st Took over with 13 games to go. Won league International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates, 2023 China – Guangzhou Evergrande) 1/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup - Tshakuma) 1/5 club continental championships (2023 African Champions League – Orlando Pirates) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments ()
  14. Cheers. Yeah missed that one somehow. Updated now though
  15. So my first full season with the Pirates and the plan was to over take the all concurring Kaizer Chiefs that had won the past 4 league titles and past 3 champions leagues. We started off with the Black Label Cup which is a one off game between Pirates and Chiefs where the fans pick the squad, wasn't a classic but after a 0-0 draw we won on pens. We followed that up with the MTN8 cup (for top 8 league sides) and we crashed out to my old side. We also crashed out at first hurdle of the Telkom Cup (that I won last year at my previous side) the final domestic cup (there's a few in Africa!) was the Nedbank Cup and here we got on the way to final where we were unlucky to lose to, who else?, the Chiefs! The main focus this year though was the league, and here we started brilliantly by winning our first 9 games before our first loss, we were top after 11 games when we broke for the World Cup (more on that later) after the break it soon became a clear shootout between us and Chiefs of course we battled hard but they matched us pretty much all the way and never let us get too far ahead, in the end they ended with a league record 77 points and we ended with an even bigger record of 80 points! Was a tough battle as it always felt like we couldn't drop any points at any stage and the sheer number of games we won in the final 10 minutes was incredible. It was a true battle but we got over the line. In the Champions league we have a fairly straight forward and easy run to the final where we would of course play those dam Chiefs again! In the first leg we were 2-0 down after 88 minutes and yet somehow we ended up with a 2-2 draw to take back home. This is what I meant with the teams drive in the final minutes of games. In the home leg it was a nervy affair till another late goal secured the 2-1 win and made us double champs. And with that my time in African domestic football was at an end. Time to move on but first...... World Cup 2022 Group Stages 2nd round (if applicable) Quarter Finals (if applicable) Semi Finals (if applicable) Final/3rd place (if applicable) AFCON 2023 Group Stage 2nd Round (if applicable) Quarter Finals (if applicable) Semi Final (if applicable) Final (if applicable) Aftermath Well that was an incredible season as with a first league title, first champions league and first international tournament means my rep is 3 stars now and I entered the African Hall of Fame! Sadly though it's time to move on from both club and country and see where this adventure takes me next.... Career Progress Season Team Country League Position Notes 2018/19 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 3rd Lost in playoffs 2019/20 Tshakhuma South Africa 1st Division 1st Promoted as champions 2020/21 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup runners up 2021/22 Tshakhuma South Africa Premier League 4th Cup winners, left on 11/3/22 2021/22 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 2nd took over in 5th on 11/3/22 2022/23 Orlando Pirates South Africa Premier League 1st League & Champions League winners International 2021/22 Ivory Coast World Cup qualifying, Nations Championship 3rd place 2022/23 Ivory Coast AFCON winners Career Progress Club 1/10 top domestic leagues (2023 South Africa – Orlando Pirates) 1/10 domestic cups (2021 Telkom Cup - Tshakuma) 1/5 club continental championships (2023 ACL - Orlando Piartes) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (2023 AFCON – Ivory Coast) 0/2 world tournaments ()
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