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  1. I know its a while ago, but not many teams would be champions with a goal difference of zero.
  2. Looking good. A lot of work to do but well set.
  3. That was part of the reason I went looking at the history. I suspected last season was a bit of an anomaly in that regard. A few of the recent seasons have been like it, but its not something to be banked on.
  4. July – September 2021 Pre-season training is basically all aerobic, stamina and tactics for everyone. A little bit of technical work thrown in but not a lot. EXPECTATIONS Board Me Media League Avoid relegation Avoid Relegation 13th Cup Reach 1st Round Avoid Humiliation 1st Div Cup Not important Treat like friendly The friendlies were mixed bag, Atlie came down from the top flight and Black Leopards are still there. It took until the final minute of ordinary time before we conceded to Leopards. We had our chances, as did they, before then. Failing to captialise looks like it might be the theme again. The other two games were against lesser teams, so draws were not great results. 18 year old Russell Nkosi on the right wing looks promising. He lacks stamina, and his skills are a little off the pace (not much) for this level, but may replace Mitchell in that position as often as not. Roses United v Chippa United (predicted 11th) – First Division Cup, First Round On face value the draw was fairly kind. I know I said I was treating this competition like a friendly, but that doesn't mean the fans can treat it like a training drill. I did see one guy in the stands, closing up his hot dog stand. The game was fairly even for half an hour. Then we conceded poorly, losing shape in the back four and allowing a Chippa player a free run at goal. The shot still should probably have been blocked too. Two of our best two chances came midway through the second, from corners. Both clear headers that went just over from Chad Masuku. We did get a penalty not long after second, with Nimmo brought down in the box. Moloi took the spot kick, and equalised with it. Nkosi had done little all match, but provided Gumede with a chance for the lead. The cross stretched Gumede a little and was headed over. At the end of regulation 1-1. The stats showed us being superior, 57% possession, 14 shots to 4, leading pass completion in all sectors, leading tackles, etc. It didn't feel like that though and extra time seemed a fair thing. We went in having used no subs to their two, the fresh leg advantage. At the start of extra, loanee Khune gave away a foul just outside the box, thanjkfully well over to the side, near the corner of the area, and we got away with it. We made two subs not long after, and it almost paid immediate dividends. Mayekiso floating one from the left that sub Mitchell ran onto and headed into the crossbar. The second half of extra time had the same players, swapping roles, with the same result. Header into crossbar, scramble, no follow up shot. Following a long header, Gumede was brought down on the edge of the area just as he was running onto the ball. Molofe, as the last defender, was sent off but the kick was to be marginally outside the box. Substitute Mxonywa took the shot, on target, but safely held. With 112 played we had another cross headed into the crossbat. I was starting to look at the final substitution with more than one eye to a shootout. And so it was, after 20 shots to 5. Moloi went first, it was blocked. Chippa scored. 0-1. Chad Masuku next up. Scored. Chippa scored again. 1-2. Gumede straight at the goalkeeper, but the goalie moved. Score. Mathole got hands on Chippa's third but it went in 2-3. Craig Solomons was brought on with shootout in mind. And his was blocked. Lebese had scored Chjippa's goal, and got the penalty to send them through to the second round. Apparently there were twelve people at the ground. A new club record low. Dynamos FC (predicted 6th) v Roses United The league opener. Now, it counts. Ouch. Dynamos ran rampant from the start. It took 27 minutes befiore they scored, but it could easily have been 4-0 by then. Dynamos kept going throughout the first half, I'm not sure there would have been a consecutive minute when the ball was not in our box. And it got worse, with Chad Masuku getting a second booking about 80 seconds into the second half. The second half was much the same as the first, Dynamos dynamic. Somehow they did not score again. We didn't do well to contain the damage, they did poorly not to maximise the damage. Roses United v Chippa United (predicted 11th) A different start, but similar start, to the cup game a week and a hal;f ago. Chippa actually got away stronger in the opening minutes. But then we took control, and wasted opportunities. We did score just short of half an hour in, Nimmo's throw floated across by Lakay, and Maekiso heading home. Finally, Gumede scores. I think that was the first goal by a striker in my time at the club. Ran on to the long ball, got behind the keeper, and this time (unlike maybe 20 others) it was on target for the completely unprotected goal. Chippa hit back straight away for the 2-1. Corner, head, low and in the right. Anmd in the 86th, a free kick from just outside the area saw Chippa draw level. Another certain win turned into a draw. Baroka FC (1st, predicted 12th) v Roses United We did nothing except soak pressure for half an hour. Then won a corner which their goalkeeper fumbled. Defender Jabu Masuku met the ball first and tapped it in for an unlikely lead. The second half was much the same, with us just soaking pressure and hoping their shots went wide. On one of of few moves Nkosi was brought down late in the game, and the Baroka player got his second card. Gumede's 50th goal for the club came courtesy of a half-blocked Nkosi cross. The ball came off a defender to Gumede on the near post who hit it from inches out. The worst team was 2-0 up. And so it stayed. Roses United (7th) v Sasolburg Juventus (2nd, predicted 14th) Half an hour in we got the first, Gumede crossing into Mayekiso who slid on to the ball and knock it home. Perhaps lucky to be in the lead, there really was nothing much in general play either way to that point. Seventy five in and Mayekiso wa sinvovled again. A low cross from the left, which Nkosi ran into and knocked home from close range. Both goals had come from crosses near the corner flag. We almost conceded five minutes later. Among the more pleasing things was that the ever-dangerous Steve Fortuin was barely sighted. Three points was the most pleasing though. After the game Craig Solomons asked to be transfer listed due to a lack of first team football. I agreed to it, somewhat reluctantly as one way or another we will lose Gumede by next season. But Solomons is not irreplaceable, so no biggy if he goes. Damien Mitchell was injured at training, and expected to miss two weeks. With Nkosi preferred in the right wing spot, that doesn't mean as much as it would last season. Mitchell can play central though, so it cuts options there. Sivutsa Stars (6th, predicted 5th) v Roses United (4th) Some teams are simply better than us. Sivutsa seem destied to always be one of those teams. The inevitable happened 35 minutes in, we didn't do that much wrong but were taken apart by a far superior skilled side to fall behind. The deficit doubled early in the second, as I could not find any response to anything. If we are beaten on the wings we have nothing. 19 shots to zero says a lot about the match. Never in it. Roses United (9th) v Moroka Swallows (4th, predicted 8th) Swallows fans filled their section of the ground, so that was something positive. They were pretty happy 8 minutes in though, as a well placed shot from just outside the area evaded Mathole and snuck in near the right post. We couldn't hit a pass, so the instruction went out to go to the feet, slow the tempo, and stcik to shorter passes, in the hope of at least having possession occasionally. It helped, but not much. When Mayekiso went down injured early in the second, things just looked awful. Almost an hour in, a very lucky goal. Nkosi ran around one on the wing, crossed from the right corner to no targets and a Swallows player nodded it home for us. 1-1 and we still had not taken a shot. Nkosi may have been looking for Chad Masuku, but missed him by a long way. Ten minutes later Nkosi picked up his second yellow card, just as I was about to sub him off to avoid him getting a second yellow card. We then spent ten minutes with no touches except lucky clearances off the line. Luckiest. Point. Ever. In the last two games we have conceded 32 shots to zero. Nkosi copped a three match ban. Mayesiko is thankfully only out for 9-12 days, and we have a 17 day gap between matches. Looking like we had lost our two most important players in terms of creating chances was not good. Last season's fans player of the year, right back Buti Makhanya and goalkeeper Johnny Mathole are probably the two other keys in this side. Gumede should be, but isn't. A mixed bag in terms of results. Which is much better than last season, under either manager. Taking a quick look through the league history, it seems 30 points is almost guaranteed safety. In the last couple of seasons around 18-20 has been safe most of the time. 30 would be a huge improvement on last season, but has to be a target for the time being. Finally, a quick look at the players so far this season.
  5. April - June 2021 Roses United South African National First Division April started with a new contract offer, a one year extension. I delayed until the end of the season, there was no point signing if we are going to drop or I can't see the wage budget getting any better. Youth candidates came in on 1 April as well. It read like a bad Aprils Fool joke. I'm not sure we'll end up signing any of them. Carara Kicks (12th) v Roses United (13th) We sprayed, Carara didn't, though their opening goal was a little lucky; an almost accidental deflection putting it past our keeper (Mathole, back this game) and dribbling in. After a while we found ourselves constantly under siege. The earlier sprayed chances seemed like a thing of dreams, we didn't touch the ball in the attacking half for about 20 minutes before half time. A second came after 67 minutes, with Mathole beaten to the ball coming off his line. Really, the other defenders should have made more of a contest. After the early squandered half-chances we never got a look-in again. Completely outplayed, lucky to only lose 2-0 in the end. Mpumalanga Black Aces (4th) v Roses United (13th) Things started pretty evenly, Gudebe had a chance or two he fluffed and Mitchell was unlucky. Black Aces also had a share of chances. We were tacking well, but unfortunately gave up a penalty 36 minutes in. No mistake made there and we went behind. After Nimmo took a knock our defence was opened up a bit more and Black Aces managed to double the advantage with one of few clean runs they had made. After dominatin possession, and holdng our own for 35 minutes, 2-0 down at the break. A lack of finishing, and the tendency to have those 5-10 minute lapses in defence, really cost this team a lot. In the second half, Black Aces were all over us. Yet they failed to produce any good chances, or another goal, during the time they were wiping the floor with us. Josh Nimmo's knock turned out to be a 5-6 week injury, probably season-ending. I suspect that will lead to even more defensive lapses. Roses United (13th) v Chippa United (9th) This was probably our best chance at points in the final few games, and not much of a chance. We got smacked a by a solo counter which finished with a run along the goal-line 25 minutes in. Chippa had been the better side to that point, but without much in it. Twice Mayekiso almost drew us level, one a hard hit shot from the left that was just stopped, and the other a lobbed cross that almost floated in by accident. But to no avail. As the second half was going along with the same pattern, I changed formation to try and produce an avenue to goal. Petterson came off, weakening the defence, but he was having a poor game and we needed to score a goal more than stopping another one. It didn't really work, we got the ball forward more but not to any position where a realistic chance eventuated. The 1-0 loss could hurt at season's end. Since I took over we have maged just one goal aghainst a side from outside the bottom three. That is a sad indictment on everything. Turning that round in the last three games will be vital. And impossible. FC Cape Town (8th) v Roses United (13th) A first minute yellow card for Schalk, at least maybe the lads were prepared to get stuck in. Except when it came to scoring, then nobody was prepared to take the shot. Cape Town had no such qualms, and were duly rewarded for less time forward when they managed to exploit a run down the middle and took the chance when it came. Mancoba had come in for the unper-performing Lakay but was off injured after 33 minutes. The inability to score was highlighted late, Mitchell came in from the right and struck the goalkeeper, the ricochet saw Gumede almost behind the goalkeeper, with an open goal. He then shot at the goalie rather than the unprotected net. Truly awful stuff. At least they took their shots I guess, unlike even better positions early on. If you fail to even look like taking chance, you can't say you deserved to win. But on everything execpt the continual forward failures, we deserved to win. Juventus did win, and we dropped a spot. But as they beat 15th placed Buffalo, that's probably a good result for us. We remain three points plus substantial goal difference ahead of Buffalo. So, if they lose one game of the final two, we stay up. (I've given up any hope of us getting as result.) The board came back to me and refused any more delays. Signed for one more year. Unless we drop of course. Not surprisingly, left back Booysen announced he would retire at the end of the current season. At 34 he has been one of our better players, but not worth trying to talk into another year. Roses United (14th) v Sivutsa Stars FC (10th) The final home game of the season. Will more than a hundred fans turn up? Probably all Stars fans, they must love it when their team plays against me. I don't know what my record is against them, but it can't be good. An early concession with oiur defence failing to properly clear the ball, and it falling to an open Sivutsa striker. Surprisingly, we responded. Mitchell starting the move on the right and left wing Mayekiso finishing it from just outside the area. And five minutes later we had the lead. Craig Solomons, playing in place of the disappointing Gumede, sending one across the goalie and into the top left corner of the net. The youngster was offered a new contract during the week. A lead at the half. At this stage, I was just wondering how it would be thrown away. Mitchell/Mayekiso again to start the second as went 3-1 up. Mitchell ran on to the long ball down the right wing, came in-board and put in a short cross to Mayekiso coming in from the left. With 65 gone, we conceded a second. Booysen dispossessed as he ran back and the Stars had an open man to pass to. But we held on for a shock 3-2 win and maintained our place in the second tier. Thanda Royal Zulu (4th) v Roses United (14th) Thanda needed the points to ensure a playoff spot, we want the points because wins are apparently good. It took just 31 seconds to conceded the first. Mogalia got there and covered but failed to make the tackle stick and it was slotted from close range. We had patches where we made the work, but over all it looked like a top side against a bottom side. A three minute burst shortly before half time made it 3-0 and everything gained last match looked lost again, but at least we could no longer drop. Just seconds before stoppage time Mayekiso returned the favour to Mitchell, the latter the socrer and the former with the assist thime - the reverse of last game. The second half was a much more even affair, but that was probably Thanda holding back and protecting the lead. In the end, few chances and no score for either side and we finish the year with a 3-1 loss. The media thought Thanda were lucky, I think they were just better for most of the game despite our possession advantage in the statistics. After the final game Carara Kicks and Maritzburg United sacked their managers. The Maritzburg job is tempting to try for. The squad went on break, with about three weeks to decide on any further contract extensions. Mario Booysen retired at the end of May and looks like he might be a reasonable coach, at least for defence. His wage demand is above what we can offer though. Six others were released at the end of their contracts, but that doesn't mean I have any salary space. Initial budgets for next season set with no change. So I will begin on almost double the salary budget without bringing anyone in. No transfer budget obviously. I need to look at who can be offloaded, whether I get a return or not. At the other end of the South African spectrum Bloem Celtic won the SA Premier and the Cup. Maybe one day my career will look better. Today is not that day. ============================================================================================================ |Season |Club |Compeition |Finish | |======= |==============================|==================================================|===============| |2011/12 |CF Braila |Romanian Second League Group 1 | 10th of 16 | | | | Arrived in 11th place, 15 of 30 played | | | | |Already out of cup, 4th round | | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2012/13 |CF Braila |Romanian Second League Group 1 | 12th of 16 | | | | Sacked after 6 matches of 30 | | | |Romanian Cup |4th round (start 4th round) | | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2012/13 |Gaz Metan Severin |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 6th of 16 | | | | Arrived in 8th place, 19 of 30 played | | | |Romanian Cup |Already out of cup, 4th round | | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2013/14 |Gaz Metan Severin |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 10th of 16 | | | | Sacked after 30 matches of 32 | | | | |Romanian Cup |7th round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2015/16 |CF Bihoril Beius |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 9th of 16 | | | |Romanian Cup |3rd Round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2016/17 |CF Bihoril Beius |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 10th of 16 | | | | Sacked after 31 matches of 32 | | | | |Romanian Cup |3rd Round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2017/18 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African National First Division | 14th of 16 | | | |South African Cup |1st Round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2018/19 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African National First Division | 15th of 16 | | | | Relegated, sacked at season's end | | | | |South African Cup |Prelim Round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2019/20 | | | | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2020/21 |Roses United |South African National First Division | 14th of 16 | | | | Arrived in 15th place, 17 of 30 played | | |==========================================================================================================| |Season |Club |Competition | W| D| L| GF| GA| GD | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12 |CF Brailia |Romanian Second League | 4| 6| 5| 14| 17| -3 | |2012/13 | |Romanian Second League | 0| 3| 3| 4| 7| -3 | | | |Romanian Cup | 0| 0| 1| 0| 2| -2 | | |Gaz Metan Severin |Romanian Second League | 3| 2| 2| 6| 7| -1 | |2013/14 | |Romanian Second League | 7| 13| 10| 36| 37| -1 | | | |Romanian Cup | 3| 0| 1| 11| 9| +2 | |2015/16 |CF Bihoril Beius |Romanian Second League | 11| 12| 12| 51| 55| -4 | | | |Romanian Cup | 1| 1| 1| 7| 5| +2 | |2016/17 | |Romanian Second League | 6| 10| 15| 37| 50| -13 | | | |Romanian Cup | 1| 0| 1| 4| 5| -1 | |2017/18 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African First Division | 6| 5| 19| 29| 55| -26 | | | |South African Cup | 0| 1| 1| 0| 3| -3 | | | |South African First Division Cup | 0| 0| 1| 0| 2| -2 | |2018/19 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African First Division | 3| 4| 23| 25| 66| -41 | | | |South African Cup | 0| 0| 1| 2| 3| -1 | | | |South African First Division Cup | 0| 0| 1| 0| 2| -2 | |2020/21 |Roses United |South African First Division | 2| 3| 8| 11| 21| -10 | |==========================================================================================================| |Totals |CF Brailia |Romania 22| 4| 9| 9| 18| 26| -8 | | |Gaz Metan Severin |Romania 41| 13| 15| 13| 53| 53| 0 | | |CF Bihoril Beius |Romania 71| 19| 23| 29| 99| 115| -16 | | |Real Madrid (RSA) |South Africa 65| 9| 10| 46| 56| 131| -55 | | |Roses United |South Africa 13| 2| 3| 8| 11| 21| -10 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |Grand Total 212| 47| 60|105| 237| 346| -89 | |Percentage |22%|28%|50%| | ============================================================================================================ Below is the end of season stuff from around the world, ignore the remainder of this post if you don't care. Starting with the three big leagues. England 2020/21 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|Manchester United |Aston Villa | |2012/13|Manchester City |Tottenham Hotspur | |2013/14|Manchester City |Watford | |2014/15|Tottenham Hotspur |Wigan | |2015/16|Manchester United |Fulham | |2016/17|Chelsea |Liverpool | |2017/18|Chelsea |Arsenal | |2018/19|Manchester United |Tottenham Hotspur | |2019/20|Chelsea |Birmingham City | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Manchester United +40 83 |FA Cup | |Liverpool +32 75 |Fulham 2 | |Manchester City +23 72 |West Bromwich Alb 0 | |Arsenal +27 70 | | |Chelsea +37 68 |League Cup | |Tottenham Hotspur +16 67 |Leeds United 2 | |Southampton +17 66 |Tottenham Hotspur 1 | ============================================================== Italy 2020/21 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|FC Internazionale |FC Internazionale | |2012/13|FC Internazionale |Atalanta | |2013/14|FC Internazionale |A.C. Milan | |2014/15|FC Internazionale |Napoli | |2015/16|FC Internazionale |Genoa | |2016/17|FC Internazionale |Novara | |2017/18|Juventus |FC Internazionale | |2018/19|A.C. Milan |Juentus | |2019/20|A.C. Milan |A.C. Milan | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |FC Internazionale +36 84 |Italian Cup | |Juventus +39 82 |FC Internazionale 2 | |A.C. Milan +18 80 |Brescia 0 | |Napoli +5 55 | | |Roma +5 55 | | |Genoa +7 54 | | |Empoli -2 53 | | ============================================================== Spain 2020/21 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|Real Madrid |Valencia | |2012/13|FC Barcelona |Atletico Madrid | |2013/14|FC Barcelona |Sevilla | |2014/15|FC Barcelona |Osasuna | |2015/16|FC Barcelona |FC Barcelona | |2016/17|FC Barcelona |Atletico Madrid | |2017/18|FC Barcelona |FC Barcelona | |2018/19|Real Madrid |Sevilla | |2019/20|FC Barcelona |Real Madrid | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |FC Barcelona +51 82 |Spanish Cup | |Real Madrid +26 74 |Deportivo la Coruna 2 | |Sevilla +17 66 |Almeria 0 | |Mallorca +20 65 | | |Espanyol +2 61 | | |Tenerife +6 60 | | |Atheltic Club +7 59 | | ============================================================== European and North American Champions Leagues, and the Copa Libedatores all wrapped up in this period European Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12|FC Barcelona (Spain) 6 | | |Arsenal (England) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012/13|Manchester United (England) 3 | | |Manchester City (England) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2013/14|FC Barcelona (Spain) 3 | | |Olypique Lyonnais (France) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2014/15|Manchester United (England) 2 | | |FC Barcelona (Spain) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2015/16|FC Barcelona (Spain) 2 | | |FCP (Portugal) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2016/17|Manchester City (England) 3 | | |Paris-St Germain (France) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2017/18|Chelsea (England) 3 | | |A.C. Milan (Italy) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2018/19|Manchester City (England) 2 penalties | | |Chelsea (England) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019/20|Manchester City (England) 3 | | |manchester United (England) 0 | |============================================================| |2020/21 European Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quater Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 2 2 4 | |Chelsea (England) 1 2 3 | | | |Paris Saint-Germain (France) 1 0 1 | |Manchester City (England) 1 1 2 | | | |Atletico Madrid (Spain) 1 2 3 | |Internazioanle (Italy) 2 2 4 | | | |FC Barcelona (Spain) 4 2 6 | |Real Madrid (Spain) 2 2 4 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Internazionale (Italy) 2 1 3 | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 4 1 5 | | | |FC Barcelona (Spain) 0 1 1 | |Manchester City (England) 1 4 5 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 European Champions League Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Manchester City (England) 0 1 1 1 | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 1 1 1 3 | ============================================================== North American Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |FC Dallas (USA) 2 |Colorado (USA) 0 | |2013 |Xolos Tiajuana (Mexico) 3|Chivas (Mexico) 1 | |2014 |America (Mexico) 5|Monterrey (Mexico) 0 | |2015 |New York (USA) 3 a |Seattle (USA) 3 | |2016 |America (Mexico) 4 |New York (USA) 0 | |2017 |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 3 |America (Mexico) 2 | |2018 |America (Mexico) 4 |Pumas (Mexico) 3 | |2019 |Monterrey (Mexico) 5 |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 0 | |2020 |Monterrey (Mexico) 5 |America (Mexico) 3 | |============================================================| |2021 North American Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |Necaxa (Mexico) 1 3 4 | |America (Mexico) 1 2 3 | | | |Chivas (Mexico) 1 3 4 | |Saprissa (Costa Rica) 0 0 0 | | | |San Jose (USA) 3 0 3 | |DC United (USA) 2 2 4 | | | |Xolos Tiajuana (Mexico) 3 2 5 | |Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 0 3 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |Necaxa (Mexico) 0 2 2 away gls| |Chivas (Mexico) 1 1 2 | | | |DC United (USA) 1 2 3 | |Xolox Tiajuana (Mexico) 0 1 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 North American Champions League Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Necaxa (Mexico) 2 5 7 | |DC United (USA) 1 0 1 | ============================================================== Copa Liberdatores ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 4 | | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2013 |Corinthians (Brazil) 4 | | |Clube Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2014 |Corinthians (Brazil) 2 | | |Fluminense (Brazil) 4 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2015 |Corinthians (Brazil) 6 | | |San Lorenzo (Argentina) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2016 |Flamengo (Brazil) 3 | | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2017 |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 5 | | |Corinthians (Brazil) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2018 |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 5 | | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 |Corinthians (Brazil) 6 | | |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2020 |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 3 | | |Flamengo (Brazil) 1 | |============================================================| |2021 Copa Liberdatores | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) 0 0 0 | |Lanus (Argentina) 4 4 8 ` | | | |Flamengo (Brazil) 2 1 3 | |Nautico (Brazil) 2 1 3 away gls| | | |Morelia (Mexico) 1 0 1 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 2 2 4 | | | |Santos (Brazil) 0 2 2 | |Corinthians (Brazil) 2 2 4 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Lanus (Argentina) 0 1 1 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 2 2 4 | | | |Nautico (Brazil) 0 0 0 | |Corinthians (Brazil) 4 4 8 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 Copa Liberdatores Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 2 1 3 | |Corinthians (Brazil) 0 1 2 | ============================================================== On the international front the main action was the Confederations Cup Confederations Cup ============================================================== |Previous Years | |2013 |Portugal 1 pen|Spain 1 | |2017 |Spain 3 |Mexico 1 | ============================================================== |2021 Confederations Cup in Qatar | |GROUP A GD Pts | |Saudi Arabia +6 9 | |Mexico +4 6 | |South Africa -1 3 | |Qatar -9 0 | | | |GROUP B | |Italy +3 7 | |Wales +2 4 | |New Zealand -1 3 | |Argentina -4 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | | |Saudi Arabia 1 | |Wales 2 e.t. | | | |Italy 3 | |Mexico 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Third Placed Playoff | | | |Saudi Arabia 2 | |Mexico 4 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 Confederations Cup Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Italy 1 1 | |Wales 2 2 | ==============================================================
  6. There is a long way to go, but at least you're in the hunt for the title - and if not that, Champions League beckons. Good luck.
  7. Within a few days of arriving at the club the job got alittle more difficult, The number one goalie, Johnny Mathole, was injured at training with 3-4 weeks likely to be missed. The good news was that it happened in a break in the league for the African Cup of Nations. Just before my first game in charge, we agreed to sell the only decent striker, Philani Gumede, for £300k next off-season to Tuks. I get to keep him, then the club gets some money. Hopefully, if I am still here, I can find a cheap option to fill the gap (and a few others). Maritzburg United (8th) v Roses United (15th) The game started out quite even, with Maritzburg perhaps looking a bit more fluent in the attacking third. Both sides had chances though. As the game wore on, maritzburg got on top and forced Mathole, back early from injury, into numerous saves. There was no score however. Until the 88th minute anyway. And then again in the 93rd, so any doubts about the first being offside were made irrelevant. That loss hurts, a point was almost ours but instead we ended up with a bad defeat. Mathole finushed the game injured again. Expected to be 6-7 weeks. Thankfully the second goalkeeper is still decent by the standards of this league but Mathole was possibly our best in the Maritzburg game. While the clubs had agreed, Gumede himself could not get the deal he wanted at Tuks so his sale fell through. Witbkank Spurs (11th) v Roses United (15th) An awful start. Right back Makhanya copped a knock almost at the kick off, then in the second minute with him receiving treatment we were a goal behind. Temporariliy, an offside call (close but corre ct) saved us. After that we hads a spell where we were probably the better side, but were not creating chances. I decided to tell the guys to be a bit more attacking, taking advantage of beinmg on top in general play. I have no idea if that helped, but we won a corner and scored off Schalk, playing as a defensice mid, to take a lead. Gumede scored a couple of minutes later, but again offside was called. Again, correctly on replay. The stats showed we deserved the lead at half time. Maintaining it, opr extending it, would still be a challenge. Right wing Damian Mitchell was injured early in the second, a blow to our ability to get the ball into dangerous spots. Some quick thinking by Phiri, coming off his line to cut off a simple pass and certain goal saved us early in the half. He wasn't so good when a speculative shot bounced off his chest, straight to Witbank's Hughes to knock home a simple tap. In the end, 1-1 for a game we probably could have won. Roses United (15th) v Vasco da Gama (2nd) In twelve meetings between these clubs, Roses had won a grand total of zero. From the opening minutes it was obvious we were outclassed. Vasco, could run, pass and had a system. It was all we could do to ocassionally harass. The exceptionally named Madlala nodded home Vasco's first, of what looked certain to be many, unmarked near the spot just shy of half an hour in. Early in the second half, we put together a move that ended with Mitchell alone just inside the boc on the right. He slotted home and scres were inexplicably level. Lakay with the assist. It wasn't long before one of Vasco's many corner counted. 2-1 down, the goal somehow considered an own goal as their striker walked it in. Schalk must have just got a touch trying to tackle on the line. It was 3-1 just befpre the close, a lobbed corner and Vasco's Payne putjumped all and sundry to get a clean head on it. The stats suggested we weren't that far from them, but the scoreboard was a true reflection. Juventus picked up a point, negating the draw we had last game and making us a point away and goal difference from safety again. Amajuba United (16th) v Roses United (15th) We had all the possession, but Amajuba had the ball forward more often early on. A bad dispossession saw Amajuba's Mofokeng run to a one on one from which he made no mistake. Struggling against last place is not where I wanted to be. After that we started to get a few chances, and waste them. Almost all were very gettable, yet just one of the first eleven was on target. It took an own goal from a Mayekiso cross for us to draw level midway through the second half. Turning wins into draws, and draws into losses does seem to be a specialty I have developed this career. Juventus (15th) v Roses United (14th) Classic six point game in the making. Lose and season gone, win and if morale improves maybe we can survive. It took half an hour foir either side to get a shot away. When it cam it was a Gumede cross onto the head of attacking mid Lakay, who put the ball just inside the right post for the lead. Not long after we lost l;eft back Booysen to injury, he picked it up while making a possibly goal saving tackle. Juventus started to look better as the break neared, and I was thankful we held on until half time. A quick burst telling the lads to keep going seemed to make them a bit happier, but would it see us hold on to three points? Or blow it spectacularly again? The latter, an extremely long ball out of their area was sent sailing over our defence, two strilkers ran onto it and the second of those tapped home. A poor start to the second half. With 82 played it looked as though Gumede had been sent through, but he shot just wide. Again, points dropped when we were the better side. That one lapse was a bad one, and again costly. The news on Booysen was that he would be out for a bit over a week. And during the week things got worse. Randy Phiri was injured at training, and could miss 4-5 weeks. That leaves us with just our thris choice goalkeeper, an aspiring yet inexpeienced 19 year old. Mathole may be back in around two weeks though. The next day defensive mid Tshele Schalk was also ruled out for 4-5, not ideal. Roses United (13th) v Baroka FC (3rd) Baroka had survived their first round cup tie midweek. This was not the sort of game to dewbut a goalkeeper. Surprisingly we had the better start, and things were evened up a little when Baroka had a player sent off for a crude double footed tackle ten minutes in. It took Baroka until stoppage time in the first to get their first shot, but we had no score either. We had come close twice, but close doesn't cut it. The second half began with barok's second attempt. A free kick onto the head of Langerman who absolutely powered the ball home from the head. Seventy five in, Petersen almost headed home from a corner for us but their goalkeeper magically got a cross to lay a hand on it. Right on normal time, we conceded a second with the debut goalkeeper failing to come off his line and giving a clear header attempt. Good teams take their chances, not just have possession. We are not a good team. Johnny Mathole was back in training, and as tempting as it was to start him straight away I decided to let hime have an extra week to gain fitness. Roses United (14th) v FC Buffalo (15th) The bookies had us favourites at home against another struggler. We utterly dominated early, but again putting anything way proved beyond us. After twenty minutes and six attempts, a Gumede cross was floated off the head of Mayekiso to open scoring. The second half started much the same, and it was Nimmo's head from a corner that doubled the lead. The defender got his first goal for the club. Buffalo were proving very vulnerable to the aerial cross (just like my teams have), and Mitchell's head provided our third. We really needed that win, leaving Buffalo shotless for the match was a bonus. The results are nothing special, especially as we played the easy teams. The final games only get harder from here. At least we go into the home stretch with a slight buffer. But I reckon we need six points or so to be safe, and that will mean at least one win. As mentioned above, the African Cup of Natrions was held in Jan and Feb. ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2011 |Mali 2 |Ghana 1 | |2013 |Ivory Coast 3 |Cameroon 0 | |2015 |Cameroon 3 |Tunisia 0 | |2017 |Cameroon 0 pen |Tunisia 0 | |2019 |South Africa 2 |Senegal 1 | |============================================================| |2021 African Cup of Nations | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Group A GD Pts |Group B GD Pts | |Nigeria +3 7 |Tunisia +1 6 | |Zambia 0 4 |Gabon +1 6 | |Mali -1 3 |Ghana 0 3 | |Burkina Faso -2 3 |Ivory Coast -2 3 | | | | |Group C |Group D | |South Africa +7 6 |Egypt +5 7 | |Morocco +2 5 |Senegal +1 4 | |Algeria -2 4 |Cameroon -1 4 | |Central African Rep. -7 1 |Uganda -5 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | |Egypt 1 pens |Zambia 0 | |Tunisia 1 |Senegal 1 | | | |Morocco 2 |South Africa 4 | |Gabon 1 |Nigeria 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | |Egypt 1 |South Africa 2 | |Senegal 0 |Morocco 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Third Place Playoff | |Morocco 1 | |Senegal 1 pens | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 African Cup of Nations Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |South Africa 0 0 | |Egypt 0 1 | ==============================================================
  8. Update: On 11 Jan 2021, I became manager of Roses United in the South African national First Division; and in deep trouble. Sitting in 15th position, one point behind avoiding relegation, things are precarious on that front. The season is a little over the halfway point. The wage situation is not pretty, spending £10.1k of the available £4.4k, so in the days before the transfer window shuts I won't be able to bring in any talent. The current playing group includes zero central midfielders, limiting my preferred line-ups somewhat unless i can get loans in. My contract only runs until May of 2021, the end of the current South African season. The current situation in the league. There are 30 games in the season. And the squad basics The matches so far. It makes for bad reading; almost like I had been in charge all along.
  9. July - December 2020 No team While I did apply for a few low level jobs, it was pretty rare that I didn't get laughed at. Only one club showed any interest, but went elsewhere. I'll give it to the 2022 World Cup, then if I have no club job its career over. The 2020 Euro threw up some odd results. Look at Spain and Portugal - and also the eventual winner. ============================================================== |Previous Winners | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |Portugal 2 |England 0 | |2016 |Spain 2 |England 1 | |============================================================| |Euro 2020 in Belgium | |------------------------------------------------------------| |GROUP A GD Pts | |Czech Republic +3 7 | |Wales 0 6 | |Italy -1 2 | |Turkey -2 1 | | | |GROUP B GD Pts | |France +6 9 | |Denmark -1 4 | |Georgia -2 2 | |Russia -3 1 | | | |GROUP C GD Pts | |Serbia +4 7 | |Greece -3 4 | |Hungary -1 3 | |Spain 0 3 | | | |GROUP D GD Pts | |Scotland +3 7 | |Sweden +4 6 | |Belgium -4 2 | |Portugal -3 1 | | | |GROUP E GD Pts | |England 0 6 | |Croatia +3 5 | |Switzerland +1 4 | |Norway -4 1 | | | |GROUP F GD Pts | |Holland +5 7 | |Poland +2 5 | |Germany -1 2 | |Ukraine -6 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Second Round |Czech Republic 2 |Wales 1 | |Denmark 1 |Croatia 0 | | | |England 1 |Serbia 2 | |Poland 3 |Switzerland 0 | | | |Italy 2 |Germany 2 | |France 3 |Scotland 1 | | | |Holland 3 |Greece 1 | |Hungary 1 |Sweden 1 pens | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | |Czech Republic 1 |Wales 1 e.t. | |Poland 2 |Serbia 0 | | | |Holland 1 |Germany 1 | |France 3 |Sweden 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | HT FT ET Pen | |Poland 1 3 | |Sweden 1 4 | | | |France 0 0 0 | |Wales 0 0 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |EURO 2020 FINAL | | HT FT ET Pen | |Sweden 0 1 1 3 | |Wales 0 1 1 4 | ============================================================== Later in the year, African and Asian Champions leagues wound up. In Africa, Casablanca is becoming a lot like Manchester - one team seems to be up there every year. This year in a losing final. ============================================================== |Previous Years | |2011 |USM Alger (Algeria) 4 |Raja Casablanca (Morocco)1| |2012 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 5 |ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast)1| |2013 |ASEC Mimomas (Ivory C) 5 |Zamalek (Egypt) 4| |2014 |ES Tunis (Tunisia) 3a|Enyimba (Nigeria) 3| |2015 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 4 |Supersport Utd (S.Africa)3| |2016 |Raja Casablanca (Mor.) 3 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 3| |2017 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 4 |Wydad Casablanca (Mor.) 1| |2018 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 4 |Wydad Casablanca (Mor.) 1| |2019 |Wydad Casablanca (Mor) 4 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 3| |============================================================| |2020 African Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 2 0 2 | |Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 1 1 2 away gls| | | |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) 2 0 2 | |Enyimba (Nigeria) 0 3 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2020 African Champions League Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 0 0 0 | |Enyimba (Nigeria) 0 1 1 | ============================================================== An all Qatari final in Asia, decided in a 15 minutes burst midway through the second half. ============================================================== |Previous Years | |2012 |Persepolia (Iran) 1 |Eseghal (Iran) 0 | |2013 |Suwon (South Korea) 1 |Al-Wahda (UAE) 0 | |2014 |Al Hilal (UAE) 2p |Lekhwiya (Qatar) 2 | |2015 |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Ar.) 4 |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Ar.) 0 | |2016 |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Ar.) 4 |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Ar.) 0 | |2017 |Al-Shabab (Saudi Ar.) 3 |Osaka AC (Japan) 1 | |2018 |Lekhwiya (Qatar) 2 |Al-Father (Saudi Ar.) 1 | |2019 |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Ar.) 2 |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Ar.) 0 | |============================================================| |2020 Asian Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Jeju (South Korea) 1 1 2 | |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 1 3 4 | | | |Lekhwiya (Qatar) 2 2 4 | |Okayama FC (Japan) 1 2 3 | | | |Osaka AC (Japan) 1 2 3 | |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar) 3 2 5 | | | |Persepolis (Iran) 3 0 3 | |Seongnam (South Korea) 1 0 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Lekhwiya (Qatar) 1 3 4 | |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 0 1 0 | | | |Persepolis (Iran) 1 2 3 | |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar) 4 1 5 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 Asian Champions League Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Lekhwiya (Qatar) 0 0 | |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar) 0 3 | ============================================================== Lionel Messi is 33 years old, but there is no stopping him claiming everything in sight. ============================================================================================================ | |Golden Ball |World Player of the Year | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2011|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2012|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2013|Cristiano Ronaldo |Mario Gotze | | |Real Madrid(ESP) / Portugal |Borrusia Dortmund (GER) / Germany | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2014|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2015|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2016|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2017|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2018|Cristiano Ronaldo |Cristiano Ronaldo | | |Real Madrid (ESP) / Portugal |Real Madrid (ESP) / Portugal | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2019|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2020|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | ============================================================================================================
  10. January - June 2020 Samoa We conceded against Laos (ranked ) inside 40 seconds, and then took 77 minutes to get a shot away. After another string of bad results, and no competitive games to look forward to, I decided to step down from the Samoan job. There really was nothing to work with, although it probably should have gone slightly better than that. So, nothing in my career to report. To the world at large, and the three big leagues. England 2019/20 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|Manchester United |Aston Villa | |2012/13|Manchester City |Tottenham Hotspur | |2013/14|Manchester City |Watford | |2014/15|Tottenham Hotspur |Wigan | |2015/16|Manchester United |Fulham | |2016/17|Chelsea |Liverpool | |2017/18|Chelsea |Arsenal | |2018/19|Manchester United |Tottenham Hotspur | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Chelsea +40 84 |FA Cup | |Manchester United +51 79 |Birmingham City 1 | |Liverpool +34 75 |Aston Villa 2 | |Manchester City +29 74 | | |Arsenal +25 73 |League Cup | |Tottenham Hotspur +23 65 |Wolverhampton 2 | |Swansea +10 59 |Manchester City 0 | ============================================================== Italy 2019/20 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|FC Internazionale |FC Internazionale | |2012/13|FC Internazionale |Atalanta | |2013/14|FC Internazionale |A.C. Milan | |2014/15|FC Internazionale |Napoli | |2015/16|FC Internazionale |Genoa | |2016/17|FC Internazionale |Novara | |2017/18|Juventus |FC Internazionale | |2018/19|A.C. Milan |Juentus | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |A.C. Milan +53 96 |Italian Cup | |Juventus +43 90 |A.C. Milan 2 | |FC Internazionale +28 71 |Juventus 0 | |Roma +16 66 | | |Genoa +13 62 | | |Atalanta +7 58 | | |Fiorentina +2 57 | | ============================================================== Spain 2019/20 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|Real Madrid |Valencia | |2012/13|FC Barcelona |Atletico Madrid | |2013/14|FC Barcelona |Sevilla | |2014/15|FC Barcelona |Osasuna | |2015/16|FC Barcelona |FC Barcelona | |2016/17|FC Barcelona |Atletico Madrid | |2017/18|FC Barcelona |FC Barcelona | |2018/19|Real Madrid |Sevilla | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |FC Barcelona +56 89 |Spanish Cup | |Real Madrid +35 83 |Real Madrid 4 | |Sevilla +32 71 |FC Barcelona 0 | |Atletico Madrid +29 67 | | |Malaga +13 63 | | |Villareal +12 62 | | |Mallorca +11 61 | | ============================================================== Champions leagues across Europe and the Americas English, and Manchester, teams dominated Europe. European Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12|FC Barcelona (Spain) 6 | | |Arsenal (England) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012/13|Manchester United (England) 3 | | |Manchester City (England) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2013/14|FC Barcelona (Spain) 3 | | |Olypique Lyonnais (France) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2014/15|Manchester United (England) 2 | | |FC Barcelona (Spain) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2015/16|FC Barcelona (Spain) 2 | | |FCP (Portugal) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2016/17|Manchester City (England) 3 | | |Paris-St Germain (France) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2017/18|Chelsea (England) 3 | | |A.C. Milan (Italy) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2018/19|Manchester City (England) 2 penalties | | |Chelsea (England) 2 | |============================================================| |2019/20 European Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quater Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Manchester City (England) 2 1 3 away gls| |FC Barcelona (Spain) 0 3 3 | | | |Tottenham Hotspur (England) 2 1 3 | |Internazionale (Italy) 1 0 1 | | | |A.C. Milan (Italy) 1 0 1 | |Manchester United (England) 2 3 5 | | | |Liverpool (England) 4 0 4 | |Real Madrid (Spain) 0 0 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Manchester United (England) 1 1 2 | |Tottenham Hotspur (England) 1 0 1 | | | |Liverpool (England) 2 1 3 | |Manchester City (England) 3 3 6 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2020 European Champions League Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Manchester City (England) 2 3 | |Manchester United (England) 0 0 | ============================================================== Again all Mexico in North America North American Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |FC Dallas (USA) 2 |Colorado (USA) 0 | |2013 |Xolos Tiajuana (Mexico) 3|Chivas (Mexico) 1 | |2014 |America (Mexico) 5|Monterrey (Mexico) 0 | |2015 |New York (USA) 3 a |Seattle (USA) 3 | |2016 |America (Mexico) 4 |New York (USA) 0 | |2017 |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 3 |America (Mexico) 2 | |2018 |America (Mexico) 4 |Pumas (Mexico) 3 | |2019 |Monterrey (Mexico) 5 |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 0 | |============================================================| |2020 North American Champions League (from Qtr Finals) | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |America (Mexico) 2 2 4 | |Estudientes Tecos (Mexico) 0 0 0 | | | |Monterrey (Mexico) 2 1 3 | |Olimpia (Honduras) 1 0 1 | | | |San Jose (USA) 2 1 3 | |Los Angeles (USA) 0 0 0 | | | |Tigres (Mexico) 2 2 4 | |New York (USA) 1 0 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |Monterrey (Mexico) 4 4 8 | |San Jose (USA) 0 1 1 | | | |Tigres (Mexico) 2 1 3 | |America (Mexico) 2 5 7 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2020 North American Champions League Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Monterrey (Mexico) 2 3 5 | |America (Mexico) 2 1 3 | ============================================================== In South America the Brazilian string ended Copa Liberdatores ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 4 | | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2013 |Corinthians (Brazil) 4 | | |Clube Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2014 |Corinthians (Brazil) 2 | | |Fluminense (Brazil) 4 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2015 |Corinthians (Brazil) 6 | | |San Lorenzo (Argentina) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2016 |Flamengo (Brazil) 3 | | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2017 |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 5 | | |Corinthians (Brazil) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2018 |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 5 | | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 |Corinthians (Brazil) 6 | | |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) 2 | |============================================================| |2020 Copa Liberdatores | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) 0 1 1 | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 1 2 ` | | | |Colon (Argentina) 3 0 3 | |Flamengo (Brazil) 2 5 7 | | | |Corinthians (Brazil) 1 1 2 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 2 1 3 | | | |Liga de Quito (Ecuador) 1 0 1 | |Santos (Brazil) 1 5 6 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Flamengo (Brazil) 1 1 2 pens | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 1 2 | | | |Santos (Brazil) 1 1 2 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 2 1 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2020 Copa Liberdatores Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Flamengo (Brazil) 0 1 1 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 2 1 3 | ============================================================== On the international front, Euro 2020 was in progress at the end of June. The Oceania championships had concluded with the predictable result. Oceania Nations Cup ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |New Zealand 4 |Papua New Guinea 0 | |2016 |New Zealand 5 |Vanuatu 1 | |============================================================| |2020 Oceania Nations Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | |New Zealand 3 |Fiji 1 | |New Caledonia 0 |Papua New Guinea 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2020 Oceania Nations Cup Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |New Zealand 2 3 | |Papua New Guinea 0 0 | ==============================================================
  11. September - December 2019 After a disappointing Pacific Games, the Samoan and Cook Islands jobs came up. I applied the job at Samoa, who don't seem to have qualified for the Oceanian Nations Cup or Oceania's World Cup qualifiers. That will leave only friendlies, so I'm not planning to hang around too long with no competitions to look forward to. Internationals management can be hard to stay focused with at the best of times. The squad is really bare in a lot of positions, necessitating an experiment with an unusual looking line-up. There aren't any players worthy of highlighting, with only central defender Faffetai Hunt anything above a total write-off. There is not a single professional player in the squad, with all playing in the Samoan league. Ranked at 190 before my first game in charge. I was in charge only for the final three friendlies after the Pacific Games. And we finished the year ranked 199th as a result, some of that slide came as a result of the Pacific Games which had not been calculated into the rankings when I took over. With no competitive games coming up for Samoa, I can't say I'm taking the job too seriously. But I'm struggling not to get laughed at for club jobs (not surprisingly, even by my standards this career has been terrible - at least its different from the normal path to glory stories in the forum I guess). Lots of champions leagues, etc, around the world to catch up on. It looks like I missed the North American Champions League in a previous update. North American Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |FC Dallas (USA) 2 |Colorado (USA) 0 | |2013 |Xolos Tiajuana (Mexico) 3|Chivas (Mexico) 1 | |2014 |America (Mexico) 5|Monterrey (Mexico) 0 | |2015 |New York (USA) 3 a |Seattle (USA) 3 | |2016 |America (Mexico) 4 |New York (USA) 0 | |2017 |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 3 |America (Mexico) 2 | |2018 |America (Mexico) 4 |Pumas (Mexico) 3 | |============================================================| |2019 North American Champions League (from Qtr Finals) | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 0 0 0 | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 4 2 6 | | | |Chivas USA (USA) 3 3 6 | |D.C. United (USA) 4 1 4 | | | |Colombus (USA) 1 1 2 | |Toronto FC (Canada) 3 1 4 | | | |Monterrey (Mexico) 3 2 5 | |America (Mexico) 2 0 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |Monterrey (Mexico) 1 4 5 | |Chivas USA (USA) 0 1 1 | | | |Toronto FC (Canada) 1 1 3 | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 2 1 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 North American Champions League Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 0 0 0 | |Monterrey (Mexico) 2 4 6 | ============================================================== In Africa, the same finalists met for the third year running. Wydad casablanca managed to turn the tables this time. African Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |2011 |USM Alger (Algeria) 4 |Raja Casablanca (Morocco)1| |2012 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 5 |ASEC Mimosas(Ivory Coast)1| |2013 |ASEC Mimomas (Ivory C) 5 |Zamalek (Egypt) 4| |2014 |ES Tunis (Tunisia) 3a|Enyimba (Nigeria) 3| |2015 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 4 |Supersport Utd (S.Africa)3| |2016 |Raja Casablanca (Mor.) 3 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 3| |2017 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 4 |Wydad Casablanca (Mor.) 1| |2018 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 4 |Wydad Casablanca (Mor.) 1| |============================================================| |2019 African Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) 4 1 5 | |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) 3 2 5 away gls| | | |FAR Rabat (Morocco) 0 0 0 | |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 0 2 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 African Champions League Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 1 2 3 | |Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) 2 2 4 | ============================================================== And the Saudis got back to the top of Asian club football Asian Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |2012 |Persepolia (Iran) 1 |Eseghal (Iran) 0 | |2013 |Suwon (South Korea) 1 |Al-Wahda (UAE) 0 | |2014 |Al Hilal (UAE) 2p |Lekhwiya (Qatar) 2 | |2015 |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Ar.) 4 |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Ar.) 0 | |2016 |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Ar.) 4 |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Ar.) 0 | |2017 |Al-Shabab (Saudi Ar.) 3 |Osaka AC (Japan) 1 | |2018 |Lekhwia (Qatar) 2 |Al-Father (Saudi Ar.) 1 | |============================================================| |2019 Asian Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) 3 1 4 | |Guangzhou (China) 1 0 1 | | | |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 1 3 4 | |FC Seoul (South Korea) 0 3 3 | | | |Suwon (South Korea) 4 0 4 | |Al-Jilal (Saudi Arabia) 1 0 1 | | | |Teraktor-Sazi (Iran) 1 0 1 | |Tianjin (China) 1 2 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) 4 4 8 | |Tianjin (China) 1 2 3 | | | |Suwon (South Korea) 0 0 0 | |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 4 3 7 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 Asian Champions League Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 0 0 | |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) 1 2 | ============================================================== The Club World Championship wrapped things up late in the year. A mad extra time saw the trophy return to one of its two main cities this save. 2019 Club World Championship ============================================================== |Previous Years | |2011 |FC Barcelona (Spain) 2 |Santos (Brazil) 0| |2012 |FC Barcelona (Spain) 4 |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 0| |2013 |Manchester United (Eng)3 |ES Tunis (Tunisia) 1| |2014 |FC Barcelona (Spain) 2 |ES Tunis (Tuniaia) 0| |2015 |Manchester United (Eng)3 |Corinthians (Brazil) 0| |2016 |FC Barcelona (Spain) 4 |Flamengo (Brazil) 0| |2017 |Manchester City (Eng) 5 |Raja Casablancs (Mor.) 0| |2018 |Chelsea (England) 3 |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1| |============================================================| |2019 Club World Championship | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | |Monterrey (Mexico) 4 | |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) 1 | | | |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 2 | |Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 2 pens | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Fifth Placed Playoff | |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 0 | |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | |Monterrey (Mexico) 1 | |Corinthians (Brazil) 2 e.t. | | | |Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 0 | |Manchester City (England) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Third Placed Playoff | |Monterrey (Mexico) 1 | |Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 Club World Championship Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Corinthians (Brazil) 1 2 3 | |Manchester City (England) 1 2 4 | ============================================================== And the end of year player awards went back to normal. ============================================================================================================ | |Golden Ball |World Player of the Year | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2011|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2012|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2013|Cristiano Ronaldo |Mario Gotze | | |Real Madrid(ESP) / Portugal |Borrusia Dortmund (GER) / Germany | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2014|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2015|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2016|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2017|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2018|Cristiano Ronaldo |Cristiano Ronaldo | | |Real Madrid (ESP) / Portugal |Real Madrid (ESP) / Portugal | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2019|Lionel Messi |Lionel Messi | | |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina |FC Barcelona(ESP) / Argentina | ============================================================================================================
  12. July - August 2019 No surprise that I am still unemployed, if nothing happens I won't do another update until December. Maybe later in the year the culling season will open up a job. In the meantime, if anyone wants to know how a specific player, club, etc has fared I'm pleased to do the occasional one-off request. This update is pretty much just the internationals in the Americas. Starting with July's Copa America. ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| | 2015 | Uruguay 1 | Colombia 0 | ============================================================== |2019 Copa America | |Group A GD Pts | |CHILE +5 7 | |PERU +3 7 | |Venezuala -3 3 | |Bolivia -5 0 | | | |Group B GD Pts | |ARGENTINA +4 7 | |PARAGUAY -2 4 | |MEXICO 0 3 | |Uruguay -2 3 | | | |Group C GD Pts | |ECUADOR +3 7 | |BRAZIL +3 4 | |COLOMBIA -1 4 | |Costa Rica -5 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | | |Colombia 1 |Argentina 5 | |Chile 2 |Brazil 1 | | | | |Mexico 5 |Peru 2 e.t. | |Ecuador 0 |Paraguay 1 | |----------------------------------------------------------- | |Semi Finals | | | |Peru 1 |Mexico 4 | |Argentina 4 |Chile 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Third Placed Playoff | | | |Chile 3 | |Peru 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 COPA AMERICA FINAL | | HT FT ET Pens | |Mexico 0 0 | |Argentina 0 1 | ============================================================== And I missed the Gold Cup in North America, which should have been in the June update. ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2013 |Jamaica 1 |Mexico 0 | |2015 |Mexico 2 |Costa Rica 1 | |2017 |U.S.A. 1 |Mexico 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | |Canada 0 |Curacao 1 | |Mexico 3 |Costa Rica 4 | | | | |El Salvador 0 |Haiti 0 | |Jamaica 1 |Honduras 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | | |Jamaica 0 |Honduras 0 | |Mexico 3 |Costa Rica 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 GOLD CUP FINAL | | HT FT ET Pen | |Costa Rica 0 0 0 | |Mexico 0 0 1 | ==============================================================
  13. Thank you, typos are a thing I do.
  14. May - June 2019 Real Madrid (RSA) South African National First Division Baroka FC (2nd) v Real Madrid(RSA) (14th) Not many people would have expected this to be a competitive game, and so it was no shock when we fell behind early on. What was more disturbing was that Beauwest had a lead in their game. By the time we fell two behind, just short of the half hout mark, Beauwest had conceded and were 1-1. We had a brief period in the second half with the ball at the right end of the pitch, but nothing of subsequence was created. Nothing was happening and goal difference was unlikely to count for anything, so I rolled the dice on a more attacking “plan”. We cane very close to pulling one back with a long ball finding Masango, who threaded the needle with the pass only for Msomi (who had come on for a disappointing Zakazaka) to put a simple shot wide. But Beauwest went 2-1 down at almost the same time, giving some relief. In the 84th minute Masango made no mistake with his own chance, and we were one down. We conceded a third with 93 played, which was disappointing but hardly a surprise. So we stayed with our heads above water. Maniini lost 4-1 and remain just one point behind. For the final game, I'm trying something a bit different as a report; being a crucial game and all. I have no idea how well it will work. Mpulunga Black Aces (8th) v Real Madrid(RSA) (14th) In the other games Beauwest are away to sixth placed Maritrburg and Maniini host fifth placed Carara Kicks. We lost Teddy Mathebula two days before the game. Despite misgivings I did start Zakazaka. ------------------------------------------------------------------- |Minute | | |-----------------------------------------------------------------| | 10 | Phehello crosses, and nearly gets lucky, knocked wide | | | for a corner | | | | | 11 | That corner almost headed in by Alfred Motha | | | | | 12 | Maniini down 1-0 | | | | | 14 | Maniini down 2-0 | | | | | 24 | Maniini down 3-0 to Carara Kicks | | | | | 34 | Black Aces get their first clear shot, a header which | | | is easily held | | | | | 34 | Black Aces get their first clear shot, a header which | | | | | | HALF TIME | | | Black Aces 0 – Real Madrid 0 | | | Shots 3-4, On Target 2-1, Possession 61-39 | | | Maritzburg United 0 – Beauwest City 0 | | | Maniini All Blacks 0 – Carara Kicks 3 | | | So Maniini look out of the picture, we need Beauwest to | | | lose and then our game doesn't count. | | | | | 48 | Zwane gets on to a through ball and scores for Black | | | Aces. Live table, we slip into relegation. | | | | | | | | 58 | Black Aces comewithin inches of a second, the ball sent | | | margionally wide with our goalkeeper not moving. | | | | | 67 | We make two substitutions, looking for an extra avenue | | | to get the ball into dangerous spots more often. This | | | looks like my last half hour in this job. | | | | | 82 | A spectacular save by Mhlangu keeps the deficit to only | | | one, but that is clearly one too many. We have managed | | | one shot since the 20 minute mark. | | | | | | | | 84 | Mhangu clears a short range shot off the line, but | | | if the ball stays at that end we are relying on | | | Maritzburg. | | | | | 90 | Three minutes of time added. No score in the Beauwest | | | game | | | | | | FULL TIME | | | Black Aces 1 – Real Madrid 0 | | | Maritzburg United 0 – Beauwest City 0 | | | Maniini All Blacks 0 – Carara Kicks 3 | ------------------------------------------------------------------- And so, with relegation, my time at South African Real Madrid is over. That is one horrible looking season. My dismal career got dismaller. I have had some bad runs in FM before, but nothing like this whole career. ============================================================================================================ |Season |Club |Compeition |Finish | |======= |==============================|==================================================|===============| |2011/12 |CF Braila |Romanian Second League Group 1 | 10th of 16 | | | | Arrived in 11th place, 15 of 30 played | | | | |Already out of cup, 4th round | | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2012/13 |CF Braila |Romanian Second League Group 1 | 12th of 16 | | | | Sacked after 6 matches of 30 | | | |Romanian Cup |4th round (start 4th round) | | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2012/13 |Gaz Metan Severin |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 6th of 16 | | | | Arrived in 8th place, 19 of 30 played | | | |Romanian Cup |Already out of cup, 4th round | | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2013/14 |Gaz Metan Severin |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 10th of 16 | | | | Sacked after 30 matches of 32 | | | | |Romanian Cup |7th round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2015/16 |CF Bihoril Beius |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 9th of 16 | | | |Romanian Cup |3rd Round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2016/17 |CF Bihoril Beius |Romanian Second League Group 2 | 10th of 16 | | | | Sacked after 31 matches of 32 | | | | |Romanian Cup |3rd Round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2017/18 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African National First Division | 14th of 16 | | | |South African Cup |1st Round | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2018/19 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African National First Division | 15th of 16 | | | | Relegated, sacked at season's end | | | | |South African Cup |Prelim Round | |==========================================================================================================| |==========================================================================================================| |Season |Club |Competition | W| D| L| GF| GA| GD | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12 |CF Brailia |Romanian Second League | 4| 6| 5| 14| 17| -3 | |2012/13 | |Romanian Second League | 0| 3| 3| 4| 7| -3 | | | |Romanian Cup | 0| 0| 1| 0| 2| -2 | | |Gaz Metan Severin |Romanian Second League | 3| 2| 2| 6| 7| -1 | |2013/14 | |Romanian Second League | 7| 13| 10| 36| 37| -1 | | | |Romanian Cup | 3| 0| 1| 11| 9| +2 | |2015/16 |CF Bihoril Beius |Romanian Second League | 11| 12| 12| 51| 55| -4 | | | |Romanian Cup | 1| 1| 1| 7| 5| +2 | |2016/17 | |Romanian Second League | 6| 10| 15| 37| 50| -13 | | | |Romanian Cup | 1| 0| 1| 4| 5| -1 | |2017/18 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African First Division | 6| 5| 19| 29| 55| -26 | | | |South African Cup | 0| 1| 1| 0| 3| -3 | | | |South African First Division Cup | 0| 0| 1| 0| 2| -2 | |2018/19 |Real Madrid (RSA) |South African First Division | 3| 4| 23| 25| 66| -41 | | | |South African Cup | 0| 0| 1| 2| 3| -1 | | | |South African First Division Cup | 0| 0| 1| 0| 2| -2 | |==========================================================================================================| |Totals |CF Brailia | 22| 4| 9| 9| 18| 26| -8 | | |Gaz Metan Severin | 41| 13| 15| 13| 53| 53| 0 | | |CF Bihoril Beius | 71| 19| 23| 29| 99| 115| -16 | | |Real Madrid (RSA) | 65| 9| 10| 46| 56| 131| -55 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |Grand Total 199| 45| 57| 97| 226| 325| -79 | |Percentage |23%|29%|49%| | ============================================================================================================ And now, the end of season wrap around the places that end in mid-year. Starting in the three big leagues. England, Italy and Spain England 2018/19 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|Manchester United |Aston Villa | |2012/13|Manchester City |Tottenham Hotspur | |2013/14|Manchester City |Watford | |2014/15|Tottenham Hotspur |Wigan | |2015/16|Manchester United |Fulham | |2016/17|Chelsea |Liverpool | |2017/18|Chelsea |Arsenal | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Manchester United +50 86 |FA Cup | |Liverpool +42 86 |Tottenham Hotspur 2 | |Manchester City +47 77 |Fulham 1 | |Tottenham Hotspur +27 72 | | |Everton +28 71 |League Cup | |Arsenal +27 68 |Liverpool 2 | |Chelsea +19 63 |Burnley 1 | ============================================================== Italy 2018/19 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|FC Internazionale |FC Internazionale | |2012/13|FC Internazionale |Atalanta | |2013/14|FC Internazionale |A.C. Milan | |2014/15|FC Internazionale |Napoli | |2015/16|FC Internazionale |Genoa | |2016/17|FC Internazionale |Novara | |2017/18|Juventus |FC Internazionale | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |A.C. Milan +46 81 |Italian Cup | |FC Internazionale +37 79 |Juventus 3 | |Juventus +14 66 |Roma 2 | |Novara +10 62 | | |Roma +6 60 | | |Udinese +12 60 | | |Fiorentina +3 54 | | ============================================================== Spain 2018/19 ============================================================== |Previous Winners | | League Cup | |2011/12|Real Madrid |Valencia | |2012/13|FC Barcelona |Atletico Madrid | |2013/14|FC Barcelona |Sevilla | |2014/15|FC Barcelona |Osasuna | |2015/16|FC Barcelona |FC Barcelona | |2016/17|FC Barcelona |Atletico Madrid | |2017/18|FC Barcelona |FC Barcelona | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Real Madrid +53 91 |Spanish Cup | |FC Barcelona +47 91 |Sevilla 5 | |Sevilla +22 71 |Real Madrid 1 | |Villareal +16 69 | | |Atletico Madrid +25 66 | | |Malaga +3 63 | | |Athletic Club +15 60 | | ============================================================== Staying in Europe for the Champions League European Champions League ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2011/12|FC Barcelona (Spain) 6 | | |Arsenal (England) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012/13|Manchester United (England) 3 | | |Manchester City (England) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2013/14|FC Barcelona (Spain) 3 | | |Olypique Lyonnais (France) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2014/15|Manchester United (England) 2 | | |FC Barcelona (Spain) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2015/16|FC Barcelona (Spain) 2 | | |FCP (Portugal) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2016/17|Manchester City (England) 3 | | |Paris-St Germain (France) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2017/18|Chelsea (England) 3 | | |A.C. Milan 1 | |============================================================| |2018/19 European Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quater Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Atletico Madrid (Spain) 1 3 4 away gls| |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 2 2 4 | | | |FC Barcelona (Spain) 1 2 3 | |Manchester City (England) 3 0 3 away gls| | | |A.C. Milan (Italy) 2 1 3 | |Internazionale (Italy) 0 2 2 | | | |Real Madrid (Spain) 1 1 2 | |Chelsea (England) 1 2 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Chelsea (England) 1 1 2 | |A.C. Milan (Italy) 0 1 1 | | | |Atletico Madrid (Spain) 0 1 1 | |Manchester City (England) 1 2 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 European Champions League Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Chelsea (England) 1 1 2 3 | |Manchester City (England) 1 1 2 5 | ============================================================== And the Copa Liberdatores in South America Copa Liberdatores ============================================================== |Previous Years | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2012 |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 4 | | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2013 |Corinthians (Brazil) 4 | | |Clube Atletico Mineiro (Brazil) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2014 |Corinthians (Brazil) 2 | | |Fluminense (Brazil) 4 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2015 |Corinthians (Brazil) 6 | | |San Lorenzo (Argentina) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2016 |Flamengo (Brazil) 3 | | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2017 |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 5 | | |Corinthians (Brazil) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2018 |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 5 | | |Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1 | |============================================================| |2019 Copa Liberdatores | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Corinthians (Brazil) 4 1 5 | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 0 1 ` | | | |Gimniasia (Argentina) 0 1 1 | |Internacional (Brazil) 1 1 2 | | | |Libertad (Paraguay) 1 0 1 | |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) 1 1 2 | | | |Vitoria (Brazil) 1 1 2 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 1 3 4 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Cerroi Porteno (Paraguay) 3 0 3 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 0 2 2 | | | |Corinthians (Brazil) 1 2 1 pens | |Internacional (Brazil) 1 3 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2019 Copa Liberdatores Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Cerro Porteno (Paraguay) 2 0 2 | |Corinthians (Brazil) 2 4 6 | ============================================================== During July, the Copa America will be on while I again wait and hope for a job.
  15. March - April 2019 Real Madrid (RSA) South African National First Division Maniini All Blacks (16th) v Real Madrid(RSA) (15th) Needless to say, this update begins with a crunch game. And within three minutes we were crunched. Tshabalaba opening rthe scoring via the head. From then on neither side threatened. I mixed things up a bit trying to find a way to goal, but without anything looking likely. All Blacks outplayed us, and the 1-0 loss pretty much ensured relegation (which was looking highly likely anyway). Real Madrid(RSA) (16th) v Chippa United (1st) The openewr came a quarter of the way through the game, with a goal kick to Chippa's Peteresen who outran our Peterson all the way to the area and slotted home. A couple of minutes later Pewtersen had a brace, with a good run and well hit strike. Sesay almost pulled one back for us, playing as a defensive mid. His shot hitting the underneath of the crossbar but failing to go in. We were generally mixing it with the table leaders in general play, but its goals that determine the result. And there we weree wasteful, where Petersen had been clinical for a five minute period. Ten minutes into the second half we got a lucky break, with Chippa's goalkeeper picking the ball up just outside the area. Phehello took advantaghe of the free kick and dragged one back for us. With Chippa down to ten men I went for slightly more attacking tactics to see if we could pull somethuing from the match. No chance. 2-1 loss. All Blacks got a draw, and it is a four point barrier. Sivutsa Stars (7th) v Real Madrid(RSA) (16th) As expected Sivutsa as always wiped the floor with us everywhere on the park. It took until early in the second half for the scoring to start though. In the 64th a corner followed by two headers left us two down. We had out first shot of the match five minutes later, Phehello sending the ball sailing over the corner flag. And that was it. Maniini drew again, just to make things that little bit more impossible. Real Madrid(RSA) (16th) v Carara Kicks (7th) Another match, another early goal conceded from another corner. There is nothing to suggest there is any way this side can be saved. Masango did pull the goal back, via the head, just before the half hour mark. But really, it was never likely to mean anything. At haklf time we led mosat of the stats, the first time for a very long time. But actually scoring still looked far less likely than conceding. We pressed their goial a bit early in the second, and ten minutes Phehello on the wrong side of the pitch crossed and found Zakazaka's head for a lead. A lead. After that shock Carara started getting on top around the ground. Late in the game we went into containment mode, Carara pressed, but the whistle sounded. A win. That was a shock to everyone. A fortnight's break due to internationals. Sesay played for Sieraa Leone again. Thanda Royal Zulu (12th) v Real Madrid(RSA) (15th) With Sesay injured in training, Motha suspended and Peterson inelgible, the side that took to the field was considerably different. The defence was basically ripped apart by the omissions. Zulus were on top, but faioled to score in the opneing half. They really should have done once thjough with Mhlangu putting himself out of position by coming off his line and then just as he got to the ball deciding to back-pedal and allow the striker to run on. Just before the 80 minute mark we looked to have conceded, but the viewing angle proved false and the ball had just sailed over bar not under it. Another own goal after 83 minutes, a corner headed into the leg of Moeketsi and the unplanned touch edged it in. Actually, it wasn't classed as an own goal. Unlucky, but in reality we deserved the loss. Real Madrid(RSA) (15th) v Atlie FC (13th) The earlky signs were not good with Atlie pushing hard, and creating chances, while we did nothing. However, against the run of play masango scored from our first move forward. A little chip-cross from Permall just grazed Masango's head and went in. Masango had a second on 20 minutes, when Zakazaka held the ball up and (surprisingly) made a simple throguh ball. The shot was hit hard and true. The stats showed Atlie had been better in the first half, the scorebard shwed we had the advantage. Atlie continued to look the better side after the break, and more dangerous with it. With abour 15-20 minutes to play I switched a containing instruction, hoping to just hold on as we were no longer showing any sign of moving the ball forward. Three times Atlie's Campbell had the whole target to shoot at and put it wide, once from about eight yards out. Despite the stats showing Atlie were the far better team, we lucked in three points. It was also our first clean sheet since a draw with Carara Kicks on October 6. Roses United (12th) v Real Madrid(RSA) (14th) An early free kick, an early goal down. A well taken 20 yeard effort putting us in trouble. And the next one was from 25 yards, not afree kick but with nobody there to provide pressure. We had patches of copmeptitiveness, even leading possession, but never came close to breaking down Roses' set-up. At lkeast Beauwest and Maniini both lost as well. Next up, Beauwest, who we didn't fare to well against last time around. Maybe being at home will help. Maybe. Real Madrid(RSA) (14th) v Beauwest City (16th) If we won this, we would almost secure that Beauwest could not catch us – they would need two big wins in the last two games. If Maniini lost as well, it would be tough for them too. If we won this. If we lost, it was all too likely we would drop. All to play for, nothing to play with. Elton Petersen twisted his ankle and will likely miss the rest of the season. I could just cancel the loan now. We were definitely on top early, but without that edge to make good chances. As the first half wore on Beauwest started to get into the game more though. And shortly before half time, almost from nowhere, they took the lead. There looked to be lot of offside in that. And a free kick with almost 80 gone sunk us. That leaves us still sitting in real trouble with two games remaining.