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  1. September 2022 S.P.A.L. Italian Serie B The pools for the first round of European Under 19 qualifiers were annoiunced, as always San Marino are not in the qualifiers. The month began with San Marino Under 19s going to 3-0 in Belarus. That was difficult to take after pushing Iran so hard. S.P.A.L. v AlbinoLeffe (media prediction 12th) Two further players were out for this match, midfielder Pavol Jetko and left back/left wing Damit Koralic on duty with under 21s for Slovakia and Slovenia respectively. The line-up was lopsided, trying not to play too many out of position. The result. Smacked. Utterly smacked. Yet only 1-0 down at the break. The second half was more even, with neither side looking likely and in many ways the one goal loss was a lucky break. It could have been six by half time. Another San Marino Under 19s match, this time away to Luxembourg. Sometimes a team looks to match an opponent, except in the key moments. Anoithger 1-0 loss. Probably the hardest to take so far. Modena (media prediction 13th) v S.P.A.L. - televised We welcomed back Kolaric and Jetko after their U21 endeavours, allowing 16 year old Quadrelli to rest on the bench. A faiely uneventful first half, such chances as were made all fell Modena's way. Theye did score once but blatantly offside. Fifty five minutes in we took the lead without having to pay a goal bonus. Cross, deflected off a Modena player and into the net. Four minutes later we were a man up, a filthy tackle saw us get afree kick just outside the area and a straight red to a Modena midfielder. After what happened in Naples, I was worried the game might turn into another injury festival. The free kick went high. In the end, an uninspiring 1-0 win. Most importantly, a win. S.P.A.L. v Ascoli (media prediction 2nd) We stsrted to get some players back in training, but not ready to start for this game. Ascoli's velocci looked very dangerous, too quick and they target him with through balls a lot. We were not the better side, but the way we fall behind was uncluky. A speculative floater that somehow lobbed in on 71 minutes. The second was a little easier to take, but not much. A rebound off the crossbar was not the way I expected velocci to score against us. It was stoppage time before we clawed one back, I hadn't planned on bringing Francomacarro on this game, but he provided the assist for Durand to run on to. I can't make out if were unlucky or not. Outplayed but both goals conceded had a touch of luck – then again other chances could easily have been scores against us. Out of the blue I was offered the Indonesia Under 23 job. This means possible competition matches, Asian Games and Olympic Qualifiers. So I jumped at the chance. I'll probably leave Indonesia (if not sacked) after the Olympic Qualifers in 2023. I won't include these in my career stats as they are not full internationals. Asian Games will see us up against China, Iran and U.A.E in the group stage. I am not expecting great results there. We will have twi friendlies against fellow low ranked qualifiers a week out from the games. Wow. The Nottingham Forest manager just got sacked, because in the early season they fighting to keep from relegation spots in League Two. Torino (media expectation 3rd) v S.P.A.L. One of the guys I looked at but couldn't afford in the pre-season opened the scoring early against us with a well placed left foot shot. The amoiuntikf time and space he had was criminal. A second came on 75 minutes, when we couldn't mark a man a long free kick. He got a clear header away when there should at least have been a pretense of pressure. Sometimes you don't have the cattle, that showed up in this game but even so the lapses at the back were quite poor. We may have a more reliable avenue to goal soon, Mendicino is on the mend and back at training. That is not a great set of results for the month. Its not yet a big trouble for the season, but we need a win soon. And the squad is nearing full strength, so hopefully we'll pick some points again soon. There are a couple of ineligibles and unregistered there, that was just to remind me they exist. They will drop back into the reserves squad.
  2. July - August 2022 S.P.A.L Italian Serie B San Marino Under 19 Currently SPAL 2013, originally SPAL 1907, after a rebadging as a result of bankrupcy, SPAL are based in the city of Ferrara (pop approx 132000 in 2012), between Bologna and Venice. The good news is its three hours by train to San Marino, so both jobs aren't that far apart. Fifty to sixty years ago the club was in and out of the Serie A, more recently Serie B and C have been its home. The last visit to the top flight was in 1967/68. The club's highest honours were winning Serie B in 1951 and runner-up in the Cup in 1962. The glory days are well over, having been promoted from Serie C1 last season. The 19000 capacity Paolo Mazza is situated just to the west of the city centre. Serie B is a huge step up from my failure at much lower levels. Dealing with much higher budgets - though zero for transfers - and trying to determine what constitutes a decent player at this level proved to be a difficult change in mind-set. Expectaions Board Media Me League Avoid relegation battle 20th (relegated) Avoid relegation Cup Reach 3rd Qualifying Round Depends on draw, but 4th Qualifying round Friendlies were a disaster. The defence looks especially poor, and I have not been able to get anyone ion to fix the holes. Most of those sides have been Series C or below as well. The only positives are that the new striker combination I got in seem to be slightly better than the former incumbents. Mendicino is the only player on the list I have not been deeply disappointed in every time I see them. S.P.A.L. v Frosinone (Serie C1/B, expected 1st) - Italian Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Due tio some players being on trial, the team that took the field for this game was weakened even in comparison to the friendly teams which had been performing so badly. A lack of wing options in the squad saw a very narropw formation take to the field. We wated a couiple of chances early. It looked liekly to be costly as Frosinone started to get on top. Thankfully no score resulted. Until right on the half when new striker Mendicino put us one up. Midfielder Catalano's through ball looked OK, except perhaps a hint of offside from the striker. A spot of luck early in the second half saw the lead double. The other striker I bought in, Francomocarro, was credoted with the goal but it was a deflection off a block from a Mendicino shot – and the Giacomelli cross from the left was lucky to begin with. In the end, despite both sides having good chances, a 2-0 win to start my time I competitive game with the club. It also saw board expectations met for the cup. The draw was not kind, away to Napoli who finished tenth in Serie A last year and so have no European distractions. Napoli (Serie A, expected 11th) S.P.A.L. - Italian Cup 3rd Qualifying Round The one good thing that might come out of this is a share of gate receipts. We actually had the first few shots, including one that was gettable thoiugh not simple. Unfortunately wasted, and then seven minutes in gave up a needless penalty. Which Bonassi saved. Napoli may have looked a bit rusty in the first five minutes but once they got themselves together it looked to be a big defeat in the making. Somehow we went to the break level, but that lasted just three minutes on resumption. With seventy minutes played I went to a maore attacking set of instructions in the hope of a fluke equaliser. It was always more likely to lead to a 6-0 result. It alsmost worked, twice inside a minute Francomocarro had opportunities to equalise. The first was rushed, the second an easy put away that he instead skidded into the near upright. Sudbstiutue defender Vinci took a corner which found the head of fellow defender Perez, and we were on level terms with 80 played. Just inches saved us a minute later. And one up and back rebound after that it was again the hands of Bonassi which kept us level. The assistant saved us in minute 89, the ball had gobe in but was judged offside. Ninety minutes gone and Napoli were down a midfielder, through a secoind yellow card. There were to be three minutes of stoppage time. In that time Mendicino got injured, we were also down to ten men as all subs had already been made. That advantage didn't last long. Just seconds later new defnder Kolaric was also carried off, and we went from 11 v 11, to being a man up, to being a man down inside five minutes. Whatever happens, this is going to make our physio a very busy man indeed. Extra time. Nine men v ten. I thought we had taklen the lead, attacking midfielder Jetjko;s free kick looked on target and to have beaten the goalie. It just went over so narrowly. By this stage I was playing for the shootout, not that penalty takers are all that good. Brutal match, Catalano was taken off injured just on half of extra time, and Francomocarro was hobbling as well. 115 minutes in, Oliveira put Napoli in front. A pretty grim looking lineup my game's end. Both first choice strikers will miss a month or more, as will midfielder Catalano. Expect losses and poor morale to start the league season. With the pre-existing injuries added to that we aren't going to start the league in good shape at all. S.P.A.L v Cagliari (media prediction 4th) I started the league with no idea where a goal could come from. The solo striker in an untried formation (but one we have been training) is somebody who should never take a shot. It showed, we controlled the ball, had the shoits, but nothing looked close to a score. We lost central defender Luis Bachetti early in the second half, somebody I think could be a lynchpin of our already fragile defence. 66 minutes in and Durand got one on target, not onbly that the keeper failed to reach it. We had a lead. But gave it up cheaply moments later, failing to even move to track an opponent's run inside. In the end, perhaps were lucky to hold on to a point depite looking the better team over most of the field. Perugia (media prediction 22nd) v S.P.A.L Ugly, skillfree game. But we did get one very good ball in, and Durand about ten metres in the clear just managed to keep the shot inside the target area early in the second half. Both sides had their defence caught napping, but both sides failed to make meaningful chances from it. Poor game, but hree points are three points. San Marino U19 played one game in the two months, a 1-0 loss away to Iran with the goal not comung until the 79th minute. All in all that was a fairly credible performance for a small nation. The World Cup and Liberdatores wound up in July. Brazilian clubs dominating South America, and while Saudi Arabia took advantage of a World Cup being played in their region it was France who took the chocolates. ============================================================================================================ |2022 WORLD CUP in Qatar | |==========================================================================================================| |GROUP PHASE | | | |Group A |Group B | |Ghana 0 – 1 Qatar |Canada 0 – 4 Saudi Arabia | |Colombia 1 – 4 Czech Republic |Sweden 1 – 0 Argentina | |Qatar 1 – 3 Colombia |Argentina 3 – 0 Canada | |Czech Republic 1 – 1 Ghana |Saudi Arabia 1 - 0 Sweden | |Colobia 3 – 2 Ghana |Canada 0 – 1 Sweden | |Czech Republic 3 – 0 Qatar |Saudi Arabia 0 – 1 Argentina | | | | | GD PTS | GD PTS | |CZECH REPUBLIC +6 7 |SAUDI ARABIA +4 6 | |COLOMBIA 0 6 |ARGENTINA +3 6 | |Qatar -4 3 |Sweden +1 6 | |Ghana -2 1 |Canada -8 0 | |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | |Group C |Group D | |Portugal 2 – 2 Germany |U.S.A. 1 – 1 China | |Nigeria 0 – 4 Iran |Croatia 0 – 1 Brazil | |Germany 2 – 2 Nigeria |China 1 – 1 Croatia | |Iran 1 – 0 Portugal |Brazil 1 – 0 U.S.A. | |Germany 2 – 2 Iran |China 0 – 3 Brazil | |Portugal 2 – 2 Nigeria |U.S.A. 2 – 0 Croatia | | | | | GD PTS | GD PTS | |IRAN +5 7 |BRAZIL +5 9 | |GERMANY 0 3 |UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +1 4 | |Portugal -1 2 |China -3 2 | |Nigeria -4 2 |Croatia -3 1 | |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | |Group E |Group F | |Ivory Coast 0 – 1 Costa Rica |France 3 – 0 Chile | |Serbia 0 – 1 Spain |England 6 – 0 Mexico | |Costa Rica 1 – 2 Serbia |Chile 1 – 3 England | |Spain 5 – 1 Ivory Coast |Mexico 0 - 0 France | |Serbia 1 – 1 Ivory Coast |England 2 – 2 France | |Spain 3 – 0 Costa Rica |Mexico 2 – 0 Chile | | | | | GD PTS | GD PTS | |SPAIN +8 9 |ENGLAND +8 7 | |SERBIA 0 4 |FRANCE +3 5 | |Costa Rica -3 3 |Mexico -4 4 | |Ivory Coast -5 1 |Chile -7 0 | |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | |Group G |Group H | |Poland 0 – 1 Italy |Ireland 3 – 2 Ecuador | |South Africa 4 – 0 Japan |Netherlands 1 – 0 Algeria | |Japan 2 – 2 Poland |Ecuador 2 – 2 Netherlands | |Italy 2 – 1 South Africa |Algeria 2 – 0 Ireland | |Italy 5 – 3 Japan |Algeria 2 – 3 Ecuador | |Poland 1 – 4 South Africa |Netherlands 2 – 1 Ireland | | | | | GD PTS | GD PTS | |ITALY +4 9 |NETHERLANDS +2 7 | |SOUTH AFRICA +6 6 |ECUADOR 0 4 | |Poland -4 1 |Algeria 0 3 | |Japan -6 1 |Ireland -2 3 | |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | |ROUND OF 16 | | HT FT ET Pen | HT FT ET Pen | |Czech Republic 1 3 |Spain 1 1 | |Argentina 0 0 |France 1 4 | | | | |Saudi Arabia 0 2 |England 0 0 | |Colombia 0 1 |Serbia 1 1 | | | | |U.S.A. 0 0 |Ecuador 0 0 | |Iran 1 2 |Italy 2 3 | | | | |Brazil 0 0 |South Africa 2 3 | |Germany 1 4 |Netherlands 0 0 | |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | |QUARTER FINALS | | HT FT ET Pen | HT FT ET Pen | |Czech Republic 0 2 |France 1 1 2 3 | |Germany 1 1 |South Africa 0 1 2 1 | | | | |Saudi Arabia 2 3 |Serbia 0 0 0 3 | |Iran 1 2 |Italy 0 0 0 2 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |SEMI FINALS | | HT FT ET Pen | HT FT ET Pen | |Czech Republic 2 2 |Saudi Arabia 0 1 1 1 | |Serbia 0 0 |France 0 1 1 2 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |THIRD PLACED PLAYOFF | | HT FT ET Pen | |Saudi Arabia 0 1 | |Serbia 2 2 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 2022 WORLD CUP FINAL | | | | 1/2 Time Full Time Extra Time Penalties | | CZECH REPUBLIC 0 0 | | FRANCE 1 3 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |Player of the tournament : Alex Smith (England) | |Golden boot : Alex Smith (England) | ============================================================================================================ 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 |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 3 | | |Corinthians (Brazil) 1 | |============================================================| |2022 Copa Liberdatores | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Flamengo (Brazil) 2 2 4 | |All Boys (Argentina) 1 2 3 ` | | | |Santos (Brazil) 3 1 4 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 0 0 0 | | | |Vasco (Brazil) 0 2 2 | |Corinthians (Brazil) 4 2 6 | | | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 1 1 2 | |America (Mexico) 0 1 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Santos (Brazil) 2 0 2 | |Flamengo (Brazil) 0 4 4 | | | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 0 3 3 away gls| |Corinthians (Brazil) 2 1 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2022 Copa Liberdatores Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Flamengo (Brazil) 1 1 2 | |Sao Paulo (Brazil) 0 3 3 | ==============================================================
  3. July 2022 - Quick Update As it turned out it took very little game time to get a job. First of all, I applied for the San Marino Under 19s job. These boys are so bad thery don't even play qualifiers for youth chmpionships, but I took any job just so I had something to do. Then, very surprisingly, I ended up with a job in Italy. SPAL (Societa Polisportica Ars et Labor) are in Serie B for the 2022/23 season; but start with just 12 players in their senior squad The first job with SPAL will be to get in some staff and a couple of players. Finances dictate not too many can come in and there do appear to be a couple of reserves who could be called up to the senior squad.
  4. January - July 2022 Unemployed I got laughed at with a few applications, taken seriously with none. Around the world, the highlight was the start of the 2022 World Cup. But there were champions leagues to wrap up before then. North America and Europe. The Copa Liberdatores is yet to finish, in July. 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|FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 1 penalties | | |Manchester City (England) 1 | |============================================================| |2021/22 European Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quater Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 0 1 1 away gls| |Arsenal (England) 0 1 1 | | | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 3 2 5 | |FC Barcelona (Spain) 1 3 4 | | | |FC Porto (Portugal) 1 0 1 | |Manchester United (England) 1 1 2 | | | |Real Madrid (Spain) 3 0 3 | |Manchester City (England) 0 0 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 2 1 3 | |Real Madrid (Spain) 2 0 2 | | | |Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 1 0 1 | |Manchester United (England) 0 2 2 e.t. | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2022 European Champions League Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Manchester United (England) 0 1 | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 1 2 | ============================================================== 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 |Necaxa (Mexico) 7 |DC United (USA) 1 | |============================================================| |2022 North American Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 1 2 3 | |Chivas (Mexico) 3 2 5 | | | |Monterrey (Mexico) 3 4 7 | |Marathon (Honduras) 1 2 3 | | | |New York (USA) 3 3 6 | |Chivas USA (USA) 1 0 1 | | | |Pumas (Mexico) 4 1 5 | |Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 1 2 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | | | |Chivas USA (USA) 1 0 1 | |Monterrey (Mexico) 3 1 4 | | | |New York (USA) 3 0 3 | |Pumas (Mexico) 0 1 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2022 North American Champions League Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Montereey (Mexico) 2 0 2 | |New York (USA) 1 3 4 | ============================================================== In the big three leagues: Arsenal pulled out the double, Inter ran rampant, and Barcelona's grip on Spain became tenuous. England 2021/22 ============================================================== |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 | |2020/21|Manchester United |Fulham | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Arsenal +36 75 |FA Cup | |Chelsea +32 75 |Arsenal 4 | |Manchester United +25 73 |Aston Villa 0 | |Everton +22 70 | | |Manchester City +20 68 |League Cup | |Liverpool +21 65 |Manchester United 2 | |Birmingham +20 64 |Southampton 0 | Italy 2021/22 ============================================================== |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 | |2020/21|FC Internazionale |FC Internazionale | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |FC Internazionale +40 86 |Italian Cup | |Genoa +16 66 |FC Internazionale 2 | |A.C. Milan +22 66 |Genoa 1 | |Udinese +13 63 | | |Juventus +18 61 | | |Sampdoria +11 60 | | |Fiorentina +9 59 | | ============================================================== Spain 2021/22 ============================================================== |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 | |2020/21|FC Barcelona |Deportivo la Coruna | |============================================================| |League |Cup | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Real Madrid +59 86 |Spanish Cup | |FC Barcelona +47 81 |Mallorca 2 | |Mallorca +35 81 |Atletico Madrid 0 | |Valencia +23 73 | | |Sevilla +21 73 | | |Atletico Madrid +17 65 | | |Atheltic Club -4 56 | | ==============================================================
  5. No Job Continued An otherwise pathetic career has more pathetic added to it. Competition History ============================================================================================================ |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 | |2021/22 |Roses United |South African First Division | 4| 4| 6| 17| 20| -3 | | | |South African Cup | 0| 1| 0| 1| 1| 0 | | | |South African First Division Cup | 0| 1| 0| 1| 1| 0 | |==========================================================================================================| |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 29| 6| 9| 14| 30| 43| -13 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |Grand Total 228| 51| 66|111| 256| 368|-102 | |Percentage |22%|29%|49%| | ============================================================================================================ Note: Cup matches which go to penalties are considered draws in the above. But the world goes on around me. African and Asian Champions Leagues completed, and the Club World Cup. 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 |Manchester City (Eng) 4 |Corinthians (Brazil) 3| |2020 |Manchester City (Eng) 3 |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 0| |============================================================| |2021 Club World Championship | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | |Wydad Casabalanca (Morocco) 1 | |Zamalek (Egypt) 3 | | | |Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) 3 | |Necaxa (Mexico) 0 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Fifth Placed Playoff | |Necaxa (Mexico) 0 | |Wydada Casablanca (Morocco) 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | |Zamalek (Egypt) 1 | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 3 | | | |Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) 0 | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 2 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Third Placed Playoff | |Zamalek (Eqypt) 1 | |Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) 1 pens | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 Club World Championship Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Boca Juniors (Argentina) 0 1 | |FC Bayern Munchen (Germany) 0 2 | ============================================================== 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 |Wydad Casablanca (Mor) 4 |Al-Ahly (Egypt) 3| |2020 |Enyimba (Nigeria) 1 |Raja Casablanca (Mor.) 0| |============================================================| |2021 African Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Heartland (Nigeria) 3 2 5 | |Enugu Rangers (Nigeria) 1 2 3 | | | |Zamalek (Egypt) 4 1 5 | |ES Tunis (Tunisia) 1 2 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 African Champions League Final | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Zamalek (Egypt) 2 1 3 | |Heartland (Nigeria) 0 1 1 | ============================================================== 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 |Lekhwiya (Qatar) 2 |Al-Father (Saudi Ar.) 1 | |2019 |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Ar.) 2 |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Ar.) 0 | |2020 |Al-Gharrafa (Qatar) 3 |Lekhwiya (qatar) 0 | |============================================================| |2021 Asian Champions League | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Quarter Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Mes Kerman (Iran) 3 2 5 | |Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) 3 2 5 away gls| | | |Okayama FC (Japan) 1 2 3 away gls| |Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) 1 2 3 | | | |Osaka AC (Japan) 1 3 4 | |Ulsan (South Korea) 1 1 2 | | | |Seongnam (South Korea) 1 2 3 | |Al-Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) 0 1 1 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |Semi-Finals | | Leg1 Leg2 Aggr | |Okayama (Japan) 2 0 2 | |Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) 1 4 5 | | | |Osaka AC (Japan) 2 0 2 | |Seongnam (South Korea) 0 3 3 | |------------------------------------------------------------| |2021 Asian Champions League Final | | HT FT ET Pen | |Seongnam (South Korea) 1 1 1 | |Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) 1 1 2 | ============================================================== And, of course, the end of year player awards. A new recipient if both awards. ============================================================================================================ | |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 | |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| |2021|Lucas Makhoba |Lucas Makhoba | | |FC Bayern Munchen (GER) / South Africa |FC Bayern Munchen (GER) / South Africa | ============================================================================================================ As for my plans, if I don't get a job by the start of the 2022/23 season, I think its career over.
  6. October - December 2021 Roses United South African National First Division Maritzburg United (3rd, predicted 3rd) v Roses United (7th) Almost an early goal. Gumede was beaten to a long ball by a Maritzburg defender, and took him out with a sliding tackle getting ball first to avoid the foul (and probable card). The got up and beat the goalkeeper to the ball, before then pushing it wide. No complaints, maritzburg mnissed an even easier chance almost half an hour in. Gumede did the same thing again, taking down the same player (from behind and very lucky the whistle wasn't blown), only this time the goalkkeeper didn't come to meet him and the shot was not only on target but successful. 1-0 to us. Only the head of Jabu Masuku on the line saved us a few minutes later after Mathole failed to properly glove a floated effort. Mitchell's head doubled our lead late in the half, after a slow cross from Mayesiko. No controversy this time. Immediate reply from martizburg, with a wonderfully placed effort from the edge of the area. Not many chances were being careated but it was turnign Into a cracking game. Minutes after the break scores were level, a nice cross finding a head, and the ball nodded home truly to Mathole's right. Not much he could do, the problem was with the outfield defenders. Bith sides missed a good chance apiece after that, but it was Gumede again who broke the dealock after 82 minutes. A short clearnace by their goalkeeper was cut off by Ngobe's head, luckily falling to Gumede who rounded a defender and won the ensuing one on one. And with the points almost secured, a great strike from the angle by Maritzburg's Khena made it 3-3. We were perhaps lucky, and perhaps not, certainly a win would have been a steal. I can't complain about the draw. Hanover Park (13th, predicted 15th) v Roses United (10th) We started favourites, but the game did not begin that way. Hanover had the better of the early exchanges. But we did get the early score, with our first move forward. Mitchell from the right, across the ground to Gumede. Three Hanover players should have intercepted but didn't, and Gumede tapped in. Despit the scoreline, Hanover Park were proving to be the better team by quite a margin. Hanover hiot the woodword twice early in the second half, continuing their domination without scoring. Hanover Park had one of those games we had so often last season. They were the better team everywhere except the scoreboard. I think morale does that a lot in FM12. Roses United (8th) v FC Cape Town (6th, predicted 7th) Cape Tow came out playing a crisp passing game, and had us under pressure the whole time. By the time threy brok through at the 15 minute mark, the game was already over. I tried a few things but we could not control the ball, or stop them from varving through our defences. The one thing that was working for us was that the back four did get back to put pressure on, so while Cape Town were getting a lot of shots away they weren't clear, high percentage ones. Surprisingly, after Gumede had come off injured, we scored to levbel early in the second half. A low cross from Mxonywa on the left found Mitchell on a run from the right and he put it past the goalie. One of very few moves forward we made for the match to that point. It took until stoppage time for Cape Town to secure the deserved win, the second half had actually veeb fairly even but snatching a point would have been a steal. After the game, news from the physio that Gumede would be out for around two months, a minimum of seven weeks. Roses United (11th) v Atlie FC (12th) I think it was a worrying sign when I told the lads I expected a win and they looked confused. An even more worrying sign was the one the referee made towards the penalty spot fiftenn minutes in. Atlie's Mahlangu made no mistake. My players were adamant the ref had. Solomons had replaced the injured Gumede and replied instantly, with a small run after getting onto a long ball in the clear and a well hit shot from the edge of the area to draw level. Solomons had a second when Mitchell crossed in, and the striker just beat two defenders to the ball with about ten to play in the first. Jabu Masuku, who had goven away the penalty, got given a yellow early in the second. Was he playing with fire? Solomons was forced off about an hour into the game. One pattern that was clear was that we went forward more often, but when Atlie went forward the ball tended to stay in danger areas longer. Mathole made two horrendous mistakes in the space of a minute to lose the game for us. The first was a nod back from Makhanya, which Mathole followed and only tried to touch once it was over the line. The second was a shot straight at his chest that he failed to touch. 3-2 loss. Rumours are circulating that a consortium may buy the club. If so, I doubt my standing is strong enough to survive. University of Pretoria (10th) v Roses United (12th) Conceded early, there was not enough pace in the team to chase down Tuks' Djikoloum and he went almost end to end solo before finally making the simplest of assists for the simplest of goals. Majola had come in for Guymede and Solomons' injuries, and provided the assist for the equaliser. His curling free kick found Jabu Masuku's head. 1-1 after 24 minutes, fully underserved on the balance of play. Tuks kept the pressure piling up, and it was no surprise when they rettok the lead midway through the second with some decisive asnd incisive passing moves. Humiliated on the pitch, the scoreline doesn't do justice to the match. Cup draw, and we are at home to Carara Kicks (currently 8th in our league) in the preliminary round. Roses United (12th) v Durban Warriors (13th) Durban were looking slightly better than us, until a mix-up. We floated in a cross to nobody which their keeper fumbled. On to one of their defenders and ricochet in so we had an early lead. Durban proved very patient in our defensive third, knocking the ball aorund and only trying to pounce when things opened up. This gave us a chance to hold them up, but also made it scary when they did make a move. Late in the game we started testing the ref, the whistle was being blown incessantly. In the end we held on, but possibly only deserved a draw. Chad Masuku had been injured early in the game, and was set moss about a week and a half. Which will mean Nkosi goes back to right wing as preferred at the start of the season, and Mitchell attacking mid. The consortium looking at a takeover have named their preferred replacement manager Not looking good on that front. Roses United (12th) v Carara Kicks (7th) Upcoming cup opponents, but this was the league game. The takeover consortium are not hiding anything, their preferred manager is in the stands. This was an unusual game. Neither side were all that defensively minded but few opportunities rose either way anyway. Until Moloi gave up a penalty 72 minutes in the few chances there had been had been half-chances. As it turned out Carara missed the spot kick. A flat match overall, Carara probably marginally the better side, hardly the sort of thing that will save my job if the club gets bought. Witbbank Spurs (14th) v Roses United (12th) Witbkank started stronger, and eventually capitalisded after not really looking to do much with their field play. In the end though, one move was all it took for them to find a path through the defence and slot one home. Thirty seven minutees in we were completely sunk, an injured Ndluvo turned and shot from the edge of the are doubling our deficit with superb placement. We had just 21% possession for the first half. It became 3-0 after 72. We had been better after the break, but not good and this was no surprise. Chad Masuku puleld one back in the 82nd, avoiding a couple of dfenders in the area and a cheeky finish. But, really, why. And it soon was 4-1 anyway, bad defence followed by a goalkeeper deciding that a ball on the ground wasn't his problem. Horrible match. That first half was the biggest demolition I can recall seeing, even if other halves have resulted in bigger scores. The consortium takeover is complete. The new chairman has said I will stay on for now, but that the decision is not final. Roses United (National First Division, 13th) v Carara Kicks (National First Division, 8th) - South African Cup Preliminary Round With Gumede back fior his furst start since injury and Carara's lack of real attack when we last met, I went with slightly more attacking instructions this game. It almost paid off twice early, including Gumede getting in the play and creating a chance. We were proving fairlt adeot at keeping Carara in their own half, or rebounding quickly when they rached ours. It was on the vounter thatw e hgot the first score. Nkosi on the right, Mayekiso in from the left meeting the cross. Their goalkeeper got a hand on it but not enough to stop it. Six munites later, Carara's first move forward resulted in a goal. Some scrambling after a corner, back out wide, a cross back in and anothjer scramble where we failed to clear. A couiple of minutes later Cad masuku missed an easy shot after Gumede fed him through, that was followed by a header to the crossbar. We should have gone 2-1 down despite being by far the superior side, Carara missed an absolute dolly in just their second time into our third. After the break we lost fluency, and Carara started to press. We didn't manage a shot in the second half, after going 10-2 in the first. Then, in the final minute of stoppage time, Nkosi was sent off for his second yellow. We had a chance to start extra time, the only one for either side in the fifteen minutes. We had to make subs as players were getting incredibly tired by extra half. The most tired player, however, would probably be taking penalties if it go that far and so stayed on. The next fifteen was pretty uneventful, and so the spot kick lottery. We are not good from the spot. Gumede first, goalkeeper puts hands on it. But it scores. Carara make no mistake. 1-1. Ngobe was next up, no confidence but at least he wasn't tired. Pushes it wide.carara again score. 1-2. Solomons surely. Again ther goalkeeper gets hands, but it scores. Carara's third is saved by mathole high and to his left. 2-2. Moloi was almost too tired to walk to the spot. But he stayed on for this moment, and scored. Msomi scopreds for Carara 3-3 after 4, basically sudden death now. Chad Masuku. Not an expert finisher for an attacking player. Low and to the right, score. Carara, high and to the right, score. 4-4. Mayekiso was sixth up. And slotted it with his left. Zwane scores for Carara. 5-5 after 6. Now the dregs from defence, Jabu Masuku next up. Low to the left, post, rebound. And Carara score to go through 5-6 after 7. With the transfer window open in January, I will need to look at options. Especially out, the board are pretty agro over the wage situation. Or maybe I won't. The day after Christmas Day, sacked.
  7. I know its a while ago, but not many teams would be champions with a goal difference of zero.
  8. Looking good. A lot of work to do but well set.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 | ==============================================================
  12. 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.
  13. 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 | ==============================================================
  14. 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.
  15. 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 | ============================================================================================================