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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    We're in the Money, we're in the Money Below is the qualification route we took to see us qualify for the Champions League Group Stage for the very first time. A fairly straight forward qualification, although FH threw a spanner in the works taking an advantage to Ireland and after a 4-0 home leg win over Slavia Prague, we made hard work of it in Czech Republic. Anyway... Massive money in. WUT. Nil points expected.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Ince on Fire A hatty and a handful of assists as we smash nine past Wexford in the League Cup. That makes it 7 goals and 12 assists in 11 games since signing for us. And that was also our 2nd 9-0 win of the season, also adding an 8-1 win in there too, all three of those big wins coming within the last 11 games. Coincidence.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Reinforcements This is the whole transfer picture for the season but when I mean reinforcements I mean the last five players in, three names you all know there, Tom Ince and Sam McQueen (both released by Barnsley) and Joshua King (released by Bournemouth). All three are in their 30's but all improve the squad with Ince and McQueen becoming first team players. Kelley joins from Cork in a pre-arranged deal, he will eventually become first choice GK. Coulibaly is an Ivorian national who gives us another role up front as TM. King made his debut then this came about saying he had finally scored.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Europa League 1st KO Round Upon topping the EL group we were rewarded with a two-legged affair with Lyonnais. A 7-3 aggregate defeat, whilst being a defeat, is quite good for a club of our stature. They have a strong squad including Dembele, Aouar, Traore, Tousart and Ndombele still, they have lost next to no first team players since the save began.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Its gone down again a bit now, the money for the youth facilities improvements has come out after planning was granted but its for a good cause.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    UCD - Irish Premier Division - 2024 Another season down and another league win, however we were poorer than last season, we lost a game, we scored nearly 20 goals less but did have a better goals conceded record. Cups wise, we managed to add the IRN-BRU Cup to our cabinet once more, winning that for the 3rd successive time, we also won the Irish League Cup and Presidents Cup once again. In Europe we fared quite well, reaching the Europa League group stages once again after initially reaching the CL 2nd qualifying phase before bowing out to a strong Rosenborg side. We faced Buducnost twice, firstly in the CL then again in the EL 3rd Qualifying Round, beating them both times, Thompson scoring six out of seven goals in the second time we faced them. We had to beat APOEL in the last qualifying round to reach the group stages, we did that 4-2 on aggregate. Our reward was a group consisting PSV, Slavia Prague and Krasnodor. We did really well in what was billed as a tough group before the games started, we comfortably topped the group and qualified for the 1st KO Round again with a game to spare. I felt we were a little weaker than last season but we did change the squad quite significantly with 5 strong squad players out and 6/7 over the two windows in. We didn't score as many goals as last season, Thompson the obvious stand out with 48 goals, thirteen less than last season but it was Farrugia (5 goals and 15 assists less) who didn't contribute as much as I wanted him to. Latham in goal did an excellent job replacing Walker, he had 29 clean sheets from his 64 games played. We spent some more money on improving the Youth Recruitment but it didn't yield any results. We also convinced the board to spend £1.6m on improving the youth facilities which are still in the planning stage. We're back over the £11m mark thanks to Europe, we actually spent £2.6m last season on new players and have already spent £300k on a new player from this seasons budget of £5.8m. Season | League | Pos | Irish Senior Cup | Irish League Cup | Leinster Senior Cup | Presidents Cup | IRN-BRU Cup | Europe 2018 | First Division | 2nd | 2nd Round | Winners v Waterford | 4th Round | n/a | n/a | n/a 2019 | Premier Division | 3rd | Semi Final | 2nd Round | Winners v St Pat's | n/a | n/a | n/a 2020 | Premier Division | 1st | Winners v Dundalk | Winners v Bohemians | Winners v Athlone | n/a | n/a | EL 3rd Qual Rd 2021 | Premier Division | 1st | 1st Round | Winners v Athlone | Winners v Shelbourne | Losers v Cork | Winners v Kilmarnock Res | 3rd EL Gr E 2022 | Premier Division | 1st | Semi-Final | Winners v Galway | Winners v Shamrock | Winners v Cork | Winners v Celtic Res | EL 1st KO Rd 2023 | Premier Division | 1st | 2nd Round | Quarter Final | Semi Final | Win v Shamrock | Winners v Dundalk (Pens) | EL 1st KO Rd 2024 | Premier Division | 1st | Semi-Final | Winners v Limerick | | Win v Dundalk | |
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Transfers In relative terms we spent big. Three loanees this season for depth at ST, RW & RB. We raided Dundalk, Cork and Limerick for some Irish players, of those Latham is first choice in GK. McCarthy from Limerick was loaned back to the selling club. Meireles is a Portuguese youth player from Andorran side Lusitans. Szep is a 20 year old Hungarian AMC, who will rotate with Watts in that position. Hutchinson is a reserve GK.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Bowing out of Europe We're into the new season and we were drawn against Nice in the 1st KO Round of the Europa League. We were at home in the first leg and thanks to an injury time goal we took a 2-1 lead to France. Armed with an away goal Nice, only needed a 1-0 home win and they were through to the next round. Another good season in Europe nevertheless, we're slowly building a better reputation on the continent, being able to attract better players to the club. However, there was one player that has left the club in a huff. Young Cameron Walker, who couldn't make his mind up whether to play for England or Australia, he left for Liverpool for up to £1.6m. He instantly became worth £8m on a contract worth 31.5k p/w, that brings the 30% profit from next sale into play.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    UCD - Irish Premier Division - 2023 Another season over and another league win, we went unbeaten too, this season I felt we had a strong enough squad to use two teams, a league team and a cup team/mixture of first choice players. Although when played in Europe midweek we did rotate in the league games too and that's where we failed to win some of those games in the league. For me, Cups aren't really that important except European Cups of course so, our energy was focused on Europe and not domestic cups. An overview below... We end the season with more than what that image shows though, as we won the IRN-BRU Cup once again beating Celtic Reserves in the final and also won the Irish Leinster Senior Cup beating Shamrock in the final. In Europe we finished 2nd behind Celtic, to advance to the 1st KO of the Europa League. A strong squad domestically, further improvements needed for Europe. Two stand-out players in Thompson (61 goals in 61 games) and Farrugia (37 assists and 20 goals). We're actually releasing three Irishmen at the end of the season, Miele, Dunleavy and Boyle all not good enough for this team now. Giovinco, after 5 goals and 7 assists is retiring. Over £11m in the bank now thanks to another European group stage, we've been given over £5m to spend, I want to try and replace those leaving with younger Irish players. We improved the YR and JC in the course of the season too, so they now sit at Above Average and Exceptional. I also changed my HoYD after this seasons poor intake. Season | League | Pos | Irish Senior Cup | Irish League Cup | Leinster Senior Cup | Presidents Cup | IRN-BRU Cup | Europe 2018 | First Division | 2nd | 2nd Round | Winners v Waterford | 4th Round | n/a | n/a | n/a 2019 | Premier Division | 3rd | Semi Final | 2nd Round | Winners v St Pat's | n/a | n/a | n/a 2020 | Premier Division | 1st | Winners v Dundalk | Winners v Bohemians | Winners v Athlone | n/a | n/a | EL 3rd Qual Rd 2021 | Premier Division | 1st | 1st Round | Winners v Athlone | Winners v Shelbourne | Losers v Cork | Winners v Kilmarnock Res | 3rd EL Gr E 2022 | Premier Division | 1st | Semi-Final | Winners v Galway | Winners v Shamrock | Winners v Cork | Winners v Celtic Res | EL 1st KO Rd 2023 | Premier Division | 1st | 2nd Round | Quarter Final | | Win v Shamrock | | I've left blank, competitions i'm yet to complete.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Walkers Dilemma In the OP I mentioned that we had an International GK in Cameron Walker, well this lad can't make his mind up. When he signed he was English with Australian 2nd nationality, he was the called up and capped by Australia, played at least 5 times for them, winning the Asian Nations Cup, well now he's been called up to the England U20's and is English again. A bug maybe? You may also notice he's wanted by Liverpool, I tied him down to a new contract at the beginning of the season so he's here until 2026 unless Liverpool put in a big bid, we don't need the money though.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Europe A quick update regarding our plight/fight in Europe in 2023. With the Irish season being in a singular year rather than over the course of two halves I will make further updates when a European campaign ends each season. In my OP I left it with us being in the EL Group stages with one game left to play after the Qatar World Cup, we won that game meaning we finished the group stage in 2nd place which we were rewarded with a 1st KO Round tie with Ajax. We lost what I thought was the first leg 3-0 but in fact it was the only leg and we were out. I checked back and every other KO round in my save so far was over two legs. This season we entered the CL qualifying stages again and we easily beat Shakhtar K. and TNS over two legs to reach the 3rd Qualifying Round, we'd began to struggle with fitness issues by this point, we played a stronger team away from home against Slavia Prague and were rewarded with two away goals and I rotated a little in the 2nd leg only to draw and go out on away goals. We dropped into the EL where we faced Dila of Georgia in the last qualifying round before the group stages, we won comfortably, we rotated heavily in the home leg. We've been given a fairly tough group with Gala and Celtic. I hope to take points off Vorskla.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Transfers The mid-season window has opened and that's means the end of the season in England, prime opportunity to sign some released players from Prem sides. We signed two Brighton releasee's, Connolly a back up striker and we send an on loan striker back to Southampton, the other Towell will be first choice and actually scored twice on debut in the CL Qualifiers. O'Hora was signed from Coventry on a free transfer too, he comes in to supplement the squad. All three players are Irish. We're now back up to 13 Irish players in the squad, eight are British, two are foreign but have British or Irish 2nd nationality and we have just two outright foreign players in the squad now, with both of those having their contracts end this season. I will look to sign foreign players but would like to keep most of the squad from the home nations.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    About 75% of my squad will be post grad then like I said I want to sign more Irish players but the quality isn't there, for example I've paid Limerick over 400k for what would be a national league player. What i'm trying to do is scout every single Irish player or player with Irish as a 2nd nationality in hope I can sign any that are being released by Prem/Championship clubs.
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    The Students of Ireland - University College Dublin

    Veteran After the 39 year old Jonathan Walters retired in the close season I wanted to bring in someone to replace him. Step forward... Sebastian Giovinco, the 36 year old Italian has fantastic technical and mental skills but lacks the obvious physicals. He will predominantly be a bench player but can play in a number of positions across the front line and will rotate in the cups. He joins on a free transfer after leaving Toronto.
  15. University College Dublin - Ireland Ok, so some context, I've already completed 5 seasons with this save, a save which I didn't think I would stick with but progress has made me fall "in love" with this team. So I thought I would start a thread. UCD start life in the 2nd tier of the Irish football league and are expected to win the league. Facilities are pretty decent with Great training facilities and adequate youth facilities. Junior coaching and youth recruitment are poor. Not much money in the bank but they do have one key player Neil Farrugia, a French national who can play either wing but predominantly on the left. He can and has become a key player in this save. Season | League | Pos | Irish Senior Cup | Irish League Cup | Leinster Senior Cup | Presidents Cup | IRN-BRU Cup | Europe 2018 | First Division | 2nd | 2nd Round | Winners v Waterford | 4th Round | n/a | n/a | n/a 2019 | Premier Division | 3rd | Semi Final | 2nd Round | Winners v St Pat's | n/a | n/a | n/a 2020 | Premier Division | 1st | Winners v Dundalk | Winners v Bohemians | Winners v Athlone | n/a | n/a | EL 3rd Qual Rd 2021 | Premier Division | 1st | 1st Round | Winners v Athlone | Winners v Shelbourne | Losers v Cork | Winners v Kilmarnock Res | 3rd EL Gr E 2022 | Premier Division | 1st | Semi-Final | Winners v Galway | To be played | Winners v Cork | To be played | This is our current progress. We face Dunfermline in the Semi-Final of the IRN-BRU Cup which is played over the course of the Scottish league system and we have played five of the six group games in the Europa League, with the final game being played in January after the Qatar World Cup. We're currently 2nd in a group of Brondby (beaten them twice), Austria Vienna (lost once) and Viktoria Plzen (one win & one loss). Squad This is the current squad, we play 4-2-3-1 so we're midfield heavy and with so many cup competitions we rotate heavily. We have a few internationals mainly the guys on loan of which we've been pretty heavily reliable on to improve the squad, currently out in Qatar is Australian GK Cameron Walker who was signed by my DoF from Nott's County at the beginning of the season for 110k. Ben Sheaf signed on a free transfer after his release from Arsenal, he has excellent versatility in defence and midfield if needed. Dylan Watts, was signed for 5k from Shamrock and was once a UCD player but left for Leicester back in 2016. 21 goals and 14 assists from AMC is a great return. The retiring Jonathan Walters has been a great servant for three years, scoring 54 goals as a wide target man. On the other flank is the aforementioned Neil Farrugia who whilst great mentally and physically isn't great technically but scores and assists for fun. 92 goals and 90 assists in an incredible return, all whilst being my most injured player I think, only playing in 42 game this season of a possible 69 in all competitions so far. This seasons goal machine is another loan player, after two seasons of Burnley's Michael Fowler the DoF felt Mick Towers of Watford was the man to score the goals. He did just that with 47 goals in 54(7) games. Club With the decent facilities to begin with we've done nothing with them, we've instead improved the Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment when we can and when the board want to. We now have Excellent Junior Coaching and Average Youth Recruitment. The average attendances are below half of the Belfield Bowl's capacity of 3000 so no improvements have been made there. We have over £6m in the bank thanks to those two EL Group Stage appearances in two seasons. All of these staff have been brought in by myself, we can improve on these too with the likes of van Nistelrooy and Manuel Pires (Monaco's former HoYD) interested in joining, I just can't offer the wages they want. The Future of this Save We're only five seasons in and despite winning the league three times on the bounce we're far from dominant so improvement can always be made. We've got five domestic cup competitions and Europe to fight for. I have no rules for this save but have tried to sign Irish players when possible and that will improve my squad, also within these five seasons I'm yet to have a decent youth prospect come through so that is something to work on. Whilst gathering the information for this OP I have noticed that the owner is willing to listen to offers for the club. Honestly, I don't want a Tycoon takeover as that will take the enjoyment out of the save for me.
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