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  1. It’s an honour. I’d like to thank my parents and siblings and all the cheap centre forwards who have gotten me to this point
  2. 2022 Season Review I took over Kaizer Chiefs when they were riding high from winning the league, but having to replace a lot of players who had moved on. I left them 18 months later with them having reclaimed the league and added cup & Champions League trophies to the cabinet. When I walked away on 13th January, Kaizer Chiefs were sitting atop of the league and had snatched the CAF Super Cup away from league rivals Bidwist. Naturally, my replacement couldn’t replicate what I had done and they sunk to a 4th place finish – it didn’t help that they decided to bench the clubs best striker. I guess it was always going to be difficult to replace the 16th most successful manager to ever work in Africa. For me, it was time to up sticks and head to my fourth continent and Chinese club Jiangsu Suning were my destination. The club were predicted to finish 4th but had a £40m warchest to push for the top spot – so it was a handsome proposition for me. It took a while to get used to the new rules (100% tax on marquee signings, limit to over 21 year old Chinese signings), but in the end it proved to be a wise move Chinese Super League: We started as 4th favourites but we soon claimed the top spot for our own as we laid wake to everyone who stood in our way. That was until October when a run of three games with no wins saw us drop to 3rd, with Guoan and defending champions Evergrande overtaking us. It was neck and neck (and neck) between the three of us until the final three games, where a 3-2 win over Guoan saw them dip out of the race. Unfortunately, and perhaps undeservedly, we would concede the league by drawing the final two games; allowing Evergrande to claim back to back league wins. Chinese FA Cup: This one wasn’t so difficult, with a great run of performances right up until the final where we faced Shanghai Shenhua in what should have been an easy cup victory. We made it hard for ourselves by letting Shenhua claim a 2-1 win in the first leg, needed a stroke of luck to even get the consolation goal. The second leg was no less nerve-racking, where even an early goal from Liu Ruofan wasn’t enough to stop the rampaging Shenhua who scored two more to lead 4-2 on aggregate. However, sometimes luck goes your way and Ruofan chipped in with another in 87th before centreback Zhunyi scored a header in the 94th to make us champions by away goals. Chinese FA Super Cup: It is always nice to start your reign with a trophy and that is exactly what we didn’t do when we matched up against Evergrande who took the 1-0 win with a 39th minute goal. AFC Champions League: Whilst winning the league would have been nice, this was the competition I really wanted to win. We got off to a perfect start; winning all of our group games before finally being knocked down to earth by Melbourne Victory when they put two past us during a busy 7 minutes that also saw them have a player sent off. With luck on our side once again, the second leg couldn’t have been any more of a polar performance as Liu Ruofan scored three goals to put us into the next round. The quarter final saw us face another team from Melbourne – this time City being our opponents. The first leg went slightly better than against their neighbours, as a late goal secured the home draw, but it turns out we really like a trip down under as evidenced by the two goals that gave us a 3-1 aggregate win and a place in the semi-finals. In what had almost become tradition, we faced off against our third Australian team in a row – this time in the form of Western Sydney Wanderers. Our trip down under proved to be much more of a boring affair this time, as we only managed to snatch a 0-0 draw in front of our 312 travelling fans, but back at home we proved to be too strong and picked up the 2-1 win despite playing 45 minutes a man down. After the three tough Australian games it was nice to play someone a bit different and Iranian team Sepahan fitted that bill perfectly. After facing three of the most difficult teams in the competition, playing Sepahan in the final seemed almost anti-climatic, but maybe they would surprise me and take advantage of our lack of concentration. They didn’t. Two goals from Alex Teixeira and one from summer signing Oxlade-Chamberlain gave us an easy 3-0 win before goals from Jin Jingdao, Erpan and two more from the Ox saw us win 7-0 on aggregate. FIFA Club World Cup: Entering off of the back of our Champions League win, I was keen to top the 3rd place finish I had achieved the year before with Kaizer Chiefs. Unfortunately, despite beating Auckland in the first game, we were downed by Man City who put six past us. The third placed playoff wasn’t much better as Flamengo beat us on penalties to relegate us to 4th place Top Goalscorer: Signed for £3.5m from Shandong Luneng, striker Lio Ruofan repaid that faith by scoring 21 goals in 27 starts. Honourable mention to winger Oxlade-Chamberlaine who chipped in with 15 goals Most Assists: Not too surprising that playmaker Alex Teixeira takes the crown with 16 assists and 12 goals. Another honourable mention goes to the Ox who had 15 assists Highest Ave. Rating: Another one for Teixeira who finished with a 7,41 Most POTM: Three in a row for Tex, who managed 9 POTM awards International: As per my last post, I guided Brazil to another World Cup victory before leaving to take over at Mexico. It is definitely a much harder challenge, but we have a chance at Gold Cup glory in six months so that is what we are focused on Next Season Plan: Despite a cup and continental double, I am really annoyed that we lost the league from such an advantageous position. I have applied for two interesting jobs but I might have to stick around just to make up for the league slip-up Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Cobresal 1st n/a Won Copa Chile MTS and Manager of the Year 2019/20 Hibernian 1st n/a Lost in Scottish Cup final 2020/21 Kaizer Chiefs 1st Winners Won Telkom Knockout. Lost in MTN 8 Final 2021 Kaizer Chiefs - - Left 13th Jan '22 with the club top of the league. Won CAF Super Cup & MTN 8 2022 Jiangsu Suning 2nd Winners Won Chinese FA Cup. Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20), ABSA Premiership (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 3/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019), Telkom Knockout (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21), Chinese FA Cup (Jiangsu Suning 2022) 2/5 club continental championships - CAF Champions League (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21), AFC Champions League (Jiangsu Suning 2022) 0/1 club world championship - International 1/5 continental tournaments - Copa America (Colombia 2020) 1/2 world tournaments - World Cup (Brazil 2022) International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2019 China Under 23s Qualified for Under 23s Asian Cup 2019 Colombia --- 2019/20 Colombia Qualified for Olympic Games. Won Copa America 2020/21 Brazil Qualified for World Cup. Lost in Olympic Games quarter final 2022 Brazil Won World Cup 2022 Mexico ---
  3. 2022 World Cup Review After two years in charge of world number one Brazil, it was time for the most important summer of my young career. We went into the tournament as joint favourites and I knew we would need to be at our best to get anything, especially with fellow favourites Spain in our group Group Stage Second Round Quarter Final Semi Final Final What Next
  4. I have a dilemma. I have been offered three jobs and don’t know which to take. 1) is a semi-high profile role with a decent squad. League title is possible but would need some luck. Still in the running for a cup and has an easy tie in Europa league 2) is a less high profile role but in a league I need to manage in. Club finished fourth last season and predicted to finish 3rd this season. A very very healthy transfer budget and could probably win the league with a couple tactical signings. In the group stages of their continental cup 3) the top rated club in their league, going into the new season as defending champions. One of a few leagues I could visit in this continent that has a chance of champions league glory. Clubs seems to be struggling financially and lacks almost all staff and the wage budget needed to change that
  5. 2020-2021 Season Review So after what has to be considered a pretty good season in Scotland, I grew tired of the cold climates and decided that it was time to find someplace warm again. I shopped myself around for something that excited me but it wasn’t until South African giants Kaizer Chief became managerless after Ernst Middendorp retired that I decided upon my next step towards football management world domination. I was lucky enough to take over the club before pre-season began so had a complete clean slate to work from. The club were defending champions but they were going through a bit of a transition period with a number of aging players losing a step and all of their stars wanting to jump ship to bigger things. In the end, I shipped out 8 players before the season started and another 5 in January and replaced them with a massive 21 players! Not all were players for now but the ones that were would prove to be real difference makers. The fans weren’t happy as we really did lose some huge players; including club captain Itumeleng Khune who went to Feyenoord for a massive 700k; but by the end of the season, I’m pretty sure I won them around ABSA Premiership: My league season went exactly how I like it and we had the title sewn up with five games to go. Unbeaten until our 16th game, it was pretty smooth running all the way to the title, with the toughest run of results being a back to back draw/lose to title challengers Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC. Other than that, we ran roughshod and finished 21 points clear of second place – breaking numerous scoring and win records along the way. Telkom Knockout: 4 matches, 4 wins and only one goal conceded. A tough quarter-final against Cape Town City nearly saw us knocked out but a extra time penalty from misfiring striker Tokelo Rantie saw us pick up the 1-0 win. We faced rivals Bidvest Wits in the final and was lucky enough to score an early goal and hold out for the unconvincing 1-0 win Nedback Cup: A first round 2-3 loss to Bidvest ruined our chances of a cup double but freed us up to focus our attentions elsewhere MTN 8: We made hard work of this whole cup, only managing a close 1-0 in the quarter final before being taken to a replay from our cup sparring partner Bidvest. We managed a 2-1 win in that replay but unfortunately were beaten by Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties in the final. Be the Coach Challenge: We faced off against Orlando Pirates in this season opener and I got my Kaizer Chiefs career off to a winning start. Goals from Castro, Manyama and Phiri was enough for a very good 3-0 win where we never really looked in trouble. Orange CAF Champions League: The big one. Qualification was easy with a 10-0 aggregate win in the first round and a 4-2 one in the second saw us grouped with ASC Diaraf, Al-Merreikh and Al-Ahly. It was a tougher group than I’d have liked but the guys did me proud and we won 5 of the six, only dropping points to Al-Merreikh. Next up was league rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and I was confident of securing a result against a team I had beaten several times already. I was right to be confident and we walked away as 4-2 winners over the two games. We were drawn against the defending champiosn ES Sahel in the semi-finals and I was worried for the first time. Turns out I shouldn’t have bothered worrying and we ran out 7-1 winners with their only goal coming late in the second game. After that convincing win I was less worried about a final against Club Africain and two 1-0 wins was enough for us to life the Champions League and for me to write my name in the history books! Top Goalscorer: Striker Leonardo Castro walked into my team at the start of the season and he never walked out – scoring 29 goals on the way to finishing top goalscorer Most Assists: Whilst Castro might have picked up the most goals, I was more impressed by new signing Gift Links who assisted 12 and scored 23 from out on the left. He would have challenged for the top goalscorer title if he hadn’t picked up a mid-season injury Highest Ave. Rating: 250k signing Gift Links paired his impressive season in front of goal with an impressive 7.60 rating Most POTM: Links again with 8 International: Whilst I was busy winning the Copa America, world number 2 Brazil was knocked out in the quarter-finals and promptly sacked their manager. Silly to pass up the opportunity, I applied and was quickly offered the job. It has been pretty par for the course since then and we have won 7 of the 8 games played under my management. We will be heading to the World Cup next year and I have high hopes of winning the biggest trophy in international football Next Season Plan: Well, another season down and another league/cup double completed. That coupled with my Champions League win has made for my best season yet. The only thing left to win would be the World Club Cup but Kaizer Chiefs probably aren’t strong enough to do that. I plan on sticking around for now but will keep a keen eye on the job market this summer Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Cobresal 1st n/a Won Copa Chile MTS and Manager of the Year 2019/20 Hibernian 1st n/a Lost in Scottish Cup final 2020/21 Kaizer Chiefs 1st Winners Won Telkom Knockout. Lost in MTN 8 Final Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20), ABSA Premiership (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019), Telkom Knockout (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 1/5 club continental championships - CAF Champions League (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 0/1 club world championship - International 1/5 continental tournaments - Copa America (Colombia 2020) 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2019 China Under 23s Qualified for Under 23s Asian Cup 2019 Colombia --- 2019/20 Colombia Qualified for Olympic Games. Won Copa America 2020/21 Brazil Qualified for World Cup. Lost in Olympic Games quarter final
  6. 2020 Summer Review After a brilliant year in charge of Hibs, I had a busy summer ahead of me with my first international tournament with Colombia – the Copa America. We had a tough group with the likes of regular finalist Argentina, Paraguay and Mexico B. Our pre tournament expectations were that we reached the semi final, a task that would require the likes of Falcao and Rodriguez to be on form. Group Stage Quarter-final Semi-final Third Placed Playoff Final What Next Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Cobresal 1st n/a Won Copa Chile MTS and Manager of the Year 2019/20 Hibernian 1st n/a Lost in Scottish Cup final Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019) 0/5 club continental championships - 0/1 club world championship - International 1/5 continental tournaments - Copa America (Colombia 2020) 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2019 China Under 23s Qualified for Under 23s Asian Cup 2019 Colombia --- 2019/20 Colombia Qualified for Olympic Games. Won Copa America
  7. 2019-2020 Season Review After a brilliant year in Chile, I decided to pack my bags and head to colder climates in the form of Scotland! I had several offers, but liked the look of Hibs the most. They were still in with a shout of a cup and were sat in 4th spot in the league – although Celtic were 9 points and a game in hand ahead Scottish Premiership: I started off my Scottish adventure with a 6-1 away win to St Johnstone and followed this up with five straight league wins before being put back in our place by 2nd placed Rangers. This lose, however, seemed to be the kick up the backside that my Hibs squad needed and what followed was quite frankly a miracle. A 18 league game win streak, including 2 wins against Premiership powerhouse Celtic was another to see us lift the title for the first time since 1952! We needed help from Celtic who somehow lost 4 of their final six games to hand us the title with a game to spare William Hill Scottish Cup: four games played, twelve goals scored and zero conceded set us up for a final against the only team to beat me as Hibs manager – Rangers. An early second half goal saw us take the lead, a lead we held until the 75th minute when we were pegged back. We pushed for a winner but a late Rangers free kick saw us throw away a chance at the double. Scottish Communities League Cup: Lost to Celtic in the Quarter Final before I joined UEFA Europa League: Lost to Levski Sofia in the Best Placed Second Qualifying Round before I joined Top Goalscorer: Chief striker, Florian Kamberi finished the season with 16 goals in 40 starts, but its playmaker Steve Mallan who really impressed, scoring 12 goals in 24 games after forcing his way into my team late in the season. Most Assists: 16 year old scarlet Kevin Ross chipped in with 11 assists from centre midfield to add to his 5 goals. He had a brilliant season and had Spurs sniffing around him before signing a new contract with us Highest Ave. Rating: as well as scoring 12 goals and six assists, Mallan also finished with a rating of 7,28 Most POTM: Mallan added seven POTM awards to his growing list of accolades that also included Premiership goal of the season, Football Writers Player of the year and Players' Player of the year International: It has been a bit up and down on the international front after losing back to back World Cup qualifying games, leaving us 5th after six games. On a positive note, I took charge of the under 23s during their Olympic game qualifies and thanks to some good results, will be leading them in Japan shortly. We also have a chance at some silverware in a month’s time when we head to USA for the Copa America Next Season Plan: I am now in a similar situation as last season with my team qualified for Europe but very unlikely to get past the first couple games successfully. I could stick around and try and claim a cup to add to my cabinet, but that seems like a wasted year. I think I will see how my two upcoming international tournaments go and then see where my reputation stands before starting to look for new opportunities Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Cobresal 1st n/a Won Copa Chile MTS and Manager of the Year 2019/20 Hibernian 1st n/a Lost in Scottish Cup final Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019) 0/5 club continental championships - 0/1 club world championship - International 0/5 continental tournaments - 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2019 China Under 23s Qualified for Under 23s Asian Cup 2019 Colombia --- 2019/20 Colombia Qualified for Olympic Games
  8. 2019 Season Review I decided to restart this challenge after having a lot of success trying it over the past two years and struggling to get into a game this year. I decided to pick a mixture of some random nations I have never managed in as well as some of the leagues I have had early success in in the past. After six months of unemployment and several unsuccessful interviews, I was offered my first role that excited me. Off to South America I went Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank: Fresh off a 9th placed finish and with the media expecting us to finish 14th (out of 16), I took over a Cobresal squad that needed a lot of rebuilding. 9 carefully signed players later and we embarked on what should have been a really difficult season. 4 wins and 3 draws in my first 7 league games gave us an early season lift before a shot in the arm at the hands of Universidad Catolica who gave us our first loss. What followed was an amazing and unpredictable 19 game unbeaten run that saw us win the title with 3 games, blowing all pre-season predictions out of the water. 19 wins and 7 draws in those 27 games was enough to lead 2nd place by a massive 14 points with three games to spare. It really was an amazing season that was actually pretty close until my two nearest competitors decided to throw away a lot of points in the final third of the season. We actually lost some really important players half way through the season and many more wanted to leave for a chance at playing continental football (even though we were top). Luckily my club pulled themselves together and stepped up in their absence Copa Chile MTS: Luckily for us, our impressive league formed carried over into the cup and it was routine all the way to the final, where we faced off against lower league Santiago Wanderers. It was much the same in the final as we scored three first leg goals on our way to a 3-1 aggregate win and a domestic double. Top Goalscorer: With 19 goals each, winger Israel Poblete and on loan playmaker Oscar Hernandez share the honours. Hernandez really stood out, playing a deeper role and scoring free kicks from angles that he had no right to challenge from. Most Assists: Oscar Hernandez takes this, too, with 11 assists to go with his 19 goals. Highest Ave. Rating: Not much surprise that this went to Hernandez with a 7.76 rating over 39 games Most POTM: you guessed it, Hernandez again with 14 International: An eventful year on the international front when I snapped up a chance to take over the China under 23s in February. Three wins out of three saw us qualify for the under 23s Asian Cup and I had silverware on my mind. That was until three optimistic applications for the vacant Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica posts paid off and three job offers arrived on my doorstep. I decided 13th ranked Colombia was the best match for me and in July I headed off to take up position as head coach. As things stand, we are four games into our World Cup qualifying campaign and have managed to pick up 10 points against the likes of Brazil and Argentina. With a potentially successful campaign on our hands, and a Copa America to look forward to next year, it could be an eventful few years for us. Next Season Plan: Well what can I say? What a season! We really defied expectations and ran away with the double. We have qualified for the Copa Libertadores, but realistically stand no chance at winning the tournament historically dominated by Brazilian and Argentinean teams. I won’t gain much by sticking around and maybe retaining the league, so I guess I will try and venture elsewhere and head back to South America when a big role in Brazil opens up. Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Cobresal 1st n/a Won Copa Chile MTS and Manager of the Year Challenge Progress Club 1/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019) 0/5 club continental championships - 0/1 club world championship - International 0/5 continental tournaments - 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2019 China Under 23s Qualified for Under 23s Asian Cup 2019 Colombia ---
  9. This was my main game last year and I got quite far into it. I have hardly played this years game as I just can't find the motivation, so I am going to give it another go and see what happens. Got a bit of free time over the time couple weeks
  10. The Copa is very Brazil heavy on the game. I basically faced Brazilian teams throughout the entire competition and I think 6/8 quarter finalists were from Brazil.
  11. Thanks. I think I ended up playing 85 matches in the end. The worst part about it, my save game got corrupted just before the Copa final and my only other save game was from quite a while back so I had to play the matches twice! Really felt like a chore towards the end. I managed in chile last year and can recommend them (as long as you get Colo)
  12. Danny_H22 2021 Season Review My year with Cork City came to an end when reigning Brazilian Serie A champioms Flamengo became available. The jump to South America was an obvious one as it would give me a really good chance to win my first continental competition. I took over a really strong team that with a few additions had the potential to be unstoppable. On a personal level, my reputation sits at 60% and I am studying for my Continental B license. I have also entered the English manager hall of fame in 9th spot Brazil Serie A- We started the season as defending champions and one of the leading candidates to lift the league title again. What followed was a truly remarkable campaign which saw us capture the title after just 30 games and remain unbeaten all season. Our final points total was 98 points with 30 wins and 8 draws. I was disappointed by the draws, although four of them came in a row when I was going through a rough patch just before securing the title. We finished 30 points clear of second place, scoring 80 goals and conceding just 14 in the process and breaking all the records along the way Brazilian Rio de Janeiro State Championship- it was pretty straight forward in the Brazilian league curtain raiser as we won 8 and drew 3 to set up a final against Vasco. The first leg was a bit tougher than we had been used to but we managed to labour to a 2-2 draw. The second leg went much better and we won 2-1 to start the season off on a roll Copa Perdigao do Brazil- Entering the fifth round, we got off to a solid start by beating Palmeiras 6-1 over two legs. We followed this up by beating Cruzeiro 7-2 and Santos 4-3 in the next two rounds. The final wasn’t as easy as we had hoped, but thanks to penalties we finally overcome Corinthians to lift the biggest cup in Brazil Brazilian South-Minas-Rio Regional Championship- We were drawn in a group with Parana, Figueirense & Fluminense, with only the latter causing us any issues by beating us 1-0. However, we did enough to set up a quarter final tie with Coritiba who we beat in a comfortable 3-1 victory. The semi was much the same as we put 3 past Gremio to set up a final against Cruzeiro. Despite the scoreline, we dominated in a 1-0 win to lift the cup in front of 75,000 people Copa Libertadores- It was pretty plain sailing until the quarter finals were we finally failed to win when Sao Paulo managed to sneak a 1-1 draw against us, but not before losing the first leg 3-2. We followed this up with a 5-2 win in the semis before beating Santos 3-1 in the finals thanks to two second leg OGs. A great end to a fantastic season FIFA World Club Cup- due to our Copa Libertadores win we entered the World Club Cup in the semi-finals where we were matched up with Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia who didn’t offer much in the way of a challenge as we marched on to an impressive 5-0 win. The final proved to be a tougher affair as we squared off against Premier League dominators Man Utd. This was the first game in charge where I really felt like my opposition was going to make a mockery of me, but that didn’t really go as planned due to a first half goal from Kevin Ramirez. Would followed as an hour of amazing football from my Flamengo side to shut down the stronger Man Utd team and lift the World Club Cup! In the end, we dominated the game and really should have scored a couple more goals Top Goalscorer- This was the Hugo Catelli show as he managed 35 goals in 36 starts. He was closely followed by backup/rotational striker Lincoln who got 31 and inside forward Kevin Ramirez with 30 Most Assists- Kevin Ramirez managed 19 assists to go with his 30 goals in a really impressive display. Fellow attacking midfielders Christian Mesquita and Branco Provoste both achieved 17 Highest Avg. Rating- Attacking Midfielder Branco Provoste capped a great season with an average rating of 7.43, closely followed by Miguel Trauco with a 7.41 from left back Most POTM- Another deserved victory for Branco Provoste with 10. International- I stepped down as USA manager when the Ivory Coast job became available as I felt like they had a really good shot at winning the next CHAN and building towards a successful African Cup of Nations. In the meantime, I have qualified for the World Cup with them so unless a big job becomes available beforehand, I will be going to the World Cup in Australia as Ivory Coast boss Next Season Plan- well that was a long season, with over 80 games played and a lot of trophies won. We really couldn’t have had a better season- not losing a single game all season – so it is best to call it a day now and move on to someplace new. There isn’t any jobs that are available currently that excites me, but I won’t be staying at Flamengo whilst I wait. In an ideal world, I will probably head towards China or South Africa to try and make progress towards another continental cup Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Glenavon 5th - Took over in February. Won Northern Irish Cup 2018/19 Glenavon 1st First Qual. Round Manager of the Year. Won Northern Irish Cup, League Cup, Mid Ulster Cup & Charity Shield 2020 Cork City 1st First KO Round (ongoing) Won Irish Presidents Cup 2021 Flamengo 1st Winners Manager of the Year. Won State Championship, Copa Perdigao do Brazil, South-Minas-Rio Regional Championship, Copa Libertadores & World Club Cup Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues - Danske Bank Premiership (Glenavon 2019) Irish Premier Division (Cork City 2020) Brazilian Serie A (Flamengo 2021) 2/10 domestic cups - Northern Irish Cup (Glenavon 2018) Copa Perdigao do Brazil (Flamengo 2021) 1/5 club continental championships - Copa Libertadores (Flamengo 2021) 1/1 club world championship - Flamengo 2021 International 1/5 continental tournaments - Gold Cup (USA 2019) 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Australia U23s U23s Asian Nations Cup 2018/19 USA Won Gold Cup 2020 USA Lost in Olympic Games QF 2021 Ivory Coast Qualified for World Cup
  13. I always prefer to win the cup and league in every country I manage in order to try and reduce overall completion time. I’ve only failed to do the double once before moving on and that was at my last club, annoyingly
  14. Yeah makes sense. Guess I’m aiming for Seria A and Copa do Brazil then
  15. Just loaded up the Brazilian league and I have never managed there before. Anyone have any tips should I decide to head down there? How does the league system work?
  16. Danny_H22 2020 Season Review After a successful 2 years at Glenavon, I decided it was best to step down and give the new guy the chance to build his own team prior to the start of the next season. I had left them in a great position so I am sure the future will be bright for them. I didn’t remain unemployed for long as reigning Irish Premier League champions Cork City came calling and I jumped at what should be a relatively easy chance. I inherited a squad that lacked depth but that could definitely challenge for a top 3 finish, unfortunately I forgot to check their financial situation prior to accepting my contract and discovered they were over a million pounds in debt, which would make improving the squad difficult. 2 solid loan signings and a series of frees were enough to set us up for the long season ahead of us Irish Premier Division- We weren’t favorurites to win the league, but we were expected to finish in the top 3 so we stood a chance. 29 games later, we proved the doubters wrong and lifted the trophy with 7 games to spare. St. Pats and Shamrock challenged us for a while, but in the end we won the league by 27 points and broke all the records going. We remained unbeaten all season (31 wins, 5 draws), scored 81 goals and only conceded 19. An outstanding league season Irish League Cup- Three easy victories over Cobh Ramblers, UCD and Longford set up a final against Shamrock Rovers. We dominated the match, but could only manage a draw at full time. Eventually it was settled on penalties and despite slotting away the first four, Shamrock came back from an early miss to lift the League Cup. The match came at a terrible time for us as we were playing a match every other day due to being in so many competitions. We really didn’t have the legs to go longer than 90 minutes, but we did ourselves proud. 60% possession and 31 shots in our favour – but our forwards just couldn’t find the net frequently enough Irish Senior Challenge Cup- Easy wins over UCD and St. Pat’s Athletic set up what should have been an easy match against Galway Utd. Unfortunately, we somehow slipped up, only managing a 1-1 at home. This meant that we had to play another match at a time where matches were coming thick and fast. We played Galway at theirs two days after losing to Shamrock in the League Cup final and the guys were just too tired to keep up their usual pace for 90 minutes, resulting in a rare 1-0 loss Irish Munster Senior Cup- 3 games, 9 goals for and 0 goals against saw us add an easy cup to the cabinet Irish President’s Cup- Our first chance to add to the trophy cabinet saw us lock horns with Derry City. The match was pretty routine, seeing us going 4-0 up before they scored two late consolation goals. Trophy number one in the bag European Champions Cup- Naturally, we weren’t expected to do much of anything in this competition, but a nice draw against Kairat of Kazakhstan at least gave us a chance of progressing a round. And progress we did, as we beat them 3-0 over the two legs. This was followed up by a 6-3 victory over Qarabag before losing to Basel on away goals in the third qualifying round. A fantastic run, if I do say so myself EURO Cup- Falling so late in the Champions League qualifiers granted us a second stab at European football and we grabbed that with both hands by storming past Rosenborg 3-2 over both games. This impressive victory was followed up by a tough group stage involving Konyaspor, Gent and Leverkusen. 3 wins (Gent & Konyaspor x2) and 3 losses was enough for us to get out of the group stages where a tie against FC Midtjylland awaited us. Sadly, due to the fact that the Northern Irish league is played at an unusual time of the year, it is unlikely that I will be able to play this group as I am looking to move on Top Goalscorer- Graham Cummins. The defensive forward finished the year on 41 goals Most Assists- Shane Griffin. 19 assists from the wing back Highest Avg. Rating- Graham Cummins. No surprise that my top scorer finished with a 7.31 Most POTM- Graham Cummins with 9 International- After winning the Gold Cup, our next focus was on qualifying for the World Cup, which we are currently on track to do. I also had a stab at the Olympic games but sadly lost to Argentina in the quarter finals. I will stick around in the States until a new opportunity arises Next Season Plan- Winning the league with Cork was my number one priority, but I am very disappointed that we couldn’t also win one of the top cups. However, it would be silly for me to spend another year here just to chase that goal so I am likely to hand in my notice in the next couple weeks. It is a shame that I might not get to see out our current European run which has been quite impressive Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Glenavon 5th - Took over in February. Won Northern Irish Cup 2018/19 Glenavon 1st First Qual. Round Manager of the Year. Won Northern Irish Cup, League Cup, Mid Ulster Cup & Charity Shield 2020 Cork City 1st First KO Round (ongoing) Won Irish Presidents Cup Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues - Danske Bank Premiership (Glenavon 2019) Irish Premier Division (Cork City 2020) 1/10 domestic cups - Northern Irish Cup (Glenavon 2018) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments - Gold Cup (USA 2019) 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Australia U23s U23s Asian Nations Cup 2018/19 USA Won Gold Cup 2020 USA Lost in Olympic Games QF
  17. Danny_H22 2018-19 Season Review Going into this season my plan was a simple one; push for a top four finish and wait until a bigger job came calling, that wouldn’t be necessary as we had an unbelievable season and stormed to the league title and lifted every domestic cup we played in. Our success was enough for me to convince the board to grant us professional status as of next season Along the way, I completed my first coaching badge, raised my reputation to 30% and entered the Northern Irish Hall of Fame Danske Bank Premiership- We started strong and it continued right up to the last kick of the season. Ballymena Utd had a fantastic season, leading us and Crusaders for a long time before we stepped it up a gear during the final third of the season. In the end, we won the league by a clear 11 points over second placed Ballymena, losing only 3 games all season. Linfield, arguably the top club in Northern Ireland and the club I was hoping to jump to next, only managed to finish 4th Northern Irish Cup- We entered the Irish Cup as holders and had high hopes of reclaiming the title. Despite being drawn against teams such as Linfield, Ballymena and Crusaders, we managed to claim a historic back to back victory Bet McLean League Cup- Our first cup final of the season saw us play an ever dangerous Linfield at The Oval in front of 8000 fans. What followed was a routine win as we beat them 3-1 to lift our first cup on the season Northern Irish Mid Ulster Cup- The Mid Ulster Cup wasn’t a priority to use, but a trophy is a trophy and it was nice to beat Armagh 4-1 in the final to claim another cup NIFL Charity Shield- Due to our cup win last season, we were set to play league champions Linfield in the traditional curtain raiser. Starting as we meant to go on, we beat them 1-0 with a goal from Andrew Mitchell EURO Cup- The less said about my first foray into Continental football the better. We drew FH of Iceland in the First Qualifying Round and they proved far too strong, beating us 2-8 over the two legs Top Goalscorer- Andrew Mitchell. An unbelievable season for last seasons top scorer as he finished with 43 goals in 48 games. He would have had more but I dropped him in all the cup matches against weaker teams Most Assists- Somehow, Mitchell claimed this too! He claimed 18 assists to his teammates, to add to his 43 goals. Summer signing Louis Rooney finished on 17 assists and 29 goals in 36 games Highest Avg. Rating- One that Mitchell didn’t win as centre midfielder Eric Foley finished with an average of 7.63 from 48 games. He contributed 20 goals and 8 assists in a fantastic season Most POTM- Surprise, surprise, but Andrew Mitchell and his 12 POTM awards wins this International- After a relevantly successful as the manager of the Australia U23s team, I was offered the chance to take over as the boss of the USA main team who found themselves managerless after a less than impressive World Cup. I accepted the role, turning down Uruguay and Ivory Coast, because I knew they were due to host and defend the Gold Cup in 12 months time. I admit that I had a hard time bedding in there. I wasn’t overly impressed with the players I had available and I couldn’t find a tactic that suited, but the Gold Cup awaited us so I did my best to work with what I got. In the end, we got lucky and ended up in the semi-final against a strong Costa Rica team. A change of tactics was on the agenda as we had looked really poor in the previous games and it paid off as we smashed them 5-0, taking us to the final where we would face Honduras. The final wasn’t even close as we put 6 goals past Honduras in an unbelievable 6-1 victory to claim the Gold Cup! Next Season Plan- I have decided to step down from my position as Glenavon manager to focus on my next move. I made sure to tie up all the important contracts and saw them turn professional before stepping down, giving them a great platform to grow. I foresee a few months of unemployment before finding my next move. I will continue my national team commitments for now Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Glenavon 5th - Took over in February. Won Northern Irish Cup 2018/19 Glenavon 1st First Qual. Round Manager of the Year. Won Northern Irish Cup, League Cup, Mid Ulster Cup & Charity Shield Challenge Progress Club 1/10 top domestic leagues - Danske Bank Premiership (Glenavon 2019) 1/10 domestic cups - Northern Irish Cup (Glenavon 2018) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments - Gold Cup (USA 2019) 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Australia U23s U23s Asian Nations Cup 2018/19 USA Won Gold Cup
  18. I have a feeling I moved on to South Africa but it couldn’t keep my interest and I stopped playing and I never got around to writing about it. Thanks. Was nice to get off to a good start, even if it was a nothing cup really
  19. I’ve been reading through this today and it’s brilliant. Can’t wait to see you win the premiership soon
  20. Danny_H22 2017-18 Season Review I attempted this challenge last year and it was the most fun I’ve had on an FM game for a very long time. I didn’t complete the challenge, but I knew I wanted to give it another go when FM18 arrived. It took me a long time to find my first club job this time, as I wanted to hold off until the right job came around. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much luck with any of the jobs I initially eyed up and ended up applying for and being offered the Glenavon job in Northern Ireland at the start of February. What I inherited was a pretty weak side who were closed to the drop than challenging for the title. It wasn’t the type of job I actually wanted, but I also didn’t want to keep waiting. I had success with Linfield on last year’s game, so it was at least a league I had experience in. Danske Bank Premiership- So when I took over at Glenavon, we were sitting in 8th place after a really underwhelming start to the season, with 11 games left. We ended up losing just 2 of those 9 games – a 0-1 to Coleraine in our first league game of my reign and a disappoint 4-1 to league winners Linfield – and ended the season in 5th spot. A very good performance considering the lack of depth in our squad. Linfield won the league, leading second place Coleraine by 24 points! Northern Irish Cup- When I was offered the Glenavon job, the fact that they were still in a cup was a big selling point to me. I took over with them in the 6th round and faced Distillery in that game for my first match in charge. Our run to the final saw us beat the aforementioned Distillery (1-0), Limavady Utd (2-0) and Donegal Celtic (1-0) before facing off against Ards in the final. A 44th minute goal saw us take the lead into half time and we cemented victory in the second half by making it 2-0 Bet McLean League Cup- Lost in Third Round to Donegal Celtic before I took charge Northern Irish Mid Ulster Cup- Lost in First Round to Newry City AFC before I took charge Top Goalscorer- Andrew Mitchell. The forward finished on 26 goals with 17 of them coming after I took over. This was enough for him to scoop the Top Goalscorer award Most Assists- Sammy Clingan with 10 assists Highest Avg. Rating- Andrew Mitchell with 7.24 Most POM- James Singleton with 7 International- Whilst awaiting a suitable club offer, I put my name out there for any international role that became available and was rewarded with an offer of employment from Australia U23s. A run of 12 wins in 13 games saw us storm to the U23 Asian Nations Cup final where we would beat South Korea to lift the trophy. A nice start to my managerial career Next Season Plan- The Danske Prem is a tough league to win for all teams not named Linfield. There is no point jumping ship this early into my career – and no club worth their weight will give me a chance – so I will hold on for a year and see what we can do here. Winning the cup grants us European football, so that’ll be an experience. It is also a World Cup year so I might be able to wrangle a step up on an international level Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Glenavon 5th - Took over in February. Won Northern Irish Cup Challenge Progress Club 0/10 top domestic leagues 1/10 domestic cups - Northern Irish Cup (Glenavon 2018) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Australia U23s U23s Asian Nations Cup
  21. I know this thread is no longer active, so not expecting a reply. Just want to say that I decided to test this tactic on my Glenavon team who were struggling in 8th place when I took over. We finished the season strong, losing only one game and making the cup final. It works for us because we are often the underdog, although my players do get a bit angry when I say we’re playing it against lesser teams. I’m not one for copying tactics as I’ve played CM/FM for a long time and consider myself above average, but I really enjoyed the write up and haven’t really played with WBs much in the past. I think with the right signings in the summer, this tactics could make next season very interesting for me.
  22. AAHH, six months in and I have realised that I haven't changed my year of birth
  23. I really enjoyed this challenge last year and was really looking forward to starting it again this year. I bought the game on release day but I haven't even started a game yet. I guess I will just jump right in and give this challenge another go
  24. Danny_H22 2028 Season Review To be honest, this whole season felt like a waste of 12 months. Colo Colo aren’t good enough to win Copa Libertadores, but too good to struggle in the league. I spent the whole season waiting for jobs to become available and when they did I applied right away. Sadly, I had no luck with any of them. On a personal level, my reputation is still at 60%, but I am now ranked as the third most successful English manager of all time. Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank- Won it again and it was fairly easy. 24 wins and 6 draws resulted in an unbeaten season. What was surprising was how many goals we scored, finishing with a total of 135 league goals. I had several games where I scored more than eight goals, including a 12-0 win. Copa Chile- Very disappointed in this as we went out in the quarter-final to Deportes Iquique who beat us 1-0 over the two legs. Supercopa de Chile- We beat Audax Italiano 3-0 Copa Bridgestone Libertadores- Really tough group stage against Pachuca, Flamengo and Boca. We only managed 3 points and were dumped out. Copa Total Sudamericana- Atletico Nacional were our opponents in the quarter-final, in what should have been a winnable tie. We won the first leg 2-1 but lost the second 3-1 and were knocked out. Top Goalscorer- Ivan Morales with 46 goals in 44 games. Honorable mention to right winger Nicolas Pozo with 36 goals in 35 starts Most Assists- Bryan Carvallo 25 assists and 33 goals in 42 games Highest Avg. Rating- Bryan Carvallo Most POM- Ivan Morales with 9 International- Nothing of note really happened with Egypt this year. Definitely need to move on once something comes around. There is no point in staying here, so it’s just having to decide between hanging around or handing in my notice and become a free agent. Brazil, Argentina or South Africa are my chosen destinations. Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2016/17 Newtown 8th - Took over in November 2017/18 Newtown 3rd - 2018/19 Newtown 3rd First Qualifying Round Won theWord Cup and Manager of the Year 2019/20 TNS 1st Second Qualifying Round Won theWord Cup and JD FAW Welsh Cup. Retained the Manager of the Year 2020/21 TNS 1st Second Qualifying Round Won theWord Cup 2021/22 Linfield 1st Second Qualifying Round Won League Cup and County Antrim Shield. Unbeaten league season. Won Manager of the Year 2022/23 Linfield 1st Second Qualifying Round Won League Cup, County Antrim Shield and Challenge Cup. Won Manager of the Year. 2023 Beijing Guoan 5th - Took over after 15 games. Won Chinese FA Cup. Won CFA Best Manager 2024 Beijing Guoan 1st Won Champions League Won Chinese FA Cup and Super Cup. Won CFA Best Manager. 2025 Beijing Guoan 1st Quarter-finals Won Super Cup. 2026 Beijing Guoan - - Left in August with the club top of the league. Won Super Cup 2026 Colo Colo 1st - Took over in August. Won Copa Chile Cup 2027 Colo Colo 1st Second Round Won Cop Chile Cup and Supercopa. Won Manager of the Year 2028 Colo Colo 1st Group Stage Won Supercopa Challenge Progress Club 4/10 top domestic leagues (TNS- Welsh Premier League 2020, 2021, Linfield- Danske Bank Premiership 2022, 2023, CFA Super League- Beijing Guoan 2024, 2025, Colo Colo- Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank 2026, 2027, 2028) 4/10 domestic cups (Newtown-theWord Cup 2019, TNS- theWord Cup 2020, 2021, JD FAW Welsh Cup 2020, Linfield- Northern Ireland Football League Cup 2022, 2023, County Antrim Shield 2022, 2023, Irish Football Association Challenge Cup 2023, Beijing Guoan- Chinese FA Cup 2023, 2024, Colo Colo- Copa Chile 2026, 2027) 1/5 club continental championships (Beijijng Guoan- Asian Champions League 2024) 0/1 club world championship International 1/5 continental tournaments (Egypt- African Cup of Nations 2027) 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Togo Appointed manager of Togo 2019/20 Togo Knocked out of World Cup Qualifiers in second round 2020/21 Qatar Won WAFF Championship 2021/22 Qatar Qualified for The World Cup. Knocked out in first round 2022/23 Senegal Lost in quarter finals of African Cup of Nations. Fired 2023 Jamaica Took over in July. Won CONCACAF Cup 2024 Jamaica 5th place in Caribbean Cup 2025 Egypt Qualifed for the World Cup 2026 Egypt Won African Nations Championship. Reached second round of World Cup. Qualifed for Cup of Nations 2027 Egypt Won African Cup of Nations 2028 Egypt Won African Nations Championship
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