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  1. Real Jean FC Season Update 2028-2029 Our second 8th place finish in a row, and as last year, we are one point shy of Europe. But in many ways we played better, we were more solid and were able to control more games than we did last year and to be fair, this is probably the first season when I would say we were a little bit unlucky. We drew a lot of games we should have won. But considering that last year we were in the Champions League (where we had no business being in at all) we should have done better! Our last game, home to Real Madrid, we took the lead, but unfortunately ended up losing 1-2. But all in all, it was a pretty decent year, although I am getting a little bit impatient, there are not exactly tons of talent coming up. Maybe I am too focused on sending players out on loan? They get plenty of games, but dont end up with great progress. There were not any spesific stages of our campaign, we were decent overall without having any really good our really bad periods. We struggle away against most teams, and our lack of a really good central defensive midfielder is getting clearer each day. Unfortunately we did not get anything in that department in our youth intake, but a decent striker in 15 year old Diego (scored on his debut) as well as a dynamic all around midfielder in Samuel Jimenez. Our best player, Badr Senoussi, does not want to renew his contract. But he is not going anywhere, as his 6 week injury showed how essential he is for our creativity. Jorge Vela on the right wing keeps being our point/assist king, even after turing 32. He has been with me from the start, and is a club legend by now. We get another expansion of our stadium and training facilities. Our stadium, built a couple of years ago, will then reach 56 875 capacity. Goals for next season: Top 7 Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL 2028/29 | La Liga | 8th | 4th round | N/A | Decent progress, but unconsistent
  2. Real Jean FC Season Update 2027-2028 Our first year playing in Europe, and handling La Liga and the CL at the same time proved a great, but fun, challenge. We started really bad, only winning 2 out of our first 9 league games. For a long time we were floating around 12th to 17th place, and never finding any real form. At one stage the captain called a team meeting, not satisfies with my management. After I told them it was all their fault things started to get better. We did a few tactical changes, mostly individual instructions, and it paid off. We finished the season really strong and for the last remaining games we were fighting for a European spot. Unfortunately we finished the season with a dreadful 2-5 loss to Valencia, after being 2-0 up after 10 minutes... We finished 8th place, one single point from a European spot. But, to be fair, it its not Champions League, it doesnt matter that much. This gives me more time to rest players, and we have plenty of money. The Champions League was a tough experience for us, ending with 2 points and a knockout from the group stage. We got drawn against Bayern Munchen, Liverpool and Benfica, so not an easy group. In the first game we were down 0-3 to Bayern at home after 14 minutes... the game actually ended 3-4, Bayern scoring the winner in the 89th minute... All in all a pretty decent season. We managed to get a couple of points from a very tough CL group, and I cant be to unhappy with 8th place in the league. The media predictions had us again at 20th place, so what more can I ask really. Some of our young players took big steps this year, especially Senoussi and Tejero. Our stadium is being upgraded at the end of the season, and my training/youth facilities are once again being upgraded. Our youth intake was, as last year, quite dissapointing. No real stand out players, which is a shame! Goals for next season: Top 10 Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th! 2027/28 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | Group Stage | Pretty good year, tough start to CL
  3. Training question. I have just now started to regulate the "Rest" section of team training. I have now set it to double intensity for the players that are above 90% condition. Not doing this before might have cost me a lot in terms of development. What are you guys doing here?
  4. @Fadedaf, great fun following your journey. I guess you are Norwegian, like me, since you're playing with Oppsal. Must be a mental test more than anything to do this challenge with Oppsal. Can't wait to see you try and complete it in the Champions League
  5. Real Jean FC Season Update 2026-2027 A fantastic season for us, a huge step up from last years 11th place finish. We made the Champions League, finishing 4th! Media prediction was as expected that we finished dead last, what a year! After a very unstable season last year I decided to make some changes. I decided to train our 3rd choice centre back, Lolo Vargas, as a right back, in a try to get some consistency in that position. That worked well, and was a big strengthening of our back line. I also replaced my long serving left back, Felipe Alfonso, a player who has been great for us, but really only on the offence. His defensive skillset is awful, and he was turning into a liability. The remaining squad took some good steps forward, especially in the goalkeeping department. Khalid Naim has really proven worthy of being our first choice at only 16 years old, and he is already close to La Liga standards. I dont know what it is about Real Jean and season openers, but we almost always do well. This time we beat Real Madrid 4-1 (!!), and that set the tone for the rest of the season. Although we were not fighting for a CL spot until the end of the season we were always in the top half, and we really never got one of our classic terrible run of forms, which has been the case in the previous seasons. Coming close to the end we were looking really good, even fighting for a medal. But a couple of weak draws against weak teams and an expected loss to Barcelona, everything was wide open. In the last round of the season we were fighting against Valencia, Getafe and Rayo Vallecano, all four teams had the opportunity for a medal.. We were up against Racing Santander, a weak injury plagued team sitting in 18th place.. All we had to do was win. We were shockingly bad.... We drew the game 3-3 but deserved to lose.... But for some reason, Getafe drew 0-0 at Alaves and Rayo Vallecano lost 2-0 to Betis. Valencia beat Osasuna 3-1 and secured 3rd place, but we managed with our draw to maintain 4th place and secure Champions League!! We are so far away from a Champions League team that I its laughable, but it doesnt matter. We will get extremely valuable experience and our club reputation will take a big jump. Santiago Sanchez, our leading striker, finally turned chances into goals this year, and that was really key. He ended on 14 goals, third place in the "Top Goalscorer" table, and won the Spanish Top Goalscorer of the Year. Our best player, Jorge Vela, made Team of the Year. I won Manager of the Year. We also got a pretty decent left back in the Youth Intake, Sebastian Tejero. Unfortunately the only good player in our entire intake. I got so mad i fired our HOYD, after less than a year in the job. Tejero went straight into the team. His stats shown in the screenshot underneath tells you everything you need to know when I say we are far away from CL quality... Goals for next season: - Mid table finish - Finish 3rd (or better) in CL group stages - Qtr final in Copa del Rey Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch 2026/27 | La Liga | 4th | 4th round | N/A | Amazing year, predicted 20th, finished 4th!
  6. @optimusprimal82, I play in Spain so I cant speak for the Brexit issue, but I can attest to the fact that it is hard to maintain young talents. In Spain you have to have a release clause for every player, I have simply set those extremely high, and declined every offer. I would look for a club with the best possible facilities, yes. My Real Jean FC team didn't really have that, but what we did have was some really talented players that the previous manager had signed in the previous year. You choose where you want to start, but personally I think its great fun that people are picking different nations. But beware, read the rules for the nation you choose! I first started in Germany before realising that it was not allowed for 16 year olds to play. When the start of the season came, I had 8 eligible players...
  7. Real Jean FC Season Update 2025-2026 A decent, but unspectacular season. Last season we finished 8th, but that did not really highlight the obvious flaws of the team. A 11th place this season was probably also a bit lucky, the foundation certainly made in the first half of the season. We started okay, beating Las Palmas 2-1 in the season opener. Losses to Sevilla and Real Zaragoza and a win at home to Girona was followed by a crushing 0-4 defeat at home to Real Madrid. After this we did pretty good, a strong goalless draw against Bilbao away was followed by a good couple of months that saw us beat Atl. Madrid 4-2, Real Sociedad 2-1 and Villareal 2-1 away. After the winter break we did pretty bad to be honest, even for our standards. We won three games in a row against Sevilla, Las Palmas and Real Zaragoza, but other than that we never really found any form. I have decided to use my young GK prospect, Khalid Naim, and he has made some very big errors, but I cant expect class from a 17 year old goalkeeper either. But he has made some good progress, and I hope he can become a La Liga quality player. To be fair, I dont see the team progressing beyond mid table/relegation struggle next year. We will for sure be tipped last, and that is a fair assessment. But we are moving in to a new stadium, we are getting a second upgrade of our training facilities, and our youth recruitment has been expanded. So we just have to keep on trying to improve and the foundation for success in the future is there. We got new owners at the end of the season, but they are not looking to make radical changes, which is fine. Our youth intake was overall probably the worst in my time at Real Jean. There are basically no one that can ever be potential players for the first team, except for Badr Senoussi, a 16 year old dutch central midfielder. He has gotten some caps for the first team at the end of the season, and he even got his first goal in the last game of the season, a very solid game coming of the bench against Espanyol (we won 3-1). Goals for next season: Maybe I lack ambition, but it reamains: Survival! Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th 2025/26 | La Liga | 11th | 4th round | N/A | Decent season, good club progress if not so much on the pitch
  8. Real Jean FC Season Update 2024-2025 After a dissapointing second season in La Liga, the team took a big step forward this year. We finished in 8th place, just 4 points away from a European spot. No doubt, our performances are not worthy of 8th place, even less a place in Europe, but all in all it was a fantastic year. The foundation for this years success was made in the start of the season. A 2-1 win over Celta Vigo at home kickstarted a run of 12 games where we only lost twice, and that was against Real Madrid and Barcelona. A fantastic 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid was the highlight, closely followed by a 1-0 win against Villareal. After the winter break our form took a turn for the worse. We started the second half of the season with a terrible 2-6 loss at home to Valencia, and after that we didnt win any of our next 6 games.. We turned it around with a home win over Getafe, and after that we did okay, lost several games but also got some decent wins. We finished the season 2-2 against Real Sociedad, which was nice. Overall, we dont have any quality in the team that indicated us getting a spot in Europe. To be fair, we will for sure be tipped for 20th place next season as well. But we do have some exciting talent coming through, 17 year old Cristobal Gutierrez is probably the most promising. Our youth intake was overall the most disappointing we have had. But we have been lucky with it over the last few years, so we cant complain. Luckily though, the only decent talent in this years intake was a goalkeeper! We have had an absolutely terrible goalkeeper since the start of the save, and hopefully 16 year old Khalid Naim can be our future star. He will be the first choice next year, as there is no point using the GK we have now, as he cant get any better. In about 16 months we will be moving in to a new stadium. In the meantime, we are getting yet another improvement of our training/youth facilities. Our data analysis facilities are now excellent. Goals for next season will be a mid-table finish, but staying in the league is more than enough. Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse 2024/25 | La Liga | 8th | 5th round | N/A | Solid season, finished 8th
  9. My prayers have been answered. The board members have taken a break from smoking cigars and drinking champagne, and have finally made a decision to invest in the club. Training facilities, youth facilities as well as a new 30 000 capacity stadium. Great news!
  10. Real Jean FC Season update 2023-2024 After our great first season in La Liga, finishing 10th, we had a bit of a second season syndrome. We were struggling just over the relegation zone for most of the season. We finshed the season in 14th place, but it does not tell the story about how awful we were this year. We are just so far behind every single team when it comes to quality. We are not favorites in any single game, home or away. Looking at the quality of our squad and the opposition, we should lose basically every game, many of them with double digits. But for some reason we get some wins, as many as we need. But for how long? We started the season with a really good 3-0 win over Deportive, before winning only 2 of our next 10 league games. In this period we were also knocked out of Copa del Rey to Espanyol (although we played decent). We never really got going and couldn't get any decent run of form. Why would we though, many of our players are lucky they can actually play professional football. Our star defender for the last 2-3 years, Eugenio, spent the summer complaining that he couldnt get a transfer to Juventus. This season, going from 19 to 20 years of age, he has actually become a worse footballer. Juventus, and any other team, has of course lost interest, as he is now looking more like a Sunday League player, both on the pitch as well as with his mindset. Luckily, Jose Manuel, my other central defender, is doing really well and has been called up to the Spain U19's. He is now wanted in Valencia, and wants to leave. He won't leave. After a terrible run of form, relegation was looking more and more the most realistic outcome. Luckily, we were able beat Gimnastic at home (after being down 1-0 for 80 minutes of the game) 2-1, and that started a great run of 4 consecutive wins. After expected losses to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid we managed a sensational, and for some reason deserved, win over Valencia away, 1-0. That was the last positive result this year, and we finished with 6 losses. So the morale is now in a terrible state.. Our goalkeeping situation has been terrible since I started this save, and we do not have any youth prospects at all. Not a single one. If someone doesnt show up soon that might be the end of the challenge, as my goalkeeper is conceding laughable goals almost every game. With the Match Engine favoring long shots over everything else doesnt make it better. Our board thinks it's great to be a small club in a big league, and they dont want to invest in anything at all. Training facilities and Youth facilities are terrible, even though the club is now really rich. Our wages are very low, and they should be, as our players are "low-wage-quality-players". Next season we will again be favorites for relegation. And we will be relegated at one point if something doesnt happen. Hopefully the board can focus on something else than taking out huge bonuses every year, and invest in a new stadium and new traning facilities. We actually have some good young players, but with very little variation on positions. At one point we might have 6 top quality right backs, and 3 good strikers, nothing else. But as long as the board can take out a big bonus each year, they wont care. Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table 2023/24 | La Liga | 14th | 2nd round | N/A | No progress to speak of, managed to get worse
  11. Real Jean FC Season Update 2022-2023 Our first season in La Liga, following two consecutive promotions. We were of course tipped to become dead last. In the Team Comparison section it was obvious we were dead last in basically every skillset compared to every other team.. nice. But we surprised everyone, including ourselves and finished on a really solid 10th place. Our place on the upper half of the table was sealed in the last game of the season, beating Real Madrid 3-2! That also gave the title to Barcelona, so it was a huge game to win. Real Madrid is my favorite team IRL, so I kinda wished it was the other way around It was a very strange season with the team putting on some great performances. But at the same time, there were periods when our lack of quality was so obvious, and next year might just as well end with relegation. We have one player that is good enough for La Liga, the majority of the starting 11 are no more than 3rd level quality to be honest.... Especially our goalkeeper situation is dreadful, and we have absolutely no talent in that position at the moment. The season certainly had different periods of great and dreadful results. We started really well, drawing away at Espanyol before beating Valencia at home! After an expected loss to Atletico Madrid we had a pretty good run of form, beating Gimnastic 4-1 as well as wins at Girona and home to Valladolid during September. We then hit a rough patch, winning only three out of our next 14 matches. Things were not looking good! But then we turned it around. A run of 5 consecutive wins basically sealed our spot in the league. Unfortunately we got knocked out early in the Copa del Rey. We were up against Almeria, who had been relegated to the 3rd division. I thought I could rotate some players and still advance. So of course we lost 3-1.. We had a decent youth intake, nothing more. Cristobal Gutierrez is a huge talent, and I gave him some games at the end of the season, and even though he is only 15, he did okay! I will try to loan out as many as I can for next season, which is my strategy for development (might be wrong). Goals for next season: - Survive in La Liga - Quarter final in Copa del Rey - Upgrade Training/Youth Facilities Season Highlights: Key Players: Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back 2022/23 | La Liga | 10th | 2nd round | N/A | Great first season, finishing mid table
  12. An enthusiastic start of the season update from me. After a pre season of trying to improve the coaching staff and train as hard as possible, we started La Liga Santander away to Espanyol. After 36 minutes, we were 2-0 down.. welcome to the big league.. But after 69 minutes we pulled one back, and with the last kick of the game our star winger Jorge Vela smashed in the equaliser! 2-2! First home game at our massive 12,569 capacity Nuevo La Victoria Stadium . Against Valencia. Our inverted wing back Felipe Alfonso becomes the match winner, scoring with a screamer from 23 yards out!! We beat Valencia, about as undeserved as you could imagine. The chances they had were outrageous at the end! But this guy kept a clean sheet (for some reason..). Our coaches thinks he is really good. For the 3rd division that is.... We will enjoy this view for as long as we can. It will surely not last...
  13. Real Jean FC Season Update 2021-2022 After getting promotion the second season we went into La Liga 123 being tipped by the media to finish 21st out of 22 teams. That seemed like a fair assessment, but we had a young team (obviously) and plenty of potential to grow throughout the season. We had some difficult decicions to make at the start of the season. We dropped a couple of first team players as they were clearly not going to develop into top tier players, and it was a better decision to bring in some youngsters to give them an arena to develop. Our 16 year old defender Jose Manuel were brought up from the U-19's to replace club captain Javi Perez in the centre of defense. This proved to be a good decision and Manuel took massive steps throughout the season. Somewhat through the season we also dropped last seasons top goalscorer Antonio Lopez, and replaced him with 16 year old Sergi Garrido. He has massive potential, but is at the moment a very limited goal threat. But, on to the season: I expected a relegation battle and was naturally thrilled when we started the season with a 4-1 win at home to Pontevedra, another relegation candidate. We then picked up a couple of draws before getting on a really nice winning streak, winning 3 out of our next three teams. The team looked solid and it made me confident we would stay in the league. Our form took a dip when we lost 1-2 away to Cadiz, got knocked out of Copa Del Rey to 3rd level team Recreativo dee Huelva and then only picked up 2 wins from our next 7 matched (it was at this point we dropped Perez in defence and Lopez in attack. We needed some fresh blood!). Our form massively picked up and we went unbeaten for 13 matches! To be fair, a lot of them were draws, but we picked up some brilliant results, including a 4-0 win over Huesca, 3-1 away at Leganes, and a really strong 3-2 win over a very talented Barcelona B side. Again, we proved inconsistent. After this splendid run of form we really strugged at the end of the season. After sitting comfortably in the play off spot (two teams get promoted automatically, number 3-6 are qualified for play-off's, which excluded B-teams) things were looking very uncertain. Our last five league games of the season went WLLLD, a 2-2 draw against Alcoron in the last secured our spot in the play offs! I had no real hopes of winning the play offs, but with no injuries we would for sure have a go. We were up against 3rd placed CD Lugo. We had a loss and a win against them in the league stage, and even though they had finished 3rd I dont think they had that much talent. A very diciplined first game against them gave us a 2-0 win at home, a massive result. A 0-0 draw in the second leg saw us through to the two leg play off final against CD Numancia. They were favorites yes, but our first game was at home, and we had nothing to lose. I had replaced our young striker Garrido with Antonio Lopez for the play off matches, but as in the start of the season he wasnt giving me anything. Back in with Garrido, a lone striker that had provided 1 league goal in 25 matches so far.... Well, he made up for it.. We beat Numancia 8-1 in the first play off final.... 16 year old Sergi Garrido grabbed a hat trick, and our star player Jorge Vela scored 5 goals.. from right wing.. ending the match on a 10.0 rating... 1-1 in the return leg. Real Jean FC had gone back-to-back to win promotion to La Liga!!! How we will survive, I dont know. I wrote in my previous update it would be hard to stay in the 2nd tier. That seems rather strange now, but this time it will be different. I dont see us staying in the league, I honestly dont see us taking any points? My only hope is that Real Sporting and Valladolid, who is also going up, end up struggling badly as well, and that might be my only hope. But it doesnt really matter as this will give me a massive financial boost. But what if we lose our first 15 games and the board gets anxious? We will see... Comprehensive screenshots of the season, including several players: Season | League | Position | Copa Del Rey | Europe | Notes ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 | Segunda Division B | 9th | 2ns round | N/A | Okay start up season 2020/21 | Segunda Division B | 2nd | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off 2021/22 | La Liga 123 | 7th | 3rd round | N/A | Promoted through play off, back-to-back
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