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  1. I was very pleased to seen all PH71 final with Manuel Baum's Atletico wining too which is nice, love to see it. I think the only team other than Arsenal that I'd rather see win it would be Roma, who I think I remember just a bit more fondly than Atletico. Benfica did very well to reach the Quarter Final, with no other real surprises.
  2. Nations Remaining Germany (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, RB Leipzig) Russia Portugal (Porto, Benfica) Turkey Ukraine Switzerland Greece Belgium Austria Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord) Scotland (Celtic) Croatia Serbia (Red Star) Bulgaria Romania (Steaua Bucharest) Denmark Poland Sweden Czech Republic Belarus Israel Slovakia Slovenia Hungary Norway Iceland Finland Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland Wales
  3. Career History ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Club League Position Achievements/Other ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Arsenal Premier League 4th Europa League winners 2019/20 Arsenal Premier League 2nd Champions League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Paris SG Ligue 1 1st Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners 2021/22 Paris SG Ligue 1 1st Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2022/23 AS Roma Serie A 3rd Italian Cup runners-up 2023/24 AS Roma Serie A 2nd Italian Cup winners 2024/25 AS Roma Serie A 1st Serie A winners 2025/26 AS Roma Serie A 2nd Italian Super Cup winners & Champions League runners-up 2026/27 AS Roma Serie A 1st Serie A, Italian Cup & Champions League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2027/28 Atletico Madrid La Liga 3rd N/A 2028/29 Atletico Madrid La Liga 2nd N/A 2029/30 Altetico Madrid La Liga 2nd Champions League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2030/31 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 6th N/A 2031/32 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 5th Europa League winners 2032/33 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 3rd European Super Cup winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trophy Cabinet Champions League x4 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid) Europa League x2 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg) European Super Cup x1 - 2032/33 (VFL Wolfsburg) Serie A x2 - 2024/25, 2026/27 (AS Roma) Italian Cup x2 - 2023/24, 2026/27 (AS Roma) Italian Super Cup x1 - 2025/26 (AS Roma) Ligue 1 x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) Coupe de la Ligue x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG) Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG Nations Completed 1. England - Arsenal 2. France - Paris SG 3. Italy - AS Roma 4. Spain - Atletico Madrid
  4. End of Season Update German Cup Pretty annoying to go out to Hoffenheim considering how **** they've been this season. Bundesliga RB Leipzig smashed us 3-0 in a key battle in the race for the title, before we drew with Schalke and then pulled off a thrilling late win in Nurnberg. We then beat Leverkusen 2-1, before losing to Gladbach. We then beat Union Berlin and St Pauli. A very solid 2-1 win against Bayern Munich who have now sacked Eddie Howe, before a disappointing loss in Darmstadt. We got a bore draw with Dortmund, before another draw against Hoffenheim, then beat Koln 3-0 but lost 2-1 in Stuttgart. A 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin, before two good wins against Hamburger and Bremen, then ending the season with a 0-0 at home to Frankfurt. Bayern's reign of terror is over as Eddie Howe's big German adventure ends in misery. RB Leipzig under Pochettino win the first non-Bayern title for 8 seasons as he out performs me in another league. A big shout out to Gio Van Bronckhorst at Nurnberg who managed to get Top 4 again and pip us to 2nd. Bayern ended up keeping 4th at Stuttgart's expense. A very poor year for Dortmund and an absolute disaster for Hoffenheim who are shockingly relegated. Champions League A shame to go out so early in the Champions League, but Pep's side were far too strong for us. We're a decent side and proved that in the Europa League last season, but perhaps 2 or 3 seasons away from seriously competing at the top level. Carsten Wrobel had a great year, with Rui Perreira, Sebastian Comte and Kensuke Tanno also worth a mention.
  5. Some departures in January. PSG came in hard for first choice left back, Xavi Candel and for that price I wasn't going to say no as he wasn't world class compared to left backs I've had before. I sold back-up players Pascal Tuasamu and Dieter Vlietinck for decent prices to Stuttgart and Dinamo, before Bayern activated a release clause for centre back Augusto Scabini. I didn't particularly want to sell, but can't argue that the price was more than reasonable. Marian Geiger comes in to add depth to midfield after the departures of Vlietinck and Tuasumu, whilst Gianluca Gubinelli joins to be the new starting CB. Patrick Moro actually played for me as a back-up left back at Atletico, he was a good prospect but could never get first team football so went to Rubin. He made a name for himself now and it will come full circle as he joins me at Wolfsburg to be first choice left back for me this time.
  6. Mid-Season Update European Super Cup My only other experience playing in this competition was as Arsenal in my 2nd season as I always leave after my sides win the CL, so it was cool to actually play in this and win it this year. An unexpected win against Emery's side, but a most welcome one. German Cup Eichstatt were no problem, but Bayern gave us a hell of a game. Some extra-time drama though saw us knock out Eddie Howe's side. Bundesliga A tricky start to the season saw us lose at Schalke, then at home to Leipzig before we managed to rescue a late point at home to last year's surprise package Nurnberg. We picked ourselves up and managed to win 3 on the bounce against Leverkusen, Gladbach and Union Berlin. A solid win against St Pauli before a loss to Bayern, but we picked up after that with a 2-1 win against Darmstadt and then a 4-0 demolition of a Borussia Dortmund side that have been absolutely woeful this season, so much so that Slaven Bilic has been sacked before Christmas. We also beat Hoffenheim, drew with Koln and then beat Stuttgart. An exciting win in Berlin, then a fairly uninspiring point at home to Hamburger before good wins against Bremen and Frankfurt. I'm actually somewhat bemused that we're top of the table. We've certainly been miles better than last season in the league, but especially after that poor start I would've never imagined we'd be top at the halfway stage in a million years. Albeit only on goal difference, but still very happy with that. Nurnberg so far keeping in the Top 4 even with CL football to worry about, whilst as I said before Dortmund having an absolute mare. Hoffenheim though, deary me, they've been on a bit of a downward spiral in recent seasons but to be bottom of the table at Christmas is unbelievable. They've just sacked Igor Denisov and hired in Steven Gerrard, maybe he can turn it around for them. Champions League We were poor against Liverpool but rescued a late point, then were given a huge boost when we scored late on again to sink Benfica in Portugal. Fiorentina were smashed up home and away, before another late goal got a draw at Anfield. We then beat Benfica in the last game to ensure we topped the group, which is a real achievement. Disaster for Liverpool as they crash out and we go through with Benfica. Unfortunately despite topping the group we weren't given an easy ride in the 1st knockout round, as we will have to play Manchester City next up. In fairness it was between City, Roma, Man United, Atletico, AC Milan and Napoli - so none of them were particularly easy games anyway.
  7. A very quiet summer. Tin Mrmic was signed from Dinamo Zagreb for £30M in the only bit of business we did this summer, as after renewing a lot of contracts we weren't really left with much budget even with CL football. Although in fairness most of the time our budgets have come about from player sales etc so makes sense. Our Champions League group sees us yet again reunited with Zidane's Liverpool side, as well as Benfica and Fiorentina. Not an easy group, but I think we should be qualifying from it.
  8. Zenit retain the Russian title and the days of Spartak's domination are almost a distant memory. Lokomotiv Moscow doing extremely well to get 2nd, as they pip Krasnodar to 3rd. Rostov doing well too, with Spartak having to settle for 5th. Rubin's European campaign perhaps derailed them as they only finish 6th. Porto retain without much trouble and it's the same Top 3 from last season. No real surprises except maybe Portimonense getting 5th. Kayserispor have done it once again with this being their 4th title in a row now. This was possibly the closest they came to losing their grip on the crown, as Fenebache were top for much of the reason, but a late fight-back from Kayserispor meant they kept their crown. A very poor year from Galatasaray but they will take huge solace as it was there 2-2 draw at home to Fenerbache on the last day which kept their rivals from the title, as Kayserispor themselves could only draw at Genclerbirligi, who fun fact, are actually managed by Granit Xhaka. A Fener win would've won the title at Galatasaray's ground of all places, but they just couldn't deliver it. Kasimpasa finish 3rd to remain a European side, with Basakhesir and Besiktas also getting in that Top 5.
  9. PSG, now managed by Antonio Conte, came very close to retaining the Champions League, but it wasn't to be as Unai Emery's Man United side won out. Emery's had a really crazy career since I kicked him out of Arsenal a few days into his reign, since then he's managed Sevilla, Monaco, Koln, Inter, PSG, Roma and now Man United where he picks up a Champions League that could help him reach the Top 5 of the all time Hall of Fame by the time he retires. No real surprises elsewhere in the Champions League. Since we were actually in it this year I'll post the tree for the Europa League this year too: Kasimpasa of Turkey reach the Quarter Final fairly interesting, as is Kyiv coming close to a Semi. Celtic also doing reasonably well for a Scottish club.
  10. Nations Remaining: Germany (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, RB Leipzig) Russia Portugal (Porto, Benfica) Turkey Ukraine Switzerland Greece Belgium Austria Holland (Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord) Scotland (Celtic) Croatia Serbia (Red Star) Bulgaria Romania (Steaua Bucharest) Denmark Poland Sweden Czech Republic Belarus Israel Slovakia Slovenia Hungary Norway Iceland Finland Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland Wales
  11. Career History ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Club League Position Achievements/Other ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Arsenal Premier League 4th Europa League winners 2019/20 Arsenal Premier League 2nd Champions League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Paris SG Ligue 1 1st Ligue 1 & Coupe de la Ligue winners 2021/22 Paris SG Ligue 1 1st Ligue 1, Champions League & Trophee Des Champions winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2022/23 AS Roma Serie A 3rd Italian Cup runners-up 2023/24 AS Roma Serie A 2nd Italian Cup winners 2024/25 AS Roma Serie A 1st Serie A winners 2025/26 AS Roma Serie A 2nd Italian Super Cup winners & Champions League runners-up 2026/27 AS Roma Serie A 1st Serie A, Italian Cup & Champions League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2027/28 Atletico Madrid La Liga 3rd N/A 2028/29 Atletico Madrid La Liga 2nd N/A 2029/30 Altetico Madrid La Liga 2nd Champions League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2030/31 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 6th N/A 2031/32 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 5th Europa League winners ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trophy Cabinet Champions League x4 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid) Europa League x2 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg) Serie A x2 - 2024/25, 2026/27 (AS Roma) Italian Cup x2 - 2023/24, 2026/27 (AS Roma) Italian Super Cup x1 - 2025/26 (AS Roma) Ligue 1 x2 - 2020/21, 2021/22 (Paris SG) Coupe de la Ligue x1 - 2020/21 (Paris SG) Trophee Des Champions x1 - 2021/22 (Paris SG Nations Completed 1. England - Arsenal 2. France - Paris SG 3. Italy - AS Roma 4. Spain - Atletico Madrid
  12. End of Season Update German Cup We didn't have the most difficult runs but we did actually manage to make it to the final this time, with Bayern only managing to beat us on penalties to the trophy. Bundesliga We kicked off the new year with 3 good wins in a row in the league, before losing in Hamburger and dropping points at home to Koln. We did pull off a massive win at Bayern through a Rui Perreira winner, with another win against Schalke following that one. We lost in Hoffenheim before bouncing back at home to Augsburg, but then Nurnberg pulled off a big win against us and we narrowly avoided defeat at home to Leipzig. We did beat Stuttgart thanks to a late comeback and then beat St Pauli, before falling to Leverkusen away from home. We then pulled off a 1-0 win against Mainz before, well... We'd had a big Europa League game on the Thursday and the vast majority of the first team had 80-85 percent fitness, so rather than risk injuring them I played a mix of back-up and youth which did not go well. Dortmund absolutely destroyed us and our goal difference which went on to have devastating effects... Nurnberg pulled off a huge shock under Giovanni van Bronckhorst and managed to get 4th on goal difference. The crazy thing is if Dortmund had beat us just 6-2 then we would've got Top 4 I think you can see that we managed to avoid that being too much of an issue though... Europa League I didn't give us much of a chance against Liverpool, but we put 4 past them in the home leg and despite their 2 away goals we were in a strong position going to Anfield. Obviously Liverpool are no strangers to comebacks there, but thankfully they only won 1-0 which wasn't enough to save them. We then had a very competitive tie against Rubin who pushed us right to the edge much like Liverpool did, as despite a Rui Perreira hat-trick they managed 3 away goals. Atalanta in the Quarter Final didn't push as anywhere near as much and we dominated them 7-1 over two legs. I know from just being in Spain that Bilbao are a very strong side and after they beat us 1-0 in the first leg I wrote us off as being out, but we didn't give up and beat them 3-1 at home to secure a place in the final. Barcelona are a shadow of their former self but you still get very worried when you see that you have to play them and they're undoubtedly still very very strong for Europa League. It was a tough and close match, but in the end a late Rui Perreira win came up to deliver us much needed Champions League football and a great trophy win. I'd say this run was up there, if not a better achievement than any of the Champions League wins I've had so far as I never expected us to actually do it. Carsten Wrobel had an excellent season, with Kensuke Tanno, Augusto Scabini and Rui Perreira all deserving mentions. I'm sure you can guess the 1 game that Nicola Benvenuto at the bottom started at left back
  13. January Transfers Arsenal met goalkeeper Nicolae Bularda's release clause for Champions League clubs and so off he went. He was a decent keeper and it's not a massive fee, but still a £20M profit and the game doesn't seem too void of quality goalkeepers so I'm not too bothered about him leaving. I signed promising Portuguese striker Rui Perreira to add some much needed fire power as Mitch Whyte just wasn't cutting it. Elouan Chauveau was the replacement keeper signed from Nantes and if anything he looks an upgrade for only £4.5M more.
  14. Mid-Season Update German Cup No problems so far in the German Cup. Europa League Napoli were a strong side, but generally didn't have too much problems against Feirense or PAOK, although we did only narrowly beat the former in Portugal. Napoli top the group with us comfortably in 2nd. We've got Zidane's Liverpool team in the next round. An awful draw by all accounts, although they are like 10 years without a trophy and not the same threat they once were at the start of the game. Bundesliga A draw at Gladbach on the opening day, before beating Hertha in Berlin. We then lost in Frankfurt and could only draw at home to Hamburger. We did beat Koln and then lost to Bayern. A very disappointing 3-0 loss to Schalke, before two much needed wins on the bounce against Hoffenheim and Augsburg. We could only get a 0-0 at home to Nurnberg, then got a decent 3-3 in Leipzig. We have since beat Stuttgart and then lost away to St Pauli. 2 draws against Leverkusen and Mainz, before a loss in Dortmund and a big win in Darmstadt. Not where we want to be at all, although I do have to say this is the most open league I've played in so far. 4 points separating 4th and 10th is pretty mental at the half way stage, with anyone from Stuttgart to Schalke realistically still in with a shot of Champions League football. Plenty of football still to come and we've got a reasonable budget in January to get a new player or two in. The board are also backing me and recently gave me a new contract despite some murmurs of under-achievement from the squad itself.
  15. Summer Transfer window Another very FM window. Bayern, now managed by Eddie Howe, met Piotrowski's release and off he went - to be fair for that price I had few complaints. A number of other players left us, which helped add a bit of money to our limited budget. The eagle eyed may remember Luis Luz who was a right-back for me in the Roma days. He's out of favour there now and we got him at a bargain price due to being in the last year of his contract, he should be a great addition. Xavi Candel comes in to replace Piotrowski at left back, with Augusto Scabini coming in to shore up the defence and Jorri Hoogervost the midfield. The other players are all various punts signed as rotation/back-up options throughout the rest of the squad.
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