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  1. Mid-Season Gonna have to be brief as I have a plaster on a small niggling cut on one of my fingers which makes it really hard to type and I'm already further ahead in my save than I like to be when posting updates. Super Cup A disappointing big loss in our first game of the season. Dutch Cup So far, so good as we look to win 4 in a row. Eredivisie We have to be happy with that in the league. Champions League A difficult group as we got two of my old sides. It started with a loss in Rome and I thought that may set the tone for the group, but we won our next two, included a big big win in Germany. Boris popped up with a huge late winner at home too, then we drew with Roma. I actually thought based on results between teams that we would go out as we certainly lost over two legs to Roma, but then I'm not sure how they do it with 3 teams. Maybe they do it as a 3 team league, in which case we'd have 5 points, Wolfsburg would have 5 and Roma would have 5 - then it goes to goal difference? Well we'd beat Roma but not Wolfsburg? I'm not really sure how it has done it to be honest but we've somehow topped the group despite having worse results between teams with Roma and worse goal difference than Wolfsburg.
  2. Congrats to all of the winners, especially the newbies breeding new life into the sub form and @Jimbokav1971 who has had the thread that I’ve followed the most closely this year. Well done @Deisler26 on taking over from Delta and running it so smoothly! Here’s to another 10 years of the forum.
  3. Summer transfers A few players left this summer. Jorge Alexandre was getting closer to 30 and not happy with being 4th choice CB, so we sold him for a good price to Fenerbache. Ozturk the youth academy player can be 4th choice next summer so this came at a good time for all involved. Axel Cacares wasn't playing as much as he wanted as a rotation AMR option so he left too, with Galatasaray giving us a decent fee for him. Laszlo Szabo the Hungarian left winger popped up with the odd important goal, but he didn't want to renew due to lack of game time, so he leaves for Everton. Van Hese the youth prospect can fill his role in the squad next season. We also loaned out a lot of our young talent again and hopefully the experience will help develop them further. We spent decent money on two very highly rated Dutch attacking players, then got two very good young rotation talents from Boca and Bulgaria.
  4. The Academy Ozturk spent the season on loan at Ajax playing more or less every game. He couldn't keep them up, but he did develop enough to come in useful as a back-up option for the first team next season. Van Hese was a regular for Heracles this season, providing 4 goals and 3 assists from his 20 starts. He too has developed enough that he will be useful as a back-up option for the first team next year. Struijk went on loan to NEC in the 2nd tier and did well, with 13 goals and 3 assists in 33 games. Grootfaam also went to NEC and had an incredible season, with an incredible 23 assists and 3 goals in 39 games. Van Dijk did okay at RKC in the 2nd tier, with 4 goals and 2 assists in 30 games. Not great numbers, but he's got decent enough physical stats that it's worth giving him another season out on loan to see what more he can offer. Van Der Schot got 13 games under his belt at senior level in the 2nd tier with FC Emmen. Excited to see what he can offer in the next few seasons. Olvira got the chance for some senior football in the 2nd tier with Dordrecht after winter and he did okay with 5 goals and 2 assists in 14 games. A bad year for Pastoor who had a decent 4 games with Almere City in the 2nd tier, before breaking his leg and missing out on pretty much the entire season. Terrible injury at such a young age, but hopefully he can crack on again next season. A couple of decent prospects have come through in our latest intake:
  5. Kayserispor with their first title in 8 years, with Besiktas in 2nd meaning the Big Two are back out of the Champions League. Absolutely unbelievable scenes in the SPL, as Kilmarnock topple the old firm's run of dominance after 69 years of Celtic and Rangers sharing the title. Shakhtar are champions once more in the Ukraine, with Desna remaining in the CL.
  6. It's disappointing to have not won the Eredivisie yet, but I'm not joking when I say Feyenoord are a strong side. They were a penalty shoot-out from winning the Champions League - and what an unbelievable win it could have been, as the final was at the home of bitter rivals, Ajax, the Johan Cruyff Arena. What a season it would have been to win the Champions League at your rivals ground in a season where they got relegated City ultimately win it, with another penalty shoot-out to knock out Unted in the Quarters. 4 Portuguese sides in the knockout round show they're still doing well. My old side managed by Nagelsmann win the Europa on penalties against a Bordeaux side who did well to get that far to begin with. A great performance from Austrian side RB Salzburg to come so close to the final themselves, with good showings also from Mainz and Krasnodar.
  7. Nations Remaining (based on coefficient ranking) Holland Turkey Scotland (+1) Belgium (-1) Ukraine Croatia Norway (+1) Romania (+4) Greece (+4) Austria (-3) Serbia Switzerland (-3) Denmark (+3) Czech Republic Poland Sweden (-6) Bulgaria Iceland (+1) Slovenia (+1) Israel (-2) Hungary Republic of Ireland Slovakia Belarus (+1) Finland (-1) Wales Northern Ireland
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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 2033/34 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 2nd N/A 2034/35 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 1st Bundesliga winners 2035/36 VFL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 2nd German Super Cup & Champions League winners --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2036/37 Zenit St Petersburg Russian PL 1st Russian Premier League, Russian Cup & Super Cup winners 2037/38 Zenit St Petersburg Russian PL 1st Russian Premier League, Russian Cup & Super Cup winners 2038/39 Zenit St Petersburg Russian PL 1st Russian Premier League & Super Cup winners 2039/40 Zenit St Petersburg Russian PL 1st Russian Premier League, Russian Cup & Super Cup winners 2040/41 Zenit St Petersburg Russian PL 1st Champions League & Domestic Treble winners --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2041/42 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 3rd N/A 2042/43 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 4th Taca de Portugal runners-up 2043/44 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 6th N/A 2044/45 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 6th Europa League winners 2045/46 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 3rd European Super Cup winners 2046/47 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 4th N/A 2047/48 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 4th Portuguese League Cup winners 2048/49 Portimonense SC Primeira Liga 1st Primiera Liga & Champions League winners --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2049/50 Vitesse Arnhem Eredivisie 2nd N/A 2050/51 Vitesse Arnhem Eredivisie 2nd N/A 2051/52 Vitesse Arnhem Eredivisie 2nd Dutch Cup winners 2052/53 Vitesse Arnhem Eredivisie 2nd Dutch Cup & Super Cup winners 2053/54 Vitesse Arnhem Eredivisie 2nd Dutch CUp winners --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trophy Cabinet Champions League x7 - 2019/20 (Arsenal), 2021/22 (Paris SG), 2026/27 (AS Roma), 2029/30 (Atletico Madrid), 2035/36 (VFL Wolfsburg), 2040/41 (Zenit St Petersburg), 2048/49 (Portimonense SC) Europa League x3 - 2018/19 (Arsenal), 2031/32 (VFL Wolfsburg), 2044/45 (Portimonense SC) European Super Cup x2 - 2032/33 (VFL Wolfsburg), 2045/46 (Portimonense SC) Bundesliga x1 - 2034/35 (VFL Wolfsburg) German Super Cup x1 - 2035/36 (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) Primeira Liga x1 - 2048/49 (Portimonense SC) Portuguese League Cup x1 - 2047/48 (Portimonense SC) Russian Premier League x5 - 2036/37, 2037/38, 2038/39, 2039/40, 2040/41 (Zenit St Petersburg) Russian Cup x4 - 2036/37, 2037/38, 2039/40, 2040/41 (Zenit St Petersburg) Russian Super Cup x5 - 2036/37, 2037/38, 2038/39, 2039/40, 2040/41 (Zenit St Petersburg) Dutch Cup x3 - 2051/52, 2052/53, 2053/54 (Vitesse Arnhem) Dutch Super Cup x1 - 2052/53 (Vitesse Arnhem) Nations Completed 1. England - Arsenal 2. France - Paris SG 3. Italy - AS Roma 4. Spain - Atletico Madrid 5. Germany - VFL Wolfsburg 6. Russia - Zenit St Petersburg 7. Portugal - Portimonense SC ** - Nations completed by the AI: 1. England - Manchester City 2. Germany - RB Leipzig 3. France - Olympique Marseille 4. Spain - Valencia CF
  9. End of Season Update Dutch Cup We were fairly fortunate to get through two very tough games against AZ and Feyenoord, but we managed to defend the Dutch Cup and make it 3 in a row! Eredivisie A solid start to the new year, with 4 wins from 5, including a massive win away to title rivals Feyenoord. February started well, but then we dropped 7 points in 3 away games which blew any advantage we had in the title race. Some good wins in March and April, but also 3 draws which meant 6 more valuable points dropped on Feyenoord. Feyenoord end up 8 points ahead of us, as we pick up 9 less points than last year. It has to go down as a disappointing season. AZ also having a poor year by their standards, with Ajax going straight back down. Champions League A close set of games against the Portuguese side, but an unlikely goal from fringe player Tom Tol in the second leg saw us go through on away goals! We got another Portuguese side in the Quarter Final and Sporting Lisbon ultimately proved to be a bridge too far for us, as we got comfortably beaten over two legs. John Jackson had a very good season, with Leguizamon finishing top scorer in the Eredivisie. Bocconi and Jose Alberto also worthy of praise.
  10. A Chinese club came in with a huge offer for Dario Rodriguez who is a rotation central midfield option. To be honest I would've probably taken half of that with him around 27/28 and not starting every week, but I wasn't gonna complain. Another back-up option in Vazquez has also left the club. We signed Jack Scott from Aberdeen and Alberto Misidjang to replace the two departing players:
  11. Mid-Season Super Cup We put up a good fight, but ultimately lost on penalties in the season opener. Eredivisie We got the season off to a decent start, with 3 wins from 5, but two draws at PSV and Groningen. A disappointing loss in our bid for the title as we lose to rivals Feyenoord, but we did then win 3 of our next 4, including an away win at Ajax who have got promoted back at the first chance. 3 wins from our next 4, although we did drop points at Fortuna Sittard. A poor loss at Heerenveen as we finish up our last 4 games before Christmas with 2 wins from 4, including a Christmas Eve draw with Ajax. 4 points behind Feyenoord who are in the driver's seat. Not looking too good for Ajax, who may very well go straight back down. Champions League As 3rd seeds this was actually a reasonable group to get. Bayer Leverkusen are a good side who won the Europa League last season, with Zenit obviously a good side too, although they've been a shadow of their former self in the last few seasons. FC Midtjylland of Denmark made up the group and you couldn't really call them whipping boys as they got a point off us and even won 2 games. We did well though, avoiding defeat the whole time, with two draws with Leverkusen, a draw with Zenit and a huge last minute 1-0 win at home which secured our place in the knockout round of the Champions League for the first time. Top of the group too, which means we wouldn't play a super massive side straight away. We have Porto in the 1st knockout round.
  12. Nothing too excited happening this summer. The odd rotation/back-up player cleared out, but nobody too important. Managed to secure decent loans for a lot of the kids. Pretty funny that even though Ajax got promoted back up they're in such bad bother that they're having to loan players from us The dream is to get big enough that Chelsea loan a player from us: Saad Khairi is a very talented CB that was available on a bosman. Why spend £20-30M on a CB when you can get one for nothing I spent £11.5M on the talented midfielder Marcelo Garcia from Argentina, whilst signing a HG back-up keeper in Tom Mulder and a talented full back rotation option in Igor Pilcic from the ever reasonably priced Scottish market. I do have around £15-20M left in transfer fees, but the market is quite volatile and the only players that would significantly improve our side are out of our price range. There's a few half-decent players I could sign, but it would be a bit pointless and probably cause more problems in terms of other lads kicking off about a lack of game time. We've got some cracking youngsters coming through too so I'll see what I can do with them as well.
  13. Not too sure, all gone a bit quiet on that front. The board have got a few decent commercial sponsorship deals in for us, but other than randomly offer me more money for scouting and coaches I've had nothing from them in a while.
  14. In an incredible turn of events Stoke City finished 4th in the Premier League and will be in the Champions League Group Stage next season, presumably a 4th seed, so we could well even play them.
  15. The Academy Van Hese spent the season on loan at Heracles. He was only a back-up option there with 14 competitive games and a load for their B team. He's kicked on a fair bit and I think after one more season on loan he could be a useful rotation option for us. Ozturk spent the season on loan at NAC Breda and developed well with first-team football, much like Van Hese I think another season on loan and he could be at a level where we could use him in the squad. Grootfaam spent the first half of the season in our B side, before going on loan to relegated MVV in January, where he made 6 appearances. He will definitely need another season on loan next year, but my staff seem less excited about his potential ability now. Joep Struijk is another who went on loan to MVV in January after B team football for the first half, but he didn't make a single appearance for them. He'll need another loan next year where hopefully he can see some game time. Pastoor spent most of the season with our B team after being promoted from the U19s midway through the season. He made 15 starts, with 8 assists and 3 goals. He also got a start in a Champions League match when we had a mini injury crisis at right wing. I'm hoping to find a nice loan for him next year. These two lads came through our intake this year and both look pretty exciting:
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