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  1. Figo is a weird one. His international record is outstanding. Seemed okay at Barcelona without being outstanding, went to United and generally struggled to displace Giggs or Beckham as a starter, then went to Roma and finally seemed to click. His stats look pretty strong and looks like at Real Madrid he might finally be the player he's always promised to be.
  2. The turning of the new millennium seemed to send lots of clubs into a meltdown as we see one of the more eventful January windows that we've had. Real Madrid have swooped in and bought Luis Figo from Roma for £31M, just 18 months after he left United following a disappointing spell there. Roma seemed to replace Figo with 2 players, buying both Kenneth Perez and a young Florent Malouda to replace him. Elsewhere, Martin Palermo left Marseille for Inter Milan, with the Italian side also signing Paolo Sousa from Juventus. Juventus were quite active in the window themselves, bringing in Pedro Barbosa and Matias Almeyda from Everton and Man United respectively. Bayern Munich spent big after going out of Europe, spending £20M on Ze Roberto from Real Madrid, with Madrid also selling Luis Enrique to Napoli, possibly these transfers funded Figo I don't know. Vidic and Xabi Alonso were both confirmed for us. Vidic will come in and immediately be 4th choice CB, whilst Alonso went out on loan to Sparta Rotterdam in the Eredivise.
  3. An uncharacteristic flop from us in Amsterdam saw us lose 4-1 to Ajax and surrender top spot in the group which was a bit rubbish. Biggest surprise of course Liverpool crashing out in their group to the UEFA Cup, whilst Celtic and PSG make it through at Valencia and Lazio's expense in the group of death. A huge upset in Group E as not only do Everton go through, but Bayern Munich finish rock bottom and are out of Europe completely!
  4. It hasn't been the easiest of League Cup campaigns, but Shaka Hislop the cup keeper has been in fine form making saves in both shoot-outs Top of the table at Christmas. I don't think we've been amazing and have lost 4 times but we're still the best of the bunch. West Ham having a hell of a season in 2nd and closest to us with the best defensive record in the league. They did come 6th last year but even so John Lyall's side doing very well, they've actually got a midfield partnership of Frank Lampard and Jimmy Bullard
  5. Group A could be interesting if Kaiserslautern can find some rhythm they may well be able to challenge the big boys of Juve and Real Madrid, maybe Fenerbache won't be complete pushovers either. We've not got the easiest, nor the hardest of groups, Ajax a strong side and Porto have some good young players that could cause problems. Werder Bremen will be hoping to cause an upset against Liverpool and Inter, whilst Group D is arguably the most interesting of the lot - any 2 of the 4 sides could realistically make it through. Group E again is somewhat open, as whilst Milan and Bayern would be favorites, both Gijon and Everton are decent enough to cause some problems. Man United and Monaco I think should breeze through their group, whilst Barcelona have a somewhat tough draw as both Marseille and Leverkusen could cause problems on their day. I think Roma and Rangers should make it through their group without too much issue.
  6. A big June move saw Man United look to improve their defence by spending nearly £30M on Napoli's Fabio Cannavaro. Certainly seems like he will be a good signing for him, elsewhere Nobby Solano swaps Everton for Man City. Steve McManaman is picked up by Juventus for £23M, as they sell Vladimir Smicer to Barcelona, who also pick up Davor Suker after winning the European Cup this summer. Real Madrid fork up £17.5M for Fernando Morientes, whilst Bayern steal Kaiserslautern's key man Polish international striker Miroslav Klose who opted not to represent Germany in this timeline. Mark Bresciano signs for Liverpool, whilst Matt Le Tissier leaves his relegated hometown club for Blackburn Rovers. Paul Dickov joins Chelsea, Alen Boksic signs for Juve, whilst Ronald de Boer ditches Barcelona for Monte Carlo. Ivan Helguera fails to make the grade at Real Madrid, but could be a very decent signing for Valencia at £10M, whilst young Benni McCarthy leaves Celta for Dortmund. Eric Cantona puts an end to his Old Trafford career as he signs for AC Milan, whilst former United man Paul Ince leaves AC Milan for Blackburn. Kevin Campbell departs Rovers, as he joins newly promoted Sunderland. Man United rob Napoli of another key player late in the window as they bring in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, possibly to replace Eric Cantona as a striking option. Paul Merson leaves Nottingham Forest for Blackburn, who seem to have done a lot of business to try and get back into Europe this summer. A young Simao leaves Sporting Lisbon for Liverpool, Ebbe Sand joins Kaiserslautern from Atletico presumably to replace Miroslav Klose, whilst Kily Gonzalez leaves Tottenham for Marseille. Luis Garcia, one time Anfield Icon in the original timeline has ended up at Goodison Park this time, whilst Paulo Ferreira looks like he could be a brilliant signing for Porto even at £15M. Meanwhile, Blackburn also sign Chris Coleman from United, whilst Dortmund pick up a young Esteban Cambiasso who much like Ivan Helguera doesn't seem to have got as much of a chance at Madrid in this timeline.
  7. On the face of it that looks like a very quiet summer for us, but not as quiet as it looks. I got Kolo Toure in from the Ivory Coast for a very nice price, however despite him having 10 caps for the Ivory Coast at 18 I couldn't get a work permit for him so I had to loan him out, he'll play for Dresden this season in Germany. This initially scuppered by plans to sell Pochettino as whilst he wanted out and I was happy to let him go, without Kolo as a 4th choice centre back we were a bit short. I didn't really want to sign a centre back as we have another centre back as you'll see shortly coming in January anyway, but with Sampdoria and Torino putting in bids for Poch and him wanting out I made a compromise to get in Zoumana Camara from Milan on a 5 month loan until January when our new centre back will come in. I also loaned out Drogba to PSG for a 3rd year in a row, whilst he could easily replace Zola in the squad this season, nobody wanted Zola so I will let Zola see out his last 12 months of his deal and Drogba progress more at PSG this year. Rosicky goes out on loan to Celtic, with Stephen Hughes joining him in Scotland and Aberdeen - I wanted Hughes gone permanently but nobody would pay money for him, with 12 months left on his deal he'll be gone in the summer so is very much in the shop window for himself at Aberdeen whilst they at least cover some of his wages. No idea why Man United were so keen on nicking Moritz Volz from our youth team, they did the same thing with Stuart Taylor the other year, my only explanation is they have a much better PA in the game than real life but coaching staff all seemed to think neither were going to be that good still So we have actually spent some money this summer, with just under £16M being committed to the future as we sign Nemanja Vidic from Serbia, in another funny irony for Wenger as he looks to pivot to a long term centre-back partnership of Vidic and Ferdinand Xabi Alonso obviously a quality midfielder who will hopefully form the base of our midfield as we move into the 2000's, I'll likely let him go on loan for at least the first 18 months of his time at the club once he joins in January too. Whilst we did finish behind United by a bit of a distance last season I'm not in the business of buying new squad players for the sake of it and with the squad we have I didn't feel the need to immediately invest in the team. Seaman / Hislop - Seaman is starting to drop off a little bit, but I think he's still good enough to be first choice this season and then I will look at signing a brand new first choice keeper next summer. Thuram / Lauren - Very happy with these two at right back. Lizarazu - Cole - Likewise, very happy with the full back situation. Adams / Ferdinand / Keown / Camara (loan) - Camara not idea really but Vidic to come into the side in January. Adams and Keown are obviously getting on a bit now but with Kolo also joining we'll soon have 3 young and dynamic CBs in Rio, Vidic and Kolo. Parlour / Ljungberg - Happy with this pairing. Pires / Barmby - Happy with this too. Davids / Petit / Vieira / Gilberto Silva - Can't really go wrong here either. Bergkamp / Cole / Henry / Zola - Think this is solid too, with Zola to be replaced by Drogba next summer.
  8. I was a bit confused by this as I think I posted the Twitter link I originally used a couple of times, but having looked back through the thread I saw the link had gone. I was again confused by this, but I have managed to spend the last 5-10 minutes digging around and the conclusion I seem to have come to is: There's been some weird drama within the Retro FM Group (no clue about them only heard of them through this database on a lollujo video) and I think they took the Twitter account down, it went on some person's personal account who was claiming to be the leader of the group, but then people jumped on him for using other people's work for likes and follows and now he's removed the Twitter account. So basically I'm not really sure what's happened to the original link or where it can be found. It's basically a link to Day 1 in a save game (it's not a database in the sense you start up the game as per usual and pick all the leagues etc as I think they only have certain leagues in any real detail) but I do still have this link so if you want me to email it let me know and I can get that to you as I don't actually have an account on any of these upload sites anymore Yeah, Everton kind of came out of nowhere, like they did finish Top 6 last season but I thought it was a blip as their squad isn't thaaaat great compared to some of the other teams around them, or maybe some of the players I don't know that much are better than I think they are and it's more they don't have too many big names.
  9. Jesus, that’s one hell of a fire sale in January Champions League knockout stages should be interesting with what’s left of the squad!
  10. Saw the series by the guy you mentioned but gave up watching after the second video. I’m sure he has his niche but I don’t really have the time or patience to watch 45 minute videos each time to follow a concept like this, much prefer to follow a thread of yours like this. My gripe with him as well is that he just wings the videos on the spot. I get why he does it like that but it makes for a crap viewer experience and the videos end up way longer than they need to be. Interested to see how you get on though.
  11. A clash of the titans in the final as Barcelona beat Juventus to win the big one. It was sort of the Ronaldo show this year, as who else but him scored the winner in the final too!
  12. A very competitive UEFA Cup saw Inter Milan beat Valencia in the final, which was just as well for the Milan based side who finished out of the Top 4 in Italy.
  13. Juve make it 4 in a row, with nobody really near them. A big year for Lazio as they beat both Inter and Napoli to Top 4. A very Juve heavy Team of the Year.
  14. Henry missed his penalty, but thankfully Seaman saved from Batty and Duff to ensure we won the FA Cup.
  15. Wenger's Career Record --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Season Club League Position Achievements/Other --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1990/91 Arsenal FC First Division 2nd N/A 1991/92 Arsenal FC First Division 1st First Division & League Cup winners 1992/93 Arsenal FC First Division 3rd FA Cup & Charity Shield winners 1993/94 Arsenal FC First Division 2nd FA Cup & Charity Shield winners 1994/95 Arsenal FC First Division 1st First Division, FA Cup & League Cup winners 1995/96 Arsenal FC First Division 1st First Division & Charity Shield winners 1996/97 Arsenal FC First Division 3rd Charity Shield winners 1997/98 Arsenal FC First Division 1st First Division winners 1998/99 Arsenal FC First Division 2nd FA Cup & Charity Shield winners --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arsenal's Trophy Cabinet in the Original Timeline First Division/Premier League - x4 (1990/91, 1997/98, 2001/02 & 2003/04) FA Cup - x9 (1992-93, 1997/98, 2001/2, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17 & 2019/20) League Cup - x1 (1992/93) Charity/Community Shield - x9 (1991/92, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/20 & 2020/21) UEFA Cup Winners Cup - x1 (1993/94) Trophy Cabinet in the New Timeline First Division - x4 (1991/92, 1994/95, 1995/96 & 1997/98) FA Cup - x4 (1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95 & 1998/99) League Cup - x2 (1991/92 & 1994/95) Charity Shield - x5 (1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97 & 1998/99)
  16. Andy Cole had quite a few injuries this season so Henry got a chance to start a lot more. Bergkamp probably the stand-out player over the course of the season.
  17. Disappointment in the European Cup as after getting past Rangers in a ding-dong tie we went out to Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate.
  18. We were dumped out of the League Cup fairly unceremoniously Success though in the FA Cup, beating Blackburn on penalties after a tough game.
  19. The real timeline was SAF's best season winning the treble, could he and United emulate this after a fairly disappointing last few seasons in Manchester? Well they certainly romped to the title. We couldn't get too near them and they went on a mad one on the goals front, netting 120 times in 38 games which is mental. Liverpool had a nightmare, with Everton finishing above them and Leeds United coming ever so close to pipping them to the Champions League, with goal difference the only decider. Even West Ham really weren't that far away from Top 4 either this year. Southampton, Palace and Derby are relegated. Seaman, Lizarazu, Adams and Davids get in, but other than Dugarry it's all United deservedly so...
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