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  1. The UEFA Cup was won by Atletico Madrid, who despite finishing 10th in the league will still play in the European Cup next season due to their win. A strong field in this competition which saw Man United, heavy favorites after being knocked out of the European Cup, getting dumped out by Leverkusen, who were then smashed over two legs by Valladolid who would eventually lose to fellow Spanish side and eventual winners Atletico. Nottingham Forest, with help of Neil Lennon and Ally McCoist navigated their way past both Rangers and Celtic to the Semi Final, before coming up short against Monaco who had also knocked out Leicester City on their path to the final.
  2. Blackburn's fantastic season did not end trophyless, as they beat Lille on penalties to secure a win in the Conference League.
  3. PSG retain Ligue 1, with neither Bordeaux or Monaco really getting anywhere near them, with Marseille even further back. PSG dominating the team of the year. PSV back on top of the Eredivise and they have 20 year old Brazilian sensation Ronaldo to thank for it, scoring 26 goals and 5 assists in 33 league games this season. Surely one of the big boys will pick him up this summer?? Meanwhile, in Scotland, Rangers narrowly pipped Celtic to the title.
  4. It's 3 in a row for Bayern in the Bundesliga and nobody really got near them this time. Bremen, Stuttgart and Gladbach will all play in the European Cup next season though. A poor season for Leverkusen sees them outside the European places altogether. A fairly Bayern heavy team of the year.
  5. Real Madrid retain the title in Spain, with Barcelona not too far off. Valladolid and Gijon are the best of the rest once again, with Atletico Madrid dropping off slightly, although as you will see later they might not be complaining too much with how things turned out. UEFA Cup next season for Sociedad and Valencia. Valencia interestingly still sacked their manager even finishing 6th, and have got in Roy Hodgson to replace him. The top two sides absolutely dominating the awards, with only one player from Santander getting into the entire squad of best XI and subs.
  6. Juventus retain the Serie A, as Fabio Capello's side truly cement themselves as the dominant force in Italian football. Inter Milan miss out on European Cup football next season, with Fiorentina joining them in the UEFA Cup. A Juve centric side dominating the awards, although inclusions for Bosvelt, Nesta, Cafu and Cudicini in the defensive side of things.
  7. John Lyall's West Ham side stopped Liverpool pulling off a double, despite goals from Dugarry and Fowler, Dalian Atkinson's brace helped the Hammers win the Cup and secure European football next season as a cherry on top. 2 of the relegated sides come straight back up from last year in Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, but Norwich are pipped in the Playoffs by Aston Villa who return to the First Division after a 3 year absence. They beat Middlesbrough in the final 2-1, with, incredibly, a 16 year old substitute Darius Vassell winner securing them their promotion Swindon, Brentford and Plymouth all went down. The 3rd Division was won by an impressive Bournemouth side who impressed so much that David O'Leary got promoted not to the 2nd Division but the 1st when Wimbledon hired him to replace George Graham. Peter Shilton's Preston North End and Lincoln City will join them in the 2nd Division next season, with Northampton, Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood and Port Vale all facing the drop.
  8. 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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 - x3 (1991/92, 1994/95 & 1995/96) FA Cup - x3 (1992/93, 1993/94 & 1994/95) League Cup - x2 (1991/92 & 1994/95) Charity Shield - x4 (1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96 & 1996/97)
  9. Andy Cole had another good year, Bergkamp did well, our defence was good, had a few problems with morale particularly from January when Makelele kicked off about wanting a move to AC Milan. Given we were playing them in the European Cup I didn't want to sell him to them even more than usual so refused, he wasn't happy and we had fallings out through the rest of the campaign which I think played a part in some bad form and losses. I will definitely look to sell him this summer as whilst he's a great player, he's not happy and it's causing problems in the team. Rocastle broke his leg in February, given his age now I think I will look to sell in the summer. Vieira was injured early in the season and then had the African Nations so played very little football, but if Makelele does go I will promote Vieira to 3rd choice, with Davids/Petit starting and then Gilberto Silva as 4th choice having come back from a few loan spells. Ferdinand looked good when called upon, I will look to use him and Henry more than Wright and Keown next season who are getting on a bit now.
  10. I thought we defended well against a strong Milan side in both legs, and I fancied us on penalties as it looked like it would go it at the San Siro, but a scramble at a corner saw substitute Hakin Yakin score for Milan at the worst possible time late into extra-time which was saw us crash out as Wenger's European Cup curse continues.
  11. We had a nice run in the FA Cup, including a fabulous 5-1 thrashing of Keegan's Spurs in the Semi Final which saw a marvellous Thierry Henry hat-trick, but despite a Pires goal, two early strikes from Fergie's United gave them the FA Cup win this season at our expense.
  12. Liverpool obviously dominating the awards, with Nigel Martyn, Bruno N'Gotty, Patrick Berger, 33 year old John Barnes, David Platt and of course Shearer and Fowler up top for them. Blackburn's defensive pairing of Mario Yepes and Des Walker deservedly in there, with Tottenham's free transfer signing of Dennis Irwin, released by United, proving to be inspired business for them, with the 31 year old getting 9 goals and 6 assists for them, albeit 8 of the 9 goals were penalties, but still Italian winger Mauro Zironelli also impressing for Blackburn.
  13. The 96/97 season saw Fergie's United win the league again, with a good year for Newcastle, alongside Liverpool and Arsenal rounding out the top 4 spaces. Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Forest all went down. A pretty sensational end to the season saw Graeme Souness' Liverpool side win the title for the first time in this timeline, beating local rivals Everton 7-2 at Anfield to secure the title on goal difference on the final day, smashing their own previous record for most goals in a First Division season in the process. An incredible effort from Liverpool to do it, with Shearer and Fowler smashing it for them this year, but take absolutely nothing away from Blackburn Rovers who have gone from 6th last season to losing the title on goal difference this year. They were better than us this year and deserved to be up there, showing great form, they just kept winning, it was like Leicester when they won the league almost, every time I'd look at the fixtures and expect them to finally lose a game but they just kept beating teams left and right, to only lose 4 games and to be better than both us and United they've done really well. In Shay Given and Damien Duff they've got two very good young players, but they've also done well to pick up players that other clubs haven't wanted anymore, like Michael Thomas, Des Walker, Brian McClair, David Hillier and Kevin Campbell from us, David Batty, plus they've recruited well in foreign talent that other clubs have overlooked who have quietly done a good job for them. Very much is like Leicester and if they can strengthen with the European Cup money over the summer they could be a real threat moving forward. Coventry, Ipswich and Luton all went down, with Leeds, Forest and Newcastle all having quite lucky escapes. Southampton sacked Roy Hodgson in March, replacing him with Howard Wilkinson, whilst there were a few changes at the end of the season too. QPR dumped Howard Kendall for Wimbledon's George Graham, with Wimbledon then bringing in 39 year old David O'Leary from Bournemouth.
  14. A few major transfers this January as Barcelona splash out on Valencia star Gaizka Mendieta, with the 23 year old midfielder leaving Valencia a lot sooner than he did in the real timeline. Man United, who seem to sign a new defender every window may well have found what they're looking for now as they bring in German centre back Jens Nowotny from Leverkusen in a £24M move. Christian Vieri seemingly unhappy at his lack of start time at Barcelona has already handed in a transfer request and will return to Italy to join Roma in what you imagine will be a very good signing for the Italian side based in the capital. I was surprised to see Paul Ince leave United but he was transfer listed after refusing to sign a new deal, seemed to have a few clubs interested in him, eventually joining AC Milan to booster their midfield ahead of our game in the knock out stages which is great. United also randomly signed David Burrows which seemed a bit odd, and Jason Lee has left Villa for Forest. A few other smaller deals saw a young Rogerio Ceni sign for Ajax and Jesper Gronkjear join Feyenoord.
  15. It's cool I don't mind, maybe try simming a season with a "normal" save and seeing if you have the same issue on that save too? That is weird if you're not getting the cut scene at the end if you're not on holiday. I don't know if it would be some kind of detail setting you have on the save. Possibly even give the Bugs sub-forum a try to see if that's a known issue generally.
  16. 6 months is a long time in football, and just 6 months after Howard Wilkinson over-achieved at Forest to get them an FA Cup win, and with his side even in the 1st Knockout Round of the UEFA Cup soon, due to their poor league position of 16th, the Forest board have sacked him. They've opted for the one and only Joe Kinnear as their new boss.
  17. I wouldn't say we did badly in the European Cup as we won 4 of our games, but we were bested by Stuttgart over the two games which means they top the group over us which given the quality of the 1st seeds put us in a difficult position going into the Round of 16. Bayern and Marseille go through in Group A, with Sporting Lisbon getting another shot in the UEFA Cup. Southampton did their best but ultimately couldn't compete with Ajax or Inter, they will get to play in the UEFA Cup though given they're in 10th you do wonder how much the extra European games have impacted their domestic season so far. Liverpool and Juve go through with no surprises in Group C, with a similar story in D as Real Madrid and Koln go through, with Feyenoord in the UEFA Cup. The big surprise comes in Group F, the Group of Death, as Werder Bremen and PSG come through a tough group, knocking out both Man United and Napoli in the process. Alex Ferguson's side will have a crack at the UEFA Cup now instead, but given the investment in Luis Figo in the summer they will have to be very disappointed with that. Milan and PSV go through in Group G, with Barcelona and Roma through in the final group, meaning Celtic will have to make do with UEFA Cup. We face last season's runner's up, AC Milan, in the Round of 16, which is far from ideal. Some interesting ties in there, as at least one of PSV or Werder Bremen will definitely make the Quarter Final, with the tastiest tie other than ours probably being Juve vs Ajax.
  18. Mid-Season Update A win against FA Cup winners and last season's bogey team for us Nottingham Forest got us off to a trophy in the Charity Shield, with Bergkamp scoring on his competitive debut and thankfully no Stuart Pearce penalty in sight. A poor campaign in the League Cup. Just about scraped past 2nd tier Wolves in the 3rd round on penalties, but then went out to West Ham at the JVC Stadium through a late goal from Dalian Atkinson. From going like 32 games into the season without a loss last time to losing 6 in our first 19 this time, it's not been pretty at times. We've lost by 1 goal margins away to QPR, Liverpool, West Ham, Man City and then at home to Everton and of course our bogey team Nottingham Forest! No Stuart Pearce penalty, they did get lucky though, a 93rd minute Ally McCoist winner after Ray Parlour got sent off in the first half for us. Whilst we've not started well at all it's actually been a really poor opening for United and Liverpool too, despite all those losses, United who are top, are still only 6 points and goal difference ahead of us, which given we've come back from 10 point gaps at Christmas before isn't all that really. Blackburn have had a fantastic start to the season and dare I say it are actually putting in something of a title challenge. The league is actually ridiculously close at the top, 10 points seperate 1st place United to 8th place Leicester, whilst I think it's unlikely anyone outside the current Top 4 do win it, you have to say certainly QPR and City have an outside chance if they can hit a good period of form, with Everton up there as well. Down the bottom it looks like Coventry will almost certainly go down. Ipswich not in a great position either. Luton certainly have a chance at staying back up, with Leeds and Wimbledon having terrible seasons so far. Chelsea have had a good year and certainly look in no danger of failing to stay up this season.
  19. Yeah, mine shows every season. Not sure what issue would be on yours, my Best XI pops up after the end of season awards cut-scene type thing that comes up. Only thing I can think of is maybe if you're on holiday in the game when that happens there's a glitch that doesn't register your XI for that season?
  20. Leeds ultimately replaced Bobby with Terry Venables, who was sacked in the summer by Monaco. Two managers who would manage England in the other time-line, can Venables turn Leeds around?
  21. In unrelated news, we're in the first week of November, just 4 months into Bobby Robson and Robbie Savage's Leeds United career and... Bobby
  22. The draw for the European Cup has been made once more. I would expect Bayern and Marseille to make it through Group A without too much resistance from Sporting Lisbon or Sparta Prague. Group B is actually quite interesting as whilst Inter and Ajax should make it through, I am looking forward to seeing how Southampton get on and whether they can sneak through. The Turkish sides haven't really done much yet so I'm not expecting much from Fenerbache. Liverpool and Juventus the obvious favorites in their group, but Valladolid have potential to be a bogey side in that group as they consistently qualify for Europe so aren't a terrible side given they play in a strong Spanish league. Sarajevo you would expect to be whipping boys. Real Madrid the clear best side in their group, with any one of the other 3 having the ability to make it through with them, but you would have to favour Koln as they have looked a decent side at times in recent years. Stuttgart, Atletico and Red Star is by no means an easy group, with Stuttgart especially a pretty solid side, but I think it is nicer than we had last year and I'm hopeful we can top this one and get a kinder Round of 16 draw this time. Man United have got themselves an interesting group. PSG just won their first Ligue 1 title in this time-line and seem to improve each year, Napoli are a good all-round side from Serie A and Werder Bremen are certainly no mugs in Germany. Milan you would expect to make it through their group without too many problems, I expect PSV to progress as the Portuguese sides don't look that strong yet, but Porto could do it. Dynamo Kyiv I doubt will do too much though. Group H is very interesting as Barcelona got knocked out of the group stage last season and given they have a strong Celtic side and a Roma team who had to win the UEFA Cup just to make it here, the Catalan side won't have an easy journey through this time either and will be hopeful their new signings can do the business for them having sold Figo and Bergkamp this summer.
  23. A fairly quiet August saw Robert Kovac leave Aston Villa for PSV, Matt Holland ditch Man City for Everton and Robbie Save join Bobby Robson's Leeds United from Man United. Perhaps the most exciting deal though was another one for Leeds and Bobby Robson, as a teenage Roy Makaay joins them to have a crack at playing in England.
  24. A pretty mental summer saw some big moves all over the show. Roberto Carlos was snapped up by Real Madrid for big money, with Barcelona also making numerous high profile additions, with Rivaldo, Ronald De Boer and Giuseppe Bergomi all moving to Catalonia. Jens Jeremies leaves Germany to improve an already impressive Milan midfield, whilst Robert Acuna joins Valencia in a £13.5M move. Chelsea looking to make some improvements to their wide play, as the bring in promising young winger Trevor Sinclair from Luton and they also sign young French left winger/forward Sylvain Wiltord, who seemingly won't end up at Arsenal in this timeline. Djalminha leaves United for PSG after a fairly forgettable spell at Old Trafford, whilst Roberto Mancini leaves Lazio for Napoli. Bayern strengthen by signing Christian Worns from Leverkusen, whilst Dortmund sign Dariusz Wosz from Juve in what looks a good deal for them. Elsewhere in July, Walter Samuel is snapped up by Inter Milan from Boca Juniors, whilst Diego Maradona in the twilight of his career actually returns to Boca, with Liverpool getting rid with Duggary coming in. Liverpool also sign a very young looking Edmilson, whilst Lazio sign a teenage Gianluigi Buffon.
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