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  1. SV Austria Salzburg - 2020/2021 Time for my second try, going with SV Austria Salzburg, starting in 2020. Founded in 2005 by pissed off supporters of the club that became FC Red Bull Salzburg. Two things I love about the club, a natural, intense rival, and purple kits! My Profile Club Profile Club History Going to try playing some pretty football, probably with some variant of a 4-2-3-1. Looks like a decent squad to start with, need some depth and a strong striker to front our attack.
  2. Ukrainian nightmare is finished, ended up relegated by one point. Just as well, wasn't really liking my team and the finances were looking awful. So many chances down the stretch to survive, blowing a 3 goal lead in one game, blowing 3 leads in another and then in the final game all we needed was a win over an already relegated team that had lost 7 in a row and we allowed a late goal to finish with a worthless draw. Gutless team (no, it wasn't my coaching at fault at all ). Oh well, either going to give Austria a try or a return to Edinburgh to take care of some unfinished business. Or may do a stint in England first before trying one of those.
  3. Ugh, now we get a 4 month break before playing the final 9 games of the season. Ukraine isn't going to mind a winter World Cup. Guess the timing works out, can hopefully give the team a boost beating on some small clubs in friendlies. Need to add a second striker that can actually put the ball in the net and probably another centerback as well.
  4. Getting the goalkeeper back has helped. Was this close to throwing in the towel, then we had an amazing 3 goal comeback to draw a game on the road. 5 game unbeaten run going now, it's looking like a 5 team battle to avoid 2 relegation spots.
  5. Just inside the relegation places 10 games in. 5 draws and a win in our first 6 games but 4 losses in a row, 3 in league with our worst in the last game. Starting goalkeeper has been injured for all 4 losses so hoping that getting him back soon can stop the bleeding.
  6. Girnyk Kryvyi Rih - Ukraine - 2019-2020 Ended up choosing Ukraine to give this a try. Wanted a league that split into two groups and that has a limit on the number of foreigners. I also have a very specific idea of how I want to play, a catenaccio style. This team seems perfect, has a lot of players already well suited to the roles I need. The club also has a philosophy of developing players from the youth ranks, so that will be fun. Actually has a some nice youth players I'll be happy to use as well. The club itself traces its history back to 1925 but the immediate club was formed in 2001 by a large iron ore mining company. It got up to the First League in 2014 but had to withdraw and take a year away from competition in 2016-2017. My Profile Club Profile
  7. Should be jumping into this tonight, debating between Austria, Belarus, Slovakia and Ukraine.
  8. Well, failed at Bamber Bridge, going down on the final day. Lucky to survive that long frankly, there were three other awful teams. Started out well, scoring a lot while conceding a lot. Unfortunately the scoring dried up while the defense didn't improve. On to the next challenge.
  9. Think it was my 4th try, sorry
  10. First crack at this will be with Bamber Bridge
  11. Dammit, want the new game but want to keep my Civil Service Strollers moving up in Scotland.
  12. I'm in 2030 on my save now, Manchester United's last PL championship was in 2021. Only trophies in that time have been a Carabao Cup, 2 FA Cups and a Community Shield. Surprisingly, Mourinho is still their manager. Pep Guardiola was sacked from Manchester City in 2018, moved to FC Porto for a couple seasons, then to Juventus, and most recently, joined West Ham where he just led them to the PL title by 13 points.
  13. 2029-2030 Solid first season in the Scottish Championship as we finished 5th, just missing the playoffs on goal differential. League Table Very much three different parts to the season. A couple 5-1 losses in our first 8 games and we were sitting in 9th place. A great midseason run then got us all the way up to 3rd before the last 10 games, of which we only won 2. But overall I'm pretty happy and think we'll be in great shape to make the playoffs next season. Cups The Betfred Cup didn't go too well for us this year as we only managed 4 points finished 3rd in our group. In the IRN-BRU Cup, we won our first game in extra time over the Patrick Thistle U20s before losing at home to Raith 1-2 in the Fourth Round. The Scottish Cup went much better though. After squeezing by Lossiemouth in our first game, we managed a convincing win over Premier side Patrick Thistle 2-1, then stunned Rangers in our house 3-2. That got us to our first Quarter Final, where we were pretty well dominated by Ross County 0-2. Key Players Steven McConkey took over as our main striker and finished tied for 3rd in the league with 22 goals scored along with 7 assists and 4 more cup goals. Jordan Archibald was named our player of the year, claiming the wide playermaker role on the left side of the midfield. We signed him last season on a free from Falkirk. Doesn't get many assists but was second in the league in key passes. Ian Hall was our biggest signing last season and provided the engine in our midfield. Youth Intake We actually got a player I'm excited about this year, GK Mark McShane. He's going to be our 3rd stringer this year I'm hopeful he can eventually at least claim the backup spot. Finances We seem to be doing ok financially still, at least the board is happy and keeps dumping money in the team. They won't invest in facilities at all yet though. Around the world Celtic continues to dominate Scotland, but it's not total domination. Dundee has managed 3 league titles. But Celtic won this season with 101 points, +52 GD and 27 clear of Dundee. But Celtic's best showing the Champions League has been a 3rd place group finish. And they've been to the Europa League quarter final twice. The Scotland National Team hasn't accomplished much, no World Cup appearances and a 4th place group stage in 2020 in the European Championship. They did finish 2nd in their group in the World Cup qualifiers this year behind Spain and ahead of Russia, Belarus and Armenia, but not good enough to be a top 3 second place team. The most fascinating thing I'm seeing in my world right now is the emergence of West Ham as a power. They've been solid in the PL for quite awhile, never finishing below 7th since 17/18. Then the past 2 seasons they finished 3rd. This season though, they won the PL in very convincing fashion, with 98 points, 13 clear of Chelsea. Only 2 losses all year in the league. They won their Champions League group over Real Madrid but the fell to RB Leipzig in the knockout stages. Prior to that, Chelsea and Man City had been sharing the league titles since 21/22, Man Utd won in 17/18, 18/19 and 20/21 (Liverpool won in 19/20). One other notable team in the PL, Preston North End finished 8th this season and seem firmly established as a midtable team. PSG has won in France 8 of the last 9 seasons with only Monaco managing to challenge them. This season was actually first time in 5 that Bayern won Germany, Red Bulls had taken the previous 4 trophies. And Leverkusen snuck in a win back in 21/22. Real Madrid has won La Liga 9 seasons running while Barcelona and Atletico Madrid keep fighting for 2nd. Real Madrid ended up winning the Champions League over PSG 4-1. That's Real Madrid's 3rd CL trophy in a row and 6th in 10 seasons. PSG won the 2 before this run as well as another, Monaco, Liverpool and Bayern also won 1 each. England won the World Cups in 2018 and 2022, Argentina won it in 2026 and Italy is hosting it this summer. Spain won the European Championship in 2020, Croatia shocked Europe with a win in 2024 and Italy won in 2028 after consecutive runner up finishes. Looking ahead Hoping to find a left fullback who can provide a bit more offense for us next season, need to find a right midfielder that can do that as well. Maybe a centerback upgrade. And some depth as I'm weeding out some of the players who moved into backup roles. Our 4-4-1-1 is working pretty well, think we're going to try transitioning to playing my central midfielders in the defensive midfield and use Hall as a Segundo Volante.
  14. 2028-2029 Still going, just a very slow season during a busy time of year. But a great season it was as we won our first trophy, taking the League 1 title by 3 points to earn promotion to the Championship. League Table We started out the season great with 3 shutout victories and stayed in first until we fell 1-2 to Ayr in December to give them the lead. It was a two team race all the way, luckily they collapsed at the end while we won our last 4 to overtake them. Both of us were promoted though. We won this year through defense. Only 45 goals scored but only 30 conceded in 36 games. Losing out striker, Evan Evans, for the season to a knee injury was a major blow but we ground out several 1-0 wins playing possession football. Cups Definitely our best cup performances yet. We swept our group in the Betfred Cup, including a win over the winners of the League Championship Patrick Thistle. Evan Evans was huge, scoring all 9 of our goals in the group. We then had a game away at Rangers and that didn't go so well, 0-3. In the IRN-BRU, we knocked off Queen's Park in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie, then took down Patrick Thistle again 2-0. Unfortunately, that's where Evans injured his knee. We were then knocked out by Welsh side Bangor City for the second straight season 0-1. We got a bad draw in the Scottish Cup, facing Inverness CT first. We managed a 1-1 draw at home in an even game before falling 0-1 at Inverness. Key Players Striker Steven McConkey - with Evans going down, the Northern Irish 21 year old I signed last season stepped up admirably, scoring 17 goals, 14 in the league. CM Eric Ogilvie - I think a key to our outstanding defensive performance was Ogilvie, signed on a free from Morton. Primarily a left back in his career, I put him in my midfield to be my defensive wall, something we've lacked in previous seasons. CM Jim MacLeod - Ogilvie's partner in the middle, moving him out of the holding midfielder role allowed him to be more dynamic, leading the team in chances created. GK Stevie MacLeod - Our captain did a great job with 18 clean sheets overall and 14 of 31 in the league. To be fair, he didn't get challenged as often as most other keepers did and his backup also had 3 clean sheets in 5 games. Youth Intake Still haven't gotten anything useful out of it yet. Finances Doing fine, the board keeps pumping money in. Somehow we're paying the most in wages in the league by far and we're still only using about half of our payroll budget. We did pay Evan Evans a stupid amount to lure him to our team permanently, but even our backups are making far more than those on other teams. Next Season The goal will be survival. I think we can do it, but we'll have to get better offensively. Going to look to strengthen my left back and right midfielder positions to hopefully make our attack more dynamic. Probably going to rely more heavily on loans this season while we get established in the Championship and figure out who is good enough to keep their spots.