Maia Lidador Season 17/18 update
So, my hope for this season was to improve a bit on last season and try to get close to making the promotion group. We started off with 2 wins over 2 very tough teams, both of whom have caused me problems in the past. The most pleasing aspect of this season, apart from the number of wins, was the fact that we scored in most matches which is vastly different from last season
Stage 1 results
All of this resulted in me making it to the promotion stages courtesy of being top of the group This was very pleasing indeed and also very surprising
Stage 1 league standings
The promotion stage started off very badly indeed, I got completely outclassed in my first two matches, although I lost both by 3 goals it could easily have been a lot more than that. Whilst I was happy to not have a relegation battle I didn't want to get completely destroyed every match either for fear of the effect it may have on my players. I made a few tweaks to the team instructions and some player instructions and things then improved. The 3-3 draw against Maritimo C was frustrating as I was actually 3-1 up, at the end of the match we were hanging on and I was glad when the whistle went.
The 3-5 loss angered me a lot, although Mirandela were top we went in at half time 3-1 ahead and then promptly conceded 3 goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half with what can only be described as absolutely ridiculous defending
The rest of the matches were actually pretty decent, a 0-1 loss to Felgueiras who got promoted automatically really wasn't all that bad. The end result was.....
A playoff place for promotion!!
2 very tough cagey matches saw me get promoted via the away goals rule
The second leg at home saw us break our record attendance by nearly 1,000
As a result of promotion the board have announced that we are going to turn professional which will be interesting as our finances are terrible. We have received a hugely improved sponsorhip deal which will help a little bit.
The board also announced that the scouting network has been upgraded and I managed to put some pressure on the board to find a senior affiliate
This season's heroics also saw me get the manager of the year
Ogana - His stats aren't amazing and he was a little hot and cold at times, but a 1 in 3 goal ratio isn't to be sniffed at and he's still only 22 so hopefully can improve further. I'm not sure at whether he will be able to score 1 in 3 at a higher level though.
Pedro Sa - Did well in a central midfield role and showed some ability taking free kicks
Costinha - Again the heart of the defence and did a pretty good job, it's possible I may need to upgrade him next season though
Roberto - Performed well on the right wing and contributed a handy 9 goals too
Rui Cunha - A very good season for a player who made his debut at just 15 years old. He played more games than I had intended, partly due to the fact he can play more than one position
Cláudio Marafona - I brought him in on a free in January and only played a couple of games towards the end of the season, but has shown some good signs and I'm looking forward to seeing how he progresses
Next season goals
I haven't reached the reset point yet so I don't know what my board goals are, but avoiding relegation has to be the plan. I feel that I will need to improve several players to compete at this level, so some wheeling and dealing will be required with what will likely be a minimal transfer budget again. I'll post a further update once I get to that point, I also forgot to screenshot my manager profile so I will do that at the same time