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  1. I decided to start a game off in Serie B as Venezia. I thought they would be a good team to manage, with the potential to become established in Serie A after a few seasons if we achieved promotion. I had a great start to the season and won my first few games but after that just couldn't find a win from anywhere. Plenty of draws though. Towards the end of my first season I was given an ultimatum by the board that I needed 9 points from 5 games or i'd be sacked. Anyway the inevitable happened and I got 8 points from 5 games, so was looking for a new job. I thought i'd try and get another job in Italy so continued my game and applied for every Italian managers job that became available. I had a few interviews, but most of the time got nowhere. Then by chance Verona who were two thirds of the way down Serie B ended up hiring me. I thought that was a step up really, because they appeared to be greatly under achieving. So felt quite lucky to get the job. The only reason I thought that might have been because was that I was very complimentary about them when I managed Venezia, during a press conference. Although that may just be a coincidence. Anyway, finacially they're struggling, but they appear to have some really good players for Serie B, and i've managed to gel them into a team that's top of the table with about 10 games to go. So fingers crossed I could be taking them into Serie A. My only worry is that most of my players are wanted by other teams and I don't have the finances to sort out any new contracts at the moment. My aim now is to take Verona up into Serie A and hopefully stay up, so I can build the team up a bit. Or pray for a tycoon taking over.
  2. I think it's been a pretty good World Cup overall. I don't know if it's just my memory but there seem to be a lot less flair players around nowadays, compared to past years. And I think that has an impact on the competition. But in general the games were great and I really enjoyed it. I'd put it second after 1990. I know that wasn't the most spectacular overall, but it was very exciting being English, and having such a strong North East connection to the team.
  3. For me, the best player of the tournament has been Denis Cheryshev of Russia. I've been really impressed with what i've seen from him. Scored some great goals too.
  4. I'd love to see England win the World Cup, and before the tournament started I put bets on France and Croatia, so I guess wouldn't be too disappointed if either of them won. But with the players they have I just can't see Belgium not doing it. I think they just have too much quality in attacking areas.
  5. I do understand what you mean about Ronaldinho and Romario, but whenever I saw them play they always seemed to have a 'swagger' about them, a bit of arrogance really, because they believed in their abilities. I didn't see that from this Brazil team if i'm honest. I think Neymar has potential, but I also wouldn't be surprised if he just becomes a 'nearly man'. I'm sure his injury before the WC didn't help, and he does have undoubted skill. But all i'll remember him for in this WC is for how he reacted to being tackled etc. I'd like to see Brazil do well in the future, and i'm sure they will. But I do disagree that they had a team capable of winning the WC. For me, there were 4 or 5 teams ahead of them. But i'm sure they'll be ok.
  6. I think a lot of it's down to the fact he plays for Brazil, so the expectation is greater. Personally I don't think that this Brazil team was particularly good. I think they're full of good, but not world class players. Neymar is probably the pick of the bunch, maybe with the exception of Willian. But his reputation is suffering a bit because people still remember the Brazil forwards of (relatively) recent years, Ronaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho etc. I don't think he's quite at their level yet. So for me is overrated as he's being, talked about along with Ronaldo, Messi etc. But that's not to say he can't get to their level one day.
  7. I could see this one heading to extra time. I don't think Brazil have a great team in this tournament really. I think they might struggle to break Mexico down if they sit back. I'd still take Brazil to get through, but don't think it'll be a major shock if Mexico sneak it. Probably 1 0 Brazil in extra time
  8. For me - the Russian girl in the the 2nd post is the best looking girl by a mile
  9. I'm managing Sochaux in France at the moment - i've managed to get them promoted into Ligue 1 and i'm about half way through the season. I had a great start - then a terrible run of results. But unless anything disastrous happens I should be ok. One thing I made a point of doing after promotion was to keep the squad as it is and only bring 1 or 2 players in. The reason I decided to do that was because we've got a good team spririt and work well as a team. My team is technically the worst is the Division, but it doesn't seem to matter at the moment. I'll look to make changes to players next season, when i've got a good idea of where I need to improve. So i'd suggest not making any big changes, and having faith with the players that took you up. If you have any money to spend on players, maybe look at the January transfer window when you'll have an idea of which players are suited to the higher division, and which ones aren't.
  10. I tend to lose interest a bit when the re-gens start to appear more and more, so don't tend to play more than 7 seasons or so. But to try and keep things fresh a bit - I like to look around for other jobs when they appear. So that could keep me playing for a season or two longer. But after that I prefer to start a new game with a different team in a different country if i'm honest.
  11. Has anyone managed a club that has been floated on the stock exchange? The reason i'm asking is because i'm managing Heracles in the Netherlands and they've just been taken over by a consortium lead by a business tycoon who intends to float the club on the stock exchange. I'm guessing it means that the tycoon hasn't as much money to hand as he'd like, but has big ideas for the club. But i'd be interested to know if anyone else has managed a club under similar circumstances? Most takeovers I've been involved with have usually just been a consortium of local businessmen etc. So i'm looking forward to seeing what happens. The interesting thing is that I survived the takeover but were relegated at the end of the season. I hadn't been there long, and lost in the relegation play-offs. So my job is under pressure too.
  12. It's an interesting scenario. I'd imagine IRL there would be clauses in the new contract that would make the appearance clause in the first contract obsolete. So I would imagine that the new contract would be legally binding.
  13. I know when I transfer list a player, I always try and ensure that he isn't listed as 'not needed'. The way I see it is that he'll probably be needed to some degree, so I usually give the player 'back up' or 'rotation' status. The only time I use the 'not needed' status is if I want a player off the wage bill and I think to myself that if he can see that he doesn't figure in my squad he will be more likely to move on.
  14. I'm not a fan of theirs at all. But I think the obvious team in the Premier League to start with would be Sunderland.
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