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    Just a young chap wondering through the virtual football world...

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  1. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    Yeah had rotten luck in the CL groups, thanks for the sympathy though haha! Even with the 4th seeding, I still think I've had some awful luck haha!
  2. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    One day I might get a more favourable draw.
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    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    November 2021 Just the 3 matches domestically this month and we remained unbeaten with wins coming against AZ, PEC Zwolle and a goalless draw against ADO Den Haag to round off the month. Top spot is still ours and now we have a small amount of breathing space so that's a little more pleasing than last month. In this make or break month we have 2 matches to play and really need to get a result in at least one of those to stand any chance of playing European football in the new year. Unfortunately for us, we suffered 2 damaging defeats against both Inter Milan and Man U again which has really dented our chances of progression. We go back to the foot of Group H and have no choice but to win in the Parc De Princes against PSG, which even if we do manage may only result in Europa League qualification, but would in turn knock PSG out of Europe altogether should we manage a win there. Player of the month is Sam Larsson. He's requested to leave the club after deciding he's achieved all he can with the side and in his defence I hasten to agree with him. He's been great this month though scoring 2 in the league and getting a consolation against Man U in the Champions League so has been our shining light this month. Going back to his decision to want to leave, I think it would be a good thing for him to leave so that we have younger talent coming through into the first team.
  4. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    October 2021 After a god start to the season again, we look to continue our good form back home. We have had another outstanding month remaining unbeaten with wins against PSV, Heerenveen, we absolutely thrashed our nearest rivals Sparta 8-1 and progressed into the next round of the cup too before ending the month against Vitesse drawing 0-0. This all meant that we remained at the top of the league although we are level on points with Utrecht who have had a similarly great start to the season. We still have a chance of progressing in the Champions League but it's definitely going to be difficult. Fortunately though, we got ourselves a memorable win at the San Siro, beating Inter Milan by 2 goals to 1. Jens Toornstra was the main man scoring 2 penalties which gave us a vital 3 points. That fantastic win puts us ahead of PSG in the group and as it stands we are 3rd with 3 games left to play. Player of the month is Marcus Rashford for his match-winning performance against Heerenveen and scoring 2 as well as assisting 3 in the spanking of Sparta.
  5. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    Frankly there is a lot of rotation but Nketiah has picked up an injury so there will be chances for those who aren't playing as much in the near future.
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    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    September 2021 After our strong start domestically, we hoped we could continue our good form as we begin our European campaign too. We have had a brilliant start to the season remaining unbeaten domestically. Wins against Willem II and NEC were pleasing but the 0-0 draw against Groningen wasn't the best match in the world. We did get ourselves into the 2nd round of the cup too after a good 2-0 win against Spakenburg. We remain top of the league after 7 matches and a 3 point lead going into October. Although we played against 2 of the biggest sides in Europe, we didn't disgrace ourselves and actually got a great point against PSG, which was very pleasing after losing both group matches against them this time last year. The loss away to Man U was of course disappointing but a brilliant atmosphere back at De Kuip really helped us as we came from behind to draw against the French champions. We are at the foot of the group but with 4 matches to go and a renewed sense of belief after the PSG draw means that in the double header against Inter we are confident that we can perhaps cause an upset. Eddie Nketiah wins player of the month again as he scored another 5 goals this month, meaning he's scored 8 goals for us already in just 9 appearances.
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    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    August 2020 With a successful start to the season already achieved with the Super Cup win, we began the season with 4 matches in August. And we couldn't have had a better start to the season. 4 matches, 4 wins and a maximum 12 points all coming against Telstar, Excelsior, VVV-Venlo and finally Ajax which was a great win. You may notice we have a goal scorer who has yet to be mentioned, Eddie Nketiah. We signed him after the match against Telstar and he had a fantastic start with 3 goals in his first 2 matches, in turn he won my player of the month award. All of this meant we were in a great position after 4 matches. We have cemented our place at the top of the league again and with a 100% percent record and we are extremely happy with our domestic start to this season. Now, after this great start, we were excited to see who we will be drawn with in our Champions League group. Again, after winning the league, it means we progress straight into the group stages and no qualification process for us which is pleasing. Well, it's pretty clear my rotten luck in European draws has continued. We'll be facing my old club Manchester United, French champions PSG again and Italian sleeping giants who may well be awakening now Inter Milan. I was hoping for a slightly less difficult draw than last season and well, if anything, we have an even more difficult draw. I very much doubt we'll be challenging for the CL knockout phases this year so I think the best we can hope for is 3rd place, but that will be a huge ask in this group.
  8. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    Pre-season Update After the glorious end to last season, we went on a very good break and came back to prepare for the new season as we look to continue our dominance in the league as well as try to make more of a dent in European competition. My aims for the new season are to of course win the title again, but I really want to make a push to get into the knockout stages of the CL this year, that will be our main focus. Before we recap our preseason, let's look at some of the news we got at the end of last season. The club now owns our home stadium of De Kuip. This has created a real feel-good atmosphere around the club knowing we now own our own stadium and we can look forward to reaping the benefits of all proceeds from match days staying within the club now. I successfully gained my Continental A License and have immediately started work on gaining my Pro License which will increase my growing reputation around Europe and the world. There was another shock in Champions League as German side Leverkusen managed not only to win the thing, but retain it! I hadn't noticed that they'd won it in the previous season which makes this win an even more significant achievement and rather selfishly gives me hope that an unfancied side can win the Champions League, even in successive years! Sam Larsson was awarded the Dutch Golden Boot, closely followed by captain Toornstra. Before we started pre-season, we also received some fantastic co-efficient news. From the 22/23 season, Holland will now have a team in the third qualifying phase of the Champions League instead of the second and still one side in the group stages from the beginning of the campaign. We will also have one guaranteed Europa League group stage spot as well as one spot in each the Second and Third Qualifying Phases. Moving swiftly on, we did manage to win the Dutch Super Cup again thanks to a Jens Toornstra penalty against Vitesse. Another trophy to add to the cabinet, even if it's not the biggest one. Here is the rest of the our preseason and we've managed to go unbeaten albeit against largely inferior opposition. Finally, here is our transfer business up to now. We've not spent a penny more than what we have brought in. I confirmed that Marcos Alonso and Alessandro Murgia would be joining after the deals were confirmed towards the end of last season, but we also managed to bring in keeper Dragowski who spent the season here last year and became our number 1. He was out of contract at Fiorentina and on low wages so thought there was no harm in keeping him around. Nelson Bashir and Ibou Cherif are young prospects brought in by my HOYD. Antonio Sivera is another goalkeeper brought in who I see as an upgrade of Dragowski from PSG. For the fee they wanted for a 3* CA who could rise to 4* I felt as though this was a risk worth taking on this keeper. We made some more defensive improvements with the likes of Danilo and Joao Gamboa coming in from Benfica and Erik Palmer-Brown arriving from Man City. The 2 from Benfica are both defensive midfielders and I feel as though we are definitely well stocked in that area now, if anything possibly too well stocked but for the prices they wanted we couldn't pass up on the opportunities. We did bring in some funds this summer too. The vast majority of those leaving the club were on loan, but the most significant deals began with the striker Kike leaving the club for just shy of £4m. Andre Hansen was sold too for £1m to Granada. Our biggest outgoing deal was Timothy Fosu-Mensah. He joined Swansea in a deal for £11.5m which could rise to £14m. Emil Hansson also left the club for approximately £775k after spending last season out on loan.
  9. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    Cheers mate! Going through preseason and hopefully update tonight or tomorrow
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    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    May 2021 With the title in the bag, we could play without any pressure in our final 2 matches of the season in May knowing that we are already Champions! And we didn't lose either of those 2 matches. An away draw to AZ was slightly disappointing but the final day win at home really got the party started after goals from Zinchenko and Toornstra from the spot gave us a 2-1 win ahead of lifting the title. We finished 9 points clear in what turned out to be a comfortable season. We were top from game number 12 and didn't drop from top spot once after that point. A thoroughly deserved title win and hopefully the first of many here at Feyenoord. Club captain Jens Toornstra was player of the month. He scored the winning goal from the spot in the final match of the season against ADO Den Haag and has generally just been fantastic all season alongside Vilhena in the middle of the park. 2 more dazzling displays this month mean he's player of the month. Moving swiftly onto the awards for this season, here's who won what. Toornstra was the overwhelming winner of the fans player of the year award winning 73% of the votes. Fosu-Mensah won goal of the season for his strike back in August v Groningen, a brilliant strike may I add. Jordan Ikoko won signing of the season, the club record fee at the time has been brilliant all year at right back and proved why he should be there ahead of Fosu-Mensah. Finally, Olexandr Zinchenko won young player of the season and also finished top goal scorer too, overall the best season of his career so far, as well as mine may I add!
  11. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    Cheers @SixPointer appreciate the support very happy and looking to make an assault on the CL next season!
  12. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    April 2021 The penultimate month of the season is going to be a busy one with 4 matches in total. Here's how we got on. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect month to come at a more perfect time. 4 wins from 4, maximum points and a brilliant atmosphere around the club again after the bitter disappointment of going out of the Dutch Cup at the semi final stage. Wins against PEC Zwolle, FC Eindhoven and Heracles put us in prime position to lift the title against bottom club Go Ahead in our final match of the month. As we won that, this meant... … that we were champions of Holland for the 5th season in a row. My biggest achievement in my managerial career so far by a country mile and I couldn't be prouder of this fantastic team. Marcus Rashford is again my player of the month. He bagged another 2 goals this month and his all round play has been fantastic yet again. He started slowly after his move but has really kicked on in the past few months and become a vital player for us, just as I had expected. We confirmed some future transfer business in April too, here are the 2 signings who will arrive in the summer. Marcos Alonso's deal at Chelsea is expiring and with him already announcing his intention to leave pounced. He's a serial set piece master, something we are lacking in the side, so will be looking to him to provide excellent delivery next season. Also joining us will be Alessandro Murgia from Lazio for £1.8m. A young midfielder who, according to my scouting team, should fit perfectly into the side. I see him as a long term replacement for club captain Jens Toornstra, although he may have a while to wait with Jens being in such brilliant form again this year. The board have also agreed to invest in the clubs' data analyst facilities, as well as looking into buying De Kuip outright to stop us paying a hefty £3m+ per month rent charge. This would also mean all takings at the gates would remain in the club should the purchase be successful. And on one final note, just a little jibe..... Unlucky lads.
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    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    March 2021 After what I would probably say was our poorest month in February, we had to put some more points on the board, but before we could do that, we faced an Excelsior side in the semi final of the Dutch Cup, a side who had beaten us 3-2 in the league last month. Unfortunately for us, they managed to repeat that same feat again, this time at their stadium and we were dumped out of the cup with a whimper. We then lost handsomely away to Ajax but responded with a 2-2 draw, again away to Vitesse. We rounded off the month with another away match against VVV in which we got our only win of the month thanks to 2 goals from Larsson and Rashford. The gap at the top has been cut to 5 points but as long as we keep picking up points fairly regularly I'm confident we can retain this title. Sam Larsson picks up player of the month after 2 goals and putting himself top of the total man of the match awards for the season so far in the Eredivisie. His place was initially under threat due to the arrival of Rashford but he's found his scoring boots and gone upfront leaving Larsson in his preferred position out on the left. March also means the annual youth intake is upon us, here's the candidates as well as the pick of the bunch Adrian Gulmaelae. Hopefully with the correct tutoring by the likes of Fosu-Mensah or Luyindama he could become a regular in the side in the not too distant future.
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    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    February 2021 With us being out of Europe, domestic matters are all we have to worry about for the rest of this season now. After losing our unbeaten record at the end of the month to PSV, we needed to ensure got back to winning ways and quickly to ensure the gap at the top stays as big as it can be. We got off to a decent start to the month with a win against Groningen but lost just our second match of the season in the league to lowly Excelsior, they seem to have become a bogey side for me and this wasn't the best way to prepare for a cup semi-final against them next month, especially after being 2-0 up with 20 minutes remaining, I was not happy at all with that result. We did redeem ourselves though with a win after coming from behind against Roda JC. Rashford scored his first goal for the club after missing a penalty in that match while Ayoub scored yet another late winner for us. Rashford then really turned on the style against rivals Sparta with a sparkling hat-rick, Zinchenko bagging the other to become our top scorer so far this season from wide right. All this means we stay at the top of the league and as long as we keep on winning the title should be ours. Player of the month is the new man Rashford. After a slow start and a confidence crisis following his time at Man Utd so far this season, it could have been very different for him, but his last 2 performances have shown why I was so keen to bring him in. A dazzling hat-rick is hopefully just the start of his Feyenoord career and hopefully he can really kick on from here and have a fantastic 2nd half of the season for me.
  15. danmcconnell1

    Fortuna Favours The Brave - Ruud's Time Has Come

    Still in shock even today at that signing haha! I want to consolidate the league, really dominate domestically and go as far as possible in the next couple of seasons in the Champions League and who knows where we go from there. To win it would be amazing, even if we ended up in the Europa League to gain knockout experience wouldn't be the end of the world, but ideally, the CL is the ultimate aim. Thanks for the comment too
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