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

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  1. Where To...?

    North America Gold Cup 2019 So less than 2 weeks after we were knocked out of the Copa America, we made 3 changes to the squad and prepared for our first group match against Panama in Kansas City. We'll play this one at Children's Mercy Park, the home stadium of Sporting Kansas City. Here's how we got on in our opener. A good 2-0 win against a decent Panama side but goals from Lozano and Chicharito gave us the 3 points and sent us top of the table ahead of the other match in our group. Our next game is against Jamaica who smashed El Salvador 5-0 in their opening match. It'll be played at the MAPFRE stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Here's how we got on against the Reggae Boyz. My earlier prediction about Jamaica being much improved proved correct as they held us to a scoreless draw. There was some bad news that came out of this one though as an injury to striker Benedetto meant he'll miss the rest of the tournament with a groin problem giving us one less option towards the top of the pitch. We stay in 2nd place on goal difference. Our final match of the group against El Salvador will be played at the Allen Soccer Complex, strangely though it's a stadium usually used for college NFL football. Our final group match went like this. We polished off El Salvador with relative ease thanks to goals from Chicharito and Corona. We finished the group in 2nd place behind a Jamaica team scoring goals for fun, they got 3 more against Panama to top the group. Our quarter final opponents will be Haiti and the game will be played in St. Lois, Missouri. Here's how we got on. It was a close run thing as Haiti played extremely well and took us all the way to extra time but a 97th minute Erick Torres goal, only his second for Mexico, saw us through into the semis where we'll face Canada. The game will be played at the ABC Chemical Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Here's how we got on. Unfortunately, for the nation of Mexico, we were humiliated by Canada as they won 2-1. We crashed out at the semi final stage and I now have a big decision to make about my future.
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    Copa America 2019 So, the Copa America was underway and we were ready for our first group match against Uruguay which was being held in the Brazilian capital Brasilia. This impressive stadium held matches in the 2014 World Cup and would be hosting our match against Uruguay tonight. Here's how we got on. We did not play well and unfortunately lost the match 2-0. We were not bottom of the group though as Argentina put 3 past Paraguay in their opener. We face Argentina in our next match. We travelled south to Sao Paulo to face the Argentinians who of course would love to lift the Copa in the home of their fierce rivals. Here's how we fared against my former employers. We were dominated. The stats might show it looked a relatively even game but we never really threatened and although we still have an outside chance of qualifying, we will be relying on another result going our way so it looks bleak going into the Paraguay match now. Talking of which, we stayed in Sao Paulo for our final group match against the Paraguayans. Our last chance to salvage something from this tournament was tonight, could we squeak through? We did manage to win the match 1-0 thanks to a late Carlos Vela but our inferior goal difference meant we finished bottom of the group and we crashed out of the Copa America. All attention now turns to the upcoming Gold Cup in the USA.
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    April 2019 We met up again in April of the new year for the first time and many of the squad were coming towards the end of their domestic campaigns. We had a friendly organised against Uruguay, one of our group stage opponents in the upcoming Copa America and we would be playing this match Soldier Field in Chiacgo, IL. Here is how we fared in the friendly. We ran out impressive 3-0 winners against the current number 9 ranked side in the world (we're 33 to put that into context). An early own goal by Lemos set the tone for a bad day at the office for the Uruguayans as Miguel Layun converted a penalty shortly before half time and Dario Benedetto finished them off with his first international goal after 66 minutes. I was mightily impressed with the side beating a nation of such stature in the world game currently and certainly feel we can maybe spring a few surprises at the Copa America if we keep playing as well as we tend to. A couple of days after this match, the 2019 Gold Cup group stages were drawn. The tournament follows a similar format to the Copa America, and it seems we are going to be in for some busy months ahead. Group A looks to be the weakest of the 3. Canada will face Curucao, Guatemala and Haiti. Any of those could progress in my opinion. We were again drawn in Group B, this time alongside El Salvador, Jamaica and Panama. I expect to top the group although both Jamaica and Panama are much improved in recent times, so this won't be a walkover. Most tournaments have a so called group of death, and for this one it's Group C. Current holders Costa Rica will face perennial World Cup qualifiers in recent times Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and the hosts the USA. This could be a group to watch as a surprise or two could spring from this one.
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    After the World Cup, a number of international jobs were available. I applied for a few and heard back from Mexico who were wiling to hire me. Mexico of course have some very promising players like Javier Hernandez or Chicharito as he's more commonly known, the dos Santos brothers, Jonathan and Giovani who both graduated from the famous Barcelona academy La Masia, as well as others like Carlos Vela and Hector Moreno. I feel as though this is a very good opportunity to win some international silverware as Mexico do play in both the Copa America and the North American Gold Cup. Here's how we got on in our matches towards the end of 2018. Again, I took over after the World Cup, meaning my first match in charge was, of course, against my former employers Argentina where we won 2-0 thanks to goals from Pineda and Pizarro. We then won an enthralling match against Paraguay with Jesus Corona equalising twice and a late winner by Hernandez gave us a 100% record since taking over. A month later we welcomed Spain and managed a creditable goalless draw, followed up by another good home performance, this time against the Ukraine with goals coming from Pineda and Jimenez. Our final 2 matches of 2018 were both away from home. We travelled to Santiago to face Chile where we unfortunately lost 3-1, Jimenez again scoring our only goal. We then made the long trip to Doha in Qatar. We could only manage a 1-1 draw with the 132nd ranked team in the world. Not the best way to end 2018 but with the Copa America coming next year, the draw was soon made for the group stages of that tournament. Here is what those all important groups look like. Group A sees reigning champions Chile face Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Chile should come out on top of that one with 2nd place being a toss up between the other three nations for me. We were drawn in Group B alongside Paraguay, Uruguay and of course, again, my former side Argentina. We have already beaten both Paraguay and Argentina so we know we have the pedigree, can we manage it again though in a tournament setting. Finally, Group C will have the hosts Brazil playing against Bolivia, Colombia and the other invited side alongside us, the USA. Again, history tells us Brazil should walk this group but I know all too well how good the Colombians are currently, they're ranked number 2 in the world currently only behind England, so it could be a big test for the hosts.
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    FIFA World Cup - Russia 2018 So, the greatest sporting event was upon us and we travelled to our base in Kazan ahead of our 3 group games against the USA, Ivory Coast and Holland. Here's how we got on. We squeaked past the USA thanks to a solitary Lionel Messi goal, who had confirmed before the tournament that this would be his last with the national side. We then dispatched of the Dutch with relative ease thanks to goals from Eduardo Salvio and Roberto Pereyra. I was expecting this match to be the toughest in the group yet it turned out that after it we had indeed qualified for the 2nd round. Our final group game was against the Ivory Coast and I gave some of the squad players a chance to impress ahead of the knockout phases. Unfortunately, none of them did and we lost out 2-0 but did still top the group meaning we'd be facing the side that finished 2nd in group A. Later that day, we found out that would be the hosts Russia who we'd be facing in the 2nd round. The match was dominated by one man, Cristian Pavon. We won the game 2-1 which saw us progress into the quarter finals and knock out the hosts. Our quarter final opponents would be fellow South American counterparts Columbia. Unfortunately for me and the nation, Colombia were far too strong for us on the night and we bowed out of the World Cup narrowly losing 1-0. Straight after the game I decided I couldn't carry on as Argentina manager and decided to resign. My popularity with the Argentinian fans was at rock bottom and it was only a matter of time before I was pushed so I walked before that could happen. France went onto become World Champions, beating surprise finalists England.
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    So after a chastening experience on the south coast, it was time to concentrate on the summer's World Cup in charge of Argentina. In March's international break, we faced the USA in a friendly in Buenos Aires. Here's the squad I selected for this match. On paper of course it looks strong and we're in decent form. Hopefully we can manage to beat the USA. And beat them we did with relative ease. Goals for Messi and 2 for Dybala gave us a 3-1 win, Julian Green getting on the score sheet for the States. That goal also meant Messi was now the all time leading goal scorer for Argentina, surpassing the great Gabriel 'Batigol' Batistuta by reaching 57 international goals for Argentina. Just another one the many records broken by Lionel Messi. After waiting for a couple more months, domestic seasons were coming to an end and it was almost time to select our squad for the upcoming Fifa World Cup in Russia. I made an error by only selecting 23 players originally before the warm up games, so it would be these who would be getting on the plane. It is a top heavy squad, but how can you choose between leaving the likes of Icardi, Aguero, Higuain, Dybala and Messi, all of them just have to come. So we're really going to go for it this time around. Our warm up matches would be against Austria and a Russian club side called Orenburg. Here's how we got on in both of those. We could only manage a 1-1 draw in Vienna, Messi opening the scoring but they equalised late on. We organised this friendly as a morale booster ahead of the World Cup and it was certainly that. 5 different goal scorers on the day gave us a convincing win ahead of the group stages.
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    December So the festive period was upon us and we began the month with a home tie against MK Dons. We managed an easy win against them thanks to 2 Josip Drmic goals. However, the rest of the month was one of turmoil and after 5 defeats in a row, concluding with a Boxing Day defeat to Brentford thanks to a 91st Lewis MacLeod winner for the Bees. After the game I was summoned to a board meeting. Despite my protestations about bad luck which we had unfortunately received in the run and the fact our captain was out injured, I was sacked as manager of Southampton. This did of course give me a full 6 months to concentrate on the upcoming World Cup with Argentina, so I wasn't too disheartened.
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    World Cup Group Stage Draw Just a quick update with the group stage draw for next summers World Cup in Russia. We were top seeds and came out after Russia who are of course hosting the tournament. Our group isn't straight forward but we shouldn't come across too many problems and should make it through to the knockout stages with relative ease. Wales' first World Cup campaign in modern times sees them face the hosts, Mexico and Chile. Group C could be tasty with Belgium, Italy, Nigeria and South Korea facing off. Group D sees South American top sees Columbia face World Cup finalist debutants Jamaica, Senegal and 2010 champions Spain. Group E sees Costa Rica, Croatia, another World Cup finals debut for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Switzerland face each other. Group F could be an entertaining one with France, Japan, Ukraine and Uruguay. The competition always throws up a group of death and unfortunately for England, they're in it with 5 time champions Brazil, Iran and reigning European champions Portugal. Finally, reigning World Champions Germany face Australia, Ghana and neighbours Poland in Group H.
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    November November So after a busy couple of months, November gave us some much needed rest as it was a quiet month domestically. Despite just 3 games, we remained unbeaten thanks to a morale boosting win against top of the table Reading. We dominated them and won the match 3-0, Reed, Subotic and Drmic bagging for us. We then travelled to Bristol to face City and started very poorly finding ourselves 2-0 down before half time, but 2 second half Olomola goals rescued a point for us. Our final game of the month was again on TV, but we could only manage a scoreless draw at home to struggling Cardiff. So after what was a quiet month again, here is the Championship table. We still find ourselves outside the play offs after 20 matches but we're more than still in with a shout. As mentioned before, the final international break of the year took place in November and both of our matches were a little closer to home for me personally but a long trip for those in South America as we faced to matches in Europe against Sweden and Slovakia. We managed a 2-1 win in the Friends Arena with goals from Pereyra and Di Maria giving us a good win against Sweden. Our final match of 2017 was a poor one. We lost badly in Trvana with the home side beating us 2-0. Here is how we got on throughout 2017. No draws at all for us this year and we won more than we lost but we definitely need to improve against the bigger nations.
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    October After an inconsistent September, I was hoping for a better October. We did have some bad news towards the start of the month. Our skipper Ward-Prowse will be out until the new year with an achilles problem. Here's how we fared. It was a decent month but I can't help but feel we dropped some vital points this month. We began with a match on my birthday night at home to Birmingham. It wasn't the best match and a goalless draw ensued again. We then welcomed Leeds after the international break on Friday night at home and dispatched of them with ease, winning the match 2-0, Sam McQueen and Jota both scoring their first goals for the club. We then travelled to the DW Stadium to face Wigan and won back to back games for the first time in a month. Drmic bagged a brace and Harrison Reed got the other. We then welcomed bottom club Millwall to St. Mary's and were seemingly about to make it 3 wins from 3 thanks to early goals from Subotic and Drmic but 2 goals in 2 minutes on the hour mark gave Millwall a priceless point. We ended the month with a trip to Molineux and unfortunately lost for the first time this month by a goal to nil. The Championship table looked like this at the end of the month. We are just outside the play offs and in decent form, hopefully this can continue going into November. Early on in the month, there was the aforementioned international break, so the night of the Birmingham game I hot footed my way to the airport and made my way to Bolivia for our penultimate World Cup qualifier. After an early scare, Otamendi got us back on level terms right on the stroke of half time. Aguero and Pratto sealed the win for us in the second half. This of course meant we have now qualified for the World Cup next summer in Russia. We then headed back to the comfort of Buenos Aires and prepared for our final qualifier against Paraguay, who are still fighting for a play off spot to qualify, so it will be a tough game. An Aguero brace and an Eduardo Salvio goal gave us a comfortable win and sealed our 3rd place position in the group. There will be one final international break in November before we meet up again in March next year.
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    September So after a successful international break I made my way back to the UK for some more Championship action with the Saints. Here's how we got on this month. A busy month which of course started late due to the break meant there was a fair bit of midweek action this month. We got underway with a disappointing loss at Loftus Road against QPR. Drmic got our solitary goal. Just 4 days later we faced a long journey north to the Riverside to face Middlesbrough where we could only manage a goalless draw. Just a 3 day break due to us being chosen for television coverage meant our next match back at home against Blackburn was on Friday night. We managed a 1-0 win thanks to a Drmic goal on the half hour mark again. Another home match 5 days later against Fulham saw us narrowly win again, Jackson Irvine scoring his first goal for the club. We then travelled to Carrow Road to face Norwich but were poor and lost 2-0, then followed that up with a 2-1 loss this time at home against Barnsley, a Dusan Tadic goal wasn't enough to stop us falling to defeat. In our final match of a busy September, we welcomed Nottingham Forest to St. Mary's and beat them by 2 goals to 1, Drmic and Harrison Reed bagging for us. Unfortunately for Forest though, they sacked their manager Ryan Giggs after the defeat. All of this meant the table looked like this. We were in 10th place after a steady start to the season. We definitely need to become a lot more consistent but the talent is there for a sustained promotion challenge it would seem with this young squad.
  12. Where To...?

    Argentina Update As I was signing the dotted line to pass off the Jota deal, I was in Buenos Aires about to take charge of my Argentina side ahead of 2 massive World Cup qualifiers, the first of which was against Columbia. They were in second place but we really needed to pick up a win to put the pressure on them in 2nd place. Here's how we got on. A massive 3-0 in the Monumental was exactly that, mental! Dybala scored his first 2 international goals during his 8th cap after Di Maria opened the scoring to give us a memorable win and put pressure on them in second place. Our next match 5 days later saw us travel to Venezuela. Another 3-0 win saw us stay in 3rd place but confirm a play off spot at the very least ahead of the World Cup, we now needed just a point from the final 2 qualifiers next month against either Bolivia or Paraguay to book our place in Russia. Here's how the qualification table looks ahead of the final 2 matches in the group. As you can see, play off spot is the least we can expect but we should qualify with ease automatically now. The final 2 matches take place at the beginning of October so we head back to Southampton for a month to try and carry on our decent start to the season.
  13. Where To...?

    So after the debacle that was last season in the league, we begin our summer with a huge set of transfers, both incoming and out. In total, we raked in £164m in transfer/loan fees throughout the summer. We lost the vast majority of the side that took us down, which personally I'm not too worried about as they clearly wouldn't be good enough if and when we do go back up. So it's been a big summer of upheaval. We've replaced and promoted from within with the likes of Jackson Irvine, Jota and Bradley Dack coming in for substantial fees and the likes of Harrison Reed, Callum Slattery and Jack Stephens making the step up to the first team for some much needed action for their development. Jota is the signing I'm most excited about though, the biggest of the window and he's a player I feel can make a huge difference to us at the top end of the pitch. Also Neven Subotic is a player I hope can provide some much needed stability to the back line. Here's the very young squad for the upcoming season. With an average age of just 22, we are the youngest squad in the division, but it's one that's full of hunger and determination to get this club back where it belongs. We also have the Championship's top goal scorer from last season back at the club, Sam Gallagher who was on loan at Blackburn last campaign. I'm hoping that our new number 1 Harry Lewis has got what it takes to become a regular with Gazzaniga pushing for a place too. We have a solid defence with Subotic and Stephens being pushed by 17 year old Klarer and Pablo Mari whilst da Costa and McQueen have plenty of competition for the full back spots. There's also plenty of young talent in midfield with Reed, Slattery, Irvine, Ward-Prowse and Dack all fighting for spots while Tadic, Green and Targett can all but one play across the attacking midfield wide spots. Finally up top we have the aforementioned Gallagher, new signing Drmic and another youngster Olomola pushing for a spot up top. August Update After a preseason trip to South Africa where we won all 4 matches, our league season got underway. It's been steady if not spectacular so far with an opening day loss away at Sheffield Wednesday. We welcomed newly promoted Oxford for our first home match and won thanks to goals from James Ward-Prowse. Our away record got worse with a defeat at Griffin Park to Brentford but it was nullified at home again with a win against Aston Villa, goals coming from Reed and Drmic. We were then knocked out of the EFL Cup in the 2nd round by Sheffield United on penalties, Olomola's 2 goals in normal time not enough to save the tie. We rectified our dismal away record in the final match of August at the Liberty Stadium beating Swansea 4-2, Green, Stephens, Gallagher and Drmic all getting on the score sheet.
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    Where To...? After a few stories on here trying to do various things, I've decided just to have some fun on FM before the new edition comes out. There's going to be no rules or no particular challenges I'm going to set myself on what will hopefully be my final save of the year. I'm going to start with who I like, see what happens and go from there. I've decided to start with a national job firstly to get the game off to a fast pace. I've loaded most of the major European leagues, top divisions in all but England. Again I just want to have some fun with this, I'm not exactlythe best FM-er on this forum, some of the stories I've read have baffled me they're that good, so I doubt I'll take this one anywhere near some of those, but let's see what happens. I'm going to start with Argentina. They start the game ranked 1st in the world and have course have some world class talent in their ranks but haven't really hit the heights that a lot of their players have at club level. Players that spring to mind are of course Lionel Messi, twice a major continental and once a World Cup finalist, he's not been able to get his hands on that elusive major international trophy in his 29 years yet. I'm going to try and change that for the great man. Others include Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, the list of talent goes on and on. And there are younger players coming through at this level like Mauro Icardi, Paolo Dybala and Matias Kranevitter. Initially, I'm going to try to continue Argentina's road to the World Cup in Russia 2018, but if a tempting club offer becomes available then who knows, we could see some dual management on the cards. I took over in July 2016 with a few World Cup qualifiers coming up. Despite the huge array of talent at my disposal, I couldn't have gotten off to a worse start. We played 6 matches in 2016 under my stewardship and failed to win any of them, it was an awful record and terrible start to my managerial career in charge of this fantastically gifted football nation. The one positive result was against Brazil, who were then ranked number 1 in the world after overtaking us due to our bad run. We desperately needed 2017 to be much more prosperous for us. Talking of 2017, an interesting email popped up in my inbox. Southampton were in dire straights in the Premier League, in 18th place, they sacked manager Claude Puel and wanted me to take over, despite never winning a match as a manager. I jumped at the chance of an interview and before I knew it, I was the manager of Southampton. Southampton FC have of course established themselves well in the Premier League since gaining promotion in 2012 and have grown steadily into a European club after qualifying for the Europa League last season through their league position. They have been well known for selling high and buying low over the years, but it certainly hasn't done them any harm in terms of their status in the game. Since the promotion, Southampton had grown year on year and bettered the previous finish each season, until the disastrous 2016/17 season. As mentioned before, Southampton were of course in the Europa League this season. Before we get to league matters, let's see how we did in that competition first. We actually made it all the way to the quarter finals. My first match in charge was the second leg of the first knockout stage versus Zenit and despite losing we managed to win the tie in a penalty shooutout. We then dispatched Anderlecht after a convincing second leg performance in Belgium to set up a quarter final clash with Lyon. We won the first leg at home despite going down to an early away goal but ultimately, that was the goal that cost us as we fell to a 1-0 defeat in France. Making the last 8 of a major European competition is no mean feat, lets see if we could replicate this decent European form in the league. Unfortunately, we couldn't. Relegation confirmed on the final day. Not only had I not won a game with Argentina in 6 attempts, I'd now taken what I thought was an established Premier League club into the Championship. I thought I'd be out the door the next day but the board stuck by me, somehow, and I kept my job going into the new season. Going back to Argentina, here were our 2017 results so far. We finally managed to get a win under our belts against Ecuador, albeit narrowly, then 2 more wins again Peru and in a friendly against Algeria got my tenure back to some kind or normality. We couldn't manage to beat Spain in another friendly and then followed that up with a defeat in the Superclasico against Brazil. We went into the new season with our qualification hopes looking like this. We were in 3rd place behind Brazil and Columbia with 4 games left, all of which were not currently in the top half of the qualification table. Hopefully this would mean we'd have a relatively easier end to our campaign after the rocky stage we endured in 2016. My next post will take us back to the south coast and see what happened during a turbulent summer at St. Mary's and how we prepared for our first season back in the second tier for 5 years.
  15. [FM17] Yer oot yer face if yer think Shetland plays fitba!

    How the hell did you get the England job hahahaha?!?!?!?!?
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