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  1. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Best backhanded sign ever that sums it up perfectly.
  2. The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

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  3. Italy 2022 World Cup Favourites are back-to-back winners Argentina, in what must be the last World Cup of the golden generation. But expect a challenge from 2018 semi-finalists England and the incredibly in-form Brazil, who got 6 points off Argentina in qualifying. Hosts Italy can stumble their way to the quarters and beyond again. Group A Argentina - Back-to-back defending champions Mexico Morocco - First World Cup in 24 years Slovakia - Tournament debut Argentina 2 - 0 Morocco Morocco only had 1 shot, off-target. Mexico 1 - 3 Slovakia An early red card helps Slovakia to a shock debut win over the regulars. Slovakia 0 - 0 Argentina What a huge result for Slovakia in an even match. Morocco 1 - 0 Mexico Mexico flop again, in a match with only 1 shot on target each. Mexico are out already. Morocco 1 - 0 Slovakia Mexico 1 - 0 Argentina Morocco - 6 Slovakia - 4 (+1 GD, 3 GS) -------------------------------------- Argentina - 4 (+1 GD, 2 GS) Mexico - 3 No ****ing way! A shock loss to Mexico knocks back-to-back champions Argentina out, with the two newbies going through. We're going to have new champions. Group B Bolivia - 2018 second round Scotland - Still no wins in a World Cup since 1990 Gabon - World Cup debut Ukraine Ukraine 0 - 1 Scotland And just like that, Scotland FINALLY get a win. Gabon 0 - 1 Bolivia Bolivia 1 - 1 Ukraine Scotland 2 - 2 Gabon Scotland let a 2-goal lead slip. Ukraine 2 - 0 Gabon Ukraine win their must-win game easily. Scotland 0 - 0 Bolivia Both teams only needed a draw, leading to the inevitable 0-0 that sees both teams through. Scotland have got rid of the hoodoo! Scotland - 5 (+1 GD, 3 GS) Bolivia - 5 (+1 GD, 2 GS) -------------------------------------- Ukraine - 4 Gabon - 1 Scotland break their tournament winless curse by suddenly reaching the knockout stage of Euro 2020 and now the World Cup. Group C England - 2018 semi-finalists South Africa Iran Bulgaria England 2 - 0 Iran England could only break through Iran with 2 set pieces, in an otherwise even and uneventful match. South Africa 2 - 1 Bulgaria A last-minute goal decides it. England 0 - 0 South Africa Iran 3 - 0 Bulgaria Only wastefulness stops Iran getting a much bigger win, but 3-0 is their biggest ever at a World Cup and knocks out Bulgaria. Bulgaria 0 - 0 England England dominated but couldn't break through. They only needed the draw though. South Africa 1 - 0 Iran A set-piece decided the winner-takes-all match. South Africa - 7 England - 5 ------------------------ Iran - 3 Bulgaria - 1 Group D Italy - Hosts Jordan - 2018 quarter-finalists Denmark Colombia Italy 2 - 0 Denmark Jordan 0 - 2 Colombia Italy 1 - 1 Colombia Denmark 3 - 0 Jordan An incredible 5-minute hat-trick either side of half time by AC Milan's attacking midfielder Mads Serup knocks out Jordan. Italy 2 - 0 Jordan Denmark 1 - 0 Colombia A last second winner from Andreas Laudrup, son of Michael, took Denmark 2nd and Colombia out. Italy - 7 Denmark - 6 ------------------- Colombia - 4 Jordan - 0 England and the hosts will meet in the next round, as two favourites collide. Group E Germany Nigeria Belgium U.S.A. - First World Cup in 12 years USA 0 - 1 Belgium An own goal gives Belgium the win, despite 0 shots on target. Germany 1 - 0 Nigeria Nigeria 1 - 1 USA Freddy Adu takes 1 minute to score, but it's not enough for 3 points. Belgium 2 - 0 Germany Belgium are the first team to make the knockout round. Nigeria 1 - 0 Belgium A surprise win means Nigeria need America to draw with Germany. Germany 1 - 0 USA But Germany go through instead. Belgium - 6 (+2 GD) Germany - 6 (0 GD) ----------------------------- Nigeria - 4 USA - 1 Group F Algeria - 2020 AFCON runner-up Serbia Czech Republic Japan - First World Cup in 16 years Czech Republic 3 - 0 Japan Algeria 0 - 0 Serbia Serbia 2 - 0 Czech Republic Despite a sending off, Serbia win quite comfortably. Japan 0 - 1 Algeria Despite dominating, Japan lose and are eliminated. Japan 0 - 0 Serbia A draw sees Serbia through. Czech Republic 0 - 0 Algeria Despite a red card, 41% possession and 1 shot (off-target), Algeria hung on for the point that saw them go through over the Czechs. Serbia - 5 (+2 GD) Algeria - 5 (+1 GD) --------------------------- Czech Republic - 4 Japan - 1 Group G France - Euro 2020 semi-finalists Saudi Arabia - 2018 quarter-finalists Poland Peru France 0 - 1 Poland Peru 1 - 0 Saudi Arabia Only one shot on target each. Poland 1 - 1 Peru Saudi Arabia 1 - 1 France Saudi Arabia 1 - 0 Poland Saudi Arabia get the win despite a late sending off and missing a penalty. Peru 1 - 2 France A 90th-minute penalty gives France the vital win. France - 4 (0 GD, 3 GS)* Peru - 4 (0 GD, 3 GS)* ------------------------------------------- Saudi Arabia - 4 (0 GD, 2GS)** Poland - 4 (0 GD, 2GS)** *Head-To-Head Record: France 2 - 1 Peru **H2H: Saudi Arabia 1 - 0 Poland Group G became the tightest group in World Cup history. Every team finished on 4 points with 0 goal difference, thanks in part to one missed penalty, a scored 90th-minute penaltyin the other game, and a red card involved to boot. France and Peru qualify, both with 3 goals scored, compared to Poland and Saudi Arabia's 2 goals. Group H Brazil - 2018 semi-finalists conceding 0 goals, 2019 Copa América runner-up, 1 loss in 18 qualifiers Spain - First tournament in 8 years Australia Honduras - First World Cup in 40 years Spain 1 - 1 Brazil No clean sheet run in this World Cup for Brazil. Australia 2 - 0 Honduras Honduras 0 - 1 Brazil Honduras are out. Australia 1 - 0 Spain Australia become the second team in the tournament to reach the knockouts. Spain 3 - 0 Honduras Spain do their job and wait on the other result. Brazil 0 - 0 Australia Brazil get the draw they need in a drab match to join Australia. Australia -7 Brazil - 5 ------------------ Spain - 4 Honduras - 0 Second Round The way the groups have played out mean we're already guaranteed one minor team in the final. Will it be 4 finals in a row where a South American giant beats a smaller European country? Bolivia 1 - 0 Morocco Bolivia will improve on their record finish in the last World Cup. Italy 1 - 0 England A dire first half saw 0 shots on target, as England 'dominated' but couldn't test the keeper. In the second half, Italy got a couple of shots, scoring in stoppage time to break English hearts in the San Siro. (Cue Nessun Dorma.) Germany 2 - 1 Serbia Germany come from behind to go further than they have in the World Cup since hosting in 2006. France 1 - 0 Brazil An exciting end-to-end attacking match saw another big favourite eliminated after missing a sitter to equalise. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Slovakia 1 - 1 Scotland AET (0-0 FT) 3-4 on penalties after 6 rounds (1-0, 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4) Scotland came from behind in the game and in the shootout to reach heady heights, and out-perform England (who didnae qualify for the quarters)! South Africa 2 - 0 Denmark An own goal, an 89th minute goal and a missed South African penalty in stoppage time made for an entertaining match... for one country anyway. Belgium 2 - 1 Algeria Peru 0 - 0 Australia AET 1-3 on penalties after 4.5 rounds (1-1, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-3) Peru dominated but didn't get the job done. Quarter-Finals Italy 0 - 0 Bolivia AET 3-1 on penalties after 4 rounds (0-0, 0-1, 1-2, 1-3) A drab match between Bolivia's golden generation and the hosts. Germany 0 - 0 France AET 4-2 on penalties after 4 rounds (1-1, 2-2, 3-2, 4-2) The Germans score all their penalties (of course), while France fail to get a shot on target. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scotland 1 - 0 South Africa South Africa go further than ever, but it's Scotland whose story continues. Belgium 3 - 0 Australia Australia achieve a best ever finish For the first time in 16 years, the final will have no South American teams and be between two European sides. Semi-Finals Italy 2 - 0 Germany Germany are easily beaten with a corner and a penalty from the hosts. But it's still a return to past greatness for the Germans, with their best World Cup performance in 16 years. Scotland 2 - 0 Belgium A calm and controlled display. After failing to get a goal never mind a win in tournaments past, Scotland are in the World Cup final. Third-Place Playoff Germany 0 - 1 Belgium Belgium better their 1984 fourth-place finish Italia 2022 World Cup Final Italy v Scotland History For the first time since 2006, the World Cup final won't be contested by a South American and a European team. But for the third time in a row, it will be between a traditionally big and small team. It's the first time the hosts have reached the final since France '98. Hosts Italy have won the World Cup 4 times and are consistent in this tournament. They've reached at least the quarter-finals every time since 1986, excluding South Korea in 2002 which may or may not have been rigged. Scotland had never even got out of the group stages of a tournament until co-hosting Euro 2020. They had only scored 1 World Cup goal since 1998 and hadn't won a single game since Italia '90. Form Italy got 7 points in the group stage before beating England and Germany, though needed penalties against a tricky Bolivia side. They've only conceded 1 goal in their 6 games. Scotland have drawn 3 of their 6 matches, but won their last 2. Italy have only lost 1 in 12 meetings with Scotland (in Glasgow in 1965) and won all 6 home encounters, only conceding 1 goal. Managers Italy made the incredibly rare decision to hire foreign after a poor Euro 2020. Xavi Juliá had managed his nation Spain as hosts of 2014, but they didn't even get out of their group. He coached a few clubs in Spain's La Liga before getting the Italy job. Scotland's Mike Richardson is now a legend at only 39 years old. His first and only other job was with Arbroath in the Scottish League Two (the 4th tier). He was only there for just over a year, doing nothing of note and winning, drawing and losing nearly the exact same amount of games, before Scotland hired him. (Though attributes-wise, he's one of the best coaches around.) Team News Italy have 1 underperforming regular out injured. Scotland's left-winger and backup keeper are out injured. Scotland's right-winger Kevin Brown needs one more goal to win the Golden Boot with at least 4 goals and 1 assist. Striker/left-winger Ronnie Allen needs a hat-trick, or 2 plus an assist or two. No player in the Italian squad has more than one goal, but striker Andrea Passiglia also tops the assist chart currently with 3. Both teams play a flat 4-4-2. Italy will look to take the initiative in the San Siro, while Scotland will be more conservative, and if all goes well by half-time they'll change to a 5-4-1 diamond - the only games Scotland have won have been while using this gameplan. Italy: Fiumi (AC Milan); La Cava (c) (Inter Milan), Di Vito (Torino), Roscioli (AC Milan), De Siato (Newcastle United); Luciani (Sampdoria), Cucchi (Inter Milan), Furlan (Napoli), De Agostini (Real Madrid); Passiglia (Newcastle United), Capovilla (Torino) - 8 Serie A, 2 Premier League, 1 La Liga Scotland: Cochrane (Sheffield United); MacKenzie (Man City), McGovern (Man City), Scott (Middlesbrough), Carlo Monti (Coventry); Brown (Lazio), King (c) (Man Utd), MacMillan (West Ham), Ferrie (Reading); Davidson (Sheffield Wednesday), Allan (Real Betis) - 9 Premier League, 1 Serie A, 1 La Liga First Half A couple of scares for Scotland, but it's an uneventful first half. Half Time Scotland make two substitutions: in a Graham Taylor-esque move, the star multi-million-pound player, leading scorer looking for the golden boot, and only guy who plays in Serie A against most of their opponents, is subbed off. Davidson, a striker with 0 goals in 5 games now, comes off too. A player carrying an injury is one of those brought on. Scotland change formation to the narrow 5-4-1. Will it be a stroke of genius or complete madness? Second Half Italy fail to have any shots, even from set pieces, and they suspect they're playing into Scotland's hands. Italy hang back a little while Scotland make their final substitution on the hour, taking off a booked player like-for-like. From a goal kick, out of nowhere, Ronnie Allan knocks it on to the new substitute (Napoli's Paul Gordon), who dribbles quickly into the area and shoots past the keeper! 1-0! Italy make 3 like-for-like substitutions over the next 10 minutes. Do they not have a plan B? An upset is on the cards! The confusingly named Scot called Carlo Monti, already booked, makes a foul on the 86th minute, but is let off by the referee. The resulting Italian free kick is immediately called for offside. Wasteful. Scotland are too good in the air. Every set piece and cross is getting headered away, punched or caught. Meanwhile Scotland have a couple of chances to double their lead and finish them off. But it doesn't matter! Scotland deal with the hosts! They've won the World Cup! Tactical genius! Someone play Nessun Dorma! ================================================================================= 2022 World Champions Scotland ================================================================================= With Northern Ireland also Euro 2020 champions, the UK is taking over! Scotland now have as many World Cups as England, but they didn't need to be hosts to win it! Just needed to beat the hosts! Awards Golden Boot: Denis Dalmat (Belgium) with 4 goals Golden Ball: John Preston (DR/C, WBR) (Scotland) Golden Glove: Limberg Cuéllar (Bolivia) Best Young Player: Marek Janic (ST) (Slovakia) Most Man of the Match Award: Jorge Castro (DC/DM) (Bolivia) Team of the Tournament Cuéllar (Bolivia) van Hove (Belgium) - Nadirov (Iran) - Preston (Scotland) - Khabo (South Africa) - Carlo Monti (Scotland) Brown (Scotland) - Castro (Bolivia) - Serup (Denmark) Dalmat (Belgium) - Passiglia (Italy) Selected Managerial News Mike Richardson (soon to be Sir Mike Richardson, no doubt) resigned as Scotland coach after masterminding the biggest World Cup shock in history. In a surprise career move, the 39-year-old joined Conference side Hereford in an assistant manager role, moving to be assistant of Basel at the end of the 2022/23 season. Gerardo Martino's second spell in charge of Argentina ended in disappointment, but only after taking the champions to a second World Cup trophy in a row. He retires. Didier Deschamps retired after 8 years in the France job and was replaced with former Roma manager Patrick Colleter. The England manager stepped down after 6 years in the job that saw a World Cup semi-final, a Euro quarter-final and a lot of heartbreak, joining Dundee United. Polls suggest fans would most like to see Sir Steve McClaren or a certain prominent English manager in France take charge now. USA sacked Bob Bradley after a whopping 16 years in charge which saw America only reach 2 World Cups (failing to get out the groups both times), momentarially lose their '#2 in CONCACAF' tag to Canada, and fail to win the bi-annual Gold Cup since 2011, but also become the first non-CONMEBOL team to win a Copa América. He retires. Bolivia's manager retired after an incredible 7-year reign. He took one of the worst teams in South America and qualified for the World Cup twice in a row, reaching the second round then the quarter-final, losing to the hosts and runner-up on penalties respectively. Mexico sacked Oswaldo Sanchez after losses to Slovakia and Morocco, despite a win over Argentina that threw the World Cup open. He joined Championship club Watford. Gabon's greatest manager Esaie Nsangou retired after taking the unknown African nation to a World Cup, getting a draw against the now world champions, as well as an AFCON semi-final and two consecutive quarter-final appearances. Bulgaria didn't immediately sack Yasen Petrov after a 3-0 loss to Iran though a draw with England. But they did after the first game of Euro 2024 qualifying when they lost at home to Faroe Islands, going 2-0 down in 19 minutes. Ilian Iliev replaces him.
  4. Italy 2022 World Cup Favourites are back-to-back winners Argentina, in what must be the last World Cup of the golden generation. But expect a challenge from 2018 semi-finalists England and the incredibly in-form Brazil, who got 6 points off Argentina in qualifying. Hosts Italy can stumble their way to the quarters and beyond again. Group A Argentina - Back-to-back defending champions Mexico Morocco - First World Cup in 24 years Slovakia - Tournament debut Argentina 2 - 0 Morocco Morocco only had 1 shot, off-target. Mexico 1 - 3 Slovakia An early red card helps Slovakia to a shock debut win over the regulars. Slovakia 0 - 0 Argentina What a huge result for Slovakia in an even match. Morocco 1 - 0 Mexico Mexico flop again, in a match with only 1 shot on target each. Mexico are out already. Morocco 1 - 0 Slovakia Mexico 1 - 0 Argentina Morocco - 6 Slovakia - 4 (+1 GD, 3 GS) -------------------------------------- Argentina - 4 (+1 GD, 2 GS) Mexico - 3 No ****ing way! A shock loss to Mexico knocks back-to-back champions Argentina out, with the two newbies going through. We're going to have new champions. Group B Bolivia - 2018 second round Scotland - Still no wins in a World Cup since 1990 Gabon - World Cup debut Ukraine Ukraine 0 - 1 Scotland And just like that, Scotland FINALLY get a win. Gabon 0 - 1 Bolivia Bolivia 1 - 1 Ukraine Scotland 2 - 2 Gabon Scotland let a 2-goal lead slip. Ukraine 2 - 0 Gabon Ukraine win their must-win game easily. Scotland 0 - 0 Bolivia Both teams only needed a draw, leading to the inevitable 0-0 that sees both teams through. Scotland have got rid of the hoodoo! Scotland - 5 (+1 GD, 3 GS) Bolivia - 5 (+1 GD, 2 GS) -------------------------------------- Ukraine - 4 Gabon - 1 Scotland break their tournament winless curse by suddenly reaching the knockout stage of Euro 2020 and now the World Cup. Group C England - 2018 semi-finalists South Africa Iran Bulgaria England 2 - 0 Iran England could only break through Iran with 2 set pieces, in an otherwise even and uneventful match. South Africa 2 - 1 Bulgaria A last-minute goal decides it. England 0 - 0 South Africa Iran 3 - 0 Bulgaria Only wastefulness stops Iran getting a much bigger win, but 3-0 is their biggest ever at a World Cup and knocks out Bulgaria. Bulgaria 0 - 0 England England dominated but couldn't break through. They only needed the draw though. South Africa 1 - 0 Iran A set-piece decided the winner-takes-all match. South Africa - 7 England - 5 ------------------------ Iran - 3 Bulgaria - 1 Group D Italy - Hosts Jordan - 2018 quarter-finalists Denmark Colombia Italy 2 - 0 Denmark Jordan 0 - 2 Colombia Italy 1 - 1 Colombia Denmark 3 - 0 Jordan An incredible 5-minute hat-trick either side of half time by AC Milan's attacking midfielder Mads Serup knocks out Jordan. Italy 2 - 0 Jordan Denmark 1 - 0 Colombia A last second winner from Andreas Laudrup, son of Michael, took Denmark 2nd and Colombia out. Italy - 7 Denmark - 6 ------------------- Colombia - 4 Jordan - 0 England and the hosts will meet in the next round, as two favourites collide. Group E Germany Nigeria Belgium U.S.A. - First World Cup in 12 years USA 0 - 1 Belgium An own goal gives Belgium the win, despite 0 shots on target. Germany 1 - 0 Nigeria Nigeria 1 - 1 USA Freddy Adu takes 1 minute to score, but it's not enough for 3 points. Belgium 2 - 0 Germany Belgium are the first team to make the knockout round. Nigeria 1 - 0 Belgium A surprise win means Nigeria need America to draw with Germany. Germany 1 - 0 USA But Germany go through instead. Belgium - 6 (+2 GD) Germany - 6 (0 GD) ----------------------------- Nigeria - 4 USA - 1 Group F Algeria - 2020 AFCON runner-up Serbia Czech Republic Japan - First World Cup in 16 years Czech Republic 3 - 0 Japan Algeria 0 - 0 Serbia Serbia 2 - 0 Czech Republic Despite a sending off, Serbia win quite comfortably. Japan 0 - 1 Algeria Despite dominating, Japan lose and are eliminated. Japan 0 - 0 Serbia A draw sees Serbia through. Czech Republic 0 - 0 Algeria Despite a red card, 41% possession and 1 shot (off-target), Algeria hung on for the point that saw them go through over the Czechs. Serbia - 5 (+2 GD) Algeria - 5 (+1 GD) --------------------------- Czech Republic - 4 Japan - 1 Group G France - Euro 2020 semi-finalists Saudi Arabia - 2018 quarter-finalists Poland Peru France 0 - 1 Poland Peru 1 - 0 Saudi Arabia Only one shot on target each. Poland 1 - 1 Peru Saudi Arabia 1 - 1 France Saudi Arabia 1 - 0 Poland Saudi Arabia get the win despite a late sending off and missing a penalty. Peru 1 - 2 France A 90th-minute penalty gives France the vital win. France - 4 (0 GD, 3 GS)* Peru - 4 (0 GD, 3 GS)* ------------------------------------------- Saudi Arabia - 4 (0 GD, 2GS)** Poland - 4 (0 GD, 2GS)** *Head-To-Head Record: France 2 - 1 Peru **H2H: Saudi Arabia 1 - 0 Poland Group G became the tightest group in World Cup history. Every team finished on 4 points with 0 goal difference, thanks in part to one missed penalty, a scored 90th-minute penaltyin the other game, and a red card involved to boot. France and Peru qualify, both with 3 goals scored, compared to Poland and Saudi Arabia's 2 goals. Group H Brazil - 2018 semi-finalists conceding 0 goals, 2019 Copa América runner-up, 1 loss in 18 qualifiers Spain - First tournament in 8 years Australia Honduras - First World Cup in 40 years Spain 1 - 1 Brazil No clean sheet run in this World Cup for Brazil. Australia 2 - 0 Honduras Honduras 0 - 1 Brazil Honduras are out. Australia 1 - 0 Spain Australia become the second team in the tournament to reach the knockouts. Spain 3 - 0 Honduras Spain do their job and wait on the other result. Brazil 0 - 0 Australia Brazil get the draw they need in a drab match to join Australia. Australia -7 Brazil - 5 ------------------ Spain - 4 Honduras - 0 Second Round The way the groups have played out mean we're already guaranteed one minor team in the final. Will it be 4 finals in a row where a South American giant beats a smaller European country? Bolivia 1 - 0 Morocco Bolivia will improve on their record finish in the last World Cup. Italy 1 - 0 England A dire first half saw 0 shots on target, as England 'dominated' but couldn't test the keeper. In the second half, Italy got a couple of shots, scoring in stoppage time to break English hearts in the San Siro. Well... Germany 2 - 1 Serbia Germany come from behind to go further than they have in the World Cup since hosting in 2006. France 1 - 0 Brazil An exciting end-to-end attacking match saw another big favourite eliminated after missing a sitter to equalise. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Slovakia 1 - 1 Scotland AET (0-0 FT) 3-4 on penalties after 6 rounds (1-0, 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4) Scotland came from behind in the game and in the shootout to reach heady heights, and out-perform England (who didnae qualify for the quarters)! South Africa 2 - 0 Denmark An own goal, an 89th minute goal and a missed South African penalty in stoppage time made for an entertaining match... for one country anyway. Belgium 2 - 1 Algeria Peru 0 - 0 Australia AET 1-3 on penalties after 4.5 rounds (1-1, 1-2, 1-2, 1-2, 1-3) Peru dominated but didn't get the job done. Quarter-Finals Italy 0 - 0 Bolivia AET 3-1 on penalties after 4 rounds (0-0, 0-1, 1-2, 1-3) A drab match between Bolivia's golden generation and the hosts. Germany 0 - 0 France AET 4-2 on penalties after 4 rounds (1-1, 2-2, 3-2, 4-2) The Germans score all their penalties (of course), while France fail to get a shot on target. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scotland 1 - 0 South Africa South Africa go further than ever, but it's Scotland whose story continues. Belgium 3 - 0 Australia Australia achieve a best ever finish For the first time in 16 years, the final will have no South American teams and be between two European sides. Semi-Finals Italy 2 - 0 Germany Germany are easily beaten with a corner and a penalty from the hosts. But it's still a return to past greatness for the Germans, with their best World Cup performance in 16 years. Scotland 2 - 0 Belgium A calm and controlled display. After failing to get a goal never mind a win in tournaments past, Scotland are in the World Cup final. Third-Place Playoff Germany 0 - 1 Belgium Belgium better their 1984 fourth-place finish Italia 2022 World Cup Final V Italy v Scotland History For the first time since 2006, the World Cup final won't be contested by a South American and a European team. But for the third time in a row, it will be between a traditionally big and small team. It's the first time the hosts have reached the final since France '98. Hosts Italy have won the World Cup 4 times and are consistent in this tournament. They've reached at least the quarter-finals every time since 1986, excluding South Korea in 2002 which may or may not have been rigged. Scotland had never even got out of the group stages of a tournament until co-hosting Euro 2020. They had only scored 1 World Cup goal since 1998 and hadn't won a single game since Italia '90. Form Italy got 7 points in the group stage before beating England and Germany, though needed penalties against a tricky Bolivia side. They've only conceded 1 goal in their 6 games. Scotland have drawn 3 of their 6 matches, but won their last 2. Italy have only lost 1 in 12 meetings with Scotland (in Glasgow in 1965) and won all 6 home encounters, only conceding 1 goal. Managers Italy made the incredibly rare decision to hire foreign after a poor Euro 2020. Xavi Juliá had managed his nation Spain as hosts of 2014, but they didn't even get out of their group. He coached a few clubs in Spain's La Liga before getting the Italy job. Scotland's Mike Richardson is now a legend at only 39 years old. His first and only other job was with Arbroath in the Scottish League Two (the 4th tier). He was only there for just over a year, doing nothing of note and winning, drawing and losing nearly the exact same amount of games, before Scotland hired him. (Though attributes-wise, he's one of the best coaches around.) Team News Italy have 1 underperforming regular out injured. Scotland's left-winger and backup keeper are out injured. Scotland's right-winger Kevin Brown needs one more goal to win the Golden Boot with at least 4 goals and 1 assist. Striker/left-winger Ronnie Allen needs a hat-trick, or 2 plus an assist or two. No player in the Italian squad has more than one goal, but striker Andrea Passiglia also tops the assist chart currently with 3. Both teams play a flat 4-4-2. Italy will look to take the initiative in the San Siro, while Scotland will be more conservative, and if all goes well by half-time they'll change to a 5-4-1 diamond - the only games Scotland have won have been while using this gameplan. Italy: Fiumi (AC Milan); La Cava (c) (Inter Milan), Di Vito (Torino), Roscioli (AC Milan), De Siato (Newcastle United); Luciani (Sampdoria), Cucchi (Inter Milan), Furlan (Napoli), De Agostini (Real Madrid); Passiglia (Newcastle United), Capovilla (Torino) - 8 Serie A, 2 Premier League, 1 La Liga Scotland: Cochrane (Sheffield United); MacKenzie (Man City), McGovern (Man City), Scott (Middlesbrough), Carlo Monti (Coventry); Brown (Lazio), King (c) (Man Utd), MacMillan (West Ham), Ferrie (Reading); Davidson (Sheffield Wednesday), Allan (Real Betis) - 9 Premier League, 1 Serie A, 1 La Liga First Half A couple of scares for Scotland, but it's an uneventful first half. Half Time Scotland make two substitutions: in a Graham Taylor-esque move, the star multi-million-pound player, leading scorer looking for the golden boot, and only guy who plays in Serie A against most of their opponents, is subbed off. Davidson, a striker with 0 goals in 5 games now, comes off too. A player carrying an injury is one of those brought on. Scotland change formation to the narrow 5-4-1. Will it be a stroke of genius or complete madness? Second Half Italy fail to have any shots, even from set pieces, and they suspect they're playing into Scotland's hands. Italy hang back a little while Scotland make their final substitution on the hour, taking off a booked player like-for-like. From a goal kick, out of nowhere, Ronnie Allan knocks it on to the new substitute (Napoli's Paul Gordon), who dribbles quickly into the area and shoots past the keeper! 1-0! Italy make 3 like-for-like substitutions over the next 10 minutes. Do they not have a plan B? An upset is on the cards! The confusingly named Scot called Carlo Monti, already booked, makes a foul on the 86th minute, but is let off by the referee. The resulting Italian free kick is immediately called for offside. Wasteful. Scotland are too good in the air. Every set piece and cross is getting headered away, punched or caught. Meanwhile Scotland have a couple of chances to double their lead and finish them off. But it doesn't matter! Scotland deal with the hosts! They've won the World Cup! Tactical genius! Someone play Nessun Dorma! ================================================================================= 2022 World Champions Scotland ================================================================================= With Northern Ireland also Euro 2020 champions, the UK is taking over! Scotland now have as many World Cups as England, but they didn't need to be hosts to win it! Just needed to beat the hosts! Awards Golden Boot: Denis Dalmat (Belgium) with 4 goals Golden Ball: John Preston (DR/C, WBR) (Scotland) Golden Glove: Limberg Cuéllar (Bolivia) Best Young Player: Marek Janic (ST) (Slovakia) Most Man of the Match Award: Jorge Castro (DC/DM) (Bolivia) Team of the Tournament Cuéllar (Bolivia) van Hove (Belgium) - Nadirov (Iran) - Preston (Scotland) - Khabo (South Africa) - Carlo Monti (Scotland) Brown (Scotland) - Castro (Bolivia) - Serup (Denmark) Dalmat (Belgium) - Passiglia (Italy) Selected Managerial News Mike Richardson (soon to be Sir Mike Richardson, no doubt) resigned as Scotland coach after masterminding the biggest World Cup shock in history. In a surprise career move, the 39-year-old joined Conference side Hereford in an assistant manager role, moving to be assistant of Basel at the end of the 2022/23 season. Gerardo Martino's second spell in charge of Argentina ended in disappointment, but only after taking the champions to a second World Cup trophy in a row. He retires. Didier Deschamps retired after 8 years in the France job and was replaced with former Roma manager Patrick Colleter. The England manager stepped down after 6 years in the job that saw a World Cup semi-final, a Euro quarter-final and a lot of heartbreak, joining Dundee United. Polls suggest fans would most like to see Sir Steve McClaren or a certain prominent English manager in France take charge now. USA sacked Bob Bradley after a whopping 16 years in charge which saw America only reach 2 World Cups (failing to get out the groups both times), momentarially lose their '#2 in CONCACAF' tag to Canada, and fail to win the bi-annual Gold Cup since 2011, but also become the first non-CONMEBOL team to win a Copa América. He retires. Bolivia's manager retired after an incredible 7-year reign. He took one of the worst teams in South America and qualified for the World Cup twice in a row, reaching the second round then the quarter-final, losing to the hosts and runner-up on penalties respectively. Mexico sacked Oswaldo Sanchez after losses to Slovakia and Morocco, despite a win over Argentina that threw the World Cup open. He joined Championship club Watford. Gabon's greatest manager Esaie Nsangou retired after taking the unknown African nation to a World Cup, getting a draw against the now world champions, as well as an AFCON semi-final and two consecutive quarter-final appearances. Bulgaria didn't immediately sack Yasen Petrov after a 3-0 loss to Iran though a draw with England. But they did after the first game of Euro 2024 qualifying when they lost at home to Faroe Islands, going 2-0 down in 19 minutes. Ilian Iliev replaces him.
  5. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    No, but neither do any of the other top managers. They do it 'cause they want to. I think he's said he'd continue managing if he left Arsenal.
  6. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    I think he has to prove that he's not past it and unable to keep with the times and had low ambition, which so far has been proven correct. He had to make Arsenal a team that can legitimately challenge for the title let alone win one to prove them wrong. I don't think he'd be tainted if he went to a club and was sacked a year or two later, everyone will say he was sacked too early even if he won nothing. At worst they'll say what they're already saying. If he wins a league, he can at least prove he can win a trophy that teams of that level try to win at the start of a season, even with a team that's 'supposed' to win it and with someone else's players. His 'legacy' shouldn't matter. That's meaningless. Besides, when someone dies, he'll be remembered 100% positively. Whether you're Wenger, Graham Taylor or... Jade Goody, death makes you a perfect legend.
  7. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Is this a high?
  8. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    That's if Deschamps leaves. Would control freak Wenger be happy with effectively a part-time job where he doesn't get to really coach players any more?
  9. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    As a fan of a top 4 side, this is terrible news. As a fan of a hometown relegation battler, this is terrible news. But interested in what Arsene's next job will be. PSG perhaps, but Monaco would suit his style more - build up players, sell them on, win the odd domestic trophy. At PSG, whatever happens, the managers get sacked in a few years. But I guess that's every club now.
  10. 2021/22 International Football Recap Italy 2022 World Cup Qualification UEFA It was probably the closest ever UEFA qualifying section. On the final day, most groups had all but the bottom team still vying for the top 2, with some massive final games. Group 1 Ukraine - 23 ---------------------------------- Scotland - 21 ---------------------------------- Sweden - 19 Kazakhstan - 18 Northern Ireland - 15 Slovenia - 15* Luxembourg - 2 *Head-To-Head: Northern Ireland 2 - 1 Slovenia Iain Dowie's reign over new Euro 2020 champions Northern Ireland started poorly. He began with a home draw with Luxembourg followed by a loss in Kazakhstan. It's impossible to follow winning Euro 2020, but even before that Northern Ireland had at least been in touching distance of the playoffs, never mind in a relatively weak group like this one. A strong Kazakh campaign ended with victory over already-qualified Ukraine. Group 2 France - 30 ---------------------------------- Bulgaria - 24 ---------------------------------- Republic of Ireland - 22 Israel - 21 Azerbaijan - 11 Iceland - 10 Andorra - 0 France qualified unbeaten after missing out 4 years ago, only conceding 3 goals. Group 3 Spain - 24* ---------------------------------- Norway - 24* ---------------------------------- Macedonia - 22 Romania - 21 Georgia - 17 San Marino - 5 Estonia - 1 *H2H: Spain 2 - 2 Norway. Goal difference: Spain +16, Norway +7 Spain qualified for their first tournament since 2014, on goal difference. Group 4 England - 30 Denmark - 25 --------------------------------------- Russia - 22 Bosnia & Herzegovina - 18 Wales - 16 Armenia - 7 Liechtenstein - 0 England also only conceded 3 goals. Denmark also qualified, as one of best runner-ups. Chris Coleman's first campaign as Wales boss was poor. A side that regularly qualifies for the Euros and is always in the mix, after a good Euro 2020 as well, finished 7 points behind a playoff place. Group 5 Germany - 21 ----------------------- Slovakia - 17 ----------------------- Lithuania - 16 Turkey - 13 Greece - 12 Moldova - 2 No slip-ups from Germany this time, after failing to make it for 2018. A stoppage-time winner at home to Turkey on the final day saw Slovakia squeak into the playoffs ahead of them and Lithuania. Group 6 Serbia - 20 --------------------- Portugal - 18 -------------------- Hungary - 17 Cyprus - 14 Croatia - 8 Belarus - 6 Portugal, top of the group and having constantly failed to qualify for any tournament since 2010, needed just a draw at home to Serbia. Portugal took the lead in just 25 seconds. They lost 2-1. Serbia qualified instead. Croatia needed a win at home to Belarus on the final day to avoid finishing bottom. Group 7 Poland - 16 -------------------------- Albania - 14* -------------------------- Austria - 14* Netherlands - 13 Montenegro - 12 Malta - 8 *H2H: Albania 4 - 2 Austria Albania are a playoff away from qualifying for their first ever tournament. The last World Cup's runner-up Austria miss out via head-to-head record. Frank Rijkaard's Netherlands failed to qualify for a tournament for the first time in two decades, while Malta took 4 points off them with a historic win in Amsterdam. Group 8 Czech Republic - 19* Belgium - 19* -------------------------------- Finland - 16 Switzerland - 14 Latvia - 9 Faroe Islands - 4 *H2H: Czech Republic 1 - 0 Belgium Czech Republic beat Belgium at home but both teams qualified, Belgium as best runner-up. Both of them only conceded 3 goals all campaign. Euro 2020 runner-up Switzerland weren't even in the running on the final day. Playoffs (aggregate) Albania 1 - 2 Slovakia Bulgaria 1 - 0 Portugal Norway 0 - 0 Scotland (AET) 2-3 on penalties after 5 rounds (0-0, 0-1, 1-1, 2-2, 2-3) Slovakia qualify for their first ever tournament. CAF Gabon qualified for their first ever World Cup. Algeria and Nigeria stormed through qualifying unbeaten, while South Africa won all 10 of their games. Morocco impressively topped a group of death involving African champions Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal and Mali to qualify for their first World Cup in 24 years. Senegal and Egypt also make the 2022 African Cup of Nations. Mozambique qualified for their first African Cup of Nations in 24 years thanks to a better head to head record than Burkina Faso. CONCACAF Round 2 It was a week that promised some of the biggest shocks in footballing history if the big guns didn't do the job. The most dramatic of the second legs (but only just) was the freefalling USA vs Nicaragua. Nicaragua had got a 1-1 draw at home, thanks to star striker and Maradona-esque dribbler Martinez. Martinez shone again in America, giving his country the shock lead before nearly scoring again twice after more entertaining runs. America equalised, and in the final minutes the ball was cleared off the line at both ends. It went to penalties and, despite missing first, USA avoided the worst result and qualifying performance in their history. Many American fans believe the coach should be sacked anyway. But upset of the round, and another to add to footballing history, was provided by Turks & Caicos Islands. After losing 2-1 away, Costa Rica thought they'd rescued the tie with a 78th minute goal at home that would see them go through on away goals. But a last-second free kick on the edge of the area for shirt-pulling gave T&C a gigantic shock win over the surprise Gold Cup winners. CONCACAF's #2 side Canada were dominated in Bermuda but it ended 0-0. They were in control in the second leg but missed 2 penalties before scoring a late goal to only win 1-0. Netherlands Antilles beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in the home leg, but lost the second leg 5-0. Round 3 Anguilla reached their second Hexagonal in a row. Panama beat Canada with a winner in the 88th minute of the final day to go through instead of them. Hexagonal Mexico topped the 6-team group for the 4th time in a row. U. S. A.'s recovery continued as they finished second to qualify for the first time since 2010. On the final day, 3 teams battled for 1 qualification spot and 1 playoff spot. Honduras qualified for their first World Cup since their debut in 1982. Anguilla's dream continues to be possible as they reached the playoff, Panama missing out on head-to-head record. Hexagonal Group Mexico - 23 U. S. A. - 16 Honduras - 14 ---------------------- Anguilla - 11* ---------------------- Panama - 11* Guatemala - 7 *Head-to-Head: Anguilla 2 - 1 Panama CONMEBOL Brazil - 43 Colombia - 31 Bolivia - 30 Argentina - 29 ---------------------- Peru - 26 ---------------------- Uruguay - 23 Paraguay - 20 Ecuador - 20 Venezuela - 15 Chile - 11 Brazil incredibly only conceded 4 goals in 18 games. Bolivia's golden generation qualified again, with a game to spare. Back-to-back World Cup winners Argentina almost didn't make it and needed a win on the final day to qualify. Chile are in complete crisis. CONCACAF - CONMEBOL Playoff (aggregate) Anguilla 1 - 3 Peru AFC Round 2 Asian champions South Korea failed to even make the final group stage of qualifying, with Malaysia (who have failed at the Asian playoff stage two qualifying campaigns in a row) taking their place thanks to a superior head-to-head record. China looked set to be the next Asian superpower up until a few years ago, and they failed to make the final group stage for the second time in a row, finishing behind Jordan and Vietnam. A stoppage time goal stopped Indonesia making a shock appearance in the final group stage, and it's the ever impressive Macau who will hope to make it 2 World Cup appearances in a row. Round 3 Saudi Arabia produced a big performance to beat the already-qualified Australia in Adelaide to qualify themselves. Both groups saw winner-takes-all matches between 3rd and 4th for the playoff spots. Group A Saudi Arabia - 11 Australia - 10 -------------------------- Jordan - 9 -------------------------- Macau - 4 Group B Iran - 13* Japan - 13* ----------------- Kuwait - 6 ----------------- Malaysia - 3 *H2H: Iran 3 - 2 Japan AFC Playoff (aggregate) Jordan 4 - 3 Kuwait Jordan go on to face the winner of the OFC region. OFC Playoff (aggregate) New Zealand 4 - 0 Fiji AFC-OFC playoff (aggregate) Jordan 3 - 1 New Zealand The 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists qualify. Ghana 2022 Africa Cup of Nations Former international Neil Tovey led South Africa to their first trophy in 26 years. They beat the hosts 1-0 in the final after beating defending champions Egypt 3-0 in the semis after just half an hour, keeping a clean sheet in 5 of their 6 matches. A change in manager to former international Abubakari Yakubu after failing to qualify for the World Cup was the right choice, as Ghana reached their first final in 40 years. Nigeria sacked their manager, 50-cap Samson Siasia, before the World Cup despite an unbeaten campaign, after his team finished bottom of their AFCON group. Mozambique managed 2 impressive draws, against Gabon and hosts Ghana. 2022 OFC Nations Cup After a first leg that saw only 1 shot (and it wasn't even on target), New Zealand needed an 80th minute winner to stop Fiji becoming the first team other than Australia and NZ to win 2 Cups in a row.
  11. 2021/22 International Football Recap Italy 2022 World Cup Qualification UEFA It was probably the closest ever UEFA qualifying section. On the final day, most groups had all but the bottom team still vying for the top 2, with some massive final games. Group 1 Ukraine - 23 ---------------------------------- Scotland - 21 ---------------------------------- Sweden - 19 Kazakhstan - 18 Northern Ireland - 15 Slovenia - 15* Luxembourg - 2 *Head-To-Head: Northern Ireland 2 - 1 Slovenia Iain Dowie's reign over new Euro 2020 champions Northern Ireland started poorly. He began with a home draw with Luxembourg followed by a loss in Kazakhstan. It's impossible to follow winning Euro 2020, but even before that Northern Ireland had at least been in touching distance of the playoffs, never mind in a relatively weak group like this one. A strong Kazakh campaign ended with victory over already-qualified Ukraine. Group 2 France - 30 ---------------------------------- Bulgaria - 24 ---------------------------------- Republic of Ireland - 22 Israel - 21 Azerbaijan - 11 Iceland - 10 Andorra - 0 France qualified unbeaten after missing out 4 years ago, only conceding 3 goals. Group 3 Spain - 24* ---------------------------------- Norway - 24* ---------------------------------- Macedonia - 22 Romania - 21 Georgia - 17 San Marino - 5 Estonia - 1 *H2H: Spain 2 - 2 Norway. Goal difference: Spain +16, Norway +7 Spain qualified for their first tournament since 2014, on goal difference. Group 4 England - 30 Denmark - 25 --------------------------------------- Russia - 22 Bosnia & Herzegovina - 18 Wales - 16 Armenia - 7 Liechtenstein - 0 England also only conceded 3 goals. Denmark also qualified, as one of best runner-ups. Chris Coleman's first campaign as Wales boss was poor. A side that regularly qualifies for the Euros and is always in the mix, after a good Euro 2020 as well, finished 7 points behind a playoff place. Group 5 Germany - 21 ----------------------- Slovakia - 17 ----------------------- Lithuania - 16 Turkey - 13 Greece - 12 Moldova - 2 No slip-ups from Germany this time, after failing to make it for 2018. A stoppage-time winner at home to Turkey on the final day saw Slovakia squeak into the playoffs ahead of them and Lithuania. Group 6 Serbia - 20 --------------------- Portugal - 18 -------------------- Hungary - 17 Cyprus - 14 Croatia - 8 Belarus - 6 Portugal, top of the group and having constantly failed to qualify for any tournament since 2010, needed just a draw at home to Serbia. Portugal took the lead in just 25 seconds. They lost 2-1. Serbia qualified instead. Croatia needed a win at home to Belarus on the final day to avoid finishing bottom. Group 7 Poland - 16 -------------------------- Albania - 14* -------------------------- Austria - 14* Netherlands - 13 Montenegro - 12 Malta - 8 *H2H: Albania 4 - 2 Austria Albania are a playoff away from qualifying for their first ever tournament. The last World Cup's runner-up Austria miss out via head-to-head record. Frank Rijkaard's Netherlands failed to qualify for a tournament for the first time in two decades, while Malta took 4 points off them with a historic win in Amsterdam. Group 8 Czech Republic - 19* Belgium - 19* -------------------------------- Finland - 16 Switzerland - 14 Latvia - 9 Faroe Islands - 4 *H2H: Czech Republic 1 - 0 Belgium Czech Republic beat Belgium at home but both teams qualified, Belgium as best runner-up. Both of them only conceded 3 goals all campaign. Euro 2020 runner-up Switzerland weren't even in the running on the final day. Playoffs (aggregate) Albania 1 - 2 Slovakia Bulgaria 1 - 0 Portugal Norway 0 - 0 Scotland (AET) 2-3 on penalties after 5 rounds (0-0, 0-1, 1-1, 2-2, 2-3) Slovakia qualify for their first ever tournament. CAF Gabon qualified for their first ever World Cup. Algeria and Nigeria stormed through qualifying unbeaten, while South Africa won all 10 of their games. Morocco impressively topped a group of death involving African champions Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, Senegal and Mali to qualify for their first World Cup in 24 years. Senegal and Egypt also make the 2022 African Cup of Nations. Mozambique qualified for their first African Cup of Nations in 24 years thanks to a better head to head record than Burkina Faso. CONCACAF Round 2 It was a week that promised some of the biggest shocks in footballing history if the big guns didn't do the job. The most dramatic of the second legs (but only just) was the freefalling USA vs Nicaragua. Nicaragua had got a 1-1 draw at home, thanks to star striker and Maradona-esque dribbler Martinez. Martinez shone again in America, giving his country the shock lead before nearly scoring again twice after more entertaining runs. America equalised, and in the final minutes the ball was cleared off the line at both ends. It went to penalties and, despite missing first, USA avoided the worst result and qualifying performance in their history. Many American fans believe the coach should be sacked anyway. But upset of the round, and another to add to footballing history, was provided by Turks & Caicos Islands. After losing 2-1 away, Costa Rica thought they'd rescued the tie with a 78th minute goal at home that would see them go through on away goals. But a last-second free kick on the edge of the area for shirt-pulling gave T&C a gigantic shock win over the surprise Gold Cup winners. CONCACAF's #2 side Canada were dominated in Bermuda but it ended 0-0. They were in control in the second leg but missed 2 penalties before scoring a late goal to only win 1-0. Netherlands Antilles beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in the home leg, but lost the second leg 5-0. Round 3 Anguilla reached their second Hexagonal in a row. Panama beat Canada with a winner in the 88th minute of the final day to go through instead of them. Hexagonal Mexico topped the 6-team group for the 4th time in a row. U. S. A.'s recovery continued as they finished second to qualify for the first time since 2010. On the final day, 3 teams battled for 1 qualification spot and 1 playoff spot. Honduras qualified for their first World Cup since their debut in 1982. Anguilla's dream continues to be possible as they reached the playoff, Panama missing out on head-to-head record. Hexagonal Group Mexico - 23 U. S. A. - 16 Honduras - 14 ---------------------- Anguilla - 11* ---------------------- Panama - 11* Guatemala - 7 *Head-to-Head: Anguilla 2 - 1 Panama CONMEBOL Brazil - 43 Colombia - 31 Bolivia - 30 Argentina - 29 ---------------------- Peru - 26 ---------------------- Uruguay - 23 Paraguay - 20 Ecuador - 20 Venezuela - 15 Chile - 11 Brazil incredibly only conceded 4 goals in 18 games. Bolivia's golden generation qualified again, with a game to spare. Back-to-back World Cup winners Argentina almost didn't make it and needed a win on the final day to qualify. Chile are in complete crisis. CONCACAF - CONMEBOL Playoff (aggregate) Anguilla 1 - 3 Peru AFC Round 2 Asian champions South Korea failed to even make the final group stage of qualifying, with Malaysia (who have failed at the Asian playoff stage two qualifying campaigns in a row) taking their place thanks to a superior head-to-head record. China looked set to be the next Asian superpower up until a few years ago, and they failed to make the final group stage for the second time in a row, finishing behind Jordan and Vietnam. A stoppage time goal stopped Indonesia making a shock appearance in the final group stage, and it's the ever impressive Macau who will hope to make it 2 World Cup appearances in a row. Round 3 Saudi Arabia produced a big performance to beat the already-qualified Australia in Adelaide to qualify themselves. Both groups saw winner-takes-all matches between 3rd and 4th for the playoff spots. Group A Saudi Arabia - 11 Australia - 10 -------------------------- Jordan - 9 -------------------------- Macau - 4 Group B Iran - 13* Japan - 13* ----------------- Kuwait - 6 ----------------- Malaysia - 3 *H2H: Iran 3 - 2 Japan AFC Playoff (aggregate) Jordan 4 - 3 Kuwait Jordan go on to face the winner of the OFC region. OFC Playoff (aggregate) New Zealand 4 - 0 Fiji AFC-OFC playoff (aggregate) Jordan 3 - 1 New Zealand The 2018 World Cup quarter-finalists qualify. Ghana 2022 Africa Cup of Nations Former international Neil Tovey led South Africa to their first trophy in 26 years. They beat the hosts 1-0 in the final after beating defending champions Egypt 3-0 in the semis after just half an hour, keeping a clean sheet in 5 of their 6 matches. A change in manager to former international Abubakari Yakubu after failing to qualify for the World Cup was the right choice, as Ghana reached their first final in 40 years. Nigeria sacked their manager, 50-cap Samson Siasia, before the World Cup despite an unbeaten campaign, after his team finished bottom of their AFCON group. Mozambique managed 2 impressive draws, against Gabon and hosts Ghana. 2022 OFC Nations Cup After a first leg that saw only 1 shot (and it wasn't even on target), New Zealand needed an 80th minute winner to stop Fiji becoming the first team other than Australia and NZ to win 2 Cups in a row.
  12. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Today's Crazily-Named Football Club Of The Day Or However Long Inbetween I Post These: King Faisal Babies / Babes King Faisal was king of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to his assassination in 1975. The team is from Ghana...
  13. The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    Today's Crazily-Named Football Club Of The Day Or However Long Inbetween I Post These: King Faisal Babies / Babes King Faisal was king of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to his assassination in 1975. The team is from Ghana...
  14. 2021/22 Recap - Club Football Biggest Transfers Pablo De la Pena (DC/DM/MC, Spanish, 23) - Bayern Munich to AC Milan - £38m Martin Stanner (AMR, Czech, 27) - Bayern Munich to Arsenal - £25.5m Cornel Ionescu (WB/M/AMR, Romanian, 25) - Arsenal to Inter Milan - £25m Christian Deville (AMC/ST, Luxembourger, 26) - Valencia to Arsenal - £24.5m Frank Beyer (MC, German, 24) - Real Betis to Bayern Munich - £23.5m Olexiy Zhuk (D/MRLC/DM, Ukrainian, 23) - Juventus to Bayern Munich - £23m Kevin Brown (M/AMR, Scottish, 27) - Arsenal to Lazio - £22m AC Milan become the first team other than Inter Milan to spend a **** load on one player since Zidane's record-breaking transfer. FIFA World Player of the Year Real Madrid's France striker Sekou Fofana won World Player of the Year. He had 20 goals and 9 assists in the 23 games so far in the season, average rating of 7.65. Newcastle United's England striker Andy Lawrence and Arsenal's German attacker Manfred Seitz came 2nd and 3rd. Between the 3 of them there are 57 goals and 42 assists in 83 club and international games in half a season. Champions League José Manuel de la Torre's AC Milan scraped back to the top after beating surprise finalists Abel Resino's Atlético Madrid 2-1 in a penalty shootout. It's their 3rd Champions League trophy in 6 years. In the semis, Atlético themselves beat surprise semi-finalists on penalties: Pep Guardiola's Real Betis. Newcastle United were denied two Champions Leagues in a row with a 1-0 aggregate loss to Milan. England Premier League We may be entering the Newcastle United era. With Arsenal faltering, and despite a resurgence from Man Utd, Sir Steve McClaren's Champions League winners successfully defended their title with a record-equalling 95 points, +60 goal difference, only 1 loss and 17 goals conceded, staying top for all but 2 games. After years of inconsistent glory under Roy Keane, Man Utd suddenly were challengers for the title under new manager Neil Banfield, with an almost equally mean finish of 19 goals conceded, +42 goal difference, and 3 losses, but still finishing 8 points behind the champions. Michael Laudrup's Arsenal theoretically bounced back after finishing a disastrous 4th last season by finishing 3rd this season, yet still a whopping 24 points behind Newcastle. Yo-yo club and newly promoted Leicester City finished 7th and in the Euro Vase under Tom Bramble. With manager Peter Beardsley leaving newly promoted Everton to manage Koln, Aston Villa youth coach John Terry entered management. But he was unable to stop them getting relegated straight back down in a tight relegation battle. F. A. Cup Newcastle United won the double by beating José Mourinho's Chelsea 3-1 after going behind. Chelsea needed penalties to beat Peter Carroll's Charlton Athletic in the semi-finals, a Championship side that were in League Two 4 years ago. Football League and Non-League Charlton Athletic finished 2nd to reach the Premier League after 15 years away, an experience that saw them go all the way down to League Two, before 3 promotions in 5 seasons, all under manager Peter Carroll, suddenly brought them back to the top tier. Carroll retires and is replaced with Dominic Kinnear in his first management job outside the MLS. Woking reached the Championship for the first time ever. Glenn Cockerill has been manager for 20 YEARS. In that time he's taking the club from bottom of the Conference to 2nd in League One. Meanwhile, Sunderland were comfortably relegated to League Two for the first time in their long history. Phil Neville's 7.5 years at Conference North side Northwich Victoria (6.5 as assistant manager, 1 as manager) ended with the sack with the team in the relegation zone. They eventually survived by 2 points. Newcastle United's Premier League-winning legend Steven Taylor entered management with AFC Wimbledon in the Conference South. Portugal The Primeira Liga has only been won 3 times by teams that weren't Porto, Benfica or Sporting (Belenenses in 1946, Boavista in 2001, Vitória de Guimaraes in 2020). That was set to change as Naval hosted Esporte Clube Vitória in a winner-takes-all match (Porto might've been in contention, but they lost anyway and finished 3rd). Naval won 2-1 to lift their first ever Primeira Liga title. Netherlands In a dramatic and historic season, 3 teams battled it out on the final day for the title, and none of them were PSV, Ajax or Feyenoord. It was guaranteed the league winner would be the first since 1981, and second since 1964, to break the Big 3 dominance of the title. 1st-placed Vitesse (managed by Petr Katchouro) hosted 3rd-placed NAC Breda (Moshe Sinay) with both sides needing to win, though Vitesse could draw if Heerenveen (Marco van Hoogdalem) didn't win their must-win game. Vitesse and Breda drew 0-0, while Heerenveen took a 2-0 lead within an hour. But Heerenveen threw it away, the match finishing 2-2, and Vitesse lifted their first ever Eredivisie title. Ajax finished way down in 12th, sacking manager Fred Rutten and replacing him with Paul Trollope. Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate takes charge at Feyenoord. Italy AC Milan and Inter Milan occupied the top 2 again, AC Milan winning their second title in a row and the city of Milan's 15th title in a row. Gianluigi Buffon left his role as youth coach at AC Milan to enter management with Serie B's Mantova in February, ironically starting a run of only 1 clean sheet in 14 matches. They finished in the playoff places and won promotion straight back to Serie A after going 4-1 down on aggregate in the final to draw 4-4. Spain Atlético Madrid won back-to-back league titles for the first time since 1951. Scotland It was a nostalgic season, reminding fans of how it used to be before Hearts and Dundee United came along. In Ivan Hasek's first full season in charge, Rangers comfortably won their first title in 14 years. Dan Petrescu turned Celtic around, finishing 2nd and winning the Scottish Cup (their first in 11 years). This is the first time Rangers and Celtic have finished in the top 2 in 13 years. France Possibly due to the recent match-fixing scandal removing corruption from the game, the season was completely topsy-turvy. Lens ultimately won their third title in 5 seasons after new manager Yvon Pouliquen came in February and the team hit a run of form that saw them reach and stay top. The newly promoted clubs impressed, being at the top end of the table for half a season before eventually finishing in the bottom half. Except Valenciennes who, after the scandal unfairly relegated them 2 seasons ago, and after decimating Ligue 2 to win promotion for this season, topped the table as they plowed through the league. While they also fell away in the second half of the season, it wasn't by as much, and they eventually finished 5th, qualifying for Europe for the first time ever. Elsewhere Nemanja Vidic left his assistant manager role at Russian second-tier side Spartak Nalchik to enter management with Northern Irish Premiership side Linfield. Former Brazil international and Real Madrid, Barcelona and Arsenal attacker Júlio Baptista began his management career with South Africa's Nathi Lions. German defender and Euro 2012 winner Roberth Huth entered management with Union Berlin in the German 3rd tier. Eduardo, who was my former coach at Young Boys, and got promoted by and then sacked by the club, starts again way down in the 3rd tier of German football with SV Eintracht Trier 05.
  15. 2021/22 Recap - Club Football Biggest Transfers Pablo De la Pena (DC/DM/MC, Spanish, 23) - Bayern Munich to AC Milan - £38m Martin Stanner (AMR, Czech, 27) - Bayern Munich to Arsenal - £25.5m Cornel Ionescu (WB/M/AMR, Romanian, 25) - Arsenal to Inter Milan - £25m Christian Deville (AMC/ST, Luxembourger, 26) - Valencia to Arsenal - £24.5m Frank Beyer (MC, German, 24) - Real Betis to Bayern Munich - £23.5m Olexiy Zhuk (D/MRLC/DM, Ukrainian, 23) - Juventus to Bayern Munich - £23m Kevin Brown (M/AMR, Scottish, 27) - Arsenal to Lazio - £22m AC Milan become the first team other than Inter Milan to spend a **** load on one player since Zidane's record-breaking transfer. FIFA World Player of the Year Real Madrid's France striker Sekou Fofana won World Player of the Year. He had 20 goals and 9 assists in the 23 games so far in the season, average rating of 7.65. Newcastle United's England striker Andy Lawrence and Arsenal's German attacker Manfred Seitz came 2nd and 3rd. Between the 3 of them there are 57 goals and 42 assists in 83 club and international games in half a season. Champions League José Manuel de la Torre's AC Milan scraped back to the top after beating surprise finalists Abel Resino's Atlético Madrid 2-1 in a penalty shootout. It's their 3rd Champions League trophy in 6 years. In the semis, Atlético themselves beat surprise semi-finalists on penalties: Pep Guardiola's Real Betis. Newcastle United were denied two Champions Leagues in a row with a 1-0 aggregate loss to Milan. England Premier League We may be entering the Newcastle United era. With Arsenal faltering, and despite a resurgence from Man Utd, Sir Steve McClaren's Champions League winners successfully defended their title with a record-equalling 95 points, +60 goal difference, only 1 loss and 17 goals conceded, staying top for all but 2 games. After years of inconsistent glory under Roy Keane, Man Utd suddenly were challengers for the title under new manager Neil Banfield, with an almost equally mean finish of 19 goals conceded, +42 goal difference, and 3 losses, but still finishing 8 points behind the champions. Michael Laudrup's Arsenal theoretically bounced back after finishing a disastrous 4th last season by finishing 3rd this season, yet still a whopping 24 points behind Newcastle. Yo-yo club and newly promoted Leicester City finished 7th and in the Euro Vase under Tom Bramble. With manager Peter Beardsley leaving newly promoted Everton to manage Koln, Aston Villa youth coach John Terry entered management. But he was unable to stop them getting relegated straight back down in a tight relegation battle. F. A. Cup Newcastle United won the double by beating José Mourinho's Chelsea 3-1 after going behind. Chelsea needed penalties to beat Peter Carroll's Charlton Athletic in the semi-finals, a Championship side that were in League Two 4 years ago. Football League and Non-League Charlton Athletic finished 2nd to reach the Premier League after 15 years away, an experience that saw them go all the way down to League Two, before 3 promotions in 5 seasons, all under manager Peter Carroll, suddenly brought them back to the top tier. Carroll retires and is replaced with Dominic Kinnear in his first management job outside the MLS. Woking reached the Championship for the first time ever. Glenn Cockerill has been manager for 20 YEARS. In that time he's taking the club from bottom of the Conference to 2nd in League One. Meanwhile, Sunderland were comfortably relegated to League Two for the first time in their long history. Phil Neville's 7.5 years at Conference North side Northwich Victoria (6.5 as assistant manager, 1 as manager) ended with the sack with the team in the relegation zone. They eventually survived by 2 points. Newcastle United's Premier League-winning legend Steven Taylor entered management with AFC Wimbledon in the Conference South. Portugal The Primeira Liga has only been won 3 times by teams that weren't Porto, Benfica or Sporting (Belenenses in 1946, Boavista in 2001, Vitória de Guimaraes in 2020). That was set to change as Naval hosted Esporte Clube Vitória in a winner-takes-all match (Porto might've been in contention, but they lost anyway and finished 3rd). Naval won 2-1 to lift their first ever Primeira Liga title. Netherlands In a dramatic and historic season, 3 teams battled it out on the final day for the title, and none of them were PSV, Ajax or Feyenoord. It was guaranteed the league winner would be the first since 1981, and second since 1964, to break the Big 3 dominance of the title. 1st-placed Vitesse (managed by Petr Katchouro) hosted 3rd-placed NAC Breda (Moshe Sinay) with both sides needing to win, though Vitesse could draw if Heerenveen (Marco van Hoogdalem) didn't win their must-win game. Vitesse and Breda drew 0-0, while Heerenveen took a 2-0 lead within an hour. But Heerenveen threw it away, the match finishing 2-2, and Vitesse lifted their first ever Eredivisie title. Ajax finished way down in 12th, sacking manager Fred Rutten and replacing him with Paul Trollope. Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate takes charge at Feyenoord. Italy AC Milan and Inter Milan occupied the top 2 again, AC Milan winning their second title in a row and the city of Milan's 15th title in a row. Gianluigi Buffon left his role as youth coach at AC Milan to enter management with Serie B's Mantova in February, ironically starting a run of only 1 clean sheet in 14 matches. They finished in the playoff places and won promotion straight back to Serie A after going 4-1 down on aggregate in the final to draw 4-4. Spain Atlético Madrid won back-to-back league titles for the first time since 1951. Scotland It was a nostalgic season, reminding fans of how it used to be before Hearts and Dundee United came along. In Ivan Hasek's first full season in charge, Rangers comfortably won their first title in 14 years. Dan Petrescu turned Celtic around, finishing 2nd and winning the Scottish Cup (their first in 11 years). This is the first time Rangers and Celtic have finished in the top 2 in 13 years. France Possibly due to the recent match-fixing scandal removing corruption from the game, the season was completely topsy-turvy. Lens ultimately won their third title in 5 seasons after new manager Yvon Pouliquen came in February and the team hit a run of form that saw them reach and stay top. The newly promoted clubs impressed, being at the top end of the table for half a season before eventually finishing in the bottom half. Except Valenciennes who, after the scandal unfairly relegated them 2 seasons ago, and after decimating Ligue 2 to win promotion for this season, topped the table as they plowed through the league. While they also fell away in the second half of the season, it wasn't by as much, and they eventually finished 5th, qualifying for Europe for the first time ever. Elsewhere Nemanja Vidic left his assistant manager role at Russian second-tier side Spartak Nalchik to enter management with Northern Irish Premiership side Linfield. Former Brazil international and Real Madrid, Barcelona and Arsenal attacker Júlio Baptista began his management career with South Africa's Nathi Lions. German defender and Euro 2012 winner Roberth Huth entered management with Union Berlin in the German 3rd tier. Eduardo, who was my former coach at Young Boys, and got promoted by and then sacked by the club, starts again way down in the 3rd tier of German football with SV Eintracht Trier 05.
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