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  1. I don't know if they do it nowadays but, if they don't, SI seriously need a manual (or official FAQ) that details what attributes and every other little thing does. No point having a feature if no one's sure what it does and take educated guesses.
  2. Presumably Pep wants two for every position. We've seen what happens with England goalkeeping positions when you only have 1 person for a position. If they care, maybe FIFA will step in like the Chinese did in their country. I don't think the highest transfer fee by 2017 in my FM 2007 game is even £40m. The most I ever spent on it was a £100m player, which was in a deal the equivalent of Real Madrid buying Neymar today.
  3. 2016/17 Review Part 1 - Club Football Selected Summer Transfers Denis Martínez (26, Nicaraguan, ST) - Feyenoord to Arsenal - £28.5m Kevin Bucic (25, Canadian, MC) - Gladbach to Chelsea £25.5m Leven Kaladze (27, Georgian, DR/WBR) - Lazio to Inter Milan - £22.5m Andrei Mihai (21, Romanian, MC) - Juventus to Werder Bremen - £19m Steve Abbott - Manchester City to Newcastle United - £18.75m Juan Alberto Gutiérrez (25, Peruvian, MC) - Ajax to Gladbach - £17.25m Selected Winter Transfers Nikos Kapetanos (23, Greek, ST) - Arsenal to Liverpool - £18.25m Kostas Sachinidis (21, Greek, DL/DC/DR) - Manchester City to Inter Milan - £17m Abdel Halim Ramadan (25, Egyptian, DL/ML/DC) - Portsmouth to Roma - £16m 2016 Awards Arsenal's great Dane, striker Nicklas Bendtner, won the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Last year's winner, Barcelona's French striker Mathieu Henry, came second. There was an interesting one at third place: a River Plate player and Argentina international called Walter Abdala. Legendary Newcastle United and Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins won his zillionth award, but his first Ballon d'Or European Footballer of the Year award at 32 years old. Fiorentina's young Mexican striker Alberto Campos and Barcelona's Bulgarian attacker Valeri Bojinov came 2nd and 3rd. European Cups It looks like we've left the Arsenal-Inter era, though the Gunners have recovered under Michael Laudrup and in his second season reached the final of the Champions League. But Arsenal were easily swept aside in Manchester 2-0 by AC Milan. They were undone by a dream double in the first 13 minutes from the young Serb called Jolovic, who has barely broken into the first team yet. After replacing Mallorca-bound Alan Curbishley as manager of Sporting CP near the start of the season, Sammy Lee lead them to the UEFA Cup after a 1-0 win over Lille. (Yeah, you read that all right.) England Premier League The Premier League staked a claim as the most exciting top league in the world. 1 point and 3 goals of goal difference separated reigning champions Newcastle United, former champions Manchester United and the former giants Arsenal on the final day. Man Utd and Newcastle won their games easily, but Arsenal went behind. Carlos Vela equalised a few minutes after half time, and in the 87th minute he scored the dramatic winner that earned Arsenal their first title in 4 years. Will it be the start of another 6 titles in a row? Let's pray not. Despite being a sensational hiring last season, Juande Ramos lasted only until October in his second season at the newly promoted Middlesbrough. They replaced him with title-winning Porto manager Carlos Bracamontes, and they moved up the table through the rest of the season. They won the League Cup, and thus a UEFA Cup place, but not before keeping Arsenal to 0-0 over two legs in the semis, then winning the penalty shootout after 12 rounds of penalties. Frank Lampard left his coaching job at Chelsea to step into management, taking charge of Preston North End. The relegation candidates stayed high up the table, though an end of season blip saw them finish in the lower half. Ashley Cole retired after his second season at Portsmouth and took the manager's job at Championship side Cardiff City for next season. F.A. Cup Manchester United beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1. Football League and Non-League After two seasons in the Championship, Sammy McIlroy's Swansea City returned to the top division after 34 years by coming 2nd. Sammy retired at the end of the season, and will be replaced by Llanelli Town manager Gary Speed. He only has 2 years' experience, with the Welsh Premier League side, where he won 2 titles to extend their title streak to 11 in a row. Sacked England manager Peter Beardsley joined Championship Wigan Athletic at the start of the season, but last year's Championship Playoff finalists missed out on the playoffs by 1 point this time. Nigel Adkins' time at Scunthorpe United came to an end halfway through the season, just days after his 10-year anniversary in charge. This despite taking them to the Championship and being a playoff final win away from the Premier League a couple of years ago. Aidy Boothroyd didn't improve them and they were relegated to League One. Charlton Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier for the first time ever. They were in the Premier League just 10 years ago, the Championship 3 years ago. Alexander Hleb took his first step into management, taking charge of... League Two Colchester United. Paul Merson was sacked as Rushden & Diamonds manager at the end of last season because he was unable to save them from relegation to the Conference in only 3 MONTHS. This season, the new manager lasted only 6 months. The club were not rewarded for their quick sackings. Scotland An incredible finish to the season saw Dundee United, Celtic and Hibernian battle it out for the title. Dundee United faced Rangers knowing a win would see them lift the title, while Celtic hosted Hibs with both teams knowing a win would crown them champions... if Dundee United dropped points. Dundee United did drop points with a 1-1 draw, but the other two contenders battled to the same scoreline, meaning Paul Sturrock's team smashed the Big 4, going from relegation from the SPL to top of the SPL in 3 years, and winning only their second ever title after 1983's success. Spain Real Madrid went top after 2 games and never left, winning their 5th title in a row, by 15 points. Rivals Atlético have now finished 2nd for the 4th time in those 5 years, 7th time in 10 years, with just one title to their name in that time. Barcelona suffered their lowest finish since 1942: 9th. Hristo Stoichkov has taken a 6-in-a-row title-winning club continuously down in his 7 years so far. It's incredible how Barcelona and Real have swapped around, from the title-streak with Rijkaard and disasterous Capello years to Marcelino's title streak with Real and the disasterous Stoichkov years. Just like Capello, there's no sign of Stoichkov getting sacked, and he's probably not retiring any time soon. A special mention to third-tier Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who beat Sevilla, Osasuna and Real Madrid all over two legs to reach the Copa del Rey semis. Italy After beating Inter Milan to win the Coppa Italia, the final day of Serie A saw Lazio try to win their first title in a decade, while Inter tried to regain their place at the top after their 7-title streak was broken two years ago. Inter won their final match easily enough, so a draw in Naples would see Lazio win the title on goals scored. In the 80th minute, Lazio equalised after going a goal behind, but Napoli scored the winner barely 2 minutes later to hand Inter Milan the title back. Portugal Luis Figo finally lost his first management job in football when Belenenses sacked him after nearly 8 years in charge. Masochistically, they hired Glenn Hoddle, the specialist at relegating teams halfway through the season. He was looking for relegation #4 (which could've happened with Genk, the team he left) but, miraculously, they survived by 1 point after their two rivals did just as bad or worse than them on the final day. There's always next season...
  4. 2016/17 Review Part 1 - Club Football Selected Summer Transfers Denis Martínez (26, Nicaraguan, ST) - Feyenoord to Arsenal - £28.5m Kevin Bucic (25, Canadian, MC) - Gladbach to Chelsea £25.5m Leven Kaladze (27, Georgian, DR/WBR) - Lazio to Inter Milan - £22.5m Andrei Mihai (21, Romanian, MC) - Juventus to Werder Bremen - £19m Steve Abbott - Manchester City to Newcastle United - £18.75m Juan Alberto Gutiérrez (25, Peruvian, MC) - Ajax to Gladbach - £17.25m Selected Winter Transfers Nikos Kapetanos (23, Greek, ST) - Arsenal to Liverpool - £18.25m Kostas Sachinidis (21, Greek, DL/DC/DR) - Manchester City to Inter Milan - £17m Abdel Halim Ramadan (25, Egyptian, DL/ML/DC) - Portsmouth to Roma - £16m 2016 Awards Arsenal's great Dane, striker Nicklas Bendtner, won the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Last year's winner, Barcelona's French striker Mathieu Henry, came second. There was an interesting one at third place: a River Plate player and Argentina international called Walter Abdala. Legendary Newcastle United and Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins won his zillionth award, but his first Ballon d'Or European Footballer of the Year award at 32 years old. Fiorentina's young Mexican striker Alberto Campos and Barcelona's Bulgarian attacker Valeri Bojinov came 2nd and 3rd. European Cups It looks like we've left the Arsenal-Inter era, though the Gunners have recovered under Michael Laudrup and in his second season reached the final of the Champions League. But Arsenal were easily swept aside in Manchester 2-0 by AC Milan. They were undone by a dream double in the first 13 minutes from the young Serb called Jolovic, who has barely broken into the first team yet. After replacing Mallorca-bound Alan Curbishley as manager of Sporting CP near the start of the season, Sammy Lee lead them to the UEFA Cup after a 1-0 win over Lille. (Yeah, you read that all right.) England Premier League The Premier League staked a claim as the most exciting top league in the world. 1 point and 3 goals of goal difference separated reigning champions Newcastle United, former champions Manchester United and the former giants Arsenal on the final day. Man Utd and Newcastle won their games easily, but Arsenal went behind. Carlos Vela equalised a few minutes after half time, and in the 87th minute he scored the dramatic winner that earned Arsenal their first title in 4 years. Will it be the start of another 6 titles in a row? Let's pray not. Despite being a sensational hiring last season, Juande Ramos lasted only until October in his second season at the newly promoted Middlesbrough. They replaced him with title-winning Porto manager Carlos Bracamontes, and they moved up the table through the rest of the season. They won the League Cup, and thus a UEFA Cup place, but not before keeping Arsenal to 0-0 over two legs in the semis, then winning the penalty shootout after 12 rounds of penalties. Frank Lampard left his coaching job at Chelsea to step into management, taking charge of Preston North End. The relegation candidates stayed high up the table, though an end of season blip saw them finish in the lower half. Ashley Cole retired after his second season at Portsmouth and took the manager's job at Championship side Cardiff City for next season. F.A. Cup Manchester United beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1. Football League and Non-League After two seasons in the Championship, Sammy McIlroy's Swansea City returned to the top division after 34 years by coming 2nd. Sammy retired at the end of the season, and will be replaced by Llanelli Town manager Gary Speed. He only has 2 years' experience, with the Welsh Premier League side, where he won 2 titles to extend their title streak to 11 in a row. Sacked England manager Peter Beardsley joined Championship Wigan Athletic at the start of the season, but last year's Championship Playoff finalists missed out on the playoffs by 1 point this time. Nigel Adkins' time at Scunthorpe United came to an end halfway through the season, just days after his 10-year anniversary in charge. This despite taking them to the Championship and being a playoff final win away from the Premier League a couple of years ago. Aidy Boothroyd didn't improve them and they were relegated to League One. Charlton Athletic were relegated to the fourth tier for the first time ever. They were in the Premier League just 10 years ago, the Championship 3 years ago. Alexander Hleb took his first step into management, taking charge of... League Two Colchester United. Paul Merson was sacked as Rushden & Diamonds manager at the end of last season because he was unable to save them from relegation to the Conference in only 3 MONTHS. This season, the new manager lasted only 6 months. The club were not rewarded for their quick sackings. Scotland An incredible finish to the season saw Dundee United, Celtic and Hibernian battle it out for the title. Dundee United faced Rangers knowing a win would see them lift the title, while Celtic hosted Hibs with both teams knowing a win would crown them champions... if Dundee United dropped points. Dundee United did drop points with a 1-1 draw, but the other two contenders battled to the same scoreline, meaning Paul Sturrock's team smashed the Big 4, going from relegation from the SPL to top of the SPL in 3 years, and winning only their second ever title after 1983's success. Spain Real Madrid went top after 2 games and never left, winning their 5th title in a row, by 15 points. Rivals Atlético have now finished 2nd for the 4th time in those 5 years, 7th time in 10 years, with just one title to their name in that time. Barcelona suffered their lowest finish since 1942: 9th. Hristo Stoichkov has taken a 6-in-a-row title-winning club continuously down in his 7 years so far. It's incredible how Barcelona and Real have swapped around, from the title-streak with Rijkaard and disasterous Capello years to Marcelino's title streak with Real and the disasterous Stoichkov years. Just like Capello, there's no sign of Stoichkov getting sacked, and he's probably not retiring any time soon. A special mention to third-tier Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who beat Sevilla, Osasuna and Real Madrid all over two legs to reach the Copa del Rey semis. Italy After beating Inter Milan to win the Coppa Italia, the final day of Serie A saw Lazio try to win their first title in a decade, while Inter tried to regain their place at the top after their 7-title streak was broken two years ago. Inter won their final match easily enough, so a draw in Naples would see Lazio win the title on goals scored. In the 80th minute, Lazio equalised after going a goal behind, but Napoli scored the winner barely 2 minutes later to hand Inter Milan the title back. Portugal Luis Figo finally lost his first management job in football when Belenenses sacked him after nearly 8 years in charge. Masochistically, they hired Glenn Hoddle, the specialist at relegating teams halfway through the season. He was looking for relegation #4 (which could've happened with Genk, the team he left) but, miraculously, they survived by 1 point after their two rivals did just as bad or worse than them on the final day. There's always next season...
  5. Chile - 2016/17 (2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Part 2) September 2016 We next face Paraguay away. They hosted last year's Copa América but only got 3 points in the group stage. But it will be close. (85th) Paraguay 2 - 2 Chile (33rd) Another not-bad-result-that-should've-been-better. 1-0 up at half time from a set-piece own goal, I told them not to be complacent. We then conceded from a set piece, scored from a set piece, then eccentric young keeper Puelle ran away from his goal to catch a long, long cross which allowed the Paraguayan to tap it into an open goal. October 2016 The tough fixtures keep coming, with a match in Ecuador followed by away to the best team in the world, Argentina, who are undefeated and only conceded 1 goal in 7 qualifiers. Any points will be good, though we need away wins. Chile haven't lost in Ecuador in 12 years. (72nd) Ecuador 1 - 0 Chile (35th) So of course they win. A dominant destruction by Ecuador. Argentina 5 - 1 Chile We took the lead in the first half, but they scored 4 by half-time, Messi completing a hat-trick before the hour. The young #1, Puelle, was substituted after that, and no more goals were let in. Despite what he has been earmarked as, he is surely not our #1 right now. November 2016 Friendly (57th) Morocco 2 - 0 Chile (35th) An experimental side keep up the losing habit without a real threat of scoring. Man Utd's Miranda, supposedly Chile's most valuable centre-back, gets dribbled past for the goal for the umpteenth match, so must be dropped to the bench (or worse) from now on. WCQ Next is a home game against Colombia. We were thrashed away last time. Miranda doesn't even make the squad. The captain Vidal is injured. Chile 0 - 0 Colombia Our attack is toothless. Colombia had the only chances until injury forced them to change formation and allowed us more of the game, but they were under no real threat. Only 2 key passes from Chile in the entire game. There are just no good attackers. There is a zillion names and a zillion positions they can play in, but their form is all so average. It doesn't matter what combination and what formation they're in and what tactics are used. They don't pass or shoot with any threat. I'm aware of the irony of me leaving Iran because a lack of strikers for a a team that, on current form, has even worse strikers. April 2017 We are away to overachieving second-placed Bolivia and at home to fierce rivals Peru. Every game in this region is a six-pointer, so a loss in either will put the odds against us. Our campaign opener was at home to Bolivia, a 3-1 win thanks to set pieces after going behind. Since then, Bolivia have won all their home games except against Brazil, who they then beat away anyway. They are obviously a real surprise package that have shot up 60 places in the FIFA rankings in under a year. Chile's last journey to Bolivia was also a 3-1 win for Bolivia. Zúniga, who is the only regular scorer in the European leagues this season, with 14 in 23 Ligue 1 games, is injured and unavailable. But finally I'm able to drop keeper Puelle for the in-form and out-of-injury Toselli. I'm making major changes and abandoning the idea of picking a balanced team built around the best few players. Now I'm picking the most in-form 11 and shoehorning them into some sort of formation. This is the result: ----ST----ST---- --AMC--AMC-- ---MC---MC--- -DC--DC--DC- -------SW------ -------GK------- GK: Toselli - I had wanted to drop the supposed new #1 Puelle, but Toselli has always been injured. He finally earns his second cap. SW: Escalona - Has established himself and seems to fit perfectly in the sweeper role. DC: P. Munoz - The Leverkusen centre-back is going to Barcelona in the summer, so is as dependable as you'd expect. DC: Vidal - The captain who can play anywhere in his own half. DC: Arce - Better than his name suggests. MC: Jiménez - Can play anywhere in midfield or attack really. MC: P. Varas - Impressive in just 4 appearances. AMC: Viveros - The young left winger is getting more goals than assists in the Netherlands. AMC: González - The other left winger who still has the quality at 32. ST: Carrasco - Earned his first 2 caps last year due to domestic form. Did nothing in those games, but has scored 10 goals in 9 in the Chilean league. ST: Vidangossy - His attributes are poor, but he's scored 7 in 15(5) in Portugal. Can also play in midfield. Bolivia 3 - 1 Chile We took the lead through Viveros in 4 minutes, but that wasn't likely to last against the brilliant Bolivians. We were 2-1 down at half time. I made 3 changes on the hour, then one sub instantly got injured, leaving us with 10 men. It was 3-1 after that. Ultimately, only 1 shot on target, a total 5 shots to their 14. Now we are at home to rivals Peru, who thrashed us in the first match. A loss will mean qualification is very unlikely. But they've conceded 8 goals and got 0 points in their last 3 away games. A couple of changes are made, removing the poorer performers. Chile 2 - 0 Peru A first win in 7 matches, though it wasn't going that way. It was 0-0 and as pointless as ever at half time. A couple of subs came on in the hour, including the giant Canales (20s in strength, jumping, balance and heading) as a target man. A curler from Carrasco was followed by a penalty. The keeper Toselli was also man of the match. We are 3 points behind the 3 teams above us, only 1 can fill the playoff spot, and 2 teams have a game in hand. June 2017 The next match is away to Brazil. Their 1-0 loss to Bolivia was the first time they conceded at home. Brazil 1 - 0 Chile We equalised through Carrasco, but what would've been his second in two games was incorrectly ruled offside. It was a decent performance, with much help from the goalkeeper, but 0 points. Not only do we get 0 points due to that decision, but Brazil move further ahead and into the playoff spot. What should be a 3-point gap to the final qualification spot is now 6 points. The results a few days later from the other teams were favourable, but are likely delaying the inevitable. We can feasibly win every game (2 home games and away to Venezuela), and the other teams not getting enough points is possible, if not likely. So I'm not fired yet. A lack of a goalscorer has made the difference. The incorrect offside decision also, as Brazil now need only win at home to Venezuela to knock us out of contention, rather than needing 4 points against Argentina and in Paraguay on top of that had we drawn 1-1. September 2017 Chile 1 - 0 Ecuador Despite an injury to our Brock Lesnar of a target man, and then an injury to his substitute, we dominated. Though our goal, of course, only came from a deflection. Brazil beat Venezuela, so qualification is impossible. Current CONMEBOL Standings (2 games left to play) Argentina - 30 Colombia - 25 Bolivia - 24* --------------------- Brazil - 23 --------------------- Peru - 18 Ecuador - 18* Chile - 16 Paraguay - 14 Venezuela - 7 *1 game left to play My departure is amicable. I resign. Failure to qualify was always a possibility, as it's an out-of-form and ageing squad that stumbled through previous tournaments (and of course got out of the World Cup groups by a drawing of lots). Had I been a top manager who could pick where to manage next, I would've turned it down. We were unbeaten at home, but only picked up 1 point out of 21 away. In the final two games under a new manager, they snatched a win at home to Paraguay with a last minute penalty, and laboured to a 1-0 win in Venezuela At least I got money. Bank Balance: £2.5m Chile Competitive Record: P14 W4 D4 L6 F13 A20
  6. Chile - 2016/17 (2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Part 2) September 2016 We next face Paraguay away. They hosted last year's Copa América but only got 3 points in the group stage. But it will be close. (85th) Paraguay 2 - 2 Chile (33rd) Another not-bad-result-that-should've-been-better. 1-0 up at half time from a set-piece own goal, I told them not to be complacent. We then conceded from a set piece, scored from a set piece, then eccentric young keeper Puelle ran away from his goal to catch a long, long cross which allowed the Paraguayan to tap it into an open goal. October 2016 The tough fixtures keep coming, with a match in Ecuador followed by away to the best team in the world, Argentina, who are undefeated and only conceded 1 goal in 7 qualifiers. Any points will be good, though we need away wins. Chile haven't lost in Ecuador in 12 years. (72nd) Ecuador 1 - 0 Chile (35th) So of course they win. A dominant destruction by Ecuador. Argentina 5 - 1 Chile We took the lead in the first half, but they scored 4 by half-time, Messi completing a hat-trick before the hour. The young #1, Puelle, was substituted after that, and no more goals were let in. Despite what he has been earmarked as, he is surely not our #1 right now. November 2016 Friendly (57th) Morocco 2 - 0 Chile (35th) An experimental side keep up the losing habit without a real threat of scoring. Man Utd's Miranda, supposedly Chile's most valuable centre-back, gets dribbled past for the goal for the umpteenth match, so must be dropped to the bench (or worse) from now on. WCQ Next is a home game against Colombia. We were thrashed away last time. Miranda doesn't even make the squad. The captain Vidal is injured. Chile 0 - 0 Colombia Our attack is toothless. Colombia had the only chances until injury forced them to change formation and allowed us more of the game, but they were under no real threat. Only 2 key passes from Chile in the entire game. There are just no good attackers. There is a zillion names and a zillion positions they can play in, but their form is all so average. It doesn't matter what combination and what formation they're in and what tactics are used. They don't pass or shoot with any threat. I'm aware of the irony of me leaving Iran because a lack of strikers for a a team that, on current form, has even worse strikers. April 2017 We are away to overachieving second-placed Bolivia and at home to fierce rivals Peru. Every game in this region is a six-pointer, so a loss in either will put the odds against us. Our campaign opener was at home to Bolivia, a 3-1 win thanks to set pieces after going behind. Since then, Bolivia have won all their home games except against Brazil, who they then beat away anyway. They are obviously a real surprise package that have shot up 60 places in the FIFA rankings in under a year. Chile's last journey to Bolivia was also a 3-1 win for Bolivia. Zúniga, who is the only regular scorer in the European leagues this season, with 14 in 23 Ligue 1 games, is injured and unavailable. But finally I'm able to drop keeper Puelle for the in-form and out-of-injury Toselli. I'm making major changes and abandoning the idea of picking a balanced team built around the best few players. Now I'm picking the most in-form 11 and shoehorning them into some sort of formation. This is the result: ----ST----ST---- --AMC--AMC-- ---MC---MC--- -DC--DC--DC- -------SW------ -------GK------- GK: Toselli - I had wanted to drop the supposed new #1 Puelle, but Toselli has always been injured. He finally earns his second cap. SW: Escalona - Has established himself and seems to fit perfectly in the sweeper role. DC: P. Munoz - The Leverkusen centre-back is going to Barcelona in the summer, so is as dependable as you'd expect. DC: Vidal - The captain who can play anywhere in his own half. DC: Arce - Better than his name suggests. MC: Jiménez - Can play anywhere in midfield or attack really. MC: P. Varas - Impressive in just 4 appearances. AMC: Viveros - The young left winger is getting more goals than assists in the Netherlands. AMC: González - The other left winger who still has the quality at 32. ST: Carrasco - Earned his first 2 caps last year due to domestic form. Did nothing in those games, but has scored 10 goals in 9 in the Chilean league. ST: Vidangossy - His attributes are poor, but he's scored 7 in 15(5) in Portugal. Can also play in midfield. Bolivia 3 - 1 Chile We took the lead through Viveros in 4 minutes, but that wasn't likely to last against the brilliant Bolivians. We were 2-1 down at half time. I made 3 changes on the hour, then one sub instantly got injured, leaving us with 10 men. It was 3-1 after that. Ultimately, only 1 shot on target, a total 5 shots to their 14. Now we are at home to rivals Peru, who thrashed us in the first match. A loss will mean qualification is very unlikely. But they've conceded 8 goals and got 0 points in their last 3 away games. A couple of changes are made, removing the poorer performers. Chile 2 - 0 Peru A first win in 7 matches, though it wasn't going that way. It was 0-0 and as pointless as ever at half time. A couple of subs came on in the hour, including the giant Canales (20s in strength, jumping, balance and heading) as a target man. A curler from Carrasco was followed by a penalty. The keeper Toselli was also man of the match. We are 3 points behind the 3 teams above us, only 1 can fill the playoff spot, and 2 teams have a game in hand. June 2017 The next match is away to Brazil. Their 1-0 loss to Bolivia was the first time they conceded at home. Brazil 1 - 0 Chile We equalised through Carrasco, but what would've been his second in two games was incorrectly ruled offside. It was a decent performance, with much help from the goalkeeper, but 0 points. Not only do we get 0 points due to that decision, but Brazil move further ahead and into the playoff spot. What should be a 3-point gap to the final qualification spot is now 6 points. The results a few days later from the other teams were favourable, but are likely delaying the inevitable. We can feasibly win every game (2 home games and away to Venezuela), and the other teams not getting enough points is possible, if not likely. So I'm not fired yet. A lack of a goalscorer has made the difference. The incorrect offside decision also, as Brazil now need only win at home to Venezuela to knock us out of contention, rather than needing 4 points against Argentina and in Paraguay on top of that had we drawn 1-1. September 2017 Chile 1 - 0 Ecuador Despite an injury to our Brock Lesnar of a target man, and then an injury to his substitute, we dominated. Though our goal, of course, only came from a deflection. Brazil beat Venezuela, so qualification is impossible. Current CONMEBOL Standings (2 games left to play) Argentina - 30 Colombia - 25 Bolivia - 24* --------------------- Brazil - 23 --------------------- Peru - 18 Ecuador - 18* Chile - 16 Paraguay - 14 Venezuela - 7 *1 game left to play My departure is amicable. I resign. Failure to qualify was always a possibility, as it's an out-of-form and ageing squad that stumbled through previous tournaments (and of course got out of the World Cup groups by a drawing of lots). Had I been a top manager who could pick where to manage next, I would've turned it down. We were unbeaten at home, but only picked up 1 point out of 21 away. In the final two games under a new manager, they snatched a win at home to Paraguay with a last minute penalty, and laboured to a 1-0 win in Venezuela At least I got money. Bank Balance: £2.5m Chile Competitive Record: P14 W4 D4 L6 F13 A20
  7. With their eyes.
  8. 5-Year Recap: 2011-2016 See 2006-2011 5-year recap here: Link - My Career - The Bucket List - Club Football - International Football - Notable Players - Notable Managers - Incredible Events You May Have Missed My Career Iran After reaching the Asian Cup final for the first time since the golden era of the 1970s (in just my first year), the milestones kept coming with Iran: I managed the Under-23s to the London 2012 Olympics, again for the first time since the 70s. Then, after a routine World Cup qualification campaign, I led Iran to their best ever points haul, goals scored and goals conceded record at a World Cup, with 4 points, 3 scored and 3 conceded thanks to a draw with France and a 3-1 win over Scotland. My reign ended with Australia getting revenge in the 2015 Asian Cup and knocking us out at the quarter-finals with their own 2-0 win. Overall, life-changing experiences for me, which resulted in many happy memories and many happy Iranians. Chile After allowing my contract to expire (because Iran would likely have no decent strikers for the next World Cup), I planned on returning to the daily action of club football. However, Chile approached me, a team that had last year finished 3rd at the World Cup. Despite the incredibly tough qualifying campaign ahead and having to follow on from an overachievement, I couldn't reject the huge step up in quality. So far, a couple of bad away losses have coupled with good home results and performances, so qualification could go either way. The Bucket list Win something - Won Serie C2/A title with Varese in 2008. Manage a club in one of the major nations - Achieved with Varese in Italy. Manage in a large stadium - Achieved with Tunisia in my first match, a deciding World Cup qualifer. The 100,000-capacity Azadi in Tehran probably won't be beaten. Manage Iran (my second nationality) - Arrived as a promising manager, left a bit of a legend. Manage one of the Home Nations - I'm English, but being stalked and abused by the press isn't everyone's idea of a fun time. I'm 1/8th Irish (like the rest of the world), so I'm including Republic of Ireland. Manage Manchester United - My club. Manage Brighton & Hove Albion - My hometown club. Manage Worthing - My actual hometown club that I don't support because they're so low down that it's impossible to, and they may never be at a level where I could consider managing them. Manage Barcelona or Real Madrid - Like the England job, but the press are comedically nutty rather than sadistic, and the players are incredible. Manage an Old Firm club - I prefer Celtic, because green is my favourite colour. Also: 1/8th Irish. Manage in the MLS - A lower quality of football, thanks partly to David Beckham's L.A. Galaxy deal falling through, but there are worse things than to get paid to do football and live in New York or L.A. Manage a host nation Manage Japan - I like Japan. Manage in South Korea - There's this new Japanese immigration law that says only the international manager can be foreign. Yeah, that's it. So for club football, South Korea would be close enough! Manage A Big Sexy International Team - Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, maybe France, Spain or Netherlands. Manage a stinking rich club Get sacked - Everyone has to get sacked. I got in early, losing my first job at Salyut-Energia Belgorod in just over 3 months after failing to steer them away from relegation. Experience an international tournament - Achieved with Iran at the 2011 Asian Cup in Australia. Experience a World Cup - Achieved with Iran at Spain 2014. Experience an Olympics - Achieved with Iran U23s at London 2012. Win every continent's international competition Gain a famous friend - Met Frank Rijkaard after his Barcelona team asked to play a friendly at Varese Become a millionaire - I have over a million now already, and if Chile qualify for the World Cup I'll have plenty more by the end of the contract. Club Football After the dominance of one club (or an elite few) in all the major leagues, the previous few years have seen the power shifting away in many countries. Arsenal have dropped since Wenger left, allowing Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United to be crowned Premier League champions. Meanwhile, AC Milan have stopped Inter's run with 2 titles in a row now, PSV haven't won in a few years, Real Madrid have become Spain's new dominant force and, while Celtic continue to dominate the SPL, the Big 2 in Scotland has turned into a Big 4 including Hearts and Hibernian. After Arsenal won arguably the greatest Champions League final in history to take their throne as the undisputed best over Inter Milan, the two clubs won all 5 of the trophies from 2011 to 2015. Wenger retiring in 2013 had seemingly left the way open for Inter to dominate the world, and they became the first team to successfully defend a Champions League, with the 2 biggest transfers in the following 2015/16 season involving Arsenal stars going to Inter. But AC Milan breaking their domestic streak and Bayern Munich winning the latest Champions League suggests it may not be that easy. England's presence has waned a little, but they've still had at least one team in every semi-final in 4 of the past 5 years. Champions League Winners 2012: Inter Milan 2013: Arsenal 2014: Inter Milan 2015: Inter Milan 2016: Bayern Munich International Football The quality of teams continued to even out,. Following from Norway's giant-toppling run to the 2010 World Cup final (and all the other upsets that year), Ukraine made an appearance in the Euro 2012 final and Republic of Ireland in the 2014 World Cup final. However the big teams still win the major trophies, with Germany and Netherlands winning Euro 2012 and 2016 respectively, and Argentina winning the 2014 World Cup (as predicted all those years ago by their youth success across the board and attacking quality and depth). Notable Players Italo Bini - After being bought by AC Milan in 2010, he eventually burst on the scene in 2012/13 scoring 8 goals in 4+(1) Champions League matches, and 15 in 19 Serie A games. Chelsea got him on a free at the end of that season, and 2014 was a peak year as he scored 31 in 38 Premier League games after helping Argentina to the World Cup with a Golden Boot. He's still only 24. Andrea Barzagli - In 9 years at AC Milan, it can be said he's only had one season that wasn't very good, and that was only his second season, and he only played half the games. Won the Golden Ball in the 2014 World Cup, at 33 years old. Carlos Vela - The Mexican heir to Thierry Henry's throne, the Arsenal star had a goal record better than 1 in 1 internationally and nearly 1 in 1 in Europe, as well as banging them in domestically... until Wenger left. He's since been moved into midfield but, while his goal rate is down, his performances continue to be some of the best in the world. Gonzalo Higuaín - Though yet to repeat the 1-in-1 record of 37 in 38 La Liga games of 2011, he continues to provide and score goals at a 1-in-1 rate for Real Madrid and Argentina. Fernando Torres and Sergio Aguero - Atlético Madrid's Spaniard and Argentine enjoy strong goal and assist rates for club and country, so it's a shame Atlético Madrid's one-club man Torres only has one league title to show for it (in the season he scored 36 in 38 La Liga games and 10 in 7 Spain internationals). Aguero has a World Cup, Copa América and Olympic gold medal though. Obafemi Martins - The regular African Player of the Year winner, and former World Player of the Year, has scored at least 20 league goals in all but one of the last 4 seasons, and has an incredible strike and assist rate in European and international football as well. 22 goals and 11 assists saw him finally lift the Premier League trophy for Newcastle United. Claudio Gamboa - Inter Milan's striker has 31 goals in 29 internationals, and scored the winning goals for both Inter and Mexico in 2015's Champions League and CONCACAF Gold Cup finals. Last season, he scored 13 in 10 Champions League games. Dave Hone - Consistently sensational performances for Coventry in the Premier League, and Republic of Ireland on the way to the World Cup final, make him one of the best defenders in the world. Yet he's only valued at £3.8m for a 25-year-old. If I was managing a big club, I'd be excited to sign such a bargain. Milan Stepanov - Euro 2016's Player of the Tournament, Real Madrid's Serbian defender has improved even further in the last two years despite being 33. Michael Mancienne - The English-born Seychelles international has consistently been the best player wherever he's gone, dominating in England's Championship (7.46 average rating), Ligue 1 (7.38), Eredivisie (7.41, 7.55) and Serie A (7.64 debut season, three 7.3 seasons). Dirk Kuyt - Despite very unspectacular goal and assist returns for Liverpool, an average of better than 1 goal every 2 games for Netherlands hints at his notable knack to always score when the big games come around. When it's tournament time, he loves to score in as many games as possible, and has long earned his reputation of being a giant pain in the butt (though he didn't appear at Euro 2016). Nicklas Bendtner - After leaving Arsenal for rivals Inter, he returned in 2012, scoring a healthy amount for club and country while reminding everyone he's played for both Inter and Arsenal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - The Inter Milan legend broke records, whether for goals or assists, and won trophies for fun. He once even played in goal for Sweden. There was nothing Zlatan couldn't do. Notable Managers Arsene Wenger - Retired an Arsenal legend after 9 Premier Leagues (6 in a row until his retirement) and 2 Champions Leagues. Roberto Mancini - Arsene's Italian counterpart, Inter Milan's manager has won 8 Serie A titles (7 in a row) and 3 Champions Leagues (2 in a row) in 12 years. So far. Steve McClaren - After taking England to the Euro 2008 final, he left in 2010 to join Newcastle United. They immediately went up to 3rd, and gradually made their way up until they won their first Premier League in 2016. He's also taken them to two Champions League semi-finals. Universally adored, especially by geordies. Jurgen Klopp - In 9 years he took Mainz from near relegation to the third tier to 6th in the Bundesliga and Europe, before being audaciously sacked. After a year at Wolfsburg bringing them back to the top tier, he took over Germany, who had failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and only won one match at the 2010 World Cup. He immediately won Euro 2012 and nearly again in 2016, losing out in the final, close to becoming the only ever team to successfully defend a European Championship. John Kila - He rose to prominence first in charge of the Netherlands Under-19s and taking them to a Euro U19 semi-final. He was promoted to head coach of the full team in 2012 and took Netherlands to the World Cup semi-final and won Euro 2016. Ulrich Stielike - Although failed to qualify for a World Cup yet, his 10 years as Ivory Coast coach has seen them win 4 of the 5 African Cup of Nations campaigns he has overseen so far. José Manuel de la Torre - After a couple of leagues with Ajax, he joined AC Milan in 2014. In his first season, he broke rivals Inter Milan's 7-title winning streak, then retained the title the next year. David Moyes - After his spell with Everton and taking Preston North End to the Premier League, he spent two seasons at Celtic winning both SPL titles and reaching the Champions League final. He then moved to Bayern Munich, again winning the title in every season so far (3) and most impressively, in 2016, ending Inter Milan's dominance of Europe by beating them in the quarters and winning the Champions League. Marcelino García Toral - Took over at Real Madrid after the disaster of Capello's run saw them no longer a top 2 side. All but one of his 6 seasons so far has seen Real win the title. Mark Hughes - 10 years at Blackburn Rovers saw them climb up from 15th to 4th, as well as a UEFA Cup trophy and then a Champions League semi-final in their debut season. Diego Simeone - Since joining Racing Club in 2008, in over 6 years, he won 4 league titles, a few other trophies, and most impressively two Copa Libertadores in a row, which was nearly 3 but for a lost final the next year. His ultimate reward for all this was the sack a few months later. Glenn Hoddle - Not notable for success, but absolute disaster. Mr Relegation has relegated 3 of his last 4 clubs in his first half-seasons. His one near-miss came with Monaco, who had already been relegated last season, and he was 2 points from double-relegating them. Incredible Events You May Have Missed - The top 3 in Belgium finished on equal points, TWO SEASONS IN A ROW. The big guns Anderlecht overcame the two newly promoted surprise challengers on 'games won' first time, but failed to do it twice and FC Brussels won the league a year late on 'games won' and broke the Big 2 dominance. - At the 2014 World Cup, England and Chile played each other in the final round of group games in a winner-takes-all match. But they drew. Level on points, goal difference and goals scored, lots had to be drawn to decide who reached the knockouts. Of course, England were eliminated as Chile's name was drawn. - There was that time I made a Match of the Day intro for the Spain 2014 World Cup, did I mention that before?
  9. 5-Year Recap: 2011-2016 See 2006-2011 5-year recap here: Link - My Career - The Bucket List - Club Football - International Football - Notable Players - Notable Managers - Incredible Events You May Have Missed My Career After reaching the Asian Cup final for the first time since the golden era of the 1970s (in just my first year), the milestones kept coming with Iran: I managed the Under-23s to the London 2012 Olympics, again for the first time since the 70s. Then, after a routine World Cup qualification campaign, I led Iran to their best ever points haul, goals scored and goals conceded record at a World Cup, with 4 points, 3 scored and 3 conceded thanks to a draw with France and a 3-1 win over Scotland. My reign ended with Australia getting revenge in the 2015 Asian Cup and knocking us out at the quarter-finals with their own 2-0 win. Overall, life-changing experiences for me, which resulted in many happy memories and many happy Iranians. After allowing my contract to expire (because Iran would likely have no decent strikers for the next World Cup), I planned on returning to the daily action of club football. However, Chile approached me, a team that had last year finished 3rd at the World Cup. Despite the incredibly tough qualifying campaign ahead and having to follow on from an overachievement, I couldn't reject the huge step up in quality. So far, a couple of bad away losses have coupled with good home results and performances, so qualification could go either way. The Bucket list Win something - Won Serie C2/A title with Varese in 2008. Manage a club in one of the major nations - Achieved with Varese in Italy. Manage in a large stadium - Achieved with Tunisia in my first match, a deciding World Cup qualifer. The 100,000-capacity Azadi in Tehran probably won't be beaten. Manage Iran (my second nationality) - Arrived as a promising manager, left a bit of a legend. Manage one of the Home Nations - I'm English, but being stalked and abused by the press isn't everyone's idea of a fun time. I'm 1/8th Irish (like the rest of the world), so I'm including Republic of Ireland. Manage Manchester United - My club. Manage Brighton & Hove Albion - My hometown club. Manage Worthing - My actual hometown club that I don't support because they're so low down that it's impossible to, and they may never be at a level where I could consider managing them. Manage Barcelona or Real Madrid - Like the England job, but the press are comedically nutty rather than sadistic, and the players are incredible. Manage an Old Firm club - I prefer Celtic, because green is my favourite colour. Also: 1/8th Irish. Manage in the MLS - A lower quality of football, thanks partly to David Beckham's L.A. Galaxy deal falling through, but there are worse things than to get paid to do football and live in New York or L.A. Manage a host nation Manage Japan - I like Japan. Manage in South Korea - There's this new Japanese immigration law that says only the international manager can be foreign. Yeah, that's it. So for club football, South Korea would be close enough! Manage A Big Sexy International Team - Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, maybe France, Spain or Netherlands. Manage a stinking rich club Get sacked - Everyone has to get sacked. I got in early, losing my first job at Salyut-Energia Belgorod in just over 3 months after failing to steer them away from relegation. Experience an international tournament - Achieved with Iran at the 2011 Asian Cup in Australia. Experience a World Cup - Achieved with Iran at Spain 2014. Experience an Olympics - Achieved with Iran U23s at London 2012. Win every continent's international competition Gain a famous friend - Met Frank Rijkaard after his Barcelona team asked to play a friendly at Varese Become a millionaire - I have over a million now already, and if Chile qualify for the World Cup I'll have plenty more by the end of the contract. Club Football After the dominance of one club (or an elite few) in all the major leagues, the previous few years have seen the power shifting away in many countries. Arsenal have dropped since Wenger left, allowing Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United to be crowned Premier League champions. Meanwhile, AC Milan have stopped Inter's run with 2 titles in a row now, PSV haven't won in a few years, Real Madrid have become Spain's new dominant force and, while Celtic continue to dominate the SPL, the Big 2 in Scotland has turned into a Big 4 including Hearts and Hibernian. After Arsenal won arguably the greatest Champions League final in history to take their throne as the undisputed best over Inter Milan, the two clubs won all 5 of the trophies from 2011 to 2015. Wenger retiring in 2013 had seemingly left the way open for Inter to dominate the world, and they became the first team to successfully defend a Champions League, with the 2 biggest transfers in the following 2015/16 season involving Arsenal stars going to Inter. But AC Milan breaking their domestic streak and Bayern Munich winning the latest Champions League suggests it may not be that easy. England's presence has waned a little, but they've still had at least one team in every semi-final in 4 of the past 5 years. Champions League Winners 2012: Inter Milan 2013: Arsenal 2014: Inter Milan 2015: Inter Milan 2016: Bayern Munich International Football The quality of teams continued to even out,. Following from Norway's giant-toppling run to the 2010 World Cup final (and all the other upsets that year), Ukraine made an appearance in the Euro 2012 final and Republic of Ireland in the 2014 World Cup final. However the big teams still win the major trophies, with Germany and Netherlands winning Euro 2012 and 2016 respectively, and Argentina winning the 2014 World Cup (as predicted all those years ago by their youth success across the board and attacking quality and depth). Notable Players Italo Bini - After being bought by AC Milan in 2010, he eventually burst on the scene in 2012/13 scoring 8 goals in 4+(1) Champions League matches, and 15 in 19 Serie A games. Chelsea got him on a free at the end of that season, and 2014 was a peak year as he scored 31 in 38 Premier League games after helping Argentina to the World Cup with a Golden Boot. He's still only 24. Andrea Barzagli - In 9 years at AC Milan, it can be said he's only had one season that wasn't very good, and that was only his second season, and he only played half the games. Won the Golden Ball in the 2014 World Cup, at 33 years old. Carlos Vela - The Mexican heir to Thierry Henry's throne, the Arsenal star had a goal record better than 1 in 1 internationally and nearly 1 in 1 in Europe, as well as banging them in domestically... until Wenger left. He's since been moved into midfield but, while his goal rate is down, his performances continue to be some of the best in the world. Gonzalo Higuaín - Though yet to repeat the 1-in-1 record of 37 in 38 La Liga games of 2011, he continues to provide and score goals at a 1-in-1 rate for Real Madrid and Argentina. Fernando Torres and Sergio Aguero - Atlético Madrid's Spaniard and Argentine enjoy strong goal and assist rates for club and country, so it's a shame Atlético Madrid's one-club man Torres only has one league title to show for it (in the season he scored 36 in 38 La Liga games and 10 in 7 Spain internationals). Aguero has a World Cup, Copa América and Olympic gold medal though. Obafemi Martins - The regular African Player of the Year winner, and former World Player of the Year, has scored at least 20 league goals in all but one of the last 4 seasons, and has an incredible strike and assist rate in European and international football as well. 22 goals and 11 assists saw him finally lift the Premier League trophy for Newcastle United. Claudio Gamboa - Inter Milan's striker has 31 goals in 29 internationals, and scored the winning goals for both Inter and Mexico in 2015's Champions League and CONCACAF Gold Cup finals. Last season, he scored 13 in 10 Champions League games. Dave Hone - Consistently sensational performances for Coventry in the Premier League, and Republic of Ireland on the way to the World Cup final, make him one of the best defenders in the world. Yet he's only valued at £3.8m for a 25-year-old. If I was managing a big club, I'd be excited to sign such a bargain. Milan Stepanov - Euro 2016's Player of the Tournament, Real Madrid's Serbian defender has improved even further in the last two years despite being 33. Michael Mancienne - The English-born Seychelles international has consistently been the best player wherever he's gone, dominating in England's Championship (7.46 average rating), Ligue 1 (7.38), Eredivisie (7.41, 7.55) and Serie A (7.64 debut season, three 7.3 seasons). Dirk Kuyt - Despite very unspectacular goal and assist returns for Liverpool, an average of better than 1 goal every 2 games for Netherlands hints at his notable knack to always score when the big games come around. When it's tournament time, he loves to score in as many games as possible, and has long earned his reputation of being a giant pain in the butt (though he didn't appear at Euro 2016). Nicklas Bendtner - After leaving Arsenal for rivals Inter, he returned in 2012, scoring a healthy amount for club and country while reminding everyone he's played for both Inter and Arsenal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - The Inter Milan legend broke records, whether for goals or assists, and won trophies for fun. He once even played in goal for Sweden. There was nothing Zlatan couldn't do. Notable Managers Arsene Wenger - Retired an Arsenal legend after 9 Premier Leagues (6 in a row until his retirement) and 2 Champions Leagues. Roberto Mancini - Arsene's Italian counterpart, Inter Milan's manager has won 8 Serie A titles (7 in a row) and 3 Champions Leagues (2 in a row) in 12 years. So far. Steve McClaren - After taking England to the Euro 2008 final, he left in 2010 to join Newcastle United. They immediately went up to 3rd, and gradually made their way up until they won their first Premier League in 2016. He's also taken them to two Champions League semi-finals. Universally adored, especially by geordies. Jurgen Klopp - In 9 years he took Mainz from near relegation to the third tier to 6th in the Bundesliga and Europe, before being audaciously sacked. After a year at Wolfsburg bringing them back to the top tier, he took over Germany, who had failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and only won one match at the 2010 World Cup. He immediately won Euro 2012 and nearly again in 2016, losing out in the final, close to becoming the only ever team to successfully defend a European Championship. John Kila - He rose to prominence first in charge of the Netherlands Under-19s and taking them to a Euro U19 semi-final. He was promoted to head coach of the full team in 2012 and took Netherlands to the World Cup semi-final and won Euro 2016. Ulrich Stielike - Although failed to qualify for a World Cup yet, his 10 years as Ivory Coast coach has seen them win 4 of the 5 African Cup of Nations campaigns he has overseen so far. José Manuel de la Torre - After a couple of leagues with Ajax, he joined AC Milan in 2014. In his first season, he broke rivals Inter Milan's 7-title winning streak, then retained the title the next year. David Moyes - After his spell with Everton and taking Preston North End to the Premier League, he spent two seasons at Celtic winning both SPL titles and reaching the Champions League final. He then moved to Bayern Munich, again winning the title in every season so far (3) and most impressively, in 2016, ending Inter Milan's dominance of Europe by beating them in the quarters and winning the Champions League. Marcelino García Toral - Took over at Real Madrid after the disaster of Capello's run saw them no longer a top 2 side. All but one of his 6 seasons so far has seen Real win the title. Mark Hughes - 10 years at Blackburn Rovers saw them climb up from 15th to 4th, as well as a UEFA Cup trophy and then a Champions League semi-final in their debut season. Diego Simeone - Since joining Racing Club in 2008, in over 6 years, he won 4 league titles, a few other trophies, and most impressively two Copa Libertadores in a row, which was nearly 3 but for a lost final the next year. His ultimate reward for all this was the sack a few months later. Glenn Hoddle - Not notable for success, but absolute disaster. Mr Relegation has relegated 3 of his last 4 clubs in his first half-seasons. His one near-miss came with Monaco, who had already been relegated last season, and he was 2 points from double-relegating them. Incredible Events You May Have Missed - The top 3 in Belgium finished on equal points, TWO SEASONS IN A ROW. The big guns Anderlecht overcame the two newly promoted surprise challengers on 'games won' first time, but failed to do it twice and FC Brussels won the league a year late on 'games won' and broke the Big 2 dominance. - At the 2014 World Cup, England and Chile played each other in the final round of group games in a winner-takes-all match. But they drew. Level on points, goal difference and goals scored, lots had to be drawn to decide who reached the knockouts. Of course, England were eliminated as Chile's name was drawn. - There was that time I made a Match of the Day intro for the Spain 2014 World Cup, did I mention that before?
  10. Fergie getting him to stay when he just wanted money and doubted Fergie's integrity was a huge mistake, it was a real sign of weakness and very unlike Sir Alex. It wouldn't be the last time he's said he wants to leave but will stay for even more money. After that season of discontent, only one title was won, and it was when Van Persie won it by himself.
  11. I came into this thread by searching 'Iran', so... welcome to the Asian-Cup-Runner-Up-And-Last-Gasp-World-Cup-Group-Stage-Exit-With-Iran club. Being able to take a job outside Iran and playing a friendly with Israel? I can only assume the Revolutionary Guard and hardliners have finally been overthrown by the masses and the FA aren't so anal any more.
  12. I think I only watched one Match of the Day last season, which was the last day. Though I'm sure I'll be watching them all now Brighton is there. I'm not sure it was the money though, there's always been lots of money, it's just now there's lots more of lots of money in England (and there are a few countries that can pay Crap League Tax to get stars to increase the marketability of their league). Certainly a few years ago what was offputting was the FIFA corruption (long before Qatar and when the criminal Blatter finally got justice... no wait, I mean temporarily suspended for financial issues, not banned for life or for rigging elections and ending careers), the bad FA attitude and dated rules that turned me off. Not much desire watching if the best team who scores the most goals doesn't actually win the match or trophy, while an old white man wearing a money suit sits atop a throne made of dead slaves laughing with 18 year old hookers on his lap.
  13. Perhaps he felt at the other clubs, especially Chelsea, he would just be an 'investment' who would get loaned out everywhere for years, or worse sitting on the bench, then possibly sold anyway, while at Wolves he's playing every week under a manager he trusts. A few years ago, he would've taken the big club offer because of the money, but now Wolves can compete financially. Perhaps a good thing to come out of all the money is that it can now push the Championship and football league to a higher level of quality.
  14. Euro 2016 in Norway Preview Keep an eye on: - The hosts, Norway, who reached the World Cup final in 2010, though failed to qualify for any tournament since. - Group A, which contains 3 big contenders, including the defending champions Germany. Also, England v Germany as the last game. - The knockouts, which could see Serbia face Montenegro for the first time in a tournament. They have previously faced each other in qualifying, with a win each and an aggregate score of 2-2. Group A Denmark England - Euro 2008 runner-up Germany - Euro 2012 winners Netherlands - Euro 2008 winners, 2014 WC semi-finalists Group B Belarus - Euro debut Greece France Montenegro - Tournament debut Group C Finland - Euro debut Poland Norway - Hosts, 2010 WC runner-up Wales Group D Bulgaria - Euro 2012 semi-finalists Romania Serbia - Tournament debut Switzerland Match Days 1 & 2 Group A Netherlands 1 - 0 England An incredible display by the Dutch centre-backs and goalkeeper earned the Dutch 3 points. Denmark 1 - 1 Germany A sensational Danish free kick from the flank curled in (was it a shot or cross?), but an own goal in the last minute denied the Danes a huge win. Germany 1 - 1 Netherlands England 2 -2 Denmark Group B France 0 - 0 Montenegro 2 injuries and a sending off didn't stop Montenegro getting a point against perennial underachievers France. Greece 0 - 0 Belarus Belarus 0 - 0 France Montenegro 2 - 1 Greece Montenegro get their first ever tournament win. Group C Norway 2 - 0 Wales Finland 0 - 0 Poland Norway 1 - 0 Finland The hosts are the first team to reach the knockout stage. Poland 2 - 1 Wales Poland scored a sickening winner late on, just minutes after Wales' David Jones was sent off for a second yellow, which knocks Wales out. Group D Romania 2 - 0 Switzerland 2 goals in the first 6 minutes gave Switzerland the worst start. Serbia 0 - 0 Bulgaria Switzerland 1 - 1 Bulgaria Romania 1 - 3 Serbia Serbia's first ever tournament win, in style. Match Day 3 Key: Team - GF - GD - Pts Group A Netherlands - 2 - +1 - 4 Denmark - 3 - 0 - 2 Germany - 2 - 0 - 2 England - 2 - -1 - 1 Denmark v Netherlands Germany v England England need to beat Germany, Denmark need to better Germany's result, or match it but score more goals. The two Schweinsteigers (no relation) combined to score in the space of 4 minutes for Germany, and it could've been one or two before that. But with Inter Milan's most expensive striker in your team, the £39m John Atkinson, you'll always get chances, and England's Atkinson finally got in an equaliser before half-time. Needing a win, England went behind again soon after half-time thanks to a Podolski curler. Aaron Lennon scored an 89th minute equaliser, but that was it. Denmark dominated Netherlands, as much as one shot on target dominates two shots with 0 on target, but the match ended a goalless draw. Therefore Netherlands, and Germany on goals scored, go through. Group B Montenegro - 2 - +1 - 4 Belarus - 0 - 0 - 2 France - 0 - 0 - 2 Greece - 1 - -1 - 1 France v Greece Montenegro v Belarus Montenegro just need to avoid defeat, but Belarus are out if they lose. The winner of France v Greece will go through if Belarus don't win. Montenegro came from behind to beat Belarus 2-1 and top their group. After a fast start, Greece had a man sent off at 1-1, allowing France to take the win 2-1 and qualify for the knockouts. Group C Norway - 3 - +3 - 6 Poland - 2 - +1 - 4 Finland - 0 - -1 - 1 Wales - 1 - -3 - 0 Finland v Wales Norway v Poland Norway and Poland both go through with a draw. Finland need to beat Wales and hope Poland lose. Playing against the hosts is hard enough, but to do it with a man sent off in the first half was asking for trouble. Poland went behind late in the second half but immediately equalised, ending the match 1-1. Wales beat Finland 1-0 anyway. Group D Serbia - 3 - +2 - 4 Romania - 3 - 0 - 3 Bulgaria - 1 - 0 - 2 Switzerland - 1 - -2 - 1 Bulgaria v Romania Serbia v Switzerland Switzerland and Bulgaria need to win, Serbia just a draw, Romania could still go out with a draw. Bulgaria and Romania drew in a dull goalless match. Switzerland went two down in just over half an hour, but scored twice in three minutes before the hour. Real Madrid's Milan Stepanov scored just two minutes later to give Serbia the win and 1st place. Final Group Standings Group A Netherlands - 5 Germany - 3 (0 GD, 4 GF) ------------------------------------ Denmark - 3 (0 GD, 3 GF) England - 2 Group B Montenegro - 7 France - 5 ----------------------- Belarus - 2 Greece - 1 Group C Norway - 7 Poland - 5 ---------------------- Wales - 3 Finland - 1 Group D Serbia - 7 Romania - 4 ---------------------- Bulgaria - 3 Switzerland - 1 Quarter-Finals Netherlands 1 - 0 France Wijnaldum scored another winner for Netherlands. Poland 1 - 1 Serbia AET (1-1 FT) (1-3 on penalties) Germany 2 - 0 Montenegro No upsets as Germany efficiently dealt with the debutants. Norway 0 - 2 Romania The hosts go out with a whimper. Semi-Finals Netherlands 0 - 0 Serbia AET (5-4 on penalties) Germany 2 - 1 Romania AET (1-1 FT) A late equaliser wasn't enough as Germany asserted their authority and set up the final everyone wanted between the 2008 champions and 2012 champions, and great rivals in their own right. Euro 2016 Final Netherlands v Germany History It is a match between the 2012 and 2008 champions. Netherlands were the 2008 champions. Germany are the defending champions and aim to be the first country to ever retain the European Championships. If you include West Germany, the Germans can win their 5th Euro. If you don't, whoever wins this will be the record winners with 3 trophies. Form Both teams played each other in the group stage and it was an even 1-1. Netherlands have only conceded one goal so far, beating England and France but needing penalties against Serbia. Germany drew all their group matches, and only their match against Montenegro didn't see both teams score. Managers Germany have been managed by Jurgen Klopp for the past 6 years, winning Euro 2012. Netherlands are managed by John Kila, who was in charge of the Under-19s from 2009 until 2012, when he replaced Louis Van Gaal, taking them to a Euro U19 semi-final before being knocked out by Germany U19s 4-0. He took Netherlands to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. Team News Netherlands are without the injured Ryan Babel. Germany are more weakened with 5 injuries, including to Volk who made 3 assists in their last 2 games. Netherlands play 4-4-1-1: Huitema (Málaga); de Jong (c) (Fiorentina), Hendriks (Werder Bremen), de Geus (Recreativo), Jansen (Inter Milan); de Guzman (Inter Milan), Wijnaldum (Juventus), Leferink (Juventus), Emanuelson (Manchester United); Aissati (Lazio); van der Ende (Inter Milan) - 7 Serie A, 2 La Liga, 1 Premier League, 1 Bundesliga Germany play a narrow 4-4-2 diamond with wide strikers: Sievers (Inter Milan); Castro (Valencia), Gebhardt (Roma), Mertesacker (c) (Fiorentina), Krauss (Inter Milan); Tasci (Celta); Neitzel (Hertha Berlin), Rehm (Manchester United); B. Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich); Krause (Inter Milan), Kohler (Borussia Dortmund) - 5 Serie A, 3 Bundesliga, 2 La Liga, 1 Premier League First Half de Jong is injured early and replaced by new captain Barcelona's Heitinga. Not for the first time in this tournament, Netherlands broke from a defensive clearance going straight in front of the striker van der Ende to finish. 1-0. Half Time Germany bring on Lahm for Tasci. Second Half In minutes, Hendriks' long range shot is deflected to double the lead. Germany start pinging balls into the box and have several close chances, including a disallowed goal, but Netherlands and goalkeeper Huitema keep another clean sheet. Final score: Netherlands 2 - 0 Germany =============================================================== 2016 European Champions NETHERLANDS =============================================================== Awards Player of the Tournament: Milan Stepanov (Serbia) Golden Boot: Zeljko Zaric (Montenegro) - 3 goals (and 0 assists in 334 minutes) Young Player of the Tournament: Cornel Ionescu (Romania) Team of the Tournament: --------------------------------------------- Huitema (Netherlands) --------------------------------------------- ------- Hendriks (Netherlands) --- de Geus (Netherlands) --- Stepanov (Serbia) --------------- Ionescu (Romania) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Sachinidis (Greece) ------------------------------ Mavuba (France) --------------- Nasri (France) -------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- Wijnaldum (Netherlands) ------------------------------------------- ----------------------------- Serban (Romania) ---------- T. Schweinsteiger (Germany) --------------- Selected Managerial News Jurgen Klopp stepped down as Germany manager after the final. Former international, one-club Werder Bremen player and Germany youth manager Dieter Eilts replaced him. John Jensen stepped down after 8 years as Denmark manager, getting credible draws against the two finalists and England. Peter Beardsley was sacked as England manager after an eventful 6 years that at least will provide constant replays and talking head comments on BBC 3's 'Most Mental Top Something Something England/Football Moments' programs.
  15. Euro 2016 in Norway Preview Keep an eye on: - The hosts, Norway, who reached the World Cup final in 2010, though failed to qualify for any tournament since. - Group A, which contains 3 big contenders, including the defending champions Germany. Also, England v Germany as the last game. - The knockouts, which could see Serbia face Montenegro for the first time in a tournament. They have previously faced each other in qualifying, with a win each and an aggregate score of 2-2. Group A Denmark England - Euro 2008 runner-up Germany - Euro 2012 winners Netherlands - Euro 2008 winners, 2014 WC semi-finalists Group B Belarus - Euro debut Greece France Montenegro - Tournament debut Group C Finland - Euro debut Poland Norway - Hosts, 2010 WC runner-up Wales Group D Bulgaria - Euro 2012 semi-finalists Romania Serbia - Tournament debut Switzerland Match Days 1 & 2 Group A Netherlands 1 - 0 England An incredible display by the Dutch centre-backs and goalkeeper earned the Dutch 3 points. Denmark 1 - 1 Germany A sensational Danish free kick from the flank curled in (was it a shot or cross?), but an own goal in the last minute denied the Danes a huge win. Germany 1 - 1 Netherlands England 2 -2 Denmark Group B France 0 - 0 Montenegro 2 injuries and a sending off didn't stop Montenegro getting a point against perennial underachievers France. Greece 0 - 0 Belarus Belarus 0 - 0 France Montenegro 2 - 1 Greece Montenegro get their first ever tournament win. Group C Norway 2 - 0 Wales Finland 0 - 0 Poland Norway 1 - 0 Finland The hosts are the first team to reach the knockout stage. Poland 2 - 1 Wales Poland scored a sickening winner late on, just minutes after Wales' David Jones was sent off for a second yellow, which knocks Wales out. Group D Romania 2 - 0 Switzerland 2 goals in the first 6 minutes gave Switzerland the worst start. Serbia 0 - 0 Bulgaria Switzerland 1 - 1 Bulgaria Romania 1 - 3 Serbia Serbia's first ever tournament win, in style. Match Day 3 Key: Team - GF - GD - Pts Group A Netherlands - 2 - +1 - 4 Denmark - 3 - 0 - 2 Germany - 2 - 0 - 2 England - 2 - -1 - 1 Denmark v Netherlands Germany v England England need to beat Germany, Denmark need to better Germany's result, or match it but score more goals. The two Schweinsteigers (no relation) combined to score in the space of 4 minutes for Germany, and it could've been one or two before that. But with Inter Milan's most expensive striker in your team, the £39m John Atkinson, you'll always get chances, and England's Atkinson finally got in an equaliser before half-time. Needing a win, England went behind again soon after half-time thanks to a Podolski curler. Aaron Lennon scored an 89th minute equaliser, but that was it. Denmark dominated Netherlands, as much as one shot on target dominates two shots with 0 on target, but the match ended a goalless draw. Therefore Netherlands, and Germany on goals scored, go through. Group B Montenegro - 2 - +1 - 4 Belarus - 0 - 0 - 2 France - 0 - 0 - 2 Greece - 1 - -1 - 1 France v Greece Montenegro v Belarus Montenegro just need to avoid defeat, but Belarus are out if they lose. The winner of France v Greece will go through if Belarus don't win. Montenegro came from behind to beat Belarus 2-1 and top their group. After a fast start, Greece had a man sent off at 1-1, allowing France to take the win 2-1 and qualify for the knockouts. Group C Norway - 3 - +3 - 6 Poland - 2 - +1 - 4 Finland - 0 - -1 - 1 Wales - 1 - -3 - 0 Finland v Wales Norway v Poland Norway and Poland both go through with a draw. Finland need to beat Wales and hope Poland lose. Playing against the hosts is hard enough, but to do it with a man sent off in the first half was asking for trouble. Poland went behind late in the second half but immediately equalised, ending the match 1-1. Wales beat Finland 1-0 anyway. Group D Serbia - 3 - +2 - 4 Romania - 3 - 0 - 3 Bulgaria - 1 - 0 - 2 Switzerland - 1 - -2 - 1 Bulgaria v Romania Serbia v Switzerland Switzerland and Bulgaria need to win, Serbia just a draw, Romania could still go out with a draw. Bulgaria and Romania drew in a dull goalless match. Switzerland went two down in just over half an hour, but scored twice in three minutes before the hour. Real Madrid's Milan Stepanov scored just two minutes later to give Serbia the win and 1st place. Final Group Standings Group A Netherlands - 5 Germany - 3 (0 GD, 4 GF) ------------------------------------ Denmark - 3 (0 GD, 3 GF) England - 2 Group B Montenegro - 7 France - 5 ----------------------- Belarus - 2 Greece - 1 Group C Norway - 7 Poland - 5 ---------------------- Wales - 3 Finland - 1 Group D Serbia - 7 Romania - 4 ---------------------- Bulgaria - 3 Switzerland - 1 Quarter-Finals Netherlands 1 - 0 France Wijnaldum scored another winner for Netherlands. Poland 1 - 1 Serbia AET (1-1 FT) (1-3 on penalties) Germany 2 - 0 Montenegro No upsets as Germany efficiently dealt with the debutants. Norway 0 - 2 Romania The hosts go out with a whimper. Semi-Finals Netherlands 0 - 0 Serbia AET (5-4 on penalties) Germany 2 - 1 Romania AET (1-1 FT) A late equaliser wasn't enough as Germany asserted their authority and set up the final everyone wanted between the 2008 champions and 2012 champions, and great rivals in their own right. Euro 2016 Final V Netherlands v Germany History It is a match between the 2012 and 2008 champions. Netherlands were the 2008 champions. Germany are the defending champions and aim to be the first country to ever retain the European Championships. If you include West Germany, the Germans can win their 5th Euro. If you don't, whoever wins this will be the record winners with 3 trophies. Form Both teams played each other in the group stage and it was an even 1-1. Netherlands have only conceded one goal so far, beating England and France but needing penalties against Serbia. Germany drew all their group matches, and only their match against Montenegro didn't see both teams score. Managers Germany have been managed by Jurgen Klopp for the past 6 years, winning Euro 2012. Netherlands are managed by John Kila, who was in charge of the Under-19s from 2009 until 2012, when he replaced Louis Van Gaal, taking them to a Euro U19 semi-final before being knocked out by Germany U19s 4-0. He took Netherlands to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals. Team News Netherlands are without the injured Ryan Babel. Germany are more weakened with 5 injuries, including to Volk who made 3 assists in their last 2 games. Netherlands play 4-4-1-1: Huitema (Málaga); de Jong (c) (Fiorentina), Hendriks (Werder Bremen), de Geus (Recreativo), Jansen (Inter Milan); de Guzman (Inter Milan), Wijnaldum (Juventus), Leferink (Juventus), Emanuelson (Manchester United); Aissati (Lazio); van der Ende (Inter Milan) - 7 Serie A, 2 La Liga, 1 Premier League, 1 Bundesliga Germany play a narrow 4-4-2 diamond with wide strikers: Sievers (Inter Milan); Castro (Valencia), Gebhardt (Roma), Mertesacker (c) (Fiorentina), Krauss (Inter Milan); Tasci (Celta); Neitzel (Hertha Berlin), Rehm (Manchester United); B. Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich); Krause (Inter Milan), Kohler (Borussia Dortmund) - 5 Serie A, 3 Bundesliga, 2 La Liga, 1 Premier League First Half de Jong is injured early and replaced by new captain Barcelona's Heitinga. Not for the first time in this tournament, Netherlands broke from a defensive clearance going straight in front of the striker van der Ende to finish. 1-0. Half Time Germany bring on Lahm for Tasci. Second Half In minutes, Hendriks' long range shot is deflected to double the lead. Germany start pinging balls into the box and have several close chances, including a disallowed goal, but Netherlands and goalkeeper Huitema keep another clean sheet. Final score: Netherlands 2 - 0 Germany =============================================================== 2016 European Champions NETHERLANDS =============================================================== Awards Player of the Tournament: Milan Stepanov (Serbia) Golden Boot: Zeljko Zaric (Montenegro) - 3 goals (and 0 assists in 334 minutes) Young Player of the Tournament: Cornel Ionescu (Romania) Team of the Tournament: --------------------------------------------- Huitema (Netherlands) --------------------------------------------- ------- Hendriks (Netherlands) --- de Geus (Netherlands) --- Stepanov (Serbia) --------------- Ionescu (Romania) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Sachinidis (Greece) ------------------------------ Mavuba (France) --------------- Nasri (France) -------------------------------- ------------------------------------------- Wijnaldum (Netherlands) ------------------------------------------- ----------------------------- Serban (Romania) ---------- T. Schweinsteiger (Germany) --------------- Selected Managerial News Jurgen Klopp stepped down as Germany manager after the final. Former international, one-club Werder Bremen player and Germany youth manager Dieter Eilts replaced him. John Jensen stepped down after 8 years as Denmark manager, getting credible draws against the two finalists and England. Peter Beardsley was sacked as England manager after an eventful 6 years that at least will provide constant replays and talking head comments on BBC 3's 'Most Mental Top Something Something England/Football Moments' programs. Thanks for the comments. Claudio Bravo's time looks up, Peru have upped their game, and never count out the Irish! Be sure to check out the next post which will be a 5/10-year recap which will keep you up to date.