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  1. Oh, Dave...you didn't have to get me anything for Christmas this year, but I'll take it nonetheless.
  2. The Greatest Show on Earth (Note: I am finally updating myself to a more modern version of FM...just as FM20 is about to be left behind. Oh well, can't have it all. Still, this is a little thing I put together after trying out the Return of the Legends mod.) Paris, in the far future… “You’re crazy, man.” “I’m telling you. The Real Madrid side I put together on that last simulation could stomp any side in the world.” The two men talking were Hikaru Endo and Eduardo Galván. A couple of very bored low-level functionaries on the Earth section of the Unified Orion-Cygnus
  3. I foresee Aureliano making recurrent appearances in the writings of a certain Galeano fellow...
  4. One hell of a marvelous story, this one.
  5. Well, you're not wrong. The story's amazing. But for a second I half expected 10-3 to do this when I first saw that last bit. “So he ran, he ran so far away He just ran, he ran all night and day He couldn’t get away.” Before anyone asks, yes, I can see how that would kinda (very much) ruin it.
  6. Dammit Ben, there's better ways to go make sure you left the stove off!
  7. A few anger management classes go a long way, don't they?
  8. The next match was going to be the greatest test, by far. Playing the hosts in the final. A host squad that had played marvelously all the way to the final. Marcelo had faith in his squad, however. If Ramírez performed half as brilliantly as he did against Mexico, with everyone else playing like they did against Tunisia, they had a good chance of shocking the French in their own home. Training showed a side that could stand head to head against anyone in the U23 category. Ramírez was an impenetrable wall. Ibañez, not so much. For Marcelo, there was no doubt that the Udinese keeper was goi
  9. Going into the semis, the first change for Marcelo, Ramírez for Ibañez. Despite the team's great, if somewhat anemic in goals, performance against Spain, Ibañez needed a wake-up call and leaving him out was a way for Marcelo to get his point across. Now, normally one wouldn’t risk changing the starter keeper in the semifinals of a tournament. But Ibañez had seemed to have gotten complacent and that had to stop. After making the usual post-match changes to keep the players in decent shape, even if their condition was slowly deteriorating, Marcelo had his XI for the semifinals. With that re
  10. The day before the match, Elvio Paolorosso, the delegation's one fitness coach, would come to Marcelo with a horrible piece of news. “Franco caught the flu. He can’t play against Spain.” Just what he needed. Just as Riquelme returned from his injury, Prandelli caught the flu. Worst of all, the flu would keep him out of action until the final, assuming Argentina got that far. Looking at his squad, Sablich and Yanzi were exhausted and in need of a rest. But both of them were in better shape than the alternatives. To make matters worse, Sablich, Gallardo and Grecco had all bee
  11. (Making this one a double feature to finish off the group stage!) Before 79,000 people, Argentina would field an improvised squad. Whether or not this would work was anyone’s guess. Argentina U23 XI: Ibañez; Lluy, Sablich, Salvaggio, Yanzi, Martínez (c); Álvarez, Cabrera; Amarilla, Prandelli, Galbiati. Germany U23 XI: Schmidt; Nowak, Klein, Jelic, Bärwolf; Wallner, Schweinsteiger, Twyrdy, Sezgin; Strehmel, Weller (c). Germany kicked off. Just a minute in, a cross from Wallner found Weller's head. The ball sailed harmlessly over Ibañez's goal, but it could easily have been a
  12. Overall, the group Argentina got was pretty good. Australia, Germany and Tunisia. One tough opponent and two who shouldn't be a problem. The following day, Marcelo was once again treated to a statement by one of his players and one of their last opponents. The latter, by Martí Riera, said that the Spanish were lucky to get away with a draw. The one by his player, reserve goalkeeper Ezequiel Ramírez, to ESPN was that he was confident that the team could win the gold medal at Marseille. After the last match, Marcelo had to be skeptical. The team from the first half? Not a chance.
  13. Unfortunately, two days before the match with the Spanish squad, Frías sprained his ankle, leaving him out for six to seven weeks, which would make him unable to play in the Olympics. That same day, Frías said goodbye to the squad and left. The young man was very disappointed. Riquelme strained his neck the same day, but he would only be out of action for eight to eleven days. That meant he could be back on the last match of the group stage, or the quarterfinals, should Argentina qualify. But Marcelo needed a new man for his squad. Not convinced by Lluy, he called up Edgardo Sablich from
  14. February 2028, Buenos Aires... “I would like to announce Mister Marcelo Silva as the manager of our U-23 team for these Olympic Games in Marseille.” The president of the AFA (Asociación de Fútbol Argentino), Julio Braun, said. So, how did a former player from Huracán get appointed as the manager for an Olympic squad? Let’s rewind a bit. Marcelo Silva was born in Buenos Aires on 1987. Born into a relatively wealthy family, to an Argentinian father and a Uruguayan mother, Marcelo had wanted for nothing in his early life. Then 2001 came. Argentina had been in a recession
  15. Yeah, but they already had a 2nd place in Copa Libertadores(1993) so this just adds another 2nd place to their already impressive amount of 2nd places. There's a reason why there's a joke about Chilean gear sticks having 'UC' instead of a 2.
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