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    Fish and sharks and dolphins and crabs and eels and turtles and the obligatory rotting horse, these

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    the branch kevinian religious croquet cult

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  1. Champions League Final – 2040-2041 Wembley... Madrid were far from convincing on their route to the final. They needed head-to-head results in the group to be above Schalke having lost twice to Juventus. They then drew at home to Man U before winning at Old Trafford, losing away in Benfica before beating them at home before facing Barcelona in the semis. It took away goals to get past them. This is their first CL final since winning it in 2035 Lineups I expected to put out the same team as last week. However there were several developments during the week. The sole positive was that Keita (this season's first choice DR by default) returned to full training but I could not risk him at his fitness level so he went on the bench. Then poor Grant Sharrock contracted food poisoning on the Thursday so Dimba had to come up from the bench. We then got our first GK injury of the season; thankfully it was only our back-up but as I only have 2 GKs in the squad it meant that I had to bring up a 16yo from the U19s to be on the bench for his first ever appearance in a match day squad. Also Masic did his back in but I gave him some injections (first time ever in FM) so he could be on the bench again and come on if needed. As Dzeko did not play one minute last weekend, he is again only fit enough for the bench. Madrid make 4 changes to their team from last week. 2 more ex-players (Ozturk and Franco) play whilst Chamorro is on the bench this time. He is on the bench because Jia Zhiguo now plays. He may be 34 but he is having one of the best seasons of his illustrious career. Other players of note are their 2 other AMCs. Both Petar Marjanovic and Stanislav Kubik are very good players, both coincidently cost Madrid exactly £26.5m 1st half 1 min – routine Tozzi save from Scacchetti 17 mins – routine Ozturk save from Rey 30 mins – Dimba heads against the bar from a corner Half-time – so far it is not a good match at all, a far cry from last weekend 2nd half 49 mins – a good Tozzi save from a Caputo freekick 50 mins – a corner comes in and our ex-player Franco heads it home, 0-1 59 mins – Rey picks up the ball from the edge of our area, nobody bothers to challenge him and he makes to the Madrid area but his shot hits the post 67 mins – its Dzeko time, he comes on for Rey, Masic comes on for Rossi 71 mins – Masic is brought down in the area, he picks himself up and converts, 1-1! 76 mins – Miquel Angel gets outmuscled in our area which lets in Hubert (their £37m French winger) to score, 1-2 93 mins – Not great. It was not a good spectacle, a draw and extra-time would have been more just but you can't really complain. Our 3rd CL final defeat though...
  2. Copa del Rey Final – 2040-2041 Madrid...who we have only played once in a final, this tournament in 2036 when they beat us 1-0 which is also the last time they appeared in a final. How we got there is outlined above. Madrid had some difficulties; after 2 easy ties against Racing and Zaragoza they promptly lost 2-1 at home to Sevilla and needed extra-time in the away leg to get through. They then lost the first leg of the semi 3-1 in Albacete; 4-0 at home solved that problem Lineups We aren't far away from 1st choice but we have one huge issue. 3 weeks ago I had 2 fit DRs and one coming back from 6 months off with a broken leg. Then the 2 got injured in one match (3-4 weeks and 3-4 months) and the other twisted his knee the day after his comeback (6-7 weeks). That leaves me with 1 18yo youth product who is not very good. I don't want to play him. Thankfully I discovered that Navarro, our first choice DL, has a right foot and is "unconvincing" at DR which is better than anyone else we have so there he plays. This means that our Spanish international youth product, Miquel Angel, comes in at DL. Our star striker came back from a 3 month hamstring injury last week and in a half hour run out scored a penalty and got an assist. However, he is nowhere near full fitness so is on the bench. Madrid are pretty much at full fitness but don't really put out their 1st choice team for some reason. The CL final is a week away (and with us obviously) so they don't need to rest players. They only have 2 of our ex-players in Conrad and Chamorro on the pitch. And the latter is playing instead of their insanely good Chinese ST who might be 34 but who has scored 33 goals this season. A strange decision. Ozturk and Franco are on the bench. The 3 players who I highlighted for the final 5 years ago are still at the club and still brilliant. As mentioned the Chinese ST is not even in the matchday squad but César Baena (still probably the best DC in the world) and Hernán Caputo (leading the La Liga in assists at 35) do play. The final player to note (I have to leave some for next week!) is Mauro Scacchetti, who with Baena forms by far the best DC partnership in the land. He is a Chelsea youth product who they stupidly let go for only £13m 5 years ago. 1st half 4 mins – Miquel Angel pushes Kubik in the box, penalty, which Kubik converts, 0-1 15 mins – Skowron curls home a magnificent unstoppable 25 yard freekick, 1-1 20 mins – Cheek forces Molina into a solid save 25 mins – Miquel Angel crosses, a sublime backheel from Rey finds Bariri who slots it home, 2-1!! 30 mins – Rossi crosses to Bariri who helps it on to Herrera who drives it into the net, 3-1!!! 31 mins - 60 seconds later, Navarro passes to Herrera in the box, one touch to create space, another to drive the ball into the roof of the net, 4-1!!!! 42 mins - Sharrock hits the side-netting from a Skowron corner Half-time – Good God, what was that?!?! So much for their vaunted defence, we were unstoppable 2nd half 50 mins – a goalmouth scramble follows a corner, Kubik gets his 2nd, 4-2 *shrugs* 61 mins – both Rossi and Herrera are tiring, on come Masic and Gray 80 mins – Langner heads goes just over 84 mins – good Tozzi save from Hubert 94 mins – woohoo Finally a 2nd Copa del Rey, it was pretty deserved, we dominated the 1st half, fantastic performances from Herrera and Bariri, who cost less than £1.5m combined!! We have a happy board, a happy fanbase and a happy ex-player.
  3. Champions League 2040-2041 The easy draw against Celtic was thankfully just that. The whole tie was pretty much over within 6 minutes of the first leg at Celtic Park as by that time Dzeko had scored 2. He completed his hat-trick before half-time. They got one back before the end. That result meant I could rest a few players but that changed nothing as they also won 3-1. Next up was Murcia. And Murcia was a very good side. We were 1-0 with 18 minutes to go in the 1st leg on the island. Then all hell broke loose! 5 goals later and the tie was over. Yes, that is our youth product DC scoring a hat-trick and to complete it deciding to take a penalty even though we only led 3-0 at that stage . I chucked out a reserve team for the away leg and they got some semblance of revenge by scoring 3 goals in the last 13 minutes to inflict a 4-1 defeat on us. Man City were next. They are also a very good side. And we destroyed them at their place! . One of the best results we have ever had. Our youth product DC got another goal as did our 17yo youth product ST from last year, in the squad because of injuries. Again the tie was pretty much over after one leg. They came to our place, several back-ups played and we somehow thrashed them by a greater margin!! The 17yo ST getting another goal. Just the 10-1 aggregate win! We will unfortunately be facing Madrid in the final as they knocked out Barcelona on penalties. That will mean that we close out the season with 3 straight matches against them, the Cup final plus the final league game. Fantastic .
  4. La Liga – January 2041 September started well with 3 wins before a disappointing draw at Rayo closed out the month. A win and a draw later and we Betis and it was, of course, Nicolas Nieto, our ex-player, who scored the only goal. Things did not get better at the Nou Camp either as we again failed to score, 0-1. We got 2 easy home wins before another 2 points were dropped at Sociedad. Meanwhile Madrid who had started the season on fire finally started dropping points by losing the Classico and getting a dodgy draw in the next match which meant we were now only 3 points behind them. December started with a difficult trip to Albacete, a match with a very wild finish, just the 3 goals in 2 minutes but at least we got the win. A win over Valencia was followed by another dodgy away performance, this time we had to come from 3-1 down to grab a draw with Las Palmas. 2 wins started January before we visited the Bernebeu. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear . We were dire. That was our worst performance for a very long time. We did follow that up with a solid win at Espanyol. But equally, we followed that up with a very bad loss at home to Murcia. I forgot to take a screenshot but we end January in 2nd place. That in itself is not too bad. What is bad is the fact that we are 9(!) points behind Madrid and only 4 points ahead of 5th. We are not doing very well and Madrid are on fire. Safe to say that the title looks out of reach. The main issue so far is scoring goals, Dzeko has got loads but he is the only one as neither Rey nor Bariri have found any form yet. I also have issues at both fullbacks as the God-like Willems broke a leg in November and is out for 5-6 months so Keita, who is essentially a versatile DC, has had to cover whilst I am starting to think I sold our previous DL at least one season too early as Navarro has not been brilliant so far. Plus I should stop selling players to Madrid; Ozturk is their 1st choice GK whilst both their fullbacks (admittedly both were minimum release clauses) and their backup ST are ex-players. Copa del Rey Adelante side Cadiz were easily dismissed without conceding a goal before we got the nightmare draw of Barcelona in the 5th round. A solid 1-0 home win was followed by a great 2-0 win at the Nou Camp. Nice. We destroyed Murcia 4-1 at their place in the quarter final 1st leg which meant I could give some backups a game and they prompted won the 2nd leg as well. Valencia were next and after a respectable goal-less draw away from home I was a bit sceptical due to our lack of away goals. However, a 4-2 win at home took us through to the final where we will face Madrid. Champions League Not much to say here as we cruised past Salzburg, Porto and Galatasaray with 6 wins and 1 goal conceded. One thing to note is our opening 6-0 win over Salzburg in which Herrera scored 4. Salzburg's 2nd match in the group went just as bad as Porto's striker saw Herrera's performance and said to himself 'I can do better than that'. Played 2, 0 scored, 12 conceded is not the best way to start a CL group. They did pick up 3 draws though. This is what the table looked like. We got the easiest draw possible in the first knockout stage as we will play Celtic for the 1st time ever. January Transfer Window One teenager went out on loan, another got recalled as he was not playing and got sent out again. Nada mas. Notes Tozzi was in the World Team of the Year Our ex-player and ex-coach, Harald Stephan, was sacked by Valencia
  5. The Legends Retire As you will have noticed, 2 of the greatest Santa Eulalia players retired this Summer. In a nice piece of symmetry, they both joined in 2026 and both retired in 2040. I felt they deserved a post to themselves. Bruno Ban (career) Born in Croatia, a PSG youth product, one of the best defenders that France have ever had. He joined for £10m which was quite a lot money considering that he never actually played a game for PSG, his loan spells and scout reports convinced me of his potential. And well, this is what he did: 389 La Liga appearances 110 French caps 51 MoM awards (La Liga) 9 Player of the Year awards (8 consecutively) 2 La Liga titles 2 Champions League titles 2 Copa del Rey 2 FIFA World Club Cups 1 Europa League 1 UEFA Super Cup 1 European Championship Quite good! He is our record appearance holder, he never averaged less than 7.39, he was simply imperious. Probably worth that £10m we paid! We would certainly not be where we are today without him. Unfortunately he has no interest in coaching so no chance of him staying on. Kosta Gligic (career) A £4.2m purchase from Partizan and he is probably the biggest bargain we ever got. There was never any doubt that he was going to be worth the money but he went beyond that. Due to his horrific injury record (see later), he won less than Ban did but he still did the following: 346 La Liga appearances 89 La Liga goals (5th most) 101 La Liga assists (the most by a distance) 73 Serbian caps 2 La Liga titles 2 Champions League titles 2 Copa del Reys 1 Europa League Over a goal or assist every 2 matches over 14 seasons is some going. Apart from the last couple of years, he was 1st choice whenever fit. Unfortunately he was not always fit. I shall now present to you his injury record. It needs 3 complete screenshots(!!): 2022-2028 2028-2033 2033-2039 That is simply incredible (as is the fact, he was not injured for the last 7 months of his time at Santa Eulalia!) I have added it up. During his 14 years here he had 53(!!) injuries and missed nearly a total 2.5 years through injury(!!!). That is insane. The only mildly good thing is that he never got really really bad injuries, he only missed 3 months twice, everything else was niggly, needing about a month max. to recover from. Despite the injuries, he will be sorely missed, again not sure where we would be without him. He is a coach but really not good so no role for him unfortunately.
  6. I did not want to go through the whole of 2015 without an update... But, yes, for a long while I did not play FM at all but recently I have resurrected this save and have nearly finished the next season already so thought I had better update at least the Summer activities. ___________________________________________ La Liga – Summer 2040 That big loss last season prompted the chairman to chuck more money the club's way. Not really the most exciting Summer ever; it was more transitional as pretty much no-one came in and some older players along with some backups left for lots of well needed money. And of course, the retirments of Ban and Gligic - the 2 greatest players our club has ever seen. The arrivals consisted of 2 teenagers. The departures were numerous. The first ones were all youth products or players I bought when they were very young. Most of those were for little and were inconsequential. However, 23yo ST Nícolas Nieto definitely does not fit either of those categories. He is going to be very good; he cost £1.1m but I got £20m for him which was not outrageous. He played well for us last season but was only ever going to 4th choice so I decided to cash in. The fact he has gone to newly rich Betis is a slight concern. 4 other members of my 1st team squad left over the Summer and all for significant sums. First of all, I sold my 2 natural DLs, the Costa Rican who was ever only going to be a back-up went for £5m whilst Jorge Luis who had been our number 1 for 6 years (well, 5 as last season was a write off due to injury) was approaching 30 and had one year left on his contract so I thought I would cash in and let the brilliant looking young Argentine have a go. He went for £13.25m to Atletico. The other 2 departures were also defensive. There did not seem much point in keeping Ozturk as a backup GK as he was far too good for that plus Rhys Jenkins, our 1st really good youth product, is still here, a great player and happy to be a backup. I would rather he had not gone to Real but they were the only ones to offer the £10m I wanted. Meanwhile Eder Jair Velasco, the less brilliant of our 3 Mexicans, was only going to be 4th / 5th choice DC and not play much and we have a huge pipeline of young DCs with great potential waiting for a chance so off he went. £15m to Porto was a great deal. Transfers – monstrous profit, essentially because we bought no-one, which was very muched needed given the money we lost last season The Incomers Pau Cristino – a pretty pointless signing as we have loads of great young DCs and a youth academy that is starting to show fruition so I don't need to go poaching youngsters from other La Liga clubs, but he did cost hardly anything, seemingly has fantastic potential and is so young that he will have 4 seasons in the U19s before any decisions need to be made and you never know what will happen in the meantime Carlos Ferreyra – this guy is not a pointless signing however, we need young STs, he looks brilliant, has great potential and we haven't got any South Americans through our youth academy yet so this is the type of player we would never get "naturally", one year in the U19s, at least 1 loan spell and our current STs will then all be approaching 30 so he may get a chance quite soon. To The Faithful Departed Bruno Ban, Kosta Gligic deserve a post of their own so this list will only concern the other Summer departures, of which there were many... Nicolás Nieto (career) – a Barcelona youth product who we signed 7 years ago as a 16yo and he has turned out to be a great player, 3 good La Liga loan spells once he turned 19 were followed by one season as our 4th choice ST, a role he would always have and as we have an equally good young Italian coming back from loan to fill that role selling him now seeming the best idea as his value would never be higher, £20m is a hell of a lot but he should play a lot for Betis and I reckon he will play for Spain before too long, hope I don't regret the sale Keylor Leiva (career) – brought in for a free at 18 essentially because he was free, it was always unlikely that he would play much for us but last season's injury issues meant that he played quite a bit, this followed 3 OK La Liga loan spells but he played better for us, I had little need to keep him given our DL situation so off he went for a nice £5m Jorge Luis (career) – the one sale I am a bit vary about as he is a good player, however the long term injury he got last season had an impact on his ability and we did OK in his absence and I have a great young Argentinian coming back from loan to replace him, he was a great player over his 6 seasons, one of the best DLs in La Liga and was a bargain at £9m, just about to turn 30 so it seemed a good time to sell and I was happy with the price Abdullah Ozturk (career) – very unlucky not to still be here and as 1st choice, his only crime was to not be Tozzi and for said player to be available to buy last season, otherwise he would probably have spent a long while here, he was very solid during his 3 seasons as 1st choice here but there was little point to keep him as an expensive backup so off he went, unfortunately to Madrid who need a new GK, hope he does not play *too* well for them Eder Jair Velasco (career) – a great DC but not one we really need to keep, was the 2nd of the 3 18yo Mexicans signed in 3 straight Januarys and the least brilliant one, had 3 loan spells, the last of which he excelled in La Liga, then was 4th choice DC here last year, with our need for money and there us having other great looking DC prospects out on loan cashing in looked to be the best solution for all, we get £15m and he does not play in La Liga, he gets the chance to play lots of football and earn more money, Porto get a very good DC, everyone is happy Quite a lot of change again but lots of money in. After 7 new members of the squad last season, we have another 7 more this season (6 were out on loan whilst Dimba is back from his injury and back in the squad). The only position really affected will be DL where both players have been sold and their replacements are 20 year olds. Elsewhere, we lost 2 DCs, replaced the back-up GK and 4th choice ST and lost Gligic to retirement. Our league campaign got off to a flying start as we easily dismissed Espanyol 3-0 before went to Murcia and won the match 3-1 and the yellow card count 6-5. They are a very good side. However, Barcelona did not start too well as newly rich Betis did this to them! Champions League Salzburg, Porto and Galatasaray is a pretty good draw for us. Should have no issues with any of them although we have played Porto a fair few times and lost to them in the past Spanish Supercopa The 1st leg was at the Nou Camp and we weren't very good, losing 2-0. We were much better on the island, also winning 2-0. That meant extra time. It also looked like penalties until they scored a 118th minute penalty. We got one in the next minute but lost of away goals. Another cup defeat . Notes Youth product Grant Sharrock got his expected England cap which was thoroughly deserved after last season and he will now be one of our 1st choice DCs so many more should follow Meanwhile our youth academy also produced a Spanish international which was a total shock given the lack of quality of our Spanish regens so far, when Miquel Angel came through the year after Sharrock, my exact comments were "I am not sure if he is [the best youth product this year] and even if he is I sincerely doubt he will play a 1st team game for us"(!) , I was not totally wrong as his only La Liga matches for us so far are 4 sub appearances, he had one loan spell at our Ukrainian feeder club and one at Espanyol where he was so good I decided to give him the backup DL role this season, evidently that loan spell impressed the Spain manager as well as he not only called him up but played him, for their sake I sincerely hope he is nowhere near their 1st choice though AVB retired from Barcelona, they offered me the job, I turned them down and they took the Man U manager instead France 3-2 Spain was the Euro 2040 final Betis got a tycoon takeover during last season and have lots of money, and they spent a lot of it, nearly £100m on 6 players, Nieto was the most expensive. Albacete got a tycoon takeover last Summer and also have money, and they also spent, over £70m with 2 purchases over £20m We sold the once great Ekaitz Zurro to Madrid for £20m 2 Summers ago, they released him on the last day of the transfer window this year We sold the very promising Danni Larsen to Celta for £7m 2 Summers ago, he turned down Madrid amongst other clubs, one relegation and one solid season in the Adelante and Madrid now buy him for over £12m(!), odd ThankGod that Oviedo bought this player