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  1. Maybe a set of monthly challenges would keep the Challenges section active. For example, you have to win the League and Champions League with Everton. You have a maximum of 3 seasons to do so. Points are awarded for certain objectives. Whoever gets the most points wins for that month. Add all of the people onto a leader board and see who wins by FM19. Each challenge could be in a different nation, therefore keeping the challenges fresh. The challenges could range from 1-3 seasons which should be do able in a month? The other positive with this is that it might appeal to players that don't want to be at the same team for 15+ seasons. If the challenges are promoted on other sections, then you would possibly get more traffic into the Challenges section, and from there maybe the big/main challenges would see more people enter them, and therefore the Challenge Section is more active. Just an idea
  2. I do apologise!! I'm sure that you'll do well with City. I didn't intend on winning the Champions League in Australia as I was looking forward to winning it in China, but the additions that I made just made the team too good. I find it quite interesting to see you managing in Melbourne as well. I swear on my save it is only the Melbourne sides that sack their managers.
  3. Melbourne Victory 2022/23 Extended Season Review So, having left Tunisia after the World Cup my entire focus this season was on winning my group and then qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages. Before all of this could happen, I would have another long pre-season the FFA Cup campaign and the start of the A-League season. I didn’t feel the need to bring any other big names into the squad this year. I did make Lautaro Grosso’s loan deal a permanent one on a free transfer. The other transfers this season were all depth players to replace players that had left. Cup – We got a very kind draw in the first 2 rounds as we played non-league opposition and as expected we comfortably beat them both. The quarter final saw a Melbourne derby and once again this was another comfortable win. It’s always nice to beat your rivals but more especially pleasing was the fact that we were doing it with almost a reserve team. The Semi Final once again was against lower division opponents and yet again another convincing win for the reserves saw us through to the final against Central Coast. I debated whether or not to bring back the first teamers for the final but ultimately decided to trust in the team that had got us there. It proved to be the right decision as we came through a tough game to win 2-0. An amazing run which saw us not only defend our trophy, but go through the whole competition without conceding a goal. A sign of things to come. League – An utter formality. I was completely gutted that we lost to Sydney in our 3rd game as I knew that we had an outstanding chance to go through the entire competition undefeated. It wasn’t to be, but it didn’t matter. The score lines this season weren’t as spectacular as last season but I think the main reason for that was the injuries that Zach Clough suffered this season. He broke his collarbone before the league games started which put him out for 3 months. Finally, after recovering from that he then twisted his ankle in his 3rd game back which ruled him out for another month. Thankfully fellow designated player Scott Hogan took his opportunity and would lead the team with 17 goals in the league. Lautaro Grosso also shone this season ending up with 25 goals in all competitions, including 15 in the league. Champions League – The important one. When the groups were drawn I was hopeful for an easy group, but as experienced with Tunisia, I don’t seem to get easy groups and that was the case here as well. We were drawn against Seoul (South Korea), Beijing (China) & Antlers (Japan). I was worried. 3 good teams from 3 of the bigger nations in Asian football. However, what happened in the group stages showed that we were onto something here with Melbourne and that they should all be fearing us. We would end up topping the group winning all but one of our games, and scoring an impressive 20 goals while only conceding 2. The opening day smashing away to Seoul really led me to believe that this wasn’t going to be as difficult as I thought. This was confirmed with another outstanding away victory against Beijing who at the time were comfortably top of the Chinese Super League. We were bought massively back down to earth in the first leg of the 2nd round away to Sanfrecce. We lost 2-0 and while we were missing a few players through suspension, we should never have lost in that manner. Thankfully, a convincing professional display at home saw us through to the next round. We managed to equal the aggregate score within 10 minutes and from then on there was only ever going to be one winner. We travelled back to South Korea for the ¼ finals against Suwon. They were having a tough time in the league and I was confident that this would be another comfortable victory. A real entertaining first leg saw us win 4-3 and set up the home leg very nicely. Having 4 away goals was always going to give us a massive advantage. It wasn’t needed as we finished the job winning 3-1 and setting up a Semi Final match against fellow Australian team Adelaide. This was the perfect draw for us. Having obliterated the league for the past 2 seasons I was 100% confident that we were going to win this and be through to the final. As expected, that was the case. A couple of easy 2-0 wins saw us into the final against very strong Saudi team Al-Hilal. Al-Hilal had some very good players but before the final it seemed that it was written in the stars that we were going to win the final. Days before the first leg, Al-Hilal lost star forward Jese (ex Real Madrid & PSG player) who had scored 8 goals on route to the final. His loss really hurt Al-Hilal as they couldn’t create anything going forward and ended up losing the first leg 3-0. The first leg proved to be too much for Hilal and in the 2nd leg there was too much for them to do. Jese played despite being only 77% fit but it didn’t matter. Having no option but to push forward to try and score we were able to counter them twice in the first half to really put the game beyond doubt. Zach Clough (who else!) scored a third in the second half and that was that. Champions of Asia. My time at Melbourne has come to an end. I’ve been in charge for 97 games and have won an amazing 81 of them. I really didn’t expect to be finished in Australia so soon, but it really is down to the signing’s that I made last year. Clough, Hogan, Bree & Grosso really are too good for this league and no doubt they will leave when I am gone. What’s next? Probably USA although if the right club opens in South Korea, China or Mexico then I could be off there for a year or two. In my mind, I want to win the North American Champs League with an MLS team and the South American Champs League with a Brazilian team (I would do it with Boca who are dominating Argentina at the moment). I am on the lookout for a new International job, but have found it tricky to get one again. Apparently, I am not a good enough candidate for the USA job despite all I have won. League Table . Finals Tree | League Results . Cup Results . Champions League Results | Transfer History |. Club .| Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Stellenbosch 11th Took over with the team 16th after 14 games 2017/18 Stellenbosch 1st Won the First Division Title 2018/19 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Premiership. Qualified for the Champs League 2019/20 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Treble. Champs League Group Stage 2020/21 Stellenbosch - Left after winning the Champions League 2020/21 Melbourne Victory 8th Took over with the team 10th after 19 games 2021/22 Melbourne Victory 1st Treble. Regular Season, Grand Final & FFA Cup 2022/23 Melbourne Victory 1st Treble again. Champions League 1/4 Final 2023/24 Melbourne Victory - Left after winning the Champions League |. Intenational .| 2019 Tunisia Took over after a poor ACON campaign 2020 Tunisia Won African Nations Championship 2021 Tunisia Won African Cup of Nations 2022 Tunisia Lost in Final of AFCAN. World Cup 2nd Round Challenge Progress Club 2/10 Top Domestic Leagues (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 18/19 | Australia - Melbourne Vic 21/22) 2/10 Domestic Cups (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 19/20 | Australia - Melbourne Vic 21/22) 2/5 Club Champions League (Africa - Stellenbosch 20/21 | Asia - Melbourne Vic 23/24) 0/1 Club World Championship International 1/5 Continental Tournaments (Africa - Tunisia 2021) 0/2 World Tournaments
  4. Season review coming later on today. Does anybody know how the Mexican League works? Having a look at a few interesting teams and I saw that clubs were in both the South America & North America Champions League. How do they do that?
  5. You could always go to Mexico and complete North America that way.
  6. Melbourne Victory 2021/22 Season Review Having had 8 games in charge of Melbourne last year I knew that with the right signings that we could achieve all our targets this season and that proved to be the case. As the 1st July arrived I started to look at the players who have been released from all over the world. After looking for only 15 minutes I had already found my 2 big name signings that were going to make a massive difference. James Bree was let go by Aston Villa, and although initially he wanted £15k a week to join, he thankfully came to his senses and was happy to accept £4k a week, having been at the club for a few weeks on trial. The second big name was signed straight away as soon as I saw that he was interested. Zach Clough had been released from Notts Forest and I just knew that I had to get him. He came in as my first designated player and I knew he was going to be fantastic for us. We added some extra depth to the squad and bought in young Argentine midfielder Lautaro Grosso on loan from River which turned out to be another massive signing for the team. Cup – Things are a little different in Australia with a 10 week preseason. During this time, the FFA Cup takes place and of course this was a massive target for us. Thanks to the draw it would also allow us an opportunity to test our ‘new look’ self against other fellow A-Leaguers. In the 1st round we went to Western Sydney and after only 25 minutes I knew that this was going to be a good successful season. New signings Bree & Clough took centre stage, and in Clough I finally had a clinical reliable striker that I could trust. 5-1 the final score, really put a marker down for the rest of the season. The following 2 rounds were straight forward. We were managing our fitness a lot better than the opponents as in each case both Brisbane and Sydney had played a friendly 3 days earlier and their players hadn’t recovered in time. The score lines might suggest that the games were tight but realistically they both never came close to scoring, and we were into the Semi Final against Perth Glory. The Semi Final came and again it was an easy win. We had been able to rest certain players in the league game just before this game, and it shone through. Our fitness in the 2nd half really showed as we finally scored our 2nd goal and then confirmed the win with a counter attack late on. The final was never close. This was such a comfortable game, and in most ways the perfect game. There wasn’t a lot of chances in the game, in fact just 1 in the first half. Thankfully, Clough scored it. I wanted us to attack at the start of the 2nd half and put the game to bed. We did that, and in truth could have scored 3 before we finally added our 2nd in the 57th minute. The 3rd goal after the hour killed the game off and that was it. FFA Cup champions. 1 down, 1 to go. League – This was easy. Thanks to the long preseason and the FFA Cup games, the squad was fully fit and playing well. This continued for almost 4 full months before we lost in a poor game to Adelaide. We then capitulated against Wellington 2 games later, giving away a 2-goal lead. Thankfully the team rallied together and we then went the rest of the season unbeaten. After the regular season, we entered the post season games, where a team that finishes 6th can potentially win in the Grand Final. There was no danger of that happening here however as we powered our way to the title with 2 of the most convincing wins that I have ever seen. Whatever we tried it worked, and no defence could stop Zach Clough. If by some miracle they did, new designated player Scott Hogan would pick up the slack and keep us on top. With the 2 requirements done it was very tempting to leave. There was a wonderful opportunity in South Korea with Seoul who had sacked their manager despite being in 2nd place (4 points behind 1st) and into the quarter final of the Korean Cup. The downside to me is that I don’t believe that they can compete and win the Asian Champions League. The other opportunity has come a year too early. New MLS side Atlanta had lost their manager to the US National team (more on that to come) and this is the team that I want to take over when I go to the MLS. The other massive factor is that they will be in the Champions League. The reason that I didn’t apply for either job is just because I feel that I must try to win in Asia with Melbourne. This team is just too good to not at least have a go, but if I don’t win it first try then I will be moving to the MLS or probably China. League Table . Finals Tree | League Results . Cup Results | Transfer History Tunisia 2022 Review My last year in charge of Tunisia. It has been fun managing them, but with players getting older and not being entered into the Confederations Cup, I decided that the World Cup would be my last tournament in charge. Before that however we had the chance to renew our African Nations Championship title. Being drawn against Tanzania, Togo & Ghana I was 99% certain that we were going to qualify well. Despite a shocking draw to Tanzania which they deserved to win, we came through the last 2 group games easily and booked our place in the Quarter Finals. Cameroon were waiting for us and despite dominating the game, they took us into extra time but they couldn’t get the job done. It was disappointing that we couldn’t get the game won in regulation time, especially knowing that the team we would meet in the Semi Final would have an extra day’s rest. The Semi was a cagey affair against Zambia. It’s a team we should be beating by more, and I was really hoping that we would score 2 or 3 in the first half, knowing that in the second our fitness was going to be terrible. Thankfully, the lack of fitness didn’t cost us and we would meet South Africa in the Final. Another close game that we couldn’t finish our chances and it would come back to bite us. We only allowed South Africa 2 shots the whole game, but our finishing was just woeful. Extra Time came and went so penalties followed. As expected we lost. When the draw for the World Cup was made, I really didn’t mind who we got as I thought that the group would consist of Us, a poor team, a team like us & then a fantastic team that would top the group easily. What happened however was that we got the group of death. All 4 teams were ranked in the top 16. We were 12th and still only the 3rd best team. I have never seen such a hard group. We obviously had won AFCON while the USA had just won the Gold Cup. France lost in the Final of the European Championships & Brazil had lost in the Final of Copa America. So, we started the group against France and amazingly we matched up really well against them. Their team of superstars couldn’t click together and thankfully for us, we had one of those days where our chances just went in. After beating France, I was confident of beating the USA. They had beaten Brazil in their first game so they were going to be confident as well. There was a goal for both teams in either half but neither team could hold a lead for longer that 5 minutes. Not a great result for either team with Brazil & France also drawing in their game. The final game against Brazil was an absolute classic. The underdog (us!) leading 2-0 going into half time only for Neymar to score in injury time. We defended for our lives in the 2nd half while missing a few chances to restore our 2-goal lead. As usual though we got FM’d. Brazil score a last-minute equaliser to level the game at 2-2. In a 2nd half with no stoppages there was only meant to be 2 additional minutes. However, for some reason the referee really didn’t want us to get anything from the game. Plays an extra minute of stoppage time and then gives a ******** penalty which of course they score. It was acknowledged that it was a poor decision in the press a day later. Thankfully, we still manage to top our group and set up a 2nd round match with Austria. News broke a day before the game that our captain was going to miss the game with a BRUISED TOE! A World Cup 2nd round match and he can’t play with a bruised toe. The game was poor. We missed chance after chance, Austria take their only chance in the 80th minute and our World Cup was over. After 53 games in charge of Tunisia I said goodbye. Hopefully I can get one of the international jobs available when the World Cup is over. 2022 Results | World Cup Groups A-D . World Cup Groups E-H . World Cup Knockout Stages |. Club .| Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Stellenbosch 11th Took over with the team 16th after 14 games 2017/18 Stellenbosch 1st Won the First Division Title 2018/19 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Premiership. Qualified for the Champs League 2019/20 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Treble. Champs League Group Stage 2020/21 Stellenbosch - Left after winning the Champions League 2020/21 Melbourne Victory 8th Took over with the team 10th after 19 games 2021/22 Melbourne Victory 1st Treble. Regular Season, Grand Final & FFA Cup |. Intenational .| 2019 Tunisia Took over after a poor ACON campaign 2020 Tunisia Won African Nations Championship 2021 Tunisia Won African Cup of Nations 2022 Tunisia Lost in Final of AFCAN. World Cup 2nd Round Challenge Progress Club 2/10 Top Domestic Leagues (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 18/19 | Australia - Melbourne Vic 21/22) 2/10 Domestic Cups (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 19/20 | Australia - Melbourne Vic 21/22) 1/5 Club Champions League (Africa - Stellenbosch 20/21) 0/1 Club World Championship International 1/5 Continental Tournaments (Africa - Tunisia 2021) 0/2 World Tournaments
  7. @yugular - Good work with Orlando. Will be interesting to see where you end up next. Any preferred leagues or just take what's available? @Ronaldo Beckham - Good luck with Toronto. Just a heads up that you wont be able to win the US Open Cup. The Canadian sides all compete in the Canadian Championship, don't know if that will count towards the domestic cups required @vikeologist?
  8. @vikeologist - Thanks, I'm also very happy to be finished with South Africa. I do think that the reason they were quite tight is just because we weren't the best team. If we were the Kaizer Chiefs with some of our players mixed in then the league would have been a run away. Melbourne Victory 2020/21 Season Review So, I have my new team. I was always pretty sure that it was either going to be Australia or USA and with the way that the seasons lined up with South Africa, Australia was the choice. I only had to wait 5 weeks until I had my interview with Melbourne Victory. To be honest I didn’t want to take the Victory job simply because they rejected me a couple of seasons ago, but I didn’t want to wait until the end of the season so I agreed to take the job after the Africa Cup of Nations. When I agreed to take over the team they hadn’t won a single game all season, which sounded just like when I took over Stellenbosch. During my time away with Tunisia, the caretaker manager found a bit of form, winning 2, drawing 2 and losing only 1. To put that into context, the previous manager only won 3 points. My first game in charge was against Melbourne rivals City. We beat them and moved ourselves off the foot of the table and began our climb up the table. In the remaining 7 games we would win 5, lose 2 and end up just 5 points off the knockout places. There is a lot of rebuilding to do here, but we have a good amount of money and with the right additions I firmly believe that we can do the minimum required here and win a league and cup double this coming season. If that happens then it allows me the option to possibly go to China to win the Asian Champions League, if I feel that we won’t be able to win it here. League Table | Results |. Club .| Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Stellenbosch 11th Took over with the team 16th after 14 games 2017/18 Stellenbosch 1st Won the First Division Title 2018/19 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Premiership. Qualified for the Champs League 2019/20 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Treble. Champs League Group Stage 2020/21 Stellenbosch - Left after winning the Champions League 2020/21 Melbourne Victory 8th Took over with the team 10th after 19 games |. Intenational .| 2019 Tunisia Took over after a poor ACON campaign 2020 Tunisia Won African Nations Championship 2021 Tunisia Won African Cup of Nations Challenge Progress Club 1/10 Top Domestic Leagues (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 18/19) 1/10 Domestic Cups (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 19/20) 1/5 Club Champions League (Africa - Stellenbosch 20/21) 0/1 Club World Championship International 1/5 Continental Tournaments (Africa - Tunisia 21) 0/2 World Tournaments
  9. Doing well Ronaldo. Although just so you know I don't think that the Europa League counts. Pretty sure that it has to be the Champions League.
  10. @vikeologist - Thanks for the advice. I didn't realise about the Champions League but thankfully I don't have to worry about it anymore! @numero uno gunner - Thanks a lot. It sucks that you're struggling, especially with Orlando. Maybe it's time for a change of scenery and attack South Africa at a later date. 2019/20 Stellenbosch Extended Season Review So, after the jubilation of winning the league last season this year was all about trying to finish of the African side of the challenge. I have a clear plan of how I want to do this challenge and it doesn’t include coming back to Africa to win the Champions League or a domestic cup. With that said it was time to gear up for a busy season. For the first time since being in the Premiership, I decided that I wasn’t going to apply for any other jobs this year. It was clear to me that there isn’t any point in doing so, as this club offers me the best chance to reach my goals. League – Again we started slowly but after that we really stepped on the gas and started to dominate the initial stages of the league. As stated in the last update I wasn’t too bothered about doing well in the league, but for the first time since I have been in charge we were actually winning the close games instead of drawing them. This really proved to be a difference maker for us especially early on, when the fixtures weren’t too busy. After the mid-season break that’s when things got tough. Injuries started to pile up and most of the time we were playing at least 2 games a week, and although I played my rotation team the boys just kept winning. We were smashing the league heading into the last 5 games but with the Champions League running alongside, the boys started to look tired. Thankfully we managed to hold on and went into a final game against Orlando Pirates knowing that a point would be enough. We held on and ended up winning the league by 2 points from Ajax who we thankfully beat 2 games earlier. Cups – The most important games this season. The whole aim of the season was to win a domestic cup so I wouldn’t have to worry about staying for another season. It didn’t start well with a loss to season rivals Orlando but that wasn’t the cup I was focused on. We somehow won the Telkom cup which was a pleasant surprise especially as I didn’t really play the first teamers apart from the semi-final as everybody else was shattered. The Nedbank Cup is the one that really matters. We almost ruined it against non-league opposition EC Bees, but as soon as got into extra time the fitness really showed and we won comfortably. The next 3 rounds were all regulation wins. The score line might look like they were close games (apart from the Semi Final!) but realistically we dominated but just couldn’t get that extra goal to be completely safe. The final was a fantastic game, and true to our style this year we had to come from behind but ended up getting the win. We went from 1-0 up to 1-2 down and even though we were creating chance after chance we couldn’t score. However, that all changed late on in the second half when substitute Lyle Lakay entered the fray and not only set up Nkanu to draw us level but then scored a stunning free kick to put us back in front. We had to do some heavy defending late on in the game, but we did just enough and the cup came back with us. Champions League – The big one! I have never played in the African Champions League so the format was a bit different but after watching the draws being made and thankfully avoiding any of the big teams I was very confident that we would progress to the group stages. The prelim round was a complete cake walk and looking at the next round I was very confident of another result. What followed however was anything but simple. Never have I been so annoyed and tempted to resign following a result. Yes, we scored 4 away goals but we gave them 2, and then at home our defenders didn’t seem to care. This is the game that we should be winning 3,4-0 comfortably and not worrying. Ultimately our 4 away goals came to our rescue and we were into the next round. After another shaky away performance, we put the tie to bed early in the second leg with 3 goals before 30 minutes. After the 4th went in we relaxed and knew that we were into the group stages. After the match, the group stages were drawn and we would play against Etoile du Congo (Congo), Al-Ahly (Egypt) and USM Alger (Algeria). The games against Alger were going to be the crucial ones. I knew that we could beat Etoile du Congo twice and if we could get a result against Al-Ahly then great but I would happily settle for 2nd in the group and a Semi Final place. With the group games being spread over the current and next season I wasn’t sure on what to expect in regard to fitness levels. I arranged some pre-season friendlies in between the Champs League games to help with the fitness levels, but my fears were soon realised as early on my players couldn’t/wouldn’t get their fitness back. We played and beat Congo 3-0 with all of my players on 70% or less fitness, but despite resting all of the players from training their fitness never went past 70%. This was always going to be a problem going against a good team like Al-Ahly. It proved to be the case as we lost 4-2 and had a man sent off. Thankfully, before the crucial game against Alger our players all found their lost fitness and due to this we showed our class with a comfortable 4-0 win. With our fitness, back we won the next 2 group games including against Al-Ahly which meant we would top the group and would face last season’s rivals Wits. Wits had struggled in the league last time finishing 5th and having just played and beat them in the league I was very confident that we could do so again in the Champs League. The players obviously believed as well as we smashed Wits 5-1 and effectively ending the tie there. We beat them again in the return leg 4-3 to set up a historic final against Tunisian side ES Tunis. Obviously, being national manager for Tunisia I knew a little bit about some of their players and while it was always going to be tough I was confident that our home form could play a massive part of winning the competition. However, the Final was the complete opposite from our Semi Final as we drew the home game 0-0 with both teams not really creating any golden opportunities. Going to Tunisia was always going to be a hard ask but I was still confident. The first half was another cagey half with the us slightly on top. With the game dwindling, down and looking like extra time was looming disaster struck. Tunis created their first opening of the game in the 79th minute and they took it. We went beyond gung ho! 5 men up front hoping that we would get 1 more chance. We got it!! A long ball came in and a very dubious foul was given. Penalty. Step forward our centre back Motjeka Madisha who sent the keeper the other way and levelled the game at 1-1. Now, I wasn’t sure if away goals counted or not so while returning to a bit of normality, I wanted to keep attacking. We managed to squander another couple of chances, but to my surprise and amazement as the full-time whistle went, away goals counted. We were CHAMPIONS! I knew straight after the game that it was going to be my last in charge of Stellenbosch. I wasn’t going to wait around for the Club World Cup as we were never going to be good enough to win, that will come later. We have come a long way as a club. From having not won a game when I took over to champions of Africa. It has been a tough road that I thought about jumping from many a time, but I am so happy that I didn’t. Now onto the next chapter which is the African Cup of Nations with Tunisia. League Table | League Results . Cup Fixtures . Champions League Results | Transfer History Tunisia 2020/21 Extended Review I’ve realised that since taking over Tunisia, I haven’t done an update on what’s been happening. In the 2019 season we played 4 friendly’s winning 3 and then we beat Zimbabwe in the World Cup Qualifiers 2nd Round. At the start of 2020 I found out that we were in the African Nations Championship. I had never heard of it but thought that it would give me a chance to see what level we are at regarding the other African nations. I didn’t realise however that the squad had to be domestic players only. This meant that we lost a lot of our big-name players, but did give me the chance to try out some good youngsters coming through. In the group opener, we played South Africa who I thought would be very tough to beat. Amazingly they didn’t have anybody from Stellenbosch in their team! Anyway, we smashed them 3-1 and gave ourselves a good chance at getting out of the group. We then got FM’ed against Burundi and went into our final game against Ghana knowing that we had to win. We did and would go up against a good Algeria team in the Quarter Finals. We came through that game in a really entertaining 4-3 victory. It looks quite close but only because of a late Algeria goal. We were in control and were never in doubt of losing. The Semi Final was our most complete performance of the tournament. We shut down Nigeria all game only allowing them 1 shot on goal. It took us until the hour mark to finally score but it was always coming. We finished the game scoring a late goal after they committed too many men forward and would move on to play Mali in the final. The final didn’t really come to life until the second half. Mali scored thanks to an error from our centre back, but the boys responded straight away getting a penalty 2 minutes later which we scored. The final, tournament winning goal was scored in the 71st minute and we had won the African Nations Championship. The rest of the year was spent playing and winning the African Cup of Nations Qualifying group and a couple of World Cup Qualifiers which included a fantastic 4-1 win against Senegal. We were in fantastic form heading into ACON and although the media didn’t expect us to do anything I was quietly confident of a decent run. As had happened in the African Championships, we started off with a convincing win, lost to a team that we shouldn’t have and faced Ghana with the last game in a must win match. This would turn out to be the start of something special. Something clicked in the players and not only did we beat Ghana, but we sent out a message that we were simply going to outscore our opponents. The defence had been quite leaky for a while so I decided to not worry about it, and play more attacking players instead. This change of philosophy seemed to work as we steam rolled our way past Algeria 4-2 in the Quarter Final, Nigeria 4-2 in the Semi Final and then in the Final we finished of surprise finalist Cape Verde… you guessed it, astonishingly 4-2! I’m not sure if I am going to stay with Tunisia for the World Cup. I really want to have a go at the Confederations Cup so I might just stay for that. Who knows, I’ll keep an eye out for an interesting job offer otherwise I might just continue with Tunisia. 2020 Fixtures . 2021 Fixtures |. Club .| Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Stellenbosch 11th Took over with the team 16th after 14 games 2017/18 Stellenbosch 1st Won the First Division Title 2018/19 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Premiership. Qualified for the Champs League 2019/20 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Treble. Champs League Group Stage 2020/21 Stellenbosch - Left after winning the Champions League |. Intenational .| 2019 Tunisia Took over after a poor ACON campaign 2020 Tunisia Won African Nations Championship 2021 Tunisia Won African Cup of Nations Challenge Progress Club 1/10 Top Domestic Leagues (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 18/19) 1/10 Domestic Cups (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 19/20) 1/5 Club Champions League (Africa - Stellenbosch 20/21) 0/1 Club World Championship International 1/5 Continental Tournaments (Africa - Tunisia 21) 0/2 World Tournaments
  11. 2018/19 Stellenbosch Season Review I’m still here! I was hoping that I was going to be at a new club in a new country by now but that wasn’t to be. After my contract ran out I decided to stay at the club on a month to month contract. During the off season, I applied for a range of jobs but was particularly interesting in 2 from the same city. Melbourne Victory & City both sacked their managers and offered me interviews however both decided that they would rather have a nobody in charge so I’m still here. I did however get an extra job. I have become the manager of Tunisia after they had a poor African Cup of Nations campaign. I was also offered to be the manager of Iran and Saudi Arabia but I felt that this offered me the best current squad as I wait for the next ACON. League – The league didn’t start particularly well drawing two games and losing one, but after that we found our feet and went unbeaten for the next 12 games (winning 8) until we lost to Kaiser Chiefs again. The boys responded well and we went on another winning run of 6 from 7. We were now in a 2-horse race for the title with Wits, and a terrible loss to Golden Arrows looked like it could be a sign of what was to come. However, it wasn’t. We went onto win 5 from the final 6 games, which resulted in Stellenbosch FC winning the Premiership. Cups – In the Telecom Cup we were knocked out by Kaiser Chiefs which was disappointing as at that stage of the season I was only hoping to win one of the cups. So, I then decided to stop switching to a cup/reserve team and actually play my main team in all games especially in the forthcoming Nedbank Cup. We played well for 3 rounds in this cup, knocking out 3 fellow premiership teams before we completely bottled it in the semi-final against Maritzburg United. We quickly went 2-0 down, but managed to get 1 back in the first half. 2-1 at half time would have been fine with me, but yet again our usually solid defence imploded and gave up another in the first half. I gave them the proper hairdryer treatment and initially it seemed to work. We came out flying and scored straight away and we were back in it. No, we weren’t! Maritzburg scored another 2 and completely killed off the game. We scored in the 72nd minute to give us a 0.005% chance of coming back but it wasn’t to be. A massive chance missed. Looking forward to next season is actually quite interesting. I am toying with the idea of moving to another team, although they would probably have to be in the Champions League already otherwise I want to wait a year and see how we do with this team. I am not going to be that interested in the league next season. We will obviously try and do well again but I am completely focused on winning a cup and doing well in the league. Thanks to winning the league our finances are finally in the black and the board have eventually agreed to let me do my coaching badges. I strongly believe that this was holding me back when applying for other jobs so at least now I might have a chance when I decide to move at the end of this coming season, regardless of how we do this season. League Table | Results 1 . Results 2 | Transfer History |. Club .| Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Stellenbosch 11th Took over with the team 16th after 14 games 2017/18 Stellenbosch 1st Won the First Division Title 2018/19 Stellenbosch 1st Won the Premiership. Qualified for the Champs League |. Intenational .| 2018/19 Tunisia Took over after a poor ACON campaign Challenge Progress Club 1/10 Top Domestic Leagues (S. Africa - Stellenbosch 18/19) 0/10 Domestic Cups 0/5 Club Champions League 0/1 Club World Championship International 0/5 Continental Tournaments 0/2 World Tournaments
  12. 2017/18 Stellenbosch Season Review What a difference a year makes. I always knew that if I could bring in my own players then this had the potential to be a good year and I was right. We started the season off by releasing an eye watering 24 players from last year. We combatted that throughout July & August by signing 17 players and having many, many more in on trials. The league really was a rollercoaster of a season. We started off playing well throughout August – November before struggling in December. In January, we got back on track winning a couple before a month’s break which allowed us to refocus and make some much-needed additions. After the break, we came out flying and including our 2 wins in January, we would win 7 in a row and would go undefeated all the way into May. We hit a bit of a wall in May. We had started to play poorly as a team not creating any chances throughout a game and just hoping to score 1 goal and then hang on. We were lucky against Jomo Cosmos, we scored the only chance we created, against Zizwe Utd we weren’t that lucky. That loss would open the door for Black Leopards who have been in a battle with us all season long, however it appeared that they too were having the same problems. Out of their last 5 games they could only win 2, including 1 on the last day when the title had already been decided. Their loss to Mbombela United combined with our win over Santos FC meant that we had won the title and were heading into the Premiership. Black Leopards would shrug off their recent problems, and would go on to win the playoff mini league and join us in the Premiership. On a side note Free State Stars were relegated from the First Division having been relegated the year before from the Premiership. I was adamant that this was going to be my last season in charge of the team and while I haven’t signed a new contract with the team, I think that I will be staying for most of the upcoming season. I will be looking for the chance to move to a top team. I’m not too sure if I want to move to a different country just yet, however if the club keeps bleeding money like it is then I will have no option to move. I still can’t pursue my coaching badges and if this challenge is to progress then I need them. League Table | Results 1 . Results 2 | Transfer History Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Stellenbosch 11th Took over with the team 16th after 14 games 2017/18 Stellenbosch 1st Won the First Division Title Challenge Progress Club 0/10 Top Domestic Leagues 0/10 Domestic Cups 0/5 Club Champions League 0/1 Club World Championship International 0/5 Continental Tournaments 0/2 World Tournaments
  13. 2016/17 Stellenbosch Season Review Having waited long enough for a new I took over the bottom team in South Africa’s first division. What I really liked about Stellenbosch is that they are a new team in their very first season having taken over Vasco RSA. The main objective for the season was obviously to keep the team in the division. Looking at the league table its clear to see that it wasn’t going to be an easy feat. They hadn’t won a league game all year, and had only just won their first competitive match a preliminary cup game on penalties! While the first few games were positive despite blowing leads in my first two games in charge, it was clear that things had to change and fresh players were needed. Over the next week, I bought in 7 players with all but 1 on loan. The permanent transfer of Stanton Lewis is one that would be huge for the team. Throughout January and February there were highs and quite a few lows. We finally won a game beating Jomo Cosmos but had to wait until the end of February to get our second. As for the lows, well were still drawing games as we seemed unable to see out winning positions. We got smashed by Tuks in the Needbank Cup. While I didn’t care that we lost and were out of the cup I wasn’t happy with our performance. Now that we were out of the cup our sole focus was on avoiding relegation. I had finally settled on a starting eleven, and the results started to improve. Including our win at the end of February we won 5 out of the last 8, scoring 14 and only conceding 2. This meant that we avoided relegation by 5 points. Looking forward to next season is quite interesting. It will probably be my last season with the club unless we are looking like getting promoted. Everybody’s contract is expiring apart from new signing Stanton Lewis and I intend on completely rebuilding the team and am 90% sure that I will be letting all the contracts expire, although I will probably be extending a few of the loans. Initial League Table . Final League Table | Initial Results . Final Results | Transfer History Season Team Position Notes and Achievements 2016/17 Stellenbosch 11th Took over with the team 16th after 14 games Challenge Progress Club 0/10 Top Domestic Leagues 0/10 Domestic Cups 0/5 Club Champions League 0/1 Club World Championship International 0/5 Continental Tournaments 0/2 World Tournaments
  14. Brilliant thanks. I will give an update when I have things started and figured out!
  15. I'm really interested in starting this but was just wandering, do you have to have all the leagues loaded for a nation, and do you have to load them all at the start of the game or can you add them in after completing a country/continent?? Thanks
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