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  1. So having left leverkusen before the world cup, and having resigned from my role as Spain manager after winning the world cup I was on a job hunt. It took a few weeks but I have landed 2 excellent jobs. Taking over as Barcelona boss and a few weeks later landing the role as USA manager. With this being my first role in charge of a European Heavyweight, I fancy my chances in the Champions League. The squad is stacked and the youth team also looks to have a few gems. Internationally there is a Gold Cup in 12 months time, and we look to be the strongest side involved. welcome to the challenge mate.
  2. Spain 2030 World Cup Update Group Stages Last 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final Aftermath @vikeologist thanks mate. Its been really enjoyable so far, I haven't had as much time to play FM in the last few weeks compared to when I started the challenge but should have abit of free time this coming week to try and get a couple more seasons done. Hows your challenge going? Inter nationally I use exactly the same formation and team instructions I've used throughout this save. its an attacking 442 basically. I change the roles according to the players preferences but having a deep lying playmaker on defensive is one a usually never change. Also prefer a targetman up top but Spain don't seem to have one. CLUB CAREER Leagues Cups Season Nation League Club 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Cont CWC Other Notes and Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 CHI CJL Beijing Renhe 1st SF Appointed DEC 2017, Gained C & B License, Manager of the Season 2019 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st WON Gained National A, CON C License, Manager of the season, Double Winners 2020 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st R.U WON 3rd Gained CON B License, Manager of the year, CSL & ACL Winners, Resigned on 22/12/2020 2021 USA MLS Atlanta United 3rd WON RD4 WON 3rd Gained CON A License, MLS CUP and NACL Winners, Coach of the year. 2022 USA MLS Atlanta United R.U Gained Pro License, Lost in NACL FINAL, Resigned on 25/05/22. 2022/23 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 6th R2 WON Appointed on 31/07/22, Won Telekom Knockout Cup. 2023/24 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Double Winners. League and Telekom Knockout Cup. 2024/25 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Treble winners. League, MTN8 and Telekom Cup. Still in AFC Champs League Group Stage 2025/26 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein WON 5th Won CAF Champions League, Lost in CWC QF's. Resigned on 24/12/2025 2026 BRA SERIE A Fluminense 2nd WON WON WON Appointed on 26/03/2026. Quad Winners. State Champs, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and CWC. Manager of the season. Resigned on 21/12/2026. 2027/28 POR Primeira Benfica 1st R5 WON L16 Appointed on 15/07/2027. Double Winners Primiera Liga and Liga De Taca. Manager of the Season. Resigned on 27/05/2028 2028/29 HOL Eredivisie Ajax 1st WON QF Appointed on 23/06/2028. Treble Winners Eredivisie, Dutch Cup and Super Cup. 2029/30 GER Bundesliga Bay Leverkusen 1st WON GS Appointed on 05/07/2029. Treble Winners Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Europa League. INTERNATIONAL CAREER Competitions Season Nation World Cup Confed Cup Euro Cup Asian Cup Afcon Gold Cup Copa A Other Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2021/22 SENEGAL WON Appointed on 21/03/2021, Qualified for World Cup, ranked 13th. 2022/23 Senegal Group Stage Resigned on 25/06/2022, ranked 15th 2023/24 China Appointed on 02/07/2023, Qualified for Asian Games, Ranked 54th. 2024/25 China Qualified for East Asian Games. Ranked 46th 2025/26 China 2nd Round Won East Asian Cup. Ranked 45th. 2026/27 China WON Won AFC Asian Cup. Ranked 42nd. Resigned on 07/02/2027 2028/29 Spain WON Appointed on 16/07/2028. Won Confederations Cup. 2029/30 Spain WON Won 2030 World Cup. CHALLENGE PROGRESS CLUB 6/10 Top Domestic Leagues CSL-Beijing Renhe 2019. MLS-Atlanta 2021. ASBA-Bloemfontein 2024. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL-Ajax 2029. GER-Leverkusen 2030. 6/10 Domestic Cups CFA-Beijing Renhe 2019. RSAKO-Bloemfontein 2023. BFA-Fluminense 2026. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL- Ajax 2029. GER-Leverkusen 2030. 4/5 Club Continental Championships Asia-Beijing Renhe 2020. CONCACAF-Atlanta 2021. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. COPA LIB-Fluminense 2026. 1/1 Club World Cups Fluminense 2026 International 2/5 Continental Tournaments AFCON-Senegal 2021. Asian Cup-China 2027. 2/2 World Tournaments Confederations Cup-Spain 2029. World Cup-Spain 2030 Total Challenge Progress 21/33 All Achievements Club Football. Beijing Renhe - Chinese Jia League 2018. Chinese Super League 2019, 2020. Asian Champions League 2020. Chinese FA Cup 2019. Chinese Super Cup 2020. Manager of the season 2018, 2019, 2020. Atlanta United - MLS Cup 2021. CONCACAF 2021. MLS coach of the year 2021. Bloemfontein Celtics - Telkom Knockout Cup 2023,2024,2025. ASBA Premiership-2024,2025. MTN8-2025. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. Manager of the season 2024. Fluminense - Rio State Championships 2026, Copa Perdigao do Brazil 2026, Copa Libertadores 2026, FIFA Club World Cup 2026, Manager of the season 2026. Benfica - Primeira Liga 2028, Liga De Taca 2028, Supertaca 2028, Manager of the season 2028. Ajax Amsterdam - Eredivisie 2029, Dutch Cup 2029, Super Cup 2029. Bayer Leverkusen - Bundesliga 2030, DFB Pokal 2030, Europa League 2030. International Football. Senegal - AFCON-Senegal 2021. China - East Asian Cup 2025. AFC Asian Cup 2027. Spain - International League 2029, Confederations Cup 2029. World Cup 2030.
  3. 2029/30 Season Update Season Preview Season Review Squad Managers Profile Bundesliga - Results 1 - Results 2 - I joined Leverkusen with the idea of building a team to challenge Bayern's dominance within 2 or 3 seasons. We did it in 1. It was a very weird season, no real stand out team, and Bayern were simply awful, finishing in 6th. They actually offered me the manager's job during the season but their team is ageing and very unbalanced so I stayed loyal. It was a tight race, and with 5 games remaining we sat 2nd, 1 point behind leaders Wolfsburg. With them still to visit our ground it was all to play for. A loss away at Nurenburg almost cost us the title but with Wolfsburg dropping points also it meant they visited us 2 points clear and a win would have gave them the crown. We pulled off a thumping 5-1 victory, and went on to beat Mainz 4-0 on the final day to win the title. DFB Pokal Cup - A brilliant cup run saw us seal a double. Wasnt straight forward with 2 penalty victories and tight games with only a 1 goal margin in the semi's and final. Champions League - Drawn in a difficult Group G alongside Manchester United, old club Ajax and Krasnador, I knew this would be tough. And so it proved, as we finished 3rd, 2 points behind United. This meant we went into the Europa League. Europa League - Resuming after the mid season break suited us here, we had managed to get some consistency going by now and it proved to be a great tournament as we ended up sealing the crown. Wins against Totenham and Arsenal were really impressive, and it meant an all German final against Schalke who were not performing well league wise. This left me confident as we sealed the title with a 1-0 win. Been an excellent and unexpected successful season in Germany, 2 more competitions ticked off the list and now eyeing up my next move. I may resign as I can see me losing a few key members of this squad in the summer and I cant see myself winning the champions league with Leverkusen. Ideally Id like to go to Italy or France but PSG are just immense and I cant see that job coming up any time soon, and the same goes with Juventus. I may have to take a lesser role here and build a team (the same plan as here). I have the Home World Cup with Spain coming up this summer so may resign from here and just focus on that and see what jobs pop up this summer. CLUB CAREER Leagues Cups Season Nation League Club 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Cont CWC Other Notes and Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 CHI CJL Beijing Renhe 1st SF Appointed DEC 2017, Gained C & B License, Manager of the Season 2019 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st WON Gained National A, CON C License, Manager of the season, Double Winners 2020 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st R.U WON 3rd Gained CON B License, Manager of the year, CSL & ACL Winners, Resigned on 22/12/2020 2021 USA MLS Atlanta United 3rd WON RD4 WON 3rd Gained CON A License, MLS CUP and NACL Winners, Coach of the year. 2022 USA MLS Atlanta United R.U Gained Pro License, Lost in NACL FINAL, Resigned on 25/05/22. 2022/23 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 6th R2 WON Appointed on 31/07/22, Won Telekom Knockout Cup. 2023/24 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Double Winners. League and Telekom Knockout Cup. 2024/25 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Treble winners. League, MTN8 and Telekom Cup. Still in AFC Champs League Group Stage 2025/26 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein WON 5th Won CAF Champions League, Lost in CWC QF's. Resigned on 24/12/2025 2026 BRA SERIE A Fluminense 2nd WON WON WON Appointed on 26/03/2026. Quad Winners. State Champs, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and CWC. Manager of the season. Resigned on 21/12/2026. 2027/28 POR Primeira Benfica 1st R5 WON L16 Appointed on 15/07/2027. Double Winners Primiera Liga and Liga De Taca. Manager of the Season. Resigned on 27/05/2028 2028/29 HOL Eredivisie Ajax 1st WON QF Appointed on 23/06/2028. Treble Winners Eredivisie, Dutch Cup and Super Cup. 2029/30 GER Bundesliga Bay Leverkusen 1st WON GS Appointed on 05/07/2029. Treble Winners Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Europa League. INTERNATIONAL CAREER Competitions Season Nation World Cup Confed Cup Euro Cup Asian Cup Afcon Gold Cup Copa A Other Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2021/22 SENEGAL WON Appointed on 21/03/2021, Qualified for World Cup, ranked 13th. 2022/23 Senegal Group Stage Resigned on 25/06/2022, ranked 15th 2023/24 China Appointed on 02/07/2023, Qualified for Asian Games, Ranked 54th. 2024/25 China Qualified for East Asian Games. Ranked 46th 2025/26 China 2nd Round Won East Asian Cup. Ranked 45th. 2026/27 China WON Won AFC Asian Cup. Ranked 42nd. Resigned on 07/02/2027 2028/29 Spain WON Appointed on 16/07/2028. Won Confederations Cup. CHALLENGE PROGRESS CLUB 6/10 Top Domestic Leagues CSL-Beijing Renhe 2019. MLS-Atlanta 2021. ASBA-Bloemfontein 2024. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL-Ajax 2029. GER-Leverkusen 2030. 6/10 Domestic Cups CFA-Beijing Renhe 2019. RSAKO-Bloemfontein 2023. BFA-Fluminense 2026. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL- Ajax 2029. GER-Leverkusen 2030. 4/5 Club Continental Championships Asia-Beijing Renhe 2020. CONCACAF-Atlanta 2021. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. COPA LIB-Fluminense 2026. 1/1 Club World Cups Fluminense 2026 International 2/5 Continental Tournaments AFCON-Senegal 2021. Asian Cup-China 2027. 1/2 World Tournaments Confederations Cup-Spain 2029. Total Challenge Progress 20/33 All Achievements Club Football. Beijing Renhe - Chinese Jia League 2018. Chinese Super League 2019, 2020. Asian Champions League 2020. Chinese FA Cup 2019. Chinese Super Cup 2020. Manager of the season 2018, 2019, 2020. Atlanta United - MLS Cup 2021. CONCACAF 2021. MLS coach of the year 2021. Bloemfontein Celtics - Telkom Knockout Cup 2023,2024,2025. ASBA Premiership-2024,2025. MTN8-2025. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. Manager of the season 2024. Fluminense - Rio State Championships 2026, Copa Perdigao do Brazil 2026, Copa Libertadores 2026, FIFA Club World Cup 2026, Manager of the season 2026. Benfica - Primeira Liga 2028, Liga De Taca 2028, Supertaca 2028, Manager of the season 2028. Ajax Amsterdam - Eredivisie 2029, Dutch Cup 2029, Super Cup 2029. Bayer Leverkusen - Bundesliga 2030, DFB Pokal 2030, Europa League 2030. International Football. Senegal - AFCON-Senegal 2021. China - East Asian Cup 2025. AFC Asian Cup 2027. Spain - International League 2029, Confederations Cup 2029.
  4. i completely forgot about the numerous different contracts, the waiving part aswel. ive noticed that happens alot on fm, the A.I stock piling players. im glad ive moved on from there.
  5. good luck in America mate. Is a frustrating league with all the rules. most frustrating thing is the transfer system between MLS clubs, I only lasted a season. If you can get some decent HG players, it helps massively. Think you can have 8 foreign players in the starting 11. I cant wait to get off shift and get back to my challenge.
  6. The set up is pretty straight forward, 5 foreign players allowed. Only difference is youll play around 80 games in a calender year. The amount of talent around means plenty of choices transfer wise. Good luck
  7. 2029 Confederations Cup Group Stages. Semi Final. Final. Aftermath. On the club side of things I have left Ajax Amsterdam and have been appointed manager of Bayer Leverkusen. It was a choice between Marseille or Leverkusen and due to PSG's brute strength I decided on here. To my amazement I have learned they have never won a Bundesliga title? and that has continued on my save's history, its going to be tough to overthrow Germany's big 2 but after my last 3 jobs, I am looking forward to having more than one season at the same club, well that's if i last that long and don't fail horrendously. CLUB CAREER Leagues Cups Season Nation League Club 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Cont CWC Other Notes and Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 CHI CJL Beijing Renhe 1st SF Appointed DEC 2017, Gained C & B License, Manager of the Season 2019 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st WON Gained National A, CON C License, Manager of the season, Double Winners 2020 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st R.U WON 3rd Gained CON B License, Manager of the year, CSL & ACL Winners, Resigned on 22/12/2020 2021 USA MLS Atlanta United 3rd WON RD4 WON 3rd Gained CON A License, MLS CUP and NACL Winners, Coach of the year. 2022 USA MLS Atlanta United R.U Gained Pro License, Lost in NACL FINAL, Resigned on 25/05/22. 2022/23 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 6th R2 WON Appointed on 31/07/22, Won Telekom Knockout Cup. 2023/24 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Double Winners. League and Telekom Knockout Cup. 2024/25 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Treble winners. League, MTN8 and Telekom Cup. Still in AFC Champs League Group Stage 2025/26 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein WON 5th Won CAF Champions League, Lost in CWC QF's. Resigned on 24/12/2025 2026 BRA SERIE A Fluminense 2nd WON WON WON Appointed on 26/03/2026. Quad Winners. State Champs, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and CWC. Manager of the season. Resigned on 21/12/2026. 2027/28 POR Primeira Benfica 1st R5 WON L16 Appointed on 15/07/2027. Double Winners Primiera Liga and Liga De Taca. Manager of the Season. Resigned on 27/05/2028 2028/29 HOL Eredivisie Ajax 1st WON QF Appointed on 23/06/2028. Treble Winners Eredivisie, Dutch Cup and Super Cup. Left on 05/07/2029 INTERNATIONAL CAREER Competitions Season Nation World Cup Confed Cup Euro Cup Asian Cup Afcon Gold Cup Copa A Other Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2021/22 SENEGAL WON Appointed on 21/03/2021, Qualified for World Cup, ranked 13th. 2022/23 Senegal Group Stage Resigned on 25/06/2022, ranked 15th 2023/24 China Appointed on 02/07/2023, Qualified for Asian Games, Ranked 54th. 2024/25 China Qualified for East Asian Games. Ranked 46th 2025/26 China 2nd Round Won East Asian Cup. Ranked 45th. 2026/27 China WON Won AFC Asian Cup. Ranked 42nd. Resigned on 07/02/2027 2028/29 Spain WON Appointed on 16/07/2028. Won Confederations Cup. CHALLENGE PROGRESS CLUB 5/10 Top Domestic Leagues CSL-Beijing Renhe 2019. MLS-Atlanta 2021. ASBA-Bloemfontein 2024. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL- Ajax 2029. 5/10 Domestic Cups CFA-Beijing Renhe 2019. RSAKO-Bloemfontein 2023. BFA-Fluminense 2026. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL- Ajax 2029. 4/5 Club Continental Championships Asia-Beijing Renhe 2020. CONCACAF-Atlanta 2021. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. COPA LIB-Fluminense 2026. 1/1 Club World Cups Fluminense 2026 International 2/5 Continental Tournaments AFCON-Senegal 2021. Asian Cup-China 2027. 1/2 World Tournaments Confederations Cup-Spain 2029. Total Challenge Progress 18/33 All Achievements Club Football. Beijing Renhe - Chinese Jia League 2018. Chinese Super League 2019, 2020. Asian Champions League 2020. Chinese FA Cup 2019. Chinese Super Cup 2020. Manager of the season 2018, 2019, 2020. Atlanta United - MLS Cup 2021. CONCACAF 2021. MLS coach of the year 2021. Bloemfontein Celtics - Telkom Knockout Cup 2023,2024,2025. ASBA Premiership-2024,2025. MTN8-2025. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. Manager of the season 2024. Fluminense - Rio State Championships 2026, Copa Perdigao do Brazil 2026, Copa Libertadores 2026, FIFA Club World Cup 2026, Manager of the season 2026. Benfica - Primeira Liga 2028, Liga De Taca 2028, Supertaca 2028, Manager of the season 2028. Ajax Amsterdam - Eredivisie 2029, Dutch Cup 2029, Super Cup 2029. International Football. Senegal - AFCON-Senegal 2021. China - East Asian Cup 2025. AFC Asian Cup 2027. Spain - International League 2029, Confederations Cup 2029.
  8. Season 2028/29 Update Season Preview Season Review Squad Transfers End of season Awards Manager Profile Eredivisie - Results 1 - Results 2 - In what looks a straight forward season, it really was not. We started quite slowly, only winning 2 of our first 5 games, and although we romped home to the title in the end, 2nd placed Feyenoord pushed us close until the last 6 games. I expected this to be easier than it was, almost similar to the domination we experienced with Benfica last season. The squad didnt need much work and the majority of the transfers were back up options or talented youngsters. Finishing on 87 points in still impressive though. Dutch Cup - Couldn't have asked for a more straightforward run. Avoided all the big teams, but this seasons surprise package PEC Zwolle took us to penalties in the semi's before we faced mid table Heerenveen in the final. We secured the cup with a 1-0 win in a game that was nowhere near as tight as the scoreline suggests. Super Cup - The season opener, always good to get an early trophy on board at any club, we saw of Feyenoord 2-0. UEFA Champions League - Group E - Drawn in what looked a tightly contested group with Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb, I had high hopes of at least a 2nd placed finish. In the end we topped the group with 4 wins 1 draw and 1 loss. The highlight being spanking Arsenal at home. Onto the Knockout rounds and we faced FC Porto in the last 16. Having lost the away leg 3-2, we managed to squeeze through 4-3 on aggregate after a well deserved 2-0 win i the home tie. In the last 8 we drew thew mighty Juventus, and after an impressive 3-1 home win, I thought we could progress. However, a 2-0 home win for Juve saw them knock us out on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline. Next Season With the double secured here I do want to move on, but am worried im getting the reputation of a one season man, My last 3 jobs have all only lasted a season each so I may not resign from here and see what jobs are on offer, I can only work in the big 5 leagues now so am actively on the lookout for a new role. Over the season I managed to hit 600 games in football management, and got onto the worldwide hall of fame. With quite abit left to win, I can see me climbing higher up the rankings. Results 1 Results 2 In the summer we was appointed Spain manager. I was delighted to get this role and even more so when I learned we will be competing in the Confederations Cup this coming summer. With a Euro's next summer , this is a real chance at winning some more International silverware. The team is ridiculosly strong, and I have about 3 excellent players to choose from in each position, not to mention the numerous amount of young talent floating around the leagues. Our first game was in the International League. We was placed in Group 2 alongside France and Turkey which we topped to progress onto the semi finals where we will face Belgium. Our first game in charge was the 4-1 win over Turkey. In the Semi FInals of the International League we faced Belgium, ranked 6th, a team with players of a similar standard to ourselves, we cruised home with a 3-1 win. In the final we faced Germany, always a strong opponent, and it proved to be a super tight game, with us pulling off a 1-0 win, nicking the winning goal in the 86th minute. CLUB CAREER Leagues Cups Season Nation League Club 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Cont CWC Other Notes and Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 CHI CJL Beijing Renhe 1st SF Appointed DEC 2017, Gained C & B License, Manager of the Season 2019 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st WON Gained National A, CON C License, Manager of the season, Double Winners 2020 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st R.U WON 3rd Gained CON B License, Manager of the year, CSL & ACL Winners, Resigned on 22/12/2020 2021 USA MLS Atlanta United 3rd WON RD4 WON 3rd Gained CON A License, MLS CUP and NACL Winners, Coach of the year. 2022 USA MLS Atlanta United R.U Gained Pro License, Lost in NACL FINAL, Resigned on 25/05/22. 2022/23 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 6th R2 WON Appointed on 31/07/22, Won Telekom Knockout Cup. 2023/24 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Double Winners. League and Telekom Knockout Cup. 2024/25 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Treble winners. League, MTN8 and Telekom Cup. Still in AFC Champs League Group Stage 2025/26 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein WON 5th Won CAF Champions League, Lost in CWC QF's. Resigned on 24/12/2025 2026 BRA SERIE A Fluminense 2nd WON WON WON Appointed on 26/03/2026. Quad Winners. State Champs, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and CWC. Manager of the season. Resigned on 21/12/2026. 2027/28 POR Primeira Benfica 1st R5 WON L16 Appointed on 15/07/2027. Double Winners Primiera Liga and Liga De Taca. Manager of the Season. Resigned on 27/05/2028 2028/29 HOL Eredivisie Ajax 1st WON QF Appointed on 23/06/2028. Treble Winners Eredivisie, Dutch Cup and Super Cup. INTERNATIONAL CAREER Competitions Season Nation World Cup Confed Cup Euro Cup Asian Cup Afcon Gold Cup Copa A Other Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2021/22 SENEGAL WON Appointed on 21/03/2021, Qualified for World Cup, ranked 13th. 2022/23 Senegal Group Stage Resigned on 25/06/2022, ranked 15th 2023/24 China Appointed on 02/07/2023, Qualified for Asian Games, Ranked 54th. 2024/25 China Qualified for East Asian Games. Ranked 46th 2025/26 China 2nd Round Won East Asian Cup. Ranked 45th. 2026/27 China WON Won AFC Asian Cup. Ranked 42nd. Resigned on 07/02/2027 2028/29 Spain Appointed on 16/07/2028. Won International League. Ranked 12th CHALLENGE PROGRESS CLUB 5/10 Top Domestic Leagues CSL-Beijing Renhe 2019. MLS-Atlanta 2021. ASBA-Bloemfontein 2024. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL- Ajax 2029. 5/10 Domestic Cups CFA-Beijing Renhe 2019. RSAKO-Bloemfontein 2023. BFA-Fluminense 2026. POR-Benfica 2028. HOL- Ajax 2029. 4/5 Club Continental Championships Asia-Beijing Renhe 2020. CONCACAF-Atlanta 2021. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. COPA LIB-Fluminense 2026. 1/1 Club World Cups Fluminense 2026 International 2/5 Continental Tournaments AFCON-Senegal 2021. Asian Cup-China 2027. 0/2 World Tournaments Total Challenge Progress 17/33 All Achievements Club Football. Beijing Renhe - Chinese Jia League 2018. Chinese Super League 2019, 2020. Asian Champions League 2020. Chinese FA Cup 2019. Chinese Super Cup 2020. Manager of the season 2018, 2019, 2020. Atlanta United - MLS Cup 2021. CONCACAF 2021. MLS coach of the year 2021. Bloemfontein Celtics - Telkom Knockout Cup 2023,2024,2025. ASBA Premiership-2024,2025. MTN8-2025. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. Manager of the season 2024. Fluminense - Rio State Championships 2026, Copa Perdigao do Brazil 2026, Copa Libertadores 2026, FIFA Club World Cup 2026, Manager of the season 2026. Benfica - Primeira Liga 2028, Liga De Taca 2028, Supertaca 2028, Manager of the season 2028. Ajax Amsterdam - Eredivisie 2029, Dutch Cup 2029, Super Cup 2029. International Football. Senegal - AFCON-Senegal 2021. China - East Asian Cup 2025, AFC Asian Cup 2027. Spain - International League 2029.
  9. Yeah I had that with Nigeria and one other African team. Think it was Ghana. Also had it with the Australia job. They all were eventually filled though.
  10. Appointment Having left Benfica in may, I only had to wait a month for my next opportunity. Ajax Amsterdam League and Cup winners last season, this should give me another good shot at a league and cup double, which would leave me just the big 5 to tackle league and cup wise. In what turned out to be a triangle of job swaps, Benfica hired Paulo Fonseca from Monaco, who in turn hired Marcel Keizer from Ajax who..... you know the rest. I join at the end of the current season so have the whole summer to shape a squad ready for the new season. UPDATE: I have also been appointed boss of the Spanish national side after a very poor European Championships. With the world cup in 2 years time, I will use the nations league and the qualifiers to try build a team capable of succeeding.
  11. 2027/28 Season Update Season Preview Season Review Squad Transfers Manager Profile End of season Awards Primeira Liga - Results 1 - Results 2 - In what was our most straight forward domestic season yet so far i this challenge, we romped home to the title as expected. played 34, won 30, drew 3 and lost 1. we scored 105 goals and conceded just 11. We started the season on fire, going 18 games unbeaten before suffering our first defeat. Games like this 5-1 win over league runners up Porto showing just how big the gulf between us was. We clinched the title with 4 games remaining, a easy 6-0 home win. I didnt really enjoy the season that much as it felt more just like a click and go, the players are so good compared to any other team in the league that i couldn't fail. Before champions league games id play 11 back ups and still win 3 or 4 nil. The only downside is literally the whole first team want to leave with Europe's bigger clubs all interested. UEFA Champions League - Group F - Drawn in a very competitive group alongside Sevilla, Leverkusen and Basel we did brilliantly to top the group. We won 4 and lost 2. The last loss, 5-1 to Basel was irrelevant as we had secured 1st and fielded the kids. In the 2nd round we was unfortunate to be paired against Barcelona. we lost the 1st leg 2-0 away, and even though we managed a 3-1 win at home, it wasn't enough as we crashed out on away goals. I was really disappointed with this as Benfica possess a ridiculously strong squad and I really thought we could get to the later stages. Taca De Portugal - Cant dress this up as anything but a failure. Cruising in the league at this point, feeling unstoppable. Then we faced Braga who were also going really strong at that point, and they beat us. 2-1 away, we were expected to win the whole thing so to crash out this early was just poor. Taca De Liga - Much better here. Cruised until the semi finals where we faced Porto, saw them off easily with a 3-0 win. In the final we faced Braga, hell bent on revenge after they beat us in the other cup, we got our revenge with a 2-1 win. Supertaca - The season opener. Not considered important but always good to get the season going with a trophy, we faced Sporting Lisbon ending in a dominating 2-0 win. Next Season I will be moving on from Benfica with a league and cup win in the bag. Half the squad want to leave, and if I am going to do a rebuild, it may as well be in a different country. I still have the " big 5" to tackle, so need to venture there very soon. I have them all loaded anyway so will be job hunting from this summer, I havent had a International role since leaving China but with the Euros this summer, am hoping some interesting roles come up ahead of the World cup in 2 years time. My rep is at 85% now and over 4 stars so there shouldn't be many roles that i'm not considered for. CLUB CAREER Leagues Cups Season Nation League Club 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Cont CWC Other Notes and Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 CHI CJL Beijing Renhe 1st SF Appointed DEC 2017, Gained C & B License, Manager of the Season 2019 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st WON Gained National A, CON C License, Manager of the season, Double Winners 2020 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st R.U WON 3rd Gained CON B License, Manager of the year, CSL & ACL Winners, Resigned on 22/12/2020 2021 USA MLS Atlanta United 3rd WON RD4 WON 3rd Gained CON A License, MLS CUP and NACL Winners, Coach of the year. 2022 USA MLS Atlanta United R.U Gained Pro License, Lost in NACL FINAL, Resigned on 25/05/22. 2022/23 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 6th R2 WON Appointed on 31/07/22, Won Telekom Knockout Cup. 2023/24 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Double Winners. League and Telekom Knockout Cup. 2024/25 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Treble winners. League, MTN8 and Telekom Cup. Still in AFC Champs League Group Stage 2025/26 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein WON 5th Won CAF Champions League, Lost in CWC QF's. Resigned on 24/12/2025 2026 BRA SERIE A Fluminense 2nd WON WON WON Appointed on 26/03/2026. Quad Winners. State Champs, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and CWC. Manager of the season. Resigned on 21/12/2026. 2027/28 POR Primeira Benfica 1st R5 WON L16 Appointed on 15/07/2027. Double Winners Primiera Liga and Liga De Taca. Manager of the Season. Resigned on 27/05/2028 INTERNATIONAL CAREER Competitions Season Nation World Cup Confed Cup Euro Cup Asian Cup Afcon Gold Cup Copa A Other Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2021/22 SENEGAL WON Appointed on 21/03/2021, Qualified for World Cup, ranked 13th. 2022/23 Senegal Group Stage Resigned on 25/06/22, ranked 15th 2023/24 China Appointed on 02/07/2023, Qualified for Asian Games, Ranked 54th. 2024/25 China Qualified for East Asian Games. Ranked 46th 2025/26 China 2nd Round Won East Asian Cup. Ranked 45th. 2026/27 China WON Won AFC Asian Cup. Ranked 42nd. Resigned on 07/02/2027 CHALLENGE PROGRESS CLUB 4/10 Top Domestic Leagues CSL-Beijing Renhe 2019. MLS-Atlanta 2021. ASBA-Bloemfontein 2024. POR-Benfica 2028. 4/10 Domestic Cups CFA-Beijing Renhe 2019. RSAKO-Bloemfontein 2023. BFA-Fluminense 2026. POR-Benfica 2028 4/5 Club Continental Championships Asia-Beijing Renhe 2020. CONCACAF-Atlanta 2021. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. COPA LIB-Fluminense 2026. 1/1 Club World Cups Fluminense 2026 International 2/5 Continental Tournaments AFCON-Senegal 2021. Asian Cup-China 2027. 0/2 World Tournaments Total Challenge Progress 15/33 All Achievements Club Football. Beijing Renhe - Chinese Jia League 2018. Chinese Super League 2019, 2020. Asian Champions League 2020. Chinese FA Cup 2019. Chinese Super Cup 2020. Manager of the season 2018, 2019, 2020. Atlanta United - MLS Cup 2021. CONCACAF 2021. MLS coach of the year 2021. Bloemfontein Celtics - Telkom Knockout Cup 2023,2024,2025. ASBA Premiership-2024,2025. MTN8-2025. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. Manager of the season 2024. Fluminense - Rio State Championships 2026, Copa Perdigao do Brazil 2026, Copa Libertadores 2026, FIFA Club World Cup 2026, Manager of the season 2026. Benfica - Primeira Liga 2028, Liga De Taca 2028, Supertaca 2028, Manager of the season 2028. International Football. Senegal - AFCON-Senegal 2021. China - East Asian Cup 2025. AFC Asian Cup 2027.
  12. 2027/28 Appointment Squad So having left Fluminense in December and China in February, I found myself on the job hunt. Having won the 4/5 continental crowns, my eyes were firmly set on Europe. 3 jobs open appealed to me. Inter Milan, AC Milan and Benfica. I applied and had interviews with all 3. Benfica came back almost instantly with an offer, I did wonder whether to wait to see what the Milan clubs did but I don't really want to go to the big 5 just yet and Brazil to Portugal is quite a well trodden path in football. So I accepted the offer and was appointed the new Benfica Manager. Already possessing a super strong first team, some talented youngsters, I shouldn't need to do too much. Although they are overloaded with central midfielders.
  13. Asian Games 2027 Update Its finally here, after 4 years in charge of the Chinese national team with the goal of building a team to challenge we have finally reached the tournament. Drawn in Group C alongside hosts Australia, Qatar and The Philippines. Group Stage. 2nd Round. Quarter Finals. Semi Finals. Final. Aftermath CLUB CAREER Leagues Cups Season Nation League Club 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Cont CWC Other Notes and Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 CHI CJL Beijing Renhe 1st SF Appointed DEC 2017, Gained C & B License, Manager of the Season 2019 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st WON Gained National A, CON C License, Manager of the season, Double Winners 2020 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st R.U WON 3rd Gained CON B License, Manager of the year, CSL & ACL Winners, Resigned on 22/12/2020 2021 USA MLS Atlanta United 3rd WON RD4 WON 3rd Gained CON A License, MLS CUP and NACL Winners, Coach of the year. 2022 USA MLS Atlanta United R.U Gained Pro License, Lost in NACL FINAL, Resigned on 25/05/22. 2022/23 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 6th R2 WON Appointed on 31/07/22, Won Telekom Knockout Cup. 2023/24 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Double Winners. League and Telekom Knockout Cup. 2024/25 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Treble winners. League, MTN8 and Telekom Cup. Still in AFC Champs League Group Stage 2025/26 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein WON 5th Won CAF Champions League, Lost in CWC QF's. Resigned on 24/12/2025 2026 BRA SERIE A Fluminense 2nd WON WON WON Appointed on 26/03/2026. Quad Winners. State Champs, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and CWC. Manager of the season. Resigned on 21/12/2026. INTERNATIONAL CAREER Competitions Season Nation World Cup Confed Cup Euro Cup Asian Cup Afcon Gold Cup Copa A Other Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2021/22 SENEGAL WON Appointed on 21/03/2021, Qualified for World Cup, ranked 13th. 2022/23 Senegal Group Stage Resigned on 25/06/22, ranked 15th 2023/24 China Appointed on 02/07/2023, Qualified for Asian Games, Ranked 54th. 2024/25 China Qualified for East Asian Games. Ranked 46th 2025/26 China 2nd Round Won East Asian Cup. Ranked 45th. 2026/27 China WON Won AFC Asian Cup. Ranked 42nd. Resigned on 07/02/2027 CHALLENGE PROGRESS CLUB 3/10 Top Domestic Leagues CSL-Beijing Renhe 2019. MLS-Atlanta 2021. ASBA-Bloemfontein 2024. 3/10 Domestic Cups CFA-Beijing Renhe 2019. RSAKO-Bloemfontein 2023. BFA-Fluminense 2026. 4/5 Club Continental Championships Asia-Beijing Renhe 2020. CONCACAF-Atlanta 2021. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. COPA LIB-Fluminense 2026. 1/1 Club World Cups Fluminense 2026 International 2/5 Continental Tournaments AFCON-Senegal 2021. Asian Cup-China 2027. 0/2 World Tournaments Total Challenge Progress 13/33 All Achievements Club Football. Beijing Renhe - Chinese Jia League 2018. Chinese Super League 2019, 2020. Asian Champions League 2020. Chinese FA Cup 2019. Chinese Super Cup 2020. Manager of the season 2018, 2019, 2020. Atlanta United - MLS Cup 2021. CONCACAF 2021. MLS coach of the year 2021. Bloemfontein Celtics - Telkom Knockout Cup 2023,2024,2025. ASBA Premiership-2024,2025. MTN8-2025. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. Manager of the season 2024. Fluminense - Rio State Championships 2026, Copa Perdigao do Brazil 2026, Copa Libertadores 2026, FIFA Club World Cup 2026, Manager of the season 2026. International Football. Senegal - AFCON-Senegal 2021. China - East Asian Cup 2025. AFC Asian Cup 2027.
  14. Season 2026 Season Preview Season Review Squad 1 Squad 2 Transfers Manager Profile End of season awards Brasil Serie A - Results 1 - Results 2 - Predicted to finish 6th, the board asked me to finish in the top half. I thought this was abit generous and had my eyes on the top 5. Taking over a side with a lot of dead wood and ageing players, we had a big turnover player wise. Managed to bring in £54m from unwanted players which let me spend quite freely. Even though i never spent half what we made. Achieving the boards expectations was done pretty easily and we ended up in 2nd place. Corinthians were just too strong this season and had the title wrapped up in November with 4 games remaining. Even though we started the season on fire with a 13 game unbeaten run, juggling the cup and the Copa Libertadores proved too much. I cant believe you can play 6 games in 12 days . Over the course of the season we had some really strong runs of games but ultimately, drawing 6 and losing 7 games, meant we didn't deserve the title. Corinthians lost just once. Even so our cup successes meant I received the Manager of the year award in my 4th different country. Copa Perdigao do Brazil - The Brasilian F.A Cup proved to be pretty straight forward for us, Seeing off Palmeiras, Flamengo, Sao Paulo and Santos. Luckily we avoided Corinthians otherwise I don't think we would have succeeded if we had. Rio State Championships - The first leg of this two tier Cup/League had already been played out, my first game in charge being the 1-1 draw with Botafogo in late March. Winning the first stage meant we qualified for the Final where we beat Vasco De Game 5-4 on aggregate after two very close games. Copa Libertadores - Group G- Tree - Pretty straight forward, I joined with 1 win from 1 game on the board and we went on to top our group with 5 wins and 1 draw. Onto the 2nd round where we faced Argentine side Lanus, we dispatched of them comfortably with a Aggregate win. In the quarter finals we faced another Argentine side in River Plate, we beat them 7-0 on aggregate. The gulf in class surprised me as I had expected a tough game. In the Semi finals we faced an all Brazilian tie against Athletico Mineiro, who were languishing in mid table domestically. An easy win I thought but they gave us our toughest test on the knock out stages and we ended up winning 6-4 on aggregate. Knowing corinthians were in the other semi final I kept my eye on the game and was delighted to see they lost on away goals to Atletico Nacional. So onto the final, a tie between the 2nd placed side in Brasil and the 5th placed side in Columbia. Drawn as the home side in the first leg, we romped to a resounding 4-1 win. The 2nd leg is a whole month later which I find strange. In the 2nd leg we won 3-1, sealing a 7-2 aggregate victory and Fluminense's first Libertadores . FIFA Club World Cup - Tree - Attempt number 4 with club number 4 . This time though I have a team who maybe could win this, usually decided between the South American and European team, and with 3 of the past 4 winners being Brazilian, history says I had a chance. Entering at the semi final stage we faced Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, In what was being predicted as an easy win, it proved to be just that. We won 6-0 and it could have been a rugby score. Onto the final where we faced Spanish giants Barcelona. In 2001 when in charge of Atlanta we took them to extra time before losing to a 120th min goal. Could we upset the odds this time? In what was my 500th game in management, it was meant to be. In a tense 1-1 draw after 120 mins, we beat them on penalties, converting all 5. Next Season Its been a long but very rewarding year in Brasil, having won 3 trophies towards the challenge its been worth the slog. I am really tempted to hang on another year and give dethroning Corinthians a good attempt but the amount of games in Brasil do for some reason make it less enjoyable. With 7 leagues and 7 Domestic cups to win, I want to head over to Europe and make a start. I have the Asia Cup coming up next month and can hopefully tick that off the list. I still have a fair bit too do both club and internationally but its nice to be into double figures. I have a plan for Europe where i end up in England, needing my final 2 trophies and win them with Charlton Athletic (don't all laugh), whether its possible to do we shall see. CLUB CAREER Leagues Cups Season Nation League Club 1st 2nd 1st 2nd Cont CWC Other Notes and Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018 CHI CJL Beijing Renhe 1st SF Appointed DEC 2017, Gained C & B License, Manager of the Season 2019 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st WON Gained National A, CON C License, Manager of the season, Double Winners 2020 CHI CSL Beijing Renhe 1st R.U WON 3rd Gained CON B License, Manager of the year, CSL & ACL Winners, Resigned on 22/12/2020 2021 USA MLS Atlanta United 3rd WON RD4 WON 3rd Gained CON A License, MLS CUP and NACL Winners, Coach of the year. 2022 USA MLS Atlanta United R.U Gained Pro License, Lost in NACL FINAL, Resigned on 25/05/22. 2022/23 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 6th R2 WON Appointed on 31/07/22, Won Telekom Knockout Cup. 2023/24 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Double Winners. League and Telekom Knockout Cup. 2024/25 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein 1st SF WON Treble winners. League, MTN8 and Telekom Cup. Still in AFC Champs League Group Stage 2025/26 RSA ABSA Bloemfontein WON 5th Won CAF Champions League, Lost in CWC QF's. Resigned on 24/12/2025 2026 BRA SERIE A Fluminense 2nd WON WON WON Appointed on 26/03/2026. Quad Winners. State Champs, FA Cup, Copa Libertadores and CWC. Manager of the season. INTERNATIONAL CAREER Competitions Season Nation World Cup Confed Cup Euro Cup Asian Cup Afcon Gold Cup Copa A Other Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 2021/22 SENEGAL WON Appointed on 21/03/2021, Qualified for World Cup, ranked 13th. 2022/23 Senegal Group Stage Resigned on 25/06/22, ranked 15th 2023/24 China Appointed on 02/07/2023, Qualified for Asian Games, Ranked 54th. 2024/25 China Qualified for East Asian Games. Ranked 46th 2025/26 China 2nd Round Won East Asian Cup. Ranked 45th. 2026/27 China CHALLENGE PROGRESS CLUB 3/10 Top Domestic Leagues CSL-Beijing Renhe 2019. MLS-Atlanta 2021. ASBA-Bloemfontein 2024. 3/10 Domestic Cups CFA-Beijing Renhe 2019. RSAKO-Bloemfontein 2023. BFA-Fluminense 2026. 4/5 Club Continental Championships Asia-Beijing Renhe 2020. CONCACAF-Atlanta 2021. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. COPA LIB-Fluminense 2026. 1/1 Club World Cups Fluminense 2026 International 1/5 Continental Tournaments AFCON-Senegal 2021. 0/2 World Tournaments Total Challenge Progress 12/33 All Achievements Club Football. Beijing Renhe - Chinese Jia League 2018. Chinese Super League 2019, 2020. Asian Champions League 2020. Chinese FA Cup 2019. Chinese Super Cup 2020. Manager of the season 2018, 2019, 2020. Atlanta United - MLS Cup 2021. CONCACAF 2021. MLS coach of the year 2021. Bloemfontein Celtics - Telkom Knockout Cup 2023,2024,2025. ASBA Premiership-2024,2025. MTN8-2025. CAFCL-Bloemfontein 2025. Manager of the season 2024. Fluminense - Rio State Championships 2026, Copa Perdigao do Brazil 2026, Copa Libertadores 2026, FIFA Club World Cup 2026, Manager of the season 2026. International Football. Senegal - AFCON-Senegal 2021. China - East Asian Cup 2025.
  15. Cheers, its been quite enoyable but at the same time i will be glad to move on after the Asian cup, even if I dont win it. With the money being pumped into Chinese football, surely its only a matter of time before they produce a half decent batch of players (in real life). In game they have produced a alot of 3.5 star players, thats based on what my club scouts say but yet to produce any real stars still.
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