Met Police - Premier League 2028/29 - Season 12
After securing a European place last season the board were just Expecting a top half finish, but were expecting a Quarter Final place from our debut season in Europe, the Bookies expected a safe mid-table position, with the Media Predicting we'd finish 10th - also my Chairman seems to have got himself onto the favoured panel which is a bit random? Reputation - We reach four stars and are the best of the National sides. Though there does seem to be a weird thing going on with the World Reputations as everyone in the German and French top leagues has at least a Continental Reputation and there doesn't seem to be any reason why - the only thing Germany and France top is the Nation Co-efficient screen and I have no idea what that is for as it seems separate to the one that determines European places. Rich List - We climb back up the Rich List making the first page. Transfers - Quiet season as I mainly snapped up some promising youngsters with me able to snatch some kids from other english sides, the big transfer was the £22m spent on French Winger Traore from Real, I also spent nearly £10m on a promising Brazilian Attacker and signed English Defender Bennett from Chelsea for £10m which was rather ironic considering they have spent the last year trying to poach my two English Centre-Backs and weirdly they let him go for half what he was worth which was a third of the £30m they paid for him a couple of seasons back and he wasn't even listed or unhappy. There weren't that many outgoings either I let Full-Back Mehmet go after Stoke gave me silly money for him, losing want-away Aurelio was disappointing but at least I made a profit, whilst I let Attacker Gomez join Leverkusen for a deal worth £30m.
The January window was also quiet I didn't really need anyone and whilst everyone was after all of my Midfielders this season no-one would pay up, though half of my kids wanted out on loan, though for some reason English sides just won't offer for my players, so I sent the unhappy ones to my feeder clubs so they can still become homegrown. EFL Cup - Thanks to being in Europe we went straight into the Third Round where we drew Arsenal and proceeding to throw the game, first blowing a 2-0 lead, conceeding yet another direct free-kick and then gifting them a goal in injury time, in extra-time we eventually retook the lead after Wood headed home a corner (this was also the first goal I've seen where a player cleared the ball from behind the line with the goal being given) but then we conceded in the last minute again this time a long-range effort was deflected past my keeper, which sent us to pens and whilst we started well we missed our last three to send us straight out.
FA Cup - In the Third Round my kids easily beat fellow Prem side Stoke 2-0 and did the same to League One strugglers MK Dons in the Fourth Round. In the Fifth Round thanks to the way the fixtures fall I fielded my first string against Chelsea and a double from Pinau-Beauvue saw us through even after we lost our Keeper to injury. In the Sixth Round we brushed past West Ham.
This set up a Semi-Final against an Arsenal side we'd failed to beat in 10 tries so far, however with Arsenal resting several key players we took advantage and dominated the game with French Winger Akbulut grabbing the only goal just before the hour mark, which sent us to our first ever FA Cup Final.
In the Final we faced Man City a side we'd only beaten once nine attempts, however for a change City didn't turn up and a hat-trick from Pinau-Beauvue secured our first FA Cup trophy.
Europa League - Thanks to our fifth placed finish we would go straight into the group stage where we were a third seed, which gave us what could be a tricky group drawing Italians Roma who'd made it the the Champions League Quarters twice and the Europa Semi's once, Dutch side PSV who'd been knocked out of the Champions League, where they'd only made it past the groups once, and had made it to the Europa Quarters once, making up the group were Bosnian side Zrinjski who'd also dropped out of the Champions League and were in the Group stage for the first time. Group Stage - We easily topped the group, we drew to Roma in our opening game, then a second string side easily beat Zrinjski, then thrashed PSV in Holland, before my second string beat them in the Return Game to qualify with two games to spare, my second string then went to Italy and beat Roma with just 10 men to secure top spot, then the weakest side I could field secured a win over Zrinjski with Gori grabbing a double on his first European start.
In the First Knockout Round we drew French side Stade Rennais who'd become a top five side over the last several years and had made the UCL Knockout stages twice and had made it past this round three times, though not this year as we hammered them 5-1 in the First Leg in France, though things didn't start well giving away an early pen that my keeper saved, before Full-Back O'Shea got himself sent off with two stupid bookings in a minute, however that kicked us into gear as Pinau-Beauvue grabbed a hat-trick, in the Second Leg I fielded my second string who secured a comfortable 1-0 win.
In the Second Knockout Round we drew German side Schalke who'd only been in the UCL once losing in the Knockour Round, though they had made the Europa Semi's three times. The First Leg in Germany didn't go well, Akbulut opened the scoring within five minutes, but then we conceeded a free-kick that deflected off Norris in the wall and then fell behind after a goal mouth scramble. In the Second Leg we at least turned up with Akbulut again scoring early, before Schalke equalised however Pinau-Beauvue leveled the tie with a pen, before two quick goals in the second half put us in command, before a defensive error gave Schalke hope but we held on to go through, and at this point were the last English side left after West Ham went out to AC Milan and Liverpool lost to Valencia.
In the Quarter Final we faced another German side Wolfsburg who'd never got this far before, and the First Leg in Germany went a lot better as we thrashed them 5-1, Russian Wonderkid Udaly opened the scoring with a fine effort from the edge of the area, though Wolfsburg struck back straight away they then conceded a shocking goal as two of their defenders got into a mess with one hitting his clearance from a cross against the other which saw the ball roll into the net, we then took control in the second half with Brazilian Fabricio heading in a tap-in before Pinau-Beauvue scored twice late on. In the Second Leg a second string secured victory with Gori grabbing another goal in Europe.
In the Semi-Final we drew Italian giants AC Milan who struggle to get out of the groups in the UCL and had only made it this far was before losing to Palace. With the First Leg in Italy we controlled the game with French Winger Traore opening the scoring a close range header from Akbulut's cross, then in the second half Pinau-Beauvue doubled our lead beating Donnarumma to another Akbulut cross - meaning we scored more headers in that game than we did all season in the league. In the Second Leg we again controlled the game and secured victory when Pinau-Beauvue scored from another Akbulut cross.
In the Final we entertained Spanish side Valencia who had failed to get past the Knockout Round previously, with the Final being weirdly played at Serie B side Bari's ground (though it does have a ~60,000 capacity) and the Final proved to be frustrating as we dominated the game but just couldn't score it was also a minor miracle that no-one got sent off as the ref booked half the players on the pitch and with neither side able to score it went to pens and my Keeper proved to be the hero saving all three of their pens leaving Akbulut to score the winning pen which saw us lift the Europa League at the first time of asking aswell as secure a Champions League Group Spot becoming the first English side to win the trophy since Arsenal beat Palace back in 21/22.
Italian Youth Club Invitational - My U23 side were randomly invited to this (not sure why it was the U18's as the rules limit you to U18's) and with my U23 Manager having recently been poached I decided to take charge as my kids battled through to the final where of course we faced Arsenal but beat them to become the first English side to win this tournament (it is also worth eight hall of fame points :)), with my board seeming to be more impressed with this trophy than either the FA Cup or Europa League, also the attendances seemed a little weird no-one watched us beat Milan or Roma but 3,500 watched us beat an Iranian side? My U23's also won their league winning every game though that is more because we are still facing mainly non-league sides, with my U18's also winning their league though they are in the second tier which is championship/league one sides. Premier League - An excellent season as we finish fourth to secure a Champions League spot that wasn't needed in the end. We started well winning over first two games, before drawing the next three and then getting beaten by City and Chelsea.
Then four straight wins before we somehow lost to Palace after dominating and conceding in injury time saw us climb to sixth place at the half-way stage - 23 points behind leaders City, who were 16 clear of Utd (though Utd had three games in hand) but much closer to us were Newcastle and Spurs who were both four points ahead of us but having played one more game than us, whilst Leicester were two points above us but had played two more games.
Following that we won five of our next six games claiming a 1-1 draw at Utd in the process before losing to City, but then thrashing Chelsea 4-0 a week after beating them in the cup, but then went and lost to Leicester after missing a pen, conceding a pen and having a man sent off. This meant with 10 games left we were fourth four points behind Spurs, two points ahead of Arsenal and seven clear of a Newcastle side who'd fallen away.
However we then lost ground drawing 0-0 to Everton, then drew 0-0 at Arsenal before drawing 1-1 at Spurs after we scoring in the 90th minute they scored in the 92th minute, which meant with six games left we were level on points with Arsenal and three behind Spurs, in the next round of fixtures Utd did us a favour beating Arsenal as we beat Wolves to open up a three point gap on Arsenal, we then grabbed narrow 1-0 wins over Boro and Liverpool and with Arsenal drawing to Soton and Spurs losing to Utd we climbed upto third ahead of Spurs on goal difference and five points clear of Arsenal with three games left, but then my second string went and lost to Stoke in-between the Milan games, though Bennett getting sent off after 20 minutes didn't help especially as both Arsenal and Spurs won.
With two games left we were given a chance when Arsenal drew to Derby winning a win in our next game would secure fourth, too bad we were playing Utd, however we put in a great performance claiming a 2-1 win which secured Champions League football next season. Stat-Pack - A solid defence helped us out this season as we kep a joint high 21 clean sheets, and had the second best defence by one goal, as we secured seven 1-0 wins, we also had the second best Away record in the league.
There were a few Manager changes this season with both Chelsea and Arsenal harshly firing their managers over Christmas, whilst Liverpool spent most of the season flirting with relegation and replaced former Brazil Manager Menezes with former Barnsley Manager Paul Heckingbottom who'd only lasted six months at Wolves before being fired, though he was the guy who got Brentford to the FA Cup Final. Squad, Home and Review.
In Goal Russian Valery Yefimov had a good season and should go down as a legend for his penalty saves in the Europa Final, providing cover was South African Daniel Mokhele who rotated in when Yefimov's form dropped and did okay, though I do have Argentine Wonderkid Aldo Perez who could push them and was named Best GK at the South American U20 Championships, so I might cash in on Yefimov the next time he moans about wanting out.
At Right Back Brazilian Renato Quinhones had another good season and has slotted in well, providing cover was Bosnian Ismet Mujic who was a solid backup option. At Left Back Brazilian Paulo Henrique had a good season but is being pushed hard by Irish Wonderkid Alan O'Shea who is developing nicely and should hopefully take over next season.
At Centre-Back Matthew Norris was in fine form and along with Clive Wood gives my side a solid backbone, providing cover was Simon Bennett who did well when called upon.
In the Centre of Midfield was Brazilian Luiz Eduardo Lima who was in fine fine doing the defensive duties as my Deep Lying Playmaker, playing to the left of him was Russian Wonderkid Georgy Udaly who had a good season after missing the first three months due to injury, whilst on the right was another Brazilian Jeferson who had an excellent season and proved to be a danger from the edge of the area. Providing cover was Serbian Wonderkid Nemanja Krneta who covered well for the injured Udaly at the start of the season, but is now moaning about wanting to join Spurs, another option I had was Nigerian John Mohammed who put in some good performances.
On the Right Wing was Frenchman Ardiouma Traore who was my big signing from Real and after a bit of a slow start had a good season after he got settled in, providing cover was Norwegian Sigurd Larsen who did ok but hasn't really pushed on and it might be time to cash in on him.
On the Left Wing Frenchman Ercument Akbulut had another good season and was named Players' Young Player (still feels wrong having 24yo winning this award), providing cover was Brazilian Wonderkid Fabricio who made an impressive start and meant Gomez was quickly forgotten.
Upfront was the third part of my French attacking trio Gregory Pinau-Beauvue who again was in good goal scoring form, providing cover was Scot Grant Ferrier who I'd had my eye on for a few years when he was a kid but Hibs wanted silly money for him, however with him outgrowing them I snapped him up for a bargain £3.5m and proved to be a decent squad player, whilst it looks like Gabriele Gori's time at the club has come, though he did enjoy a couple of camoes in Europe and I might give him a new contract as he is a good tutor for my kids depending on his wage demands.
Academy - The best of this years class is promising Keeper Adam Nicholas. Best XI - About right well apart from Krneta getting the nod ahead of Lima. Overall XI - Finally updates with Wingers Akbulut and Larsen making the side, with Wood and Pinau-Beauvue making the bench, though I have no idea how Lesi got into the team he hasn't played for me for three years and has less appearances and a worse rating than Gallagher who he replaced or Martinelli who dropped off the bench? Takeover - My chairman decided he'd had enough after just under 10 years (seems he has turned into a pundit after making it to our favoured panel), with a new guy coming in and floating us on the Stock Market which raised £35m and he doesn't seem to have made much of a difference - he did at least approve an American feeder club but I had to leak to the press to get him to improve our below average training facilities. Finances - Bit of profit this season, largely due to the new board pumping some money into the club, though we did have a ~£30m net transfer spend so without that we'd still have made money. Expansion - The board decide to expand our new ground by 50% which means we'll be using West Ham's old ground (which I guess has been rebuilt considering it now looks like this) which at 35K is over twice the size of our ground so it should be fun if we fill it next season, and it looks like it is 60 miles away on the other side of London - not sure why we didn't use Wimbledons new ground or Millwalls again as they are big enough and closer? Youth Category - We finally got increased to level 2, no idea how many years it will take to get to level 1. Manager Profile - I gained my Cont. Pro Licence, whilst my Reputation went upto four stars, I also reached 600 games and was named Manager of the Year again. I was also offered the England job at the start of the season which I had to turn down so I guess that job is now gone. Nationalities
2 RUS, KSA, SCO
1 ARG, BEL, COL, ECU, ITA, CIV, NED, NGA, NOR, POR, IRL, SRB, SVK, RSA, KOR, TRI, VEN, WAL Squad Rules
Currently I have 6 FGN players, with a further 21 U21's, with a max of 17 Over 21's allowed.
For Homegrown rules we have 10 Club Grown and 8 Nation Grown with a further 20 due to become Homegrown. Plans For Next Season
The plan is to enjoy our debut in the Champions League and see if we can get back in next season, whilst with the power of both Manchester clubs a title challenge isn't likely.
Transferwise the priority is to keep hold of my players as it seems getting Champions League football as just cause everyone to descend on them, though my player values have gone through the roof so it will cost people to poach my players. Signing wise there isn't much we really need at the moment so I'll give my kids a chance, though at the moment I am just snapping up some kids from england now I can attract them, as the league rules will start affecting us soon, they are also not helped by English sides not being interested in loaning any of my players for some reason which means loaning players out losing their homegrown status and also delays how long until they become English.
Though the plan to keep my players has failed already as Krneta has gone to Spurs in a deal worth £45m, but then City blew that out of the water with an £89m bid for Akbulut State of The World
Championship - Forest return to the Prem after 30 years.
League One - My feeder club Wycombe storm up the table after I loaned them some unhappy players in Jan and end up winning the playoffs, it's just a shame I had to cancel the link to improve my facilities.
National League - Salford get themselves promoted to the Football League for the first time.
EFL Cup - Arsenal beat Spurs to retain the trophy.
Champions League - City beat Utd in the Final to deny Utd three in a row, and this makes it four all-english finals in a row, with English sides winning the last seven. Arsenal fell to City in the Semi-Final, whilst Chelsea lost to Real in the Knockout Round.
France - Paris reclaim the title from Monaco but only just.
Germany - Dortmund make it five in a row, with Hertha a surprise third placed side.
Italy - Juventus make it two in a row.
Portugal - Benfica reclaim their title.
Scotland - Shock here as Hearts become the first team in 17 years to beat Celtic to the title
Spain - Barcelona win the title for the first team in five years, whilst Sociedad beat Real to third place. Leaderboard points (FM Mode)
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(points / position)
Single Game: 6,145,789 (71,418)
Single Season: 1,489,941 (159,959)
Single Season England: 1,489,941 (92,558)
Single Season Premier League: 1,489,941 (91,011)
Single Season Championship: 961,478 (6,593)
Single Season League One: 683,801 (9,907)
Single Season League Two: 733,684 (1,204)
Single Season National League: 1,099,379 (100 :cool:)
Single Season National South: 436,272 (175) Career Overview
Promoted - Champions!!!
436,272 / 447,097
Promoted - Champions!!! FA Trophy Winners
1,099,379 / 1,546,476
42,187 / 1,588,663
Promoted - Champions!!!
733,684 / 2,322,347
Promoted - Playoff Winners!!! Checkatrade Trophy Winners
683,801 / 3,006,148
153,622 / 3,159,770
Promoted - Champions!!!
961,478 / 4,121,248
168,015 / 4,289,263
176,865 / 4,466,128
Europa League Qualification
189,720 / 4,655,848
FA Cup Winners, Europa League Winners
1,489,941 / 6,145,789