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Earnie is God!

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    Cardiff City supporter since the dark days of the early 90s

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  1. Thanks for the replies, you two three. So this has changed at some point? I didn't buy FM18 so maybe the change occurred then. But it always used to be the case that only league games were taken into account and was often the reply given to those questioning why a player was complaining about not playing enough.
  2. @Seb Wassellwith regards to playing time mentioned above, is it still the case that only league games count? Thanks
  3. Agreed, or like one of those facial composites done by a police sketch artist... "Have you seen this man?" Last seen robbing 3pts off Arsenal 😜 Most of them just look weird and it's mainly the nose area that makes them worse e.g. Although what's going on with suspect number 3's hair? I forget if it was FM15 or 16 but they should go back to the pictures they used for those e.g. Although tbh I can't remember if I used a facepack for those ones. But it's always good to see celebrities make it into the game too, like Russell Howard here...
  4. It's summer so it must be "let's raid Cardiff" time We only signed JD last season but he wanted to move. As I later brought in Lainez, young JD didn't feature that much so I negotiated with Spuds and ended up with a decent price, more than double what we paid for him. With Giles' excellent performances, not just the winner in the CL, and Piatek's fantastic season, I decided I could let £36.5m valued Fabio Silva go for the right price. He'd missed a number of easy chances in games this season and I thought it best to sell. Unfortunately, some clubs must also have noticed his poor form and they thought the right price was £26-£29m And then £38.5m Fabio wanted a move to Arsenal but I'd prefer he went overseas so I wouldn't regret selling him by seeing him come back to haunt us. Juve were interested and I asked for £60m; surprisingly they didn't even argue. Schalke then offered £63m and Arsenal £42m and of course he wanted to join Arsenal. I accepted all three and we'll see where he goes. A few other players have moved on too and we have signed some youngsters. I'll do a full transfer update once the window is closed.
  5. No surprise that Piatek won so many awards. At one stage of the season, he was scoring a goal a game but had a bit of a barren spell in the middle. Still, can't complain and just have to try and hold onto him now. He's just signed a new contract so hopefully he won't want to leave. After expanding our stadium last season, the board have recognised that the demand for tickets still far exceeds our capacity and so a new stadium is being built. In all my years of playing FM, I have never had a stadium named after me. I doubt it's going to happen here either as, even though I've juts moved to the top of Cardiff's icon list, there are three legends in Fred Keenor, Phil Dwyer and Craig Bellamy ahead of me. Perhaps I'll be up there too by the time the new ground is finished but I doubt it. Ah well. I'm happy with the plans for the new stadium though.
  6. Every time Mbappe had the ball, he was ripping us a new one. It was only really a matter of time I guess and his goal came on the half hour mark. We were creating our own chances too though so I was reluctant to push the panic button just yet. Our equaliser came after 38min in rather fortunate circumstances. Chasing a through ball and Eder got the sliding tackle in first but all he could do was poke it past their helpless GK and it rolled into the net Half time teamtalk was basically more of the same and, although we survived a number of times as they squandered a few opportunities to retake the lead, I was quite happy with how we were competing with them. A few subs later and the fresh legs did us good. Marcos Paulo and Lainez were introduced on the wings and they started to give us a slight edge. Just as it looked like it was heading into extra time, a great throughball from midfielder Marko bulat found young striker Ian Giles, who has come on leaps and bounds this season, in space and he took a touch before smashing it past Rulli. Defend, defend, defend after that for what seemed like forever but the final whistle came and we were Champions of Europe! Ha ha, unlucky Tuchel! That's what you get for stealing the Liverpool job from me
  7. Champions League Final 2024/25 PSG are unbelievably good. Mbappe and Neymar will cause us all sorts of problems and we may have to rely on catching them on the break.
  8. Season 2024/25 Summary The less we talk about my unsuccessful application for the Liverpool manager's job towards the end of the season the better But I think I should mention it regardless. I asked to take over after the end of the season. They went for Tuchel instead Bayern were also interested but I turned them down Cardiff proposed talks for me to stay but I declined I'm glad Liverpool decided against hiring me though as I still have business left here with Cardiff. Thankfully, there doesn't seem to have been any fallout about me going for the Liverpool job. Both on and off the pitch it has been yet another success story With our CL Final still to come too
  9. I went into this league campaign full of confidence, perhaps too much. I falsely believed that we could blow most teams away and that was my intention, to be respectful against the top 6 but try and smash the rest. How wrong I was. We were completely outplayed at Everton in our first game and lost 3-1. With a little perspective, I decided to tone down our attacking play and even grind out results if needed. The results were good and we were still putting 3, 4 or 5 past a few teams but was happy to scrap it out where needed and would even take a draw if I felt that was likely the best we could get. As the Christmas break approached, we were in a solid position in the top 4. We were also being linked with some top players, although I'd never sign Pogba, even on a free. I can't stand the arrogant £^&^$£. Being knocked out of the Carabao early and the FA Cup in the QF certainly allowed us that little extra breathing space and I think it helped in the run-in. It also helped that Liverpool weren't quite at their best and that Chelsea, Man City and Spuds were well off the pace. And with just 5 games to go, it was a 3-horse race for the title... All 3 of us had to play some top teams and I was quietly confident, seeing as we'd just beaten Man U 3-0 and drawn with 4th placed Liverpool. We did then lose 1-0 at Spurs but bounced back with victories over Newcastle, Southampton and an excellent win at Man City. Both Arsenal and Man U kept it up too, that is until Arsenal lost 1-0 at relegation threatened Leeds in the penultimate game of the season. That left it as a 2-horse race, going into the final weekend, between ourselves and Man U. Just goal difference separated us and I just had to hope that we would beat Watford in 17th by at least two goals more than Man U beat Leeds. Well, we did our part with a 5-1 thumping of Watford which ultimately sent them down. But of course Man U twonked Leeds by an even bigger scoreline, 7-2, and so pipped us at the post and we miss out on the title on the final day of the season yet again!
  10. We needn't have worried though. An imperious performance in Germany saw us come away with a 4-0 win! PSG also won 4-0. The 2nd leg was a mere formality So it's PSG for us in the final, a game I have yet to play. Before that comes about, I'll let you know how our league campaign went, and it was another nailbiter!
  11. The teams who made it through to the QF stage are all top notch. Spanish giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico are all there, as are PSG and German duo Bayern and Leipzig who have finished in the top two in Germany for many seasons now. Last but by no means least were the highly impressive Napoli. 5-time Serie A champions no less, that's 5 times in the past 7 seasons! We were the last representatives from the EPL in the competition as Man City were knocked out by Bayern in the last 16 while both Man U and Arsenal failed to make it out of their groups! I wasn't that confident about playing any of them tbh and we ended up with Napoli, a stern test for sure. Away game first and we took a 2 goal lead into HT. Unfortunately, we couldn't withstand the pressure and Napoli roared back in a very entertaining game which ended 2-2. A little disappointing for us not to hold onto that lead but a score draw away from home against such a talented side was not to be sniffed at. I always fancy our chances at home and was cautiously optimistic we'd come through. As for the other QF 1st leg ties... Some big home wins there! In the return leg, we lost our rock at the back, Maguire, to an early injury and we struggled a little. A first half strike from new boy Marcos Paulo was the only goal of the game and saw us sneak through the the semi finals. In the other QF matches, surely the 3-0, 4-0 and 4-0 1st leg victories for Barca, PSG and Leipzig respectively would be enough to see them through to the SF, right? Well, not quite. Remember me saying earlier about Leipzig's stark contrast in form from home to away? It cost them again, and big time. A mahoosive 8-1 2nd leg thrashing by Bayern! Geez, I wouldn't want to play them in the SF! Yup, you guessed it. SF draw saw us play Bayern and Barca face PSG
  12. Champions League 2024/25 We got off to a flyer in our maiden season in the elite European competition by beating Zenit 4-0 and winning 2-1 at PSV. We did then lose 3-2 at Leipzig but got our revenge with this result... This wouldn't be the last we'd see of Leipzig's good home form and horrendous away days but more of that later. We lost 1-0 in Russia to leave ourselves and Ze Germans on 9pts, with Zenit on 7pts and just one game to go. PSV at home for us and the other fixture was Leipzig v Zenit. We needed a win to make sure we not only progressed but won the group. I needn't have worried... The final group table... In the 1st knockout round, we were paired with Benfica. Quite happy with that, could have been a lot worse. We thrashed them home and away.
  13. Going back to my earlier question, how did our season go? Well, let's start with the bad news... We were knocked out of the Carabao at the first hurdle. Not too disappointed as we have won it twice since I've been in charge but my semi-rotated squad did manage to throw away a 2-0 lead by conceding in the 71st and 94th minute, before losing on penalties. Meh. We managed to progress in the FA Cup by beating Oldham 1-0, Millwall 3-0 and Man U 3-1, before being trounced 6-0 at Wolves 3 goals down inside 10min! And this with our usual cautious approach for away games too. Before I knew it we were 4-0 down and, even though I then made changes, things hardly got better and we were totally blown away. Baaaa But that pretty much is where the bad news ended.
  14. Doesn't need a great deal of explanation but, as you can see, we won this game 5-1. However, the latest score box shows it as 2-0. Not only that, it has Everton 0-1 Man City there twice and two of our goalscorers, Piatek and Hanford have scored two of Everton's zero goals.
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