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  1. SEASON 2012/13 - NOVEMBER Saturday 3rd November, 2012 Ivorian Cup 3rd Round Stade Auguste Denise, San Pédro Stella 2 -3 SO Armée This game was a lot tougher than I imagined it would be and extra time wasn’t just a surprise, but an unwelcome burden for the team, even though November was another month in which we wouldn’t be playing all that often. Stella taking an early lead was irritating, but the fact that we enjoyed near total domination and only managed to force extra time through a penalty was incredibly frustrating. The likes of Tanoh ended the match with 51% condition and when I checked the board expectations afterwards I wondered why I had bothered going for the result as the board don’t consider the cup important. Their lack of expectations seems strange, especially considering how unlikely it is that we’ll win the league and though they don’t care, I do and I want some silverware come the end of the season. Att: 235 ---------- Saturday 10th November, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade d’Issia, Issia Issia Wazi 0- 3 SO Armée A week’s break between games was just about enough time for a majority of the first team to regain fitness for the trip to Issia and most importantly Tanoh was available. Issia Wazi didn’t put up much of a fight and the game itself was plain sailing, with Habib Yao in defence and Mohamadou Coulibaly in midfield the standout performers for us. Bakayoko continued his fine free kick form and continues to give me food for thought regards the attacking midfielder position. His attributes are poor, but his free kick taking, given the standard of goalkeeping in the league, is almost too good to ignore and he’s bound to pop up with a decent amount of goals each season. Wazi weren’t bad opposition, but they are the average standard of the league and the result just reinforces my belief that to succeed I have to focus on beating the sides outside the top two and hoping for decent results against the top two. Att: 307 ---------- Saturday 24th November, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade Robert Champroux, Marcory SO Armée 5- 3 ASEC What a game! I was talking about getting decent results against the big two and then we go and get an incredible result against one of them. ASEC aren’t in the same league as Africa Sports and in terms of support they certainly didn’t draw a crowd anywhere near the size that their rivals did. However, they are a sure bet for second place and to get a win against them means a hell of a lot and shows we’re moving in the right direction. We surged into a 2-0 lead, then back to 2-1, 3-1, 4-1, 4-2 and then 4-3, which is when squeaky bum time really started to kick in. Thankfully, a Soro penalty made it 5-3and we managed to hold on and claim a priceless victory. Tanoh was imperious and tore the ASEC defence, who had an absolute shocker, apart. We have to build on this, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to win a game like this and then throw away all that hard work by losing to one of the lesser teams in the league later in the season. Att: 1,049 ---------- LEAGUE TABLE Back to third after that victory against ASEC and time to put the work into holding onto it for the remainder of the season. We’re only three points behind ASEC, but I’m not going to get ahead of myself and start worrying about second because if we did manage that then it would be a very welcome bonus, but not an expectancy.
  2. SEASON 2012/13 - October Just two games of note in October as the league took a break due to international fixtures. Saturday 20th October, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade Robert Champroux, Marcory SO Armée 1 - 6 Africa Sports The one shining light of this performance was the massive attendance for the game, which might boost finances slightly (but only slightly because ticket prices are so low). This was my first taste of the big two and it’s fair to say it was a complete and utter humiliation for the side, the fans and a massive wake up call for me. Africa Sports dominated from start to finish and even if Soro hadn’t missed his penalty I still think we would have got turned over by a massive scoreline. The prospect of being on the same level as the top two seems a distant hope, never mind surpassing them. This is going to be a long hard slog. Att: 13,253 ---------- Wednesday 31st October, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade August Denise, San Pédro Séwé 1- 5 SO Armée This was just what we needed after the result against Africa Sports, a welcome boost for morale and a decent amount of goals scored to make up for the amount we conceded in the previous game. Tanoh made the difference, his ability in front of goal proved too much for Séwé. That said, it wasn’t all plain sailing and there were a few shaky moments when they pulled one back in the 66th minute, but Tanoh completed his four goal haul with a 12 minute hat trick. I hope Africa Sports weren’t watching, they are exactly where I expect him to end up, but judging by last week’s result they really don’t need him. Att: 308 ---------- LEAGUE TABLE Third place in September seems an awful long time ago, even though we only played two fixtures in October. The loss to Africa Sports leaving us in a miserable 4th spot out of just 14 teams and 6pts behind the early leaders already. There needs to be major improvements if we are to match the board’s expectations, letalone mine.
  3. SEASON 2012/13 – SEPTEMBER Thanks very much for the words of support, folks. Hopefully I can keep this save going because i've struggled to get into FM13. Saturday 1st September, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade Robert Champroux, Marcory SO Armée 4 – 0 Sabé Tanoh’s lack of fitness turned into an injury prior to this match and I was forced to give Drissa Doumbia another run-out. His previous game had been abysmal and this one wasn’t much better, but he managed to get himself on the scoresheet and finished the game with two goals to his name. He’s certainly not good enough to fill in long term, but even without Tanoh it’s nice to see that I have a striker capable of finding the net and nice to see Bakayoko pop up with another stunning free kick. Att: 318 ---------- Wednesday 19th September, 2012 Ivorian Premier League FC Hiré Stadium FC Hiré 1 – 4 SO Armée Tanoh returned to the first team and gave the meagre travelling support another insight into what he can do inside the area. The man is an absolute beast at this level and I imagine i’ll be fighting off offers from the likes of South Africa soon enough. Bakayoko got another goal, which once again was a peach of a free kick. The only issue with this result was Tanoh’s injury on 92 mins that looks likely to keep him out of the next few fixtures and me once again relying on the below average backup. Att: 186 ---------- Sunday 23rd September, 2012 Ivorian Cup Round Two Stade Robert Champroux, Marcory SO Armée 1 – 0 Aacadémie Traoré Massé We’ve made a good start to the league season so I could be forgiven for expecting a better and more convincing win against third tier opposition in the cup. To be fair to Académie they played really well defensively, but I suspect Tanoh would have made them pay more that Aurier did up front. He got the winning goal, but for the most part was anonymous and failed to get on to a number of excellent balls into the area. Att: 260 ---------- Saturday 29th September, 2012 Ivorian Premier League AFAD Djékanou Stadium AFAD Djékanou 4 – 3 SO Armée Remember when I thought the league campaign might be a little too easy after my impressive result on matchday one? Yeah, well that’s gone out the window. 2-1 down after 32 minutes and the defence were having an absolute nightmare. To end up 4-1 down after 73 minutes I had given up any hope of getting something from this match, unfortunately Brou and Aurier gave me unfounded hope and despite their two goals we still ended the match with our first loss of the season. I’m not sure what went wrong, other than everything. It’s early days, but losing to anyone other than the big two will surely signal the end of any slim title ambitions I might have had. Att: 334 ---------- LEAGUE TABLE Despite the loss we’re where we want to be, 3rd and within touching distance of the big two clubs. The defensive performances at home have been great and we’re scoring for fun, but that loss in the final game of the month has raised one or two concerns about our ability to maintain the three point difference between first and third.
  4. SEASON 2012/13 – AUGUST Friendlies I never take all that much time to play through friendlies, but because I had such a limited knowledge of the team and its capabilities I decided to give it a go and it went relatively well. The draw with Rio Sports was really disappointing because we lead 3-1 at a time. Saturday 11th August, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade Robert Champroux, Marcory SO Armée 8 - 0 JCA Not bad for a first attempt at playing in Africa and to be honest when the sixth goal rolled in I started to worry that I might have made a mistake in picking SO Armée because I didn’t want it to be too easy. In retrospect, I should have enjoyed a fantastic result and enjoyed the near total domination of a decent JCA side. Tanoh set his stall out early, with a brace in his first competitive game for the club and I certainly found myself expecting, rather than hoping, for a big season ahead. Att: 322 ---------- Saturday 18th August, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade Auguste Denise, San Pédro Stella 0 – 0 SO Armée And crashing back down to earth I come. This isn’t a horrific result, Stella are predicted to finish 4th so a draw away to my biggest rival for 3rd isn’t to be sniffed at. Overall we were the better side and created a lot of opportunities, unfortunately Tanoh didn’t have his shooting boots on and Kaboré played a blinder between the sticks for Stella. Still, at least the save won’t be like the JCA result every week. Att: 304 ---------- Saturday 25th August, 2012 Ivorian Premier League Stade Robert Champroux, Marcory SO Armée 1 – 0 Stade d’Abidjan Talk about a hard fought victory! Tanoh was struggling for match fitness so I left him out and gave Drissa Doumbia a chance in the side, his attributes are awful and his performance was worse. Lucky for me Adama Bakayoko has an incredible 18 for free kicks and his top corner effort from 30 yards after 59 minutes was enough to see us win the game and complete a solid start to my first month in charge with the club. Att: 318 No screenshot of the league table for the first month, like I said; I wasn’t planning on making this a career update at that point. I'm off to Amsterdam for a few days, but have two seasons of updates ready for when I get back.
  5. Société Omnisports de l’Armée Known as SO Armée and plying their trade in the Ivorian Premier League, my club of choice is as tiny as I could possibly imagine. They’re worth just £329k, with 150 season ticket holders who pay £2 for the chance to watch their side play every week. The season ticket holders are obviously more passionate than the chairman, Ibrahima Traoré, who is willing to listen to offers for the club. SO Armée were founded in 1932, but despite a lengthy history they have just one Ivorian Cup to their name, which they won in 1996. This lack of success is thanks mainly to the fact that Ivorian football has been dominated by the two biggest sides ASEC and Africa Sports for the guts of 30 years, 1984 the last time anyone else managed to wrestle the Premier League title away from either side. Location Marcory is a region in Abidjan, the largest City in the Ivory Coast and also home to the big two. Stadium It proved quite difficult to find pictures of SO Armée’s home ground, mainly because the one listed in FM isn’t the same as the one they use in real life. In FM they play at the Stade Robert Champroux, a 20k capacity stadium in Abidjan that seems incredibly excessive considering the average attendance is in the middle to low hundreds. That said, it gives me the opportunity to cash in on bumper attendances when the big two visit. Finances I’m already two seasons into the save, so I don’t have all the screenshots I need. However, I do remember that the club was in relatively good financial health....somehow. The balance was well over the £100k mark, but the fact that I had been given an extra £4k to work with in wages might eventually damage the balance. In terms of transfer funds, well there weren’t any, not that they would be needed as a majority of the squad and those Ivorian’s interested in joining the club were on amateur contracts or available on free transfers. Squad The squad was ok, nothing spectacular, but good enough to hold their own in the league. There were no stand out players, other than veteran centre back Moussa Doumbia. I made early forays into the transfer market, mainly in an attempt to improve my goalscoring threat and in doing so picked up a couple of very good talents in Djedje Arnaud Sery and Sékou Soro. However, the pick of the bunch was striker Jacques-Alain Tanoh who has the attributes to play at a much higher level and would hopefully deliver a lot of goals in the Ivorian Premier League. Expectations ASEC and Africa Sports are expected to challenge for the title, as per usual, but with a predicted 3rd place finish the board want me to be the best of the rest and book a place in next season’s African Confederations Cup (the equivalent to the Europa League). In terms of the cup, they couldn’t care less, but i’d love to add another trophy to such an empty cabinet.
  6. I’ve been playing Football manager for over fifteen years now, having started my first ever save using CM 97/98, and during that time i’ve limited my save games to Europe and South America. I’ve had great saves, really, really great saves, but as time goes on I found it harder and harder to maintain my interest in the game so I thought it was high time I took the dive into an area of the game that i’ve never tried before and what better place to do that than Africa? Intention Enjoy myself. I have no preset plans for how this career is going to play out and I have no intention of picking and choosing who I manage, i’m just going to go with whoever offers me a job and from there i’ll base my targets on the board expectations. The only thing I hope to achieve is to play in as many countries as possible before the save dies. Leagues Loaded Top tiers in Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Tunisia, DR Congo and Zambia. If I end up managing in each of those countries then i’ll be a very happy chappy. I started the save unemployed, mainly because I had no idea who to choose and where to start. Luckily, because i’m using a megapack for the leagues a lot of the clubs were without managers so I was able to apply for a raft of jobs at the very beginning and leave my destination in the hands of fate. Despite the numerous jobs available only three teams decided to take a chance on a newbie manager with professional reputation, one from Zimbabwe, one from the Ivory Coast and one from Zambia. The decision was easy, the home of superstars such as Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure and the prospect of unearthing talent in a small league with a massive national team was too good to turn down. Off to Marcory to take the managerial position at Société Omnisports de l’Armée.
  7. As if I didn't already have enough to read about Russian football between MTA and SFU. Great work.
  8. Just took the time to read through page two and it's making me wish that I had the urge to play FM again and the time to do one of these threads. For now i'll have to make do with this thread. Kudos for the European campaign, I imagine you were sat worrying prior to the second legs of the Bratislava and Basle ties.
  9. I imagine Mourinho is top of the list and I think Chelsea would be his preferred destination over Man City. Who else is there? Hiddink is going well at Anzhi and being paid crazy money, Capello has only just started into his stint with Russia, Guardiola is taken. Conte or Klopp, perhaps? Don't see that happening until either has had a decent run/attempt in Europe. Anything other than those mentioned would be massively leftfield. Of course there are other suitable candidates, but I don't see that happening.
  10. The backlash of appointing him, and previously Grant, in the first place was huge. Not sure Abramovich cares, otherwise he'd give Lampard a contract and sack Benitez right now.
  11. I didn't manage to stay awake for the iced kick game, but I woke to a Twitter timeline of "It's missed!!!" and then a few minutes later "It's good!!!", which I thought was hilarious and served Seattle and Carroll right. I see there's a fuss about practice kicks during breaks in play now too. Not sure complaining about that works when you intentionally gave the kicker a practice kick, even if the kicker doesn't know that it's a practice kick. Lewis back for the Ravens is massive, but the coverage in the Broncos game was really poor during the first half. Everything shifted right for the punt return and when it came to the opening TD I think I saw two Ravens on screen anywhere near the runner. It picked up in the second half and ended the game well, but poor coverage early on against the Patriots could see them build a decent lead early on and a big fighback is going to be a lot harder against New England. I can't call the Ravens game, hopefully Ravens, but expecting a Patriots win. Otherwise I think the 49ers will have too much for the Falcons. I was really looking forward to the Super Bowl, it's played on my birthday this year so was going to go to the Belfast Trojans Super Bowl party, but i'm in Manchester on training the next day and i'm going to have to try and avoid the score and then watch it on BBC iPlayer on Monday night. Gutted and will be even more gutted if the Ravens make it and I miss it.
  12. Amazing weekend, 10-3. The Saturday games were just insane, especially the opening 5 minutes of the Baltimore @ Broncos game. Unfortunately I can't see the Ravens taking New England, though I would love to see Tom Brady slapped down and missing out on a chance at the Super Bowl. The 49ers game in the UK hasn't sold out yet, but I reckon there'll be a major run on tickets if they beat Atlanta, which I expect them to do. What are your thoughts on Flacco? I was reading an interesting column this week about how it isn't necessarily the fact that he's inconsistent, but more to do with a lack of good receivers. After Saturdays game i'm more worried about the Ravens defence than Flacco's inconsistency, that punt return was embarrassing.
  13. I've never really got the whole foreigners being singled out argument. If you think back a significant majority of the major headlines and stories about player behaviour, on and off the pitch, has involved English players over recent years. You get certain foreigners who become the focus of attention, but it's not like it's just because they're foreign. I can think of three foreign players who have dominated headlines over the last few years Tevez, Balotelli and Suarez. I don't think anyone could argue that their behaviour didn't merit newspaper coverage and to suggest that their behaviour during that time would be scrutinised to a lesser degree if they were British is way off, in my opinion. I certainly wouldn't say Suarez has been tarred and even if he has i'm struggling to see why he shouldn't have been. If you bite players, are found guilty of a race related offence, commit two game changing handballs in major cup competitions against underdog opposition, are found to commit simulation on a number of occasions and are regularly inolved in unsportsmanlike conduct then you're not being tarred, your character is being referenced. Personally, I find the whining from Liverpool fans about Mr Suarez absolutely hilarious. He's a fantastic footballer, one of the best in the world, but if you don't acknowledge he's an utter goit who has (and seemingly continues to cultivate) a character that demands this level of attention then you're an absolute moron. Drink it in. Have a good laugh at the fact he's basically trolling the football world and giving your rivals something to get wound up about, scoring goals and being brilliant for Liverpool in the process. Don't try and argue he's not a tit, though.
  14. Same thing applies as to Balth, could run it 48 hrs per lynch so plenty of opportunity for people to take part when they get a chance. If you were to take part that would give us you, Mikey, Gav, SCIAG and Balth, we need another 8.
  15. Timezones shouldn't be a problem, the process of lynching people would take at least 24 hours unless they got a majority within that 24 hours and we could work out times so that it suits everyone. If you wanted to do it with a football twist it could be footballers and bung takers in a team at the bottom of the table, 10 footballers and 3 people that are throwing the games each week. The seer would be the captain and the angel....I dunno, just someone. Hopefully that's a bit more attractive for people, we only have 4 participants atm and one of them needs to be the mod. Need another 10.
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